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The Tribune
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Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
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Tribune
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2008
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English
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v. : ill. ; 58 cm.

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Student sex claims

Former pupils allege
homosexual encounters
with teachers while

at high school

IN THE wake of allegations
against a female teacher being
sexually involved with a male stu-
dent, two former students of a
government high school have
come forward to tell their story of
sexual impropriety with male, and
female teachers spanning over a
number of years.

Speaking with The Tribune yes-
terday, a male, and female stu-
dent spoke of lesbian, and homo-
sexual ericounters with their for-
mer teachers.

These alleged incidents, how-
ever, are in no way connected
with the incident currently being
investigated by the Ministry of

Education.
Claiming that such actions have
_ been pervasive in their school for

years, each former student
offered detailed accounts of
homosexual encounters that

spanned their senior years in.

school.

Speaking on the condition of
anonymity, the former male stu-
dent confessed to leading a homo-
sexual relationship with a former
teacher — normally at his place of
residence. While admitting that
they participated in sexual acts,
the student, who claims he was
15 years old at the time, stressed
that they never had intercourse.

“He would ask me to come up
by him,” the student said. “And

-we would just fool around for

sometime. But this is nothing new

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Teacher and pupil
in sex allegation are
receiving counselling

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bdean@tribunemedia.net

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gation at a public high school are both receiving counselling, The Tri-

bune has learned.

Classes were dismissed at 1pm yesterday at the school, as the entire
staff, administration, senior Ministry of Education officials and the Pres-
ident of the Teacher’s Union, Ida Poitier-Turnquest met yesterday to

discuss the problem.

Sources informed The Tribune that teachers were upset that the male
student in question has been allowed to keep a top student post at the
school. The accused teacher is not currently at the institution.

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run for the party in the St Cecilia constituency, has suggested the government should turn ‘ghetto’
areas into duty-free zones in order to stimulate economic activity and promote social revitalisation.

° SEE PAGE FIVE

Bannister: govt
should not be
liable for crimes
committed on bail

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

STATE Minister for Legal
Affairs Desmond Bannister has
denied there is a case to be made
for the government being held
legally liable when certain bailed
individuals go on to commit seri-
ous crimes.

“T don’t see how any such legal
action could succeed,” said Mr
Bannister yesterday, in response
to comments made by lawyers
and’ PLP hopeful Paul Moss and
businessman Lynden Nairn on
GEMS radio station on Friday,

Mr Moss had said of murders
committed by those on bail for
previous serious crimes: “A life

is lost and someone must be held .

accountable,” adding that “when

persons are not accountable we

have a fractured democracy.”
His comments came after Mr

Nairn had stated that in his opin-
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and the government on the whole
should be held liable whenever a
serious crime is.committed by
someone who was released on
bail for a previous offence
because his original case was not
heard within a reasonable time,
He said that those agencies
have “knowingly, repeatedly and
negligently aided and abetted in
rendering ineffectual the Bail Act,
which was passed by the people’s
parliament for their protection.”
Mr Bannister condemned that
assertion as “utter nonsense.”
He said: “The reality of the
matter is that there is a separation

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Unconfirmed
reports of students
being attacked,
taken to hospital

~ACCORDING to uncon-
firmed reports reaching The

ernment High School stu-
dents had to be taken to
hospital after being
attacked by outsiders on
their way home from
school.

An eye-witness claimed
that an altercation erupted
yesterday at around 3.30pm
as a group of students were
making their way to a bus
stop near Yellow Elder
Gardens.

It is alleged that seven
outsiders, who reportedly
arrived in the area in a red
Buick vehicle, attacked the
Government High students
with knives and cutlasses.

However, police officers
on duty at the Grove police
station last night said they
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CONVICTED murderer Ian

: Hutchinson will not receive the
: death penalty but will spend the
: rest of his life in prison for the
? murder of Jackie “Lil Stunt”
: Moxey, Supreme Court justice
: Jon Isaacs ruled yesterday.

Hutchinson smiled and nodded

: to relatives as he was escorted

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ZNS general
manager advert
seeking ‘best

from talent pool’

: mBy KARIN HERIG

Tribune Staff Reporter
kherig@tribunemedia.net

THE Bahamas Broadcasting

: Corporation’s advertisement for
: a new general manager is “not
: necessarily” aimed at foreign-
; ers, but seeks to encourage the
: “best from the talent pool” to
i: apply for the job, Senator Kay
i Forbes-Smith told The Tribune
i yesterday.

The ad, which has been

appearing in the country’s
: dailies, states that ZNS is seek-

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Assembly held

Tribune last night, two Gov- }

in honour of
slain student

| By TANEKA THOMPSON

Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

A SPECIAL assembly was

: held at C C Sweeting Senior
: High School Tuesday morning
: in honour of slain 12th grade
: student Rico Farrington.

Farrington, 17, of Milton

: Street was stabbed on the cam-
: pus at College Avenue Monday
: morning during an altercation
: involving two other male stu-
: dents of the school.

He was taken to hospital
was reportedly

: pronounced dead shortly after

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PAGE 2, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2008

THE TRIBUNE



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© In brief FIRST RESERVE CORPORATION AGREES TO ACQUIRE TERMINAL

Deal clinched for sale of Bahamas
Oil Refinery Company in Freeport

Carnival
Cruise Lines
accused of
forced labour

A South African cruise ship
worker is accusing Carnival
Cruise Lines of forced labour,
slavery and human trafficking,
Florida Today reported yester-
day.

Reshma Harilal, 33, who works
onboard the Carnival Glory,
which is scheduled to dock in
Nassau on Friday, yesterday filed
a lawsuit against the cruise com-
pany in the US District Court for
the Southern District of Florida.

Ms Harilal is accusing Carni-
val Cruise Lines of forcing and
psychologically coercing her to
stay and work on board the Glo-
ry against her will.

In her suit, Ms Harilal is asking
to be removed from the Carnival
Glory, have her passport returned
to her, and to be paid the wages
that she agreed to work under.

In the court documents, Ms
Harilal is alleging that she joined
the staff Carnival Cruise Lines
under the agreement that she
would work-in the position of
stateroom stewardess for approx-
imately $1,500 every two weeks.
However, she said that she was
informed by her employer later
on that she would work in a low-
er position for approximately
$250 to $300 every two weeks
instead.

In her suit, the South African
woman also claims that Carnival
Cruise Lines duped her into trav-
elling to Florida from her home
country with very little money for
a promise of a special job at a
specified level of compensation.

Ms Harilal stated that when she
refused to work in the lower posi-
tion at.a lower rate of pay on Feb-
ruary 9, 2008, she asked her
employers to return her passport
to her. She alleges that Carnival
Cruise Lines refused to give her
back her passport.

Ms Harilal is further alleging
that Carnival Cruise Lines forced
and psychologically coerced her
into signing a contract giving up
her legal right to bring any dis-
putes in the US courts in place
of arbitration in a foreign country,
which she cannot practically
afford or undertake.

i By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter

dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - After months
on the market, a deal has been
reached for the sale of the
Bahamas Oil Refinery Compa-
ny in Freeport, it was
announced on Tuesday. ;

First Reserve Corporation,
one of the largest international
buy-out groups, has agreed to
acquire the 20-million barrel oil
storage terminal in Freeport
from PDVSA.

Although the purchase price
and no terms of the transaction

were disclosed, it was revealed
that the acquisition will be
financed by a senior secured
credit facility fully underwrit-
ten by ABN AMRO Bank N.V.
Tom J Sikorski, managing direc-
tor of First Reserve Corpora-
tion, was in Freeport and made
the announcement at a press
conference held around 3pm at
BORCO.

He said the company has no
interest in the refinery business
and will tear it down within one
year’s time.

The company will keep all
168 workers currently employed
at BORCO, he said.

BORCO, a 20 million barrel
storage terminal, is the largest

storage terminal in the
Caribbean for crude oil, fuel oil,
and multiple petroleum prod-
ucts.

It also offers blending trans-

shipment and bunkering ser-
vices.
The facility was acquired in
1990 by Petroles de Venezuel,
SA (PDVSA) from Chevron,
Corporation which built it in
1968.

“BORCO will provide signif-
icant value for our strategic
partners, including major oil
companies, many of which are
working with us to secure long
term storage contracts at the
facility,” said Mr Sikorski.

First Reserve is a leading pri-

vate equity firm that specialises
in the energy industry and is
based in Connecticut, Houston,
and London.

It has over $12.5 billion under
management of diversified port-
folio of energy companies, and
is the oldest and largest buy-out
group to focus exclusively on a
strategy of diversified energy
investments.

Mr Sikorski said under the
new ownership with First
Reserve, BORCO is expected
to become a key international
hub for crude oil and petroleum
products for major.oil compa-
nies, and will be positioned as a
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Keith Gray give their sympathy to the aunt of the C C Sweeting student

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for under-achievers
proving successful

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

A RECENTLY imple-
mented work placement pro-
gramme for under achieving
high school seniors is having
positive results at C C Sweet-
ing Senior High School, edu-
cators and students said Tues-
day.
While the public school has
experienced its share of vio-
lence with the stabbing death
of 12th grader Rico Farrington
on the campus on Monday,
administrators said that this
was the first incident of its
kind for the academic year.
They hope the new pro-
gramme will have a lasting
influence on at risk students.

Farrington was a participant
in the programme, which was
launched in October 2007.

Brainchild

It is the brainchild of school
principal, Mrs Delores Ingra-
ham, Farrington was one of
26 senior boys involved in the
initiative.

Following a special assem-
bly at the school in honour of
the murdered student yester-
day morning, Mrs Ingraham
told The Tribune she does not
plan to lose another student
to a life of violence.

“We had 26 students in the
programme, I’ve lost one now
so you know we’re not going
to lose any more.”

The programme aims at giv-
ing under-achieving students a
chance to acquire job skills

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students in the
programme,
I’ve lost one
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know we’re
not going to
lose any
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and a jump-start before grad-
uating from high school.
According to organisers of the
programme, a few of the stu-
dents have been offered full-
time employment on gradua-
tion.

“These were my boys who
were hitting rock bottom.

“So I said you know what
let me see if I could talk to
my friends in the neighbour-
hood -— and we got corporate
friends in the neighbourhood
to buy into the programme,”
Mrs Ingraham said.

According to Mrs Ingra-
ham, the students report to
school on Mondays and Fri-

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days and are dispersed to
companies within the hotel,
welding and automotive
industries three times a week.
While the students are not
paid for any work performed
between the hours of 9 am to
3 pm, they can receive com-
pensation for employment
during school breaks, Mrs
Ingraham explained.

Celebratory

There is an assessment
every Monday to ensure stu-
dents are prepared to go to
work the next day and a sum-
mary every Friday to measure
each student’s progress in the
programme.

Lindsey Humes, a male
senior, said without the pro-
gramme he would have been a
high school drop-out. .

“Since they started this pro-
gramme I improved in all my
school work.

“Tf it wasn’t for this pro-
gramme I wouldn’t be here, a
lot of us (wouldn’t).

“We would have just
dropped out and say we
wastin’ time in school.”

Sadly, a celebratory lunch
was planned for the members
of the programme before
Monday’s stabbing occurred.

Two male students, report-
edly brothers, are being ques-
tioned by police in connection
with the incident.

Heart Ball’
treasure trove

ORGANISERS of the 44th
annual Heart Ball are finalising
preparations to make it the most
spectacular ball yet.

And, they have put together a
veritable treasure trove of prizes
for the silent auction and room
raffle. The ball will be held on
Saturday, February 16, in the
Crown Ballroom at Atlantis.

A trip to London, jewellery,
and a four-day stay at Echo Val-
ley Resort in British Columbia
are among the prizes being
offered. The ball will be held
under the theme, “Lighting the
candle to the future.”

Organisers said it will be an
exciting evening of fine dining
and superb entertainment.

Paintings by local artists such as
John Cox, John Paul, Clifford
Fernander and Eleanor Whiteley
will be offered as prizes.

Also up for grabs will be hotel
accommodations at Four Seasons
in Exuma; accommodations at the
Bluff House Beach Hotel in
Green Turtle Cay, Abaco; jew-
ellery from John Bull, Coin of the
Realm, and Jewels by the Sea;
and a Fendi handbag.



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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2008, PAGE 3





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Preliminary
court hearings:
in connection
with murder
of teenager

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

FREEPORT - Pre-
liminary hearings have
started in the Supreme
Court in connection
with the murder of 16-
year-old Rishawn
Bethel.

Prosecutors and
defence attorneys in
the matter appeared in
Supreme Court One,
where they engaged in
discussions on jury
selection in light of the
current challenges to
the Parliamentary Reg-
ister.

The nationality of
some persons listed on
the register is being
questioned as part of
the Election Court
challenge to the Marco
City constituency
results in the 2007 gen-
eral election.

Since jurors are
selected from the Par-
liamentary Register,
Simeon Brown said it is
important that the per-
sons selected are in
fact qualified to sit as
jurors.

Defence lawyers also
expressed concerns
regarding the
allowances given by
the government to
assist them with their
cases.

Attorney Carlson
Shurland complained
that the $300 allowance
is not enough and
asked the judge to rec-
ommend an increase.

Godfrey “Pro” Pin-
der is the third attor-
ney representing one
of the three accused,
men.

Prosecutor Sandra
Dee Gardiner assisted
by Erica Kemp, is
appearing for the
Crown.

Rishawn Bethel was
found dead on Febru-
ary 2, 2006.

Three men — William
Lightfoot, Trevor
Forbes and Denardo
Arthur — were charged
in Freeport Magis-
trate’s Court with
Bethel’s murder.

Initially, the trial was
scheduled to begin on
June 13, 2007, but was
put off after one of the
defence attorneys in
the case contacted the
court to report a med-
ical emergency.

The preliminary dis-
cussions are expected
to continue next week
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Ministry official: nation’s

schools are relatively safe

Psychologist speaks
out after stabbings

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

FREEPORT - Despite two
separate campus stabbings this
week — one of them fatal — a
Ministry of Education official
said schools throughout the
country are relatively safe.

Dr Pamula Mills, a ministry
psychologist in Freeport, said
only a small minority of students
are carrying weapons on high
school campuses in New Provi-
dence and Grand Bahama.

She said that such incidents
are an area of concern but not a
major problem, as stabbings are
rare on campuses.

“T don’t isolate it from what
is going on in macro-society. Our
children are seeing what (adults)
are doing in the larger society
and are carrying it over in the
schools,” she said.

A stabbing incident on Mon-
day at C C Sweeting resulted in
the death of a 12th grade stu-
dent, who has become the ninth
homicide victim on New Provi-
dence. Rico Farrington was 17.

And on Grand Bahama, an
11th grade student of Eight Mile
Rock High was taken to Rand
Memorial Hospital after being
stabbed in the face and back on
Monday.

The incident occurred around
9.45am in the carpentry class-
room, after two male students
were involved in an altercation.

The victim, who has yet to be

identified, was treated and dis-
charged from hospital.

Stephen Plakaris, deputy
director of school security at the
Ministry of Education, said two
security officers were stationed at
the EMR campus at the time of
the incident.

“This incident occurred inside
a classroom and so there is an
assumption that a teacher would
be in the class. There have been
small fights in classrooms there
time and time again, but this was
pretty tragic,” he said.

Mr Plakaris said the matter is
under police investigation.

According to reports, the
school presently conducts bi-
monthly student searches for
weapons and cellular phones.

Dr Mills said that in order to
make a difference, community
leaders must be proactive and
participate in motivational talks,
mentoring programmes, and
must listen to students.

She said that too often, nega-
tive incidents at schools are high-
lighted in the press.

“Sometimes the media high-
lights the negative when four
days out of the week there are
positive things going on in all of
our schools throughout the coun-
try,” she said.

“We are quick to judge and to
condemn students, and so we
need to listen to our children —
putting police in schools in not
the answer,” said Dr Mills.

Ken “Motorboat” Ferguson, a
well known local junkanoo



leader in Freeport, said that per-
haps more male teachers need
to be in schools to help with dis-
ciplinary action.

“TI feel that schools are safe for
the most part, and I don’t know
if placing police in schools is a
deterrent because the police was
on campus when the murder
took place at Cc C Sweeting,” he
said.

Mr Ferguson said that most
young people today do not know
the value of life.

“T think the problem stems
from the home and we have to
get back to basics because many
young people don’t go to church
or Sunday school and they don’t
know what it means, or how to
love their neighbour,” he said.

Bahamas visitor
and family donate
$5m for computer

and science labs

FREQUENT visitor to the
Bahamas Billy Davis, along
with his wife and their three
children, Todd, Robyn and
Jason have donated $5 mil-
lion to build 10 computer and
science labs on 10 Family
Islands.

“We have watched the chil-
dren grow up in the islands
for over.25 years. With our
help, we hope to see many of
these students go on to high-
er education,” Mr Davis said.

An exciting event was host-
ed at the prestigious Geor-
gian Club at the Galleria in
Marietta, Georgia where Mr
Davis presented the cheque
to Bahamian Consul Michael
Young.

Mr Young said to the more
than 50 guests that the gen-

erosity of the Davis family
far exceeds most gifts of this
nature.

He stressed the need for
students in the Family Islands
to have access to the rest of

the world through the click”

of a mouse.
The Davis family has main-

‘tained second homes in the

Bahamas for decades.

The children of Family
Islands such as Rum Cay
know Mr Davis as “Uncle
Bill.”

The Davis family said that
it is excited to become a big-
ger part of a nation that has
been providing years of sun,
sand, sea and great fishing
for three generations.

A delegation from Atlanta
will be attending a presenta-

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Reasons why society is collapsing

WHILE an angry former prime minister
told a radio audience that it is a “bloody dis-
grace” what the present government is doing
with his urban renewal programme, parents,
in the wake of a student killing on’campus
Tuesday, are urging that the police be
returned to the schools.

’ As a police officer explained on a radio
talk show yesterday, the police do not have
the resources to baby-sit the schools.

As for Mr Christie’s Urban Renewal pro-
gramme, of which police officers on school
campuses were a major part, the programme
is still in place, but with a different emphasis.

The original idea of urban renewal was to
bring together all government agencies,
including the police, to go into challenged
communities and help stablise them. In the
end the whole responsibility fell on the shoul-
ders of the police, instead of Social Services,
where it should have been in the first place.

A senior police officer said yesterday that
diverting a full contingent of police officers to
the urban renewal programme “actually
stressed our manpower resources — we hard-
ly had anyone left at the stations.”

However, the police have not been entire-
ly removed from the programme. Social Ser-
vices and other agencies are now more fully
involved. The police liaise with these ser-
vices and provide their expertise.when called
into the various communities to take care of
police matters. aan

Police officers have now been returned
to performing the services for which they
have been trained — protecting the commu-
nity.

As one officer pointed out the fatal fight
that took place on the CC Sweeting Senior
High School campus on Tuesday could not
necessarily have been prevented even if offi-
cers had been stationed there. As a matter of
fact two police officers were on the campus
dealing with another matter at the time of the
incident.

As an officer said, the police cannot pro-
vide 100 per cent security where weapons
are involved because there are so many ways
that these lethal instruments can be smug-
gled into the school.

These officers are convinced that the core
of the problem is in dysfunctional homes and
that is where the focus should be. It is in the
home, said a senior officer, that children have
to learn the basics, not in the school. It is in
the home that they have to learn respect for

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themselves, for others, for authority, for the
nation’s institutions. If they enter school with-
out these basics, teachers have an uphill strug-
gle to bring them into line. Many students
never learn.

Society is collapsing, because the family is
broken.

We keep suggesting the desirability of
separating the sexes up to the age of high
school. As this might not be feasible, a system
that Queen’s College had in place when we
were a student there a lifetime ago might be
more immediately possible. Those were the
days when the “baby school” was located on
Frederick Street and Trinity Place and the
‘big school” was across the road.

Boys and girls only sat in the classroom
together.

When it was time for recess the playground
was divided in half — one half for boys, the
other for girls.

In the upper school a high wall divided the
two playgrounds, and teachers patrolled both
areas. In the upper school, if the boys got
out of hand, they climbed the stairs to Head-
master RP Dyers’ office and were invited —
depending on their age — to either stretch
out the palm of their hand or turn up their
backsides for a couple strokes of the cane. Mr
Dyer had no problem in his school. Even

_today many remember him with respect — he

was a one man institution.

Many of these school conflicts are over
girls. For example, we understand that “tsch!
tsch!” directed by one boy at another boy’s
girlfriend is what started the CC Sweeting
fight that ended in death.

School campuses, especially at break time,
need much better supervision. And teachers
should take turns — at they did at QC — in
being on duty in the playground during the
recess.

However, these schools have such a large
student body that principals should consider
staggering the break time so that smaller,
more manageable numbers can be out at dif-
ferent times. At these times all of the school’s
security officers should be patrolling the play-
ground.

As one group is returned to the classroom,
another group should be allowed out for their
recess. This way teachers and security, deal-
ing with smaller groups, could have better
control.

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Why moving

the container
port to Clifton

makes sense

EDITOR, The Tribune.

PLEASE allow me some
space in your reputable paper to
express my personal views on
the move of the container port
of Nassau to Clifton Pier.

Tourism is the number one
industry in the Bahamas, and
100 per cent of the Bahamian
people rely on the benefits of
the tourist market. In fact if
tourism were to decline by large
margins so would the nation’s
gross national profit. Our dollar
would steadily decline, parents
will be left without jobs, chil-
dren will be left hungry, and the
livelihood that we know now
would disappear. Bay Street
welcomes hundreds of thou-
sands of tourists each year, but
what experience do these
tourists leave with? The school
of public relations says that
information gain leads to atti-
tude change resulting in a
change of behaviour. What do
our guests say about us when
they return to their homes? If
we are truly honest with our-
selves, I am certain that the
answers will not all be positive.

The city of Bay Street has
over the years has been faced
with a myriad of challenges.
Back in its glory days, Bay
Street was known as a cultural,
commercial and tourist icon.
Today though, merchants cry
about loss of revenue and our
visitors are bored with the tired
and dated downtown experi-
ence. In short, the merchants,
the visitors, the straw market

DMS

letters@tribunemedia.net



vendors and the Bahamian pub-
lic at large want to see Bay
Street revitalised into an expe-
rience like none other. There
are many obstacles which ‘pre-
vent this revitalisation from tak-
ing place; one large obstacle is
the removal of the unsightly
Container Port.

The Container Port is unat-
tractive, it is noise and air pol-
luted and it adds nothing to the
Bay Street experience. As a
matter of fact, this lucrative
business negatively impacts to
the downtown experience.
Some of the most beautiful
prime waterfront properties the
country has to offer are occu-
pied by this business.

The solution, move the con-
tainer port to Clifton. When the
port is moved it makes the
process of revitalising Bay
Street much easier and subse-
quently makes the dreams and
new aspirations for the
Bahamas a reality.

The city of Nassau has been
described on the most ubiqui-
tous form of communication to
date, the Internet, as “steadily
decomposed into a filthy, traf-
fic-choked slum.”

When was the last time you
walked downtown, in particu-
lar East Bay Street? If you have
in the last several years you
would identify with this descrip-

tion. humbly beg the nation’s
premier, the Right Honourable
Hubert Ingraham, and the Min-
ister of Tourism, the Hon-
ourable Neko Grant to see the
significance and the importance
of removing the Container Port
from Bay Street. With a slowing
economy in the United States,
we must do all that we can to
preserve our bread and butter.
If we are to continue to be the
best little nation in the world,
we have to be proactive in our

.initiatives.

The Container Port reloca-
tion is a win-win situation for
everyone, and wherever it is
placed it will continue to be
profitable for its stakeholders.

An editorial in The Nassau
Guardian on July 14, 2003 enti-

tled “Revitalising Bay Street”

said “The opportunities for
ingenious town-planning and
design, historical preservation,
entrepreneurial initiative, and
imaginative financial engineer-
ing are staggering. We should
not let this opportunity to create
our own future pass by. The
alternative is a long, slow
decline into dereliction and
decay. And who would want to
spend money to visit a slum?”

Almost five years later the
Container Port still remains on
Bay Street. For the sake of our
future let us relocate the Con-
tainer Port, and begin the revi-
talisation of the Bay Street
experience.

TITO OWEN COLLIE
Nassau,
February 6, 2008.

Relocating port to Arawak Cay
would be a colossal mistake

EDITOR, The Tribune.

PLEASE allow me some
space in your paper to express
personal views on the move of
the Nassau Port to Arawak Cay
versus Clifton Pier. —

There are few who would
argue the point that the reloca-
tion of the Nassau Port is not
advantageous to the national
development of Bay Street and
by extension the island of Nas-
sau. There are however many
who would wisely argue the
point that the relocation of the
Port to Arawak Cay is a mis-
take of colossal proportions.

Arawak Cay over the past
few years has undergone a





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metamorphosis that has trans-
formed its location from a drab
last option experience to a first
class local and tourist cultural
mecca. These infrastructural
improvements have resulted in
the establishment of highly
respected restaurants, widely
attended cultural events, and
internationally promoted con-
certs all at the Arawak Cay
location. I am therefore baffled
that the powers that be would
consider infecting and disturb-
ing the potential that lies within
Arawak Cay. This cultural mec-
ca should be saturated with the
sounds of local artist entertain-
ing locals and tourist versus the
sounds of annoying trailer truck
horns that aim to destroy ear
drums. The air of Arawak Cay
should be filled with the aroma
of Bahamian dishes versus the
disturbing scent of harmful car-
bon monoxide fumes from over
sized trucks.

Another reason why the Port
should not be moved to Arawak
Cay and preferably Clifton Pier
is because of the strategic loca-
tion of Arawak Cay. The Min-
istry of Tourism statistics prove
that the majority of tourists
entering the Bahamas do so via
cruise ship. The irony is that
Arawak Cay is the gateway by
which all cruise ships enter Nas-

sau Harbour. Conventional wis-
dom teaches us that the gate-
way to any entity is where
emphasis are placed on beauti-
fication and the creation of a
welcoming atmosphere. I don’t
know of many people who
would find stacked trailers and
huge machines emitting black
smog welcoming, Cruise ships
entering the harbour should not
be subjected to such a harsh and
dismal first impression of the
Bahamas. Cruise ship passen-
gers should sail into a view of
welcoming bill boards and lush
vegetation ensuring them that
their journey to paradise has
truly commenced.

For these reasons alone I
humbly suggest that the Port of
Nassau be relocated to Clifton
Pier. It is not logical in attempt-
ing to solve one problem in fact
create numerous other prob-
lems. Clifton Pier is free of traf-
fic congestion, free of arriving
cruise ships, free of cultural cen-
tres, and free of a thriving busi-
ness district. I sincerely hope
that the powers that be have
minds that are free enough to
accept the suggestions of this
Bahamian.

.CIGI A DAVIS
Nassau,
February 6, 2008.

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KINDLY allow me space in your valuable column to express a
few ideas with reference to law enforcement.

Sir Burton Hall, Chief Justice of the Commonwealth of the
Bahamas, perhaps remembers Sir Gordon Bryce, former Chief
Justice of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. He was given the
mammoth task to revise the laws of the Bahamas. The job was
remarkable.

During the year 2007 the judiciary saw 79 cases where human
lives were lost. The number was a record-breaking one. Already in
2008 we have had five incidents. What is wrong with the justice sys-
tem? I will venture to state that many of the laws on the books are
not being enforced.

Let me state categorically that the Royal Police Force has done
and is doing wonders but nevertheless things are not what they
should be.

Your job is an important one, Sir Burton. | recommend that
you call on the “powers that be” in this country for “law reform.”

Finally, Mr Chief Justice, there seems to be lots of “loopholes”
in the existing system.

RESWELL N MATHER JP
Commonwealth

of the Bahamas

January 24, 2008.



THE TRIBUNE

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2008, PAGE 5



© In brief

University student
who challenged
official denies
being arrested

MHAVANA

A UNIVERSITY student
and Cuban government officials
on Tuesday strongly denied
reports that the student was
arrested for questioning the
Communist country’s travel and
Internet restrictions last month,
according to Associated Press.

“There was no arrest” — as
some dissident sources had
claimed — student Eliecer Avi-
la said in a video produced and
published by the government’s
CubaDebate Web site late
Monday. “This is part of the
information war.”

But Avila did not back away
from the tough questions he
and other students posed to
Ricardo Alarcon, president of
Cuba’s parliament, during a Jan.
19 meeting at the elite Com-
puter Sciences University in
Havana. A videotape of the ear-
lier encounter posted last week
on the Internet was widely cir-
culated.

Local dissidents, quoting sec-
ondhand sources, reported that
Avila had been picked up by
police in his native city of Puer-
to Padre over the weekend,
sparking sporadic news reports
Monday in Spain and Miami
that he had been detained.

Avila said he went home to
be with his family while he had
his wisdom teeth pulled, and
fellow student leaders from a
satellite campus of his universi-
ty gave him a ride back to the
capital — about 430 miles away
— so he could deal with the
aftermath of the international
airing of the tape.

His questions to Alarcon
were designed to “construct a
better socialism, not destroy it,”
Avila said in a five-minute
Internet video, “CubaDebate
Talks with Student Victims of
Manipulation.”

CubaDebate’s stated mission
is to fight “media terrorism”
against communist Cuba.

Avila’s earlier questions chal-
lenged limits on Internet access
and travel, as well as the fact
that many basic goods in Cuba
are sold in convertible currency
meant for tourists and foreign-
ers — making them unafford-
able to citizens paying in local
pesos.

