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

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Coroner's Court jury
makes decision on death
of Anna Nicole Smith’s son

@ By NATARIO McKENZIE

DANIEL SMITH, son of the
late reality TV star Anna Nicole
Smith, died of a “non-depen-
dent abuse of drugs” a jury in
the Coroner’s Court determined
yesterday.

The four-woman three- -man
jury were given three options
with which to consider a ver-
dict. Magistrate William Camp-
bell told the jury that based on
the evidence of the case they
could find that Smith, 20, had
died due to a non-dependent
abuse of drugs, by accident or
misadventure or return with an
open verdict if they were not
satisfied that it was any of them.

Magistrate Campbell noted
that, based on the evidence
Daniel had suffered from back
pains and insomnia, and asked
the jury to consider whether
Smith had taken the drugs to
help him sleep and taken too
much, or whether he had
known precisely what he was
taking or if he had mixed up the
tablets. Magistrate Campbell
reminded the jurors yesterday
that they should decide the case
on the evidence that had been
put before them and not specu-
late or allow themselves to be
drawn into speculation.

The jurors were given an
hour in which to reach a ver-
dict. Magistrate Campbell said a
verdict could be reached by a
majority decision and that if
they did not reach a verdict
within an hour they should
return to court and indicate
what the difficulties were.

At 12.23 pm the jury returned
to the court and gave their deci-
sion — death due to a non-
dependent abuse of drugs. Vir-





Daniel Smith (AP)

gie Arthur, the grandmother of
Daniel Smith, was unhappy
with the verdict, according to
her attorney Neil McCabe who
spoke on her behalf following
yesterday’s ruling.

“We’re not happy with the
verdict, it’s a verdict of non-
dependent drug abuse as the
cause of death. It’s what the
judge pretty much told the jury
to do, we understand that in this
system the judge can pretty
much instruct the jury with what
verdict to come back with and
they eventually did after some
struggle. We don’t think it
makes any sense,” Mr McCabe
said.

“Why would he all of a sud-
den take a massive overdose of
methadone in an abusive man-
ner. It just doesn’t make any
sense so we don’t like the ver-
dict. We think its contrary to
the evidence and unfortunately
the jury was not given the

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witness gives
account of how

businessman
was killed

m@ By NATARIO McKENZIE

A WITNESS in the murder
trial,of Keith Carey yesterday
gave her account of how the
businessman was killed out-
side Bank of the Bahamas
while attempting to make a
bank deposit in February
2006.

Quetell Adderley, a branch
ambassador at the Bank of the
Bahamas Harrold Road, told
the court yesterday that
between 10 and 11 am on Feb-
ruary 27, she saw Carey get
out of his vehicle and enter
the stairway leading to the
bank’s entrance. Adderley
told the court that she recog-
nised Carey as he frequented
the bank about three to four
times a week. She said that

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Get savings

Election Court

will not move to
Grand Bahama

@ By BRENT DEAN





bdean@tribunemedia.net

SENIOR Justice Anita
Allen has announced that the
Election Court will continue
to sit in Nassau rather than
moving to Grand Bahama.

Philip “Brave” Davis, Pleas-
ant Bridgewater’s lead attor-
ney, formally made the request
to the court last week pointing
out the difficulties he was hav-
ing transporting witnesses back
and forth to Nassau from
Grand Bahama. Two witnesses
Mr Davis scheduled to appear
last week did not.

Fred Smith, Zhivargo
Laing’s lead attorney agreed
with the suggestion for the
move, saying at the time that it
would speed up the trial.

Yesterday, Senior Justice
Allen noted that cost is one of
the major factors in the court’s
decision to remain in Nassau.
The move for two justices — she
and Jon Isaacs — for 12 days,

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with a clerk and secretary }
would cost an estimated

$16,900, she noted.

Additionally, in explaining

the decision to the parties,

Senior Justice Allen said that
the Election Court has histori-
cally been held in Nassau even ;
when the cases involved par- }
ties from the most distant }
islands in the country, such as }
those in the MICAL con- :

stituency.

The move would also cause }
disruption for the justices sit- }
ting in the courts in Freeport, :

she said.

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Claim that unpaid
$30,000 in back pay
led to tanker not
having local pilot

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

THE Shell Oil tanker which
ran aground off the coast of
New Providence, was not pro-
vided with a local pilot because
its agent, Global United,
allegedly failed to pay the Har-
bour Pilots Association over
$30,000 in back pay.

This claim follows reports
from a well-placed government
source that the vessel did not
have a local pilot — or naviga-
tor — on board to negotiate
local waters on its way to
unload some of its 120,000 bar-
rels of oil at Clifton Pier.

Chief Pilot of the Harbour

. Pilots Association Captain Gar-

nett Rolle told The Tribune yes-
terday that the tanker, "Ficus",
was not assigned a local navi-
gator because of outstanding
payments owed to the Associa-

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More than half
of Immigration
Audit applicants

processed

THE Department of
Immigration has processed
more than half of the near-
ly 2000 applicants who took
part in its Immigration
Audit exercise, Minister of
National Security Tommy
Turnquest said Monday.

After more than a month
of unsuccessful attempts,
The Tribune acquired the
partial, preliminary results
of the Department of
Immigration’s Audit.

According to Minister of
National Security and
Immigration Tommy Turn-
quest, immigration officials
have processed 61 per cent
(1177) of the 1936 persons
who participated in the
exercises over four days.

The total reflects a
breakdown of a two-day
audit in New Providence
(1139), one in Abaco (327)
and one in Grand Bahama

(417).
Of this number immigra-
tion officials have

processed 61 per cent
(1177) persons, 672 in New

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A CORONER rejected a
conspiracy theory in the death
of Princess Diana Monday, rul-
ing there is no proof that Prince
Philip or British secret agents
had anything to do with the car
crash that also killed her
boyfriend Dodi Fayed, accord-
ing to Associated Press.

In instructions to the jury,
Lord Justice Scott Baker left
open the possibility that the cou-
ple’s driver and the paparazzi
who pursued them through
Paris on Aug. 31, 1997 caused
the crash through recklessness.
The panel was also asked to
consider whether the crash was
an accident.

“There is no evidence that
the Duke of Edinburgh ordered
Diana’s execution and there is
no evidence that the Secret
Intelligence Service or any oth-
er government agency orga-
nized it,” Baker told the 11-
member jury.

Dodi Fayed’s father,
Mohamed al Fayed, who pur-
sued the conspiracy theory for a
decade, was indignant as he left
the Royal Courts of Justice.

“Tt is terrible,” Al Fayed said.
“Tt’s all biased.”

French and British police
both concluded that the crash
was an accident, and that dri-
ver Henri Paul was drunk and
speeding as the car carrying
Fayed and Diana was pursued
by paparazzi.

Baker told jurors to consider
Paul’s driving and the behavior
of one or more of the paparazzi
to decide “whether they were
wholly indifferent to an obvi-
ous risk of death,” or saw the
risk and did it anyway.

If so, he said, the jury should
find that the couple were unlaw-
fully killed through the grossly
negligent driving of Paul, the
paparazzi, or both.

Investigators concluded that
Paul was driving in excess of 60
mph, double the speed limit,

_when the Mercedes slammed :
into a concrete pillar in the. ;
. Alma underpass. i

“Had it been traveling more
slowly, the outcome might have
been different,” Baker said.

Baker said the law obliged
him to offer evidence for any
possible verdict, and thus he was
compelled to discard a possible
finding that the couple were
unlawfully killed in a staged
accident — that is, that they
were victims of a murder plot.

“Speculation, surmise and
belief are one thing; evidence
is another,” he said.

However, Baker said there
was some evidence — “albeit
limited and of doubtful quali-
ty” — that the crash was staged,
which he left for the jury to con-
sider in choosing among the five
possible verdicts.

He did not explain why, hav-
ing dismissed the possibility of
an establishment murder plot,
he considered such evidence to
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m@ By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - Minister of State for
Finance Zhivargo Laing said that the
Ginn project at West End is moving
along as expected and that locals should
not expect grand things overnight.

Mr Laing reported that Ginn has cur-
rently approved five developers who will
be building about five homes each at
West End.

“Ginn is moving along as per its plan.
And so it doesn’t surprise me that they
are moving at the pace they are going,”
said Mr Laing, who was a guest speaker
on the radio talk show, ‘What’s Hap-
pening’ hosted by Troy Garvey on Cool
96 Radio over the weekend.

Developer Bobby Ginn plans to devel-
op a $4.9 billion mega-mixed resort and

residential development on 2,000 acres of

land at West End. Work began on the
project in December 2005.

Gin sur Mer has been described as the
single largest resort development in the
Bahamas. When completed is it is
expected to create employment for thou-
sands of Bahamians.

Mr Laing said that Ginn is moving
and continuing to sell land. However,
he claimed that the nature of the project

was wrongly described under the PLP
government, who left residents expecting
immediate results.

“IT always thought that the problem

with Ginn was that it was wrongly .

pitched to the Bahamian public,” he said.
“It was pitched in such a grand way
that people would have expected grand
things almost immediately.”
Mr Laing stated that this was never
Ginn’s plan for the West End project.

Developments

“That was never the way they pursued
their developments, they always put the
infrastructure in, sell the land, and get
the money to be able to do whatever
else they need to do.

“Even before the election I had always
known that if you say something is a $3
billion investment over 20 years, that is
like $200 million or so every year, so
that is not a robust kind of thing,” he
said.

Ginn sur Mer will comprise of 4,400
condominium and hotel units, a 20-story
resort tower, and 1,800 single family res-
idential home sites.

Some key elements of the project
include a large casino, two signature golf
courses, a mega-yacht marina with 380

THE TRIBUNE

‘moving along as planned

slips, a 500-slip private marina, and a
private airport.

Ginn has also acquired the Old
Bahama Bay Resort at West End.

Although the real estate market in the
US is slow, Mr Ginn, back in February,
did not seem worried about it. ;

He reported that 28 contracts for
lots were sold in January alone at the
site.

He said that the company will contin-
ue to fulfill its obligation to get the pro-
ject built.

In the meantime, Mr Laing said that
while the Grand Bahama economy is
still slow he is hopeful that things will
pick up in the next 12 months.

He urged residents to be focused and
prudent over the next 12 months.

“Things will get moderately better
over the medium term. My view is that
outside of that, things will pickup more
quickly.

“I also believe there are opportuni-
ties in this economy that Bahamians are
not exploiting because they are not being
as creative as they can be.

“I think there are things that can be
done. I think that there are business
opportunities here still that I think with
some real thought, some people could do
really well even in this economy,” said
Mr Laing.

Former minister calls for tax cut for
fuel industry wholesalers and retailers

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

PARTIES on both sides of
the divide argued for and
against reductions in the tax
margins given to wholesalers
and retailers in the fuel indus-
try asa Strategy to! lower the
countky’ s steep. gasoline
prices

Former minister of trade
and industry Leslie Miller told
The Tribune that the 77 cents
collective tax.in place — 44
cents for New Providence gas
retailers and 33 cents to the
wholesalers (oil companies) —
should be lowered drastically
to reduce the high cost of gas.

However, current Minister
of State for Utilities Phenton
Neymour and former minis-
ter of state for finance James
Smith, both said the lowering
of these margins is not a
viable solution to reducing gas
prices.

Mr Miller said that during
his tenure as minister, the
now defunct Fuel Usage
Committee found the tax
margins were the “highest in

Leslie Miller



the region” and recommend-
ed the former administration
cut’ them.

“The committee’s findings
were the cost of fuel in the
Bahamas was at an all-time

high, that the mark-ups, which
were allowed to the importers
and distributors — which was
44 cents for the petroleum
dealers and 33 cents for the
importers — is the highest in
the region, in fact one of the
highest in the world.

“We recommended that we
decrease those margins appre-
ciably and our proposal was
that the margins for the deal-
ers be dropped to 30 cents
and the margin for the
importers be dropped to 15
cents”.

The recommendations nev-
er came into effect under the
previous administration.

“It is grossly unfair that the
Bahamian motorists are now
paying this exorbitant cost of
$5 a gallon, and our margins
are higher than anywhere else
in this hemisphere. I call on
the government of the
Bahamas to cut those margins
now and let the oil companies
absorb some of those costs
themselves,” Mr Miller said,
adding that on several occa-
sions as minister, he refused
to agree to millions of dollars
worth of proposed increases
for the oil companies.

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The Tribune asked Minis-
ter Neymour why the margins
were so high compared to
other countries in the region
and he replied: “We have a
different set up than many
countries — we have what was
called a regulated market
where our pricing is based on
the imported value of the
inventory and there’s a set
margin for the wholesalers
and a set margin for the retail-
ers, who are the gas station
operators.

“Also, there is a set duty on
gasoline, however there’s also
a formula for diesel which
means that the duty can vary.
Other countries, many coun-
tries, do not follow that
format because _ their
revenue system is different
from ours”.

He added that government
periodically reviews these
margins and determines
whether an increase or
decrease is applicable.

In response to Mr Miller’s
plea for the FNM to cut the
margins and relieve the “bur-
den” of the Bahamian peo-
ple, Minister Neymour chas-
tised Mr Miller for not get-
ting it done during his term
in office.

“The former minister had
the authority to do it — why
didn’t he do it? I find it inter-
esting that after the PLP has
left office, that again they are
making recommendations
that they could have done
themselves. I don’t know if
they are late again on this
issue, but it’s a matter that we
will review and we will look at
eventually, yes”.

As a guest on GEMS “The
Way Forward” yesterday,
Minister of Land and Local

Government Sidney Collie
said he did not foresee any
reductions in the duty charged
on fuel in the near future as
this tax is part of the $1.4 bil-
lion annual budget the gov-
ernment uses to run the coun-
try.

He also noted that as a non-
industrialised nation, the
Bahamas is subject to. ‘the

. volatile international market

and has to consider alterna-
tive forms of energy to cut
costs.

“In order to alleviate this
drop in the standard of living
and this rise in the cost of liv-
ing, the consumer is now
going to have look at alterna-
tive forms of cutting back, on
energy savings and other sav-
ings. I do not foresee a reduc-
tion in the near future on the
taxing of the fuel for revenue
for the government”.

Former Minister of State
for Finance James Smith told
The Tribune that while he was
not certain about the current
margins, any adjustments to
them would adversely affect
one group — either Bahamian
consumers or gasoline deal-
ers — while subsiding the oth-
er.

He said in the face of ris-
ing gas prices consumers
needed to become more ener-
gy conscious while the gov-
ernment should invest in long-
term energy solutions such as
alternative energy.

Escalating crude oil prices
worldwide — which spiked to
over $110 barrel in March —
and high demand from
emerging markets have been
the catalysts for a steady
increase in prices at the fuel
pumps, electricity prices and
the cost of living.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 1, 2008, PAGE 3





OPERATION UNITY

Major police blitz +
hailed a big success },

Campaign designed to identify
traffic offenders and cut crime

A MAJOR police operation,
conducted through the combined
efforts of three policing divisions
in New Providence, is being
hailed as a great success.

The operation focused on key
crime areas in the Grove,
Carmichael and Southeastern
divisions.

Operation Unity was launched
at 6pm on March 28 and ended at
lam on Saturday March 29. It

aimed to identifying and cite traf- -

fic violators, search and arrest
suspicious/wanted persons trav-
elling in cars, conduct surprise
raids on various “hot spots” in
the three divisions and to increase
police visibility with a view to
reducing crime and the fear of
crime.

The operation, which was led
by Superintendent Stephen Dean,
Superintendent Wayne Miller
and Superintendent Elaine Sands,
began with a road check at the
Independence Drive roundabout.
The operation then targeted var-
ious spots in the Grove,
Carmichael and Southeastern
areas known for a high level of
criminal activity.

The results of the operation
were as follows:

¢ no major crime incidents
occurred in these three divisions
. during the operation period

© 62 motorists were cited for
traffic violations

¢ two men were arrested for
possession of dangerous drugs

¢ two Haitian nationals were
arrested on suspicion of immi-
gration violations

e two men were arrested for
fraudulent use of licence plates

e one housebreaking arrest was
made

¢ one man was arrested for an
outstanding warrant

Supt Dean said, “During the
hours of this operation we have
seen tremendous reductions in
crime, in particular armed rob-
beries. Of particular note, there
were no major crimes committed
in these three densely populated
communities during the period of
the operation.

Supt Wayne Miller indicated

0 In brief

Reports of ten
senior staff —
leaving Jones
Communications

Day-to-day operations were
back to normal at Jones Com-
munications yesterday after 10
senior management employees,
including two reporters, have
reportedly decided to leave the
media organisation.

According to sources within
the organisation, staff in the
radio (Love 97), newspaper
(Bahama Journal), and televi-
sion (JCN) departments have
either opted for other employ-
ment at The Nassau Guardian,
or are seeking employment
elsewhere.

Reportedly, Kenneth Perig-
ord, a prominent local busi-
nessman, who has a radio
licence is launching a radio sta-
tion in conjunction with The
Nassau Guardian. With the
promise of higher wages, and
shares in the radio company,
this new radio entity has
siphoned off talent from Jones
Communications.

Wendell Jones, CEO of
Jones Communications,
declined to comment on the
matter when contacted yester-
day.

Teenager denies
having ammunition

@ BY DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter

dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - A teen
appeared on Monday before
the Freeport Magistrates Court
to answer to ammunition pos-
session charges.

Dennis Louis, 19, of Tasman
Circle, pleaded not guilty to
possession of ammunition.

Magistrate Debbye Ferguson
adjourned the matter to April 1
for a decision regarding Louis’
bail.

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that a “tremendous” amount of
effort went into making the oper-
ation a success. “It provides us
with an excellent platform to
build upon and keep crime
down,” he said.

Supt Elaine Sands said the
operation will be repeated and
police will continue to target peo-
ple who commit crimes and
“detrimentally affect the lives of
the people who live our commu-
nities”.

Police say that they will con-
tinue this cross-border approach
until the Grove, Carmichael and
Southeastern divisions become
some of the safest areas to live in
New Providence and the coun-
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Dangers of environmental degradation

ON Government’s website under the head-
ing: Natural Resource aspects of sustainable
development in the Bahamas, the following is
stated:

“The Bahamas contributes little to the glob-
al net release of greenhouse gases but, like all
small states, is severely threatened from the
possible effects of climate change. Rising tem-
peratures and sea levels followed by floods,
coastal flooding and erosion as well as the pro-
jected increase in the number and intensity of
tropical cyclones are of particular concern giv-
en that 80 per cent of the Bahamas is within five
feet of mean sea level. There is also concern
regarding loss of coral by bleaching and heat
stress.”

In other words we are a small country doing
little to contribute to the pending global cata-
strophe, but threatened by those whose activities
are destroying the ozone layer and severely
threatening our present and future well being.

However, this is not the way the world sees
us. According to the UN Human Development
report for 2007/2008 if all countries were to
emit carbon dioxide at levels similar to the
Bahamas, the world would exceed its current
carbon dioxide output by more than 200 per
cent.

“As a result of past emissions of carbon
dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases
(GHGs), the world is now on course for future
climate change,” said the United Nations report.
“This year’s Human Development Report iden-
tifies 2 degrees Celsius as the threshold above
which irreversible and dangerous climate change
will become unavoidable. It also explains why
we have less than a decade to change cousse and

start living within a sustainable global carbon .

budget identified at 14.5 gigatonnes of CO2
(Gt CO2) per annum for the remainder of the
21st Century. Currently, emissions are running
at twice this level. If these trends continue, the
carbon budget will be set for expiry during the
2030’s, setting in motion processes that can lead
to temperature increases of 5 degrees Celsius or
above by the end of this century — roughly
similar to temperature changes since the last
ice age 10,000 years ago.”

And so, the Bahamas, instead of being the
injured innocent, is out there polluting the Earth
with the best of them.

The UN’s annual report found that the
Bahamas’ carbon dioxide emissions per capita
exceed those of many industrialised countries
such as France, Sweden, Switzerland and Por-
tugal.

With 6.7 tonnes of CO2 being produced per
person, the Bahamas outstrips even Hong Kong
in its emission rates per capita.

In other words the Bahamas is in the big
league of countries contributing to the destruc-

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tion of itself and the world as we know it.

' However, said the UN report, it is only
because the Bahamas has a very small popula-
tion that its contributions to global emissions is
almost insignificant.

“With 0.0 per cent of the world’s population,
the Bahamas accounts for 0.0 per cent of glob-
al emissions,” the UN said.

However, the report pointed out, the
Bahamas’ emission levels per capita are above
those of all other Latin American and
Caribbean countries with similar population
sizes.

This means that although small in a global
context we are busy endangering ourselves as
we continue to burn waste and release into the
atmosphere exhaust fumes of more vehicles
than should be on our roads. We continue to
upset the balance of nature by destroying our
natural resources, such as wetlands and
seashores. We fear the ravages of hurricanes,
but what do we do? For the sake of industry the
few hills that this island has to protect it are
being dredged away for fill and construction.
The land is being levelled. And when the storms
rage, the ocean will rise and sweep across this
island as it did not so long ago in low-lying
West End, Grand Bahama, smashing every-
thing in its path. Take a drive in the southern
and western parts of this island and see the
destruction, and fear for the future. We are told
that most of the cutting away of the hills and the
dredging of sand from our beaches is illegal. If
so, then why is everyone turning a blind eye

“and letting it happen? And if it is not illegal,

then Bahamian planners and professional envi-

-ronmentalists should sit down and formulate

policies that can be legislated to protect us
against ourselves and our selfish greed.

In this column yesterday we suggested that
our leaders would make better decisions if, in
the words of anthropologist Margaret Mead,
they looked at the future through the eyes of the
unborn.

With the tragedy that scientists now predict
for our planet, government should consider the
future of those born in this country today and
understand what lies before them if we do not
start to change our ways.

Without change scientists predict that the
world’s carbon budget will expire during the
2030s. This means that a child born today will be
23 years old in 2030. A 30 year old will be 53, a
40 year old, 61 years, and a 50 year old, 73. It is
up to this age group to secure their country and
their future. By 2030 the rest of us will have
long since been gone and forgotten.

Today’s legislators, in deciding what envi-
ronmental degradation we are prepared to sac-
rifice in the name of progress, should now err on
the side of an unforgiving Nature.



MINNIE STREET, N
the Minister

just a tempest
in a tea cup

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Mr Zhivargo Laing, FNM
Minister of State for Finance,
remains under attack from the
Opposition PLP for his
alleged ethical lapse in having
a juice drink reclassified under
the Bahamas Customs tarriff
to attract a lower rate of duty
for his sister-in-law’s company.

While doubts still linger in
my mind about his action, Mr.
Hubert Ingraham, FNM
Prime Minister, informed the
House of Assembly that Mr.
Laing's actions were com-
pletely within the law and he
supports the approach taken
to revert to the lower rate of
duty until the next budget is
prepared.

My position is clear. A legal
review should be conducted,
and if Mr. Laing is found
wanting, he should resign, but
there are a couple points that
the PLP have made that
piqued my interest and they
should be challenged on their
logic, or their lack thereof.

The first is the PLP claim
that Mr. Laing's decision helps
his sister-in-law and by exten-
tion, this hurts other people.

Well it seems to this not so
humble blogger, that a lower
rate of duty would help all
consumers of the Mona Vie
juice product, not only the
business owners.




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And lower prices for the
Bahamian consumer is always
a positive development.

The second point is the
PLP are using this issue in an
attempt to detract the gov-
ernment from their mission as
they have offered no legiti-
mate amendments to legisla-
tion to prevent whatever
wrongdoing they accuse Mr.
Laing of, so these things do
not happen in the future.

I'll give you another exam-
ple, that points to the PLP's
insincerity in the matter, as
reported in the press on Fri-
day, March 31, 2008, and I
quote:

"Answering questions
raised by PLP MP for St.
Thomas More Frank Smith,
Mr. Ingraham read letter's
from the former Comptroller
of Customs to Mr. Laing's sis-
ter-in-law Monique Laing and
Mr. Laing's letter to the
Comptroller of Customs."

"However, as the PM
began to read the letters, the
PLP leader of business in the
House, Dr. Bernard Nottage,
objected to Mr. Ingraham
using the time for private
notices to read a statement to

Why Laing is totally

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Who is actually in control
of Bahamas Customs?

A topical question as there
has been so much discussion
concerning the 100 per cent
fruit juice or the not 100 per
cent fruit juice.

Minister Laing is totally
incorrect on at least two pri-
mary questions — firstly at
any time the Controller of
Customs, who is statutorily
responsible for customs, may
review any Customs Entry
and has the power to retroac-
tively charge any entry for

misclaimed duties. Secondly,
the Secretary of Revenue has
no jurisdiction over Customs
and in this matter he should
not have been asked or
instructed by the Minister of
State to do anything — the
Minister after his brother had
raised the matter should have
known better and referred the
query solely to the Controller
of Customs as no one else has
any authority.

Okay as an example an
entry is accepted, however, it
is found at a later date that
the tariff was incorrectly
assigned and Customs was los-

Parliament."

