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The Tribune
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Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
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2008
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English
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Vincent Vanderpool
Wallace takes over as
Minister of Tourism

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

PRIME Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham announced the shuffle of his
Cabinet yesterday. It includes a
change of'portfolios for 12 minis-
ters and the return to the
Bahamas of former Director
General of Tourism Vincent Van-
derpool Wallace as Minister of
Tourism, and prominent FNM
lawyer Michael Barnett as Attor-
ney General.

The shuffle also involves the
departure of two FNM senators
— Attorney General Clare Hep-
burn and Minister of State for
Immigration Elma Campbell.
They will be leaving the Senate to
assume other posts, the prime
minister said.

The creation of two new min-
istries — a Ministry of the Envi-
ronment and a Ministry of Youth
Sports and Culture — and the
elimination of the Ministry of
Lands and Local Government,
are also a part of the shuffle.

The changes are effective from
Monday July 7.

This follows months of conjec-
ture over an impending shuffle
and the sudden resignation of
Minister of Lands and Local Gov-

ernment Sidney Collie yesterday
morning in the House of Assem-
bly.

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Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham



In the first realignment of his
third non-consecutive adminis-
tration, Prime Minister Ingraham
said the changes "will contribute
to even more effective gover-
nance over the months and years
ahead."

The prime minister said that in
accordance with the Constitution,
he had advised Governor Gen-
eral Arthur Hanna to appoint Mr
Barnett as Attorney General and
Minister of Legal Affairs and Mr

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POLICE OFFICERS at the scene of ese s murder on St Albans Drive. The victim was shat and killed in

broad daylight. (See story right).

Sidney Collie resigns Tee
from his Cabinet post

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

IN A move that has far reach-
ing political implications, the
Member of Parliament for Blue
Hills, Mr Sidney Collie,
resigned from his Cabinet post
as the Minister of Lands and
Local Government, during the
sitting of the House of Assem-
bly yesterday.

Mr Collie’s resignation had
been sought by the Progressive
Liberal Party for his involve-
ment in the recent debacle of
the local government elections.
Despite this, however, members
of the PLP were obviously “‘sur-
prised” by Mr _ Collie’s
announcement — especially
considering that the Minister
could have simply been
“moved” out of his Ministry in

the Cabinet shuffle that was _

announced last night.
However, as Mr Collie point-
ed out, it is solely up to him to





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take responsibility for the recent
mistakes that were made in the
local government elections.
“My Ministry and I were
responsible just recently for the

SEE page six

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

PRIME Minister Hubert
Ingraham paid tribute to his
retired colleague and former
chief adviser Ruth Millar for
dedicating over 20 years of
"outstanding" service within
the public sector.

Mrs Millar, who began her
remarkable career as a nurse
after training in the UK, first
crossed paths with a 34-year-
old Hubert Ingraham in 1982
when he served as Minister of
Housing and National Insur-
ance in the Pindling adminis-
tration.

She was 50 years old at the
time.

Mr Ingraham said he soon
discovered Mrs Millar's
"excellent work ethic" and

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

A HAITIAN man was shot
and killed in broad daylight yes-
terday off West Bay Street, bring-
ing the murder count up to 35 for
the year.

The victim, believed to be in
his mid-40s, and a colleague of
his had just purchased plywood
from Premier Importers on St
Albans Drive when they were
accosted by a gunman.

Acting Assistant Commission-
er Hulan Hanna told The Tribune
that police received reports of a
shooting on St Albans Drive at
around 1.15pm yesterday.

Officers arriving on the scene,
found the body of the man lying
in the road with two gunshot
wounds in the right side of his
chest.

According to eye-witness
reports, just minutes before his
death, the victim was sitting in a
black Ford Ranger, seemingly
eating his lunch, while his col-
league went into Premier
Importers to buy plywood.

A Premier Importers employee
told The Tribune yesterday that
footage from a security camera
shows that while the victim was

SEE page eight

Cuban-Americans
‘are most likely to
commit credit card
fraud’ in Bahamas

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

CUBAN-AMERICANS are
now seen to be the grouping of
individuals most likely to come to
the Bahamas to commit credit card
fraud or use fake money.

According to Inspector Sandra
Miller of the Community Rela-
tions division of the police, peo-
ple of Cuban lineage living in the
United States have more com-
monly been found to commit these
crimes than any other nationali-
ties coming into the Bahamas in
recent years.

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A record amount of
blood is collected at
BIC sponsored drive

said it was the largest amount of
blood collected in one day in the
history of blood banks in the
Bahamas - almost tripling the
number of units that were collect-
ed at last year’s BTC sponsored
blood drive.

“This exercise demonstrates that
with corporate partnerships,
together we can ensure a safe and
adequate blood supply “Due to
the tremendous success of the BTC
sponsored World Blood Donor
Day Blood Drive, we can boast
that at least for the next month,
there is sufficient blood for all of
the patients in need and some
reserves for unforeseen emergen-
cies.’

He explained that BTC is also
sponsoring the Independence

_ Blood Drive at the Rand Memor-

ial Hospital in Freeport, Grand
Bahama.

“Beginning Saturday, July 5 per-
sons will be able to register for the
blood drive. and will have the
opportunity to donate blood every
Saturday in July beginning July 12.
This should surely boost that hos-
pital’s blood bank supply tremen-
dously.”

Dr Minnis said the theme for
the 2008 World Blood Donor Day
Celebrations was “Giving blood

‘regularly” and there were three

main objectives: to create wider
public awareness of the need for
regular blood donation; to pro-
mote the fact that regular volun-
tary unpaid donors are healthy
individuals and, thus, are essential
to public health systems; and to

' focus attention on donor health

and the quality of donor care. ,
Dr Minnis explained that despite
tremendous efforts to improve sup-
plies, the blood banking system
has constantly been in crisis mode

' because the Bahamas collects an

average of only 5,000 units per
year.

He added that the majority of
the blood collected is from replace-
ment donors — those who give
only when a family or friend is in
need.

“Donated blood plays a critical
role in surgery and emergency
care. A unit of donated blood
could potentially save as many as
three lives.

“Blood, however, can only be
stored for 35 days,” Dr Minnis
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in connection Pitts
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in freak
attempted murder

accident in
mBy NATARIO McKENZIE







Freeport

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

A 22-YEAR-OLD man charged in connection with
the murder of a local mortician and the attempted
murder of his wife was arraigned in Magistrate’s Court
yesterday.

Dudley Daran Moree, of Faith Gardens off Faith
Avenue, was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Roger
Gomez at Court One in Bank Lane yesterday on
charges of murder, attempted murder and possession
of a firearm with the intent to endanger life.

It is alleged that on Thursday, June 26, Moree
intentionally and unlawfully caused the death of
Dorneil Ferguson, 38, attempted to cause the death of
his wife Yuzzana Ferguson, 37, and was in posses-
sion of a firearm with the intent to endanger the life of
their four-month-old daughter Dorneisha Ferguson.

Mr Ferguson, who worked at Butler’s Funeral
Home, was shot multiple times when a gunman shot
through a bedroom window at his Family Street home
off Soldier Road. -

The incidé:nt took place around 3am last Thursday
while Mr Ferguson, his wife and their infant child
slept. Mr Ferguson died at hospital a short time later.
His wife also: had to be admiited to hospital due to the
sever injuries she had received during the incident.

Moree wais not required to plead to the charges.
Attorney Donna Major, who held a brief for attorney
Murrio Ducille, asked that the court’s record reflect
that Moree claimed that he was severely beaten by

FREEPORT - A 41-
year-old Eight Mile i
Rock man isin hospital :.-
with serious injuries fol- :
lowing a freak accident
early Friday morning in
Freeport.

Hubert Dawkins, of
Pinedale, EMR, was run
over by an.equipment
trailer after accidentally
falling from the back of
a truck on to the road.

According to police,
the accident occurred
around 8.30am on Set-
tler’s Way near East
Mall Service Station.

Chief Supt Basil Rah-
ming said truck driver
Diewsell Noricus, a 35-
year-old employee of
Two Big Guys Land-
scaping Company, was
driving the company’s

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Noricus told police
that he went to East
Mall Service Station for
gasoline.- He said while
leaving the service sta-
tion, Dawkins lost his
balance and fell off the
truck and was run over
by the equipment trailer
attached at the truck’s
rear.

Dawkins was trans-
ported by EMS person-
nel to the trauma sec-
tion, at. Rand Memorial
Hospital, where he
received emergency
medical treatment.

He was expected to be, }
-airlifted to Princess :
‘Margaret Hospital on
Saturday.



@ CORRECTION

IN AN advertisement for
Summit Academy published ;

last week, the word “tod-
dler” was misspelled.

The Tribune apologises for
any inconvenience the error :

may have caused.



Tim Clarke/Tribune staff



22-YEAR-OLD Dudley Moree of Faith Gardens
leaving court yesterday.

police and that a paper bag had been placed over his
head, almosit suffocating him.

Magistratte Gomez made note of the objections.
The case has been adjourned to July 22 and trans-
ferred to Court 11 in Nassau Street.







Two in court on
stealing charges

@ By NATARIO McKENZIE

TWO men were arraigned in
Magistrate’s Court yesterday in
connection with a long list of
stealing charges.

Tiffalo Johnson, 25, of East
Street and Sidney Ospin Joseph,
34, of Tonique Williams Darling
Highway appeared before Mag-
istrate Derrence Rolle at Court
Five in Bank Lane yesterday.

Johnson was arraigned sépa-
rately on 13 counts of stealing and
one count of causing damage.

It is alleged that Johnson stole
$49,343 worth of building sup-
plies, house fixtures and tools
between December 2007 and
June of this year.

According to court dockets, it
is alleged that Johnson stole win-

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Both men pleaded not guilty
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police custody. Magistrate Rolle
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Both men were denied bail and
remanded to Her Majesty’s
Prison due to the number of the
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EDITORIAL/LETTERS T

The Tribune Limited | Problems in
Mayaguana



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

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

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972

Contributing Editor 1972-1991

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

Publisher/Editor 1972-

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Cabinet Minister does honourable thing

BY RESIGNING his ministerial post yes-
terday, Mr Sidney Collie has restored integrity
to our government’s ministerial system. He
deserves the highest praise.

For many years — going back as far as the .

PVC pipes scandal during the Pindling admin-
istration — ministers have refused to shoulder
their public responsibilities. On the rare occa-
sion that there was a resignation, it was forced
on them. It was always accompanied by a long
drawn-out public fight in which respect for our
institutions and politicians were diminished and
the offending minister’s party was embarrassed.

As a matter of fact the idea of ministerial
responsibility has been’so eroded that on one of
yesterday morning’s talk shows many in this
community had no understanding of the oner-
ous duty placed on a minister.

Many thought that Mr Collie had been bad-
ly used. In their view it was the fault of the

department’s permanent secretary and the staff -

in charge of the day-to-day functioning of the
Ministry of Lands and Local Government that
should have walked the proverbial plank.

However, what they did not seem to under-
stand was that a Minister is responsible for
whatever happens in his department, regard-
less of his personal knowledge.

The public can hardly be blamed for thinking
otherwise when one considers the numerous
shameful excuses made by ministers over the
years to shirk their responsibility to shoulder
blame. ,

When his ministry functions well, the Minis-
ter is praised. _ ;

He mounts the platform and comes away
with the trophies. He might not have had.any-
thing to do with his Ministry’s stellar perfor-
mance, but as captain of the ship he gets the
medals. :

By the same token when things go wrong —
again often without his knowledge — he shoul-
ders the blame. And in government, if that
wrong is detrimental to the community, he
resigns.

Mr Collie — unlike so many ministers before

_ him — saw his duty and did it. One could almost
hear a surprised town draw in its collective:

breath. u8

Such a thing had never happened in living
memory and they didn’t quite know how to
take it. ea . ,

A caller to one of the radio shows, so used to
political shenanigans, had it all figured out.

She couldn’t see something so straightfor-

‘ ward not being bent out of shape by conniving

politicians by the evening.

.-. You wait and see, she said; Mr Collie has

resigned today, but you see tonight in the Cab-

inet shuffle, Mr Ingraham will have him right .

back in with a new portfolio. She reflected the
lack of faith that many Bahamians have in their
politicians.

But the lady did not know her prime minis-
ter. Evening came, Mr Ingraham shuffled his
cabinet, but the only mention of Mr Collie was
a thank you for his “faithful service to the Cab-
inet” in the past year. Mr Collie had resigned on
a point of honour, his resignation had been
accepted. The matter was at an end.

In resigning Mr Collie pointed out that he
and his Ministry had been responsible for.con-
ducting local elections. He regretted that “mis-
takes were made in the process which led to a
court action and the consequent frustration of
many Family Island voters...” .

Standing in the House, he told his colleague:
and the Bahamian people: “I take full respon-
sibility for what happened and I apologise to
Parliament and to the Bahamian people, espe-
cially those who were directly affected.”

He pointed out that it was “central to our sys-
tem of cabinet government that Ministers should
accept responsibility for ministerial action or
inaction ...”

And unlike so many offending ministers
before him, he took the path of a gentleman. He
handed in his portfolio and stepped down.

Today he has gone up in the estimation of his
fellow Bahamians. He has set an example that
we hope future governments and ministers will
follow. Remember it is the coward who plays
with the truth, looks for exits and has to be
shamed into the shadows. :

They do not know what damage they have
done over the years. If they had played their
cards straight, Bahamians would not have been
so shocked at the honourable decision Mr Col-
lie made yesterday.

Although the Opposition took the right
course in pointing out the errors made in the
electoral process and demanding that they be

rectified, we had to smile at their comment that ©

Mr Collie’s resignation alone was “not good
enough.”

“The government must accept responsibility
for these serious errors,” said the PLP. They

probably also wanted the government’s resig- .

nation.
What short memories they have. Maybe they

will now need to be reminded of their past per- -

formance. |
If it had not been for their abysmal failure in

. honouring ministerial responsibility, Bahami-
ans today would not have been so shocked by -

Mr Collie’s honourable behaviour.
- We hope that the PLP mould of shadow
boxing with the truth has now been broken,

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I WILL be grateful if you

' would be kind enough to give me

a little space in your column to
voice my concerns and make a
couple: of observations or recom-
mendations in respect to some
issues, relating to the Mayaguana
community.

I would like to thank the Com-
missiomer of Police and the Min-
ister of National Security for the
posting of four police officers
(which are needed) here in
Mayaguana. However, there are
still some opportunities for
improvements so that those offi-
cers could carry out their duties in
an efficient manner.

The island has three settle-
ments; Abraham’s Bay, which is
the most easterly, Pirates Well,
which is approximately 18 miles
away, and Betsy Bay, which is
another five miles beyond Pirates
Well. There is only one police sta-
tion; situated in Abraham’s Bay
and while the officers endeavour
to provide proper coverage to the
other settlements, they are often
handicapped.

Iam so sorry for the poor offi-
cers, who are left hiking, day after

_ day ancl have to rely on the good

graces of residents’ personal vehi-
cles, because of the police’s bad
running vehicle which is so fre-
quently out of order and has to be
towed off the road. They are in

possession of two small vans, |

which together can’t make one.
If there: is a need for the officers
to visit Pirates Well or Betsy Bay,
too often, they are left at the mer-
cy of some resident’s transporta-
tion. This situation affects their
response time should a problem
or emergencies in those two set-
tlements require their immediate
presence. ©

I would ask the Commissioner
and the Minister of National

LETTERS

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Security to consider, at least a
sub-station in Pirates Well, which
could be manned and result in a
continued police presence in that
settlement and would lessen the
time of response to the Betsy Bay
community. And please, sirs, give
these poor officers, some reliable
transportation. They are dedicat-
ed and want to doa good job.
Please give them the much need-
ed tools to work with.

Another vexing situation is the
living accommodation provided
for these officers.

Can you imagine two grown
men having to share living
arrangements that afford them
almost no privacy?

They have family members
who would like to come and visit

them, but cannot do so for the.

same reason. This arrangement
might have been acceptable in
this environment for a short peri-
od, but certainly not on a perma-
nent basis as has been the case.

As a people, we rightfully
insist on good performance from
our officers, but in order for that
to happen they must be provided
with the tools they need that
would enable them to give such
performance.

Also, we must consider their
well being, which is inclusive of
providing them with a reasonable
living environment. Lee

I have twa other matters about
which I shall try and be brief. It
seems that nothing could be done
about the poor fishermen’s boat
service for Mayaguana.

The poor fishermen work so
hard and have to go too far to
catch their conch and fish with a

very high and escalating cost of
gasoline to have their shipments
on the mailboat spoil by the time
they arrive in Nassau, due to
lousy refrigeration or holding
capacity on the boat. The people
in Mayaguana are fed up with this
kind of service. We are hurting
and begging those responsible.
Please help us in the back here
(as it is often said, behind God’s
back) and fix this mess. .

My final comments relates to
the Mayaguana Development
Company or the I-Group. We
would like to know where the
company is headed. Seven
months ago, there were about 90
persons, inclusive of foreign staff,
employed but as of today there is
about 14.

The hard working men, who
are employed with that company
are making a very small salary
for the work they are doing. I feel
in most cases advantage is being
taken of them and while there
has been talks sometime ago
about the Labour Department
setting up office here to deal with
matters of this nature, of late
there seems to have been no
movement in that direction.
Would somebody please, protect
our people and not. allow these
companies to come'to this coun-
try and take advantage of our
people at will.

So that I am not misunderstood
I appreciate the interest that com-
pany has shown in our island and
having provided some stimulus
for our otherwise dead. local econ-
omy.

However, I don’t-want them to
take advantage of people. Our
people want to do a good job for
them but they must do their law-
ful part, by giving their employees
afair wage. .

GM GLEN MOSS
June 26, 2008.

Future generations would do well to walk
in Conrad J Knowles’ positive footprints

EDITOR, The Tribune.

* J PROMISED to lay down
the pen when I passed 70 and
to date I have succeeded.

But the departure of Con-
rad J Knowles, a friend and
outstanding Bahamian causes
me to return once again.

During four elections (1967-
1977) I had the distinct plea-
sure of working with Mr
Knowles and what a pleasure




it was. J still remember vividly
how the entire group of 10 to
12 appreciated and respected
him.

Mr Knowles was a man of

‘ integrity who for more than

60 years gave exemplary ser-
vice to his country. Oh, for
more men like him.

Mr Knowles was also a man
you could call upon for advice.
On a few occasions when I
served on the Licensing
Authority in Central Abaco, I
would call him for guidance
and he was always very oblig-
ing.

To his dear wife, children,
and other relatives I extend
condolences and leave the

lines of Longfellow with them:
Lives of great men all
remind us
We can make our lives sub-

lime,
And departing, leave
behind us

Footprints on the sands of
time.

There is no doubt that Con-
rad J Knowles left many posi-
tive footprints that future gen-
erations would do well to walk
in.

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Abaco,

June 26, 2008.



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LOCAL NEWS

TUESDAY, JULY 1, 2008, PAGE 5





In brief

Advisory
reminder
that netting
honefish
is illegal

THE Department of
Marine Resources yester-
day released an advisory
reminding the public that
the netting (hauling) of
bonefish is illegal in the
Bahamas.

The public is further
advised that it is illegal to
buy or sell bonefish in the
Bahamas.

“It has come to the
attention of the Depart-
ment of Marine Resources
that persons on a number
of islands of the Bahamas
are netting (hauling) bone-
fish,” the department said
yesterday in a press state-
ment.

“The public is requested
to report all incidents of
persons violating the fish-
eries regulations to the
Department of Marine
Resources or to the near-
est office of the Royal
Bahamas Police Force.

“The Department of
Marine Resources will
seek to prosecute all viola-
tors of the fisheries regula-
tions to the fullest extent
of the law.”

