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The Tribune

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

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Bahamas

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

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17-year-old from
CV Bethel is the 13th
homicide victim of year

By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
kherig@tribunemedia.net

A 17-YEAR-OLD CV Bethel

senior high student — a son of a_

police officer — was stabbed to
death yesterday afternoon at the
South East Street shopping plaza,
just a few feet from his school’s
campus.

He is the 13th homicide victim
of the year and the second stu-
dent to be stabbed to death in the
last two weeks.

Police last night were still with-
holding the teenage victim’s
name. |

According to reports, the CV
Bethel senior high student was
attacked in an altercation with
“two young men” as he defended
his younger brother at around
3.10pm near the City Market
foodstore.

Supt Stephen Dean, officer in-
charge of the southeastern police
division, told The Tribune yester-

’ day that officers were on mobile

patrol in the area when they got a
report of fight at the East Street
South shopping plaza.

Arriving at the scene, Supt
Dean said, the officers found the

- 17 year old lying on the ground

with apparent stab wounds to his
chest area. A group of students
was gathered around the boy.

An emergency medical team
was called to the plaza and the
17 year old was rushed to Princess
Margaret Hospital.

However, he was pronounced
dead shortly after arrival.

Police said they believe the boy
died of his injuries during the
ambulance ride.

According to a source close to

SEE page nine

Some suspect arson after
govt complex destroyed

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

AN EARLY morning blaze in Crooked Island on Wednesday left an
entire government complex destroyed in what some suspect as arson
fueled by retaliation for an alleged altercation between a 42-year-old
male resident and police on the island.

The complex, which contained the local administrator’s office, police
station, post office, and a department of social services went up in
flames sometime between 11 pm Tuesday — the last time the area was
patrolled by police — and 7 am Wednesday, police confirmed.

Some speculate the blaze was intentionally set by riotous residents
upset about alleged police brutality stemming from Monday’s arrest of

Willis McKinney Jr.

Another theory is the fire resulted from an electrical shortage in the

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PLP LEADER Perry Christie and his family at the party’s convention last night. The event, which saw Glenys
Hanna-Martin elected chairman yesterday, continues tonight.

Concerns Cuba
could overtake
the Bahamas
as tourism
destination

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

IN THE wake of the
announcement of Fidel Castro’s
resignation, concerns have
increased that Cuba may soon
overtake the Bahamas and
become one of the most sought-
after tourism destinations in the
region.

With a rapidly expanding
hotel occupancy rate that has
more than doubled since 1990
and a tropical destination
steeped: in culture and history,
Cuba may be poised to become
a premiere tourist destination
in the Caribbean.

While industry insiders are
quick to point out Cuba’s
apparent tourism boom is not
a direct threat to the Bahamas’
number one industry, they con-
cede that recent statistics —
which show that in 2006 the
Communist island had a hotel

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US Ambassador positive on
US, Bahamas economies

TROUBLING headlines con-
cerning slowing growth and rising
- unemployment in the US have
Bahamians concerned about the
effects of a US slowdown on its
tourism-dependent economy.
While the potential impact of a
US recession is unclear, US
Ambassador Ned Siegel is confi-
dent that as long as the US “con-
tinues to aggressively address its
economic challenges and The
Bahamas maintains a friendly pos-






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Defence Force set to
court martial officer

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

THE Royal Bahamas Defence Force is set to court martial an offi-
cer for the first time in its 28-year history, The Tribune has learned.

A senior officer, whose identity has not been provided to the press,
will be tried in the military court for what has been described as a
“minor” offence, the nature of which a defence force spokesperson also
said he could not release, as he was not aware of what it was.

According to petty officer Ralph McKinney, the decision to court
martial the officer, whose rank as a “senior” officer would be lieutenant

SEE page nine

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Hanna-Martin
wins the PLP

chairmanship

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

GLENYS Hanna-Martin
scored a large victory yesterday
over her opponents, becoming the
PLP's first woman chairman.

As the election results became ©

known, one of her supporters
began screaming in jubilation on
the convention floor, "party in the
backyard, party in the backyard."

According to the unofficial

results, the new chairman, and ,

MP for Englerston, received 423
votes, while Elcott Coleby
received 299, and party newcom-
er Omar Archer received only 14
votes.

"I feel, really more than any-
thing, humbled that the delegates
have seen fit to place their confi-
dence in me," said Mrs Hanna-
Martin in an interview with The
Tribune. "The concern now is to
begin the work,that needs to be

SEE page nine

Christie expected
to announce -

plans for deputy
leader race

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

FORMER Prime Minister and
PLP Leader Perry Christie is
expected to announce tonight the
party’s plans to hold a deputy

’ leadership race sometime in the

near future as deputy leader Cyn-
thia Pratt starts her exit from
frontline politics.

On Wednesday night at the
Wyndham Nassau Resort, Mrs
Pratt informed delegates at the
party’s 50th Convention that she
will not offer for a fourth term in
Parliament. ~

“God willing,” Mrs Pratt said,
“T will complete this present term
and continue to give my all to the
great people of St Cecilia.”

This announcement did not
come as a surprise to some PLP
insiders who have earmarked this
convention as a “watershed
moment” in the transition of pow-
er from Mr Christie to other
would-be leaders within the par-
ty.

In recent weeks, Mrs Pratt has
been battling with a bout of ten-

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PLP urged to learn

lessons of defeat

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



FORMER Minister of Health and National Insurance Dr
Bernard Nottage cautioned delegates at the PLP Conven-
tion last night that unless the PLP is prepared to “answer
honestly”, “discuss openly”, and act on their findings as to why
the party lost in the 2007 general elections, it will not be
ready to become the government again if and when an oppor-
tunity presents itself.

“How do we explain that with the economy growing at an
accelerated rate; with unprecedented foreign direct invest-
ment; with the lowest unemployment figures in years; with high
ratings from the appropriate agencies; with the welcome
prospects of universal health insurance needed by the vast
majority of citizens; with unprecedented numbers of houses
being built in the public and private sectors and with the low-
est downpayment requirements in qur history, that we still lost
the elections?” he asked.

“That is a question we must answer honestly and discuss
openly and we must act on our findings,” Dr Nottage added.
“That is the only way we will be ready when next the oppor-
tunity to become the government of the Bahamas presents
itself.”

Dr Nottage also encouraged PLP members throughout the
Bahamas to embrace the blowing winds of change. He
appealed to them to accept that the PLP must change the
way it organizes its party machinery, and the way the party is
seen and perceived by others.

“Reform is good for the soul and change will revive and
enable us to retool and reshape our party. Statements by our
party leadership, by some of our party officers, by some of our
Members of Parliament, especially since our defeat at the
polls, indicate that all has not been well. The public has heard
them or read them and so the public knows.

“Such events influence how the public sees us and thus we

must take great care not only to present our party in the best -

light, but also to ensure that our party is united, focused, effi-
cient and effective. Indeed, one of the prerequisites for the way
forward for us now is to understand that we are no longer the
government of the Bahamas,” he said.







A 25-year-old Market Street
woman charged in connection
with the death of businessman
and community leader Michael
Fowler — who died in October
last year, just five weeks after
. being hit by a vehicle on West
Bay Street — was arraigned in
Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

Guernda Henry’ was
arraigned before Magistrate
Renee McKay at Court 6 on
Parliament Street, charged with
killing in the course of danger-
ous driving.

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Nottage attacks ZNS TV for cutting
live convention coverage at 11 p.m.

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

FORMER Health Minister
Dr Bernard Nottage last night
criticized ZNS Television for
cutting its live feed of the PLP’s
50th Convention at promptly
11pm.

While admitting that the par-
ty had been given notice that
their coverage could only last
from 8pm to 11pm, Dr Nottage
said that this was still a “mean”
and “petty” thing to do.

“If we were in any doubt
about that after all we have
been through, the evidence was
patently clarified for us last
night when ZNS TV uncere-
moniously and without expla-
nation, ended its broadcast as
the Deputy Leader of the party
began her address, albeit late,
last evening.

“That was a mean, petty thing
for a national broadcast net-
work to do! But, I am advised
that we knew the broadcast
time would be 8pm to 11pm and
we ought to have either request-
ed additional time or completed
on time. We have only our-
selves to blame,” he said.

Dr Nottage said that as the
PLP was defeated in the elec-
tions on May 2, 2007, they have
been thrust from the position
of government into the role of

driving vehicle number 163460
east on West Bay Street in the
area of the Bahamas Develop-
ment Bank, drove in a manner
dangerous to the public, thereby
causing the death of Michael
Fowler.

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tion. In this new role, he said,
there is “much work” to be
done.

“Our task now is to be the
alternate to the government; to
oppose any policies or actions of
the FNM government, with
which we disagree, vigorously
and responsibly, and to offer
alternative proposals that will
uplift the lives our people. If we
don’t do it, it will not be done.

“Bahamians now know that
they can not trust an FNM gov-
ernment that must break down
in order to build.

“They know they cannot trust ~

a government which finds it
necessary to delay and cancel,
and hold hundreds of Bahami-
ans hostage to uncertainty and
doubt, simply to erase any and
everything the PLP accom-
plished in the last five years,”
he said.

The big question now, how-
ever, Dr Nottage asked, is what
can the PLP do to ensure that it
regains the trust of the voting
public.

“The big question is, are we
in touch with the electorate?
The big question is are our poli-
cies based on what they think
they need or are they based on
what we think is best for
them?” he asked.

Providence, died at his home
five weeks after the accident.

The businessman was hit as
he was returning to his parked
car near Super Clubs Breezes
following a Rotary Club meet-
ing.

Mr Fowler was also a member
of the Executive Board of the

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Woman, 25, charged in connection with community leader's death

Nassau Tourism and Develop-
ment Board and served on
numerous committees.

Henry pleaded not guilty to
the charge of killing in the
course of dangerous driving yes-
terday and was granted $5,000
bail.

Henry was also charged with





driving a vehicle without being

‘covered by third party risk insur-

ance and driving without a dri-
ver’s license. Henry pleaded
guilty to the charges and was
fined $1,400. Failure to pay the
fine will result in a four-month
prison sentence. The case was
adjourned to May 2.



THE TRIBUNE

Ken Dorsett
wins deputy
chairmanship

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

ATTORNEY Ken Dorsett

won the deputy chairmanship of

the PLP yesterday, beginning a
shift in the party towards youth in
leading frontline party positions.

Mr Dorsett, 37, won the post
by 407 votes over former young
liberal leader Judson Wilmott,
with former Vice Chairman Ron
Rolle finishing third.

The responsibilities of the PLP
deputy chair are determined by
the chairman in consultation with
the leader of the party. However,
Mr Dorsett told The Tribune yes-
terday that the party must be
"youth centric" in its focus going
forward.

"And we are going to have to
continue to ensure that all of the
various branches of the party are
active, vibrant and working effec-
tively to ensure that our message
is disseminated to the public," he
said.

The lack of apparent party uni-
ty was a major concern for the
PLP going into this convention. In
an effort to project harmony, PLP
parliamentarians issued a state-
ment days before the convention,
through Bain and Grant's Town
MP Dr Bernard Nottage, declar-
ing that they were in full support
of the party's leadership.

When asked if the PLP will
project unity coming out of this
convention, Mr Dorsett said
“absolutely."

"TL have no doubt in my mind
that when we leave this conven-
tion Friday evening that the PLP
will be a united party. We will
show that. I think it has already
been evidenced in the speeches
that you would have heard last
night. And it will be further evi-
denced tonight, and the party is
moving forward," he said.

Mr Rolle said yesterday that
despite his loss, he still intends to
be a "dedicated and loyal PLP,"
and hewwill continue to provide
full effort to.ensure that his party
is the best thafit can be.

Irrington "Minky" Isaacs will

now retain his title as deputy
leader emeritus. However, Mr
* Dorsett will be the substantive
holder of the post.

Still no leads in connection with
sabotage of BTC equipment

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

POLICE yesterday reported
that they still have no leads in
connection with the sabotage of
Bahamas Telecommunication
Company equipment in January
— although a $10,000-reward is
being offered to anyone with

Christie: party elections soon to
replace outgoing Cynthia Pratt

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“Of course when things like
this happen it impacts customers
in a vefy material way.

“When your phone goes down,
you know, that’s your business.
So even more than protecting
our livelihood, we appreciate
how ynportant telecommunica-
tions infrastructure is for
social life in the Bahamas,” he
said,

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

THE announcement by PLP MP
Cynthia Pratt that she will not seek re-
election to the House of Assembly
indicates that in.the not too distant
future there will be party elections to
replace her, said Perry Christie.

"Well, the fact of the matter is
‘Mother Pratt’ is elected for this term.
The Progressive Liberal Party will
have elections before the end of the
term. We have annual conventions,
and there is absolutely no doubt about
it that she was foreshadowing to any-
one who is ambitious and aspire(s),
that there will soon be elections obvi-
ously to replace her," said Mr Christie
in an interview with Gems radio net-
work yesterday at the Wyndam Nas-
sau Hotel.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2008, PAGE 3



"Once she has given the indication
that she will not be running again it
must necessarily follow that at some
stage in the future we will come
together to determine who will
replace her. That is obviously what
she signaled last night, "said Mr
Christie.

Mrs Pratt announced on the open-
ing night of the convention that she
will not seek a fourth term as the MP
for St Cecilia. However, Mrs Pratt
did not speak about-her future as the
deputy leader of the PLP — she was
reconfirmed to the post unopposed
at this convention.

Mr Christie said yesterday that
political leadership must always be in
question in parties, as it is leadership
that determines if people will vote for
a party or not.

On the issue of the overall leader-
ship transition within the PLP, Mr

Mr Johnson said he “certainly
hopes” that actions taken by
BTC to secure the areas that
were sabotaged will deter any
persons with similar intentions
in the future.

“Part of giving out the reward
is to let people know how serious
we take it and to discourage peo-
ple also from colluding,” he said.

BTC and the police both

encourage the general public to
report any suspicious activities
that they see around BTC equip-
ment, and any information they
might have in relation to the
crimes that have already
occurred.

Those with information can
contact the police the Crime Tip-
sters hotline at 328 8477 (TIPS).
All calls are confidential.





Felipé Major/Tribune staff

Christie was frank with his views on
how this process should occur. He
said that his only condition on the
transition issue, which he has main-
tained, is that the process must be
"dignified" and ample notice must be
given, so that no one is "ambushed."

"It must be one in which where
ample notice is given so that the
Bahamian people could expect that
in a date to be set, all right, elections
will be held and they would be able to
give consideration to those who are
party supporters as to who they feel
would be the best replacement for
Cynthia Pratt, or for that matter,
myself. That's the process that will
take place. And you will see in the
not too distant future how we pro-
“pose to manage that. And put very
bluntly, how I propose to manage that
process going forward," said Mr
Christie.

‘information leading to the con-
viction of those involved.

Chief Supt Hulan Hanna con-
firmed that no “significant”
progress has been made in pin-
pointing the culprit, or culprits.

Marlon Johnson, BTC’s vice
president of marketing, sales and
business development, told The
Tribune: “We know that these
things take some time some-
times.”

In late January, hundreds of
BTC customers lost their land
line telephone service when
unknown persons carried out a
numerous damaging attacks on
BTC equipment across New
Providence.

One source close to the com-
pany estimated that the damage
caused by the acts of sabotage
will cost BTC thousands of dol-
lars.

Aerial cables on Gladstone
and Rocky Pine Roads, as well as
wire cabinets on Marshall Road,
Sunshine Park, Muttonfish Dri-
ve, Flamingo Gardens and Emer-
ald Gardens were severely dam-
aged.

Yesterday, Mr Johnson said
that full repairs to equipment at
all of these locations have now
been completed.

He added that police patrols
were also upgraded in the areas.

Mr Johnson said BTC is
“looking for ways to reinforce
whatever locks we have on our
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EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

THE TRIBUNE





The Tribune Limited



NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI





Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master
LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt. O.B.E., K.M,, K.C.S.G.,
(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt.

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

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

Published Daily Monday to Saturday

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

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ABOUT the only references you’ll find to
Sputnik these days are in the form of game
show trivia. On Jeopardy, it might come after
the following description: This Russian-
launched satellite surprised and embarrassed
thé United States in 1957.

Fifty years ago, “What is Sputnik?” elicit-
ed a different response. Lyndon Johnson
called it “a second Pearl Harbour.” Experts
warned that the United States had permitted
a national security crisis to develop by allow-
ing a hostile nation to threaten it from space.

The Eisenhower administration initially
tried to dismiss Sputnik as a minor technical
advance.

But there was no calming national hysteria
about the Russians looking down or perhaps
even attacking from orbit above the Ameri-
can heartland, and we couldn’t do a thing
about it.

So the United States joined the space race.
John F. Kennedy won the 1960 campaign for
the White House in significant measure by
tagging Vice President Richard Nixon with
responsibility for American gaps in technol-
ogy and security.

And the Kennedy and Johnson adminis-
trations tripled federal support for basic sci-
entific research and pushed Congress for $25
billion to fund the Apollo programme.

The successful endeavour to put Ameri-
cans on the moon wasn’t the only result.
Maybe not even the most significant result.
The American investment in technology that
began five decades ago created a global rev-
olution that enhanced both American security
and the American treasury.

Elements of today’s global economy such
as instant telecommunications, cell phones,
GPS, even the Internet have a pedigree that
can be traced back to the creation of the
Defence Advanced Research Projects
Agency in 1958 in response to Sputnik.

Sept. 11, 2001, was the Pearl Harbour for a
new age — an assault on the flawed Ameri-
can trust in two oceans as a national security
strategy, this time with flaming buildings
instead of battleships.

Now there’s another Pearl Harbour loom-
ing. And Venezuelan strong man Hugo
Chavez has given us a glimpse of what it will
look like.

Chavez has threatened economic war
against the United States because of a legal
spat between his government and Exxon -

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in celebration of Anglican

service
Schools Sunday.

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US needs to change its energy habits



Mobil Corp. Exxon is trying to freeze the
foreign assets of state-owned Petroleos de
Venezuela SA in response to the national-
ization of its own assets in Venezuela. In
retaliation, Chavez has suggested he would
cut off oil transfers to the United States and
drive oil prices to $200 per barrel.

Oil is a fungible commodity, meaning a
shortage from one source can be satisfied by
another source.

So while Venezuela could seriously dis-
rupt the supply chain as the third largest

- source of U.S. oil imports, it could only do so

temporarily in an efficient marketplace.

Other producers should eventually move to
meet American demand.

But what if other oil producers joined in
the boycott of the United States? What if
Saudi Arabia, the second largest source of
U.S oil imports and the world’s largest petro-
leum exporter, declined to fill the shortfall?
What if Russia and Iran, the second and
fourth largest exporters, enforced end-use
agreements on oil markets that banned the
transfer of their national crude to the United
States?

Then the fungibility argument gets dicier.
Market disruptions and the rhetoric alone
would be enough to drive oil prices into the
stratosphere.

In 1973, Saudi-led OPEC cut production by
only 5 per cent and oil prices quadrupled
within a year.

Sound implausible? About as implausible
as the Japanese Imperial Navy sinking the
Pacific Fleet, Russians in space or 19 hijack-
ers bringing a nation of 300 million to a hor-
rific halt.

As with Sputnik, Chavez’s provocation
should be a wake-up call. The United States
has permitted a national security crisis to
develop by allowing hostile nations to threat-
en its economic lifeblood.

The only way to alleviate that threat is to
technologically change the nature of energy
production and consumption. And, no —
costly, inefficient and environmentally dam-
aging ethanol isn’t the answer.

The questions in 2008 are: Which Ameri-:

can leaders recognize this threat, and which
ones will push for the investment necessary to
create a new global economy?

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Appalled by |
destruction of
our birthright

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I READ with complete
agreement the letter entitled
“What will The Bahamas be
in 10 years” by Furious
Bahamian published in The
Tribune yesterday, Wednes-
day, February 20th.

That letter, together with an
article in today’s paper on
Sam Duncombe’s fears
regarding the Albany Project
and Adelaide Beach, has
prompted me to write.

New Providence is a tiny lit-
tle tropical island.

It is not Las Vegas or Reno
or Atlantic City.

It is absolutely appalling the
way successive governments
have had, and still have, no
conscience when it comes to
giving away every Bahamian’s
birthright to foreign investors;
allowing them to come here
and rape our environment,
destroy habitat and change the
Bahamian way of life.

While I agree that a certain
amount of foreign investment
is necessary, why can it not be
done in such a way to keep




LETTERS

letters@tribunemedia.net



our tropical island image?
Nobody can argue against the
success of Atlantis as far as
boosting the Bahamian econ-
omy is concerned, but, did
they have to bulldoze every

‘native tree and plant?

Could it not have been built
in such a manner as to blend
in with island scenery and
keep our unique Bahamian
image: an image that is fast
disappearing as we become an
extension of Florida.

The destruction of Bimini
is totally unforgivable.

World-renowned scientists
have voiced grave concerns
and warnings about. the
destruction of the shoreline
there, warnings that seem to
have been completely ignored
by our successive govern-
ments.

Not only have these warn-
ings been ignored, but now it
seems we are prepared to rip

apart Adelaide beach and risk
the same kind of shoreline
erosion there.

As for Baha Mar — a four
lane highway! Give me a
break.

Instead of striving to turn
our little island into a tarmac
“spaghetti junction,” let’s give
some thought to restricting the
number and size of the cars
on the island (who can possi-
bly really need a Hummer’),
cleaning up and making the
public transportation system
safe so that we do not need
sO many cars, and getting
some of the wrecks off the
road. (Yesterday I was stuck
behind a truck with no licence
plate, no brake lights and no
turning lights, that was spew-
ing out so much black filth
into the atmosphere that the
truck itself was hardly visible). °

I won’t get started on the
development of Rose Island...

ANOTHER
FURIOUS
BAHAMIAN
Nassau,

February 21, 2008. ©

Surprised that Christie does not
see political writing on the wall

EDITOR, The Tribune.

CRITICALLY for a politi-
cian is the understanding and
self recognition to know when
they should leave the politi-
cal scene.

Today’s announcement by
President Fidel Castro of
Cuba for obvious health rea-
sons totally is transparent that
when your political usefulness
is seen as being over you bow
out graciously so your political
memoirs can be written in as
appropriate fashion as one
would hope unless, of course,
there is other reasons to write
differently.

Although our Rt Hon Perry
Gladstone Christie is no Cas-
tro, it continues to surprise me
that he is unable to see the
political writing on the wall
not only for him personally
but for the PLP as a party.

The next election has to be
held by 2012.....Mr Christie is
64 years old this year so in
four-years he will be 68 years
old — more than 55 per cent
of the future electorate in 2012











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will certainly be under 35
years of age, no current politi-
cian over 60 years will, or has
a chance in 2012 as a candi-
date.

Mr Christie, if the PLP does
not elect a new Leader now
there is simply no chance that
by 2012, the PLP will be ready
for the election.

Recall, Editor, that after Sir
Lynden retired from the
House it took the PLP five-
years to regroup and repre-
sent itself to the electorate
with a new Leader, then Mr
Christie.

If there is no one, then sim-
ply put in an interim Parlia-

mentary Leader for 12
months, but go about recruit-
ing someone soon to take on
that mantle.

You had your time, Mr
Christie — you crossed the
PLP party faithful and you will
never regroup or recoup the
trust of the rank and file what-
ever you try.

Talk is cheap — shuffle is
old fashioned and latent inef-
ficiency in governance is unac-
ceptable to the new genera-
tion of Bahamians.

P MURPHY
Nassau,
February 19, 2008.

Prime Minister, assure
us the law will be upheld

EDITOR, The Tribune.

LISTENING to the Prime Minister late Wednesday last I was
reassured or was | that the Commissioner of Police will uphold
the Law concerning illegal numbers and close down all houses

immediately.

A blind person knows where they are: Of course he could con-
sult his own Officers if the Commissioner wishes first hand
accurate intelligence where the Number Houses are.

Prime Minister, one thing that we have to be assured of is that
there will not be any form of legal amnesty for persons who have
been involved in illegal activities however this develops those
persons must not be allowed to participate.

We either uphold the Laws‘and the ethics or we have totally
prostituted Law and Order — we need your assurance Prime
Minister and do not need to wait for this Crime Select Com-

mittee — it is simple, sir.

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2008, PAGE 5



Bethel visits Eleuthera for commissioning of Green Castle Primary

MINISTER of Education Carl Bethel, along with
acting director of education Lionel Sands and other
ministry officials, last week visited the island of
Eleuthera for the commissioning of me Green Castle
Primary Schoo}.

The original Green Castle Briviary School was first
erected in 1959. In the 1980’s a panel-fab structure was
built on the site.

This structure lasted for many years, but could not
withstand the forces of hurricanes Frances and Jeanne.

The Ministry of Education then decided that the
school had worn out its usefulness, and decided to
demolish it and build a new school.

The new Green Castle Primary School boasts a pre-
school unit, four classrooms, administrative offices, a
staff room complete with a kitchen, and a covered
porch area.

Minister Bethel began his remarks by acknowledging
his predecessor, Fort Charlotte MP Alfred Sears, for
having the vision to commission the building of a new

school, having determined that the old building was.

unsound.

He said that the growth and development of each
child was fundamental to the work that he was trying to
do, and that he wanted them to know that they can
achieve their dreams through excellence in education.





“
.
x

MINISTER OF EDUCATION Carl Bethel cuts the
ribbon at the official commissioning ceremony of the
Green Castle Primary in Eleuthera as South
Eleuthera MP Oswald Ingraham and Ministry } OF
Education officials look on.

Sands, who faced many hardships growing up, also
attended the Green Castle Primary School, and through
hard work and steady focus now holds one of the top
positions in the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports
and Culture.

Touching briefly on the development of a national

He pointed out that acting director of education Mr

INTERNATIONAL DOWTOWN ASSOCIATION CARIBBEAN INSTITUTE 2008 SEMINAR

A blueprint

expected for a
better Nassau

Experts likely to draw up plans
to solve many city challenges

WHEN experts hit Nassau later
this week to address issues affect-
ing downtown areas throughout
the Caribbean, they are expected

_ to help draw up blueprints for solv-
ing many of the host’s city’s chal-
lenges, including issues of trans-

, portation and parking.

