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The Tribune
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@ By NATARIO McKENZIE

A FATHER of four has:died
after a gunman sprayed bullets
through a bedroom window of
his apartment while he and his
wife slept.

The man’s wife, who also suf-
fered gunshot wounds during
the incident, was said to be in
serious condition in hospital up
to press time yesterday.

Chief Supt Glenn Miller told
The Tribune that the incident
happened around 3am on Fam-
ily Street, off Soldier Road.

According to Mr Miller,
Dorneil Ferguson, 38, an
employee of Butler’s Funeral
Home, and his wife Yuzanna
Ferguson, 37, received gunshot
wounds when a gunman
sprayed bullets through an east-
ern window into their bedroom.

Mr Miller said the couple

SEE page 12 |
Women robbed and sexually
assaulted in house invasion

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

FREEPORT — Two women were tobbed and sexually assault-
ed at gun-point by two masked men during a home invasion in the
South Bahamian area on Wednesday evening.

One suspect was apprehended by police shortly after the incident,

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INCREASING fees are endangering
the very existence of privately owned,
domestic airlines that are struggling with
the continuing rise in fuel prices, among
other costs.

The heightened fees are reflected by
the Nassau Airport Development (NAD)
Company's plans to conduct a complete
transformation of the Lynden Pindling
International Airport (LPIA), under con-
tract with the Bahamas government to
bring the airport up to international stan-
dards of travel.

They project that renovations will total
$400 million.

NAD is reportedly increasing landing,
parking, passenger movement, office
space, and terminal fees by anywhere
between "50 to 100 per cent" for the air-
line operators, said Albert Rolle, a pilot
for Cat Island Air. se et

"NAD is charging us with these fees,"
said Vincent Colebrook of Flamingo Air,
"fully knowing that we can't afford them.

“Next thing NAD will be telling the
government that we can't pay so we'll
have to leave,” he said.

"And operators like us will be going
out of business one ata time. We've been
| taken for granted and are just left witha

‘take it or leave it' option because these
‘fees double overnight with no warning."

-The privately run airlines fly to islands

that would be otherwise inaccessible by

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FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 2008

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

A MAN last known to be living in the
Kennedy subdivision, has become the first
person to be publicly identified as a person
wanted for questioning in connection with
the murder of gay handbag designer Harl
Taylor. .

Seven months after his killing, the face of
21-year-old Troyniko McNeil, said to be con-
sidered armed and dangerous, was shown in
a “wanted” poster released by police yester-
day afternoon.

Chief Superintendent Glenn Miller, offi- 2

cer in charge of the Central Detective Unit,
said that police are “actively” searching for
the man. .

Anyone with knowledge of McNeil’s
whereabouts is asked to call the police emer-

_ gency number on 919 or 911, the police con-. .

trol room on 322-3333, Crimestoppers on
328-8477 or their nearest police station.

The pinpointing of McNeil as a person of

interest for police comes after a week of sig-
nificant developments in relation to the mur-
der of 37-year-old Mr Taylor and the more
recent gay murder victim, Marvin Wilson.






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interest wanted in connection with Mr
Wilson’s murder on Monday and Tuesday,

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Eileen Carron

TRIBUNE Publisher Eileen Carron has been
short-listed for the Chamber of Commerce’s Busi-
nessperson of the Year Award.

She is one of three finalists in the category, along
with David Pinder of Pinder Tile and James Rolle
of Rolle Auto and Accessories.

The winner will be announced at the Chamber’ s
2008 gala awards banquet/dinner on Saturday,
June 28, at 8.15pm to midnight and beyond in the
Baimoral Ballroom, Sandals Resort.

Veteran businessman Franklyn Wilson will be
presented with the Chamber’s prestigious 2008
Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Officers upset after ‘$166
subtracted from their pay’

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

THERE is serious upset at Her Majesty’s
Prison among some officers after $166 was
subtracted from their pay, according to the
prison staff association.

“It was brought to my attention tou
Wednesday) from a group of officers that
passed out in the 2005 and 2006 squads that
money was taken off their salaries — $166 —

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. and no reason was given from the govern-
.,ment point of view, or from our accounts

department point of view,” said Sergeant
Stephen Sands, head of the staff associa-
tion, yesterday at HMP.

“They are very upset over it — they don’t
know why. But at this point and time we are
making plans to meet. with the superinten-
dent to deal with this matter as quickly as

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PAGE 2, FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 2008

THE TRIBUNE



LOCAL NEWS





Youth marching
bands prepare
to compete in
Rawson Square
showdown

RAWSON Square is set to
come alive on Sunday when

“the best of the best” in youth:

marching bands compete.

According to organisers, the
Independence Youth Band
Showdown will highlight nine
superb bands.

“This festive and vibrant
event promises to be a crowd
pleaser and music fanatics
should prepare themselves for
groundswell of good times,”
they said in a statement.

One of the bands to be fea-
tured is the Crusaders Brass
Band, formerly the Victoria
Brass Band. Formed in 1967
by Rev Steadman Knight, the
band is comprised of young
persons from the Church of
God Inc. Now under the
directorship of ASP Ronald
Campbell of the Royal
Bahamas Police Force, the
band’s membership now
exceeds 100 musicians.

The Independence Band
Showdown will also feature:
The Bahamas Youth Brass
Band, the Golden Gates
Band, St Barnabas Band, Sev-
enth Day Adventists Band,
Bahamas Youth Alive March-
ing Band, the Royal Ambas-
sadors Band and the Royal
Bahamas Police Force
Reserve Band.

being debated after court ruling

Sidney Collie



MINISTER of Lands and Local
Government Mr Sidney Collie told
The Tribune that the government is

‘debating a host of amendments to

the Local Government Act follow-
ing Wednesday’s ruling that three
local government elections were
declared “null and void”.

Elections in West End, Bimini,
and Exuma were held, the court
ruled, because the ministerial order
for the elections had not been
gazetted and tabled as required by
the Interpretations and General
Clauses Act.

Said Mr Collie: “The government,
the Cabinet, is presently debating a
whole host of amendments to the
Local Government Act and I am
sure that this situation will be taken
into consideration during the course
of those debates.

“We had hoped to commence the
debate before parliament breaks for
the summer, but it does not look
like the debate and those amend-
ments will take place before the
break, but certainly right after the
summer, those will be high on the
agenda.”

On Wednesday, Supreme Court
Justice Jon Isaacs made his ruling
after the attorneys for Minister Col-
lie and Parliamentary Commission-
er Errol Bethel, conceded that the
order had not been gazetted and
tabled as required by the Interpre-
tations and General Clauses Act.
“The effect of this is that in the case
of West End, Bimini and Exuma for
sure the locai government elections
cannot proceed because those elec-
tions are dependent on the validity
of the ministerial orders which have
been declared void,” said attorney

Damien Gomez, who represented
the claimants in the application for
judicial review.

“There may be other constituen-
cies and districts which are also sim-
ilarly affected.

“While I have not had instruc-
tions from persons in other districts,
it appears as though South Andros is
also affected, it also appears that
Eight Mile Rock and the city of
Freeport are affected. So, a huge
portion of the local government

‘elections are adversely affected by
these proceedings,” he said.

Dog breeders running ‘puppy mills’ could face clampdown

CRUEL dog breeders who run back-
yard “puppy mills” are among targets of a
determined drive to introduce new animal
protection laws in the Bahamas.

Campaigners want government to act
on a bill drafted nearly a decade ago to
outlaw animal cruelty — and bring ruthless
breeders to heel.

The infamous “puppy mills” — where
bitches spend their entire lives in chicken
coops, and are made to produce endless
litters of pups for profit — are on the
increase, according to activist Jane Mather.

‘Bitches are mated twice a year and
forced to produce pups until they drop,
Mrs Mather told The Tribune.

“Then, once their reproductive lives are
over, they are simply left to die,” she
added.

The “puppy. mills” problem is particu-
larly prevalent in New. Providence, but Mrs
Mather said they are spreading in the Fam-
ily Islands, too.

With pitbulls, rottweilers and shitzus
growing in popularity, and other breeds
like German shepherds and chow-chows
also in demand, there is a powerful com-
mercial reason for breeding production-
line pups. With some breeds selling at $500-
plus per pup, greedy breeders are casting

compassion aside to cash in on the lucrative
trade. Mrs Mather said: “These dogs are
kept in cages where they barely have room
to turn around. In a six-year breeding span,
a shitzu mother can produce probably 60
surviving pups.

“Bigger breeds often produce more —
and the pups are sold on to unsuspecting
buyers with all kinds of congenital prob-
lems.”

Mrs Mather said the problem had now
spread from Nassau to Abaco and
Eleuthera. Very often “puppy mill” prod-
ucts had heart, eye and other problems
that cost unspecting buyers thousands of
dollars in veterinary bills.

“These puppy mills are an extremely
cruel practice,” she said, “The dogs devel-
op splayed feet because they’re walking
all the time on chicken wire.

‘“And sometimes their claws grow into
their skin, and their fur grows into their
eyes. Their cages are often stacked on top
of each other, so that the animals in the
lower cages have to endure whatever waste
comes down from above.”

The “puppy mills” would be a prime tar-
get for the animal protection bill drawn
up nearly a decade ago after several years
of study by activists. Eight animal welfare

groups contributed to the legislation, which
has still not been moved through the House
of Assembly.

Now, said Mrs Mather, it’s time for the
politicians to wake up to growing animal
welfare problems, with proper regulation of
pet owners. Dog ownership is increasingly
popular in the Bahamas for many reasons.

Guard dogs are bought for security, but
shitzus, chihuahuas, pekes and other small

breeds are usually fashion accessories’

inspired by the likes of Paris Hilton and
several popular girl rappers.

Mrs Mather said it was becoming evi-
dent that pitbulls — usually bought for
dog-fighting or as “macho-style” pets —
were infiltrating the potcake pack.

“Dogs meet many social and psycholog-
ical needs,” she said, “Some want them

for security, others for companionship; ~~~”

women as fashion statements and some
boys so they can look macho.

“The more dogs are in demand, the
more likely we are to have puppy mills,”
she added: Mrs Mather’s group, Advocates
for Animal Rights, is one of several lob-
bying for action on what she described as
an “excellent” piece of legislation.

“A Jot of work went into it,” she said,
“The government has to realise that a lot of

problems relating to pets apply also to
human beings. In a home where a pet is
abused, the people are often abused, too. If
you have no empathy with an animal, then
you have no empathy with people.”

Mrs Mather said there was a “huge link”
between animal cruelty and domestic vio-
lence.

She said neglect of a dog often indicated
other kinds of neglect within a household.
“And often a spouse will abuse an animal
to get at the other party,” she added.

Mrs Mather said she and feilow activists
confront many types of cruelty, some of it
the result of pure ignorance. _

She cited one man who cut dogs ears
without anaesthetic “to make them look
fiercer” and another who fed live pups to
fighting dogs to give them a taste for blood.
~ “Others will keep an animal in a con-
fined space in boiling heat without realising
it will die,” she said. The bill she wants
passed has been “lying around” since 1999,
she said. If passed and enacted, it would go
a long way to protecting animals of all
kinds and educating people in pet care.

“Apart from everything else, it would
outlaw puppy mills and license breeders,
making them subject to regular inspec-

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FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 2008, PAGE 3 »







In brief
VIPs expected
to attend Greg
Norman-Chris

Evert wedding



GREG NORMAN with fiance and
former tennis player Chris Evert
after a recent golf tournament.

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

FORMER US presidents,
entertainment “a-listers” and
international sports stars are
among the celebrities expected
to descend on Paradise Island this
weekend for the wedding of Greg
Norman and Chris Evert.

Security is high and privacy
paramount at the One and Only
Ocean Club where Mr Norman, a
newly divorced golfing legend
estimated to be worth hundreds
of millions of dollars, and Ms
Evert, a former tennis champ, will
tie the knot on Saturday, accord-
ing to the international media.

The guest list for the lavish $2
million ceremony is said to
include Bill Clinton, George Bush
senior, Chevy Chase, Gwen Ste-
fani, and a host of current and
former tennis hotshots — including
Anna Kournikova, Lleyton
Hewitt and Lindsay Davenport.

As a result, the foreign media
presence on Nassau/Paradise
Island is the heaviest its been
since the Anna Nicole Smith saga
— with mainly Australian, Amer-
ican and British paparazzi scout-
ing for stories.

It is understood that Mr Nor-
man and his soon-to-be-wife have
sold the exclusive rights to cover-
age of their union to certain pop-
ular celebrity magazines, and
some Australian media outlets
have published colourful stories
detailing their experiences with
security staff allegedly hired by
the golfer as they hunt for a
scoop. Reports are that Mr Nor-

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Wiceaee has widely been quot-
ed as not being pleased with the
news of her former husband’s
weekend plans.

The famous golfer and Ms
Andrassy split in May 2006 after
25 years. Soon after, he was
linked to Ms Evert, a long-time
friend of the couple.

Ms Andrassy has spent the past
two years in a bitter fight with
Norman over their $600 million
empire.

She is quoted as telling Aus-
tralia’s Daily Telegraph: “I have
no wishes for them except to say
they deserve each other.”

Ed Fields, Kerzner’s senior
vice-president in charge of public
relations, yesterday declined to
comment on any aspect of the
upcoming ceremony or arrange-
ments surrounding it, while the
US Embassy would not confirm
or deny whether the two former
presidents would be in atten-
dance.

Links Youth
Health Forum
on Saturday

On Saturday, June 28 the Nas-
sau chapter of Links Incorporat-
ed will host the Links Youth
Health Forum, an interactive
event designed to promote good
health among children and cre-
ate an awareness of the dangers
of juvenile obesity.

This free forum, for children
ages five to 17 and their parents,
will take place at the National
Centre for the Performing Arts
on Shirley Street) from 9am to
1pm.

Under the theme “Creating a
Healthy Culture Among Young
Bahamians,” the forum will have
something for children and young
people of all ages, including
healthy snacks, games, music by
DJ Gary Super Johnson, health
screenings by the Princess Mar-
garet Hospital, kid-friendly sports
and exercise demonstrations,
prizes and giveaways.

“The Nassau Chapter of Links
is proud to lead the community in
promoting good health among
our children and youth,” said
local Links President, Veronica
Duncanson. “Juvenile obesity in
the Bahamas is on the rise, and is
a threat not just to our children,
but to the health and well-being
. Of the nation.”

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

THE Bahamas is a “dirty”
country which often offers its
visitors “terrible” and over-
priced service, Minister of State
for Tourism and Aviation
Branville McCartney said yes-
terday.

Mr McCartney made this
hard-hitting assessment during
yesterday’s “Meet the Minister
Forum”, hosted by the Cham-
ber Commerce at the Sandals
Royal Bahamian Resort and
Spa.

Addressing the declining
tourism numbers, Mr McCart-
ney said that government can
spend millions of dollars on
marketing campaigns only for
them to be rendered useless by
reports of negative visitor expe-
riences.

“We can market all we want,
we can spend millions and mil-
lions and millions dollars on
marketing, but if at the end of
the day our service is terrible,
‘dog eat your lunch’. If we
spend $30 million, $40 million in
marketing one bad report can
wipe the majority of that money
out,” he said.

Mr McCartney said that Min-

LOCAL NEWS

TOURISM MINISTER SAYS VISITORS OFTEN RECEIVE TERRIBLE SERVICE,

‘We are a dirty country

istry of Tourism officials will be
launching a campaign through-
out the country to make peo-
ple realise that “service is key.”

“Frankly, from what I’m see-
ing, service is terrible,” he said.

The minister of state said that
he sometimes feels “most
embarrassed” when he sees the
kind of treatment tourists
receive in the Bahamas.

In other Caribbean countries
such as the Dominican Repub-
lic, Barbados and Jamaica —
which are in competition with
the Bahamas — visitors are treat-
ed like “kings and queens,” he
said.

“We need to treat them like
kings and queens. We need to
be clean as well. We’re not a
clean country generally, we are
dirty,” he said.

Mr McCartney further said
that the Bahamas is a very high-
priced country which often does
not offer value for money.

If such issues are not
addressed and not remedied, he
said, tourism will still be the
Bahamas’ number one indus-
try, but it will no longer bring in
the funds necessary to sustain
the country.

To strengthen the tourism
industry and to beat the com-
petition, the Bahamas must also



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focus on what distinguishes it
from other countries in the
region, the minister of state said.

“We need to look at what we
have. We can’t sell sun, sand
and sea anymore, we need to
get outside of the box. We need
to sell people, we need to sell
religion, we need to sell sports,
we need to sell. culture. We
need to sell who the Bahamian
people are, we need to be dif-
ferent,” he said.

July talks on visa exemption for
Bahamians travelling to Europe

By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
kherig@tribunemedia.net

BEFORE the year is out,
Bahamians may be able to tray-
el freely to Europe without hav-
ing to apply for a Schengen visa.

Speaking yesterday at the
Chamber of Commerce’s “Meet

the Minister Forum” at Sandals, -

Deputy Prime Minister and
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Brent Symonette said that a

meeting to discuss ’a visa’exemip="”

tion:for the Bahamas is sched-

uled to take place’in.the first:

week of July:

Mr Symonette explained that —

the Bahamas is one of six
Caribbean nations which has
applied for a visa exemption.

The process to make the
exemption a reality, the deputy
prime minister said, is “on
track.”

“It went before the (Euro-
pean) Commission, it’s been
approved to this stage and it is
now up to the Commission to
negotiate with the various coun-
tries the actual visa exemption,”
he said.

Mr Symonette said he will be
travelling to Spain on July 9 and
to London on July 14 for fur-
ther negotiations.

“It’s looking positive, we’re
looking at.an early date, mid-
dle of the year,” he said.

Up until now, obtaining a
Schengen visa to travel to
Europe has been a “laborious”
process for Bahamians.

Applicants were asked to
send their passport away for
verification or even present
themselves in person at con-

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said in an interview earlier this
year.

A Schengen visa, allows most
non-European Economic Area
(EEA) citizens to obtain one
visa for travel, lasting up to
three months to any of the 15
countries in the zone.

Those countries include are
Austria, Germany, Belgium,
Denmark, Finland, France,
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EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

THE TRIBUNE



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Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

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

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Contributing Editor 1972-1991

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Some explanation is needed

WE ARE often baffled when we hear
reports of disgruntlement in the civil service

because of non-payment, late payment, or |

discrepancies in salary payments.

Obviously, there is slackness somewhere
down the line. We don’t know whether it is
because the Treasury department is over-
whelmed, or whether the department is
handicapped by various other departments
and ministries not getting the required
salary information to it on time.

However, when a person has worked
hard for his agreed salary, he has a right to
expect that what he has worked for can be
reflected in his bank account when pay
day falls due.

Today we publish a complaint from the
Prison Staff Association reporting that its
officers are upset because $166 has been
deducted without explanation from their
pay. -

There is obviously a plausible explana-
tion, possibly some clerical error. Howev-
er, if everyone up and down the chain of
command who moves information into the
paymaster’s office worked efficiently and
got their information in on time, civil ser-
vants should expect to receive their salaries
without delay.

The prison superintendent confirmed
the deductions, but had no explanation for
them. The superintendent also said that in
addition to the deductions there were 70
officers who, having completed their train-

ing, graduated and signed their service con- .

tracts, were still receiving a recruit’s salary.
This should not happen if the various
departments are communicating efficient-
ly. However, if it is known that the Trea-
sury cannot get a salary change in time —
either in overtime pay or a raise in salary
on promotion — the head of department
should be informed so that staff can be
told and hard feelings and suspicion can
be avoided.

In the case of the new prison recruits it
would have been a wise superintendent
who would have called the Treasury to
find out if the pay increases would-be met
on time. If not he could have had an expla-
nation of why not and discovered when
the increases would be reflected in their
pay cheques. He could then have informed

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careers on a sour note. This is the essence
of good employer-employee relations. Loy-
alty and hard work can only be expected
from staff confident that their interests are
being looked after and that their future is in
good hands.

But not so with government. Over the
years if it wasn’t the nurses complaining, it
was the mothers waiting for hours outside
the magistrate’s court in the hot sun to col-
lect their support payments from the
fathers of their children. Invariably they
were told that their money wasn’t ready.

Often our reporters were told by the
agitated mothers that they knew that the
fathers of their children had paid the mon-
ey into court, but, the court had no expla-
nation — only the money’s not ready, come
back next time. There was no concern for
the inconvenience being caused these
working women. Not only did the mothers
have to take time off from their work, but
the non-payment of their support money
also inconvenienced their employers who
had to make other arrangements for their

missing employees standing in line at court.
Both employer and employee continued
to be inconvenienced as the employee had
tc take time off many times for repeat jour-
neys to the courts for money that might
or might not materialise.

Much industrial unrest could be avoided
if more efficiency and a better system of
communication could be injected into the
system.

Pay day here at The Tribune is one day
that neither the Comptroller nor his assis-
tant dare get sick. Not only do our staff
get paid on the right day, but they are paid
by a set time on the right day. The Comp-
troller does not welcome a raised eyebrow
or a questioning look.

We know that The Tribune cannot be
compared to the thousands of civil ser-

.vants that the Treasury department has to

take care of. But really it is an attitude of
mind. An attitude that recognises that
every person working for you is entitled
to what he or she has worked for, and, if
there is a problem, they are certainly enti-
tled to an explanation before they have
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We lament...
we lament...
for our
home town

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I have been considering ‘his
letter for someday now, ever
since the last home coming I
experienced in Eleuthera.
Please give space to this letter
for a few of us, so that che
whole Bahamas could under-
stand exactly what we are talk-
ing about.

My friends and I...(not so
young anymore) did not really
know where we were when we
arrived at home for the annual
Point Homecoming. We were
all excited, and ready to meet all
of our old friends from way
back when. To catch up, and
report about our families and
our successes over the years.
We were really planning to
hang out, and like olden days,
tell old stories, as we spent time
at home for the weekend.

But my hopes of enjoying this
special time was dashed. “My
God!” I said, “what has hap-
pened to my home town?” Peo-
ple who have not been home to
visit lately, need to see the
shape and condition the Point is
in. It looks like some war-tom

‘place where bombs were

dropped on the streets and
many of the homes, once
looked at as modest and pre-
sentable, now look like pictures
of some desolate countries I
have seen on television.

I asked a few people what
happened to Point and
Eleuthera on the whole. What
has gone wrong? Why have iny
people lost their values, self
esteem, and respect for decent
living? Why, are they living in
such surroundings? Such run-
down conditions. Do they see
like us who came to visit, how
the place looks? Where is the
Town Committee, where are
the loyal citizens who used to
be there? They never allowed
the settlement to look like that.
Why hasn’t someone risen up
to take charge of this place?
One friend asked me, “Well gal
these people sleep hey, they
must have a veil over they
face.”