The bonefishing sector
continues to play an
important role in the sport
fishing industry and the
economy of the Bahamas.

“Many Bahamians find
excellent employment
opportunities as bonefish
guides throughout the
Bahamas and there is the
potential for more persons
to be so employed. Many |
persons visit the Bahamas
every year to fish for bone-
fish and a number of
Bahamian hotel owners
cater specifically to these
guests,” the department
said.

BNT gets set
to celebrate
Indepentdence

al national park

AS THE nation gets
ready to celebrate its
35th Independence
anniversary, the
Bahamas National
Trust, working with the
National Independence

Committee, will be cel-

ebrating Independence
at Harrold and

Wilson Ponds National
Park on Saturday, July
LD:

BNT staff will now
be dressed for the.
event in the national
colours as Scott Far-
rington of Sun Tee has
donated an Indepen-
dence shirt for each
BNT staff member.

“We were very
pleased when Scott
Farrington of Sun Tee
called and offered the

donation,” said execu-
tive director Eric
Carey.

“Our national pars
are certainly wonderful
examples of why we are
all proud to be Bahami-
ans and we hope that
members of the public
will join us for our cele-
bration at Harrold and
Wilson Ponds National
Park on Saturday, July
12”

The Independence
Celebration at Harrold
and Wilson Ponds
National Park will be a
family day with food,
tours of the park and
games and activities for
children. The event will
run from 10am—5pm.

TROPICAL
EXTERMINATORS

Ba
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Rising crime ‘could
hit tourism industry’

A TOP tourism official warned
yesterday that the rising crime
rate could have dire consequences
on the Bahamas’ number one
industry.

Archie Nairn, permanent sec-
retary in the Ministry of Tourism,
noted that for tourists from both
North American and Europe,
security is now a top issue.

“We must not go the same
route as South Africa, which sud-
denly discovered in 2005 that,
over a five-year period, approxi-
mately 22 million individuals
refused to vacation there due to
perceptions of crime,” Mr Nairn
said.

He said that now, many cities
in South Africa are trying to
implement crime and safety
strategies to make visitors feel
secure during the 2010 Soccer
World Cup.

Mr Nairn emphasised that for
the Bahamas, the safety of visitors
must be paramount.

“We must continue to strength-
en our security operations at our
ports,” he said. “Criminal ele-
ments must not be given any
chance of penetrating at borders
at airports and seaports. To allow
such an incident would be disas-
trous to our reputation as a des-
tination of law and order.”

He said that as “unpalatable”
as post 9-11 airport security mea-
sures are, people have come to
accept them, because there is
nothing more important than
safety to the traveller.

This was demonstrated recent-
ly, Mr Nairn said, by the results of



“We must not go
the same route as
South Africa, which
suddenly discovered
in 2005 that, over a
five-year period,
approximately 22
million individuals
refused to vacation
there due to
perceptions of crime.”



Archie Nairn,
permanent secretary
in the Ministry

of Tourism

a Caribbean Tourism Organisa-
tion study on how Europeans see
the Caribbean in terms of travel
and vacations, the findings of
which were released in Washing-
ton, DC last week.

The study found that safety and
security were the most important
factors for Europeans in deter-
mining where to vacation — rank-
ing even higher than the desire
to get value for money.

Security is also a main concern
for the US, the Bahamas’ main
source of tourism revenue.

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Simon Brooke-Webb

MINISTER OF Tourism-and Aviation Neko Grant and David John-
son, deputy director general in the ministry, pictured with Royal
Caribbean executives and Caribbean tourism officials at the Oasis of
the Seas event at the Nokia Theatre in New York.

THE world’s largest cruise
ship, Royal Caribbean’s Oasis
of the Seas, could potentially
inject $6 million in visitor spend-
ing into the Bahamian economy
during its inaugural season,
according to tourism officials.

The Oasis of the Seas, which-

will call on the port of Nassau
next year, will begin her inau-
gural season on December 9,
2009, with 19 consecutive sev-
en-night trips to the eastern
Caribbean.

The mega,cruise ship will
deliver 102,600 passengers to
Nassau during the ship’s inau-
gural season.

Additional ports of call will

. include Charlotte Amalie; St

Thomas and Philipsburg, and St
Maarten.

Bookings for Oasis of the Seas
will open September 3, 2008.
The mega ship will sail from its
home port in Port Everglades,
Florida.

Guests

During a recent Oasis of the
Seas event at New York’s Nokia
Theatre, Adam Goldstein, pres-
ident and CEO of Royal
Caribbean, said that the compa-
ny is fortunate to have taken mil-
lions of satisfied guests over the
last 40 years to the highly regard-
ed destinations selected for the
new Oasis of the Seas itinerary.

Royal Caribbean executives
have been working closely with
the Ministries of Tourism and

Works to ensure that the Oasis

of the Seas’ guests experience is
seamless once the ship calls on
Nassau.

Also in attendance at the New
York launch was Tourism Min-
ister Neko Grant, who said that
if the Bahamas intends to remain
a leading competitor in the
cruise industry, the country has
to make advances in its ability to
safely receive and accommodate
the larger new ships that the
cruise lines are delivering.

“We recognise the need for

the islands of the Bahamas to
improve its port capacity,” Mr
Grant said.

“To this end, the Ministry of

Tourism and Aviation joined. |

forces with the Ministry of
Works and Maritime Affairs to
initiate the Harbour Improve-
ment Project to ensure that once
Oasis of the Seas launches in
2009, Nassau will be among the
select few destinations included
on this mega cruise line’s itiner-
ary.”

For the Harbour Improve-
ment Project, the Ministry of
Works has undertaken dredging
of the harbour and of the
approach path.

Phase two of this initiative
will be the redevelopment of
Bay Street, along with the cre-
ation of new tours and attrac-
tions.

“Here at the Ministry of
Tourism and Aviation, we are
focused on implementing the

changes and improvements .

needed to deliver an outstanding
visitor experience.

“Our ultimate aim is to ensure
that we continue to increase the
number of calls to Nassau and
Grand Bahama,” he said.

When the ship launches in late
2009, Oasis of the Seas will
be the largest and most rc volu-
tionary cruise ship in the
world.

The ship will span 16 decks,
encompass 220,000 gross regis-
tered tons (GRT), carry 6,000
guests at double occupancy, and
feature 2,700 staterooms.

Oasis of the Seas will be the
first ship to showcase the cruise
line’s new “neighbourhood con-
cept” of seven distinct themed
areas, which include Central
Park, Boardwalk, and the Royal
Promenade.

In 2007 Royal Caribbean
delivered over 600,000 visitors
to Nassau and to its private
island Coco Cay, located in the
Berry Islands.

Coco Cay creates permanent
employment for 40 Bahamian
staff. |

Mr Nairn said: “When we look
at what is happening with the US
economy, we realise that any
vacation complication, no matter
how small, can be the straw that
breaks the camel’s back, causing
us to lose visitors.

“In the United States, the wage
rate is falling, unemployment is
rising and consumer confidence
is at a 16-year low. For now, we
are holding our own in terms of
attracting visitors from the Unit-
ed States, although things could
still be much better. But we def-
initely cannot afford to add the
perception of a crime and safety
problem in the Bahamas to the
poor performance of the US
economy.

Mr Nairn, who was speaking
at the third annual tourism secu-
rity symposium, said that for this
reason, the symposium is “vital”
to the Bahamian economy.

“As you discuss the issues relat-
ed to security of your various
posts and the security of the
Bahamas at large, you simulta-

. neously will be placing Bahamian

tourism in a stronger, more com-
petitive position,” he told those in
attendance.

He added: “We must point out
the tremendous job being done
by the Grand Bahama Island
Security Council. You have
demonstrated the effectiveness
of strong private-public sector col-
laboration. We can accomplish so
much when we come together
with one mind for the good of the
country.

“We have seen this recently in
New Providence as well, where

private citizens sparked one of '

the greatest advancements in the
security of downtown Nassau in
recent times.

“Through the kind donations
of companies such as the British
Colonial Hilton, Pirana Joe’s, and
the Amoury Company, a closed
circuit television surveillance sys-
tem has been installed in
Nassau, at Woodes Rodgers

“Wharf.

“Police have already had suc-
cess with this system, making five
arrests due to their new electron-
ic eyes,” he noted.

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m@ By REUBEN SHEARER



TWO of the four men that escaped from
the Immigration Detention Centre on June
15 are still at large, it was confirmed yes-
terday.

Disappearing around 10am on June 15,
the four men — three Cubans and one Hon-
duran — are believed to have jumped a 12-
foot wall and fled into the nearby bushes.

In an interview yesterday, Chief Petty
Officer Ralph McKinney of the Defence
Force said there has been no progress in the
case since one Cuban and the Honduran
were found on June 17.

Alberto Diaz Maes, 45, the Cuban; and
28-year-old Honduran Dredivan Galiano
Lopez were found in the southwestern end
of New Providence off Carmichael Road.



A manhunt is still underway for the oth-
er two men: Ariel Delgardo Rodriguez, 36,
and Felipe Espinoza Leon, 31.

Defence Force officers have no leads,
but aren’t ruling out the possibility that the
two escapees have left or are planning to
leave the island.

‘““We’ve stepped up our patrols for vessels
leaving at odd hours,” said Mr McKinney.

~ “The Defence Force has been looking out

for vessels leaving the Bahamas to the US,
specifically through the use of the Harbour
Unit.”

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dents in recent months in which Cuban
migrants have broken out of the facility,
despite numerous security upgrades.

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have escaped from an immigration bus.

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Four months earlier, on November 5,
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under investigation for neglect, Mr McK-
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the Defence Force have been arranged for
officers who are not efficiently carrying out
their duties.”

He explained that officers who are
accused of negligence on the job could face
two years imprisonment, salary deductions,
and may be assigned additional duties to
their current posts.

Officer McKinney urged anyone with
information about the escapees to contact
the nearest police station or the police con-
trol room at 322-3333.



2008 at 6:00 p.m.



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officiate.



Mr. Lawrence is predeceased by his wife, Kitty
and is survived by his sons, Graham Lawrence
and Andrew Lawrence; grandsons, Christopher
Lawrence and Matthew Lawrence;
granddaughters, Kathryn Watters, Jennifer
Lawrence and Stephanie Lawrence; brother,
Dennis Lawrence; daughter-in-law, Christine
Lawrence and Sheelagh Lawrence; grandson-
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grandchildren, Caitlin, Luke and Isabel;
numerous nieces, nephews and many other
relatives and friends.








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FROM page one

Vanderpool-Wallace as Minister

‘of Tourism and Aviation.

Before they can assume their
posts they must first be appoint-
ed to the Senate.

Mrs Hepburn will continue to
serve public office in another
capacity while Ms Campbell will
assume the responsibility as the
Bahamian Ambassador to the

People’s Republic of China in.

Beijing, said Mr Ingraham.

It was widely speculated that
Minister of National Security
Tommy Turnquest would be
removed from his post, howev-
er, he retains his position. One
change in Mr Turnquest’s port-
folio is the removal of responsi-
bilities for Immigration.

Deputy Prime Minister and
Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent
Symonette will assume the Immi-
gration portfolio; former Minister
of State for Tourism Branville
McCartney is now minister of
state for immigration in the
Office of the Deputy Prime Min-
ister.

After Sidney Collie's unex-
pected resignation from his post
yesterday, Mr Ingraham reas-
signed the responsibility of Lands
and Local Government to the
Office of the Prime Minister.
Byron Woodside, who served as
Minister of State for Youth and
Sports, will assume the portfolio

PIM announces
Cabinet shuffle

as Minister of State for Lands
and Local Government.

Former Minister of Works and
Transport Earl Deveaux will
assume the portfolio of Minister
of Environment with responsi-
bility for Maritime Affairs. Phen-
ton Neymour, former minister of
state for utilities, will serve as
minister of state for the environ-
ment.

Other portfolio reallocations
include the transfer of former
Minister of Tourism and Avia-
tion Neko Grant to the Ministry
of Public Works and Transport;
former Minister of State in the
Ministry of Legal Affairs
Desmond Bannister as portfolio
Minister of the new Ministry of
Youth Sports and Culture and
Senator Dion Foulkes as Minister
of Labour and Social Develop-
ment with responsibility for
Urban Renewal.

Due to "squabbling" at the
Port Authority, Mr Ingraham
said at this time he is "unable to
fulfil my intention to create a
Ministry for Grand Bahama" but
will review the matter at a later
date.

Michael Barnett, who ran on
the FNM ticket in the Fort Char-
lotte constituency in the 2007
general election, is a partner in
the law firm of Graham Thomp-
son & Co. :

He served as Chairman of the
Water and Sewerage Corpora-
tion, and in professional and pub-
lic service capacities, including
Acting Magistrate, Acting Jus-
tice of the Supreme Court, Pres-
ident of the Bahamas Bar Asso-
ciation, Chairman of the Indus-
trial Relations Board, Member
of the Financial Services Advi-
sory.Committee and Chairman
of the Catholic Board of Educa-
tion.

Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace
served as Director General of
Tourism in the Ministry of
Tourism for 12 years. Most
recently, he served as Secretary
General of the Caribbean
Tourism Organization (CTO).
He also served as Chairman of
the Management Committee of
the Bahamas Tourism Training
Centre, Director of both the Cen-
tral Bank of The Bahamas and
the Bank of The Bahamas and
Chairman of the Hotel Corpora-
tion of The Bahamas.



GOVERNMENT
MINISTRIES — JULY 2008

The new list of Ministers and
Ministries is as follows:

Hubert A. Ingraham,
Prime Minister and Minister
of Finance.

Brent Symonette,

Deputy Prime Minister and
Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Tommy Turnquest,
National Security.

Michael Barnett,

Attorney General and Min-
ister of Legal Affairs.

Carl Bethel,

Education.

Kenneth Russell,

Housing.

Earl Deveaux,
Environment.

Neko Grant,
Public Works and Transport.

Larry Cartwright,
Agriculture and Marine
Resources.

Hubert Minnis,

Health.

Dion Foulkes,

Labour and Social
Development.

Desmond Bannister,
Youth Sports and Culture.

Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace,
Tourism and Aviation.

Ministers of State

Zhivargo Laing,
Minister of State in the
Ministry of Finance and
Minister of State for the
Public Service.

Byron Woodside,

Minister of State for Lands
and Local Government in
the Office of the Prime
Minister.

Branville McCartney,
Minister of State for
Immigration in the Office of
the Deputy Prime Minister.

Loretta Butler-Turner,
Minister of State in the
Ministry of Labour and
Social Development.

Charles Maynard,

Minister of State for Culture
in the Ministry of Youth
Sports and Culture.

Phenton Neymour,
Minister of State in the
Ministry of Environment.



Sidney Collie resigns

FROM page one

conduct of local elections in
accordance with legislation
passed by the Bahamas Par-
liament. I regret to say that
mistakes were made in'the
process which led to a court
action and the consequent
frustration of many Family
Island voters who were
looking forward to exercis-
ing their democratic right
to vote.

“T should like to say to
Honourable Members and
to the Bahamian people
that I take full responsibili-
ty for what happened and I
apologize to Parliament and

FUNERAL ANNOUNCEMENT

Jane Holt Dunn (Pam Dunn)
died unexpectedly at her home
in Montreal, Canada on June
24th. She was 83.

from his Cabinet post

to the Bahamian people,
especially those who were
directly affected.

“Mr Speaker, it is central
to our system of cabinet
government that Ministers
should accept responsibility
for ministerial action or
inaction, so having regard
to the order of the mistakes
made in this matter, I have
decided that it would be in
the best interest of the peo-
ple and the Government for
me to relinquish the office
of Minister of Lands and
Local Government.

“T have so informed the
Prime Minister (Hubert
Ingraham) and, accordingly,
I have today tendered my
resignation to His Excel-
lency the Governor Gener-
al,” Mr Collie said.

Lending his voice to the
announcement, Prime Min-
ister Ingraham said that he
regretted Mr Collie’s deci-
sion, but applauded him for
doing what is the “true tra-
dition” of a ministerial gov-

Pam Dunn has been described
as having "dynamic. energy,a
fearless passion for life, one
who met every challenge and
embraced every opportunity that
~came her way." She also pos-
“sessed a generosity of spirit, a
wonderfully frank and open
nind, the ability to be interested
d°thought it all she remained

ernment.

“Serious mistakes were
made and it is expected that
ministers will accept

. responsibility for serious
mistakes occurring in their
ministries, especially mis-
takes which have far rang-
ing consequences for the
population.

“T might say, Mr Speak-
er, that the resignation of
the member for Blue Hills
does not in any way, shape
or form impugn his charac-
ter, or in any way, shape or
form say that he cannot
once again at another time
be elevated to high office
in the Bahamas. But on this
occasion he has taken the
correct course of action,”
Mr Ingraham said.

As such, the Prime Minis-
ter applauded Mr Collie for
his decision and assured
him of the “continuing sup-.
port” of the government of
the Bahamas.

However, the PLP main-
tains that while Mr Collie’s
resignation “proves” that
they were right in their
defence of “democracy and
the rule of law,” Mr Collie’s
resignation alone is “not
good enough.”

“The government must
accept responsibility for
these serious errors,” the
party said.

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properly dressed, so she bought them all coats!"

When she came to Lyford Cay, she supported the Bahamas
National Trust, ihe Prince Hepburn camp for children, the
Lyford Cay Foundation, St. Christopher's Anglican church and
me ..y other charities too numerous to mention.

She loved her home at Goat Cay on Exuma and was an ardent
supporter of the National Family Island Regatta, even having
a class D dingy built so that her caretaker could sail. She
provided scholarships for many and donated annually to The
Exuma Foundation. Jane Holt Dunn certainly made a positive
difference in the lives of many people wherever she went and
will be sadly missed by all who knew her, including her dear
friends Kate Seiler, Janyne Hodder, and Jenny Kettel

Her funeral is to be held on Wednesday, July 2nd at 11:00 a
m. at Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal, Canada. There will
be Memorial Service in Nassau at a fater date. At her request,
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investigation

A MAN is being actively
sought by police for questioning
in connection with a fraud
investigation.

Yesterday, the Central
Detective Unit issued a wanted
poster for Jason Antonio
Sands, alias 'Jay', whose last
known addresses were Domin-
go Heights and Garden Hills.

The 37-year-old should be
considered armed and danger-
ous, police said.

He is described as having a
dark brown complexion, slim
build and to be five feet, 10
inches tall.

Anyone with information on
Sands' whereabouts was asked
to contact the police at 919/911;
CDU at 502-9930/9991; the
Police Control Room at 322-
3333; the Crime Stoppers hot-
- line at 328-8477 or the nearest
police station.



call for a third teacher

-RESIDENTS of Ragged
Island are calling for a third
teacher at the local school to save
the community from depopula-
tion.

At the moment, island students
have to leave for Nassau at the
age of 14, sometimes forcing their
families to move, too.

With another teacher, the
island school could provide
courses up to the age of 16, sta-
bilising the population of an
island already under pressure
because of poor facilities.

Resident Myron Lockhart-
Bain told The Tribune: “We need
this third teacher if Ragged
Island is to be tenable in the long
term. Over the next four years, at
least two families will be forced
to leave because of the school-
ing issue.

“T have been here for 15 years
and have seen the island depop-
ulating two, three, four ata
time.”

He said the government need-

‘ ed to provide infrastructure, and

education facilities, that would
ensure the future of island com-

munities, and lure people away -

from Nassau and back to the sim-
ple life.

“It must be the future for the
Bahamas,” he said, “With things
going as they are in Nassau, it
will end up like Haiti or Jamaica
in years to come.