LOCAL NEWS

Call for ‘ghetto’ areas
to be duty-free zones

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

THE government should turn “ghet-
to” areas into duty-free zones in order to
stimulate economic activity and promote
social revitalisation, it has been suggested.

Additionally, Urban Renewal pro-
grammes should be extended “to all
depressed areas of New Providence,”
including parts of the St Cecilia con-
stituency.

These moves along with efforts to iden-
tify and address objectionable dwellings
will create a “feel good factor” that will
have a positive impact on the crime rate
across the Bahamas said attorney Paul
Moss, a PLP member who has expressed
his desire to run for the party in the St
Cecilia constituency.

Seeking to illustrate why such a policy
change needs occur, Mr Moss, in con-
junction with Bahamas Loving Care
founder Sam Williams, brought The Tri-
bune to two dilapidated wooden homes
which stand — only barely — near the south-
ern end of East street. Both are occupied
by elderly men, living alone.

The attorney declared that such
“unhealthy” and unsafe living conditions
— without electricity or running water —
“are unacceptable in a modern Bahamas”,
which enjoys a annual per capita income
of $23,000.

“As a country we can do better than
this,” he said.

Mr Moss emphasised that if the gov-
ernment is willing to grant tax exemp-
tions to foreign developers such as Kerzn-
er, and those behind Baha Mar, it should
“have no difficulty doing it for its own
people.”

He suggested that in addition to pro-
viding tax-breaks, the government needs
to “move through the country identify-
ing and condemning such conditions and
marking out houses against the law” as

they relate to building standards. This |

would send out the message that such liv-
ing conditions are unacceptable and would
encourage individuals who can to do
something to improve them.

“It is a hazard. When there is a death, it
costs the country something, when there is
a hurricane, it costs the country some-
thing — it costs the country something in
terms of crime,” he said.

65-YEAR-OLD Almond Stubbs sits at his back door and (right) no Prone in Nits Sine house.



Mr Moss said that exemptions will
entice entrepreneurs to focus their atten-
tion on the area, moving them to provide
housing and employment opportunities
for economically “depressed” communi-
ties.

Meanwhile, Mr Williams stated that in
his experience, family members need to do
more to reach out to their relatives who
are in need, doing what they can to lift
them out of unacceptable circumstances.

At the direction of Mr Williams, The
Tribune visited the home of Almond
Stubbs, aged 65.

Mr Stubbs’ home appears to defy grav-
ity, leaning at such an angle that it seems
ready to collapse at any minute.

The wooden floor, covered by a small
piece of carpet, is caving in underfoot.

Since his electricity went out four or
five years ago, the most light Mr Stubbs
gets inside his home comes through the
gaping two by four foot hole in his roof,
where it has become detached from the



side of his slanting home. Despite calls to
BEC about the disconnection, he claims
no one has come to attend to the problem,
so he lives by lamp light.

The basic convenience of running water
is not one that he enjoys.

Mr Stubbs said he was laid off from his
job at the Royal Bahamian Resort in 1981
and has not been able to get permanent
employment since. He survives on $200 a
month from Social Services.

On his wall, alongside numerous knick-
knacks, hangs a photograph portrait of
his brother — a retired police sergeant. Mr
Stubbs said he receives little help from
any of his nine children and while a broth-
er began building a second home in the
yard of his property five years ago, to this
day it stands only as a frame and founda-
tion.

Mr Williams is soliciting donations to
complete the construction of the other
property, so that Mr Stubbs can have a
secure and safe place to live.



Felipé Major/Tribune staff



Stephen’s Close
development client
files complaint
with the police

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

A FRUSTRATED client
in the controversial Stephen’s
Close development has filed
a complaint with police after
paying a mortgage of $50,000
for more than two years on
property on which he has not
been able to build a home.

Kenrick Wells made his
complaint to the commercial
crime unit on Monday, esca-
lating the row over who is
responsible for the grievances
of homeowners in the subdi-
vision.

The plight of struggling
would-be homeowners of
Stephen’s Close made head-
lines late last year, when pub-
lic complaints were made
against attorneys who report-
edly advised banks that the
subdivision had received the
go-ahead for development,
when, it is claimed, only an
approval in principle was
granted in September 2004.

Ministry

The Ministry of Works
subsequently issued a stop-
order on development in the
subdivision in November
2005, claiming that construc-
tion had gone ahead without
the necessary government
permits and approvals being
granted.

Mr Wells became a client
of the Reality Homes Finders
Consultancy in 2005. He
made an initial payment of
$3,200 for a land house pack-
age. In June 2005, he
received a mortgage approval

for $152,000, from Bank of
the Bahamas International
for the duplex at No. 7
Stephen’s Close.

After the bank was satis-
fied with the legal work done
on his behalf by Desmond
Edwards & Co Law Cham-
bers, he said in a written
statement, the $50,000
cheque was released in Sep-
tember of 2005 for the pur-
chase of the lot.

Mr Wells did not know that
the subdivision did not have
the necessary approvals for
development until late Jan-
uary 2006 after he became
suspicious that no construc-
tion had begun on his home,
despite his assumption that
work would be completed by
the end of March 2006.
Though no construction com-
menced on the property Mr
Wells purchased, some struc-
tures in the subdivision were
stopped semi-constructed by
the ministry’s order.

Mr Edwards told The Tri-
bune yesterday that the
$50,000 Mr Wells is now pay-
ing mortgage on went to the
vendor involved, and not to
him.

“The property was sold to
him,” said Mr Edwards yes-
terday. “He owns the land,”
emphasized Mr Edwards,
who added that his current
attorney has the documenta-
tion of ownership for Mr
Wells.

Denise Burrows the devel-
oper of Stephen’s Close has
made no public statement on
this affair thus far. Howev-
er, the fall-out over this
stalled sub-division raises
questions surrounding the

safeguards in place at banks
to ensure that full approvals
are granted on residential
communities before funds
are released to consumers.
In the case of another pur-
chaser at Stephen’s Close,
one bank official told The
Tribune when the story was
first published, that his insti-
tution would never have
released the funds to that
client had it known that there
was only an approval in prin-
ciple rather than full
approval. ;

Families

The assumption made by
the developer that approval
would be granted, has left
numerous families still wait-
ing for word by the ministry
on when, or if the go-ahead
will be given to Stephen’s
Close. For some of the home-
owners; whose houses are
semi-complete, the bank has
suspended mortgage pay-
ments pending resolution of
the approvals. However,
these mortgages can be
restarted within thirty days
notice at the bank’s discre-
tion.

The only resolution to this
matter, said Mr Wells yester-
day, is for him to have his
home, or for those who have
prevented this to be taken
before the law.

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THE TRIBUNE

THE BAHAMAS MUST ADAPT IN A WORLD WHERE OIL PRICES ARE AROUND $100 A BARREL

The goal: energy independence

( APE ELEUTHERA: °
It was a truly shocking

experience.

Who would have thought
that the head cheeses of the
Bahamas Electricity Corpora-
tion, Kevin Basden and Fred
Gottlieb, would be caught dead
at a little out island gabfest on
renewable energy?

"T really hope we can get
renewables working for us,"
BEC chairman Gottlieb told the
assembled experts and affi-
cionados, "because I am tired
of people calling me to com-
plain about the fuel surcharge."

With oil prices now hover-
ing around $100 a barrel, the
world's heavily-polluting energy
economy is finally beginning to
shift gear, and the Bahamas —
which imports all its fuel —
must adapt or suffer the conse-
quences. The good news is that
the economic changes the
experts were predicting for the
long haul are happening a lot
faster than we expected.

The setting for Mr Gottlieb's
joke last week is a clear case in
point. An American-owned
school at Cape Eleuthera that is
powered entirely by solar panels
and a wind turbine, that recycles
its own waste, grows its own
food and builds with casuarina
lumber. What, just a couple of
years ago, might have been
merely a gathering of starry-
eyed green missionaries turned
out to be more of a business
meeting than you might think.

"We want to create a cut-
ting-edge model that delivers
real-world success in sustain-
able design," said Jack Ken-
worthy, one of the conference
organisers. "We want to gal-
vanise government support,
identify funding, planners and
stakeholders, and decide, on
next steps over the coming year.
At stake is our quality of life in
terms of whether we can afford
to keep the economy running."

In addition to the BEC
chiefs, public sector participants
at the conference included the
minister for utilities, Phenton
Neymour; the minister for agri-
culture and marine resources,
Larry Cartwright; both recent
electoral. candidates. for. South
Eleuthera, Oswald Ingraham



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“There is no country more vul-
nerable to climate change than
the Bahamas. And the next elec-
tion has to be fought over which
leaders are more environmental-
ly conscious and more con-
cerned about energy security.”



and Johnley Ferguson; as well
as local government and
tourism officials; and a couple of
bigwigs from the Inter-Ameri-
can Development Bank.

Peninsula

The private sector was rep-
resented by Eric Carey of the
National Trust; Ginny McKin-
ney of Waste Not Ltd; Stuart
Ray of the Lyford Cay Foun-
dation; Jennifer Edwards of the
Hotel Association; Paul
Thompson of the Windermere
resort on Eleuthera; Keith Bish-
op of Islands by Design, archi-
tect Mike Alexiou; Kevon
Mackell of Bermuda Electric
Light Co; Petagay Hartman of
the Tamiano resort on Andros;
realtor/developer Colin Light-
bourn and Doug Cotton of the
Boston planning firm, Haley &
Aldrich.

Cape Eleuthera Resort has
existed on this remote peninsu-
la in one form or another for
over 40 years, and bills itself
today as the largest marina in
the out islands. Originally a
small mangrove creek a mile or
three from the tiny settlement
of Deep Creek (population
700), it is now owned by the
DeVos family of Michigan,
founders of the multi-billion-

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Seal turned teacher from New
Jersey who had been visiting
Eleuthera since his parents built
a home at Cotton Bay years
ago, was able to get the DeVos
family to hand over a few of
their 4,500 acres at the Cape for
a small educational field station.

Mee used his island
connections to set up

a campus near Deep Creek
about a decade ago. And the
Island School now draws stu-
dents from hundreds of North
American and Bahamian high
schools, who pay big bucks to
spend a semester roughing it
while learning about the envi-
ronment and history of
Eleuthera.

Maxey went on to leverage
his wealthy friends (and their
friends) to create something
called the Cape Eleuthera Insti-
tute, which works along with
the school on sustainable living
technologies that can be applied
to local resorts and communi-
ties. The Institute set up shop
two years ago and hosted last
week's unprecedented renew-
able energy event.

The word “unprecedented”
is no exaggeration. Minister
Neymour said a national energy
council would be appointed
"within a few weeks", IDB
director Jerry Butler offered
grants and financing for renew-



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able energy projects, Chairman

Gottlieb revealed that a high-
level committee at BEC was
already working on alternative
energy options, and the Cape
Eleuthera Institute is propos-
ing a one megawatt solar power
plant tied to BEC's Rock Sound
facility.

In fact, the Institute set up
the first grid-connected photo-
voltaic power system in The
Bahamas a year OF SO ago.
Rooftop solar panels produce
30 kilowatts of electricity,
enough to power the campus
with the excess provided to
BEC for the people of Deep
Creek. The idea is to expand
this initial incursion into BEC's
grid with a $4 million solar facil-
ity at Rock Sound built to with-
stand a category 5 hurricane.

The Institute is seeking to
convince manufacturers of
large-scale photovoltaic plants
to take a risk on a much smaller
facility here in the interest of
opening doors to future busi-
ness. BEC sells electricity on
Eleuthera for 32 cents per kilo-
watt (including the surcharge),
although the real cost is
believed to be higher. A one
megawatt solar plant could sell
power to BEC for about 28
cents a kilowatt, according to
Mr Kenworthy, CEO at the
Institute.

BEC currently produces
some 45,000 megawatt hours
each year on Eleuthera. Using
technology that is available right
now, a solar panel farm big
enough to feed that demand
would occupy about one tenth
of one per cent of Eleuthera's
484 square kilometers of land,
for an investment of about $330
million. A, smaller solar farm
could be supplemented by a few
giant wind turbines.

With gasoline imports
approaching prohibitive prices,
transportation fuel is another
big issue for the Bahamas. And
as has been well-publicised
recently, the Institute produces
all the fuel for its fleet of diesel
vans from discarded cooking oil
retrieved from cruise ships that
stop at a nearby shore facility. A
deal was recently cut with
Bahamas Waste Ltd to produce
a million gallons of biodiesel a
year — about half of Eleuther-
a's annual fuel requirement.

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Independent

Marco Watson, a Bahamian
who supervises the biodiesel
processing, is convinced the
government should invest in
renewables to make the country
truly independent. "We have to
make that change now so our
children don't have to worry
about tomorrow. Now is the
time to invest," he told confer-
ence attendees during a tour of
the Institute.

I was a theme echoed by
Jerry Butler, a Bahamian
who has sat on the board of the
IDB in Washington, DC, for the
past four years. The bank has
billions to lend, along with $25
million in grant funds for ener-
gy and climate change projects
in the region.

"There is no country more
vulnerable to climate change

than the Bahamas," he said.’

"And the next election has to
be fought over which leaders
are more environmentally con-
scious and more concerned
about energy security."

As much as price, nailing
down a reliable energy supply is
a key factor driving the govern-
ment's new receptivity to
renewable energy options.
"BEC knows that oil will con-
tinue to rise in price and
become more difficult to get,"
Mr Gottlieb acknowledged.
"We are doing everything we
can both internally and in con-
junction with others to make
the Bahamas as energy inde-
pendent as possible."

Backing him in that view was
Minister Neymour: "If we don't

address these issues now we will
pay for it later." His colleague,
Larry Cartwright, told Tough
Call that the cabinet had "no
choice" but to embrace renew-
able energy solutions.

The Cape Eleuthera Insti-
tute is building relationships and
conducting research with a view
to developing sustainable indus-
tries in South Eleuthera, The
Bahamas, and the Caribbean.
And from the sound of it, things
do seem to be moving ahead.
The proposed national energy
council — something this col-
umn has been calling for — will
develop a regulatory framework
to promote renewables; the
Ministry of Works is reviewing
the use of biofuels, and BEC is
exploring utility-scale generat-
ing systems and financing
options. One of the biggest
drawbacks for policy makers is
the fact that oil imports cur-
rently provide a big percentage
of the country's tax revenue.
We will have to come up with
some creative ways to get
around that, but business as
usual is not an option any more.

The bottom line is that
renewables are now cost-effec-
tive, a fact which is converging
with rising concerns about cli-
mate change and security of
supply to create the right envi-
ronment for a take-off. For
example, representatives of
Bermuda's electric utility were
at the conference talking about
their "sustainable cottage" tech-

‘nology that integrates solar

water heaters, photovoltaic pan-
els and windmills into homes
that will be tied to the national
grid.

"We are here to talk about
what might be," Mr Kenworthy
told participants. "There is a
bottom line, so we need win-
win situations. But we can do
well by doing good. The
Bahamas is blessed with real
opportunities to create eco-
nomic changes that will also
benefit the environment."

What do you think? Send
comments to larry@tribuneme-
dia.net

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2008, PAGE 7



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Immigration Department

launches new

automated border control programme

Move designed to uncover travel document fraud

m@ By Matt Maura

THE Department of Immi-
gration has launched a new
automated border control pro-
gramme that aims to help law
enforcement officials uncover
travel document fraud.

Minister of National Security
and Immigration Tommy Turn-
quest said the programme is one
of a series of new initiatives the
Department of Immigration, in
conjunction with the Ministry
of National Security, will unveil
to battle trans-national organ-
ised crimes such as firearm,
drug and illegal immigrant traf-
ficking.

announced that the department
has “stepped up” the processing
of.immigration matters to
ensure that all persons who
have a right to enter the
Bahamas will be in a position
to show that they do.

He said the Department of

Immigration and the Royal
Bahamas Defence Force will
increase joint apprehension
operations to reduce the num-
ber of illegal immigrants in the
country and that the depart-
ment is in the process of hiring
and training additional officers
to meet demands in this area.
“Our open borders have
always made us susceptible to
trans-national, organised crime

firearms, illicit drug trafficking
and illegal migration which
compounds our domestic crime
problems,” Mr Turnquest said.

“We can draw a straight con-
nection from these illegal trans-
border activities to some of the
crimes being committed in our
country today. This is particu-
larly so in respect of crimes
committed using guns,” he said.

Enforcement

Mr Turnquest said a key
component of the government’s
strategy to halt and reverse
crime trends in the Bahamas is
to ensure that its law enforce-

ommy Turnquest Mr



Turnquest

also

such as the illegal trafficking in

ment agencies are adequately

equipped and have the neces-
sary resources to effectively dis-
charge their mandate.

He said the government has
taken decisive steps to address
trans-national crime by enhanc-
ing the assets of the Royal
Bahamas Defence Force and is
in “an active acquisition peri-
od, bringing on stream and in
a phased manner, air and seago-
ing assets.”

“Two weeks ago in Inagua,
the Defence Force commis-

_sioned two, 27 foot boats that

will patrol in the southern
Bahamas,” Mr Turnquest said.
“We expect to take possession
of 10 additional larger vessels
and two aircraft later this year.
We are also providing training

_ for officers and marines of the

Defence Force to ensure that it
remains on the cutting-edge of
technology and management
techniques.

“While the government is
doing its part to halt and reverse
the disturbing crime trends in
the Bahamas, as is evident from
the strategies it has put in place
and the initiatives it has
launched, I must emphasise,
however, that the answer to.our
critical crime problems rests
with each of us. Responsibility
and accountability must be our
watchword in what must be a
national initiative to halt and
reverse crime and criminality in
our country,” Mr Turnquest
said.



Minister praises speech contest

@ By ERIC ROSE



THE Téxaco Speech Competition helps
to educate young people about road safety
and provides a platform for them to show-
case oral communication skills, Minister of
State for Youth and Sports Byran Wood-
side said.

Speaking at the contest’s official launch,
Mr Woodside said the competition can help
students prepare to make a difference in

' their communities.

“This speech competition prepares our
young people to come forward and to give
their ideas; but also to impress upon other
young people the importance of road safe-
ty,” he said.

Among those present for the launch were
Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of
Works and Transport Colin Higgs, Con-
troller of Road Traffic Jack Thompson,
Chevron’s district retail manager Armando
Vegas and representatives of the Royal
Bahamas Police Force.

This year’s topic is “Road safety — making
the difference” and is endorsed by Chevron
Bahamas Limited, as well as corporate co-
sponsors, government agencies and road
safety stakeholders.

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According to a press release by Chevron
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“lam aware that since 2002, over 100
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Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts.

In addition to serving as the 2008-2009
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“LOCAL NEWS

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ZNS

FROM page one

ing an individual with proven
leadership skills to fill the
position of general manager,
effective no later than April 1,
2008.

The person who is select-
ed as general manager will be
taking over from Anthony
Foster, who has headed the
corporation for the past five
years, but has now reached
retirement age.

Senator Forbes-Smith, par-
liamentary secretary in the
office of the prime minister,
who has responsibility for
ZNS, said yesterday that find-
ing a new general manager is

part of the restructuring of

the corporation.

She explained that
although large sums of tax-
payer’s money is pumped into
the television station every
year, there are constant com-
plaints from the viewers
about content.

“And they (the viewers)
are well within their rights to
complain. It’s taxpayer’s
money,” she said.

Mrs Forbes-Smith reiterat-
ed that her government hopes
to transform ZNS into a tele-
vision station resembling the
United States’ Public Broad-
casting Service (PBS).

“Viewers would like to see
more Bahamian-type pro-
gramming, more educational
programming and they just
want to see changes in how
we present shows we have
now, such as the news,” the
senator said.

ZNS states in its advertise-
ment that candidates for the
general manager’s position
should, at a minimum, pos-
sess a first degree in journal-
ism, broadcasting or in other
related fields.

The ideal candidate, the
corporation said, should pos-
sess a MBA and have a
proven and comprehensively
displayed leadership track
record in a senior manage-
ment capacity for a minimum
of seven years.

The corporation intends to
interview short-listed appli-
cants with a view of selecting
an appropriate candidate by
no later than ne end of this
month.

FROM page one

“T think their greatest concern would
have been whether the teacher, you know
her position as a teacher would have been
taken from her,”
Education Lionel Sands after the meeting,
in response to questions by The Tribune.
“That has not happened. She is still a
teacher of the Ministry of Education,
Youth, Sports and Culture. She is away
from school now because she is receiving
counselling, and so is the student. He ts
receiving counselling. As so, their posi-
tions, he as (post withheld) and she as a
teacher, still remain intact.”

said Acting Director of

Teacher and pupil

When asked if the teachers were satisfied
with this position, or if (here will be further
meetings Co discuss the matter, Mr Sands
said “no, we are not having any other dis-
cussions on that.”

Mr Sands said he feels “confident” that
the matter has been resolved, while
also emphasizing that it must be remem-
bered that the claim of a sexual relationship
between the two is still only an allegation,

“There is nothing that [ have in my pos-
session that says the allegations are sub-
stantiated,” he said. “Okay, so they are
only allegations. But, the fact that they are

allegations, the teacher and the student
would have been negatively affected by
the allegations. Hence the need to have
both of them have counselling.”

Mr Sands said that no decision has yet
been made on whether or not anyone will
be transferred out of the school as a result
of this incident,

Allegations of teacher-student affairs
compromise the orderly relationship that is
supposed to exist between students and
teachers. This is evident by the comments
of one student from the school The Tri-
bune spoke with in a nearby neighbour-
hood.

“The male students are tryin’ to get some
too,” said the student.

“Fellas are droppin’ little hints here and
there,” to female teachers, he claimed, in
an effort to attempt to follow the path of
the male student involved in the alleged
affair.

The female teacher involved in the scan-
dal is reportedly 32 years old while the
male student is 16. Permanent Secretary at
the Ministry of Education Elma Garraway
has said publicly that an investigation is
underway into these allegations. However,
it is uncertain what action, if any, the min-
istry will take after the investigation has
been completed.

Mrs Poitier-Turnquest did not wish to
comment on the matter after the meeting
yesterday.

Bannister: govt should
not be liable for crimes
committed on bail

FROM page one

of powers in our country, the judiciary has control of

the courts, the Attorney General(’s office) is an organ
of the government that brings people before the
courts.

“Judges determine whether somebody gets bail
and judges determine that for good reason and we
ought to leave this whole issue out of the political
debate and debate the systems of our country and bow
we are going to improve them,” he said.

However, Mr Bannister, who has been a member of
the Bar for 20 years, and a magistrate, admitted that
for many years the Bahamian court system “has not
met the challenges our society has posed” andl as il
stands is “very, very far behind” in terms of resources
— even compared to other countries in the region,

Pressed as to whether he believes this lack of judi-
cial resources has contributed to the number of peo
ple being granted bail, by creating and compounding
the backlog of court cases and promoting a situation
where it becomes increasingly difficult for cases to be
brought to trial within a “reasonable” period of time
— as demanded by law —- Mr Bannister would not
admit this to be true.

However, he said that the cumulative effect of

years of “we as a people” not providing for “our judi-
ciary and our courts in the manner that we should” has
led to a situation where the judiciary “peeds our
help” and the Ingraham administration is commil-
ted to addressing that.

In her budget contribution in May last year, Attor-
ney General Claire Hepburn told the upper chamber
that there were some 500 cases pending before the
Supreme Court, some dating back as far as 20 years.

Emphasising that he is “not making excuses for
any government,” Mr Bannister proposed that
progress in the justice system is more of a two-way
street than some may realise.

“Tam saying that it is a cooperative exercise,” said
the minister. “Yes every executive is responsible for
providing (resources), but you should also remembe:
that in the budgeting process (what is required by
the judicial system) is generally put forward by the
judiciary itself.”

Referring to Mr Moss, he said: “We as lawyers
have a responsibility to our society and we ought to
not seek to politicise that responsibility and thereby
confuse the issues.”

Those who criticise the state of affairs “lor political
reasons need to be careful how they address issues
which are of critical importance to our country,” he
stated.



RRNA’. BB MO

MONTAGU GARDENS

Hutchinson gets life for

murder of Jackie Moxey
FROM page one

out of the courtroom yesterday, minutes after Justice Isaacs
handed down his ruling. In his ruling Justice Isaacs high-
lighted the evidence of local pathologist Dr Govinda Raju,
which supported the prosecution’s assertion that Hutchinson
had inflicted a severe beating on Moxey, 44, which ulti-
mately resulted tn her death.

Justice Isaaes also noted that Hutchinson used his
fist or some other implement during the assault. Justice
Isaaes stated that the court was not of the view that the
case fcll into the most heinous category, however
Hutchinson's antecedents suggest that he should not
have any interaction with society again. Hutchinson has
already served time in prison for manslaughter.

Relatives of the former softball star were visibly dis-
appointed with yesterday’s ruling and broke down in
tears outside the courtroom.

“The system sucks, | thought this was going to be my
closure today,” a tearful Jackelle Moxey, the eldest
daughter of the deceased, told The Tribune yesterday.
“How many people he have to kill in order for him to
get the death penalty?” she asked. The Crown sought
the death penalty for Hutchinson for Moxey’s murder.

Hutchinson was convicted on September 19 last year of
the murder of softball star Jackie Moxey, 44. Prosecutors
claimed that on October 25, 2005, Hutchinson lured his
late girlfriend from her job at Bahamas Information Ser-
vices (BIS), and took her on a drive that ended in the
Clifton Pier area where a brutal beating by him resulted in
her death. Jealousy was the motive for the killing, accord-
ing to prosecutors, who claimed that Hutchinson was
obsessed with Moxey and incensed over allegations that
she had cheated on him.

Lead prosecutor Cheryl Grant Bethel yesterday
argued that Hutchinson would have known of these
allegations well before he had committed the offence
and had time to “cool off.” She said that Moxey’s mur-
der was premeditated as Hutchinson had picked her up
from her workplace intending to get revenge. Mrs
Grant-Bethel also argued that Hutchinson has shown
no remorse for Moxey’s murder and that his claim that
he had only head butted her in self defence was not
consistent with the numerous head wounds she had suf-
fered.

Psychiatrist Dr Nelson Clarke was called to the wit-
ness stand. Dr Clarke, who provided a psychiatric
ae on Hutchinson, told the court that there was no
evidence to suggest that Hutchinson suffered from any
psyc hological illness, effective disorder or could not
control his temper at the time of the offence. Hutchin-
son Was represented by lawyer Murrio Ducille.

Former pupils ailege
homosexual encounters
with teachers while
at high school

FROM page one

with this school. I could bring you three students who
went through the exact same thing. Everytime the sit-
uation came up we got thrown out of the school,” he
said.

The student said that he approached a member
of management at the school about the fact that
some teachers were “involved” with their students,
and was told that the teachers had their “own lives
to live.”

The female student went on to explain that she
was involved with her female English teacher for
the final two years of high school, right up until
December of last year before their relationship
ended.

“T got kicked out because of what was going on
with me and her and the principal finding out,” the
young woman said.

“This is not anything new at all. When I first
went there it was going on. I don’t think it’s the
students, I think it’s the teachers. What they are
doing to the students is really wrong. Really
wrong,” she said.

The student explained that on the occasion when
she was expelled from school, the teacher denied
they were having a relationship, stating that she
had “no idea” of what was going on. Subsequently, |
however, the student claims that the female
teacher would assure her that their relationship
could continue, but it would have to be secret.

“T would still see her now again when she would
invite me to her church or whatever. Sometimes I
would be really scared because I wouldn’t know
her next move.

“If something was to happen, she would be like,
she would deny everything, but still be cool with
me whenever we were alone. It just was making
me look bad and make me feel bad, so I ended
things at the beginning of this year,” the student
claims.

The young woman added that she felt compelled
to come forward now with her story after reading
of a similar incident in The Tribune that is current-
ly being investigated by the Ministry of Education.

“This is well known. Everyone got jealous over
who had who. You would not believe it. Teachers
would get jealous over, which student they, had,”
she alleged.

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2008, PAGE 9



Bahamas ratifies the International
Maritime Labour Convention 2006

@ By Lindsay Thompson

THE Bahamas has ratified
the International Maritime
Labour Convention 2006,
becoming the first country in
the western hemisphere to
move towards improving stan-
dards and conditions for the
maritime industry.

The Bahamas received the
Instrument of Ratification from
Dr Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry,
director of the International
Labour Standards Department
of the ILO, at a signing cere-
mony at the Ministry of For-
eign Affairs this week.

Deputy Prime Minister and
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Brent Symonette said, “The
signing and ratification of this
convention is another clear indi-
cation of the Bahamas’ ongo-
ing commitment to maritime
safety and good labour practice.

“Indeed, a well-trained mar-
itime labour force governed. by
just, fair and equitable laws will
not only rebound to the good
quality of the register but will
also ensure the sustainability of
best practice and standards in
maritime affairs,” he said.

Mr Symonette said the
Bahamas is pleased to be
among the first countries to rat-
ify the convention.

The Bahamas has the third
largest ship registry in the world
with over 1,700 vessels.

The second largest, Liberia,
has ratified the MLC 2006.
Panama, the largest ship reg-
istry, is also expected to ratify
the convention this month.

Ratification of MLC 2006 is
part of the United Nations Mil-
lennium Development Goals
slated to take effect by 2010.

The MCL, which sets out the
conditions for work in the mar-
itime sector, was adopted on
February 23, 2006, at the 94th

‘International Labour Confer-
ence.

The new convention consoli-
dates and updates 68 existing
ILO maritime conventions and
recommendations adopted since
1920.