So which is it Dr. Nottage,
do you really want the matter
dealt with or not? Why would
you expect to raise questions
and make accusations without
the other side responding?

This is all beginning to
seem rather juvenile and triv-
ial.

My recommendation?
Offer an amendment or
amendments to Parliament
relating to the laws covering
matters like this for the gov-
ernment to consider.

Then we will know the
intent of both sides of the aisle
in Parliament as it relates to
ethical behaviour of their
Members going forward.

At the end of the day,
politicians use the court of
public opinion to discredit
their opponents instead of
dealing with matters through
the courts.

Something they encourage
the average citizen to use to
solve disputes.

Do you detect any cynicism
here?

At the end of the day what
appeared to be a firestorm is
now no more than a tempest
in a tea cup.

RICK LOWE
Nassau,
March 30, 2008

incorrect

ing millions in duties the
explanation of Minister Laing
is not only incorrect but is irra-
tional.as by his theory.as a.tar-
iff had been assigned to that
product Customs whether or
not it was correct must not
change the tariff until the
immediate next budget.

Just like the $22 million
mirage budget surplus the
Minister is totally wrong. God
forbid this is how we manage
our finances.

H HUMES
Nassau,
March 18, 2008.

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EDITOR, The Tribune.

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Litter on and around the
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dreadful. As part of their fund
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kids to purchase popsicles at
school closure.

Aside from having a “zero”
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kherig@tribunemedia.net.



Terminal 5

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to wait a little longer to enjoy the amenities of Heathrow Airport’s
Terminal 5 — as the UK carrier continues to straighten out the bag-

gage fiasco at the new facility.

At this time, passengers travelling from Nassau to London are
still flying into Terminal 4 and have been spared the fall-out
from the chaos at the $8.5 million TS.

BA district manager for the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos
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on April 30.

However, he added, that
this is contingent on how
soon British Airways is able
to sort out the problems
with the baggage system at
TS:

“If there are still prob-
lems at the terminal, then
the last thing they would
want to do is add more
flights,” he said.

Mr Barton said that
although the April 30 dead-
line is now under review, the
airline is still working
towards meeting that date.

Since the official opening
of the new state-of-the-art
terminal last Thursday,
around 250 flights had to
been cancelled, as tens of
thousands of bags were left
stranded when the baggage
system became clogged and

Chief executive of British Airways Willie Walsh said yesterday
that the airline is holding 19,000 bags in temporary storage and
hoped to start returning 5,000 of them to their owners.

The baggage handling disaster is estimated to cost British Air-

ways up to $49.7 million.

Announcing the opening of the new terminal, the airline said
that there will be huge improvements in punctuality and in the

transfer of baggage.

“The state-of-the-art baggage system has been designed specif-
ically for Terminal 5 using proven technology already in use at a
number of global airports,” British Airways said.

TS is described as being the “largest and possibly most luxuri-
ous airline lounge complex in the world”, which boasts 96 check-
in kiosks, and high-end shopping and dining opportunities among

many other features.









@ By Lindsay
Thompson

THE Bahamas has officially
welcomed newly appointed
Pan-American Health Organi-
sation/World Health Organisa-
tion representative Dr Merle
Lewis, who will focus on reduc-
ing the high death rate caused
by chronic diseases.

Deputy Prime Minister and
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Brent Symonette accepted Dr
Lewis’ Letters of Credence dur-
ing a ceremony at the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs yesterday.

He said the government and
PAHO/WHO would continue
on a path to improving the
delivery of health care in the
Bahamas.

“We have had a long rela-
tionship with the government
of the Bahamas and we are very
pleased with the arrangements,”
said Dr Lewis; an epidemiology
and public health professional.

Dr Lewis was officially
appointed on February 29 an
installation ceremony in Wash-
ington DC. She is representa-
tive of the Pan-American
Health Organisation; the
regional office of the World
Health Organisation (WHO) in
the Americas.

She has a doctorate of public
health degree in immunology
and infectious diseases from the
School of Epidemiology and
Public Health at John’s Hop-
kins University, Baltimore
Maryland; a master of public
health degree in infectious dis-
ease epidemiology from Yale
University, and a bachelor of
science degree in zoology and
chemistry from the University
of the West Indies, St Augus-
tine, Trinidad and Tobago.

Dr Lewis has worked in the
United States and_ the
Caribbean, serving as regional
advisor at the Vaccine Research
and Development Immunisa-
tion Unit; PAHO, in Washing-
ton, DC.

Her focus for the Bahamas is
to provide support and technical
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Focus on reducing
chronic diseases



Bahamas officially welcomes newly
appointed PAHO/WHO representative



Tim Aylen/BIS

DEPUTY Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Symonette
accepts Letters of Credence from Pan-American Health Organisa-
tion/World Health Organisation representative to the Bahamas, Dr
Merle Lewis, during a ceremony at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Health and Social Development
as it carries out various health
initiatives.

A work plan has already been
developed and agreed to with
PAHO/WHO key stakeholder
— the Ministry of Health, she
said.

“The work plan attempts to
support the country which has
identified some of its needs and
areas it thinks PAHO and
WHO can support them. So
essentially my role is to ensure
that the work plan is delivered
within the budget. My role is to
also mobilise financial resources
and technical resources to sup-
port the discharge and execu-
tion of the work plan,” Dr
Lewis said.

“So, really we want to work
with the Ministry of Health to
also focus on this area of chron-
ic diseases which we also call

lifestyle diseases, to see how the
population can understand
some of the issues and live
healthier lives,” she said.

The latest statistics from the
Ministry of Health and Social
Development show that the
prevalence of non-communica-
ble diseases such as obesity, dia-
betes, coronary heart disease,
stroke and cancers account for
57 percent of all deaths in the
Bahamas.

It is also estimated that
around 10 per cent of the coun-
try’s population is living with
diabetes, with the prevalence
being higher in women than
men.

Diabetes accounts for around
five to 10 per cent of the
nation’s health budget and is
among the leading cause of hos-
pitalisation and death in all age
groups affected.

According to WHO, more
than 230 million people world-
wide are living with diabetes
and it is projected that this num-
ber will exceed 333 million by
2025 with 80 per cent of the
increase occurring in low and
middle-income countries.

Dr Lewis commended the
Bahamas for its “successful” ini-
tiatives aimed at reducing the
number of cases and the trans-
mission of the HIV/AIDS virus
from mother to foetus.

She said however, that people
need to understand that AIDS
is not the leading cause of death
as is being perceived.

“Rather, we have a large epi-
demic of chronic diseases such
as diabetes, strokes, heart dis-
eases, which results from cer-
tain kinds of risk factors such
as hypertension, obesity and
high cholesterol,” Dr Lewis
said.

The Bahamas became a
member of the Pan American
Health Organisation in 1974. A
satellite unit of PAHO Jamaica
was established in this country
in 1978 and in 1982 a full coun-
try office with a representative
came into being.

The Bahamas has made
strides with the assistance of
PAHO over the last three
decades in the following areas:

Prevention and control of
communicable diseases such as
malaria and TB (tuberculosis);
procurement of vaccines for
immunisation at more afford-
able rates; monitoring and eval-
uation of essential health pro-
grammes; training of personnel
in many areas to build national
capacity; strengthening of food
and safety and nutrition pro-
grammes; enhancement of
maternal and child health, ado-
lescent health and oral health
programmes.

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@ FORT WORTH, Texas

A FLORIDA-BOUND
American Airlines flight
leaving Dallas-Fort Worth
International Airport
turned around and made an
emergency landing. Sunday
after a smoky odor filled
the cabin, ‘an airline official
said, according to Associat-
ed Press.

The plane was headed to
Fort Lauderdale, Fla., when
it took off Sunday evening
at about 5:15 p.m. It
returned to DFW Airport
about 10 minutes later,
American spokesman Tim
Smith said.

The flight had 129 pas-
sengers aboard. Nobody
was hurt.

The MD-80 is being
inspected, but mechanics
believe oil leaked onto the
plane’s auxiliary power
unit, causing the smoky
odor to enter the plane’s
ventilation system, Smith
said.

The Fort Worth, Texas-
based airline says Sunday’s
problem is not related to
inspections of wiring bun-
dles on MD-80 jets that led
the company to cancel hun-
dreds of flights this week.
Those planes have since
been cleared to fly, Smith
said.

It was the second time in
the last few days an Ameri-
can flight had to land after
a smoky smell filled the
cabin. A Chicago-bound
American flight made an
emergency landing Friday
in West Palm Beach, Fla.

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GROUND has been bro-
ken on a beautification pro-
ject for the Oakes Field
roundabout.

The contract for the job,
which is being funded by First-
Caribbean International
Bank, was awarded to a local
landscaper.

“Green spaces are great, but
they’re even better when
properly landscaped and
maintained, the way profes-
sional landscapers can,” said
the bank in a statement.

At a ground-breaking cer-
emony held at the round-
about, Dr Hubert Minnis,
Minister of Health and Social
Development, lauded First-
Caribbean for its decision to
adopt the roundabout and
bring some beauty and “curb
appeal” to the area.

“T am very happy that First-
Caribbean, a great corporate
citizen, decided to adopt this
particular roundabout, located
in the immediate vicinity of
the College of the Bahamas,
our premier tertiary institu-
tion. Maintaining an attractive
environment has a great
impact on individual behav-
iour and we’re glad that this
space, when beautified, will
shed a positive light and
enhance the roundabout and
its environs.”

FirstCaribbeank’s senior
manager corporate secretary
Teresa Williams said, “At
FirstCaribbean, we are really
very proud to be involved in
beautifying our community as
we strive to foster a clean and
green environment.”

Mrs’ Williams also
announced that local land-
scape artist Chan Pratt of the
Tree Depot will get the oppor-
tunity to put his talents to the
test when he begins beautify-
ing the roundabout - which is
the focal point in Oakes Field

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PICTURED L TO R, ARE: senior deputy director in the Ministry of Environmental Health Winston Sweeting; FirstCaribbean’s associate director for



retail Gezel Farrington; Sheena Pratt, The Tree Depot; Dr Hubert Minnis, Minister of Health and Social Development; senior manager and corporate
secretary Teresa Williams; FirstCaribbean Thompson Boulevard branch manager, Sherwin Hilton; undersecretary in the Ministry of Health and
Social Development, Dr Michael Turner.

where Poinciana Drive, Nas-
sau Street, Thompson boule-
vard and Horseshoe Drive
meet.

Mr Pratt was chosen from
three landscape designers who
were asked to suggest the best
design for the area they could
accomplish within a specified
budget.

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responsible financial services
institution,” Mrs Williams
added. “FirstCaribbean’s cor-
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munities, together — not only
through spending significant
sums to enhance Oakes Field
roundabout, but through our
overall community relations
programme, our ‘Unsung
Heroes’ programme, our part-
nership with the College of
the Bahamas’ President’s
Scholars Programme, and our
Adopt-A-Cause programme,
which has stimulated employ-
ees to really engage their vol-

unteer spirit for the better-
ment of our communities,”
Mrs Brown added.

Immediately following the
ground-breaking ceremony, a
backhoe and workmen from
the Ministry of Environmental
Health began removing the
ixoras that ran the perimeter
of the roundabout.

These plants will be re-used
by the government to beautify
other areas in the Bahamas.

Bridal show

town the aisle

BRIDES-TO-BE and
their grooms turned out
in numbers to the 20th
Annual Bahamas Bridal
Show held at the Wynd-
ham Nassau Resort on
Sunday.

The event got under-
way at midday with a
trade show of more than
50 exhibitors, which was
followed-by an enter-
taining fashion show.



Photos: Mario Duncanson






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TUESDAY, APRIL 1, 2008, PAGE 7



Raising youth
awareness of
United Nations

Rotary Clubs to hold model UN sessions

THE Rotary Clubs of the
Bahamas have announced that
they will host a Model United
Nations Session with the assis-
tance of the Ministry Of Foreign
Affairs.

Model United Nations Sessions
(MUNS) are an educational
opportunity that was established
to increase high school students’
awareness and practical under-
standing of how the United
Nations functions.

“Through the art of debating
and skillful presentations the stu-
dents learn to appreciate the com-
plexities of, and accomplishments
gained from, international co-
operation,” said the clubs in a
statement.

Generally, students in grade 10
and 11 are encouraged to partici-
pate.

The three main focuses of the
MUNS programme are:

e Learning about the country
to be represented

e Research and investigation
of the issue or subject on the
agenda

e Knowledge of the work of
the United Nations related to the
subject or issue in question

Each school participating is
assigned a country. to represent.

Through research, the team of
four students is expected to put
forward the position of that coun-
try with regard to a proposed top-
ic.

Each team is also assigned a
representative from the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs who will pro-
vide guidance and direction with
regard to their research.

It is also expected that each
school will appoint a teacher or
advisor to assist the team with
the preparation of their presen-
tation. This year, 14 to 18 schools
will participate in the programme.

Last year’s winners were stu-
dents from the Doris Johnson
High School and, while they will
not be participating in MUNS
2008, their role will be as adjudi-
cating timekeepers this year.

“The competition will be held
on April 7, at a Nassau venue
reproducing an authentic inter-
national debating environment
with a large audience of the
Bahamas’ most prominent digni-
taries and representatives from
commerce, education and all
facets of the public and private
sectors,” the statement said. This
will be a full day of activities,
which will include a morning
round table session for interac-
tion between teams along with a
presentation by the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs. The main event
is the MUNS debate, which will
be held in the afternoon.”

The grand prize is a trip to the
United Nations, accompanying
the Minister of Foreign Affairs,
and a grand trophy depicting the
names of previous winners.

The school which comes sec-
ond will be presented with a com-
puter, and there will be trophies
and consolation packs for all the
teams.

The judges will be individuals
from the local community who
have had ambassadorial respon-
sibilities or persons who have had
an intimate working relationship
with the United Nations.

The morning session topic this
year is “Does foreign policy hin-
der peace and development? If
so, what steps should be taken?”

The afternoon MUNS debate
topic is “The 60th anniversary of
the Universal Declaration on
Human Rights will be marked on
December 10, 2008. Given the
fact that this document is not
legally binding, and taking into
consideration the cultural, reli-
gious and economic differences
among countries worldwide, is
the Universal Declaration on
Human Rights universally rele-
vant?”

“This is a highly prestigious
event from which the students
gain knowledge, confidence, tact,
diplomacy and a tremendous
sense of pride,” said the state-
ment.

LOCAL NEWS

Fashion trade students visit Bahama Hand Prints

STUDENTS of the Bahamas
Technical and Vocational Insti-
tute’s fashion trade programme
visited Bahama Hand Prints for
this year’s annual production
study tour.

They were taken on a tour
around the factory and were
introduced to the different parts
of the product line.

The students then had an
opportunity to meet with Mrs
Joie Lamare, co-owner of the
company, who fielded questions
about Bahama Hand Prints and
its wide range of products.

“The tour is an opportunity for

students to gain additional knowl- .

edge and techniques in design
resort portfolio selection. All stu-
dents in the programme are
exposed to a diverse background
in fashion design production,”
said Shirley Pearson, co-ordinator
of the fashion trades and souvenir
manufacturing programmes at
BTVI. The students also heard
from Demetrius Albury, a seam-
stress and salesperson at Bahama
Hand Prints, who discussed her
role in the business.

Cathy Pinder, an instructor in
the fashion trade course at BTVI,
said: “The visit was a great, fun
learning experience for students
which at the same time encour-
aged students to continue in the





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LOCAL NEWS



Claim that unpaid
$30,000 in back pay
led to tanker not

having local pilot
FROM page one

tion by Global United.

"They informed us that
they were bringing a vessel
into the Bahamas. We told
them that they had to pay
their bills first, we told them
we would give them a pilot
when they gave us a cheque.
They said they were getting a
cheque for us but it never
came," he claimed.

Captain Rolle explained
that a shipping company can-
not acquire a local pilot
unless it goes through the
Harbour Pilots Association.

At this point, Captain
Rolle said, members of the
Harbour Pilots Association
are paying out of their own
pockets to pay for fuel for
the tugboats used by the
pilots.

"These people have fam-
ilies and bills to pay,” he
added.

Captain Rolle said he has
lodged several complaints
with Global United’s CEO
Jackson Ritchie.

"I've also sent letters to
Shell, Esso, to all involved
parties, to demonstrate to
them the problem of pay-
ment," he said.

Mike Hall, an operations
manager at Global United,
told The Tribune on the
weekend that it is not his
company’s responsibility to
pay the pilots, but Shell’s.

He said that Global Unit-
ed’s alleged involvement in
the affair is not “factual.”

“Shell International is
responsible for their vessels,”
he said.

“Shell actually pays the

Murder trial witness gives account
of how businessman was killed

FROM page one

from her desk, she saw a man
approach Carey and shoot him. She
said the gunman appeared to be
about five feet six inches tall, weigh-
ing about 180 pounds. Adderley told
the court that she could not fully see
the gunman’s face as he had a red-
dish orange handkerchief tied over
his nose.

The witness testified that she alert-
ed security and dialed 911, but could
not get through as the lines were
busy. Adderley told the court that
Carey was still trying to walk up the
stairs, but the assailant who was even
closer at this point, shot him again.
She said that at that point Carey,
who was clutching a red and black
bag, fell to the ground. According

More than half of
Immigration Audit

to the witness, the gunman stood
over Carey, took his bag and said
something to him. Adderley recalled
that she heard three gunshots. She
said the gunman ran to a white vehi-
cle nearby and made his escape. She
said the entire incident took place
within three minutes or less.
Lawyer Craig Butler, who repre-
sents Jamal Glinton, one of the mur-
der accused, suggested to the wit-
ness that the incidént took place
within a maximum of 30 seconds, to
which Adderley replied, “No.” Mr
Butler also suggested to the witness
that her vision at the time had been
obscured as she was behind two sets
of tinted glass and also because there
were people inside the bank. “I
could see clearly,” Adderley replied.
Romona Farquharson, lawyer
for murder accused Sean Brown,

suggested to the witness that her rec-
ollection of what had occurred that
day was not very clear. Adderley,
however, replied that it was. Ms Far-
quharson noted that the witness had
said that the incident took place on
Tuesday, February 27, but that the
27th was actually a Monday. Adder-
ley said that it was possible that she
had got the days mixed up. Ms Far-
quharson also suggested to the wit-
ness that she had never told police
that the gunman had left the scene in
a white vehicle and that it was a fab-
rication as her head was down at the
time. Adderley replied that
although her head was down, she
still saw the gunman flee the scene.
The witness admitted that she had
been shaken up after the incident.
Lawyer Roger Gomez Jr; who
represents Vaughn Carey, a cousin

FROM page one

of the deceased, who is charged with
conspiracy to commit armed rob-
bery, asked the witness if she had
any formal training in describing a
person’s weight and height. “No,”

‘she replied.

The Keith Carey murder trial
»which opened last Thursday, is
before Justice Stephen Isaacs. Jamal
Glinton and Sean Brown are on tri-
al for the murder, which occurred
on February 27, 2006. The pair is
also charged with armed robbery and
conspiracy to commit armed rob-
bery. Vaughn Carey, a cousin of the
deceased, is charged with conspiracy
to commit armed robbery.

Prosecuting the matter is Deputy
Director of Public Prosecutions
Cheryl Grant-Bethel, assisted by
Stephanie Pintard and Eucal Bona-
by.

TAMIR a CT

US pathologist Dr William
Lee Hearn had testified that
methadone was the main

opportunity with coming back
with the verdict which we
believe to be the right one
which is a homicide,” he said.

Daniel Smith died on Sep-
tember 10, 2006, while visit-
ing his mother at Doctor’s
Hospital — three days after
she gave birth to her daughter
Dannielynn. An autopsy
report stated that Daniel had
died due to respiratory arrest,
circulatory collapse due to an
adverse reaction to a lethal

cause of Daniel’s death and
that the amount of methadone
still present in his system indi-
cated that it was not an
attempt to get high, but was
an intentional ingestion.
Hearn had also told the court
that the methadone concen-
tration found in the post
mortem blood samples were
consistent with a fatal
toxication found in someone
who does not usually take
the drug and is not tolerant to

applicants processed

FROM page one

pilots. Shell is in charge of
all their ships ultimately and
those statements are not fac-
tual,” he said in response to
claims that Global United
failed to hire a local pilot.

However, Captain Rolle
said yesterday that its tradi-
tionally the agent company
that pays the pilots.

When the allegation that
the “Ficus” may have lacked
a local pilot was first put to
Shell International Shipping
and Trading Company’s Oil
Fleet Manager Captain Jere-
my Hudson during a press
conference last month, he
deferred to Minister of
Labour and Maritime Affairs
Dion Foulkes.

Global United CEO Jack-
son Ritchie did not return
The Tribune’s calls up until
press time last night.

combination of drugs. it.

Election Court will
not move to GB

FROM page one



tificate or records of school
registration.

“There are different cat-
egories When we say made public.
processed. In some cases He said he had not
there were people who received any reports of
were difficult to contact,so frustration from the Hait-
we were holding approvals ian and Haitian-Bahamian
for persons and we got community regarding the
those out of the way and regularising process.
there were also persons Mr R E Barnes, of
who we needed to get inter- Amnesty International
views with,” Mr Turnquest (Bahamas), said he hoped
the audit would be a “posi-

step” but said specific com-
ment would be reserved

Providence 287 in Grand until the final results are

Bahama and 218 in Abaco,
Minister Turnquest told
The Tribune Monday.

The numbers still have to
be broken down, he said,
to show exactly how many
persons have received citi-
zenship or permanent resi-
dence or have been retused
outright. ;

Nevertheless he pointed Said. — i )
out that the procedure as a He said he expected to _ tive step forward to having
whole is not entirelv sim- have afurther update from people’s status regularised
ple and some persons have the department on the here.” a
run into difficulty provid- audit by May. a _ He also refrained from
ing some of the necessary Yesterday, Haitian’ further comment until he
documentation. whether it Ambassador Luis St Joseph — had seen a copy of the final
is their parent’s birth cer- said the audit was a “good immigration report.

Mr Davis had further difficulty with witnesses appearing in
court yesterday. He even went to Freeport to speak with and
arrange for 10 witnesses to come Nassau over the next two days.
Tickets were bought for all of these people, he said, and six of them
were supposed to appear yesterday, and the other four today.
Only one witness appeared in court yesterday, however.

Mr Davis said that if the witnesses had appeared as scheduled,
he had intended to conclude Ms Bridgewater's case today.

The court has the power to issue warrants of arrest for persons
who have been subpoenaed, but do not appear. Mr Davis informed
the court that the 10 witnesses to whom he referred were not offi-
cially scheduled to appear until today, based on their subpoena.

The one witness who appeared, Leona Roach, a 30-year resident
of number 23 Ringwood Drive in Grand Bahama testified about
Raphael Whylly.

Despite being registered at Ringwood Drive, which is in Marco
City, she said he has lived at Bahama Reef Boulevard since 1991
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Bahamas.

~ What a fabulous slogan.
“I don’t think we have found
“a better one yet. Change for
change’s sake has never
been a good thing.

‘+ Now, however, in the
“Tourism Industry we find
“ourselves in a situation
“Where conditions demand
"change. And not just a
“change of slogan.

© 'The numbers don’t lie. In
“recent years tourism arrival
“numbers have been on a
Ydownward trend. This trend
has taken hold despite new
“investment in the hotel
?industry such as added
Yeapacity by Atlantis and
“major upgrading by Breezes
and Sheraton, just to men-
tion a few.
* There will be a further
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this year as ships are moved
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fast enough. All stakehold-
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store owners or craft ven-
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compromise when neces-
sary for the common good
of all.

Efforts also need to be
made to bring back and
promote the flavour of the
Bahamas which was sym-
bolized by Peanuts Taylor’s
shows, George Moxey, the
Poop Deck, Johncanoo and
the song about the Ship
John B.

The ideas above are the
suggestions of one colum-
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convene a meeting of all the
stakeholders in the Tourism
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MARIAN Smith-Rolle of the
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was named Employee of the Year
at the Ministry of Lands and
Local Government’s awards and
recognition ceremony.

The ministry said in a state-
ment that Mrs Smith-Rolle has
been entrusted to establish a con-
sumer information unit, “after a
long career serving as a punctual
and productive public servant”.

It said the awards ceremony
was just one of the many activities
planned for the ministry’s Aware-
ness Month 2008.

Employees from all the vari-
ous departments of the Ministry
of Lands and Local Government
received certificates commend-
ing their work.

There were seven other hon-

ourees vying for the title of
Employee of the Year: Donna
Bastian from Grand Bahama;
Joan Bethel from Exuma;
Keffieanne Ferguson from South
Andros; Rose Frazier from New
Providence; Enid White-Gardiner
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Roda from New Providence and
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The honourees then had to go
for an interview conducted by
persons chosen by the commit-
tee.

Minister of Lands and Local
Government Sidney Collie said
the impact of the awards is felt
throughout the ministry and the
Bahamas, as the employees come
together to compete, celebrate
and join in the festivities.

Mr Collie said: “I am pleased
that the organising committee
selected a group of special sup-
port staff to be recognised for the
work they do on a daily basis.”