Experts attending the Interna-
tional Downtown Association

*

we hope that in addition to hosting
this important annual conference,
we will benefit by the knowledge
and expertise of the speakers who
_ have had practical experience and
enjoyed success in the-US and else-

where in the Caribbean.”
The IDA seminar will illustrate
ways in which downtown areas
across North America have solved

m GRAY TO SHED
LIGHT - Joddie
Gray, regional direc-
tor of UrbanTrans
Consulting, Atlanta,
will be among the
experts -sharing
information on. cre-
ating and maintain-
ing successful

strategic plan for education, the minister explained
that it will include a new curriculum with a.focus on four
core subjects; enrichment or optional subjects; mag-
net programmes; high school diploma; homework cen-
tres, and standardised testing.

He also remarked that students wishing to pursue ter-
tiary level education will have the full support of the
ministry through the scholarships that are provided
for this purpose.

The Minister thanked all who took an active part in
making the opening of the new Green Castle Primary
School possible, especially the contractor Alphonso
Adderley and his team for the building the new edifice.

Also speaking at the opening ceremony, Mr Sands
said that his heart was pumping as he was flooded with
fond memories of his past growing up in the settle-
ment of Green Castle. +

He admonished the teachers to teach the students
well, and encouraged the students to strive for greater
things than he has accomplished.

Minister Bethel afterwards visited Deep Creek Pri-
mary School; Wemyss Bight Primary School; Rock
Sound Primary School; Preston Albury Secondary

School, and the following day, the Harbour Island All-

Age School and the James Cistern Library.





In brief

Haitian admits

possessing
marijuana
with the intent
to supply

A 28-year-old Haitian
national pleaded guilty to the
charge of possession of mari-
juana with the intent to supply
in the Magistrate’s Court yes-
terday.

According to the court
dockets, Lifaite Michel, of
Eleuthera Close, on Tuesday,
February 19, 2008, was found
in possession of one pound of
marijuana, which authorities
believed he intended to supply
to another. :

Michel, who appeared
before Magistrate Carolita
Bethel at Court number eight
on Bank Lane, was sentenced
to nine months in prison.

Man, 36,
granted hail
after denying
drug charge

A 36-year-old man of South
Beach Estates was arraigned
in the Magistrate's Court on
Wednesday on charges of pos-
session of marijuana with the
intent to supply.

It is alleged that on Mon-
day, February 18, 2008,
Mitchell Mario Sims was
found in possession of one
pound of marijuana, which
authorities believed he intend-
ed to supply to another.

Sims, who appeared before
Magistrate Carolita Bethel at
Court number eight on Bank
Lane, pleaded not guilty to
the charge and was granted
bail in the sum of $7,500. '

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hosted by the Nassau Tourism
Board along with the Ministry of
Tourism and the Caribbean
Tourism Organisation from Feb-
ruary 23 to 24 at the British Colo-
nial, Hotel — will be addressing sub-
jects such as parking, road safety
“and signage.

“The appearance and function-
ality of Nassau’s downtown are
important elements in our econo-
my and to our very well-being,”
said Charles Klonaris, chairman of
the Nassau Tourism and Develop-
ment Board, in a statement.

“Historic Nassau has tremen-
dous untapped potential, but it is in
serious need of revitalisation and

key issues including cleanliness,
parking availability, signage and
safety issues, and how the local
community can utilise these expe- tion Caribbean Insti-
riences to revitalise downtown Nas- tute in Nassau. Inter-
sau. national and local
Among a number of seminars is | Participants are
“If You Build It They Will Come — | &xPected to take an
Tackling Issues of Transportation, active role in tha
: . . intense workshop
Parking, Cleanliness and Safety in sessions. The event
Downtown,” led by Dennis Burns, is co-hosted by the
vice-president of Carl Walker, Inc Ministry of Tourism,
in Arizona; Joddie Gray, regional the Nassau Tourism
director of UrbanTrans Consult- and Development
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Bahamas Information
Services

THE Hotel Corporation is
narrowing down its decision as
it relates to the Lighthouse
Yacht Club and Marina in
Andros and Winding Bay Club
in Eleuthera, Deputy Prime
Minister and Foreign Affairs
Minister Brent Symonette said.
-“We hope to make
announcements shortly on
that,” he said.

Minister Symonette, who has
portfolio responsibility for the
Hotel Corporation, also indi-
cated that several proposals for
development on the Family
Islands are before Cabinet for
approval.

The Lighthouse Club and
Marina at Fresh Creek is the
last remaining operation within
the Corporation’s hold.

The 20-year-old property,
which sits on 12 acres of land,
has 20 rooms, a 20-slip marina
and employs 25 people. It is
pegged at about $3 million.

Financial statements show
that the Lighthouse Club suf-
fered a net operating loss of
$454,000 for the year ending
December 31, 2005.

The losses were attributable
primarily to continued low
occupancy levels in guest
rooms, which were only at 37
per cent, and use of the marina,
which was at 57 per cent.

“Revenues commensurate
with such low occupancy levels
were inadequate to cover all



aspects of operating costs,” Mr
Symonette said.

Financial statements also
show that the 2005 operating
loss resulted in a cumulative
operating deficit of the Light-
house property of $5.9 million.
As in prior years, the opera-
tional shortfalls of the property
were funded by the corporation.

Real estate properties held
over the five-year period
include land in Central Andros,
Eleuthera and New Providence.
Hotel properties held over the
five-year period include the
Lighthouse Yacht Club and
Marina in Fresh Creek, Andros,
and the Radisson Cable Beach
and Golf Resort in New Provi-
dence, until it was soldjon May
3, 2005.

Apart from marginal income
from the sale and rental of real
estate properties since January
1, 1999, the Corporation has not
been a revenue generating enti-
ty, financial statements show.
Prior to that date, casino fees
were collected and provided a
source of revenue for the Cor-
poration.

Collection of casino fees by

the Corporation ceased effec-
tive January 1, 1999. Casino fee
income of the corporation had
averaged approximately $20.7
million annually in the five
years immediately preceding
1999,

Financial statements also
show that the absence of mate-
rial source revenue since 1999,
accumulated losses of various
hotel properties owned by the
corporation over the years, and
losses realised upon privatisa-

‘ tion and sales of various hotels

over the years, have resulted in
the cumulative deficit of $323.4

million of the corporation as of

December 21, 2005.

While tourism has benefited
materially from the Corpora-
tion’s involvement in hotels and
casinos over the years, the huge
cumulative deficit over more
than two decades of operation is
a reality which is driving the
government to complete the
privatisation of the remaining
Hotel Corporation assets in a
manner that will best serve the
public interest.

A summary of financial state-
ments for Hotel Corporation of
the Bahamas for the period
ended December 31, 2005 was
tabled in the House of Assem-
bly on January 17, 2005 by Min-
ister Symonette,

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TOASTMASTERS’ COMMUNICATION AND LEADERSHIP SYMPOSIUM

Leadership hailed as key to individual and national success

between a team, passionate
about what they are doing,
versus one that is following
orders,” he told the students,

The minister reiterated
that leadership is more than
getting others to do your bid-
ding. He acknowledged that
true leadership requires lis-

tening to others and under-
standing those who criticise
your ideas.

“The most challenging ele-
ment of leadership is to bring
individuals together to move
forward, but this is also the
most rewarding. To get there .
requires maturity to recog-
nise that your way is never
the only way,” he noted.

edge, commitment, willing-
ness to look to others for sup-
port, being open to change,
and a desire to go the extra
mile — can determine whether
anyone chooses to follow.”

He identified vision, com-
munication, self-awareness,
committment and delegation
as the primary keys to great
leadership.

“A good leader must have
a vision that he or she can
articulate convincingly to a
team. This individual must
exercise sound judgment in‘
delegating responsibilities
and setting goals.

“The quality of leadership
determines the difference

LEADERSHIP was iden-
tified as a key ingredient for
individual and national suc-
cess by Byran Woodside,
Minister of State for Youth
and Sports, as he delivered a
speech at the Toastmasters’
communication and leader-
ship symposium at Super
Club Breezes Resort last
week. .

Speaking to over 160
senior high students from
public and private schools
who attended the symposium
last Saturday, Minister
Woodside said: “Leadership
is essential to getting things
done. However, the qualities
of good leaders — self-knowl-

to police presence on premises



F \

TWO weeks after 12th grader Rico Farring-
ton was stabbed to death on the campus of CC
Sweeting Senior High, the overwhelming major-
ity of students at that school voted “no” to having
police stationed on the premises.

Conducted by the National Polling Commis-
sion, the Workers Party held,.a poll outside of
the CC Sweeting Senior High campus on Wednes-
day afternoon.

poll was “Do you want the police to return to reg-
ular postings at your school during the normal
school hours.”

Of the 191 students who voted, 130 answered
“no” to the question.

More male students voted against police pres-
ence on campus.
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a Toastmaster, further told
the high school students that
he credits much of his suc-
cess to the training that he
has received through the
Toastmasters’ communica-
tion and leadership pro-
gramme.

He advised the attendees
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as much information as they
could and to begin formulat-
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Holocaust event
at College of
The Bahamas |

Survivor
Walter Absil
to be guest
speaker on
February 29

IN its continuing efforts to
acquaint students and the gen-
eral public with international
cultures and issues, the Inter-
national Languages and Cul-
tures Institute (ILCI) is host-
ing an evening of Holocaust
awareness on Friday, Febru-
ary 29 at 6.30pm.

Special guest speaker at the
event will be Holocaust sur-
vivor Walter Absil.

Mr Absil, a prominent busi-
nessman who has made his
home in Canada and in the
Bahamas, will present the
movie “Paper Clips” and
touch upon the period in his-
tory when the' results of Nazi
propaganda first became evi-
dent in his native Austria.

After the Anschluss, or
annexation of Austria by
Hitler’s Germany, harsh anti-
Semitic laws and practices
were introduced which radi-
cally changed the lives of Aus-
trian Jews. Mr Absil will talk
about how his family’s lives
were affected and will tell of
his odyssey through Belgium
and finally to Canada.

The “Paper Clips” is movie
is a documentary film that
captures how students of rur-
al Tennessee responded to
lessons about the Holocaust.

According to the synopsis
on the movie’s official web
site, the film documents the
experiences of students from
Whitwell — a small, rural com-
munity of less than 2,000 peo-
ple nestled in the mountains of
Tennessee.





THIS PHOTO of Holocaust survivor Walter Absil and his sister in front of
a Nazi anti-Jewish propaganda poster was taken by their father, who
thought it outrageous at the time — little knowing what was to follow.



“It is an unforget-
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how a committed
group of children
and educators can
change the world
one classroom at a
time.”

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exclusively white and Christ-
ian. In 1998, the children of
Whitwell Middle School took
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the world beyond their insu-
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would change the students,
their teachers, their families
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about the Holocaust with a
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soul by collecting one paper
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the fact that they had previ-
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unfamiliar with the Holocaust,
their dedication was absolute.
Their plan was simple but pro-
found. The amazing result, a
memorial rail car filled with
11 million paper clips repre-
senting six million Jews and
five million gypsies and other
victims of the Holocaust,
stands permanently in their
school yard. It is an unforget-
table lesson of how a commit-
ted group of children and edu-
cators can change the world
one classroom at a time.”

Two boat thieves
given jail terms

TWO boat thieves were sen-
‘tenced to four years at Her
Majesty’s Prison. One of them
also pleaded guilty to assault with
a deadly instrument.

The two men were intercept-
ed by Grand Bahama police Sun-
day morning travelling at high
speed on a boat that was reported
stolen earlier that morning in
Abaco and taken into police cus-
tody. They were formally charged
in Freeport Magistrate’s Court
on Wednesday. Thirty-two-year-
old Ernest Joseph and ‘18-year-
old Larry Dorelus, both of Gar-
den Villas faced charges of steal-
ing and receiving a 21 ft Para-
mount speedboat with a 130
horsepower Johnson outboard
engine from Rich Boat Rental
dock in Marsh Harbour.

Dorelus was also charged with
assaulting Jeffier Nelson with a
handgun at Garden Villas on Fri-
day, January 4. Dorelus was also
charged with breaking into the
homes of Lolita Outten at Ara-
manda Court, Joseph Pratt at
Woodthrush Lane, Gary Knowles
at Spinney Road and Taleus Fatal
at Gough Lane and stealing a
quantity of jewellery appliances,
cell phones, watches and other
items.



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Teens arrested
after allegetily
heing inside
school at night

FREEPORT — Two
teenagers were arrested
by police after being dis-
covered inside Stw
George’s High School
late Tuesday night.

“The suspects, both of
whom were recently
released from the Simp-
son C Penn Centre,
admitted to the officers
that they had broken into
the school to steal some.
computers,” reported
Chief Supt. Basil Rah-
ming.

The youth will be
arraigned in Freeport at
the next sitting of the
Juvenile Panel.

Supt. Rahming report-
ed that at about 11.42pm
Tuesday, a security offi-
cer on duty at St
Georges’ campus heard
noises in one of the class-
rooms and called police.

Officers from the
Mobile Patrol Division
went to the school where
they found the two boys
inside the building. One
of the young boys is a 16-
year-old of Lawrence
Close Apartments; the
other is a 15-year-old
from Hudson Estates.

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m@ By ERICA JAMES,
’ Director of National Art
Gallery of the Bahamas

THERE are several indi-
viduals whose dream it was to
see the National Art Gallery
of the Bahamas (NAGB)
established and thriving.
Members of this group have
been pillars of strength, foun-
tains of resources, saintly in
their kindness towards, and
support of the gallery — before
the first new stone was laid,
until now.

These are people the gallery
could not have embarked on
its journey without. Vincent
D’ Aguilar was the leader of
this group. He was a mar-
velous man; practical, gra-
cious, funny, encouraging and
extremely generous with his
time and collection.

In this moment, I cannot-put
my thoughts around the fact
that he is no longer here.

A co-chair of the commit-
tee to establish the gallery
until 1997, Vincent was the
second person to visit me
when I came on board in Jan-
uary 2003. I was terrified as
to what lay before me — but
from that day to this, he was
incredibly encouraging. He
promised his support then and
never withheld it.

From the beginning he
always spoke frankly — a trait
i treasure. He would speak



openly about how he came to
love art. How he developed
his art collection and increased
his knowledge along the way.
As a fellow traveller, I loved
his enthusiasm and passion
and respected his desire to
learn and study art.

When visiting galleries, Vin-
cent did not just walk around,
he always took the audio tour.
This was serious stuff for him;
he wanted to reach beyond
the surface of things.

The NAGB recognised Vin-

‘cent’s place in Bahamian cul-

tural history by inviting him

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2008, PAGE 7

MMi | i (2 i Ee
embry Remembering Vincent D’Aguilar







to exhibit his private collec-
tion in 2003.
The resulting exhibition —

“One Man’s Vision” — was the
gallery’s first collectors’ exhi-
bition, and one of the three
inaugural shows to open the
gallery in 2003.

The fact that work from the
D’ Aguilar collection has been
a part of all but five exhibi-
tions developed at the institu-
tion since 2003, is a testament
to the breadth and depth of
his collecting eye.

Vincent D’Aguilar found
great pleasure in the
collection he built, his rela-
tionships with artists and the
growing realisation of the
incredible role he played in
the: development of Bahamian
art.

Even in our sorrow, we at
the gallery embrace our mem-
ories of his incredible zest for
life and art, and treasure the
time spent with him.









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LOCAL NEWS



Legalise our favourite pastime — gambling!

@ By ADRIAN GIBSON
ajbahama@hotmail.com

HE government
should hastily pass
legislation to
amend the gaming
laws as it relates to Bahamians
gambling locally and thereby
legalize the Bahamas’ favourite
pastime—gambling!

Last week, PM Hubert
Ingraham’s announcement in
the House of Assembly that he
was considering legalizing gam-
bling generated heated debate
throughout the islands and on
the airwaves.

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“On Sunday morning, you

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that it is illegal, or we believe
that it should be legal.”

The numbers business in the
Bahamas has mushroomed and
become a nationwide phenom-
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sands of Bahamians. At local
number houses, there are daily
lottery drawings as even pas-
tors are speculated to place bets
online and send out their assis-
tants to these gambling houses
to select their chosen numbers.
‘It is not uncommon to see
police officers and other law-
men patronizing number hous-
es. Indeed, on Sunday morn-
ings, number houses are packed
tighter than sardines in a can!
These days numbers can even
be bought from food outlets,
bars and even water depots.

Discriminating

t is high-time that the gov-

ernment amends the Lot-
teries and Gaming Act, with a
view to establishing a national
lottery and permitting Bahami-
ans to not only own casinos, but
also to gamble locally. The gov-
ernment should waste no time
with legalizing gambling and
issuing licenses to local casino
operators.

The Lotteries and Gaming
Act is discriminating and uncon-
stitutional as it excludes
Bahamians from gambling
locally. The Lotteries and Gam-
ing Act is inequitable and sets
an intolerable double standard.

Admittedly, | do not support
the idea of Bahamians gambling
at hotel casinos with tourists.
However, allowing for logal
ownership of casinos and for
Bahamians to gamble at these
establishments may be a worth-
while compromise.

..,4nnually,.millions of dollars, .

rdeave the Bahamas, as droves
“of Bahamians buy US lottery
tickets.

It would be in the govern-
ment’s interest to join Jamaica
and Barbados and launch a
national lottery that could gen-
erate supplementary funds for
infrastructural and human
development.

If a national lottery is to be
established, it must be overseen
by reputable, non-partisan pri-
vate citizens who sit on a well
vetted board. Furthermore,
there must be frequent audits
that should be published every
quarter.

It would be prudent for the
government to legalize what has
become an innate practice for
Bahamians, while also earning
dues for the treasury. In legit-
imizing the number houses, the
government should strictly reg-
ulate the “industry.”

Number house operators
should be made to pay about
$200,000 per year for their busi-

ness licenses and be mandated
to pay an annual tax of between
five and eight per cent of their
overall revenue.

Moreover, local casino oper-
ators should be made to pay a
casino tax, at a reduced rate
when compared to that of for-
eign hotel/casino owners.
Undoubtedly, funds generated
from such taxation can be used
to improve health services, edu-
cation, culture, the arts, sports,
infrastructural upgrades/devel-
opments and to assist our senior
citizens.

In the September 14, 2006
edition of The Tribune it was
reported that customs officials
were confiscating gaming
machines that are being used
illegally in local establishments
throughout New Providence
and the Family Islands. Report-
edly, former Controller of Cus-
toms John’ Rolle also stated that
the operation was a continuing
effort, though he could not say
how many machines were
seized.

It is obvious that in our
today’s social atmosphere, cus-
toms may incessantly have to
track-down and seize gaming
machines as operators will con-
tinuously take risks to import
them because partaking at gam-
bling and number houses has

‘increasingly become a most

popular Bahamian pursuit—
and, a lucrative venture.
Today, operators of the num-
bers racket are no longer small
scale underground hustlers, but
instead have become high-

rollers who brazenly flaunt in |

the face of the law and live in
ostentatious houses ‘in‘the Sub-

urbs, with luxurious vehicles -

(even Hummers) parked in
their driveway.

Certain numbers men also
hold prominent positions in
government—even serving as
consultants—and being paid
handsome salaries while on the
taxpayer’s payroll. Throughout
town, it is widely known that a
certain numbers man even owns
an armored vehicle, which
transports his earnings with
armed guards.

Last year, although they.

were faced with heavy criticism
from the church, the govern-
ment of the Turks and Caicos
changed its gaming laws to
allow locals to gamble in casi-
nos.

Kudos to Premier Michael

Missick for standing up to the

church! Mr Missick’s gamble
paid off, as his government was
recently re-elected, by a land-
slide, even after his government
had amended the gaming laws.

There are some chronic gam-

blers who dream up numbers,
take them from the license
plates of-vehicles involved in
accidents, use birthdays and
employ other eccentric schemes
that they hope would lead to a
win. Some Bahamians are so
fixated with numbers that some
spend one or more dollars per
day—some spend much more—
with hopes of winning their
dream payout. Unfortunately,
as local gambling is forbidden
these monies cannot be rein-
vested into the country’s infra-
structure or some other nation-
al cause via taxes earned or gov-
ernment involvement.

Charlatans:

s expected, Mr Ingra-

ham’s proclamation
in Parliament was met with
opposition from the usual sus-
pects—the vocal-when-conve-
nient Bahamas Christian Coun-
cil (BCC). The PM must have:
the fortitude to‘resist these reli-
gious men’s bully tactics, as the
BCC does nothing but bleat like
a flock of hungry sheep when
it’s suitable for them. If the
BCC wishes to talk about sin, it
should first examine its pulpits
where it might find certain per-
sons to be adulterers, fornica-
tors, homosexuals, liars and out-
right charlatans. No sin is
greater than the other!

We must realize that while
many pastors will reject any
governmental effort to permit
Bahamians to gamble legally,
many of them are keenly aware
that a gargantuan percentage
of monies/tithes collected in
their church coffers each Sun-
day/Saturday stems from illegal
gambling.

Unquestionably, some
churchmen are afraid of legal-
izing numbers because they
could lose the colossal amounts
of cash that certain parishioners,
who are avid gamblers, con-
tribute to their collection plates
and in turn support their fat-
cat, lavish lifestyles.

Churchmen must realize that
every church raffle is a form of
gambling.

-What is. the difference
between paying a:dollar for a
“number” with the hope that
the igamble earns' you cash.and
spending a dollar for a raffle
ticket, taking the gamble with
hopes to win a new car, free
trips or some accessories? Is this
some form of “soft-core” gam-
bling?

Surely, the church must re¢-
ognize that while there are
some persons who would join
everyday gamblers in playing
numbers if it’s lawful, there are
others (eg, my grandparents on
Long Island) who would not lay
bets if the practice was com-

-pletely legalized or even seek

to purchase a church raffle tick-
et if it’s seen as playing a game
of chance.

The government must over-
look electoral threats and/or the
propensity to please campaign-
ing churchmen to lock up their
church members’ votes.

The FNM government must
reject any religious and politi-
cally based narrow-mindedness
and legalize gambling!

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2008, PAGE 9



Concerns
Cuba could —
overtake the ©
Bahamas

as tourism

destination
FROM page one

room inventory three times
higher than the Bahamas — is
cause for concern. ,

Statistics compiled by the
Caribbean Tourism Organi-
sation report that in 2006,
Cuba and the Bahamas had
a room inventory of 45,270
and 14,929 respectively.
These figures represent a
downturn for the Bahamas,
which previously saw a peak
in room inventory at 15,500
units.

Russell Miller, president
of Bahamas Hotel Associa-
tion, told The Tribune on
Wednesday that these fig-
ures represent an alarming
loss in market share for the
Bahamas, however, he said,
he does not see Cuba’s
emerging tourism market as
, adirect threat.

“I think there’s different
thoughts of opinion on that.
_ I don’t think (Cuba’s tourism
is) going to be a threat. I
think if (their market) opens
up it could be a benefit to
us. People travel to Cuba
from Europe, for example,
it’s easy for them to get
there. But I think we would
benefit from some of that
spin-off business,” he said.

Commenting on the 2006
- statistics, Mr Miller said that
they highlight the fact that
there are many opportuni-
ties for growth and develop-
ment in the Bahamas.

“So we’ve lost market
share and | think that is
something that is alarming
and disturbing for us, and we
need to understand the rea-
sons associated with that,”
he said.

“If you look at the
Caribbean in comparison to
the Bahamas, the Caribbean
has consistently grown its
room inventory, we have
not. We have lost our room
inventory, that should be a
huge red) flag and a signal
that something is not right,”
he said.

According to Mr Miller,
the biggest hurdle for growth
and development is the cost
of doing business in the
country, particularly expen-
sive labour and utilities
_ which “continue to drain the
_ operations and the prof-
~ itability of the operations in

the Bahamas.”

Frank Comito, executive
vice-president of the
Bahamas Hotel Association,
said that he believes that
Cuba’s tourism incline —
which has burgeoned con-
siderably without the US
market — should be a wake-
up call to Bahamians.

“Ultimately, we’ve got to
constantly remind ourselves
that the competition is grow-
ing, that Cuba’s tourism
industry — despite the US
embargo — continues to grow
in that island nation.

“And we must be ever
mindful of continuing to
improve our product and our
offering as a destination and
recognising that the compe-
tition continues to grow and
Cuba could very well be an
even more formidable com-
petitor in the future,” he said

After news. broke on
Tuesday that the ailing
Cuban President will not
seek re-election when the
Cuban Parliament meets on
Sunday, some speculated
that this may spell the end
of the five-decade long US
embargo. However, accord-
ing to international reports,
US government officials
have indicated that there is
no veracity to this theory.

President Castro’s
younger brother, Raul, who
held the post of acting pres-
ident.since the Cuban leader
fell ill in July, 2006 is Cuba’s
imminent leader.

Presently Cuba, one of the
last bastions of Communism,
is « very popular travel des-
tinations for Europeans,
Canadians and South Amer-
icans.

An online article, “Cuba:
Tourism Thriving Despite
the US Trade Embargo”,
hotel consultant Stanley
Turkel states that without
the US market, Cuba’s visi-
tors grew from a reported
340,300 in 1990 to 1.9 mil-
lion visitors in 1999. In 2005,
the island had 1.9 million vis-
itors. Hotel rooms on the
island have more than dou-
bled since 1990.

FROM page one

building. Up to press time yes-
terday, police said the cause
behind the fire was unknown.

“As far as the fire is concerned,
investigations are ongoing. At this
point we cannot say what is the
probable cause of the fire (as)
investigations are continuing,”
Chief Superintendent Hulan
Hanna said yesterday.

A team of investigators from
the Central Detective Unit and
Fire Services was dispatched to
the island Wednesday to assess
the damage.

When asked about a possible
correlation between the fire and
alleged police brutality on the
island, CSP Hanna said while he
was aware of the report published
in another daily, he could not
comment specifically as the mat-
ter was before the courts. He
could not confirm whether a com-

FROM page one

donitis in her upper left hip. After
a short time in hospital, Mrs Pratt
was released and is continuing to
recuperate at home.

With the obvious vacancy that
would arise with Mrs Pratt’s
departure, sources indicate that
campaigning has already started
for the deputy leadership post.

The current front-runners, PLP
MPs Dr Bernard Nottage, and
Obie Wilchcombe are expected
to do battle in what is predicted to
be the most “heated” race the
party has seen in recent years.

FROM page one

the police, the 17-year-old stu-
dent was the son of an officer
attached to the southeastern divi-
sion.

Police said they believe they

‘know who the suspects in this

case are and that those persons
will be found and apprehended.

Supt Dean said that at this time
he can only reveal that the sus-
pects are “young men” who are
not students.

