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

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warrant against
Rubie Nottage

THERE is an outstanding
warrant against recent Supreme
Court appointee Rubie Nottage
who the US government still
considers a “fugitive from jus-
tice,” according to Christina
Dilorio-Sterling of the United
States Attorney's Office in
Boston.

According to the criminal
docket there are five charges
against Mrs Nottage, among
them:conspiracy.to defraud the
US (IRS) and conspiracy to
engage in racketeering. The
case is before the US District
Court of Massachusetts.

These charges against Mrs
Nottage and her husband,

Kendal Nottage, who was at the
time Minister of Youth in the
Pindling government, arose out
of the investigation of Michael
Caruana, who had a criminal
record and was associated with
an organised crime family. US
lawyers also involved in the case
were.Edmund Hurley and.
Charles Burnette. .

Court documents from 1992
in the case of the United States

vs Edmund Hurley and Charles: :

Burnette, charge Hurley and
Burnett in a 15-count indict-
ment with participating in a
sophisticated scheme to laun-

SEE page eight

Rubie Nottage appointment
‘could damage the Bahamas
international reputation’

THE appointment of Rubie Nottage as a Supreme Court Judge
will damage the Bahamas’ international reputation in the eyes of
financial, legal and law enforcement authorities and potentially
shrink the flow of investment into the country, it has been claimed.

“The average financial professional is going to take a look at
that and shake his head” said Kenneth Rijock in an interview with
The Tribune yesterday about Mrs Nottage’s appointment in March.

Mr Rijock, a financial crime consultant with website World-
Check.com, also suggested there will be “problems down the road”
with Mrs Nottage — considered a fugitive in the United States — sit-_
ting on the bench, as defence lawyers will likely use her back-
ground as grounds for appealing her rulings in drug and money laun-

dering matters.

“Defence lawyers getting an,adverse ruling may decide that the
court was prejudiced one way or the other and didn’t render an
objective ruling strictly because Mrs Nottage was sitting on the

court,” he said.

Miami-based'Mr Rijock is a banking-attorney turned convicted

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FRED MITCHELL talks with Water and Sewerage Corporation workers yesterday. Mr Mitchel! was on a walkabout in the constituency to observe the

TUESDAY, APRIL 8, 2008,



FEATURES

replacement of the brackish water supply which has plagued the area for almost a year. * SEE PAGE THREE

Blaze engulfs the
North Eleuthera
Shopping Centre

NORTH Eleuthera fire-
fighters spent Monday
evening battling a blaze that
engulfed the North Eleuthera
Shopping Centre yesterday
afternoon.

Although details of the fire
were sketchy up to press time,
Officer Carlton Gardiner at
the Governor’s Harbour sta-
tion said North Eleuthera res-
idents had phoned in to the
station claiming “the building
is totally destroyed”.

North Eleuthera island
administrator Brenda Cole-
brooke was in Harbour Island
attending a council meeting
when The Tribune contacted
her yesterday and had yet to
see the damage first hand.

She said she got the report
about the fire around 5.10 pm
Monday but believes the fire
had been burning for about
an hour before she got the
news. According to Ms Cole-
brooke, no one was hurt dur-
ing the fire.

Officers from the North
Eleuthera Airport Station

SEE page eight

Bridgewater's
lead counsel set to
officially complete

her case today
@ By BRENT DEAN

Tribune Staff Reporter
bdean@tribunemedia.net



THE lead counsel for Pleasant
Bridgewater is to officially com-
plete her case in the Election
Court today.

Philip “Brave” Davis condi-
tionally rested his client’s case at
the end of last week. This was

__ .done pending the receipt of infor-
mation from formal witnesses,
such as government utility cor-
porations, along with the resolu-

SEE page eight

Workers’ Party office
badly damaged by fire

FIRE badly damaged the Workers’ Party office in Black Vil-
lage early yesterday morning.
Furniture was destroyed in the blaze, which began around

Pleasant Bridgewater

~ 4.30am in the stuccoed wooden building in Rupert Dean Lane.

People living nearby fought the flames with buckets of water
and the fire was almost out when firemen arrived.

“T think arson was to blame,” said party leader Rodney Mon-
cur, who was called from his home nearby to help fight the
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Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

RELIGIOUS leaders
expressed shock Monday after
news broke about a Grand
Bahama family’s “bizarre” res-
urrection attempt of their dead
mother and said the “unusual”
practice is not a part of the
Christian faith.

While expressing his condo-
lences to the family, Anglican
Archbishop Drexel Gomez said
this was the first time he had
heard of such an “unusual” inci-
dent.

“I’ve never heard about any-
thing of that nature before and
I think it is highly regrettable
for people to act in that way...
and | strongly discourage peo-
ple from doing that and while
they may be genuine in their
faith and beliefs it is an unusual
way of expressing (it)”.

“Obviously the family mem-
bers are closely attached to the
deceased and they must have

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THE TRIBUNE

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BAHAMAS OnStage
YouTHeatre has pulled off a
Shakespearian coup, with Mac-
beth coming to the Bahamas for
the first time directly from the
UK.

The Ministry of Education,
Sports and Culture continues in

. its endorsement and support of
the educational initiative of The

YouTheatre.

This 2008 season opens with a
spectacular professional perfor-
mance of Shakespeare’s MacBeth
on April 14 in Freeport and April
15 in Nassau. Because this kind
of exposure for our youth to the
theatre is invaluable, Minister of
Education Carl Bethel is encour-
aging all 9th-12th graders to
attend.

Macbeth is one of the English
Literature book selections for the
BGCSE syllabus as the ministry
charges The YouTHeatre with
the challenge of bringing perfor-

. mances that appear on the syl-
labus.

In February last year,
YouTHeatre brought to life
Pinocchio, which was enjoyed by
both the young and young at
heart. Then in March, 2007,
Bahamian youth audiences were
taken on a Black Journey through
the annals of Black American
History. Beauty and The Beast
was the third production for last
season. The Fall, 2007, schedule
featured the exciting Broadway
production of The Little Mermaid
and in December the group
brought to The Bahamas for the
first time Hip Hop Harry.

Tickets are $15 per student and
are available at the doors of the
performances: Freeport — April
14, 10am and 7pm, the Hilton

A SCENE from Macbeth, which will c

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on Tuesday, April 15, The
National Centre for The Per-
forming Arts, Nassau, at the same
times - 10am and 7pm.

ceded by a workshop.. So,
‘whether children are studying the
play for BGCSE exams or not,

preted by all in attendance.

This is the first time that the
theatre is taking its performances
to Grand Bahama and CEO
Kathy Ingraham expressed
delight in the interest shown by
corporate Grand Bahama.

The Grand Bahama Port
Authority stepped up to the plate
to send Grand Bahamian students
to the performance. Said Mrs
Geneva Rutherford of the Port:
“We are extremely excited to get
involved with such an excellent
educational initiative and we look
forward to many more like this
in the future.”

The theatre also extended































Outten Convention Centre, and:

The performance will be pre-~

the material will be easily inter- ©

Macbeth comes
to the Bahamas
for the first time



THE UK professional actors are well-known for high quality ‘traditional’
performances.

appreciation to other corporate
sponsors in Nassau and Freeport:
The Ministry of Education Sports
and Culture, American Airlines,
Nassau Palm Resort, BTC, Roy-
al Palm Resort, Capital City Mar-
keting and Orange Hill Resort.
The Fun! Interactive workshop
will be held before the perfor-

mance. The workshop begins with .

a short introduction to the play,

followed by practical fun exercis-
i OS: ici!

These are followed by short
performances by students from
the audience who have been
directed by the actors.

The UK professional actors are
well-known for high quality ‘tra-
ditional’ performances, using tra-
ditional costumes and weapons, at
the same time as being identifi-
able with a modern audience.

Eryl Lloyd Parry is a mature

’ actor with a diverse range of

experience over many years in
both film and theatre. His recent
theatre experience includes Bap-
tista in an open-air tour of The

Taming Of The Shrew, Lord’

Caversham in Oscar Wilde’s An
Ideal Husband and Charles in
Noel Coward’s comedy Blithe
Spirit.

He has also featured i in anum-
ber of murder mysteries and radio
plays.

Eryl features as Duncan and
other parts in ‘Macbeth’.

David Houston, who plays
Macbeth, trained originally at The
London Centre for Theatre stud-
ies and has spent the last 14 years
playing a wide range of characters
in both classical and contempo-
rary plays. Performances in the-
atre open-air, in theatres and
schools include: Petruchio in The
Taming of the Shrew, Sir Toby
Belch, Malvolio and Orsino in
Twelfth Night, Benedick in Much
Ado About Nothing, Capulet and
the Friar in Romeo and Juliet and
many more. David has also
worked extensively in education-
al workshops and written and
directed numerous plays.

Christine Hallas-Appleby
trained at The Royal Ballet in
Covent Garden and The Central
School for Theatre in London

before beginning a four-year run
in repertory at The Library The-
atre in Manchester before pro-
ducing and directing

hundreds of theatre produc-
tions in the public environment
and in education.

Christine has diverse experi-
ence.in performance having
played literally hundreds of roles
in rep including Elizabeth Proctor
in The Crucible, Beatrice in Much
Ado About Nothing, Mariain::
Twelfth Night, and Portia in The
Merchant of Venice. Her most
recent Shakespeare, performance
was as Katherine in The Taming
Of The Shrew. ~~

Christine plays Lady Macbeth
opposite David in this tour.

Will Newman graduated from
Drama Studio London in
2006 where he

received multiple stage com-
bat qualifications from the
BASSC. Before drama school
Will studied drama at school, col-
lege and at Aberystwyth Univer-
sity where he received a BA Hons
degree in drama.

On leaving DSL, Will toured
the UK with Cest Tous Theatre
Co., playing lead roles in Richard
III, Much Ado About Nothing
and The Tempest.

In 2007 Will worked on films
such as A Doll's House, Dream

‘Girl and Dangerous Parking

while playing Tranio in The Tam-
ing of the Shrew and also playing
Lord Goring in An Ideal Hus-
band which was performed by
Cest Tous Theatre Co.

At the end of 2007 and into
2008 Will has worked on Of Mice
and Men playing Lenny, An
Inspector Calls playing Inspector
Goole and has recently worked
with Channel 4 on Shooting Par-
ty, playing Kev.

Will has said: “To be working
on Macbeth with C’est Tous is a
return to a great play with a fan-
tastic team.”

The performance promises to
be an excellent experience for all
in attendance. Tickets are avail-
able at the door. School field
trip attendees should contact
Denise at Capital City Market-
ing at 323-5589.



THE TRIBUNE

TUESDAY, APRIL 8, 2008, PAGE 3





detained hy
the RBDF

IN THEIR second immi- }
gration interception in a week, }
Royal Bahamas Defence :
Force officers detained 127 :
Haitians south of Long Island :

on Sunday afternoon.
The vessel

Island.

Further investigation of the }
vessel uncovered suspected :

illegal immigrants — 106 men
and 21 women - onboard.

A statement from the Roy-
al Bahamas Defence Force
(RBDF) said the immigrants,
“were without proper docu-

mentation to enter the coun- ;
try and were eventually }
removed from their over- :
crowded vessel and taken :
onboard the Defence Force ;

craft”.

Yesterday, the RBDF said
the immigrants were en route :

to the capital for processing.

Last Wednesday, 22 Cuban
migrants (15 men and seven :
women) were apprehended :

supply in Fox Hill

als and two Indian nationals }

off Anguilla Cay in the South-
ern Bahamas by the US Coast
Guard Cutter Cay Largo.

On March 17, the HMBS
picked up 116 Haitian nation-

off Elbow Cay, Exuma.

Nassau-hased
actor wits
libel settlement

NASSAU-based film
star Nicolas Cage has won
a libel settlement from
London’s Daily Mail news-
paper. The damages are
being paid to a charity
which helps abuse victims.

Cage, 44, who has a
home on Paradise Island,
took action over allega-
tions made in a serialisa-
tion of an actress’s autobi-
ography.

Solicitor Simon Smith
told London’s High Court
of the “utter falsity” of the
claims made in the book
and said they had damaged
Cage’s professional reputa-
tion.

The Mail, publishers
Headline and actress Kath-
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CARICOM mem

new 1

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

CARICOM member states
have agreed on a wide-range
of new initiatives to battle
increasing levels of crime and
enhance security in the
region.

Caribbean leaders attend-
ing CARICOM’S crime sum-
mit — held in Port-of-Spain,
Trinidad and Tobago on the
weekend — decided on num-

ber of measures to be taken
in the fight against murder,
drug trafficking and illegal
firearms.

Committed

Addressing the media at
the closing of the conference
on Saturday, CARICOM
chairman Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham said that
the member states have also
committed to signing the

CARICOM Maritime and
Air Space Security Co-oper-
ation Agreement and the
CARICOM Arrest Warrant
Treaty by July, 2008.

Mr Ingraham, along with
Minister of National Securi-
ty Tommy Turnquest, trav-
elled to Trinidad and Tobago
last Thursday to attend
CARICOM’s 13th Special
Meeting.

At the conference, which
focused on crime, the heads
of government agreed to put

replacement of
brackish water |

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

PLP MP for Fox Hill Fred Mitchell con-
ducted a walkabout in his constituency yester-
day to observe the replacement of the brackish
water supply which has plagued the area for
almost a year.

Visiting the intersection of Rose and Rah-
ming Street, Mr Mitchell happened upon a
group of Water and Sewerage Corporation
(WSC) workers installing new two-inch water
lines.

As the workers cut into the existing four-
inch line, the dark brown water that residents
have been complaining of for almost a year
gushed forth, filling the hole in which they
worked.

The brackish water, Mr Mitchell noted, has
caused some residents to suffer skin rashes,
and has ruined clothing that was washed in it.

Throughout New Providence, residents in
some of the earliest settled communities have
complained of brackish water. The WSC has
blamed the problem on corroded metal piping

that was installed more than 40 years ago.

“I’m sure this is not just affecting my con-

stituents but constituents around this province,”

Mr Mitchell said.

“And we understand that it’s old infrastruc-
ture, but when people in these times have a
problem making ends meet, and they have to
be spending money on their clothes because
their clothes are stained, that becomes a serious
issue,” he said.

With the metal pipes now removed, the
workers began to install the final fixtures to
connect the four-inch water main to the two-
inch piping that will now supply the surround-
ing area.




Tim Clarke/T ribune staff

MR MITCHELL (left) happened upon a group of
Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) workers
installing new two-inch water lines.

According to Mr Mitchell, residents who
have complained to the Water and Sewerage
Corporation of rust contamination have been
provided with filters. This, he said, has helped
to alleviate the rust build-up.

However, eventually the water lines along
the Eastern Road will have to be replaced. .

This will require additional funding from the
government, funding that Mr Mitchell said he
will be pushing to have included in the new
budget, to be debated in parliament soon.

into operation an action plan
submitted by the region's
commissioners of police and
military chiefs.

“The plan called for short,
medium and long term mea-
sures to curb the high levels
of crime in the-community.
These include a strategy to
combat the proliferation of
small arms and light weapons
along with the establishment
of a Regional Integrated Bal-
listics Information Network
(RIBIN) and a Regional
Investigative Management
System (RIMS),” CARI-
COM said in its statement at
the conclusion of the two-
day conference.

Database

CARICOM leaders also-

agreed to develop.a regional
database of firearms which
is accessible by all regional
law enforcement agencies,






Accessories

bers agree to
nitiatives to battle crime

and to increase the capacity
of detection and surveillance
methods in relation to the
movement of firearms,
including the importation,
sale, transfer, theft and use
of firearms.

With regard to the issue of
murder, the heads of gov-
ernment agreed to develop
specially trained and
equipped teams of homicide
investigators, to fully exploit
forensics ‘methods including
DNA analysis, to implement
a comprehensive crime scene
management system, and to
complete investigations and
prosecute accused persons in
a timely manner.

Addressing the problem of
drug trafficking, CARICOM
leaders agreed to maximise
the use of available technol-
ogy in the detection, deter-
rence and seizure of illegal
drugs.entering and transiting
the region.” ~

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THE TRIBUNE

The Tribune Limited

NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI
Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

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

SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt, O.B.E., K.M.,'K.C.S.G.,

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

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

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

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Rubie Nottage’s appointment questioned

WHEN ASKED about the appointment
of Mrs Rubie Nottage to the Supreme Court
bench journalists got a lecture from Chief
Justice Sir Burton Hall.

Said Sir Burton in part: “At the risk of
appearing elitist, it seems to me that if the
presumption of integrity does not apply to the
decisions of the Commission — the mem-
bership of which chaired by the Chief Justice,
includes a Justice of Appeal, the Chairman of
the Public Service Commission, and two
counsel and attorneys who have been in prac-
tice for at least 10 years — this would be
symptomatic that, as a community, we have
so serious a fracture in the civil order that the
disintegration of the society is just over the
horizon.” ;

The Commission in its wisdom is the body
that selected Mrs Nottage for elevation to
the Bench as a Supreme Court justice.

We shan’t argue. with Sir Burton as to -

whether his stance on behalf of the Commis-
sion is elitist, but we would say that this body
is certainly out of touch with reality. The

Commission seems unaware that we aré a .

part of a global community and not just an
island backwater. Today the decisions made
here are heard beyond Nassau’s harbour.
They. are heard around the world and can
affect this country in many ways — some
good, some bad. Our decision makers have to
emerge from their secure cocoons and accept
that the world’s spotlight is now on all of us
and decisions are not made in a vacuum.

— not just in the Bahamas, but around the
world — have been so let down, in many
instances betrayed, by their leaders that they
no longer presume integrity in anyone or
anything. This is an age of sceptism, and,
‘although Sir Burton thinks that “transparen-
cy” is one of those modern “buzzwords” we
have lived in an opaque world for so long,
that citizens are crying out for transparency
and journalists for a Freedom of Informa-
tion Act.

We don’t expect the Commission to com-
ment on its deliberations, but now that its
decision is being questioned, we do expect its
members to defend their position. After all
this is the craft of the profession, and they
should be more than able to present a case
justifying their decision.

It is a tragedy that Mrs Nottage is placed in
this embarrassing position. She has made a
very definite contribution to this community,
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She had an outstanding academic career.
She is probably the only Bahamian with a
Master of Laws degree in International Eco-
nomic Law and Taxation. In 1979 she was
appointed vice chancellor, later chancellor
of the Church of England in the Bahamas, a
position she still holds.

She has served on the Law Reform Com-
mittee, the Real Property Tax Tribunal, the
Advisory Council of the Girls Brigade, the
Bahamas Association for the Mentally
Retarded, and the list goes on. For a number
of years she has been a full time lecturer in
the UWI LL.B. programme at the College of
the Bahamas.

As a colleague of hers said yesterday: “She.
is the best qualified for the position. She has
the judicial temperament and cuts the right
figure. She is someone the Bahamas could be
proud of as a Supreme. Court judge if it
weren’t now for this matter.”

In November 1988 — four years after the
Commission of Inquiry into drug smuggling
reported — Mrs Nottage joined her husband
in having her visa to travel to the United
States cancelled. The US Embassy in Nassau
was surprised to learn that within the past
five years Mrs Nottage has travelled to the
US — apparently more than once.

However, it was confirmed by the US gov-
ernment yesterday that Mrs Nottage “remains
a wanted person and is considered a fugi-
tive.” It was also confirmed that she could
face legal problems if she were to travel to the

s» United States.

We do not know why the Commission in
its wisdom did not consider this matter, make
judicious enquiries and get the problem
cleared up behind closed doors rather than
presuming that the world would accept its
decision because of who its members are.
Unfortunately, in this age of disbelief, those
trusting days are over.

Stirring the smouldering embers of an era
best forgotten would be a grave mistake for
the Bahamas which has worked so hard to
wipe its murky slate clean before the inter-
national community.

It is feared that such an appointment has
the potential in many ways of harming the
Bahamas, especially as a financial centre.

Although we sympathise with Mrs Not-
tage’s predicament it would be a scandal for
the Bahamas to have on its bench a Justice
who could not travel freely to the United
States.

We highly recommend that those involved
in this decision should think again.

Rg



Astonishe

d that

we voted against

EDITOR, The Tribune.

NATIONAL Health -Insur-
ance would have been a “Hall-
mark” piece of Legislation, had
the Progressive Liberal Party
been returned to office. Ordi-
nary Bahamians would have, by
now, been enjoying the comfort
and peace of mind, knowing
that their loved ones would not,
any longer, have to die because
cash money was not available
to give them the very best med-
ical care.

Generally, the Bahamian
electorate hardly ever seems to
vote, in general elections, on

issues of importance to the.

nation, at large. We always
seem to get caught up in those
matters, which are far less
important than those, which
should take centre stage in our
daily lives. Given the dynamics
in 90 per cent of the families in
this country, national health
insurance should have beer the
one issue to propel the PLP to
victory on May 2, 2007; but we
voted against our self-interest
and I am astonished as to why.

January 2008 was when the
PLP had scheduled compre-
hensive health care, to come
into effect. Each Bahamian
would have been given a nation-
al health identity card when
signing up; which would have
entitled the bearer to access the
services of any medical practi-
tioner and/or pharmacist in the
country for health services. No
doctor or pharmacist would
have turned you away and you
would have been receiving the
same level of health care that
Hubert Ingraham and Brent
Symonette are now receiving;
but we voted against good
health care and J am astonished,
as to why.

Opposition to the plan, came
from sources we expected; doc-
tors, whose fees were likely to
be capped; insurance compa-
nies whose “bottom liné”, they
felt, would have been reduced;
big, Bay Street businesses who
felt they would end up paying
the lion’s share of their employ-
ees’ contributions and the FNM
who was the political surrogate,



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to them all, to make sure it did-
n’t happen. Ask yourselves one
question: why would doctors,
insurance executives, big busi-
ness owners and the FNM
object to the PLP’s plan to
make sure that. all of us,
Bahamians, finally have good
comprehensive medical insur-
ance? Because they love you? If
you believe that, you will
believe any nonsense you are
told. We must begin thinking
for ourselves, and not be led
around like dogs, with chains
around our necks. We had the
opportunity to finally partici-
pate in a health insurance plan
which would have covered our
entire families and removed the
worry of having to find lots of
cash money for doctors and hos-
pitals when we got sick. Your
FNM government, led by your

beloved Hubert Ingraham, was .

responsible for making sure the
plan did not succeed. You can
give thanks to, almighty Ingra-
ham, when you or your rela-
tives get sick and end up dying
because the family doesn’t have
the money to give them good
medical care. In times like
those, do you think you would
find a doctor, an insurance com-
pany, your boss or Hubert

Ingraham to help you out? If.

you believe that, keep holding
your breadth. “Of all my
mama’s children, I love myself
the best and when I get my bel-
ly full, I don’t give a damn
about the rest”.

Ingraham, your boss, your
doctor and the insurance com-
pany owners, don’t give a damn
if you live or die. As long as
you can pay your doctor and
hospital bills, they will continue
to see you; when you can’t pay,
you will be refused service. You
will then have to go to the
butcher doctors, at the out
patient’s department and wait
for hours, in line, like animals.
Your. medical insurance com-
pany will keep you insured as

our self-interest

long as you can pay the premi-
ums, which increases every year.
When you can’t pay or if you
become too much of a risk or
when you reach the age of 75
years, whichever comes first,
they will dump you as a cus-
tomer, like a hot potato.
Presently, I pay $800 per month
for my wife and me; that’s $200
per week. Under the plan pro-
posed by the PLP, I would pay
less than $300 per month and.
any doctor/specialist and med-
ical facility would have been
available to me. Would this
have been a perfect plan?
Absolutely not, nothing is per-
fect but like everything else, we
would adjust and make the
changes necessary, as we imple-
ment the system. I am sure of

one thing, no Bahamian would

have had.to ever again, be on
the streets, like dogs, hassling.
strangers to buy, cook-out tick-
ets to help pay for medical
expenses and sending all those
letters I get, often, for dona-
tions. All that would have been
a thing of the past; but we voted
against the PLP and it’s nation-
al health insurance and I am
astonished, as to why.

Will the doctors ever agree
to any plan for national health
insurance for all Bahamians?
Never. Will insurance compa-
ny executives; ever agree for
any kind of national health
insurance, for all Bahamians?
Never. Will Bay Street ever
agree to co-pay for national
health insurance. for their
employees? Never. Will the
FNM and Hubert Ingraham risk
the fury of their masters, bite
the bullet and implement the
PLP’s national health insurance
plan left in place? I doubt it
seriously. :

Comprehensive, national

health insurance will only. be.: -

implemented when the Pro-
gressive Liberal Party is
returned to power, in the next

‘general elections; those are my

views.