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who have been recognised and
those of you who are going to be
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Governor General Arthur
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Lands and Local Government
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how much money you made, the
car you drove or the house you
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left in this world.

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Bahamas a better place for those
you come after you so carry the
Local Government legacy in your
heart: throughout your lives and
trust that you will make a differ-
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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

TRICKLE OF NATIONAL ELECTION RESULTS AMID ALLEGATIONS OF RETURNS BEING RIGGED

Opposition claims lead in Zimbabwe poll

CE

@ By ANGUS SHAW
HARARE, Zimbabwe

Officials released a trickle of
national election results evenly
split Monday between Zimbab-
we’s ruling party and the opposi-
tion, which accused President
Robert Mugabe’s government of
rigging returns to conceal a mas-
sive loss, according to the Associ-
ated Press.

Zimbabwe has collapsed under
Mugabe, a one-time anti-colonial
hero whose mismanagement of
the economy turned the bread-
basket of southern Africa into a
nation dependent on internation-
al food handouts, and struggling
with inflation of over 100,000 per-
cent a year, by far the world’s
highest. The economic disaster
has fueled dissent among a people
cowed into silence by Mugabe’s
strong-arm methods over 28 years
in power. Zimbabweans have
begun speaking openly against
Mugabe, 84, seeing the election as
a last hope for the country. Oppo-

sition leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s

Movement for Democratic
Changes said vote counts it saw
posted at polling stations in 128 of
the country’s 210 parliamentary
districts showed Tsvangirai tak-
ing 60 percent of the vote over
30 percent for Mugabe.

But Zimbabwe’s nominally
independent Electoral Commis-
sion released results for only 38
races in the lower House of
Assembly, giving 19 wins to the
ruling party and 19 to the oppo-
sition. It said nothing about the
presidential contest.

Election observers said some
initial results were known as ear-
ly as 11 p.m. Saturday, some four
hours after polls closed. In previ-
ous elections, partial results have
been announced within hours of
voting ending.

Tsvangirai narrowly lost dis-
puted 2002 elections and the
opposition said it would take to
the streets in peaceful protest if
this year’s vote was rigged.

The Movement for Democrat-
ic Change said the opposition
won 96 seats of the 128 for which
it had gathered results. Parlia-
mentary and local council ballot-
ing was held alongside the presi-
dential vote. The Electoral Com-
mission acknowledged that one
of Mugabe’s Cabinet ministers

- lost his seat in a district seen as a
‘ ruling party stronghold.

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“only goes to raise tension among
the people,” Movement for

Democratic Change seécretary-

general Tendai Biti said.

Biti said that if the vote were
stolen, the opposition would
mount peaceful protests — not
go to the courts.

“We have election disputes still
pending from 2002” in the courts,
he said. “We are not going to
make that mistake again. Our
courts will be the people of Zim-
babwe and our brothers and sis-
ters in Africa.”

Biti cautioned against resort-
ing to violence, which he said
could spark a security or military
crackdown.

“Zimbabweans are rightfully
anxious,” he said. “Zimbabweans
are not a violent people and we
hope people are not provoked
into violence if official results dif-
fer from those posted at polling
stations.”

Britain, Germany and the EU
called for faster reporting Mon-
day to ease tension.

The United States urged Zim-
babwe to “do the right thing” as it
counts the votes. State Depart-
ment spokesman Tom Casey said
the U.S. “strongly encourages”
the country’s electoral commis-
sion to honor the will of the Zim-
babwean people.

“Clearly the delay is fueling
speculation that something might
be going on,” said Noel Kutut-
wa, chairman of the Zimbabwe
Electoral Support Network,
which includes 38 civic, church
and other groups.

Independent monitors said Jus-
tice Minister Patrick Chinamasa
was oné of six Cabinet ministers
— among them some leading
members of Mugabe’s inner circle
— to lose a parliament seat. They
include Vice President Joyce
Mujuru; Didymus Mutasa, min-
ister of state for security and land,
and Defense Minister Sydney
Sekeramayi. The monitors, who
spoke on condition of anonymity
because they were not authorized
to publish results, compiled
results from those tallied and
posted at voting stations across
the country. The balance of the
presidential votes went to former
ruling party loyalist and Finance
Minister Simba Makoni, whose
campaign as an independent
brought splits within the ruling
party over Mugabe’s rule into the
open. While younger army offi-

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chiefs said before the election
they would not accept an opposi-
tion victory. A show of force by
riot police and other security
forces dampened celebrations
Sunday in the capital’s densely
populated suburb where support
for the opposition is strong.

If Tsvangirai were to claim vic- .
tory before the official results are
announced, it would be “called a
coup d’etat and we all know how
coups are handled,” chief presi-
dential spokesman George
Charamba was quoted as saying
in the state-controlled Sunday
Mail newspaper.

Businesses in Harare reported
many people stayed home Mon-
day, apparently to follow results.
Zimbabweans shared election
results among themselves, send-
ing cell-phone text messages and
e-mails that congested the coun-
try’s networks, |

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Cuba lifts ban on

citizens staying
at tourist hotels



A FOREIGN couple is reflected in

_-ernment has lifted a ban on Cubans staying at hotel

Le

a mirror next to a flag with a image of Revolutionary hero Ernesto “Che”





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2 HAVANA

New President Raul Castro’s
© government has lifted a ban on
- Cubans staying at hotels previ-

ously reserved for foreigners, end-
Â¥ ing another restriction that had
3 been especially irksome to ordi-
§ nary citizens, according to the
z: Associated Press,
pb “They have informed us that
y with a national ID card, anyone
yscan stay here,” an employee at
the Ambos Mundos Hotel in Old
Havana. She insisted on anonymi-
ty because she is not authorized
to speak to foreign reporters, but
said non-guests who are Cuban
nationals will also be allowed to
pay to enjoy other hotel services,
including gyms. ;
.. Front desk workers and man-
» agers at the Nacional, Valencia
: and Santa Isabel hotels in Havana
: also said Ministry of Tourism offi-
* cials told them Cubans were
: allowed to stay in hotels across
: the island as of midnight on Mon-
: day. Like other guests, they will
; be charged in convertible pesos
worth 24 times the regular pesos
| earned by state employees.

Catering to tourists and foreign
: executives, many of Havana’s
; best-known hotels charge well
» over $100 per night. The four-star
» Ambos Mundos, for example,
charges $173 a night in high sea-
' son — more than eight times the
; average monthly state salary of

about $20.
: Some hotels scheduled meet-
- ings with all staff members to dis-
cuss the changes, and officials said
new rules wiil also allow Cubans
. to rent cars at state-run agencies
» for the first time.

“Access to hotels was a com-
plaint a lot of people had, so this
is positive,” said Magaly, a

’ Havana retiree who said she did

not feel comfortable divulging her
full name. “But the prices are so
expensive. I can’t pay for a hotel.
Very few people can.”

There was no _ Official
announcement in state-controlled
media on the lifting of the ban
on hotel rooms and other tourist
services, and word spread slowly
through the Cuban capital.

It was business as usual inside
the luxurious but slightly dog-
eared lobby of the Hotel
Nacional, and receptionists at sev-
eral other hotels reported no
immediate spike in reservations.
Other tourism employees said
they had not yet been officially
informed of the change.

Magaly, 69, predicted a sudden
surge in hotel occupancy that
wouldn’t last.

“There will be a boom. Every-
one will stay in hotels even if it’s
only for one day,” she said. “But
then the novelty will wear off and
everything will be the same
again.”

On Friday, Cuba authorized its
citizens to obtain mobile phones,
which only foreigners and key
officials in the communist gov-
ernment were previously allowed
to have. A resolution from the
Interior Commerce Ministry also
authorized the general sale begin-
ning Tuesday of computers,
microwaves and DVD players,
items which had only been sold to
companies and foreigners.

But much.of the population has
access to convertible pesos or oth-
er foreign currency, either
through jobs in tourism or with
foreign firms or cash sent by rel-

atives living in the United States.
They will suddenly have a host
of new ways to spend their mon-
ey.

Tourism generates more than
$2 billion annually in this country,
and official restrictions that
banned all Cubans — even those
who can afford it — from enjoy-
ing beach resorts and luxury
hotels were an especially sore
point for many on the island since
the government began encourag-
ing foreign tourism en masse in
the early 1990s. Critics of the gov-
ernment have for decades brand-
ed the bans “tourism apartheid.”

Even if few Cubans can take
advantage of the new rule, it elim-
inates a glaring historical contra-
diction within the Cuban revolu-
tion. When rebels led by Fidel
Castro took power in 1959, they
joyfully overran beach resorts and
hotels that had been largely lim-
ited to foreigners, declaring them
open to all Cubans.

Governmental restrictions were
eventually restored, however, as a
way of promoting social equality
within the communist system and
limiting ordinary Cubans’ contact
with foreigners.

Since taking power from his
ailing, 81-year-old brother Fidel
on Feb. ul Castro, 76, has
pledged to make improving
Cubans’ everyday life a top pri-
ority and undo “excessive restric-
tions” on society and the econo-

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ARCHAEOLOGISTS DISTURB SOME OF ENGLAND’S MOST SACRED SOIL FOR FIRST TIME IN 44 YEARS

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m@ By GREGORY KATZ
LONDON

Some of England’s most sacred soil was disturbed yesterday for
the first time in more than four decades as archaeologists worked
to solve the enduring riddle of Stonehenge: When and why was the
prehistoric monument built?

The excavation project, set to last until April 11, is designed to
unearth materials that can be used to establish a firm date for
when the first mysterious set of bluestones was put in place at
Stonehenge, one of Britain’s best known and least understood
landmarks.

The World Heritage site, a favourite with visitors the world
over, has become popular with Druids, neo-Pagans and New Agers
who attach mystical significance to the strangely shaped circle of
stones, but there remains great debate about the actual purpose of
the structure.

The dig will be led by Timothy Darvill, a leading Stonehenge
scholar from Bournemouth University, and Geoffrey Wainwright,
president of the Society of Antiquaries. Both experts have worked
to pinpoint the site in the Preseli Mountains in south Wales where
the bluestones — the earliest of the large rocks erected at the site
—came from. They will be able to compare the samples found in
Wales to those at Stonehenge on the Salisbury Plain.

“The excavation will date the arrival of the bluestones following
their 153-mile journey from Preseli to Salisbury Plain and con-
‘atl j tribute to our definition of the society which undertook such an
ambitious project,” Wainright said. “We will be able to say not only
: why, but when the first stone monument was built.”

ARCHAEOLOGY students Steve Bush, right, and Sam Ferguson, left, sieve through earth amongst the stones at Stonehenge, England, Monday, Scientists believe the bluestones were first put in place about 2600

March 31, 2008. Some of England's most sacred soil was disturbed yesterday for the first time in more than four decades as archeologists try
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B.C., but they concede the date is only an approximation at best.
The original bluestones were removed about 200 years later and sci-
entists hope to find bits of them embedded in the earth.

Darvill said the excavation marks the first opportunity to bring
the power of modern scientific archaeology to bear on a problem
that has taxed the minds
of so many experts since
medieval times: Why
were the bluestones so
important to have war- .
ranted bringing them “We will be able
from so far away?

The excavation goal to say not only

is to find remnants of

the original bluestones, why, but when the

or related materials,

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struction of Stonehenge,
said Dave Batchelor, an
archaeologist with Eng-
lish Heritage, which : . .
oversees the Stone- Geoffrey Wainwright
henge site.

“We have to find the ’
material that will give :
us a good date,” he said. ““That’s where the luck comes in. We could
get an absolute blank or we could get something magnificent or we
could get something in between.”

He said bluestones have an “inky, bluey, black” appearance
and come from the Preseli Mountains in South Wales. About 6 feet
tall, they are the smaller stones that make up part of the monument,
alongside the larger sarsen stones, which are about twice as tall:and
were added later.

It is hoped that fixing the date of the start of construction with
more precision will allow scientists to finally grasp how and why the
monument was built. They also may learn more about how the
stones were transported. Research shows the bluestones, weighing
an estimated five tons apiece, may have been dragged from the
mountains in south Wales to the sea, put on huge rafts and floated
up the River Avon.

Archaeologists believe that before the bluestones were put in
place, Stonehenge consisted of a circle of wooden posts and timbers
built in approximately 3100 B.C.

The research that began Monday with the digging of a trench
marks the first time ground inside the inner stone circle has been
excavated since 1944. The area, revered as a powerful link to Eng-
land’s pagan past, is so sensitive that Cabinet approval was need-
ed before the work could begin.

Renee Fok, a spokeswoman with English Heritage, said the
project was okayed only after experts were convinced of its poten-
tial value. She said the project represents “the logical next step”
after the two professors located the source of the bluestones in
Wales. “It’s the culmination of their work, it makes sense to go back
to the stone circle and get a date,” she said.

“We want to strike a balance. We want the best research, but we
can’t just say go ahead and dig as you like, it’s a very fragile area.
Even the Druids are happy with this project, we’ve spoken to
them and they don’t object.”

She said tourists will be able to visit Stonehenge as usual and will
also be able to watch live video coverage of the excavation in spe-
cial tents at the site.





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Tribune Business
Editor

THE Bahamas Internation-
al Securities Exchange’s
(BISX) chief executive yes-
terday said he hoped to pre-
sent the exchange’s Board
with the final draft of the pro-
posed amendments to its rules
| at their Thursday meeting,
adding that the changes were
critical to enhance regulatory
efficiency and effectiveness.

Keith Davies told The Tri-
bune: “I am submitting them
to the BISX Board now. We
have a Board meeting com-
ing up this week on Thursday,
and it is my intention, if we
do not present them with a
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Albany hotel start
‘in next 30 days’

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE $1.3 billion Albany Golf
& Beach resort’s developers
yesterday said they hoped to
start construction work on the
project’s hotel component
“within the next 30 days” after
submitting the performance
bonds for subdivision approval
pre-Easter, and pledged to
“leave the environment in a bet-
ter state than we found it”.

Christopher Anand, Albany’s
managing partner, told The Tri-

bune that the development had |

hired John Davies away from
his job as executive vice-presi-
dent for Ginn’s West End pro-
ject to head construction of the
south-west New Providence
project.

Confirming that construction
work on the road re-routing had
started, Mr Anand said Albany
was “probably a couple of
weeks away” from starting work
on the marina and golf course
components.

“We hope subdivision
approval will come shortly,” Mr
Anand told The Tribune. “We
had all our performance bonds
in place before Easter.”

The performance bonds will
be lodged with the Ministry of
Works, and act as a form of
insurance or guarantee that the

* Developers post
performance bonds
pre-Easter for
subdivision approval

* Golf course, marina likely
to start in next two weeks

* Senior Ginn executive
hired away from West
End to head Albany
construction

* Developers pledge to
‘leave environment in
better state than we
found it’

developer will put in place the
infrastructure for a subdivision
- such as utilities and roads - as
they have pledged to do. Ulti-
mately, if the developer fails to
perform, the Ministry can call in
the bonds to finance this work
by itself.

“We'd expect the amenities
to start within the next couple
of weeks,” said Mr Anand,
referring to the marina and golf

course. “We’re waiting on final
permits in the normal course of

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m@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

he mediation attempt to end
the Grand Bahama Port
Authority (GBPA) owner-
ship dispute was last night
said to have ended without
success, and Fleming Family & Partners
no nearer to acquiring the 50 per cent stake
held by the late Edward St George’s estate.

Sources familiar with the situation told
The Tribune that the mediation, ordered
by Supreme Court Senior Justice Anita
Allen earlier this month, had ended with-
out a breakthrough in resolving the 15-
month battle over the GBPA ownership
between the family trust of Sir Jack Hay-
ward and the St George estate.

In addition, a series of meetings held in
London between key Fleming principals,
Roddie Fleming and Geoffrey Richards,
and St George estate representatives -
thought to include Henry St George and a
UK attorney, Mark Bridges of Farrer &
Co, who was acting for one of the estate’s
executors, Lord Euston - also produced

New car sales ‘slow slightly’

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

NEW car sales “have slowed
slightly” during the 2008 first

no conclusion,

Meetings between the Fleming and
estate representatives have been held over
the past two weeks, and it is understood
that the last one was held yesterday.

Despite Fleming’s attempts to kickstart
talks with the St George estate about
acquiring their stake, having reached an
agreement in principle to acquire the Hay-
ward trust’s stake for $100 million, the
effort ultimately appears to have been
fruitless.

It is thought that the St George estate’s
representatives indicated it wanted to
explore other options relating to its GBPA
and Port Group Ltd interest, including
seeking other joint venture partners or
possibly selling-up to Hutchison Wham-
poa, which submitted a rival $125 million
offer to the Haywards.

The St George estate and its attorney,
Callender’s & Co partner Fred Smith, have
never been keen on the Fleming offer,
viewing the company as an ‘interloper’
that muscled its way into the litigation pro-
ceedings between the estate and the Hay-
wards.

Dealers now waiting to see if car show
interest turns into concrete sales

With the mediation producing no con-
clusion,.the St George estate, Hayward
trust and Fleming are likely to be headed
back to court for another protracted round
of litigation, in more ways than one.

The 21-day deadline for Lady Henrietta
St George and Sir Jack to agree on an
independent chairman for the GBPA, fol-
lowing the removal of receivers Clifford
and Myles Culmer, has passed, meaning
they either have to return to court or nom-
inate a mediator to resolve the issue.

Initially, The Tribune understands that
both sides may have found a solution in the
form of Erik Christiansen, former owner of
New Hope Holdings, which formerly
owned Freeport’s Pelican Bay resort. How-
ever, it is understood the Hayward camp
then switched its attention to Bahamian
executive Felix Stubbs, a senior official
with IBM (Bahamas), who was unaccept-
able to the estate.

These latest developments continue to
leave Freeport and its economy in limbo,
with seemingly no end in sight to the
GBPA ownership turmoil and the negative
ripple effects that spew from it.

quarter, one car dealer told The
Tribune yesterday, with dealer-
ships now waiting to see
whether they can turn consumer
interest at.the weekend's
Bahamas Motor Dealers Asso-
ciation (BMDA) car show into
concrete sales.

Rick Lowe, operations man-
ager at Nassau Motor Compa-
ny, said: “It may be too early

to tell, but it does seem as if

things have slowed slightly.
Whether it’s a definitive pat-
tern, I can’t say.

“Our floor traffic has not
slowed, and at the Mall [for the
car show] there seemed to be a
hell of a lot of people. We're
getting the floor traffic, but
whether it turns into sales we'll

know in about three weeks’
time. We’ll know whether the
car show was a marketing, as
well as a financial success, in
two to three weeks’ time.”

New car sales are, in theory,
among the products most likely
to be hit first - and hardest -
during an economic downturn.
They are relatively expensive
and viewed as a luxury good by
most consumers. These goods
are among the first purchases
to be discarded or put on hold if
consumers suffer a reduction in
disposable income.

Given that Bahamian busi-
ness confidence has been
knocked by the global econom-
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the tourism industry, which was

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billion Cable Beach project, it is
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Mr Lowe said at least eight
dealers, including Nassau Motor
Company, Quality Auto, San-
pin, Bahamas Bus & Truck,
Tyreflex and Executive Motors,
were represented at the car
show.

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Ratings agency reaffirms
Colinalmperial ‘strength’

COLINAImperial Insurance Company
has seen its A- (Excellent) financial strength
rating reaffirmed by the leading interna-
tional insurance rating agency, which said
the firm’s future growth and profit sustain-
ability would depend on its ability to
increase market share.

A. M. Best, which also reaffirmed Coli-
nalmperial’s ‘a-’ financial strength rating
and the stable outlook for both, indicated
the ratings were largely based on the com-
pany's position as having the largest life
and health market share, plus its "conserv-
ative reserving" policies.

However, A. M. Best said concerns

remained over the "volatile" earnings per-
formance of Colinalmperial's individual
and group health insurance portfolio, which
caused the company to report a loss for the
three months to September 30, 2007.

The rating agency said its actions were
"based on Colinalmperial's leading mar-

ket share in the life/health market in The
Bahamas, its diversified product portfolio,
adequate risk-adjusted capitalisation and
conservative reserving practices".

It added: "As the life/health market
leader, with more than 50 per cent market
share in the Bahamas, Colinalmperial con-
tinues to leverage its competitive advan-
tages locally and by expanding into the
islands of the Bahamas and other Caribbean
and Latin America markets."

A.M. Best said that "while Colinalmpe-
rial's earnings performance and growth in
assets have been positive over the past five
years, its potential for new business growth
and earnings sustainability will depend on
cultivating organic opportunities, improving
its cost structure as well as reversing the
recent poor performance of its group and
individual health business."

A. M. Best said Colinalmperial's current
financial position, operating performance

and size reflected its acquisitions of Global
(Bahamas), Canada Life and Imperial Life
in a three-year span between 2002 and 2005.
"Partially offsetting these strengths is the
mature nature of the Bahamas life/health
market, which may impede Colinalmperi-
al's potential for organic growth, the fluc-
tuating operating results due to past acqui-
sition costs and continuing expenses to
streamline its operational infrastructure,"
A.M. Best said.

The ratings agency added that Coli-
nalmperial was currently experiencing
"embedded risk factors and volatility in the
individual and group health businesses that
were acquired over the past three years", as
this had impacted the company's operat-
ing performance.

Colinalmperial Insurance Company is
owned by BISX-listed Colina Holdings
(Bahamas), which in turn is majority-owned
by A.F. Holdings.

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for Thursday Board meet

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PROCLAMATION |

WHEREAS, the coastal zone comprises the sea, the beach, and the land behind the beach
and is crucial to the econonmic and social well-being of our people;

AND WHEREAS, the international community took measures, beginning in 1986, to
bring attention to, and mobilize resources for the protection and management of the

marine and coastal areas of wider Caribbean region:

AND WHEREAS, The Bahamas government signed the convention on Biological

Diversity in June 1992 and,

recognizing the importance of the marine biodiversity,

the second conference of the parties to the convention higlighted the need to de-
velop mechanisms for the sustainable use of coastal and marine biological diversity ;

AND WHEREAS, member states of the United Nations brought into force the Ramsar
convention, which provides for the protection of wetlands, including shallow coastal and

marine ecosystem;

AND WHEREAS, the Government of The Bahamas signed the Ramsar convetion in

June, 1997;

AND WHEREAS, The Bahamas recognizes the importance of our coastal zones to the
sustainability of our most vital industry, tourism, and the socio-economic development
of our people, and that natural disasters, climate change and human activity will impact

them;

AND WHEREAS, The Bahamas is obligated to educate all stakeholders to the value of
these resources, enact the appropriate legislation and mobilize the necessary resources to
ensure the protection of our coastal zones for future generations of Bahamians;

AND WHEREAS, The Ministry of Tourism, in collaboration with other partners in the
public and private sectors, wishes to set aside the month of April to engage in activities to
heighten the awareness of the importance of our coastal zones;

NOW THEREFORE. | Hubert A. Ingraham, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, do hereby, proclaim the month beginning Tuesday, Ist April to

Wednesday, 30th April, 2008 as

“COASTAL AWARENESS

MONTH”

IN WITNESS WHEREOF,
I have hereunto set my Hand
and Seal this 19th day of
March, 2008

asd

HUBERT A. INGRAHAM
PRIME MINISTER



the exchange, in addition to
being needed “to deal with all
the things we plan to do”.

The proposed BISX Rules
amendments, unveiled in April
2007, sought to require listed
companies to publish their quar-
terly and annual audited finan-
cial statements some 60 and 90
days respectively after those
periods ended.

This compared to the 90 and
120-day periods they are cur-
rently allowed now, meaning
that if this change was
approved, the timeframes
would be brought forward by a
month. This generated concerns
among both BISX-listed com-
panies and the accounting pro-
fession that audits them, both
fearing the proposed audit peri-
ods were too short.

On this issue, Mr Davies yes-
terday declined to comment
directly, saying that he first
wanted ‘the Board to approve
whatever changes they
favoured.

However, he added: “Our
expectation is that there will be
improvements with regard to

filing requirements.”

Other amendments to BISX
Rules that were proposed ini-
tially included changes to
issuers’ continuing obligations
rules that required directors,
chief executives and chief finan-
cial officers, especially with
quarterly financials, to make a
public declaration that those
financial reports were in com-
pliance - and had been pub-
lished in compliance - with
International Financial Report-
ing Standards (IFRS).

Other plans involved requir-
ing all issuers to file all results
and material disclosures with a
new department called the
BISX Companies Announce-
ments Office in electronic for-
mat.

The BISX Listings Commit-
tee was also due to get new
sanctions powers, including the
ability to disqualify directors of
entities listed on the exchange.

Mr Davies yesterday said of
the rules’ amendments: “It is
recognising the advances in the
securities industry, it is acknowl-
edging that improvements can

be made to our rules, and it is
being proactive to deal with
these things we see. It is very
important to us. It is necessary
and needed at this time.”

The BISX Rules changes, he
added, recognised that rules and
regulations governing the secu-
rities industry globally had to
be seen as a “living document”,
and changed to accommodate
new practices and products as
the sector evolved.