God knows when a people

’ have allowed their beloved

home to come to this kind of
condition, they must be lost, ‘is-
orientated, and blind, the blind
leading the blind. Even the trees
look dismal, the homely feeling
not there any more. My friends



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and I can’t believe that our fam-
ily and friends do not know that
after all these years of talk
about progress, upgrading, suc-
cess, growth, development.

Where were the Point folks
when these gifts were being
shared? They did not hold out
their hands for maturity? Nor
did they ask for achievement.
If they did, the place would not
look so deserted, and we would
have seen some sign of growth,
and advancement. Young peo-
ple drink like there’s no tomor-
row. We blame the government.
But the government doesn’t live
in the Point or on Eleuthera for
that matter. So we can’t put the
blame there — it’s simply a
matter of decency, and wanting
our own children to prosper,
and grow with a vision. Instead,
what we saw was out of order,
and this is why Point looked
like a forgotten land — real
God forsaken as we walked
about, and talked to people, all
we could see and hear was Cre-
ole.

One friend said as he took an
early morning walk, he almost
fell over on the road. The pile of
Haitians he saw streaming from
the bushes was frightening. He
said, what have people in Point
been doing all these years, are
they asleep? Can’t they see that
they are already out numbered?
This is no joke and I think, The
Bahamas needs to know how
many of these people we have
here. Point is sinking with
Haitians. Our own native
Bahamian children are so out
numbered it is serious. Yet not
one citizen of Point seems to
see this. I haven’t spoken to one
who is concerned about their
future. They need to wake up
today cause tomorrow will sure-
ly be too late.

The vexing thing to end it all
was how the Committee
allowed the Haitians to end the
homecoming. I thought the
plans were to bring us home so
we could enjoy the activities and
reminisce with friends. But no,
the activities had more Creole
than native Point people. ’m
so disappointed, but more so
I’m afraid for our, culture — it
is gone.

Why? Because when the peo-
ple in place are so blind that
they can’t see how another cul-
ture is weaving its way among
us, then we are in a serious and
sad situation. You should see
how many businesses are closed
down. Doors closed here and
there, a dying town. How can’t
my people see this? God help us
Bahamians if we are so asleep
we can’t see our way out, nor
up. Oh! people of Eleuthera on
the whole, wake-up, wake-up

before we have millions of these
people, overtaking us. It’s not
too laté, God is for us. Talk to
the main authorities, let them
know when a new face is in
town and a new baby. Let them
know if the Department of
Immigration is doing its job.
Don’t slack your riding. Wake
up now for God’s sake, keep
our forefathers’ teachings. Keep
God first in your lives. Come
back to the things we once
knew — the caring and neigh-
bourly love we had. Send these
people home to care for their
own country. It has more nat-
ural resources than ours
because they will kill, what the
good Lord has given us, make
us sick, in the process, control us
with their strange practices.

Yea, y’all know what I mean
even get many of us involved, in
hating each other. This is the
way of the devil. Yes, my peo-
ple, devilish practices. How
many studies have you done on
their culture? None? Well y’all
better start, cause It will be
much too late in a few years if
not already.

My, my, people my stay home
was not at all satisfying. As my
friend said, these people need to
wake up quickly They are swal-
lowed up.

They need to know what pri-
ority is all about, I hear bout all
kinds of mixing and matching.
My prayer is a few of you will
take a trip to our beloved Long
Island. Yes take a li’l trip there,
see how they are in control of
their home and_ do
likewise...hats off to Long
Island, keep your homecoming
native, Bahamian.

Keep the teaching of your
ancestors.

Keep preaching to your chil-
dren the seriousness of knowing
good from evil.

Don’t allow the cultures that
God has condemned to pene-
trate your hometown, this also
goes as a warning for other
islands.

Wake people, I pray that the
rest of you don’t become like
Palmetto Point.

Our forefathers wouid be
shocked If they could take a
peep in Point, initially I was
wondering, but after sitting and
walking about for a few days, I
understood exactly why Point, is
so run down and dilapidated —
that’s not us.

I remember when even neigh-
bours from other settlements
could not stay in Point
overnight, unless they were with
family.

Where have your values
gone, Why did you lose that
togetherness and respect we
once had for our hometown?
And most of all, why have you
lost our God?

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AFRAID FOR POINT
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attention to

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WELL KNOWN anti-
Bahamas campaigner
Harold Fuhrmann yes-
terday attempted to
bring attention to his
arrest earlier this year at
the second annual “Meet
the Minister Forum”
which was sponsored by
the Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce,

During numerous
attempts to raise his con-
cerns, Mr Fuhrmann was
reminded that his matter
was not directly related
to the business of the
forum. He was therefore
asked to seek another
venue at which to
address the ministers. Mr
Fuhrmann will be
attempting to hand deliv-
er a letter to Prime Min-
ister Hubert Ingraham
outlining a number of his
complaints today.

Mr Fuhrmann was not.
the only one who turned
heads at the forum, as
ReEarth director Sam
Duncombe pressed Min-
ister of Foreign Affairs
Brent Symonette over
the government’s stance
regarding a proposed
LNG facility for Ocean
Cay.

When Mr Symonette
responded that the pro-
posal was “not on the
front burner” for the
government, Mrs Dun-
combe quickly replied:
that she did not want the
proposal to be on the
“back burner either”.

The annual “Meet the
Minister Forum” is only
one of a list of events
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In brief” Students complete

Partners Against
Crime programme

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

STUDENTS of LW Young and
DW Davis Junior High Schools
were awarded certificates of com-
pletion yesterday for an innovative
behaviour modification programme
created by officers at Her Majesty’s
Prison, designed to prevent at risk
youth from becoming inmates of
the facility.

The eight week Partners Against
Crime programme was led by
Sergeants Samuel Duvalier and

Gregory Daxson from HMP and .

included 75 students in total from
both schools. Classes were held at
both the prison and at the schools.
Officers came to the campuses
twice a week.

The certificate ceremony was
held at HMP and was attended by
Tommy Turnquest, minister of
national security.

The students were instructed on
sex education and the importance
of education, along with issues sur-
rounding youth violence, peer pres-
sure and discipline. — ‘

The students were also taken on
a tour of the prison where they
spoke with prisoners about their
experiences. Some of these prison-
ers included those formerly associ-
ated with programme SURE -
which aims to assist youth with

‘behavioural problems — who-are

now in jail.

“Before the programme a lot of
them were drinking, smoking, hav-
ing sex, but, you know, during the
course of the programme we dis-
covered a lot of them stopped hav-
ing sex, stopped smoking — they
started taking life more seriously
and settling down in their educa-
tion,” said Sgt Duvalier. .

The PAC programme works in
conjunction with the Positive
Inmates Empowering Students Pro-
gramme to form HMP initiatives
focused on crime prevention.

“A prison has several functions.
Generally in the Bahamas, we look
at functions such as incapacitation,
detention, rehabilitation and we
almost ignore its deterrent func-



MINISTER OF National Security
Tommy Turnquest was at the
certificate ceremony.

tion,” said Elliston Rahming, super-
intendent at HMP. “So this pro-
gramme speaks to that, trying to
deter potential would-be offenders
from a life of delinquency, crimi-
nality and consequently incarcera-
tion.”

He continued: “We believe that
persons who work in prison are key
instruments to talk to young people
about the consequences of bad
choices ... and so that is why we
conceptualised this programme.
And we.hope to broadened it and
widen it and deepened it so that
we would have made our contribu-
tion to crime prevention in the
Bahamas as opposed to dealing
with crime only at the end of the
day when they have gone through
all of the processes.”

Mr Turnquest commended the
young people for completing the
programme and the prison officers
for their leadership. He also assured
those present that he and his min-
istry are fully behind the initiative.

Mr Duvalier said that they now
want to carry the programme to
different schools which are having
challenges. Other schools, he
added; have already called to find
out if they can be a part of the pro-

_ gramme.

It is his intention to expand the
programme to four schools in New
Providence and eventually to the
Family Islands.

Businessman Oscar

Porter Jr dies age 63

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

FREEPORT - Prominent Freeport businessman Oscar Porter Jr

63.

died at the Rand Memorial Hospital on Wednesday evening. He was

Mr Porter owned various businesses in Freeport, including a real
estate company, restaurant, and a night club and lounge. ,
He also owned several buildings near the International Bazaar,

hs including the Porter Plaza and the former Sir Winston Churchill Pub.

Mr Porter has been in business for more than 40 years in Grand

Bahama. He successfully ran and operated Tenant Cooper Realty |

Ltd, Le Chicken Shack and the Caribbean Island Sports Bar.
There are reports that Mr Porter, who was a diabetic, may have had

heart problems.

Although employees knew he had health problems for some time,
they said they did not expect that he would pass away so suddenly.
“We knew he was ill for a few years, but we are all in shock and nev-

er expected this at all,”

said an employee at his real estate company.

The employee said Mr Porter owned and operated the real estate

company for more than 40 years.

Last week, Mr Porter lost his sister, Bessimae, who died in Freeport.

She too suffered from diabetes. .

Many persons in the business community said yesterday that they

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Hotel union
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voice concerns

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

FREEPORT - More than 30
shop stewards at the Bahama
Hotel Catering and Allied
Workers Union in Freeport say
they are fed up over insufficient
representation and a shortage
of union executives in Freeport.

. They are calling on Minister
of Labour Dion Foulkes to
come to Freeport to meet with
them and hear their concerns.

A special assembly was held
on Wednesday at Workers
House, where 35 shop stewards
at the Our Lucaya Resort
expressed their concerns to the
media. :

They say that Lionel Morley,
second vice president of the
BHCAWU, he has been off the
job in Freeport for several
weeks.

A feud at the union has cre-
ated a split among union exec-
utives. Mr Morley and several
other union executives in New
Providence no longer support
union president Roy Cole-
brooke and General Secretary
Leo Douglas.

Mr Morley, who is in charge
of the Freeport operation, was
not in office when The Tribune
called Workers House.

There were reports that Mr
Morley had been suspended by
President Colebrooke, who
then appointed someone else
to manage the office in
Freeport.

However, Mr Morley and
several union executives recent-
ly received a court order for
payment of salaries owed for a
13 week period. Salaries owed
to the executives range from
$16,000 to more than $18,000.

The non-salaried union shop
stewards feel that it is unfair to
pay salaries to persons who are
not on the job.

“We want the minister to do
something. We are the labour-
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they need to come see us,” one
of them said.

Even though workers at Our
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four hour shifts three days per
week, the union shop stewards
said union dues are still be col-
lected from their small pay
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John F. Kennedy Drive, between the hours of
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LOCAL NEWS

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be delivered to the attention of the: ves
Mr. |. Kirk Griffin, Executive Vice
President, The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Ltd,
P.0. Box N-3048, Nassau, Bahamas
by the above date and time.

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Tribune publisher
short-listed for
Businessperson

of the Year Award

FROM page one

Developing Entrepreneur
of the Year and Business of
the Year awards also will be
given out.

Mrs Carron was born into
the newspaper business 78
years ago. She succeeded her
father in 1972 as publisher of
The Nassau Daily Tribune,
which was founded by her

» grandfather on November 21,
1903. This makes her the >

third-generation publisher of
what is today known as The
Tribune.

Mrs Carron is the CEO
of The Tribune Media
Group, which, in addition to
The Tribune, also owns the

radio station 100JAMZ and

manages three other music
stations.

In July, 2007, The Tribune,
The Nassau Guardian and
The Freeport News entered

. into a joint operating agree-

ment to combine the produc-
tion, printing and distribu-
tion of these three major

dailies. Mrs Carron is chair-

man of the group, with
Emanuel Alexiou as the
deputy chairman.

Mrs Carron, born in Nas-
sau on March 13, 1930, is the

oldest of the late Sir Etienne’

and Lady Dupuch’s six chil-
dren. Before attending high
school in England, she was

educated at Queen’s College ©

and St Francis Xavier’s
Academy in Nassau.
Presented by her uncle,
the late Eugene Dupuch, QC,
Mrs Carron is the second
woman to be called to the
Bahamas Bar. She is also the
second woman newspaper
publisher — Mary Moseley,
publisher of The Nassau

Guardian (1844), being the -

first.

Mrs Carron is the first
woman CEO of a radio sta-
tion in the Bahamas and the
Caribbean. She is the only
Bahamian to have had her
editorials read into the US
Senate record. This was done
on at least two occasions by
Democratic Senator Bob
Graham (Florida).

Mrs Carron was recognised
by the local branch of Zonta
International in 1998 as one
of 30 women “living legends”
of the Bahamas and again
this year in recognition of
“her contributions to the
advancement of women and
her many ‘contributions to

Bahamian society.”

In June 2000, she was hon:
oured by Her Majesty Queen
Elizabeth II. On that occa-
sion she was named Com-
panion of the Order of St
Michael and St George

at ert ioe a Nos pas
rire Eee EN eee Borie aby Gen Oona

(CMG) “for services to the
growth and development of
the Bahamas.”

Fox Hillian Mr Rolle, who
has been described by the
Chamber of Commerce as a
“one of the quiet and com-
mitted builders of the mod-
ern Bahamas”, was educated
at the Sandilands School.
From humble beginnings
working in his youth as a
waiter at the Montagu Beach
Hotel, driving a taxicab dur-
ing the day, and farming the
land to help feed his family,
Mr Rolle has built up several

successful businesses.

It was in the 1970s that Mr
Rolle first took up his new
role as a businessman and
entrepeneur. He opened:a

‘clothing and dry goods store
_ on East Street, which later

expanded to add a second
outlet. He also ventured into
the building and contracting
industry and today owns and
manages a number of apart-
ment buildings, including one
worth over a million dollars
near St Anne’s School.

In the 1980s Mr Rolle
moved into the auto parts
and accessories business,
eventually operating Rolle’s
from three different loca-
tions.

Currently Mr Rolle is com-
pleting his latest project — a
30-room hotel and entertain-
ment property in Eastwood
Estates. He is also complet-
ing work on another multi-
plex apartment block.

Mr Pinder, owner of Pin-
der Tile, credits his father for
the most valuable lessons he
has learnt. He also says that
to be successful, you need
hard work, a good wife, ded-
icated children and great
employees.

His father, a pharmacist,
started the Blanco bleach
company and David and his
brother William expanded |
the business into the house-
hold name that it is today.
David eventually sold his
interest in the business to
William, and went on to start
Concrete Castings in the mid-
1970s — the first company to
offer’ precast concrete septic
tanks in the Bahamas.

Pinder Enterprises was lat-
er realised in the early 80s:
after Mr Pinder realised that
the selection of tiles available
in the Bahamas was poor.
Not long after, Muffler
World was born.

In 1995, Mr Pinder opened
a new 20,000 square foot
building after Pinder Enter-
prises’ first 10,000 square foot

“space ‘was outgrown.

a ae

ne ric aS estore iDaoaevine one options, like Flat
peu Home Theaters, Stereo Systems, DVD players, ©
Camcorders and more — all while keeping our ste
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THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 2008, PAGE 9
LOCAL NEWS



Officers upset after Struggle for privately owned
‘$166 subtracted airlines due to rising fuel prices

e one the dynamics of the business, saying that Pilots who met to speak to The Tribune
FROM pag "the global market is contracting" and "will | were Vincent Colebrook of Flamingo Air,

Bah Rig te continue to do so", as projected by the Kenneth Carey of Pineapple Air, Albert
oe run bahamas A\1r, If Was World Tourism Organisation (WTO). Rolle of Cat Island Air, Wolff Seyfert of
reported. _ "There will be less aircraft, fuller with | Western Air and Nathaniel Gibbs of South-

siden tioeeaal (in ae nae passengers, and flying to fewer destina- ern Air.

FROM page one ; ; : tions," Seyfert said. These pilots have reportedly written
O pag . 4 i Mr rach ae = buy things unavailable And Bahamian pilots want to keep the formal complaints to Minister of Aviation
on other islands. prices.down for their passengers they all and Tourism, Neko Grant, to no

possible. We want to keep the morale of those officers at a solid "We are just asking for some relief," said a ‘ Sao Ne (ton yeetera

pace. Right now the morale isn’t as we want it to be. So we don’t’: Mr Colebrook, asking for a break on “at, ae Mr ‘Colebrook questioned, "How oti es ue ee ce
want it to really drop below the average. So we’re going to move least one fee every so often." — ; much (of the price) can you pass on to pas- — such document.

with this speedily,” added Mr Sands. : Wolff Seyfert of Western Air explained sengers and still have affordable tickets?"

He explained that these 70 officers have completed their training
and in addition to the $166 being subtracted, they are still receiv-
ing a recruits’ salary rather than what they should receive after grad-
uating and signing contracts. This needs to be ironed out as quick-
ly as possible, said Mr Sands. f

“It’s very upsetting to the officers. You know, they have lots of
bills to pay and we don’t know what’s the lay back. It seems like the
prison is in the step-child situation. We’ve been this way for a
very long time through governments come and governments go.”

“And we are begging right now for the minister right now to real-
ly dig down deep, sir, we are asking you as president and as the head
of these officers, we are asking-you, sir, at this time to really dig
down deep and give what is due to these officers at this time. They
work hard, you know. They stay there all night and day and all they
are asking for is what is due to them,” added Mr Sands.

Elliston Rahming, prison superintendent, told The Tribune yes-
terday that he intends to meet the stat association and these offi-
cers in short order.

“Whatever the issues are — I mean we run a very open adminis-
tration — and whatever grievances or misgivings they may have, I
would imagine would be clarified in short order,” he said.

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Deweritte’s Funeral Home

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Harry
Jude
Ferguson,
48 yrs.,

a resident of Strachan’s
Corner off East Street, will
be held at St. Matthew's
Anglican Church, Shirley

Street, on Saturday at11:00 -
a.m. Off iciating wil be Rev. Fr. Peter A. Scott, assisted by

Fr. James Moultrie and Fr. Don Haynes. Interment follows
in Southern Cemetery, Cowpen & Spikenard Roads.





Left to cherish his memory are his 5 brothers, Edgar
Ferguson of Brooklyn, New York, Charles, Earnest,
Leonard and Vernon Ferguson; 5 sisters, Diana
McKenzie, Francita Martin, Althea Ferguson, Glendina
Newton and Sharon Hanna; 1 aunt, Ethel Edgecombe; 3
sisters-in-law, Sherald, Debbie and Merlene Ferguson;
3 brothers-in-law, Alphonza McKenzie, Stanley Martin
and Omar Hanna; 22 nephews, 22 nieces, 6 grand
nephews, 22 grand nieces, 1 great grand niece
and a host of other cousins, relatives and friends
including: Alethia Ferguson, Meriam Brennen, Vernita
Mackey, Ulamae, Sylvia Phillis.














Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte’s
Funeral Home, Market Street, from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
on Friday and on Saturday at the church from 10:00 a.m.
until service time.







Elrona
Stubbs
Culmer,
81 yrs.,

a resident of Smiths








“1 formerly of Orange Creek,
Cat Island; will be held at
‘Southland Church of God,

Soldier Road, on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Officiating will
_be Bishop Teuton Stubbs, assisted by Pastor William
Pratt. Interment follows in Old Trail Cemetery, Old trail
Road.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Minister
Isabella Fox; sons, Randol Culmer, Keith Culmer,
Kent and Harold Culmer; brother, Alphonso Stubbs;
adopted sisters, Ellen Newbold, Alice Stubbs; adopted
brother, Josh Newbold; son-in-law, Rev. David Fox;
daughters-in-law, Princess Culmer, Dianna. Culmer
and Kathleen Culmer; sisters-in-law, Inez Stubbs,
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Laura Stubbs, Nassau; grand
daughters, Sheniqua Fox, Monalesa Rolle, Trevor,
Desiree, Vanessa, Shanette Culmer, Ikysha Bonaby,
Angela, Crystal Culmer, Staffanie, Shantell, Temeka,
Anderia; grandsons, Father. Derick Rolle, Bradley Fox,
Decosta, Sterling, Auldrin, Michael Fox, Miguel Culmer,
Keith Junior, Deangelo, Jerome, Trevano, Kevin Culmer,
Kenton Culmer, Derick, Adrian Culmer, Dr. Randolph
Culmer Jr.; great grand, Ashley Rolle, Dillyn Bonaby,
Kenron Fox, Raymond Rolle Jr.; adopted daughters,
Marilyn Livingston, Cheryl Page, Deborah Dubivelle;
adopted sons, Percy Knowles, Cyril Knowles, Perma
Knowles, Wellecy, Dwight Knowles, Lyndia and Tony
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Inga, a medical doctor, has known her husband
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Her Bridal Choices were: “Mocha Java” China by
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Kelly’s was chosen because “Kelly’s is the premier
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Shanell, a self employed entrepreneur, met her
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She enjoys dancing and charity work. One of her
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Kristy; an accounts manager at a leading media
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Her Bridal Choices were: “Wilomere” China by
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Kelly’s was chosen because “they have the best
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Suncher, a Senior. Editor at one of the Bahamas
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She enjoys meeting people, traveling and helping
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LOCAL NEWS



FROM page one

have four children aged 12
months to 14 years. The chil-
dren, who were also asleep at
the time of the incident, were
not harmed during the ordeal.

Father dies after couple shot in bed.

Yesterday, MP for Montagu
and Minister of State for Social

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and Father Mel

Taylor will officiate. Cremation will follow.

Mrs Albury was predeceased by her father, Roy
Ramsey and is survived by her husband,
Andrew Albury; mother, Gemina Genta; step-
father, Silvano Genta; sons, Christian Andrew
Albury and Stefan Andrew Albury; mother-in-
law, Barbara Albury; brother, Pietro Nicola
DiRado; sister, Daniela Genta and many other
reltives and close friends including Burns House
and Butler & Sands staff.

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Bahamas, P.O. Box SS-6539, Nassau, in
memory of Maria Christina Albury.

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and whom she knew “very
well”.

She said the funeral director
and embalmer was “like a
younger brother” to her, and a
“very good worker who is going
to be missed by many in the
funeral service business.”

Mr Miller said police have a
22-year-old male suspect in cus-
tody in connection with the
matter.

Reports surfaced yesterday

that Mr Ferguson may have
been involved in a dispute the
day before he was killed.

Mr Miller said police had
received a similar report and
are making inquiries along
those lines.

“We have received that

report and our lines of inquiry .

will certainly go that way also,”
Mr Miller said.