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Dion Foulkes; Director International Labour Standards Department, Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry; and Deputy

Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Brent Symonette.

which includes legally binding
standards accompanied by non-
mandatory guidelines. It departs
significantly from that of tradi-
tional ILO conventions.

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Dr Doumbia-Henry said that
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“The Bahamas has shown
leadership with this ratification
in leading the way for others to
follow,” she said.

“This ratification should also
help stir on other Caribbean
states with maritime interests
to follow in the footsteps of the
Bahamas. The Bahamas could
assist these countries.”

The ratification should also
give a boost to the on-going dis-
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Two co-ordinators
to run relaunched
Urban Renewal
Programme

THE relaunched Urban Renewal Programme will be
run by two co-ordinators, the government has announced.

In New Providence it will be headed by former FNM can-
didate Ella Lewis, who has a background is in education. In
Grand Bahama, it will be headed by Tirzah Carey, who has
worked in social services and housing.

Minister of Housing Kenneth Russell said the Urban
Renewal Liveable Neighbourhood Programme has four
key objectives: to increase public safety, to increase wealth,

to increase independence
and to give people and the
communities a sense of
responsibility.

Mr Russell said managers
have been appointed for all
of the nine Urban Renewal
centres in New Providence
and the six in Grand
Bahama. “To the extent pos-
sible, centre managers have
been selected from the com-
munities and will interact
directly with persons in the
communities.”

He said centre managers
will be assisted by commu-
nity project facilitators sta-
tioned at the Ministry of
Housing in New Providence
and at the Urban Renewal
headquarters in Freeport,
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nators and ministry personnel. These will be deployed on
an as-needed basis to provide practical and technical sup-
port in the field for the centres.”

Mr Russell noted that persons employed in the pro-
gramme, with a few exceptions, are contract officers and not

public servants.

He said that for the present, the buildings already used
for Urban Renewal centres will continue to be used. “The
Ministry is reviewing all rental contracts to ensure the suit-
ability of the premises for the delivery of services in the

communities.”

He added that where institutions and facilities already
exist within communities, these will be accessed for the ben-

efit of the programmes.

Mr Russell explained that the Englerston area has been

chosen to demonstrate how the

new thrust will work and

projects have been selected for execution in the area to
determine how the four goals can be achieved.

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Crime and criminality high
on government's agenda

By Simon Lewis

FREEPORT, Gran
Bahama — The government says
it is keeping crime and crimi-
nality high on its national agen-
da and is creating space and
mechanisms for Bahamians to
give expression to their anti-
crime views.

That assurance came from
Senator Elma Campbell, Min-
ister of State in the Ministry of
National Security and Immi-
gration, during the Grand
Bahama Police Division’s annu-
al church service over the week-
end.

Police officers, along with
officials from Customs, Immi-
gration and the Road Traffic,
attended the service at the
Church of God Temple on
Peach Tree Street. It was con-
ducted by the Grand Bahama

- Christian Council.

Ms Campbell referred to
police statistics indicating that
crime, particularly violent crime,
continues to be on the rise.

She said that in response to
this, a profound change is taking
place in the consciousness of
the Bahamian people.

“Bahamians want an end to
this spiral of crime and violence,
and particularly to senseless
killings, which resulted in 79
murders in 2007, and already in
2008, to nine murders,” she said.

Ms Campbell said the gov-
ernment is creating the space
and the mechanism for Bahami-
ans to give expression to their
anti-crime consciousness, and
through dialogue and debate,
to express their views on crime
and criminality.

“Importantly, we are listen-
ing to views on what we as a
nation and a people ought to

-be doing about it.”

Ms Campbell pointed out
that only a few days ago, the
Ministry of National Security
partnered with the Conference
of Youth Leaders to hold the
first National Youth Anti-
Crime and No-Violence Forum.

“We heard the voices of our
young people as they expressed
their views on parenting, the

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family and the breakdown of
traditional values. They spoke
of the need for all to be free
from illiteracy and poverty,
domestic violence and other
societal ills, and to have a
decent life.

“They commented that we
should obey the laws, all the
laws, including traffic laws, and
that adults should live by exam-
ple. They urged that every
effort be taken to ensure that
the next generation of Bahami-
ans does not grow up in an envi-
ronment of crime and violence,”
Ms Campbell said.

She encouraged police offi-
cers to continue to work with
courage, strength and profes-
sionalism, and told them to
maintain their.integrity and
grasp opportunities for training
and retraining.

“These are times of challenge

and change for the Royal:

Bahamas Police Force, led in
no small measure by a changing
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other institutional changes and
developments.

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ening the hands of the -police
force as it goes through this
transition to ensure that it con-
tinues to perform to the highest
possible standard now and in
the future.

“We are providing the nec-
essary resources, including cut-
ting edge technological equip-
ment, communications and
transportation required of a 21st
century police force and seeking
to meet the needs of the force
for appropriate facilities
throughout our country,” she
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arriving.

His older sister, She-
vaughn Woodside told The
Tribune doctors said he
showed no vital signs in the
ambulance.

The incident has sparked
a call for the induction of
conflict resolution courses
within the public school sys-
tem to aid troubled youth in
resolving disputes in a non-
violent matter.

However, principal, Mrs
Delores Ingraham, an edu-
cator for the past 42 years,
does not think the imple-
mentation of a specialised
programme is needed.
Instead fundamental values
that seem to be lacking in
today’s society need to be
instilled in classrooms and
the home, she said yester-
day.

“T hear people talking
about ‘conflict resolution’,
you know, but you have
conflict resolution in every-
thing that you’re doing
because you’ve got to
(teach) with some degree of
discipline, being responsi-
ble, caring for the other per-
son and that’s everyday liv-
ing.

“You have classes where
you zoom in on it (conflict
resolution) — the family life
classes, religious knowledge
classes — but in every class
that you teach, manners and
respect for others that’s a
part of conflict resolution.

“It’s no use calling (for a)
big fancy programme, it’s
everyday living, how to treat
your fellow man, your fel-
low student.”

However, Carlos Reid,
president of Youth Against
Violence and a former gang
member, feels such a pro-
gramme is vital to reforming
young men wading through
the “war zones” of public
schools.

“We need to get conflict
resolution in the schools.
We have had a proposal into
government from that time
to be actively involved
where we can be mediators
in these schools. Our
schools are war zones where
we have a lot of gangs in
there.

“We are certified by the
National Gang and Crime
Research Centre of America
and all we are asking for is
for them to give us an
opportunity to use the infor-
mation, the knowledge that
we’ve obtained not just
through our certification but
also through the walk of life
that we have come through
and see-if we can help this
situation.”

Yesterday’s assembly was
attended by the entire stu-
dent population, faculty,
along with representatives
from the Parent Teachers
Association, the Bahamas
Christian Council, Youth
Against Violence and senior
police officers. Following
the somber gathering stu-
dents were given the option
of speaking to counsellors
or being dismissed early.
Classes are expected to
resume as normal for the
remainder of the week.

Rico was remembered by
his classmates as a fun-lov-
ing person who was “friends
with everyone.”

“He was a funny, person
who (got) along with peo-
ple, and he was determined
in his school work. I miss
him already, I couldn’t even
sleep last night,” Tasheen
McKenzie, a 12th grade boy
said after the ceremony.

Monday’s incident
spurred activists and con-
cerned citizens to recall for
the return of the school
policing unit, an initiative
formed under the former
administration.

At the start of the

2007/2008 academic year
Ministry officials strongly
maintained that while
school security would be
increased with trained secu-
rity officers, police officers
would not be returned to
public schools.

A press release issued by
the Ministry of Education
following Monday’s stab-
bing said the ministry was
“working diligently to sta-
bilise the school environ-
ment.”

Two brothers students are
being questioned by police
in connection with the inci-
dent. On Monday, Chief
Superintendent Hulan Han-
na told the media he expect-
ed the case to come to a
close by the end of the
week,

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2008, PAGE 11

held in honour of slain student



ABOVE: Students at C C Sweet-
ing reflect on the tragic death of
Rico Farrington yesterday at a

special assembly.








LEFT: A police officer comforts
a student at the school. ;





RIGHT: C C Sweeting Senior
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Morales declares Bolivian floods a national disaster

M TRINIDAD, Bolivia _

President Evo Morales declared Bolivia's
devastating floods a national disaster on
‘Tuesday, freeing more government funds to
confront a crisis his government has linked
to global climate change.

Flooding across Bolivia’s eastern low-
lands has killed 50 people and affected some
43,000 families since November, according
to Bolivian officials.

Floodwaters in some places have topped
a raised highway protecting Trinidad, where
Morales met Monday with local officials.

Yesterday the sun came out over the
besieged provincial capital of 90,000, raising

hopes that the waters would spare the city
center,

Morales’ declaration followed pressure
from eastern state governors, his fiercest
critics, who had accused the populist presi-
dent of responding too slowly to the disas-
ter.

Morales, in turn, has criticized the eastern
governors for campaigning for greater
autonomy from the central government
even while wide swaths of their states are
flooded.

The U.S. has donated $500,000 in tents
and supplies and Venezuela sent a pair of
helicopters to help out.

A rainy season aggravated by La Nina

— a periodic cooling of waters in the Pacif-
ic Ocean — has hit hard all across Bolivia.

Many residents in the capital La Paz, high
in the Andes, are living under severe water
rationing because rain-fed landslides last
month ruptured water mains throughout
the city.

In Trinidad, a city plaza has been con-
verted into refugee camp for people fleeing
the town’s flooded outskirts.

Some scientists believe higher ocean tem-
peratures caused by global warming boost
the amount of moisture in the air and cause
the El Nino weather pattern — and its echo,
La Nina — to occur more frequently and
cause more intense climate disruptions.

We're ready to cut off oil to US,

says Venezuela’s oil minister

m CARACAS, Venezuela

Venezuela is ready to cut off
oil supplies to the United States

if pressed into an “economic .

war,” the country’s oil minister
said in an interview published
Tuesday, echoing a threat by
President Hugo Chavez, accord-
ing to Associated Press. ,

Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez
told the Venezuelan newspaper
Ultimas Noticias that “we're
ready” to cut off oil shipments
to the United States — a threat
that apparently could be trig-
gered if Exxon Mobil Corp. suc-
ceeds in seizing billions of dol-
lars in Venezuelan assets
though lawsuits abroad.

Chavez first made the threat
Sunday in response to a drive
by Exxon Mobil to seize
Venezuelan assets through U.S.
and European courts in a dis-
pute over the nationalization of
lucrative oil ventures in
Venezuela.

A British court issued an
injunction last month tem-
porarily freezing up to $12 bil-
lion in the assets of state oil
company Petroleos de
Venezuela SA, or PDVSA.

It remained vaguely defined
what actions would lead to such
a decision, which many analysts
call unlikely.

But Ramirez said, “if they
want this conflict to escalate,
it’s going to escalate. We have a
way to make this conflict esca-

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speaks with journalists recently in Barinas, Venezuela.

late.” Ramirez accused Exxon
Mobil of having political
motives and being “very closely
linked to the (U.S.) State
Department.”

» “Clearly there is an intention
to start an economic war with
our country,” Ramirez was
quoted as saying.

The White House yesterday
refused to comment on
Venezuela’s threat.

“When there’s a litigation
that’s ongoing, different parties
will say anything to try to win
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the federal government is going
to get involved in.”

Exxon Mobil is challenging
the Chavez government’s
nationalization of one of four
heavy oil projects in the
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Other oil companies includ-
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“Only Exxon maintains an
aggressive and hostile attitude,”
said Ramirez, who is also
PDVSA\’s president.

“The action by Exxon doesn’t
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ference in Houston on Tuesday,
Exxon Mobil senior vice presi-
dent Mark Albers declined
comment on any court pro-
ceedings with Venezuela,
though he said the company is
eager to negotiate fair compen-
sation for its assets.

Ramirez called the Irving,
Texas-based Exxon Mobil an
“imperialist” company, saying
it and other multinationals
“don’t accept that governments
make sovereign decisions.”

He accused the company of
being “linked to the invasion of
Iraq” and having a sullied envi-
ronmental record of
“deplorable actions.”

Meanwhile, state television
has begun airing short anti-
Exxon segments, with a mes-
sage appearing on the screen in
red text reading: “Exxon Mobil
turns oil into blood.”

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telecoms regulation:

@ By NEIL HARTNELL |
Tribune Business Editor

INDIGO
Networks’
attorney yester-
day said the
Privy Council
had “upheld
the integrity” of
the telecommu-
nications sec-
tor’s regulatory
procedures by
finding that the Bahamas
Telecommunications Compa-
ny (BTC) had committed “an
abuse of the court’s process” in



BIC committed “abuse of
court process’ in challenge
on IndiGo’s right to use
VoIP technology

attempting to challenge his

' client’s right to use Voice over

Internet Protocal (VoIP) tech-
nology in its network.

The London-based Privy
Council, the highest court of
appeal for the Bahamas,
denied BTC’s appeal against

SEE page 2B

South Ocean developer
eyes six to eight months
for infrastructure start

m@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE developer behind the
proposed $867 million rede-
velopment of the South Ocean
Golf & Beach Resort yester-
day said he hoped to begin the
project’s infrastructure work
in six to eight months, having
closed a $33 million deal to
purchase land that is critical
for the development.

Roger Stein, head of New
York-based. RHS Ventures
and the New South Ocean
Development Company’s
managing director, said he had
“completely closed” the pur-
chase of two of the three land
parcels that were required if
the project was to go ahead.

_ IN Tribune Business on Tuesday, February 12, 2008, under the
headline BTC bidder has 15 days left on its exclusivity, the
_ first paragraph stated: “The bidder seeking to acquire a 49 per

cent stake in the Bahamas Telecommunications;Company’s

privatisation

15 days left on its exclusivity period, after which the Government
is set to open the process up to other bidders.”

It should have stated that the process would only be opened
up to rival bidders if the Government was unable to conclude a
satisfactory agreement with Bluewater Communications Hold-

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tract of land, he added, was
currently in escrow, and New
South Ocean Development
Company was set:to close that
deal “within days”.

Mr Stein said: “I’m in the
design phase for the infra-

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negotiating with the hotel and
casino operators, and hope to
cut deals with those groups
shortly.”

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Tribune Business Editor

nvestors in Fidelity’s

$10 million interna-

tional investment fund

were yesterday urged

to maintain a long-

term view on their investment,

after global stock market

volatility caused it to produce a

negative 7.97 per cent return
for the month of January.

Pointing out that investors’

principal was protected,

Michael Anderson, Royal

Fidelity Merchant Bank &

Trust’s president, said that the

Fidelity Bahamas Internation-

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had still managed to outper-
form many global stock market
indices and international stock
funds.

While the TIGRS I fund had

- experienced a negative 7.97 per

cent return, Mr Anderson
pointed out that selected glob-
al stock market indices -
including London’s FTSE 100,
Hong Kong Hang Seng, and
others from Spain, Indonesia
and France - had performed
worse, generating a negative
9.21 per cent return or loss for
January. International stock
funds had also generated a
negative 8.2 per cent return. °

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Due to the impact on
investor sentiment from the
US sub-prime mortgage crisis
and subsequent global credit
crunch, the four stock market
indices in which the TIGRS I
fund was invested - the S&P
500, Nikkei, Euro StoxxS0 and
iShares - Emerging Markets -
had experienced an average
decline of 10.1 per cent during
January.

The Fidelity fund’s perfor-
mance had been better, Mr
Anderson explained, due to

the “cushioning” provided by-

its time value component, with
Bahamian investors locked in
for 42 months. :

$900m BORCO buyer pledges to
make. firm ‘key international hub’

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Bahamas International Oil Refining

First Reserve confirms yet another -
Tribune Business exclusive, with

deal set to-close in 2008 second



Company’s (BORCO) purchaser yesterday
pledged to upgrade and expand the Grand
Bahama-based facility’s infrastructure and make
it “a key international hub for crude oil and
petroleum products”, with the deal set to close
in the 2008 second quarter.

First Reserve, the US-headquartered private
equity firm that specialises in energy industry
investments, confirmed Tribune Business’s
exclusive revelations - dating back to November
2007 - that it was BORCO’s purchaser, in a
deal that sources said was valued at around
$900 million.

Although First Reserve did not disclose the
terms of the deal with PDVSA, the state-owned
Venezuelan oil company, it said BORCO’s pur-
chase would be financed by a credit facility
underwritten by Dutch bank, ABN Amro.

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“with Fidelity’s

quarter after government approvals

The purchase is still conditional on First
Reserve receiving all the required government
and Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA)
approvals. The Tribune revealed last week how
BORCO and First Reserve had already been in
discussions with the Government over the 4 per
cent Stamp Duty they are required to pay on the
assets of a business being sold, seeking to min-
imise this payment.

Outlining the general plans it has for BOR-

-CO, which.is a 20 million barrel.(more.than

three million tonne) storage terminal for crude

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added that the TIGRS I fund
was “a long-term play”. While
investors might become caught
up in the international stock
market volatility and believe
the January performance was
“the end of the world”, Mr
Anderson encouraged them to
remember that history had
shown that “long-term, the
markets will perform, and peo-
ple will make their money.
They’re bound to see some ups
and downs along the way”.

Due to the TIGRS I fund’s

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Bank’s Bahamas operations
generate 40.9% profit rise

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

BUTTERFIELD Bank’s Bahami-
an operations generated a record net
income of $3.1 million for the 2007
financial year, a 40.9 per cent increase
upon the previous year, with total
revenues up by almost a third.

Unveiling its group results for the
12 months to December 31, 2007, yes-
terday, Butterfield Bank reported
that its Bahamian operations

increased their collective net income
by $0.9 million, increasing this. from
$2.2 million the year before.

Total revenues generated by But-
terfield’s Bahamian operations
increased year-on-year to $12.1 mil-

FAMGUARD

The Board of Directors an earlier Court of Appeal ver-

of : dict, finding that the state-
owned carrier had taken too
long to challenge the Public
Utilities Commission’s (PUC)
decision to permit IndiGo Net-
works, which is owned by Sys-
tems Resource Group (SRG),
to use VoIP technology in its
network.

It also found that BTC had
failed to follow the correct pro-
cedure in mounting the protest.

Brian Moree, senior partner
at McKinney, Bancroft &
Hughes, who represents Indi-
Go Networks and SRG, told
The Tribune: “It is important
that the integrity of the sys-
tem, and the role of the regu-
lator, as set out in the statute,
has been upheld by the Privy
Council.”

He added: “It seems to me
that this case was primarily
about whether or not BTC had
employed the correct proce-
dure to challenge the decision
of the PUC, with regard to

FROM page 1B

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lion, an increase of 32.7 per cent.

Its Bermuda-parent said that the
revenue growth reflected “strong
growth in net interest income and
fees earned from trust services”.

At December 31, 2007, according

Butterfield’s $3.1m net income driven by 32.7% revenue
rise to over $12m, with total assets up 17% to $182m

SRG’s right to use VoIP tech-
nology.

“The Privy Council stated
that the essence of the BTC
claim is an attack on the PUC’s
decision to permit SRG to
offer VoIP during the exclu-
sivity period” that BTC is sup-
posed to enjoy, under the Gov-
ernment’s Telecommunica-
tions Sector Policy, once it is
privatised.

The key issues raised before
the Privy Council, Mr Moree
added, were “whether BTC
had waited too long to mount
its challenge, and when it did,
whether it used the correct
procedure”.

He said: “The Privy Council
said BTC did wait too long and
did not give a satisfactory
explanation for this decision,
and employed the wrong pro-
cedure in bringing a declara-
tory action.

“If BTC wanted to chal-
lenge, they could have done so
either by going under Section 7
of the 1999 Telecommunica-
tions Act, or a judicial review,
providing they did so in the
prescribed time period.”

Mr Moree hinted that the
challenge mounted by BTC
was intended to restrict IndiGo
Networks’ ability to compete
with it. Given that VoIP is a
critical component of IndiGo’s
network technology, had the
Privy Council allowed the BTC
action to proceed, it could ulti-
mately have crippled the com-
pany and rendered it commer-
cially non-viable had it been
ordered not to use VoIP tech-
nology.

“Our client continues to
hope it can work with the PUC
and BTC going forward in
order to achieve what is clear-
ly the essence of the Govern-
ment’s telecommunications
policy objectives, to incremen-
tally liberalise the sector and
provide competition, which
will have enormous benefits
for consumers in the Bahamas
and industries which depend
so heavily on our communica-
tions platform,” Mr Moree told
The Tribune.

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record.

to the group’s unaudited results, But-
terfield’s Bahamian operations had
total assets of $182 million, a 17.4
increase on the previous year-end’s
$155 million.

Butterfield’s Bahamian operations

have two components - Butterfield
Bank (Bahamas),
renamed Butterfield Private Bank,
which is responsible for private bank-
ing and trust activities, and Butter-

now being

field Fund Services, which handles

fund and pension administration
responsibilities.

Butterfield first entered the
Bahamian financial services market in
2003 through the acquisitions of Tho-

rand Bank & Trust and Leopold

“We hope we can work
together to achieve this result,
but it does involve some basic
acceptance that competition is
to-be encouraged, not sup-
pressed.”

Although the Privy Council
ruling knocks-out any chance
that the BTC challenge will
proceed to hear the substan-
tive issues, it noted that these
revolved around section 8:21
of the Telecommunications
Sector Policy, which stated that
for the duration of BTC’s
exclusivity period, no other
company would be licensed to
provide voice services over the
Internet or VoIP networks.

The Telecommunications
Sector Policy had been revised
in 2002 to account for the delay
in privatising BTC, with the
introduction of competition for
fixed-line services delayed until
24 months after this process
was completed.

SRG, though, had already
been granted its licence in ear-
ly 2002. In response to public
concerns over who could offer
VoIP services, the PUC pub-
lished notices on March 18,
2004, and April 5, 2004, clari-
fying that only BTC and SRG
had been licensed to provide
voice telephony services, which
included VoIP and VoIP net-
works,

It was only on September 22,
2004, that BTC questioned this
- some five months later. Even-
tually, it filed a November 30,
2004, summons seeking
declaratory relief on seven
grounds, all challenging SRG’s
right to use VoIP technology
and services.

In response, the PUC argued
that BTC had adopted the
wrong procedure, and alleged
that the Supreme Court’s rules
stipulated that any challenge
had to be filed within 28 days
after its decision.

Outlining the PUC’s case,
the Privy Council said: “BTC
had been late in seeking to vin-
dicate its rights. Had it
observed the right procedure it
ought to have brought the pro-
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decision complained of. As the
limitation period had expired,
it would have needed leave,
the grant of which would not
have been automatic but dis-
cretionary.

“Its attempt to challenge the
PUC’s decision by applying to
the original jurisdiction of the
court rather than its appellate
jurisdiction was, it was submit-
ted, an abuse of process.”

Then-Supreme Court Justice
Hartman Longley ruled in
favour of BTC, rejecting “
SRG’s argument that the court
should not usurp the function
of the PUC, as the PUC was in
no better position than the
court to say what the law was
in any matter that was before
it”.

However, this was over-
turned by the Court of Appeal.
In its ruling, the Privy Council
found: “The procedure that
BTC has adopted gives rise to
a variety of objections which,
in their Lordships’ opinion, are
é first’is
that the declarations sought,
in-so-far as they are-not- so:

- Vague as to merit being struck

out on that ground, were all
capable of being dealt with by
means of judicial review of the
PUC’s decision to issue the
licence to SRG.

“The declarations that are
sought do not mention SRG,
but there is no doubt that the
issue of the licence to it is the
focus of BTC’s complaint.
There is no suggestion that the
PUC have issued, or intend to
issue, a licence to anyone else
to offer VoIP services in com-
petition with BTC.

“In essence, BTC’s claim is
an attack on the PUC’s deci-
sion to permit SRG to offer
VoIP during the Exclusivity
Period. Assuming in BTC’s
favour that the challenge that
they seek to make is more
appropriate for judicial review

- than an appeal under section 7

of the 1999 Act, the question
remains — why was that proce-
dure not adopted?”

Describing BTC’s delay in
bringing the challenge as
“inexcusable”, the Privy Coun-
cil added: “The fact is that
SRG was issued with a licence,
in reliance on which it has
invested very substantial
amounts of money in the pur-
chase and installation of state-
of-the-art equipment to enable
it to provide a fully modernised
telecommunications system.

“Revocation of the licence
in these circumstances, which is
what a successful application
for judicial review would have
led to, would have severe
implications not only for SRG
but also for the reputation and
credibility of the regulatory
system in the Bahamas as a
whole. These factors show how
important it is that proceed-
ings by way of judicial review
in such case are brought with-
in the time limit.”

The Privy Council ruled that
a “prolonged litigation” would
have ensued had BTC been
able to continue with the
declaratory relief challenge.

It concluded: “This would be
wholly incompatible with what
was contemplated when the
regulatory system that the 1999
Act lays down was enacted.
The technology in the field of
modern telecommunications is
complex and fast moving.
Investment is the key to suc-
cess. But this, in turn, depends
on winning the confidence of
the investor that the benefits of
his investment will be
realised.”



THE TRIBUNE

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2008, PAGE 3B

Siliidit
BUSINESS










Group to empower women in business

@ By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter



A NEW organisation has
been formed to empower and
provide financial advice for
Bahamian women, while at
the same time forming a busi-
ness- oriented association of
God-fearing women.

Kingdom Women in Busi-
ness (KWIB) will combine
leadership, entrepreneurial
training and development
with advocating for the pro-
tection of consumers against
unfair business practices

KWIB founder Melisa Hall
said too many women become
victims of unscrupulous busi-
ness persons, who take advan-
tage of them because they do
‘not know what is fair or
unfair, something the organi-
sation hopes they can change.

“A lot of times, women do

"> not take the necessary steps

when they are entering into



Our client, a prestigious educational institution, is seeking applications
for the position of a Financial Controller.




JOB OBJECTIVE:

To provide financial leadership for the school by managing the financial
resources, supervising the accounting staff, and reporting to the Principal

business. They tend to rely
solely on word of mouth. As
an attorney, I can tell them
that you have to get things in
writing, make sure that you
have people sign contracts.
Also, people make finance
decisions without sound
advice,” Ms Hall said.

She added that this may be
because they were not aware
of where to obtain the neces-
sary information. something
that can be changed through
the networking opportunities
KWIB will allow.

Ms Hall said one of the
biggest challenges facing busi-
nesswomen today was how to
balance their work obligations
with the demands of their
families and church commit-
ments.

“While we are not perfect,
we can offer some advice to
women on balancing their
careers with everything else,”
she said. ;

Minister Charlene Paul, a
KWIB member, added that

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for too long women have sep-
arated their business obliga-
tions from their church oblig-
ations. However, she
explained that if women use
some of the principles they
learn in church at work, their
careers can be greatly
enhanced.

In conjunction with Melisa
Hall and Company Law
Chambers, Kingdom Women
in Business will hold an offi-
cial launching seminar on Feb-
ruary 29 and March 1 under
the theme: Empowering and
Equipping Kingdom Women
to Launch Out into the deep.
The event will take place at
the British Colonial Hilton.

Topics will include: Eti-
quette and Ethics in Business;
Balancing life as a Kingdom
Woman in Business; How to
Successfully Launch and
Build a Supernatural Busi-
ness; Write the Vision; Make
it Plain; Accounting Princi-
ples for Women; and the Role
of Kingdom Women in the



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Marketplace.

“Our vision is to see accom-
plished Kingdom Women
from their various spheres of
influence, united and com-
mitted toward becoming lead-

ers in raising the standard and ~

changing face of the Bahami-
an business community,” said
Ms Hall.

“Meanwhile, our mission is
to provide spiritual, economi-
cal educational, physical and
emotional support, while pro-
viding practical business and
professional solutions to make
it easier for women to func-
tion efficiently and effectively
within their various roles
toward the Kingdom of God.”

Speakers will include for-
mer senator Tanya McCart-
ney, Ministers Olivia Wells,
Orminique Joffer and Char-
lene Paul, Tanya Northeast,
Michelle Thompson and
Nadeem Eugene.

The keynote address on the
Friday evening will be given
by patron Dr Ada Thompson.

Rt. Hon. Hubert A. Ingrahg

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SEATED (I-r): Former Senator
Tanya McCartney; KWIB founder
Melisa Hall and Minister Charlene
Paul. STANDING (I-r): Minister
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Minister Olivia Wells and Minister
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Partner
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P. O. Box N-7120
Nassau, Bahamas
Email: mmunnings @ deloitte.com.bs

WHEREAS, the PACE (Provinding Access to Continued Education)
Foundation was established in the year 2001 out of the Zonta Club of
Nassau to raise funding to promote the PACE Programme and provide a
facility for teen mothers;

AND WHEREAS, the PACE programme was started in 1969 and continues to
help teen mothers regain control of their futures through education and through
stopping the cycle of repeat pregnancy;

AND WHEREAS, the Foundaion is a not-for-profit group established to raise
awareness of the social impact of teenage pregnancy in The Bahamas

AND WHEREAS, the Foundation’s mission is to provide education and
support to teen mothers, promoting awareness and policies that reduce both teen
pregnancy and unplanned pregnancy among young adults;

AND WHEREAS, the Foundation empowers young. girls through

- education about how to take care of themselves and their babies;

AND WHEREAS, the Foundation provides counselling, academic
opportunities and job related skills for teens to build self esteem and the capacity
for independence;

AND WHEREAS, the PACE Foundation is led by a diverse team of
experienced directors and talented committed volunteers,

AND WHEREAS, the PACE Foundation will be launching its programme “Talk
to Me” and has planned a number of activities for the discussion;

AND WHEREAS, the aim of “Talk to Me” month is to get parents to talk to their
children about sex and encourage teens to make wise choices that will steer them
away from teen pregnancy;

AND WHEREAS, the social challenges caused by high levels of teenage
pregnancy affect all of us in the Bahamian society,

NOW THEREFORE, | Hubert A. Ingrahan, Prime Minister of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, do hereby, proclaim the month of

February 2008 as “TALK TO ME” month.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF,

] have hereunto set my Hand
and Seal this 7th day of February,
2008

HUBERT A. INGRAHAM
PRIME MINISTER





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South Ocean developer eyes six to eight months for infrastructure start

FROM page 1B

Although unable to give a
precise date for when infra-

structure work on the South
Ocean project would start, Mr
Stein said that “taking a shot in
the dark”, it was likely to com-

VACANCY NOTICE

The Bahamas Co-operative League
& Insurance Brokerage Limited
Requires the services of a

Messenger / Handy Man

The successful applicant will be responsible
for providing messenger services assisting with
general office and maintenance duties.