FORRESTER J CARROLL
JP

Freeport,

Grand Bahama,
March 27, 2008.

‘Democracy’ in action in Cuba

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Child of the Revolution is a
great stop on the World Wide
Web.

Mr Garcia, the blogs author,
is particularly perceptive on the
Castro regime and its double
speak.

Here’s a recent post of his,
titled “Democracy in action”
about Cuba’s then upcoming
elections:

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to the polls to “elect” a new par-
lament, diplomatic representa-
tives of the Castro regime have
been busy talking up the elec-
tion on Sunday as fair and
democratic.

Funnily enough, they are
even able to predict the out-
come with absolute certainty!

May have something to do with

the fact that there are 614 can-
didates on the ballot paper
vying for exactly 614 seats in
the National Assembly of Peo-
ple’s Power.

As they say, very fair and
very democratic.

Of course the election has
now taken place and the only
party allowed to participate in
the election was dutifully
returned to power.

Then on Monday, January 21,
2008, the day after the Cuban
"Elections", the Cuban Ambas-
sador to The Bahamas was

quoted in The Tribune as say-
ing:

“Cuban Democracy is alive
and well, and in fact allows the
average person a greater say in
their governmental affairs than
many US or citizens of other
countries of a western liberal
ilk are afforded.”

Such obvious double speak is
trite in the 21st Century. And to
state that in a country that is of
the “western liberal ilk” is quite
presumptuous.

I wonder if I would be
allowed to make those remarks
in The Granma — Cuba’s
national newspaper? ,

That sums it up: A one party
election reported on by the gov-
ernment’s newspaper.

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Bahamian gaming experts
train regional colleagues

In brief



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and Senate have both approved

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Bahamas Gaming Board
have begun training col-
leagues from Trinidad and
Tobago, Aruba, Curacao
and Suriname, it was
announced yesterday.

The board’s expertise has
been sought by other coun-
tries in the region, because
the Bahamas is known as a
leader in the gaming indus-
try, Minister of State for
Tourism and Aviation the
Branville McCartney said.

He also noted that gam-
ing is a vital industry for the
country.

“Make no mistake about
it,” Mr McCartney said,
“gaming has become an
important aspect of
the overall tourism product
offered to visitors to
the islands of the
Bahamas.”

He said that while signifi-
cant sums continue to be
contributed to the. national
treasury on an annual basis
by the licensed casinos,

there is much more that can

be done.

The junior minister
explained that from 2000 to
2007, tax revenues accruing
to the government from the
Atlantis, Crystal Palace,
Bahamia, Isle of Capri and
Emerald Bay casinos
totalled $143 million.

He said that according to
a 2003 Gaming Board
Report, there were 2,072
persons employed at casi-
nos, with 87 per cent being
Bahamian.

Mr McCartney also point-
ed out the importance of
gaming for the US. He said
the US boasted revenues for
casino gaming totalling $32.4
billion in 2006 according to a
2007 survey.

He explained that some
540 cémmercial casinos in



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MINISTER OF State in the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation Branville Mccartney speaks to members of
the Rotary Club of West Nassau at Choices Restaurant last week.

the US directly employ
363,197 persons who earn a
total of $13.3 billion includ-
ing benefits.

“These casinos con-
tributed $5.2 billion in direct
taxes to state and local US
government coffers,” he
said.

Mr McCartney said the
Bahamas’ proximity to the
US is important, and the
country’s “well-deserved”
reputation as a properly reg-
ulated gaming jurisdiction
must continue.

He said the Gaming
Board recognises the impor-

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Tribune Freeport Reporter

dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

two armed robberies



FREEPORT - Grand Bahama Police are investigating two
separate armed robberies that are believed to have been
committed over the weekend by the same gunman.

Assistant Superintendent of police Loretta Mackey said
that employees of Papa John’s Pizza reported that a masked
gunman entered the restaurant, located in the RND Plaza, at

around 9.10pm on Saturday.

They told police that the gunman threw a t-shirt to the
cashier and demanded that she fill it with money. He then
took the shirt and escaped on foot.

Mrs Mackey said the gunman was described as being about
5 feet, 6 inches tall and of slim build.

He was armed with a handgun and wearing blue

clothing.

Officers went to the scene to investigate. They also
searched the area for the suspect but could not find him.

On Sunday, an employee of the FOCAL Service Station
reported a similar armed robbery incident.

According to reports, a lone gunman entered the establish-
ment at Bartlett Hill around 8.16am and held up the cashier.

The suspect was described as being short and slim. He was
wearing a mask and dark coloured clothing.

The cashier told police that the man pulled out a handgun
and threw a t-shirt at him and demanded that he put cash in

the shirt.

The gunman escaped with an undetermined amount of

cash.

ASP Mackey said police are investigating both incidents.
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information concerning the incidents to call police. at 350-

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try and is presently working
to finalise an agreement for
a major review of gaming
laws, which are antiquated.
The review of the existing
laws includes the Lotteries
and Gaming Act, the Gam-
ing Regulations as well as
the Casino Taxation Act. |
He said that despite the
advancements of the Inter-
net and the proliferation of
gaming online, the Bahamas
lacks substantive laws to
regulate Internet gaming.
“In fact,” Mr McCartney
said, “no substantive amend-

ments have been made to
our casino gaming laws since
1977 when the Bahamas
Hotel Corporation was
established and gained
control of all casino licenses.

“Other jurisdictions in our
region have been more pro-
gressive, notwithstanding
the fact we had gaming prior
to these other countries in
the region.”

Pointing out that it is still
illegal for Bahamians to
gamble in the country, Mr
McCartney explained that
the Turks and Caicos cur-

rently, allows residents who..

earn a minimum of $75,000
a year to play.

Additionally, he said
some countries allow a num-
ber of local bars to have
one or two legal slot
machines.

“Destinations with
tourism economies such as
Puerto Rico and Curacao
have taken this approach to
the question of allowing res-
idents to gamble.

“They have local nights
when residents are allowed
to play. We have no such
thing,” he said.

He also noted that in the
Bahamas, foreigners who
have permanent residency
without the right to work
and who have spent millions
of dollars investing in the
country cannot gamble.

It is estimated that there
are thousands of persons in
that category.

‘He explained that if these
individuals were allowed to
gamble, it would create sig-
nificant new markets in
places like Exuma, New
Providence and Grand
Bahama.

Mr McCartney said that if
nothing is done and the sta-
tus quo is maintained, the
gaming industry will “stag- -
nate and die”.

“We must therefore seek
to formulate more progres-
sive policies for the promo-
tion of gaming in the
Bahamas. We should no
longer continue with out-
dated legislation and bring
casino gambling here into
the 21st century. This should
happen now.”

He added, “It is impera-
tive that we fully address the
question of regulation to
effectively address the pro-
liferation of Internet gam-
bling and to modernise our

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THE TRIBUNE

VIPs attend event in honour of Bahamas’ Ambassador to the US

Mr. Smith goes to Washington

FORMER ENM Cabinet minister C A

Smith was honoured on Saturday night
at an event held to mark his departure to
Washington DC as the Bahamas’ Ambas-
sador to the United States.

The event was held at Xanadu Beach
Resort and Marina in Grand Bahama and
was sold out with more than 500 guests in
attendance.



During his remarks, Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham said that for nearly four
decades, Mr Smith “has committed his
time and talents, his energy and enthusi-
asm to the work of the FNM — in the
Grand Bahama community and the
national stage.

“He stayed the course when lesser men
fell by the wayside.



“He is therefore well deserving of this
tribute by the Grand Bahama Council of
the Free National Movement.”

Mr Ingraham said he believes all who
know or have dealt with Mr Smith “will
agree that he is a man of courage and
daring and a gallant and trustworthy
leader in political battle.”

HIS EXCELLENCY WITH LONG TIME FRIENDS: Long time friends of Mr
Smith flew in for the Ambassador's Night of Honour. Pictured (left to right)
are Mr Smith, Abner Pinder of Eleuthera and former deputy prime minister

Frank Watson.



bs

DPM ATTEND CA'S NIGHT OF HONOUR: Pictured (left to right) are
Deputy Prime Minister Brent Symonette and Ambassador Smith. Though
Prime Minister Ingraham was unable to attend the event due to his CARI-
COM duties, he did send a pre-recorded message. Mr Symonette also gave
comments on C A's commitment to his country and thanked the guests and
visitors for their show of support.



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DIGNITARIES ATTEND CA'S NIGHT OF HONOUR: Pictured (left to right)
are Father Cannon Harry Bain and his wife Anne Bain, Minister of Hous-
ing Ken Russell and his wife Georgette Russell, Ambassador Smith and his
wife Shirley Smith, Deputy Prime Minister Brent Symonette and Mrs
Grant and Minister of Tourism, Neko Grant at the pre-reception at Xanadu
Beach Hotel on Saturday evening in Grand Bahama.



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TUESDAY, APRIL 8, 2008, PAGE 7



FOLLOWING outbursts
of violence in two public
high schools last week, the
Progressive Young Liberals

have expressed disappoint-:

ment in the FNM govern-
ment, Minister of Education
Carl Bethel and Prime
Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham.

“We are assured that
measures were left in place
by the former PLP govern-
ment to curb the violence
that is now never-ending in



ROM LEFT: Etoile Pinder, ce C B Moss, Governor Cente] cnt Hanna, Sir Durward Knowles and-Fred Munnings.

these public high schools;
however after May 2, 2007,
the new FNM government
played a game of Russian
Roulette with the lives of
the nation’s youth by can-
celling and scratching pro-
grammes that had previous-
ly prevented such occur-
rences,” said the group ina
statement.

The Young Liberals, the

. youth arm of the opposition

PLP, called on the govern-
ment to re-establish the

Young Liberals claim govt has played
‘Russian Roulette’ with nation’s youth

Urban Renewal Programme
in the form it existed
under the previous govern-
ment.

Violence

“With the ever increasing
wave of teen violence with-
in our school systems and
now with the death of three
young men within the first
two months of 2008 due to
uncontrollable violence and
more and more school riots

occurring, we see it only fit-
ting and appropriate for this
programme to be re-intro-
duced within our society,”
they said.

The group noted that the
Urban Renewal Programme
was introduced in 2002 and
led. almost immediately to
“a considerable reduction
in crime.”

“In the Royal Bahamas
Police Urban Renewal
Report it was noted that
crime was reduced by 30 per

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the heart of the crime issue
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Renewal Programme after
winning last year’s election,
but made a number of
changes, the most contro-

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decision to-remove police
officers from schools.

The Young Liberals claim
the government has also put
and end to the renowned
Farm Road Band.

“This band was known for
its wonderful music and
provided a positive outlet
for inner city youth. Now
youth can be seen roaming
the streets with their tubas
and trumpets, looking for
what once existed and no
longer is.”

The group said that many
of the students in the band
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extended to the band.

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city youths back the band
they served in and travelled
with in the past. We implore
this 11 month old govern-
ment to restore trust in the
minds of the people who
will inherit these islands in
the years to come, our
youth, by putting back the
necessary corrective institu-
tions that Urban Renewal
provided.

“We also ask that an offi-
cial position from the pre-
sent commissioner of police
be stated on the position of
school policing with the rel-
evant explanations,” the
group said.

Clear

The Progressive Young
Liberals said it has become
clear to them and to the
youth of the Bahamas that
the new FNM government
“does not care about any-
one other than themselves”.

“They are either blind to
the issues affecting our
inner city youth or simply
do not care to address them
properly. We condemn the
FNM ... for their selfish
attitude in governance and
call for a reformation in
how our young people are
regarded by those that
presently govern our land.

“We would wish to
remind the FNM govern-
ment and its leader, Mr
Ingraham of the fact that
the youth are the future of
the Bahamas. So go our
youth, so goes’ the

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said.
















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FROM page one

money launderer turned finan-
cial institution compliance con-
sultant and lecturer to law
enforcement and intelligence
services in both the United
States and Canada.

Mrs Nottage, appointed in
March, was mentioned in the
1984 Commission of Inquiry
into drug trafficking in the
Bahamas.

That inquiry said she “knew
or should have known who was
the principal beneficial
shareholder for whom she
was acting” when she operated
several companies in the
1980s.

Those companies were owned
by Salvatore Michael Caruana
— a New England organised
crime figure and drug-trafficker
— and were involved in mon-
ey-laundering in the Bahamas.

Rubie Nottage

Her husband, Kendal, resigned
from the Cabinet after the com-
mission.

The Tribune learned over the
weekend that Mrs Nottage cur-
rently has four criminal charges
pending against her in the Unit-
ed States. According to several
sources, including the Massa-
chusetts’s Attorney General’s
office, she is considered a fugi-
tive in that country.

The charges against her, filed
in March 1989, are “conspiracy
to defraud the IRS”, “conspira-
cy to engage in racketeering”,
“racketeering”, and “use of
inter-state and foreign facilities
in aid of racketeering.”

Yesterday, Mr Rijock said
that in his “extensive experi-
ence” he has “never heard of a
person with such an outstand-
ing charge being named to any

high court anywhere in the
world.”

“If they don’t follow up on
this, this is going to open up old
wounds and bring up a lot of
old history that people want to
see buried.” ,

According to their website,
World-Check.com is used by 47
out of 50 of the world’s largest
financial institutions and 200
plus enforcement and regulato-
ry agencies to assess the risk lev-
el of new and existing clients.

The World-Check consultant
told The Tribune that Mrs Not-

‘tage’s appointment could con-

tribute to the Bahamas again
being subject to an increased
perception of “country risk.”

"Politically this is a problem.
The Bahamas has cleaned up its
act and reformed its reputation
as an offshore financial centre
and this is really going to do
damage,” he claimed.

“Now when banks and com-

FROM page one

der more than $5 million in illicit drug proceeds
through offshore front companies, including some
located in the Bahamas.

The district court granted their motions for
judgment of acquittal on most of the charges,
leaving the jury to consider only two counts
against Hurley and three against Burnett. The
jury returned guilty verdicts solely on a charge of
conspiracy to defraud the IRS.

Hurley and Burnett were both lawyers who
spent substantial periods of time working for Sal-
vatore "Mike" Caruana, a highly successful drug
smuggler who earned millions of dollars from
the unlawful importation and distribution of mar-
ijuana and hashish between 1978 and 1981.

Caruana became a fugitive in March 1984, and
still has not been apprehended by US authorities.

In 1987, however, federal agents executed
search warrants at five locations in Massachu-
setts and Connecticut where Caruana had stored
documents and computer files detailing invest-
ment activities associated with his drug profits.
The records show that several Panamanian and
Bahamian companies were set up in 1979 and
1980 for Caruana's use. None of the public
records reveal Caruana's ownership

The document said all of the listed officers for
the corporations were employees of a Bahamian
law firm, Nottage, Miller and Johnson and that
“attorney Rubie Nottage and her husband Kendal
W Nottage, a Bahamian Cabinet Minister, are
indicted co-conspirators and are fugitives.”

Speaking with the Tribune yesterday, Dan
O’Connor, Political and Economic Officer at the
US Embassy confirmed that Mrs Nottage is still
considered a fugitive.

However, he was unsure what that meant in
terms of her travel to the United States.

- “Tam not an attorney so I don’t want to answer,

legal questions but I do know when talking to
the Department of Justice she is still considered
a fugitive,” Mr O’Connor said.



New judge ‘fugitive’ claim

The indictment against Hurley, and then Bur-
nett alleged that, from at least early 1979 to 1987,
first Hurley, and then Burnett, knowingly assist-
ed Caruana in a money laundering scheme that:
allowed him to hide and profitably invest $5 mil-
lion of his illegal earnings in Panama and the
Bahamas through companies of which the listed
officers were employees of the law firm, Not-
tage, Miller and Johnson.

“Defendants and others accomplished this
deception, according to the government, through
the network of front companies set up in Panama
and the Bahamas, which made loans and invest-
ments in unusual ways, such as through the trans-
fer of large amounts of cash. On two separate
occasions in which defendants were involved, for
example, Caruana transferred’ $100,000 in cur-
rency from briefcases to borrowers.

“In other transactions, after Caruana fled,
cheques drawn on Panamanian accounts were
made out in the names of third parties for actual
use and deposit by Caruana. The cash transactions
allowed Caruana to produce facially legitimate
income from drug profits that were not original-
ly reported, while the third-party cheques enabled
him to retrieve funds when necessary in a manner
that concealed that he was the recipient of such
income,” the court document said.

Hurley's legal work for Caruana began in the
late 1970s, and extended at least through the fall
of 1982. After that time, he remained connected
to Caruana primarily as a recipient of investment
earnings that he forwarded to the Bahamas.

Chief Justice Sir Burton Hall has chosen not to
give an explanation for Mrs Nottage’s appoint-
ment saying that it is “seldom appropriate” for
members of the Judicial and Legal Services Com-
mission to comment on why particular persons are
or are not appointed judges.

He said that there was a “mandate of confi-
dentially” which governs the Commission.

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pliance officers around the
world look at this they’ll proba-
bly ratchet up the country risk
for Bahamians based upon the
fact that here’s a person who’s a
professional who’s still got an
outstanding drug money laun-
dering charge and the govern-
ment is ignoring it.”

He further speculated that her
presence on the bench could
cause a “diminution of the status
of the Supreme Court of the
Bahamas.”

Contrary to assertions in The
Nassau Guardian, Mr Rijock
explained that the statute of lim-
itations on the charges against
Mrs Nottage has not run out. -

“When a fugitive chooses to
remain outside the US, the
statute is tolled, meaning that
the defendant's actions stop the
time from running,” he wrote
in an article published on
World-Check.com yesterday in
which he questioned how Mrs
Nottage’s appointment will
affect US-Bahamian relations.

While asserting that he is
aware of Mrs Nottage “con-
ducting herself professionally
and personally on a very high
level since this case was filed”
Mr Rijock also said that as a
lawyer and officer of the court
she has a “a moral and an ethi-

‘ cal obligation” to see that there

is a resolution to the case against
her.

“She has a duty not to ignore
the lawful orders of another
court. She’s been charged, and
hasn’t been convicted. It’s up to
a jury to decide (on her fate).”

Mrs Nottage’s appointment
was effected by the Judicial and
Legal Services Commission,
chaired by Chief Justice Sir Bur-
ton Hall, in March, although she
has yet-to be sworn in.

Asked to respond to a US
embassy official’s statements on
her appointment on Friday, in
which he said the embassy
found it “surprising” in light of
her background, Sir Burton
declined to comment on the
substance of the commission’s
deliberations.

The Chief Justice said that the
public’s calls for transparency










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— which he described as a
“modern buzzword” — in the
appointment of judicial officers
is “misguided” and claimed that
if the Commission is not trusted
then society is in trouble.

Mrs Nottage was called to
the Bahamas Bar in 1969. She is
a Chancellor of the Anglican
Diocese of The Bahamas and
the Turks and Caicos Islands
and has worked with the Col-
lege of the Bahamas as a lectur-
er, counsel and council mem-
ber.

The College greeted news of
her appointment with “great
delight” and said she was “emi-
nently qualified” for the posi-
tion in a release posted on their
website.

Lawyers yesterday criticised
Mrs Nottage’s appointment, and
lashed out at the judicial com-
mission for “Jack of judgment.”

“This insults the intelligence
of the Bahamian people,” an
attorney told The Tribune. “It
is egregious and most lawyers
are outraged by it. The legal
profession is at one on this. It
makes us look like a banana
republic.”

The source, who asked not to
be named, added: “The Chief
Justice says that we must trust
the commission, but why would
we trust the commission when
they lack judgment? All the
legal colleagues I have spoken

to say that Mrs Nottage should :

refuse the appointment.”
Lawyers are also annoyed
that the appointment was appar-

ently kept under wraps until the

final moment.

“Even people in the profes-
sion didn’t get advance word of
it. That’s because they knew that
when it did get out, there would
be an eruption.”

The source said it would be
“farcical” for drug dealers and
others on similar charges to
appear before a judge who was
herself wanted in the United
States.

“It’s outrageous!” the attor-
ney added.

Messages left for Mrs Nottage
from The Tribune were not
returned.

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CLARIDGE, 84

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THE TRIBUNE

Religious leaders’
Shock at ‘bizarre’
resurrection attempt

FROM page one

always directed to God with the
belief that God’s will shall pre-
vail. So I think if you approach
the prayer in that regard you
are guided away from that kind
of action” of attempting resur-
rections.

“At the same time I want to
express sympathy and condo-
lences to the members of the
family who obviously must be
very distraught,” the archbishop —
continued.

He advised those who may
be faced with similar situations
to accept death as a “reality of
the human condition.”

“We are all going to reach
that point and what we are
called upon to do is to prepare
ourselves for when it comes,”
he said.

President of the Bahamas
Baptist Convention Dr William
Thompson told The Tribune he
had never heard of an incident
of this morbid nature occurring
in the Christian community.

On Monday The Tribune
reported a Grand Bahama fam-
ily held a nine-day prayer and
fast vigil in an attempt to “raise
their mother from the dead,”
police on the island reported.
CSP Basil V Rahming said
police were investigating reports
of a foul odour coming from an
apartment when they were met
by a 56-year-old man who said
his diabetic mother lived in the
apartment.

He told police that instead of
calling EMS, the family decided
to attempt to resurrect her
through prayer and fasting.
After nine days of “no results”
the family called the police who
found the dead body of 85-year-
old Florence Ophelia Russell,
dressed in nightclothes, lying in
bed. .

According to reports, the
deceased was the wife of an
evangelist.

While no signs of violence
were evident on Ms Russell’s
badly decomposing body, police
are awaiting the results of a post
mortem before officially classi-
fying the death, CSP Rahming
said.

The matter is currently con-
sidered a sudden death.

Under Bahamian law, the
unlawful hindrance of the burial
of a.dead body: is considered a
misdemeanour.

Pleasant

e.
Bridgewater
FROM page one
tion of the issue of who did or
did not vote on Ms Bridgewater's

list.
The issue came up at the end

_ of last. week when Fred Smith,

Mr Laing’s lead counsel, said
that some 11 people on Ms
Bridgewater’s list of challenged
voters did not vote. Mr Davis
accepted that two of these peo-
ple did not vote, but he did not
accept the full number suggested
by Mr Smith.

One of the persons in ques-
tion was in jail at the time and
the others were travelling, said
Mr Smith. He told the court that
he has sworn affidavits from
nine of these people saying that
they did not vote, before cor-
recting himself and stating that
he has affidavits from only seven
of the nine persons.

Both attorneys have, at the
suggestion of Senior Justice Ani-
ta Allen, agreed to share infor-
mation on the remaining names
in a effort to reach an agree-
ment.

The first three days of this
week were set aside for Mr
Davis to bring witnesses related
to these pending matters.

Mr Davis said yesterday that
information was still slow com-
ing in from the formal witnesses.
However, he said he may call a
witness from the Passport Office
today to testify. Whether he
does or not, Mr Davis said he
will close the case.

If he does not close tomor-
row, Mr Davis still has another
day to complete Ms Bridgewa-
ter’s case, as the court sits three
days this week and this time has
been allotted to him. Fred Smith
will lead his client’s case next
week, beginning either on Mon-
day or Tuesday.

Mr Smith told the justices
yesterday that he has eight wit-
nesses scheduled for Monday
and 10 for Tuesday. He said that
his side will be ready to start
next week.

If Mr Smith can consistently
bring witnesses at this pace, the
case may be completed by the
end of the month as was the sug-
gestion of both lead attorneys
when they were asked about the
issue by the justices several
weeks ago.

The number of challenged
voters has changed several times
in this case. At last count, Ms
Bridgewater was challenging 95
voters and Mr Laing 43 voters. —



THE TRIBUNE

TUESDAY, APRIL 8, 2008, PAGE 9



0 In brief



Washington
Post wins
Six Pulitzers

@ NEW YORK

THE Washington Post won
six Pulitzer Prizes on Monday,
including the publiaxsErvice
medal for exposing shoddy treat-
ment of America’s war wounded
at Walter Reed hospital, and the
breaking-news award for cover-
age of the Virginia Tech mas-
sacre, according to Associated
Press.