This latest murder comes just
two weeks after 12th grade CC
Sweeting senior high student Ric-
co Farrington, also 17, was
stabbed to death on his school
campus.

Just four months ago, CV
Bethel Senior High School lost
another student, when 17-year-
old George Oliver was shot and
killed in front of the Town Centre
Mall.

In early 2006, the former gov-

ernment introduced the school

Govt complex

plaint was filed by the alleged vic-
tim.

According to police, Willie
McKinney Jr was arrested Mon-
day night on suspicion of posses-
sion of dangerous drugs. He was
found in possession of a small
amount of drugs believed to be
marijuana, and charged in
Crooked Island with disorderly
behaviour, resisting arrest, and
assaulting the arresting officers,
CSP Hanna said.

He was also charged with an
additional assault and is present-
ly out on bail.

Published reports indicate that
McKinney, of Landrail Point, was
involved in an alleged altercation
with police on Monday night dur-
ing which he sustained injuries to
his head as a result of being gun-
butted. He was flown to Nassau

. the next day for medical treat-

Deputy leader

Each camp says their candidate
has the edge over the other, with
some claiming that‘Mr Wilch-
combe is the more dominate force
as he has substantial support with
the delegates, and stalwart coun-
sellors, especially in the Grand
Bahama area. Likewise, it is
reported that Dr Nottage is seen
as the “heir-apparent” to one day
be the leader of the PLP and that
his seniority and experience far
outweighs that of Mr Wilch-
combe.

Student

policing unit after a CV Bethel
senior high school student was
murdered.

Supt Dean said yesterday that
police are appealing to parents
to ensure that their children go
home after school is out.

“We have too many children
hanging about after school, at
shopping centres and such,” he
said.

Supt Dean said that while offi-
cers patrol the areas around Nas-
sau’s schools every day, the police
cannot be everywhere at once.

“We had officers patrolling
around the school (yesterday),
but there are hundreds of CV
Bethel students and the police
can’t see everything,” he said.

Supt Dean also called on par-
ents to pay close attention to the
behavioural patterns of their chil-
dren. Incidents like this stabbing,
he said, “do not suddenly hap-
pen, there are warning signs.”

Defence Force court martial

FROM page one

commander or above, is a result of efforts by Commodore Clifford
Scavella to ensure that there is seen to be parity in the force between
the treatment of junior and senior officers when it comes to instances
where RBDF officers are believed to have breached the Defence

Force Act.

In the past, suggested Officer McKinney, senior officers have been
treated more leniently than junior officers in the wake of such con-

traventions.

“The junior persons might commit an offence and they’re punished,
whereas miore senior persons would commit an offence and not be pun-
ished. I think that is kind of the lines the Commodore is running
along, whereby any person, provided they have committed an offence,
is going to be dealt with,” said the officer.

Under the Defence Force Regulations 1984, a senior officer could be
a lieutenant commander, a senior commander, a captain, or the com-

modore himself.

Junior officers who commit minor breaches of the act are usually, and
regularly have been, subjected to summary trials — considered a less
serious outcome than the court martialling process. More serious
offences would see them subject to court martialling.

“We do summary trials down here...every few days,” explained

. Officer McKinney.

However, protocol dictates that any senior officer, even if only
charged with committing a minor offence under the act, must face
court martialling, thereby having their trial overseen by a “very, very

senior officer,” said the spokesman.

Officer McKinney said that he does not believe that the offence for
which the officer is to be court martialed is one that could result in
imprisonment, but likely a financial penalty or order to carry out

additional duties.





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ment.

MP for the area V Alfred
Gray, who is planning to visit the
settlement on Saturday, said res-.
idents on the island are incensed.

“I know the people are very
upset about what is alleged to be
police brutality. I know that there
had been an altercation of sorts
between the police and some res-
idents there.

“While I don’t know all the
details, I know the police are
investigating both incidents and

FROM page one

. done to become the next government."

Mrs Hanna-Martin was the first person to declare
that she was running for the PLP chairmanship
months ago. This was before former Chairman Ray-
nard Rigby announced that he was not seeking re-
election, leading many to view her act as courageous.

Mr Coleby was gracious in defeat yesterday after
the results were announced. He told The Tribune
that he will support Mrs Hanna-Martin "100 per
cent" now that she has won the chairmanship. And
despite his loss, he will continue to be an active PLP.

Mr Coleby also said that he intends to lobby the
new chairman to incorporate the structural reforms
outlined in his platform into the party's structure.
One of which includes giving greater prominence
to the National Progressive Institute — a party think

tank of young professionals.

"I have always vociferously and fearlessly defend-
ed the ideals of the PLP. I've defended the record of
the PLP, and I intend to continue to do so,
Mr Coleby, who explained that despite the loss, he
will still be an active and loyal party member.

Though Mrs Hanna-Martin's supporters were
delighted .at the news of her victory, some of her

FROM page one

ture to investment, both economies
should continue to grow and ensure
prosperity for their citizens in 2008

.and beyond.”

In a statement released yester-
day, Ambassador Siegel said 2008
will yield “positive economic
growth” for the US “albeit slower”
than the country has seen in the
past few years.

He mentioned the recent $145
billion stimulus package passed by
Congress made up of immediate
tax relief for Americans that would
allow them to keep more of their
monthly paychecks. In the face of a
struggling US housing market, the
Federal Government is “helping
families to refinance their homes
and to give them additional time
before foreclosure.”

“At this point the potential
impact of changing economic cir-
cumstances in the US on The
Bahamas is not clear. Clearly tax
rebates will give Americans more
disposable income, and some of
that income may well be spent on
travel.

“The Bahamian peg to the U.S.
dollar offers great advantages
because the costs of a trip will not




we hope that justice will prevail at
the end of the day.”

Minister of National Security
Tommy Turnquest told The Tri-
bune at this stage of the investi-
gation, police have not connected
the fire to any uprising.

“We are unable to draw any
relation between the fire and any
possible tensions between the
police and the community. The
police have an investigative team
on the island now and (thus far)
they have been unable to do so”.

_ Minister Turnquest said an
interim report on the investiga-
tion has been provided to the
commissioner. Minister of Lands
and Local Government Sidney

‘Collie, who was in Long Island

at the time, reportedly made a
stop over to Crooked Island yes-
terday morning so that he and a
group of officials from his min-
istry could have a first hand look
at the damage.

Hanna-Martin

foyer.

said

out," he said.

US Ambassador

fluctuate with the exchange rate.
Also, if the average American’s
budget is tighter, people are likely
to consider vacation destinations
closer to home such as the
Bahamas.
The Bahamas’ challenge will be

* maximising its product to attract

American travellers to spend their
vacation dollars here as opposed
to other destinations, the ambas-
sador said.

Rising energy prices can also
have an impact not only on the
economy, but the environment,
said the ambassador.

In order to decrease reliance on
expensive oil imports the US is
focusing on renewable energy, and
expanding traditional sources to
reduce reliance on foreign oil. Pres-
ident Bush’s energy plan makes a
$2 billion commitment to an inter-
national clean energy technology
fund that will assist other countries
in deploying clean energy.

The Washington International
Renewable Energy Conference
slated for March will allow..The
Bahamas to develop networks; find
partners, and learn more about the

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opponents, ardent supporters of party leader Perry
Christie, were seen lamenting the news in the hotel's

Some of these critics objected to her candidacy
because she is the daughter of former PLP deputy
leader Arthur Hanna, now governor general. They
suggested that she was riding the wave of family
name recognition to the chairmanship. ’

Others suggested that she is a part of a counter-
force in the PLP, along with West End MP Obie
Wilchcombe to, in time, displace Mr Christie as par-
ty leader. Mr Wilchcombe, however, has routinely
rejected the suggestion that he is in anyway opposed
to Mr Christie. He has even gone as far as publicly
declaring that he will defend the PLP's leader against
those that may seek to overthrow him.

One Grand Bahamas delegate with whom The
Tribune spoke at the convention after the results
were announced said he thought Mrs Hanna-Martin's
victory has much wider significance for the overall
direction of the PLP going forward.

"Glenys has won, and now Christie is on his way

benefits of renewable energy secu-
rity, climate change, air quality and
economic growth.

According to the ambassador,
since a mild recession in 2001, the
US has enjoyed over six years of
economic growth with 52 consecu-
tive months of non-farm job
growth, the longest run on record.

While unemployment increased
to 5 per cent in December (2007) it
is still below the average rate for
the past three decades, and remains
below the level of most developed
nations.

Since August 2003, 8.4 million
jobs have been created, more than

- in all other industrialised nations

combined. The United States
remains the world’s largest
exporter of goods and services
based on 2006 data, with $1.5 tril-
lion worth of exports in 2006. Inter-
est rate cuts by the Federal Reserve
should inject additional liquidity
into the market as well.

A strong job market, income
gains, and progress on the fiscal
front have spearheaded growth that

- has put dollars in Americans’ wal-

lets year-in and year-out. The aver-
age American has $3,550 more in
real, after-tax income in their wal-
let than in January 2001, the
ambassador said.

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JENNIFER Lorandos, a 12-year-old student of the Academia school, on Wednesday night captured the total Junar eclipse from her home in Blair.
Using a small Cybershot digital camera, Jennifer was able to take photos of this rare celestial event by shooting through the lens of her brother Devon's
telescope. Bahamian stargazers were treated to a nearly flawless view of a total eclipse on Wednesday night. The last total lunar eclipse took place on
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a six-month internship

Baha Mar sends interior designer to Los Angeles

THE Baha Mar Develop-
ment Company is sending one
of its interior designers on a
special six-month internship
to the studios of Dianna Wong
Architecture and Interior
Design — interior designers for
the Caesars Resort Hotel at
Baha Mar.

Lowree Cartwright, who has
worked on several of the ren-
ovation projects at the Wynd-
ham Nassau Resort under the
leadership of Baha Mar exec-
utive vice-president and cre-
ative principal John Kristich,
will be training for six months
in Los Angeles.

Ms Cartwright explained
that she saw something spe-
cial in her father’s works of
art that inspired her to
become an interior designer.

“My father is a general con-
tractor in the Bahamas.

“At a very early age he
took my sister and me to his
construction sites.

“T was immediately capti-
vated by the interior spaces
and the infinite possibilities I
might create if I were to
become an interior designer,”
she said.

Her first job in a related
field was with the Ministry of
Public Works, where she
assisted in the reviews of
building plans.

However, in 2005, she too
her passion for designing to
another level, enrolling in the
Ringling School of Art and

Design in Sarasota, Florida.
While at Ringling, Ms
Cartwright’s keen sense of
style and colour coordination
so impressed her, instructors
that they gave her the posi-
tion of teaching assistant.
After a year at Ringling
School, Ms Cartwright also
landed an internship with one
of Georgia’s most prestigious

interior design companies, °

Hirsch Bender and Associates
in Atlanta.

It was there that she per-
fected her creativity in space
planning and specifications.

She presently holds a Bach-
elor’s degree in fine arts with a
specialisation in interior
design from Ringling School
of Art and Design.

Her experience encompass-
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tive ceiling planning, electri-
cal planning, fabrics, finish and
equipment, art selection and
accessories selection.

Ms Cartwright said that she
is “delighted and ' thrilled”
about working with Dianna
Wong, one of the leading
designers in the interior design
world.

“I’m also excited about the
prospect of working in LA, a
city that is always on the cut-
ting edge of trends in fashion,
the arts and design,” she said.

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Tribune Business
Editor

THE Bahamas needs to
“be a lot more aggressive” in
providing high-net worth
individuals and their families
with permanent residence in
this nation, a leading accoun-
tant said yesterday, as they
and their assets would no
longer come under scrutiny
from their birth states’ tax
authorities.

Ray Winder, managing
partner at Deloitte & Touche :
(Bahamas), said attracting its:
financial services industry’s
private wealth management
clients to follow their assets
here and use this nation as
their primary domicile would
provide the Bahamas with
the best defence to the likely
“continued attacks” from the
Financial Action Task Force
(FATF), Organisation for
Economic Co-Operation and
Development (OECD) and
others.

Attracting these wealthy
individuals and their families
to use the Bahamas as their :
primary residence would also |
open the way for the growth
of ‘family offices’ in this :

-nation, which would be set...j
up to manage their assets and
handle all family aftairs and
scheduling.

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Bahamians, and Mr Winder

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THE Government has given
Mediterranean Shipping Com-

pany (MSC) an effective,

“monopoly” over the main
freight shipping routes in the
Bahamas, The Tribune was told
yesterday, one former operator
having decided to sell its boat
and exit the business after “los-
ing money hand over fist”.

Jag Bahl, one of the former
owner’s of the Freeport Flyer
vessel, which used to ship
freight from the Freeport Con-
tainer Port (FCP) into Nassau,
said he and his fellow partners
had seen the writing on the wall
and sold. the ship after incur-
ring “a substantial loss” once
MSC began to ship to Nassau
via Port Everglades in Septem-
ber/October 2007.

With MSC acting as Hutchi-
son Whampoa’s partner in the

Royal Oasis ‘hits the packer

Harcourt secures
Foxwoods as
hotel/casino
operator in what
is thought to be
30-year deal

m@ By CARA
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Tribune Business
Reporter

* FOXWOODS Development
Company will be the hotel and
casino operator for Grand
Bahama’s Royal Oasis resort,
it was confirmed yesterday, the
property’s owner saying it had
“hit the jackpot” with what is
believed to be the signing of a
30-year contract.

Mike Murphy, a founding
director of Harcourt Develop-
ment Company, the Irish-head-
quartered property developer
that closed the Royal Oasis’
purchase last year, announced
the long-awaited deal during his
address at the 10th annual
Grand Bahama Business Out-
look conference.

He said that in signing with
the Connecticut-based Fox-
woods, a deal first revealed by
Tribune Business, they had “hit
the jackpot”.

“We are not hotel operators
and we went looking and found
the best. They are simply a good
bunch of guys, and when we
went to visit with them, we were
simply amazed at the scale of
their operation,” Mr Murphy
said of Foxwoods.

He thanked Prime Minister
Hubert Ingra ham for honour-

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such as Tropical by giving it market
dominance in Bahamas

Freeport Container Port, hold-
ing a 40 per cent equity stake,
and being the main shipping
line bringing containers into this
country from the Far East, Mr
Bahl said the Government

approval granted to the world’s:

second largest shipping compa-
ny earlier this year would
enable it to dominate both
international and inter-island
shipping in the Bahamas.

“We are out of business. We
sold the ship because we could-
n’t compete,” Mr Bahl told The
Tribune yesterday.

“MSC have a monopoly. In
my opinion, this so-called
Freeport Container Port that
was supposed to give benefits
to Bahamians to increase their

business, after MSC got their.

SEE page 4B

FROM L TO R: From left: Zhivargo Laing, minister of state for finance;
Neko Grant, minister of tourism and aviation; Joseph A. Colebut, Fox-
woods; David Johnson, deputy director-general, Ministry of Tourism;
Mike Murphy, Harcourt Developments

ing the terms in the Royal Oasis
agreement that was signed with
the former PLP administration.

Mr Murphy said Mr Ingra-
ham had been intimately

involved with of the Harcourt/

Foxwoods agreement right up
until Wednesday evening, when

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THE $320 million Four Sea-
sons Emerald Bay Resort’s
receivers yesterday told The
Tribune that although no buy-
er for the troubled property
had been selected, the sales
process was now “in the final
stages”.

Russell Downs, a UK-based
partner in the Pricewater-
houseCoopers (PwC) account-
ing firm, who with Bahamian
PwC partner Wayne Aranha
is acting as the Exuma ‘anchor
property’s’ receiver, said: “In
terms of Emerald Bay, no
decision as to who is the buy-
er has been taken. We’re in
the final stages, and will make
an announcement in due
course.

“At the present time, the
sales process continues, but
hopefully for everyone’s ben-
efit it will be completed soon.”

It is unclear how much
progress has been made in
finding a buyer for the trou-
bled resort since last month, as
Mr Downs said then thatthe
receivers were “moving for-
ward with a number of bid-
ders” and appeared to be “in
the closing stages”.

Given that the receivership
and search for a buyer has
dragged on for more than six
months, Exuma businesses
and residents are only likely to
celebrate once a-deal to pur-
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against the dock, plus extra
infrastructure and utility con-
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While the Four Seasons- |
operated hotel component has
continued as normal, The Tri-
bune has been told that real
estate sales at Emerald bay,
so vital to the resort complex’s
future, both in terms of prof-
itability, cash flow and financ-
ing infrastructure, have come
to a virtual standstill.

No buyers are willing to
invest given the uncertainty
over the Four Seasons Emer-
ald Bay Resort’s future and
its ownership going forward.

Mr Downs previously
admitted that the global cred-
it/liquidity crunch, which has
made it more difficult for
investors and borrowers to
access debt financing - both
at all and at the right price -
had impacted the Four Sea-
sons Emerald Bay Resort’s
sale.

The Four Seasons Emer-
ald Bay Resort went into
receivership in June 2007,
after its holding company,
Emerald Bay Resorts Hold-°
ings (EBRH), had defaulted
on its loan repayments two
months earlier.

The PwC receivers previ-
ously thought they had found
a buyer in the shape of New
York-based Fortress Invest-
ment Group LLC, which met
with Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham, but ultimately that
deal fell through and the
search recommenced.

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@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Bahamas “can defi- .

nitely enhance our relationship
with” China from an economic
and trade perspective, the
Chamber of Commerce’s exec-
utive director told The Tribune
yesterday, with the business
community “confident” the
Government was moving to
address the issuance of visas for
Chinese businessmen and
tourists.

The Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce has linked up with
the Bahamas-China Friendship
Association for an 11-day trade
mission to China this April, and
Philip Simon said that with a
potential consumer market of
1.2 billion people, the world’s
most populous nation present-
ed Bahamian companies with
both import and export oppor-
tunities.

Mr Simon told The Tribune:
“Just pick up anything on your
desk or in your room, turn it
over, and a big percentage of
those things will have been
made in China.

“From a business perspec-
tive, China is known as the
world’s manufacturer, and it’s b
beginning to make inroads in
services as well.”

He added: “It’s a market we
can definitely enhance our rela-
tionship with, and the econom-
ics make sense. It’s not just
about imports. It’s a 1.2 billion
person market. That’s incredi-
ble for any Bahamian exporter,
whether he’s in the fisheries
industry, the financial services
industry, the music and cultur-
al industry. That’s a tremen-
dous market to be able to tap
into.”

. The opportunities for
Bahamian companies and busi-
nessmen were “straight across
the board”, and although
“mostly in manufacturing”,
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Joint trade mission aims to boost
commerce between two nations,
with business community saying
‘sooner the better’ when it comes
to resolving visa issues

vices providers, investment
funds, and tourism-related ser-

| vices, such as agents and travel

operators.

According to Ministry of For-
eign Affairs data, the Bahamas
imported $155.649 million
worth of goods from China in
2005, but some $125 million of
that consisted of Chinese-built
ships that were then registered
on the Bahamas shipping reg-
istry. The real volume of ‘actu-
al’ trade was closer to $29-$30
million.

Bahamian tourism and busi-
ness executives have in the past
repeatedly complained that
their attempts to attract visi-
tors and business from China
have been impacted by the
extremely long time it takes for
Chinese persons to obtain entry
visas for this nation.

Currently, such visas have to
be applied for and issued
through the UK diplomatic
mission in Beijing, a process
that adds a huge amount of
delay and red tape to the situa-
tion. In some cases, there has
been a two-month time-lag
between the date the visa was
applied for and its issuance.

However, Mr _ Simon
expressed confidence on the
business community’s behalf
that the Government and Min-
istry of Foreign Affairs would
deal with the situation.

“We feel pretty confident
work is being done in that
regard, but the sooner the bet-
ter,” Mr Simon said. “The
sooner we get the visas
resolved, the better.

“Time is money, and when
we're talking about being com-
petitive in a global and region-
al environment, we can’t be
seen as a difficult place to get
to. That makes us uncompeti-
tive, while other countries with
embassies are already a step
ahead of us.”

Mr Simon said the joint trade
mission aimed to build on the
visit made by a Bahamian del-
egation to China last year, as
part of the second China-

Caribbean Economic and
Trade Co-operation Forum, an
event at which the Chinese gov-
ernment announced it would
provide $530 million in prefer-
ential loans to Chinese compa-
nies seeking to invest in this
region.

‘“That’s another reason why
we decided to go. This is a fol-
low-up to that, as well as the
interest expressed by our mem-
bers and others in the business
community,” Mr Simon added.

He said the joint trade mis-
sion also aimed to provide
Bahamian companies with an
insight into how Chinese gov-
ernment and business process-
es worked, “so that when diffi-
culties are encountered by our
businesspersons, if we are not
able to solve them, we can assist
them and point them to the rel-
evant authority”.

The April 18-29 visit will take
in four cities, including Beijing,
Shanghai, Shenzhen and, final-
ly, Guangzhou, where the
Bahamian delegation will visit
the Canton Fair, also known as
the China Import-Export Fair.

This is a massive product
emporium, which is designed
to bring buyers and sellers from
around the world together.

Also on the schedule are
meetings with the Chamber’s
counterpart, the China Coun-
cil for the Promotion of Inter-
national Trade (CCPIT), visits
to manufacturing companies
and factories in the areas of
garments, electronics and jew-
ellery, meetings with telecom-
munications and electronics
companies, meetings with trav-
el and tour operators, meetings
with the Chinese Ministry of
Commerce and Import-Export
Bank of China, and a visit to
the Shanghai Urban Planning
Hall.

Mr Simon said the Chamber
was “looking at taking a dele-
gation of between 20-30 per-
sons” on the trade mission, in
which the Bahamas-China
Friendship Association will
have the lead role.

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THE TRIBUNE

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2008, PAGE 3B



Baha Mar eyes ‘deep see
cooling’ for its A/C needs

m@ By CARA
BRENNEN-BETHEL
Tribune Business Reporter



BAHA Mar is exploring the possibility
of using deep sea cooling to decrease the
electricity needed to run the air-condi-
tioning systems at its $2.6 billion project,
senior executives associated with the
developer revealed.

John Pagano, Baha Mar’s head of devel-
opment, said the development was looking
to use new technology and operating
methods, and would ensure it used envi-
ronmentally-sound building practices, its
senior executives assured members of the
public during a town meeting, it sponsored

with the Ministry of Works on Tuesday —

evening.

Mr Pagano said its deep sea cooling
plans involved laying a pipeline two to
three miles out to sea, at depths of 2,000-
3,000 feet.

At this depth, the temperature was cool
enough to generate the cold air needed
for air conditioning.

He added that this was something Baha
Mar was actively pursuing

Mr Pagano indicated that Baha Mar
' intended to “recycle everything humanly
possible”, both during the construction
and operation phases of the project.

Consumption

Robert Sands, Baha Mar’s senior vice-
president of administration and external
affairs, acknowledged that that there will
be an increase in consumption and waste
products due to the increased tourist traf-
fic.

He explained that one benefit of part-
nering with world-renowned brands, such
as Harrah’s Entertainment and Starwood,
was is that they followed best practices in
waste disposal and recycling.

From a government perspective, minis-
ter of state for utilities, Phenton Neymor,
explained that to accommodate the
increased demand for electricity that Baha
Mar would create, the Government was
expanding the BEC substation in the
Cable Beach area, area as well as upgrad-
ing the company’s Clifton Pier facility.







Phenton Neymour

Baha Mar will also collaborate with the

’ Water and Sewerage Corporation in its

requirements for that area.

The Government was also investigating
the use of solar and wind power, and oth-
er forms of renewable energy, Mr Ney-
mour said.

As for the long-awaited and proposed
National Energy Policy, Mr Neymour said
the Government will soon be appointing
a committee to determine how it should be
brought into force.

He added that it was essential that any
new measures were integrated cautiously
and correctly, which was why proper
research had to be done.

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FROM page one

approval, that is squeezing
Bahamians out from doing busi-
ness between Nassau and
Freeport.”

Prior to receiving its
approval to ship directly from
Nassau to Freeport, MSC had
resorted to sending Nassau-
bound cargo first to Port
Everglades in Florida, before
shipping it to this nation’s cap-
ital.

This round-about route
kept shipping and freight rates
artificially high, but the Gov-
ernment approval granted
earlier this year caused con-
troversy within the Bahami-

Business ‘lost money hand —
over fist’ via MSC ‘monopoly’

an shipping industry because
inter-island transportation
was a business supposed to be
reserved exclusively for
Bahamian ownership only.
Yet Mr Bahl told The Tri-
bune that the Freeport Flyer
had suffered a “substantial
loss” once MSC had begun to
ship to Nassau from Freeport

via Port Everglades.

“Once MSC is allowed to
go from Freeport to Nassau,
they will have the monopoly,”
he added. “It will affect all
the shipping lines, as they will
be the only company bring-
ing containers from the Far
East into Freeport, and then
to Nassau. It will hurt Tropi-

cal Shipping and all the ship-
ping lines because they will
have a stranglehold.”

The Freeport Flyer’s own-
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mation received by The Tri-
bune also included former
FNM deputy prime minister
Frank Watson and Bahamas
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decided to sell the vessel and
their business, something they
successfully accomplished in
November last year.

The vessel was sold to the
Florida-based G&G firm, and
is now being used to service
the southern Caribbean.

“We were losing money
hand over fist for the two
months [from September to
November], as well as The
MailBoat,” Mr Bahl told The
Tribune.

“We decided there was not
enough business for two com-
panies. We kept the ship for
two months and then sold it.”

The threat posed by MSC
to Tropical Shipping and the
other members of the Florida
Shippers’ Association, who
include Pioneer Shipping,
Seaboard Marine and Betty
K Agencies, is the main moti-
vating factor behind why the
former has submitted a rival
proposal to the Government
on how Arawak Cay could be
converted into a port facility.

The Tribune previously
revealed how MSC, the
world’s second largest ship-
ping firm, had offered to
finance the construction of a
new port at Arawak Cay, as
well as dredge Nassau Har-
bour and finance a Maritime
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Cay, how it would be operat-
ed, who would own it and
how downtown Bay Street’s
shipping facilities could be
relocated there.

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nies fear that MSC will have
too much power and influence
if its Arawak Cay proposals
are accepted by the Govern-
ment, alongside its newly-won
approval to ship directly from
Freeport to Nassau.