Applicants should:

Y Bea Bahamian citizen

V Possess a valid drivers license

Y Possess a minimum of a high school diploma

Have good interpersonal skills

Deadline for application:
February 15, 2008

Applicants should submit their resumes to the —

Bahamas Co-operative League
& Insurance Brokerage Limited

Russell Road

BAHA.MAR

P.O. Box SS-6314

fax: 242-328-8730



x.

NASSAU, BAHAMAS

mence in six to eight months.

He added that once all the
design work was done, the
New South Ocean Develop-
ment Company would look to
mobilise the construction
workforce.

With work on the Blue
Shark Golf Course close to
completion, Mr Stein told The
Tribune that the second step
would involve demolition of
most of the existing South
Ocean’s properties and facili-
ties.

Then, once all design work
was concluded, the infrastruc-
ture work would start. “Hope-
fully not too long thereafter
we will be able to start work on
the vertical construction,” Mr
Stein said.

He added that the New
South Ocean Development
Company had received all the
necessary permits and
approvals from the Govern-
ment at this stage, although
“there are always ongoing
applications” that are required
as a resort development pro-
gresses.

The Ingraham administra-
tion has also moved away from
signing Heads of Agreements
with major investors and devel-
opers, instead providing them
with what they want through
all the required permits and
approvals, such as Hotels
Encouragement Act agree-
ments.

When asked about the likely
economic impact the South
Ocean redevelopment would
have, Mr Stein said: “It will be
at least what the numbers are”
in the economic impact study
conducted by Global Insight.

“We’re starting to hire local
engineers, architects. Right
now, we’re going to start on
the demolition, which we have
hired a local company to do.
We are going to pave the

CAREER OPPORTUNITY

Baha Mar Development Company Ltd. seeks to hire a

Project/Construction Manager

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

The successful applicant will be responsible for:

¢ Ensuring the trade contractors are carrying out their work in accordance with
the Contract, including approved method statements.and other approved
documents relating to Health & Safety, environmental issues and quality.
Facilitating the work of the contractors, so far as possible, by ensuring the



THE NEW South Ocean Development Company and New Providence Development Company recently signed
a $33 million closing deal for land. SHOWN (l-r) are Roger Stein, master developer for the New South Ocean
Development Company, and Rhys Duggan, chief executive and president of New Providence Development

Company

roads, which we have hired a
local company to do,” Mr Stein
said.

As the project entered its
main construction phase, he
added that “the goal is to hire
as many Bahamians as are
competent for the work we are
trying to do”.

The South Ocean project is
slated to include a 140-room
five-star and 400-room four-
star resort, a 40,000 square foot
casino, fractional villas, 180
timeshare units, second homes,
convention centre, marina, ten-
nis facilities, and spa.

That phase is set to cost
around $500 million, with the
first phase - the utilities and
infrastructure - set to cost
around $200 million.

The draft economic impact
study for the South Ocean
development projected that it
would create 1,358 full-time
jobs when fully open, plus

Employment oy telaiiis

The Clifton Heritage Authority is seeking the services of an individual to fill the position of
Managing Director in accordance with Section 15 of the Clifton Heritage Authority Act

2004.

The individual would be required to provide executive leadership, supervision and
direction to units of the Clifton Heritage Authority's offices and the Heritage Park,
while ensuring, the research and promotion of its historical, cultural and natural

resources.

Duties and R

1,200 direct construction jobs
at peak build-out.

During its first full year in
operation, the revitalised South
Ocean was projected to inject
$172 million in extra visitor
spending into the Bahamian
economy, and produce a $3.7
billion GDP impact over its
first 20 years, generating $1.5
billion in direct salaries and
wages for employees.

The $33 million land pur-
chase was with New Provi-
dence Development Compa-
ny, and included the purchase
of that company’s fee simple
ownership of the South Ocean
resort’s Blue Shark golf course,
which has been redesigned and
upgraded by professional
golfer Greg Norman.

The golf course tract also”

involved Mr Stein’s group buy-
ing out the leasehold held by
the old South Ocean Develop-
ment Company, which was

nsibilities:
° Responsible for the implementation of policies, programs and goals and objectives for

owned by the Canadian Com-
mercial Workers Industry Pen-
sion Plan (CCWIPP).

New Providence Develop-
ment Company is an affiliate
of the Tavistock Group, the
vehicle for worldwide invest-
ments by Lyford Cay-based
billionaire Joe Lewis. He,
together with his business part-
ner Terry White, effectively
control New Providence
Development Company.

Part of the Heads of Agree-
ment that the former Christie
administration signed with the
Tavistock Group and its part-

‘ner for the $1.4 billion Albany

Golf & Beach resort, which
will be South Ocean’s neigh-
bour, involved a commitment
to ensuring that its New Prov-
idence Development Company
affiliate “make available suffi-
cient land to ensure the viabil-

‘ity of the proposed South
“Ocean Beach Hotel project”.

the efficient management of the Clifton Heritage Authority.

Ensures the development and implementation of a strategic plan for the management

of the Clifton Heritage Park ensuring that accepted operating standards and

practices are employed.

Coordinate and supervise all activities related to safety issues, best environmental

practices, and all matters related to the preservation of historic structures and

conservation of natural resources at the park.

Serve ad Principal Advisor to the Clifton Heritage Authority Board on matters and

issues relative to the maintenance and upkeep of the park.

° Oversee and coordinate all public and private use of facilities and recreational spaces

at the Clifton Heritage Park and establish user fees.

Liaise with other government, non-government, regional and international agencies to

explore opportunities to promote the sustainable development and management of

the Clifton Heritage Park.

Direct and coordinate the employment of staff, develop and implement operating

policies, standards and procedures to ensure performance and maintain a stable

working environment.

° Conduct periodic assessments of facilities and infrastructure and recommend

improvements or repairs as necessary.

Prepare and submit a monthly report to the Board of Directors on the operations of

the Authority.

° Liase with the Marketing and Public Relations officer to produce material for the
promotion of the Clifton Heritage Park.

necessary logistic arrangements are set up and operating

Interfacing between contractors

Recording the progress of work and valuation

Carrying out inspections with the contractor to verify that work is in accordance
with the approved standards. Escort other parties, (Local Authority, Consultants,
Clients etc) as requested, to participate in inspections.

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

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

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

Managing project budget

Analyzing project cost

°

°

°



°

Qualifications include:

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

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

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

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

Ability to work in stressful situations

Ability to juggle departmental resources to meet deadlines

Ability to read and interpret financial reports

Ability to consistently prepare accurate cost estimates

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

Ensure Design and Budget is compatible.

Development of assigned Bid Packages

Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Mitigates team conflict and communication problems

Motivates team to work together in the most efficient manner

°

°

P ification:

° Aminimum of a graduate degree in Administration or a related discipline, and/or 10
years experience in an administrative discipline.

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

Applications are available at the Authority’s Office Collins Avenue and should be

submitted along with resume by 25 February, 2008.

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

All responses will be held in the strictest confidence.

Telephone contact 325-1505.





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Butterfield re-brands Bahamas-
_ based private banking operations

Butterfield Bank (Bahamas) yes-
terday announced that it would re-
brand its banking and trust busi-
ness by adopting the Butterfield
Private Bank name, which is cur-
rently used by its UK affiliate.

The Bahamas-based Butterfield
operation has up until now used
the Butterfield Bank brand of its
Bermuda-based parent, but
believes the re-branding will help to
clarify the type of services it pro-
vides.

Robert Lotmore, Butterfield
Bank (Bahamas) managing direc-
tor, said in a statement: “We are
delighted to be now using the brand
name,,Butterfield Private Bank, as
we believe presenting ‘Private’
within our brand is reflective of our
commitment to offering tailored
wealth management solutions with
a very high standard of service.

"The change process of signs and
stationery is currently underway,
although nothing else will change,
as clients will continue to receive
the same exceptional service they
have always experienced with us.
It is the next step in our evolution
as a specialised financial services
provider in the Bahamas."

Butterfield Private Bank pro-
vides private clients with wealth
management, banking and trust ser-
vices from its Bahamas offices,
which are located in the Montague
Sterling Centre on East Bay Street
in Nassau.

Butterfield Fund Services
(Bahamas), which provides invest-
ment and pension fund adminis-
tration from the same location, will

Sse oie al SESMACSUM CHOWN are Robert Lotmore (right), head of Butterfield’s Bahamas Division, and Julien Martel, vice-president and head of private banking





Legal Notice

NOTICE NOTICE

Everywhere The Buyers Are! | BLUE GRANDFATHER BRYJEN IT SOLUTIONS LTD.
. See Ak _... BOND FUND LTD. ‘

VOLUNTARILY LIQUIDATED
tot wy

Legal Notice

VOLUNTARILY LIQUIDATED i

‘ Noticefi hereby given that in accordance with section 137 (8) of the
International Business Companies Act 2000 the Dissolution of
BRYJEN IT SOLUTIONS LTD. has been completed, a Certificate of Dis-
solution has been issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the
Register of Companies.

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with section 137 (8) of the

International Business Companies Act 2000 the Dissolution of BLUE
GRANDFATHER BOND FUND LTD. has been completed, a Certificate of
Dissolution has been issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the
Register of Companies. The Date of the Completion of dissolution was the 23rd of January

Pe gh te 2008,
The Date of the Completion of dissolution was the 23rd of January

2008.

Legal Notice

NOTICE

WAHOO INVESTMENT LTD.

VOLUNTARILY LIQUIDATED

Join Citibank, N.A.
Nassau, Bahamas, a
branch of Citi, the

The Date of the Completion of dissolution was the 23rd of January largest financial
a | institution in the
world.

Notice is‘hereby given that in accordance with section 137 (8) of the
International Business Companies Act 2000 the Dissolution of WA-
HOO INVESTMENT LTD. has been completed, a Certificate of Dissolution
has been issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the Register of
Companies.

Treasury Head

ROLE RESPONSIBILITIES

Reporting to our Regional Treasury team, the position is
responsible for developing and implementing strategies for
managing ocal/foreign currency liability products. Key
responsibilities include marketing and quoting rates for corporate
foreign exchange contracts, money market instruments and

Legal Notice

NOTICE

BLUE HEDGE ALTERNATIVE
BOND FUND LTD.

VOLUNTARILY LIQUIDATED

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with section 137 (8) of the
International Business Companies Act 2000 the Dissolution of BLUE
HEDGE ALTERNATIVE BOND FUND LID. has been completed, a Cer-
tificate of Dissolution has been issued and the Company has therefore been
struck off the Register of Companies.

The Date of the Completion of dissolution was the 23rd of January
2008.

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.

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

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.

KNOV/LEDGE/ 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.

Challenge
yourself to a career like no other





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Fund outperforms the market

despite negative 7.97% return

FROM page 1B

structure, only just over $2 million of
its $10 million in total assets are
invested on the global markets. This is
partly because the Central Bank of
the Bahamas will only allow each
qualified broker/dealer to access just

over $2 million in US$ foreign cur-
rency funding per quarter, but it has
allowed Fidelity to protect investors’
principal.

The remaining $8 million has been
placed on fixed deposit with three
Bahamian commercial banks for the
42-month period, and the fixed rates
of return on these assets mean that
investors will recover their $10 million
when the term expires. This means

that they will not lose out, and can
only benefit from any upside gener-
ated by the TIGRS L

“We believe that over time these
indices will perform and people will
make more than their principal,” Mr
Anderson said of the indices 'the fund
is invested in.

“The international markets have
seen some serious declines in the last
month, but people have not invested

for what happens in January. They’ve
invested for a period of 42 months,
and need to let this thing run its
course and not get too concerned
about what happens in the short-term.

“It’s the longer period we’re look-
ing at. People have now invested in
the international markets, which are a
lot more volatile than the local mar-
ket.

“Our local market is not volatile to

the same extent. You don’t see the
same ups and downs, as movements
tend to be more mderate. The inter-
national markets tend to move a lot
more sharply than ours.”

Mr Anderson said Royal Fidelity
had applied to the Central Bank for
its 2008 first quarter allocation of just
over $2 million in foreign currency,
but had yet to decide how the funds
would be allocated or structured.

900m BORCO buyer pledges to
make firm ‘key international hub’

FROM page 1B

working with us to secure long-

ment and production in the

experienced management and

Legal Notice

Notice

DEVON ENERGY MONGAH BAY, LTD.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Creditors having debts. or claims against the above-named
Company are required to send particulars thereof to the
undersigned at Ocean Centre, Montagu Foreshore, East
Bay Street, PO. Box N-3247, Nassau, Bahamas as sole
Liquidator on or before the 26th day of February, 2008. In
default thereof they will be excluded from the benefit of any dis-
tribution made by the Liquidator.

oil, fuel oil and various petro-
leum products, First Reserve
said the acquisition was part
of its strategy to develop ener-
gy-related infrastructure glob-
ally.

It added that BORCO
would “become a Key interna-
tional hub for crude oil and
petroleum products for major
oi! companies, and will be posi-
tioned as a best-in-class storage
and trading platform for the
region”.

"BORCO will provide sig-
nificant value for our strategic
partners, including major oil
companies, many of which are

term storage contracts at the
facility," said Thomas J. Siko-
rski, First Reserve’s managing
director, in a statement.

"These partners will benefit
from BORCO's strategic geo-
graphic location and the facili-
ty's scale and flexibility. The
addition of new capital that we
plan to put in place is intended
to optimise and upgrade the
existing infrastructure in order
to provide the highest quality
standard of service for BOR-
CO tenants.

“This significant capital also
demonstrates First Reserve's
long-term commitment to the
employees and will serve as a
catalyst for increased develop-

Bahamas."
Among the strategic attrac
tions for First Reserve are
BORCO’s proximity to the US
east coast, which lies some 80
miles away. The new owner
plans to use the Grand
Bahama facility as an
import/export hub for the ship-
ment of oil and petroleum
products to Caribbean coun-
tries - states that have no refin-
ing capacity of their own.
Using the skills of BORCO’s

workforce, First Reserve said it

would use BORCO to provide
multiple delivery and service
options, providing blending,
transhipment and bunkering

_ services.

First Reserve added: “BOR-
CO will expand its storage
capacity and jetty capabilities,
as well as the breadth of its ser-
vice options, through a capital
investment plan intended to
provide customers with addi-
tional value in the facility.”

NOTICE

Dated the 12th day of January, 2008

NOTICE is hereby given that WINDLEY TOUSSAINT OF P.O.

BOX 5537720, MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO, BAHAMAS, is
applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The

Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send
a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight
days from the 13TH day of FEBRUARY, 2008 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, RO.Box N-7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that ROSELINE PIERRE OF QUINTINE
ALLEY OFF WULFF ROAD, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that
any person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed
statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 18TH
day of FEBRUARY, 2008 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, RO.Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that STEVEN FLORESTAL OF P.O.
BOX N-8796, DELANCY STREET, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is
applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send

LYNDEN MAYCOCK
LIQUIDATOR

BT ewe Ce a)
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just call 322-1986 today!



Kelly’s Team

Legal Notice
NOTICE:

DEVON ENERGY MONDAH BAY, LTD.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

Security Officers

Kelly’s is seeking mature, reliable, honest
and hardworking individuals to fill the
position of Security Officer.

Prospective candidates must be available to
work evening shifts. Past security experience (a)
would be an asset. This position is ideal for

retired police or prison officers.

DEVON ENERGY MONDAH BAY, LTD. is in
dissolution under the provisions of the International
Business Companies Act 2000.



The dissolution of the said Company commenced
on the 12th February, 2008 when its Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the
Registrar General.

We offer a great group of people to work with,
excellent pay, benefits and working conditions.




Interested persons may collect an application
form from the Customer Service counter at (c)

The Liquidator of the said Company is Mr. Lyden
Kelly's Home Centre, Mall at Marathon.

Maycok of Ocean Centre, Montagu Foreshore,
East Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas as sole Liquidator.

a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight
days from the 13TH day of FEBRUARY, 2008 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, PRO.Box N-7147,
Nassau, Bahamas. ,

No phone calls please ©
: . Dated the 12th day of February, 2008.

Tel: (242) 393.4002 - H & J Corporate Services Ltd.

Fax: (242) 393-4096

I House
S &

Home
Registered Agent

for the above-named Company

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OSE 2,012.85 / CHG 0.18 / %CHG 0.01 / YTD -54.20/ YTD.
Previous Close Today's Close Change Daily Vol. EPS $

1.72 1.72 0.157"

11.80 11.80 1.502

9.61 9.61 0.612

0.90 0.90 0.188

3.66 3.66 0.289

2.60 2.60 0.058

12.70 12.70

3.14 3.14

7.82 7.82

4.61 4.68

2.44 2.46

7.50 7.50

13.00

14.00

5.12

0.77

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that KETY CHARLES of MALCOLM
ROAD, P.O..BOX-N 2021, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying
to the Minister resposible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/aturalization 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 6TH day of FEBRUARY, 2008 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147, Nassau,
Bahamas.

Pricing Information As Of:

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Bahamas Property Fund
Bank of Bahamas
Benchmark

Bahamas Waste

Fidelity Bank

Cable Bahamas

Colina Holdings
Commonwealth Bank (S1)
Consolidated Water BDRs
Doctor's Hospital
Famguard

Finco

FirstCaribbean

Focol (S)

Freeport Concrete

ICD Utilities

J. S. Johnson

Premier Real Estate

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0.316
0.713
0.829
0.914
0.363
0.035
0.411
1.059
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NOTICE.

NOTICE is hereby given that KENNY PIERRE of McCLOUGH
CORNER, P.O. BOX. N-8566, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, _sis
applying to the Minister resposible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The

2,800

13.00
14.00
5.12
0.77
7.25 7.25
12.50 12.50
a 10.00 10.00
Fidelity Over-The-Counter Securities
Bid $ Ask $ Last Price
14.60 15.60 16.00
6.00 6.25 6.00
seep 3 ooo 9.40 -a:35
Colina Over-The-Counter Securities
41.00 43.00 41.00
14.60 15.60 14.00
0.45 |

4,000

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 13TH day of FEBRUARY, 2008 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

Weekly Vol. EPS $
7.160
0.000
0.023

Bahamas Supermarkets
Caribbean Crossings (Pref)

4.450
1.160
70,030 0,000

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4.3001 1.2037 Colina Bond Fund 1.300059***
3.0008 2.4723 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.999402*** 19.97%
1.3789 1.2647 Colina Money Market Fund 1.378862*
13.7969 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** i j
tccen TCnOOr “CEAL HIG Greue bona cure one NOTICE is hereby given that CARMELITA FRANCIQUE OF P.

0 Fidel tFund — 10.50°*** O. BOX EE-16652, PRINCE CHARLES DRIVE, NASSAU,

RINDEX: CLOSE 020.21 / YTID 2.40% 1 2007 84.47% SS BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality
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Previous Close - Noe Geone Bas fat dally volume tae oreo " tue Gaaad meh tates: price ** 31 December 2007 The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
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Daily Vol. - Number of total shares traded today NAV - Net Asset Value a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight
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(S) - 4-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 8/8/2007 * responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-71 47,
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Bush administration’s 30-day relief
plan for trouble homeowners

@ By MARTIN
CRUTSINGER
AP Economics Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) —

Homeowners threatened with
foreclosure would in some
instances get a 30-day reprieve
under an initiative the Bush
administration announced yes-
terday.

Dubbed “Project Lifeline,”
the programme will be avail-
able to people who have taken
out all types of mortgages, not
just-the high-cost subprime
loans that have been the focus
of previous relief efforts.

The programme was put
together by six of the nation’s
largest financial institutions,
which service almost 50 per
cent of the nation’s mortgages.

These lenders say they will
contact homeowners who are
90 or more days overdue on

their monthly mortgage pay-
ments. The homeowners will
be given the opportunity to put
the foreclosure process on
pause for 30 days while the
lenders try to work out a way
to make the mortgage more
affordable to homeowners.

“Project Lifeline is a valu-
able response, literally a life-
line, for people on the brink
of the final steps in foreclo-
sure,” Housing and Urban
Development Secretary
Alphonso Jackson said at a
joint news conference with
Treasury Secretary Henry
Paulson.

He said the goal was to pro-
vide a temporary pause in the
foreclosure process “long
enough to find a way out” by
letting homeowners and
lenders negotiate a more
affordable mortgage.

Paulson said the new effort

Cruise ships move

@ By CANDICE CHOI

AP Business Writer

SAILING away on a cruise
ship with a midnight buffet no
longer means waving goodbye
to your diet.

Keeping with the times,
cruise lines are promising spa-
like cuisine alongside the but-
tery lobster and piles of crab
legs. The hope is that lighter
selections will lure health-con-
scious baby boomers and oth-

‘ers who fear being trapped at

sea with a 24-hour pizza bar.

Royal Caribbean Cruises
Ltd. last year introduced its
“Vitality” program, which
weaves healthier meals and
exercise into the sailing expe-
rience. Carnival Corp. now has
lighter dishes with nutritional
stats on menus for hawk-e yok
calorie counters. On Crystal
Cruises Inc., fresh fruits and
whole grains are playing a big-
ger role on the buffet line. In
the past year, most major cruise
lines have tossed trans fats
overboard.

“We’re hoping it will dispel
the myth that a cruise experi-
ence is just about overeating.
You can eat very healthfully,
very creatively, and have a lot
of wonderful choices,” said
Mimi Weisband, a spokes-
woman for Crystal.

While cruising is still a small
portion of the travel industry,
analysts say it’s poised to bur-
geon as legions of baby
boomers retire in coming years.
But capturing that new wave
of cruisers means tuning into
their lifestyle, which is increas-
ingly focused on staying fit.

Adopting that good-for-you
sensibility on board not only
satisfies veteran passengers, but
may entice new ones, said
Robin Diedrich, a leisure ana-
lyst with Edward Jones in St.

Louis.

The lighter foods and fitness
choices are typically included
inthecos ~ ue cruise. On the
Disney Cruise Line, that means
breakfasts with more whole
grains and low-fat yogurts.
Crystal is paring down portion
sizes and featuring more cre-
ative salads.

Menus on Carnival cruises
list the caloric information for
“spa” dishes including: roast-
ed banana panna cotta in citrus
broth (150 calories), charred
broccoli and cauliflower
tortellini (190 calories) or red
snapper over stewed fruits (290
calories).

Caribbean

Royal Caribbean in January

did away with its midnight buf- '

fets, but the famed concept
lives on in other ships.

Those looking to get moving
on Royal Caribbean ships can
consult virtual trainer kiosks
and self-guided running maps
for land excursions. One class
takes passengers on a tour of
the ship’s eateries, with point-
ers on the healthiest choices.

For cruise enthusiasts like
Linda Coffman, it all means no
longer having to worry about
gaining weight at sea.

“T always used to try to lose a
few pounds in anticipation (of
sailing), but I’ve found that’s
really not necessary,” said Coff-
man, a 59-year-old travel writer
who goes on cruises for both
work and pleasure.

While salads and lighter dish-
es have always been available,
Coffman said the variety in
choices now is impressive. _

The changes come at a time
when the cruise industry is see-
ing steady but modest growth.
For 2008, the industry group
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was just one of a number of
approaches the administration
was pursuing with the mort-
gage industry to deal with the
country’s worst housing slump
in more than two decades.

In December, President
Bush announced a deal bro-
kered with the mortgage indus-
try that will freeze certain sub-
prime loans — those offered
to borrowers with weak credit
histories — for five years if the
borrowers cannot afford the
higher monthly payments as

ose mortgages reset after
| eing at lower introductory
yates,

“As our economy works
through this difficult period,
we will look for additional
opportunities to try to avoid
preventable foreclosures,”
Paulson said. “However, none
of these efforts are a silver bul-
let that will undo the excesses

of the past years, nor are they
designed to bail out real estate
speculators or those who com-
mitted fraud during the mort-
gage process.’

In coming days, lenders will
begin sending letters to home-
owners who might qualify for
the new program. Homeown-
ers won’t qualify if they have
entered bankruptcy, if they
already have a foreclosure date
within 30 days, or if the home
loan was taken out to cover an
investment property or a vaca-
tion home.

The Mortgage Bankers
Association reported that at
least 1.3 million home mort-
gage loans were either seri-
ously delinquent or in foreclo-
sure at the end of the July-Sep-
tember quarter.

Private economists are fore-
casting that the number of
foreclosures could soar to 1

on healthier foods

Association projects its mem-
bers will carry a record 12.8
million passengers worldwide,
up from the 12.6 million esti-
mated for 2007.

In 2006, there were 12 mil-
lion passengers, up from 11.5
million in 2005 and 10.85 mil-
lion in 2004.

Cruise passengers tend to be
older, and many are retired,
according to the Cruise Lines
International Association. But
families, along with baby
boomers, are expected to be a
big part of the industry’s
growth spurt in coming years.
That means moms and dads
fretting over what the kids and
grandparents are eating.

And some newer cruises last __
or several weeks, meaning.
people are léss likely to aban-"

don diets for so long.

Providing light, tasty foods
is practically mandatory now,
but cruise lines are careful not
to push them too aggressively.

“They’re very conscious of
fact that this is a vacation, and
it’s a time to splurge. People
are going to continue to have
that high-end lobster too,”
Diedrich said. “It’s not one ver-
sus the other.”

Meaning, the virtuous
options are only that —
options. Food — fatty, high-
caloric and lots of it — is still a
star on ocean liners.

Whether passengers actually
select the lean new plates, just
knowing they’re available can
help drown out second
thoughts about boarding what,
for many, amounts to a floating
binge fest. Like a gym mem-
bership, having a “light” menu
might can massage away the
guilt.

Judging from the orders so
far, not many are exercising
their right to eat healthy.

On Carnival Cruises, the
“spa” choices only account for
about 15 percent to 20 percent
of appetizer orders. For main
courses, they’re only up to 3
percent, said Peter Leypold,
the company’s corporate exec-
utive chef.

Royal Caribbean says it
doésn’t track usage of its new
dishes and classes, but says
they’re popular.

“That’s not to say (passen-
gers) don’t indulge. They still
love the lobster and a great
steak,” said Alice Norsworthy,
the cruise line’s vice president
of marketing.

For Coffman, who just
returned from a five-day Car-
nival cruise to the Bahamas,
that indulgence is a dessert she
allows herself only once every
cruise.

“T will not go an entire cruise
without having a melting
chocolate cake,” Coffman said.



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million this year and next,

about double the 2007 rate.

Officials did not have an esti-
mate of how many people
might be helped by the new
“Project Lifeline” program.

Democratic critics said the
administration was still not
doing enough to help with a
serious crisis that has slowed
the overall economy to a near
standstill and raised worries
about a full-blown recession.

In a statement, Sen. Hillary
Rodham Clinton, who is run-
ning for the Democratic presi-
dential nomination, said that
last year she had called for a
90-day moratorium on sub-
prime foreclosures. She said
the administration has been
slow to react to the unfolding
crisis.

“The administration’s latest
initiative is welcome news, but.
more remains to be done,” she
said in a statement.

Senate Banking Committee
Chairman Christopher Dodd,
D-Conn., said the finance

industry and the administra-
tion were falling further and
further behind in dealing with
the growing crisis.

“This plan, while a step in
the right direction, will not
stem the tide of the millions of

’ foreclosures we are facing in

the coming months,” Dodd
said in a statement. His com-
mittee will hold a hearing on
the housing crisis on Thursday
with testimony from Paulson
and Federal Reserve Chair-
man Ben Bernanke.

The six participating banks
are Bank of America Corp.,
Citigroup Inc. Countrywide
Financial Corp., J.P. Morgan
Chase and Co., Washington
Mutual Inc. and Wells Fargo
& Co.

They are all members of the
Hope Now Alliance, an indus-
try group that is trying to coor-
dinate a response to the mort-
gage crisis. Officials urged
homeowners to call the group’s
toll free hot line number at 1-
888-995-HOPE for assistance.

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Student sex claims

Former pupils allege
homosexual encounters
with teachers while

at high school

IN THE wake of allegations
against a female teacher being
sexually involved with a male stu-
dent, two former students of a
government high school have
come forward to tell their story of
sexual impropriety with male, and
female teachers spanning over a
number of years.

Speaking with The Tribune yes-
terday, a male, and female stu-
dent spoke of lesbian, and homo-
sexual ericounters with their for-
mer teachers.