The New York Times
received two Pulitzers: one for
investigative reporting, for sto-
ries on toxic ingredients in med-
icine and other products import-
ed from China, and one for
explanatory reporting, for exam-
ining the ethical issues sur-
rounding DNA testing.

The Post’s other awards were
for:

— National reporting, for its
exploration of Vice President
Dick Cheney’s backstage influ-
ence;

— International reporting, for
a series on how private security
contractors in Iraq operate out-
side the laws governing U.S.
forces;

— Feature writing, for Gene
Weingarten’s story on world-
class violinist Joshua Bell, who,
in an experiment, played beau-
tiful music in a subway station to
gauge commuters’ reaction;

— Commentary, for Steven

.Pearlstein’s columns on the
nation’s economic problems.

It was the biggest haul of
Pulitzers in the Post’s history.
Previously, the most Pulitzers
won by the Post in a single year
was four, in 2006. The record for
the most Pulitzers in one year is
seven, won by the Times in 2002,
mostly for its coverage of the
Sept. 11 attacks.

The awards were announced
at a time of great distress in the
newspaper industry, with circu-
lation plummeting and advertis-
ers fleeing to the Internet. Many
newspapers, the Post included,
have announced buyouts, lay-
offs and cutbacks in coverage.

“Amid all the gloomy talk
about journalism today, these
are fine examples of high-quali-
ty journalism in all parts of the
nation,” said Sig Gissler, admin-







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in category; for stories exposing 1" i
faulty government regulation
that resulted in recalls of car
seats, toys and cribs.

The Pulitzer for local report-
ing went to David Umhoefer of
the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
for stories on how county
employees’ pensions were
padded.

Michael Ramirez of Investor’s
Business Daily won in the edi-
torial cartooning category.

Mark Feeney of The Boston
Globe was honored in the criti-
cism category for his observa-
tions on movies, photography
and painting.

The prize for breaking news
photography went to Adrees
Latif of Reuters for his
photograph of a Japanese video- °
grapher who was fatally wound-
ed in a street protest in Myan-
mar.



Handicraft association
Stages its first festiv



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Thirty-three candidates grad-
uated with top honors from
BAIC’s coconut craft pro-
gramme as the Central Andros
Handicraft Association staged
its first festival here on Satur-
day.

With ‘Empowering
Androsians through self-
employment’ as its theme, the

festival showcased a wide vari- ©

ety of creations using mainly
native ingredients.

The show attracted patrons °

from Behring Point in the
south, all the way to Nicholls
Town, including a large con-
tingent from the United States’
AUTEC navel base. on the
island.

They were entertained with
song, dance and comedy,
Andros style, and served
native dishes.

Bahamas Agricultural and
Industrial Corporation (BAIC)
executive chairman Edison
Key said he supports the asso-
ciation’s quest for a centrally-
located easily-accessible craft
centre and museum where they
can exhibit their unique
styling.

The abandoned former gov-
ernment administration build-
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“That stately golaneal struc-
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the ocean would be ideal for
the creative arts and head-
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said Mr Key.

“There are millions of dol-
lars out there to be made,” he
told artisans. “That’s how
much we spend importing sou-

~venirs for our tourists.

“This must stop, or be
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“And there is no scarcity of
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the tremendous effort of
BAIC’s Handicraft Develop-
ment and Marketing Depart-
ment, persons all over the
Bahamas have been inspired
to utilise native ingredients, to
fashion lovely memorabilia,
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day,” he said.

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In brief

Mugabe
militants
target white
farmers

= By ANGUS SHAW
HARARE, Zimbabwe

Militant supporters of Presi-
dent Robert Mugabe targeted
whites Monday, forcing about
a dozen ranchers and farmers
off their land as Zimbabwe’s
longtime ruler fanned racial ten-
sions amid fears he will turn to
violence to hold on to power,
according to the Associated
Press.

Mugabe’s opponents pressed
a lawsuit seeking to compel the
publication of results of the
March 29 presidential election
that they say Morgan Tsvangirai
won.

The opposition leader urged
the international community to
persuade Mugabe to step down.

“Major powers here, such as

South Africa, the U.S. and |

Britain, must act to remove the
white-knuckle grip of Mugabe’s
suicidal reign and oblige him
and his minions to retire,”
Tsvangirai wrote in Monday’s
edition of Britain’s Guardian
newspaper.

“How can global leaders
espouse the values of democra-
cy, yet when they are being
challenged fail to open their
mouths?” he asked.

Tsvangirai was in South
Africa meeting with “important
people” on Monday, said
Tendai Biti, secretary-general
of the opposition Movement for
Democratic Change. Biti
declined to give details. South
African President Thabo Mbe-
ki, who mediated failed pre-
election talks between Tsvan-
girai’s and Mugabe’s parties,
was out of the country.

A Zimbabwe court post-
poned until Tuesday an expect-
ed ruling on an opposition peti-
tion demanding the release of
the presidential election results.
Mugabe’s ruling party has called
for a recount and a further
delay in the release of results.

After an increasingly author-
itarian rule during 28 years in
power, Mugabe has virtually
conceded he did not win, and
is already campaigning for an
expected runoff against Tsvan-

girai on a platform of intimida-

tion of his foes and exploitation
of racial tensions.

During a talk at a funeral
Sunday, the president urged
Zimbabweans to defend land
seized from white farmers in
recent years, the state-con-
trolled Herald newspaper said.

“This is our soil and the soil
must never go back to the
whites,” Mugabe said, referring
to whites by the pejorative
Shona term “mabhunu,” the
Herald reported.

He spoke as militants began
invading more white farms and
demanding the owners leave.
Such land seizures started in
2000 as Mugabe’s response to
his first defeat at the polls —a
loss in a referendum on mea-
sures designed to entrench his
presidential powers.

Commercial Farmers Union
spokesman Mike Clark said at
least 23 farms were invaded and
the owners of about half of
them were driven off their land.
He said the farms were in at
least seven areas across the
country, saying land grabs had
“become a national exercise
now.”

Police in some areas per-
suaded the invaders to leave,
but elsewhere officers did not
intervene, saying it was a polit-
ical matter, Clark said.



DIANA, the Princess of Wales during her visit to Leicester in this May 27, 1997 file photo, to formally open The
Richard Attenborough Centre for Disability and Arts. A coroner's jury in London, Monday April 7, 2008 has ruled
that Princess Diana and boyfriend Dodi Fayed were unlawfully killed through the reckless actions of their driver and
the paparazzi in 1997. The jury had been told that a verdict of unlawful killing would mean that they believe the reck-
less behavior of their driver Henri Paul, and photographers amounts to manslaughter. It was the most serious ver-
dict available to them Monday

TUESDAY, APRIL 8, 2008, PAGE 11











Chauffeur and paparazzi
d in Princess’s death

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After six months of hearings
and testimony by more than 250
witnesses, a jury at a British
inquest found on Monday that
Princess Diana and her lover,
Dodi al-Fayed, were killed by
the negligent driving of their
chauffeur and photographers
who pursued their speeding
Mercedes-Benz into a Paris
underpass more than 10 years
ago.

The case has seized attention
in Britain and around the world
since then, with rumors, con-
spiracy theories and allegations
swirling around the collision in
August 1997, which killed a

woman whom Tony Blair, then ,

the prime minister, called the
“people’s princess.” Coming
soon after her divorce from
Prince Charles, Diana’s death
inspired a wave of soul-search-
ing among Britons that threat-
ened their attachment to the
monarchy.

An earlier police inquiry
found that Diana and Fayed
had died in an accident as they
sought to escape the attentions
of the paparazzi camped out-
side the Ritz Hotel in Paris,
owned by Mohamed al-Fayed,
Dodi’s father. They were being
driven to Dodi al-Fayed’s apart-
ment,

But Fayed insisted that his
son and the princess had been
killed in a conspiracy by the
British security services acting
under instruction from Prince
Philip, the husband of Queen
Elizabeth IL.

The judge presiding at the
inquest, Lord Justice Scott Bak-
er, had ordered the jury to dis-
count those allegations.

The jury’s verdict on Mon-
day of unlawful killing, by a
majority vote of 9-2, represent-
ed the toughest judgment avail-
able to the panel. Its six women
and five men began delibera-
tions on Wednesday.

During the hearings, the jury
had been told that a verdict of
unlawful killing was tantamount
to one of manslaughter.

The verdict surprised some
people, who had predicted that
the inquest would confirm the
police assessment that the colli-
sion, which also killed the
French driver of the Mercedes,
Henri Paul, had been an acci-
dent. But the jury resolved that
the “crash was caused, or con-
tributed to, by the speed and
manner of the driver of the
Mercedes and the speed and
manner of the pursuing vehi-
cles.”

Among the causes of reck-
lessness, the panel found that
Paul’s judgment had been
impaired by alcohol. Other con-
tributing factors included the
facts that Diana, in the rear of
the car with Fayed, had not
been wearing a seat belt and

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HENRI PAUL, who was driving the car during the fatal accident of Princess

Diana, her friend Dodi Fayed and himself in Paris on August 31, is seen in

this July 1997 file photo.

that the Mercedes slammed
headlong into a pillar after
entering the Alma underpass at
more than 60 mph, twice the
speed limit for that section of
toad. Mohamed al-Fayed, who
had pressed for years for a pub-
lic inquiry, said he was disap-
pointed at the result of the
inquest, insisting that members
of the royal family should have
been called as witnesses.

“No one should be above the
law,” he said in a written state-
ment that suggested he had not
abandoned his insistence that
Diana was murdered.

Apart from considering the

exact circumstances of Diana’s .

death, the inquest shone an
unforgiving spotlight into details
of her private life that had been
previously been kept secret.
Highly unusually, officials of
MI6, Britain’s secret intelligence
service, were called to testify
that they had not mounted a
conspiracy to assassinate her.
Fayed has insisted that Diana

‘was pregnant with his son’s

child and was killed to prevent
her from bearing the child. But
Lord Scott Baker said the the-
ory was “without substance.”
The inquest cost around $6
million, but the overall cost of

Your ey) auch |
oe should e.

investigations into the collision
was around $20 million.

The star4Yf the inquest was
delayed until French legal
processes were complete and
the British police inquiry had
reached its separate findings.
Charges of manslaughter were
brought in France against nine
photographers who had pur-
sued the Mercedes and taken
photographs after it crashed.
None of those paparazzi were
found guilty in the manslaugh-
ter proceedings, but three pho-
tographers were convicted in
2006 of invasion of privacy.

In December 2006, a British
police inquiry found that the
deaths had been an accident.

‘“Our conclusion is that, on the

evidence available at this time,
there was no conspiracy to mur-
der any of the occupants of the

car,” Lord Stevens of Kirk-

whelpington, who led that
inquiry, told reporters at the
time. “This was a tragic’ acci-
dent.”
The new finding by the jury

raised the question of whether.

criminal charges against the
paparazzi could be revived. On
Monday, however, Stevens said
that he hoped “everyone will
take this as closure.”







Jerome Delay/AP Photo



POLICE SERVICES prepare to take away the damaged car in the
Pont d’Alma tunnel in Paris in which Diana, Princess of Wales, and
Dodi Fayed were travelling in this Sunday, August 31, 1997 file pho-
to.

Matt Dunham/AP Photo



MOHAMED AL FAYED, the father of Dodi Fayed, leaves the High Court

~ in London, at the start of a lunch break in a summing up hearing for

the inquest of the death of Princess Diana and her boyfriend Dodi
Fayed, in this Monday, March 31, 2008 file photo.



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Bahamian engineers miss
70-80% of contract value

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

ome 70-80 per cent of the

total value of engineering

contracts in the Bahamas is

going to foreign companies,

The Tribune was told yes-
terday, as professionals in the con-
struction and development sectors
expressed increasing concern at the loss
of business opportunities, revenues and
jobs to overseas rivals.

Bahamian engineers, contractors and
surveyors said they were frequently
being placed at a competitive disad-
vantage when competing for work
against rival foreign firms, who were
often able to circumvent the need for
Cabinet approval to operate in the
Bahamas, pay minimal Business
Licence fees (if at all) and avoid paying
any other taxes such as National Insur-
ance Board (NIB) contributions on
behalf of employees.

The increasing tendency of major for-
eign direct investment projects to bring
in “entire cadres” of foreign profes-

| Minister ‘disagrees’

sional services firms was also reducing
opportunities for Bahamian companies
to bid on - and win - contracts for work
they were quite capable of doing, The
Tribune was told.

Jerome Elliott, the Bahamas Society
of Engineers (BSE) president, told The
Tribune: “All of the big jobs are being
done by foreign companies, so if you
put a percentage on it, there’s probably
70 per cent of the value of all contracts
being captured by foreign firms. _

“The BSE members might have the
lion’s share of the jobs by number, but
if you look at the value, I’d say 70-80
per cent of engineering contracts are
going to foreign firms.”

Mr Elliott described the fact that

Bahamian engineering firms were
increasingly being shut out from the
larger contracts as “certainly an issue
that the members of the Society are
concerned with. ;

“The members of the Society feel
there is a a lot of business being done
by foreign companies, and this is busi-
ness that should go, and can be done, by
Bahamian engineering firms.”

The BSE president confirmed that
foreign direct investment projects and
the seeming inability of Bahamian engi-
neers and firms to obtain work from
them was a major' issue.

‘He added: “They may deign to hire a

competent local architect, but since
there is no legislation in force for engi-
neers, they don’t have to hire a local
engineer.” ,

A simple Google Internet search con-
ducted by one engineering source, who
sent his results to Tribune Business,
turned up a whole host of foreign engi-
neering firms advertising the work they
had done in the Bahamas and their
expertise in this nation.

There is no suggestion that any of
these firms were operating in the
Bahamas illegally, failed to obtain the
required permits or failed to pay the
appropriate licence fees and taxes.
Those companies included:

* Turrell, Hall & Associates, which
had worked on marina engineering and
design for the Albany and Royal Island
projects, plus Lyford Cay.

-* Applied Technology & Manage-

ment (ATM), which provided civil engi-
neering, coastal engineering, environ-
mental services and modelling for the
Chub Cay resort project in the Berry
Islands. i

* Coastal Systems International,
which worked on Coco Cay in the
Berry Islands, and describes itself as
having provided a “design-build, val-
ue engineering, turnkey design” for
Gorda Cay.

* Coastal Engineering Consultants,
which worked on the Hope Town Mari-
na, and has performed studies on
restoration and breakwater design at
Cable Beach and Lucaya, Grand
Bahama.

* Knight Engineering

* Delta Seven Inc

* Environmental Services Inc

* ESS Group

The source, who requested anonymi-

ty, told The Tribune: “There are a good
number [of foreign firms] who operate

SEE page 7B

Contractors legislation ‘ready to go’



|-â„¢-By NEI HARTNELL ~
| Tribune Business
‘Editor

ZHIVARGO Laing, min- -
| ister of state for finance, told
| The Tribune he “whole-
heartedly disagreed” with
concerns that signing the
Bahamas on to the Econom-
ic Partnership Agreement
(EPA) could,be the first step
towards régional economic
integration, as the treaty
allowed all nations to deter-
mine how quickly they |
} moved on that.



with EPA regional
integration fears

Zhivargo Laing



@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Contractors Bill is
“ready to go” from an industry
perspective, the Bahamian
Contractors -Association’s
(BCA) president told The Tri-
bune yesterday, with a letter
informing the Government
that the group had completed

its consultations due to be’

delivered imminently.
Stephen Wrinkle said: “As

we speak, I’ve got the letter in

my briefcase to Minister Earl

Deveaux informing him that.

we’ve completed all our exer-
cise as it relates to public con-
sultation..... eae

“From our perspective, the
Bill’s ready to go and it’s in
the minister’s hands for gov-
ernment to do what they want
to do. Hopefully, they’ll be

able to expedite the vetting at
the Attorney General’s Office
and get it to Parliament.”

Mr Wrinkle said. the BCA
had passed on all concerns and
suggested amendments to the
Bill to the Government for its
consideration... .

Meanwhile, he added that
the real estate sector and “all
the construction-related indus-
tries” had formed a Consulta-
tive Committee some two
months ago as a way, to address
general concerns relating to
development issues.

Among the construction
industry professionals repre-
sented on this committee, he
said, were surveyors, contrac-
tors, architects and engineers.

The Contractors Bill has
long been sought to provide
tighter, formal regulation for
the Bahamian construction

industry, and give the public
recourse against faulty or shod-
dy workmanship.

The Bill, as proposed, aims

‘to create a Contractors Board

to oversee a self-regulation sys-
tem that will require all
Bahamian contractors seeking
and contracting for work with
the public to be licensed.
This will mean that if a
Bahamian contractor seeks
wants to obtain work, they will
have to possess a valid licence
qualifying them for the scope
of work they are equipped and
trained to do. Contractors will
ultimately be licensed accord-
ing to the size of construction
projects they are able to do,
based on past performance.
The Bill provides for Build-

SEE page 6B

Responding to concerns
raised by a leading Bahami-
an attorney that the trade
agreement with the Euro-
pean Union (EU) seemed at
odds with the Government’s
stated policy on the CARI-
COM Single Market &
Economy (CSME), Mr
Laing said: “I wholehearted-
ly disagree with that.”

He conceded that while
the EPA agreement’s text
| had a heavy emphasis on
| Caribbean regional integra-
tion, and this was one of its
| leading objectives, “the pace
| and content of that integra-
| tion is subject to the sover-
| eign determination of the
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of the states. There is noth-
ing that agreement can do to |
cause, obligate or require our
country to integrate. |

“We are not amember of |
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the CSME, and signing the |
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Tribune Business Editor

LEGISLATION to regulate
the Bahamian engineering pro-
fession has yet to come into
force because amendments
have not been made to allow
members of the first Profes-
sional Engineers Board to be
non-Bahamian registered, The
Tribune was told yesterday.

Jerome Ellioft, the Bahamas
Society of Engineers (BSE)
president, said the engineering
profession in this nation was
still not subject to proper reg-
ulation despite the Act having
been passed in late 2003-early
2004, some four-plus years ago.

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compared to last week's trad-
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this week's trading volume
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cent of the exchange's volume
activity, closing unchanged at
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COMPANY NEWS:
Earnings Releases

— FOCOL Holdings (FCL)
released its financial results for
the quarter ended January 31,
2008. Net income available
to common shareholders rose
to $6.18 million, or 17.7 per
cent, from $5.26 million for the
same period in 2007.

Earnings per share (EPS)
climbed to $0.18 from $0.15,
representing a gain of 20 per
cent from the prior year.

Sales and revenues increased
to $165.9 million from $132.6
million at January 31, 2007, an
increase of $33,330 or 25.15 per

cent. However, costs of sales.

increased by $31,500 or 27.83
per cent compared to the same
period last year.

FOCOL’s
operations rose to $21.1 mil-
lion compared to $19.3 million
in 2007. The company said it
has taken more measures to
improve efficiency in order to
maintain growth during this
time of rising oil prices.

— RND Holdings (RND)
also released its financial
results for the nine-month peri-
od ending November 30, 2007.

Revenue stood at $1.3 mil-
lion, a gain of $119,000 or 9.99
per cent, compared to $1.1 mil-
lion in the same period last
year.

Total operating expenses

net income from’

increased by $24,000 or 2.95
er cent to $832,000, versus
808,000 in 2006.

RND said this increase was
directly attributed to a one-off
severance expense. Net profit
rose to $12,000 compared to a
net loss of $143,000 in 2006.

The company was optimistic
about future growth and prof-
itability expectations, stating
that the Ticket Xpress and real
estate segments of their busi-
ness are projected to increase
revenue streams in the upcom-
ing months.

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Engineers still wait on Act for self-regulation

FROM pee 1B

the legislatiu.. _ alate the
engineering profess.on, the Act
has not been amended,” Mr
Elliott explained. “It needs to
be amended for the new Board
top be established, and that
amendment has not been
passed by Parliament.

“When that’s done some, if
not all, the issues we are having
regarding foreign firms:prac-

‘ticing in the Bahamas should .

be captured.”

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He added that without the
Board, engineers practicing in

. the Bahamas could not be cer-
tified and registered, and the

problems posed by foreign
engineering firms operating in
this nation without the neces-
sary permits could not be dealt
with.

Mr Elliott said: “The Act
was passed, but the original
legislation did not allow for
engineers not registered in the
Bahamas.

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amended to allow for the first
Professional Engineers Board
to include persons other than
non-Bahamian registered engi-
neers. All subsequent Boards
will be Bahamian-registered.”

Mr Elliott explained that
because this was the first Act
passed to regulate the Bahami-
an engineering profession, no
licensing, standards and certi-
fication system had existed

‘before in this nation; meaning

that no engineers were cur-
rently Bahamian-registered.

Once the Board was
appointed, it could then begin
this process of registering engi-
neers, so that when a second
Board was ever appointed all
its members would be Bahami-
an-registered.

“The first Board couldn’t be
a Bahamian-registered Board,
so the Act has to be amended
to allow the first Board to be
all non-Bahamian registered,”

Mr-Elliott explained to The:
Tribune.

“When the Act is amended

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¢ FOCOL Holdings (FCL) announced, following its annu-
al general meeting on March 27, 2008, that the directors were
granted shareholder approval to offer 35 million preference
shares, representing $35 million.

The directors subsequently resolved to offer a private place-
ment of 15 million class B perpetual preference shares, rep-
resenting $15 million, with a minimum subscription of $100,000
pending regulatory approval. The preference shares will pay
a dividend rate of Bahamian Prime + 1.75 per cent, payable
semi-annually.

The proceeds from this offering will be used to increase
working capital and other business opportunities. Royal
Fidelity Capital Markets will be acting as one of the placement
agents for the offering.

e J.S. Johnson & Company (JSJ) has declared a dividend of
$0.16 per share, payable on April 16, 2008, to all shareholders
of record date ‘April 9, 2008.

¢ Bank of the Bahamas International (BOB) has declared
a dividend of $0.10 per share, payable on April 21, 2008, to all
shareholders of record date ‘April 14, 2008.

¢ ICD Utilities (ICD) has declared a dividend of $0.10
per share, payable on April 21, 2008, to all shareholders of
record date April 7, 2008.

¢ Commonwealth Bank (CBL) has declared an extraordi-
nary dividend of $0.06 per share, payable on April 30, 2008, to
all shareholders of record date April 15, 2008.

’ e Consolidated Water Company: BDRs (CWCB) have
declared a dividend of $0.013 per share, payable:on May 7,
2008, to all shareholders of record date March 31, 2008.




and the Board appointed, The Act had been awaited

everyone can be registered.”
The Act for the Registration
of Professional Engineers went

through the House of Assem- -

bly in September 2003, and
was debated in the Senate in
early 2004.

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@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

BAHAMIAN businesses
have been “saved a lot of mon-
ey and hassle” after the
telecommunications regulator
ruled that the Bahamas
Telecommunications Compa-
ny (BTC) can allow its TDMA
cellular customers to keep the
same numbers when they
migrate to GSM free of charge.

Reacting to the Public Utili-
ties Commission’s (PUC) Fri-
day announcement, Marlon
Johnson, BTC’s executive vice-
president of sales, marketing
and development, told The
Tribune that it was a “huge
win” for the small busi-
nessperson.

Speaking to this newspaper
from a Family Island, he said:
“We are pleased to have that
outcome, and the company is
pleased because it is a win for
our customers. This was not an
issue for us from a technical
standpoint. We wanted to do it
because the customers wanted
to do it. It was about customer
service.”

Mr Johnson added that
many TDMA customers had
“legitimate reasons” for want-
ing to keep their TDMA num-
bers.

He said: “One, it will speed
up people making the transi-
tion, and for businesspeople it
allows them to save a lot of
money and hassle in having to
contact their customers and
educate them on their new
number.

“It’s going to be a huge win
for the small businessperson
who relies on their cell. phone

“for theirlifeline.” tt higew

Dionisio D? Aguilar; the

Dionisio

Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce’s president, said the
PUC decision was “a great
relief” for the business com-
munity, adding that BTC had
become “extremely frustrat-
ed” with the issue.

The move meant that busi-
ness owners would not incur
costs associated with letting
customers and business clients
know about their new num-

bers. Mr D’ Aguilar said he

himself fell into that category,
having been a long-time
TDMA customer who had

posted his number up in all,

Superwash outlets, the Laun-

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dromat chain of which he is
president, for customers to see.