All was quiet at the Fergu-
sons’ Family Street home yes-
terday. A screen on the cou-

ple’s bedroom window was vis- -

ibly torn and the front door was
freshly boarded as it appeared

to have been kicked in.

The Fergusons’ neighbour,
75-year-old Carmetta Spence,
who has lived on Family Street
for 25 years, said she was sad-
dened by the incident.

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after all, it could have been me.
Only thing I could say is thank
God for life, God has been

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Rosemary Butler, manager
of Butler’s Funeral Home, said
she was shocked by his death.

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responsibilities. He did his work
and once you got to know him
he was fine,” she said.

“T am stunned, this is really
shocking to us all because he
has been with us for many
years. When you are around
your employees for a long time
you think of them as family,”
Mrs Butler added.

Mr Ferguson is the country’s
34th homicide victim for the
year. His murder follows the
weekend murder of 50-year-old
Charles Robinson.

Robinson, a chef, was found
stabbed to death early Satur-
day morning at his home on the
corner of Market Street and
Bahama Avenue. Deangelo
Pratt, 21, of Carmichael Road,
has been charged with his mur-
der.

Women
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however, a second suspect was
able to escape in bushes.

Chief Superintendent of
Police Basil Rahming said an
18-year-old man is presently
assisting police with their inves-
tigations into the matter.

A search is underway, he
said, for the second suspect who
is still at large.

According to reports, shortly
before 6pm the Police Dispatch
Centre in Freeport received
information that a woman was
being held up by two masked
men, one of whom was armed
with a handgun, inside.a house
off Pinta Avenue.

A 39-year-old female victim
told police that two culprits
forced open the kitchen door
and entered the house.

She said the men sexually
assaulted her and another
woman who had arrived at the
residence.

She also said two culprits also
took several items that were in
the house and fled shortly
before the police arrived.

Supt Rahming said while
searching the area, the officers
spotted two males running in
the bushes and gave chase on
foot. He said an 18-year-old sus-
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A suicide bomber detonated an explosive belt yesterday inside a
municipal government building west of Baghdad, killing at least 12
people attending a meeting of tribal sheiks, police said.

Col. Fawzi Fraih, civil defense director of Anbar province, said
the sheiks were members of a group opposed to al-Qaida in Iraq
and were meeting with Americans when the attack occurred in
Karmah, about 20 miles west of Baghdad.

The U.S. military would not confirm whether Americans were
inside the building during the attack, the third against a municipal
government meeting in Iraq this week.

Police said the bomber entered the building through a back
door, but it was unclear how he managed to evade security for the
meeting, which drew community leaders in the town where Sunnis
have turned against al-Qaida in Iraq.

U.S. and Iraqi troops rushed to the bombing site and sealed off
the area, local residents said by telephone.

The media office for Anbar province said the dead included
the town’s administrative director and at least two chiefs of major
Sunni tribes in the area.

The attack occurred only days before U.S. troops are to hand
over security responsibility for Anbar to the Iraqis, marking a
major milestone in the campaign to lower the U.S. profile in an area

_that had once been center-stage of the war.

Both Sunni and Shiite extremists appear determined to try to
undermine efforts to build government institutions at the local
level. Ten people, including four Americans, were killed Tuesday
in a bombing in a municipal council office in the Shiite area of Sadr
City in Baghdad. Two Americans were shot dead and four wound-
ed Monday when a disgruntled official opened fire as they left a
municipal building in Salman Pak about 15 miles south of the cap-
ital.

In the northern city of Mosul, a car bomb blew up Thursday as
provincial Gov.

Duraid Kashmola was inspecting damage from a rocket attack,
police said. The governor escaped injury but eight people were
killed — including five of his guards — and 22 people were wound-
ed, police said.

The U.S. military says violence in Iraq has dropped to its lowest
level in more than four years, but attacks are continuing as Sunni
and Shiite extremists try to regroup and undermine security gains.

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By NEIL HARTNELL

Tribune Business Editor

IT WILL cost the Bahamas :
“scores of millions of dollars” :
through the creation of new :
institutions and laws to com- }
_ ply with the obligations that‘
the. Economic Partnership :
(EPA) will :
impose on this nation, a senior :
attorney telling The Tribune :
yesterday that these issues had :

Agreement

yet to be answered.

_ Brian Moree, senior part- :

ner at McKinney, Bancroft & :
Hughes, said he was'unstre :
whether anyone - in the Gov- :
ernment or private sector - }
“can put a price on it” when it }
came to determining how :
much it would cost the :
Bahamas to fulfil its commit- :
ments under the EPA trade :
deal the Government seems :
set to sign with the European :

Union (EU).

While there have been sug- :
gestions that the agreement’s:
signing, set for July 2008, may :
be pushed back to September:
this year, Mr Moree said com- }

_pliance costs - and who was }
going to pay for the new insti- : :
tutions aid legislation the : ' this autumn
Bahamas would have to cre- :
ate - had not yet been ade- :
quately addressed by the Gov- :

ernment.

“One thing I believe is that }
this is going to be enormously :
expensive,” if the Bahamas :
does sign the EPA as current- :
ly constituted, Mr Moree told :

The Tribune.

“T’m talking about scores of : -
millions of dollars. How much :
it’s going to cost, who’s going :
to pay-for it, these issues have :
not been addressed publicly. :
It’s a massive task, it’s expen-
sive and no one has been talk- :

ing about that...

“It is going to cost many }
millions of dollars for every §;
the.:
Bahamas, when you think :
about the harmonisation of ;
laws, what has to be done in }
terms of new legislation, and :
supporting these institutions. :
It is creating a whole new lev- :
el of bureaucracy, and-going :

country, including

to be very, very expensive.”

Among institutions the }
Bahamas will have to create is :
a competition watchdog with-
in five years of the EPA tak- :
ing effect, along with the :
accompanying legislation and :

regulations.

Other areas identified by

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@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Bahamas would “score
a huge home run” and save the

‘Bahamas Electricity Corpora-

tion (BEC) between $1.4 bil-
lion-$4 billion in fuel costs over
a 15-year period if it approves a

i proposal for the AES.Corpora-

tion’s liquefied natural gas
(LNG) terminal to supply the
product to New Providence as
well as Florida.

Aaron Samson, AES Corpo-
ration’s LNG managing direc-

tor, and the project manager for

the Ocean Cay LNG terminal
and pipeline project, said that
based on two sets of data that
employed different projections,

BEC could save between $80- -

$210 million per annum over a
15-year period if it switched its
Blue Hills combustion turbines
from diesel fuel to LNG.

The projected savings were
over “a fairly wide range”, Mr

Samson told Tribune Business :

AES pipeline to supply
fuel to Corporation’s New

Providence power plant
to cost $150-$200m and

be completed in one year.

yesterday, due to the fact that
AES Corporation had generat-
ed two sets. of estimates - one
based on the more conservative
US Energy Administration’s oil
price estimates, the other based
on oil futures prices.

“We’re not trying to oversell
it,” Mr Samson said. “Based on
current futures prices, over a

15-year period BEC would be |

saving $200 million per year.
“The numbers are so over-

whelming. It’s just a huge home .

run. We would be supplying to

EPA can end
investment

policy ‘whim’

* WTO trade

memorandum :

may be submitted

* Trade Commission
executive.says EU
deal will force
Bahamas to do
what it should have
done years ago.

By NEIL HARTNELL ~
Tribune Business Editor

SIGNING the Economic
Partnership Agreement (EPA)
will force the Bahamian gov-
ernment to put in place trans-
parent institutions and struc-
tures to govern the country’s
economy, rather than rely on
policy and “whim” as it has

‘been doing, the Bahamas Trade

Commission’s vice-chairman

. said.

Addressing a seminar on the
EPA trade agreement with the
European Union (EU), Ray-
mond Winder, managing part-
ner at Deloitte & Touche
(Bahamas), said that “a large
part of this agreement almost
forces the Government to come
to the table” and implement the
infrastructure, rules, laws and

regulations needed for the »

smooth running of business and
this nation’s economy.
If the Bahamas signed the

_ EPA, Mr Winder said the joint

committees and institutions cre-
ated by the EU and Caribbean
to oversee the agreement would
hold the Government to

account if it failed to comply _

with its obligations.

Although seminar attendees
expressed concern that the
Bahamas was again relying on
external forces to do compel it
do things it should have done
years ago - in this case, make
its government more open and
transparent - Mr Winder said
the EPA might reduce the level
of political interference when it
came to business conduct and
regulation.

Currently, many investment
approvals were decided “on a
whim” by politicians and civil
servants, with the processes that
had to be followed by business-

men and investors not trans- °

parent or clearly defined.
Mr Winder added that many
areas of the Bahamian economy

SEE page three





the Bahamas the same product ©

we will supply to Florida. We
have committed to supplying a
minimal amount of LNG, and
at a US-indexed price, and BEC
does not have to take it. It’s a
pretty wide-open commitment.”

While AES was seeking a 25-
year Heads of Agreement with

- the Government for the Ocean

Cay project, Mr Samson
explained that not wanting to

- forecast too far into the future,

the company had only given
cost savings estimates for BEC
for the first 15 years.

“It’s a big number,” he said of
the total projected savings to
BEC from 2012 onwards, the
date when the LNG terminal
and pipeline are projected to
be completed. The estimates are
heavily linked to the projected
per barrel prices of oil and
diesel on the global markets.

“At the low end it’s $1.4-$1.5
billion [in savings on BEC fuel
purchases] over the first-15
years of a 25-year agreement,”
Mr Samson told The Tribune.
“At the high end, it could be as
much as $4 billion. Between
$1.4-$4 billion is a huge range,
but it’s all good news for BEC.

Without import duties and

tariffs, Mr Samson said that at .
current global market prices,.

diesel fuel cost $30 per one mil-
lion British thermal units
(BTUs), while the same quan-
tity of LNG cost between $12-
13. “The savings to the
Bahamas come from displacing
the most expensive fuel in the
system,” he said of the AES
proposal.
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and briefings already. having
been held with its chairman,
Fred Gottlieb, and general man-
ager, Kevin Basden. Follow-up

meetings between the two sides’.

engineering teams were now
planned. °

A June 4, 2008, business plan
and proposal by AES, which
has been seen by Tribune Busi-
ness, shows that apart from its
94-mile, 26-inch pipeline to
transport LNG for Florida’s
energy system, the company
now wants to also construct a

' 120-mile, 10-inch pipeline from

Ocean Cay (a man-made island
near Bimini) to Clifton Point in
New Providence.

Mr Samson suggested yester-

day that the pipeline to Clifton |
- ‘Point would cost between $150-.

$200 million to construct, and

“take under a year” to con- —

struct. The Ocean Cay termi-
nal itself would be constructed
over a three-year period,
becoming operational in 2012.

The Clifton Pier pipeline
would follow a route that will
take it well to the north of
Andros, then down to Clifton
Pier through the deep-water

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@ By CARA
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Tribune Business
Reporter

The Government is likely
to adopt Singapore’s
method for charging busi-
ness license fees, a minister
said yesterday, in the hope
this will create a more equi-
table structure for Bahamian -
companies finding the fees

_ financially challenging.
The minister of state for

finance, Zhivargo Laing, said
the Government will, over
the next 12 months, be
extensively reviewing the
current business license fee
structure with a view to
making substantial amend-
ments. iis

He said that to do this, the
‘Government is planning an
extensive review ‘of Singa-
pore’s model for business
licence fees, which had
proven to be very effective
and efficient.

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them to determine how we
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when, and whether a
Bahamian team will visit
Singapore or whether a team
from Singapore will come
here,” Mr Laing said, while

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Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce. ‘

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applications to be processed
within a month of their receipt
by the Department of Immigra-
tion, the minister responsible
promised Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce members yesterday.

Senator Elma Campbell, min-
ister of state for immigration,
responding to concerns that
delays in the work permit
approval process were negative-
ly impacting companies’ busi-
ness operations, told a Meet the
Ministers Forum that as the
Department continued its
restructuring, she did not think it
was unrealistic for the process
to take a maximum of four

_ weeks - from submission to

either approval or denial - unless
there were special circum-
stances.

Ms Campbell’s remarks,
which almost seem to amount to
a commitment on work permit
turnaround time, are likely to
delight the Bahamas Chamber
of Commerce’s president, Dion-
isio D’ Aguilar.

He has taken the lead in
pressing the Department of
Immigration to set timetables
for turning around properly
completed work permit applica-

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the grounds that the existing
approach was causing too much
disruption for Bahamian com-
panies when it came to hiring
practices and business opera-
tions.

In fact, Ms Campbell seemed
somewhat surprised that the
matter was still an issue, as she
said that in recent months she
had not received many com-
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cation delays

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inordinate delays, I would ask
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EPA can end —
investment
policy ‘whim’
FROM page one

were regulated by policies, such :
as the National Investment Pol- :
icy, which were not enshrined in }
law. The EPA is set to change }
this, as all these policies will :
now have to be placed in:
statute, making the approvals : erty - the first upgrade since its
process for Bahamian-owned :
and foreign businesses more }

transparent.

of issues,”

hands will be tied somewhat.”

Under the EPA, it would be
possible for businesses and }
investors to sue foreign govern- }
ments such as the Bahamas if ;
they felt their rights under the :
agreement were being infringed. :

“Most of those suing the Gov- ;
Mr
Winder added. “There’s a fresh :

ernment will be residents,”

air in the system. Companies and

they’re not doing.

“BTC should have been priva- :
tised months, years ago. But it’s i

things properly.

“We need to begin to do things
to put us on a solid footing going :
forward. The Bahamas is slipping. :

In my eyes, we’re losing ground.”

By converting policies into :
laws, and creating well-defined :
processes for investors to follow, }
Mr Winder said “a whole lot :
would be :
brought to the investment }

more structure”

process.

This would provide a “point of :
reference for international :
investors”,-and he added: “None
of us can tell them presently what :
is required. It’s always subject to :
someone’s whim. We need to :
change that. We’ve been getting :
away with it for so long. We have :
policies instead of laws, and clear- :
ly we’ve got to make those poli- :

cies laws.”

Currently, when it came to the }
National Investment Policy, Mr :
Winder said it was down “to a :

group of guys around a table”

deciding which foreign investors
to approve for industries suppos- :
edly reserved for Bahamian own- :

ership only under the policy.

“It’s not the way to operate a }
country, but that’s what we do,”

Mr Winder said.

Mr Winder acknowledged that :
the Bahamas had been at a dis- :
advantage in the EPA negotia- :
tions because it was the only
CARIFORUM member, and }
only Western Hemisphere nation, :
not yet a World Trade Organisa- :.

tion (WTO) member.

“It would have been an excel- :
lent point of reference if the :
WTO was behind us, because :
‘every trade agreement we nego- :
tiate will be WTO-plus. WTO is :
the bottom line for all trade :
agreements. The EPA is a little :
more liberalised than the WTO,” :

Mr Winder.

Simon Wilson, director of eco-. }
nomic planning in the Ministry :
of Finance, told the seminar that :
his unit, which had responsibility :
for WTO issues, was hoping to :
submit the Bahamas’ Memoran- }
dum of Trade Regime - the doc- :
ument that kickstarts that acces- }
sion process - by autumn 2008, :
provided it was approved by the : j
Bahamas Trade Commission and :

the Cabinet.

When it came to the Bahamas’ :
services offer over the EPA, Mr :
Winder said this nation had to :
liberalise some 75 per cent or }
around 120 out of 155 industries. :

There are four modes of supply :
- cross-border supply of services; :
travelling abroad to consume a }
service; commercial presence by :
EU firms in the Bahamas; and }

the movement of workers.

The Bahamas has to decide: {
whether to make commitments :
to open each sector of its econo-’ }
my in the areas of market access }
and national treatment, meaning :
there are eight categories for each ;

industry.

Yet Mr Winder said only one }
out of the eight had to be opened :
to meet the EPA’s liberalisation :
requirements - and count that }
industry among the 75 per cent }

the Bahamas was opening up.

In addition, the Bahamas is :
making a number of ‘horizontal’ :
reservations, meaning they apply :
On market :
access, these involve maintaining :
National Economic Council }
(NEC) approval for all EU :
investments worth more than :
$250,000 and land purchases over :
maintaining the :
exchange control system; and the :
Immigration Department’s work }

to all industries.

five acres;

permit regime.

On national treatment,

the Bahamas is seeking to
restrict all government subsidies :
to Bahamian :
nationals and Bahamian-owned :

and grants

companies.

Hilton to renovate
all 288 guest rooms

| MBy CARA

BRENNEN-BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter

THE British Colonial Hilton
is set to undergo extensive ren-
ovations throughout the prop-

1999 reconstruction.
Jermaine Wright, the resort’s

“By signing the EPA, the Gov- director of sales and marketing,
ernment will be forced to be : : :
somewhat attentive to these types : resort will be renovating all 288
Mr Winder told the :
Nassau Institute seminar. “Their :
: age outlets.

told Tribune Business that the

guest rooms, its meeting spaces
and all of its food and bever-

He declined to give a dollar
value for the project, but said
it was being done to ensure the
British Colonial Hilton remains
up to standard as the first choice
not. only for guests, but also for
its group and banquet clients.

Mr Wright said the resort was
determined that the repairs will

: be carried out with minimal
individuals feel freer and have } :
more rights. They appeal not to :
Cabinet, but to other bodies who :
can call the Bahamas to account : : :
for what they’re doing and what abd. cltheusk he soul ate
: give a percentage at this time,
primarily because of the reno-.

not happened. Political interfer- ; Vations.

ence we have suffered, and con-
tinue to suffer, because the Gov- : .
ernment lacks the will to put :
infrastructure in place to do

interruptions to their guests.
He added that projections for
the British Colonial Hilton’s

Mr Wright noted that in gen-



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eral Bahamian hotels were see-
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as the window for bookings was
shortening to less than a week.
He said that at the Hilton, this
applied to group events and
bookings as well.

Mr Wright added: “Because
the Hilton catered to business
travellers, many of our clients
simply have to travel because
it is essential for their jobs and
they will do so, regardless of the
price. But then again, you will

,also have those companies who,

because of price increases, will

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S1.4-S4bn ‘home run’
on BEC’s cost savings

FROM page one

Commission and Ministry of
Works approvals, the AES
executive added: “There’s not
a major reef that we’re cross-
ing, and we’re not cutting a
marina into a reef system.
We’re seeking to slip in a 10-
inch pipeline, so the footprint
is pretty minimal. We’re try-
ing to stay away from the
reefs surrounding Andros;
that’s why it’s so far north.
“The pipeline to Florida
will costs $400 million, so this
one is going to be close to
half of that, but we’re moving
not nearly as much LNG.
We’ve allowed for an
increase in usage beyond
what the current use would

be. The pipeline will have
considerable capacity above
what the usage is.”

This was because Florida’s
energy grid needed 35,000
megawatts (MW) of electric-
ity, compared to the
Bahamas’ 350 MW demand.

When it came to convert-
ing BEC’s combustion tur-
bines at the Blue Hills power
plant from diesel to LNG, Mr

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(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on
the 25th June, 2008 when the Articles of Dissolution
were submitted to and registered by the Registrar

General.

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

Samson described the process
as “very straightforward” giv-
en that these machines could
operate using both fuels.
- This made the conversion
“very simple”, Mr Samson
added, with LNG bringing
the added advantages or
being more reliable, low
maintenance and clean-burn-
ing. The Clifton Pier power
plant’s turbines, though, are
not ripe for LNG conversion.
Mr Samson said the cost of
converting the seven-eight
combustion turbines at Blue
Hills to take LNG had been
estimated at between $1-$1.5
million, and this sum - a max-
imum of $12 million - would
“be paid for in a matter of

. months”.

In its proposal, AES
pledged to pay $1 million to

the Government upon the:

signing of the Heads of
Agreement, followed by a
further $4 million once the
seabed lease for the pipeline
is concluded. A further $4
million would be paid after
12 months, meaning that the

$9 million from the LNG pro-
ject within the first year.

On the seabed léase, AES
is proposing to pay $6 million
per annum initially, with this
fee to increase by 2.5 per cent
annually. Payments would
start from when the LNG ter-
minal and pipeline begin
operations, likely to be in
2012.

Rather than link the pay-
ment of additional govern-
ment taxes to throughput and
Henry Hub index sharing
fees, AES Corporation is now
proposing to pay 35 per cent
import duties and 7 per cent
Stamp Tax, “or equivalent
payments” to the Govern-
ment upon the LNG it sells
to BEC.

The company is also
proposing a 15-year exclusive
on LNG imports to the
Bahamas.

AES has estimated that the
Government will. earn
between $20-$30 million on
the LNG it supplies to BEC
in the first year, with this ris-
ing.to between $30-$40 mil-
lion some 16 years later in

2028.
On the cost savings to
BEC, it has projected that at

90 per cent diesel replace-

ment capacity BEC would
save $140 million in 2012 by
switching to LNG, a figure
that would rise to almost $250
million by 2028.

At 100 per cent diesel
replacement capacity, the
cost savings to BEC would
increase from $200 million in
2012 to $350 million by 2028.

When it came to employ-
ment, the Ocean Express
LNG terminal is expected to
provide between 35-50 full-
time jobs, with another 15-20
under contract to provide tug
boat services. When it came

to Bahamian employment,
Mr Samson pointed to AES’s
Dominican Republic facility
as an example, saying just

‘one expatriate was working

there.

Construction on Ocean Cay
is likely to take three years
and involve some 400-600
construction workers. Mr
Samson said it was likely that
“a good percentage” of con-
struction workers would have
to come from overseas, due
to the specialised nature of
LNG terminals, although this
would also depend on the
availability of Bahamian
labour.

AES has been waiting
some seven years, and now
two administrations, for the
Government to approve the
Ocean Cay project.

“It seems like things are
moving,” Mr Samson said
yesterday. “There’s been a
review of the regulations.
We’ve provided comments,
and think it’s close to being
past us.”

Legal Notice

NOTICE

FVG INVESTMENT LTD.

Dated this 27th day of June, A.D. 2008

Michael Low
Liquidator

Lot No. 23, Block 1 Unit 1
Cannon Bay Subdivision, Grand Bahama



All that parcel of Vacant Land containing 25,000
square feet or .57 acres situate in Unit 1 of Cannon
Bay Subdivision. The property is located on the west
side of Breech Drive, north of Cannon Ball Lane,
and is one hundred and twenty-five feet along the
waterway. All the roads are paved with asphalt and
all utilities are in place. The area is approximately
seven miles east of the Commercial District =
Freeport. mrt, some veers ican

For conditions of sale and any other information.
please contact:
Credit Risk Management - Collection Unit
At: 502-0929 or 356-1608

Interested persons should submit offers in writing
addressed to:

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

To reach us before July 31, 2008 -
Serious Enquires Onl

Legal Notice

NOTICE

MAUNA INC.
i

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with
Section 138(8) of the International Business
Companies Act 2000, the.dissolution of MAUNA
INC. has been. completed; a Certificate of
Dissolution has been issued and the Company
has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE

XENON INVESTMENT
HOLDINGS LTD.