These alleged incidents, how-
ever, are in no way connected
with the incident currently being
investigated by the Ministry of

Education.
Claiming that such actions have
_ been pervasive in their school for

years, each former student
offered detailed accounts of
homosexual encounters that

spanned their senior years in.

school.

Speaking on the condition of
anonymity, the former male stu-
dent confessed to leading a homo-
sexual relationship with a former
teacher — normally at his place of
residence. While admitting that
they participated in sexual acts,
the student, who claims he was
15 years old at the time, stressed
that they never had intercourse.

“He would ask me to come up
by him,” the student said. “And

-we would just fool around for

sometime. But this is nothing new

SEE page eight

Teacher and pupil
in sex allegation are
receiving counselling

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bune has learned.

Classes were dismissed at 1pm yesterday at the school, as the entire
staff, administration, senior Ministry of Education officials and the Pres-
ident of the Teacher’s Union, Ida Poitier-Turnquest met yesterday to

discuss the problem.

Sources informed The Tribune that teachers were upset that the male
student in question has been allowed to keep a top student post at the
school. The accused teacher is not currently at the institution.

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run for the party in the St Cecilia constituency, has suggested the government should turn ‘ghetto’
areas into duty-free zones in order to stimulate economic activity and promote social revitalisation.

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Bannister: govt
should not be
liable for crimes
committed on bail

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

STATE Minister for Legal
Affairs Desmond Bannister has
denied there is a case to be made
for the government being held
legally liable when certain bailed
individuals go on to commit seri-
ous crimes.

“T don’t see how any such legal
action could succeed,” said Mr
Bannister yesterday, in response
to comments made by lawyers
and’ PLP hopeful Paul Moss and
businessman Lynden Nairn on
GEMS radio station on Friday,

Mr Moss had said of murders
committed by those on bail for
previous serious crimes: “A life

is lost and someone must be held .

accountable,” adding that “when

persons are not accountable we

have a fractured democracy.”
His comments came after Mr

Nairn had stated that in his opin-
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and the government on the whole
should be held liable whenever a
serious crime is.committed by
someone who was released on
bail for a previous offence
because his original case was not
heard within a reasonable time,
He said that those agencies
have “knowingly, repeatedly and
negligently aided and abetted in
rendering ineffectual the Bail Act,
which was passed by the people’s
parliament for their protection.”
Mr Bannister condemned that
assertion as “utter nonsense.”
He said: “The reality of the
matter is that there is a separation

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taken to hospital

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dents had to be taken to
hospital after being
attacked by outsiders on
their way home from
school.

An eye-witness claimed
that an altercation erupted
yesterday at around 3.30pm
as a group of students were
making their way to a bus
stop near Yellow Elder
Gardens.

It is alleged that seven
outsiders, who reportedly
arrived in the area in a red
Buick vehicle, attacked the
Government High students
with knives and cutlasses.

However, police officers
on duty at the Grove police
station last night said they
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CONVICTED murderer Ian

: Hutchinson will not receive the
: death penalty but will spend the
: rest of his life in prison for the
? murder of Jackie “Lil Stunt”
: Moxey, Supreme Court justice
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Hutchinson smiled and nodded

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ZNS general
manager advert
seeking ‘best

from talent pool’

: mBy KARIN HERIG

Tribune Staff Reporter
kherig@tribunemedia.net

THE Bahamas Broadcasting

: Corporation’s advertisement for
: a new general manager is “not
: necessarily” aimed at foreign-
; ers, but seeks to encourage the
: “best from the talent pool” to
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The ad, which has been

appearing in the country’s
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Assembly held

Tribune last night, two Gov- }

in honour of
slain student

| By TANEKA THOMPSON

Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

A SPECIAL assembly was

: held at C C Sweeting Senior
: High School Tuesday morning
: in honour of slain 12th grade
: student Rico Farrington.

Farrington, 17, of Milton

: Street was stabbed on the cam-
: pus at College Avenue Monday
: morning during an altercation
: involving two other male stu-
: dents of the school.

He was taken to hospital
was reportedly

: pronounced dead shortly after

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© In brief FIRST RESERVE CORPORATION AGREES TO ACQUIRE TERMINAL

Deal clinched for sale of Bahamas
Oil Refinery Company in Freeport

Carnival
Cruise Lines
accused of
forced labour

A South African cruise ship
worker is accusing Carnival
Cruise Lines of forced labour,
slavery and human trafficking,
Florida Today reported yester-
day.

Reshma Harilal, 33, who works
onboard the Carnival Glory,
which is scheduled to dock in
Nassau on Friday, yesterday filed
a lawsuit against the cruise com-
pany in the US District Court for
the Southern District of Florida.

Ms Harilal is accusing Carni-
val Cruise Lines of forcing and
psychologically coercing her to
stay and work on board the Glo-
ry against her will.

In her suit, Ms Harilal is asking
to be removed from the Carnival
Glory, have her passport returned
to her, and to be paid the wages
that she agreed to work under.

In the court documents, Ms
Harilal is alleging that she joined
the staff Carnival Cruise Lines
under the agreement that she
would work-in the position of
stateroom stewardess for approx-
imately $1,500 every two weeks.
However, she said that she was
informed by her employer later
on that she would work in a low-
er position for approximately
$250 to $300 every two weeks
instead.

In her suit, the South African
woman also claims that Carnival
Cruise Lines duped her into trav-
elling to Florida from her home
country with very little money for
a promise of a special job at a
specified level of compensation.

Ms Harilal stated that when she
refused to work in the lower posi-
tion at.a lower rate of pay on Feb-
ruary 9, 2008, she asked her
employers to return her passport
to her. She alleges that Carnival
Cruise Lines refused to give her
back her passport.

Ms Harilal is further alleging
that Carnival Cruise Lines forced
and psychologically coerced her
into signing a contract giving up
her legal right to bring any dis-
putes in the US courts in place
of arbitration in a foreign country,
which she cannot practically
afford or undertake.

i By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter

dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - After months
on the market, a deal has been
reached for the sale of the
Bahamas Oil Refinery Compa-
ny in Freeport, it was
announced on Tuesday. ;

First Reserve Corporation,
one of the largest international
buy-out groups, has agreed to
acquire the 20-million barrel oil
storage terminal in Freeport
from PDVSA.

Although the purchase price
and no terms of the transaction

were disclosed, it was revealed
that the acquisition will be
financed by a senior secured
credit facility fully underwrit-
ten by ABN AMRO Bank N.V.
Tom J Sikorski, managing direc-
tor of First Reserve Corpora-
tion, was in Freeport and made
the announcement at a press
conference held around 3pm at
BORCO.

He said the company has no
interest in the refinery business
and will tear it down within one
year’s time.

The company will keep all
168 workers currently employed
at BORCO, he said.

BORCO, a 20 million barrel
storage terminal, is the largest

storage terminal in the
Caribbean for crude oil, fuel oil,
and multiple petroleum prod-
ucts.

It also offers blending trans-

shipment and bunkering ser-
vices.
The facility was acquired in
1990 by Petroles de Venezuel,
SA (PDVSA) from Chevron,
Corporation which built it in
1968.

“BORCO will provide signif-
icant value for our strategic
partners, including major oil
companies, many of which are
working with us to secure long
term storage contracts at the
facility,” said Mr Sikorski.

First Reserve is a leading pri-

vate equity firm that specialises
in the energy industry and is
based in Connecticut, Houston,
and London.

It has over $12.5 billion under
management of diversified port-
folio of energy companies, and
is the oldest and largest buy-out
group to focus exclusively on a
strategy of diversified energy
investments.

Mr Sikorski said under the
new ownership with First
Reserve, BORCO is expected
to become a key international
hub for crude oil and petroleum
products for major.oil compa-
nies, and will be positioned as a
best in class storage and trading
platform for the region.



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provide
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value for our
strategic
partners,
including
major oil
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proving successful

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Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

A RECENTLY imple-
mented work placement pro-
gramme for under achieving
high school seniors is having
positive results at C C Sweet-
ing Senior High School, edu-
cators and students said Tues-
day.
While the public school has
experienced its share of vio-
lence with the stabbing death
of 12th grader Rico Farrington
on the campus on Monday,
administrators said that this
was the first incident of its
kind for the academic year.
They hope the new pro-
gramme will have a lasting
influence on at risk students.

Farrington was a participant
in the programme, which was
launched in October 2007.

Brainchild

It is the brainchild of school
principal, Mrs Delores Ingra-
ham, Farrington was one of
26 senior boys involved in the
initiative.

Following a special assem-
bly at the school in honour of
the murdered student yester-
day morning, Mrs Ingraham
told The Tribune she does not
plan to lose another student
to a life of violence.

“We had 26 students in the
programme, I’ve lost one now
so you know we’re not going
to lose any more.”

The programme aims at giv-
ing under-achieving students a
chance to acquire job skills

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and a jump-start before grad-
uating from high school.
According to organisers of the
programme, a few of the stu-
dents have been offered full-
time employment on gradua-
tion.

“These were my boys who
were hitting rock bottom.

“So I said you know what
let me see if I could talk to
my friends in the neighbour-
hood -— and we got corporate
friends in the neighbourhood
to buy into the programme,”
Mrs Ingraham said.

According to Mrs Ingra-
ham, the students report to
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days and are dispersed to
companies within the hotel,
welding and automotive
industries three times a week.
While the students are not
paid for any work performed
between the hours of 9 am to
3 pm, they can receive com-
pensation for employment
during school breaks, Mrs
Ingraham explained.

Celebratory

There is an assessment
every Monday to ensure stu-
dents are prepared to go to
work the next day and a sum-
mary every Friday to measure
each student’s progress in the
programme.

Lindsey Humes, a male
senior, said without the pro-
gramme he would have been a
high school drop-out. .

“Since they started this pro-
gramme I improved in all my
school work.

“Tf it wasn’t for this pro-
gramme I wouldn’t be here, a
lot of us (wouldn’t).

“We would have just
dropped out and say we
wastin’ time in school.”

Sadly, a celebratory lunch
was planned for the members
of the programme before
Monday’s stabbing occurred.

Two male students, report-
edly brothers, are being ques-
tioned by police in connection
with the incident.

Heart Ball’
treasure trove

ORGANISERS of the 44th
annual Heart Ball are finalising
preparations to make it the most
spectacular ball yet.

And, they have put together a
veritable treasure trove of prizes
for the silent auction and room
raffle. The ball will be held on
Saturday, February 16, in the
Crown Ballroom at Atlantis.

A trip to London, jewellery,
and a four-day stay at Echo Val-
ley Resort in British Columbia
are among the prizes being
offered. The ball will be held
under the theme, “Lighting the
candle to the future.”

Organisers said it will be an
exciting evening of fine dining
and superb entertainment.

Paintings by local artists such as
John Cox, John Paul, Clifford
Fernander and Eleanor Whiteley
will be offered as prizes.

Also up for grabs will be hotel
accommodations at Four Seasons
in Exuma; accommodations at the
Bluff House Beach Hotel in
Green Turtle Cay, Abaco; jew-
ellery from John Bull, Coin of the
Realm, and Jewels by the Sea;
and a Fendi handbag.
THE TRIBUNE

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Preliminary
court hearings:
in connection
with murder
of teenager

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

FREEPORT - Pre-
liminary hearings have
started in the Supreme
Court in connection
with the murder of 16-
year-old Rishawn
Bethel.

Prosecutors and
defence attorneys in
the matter appeared in
Supreme Court One,
where they engaged in
discussions on jury
selection in light of the
current challenges to
the Parliamentary Reg-
ister.

The nationality of
some persons listed on
the register is being
questioned as part of
the Election Court
challenge to the Marco
City constituency
results in the 2007 gen-
eral election.

Since jurors are
selected from the Par-
liamentary Register,
Simeon Brown said it is
important that the per-
sons selected are in
fact qualified to sit as
jurors.

Defence lawyers also
expressed concerns
regarding the
allowances given by
the government to
assist them with their
cases.

Attorney Carlson
Shurland complained
that the $300 allowance
is not enough and
asked the judge to rec-
ommend an increase.

Godfrey “Pro” Pin-
der is the third attor-
ney representing one
of the three accused,
men.

Prosecutor Sandra
Dee Gardiner assisted
by Erica Kemp, is
appearing for the
Crown.

Rishawn Bethel was
found dead on Febru-
ary 2, 2006.

Three men — William
Lightfoot, Trevor
Forbes and Denardo
Arthur — were charged
in Freeport Magis-
trate’s Court with
Bethel’s murder.

Initially, the trial was
scheduled to begin on
June 13, 2007, but was
put off after one of the
defence attorneys in
the case contacted the
court to report a med-
ical emergency.

The preliminary dis-
cussions are expected
to continue next week
_Thursday.

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Ministry official: nation’s

schools are relatively safe

Psychologist speaks
out after stabbings

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

FREEPORT - Despite two
separate campus stabbings this
week — one of them fatal — a
Ministry of Education official
said schools throughout the
country are relatively safe.

Dr Pamula Mills, a ministry
psychologist in Freeport, said
only a small minority of students
are carrying weapons on high
school campuses in New Provi-
dence and Grand Bahama.

She said that such incidents
are an area of concern but not a
major problem, as stabbings are
rare on campuses.

“T don’t isolate it from what
is going on in macro-society. Our
children are seeing what (adults)
are doing in the larger society
and are carrying it over in the
schools,” she said.

A stabbing incident on Mon-
day at C C Sweeting resulted in
the death of a 12th grade stu-
dent, who has become the ninth
homicide victim on New Provi-
dence. Rico Farrington was 17.

And on Grand Bahama, an
11th grade student of Eight Mile
Rock High was taken to Rand
Memorial Hospital after being
stabbed in the face and back on
Monday.

The incident occurred around
9.45am in the carpentry class-
room, after two male students
were involved in an altercation.

The victim, who has yet to be

identified, was treated and dis-
charged from hospital.

Stephen Plakaris, deputy
director of school security at the
Ministry of Education, said two
security officers were stationed at
the EMR campus at the time of
the incident.

“This incident occurred inside
a classroom and so there is an
assumption that a teacher would
be in the class. There have been
small fights in classrooms there
time and time again, but this was
pretty tragic,” he said.

Mr Plakaris said the matter is
under police investigation.

According to reports, the
school presently conducts bi-
monthly student searches for
weapons and cellular phones.

Dr Mills said that in order to
make a difference, community
leaders must be proactive and
participate in motivational talks,
mentoring programmes, and
must listen to students.

She said that too often, nega-
tive incidents at schools are high-
lighted in the press.

“Sometimes the media high-
lights the negative when four
days out of the week there are
positive things going on in all of
our schools throughout the coun-
try,” she said.

“We are quick to judge and to
condemn students, and so we
need to listen to our children —
putting police in schools in not
the answer,” said Dr Mills.

Ken “Motorboat” Ferguson, a
well known local junkanoo



leader in Freeport, said that per-
haps more male teachers need
to be in schools to help with dis-
ciplinary action.

“TI feel that schools are safe for
the most part, and I don’t know
if placing police in schools is a
deterrent because the police was
on campus when the murder
took place at Cc C Sweeting,” he
said.

Mr Ferguson said that most
young people today do not know
the value of life.

“T think the problem stems
from the home and we have to
get back to basics because many
young people don’t go to church
or Sunday school and they don’t
know what it means, or how to
love their neighbour,” he said.

Bahamas visitor
and family donate
$5m for computer

and science labs

FREQUENT visitor to the
Bahamas Billy Davis, along
with his wife and their three
children, Todd, Robyn and
Jason have donated $5 mil-
lion to build 10 computer and
science labs on 10 Family
Islands.

“We have watched the chil-
dren grow up in the islands
for over.25 years. With our
help, we hope to see many of
these students go on to high-
er education,” Mr Davis said.

An exciting event was host-
ed at the prestigious Geor-
gian Club at the Galleria in
Marietta, Georgia where Mr
Davis presented the cheque
to Bahamian Consul Michael
Young.

Mr Young said to the more
than 50 guests that the gen-

erosity of the Davis family
far exceeds most gifts of this
nature.

He stressed the need for
students in the Family Islands
to have access to the rest of

the world through the click”

of a mouse.
The Davis family has main-

‘tained second homes in the

Bahamas for decades.

The children of Family
Islands such as Rum Cay
know Mr Davis as “Uncle
Bill.”

The Davis family said that
it is excited to become a big-
ger part of a nation that has
been providing years of sun,
sand, sea and great fishing
for three generations.

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

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Reasons why society is collapsing

WHILE an angry former prime minister
told a radio audience that it is a “bloody dis-
grace” what the present government is doing
with his urban renewal programme, parents,
in the wake of a student killing on’campus
Tuesday, are urging that the police be
returned to the schools.

’ As a police officer explained on a radio
talk show yesterday, the police do not have
the resources to baby-sit the schools.

As for Mr Christie’s Urban Renewal pro-
gramme, of which police officers on school
campuses were a major part, the programme
is still in place, but with a different emphasis.

The original idea of urban renewal was to
bring together all government agencies,
including the police, to go into challenged
communities and help stablise them. In the
end the whole responsibility fell on the shoul-
ders of the police, instead of Social Services,
where it should have been in the first place.

A senior police officer said yesterday that
diverting a full contingent of police officers to
the urban renewal programme “actually
stressed our manpower resources — we hard-
ly had anyone left at the stations.”

However, the police have not been entire-
ly removed from the programme. Social Ser-
vices and other agencies are now more fully
involved. The police liaise with these ser-
vices and provide their expertise.when called
into the various communities to take care of
police matters. aan

Police officers have now been returned
to performing the services for which they
have been trained — protecting the commu-
nity.

As one officer pointed out the fatal fight
that took place on the CC Sweeting Senior
High School campus on Tuesday could not
necessarily have been prevented even if offi-
cers had been stationed there. As a matter of
fact two police officers were on the campus
dealing with another matter at the time of the
incident.

As an officer said, the police cannot pro-
vide 100 per cent security where weapons
are involved because there are so many ways
that these lethal instruments can be smug-
gled into the school.

These officers are convinced that the core
of the problem is in dysfunctional homes and
that is where the focus should be. It is in the
home, said a senior officer, that children have
to learn the basics, not in the school. It is in
the home that they have to learn respect for

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themselves, for others, for authority, for the
nation’s institutions. If they enter school with-
out these basics, teachers have an uphill strug-
gle to bring them into line. Many students
never learn.

Society is collapsing, because the family is
broken.

We keep suggesting the desirability of
separating the sexes up to the age of high
school. As this might not be feasible, a system
that Queen’s College had in place when we
were a student there a lifetime ago might be
more immediately possible. Those were the
days when the “baby school” was located on
Frederick Street and Trinity Place and the
‘big school” was across the road.

Boys and girls only sat in the classroom
together.

When it was time for recess the playground
was divided in half — one half for boys, the
other for girls.

In the upper school a high wall divided the
two playgrounds, and teachers patrolled both
areas. In the upper school, if the boys got
out of hand, they climbed the stairs to Head-
master RP Dyers’ office and were invited —
depending on their age — to either stretch
out the palm of their hand or turn up their
backsides for a couple strokes of the cane. Mr
Dyer had no problem in his school. Even

_today many remember him with respect — he

was a one man institution.

Many of these school conflicts are over
girls. For example, we understand that “tsch!
tsch!” directed by one boy at another boy’s
girlfriend is what started the CC Sweeting
fight that ended in death.

School campuses, especially at break time,
need much better supervision. And teachers
should take turns — at they did at QC — in
being on duty in the playground during the
recess.

However, these schools have such a large
student body that principals should consider
staggering the break time so that smaller,
more manageable numbers can be out at dif-
ferent times. At these times all of the school’s
security officers should be patrolling the play-
ground.

As one group is returned to the classroom,
another group should be allowed out for their
recess. This way teachers and security, deal-
ing with smaller groups, could have better
control.

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Why moving

the container
port to Clifton

makes sense

EDITOR, The Tribune.

PLEASE allow me some
space in your reputable paper to
express my personal views on
the move of the container port
of Nassau to Clifton Pier.

Tourism is the number one
industry in the Bahamas, and
100 per cent of the Bahamian
people rely on the benefits of
the tourist market. In fact if
tourism were to decline by large
margins so would the nation’s
gross national profit. Our dollar
would steadily decline, parents
will be left without jobs, chil-
dren will be left hungry, and the
livelihood that we know now
would disappear. Bay Street
welcomes hundreds of thou-
sands of tourists each year, but
what experience do these
tourists leave with? The school
of public relations says that
information gain leads to atti-
tude change resulting in a
change of behaviour. What do
our guests say about us when
they return to their homes? If
we are truly honest with our-
selves, I am certain that the
answers will not all be positive.

The city of Bay Street has
over the years has been faced
with a myriad of challenges.
Back in its glory days, Bay
Street was known as a cultural,
commercial and tourist icon.
Today though, merchants cry
about loss of revenue and our
visitors are bored with the tired
and dated downtown experi-
ence. In short, the merchants,
the visitors, the straw market

DMS

letters@tribunemedia.net



vendors and the Bahamian pub-
lic at large want to see Bay
Street revitalised into an expe-
rience like none other. There
are many obstacles which ‘pre-
vent this revitalisation from tak-
ing place; one large obstacle is
the removal of the unsightly
Container Port.

The Container Port is unat-
tractive, it is noise and air pol-
luted and it adds nothing to the
Bay Street experience. As a
matter of fact, this lucrative
business negatively impacts to
the downtown experience.
Some of the most beautiful
prime waterfront properties the
country has to offer are occu-
pied by this business.

The solution, move the con-
tainer port to Clifton. When the
port is moved it makes the
process of revitalising Bay
Street much easier and subse-
quently makes the dreams and
new aspirations for the
Bahamas a reality.

The city of Nassau has been
described on the most ubiqui-
tous form of communication to
date, the Internet, as “steadily
decomposed into a filthy, traf-
fic-choked slum.”

When was the last time you
walked downtown, in particu-
lar East Bay Street? If you have
in the last several years you
would identify with this descrip-

tion. humbly beg the nation’s
premier, the Right Honourable
Hubert Ingraham, and the Min-
ister of Tourism, the Hon-
ourable Neko Grant to see the
significance and the importance
of removing the Container Port
from Bay Street. With a slowing
economy in the United States,
we must do all that we can to
preserve our bread and butter.
If we are to continue to be the
best little nation in the world,
we have to be proactive in our

.initiatives.

The Container Port reloca-
tion is a win-win situation for
everyone, and wherever it is
placed it will continue to be
profitable for its stakeholders.

An editorial in The Nassau
Guardian on July 14, 2003 enti-

tled “Revitalising Bay Street”

said “The opportunities for
ingenious town-planning and
design, historical preservation,
entrepreneurial initiative, and
imaginative financial engineer-
ing are staggering. We should
not let this opportunity to create
our own future pass by. The
alternative is a long, slow
decline into dereliction and
decay. And who would want to
spend money to visit a slum?”

Almost five years later the
Container Port still remains on
Bay Street. For the sake of our
future let us relocate the Con-
tainer Port, and begin the revi-
talisation of the Bay Street
experience.

TITO OWEN COLLIE
Nassau,
February 6, 2008.

Relocating port to Arawak Cay
would be a colossal mistake

EDITOR, The Tribune.

PLEASE allow me some
space in your paper to express
personal views on the move of
the Nassau Port to Arawak Cay
versus Clifton Pier. —

There are few who would
argue the point that the reloca-
tion of the Nassau Port is not
advantageous to the national
development of Bay Street and
by extension the island of Nas-
sau. There are however many
who would wisely argue the
point that the relocation of the
Port to Arawak Cay is a mis-
take of colossal proportions.

Arawak Cay over the past
few years has undergone a





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metamorphosis that has trans-
formed its location from a drab
last option experience to a first
class local and tourist cultural
mecca. These infrastructural
improvements have resulted in
the establishment of highly
respected restaurants, widely
attended cultural events, and
internationally promoted con-
certs all at the Arawak Cay
location. I am therefore baffled
that the powers that be would
consider infecting and disturb-
ing the potential that lies within
Arawak Cay. This cultural mec-
ca should be saturated with the
sounds of local artist entertain-
ing locals and tourist versus the
sounds of annoying trailer truck
horns that aim to destroy ear
drums. The air of Arawak Cay
should be filled with the aroma
of Bahamian dishes versus the
disturbing scent of harmful car-
bon monoxide fumes from over
sized trucks.

Another reason why the Port
should not be moved to Arawak
Cay and preferably Clifton Pier
is because of the strategic loca-
tion of Arawak Cay. The Min-
istry of Tourism statistics prove
that the majority of tourists
entering the Bahamas do so via
cruise ship. The irony is that
Arawak Cay is the gateway by
which all cruise ships enter Nas-

sau Harbour. Conventional wis-
dom teaches us that the gate-
way to any entity is where
emphasis are placed on beauti-
fication and the creation of a
welcoming atmosphere. I don’t
know of many people who
would find stacked trailers and
huge machines emitting black
smog welcoming, Cruise ships
entering the harbour should not
be subjected to such a harsh and
dismal first impression of the
Bahamas. Cruise ship passen-
gers should sail into a view of
welcoming bill boards and lush
vegetation ensuring them that
their journey to paradise has
truly commenced.

For these reasons alone I
humbly suggest that the Port of
Nassau be relocated to Clifton
Pier. It is not logical in attempt-
ing to solve one problem in fact
create numerous other prob-
lems. Clifton Pier is free of traf-
fic congestion, free of arriving
cruise ships, free of cultural cen-
tres, and free of a thriving busi-
ness district. I sincerely hope
that the powers that be have
minds that are free enough to
accept the suggestions of this
Bahamian.

.CIGI A DAVIS
Nassau,
February 6, 2008.

What is wrong with
the justice system?

EDITOR, The Tribune.

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KINDLY allow me space in your valuable column to express a
few ideas with reference to law enforcement.

Sir Burton Hall, Chief Justice of the Commonwealth of the
Bahamas, perhaps remembers Sir Gordon Bryce, former Chief
Justice of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. He was given the
mammoth task to revise the laws of the Bahamas. The job was
remarkable.

During the year 2007 the judiciary saw 79 cases where human
lives were lost. The number was a record-breaking one. Already in
2008 we have had five incidents. What is wrong with the justice sys-
tem? I will venture to state that many of the laws on the books are
not being enforced.

Let me state categorically that the Royal Police Force has done
and is doing wonders but nevertheless things are not what they
should be.

Your job is an important one, Sir Burton. | recommend that
you call on the “powers that be” in this country for “law reform.”

Finally, Mr Chief Justice, there seems to be lots of “loopholes”
in the existing system.

RESWELL N MATHER JP
Commonwealth

of the Bahamas

January 24, 2008.
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University student
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A UNIVERSITY student
and Cuban government officials
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reports that the student was
arrested for questioning the
Communist country’s travel and
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according to Associated Press.

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from the tough questions he
and other students posed to
Ricardo Alarcon, president of
Cuba’s parliament, during a Jan.
19 meeting at the elite Com-
puter Sciences University in
Havana. A videotape of the ear-
lier encounter posted last week
on the Internet was widely cir-
culated.

Local dissidents, quoting sec-
ondhand sources, reported that
Avila had been picked up by
police in his native city of Puer-
to Padre over the weekend,
sparking sporadic news reports
Monday in Spain and Miami
that he had been detained.

Avila said he went home to
be with his family while he had
his wisdom teeth pulled, and
fellow student leaders from a
satellite campus of his universi-
ty gave him a ride back to the
capital — about 430 miles away
— so he could deal with the
aftermath of the international
airing of the tape.

His questions to Alarcon
were designed to “construct a
better socialism, not destroy it,”
Avila said in a five-minute
Internet video, “CubaDebate
Talks with Student Victims of
Manipulation.”

CubaDebate’s stated mission
is to fight “media terrorism”
against communist Cuba.

Avila’s earlier questions chal-
lenged limits on Internet access
and travel, as well as the fact
that many basic goods in Cuba
are sold in convertible currency
meant for tourists and foreign-
ers — making them unafford-
able to citizens paying in local
pesos.

LOCAL NEWS

Call for ‘ghetto’ areas
to be duty-free zones

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

THE government should turn “ghet-
to” areas into duty-free zones in order to
stimulate economic activity and promote
social revitalisation, it has been suggested.

Additionally, Urban Renewal pro-
grammes should be extended “to all
depressed areas of New Providence,”
including parts of the St Cecilia con-
stituency.

These moves along with efforts to iden-
tify and address objectionable dwellings
will create a “feel good factor” that will
have a positive impact on the crime rate
across the Bahamas said attorney Paul
Moss, a PLP member who has expressed
his desire to run for the party in the St
Cecilia constituency.

Seeking to illustrate why such a policy
change needs occur, Mr Moss, in con-
junction with Bahamas Loving Care
founder Sam Williams, brought The Tri-
bune to two dilapidated wooden homes
which stand — only barely — near the south-
ern end of East street. Both are occupied
by elderly men, living alone.

The attorney declared that such
“unhealthy” and unsafe living conditions
— without electricity or running water —
“are unacceptable in a modern Bahamas”,
which enjoys a annual per capita income
of $23,000.

“As a country we can do better than
this,” he said.

Mr Moss emphasised that if the gov-
ernment is willing to grant tax exemp-
tions to foreign developers such as Kerzn-
er, and those behind Baha Mar, it should
“have no difficulty doing it for its own
people.”

He suggested that in addition to pro-
viding tax-breaks, the government needs
to “move through the country identify-
ing and condemning such conditions and
marking out houses against the law” as

they relate to building standards. This |

would send out the message that such liv-
ing conditions are unacceptable and would
encourage individuals who can to do
something to improve them.