“For the right kind of people,



LARRY CARTWRIGHT, the local
MP, is aware of the need for an
extra teacher.

life is much better in the Family
Islands. Living costs here are less
than half in Nassau. For my golf-
cart, I spend only $20 on gas ina
three-week period.”

Ragged Island’s population
now stands at 68, but Mr Lock-
hart-Bain reckons that, with
proper infracture and education
facilities, the island’s capacity is
300 or more.

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Critical issues on
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CARICOM meeting

THE 29th meeting of the Conference of Heads of

Government of CARICOM opens in St John’s,
Antigua and Barbuda, tomorrow, with an agenda
replete with critical issues.

Issues relating to tourism, soaring food and energy
prices and challenges of adapting to climate change
are all items slated for discussion.

Regional leaders will also receive updates on sev-
eral free trade agreements, including the CARICOM
Single Market and Economy (CSME) and the Eco-
nomic Partnership Agreement (EPA).

The first day of the meeting is devoted solely to the
largest contributor to the region’s Gross Domestic
Product (GDP) - tourism. At its 19th Inter-Session-
al Meeting, March 7-8, 2008, in the Bahamas, the
Conference of Heads of Government agreed the first
day of this meeting would focus on matters related to
tourism. -

A task force, led by Minister of Tourism and Civ-
il Aviation of Saint Lucia and current chairman of the
Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) Senator
Allen Chastanet, was established to prepare issues for
discussion.

Also high on the meeting’s agenda is the issue of
food security as regional leaders continue discussions
on the region’s response to rising food prices and
agree on ways to mitigate its effect on the communi-
ty. Soaring energy prices and the challenge of adap-
tation to climate change will also be a focus of the
meeting.

Heads of Government will also receive an update
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Other important matters related to external trade
negotiation include the treatment of bananas in the
European Union (EU) market, and the CARICOM-
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in its preparatory stage.

Crime

Among other issues on the meeting’s agenda is
crime and security, including implementation of
decisions taken at the 13th special meeting of the
Conference of Heads of Government held in Trinidad
and Tobago on April 4-5, 2008.

The Heads of Government will receive an update
on preparations for the staging of the 10th Caribbean
Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA), which is slated for
August 22- 31, 2008, in Guyana.

This 29th meeting of CARICOM Heads of Gov-
ernment Conference marks the 35th anniversary of
the establishment of the Caribbean Community, and
the leaders are expected to explore mechanisms for
overcoming critical challenges in building the com-
munity.

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the Jolly Beach Resort from July 2-4 following the
opening ceremony tomorrow evening at the San-
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Mr Hanna explained that it
appears the victim’s colleague was
instructed to climb on to the
truck’s bed.

The three men then drove
down St Albans Drive.

As the truck got close to the
Colony Club Inn and Suites, the
man sitting in the back of the
truck observed the man wearing
the tam pointing a handgun
towards his colleague in the dri-
ver’s seat.

He jumped from the back of
the truck and ran to get help, Mr
Hanna said.

At this point, it is believed that
a struggle broke out inside the
truck’s cab and the driver was
fatally wounded as a result.

Eye-witnesses claimed that the
victim was shot once while he was
still sitting in the driver’s seat and
a second time after he managed
to get out of the truck.

Mr Hanna said yesterday that.

the gunman may have left the
area in another vehicle.

Investigations continue and
Premier Importers have turned
their security camera footage over
to police.

The police have not yet deter-
mined a motive.

One employee of the import
company told The Tribune that
the gunman’s face can unfortu-
nately not been seen on the video
footage as the camera was too far
away.

FROM page one

“unquestioned dedication" to her job while work-
ing on the Grant’s Town Urban Improvement
Project — an area too confining for her exper-
lise, he said.

This prompted Mr Ingraham to enlist her in the
development of a housing policy for the then gov-
ernment. She became Mr Ingraham's "constant
companion and chief adviser," travelling with him
to the US, Canada, Trinidad and Tobago and Bar-
bados to observe sound housing practices for the
Bahamas to implement, he said.

After the Bahamas Mortgage Corporation Act
came into effect in August 1983, Mr Ingraham
appointed her as the first Managing Director of the
corporation.

During Mr Ingraham's stint at the Ministry of
Housing, Mrs Millar was chosen as chairperson
of the Working Party on National Health Insur-
ance and of the Ad Hoc Task Force on a pro-
posed National Health Insurance Plan. She also
served on the National Insurance Board’s Health
Infrastructure Committee.

Although Mr Ingraham was fired from his post
as minister after only two years, Mrs Millar con-
tinued her "admirable" service to the public sector.

When he returned to office in 1992 as prime
minister and minister of finance and planning, he
transferred her from managing director of the
Mortgage Corporation to Director of the Budget
in the Ministry of Finance. ,

The next year she would become Financial Sec-
retary.

She still held that post when he returned to
public office in May, 2007 and expressed her desire
for her "long deferred" retirement.



PM pays tribute to Ruth Millar

"T asked her to wait a little while and, as expect-
ed, this.dedicated public officer ‘obliged me. I know
her and she knows me. She has now determined
that it is, finally, her time to go. I am obligated to
accept her wish. All good things come to an end,
after all. She has given good and faithful service;
she is a credit to her family, her community and her
country.

"I was fortunate to have been the recipient of
her sage advice during three separate periods of my
life — once as Minister with responsibility for Hous-
ing and National Insurance, and twice as Prime
Minister.

"She has come as close as possible to being the
perfect public servant. She has her own private
personal preferences, of course, but she has never
allowed that to diminish her response to the call of
duty.

"Furthermore, long after she had earned a well-
deserved retirement, she continued to serve. I
should like to thank her personally for her loyal
service to the administrations I have had the hon-
our to head, and for her best advice to me on
every occasion," said the prime minister at her
retirement service at Bethel Baptist Church on
Sunday. ,

In 1996, Mr Ingraham recommended her to be
designated as a Companion of the Order of St.
Michael and St. George by Her Majesty the Queen
in 1996 in recognition of her distinguished-ser-
vice.

Mrs Millar also studied hospital administration
in Canada, has a Master's degree in Business
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presentation to local business own-
ers and employees from the
Carmichael area about how to
avoid being conned by people who
attempt to purchase goods: using
counterfeit credit cards or money
in their establishments.

Inspector Miller works within
the Community Relations and
Domestic Violence‘unit, but spent
12 years in the Commercial crimes

section.

She offered figures showing a
significant increase in the overall
amount of counterfeit cash seized
by police since 2005. In that year,
police took possession of a total
of $44,583 in counterfeit funds, in
2006, this jumped to $77,370, while
in 2006, this decreased slightly to
$61,552 but remained well above
the 2005 figure.

The majority of the fake cash
was intended to pass as American,
rather than Bahamian. Counter-
feit U.S. dollars seized leaped from
$6,996 in 2005 to $32, 736 in 2006,
and $27,710 last year.

Illustrating how brazen some
criminals can be, Ms Miller high-
lighted the case of a group of
Brazilians — two men anda
woman — who came to the
Bahamas and went on a counter-





feit-funded “shopping spree”
worth thousands of dollars, and of
a Nigerian man who was arrested
and found to have 63 fake credit
cards in his possession.

“Not everyone comes to the
Bahamas for a vacation,” she said.

She said that the court fined the
Brazilians $46,000.

The fine was promptly paid,
leading her to believe that the
group called their “gang leader”
for help and are probably now
operating elsewhere.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian, who
even targeted Harbour Island dur-
ing his time in the Bahamas, was
sentenced to one-week in prison
for each of the 63 cards he had in
his possession, a fact which Ms
Miller described as “sad.”

With foreign counterfeiters
often found to travel in groups to
commit their crimes in the
Bahamas, she said that when the
Commercial Crimes section
receives a description of people
who have been detected using
counterfeit funds they will often
quickly pass the information onto
local hotels so as to warn them to

look out for any guests they may

have of a similar profile.
She warned merchants — who

of criminal activity — that fake
money is now being produced in all
denominations and not a $100
bills.

Gasps were heard from the
crowd when Ms Miller warned that
counterfeiters are now finding
ways to turn $1 bills into authentic-
looking Bahamian $100 notes,
through a complex bleaching and
reprinting process.

While offering numerous point-
ers on how to tell a fake from the
genuine article, the officer advised
the best way to detect a fake bill is
to keep a genuine note of every
denomination in the cash register
with which to compare the bill if
unsure about its authenticity.

If they successfully detect a
counterfeit, businesses were told
that handing the note or card back
to the person who gave it to them
is not the best option.

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¢ Charlotteville Fishermen's Festival

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Date: July 4-8

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¢ Miss City of Port of Spain Pageant
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Date: July 11 - August 1

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¢ Emancipation Celebrations

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Date: July 28 - August 1

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Welcome, welcome one and all to de land of fete,

Trini to de bone, trini to de bone.

When it come to bacchanal, well they can't beat we yet,

Trini to de bone, trini to de bone

Look, sweet women parade abundantly

De bredren dey full ah energy
Some people say God is a Trini
Paradise and all convincing me
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But nut'in in de world don't bother we
But look 4 smart man gone wid we money
We still come out and mash up de party

(Sweet sweet T and T) Oh how I love up de country
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dance of sexy soca videos that Trinidad
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dians surely do know how to throw a par-
ty...or as they call it, a fete.

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& Tourism Investment Conference
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Carnival celebrations of Trinidad & Toba-
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CHTIC organisers would not allow their
regional and international guests to leave
T&T without a true introduction to the
‘land of fete’.



During a reception at Club Zen, organ-
isers presented a stellar party where tra-
ditional Trinidadian food like shark and
bake, and pilau were paired with the best
of Trinidadian entertainment.

Upon arriving at the club, delegates
filed out of the chartered buses to meet a
replica of Carnival awaiting us. Though
presented on a smaller scale than the actu-
al festival, traditional Carnival characters
were on hand to give us a look into ‘J’ou-
vert’.

J ouvert (translated opening of day) or
‘Dirty Mas’, takes place before dawn on
the Monday (known as Carnival Mon-
day) before Ash Wednesday. Here, rev-
elers dress in old clothes and cover them-
selves in mud, oil and body paint.

A common character at Dirty Mas are
the “Jab-jabs” (or blue devils) who appear
with pitch forks, pointed horns and tails.
Outside Club Zen, these devilish imps
(played by bare-chested men painted in
blue and wearing short pants) had chains

bound about their legs and waists as they
gyrated to the sound of drums, made
shrieking and whistling sounds, stomped
violently, and blew flames into the air -
mischievous antics that they hope will
strike fear into the hearts of the unsus-
pecting audience. I think they succeeded
that night - especially on such a silent
night.

Other Carnival characters called “Moko
jumbie” were also on hand, walking on
towering stilts. According to Trinidadian
folklore, the term “jumbie” or ghost was
added by the freed slaves. It was believed
that the height of the stilts (usually 10 - 12
feet high) was associated with the ability to
foresee evil faster than ordinary men. The
costumes consist of brightly coloured skirts
or pants, jackets and elaborate hats.

CHTIC delegates watched as the'char-
acters paraded in front of Club Zen, some

of them pausing to take pictures of the.

festivities as they ate avocado pie, and
roti from cooks. This was a nice touch to
have these foods served outdoors, since
throughout Trinidad it is a very common
sight to see vendors selling roti on the
sidewalks. (Trinidadian friends however
warned me against buying roti from the
roadside vendors. But I figured it was safe
to eat since TDC had organised this par-
ticular event.)

The traditional Carnival characters Moko
jumbies, Fancy Sailors and Dame Lorraine
were presented by the Malick Folk Per-
formers. Trini revelers, bikini-clad mas-
queraders, escorted guests onto the streets,
where they were met by the Country Boys
Tassa Group, an East Indian drumming
group.

Not limiting their showcase to the out-
door Carnival greeting, TDC had a stellar
line-up of Trinidadian talent awaiting the
CHTIC delegation inside Club Zen. TDC
rented the property to host the CHTIC
closing ceremony, and did a fabulous job of



implementing the event which bosts Nikki
Crosby and Errol Fabien dubbed. o “true
Trini lime”. It wasn’t difficult to get adjust
ed to limin’ Trini-style-

TDC pulled out all the stops, gathering
talent from all over Trinidad to entertain the
audience. Jah Jah Onilu, a natural percus
sion band, opened the show as they play. dl
instruments that they made trom wood.
Jeunes Agape, a folk choir: Amantes de
Parranda, a parang band: and the Wood
brook Playboyz, a steel pan (riound the
neck) band escorted guests out of Club Zen
and onto the streets for the mini Carnival
‘jump-up’.

When it comes to Trinidadian entertain
ment, Nicole du Boulet of TDC said itis in
the country’s nature to party and celebrate
its diverse cultural heritage.

“Trinidad and Tobago is a very cos
mopolitan country with a diverse culture
that transfuses the island's music, food,
dance and festivals. So there exists a varicty
of things to do and places to go and see
varied experiences. In addition, Prinidadi
ans are a very warm and hospitable people
and are natural hosts. Our people love to
party and to entertain so there is an encrey
and native exuberance that ts inherent in all
of our events,” she told 7hune /ravel

No doubt, Carnival is recognized as the
event that best represents Trinidadian cul
ture. In fact, Carnival has become one of the
Caribbean’s most internationally recog
nized celebrations. But that is no surpiise.
Ms du Boulet said that Trinidad Carnival is
the “genesis” from which all othoi
Caribbean Carnivals were formed.

“One can expect a non stop party from
Boxing Day straight through to Ash
Wednesday when Carnival officially ends. A
series of Carnival parties and competitions
including calypso, steel pan, chutney and
costume parades take place in the month
prior to the actual Carnival street parade.

These events create a build up to the
final days of frenetic energy, beautiful cos
tumes and vibrant and exciting music.” she
said.

_



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2008

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ee RE AEA AAA AT

>> TRINI NTERESTS«

¢ MALLS :
Malls in Trinidad fall into two categories,
arcades and.suburban shopping centres.

1. In Port-of-Spain you will find arcade
malls on Charlotte, Henry and Frederick
Streets.

2. In San Fernando, south Trinidad's
main shopping district, arcade malls are
located on High Street.

3. The main shopping area for central
Trinidad is the town of Chaguanas and
arcades line Chaguanas Main Road.

4, The major shopping centres in North
Trinidad are MovieTowne Entertainment
Complex, Invader's Bay, Port of Spain; The
Falls at West Mall, Westmoorings; Long
Circular Mall, St James; Ellerslie Plaza, Mar-
aval; Trincity Mall, Trincity and The City of
Grand Bazaar and Valpark Shopping Centre
in Valsayn.

5. In South Trinidad, Cross Crossing
Shopping Plaza at Lady Hailes Avenue, San
Fernando and Gulf City Shopping Complex
in La Romain are also popular.

Trinidad shopping malls range in size
from 100 shops to mere than 300, and
offer a range of services including general
shopping for clothing, household items,
gifts, luxury goods; supermarkets; enter-
tainment (cinemas and bars); dining (food
courts and restaurants); beauty salons and
spas. Generally, mall prices are more expen-
sive than what you would find in the main
towns.

¢ AUTHENTIC LOCAL CRAFT AND
SOUVENIRS

Trinidadians are highly creative people,
and their local craft industry is one of the
Caribbean's most vibrant. Memorabilia, like
miniature steel pans, hand-carved orna-
ments, do-it-yourself cocktail packs using
popular local rums, leather goods and local
powdered seasonings for that distinctive
Trini flavour, are stocked by most souvenir
shops.

In Port of Spain, craftsmen selling hand-
made leather sandals, belts and wood carv-
ings are found on Independence Square at
the corner of Henry and Frederick streets.
Local craftsman also approach visitors on
beaches with displays of beaded bracelets,
necklaces and hand-carved pendants.

At shops that specialise in locally-made
products you can choose from handmade
soaps and lotions or high-end products
such as jewellery. Prices may be higher,
but you get both quality and variety. When
buying craft be vigilant. Some unscrupulous
dealers may try to pass off mass-produced
specialty items as locally-crafted products.

¢ STREET AND PRODUCE MARKETS
Port-of-Spain's Charlotte Street is a

haven for street vending and the place to -

. find bargains on everything, from the local
delicacy of salted fish to small appliances.
Street vendors also ply their trade on High
Street San Fernando and Main Road
Chaguanas.

On weekends many locals rise early and
make their way to produce markets for the
freshest meats (you can buy live chickens),
fruits and vegetables. Port-of-Spain's Cen-
tral Market at Sea Lots is the largest on the
island, but the towns of San Fernando,
Chaguanas, Princes Town, Arima and San-
gre Grande also boast a great variety of

goods, from traditional medicinal herbs to
clothing and household gadgets. The best
time to visit the market is between the hours
of 6am and 11am.

¢ TEXTILES

Fabric stores can be found throughout
the island, but Queen and Frederick Streets
in downtown Port-of-Spain are considered
the best place to buy textiles. Some shops
have a vast inventory of fabric for all occa-
sions, while others specialise in high-end
material for weddings, special events and
drapery. Fabric is sold by the yard and
prices start at TT$2.99.

° FASHION

In Trinidad you will find a number of
designers and fashion houses, some of
them respected internationally like Claudia
Pegus, Heather Jones, Meiling, Millhouse,
Radical Designs and The Cloth. These -
designers have retail outlets or ateliers
where you can purchase their designs.

¢ DUTY-FREE SHOPPING

Duty-free shopping is available at Piarco
International Airport, both on arrival and
departure. Adults can import 200 cigarettes
or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco; 1.5 litres of
wine or spirits; a reasonable quantity of
perfume; and gifts up to the value of
US$200. Once on the island, duty-free shop-
ping is also available at West Mall in West-
moorings, Long Circular Mall i e St James,
Excellent City Stores in Port of Spain, Maraj
and Sons (jewellers), Frederick treet, Port
of Spain and Stechers (luxury items), ‘Long
Circular Mall, St James.

¢ SHOPPING TIPS
Most stores accept major credit cards
or US currency at an approximate exchange

rate of TT$6 to US$1. Shoppers can hire a
taxi for the day to provide transport and you
can expect to pay approximately US$50 to
US$100 (based on the provider) for this
service.

Taxi service providers are listed in the
yellow pages of the local telephone direc-
tory or shoppers can contact the St Christo-
pher Taxicab Co-operative Society Limited
at (868) 625-1694. Except for 15 per cent
Value Added Tax (VAT) imposed on the
sticker price of some goods and services,
no additional exit duties are placed on
goods.

© SPORTS - CRICKET

The people of Trinidad and Tobago, and
indeed West Indians in general, have an
expression to describe what is perhaps
their favourite sport, "Cricket, Glorious
Cricket!"

This is a serious sport that is also seri-
ously good fun. If.a match is being played
at Queen’s Park Oval, one of the finest
grounds in-the region, you have tons of
choices as to how you can take in the
action. Members of the Queen's Park Crick-
et Club usually watch from the Pavilion,
arguably the best seat in the house.

Cricket is Trinidad as a country and as a
region. No matter individual differences,
everybody loves cricket. Even internation-
al cricket fans that follow their teams on
tour will tell you, you haven't experienced
cricket until you've experienced it in
Trinidad.

¢ FOOTBALL

For the people of Trinidad, football is
what North Americans call soccer. Like
cricket, love of the game usually springs
from childhood exposure. It is also a sport
synonymous with national unity.



Captained by star striker Dwight Yorke,
Trinidad and Tobago's national team, the
Soca Warriors, qualified for the 2006 World
Cup Finals and became the smallest English
speaking nation to ever qualify for the tour-
nament.

Competitions in the local leagues are
vibrant with a secondary schools league,
exhibition matches and even a women's
league.

e RUGBY

Rugby may be perceived as a rough and
tumble sport, but it's one that is certainly
popular in Trinidad. There's something to
the spirit of this game that captivates peo-
ple, players and spectators alike.