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with

Section 138(8) of the International Business
Companies Act 2000, the dissolution of XENON
INVESTMENT HOLDINGS LTD. has_ been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been

issued and the Company has therefore been }

struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Government would receive

"NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that RONY DORMEUS of
NASSAU STREET, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason
why registration/ naturalization should not be granted,
should send a written and signed statement of the facts
within twenty-eight days from the 27TH day of JUNE 2008
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

‘LEGAL NOTICE
NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT

(No. 45 of 2000)
In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Sec-
tion 138 (4) of the International Business Compa-
nies Act, (No.45 of 2000), LATIN AMERICAN
& CARIBBEAN LTD. is in dissolution. Mr. Barry
Shere is the Liquidator and can be contacted at Latin
American and Caribbean IPC, 9200 S. Dadeland
Blvd., Suite 705, Miami, FL 33156. All person having
claims against the above-named company are required to
send their names, addresses and particulars of their debts
or claims to the Liquidator before the JULY 25, 2008.

st bugle. fs

Legal Notice

— NOTICE __

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No.45 of 2000)

MANTARAY INVESTORS LTD.

In Voluntary liquidation

“Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137
(4) of the International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of
2000), MANTARAY INVESTORS LTD. is in Dissolu-
tion.”

The date of commencement of dissolution is the 12th ay. of
June, 2008.
FIDES LIQUIDATOR INC.
Arango-Orillac Bldg.,
54th Street, Panama
Republic of Panama
Liquidator _

Legal Notice

NOTICE

FETTA LIMITED

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with | |

Section 138(8) of the International Business
Companies Act 2000, the dissolution of FETTA
LIMITED has been completed; a Certificate of
Dissolution has been issued and the Company
has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with
Section 138(8) of the International Business
Companies Act 2000, the dissolution of FVG
INVESTMENT LTD. has been completed; a
Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and
the Company has therefore been struck off the
Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



14800 SQ FT, 22”
Floor to ceiling modern, complete
with admin. offices secure, fenced in with all

utilities ample parking in front additional space at rear,

perfect for storage including containers, on cleared
leveled land to rear boundary.

Ideal for Contractor

Tel: 461-6104

Serious Inquiries Only

NOTICE

Please be advised that the following
offices

will be closed

Friday, June 27, 2008

and

Aleta roe

Monday, June 30, 2008

at the usual business hours.

Bahamas First General Insurance
Company Limited
Carib Insurance Brokers And
Agents Limited.
Nassau Underwriters Insurance

Agency Ltd.

Moseley Burnside Insurance
Agency Ltd.

We regret any inconveniences caused.

Signed: Management





THE TRIBUNE

FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 2008, PAGE 5B



Business

licence fees
FROM page one

Mr Laing said the Govern-
ment would like to ensure
that the Bahamas’ business
licence fee structure was
more equitable.

For example, the minister
acknowledged that given the
current economic realities,
setting business licence fees
based upon a company’s
gross revenues may not be
the most effective or equi-
table model of taxation.

The Government will also
examine the current incen-
tive legislation for business,
and then seek to adopt
one National Investment
Act.

This will promote trans-
parency, and also ensure the
Government is not overly
generous in granting incen-
tives where it does not have
too.

Mr Laing’s comments
came a day after the
Bahamas Petroleum Retail-
ers Association complained
that they were being forced
out of business due to fixed
margins. and skyrocketing
business license fees.

They also called for a
change in the structure of
their Business License fees,
which are currently based on
the dollar value of gas sold,
rather than volume, some-
thing the retailers are des-
perate to alter.

FROM page one

Mr Moree as requiring reform
were government procurement,
anti-dumping, the National
Investment Policy, environ-
mental laws, data protection
and intellectual property rights.

The McKinney, Bancroft &
Hughes partner said it was

unclear how much financial:

assistance the Bahamas would
receive from the EU’s Euro-
pean Development Fund to
cover the cost of these reforms.
He pointed out that since the
Bahamas was regarded as a
‘developed country’ for devel-
opment financing purposes,
and there had been problems
in getting EDF funds released
in the past, funding from this
source was unlikely to be sub-
stantial.
In addition, Mr Moree sai
that by signing on to the EPA,
the Bahamas would be ceding
some sovereignty to joint EU-
Caribbean institutions set up
to oversee and monitor. the
agreement. The four identified
to date include the Joint CAR-
IFORUM-EU Council, and the
CARIFORUM-EU trade
development committee.
Simon Wilson, the director
of economic planning in the
Ministry of Finance, acknowl-
edged at a Nassau Institute
seminar on the EPA on Tues-
day night that it would be
“challenging” for both the pri-
vate and public sector to imple-
ment reforms to meet the
agreement’s demands, but it
could be done.
This was disputed by Mr
Moree, who questioned
whether the Bahamas had “the

EPA compliance
to cost Bahamas

tionship with the US and nego-

- tiations on a Caribbean Basin

Initiative (CBI) replacement
by going further than required
with the EPA, through the
inclusion of services, Mr
Winder said one-way trade

Given that the US had been
among the most vigorous
opponents of the EU’s previ-
ous trading arrangements with
the Caribbean and ACP coun-
tries, Mr Winder said he was
unable to see how the CBI

‘millions of dollars’

capacity” to implement what
the EPA required, given that
Mr Wilson’s unit, for instance,
only had five persons working
in it.

He, though, encouraged Mr
Moree to “look at the produc-
tivity, not the numbers”.

Meanwhile, Raymond
Winder, the Bahamas ‘Trade
Commission’s vice-chairman
and a fellow panellist with Mr
Moree at the Nassau Institute
seminar, told The Tribune yes-
terday that not all the reforms
demanded by the EPA were
necessarily bad for this nation.

Citing the absence of a well-
defined, transparent invest-
ment policy, Mr Winder said:
“If we are able to attract
investment today purely on
natural resources, just imagine
what we could do if we had
more clarity... If the process is
better, I’d like to think we

_ could attract even more invest-

ment.”
The Deloitte & Touche

(Bahamas) managing partner
said the Bahamas had “lost the
last, five years” when it came
to preparing for economic and
trade liberalisation, with the
World Trade Organisation
(WTO) membership process
having gone nowhere since it
began in 2001. Minimal work
had been done on other trade
agreements.

Other countries, such as Bar-
bados, Trinidad and Jamaica,
had been much more proactive
by putting in place the institu-
tions and laws required by
trade liberalisation, rather than
be reactive and wait for these
agreements to come along, as
the Bahamas had done.

“There’s no doubt the
Bahamas has to do a lot more
than a lot of the other coun-
tries on some of the things
being agreed,” Mr Winder
said.

Responding to Mr Moree’s

assertion that the Bahamas had

‘compromised’ its trading rela-

NOTICE

deals such as the CBI were
becoming history. ly.

C CO INVITES S
RBC FINCO invites tenders for the purchase of the following:

“ALL THAT” piece parcel or lot of land being Lot #17,Blk#27, Shirley
Heights situated in the Western District on the Island of New Providence
one of the islands of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Situated
thereon is a Two Storey Multi family Dwelling consisting of 1-(2) two
bedrooms, (1) bathroom, 1-(2)Bedroom, (1)Bathroom, 1-(3)Bedroom,
(2) Bathroom. : E
Property Size: 5,000 sq.ft
£0 eal we, Building Sige: 3;042..sq Ft ein e
r net ; q
This property is being sold under Power of Sale contained in a Mortgage
to FINANCE CORPORATION OF BAHAMAS LIMITED.

All offers should be forwarded in writing in a sealed envelope,
addressed to the Manager, Royal Bank Collections Centre, P.O. Box
N-7549, Nassau, Bahamas and marked “Tender 2864”. All offers must be
received by the close of business 4:00 p.m., Friday 6th June, 2008.

©

RBC FINCO invites tenders for the purchase of the following:

“ALL THAT” piece parcel or lot of land being Lot No.711, Golden
Gates#2 Subdivision situated in Western District on the Island of New
Providence one of the islands of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.
Situated thereon is a Single Family Residence consisting of (4) four

bedrooms, (2) bathrooms.

Property Size:.6,000 sq ft
Building Size: 1,300 sq ft

This property is being sold under Power of Sale contained in a Mortgage
to FINANCE CORPORATION OF BAHAMAS LIMITED.

All offers should be forwarded in writing a a sealed: envelope,
addressed to the Manager, Royal Bank Collections Centre, P.O. Box
N-7549, Nassau, Bahamas and marked “Tender 0091”. All offers must be
received by the close of business 4:00 p.m., Friday 6th June, 2008.

RBC FINCO invites tenders for the purchase of the following:

“ALL THAT” piece parcel or lot of land being Lot situated
northernside of Lancaster & Victoria Street situated in the
Western District on the Island of New Providence one of the
islands of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Situated thereon is
Single Family consisting of 4 bedrooms, 3 bathroom

Property Size: 12,600 sq ft
Building Size: 3,104 sq ft

| This property is being sold under Power of Sale contained in a Mortgage
to FINANCE CORPORATION OF BAHAMAS LIMITED.

All offers should be forwarded in writing in a sealed envelope,
addressed to the Manager, Royal Bank Collections Centre, P.O. Box
N-7549, Nassau, Bahamas and marked “Tender 1871”: All offers must be
received by the close of business 4:00 p.m., Friday 6th June, 2008.

RBC FINCO invites tenders for the purchase of the following:

“ALL THAT” piece parcel or lot of land being Lot Approx 2.1 mile of
Blue Hill Road situated in the Western District on the Island of New
Providence one of the islands of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.
Situated thereon is a Duplex Apartment consisting of (2)Bedrooms,
(1)Bathrooms.

Property Size: 5,500 sq ft

Building Size: 1,754 sq ft

This property is being sold under Power of Sale contained in
a Mortgage to FINANCE CORPORATION OF BAHAMAS
LIMITED.

All offers should be forwarded in writing in a sealed envelope,
addressed to the Manager, Royal Bank Collections Centre, P.O. Box
N-7549, Nassau, Bahamas and marked “Tender 8101”. All offers
must be received by the close of business 4:00 p.m., Friday 6th
June, 2008. :

RBC FINCO invites tenders for the purchase of the following:

“ALL THAT” piece parcel or lot of land being Lot No.100, Ridgeland
Park West Subdivision situated in Southern District on the Island of New
Providence one of the islands of. the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.

Situated thereon is Vacant Land.

Property Size: 5,880 sq ft
Building Size: 1,760 sq.ft

This property is being sold under Power of Sale contained in a Mortgage
to FINANCE CORPORATION OF BAHAMAS LIMITED.

All offers should be forwarded in writing in a sealed envelope,
addressed to the Manager, Royal Bank Collections Centre, P.O. Box N-
7549, Nassau, Bahamas and marked “Tender 7561”. All offers must be
received by the close of business 4:00 p.m., Friday 6th June, 2008.



Abaco Markets

Bahamas Property Fund
Bank of Bahamas
Benchmark

Bahamas Waste

Fidelity Bank

Cable Bahamas

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

Finco

FirstCaribbean Bank
Focol (S)

Focol Class B Preference
Freeport Concrete

ICD Utilities

J. S. Johnson

Bahamas Supermarkets
Caribbean Crossings (Pref)
RND Holdi

Bahamas Supermarkets

S2wk-Hi
1.3152

52wk-Low
1.2485
2.7399

Fund Name
Colina Bond Fund
Colina MSI Preferred Fund
1.3458 Colina Money Market Fund
3.2920 Fidelity Bahamas G & | Fund
11.6049 Fidelity Prime Income Fund
100.0000 CFAL Global Bond Fund 100.00**
98.2100 CFAL Global Equity Fund 99.956603*
1.0000 CFAL High Grade Bond Fund 1.00°*
9.6346 Fidelity International Investment Fund 10.0060***
1.0000 FG Financial Preferred Income Fund
1.0000 FG Financial Growth Fund
‘1.0000 FG Financial Diversified Fund

1.315228°**
2.998763"**

3.6707°"*
12.2142°"*

) Dec 02 = 1,000.00 —

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 dally 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

Se
“YIELD - last 12 month dividends divided by closing price
Bid $ - Buying price of Colina and Fidelity
Ask $ - Selling price of Colina and fidelity
Last Price - Last traded over-the-counter price
Weekly Vol. - Trading votume of the prior week
EPS $ - A company's reported earnings per share for the laat 12 mths

could be continued indefinite-

ICD UTILITIES LIMITED
Notice To Shareholders

The Board of Directors of
ICD Utilities Limited is pleased
to advise that a dividend of
10 cents per share
has been declared to all Shareholders
of record as at 4th July, 2008

and payable on 25" July, 2008



RBC FINCO invites tenders for.the purchase of the following:

“ALL THAT” piece parcel or lot of land being Lot No.747, Garden

' Hills Subdivision situated in Southern District on the Island of

New Providence one of the islands of the Commonwealth of the
Bahamas. Situated thereon is Vacant Land.

Property Size: 6,000 sq ft

This property is being sold under Power of Sale contained in
a Mortgage to FINANCE CORPORATION OF BAHAMAS
LIMITED.

All offers should. be forwarded in writing in a sealed envelope,
addressed to the Manager, Royal Bank Collections Centre, P.O. Box '
N-7549, Nassau, Bahamas and marked “Tender 3786”. All offers
must be received, by the close of business 4:00 p.m., Friday 6th
June, 2008. ee s 8S



RBC FINCO invites tenders for the purchase of the following:

“ALL THAT” piece parcel or lot of land being Lot situated of Golden Isles
Road situated in the Western District on the Island of New Providence
one of the islands of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Situated thereon
is a Single Family Residence consisting of 3 Bedrooms, 2Bathrooms.

Property Size: 22,600 sq ft
Building Size: 1,175 sq ft

This property is being sold under Power of Sale contained in
a Mortgage to FINANCE CORPORATION OF BAHAMAS
LIMITED.

All offers should be forwarded in writing in a.sealed envelope,
addressed to the Manager, Royal Bank Collections Centre, P.O. Box
N-7549, Nassau, Bahamas and marked “Tender 9568”. All offers
must be received by the close of business 4:00 p.m., Friday 6th
June, 2008.

FG CAPITAL MARKETS

BROKERAGE & ADVISORY SERVICES

0.480

2023. 0.000
4.450 2.

1.160 0.900

phs0.023
2 Months Div$ Viete
5.47%
8.13%
3.80%
14.65%
5.73%

6.16%
Yo

-0.04%

-4.70%

31 March 2008
** ~ 31 December 2007
*** - 30 May 2008
s*** - 31 April 2008
- 30 April 2008
- 20 June 2008

NAV - Net Asset Value
N/M - Not Meaningful

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





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5 Inroads, 6 Seine, 7 Destroyers, 8
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go by car (5) pe Fe es hand at Six Clubs. North leads the more diamonds with or without the
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play the hand? It would be wrong to finesse the
(4,5) a 5 PS oe he || pay West East jack of diamonds on the first or sec-
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| 1 Legally acceptable 1 To quiver (7) hand at Three Notrump. North leads or more clubs, which seems ‘likely,
cal themes (6) N (5) 2 First solo trans- the six of clubs, on which South the contract cannot be defeated.
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moment (6) 12 WW2 RAF heavy monds and lead a diamond toward _ tricks, and even if South has the king
Across: 1 Amy Johnson, 8 Huron,9 18 A solvent (5) bomber (9) the jack. If North follows suit (or if — you’re home. He will not have a club
Scalpel, 10 Nitrate, 11 Delhi, 12 19 Range (7) 14 Head of museum (7) the queen has already fallen), the to return if the suit was originally
Enlist, 14 Trying, 17 Befit, 19 21 First man on the 16 Record of past slam is in the bag. divided 5-3 or 6-2, and you wind up
Calypso, 21 Revenge, 22 Roost, 23 imoon:t) events (7) If North does not follow suit (and — with an overtrick. If he does have a
Richthofen. _ 3 : the queen has not fallen), you still club to return, that means the suit
Down: 2 Marital, 3 Junta, 4 Hasten, 28. In addition (3) af ‘lode cial sie (3) have the heart finesse to fall back on. was divided 4-4, and you finish with
5 Slander, 6 Nepal, 7 Flying boat, 8 = 24 In the 18 Demand and get (5) Diamonds are broached before — exactly nine tricks.
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Largo.

diamonds are divided 3-3, you will
make the slam regardless of which
opponent has the queen. You also

would sink the contract if the finesse
lost and North had the ace of hearts
and five or six clubs.

Tomorrow: Precautionary measure.
©2008 King Features Syndicate Inc.



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* Ten-cent increase in gas prices raises retail operating
costs $1,000, with stations finding difficulties in ordering’
right supply quantities

By CARA
BRENNEN-BETHEL
Tribune Business Reporter

MANY Bahamian gas station
retailers are not accepting credit
cards payments or selling diesel
because these business lines are
unprofitable, Tribune Business
was told yesterday.

At a press conference held by.

the Bahamas Petroleum Retailers
Association, executives told Tri-
bune Business that many of their
members have stopped selling
diesel because the gross mark-
up, which is less than 3 per cent,
makes it unprofitable.

“Tt is a huge disadvantage to
the public. Think of a bus driver,
who would have to alter his route
because the gas station he would
normally go to no longer sells
diesel,” one station owner said.

On a purchase of $30, the
gross profit to the retailer on
diesel will only be $0.929 cents,
the Association said, which does
not justify a station selling diesel.

Further, the Association said
that because of the low margins
accepting credit cards payments
was impractical, because the slim
profit margin would in turn have
to be applied to banking fees.
Several stations have stopped
accepting credit cards as a form
of payment.

“Tt really depends on the loca-
tion of a gas station, but in some

‘areas, that could mean a real

decrease in sales by regular cus-

‘tomers,” Charles Johnson, the

Association’s chairman, said.
He added that service station

retailers were burdened by the

current economic climate, and

‘did not seem to be getting any

assistance or support from the oil
companies.

“Today, retailers are having
difficulties purchasing fuel at
these high prices. The oil com-

panies do not extend credit to |

retailers as they do other private
companies. Retailers’ purchases
are cash on delivery and or pre-
paid,” he said.

Mr Johnson said that in many
cases, retailers were having diffi-
culties purchasing fuel at these
current high prices, adding that
they were often not allowed to
purchase in the quantities they

for that whether I can afford it or
not, and that money has to be
paid up front,” he said.

Every time, gas prices go up,
the association said, it is an added
cost not just to the consumer but
to the retailer For example, if
gas prices go up by $0.10, it costs
the retailer $1,000 more in oper-
ating costs.

can afford. “This is something that we

. “Say, for example, I may only need the public to understand,
be able to afford a 6,000 gallon because they just look at the vol-
delivery. The oil company will ume of sales and assume that we
say they can only send a 9,000 | are making tons of money,”
gallon delivery, so I have to pay Johnson said.

Businesses urged
not to downsize

i By CARA BRENNEN-BETHEL
Tribune Business Reporter



Labour minister Dion Foulkes yesterday urged Bahamian busi-
ness owners to'do everything in their power to ensure they retained
their employees, despite the current difficult economic climate.

Speaking to business persons at the Meet the Minister forum, spon-
sored by the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce, Senator Dion Foulkes

‘said the economic downturn was causing alarm over job security.

Therefore, he urged owners to continue to think of the human ele-
ment when doing business, not just their bottom lines.

“IT encourage you to do all you can not to lay persons off. Do what

/you have to with reduced work weeks, if necessary, but please do not
lay anyone off,” Mr Foulkes said.

He added that he was pleased’by an announcement by SuperClubs
Breezes that it was determined not to let any of employees go, even if
there was a drop in sales.

“Whatever, you do,” he told Chamber members, “do it publicly so
that it can force other companies to do something also.”

Mr Foulkes encouraged every business to hire at least one summer
student. You would be surprised to know how much $100 -$150 a
week can mean to some young persons.”

His sentiments were echoed by his senate colleague, Minister of
State for Immigration, Elma Campbell, who encouraged businessper-
sons to go into schools and discuss their trade.

“J do not think that career day should be limited to just one day in
grade 12, but I think that it should be held at the end of grade six and
then again in maybe grade ten,” she added. _-

This, Ms Campbell said, would give students a more significant
view of possible career paths, and could help to reduce the number of
work permits that would be needed later. *





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@ By NATARIO McKENZIE

A FATHER of four has:died
after a gunman sprayed bullets
through a bedroom window of
his apartment while he and his
wife slept.

The man’s wife, who also suf-
fered gunshot wounds during
the incident, was said to be in
serious condition in hospital up
to press time yesterday.

Chief Supt Glenn Miller told
The Tribune that the incident
happened around 3am on Fam-
ily Street, off Soldier Road.

According to Mr Miller,
Dorneil Ferguson, 38, an
employee of Butler’s Funeral
Home, and his wife Yuzanna
Ferguson, 37, received gunshot
wounds when a gunman
sprayed bullets through an east-
ern window into their bedroom.

Mr Miller said the couple

SEE page 12 |
Women robbed and sexually
assaulted in house invasion

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

FREEPORT — Two women were tobbed and sexually assault-
ed at gun-point by two masked men during a home invasion in the
South Bahamian area on Wednesday evening.

One suspect was apprehended by police shortly after the incident,

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INCREASING fees are endangering
the very existence of privately owned,
domestic airlines that are struggling with
the continuing rise in fuel prices, among
other costs.

The heightened fees are reflected by
the Nassau Airport Development (NAD)
Company's plans to conduct a complete
transformation of the Lynden Pindling
International Airport (LPIA), under con-
tract with the Bahamas government to
bring the airport up to international stan-
dards of travel.

They project that renovations will total
$400 million.

NAD is reportedly increasing landing,
parking, passenger movement, office
space, and terminal fees by anywhere
between "50 to 100 per cent" for the air-
line operators, said Albert Rolle, a pilot
for Cat Island Air. se et

"NAD is charging us with these fees,"
said Vincent Colebrook of Flamingo Air,
"fully knowing that we can't afford them.

“Next thing NAD will be telling the
government that we can't pay so we'll
have to leave,” he said.