Mr Davies said he had been
involved in drafting the initial
Securities Industry Act, and in
presentations before the Gov-
ernment had emphasised the
“living document” aspect.

“It-didn’t turn out that way,”
he added, suggesting this was
why so much effort was cur-
rently being put into the
reforms to that Act.

Meanwhile, Mr Davies said
BISX was likely to see another
investment fund listing in about
three days, following closely
behind the three sub-funds from
the FG Financial Fund Ltd
SAC (segregated accounts com-
pany).

POSITION VACANY

MAINTENANCE SUPERVISOR

Pepsi-Cola Bahamas an affiliate of PepsiAmericas Inc is currently
seeking applicants for the position of Maintenance Supervisor
to assume responsibility for the efficient operation and
maintenance of its equipment and machinery, with a keen focus

on detail in keeping with international standards. Applicants
must be customer oriented with a track record of mastery in
mechanical areas.

The incumbent will be required to:

e Ensure the effective and efficient performance of the
maintenance function for the building and the environment;
the packaging lines; electrical distribution and RO water

systems

Execute a planned and preventative maintenance program
Diagnose equipment malfunction and effect repairs as

necessary

Maintain the technical integrity of the plant to attain
production targets and keep abreast with the latest
technological advancements

The ideal candidate should have strong Electrical & Mechanical
Engineering experience, demonstrate a proficiency to trouble
shoot and repair common electrical and mechanical problems

and have the ability to work independently,

Please e-mail resume to: hrpepsibahamas@gmail.com





THE TRIBUNE

TUESDAY, APRIL 1, 2008, PAGE 3B



Central Bank seeks =

ore ‘risk-based’
supervision

THE Central Bank of the
Bahamas yesterday said it was
seeking to adopt a more risk-
based approach to regulating its
licensees, and aimed to produce
a framework outlining this by
end-April 2008.

In its latest quarterly newslet-
ter to the heads of all Bahamas-
based bank and trust compa-
nies, the Central Bank's bank
supervision department said it
was moving to "employ more

_risk-based principles of regula-



tion and supervision in the on-
site examination process".

It was now looking to cate-
gorise licensees according to
risk, using factors such as their
parent's home country designa-
tion; the level of activity out-
sourcing; market focus; and
ownership complexity. These
would be used to determine the
on-site examination's scope.

A more risk-based approach
has also been the focus of the
Central Bank's corporate gov-
ernance guideline review, with
the regulator looking at amend-
ments that include the number
of Board meetings bank and
trust companies are mandated
to have. "We intend to use a
less prescriptive approach and
simply leave it up to the indi-
vidual banks, based on individ-
ual risk circumstances, to deter-
mine appropriate governance
arrangements in this area," the
Central Bank added.

It said its revamped corpo-
rate governance guidelines
should be published by the first
week in April.

The Central Bank said
licensees had also brought to its
attention the fact that there was
a "conflict" between section
four of its proposed Large
Exposure Guidelines, and the
Banks and Trust Companies
(Large Exposures) Regulations
2005S.

The latter's section seven list-
ed exposures that were exempt-
ed without the Central Bank
requiring prior notification,
while the Large Exposure
Guidelines required pre-notifi-
cation for all exposure exemp-
tions.

In addition, the Regulations'

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section eight contained a prior
notice requirement applicable
to a select group of exposures.
This required the Central Bank
to amend the Large Exposure
Guidelines' section four to
define the 'exempt exposures'
that should be pre-notified.

The Central Bank also added
that draft guidelines on the
Management of Interest Rate
Risk would be issued for indus-
try feedback in the first week
of April 2008.

It also said: "As we would
have previously advised, the
Central Bank is seeking to
make regulatory reporting more
efficient through the imple-
mentation of a more compre-
hensive online reporting system.

“We have recently short-list-
ed the potential service
providers to three, and have
developed a rigorous demon-
stration script for each vendor,
to assist the Bank in making a
final selection. We believe that
such a system will greatly
enhance the timeliness and effi-
ciency with our data collection
and dissemination efforts."

The Central Bank added that
it was seeking to make its regu-
latory regime more “business
friendly”, with itself and other
regulators reviewing the publi-
cation requirements for statu-
tory filing of annual audited
financial statements.

More “flexibility” was being
sought, and this included “the
possibility of electronic filings
and the publication of financials
on regulated entities’ websites

or some centralised website as -

being sufficjent to meet the
statutory publication require-
ment”.




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TUESDAY, APRIL 1, 2008 , PAGE 5B



Fashion week to give Bahamas
elebrity publicity boost

ISLANDS of the World Fashion
Week, the fashion show being organ-
ised by Bahamas-based financial ser-
vices provider, the Montaque Group, is
planning to give the Bahamian tourism
industry a major publicity boost by
inviting numerous music and TV per-
sonalities to the four-day extravaganza.

Among the celebrities who have
been sent invitations are Lenny
Kravitz, Tyra Banks, P Diddy, Jennifer
Lopez, P Diddy, Rihanna, Beyonce
Knowles, Oprah Winfrey and Stacey
London.

The executive producer for Islands
of the World Fashion Week is Tomas
Frenes, a Miami resident who served as
deputy director for the Americas for

Albany hotel start ‘in next 30 days’ Ragga"

Versace. He is also executive vice-pres-
ident of Mode Iles, the Montaque
Group affiliate organising the show.

Owen Bethel, the Montaque
Group's president and managing direc-
tor, and the show's founder, said
designers from the Bahamas, Fiji,
Grenada, Bermuda, Indonesia,
Jamaica, Madagascar, Trinidad &
Tobago, Barbados, Puerto Rico and
Cuba had indicated they were inter-
ested in participating.

"This event was not conceived to be
just another fashion week," explained
Mr Bethel.

"While certainly providing a show-
case for eligible designers originating
from developing islands similar to the

typical fashion
week, the mere |
fact that this |
event specifical-
ly focuses on
designers from
islands in itself
makes it a
unique event.
Islands conjure
up images of a
unique lifestyle,
both exotic and
colourful. Fur-
ther, this event
is not simply a commercial venture, as
it concurrently aims to draw attention
to several global issues

ten Rene



"Presenting designers are being
encouraged to also present garments or
accessories, which display sensitivity
to anyone or more of many global
social issues.

"The recognition and tolerance of
cultural diversity, in an effort to bring
about a culture of peace, are also sig-
nificant themes of the event as a reflec-
tion of the mission of the United
Nations Educational, Scientific and
Cultural Organisation (UNESCO),
which is supporting the event,"

"With the presence of fashion edi-
tors, and the press representatives and
photographers," added Mr Bethel, "the
designers will get a critical assessment
of their work and the potential for

sales. While this is not a competition
there will be the selection of notable
presenting designers as the recipients of
the recognition awards in Sustainable
or Eco- Fashion, Cultural & Fashion,
the NextGen Designer Award, and the
Seals of Excellence to be presented
to five outstanding designers.

“The NextGen Designer Award is
targeted to a novice designer who
shows promise in the international
marketplace. A Humanitarian Design-
er Award will also be presented to an
internationally-renowned designer who
has shown him or herself to be a phil-
anthropist in one or more of the areas
of concern being highlighted by the
event.”

FROM page 1B

construction for the marina and
golf course.”

Obtaining final Phase I sub-
division will also enable Albany
to proceed with its hotel com-
ponent. “We expect to start the
hotel within the next 30 days,”
Mr Anand added.

Mr Davies, who has exten-
sive construction experience
globally and in the Bahamas,
having overseen the building of
Exuma’s Four Seasons Emer-
ald Bay Resort, started in his
new position with Albany last
week.

“We looked for someone that
knows the Bahamas, the scale
of the project we’re talking
about in the Bahamas,” Mr
Anand said of Mr Davies. “He’s
not only an incredibly compe-
tent man, but he’s a nice man.

“He’s somebody who knows
the Bahamas well, knows and
understands how to get things
done, and knows how to work
with Bahamians to get things
done. That’s very important for

”

us.

The Albany project has been
the subject of much environ-
mental furore in recent weeks,
after Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham tabled in the House
of Assembly the review of the
project’s Environmental Impact
Assessment (EIA) by consul-
tants Black & Veatch Interna-
tional. :

That review raised several
concerns about the potential
environmental impact from the
‘Albany project, particularly
with regard to potential erosion
on Adelaide Beach that would
result from the project’s marina
entrance and channel.

These concerns have prompt-
ed environmental activists, such
as reearth’s Sam Duncombe, to
publicly call for Adelaide Beach
to be made into a National Park
and protected area. There are
also fears that the Albany mari-
na channel will cut off public
access to more than half of
Adelaide Beach.

Yet Mr Anand yesterday
pointed out that the EIA
Review was an 18-month old

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereb
GOLDEN ISLES

given that KETTLY BAPTISTE of
OAD, P.O. BOX SS-5749, NASSAU,

BAHAMAS is aoe to the Minister responsible for

Nationality and

itizenship, for registration/naturalization

as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who
knows any reason why re istration/ naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 1st day of
April 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

Legal Notice

NOTICE

WORLANDER S.A.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company is
in dissolution, which commenced on the 28th day of March
2008. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp. Inc., P, O. Box

N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE

THENPRES LIMITED

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section

138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000,
the dissolution of THENPRES LIMITED 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)

document that was drafted in
July 2006. Since then, Albany
had worked with the Bahamas
Environment, Science and
Technology (BEST) Commis-
sion and Black & Veatch to
address all the issues raised in
the latter’s report.

He added that “the bottom
line” was that Albany would
not have obtained final
approval from either BEST or
their consultants if any concerns
remained, pointing to the pro-
ject’s 400-page Environmental
Management Plan (EMP),
which required the developers
to meet 19 benchmarks that will
be independently monitored/.

“Our goal is to leave the envi-
ronment in a better state than it
was before,” Mr Anand said.
“It’s in our own best interests
and we’re committed to it.
We're not the average develop-
er, who says one thing and does
another.

“We're going to be audited
by a third party. We're going to
be held accountable and be
transparent.”

He conceded that Albany
and its marina channel would

impact Adelaide Beach, but
said this was a “trade-off” to
achieve economic. growth and
development that the Govern-
ment had deemed acceptable.
The developers - the Tavistock
Group, the vehicle for world-
wide investments by Lyford Car
billionaire Joe Lewis, and
world-famous golfers Ernie Els
and Tiger Woods - were work-
ing with the Government to
mitigate any impact to the
beach.

“We're going to improve the
current beach conditions and
be held responsible for ever to
maintain it,” Mr Anand said,
noting that the developers had
committed $3 million to
improve Bahamian beaches.

On the beach access issue, he
added that Bahamians had pre-
viously been trespassing on the
beach behind the building
secluded from south-west Bay
Street by the ‘long pink wall’.
That is the former Chalopin
estate, since acquired by Albany
for use as its clubhouse.

To settle the access issue, Mr
Anand said as part of the Heads
of Agreement, the Tavistock

Legal Notice

NOTICE

TREMENDOUS OCEAN S.A.

etnies ONS ain

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section

138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000,
the dissolution of TREMENDOUS OCEAN S.A. has been

completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and

the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Group and its affiliate, New
Providence Development Com-
pany, had committed to provide
a ‘right of access’ to the western
end of Adelaide Beach via land
sold to the adjacent South
Ocean project.

Mr Anand said that much of
the 565-acre Albany project was
“previously mined and scarred
land. Environmentally, it’s
going to be in a better condi-
tion than it was before Albany”.

The developers had commit-
ted to a “minimum percentage”
of the project remaining as
green space, and had undertak-
en to remove invasive species
and replant appropriate vege-
tation as one of the 19 BEST
benchmarks they had to meet.

And while Albany sat on the
largest freshwater lens on New
Providence, Mr Anand said the
quality of its water was “brack-
ish” and not good.

He added that the develop-
ers were going to construct a
reverse osmosis plant to con-
vert contaminated water into

water for irrigating Albafiy’s
golf course, something that
showed charges the golf course



sales
‘slow
slightly’

FROM page 1B

weeks in March, because
everyone was waiting for the
car show. Now, we just have
to close the sales from the
car show.

“It was a very good car
show. Overall, there was a
great display, all the dealers
were out in full force show-
ing their product. It gives
everyone the opportunity
under one roof to view all
the products out there. They
don’t have to go to eight car
dealers; they can go to one
spot.”

run-off would contaminate
water supplies had no merit.

Legal Notice
NOTICE

AGUR COMP S.A.

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (4) of the International Business Companies Act,

2000, AGUR COMP S.A. is in dissolution as of

March 28, 2008.

International Liquidator Services Inc. situated at 35A
Regent Street, PO. Box 1777, Belize City, Belize is the

Liquidator.

LIQUIDATOR

BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES - VISIT WWW.BISXBAHAMAS COM FOR MORE DATA & INFORMATION

BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,963.40 / GHG 0.20 / CHG 0,07 / YTD 103.35 / YTD %

Securit Previous Close Today's Close Change

Abaco Markets

Bahamas Property Fund

Bank of Bahamas

Benchmark
Bahamas Waste
Fidelity Bank
Cable Bahamas
Colina Holdings

2.10
1.30
10.35
2.10
4.73
3.60
2.20
5.94
12.45
13.50
5.12
0.54
6.86
8.60
10.00

Famguard
Finco
FirstCaribbean
Focol (S)

ICD Utilities
J. S. Johnson

S2wk-Low
14.25
6.00
0.20 RND Holdings

41.00

14.00

0.40

ABDAB
RND Holdings

52wk-Low
1.2037
2.6254
1.2647
3.1424
11.4467
100.0000
100.0000
1.0000
10.5000 9.6433
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX - 19 Dec 02
52wk-Hi - Highest closing price in las
52wk-Low - Lowest closing price in le

Previous Close

1,000.00
2 weeks
52 weeks

Today's Close - Current day's weighted price for daily volume



>@ from day to day
ided today

Change - Change in closing
Daily Vol. - Number of tote
DIV $ - Dividends per share paid in th



(S) - 4-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 8/8/2007
(S1) - 3-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 7/11/2007

Freeport Concrete
Premier Real Estate
Symbol

Bahamas Supermarkets
Caribbean Crossings (Pref)

Bahamas Supermarkets

- Previous day's weighted price for daily volume

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

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

2.50
7.90
12.92
13.50
5.50
0.74
6.86
12.30
10.00

6.00
0.35

Fidelity Over-The-Counter Securities
i $

Daily Vol.

11.80
9.61
0.99
3.66
2.60

13.63
2.87
7.22
4.40
2.50
7.90

12.92

13.50
5.50
0.74
6.86

12.30

10.00

Last Price Weekly Vol.

Colina Over-The-Counter Securities

41.00
14.60
0.45

43.00
15.60
0.55

41.00
14.00
0.45

BISX Listed Mutant Funds

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

1.304134*
2.982729*
1.384657***
3.6651°
12.0429*
100,00**
100,00**

CFAL High Grade Bond Fund 1.00*°*
Fidelity International Investment Fund 0.20% -8.16%
FINDEX: CLOSE 912.81 1 YÂ¥TO A, 12% / 2007 BB.29%

YIELD | last 12 month dividends divided by closing price

9.6433*

MARISET TERMS.

Last 12 Months Div $

Bid $ - Buying price of Colina and Fidelity
Ask $ - Selling price of Colina and fidelity

Last Price
Wookly Vol
S $ - A company’s reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths

Last traded over-the-counter price
Trading volume of the prior week

N/M - Not Meaning sful

FINDEX - The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994



EPS $

EPS $

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1.502 0.400
0.643 0.160
0.188 0.030
0.289 0.090
0.058 0.040
1.093 0.240
0.031 0.040
0.428 0.270
0.157 0.052
0.316 0.040
0.713 0.280
0.810 0.570
0.914 0.470
0.363 0.140
0.035 0.000
0.411 0.300
1.059 0.610
1.167 0.600

Div $
1.160
0.000

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4.450
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your king, and, when you continue
with the ace, South mffs. Declarer
cashes the queen and ace of trumps,
West following suit, then leads the
club ten, losing the finesse to your
king. What would you return?

2. You are declarer with the West
hand at Three Notrump, and North
leads the spade nine. How would you
play the hand?

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1. The proper return is a club. If
you were to shift to a low heart
instead, it would hand South the con-
tract if he had, say: # AK1083 ¥

words in
the main
body of
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letters shown here? In making a
word, each letter may be used
once only. Each must contain the
centre letter and there must be
at least one nine-letter word.

No plurals.

TODAY'S TARGET

Good 18; very good 27; excellent
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with the ace, cross to the king of
hearts and finesse the jack of dia-
monds. If North has the king, you
make four notrump easily, so let’s
assume the jack loses to the king.
South can’t injure you by returning
a spade or a heart, either of which
would hand you a trick, nor can he
hurt you by leading a club or a dia-
mond. The two club tricks you have
coming assure you of a favorable

by the queen, plus the king of dia-
monds and ace of clubs. Similarly,
you could go down if you took the
ace of spades at trick one and played
a club at trick two. If North had the



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get worried about. You just need some
time to yourself and then you'll reac-
. Quaint yourself with the norm.

ARIES — March 21/April 20
Your world is a mix of love and
adventure this week, Aries. Impulse
runs wild but it never steers you
wrong. You do your best while shar-
ing fun with friends.

TAURUS - April 21/May 21

Don’t start any new projects this

West East outcome.
eee #3104 #AK7 If you started by attempting a week, Taurus. You are known to
~~ RZ ¥K73 WAI4 spade finesse at trick one, the con- anger easily and sometimes can be
#3852 #AQ109 tract would fail if it tumed out that slow to learn new things. It's best if
“KIO #Q103 South had five (or six) spades headed - you stick with the basics.

GEMINI - May 22/June 21

Expect positive developments in a
working relationship, friendship or
romance. For you this week, Gemini,
actions speak louder than words, so

WELL ,. THE i :
GOP NENG K972 @ 10 # 1095 and played low ace and led another spade at trick move forward.
5, Your HEIRS on your retum. The same would be three, you could soon find yourself in CANCER - Jume 22/July 22
WON'T KANE To true if you returned the queen, which _ serious trouble. Less is more this week, Cancer,
WRRY ABOUT aS because it won't take much for peo-
THE ESTATE = ple to warm up to you. Consider
TRX i curbing your spending on any

~ excesses and concentrate strictly
towards investments.

7

TINE To DPDATE The . LEO - July 23/August 23
YoUuR RESUNE _— Your senses are alive, Leo, and you're

feeling invincible. You leave a path of
change at work and others are inspired
to follow your lead — with varied
degrees of success.

VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22
You can’t find a system that caters
solely to your needs, Virgo. You
have to admit that sometimes it
won't go your way. Keep things
simple for this week.

LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23

It's a rare day when you have all of
the answers in your hand, Libra. It's
best if you seek the advice of others
when it comes to a big decision.
Work relations improve.
SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22
In a clash of wills this week,
Scorpio, you will come out the loser.
Your opponent has so much power
that a fair fight is impossible. Walk
away with your head high.
SAGITTARIUS — Nov 23/Dec 21

Time and distance are no match for











4 Language of a.novel Inspector (6) 1 That of a go-ahead iron worker? (5) Sagittarians who work their exten-
7 Catch up with the maintenance (8) 2 > inthe wood-seetoread d sive connections. You are a person
8 Helpa fathead to sit differently (6) somehow (5) wor a ee ee a ar a ne
, network. Your smile this week is
10 The elenance of a good lot of 3 One af a pair of hose, possibly (4) f . proof that you're on top.
people.) 4 Special ability to be honest about oe CAPRICORN — Dec 22/Jan 20
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heart (4) 5 Is such meat somewhat greasy? (4) SMU dl has done youn favor lately, Capricom, :
an . : eas removing _ | is best if you try to rekindle old friend-
erson of fearless nobility (4) Get ine money out of his can! (4,2) eye <1 Py ships. A valuable relationship needs to
15 Game to goa long way 9 Supplies of flowers (6) PY Tits be refreshed or reinforced this week.
for love (4) i Asyou start parking up, there’s a
T 16 Immobilise with dope? (3) penalty (3)
17 Doa flat out job for the club (4) 12 Many exist with this name (5) CHESS ONY] Leonard Barden
W -§ 19 The aching part of your 13 Creature that may be part hen (7)
0 face? (4) 15 In favour of turning right (3) .
21 Excessively well impressed by 16 Fishy product from a refinery? (3) White mates in two moves (by Dr i 8!
= Nemesis? (9) 18 — Remained in the wind-blown trees at Werner Speckmann). Readers often 8 ae |
‘ 23 At worst, statistics? (4) Land's End (6) - me ifyou ee a ea |
A 4 sii } ate 0. a new queen if your origina |
N ibi ll. sound of sausages 0 The state of some duchesses in , queenis stillon the board. Youcan 6
sizzling (4) Germany (5) ACROSS DOWN indeed, and in theory youcanmake .
Bs 26 Nothing short of the world’s longest 21 Some countries are so rich! (3) 4 — Exaggerate (6) 1 Cold dish (5) all your pawns into queens and :
river (3) 22 Any help is good to finish a Co 7 Front (8) 2 Blemish (5) have nine queens onthe boardat = |
0 27 Kicked Ted out of the ring (4) crossword (3) pa ‘ ee i Palatal (5) ae There's : practical diffic ulty, 3 |
N 29 People resort to them in 23 Twice, in the lido, one has a natural N 10 Wrong (5) 5 Public Taal ae 2 |
dispassionate style (4) urge (6) i 13, Depressed (4) school (4) second queen is not supplied. The 1 gz
f& | 32 Howtomake one’s ears 25 Permanent centre, old boy (3) o. : Ack (4) oe (6) convention is touse an upturned = “<= = 1
a e .
burn! (4) 28 Fertile places and wild seas, i > drink (4) Hi; encuiniered GB0F Nori regmeaner eno text es
33 Was inclined to provide an article in nothing else (5) uw) 16 . Argument , (3) use el sola er the Cuban world queen trio to force the two-move
fast time (5) 30 Michael wouldn't put a friend out (5) C 34 Handles aggressively (6) 31 Putonnew gates (5) : = ee eal ie ee Seer eptamise ite exe
or y Carre 19 So be it (4) 15 Moist (3) two black — is the record for visually difficult to spot and White's
R 35 eeting une gear to be attractive (8) 32 It’sa tiring job cuicing up logs (4) 21 Defended (9) 16 Colour (3) tournament play, the same balance first move isn’t obvious.
0 36 Avoids shifty tricks (6) 33 Skip ayear! (4) 23 Jetty (4) 18 Angle (6) as in today's puzzle where the
‘ 24 Price (4) 20 Type of correct choice enables White's LEONARD BARDEN
S 26 Swamp (3) element (5)
EO AE RE I 2 FE LA EY AD '7 27 Crazy (4) 21 Swine (3)
S 29 Dry (4) 22 Lettuce (3) 7
32 Eye-piece (4) 23 Powerful (6)
33 Forest 25 Offer (3) a
W Yesterday’s cryptic solutions Yesterday's easy solutions clearing (5) 28 Below (5)
ACROSS: 1, S-I-MP-ly 7, Abrogate 8, Bail 10, B-ounce 11, ACROSS: 1, Carrot 7, Adhesive 8, Oval 10, Device I, Facade 34 Album (6) 30 Badtempered
0 Stride 14, Gee 16, Manor 17, Dust 19, Hi-RA-m 21, Wagon 14, Use 16, Talon 17, Dime 19, Motor 21, Heron 22, Dinar 23, 35 Delirious (8) (5)
22, Rig-ht. 23, Rot-a 26, Sta-I-n 28, Top 29, Pylons 30, Shed 26, Asian 28, Ate 29, Shoddy 30, Sparse 31, Tend 32, 36 Semi- 31 Tennis score (5)
R Donate 31, Re-Al 32, Lemonade 33, Waders Diatribe 33, Wrench conscious 32 Band (4) Chess 8581: 1 Qce3+! does it after Kag oe ahi
D DOWN: 1, Sea bed 2, Plane-T 3, Yale 4, Foot-man 5, Ca-bi-n_ | DOWN: |, Chided 2, Revise 3, Tale 4, Megaton 5, Vital 6, state (6) 33 Portal (4) 2 eAey Qb6 2 Qfa3. ie are 1 Qcc5+? or
6, Lever 8, Bugs 9, Ice 12, Ram 13, D-oubt 15, Tight 18, Seven 8, Ovum 9, Ace 12, Car 13, Douse 15, Foray 18, Irish Qcd4+? Kab or 1 QfcS+? Ka8.







Unity 19, Hag 20, Rot(-gut) 21, W-inn-ing 22, Rio 23, Ronald | 19, Men 20, Tor 21, Hinders 22, Dad 23, Stance 24, Herd 25,
24, O-pal 25, Averts 26, Spell 27, Ala-MO 28, Toe 30, Drew | Drench 26, Aside 27, lotas 28, Ape 30, Stew







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. STAFF VACANCIES

Applications are invited from suitably qualified individuals for the following position:

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1. Director Physical Plant

The College of The Bahamas invites applications for the position of Director Physical Plant. Minimum
qualifications include a Bachelor’s Degree in civil or mechanical engineering and a minimum of ten (10)
years’ professional experience directly related to physical plant management or an equivalent combination
of education, training and experience, with considerable knowledge of physical plant
management, personnel management, safety and budgetary practices. The Director Physical Plant reports
to the COB Estates Administrator.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the management, direction and coordination of the
activities, operations and maintenance of the Physical Plant at all campuses of The College of The
Bahamas, directing the overall operations of the physical plant, facilities maintenance, supervision of staff
and performance reviews.