Competition in both the men’s and ladies
leagues is keen and the country's top rug-
by teams play locally and abroad. But after
the final scores are announced it is not
uncommon to see players and supporters of
both teams head to their favourite liming
spot to congratulate each other on a game
well played.

¢ POPULAR SITES AND ATTRACTIONS
- Asa Wright Nature Centre

- Pointe-a-Pierre Wildfowl Trust
- Caroni Bird Sanctuary

- Nariva Swamp

- The Pitch Lake

- Turtle Watching

- Bird Watching

- Diving

- Buccoo Reef, Tobago

- Nylon Pool, Tobago

- The Main Ridge, Tobago

¢ For more information please go to
Trinidad's online comprehensive handbooks
for everything Trinidad & Tobago:
www. goninidagensiosge com



Photo courtesy of hyattpressphotos.com



‘Hyatt Regency: a hub
for business tourism

lm By PETURA BURROWS
Tribune Feature Writer.
pburrows@tribunemedia.net

ITS website boasts that contempo-
rary design, ocean views and unequaled
amenities combine gracefully at Hyatt -
Regency Trinidad. They say this “stun-
ning” Port of Spain hotel offers
unprecedented luxuries in the most
desired location. There, guests enjoy
world-class business facilities at the only
first-class oceanfront hotel in Trinidad.
They say that while you might come
for business, your trip will also be plea-
surable as you admire the sparkling
waters, savour delicious cuisine, and
relax in your stylish guest room. They
didn’t lie.

Russell George, general manager at
Hyatt Regency Trinidad, told Tribune
Travel that since the hotel opened in
January 2008, it has attracted a number
of conferences. This is due, in no small
part, to the size of the resort and its
comfortable meeting space.

“We are the newest property in
Trinidad and the largest property added
to Trinidad & Tobago’s hotel invento-
ry. We’re 428 guest rooms and 43,000
square feet of meeting space on an
island that has nothing that will com-
pare to that. So, with our introduction
into the Trinidad & Tobago market-
place, you'll find that we are the largest
conference and meeting facility in the
English-speaking Caribbean .

“As a facility, we are able to attract
business to this island that we’ve never
had the ability to attract before - like
this conference that we’re hosting right
now — the Caribbean Hotel Tourism
Investment Conference (CHTIC),” Mr
George said.

Since opening, the Hyatt has had
smaller meetings, some requiring more
meeting space and less sleeping rooms.
However, the recent CHTIC Confer-
ence is the first major convention that it
has hosted to date.

“This would be for us the first time
that the hotel was 100 per cent full for
a conference that is using all of our
facilities completely,” he added. Hyatt
is already booked for other conferences
this year, including the Florida
Caribbean Cruise Association confer-
ence in October and other smaller con-
ferences this summer.

“Prior to the Hyatt, there was no one
facility that could house the whole con-
ference without it being spread between
a number of different venues and loca-
tions,” Mr George said.

At Hyatt, there is a focus on busi-
ness tourism, so much so that Mr
George has to continue.reiterating that
they are not a resort, but a hotel. Still,
the weekend does bring a number of
leisure travellers to the Hyatt.

“We’re a true conference and meet-
ing facility. We’re not focused on the

leisure travel. The majority of the
leisure travel coming into Trinidad &
Tobago is-on Tobago.

"Downtown Port of Spain, Trinidad
is really for business travellers. So those
coming to do business in Trinidad come
to Port of Spain. And we think that we
are that hotel for them while they are
here. There are many other hotels on
the island, but we all have benefited
from the fact that the Hyatt Regency
Trinidad is now open,” Mr George said.

While this business tourism will help

. the Hyatt, it also helps to develop the

economy of Trinidad & Tobago as con-
ferences come here. “With the addi-
tion of our facility, we’re now able to
bring new business to the island. All

- of the hotels are benefiting from the

fact that this particular hotel is now
open. Every hotel is full, though the
conference is held at this particular
hotel, because this is new business,”
Mr George noted.

As Mr George pointed out, Port of
Spain has been fortunate to be one of
the most notable business capitals in
the Caribbean - standing out for its dis-
tinction as a business venue more so
than a leisure tourist destination (of
course, outside of Carnival).

“We felt very welcomed from the
hotel community and also from the
people on the island. Our facility is
open to everyone on the island, and
we have a lot of local business and a lot
of regional business that comes to the
hotel. So we’re very happy about that.

It’s going very, very well,” Mr George

told Tribune Travel.

In the future, additional food and
beverage outlets will be added to the
Hyatt Regency. Mr George also antic-
ipates more local traffic for food and
beverage when the two office towers
open, scheduled for the end of 2008.
When it comes to guest rooms, howev-
er, the Hyatt is satisfied with what they
have now. One of the resort’s features
is a 9,000 square foot spa with six indi-
vidual self-contained treatment rooms.

Like a number of other hotel com-

‘ panies, Hyatt Regency was also repre-

sented at the conference looking for
other opportunities in the Caribbean.
“And we’re bullish, I guess you would
say, on the Caribbean. There are many,
many places that we’d like to be. We’re
just trying to find the right location.
The Hyatt Regency Curacao opens in
2009, a resort property. Trinidad is the
only business hotel or “non-resort” that
Hyatt has in the Caribbean .

“It is natural to think ‘resort’ because
we’re in a tropical island and in the
Caribbean where everything is tradi-
tionally a resort. But we are kind of
breaking that mold. It’s a beautiful facil-

" ity here, and if you have a chance to see

it while you’re in Trinidad, you should
see it.”

SWEET, SWEET T&T:

Ideal for regional anc and international —
guests, ideal for investments

@ By PETURA BURROWS
Tribune Feature Writer
pburrows@tribunemedia.net

93> TOURISM may not be the number one industry in the Republic of Trinidad &

Tobago, but the government has decided to diversify its economy, and build on its

natural resources through developing the industry. And as a result, Trinidad & Tobo- -

go is poised to benefit significantly from the arrival of tourists from international des-
tinations, as well as from throughout the region.

Karel McIntosh of the Tourism Devel-
opment Company of Trinidad & Tobago
(TDC) said that in 2005 the Caribbean
market generated approximately 130,000
regional visitors to Trinidad & Tobago.

This represented more than 20 percent of
:_ the total arrival figures to Trinidad. &
i Tobago,

"showing just how invaluable the
Caribbean market is to our tourism econ-
omy".

Ms McIntosh noted that major source

: markets for Caribbean arrivals are Bar-
: bados, Guyana, Grenada, St Vincent, St

Lucia, Jamaica and Suriname. She noted
that traditionally, Caribbean visitors enjoy
coming to Trinidad & Tobago for shop-

ping, sporting events (cricket, football)

and festivals (mainly Carnival), visiting

friends and relatives, sites and attractions. -

During the opening ceremony of the
Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Investment
Conference (CHTIC), Joseph T Ross,
Minister of Tourism for Trinidad & Toba-
go, told the audience that Trinidad &

Tobago is gearing up to take its tourism

efforts to the next level.
"We are building a tourism industry
that is people-centered, sustainablility-

: focused and private sector-driven. It is set
: for us to open Trinidad & Tobago to the
? wider world and also to make the tourism
: industry a significant contributor to nation-

al income and employment, " Minister

: Ross said.

Minister Ross noted that Trinidad &

Tobago - affectionately called T&T, has

several distinct advantages in tourism. The
islands offer a wider array of things to do
like mountain bikirig, ecosystem adven-
tures, temple gazing, international cricket,
and nightlife i in its capital, Port of Spain.
And as a result of T&T's attractive fea-
tures, opportunities for investment abound

in the Caribbean's newest hotspot, he said.

“We are encouraging investments in
tourism and tourism-related projects, not
just hotel and lodges but also in services —
especially when there is a transfer of
knowledge and technology to local com-
panies," the minister said.

According to Minister Ross, T&T is
noted regionally and internationally for

. its warm hospitality, the friendliness of its

people, and its diverse culture. These fea-
tures, he noted, create memorable expe-
riences for all visitors.

He also credits T&T’s stable political cli-
mate and excellent infrastructure for the
exceptional reputation that the country
has among visitors and investors. And fur-
ther revealed that the government is cur-
rently in the process. of revamping its
investment incentives in order to main-
tain that competitive edge.

"Trinidad and Tobago is an investment
dream. We are experiencing an unusually
high GDP growth rate of 10 per cent, and
our operating cost structure remains one of
the most competitive in the region. Our
people are one of the most educated,
trained, talented and internationally
exposed. We are creating the environment
for tourism to flourish. And we are pro-
viding the environment for our citizens to
enhance tourism and take total owner-
ship of our tourism product," he said.

Ip order to move the tourism industry
forward, Trinidad's Ministry of Tourism is

' advocating for all sectors of the community

to get involved. "It is critical that every
single player, every single stakeholder in
the tourism industry and every citizen par-
ticipate in the tourism industry in Trinidad
& Tobago. Active community involve-
ment creates a better awareness of the
natural environment and its economic val-

ue. And most importantly, it creates a per-
manent sense of ownership," Minister
Ross explained.

Though tourism momentum is build-
ing in Trinidad & Tobago, Trinidad's
Prime Minister Patrick Manning, is calling
for the entire Caribbean to unite in pre-
senting this region as the premiere desti-
nation for travel in the world.

During his address at the opening cere-
mony of Caribbean Hotels, Tourism and
Investment Conference (CHTIC), Prime
Minister Manning said that the Caribbean
should continue to come together in meet-
ings such as CHTIC.

Manning described CHTIC as one of
the most important annual events for busi-
ness person. "It attracts investors from
around the world and provides the ideal
forum for leaders in the industry to pre-
pare notes, share ideas, explore invest-
ment opportunities, and ‘chart a course to
take us a step forward," he noted.

"And this is crucial at this time of eco-
nomic uncertainty. If the recessionary

- trends in the United States of America,

‘and unprecedented and continuing high
energy cost continues, it can have negative
consequences, " Prime Minister Manning
added.

Calling for Garibbean nations to
strengthen the region, as opposed to seek-
ing after their respective individual inter-
ests alone, Prime Minister Manning said he
believes that the region can be marketed
beyond its trademark sun, sea’and sand
formula. The region, he noted, can also
become a major player in presenting eco,
health, religious and cultural tourism
because, essentially, it will take more than
sun, sand and sea for the Caribbean to
maintain a competitive edge. |

"This is the way forward. Variety is the
spice of life, and [it is] indispensable to
sustainable tourism. We must be unre-
lenting in continuing to strengthen our
position and should endeavour to develop
a product that is enduring and cannot be
replicated. We must [infuse] this industry
with as much of the authentic Caribbean
experience as possible so people don't
come only for fun and relaxation, but also
for education, inspiration and communi-
cation."



| mi By PETURA BURROWS

Tribune Feature Writer
pburrows@tribunemedia.net

I FELT guilty eating my national fish,
thé Blue Marlin. But I was at “Mangoes”
in Trinidad, and determined to satisfy
my taste for a “Trini’ food adventure.
Patriotism was pushed to the side as I

took a bite of the steamed fish smothered

in onions and other sautéed veggies. Blue
Marlin, though off limits in the Bahamas,
ends up on many plates in Trinidad. I’m
told that the fish is one of the cheapest on
the island.

Eventually however, though patrio-
tism didn’t stop me, the actual taste of
the dish stemmed the tide on this adven-
ture as I ended up throwing the rest of
the marlin away, and heading off in
search of more delicious Trini tastes.
What I discovered was a melting pot of
cultures - served up as a true culinary
experience.

With descendants of India, Africa, Chi-
na and Haiti all making their home there,

Trinidad has emerged as a true cultural

melting pot. The result is not only a

fusion of world cultures, but also world

tastes.

Allyson Hennessy, chef and owner of
28-year old Veni Mangé (meaning 'come
eat' in French Creole) in Trinidad, prides
herself on. presenting exotic Caribbean
and international cuisine at her restau-
rant. Her eatery, on Ariapita Avenue in
Port of Spain, has earned international
recognition and is a popular spot for
tourists and Trinidadians alike.

When it comes to Trinidadian food,
Ms Hennessy noted, the food is a true

mix of ingredients from around the
world. “If you know about the history
of Trinidad & Tobago, over and above
the indigenous people who are here, the
Spanish came, the French came, the Eng-

‘lish came, the African slaves were

brought here, the Indians came, the Por-
tuguese, the Syrians, so you’re talking
about at least ten different cultures here.
So in time the food would have literally
evolved.

“A lot of the dishes that we have
would have been inspired by food from
these cultures, then a local version would
have been made,” she added.

In typical Trini kitchens, one would
find more fresh seasonings than spices.

“Authentic Trinidadian chefs like to
cook with fresh seasonings. You would
hardly ever see a bottle of any store-
bought herb or spice in a Trinidad home.
You would see fresh ginger, celery,
thyme, parsley, shadow bene (cilantro) -
but everything is always fresh. Every-
thing is seasoned with a blend of these
things,” said Ms Hennessy.

At Veni Mangé, Ms Hennessy makes
a liquid of these fresh seasonings and
allows her fish and meat to marinate
before being cooked.

Determining the national dish of
Trinidad might create a problem since
there are so many common choices avail-
able. Some may say that doubles or even
roti which are commonly sold at street
corners, are the national meals of
Trinidad. But Ms Hennessy believes that
the true national dish of Trinidad is
callaloo soup.

“That is considered the soup of
Trinidad & Tobago that people love.

They drink it as a soup or thicken it by
allowing it to cook for a longer period of
time. Callaloo fits in perfectly when
Trinidadians eat their Sunday meal, a
tradition called Sunday lunch. It consists
of callaloo, baked chicken or stewed
chicken with dumplings, macaroni pie,
stewed pigeon peas and some form of
beef - either roast beef or stuffed roast
pork with a ginger sauce. But that big
meal is losing steam since the younger
generation does not like to be in the
kitchen for long periods of time, Ms Hen-
nessy noted.

“JT should also say that although
callaloo is our native soup, if you put
eight chefs here - and I mean eight home
cooks - every single callaloo will be dif-
ferent. And everybody swears that their
mother’s callaloo is the best callaloo,”
she added.

While it is not known exactly which
culture brought callaloo to Trinidad, Ms
Hennessy suspects that it has its origins in
Africa.

Other typical foods are called “Friday
foods”, like coo coo - made with corn+
meal, okra and other vegetables. The
coo coo is eaten with stewed salt fish
and dumplings or stewed shark. Friday is
typically known as fish day in Trinidad,
as many people sacrifice eating meat out
of religious piety.

When it comes to cooking Trinidadian
food, Bahamian cooks can easily become
intimidated by names like coo coo and
callaloo. However, Ms Hennessy believes
that it's very easy to cook Trinidadian
food.

“Trinidadian food is exciting. Peopl¢
who come to the island have said that i
is some of the most exciting food that
they’ve ever tasted. And I do think that
it is because of the different influences...”
she said. |



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TUESDAY, JULY 1, 2008, PAGE 11

Let Charlie the
Bahamian Puppet and
his sidekick Derek put 4

some smiles on your

kids’s faces.



Bring your children to the

Mctlappy Hour at McDonald's in

Malborough Street every Thursday

from 3:30pm to 4:30pm during the
month of July2008.

Enjoy Great Food, Prizes and Lots of Fun.

?m lovin’ it

‘Movie Gift Certificate

make great gifts!

peers





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TUESDAY,

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JULY 1, 2008







INSIDE ¢ International sports news __













BBF to field national
team in PONY
Caribbean Zone
Championships

The Bahamas Baseball Federa-
tion will be fielding a National
Team to compete in the PONY
“COLT” Caribbean Zone Champi-
onship from Monday June 30th-
July 6th 2008 in Guarbo, Puerto
Rico. The winner of the Tourna-
ment will advance to the PONY
World Series in Lafitte, Indiana.

Team Manager: Terran Rodgers
Coaches: Theodore Sweeting &
Ricardo Hall

Traveling With the Team:
BBF President: Craig Kemp

KYLE HALL -

Played OF on the Silver Medal 16-18
Team @ Nationals for JBLN.

Kyle led the 16-20 Division @ JBLN
League in RBls.

He will be attending Trinity Christian
in Florida this Fall Entering the 10th ~
Grade. .

DALE DAVIS -

Played SS/2B on the Silver Medal
16-18 Team @ Nationals for JBLN.

Dale led the 16-20 Division @ JBLN
League in RBIs.

He will be attending West Lake Prep.
In Florida this Fall entering the 11th
Grade.

JORDAN GIBSON -

Played OF/P on the Silver Medal 16-
18 Team @ Nationals for JBLN.

Jordan led the 16-20 Division @
JBLN League with strikeouts & wins.

He will be attending West Lake Prep.
in Florida this Fall entering the 11th
Grade.

JOHNATHAN GROEZINGER -

Played catcher and pitched for the
Bronze Medal winning Spanish Wells
team at Nationals in the 16-18 Division.
He presently attends Trinity Christian in
Florida.

LYNDEN PINDLING -

Played SS/P on the Silver Medal 16-
18 Team @ Nationals for JBLN. Lynden
also played SS/2B for the 15-16
National team in the 2007 Pony Base-
ball Colt World Series. He presently
attends St. Stevens Episcopal, Austin
Texas and will be going into the 11th
Grade in the fall.

BYRON FERGUSON JR. -

Played OF/P on the Bronze Medal 13-
15 Team @ Nationals for JBLN.

Byron presently attends St.
Augustine’s College.

AARON THOMPSON -

Played 3B/1B/DH on the Silver Medal
16-18 Team @ Nationals for JBLN. .

He will be attending West Lake Prep.
in Florida this Fall entering the 11th
Grade.

JERVIS STUART -

Played OF/P on the 13-15 team at
Nationals with Legacy Baseball League.
Jervis presently attends Christ School
in North Carolina and will be entering
the 11th grade in the fall.

CRACHAD LAING -

Played 2B/C on the Bronze Medal 13-
15 Team @ Nationals for JBLN.

Byron presently attends Kingsway
Academy.

DAVID SWEETING -

Played OF/C/P on the Bronze Medal
13-15 Team @ Nationals for JBLN.

David presently attends Blair Wood
Academy.

TRAVIS STRACHAN -

Played 2B on the Gold Medal 16-18
Team @ Nationals for Legacy Baseball.
Travis also played 2B for the 15-16
National team in the 2007 Pony Base-
ball Colt World Series. He presently
attends Sir Jack Hayward High School.

JACK CONE -

Played DH/2B on the Silver Medal
16-18 Team @ Nationals for JBLN.

He presently attends Deerfield Acad-
emy, Massachusetts and will be going
into the 11th Grade in the fall.

ANTHONY MIAOULIS -

Played catcher on the Silver Medal
16-18 Team @ Nationals for JBLN.

Anthony also caught for the 15-16
National team in 2007 at the Pony
Baseball Colt World Series. Anthony
presently attends St. Andrews.

D’ANDRE RIGBY -

Played OF/P on Gold Medal team in
the 13-15 Division at Nationals with
Freedom Farm. D’Andre also won the
Divisional MVP honors. He will be
attending American Heritage in Florida
this Fall Entering the 10th Grade.

@ By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

WELCOME back to
sports Desmond Bannister.

After serving as the Min-
ister of State for Legal
Affairs in.the first year of
the current Free National
Movement government,
Bannister has been named
as the new minister for the
new Ministry of Youth,
Sports and Culture.

The changes were made
in Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham’s Cabinet shuffle
that was announced last
night.

Bannister, a barrister at-
law and the Member of Par-
liament for Carmichael, will
replace Byran Woodside,

who served as the Minister
of State for Youth and
Sports.