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use this to squeeze their busi-
nesses, as the company would
be able to exert control and
influehce over the two major
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shipping and freight rates on
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the possibility that Bahamian
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of MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO, BAHAMAS, is applying
to the Minister resposible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written



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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2008, PAGE 5B





Baha Mar set to
ignite ‘stagnant’
room inventory

Developer yet to select
timeshare operator

@ By CARA
BRENNEN-BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter

THE Bahamas’ hotel room
inventory has remained stag-
nant at around 11,500 rooms
for the last 10 years, some-
thing the $2.6 billion Baha
Mar expansion at Cable
Beach aims to change.

Speaking at a town meet-
ing on the new supplemental
Heads of Agreement recent-
ly tabled in the House of
Assembly, Baha Mar’s senior
vice-president of administra-
tion and external affairs,
Robert Sands, said the pro-
ject’s room count had
increased from 2,700 to
3,450.



“We [the Bahamas] have
remained stagnant for a long
time, and this represents the
first time that we will see a
real increase in hotel room
occupancy, which will cause
tremendous economic growth
and empowernment for
Bahamians,” he said.

Mr Sands was responding
to concerns regarding the
scope of the project and
whether there would be suf-
ficient demand for the vari-
ous hotels.

He stressed that rather
than- be a “concrete jungle”
taking up the entire Cable
Beach strip, the Baha Mar
resorts will be a well-planned
and thought-out initiative that
will address, the growing trav-
el demands of beach access

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RICARDO (RICK) SPIRONELLO

AND

MATTHEW SPIRONELLO

(Managing Personnel: Marmat Ltd.)

Please be advised that Ricardo (Rick) Spironello
and Matthew Spironello are no longer employed
by or connected in any way with Paradise Blue
Water Limited or Paradise Island Condominium
Joint Venture Limited (‘the Companies’), the
developers of the Ocean Club Residences
& Marina on Paradise Island, and are not
authorised to conduct any business on behalf
of the Companies or utilize in any fashion any
of the Companies’ proprietary and confidential

and service for visitors.
Baha Mart’s project is fore-
cast to inject $878 million in
spending and direct taxes into
the Bahamian economy in its
first year of operation, and
contribute $14.8 billion to the
Bahamas’ Gross Domestic
Product over the first 20

years.
Mr Sands further said that
given the varying brands
which will be represented -
from the Sheraton to the Cae-
sar’s Hotel, the W hotel and
the St Regis - there will be a
wide array of price points to
attract diverse visitors.
Speaking to the road diver-
sion, which is a major com-
ponent of the project, John

’ Pagano, president of the

Baha Mar Development, said
that at completion there will
be created two miles of new
four lane roads and six brand
new roundabouts, including
the new alternative Corridor
7, which will cause a signifi-
cant decrease in noise and
traffic disruption.

He also indicated that while
Baha Mar was not ready to
announce its timeshare oper-
ator, he could confirm it
would not be Starwood.

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ensure that the popular jog-
ging track on the Cable
Beach strip is left in place
until a new one is completed.
Mr Pagano explained that the
new track will have lighting
and trails so that it can be
used during the night.
Minister of Works and
Transport, Earl Deveaux,
said there had been some dis-
cussion during the negotia-
tions about the possibility of
building a bridge around the
golf course, which would have
eliminated the need for a

road re-route, but said that

neither side could decide who
should bear the costs of the
project. Thus that idea died.



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FROM page one

the last details were ironed
out,

With this major step com-
pleted, Mr Murphy said that
Harcourt’s planning and con-
struction work on the Royal
Oasis can go ahead, news that
was met with obvious delight
and relief by Grand Bahamians
in attendance.

Once the resort is expanded
and renovated, it will feature
more than 650 hotel rooms and
suites, a casino, convention/
meeting facilities, a spa, fitness
centre, restaurants, retail shops,

Royal Oasis

recreation facilities and two golf
courses.

The Royal Oasis closure, cou-
pled with the double blow from
Hurricanes Jeanne and Frances
in 2004, dealt a major econom-
ic blow to Grand Bahama, dis-
placing more than 1,000 work-
ers who eventually had to be
compensated by the Govern-
ment when the previous own-
er, Driftwood (Freeport) pulled
out. A :

Tourism Minister Neko
Grant welcomed Foxwoods to

the Bahamas, saying that this
milestone will begin to bring to
closure the nightmare that had
been the Royal Oasis.

He thanked his tourism staff,
especially deputy director-gen-
eral, David Johnson, who he
said was instrumental in the
casino/hotel operating agree-
ment.

“We look forward to this and
it is indeed an historic occa-
sion,” Joe Colebut, the Fox-
woods chairman said, adding
that this was the company’s first
venture outside the US. The

Royal Oasis, he added, had a
lot of potential.

Foxwoods is the largest US
casino company and operator,
with 340,000 square feet of gam-
ing space in a complex that cov-
ers 4.7 million square feet. More
than 40,000 guests visit Fox-
woods each day.

The management team at

Foxwoods is considered one of

the strongest in the gaming
industry, and it is owned by the
Mashantucket Pequot Tribal
Nation, a North American Indi-
an tribe.

Legal Notice

‘No buyer’ selected
for Emerald Bay yet

FROM page one

ularly throughout 2006, that the EBR investor group was attempt-
ing to either sell the resort or attract additional investors and cap-
ital, with the project failing to generate a profit.

The receivers’ appointment is understood to have come
after an earlier attempt to sell the Four Seasons Emerald Bay
Resort to a Minnesota-based company, Petters Group World-
wide, fell through.

The Tribune previously revealed that a sale te Goldman

Legal Notice

NOTICE

ISMENA CO. LTD.

.

a
Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section

138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000,
the dissolution of ISMENA CO. LTD. has been com-
pleted; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and

the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



Sachs’ real estate private equity arm and another private equi-
ty fund, Rockpoint, fell through last year.

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

Although the receivership announcement did not identify
the main creditor, The Tribune has been informed thai it is
the London branch of a Japanese financial conglomerate
called Sumitomo Mitsui, through a nominee called Flint Secu-
rities,

The resert has acted as Exuma’s main economic engine,
attracting additional foreign direct investment to the island. It
employs almost 500 staff, and features an 18-hole Greg Nor-
man Golf Course, two restaurants, three pools, spa, six meet-
ing rooms and 450-person capacity ballroom/ It charges $375
per night, and lots are priced between $900,000 and $4 mil-
lion.

Other investment projects attracted to the Emerald Bay
vicinity include the resort’s Pinnacle Entertainment-managed
$5 million casino, the $110 million Grand Isle Villas develop-
ment, plus the 80/50 fractional ownership component.

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

NOTICE

LAKE VASTHI INC.

—

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000,
the dissolution of LAKE VASTHI INC. has been com- |
pleted; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and J

the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice Legal Notice

NOTICE NOTICE

GINAL HILL VIEW LTD.

" (In Voluntary Liquidation)

> GENESIS Il HOLDINGS LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company
is in dissolution, which commenced on the 20th day of

Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company
is in dissolution, which commenced on the 20th day of

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° Proficient in reading and understanding sdneuction plans

¢ Proficient in creating and mon#@ring OF consuneton

xe eoschedules 5 Ole

e Assist with development of forecasting and working
budgets

° Proficient with Microsoft Word and Excel

¢ Keen understanding of maintaining aggressive schedules

within planned budgets

¢ Needs good communication, logistical and organizational
skill

¢ Will work closely with larger GC on high-end product

¢ 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

4 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



February 2008. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O.
Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.

February 2008. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O.
Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE

Legal Notice

NOTICE

HENG ZHU LIMITED ey
TAIRA INVESTMENTS LIMITED

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

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Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company
is in dissolution, which commenced on the 18th day of

February 2008. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O.
Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.

138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000;
the dissolution of HENG ZHU LIMITED has been com-
pleted; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and

the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ee ee ARGOSA CORP. INC.
ARGOSA CORP. INC. (Liquidator)

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11.80 11.25 Bahamas Property Fund 11.80 11.80 0.00 1.502 0.400 7.9 3.39%)
9.68 ° 8.11 Bank of Bahamas 9.61 9.61 0.00 0.612 0.260 15.7 2.71%
0.99 0.80 Benchmark 0.99 0.99 0.00 0.188 0.030 5.3 3.03%
3.74 1.95 Bahamas Waste 3.66 3.66 0.00 0.289 0.090 12.7 2.46%
12.70 1.25 Fidelity Bank 2.60 2.60 0,00 0.058 0.040 44.8 1.54%)
12.70 10.03 Cable Bahamas 12.70 12.70 0.00 1.030 0.240 12.3, 1.89%)
3.15 2.00 Colina Holdings 3.14 3.14 0.00 0.031 0.040 101.3 1.27%)
8.50 4.58 Commonwealth Bank (S1) 7.50 7.50 0.00 0.428 0.260 17.5 3.47%
7.22 4.48 Consolidated Water BDRs 4.51 4.49 -0.02 0.129 0.052 34.9 1.15%
2.60 2.20 Doctor's Hospital 2.44 2.44 0.00 0.316 0.020 7.7 0.82%
7.79 5.70 Famguard 7.79 7.79 0.00 0.713 0.280 10.9 3.59%
13.01 12.30 Finco 13.00 13.00 0.00 0.801 0.570 16.2 4.38%
14.75 13.99 FirstCaribbean 13.99 13.99 0.00 0.914 0.470 15.3 3.36%
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1.00 0.54 Freeport Concrete 0.74 0.74 0.00 0.035 0,000 21.1 0.00%
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12.50 8.60 J. S. Johnson 12.30 12.30 0.00 1.059 0.610 11.6 4.96%
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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2008, PAGE 7B



Fa a SRY

- Bahamas ‘must be more
ageressive’ in getting
wealthy to domicile here

FROM page one

said an influx of high-net worth
individuals to become perma-
nent residents would bolster the
nation’s top-end real estate
market and generate additional
foreign exchange reserves.
This was because these indi-
viduals” wealth would not be
earned in the Bahamas, mean-
ing that when they spent money
in this nation, they would be

converting foreign currency into ,

Bahamian dollars.

Such high-net worth clients
would also be likely to invest in
the Bahamas, building busi-
nesses and undertaking invest-
ment projects. The prime exam-
ples of this are the Izmirlian
family, the major equity
investors behind Baha Mar’s
$2.6 billion Cable Beach pro-
ject, and fellow Lyford Cay res-
ident Joe Lewis, whose Tavis-
tock Group is leading the $1.4
billion Albany project.

- In addition, Mr Winder said.
high net worth individuals were
also likely to spend as much as
$100,000 per annum in the
Bahamas on purchasing goods
and services, a level of spending
equivalent to 100 stopover visi-
tors - who on average spend
$1,000 per visit.

Mr Winder told The Tribune:
“We are going to have to be a
lot more aggressive in providing
permanent residency to indi-
viduals who have accounts and
trusts here, and would like to
move to reside in the Bahamas.
These individuals have millions
and millions of dollars.

“TI think the Government
needs to be a lot more aggres-
sive in terms of improving the
time in which these applications
are improved,” he added.

“IT think the Bahamas needs
to facilitate people looking to
change residence, as there is a
huge market for that. Provid-
ing them with residency with-
out the right to work, initially,
would do wonders for the finan-
cial services industry from the
standpoint that these individuals
would not be under the same
attention from their home-
country tax authorities as
they’ve changed domicile from

The Tribune wants to hear
from people who are
making news in their.
neighbourhoods. Perhaps
you are raising funds for a
good cause, campaigning
for improvements in the
area or have won an
award.

If so, call us on 322-1986
and share your story.



_ their countries.



the US, Europe and Canada.”

As residents domiciled in the
Bahamas would not be consid-
ered ‘ordinarily resident’ for tax
purposes in their home nation,
tax scrutiny on them will end. In
turn, this would also ease
OECD and FATF attention on
the Bahamas, if an increasing
percentage of its client base was
also domiciled here.

“I think it’s important that if
we. are going to expand the
industry, we’ve got to look more
at individuals who intend to
change their residence and fol;
low their assets. to the
Bahamas,” Mr Winder said.

“Once they’ve done that, they
will not be under the same lev-
el of scrutiny from their home
country tax authorities. It’s
going to provide administrative
jobs, accountancy jobs to keep
track of their assets, it’s going to
stimulate the redl estate mar-
ket, and stimulate the foreign
reserves.

“I think we will be continual-
ly under attack by the likes of |
the OECD, and these countries
are looking to expand their
reach to reach those individuals
who have home residency in

“That’s not going to go away,
and no matter what we do in
the short-term to meet their
concerns, we are still going to
find them coming after us.”

Ray Winder










NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given the DWIGHT WEAKLEY of
BUTTONWOOD AVE., PINEWOOD GARDEN, P.O. BOX
CR-65321, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister
resposible for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/
naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person
who knows any reason why registration/naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 22ND day of
February, 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N - 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that CASTLETON RICHARDS of
GLADSTONE ROAD, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, - is applying
to the Minister resposible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from
the 15TH day of FEBRUARY, 2008 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,
Bahamas.

Fb

Urgently seeking Director Of Human Resources |
5-10 years experience, salary commensurate with
experience and qualifications.





P.O. Box CB-12707
Nassau, Bahamas

Write to:

INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY
MUST SELL

Three — 2 Storey townhouses about 80% completed which require some repairs. Each unit comprises
676 sq.ft. on the upper floor and 676 sq.ft. on the lower floor (total floor area 1,352 sq.ft. per unit)
and consists of 3 Bedrooms 2 Baths, Living, Dining and Kitchen.

Driveway & Walkways are improved with 12 x 12 Spanish Type Tiles, 1,775 Sq.Ft. Swimming
Pool and Jacuzzi which are 85% completed.

The Buildings are situated on Lot #17376 comprising 10,000 sq.ft. located in
Bahama Sound of Exuma Section 18, Pumas Bahamas



The units are being sold collectively.

For conditions of the sale and any other
! information, please contact:
The Commercial Credit Collection Unit
at: 356-1685 or 356-1608
Nassau, Bahamas

Interested persons should submit offers
in writing addressed to:
The Commercial Credit Collection Unit,
P.O. Box N-7518, Nassau, Bahamas

' Serious enquiries only










NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that TIA WHITNEY ROLLE of
JACARANDA STREET, PINEWOOD GARDENS, P.O. BOX
GT-2773, NEW PROVIDENCE, BAHAMAS, is applying to
‘the Minister resposible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from
the 15TH day of FEBRUARY, 2008 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,

MUST SELL
VACANT PROPERTY

Lot #14721 comprising 10,000 sq.ft. in area with
83 frontage on Zinnia Road and 120 feet on
Eastward Drive in Bahama Sound of Exuma Ocean
Addition West, Exuma Bahamas

The property is undeveloped and is
located 1 mile south of Emerald Bay
and The Four Seasons Resort.

For conditions of the sale and any other
information, please contact:
Credit Risk Management — Collection Unit at:
Phone: 356-1685 or 356-1608,
Nassau, Bahamas

Interested persons should submit
offers in writing addressed to:

The Manager, Credit Risk Management - Collection
Unit, P.O. Box N-7518, Nassau, Bahamas _

Serious enquiries only



Responsibilities:
Create and organize vehicle sales activities
Create and organize parts and service
operations
Manage follow-up systems for existing
customers
Cultivate new business
Develop and implement company policies and
programmes
Train and lead staff in a team environment
Stay up-to-date in dealership rechnoleey ..

A prominent new car dealership

is seeking a general manager.

The ideal candidate will have
wide experience in the
automotive business as well as

good written and oral
' Requirements:
5+ years of experience in the automotive
industry
Experience with Japanese automotive brands
Strong leadership and management skills
Superior communication and customer service
skills
Account management and budgeting .
experience ,
Proficiency in computers

communication skills.

Send resumes with references to:

Automotive GM
P.O. Box N-9240
Nassau, Bahamas

Public Hospitals Authority
Advertisement

Two (2) Vacancy For
Emergency Vehicle Driver
Marsh Harbour. Abaco

Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons for the
post Emergency Services Technician (EST) III], Marsh Harbour,
Abaco, Public Hospitals Authority.

Applicants must possess the following qualifications:-\

A minimum of five (5) subjects at the B.J.C. level or equivalent
including English Language OR pass the NREMT practical exam
and the BLS (Basic Life Support) with two (2) years relevant
experience.

Must also obtain licensure and registration from the Health Pro-
fessions Council.

DUTIES:

The Emergency Services Technician III is responsible for provid-
ing basic life support to ill or injured persons including:

* Taking current and past history relevant to event

¢ Maintaining the airway.

¢ Manually ventilating a patient.

- Splintering or otherwise immobilizing the body or parts of mS
body

- Protecting the confidentiality and dignity of the patient.

- Recording all pertinent information.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Must be able to lift patients, equipments, materials weighing 150
Ibs.

Letters of Application, resume and three (3) references should
be submitted, no later than 22nd February, 2008 to Human Re-
sources Director, Public Hospitals Authority, P.O. Box N-8200 or
3rd Terrace Centerville (West).





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dled head-on. Aquarius plays a part
in this.

GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21
Romance is in the air all month, and
particularly for you, Gemini. If
you’ve been nursing a relationship,
it’s about to spark and grow jin the
days to come.

CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22
You'll feel hurt and betrayed when a
friend goes behind your. back this
week, Cancer. The act isn’t so bad,
it’s the lying about it that gives you
reason for concern.

LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23
Aree Someone at work haste a thorn in
LEET- LANDED your side for a while now, Leo.

Finally, some justice will be had
when this person is let go. But the
replacement could be worse.

VIRGO — Aug 24/Sept 22

Stop hiding your true feelings about
the person you've been spending time
with, Virgo. And if you’re attached,
embrace your special someone and
show this person how much you care.

LIBRA ~ Sept 23/Oct 23

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you’ve been expecting for a while
and will make a big difference in your
current living situation.

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A change of heart occurs when a
friend does something naughty. You
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Tourist arrivals
fall 3.4% in 2007

$12m ad boost sees Bahamas
hotels gain 20% of bookings. in
same month, for short-term relief

@ By CARA BRENNEN- BETHEL
Tribune Business Reporter

TOTAL visitor arrivals to the Bahamas
declined by 3.4 per cent in 2007, prelim-
inary figures have revealed.

Speaking at the Grand Bahama Busi-
ness Outlook yesterday, tourism minister
Neko Grant said there were 4.6 million
visitors to the Bahamas in 2007, a
decrease of 3.4 per cent or 162,000 fewer
visitors compared to 2006.

Of that number, he said, air stopover
arrivals were pegged at 1,369,585 for a 3
per cent decline. Cruise passenger arrivals
dropped similarly, with the Bahamas
recording a total of 2.971 million visitors
- a 3.4 per cent decline (105,000 fewer
passengers than in 2006).

Speaking specifically to Grand
Bahama, Mr Grant said the island expe-
rienced a 1 per cent decline in air arrivals,
receiving 191,367 tourists in 2007.

Grand Bahama cruise visitor figures
reached 311,762, reflecting an 8 per cent
decline over the same period, Mr Grant
said.

In light of the Grand Bahama figures,
the minister said the mission was to grow

_tour'sm on Grand Bahama and the oth-

er is)ands.

To do this, he said the Ministry of
Tourism was looking at shifting its
reliance to the type of resort develop-
men’s that are more in demand, particu-
larly mixed-use and more environmen-
tally sensitive eco-properties.

In the shorter term, the Ministry of
Tourism had taken the aggressive
approach of saturating the market with
advertising activity to entice visitors, with
an advertising budgetary increase of $12
million in the US and UK markets.

“In the short term, I must share that
majcr resorts in the Bahamas are seeing
as much as 20 per cent of their bookings
for the month coming within the same
month, which is unprecedented,” the min-
ister said.

“We have taken a very aggressive
approach and boosted our spend to
ensure optimum levels of visibility and
share of mind for the Bahamas and
Grand Bahama in the marketplace.”

The Bahamas had seen increased visi-
tor traftic from markets such as Canada,
where there was double digit growth, and
the European markets given the euro’s

Neko Grant



strong performance the
dollar.

Noting the recent announcement of
Cuban president Fidel Castro that he did
not intend to return to office, and the

ramifications it could mean for tourism

against

‘competition, Mr Grant said it was an

eventuality the Bahamas has been
preparing for for some time.

He said there was an opportunity for
the Bahamas to benefit, particularly
through short cruise itineraries that could
include stops in both countries.

Budget leader says courts failed to heed warnings to cut spending

@ TALLAHASSEE, Fla.
Associated Press

JUDGES and other judicial
system officials who say
impending state spending cuts
could force Florida’s courts to
temporarily close received lit-
tle sympathy Thursday from a
legislative budget leader.

Sen. Victor Crist, who chairs
his chamber’s Criminal and Civ-
il Justice Appropriations Com-
mittee, said such consequences
would be unnecessary if courts,
prosecutors, public defenders

and other officials had abided
by warnings since last summer
to hold back 4 percent of their
budgets.

Gov. Charlie Crist, no rela-
tion to the senator, asked all
state agencies to voluntarily cut
spending by that level because

of anticipated tax revenue’

shortfalls.

“If anyone out there chose to
go-ahead and blaze forward and
spend what was allocated and
refused to heed the warnings,
then that was flagrantly irre-
sponsible,” Victor Crist, R-

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Tampa, said during a budget
workshop.

Two days earlier, Florida
Supreme Court Chief Justice R.
Fred Lewis had told lawmak-
ers the impending cuts would
bring the courts to a halt. Local
judges, prosecutors and other
court officials have been making
similar predictions across the
state.

“I’m pleading for the life of a
branch of government,” Lewis
said.

The cuts would not affect
judges’ salaries, but Lewis said

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which had gone into effect July
1, because of the shortfalls.
Lawmakers now are looking for
places to make more cuts when
they convene in regular session
next month because the
state’s income is continuing to
decline.



@ NEW YORK
Associated Press

THE stock market finished
with a sharp loss Thursday
after bleak readings on the
economy heightened
investors’ fears of recession.
The Dow Jones industrial
average fell more than 140
points.

Wall Street was disap-
pointed when the Philadel-
phia Federal Reserve report-
ed that regional manufactur-
ing fell more than predicted.
Another piece of bad news
was the Conference Board’s
January index of leading eco-
nomic indicators, which post-
ed its fourth straight drop.

Investors have already
been pricing in another inter-
est rate cut — perhaps up to
half a percentage point —
after minutes from the Fed-
eral Reserve’s last policy-set-
ting meeting indicated cen-
tral bankers will remain vigi-
lant about the economy. The
Fed, which meets again
March 18, has forecast slower
growth and continued risks
to the economy from hous-
ing and credit markets.

Though investors been
assured by the central bank
that it will lower rates again if
necessary, that expectation
has not been enough to gal-
vanize their confidence in the
stock market and the econo-
my. Wall Street remains con-
cerned that the economy
could be so weak that rate
cuts, which take months to
work their way through the
economy, won’t prevent fur-
ther deterioration.

“The Fed cutting rates is a
little bit like a fire engine
pulling up to your house,”
said Brian Gendreau, invest-
ment strategist for ING
| Investment Management.
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arrived, but still, your house
is burning down.”

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1.15 percent, to 12,284:30.

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General Motors Corp. after
lender GMAC LLC, which is
part-owned by GM, said it
will slash hundreds of jobs at
its auto finance business. GM
fell $1.24, or 4.9 percent, to
$24.30.

Broader indexes also
declined. The Standard &
Poor’s 500 index shed 17.50,
or 1.29 percent, to 1,342.53,
while the Nasdaq composite
index fell 27.32, or 1.17 per-
cent, to 2,299.78.

“What you’re seeing is a
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“There are those that believe
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ings will move lower, and oth-
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Bond prices moved sharply
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which moves opposite its
price, fell to 3.78 percent
from 3.89 percent late
Wednesday.

Light, sweet crude for
April delivery dropped $1.47
to settle at $98.23 a barrel on
the New York Mercantile.
Exchange, after the govern-
ment reported that U.S.
crude oil inventories
increased by more than
expected last week. Crude
had reached a new record
above $101 in overnight trad-
ing.

Gold jumped to a record
high above $950 an ounce on
Thursday, while the dollar
dipped slightly against most
major currencies.

In corporate news, there
was further evidence that the
global credit crisis is far from
over. French bank Societe
Generale SA said a trading
scandal and write-downs
linked to the crisis led to a
loss in the fourth quarter. The:
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17-year-old from
CV Bethel is the 13th
homicide victim of year

By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
kherig@tribunemedia.net

A 17-YEAR-OLD CV Bethel

senior high student — a son of a_

police officer — was stabbed to
death yesterday afternoon at the
South East Street shopping plaza,
just a few feet from his school’s
campus.

He is the 13th homicide victim
of the year and the second stu-
dent to be stabbed to death in the
last two weeks.

Police last night were still with-
holding the teenage victim’s
name. |

According to reports, the CV
Bethel senior high student was
attacked in an altercation with
“two young men” as he defended
his younger brother at around
3.10pm near the City Market
foodstore.

Supt Stephen Dean, officer in-
charge of the southeastern police
division, told The Tribune yester-

’ day that officers were on mobile

patrol in the area when they got a
report of fight at the East Street
South shopping plaza.

Arriving at the scene, Supt
Dean said, the officers found the

- 17 year old lying on the ground

with apparent stab wounds to his
chest area. A group of students
was gathered around the boy.

An emergency medical team
was called to the plaza and the
17 year old was rushed to Princess
Margaret Hospital.

However, he was pronounced
dead shortly after arrival.

Police said they believe the boy
died of his injuries during the
ambulance ride.

According to a source close to

SEE page nine

Some suspect arson after
govt complex destroyed

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

AN EARLY morning blaze in Crooked Island on Wednesday left an
entire government complex destroyed in what some suspect as arson
fueled by retaliation for an alleged altercation between a 42-year-old
male resident and police on the island.

The complex, which contained the local administrator’s office, police
station, post office, and a department of social services went up in
flames sometime between 11 pm Tuesday — the last time the area was
patrolled by police — and 7 am Wednesday, police confirmed.

Some speculate the blaze was intentionally set by riotous residents
upset about alleged police brutality stemming from Monday’s arrest of

Willis McKinney Jr.

Another theory is the fire resulted from an electrical shortage in the

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Hanna-Martin elected chairman yesterday, continues tonight.

Concerns Cuba
could overtake
the Bahamas
as tourism
destination

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

IN THE wake of the
announcement of Fidel Castro’s
resignation, concerns have
increased that Cuba may soon
overtake the Bahamas and
become one of the most sought-
after tourism destinations in the
region.