Additionally, responsibilities will include the managing and project administration of minor
construction/renovation projects around the campuses; planning and directing the operation and routine
maintenance program of College facilities and to establish preventative, predictive and replacement
maintenance programme of campus equipment.

The successful applicant must be able to prioritize and perform under pressure in both a customer
contact and administrative capacity. Outstanding human resource management skills are necessary.

2. Assistant Director- Buildings and Grounds

The College of The Bahamas invites applications for the position of Assistant Director - Buildings and
Grounds. Minimum qualifications include a Bachelor's Degree in civil engineering and a minimum of ten
(10) years’ professional experience directly related to physical plant management or an equivalent
combination of education, training and experience, knowledge of physical plant management buildings
and grounds, personnel management, safety and budgetary practices.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the management, direction and coordination of the
activities, operations and maintenance of.the Physical Plant buildings and grounds with responsibility for
the trades of mason, carpenter, janitor, painter, caretaker, truck driver, and labors, on all campuses of The

College of The Bahamas assisting with the overall operations of the physical plant, facilities maintenance,
supervision of staff and performance reviews. ;

Additionally, responsibilities will include the managing and project administration of minor
construction/renovation projects around the campuses; planning and directing the operation and routine
maintenance program of College facilities and to establish preventative, predictive and replacement
maintenance programme of campus equipment including the vehicle fleet of the college.

The successful applicant must be able to prioritize and perform under pressure in both a customer
contact and administrative capacity. Outstanding human resource management skills are necessary.
Position reports to the Director of the Physical Plant.

3. Assistant Director - Utilities

The College of The Bahamas invites applications for the position of Asst Director —- Utilities.
Minimum qualifications include a Bachelor's Degree in mechanical (preferred) or electrical engineering
and a minimum of ten (10) years’ professional experience directly related to physical plant management
of utility systems or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience, with considerable
knowledge of physical plant management, personnel management, safety and budgetary practices.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the management, direction and coordination of the
activities, operations and maintenance of the Physical Plant Utility Systems and the trades of plumbing,
electrician, and air conditioning at all campuses of The College of The Bahamas, assisting with the overall
operations of the physical plant, facilities maintenance, supervision of staff and performance reviews.

Additionally, responsibilities will include the managing and project administration of minor.
construction/renovation projects around the campuses; planning and directing the operation and routine
maintenance program of College facilities and to establish preventative, predictive and replacement
maintenance programme of campus equipment. Significant work in the area of energy conservation is
required.

The successful applicant must be able to prioritize and perform under pressure in both a customer
contact and administrative capacity. Outstanding human resource management skills are necessary.

Interested candidates should submit a completed College of The Bahamas Application Form along with
a current resume, three work references and up-to-date transcripts by Friday April 18, 2008 to

The Director, Human Resources
The College of The Bahamas
P. O. Box N-4912
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Coroner's Court jury
makes decision on death
of Anna Nicole Smith’s son

@ By NATARIO McKENZIE

DANIEL SMITH, son of the
late reality TV star Anna Nicole
Smith, died of a “non-depen-
dent abuse of drugs” a jury in
the Coroner’s Court determined
yesterday.

The four-woman three- -man
jury were given three options
with which to consider a ver-
dict. Magistrate William Camp-
bell told the jury that based on
the evidence of the case they
could find that Smith, 20, had
died due to a non-dependent
abuse of drugs, by accident or
misadventure or return with an
open verdict if they were not
satisfied that it was any of them.

Magistrate Campbell noted
that, based on the evidence
Daniel had suffered from back
pains and insomnia, and asked
the jury to consider whether
Smith had taken the drugs to
help him sleep and taken too
much, or whether he had
known precisely what he was
taking or if he had mixed up the
tablets. Magistrate Campbell
reminded the jurors yesterday
that they should decide the case
on the evidence that had been
put before them and not specu-
late or allow themselves to be
drawn into speculation.

The jurors were given an
hour in which to reach a ver-
dict. Magistrate Campbell said a
verdict could be reached by a
majority decision and that if
they did not reach a verdict
within an hour they should
return to court and indicate
what the difficulties were.

At 12.23 pm the jury returned
to the court and gave their deci-
sion — death due to a non-
dependent abuse of drugs. Vir-





Daniel Smith (AP)

gie Arthur, the grandmother of
Daniel Smith, was unhappy
with the verdict, according to
her attorney Neil McCabe who
spoke on her behalf following
yesterday’s ruling.

“We’re not happy with the
verdict, it’s a verdict of non-
dependent drug abuse as the
cause of death. It’s what the
judge pretty much told the jury
to do, we understand that in this
system the judge can pretty
much instruct the jury with what
verdict to come back with and
they eventually did after some
struggle. We don’t think it
makes any sense,” Mr McCabe
said.

“Why would he all of a sud-
den take a massive overdose of
methadone in an abusive man-
ner. It just doesn’t make any
sense so we don’t like the ver-
dict. We think its contrary to
the evidence and unfortunately
the jury was not given the

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account of how

businessman
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A WITNESS in the murder
trial,of Keith Carey yesterday
gave her account of how the
businessman was killed out-
side Bank of the Bahamas
while attempting to make a
bank deposit in February
2006.

Quetell Adderley, a branch
ambassador at the Bank of the
Bahamas Harrold Road, told
the court yesterday that
between 10 and 11 am on Feb-
ruary 27, she saw Carey get
out of his vehicle and enter
the stairway leading to the
bank’s entrance. Adderley
told the court that she recog-
nised Carey as he frequented
the bank about three to four
times a week. She said that

SEE page eight



Get savings

Election Court

will not move to
Grand Bahama

@ By BRENT DEAN





bdean@tribunemedia.net

SENIOR Justice Anita
Allen has announced that the
Election Court will continue
to sit in Nassau rather than
moving to Grand Bahama.

Philip “Brave” Davis, Pleas-
ant Bridgewater’s lead attor-
ney, formally made the request
to the court last week pointing
out the difficulties he was hav-
ing transporting witnesses back
and forth to Nassau from
Grand Bahama. Two witnesses
Mr Davis scheduled to appear
last week did not.

Fred Smith, Zhivargo
Laing’s lead attorney agreed
with the suggestion for the
move, saying at the time that it
would speed up the trial.

Yesterday, Senior Justice
Allen noted that cost is one of
the major factors in the court’s
decision to remain in Nassau.
The move for two justices — she
and Jon Isaacs — for 12 days,

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$16,900, she noted.

Additionally, in explaining

the decision to the parties,

Senior Justice Allen said that
the Election Court has histori-
cally been held in Nassau even ;
when the cases involved par- }
ties from the most distant }
islands in the country, such as }
those in the MICAL con- :

stituency.

The move would also cause }
disruption for the justices sit- }
ting in the courts in Freeport, :

she said.

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$30,000 in back pay
led to tanker not
having local pilot

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

THE Shell Oil tanker which
ran aground off the coast of
New Providence, was not pro-
vided with a local pilot because
its agent, Global United,
allegedly failed to pay the Har-
bour Pilots Association over
$30,000 in back pay.

This claim follows reports
from a well-placed government
source that the vessel did not
have a local pilot — or naviga-
tor — on board to negotiate
local waters on its way to
unload some of its 120,000 bar-
rels of oil at Clifton Pier.

Chief Pilot of the Harbour

. Pilots Association Captain Gar-

nett Rolle told The Tribune yes-
terday that the tanker, "Ficus",
was not assigned a local navi-
gator because of outstanding
payments owed to the Associa-

SEE page eight

More than half
of Immigration
Audit applicants

processed

THE Department of
Immigration has processed
more than half of the near-
ly 2000 applicants who took
part in its Immigration
Audit exercise, Minister of
National Security Tommy
Turnquest said Monday.

After more than a month
of unsuccessful attempts,
The Tribune acquired the
partial, preliminary results
of the Department of
Immigration’s Audit.

According to Minister of
National Security and
Immigration Tommy Turn-
quest, immigration officials
have processed 61 per cent
(1177) of the 1936 persons
who participated in the
exercises over four days.

The total reflects a
breakdown of a two-day
audit in New Providence
(1139), one in Abaco (327)
and one in Grand Bahama

(417).
Of this number immigra-
tion officials have

processed 61 per cent
(1177) persons, 672 in New

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A CORONER rejected a
conspiracy theory in the death
of Princess Diana Monday, rul-
ing there is no proof that Prince
Philip or British secret agents
had anything to do with the car
crash that also killed her
boyfriend Dodi Fayed, accord-
ing to Associated Press.

In instructions to the jury,
Lord Justice Scott Baker left
open the possibility that the cou-
ple’s driver and the paparazzi
who pursued them through
Paris on Aug. 31, 1997 caused
the crash through recklessness.
The panel was also asked to
consider whether the crash was
an accident.

“There is no evidence that
the Duke of Edinburgh ordered
Diana’s execution and there is
no evidence that the Secret
Intelligence Service or any oth-
er government agency orga-
nized it,” Baker told the 11-
member jury.

Dodi Fayed’s father,
Mohamed al Fayed, who pur-
sued the conspiracy theory for a
decade, was indignant as he left
the Royal Courts of Justice.

“Tt is terrible,” Al Fayed said.
“Tt’s all biased.”

French and British police
both concluded that the crash
was an accident, and that dri-
ver Henri Paul was drunk and
speeding as the car carrying
Fayed and Diana was pursued
by paparazzi.

Baker told jurors to consider
Paul’s driving and the behavior
of one or more of the paparazzi
to decide “whether they were
wholly indifferent to an obvi-
ous risk of death,” or saw the
risk and did it anyway.

If so, he said, the jury should
find that the couple were unlaw-
fully killed through the grossly
negligent driving of Paul, the
paparazzi, or both.

Investigators concluded that
Paul was driving in excess of 60
mph, double the speed limit,

_when the Mercedes slammed :
into a concrete pillar in the. ;
. Alma underpass. i

“Had it been traveling more
slowly, the outcome might have
been different,” Baker said.

Baker said the law obliged
him to offer evidence for any
possible verdict, and thus he was
compelled to discard a possible
finding that the couple were
unlawfully killed in a staged
accident — that is, that they
were victims of a murder plot.

“Speculation, surmise and
belief are one thing; evidence
is another,” he said.

However, Baker said there
was some evidence — “albeit
limited and of doubtful quali-
ty” — that the crash was staged,
which he left for the jury to con-
sider in choosing among the five
possible verdicts.

He did not explain why, hav-
ing dismissed the possibility of
an establishment murder plot,
he considered such evidence to
have any relevance.





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Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - Minister of State for
Finance Zhivargo Laing said that the
Ginn project at West End is moving
along as expected and that locals should
not expect grand things overnight.

Mr Laing reported that Ginn has cur-
rently approved five developers who will
be building about five homes each at
West End.

“Ginn is moving along as per its plan.
And so it doesn’t surprise me that they
are moving at the pace they are going,”
said Mr Laing, who was a guest speaker
on the radio talk show, ‘What’s Hap-
pening’ hosted by Troy Garvey on Cool
96 Radio over the weekend.

Developer Bobby Ginn plans to devel-
op a $4.9 billion mega-mixed resort and

residential development on 2,000 acres of

land at West End. Work began on the
project in December 2005.

Gin sur Mer has been described as the
single largest resort development in the
Bahamas. When completed is it is
expected to create employment for thou-
sands of Bahamians.

Mr Laing said that Ginn is moving
and continuing to sell land. However,
he claimed that the nature of the project

was wrongly described under the PLP
government, who left residents expecting
immediate results.

“IT always thought that the problem

with Ginn was that it was wrongly .

pitched to the Bahamian public,” he said.
“It was pitched in such a grand way
that people would have expected grand
things almost immediately.”
Mr Laing stated that this was never
Ginn’s plan for the West End project.

Developments

“That was never the way they pursued
their developments, they always put the
infrastructure in, sell the land, and get
the money to be able to do whatever
else they need to do.

“Even before the election I had always
known that if you say something is a $3
billion investment over 20 years, that is
like $200 million or so every year, so
that is not a robust kind of thing,” he
said.

Ginn sur Mer will comprise of 4,400
condominium and hotel units, a 20-story
resort tower, and 1,800 single family res-
idential home sites.

Some key elements of the project
include a large casino, two signature golf
courses, a mega-yacht marina with 380

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‘moving along as planned

slips, a 500-slip private marina, and a
private airport.

Ginn has also acquired the Old
Bahama Bay Resort at West End.

Although the real estate market in the
US is slow, Mr Ginn, back in February,
did not seem worried about it. ;

He reported that 28 contracts for
lots were sold in January alone at the
site.

He said that the company will contin-
ue to fulfill its obligation to get the pro-
ject built.

In the meantime, Mr Laing said that
while the Grand Bahama economy is
still slow he is hopeful that things will
pick up in the next 12 months.

He urged residents to be focused and
prudent over the next 12 months.

“Things will get moderately better
over the medium term. My view is that
outside of that, things will pickup more
quickly.

“I also believe there are opportuni-
ties in this economy that Bahamians are
not exploiting because they are not being
as creative as they can be.

“I think there are things that can be
done. I think that there are business
opportunities here still that I think with
some real thought, some people could do
really well even in this economy,” said
Mr Laing.

Former minister calls for tax cut for
fuel industry wholesalers and retailers

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

PARTIES on both sides of
the divide argued for and
against reductions in the tax
margins given to wholesalers
and retailers in the fuel indus-
try asa Strategy to! lower the
countky’ s steep. gasoline
prices

Former minister of trade
and industry Leslie Miller told
The Tribune that the 77 cents
collective tax.in place — 44
cents for New Providence gas
retailers and 33 cents to the
wholesalers (oil companies) —
should be lowered drastically
to reduce the high cost of gas.

However, current Minister
of State for Utilities Phenton
Neymour and former minis-
ter of state for finance James
Smith, both said the lowering
of these margins is not a
viable solution to reducing gas
prices.

Mr Miller said that during
his tenure as minister, the
now defunct Fuel Usage
Committee found the tax
margins were the “highest in

Leslie Miller



the region” and recommend-
ed the former administration
cut’ them.

“The committee’s findings
were the cost of fuel in the
Bahamas was at an all-time

high, that the mark-ups, which
were allowed to the importers
and distributors — which was
44 cents for the petroleum
dealers and 33 cents for the
importers — is the highest in
the region, in fact one of the
highest in the world.

“We recommended that we
decrease those margins appre-
ciably and our proposal was
that the margins for the deal-
ers be dropped to 30 cents
and the margin for the
importers be dropped to 15
cents”.

The recommendations nev-
er came into effect under the
previous administration.

“It is grossly unfair that the
Bahamian motorists are now
paying this exorbitant cost of
$5 a gallon, and our margins
are higher than anywhere else
in this hemisphere. I call on
the government of the
Bahamas to cut those margins
now and let the oil companies
absorb some of those costs
themselves,” Mr Miller said,
adding that on several occa-
sions as minister, he refused
to agree to millions of dollars
worth of proposed increases
for the oil companies.

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The Tribune asked Minis-
ter Neymour why the margins
were so high compared to
other countries in the region
and he replied: “We have a
different set up than many
countries — we have what was
called a regulated market
where our pricing is based on
the imported value of the
inventory and there’s a set
margin for the wholesalers
and a set margin for the retail-
ers, who are the gas station
operators.

“Also, there is a set duty on
gasoline, however there’s also
a formula for diesel which
means that the duty can vary.
Other countries, many coun-
tries, do not follow that
format because _ their
revenue system is different
from ours”.

He added that government
periodically reviews these
margins and determines
whether an increase or
decrease is applicable.

In response to Mr Miller’s
plea for the FNM to cut the
margins and relieve the “bur-
den” of the Bahamian peo-
ple, Minister Neymour chas-
tised Mr Miller for not get-
ting it done during his term
in office.

“The former minister had
the authority to do it — why
didn’t he do it? I find it inter-
esting that after the PLP has
left office, that again they are
making recommendations
that they could have done
themselves. I don’t know if
they are late again on this
issue, but it’s a matter that we
will review and we will look at
eventually, yes”.

As a guest on GEMS “The
Way Forward” yesterday,
Minister of Land and Local

Government Sidney Collie
said he did not foresee any
reductions in the duty charged
on fuel in the near future as
this tax is part of the $1.4 bil-
lion annual budget the gov-
ernment uses to run the coun-
try.

He also noted that as a non-
industrialised nation, the
Bahamas is subject to. ‘the

. volatile international market

and has to consider alterna-
tive forms of energy to cut
costs.

“In order to alleviate this
drop in the standard of living
and this rise in the cost of liv-
ing, the consumer is now
going to have look at alterna-
tive forms of cutting back, on
energy savings and other sav-
ings. I do not foresee a reduc-
tion in the near future on the
taxing of the fuel for revenue
for the government”.

Former Minister of State
for Finance James Smith told
The Tribune that while he was
not certain about the current
margins, any adjustments to
them would adversely affect
one group — either Bahamian
consumers or gasoline deal-
ers — while subsiding the oth-
er.

He said in the face of ris-
ing gas prices consumers
needed to become more ener-
gy conscious while the gov-
ernment should invest in long-
term energy solutions such as
alternative energy.

Escalating crude oil prices
worldwide — which spiked to
over $110 barrel in March —
and high demand from
emerging markets have been
the catalysts for a steady
increase in prices at the fuel
pumps, electricity prices and
the cost of living.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 1, 2008, PAGE 3





OPERATION UNITY

Major police blitz +
hailed a big success },

Campaign designed to identify
traffic offenders and cut crime

A MAJOR police operation,
conducted through the combined
efforts of three policing divisions
in New Providence, is being
hailed as a great success.

The operation focused on key
crime areas in the Grove,
Carmichael and Southeastern
divisions.

Operation Unity was launched
at 6pm on March 28 and ended at
lam on Saturday March 29. It

aimed to identifying and cite traf- -

fic violators, search and arrest
suspicious/wanted persons trav-
elling in cars, conduct surprise
raids on various “hot spots” in
the three divisions and to increase
police visibility with a view to
reducing crime and the fear of
crime.

The operation, which was led
by Superintendent Stephen Dean,
Superintendent Wayne Miller
and Superintendent Elaine Sands,
began with a road check at the
Independence Drive roundabout.
The operation then targeted var-
ious spots in the Grove,
Carmichael and Southeastern
areas known for a high level of
criminal activity.

The results of the operation
were as follows:

¢ no major crime incidents
occurred in these three divisions
. during the operation period

© 62 motorists were cited for
traffic violations

¢ two men were arrested for
possession of dangerous drugs

¢ two Haitian nationals were
arrested on suspicion of immi-
gration violations

e two men were arrested for
fraudulent use of licence plates

e one housebreaking arrest was
made

¢ one man was arrested for an
outstanding warrant

Supt Dean said, “During the
hours of this operation we have
seen tremendous reductions in
crime, in particular armed rob-
beries. Of particular note, there
were no major crimes committed
in these three densely populated
communities during the period of
the operation.

Supt Wayne Miller indicated

0 In brief

Reports of ten
senior staff —
leaving Jones
Communications

Day-to-day operations were
back to normal at Jones Com-
munications yesterday after 10
senior management employees,
including two reporters, have
reportedly decided to leave the
media organisation.

According to sources within
the organisation, staff in the
radio (Love 97), newspaper
(Bahama Journal), and televi-
sion (JCN) departments have
either opted for other employ-
ment at The Nassau Guardian,
or are seeking employment
elsewhere.

Reportedly, Kenneth Perig-
ord, a prominent local busi-
nessman, who has a radio
licence is launching a radio sta-
tion in conjunction with The
Nassau Guardian. With the
promise of higher wages, and
shares in the radio company,
this new radio entity has
siphoned off talent from Jones
Communications.

Wendell Jones, CEO of
Jones Communications,
declined to comment on the
matter when contacted yester-
day.

Teenager denies
having ammunition

@ BY DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter

dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - A teen
appeared on Monday before
the Freeport Magistrates Court
to answer to ammunition pos-
session charges.

Dennis Louis, 19, of Tasman
Circle, pleaded not guilty to
possession of ammunition.

Magistrate Debbye Ferguson
adjourned the matter to April 1
for a decision regarding Louis’
bail.

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with an excellent platform to
build upon and keep crime
down,” he said.

Supt Elaine Sands said the
operation will be repeated and
police will continue to target peo-
ple who commit crimes and
“detrimentally affect the lives of
the people who live our commu-
nities”.

Police say that they will con-
tinue this cross-border approach
until the Grove, Carmichael and
Southeastern divisions become
some of the safest areas to live in
New Providence and the coun-
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Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

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

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

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Dangers of environmental degradation

ON Government’s website under the head-
ing: Natural Resource aspects of sustainable
development in the Bahamas, the following is
stated:

“The Bahamas contributes little to the glob-
al net release of greenhouse gases but, like all
small states, is severely threatened from the
possible effects of climate change. Rising tem-
peratures and sea levels followed by floods,
coastal flooding and erosion as well as the pro-
jected increase in the number and intensity of
tropical cyclones are of particular concern giv-
en that 80 per cent of the Bahamas is within five
feet of mean sea level. There is also concern
regarding loss of coral by bleaching and heat
stress.”

In other words we are a small country doing
little to contribute to the pending global cata-
strophe, but threatened by those whose activities
are destroying the ozone layer and severely
threatening our present and future well being.

However, this is not the way the world sees
us. According to the UN Human Development
report for 2007/2008 if all countries were to
emit carbon dioxide at levels similar to the
Bahamas, the world would exceed its current
carbon dioxide output by more than 200 per
cent.

“As a result of past emissions of carbon
dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases
(GHGs), the world is now on course for future
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“This year’s Human Development Report iden-
tifies 2 degrees Celsius as the threshold above
which irreversible and dangerous climate change
will become unavoidable. It also explains why
we have less than a decade to change cousse and

start living within a sustainable global carbon .

budget identified at 14.5 gigatonnes of CO2
(Gt CO2) per annum for the remainder of the
21st Century. Currently, emissions are running
at twice this level. If these trends continue, the
carbon budget will be set for expiry during the
2030’s, setting in motion processes that can lead
to temperature increases of 5 degrees Celsius or
above by the end of this century — roughly
similar to temperature changes since the last
ice age 10,000 years ago.”

And so, the Bahamas, instead of being the
injured innocent, is out there polluting the Earth
with the best of them.

The UN’s annual report found that the
Bahamas’ carbon dioxide emissions per capita
exceed those of many industrialised countries
such as France, Sweden, Switzerland and Por-
tugal.

With 6.7 tonnes of CO2 being produced per
person, the Bahamas outstrips even Hong Kong
in its emission rates per capita.

In other words the Bahamas is in the big
league of countries contributing to the destruc-

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tion of itself and the world as we know it.

' However, said the UN report, it is only
because the Bahamas has a very small popula-
tion that its contributions to global emissions is
almost insignificant.

“With 0.0 per cent of the world’s population,
the Bahamas accounts for 0.0 per cent of glob-
al emissions,” the UN said.

However, the report pointed out, the
Bahamas’ emission levels per capita are above
those of all other Latin American and
Caribbean countries with similar population
sizes.

This means that although small in a global
context we are busy endangering ourselves as
we continue to burn waste and release into the
atmosphere exhaust fumes of more vehicles
than should be on our roads. We continue to
upset the balance of nature by destroying our
natural resources, such as wetlands and
seashores. We fear the ravages of hurricanes,
but what do we do? For the sake of industry the
few hills that this island has to protect it are
being dredged away for fill and construction.
The land is being levelled. And when the storms
rage, the ocean will rise and sweep across this
island as it did not so long ago in low-lying
West End, Grand Bahama, smashing every-
thing in its path. Take a drive in the southern
and western parts of this island and see the
destruction, and fear for the future. We are told
that most of the cutting away of the hills and the
dredging of sand from our beaches is illegal. If
so, then why is everyone turning a blind eye

“and letting it happen? And if it is not illegal,

then Bahamian planners and professional envi-

-ronmentalists should sit down and formulate

policies that can be legislated to protect us
against ourselves and our selfish greed.

In this column yesterday we suggested that
our leaders would make better decisions if, in
the words of anthropologist Margaret Mead,
they looked at the future through the eyes of the
unborn.

With the tragedy that scientists now predict
for our planet, government should consider the
future of those born in this country today and
understand what lies before them if we do not
start to change our ways.

Without change scientists predict that the
world’s carbon budget will expire during the
2030s. This means that a child born today will be
23 years old in 2030. A 30 year old will be 53, a
40 year old, 61 years, and a 50 year old, 73. It is
up to this age group to secure their country and
their future. By 2030 the rest of us will have
long since been gone and forgotten.