Woodside, the Member of
Parliament for Pinewood,
will move to the office of the

Prime Minister where he’

will serve as the Minister of
State for Lands and Local
Government.
The move is to take effect
as of Monday, July 7th.
Bannister comes back to

sports after resigning as.

president of the Bahamas
Association of Athletic
Associations as he cam-
paigned for his political
position.

The former middle dis-
tance runner was first elect-
ed as president of the
BAAA in December, 1999.
During his tenure in office,

Bannister agitated for many
changes in the sport, includ-
ing sending the national
teams off to training camps
prior to the start of their
international competition.
But during his second
term in office, Bannister
resigned after serving for
just one year, turning over
the reigns to Mike Sands on
the eve of the hosting of the
Central American and
Caribbean Games in 2005.
When the FNM won the
election in 2007, many felt
that Bannister would have
been the ideal choice for the
position for the Minister or
Minister of State for Sports.
Efforts to contact Bannis-
ter for comments up to
presstime proved fruitless.
Woodside’s last function



Desmond Bannister

came on Wednesday at the
BAAA’s ‘Meet the Ath-
letes’ function at Colinalm-
perial for the Scotiabank
Olympic trials over the
weekend.

At the time, Woodside

Bannister named new Minister
— of Youth, Sports and Culture



reiterated that Ingraham
intended to relaunch the
Ministry of Youth, Sports
and Culture and that meant
that more money would be
budgeted for sports — par-
ticularly track and field.

Pictured left to rig

Chinese association donates $20,000 to Bahamas Olympic squad

@ By RENALDO DORSETT

Sports Reporter
rdorsett@tribunemedia.net

The deep rooted connections |

between the People’s Republic of Chi-
na and the Commonwealth of the
Bahamas continued to be fostered
through sports development following
a charitable offering towards the
Bahamas’ 2008 Olympic squad.

The Chinese Community Associa-
tion of the Bahamas made a $20,000
donation yesterday to the Bahamas
Olympic Association to assist the
efforts of the organisation in fielding a

competitive team for Beijing.

In addition to the endowment, the
CCAB will offer monetary incentives
to medal winners.

Gold medalists will receive $5,000,

‘while silver and bronze medallists will

receive $3,000 and $1,000 respectively
for their efforts from the CCAB.

Brian Wong, President of the Chi-
nese Community of the Bahamas, said
the support and commitment towards
the Olympic team is just one of the ini-
tiatives in place for the CCAB to assist
the wider community.

“This occasion marks a collective
effort on the part of the Chinese com-
munity in this Olympic year to step

Hu Dingxian, Sir Durward Knowles, Brian Wong during the check presentation.



forward to support our Bahamian ath-
letes who have been selected to repre-
sent the Bahamas at the Summer
Olympic Games in Beijing,” he said,
“We would like for this to be the begin-
ning of a more proactive involvement
in the great support of our local organ-
isations and programmes catered to
our community.”

Mr Wong said that because of their
heritage, the committee saw a special
need to become involved in the suc-
cess of the Bahamian team and pro-
vide incentives during a year when the
games are to be held in China.

“Because this Olympic games is
being held in our motherland, China,

Tim Clarke/Tribune staff

we want our Bahamian athletes to do
well,” he said, “I know we have the
talent to raise additional funds and I
am confident that we are going to do
well. I would like to thank members
of the Chinese Community for their
support, without which this donation
would not be possible.”

Hu Dingxian, Ambassador of the
People’s Republic of China to the
Bahamas, said the gesture is signifi-
cant because of the message it sends,
irrespective of the monetary value.

“Though the amount is small, it rep-
resents the good intentions and best

SEE page 13

Barracudas Swim Club win their third
consecutive RBC National Championship title

In a meet which saw numer-
ous National records fall, one of
the most dominant clubs in the

* country reasserted their domi-
nance and claimed their third
consecutive title at the RBC
National Championships.

The Barracudas Swim Club
totaled 2,197 points in a first
place finish, well ahead of Swift
Swim Club with 1,447 points.

pis Sea Bees Swim Club fin-

ished third with 967 points, the
YMCA Wave Runners placed
fourth in 688.5 points, while the
Dolphin Swimming Club round-
ed out the top five with 681
points.

Following the final session,
individual recognition was paid
to outstanding swimmers with
the “Best Swim” and “High
Point” awards.

“Best Swim” awarded swim-

mers with the highest individual
or point total from a single race
while “High Point” awarded
swimmers with the highest point
total in their respective divi-
sions.

Olympians Jeremy Knowles,
Swift, and Arianna Vanderpool-
Wallace, unattached, were
awarded with the “Best Swim”
awards in the 15 and over divi-
sions while in the 13-14 division,

Bria Deveaux, Barracudas, and
Evante Gibson, YMCA, took
the award.

High Point Winners included
Leslie Campbell, YMCA, and
Dionisio Carey, Barracudas, in
the 9-10 division, Riquel Rolle,
Dolphins, and Zarian Cleare,
Dolphins, in the 11-12 division
while Deveaux and Gibson
repeated in the 13-14 division.



TRIBUNE SPORTS

TUESDAY, JULY 1, 2008, PAGE 13



SPORTS ©

Coach Evans imp

ressed with | SPORTS

Bahamian basketball talent

@ By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

IMPRESSED by the perfor-
mance of Timiko McKinney at
Sunrise Christian Academy,
coach Ray Evans is looking for-
ward to the next set of Bahami-
an basketball players who will
join him in Wichita, Kansas in
August.

“Our club, Blazers Basket-
ball, have been trying to get
players off to school and this
year, we were able to get four
more boys off,” Evans said.

“We just received their accep-
tance letters and [20s forms and
all the other stuff that will
enable them to go off to school.”

Evans said it is his hope that
_ the Blazers Club can set a prece-

‘ dence at Sunrise Christian
Academy where McKinney just
led his team in scoring as they
won their third straight Tri-State
basketball title.

“He is presently being recruit-
ed by a lot of high division II
and division schools, including
Wichita State as he goes into his
senior year, along with BJ, who
led the team in rebounding.

“This year, we are sending off
Travis Stuart, who goes to Mt.
Carmel, Cyril Mackey from
Galilee, Rudolph Sands from
Galilee and Ansil Dean, who
will be running track.”

' Two other players are going
to South Florida Prep. They are





COACH Ray Evans and three members of his Blazers’ basketball team are pictured above. From left are:
Cyril Mackey, Tamiko McKinney, Evans and Travis Stuart.

Richard Lewis and Dencil
Smith.

“So the programme is trying
to get these boys off so thiat they
can accomplish what they need
to accomplish,” Evans pointed
out.

McKinney, who is working on

improving his game, also runs
track and holds Sunrise Acade-
my’s record in the 100 and 200
metres and is one of the top 25
in the 100 in the state of Kansas
and one of the top five in bas-
ketball.

“Things have been pretty
good,” said McKinney, who

averaged 21 points per game
and led the team in scoring and
assists and could be the first

player in Sunrise Academy and

the Tri-State to win four titles if

they retained their crown next

year.

Winning another title, accord-
ing to 18-year-old McKinney,
was an experience because “my
first two years, I played, but I
wasn’t a big factor. But to be
the main show was a big accom-
plishment for me.

BJ is in summer school, but
he is expected home in about
two weeks.

With the addition of the other
players, Evans said there is the
possibility that the Bahamas
could have a full starting five at
Sunrise Academy this year, rem-
iniscent of the days when
Bahamians dominated at Miami
Dade.

The players are all expected
to leave home at the end of July,

-once coach Kyle Lindsted comes

to town to finalise all of their
arrangements.

Travis Stuart, 17, said he’s
eager to get off to school where
he hopes to earn a D1 scholar-
ship in the future.

“I know my game is right up
there. I just need the opportu-
nity. I feel I’m one of the top
players in the country, having
made the national team,” he
said.

“But I think it would be a
good opportunity for me to get
off to school so that I can get a
good education and hopefully
get a look at the coaches.”

Stuart called it a dream come
true for the opportunity he got
through Evans to travel.

“Opportunities like this don’t
come around everyday. Like my
parents said, you have to jump
on it,” he said.

Cyril Mackey, also going for
the first time, said he expects
the work to get a lot harder than
here.

“So I know I have to put my
head into the books, study and
practice on my game,” he pro-
jected. “I know there will be
more challenges over there.

“So I’m going to try my hard-
est to do what I have to do. ’m
happy that I’m going to be with:
these guys. We all play and get
along very well with each oth-
er.”

Mackey thanked Evans for
giving him the opportunity to
travel and he advised those who
might be presented the same
opportunity to run with it.

“Not everybody over here will
get the opportunity to go off and
play basketball,” said the 26-
year-old Mackey. “So if. it
comes, take advantage of it.”



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$70,000 donated to the
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FROM page 12

wishes of the Chinese commit-
tee here for the Bahamian
team,” he said, “This timely
action and goodwill gesture will
help encourage and stimulate
the athletes to achieve great
results in their competition.”
Mr Dingxian said the strong
presence of the Chinese com-
munity in the Bahamas has
been instrumental in the devel-
opment of diplomatic relation-
ships between the two coun-

tries.

“The Chinese community has
been in the Bahamas since the
1920s. They are a peaceful and
industrious people, making their
contributions to the social and
economic development of the
Bahamas,” he said, “They also
have been a strong bridge for
enhancing friendship and pro-
moting cultural connections and
mutual understanding between
the Chinese and the Bahamian
people. I appreciate what they
have accomplished for the two
countries.”

Sir Durward Knowles, Senior
Vice President of the Bahamas
Olympic Association and the
country’s first Olympic gold
medal winner, jokingly said he
hoped the $5000 prize was
retroactive for all gold medal
winners.

Knowles said the relationship

between the Bahamas and Chi-
na has been a fruitful one thus
far, making it a special pleasure
to see the country become the
host of the 2008 games.

“The Chinese government
has been very good to the
Bahamas by offering to finance
the Sporting Complex, that we

"expect to begin shortly. In any

organisation, money is always

needed and in the past our — }

teams have been very competi-
tive, very successful,” he said,
“We would like to congratulate
the Chinese government for
hosting these Olympic games.
It is very competitive vote and is
a challenge to organise these
events and it was very gratifying
to see that the Chinese govern-
ment came out on top.”

Harcourt Rolle, Ist Vice
President of the Bahamas
Olympic Association, said the
performances of the athletes
will make the CCAB proud of
their donation through their
achievements in competition.

“We want to thank you for
giving more incentive for our
athletes to do well in Beijing,”
he said, “The team that is being
put together is going to be a
very competitive team and you
will be very proud that you
would have played a role in get-
ting that team to Beijing.”

There are 37 days remaining
until the 2008 Games officially
begin.



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Michelle Wie

‘Wie tries to
- Petuild her game
and her fame

i GOLF
EDINA, Minn.
Associated Press

HER future once seemed
limitless, her path to the
pinnacle of women’s golf
inevitable. The question
was not whether Michelle
Wie would win a U.S.
Women’s Open or an
LPGA Championship; it
was when she would win on
the PGA Tour.

She seemed to welcome,
even encourage the burden
accompanying such expec-
tations. On CBS’ “60 Min-
utes,” she said she was
interested in being the first
woman to play in the Mas-

‘ters at Augusta National

Golf Club, which has no
women as members.

“T think it’d be pretty
neat walking down the
Masters fairways,” she said
then. “But I think the green

: jacket’s a little bit out of

fashion, you know?”

The 14-year-old girl who
casually said that is 18 now,
a second-year student at

: Stanford and a professional

golfer who has already
banked more than $30 mil-
lion — almost all of it from ~
endorsements. At 6:45 a.m.
Saturday she was on the |
ninth tee at Interlachen
Country Club, pacing back
and forth, rehearsing her
backswing and checking the
positions of her clubface at
the top of her swing. .

She had come back at
sunrise to complete the one
hole remaining in her sec-
ond round at the Open. She
stood at 10 over par and
would miss the cut by six
strokes. For a gallery, she
had three reporters; her
parents, B.J. and Bo; anda
police escort. For perspec-
tive, that group of six was
16 fewer than the 22
teenagers in the Open field
that Wie was unable to beat
with her score of 81-75 —
156.

Just two years ago, things
were different. Wie fin-
ished in the top five in the
first three majors of the
year. She came closer than
any woman has to qualify-
ing for the men’s U.S.
Open, getting to the sec-
tionals and creating an
enormous stir at Canoe
Brook Country Club in
Summit, N.J., before fading
to a tie for 59th. On a roll
that began in 2004, she
would finish in the top 25 in
10 of her first 11 LPGA
majors.

In her last 99 holes at
major championships, Wie
is 34 over par. Comprising
her last five major champi-
onship finishes are four
missed cuts and a tie for
84th. She has battled an
injury to her wrist, a soap
opera drama in her profes-
sional relationships with
other LPGA players, and
has gone through more cad-
dies than most pros have
drivers.

And the triumph that
started the whole mad ride,
her 2003 win in the Ama-
teur Public Links at the age
of 13, remains her only win
outside of her home state,
Hawaii.

It would be easy to look
to Wie’s lost 2007 season
for answers. She was
injured in a fall while run-
ning in January, hurting her
right wrist, then she frac-
tured her left wrist in Feb-
ruary while breaking a fall
— and protecting her sore
right wrist.



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srow 136%

* Providence
targets mandatory
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rise from $170m to
$402m in two years
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@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

An investment adviser yes-
terday said moves to make
private pensions mandatory
would ease “crowding” in
the Bahamian capital mar-
kets, as it today celebrates its
second anniversary after
more than doubling the
assets under management it
inherited at birth, growing
them by $136 per cent.

Kenwood Kerr, Provi-
dence Advisors’ chief execu-
tive, said future growth for
the Bahamian capital mar-
kets, and its investment
advisers and other partici-
pants, lay in making private .
pensions mandatory and the
privatisation of government
utilities such as the Bahamas
Telecommunications Com-

‘pany (BTC).

Speaking to Tribune Busi-
ness as Providence Advisors
celebrated the second
anniversary of its buyout
from SG Hambros
(Bahamas) investment advi-
sory business, Mr Kerr said
the company closed yester-
day with $402 million in
assets under management,
compared to $170 million at
birth.

Institutional client num-
‘bers in that time had grown
from two, one of those being
the hotel industry pension °
trusts, which is a shareholder

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B@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

The Bahamas International
Securities Exchange (BISX) is
“pursuing international recog-
nition” for itself from leading
jurisdictions such as the US and
UK, its chief executive telling
Tribune Business yesterday that
success would enable it to
attract new types of interna-
tional business and listings.

Keith Davies said BISX was
“seeking whatever designa-
tions” were. given at national
and state government levels, in
addition to recognition by the
world’s leading stock exchanges,
to boost both its international
standing and attract additional
service providers to do business
with it.

Adding that the plan would
complement the launch of the
BISX GLOBAL “business orig-
ination unit”, Mr Davies told
Tribune Business: “We are tak-
ing steps to get BISX recog-
nised in a number of other juris-
dictions, which wil! help us to
attract more business...

“We are pursuing interna-
tional recognition of the stock
exchange to enable us to attract
different categories and types
of listings that will be benefi-
cial to these service providers.”

International recognition has
been a powerful tool that stock
exchanges in other major inter-
national financial centres, such
as Bermuda and the Cayman
Islands, have used to attract
international listings and capital
markets players.

This, in turn, has increased
their revenue. and profit
streams. For example, the
Bermuda Stock Exchange has
been recognised by the US

. Securities & Exchange Com-

mission (SEC) and its New
York Stock Exchange (NYSE)
counterpart, along with the
UK’s Revenue and Customs
Agency.

Mr Davies said there was

Shop —
break-ins
increase
by 20%

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

Shop breaks-ins across New
Providence increased by 20 per
cent during the first five months
of 2008 compared to the same
period a year ago, police told
business owners yesterday.

Describing this as only a
“slight increase”, the officer in
charge of the Carmichael police
station, Superintendent Wayne
Miller, revealed that during the
same period - January to May -
there was also a “marginal” 9
per cent decrease in armed rob-
beries.

Mr Miller was speaking at a
town meeting at the SuperVal-
ue Training Centre at the Gold-
en Gates Shopping Centre.

The well-attended ‘Business
and Crime Prevention Strategy
Town Meeting for the
Carmichael Road Community’,
hosted by the Royal Bahamas
Police Force Carmichael Divi-
sion and the Kingdom Women
in Business organisation, includ-
ed various presentations aimed
at increasing merchants’ abili-
ty to protect themselves from
crime and encouraging greater
dialogue with the police.

Among the speakers were
Inspector Sandra Miller, who
gave a presentation on how to
identify counterfeit currency

SEE page 3B —

global recognition

- BISX seeks designations from governments, regulators

and exchanges in nations like US and UK, ‘to enable it
to attract new types of international business’ —

rent Davies



enough demand for BISX to
“make that step” and embark
on similar international recog-
nition initiatives.

Acknowledging that BISX
was seeking such designations
from governments, regulators
and stock exchanges in the US
and UK, Mr Davies said:
“Whatever recognition they
give out, we are looking to seek
those designations.

“Tt allows the exchange to
provide additional services that
require you to be recognised by
certain jurisdictions. It opens
additional business streams for
us, and product opportunities.

“That recognition from other
countries will not only benefit
the Bahamas, but show that
BISX as.an exchange is fit and
proper, is of a high internation-
al standard, and comparable to
any other exchange in the
world. It sends a clear message

_ that BISX is a major player on

the international scene.
“We are looking at a number

of other jurisdictions, and when
we secure these designations we
will let everyone know.”

‘Securing such recognition will
work ‘hand-in-glove’ with BISX
GLOBAL, a joint venture
between BISX and a consor-
tium of leading banks and asset
management firms.

BISX GLOBAL will work
with major investment banks
and investment management
houses on product develop-
ment, and how they could use
BISX as an exchange to facili-
tate their business plans, list-
ings, trading and product devel-
opment.

BISX GLOBAL is also
intended to play a lead role in

executing these strategies, work- _

ing directly with the exchange.
International recognition seems
likely to only further aid this
strategy.

‘Meanwhile, BISX has just
listed its latest investment fund,
the RoyalFidelity International
Investment Fund Class A Equi-
ties Sub-Fund, on the exchange.

Mr Davies said this was the
11th fund listing on BISX since
December 2007, with nine of
these open to subscriptions
from Bahamian investors.

. There are now 13 BISX-listed

investment funds on the
exchange that are open to
Bahamians, five of these pro-
viding access to global markets.

The BISX chief executive

said the sudden surge in fund |

listings had been driven domes-
tically by market demand, with
sponsors and managers react-
ing to Bahamian investor
demand for greater diversifica-
tion and investment options.

“The sky’s the limit,” he -

added. “There are any number

‘of different baskets of securi-

ties you can create that will

attract different. investors, and
that’s-what they’re looking for.”

On the international side, “a
number of parties” had shown
increasing interest in using
BISX and, after taking time to

investigate the exchange and

find out what if offered, “like
what they see”.

“We have been able to make
the case to service providers

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Markets

It was a moderate trading week
in the Bahamian stock market
last week, with investors trading
in seven out of the 19 listed
stocks. Two advanced, and five
remained unchanged.

A total of 75,727 shares
‘changed hands. Colina Holdings
Bahamas (CHL) led on volume
for the second consecutive week
with 56,352 shares trading, up by






















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FOREX Rates |

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Weekly % Change |

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CAD$ 0.9862 +0.19 |
GBP 1.9936 +0.87 i
EUR 1.5759 +0.94
Commodities |
Weekly % Change i

Crude Oil 141.97 +5.46 '
Gold 931.60 +3.02 |
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; International Stock Market Indexes

Weekly

DJIA 11,346.51 -4.19
S & P 500 1,279.38 -2.93
NASDAQ 2,315.63 -3.76
Nikkei 13,481.38



$0.01 to close the week at $2 88.
Doctors Hospital Health Systems
(DHS) was advancer of the week
with 7,000 of its shares trading,
climbing by $0.02 to close at
$2.92.