"And operators like us will be going
out of business one ata time. We've been
| taken for granted and are just left witha

‘take it or leave it' option because these
‘fees double overnight with no warning."

-The privately run airlines fly to islands

that would be otherwise inaccessible by

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

A MAN last known to be living in the
Kennedy subdivision, has become the first
person to be publicly identified as a person
wanted for questioning in connection with
the murder of gay handbag designer Harl
Taylor. .

Seven months after his killing, the face of
21-year-old Troyniko McNeil, said to be con-
sidered armed and dangerous, was shown in
a “wanted” poster released by police yester-
day afternoon.

Chief Superintendent Glenn Miller, offi- 2

cer in charge of the Central Detective Unit,
said that police are “actively” searching for
the man. .

Anyone with knowledge of McNeil’s
whereabouts is asked to call the police emer-

_ gency number on 919 or 911, the police con-. .

trol room on 322-3333, Crimestoppers on
328-8477 or their nearest police station.

The pinpointing of McNeil as a person of

interest for police comes after a week of sig-
nificant developments in relation to the mur-
der of 37-year-old Mr Taylor and the more
recent gay murder victim, Marvin Wilson.






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Police released two sketches of persons of |
interest wanted in connection with Mr
Wilson’s murder on Monday and Tuesday,

SEE page nine

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Eileen Carron

TRIBUNE Publisher Eileen Carron has been
short-listed for the Chamber of Commerce’s Busi-
nessperson of the Year Award.

She is one of three finalists in the category, along
with David Pinder of Pinder Tile and James Rolle
of Rolle Auto and Accessories.

The winner will be announced at the Chamber’ s
2008 gala awards banquet/dinner on Saturday,
June 28, at 8.15pm to midnight and beyond in the
Baimoral Ballroom, Sandals Resort.

Veteran businessman Franklyn Wilson will be
presented with the Chamber’s prestigious 2008
Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Officers upset after ‘$166
subtracted from their pay’

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

THERE is serious upset at Her Majesty’s
Prison among some officers after $166 was
subtracted from their pay, according to the
prison staff association.

“It was brought to my attention tou
Wednesday) from a group of officers that
passed out in the 2005 and 2006 squads that
money was taken off their salaries — $166 —

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. and no reason was given from the govern-
.,ment point of view, or from our accounts

department point of view,” said Sergeant
Stephen Sands, head of the staff associa-
tion, yesterday at HMP.

“They are very upset over it — they don’t
know why. But at this point and time we are
making plans to meet. with the superinten-
dent to deal with this matter as quickly as

SEE page nine

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LOCAL NEWS





Youth marching
bands prepare
to compete in
Rawson Square
showdown

RAWSON Square is set to
come alive on Sunday when

“the best of the best” in youth:

marching bands compete.

According to organisers, the
Independence Youth Band
Showdown will highlight nine
superb bands.

“This festive and vibrant
event promises to be a crowd
pleaser and music fanatics
should prepare themselves for
groundswell of good times,”
they said in a statement.

One of the bands to be fea-
tured is the Crusaders Brass
Band, formerly the Victoria
Brass Band. Formed in 1967
by Rev Steadman Knight, the
band is comprised of young
persons from the Church of
God Inc. Now under the
directorship of ASP Ronald
Campbell of the Royal
Bahamas Police Force, the
band’s membership now
exceeds 100 musicians.

The Independence Band
Showdown will also feature:
The Bahamas Youth Brass
Band, the Golden Gates
Band, St Barnabas Band, Sev-
enth Day Adventists Band,
Bahamas Youth Alive March-
ing Band, the Royal Ambas-
sadors Band and the Royal
Bahamas Police Force
Reserve Band.

being debated after court ruling

Sidney Collie



MINISTER of Lands and Local
Government Mr Sidney Collie told
The Tribune that the government is

‘debating a host of amendments to

the Local Government Act follow-
ing Wednesday’s ruling that three
local government elections were
declared “null and void”.

Elections in West End, Bimini,
and Exuma were held, the court
ruled, because the ministerial order
for the elections had not been
gazetted and tabled as required by
the Interpretations and General
Clauses Act.

Said Mr Collie: “The government,
the Cabinet, is presently debating a
whole host of amendments to the
Local Government Act and I am
sure that this situation will be taken
into consideration during the course
of those debates.

“We had hoped to commence the
debate before parliament breaks for
the summer, but it does not look
like the debate and those amend-
ments will take place before the
break, but certainly right after the
summer, those will be high on the
agenda.”

On Wednesday, Supreme Court
Justice Jon Isaacs made his ruling
after the attorneys for Minister Col-
lie and Parliamentary Commission-
er Errol Bethel, conceded that the
order had not been gazetted and
tabled as required by the Interpre-
tations and General Clauses Act.
“The effect of this is that in the case
of West End, Bimini and Exuma for
sure the locai government elections
cannot proceed because those elec-
tions are dependent on the validity
of the ministerial orders which have
been declared void,” said attorney

Damien Gomez, who represented
the claimants in the application for
judicial review.

“There may be other constituen-
cies and districts which are also sim-
ilarly affected.

“While I have not had instruc-
tions from persons in other districts,
it appears as though South Andros is
also affected, it also appears that
Eight Mile Rock and the city of
Freeport are affected. So, a huge
portion of the local government

‘elections are adversely affected by
these proceedings,” he said.

Dog breeders running ‘puppy mills’ could face clampdown

CRUEL dog breeders who run back-
yard “puppy mills” are among targets of a
determined drive to introduce new animal
protection laws in the Bahamas.

Campaigners want government to act
on a bill drafted nearly a decade ago to
outlaw animal cruelty — and bring ruthless
breeders to heel.

The infamous “puppy mills” — where
bitches spend their entire lives in chicken
coops, and are made to produce endless
litters of pups for profit — are on the
increase, according to activist Jane Mather.

‘Bitches are mated twice a year and
forced to produce pups until they drop,
Mrs Mather told The Tribune.

“Then, once their reproductive lives are
over, they are simply left to die,” she
added.

The “puppy. mills” problem is particu-
larly prevalent in New. Providence, but Mrs
Mather said they are spreading in the Fam-
ily Islands, too.

With pitbulls, rottweilers and shitzus
growing in popularity, and other breeds
like German shepherds and chow-chows
also in demand, there is a powerful com-
mercial reason for breeding production-
line pups. With some breeds selling at $500-
plus per pup, greedy breeders are casting

compassion aside to cash in on the lucrative
trade. Mrs Mather said: “These dogs are
kept in cages where they barely have room
to turn around. In a six-year breeding span,
a shitzu mother can produce probably 60
surviving pups.

“Bigger breeds often produce more —
and the pups are sold on to unsuspecting
buyers with all kinds of congenital prob-
lems.”

Mrs Mather said the problem had now
spread from Nassau to Abaco and
Eleuthera. Very often “puppy mill” prod-
ucts had heart, eye and other problems
that cost unspecting buyers thousands of
dollars in veterinary bills.

“These puppy mills are an extremely
cruel practice,” she said, “The dogs devel-
op splayed feet because they’re walking
all the time on chicken wire.

‘“And sometimes their claws grow into
their skin, and their fur grows into their
eyes. Their cages are often stacked on top
of each other, so that the animals in the
lower cages have to endure whatever waste
comes down from above.”

The “puppy mills” would be a prime tar-
get for the animal protection bill drawn
up nearly a decade ago after several years
of study by activists. Eight animal welfare

groups contributed to the legislation, which
has still not been moved through the House
of Assembly.

Now, said Mrs Mather, it’s time for the
politicians to wake up to growing animal
welfare problems, with proper regulation of
pet owners. Dog ownership is increasingly
popular in the Bahamas for many reasons.

Guard dogs are bought for security, but
shitzus, chihuahuas, pekes and other small

breeds are usually fashion accessories’

inspired by the likes of Paris Hilton and
several popular girl rappers.

Mrs Mather said it was becoming evi-
dent that pitbulls — usually bought for
dog-fighting or as “macho-style” pets —
were infiltrating the potcake pack.

“Dogs meet many social and psycholog-
ical needs,” she said, “Some want them

for security, others for companionship; ~~~”

women as fashion statements and some
boys so they can look macho.

“The more dogs are in demand, the
more likely we are to have puppy mills,”
she added: Mrs Mather’s group, Advocates
for Animal Rights, is one of several lob-
bying for action on what she described as
an “excellent” piece of legislation.

“A Jot of work went into it,” she said,
“The government has to realise that a lot of

problems relating to pets apply also to
human beings. In a home where a pet is
abused, the people are often abused, too. If
you have no empathy with an animal, then
you have no empathy with people.”

Mrs Mather said there was a “huge link”
between animal cruelty and domestic vio-
lence.

She said neglect of a dog often indicated
other kinds of neglect within a household.
“And often a spouse will abuse an animal
to get at the other party,” she added.

Mrs Mather said she and feilow activists
confront many types of cruelty, some of it
the result of pure ignorance. _

She cited one man who cut dogs ears
without anaesthetic “to make them look
fiercer” and another who fed live pups to
fighting dogs to give them a taste for blood.
~ “Others will keep an animal in a con-
fined space in boiling heat without realising
it will die,” she said. The bill she wants
passed has been “lying around” since 1999,
she said. If passed and enacted, it would go
a long way to protecting animals of all
kinds and educating people in pet care.

“Apart from everything else, it would
outlaw puppy mills and license breeders,
making them subject to regular inspec-

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FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 2008, PAGE 3 »







In brief
VIPs expected
to attend Greg
Norman-Chris

Evert wedding



GREG NORMAN with fiance and
former tennis player Chris Evert
after a recent golf tournament.

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

FORMER US presidents,
entertainment “a-listers” and
international sports stars are
among the celebrities expected
to descend on Paradise Island this
weekend for the wedding of Greg
Norman and Chris Evert.

Security is high and privacy
paramount at the One and Only
Ocean Club where Mr Norman, a
newly divorced golfing legend
estimated to be worth hundreds
of millions of dollars, and Ms
Evert, a former tennis champ, will
tie the knot on Saturday, accord-
ing to the international media.

The guest list for the lavish $2
million ceremony is said to
include Bill Clinton, George Bush
senior, Chevy Chase, Gwen Ste-
fani, and a host of current and
former tennis hotshots — including
Anna Kournikova, Lleyton
Hewitt and Lindsay Davenport.

As a result, the foreign media
presence on Nassau/Paradise
Island is the heaviest its been
since the Anna Nicole Smith saga
— with mainly Australian, Amer-
ican and British paparazzi scout-
ing for stories.

It is understood that Mr Nor-
man and his soon-to-be-wife have
sold the exclusive rights to cover-
age of their union to certain pop-
ular celebrity magazines, and
some Australian media outlets
have published colourful stories
detailing their experiences with
security staff allegedly hired by
the golfer as they hunt for a
scoop. Reports are that Mr Nor-

semanand Ms Evert, both:53;are-to»}:

marry during a sunset ceremony.
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Wiceaee has widely been quot-
ed as not being pleased with the
news of her former husband’s
weekend plans.

The famous golfer and Ms
Andrassy split in May 2006 after
25 years. Soon after, he was
linked to Ms Evert, a long-time
friend of the couple.

Ms Andrassy has spent the past
two years in a bitter fight with
Norman over their $600 million
empire.

She is quoted as telling Aus-
tralia’s Daily Telegraph: “I have
no wishes for them except to say
they deserve each other.”

Ed Fields, Kerzner’s senior
vice-president in charge of public
relations, yesterday declined to
comment on any aspect of the
upcoming ceremony or arrange-
ments surrounding it, while the
US Embassy would not confirm
or deny whether the two former
presidents would be in atten-
dance.

Links Youth
Health Forum
on Saturday

On Saturday, June 28 the Nas-
sau chapter of Links Incorporat-
ed will host the Links Youth
Health Forum, an interactive
event designed to promote good
health among children and cre-
ate an awareness of the dangers
of juvenile obesity.

This free forum, for children
ages five to 17 and their parents,
will take place at the National
Centre for the Performing Arts
on Shirley Street) from 9am to
1pm.

Under the theme “Creating a
Healthy Culture Among Young
Bahamians,” the forum will have
something for children and young
people of all ages, including
healthy snacks, games, music by
DJ Gary Super Johnson, health
screenings by the Princess Mar-
garet Hospital, kid-friendly sports
and exercise demonstrations,
prizes and giveaways.

“The Nassau Chapter of Links
is proud to lead the community in
promoting good health among
our children and youth,” said
local Links President, Veronica
Duncanson. “Juvenile obesity in
the Bahamas is on the rise, and is
a threat not just to our children,
but to the health and well-being
. Of the nation.”

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THE Bahamas is a “dirty”
country which often offers its
visitors “terrible” and over-
priced service, Minister of State
for Tourism and Aviation
Branville McCartney said yes-
terday.

Mr McCartney made this
hard-hitting assessment during
yesterday’s “Meet the Minister
Forum”, hosted by the Cham-
ber Commerce at the Sandals
Royal Bahamian Resort and
Spa.

Addressing the declining
tourism numbers, Mr McCart-
ney said that government can
spend millions of dollars on
marketing campaigns only for
them to be rendered useless by
reports of negative visitor expe-
riences.

“We can market all we want,
we can spend millions and mil-
lions and millions dollars on
marketing, but if at the end of
the day our service is terrible,
‘dog eat your lunch’. If we
spend $30 million, $40 million in
marketing one bad report can
wipe the majority of that money
out,” he said.

Mr McCartney said that Min-

LOCAL NEWS

TOURISM MINISTER SAYS VISITORS OFTEN RECEIVE TERRIBLE SERVICE,

‘We are a dirty country

istry of Tourism officials will be
launching a campaign through-
out the country to make peo-
ple realise that “service is key.”

“Frankly, from what I’m see-
ing, service is terrible,” he said.

The minister of state said that
he sometimes feels “most
embarrassed” when he sees the
kind of treatment tourists
receive in the Bahamas.

In other Caribbean countries
such as the Dominican Repub-
lic, Barbados and Jamaica —
which are in competition with
the Bahamas — visitors are treat-
ed like “kings and queens,” he
said.

“We need to treat them like
kings and queens. We need to
be clean as well. We’re not a
clean country generally, we are
dirty,” he said.

Mr McCartney further said
that the Bahamas is a very high-
priced country which often does
not offer value for money.

If such issues are not
addressed and not remedied, he
said, tourism will still be the
Bahamas’ number one indus-
try, but it will no longer bring in
the funds necessary to sustain
the country.

To strengthen the tourism
industry and to beat the com-
petition, the Bahamas must also



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focus on what distinguishes it
from other countries in the
region, the minister of state said.

“We need to look at what we
have. We can’t sell sun, sand
and sea anymore, we need to
get outside of the box. We need
to sell people, we need to sell
religion, we need to sell sports,
we need to sell. culture. We
need to sell who the Bahamian
people are, we need to be dif-
ferent,” he said.

July talks on visa exemption for
Bahamians travelling to Europe

By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
kherig@tribunemedia.net

BEFORE the year is out,
Bahamians may be able to tray-
el freely to Europe without hav-
ing to apply for a Schengen visa.

Speaking yesterday at the
Chamber of Commerce’s “Meet

the Minister Forum” at Sandals, -

Deputy Prime Minister and
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Brent Symonette said that a

meeting to discuss ’a visa’exemip="”

tion:for the Bahamas is sched-

uled to take place’in.the first:

week of July:

Mr Symonette explained that —

the Bahamas is one of six
Caribbean nations which has
applied for a visa exemption.

The process to make the
exemption a reality, the deputy
prime minister said, is “on
track.”

“It went before the (Euro-
pean) Commission, it’s been
approved to this stage and it is
now up to the Commission to
negotiate with the various coun-
tries the actual visa exemption,”
he said.

Mr Symonette said he will be
travelling to Spain on July 9 and
to London on July 14 for fur-
ther negotiations.

“It’s looking positive, we’re
looking at.an early date, mid-
dle of the year,” he said.

Up until now, obtaining a
Schengen visa to travel to
Europe has been a “laborious”
process for Bahamians.

Applicants were asked to
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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.

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Some explanation is needed

WE ARE often baffled when we hear
reports of disgruntlement in the civil service

because of non-payment, late payment, or |

discrepancies in salary payments.

Obviously, there is slackness somewhere
down the line. We don’t know whether it is
because the Treasury department is over-
whelmed, or whether the department is
handicapped by various other departments
and ministries not getting the required
salary information to it on time.

However, when a person has worked
hard for his agreed salary, he has a right to
expect that what he has worked for can be
reflected in his bank account when pay
day falls due.

Today we publish a complaint from the
Prison Staff Association reporting that its
officers are upset because $166 has been
deducted without explanation from their
pay. -

There is obviously a plausible explana-
tion, possibly some clerical error. Howev-
er, if everyone up and down the chain of
command who moves information into the
paymaster’s office worked efficiently and
got their information in on time, civil ser-
vants should expect to receive their salaries
without delay.

The prison superintendent confirmed
the deductions, but had no explanation for
them. The superintendent also said that in
addition to the deductions there were 70
officers who, having completed their train-

ing, graduated and signed their service con- .

tracts, were still receiving a recruit’s salary.
This should not happen if the various
departments are communicating efficient-
ly. However, if it is known that the Trea-
sury cannot get a salary change in time —
either in overtime pay or a raise in salary
on promotion — the head of department
should be informed so that staff can be
told and hard feelings and suspicion can
be avoided.

In the case of the new prison recruits it
would have been a wise superintendent
who would have called the Treasury to
find out if the pay increases would-be met
on time. If not he could have had an expla-
nation of why not and discovered when
the increases would be reflected in their
pay cheques. He could then have informed

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careers on a sour note. This is the essence
of good employer-employee relations. Loy-
alty and hard work can only be expected
from staff confident that their interests are
being looked after and that their future is in
good hands.

But not so with government. Over the
years if it wasn’t the nurses complaining, it
was the mothers waiting for hours outside
the magistrate’s court in the hot sun to col-
lect their support payments from the
fathers of their children. Invariably they
were told that their money wasn’t ready.

Often our reporters were told by the
agitated mothers that they knew that the
fathers of their children had paid the mon-
ey into court, but, the court had no expla-
nation — only the money’s not ready, come
back next time. There was no concern for
the inconvenience being caused these
working women. Not only did the mothers
have to take time off from their work, but
the non-payment of their support money
also inconvenienced their employers who
had to make other arrangements for their

missing employees standing in line at court.
Both employer and employee continued
to be inconvenienced as the employee had
tc take time off many times for repeat jour-
neys to the courts for money that might
or might not materialise.

Much industrial unrest could be avoided
if more efficiency and a better system of
communication could be injected into the
system.

Pay day here at The Tribune is one day
that neither the Comptroller nor his assis-
tant dare get sick. Not only do our staff
get paid on the right day, but they are paid
by a set time on the right day. The Comp-
troller does not welcome a raised eyebrow
or a questioning look.

We know that The Tribune cannot be
compared to the thousands of civil ser-

.vants that the Treasury department has to

take care of. But really it is an attitude of
mind. An attitude that recognises that
every person working for you is entitled
to what he or she has worked for, and, if
there is a problem, they are certainly enti-
tled to an explanation before they have
time to demand one.



We lament...
we lament...
for our
home town

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I have been considering ‘his
letter for someday now, ever
since the last home coming I
experienced in Eleuthera.
Please give space to this letter
for a few of us, so that che
whole Bahamas could under-
stand exactly what we are talk-
ing about.

My friends and I...(not so
young anymore) did not really
know where we were when we
arrived at home for the annual
Point Homecoming. We were
all excited, and ready to meet all
of our old friends from way
back when. To catch up, and
report about our families and
our successes over the years.
We were really planning to
hang out, and like olden days,
tell old stories, as we spent time
at home for the weekend.

But my hopes of enjoying this
special time was dashed. “My
God!” I said, “what has hap-
pened to my home town?” Peo-
ple who have not been home to
visit lately, need to see the
shape and condition the Point is
in. It looks like some war-tom

‘place where bombs were

dropped on the streets and
many of the homes, once
looked at as modest and pre-
sentable, now look like pictures
of some desolate countries I
have seen on television.

I asked a few people what
happened to Point and
Eleuthera on the whole. What
has gone wrong? Why have iny
people lost their values, self
esteem, and respect for decent
living? Why, are they living in
such surroundings? Such run-
down conditions. Do they see
like us who came to visit, how
the place looks? Where is the
Town Committee, where are
the loyal citizens who used to
be there? They never allowed
the settlement to look like that.
Why hasn’t someone risen up
to take charge of this place?
One friend asked me, “Well gal
these people sleep hey, they
must have a veil over they
face.”

God knows when a people

’ have allowed their beloved

home to come to this kind of
condition, they must be lost, ‘is-
orientated, and blind, the blind
leading the blind. Even the trees
look dismal, the homely feeling
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and I can’t believe that our fam-
ily and friends do not know that
after all these years of talk
about progress, upgrading, suc-
cess, growth, development.

Where were the Point folks
when these gifts were being
shared? They did not hold out
their hands for maturity? Nor
did they ask for achievement.
If they did, the place would not
look so deserted, and we would
have seen some sign of growth,
and advancement. Young peo-
ple drink like there’s no tomor-
row. We blame the government.
But the government doesn’t live
in the Point or on Eleuthera for
that matter. So we can’t put the
blame there — it’s simply a
matter of decency, and wanting
our own children to prosper,
and grow with a vision. Instead,
what we saw was out of order,
and this is why Point looked
like a forgotten land — real
God forsaken as we walked
about, and talked to people, all
we could see and hear was Cre-
ole.

One friend said as he took an
early morning walk, he almost
fell over on the road. The pile of
Haitians he saw streaming from
the bushes was frightening. He
said, what have people in Point
been doing all these years, are
they asleep? Can’t they see that
they are already out numbered?
This is no joke and I think, The
Bahamas needs to know how
many of these people we have
here. Point is sinking with
Haitians. Our own native
Bahamian children are so out
numbered it is serious. Yet not
one citizen of Point seems to
see this. I haven’t spoken to one
who is concerned about their
future. They need to wake up
today cause tomorrow will sure-
ly be too late.

The vexing thing to end it all
was how the Committee
allowed the Haitians to end the
homecoming. I thought the
plans were to bring us home so
we could enjoy the activities and
reminisce with friends. But no,
the activities had more Creole
than native Point people. ’m
so disappointed, but more so
I’m afraid for our, culture — it
is gone.