“It is a hazard. When there is a death, it
costs the country something, when there is
a hurricane, it costs the country some-
thing — it costs the country something in
terms of crime,” he said.

65-YEAR-OLD Almond Stubbs sits at his back door and (right) no Prone in Nits Sine house.



Mr Moss said that exemptions will
entice entrepreneurs to focus their atten-
tion on the area, moving them to provide
housing and employment opportunities
for economically “depressed” communi-
ties.

Meanwhile, Mr Williams stated that in
his experience, family members need to do
more to reach out to their relatives who
are in need, doing what they can to lift
them out of unacceptable circumstances.

At the direction of Mr Williams, The
Tribune visited the home of Almond
Stubbs, aged 65.

Mr Stubbs’ home appears to defy grav-
ity, leaning at such an angle that it seems
ready to collapse at any minute.

The wooden floor, covered by a small
piece of carpet, is caving in underfoot.

Since his electricity went out four or
five years ago, the most light Mr Stubbs
gets inside his home comes through the
gaping two by four foot hole in his roof,
where it has become detached from the



side of his slanting home. Despite calls to
BEC about the disconnection, he claims
no one has come to attend to the problem,
so he lives by lamp light.

The basic convenience of running water
is not one that he enjoys.

Mr Stubbs said he was laid off from his
job at the Royal Bahamian Resort in 1981
and has not been able to get permanent
employment since. He survives on $200 a
month from Social Services.

On his wall, alongside numerous knick-
knacks, hangs a photograph portrait of
his brother — a retired police sergeant. Mr
Stubbs said he receives little help from
any of his nine children and while a broth-
er began building a second home in the
yard of his property five years ago, to this
day it stands only as a frame and founda-
tion.

Mr Williams is soliciting donations to
complete the construction of the other
property, so that Mr Stubbs can have a
secure and safe place to live.



Felipé Major/Tribune staff



Stephen’s Close
development client
files complaint
with the police

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

A FRUSTRATED client
in the controversial Stephen’s
Close development has filed
a complaint with police after
paying a mortgage of $50,000
for more than two years on
property on which he has not
been able to build a home.

Kenrick Wells made his
complaint to the commercial
crime unit on Monday, esca-
lating the row over who is
responsible for the grievances
of homeowners in the subdi-
vision.

The plight of struggling
would-be homeowners of
Stephen’s Close made head-
lines late last year, when pub-
lic complaints were made
against attorneys who report-
edly advised banks that the
subdivision had received the
go-ahead for development,
when, it is claimed, only an
approval in principle was
granted in September 2004.

Ministry

The Ministry of Works
subsequently issued a stop-
order on development in the
subdivision in November
2005, claiming that construc-
tion had gone ahead without
the necessary government
permits and approvals being
granted.

Mr Wells became a client
of the Reality Homes Finders
Consultancy in 2005. He
made an initial payment of
$3,200 for a land house pack-
age. In June 2005, he
received a mortgage approval

for $152,000, from Bank of
the Bahamas International
for the duplex at No. 7
Stephen’s Close.

After the bank was satis-
fied with the legal work done
on his behalf by Desmond
Edwards & Co Law Cham-
bers, he said in a written
statement, the $50,000
cheque was released in Sep-
tember of 2005 for the pur-
chase of the lot.

Mr Wells did not know that
the subdivision did not have
the necessary approvals for
development until late Jan-
uary 2006 after he became
suspicious that no construc-
tion had begun on his home,
despite his assumption that
work would be completed by
the end of March 2006.
Though no construction com-
menced on the property Mr
Wells purchased, some struc-
tures in the subdivision were
stopped semi-constructed by
the ministry’s order.

Mr Edwards told The Tri-
bune yesterday that the
$50,000 Mr Wells is now pay-
ing mortgage on went to the
vendor involved, and not to
him.

“The property was sold to
him,” said Mr Edwards yes-
terday. “He owns the land,”
emphasized Mr Edwards,
who added that his current
attorney has the documenta-
tion of ownership for Mr
Wells.

Denise Burrows the devel-
oper of Stephen’s Close has
made no public statement on
this affair thus far. Howev-
er, the fall-out over this
stalled sub-division raises
questions surrounding the

safeguards in place at banks
to ensure that full approvals
are granted on residential
communities before funds
are released to consumers.
In the case of another pur-
chaser at Stephen’s Close,
one bank official told The
Tribune when the story was
first published, that his insti-
tution would never have
released the funds to that
client had it known that there
was only an approval in prin-
ciple rather than full
approval. ;

Families

The assumption made by
the developer that approval
would be granted, has left
numerous families still wait-
ing for word by the ministry
on when, or if the go-ahead
will be given to Stephen’s
Close. For some of the home-
owners; whose houses are
semi-complete, the bank has
suspended mortgage pay-
ments pending resolution of
the approvals. However,
these mortgages can be
restarted within thirty days
notice at the bank’s discre-
tion.

The only resolution to this
matter, said Mr Wells yester-
day, is for him to have his
home, or for those who have
prevented this to be taken
before the law.

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THE TRIBUNE

THE BAHAMAS MUST ADAPT IN A WORLD WHERE OIL PRICES ARE AROUND $100 A BARREL

The goal: energy independence

( APE ELEUTHERA: °
It was a truly shocking

experience.

Who would have thought
that the head cheeses of the
Bahamas Electricity Corpora-
tion, Kevin Basden and Fred
Gottlieb, would be caught dead
at a little out island gabfest on
renewable energy?

"T really hope we can get
renewables working for us,"
BEC chairman Gottlieb told the
assembled experts and affi-
cionados, "because I am tired
of people calling me to com-
plain about the fuel surcharge."

With oil prices now hover-
ing around $100 a barrel, the
world's heavily-polluting energy
economy is finally beginning to
shift gear, and the Bahamas —
which imports all its fuel —
must adapt or suffer the conse-
quences. The good news is that
the economic changes the
experts were predicting for the
long haul are happening a lot
faster than we expected.

The setting for Mr Gottlieb's
joke last week is a clear case in
point. An American-owned
school at Cape Eleuthera that is
powered entirely by solar panels
and a wind turbine, that recycles
its own waste, grows its own
food and builds with casuarina
lumber. What, just a couple of
years ago, might have been
merely a gathering of starry-
eyed green missionaries turned
out to be more of a business
meeting than you might think.

"We want to create a cut-
ting-edge model that delivers
real-world success in sustain-
able design," said Jack Ken-
worthy, one of the conference
organisers. "We want to gal-
vanise government support,
identify funding, planners and
stakeholders, and decide, on
next steps over the coming year.
At stake is our quality of life in
terms of whether we can afford
to keep the economy running."

In addition to the BEC
chiefs, public sector participants
at the conference included the
minister for utilities, Phenton
Neymour; the minister for agri-
culture and marine resources,
Larry Cartwright; both recent
electoral. candidates. for. South
Eleuthera, Oswald Ingraham



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“There is no country more vul-
nerable to climate change than
the Bahamas. And the next elec-
tion has to be fought over which
leaders are more environmental-
ly conscious and more con-
cerned about energy security.”



and Johnley Ferguson; as well
as local government and
tourism officials; and a couple of
bigwigs from the Inter-Ameri-
can Development Bank.

Peninsula

The private sector was rep-
resented by Eric Carey of the
National Trust; Ginny McKin-
ney of Waste Not Ltd; Stuart
Ray of the Lyford Cay Foun-
dation; Jennifer Edwards of the
Hotel Association; Paul
Thompson of the Windermere
resort on Eleuthera; Keith Bish-
op of Islands by Design, archi-
tect Mike Alexiou; Kevon
Mackell of Bermuda Electric
Light Co; Petagay Hartman of
the Tamiano resort on Andros;
realtor/developer Colin Light-
bourn and Doug Cotton of the
Boston planning firm, Haley &
Aldrich.

Cape Eleuthera Resort has
existed on this remote peninsu-
la in one form or another for
over 40 years, and bills itself
today as the largest marina in
the out islands. Originally a
small mangrove creek a mile or
three from the tiny settlement
of Deep Creek (population
700), it is now owned by the
DeVos family of Michigan,
founders of the multi-billion-

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Seal turned teacher from New
Jersey who had been visiting
Eleuthera since his parents built
a home at Cotton Bay years
ago, was able to get the DeVos
family to hand over a few of
their 4,500 acres at the Cape for
a small educational field station.

Mee used his island
connections to set up

a campus near Deep Creek
about a decade ago. And the
Island School now draws stu-
dents from hundreds of North
American and Bahamian high
schools, who pay big bucks to
spend a semester roughing it
while learning about the envi-
ronment and history of
Eleuthera.

Maxey went on to leverage
his wealthy friends (and their
friends) to create something
called the Cape Eleuthera Insti-
tute, which works along with
the school on sustainable living
technologies that can be applied
to local resorts and communi-
ties. The Institute set up shop
two years ago and hosted last
week's unprecedented renew-
able energy event.

The word “unprecedented”
is no exaggeration. Minister
Neymour said a national energy
council would be appointed
"within a few weeks", IDB
director Jerry Butler offered
grants and financing for renew-



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able energy projects, Chairman

Gottlieb revealed that a high-
level committee at BEC was
already working on alternative
energy options, and the Cape
Eleuthera Institute is propos-
ing a one megawatt solar power
plant tied to BEC's Rock Sound
facility.

In fact, the Institute set up
the first grid-connected photo-
voltaic power system in The
Bahamas a year OF SO ago.
Rooftop solar panels produce
30 kilowatts of electricity,
enough to power the campus
with the excess provided to
BEC for the people of Deep
Creek. The idea is to expand
this initial incursion into BEC's
grid with a $4 million solar facil-
ity at Rock Sound built to with-
stand a category 5 hurricane.

The Institute is seeking to
convince manufacturers of
large-scale photovoltaic plants
to take a risk on a much smaller
facility here in the interest of
opening doors to future busi-
ness. BEC sells electricity on
Eleuthera for 32 cents per kilo-
watt (including the surcharge),
although the real cost is
believed to be higher. A one
megawatt solar plant could sell
power to BEC for about 28
cents a kilowatt, according to
Mr Kenworthy, CEO at the
Institute.

BEC currently produces
some 45,000 megawatt hours
each year on Eleuthera. Using
technology that is available right
now, a solar panel farm big
enough to feed that demand
would occupy about one tenth
of one per cent of Eleuthera's
484 square kilometers of land,
for an investment of about $330
million. A, smaller solar farm
could be supplemented by a few
giant wind turbines.

With gasoline imports
approaching prohibitive prices,
transportation fuel is another
big issue for the Bahamas. And
as has been well-publicised
recently, the Institute produces
all the fuel for its fleet of diesel
vans from discarded cooking oil
retrieved from cruise ships that
stop at a nearby shore facility. A
deal was recently cut with
Bahamas Waste Ltd to produce
a million gallons of biodiesel a
year — about half of Eleuther-
a's annual fuel requirement.

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Independent

Marco Watson, a Bahamian
who supervises the biodiesel
processing, is convinced the
government should invest in
renewables to make the country
truly independent. "We have to
make that change now so our
children don't have to worry
about tomorrow. Now is the
time to invest," he told confer-
ence attendees during a tour of
the Institute.

I was a theme echoed by
Jerry Butler, a Bahamian
who has sat on the board of the
IDB in Washington, DC, for the
past four years. The bank has
billions to lend, along with $25
million in grant funds for ener-
gy and climate change projects
in the region.

"There is no country more
vulnerable to climate change

than the Bahamas," he said.’

"And the next election has to
be fought over which leaders
are more environmentally con-
scious and more concerned
about energy security."

As much as price, nailing
down a reliable energy supply is
a key factor driving the govern-
ment's new receptivity to
renewable energy options.
"BEC knows that oil will con-
tinue to rise in price and
become more difficult to get,"
Mr Gottlieb acknowledged.
"We are doing everything we
can both internally and in con-
junction with others to make
the Bahamas as energy inde-
pendent as possible."

Backing him in that view was
Minister Neymour: "If we don't

address these issues now we will
pay for it later." His colleague,
Larry Cartwright, told Tough
Call that the cabinet had "no
choice" but to embrace renew-
able energy solutions.

The Cape Eleuthera Insti-
tute is building relationships and
conducting research with a view
to developing sustainable indus-
tries in South Eleuthera, The
Bahamas, and the Caribbean.
And from the sound of it, things
do seem to be moving ahead.
The proposed national energy
council — something this col-
umn has been calling for — will
develop a regulatory framework
to promote renewables; the
Ministry of Works is reviewing
the use of biofuels, and BEC is
exploring utility-scale generat-
ing systems and financing
options. One of the biggest
drawbacks for policy makers is
the fact that oil imports cur-
rently provide a big percentage
of the country's tax revenue.
We will have to come up with
some creative ways to get
around that, but business as
usual is not an option any more.

The bottom line is that
renewables are now cost-effec-
tive, a fact which is converging
with rising concerns about cli-
mate change and security of
supply to create the right envi-
ronment for a take-off. For
example, representatives of
Bermuda's electric utility were
at the conference talking about
their "sustainable cottage" tech-

‘nology that integrates solar

water heaters, photovoltaic pan-
els and windmills into homes
that will be tied to the national
grid.

"We are here to talk about
what might be," Mr Kenworthy
told participants. "There is a
bottom line, so we need win-
win situations. But we can do
well by doing good. The
Bahamas is blessed with real
opportunities to create eco-
nomic changes that will also
benefit the environment."

What do you think? Send
comments to larry@tribuneme-
dia.net

Or visit www.bahamapun-
dit.com



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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2008, PAGE 7



EV). ' SaaS 9

Immigration Department

launches new

automated border control programme

Move designed to uncover travel document fraud

m@ By Matt Maura

THE Department of Immi-
gration has launched a new
automated border control pro-
gramme that aims to help law
enforcement officials uncover
travel document fraud.

Minister of National Security
and Immigration Tommy Turn-
quest said the programme is one
of a series of new initiatives the
Department of Immigration, in
conjunction with the Ministry
of National Security, will unveil
to battle trans-national organ-
ised crimes such as firearm,
drug and illegal immigrant traf-
ficking.

announced that the department
has “stepped up” the processing
of.immigration matters to
ensure that all persons who
have a right to enter the
Bahamas will be in a position
to show that they do.

He said the Department of

Immigration and the Royal
Bahamas Defence Force will
increase joint apprehension
operations to reduce the num-
ber of illegal immigrants in the
country and that the depart-
ment is in the process of hiring
and training additional officers
to meet demands in this area.
“Our open borders have
always made us susceptible to
trans-national, organised crime

firearms, illicit drug trafficking
and illegal migration which
compounds our domestic crime
problems,” Mr Turnquest said.

“We can draw a straight con-
nection from these illegal trans-
border activities to some of the
crimes being committed in our
country today. This is particu-
larly so in respect of crimes
committed using guns,” he said.

Enforcement

Mr Turnquest said a key
component of the government’s
strategy to halt and reverse
crime trends in the Bahamas is
to ensure that its law enforce-

ommy Turnquest Mr



Turnquest

also

such as the illegal trafficking in

ment agencies are adequately

equipped and have the neces-
sary resources to effectively dis-
charge their mandate.

He said the government has
taken decisive steps to address
trans-national crime by enhanc-
ing the assets of the Royal
Bahamas Defence Force and is
in “an active acquisition peri-
od, bringing on stream and in
a phased manner, air and seago-
ing assets.”

“Two weeks ago in Inagua,
the Defence Force commis-

_sioned two, 27 foot boats that

will patrol in the southern
Bahamas,” Mr Turnquest said.
“We expect to take possession
of 10 additional larger vessels
and two aircraft later this year.
We are also providing training

_ for officers and marines of the

Defence Force to ensure that it
remains on the cutting-edge of
technology and management
techniques.

“While the government is
doing its part to halt and reverse
the disturbing crime trends in
the Bahamas, as is evident from
the strategies it has put in place
and the initiatives it has
launched, I must emphasise,
however, that the answer to.our
critical crime problems rests
with each of us. Responsibility
and accountability must be our
watchword in what must be a
national initiative to halt and
reverse crime and criminality in
our country,” Mr Turnquest
said.



Minister praises speech contest

@ By ERIC ROSE



THE Téxaco Speech Competition helps
to educate young people about road safety
and provides a platform for them to show-
case oral communication skills, Minister of
State for Youth and Sports Byran Wood-
side said.

Speaking at the contest’s official launch,
Mr Woodside said the competition can help
students prepare to make a difference in

' their communities.

“This speech competition prepares our
young people to come forward and to give
their ideas; but also to impress upon other
young people the importance of road safe-
ty,” he said.

Among those present for the launch were
Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of
Works and Transport Colin Higgs, Con-
troller of Road Traffic Jack Thompson,
Chevron’s district retail manager Armando
Vegas and representatives of the Royal
Bahamas Police Force.

This year’s topic is “Road safety — making
the difference” and is endorsed by Chevron
Bahamas Limited, as well as corporate co-
sponsors, government agencies and road
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“LOCAL NEWS

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ZNS

FROM page one

ing an individual with proven
leadership skills to fill the
position of general manager,
effective no later than April 1,
2008.

The person who is select-
ed as general manager will be
taking over from Anthony
Foster, who has headed the
corporation for the past five
years, but has now reached
retirement age.

Senator Forbes-Smith, par-
liamentary secretary in the
office of the prime minister,
who has responsibility for
ZNS, said yesterday that find-
ing a new general manager is

part of the restructuring of

the corporation.

She explained that
although large sums of tax-
payer’s money is pumped into
the television station every
year, there are constant com-
plaints from the viewers
about content.

“And they (the viewers)
are well within their rights to
complain. It’s taxpayer’s
money,” she said.

Mrs Forbes-Smith reiterat-
ed that her government hopes
to transform ZNS into a tele-
vision station resembling the
United States’ Public Broad-
casting Service (PBS).

“Viewers would like to see
more Bahamian-type pro-
gramming, more educational
programming and they just
want to see changes in how
we present shows we have
now, such as the news,” the
senator said.

ZNS states in its advertise-
ment that candidates for the
general manager’s position
should, at a minimum, pos-
sess a first degree in journal-
ism, broadcasting or in other
related fields.

The ideal candidate, the
corporation said, should pos-
sess a MBA and have a
proven and comprehensively
displayed leadership track
record in a senior manage-
ment capacity for a minimum
of seven years.

The corporation intends to
interview short-listed appli-
cants with a view of selecting
an appropriate candidate by
no later than ne end of this
month.

FROM page one

“T think their greatest concern would
have been whether the teacher, you know
her position as a teacher would have been
taken from her,”
Education Lionel Sands after the meeting,
in response to questions by The Tribune.
“That has not happened. She is still a
teacher of the Ministry of Education,
Youth, Sports and Culture. She is away
from school now because she is receiving
counselling, and so is the student. He ts
receiving counselling. As so, their posi-
tions, he as (post withheld) and she as a
teacher, still remain intact.”

said Acting Director of

Teacher and pupil

When asked if the teachers were satisfied
with this position, or if (here will be further
meetings Co discuss the matter, Mr Sands
said “no, we are not having any other dis-
cussions on that.”

Mr Sands said he feels “confident” that
the matter has been resolved, while
also emphasizing that it must be remem-
bered that the claim of a sexual relationship
between the two is still only an allegation,

“There is nothing that [ have in my pos-
session that says the allegations are sub-
stantiated,” he said. “Okay, so they are
only allegations. But, the fact that they are

allegations, the teacher and the student
would have been negatively affected by
the allegations. Hence the need to have
both of them have counselling.”

Mr Sands said that no decision has yet
been made on whether or not anyone will
be transferred out of the school as a result
of this incident,

Allegations of teacher-student affairs
compromise the orderly relationship that is
supposed to exist between students and
teachers. This is evident by the comments
of one student from the school The Tri-
bune spoke with in a nearby neighbour-
hood.

“The male students are tryin’ to get some
too,” said the student.

“Fellas are droppin’ little hints here and
there,” to female teachers, he claimed, in
an effort to attempt to follow the path of
the male student involved in the alleged
affair.

The female teacher involved in the scan-
dal is reportedly 32 years old while the
male student is 16. Permanent Secretary at
the Ministry of Education Elma Garraway
has said publicly that an investigation is
underway into these allegations. However,
it is uncertain what action, if any, the min-
istry will take after the investigation has
been completed.

Mrs Poitier-Turnquest did not wish to
comment on the matter after the meeting
yesterday.

Bannister: govt should
not be liable for crimes
committed on bail

FROM page one

of powers in our country, the judiciary has control of

the courts, the Attorney General(’s office) is an organ
of the government that brings people before the
courts.

“Judges determine whether somebody gets bail
and judges determine that for good reason and we
ought to leave this whole issue out of the political
debate and debate the systems of our country and bow
we are going to improve them,” he said.

However, Mr Bannister, who has been a member of
the Bar for 20 years, and a magistrate, admitted that
for many years the Bahamian court system “has not
met the challenges our society has posed” andl as il
stands is “very, very far behind” in terms of resources
— even compared to other countries in the region,

Pressed as to whether he believes this lack of judi-
cial resources has contributed to the number of peo
ple being granted bail, by creating and compounding
the backlog of court cases and promoting a situation
where it becomes increasingly difficult for cases to be
brought to trial within a “reasonable” period of time
— as demanded by law —- Mr Bannister would not
admit this to be true.

However, he said that the cumulative effect of

years of “we as a people” not providing for “our judi-
ciary and our courts in the manner that we should” has
led to a situation where the judiciary “peeds our
help” and the Ingraham administration is commil-
ted to addressing that.

In her budget contribution in May last year, Attor-
ney General Claire Hepburn told the upper chamber
that there were some 500 cases pending before the
Supreme Court, some dating back as far as 20 years.

Emphasising that he is “not making excuses for
any government,” Mr Bannister proposed that
progress in the justice system is more of a two-way
street than some may realise.

“Tam saying that it is a cooperative exercise,” said
the minister. “Yes every executive is responsible for
providing (resources), but you should also remembe:
that in the budgeting process (what is required by
the judicial system) is generally put forward by the
judiciary itself.”

Referring to Mr Moss, he said: “We as lawyers
have a responsibility to our society and we ought to
not seek to politicise that responsibility and thereby
confuse the issues.”

Those who criticise the state of affairs “lor political
reasons need to be careful how they address issues
which are of critical importance to our country,” he
stated.



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Hutchinson gets life for

murder of Jackie Moxey
FROM page one

out of the courtroom yesterday, minutes after Justice Isaacs
handed down his ruling. In his ruling Justice Isaacs high-
lighted the evidence of local pathologist Dr Govinda Raju,
which supported the prosecution’s assertion that Hutchinson
had inflicted a severe beating on Moxey, 44, which ulti-
mately resulted tn her death.

Justice Isaaes also noted that Hutchinson used his
fist or some other implement during the assault. Justice
Isaaes stated that the court was not of the view that the
case fcll into the most heinous category, however
Hutchinson's antecedents suggest that he should not
have any interaction with society again. Hutchinson has
already served time in prison for manslaughter.

Relatives of the former softball star were visibly dis-
appointed with yesterday’s ruling and broke down in
tears outside the courtroom.

“The system sucks, | thought this was going to be my
closure today,” a tearful Jackelle Moxey, the eldest
daughter of the deceased, told The Tribune yesterday.
“How many people he have to kill in order for him to
get the death penalty?” she asked. The Crown sought
the death penalty for Hutchinson for Moxey’s murder.

Hutchinson was convicted on September 19 last year of
the murder of softball star Jackie Moxey, 44. Prosecutors
claimed that on October 25, 2005, Hutchinson lured his
late girlfriend from her job at Bahamas Information Ser-
vices (BIS), and took her on a drive that ended in the
Clifton Pier area where a brutal beating by him resulted in
her death. Jealousy was the motive for the killing, accord-
ing to prosecutors, who claimed that Hutchinson was
obsessed with Moxey and incensed over allegations that
she had cheated on him.

Lead prosecutor Cheryl Grant Bethel yesterday
argued that Hutchinson would have known of these
allegations well before he had committed the offence
and had time to “cool off.” She said that Moxey’s mur-
der was premeditated as Hutchinson had picked her up
from her workplace intending to get revenge. Mrs
Grant-Bethel also argued that Hutchinson has shown
no remorse for Moxey’s murder and that his claim that
he had only head butted her in self defence was not
consistent with the numerous head wounds she had suf-
fered.

Psychiatrist Dr Nelson Clarke was called to the wit-
ness stand. Dr Clarke, who provided a psychiatric
ae on Hutchinson, told the court that there was no
evidence to suggest that Hutchinson suffered from any
psyc hological illness, effective disorder or could not
control his temper at the time of the offence. Hutchin-
son Was represented by lawyer Murrio Ducille.

Former pupils ailege
homosexual encounters
with teachers while
at high school

FROM page one

with this school. I could bring you three students who
went through the exact same thing. Everytime the sit-
uation came up we got thrown out of the school,” he
said.

The student said that he approached a member
of management at the school about the fact that
some teachers were “involved” with their students,
and was told that the teachers had their “own lives
to live.”

The female student went on to explain that she
was involved with her female English teacher for
the final two years of high school, right up until
December of last year before their relationship
ended.

“T got kicked out because of what was going on
with me and her and the principal finding out,” the
young woman said.

“This is not anything new at all. When I first
went there it was going on. I don’t think it’s the
students, I think it’s the teachers. What they are
doing to the students is really wrong. Really
wrong,” she said.

The student explained that on the occasion when
she was expelled from school, the teacher denied
they were having a relationship, stating that she
had “no idea” of what was going on. Subsequently, |
however, the student claims that the female
teacher would assure her that their relationship
could continue, but it would have to be secret.

“T would still see her now again when she would
invite me to her church or whatever. Sometimes I
would be really scared because I wouldn’t know
her next move.

“If something was to happen, she would be like,
she would deny everything, but still be cool with
me whenever we were alone. It just was making
me look bad and make me feel bad, so I ended
things at the beginning of this year,” the student
claims.

The young woman added that she felt compelled
to come forward now with her story after reading
of a similar incident in The Tribune that is current-
ly being investigated by the Ministry of Education.

“This is well known. Everyone got jealous over
who had who. You would not believe it. Teachers
would get jealous over, which student they, had,”
she alleged.

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Bahamas ratifies the International
Maritime Labour Convention 2006

@ By Lindsay Thompson

THE Bahamas has ratified
the International Maritime
Labour Convention 2006,
becoming the first country in
the western hemisphere to
move towards improving stan-
dards and conditions for the
maritime industry.

The Bahamas received the
Instrument of Ratification from
Dr Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry,
director of the International
Labour Standards Department
of the ILO, at a signing cere-
mony at the Ministry of For-
eign Affairs this week.

Deputy Prime Minister and
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Brent Symonette said, “The
signing and ratification of this
convention is another clear indi-
cation of the Bahamas’ ongo-
ing commitment to maritime
safety and good labour practice.

“Indeed, a well-trained mar-
itime labour force governed. by
just, fair and equitable laws will
not only rebound to the good
quality of the register but will
also ensure the sustainability of
best practice and standards in
maritime affairs,” he said.

Mr Symonette said the
Bahamas is pleased to be
among the first countries to rat-
ify the convention.

The Bahamas has the third
largest ship registry in the world
with over 1,700 vessels.

The second largest, Liberia,
has ratified the MLC 2006.
Panama, the largest ship reg-
istry, is also expected to ratify
the convention this month.

Ratification of MLC 2006 is
part of the United Nations Mil-
lennium Development Goals
slated to take effect by 2010.

The MCL, which sets out the
conditions for work in the mar-
itime sector, was adopted on
February 23, 2006, at the 94th

‘International Labour Confer-
ence.

The new convention consoli-
dates and updates 68 existing
ILO maritime conventions and
recommendations adopted since
1920.

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which includes legally binding
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“The Bahamas has shown
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“This ratification should also
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states with maritime interests
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Urban Renewal
Programme

THE relaunched Urban Renewal Programme will be
run by two co-ordinators, the government has announced.

In New Providence it will be headed by former FNM can-
didate Ella Lewis, who has a background is in education. In
Grand Bahama, it will be headed by Tirzah Carey, who has
worked in social services and housing.

Minister of Housing Kenneth Russell said the Urban
Renewal Liveable Neighbourhood Programme has four
key objectives: to increase public safety, to increase wealth,

to increase independence
and to give people and the
communities a sense of
responsibility.

Mr Russell said managers
have been appointed for all
of the nine Urban Renewal
centres in New Providence
and the six in Grand
Bahama. “To the extent pos-
sible, centre managers have
been selected from the com-
munities and will interact
directly with persons in the
communities.”

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Housing in New Providence
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Mr Russell noted that persons employed in the pro-
gramme, with a few exceptions, are contract officers and not

public servants.

He said that for the present, the buildings already used
for Urban Renewal centres will continue to be used. “The
Ministry is reviewing all rental contracts to ensure the suit-
ability of the premises for the delivery of services in the

communities.”

He added that where institutions and facilities already
exist within communities, these will be accessed for the ben-

efit of the programmes.

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on government's agenda

By Simon Lewis

FREEPORT, Gran
Bahama — The government says
it is keeping crime and crimi-
nality high on its national agen-
da and is creating space and
mechanisms for Bahamians to
give expression to their anti-
crime views.

That assurance came from
Senator Elma Campbell, Min-
ister of State in the Ministry of
National Security and Immi-
gration, during the Grand
Bahama Police Division’s annu-
al church service over the week-
end.