Some 5,200 shares in Cable
Bahamas (CAB) also traded, the
stock remaining unchanged for
the third consecutive week at $14.

Elsewhere, 3,350 shares in
Freeport Oil Holdings Limited
(FCL) and 3,100 shares of FAM-
GUARD Corporation (FAM)

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COMPANY NEWS:

Earnings Releases

Benchmark (Bahamas) (BBL)
released unaudited results for the
three months ended March 31,
2008. BBL reported a net loss of
$793,900, down significantly by
$712,200, compared to $81,700
net income reported in the 2007
first quarter.

Net investment income
decreased by $80,600 or 65.57 per
cent to $42,000, compared to
$122,900 for the same period in
2007, while unrealised losses of
$847,000 on BBL's investment
portfolio increased by $768,000
during the period.

Total assets and liabilities stood
at $28 million and $26.4 million
respectively, compared to $22.3
million and $19.9 million at year-
end 2007.

FirstCaribbean International
Bank-(Bahamas) (CIB) released
unaudited results for the quarter
ended April 30, 2008.

CIB reported net income of
$26.2 million, a decrease of $3.2
million or 10.88 per cent com-
pared to $29.4 million for the
same three-month period in 2007.

For the quarter, CIB reported
net interest income of $40.7 mil-
lion, an increase of $7.7 million or
23.5 per cent compared to $32.9
million for the same period in
2007.

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CIB reported San ae per
share of $0.25, a decrease of 72.5
per cent compared to $0.91
reported at year-end.

CIB’s total assets and liabili-
ties were $4.8 billion and $4.1 bil-
lion respectively, compared to
$4.7 billion and $4 billion at the
previous year-end.

Abaco Markets (AML)
released unaudited results for the
quarter ended April 30, 2008. Net
profit of $82,000 was down sig-
nificantly by $684,000, or 89.3 per
cent, from the $766,000 reported:
in the same quarter in 2007.

AML reported sales revenue
of. $21.9 million, compared to
$20.4 million in the 2007 first
quarter, while net operating prof-
it stood at $331,000, a decline of
$229,000 or 40.89 per cent in com-
parison to the $560,000 realised in
the 2007 first quarter.

Earnings per share were $0.005,
a decrease of 89.58 per cent com-
pared to $0.048 for the same
three-month period in 2007.

Total assets and liabilities stood
at $26.2 million and $16.5 million
respectively, compared to $26.2
million and $16.5 million at Jan-
uary 31, 2008.

Private Placement Offerings:

FOCOL Holdings (FCL)
announced that it will be extend-
ing the deadline of its private
placement offering. The preferred
shares, will be paying a dividend
rate of prime + 1.75 per cent,
payable semi-annually.

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BBL $ 0.89
BOB $ 9.43
BPF $ 11.80
BSL $14.60 .
BWL $ 3.49
CAB $ 14.00
CBL $ 7.28
CHL $ 2.88
CIB $ 11.79
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Email:info@yourbahamas.com or

charlotteville@coralwave.
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@ Commonwealth Bank (CBL) has declared a quarterly divi-
dend of $0.05 per share, payable on June 30, 2008, to all share-
holders of record date June 13, 2008. :

. Ml Cable Bahamas (CAB) has declared a quarterly dividend of
$0.06 per share, payable on June 30, 2008, to all shareholders of

@ Consolidated Water Company BDRs (CWCB) has declared a
quarterly dividend of $0.013 per share, payable on August 7, 2008,
to all shareholders of record date June 30, 2008.


































Hf FirstCaribbean Internation-
al Bank (Bahamas) (CIB) has
declared an interim dividend of
$0.20 per share, payable on July
4, 2008, to all shareholders of
record date June 27, 2008.










H ICD Utilities (ICD) has
declared a quarterly dividend of
$0.10 per share, payable on July
25, 2008, to all shareholders of
record date July 4, 2008.









@ FAMGUARD Corporation
(FAM) announced it will be
holding its Annual General
Meeting on Monday, June 30,
2008, at 4pm at the British Colo-
nial Hilton Hotel, No.1 Bay
Street, Nassau, Bahamas.










@ Abaco Markets (AML)

announced it will be holding its
Annual.General Meeting on Fri-
day, July 18, 2008, at 4pm at the
Abaco Beach Resort & Boat
Harbour; Marsh Harbour, Aba-
co, the Bahamas..










@ Benchmark (Bahamas)
(BBL) announced it will be hold-
ing its Annual General Meeting
on Thursday July 24, 2008, at
6.30pm at the British Colonial
Hilton Hotel, No.1 Bay Street,
Nassau, Bahamas.






Exchange
‘pursuing
global
recognition’
FROM page 1B

who have decided to work with
us,” Mr Davies said. “We’re
being very deliberate in our
moves because we have a clear
path.”

BISX was currently process-
ing additional funds listing
applications, Mr Davies adding:
“We are moving in the right
direction, and our expectation is
the market for BISX will con-
tinue to grow.

“In order for our market to
expand there must be an
emphasis on diversification,
both in terms of the actual num- :
ber of offerings but also on the
type or nature of the different
offerings. With this latest offer-
ing and listing on the Exchange,
I believe we are making posi-
tive steps in this direction.

“With the growing variety of
investment products now avail-
able on the exchange, investors
are more likely to find invest-
ment profiles that meet their
risk versus return profile, and
this will lead to more Bahami-
ans becoming active participants
in the securities market."







THE TRIBUNE

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Peeves tty uve a



Shop break-ins increase by 20%

FROM page 1B

(see Tribune News for the full
story), including both US and
Bahamian credit cards and
money, and Glenn Miller, Chief
Superintendent in charge of the
Central Detective Unit, who
proposed crime prevention
techniques for businesses.

“We are bringing all stake-

holders together so that we can.

identify common problems and
collectively find appropriate
solutions. Such a move could
not come at a more appropriate
time, when there seems to be a
greater need for more collabo-
ration between police and busi-
ness community,” said Mr
Miller.

Superintendent Miller sug-
gested that it was only through
partnership between the police
and business owners that a “sus-
tainable reduction” in crime can
be achieved.

Acting Commissioner of
Police, Reginald Ferguson, said
shop and house break-ins “jack
up” the country’s crime statis-
tics.

While praising those present
for attending, he also called on
the business community to work
more closely with the police in
the fight against criminals and
adopt a “zero tolerance”
approach towards criminality.

“We know that good business
and crime will not co-exist,” said
Mr Ferguson, adding that busi-
ness people should “play a
rightful role in the security of
your businesses and assisting
the police in trying to prevent”
crime.

Phillip Simon, executive

director of the Bahamas Cham- >

ber of Commerce, told atten-
dees that crime is “without a
doubt one of the most, if not
the most, critical issue facing
the business and wider commu-
nity.”



Phillip Simon

’ He expressed his support for
the initiative, calling it a “very
good thing”, and offered his

. own suggestions as to how the

business sector can contribute
to lessening crime.
_ Recalling a suggestion made

by Dr David Allen at a Cham- .

ber of Commerce crime pre-
vention seminar two years ago,
Mr Simon proposed that every

Bahamian should provide a dol- .

lar a week to a fund that would
support the purchase of addi-
tional resources for the securi-
ty forces.

“I believe that this is a small
programme that can go a'very
long way in our particular fight,





in our particular approach to
the fight against crime,” said
the Chamber representative.
Mr Simon said business
organisations like the Chamber
of Commerce could lead the call
for the funding campaign, while
commercial banks could offer
to set up an account to receive
the money, the media could
highlight the drive, and the gov-
ernment offer its endorsement.
“T would even encourage the
business owners to match their
(employees’) contribution,” he
said. “(The crime problem) can
only be solved with total com-
mitment from all stakeholders.”





How to protect
your company

The police yesterday gave 12 key
crime prevention tips for your busi-
ness

* Light up your property at night

* Keep a minimum amount of cash on

the premises

* Don’t keep large bills under your
register draws. Invest in a safe.

* Have at least two staff working at
night

* Money bags are enticing. Use paper
bags, flight bags, brief cases, a small
box etc.

* Keep windows and doors clear of
posters. Police need to see inside, so
do passersby.

Celebrating

years:

* Deposit cash at different times and at .
least once daily.

* Observe people just glancing around
or loitering in the establishment

* At opening, someone sould check
inside to make sure all is well prior to
entry

* At closing, check the entire interior
to make sure no one is hiding inside

* Keep side and back doors locked.
Employees should use the main
entrance.

* Install cameras inconspicously.
* If you see any suspicious looking

persons hanging around your business
or parking lot, call the police



Citco Fund Services ‘is a division of the Citco Group of Companies
and is the largest independent administrator of Hedge Funds in the
world with offices in Curacao, Amsterdam; Dublin, London,
Luxembourg, Miami, New York, Toronto, Cayman Islands, the British
Virgin Islands, the Bahamas, Bermuda, San Francisco and Sydney. The
division provides full service administration to over 2,000 Hedge Funds
for multinational banks and international Investment Manager s, totaling
over $420 billion in net assets.

As part of our continued expansion in our office in the Bahamas, we
are looking for a number. of motivated and pro-active

(Senior) Investor Relations Administrators

who are capable of providing excellent customer service, in an
international and dynamic environment, for our clients who consist of
shareholders and international investment managers within those Hedge
Funds. The Investor Relations Administrator is the main contact for the
shareholder, investor, investment managers, advisors, and third parties,
as appropriate.

Your most important tasks and responsibilities are:

¢ perform shareholder record keeping and report shareholder
information to the appropriate parties

¢ maintain contact with shareholders/investors, investment managers,
banks and brokers

* supervise and guide the Assistant Investor Relations Administrators

¢ handle payment transactions

¢ liaise with clients and other Citco offices, to ensure that client needs
are met

The successful candidate should meet the following criteria:

¢ a bachelors degree in administration, economics or business related
area
affinity with figures
° a team player, able to cope with individual responsibilities
ability to multi-task and operate in a fast-paced working environment
¢ highly accurate with outstanding communication skills
¢ working experience in the financial area is an advantage
We offer you: a challenging job in a rapidly expanding international
company, with an informal company culture. You will have the
opportunity to broaden your knowledge with excellent prospects for a
further international career.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please send your Curriculum
Vitae and covering letter via é-mail at the latest on July 4, 2008 to:
Citco Fund Services (Bahamas)’Ltd.; att: Managing Director, Human
Resources Manager: hrbahamas@citco.com. You can find more
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The Bahamas
=Independencec
‘Celebrations



LECTURE

SERIES |

Business

Celebrating a proud past and
looking to a promising future



The Tribune

will be publishing its annual

supplement in August/September. In preparation for the supplement, which will



Tax increases to |
‘hammer’ auto industry

FROM page 1B

“Our industry is getting hammered,” Mr
Lowe told Tribune Business.

He explained that with Government’s imple-
mentation of the new Excise Tax, part of its
strategy to protect its majore revenue-raising
items from the World Trade Organisation’s
(WTO) trade liberalisation policies, vehicles
and vehicle parts were now being placed under
this Act rather than the Tariff Act (this amal-
gamates import and stamp duties anyway).

Yet it is the ‘rounding’ of Tariff and Excise
Tax rates that has caused consternation for
the auto dealers and other industries, as in
many cases the combined import and stamp
duty rates are being rounded up, not down.

For example, instead of a combined 35 per
cent import duty and 7 per cent stamp duty
rate - 42 per cent - being rounded down to 40
per cent, in line with the Government’s decree
that tax rates increase in mutiples of five and
10, is is being rounded up to 45 per cent.

Mr Lowe said this ‘rounding up’ strategy
was being applied to all auto tariff rates, with
combined duty rates of 52 per cent, 57 per
cent, 72 per cent, and 82 per cent being round-
ed up, respectively, to 55 per cent, 60 per cent,
75 per cent and 85 per cent.

“They’re rounding it up even more, and it’s
sticking every industry,” Mr Lowe told Tri-
bune Business.

“From the information I have received so
far, and we have not finished a detailed inves-
tigation, it appears the vast majority of parts
and vehicles are increasing by at least 3 per
cent. It’s going to impact the pricing to con-
sumers, possibly by $1,000 or more, depending
on the size of the vehicle. They duty we pay will
be higher by 3 per cent.”

Mr Lowe said any price increases were
unlikely to impact the larger,‘more expensive
vehicle imports as they were already high-
priced, but could place smaller models - the
ones people should be encouraged to drive -
were being placed “a little further out of
reach”.

Arguing that the Government should have
bene more upfront about the likelihhod of tax
increases stemming from the 2008-2009 Budget,
Mr Lowe said: “I understand on the one hand
that the country’s in dire financial straits
because of the national debt and the high lev-
el of uncontrolled government expenditure.

“IT know they need the revenue, but be
upfront with people and don’t do it through the
backdoor. It leaves a sour taste in the mouth.

“The Budget was a PR exercise and now the
rubber’s hitting the road. We’re seeing the
reality of the changes they’re being forced to
put in place.”

Mr Lowe and the auto dealer industry are
not the only ones to be impacted by the Govy-

ernment’s decision to round up many tariff
rates.

Under the Tariff and Excise Acts, Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham announced in his
Budget debate speech that all tax rates above
the 7 per cent minimum for both would only
increase by multiples of five or 10. Existing
rates not compliant with this would be “round-
ed upwards or downwards” to the nearest five
or 10. Yet the ‘rounding’ policy is not following
the basics of high school maths. Normally,
numbers are rounded to the closest five or 10,
yet in at least once case seen by this newspaper,
the amalgamated import and Stamp duty rate
of 42 per cent was ‘rounded up’ to 45 per cent,
instead of down to 40 per cent, which was the
closer number. ;

The Prime Minister himself said in his Bud-
get speech: “For example, the 42 per cent rate
on golf clubs and balls, and on carpets and
other textile floor coverings, becomes 45 per
cent, while the 17 per cent rate on outboard
motors, or on electric generating sets, becomes
15 per cent.”

“The rounding thing, while it sounds quite
normal and may balance things out, is caus-
ing a bit of confusion in the process,” Dionisio
D’ Aguilar, the Bahamas Chamber of Com-.
merce’s president, told Tribune Businéss earlier
this week. “In school, 42 was rounded down
and 43 was rounded up.

“There is now the perception that what has
been given is now being taken back. It is anoth-
er 3 per cent. It’s instant.”

Zhivargo Laing, minister of state for finance,
acknowledged that the ‘rounding’ exercise
could increase the total tax rate applied to
“some items”.

However, he said the Government had to
strike a balance in its 2008-2009 Budget
between providing Bahamians with some relief
on inflation and soaring costs of living, driven
by energy and food costs, and generating
enough revenue so that the administration
could be fiscally responsible and fund its own
operational costs.

Referring to the rate rounding, Mr Laing
said: “Ultimately, the Government has to do
this exercise so as to provide the maximum
relief without compromising its fiscal situation.

“Ultimately, the Government would not have
wanted to do the exercise simply to lose rev-
enue. On the one hand, you’re giving massive
relief.”

As a result, the Government then had to
determine which Tariff and Excise Tax rates to
‘round up’, and which to ‘round down’, to
ensure the books balanced and fiscal goals
were met. However, one large Bahamas-based
grocery chain, which requested anonymity, said
it had “been led to believe that a lot” of tariff
rates on grocery items were going to be round-
ed up with effect from July 1 — today.

St. Augustine’s College

is accepting applcations for the

following positions

MATHEMATI

One Person - to teach Mathematics to grades seven
through ten. Experience in preparing students

feature all graduating seniors who will be attending university/college, whether G

for external examinations is a _ requirement.

locally or abroad, we invite all parents, guardians and graduating seniors to submit
a profile on the graduate, along with a photograph and contact information.

® Name of student

® High School you are graduating from —

® Age

® Name of parents :

® A list of exams already taken and the results - eg - Bahamas Junior Certificate (BJC)
exams and Pitman exams

® A list of exams expected to be taken - Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary
Education (BGCSE) exams

® The college/university they expect to attend - eg - College of the Bahamas, Harvard
University, University of Miami

® Name of degree expected to be sought - eg - Bachelors degree in English, Bachelors
degree in biology

® What career they expect to enter once their education is completed - a doctor, Math

teacher, engineer

® All extracurricular activities - club memberships, team sports/track and field, church
activities

® A list of honours/awards/recognition student has received

Please include your telephone/contact information and also note that photos will not be
returned. Forward all information to Lisa Lawlor, Tribune Junior Reporter at e-mail -
lisalawlor @ gmail.com or features@tribunemedia.net -please note 'Back To School! in
the subject line. The information may also be hand delivered or mailed to:

Back To School
The Tribune
Shirley and Deveaux Streets
P O Box N-3207
Nassau, Bahamas.

One person - to teach English Language/Literature
to the junior section of the school (Grades 7 to 9)

One person-to teach English Language/Literature
to all grade levels. Experience in preparing
candidates for B.J.C and B.G.C.S.E examinations
is required.

ACCOUNTING

One person - to teach Accounting to grades
ten through twelve. Knowledge of British and
American Accounting systems is a requirement.
The applicant must have experience in preparing
students for external examinations.

One person - to teach Spanish to grades seven
through ten.

All applicants must hold a degree from an
accredited University and a _ Teacher’s
Certificate. Two letters of reference, copies of all
degrees and certificates, proof of teaching
experience and two passport size photos should be
submitted. A commitment to the values of Catholic,
Benedictine education is expected of our teachers.
Only those persons who have no difficulty with
Roman Catholic beliefs and teaching need
apply. Please submit applications and required
documents to:

THE PRINCIPAL
ST. AUGUSTINE’S COLLEGE
P.O. BOX N-3940
NASSAU, BAHAMAS





’ THE TRIBUNE

TUESDAY, JULY 1, 2008, PAGE 5B



Nee
~@ 2 ~ © Realtors conduct

training seminar

Keith Parker, PS News/Features





ANTHONY ‘Tony’ Macaluso (in
dark jacket) was the lecturer on
the course, Certified Interna-
tional Properties Specialists,
attended by more than 20 ~
Bahamian realtors. Pictured

-with Mr Macaluso are BREA

executives, from L to R: George
Damianos, Theodore Sealy and
Bahamas Real Estate Associa-
tion president William Wong.

The Bahamas Real Estate Association (BREA) has con-
tinued its educational programmes for licensed realtors,
hosting the Certified International Properties Specialists
(CIPS) course at the Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort.
Topics included in the five day course were: The Ameri-
cas and International Real Estate; Asia/Pacific Real Estate;
The Middle East and Africa; Investment and Financial

Analysis (two parts).

Over 20 BREA-licensed realtors attended the course.

Adviser sees assets under management grow 136%

FROM page 1B

in Providence Advisors, to a
current level of 25.

Adding that the company
“Keeps getting the endorse-
ment of institutional clients”,
Mr Kerr said Providence -

Advisors was “seeing a lot of ,

competition” for investment
advisory, pension fund man-
agement and administration,
and corporate advisory work
in the Bahamian capital mar-
kets.

When the company was cre-

ated, its main competition had. »

been Fidelity, Colina and SG
Hambros (Bahamas), plus
Colonial Pension Services
(Bahamas) and Ansbacher
(Bahamas).

Since then, Scotiabank and
FirstCaribbean International
Bank (Bahamas) had
launched their wealth services
divisions, while insurers
British American Financial
(BAB) and Family Guardian
had both pushed into the cap-
ital markets business as well.