Why? Because when the peo-
ple in place are so blind that
they can’t see how another cul-
ture is weaving its way among
us, then we are in a serious and
sad situation. You should see
how many businesses are closed
down. Doors closed here and
there, a dying town. How can’t
my people see this? God help us
Bahamians if we are so asleep
we can’t see our way out, nor
up. Oh! people of Eleuthera on
the whole, wake-up, wake-up

before we have millions of these
people, overtaking us. It’s not
too laté, God is for us. Talk to
the main authorities, let them
know when a new face is in
town and a new baby. Let them
know if the Department of
Immigration is doing its job.
Don’t slack your riding. Wake
up now for God’s sake, keep
our forefathers’ teachings. Keep
God first in your lives. Come
back to the things we once
knew — the caring and neigh-
bourly love we had. Send these
people home to care for their
own country. It has more nat-
ural resources than ours
because they will kill, what the
good Lord has given us, make
us sick, in the process, control us
with their strange practices.

Yea, y’all know what I mean
even get many of us involved, in
hating each other. This is the
way of the devil. Yes, my peo-
ple, devilish practices. How
many studies have you done on
their culture? None? Well y’all
better start, cause It will be
much too late in a few years if
not already.

My, my, people my stay home
was not at all satisfying. As my
friend said, these people need to
wake up quickly They are swal-
lowed up.

They need to know what pri-
ority is all about, I hear bout all
kinds of mixing and matching.
My prayer is a few of you will
take a trip to our beloved Long
Island. Yes take a li’l trip there,
see how they are in control of
their home and_ do
likewise...hats off to Long
Island, keep your homecoming
native, Bahamian.

Keep the teaching of your
ancestors.

Keep preaching to your chil-
dren the seriousness of knowing
good from evil.

Don’t allow the cultures that
God has condemned to pene-
trate your hometown, this also
goes as a warning for other
islands.

Wake people, I pray that the
rest of you don’t become like
Palmetto Point.

Our forefathers wouid be
shocked If they could take a
peep in Point, initially I was
wondering, but after sitting and
walking about for a few days, I
understood exactly why Point, is
so run down and dilapidated —
that’s not us.

I remember when even neigh-
bours from other settlements
could not stay in Point
overnight, unless they were with
family.

Where have your values
gone, Why did you lose that
togetherness and respect we
once had for our hometown?
And most of all, why have you
lost our God?

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AFRAID FOR POINT
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Anti-Bahamas
campaigner
attempts to bring
attention to

arrest at forum

WELL KNOWN anti-
Bahamas campaigner
Harold Fuhrmann yes-
terday attempted to
bring attention to his
arrest earlier this year at
the second annual “Meet
the Minister Forum”
which was sponsored by
the Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce,

During numerous
attempts to raise his con-
cerns, Mr Fuhrmann was
reminded that his matter
was not directly related
to the business of the
forum. He was therefore
asked to seek another
venue at which to
address the ministers. Mr
Fuhrmann will be
attempting to hand deliv-
er a letter to Prime Min-
ister Hubert Ingraham
outlining a number of his
complaints today.

Mr Fuhrmann was not.
the only one who turned
heads at the forum, as
ReEarth director Sam
Duncombe pressed Min-
ister of Foreign Affairs
Brent Symonette over
the government’s stance
regarding a proposed
LNG facility for Ocean
Cay.

When Mr Symonette
responded that the pro-
posal was “not on the
front burner” for the
government, Mrs Dun-
combe quickly replied:
that she did not want the
proposal to be on the
“back burner either”.

The annual “Meet the
Minister Forum” is only
one of a list of events
that the chamber is host-
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Partners Against
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STUDENTS of LW Young and
DW Davis Junior High Schools
were awarded certificates of com-
pletion yesterday for an innovative
behaviour modification programme
created by officers at Her Majesty’s
Prison, designed to prevent at risk
youth from becoming inmates of
the facility.

The eight week Partners Against
Crime programme was led by
Sergeants Samuel Duvalier and

Gregory Daxson from HMP and .

included 75 students in total from
both schools. Classes were held at
both the prison and at the schools.
Officers came to the campuses
twice a week.

The certificate ceremony was
held at HMP and was attended by
Tommy Turnquest, minister of
national security.

The students were instructed on
sex education and the importance
of education, along with issues sur-
rounding youth violence, peer pres-
sure and discipline. — ‘

The students were also taken on
a tour of the prison where they
spoke with prisoners about their
experiences. Some of these prison-
ers included those formerly associ-
ated with programme SURE -
which aims to assist youth with

‘behavioural problems — who-are

now in jail.

“Before the programme a lot of
them were drinking, smoking, hav-
ing sex, but, you know, during the
course of the programme we dis-
covered a lot of them stopped hav-
ing sex, stopped smoking — they
started taking life more seriously
and settling down in their educa-
tion,” said Sgt Duvalier. .

The PAC programme works in
conjunction with the Positive
Inmates Empowering Students Pro-
gramme to form HMP initiatives
focused on crime prevention.

“A prison has several functions.
Generally in the Bahamas, we look
at functions such as incapacitation,
detention, rehabilitation and we
almost ignore its deterrent func-



MINISTER OF National Security
Tommy Turnquest was at the
certificate ceremony.

tion,” said Elliston Rahming, super-
intendent at HMP. “So this pro-
gramme speaks to that, trying to
deter potential would-be offenders
from a life of delinquency, crimi-
nality and consequently incarcera-
tion.”

He continued: “We believe that
persons who work in prison are key
instruments to talk to young people
about the consequences of bad
choices ... and so that is why we
conceptualised this programme.
And we.hope to broadened it and
widen it and deepened it so that
we would have made our contribu-
tion to crime prevention in the
Bahamas as opposed to dealing
with crime only at the end of the
day when they have gone through
all of the processes.”

Mr Turnquest commended the
young people for completing the
programme and the prison officers
for their leadership. He also assured
those present that he and his min-
istry are fully behind the initiative.

Mr Duvalier said that they now
want to carry the programme to
different schools which are having
challenges. Other schools, he
added; have already called to find
out if they can be a part of the pro-

_ gramme.

It is his intention to expand the
programme to four schools in New
Providence and eventually to the
Family Islands.

Businessman Oscar

Porter Jr dies age 63

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

FREEPORT - Prominent Freeport businessman Oscar Porter Jr

63.

died at the Rand Memorial Hospital on Wednesday evening. He was

Mr Porter owned various businesses in Freeport, including a real
estate company, restaurant, and a night club and lounge. ,
He also owned several buildings near the International Bazaar,

hs including the Porter Plaza and the former Sir Winston Churchill Pub.

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heart problems.

Although employees knew he had health problems for some time,
they said they did not expect that he would pass away so suddenly.
“We knew he was ill for a few years, but we are all in shock and nev-

er expected this at all,”

said an employee at his real estate company.

The employee said Mr Porter owned and operated the real estate

company for more than 40 years.

Last week, Mr Porter lost his sister, Bessimae, who died in Freeport.

She too suffered from diabetes. .

Many persons in the business community said yesterday that they

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SOME OF the persons who attend the town meeting. Kneeling front - San Salvador administrator Mr Ritchie;
centre, BHS ener ery Grant. Third row, second on right - Manfred Moon, San Sal Animal Group.

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THE Bahamas Humane Soci-
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held a frée spay and neuter clin-
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last week. »

BHS executive director Mr
Stephen Turnquest explained
that first, a town meeting was
held with residents and the local
council, during which his team
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Reports of indiscriminate.

dumping of unwanted dogs and
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also working under less than
perfect conditions to make the
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Dogs

In all, 45 female dogs were
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Inspector Percy Grant, who

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to the team coming down there
and were keen to ask questions
about what needs to be done to
prevent explosions in the stray
dog population from occurring

‘again in the future.
Mr Moon said that the local “;

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Hotel union
shop stewards
voice concerns

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

FREEPORT - More than 30
shop stewards at the Bahama
Hotel Catering and Allied
Workers Union in Freeport say
they are fed up over insufficient
representation and a shortage
of union executives in Freeport.

. They are calling on Minister
of Labour Dion Foulkes to
come to Freeport to meet with
them and hear their concerns.

A special assembly was held
on Wednesday at Workers
House, where 35 shop stewards
at the Our Lucaya Resort
expressed their concerns to the
media. :

They say that Lionel Morley,
second vice president of the
BHCAWU, he has been off the
job in Freeport for several
weeks.

A feud at the union has cre-
ated a split among union exec-
utives. Mr Morley and several
other union executives in New
Providence no longer support
union president Roy Cole-
brooke and General Secretary
Leo Douglas.

Mr Morley, who is in charge
of the Freeport operation, was
not in office when The Tribune
called Workers House.

There were reports that Mr
Morley had been suspended by
President Colebrooke, who
then appointed someone else
to manage the office in
Freeport.

However, Mr Morley and
several union executives recent-
ly received a court order for
payment of salaries owed for a
13 week period. Salaries owed
to the executives range from
$16,000 to more than $18,000.

The non-salaried union shop
stewards feel that it is unfair to
pay salaries to persons who are
not on the job.

“We want the minister to do
something. We are the labour-
ers, we work in the industry and

they need to come see us,” one
of them said.

Even though workers at Our
Lucaya Resort are working only
four hour shifts three days per
week, the union shop stewards
said union dues are still be col-
lected from their small pay
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Tribune publisher
short-listed for
Businessperson

of the Year Award

FROM page one

Developing Entrepreneur
of the Year and Business of
the Year awards also will be
given out.

Mrs Carron was born into
the newspaper business 78
years ago. She succeeded her
father in 1972 as publisher of
The Nassau Daily Tribune,
which was founded by her

» grandfather on November 21,
1903. This makes her the >

third-generation publisher of
what is today known as The
Tribune.

Mrs Carron is the CEO
of The Tribune Media
Group, which, in addition to
The Tribune, also owns the

radio station 100JAMZ and

manages three other music
stations.

In July, 2007, The Tribune,
The Nassau Guardian and
The Freeport News entered

. into a joint operating agree-

ment to combine the produc-
tion, printing and distribu-
tion of these three major

dailies. Mrs Carron is chair-

man of the group, with
Emanuel Alexiou as the
deputy chairman.

Mrs Carron, born in Nas-
sau on March 13, 1930, is the

oldest of the late Sir Etienne’

and Lady Dupuch’s six chil-
dren. Before attending high
school in England, she was

educated at Queen’s College ©

and St Francis Xavier’s
Academy in Nassau.
Presented by her uncle,
the late Eugene Dupuch, QC,
Mrs Carron is the second
woman to be called to the
Bahamas Bar. She is also the
second woman newspaper
publisher — Mary Moseley,
publisher of The Nassau

Guardian (1844), being the -

first.

Mrs Carron is the first
woman CEO of a radio sta-
tion in the Bahamas and the
Caribbean. She is the only
Bahamian to have had her
editorials read into the US
Senate record. This was done
on at least two occasions by
Democratic Senator Bob
Graham (Florida).

Mrs Carron was recognised
by the local branch of Zonta
International in 1998 as one
of 30 women “living legends”
of the Bahamas and again
this year in recognition of
“her contributions to the
advancement of women and
her many ‘contributions to

Bahamian society.”

In June 2000, she was hon:
oured by Her Majesty Queen
Elizabeth II. On that occa-
sion she was named Com-
panion of the Order of St
Michael and St George

at ert ioe a Nos pas
rire Eee EN eee Borie aby Gen Oona

(CMG) “for services to the
growth and development of
the Bahamas.”

Fox Hillian Mr Rolle, who
has been described by the
Chamber of Commerce as a
“one of the quiet and com-
mitted builders of the mod-
ern Bahamas”, was educated
at the Sandilands School.
From humble beginnings
working in his youth as a
waiter at the Montagu Beach
Hotel, driving a taxicab dur-
ing the day, and farming the
land to help feed his family,
Mr Rolle has built up several

successful businesses.

It was in the 1970s that Mr
Rolle first took up his new
role as a businessman and
entrepeneur. He opened:a

‘clothing and dry goods store
_ on East Street, which later

expanded to add a second
outlet. He also ventured into
the building and contracting
industry and today owns and
manages a number of apart-
ment buildings, including one
worth over a million dollars
near St Anne’s School.

In the 1980s Mr Rolle
moved into the auto parts
and accessories business,
eventually operating Rolle’s
from three different loca-
tions.

Currently Mr Rolle is com-
pleting his latest project — a
30-room hotel and entertain-
ment property in Eastwood
Estates. He is also complet-
ing work on another multi-
plex apartment block.

Mr Pinder, owner of Pin-
der Tile, credits his father for
the most valuable lessons he
has learnt. He also says that
to be successful, you need
hard work, a good wife, ded-
icated children and great
employees.

His father, a pharmacist,
started the Blanco bleach
company and David and his
brother William expanded |
the business into the house-
hold name that it is today.
David eventually sold his
interest in the business to
William, and went on to start
Concrete Castings in the mid-
1970s — the first company to
offer’ precast concrete septic
tanks in the Bahamas.

Pinder Enterprises was lat-
er realised in the early 80s:
after Mr Pinder realised that
the selection of tiles available
in the Bahamas was poor.
Not long after, Muffler
World was born.

In 1995, Mr Pinder opened
a new 20,000 square foot
building after Pinder Enter-
prises’ first 10,000 square foot

“space ‘was outgrown.

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LOCAL NEWS



Officers upset after Struggle for privately owned
‘$166 subtracted airlines due to rising fuel prices

e one the dynamics of the business, saying that Pilots who met to speak to The Tribune
FROM pag "the global market is contracting" and "will | were Vincent Colebrook of Flamingo Air,

Bah Rig te continue to do so", as projected by the Kenneth Carey of Pineapple Air, Albert
oe run bahamas A\1r, If Was World Tourism Organisation (WTO). Rolle of Cat Island Air, Wolff Seyfert of
reported. _ "There will be less aircraft, fuller with | Western Air and Nathaniel Gibbs of South-

siden tioeeaal (in ae nae passengers, and flying to fewer destina- ern Air.

FROM page one ; ; : tions," Seyfert said. These pilots have reportedly written
O pag . 4 i Mr rach ae = buy things unavailable And Bahamian pilots want to keep the formal complaints to Minister of Aviation
on other islands. prices.down for their passengers they all and Tourism, Neko Grant, to no

possible. We want to keep the morale of those officers at a solid "We are just asking for some relief," said a ‘ Sao Ne (ton yeetera

pace. Right now the morale isn’t as we want it to be. So we don’t’: Mr Colebrook, asking for a break on “at, ae Mr ‘Colebrook questioned, "How oti es ue ee ce
want it to really drop below the average. So we’re going to move least one fee every so often." — ; much (of the price) can you pass on to pas- — such document.

with this speedily,” added Mr Sands. : Wolff Seyfert of Western Air explained sengers and still have affordable tickets?"

He explained that these 70 officers have completed their training
and in addition to the $166 being subtracted, they are still receiv-
ing a recruits’ salary rather than what they should receive after grad-
uating and signing contracts. This needs to be ironed out as quick-
ly as possible, said Mr Sands. f

“It’s very upsetting to the officers. You know, they have lots of
bills to pay and we don’t know what’s the lay back. It seems like the
prison is in the step-child situation. We’ve been this way for a
very long time through governments come and governments go.”

“And we are begging right now for the minister right now to real-
ly dig down deep, sir, we are asking you as president and as the head
of these officers, we are asking-you, sir, at this time to really dig
down deep and give what is due to these officers at this time. They
work hard, you know. They stay there all night and day and all they
are asking for is what is due to them,” added Mr Sands.

Elliston Rahming, prison superintendent, told The Tribune yes-
terday that he intends to meet the stat association and these offi-
cers in short order.

“Whatever the issues are — I mean we run a very open adminis-
tration — and whatever grievances or misgivings they may have, I
would imagine would be clarified in short order,” he said.

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Harry
Jude
Ferguson,
48 yrs.,

a resident of Strachan’s
Corner off East Street, will
be held at St. Matthew's
Anglican Church, Shirley

Street, on Saturday at11:00 -
a.m. Off iciating wil be Rev. Fr. Peter A. Scott, assisted by

Fr. James Moultrie and Fr. Don Haynes. Interment follows
in Southern Cemetery, Cowpen & Spikenard Roads.





Left to cherish his memory are his 5 brothers, Edgar
Ferguson of Brooklyn, New York, Charles, Earnest,
Leonard and Vernon Ferguson; 5 sisters, Diana
McKenzie, Francita Martin, Althea Ferguson, Glendina
Newton and Sharon Hanna; 1 aunt, Ethel Edgecombe; 3
sisters-in-law, Sherald, Debbie and Merlene Ferguson;
3 brothers-in-law, Alphonza McKenzie, Stanley Martin
and Omar Hanna; 22 nephews, 22 nieces, 6 grand
nephews, 22 grand nieces, 1 great grand niece
and a host of other cousins, relatives and friends
including: Alethia Ferguson, Meriam Brennen, Vernita
Mackey, Ulamae, Sylvia Phillis.














Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte’s
Funeral Home, Market Street, from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
on Friday and on Saturday at the church from 10:00 a.m.
until service time.







Elrona
Stubbs
Culmer,
81 yrs.,

a resident of Smiths








“1 formerly of Orange Creek,
Cat Island; will be held at
‘Southland Church of God,

Soldier Road, on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Officiating will
_be Bishop Teuton Stubbs, assisted by Pastor William
Pratt. Interment follows in Old Trail Cemetery, Old trail
Road.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Minister
Isabella Fox; sons, Randol Culmer, Keith Culmer,
Kent and Harold Culmer; brother, Alphonso Stubbs;
adopted sisters, Ellen Newbold, Alice Stubbs; adopted
brother, Josh Newbold; son-in-law, Rev. David Fox;
daughters-in-law, Princess Culmer, Dianna. Culmer
and Kathleen Culmer; sisters-in-law, Inez Stubbs,
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Laura Stubbs, Nassau; grand
daughters, Sheniqua Fox, Monalesa Rolle, Trevor,
Desiree, Vanessa, Shanette Culmer, Ikysha Bonaby,
Angela, Crystal Culmer, Staffanie, Shantell, Temeka,
Anderia; grandsons, Father. Derick Rolle, Bradley Fox,
Decosta, Sterling, Auldrin, Michael Fox, Miguel Culmer,
Keith Junior, Deangelo, Jerome, Trevano, Kevin Culmer,
Kenton Culmer, Derick, Adrian Culmer, Dr. Randolph
Culmer Jr.; great grand, Ashley Rolle, Dillyn Bonaby,
Kenron Fox, Raymond Rolle Jr.; adopted daughters,
Marilyn Livingston, Cheryl Page, Deborah Dubivelle;
adopted sons, Percy Knowles, Cyril Knowles, Perma
Knowles, Wellecy, Dwight Knowles, Lyndia and Tony
Knowles; nieces, Merlene Sands, Irene Stubbs;
nephews, Charles Stubbs, Dr. Rev. Kendal Stubbs,
Willie Stubbs, David Culmer, Alphonso Stubbs Jr.; other
relatives and friends, Bishop Teuton Stubbs and family,
Verdal Pinder and family, Clonous Stubbs and family,
Phonswith Stubbs and family, Allan Stuart, Reuben
Stuart and family, Ulysses Culmer and family, Dianna
Knowles, Washington D.C. and Dianna Knowles of Fort
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Bowles family, Evely Newbold, Hazel Adderley, Maude
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Janice Archer, Marie, Cathy, Sharie Stubbs, The Local
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of Tennessee, the Newbold family, Seymour family,
Ruddiemae and Irene McDonald and family, Rose Dean
and family, Idell Newbold and family, Palma Cooper,
Sandra, Vernice Newbold, Vernice Patton and family.






































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have four children aged 12
months to 14 years. The chil-
dren, who were also asleep at
the time of the incident, were
not harmed during the ordeal.

Father dies after couple shot in bed.

Yesterday, MP for Montagu
and Minister of State for Social

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June, 2008 at
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Taylor will officiate. Cremation will follow.

Mrs Albury was predeceased by her father, Roy
Ramsey and is survived by her husband,
Andrew Albury; mother, Gemina Genta; step-
father, Silvano Genta; sons, Christian Andrew
Albury and Stefan Andrew Albury; mother-in-
law, Barbara Albury; brother, Pietro Nicola
DiRado; sister, Daniela Genta and many other
reltives and close friends including Burns House
and Butler & Sands staff.

Instead of flowers the family request that
donations be sent to the Cancer Society of The
Bahamas, P.O. Box SS-6539, Nassau, in
memory of Maria Christina Albury.

Relatives and friends may pay their respects at
Kemp’s Funeral Home Limited, 22 Palmdale,
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was in mourning for Mr Fergu-
son, who had worked at her
family’s business for a long time,
and whom she knew “very
well”.

She said the funeral director
and embalmer was “like a
younger brother” to her, and a
“very good worker who is going
to be missed by many in the
funeral service business.”

Mr Miller said police have a
22-year-old male suspect in cus-
tody in connection with the
matter.

Reports surfaced yesterday

that Mr Ferguson may have
been involved in a dispute the
day before he was killed.

Mr Miller said police had
received a similar report and
are making inquiries along
those lines.

“We have received that

report and our lines of inquiry .

will certainly go that way also,”
Mr Miller said.

All was quiet at the Fergu-
sons’ Family Street home yes-
terday. A screen on the cou-

ple’s bedroom window was vis- -

ibly torn and the front door was
freshly boarded as it appeared

to have been kicked in.

The Fergusons’ neighbour,
75-year-old Carmetta Spence,
who has lived on Family Street
for 25 years, said she was sad-
dened by the incident.

“JT am sad about it because,
after all, it could have been me.
Only thing I could say is thank
God for life, God has been

good to me,” Mrs Spence told -

The Tribune.

Rosemary Butler, manager
of Butler’s Funeral Home, said
she was shocked by his death.

“Mr Ferguson was the kind
of person who took care of his

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responsibilities. He did his work
and once you got to know him
he was fine,” she said.

“T am stunned, this is really
shocking to us all because he
has been with us for many
years. When you are around
your employees for a long time
you think of them as family,”
Mrs Butler added.

Mr Ferguson is the country’s
34th homicide victim for the
year. His murder follows the
weekend murder of 50-year-old
Charles Robinson.

Robinson, a chef, was found
stabbed to death early Satur-
day morning at his home on the
corner of Market Street and
Bahama Avenue. Deangelo
Pratt, 21, of Carmichael Road,
has been charged with his mur-
der.

Women
robbed

FROM page one

however, a second suspect was
able to escape in bushes.

Chief Superintendent of
Police Basil Rahming said an
18-year-old man is presently
assisting police with their inves-
tigations into the matter.