Police officers, along with
officials from Customs, Immi-
gration and the Road Traffic,
attended the service at the
Church of God Temple on
Peach Tree Street. It was con-
ducted by the Grand Bahama

- Christian Council.

Ms Campbell referred to
police statistics indicating that
crime, particularly violent crime,
continues to be on the rise.

She said that in response to
this, a profound change is taking
place in the consciousness of
the Bahamian people.

“Bahamians want an end to
this spiral of crime and violence,
and particularly to senseless
killings, which resulted in 79
murders in 2007, and already in
2008, to nine murders,” she said.

Ms Campbell said the gov-
ernment is creating the space
and the mechanism for Bahami-
ans to give expression to their
anti-crime consciousness, and
through dialogue and debate,
to express their views on crime
and criminality.

“Importantly, we are listen-
ing to views on what we as a
nation and a people ought to

-be doing about it.”

Ms Campbell pointed out
that only a few days ago, the
Ministry of National Security
partnered with the Conference
of Youth Leaders to hold the
first National Youth Anti-
Crime and No-Violence Forum.

“We heard the voices of our
young people as they expressed
their views on parenting, the

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family and the breakdown of
traditional values. They spoke
of the need for all to be free
from illiteracy and poverty,
domestic violence and other
societal ills, and to have a
decent life.

“They commented that we
should obey the laws, all the
laws, including traffic laws, and
that adults should live by exam-
ple. They urged that every
effort be taken to ensure that
the next generation of Bahami-
ans does not grow up in an envi-
ronment of crime and violence,”
Ms Campbell said.

She encouraged police offi-
cers to continue to work with
courage, strength and profes-
sionalism, and told them to
maintain their.integrity and
grasp opportunities for training
and retraining.

“These are times of challenge

and change for the Royal:

Bahamas Police Force, led in
no small measure by a changing
of the guard, so to speak, and
other institutional changes and
developments.

“The government is strength-
ening the hands of the -police
force as it goes through this
transition to ensure that it con-
tinues to perform to the highest
possible standard now and in
the future.

“We are providing the nec-
essary resources, including cut-
ting edge technological equip-
ment, communications and
transportation required of a 21st
century police force and seeking
to meet the needs of the force
for appropriate facilities
throughout our country,” she
said,



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this spiral of
crime and
violence, and
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killings, which
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arriving.

His older sister, She-
vaughn Woodside told The
Tribune doctors said he
showed no vital signs in the
ambulance.

The incident has sparked
a call for the induction of
conflict resolution courses
within the public school sys-
tem to aid troubled youth in
resolving disputes in a non-
violent matter.

However, principal, Mrs
Delores Ingraham, an edu-
cator for the past 42 years,
does not think the imple-
mentation of a specialised
programme is needed.
Instead fundamental values
that seem to be lacking in
today’s society need to be
instilled in classrooms and
the home, she said yester-
day.

“T hear people talking
about ‘conflict resolution’,
you know, but you have
conflict resolution in every-
thing that you’re doing
because you’ve got to
(teach) with some degree of
discipline, being responsi-
ble, caring for the other per-
son and that’s everyday liv-
ing.

“You have classes where
you zoom in on it (conflict
resolution) — the family life
classes, religious knowledge
classes — but in every class
that you teach, manners and
respect for others that’s a
part of conflict resolution.

“It’s no use calling (for a)
big fancy programme, it’s
everyday living, how to treat
your fellow man, your fel-
low student.”

However, Carlos Reid,
president of Youth Against
Violence and a former gang
member, feels such a pro-
gramme is vital to reforming
young men wading through
the “war zones” of public
schools.

“We need to get conflict
resolution in the schools.
We have had a proposal into
government from that time
to be actively involved
where we can be mediators
in these schools. Our
schools are war zones where
we have a lot of gangs in
there.

“We are certified by the
National Gang and Crime
Research Centre of America
and all we are asking for is
for them to give us an
opportunity to use the infor-
mation, the knowledge that
we’ve obtained not just
through our certification but
also through the walk of life
that we have come through
and see-if we can help this
situation.”

Yesterday’s assembly was
attended by the entire stu-
dent population, faculty,
along with representatives
from the Parent Teachers
Association, the Bahamas
Christian Council, Youth
Against Violence and senior
police officers. Following
the somber gathering stu-
dents were given the option
of speaking to counsellors
or being dismissed early.
Classes are expected to
resume as normal for the
remainder of the week.

Rico was remembered by
his classmates as a fun-lov-
ing person who was “friends
with everyone.”

“He was a funny, person
who (got) along with peo-
ple, and he was determined
in his school work. I miss
him already, I couldn’t even
sleep last night,” Tasheen
McKenzie, a 12th grade boy
said after the ceremony.

Monday’s incident
spurred activists and con-
cerned citizens to recall for
the return of the school
policing unit, an initiative
formed under the former
administration.

At the start of the

2007/2008 academic year
Ministry officials strongly
maintained that while
school security would be
increased with trained secu-
rity officers, police officers
would not be returned to
public schools.

A press release issued by
the Ministry of Education
following Monday’s stab-
bing said the ministry was
“working diligently to sta-
bilise the school environ-
ment.”

Two brothers students are
being questioned by police
in connection with the inci-
dent. On Monday, Chief
Superintendent Hulan Han-
na told the media he expect-
ed the case to come to a
close by the end of the
week,

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held in honour of slain student



ABOVE: Students at C C Sweet-
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Rico Farrington yesterday at a

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Morales declares Bolivian floods a national disaster

M TRINIDAD, Bolivia _

President Evo Morales declared Bolivia's
devastating floods a national disaster on
‘Tuesday, freeing more government funds to
confront a crisis his government has linked
to global climate change.

Flooding across Bolivia’s eastern low-
lands has killed 50 people and affected some
43,000 families since November, according
to Bolivian officials.

Floodwaters in some places have topped
a raised highway protecting Trinidad, where
Morales met Monday with local officials.

Yesterday the sun came out over the
besieged provincial capital of 90,000, raising

hopes that the waters would spare the city
center,

Morales’ declaration followed pressure
from eastern state governors, his fiercest
critics, who had accused the populist presi-
dent of responding too slowly to the disas-
ter.

Morales, in turn, has criticized the eastern
governors for campaigning for greater
autonomy from the central government
even while wide swaths of their states are
flooded.

The U.S. has donated $500,000 in tents
and supplies and Venezuela sent a pair of
helicopters to help out.

A rainy season aggravated by La Nina

— a periodic cooling of waters in the Pacif-
ic Ocean — has hit hard all across Bolivia.

Many residents in the capital La Paz, high
in the Andes, are living under severe water
rationing because rain-fed landslides last
month ruptured water mains throughout
the city.

In Trinidad, a city plaza has been con-
verted into refugee camp for people fleeing
the town’s flooded outskirts.

Some scientists believe higher ocean tem-
peratures caused by global warming boost
the amount of moisture in the air and cause
the El Nino weather pattern — and its echo,
La Nina — to occur more frequently and
cause more intense climate disruptions.

We're ready to cut off oil to US,

says Venezuela’s oil minister

m CARACAS, Venezuela

Venezuela is ready to cut off
oil supplies to the United States

if pressed into an “economic .

war,” the country’s oil minister
said in an interview published
Tuesday, echoing a threat by
President Hugo Chavez, accord-
ing to Associated Press. ,

Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez
told the Venezuelan newspaper
Ultimas Noticias that “we're
ready” to cut off oil shipments
to the United States — a threat
that apparently could be trig-
gered if Exxon Mobil Corp. suc-
ceeds in seizing billions of dol-
lars in Venezuelan assets
though lawsuits abroad.

Chavez first made the threat
Sunday in response to a drive
by Exxon Mobil to seize
Venezuelan assets through U.S.
and European courts in a dis-
pute over the nationalization of
lucrative oil ventures in
Venezuela.

A British court issued an
injunction last month tem-
porarily freezing up to $12 bil-
lion in the assets of state oil
company Petroleos de
Venezuela SA, or PDVSA.

It remained vaguely defined
what actions would lead to such
a decision, which many analysts
call unlikely.

But Ramirez said, “if they
want this conflict to escalate,
it’s going to escalate. We have a
way to make this conflict esca-

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speaks with journalists recently in Barinas, Venezuela.

late.” Ramirez accused Exxon
Mobil of having political
motives and being “very closely
linked to the (U.S.) State
Department.”

» “Clearly there is an intention
to start an economic war with
our country,” Ramirez was
quoted as saying.

The White House yesterday
refused to comment on
Venezuela’s threat.

“When there’s a litigation
that’s ongoing, different parties
will say anything to try to win
over On an argument,” said
Dana Perino, the press secre-
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the federal government is going
to get involved in.”

Exxon Mobil is challenging
the Chavez government’s
nationalization of one of four
heavy oil projects in the
Orinoco River basin, one of the
world’s richest oil deposits.

Other oil companies includ-
ing Chevron Corp., France’s
Total, Britain’s BP PLC and
Norway’s StatoilHydro ASA
have negotiated deals with
Venezuela to continue as
minority partners in projects,
but ConocoPhillips and Exxon
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terms and have been in com-

pensation talks with Petroleos.

“Only Exxon maintains an
aggressive and hostile attitude,”
said Ramirez, who is also
PDVSA\’s president.

“The action by Exxon doesn’t
surprise us, and ... we’re ready
to fight the legal battle.”

Speaking at an energy con-
ference in Houston on Tuesday,
Exxon Mobil senior vice presi-
dent Mark Albers declined
comment on any court pro-
ceedings with Venezuela,
though he said the company is
eager to negotiate fair compen-
sation for its assets.

Ramirez called the Irving,
Texas-based Exxon Mobil an
“imperialist” company, saying
it and other multinationals
“don’t accept that governments
make sovereign decisions.”

He accused the company of
being “linked to the invasion of
Iraq” and having a sullied envi-
ronmental record of
“deplorable actions.”

Meanwhile, state television
has begun airing short anti-
Exxon segments, with a mes-
sage appearing on the screen in
red text reading: “Exxon Mobil
turns oil into blood.”

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buyer of Venezuelan oil, and
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oil money to stimulate his econ-
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Tribune Business Editor

INDIGO
Networks’
attorney yester-
day said the
Privy Council
had “upheld
the integrity” of
the telecommu-
nications sec-
tor’s regulatory
procedures by
finding that the Bahamas
Telecommunications Compa-
ny (BTC) had committed “an
abuse of the court’s process” in



BIC committed “abuse of
court process’ in challenge
on IndiGo’s right to use
VoIP technology

attempting to challenge his

' client’s right to use Voice over

Internet Protocal (VoIP) tech-
nology in its network.

The London-based Privy
Council, the highest court of
appeal for the Bahamas,
denied BTC’s appeal against

SEE page 2B

South Ocean developer
eyes six to eight months
for infrastructure start

m@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE developer behind the
proposed $867 million rede-
velopment of the South Ocean
Golf & Beach Resort yester-
day said he hoped to begin the
project’s infrastructure work
in six to eight months, having
closed a $33 million deal to
purchase land that is critical
for the development.

Roger Stein, head of New
York-based. RHS Ventures
and the New South Ocean
Development Company’s
managing director, said he had
“completely closed” the pur-
chase of two of the three land
parcels that were required if
the project was to go ahead.

_ IN Tribune Business on Tuesday, February 12, 2008, under the
headline BTC bidder has 15 days left on its exclusivity, the
_ first paragraph stated: “The bidder seeking to acquire a 49 per

cent stake in the Bahamas Telecommunications;Company’s

privatisation

15 days left on its exclusivity period, after which the Government
is set to open the process up to other bidders.”

It should have stated that the process would only be opened
up to rival bidders if the Government was unable to conclude a
satisfactory agreement with Bluewater Communications Hold-

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tract of land, he added, was
currently in escrow, and New
South Ocean Development
Company was set:to close that
deal “within days”.

Mr Stein said: “I’m in the
design phase for the infra-

_ structure we have to build. I’m

negotiating with the hotel and
casino operators, and hope to
cut deals with those groups
shortly.”

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Tribune Business Editor

nvestors in Fidelity’s

$10 million interna-

tional investment fund

were yesterday urged

to maintain a long-

term view on their investment,

after global stock market

volatility caused it to produce a

negative 7.97 per cent return
for the month of January.

Pointing out that investors’

principal was protected,

Michael Anderson, Royal

Fidelity Merchant Bank &

Trust’s president, said that the

Fidelity Bahamas Internation-

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had still managed to outper-
form many global stock market
indices and international stock
funds.

While the TIGRS I fund had

- experienced a negative 7.97 per

cent return, Mr Anderson
pointed out that selected glob-
al stock market indices -
including London’s FTSE 100,
Hong Kong Hang Seng, and
others from Spain, Indonesia
and France - had performed
worse, generating a negative
9.21 per cent return or loss for
January. International stock
funds had also generated a
negative 8.2 per cent return. °

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Due to the impact on
investor sentiment from the
US sub-prime mortgage crisis
and subsequent global credit
crunch, the four stock market
indices in which the TIGRS I
fund was invested - the S&P
500, Nikkei, Euro StoxxS0 and
iShares - Emerging Markets -
had experienced an average
decline of 10.1 per cent during
January.

The Fidelity fund’s perfor-
mance had been better, Mr
Anderson explained, due to

the “cushioning” provided by-

its time value component, with
Bahamian investors locked in
for 42 months. :

$900m BORCO buyer pledges to
make. firm ‘key international hub’

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Bahamas International Oil Refining

First Reserve confirms yet another -
Tribune Business exclusive, with

deal set to-close in 2008 second



Company’s (BORCO) purchaser yesterday
pledged to upgrade and expand the Grand
Bahama-based facility’s infrastructure and make
it “a key international hub for crude oil and
petroleum products”, with the deal set to close
in the 2008 second quarter.

First Reserve, the US-headquartered private
equity firm that specialises in energy industry
investments, confirmed Tribune Business’s
exclusive revelations - dating back to November
2007 - that it was BORCO’s purchaser, in a
deal that sources said was valued at around
$900 million.

Although First Reserve did not disclose the
terms of the deal with PDVSA, the state-owned
Venezuelan oil company, it said BORCO’s pur-
chase would be financed by a credit facility
underwritten by Dutch bank, ABN Amro.

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The purchase is still conditional on First
Reserve receiving all the required government
and Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA)
approvals. The Tribune revealed last week how
BORCO and First Reserve had already been in
discussions with the Government over the 4 per
cent Stamp Duty they are required to pay on the
assets of a business being sold, seeking to min-
imise this payment.

Outlining the general plans it has for BOR-

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added that the TIGRS I fund
was “a long-term play”. While
investors might become caught
up in the international stock
market volatility and believe
the January performance was
“the end of the world”, Mr
Anderson encouraged them to
remember that history had
shown that “long-term, the
markets will perform, and peo-
ple will make their money.
They’re bound to see some ups
and downs along the way”.

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Bank’s Bahamas operations
generate 40.9% profit rise

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

BUTTERFIELD Bank’s Bahami-
an operations generated a record net
income of $3.1 million for the 2007
financial year, a 40.9 per cent increase
upon the previous year, with total
revenues up by almost a third.

Unveiling its group results for the
12 months to December 31, 2007, yes-
terday, Butterfield Bank reported
that its Bahamian operations

increased their collective net income
by $0.9 million, increasing this. from
$2.2 million the year before.

Total revenues generated by But-
terfield’s Bahamian operations
increased year-on-year to $12.1 mil-

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The Board of Directors an earlier Court of Appeal ver-

of : dict, finding that the state-
owned carrier had taken too
long to challenge the Public
Utilities Commission’s (PUC)
decision to permit IndiGo Net-
works, which is owned by Sys-
tems Resource Group (SRG),
to use VoIP technology in its
network.

It also found that BTC had
failed to follow the correct pro-
cedure in mounting the protest.

Brian Moree, senior partner
at McKinney, Bancroft &
Hughes, who represents Indi-
Go Networks and SRG, told
The Tribune: “It is important
that the integrity of the sys-
tem, and the role of the regu-
lator, as set out in the statute,
has been upheld by the Privy
Council.”

He added: “It seems to me
that this case was primarily
about whether or not BTC had
employed the correct proce-
dure to challenge the decision
of the PUC, with regard to

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lion, an increase of 32.7 per cent.

Its Bermuda-parent said that the
revenue growth reflected “strong
growth in net interest income and
fees earned from trust services”.

At December 31, 2007, according

Butterfield’s $3.1m net income driven by 32.7% revenue
rise to over $12m, with total assets up 17% to $182m

SRG’s right to use VoIP tech-
nology.

“The Privy Council stated
that the essence of the BTC
claim is an attack on the PUC’s
decision to permit SRG to
offer VoIP during the exclu-
sivity period” that BTC is sup-
posed to enjoy, under the Gov-
ernment’s Telecommunica-
tions Sector Policy, once it is
privatised.

The key issues raised before
the Privy Council, Mr Moree
added, were “whether BTC
had waited too long to mount
its challenge, and when it did,
whether it used the correct
procedure”.

He said: “The Privy Council
said BTC did wait too long and
did not give a satisfactory
explanation for this decision,
and employed the wrong pro-
cedure in bringing a declara-
tory action.

“If BTC wanted to chal-
lenge, they could have done so
either by going under Section 7
of the 1999 Telecommunica-
tions Act, or a judicial review,
providing they did so in the
prescribed time period.”

Mr Moree hinted that the
challenge mounted by BTC
was intended to restrict IndiGo
Networks’ ability to compete
with it. Given that VoIP is a
critical component of IndiGo’s
network technology, had the
Privy Council allowed the BTC
action to proceed, it could ulti-
mately have crippled the com-
pany and rendered it commer-
cially non-viable had it been
ordered not to use VoIP tech-
nology.

“Our client continues to
hope it can work with the PUC
and BTC going forward in
order to achieve what is clear-
ly the essence of the Govern-
ment’s telecommunications
policy objectives, to incremen-
tally liberalise the sector and
provide competition, which
will have enormous benefits
for consumers in the Bahamas
and industries which depend
so heavily on our communica-
tions platform,” Mr Moree told
The Tribune.

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record.

to the group’s unaudited results, But-
terfield’s Bahamian operations had
total assets of $182 million, a 17.4
increase on the previous year-end’s
$155 million.

Butterfield’s Bahamian operations

have two components - Butterfield
Bank (Bahamas),
renamed Butterfield Private Bank,
which is responsible for private bank-
ing and trust activities, and Butter-

now being

field Fund Services, which handles

fund and pension administration
responsibilities.

Butterfield first entered the
Bahamian financial services market in
2003 through the acquisitions of Tho-

rand Bank & Trust and Leopold

“We hope we can work
together to achieve this result,
but it does involve some basic
acceptance that competition is
to-be encouraged, not sup-
pressed.”

Although the Privy Council
ruling knocks-out any chance
that the BTC challenge will
proceed to hear the substan-
tive issues, it noted that these
revolved around section 8:21
of the Telecommunications
Sector Policy, which stated that
for the duration of BTC’s
exclusivity period, no other
company would be licensed to
provide voice services over the
Internet or VoIP networks.

The Telecommunications
Sector Policy had been revised
in 2002 to account for the delay
in privatising BTC, with the
introduction of competition for
fixed-line services delayed until
24 months after this process
was completed.

SRG, though, had already
been granted its licence in ear-
ly 2002. In response to public
concerns over who could offer
VoIP services, the PUC pub-
lished notices on March 18,
2004, and April 5, 2004, clari-
fying that only BTC and SRG
had been licensed to provide
voice telephony services, which
included VoIP and VoIP net-
works,

It was only on September 22,
2004, that BTC questioned this
- some five months later. Even-
tually, it filed a November 30,
2004, summons seeking
declaratory relief on seven
grounds, all challenging SRG’s
right to use VoIP technology
and services.

In response, the PUC argued
that BTC had adopted the
wrong procedure, and alleged
that the Supreme Court’s rules
stipulated that any challenge
had to be filed within 28 days
after its decision.

Outlining the PUC’s case,
the Privy Council said: “BTC
had been late in seeking to vin-
dicate its rights. Had it
observed the right procedure it
ought to have brought the pro-
ceedings within 28 days of the

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Privy Council ‘upholds integrity’
of Bahamas telecoms regulation

decision complained of. As the
limitation period had expired,
it would have needed leave,
the grant of which would not
have been automatic but dis-
cretionary.

“Its attempt to challenge the
PUC’s decision by applying to
the original jurisdiction of the
court rather than its appellate
jurisdiction was, it was submit-
ted, an abuse of process.”

Then-Supreme Court Justice
Hartman Longley ruled in
favour of BTC, rejecting “
SRG’s argument that the court
should not usurp the function
of the PUC, as the PUC was in
no better position than the
court to say what the law was
in any matter that was before
it”.

However, this was over-
turned by the Court of Appeal.
In its ruling, the Privy Council
found: “The procedure that
BTC has adopted gives rise to
a variety of objections which,
in their Lordships’ opinion, are
é first’is
that the declarations sought,
in-so-far as they are-not- so:

- Vague as to merit being struck

out on that ground, were all
capable of being dealt with by
means of judicial review of the
PUC’s decision to issue the
licence to SRG.

“The declarations that are
sought do not mention SRG,
but there is no doubt that the
issue of the licence to it is the
focus of BTC’s complaint.
There is no suggestion that the
PUC have issued, or intend to
issue, a licence to anyone else
to offer VoIP services in com-
petition with BTC.

“In essence, BTC’s claim is
an attack on the PUC’s deci-
sion to permit SRG to offer
VoIP during the Exclusivity
Period. Assuming in BTC’s
favour that the challenge that
they seek to make is more
appropriate for judicial review

- than an appeal under section 7

of the 1999 Act, the question
remains — why was that proce-
dure not adopted?”

Describing BTC’s delay in
bringing the challenge as
“inexcusable”, the Privy Coun-
cil added: “The fact is that
SRG was issued with a licence,
in reliance on which it has
invested very substantial
amounts of money in the pur-
chase and installation of state-
of-the-art equipment to enable
it to provide a fully modernised
telecommunications system.

“Revocation of the licence
in these circumstances, which is
what a successful application
for judicial review would have
led to, would have severe
implications not only for SRG
but also for the reputation and
credibility of the regulatory
system in the Bahamas as a
whole. These factors show how
important it is that proceed-
ings by way of judicial review
in such case are brought with-
in the time limit.”

The Privy Council ruled that
a “prolonged litigation” would
have ensued had BTC been
able to continue with the
declaratory relief challenge.

It concluded: “This would be
wholly incompatible with what
was contemplated when the
regulatory system that the 1999
Act lays down was enacted.
The technology in the field of
modern telecommunications is
complex and fast moving.
Investment is the key to suc-
cess. But this, in turn, depends
on winning the confidence of
the investor that the benefits of
his investment will be
realised.”
THE TRIBUNE

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2008, PAGE 3B

Siliidit
BUSINESS










Group to empower women in business

@ By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter



A NEW organisation has
been formed to empower and
provide financial advice for
Bahamian women, while at
the same time forming a busi-
ness- oriented association of
God-fearing women.

Kingdom Women in Busi-
ness (KWIB) will combine
leadership, entrepreneurial
training and development
with advocating for the pro-
tection of consumers against
unfair business practices

KWIB founder Melisa Hall
said too many women become
victims of unscrupulous busi-
ness persons, who take advan-
tage of them because they do
‘not know what is fair or
unfair, something the organi-
sation hopes they can change.

“A lot of times, women do

"> not take the necessary steps

when they are entering into



Our client, a prestigious educational institution, is seeking applications
for the position of a Financial Controller.




JOB OBJECTIVE:

To provide financial leadership for the school by managing the financial
resources, supervising the accounting staff, and reporting to the Principal

business. They tend to rely
solely on word of mouth. As
an attorney, I can tell them
that you have to get things in
writing, make sure that you
have people sign contracts.
Also, people make finance
decisions without sound
advice,” Ms Hall said.

She added that this may be
because they were not aware
of where to obtain the neces-
sary information. something
that can be changed through
the networking opportunities
KWIB will allow.

Ms Hall said one of the
biggest challenges facing busi-
nesswomen today was how to
balance their work obligations
with the demands of their
families and church commit-
ments.

“While we are not perfect,
we can offer some advice to
women on balancing their
careers with everything else,”
she said. ;

Minister Charlene Paul, a
KWIB member, added that

| FINANCIAL CONTROLLER

for too long women have sep-
arated their business obliga-
tions from their church oblig-
ations. However, she
explained that if women use
some of the principles they
learn in church at work, their
careers can be greatly
enhanced.

In conjunction with Melisa
Hall and Company Law
Chambers, Kingdom Women
in Business will hold an offi-
cial launching seminar on Feb-
ruary 29 and March 1 under
the theme: Empowering and
Equipping Kingdom Women
to Launch Out into the deep.
The event will take place at
the British Colonial Hilton.

Topics will include: Eti-
quette and Ethics in Business;
Balancing life as a Kingdom
Woman in Business; How to
Successfully Launch and
Build a Supernatural Busi-
ness; Write the Vision; Make
it Plain; Accounting Princi-
ples for Women; and the Role
of Kingdom Women in the



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Marketplace.

“Our vision is to see accom-
plished Kingdom Women
from their various spheres of
influence, united and com-
mitted toward becoming lead-

ers in raising the standard and ~

changing face of the Bahami-
an business community,” said
Ms Hall.

“Meanwhile, our mission is
to provide spiritual, economi-
cal educational, physical and
emotional support, while pro-
viding practical business and
professional solutions to make
it easier for women to func-
tion efficiently and effectively
within their various roles
toward the Kingdom of God.”

Speakers will include for-
mer senator Tanya McCart-
ney, Ministers Olivia Wells,
Orminique Joffer and Char-
lene Paul, Tanya Northeast,
Michelle Thompson and
Nadeem Eugene.

The keynote address on the
Friday evening will be given
by patron Dr Ada Thompson.

Rt. Hon. Hubert A. Ingrahg

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SEATED (I-r): Former Senator
Tanya McCartney; KWIB founder
Melisa Hall and Minister Charlene
Paul. STANDING (I-r): Minister
Antonise Collie, Tanya Northeast,
Minister Olivia Wells and Minister
Ormonique Rolle-Joffer

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and Board of Directors.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

Manage the financial affairs of the school
Supervise the accounting department
e Ensure accurate and timely monthly, quarterly, and annual financial
reporting in accordance with International Financial Reporting
Standards

Lead annual budget exercise



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¢ Monitor and analyze monthly operating results against budget

* Coordinate annual audit process

e Manage the cash flow of the organization

e Review and evaluate internal controls and make recommendation
for improvement .

e Any other related duties, as necessary

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

¢ A Bachelor’s degree or higher in Accounting or related Financial
field. Professional accounting designation ACCA, CA, or CPA.

* Seven to ten (7-10) years of experience in accounting.

¢ Ability to analyze financial data and prepare financial reports.

e Very strong oral and written communication skills

¢ Leadership, management, and direct supervision experience is
preferred.

e Public accounting,experience is preferred.

Bahamian citizen.




The position offers an attractive salary with a very good benefits
package, reflecting the successful applicant’s experience and
qualifications.

Qualified individuals should submit, by post or email, complete resumés,
including references before Feb 29, 2008 to the following person:

Mark E. Munnings
Partner
Deloitte & Touche
P. O. Box N-7120
Nassau, Bahamas
Email: mmunnings @ deloitte.com.bs

WHEREAS, the PACE (Provinding Access to Continued Education)
Foundation was established in the year 2001 out of the Zonta Club of
Nassau to raise funding to promote the PACE Programme and provide a
facility for teen mothers;

AND WHEREAS, the PACE programme was started in 1969 and continues to
help teen mothers regain control of their futures through education and through
stopping the cycle of repeat pregnancy;

AND WHEREAS, the Foundaion is a not-for-profit group established to raise
awareness of the social impact of teenage pregnancy in The Bahamas

AND WHEREAS, the Foundation’s mission is to provide education and
support to teen mothers, promoting awareness and policies that reduce both teen
pregnancy and unplanned pregnancy among young adults;

AND WHEREAS, the Foundation empowers young. girls through

- education about how to take care of themselves and their babies;

AND WHEREAS, the Foundation provides counselling, academic
opportunities and job related skills for teens to build self esteem and the capacity
for independence;

AND WHEREAS, the PACE Foundation is led by a diverse team of
experienced directors and talented committed volunteers,

AND WHEREAS, the PACE Foundation will be launching its programme “Talk
to Me” and has planned a number of activities for the discussion;

AND WHEREAS, the aim of “Talk to Me” month is to get parents to talk to their
children about sex and encourage teens to make wise choices that will steer them
away from teen pregnancy;

AND WHEREAS, the social challenges caused by high levels of teenage
pregnancy affect all of us in the Bahamian society,

NOW THEREFORE, | Hubert A. Ingrahan, Prime Minister of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, do hereby, proclaim the month of

February 2008 as “TALK TO ME” month.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF,

] have hereunto set my Hand
and Seal this 7th day of February,
2008

HUBERT A. INGRAHAM
PRIME MINISTER


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South Ocean developer eyes six to eight months for infrastructure start

FROM page 1B

Although unable to give a
precise date for when infra-

structure work on the South
Ocean project would start, Mr
Stein said that “taking a shot in
the dark”, it was likely to com-

VACANCY NOTICE

The Bahamas Co-operative League
& Insurance Brokerage Limited
Requires the services of a

Messenger / Handy Man

The successful applicant will be responsible
for providing messenger services assisting with
general office and maintenance duties.