“There’s a lot of tradesmen,
sole proprietors, plumbers and
people in the construction
industry [with TDMA phones],
and this would have involved
them going to BTC, spending
money and setting up a whole
new phone,” Mr D’Aguilar
said.

“At this time, when busi-
nesses are being hammered
left, right and centre with addi-
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businessperson this is not
something you will have want-
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Real estate firm named as ERA’s
top-performing realtor affiliate in the
Caribbean for third consecutive year

ERA Dupuch Real Estate, the
Bahamian real estate firm, was
named as ERA’s top-performing
realtor affiliate in the Caribbean for
the third consecutive year, having
sold more homes than the previous
year during every year since 2001.

“Despite housing woes in the US,
the Bahamian real estate market has
remained very strong,” said Peter
Dupuch, ERA Dupuch Real Estate’s
founder. “Since this office opened
in 2001, every year we’ve sold more
homes that the last. 2007 was better
than 2006, and so far 2008 is contin-
uing that trend.”

The company expanded in 2007,
opening offices in Spanish Wells,
Hope Town, Exuma and Long
Island in addition to its existing
offices on East Bay Street and in

Marsh Harbour, Abaco, opening
offices in Spanish Wells, Hope
Town, Exuma and Long Island in
addition to its existing offices on East
Bay Street and in Marsh Harbour,
Abaco.

“Our expansion in the Family
Islands is a direct result of the con-
sistently strong real estate market in
the Bahamas,” said Mr Dupuch.

“T feel that the strength of the local
market is primarily due to our
unique lifestyle, and our proximity to
the US. The Bahamas offers oppor-
tunities that nobody else can, and I
think our peers in the region recog-
nise that. When we go to these large
international conferences and say
that we’re from the Bahamas, we’re
instantly regarded as being special,
and I think that feeling is manifested

in our product.”

ERA Dupuch Real Estate beat
out competition from the Turks and
Caicos, Aruba, the Dominican
Republic, Cayman Islands and Puer-
to Rico.

Bahamas Real Estate Association
(BREA)-licensed brokers Ken
Chaplin and Dave McCorquodale
had the highest sale numbers in the
ERA Dupuch office, along with Car-
la Sweeting and Kayla Ralston.

Mr Chaplin was, for the fourth
year running, the top producer, and
Mr McCorquodale sold 12 units at
The Reef, Turnberry Associates and
Kerzner’s luxury condo hotel, includ-
ing the $7.5 million penthouse.

Ms Ralston also had the $5.5 mil-
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Minister ‘disagrees’ with EPA regional integration fears

FROM page 1B

Tribune Business interview in
Friday’s paper said the fact
‘that the Bahamas was set to
sign on to the EPA - and its
regional economic integration
language - seemed at odds with
the Government’s policy that it
would not join the CSME.
Emphasising that the EPA

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and CSME agreements were

not the same, and that he dis- .

agreed with arguments that
signing on to the trade treaty
with the EU was a direct,
immediate “backdoor” to the
CSME, Mr Moree suggested
that the EPA’s language on
regional integration suggested
that if the Bahamas signed it, it
could be taking a first, incre-
mental step down a road that
did not suit Bahamian nation-
al interests.

Yet Mr Laing responded:
“With respect to Mr Moree,
that is not a fair reading of the
agreement.”

Acknowledging that region-
al integration was one of the
EPA’s objectives, the minister
added: “The text itself speaks
to the obligations of the states.

It says the pace and content is
subject to the determination
of the parties” to the agree-
ment, including the Bahamas.

Mr Laing pointed out that
while CARIFORUM had
negotiated the EPA on behalf
of the CARICOM bloc and
the Dominican Republic, the
latter nation was part of nei-
ther CARICOM nor the
CSME, and had no intention
of joining. As a result, he said
this confirmed that “it does not
follow” that signing the EPA
would start the Bahamas down
the path to regional economic
integration and the CSME.

Mr Laing appears to be rely-
ing on Article 4, Paragraph 4,
on regional integration in the
Objectives section of the EPA
agreement.

VACANCY FOR THE POSITION OF:

ANALYST, BUDGET & COST CONTROL -
CORPORATE FINANCE DEPARTMENT
MAJOR COMMERCIAL BANK

Core responsibilities:

° Assist in the preparation, analysis and monitoring of:
o Annual Capital and long term Strategic budgets
Budgets for special projects or programs
Assist with preparation of financial statements
Assist with monthly Management Reports
Serve as liaison and prepare month-end reporting
requirements as set by the Central Bank of The

Bahamas

Prepare reports to track yields and asset quality

matrices

Develop and prepare models to analyze and access
income and expenses against planned positions and
strategic outlooks

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Strong communication skills.
Bachelors of Science Degree in Accounting or Finance or
a current student in a recognized professional accounting
program (ACCA, CPA, and CGA).
Highly developed analytical and financial management

skills.

Excellent team working abilities.
Ability to operate in a fast moving and dynamic environment.
Time management and organizational skills

Enthusiastic, positive, “can do”, entrepreneurial spirit is

desired.

Benefits include: Competitive salary commensurate with
experience and qualifications; Group Medical (includes dental
and vision) and Life Insurance; Pension Scheme.

Interested persons should apply no later than April 25th, 2008
to:

The Tribune
P.O. Box N-3207
DA #62993AB
Nassau, Bahamas

The earlier language in this
section states: “The Parties
recognise and reaffirm the
importance of regional inte-
gration among the CARIFO-
RUM states as a mechanism
for enabling these states to
achieve greater economic
opportunities, enhanced polit-
ical stability and to foster their
effective integration into the
world economy.

Yet the paragraph relied
upon by Mr Laing adds: “The
parties further recognise that,
without prejudice to the com-
mitments undertaken in this
agreement, the pace and con-
tent of regional integration is a
matter to be determined exclu-
sively by the CARIFORUM
states in the exercise of their
sovereignty, and given their

current and future political
ambitions.”

Meanwhile, Mr Laing. said
the Bahamas was promoting
an agreement on ‘functional
co-operation’ between CARI-
COM states as the way for-
ward, describing this as “part
and parcel of where CARI-
COM is heading”.

He explained that functional
co-operation was now being
looked at strongly as a way to

accommodate nations such as _

the Bahamas, and develop
“ways to co-operate, even on
economic integration, without
the Bahamas becoming a
member of CSME”.

Mr Laing said functional co-
operation as a concept was still
being studied by the various
CARICOM nations.

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If it came into being, he

added that, as an example, if
CARICOM members decided
to reduce tariffs on certain line
items under the Common
External Tariff (CET), as a
way to lower living costs, the
Bahamas would via functional
co-operation be able to decide
whether it followed suit with
the same reductions.
* In addition, the Bahamas
would also be able to look at
making legislative or policy
changes to “ease the facilita-
tion of business” and bring this
nation in line with the rest of
CARICOM if this was in the
national interest.

“There is an expressed
desire to facilitate the
Bahamas’ unique position in
CARICOM,” Mr Laing said.

BRISTOL

WINES & SPIRITS

Career Opportunity for
SALES & MARKETING

MANAGER -

JOB SUMMARY:

SPIRITS

Provide leadership and coordination of the daily sales & marketing activities
for the Sales & Marketing Department — Spirits, ensuring that regional trade
marketing and distribution goals are met.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:
Manage an efficient and effective area trade and sales team through
on job training, motivation and staff development.

Implement and execute a trade and marketing plan that meets the
objectives of Bristol Wines & Spirits and its suppliers brand strategies.
Manage the implementation of account plans for merchandising and
promotion in all Bristol Wines & Spirits retail outlets in order to
achieve brand, volume and share objectives and targets.

Develop and implement advertising and promotion budgets for all
relevant suppliers for the department
Build and maintain strong working relationships with the trade
Build a close working relationship with Bristol Wines & Spirits Retail
Division and implement proper merchandising and promotional plans.
Direct sales coverage throughout The Bahamas

Update operational policies and procedures, where necessary, and
ensure they are consistently followed by all team members
Maintain good working relationship with all departments

Perform other management functions as required

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Sales, Marketing or related field
: Approximately 5 years experience as a Trade Sales & Marketing

Manager

Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite

Exceptional leadership and management skills

Strong interpersonal, problem solving and customer service skills
Excellent organizational and communication skills

BENEFITS:

Salary commensurate with current salary scales, skills, qualifications and
experience. An attractive comprehensive benefits package i is provided

Qualified candidates should submit their resume
on or before April 14th, 2008, to email: hrapply@bristolbahamas.com
or fax: 242-341-8862, attention: Human Resources Department





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THE TRIBUNE



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Legal Notice
NOTICE

SARLAT LIMITED

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (4) of the International Business Companies Act,
2000, SARLAT LIMITED is in dissolution as of
April 4, 2008.

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

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Fidelity Bank

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

Looking for an experienced

Fund Administrator

A small start-up Fund Administration company

is looking for a dynamic person who has a few years

experience in the Administration of Bahamas SMART

| and Professional Funds. The ideal candidate would
| also be assigned other related tasks. He/she must be
able to fit in a small young group group of prfession-

| als and is a motivated team-player. Please send your

resume with a salary expectation to HR Management,

P.O. Box N-7755, Nassau, Bahamas.



LEGAL NOTICE OF DISSOLUTION

International Business Companies Act
(No.45 of 2000)

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 138 (8) of the In-
ternational Business Companies Act, No. 45 of 2000, the Dissolution
of M GROUP INC. has been completed, a Certificate of Dissolution
has been issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the
Register.

The date of completion of the dissolution was the 19th day of March,
2008.

BROKERAGE & ADVISORY SERVICES

& FG CAPITAL MARKETS

FROM page 1B

ing Contractor Level One,
Level Two and Level Three
licences, effectively small,
medium and large construction
companies.

However, several contrac-
tors had called for adjustments
to eliminate differences
between ‘residential’ and ‘com-
mercial’ categorisations, the
rationale being that contrac-
tors capable of constructing a
Level One residence should
also be able to build Level One

Contractors legislation ‘ready to go’

commercial properties.
The BCA has recommended
that the Bill include provisions

_ for arbitration to resolve dis-

putes, and for the major con-
struction companies - such as
Cavalier Construction, Osprey
Developers, CGT Construc-
tion and Sunco - to be placed
in a newly-created ‘Prime’
licensing category.

Among the sanctions pro-
posed in the Bill were the sus-
pension and revocation of con-
tractor licences, fines and even
imprisonment in some cases.

PUBLIC NOTICE

INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL

The Public is hereby advised that |, RODNEY EVANS of Joan’s

Heights, Nassau, Bahamas, intend to change my name to

RODNEY EVANS ALBURY. If there are any objections to this .
change of name by Deed Poll, you may write such objections to

the Chief Passport Officer, RO.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas

no later than thirty (30) days after the date of the publication of

this notice.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that KETTLY BAPTISTE of
GOLDEN ISLES ROAD, P.O. BOX SS-5749, NASSAU,
BAHAMAS is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who
knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 1st day of
April 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that ELAN JEROME of
MINNIE STREET, NASSAU, BAHAMAS is applying
to the Minister responsible for Nationality an
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen
of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any
reason why registration/ naturalization should not be
granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 1st day
of April 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE

BELMORE INVESTMENT HOLDINGS INC.,
An International Business Company

Notice is hereby given that the voluntary dissolution
of the above company commenced on the 04" day of
April, 2008. Articles of Dissolution have been duly
registered by the Registrar General’s office, P.O.
Box N532, 50 Shirley Street, Nassau Bahamas. The
Liquidator is A.J.K. Corporate Services (Bahamas)
Limited, whose address is Suite 11, Bayparl
Building, 18 Parliament Street, P.O. Box. AP59205/
3352, Nassau, The Bahamas.

Finco
FirstCaribbean
Focol (S) °
Freeport Concrete
ICD Utilities

J. S. Johnson

Bahamas Supermarkets
Caribbean Crossings (Pref)

ABDAB
Bahamas Supermarkets
RND Holdings

» 52wk-Low Fund Name NAV Last 12 Months
1.2037 Colina Bond Fund 1.304134* 5.70%
2.6254 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.982729" 14.89%
1.2647 Colina Money Market Fund 1.384657*"* 3.92%
3.1827 Fidelity Bahamas G & | Fund 3.6651* : "18.28%
11.4992 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 12.0429* 5.69%

100.0000 CFAL Global Bond Fund 100.00**
. 100.0000 CFAL Global Equity Fund ~ 100.00**
1.0000 CFAL High Grade Bond Fund 1.00**

*

12 month dividends divided
Bid $ - Buying price of Colina and Fidelity
Ask $ - Selling price of Colina and fidelity
Last Price - Last traded over-the-counter price

ebruary 2008
** - 31 December 2007
*** - 21 March 2008

52wk-Hi - Highest closing price in last 52 weeks
52wk-Low: - Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks
Previous Close - Previous day's weighted price for daily volume
Today's Close - Current day's weighted price for daily volume
Change - Change in closing price from day to day
Daily Vol. - Number of total shares traded today
DIV $ - Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months
P/E - Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings
S) -'4-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 8/8/2007
-for-1 Stock Spli i

TOTRAD

Weekly Vol. - Trading volume of the prior week

EPS $ - Acompany's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
NAV - Net Asset Value

N/M - Not Meaningful

FINDEX - The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100

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:
| Hilton unveils

team member,

team leader of
the year award
winners

DEBBIE BULLARD



TIMOTHY BURROUGHS





ENGINEERS, from 1B

here in violation of the Immi-
gration Act, Business License
Act and others.

“There is. no doubt that for-
eign expertise is and will con-

tinue to be required for the-
foreseeable future. Now it —

appears that every investor
brings his entire cadre of pro-
fessionals. Every project that
I have tried to bid on this year
has already been ‘reached’ by a
non-resident company.”

The source added: “I think
the Bahamas Government
could earn large sums of rev-
enue by asking those with
‘Bahamian Experience’ (some
with 20+ years) to cough up
for the business licences and
work permits.

“The situation is becoming
increasingly more difficult as
our counterparts in Florida feel
the credit squeeze and come
here looking for work. The
Government, though, will
argue this is difficult to police.”

Foreign consultants, engi-
neers and other professional
services firms operating in the
Bahamas must first be
approved by the National Eco-
nomic Council (NEC) and
Investments Board (really the
Cabinet in both cases) to oper-
ate here. i

Once this approval is given,
they must submit a copy of

their contract to the Business ;

Licence Office, with details on
the duration and cost of their
work.

They are then supposed to
pay a Business Licence fee
worth 1 per cent of the gross
value of that contract, but the
source said many foreign com-
panies often under-reported
contract values to minimise
their business licence pay-
ments.

Then, their business licence
was often used to obtain other
Bahamas-based contracts. Yet
The Tribune was told that their
Bahamian competitors paid
considerably more in business
licence fees, with the sliding
scale used often requiring them
to pay fees equivalent to 3 per
cent of their gross turnover.

Ian Young, a representative
of the Surveyors Association,
yesterday said the Surveyors
Act had been in effect since
1975 and no one was supposed
to be able to practice in the
Bahamas without a valid
licence.

Mr Young said: “We’ve had
foreign companies coming in
for many years without any
type of permits or business
licence. It’s so easy to fly in,
do your work and come back
out again. You just can’t police
something like that.”

He added that even in cases
where complaints were made,
government officials “take no
notice of it and take no action.
A lot of the policing is left up

to the Associations, but the

level of enforcement is just not
there”.

On the business licence fees
foreign companies were
required to pay, Mr Young
said: “We end up paying a lot
more by being a Bahamian
company, and I think 1 per
cent is just a joke. They need
to add a zero on to that to
make it fair for the profession-
al operators here.”

To make enforcement effec-
tive, Mr Young said different
government agencies such as
the Ministry of Finance, Immi-
gration and the Business
Licence Office needed to act
when complaints were made ,
follow through “and not turn a
blind eye to it”.

“Are our laws being upheld?
It appears they are not,” Mr
Young said. He said Bahamian
professional services firms
were not afraid of competition
from foreign companies, but
this needed to be fair and take
place on a ‘level playing field’.

“We know we have to com-
pete and step up to the plate,”
Mr Young said. “It’s a global
economy. We have to com-
pete, but the laws need to be
enforced and there should be a
‘level playing field’. We can do
the work as good as anyone
else, but if the law is not being
enforced then we are handi-
capped.

“Tt’s a terrible situation for a
lot of our associations, because

. the US economic downturn
; has left a lot of companies

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there looking for work over-

Although he was unable to
put figures on the business
opportunities, jobs and rev-
enues lost to foreign compa-
nies by Bahamian firms, Mr
Young said: “I know a signifi-
cant amount of work in Abaco,
Grand Bahama and Eleuthera
- not necessarily New Provi-
dence - but on a lot of these
Out Island projects, have gone
to American and Canadian
firms, who have a very strong
foothold.”

Another engineering source
told The Tribune yesterday
that the loss of business that
Bahamian companies could do
was “significant, especially on
the foreign direct investment
projects.

“Locally, it’s not too much of
an issue, but the real issue is
these foreign direct investment
projects tend to bring their
professionals in wholesale.”

Even though Bahamian
engineers had been to the
same universities as their for-

eign counterparts, and provid- .

ed the same skills, expertise
and jobs, the source said they
were increasingly being side-
lined, costing the Bahamas tax-
es, jobs and business develop-
ment.

“Bahamian firms hire
Bahamian employees and spin-
offs. When you do not max-
imise the potential of a sector,
you’re shooting yourself in the
foot,” the source said.

THE British Colonial Hilton
has unveiled its Team Mem-
ber and Team Leader of the
Year award winners.

Debbie Bullard, senior ban-
quet captain, who joined the
resort aS an on-caller in 1999,
won the Team Leader of the
Year Award. She became a

permanent member of the ban-
quets department in 2000.

Timothy Burroughs, a bell-
man in the concierge depart-
ment, was this year’s winner
of the Team Member of the
year award. He has been
employed by the British Colo-
nial Hilton since 1999.

NOTICE —

IN THE ESTATE OF COLLIN PAUL
CULMER late of Trinity Way, Stapledon
Gardens Subdivision in the Western District
of the Island of New Providence one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The

Bahamas.

Deceased

NOTICE is hereby given that all persons having
any claim or demand against the above Estate are
required to send the same duly certified in writing
to the undersigned on or before the 25th day of April

A.D. 2008 after which date the Administratrix of
the Estate will proceed to distribute the assets having
regard only to the claims of which she shall then

have had notice.

AND NOTICE is hereby also given that all persons
indebted to the said Estate are requested to make
full settlement on or before the date hereinbefore

mentioned.

ALLAN J. BENJAMIN
Chambers
Aurora House
Dowdeswell Street & Dunmore Lane
P.O. Box N-102
Nassau, Bahamas
Attorney for the Administratrix



BRISTOL

WINES & SPIRITS

Career Opportunity for
BACARDI RETAIL STORE

- JOB SUMMARY:

MANAGER

Manage the daily operational activities of Bacardi Retail Store, ensuring the store is
maintained in accordance with Bristol Wines and Spirits and Bacardi’s stated objectives.
Manage sales activities including supervision of staff, customer relations, vendor
relations, and related financial performance.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:
Plan, organize and manage the day-to-day activities of the store, effectively
interacting with and motivating team members
Maximize sales to the fullest giving customers courteous and professional
service at all times
Process all cash/charge/credit card sales accurately ensuring the correct product
and price have been charged to the customers; collect and secure all monies
Identify merchandising needs and stocking levels, ensuring par levels are
maintained at all times, and accurate stock/control inventory is recorded; order
merchandise as needed
Build and maintain strong working relationships with vendors
Ensure the store is properly merchandised and kept clean at all timés
Perform quality control audits at regularly scheduled intervals, such audits to
include guest surveys, review of quality of service, merchandise and sample

offerings

Collaborate with Bacardi to implement the overall Theme for the store, including
store design, décor and promotional merchandise
Follow the strict guidelines established by Bacardi to sell and distribute
promotional and advertising merchandise at the store

Ensure all store personnel are trained and familiar with Bacardi branding
statement and Intellectual Property protection strategies

Update operational policies and procedures, where necessary, and ensure they
are consistently followed by all team members
Maintain good working relationship with all departments
Perform other management functions as required

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Retail, Marketing or related field
‘Approximately 5 years experience as a Retail Store Manager
Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
Exceptional leadership and management skills
Strong interpersonal, problem solving and customer service skills
Excellent organizational and communication skills

BENEFITS:

Salary commensurate with current salary scales, skills, qualifications and experience. An
attractive comprehensive benefits package is provided

Qualified candidates should submit their resume
on or before April 14th, 2008, to email: hrapply@bristolbahamas.com or
fax: 242-341-8862, attention: Human Resources Department





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want lately, Libra. You make one
decision, and then you quickly
change your mind. Stick with a path

for more than the blink of an eye.

SCORPIO — Oct 24/Nov 22

It’s hard for others to figure out
which of you they’ll be approaching.
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Hyde lately. You have to relax a bit
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THERE is an outstanding
warrant against recent Supreme
Court appointee Rubie Nottage
who the US government still
considers a “fugitive from jus-
tice,” according to Christina
Dilorio-Sterling of the United
States Attorney's Office in
Boston.

According to the criminal
docket there are five charges
against Mrs Nottage, among
them:conspiracy.to defraud the
US (IRS) and conspiracy to
engage in racketeering. The
case is before the US District
Court of Massachusetts.

These charges against Mrs
Nottage and her husband,

Kendal Nottage, who was at the
time Minister of Youth in the
Pindling government, arose out
of the investigation of Michael
Caruana, who had a criminal
record and was associated with
an organised crime family. US
lawyers also involved in the case
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Rubie Nottage appointment
‘could damage the Bahamas
international reputation’

THE appointment of Rubie Nottage as a Supreme Court Judge
will damage the Bahamas’ international reputation in the eyes of
financial, legal and law enforcement authorities and potentially
shrink the flow of investment into the country, it has been claimed.

“The average financial professional is going to take a look at
that and shake his head” said Kenneth Rijock in an interview with
The Tribune yesterday about Mrs Nottage’s appointment in March.

Mr Rijock, a financial crime consultant with website World-
Check.com, also suggested there will be “problems down the road”
with Mrs Nottage — considered a fugitive in the United States — sit-_
ting on the bench, as defence lawyers will likely use her back-
ground as grounds for appealing her rulings in drug and money laun-

dering matters.

“Defence lawyers getting an,adverse ruling may decide that the
court was prejudiced one way or the other and didn’t render an
objective ruling strictly because Mrs Nottage was sitting on the

court,” he said.

Miami-based'Mr Rijock is a banking-attorney turned convicted

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FRED MITCHELL talks with Water and Sewerage Corporation workers yesterday. Mr Mitchel! was on a walkabout in the constituency to observe the

TUESDAY, APRIL 8, 2008,



FEATURES

replacement of the brackish water supply which has plagued the area for almost a year. * SEE PAGE THREE

Blaze engulfs the
North Eleuthera
Shopping Centre

NORTH Eleuthera fire-
fighters spent Monday
evening battling a blaze that
engulfed the North Eleuthera
Shopping Centre yesterday
afternoon.

Although details of the fire
were sketchy up to press time,
Officer Carlton Gardiner at
the Governor’s Harbour sta-
tion said North Eleuthera res-
idents had phoned in to the
station claiming “the building
is totally destroyed”.

North Eleuthera island
administrator Brenda Cole-
brooke was in Harbour Island
attending a council meeting
when The Tribune contacted
her yesterday and had yet to
see the damage first hand.

She said she got the report
about the fire around 5.10 pm
Monday but believes the fire
had been burning for about
an hour before she got the
news. According to Ms Cole-
brooke, no one was hurt dur-
ing the fire.

Officers from the North
Eleuthera Airport Station

SEE page eight

Bridgewater's
lead counsel set to
officially complete

her case today
@ By BRENT DEAN

Tribune Staff Reporter
bdean@tribunemedia.net



THE lead counsel for Pleasant
Bridgewater is to officially com-
plete her case in the Election
Court today.

Philip “Brave” Davis condi-
tionally rested his client’s case at
the end of last week. This was

__ .done pending the receipt of infor-
mation from formal witnesses,
such as government utility cor-
porations, along with the resolu-

SEE page eight

Workers’ Party office
badly damaged by fire

FIRE badly damaged the Workers’ Party office in Black Vil-
lage early yesterday morning.
Furniture was destroyed in the blaze, which began around

Pleasant Bridgewater

~ 4.30am in the stuccoed wooden building in Rupert Dean Lane.