A search is underway, he
said, for the second suspect who
is still at large.

According to reports, shortly
before 6pm the Police Dispatch
Centre in Freeport received
information that a woman was
being held up by two masked
men, one of whom was armed
with a handgun, inside.a house
off Pinta Avenue.

A 39-year-old female victim
told police that two culprits
forced open the kitchen door
and entered the house.

She said the men sexually
assaulted her and another
woman who had arrived at the
residence.

She also said two culprits also
took several items that were in
the house and fled shortly
before the police arrived.

Supt Rahming said while
searching the area, the officers
spotted two males running in
the bushes and gave chase on
foot. He said an 18-year-old sus-
pect was apprehended and tak-
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A suicide bomber detonated an explosive belt yesterday inside a
municipal government building west of Baghdad, killing at least 12
people attending a meeting of tribal sheiks, police said.

Col. Fawzi Fraih, civil defense director of Anbar province, said
the sheiks were members of a group opposed to al-Qaida in Iraq
and were meeting with Americans when the attack occurred in
Karmah, about 20 miles west of Baghdad.

The U.S. military would not confirm whether Americans were
inside the building during the attack, the third against a municipal
government meeting in Iraq this week.

Police said the bomber entered the building through a back
door, but it was unclear how he managed to evade security for the
meeting, which drew community leaders in the town where Sunnis
have turned against al-Qaida in Iraq.

U.S. and Iraqi troops rushed to the bombing site and sealed off
the area, local residents said by telephone.

The media office for Anbar province said the dead included
the town’s administrative director and at least two chiefs of major
Sunni tribes in the area.

The attack occurred only days before U.S. troops are to hand
over security responsibility for Anbar to the Iraqis, marking a
major milestone in the campaign to lower the U.S. profile in an area

_that had once been center-stage of the war.

Both Sunni and Shiite extremists appear determined to try to
undermine efforts to build government institutions at the local
level. Ten people, including four Americans, were killed Tuesday
in a bombing in a municipal council office in the Shiite area of Sadr
City in Baghdad. Two Americans were shot dead and four wound-
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municipal building in Salman Pak about 15 miles south of the cap-
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In the northern city of Mosul, a car bomb blew up Thursday as
provincial Gov.

Duraid Kashmola was inspecting damage from a rocket attack,
police said. The governor escaped injury but eight people were
killed — including five of his guards — and 22 people were wound-
ed, police said.

The U.S. military says violence in Iraq has dropped to its lowest
level in more than four years, but attacks are continuing as Sunni
and Shiite extremists try to regroup and undermine security gains.

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Brian Moree

By NEIL HARTNELL

Tribune Business Editor

IT WILL cost the Bahamas :
“scores of millions of dollars” :
through the creation of new :
institutions and laws to com- }
_ ply with the obligations that‘
the. Economic Partnership :
(EPA) will :
impose on this nation, a senior :
attorney telling The Tribune :
yesterday that these issues had :

Agreement

yet to be answered.

_ Brian Moree, senior part- :

ner at McKinney, Bancroft & :
Hughes, said he was'unstre :
whether anyone - in the Gov- :
ernment or private sector - }
“can put a price on it” when it }
came to determining how :
much it would cost the :
Bahamas to fulfil its commit- :
ments under the EPA trade :
deal the Government seems :
set to sign with the European :

Union (EU).

While there have been sug- :
gestions that the agreement’s:
signing, set for July 2008, may :
be pushed back to September:
this year, Mr Moree said com- }

_pliance costs - and who was }
going to pay for the new insti- : :
tutions aid legislation the : ' this autumn
Bahamas would have to cre- :
ate - had not yet been ade- :
quately addressed by the Gov- :

ernment.

“One thing I believe is that }
this is going to be enormously :
expensive,” if the Bahamas :
does sign the EPA as current- :
ly constituted, Mr Moree told :

The Tribune.

“T’m talking about scores of : -
millions of dollars. How much :
it’s going to cost, who’s going :
to pay-for it, these issues have :
not been addressed publicly. :
It’s a massive task, it’s expen-
sive and no one has been talk- :

ing about that...

“It is going to cost many }
millions of dollars for every §;
the.:
Bahamas, when you think :
about the harmonisation of ;
laws, what has to be done in }
terms of new legislation, and :
supporting these institutions. :
It is creating a whole new lev- :
el of bureaucracy, and-going :

country, including

to be very, very expensive.”

Among institutions the }
Bahamas will have to create is :
a competition watchdog with-
in five years of the EPA tak- :
ing effect, along with the :
accompanying legislation and :

regulations.

Other areas identified by

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@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Bahamas would “score
a huge home run” and save the

‘Bahamas Electricity Corpora-

tion (BEC) between $1.4 bil-
lion-$4 billion in fuel costs over
a 15-year period if it approves a

i proposal for the AES.Corpora-

tion’s liquefied natural gas
(LNG) terminal to supply the
product to New Providence as
well as Florida.

Aaron Samson, AES Corpo-
ration’s LNG managing direc-

tor, and the project manager for

the Ocean Cay LNG terminal
and pipeline project, said that
based on two sets of data that
employed different projections,

BEC could save between $80- -

$210 million per annum over a
15-year period if it switched its
Blue Hills combustion turbines
from diesel fuel to LNG.

The projected savings were
over “a fairly wide range”, Mr

Samson told Tribune Business :

AES pipeline to supply
fuel to Corporation’s New

Providence power plant
to cost $150-$200m and

be completed in one year.

yesterday, due to the fact that
AES Corporation had generat-
ed two sets. of estimates - one
based on the more conservative
US Energy Administration’s oil
price estimates, the other based
on oil futures prices.

“We’re not trying to oversell
it,” Mr Samson said. “Based on
current futures prices, over a

15-year period BEC would be |

saving $200 million per year.
“The numbers are so over-

whelming. It’s just a huge home .

run. We would be supplying to

EPA can end
investment

policy ‘whim’

* WTO trade

memorandum :

may be submitted

* Trade Commission
executive.says EU
deal will force
Bahamas to do
what it should have
done years ago.

By NEIL HARTNELL ~
Tribune Business Editor

SIGNING the Economic
Partnership Agreement (EPA)
will force the Bahamian gov-
ernment to put in place trans-
parent institutions and struc-
tures to govern the country’s
economy, rather than rely on
policy and “whim” as it has

‘been doing, the Bahamas Trade

Commission’s vice-chairman

. said.

Addressing a seminar on the
EPA trade agreement with the
European Union (EU), Ray-
mond Winder, managing part-
ner at Deloitte & Touche
(Bahamas), said that “a large
part of this agreement almost
forces the Government to come
to the table” and implement the
infrastructure, rules, laws and

regulations needed for the »

smooth running of business and
this nation’s economy.
If the Bahamas signed the

_ EPA, Mr Winder said the joint

committees and institutions cre-
ated by the EU and Caribbean
to oversee the agreement would
hold the Government to

account if it failed to comply _

with its obligations.

Although seminar attendees
expressed concern that the
Bahamas was again relying on
external forces to do compel it
do things it should have done
years ago - in this case, make
its government more open and
transparent - Mr Winder said
the EPA might reduce the level
of political interference when it
came to business conduct and
regulation.

Currently, many investment
approvals were decided “on a
whim” by politicians and civil
servants, with the processes that
had to be followed by business-

men and investors not trans- °

parent or clearly defined.
Mr Winder added that many
areas of the Bahamian economy

SEE page three





the Bahamas the same product ©

we will supply to Florida. We
have committed to supplying a
minimal amount of LNG, and
at a US-indexed price, and BEC
does not have to take it. It’s a
pretty wide-open commitment.”

While AES was seeking a 25-
year Heads of Agreement with

- the Government for the Ocean

Cay project, Mr Samson
explained that not wanting to

- forecast too far into the future,

the company had only given
cost savings estimates for BEC
for the first 15 years.

“It’s a big number,” he said of
the total projected savings to
BEC from 2012 onwards, the
date when the LNG terminal
and pipeline are projected to
be completed. The estimates are
heavily linked to the projected
per barrel prices of oil and
diesel on the global markets.

“At the low end it’s $1.4-$1.5
billion [in savings on BEC fuel
purchases] over the first-15
years of a 25-year agreement,”
Mr Samson told The Tribune.
“At the high end, it could be as
much as $4 billion. Between
$1.4-$4 billion is a huge range,
but it’s all good news for BEC.

Without import duties and

tariffs, Mr Samson said that at .
current global market prices,.

diesel fuel cost $30 per one mil-
lion British thermal units
(BTUs), while the same quan-
tity of LNG cost between $12-
13. “The savings to the
Bahamas come from displacing
the most expensive fuel in the
system,” he said of the AES
proposal.
Mr Samson said BEC seemed
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engineering teams were now
planned. °

A June 4, 2008, business plan
and proposal by AES, which
has been seen by Tribune Busi-
ness, shows that apart from its
94-mile, 26-inch pipeline to
transport LNG for Florida’s
energy system, the company
now wants to also construct a

' 120-mile, 10-inch pipeline from

Ocean Cay (a man-made island
near Bimini) to Clifton Point in
New Providence.

Mr Samson suggested yester-

day that the pipeline to Clifton |
- ‘Point would cost between $150-.

$200 million to construct, and

“take under a year” to con- —

struct. The Ocean Cay termi-
nal itself would be constructed
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The Government is likely
to adopt Singapore’s
method for charging busi-
ness license fees, a minister
said yesterday, in the hope
this will create a more equi-
table structure for Bahamian -
companies finding the fees

_ financially challenging.
The minister of state for

finance, Zhivargo Laing, said
the Government will, over
the next 12 months, be
extensively reviewing the
current business license fee
structure with a view to
making substantial amend-
ments. iis

He said that to do this, the
‘Government is planning an
extensive review ‘of Singa-
pore’s model for business
licence fees, which had
proven to be very effective
and efficient.

“We_will be meeting with |
them to determine how we
can revamp our system. It is
‘only now. a question of
when, and whether a
Bahamian team will visit
Singapore or whether a team
from Singapore will come
here,” Mr Laing said, while

‘attending a Meet the Minis-

ters Forum hosted by the
Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce. ‘

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BAHAMAS-BASED compa-
nies can expect work permit
applications to be processed
within a month of their receipt
by the Department of Immigra-
tion, the minister responsible
promised Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce members yesterday.

Senator Elma Campbell, min-
ister of state for immigration,
responding to concerns that
delays in the work permit
approval process were negative-
ly impacting companies’ busi-
ness operations, told a Meet the
Ministers Forum that as the
Department continued its
restructuring, she did not think it
was unrealistic for the process
to take a maximum of four

_ weeks - from submission to

either approval or denial - unless
there were special circum-
stances.

Ms Campbell’s remarks,
which almost seem to amount to
a commitment on work permit
turnaround time, are likely to
delight the Bahamas Chamber
of Commerce’s president, Dion-
isio D’ Aguilar.

He has taken the lead in
pressing the Department of
Immigration to set timetables
for turning around properly
completed work permit applica-

Elma campbell

tions, specifically one month, on
the grounds that the existing
approach was causing too much
disruption for Bahamian com-
panies when it came to hiring
practices and business opera-
tions.

In fact, Ms Campbell seemed
somewhat surprised that the
matter was still an issue, as she
said that in recent months she
had not received many com-
plaints about work permit appli-
cation delays

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lar ones.

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nationalisation policy as it!)
relates to work permits for per-
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this, she said, was to address the 9
situation faced by persons whoti
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so that they do not need work'!
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policy ‘whim’
FROM page one

were regulated by policies, such :
as the National Investment Pol- :
icy, which were not enshrined in }
law. The EPA is set to change }
this, as all these policies will :
now have to be placed in:
statute, making the approvals : erty - the first upgrade since its
process for Bahamian-owned :
and foreign businesses more }

transparent.

of issues,”

hands will be tied somewhat.”

Under the EPA, it would be
possible for businesses and }
investors to sue foreign govern- }
ments such as the Bahamas if ;
they felt their rights under the :
agreement were being infringed. :

“Most of those suing the Gov- ;
Mr
Winder added. “There’s a fresh :

ernment will be residents,”

air in the system. Companies and

they’re not doing.

“BTC should have been priva- :
tised months, years ago. But it’s i

things properly.

“We need to begin to do things
to put us on a solid footing going :
forward. The Bahamas is slipping. :

In my eyes, we’re losing ground.”

By converting policies into :
laws, and creating well-defined :
processes for investors to follow, }
Mr Winder said “a whole lot :
would be :
brought to the investment }

more structure”

process.

This would provide a “point of :
reference for international :
investors”,-and he added: “None
of us can tell them presently what :
is required. It’s always subject to :
someone’s whim. We need to :
change that. We’ve been getting :
away with it for so long. We have :
policies instead of laws, and clear- :
ly we’ve got to make those poli- :

cies laws.”

Currently, when it came to the }
National Investment Policy, Mr :
Winder said it was down “to a :

group of guys around a table”

deciding which foreign investors
to approve for industries suppos- :
edly reserved for Bahamian own- :

ership only under the policy.

“It’s not the way to operate a }
country, but that’s what we do,”

Mr Winder said.

Mr Winder acknowledged that :
the Bahamas had been at a dis- :
advantage in the EPA negotia- :
tions because it was the only
CARIFORUM member, and }
only Western Hemisphere nation, :
not yet a World Trade Organisa- :.

tion (WTO) member.

“It would have been an excel- :
lent point of reference if the :
WTO was behind us, because :
‘every trade agreement we nego- :
tiate will be WTO-plus. WTO is :
the bottom line for all trade :
agreements. The EPA is a little :
more liberalised than the WTO,” :

Mr Winder.

Simon Wilson, director of eco-. }
nomic planning in the Ministry :
of Finance, told the seminar that :
his unit, which had responsibility :
for WTO issues, was hoping to :
submit the Bahamas’ Memoran- }
dum of Trade Regime - the doc- :
ument that kickstarts that acces- }
sion process - by autumn 2008, :
provided it was approved by the : j
Bahamas Trade Commission and :

the Cabinet.

When it came to the Bahamas’ :
services offer over the EPA, Mr :
Winder said this nation had to :
liberalise some 75 per cent or }
around 120 out of 155 industries. :

There are four modes of supply :
- cross-border supply of services; :
travelling abroad to consume a }
service; commercial presence by :
EU firms in the Bahamas; and }

the movement of workers.

The Bahamas has to decide: {
whether to make commitments :
to open each sector of its econo-’ }
my in the areas of market access }
and national treatment, meaning :
there are eight categories for each ;

industry.

Yet Mr Winder said only one }
out of the eight had to be opened :
to meet the EPA’s liberalisation :
requirements - and count that }
industry among the 75 per cent }

the Bahamas was opening up.

In addition, the Bahamas is :
making a number of ‘horizontal’ :
reservations, meaning they apply :
On market :
access, these involve maintaining :
National Economic Council }
(NEC) approval for all EU :
investments worth more than :
$250,000 and land purchases over :
maintaining the :
exchange control system; and the :
Immigration Department’s work }

to all industries.

five acres;

permit regime.

On national treatment,

the Bahamas is seeking to
restrict all government subsidies :
to Bahamian :
nationals and Bahamian-owned :

and grants

companies.

Hilton to renovate
all 288 guest rooms

| MBy CARA

BRENNEN-BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter

THE British Colonial Hilton
is set to undergo extensive ren-
ovations throughout the prop-

1999 reconstruction.
Jermaine Wright, the resort’s

“By signing the EPA, the Gov- director of sales and marketing,
ernment will be forced to be : : :
somewhat attentive to these types : resort will be renovating all 288
Mr Winder told the :
Nassau Institute seminar. “Their :
: age outlets.

told Tribune Business that the

guest rooms, its meeting spaces
and all of its food and bever-

He declined to give a dollar
value for the project, but said
it was being done to ensure the
British Colonial Hilton remains
up to standard as the first choice
not. only for guests, but also for
its group and banquet clients.

Mr Wright said the resort was
determined that the repairs will

: be carried out with minimal
individuals feel freer and have } :
more rights. They appeal not to :
Cabinet, but to other bodies who :
can call the Bahamas to account : : :
for what they’re doing and what abd. cltheusk he soul ate
: give a percentage at this time,
primarily because of the reno-.

not happened. Political interfer- ; Vations.

ence we have suffered, and con-
tinue to suffer, because the Gov- : .
ernment lacks the will to put :
infrastructure in place to do

interruptions to their guests.
He added that projections for
the British Colonial Hilton’s

Mr Wright noted that in gen-



Hotel sees booking window
shorten to around a week

eral Bahamian hotels were see-
ing more last minute business,
as the window for bookings was
shortening to less than a week.
He said that at the Hilton, this
applied to group events and
bookings as well.

Mr Wright added: “Because
the Hilton catered to business
travellers, many of our clients
simply have to travel because
it is essential for their jobs and
they will do so, regardless of the
price. But then again, you will

,also have those companies who,

because of price increases, will

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~ CLOSURE OF NEW PROVIDENCE OFFICES ~

The National Insurance Board wishes to advise the general public that most of
its departments/offices in New Providence, including the Pay Windows at the
two Post Offices, will be closed on Friday, June 27, 2008. Only the Jumbey
Village Local Office will remain open to the public to facilitate basic
services, such as the distributions of short and long-term benefits
cheques, the payment of contributions, the intake of claims, registra-
tion, and pension verification. Claimants with Short-Term Benefit cheques
at any of the other Offices in New Providence, may collect them from the
Cashiers Department between the hours of 9:00 a. m. and 4:30 p.m.

The Board’s New Providence offices will re-open on Monday at the usual time.

_ The Board apologizes for any inconvenience caused.

Financial Intelligence Unit

DOCUMENT IMAGING CLERK

Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons for the post of Document
Imaging Clerk at the Financial Intelligence Unit (the “FIU”).

OB SUMMARY:

The successful candidate will be responsible for coordinating and executing the
daily processe’ of prepping, scanning, indexing and verifying documents, managing
and maintaining high volume scanners and. adhering to deadlines assigned by
management.

CRITICAL COMPETENCIES:
The successful applicant must have:
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A working tupwiedge of Microsoft Office Products (Word, Excel, Power
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Pay attention to details, and takes pride in their work;
Good interpersonal skills;
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KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:
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Assemble and prepare documents for imaging;
Scanning and indexing of documents for up to eight hours a day;
Review imaged documents as a quality control measure to ensure
acceptable image was captured;
Independently operate scanning hardware;
Maintain all logs and reporting documentation;
Adhere to organizational procedures and guidelines;
Perform other tasks as assigned by manager.

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°, Minimum requirement: An Associate Degree from an accredited tertiary:
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Related experience is preferred but not required.

Interested persons should submit their applications and resumes in writing along
with the relevant certificates by 27" June 2008 to:

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Director

Financial Intelligence Unit
P.O. Box SB 50086
Frederick Street

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PAGE 4B, FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 2008

THE TRIBUNE



S1.4-S4bn ‘home run’
on BEC’s cost savings

FROM page one

Commission and Ministry of
Works approvals, the AES
executive added: “There’s not
a major reef that we’re cross-
ing, and we’re not cutting a
marina into a reef system.
We’re seeking to slip in a 10-
inch pipeline, so the footprint
is pretty minimal. We’re try-
ing to stay away from the
reefs surrounding Andros;
that’s why it’s so far north.
“The pipeline to Florida
will costs $400 million, so this
one is going to be close to
half of that, but we’re moving
not nearly as much LNG.
We’ve allowed for an
increase in usage beyond
what the current use would

be. The pipeline will have
considerable capacity above
what the usage is.”

This was because Florida’s
energy grid needed 35,000
megawatts (MW) of electric-
ity, compared to the
Bahamas’ 350 MW demand.

When it came to convert-
ing BEC’s combustion tur-
bines at the Blue Hills power
plant from diesel to LNG, Mr

Legal Notice
NOTICE

WILD PHEASANT LIMITED

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(

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

(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on
the 25th June, 2008 when the Articles of Dissolution
were submitted to and registered by the Registrar

General.

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

Samson described the process
as “very straightforward” giv-
en that these machines could
operate using both fuels.
- This made the conversion
“very simple”, Mr Samson
added, with LNG bringing
the added advantages or
being more reliable, low
maintenance and clean-burn-
ing. The Clifton Pier power
plant’s turbines, though, are
not ripe for LNG conversion.
Mr Samson said the cost of
converting the seven-eight
combustion turbines at Blue
Hills to take LNG had been
estimated at between $1-$1.5
million, and this sum - a max-
imum of $12 million - would
“be paid for in a matter of

. months”.

In its proposal, AES
pledged to pay $1 million to

the Government upon the:

signing of the Heads of
Agreement, followed by a
further $4 million once the
seabed lease for the pipeline
is concluded. A further $4
million would be paid after
12 months, meaning that the

$9 million from the LNG pro-
ject within the first year.

On the seabed léase, AES
is proposing to pay $6 million
per annum initially, with this
fee to increase by 2.5 per cent
annually. Payments would
start from when the LNG ter-
minal and pipeline begin
operations, likely to be in
2012.

Rather than link the pay-
ment of additional govern-
ment taxes to throughput and
Henry Hub index sharing
fees, AES Corporation is now
proposing to pay 35 per cent
import duties and 7 per cent
Stamp Tax, “or equivalent
payments” to the Govern-
ment upon the LNG it sells
to BEC.

The company is also
proposing a 15-year exclusive
on LNG imports to the
Bahamas.

AES has estimated that the
Government will. earn
between $20-$30 million on
the LNG it supplies to BEC
in the first year, with this ris-
ing.to between $30-$40 mil-
lion some 16 years later in

2028.
On the cost savings to
BEC, it has projected that at

90 per cent diesel replace-

ment capacity BEC would
save $140 million in 2012 by
switching to LNG, a figure
that would rise to almost $250
million by 2028.

At 100 per cent diesel
replacement capacity, the
cost savings to BEC would
increase from $200 million in
2012 to $350 million by 2028.

When it came to employ-
ment, the Ocean Express
LNG terminal is expected to
provide between 35-50 full-
time jobs, with another 15-20
under contract to provide tug
boat services. When it came

to Bahamian employment,
Mr Samson pointed to AES’s
Dominican Republic facility
as an example, saying just

‘one expatriate was working

there.

Construction on Ocean Cay
is likely to take three years
and involve some 400-600
construction workers. Mr
Samson said it was likely that
“a good percentage” of con-
struction workers would have
to come from overseas, due
to the specialised nature of
LNG terminals, although this
would also depend on the
availability of Bahamian
labour.

AES has been waiting
some seven years, and now
two administrations, for the
Government to approve the
Ocean Cay project.