“We feel we’ve done well
against an increasingly com-
petitive market,” Mr Kerr told
Tribune Business. “If you
were to. assume there was
nothing to propel the market
further, you could argue that it
is crowded. oo

“But the growth propulsion
for the market will come from
mandatory pension legislation.
The future of it lies in manda-
tory pension legislation.”

To solve the impending
social crisis resulting from too
few Bahamians saving and
investing properly for their
retirements, the Government
has moved to appoint a com-
mittee. to devise recommen-
dations on enhancing this
nation’s long-term savings
strategy.

Should the Government

“TI think we
are giving the
other guys a
run for their
money.”





make it mandatory for com-
panies, or their employees, to
get a private pension plan, this
will mean work for investment
advisers and managers such
as Providence Advisors.
While applauding the cre-
ation of a committee to advise
on pensions reform, Mr Kerr

. Said the.Government should

move “immediately” to regu-

late existing pension fund

managers and administrators.

‘In addition, while the private

pension sector should be rep-
resented on the committee, he
advocated that it not head it to
avoid the appearance of a con-
flict of interest.

Further capital markets
growth, and increased busi-
ness for its participants, Mr
Kerr added, would come from
the privatisation of govern-
ment wtilities. Bahamas-based
investment advisers could
advise, structure and ‘place

_ such privatisations, something

that would assist their devel-
opment.as well as deepen and
broaden the capital markets.

As for Providence Advisors,

Mr Kerr said the company’s
main growth had come from
its pension and investment
management services to date,
although “we believe we’re
the preeminent pension
administrator”.

This assertion, he added,
was based on the fact that
Providence Advisors could
administer pension plans rang-

‘ing in size from seven partici-.

pants to 36,000 participants

Notice

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (4) of the
International Business Companies Act, 2002, Notice is

hereby is given that:-

1. HALFWAY LIMITED (In Voluntary Liquidation) is in

dissolution.

. Proceedings to wind-up and dissolve the Company were
commenced on the 26th day of June A.D, 2008.

. Debi Williams Hancock whose address is Lyford Cay,
New Providence, The Bahamas is the Liquidator of the
Company for the purpose of such dissolution.

WILLIAMS LAW CHAMBERS
Registered Agent _

Notice

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (4) of the
International Business Companies Act, 2002, Notice is

’ hereby is given that:-

. LACUNA PROPERTIES LTD. (In Voluntary
Liquidation) is in dissolution.

. Proceedings to wind-up and dissolve the Company were
commenced on the 26th day of June A.D, 2008.

. Debi Williams Hancock whose address is Lyford Cay,
New Providence, The Bahamas is the Liquidator of the
Company for the purpose of such dissolution.

WILLIAMS LAW CRAMBERS
Registered Agent



‘(the hotel industry pension

plans).

“We're optimistic, based on
what we see happening in the
market and what’s in the
pipeline,” Mr Kerr said of
Providence Advisors’
prospects.

“We’re trying to remain
nimble and put in an appro-
priate technology platform, as
we want to be the provider of
choice in the marketplace.

“IT think we are giving the
other guys a run for their
money. According to our own

objectives, we’re doing well.”
Providence Advisors is cur-
rently focused on organic

-growth, Mr Kerr telling Tri-

bune Business that expanding
more into US dollar portfolio
management was part of its
strategy over the next two
weeks. j

“We're looking for growth
from geographical diversifica-
tion. We’re looking south and
going north to the other
islands of the Bahamas, and
hope to generate new busi-
ness,” Mr Kerr said.

“Right now, we like what
we see in Turks & Caicos.

That’s becoming competitive, -

because you have Family
Guardian going down there,
and Colina and Fidelity are
already there; but we feel we
may have the edge. Those are
untapped markets.”

- Providence Advisors was
also looking to further devel-

op its brand through a mar-

keting and public awareness

campaign in the upcoming .

year, and had issued a
Request for Proposal (RFP)

O THE WORLD

for the final stage of its IT"
upgrade. That will involve its
pension management and
administration system, the first
two upgrades having involved
its investment management
and accounting systems.
Providence Advisors cur-
rently employs 11 full-time
office staff and one messen-
ger, having.added several
employees over the past year.
The company also has three
IT systems personnel, and is
supported by outside legal and
accounting teams.



The Bahamas Telecommmunications Company Limited (BTC) is pleased to invite
qualified Companies to apply for the below tenders.

TENDER FOR AIRCONDITIONING SERVICES
TENDER FOR JOINT BOX, MANHOLE CONSTRUCTION, MAINTENANCE & REPAIR SERVICES
TENDER FOR ELECTRICAL REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE os

TENDER FOR CAFETERIA SERVICES

TENDER FOR SECURITY SERVICES . |
TENDER FOR EQUIPMENT & VEHICLE MAINTENANCE SERVICES
TENDER FOR PLUMBING MAINTENANCE SERVICES

1.
2;
3.
eA.
7 5.. TENDER FOR BUILDING & CIVIL WORKS
1 6.
7.
8.

The deadline for submission of these tenders is July 9th, 2008 at 5:00pm. Tenders
should be sealed and marked according to their titles and should be delivered to
| the attention of the
Mr. |. Kirk Griffin, Executive Vice President, The Bahamas Telecommunications
Company Ltd, P.O. Box N-3048, Nassau, Bahamas by the above date and time.

Interested Companies may collect a tender package from the Security's Desk
located at the Administrative building on John F. Kennedy Drive, between the
hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Companies submitting bids are invited to attend the bid gale ys on

July 11th 2008 the below times at BTC’s Conference Room,

» *

*

ON A wt BS WwW bh at

«

. TENDER FOR AIRCONDITIONING SERVICES: 9:00am | \

TENDER FOR JOINT BOX; MANHOLE CONSTRUCTION, MAINTENANCE & REPAIR SERVICES: 10:00am |
TENDER FOR ELECTRICAL REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE: 11:00pm
TENDER FOR CAFETERIA SERVICES: 12:00pm |
TENDER FOR BUILDING & CIVIL WORKS: 1:00pm
TENDER FOR SECURITY SERVICES: 2:00pm
TENDER FOR EQUIPMENT & VEHICLE MAINTENANCE SERVICES: 3:00pm
TENDER FOR PLUMBING MAINTENANCE SERVICES: 4:00pm |

erpall Tract.

BTC reserves the right to reject any or all tenders. ;

www.btcbahamas.com } CALL BTC 225-5282



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Fund executive passes Series 6

A fund administrator with Butterfield Fund Services (Bahamas)
has passed the Series 6 examination after training with the Nassau-based
Nastac Group. Leosha Rahming is pictured here with Reece Chipman,
the Nastac Group’s managing director.The Series 6 exam is a profes-
sional qualification administered by the Financial Industry Regulato-
ry Authority, and covers topics such as mutual funds, variable annuities,
retirement plans and insurance products.

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Legal Notice

NOTICE —
NYASA BREEZE LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

‘Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 13th day of March 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



Harbourside Marine
is looking for carpenter.
Must have your own tools.

Legal Notice

NOTICE |
ESTAVAYER INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that DIANA VALERIE
GORDON GRAY of GEORGE TOWN, EXUMA,
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 24TH day of JUNE 2008 to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O:Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



Please Fax Resume
394-3885 or call 393-0262

Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 3rd day of June 2008. The Liquidator is
Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau, Legal Notice Lega! Notice

NOTICE | NOTICE
FRANSHON ALPS INC. KYMM INVESTMENTS INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation) (In Voluntary Liquidation)



Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



Notice is hereby given that the above named Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced Company is in dissolution, which commenced
Legal Notice on the 23rd day of April 2008. The Liquidator on the 28th day of May 2008. The Liquidator
NOTICE ~ | is Argosa Corp. Inc,, P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau, is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas. 3 Bahamas.

FUTURE OVERSEAS LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation) :
ARGOSA CORP. INC. ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator) (Liquidator)
Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 29th day of February 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau, be, tee ar ben ea



Bahamas.

| MOHG -1.63 | YTD +243.78 | YTD% -
-B8.57% | 2007 28.29% ~
ARGOSA CORP. INC : DATA & INFORMATION 8
. ' 52wk-Low Previous Close Today's Close Change Daily Vol. EPS $ _Div$
Tau : Abaco Markets 1.84
(Liquidator) cs 11.60 Bahamas Property Fund 11.80 11.80 0.00
i 9.40 Bank of Bahamas : 9.43 9.43 0.00
0.85 Benchmark 0.89 0.89 0.00
3.49 Bahamas Waste 3.49 3.49 0.00
1.42 Fidelity Bank 2.35 2.35 0.00
10.60 Cable Bahamas 14.00 14.00 0.00
2.21 Colina Holdings 3 2.88 2.88 0.00
4.80 Commonwealth Bank (S1) 7.28 6.86 -0.42
Hy . 3.23 Consolidated Water BDRs 3.90 3.96 0.06
Legal Notice : ‘2.20 Doctor's Hospital 2.92 2.85 -0.07
A 6.02 Famguard 8.00 8.00 0.00
NOTICE A 12.50 Finco .. 12.50 12.50 0.00
5 11.65 FirstCaribbean Bank 11.79 11.65 -0.14
_ 5.05 Focol (S) 5.55 5.55 0.00
2 1.00 Focol Class B Preference . 1.00 1.00 0.00
. 0.41 Freeport Concrete 0.44 0.44 0.00
IDE HILLS INC. 00 | 879 16D Uilties 6.70 ere 0.00
ie 8.60 J. S. Johnson 12.00 12.00 0.00
10.00 Premier Real Estate 5 10.00 10.00 0.00
Eg Se ‘idelity Over-The-Counter Securities
52wk-Low Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Weekly Vol. EPS

iniiidati e2wk-Hi
(In Voluntary Liquidation) : 14.25 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.60 15.60 14.60 13.4
6.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 6.00 6.25 6.00 NM
N/M

0.20 : RND Holdings ; 0.35 0.40 0.35
ees Oe Colina Over-The-Counter Securities
41.00 ABDAB 41.00 43.00 41.00
Notice is hereby given that the above named: ‘ B40. RNB Holdings saint ose 8.5
ae ; ; . i : eee eS _ BISX Listed Mutual Funds
Company is in dissolution, which commenced *re4a5 Colina Bond Fund 1.a15az0e- Ne% ear
. . 4 ” .998 ve -O. % 7 %
on the 30th day of May 2008. The Liquidator Riadee” Calne Monee merck Furs {1304047 fae a.ao%
, * 5 3.3971 Fidelity Bahamas G & 1 Fund SOTO e: -3.32% Ag eR
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau, . Seco ceee een cca sence ae mits

98.2100 CFAL Global Equity Fund 99.956603~ -0.04% -0.04%

9.0
13.4
N/M

Yield%

Baham as 1.0000 CFAL High Grade Bond Fund 1.00°*
. 7 9.6346 Fidelity International Investment Fund 3 ay -4.70% -4.70%
1.0000 FG Financial Preferred Income Fund
1.0000 FG Financial Growth Fund
1.0000 FG Financial Diversified Fund
: NLALV. Key ~
YIELD - last 12 month dividends divided by closing price *- 31 March 2008
nd Fidelity ** - 31 December 2007

Market Terms
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX - 19 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 - Previ is day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price - Last traded c 2 @-counter price
ume of the pi 20k - 30 April 2008

ARGOSA CORP. INC Today's Close - Curren s weighted price for daily volume Weokly Vol. - Trading
’ . Change - Change in closing price from day to day EPS $ - A compan orted earnings per share for the last 12 mths - 20 June 2008
(Liquidator) Daily Vol. - Number of total shares traded today . NAV - Net Asset Value
DIV §$ - Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months «N/M - Not Meaningful
P/E - Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX - The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100
(S) - 4-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 8/8/2007
(S14) - 3-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 7/11/2007

Bid $ - Buying price of Cc
Ask $ - Selling price of C nd fidelity *** - 30 May 2008
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TUESDAY, JULY 1, 2008, PAGE 7B





Gold surges"

as dollar falls

record near $115 a barrel

@ By STEVENSON
JACOBS
NEW YORK

Gold prices jumped
Wednesday after a plunge in
U.S. homebIding helped push
the dollar to a record low
against the euro, boosting the
metal’s appeal as a hedge
against inflation, according to
the Associated Press.

Other commodities traded
mixec, with crude oil falling
from a record near $115 and
wheat prices rising.

U.S. homebuilders began
work on 947,000 homes in
March — an 11 percent drop
from February and the lowest
amount since 1991, the Com-
merce Department said
Wednesday. The data helped
pushed the dollar to a record

low against the euro, which.

traded at $1.5955, up from
$1.5790 late Tuesday in New
York. —

“The driving factor in the
gold market is almost record-
low housing starts. ... It under-
mined the dollar and also trig-
gered further safe-haven buy-

.ing into gold,” said James
Steel, analyst with HSBC in
| New York.

_ A weak dollar. encourages



“The driving factor in the
gold market is almost record
low housing starts ... It
undermined the dollar and
also triggered further
safe-haven buying into gold.”



investors to shift funds into

hard assets like gold and sil-

ver, which are known for hold-

ing their value. A falling
greenback also makes dollar-
denominated commodities
appear cheaper to overseas
investors.

Gold for June delivery
added $15.70 to $947.70 an
ounce on the New York Mer-
cantile Exchange, after earlier
rising as high as $952.70 — its
highest level in two weeks.

Gold has gained 8.3 percent
this year and 31 percent in
2007, driven by a falling dollar,
soaring crude prices and ner-
vousness about the U.S. econ-
omy. The metal has fallen
fram its record above $1,000

James Steel

reached in Mach, but analysts
say gold could resume its
climb if the Federal Reserve
continues its interest-rate cut-
ting campaign as expected.
“Gold is in a bit of a range
but by.no mearis would I say it
has hit a lull,” Steel said.
Other precious metals also
rose Wednesday. Silver for
May delivery rose 48.5 cents
to $18.335 an ounce on the
Nymex, while May copper

- added 10.5 cents to $3.9640 a

pound.

In energy futures, crude oil
retreated from a record just
below $115 after a govern-

- ment report showed demand

for gasoline continues to fall.
Oil futures prices fell from a

Wednesday as investors
absorbed a government report
that showed gasoline demand
continues to decline. The
Energy Department’s Energy
Information Administration
said gas demand has fallen an
average of 1 percent each of
the last four weeks compared
to the same period last year.
Light, sweet crude for May
delivery fell 44 cents to
$114.23 a barrel on the Nymex

after rising to a trading record

of $114.95.

_ Other energy futures traded
mixed. May gasoline futures
added 4.35 cents to $2.9245 a
gallon on the Nymex, while
May heating oil futures fell
1.03 cents to $3.2636 a gallon.

In agriculture futures, wheat
prices shot up on supply con-

cerns fed by Kazakhstan’s
move to ban exports in a bid

to curb domestic food infla-
tion. Wheat for May delivery
rose 21.25 cents to $9.17 a
bushel on the Chicago Board
of Trade. Other agriculture
futures traded mixed Wednes-
day. Soybeans for May deliv-
ery dropped 20 cents to $13.60
a bushel on the CBOT, while

May corn futures rose 0.75 ©

cent to $6.0675 a bushel.

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NOTICE
PIJON HILLS INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 26th day of May 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice:

_ NOTICE
JABREAH VALLEY INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 7th day of May 2008. The Liquidator is
Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
STABILO OCEAN CORP.

(In Voluntary Liquidation) .

Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
| on the 25th day of April 2008. The Liquidator
| is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator) :

Legal Notice

NOTICE

LEWES LTD.

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with
Section 138(8) of the International Business
Companies Act 2000, the dissolution of LEWES
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)



Legal Notice

NOTICE

THORPTON VALLEY LTD.

ee ene

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with
Section 138(8) of the International Business
Companies Act 2000, the dissolution of
THORPTON VALLEY 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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ZIRA VENTURES LTD.

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

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
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NOTICE

AFOGATO ENTERPRISES LTD.

&
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Notice is hereby given that in accordance with
Section 138(8) of the International Business
Companies Act 2000, the dissolution of
AFOGATO ENTERPRISES 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)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
GAUNTLET ENTERPRISE LTD.

(in Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 14th day of May 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

i Rahamas.

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Across Down
1 Reserve team that will go 1 An outstanding board per-
down? (7) haps (5)
4 Feverish activity in tem- ° 2 Glaring example of fabu-
ples? (5) lous killer (8)
.7 l|leave Elsie instead (4) 3 Strangely silent recruit (6)
8 He doesn’t think much of 4 Unusually tired, meant to
himself (8) get finished somehow (10)
10 Be like others and keep up 5 Tumbledown place | am
with a-court action (6,4) brought in to manage (4)
12 Union of us in 6 Shared by bee and newt,
dispute (6) perhaps (7)
13 According to this animal 9 They tend to leave others
the sailor is in favour (6) speechless (10)
15 Lines that convey heartfelt 11. Shorten an agreement (8)
admiration (4,6) 12 Fail, try in a different way
18 This class is certain to be to find fault (7)
kept in idle fashion (8) 14 Change from evil past or Lu
19 Aset of cards four inches heartless present possibly anal
high (4) (6) 'N
20 Shouts out agreement 16 Saddle and take horse S
about a fifty-fifty arrange- _ about midnight (5) Qa
ment (5) 17 Account for cutting and >
21 Ether may be found pruning? (4) ”
around at this place (7) -

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Kxgi? Nit+ and Nats wins the queen} Nxed, F
Â¥xg2 whee White stil haz an attack hut nothing
decisive white Black is fwo pawns up. vies

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No plurals,

TODAY'S YARGET

Good 19; very good 28; excellent
38 (or more). Sohution tomorrow.

YESTERDAY'S SOLUTION

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First Things First

and returns the ace of diamonds,
forcing declarer to ruff with his last

South dealer.
Neither side vulnerable.

NORTH trump.
Q 105 South can now cash three club
90106 tricks, but when he next leads a
e387 spade, West takes the ace and leads a
&A 1094 diamond, and East collects two dia-
WEST ; EAST mond tricks to put the contract down
A962 “ #873 two. The result is exactly the same if
¥75 ¥942 South drives out the ace of spades
#KQ93 #A10642 _ before trying the club finesse.
$872 KS Declarer can avoid this ignomin- _
SOUTH ious fate if he takes the necessary
@KI4 steps to retain control of the trump
VAKI83 suit. After ruffing the diamond at

#5 trick two, he should plan to play both

Yesterday’s Cryptic Solution Yesterday’s Easy Solution

Across: 1 Up against it, 9 Nostrum,
10 Clean, 11 Eden, 12 Encroach, 14
Gimlet, 16 Status, 18 Overture, 19
Urdu, 22 Notes, 23 Snigger, 24
Down-to-earth.

Down: 2 Posse, 3 Garb, 4 Immune,
5 Security, 6 Inexact, 7
Underground, 8 On the square, 13
Jettison, 15 Maestro, 17 Fresco, 20
Right, 21 Diva.

Across: 1 Constantine, 9 Offbeat, 10
Rumba, 11 Lark, 12 Robinson Crusoe,
14 Outing, 18 Discover, 19 Toll, 22
Spasm, 23 Mallard, 24 Well-endowed.
Down: 2 Offer, 3 Step, 4 Author, 5
Terriers, 6 Nemesis, 7 Rolltop desk, 8
Painted lady, 13 Informal, 15 Testate,
17 German, 20 Orate, 21 Alto.