People living nearby fought the flames with buckets of water
and the fire was almost out when firemen arrived.

“T think arson was to blame,” said party leader Rodney Mon-
cur, who was called from his home nearby to help fight the
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RELIGIOUS leaders
expressed shock Monday after
news broke about a Grand
Bahama family’s “bizarre” res-
urrection attempt of their dead
mother and said the “unusual”
practice is not a part of the
Christian faith.

While expressing his condo-
lences to the family, Anglican
Archbishop Drexel Gomez said
this was the first time he had
heard of such an “unusual” inci-
dent.

“I’ve never heard about any-
thing of that nature before and
I think it is highly regrettable
for people to act in that way...
and | strongly discourage peo-
ple from doing that and while
they may be genuine in their
faith and beliefs it is an unusual
way of expressing (it)”.

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bers are closely attached to the
deceased and they must have

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BAHAMAS OnStage
YouTHeatre has pulled off a
Shakespearian coup, with Mac-
beth coming to the Bahamas for
the first time directly from the
UK.

The Ministry of Education,
Sports and Culture continues in

. its endorsement and support of
the educational initiative of The

YouTheatre.

This 2008 season opens with a
spectacular professional perfor-
mance of Shakespeare’s MacBeth
on April 14 in Freeport and April
15 in Nassau. Because this kind
of exposure for our youth to the
theatre is invaluable, Minister of
Education Carl Bethel is encour-
aging all 9th-12th graders to
attend.

Macbeth is one of the English
Literature book selections for the
BGCSE syllabus as the ministry
charges The YouTHeatre with
the challenge of bringing perfor-

. mances that appear on the syl-
labus.

In February last year,
YouTHeatre brought to life
Pinocchio, which was enjoyed by
both the young and young at
heart. Then in March, 2007,
Bahamian youth audiences were
taken on a Black Journey through
the annals of Black American
History. Beauty and The Beast
was the third production for last
season. The Fall, 2007, schedule
featured the exciting Broadway
production of The Little Mermaid
and in December the group
brought to The Bahamas for the
first time Hip Hop Harry.

Tickets are $15 per student and
are available at the doors of the
performances: Freeport — April
14, 10am and 7pm, the Hilton

A SCENE from Macbeth, which will c

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on Tuesday, April 15, The
National Centre for The Per-
forming Arts, Nassau, at the same
times - 10am and 7pm.

ceded by a workshop.. So,
‘whether children are studying the
play for BGCSE exams or not,

preted by all in attendance.

This is the first time that the
theatre is taking its performances
to Grand Bahama and CEO
Kathy Ingraham expressed
delight in the interest shown by
corporate Grand Bahama.

The Grand Bahama Port
Authority stepped up to the plate
to send Grand Bahamian students
to the performance. Said Mrs
Geneva Rutherford of the Port:
“We are extremely excited to get
involved with such an excellent
educational initiative and we look
forward to many more like this
in the future.”

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The performance will be pre-~

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Macbeth comes
to the Bahamas
for the first time



THE UK professional actors are well-known for high quality ‘traditional’
performances.

appreciation to other corporate
sponsors in Nassau and Freeport:
The Ministry of Education Sports
and Culture, American Airlines,
Nassau Palm Resort, BTC, Roy-
al Palm Resort, Capital City Mar-
keting and Orange Hill Resort.
The Fun! Interactive workshop
will be held before the perfor-

mance. The workshop begins with .

a short introduction to the play,

followed by practical fun exercis-
i OS: ici!

These are followed by short
performances by students from
the audience who have been
directed by the actors.

The UK professional actors are
well-known for high quality ‘tra-
ditional’ performances, using tra-
ditional costumes and weapons, at
the same time as being identifi-
able with a modern audience.

Eryl Lloyd Parry is a mature

’ actor with a diverse range of

experience over many years in
both film and theatre. His recent
theatre experience includes Bap-
tista in an open-air tour of The

Taming Of The Shrew, Lord’

Caversham in Oscar Wilde’s An
Ideal Husband and Charles in
Noel Coward’s comedy Blithe
Spirit.

He has also featured i in anum-
ber of murder mysteries and radio
plays.

Eryl features as Duncan and
other parts in ‘Macbeth’.

David Houston, who plays
Macbeth, trained originally at The
London Centre for Theatre stud-
ies and has spent the last 14 years
playing a wide range of characters
in both classical and contempo-
rary plays. Performances in the-
atre open-air, in theatres and
schools include: Petruchio in The
Taming of the Shrew, Sir Toby
Belch, Malvolio and Orsino in
Twelfth Night, Benedick in Much
Ado About Nothing, Capulet and
the Friar in Romeo and Juliet and
many more. David has also
worked extensively in education-
al workshops and written and
directed numerous plays.

Christine Hallas-Appleby
trained at The Royal Ballet in
Covent Garden and The Central
School for Theatre in London

before beginning a four-year run
in repertory at The Library The-
atre in Manchester before pro-
ducing and directing

hundreds of theatre produc-
tions in the public environment
and in education.

Christine has diverse experi-
ence.in performance having
played literally hundreds of roles
in rep including Elizabeth Proctor
in The Crucible, Beatrice in Much
Ado About Nothing, Mariain::
Twelfth Night, and Portia in The
Merchant of Venice. Her most
recent Shakespeare, performance
was as Katherine in The Taming
Of The Shrew. ~~

Christine plays Lady Macbeth
opposite David in this tour.

Will Newman graduated from
Drama Studio London in
2006 where he

received multiple stage com-
bat qualifications from the
BASSC. Before drama school
Will studied drama at school, col-
lege and at Aberystwyth Univer-
sity where he received a BA Hons
degree in drama.

On leaving DSL, Will toured
the UK with Cest Tous Theatre
Co., playing lead roles in Richard
III, Much Ado About Nothing
and The Tempest.

In 2007 Will worked on films
such as A Doll's House, Dream

‘Girl and Dangerous Parking

while playing Tranio in The Tam-
ing of the Shrew and also playing
Lord Goring in An Ideal Hus-
band which was performed by
Cest Tous Theatre Co.

At the end of 2007 and into
2008 Will has worked on Of Mice
and Men playing Lenny, An
Inspector Calls playing Inspector
Goole and has recently worked
with Channel 4 on Shooting Par-
ty, playing Kev.

Will has said: “To be working
on Macbeth with C’est Tous is a
return to a great play with a fan-
tastic team.”

The performance promises to
be an excellent experience for all
in attendance. Tickets are avail-
able at the door. School field
trip attendees should contact
Denise at Capital City Market-
ing at 323-5589.
THE TRIBUNE

TUESDAY, APRIL 8, 2008, PAGE 3





detained hy
the RBDF

IN THEIR second immi- }
gration interception in a week, }
Royal Bahamas Defence :
Force officers detained 127 :
Haitians south of Long Island :

on Sunday afternoon.
The vessel

Island.

Further investigation of the }
vessel uncovered suspected :

illegal immigrants — 106 men
and 21 women - onboard.

A statement from the Roy-
al Bahamas Defence Force
(RBDF) said the immigrants,
“were without proper docu-

mentation to enter the coun- ;
try and were eventually }
removed from their over- :
crowded vessel and taken :
onboard the Defence Force ;

craft”.

Yesterday, the RBDF said
the immigrants were en route :

to the capital for processing.

Last Wednesday, 22 Cuban
migrants (15 men and seven :
women) were apprehended :

supply in Fox Hill

als and two Indian nationals }

off Anguilla Cay in the South-
ern Bahamas by the US Coast
Guard Cutter Cay Largo.

On March 17, the HMBS
picked up 116 Haitian nation-

off Elbow Cay, Exuma.

Nassau-hased
actor wits
libel settlement

NASSAU-based film
star Nicolas Cage has won
a libel settlement from
London’s Daily Mail news-
paper. The damages are
being paid to a charity
which helps abuse victims.

Cage, 44, who has a
home on Paradise Island,
took action over allega-
tions made in a serialisa-
tion of an actress’s autobi-
ography.

Solicitor Simon Smith
told London’s High Court
of the “utter falsity” of the
claims made in the book
and said they had damaged
Cage’s professional reputa-
tion.

The Mail, publishers
Headline and actress Kath-
leen Turner all agreed to
pay Cage’s legal costs. ~

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127 Haitians

HMBS }
Bahamas, under the command
of Lt Commander Tellis :
Bethel, was on routine patrol :
at around 6.30pm when offi- :
cers spotted a.40-foot Haitian :
sloop in the area of Galloway
Landing, south of Long :

CARICOM mem

new 1

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

CARICOM member states
have agreed on a wide-range
of new initiatives to battle
increasing levels of crime and
enhance security in the
region.

Caribbean leaders attend-
ing CARICOM’S crime sum-
mit — held in Port-of-Spain,
Trinidad and Tobago on the
weekend — decided on num-

ber of measures to be taken
in the fight against murder,
drug trafficking and illegal
firearms.

Committed

Addressing the media at
the closing of the conference
on Saturday, CARICOM
chairman Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham said that
the member states have also
committed to signing the

CARICOM Maritime and
Air Space Security Co-oper-
ation Agreement and the
CARICOM Arrest Warrant
Treaty by July, 2008.

Mr Ingraham, along with
Minister of National Securi-
ty Tommy Turnquest, trav-
elled to Trinidad and Tobago
last Thursday to attend
CARICOM’s 13th Special
Meeting.

At the conference, which
focused on crime, the heads
of government agreed to put

replacement of
brackish water |

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

PLP MP for Fox Hill Fred Mitchell con-
ducted a walkabout in his constituency yester-
day to observe the replacement of the brackish
water supply which has plagued the area for
almost a year.

Visiting the intersection of Rose and Rah-
ming Street, Mr Mitchell happened upon a
group of Water and Sewerage Corporation
(WSC) workers installing new two-inch water
lines.

As the workers cut into the existing four-
inch line, the dark brown water that residents
have been complaining of for almost a year
gushed forth, filling the hole in which they
worked.

The brackish water, Mr Mitchell noted, has
caused some residents to suffer skin rashes,
and has ruined clothing that was washed in it.

Throughout New Providence, residents in
some of the earliest settled communities have
complained of brackish water. The WSC has
blamed the problem on corroded metal piping

that was installed more than 40 years ago.

“I’m sure this is not just affecting my con-

stituents but constituents around this province,”

Mr Mitchell said.

“And we understand that it’s old infrastruc-
ture, but when people in these times have a
problem making ends meet, and they have to
be spending money on their clothes because
their clothes are stained, that becomes a serious
issue,” he said.

With the metal pipes now removed, the
workers began to install the final fixtures to
connect the four-inch water main to the two-
inch piping that will now supply the surround-
ing area.




Tim Clarke/T ribune staff

MR MITCHELL (left) happened upon a group of
Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) workers
installing new two-inch water lines.

According to Mr Mitchell, residents who
have complained to the Water and Sewerage
Corporation of rust contamination have been
provided with filters. This, he said, has helped
to alleviate the rust build-up.

However, eventually the water lines along
the Eastern Road will have to be replaced. .

This will require additional funding from the
government, funding that Mr Mitchell said he
will be pushing to have included in the new
budget, to be debated in parliament soon.

into operation an action plan
submitted by the region's
commissioners of police and
military chiefs.

“The plan called for short,
medium and long term mea-
sures to curb the high levels
of crime in the-community.
These include a strategy to
combat the proliferation of
small arms and light weapons
along with the establishment
of a Regional Integrated Bal-
listics Information Network
(RIBIN) and a Regional
Investigative Management
System (RIMS),” CARI-
COM said in its statement at
the conclusion of the two-
day conference.

Database

CARICOM leaders also-

agreed to develop.a regional
database of firearms which
is accessible by all regional
law enforcement agencies,






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bers agree to
nitiatives to battle crime

and to increase the capacity
of detection and surveillance
methods in relation to the
movement of firearms,
including the importation,
sale, transfer, theft and use
of firearms.

With regard to the issue of
murder, the heads of gov-
ernment agreed to develop
specially trained and
equipped teams of homicide
investigators, to fully exploit
forensics ‘methods including
DNA analysis, to implement
a comprehensive crime scene
management system, and to
complete investigations and
prosecute accused persons in
a timely manner.

Addressing the problem of
drug trafficking, CARICOM
leaders agreed to maximise
the use of available technol-
ogy in the detection, deter-
rence and seizure of illegal
drugs.entering and transiting
the region.” ~

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THE TRIBUNE

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Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

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

SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt, O.B.E., K.M.,'K.C.S.G.,

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

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
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Rubie Nottage’s appointment questioned

WHEN ASKED about the appointment
of Mrs Rubie Nottage to the Supreme Court
bench journalists got a lecture from Chief
Justice Sir Burton Hall.

Said Sir Burton in part: “At the risk of
appearing elitist, it seems to me that if the
presumption of integrity does not apply to the
decisions of the Commission — the mem-
bership of which chaired by the Chief Justice,
includes a Justice of Appeal, the Chairman of
the Public Service Commission, and two
counsel and attorneys who have been in prac-
tice for at least 10 years — this would be
symptomatic that, as a community, we have
so serious a fracture in the civil order that the
disintegration of the society is just over the
horizon.” ;

The Commission in its wisdom is the body
that selected Mrs Nottage for elevation to
the Bench as a Supreme Court justice.

We shan’t argue. with Sir Burton as to -

whether his stance on behalf of the Commis-
sion is elitist, but we would say that this body
is certainly out of touch with reality. The

Commission seems unaware that we aré a .

part of a global community and not just an
island backwater. Today the decisions made
here are heard beyond Nassau’s harbour.
They. are heard around the world and can
affect this country in many ways — some
good, some bad. Our decision makers have to
emerge from their secure cocoons and accept
that the world’s spotlight is now on all of us
and decisions are not made in a vacuum.

— not just in the Bahamas, but around the
world — have been so let down, in many
instances betrayed, by their leaders that they
no longer presume integrity in anyone or
anything. This is an age of sceptism, and,
‘although Sir Burton thinks that “transparen-
cy” is one of those modern “buzzwords” we
have lived in an opaque world for so long,
that citizens are crying out for transparency
and journalists for a Freedom of Informa-
tion Act.

We don’t expect the Commission to com-
ment on its deliberations, but now that its
decision is being questioned, we do expect its
members to defend their position. After all
this is the craft of the profession, and they
should be more than able to present a case
justifying their decision.

It is a tragedy that Mrs Nottage is placed in
this embarrassing position. She has made a
very definite contribution to this community,
both in her profession as a lawyer and in her
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She is probably the only Bahamian with a
Master of Laws degree in International Eco-
nomic Law and Taxation. In 1979 she was
appointed vice chancellor, later chancellor
of the Church of England in the Bahamas, a
position she still holds.

She has served on the Law Reform Com-
mittee, the Real Property Tax Tribunal, the
Advisory Council of the Girls Brigade, the
Bahamas Association for the Mentally
Retarded, and the list goes on. For a number
of years she has been a full time lecturer in
the UWI LL.B. programme at the College of
the Bahamas.

As a colleague of hers said yesterday: “She.
is the best qualified for the position. She has
the judicial temperament and cuts the right
figure. She is someone the Bahamas could be
proud of as a Supreme. Court judge if it
weren’t now for this matter.”

In November 1988 — four years after the
Commission of Inquiry into drug smuggling
reported — Mrs Nottage joined her husband
in having her visa to travel to the United
States cancelled. The US Embassy in Nassau
was surprised to learn that within the past
five years Mrs Nottage has travelled to the
US — apparently more than once.

However, it was confirmed by the US gov-
ernment yesterday that Mrs Nottage “remains
a wanted person and is considered a fugi-
tive.” It was also confirmed that she could
face legal problems if she were to travel to the

s» United States.

We do not know why the Commission in
its wisdom did not consider this matter, make
judicious enquiries and get the problem
cleared up behind closed doors rather than
presuming that the world would accept its
decision because of who its members are.
Unfortunately, in this age of disbelief, those
trusting days are over.

Stirring the smouldering embers of an era
best forgotten would be a grave mistake for
the Bahamas which has worked so hard to
wipe its murky slate clean before the inter-
national community.

It is feared that such an appointment has
the potential in many ways of harming the
Bahamas, especially as a financial centre.

Although we sympathise with Mrs Not-
tage’s predicament it would be a scandal for
the Bahamas to have on its bench a Justice
who could not travel freely to the United
States.

We highly recommend that those involved
in this decision should think again.

Rg



Astonishe

d that

we voted against

EDITOR, The Tribune.

NATIONAL Health -Insur-
ance would have been a “Hall-
mark” piece of Legislation, had
the Progressive Liberal Party
been returned to office. Ordi-
nary Bahamians would have, by
now, been enjoying the comfort
and peace of mind, knowing
that their loved ones would not,
any longer, have to die because
cash money was not available
to give them the very best med-
ical care.

Generally, the Bahamian
electorate hardly ever seems to
vote, in general elections, on

issues of importance to the.

nation, at large. We always
seem to get caught up in those
matters, which are far less
important than those, which
should take centre stage in our
daily lives. Given the dynamics
in 90 per cent of the families in
this country, national health
insurance should have beer the
one issue to propel the PLP to
victory on May 2, 2007; but we
voted against our self-interest
and I am astonished as to why.

January 2008 was when the
PLP had scheduled compre-
hensive health care, to come
into effect. Each Bahamian
would have been given a nation-
al health identity card when
signing up; which would have
entitled the bearer to access the
services of any medical practi-
tioner and/or pharmacist in the
country for health services. No
doctor or pharmacist would
have turned you away and you
would have been receiving the
same level of health care that
Hubert Ingraham and Brent
Symonette are now receiving;
but we voted against good
health care and J am astonished,
as to why.

Opposition to the plan, came
from sources we expected; doc-
tors, whose fees were likely to
be capped; insurance compa-
nies whose “bottom liné”, they
felt, would have been reduced;
big, Bay Street businesses who
felt they would end up paying
the lion’s share of their employ-
ees’ contributions and the FNM
who was the political surrogate,



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to them all, to make sure it did-
n’t happen. Ask yourselves one
question: why would doctors,
insurance executives, big busi-
ness owners and the FNM
object to the PLP’s plan to
make sure that. all of us,
Bahamians, finally have good
comprehensive medical insur-
ance? Because they love you? If
you believe that, you will
believe any nonsense you are
told. We must begin thinking
for ourselves, and not be led
around like dogs, with chains
around our necks. We had the
opportunity to finally partici-
pate in a health insurance plan
which would have covered our
entire families and removed the
worry of having to find lots of
cash money for doctors and hos-
pitals when we got sick. Your
FNM government, led by your

beloved Hubert Ingraham, was .

responsible for making sure the
plan did not succeed. You can
give thanks to, almighty Ingra-
ham, when you or your rela-
tives get sick and end up dying
because the family doesn’t have
the money to give them good
medical care. In times like
those, do you think you would
find a doctor, an insurance com-
pany, your boss or Hubert

Ingraham to help you out? If.

you believe that, keep holding
your breadth. “Of all my
mama’s children, I love myself
the best and when I get my bel-
ly full, I don’t give a damn
about the rest”.

Ingraham, your boss, your
doctor and the insurance com-
pany owners, don’t give a damn
if you live or die. As long as
you can pay your doctor and
hospital bills, they will continue
to see you; when you can’t pay,
you will be refused service. You
will then have to go to the
butcher doctors, at the out
patient’s department and wait
for hours, in line, like animals.
Your. medical insurance com-
pany will keep you insured as

our self-interest

long as you can pay the premi-
ums, which increases every year.
When you can’t pay or if you
become too much of a risk or
when you reach the age of 75
years, whichever comes first,
they will dump you as a cus-
tomer, like a hot potato.
Presently, I pay $800 per month
for my wife and me; that’s $200
per week. Under the plan pro-
posed by the PLP, I would pay
less than $300 per month and.
any doctor/specialist and med-
ical facility would have been
available to me. Would this
have been a perfect plan?
Absolutely not, nothing is per-
fect but like everything else, we
would adjust and make the
changes necessary, as we imple-
ment the system. I am sure of

one thing, no Bahamian would

have had.to ever again, be on
the streets, like dogs, hassling.
strangers to buy, cook-out tick-
ets to help pay for medical
expenses and sending all those
letters I get, often, for dona-
tions. All that would have been
a thing of the past; but we voted
against the PLP and it’s nation-
al health insurance and I am
astonished, as to why.

Will the doctors ever agree
to any plan for national health
insurance for all Bahamians?
Never. Will insurance compa-
ny executives; ever agree for
any kind of national health
insurance, for all Bahamians?
Never. Will Bay Street ever
agree to co-pay for national
health insurance. for their
employees? Never. Will the
FNM and Hubert Ingraham risk
the fury of their masters, bite
the bullet and implement the
PLP’s national health insurance
plan left in place? I doubt it
seriously. :

Comprehensive, national

health insurance will only. be.: -

implemented when the Pro-
gressive Liberal Party is
returned to power, in the next

‘general elections; those are my

views.

FORRESTER J CARROLL
JP

Freeport,

Grand Bahama,
March 27, 2008.

‘Democracy’ in action in Cuba

EDITOR, The Tribune.

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Web.

Mr Garcia, the blogs author,
is particularly perceptive on the
Castro regime and its double
speak.

Here’s a recent post of his,
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about Cuba’s then upcoming
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to the polls to “elect” a new par-
lament, diplomatic representa-
tives of the Castro regime have
been busy talking up the elec-
tion on Sunday as fair and
democratic.

Funnily enough, they are
even able to predict the out-
come with absolute certainty!

May have something to do with

the fact that there are 614 can-
didates on the ballot paper
vying for exactly 614 seats in
the National Assembly of Peo-
ple’s Power.

As they say, very fair and
very democratic.

Of course the election has
now taken place and the only
party allowed to participate in
the election was dutifully
returned to power.

Then on Monday, January 21,
2008, the day after the Cuban
"Elections", the Cuban Ambas-
sador to The Bahamas was

quoted in The Tribune as say-
ing:

“Cuban Democracy is alive
and well, and in fact allows the
average person a greater say in
their governmental affairs than
many US or citizens of other
countries of a western liberal
ilk are afforded.”

Such obvious double speak is
trite in the 21st Century. And to
state that in a country that is of
the “western liberal ilk” is quite
presumptuous.

I wonder if I would be
allowed to make those remarks
in The Granma — Cuba’s
national newspaper? ,

That sums it up: A one party
election reported on by the gov-
ernment’s newspaper.

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Bahamian gaming experts
train regional colleagues

In brief



CEI hosts
2007 North
American
Rolex Scholar

CAPE Eleuthera Institute
(CEI) has been hosting Brenna
Mahoney, the Our World-

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Cape Eleuthera Institute is
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solutions for resource manage-
ment.

The Island School is a three-
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funding this year

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equal to more than three anda :
half Rhode Islands. But the :
program cGXg come toa halt ;
next year for the first time in ;
two decades, even as some law- :
makers work to extend the pro- }

gramme for another 10 years,
according to Associated Press.

Committees in the House
and Senate have both approved

bills that would create a suc-

cessor programme for Florida
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2010. But as some lawmakers :
look to the future, the state's ;
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both chambers would increase

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the state to attempt to buy :

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Land owners, for example,

might be able to keep their land
but agree not to develop parts :

of it.

“If we don’t continue our :
efforts to preserve this very ;

important resource that attract-

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going to destroy the economy :

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Bahamas Gaming Board
have begun training col-
leagues from Trinidad and
Tobago, Aruba, Curacao
and Suriname, it was
announced yesterday.

The board’s expertise has
been sought by other coun-
tries in the region, because
the Bahamas is known as a
leader in the gaming indus-
try, Minister of State for
Tourism and Aviation the
Branville McCartney said.

He also noted that gam-
ing is a vital industry for the
country.

“Make no mistake about
it,” Mr McCartney said,
“gaming has become an
important aspect of
the overall tourism product
offered to visitors to
the islands of the
Bahamas.”

He said that while signifi-
cant sums continue to be
contributed to the. national
treasury on an annual basis
by the licensed casinos,

there is much more that can

be done.

The junior minister
explained that from 2000 to
2007, tax revenues accruing
to the government from the
Atlantis, Crystal Palace,
Bahamia, Isle of Capri and
Emerald Bay casinos
totalled $143 million.