“It seems like things are
moving,” Mr Samson said
yesterday. “There’s been a
review of the regulations.
We’ve provided comments,
and think it’s close to being
past us.”

Legal Notice

NOTICE

FVG INVESTMENT LTD.

Dated this 27th day of June, A.D. 2008

Michael Low
Liquidator

Lot No. 23, Block 1 Unit 1
Cannon Bay Subdivision, Grand Bahama



All that parcel of Vacant Land containing 25,000
square feet or .57 acres situate in Unit 1 of Cannon
Bay Subdivision. The property is located on the west
side of Breech Drive, north of Cannon Ball Lane,
and is one hundred and twenty-five feet along the
waterway. All the roads are paved with asphalt and
all utilities are in place. The area is approximately
seven miles east of the Commercial District =
Freeport. mrt, some veers ican

For conditions of sale and any other information.
please contact:
Credit Risk Management - Collection Unit
At: 502-0929 or 356-1608

Interested persons should submit offers in writing
addressed to:

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

To reach us before July 31, 2008 -
Serious Enquires Onl

Legal Notice

NOTICE

MAUNA INC.
i

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with
Section 138(8) of the International Business
Companies Act 2000, the.dissolution of MAUNA
INC. has been. completed; a Certificate of
Dissolution has been issued and the Company
has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE

XENON INVESTMENT
HOLDINGS LTD.

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with

Section 138(8) of the International Business
Companies Act 2000, the dissolution of XENON
INVESTMENT HOLDINGS LTD. has_ been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been

issued and the Company has therefore been }

struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Government would receive

"NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that RONY DORMEUS of
NASSAU STREET, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason
why registration/ naturalization should not be granted,
should send a written and signed statement of the facts
within twenty-eight days from the 27TH day of JUNE 2008
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

‘LEGAL NOTICE
NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT

(No. 45 of 2000)
In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Sec-
tion 138 (4) of the International Business Compa-
nies Act, (No.45 of 2000), LATIN AMERICAN
& CARIBBEAN LTD. is in dissolution. Mr. Barry
Shere is the Liquidator and can be contacted at Latin
American and Caribbean IPC, 9200 S. Dadeland
Blvd., Suite 705, Miami, FL 33156. All person having
claims against the above-named company are required to
send their names, addresses and particulars of their debts
or claims to the Liquidator before the JULY 25, 2008.

st bugle. fs

Legal Notice

— NOTICE __

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No.45 of 2000)

MANTARAY INVESTORS LTD.

In Voluntary liquidation

“Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137
(4) of the International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of
2000), MANTARAY INVESTORS LTD. is in Dissolu-
tion.”

The date of commencement of dissolution is the 12th ay. of
June, 2008.
FIDES LIQUIDATOR INC.
Arango-Orillac Bldg.,
54th Street, Panama
Republic of Panama
Liquidator _

Legal Notice

NOTICE

FETTA LIMITED

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with | |

Section 138(8) of the International Business
Companies Act 2000, the dissolution of FETTA
LIMITED has been completed; a Certificate of
Dissolution has been issued and the Company
has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with
Section 138(8) of the International Business
Companies Act 2000, the dissolution of FVG
INVESTMENT LTD. has been completed; a
Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and
the Company has therefore been struck off the
Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



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THE TRIBUNE

FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 2008, PAGE 5B



Business

licence fees
FROM page one

Mr Laing said the Govern-
ment would like to ensure
that the Bahamas’ business
licence fee structure was
more equitable.

For example, the minister
acknowledged that given the
current economic realities,
setting business licence fees
based upon a company’s
gross revenues may not be
the most effective or equi-
table model of taxation.

The Government will also
examine the current incen-
tive legislation for business,
and then seek to adopt
one National Investment
Act.

This will promote trans-
parency, and also ensure the
Government is not overly
generous in granting incen-
tives where it does not have
too.

Mr Laing’s comments
came a day after the
Bahamas Petroleum Retail-
ers Association complained
that they were being forced
out of business due to fixed
margins. and skyrocketing
business license fees.

They also called for a
change in the structure of
their Business License fees,
which are currently based on
the dollar value of gas sold,
rather than volume, some-
thing the retailers are des-
perate to alter.

FROM page one

Mr Moree as requiring reform
were government procurement,
anti-dumping, the National
Investment Policy, environ-
mental laws, data protection
and intellectual property rights.

The McKinney, Bancroft &
Hughes partner said it was

unclear how much financial:

assistance the Bahamas would
receive from the EU’s Euro-
pean Development Fund to
cover the cost of these reforms.
He pointed out that since the
Bahamas was regarded as a
‘developed country’ for devel-
opment financing purposes,
and there had been problems
in getting EDF funds released
in the past, funding from this
source was unlikely to be sub-
stantial.
In addition, Mr Moree sai
that by signing on to the EPA,
the Bahamas would be ceding
some sovereignty to joint EU-
Caribbean institutions set up
to oversee and monitor. the
agreement. The four identified
to date include the Joint CAR-
IFORUM-EU Council, and the
CARIFORUM-EU trade
development committee.
Simon Wilson, the director
of economic planning in the
Ministry of Finance, acknowl-
edged at a Nassau Institute
seminar on the EPA on Tues-
day night that it would be
“challenging” for both the pri-
vate and public sector to imple-
ment reforms to meet the
agreement’s demands, but it
could be done.
This was disputed by Mr
Moree, who questioned
whether the Bahamas had “the

EPA compliance
to cost Bahamas

tionship with the US and nego-

- tiations on a Caribbean Basin

Initiative (CBI) replacement
by going further than required
with the EPA, through the
inclusion of services, Mr
Winder said one-way trade

Given that the US had been
among the most vigorous
opponents of the EU’s previ-
ous trading arrangements with
the Caribbean and ACP coun-
tries, Mr Winder said he was
unable to see how the CBI

‘millions of dollars’

capacity” to implement what
the EPA required, given that
Mr Wilson’s unit, for instance,
only had five persons working
in it.

He, though, encouraged Mr
Moree to “look at the produc-
tivity, not the numbers”.

Meanwhile, Raymond
Winder, the Bahamas ‘Trade
Commission’s vice-chairman
and a fellow panellist with Mr
Moree at the Nassau Institute
seminar, told The Tribune yes-
terday that not all the reforms
demanded by the EPA were
necessarily bad for this nation.

Citing the absence of a well-
defined, transparent invest-
ment policy, Mr Winder said:
“If we are able to attract
investment today purely on
natural resources, just imagine
what we could do if we had
more clarity... If the process is
better, I’d like to think we

_ could attract even more invest-

ment.”
The Deloitte & Touche

(Bahamas) managing partner
said the Bahamas had “lost the
last, five years” when it came
to preparing for economic and
trade liberalisation, with the
World Trade Organisation
(WTO) membership process
having gone nowhere since it
began in 2001. Minimal work
had been done on other trade
agreements.

Other countries, such as Bar-
bados, Trinidad and Jamaica,
had been much more proactive
by putting in place the institu-
tions and laws required by
trade liberalisation, rather than
be reactive and wait for these
agreements to come along, as
the Bahamas had done.

“There’s no doubt the
Bahamas has to do a lot more
than a lot of the other coun-
tries on some of the things
being agreed,” Mr Winder
said.

Responding to Mr Moree’s

assertion that the Bahamas had

‘compromised’ its trading rela-

NOTICE

deals such as the CBI were
becoming history. ly.

C CO INVITES S
RBC FINCO invites tenders for the purchase of the following:

“ALL THAT” piece parcel or lot of land being Lot #17,Blk#27, Shirley
Heights situated in the Western District on the Island of New Providence
one of the islands of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Situated
thereon is a Two Storey Multi family Dwelling consisting of 1-(2) two
bedrooms, (1) bathroom, 1-(2)Bedroom, (1)Bathroom, 1-(3)Bedroom,
(2) Bathroom. : E
Property Size: 5,000 sq.ft
£0 eal we, Building Sige: 3;042..sq Ft ein e
r net ; q
This property is being sold under Power of Sale contained in a Mortgage
to FINANCE CORPORATION OF BAHAMAS LIMITED.

All offers should be forwarded in writing in a sealed envelope,
addressed to the Manager, Royal Bank Collections Centre, P.O. Box
N-7549, Nassau, Bahamas and marked “Tender 2864”. All offers must be
received by the close of business 4:00 p.m., Friday 6th June, 2008.

©

RBC FINCO invites tenders for the purchase of the following:

“ALL THAT” piece parcel or lot of land being Lot No.711, Golden
Gates#2 Subdivision situated in Western District on the Island of New
Providence one of the islands of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.
Situated thereon is a Single Family Residence consisting of (4) four

bedrooms, (2) bathrooms.

Property Size:.6,000 sq ft
Building Size: 1,300 sq ft

This property is being sold under Power of Sale contained in a Mortgage
to FINANCE CORPORATION OF BAHAMAS LIMITED.

All offers should be forwarded in writing a a sealed: envelope,
addressed to the Manager, Royal Bank Collections Centre, P.O. Box
N-7549, Nassau, Bahamas and marked “Tender 0091”. All offers must be
received by the close of business 4:00 p.m., Friday 6th June, 2008.

RBC FINCO invites tenders for the purchase of the following:

“ALL THAT” piece parcel or lot of land being Lot situated
northernside of Lancaster & Victoria Street situated in the
Western District on the Island of New Providence one of the
islands of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Situated thereon is
Single Family consisting of 4 bedrooms, 3 bathroom

Property Size: 12,600 sq ft
Building Size: 3,104 sq ft

| This property is being sold under Power of Sale contained in a Mortgage
to FINANCE CORPORATION OF BAHAMAS LIMITED.

All offers should be forwarded in writing in a sealed envelope,
addressed to the Manager, Royal Bank Collections Centre, P.O. Box
N-7549, Nassau, Bahamas and marked “Tender 1871”: All offers must be
received by the close of business 4:00 p.m., Friday 6th June, 2008.

RBC FINCO invites tenders for the purchase of the following:

“ALL THAT” piece parcel or lot of land being Lot Approx 2.1 mile of
Blue Hill Road situated in the Western District on the Island of New
Providence one of the islands of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.
Situated thereon is a Duplex Apartment consisting of (2)Bedrooms,
(1)Bathrooms.

Property Size: 5,500 sq ft

Building Size: 1,754 sq ft

This property is being sold under Power of Sale contained in
a Mortgage to FINANCE CORPORATION OF BAHAMAS
LIMITED.

All offers should be forwarded in writing in a sealed envelope,
addressed to the Manager, Royal Bank Collections Centre, P.O. Box
N-7549, Nassau, Bahamas and marked “Tender 8101”. All offers
must be received by the close of business 4:00 p.m., Friday 6th
June, 2008. :

RBC FINCO invites tenders for the purchase of the following:

“ALL THAT” piece parcel or lot of land being Lot No.100, Ridgeland
Park West Subdivision situated in Southern District on the Island of New
Providence one of the islands of. the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.

Situated thereon is Vacant Land.

Property Size: 5,880 sq ft
Building Size: 1,760 sq.ft

This property is being sold under Power of Sale contained in a Mortgage
to FINANCE CORPORATION OF BAHAMAS LIMITED.

All offers should be forwarded in writing in a sealed envelope,
addressed to the Manager, Royal Bank Collections Centre, P.O. Box N-
7549, Nassau, Bahamas and marked “Tender 7561”. All offers must be
received by the close of business 4:00 p.m., Friday 6th June, 2008.



Abaco Markets

Bahamas Property Fund
Bank of Bahamas
Benchmark

Bahamas Waste

Fidelity Bank

Cable Bahamas

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

Finco

FirstCaribbean Bank
Focol (S)

Focol Class B Preference
Freeport Concrete

ICD Utilities

J. S. Johnson

Bahamas Supermarkets
Caribbean Crossings (Pref)
RND Holdi

Bahamas Supermarkets

S2wk-Hi
1.3152

52wk-Low
1.2485
2.7399

Fund Name
Colina Bond Fund
Colina MSI Preferred Fund
1.3458 Colina Money Market Fund
3.2920 Fidelity Bahamas G & | Fund
11.6049 Fidelity Prime Income Fund
100.0000 CFAL Global Bond Fund 100.00**
98.2100 CFAL Global Equity Fund 99.956603*
1.0000 CFAL High Grade Bond Fund 1.00°*
9.6346 Fidelity International Investment Fund 10.0060***
1.0000 FG Financial Preferred Income Fund
1.0000 FG Financial Growth Fund
‘1.0000 FG Financial Diversified Fund

1.315228°**
2.998763"**

3.6707°"*
12.2142°"*

) Dec 02 = 1,000.00 —

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 dally 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

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“YIELD - last 12 month dividends divided by closing price
Bid $ - Buying price of Colina and Fidelity
Ask $ - Selling price of Colina and fidelity
Last Price - Last traded over-the-counter price
Weekly Vol. - Trading votume of the prior week
EPS $ - A company's reported earnings per share for the laat 12 mths

could be continued indefinite-

ICD UTILITIES LIMITED
Notice To Shareholders

The Board of Directors of
ICD Utilities Limited is pleased
to advise that a dividend of
10 cents per share
has been declared to all Shareholders
of record as at 4th July, 2008

and payable on 25" July, 2008



RBC FINCO invites tenders for.the purchase of the following:

“ALL THAT” piece parcel or lot of land being Lot No.747, Garden

' Hills Subdivision situated in Southern District on the Island of

New Providence one of the islands of the Commonwealth of the
Bahamas. Situated thereon is Vacant Land.

Property Size: 6,000 sq ft

This property is being sold under Power of Sale contained in
a Mortgage to FINANCE CORPORATION OF BAHAMAS
LIMITED.

All offers should. be forwarded in writing in a sealed envelope,
addressed to the Manager, Royal Bank Collections Centre, P.O. Box '
N-7549, Nassau, Bahamas and marked “Tender 3786”. All offers
must be received, by the close of business 4:00 p.m., Friday 6th
June, 2008. ee s 8S



RBC FINCO invites tenders for the purchase of the following:

“ALL THAT” piece parcel or lot of land being Lot situated of Golden Isles
Road situated in the Western District on the Island of New Providence
one of the islands of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Situated thereon
is a Single Family Residence consisting of 3 Bedrooms, 2Bathrooms.

Property Size: 22,600 sq ft
Building Size: 1,175 sq ft

This property is being sold under Power of Sale contained in
a Mortgage to FINANCE CORPORATION OF BAHAMAS
LIMITED.

All offers should be forwarded in writing in a.sealed envelope,
addressed to the Manager, Royal Bank Collections Centre, P.O. Box
N-7549, Nassau, Bahamas and marked “Tender 9568”. All offers
must be received by the close of business 4:00 p.m., Friday 6th
June, 2008.

FG CAPITAL MARKETS

BROKERAGE & ADVISORY SERVICES

0.480

2023. 0.000
4.450 2.

1.160 0.900

phs0.023
2 Months Div$ Viete
5.47%
8.13%
3.80%
14.65%
5.73%

6.16%
Yo

-0.04%

-4.70%

31 March 2008
** ~ 31 December 2007
*** - 30 May 2008
s*** - 31 April 2008
- 30 April 2008
- 20 June 2008

NAV - Net Asset Value
N/M - Not Meaningful

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


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Across: 1 Chilblains, 8 Paths, 9
Martine, 10 Sheathe, 11 Agent, 12
Induce, 14 Eskimo, 17 Never, 19
Rissole, 21 Testate, 22 Tides, 23
Takes apart.

Down: 2 Hothead, 3 Liszt, 4 Lumber,
5 Inroads, 6 Seine, 7 Destroyers, 8
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succeed whenever North has four or

Doctor on a hill appears to : : : :
go by car (5) pe Fe es hand at Six Clubs. North leads the more diamonds with or without the
He called to give the news ea alee eels les isdee eo Pe ae 4 queen of spades. How would you queen.
play the hand? It would be wrong to finesse the
(4,5) a 5 PS oe he || pay West East jack of diamonds on the first or sec-
An.illustration no longer: . t @A5 43 ond round of the suit, as this would
large enough (7) ele ae | lee aby Pada e seoalie | VAQ 99643 cost you the slam if South started
Upset and angered, per- #A32 @KIJ75 with the Q-x of diamonds and North
haps (7) 5 &AJ9876 #KQ102 the king of hearts.
fics eared wih SORA wi Across: Seay 2. You are declarer with the West 2. Assuming that North has four
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cal themes (6) N (5) 2 First solo trans- the six of clubs, on which South the contract cannot be defeated.
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(5) = 8 Outlawry (3) & OK Buick aeithanwere the hand? and play a heart — preferably the
Fifty knocked out of the 9 German (5) : West East nine. If it holds, lead the queen of
ight j $A62 @K94 diamonds and. finesse. Win or lose
flight in battle (5) > ir force (9) 4 Find enough ine tri E
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oe x « 10 Judge (7) for (6) Q976 @AJ1082 If the heart nine loses to the ace
election (3) uw 41 Amanservant (5) 5 Nevertheless (7) &AQ5 #83 and a club is returned, duck once and
iechi : wee win the continuation with the ace.
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Yesterday’s Easy Solution draw trumps, cash the K-A of dia- North has the king, you’ve got 11
moment (6) 12 WW2 RAF heavy monds and lead a diamond toward _ tricks, and even if South has the king
Across: 1 Amy Johnson, 8 Huron,9 18 A solvent (5) bomber (9) the jack. If North follows suit (or if — you’re home. He will not have a club
Scalpel, 10 Nitrate, 11 Delhi, 12 19 Range (7) 14 Head of museum (7) the queen has already fallen), the to return if the suit was originally
Enlist, 14 Trying, 17 Befit, 19 21 First man on the 16 Record of past slam is in the bag. divided 5-3 or 6-2, and you wind up
Calypso, 21 Revenge, 22 Roost, 23 imoon:t) events (7) If North does not follow suit (and — with an overtrick. If he does have a
Richthofen. _ 3 : the queen has not fallen), you still club to return, that means the suit
Down: 2 Marital, 3 Junta, 4 Hasten, 28. In addition (3) af ‘lode cial sie (3) have the heart finesse to fall back on. was divided 4-4, and you finish with
5 Slander, 6 Nepal, 7 Flying boat, 8 = 24 In the 18 Demand and get (5) Diamonds are broached before — exactly nine tricks.
Hindenburg, 13 Satanic, 15 : direction of (7) 20 Strength (5) hearts in the hope that a heart finesse It would be wrong to attempt the:
Improve, 16 Accept, 18 Fever, 20 25 Late (5) 22 To cut grass (3) will prove unnecessary. Thus, if the diamond finesse at trick two, which

Largo.

diamonds are divided 3-3, you will
make the slam regardless of which
opponent has the queen. You also

would sink the contract if the finesse
lost and North had the ace of hearts
and five or six clubs.

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* Ten-cent increase in gas prices raises retail operating
costs $1,000, with stations finding difficulties in ordering’
right supply quantities

By CARA
BRENNEN-BETHEL
Tribune Business Reporter

MANY Bahamian gas station
retailers are not accepting credit
cards payments or selling diesel
because these business lines are
unprofitable, Tribune Business
was told yesterday.

At a press conference held by.

the Bahamas Petroleum Retailers
Association, executives told Tri-
bune Business that many of their
members have stopped selling
diesel because the gross mark-
up, which is less than 3 per cent,
makes it unprofitable.

“Tt is a huge disadvantage to
the public. Think of a bus driver,
who would have to alter his route
because the gas station he would
normally go to no longer sells
diesel,” one station owner said.

On a purchase of $30, the
gross profit to the retailer on
diesel will only be $0.929 cents,
the Association said, which does
not justify a station selling diesel.

Further, the Association said
that because of the low margins
accepting credit cards payments
was impractical, because the slim
profit margin would in turn have
to be applied to banking fees.
Several stations have stopped
accepting credit cards as a form
of payment.

“Tt really depends on the loca-
tion of a gas station, but in some

‘areas, that could mean a real

decrease in sales by regular cus-

‘tomers,” Charles Johnson, the

Association’s chairman, said.
He added that service station

retailers were burdened by the

current economic climate, and

‘did not seem to be getting any

assistance or support from the oil
companies.

“Today, retailers are having
difficulties purchasing fuel at
these high prices. The oil com-

panies do not extend credit to |

retailers as they do other private
companies. Retailers’ purchases
are cash on delivery and or pre-
paid,” he said.

Mr Johnson said that in many
cases, retailers were having diffi-
culties purchasing fuel at these
current high prices, adding that
they were often not allowed to
purchase in the quantities they

for that whether I can afford it or
not, and that money has to be
paid up front,” he said.

Every time, gas prices go up,
the association said, it is an added
cost not just to the consumer but
to the retailer For example, if
gas prices go up by $0.10, it costs
the retailer $1,000 more in oper-
ating costs.

can afford. “This is something that we

. “Say, for example, I may only need the public to understand,
be able to afford a 6,000 gallon because they just look at the vol-
delivery. The oil company will ume of sales and assume that we
say they can only send a 9,000 | are making tons of money,”
gallon delivery, so I have to pay Johnson said.

Businesses urged
not to downsize

i By CARA BRENNEN-BETHEL
Tribune Business Reporter



Labour minister Dion Foulkes yesterday urged Bahamian busi-
ness owners to'do everything in their power to ensure they retained
their employees, despite the current difficult economic climate.

Speaking to business persons at the Meet the Minister forum, spon-
sored by the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce, Senator Dion Foulkes

‘said the economic downturn was causing alarm over job security.

Therefore, he urged owners to continue to think of the human ele-
ment when doing business, not just their bottom lines.

“IT encourage you to do all you can not to lay persons off. Do what

/you have to with reduced work weeks, if necessary, but please do not
lay anyone off,” Mr Foulkes said.

He added that he was pleased’by an announcement by SuperClubs
Breezes that it was determined not to let any of employees go, even if
there was a drop in sales.

“Whatever, you do,” he told Chamber members, “do it publicly so
that it can force other companies to do something also.”

Mr Foulkes encouraged every business to hire at least one summer
student. You would be surprised to know how much $100 -$150 a
week can mean to some young persons.”

His sentiments were echoed by his senate colleague, Minister of
State for Immigration, Elma Campbell, who encouraged businessper-
sons to go into schools and discuss their trade.

“J do not think that career day should be limited to just one day in
grade 12, but I think that it should be held at the end of grade six and
then again in maybe grade ten,” she added. _-

This, Ms Campbell said, would give students a more significant
view of possible career paths, and could help to reduce the number of
work permits that would be needed later. *