With a rapidly expanding
hotel occupancy rate that has
more than doubled since 1990
and a tropical destination
steeped: in culture and history,
Cuba may be poised to become
a premiere tourist destination
in the Caribbean.

While industry insiders are
quick to point out Cuba’s
apparent tourism boom is not
a direct threat to the Bahamas’
number one industry, they con-
cede that recent statistics —
which show that in 2006 the
Communist island had a hotel

SEE page nine

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US Ambassador positive on
US, Bahamas economies

TROUBLING headlines con-
cerning slowing growth and rising
- unemployment in the US have
Bahamians concerned about the
effects of a US slowdown on its
tourism-dependent economy.
While the potential impact of a
US recession is unclear, US
Ambassador Ned Siegel is confi-
dent that as long as the US “con-
tinues to aggressively address its
economic challenges and The
Bahamas maintains a friendly pos-






Tet) SEE page nine

Defence Force set to
court martial officer

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

THE Royal Bahamas Defence Force is set to court martial an offi-
cer for the first time in its 28-year history, The Tribune has learned.

A senior officer, whose identity has not been provided to the press,
will be tried in the military court for what has been described as a
“minor” offence, the nature of which a defence force spokesperson also
said he could not release, as he was not aware of what it was.

According to petty officer Ralph McKinney, the decision to court
martial the officer, whose rank as a “senior” officer would be lieutenant

SEE page nine

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

GLENYS Hanna-Martin
scored a large victory yesterday
over her opponents, becoming the
PLP's first woman chairman.

As the election results became ©

known, one of her supporters
began screaming in jubilation on
the convention floor, "party in the
backyard, party in the backyard."

According to the unofficial

results, the new chairman, and ,

MP for Englerston, received 423
votes, while Elcott Coleby
received 299, and party newcom-
er Omar Archer received only 14
votes.

"I feel, really more than any-
thing, humbled that the delegates
have seen fit to place their confi-
dence in me," said Mrs Hanna-
Martin in an interview with The
Tribune. "The concern now is to
begin the work,that needs to be

SEE page nine

Christie expected
to announce -

plans for deputy
leader race

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

FORMER Prime Minister and
PLP Leader Perry Christie is
expected to announce tonight the
party’s plans to hold a deputy

’ leadership race sometime in the

near future as deputy leader Cyn-
thia Pratt starts her exit from
frontline politics.

On Wednesday night at the
Wyndham Nassau Resort, Mrs
Pratt informed delegates at the
party’s 50th Convention that she
will not offer for a fourth term in
Parliament. ~

“God willing,” Mrs Pratt said,
“T will complete this present term
and continue to give my all to the
great people of St Cecilia.”

This announcement did not
come as a surprise to some PLP
insiders who have earmarked this
convention as a “watershed
moment” in the transition of pow-
er from Mr Christie to other
would-be leaders within the par-
ty.

In recent weeks, Mrs Pratt has
been battling with a bout of ten-

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PLP urged to learn

lessons of defeat

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



FORMER Minister of Health and National Insurance Dr
Bernard Nottage cautioned delegates at the PLP Conven-
tion last night that unless the PLP is prepared to “answer
honestly”, “discuss openly”, and act on their findings as to why
the party lost in the 2007 general elections, it will not be
ready to become the government again if and when an oppor-
tunity presents itself.

“How do we explain that with the economy growing at an
accelerated rate; with unprecedented foreign direct invest-
ment; with the lowest unemployment figures in years; with high
ratings from the appropriate agencies; with the welcome
prospects of universal health insurance needed by the vast
majority of citizens; with unprecedented numbers of houses
being built in the public and private sectors and with the low-
est downpayment requirements in qur history, that we still lost
the elections?” he asked.

“That is a question we must answer honestly and discuss
openly and we must act on our findings,” Dr Nottage added.
“That is the only way we will be ready when next the oppor-
tunity to become the government of the Bahamas presents
itself.”

Dr Nottage also encouraged PLP members throughout the
Bahamas to embrace the blowing winds of change. He
appealed to them to accept that the PLP must change the
way it organizes its party machinery, and the way the party is
seen and perceived by others.

“Reform is good for the soul and change will revive and
enable us to retool and reshape our party. Statements by our
party leadership, by some of our party officers, by some of our
Members of Parliament, especially since our defeat at the
polls, indicate that all has not been well. The public has heard
them or read them and so the public knows.

“Such events influence how the public sees us and thus we

must take great care not only to present our party in the best -

light, but also to ensure that our party is united, focused, effi-
cient and effective. Indeed, one of the prerequisites for the way
forward for us now is to understand that we are no longer the
government of the Bahamas,” he said.







A 25-year-old Market Street
woman charged in connection
with the death of businessman
and community leader Michael
Fowler — who died in October
last year, just five weeks after
. being hit by a vehicle on West
Bay Street — was arraigned in
Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

Guernda Henry’ was
arraigned before Magistrate
Renee McKay at Court 6 on
Parliament Street, charged with
killing in the course of danger-
ous driving.

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live convention coverage at 11 p.m.

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

FORMER Health Minister
Dr Bernard Nottage last night
criticized ZNS Television for
cutting its live feed of the PLP’s
50th Convention at promptly
11pm.

While admitting that the par-
ty had been given notice that
their coverage could only last
from 8pm to 11pm, Dr Nottage
said that this was still a “mean”
and “petty” thing to do.

“If we were in any doubt
about that after all we have
been through, the evidence was
patently clarified for us last
night when ZNS TV uncere-
moniously and without expla-
nation, ended its broadcast as
the Deputy Leader of the party
began her address, albeit late,
last evening.

“That was a mean, petty thing
for a national broadcast net-
work to do! But, I am advised
that we knew the broadcast
time would be 8pm to 11pm and
we ought to have either request-
ed additional time or completed
on time. We have only our-
selves to blame,” he said.

Dr Nottage said that as the
PLP was defeated in the elec-
tions on May 2, 2007, they have
been thrust from the position
of government into the role of

driving vehicle number 163460
east on West Bay Street in the
area of the Bahamas Develop-
ment Bank, drove in a manner
dangerous to the public, thereby
causing the death of Michael
Fowler.

Mr Fowler, 42, who was Pres-
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tion. In this new role, he said,
there is “much work” to be
done.

“Our task now is to be the
alternate to the government; to
oppose any policies or actions of
the FNM government, with
which we disagree, vigorously
and responsibly, and to offer
alternative proposals that will
uplift the lives our people. If we
don’t do it, it will not be done.

“Bahamians now know that
they can not trust an FNM gov-
ernment that must break down
in order to build.

“They know they cannot trust ~

a government which finds it
necessary to delay and cancel,
and hold hundreds of Bahami-
ans hostage to uncertainty and
doubt, simply to erase any and
everything the PLP accom-
plished in the last five years,”
he said.

The big question now, how-
ever, Dr Nottage asked, is what
can the PLP do to ensure that it
regains the trust of the voting
public.

“The big question is, are we
in touch with the electorate?
The big question is are our poli-
cies based on what they think
they need or are they based on
what we think is best for
them?” he asked.

Providence, died at his home
five weeks after the accident.

The businessman was hit as
he was returning to his parked
car near Super Clubs Breezes
following a Rotary Club meet-
ing.

Mr Fowler was also a member
of the Executive Board of the

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Woman, 25, charged in connection with community leader's death

Nassau Tourism and Develop-
ment Board and served on
numerous committees.

Henry pleaded not guilty to
the charge of killing in the
course of dangerous driving yes-
terday and was granted $5,000
bail.

Henry was also charged with





driving a vehicle without being

‘covered by third party risk insur-

ance and driving without a dri-
ver’s license. Henry pleaded
guilty to the charges and was
fined $1,400. Failure to pay the
fine will result in a four-month
prison sentence. The case was
adjourned to May 2.
THE TRIBUNE

Ken Dorsett
wins deputy
chairmanship

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

ATTORNEY Ken Dorsett

won the deputy chairmanship of

the PLP yesterday, beginning a
shift in the party towards youth in
leading frontline party positions.

Mr Dorsett, 37, won the post
by 407 votes over former young
liberal leader Judson Wilmott,
with former Vice Chairman Ron
Rolle finishing third.

The responsibilities of the PLP
deputy chair are determined by
the chairman in consultation with
the leader of the party. However,
Mr Dorsett told The Tribune yes-
terday that the party must be
"youth centric" in its focus going
forward.

"And we are going to have to
continue to ensure that all of the
various branches of the party are
active, vibrant and working effec-
tively to ensure that our message
is disseminated to the public," he
said.

The lack of apparent party uni-
ty was a major concern for the
PLP going into this convention. In
an effort to project harmony, PLP
parliamentarians issued a state-
ment days before the convention,
through Bain and Grant's Town
MP Dr Bernard Nottage, declar-
ing that they were in full support
of the party's leadership.

When asked if the PLP will
project unity coming out of this
convention, Mr Dorsett said
“absolutely."

"TL have no doubt in my mind
that when we leave this conven-
tion Friday evening that the PLP
will be a united party. We will
show that. I think it has already
been evidenced in the speeches
that you would have heard last
night. And it will be further evi-
denced tonight, and the party is
moving forward," he said.

Mr Rolle said yesterday that
despite his loss, he still intends to
be a "dedicated and loyal PLP,"
and hewwill continue to provide
full effort to.ensure that his party
is the best thafit can be.

Irrington "Minky" Isaacs will

now retain his title as deputy
leader emeritus. However, Mr
* Dorsett will be the substantive
holder of the post.

Still no leads in connection with
sabotage of BTC equipment

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

POLICE yesterday reported
that they still have no leads in
connection with the sabotage of
Bahamas Telecommunication
Company equipment in January
— although a $10,000-reward is
being offered to anyone with

Christie: party elections soon to
replace outgoing Cynthia Pratt

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“Of course when things like
this happen it impacts customers
in a vefy material way.

“When your phone goes down,
you know, that’s your business.
So even more than protecting
our livelihood, we appreciate
how ynportant telecommunica-
tions infrastructure is for
social life in the Bahamas,” he
said,

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

THE announcement by PLP MP
Cynthia Pratt that she will not seek re-
election to the House of Assembly
indicates that in.the not too distant
future there will be party elections to
replace her, said Perry Christie.

"Well, the fact of the matter is
‘Mother Pratt’ is elected for this term.
The Progressive Liberal Party will
have elections before the end of the
term. We have annual conventions,
and there is absolutely no doubt about
it that she was foreshadowing to any-
one who is ambitious and aspire(s),
that there will soon be elections obvi-
ously to replace her," said Mr Christie
in an interview with Gems radio net-
work yesterday at the Wyndam Nas-
sau Hotel.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2008, PAGE 3



"Once she has given the indication
that she will not be running again it
must necessarily follow that at some
stage in the future we will come
together to determine who will
replace her. That is obviously what
she signaled last night, "said Mr
Christie.

Mrs Pratt announced on the open-
ing night of the convention that she
will not seek a fourth term as the MP
for St Cecilia. However, Mrs Pratt
did not speak about-her future as the
deputy leader of the PLP — she was
reconfirmed to the post unopposed
at this convention.

Mr Christie said yesterday that
political leadership must always be in
question in parties, as it is leadership
that determines if people will vote for
a party or not.

On the issue of the overall leader-
ship transition within the PLP, Mr

Mr Johnson said he “certainly
hopes” that actions taken by
BTC to secure the areas that
were sabotaged will deter any
persons with similar intentions
in the future.

“Part of giving out the reward
is to let people know how serious
we take it and to discourage peo-
ple also from colluding,” he said.

BTC and the police both

encourage the general public to
report any suspicious activities
that they see around BTC equip-
ment, and any information they
might have in relation to the
crimes that have already
occurred.

Those with information can
contact the police the Crime Tip-
sters hotline at 328 8477 (TIPS).
All calls are confidential.





Felipé Major/Tribune staff

Christie was frank with his views on
how this process should occur. He
said that his only condition on the
transition issue, which he has main-
tained, is that the process must be
"dignified" and ample notice must be
given, so that no one is "ambushed."

"It must be one in which where
ample notice is given so that the
Bahamian people could expect that
in a date to be set, all right, elections
will be held and they would be able to
give consideration to those who are
party supporters as to who they feel
would be the best replacement for
Cynthia Pratt, or for that matter,
myself. That's the process that will
take place. And you will see in the
not too distant future how we pro-
“pose to manage that. And put very
bluntly, how I propose to manage that
process going forward," said Mr
Christie.

‘information leading to the con-
viction of those involved.

Chief Supt Hulan Hanna con-
firmed that no “significant”
progress has been made in pin-
pointing the culprit, or culprits.

Marlon Johnson, BTC’s vice
president of marketing, sales and
business development, told The
Tribune: “We know that these
things take some time some-
times.”

In late January, hundreds of
BTC customers lost their land
line telephone service when
unknown persons carried out a
numerous damaging attacks on
BTC equipment across New
Providence.

One source close to the com-
pany estimated that the damage
caused by the acts of sabotage
will cost BTC thousands of dol-
lars.

Aerial cables on Gladstone
and Rocky Pine Roads, as well as
wire cabinets on Marshall Road,
Sunshine Park, Muttonfish Dri-
ve, Flamingo Gardens and Emer-
ald Gardens were severely dam-
aged.

Yesterday, Mr Johnson said
that full repairs to equipment at
all of these locations have now
been completed.

He added that police patrols
were also upgraded in the areas.

Mr Johnson said BTC is
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THE TRIBUNE





The Tribune Limited



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Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master
LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt. O.B.E., K.M,, K.C.S.G.,
(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt.

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

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

Published Daily Monday to Saturday

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ABOUT the only references you’ll find to
Sputnik these days are in the form of game
show trivia. On Jeopardy, it might come after
the following description: This Russian-
launched satellite surprised and embarrassed
thé United States in 1957.

Fifty years ago, “What is Sputnik?” elicit-
ed a different response. Lyndon Johnson
called it “a second Pearl Harbour.” Experts
warned that the United States had permitted
a national security crisis to develop by allow-
ing a hostile nation to threaten it from space.

The Eisenhower administration initially
tried to dismiss Sputnik as a minor technical
advance.

But there was no calming national hysteria
about the Russians looking down or perhaps
even attacking from orbit above the Ameri-
can heartland, and we couldn’t do a thing
about it.

So the United States joined the space race.
John F. Kennedy won the 1960 campaign for
the White House in significant measure by
tagging Vice President Richard Nixon with
responsibility for American gaps in technol-
ogy and security.

And the Kennedy and Johnson adminis-
trations tripled federal support for basic sci-
entific research and pushed Congress for $25
billion to fund the Apollo programme.

The successful endeavour to put Ameri-
cans on the moon wasn’t the only result.
Maybe not even the most significant result.
The American investment in technology that
began five decades ago created a global rev-
olution that enhanced both American security
and the American treasury.

Elements of today’s global economy such
as instant telecommunications, cell phones,
GPS, even the Internet have a pedigree that
can be traced back to the creation of the
Defence Advanced Research Projects
Agency in 1958 in response to Sputnik.

Sept. 11, 2001, was the Pearl Harbour for a
new age — an assault on the flawed Ameri-
can trust in two oceans as a national security
strategy, this time with flaming buildings
instead of battleships.

Now there’s another Pearl Harbour loom-
ing. And Venezuelan strong man Hugo
Chavez has given us a glimpse of what it will
look like.

Chavez has threatened economic war
against the United States because of a legal
spat between his government and Exxon -

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not even your troubles.”

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2008 there will
Eucharist Service at 8:30 a.m.

Students of St. Anne’s School and St.
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US needs to change its energy habits



Mobil Corp. Exxon is trying to freeze the
foreign assets of state-owned Petroleos de
Venezuela SA in response to the national-
ization of its own assets in Venezuela. In
retaliation, Chavez has suggested he would
cut off oil transfers to the United States and
drive oil prices to $200 per barrel.

Oil is a fungible commodity, meaning a
shortage from one source can be satisfied by
another source.

So while Venezuela could seriously dis-
rupt the supply chain as the third largest

- source of U.S. oil imports, it could only do so

temporarily in an efficient marketplace.

Other producers should eventually move to
meet American demand.

But what if other oil producers joined in
the boycott of the United States? What if
Saudi Arabia, the second largest source of
U.S oil imports and the world’s largest petro-
leum exporter, declined to fill the shortfall?
What if Russia and Iran, the second and
fourth largest exporters, enforced end-use
agreements on oil markets that banned the
transfer of their national crude to the United
States?

Then the fungibility argument gets dicier.
Market disruptions and the rhetoric alone
would be enough to drive oil prices into the
stratosphere.

In 1973, Saudi-led OPEC cut production by
only 5 per cent and oil prices quadrupled
within a year.

Sound implausible? About as implausible
as the Japanese Imperial Navy sinking the
Pacific Fleet, Russians in space or 19 hijack-
ers bringing a nation of 300 million to a hor-
rific halt.

As with Sputnik, Chavez’s provocation
should be a wake-up call. The United States
has permitted a national security crisis to
develop by allowing hostile nations to threat-
en its economic lifeblood.

The only way to alleviate that threat is to
technologically change the nature of energy
production and consumption. And, no —
costly, inefficient and environmentally dam-
aging ethanol isn’t the answer.

The questions in 2008 are: Which Ameri-:

can leaders recognize this threat, and which
ones will push for the investment necessary to
create a new global economy?

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destruction of
our birthright

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I READ with complete
agreement the letter entitled
“What will The Bahamas be
in 10 years” by Furious
Bahamian published in The
Tribune yesterday, Wednes-
day, February 20th.

That letter, together with an
article in today’s paper on
Sam Duncombe’s fears
regarding the Albany Project
and Adelaide Beach, has
prompted me to write.

New Providence is a tiny lit-
tle tropical island.

It is not Las Vegas or Reno
or Atlantic City.

It is absolutely appalling the
way successive governments
have had, and still have, no
conscience when it comes to
giving away every Bahamian’s
birthright to foreign investors;
allowing them to come here
and rape our environment,
destroy habitat and change the
Bahamian way of life.

While I agree that a certain
amount of foreign investment
is necessary, why can it not be
done in such a way to keep




LETTERS

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our tropical island image?
Nobody can argue against the
success of Atlantis as far as
boosting the Bahamian econ-
omy is concerned, but, did
they have to bulldoze every

‘native tree and plant?

Could it not have been built
in such a manner as to blend
in with island scenery and
keep our unique Bahamian
image: an image that is fast
disappearing as we become an
extension of Florida.

The destruction of Bimini
is totally unforgivable.

World-renowned scientists
have voiced grave concerns
and warnings about. the
destruction of the shoreline
there, warnings that seem to
have been completely ignored
by our successive govern-
ments.

Not only have these warn-
ings been ignored, but now it
seems we are prepared to rip

apart Adelaide beach and risk
the same kind of shoreline
erosion there.

As for Baha Mar — a four
lane highway! Give me a
break.

Instead of striving to turn
our little island into a tarmac
“spaghetti junction,” let’s give
some thought to restricting the
number and size of the cars
on the island (who can possi-
bly really need a Hummer’),
cleaning up and making the
public transportation system
safe so that we do not need
sO many cars, and getting
some of the wrecks off the
road. (Yesterday I was stuck
behind a truck with no licence
plate, no brake lights and no
turning lights, that was spew-
ing out so much black filth
into the atmosphere that the
truck itself was hardly visible). °

I won’t get started on the
development of Rose Island...

ANOTHER
FURIOUS
BAHAMIAN
Nassau,

February 21, 2008. ©

Surprised that Christie does not
see political writing on the wall

EDITOR, The Tribune.

CRITICALLY for a politi-
cian is the understanding and
self recognition to know when
they should leave the politi-
cal scene.

Today’s announcement by
President Fidel Castro of
Cuba for obvious health rea-
sons totally is transparent that
when your political usefulness
is seen as being over you bow
out graciously so your political
memoirs can be written in as
appropriate fashion as one
would hope unless, of course,
there is other reasons to write
differently.

Although our Rt Hon Perry
Gladstone Christie is no Cas-
tro, it continues to surprise me
that he is unable to see the
political writing on the wall
not only for him personally
but for the PLP as a party.

The next election has to be
held by 2012.....Mr Christie is
64 years old this year so in
four-years he will be 68 years
old — more than 55 per cent
of the future electorate in 2012











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will certainly be under 35
years of age, no current politi-
cian over 60 years will, or has
a chance in 2012 as a candi-
date.

Mr Christie, if the PLP does
not elect a new Leader now
there is simply no chance that
by 2012, the PLP will be ready
for the election.

Recall, Editor, that after Sir
Lynden retired from the
House it took the PLP five-
years to regroup and repre-
sent itself to the electorate
with a new Leader, then Mr
Christie.

If there is no one, then sim-
ply put in an interim Parlia-

mentary Leader for 12
months, but go about recruit-
ing someone soon to take on
that mantle.

You had your time, Mr
Christie — you crossed the
PLP party faithful and you will
never regroup or recoup the
trust of the rank and file what-
ever you try.

Talk is cheap — shuffle is
old fashioned and latent inef-
ficiency in governance is unac-
ceptable to the new genera-
tion of Bahamians.

P MURPHY
Nassau,
February 19, 2008.

Prime Minister, assure
us the law will be upheld

EDITOR, The Tribune.

LISTENING to the Prime Minister late Wednesday last I was
reassured or was | that the Commissioner of Police will uphold
the Law concerning illegal numbers and close down all houses

immediately.

A blind person knows where they are: Of course he could con-
sult his own Officers if the Commissioner wishes first hand
accurate intelligence where the Number Houses are.

Prime Minister, one thing that we have to be assured of is that
there will not be any form of legal amnesty for persons who have
been involved in illegal activities however this develops those
persons must not be allowed to participate.

We either uphold the Laws‘and the ethics or we have totally
prostituted Law and Order — we need your assurance Prime
Minister and do not need to wait for this Crime Select Com-

mittee — it is simple, sir.

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Nassau.
February 5, 2008.

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Bethel visits Eleuthera for commissioning of Green Castle Primary

MINISTER of Education Carl Bethel, along with
acting director of education Lionel Sands and other
ministry officials, last week visited the island of
Eleuthera for the commissioning of me Green Castle
Primary Schoo}.

The original Green Castle Briviary School was first
erected in 1959. In the 1980’s a panel-fab structure was
built on the site.

This structure lasted for many years, but could not
withstand the forces of hurricanes Frances and Jeanne.

The Ministry of Education then decided that the
school had worn out its usefulness, and decided to
demolish it and build a new school.

The new Green Castle Primary School boasts a pre-
school unit, four classrooms, administrative offices, a
staff room complete with a kitchen, and a covered
porch area.

Minister Bethel began his remarks by acknowledging
his predecessor, Fort Charlotte MP Alfred Sears, for
having the vision to commission the building of a new

school, having determined that the old building was.

unsound.

He said that the growth and development of each
child was fundamental to the work that he was trying to
do, and that he wanted them to know that they can
achieve their dreams through excellence in education.





“
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x

MINISTER OF EDUCATION Carl Bethel cuts the
ribbon at the official commissioning ceremony of the
Green Castle Primary in Eleuthera as South
Eleuthera MP Oswald Ingraham and Ministry } OF
Education officials look on.

Sands, who faced many hardships growing up, also
attended the Green Castle Primary School, and through
hard work and steady focus now holds one of the top
positions in the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports
and Culture.

Touching briefly on the development of a national

He pointed out that acting director of education Mr

INTERNATIONAL DOWTOWN ASSOCIATION CARIBBEAN INSTITUTE 2008 SEMINAR

A blueprint

expected for a
better Nassau

Experts likely to draw up plans
to solve many city challenges

WHEN experts hit Nassau later
this week to address issues affect-
ing downtown areas throughout
the Caribbean, they are expected

_ to help draw up blueprints for solv-
ing many of the host’s city’s chal-
lenges, including issues of trans-

, portation and parking.

Experts attending the Interna-
tional Downtown Association

*

we hope that in addition to hosting
this important annual conference,
we will benefit by the knowledge
and expertise of the speakers who
_ have had practical experience and
enjoyed success in the-US and else-

where in the Caribbean.”
The IDA seminar will illustrate
ways in which downtown areas
across North America have solved

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Gray, regional direc-
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Consulting, Atlanta,
will be among the
experts -sharing
information on. cre-
ating and maintain-
ing successful

strategic plan for education, the minister explained
that it will include a new curriculum with a.focus on four
core subjects; enrichment or optional subjects; mag-
net programmes; high school diploma; homework cen-
tres, and standardised testing.

He also remarked that students wishing to pursue ter-
tiary level education will have the full support of the
ministry through the scholarships that are provided
for this purpose.

The Minister thanked all who took an active part in
making the opening of the new Green Castle Primary
School possible, especially the contractor Alphonso
Adderley and his team for the building the new edifice.

Also speaking at the opening ceremony, Mr Sands
said that his heart was pumping as he was flooded with
fond memories of his past growing up in the settle-
ment of Green Castle. +

He admonished the teachers to teach the students
well, and encouraged the students to strive for greater
things than he has accomplished.

Minister Bethel afterwards visited Deep Creek Pri-
mary School; Wemyss Bight Primary School; Rock
Sound Primary School; Preston Albury Secondary

School, and the following day, the Harbour Island All-

Age School and the James Cistern Library.





In brief

Haitian admits

possessing
marijuana
with the intent
to supply

A 28-year-old Haitian
national pleaded guilty to the
charge of possession of mari-
juana with the intent to supply
in the Magistrate’s Court yes-
terday.

According to the court
dockets, Lifaite Michel, of
Eleuthera Close, on Tuesday,
February 19, 2008, was found
in possession of one pound of
marijuana, which authorities
believed he intended to supply
to another. :

Michel, who appeared
before Magistrate Carolita
Bethel at Court number eight
on Bank Lane, was sentenced
to nine months in prison.

Man, 36,
granted hail
after denying
drug charge

A 36-year-old man of South
Beach Estates was arraigned
in the Magistrate's Court on
Wednesday on charges of pos-
session of marijuana with the
intent to supply.

It is alleged that on Mon-
day, February 18, 2008,
Mitchell Mario Sims was
found in possession of one
pound of marijuana, which
authorities believed he intend-
ed to supply to another.

Sims, who appeared before
Magistrate Carolita Bethel at
Court number eight on Bank
Lane, pleaded not guilty to
the charge and was granted
bail in the sum of $7,500. '

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during this week-
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Downtown Associa-

Caribbean Institute 2008 seminar —
hosted by the Nassau Tourism
Board along with the Ministry of
Tourism and the Caribbean
Tourism Organisation from Feb-
ruary 23 to 24 at the British Colo-
nial, Hotel — will be addressing sub-
jects such as parking, road safety
“and signage.