He said that according to
a 2003 Gaming Board
Report, there were 2,072
persons employed at casi-
nos, with 87 per cent being
Bahamian.

Mr McCartney also point-
ed out the importance of
gaming for the US. He said
the US boasted revenues for
casino gaming totalling $32.4
billion in 2006 according to a
2007 survey.

He explained that some
540 cémmercial casinos in



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MINISTER OF State in the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation Branville Mccartney speaks to members of
the Rotary Club of West Nassau at Choices Restaurant last week.

the US directly employ
363,197 persons who earn a
total of $13.3 billion includ-
ing benefits.

“These casinos con-
tributed $5.2 billion in direct
taxes to state and local US
government coffers,” he
said.

Mr McCartney said the
Bahamas’ proximity to the
US is important, and the
country’s “well-deserved”
reputation as a properly reg-
ulated gaming jurisdiction
must continue.

He said the Gaming
Board recognises the impor-

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Tribune Freeport Reporter

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two armed robberies



FREEPORT - Grand Bahama Police are investigating two
separate armed robberies that are believed to have been
committed over the weekend by the same gunman.

Assistant Superintendent of police Loretta Mackey said
that employees of Papa John’s Pizza reported that a masked
gunman entered the restaurant, located in the RND Plaza, at

around 9.10pm on Saturday.

They told police that the gunman threw a t-shirt to the
cashier and demanded that she fill it with money. He then
took the shirt and escaped on foot.

Mrs Mackey said the gunman was described as being about
5 feet, 6 inches tall and of slim build.

He was armed with a handgun and wearing blue

clothing.

Officers went to the scene to investigate. They also
searched the area for the suspect but could not find him.

On Sunday, an employee of the FOCAL Service Station
reported a similar armed robbery incident.

According to reports, a lone gunman entered the establish-
ment at Bartlett Hill around 8.16am and held up the cashier.

The suspect was described as being short and slim. He was
wearing a mask and dark coloured clothing.

The cashier told police that the man pulled out a handgun
and threw a t-shirt at him and demanded that he put cash in

the shirt.

The gunman escaped with an undetermined amount of

cash.

ASP Mackey said police are investigating both incidents.
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information concerning the incidents to call police. at 350-

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tance of gaming to the coun-
try and is presently working
to finalise an agreement for
a major review of gaming
laws, which are antiquated.
The review of the existing
laws includes the Lotteries
and Gaming Act, the Gam-
ing Regulations as well as
the Casino Taxation Act. |
He said that despite the
advancements of the Inter-
net and the proliferation of
gaming online, the Bahamas
lacks substantive laws to
regulate Internet gaming.
“In fact,” Mr McCartney
said, “no substantive amend-

ments have been made to
our casino gaming laws since
1977 when the Bahamas
Hotel Corporation was
established and gained
control of all casino licenses.

“Other jurisdictions in our
region have been more pro-
gressive, notwithstanding
the fact we had gaming prior
to these other countries in
the region.”

Pointing out that it is still
illegal for Bahamians to
gamble in the country, Mr
McCartney explained that
the Turks and Caicos cur-

rently, allows residents who..

earn a minimum of $75,000
a year to play.

Additionally, he said
some countries allow a num-
ber of local bars to have
one or two legal slot
machines.

“Destinations with
tourism economies such as
Puerto Rico and Curacao
have taken this approach to
the question of allowing res-
idents to gamble.

“They have local nights
when residents are allowed
to play. We have no such
thing,” he said.

He also noted that in the
Bahamas, foreigners who
have permanent residency
without the right to work
and who have spent millions
of dollars investing in the
country cannot gamble.

It is estimated that there
are thousands of persons in
that category.

‘He explained that if these
individuals were allowed to
gamble, it would create sig-
nificant new markets in
places like Exuma, New
Providence and Grand
Bahama.

Mr McCartney said that if
nothing is done and the sta-
tus quo is maintained, the
gaming industry will “stag- -
nate and die”.

“We must therefore seek
to formulate more progres-
sive policies for the promo-
tion of gaming in the
Bahamas. We should no
longer continue with out-
dated legislation and bring
casino gambling here into
the 21st century. This should
happen now.”

He added, “It is impera-
tive that we fully address the
question of regulation to
effectively address the pro-
liferation of Internet gam-
bling and to modernise our

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THE TRIBUNE

VIPs attend event in honour of Bahamas’ Ambassador to the US

Mr. Smith goes to Washington

FORMER ENM Cabinet minister C A

Smith was honoured on Saturday night
at an event held to mark his departure to
Washington DC as the Bahamas’ Ambas-
sador to the United States.

The event was held at Xanadu Beach
Resort and Marina in Grand Bahama and
was sold out with more than 500 guests in
attendance.



During his remarks, Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham said that for nearly four
decades, Mr Smith “has committed his
time and talents, his energy and enthusi-
asm to the work of the FNM — in the
Grand Bahama community and the
national stage.

“He stayed the course when lesser men
fell by the wayside.



“He is therefore well deserving of this
tribute by the Grand Bahama Council of
the Free National Movement.”

Mr Ingraham said he believes all who
know or have dealt with Mr Smith “will
agree that he is a man of courage and
daring and a gallant and trustworthy
leader in political battle.”

HIS EXCELLENCY WITH LONG TIME FRIENDS: Long time friends of Mr
Smith flew in for the Ambassador's Night of Honour. Pictured (left to right)
are Mr Smith, Abner Pinder of Eleuthera and former deputy prime minister

Frank Watson.



bs

DPM ATTEND CA'S NIGHT OF HONOUR: Pictured (left to right) are
Deputy Prime Minister Brent Symonette and Ambassador Smith. Though
Prime Minister Ingraham was unable to attend the event due to his CARI-
COM duties, he did send a pre-recorded message. Mr Symonette also gave
comments on C A's commitment to his country and thanked the guests and
visitors for their show of support.



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DIGNITARIES ATTEND CA'S NIGHT OF HONOUR: Pictured (left to right)
are Father Cannon Harry Bain and his wife Anne Bain, Minister of Hous-
ing Ken Russell and his wife Georgette Russell, Ambassador Smith and his
wife Shirley Smith, Deputy Prime Minister Brent Symonette and Mrs
Grant and Minister of Tourism, Neko Grant at the pre-reception at Xanadu
Beach Hotel on Saturday evening in Grand Bahama.



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FOLLOWING outbursts
of violence in two public
high schools last week, the
Progressive Young Liberals

have expressed disappoint-:

ment in the FNM govern-
ment, Minister of Education
Carl Bethel and Prime
Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham.

“We are assured that
measures were left in place
by the former PLP govern-
ment to curb the violence
that is now never-ending in



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these public high schools;
however after May 2, 2007,
the new FNM government
played a game of Russian
Roulette with the lives of
the nation’s youth by can-
celling and scratching pro-
grammes that had previous-
ly prevented such occur-
rences,” said the group ina
statement.

The Young Liberals, the

. youth arm of the opposition

PLP, called on the govern-
ment to re-establish the

Young Liberals claim govt has played
‘Russian Roulette’ with nation’s youth

Urban Renewal Programme
in the form it existed
under the previous govern-
ment.

Violence

“With the ever increasing
wave of teen violence with-
in our school systems and
now with the death of three
young men within the first
two months of 2008 due to
uncontrollable violence and
more and more school riots

occurring, we see it only fit-
ting and appropriate for this
programme to be re-intro-
duced within our society,”
they said.

The group noted that the
Urban Renewal Programme
was introduced in 2002 and
led. almost immediately to
“a considerable reduction
in crime.”

“In the Royal Bahamas
Police Urban Renewal
Report it was noted that
crime was reduced by 30 per

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due to Urban Renewal,” the
statement said. “If it was
working, we ask again why
was it removed in the state
it was in?

“Inclusive of programmes
such as the School Suspen-
sion Programme, Urban

Renewal was reaching to.

the heart of the crime issue
within the Bahamas, which
had to do with enraged
teenage and young adult
men. With the increase in
school gang fights and
school stabbings, it is evi-
dent that such a programme
as the School Suspension
Programme which came
under the umbrella of
Urban Renewal, could have
prevented many of the ter-
rible incidents of youth vio-
lence occurring within our
schools in 2007 and now in
2008,” the statement said.
The FNM have
relaunched the Urban
Renewal Programme after
winning last year’s election,
but made a number of
changes, the most contro-

_versial of which being the

decision to-remove police
officers from schools.

The Young Liberals claim
the government has also put
and end to the renowned
Farm Road Band.

“This band was known for
its wonderful music and
provided a positive outlet
for inner city youth. Now
youth can be seen roaming
the streets with their tubas
and trumpets, looking for
what once existed and no
longer is.”

The group said that many
of the students in the band
received scholarships for
their talents and travelled
abroad through invitations
extended to the band.

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city youths back the band
they served in and travelled
with in the past. We implore
this 11 month old govern-
ment to restore trust in the
minds of the people who
will inherit these islands in
the years to come, our
youth, by putting back the
necessary corrective institu-
tions that Urban Renewal
provided.

“We also ask that an offi-
cial position from the pre-
sent commissioner of police
be stated on the position of
school policing with the rel-
evant explanations,” the
group said.

Clear

The Progressive Young
Liberals said it has become
clear to them and to the
youth of the Bahamas that
the new FNM government
“does not care about any-
one other than themselves”.

“They are either blind to
the issues affecting our
inner city youth or simply
do not care to address them
properly. We condemn the
FNM ... for their selfish
attitude in governance and
call for a reformation in
how our young people are
regarded by those that
presently govern our land.

“We would wish to
remind the FNM govern-
ment and its leader, Mr
Ingraham of the fact that
the youth are the future of
the Bahamas. So go our
youth, so goes’ the

Bahamas,” the statement
said.
















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FROM page one

money launderer turned finan-
cial institution compliance con-
sultant and lecturer to law
enforcement and intelligence
services in both the United
States and Canada.

Mrs Nottage, appointed in
March, was mentioned in the
1984 Commission of Inquiry
into drug trafficking in the
Bahamas.

That inquiry said she “knew
or should have known who was
the principal beneficial
shareholder for whom she
was acting” when she operated
several companies in the
1980s.

Those companies were owned
by Salvatore Michael Caruana
— a New England organised
crime figure and drug-trafficker
— and were involved in mon-
ey-laundering in the Bahamas.

Rubie Nottage

Her husband, Kendal, resigned
from the Cabinet after the com-
mission.

The Tribune learned over the
weekend that Mrs Nottage cur-
rently has four criminal charges
pending against her in the Unit-
ed States. According to several
sources, including the Massa-
chusetts’s Attorney General’s
office, she is considered a fugi-
tive in that country.

The charges against her, filed
in March 1989, are “conspiracy
to defraud the IRS”, “conspira-
cy to engage in racketeering”,
“racketeering”, and “use of
inter-state and foreign facilities
in aid of racketeering.”

Yesterday, Mr Rijock said
that in his “extensive experi-
ence” he has “never heard of a
person with such an outstand-
ing charge being named to any

high court anywhere in the
world.”

“If they don’t follow up on
this, this is going to open up old
wounds and bring up a lot of
old history that people want to
see buried.” ,

According to their website,
World-Check.com is used by 47
out of 50 of the world’s largest
financial institutions and 200
plus enforcement and regulato-
ry agencies to assess the risk lev-
el of new and existing clients.

The World-Check consultant
told The Tribune that Mrs Not-

‘tage’s appointment could con-

tribute to the Bahamas again
being subject to an increased
perception of “country risk.”

"Politically this is a problem.
The Bahamas has cleaned up its
act and reformed its reputation
as an offshore financial centre
and this is really going to do
damage,” he claimed.

“Now when banks and com-

FROM page one

der more than $5 million in illicit drug proceeds
through offshore front companies, including some
located in the Bahamas.

The district court granted their motions for
judgment of acquittal on most of the charges,
leaving the jury to consider only two counts
against Hurley and three against Burnett. The
jury returned guilty verdicts solely on a charge of
conspiracy to defraud the IRS.

Hurley and Burnett were both lawyers who
spent substantial periods of time working for Sal-
vatore "Mike" Caruana, a highly successful drug
smuggler who earned millions of dollars from
the unlawful importation and distribution of mar-
ijuana and hashish between 1978 and 1981.

Caruana became a fugitive in March 1984, and
still has not been apprehended by US authorities.

In 1987, however, federal agents executed
search warrants at five locations in Massachu-
setts and Connecticut where Caruana had stored
documents and computer files detailing invest-
ment activities associated with his drug profits.
The records show that several Panamanian and
Bahamian companies were set up in 1979 and
1980 for Caruana's use. None of the public
records reveal Caruana's ownership

The document said all of the listed officers for
the corporations were employees of a Bahamian
law firm, Nottage, Miller and Johnson and that
“attorney Rubie Nottage and her husband Kendal
W Nottage, a Bahamian Cabinet Minister, are
indicted co-conspirators and are fugitives.”

Speaking with the Tribune yesterday, Dan
O’Connor, Political and Economic Officer at the
US Embassy confirmed that Mrs Nottage is still
considered a fugitive.

However, he was unsure what that meant in
terms of her travel to the United States.

- “Tam not an attorney so I don’t want to answer,

legal questions but I do know when talking to
the Department of Justice she is still considered
a fugitive,” Mr O’Connor said.



New judge ‘fugitive’ claim

The indictment against Hurley, and then Bur-
nett alleged that, from at least early 1979 to 1987,
first Hurley, and then Burnett, knowingly assist-
ed Caruana in a money laundering scheme that:
allowed him to hide and profitably invest $5 mil-
lion of his illegal earnings in Panama and the
Bahamas through companies of which the listed
officers were employees of the law firm, Not-
tage, Miller and Johnson.

“Defendants and others accomplished this
deception, according to the government, through
the network of front companies set up in Panama
and the Bahamas, which made loans and invest-
ments in unusual ways, such as through the trans-
fer of large amounts of cash. On two separate
occasions in which defendants were involved, for
example, Caruana transferred’ $100,000 in cur-
rency from briefcases to borrowers.

“In other transactions, after Caruana fled,
cheques drawn on Panamanian accounts were
made out in the names of third parties for actual
use and deposit by Caruana. The cash transactions
allowed Caruana to produce facially legitimate
income from drug profits that were not original-
ly reported, while the third-party cheques enabled
him to retrieve funds when necessary in a manner
that concealed that he was the recipient of such
income,” the court document said.

Hurley's legal work for Caruana began in the
late 1970s, and extended at least through the fall
of 1982. After that time, he remained connected
to Caruana primarily as a recipient of investment
earnings that he forwarded to the Bahamas.

Chief Justice Sir Burton Hall has chosen not to
give an explanation for Mrs Nottage’s appoint-
ment saying that it is “seldom appropriate” for
members of the Judicial and Legal Services Com-
mission to comment on why particular persons are
or are not appointed judges.

He said that there was a “mandate of confi-
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pliance officers around the
world look at this they’ll proba-
bly ratchet up the country risk
for Bahamians based upon the
fact that here’s a person who’s a
professional who’s still got an
outstanding drug money laun-
dering charge and the govern-
ment is ignoring it.”

He further speculated that her
presence on the bench could
cause a “diminution of the status
of the Supreme Court of the
Bahamas.”

Contrary to assertions in The
Nassau Guardian, Mr Rijock
explained that the statute of lim-
itations on the charges against
Mrs Nottage has not run out. -

“When a fugitive chooses to
remain outside the US, the
statute is tolled, meaning that
the defendant's actions stop the
time from running,” he wrote
in an article published on
World-Check.com yesterday in
which he questioned how Mrs
Nottage’s appointment will
affect US-Bahamian relations.

While asserting that he is
aware of Mrs Nottage “con-
ducting herself professionally
and personally on a very high
level since this case was filed”
Mr Rijock also said that as a
lawyer and officer of the court
she has a “a moral and an ethi-

‘ cal obligation” to see that there

is a resolution to the case against
her.

“She has a duty not to ignore
the lawful orders of another
court. She’s been charged, and
hasn’t been convicted. It’s up to
a jury to decide (on her fate).”

Mrs Nottage’s appointment
was effected by the Judicial and
Legal Services Commission,
chaired by Chief Justice Sir Bur-
ton Hall, in March, although she
has yet-to be sworn in.

Asked to respond to a US
embassy official’s statements on
her appointment on Friday, in
which he said the embassy
found it “surprising” in light of
her background, Sir Burton
declined to comment on the
substance of the commission’s
deliberations.

The Chief Justice said that the
public’s calls for transparency










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— which he described as a
“modern buzzword” — in the
appointment of judicial officers
is “misguided” and claimed that
if the Commission is not trusted
then society is in trouble.

Mrs Nottage was called to
the Bahamas Bar in 1969. She is
a Chancellor of the Anglican
Diocese of The Bahamas and
the Turks and Caicos Islands
and has worked with the Col-
lege of the Bahamas as a lectur-
er, counsel and council mem-
ber.

The College greeted news of
her appointment with “great
delight” and said she was “emi-
nently qualified” for the posi-
tion in a release posted on their
website.

Lawyers yesterday criticised
Mrs Nottage’s appointment, and
lashed out at the judicial com-
mission for “Jack of judgment.”

“This insults the intelligence
of the Bahamian people,” an
attorney told The Tribune. “It
is egregious and most lawyers
are outraged by it. The legal
profession is at one on this. It
makes us look like a banana
republic.”

The source, who asked not to
be named, added: “The Chief
Justice says that we must trust
the commission, but why would
we trust the commission when
they lack judgment? All the
legal colleagues I have spoken

to say that Mrs Nottage should :

refuse the appointment.”
Lawyers are also annoyed
that the appointment was appar-

ently kept under wraps until the

final moment.

“Even people in the profes-
sion didn’t get advance word of
it. That’s because they knew that
when it did get out, there would
be an eruption.”

The source said it would be
“farcical” for drug dealers and
others on similar charges to
appear before a judge who was
herself wanted in the United
States.

“It’s outrageous!” the attor-
ney added.

Messages left for Mrs Nottage
from The Tribune were not
returned.

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THE TRIBUNE

Religious leaders’
Shock at ‘bizarre’
resurrection attempt

FROM page one

always directed to God with the
belief that God’s will shall pre-
vail. So I think if you approach
the prayer in that regard you
are guided away from that kind
of action” of attempting resur-
rections.

“At the same time I want to
express sympathy and condo-
lences to the members of the
family who obviously must be
very distraught,” the archbishop —
continued.

He advised those who may
be faced with similar situations
to accept death as a “reality of
the human condition.”

“We are all going to reach
that point and what we are
called upon to do is to prepare
ourselves for when it comes,”
he said.

President of the Bahamas
Baptist Convention Dr William
Thompson told The Tribune he
had never heard of an incident
of this morbid nature occurring
in the Christian community.

On Monday The Tribune
reported a Grand Bahama fam-
ily held a nine-day prayer and
fast vigil in an attempt to “raise
their mother from the dead,”
police on the island reported.
CSP Basil V Rahming said
police were investigating reports
of a foul odour coming from an
apartment when they were met
by a 56-year-old man who said
his diabetic mother lived in the
apartment.

He told police that instead of
calling EMS, the family decided
to attempt to resurrect her
through prayer and fasting.
After nine days of “no results”
the family called the police who
found the dead body of 85-year-
old Florence Ophelia Russell,
dressed in nightclothes, lying in
bed. .

According to reports, the
deceased was the wife of an
evangelist.

While no signs of violence
were evident on Ms Russell’s
badly decomposing body, police
are awaiting the results of a post
mortem before officially classi-
fying the death, CSP Rahming
said.

The matter is currently con-
sidered a sudden death.

Under Bahamian law, the
unlawful hindrance of the burial
of a.dead body: is considered a
misdemeanour.

Pleasant

e.
Bridgewater
FROM page one
tion of the issue of who did or
did not vote on Ms Bridgewater's

list.
The issue came up at the end

_ of last. week when Fred Smith,

Mr Laing’s lead counsel, said
that some 11 people on Ms
Bridgewater’s list of challenged
voters did not vote. Mr Davis
accepted that two of these peo-
ple did not vote, but he did not
accept the full number suggested
by Mr Smith.

One of the persons in ques-
tion was in jail at the time and
the others were travelling, said
Mr Smith. He told the court that
he has sworn affidavits from
nine of these people saying that
they did not vote, before cor-
recting himself and stating that
he has affidavits from only seven
of the nine persons.

Both attorneys have, at the
suggestion of Senior Justice Ani-
ta Allen, agreed to share infor-
mation on the remaining names
in a effort to reach an agree-
ment.

The first three days of this
week were set aside for Mr
Davis to bring witnesses related
to these pending matters.

Mr Davis said yesterday that
information was still slow com-
ing in from the formal witnesses.
However, he said he may call a
witness from the Passport Office
today to testify. Whether he
does or not, Mr Davis said he
will close the case.

If he does not close tomor-
row, Mr Davis still has another
day to complete Ms Bridgewa-
ter’s case, as the court sits three
days this week and this time has
been allotted to him. Fred Smith
will lead his client’s case next
week, beginning either on Mon-
day or Tuesday.

Mr Smith told the justices
yesterday that he has eight wit-
nesses scheduled for Monday
and 10 for Tuesday. He said that
his side will be ready to start
next week.

If Mr Smith can consistently
bring witnesses at this pace, the
case may be completed by the
end of the month as was the sug-
gestion of both lead attorneys
when they were asked about the
issue by the justices several
weeks ago.

The number of challenged
voters has changed several times
in this case. At last count, Ms
Bridgewater was challenging 95
voters and Mr Laing 43 voters. —
THE TRIBUNE

TUESDAY, APRIL 8, 2008, PAGE 9



0 In brief



Washington
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at Walter Reed hospital, and the
breaking-news award for cover-
age of the Virginia Tech mas-
sacre, according to Associated
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Dick Cheney’s backstage influ-
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— International reporting, for
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side the laws governing U.S.
forces;

— Feature writing, for Gene
Weingarten’s story on world-
class violinist Joshua Bell, who,
in an experiment, played beau-
tiful music in a subway station to
gauge commuters’ reaction;

— Commentary, for Steven

.Pearlstein’s columns on the
nation’s economic problems.

It was the biggest haul of
Pulitzers in the Post’s history.
Previously, the most Pulitzers
won by the Post in a single year
was four, in 2006. The record for
the most Pulitzers in one year is
seven, won by the Times in 2002,
mostly for its coverage of the
Sept. 11 attacks.

The awards were announced
at a time of great distress in the
newspaper industry, with circu-
lation plummeting and advertis-
ers fleeing to the Internet. Many
newspapers, the Post included,
have announced buyouts, lay-
offs and cutbacks in coverage.

“Amid all the gloomy talk
about journalism today, these
are fine examples of high-quali-
ty journalism in all parts of the
nation,” said Sig Gissler, admin-







istrator for the Pulitzers». 214



«Phe Chicago Tribune:also
won in the investigative report:''':
in category; for stories exposing 1" i
faulty government regulation
that resulted in recalls of car
seats, toys and cribs.

The Pulitzer for local report-
ing went to David Umhoefer of
the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
for stories on how county
employees’ pensions were
padded.

Michael Ramirez of Investor’s
Business Daily won in the edi-
torial cartooning category.

Mark Feeney of The Boston
Globe was honored in the criti-
cism category for his observa-
tions on movies, photography
and painting.

The prize for breaking news
photography went to Adrees
Latif of Reuters for his
photograph of a Japanese video- °
grapher who was fatally wound-
ed in a street protest in Myan-
mar.



Handicraft association
Stages its first festiv



ERNALD (LEFT) and cynthia Ambrister (second right) of Staniard Creek show BAIC chairman Edison
Key and his wife Katie Key their crab exhibit.

Funwalk 2008- Why not
bring a friend this time?



FRESH CREEK, Andros —
Thirty-three candidates grad-
uated with top honors from
BAIC’s coconut craft pro-
gramme as the Central Andros
Handicraft Association staged
its first festival here on Satur-
day.

With ‘Empowering
Androsians through self-
employment’ as its theme, the

festival showcased a wide vari- ©

ety of creations using mainly
native ingredients.

The show attracted patrons °

from Behring Point in the
south, all the way to Nicholls
Town, including a large con-
tingent from the United States’
AUTEC navel base. on the
island.

They were entertained with
song, dance and comedy,
Andros style, and served
native dishes.