Today’s legislators, in deciding what envi-
ronmental degradation we are prepared to sac-
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the side of an unforgiving Nature.



MINNIE STREET, N
the Minister

just a tempest
in a tea cup

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Mr Zhivargo Laing, FNM
Minister of State for Finance,
remains under attack from the
Opposition PLP for his
alleged ethical lapse in having
a juice drink reclassified under
the Bahamas Customs tarriff
to attract a lower rate of duty
for his sister-in-law’s company.

While doubts still linger in
my mind about his action, Mr.
Hubert Ingraham, FNM
Prime Minister, informed the
House of Assembly that Mr.
Laing's actions were com-
pletely within the law and he
supports the approach taken
to revert to the lower rate of
duty until the next budget is
prepared.

My position is clear. A legal
review should be conducted,
and if Mr. Laing is found
wanting, he should resign, but
there are a couple points that
the PLP have made that
piqued my interest and they
should be challenged on their
logic, or their lack thereof.

The first is the PLP claim
that Mr. Laing's decision helps
his sister-in-law and by exten-
tion, this hurts other people.

Well it seems to this not so
humble blogger, that a lower
rate of duty would help all
consumers of the Mona Vie
juice product, not only the
business owners.




ABRs

letters@triounemedia.net





And lower prices for the
Bahamian consumer is always
a positive development.

The second point is the
PLP are using this issue in an
attempt to detract the gov-
ernment from their mission as
they have offered no legiti-
mate amendments to legisla-
tion to prevent whatever
wrongdoing they accuse Mr.
Laing of, so these things do
not happen in the future.

I'll give you another exam-
ple, that points to the PLP's
insincerity in the matter, as
reported in the press on Fri-
day, March 31, 2008, and I
quote:

"Answering questions
raised by PLP MP for St.
Thomas More Frank Smith,
Mr. Ingraham read letter's
from the former Comptroller
of Customs to Mr. Laing's sis-
ter-in-law Monique Laing and
Mr. Laing's letter to the
Comptroller of Customs."

"However, as the PM
began to read the letters, the
PLP leader of business in the
House, Dr. Bernard Nottage,
objected to Mr. Ingraham
using the time for private
notices to read a statement to

Why Laing is totally

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Who is actually in control
of Bahamas Customs?

A topical question as there
has been so much discussion
concerning the 100 per cent
fruit juice or the not 100 per
cent fruit juice.

Minister Laing is totally
incorrect on at least two pri-
mary questions — firstly at
any time the Controller of
Customs, who is statutorily
responsible for customs, may
review any Customs Entry
and has the power to retroac-
tively charge any entry for

misclaimed duties. Secondly,
the Secretary of Revenue has
no jurisdiction over Customs
and in this matter he should
not have been asked or
instructed by the Minister of
State to do anything — the
Minister after his brother had
raised the matter should have
known better and referred the
query solely to the Controller
of Customs as no one else has
any authority.

Okay as an example an
entry is accepted, however, it
is found at a later date that
the tariff was incorrectly
assigned and Customs was los-

Parliament."

So which is it Dr. Nottage,
do you really want the matter
dealt with or not? Why would
you expect to raise questions
and make accusations without
the other side responding?

This is all beginning to
seem rather juvenile and triv-
ial.

My recommendation?
Offer an amendment or
amendments to Parliament
relating to the laws covering
matters like this for the gov-
ernment to consider.

Then we will know the
intent of both sides of the aisle
in Parliament as it relates to
ethical behaviour of their
Members going forward.

At the end of the day,
politicians use the court of
public opinion to discredit
their opponents instead of
dealing with matters through
the courts.

Something they encourage
the average citizen to use to
solve disputes.

Do you detect any cynicism
here?

At the end of the day what
appeared to be a firestorm is
now no more than a tempest
in a tea cup.

RICK LOWE
Nassau,
March 30, 2008

incorrect

ing millions in duties the
explanation of Minister Laing
is not only incorrect but is irra-
tional.as by his theory.as a.tar-
iff had been assigned to that
product Customs whether or
not it was correct must not
change the tariff until the
immediate next budget.

Just like the $22 million
mirage budget surplus the
Minister is totally wrong. God
forbid this is how we manage
our finances.

H HUMES
Nassau,
March 18, 2008.

More important issues than dress code

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I READ the article, “Stu-
dents get dressing down” (Jan-
uary 22, 2008) with interest
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erance policy to playing a

meaningful role in students
development, it’s the typical
“knee-jerk” reaction, to focus

’ on dress code when other

more important issues need
to be dealt with.

Litter on and around the
playing fields and car parks is
dreadful. As part of their fund
raising activities they encour-
age the Early Learning Centre
kids to purchase popsicles at
school closure.

Aside from having a “zero”
nutritional value, kids drop
the paper wrappers in full

view of teachers/helpers. This
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source of the problem, but
shouldn’t the very young be
encouraged not to be litter-
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Swearing is another exam-
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January, 2008.

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



Terminal 5

BAHAMIANS flying to London on British Airways may have





to wait a little longer to enjoy the amenities of Heathrow Airport’s
Terminal 5 — as the UK carrier continues to straighten out the bag-

gage fiasco at the new facility.

At this time, passengers travelling from Nassau to London are
still flying into Terminal 4 and have been spared the fall-out
from the chaos at the $8.5 million TS.

BA district manager for the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos
Islands Adrian Barton told The Tribune yesterday that flights from
the Bahamas are scheduled to start flying into the new terminal



“The state-of-
the-art baggage
system has been
designed
specifically for
Terminal 5
using proven
technology
already in use at
a number of
global
airports.”



stopped functioning.

on April 30.

However, he added, that
this is contingent on how
soon British Airways is able
to sort out the problems
with the baggage system at
TS:

“If there are still prob-
lems at the terminal, then
the last thing they would
want to do is add more
flights,” he said.

Mr Barton said that
although the April 30 dead-
line is now under review, the
airline is still working
towards meeting that date.

Since the official opening
of the new state-of-the-art
terminal last Thursday,
around 250 flights had to
been cancelled, as tens of
thousands of bags were left
stranded when the baggage
system became clogged and

Chief executive of British Airways Willie Walsh said yesterday
that the airline is holding 19,000 bags in temporary storage and
hoped to start returning 5,000 of them to their owners.

The baggage handling disaster is estimated to cost British Air-

ways up to $49.7 million.

Announcing the opening of the new terminal, the airline said
that there will be huge improvements in punctuality and in the

transfer of baggage.

“The state-of-the-art baggage system has been designed specif-
ically for Terminal 5 using proven technology already in use at a
number of global airports,” British Airways said.

TS is described as being the “largest and possibly most luxuri-
ous airline lounge complex in the world”, which boasts 96 check-
in kiosks, and high-end shopping and dining opportunities among

many other features.









@ By Lindsay
Thompson

THE Bahamas has officially
welcomed newly appointed
Pan-American Health Organi-
sation/World Health Organisa-
tion representative Dr Merle
Lewis, who will focus on reduc-
ing the high death rate caused
by chronic diseases.

Deputy Prime Minister and
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Brent Symonette accepted Dr
Lewis’ Letters of Credence dur-
ing a ceremony at the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs yesterday.

He said the government and
PAHO/WHO would continue
on a path to improving the
delivery of health care in the
Bahamas.

“We have had a long rela-
tionship with the government
of the Bahamas and we are very
pleased with the arrangements,”
said Dr Lewis; an epidemiology
and public health professional.

Dr Lewis was officially
appointed on February 29 an
installation ceremony in Wash-
ington DC. She is representa-
tive of the Pan-American
Health Organisation; the
regional office of the World
Health Organisation (WHO) in
the Americas.

She has a doctorate of public
health degree in immunology
and infectious diseases from the
School of Epidemiology and
Public Health at John’s Hop-
kins University, Baltimore
Maryland; a master of public
health degree in infectious dis-
ease epidemiology from Yale
University, and a bachelor of
science degree in zoology and
chemistry from the University
of the West Indies, St Augus-
tine, Trinidad and Tobago.

Dr Lewis has worked in the
United States and_ the
Caribbean, serving as regional
advisor at the Vaccine Research
and Development Immunisa-
tion Unit; PAHO, in Washing-
ton, DC.

Her focus for the Bahamas is
to provide support and technical
assistance to the Ministry of

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Focus on reducing
chronic diseases



Bahamas officially welcomes newly
appointed PAHO/WHO representative



Tim Aylen/BIS

DEPUTY Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Symonette
accepts Letters of Credence from Pan-American Health Organisa-
tion/World Health Organisation representative to the Bahamas, Dr
Merle Lewis, during a ceremony at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Health and Social Development
as it carries out various health
initiatives.

A work plan has already been
developed and agreed to with
PAHO/WHO key stakeholder
— the Ministry of Health, she
said.

“The work plan attempts to
support the country which has
identified some of its needs and
areas it thinks PAHO and
WHO can support them. So
essentially my role is to ensure
that the work plan is delivered
within the budget. My role is to
also mobilise financial resources
and technical resources to sup-
port the discharge and execu-
tion of the work plan,” Dr
Lewis said.

“So, really we want to work
with the Ministry of Health to
also focus on this area of chron-
ic diseases which we also call

lifestyle diseases, to see how the
population can understand
some of the issues and live
healthier lives,” she said.

The latest statistics from the
Ministry of Health and Social
Development show that the
prevalence of non-communica-
ble diseases such as obesity, dia-
betes, coronary heart disease,
stroke and cancers account for
57 percent of all deaths in the
Bahamas.

It is also estimated that
around 10 per cent of the coun-
try’s population is living with
diabetes, with the prevalence
being higher in women than
men.

Diabetes accounts for around
five to 10 per cent of the
nation’s health budget and is
among the leading cause of hos-
pitalisation and death in all age
groups affected.

According to WHO, more
than 230 million people world-
wide are living with diabetes
and it is projected that this num-
ber will exceed 333 million by
2025 with 80 per cent of the
increase occurring in low and
middle-income countries.

Dr Lewis commended the
Bahamas for its “successful” ini-
tiatives aimed at reducing the
number of cases and the trans-
mission of the HIV/AIDS virus
from mother to foetus.

She said however, that people
need to understand that AIDS
is not the leading cause of death
as is being perceived.

“Rather, we have a large epi-
demic of chronic diseases such
as diabetes, strokes, heart dis-
eases, which results from cer-
tain kinds of risk factors such
as hypertension, obesity and
high cholesterol,” Dr Lewis
said.

The Bahamas became a
member of the Pan American
Health Organisation in 1974. A
satellite unit of PAHO Jamaica
was established in this country
in 1978 and in 1982 a full coun-
try office with a representative
came into being.

The Bahamas has made
strides with the assistance of
PAHO over the last three
decades in the following areas:

Prevention and control of
communicable diseases such as
malaria and TB (tuberculosis);
procurement of vaccines for
immunisation at more afford-
able rates; monitoring and eval-
uation of essential health pro-
grammes; training of personnel
in many areas to build national
capacity; strengthening of food
and safety and nutrition pro-
grammes; enhancement of
maternal and child health, ado-
lescent health and oral health
programmes.

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0 In brief

Florida-bound ©
flight turns
around after
smoky odor
fills cabin

@ FORT WORTH, Texas

A FLORIDA-BOUND
American Airlines flight
leaving Dallas-Fort Worth
International Airport
turned around and made an
emergency landing. Sunday
after a smoky odor filled
the cabin, ‘an airline official
said, according to Associat-
ed Press.

The plane was headed to
Fort Lauderdale, Fla., when
it took off Sunday evening
at about 5:15 p.m. It
returned to DFW Airport
about 10 minutes later,
American spokesman Tim
Smith said.

The flight had 129 pas-
sengers aboard. Nobody
was hurt.

The MD-80 is being
inspected, but mechanics
believe oil leaked onto the
plane’s auxiliary power
unit, causing the smoky
odor to enter the plane’s
ventilation system, Smith
said.

The Fort Worth, Texas-
based airline says Sunday’s
problem is not related to
inspections of wiring bun-
dles on MD-80 jets that led
the company to cancel hun-
dreds of flights this week.
Those planes have since
been cleared to fly, Smith
said.

It was the second time in
the last few days an Ameri-
can flight had to land after
a smoky smell filled the
cabin. A Chicago-bound
American flight made an
emergency landing Friday
in West Palm Beach, Fla.

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GROUND has been bro-
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roundabout.

The contract for the job,
which is being funded by First-
Caribbean International
Bank, was awarded to a local
landscaper.

“Green spaces are great, but
they’re even better when
properly landscaped and
maintained, the way profes-
sional landscapers can,” said
the bank in a statement.

At a ground-breaking cer-
emony held at the round-
about, Dr Hubert Minnis,
Minister of Health and Social
Development, lauded First-
Caribbean for its decision to
adopt the roundabout and
bring some beauty and “curb
appeal” to the area.

“T am very happy that First-
Caribbean, a great corporate
citizen, decided to adopt this
particular roundabout, located
in the immediate vicinity of
the College of the Bahamas,
our premier tertiary institu-
tion. Maintaining an attractive
environment has a great
impact on individual behav-
iour and we’re glad that this
space, when beautified, will
shed a positive light and
enhance the roundabout and
its environs.”

FirstCaribbeank’s senior
manager corporate secretary
Teresa Williams said, “At
FirstCaribbean, we are really
very proud to be involved in
beautifying our community as
we strive to foster a clean and
green environment.”

Mrs’ Williams also
announced that local land-
scape artist Chan Pratt of the
Tree Depot will get the oppor-
tunity to put his talents to the
test when he begins beautify-
ing the roundabout - which is
the focal point in Oakes Field

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retail Gezel Farrington; Sheena Pratt, The Tree Depot; Dr Hubert Minnis, Minister of Health and Social Development; senior manager and corporate
secretary Teresa Williams; FirstCaribbean Thompson Boulevard branch manager, Sherwin Hilton; undersecretary in the Ministry of Health and
Social Development, Dr Michael Turner.

where Poinciana Drive, Nas-
sau Street, Thompson boule-
vard and Horseshoe Drive
meet.

Mr Pratt was chosen from
three landscape designers who
were asked to suggest the best
design for the area they could
accomplish within a specified
budget.

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through spending significant
sums to enhance Oakes Field
roundabout, but through our
overall community relations
programme, our ‘Unsung
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nership with the College of
the Bahamas’ President’s
Scholars Programme, and our
Adopt-A-Cause programme,
which has stimulated employ-
ees to really engage their vol-

unteer spirit for the better-
ment of our communities,”
Mrs Brown added.

Immediately following the
ground-breaking ceremony, a
backhoe and workmen from
the Ministry of Environmental
Health began removing the
ixoras that ran the perimeter
of the roundabout.

These plants will be re-used
by the government to beautify
other areas in the Bahamas.

Bridal show

town the aisle

BRIDES-TO-BE and
their grooms turned out
in numbers to the 20th
Annual Bahamas Bridal
Show held at the Wynd-
ham Nassau Resort on
Sunday.

The event got under-
way at midday with a
trade show of more than
50 exhibitors, which was
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THE TRIBUNE

TUESDAY, APRIL 1, 2008, PAGE 7



Raising youth
awareness of
United Nations

Rotary Clubs to hold model UN sessions

THE Rotary Clubs of the
Bahamas have announced that
they will host a Model United
Nations Session with the assis-
tance of the Ministry Of Foreign
Affairs.

Model United Nations Sessions
(MUNS) are an educational
opportunity that was established
to increase high school students’
awareness and practical under-
standing of how the United
Nations functions.

“Through the art of debating
and skillful presentations the stu-
dents learn to appreciate the com-
plexities of, and accomplishments
gained from, international co-
operation,” said the clubs in a
statement.

Generally, students in grade 10
and 11 are encouraged to partici-
pate.

The three main focuses of the
MUNS programme are:

e Learning about the country
to be represented

e Research and investigation
of the issue or subject on the
agenda

e Knowledge of the work of
the United Nations related to the
subject or issue in question

Each school participating is
assigned a country. to represent.

Through research, the team of
four students is expected to put
forward the position of that coun-
try with regard to a proposed top-
ic.

Each team is also assigned a
representative from the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs who will pro-
vide guidance and direction with
regard to their research.

It is also expected that each
school will appoint a teacher or
advisor to assist the team with
the preparation of their presen-
tation. This year, 14 to 18 schools
will participate in the programme.

Last year’s winners were stu-
dents from the Doris Johnson
High School and, while they will
not be participating in MUNS
2008, their role will be as adjudi-
cating timekeepers this year.

“The competition will be held
on April 7, at a Nassau venue
reproducing an authentic inter-
national debating environment
with a large audience of the
Bahamas’ most prominent digni-
taries and representatives from
commerce, education and all
facets of the public and private
sectors,” the statement said. This
will be a full day of activities,
which will include a morning
round table session for interac-
tion between teams along with a
presentation by the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs. The main event
is the MUNS debate, which will
be held in the afternoon.”

The grand prize is a trip to the
United Nations, accompanying
the Minister of Foreign Affairs,
and a grand trophy depicting the
names of previous winners.

The school which comes sec-
ond will be presented with a com-
puter, and there will be trophies
and consolation packs for all the
teams.

The judges will be individuals
from the local community who
have had ambassadorial respon-
sibilities or persons who have had
an intimate working relationship
with the United Nations.

The morning session topic this
year is “Does foreign policy hin-
der peace and development? If
so, what steps should be taken?”

The afternoon MUNS debate
topic is “The 60th anniversary of
the Universal Declaration on
Human Rights will be marked on
December 10, 2008. Given the
fact that this document is not
legally binding, and taking into
consideration the cultural, reli-
gious and economic differences
among countries worldwide, is
the Universal Declaration on
Human Rights universally rele-
vant?”

“This is a highly prestigious
event from which the students
gain knowledge, confidence, tact,
diplomacy and a tremendous
sense of pride,” said the state-
ment.

LOCAL NEWS

Fashion trade students visit Bahama Hand Prints

STUDENTS of the Bahamas
Technical and Vocational Insti-
tute’s fashion trade programme
visited Bahama Hand Prints for
this year’s annual production
study tour.

They were taken on a tour
around the factory and were
introduced to the different parts
of the product line.

The students then had an
opportunity to meet with Mrs
Joie Lamare, co-owner of the
company, who fielded questions
about Bahama Hand Prints and
its wide range of products.

“The tour is an opportunity for

students to gain additional knowl- .

edge and techniques in design
resort portfolio selection. All stu-
dents in the programme are
exposed to a diverse background
in fashion design production,”
said Shirley Pearson, co-ordinator
of the fashion trades and souvenir
manufacturing programmes at
BTVI. The students also heard
from Demetrius Albury, a seam-
stress and salesperson at Bahama
Hand Prints, who discussed her
role in the business.

Cathy Pinder, an instructor in
the fashion trade course at BTVI,
said: “The visit was a great, fun
learning experience for students
which at the same time encour-
aged students to continue in the





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fashion trade field”. BTVI said it
will continue to organise off-cam-
pus events to enrich its courses
and provide students with oppor-
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LOCAL NEWS



Claim that unpaid
$30,000 in back pay
led to tanker not

having local pilot
FROM page one

tion by Global United.

"They informed us that
they were bringing a vessel
into the Bahamas. We told
them that they had to pay
their bills first, we told them
we would give them a pilot
when they gave us a cheque.
They said they were getting a
cheque for us but it never
came," he claimed.

Captain Rolle explained
that a shipping company can-
not acquire a local pilot
unless it goes through the
Harbour Pilots Association.

At this point, Captain
Rolle said, members of the
Harbour Pilots Association
are paying out of their own
pockets to pay for fuel for
the tugboats used by the
pilots.

"These people have fam-
ilies and bills to pay,” he
added.

Captain Rolle said he has
lodged several complaints
with Global United’s CEO
Jackson Ritchie.

"I've also sent letters to
Shell, Esso, to all involved
parties, to demonstrate to
them the problem of pay-
ment," he said.

Mike Hall, an operations
manager at Global United,
told The Tribune on the
weekend that it is not his
company’s responsibility to
pay the pilots, but Shell’s.

He said that Global Unit-
ed’s alleged involvement in
the affair is not “factual.”

“Shell International is
responsible for their vessels,”
he said.

“Shell actually pays the

Murder trial witness gives account
of how businessman was killed

FROM page one

from her desk, she saw a man
approach Carey and shoot him. She
said the gunman appeared to be
about five feet six inches tall, weigh-
ing about 180 pounds. Adderley told
the court that she could not fully see
the gunman’s face as he had a red-
dish orange handkerchief tied over
his nose.

The witness testified that she alert-
ed security and dialed 911, but could
not get through as the lines were
busy. Adderley told the court that
Carey was still trying to walk up the
stairs, but the assailant who was even
closer at this point, shot him again.
She said that at that point Carey,
who was clutching a red and black
bag, fell to the ground. According

More than half of
Immigration Audit

to the witness, the gunman stood
over Carey, took his bag and said
something to him. Adderley recalled
that she heard three gunshots. She
said the gunman ran to a white vehi-
cle nearby and made his escape. She
said the entire incident took place
within three minutes or less.
Lawyer Craig Butler, who repre-
sents Jamal Glinton, one of the mur-
der accused, suggested to the wit-
ness that the incidént took place
within a maximum of 30 seconds, to
which Adderley replied, “No.” Mr
Butler also suggested to the witness
that her vision at the time had been
obscured as she was behind two sets
of tinted glass and also because there
were people inside the bank. “I
could see clearly,” Adderley replied.
Romona Farquharson, lawyer
for murder accused Sean Brown,

suggested to the witness that her rec-
ollection of what had occurred that
day was not very clear. Adderley,
however, replied that it was. Ms Far-
quharson noted that the witness had
said that the incident took place on
Tuesday, February 27, but that the
27th was actually a Monday. Adder-
ley said that it was possible that she
had got the days mixed up. Ms Far-
quharson also suggested to the wit-
ness that she had never told police
that the gunman had left the scene in
a white vehicle and that it was a fab-
rication as her head was down at the
time. Adderley replied that
although her head was down, she
still saw the gunman flee the scene.
The witness admitted that she had
been shaken up after the incident.
Lawyer Roger Gomez Jr; who
represents Vaughn Carey, a cousin

FROM page one

of the deceased, who is charged with
conspiracy to commit armed rob-
bery, asked the witness if she had
any formal training in describing a
person’s weight and height. “No,”

‘she replied.

The Keith Carey murder trial
»which opened last Thursday, is
before Justice Stephen Isaacs. Jamal
Glinton and Sean Brown are on tri-
al for the murder, which occurred
on February 27, 2006. The pair is
also charged with armed robbery and
conspiracy to commit armed rob-
bery. Vaughn Carey, a cousin of the
deceased, is charged with conspiracy
to commit armed robbery.

Prosecuting the matter is Deputy
Director of Public Prosecutions
Cheryl Grant-Bethel, assisted by
Stephanie Pintard and Eucal Bona-
by.

TAMIR a CT

US pathologist Dr William
Lee Hearn had testified that
methadone was the main

opportunity with coming back
with the verdict which we
believe to be the right one
which is a homicide,” he said.

Daniel Smith died on Sep-
tember 10, 2006, while visit-
ing his mother at Doctor’s
Hospital — three days after
she gave birth to her daughter
Dannielynn. An autopsy
report stated that Daniel had
died due to respiratory arrest,
circulatory collapse due to an
adverse reaction to a lethal

cause of Daniel’s death and
that the amount of methadone
still present in his system indi-
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pilots. Shell is in charge of
all their ships ultimately and
those statements are not fac-
tual,” he said in response to
claims that Global United
failed to hire a local pilot.

However, Captain Rolle
said yesterday that its tradi-
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When the allegation that
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a local pilot was first put to
Shell International Shipping
and Trading Company’s Oil
Fleet Manager Captain Jere-
my Hudson during a press
conference last month, he
deferred to Minister of
Labour and Maritime Affairs
Dion Foulkes.

Global United CEO Jack-
son Ritchie did not return
The Tribune’s calls up until
press time last night.

combination of drugs. it.

Election Court will
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tificate or records of school
registration.

“There are different cat-
egories When we say made public.
processed. In some cases He said he had not
there were people who received any reports of
were difficult to contact,so frustration from the Hait-
we were holding approvals ian and Haitian-Bahamian
for persons and we got community regarding the
those out of the way and regularising process.
there were also persons Mr R E Barnes, of
who we needed to get inter- Amnesty International
views with,” Mr Turnquest (Bahamas), said he hoped
the audit would be a “posi-

step” but said specific com-
ment would be reserved

Providence 287 in Grand until the final results are

Bahama and 218 in Abaco,
Minister Turnquest told
The Tribune Monday.

The numbers still have to
be broken down, he said,
to show exactly how many
persons have received citi-
zenship or permanent resi-
dence or have been retused
outright. ;

Nevertheless he pointed Said. — i )
out that the procedure as a He said he expected to _ tive step forward to having
whole is not entirelv sim- have afurther update from people’s status regularised
ple and some persons have the department on the here.” a
run into difficulty provid- audit by May. a _ He also refrained from
ing some of the necessary Yesterday, Haitian’ further comment until he
documentation. whether it Ambassador Luis St Joseph — had seen a copy of the final
is their parent’s birth cer- said the audit was a “good immigration report.