“The appearance and function-
ality of Nassau’s downtown are
important elements in our econo-
my and to our very well-being,”
said Charles Klonaris, chairman of
the Nassau Tourism and Develop-
ment Board, in a statement.

“Historic Nassau has tremen-
dous untapped potential, but it is in
serious need of revitalisation and

key issues including cleanliness,
parking availability, signage and
safety issues, and how the local
community can utilise these expe- tion Caribbean Insti-
riences to revitalise downtown Nas- tute in Nassau. Inter-
sau. national and local
Among a number of seminars is | Participants are
“If You Build It They Will Come — | &xPected to take an
Tackling Issues of Transportation, active role in tha
: . . intense workshop
Parking, Cleanliness and Safety in sessions. The event
Downtown,” led by Dennis Burns, is co-hosted by the
vice-president of Carl Walker, Inc Ministry of Tourism,
in Arizona; Joddie Gray, regional the Nassau Tourism
director of UrbanTrans Consult- and Development
ing in Georgia, and Kraig Kojian, | 80ard and the
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Bahamas Information
Services

THE Hotel Corporation is
narrowing down its decision as
it relates to the Lighthouse
Yacht Club and Marina in
Andros and Winding Bay Club
in Eleuthera, Deputy Prime
Minister and Foreign Affairs
Minister Brent Symonette said.
-“We hope to make
announcements shortly on
that,” he said.

Minister Symonette, who has
portfolio responsibility for the
Hotel Corporation, also indi-
cated that several proposals for
development on the Family
Islands are before Cabinet for
approval.

The Lighthouse Club and
Marina at Fresh Creek is the
last remaining operation within
the Corporation’s hold.

The 20-year-old property,
which sits on 12 acres of land,
has 20 rooms, a 20-slip marina
and employs 25 people. It is
pegged at about $3 million.

Financial statements show
that the Lighthouse Club suf-
fered a net operating loss of
$454,000 for the year ending
December 31, 2005.

The losses were attributable
primarily to continued low
occupancy levels in guest
rooms, which were only at 37
per cent, and use of the marina,
which was at 57 per cent.

“Revenues commensurate
with such low occupancy levels
were inadequate to cover all



aspects of operating costs,” Mr
Symonette said.

Financial statements also
show that the 2005 operating
loss resulted in a cumulative
operating deficit of the Light-
house property of $5.9 million.
As in prior years, the opera-
tional shortfalls of the property
were funded by the corporation.

Real estate properties held
over the five-year period
include land in Central Andros,
Eleuthera and New Providence.
Hotel properties held over the
five-year period include the
Lighthouse Yacht Club and
Marina in Fresh Creek, Andros,
and the Radisson Cable Beach
and Golf Resort in New Provi-
dence, until it was soldjon May
3, 2005.

Apart from marginal income
from the sale and rental of real
estate properties since January
1, 1999, the Corporation has not
been a revenue generating enti-
ty, financial statements show.
Prior to that date, casino fees
were collected and provided a
source of revenue for the Cor-
poration.

Collection of casino fees by

the Corporation ceased effec-
tive January 1, 1999. Casino fee
income of the corporation had
averaged approximately $20.7
million annually in the five
years immediately preceding
1999,

Financial statements also
show that the absence of mate-
rial source revenue since 1999,
accumulated losses of various
hotel properties owned by the
corporation over the years, and
losses realised upon privatisa-

‘ tion and sales of various hotels

over the years, have resulted in
the cumulative deficit of $323.4

million of the corporation as of

December 21, 2005.

While tourism has benefited
materially from the Corpora-
tion’s involvement in hotels and
casinos over the years, the huge
cumulative deficit over more
than two decades of operation is
a reality which is driving the
government to complete the
privatisation of the remaining
Hotel Corporation assets in a
manner that will best serve the
public interest.

A summary of financial state-
ments for Hotel Corporation of
the Bahamas for the period
ended December 31, 2005 was
tabled in the House of Assem-
bly on January 17, 2005 by Min-
ister Symonette,

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TOASTMASTERS’ COMMUNICATION AND LEADERSHIP SYMPOSIUM

Leadership hailed as key to individual and national success

between a team, passionate
about what they are doing,
versus one that is following
orders,” he told the students,

The minister reiterated
that leadership is more than
getting others to do your bid-
ding. He acknowledged that
true leadership requires lis-

tening to others and under-
standing those who criticise
your ideas.

“The most challenging ele-
ment of leadership is to bring
individuals together to move
forward, but this is also the
most rewarding. To get there .
requires maturity to recog-
nise that your way is never
the only way,” he noted.

edge, commitment, willing-
ness to look to others for sup-
port, being open to change,
and a desire to go the extra
mile — can determine whether
anyone chooses to follow.”

He identified vision, com-
munication, self-awareness,
committment and delegation
as the primary keys to great
leadership.

“A good leader must have
a vision that he or she can
articulate convincingly to a
team. This individual must
exercise sound judgment in‘
delegating responsibilities
and setting goals.

“The quality of leadership
determines the difference

LEADERSHIP was iden-
tified as a key ingredient for
individual and national suc-
cess by Byran Woodside,
Minister of State for Youth
and Sports, as he delivered a
speech at the Toastmasters’
communication and leader-
ship symposium at Super
Club Breezes Resort last
week. .

Speaking to over 160
senior high students from
public and private schools
who attended the symposium
last Saturday, Minister
Woodside said: “Leadership
is essential to getting things
done. However, the qualities
of good leaders — self-knowl-

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TWO weeks after 12th grader Rico Farring-
ton was stabbed to death on the campus of CC
Sweeting Senior High, the overwhelming major-
ity of students at that school voted “no” to having
police stationed on the premises.

Conducted by the National Polling Commis-
sion, the Workers Party held,.a poll outside of
the CC Sweeting Senior High campus on Wednes-
day afternoon.

poll was “Do you want the police to return to reg-
ular postings at your school during the normal
school hours.”

Of the 191 students who voted, 130 answered
“no” to the question.

More male students voted against police pres-
ence on campus.
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a Toastmaster, further told
the high school students that
he credits much of his suc-
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Holocaust event
at College of
The Bahamas |

Survivor
Walter Absil
to be guest
speaker on
February 29

IN its continuing efforts to
acquaint students and the gen-
eral public with international
cultures and issues, the Inter-
national Languages and Cul-
tures Institute (ILCI) is host-
ing an evening of Holocaust
awareness on Friday, Febru-
ary 29 at 6.30pm.

Special guest speaker at the
event will be Holocaust sur-
vivor Walter Absil.

Mr Absil, a prominent busi-
nessman who has made his
home in Canada and in the
Bahamas, will present the
movie “Paper Clips” and
touch upon the period in his-
tory when the' results of Nazi
propaganda first became evi-
dent in his native Austria.

After the Anschluss, or
annexation of Austria by
Hitler’s Germany, harsh anti-
Semitic laws and practices
were introduced which radi-
cally changed the lives of Aus-
trian Jews. Mr Absil will talk
about how his family’s lives
were affected and will tell of
his odyssey through Belgium
and finally to Canada.

The “Paper Clips” is movie
is a documentary film that
captures how students of rur-
al Tennessee responded to
lessons about the Holocaust.

According to the synopsis
on the movie’s official web
site, the film documents the
experiences of students from
Whitwell — a small, rural com-
munity of less than 2,000 peo-
ple nestled in the mountains of
Tennessee.





THIS PHOTO of Holocaust survivor Walter Absil and his sister in front of
a Nazi anti-Jewish propaganda poster was taken by their father, who
thought it outrageous at the time — little knowing what was to follow.



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how a committed
group of children
and educators can
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one classroom at a
time.”

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Whitwell Middle School took
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and inspiring documentary
film. that captures how these
students responded to lessons
about the Holocaust with a
promise to honour every lost
soul by collecting one paper
clip for each individual exter-
minated by the Nazis. Despite
the fact that they had previ-
ously been unaware of and
unfamiliar with the Holocaust,
their dedication was absolute.
Their plan was simple but pro-
found. The amazing result, a
memorial rail car filled with
11 million paper clips repre-
senting six million Jews and
five million gypsies and other
victims of the Holocaust,
stands permanently in their
school yard. It is an unforget-
table lesson of how a commit-
ted group of children and edu-
cators can change the world
one classroom at a time.”

Two boat thieves
given jail terms

TWO boat thieves were sen-
‘tenced to four years at Her
Majesty’s Prison. One of them
also pleaded guilty to assault with
a deadly instrument.

The two men were intercept-
ed by Grand Bahama police Sun-
day morning travelling at high
speed on a boat that was reported
stolen earlier that morning in
Abaco and taken into police cus-
tody. They were formally charged
in Freeport Magistrate’s Court
on Wednesday. Thirty-two-year-
old Ernest Joseph and ‘18-year-
old Larry Dorelus, both of Gar-
den Villas faced charges of steal-
ing and receiving a 21 ft Para-
mount speedboat with a 130
horsepower Johnson outboard
engine from Rich Boat Rental
dock in Marsh Harbour.

Dorelus was also charged with
assaulting Jeffier Nelson with a
handgun at Garden Villas on Fri-
day, January 4. Dorelus was also
charged with breaking into the
homes of Lolita Outten at Ara-
manda Court, Joseph Pratt at
Woodthrush Lane, Gary Knowles
at Spinney Road and Taleus Fatal
at Gough Lane and stealing a
quantity of jewellery appliances,
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Teens arrested
after allegetily
heing inside
school at night

FREEPORT — Two
teenagers were arrested
by police after being dis-
covered inside Stw
George’s High School
late Tuesday night.

“The suspects, both of
whom were recently
released from the Simp-
son C Penn Centre,
admitted to the officers
that they had broken into
the school to steal some.
computers,” reported
Chief Supt. Basil Rah-
ming.

The youth will be
arraigned in Freeport at
the next sitting of the
Juvenile Panel.

Supt. Rahming report-
ed that at about 11.42pm
Tuesday, a security offi-
cer on duty at St
Georges’ campus heard
noises in one of the class-
rooms and called police.

Officers from the
Mobile Patrol Division
went to the school where
they found the two boys
inside the building. One
of the young boys is a 16-
year-old of Lawrence
Close Apartments; the
other is a 15-year-old
from Hudson Estates.

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THERE are several indi-
viduals whose dream it was to
see the National Art Gallery
of the Bahamas (NAGB)
established and thriving.
Members of this group have
been pillars of strength, foun-
tains of resources, saintly in
their kindness towards, and
support of the gallery — before
the first new stone was laid,
until now.

These are people the gallery
could not have embarked on
its journey without. Vincent
D’ Aguilar was the leader of
this group. He was a mar-
velous man; practical, gra-
cious, funny, encouraging and
extremely generous with his
time and collection.

In this moment, I cannot-put
my thoughts around the fact
that he is no longer here.

A co-chair of the commit-
tee to establish the gallery
until 1997, Vincent was the
second person to visit me
when I came on board in Jan-
uary 2003. I was terrified as
to what lay before me — but
from that day to this, he was
incredibly encouraging. He
promised his support then and
never withheld it.

From the beginning he
always spoke frankly — a trait
i treasure. He would speak



openly about how he came to
love art. How he developed
his art collection and increased
his knowledge along the way.
As a fellow traveller, I loved
his enthusiasm and passion
and respected his desire to
learn and study art.

When visiting galleries, Vin-
cent did not just walk around,
he always took the audio tour.
This was serious stuff for him;
he wanted to reach beyond
the surface of things.

The NAGB recognised Vin-

‘cent’s place in Bahamian cul-

tural history by inviting him

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2008, PAGE 7

MMi | i (2 i Ee
embry Remembering Vincent D’Aguilar







to exhibit his private collec-
tion in 2003.
The resulting exhibition —

“One Man’s Vision” — was the
gallery’s first collectors’ exhi-
bition, and one of the three
inaugural shows to open the
gallery in 2003.

The fact that work from the
D’ Aguilar collection has been
a part of all but five exhibi-
tions developed at the institu-
tion since 2003, is a testament
to the breadth and depth of
his collecting eye.

Vincent D’Aguilar found
great pleasure in the
collection he built, his rela-
tionships with artists and the
growing realisation of the
incredible role he played in
the: development of Bahamian
art.

Even in our sorrow, we at
the gallery embrace our mem-
ories of his incredible zest for
life and art, and treasure the
time spent with him.









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service agent. Pictured from left to right are: Fred Cooper,
director of Bahamasair Northern Bahamas; Judith Rolle and
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LOCAL NEWS



Legalise our favourite pastime — gambling!

@ By ADRIAN GIBSON
ajbahama@hotmail.com

HE government
should hastily pass
legislation to
amend the gaming
laws as it relates to Bahamians
gambling locally and thereby
legalize the Bahamas’ favourite
pastime—gambling!

Last week, PM Hubert
Ingraham’s announcement in
the House of Assembly that he
was considering legalizing gam-
bling generated heated debate
throughout the islands and on
the airwaves.

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“On Sunday morning, you

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that it is illegal, or we believe
that it should be legal.”

The numbers business in the
Bahamas has mushroomed and
become a nationwide phenom-
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sands of Bahamians. At local
number houses, there are daily
lottery drawings as even pas-
tors are speculated to place bets
online and send out their assis-
tants to these gambling houses
to select their chosen numbers.
‘It is not uncommon to see
police officers and other law-
men patronizing number hous-
es. Indeed, on Sunday morn-
ings, number houses are packed
tighter than sardines in a can!
These days numbers can even
be bought from food outlets,
bars and even water depots.

Discriminating

t is high-time that the gov-

ernment amends the Lot-
teries and Gaming Act, with a
view to establishing a national
lottery and permitting Bahami-
ans to not only own casinos, but
also to gamble locally. The gov-
ernment should waste no time
with legalizing gambling and
issuing licenses to local casino
operators.

The Lotteries and Gaming
Act is discriminating and uncon-
stitutional as it excludes
Bahamians from gambling
locally. The Lotteries and Gam-
ing Act is inequitable and sets
an intolerable double standard.

Admittedly, | do not support
the idea of Bahamians gambling
at hotel casinos with tourists.
However, allowing for logal
ownership of casinos and for
Bahamians to gamble at these
establishments may be a worth-
while compromise.

..,4nnually,.millions of dollars, .

rdeave the Bahamas, as droves
“of Bahamians buy US lottery
tickets.

It would be in the govern-
ment’s interest to join Jamaica
and Barbados and launch a
national lottery that could gen-
erate supplementary funds for
infrastructural and human
development.

If a national lottery is to be
established, it must be overseen
by reputable, non-partisan pri-
vate citizens who sit on a well
vetted board. Furthermore,
there must be frequent audits
that should be published every
quarter.

It would be prudent for the
government to legalize what has
become an innate practice for
Bahamians, while also earning
dues for the treasury. In legit-
imizing the number houses, the
government should strictly reg-
ulate the “industry.”

Number house operators
should be made to pay about
$200,000 per year for their busi-

ness licenses and be mandated
to pay an annual tax of between
five and eight per cent of their
overall revenue.

Moreover, local casino oper-
ators should be made to pay a
casino tax, at a reduced rate
when compared to that of for-
eign hotel/casino owners.
Undoubtedly, funds generated
from such taxation can be used
to improve health services, edu-
cation, culture, the arts, sports,
infrastructural upgrades/devel-
opments and to assist our senior
citizens.

In the September 14, 2006
edition of The Tribune it was
reported that customs officials
were confiscating gaming
machines that are being used
illegally in local establishments
throughout New Providence
and the Family Islands. Report-
edly, former Controller of Cus-
toms John’ Rolle also stated that
the operation was a continuing
effort, though he could not say
how many machines were
seized.

It is obvious that in our
today’s social atmosphere, cus-
toms may incessantly have to
track-down and seize gaming
machines as operators will con-
tinuously take risks to import
them because partaking at gam-
bling and number houses has

‘increasingly become a most

popular Bahamian pursuit—
and, a lucrative venture.
Today, operators of the num-
bers racket are no longer small
scale underground hustlers, but
instead have become high-

rollers who brazenly flaunt in |

the face of the law and live in
ostentatious houses ‘in‘the Sub-

urbs, with luxurious vehicles -

(even Hummers) parked in
their driveway.

Certain numbers men also
hold prominent positions in
government—even serving as
consultants—and being paid
handsome salaries while on the
taxpayer’s payroll. Throughout
town, it is widely known that a
certain numbers man even owns
an armored vehicle, which
transports his earnings with
armed guards.

Last year, although they.

were faced with heavy criticism
from the church, the govern-
ment of the Turks and Caicos
changed its gaming laws to
allow locals to gamble in casi-
nos.

Kudos to Premier Michael

Missick for standing up to the

church! Mr Missick’s gamble
paid off, as his government was
recently re-elected, by a land-
slide, even after his government
had amended the gaming laws.

There are some chronic gam-

blers who dream up numbers,
take them from the license
plates of-vehicles involved in
accidents, use birthdays and
employ other eccentric schemes
that they hope would lead to a
win. Some Bahamians are so
fixated with numbers that some
spend one or more dollars per
day—some spend much more—
with hopes of winning their
dream payout. Unfortunately,
as local gambling is forbidden
these monies cannot be rein-
vested into the country’s infra-
structure or some other nation-
al cause via taxes earned or gov-
ernment involvement.

Charlatans:

s expected, Mr Ingra-

ham’s proclamation
in Parliament was met with
opposition from the usual sus-
pects—the vocal-when-conve-
nient Bahamas Christian Coun-
cil (BCC). The PM must have:
the fortitude to‘resist these reli-
gious men’s bully tactics, as the
BCC does nothing but bleat like
a flock of hungry sheep when
it’s suitable for them. If the
BCC wishes to talk about sin, it
should first examine its pulpits
where it might find certain per-
sons to be adulterers, fornica-
tors, homosexuals, liars and out-
right charlatans. No sin is
greater than the other!

We must realize that while
many pastors will reject any
governmental effort to permit
Bahamians to gamble legally,
many of them are keenly aware
that a gargantuan percentage
of monies/tithes collected in
their church coffers each Sun-
day/Saturday stems from illegal
gambling.

Unquestionably, some
churchmen are afraid of legal-
izing numbers because they
could lose the colossal amounts
of cash that certain parishioners,
who are avid gamblers, con-
tribute to their collection plates
and in turn support their fat-
cat, lavish lifestyles.

Churchmen must realize that
every church raffle is a form of
gambling.

-What is. the difference
between paying a:dollar for a
“number” with the hope that
the igamble earns' you cash.and
spending a dollar for a raffle
ticket, taking the gamble with
hopes to win a new car, free
trips or some accessories? Is this
some form of “soft-core” gam-
bling?

Surely, the church must re¢-
ognize that while there are
some persons who would join
everyday gamblers in playing
numbers if it’s lawful, there are
others (eg, my grandparents on
Long Island) who would not lay
bets if the practice was com-

-pletely legalized or even seek

to purchase a church raffle tick-
et if it’s seen as playing a game
of chance.

The government must over-
look electoral threats and/or the
propensity to please campaign-
ing churchmen to lock up their
church members’ votes.

The FNM government must
reject any religious and politi-
cally based narrow-mindedness
and legalize gambling!

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2008, PAGE 9



Concerns
Cuba could —
overtake the ©
Bahamas

as tourism

destination
FROM page one

room inventory three times
higher than the Bahamas — is
cause for concern. ,

Statistics compiled by the
Caribbean Tourism Organi-
sation report that in 2006,
Cuba and the Bahamas had
a room inventory of 45,270
and 14,929 respectively.
These figures represent a
downturn for the Bahamas,
which previously saw a peak
in room inventory at 15,500
units.

Russell Miller, president
of Bahamas Hotel Associa-
tion, told The Tribune on
Wednesday that these fig-
ures represent an alarming
loss in market share for the
Bahamas, however, he said,
he does not see Cuba’s
emerging tourism market as
, adirect threat.

“I think there’s different
thoughts of opinion on that.
_ I don’t think (Cuba’s tourism
is) going to be a threat. I
think if (their market) opens
up it could be a benefit to
us. People travel to Cuba
from Europe, for example,
it’s easy for them to get
there. But I think we would
benefit from some of that
spin-off business,” he said.

Commenting on the 2006
- statistics, Mr Miller said that
they highlight the fact that
there are many opportuni-
ties for growth and develop-
ment in the Bahamas.

“So we’ve lost market
share and | think that is
something that is alarming
and disturbing for us, and we
need to understand the rea-
sons associated with that,”
he said.

“If you look at the
Caribbean in comparison to
the Bahamas, the Caribbean
has consistently grown its
room inventory, we have
not. We have lost our room
inventory, that should be a
huge red) flag and a signal
that something is not right,”
he said.

According to Mr Miller,
the biggest hurdle for growth
and development is the cost
of doing business in the
country, particularly expen-
sive labour and utilities
_ which “continue to drain the
_ operations and the prof-
~ itability of the operations in

the Bahamas.”

Frank Comito, executive
vice-president of the
Bahamas Hotel Association,
said that he believes that
Cuba’s tourism incline —
which has burgeoned con-
siderably without the US
market — should be a wake-
up call to Bahamians.

“Ultimately, we’ve got to
constantly remind ourselves
that the competition is grow-
ing, that Cuba’s tourism
industry — despite the US
embargo — continues to grow
in that island nation.

“And we must be ever
mindful of continuing to
improve our product and our
offering as a destination and
recognising that the compe-
tition continues to grow and
Cuba could very well be an
even more formidable com-
petitor in the future,” he said

After news. broke on
Tuesday that the ailing
Cuban President will not
seek re-election when the
Cuban Parliament meets on
Sunday, some speculated
that this may spell the end
of the five-decade long US
embargo. However, accord-
ing to international reports,
US government officials
have indicated that there is
no veracity to this theory.

President Castro’s
younger brother, Raul, who
held the post of acting pres-
ident.since the Cuban leader
fell ill in July, 2006 is Cuba’s
imminent leader.

Presently Cuba, one of the
last bastions of Communism,
is « very popular travel des-
tinations for Europeans,
Canadians and South Amer-
icans.

An online article, “Cuba:
Tourism Thriving Despite
the US Trade Embargo”,
hotel consultant Stanley
Turkel states that without
the US market, Cuba’s visi-
tors grew from a reported
340,300 in 1990 to 1.9 mil-
lion visitors in 1999. In 2005,
the island had 1.9 million vis-
itors. Hotel rooms on the
island have more than dou-
bled since 1990.

FROM page one

building. Up to press time yes-
terday, police said the cause
behind the fire was unknown.

“As far as the fire is concerned,
investigations are ongoing. At this
point we cannot say what is the
probable cause of the fire (as)
investigations are continuing,”
Chief Superintendent Hulan
Hanna said yesterday.

A team of investigators from
the Central Detective Unit and
Fire Services was dispatched to
the island Wednesday to assess
the damage.

When asked about a possible
correlation between the fire and
alleged police brutality on the
island, CSP Hanna said while he
was aware of the report published
in another daily, he could not
comment specifically as the mat-
ter was before the courts. He
could not confirm whether a com-

FROM page one

donitis in her upper left hip. After
a short time in hospital, Mrs Pratt
was released and is continuing to
recuperate at home.

With the obvious vacancy that
would arise with Mrs Pratt’s
departure, sources indicate that
campaigning has already started
for the deputy leadership post.

The current front-runners, PLP
MPs Dr Bernard Nottage, and
Obie Wilchcombe are expected
to do battle in what is predicted to
be the most “heated” race the
party has seen in recent years.

FROM page one

the police, the 17-year-old stu-
dent was the son of an officer
attached to the southeastern divi-
sion.

Police said they believe they

‘know who the suspects in this

case are and that those persons
will be found and apprehended.

Supt Dean said that at this time
he can only reveal that the sus-
pects are “young men” who are
not students.

This latest murder comes just
two weeks after 12th grade CC
Sweeting senior high student Ric-
co Farrington, also 17, was
stabbed to death on his school
campus.

Just four months ago, CV
Bethel Senior High School lost
another student, when 17-year-
old George Oliver was shot and
killed in front of the Town Centre
Mall.

In early 2006, the former gov-

ernment introduced the school

Govt complex

plaint was filed by the alleged vic-
tim.

According to police, Willie
McKinney Jr was arrested Mon-
day night on suspicion of posses-
sion of dangerous drugs. He was
found in possession of a small
amount of drugs believed to be
marijuana, and charged in
Crooked Island with disorderly
behaviour, resisting arrest, and
assaulting the arresting officers,
CSP Hanna said.

He was also charged with an
additional assault and is present-
ly out on bail.

Published reports indicate that
McKinney, of Landrail Point, was
involved in an alleged altercation
with police on Monday night dur-
ing which he sustained injuries to
his head as a result of being gun-
butted. He was flown to Nassau

. the next day for medical treat-

Deputy leader

Each camp says their candidate
has the edge over the other, with
some claiming that‘Mr Wilch-
combe is the more dominate force
as he has substantial support with
the delegates, and stalwart coun-
sellors, especially in the Grand
Bahama area. Likewise, it is
reported that Dr Nottage is seen
as the “heir-apparent” to one day
be the leader of the PLP and that
his seniority and experience far
outweighs that of Mr Wilch-
combe.

Student

policing unit after a CV Bethel
senior high school student was
murdered.

Supt Dean said yesterday that
police are appealing to parents
to ensure that their children go
home after school is out.

“We have too many children
hanging about after school, at
shopping centres and such,” he
said.

Supt Dean said that while offi-
cers patrol the areas around Nas-
sau’s schools every day, the police
cannot be everywhere at once.

“We had officers patrolling
around the school (yesterday),
but there are hundreds of CV
Bethel students and the police
can’t see everything,” he said.

Supt Dean also called on par-
ents to pay close attention to the
behavioural patterns of their chil-
dren. Incidents like this stabbing,
he said, “do not suddenly hap-
pen, there are warning signs.”

Defence Force court martial

FROM page one

commander or above, is a result of efforts by Commodore Clifford
Scavella to ensure that there is seen to be parity in the force between
the treatment of junior and senior officers when it comes to instances
where RBDF officers are believed to have breached the Defence

Force Act.

In the past, suggested Officer McKinney, senior officers have been
treated more leniently than junior officers in the wake of such con-

traventions.