Bahamas Agricultural and
Industrial Corporation (BAIC)
executive chairman Edison
Key said he supports the asso-
ciation’s quest for a centrally-
located easily-accessible craft
centre and museum where they
can exhibit their unique
styling.

The abandoned former gov-
ernment administration build-
ing in Fresh Creek has been

Gladstone Thurston/BIS

proposed.

“That stately golaneal struc-
ture overlooking the tongue of
the ocean would be ideal for
the creative arts and head-
quarters for the association,”
said Mr Key.

“There are millions of dol-
lars out there to be made,” he
told artisans. “That’s how
much we spend importing sou-

~venirs for our tourists.

“This must stop, or be
reduced to the bare minimum.

1s” There has to be a way for some

of that money to start flowing
directly into your pockets.

“Our tourists tell us that
when they visit the Bahamas
they do not want any made-in-
some-other-country souvenir
anyway.

“And there is no scarcity of
Bahamian product. Because of
the tremendous effort of
BAIC’s Handicraft Develop-
ment and Marketing Depart-
ment, persons all over the
Bahamas have been inspired
to utilise native ingredients, to
fashion lovely memorabilia,
that are taking on uniquely
Bahamian themes.

“T see big things happening
for in souvenir production.
This is but the dawn of a new
day,” he said.

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In brief

Mugabe
militants
target white
farmers

= By ANGUS SHAW
HARARE, Zimbabwe

Militant supporters of Presi-
dent Robert Mugabe targeted
whites Monday, forcing about
a dozen ranchers and farmers
off their land as Zimbabwe’s
longtime ruler fanned racial ten-
sions amid fears he will turn to
violence to hold on to power,
according to the Associated
Press.

Mugabe’s opponents pressed
a lawsuit seeking to compel the
publication of results of the
March 29 presidential election
that they say Morgan Tsvangirai
won.

The opposition leader urged
the international community to
persuade Mugabe to step down.

“Major powers here, such as

South Africa, the U.S. and |

Britain, must act to remove the
white-knuckle grip of Mugabe’s
suicidal reign and oblige him
and his minions to retire,”
Tsvangirai wrote in Monday’s
edition of Britain’s Guardian
newspaper.

“How can global leaders
espouse the values of democra-
cy, yet when they are being
challenged fail to open their
mouths?” he asked.

Tsvangirai was in South
Africa meeting with “important
people” on Monday, said
Tendai Biti, secretary-general
of the opposition Movement for
Democratic Change. Biti
declined to give details. South
African President Thabo Mbe-
ki, who mediated failed pre-
election talks between Tsvan-
girai’s and Mugabe’s parties,
was out of the country.

A Zimbabwe court post-
poned until Tuesday an expect-
ed ruling on an opposition peti-
tion demanding the release of
the presidential election results.
Mugabe’s ruling party has called
for a recount and a further
delay in the release of results.

After an increasingly author-
itarian rule during 28 years in
power, Mugabe has virtually
conceded he did not win, and
is already campaigning for an
expected runoff against Tsvan-

girai on a platform of intimida-

tion of his foes and exploitation
of racial tensions.

During a talk at a funeral
Sunday, the president urged
Zimbabweans to defend land
seized from white farmers in
recent years, the state-con-
trolled Herald newspaper said.

“This is our soil and the soil
must never go back to the
whites,” Mugabe said, referring
to whites by the pejorative
Shona term “mabhunu,” the
Herald reported.

He spoke as militants began
invading more white farms and
demanding the owners leave.
Such land seizures started in
2000 as Mugabe’s response to
his first defeat at the polls —a
loss in a referendum on mea-
sures designed to entrench his
presidential powers.

Commercial Farmers Union
spokesman Mike Clark said at
least 23 farms were invaded and
the owners of about half of
them were driven off their land.
He said the farms were in at
least seven areas across the
country, saying land grabs had
“become a national exercise
now.”

Police in some areas per-
suaded the invaders to leave,
but elsewhere officers did not
intervene, saying it was a polit-
ical matter, Clark said.



DIANA, the Princess of Wales during her visit to Leicester in this May 27, 1997 file photo, to formally open The
Richard Attenborough Centre for Disability and Arts. A coroner's jury in London, Monday April 7, 2008 has ruled
that Princess Diana and boyfriend Dodi Fayed were unlawfully killed through the reckless actions of their driver and
the paparazzi in 1997. The jury had been told that a verdict of unlawful killing would mean that they believe the reck-
less behavior of their driver Henri Paul, and photographers amounts to manslaughter. It was the most serious ver-
dict available to them Monday

TUESDAY, APRIL 8, 2008, PAGE 11











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d in Princess’s death

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After six months of hearings
and testimony by more than 250
witnesses, a jury at a British
inquest found on Monday that
Princess Diana and her lover,
Dodi al-Fayed, were killed by
the negligent driving of their
chauffeur and photographers
who pursued their speeding
Mercedes-Benz into a Paris
underpass more than 10 years
ago.

The case has seized attention
in Britain and around the world
since then, with rumors, con-
spiracy theories and allegations
swirling around the collision in
August 1997, which killed a

woman whom Tony Blair, then ,

the prime minister, called the
“people’s princess.” Coming
soon after her divorce from
Prince Charles, Diana’s death
inspired a wave of soul-search-
ing among Britons that threat-
ened their attachment to the
monarchy.

An earlier police inquiry
found that Diana and Fayed
had died in an accident as they
sought to escape the attentions
of the paparazzi camped out-
side the Ritz Hotel in Paris,
owned by Mohamed al-Fayed,
Dodi’s father. They were being
driven to Dodi al-Fayed’s apart-
ment,

But Fayed insisted that his
son and the princess had been
killed in a conspiracy by the
British security services acting
under instruction from Prince
Philip, the husband of Queen
Elizabeth IL.

The judge presiding at the
inquest, Lord Justice Scott Bak-
er, had ordered the jury to dis-
count those allegations.

The jury’s verdict on Mon-
day of unlawful killing, by a
majority vote of 9-2, represent-
ed the toughest judgment avail-
able to the panel. Its six women
and five men began delibera-
tions on Wednesday.

During the hearings, the jury
had been told that a verdict of
unlawful killing was tantamount
to one of manslaughter.

The verdict surprised some
people, who had predicted that
the inquest would confirm the
police assessment that the colli-
sion, which also killed the
French driver of the Mercedes,
Henri Paul, had been an acci-
dent. But the jury resolved that
the “crash was caused, or con-
tributed to, by the speed and
manner of the driver of the
Mercedes and the speed and
manner of the pursuing vehi-
cles.”

Among the causes of reck-
lessness, the panel found that
Paul’s judgment had been
impaired by alcohol. Other con-
tributing factors included the
facts that Diana, in the rear of
the car with Fayed, had not
been wearing a seat belt and

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HENRI PAUL, who was driving the car during the fatal accident of Princess

Diana, her friend Dodi Fayed and himself in Paris on August 31, is seen in

this July 1997 file photo.

that the Mercedes slammed
headlong into a pillar after
entering the Alma underpass at
more than 60 mph, twice the
speed limit for that section of
toad. Mohamed al-Fayed, who
had pressed for years for a pub-
lic inquiry, said he was disap-
pointed at the result of the
inquest, insisting that members
of the royal family should have
been called as witnesses.

“No one should be above the
law,” he said in a written state-
ment that suggested he had not
abandoned his insistence that
Diana was murdered.

Apart from considering the

exact circumstances of Diana’s .

death, the inquest shone an
unforgiving spotlight into details
of her private life that had been
previously been kept secret.
Highly unusually, officials of
MI6, Britain’s secret intelligence
service, were called to testify
that they had not mounted a
conspiracy to assassinate her.
Fayed has insisted that Diana

‘was pregnant with his son’s

child and was killed to prevent
her from bearing the child. But
Lord Scott Baker said the the-
ory was “without substance.”
The inquest cost around $6
million, but the overall cost of

Your ey) auch |
oe should e.

investigations into the collision
was around $20 million.

The star4Yf the inquest was
delayed until French legal
processes were complete and
the British police inquiry had
reached its separate findings.
Charges of manslaughter were
brought in France against nine
photographers who had pur-
sued the Mercedes and taken
photographs after it crashed.
None of those paparazzi were
found guilty in the manslaugh-
ter proceedings, but three pho-
tographers were convicted in
2006 of invasion of privacy.

In December 2006, a British
police inquiry found that the
deaths had been an accident.

‘“Our conclusion is that, on the

evidence available at this time,
there was no conspiracy to mur-
der any of the occupants of the

car,” Lord Stevens of Kirk-

whelpington, who led that
inquiry, told reporters at the
time. “This was a tragic’ acci-
dent.”
The new finding by the jury

raised the question of whether.

criminal charges against the
paparazzi could be revived. On
Monday, however, Stevens said
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Bahamian engineers miss
70-80% of contract value

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

ome 70-80 per cent of the

total value of engineering

contracts in the Bahamas is

going to foreign companies,

The Tribune was told yes-
terday, as professionals in the con-
struction and development sectors
expressed increasing concern at the loss
of business opportunities, revenues and
jobs to overseas rivals.

Bahamian engineers, contractors and
surveyors said they were frequently
being placed at a competitive disad-
vantage when competing for work
against rival foreign firms, who were
often able to circumvent the need for
Cabinet approval to operate in the
Bahamas, pay minimal Business
Licence fees (if at all) and avoid paying
any other taxes such as National Insur-
ance Board (NIB) contributions on
behalf of employees.

The increasing tendency of major for-
eign direct investment projects to bring
in “entire cadres” of foreign profes-

| Minister ‘disagrees’

sional services firms was also reducing
opportunities for Bahamian companies
to bid on - and win - contracts for work
they were quite capable of doing, The
Tribune was told.

Jerome Elliott, the Bahamas Society
of Engineers (BSE) president, told The
Tribune: “All of the big jobs are being
done by foreign companies, so if you
put a percentage on it, there’s probably
70 per cent of the value of all contracts
being captured by foreign firms. _

“The BSE members might have the
lion’s share of the jobs by number, but
if you look at the value, I’d say 70-80
per cent of engineering contracts are
going to foreign firms.”

Mr Elliott described the fact that

Bahamian engineering firms were
increasingly being shut out from the
larger contracts as “certainly an issue
that the members of the Society are
concerned with. ;

“The members of the Society feel
there is a a lot of business being done
by foreign companies, and this is busi-
ness that should go, and can be done, by
Bahamian engineering firms.”

The BSE president confirmed that
foreign direct investment projects and
the seeming inability of Bahamian engi-
neers and firms to obtain work from
them was a major' issue.

‘He added: “They may deign to hire a

competent local architect, but since
there is no legislation in force for engi-
neers, they don’t have to hire a local
engineer.” ,

A simple Google Internet search con-
ducted by one engineering source, who
sent his results to Tribune Business,
turned up a whole host of foreign engi-
neering firms advertising the work they
had done in the Bahamas and their
expertise in this nation.

There is no suggestion that any of
these firms were operating in the
Bahamas illegally, failed to obtain the
required permits or failed to pay the
appropriate licence fees and taxes.
Those companies included:

* Turrell, Hall & Associates, which
had worked on marina engineering and
design for the Albany and Royal Island
projects, plus Lyford Cay.

-* Applied Technology & Manage-

ment (ATM), which provided civil engi-
neering, coastal engineering, environ-
mental services and modelling for the
Chub Cay resort project in the Berry
Islands. i

* Coastal Systems International,
which worked on Coco Cay in the
Berry Islands, and describes itself as
having provided a “design-build, val-
ue engineering, turnkey design” for
Gorda Cay.

* Coastal Engineering Consultants,
which worked on the Hope Town Mari-
na, and has performed studies on
restoration and breakwater design at
Cable Beach and Lucaya, Grand
Bahama.

* Knight Engineering

* Delta Seven Inc

* Environmental Services Inc

* ESS Group

The source, who requested anonymi-

ty, told The Tribune: “There are a good
number [of foreign firms] who operate

SEE page 7B

Contractors legislation ‘ready to go’



|-â„¢-By NEI HARTNELL ~
| Tribune Business
‘Editor

ZHIVARGO Laing, min- -
| ister of state for finance, told
| The Tribune he “whole-
heartedly disagreed” with
concerns that signing the
Bahamas on to the Econom-
ic Partnership Agreement
(EPA) could,be the first step
towards régional economic
integration, as the treaty
allowed all nations to deter-
mine how quickly they |
} moved on that.



with EPA regional
integration fears

Zhivargo Laing



@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Contractors Bill is
“ready to go” from an industry
perspective, the Bahamian
Contractors -Association’s
(BCA) president told The Tri-
bune yesterday, with a letter
informing the Government
that the group had completed

its consultations due to be’

delivered imminently.
Stephen Wrinkle said: “As

we speak, I’ve got the letter in

my briefcase to Minister Earl

Deveaux informing him that.

we’ve completed all our exer-
cise as it relates to public con-
sultation..... eae

“From our perspective, the
Bill’s ready to go and it’s in
the minister’s hands for gov-
ernment to do what they want
to do. Hopefully, they’ll be

able to expedite the vetting at
the Attorney General’s Office
and get it to Parliament.”

Mr Wrinkle said. the BCA
had passed on all concerns and
suggested amendments to the
Bill to the Government for its
consideration... .

Meanwhile, he added that
the real estate sector and “all
the construction-related indus-
tries” had formed a Consulta-
tive Committee some two
months ago as a way, to address
general concerns relating to
development issues.

Among the construction
industry professionals repre-
sented on this committee, he
said, were surveyors, contrac-
tors, architects and engineers.

The Contractors Bill has
long been sought to provide
tighter, formal regulation for
the Bahamian construction

industry, and give the public
recourse against faulty or shod-
dy workmanship.

The Bill, as proposed, aims

‘to create a Contractors Board

to oversee a self-regulation sys-
tem that will require all
Bahamian contractors seeking
and contracting for work with
the public to be licensed.
This will mean that if a
Bahamian contractor seeks
wants to obtain work, they will
have to possess a valid licence
qualifying them for the scope
of work they are equipped and
trained to do. Contractors will
ultimately be licensed accord-
ing to the size of construction
projects they are able to do,
based on past performance.
The Bill provides for Build-

SEE page 6B

Responding to concerns
raised by a leading Bahami-
an attorney that the trade
agreement with the Euro-
pean Union (EU) seemed at
odds with the Government’s
stated policy on the CARI-
COM Single Market &
Economy (CSME), Mr
Laing said: “I wholehearted-
ly disagree with that.”

He conceded that while
the EPA agreement’s text
| had a heavy emphasis on
| Caribbean regional integra-
tion, and this was one of its
| leading objectives, “the pace
| and content of that integra-
| tion is subject to the sover-
| eign determination of the
| states”.



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al economic integration] is
subject to the determination
of the states. There is noth-
ing that agreement can do to |
cause, obligate or require our
country to integrate. |

“We are not amember of |
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the CSME, and signing the |
EPA will not obligate us to |
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Act for self-
regulation

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Tribune Business Editor

LEGISLATION to regulate
the Bahamian engineering pro-
fession has yet to come into
force because amendments
have not been made to allow
members of the first Profes-
sional Engineers Board to be
non-Bahamian registered, The
Tribune was told yesterday.

Jerome Ellioft, the Bahamas
Society of Engineers (BSE)
president, said the engineering
profession in this nation was
still not subject to proper reg-
ulation despite the Act having
been passed in late 2003-early
2004, some four-plus years ago.

“One of the problems is that

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compared to last week's trad-
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COMPANY NEWS:
Earnings Releases

— FOCOL Holdings (FCL)
released its financial results for
the quarter ended January 31,
2008. Net income available
to common shareholders rose
to $6.18 million, or 17.7 per
cent, from $5.26 million for the
same period in 2007.

Earnings per share (EPS)
climbed to $0.18 from $0.15,
representing a gain of 20 per
cent from the prior year.

Sales and revenues increased
to $165.9 million from $132.6
million at January 31, 2007, an
increase of $33,330 or 25.15 per

cent. However, costs of sales.

increased by $31,500 or 27.83
per cent compared to the same
period last year.

FOCOL’s
operations rose to $21.1 mil-
lion compared to $19.3 million
in 2007. The company said it
has taken more measures to
improve efficiency in order to
maintain growth during this
time of rising oil prices.

— RND Holdings (RND)
also released its financial
results for the nine-month peri-
od ending November 30, 2007.

Revenue stood at $1.3 mil-
lion, a gain of $119,000 or 9.99
per cent, compared to $1.1 mil-
lion in the same period last
year.

Total operating expenses

net income from’

increased by $24,000 or 2.95
er cent to $832,000, versus
808,000 in 2006.

RND said this increase was
directly attributed to a one-off
severance expense. Net profit
rose to $12,000 compared to a
net loss of $143,000 in 2006.

The company was optimistic
about future growth and prof-
itability expectations, stating
that the Ticket Xpress and real
estate segments of their busi-
ness are projected to increase
revenue streams in the upcom-
ing months.

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Engineers still wait on Act for self-regulation

FROM pee 1B

the legislatiu.. _ alate the
engineering profess.on, the Act
has not been amended,” Mr
Elliott explained. “It needs to
be amended for the new Board
top be established, and that
amendment has not been
passed by Parliament.

“When that’s done some, if
not all, the issues we are having
regarding foreign firms:prac-

‘ticing in the Bahamas should .

be captured.”

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He added that without the
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tified and registered, and the

problems posed by foreign
engineering firms operating in
this nation without the neces-
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with.

Mr Elliott said: “The Act
was passed, but the original
legislation did not allow for
engineers not registered in the
Bahamas.

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amended to allow for the first
Professional Engineers Board
to include persons other than
non-Bahamian registered engi-
neers. All subsequent Boards
will be Bahamian-registered.”

Mr Elliott explained that
because this was the first Act
passed to regulate the Bahami-
an engineering profession, no
licensing, standards and certi-
fication system had existed

‘before in this nation; meaning

that no engineers were cur-
rently Bahamian-registered.

Once the Board was
appointed, it could then begin
this process of registering engi-
neers, so that when a second
Board was ever appointed all
its members would be Bahami-
an-registered.

“The first Board couldn’t be
a Bahamian-registered Board,
so the Act has to be amended
to allow the first Board to be
all non-Bahamian registered,”

Mr-Elliott explained to The:
Tribune.

“When the Act is amended

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DIVIDEND/AGM NOTES:

¢ FOCOL Holdings (FCL) announced, following its annu-
al general meeting on March 27, 2008, that the directors were
granted shareholder approval to offer 35 million preference
shares, representing $35 million.

The directors subsequently resolved to offer a private place-
ment of 15 million class B perpetual preference shares, rep-
resenting $15 million, with a minimum subscription of $100,000
pending regulatory approval. The preference shares will pay
a dividend rate of Bahamian Prime + 1.75 per cent, payable
semi-annually.

The proceeds from this offering will be used to increase
working capital and other business opportunities. Royal
Fidelity Capital Markets will be acting as one of the placement
agents for the offering.

e J.S. Johnson & Company (JSJ) has declared a dividend of
$0.16 per share, payable on April 16, 2008, to all shareholders
of record date ‘April 9, 2008.

¢ Bank of the Bahamas International (BOB) has declared
a dividend of $0.10 per share, payable on April 21, 2008, to all
shareholders of record date ‘April 14, 2008.

¢ ICD Utilities (ICD) has declared a dividend of $0.10
per share, payable on April 21, 2008, to all shareholders of
record date April 7, 2008.

¢ Commonwealth Bank (CBL) has declared an extraordi-
nary dividend of $0.06 per share, payable on April 30, 2008, to
all shareholders of record date April 15, 2008.

’ e Consolidated Water Company: BDRs (CWCB) have
declared a dividend of $0.013 per share, payable:on May 7,
2008, to all shareholders of record date March 31, 2008.




and the Board appointed, The Act had been awaited

everyone can be registered.”
The Act for the Registration
of Professional Engineers went

through the House of Assem- -

bly in September 2003, and
was debated in the Senate in
early 2004.

achieved, and you are living well.

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@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

BAHAMIAN businesses
have been “saved a lot of mon-
ey and hassle” after the
telecommunications regulator
ruled that the Bahamas
Telecommunications Compa-
ny (BTC) can allow its TDMA
cellular customers to keep the
same numbers when they
migrate to GSM free of charge.

Reacting to the Public Utili-
ties Commission’s (PUC) Fri-
day announcement, Marlon
Johnson, BTC’s executive vice-
president of sales, marketing
and development, told The
Tribune that it was a “huge
win” for the small busi-
nessperson.

Speaking to this newspaper
from a Family Island, he said:
“We are pleased to have that
outcome, and the company is
pleased because it is a win for
our customers. This was not an
issue for us from a technical
standpoint. We wanted to do it
because the customers wanted
to do it. It was about customer
service.”

Mr Johnson added that
many TDMA customers had
“legitimate reasons” for want-
ing to keep their TDMA num-
bers.

He said: “One, it will speed
up people making the transi-
tion, and for businesspeople it
allows them to save a lot of
money and hassle in having to
contact their customers and
educate them on their new
number.

“It’s going to be a huge win
for the small businessperson
who relies on their cell. phone

“for theirlifeline.” tt higew

Dionisio D? Aguilar; the

Dionisio

Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce’s president, said the
PUC decision was “a great
relief” for the business com-
munity, adding that BTC had
become “extremely frustrat-
ed” with the issue.

The move meant that busi-
ness owners would not incur
costs associated with letting
customers and business clients
know about their new num-

bers. Mr D’ Aguilar said he

himself fell into that category,
having been a long-time
TDMA customer who had

posted his number up in all,

Superwash outlets, the Laun-

arlon Johnson



dromat chain of which he is
president, for customers to see.

“There’s a lot of tradesmen,
sole proprietors, plumbers and
people in the construction
industry [with TDMA phones],
and this would have involved
them going to BTC, spending
money and setting up a whole
new phone,” Mr D’Aguilar
said.

“At this time, when busi-
nesses are being hammered
left, right and centre with addi-
tional expenses, for the small
businessperson this is not
something you will have want-
ed to be confronted with.”

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financial statements. These may include general accounting, costing or budget

data.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:
Direct the day-to-day leadership and management of the Accounts
Department, effectively interacting with and motivating team members
Implement and maintain an effective cash flow management, account
receivables and payables system
Design and establish effective financial controls and procedures to
produce accurate financial statements and record keeping consistent
with International Financial Reporting Standards
Formulate work measures to maximize efficiency and cost savings
Monitor expenditures to ensure company remains within budget
Prepare annual financial forecasts, operational and capital budgets
Ensure records for internal and external audits are prepared and

maintained

Report on financial analysis of all areas of the company and consult
with the Vice Presidents and President on results
Participate in management meetings
Maintain good working relationship with all departments
~ Perform other management functions as required

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or related field
Experience in senior-level finance or accounting position

Benefits include: Competitive salary commensurate with
experience and qualifications; Group Medical (includes
dental and vision) and Life Insurance; Pension Scheme.

Professional accounting designation: ACCA, CA or CPA or equivalent
Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and a major accounting software
Exceptional leadership and management skills

Strong interpersonal, problem solving and customer service skills
Excellent organizational and communication skills

Interested persons should apply no later than April 25th,
2008 to:

BENEFITS:
Salary commensurate with current salary scales, skills, qualifications and
experience. An attractive comprehensive benefits package is provided

The Tribune
P.O. Box N-3207
DA #62993A
Nassau, Bahamas

Qualified candidates should submit their resume
on or before April 14th, 2008, to email: hrapply@bristolbahamas.com
or fax: 242-361-3424, attention: Human Resources Department


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Real estate firm named as ERA’s
top-performing realtor affiliate in the
Caribbean for third consecutive year

ERA Dupuch Real Estate, the
Bahamian real estate firm, was
named as ERA’s top-performing
realtor affiliate in the Caribbean for
the third consecutive year, having
sold more homes than the previous
year during every year since 2001.

“Despite housing woes in the US,
the Bahamian real estate market has
remained very strong,” said Peter
Dupuch, ERA Dupuch Real Estate’s
founder. “Since this office opened
in 2001, every year we’ve sold more
homes that the last. 2007 was better
than 2006, and so far 2008 is contin-
uing that trend.”

The company expanded in 2007,
opening offices in Spanish Wells,
Hope Town, Exuma and Long
Island in addition to its existing
offices on East Bay Street and in

Marsh Harbour, Abaco, opening
offices in Spanish Wells, Hope
Town, Exuma and Long Island in
addition to its existing offices on East
Bay Street and in Marsh Harbour,
Abaco.