Mr Davis had further difficulty with witnesses appearing in
court yesterday. He even went to Freeport to speak with and
arrange for 10 witnesses to come Nassau over the next two days.
Tickets were bought for all of these people, he said, and six of them
were supposed to appear yesterday, and the other four today.
Only one witness appeared in court yesterday, however.

Mr Davis said that if the witnesses had appeared as scheduled,
he had intended to conclude Ms Bridgewater's case today.

The court has the power to issue warrants of arrest for persons
who have been subpoenaed, but do not appear. Mr Davis informed
the court that the 10 witnesses to whom he referred were not offi-
cially scheduled to appear until today, based on their subpoena.

The one witness who appeared, Leona Roach, a 30-year resident
of number 23 Ringwood Drive in Grand Bahama testified about
Raphael Whylly.

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MARIAN Smith-Rolle of the
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Local Government’s awards and
recognition ceremony.

The ministry said in a state-
ment that Mrs Smith-Rolle has
been entrusted to establish a con-
sumer information unit, “after a
long career serving as a punctual
and productive public servant”.

It said the awards ceremony
was just one of the many activities
planned for the ministry’s Aware-
ness Month 2008.

Employees from all the vari-
ous departments of the Ministry
of Lands and Local Government
received certificates commend-
ing their work.

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ourees vying for the title of
Employee of the Year: Donna
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Joan Bethel from Exuma;
Keffieanne Ferguson from South
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The honourees then had to go
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tee.

Minister of Lands and Local
Government Sidney Collie said
the impact of the awards is felt
throughout the ministry and the
Bahamas, as the employees come
together to compete, celebrate
and join in the festivities.

Mr Collie said: “I am pleased
that the organising committee
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Governor General Arthur
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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

TRICKLE OF NATIONAL ELECTION RESULTS AMID ALLEGATIONS OF RETURNS BEING RIGGED

Opposition claims lead in Zimbabwe poll

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@ By ANGUS SHAW
HARARE, Zimbabwe

Officials released a trickle of
national election results evenly
split Monday between Zimbab-
we’s ruling party and the opposi-
tion, which accused President
Robert Mugabe’s government of
rigging returns to conceal a mas-
sive loss, according to the Associ-
ated Press.

Zimbabwe has collapsed under
Mugabe, a one-time anti-colonial
hero whose mismanagement of
the economy turned the bread-
basket of southern Africa into a
nation dependent on internation-
al food handouts, and struggling
with inflation of over 100,000 per-
cent a year, by far the world’s
highest. The economic disaster
has fueled dissent among a people
cowed into silence by Mugabe’s
strong-arm methods over 28 years
in power. Zimbabweans have
begun speaking openly against
Mugabe, 84, seeing the election as
a last hope for the country. Oppo-

sition leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s

Movement for Democratic
Changes said vote counts it saw
posted at polling stations in 128 of
the country’s 210 parliamentary
districts showed Tsvangirai tak-
ing 60 percent of the vote over
30 percent for Mugabe.

But Zimbabwe’s nominally
independent Electoral Commis-
sion released results for only 38
races in the lower House of
Assembly, giving 19 wins to the
ruling party and 19 to the oppo-
sition. It said nothing about the
presidential contest.

Election observers said some
initial results were known as ear-
ly as 11 p.m. Saturday, some four
hours after polls closed. In previ-
ous elections, partial results have
been announced within hours of
voting ending.

Tsvangirai narrowly lost dis-
puted 2002 elections and the
opposition said it would take to
the streets in peaceful protest if
this year’s vote was rigged.

The Movement for Democrat-
ic Change said the opposition
won 96 seats of the 128 for which
it had gathered results. Parlia-
mentary and local council ballot-
ing was held alongside the presi-
dential vote. The Electoral Com-
mission acknowledged that one
of Mugabe’s Cabinet ministers

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“only goes to raise tension among
the people,” Movement for

Democratic Change seécretary-

general Tendai Biti said.

Biti said that if the vote were
stolen, the opposition would
mount peaceful protests — not
go to the courts.

“We have election disputes still
pending from 2002” in the courts,
he said. “We are not going to
make that mistake again. Our
courts will be the people of Zim-
babwe and our brothers and sis-
ters in Africa.”

Biti cautioned against resort-
ing to violence, which he said
could spark a security or military
crackdown.

“Zimbabweans are rightfully
anxious,” he said. “Zimbabweans
are not a violent people and we
hope people are not provoked
into violence if official results dif-
fer from those posted at polling
stations.”

Britain, Germany and the EU
called for faster reporting Mon-
day to ease tension.

The United States urged Zim-
babwe to “do the right thing” as it
counts the votes. State Depart-
ment spokesman Tom Casey said
the U.S. “strongly encourages”
the country’s electoral commis-
sion to honor the will of the Zim-
babwean people.

“Clearly the delay is fueling
speculation that something might
be going on,” said Noel Kutut-
wa, chairman of the Zimbabwe
Electoral Support Network,
which includes 38 civic, church
and other groups.

Independent monitors said Jus-
tice Minister Patrick Chinamasa
was oné of six Cabinet ministers
— among them some leading
members of Mugabe’s inner circle
— to lose a parliament seat. They
include Vice President Joyce
Mujuru; Didymus Mutasa, min-
ister of state for security and land,
and Defense Minister Sydney
Sekeramayi. The monitors, who
spoke on condition of anonymity
because they were not authorized
to publish results, compiled
results from those tallied and
posted at voting stations across
the country. The balance of the
presidential votes went to former
ruling party loyalist and Finance
Minister Simba Makoni, whose
campaign as an independent
brought splits within the ruling
party over Mugabe’s rule into the
open. While younger army offi-

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patience with Mugabe, security
chiefs said before the election
they would not accept an opposi-
tion victory. A show of force by
riot police and other security
forces dampened celebrations
Sunday in the capital’s densely
populated suburb where support
for the opposition is strong.

If Tsvangirai were to claim vic- .
tory before the official results are
announced, it would be “called a
coup d’etat and we all know how
coups are handled,” chief presi-
dential spokesman George
Charamba was quoted as saying
in the state-controlled Sunday
Mail newspaper.

Businesses in Harare reported
many people stayed home Mon-
day, apparently to follow results.
Zimbabweans shared election
results among themselves, send-
ing cell-phone text messages and
e-mails that congested the coun-
try’s networks, |

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Cuba lifts ban on

citizens staying
at tourist hotels



A FOREIGN couple is reflected in

_-ernment has lifted a ban on Cubans staying at hotel

Le

a mirror next to a flag with a image of Revolutionary hero Ernesto “Che”





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viously reserved for foreigners. Flag reads in Span-

_ Guevara inside the National hotel in Havana, nace 31, 2008. New President Raul Castro's gov-

ish “Victories”,

‘gl By WILL WEISSERT
2 HAVANA

New President Raul Castro’s
© government has lifted a ban on
- Cubans staying at hotels previ-

ously reserved for foreigners, end-
Â¥ ing another restriction that had
3 been especially irksome to ordi-
§ nary citizens, according to the
z: Associated Press,
pb “They have informed us that
y with a national ID card, anyone
yscan stay here,” an employee at
the Ambos Mundos Hotel in Old
Havana. She insisted on anonymi-
ty because she is not authorized
to speak to foreign reporters, but
said non-guests who are Cuban
nationals will also be allowed to
pay to enjoy other hotel services,
including gyms. ;
.. Front desk workers and man-
» agers at the Nacional, Valencia
: and Santa Isabel hotels in Havana
: also said Ministry of Tourism offi-
* cials told them Cubans were
: allowed to stay in hotels across
: the island as of midnight on Mon-
: day. Like other guests, they will
; be charged in convertible pesos
worth 24 times the regular pesos
| earned by state employees.

Catering to tourists and foreign
: executives, many of Havana’s
; best-known hotels charge well
» over $100 per night. The four-star
» Ambos Mundos, for example,
charges $173 a night in high sea-
' son — more than eight times the
; average monthly state salary of

about $20.
: Some hotels scheduled meet-
- ings with all staff members to dis-
cuss the changes, and officials said
new rules wiil also allow Cubans
. to rent cars at state-run agencies
» for the first time.

“Access to hotels was a com-
plaint a lot of people had, so this
is positive,” said Magaly, a

’ Havana retiree who said she did

not feel comfortable divulging her
full name. “But the prices are so
expensive. I can’t pay for a hotel.
Very few people can.”

There was no _ Official
announcement in state-controlled
media on the lifting of the ban
on hotel rooms and other tourist
services, and word spread slowly
through the Cuban capital.

It was business as usual inside
the luxurious but slightly dog-
eared lobby of the Hotel
Nacional, and receptionists at sev-
eral other hotels reported no
immediate spike in reservations.
Other tourism employees said
they had not yet been officially
informed of the change.

Magaly, 69, predicted a sudden
surge in hotel occupancy that
wouldn’t last.

“There will be a boom. Every-
one will stay in hotels even if it’s
only for one day,” she said. “But
then the novelty will wear off and
everything will be the same
again.”

On Friday, Cuba authorized its
citizens to obtain mobile phones,
which only foreigners and key
officials in the communist gov-
ernment were previously allowed
to have. A resolution from the
Interior Commerce Ministry also
authorized the general sale begin-
ning Tuesday of computers,
microwaves and DVD players,
items which had only been sold to
companies and foreigners.

But much.of the population has
access to convertible pesos or oth-
er foreign currency, either
through jobs in tourism or with
foreign firms or cash sent by rel-

atives living in the United States.
They will suddenly have a host
of new ways to spend their mon-
ey.

Tourism generates more than
$2 billion annually in this country,
and official restrictions that
banned all Cubans — even those
who can afford it — from enjoy-
ing beach resorts and luxury
hotels were an especially sore
point for many on the island since
the government began encourag-
ing foreign tourism en masse in
the early 1990s. Critics of the gov-
ernment have for decades brand-
ed the bans “tourism apartheid.”

Even if few Cubans can take
advantage of the new rule, it elim-
inates a glaring historical contra-
diction within the Cuban revolu-
tion. When rebels led by Fidel
Castro took power in 1959, they
joyfully overran beach resorts and
hotels that had been largely lim-
ited to foreigners, declaring them
open to all Cubans.

Governmental restrictions were
eventually restored, however, as a
way of promoting social equality
within the communist system and
limiting ordinary Cubans’ contact
with foreigners.

Since taking power from his
ailing, 81-year-old brother Fidel
on Feb. ul Castro, 76, has
pledged to make improving
Cubans’ everyday life a top pri-
ority and undo “excessive restric-
tions” on society and the econo-

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A CUBAN flag waves in front of the
National Hotel in Havana, yesterday.
New President Raul Castro’s gov-
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reserved for foreigners, ending
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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

ARCHAEOLOGISTS DISTURB SOME OF ENGLAND’S MOST SACRED SOIL FOR FIRST TIME IN 44 YEARS

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Digging into
the mystery of
Stonehenge

m@ By GREGORY KATZ
LONDON

Some of England’s most sacred soil was disturbed yesterday for
the first time in more than four decades as archaeologists worked
to solve the enduring riddle of Stonehenge: When and why was the
prehistoric monument built?

The excavation project, set to last until April 11, is designed to
unearth materials that can be used to establish a firm date for
when the first mysterious set of bluestones was put in place at
Stonehenge, one of Britain’s best known and least understood
landmarks.

The World Heritage site, a favourite with visitors the world
over, has become popular with Druids, neo-Pagans and New Agers
who attach mystical significance to the strangely shaped circle of
stones, but there remains great debate about the actual purpose of
the structure.

The dig will be led by Timothy Darvill, a leading Stonehenge
scholar from Bournemouth University, and Geoffrey Wainwright,
president of the Society of Antiquaries. Both experts have worked
to pinpoint the site in the Preseli Mountains in south Wales where
the bluestones — the earliest of the large rocks erected at the site
—came from. They will be able to compare the samples found in
Wales to those at Stonehenge on the Salisbury Plain.

“The excavation will date the arrival of the bluestones following
their 153-mile journey from Preseli to Salisbury Plain and con-
‘atl j tribute to our definition of the society which undertook such an
ambitious project,” Wainright said. “We will be able to say not only
: why, but when the first stone monument was built.”

ARCHAEOLOGY students Steve Bush, right, and Sam Ferguson, left, sieve through earth amongst the stones at Stonehenge, England, Monday, Scientists believe the bluestones were first put in place about 2600

March 31, 2008. Some of England's most sacred soil was disturbed yesterday for the first time in more than four decades as archeologists try
to solve the enduring riddle of Stonehenge: when and why was the prehistoric monument built. The excavation project, set to last until April 11,
is designed to unearth materials that can be used to establish a firm date for when the first, mysterious set of bluestones was put in place at Stone-

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B.C., but they concede the date is only an approximation at best.
The original bluestones were removed about 200 years later and sci-
entists hope to find bits of them embedded in the earth.

Darvill said the excavation marks the first opportunity to bring
the power of modern scientific archaeology to bear on a problem
that has taxed the minds
of so many experts since
medieval times: Why
were the bluestones so
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from so far away?

The excavation goal to say not only

is to find remnants of

the original bluestones, why, but when the

or related materials,

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struction of Stonehenge,
said Dave Batchelor, an
archaeologist with Eng-
lish Heritage, which : . .
oversees the Stone- Geoffrey Wainwright
henge site.

“We have to find the ’
material that will give :
us a good date,” he said. ““That’s where the luck comes in. We could
get an absolute blank or we could get something magnificent or we
could get something in between.”

He said bluestones have an “inky, bluey, black” appearance
and come from the Preseli Mountains in South Wales. About 6 feet
tall, they are the smaller stones that make up part of the monument,
alongside the larger sarsen stones, which are about twice as tall:and
were added later.

It is hoped that fixing the date of the start of construction with
more precision will allow scientists to finally grasp how and why the
monument was built. They also may learn more about how the
stones were transported. Research shows the bluestones, weighing
an estimated five tons apiece, may have been dragged from the
mountains in south Wales to the sea, put on huge rafts and floated
up the River Avon.

Archaeologists believe that before the bluestones were put in
place, Stonehenge consisted of a circle of wooden posts and timbers
built in approximately 3100 B.C.

The research that began Monday with the digging of a trench
marks the first time ground inside the inner stone circle has been
excavated since 1944. The area, revered as a powerful link to Eng-
land’s pagan past, is so sensitive that Cabinet approval was need-
ed before the work could begin.

Renee Fok, a spokeswoman with English Heritage, said the
project was okayed only after experts were convinced of its poten-
tial value. She said the project represents “the logical next step”
after the two professors located the source of the bluestones in
Wales. “It’s the culmination of their work, it makes sense to go back
to the stone circle and get a date,” she said.

“We want to strike a balance. We want the best research, but we
can’t just say go ahead and dig as you like, it’s a very fragile area.
Even the Druids are happy with this project, we’ve spoken to
them and they don’t object.”

She said tourists will be able to visit Stonehenge as usual and will
also be able to watch live video coverage of the excavation in spe-
cial tents at the site.





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Editor

THE Bahamas Internation-
al Securities Exchange’s
(BISX) chief executive yes-
terday said he hoped to pre-
sent the exchange’s Board
with the final draft of the pro-
posed amendments to its rules
| at their Thursday meeting,
adding that the changes were
critical to enhance regulatory
efficiency and effectiveness.

Keith Davies told The Tri-
bune: “I am submitting them
to the BISX Board now. We
have a Board meeting com-
ing up this week on Thursday,
and it is my intention, if we
do not present them with a
final draft, to present them
with an overview with a view
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Albany hotel start
‘in next 30 days’

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE $1.3 billion Albany Golf
& Beach resort’s developers
yesterday said they hoped to
start construction work on the
project’s hotel component
“within the next 30 days” after
submitting the performance
bonds for subdivision approval
pre-Easter, and pledged to
“leave the environment in a bet-
ter state than we found it”.

Christopher Anand, Albany’s
managing partner, told The Tri-

bune that the development had |

hired John Davies away from
his job as executive vice-presi-
dent for Ginn’s West End pro-
ject to head construction of the
south-west New Providence
project.

Confirming that construction
work on the road re-routing had
started, Mr Anand said Albany
was “probably a couple of
weeks away” from starting work
on the marina and golf course
components.

“We hope subdivision
approval will come shortly,” Mr
Anand told The Tribune. “We
had all our performance bonds
in place before Easter.”

The performance bonds will
be lodged with the Ministry of
Works, and act as a form of
insurance or guarantee that the

* Developers post
performance bonds
pre-Easter for
subdivision approval

* Golf course, marina likely
to start in next two weeks

* Senior Ginn executive
hired away from West
End to head Albany
construction

* Developers pledge to
‘leave environment in
better state than we
found it’

developer will put in place the
infrastructure for a subdivision
- such as utilities and roads - as
they have pledged to do. Ulti-
mately, if the developer fails to
perform, the Ministry can call in
the bonds to finance this work
by itself.

“We'd expect the amenities
to start within the next couple
of weeks,” said Mr Anand,
referring to the marina and golf

course. “We’re waiting on final
permits in the normal course of

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m@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

he mediation attempt to end
the Grand Bahama Port
Authority (GBPA) owner-
ship dispute was last night
said to have ended without
success, and Fleming Family & Partners
no nearer to acquiring the 50 per cent stake
held by the late Edward St George’s estate.

Sources familiar with the situation told
The Tribune that the mediation, ordered
by Supreme Court Senior Justice Anita
Allen earlier this month, had ended with-
out a breakthrough in resolving the 15-
month battle over the GBPA ownership
between the family trust of Sir Jack Hay-
ward and the St George estate.

In addition, a series of meetings held in
London between key Fleming principals,
Roddie Fleming and Geoffrey Richards,
and St George estate representatives -
thought to include Henry St George and a
UK attorney, Mark Bridges of Farrer &
Co, who was acting for one of the estate’s
executors, Lord Euston - also produced

New car sales ‘slow slightly’

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

NEW car sales “have slowed
slightly” during the 2008 first

no conclusion,

Meetings between the Fleming and
estate representatives have been held over
the past two weeks, and it is understood
that the last one was held yesterday.

Despite Fleming’s attempts to kickstart
talks with the St George estate about
acquiring their stake, having reached an
agreement in principle to acquire the Hay-
ward trust’s stake for $100 million, the
effort ultimately appears to have been
fruitless.

It is thought that the St George estate’s
representatives indicated it wanted to
explore other options relating to its GBPA
and Port Group Ltd interest, including
seeking other joint venture partners or
possibly selling-up to Hutchison Wham-
poa, which submitted a rival $125 million
offer to the Haywards.

The St George estate and its attorney,
Callender’s & Co partner Fred Smith, have
never been keen on the Fleming offer,
viewing the company as an ‘interloper’
that muscled its way into the litigation pro-
ceedings between the estate and the Hay-
wards.

Dealers now waiting to see if car show
interest turns into concrete sales

With the mediation producing no con-
clusion,.the St George estate, Hayward
trust and Fleming are likely to be headed
back to court for another protracted round
of litigation, in more ways than one.

The 21-day deadline for Lady Henrietta
St George and Sir Jack to agree on an
independent chairman for the GBPA, fol-
lowing the removal of receivers Clifford
and Myles Culmer, has passed, meaning
they either have to return to court or nom-
inate a mediator to resolve the issue.

Initially, The Tribune understands that
both sides may have found a solution in the
form of Erik Christiansen, former owner of
New Hope Holdings, which formerly
owned Freeport’s Pelican Bay resort. How-
ever, it is understood the Hayward camp
then switched its attention to Bahamian
executive Felix Stubbs, a senior official
with IBM (Bahamas), who was unaccept-
able to the estate.

These latest developments continue to
leave Freeport and its economy in limbo,
with seemingly no end in sight to the
GBPA ownership turmoil and the negative
ripple effects that spew from it.

quarter, one car dealer told The
Tribune yesterday, with dealer-
ships now waiting to see
whether they can turn consumer
interest at.the weekend's
Bahamas Motor Dealers Asso-
ciation (BMDA) car show into
concrete sales.

Rick Lowe, operations man-
ager at Nassau Motor Compa-
ny, said: “It may be too early

to tell, but it does seem as if

things have slowed slightly.
Whether it’s a definitive pat-
tern, I can’t say.

“Our floor traffic has not
slowed, and at the Mall [for the
car show] there seemed to be a
hell of a lot of people. We're
getting the floor traffic, but
whether it turns into sales we'll

know in about three weeks’
time. We’ll know whether the
car show was a marketing, as
well as a financial success, in
two to three weeks’ time.”

New car sales are, in theory,
among the products most likely
to be hit first - and hardest -
during an economic downturn.
They are relatively expensive
and viewed as a luxury good by
most consumers. These goods
are among the first purchases
to be discarded or put on hold if
consumers suffer a reduction in
disposable income.

Given that Bahamian busi-
ness confidence has been
knocked by the global econom-
ic downturn and its impact on
the tourism industry, which was

already experiencing declining
arrivals trends, foreign direct
investment and the second
home market, and the Harrah’s
pull-out from Baha Mar’s $2.6
billion Cable Beach project, it is
not hard to predict that new car
sales for 2008 might be rela-
tively soft.

Mr Lowe said at least eight
dealers, including Nassau Motor
Company, Quality Auto, San-
pin, Bahamas Bus & Truck,
Tyreflex and Executive Motors,
were represented at the car
show.

He added: “Sales were down
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Ratings agency reaffirms
Colinalmperial ‘strength’

COLINAImperial Insurance Company
has seen its A- (Excellent) financial strength
rating reaffirmed by the leading interna-
tional insurance rating agency, which said
the firm’s future growth and profit sustain-
ability would depend on its ability to
increase market share.

A. M. Best, which also reaffirmed Coli-
nalmperial’s ‘a-’ financial strength rating
and the stable outlook for both, indicated
the ratings were largely based on the com-
pany's position as having the largest life
and health market share, plus its "conserv-
ative reserving" policies.

However, A. M. Best said concerns

remained over the "volatile" earnings per-
formance of Colinalmperial's individual
and group health insurance portfolio, which
caused the company to report a loss for the
three months to September 30, 2007.

The rating agency said its actions were
"based on Colinalmperial's leading mar-

ket share in the life/health market in The
Bahamas, its diversified product portfolio,
adequate risk-adjusted capitalisation and
conservative reserving practices".

It added: "As the life/health market
leader, with more than 50 per cent market
share in the Bahamas, Colinalmperial con-
tinues to leverage its competitive advan-
tages locally and by expanding into the
islands of the Bahamas and other Caribbean
and Latin America markets."

A.M. Best said that "while Colinalmpe-
rial's earnings performance and growth in
assets have been positive over the past five
years, its potential for new business growth
and earnings sustainability will depend on
cultivating organic opportunities, improving
its cost structure as well as reversing the
recent poor performance of its group and
individual health business."

A. M. Best said Colinalmperial's current
financial position, operating performance

and size reflected its acquisitions of Global
(Bahamas), Canada Life and Imperial Life
in a three-year span between 2002 and 2005.
"Partially offsetting these strengths is the
mature nature of the Bahamas life/health
market, which may impede Colinalmperi-
al's potential for organic growth, the fluc-
tuating operating results due to past acqui-
sition costs and continuing expenses to
streamline its operational infrastructure,"
A.M. Best said.

The ratings agency added that Coli-
nalmperial was currently experiencing
"embedded risk factors and volatility in the
individual and group health businesses that
were acquired over the past three years", as
this had impacted the company's operat-
ing performance.

Colinalmperial Insurance Company is
owned by BISX-listed Colina Holdings
(Bahamas), which in turn is majority-owned
by A.F. Holdings.

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WHEREAS, the coastal zone comprises the sea, the beach, and the land behind the beach
and is crucial to the econonmic and social well-being of our people;

AND WHEREAS, the international community took measures, beginning in 1986, to
bring attention to, and mobilize resources for the protection and management of the

marine and coastal areas of wider Caribbean region:

AND WHEREAS, The Bahamas government signed the convention on Biological

Diversity in June 1992 and,

recognizing the importance of the marine biodiversity,

the second conference of the parties to the convention higlighted the need to de-
velop mechanisms for the sustainable use of coastal and marine biological diversity ;

AND WHEREAS, member states of the United Nations brought into force the Ramsar
convention, which provides for the protection of wetlands, including shallow coastal and

marine ecosystem;

AND WHEREAS, the Government of The Bahamas signed the Ramsar convetion in

June, 1997;

AND WHEREAS, The Bahamas recognizes the importance of our coastal zones to the
sustainability of our most vital industry, tourism, and the socio-economic development
of our people, and that natural disasters, climate change and human activity will impact

them;

AND WHEREAS, The Bahamas is obligated to educate all stakeholders to the value of
these resources, enact the appropriate legislation and mobilize the necessary resources to
ensure the protection of our coastal zones for future generations of Bahamians;

AND WHEREAS, The Ministry of Tourism, in collaboration with other partners in the
public and private sectors, wishes to set aside the month of April to engage in activities to
heighten the awareness of the importance of our coastal zones;

NOW THEREFORE. | Hubert A. Ingraham, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, do hereby, proclaim the month beginning Tuesday, Ist April to

Wednesday, 30th April, 2008 as

“COASTAL AWARENESS

MONTH”

IN WITNESS WHEREOF,
I have hereunto set my Hand
and Seal this 19th day of
March, 2008

asd

HUBERT A. INGRAHAM
PRIME MINISTER



the exchange, in addition to
being needed “to deal with all
the things we plan to do”.