“The junior persons might commit an offence and they’re punished,
whereas miore senior persons would commit an offence and not be pun-
ished. I think that is kind of the lines the Commodore is running
along, whereby any person, provided they have committed an offence,
is going to be dealt with,” said the officer.

Under the Defence Force Regulations 1984, a senior officer could be
a lieutenant commander, a senior commander, a captain, or the com-

modore himself.

Junior officers who commit minor breaches of the act are usually, and
regularly have been, subjected to summary trials — considered a less
serious outcome than the court martialling process. More serious
offences would see them subject to court martialling.

“We do summary trials down here...every few days,” explained

. Officer McKinney.

However, protocol dictates that any senior officer, even if only
charged with committing a minor offence under the act, must face
court martialling, thereby having their trial overseen by a “very, very

senior officer,” said the spokesman.

Officer McKinney said that he does not believe that the offence for
which the officer is to be court martialed is one that could result in
imprisonment, but likely a financial penalty or order to carry out

additional duties.





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A MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR

HUGH JOHN ARTHUR
COTTIS, 77

of Dundas Town, Abaco and formerly of
Essex, England, Long Island and Exuma,
will be held at 3p.m. on Saturday, | March,
2008 at the Marsh Harbour Gospel Chapel.

Officiating will be the Rev. Charles









ment.

MP for the area V Alfred
Gray, who is planning to visit the
settlement on Saturday, said res-.
idents on the island are incensed.

“I know the people are very
upset about what is alleged to be
police brutality. I know that there
had been an altercation of sorts
between the police and some res-
idents there.

“While I don’t know all the
details, I know the police are
investigating both incidents and

FROM page one

. done to become the next government."

Mrs Hanna-Martin was the first person to declare
that she was running for the PLP chairmanship
months ago. This was before former Chairman Ray-
nard Rigby announced that he was not seeking re-
election, leading many to view her act as courageous.

Mr Coleby was gracious in defeat yesterday after
the results were announced. He told The Tribune
that he will support Mrs Hanna-Martin "100 per
cent" now that she has won the chairmanship. And
despite his loss, he will continue to be an active PLP.

Mr Coleby also said that he intends to lobby the
new chairman to incorporate the structural reforms
outlined in his platform into the party's structure.
One of which includes giving greater prominence
to the National Progressive Institute — a party think

tank of young professionals.

"I have always vociferously and fearlessly defend-
ed the ideals of the PLP. I've defended the record of
the PLP, and I intend to continue to do so,
Mr Coleby, who explained that despite the loss, he
will still be an active and loyal party member.

Though Mrs Hanna-Martin's supporters were
delighted .at the news of her victory, some of her

FROM page one

ture to investment, both economies
should continue to grow and ensure
prosperity for their citizens in 2008

.and beyond.”

In a statement released yester-
day, Ambassador Siegel said 2008
will yield “positive economic
growth” for the US “albeit slower”
than the country has seen in the
past few years.

He mentioned the recent $145
billion stimulus package passed by
Congress made up of immediate
tax relief for Americans that would
allow them to keep more of their
monthly paychecks. In the face of a
struggling US housing market, the
Federal Government is “helping
families to refinance their homes
and to give them additional time
before foreclosure.”

“At this point the potential
impact of changing economic cir-
cumstances in the US on The
Bahamas is not clear. Clearly tax
rebates will give Americans more
disposable income, and some of
that income may well be spent on
travel.

“The Bahamian peg to the U.S.
dollar offers great advantages
because the costs of a trip will not




we hope that justice will prevail at
the end of the day.”

Minister of National Security
Tommy Turnquest told The Tri-
bune at this stage of the investi-
gation, police have not connected
the fire to any uprising.

“We are unable to draw any
relation between the fire and any
possible tensions between the
police and the community. The
police have an investigative team
on the island now and (thus far)
they have been unable to do so”.

_ Minister Turnquest said an
interim report on the investiga-
tion has been provided to the
commissioner. Minister of Lands
and Local Government Sidney

‘Collie, who was in Long Island

at the time, reportedly made a
stop over to Crooked Island yes-
terday morning so that he and a
group of officials from his min-
istry could have a first hand look
at the damage.

Hanna-Martin

foyer.

said

out," he said.

US Ambassador

fluctuate with the exchange rate.
Also, if the average American’s
budget is tighter, people are likely
to consider vacation destinations
closer to home such as the
Bahamas.
The Bahamas’ challenge will be

* maximising its product to attract

American travellers to spend their
vacation dollars here as opposed
to other destinations, the ambas-
sador said.

Rising energy prices can also
have an impact not only on the
economy, but the environment,
said the ambassador.

In order to decrease reliance on
expensive oil imports the US is
focusing on renewable energy, and
expanding traditional sources to
reduce reliance on foreign oil. Pres-
ident Bush’s energy plan makes a
$2 billion commitment to an inter-
national clean energy technology
fund that will assist other countries
in deploying clean energy.

The Washington International
Renewable Energy Conference
slated for March will allow..The
Bahamas to develop networks; find
partners, and learn more about the

MEMORIAL SE
Vincent Yelverton
- D’Aguilar

Borns 0S December 1932

b

Memorial service will be held on

Wednesday, 27 February 2008

at 4pm -

St. Francis Xavier Cathedral,

West Street ,

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to
Cancer Society of the Bahamas

and/or

National Art Gallery of the Bahamas



Nassau , Bahamas

opponents, ardent supporters of party leader Perry
Christie, were seen lamenting the news in the hotel's

Some of these critics objected to her candidacy
because she is the daughter of former PLP deputy
leader Arthur Hanna, now governor general. They
suggested that she was riding the wave of family
name recognition to the chairmanship. ’

Others suggested that she is a part of a counter-
force in the PLP, along with West End MP Obie
Wilchcombe to, in time, displace Mr Christie as par-
ty leader. Mr Wilchcombe, however, has routinely
rejected the suggestion that he is in anyway opposed
to Mr Christie. He has even gone as far as publicly
declaring that he will defend the PLP's leader against
those that may seek to overthrow him.

One Grand Bahamas delegate with whom The
Tribune spoke at the convention after the results
were announced said he thought Mrs Hanna-Martin's
victory has much wider significance for the overall
direction of the PLP going forward.

"Glenys has won, and now Christie is on his way

benefits of renewable energy secu-
rity, climate change, air quality and
economic growth.

According to the ambassador,
since a mild recession in 2001, the
US has enjoyed over six years of
economic growth with 52 consecu-
tive months of non-farm job
growth, the longest run on record.

While unemployment increased
to 5 per cent in December (2007) it
is still below the average rate for
the past three decades, and remains
below the level of most developed
nations.

Since August 2003, 8.4 million
jobs have been created, more than

- in all other industrialised nations

combined. The United States
remains the world’s largest
exporter of goods and services
based on 2006 data, with $1.5 tril-
lion worth of exports in 2006. Inter-
est rate cuts by the Federal Reserve
should inject additional liquidity
into the market as well.

A strong job market, income
gains, and progress on the fiscal
front have spearheaded growth that

- has put dollars in Americans’ wal-

lets year-in and year-out. The aver-
age American has $3,550 more in
real, after-tax income in their wal-
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JENNIFER Lorandos, a 12-year-old student of the Academia school, on Wednesday night captured the total Junar eclipse from her home in Blair.
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Lowree has designs on
a six-month internship

Baha Mar sends interior designer to Los Angeles

THE Baha Mar Develop-
ment Company is sending one
of its interior designers on a
special six-month internship
to the studios of Dianna Wong
Architecture and Interior
Design — interior designers for
the Caesars Resort Hotel at
Baha Mar.

Lowree Cartwright, who has
worked on several of the ren-
ovation projects at the Wynd-
ham Nassau Resort under the
leadership of Baha Mar exec-
utive vice-president and cre-
ative principal John Kristich,
will be training for six months
in Los Angeles.

Ms Cartwright explained
that she saw something spe-
cial in her father’s works of
art that inspired her to
become an interior designer.

“My father is a general con-
tractor in the Bahamas.

“At a very early age he
took my sister and me to his
construction sites.

“T was immediately capti-
vated by the interior spaces
and the infinite possibilities I
might create if I were to
become an interior designer,”
she said.

Her first job in a related
field was with the Ministry of
Public Works, where she
assisted in the reviews of
building plans.

However, in 2005, she too
her passion for designing to
another level, enrolling in the
Ringling School of Art and

Design in Sarasota, Florida.
While at Ringling, Ms
Cartwright’s keen sense of
style and colour coordination
so impressed her, instructors
that they gave her the posi-
tion of teaching assistant.
After a year at Ringling
School, Ms Cartwright also
landed an internship with one
of Georgia’s most prestigious

interior design companies, °

Hirsch Bender and Associates
in Atlanta.

It was there that she per-
fected her creativity in space
planning and specifications.

She presently holds a Bach-
elor’s degree in fine arts with a
specialisation in interior
design from Ringling School
of Art and Design.

Her experience encompass-
es architectural details, reflec-
tive ceiling planning, electri-
cal planning, fabrics, finish and
equipment, art selection and
accessories selection.

Ms Cartwright said that she
is “delighted and ' thrilled”
about working with Dianna
Wong, one of the leading
designers in the interior design
world.

“I’m also excited about the
prospect of working in LA, a
city that is always on the cut-
ting edge of trends in fashion,
the arts and design,” she said.

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Leading accountant
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worths to follow their
assets here one way
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@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business
Editor

THE Bahamas needs to
“be a lot more aggressive” in
providing high-net worth
individuals and their families
with permanent residence in
this nation, a leading accoun-
tant said yesterday, as they
and their assets would no
longer come under scrutiny
from their birth states’ tax
authorities.

Ray Winder, managing
partner at Deloitte & Touche :
(Bahamas), said attracting its:
financial services industry’s
private wealth management
clients to follow their assets
here and use this nation as
their primary domicile would
provide the Bahamas with
the best defence to the likely
“continued attacks” from the
Financial Action Task Force
(FATF), Organisation for
Economic Co-Operation and
Development (OECD) and
others.

Attracting these wealthy
individuals and their families
to use the Bahamas as their :
primary residence would also |
open the way for the growth
of ‘family offices’ in this :

-nation, which would be set...j
up to manage their assets and
handle all family aftairs and
scheduling.

This would create jobs for
Bahamians, and Mr Winder

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Tribune Business Editor

THE Government has given
Mediterranean Shipping Com-

pany (MSC) an effective,

“monopoly” over the main
freight shipping routes in the
Bahamas, The Tribune was told
yesterday, one former operator
having decided to sell its boat
and exit the business after “los-
ing money hand over fist”.

Jag Bahl, one of the former
owner’s of the Freeport Flyer
vessel, which used to ship
freight from the Freeport Con-
tainer Port (FCP) into Nassau,
said he and his fellow partners
had seen the writing on the wall
and sold. the ship after incur-
ring “a substantial loss” once
MSC began to ship to Nassau
via Port Everglades in Septem-
ber/October 2007.

With MSC acting as Hutchi-
son Whampoa’s partner in the

Royal Oasis ‘hits the packer

Harcourt secures
Foxwoods as
hotel/casino
operator in what
is thought to be
30-year deal

m@ By CARA
BRENNEN-BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter

* FOXWOODS Development
Company will be the hotel and
casino operator for Grand
Bahama’s Royal Oasis resort,
it was confirmed yesterday, the
property’s owner saying it had
“hit the jackpot” with what is
believed to be the signing of a
30-year contract.

Mike Murphy, a founding
director of Harcourt Develop-
ment Company, the Irish-head-
quartered property developer
that closed the Royal Oasis’
purchase last year, announced
the long-awaited deal during his
address at the 10th annual
Grand Bahama Business Out-
look conference.

He said that in signing with
the Connecticut-based Fox-
woods, a deal first revealed by
Tribune Business, they had “hit
the jackpot”.

“We are not hotel operators
and we went looking and found
the best. They are simply a good
bunch of guys, and when we
went to visit with them, we were
simply amazed at the scale of
their operation,” Mr Murphy
said of Foxwoods.

He thanked Prime Minister
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largest shipping firm will squeeze rivals
such as Tropical by giving it market
dominance in Bahamas

Freeport Container Port, hold-
ing a 40 per cent equity stake,
and being the main shipping
line bringing containers into this
country from the Far East, Mr
Bahl said the Government

approval granted to the world’s:

second largest shipping compa-
ny earlier this year would
enable it to dominate both
international and inter-island
shipping in the Bahamas.

“We are out of business. We
sold the ship because we could-
n’t compete,” Mr Bahl told The
Tribune yesterday.

“MSC have a monopoly. In
my opinion, this so-called
Freeport Container Port that
was supposed to give benefits
to Bahamians to increase their

business, after MSC got their.

SEE page 4B

FROM L TO R: From left: Zhivargo Laing, minister of state for finance;
Neko Grant, minister of tourism and aviation; Joseph A. Colebut, Fox-
woods; David Johnson, deputy director-general, Ministry of Tourism;
Mike Murphy, Harcourt Developments

ing the terms in the Royal Oasis
agreement that was signed with
the former PLP administration.

Mr Murphy said Mr Ingra-
ham had been intimately

involved with of the Harcourt/

Foxwoods agreement right up
until Wednesday evening, when

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@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE $320 million Four Sea-
sons Emerald Bay Resort’s
receivers yesterday told The
Tribune that although no buy-
er for the troubled property
had been selected, the sales
process was now “in the final
stages”.

Russell Downs, a UK-based
partner in the Pricewater-
houseCoopers (PwC) account-
ing firm, who with Bahamian
PwC partner Wayne Aranha
is acting as the Exuma ‘anchor
property’s’ receiver, said: “In
terms of Emerald Bay, no
decision as to who is the buy-
er has been taken. We’re in
the final stages, and will make
an announcement in due
course.

“At the present time, the
sales process continues, but
hopefully for everyone’s ben-
efit it will be completed soon.”

It is unclear how much
progress has been made in
finding a buyer for the trou-
bled resort since last month, as
Mr Downs said then thatthe
receivers were “moving for-
ward with a number of bid-
ders” and appeared to be “in
the closing stages”.

Given that the receivership
and search for a buyer has
dragged on for more than six
months, Exuma businesses
and residents are only likely to
celebrate once a-deal to pur-
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been secured.

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ing boats moored there
against the dock, plus extra
infrastructure and utility con-
nections.

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

No buyers are willing to
invest given the uncertainty
over the Four Seasons Emer-
ald Bay Resort’s future and
its ownership going forward.

Mr Downs previously
admitted that the global cred-
it/liquidity crunch, which has
made it more difficult for
investors and borrowers to
access debt financing - both
at all and at the right price -
had impacted the Four Sea-
sons Emerald Bay Resort’s
sale.

The Four Seasons Emer-
ald Bay Resort went into
receivership in June 2007,
after its holding company,
Emerald Bay Resorts Hold-°
ings (EBRH), had defaulted
on its loan repayments two
months earlier.

The PwC receivers previ-
ously thought they had found
a buyer in the shape of New
York-based Fortress Invest-
ment Group LLC, which met
with Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham, but ultimately that
deal fell through and the
search recommenced.

Tribune Business revealed
as far back as 2005, and reg-

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@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Bahamas “can defi- .

nitely enhance our relationship
with” China from an economic
and trade perspective, the
Chamber of Commerce’s exec-
utive director told The Tribune
yesterday, with the business
community “confident” the
Government was moving to
address the issuance of visas for
Chinese businessmen and
tourists.

The Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce has linked up with
the Bahamas-China Friendship
Association for an 11-day trade
mission to China this April, and
Philip Simon said that with a
potential consumer market of
1.2 billion people, the world’s
most populous nation present-
ed Bahamian companies with
both import and export oppor-
tunities.

Mr Simon told The Tribune:
“Just pick up anything on your
desk or in your room, turn it
over, and a big percentage of
those things will have been
made in China.

“From a business perspec-
tive, China is known as the
world’s manufacturer, and it’s b
beginning to make inroads in
services as well.”

He added: “It’s a market we
can definitely enhance our rela-
tionship with, and the econom-
ics make sense. It’s not just
about imports. It’s a 1.2 billion
person market. That’s incredi-
ble for any Bahamian exporter,
whether he’s in the fisheries
industry, the financial services
industry, the music and cultur-
al industry. That’s a tremen-
dous market to be able to tap
into.”

. The opportunities for
Bahamian companies and busi-
nessmen were “straight across
the board”, and although
“mostly in manufacturing”,
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Joint trade mission aims to boost
commerce between two nations,
with business community saying
‘sooner the better’ when it comes
to resolving visa issues

vices providers, investment
funds, and tourism-related ser-

| vices, such as agents and travel

operators.

According to Ministry of For-
eign Affairs data, the Bahamas
imported $155.649 million
worth of goods from China in
2005, but some $125 million of
that consisted of Chinese-built
ships that were then registered
on the Bahamas shipping reg-
istry. The real volume of ‘actu-
al’ trade was closer to $29-$30
million.

Bahamian tourism and busi-
ness executives have in the past
repeatedly complained that
their attempts to attract visi-
tors and business from China
have been impacted by the
extremely long time it takes for
Chinese persons to obtain entry
visas for this nation.

Currently, such visas have to
be applied for and issued
through the UK diplomatic
mission in Beijing, a process
that adds a huge amount of
delay and red tape to the situa-
tion. In some cases, there has
been a two-month time-lag
between the date the visa was
applied for and its issuance.

However, Mr _ Simon
expressed confidence on the
business community’s behalf
that the Government and Min-
istry of Foreign Affairs would
deal with the situation.

“We feel pretty confident
work is being done in that
regard, but the sooner the bet-
ter,” Mr Simon said. “The
sooner we get the visas
resolved, the better.

“Time is money, and when
we're talking about being com-
petitive in a global and region-
al environment, we can’t be
seen as a difficult place to get
to. That makes us uncompeti-
tive, while other countries with
embassies are already a step
ahead of us.”

Mr Simon said the joint trade
mission aimed to build on the
visit made by a Bahamian del-
egation to China last year, as
part of the second China-

Caribbean Economic and
Trade Co-operation Forum, an
event at which the Chinese gov-
ernment announced it would
provide $530 million in prefer-
ential loans to Chinese compa-
nies seeking to invest in this
region.

‘“That’s another reason why
we decided to go. This is a fol-
low-up to that, as well as the
interest expressed by our mem-
bers and others in the business
community,” Mr Simon added.

He said the joint trade mis-
sion also aimed to provide
Bahamian companies with an
insight into how Chinese gov-
ernment and business process-
es worked, “so that when diffi-
culties are encountered by our
businesspersons, if we are not
able to solve them, we can assist
them and point them to the rel-
evant authority”.

The April 18-29 visit will take
in four cities, including Beijing,
Shanghai, Shenzhen and, final-
ly, Guangzhou, where the
Bahamian delegation will visit
the Canton Fair, also known as
the China Import-Export Fair.

This is a massive product
emporium, which is designed
to bring buyers and sellers from
around the world together.

Also on the schedule are
meetings with the Chamber’s
counterpart, the China Coun-
cil for the Promotion of Inter-
national Trade (CCPIT), visits
to manufacturing companies
and factories in the areas of
garments, electronics and jew-
ellery, meetings with telecom-
munications and electronics
companies, meetings with trav-
el and tour operators, meetings
with the Chinese Ministry of
Commerce and Import-Export
Bank of China, and a visit to
the Shanghai Urban Planning
Hall.

Mr Simon said the Chamber
was “looking at taking a dele-
gation of between 20-30 per-
sons” on the trade mission, in
which the Bahamas-China
Friendship Association will
have the lead role.

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2008, PAGE 3B



Baha Mar eyes ‘deep see
cooling’ for its A/C needs

m@ By CARA
BRENNEN-BETHEL
Tribune Business Reporter



BAHA Mar is exploring the possibility
of using deep sea cooling to decrease the
electricity needed to run the air-condi-
tioning systems at its $2.6 billion project,
senior executives associated with the
developer revealed.

John Pagano, Baha Mar’s head of devel-
opment, said the development was looking
to use new technology and operating
methods, and would ensure it used envi-
ronmentally-sound building practices, its
senior executives assured members of the
public during a town meeting, it sponsored

with the Ministry of Works on Tuesday —

evening.

Mr Pagano said its deep sea cooling
plans involved laying a pipeline two to
three miles out to sea, at depths of 2,000-
3,000 feet.

At this depth, the temperature was cool
enough to generate the cold air needed
for air conditioning.

He added that this was something Baha
Mar was actively pursuing

Mr Pagano indicated that Baha Mar
' intended to “recycle everything humanly
possible”, both during the construction
and operation phases of the project.

Consumption

Robert Sands, Baha Mar’s senior vice-
president of administration and external
affairs, acknowledged that that there will
be an increase in consumption and waste
products due to the increased tourist traf-
fic.

He explained that one benefit of part-
nering with world-renowned brands, such
as Harrah’s Entertainment and Starwood,
was is that they followed best practices in
waste disposal and recycling.

From a government perspective, minis-
ter of state for utilities, Phenton Neymor,
explained that to accommodate the
increased demand for electricity that Baha
Mar would create, the Government was
expanding the BEC substation in the
Cable Beach area, area as well as upgrad-
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Baha Mar will also collaborate with the

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The Government was also investigating
the use of solar and wind power, and oth-
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As for the long-awaited and proposed
National Energy Policy, Mr Neymour said
the Government will soon be appointing
a committee to determine how it should be
brought into force.

He added that it was essential that any
new measures were integrated cautiously
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THE TRIBUNE



FROM page one

approval, that is squeezing
Bahamians out from doing busi-
ness between Nassau and
Freeport.”

Prior to receiving its
approval to ship directly from
Nassau to Freeport, MSC had
resorted to sending Nassau-
bound cargo first to Port
Everglades in Florida, before
shipping it to this nation’s cap-
ital.

This round-about route
kept shipping and freight rates
artificially high, but the Gov-
ernment approval granted
earlier this year caused con-
troversy within the Bahami-

Business ‘lost money hand —
over fist’ via MSC ‘monopoly’

an shipping industry because
inter-island transportation
was a business supposed to be
reserved exclusively for
Bahamian ownership only.
Yet Mr Bahl told The Tri-
bune that the Freeport Flyer
had suffered a “substantial
loss” once MSC had begun to
ship to Nassau from Freeport

via Port Everglades.

“Once MSC is allowed to
go from Freeport to Nassau,
they will have the monopoly,”
he added. “It will affect all
the shipping lines, as they will
be the only company bring-
ing containers from the Far
East into Freeport, and then
to Nassau. It will hurt Tropi-

cal Shipping and all the ship-
ping lines because they will
have a stranglehold.”

The Freeport Flyer’s own-
ers, who according to infor-
mation received by The Tri-
bune also included former
FNM deputy prime minister
Frank Watson and Bahamas
Ferries chairman, Craig

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Symonette, brother of current
deputy prime minister Brent,
decided to sell the vessel and
their business, something they
successfully accomplished in
November last year.

The vessel was sold to the
Florida-based G&G firm, and
is now being used to service
the southern Caribbean.

“We were losing money
hand over fist for the two
months [from September to
November], as well as The
MailBoat,” Mr Bahl told The
Tribune.

“We decided there was not
enough business for two com-
panies. We kept the ship for
two months and then sold it.”

The threat posed by MSC
to Tropical Shipping and the
other members of the Florida
Shippers’ Association, who
include Pioneer Shipping,
Seaboard Marine and Betty
K Agencies, is the main moti-
vating factor behind why the
former has submitted a rival
proposal to the Government
on how Arawak Cay could be
converted into a port facility.

The Tribune previously
revealed how MSC, the
world’s second largest ship-
ping firm, had offered to
finance the construction of a
new port at Arawak Cay, as
well as dredge Nassau Har-
bour and finance a Maritime
College for the Bahamas.

Tropical Shipping’s pro-
posal is designed to be a direct
counter to the MSC offer,
focusing on how a port could
be constructed at Arawak




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INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL
The Public is hereby advised that |, CLEVELAND FREDDIE
TUCKER of Emerald Coast Subdivison, East Hill St., RO. Box
N-10573, Nassau, Bahamas, intend to change my name to
FREDDIE CLEVELAND TUCKER. If there are any. objections
to this change of name by Deed Pall, you may. write such; ,
‘objections to the Chief Passport.Officer, P.O.Box, N-742,.:
Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days after the:date of

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Cay, how it would be operat-
ed, who would own it and
how downtown Bay Street’s
shipping facilities could be
relocated there.

The other shipping compa-
nies fear that MSC will have
too much power and influence
if its Arawak Cay proposals
are accepted by the Govern-
ment, alongside its newly-won
approval to ship directly from
Freeport to Nassau.

They fear that MSC could —

use this to squeeze their busi-
nesses, as the company would
be able to exert control and
influehce over the two major
ports in the Bahamas -
Arawak Cay and Freeport
Container Port - and dictate
to them on lease rates, not to
mention dockage and
wharfage fees, enhancing
its own competitive advan-
tage. :

Yet many Bahamian com-
panies are likely to back
MSC’s ability to ship directly
from Freeport to Nassau,
believing that it could lower
shipping and freight rates on
the international routes to this
country, and enable larger
cargo volumes to be brought
into New Providence.

The prospect of lower ship-
ping rates, in turn, holds out
the possibility that Bahamian
businesses may in turn be able
to pass these on to consumers
in the form of lower end-user
prices.

This would be especially
welcome at a time when infla-
tion and the cost of living in
the Bahamas are under sus-
tained assault from a combi-
nation of high global oil and
food prices.

Some also believe that
MSC’s presence will provide
increased competition-to
shake-up the tightly-knit ship-
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NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that JOHNSON. SAINT GERMAIN
of MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO, BAHAMAS, is applying
to the Minister resposible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written



and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from
the 15TH day of FEBRUARY, 2008 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,
Bahamas.

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INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No.45 of 2000)

WEDGE INVESTMENT CORP.

In Voluntary liquidation

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

The date of commencement of dissolution is the 19th day of December, 2007.

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2008, PAGE 5B





Baha Mar set to
ignite ‘stagnant’
room inventory

Developer yet to select
timeshare operator

@ By CARA
BRENNEN-BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter

THE Bahamas’ hotel room
inventory has remained stag-
nant at around 11,500 rooms
for the last 10 years, some-
thing the $2.6 billion Baha
Mar expansion at Cable
Beach aims to change.

Speaking at a town meet-
ing on the new supplemental
Heads of Agreement recent-
ly tabled in the House of
Assembly, Baha Mar’s senior
vice-president of administra-
tion and external affairs,
Robert Sands, said the pro-
ject’s room count had
increased from 2,700 to
3,450.