Applicants should:

Y Bea Bahamian citizen

V Possess a valid drivers license

Y Possess a minimum of a high school diploma

Have good interpersonal skills

Deadline for application:
February 15, 2008

Applicants should submit their resumes to the —

Bahamas Co-operative League
& Insurance Brokerage Limited

Russell Road

BAHA.MAR

P.O. Box SS-6314

fax: 242-328-8730



x.

NASSAU, BAHAMAS

mence in six to eight months.

He added that once all the
design work was done, the
New South Ocean Develop-
ment Company would look to
mobilise the construction
workforce.

With work on the Blue
Shark Golf Course close to
completion, Mr Stein told The
Tribune that the second step
would involve demolition of
most of the existing South
Ocean’s properties and facili-
ties.

Then, once all design work
was concluded, the infrastruc-
ture work would start. “Hope-
fully not too long thereafter
we will be able to start work on
the vertical construction,” Mr
Stein said.

He added that the New
South Ocean Development
Company had received all the
necessary permits and
approvals from the Govern-
ment at this stage, although
“there are always ongoing
applications” that are required
as a resort development pro-
gresses.

The Ingraham administra-
tion has also moved away from
signing Heads of Agreements
with major investors and devel-
opers, instead providing them
with what they want through
all the required permits and
approvals, such as Hotels
Encouragement Act agree-
ments.

When asked about the likely
economic impact the South
Ocean redevelopment would
have, Mr Stein said: “It will be
at least what the numbers are”
in the economic impact study
conducted by Global Insight.

“We’re starting to hire local
engineers, architects. Right
now, we’re going to start on
the demolition, which we have
hired a local company to do.
We are going to pave the

CAREER OPPORTUNITY

Baha Mar Development Company Ltd. seeks to hire a

Project/Construction Manager

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

The successful applicant will be responsible for:

¢ Ensuring the trade contractors are carrying out their work in accordance with
the Contract, including approved method statements.and other approved
documents relating to Health & Safety, environmental issues and quality.
Facilitating the work of the contractors, so far as possible, by ensuring the



THE NEW South Ocean Development Company and New Providence Development Company recently signed
a $33 million closing deal for land. SHOWN (l-r) are Roger Stein, master developer for the New South Ocean
Development Company, and Rhys Duggan, chief executive and president of New Providence Development

Company

roads, which we have hired a
local company to do,” Mr Stein
said.

As the project entered its
main construction phase, he
added that “the goal is to hire
as many Bahamians as are
competent for the work we are
trying to do”.

The South Ocean project is
slated to include a 140-room
five-star and 400-room four-
star resort, a 40,000 square foot
casino, fractional villas, 180
timeshare units, second homes,
convention centre, marina, ten-
nis facilities, and spa.

That phase is set to cost
around $500 million, with the
first phase - the utilities and
infrastructure - set to cost
around $200 million.

The draft economic impact
study for the South Ocean
development projected that it
would create 1,358 full-time
jobs when fully open, plus

Employment oy telaiiis

The Clifton Heritage Authority is seeking the services of an individual to fill the position of
Managing Director in accordance with Section 15 of the Clifton Heritage Authority Act

2004.

The individual would be required to provide executive leadership, supervision and
direction to units of the Clifton Heritage Authority's offices and the Heritage Park,
while ensuring, the research and promotion of its historical, cultural and natural

resources.

Duties and R

1,200 direct construction jobs
at peak build-out.

During its first full year in
operation, the revitalised South
Ocean was projected to inject
$172 million in extra visitor
spending into the Bahamian
economy, and produce a $3.7
billion GDP impact over its
first 20 years, generating $1.5
billion in direct salaries and
wages for employees.

The $33 million land pur-
chase was with New Provi-
dence Development Compa-
ny, and included the purchase
of that company’s fee simple
ownership of the South Ocean
resort’s Blue Shark golf course,
which has been redesigned and
upgraded by professional
golfer Greg Norman.

The golf course tract also”

involved Mr Stein’s group buy-
ing out the leasehold held by
the old South Ocean Develop-
ment Company, which was

nsibilities:
° Responsible for the implementation of policies, programs and goals and objectives for

owned by the Canadian Com-
mercial Workers Industry Pen-
sion Plan (CCWIPP).

New Providence Develop-
ment Company is an affiliate
of the Tavistock Group, the
vehicle for worldwide invest-
ments by Lyford Cay-based
billionaire Joe Lewis. He,
together with his business part-
ner Terry White, effectively
control New Providence
Development Company.

Part of the Heads of Agree-
ment that the former Christie
administration signed with the
Tavistock Group and its part-

‘ner for the $1.4 billion Albany

Golf & Beach resort, which
will be South Ocean’s neigh-
bour, involved a commitment
to ensuring that its New Prov-
idence Development Company
affiliate “make available suffi-
cient land to ensure the viabil-

‘ity of the proposed South
“Ocean Beach Hotel project”.

the efficient management of the Clifton Heritage Authority.

Ensures the development and implementation of a strategic plan for the management

of the Clifton Heritage Park ensuring that accepted operating standards and

practices are employed.

Coordinate and supervise all activities related to safety issues, best environmental

practices, and all matters related to the preservation of historic structures and

conservation of natural resources at the park.

Serve ad Principal Advisor to the Clifton Heritage Authority Board on matters and

issues relative to the maintenance and upkeep of the park.

° Oversee and coordinate all public and private use of facilities and recreational spaces

at the Clifton Heritage Park and establish user fees.

Liaise with other government, non-government, regional and international agencies to

explore opportunities to promote the sustainable development and management of

the Clifton Heritage Park.

Direct and coordinate the employment of staff, develop and implement operating

policies, standards and procedures to ensure performance and maintain a stable

working environment.

° Conduct periodic assessments of facilities and infrastructure and recommend

improvements or repairs as necessary.

Prepare and submit a monthly report to the Board of Directors on the operations of

the Authority.

° Liase with the Marketing and Public Relations officer to produce material for the
promotion of the Clifton Heritage Park.

necessary logistic arrangements are set up and operating

Interfacing between contractors

Recording the progress of work and valuation

Carrying out inspections with the contractor to verify that work is in accordance
with the approved standards. Escort other parties, (Local Authority, Consultants,
Clients etc) as requested, to participate in inspections.

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

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

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

Managing project budget

Analyzing project cost

°

°

°



°

Qualifications include:

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

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

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

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

Ability to work in stressful situations

Ability to juggle departmental resources to meet deadlines

Ability to read and interpret financial reports

Ability to consistently prepare accurate cost estimates

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

Ensure Design and Budget is compatible.

Development of assigned Bid Packages

Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Mitigates team conflict and communication problems

Motivates team to work together in the most efficient manner

°

°

P ification:

° Aminimum of a graduate degree in Administration or a related discipline, and/or 10
years experience in an administrative discipline.

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

Applications are available at the Authority’s Office Collins Avenue and should be

submitted along with resume by 25 February, 2008.

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

All responses will be held in the strictest confidence.

Telephone contact 325-1505.


THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2008, PAGE 5B

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Butterfield re-brands Bahamas-
_ based private banking operations

Butterfield Bank (Bahamas) yes-
terday announced that it would re-
brand its banking and trust busi-
ness by adopting the Butterfield
Private Bank name, which is cur-
rently used by its UK affiliate.

The Bahamas-based Butterfield
operation has up until now used
the Butterfield Bank brand of its
Bermuda-based parent, but
believes the re-branding will help to
clarify the type of services it pro-
vides.

Robert Lotmore, Butterfield
Bank (Bahamas) managing direc-
tor, said in a statement: “We are
delighted to be now using the brand
name,,Butterfield Private Bank, as
we believe presenting ‘Private’
within our brand is reflective of our
commitment to offering tailored
wealth management solutions with
a very high standard of service.

"The change process of signs and
stationery is currently underway,
although nothing else will change,
as clients will continue to receive
the same exceptional service they
have always experienced with us.
It is the next step in our evolution
as a specialised financial services
provider in the Bahamas."

Butterfield Private Bank pro-
vides private clients with wealth
management, banking and trust ser-
vices from its Bahamas offices,
which are located in the Montague
Sterling Centre on East Bay Street
in Nassau.

Butterfield Fund Services
(Bahamas), which provides invest-
ment and pension fund adminis-
tration from the same location, will

Sse oie al SESMACSUM CHOWN are Robert Lotmore (right), head of Butterfield’s Bahamas Division, and Julien Martel, vice-president and head of private banking





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NOTICE NOTICE

Everywhere The Buyers Are! | BLUE GRANDFATHER BRYJEN IT SOLUTIONS LTD.
. See Ak _... BOND FUND LTD. ‘

VOLUNTARILY LIQUIDATED
tot wy

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VOLUNTARILY LIQUIDATED i

‘ Noticefi hereby given that in accordance with section 137 (8) of the
International Business Companies Act 2000 the Dissolution of
BRYJEN IT SOLUTIONS LTD. has been completed, a Certificate of Dis-
solution has been issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the
Register of Companies.

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with section 137 (8) of the

International Business Companies Act 2000 the Dissolution of BLUE
GRANDFATHER BOND FUND LTD. has been completed, a Certificate of
Dissolution has been issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the
Register of Companies. The Date of the Completion of dissolution was the 23rd of January

Pe gh te 2008,
The Date of the Completion of dissolution was the 23rd of January

2008.

Legal Notice

NOTICE

WAHOO INVESTMENT LTD.

VOLUNTARILY LIQUIDATED

Join Citibank, N.A.
Nassau, Bahamas, a
branch of Citi, the

The Date of the Completion of dissolution was the 23rd of January largest financial
a | institution in the
world.

Notice is‘hereby given that in accordance with section 137 (8) of the
International Business Companies Act 2000 the Dissolution of WA-
HOO INVESTMENT LTD. has been completed, a Certificate of Dissolution
has been issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the Register of
Companies.

Treasury Head

ROLE RESPONSIBILITIES

Reporting to our Regional Treasury team, the position is
responsible for developing and implementing strategies for
managing ocal/foreign currency liability products. Key
responsibilities include marketing and quoting rates for corporate
foreign exchange contracts, money market instruments and

Legal Notice

NOTICE

BLUE HEDGE ALTERNATIVE
BOND FUND LTD.

VOLUNTARILY LIQUIDATED

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with section 137 (8) of the
International Business Companies Act 2000 the Dissolution of BLUE
HEDGE ALTERNATIVE BOND FUND LID. has been completed, a Cer-
tificate of Dissolution has been issued and the Company has therefore been
struck off the Register of Companies.

The Date of the Completion of dissolution was the 23rd of January
2008.

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.

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

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.

KNOV/LEDGE/ 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.

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Fund outperforms the market

despite negative 7.97% return

FROM page 1B

structure, only just over $2 million of
its $10 million in total assets are
invested on the global markets. This is
partly because the Central Bank of
the Bahamas will only allow each
qualified broker/dealer to access just

over $2 million in US$ foreign cur-
rency funding per quarter, but it has
allowed Fidelity to protect investors’
principal.

The remaining $8 million has been
placed on fixed deposit with three
Bahamian commercial banks for the
42-month period, and the fixed rates
of return on these assets mean that
investors will recover their $10 million
when the term expires. This means

that they will not lose out, and can
only benefit from any upside gener-
ated by the TIGRS L

“We believe that over time these
indices will perform and people will
make more than their principal,” Mr
Anderson said of the indices 'the fund
is invested in.

“The international markets have
seen some serious declines in the last
month, but people have not invested

for what happens in January. They’ve
invested for a period of 42 months,
and need to let this thing run its
course and not get too concerned
about what happens in the short-term.

“It’s the longer period we’re look-
ing at. People have now invested in
the international markets, which are a
lot more volatile than the local mar-
ket.

“Our local market is not volatile to

the same extent. You don’t see the
same ups and downs, as movements
tend to be more mderate. The inter-
national markets tend to move a lot
more sharply than ours.”

Mr Anderson said Royal Fidelity
had applied to the Central Bank for
its 2008 first quarter allocation of just
over $2 million in foreign currency,
but had yet to decide how the funds
would be allocated or structured.

900m BORCO buyer pledges to
make firm ‘key international hub’

FROM page 1B

working with us to secure long-

ment and production in the

experienced management and

Legal Notice

Notice

DEVON ENERGY MONGAH BAY, LTD.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Creditors having debts. or claims against the above-named
Company are required to send particulars thereof to the
undersigned at Ocean Centre, Montagu Foreshore, East
Bay Street, PO. Box N-3247, Nassau, Bahamas as sole
Liquidator on or before the 26th day of February, 2008. In
default thereof they will be excluded from the benefit of any dis-
tribution made by the Liquidator.

oil, fuel oil and various petro-
leum products, First Reserve
said the acquisition was part
of its strategy to develop ener-
gy-related infrastructure glob-
ally.

It added that BORCO
would “become a Key interna-
tional hub for crude oil and
petroleum products for major
oi! companies, and will be posi-
tioned as a best-in-class storage
and trading platform for the
region”.

"BORCO will provide sig-
nificant value for our strategic
partners, including major oil
companies, many of which are

term storage contracts at the
facility," said Thomas J. Siko-
rski, First Reserve’s managing
director, in a statement.

"These partners will benefit
from BORCO's strategic geo-
graphic location and the facili-
ty's scale and flexibility. The
addition of new capital that we
plan to put in place is intended
to optimise and upgrade the
existing infrastructure in order
to provide the highest quality
standard of service for BOR-
CO tenants.

“This significant capital also
demonstrates First Reserve's
long-term commitment to the
employees and will serve as a
catalyst for increased develop-

Bahamas."
Among the strategic attrac
tions for First Reserve are
BORCO’s proximity to the US
east coast, which lies some 80
miles away. The new owner
plans to use the Grand
Bahama facility as an
import/export hub for the ship-
ment of oil and petroleum
products to Caribbean coun-
tries - states that have no refin-
ing capacity of their own.
Using the skills of BORCO’s

workforce, First Reserve said it

would use BORCO to provide
multiple delivery and service
options, providing blending,
transhipment and bunkering

_ services.

First Reserve added: “BOR-
CO will expand its storage
capacity and jetty capabilities,
as well as the breadth of its ser-
vice options, through a capital
investment plan intended to
provide customers with addi-
tional value in the facility.”

NOTICE

Dated the 12th day of January, 2008

NOTICE is hereby given that WINDLEY TOUSSAINT OF P.O.

BOX 5537720, MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO, BAHAMAS, is
applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The

Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send
a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight
days from the 13TH day of FEBRUARY, 2008 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, RO.Box N-7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that ROSELINE PIERRE OF QUINTINE
ALLEY OFF WULFF ROAD, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that
any person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed
statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 18TH
day of FEBRUARY, 2008 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, RO.Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that STEVEN FLORESTAL OF P.O.
BOX N-8796, DELANCY STREET, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is
applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send

LYNDEN MAYCOCK
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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

Security Officers

Kelly’s is seeking mature, reliable, honest
and hardworking individuals to fill the
position of Security Officer.

Prospective candidates must be available to
work evening shifts. Past security experience (a)
would be an asset. This position is ideal for

retired police or prison officers.

DEVON ENERGY MONDAH BAY, LTD. is in
dissolution under the provisions of the International
Business Companies Act 2000.



The dissolution of the said Company commenced
on the 12th February, 2008 when its Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the
Registrar General.

We offer a great group of people to work with,
excellent pay, benefits and working conditions.




Interested persons may collect an application
form from the Customer Service counter at (c)

The Liquidator of the said Company is Mr. Lyden
Kelly's Home Centre, Mall at Marathon.

Maycok of Ocean Centre, Montagu Foreshore,
East Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas as sole Liquidator.

a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight
days from the 13TH day of FEBRUARY, 2008 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, PRO.Box N-7147,
Nassau, Bahamas. ,

No phone calls please ©
: . Dated the 12th day of February, 2008.

Tel: (242) 393.4002 - H & J Corporate Services Ltd.

Fax: (242) 393-4096

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Previous Close Today's Close Change Daily Vol. EPS $

1.72 1.72 0.157"

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9.61 9.61 0.612

0.90 0.90 0.188

3.66 3.66 0.289

2.60 2.60 0.058

12.70 12.70

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7.82 7.82

4.61 4.68

2.44 2.46

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13.00

14.00

5.12

0.77

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that KETY CHARLES of MALCOLM
ROAD, P.O..BOX-N 2021, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying
to the Minister resposible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/aturalization 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 6TH day of FEBRUARY, 2008 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147, Nassau,
Bahamas.

Pricing Information As Of:

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Cable Bahamas

Colina Holdings
Commonwealth Bank (S1)
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Famguard

Finco

FirstCaribbean

Focol (S)

Freeport Concrete

ICD Utilities

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CORNER, P.O. BOX. N-8566, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, _sis
applying to the Minister resposible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The

2,800

13.00
14.00
5.12
0.77
7.25 7.25
12.50 12.50
a 10.00 10.00
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Bid $ Ask $ Last Price
14.60 15.60 16.00
6.00 6.25 6.00
seep 3 ooo 9.40 -a:35
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41.00 43.00 41.00
14.60 15.60 14.00
0.45 |

4,000

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 13TH day of FEBRUARY, 2008 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

Weekly Vol. EPS $
7.160
0.000
0.023

Bahamas Supermarkets
Caribbean Crossings (Pref)

4.450
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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*
13.7969 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** i j
tccen TCnOOr “CEAL HIG Greue bona cure one NOTICE is hereby given that CARMELITA FRANCIQUE OF P.

0 Fidel tFund — 10.50°*** O. BOX EE-16652, PRINCE CHARLES DRIVE, NASSAU,

RINDEX: CLOSE 020.21 / YTID 2.40% 1 2007 84.47% SS BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality
; MARKET TERMS — YIELD - last 12 month dividends divided by closing price NAV KEY. a : ; . , ; on

52wk-Hi - Highest closing price In last 62 weeks Bid $ - Buying price of Colina and Fidelity and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of
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Previous Close - Noe Geone Bas fat dally volume tae oreo " tue Gaaad meh tates: price ** 31 December 2007 The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
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(S) - 4-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 8/8/2007 * responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-71 47,
($1) - 3-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 7/11/2007 enaaonen _ ; / 4 N Bahamas

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2008, PAGE 7B



Bush administration’s 30-day relief
plan for trouble homeowners

@ By MARTIN
CRUTSINGER
AP Economics Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) —

Homeowners threatened with
foreclosure would in some
instances get a 30-day reprieve
under an initiative the Bush
administration announced yes-
terday.

Dubbed “Project Lifeline,”
the programme will be avail-
able to people who have taken
out all types of mortgages, not
just-the high-cost subprime
loans that have been the focus
of previous relief efforts.

The programme was put
together by six of the nation’s
largest financial institutions,
which service almost 50 per
cent of the nation’s mortgages.

These lenders say they will
contact homeowners who are
90 or more days overdue on

their monthly mortgage pay-
ments. The homeowners will
be given the opportunity to put
the foreclosure process on
pause for 30 days while the
lenders try to work out a way
to make the mortgage more
affordable to homeowners.

“Project Lifeline is a valu-
able response, literally a life-
line, for people on the brink
of the final steps in foreclo-
sure,” Housing and Urban
Development Secretary
Alphonso Jackson said at a
joint news conference with
Treasury Secretary Henry
Paulson.

He said the goal was to pro-
vide a temporary pause in the
foreclosure process “long
enough to find a way out” by
letting homeowners and
lenders negotiate a more
affordable mortgage.

Paulson said the new effort

Cruise ships move

@ By CANDICE CHOI

AP Business Writer

SAILING away on a cruise
ship with a midnight buffet no
longer means waving goodbye
to your diet.

Keeping with the times,
cruise lines are promising spa-
like cuisine alongside the but-
tery lobster and piles of crab
legs. The hope is that lighter
selections will lure health-con-
scious baby boomers and oth-

‘ers who fear being trapped at

sea with a 24-hour pizza bar.

Royal Caribbean Cruises
Ltd. last year introduced its
“Vitality” program, which
weaves healthier meals and
exercise into the sailing expe-
rience. Carnival Corp. now has
lighter dishes with nutritional
stats on menus for hawk-e yok
calorie counters. On Crystal
Cruises Inc., fresh fruits and
whole grains are playing a big-
ger role on the buffet line. In
the past year, most major cruise
lines have tossed trans fats
overboard.

“We’re hoping it will dispel
the myth that a cruise experi-
ence is just about overeating.
You can eat very healthfully,
very creatively, and have a lot
of wonderful choices,” said
Mimi Weisband, a spokes-
woman for Crystal.

While cruising is still a small
portion of the travel industry,
analysts say it’s poised to bur-
geon as legions of baby
boomers retire in coming years.
But capturing that new wave
of cruisers means tuning into
their lifestyle, which is increas-
ingly focused on staying fit.

Adopting that good-for-you
sensibility on board not only
satisfies veteran passengers, but
may entice new ones, said
Robin Diedrich, a leisure ana-
lyst with Edward Jones in St.

Louis.

The lighter foods and fitness
choices are typically included
inthecos ~ ue cruise. On the
Disney Cruise Line, that means
breakfasts with more whole
grains and low-fat yogurts.
Crystal is paring down portion
sizes and featuring more cre-
ative salads.

Menus on Carnival cruises
list the caloric information for
“spa” dishes including: roast-
ed banana panna cotta in citrus
broth (150 calories), charred
broccoli and cauliflower
tortellini (190 calories) or red
snapper over stewed fruits (290
calories).

Caribbean

Royal Caribbean in January

did away with its midnight buf- '

fets, but the famed concept
lives on in other ships.

Those looking to get moving
on Royal Caribbean ships can
consult virtual trainer kiosks
and self-guided running maps
for land excursions. One class
takes passengers on a tour of
the ship’s eateries, with point-
ers on the healthiest choices.

For cruise enthusiasts like
Linda Coffman, it all means no
longer having to worry about
gaining weight at sea.

“T always used to try to lose a
few pounds in anticipation (of
sailing), but I’ve found that’s
really not necessary,” said Coff-
man, a 59-year-old travel writer
who goes on cruises for both
work and pleasure.

While salads and lighter dish-
es have always been available,
Coffman said the variety in
choices now is impressive. _

The changes come at a time
when the cruise industry is see-
ing steady but modest growth.
For 2008, the industry group
Cruise Lines International

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was just one of a number of
approaches the administration
was pursuing with the mort-
gage industry to deal with the
country’s worst housing slump
in more than two decades.

In December, President
Bush announced a deal bro-
kered with the mortgage indus-
try that will freeze certain sub-
prime loans — those offered
to borrowers with weak credit
histories — for five years if the
borrowers cannot afford the
higher monthly payments as

ose mortgages reset after
| eing at lower introductory
yates,

“As our economy works
through this difficult period,
we will look for additional
opportunities to try to avoid
preventable foreclosures,”
Paulson said. “However, none
of these efforts are a silver bul-
let that will undo the excesses

of the past years, nor are they
designed to bail out real estate
speculators or those who com-
mitted fraud during the mort-
gage process.’

In coming days, lenders will
begin sending letters to home-
owners who might qualify for
the new program. Homeown-
ers won’t qualify if they have
entered bankruptcy, if they
already have a foreclosure date
within 30 days, or if the home
loan was taken out to cover an
investment property or a vaca-
tion home.

The Mortgage Bankers
Association reported that at
least 1.3 million home mort-
gage loans were either seri-
ously delinquent or in foreclo-
sure at the end of the July-Sep-
tember quarter.

Private economists are fore-
casting that the number of
foreclosures could soar to 1

on healthier foods

Association projects its mem-
bers will carry a record 12.8
million passengers worldwide,
up from the 12.6 million esti-
mated for 2007.

In 2006, there were 12 mil-
lion passengers, up from 11.5
million in 2005 and 10.85 mil-
lion in 2004.

Cruise passengers tend to be
older, and many are retired,
according to the Cruise Lines
International Association. But
families, along with baby
boomers, are expected to be a
big part of the industry’s
growth spurt in coming years.
That means moms and dads
fretting over what the kids and
grandparents are eating.

And some newer cruises last __
or several weeks, meaning.
people are léss likely to aban-"

don diets for so long.

Providing light, tasty foods
is practically mandatory now,
but cruise lines are careful not
to push them too aggressively.

“They’re very conscious of
fact that this is a vacation, and
it’s a time to splurge. People
are going to continue to have
that high-end lobster too,”
Diedrich said. “It’s not one ver-
sus the other.”

Meaning, the virtuous
options are only that —
options. Food — fatty, high-
caloric and lots of it — is still a
star on ocean liners.

Whether passengers actually
select the lean new plates, just
knowing they’re available can
help drown out second
thoughts about boarding what,
for many, amounts to a floating
binge fest. Like a gym mem-
bership, having a “light” menu
might can massage away the
guilt.

Judging from the orders so
far, not many are exercising
their right to eat healthy.

On Carnival Cruises, the
“spa” choices only account for
about 15 percent to 20 percent
of appetizer orders. For main
courses, they’re only up to 3
percent, said Peter Leypold,
the company’s corporate exec-
utive chef.

Royal Caribbean says it
doésn’t track usage of its new
dishes and classes, but says
they’re popular.

“That’s not to say (passen-
gers) don’t indulge. They still
love the lobster and a great
steak,” said Alice Norsworthy,
the cruise line’s vice president
of marketing.

For Coffman, who just
returned from a five-day Car-
nival cruise to the Bahamas,
that indulgence is a dessert she
allows herself only once every
cruise.

“T will not go an entire cruise
without having a melting
chocolate cake,” Coffman said.



» TENDER SECURITY SERVICES

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sion of security services at the Clifton Heritage:

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Tenders must be sealed in an envelope marked
“TENDER FOR SECURITY SERVICES” and
delivered for the attention of:

Dr. Keith Tinker
Secretary
The Clifton Heritage Authority
P.O. Box EE 15082
Nassau, Bahamas
Telephone: 325-1505



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reject any or all tenders.

Interested companies can collect a specification
document from the Authority's office in the Collin’s
House Complex, with entrance on Collins Avenue,
between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm Mon-

Bids should reach the Authority's office by
5:00 p.m. on 22 February, 2008.

Companies submitting bids are invited to attend

a bid opening on Tuesday, 26 February, 2008 at
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million this year and next,

about double the 2007 rate.

Officials did not have an esti-
mate of how many people
might be helped by the new
“Project Lifeline” program.

Democratic critics said the
administration was still not
doing enough to help with a
serious crisis that has slowed
the overall economy to a near
standstill and raised worries
about a full-blown recession.

In a statement, Sen. Hillary
Rodham Clinton, who is run-
ning for the Democratic presi-
dential nomination, said that
last year she had called for a
90-day moratorium on sub-
prime foreclosures. She said
the administration has been
slow to react to the unfolding
crisis.

“The administration’s latest
initiative is welcome news, but.
more remains to be done,” she
said in a statement.

Senate Banking Committee
Chairman Christopher Dodd,
D-Conn., said the finance

industry and the administra-
tion were falling further and
further behind in dealing with
the growing crisis.

“This plan, while a step in
the right direction, will not
stem the tide of the millions of

’ foreclosures we are facing in

the coming months,” Dodd
said in a statement. His com-
mittee will hold a hearing on
the housing crisis on Thursday
with testimony from Paulson
and Federal Reserve Chair-
man Ben Bernanke.

The six participating banks
are Bank of America Corp.,
Citigroup Inc. Countrywide
Financial Corp., J.P. Morgan
Chase and Co., Washington
Mutual Inc. and Wells Fargo
& Co.

They are all members of the
Hope Now Alliance, an indus-
try group that is trying to coor-
dinate a response to the mort-
gage crisis. Officials urged
homeowners to call the group’s
toll free hot line number at 1-
888-995-HOPE for assistance.

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

eight (8) year project.

Project Manager - Construction:

* Minimum 10 years experience in construction management
° Proficient i in reading and understanding construction plans

© Proficinetn cr
schedules

g-and monitoring. of construction, -

¢ AssiS€ With develdmment of forecasting and working" RON

budgets

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

within planned budgets

¢ Needs good communication, logistical and organizational

skill

¢ Will work closely with larger GC on high-end product

* Minimum 5 years of construction site management

experience

* Good working knowledge of timber and masonry

construction methods

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

from contractors

° Proficient in performing material take-offs

® Proficient in creating construction schedules

® Proficient with Microsoft Word and Excel

¢ Needs good communication; logistical and organizational

skills

Quantity Surveyor/Estimator

* Minimum 5 years experience as a QS/Construction

Estimator

* Proficient in reading and understanding of construction

plans

¢ Proficient in material take-offs and creating Bills of

Quantities

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

Project Scheduler

¢ Minimum 5 years experience as a Project Scheduler
° Proficient in reading and understanding of construction

plans

* Proficient with Sure-Track scheduler program
* Proficient with Microsoft Word and Excel
* Need good communication and organizational skills

Procurement Officer

* Minimum 5 years experience as a Procurement Officer
* Detailed understanding of freight and shipping logistics
* Proficient with ordering and tracking of construction

materials

* Good working knowledge of construction materials
* Proficient with Microsoft Word and Excel
* Need good communication and organizational skills

Warehouse Clerk.

* Good understanding of construction materials
* Good understanding of warehouse procedures
* Proficient with Microsoft Excel

Resume should be sent to Nick Sims,
Development Department,
The Abaco Club on Winding Bay,
P.O. Box AB-20571, Marsh Harbour, Abaco

e-mail to construction@theabacoclub.com


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