The proposed BISX Rules
amendments, unveiled in April
2007, sought to require listed
companies to publish their quar-
terly and annual audited finan-
cial statements some 60 and 90
days respectively after those
periods ended.

This compared to the 90 and
120-day periods they are cur-
rently allowed now, meaning
that if this change was
approved, the timeframes
would be brought forward by a
month. This generated concerns
among both BISX-listed com-
panies and the accounting pro-
fession that audits them, both
fearing the proposed audit peri-
ods were too short.

On this issue, Mr Davies yes-
terday declined to comment
directly, saying that he first
wanted ‘the Board to approve
whatever changes they
favoured.

However, he added: “Our
expectation is that there will be
improvements with regard to

filing requirements.”

Other amendments to BISX
Rules that were proposed ini-
tially included changes to
issuers’ continuing obligations
rules that required directors,
chief executives and chief finan-
cial officers, especially with
quarterly financials, to make a
public declaration that those
financial reports were in com-
pliance - and had been pub-
lished in compliance - with
International Financial Report-
ing Standards (IFRS).

Other plans involved requir-
ing all issuers to file all results
and material disclosures with a
new department called the
BISX Companies Announce-
ments Office in electronic for-
mat.

The BISX Listings Commit-
tee was also due to get new
sanctions powers, including the
ability to disqualify directors of
entities listed on the exchange.

Mr Davies yesterday said of
the rules’ amendments: “It is
recognising the advances in the
securities industry, it is acknowl-
edging that improvements can

be made to our rules, and it is
being proactive to deal with
these things we see. It is very
important to us. It is necessary
and needed at this time.”

The BISX Rules changes, he
added, recognised that rules and
regulations governing the secu-
rities industry globally had to
be seen as a “living document”,
and changed to accommodate
new practices and products as
the sector evolved.

Mr Davies said he had been
involved in drafting the initial
Securities Industry Act, and in
presentations before the Gov-
ernment had emphasised the
“living document” aspect.

“It-didn’t turn out that way,”
he added, suggesting this was
why so much effort was cur-
rently being put into the
reforms to that Act.

Meanwhile, Mr Davies said
BISX was likely to see another
investment fund listing in about
three days, following closely
behind the three sub-funds from
the FG Financial Fund Ltd
SAC (segregated accounts com-
pany).

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seeking applicants for the position of Maintenance Supervisor
to assume responsibility for the efficient operation and
maintenance of its equipment and machinery, with a keen focus

on detail in keeping with international standards. Applicants
must be customer oriented with a track record of mastery in
mechanical areas.

The incumbent will be required to:

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maintenance function for the building and the environment;
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TUESDAY, APRIL 1, 2008, PAGE 3B



Central Bank seeks =

ore ‘risk-based’
supervision

THE Central Bank of the
Bahamas yesterday said it was
seeking to adopt a more risk-
based approach to regulating its
licensees, and aimed to produce
a framework outlining this by
end-April 2008.

In its latest quarterly newslet-
ter to the heads of all Bahamas-
based bank and trust compa-
nies, the Central Bank's bank
supervision department said it
was moving to "employ more

_risk-based principles of regula-



tion and supervision in the on-
site examination process".

It was now looking to cate-
gorise licensees according to
risk, using factors such as their
parent's home country designa-
tion; the level of activity out-
sourcing; market focus; and
ownership complexity. These
would be used to determine the
on-site examination's scope.

A more risk-based approach
has also been the focus of the
Central Bank's corporate gov-
ernance guideline review, with
the regulator looking at amend-
ments that include the number
of Board meetings bank and
trust companies are mandated
to have. "We intend to use a
less prescriptive approach and
simply leave it up to the indi-
vidual banks, based on individ-
ual risk circumstances, to deter-
mine appropriate governance
arrangements in this area," the
Central Bank added.

It said its revamped corpo-
rate governance guidelines
should be published by the first
week in April.

The Central Bank said
licensees had also brought to its
attention the fact that there was
a "conflict" between section
four of its proposed Large
Exposure Guidelines, and the
Banks and Trust Companies
(Large Exposures) Regulations
2005S.

The latter's section seven list-
ed exposures that were exempt-
ed without the Central Bank
requiring prior notification,
while the Large Exposure
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define the 'exempt exposures'
that should be pre-notified.

The Central Bank also added
that draft guidelines on the
Management of Interest Rate
Risk would be issued for indus-
try feedback in the first week
of April 2008.

It also said: "As we would
have previously advised, the
Central Bank is seeking to
make regulatory reporting more
efficient through the imple-
mentation of a more compre-
hensive online reporting system.

“We have recently short-list-
ed the potential service
providers to three, and have
developed a rigorous demon-
stration script for each vendor,
to assist the Bank in making a
final selection. We believe that
such a system will greatly
enhance the timeliness and effi-
ciency with our data collection
and dissemination efforts."

The Central Bank added that
it was seeking to make its regu-
latory regime more “business
friendly”, with itself and other
regulators reviewing the publi-
cation requirements for statu-
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financial statements.

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and the publication of financials
on regulated entities’ websites

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statutory publication require-
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Accounting designation (ACCA, CPA or other similar designation)
Audit experience (Preferred)

Prior experience working in/with financial institutions

Proven analytical skills in reporting, modelling and forecasting
Proven team management skills

General Requirements/Responsibilities: pospensiniten
Provide an excellent customer service experience by maintaining the highest
degree of courtesy, confidentiality and professionalism

Handle business transactions in connection with account activations, adjustments
and collections

Perform over-the-counter exchanges of customer defective equipment

On - site client visits to resolve service issues

Selling of the company’s services

Communicate with customers using web-based tools

Answer a multi-line phone system

Deal directly with customers to resolve outstanding or escalated problems in
person & on the phone

Provide technical support to clients via telephone

Interact with other departments to resolve customer issues or provide additional
services as required

Greet visitors

e Ensures the integrity of financial information presented for FirstCaribbean
International Bank (Bahamas) Limited
Analyzes financial results and prepare variance reports for local and parent
company leaders. ;
Assist with the preparation of accurate and timely quarterly financial
statements for publication as required by the Securities Commission and
BISX.
Ensures that financial and management reports are prepared and distributed
within established timelines
Consults with business units of the Bahamas entity, monitors their
performance and provides advice based on analyzed results and strategic
plan priorities
Liaises with business heads, anticipating the impact of internal and external
factors and trends on overall profitability, return on investment and future
growth for the Bahamas entity.
Interpret changes in accounting and reporting standards and recommend
changes and enhancements to systems and reports.

Qualifications

Flexibility, adaptability; ability to work in a fast-paced environment
Strong organizational skills

Strong problem-solving and decision-making skills

Ability to multitask

Initiative and ability to learn new tasks quickly

Reliability, punctuality and outstanding interpersonal skills are essential
Excellent oral and written communication skills

Team player

Data entry and problem solving skills

Computer literacy, with a strong working knowledge of

Microsoft Office Products — Word, Outlook and Excel

Remuneration:

e Salary commensurate with management position at the FC Level 6

(Note: | - 11 job levels)
Benefits- attractive salary, six weeks vacation, preferred loan rates, employee share
purchase plan, variable incentive pay (bonus), medical scheme, pension benefit

IndiGO Networks offers a comprehensive benefits package. Salary is commensurate with
experience and qualifications.

Applicants are requested to submit their resume with a cover letter via email
by April 4th, 2008 to: deangelia.deleveaux @firstcaribbeanbank.com

Interested candidates should submit their resumés in writing by April 11, 2008 to:

FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas) Limited thanks all applicants for their
interest, however only those under consideration will be contacted.

Vacancies are open to Bahamian residents only. Attn.: Customer Service Manager; IndiGO Networks; P.O. Box N-3920; Nassau, Bahamas

Or
Fax: 242-677-1050
E-mail: hr@indigonetworks.com


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Fashion week to give Bahamas
elebrity publicity boost

ISLANDS of the World Fashion
Week, the fashion show being organ-
ised by Bahamas-based financial ser-
vices provider, the Montaque Group, is
planning to give the Bahamian tourism
industry a major publicity boost by
inviting numerous music and TV per-
sonalities to the four-day extravaganza.

Among the celebrities who have
been sent invitations are Lenny
Kravitz, Tyra Banks, P Diddy, Jennifer
Lopez, P Diddy, Rihanna, Beyonce
Knowles, Oprah Winfrey and Stacey
London.

The executive producer for Islands
of the World Fashion Week is Tomas
Frenes, a Miami resident who served as
deputy director for the Americas for

Albany hotel start ‘in next 30 days’ Ragga"

Versace. He is also executive vice-pres-
ident of Mode Iles, the Montaque
Group affiliate organising the show.

Owen Bethel, the Montaque
Group's president and managing direc-
tor, and the show's founder, said
designers from the Bahamas, Fiji,
Grenada, Bermuda, Indonesia,
Jamaica, Madagascar, Trinidad &
Tobago, Barbados, Puerto Rico and
Cuba had indicated they were inter-
ested in participating.

"This event was not conceived to be
just another fashion week," explained
Mr Bethel.

"While certainly providing a show-
case for eligible designers originating
from developing islands similar to the

typical fashion
week, the mere |
fact that this |
event specifical-
ly focuses on
designers from
islands in itself
makes it a
unique event.
Islands conjure
up images of a
unique lifestyle,
both exotic and
colourful. Fur-
ther, this event
is not simply a commercial venture, as
it concurrently aims to draw attention
to several global issues

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"Presenting designers are being
encouraged to also present garments or
accessories, which display sensitivity
to anyone or more of many global
social issues.

"The recognition and tolerance of
cultural diversity, in an effort to bring
about a culture of peace, are also sig-
nificant themes of the event as a reflec-
tion of the mission of the United
Nations Educational, Scientific and
Cultural Organisation (UNESCO),
which is supporting the event,"

"With the presence of fashion edi-
tors, and the press representatives and
photographers," added Mr Bethel, "the
designers will get a critical assessment
of their work and the potential for

sales. While this is not a competition
there will be the selection of notable
presenting designers as the recipients of
the recognition awards in Sustainable
or Eco- Fashion, Cultural & Fashion,
the NextGen Designer Award, and the
Seals of Excellence to be presented
to five outstanding designers.

“The NextGen Designer Award is
targeted to a novice designer who
shows promise in the international
marketplace. A Humanitarian Design-
er Award will also be presented to an
internationally-renowned designer who
has shown him or herself to be a phil-
anthropist in one or more of the areas
of concern being highlighted by the
event.”

FROM page 1B

construction for the marina and
golf course.”

Obtaining final Phase I sub-
division will also enable Albany
to proceed with its hotel com-
ponent. “We expect to start the
hotel within the next 30 days,”
Mr Anand added.

Mr Davies, who has exten-
sive construction experience
globally and in the Bahamas,
having overseen the building of
Exuma’s Four Seasons Emer-
ald Bay Resort, started in his
new position with Albany last
week.

“We looked for someone that
knows the Bahamas, the scale
of the project we’re talking
about in the Bahamas,” Mr
Anand said of Mr Davies. “He’s
not only an incredibly compe-
tent man, but he’s a nice man.

“He’s somebody who knows
the Bahamas well, knows and
understands how to get things
done, and knows how to work
with Bahamians to get things
done. That’s very important for

”

us.

The Albany project has been
the subject of much environ-
mental furore in recent weeks,
after Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham tabled in the House
of Assembly the review of the
project’s Environmental Impact
Assessment (EIA) by consul-
tants Black & Veatch Interna-
tional. :

That review raised several
concerns about the potential
environmental impact from the
‘Albany project, particularly
with regard to potential erosion
on Adelaide Beach that would
result from the project’s marina
entrance and channel.

These concerns have prompt-
ed environmental activists, such
as reearth’s Sam Duncombe, to
publicly call for Adelaide Beach
to be made into a National Park
and protected area. There are
also fears that the Albany mari-
na channel will cut off public
access to more than half of
Adelaide Beach.

Yet Mr Anand yesterday
pointed out that the EIA
Review was an 18-month old

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereb
GOLDEN ISLES

given that KETTLY BAPTISTE of
OAD, P.O. BOX SS-5749, NASSAU,

BAHAMAS is aoe to the Minister responsible for

Nationality and

itizenship, for registration/naturalization

as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who
knows any reason why re istration/ naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 1st day of
April 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

Legal Notice

NOTICE

WORLANDER S.A.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company is
in dissolution, which commenced on the 28th day of March
2008. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp. Inc., P, O. Box

N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE

THENPRES LIMITED

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section

138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000,
the dissolution of THENPRES LIMITED 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)

document that was drafted in
July 2006. Since then, Albany
had worked with the Bahamas
Environment, Science and
Technology (BEST) Commis-
sion and Black & Veatch to
address all the issues raised in
the latter’s report.

He added that “the bottom
line” was that Albany would
not have obtained final
approval from either BEST or
their consultants if any concerns
remained, pointing to the pro-
ject’s 400-page Environmental
Management Plan (EMP),
which required the developers
to meet 19 benchmarks that will
be independently monitored/.

“Our goal is to leave the envi-
ronment in a better state than it
was before,” Mr Anand said.
“It’s in our own best interests
and we’re committed to it.
We're not the average develop-
er, who says one thing and does
another.

“We're going to be audited
by a third party. We're going to
be held accountable and be
transparent.”

He conceded that Albany
and its marina channel would

impact Adelaide Beach, but
said this was a “trade-off” to
achieve economic. growth and
development that the Govern-
ment had deemed acceptable.
The developers - the Tavistock
Group, the vehicle for world-
wide investments by Lyford Car
billionaire Joe Lewis, and
world-famous golfers Ernie Els
and Tiger Woods - were work-
ing with the Government to
mitigate any impact to the
beach.

“We're going to improve the
current beach conditions and
be held responsible for ever to
maintain it,” Mr Anand said,
noting that the developers had
committed $3 million to
improve Bahamian beaches.

On the beach access issue, he
added that Bahamians had pre-
viously been trespassing on the
beach behind the building
secluded from south-west Bay
Street by the ‘long pink wall’.
That is the former Chalopin
estate, since acquired by Albany
for use as its clubhouse.

To settle the access issue, Mr
Anand said as part of the Heads
of Agreement, the Tavistock

Legal Notice

NOTICE

TREMENDOUS OCEAN S.A.

etnies ONS ain

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section

138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000,
the dissolution of TREMENDOUS OCEAN S.A. has been

completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and

the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Group and its affiliate, New
Providence Development Com-
pany, had committed to provide
a ‘right of access’ to the western
end of Adelaide Beach via land
sold to the adjacent South
Ocean project.

Mr Anand said that much of
the 565-acre Albany project was
“previously mined and scarred
land. Environmentally, it’s
going to be in a better condi-
tion than it was before Albany”.

The developers had commit-
ted to a “minimum percentage”
of the project remaining as
green space, and had undertak-
en to remove invasive species
and replant appropriate vege-
tation as one of the 19 BEST
benchmarks they had to meet.

And while Albany sat on the
largest freshwater lens on New
Providence, Mr Anand said the
quality of its water was “brack-
ish” and not good.

He added that the develop-
ers were going to construct a
reverse osmosis plant to con-
vert contaminated water into

water for irrigating Albafiy’s
golf course, something that
showed charges the golf course



sales
‘slow
slightly’

FROM page 1B

weeks in March, because
everyone was waiting for the
car show. Now, we just have
to close the sales from the
car show.

“It was a very good car
show. Overall, there was a
great display, all the dealers
were out in full force show-
ing their product. It gives
everyone the opportunity
under one roof to view all
the products out there. They
don’t have to go to eight car
dealers; they can go to one
spot.”

run-off would contaminate
water supplies had no merit.

Legal Notice
NOTICE

AGUR COMP S.A.

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (4) of the International Business Companies Act,

2000, AGUR COMP S.A. is in dissolution as of

March 28, 2008.

International Liquidator Services Inc. situated at 35A
Regent Street, PO. Box 1777, Belize City, Belize is the

Liquidator.

LIQUIDATOR

BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES - VISIT WWW.BISXBAHAMAS COM FOR MORE DATA & INFORMATION

BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,963.40 / GHG 0.20 / CHG 0,07 / YTD 103.35 / YTD %

Securit Previous Close Today's Close Change

Abaco Markets

Bahamas Property Fund

Bank of Bahamas

Benchmark
Bahamas Waste
Fidelity Bank
Cable Bahamas
Colina Holdings

2.10
1.30
10.35
2.10
4.73
3.60
2.20
5.94
12.45
13.50
5.12
0.54
6.86
8.60
10.00

Famguard
Finco
FirstCaribbean
Focol (S)

ICD Utilities
J. S. Johnson

S2wk-Low
14.25
6.00
0.20 RND Holdings

41.00

14.00

0.40

ABDAB
RND Holdings

52wk-Low
1.2037
2.6254
1.2647
3.1424
11.4467
100.0000
100.0000
1.0000
10.5000 9.6433
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX - 19 Dec 02
52wk-Hi - Highest closing price in las
52wk-Low - Lowest closing price in le

Previous Close

1,000.00
2 weeks
52 weeks

Today's Close - Current day's weighted price for daily volume



>@ from day to day
ided today

Change - Change in closing
Daily Vol. - Number of tote
DIV $ - Dividends per share paid in th



(S) - 4-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 8/8/2007
(S1) - 3-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 7/11/2007

Freeport Concrete
Premier Real Estate
Symbol

Bahamas Supermarkets
Caribbean Crossings (Pref)

Bahamas Supermarkets

- Previous day's weighted price for daily volume

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

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

2.50
7.90
12.92
13.50
5.50
0.74
6.86
12.30
10.00

6.00
0.35

Fidelity Over-The-Counter Securities
i $

Daily Vol.

11.80
9.61
0.99
3.66
2.60

13.63
2.87
7.22
4.40
2.50
7.90

12.92

13.50
5.50
0.74
6.86

12.30

10.00

Last Price Weekly Vol.

Colina Over-The-Counter Securities

41.00
14.60
0.45

43.00
15.60
0.55

41.00
14.00
0.45

BISX Listed Mutant Funds

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

1.304134*
2.982729*
1.384657***
3.6651°
12.0429*
100,00**
100,00**

CFAL High Grade Bond Fund 1.00*°*
Fidelity International Investment Fund 0.20% -8.16%
FINDEX: CLOSE 912.81 1 YÂ¥TO A, 12% / 2007 BB.29%

YIELD | last 12 month dividends divided by closing price

9.6433*

MARISET TERMS.

Last 12 Months Div $

Bid $ - Buying price of Colina and Fidelity
Ask $ - Selling price of Colina and fidelity

Last Price
Wookly Vol
S $ - A company’s reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths

Last traded over-the-counter price
Trading volume of the prior week

N/M - Not Meaning sful

FINDEX - The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994



EPS $

EPS $

-§,00
Div S P/E

0.135 0.000
1.502 0.400
0.643 0.160
0.188 0.030
0.289 0.090
0.058 0.040
1.093 0.240
0.031 0.040
0.428 0.270
0.157 0.052
0.316 0.040
0.713 0.280
0.810 0.570
0.914 0.470
0.363 0.140
0.035 0.000
0.411 0.300
1.059 0.610
1.167 0.600

Div $
1.160
0.000

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4.450
1.160

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Yield %

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21 March 2008

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club ten, losing the finesse to your
king. What would you return?

2. You are declarer with the West
hand at Three Notrump, and North
leads the spade nine. How would you
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get worried about. You just need some
time to yourself and then you'll reac-
. Quaint yourself with the norm.

ARIES — March 21/April 20
Your world is a mix of love and
adventure this week, Aries. Impulse
runs wild but it never steers you
wrong. You do your best while shar-
ing fun with friends.

TAURUS - April 21/May 21

Don’t start any new projects this

West East outcome.
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~~ RZ ¥K73 WAI4 spade finesse at trick one, the con- anger easily and sometimes can be
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“KIO #Q103 South had five (or six) spades headed - you stick with the basics.

GEMINI - May 22/June 21

Expect positive developments in a
working relationship, friendship or
romance. For you this week, Gemini,
actions speak louder than words, so

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WRRY ABOUT aS because it won't take much for peo-
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towards investments.

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YoUuR RESUNE _— Your senses are alive, Leo, and you're

feeling invincible. You leave a path of
change at work and others are inspired
to follow your lead — with varied
degrees of success.

VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22
You can’t find a system that caters
solely to your needs, Virgo. You
have to admit that sometimes it
won't go your way. Keep things
simple for this week.

LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23

It's a rare day when you have all of
the answers in your hand, Libra. It's
best if you seek the advice of others
when it comes to a big decision.
Work relations improve.
SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22
In a clash of wills this week,
Scorpio, you will come out the loser.
Your opponent has so much power
that a fair fight is impossible. Walk
away with your head high.
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. STAFF VACANCIES

Applications are invited from suitably qualified individuals for the following position:

.

1. Director Physical Plant

The College of The Bahamas invites applications for the position of Director Physical Plant. Minimum
qualifications include a Bachelor’s Degree in civil or mechanical engineering and a minimum of ten (10)
years’ professional experience directly related to physical plant management or an equivalent combination
of education, training and experience, with considerable knowledge of physical plant
management, personnel management, safety and budgetary practices. The Director Physical Plant reports
to the COB Estates Administrator.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the management, direction and coordination of the
activities, operations and maintenance of the Physical Plant at all campuses of The College of The
Bahamas, directing the overall operations of the physical plant, facilities maintenance, supervision of staff
and performance reviews.

Additionally, responsibilities will include the managing and project administration of minor
construction/renovation projects around the campuses; planning and directing the operation and routine
maintenance program of College facilities and to establish preventative, predictive and replacement
maintenance programme of campus equipment.

The successful applicant must be able to prioritize and perform under pressure in both a customer
contact and administrative capacity. Outstanding human resource management skills are necessary.

2. Assistant Director- Buildings and Grounds

The College of The Bahamas invites applications for the position of Assistant Director - Buildings and
Grounds. Minimum qualifications include a Bachelor's Degree in civil engineering and a minimum of ten
(10) years’ professional experience directly related to physical plant management or an equivalent
combination of education, training and experience, knowledge of physical plant management buildings
and grounds, personnel management, safety and budgetary practices.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the management, direction and coordination of the
activities, operations and maintenance of.the Physical Plant buildings and grounds with responsibility for
the trades of mason, carpenter, janitor, painter, caretaker, truck driver, and labors, on all campuses of The

College of The Bahamas assisting with the overall operations of the physical plant, facilities maintenance,
supervision of staff and performance reviews. ;

Additionally, responsibilities will include the managing and project administration of minor
construction/renovation projects around the campuses; planning and directing the operation and routine
maintenance program of College facilities and to establish preventative, predictive and replacement
maintenance programme of campus equipment including the vehicle fleet of the college.

The successful applicant must be able to prioritize and perform under pressure in both a customer
contact and administrative capacity. Outstanding human resource management skills are necessary.
Position reports to the Director of the Physical Plant.

3. Assistant Director - Utilities

The College of The Bahamas invites applications for the position of Asst Director —- Utilities.
Minimum qualifications include a Bachelor's Degree in mechanical (preferred) or electrical engineering
and a minimum of ten (10) years’ professional experience directly related to physical plant management
of utility systems or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience, with considerable
knowledge of physical plant management, personnel management, safety and budgetary practices.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the management, direction and coordination of the
activities, operations and maintenance of the Physical Plant Utility Systems and the trades of plumbing,
electrician, and air conditioning at all campuses of The College of The Bahamas, assisting with the overall
operations of the physical plant, facilities maintenance, supervision of staff and performance reviews.

Additionally, responsibilities will include the managing and project administration of minor.
construction/renovation projects around the campuses; planning and directing the operation and routine
maintenance program of College facilities and to establish preventative, predictive and replacement
maintenance programme of campus equipment. Significant work in the area of energy conservation is
required.

The successful applicant must be able to prioritize and perform under pressure in both a customer
contact and administrative capacity. Outstanding human resource management skills are necessary.

Interested candidates should submit a completed College of The Bahamas Application Form along with
a current resume, three work references and up-to-date transcripts by Friday April 18, 2008 to

The Director, Human Resources
The College of The Bahamas
P. O. Box N-4912
Nassau, Bahamas

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in all the Family Islands and New Providence





How? In two phases — a written and oral examination



When? May 13-15, 2008




Great. prizes for the top three finishers in each category!

REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, APRIL 11.
Forms are available at all schools, the Ministry and The
College of The Bahamas. |







For more information, please call Theresa McPhee or Joan
Rolle at 502-2795 or Dr. Brenda Cleare at 302-4400.