“We [the Bahamas] have
remained stagnant for a long
time, and this represents the
first time that we will see a
real increase in hotel room
occupancy, which will cause
tremendous economic growth
and empowernment for
Bahamians,” he said.

Mr Sands was responding
to concerns regarding the
scope of the project and
whether there would be suf-
ficient demand for the vari-
ous hotels.

He stressed that rather
than- be a “concrete jungle”
taking up the entire Cable
Beach strip, the Baha Mar
resorts will be a well-planned
and thought-out initiative that
will address, the growing trav-
el demands of beach access

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that FRANCIUS BASTIANY of TOOTE
SHOP CORNER, P.O. BOX N-8889, NEW PROVIDENCE,
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister resposible for Nationality

and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of
The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send
a written and.signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight
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responsible for Nationality’and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,

NOTICE

RICARDO (RICK) SPIRONELLO

AND

MATTHEW SPIRONELLO

(Managing Personnel: Marmat Ltd.)

Please be advised that Ricardo (Rick) Spironello
and Matthew Spironello are no longer employed
by or connected in any way with Paradise Blue
Water Limited or Paradise Island Condominium
Joint Venture Limited (‘the Companies’), the
developers of the Ocean Club Residences
& Marina on Paradise Island, and are not
authorised to conduct any business on behalf
of the Companies or utilize in any fashion any
of the Companies’ proprietary and confidential

and service for visitors.
Baha Mart’s project is fore-
cast to inject $878 million in
spending and direct taxes into
the Bahamian economy in its
first year of operation, and
contribute $14.8 billion to the
Bahamas’ Gross Domestic
Product over the first 20

years.
Mr Sands further said that
given the varying brands
which will be represented -
from the Sheraton to the Cae-
sar’s Hotel, the W hotel and
the St Regis - there will be a
wide array of price points to
attract diverse visitors.
Speaking to the road diver-
sion, which is a major com-
ponent of the project, John

’ Pagano, president of the

Baha Mar Development, said
that at completion there will
be created two miles of new
four lane roads and six brand
new roundabouts, including
the new alternative Corridor
7, which will cause a signifi-
cant decrease in noise and
traffic disruption.

He also indicated that while
Baha Mar was not ready to
announce its timeshare oper-
ator, he could confirm it
would not be Starwood.

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ensure that the popular jog-
ging track on the Cable
Beach strip is left in place
until a new one is completed.
Mr Pagano explained that the
new track will have lighting
and trails so that it can be
used during the night.
Minister of Works and
Transport, Earl Deveaux,
said there had been some dis-
cussion during the negotia-
tions about the possibility of
building a bridge around the
golf course, which would have
eliminated the need for a

road re-route, but said that

neither side could decide who
should bear the costs of the
project. Thus that idea died.



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MARMAT LTD.

Please also be advised that it has come
to the attention of the management of the
Companies that Marmat Ltd. is using the
Companies’ proprietary and confidential
information in its marketing materials
and passing off the said development as

NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No 46 of 2000)

MIDDLE EAST PROPERTY

HOLDING COMPANY LTD
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

NOTICE is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 of the Interna-
tional Business Companies Act No. 46 of 2000, MIDDLE EAST PROPERTY
HOLDING COMPANY LTD. is in Dissolution.

Any person having a Claim against the MIDDLE EAST PROPERTY HOLD-
ING COMPANY LTD. is required on or before the 21st day of February 2008
to send their name, address and particulars of the debt or claim to the liqui-
dator of the Company, or in default thereof they may be excluded from the
benefit of any distribution made before such claim is approved.

We, Redcorn Consultants Limited, of 2nd Floor, Ansbacher House, Shirley
and East Streets North, is the Liquidator of MIDDLE EAST PROPERTY
HOLDING COMPANY LTD.

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‘THE TRIBUNE



FROM page one

the last details were ironed
out,

With this major step com-
pleted, Mr Murphy said that
Harcourt’s planning and con-
struction work on the Royal
Oasis can go ahead, news that
was met with obvious delight
and relief by Grand Bahamians
in attendance.

Once the resort is expanded
and renovated, it will feature
more than 650 hotel rooms and
suites, a casino, convention/
meeting facilities, a spa, fitness
centre, restaurants, retail shops,

Royal Oasis

recreation facilities and two golf
courses.

The Royal Oasis closure, cou-
pled with the double blow from
Hurricanes Jeanne and Frances
in 2004, dealt a major econom-
ic blow to Grand Bahama, dis-
placing more than 1,000 work-
ers who eventually had to be
compensated by the Govern-
ment when the previous own-
er, Driftwood (Freeport) pulled
out. A :

Tourism Minister Neko
Grant welcomed Foxwoods to

the Bahamas, saying that this
milestone will begin to bring to
closure the nightmare that had
been the Royal Oasis.

He thanked his tourism staff,
especially deputy director-gen-
eral, David Johnson, who he
said was instrumental in the
casino/hotel operating agree-
ment.

“We look forward to this and
it is indeed an historic occa-
sion,” Joe Colebut, the Fox-
woods chairman said, adding
that this was the company’s first
venture outside the US. The

Royal Oasis, he added, had a
lot of potential.

Foxwoods is the largest US
casino company and operator,
with 340,000 square feet of gam-
ing space in a complex that cov-
ers 4.7 million square feet. More
than 40,000 guests visit Fox-
woods each day.

The management team at

Foxwoods is considered one of

the strongest in the gaming
industry, and it is owned by the
Mashantucket Pequot Tribal
Nation, a North American Indi-
an tribe.

Legal Notice

‘No buyer’ selected
for Emerald Bay yet

FROM page one

ularly throughout 2006, that the EBR investor group was attempt-
ing to either sell the resort or attract additional investors and cap-
ital, with the project failing to generate a profit.

The receivers’ appointment is understood to have come
after an earlier attempt to sell the Four Seasons Emerald Bay
Resort to a Minnesota-based company, Petters Group World-
wide, fell through.

The Tribune previously revealed that a sale te Goldman

Legal Notice

NOTICE

ISMENA CO. LTD.

.

a
Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section

138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000,
the dissolution of ISMENA CO. LTD. has been com-
pleted; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and

the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



Sachs’ real estate private equity arm and another private equi-
ty fund, Rockpoint, fell through last year.

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

Although the receivership announcement did not identify
the main creditor, The Tribune has been informed thai it is
the London branch of a Japanese financial conglomerate
called Sumitomo Mitsui, through a nominee called Flint Secu-
rities,

The resert has acted as Exuma’s main economic engine,
attracting additional foreign direct investment to the island. It
employs almost 500 staff, and features an 18-hole Greg Nor-
man Golf Course, two restaurants, three pools, spa, six meet-
ing rooms and 450-person capacity ballroom/ It charges $375
per night, and lots are priced between $900,000 and $4 mil-
lion.

Other investment projects attracted to the Emerald Bay
vicinity include the resort’s Pinnacle Entertainment-managed
$5 million casino, the $110 million Grand Isle Villas develop-
ment, plus the 80/50 fractional ownership component.

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

NOTICE

LAKE VASTHI INC.

—

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000,
the dissolution of LAKE VASTHI INC. has been com- |
pleted; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and J

the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice Legal Notice

NOTICE NOTICE

GINAL HILL VIEW LTD.

" (In Voluntary Liquidation)

> GENESIS Il HOLDINGS LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company
is in dissolution, which commenced on the 20th day of

Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company
is in dissolution, which commenced on the 20th day of

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 Jn.construction management

° Proficient in reading and understanding sdneuction plans

¢ Proficient in creating and mon#@ring OF consuneton

xe eoschedules 5 Ole

e Assist with development of forecasting and working
budgets

° Proficient with Microsoft Word and Excel

¢ Keen understanding of maintaining aggressive schedules

within planned budgets

¢ Needs good communication, logistical and organizational
skill

¢ Will work closely with larger GC on high-end product

¢ 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

4 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



February 2008. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O.
Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.

February 2008. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O.
Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE

Legal Notice

NOTICE

HENG ZHU LIMITED ey
TAIRA INVESTMENTS LIMITED

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

snonnmnoen Ny sean

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Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company
is in dissolution, which commenced on the 18th day of

February 2008. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O.
Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.

138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000;
the dissolution of HENG ZHU LIMITED has been com-
pleted; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and

the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ee ee ARGOSA CORP. INC.
ARGOSA CORP. INC. (Liquidator)

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1.73 0.75 Abaco Markets 1.73 1.73 0.00 0.157 0.000 11.0 0.00%)
11.80 11.25 Bahamas Property Fund 11.80 11.80 0.00 1.502 0.400 7.9 3.39%)
9.68 ° 8.11 Bank of Bahamas 9.61 9.61 0.00 0.612 0.260 15.7 2.71%
0.99 0.80 Benchmark 0.99 0.99 0.00 0.188 0.030 5.3 3.03%
3.74 1.95 Bahamas Waste 3.66 3.66 0.00 0.289 0.090 12.7 2.46%
12.70 1.25 Fidelity Bank 2.60 2.60 0,00 0.058 0.040 44.8 1.54%)
12.70 10.03 Cable Bahamas 12.70 12.70 0.00 1.030 0.240 12.3, 1.89%)
3.15 2.00 Colina Holdings 3.14 3.14 0.00 0.031 0.040 101.3 1.27%)
8.50 4.58 Commonwealth Bank (S1) 7.50 7.50 0.00 0.428 0.260 17.5 3.47%
7.22 4.48 Consolidated Water BDRs 4.51 4.49 -0.02 0.129 0.052 34.9 1.15%
2.60 2.20 Doctor's Hospital 2.44 2.44 0.00 0.316 0.020 7.7 0.82%
7.79 5.70 Famguard 7.79 7.79 0.00 0.713 0.280 10.9 3.59%
13.01 12.30 Finco 13.00 13.00 0.00 0.801 0.570 16.2 4.38%
14.75 13.99 FirstCaribbean 13.99 13.99 0.00 0.914 0.470 15.3 3.36%
6.10 5.12 Focol (S) 5.15 5.15 0.00 4,951 0.363 0.140 14.2 2.72%
1.00 0.54 Freeport Concrete 0.74 0.74 0.00 0.035 0,000 21.1 0.00%
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12.50 8.60 J. S. Johnson 12.30 12.30 0.00 1.059 0.610 11.6 4.96%
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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2008, PAGE 7B



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- Bahamas ‘must be more
ageressive’ in getting
wealthy to domicile here

FROM page one

said an influx of high-net worth
individuals to become perma-
nent residents would bolster the
nation’s top-end real estate
market and generate additional
foreign exchange reserves.
This was because these indi-
viduals” wealth would not be
earned in the Bahamas, mean-
ing that when they spent money
in this nation, they would be

converting foreign currency into ,

Bahamian dollars.

Such high-net worth clients
would also be likely to invest in
the Bahamas, building busi-
nesses and undertaking invest-
ment projects. The prime exam-
ples of this are the Izmirlian
family, the major equity
investors behind Baha Mar’s
$2.6 billion Cable Beach pro-
ject, and fellow Lyford Cay res-
ident Joe Lewis, whose Tavis-
tock Group is leading the $1.4
billion Albany project.

- In addition, Mr Winder said.
high net worth individuals were
also likely to spend as much as
$100,000 per annum in the
Bahamas on purchasing goods
and services, a level of spending
equivalent to 100 stopover visi-
tors - who on average spend
$1,000 per visit.

Mr Winder told The Tribune:
“We are going to have to be a
lot more aggressive in providing
permanent residency to indi-
viduals who have accounts and
trusts here, and would like to
move to reside in the Bahamas.
These individuals have millions
and millions of dollars.

“TI think the Government
needs to be a lot more aggres-
sive in terms of improving the
time in which these applications
are improved,” he added.

“IT think the Bahamas needs
to facilitate people looking to
change residence, as there is a
huge market for that. Provid-
ing them with residency with-
out the right to work, initially,
would do wonders for the finan-
cial services industry from the
standpoint that these individuals
would not be under the same
attention from their home-
country tax authorities as
they’ve changed domicile from

The Tribune wants to hear
from people who are
making news in their.
neighbourhoods. Perhaps
you are raising funds for a
good cause, campaigning
for improvements in the
area or have won an
award.

If so, call us on 322-1986
and share your story.



_ their countries.



the US, Europe and Canada.”

As residents domiciled in the
Bahamas would not be consid-
ered ‘ordinarily resident’ for tax
purposes in their home nation,
tax scrutiny on them will end. In
turn, this would also ease
OECD and FATF attention on
the Bahamas, if an increasing
percentage of its client base was
also domiciled here.

“I think it’s important that if
we. are going to expand the
industry, we’ve got to look more
at individuals who intend to
change their residence and fol;
low their assets. to the
Bahamas,” Mr Winder said.

“Once they’ve done that, they
will not be under the same lev-
el of scrutiny from their home
country tax authorities. It’s
going to provide administrative
jobs, accountancy jobs to keep
track of their assets, it’s going to
stimulate the redl estate mar-
ket, and stimulate the foreign
reserves.

“I think we will be continual-
ly under attack by the likes of |
the OECD, and these countries
are looking to expand their
reach to reach those individuals
who have home residency in

“That’s not going to go away,
and no matter what we do in
the short-term to meet their
concerns, we are still going to
find them coming after us.”

Ray Winder










NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given the DWIGHT WEAKLEY of
BUTTONWOOD AVE., PINEWOOD GARDEN, P.O. BOX
CR-65321, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister
resposible for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/
naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person
who knows any reason why registration/naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 22ND day of
February, 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N - 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that CASTLETON RICHARDS of
GLADSTONE ROAD, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, - is applying
to the Minister resposible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from
the 15TH day of FEBRUARY, 2008 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,
Bahamas.

Fb

Urgently seeking Director Of Human Resources |
5-10 years experience, salary commensurate with
experience and qualifications.





P.O. Box CB-12707
Nassau, Bahamas

Write to:

INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY
MUST SELL

Three — 2 Storey townhouses about 80% completed which require some repairs. Each unit comprises
676 sq.ft. on the upper floor and 676 sq.ft. on the lower floor (total floor area 1,352 sq.ft. per unit)
and consists of 3 Bedrooms 2 Baths, Living, Dining and Kitchen.

Driveway & Walkways are improved with 12 x 12 Spanish Type Tiles, 1,775 Sq.Ft. Swimming
Pool and Jacuzzi which are 85% completed.

The Buildings are situated on Lot #17376 comprising 10,000 sq.ft. located in
Bahama Sound of Exuma Section 18, Pumas Bahamas



The units are being sold collectively.

For conditions of the sale and any other
! information, please contact:
The Commercial Credit Collection Unit
at: 356-1685 or 356-1608
Nassau, Bahamas

Interested persons should submit offers
in writing addressed to:
The Commercial Credit Collection Unit,
P.O. Box N-7518, Nassau, Bahamas

' Serious enquiries only










NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that TIA WHITNEY ROLLE of
JACARANDA STREET, PINEWOOD GARDENS, P.O. BOX
GT-2773, NEW PROVIDENCE, BAHAMAS, is applying to
‘the Minister resposible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from
the 15TH day of FEBRUARY, 2008 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,

MUST SELL
VACANT PROPERTY

Lot #14721 comprising 10,000 sq.ft. in area with
83 frontage on Zinnia Road and 120 feet on
Eastward Drive in Bahama Sound of Exuma Ocean
Addition West, Exuma Bahamas

The property is undeveloped and is
located 1 mile south of Emerald Bay
and The Four Seasons Resort.

For conditions of the sale and any other
information, please contact:
Credit Risk Management — Collection Unit at:
Phone: 356-1685 or 356-1608,
Nassau, Bahamas

Interested persons should submit
offers in writing addressed to:

The Manager, Credit Risk Management - Collection
Unit, P.O. Box N-7518, Nassau, Bahamas _

Serious enquiries only



Responsibilities:
Create and organize vehicle sales activities
Create and organize parts and service
operations
Manage follow-up systems for existing
customers
Cultivate new business
Develop and implement company policies and
programmes
Train and lead staff in a team environment
Stay up-to-date in dealership rechnoleey ..

A prominent new car dealership

is seeking a general manager.

The ideal candidate will have
wide experience in the
automotive business as well as

good written and oral
' Requirements:
5+ years of experience in the automotive
industry
Experience with Japanese automotive brands
Strong leadership and management skills
Superior communication and customer service
skills
Account management and budgeting .
experience ,
Proficiency in computers

communication skills.

Send resumes with references to:

Automotive GM
P.O. Box N-9240
Nassau, Bahamas

Public Hospitals Authority
Advertisement

Two (2) Vacancy For
Emergency Vehicle Driver
Marsh Harbour. Abaco

Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons for the
post Emergency Services Technician (EST) III], Marsh Harbour,
Abaco, Public Hospitals Authority.

Applicants must possess the following qualifications:-\

A minimum of five (5) subjects at the B.J.C. level or equivalent
including English Language OR pass the NREMT practical exam
and the BLS (Basic Life Support) with two (2) years relevant
experience.

Must also obtain licensure and registration from the Health Pro-
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DUTIES:

The Emergency Services Technician III is responsible for provid-
ing basic life support to ill or injured persons including:

* Taking current and past history relevant to event

¢ Maintaining the airway.

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- Splintering or otherwise immobilizing the body or parts of mS
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Letters of Application, resume and three (3) references should
be submitted, no later than 22nd February, 2008 to Human Re-
sources Director, Public Hospitals Authority, P.O. Box N-8200 or
3rd Terrace Centerville (West).


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attempt to get her partner to switch
her attentions elsewhere.

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work out what her partner wanted
her to do. Accordingly, she cashed
the ace of diamonds, Stansby show-
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mid-week, Aries. You’ll enjoy it a
great deal, as will those close to
you. Focus closely on work until
your surprise is revealed.

TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21

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clubs doubled following a highly
competitive auction that saw both
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bid spades initially in response to
their partner’s takeout double.

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followed by another diamond mff,
and a spade to the ace constituted the
defense’s sixth and final trick.

The result of plus 800 gave
Rosenberg-Stansby’s team a net gain
of 500 points — 10 IMPs — on the
deal.

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HOW many words of four letters
or more can you make from the

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once only. Each must contain the

dled head-on. Aquarius plays a part
in this.

GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21
Romance is in the air all month, and
particularly for you, Gemini. If
you’ve been nursing a relationship,
it’s about to spark and grow jin the
days to come.

CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22
You'll feel hurt and betrayed when a
friend goes behind your. back this
week, Cancer. The act isn’t so bad,
it’s the lying about it that gives you
reason for concern.

LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23
Aree Someone at work haste a thorn in
LEET- LANDED your side for a while now, Leo.

Finally, some justice will be had
when this person is let go. But the
replacement could be worse.

VIRGO — Aug 24/Sept 22

Stop hiding your true feelings about
the person you've been spending time
with, Virgo. And if you’re attached,
embrace your special someone and
show this person how much you care.

LIBRA ~ Sept 23/Oct 23

r You want freedom but are not show-

centre letter and there must be ing the maturity level that accompa-
St least one nine-letter word. nies this kind of responsibility.
SS Change your attitude or expect to

Good 11; very good 17; excellent

play by another’s rules.

22 (or more). Solution tomorrow.

SCORPIO — Oct 24/Nov 22
Some good news falls in your lap this
,week, Scorpio. It’s something that
you’ve been expecting for a while
and will make a big difference in your
current living situation.

SAGITTARIUS — Novy 23/Dec 21
A change of heart occurs when a
friend does something naughty. You
thought you could trust this person,
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29 One in groin trouble for a start? (6) 26 Figure water will put the lights M1 Most recent (6) 6 Condition (6) league that last season its first
30 Could be called soft and a bit out! (5) Ni 14 Number (3) 8 Hard work (4) and second teams took the top
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33 Justa tiny bit merry (6) enthusiasm (4) 22 Religious song 18 Nationality (5) counterplay. The puzzle is to spot careless and blunder at move two.
6) 19 Wager (3) Black's two-turn winning What was Black's winning idea?
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(4) 21. Platform (7)
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remains (5) 23 Straight (6)
28 Target (3) 24 Amongst (4)
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ACROSS: 3, Twigs 8 Put-in 10, Roger 11,RA-N 12,Pen-Al | ACROSS: 3, Waist 8, Besom 10, Irate 11, Mum 12, Sense 30 Turn up (6) 26 Sharp (5)
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7, Mensa 9, Tar 12, P-or-tion 14, C-a-r, 16, Relay 17, Elbow Stair 9, Sun 12, Solomon 14, Torn 16, Cower 17, Table 19,
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33 Planet (6) advantage) 3 93 Qxd6 with two knights plus an
attack for a rook. The game lasted only one more
move: 4 Qc5? e3! and White resigned because if 5

fxe3 Qh2 mate.

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Tourist arrivals
fall 3.4% in 2007

$12m ad boost sees Bahamas
hotels gain 20% of bookings. in
same month, for short-term relief

@ By CARA BRENNEN- BETHEL
Tribune Business Reporter

TOTAL visitor arrivals to the Bahamas
declined by 3.4 per cent in 2007, prelim-
inary figures have revealed.

Speaking at the Grand Bahama Busi-
ness Outlook yesterday, tourism minister
Neko Grant said there were 4.6 million
visitors to the Bahamas in 2007, a
decrease of 3.4 per cent or 162,000 fewer
visitors compared to 2006.

Of that number, he said, air stopover
arrivals were pegged at 1,369,585 for a 3
per cent decline. Cruise passenger arrivals
dropped similarly, with the Bahamas
recording a total of 2.971 million visitors
- a 3.4 per cent decline (105,000 fewer
passengers than in 2006).

Speaking specifically to Grand
Bahama, Mr Grant said the island expe-
rienced a 1 per cent decline in air arrivals,
receiving 191,367 tourists in 2007.

Grand Bahama cruise visitor figures
reached 311,762, reflecting an 8 per cent
decline over the same period, Mr Grant
said.

In light of the Grand Bahama figures,
the minister said the mission was to grow

_tour'sm on Grand Bahama and the oth-

er is)ands.

To do this, he said the Ministry of
Tourism was looking at shifting its
reliance to the type of resort develop-
men’s that are more in demand, particu-
larly mixed-use and more environmen-
tally sensitive eco-properties.

In the shorter term, the Ministry of
Tourism had taken the aggressive
approach of saturating the market with
advertising activity to entice visitors, with
an advertising budgetary increase of $12
million in the US and UK markets.

“In the short term, I must share that
majcr resorts in the Bahamas are seeing
as much as 20 per cent of their bookings
for the month coming within the same
month, which is unprecedented,” the min-
ister said.

“We have taken a very aggressive
approach and boosted our spend to
ensure optimum levels of visibility and
share of mind for the Bahamas and
Grand Bahama in the marketplace.”

The Bahamas had seen increased visi-
tor traftic from markets such as Canada,
where there was double digit growth, and
the European markets given the euro’s

Neko Grant



strong performance the
dollar.

Noting the recent announcement of
Cuban president Fidel Castro that he did
not intend to return to office, and the

ramifications it could mean for tourism

against

‘competition, Mr Grant said it was an

eventuality the Bahamas has been
preparing for for some time.

He said there was an opportunity for
the Bahamas to benefit, particularly
through short cruise itineraries that could
include stops in both countries.

Budget leader says courts failed to heed warnings to cut spending

@ TALLAHASSEE, Fla.
Associated Press

JUDGES and other judicial
system officials who say
impending state spending cuts
could force Florida’s courts to
temporarily close received lit-
tle sympathy Thursday from a
legislative budget leader.

Sen. Victor Crist, who chairs
his chamber’s Criminal and Civ-
il Justice Appropriations Com-
mittee, said such consequences
would be unnecessary if courts,
prosecutors, public defenders

and other officials had abided
by warnings since last summer
to hold back 4 percent of their
budgets.

Gov. Charlie Crist, no rela-
tion to the senator, asked all
state agencies to voluntarily cut
spending by that level because

of anticipated tax revenue’

shortfalls.

“If anyone out there chose to
go-ahead and blaze forward and
spend what was allocated and
refused to heed the warnings,
then that was flagrantly irre-
sponsible,” Victor Crist, R-

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Tampa, said during a budget
workshop.

Two days earlier, Florida
Supreme Court Chief Justice R.
Fred Lewis had told lawmak-
ers the impending cuts would
bring the courts to a halt. Local
judges, prosecutors and other
court officials have been making
similar predictions across the
state.

“I’m pleading for the life of a
branch of government,” Lewis
said.

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judges’ salaries, but Lewis said

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be forced to take unpaid leaves
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which had gone into effect July
1, because of the shortfalls.
Lawmakers now are looking for
places to make more cuts when
they convene in regular session
next month because the
state’s income is continuing to
decline.



@ NEW YORK
Associated Press

THE stock market finished
with a sharp loss Thursday
after bleak readings on the
economy heightened
investors’ fears of recession.
The Dow Jones industrial
average fell more than 140
points.

Wall Street was disap-
pointed when the Philadel-
phia Federal Reserve report-
ed that regional manufactur-
ing fell more than predicted.
Another piece of bad news
was the Conference Board’s
January index of leading eco-
nomic indicators, which post-
ed its fourth straight drop.

Investors have already
been pricing in another inter-
est rate cut — perhaps up to
half a percentage point —
after minutes from the Fed-
eral Reserve’s last policy-set-
ting meeting indicated cen-
tral bankers will remain vigi-
lant about the economy. The
Fed, which meets again
March 18, has forecast slower
growth and continued risks
to the economy from hous-
ing and credit markets.

Though investors been
assured by the central bank
that it will lower rates again if
necessary, that expectation
has not been enough to gal-
vanize their confidence in the
stock market and the econo-
my. Wall Street remains con-
cerned that the economy
could be so weak that rate
cuts, which take months to
work their way through the
economy, won’t prevent fur-
ther deterioration.

“The Fed cutting rates is a
little bit like a fire engine
pulling up to your house,”
said Brian Gendreau, invest-
ment strategist for ING
| Investment Management.
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arrived, but still, your house
is burning down.”

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1.15 percent, to 12,284:30.

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lender GMAC LLC, which is
part-owned by GM, said it
will slash hundreds of jobs at
its auto finance business. GM
fell $1.24, or 4.9 percent, to
$24.30.

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ing.

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major currencies.

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was further evidence that the
global credit crisis is far from
over. French bank Societe
Generale SA said a trading
scandal and write-downs
linked to the crisis led to a
loss in the fourth quarter. The:
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