“Our expansion in the Family
Islands is a direct result of the con-
sistently strong real estate market in
the Bahamas,” said Mr Dupuch.

“T feel that the strength of the local
market is primarily due to our
unique lifestyle, and our proximity to
the US. The Bahamas offers oppor-
tunities that nobody else can, and I
think our peers in the region recog-
nise that. When we go to these large
international conferences and say
that we’re from the Bahamas, we’re
instantly regarded as being special,
and I think that feeling is manifested

in our product.”

ERA Dupuch Real Estate beat
out competition from the Turks and
Caicos, Aruba, the Dominican
Republic, Cayman Islands and Puer-
to Rico.

Bahamas Real Estate Association
(BREA)-licensed brokers Ken
Chaplin and Dave McCorquodale
had the highest sale numbers in the
ERA Dupuch office, along with Car-
la Sweeting and Kayla Ralston.

Mr Chaplin was, for the fourth
year running, the top producer, and
Mr McCorquodale sold 12 units at
The Reef, Turnberry Associates and
Kerzner’s luxury condo hotel, includ-
ing the $7.5 million penthouse.

Ms Ralston also had the $5.5 mil-
lion penthouse and another $2.5 mil-
lion unit under contract.



CYCLING LEGEND Lance Armstrong (left), keynote speaker at the 2007 ERA Internation-
al Business Conference, with president and founder of the Bahamian firm Peter Dupuch.

Minister ‘disagrees’ with EPA regional integration fears

FROM page 1B

Tribune Business interview in
Friday’s paper said the fact
‘that the Bahamas was set to
sign on to the EPA - and its
regional economic integration
language - seemed at odds with
the Government’s policy that it
would not join the CSME.
Emphasising that the EPA

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and CSME agreements were

not the same, and that he dis- .

agreed with arguments that
signing on to the trade treaty
with the EU was a direct,
immediate “backdoor” to the
CSME, Mr Moree suggested
that the EPA’s language on
regional integration suggested
that if the Bahamas signed it, it
could be taking a first, incre-
mental step down a road that
did not suit Bahamian nation-
al interests.

Yet Mr Laing responded:
“With respect to Mr Moree,
that is not a fair reading of the
agreement.”

Acknowledging that region-
al integration was one of the
EPA’s objectives, the minister
added: “The text itself speaks
to the obligations of the states.

It says the pace and content is
subject to the determination
of the parties” to the agree-
ment, including the Bahamas.

Mr Laing pointed out that
while CARIFORUM had
negotiated the EPA on behalf
of the CARICOM bloc and
the Dominican Republic, the
latter nation was part of nei-
ther CARICOM nor the
CSME, and had no intention
of joining. As a result, he said
this confirmed that “it does not
follow” that signing the EPA
would start the Bahamas down
the path to regional economic
integration and the CSME.

Mr Laing appears to be rely-
ing on Article 4, Paragraph 4,
on regional integration in the
Objectives section of the EPA
agreement.

VACANCY FOR THE POSITION OF:

ANALYST, BUDGET & COST CONTROL -
CORPORATE FINANCE DEPARTMENT
MAJOR COMMERCIAL BANK

Core responsibilities:

° Assist in the preparation, analysis and monitoring of:
o Annual Capital and long term Strategic budgets
Budgets for special projects or programs
Assist with preparation of financial statements
Assist with monthly Management Reports
Serve as liaison and prepare month-end reporting
requirements as set by the Central Bank of The

Bahamas

Prepare reports to track yields and asset quality

matrices

Develop and prepare models to analyze and access
income and expenses against planned positions and
strategic outlooks

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Strong communication skills.
Bachelors of Science Degree in Accounting or Finance or
a current student in a recognized professional accounting
program (ACCA, CPA, and CGA).
Highly developed analytical and financial management

skills.

Excellent team working abilities.
Ability to operate in a fast moving and dynamic environment.
Time management and organizational skills

Enthusiastic, positive, “can do”, entrepreneurial spirit is

desired.

Benefits include: Competitive salary commensurate with
experience and qualifications; Group Medical (includes dental
and vision) and Life Insurance; Pension Scheme.

Interested persons should apply no later than April 25th, 2008
to:

The Tribune
P.O. Box N-3207
DA #62993AB
Nassau, Bahamas

The earlier language in this
section states: “The Parties
recognise and reaffirm the
importance of regional inte-
gration among the CARIFO-
RUM states as a mechanism
for enabling these states to
achieve greater economic
opportunities, enhanced polit-
ical stability and to foster their
effective integration into the
world economy.

Yet the paragraph relied
upon by Mr Laing adds: “The
parties further recognise that,
without prejudice to the com-
mitments undertaken in this
agreement, the pace and con-
tent of regional integration is a
matter to be determined exclu-
sively by the CARIFORUM
states in the exercise of their
sovereignty, and given their

current and future political
ambitions.”

Meanwhile, Mr Laing. said
the Bahamas was promoting
an agreement on ‘functional
co-operation’ between CARI-
COM states as the way for-
ward, describing this as “part
and parcel of where CARI-
COM is heading”.

He explained that functional
co-operation was now being
looked at strongly as a way to

accommodate nations such as _

the Bahamas, and develop
“ways to co-operate, even on
economic integration, without
the Bahamas becoming a
member of CSME”.

Mr Laing said functional co-
operation as a concept was still
being studied by the various
CARICOM nations.

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‘Sot

If it came into being, he

added that, as an example, if
CARICOM members decided
to reduce tariffs on certain line
items under the Common
External Tariff (CET), as a
way to lower living costs, the
Bahamas would via functional
co-operation be able to decide
whether it followed suit with
the same reductions.
* In addition, the Bahamas
would also be able to look at
making legislative or policy
changes to “ease the facilita-
tion of business” and bring this
nation in line with the rest of
CARICOM if this was in the
national interest.

“There is an expressed
desire to facilitate the
Bahamas’ unique position in
CARICOM,” Mr Laing said.

BRISTOL

WINES & SPIRITS

Career Opportunity for
SALES & MARKETING

MANAGER -

JOB SUMMARY:

SPIRITS

Provide leadership and coordination of the daily sales & marketing activities
for the Sales & Marketing Department — Spirits, ensuring that regional trade
marketing and distribution goals are met.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:
Manage an efficient and effective area trade and sales team through
on job training, motivation and staff development.

Implement and execute a trade and marketing plan that meets the
objectives of Bristol Wines & Spirits and its suppliers brand strategies.
Manage the implementation of account plans for merchandising and
promotion in all Bristol Wines & Spirits retail outlets in order to
achieve brand, volume and share objectives and targets.

Develop and implement advertising and promotion budgets for all
relevant suppliers for the department
Build and maintain strong working relationships with the trade
Build a close working relationship with Bristol Wines & Spirits Retail
Division and implement proper merchandising and promotional plans.
Direct sales coverage throughout The Bahamas

Update operational policies and procedures, where necessary, and
ensure they are consistently followed by all team members
Maintain good working relationship with all departments

Perform other management functions as required

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Sales, Marketing or related field
: Approximately 5 years experience as a Trade Sales & Marketing

Manager

Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite

Exceptional leadership and management skills

Strong interpersonal, problem solving and customer service skills
Excellent organizational and communication skills

BENEFITS:

Salary commensurate with current salary scales, skills, qualifications and
experience. An attractive comprehensive benefits package i is provided

Qualified candidates should submit their resume
on or before April 14th, 2008, to email: hrapply@bristolbahamas.com
or fax: 242-341-8862, attention: Human Resources Department


PAGE 6B, TUESDAY, APRIL 8, 2008

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Legal Notice
NOTICE

SARLAT LIMITED

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (4) of the International Business Companies Act,
2000, SARLAT LIMITED is in dissolution as of
April 4, 2008.

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

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Colina Holdings
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Looking for an experienced

Fund Administrator

A small start-up Fund Administration company

is looking for a dynamic person who has a few years

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| als and is a motivated team-player. Please send your

resume with a salary expectation to HR Management,

P.O. Box N-7755, Nassau, Bahamas.



LEGAL NOTICE OF DISSOLUTION

International Business Companies Act
(No.45 of 2000)

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 138 (8) of the In-
ternational Business Companies Act, No. 45 of 2000, the Dissolution
of M GROUP INC. has been completed, a Certificate of Dissolution
has been issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the
Register.

The date of completion of the dissolution was the 19th day of March,
2008.

BROKERAGE & ADVISORY SERVICES

& FG CAPITAL MARKETS

FROM page 1B

ing Contractor Level One,
Level Two and Level Three
licences, effectively small,
medium and large construction
companies.

However, several contrac-
tors had called for adjustments
to eliminate differences
between ‘residential’ and ‘com-
mercial’ categorisations, the
rationale being that contrac-
tors capable of constructing a
Level One residence should
also be able to build Level One

Contractors legislation ‘ready to go’

commercial properties.
The BCA has recommended
that the Bill include provisions

_ for arbitration to resolve dis-

putes, and for the major con-
struction companies - such as
Cavalier Construction, Osprey
Developers, CGT Construc-
tion and Sunco - to be placed
in a newly-created ‘Prime’
licensing category.

Among the sanctions pro-
posed in the Bill were the sus-
pension and revocation of con-
tractor licences, fines and even
imprisonment in some cases.

PUBLIC NOTICE

INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL

The Public is hereby advised that |, RODNEY EVANS of Joan’s

Heights, Nassau, Bahamas, intend to change my name to

RODNEY EVANS ALBURY. If there are any objections to this .
change of name by Deed Poll, you may write such objections to

the Chief Passport Officer, RO.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas

no later than thirty (30) days after the date of the publication of

this notice.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that KETTLY BAPTISTE of
GOLDEN ISLES ROAD, P.O. BOX SS-5749, NASSAU,
BAHAMAS is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who
knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 1st day of
April 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that ELAN JEROME of
MINNIE STREET, NASSAU, BAHAMAS is applying
to the Minister responsible for Nationality an
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen
of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any
reason why registration/ naturalization should not be
granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 1st day
of April 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE

BELMORE INVESTMENT HOLDINGS INC.,
An International Business Company

Notice is hereby given that the voluntary dissolution
of the above company commenced on the 04" day of
April, 2008. Articles of Dissolution have been duly
registered by the Registrar General’s office, P.O.
Box N532, 50 Shirley Street, Nassau Bahamas. The
Liquidator is A.J.K. Corporate Services (Bahamas)
Limited, whose address is Suite 11, Bayparl
Building, 18 Parliament Street, P.O. Box. AP59205/
3352, Nassau, The Bahamas.

Finco
FirstCaribbean
Focol (S) °
Freeport Concrete
ICD Utilities

J. S. Johnson

Bahamas Supermarkets
Caribbean Crossings (Pref)

ABDAB
Bahamas Supermarkets
RND Holdings

» 52wk-Low Fund Name NAV Last 12 Months
1.2037 Colina Bond Fund 1.304134* 5.70%
2.6254 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.982729" 14.89%
1.2647 Colina Money Market Fund 1.384657*"* 3.92%
3.1827 Fidelity Bahamas G & | Fund 3.6651* : "18.28%
11.4992 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 12.0429* 5.69%

100.0000 CFAL Global Bond Fund 100.00**
. 100.0000 CFAL Global Equity Fund ~ 100.00**
1.0000 CFAL High Grade Bond Fund 1.00**

*

12 month dividends divided
Bid $ - Buying price of Colina and Fidelity
Ask $ - Selling price of Colina and fidelity
Last Price - Last traded over-the-counter price

ebruary 2008
** - 31 December 2007
*** - 21 March 2008

52wk-Hi - Highest closing price in last 52 weeks
52wk-Low: - Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks
Previous Close - Previous day's weighted price for daily volume
Today's Close - Current day's weighted price for daily volume
Change - Change in closing price from day to day
Daily Vol. - Number of total shares traded today
DIV $ - Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months
P/E - Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings
S) -'4-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 8/8/2007
-for-1 Stock Spli i

TOTRAD

Weekly Vol. - Trading volume of the prior week

EPS $ - Acompany's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
NAV - Net Asset Value

N/M - Not Meaningful

FINDEX - The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100

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ENGINEERS, from 1B

here in violation of the Immi-
gration Act, Business License
Act and others.

“There is. no doubt that for-
eign expertise is and will con-

tinue to be required for the-
foreseeable future. Now it —

appears that every investor
brings his entire cadre of pro-
fessionals. Every project that
I have tried to bid on this year
has already been ‘reached’ by a
non-resident company.”

The source added: “I think
the Bahamas Government
could earn large sums of rev-
enue by asking those with
‘Bahamian Experience’ (some
with 20+ years) to cough up
for the business licences and
work permits.

“The situation is becoming
increasingly more difficult as
our counterparts in Florida feel
the credit squeeze and come
here looking for work. The
Government, though, will
argue this is difficult to police.”

Foreign consultants, engi-
neers and other professional
services firms operating in the
Bahamas must first be
approved by the National Eco-
nomic Council (NEC) and
Investments Board (really the
Cabinet in both cases) to oper-
ate here. i

Once this approval is given,
they must submit a copy of

their contract to the Business ;

Licence Office, with details on
the duration and cost of their
work.

They are then supposed to
pay a Business Licence fee
worth 1 per cent of the gross
value of that contract, but the
source said many foreign com-
panies often under-reported
contract values to minimise
their business licence pay-
ments.

Then, their business licence
was often used to obtain other
Bahamas-based contracts. Yet
The Tribune was told that their
Bahamian competitors paid
considerably more in business
licence fees, with the sliding
scale used often requiring them
to pay fees equivalent to 3 per
cent of their gross turnover.

Ian Young, a representative
of the Surveyors Association,
yesterday said the Surveyors
Act had been in effect since
1975 and no one was supposed
to be able to practice in the
Bahamas without a valid
licence.

Mr Young said: “We’ve had
foreign companies coming in
for many years without any
type of permits or business
licence. It’s so easy to fly in,
do your work and come back
out again. You just can’t police
something like that.”

He added that even in cases
where complaints were made,
government officials “take no
notice of it and take no action.
A lot of the policing is left up

to the Associations, but the

level of enforcement is just not
there”.

On the business licence fees
foreign companies were
required to pay, Mr Young
said: “We end up paying a lot
more by being a Bahamian
company, and I think 1 per
cent is just a joke. They need
to add a zero on to that to
make it fair for the profession-
al operators here.”

To make enforcement effec-
tive, Mr Young said different
government agencies such as
the Ministry of Finance, Immi-
gration and the Business
Licence Office needed to act
when complaints were made ,
follow through “and not turn a
blind eye to it”.

“Are our laws being upheld?
It appears they are not,” Mr
Young said. He said Bahamian
professional services firms
were not afraid of competition
from foreign companies, but
this needed to be fair and take
place on a ‘level playing field’.

“We know we have to com-
pete and step up to the plate,”
Mr Young said. “It’s a global
economy. We have to com-
pete, but the laws need to be
enforced and there should be a
‘level playing field’. We can do
the work as good as anyone
else, but if the law is not being
enforced then we are handi-
capped.

“Tt’s a terrible situation for a
lot of our associations, because

. the US economic downturn
; has left a lot of companies

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there looking for work over-

Although he was unable to
put figures on the business
opportunities, jobs and rev-
enues lost to foreign compa-
nies by Bahamian firms, Mr
Young said: “I know a signifi-
cant amount of work in Abaco,
Grand Bahama and Eleuthera
- not necessarily New Provi-
dence - but on a lot of these
Out Island projects, have gone
to American and Canadian
firms, who have a very strong
foothold.”

Another engineering source
told The Tribune yesterday
that the loss of business that
Bahamian companies could do
was “significant, especially on
the foreign direct investment
projects.

“Locally, it’s not too much of
an issue, but the real issue is
these foreign direct investment
projects tend to bring their
professionals in wholesale.”

Even though Bahamian
engineers had been to the
same universities as their for-

eign counterparts, and provid- .

ed the same skills, expertise
and jobs, the source said they
were increasingly being side-
lined, costing the Bahamas tax-
es, jobs and business develop-
ment.

“Bahamian firms hire
Bahamian employees and spin-
offs. When you do not max-
imise the potential of a sector,
you’re shooting yourself in the
foot,” the source said.

THE British Colonial Hilton
has unveiled its Team Mem-
ber and Team Leader of the
Year award winners.

Debbie Bullard, senior ban-
quet captain, who joined the
resort aS an on-caller in 1999,
won the Team Leader of the
Year Award. She became a

permanent member of the ban-
quets department in 2000.

Timothy Burroughs, a bell-
man in the concierge depart-
ment, was this year’s winner
of the Team Member of the
year award. He has been
employed by the British Colo-
nial Hilton since 1999.

NOTICE —

IN THE ESTATE OF COLLIN PAUL
CULMER late of Trinity Way, Stapledon
Gardens Subdivision in the Western District
of the Island of New Providence one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The

Bahamas.

Deceased

NOTICE is hereby given that all persons having
any claim or demand against the above Estate are
required to send the same duly certified in writing
to the undersigned on or before the 25th day of April

A.D. 2008 after which date the Administratrix of
the Estate will proceed to distribute the assets having
regard only to the claims of which she shall then

have had notice.

AND NOTICE is hereby also given that all persons
indebted to the said Estate are requested to make
full settlement on or before the date hereinbefore

mentioned.

ALLAN J. BENJAMIN
Chambers
Aurora House
Dowdeswell Street & Dunmore Lane
P.O. Box N-102
Nassau, Bahamas
Attorney for the Administratrix



BRISTOL

WINES & SPIRITS

Career Opportunity for
BACARDI RETAIL STORE

- JOB SUMMARY:

MANAGER

Manage the daily operational activities of Bacardi Retail Store, ensuring the store is
maintained in accordance with Bristol Wines and Spirits and Bacardi’s stated objectives.
Manage sales activities including supervision of staff, customer relations, vendor
relations, and related financial performance.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:
Plan, organize and manage the day-to-day activities of the store, effectively
interacting with and motivating team members
Maximize sales to the fullest giving customers courteous and professional
service at all times
Process all cash/charge/credit card sales accurately ensuring the correct product
and price have been charged to the customers; collect and secure all monies
Identify merchandising needs and stocking levels, ensuring par levels are
maintained at all times, and accurate stock/control inventory is recorded; order
merchandise as needed
Build and maintain strong working relationships with vendors
Ensure the store is properly merchandised and kept clean at all timés
Perform quality control audits at regularly scheduled intervals, such audits to
include guest surveys, review of quality of service, merchandise and sample

offerings

Collaborate with Bacardi to implement the overall Theme for the store, including
store design, décor and promotional merchandise
Follow the strict guidelines established by Bacardi to sell and distribute
promotional and advertising merchandise at the store

Ensure all store personnel are trained and familiar with Bacardi branding
statement and Intellectual Property protection strategies

Update operational policies and procedures, where necessary, and ensure they
are consistently followed by all team members
Maintain good working relationship with all departments
Perform other management functions as required

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Retail, Marketing or related field
‘Approximately 5 years experience as a Retail Store Manager
Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
Exceptional leadership and management skills
Strong interpersonal, problem solving and customer service skills
Excellent organizational and communication skills

BENEFITS:

Salary commensurate with current salary scales, skills, qualifications and experience. An
attractive comprehensive benefits package is provided

Qualified candidates should submit their resume
on or before April 14th, 2008, to email: hrapply@bristolbahamas.com or
fax: 242-341-8862, attention: Human Resources Department


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Bidding Quiz

You are the dealer, both sides vul- _ Partner then goes on or not, depend-
nerable, and fev opened One Heart. ing on whether he is on the high or



’ ek 2 Partner responds One Notrump. low side of his original response.

H FSPO} P p original response. _ T

| We cca pi a What would you now bid with each 3. Four hearts. Game in hearts is UESDAY,
} "of the following five hands? likely to be made once partner has AP R 8

1.#AQ2 ¥ Q10753 #AK7 #62 kept the bidding open. Responder .. }-
2. @AJ63 VW AK942 @ KQ & J2 needs little more than one or two key AQUARIUS — Jan 21/Feb 18
3. @AK ¥AQI953 #8 A942 ~~ cards for 10 tricks to be made. The You have to be more receptive to the
4. @— ¥ J98643 #AKIJS & AJ6 —_ important thing to avoid is a jump to feelings of those close to you,
5, @— ¥AKI76 # KQ84 # KQ52 only three hearts, which is merely Aquarius. Verbal barbs walk a fine
eee . invitational and not forcing. Three line of being funny and hurting oth-
ers. Think before you speak.
PISCES — Feb 19/Mar20
Hold onto your hat; things are going
to be absolutely crazy this week,
Pisces. Definitely expect the unex-

| BY ERRAMT 1 |

1. Pass. Before discussing your clubs (forcing) is a reasonable alter- -
rebid, it might be best to consider native rebid.
what is indicated by partner’s 4. ‘Two diamonds. Game is
notrump response. Partner will nor- unlikely unless partner can voluntar-
mally have six to 10 points in high _ ily support hearts. If he passes two



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A GIANT cards and lack of support for hearts. diamonds, indicating a relatively pected. It’s anyone’s game
SNOW DRIFT Partner also denies holding four poor hand and lack of heart support, J— —~ ————_ :
UP TO MY spades, and may not have balanced __ the chances are that it is the best final ARIES — Mar 21/Apr 20
EYEBALLS mn distribution. contract. You should have no qualms Stress is at the center of your week,
re Once the meaning of the notrump about mentioning diamonds in pref- Aries, and you're a bit worned it












will overwhelm you. Take the time
for some unwinding each day, and
: you'll manage.
TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21
An altercation with a coworker leaves
|. you on shaky ground, Taurus. You'd
| better wipe your slate clean and stay
out of trouble for the next few days, or
it could hurt your career.

. GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21
You must make a firm decision on a
trip you're planning to make,
. Gemini. If you don’t settle on a date
and destination by Thursday, it will
be too late to go.
CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22
’ Someone close to men has been
sneaking around befifnd your back.
It will take you a while to figure out
- what this person has been doing.
* Unfortunately, it’s not positive.

’ LEO — Jul 23/Aug 23

ne Others have been underestimating
B/N/A . 7 J your mental capacity, Leo. Show

response is understood, it becomes _ erence to rebidding your weak six-

unlikely that there can be a game in card heart suit. Partner should be

the combined hands, since they can- _ given a voice in the matter of select-
* not contain the 26 points usually ing the best playable trump suit.

- required for game. As there is no rea- 5. Three diamonds. The jump-
son to believe that the partscore will shift forces partner to speak again
play better in a suit contract, you and commits the partnership to
should pass. game. Since he did not bid one spade -

2. Two notrump. If partner has _ over one heart, he is bound to have
eight, nine or 10 points, there are _ satisfactory trump support for at least
enough points in the combined hands __ one of your three suits.

‘ for game, so you extend an invitation You plan to show all three suits, if
to him to carry on to three notrump. necessary. Whichever one partner
The two-notrump rebid in. this eventually supports will become the
seauence shows 16 to 18 points. trump suit.






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them that you're perfectly capable of
handling any tasks they throw at you
— and with vigor.

VIRGO — Aug 24/Sept 22

You've been a bit abrasive in per-

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Vf VADDY SEE honest, but definitely inject a bit of
2 \yT | OUT OF THIS T mF tact into your commentary. about

51 “A \ others. Stop inadvertently offending.

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HAT? LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23

It seems you can’t decide what you
want lately, Libra. You make one
decision, and then you quickly
change your mind. Stick with a path

for more than the blink of an eye.

SCORPIO — Oct 24/Nov 22

It’s hard for others to figure out
which of you they’ll be approaching.
After all, you’ve been Dr. Jekyll/Mr.
Hyde lately. You have to relax a bit
and get your emotions under control.

SAGITTARIUS -— Nov 23/Dec 21

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four letters or more can
you make from the
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
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plurals, or verb forms
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having left (9) 42 Sheis.b is (8) a8 Pee eal word ofaphraseis_ . direction, Sagittarius. Just don’t
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lear ete ituation.
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girlfriends of yesteryear? (9)

| 18 Doesn't keep the financial

statements (7)

; 20 He appears in “The Wanderer
Returns,” at the West End (6)

21 Long to get at someone who's

11 Hurriedly snatch the key, entering to
restrain (7)
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