Across Down
1 Check to progress 1 Middle East country
— (7) (5)
4 Allude (5) 2 Country formerly
7 True (4) Siam (8)
8 Boastful person (8) _3 Form of unarmed
10 Continuously (3,3,4) combat (6)
12 Miscellaneous (6) Urchin (10)
13 Make Droop (4)

: £(6) Place of seclusion (7)
pretence o'

Upstanding (3-7)

oou a

Subsequently (10)
11 Disparage (8)

Break (8) 12 Equivocate (7)
Stop flow of (4) 14 Manufactured cloth
Comeon_. (6)

stage (5) 16 Entire range (5)

To dispute (7) 17 Immense (4)

&QI63 black suits before drawing trumps.
The bidding: Let’s say he tries the club finesse
South = West North = East at trick three, East wins and returns a
lv Pass 29 Pass diamond, ruffed by declarer, who
3 & Pass 4 & Pass now attacks spades. West can take
4Â¥ the first or second spade, but the

Opening lead — king of diamonds.
In many deals, the best defense is

to force declarer to ruff in the hope of

weakening or exhausting his trumps.
It follows that declarer should not
allow this to happen if there is some
way to prevent it.

Take this case where South is in
four hearts and West leads the K-Q
of diamonds, declarer ruffing the
second round. Let’s assume South
next draws three rounds of trumps
ending in his hand and then tries the
club finesse. East wins with the king

defense is helpless. If either black
suit is returned, South wins, draws
trumps and has the rest of the tricks.
If instead West returns a fourth dia-
mond, declarer, who has three
trumps in each hand, can ruff in
either hand and then draw trumps
before claiming the balance.

As long as the key suits break
normally, South winds up ‘with 10
tricks by proceeding in the recom-
mended fashion. All he has to do is to
resist the natural impulse to draw
trumps as soon as possible.

Tomorrow: Plays that go against the grain.

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Vincent Vanderpool
Wallace takes over as
Minister of Tourism

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

PRIME Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham announced the shuffle of his
Cabinet yesterday. It includes a
change of'portfolios for 12 minis-
ters and the return to the
Bahamas of former Director
General of Tourism Vincent Van-
derpool Wallace as Minister of
Tourism, and prominent FNM
lawyer Michael Barnett as Attor-
ney General.

The shuffle also involves the
departure of two FNM senators
— Attorney General Clare Hep-
burn and Minister of State for
Immigration Elma Campbell.
They will be leaving the Senate to
assume other posts, the prime
minister said.

The creation of two new min-
istries — a Ministry of the Envi-
ronment and a Ministry of Youth
Sports and Culture — and the
elimination of the Ministry of
Lands and Local Government,
are also a part of the shuffle.

The changes are effective from
Monday July 7.

This follows months of conjec-
ture over an impending shuffle
and the sudden resignation of
Minister of Lands and Local Gov-

ernment Sidney Collie yesterday
morning in the House of Assem-
bly.

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Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham



In the first realignment of his
third non-consecutive adminis-
tration, Prime Minister Ingraham
said the changes "will contribute
to even more effective gover-
nance over the months and years
ahead."

The prime minister said that in
accordance with the Constitution,
he had advised Governor Gen-
eral Arthur Hanna to appoint Mr
Barnett as Attorney General and
Minister of Legal Affairs and Mr

SEE page six



Police i HI

POLICE OFFICERS at the scene of ese s murder on St Albans Drive. The victim was shat and killed in

broad daylight. (See story right).

Sidney Collie resigns Tee
from his Cabinet post

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

IN A move that has far reach-
ing political implications, the
Member of Parliament for Blue
Hills, Mr Sidney Collie,
resigned from his Cabinet post
as the Minister of Lands and
Local Government, during the
sitting of the House of Assem-
bly yesterday.

Mr Collie’s resignation had
been sought by the Progressive
Liberal Party for his involve-
ment in the recent debacle of
the local government elections.
Despite this, however, members
of the PLP were obviously “‘sur-
prised” by Mr _ Collie’s
announcement — especially
considering that the Minister
could have simply been
“moved” out of his Ministry in

the Cabinet shuffle that was _

announced last night.
However, as Mr Collie point-
ed out, it is solely up to him to





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PM announces
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Sa aeal

take responsibility for the recent
mistakes that were made in the
local government elections.
“My Ministry and I were
responsible just recently for the

SEE page six

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tribute to
RUM Pee Y

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

PRIME Minister Hubert
Ingraham paid tribute to his
retired colleague and former
chief adviser Ruth Millar for
dedicating over 20 years of
"outstanding" service within
the public sector.

Mrs Millar, who began her
remarkable career as a nurse
after training in the UK, first
crossed paths with a 34-year-
old Hubert Ingraham in 1982
when he served as Minister of
Housing and National Insur-
ance in the Pindling adminis-
tration.

She was 50 years old at the
time.

Mr Ingraham said he soon
discovered Mrs Millar's
"excellent work ethic" and

SEE page eight

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

A HAITIAN man was shot
and killed in broad daylight yes-
terday off West Bay Street, bring-
ing the murder count up to 35 for
the year.

The victim, believed to be in
his mid-40s, and a colleague of
his had just purchased plywood
from Premier Importers on St
Albans Drive when they were
accosted by a gunman.

Acting Assistant Commission-
er Hulan Hanna told The Tribune
that police received reports of a
shooting on St Albans Drive at
around 1.15pm yesterday.

Officers arriving on the scene,
found the body of the man lying
in the road with two gunshot
wounds in the right side of his
chest.

According to eye-witness
reports, just minutes before his
death, the victim was sitting in a
black Ford Ranger, seemingly
eating his lunch, while his col-
league went into Premier
Importers to buy plywood.

A Premier Importers employee
told The Tribune yesterday that
footage from a security camera
shows that while the victim was

SEE page eight

Cuban-Americans
‘are most likely to
commit credit card
fraud’ in Bahamas

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

CUBAN-AMERICANS are
now seen to be the grouping of
individuals most likely to come to
the Bahamas to commit credit card
fraud or use fake money.

According to Inspector Sandra
Miller of the Community Rela-
tions division of the police, peo-
ple of Cuban lineage living in the
United States have more com-
monly been found to commit these
crimes than any other nationali-
ties coming into the Bahamas in
recent years.

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the Princess Margaret Hospital and
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blood is collected at
BIC sponsored drive

said it was the largest amount of
blood collected in one day in the
history of blood banks in the
Bahamas - almost tripling the
number of units that were collect-
ed at last year’s BTC sponsored
blood drive.

“This exercise demonstrates that
with corporate partnerships,
together we can ensure a safe and
adequate blood supply “Due to
the tremendous success of the BTC
sponsored World Blood Donor
Day Blood Drive, we can boast
that at least for the next month,
there is sufficient blood for all of
the patients in need and some
reserves for unforeseen emergen-
cies.’

He explained that BTC is also
sponsoring the Independence

_ Blood Drive at the Rand Memor-

ial Hospital in Freeport, Grand
Bahama.

“Beginning Saturday, July 5 per-
sons will be able to register for the
blood drive. and will have the
opportunity to donate blood every
Saturday in July beginning July 12.
This should surely boost that hos-
pital’s blood bank supply tremen-
dously.”

Dr Minnis said the theme for
the 2008 World Blood Donor Day
Celebrations was “Giving blood

‘regularly” and there were three

main objectives: to create wider
public awareness of the need for
regular blood donation; to pro-
mote the fact that regular volun-
tary unpaid donors are healthy
individuals and, thus, are essential
to public health systems; and to

' focus attention on donor health

and the quality of donor care. ,
Dr Minnis explained that despite
tremendous efforts to improve sup-
plies, the blood banking system
has constantly been in crisis mode

' because the Bahamas collects an

average of only 5,000 units per
year.

He added that the majority of
the blood collected is from replace-
ment donors — those who give
only when a family or friend is in
need.

“Donated blood plays a critical
role in surgery and emergency
care. A unit of donated blood
could potentially save as many as
three lives.

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mBy NATARIO McKENZIE







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@ By DENISE
MAYCOCK
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Reporter
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A 22-YEAR-OLD man charged in connection with
the murder of a local mortician and the attempted
murder of his wife was arraigned in Magistrate’s Court
yesterday.

Dudley Daran Moree, of Faith Gardens off Faith
Avenue, was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Roger
Gomez at Court One in Bank Lane yesterday on
charges of murder, attempted murder and possession
of a firearm with the intent to endanger life.

It is alleged that on Thursday, June 26, Moree
intentionally and unlawfully caused the death of
Dorneil Ferguson, 38, attempted to cause the death of
his wife Yuzzana Ferguson, 37, and was in posses-
sion of a firearm with the intent to endanger the life of
their four-month-old daughter Dorneisha Ferguson.

Mr Ferguson, who worked at Butler’s Funeral
Home, was shot multiple times when a gunman shot
through a bedroom window at his Family Street home
off Soldier Road. -

The incidé:nt took place around 3am last Thursday
while Mr Ferguson, his wife and their infant child
slept. Mr Ferguson died at hospital a short time later.
His wife also: had to be admiited to hospital due to the
sever injuries she had received during the incident.

Moree wais not required to plead to the charges.
Attorney Donna Major, who held a brief for attorney
Murrio Ducille, asked that the court’s record reflect
that Moree claimed that he was severely beaten by

FREEPORT - A 41-
year-old Eight Mile i
Rock man isin hospital :.-
with serious injuries fol- :
lowing a freak accident
early Friday morning in
Freeport.

Hubert Dawkins, of
Pinedale, EMR, was run
over by an.equipment
trailer after accidentally
falling from the back of
a truck on to the road.

According to police,
the accident occurred
around 8.30am on Set-
tler’s Way near East
Mall Service Station.

Chief Supt Basil Rah-
ming said truck driver
Diewsell Noricus, a 35-
year-old employee of
Two Big Guys Land-
scaping Company, was
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Noricus told police
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Mall Service Station for
gasoline.- He said while
leaving the service sta-
tion, Dawkins lost his
balance and fell off the
truck and was run over
by the equipment trailer
attached at the truck’s
rear.

Dawkins was trans-
ported by EMS person-
nel to the trauma sec-
tion, at. Rand Memorial
Hospital, where he
received emergency
medical treatment.

He was expected to be, }
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Saturday.



@ CORRECTION

IN AN advertisement for
Summit Academy published ;

last week, the word “tod-
dler” was misspelled.

The Tribune apologises for
any inconvenience the error :

may have caused.



Tim Clarke/Tribune staff



22-YEAR-OLD Dudley Moree of Faith Gardens
leaving court yesterday.

police and that a paper bag had been placed over his
head, almosit suffocating him.

Magistratte Gomez made note of the objections.
The case has been adjourned to July 22 and trans-
ferred to Court 11 in Nassau Street.







Two in court on
stealing charges

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TWO men were arraigned in
Magistrate’s Court yesterday in
connection with a long list of
stealing charges.

Tiffalo Johnson, 25, of East
Street and Sidney Ospin Joseph,
34, of Tonique Williams Darling
Highway appeared before Mag-
istrate Derrence Rolle at Court
Five in Bank Lane yesterday.

Johnson was arraigned sépa-
rately on 13 counts of stealing and
one count of causing damage.

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between December 2007 and
June of this year.

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

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

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Cabinet Minister does honourable thing

BY RESIGNING his ministerial post yes-
terday, Mr Sidney Collie has restored integrity
to our government’s ministerial system. He
deserves the highest praise.

For many years — going back as far as the .

PVC pipes scandal during the Pindling admin-
istration — ministers have refused to shoulder
their public responsibilities. On the rare occa-
sion that there was a resignation, it was forced
on them. It was always accompanied by a long
drawn-out public fight in which respect for our
institutions and politicians were diminished and
the offending minister’s party was embarrassed.

As a matter of fact the idea of ministerial
responsibility has been’so eroded that on one of
yesterday morning’s talk shows many in this
community had no understanding of the oner-
ous duty placed on a minister.

Many thought that Mr Collie had been bad-
ly used. In their view it was the fault of the

department’s permanent secretary and the staff -

in charge of the day-to-day functioning of the
Ministry of Lands and Local Government that
should have walked the proverbial plank.

However, what they did not seem to under-
stand was that a Minister is responsible for
whatever happens in his department, regard-
less of his personal knowledge.

The public can hardly be blamed for thinking
otherwise when one considers the numerous
shameful excuses made by ministers over the
years to shirk their responsibility to shoulder
blame. ,

When his ministry functions well, the Minis-
ter is praised. _ ;

He mounts the platform and comes away
with the trophies. He might not have had.any-
thing to do with his Ministry’s stellar perfor-
mance, but as captain of the ship he gets the
medals. :

By the same token when things go wrong —
again often without his knowledge — he shoul-
ders the blame. And in government, if that
wrong is detrimental to the community, he
resigns.

Mr Collie — unlike so many ministers before

_ him — saw his duty and did it. One could almost
hear a surprised town draw in its collective:

breath. u8

Such a thing had never happened in living
memory and they didn’t quite know how to
take it. ea . ,

A caller to one of the radio shows, so used to
political shenanigans, had it all figured out.

She couldn’t see something so straightfor-

‘ ward not being bent out of shape by conniving

politicians by the evening.

.-. You wait and see, she said; Mr Collie has

resigned today, but you see tonight in the Cab-

inet shuffle, Mr Ingraham will have him right .

back in with a new portfolio. She reflected the
lack of faith that many Bahamians have in their
politicians.

But the lady did not know her prime minis-
ter. Evening came, Mr Ingraham shuffled his
cabinet, but the only mention of Mr Collie was
a thank you for his “faithful service to the Cab-
inet” in the past year. Mr Collie had resigned on
a point of honour, his resignation had been
accepted. The matter was at an end.

In resigning Mr Collie pointed out that he
and his Ministry had been responsible for.con-
ducting local elections. He regretted that “mis-
takes were made in the process which led to a
court action and the consequent frustration of
many Family Island voters...” .

Standing in the House, he told his colleague:
and the Bahamian people: “I take full respon-
sibility for what happened and I apologise to
Parliament and to the Bahamian people, espe-
cially those who were directly affected.”

He pointed out that it was “central to our sys-
tem of cabinet government that Ministers should
accept responsibility for ministerial action or
inaction ...”

And unlike so many offending ministers
before him, he took the path of a gentleman. He
handed in his portfolio and stepped down.

Today he has gone up in the estimation of his
fellow Bahamians. He has set an example that
we hope future governments and ministers will
follow. Remember it is the coward who plays
with the truth, looks for exits and has to be
shamed into the shadows. :

They do not know what damage they have
done over the years. If they had played their
cards straight, Bahamians would not have been
so shocked at the honourable decision Mr Col-
lie made yesterday.

Although the Opposition took the right
course in pointing out the errors made in the
electoral process and demanding that they be

rectified, we had to smile at their comment that ©

Mr Collie’s resignation alone was “not good
enough.”

“The government must accept responsibility
for these serious errors,” said the PLP. They

probably also wanted the government’s resig- .

nation.
What short memories they have. Maybe they

will now need to be reminded of their past per- -

formance. |
If it had not been for their abysmal failure in

. honouring ministerial responsibility, Bahami-
ans today would not have been so shocked by -

Mr Collie’s honourable behaviour.
- We hope that the PLP mould of shadow
boxing with the truth has now been broken,

and future ministers will take Mr Collie as their

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EDITOR, The Tribune.
I WILL be grateful if you

' would be kind enough to give me

a little space in your column to
voice my concerns and make a
couple: of observations or recom-
mendations in respect to some
issues, relating to the Mayaguana
community.

I would like to thank the Com-
missiomer of Police and the Min-
ister of National Security for the
posting of four police officers
(which are needed) here in
Mayaguana. However, there are
still some opportunities for
improvements so that those offi-
cers could carry out their duties in
an efficient manner.

The island has three settle-
ments; Abraham’s Bay, which is
the most easterly, Pirates Well,
which is approximately 18 miles
away, and Betsy Bay, which is
another five miles beyond Pirates
Well. There is only one police sta-
tion; situated in Abraham’s Bay
and while the officers endeavour
to provide proper coverage to the
other settlements, they are often
handicapped.

Iam so sorry for the poor offi-
cers, who are left hiking, day after

_ day ancl have to rely on the good

graces of residents’ personal vehi-
cles, because of the police’s bad
running vehicle which is so fre-
quently out of order and has to be
towed off the road. They are in

possession of two small vans, |

which together can’t make one.
If there: is a need for the officers
to visit Pirates Well or Betsy Bay,
too often, they are left at the mer-
cy of some resident’s transporta-
tion. This situation affects their
response time should a problem
or emergencies in those two set-
tlements require their immediate
presence. ©

I would ask the Commissioner
and the Minister of National

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Security to consider, at least a
sub-station in Pirates Well, which
could be manned and result in a
continued police presence in that
settlement and would lessen the
time of response to the Betsy Bay
community. And please, sirs, give
these poor officers, some reliable
transportation. They are dedicat-
ed and want to doa good job.
Please give them the much need-
ed tools to work with.

Another vexing situation is the
living accommodation provided
for these officers.

Can you imagine two grown
men having to share living
arrangements that afford them
almost no privacy?

They have family members
who would like to come and visit

them, but cannot do so for the.

same reason. This arrangement
might have been acceptable in
this environment for a short peri-
od, but certainly not on a perma-
nent basis as has been the case.

As a people, we rightfully
insist on good performance from
our officers, but in order for that
to happen they must be provided
with the tools they need that
would enable them to give such
performance.

Also, we must consider their
well being, which is inclusive of
providing them with a reasonable
living environment. Lee

I have twa other matters about
which I shall try and be brief. It
seems that nothing could be done
about the poor fishermen’s boat
service for Mayaguana.

The poor fishermen work so
hard and have to go too far to
catch their conch and fish with a

very high and escalating cost of
gasoline to have their shipments
on the mailboat spoil by the time
they arrive in Nassau, due to
lousy refrigeration or holding
capacity on the boat. The people
in Mayaguana are fed up with this
kind of service. We are hurting
and begging those responsible.
Please help us in the back here
(as it is often said, behind God’s
back) and fix this mess. .

My final comments relates to
the Mayaguana Development
Company or the I-Group. We
would like to know where the
company is headed. Seven
months ago, there were about 90
persons, inclusive of foreign staff,
employed but as of today there is
about 14.

The hard working men, who
are employed with that company
are making a very small salary
for the work they are doing. I feel
in most cases advantage is being
taken of them and while there
has been talks sometime ago
about the Labour Department
setting up office here to deal with
matters of this nature, of late
there seems to have been no
movement in that direction.
Would somebody please, protect
our people and not. allow these
companies to come'to this coun-
try and take advantage of our
people at will.

So that I am not misunderstood
I appreciate the interest that com-
pany has shown in our island and
having provided some stimulus
for our otherwise dead. local econ-
omy.

However, I don’t-want them to
take advantage of people. Our
people want to do a good job for
them but they must do their law-
ful part, by giving their employees
afair wage. .

GM GLEN MOSS
June 26, 2008.

Future generations would do well to walk
in Conrad J Knowles’ positive footprints

EDITOR, The Tribune.

* J PROMISED to lay down
the pen when I passed 70 and
to date I have succeeded.

But the departure of Con-
rad J Knowles, a friend and
outstanding Bahamian causes
me to return once again.

During four elections (1967-
1977) I had the distinct plea-
sure of working with Mr
Knowles and what a pleasure




it was. J still remember vividly
how the entire group of 10 to
12 appreciated and respected
him.

Mr Knowles was a man of

‘ integrity who for more than

60 years gave exemplary ser-
vice to his country. Oh, for
more men like him.

Mr Knowles was also a man
you could call upon for advice.
On a few occasions when I
served on the Licensing
Authority in Central Abaco, I
would call him for guidance
and he was always very oblig-
ing.

To his dear wife, children,
and other relatives I extend
condolences and leave the

lines of Longfellow with them:
Lives of great men all
remind us
We can make our lives sub-

lime,
And departing, leave
behind us

Footprints on the sands of
time.

There is no doubt that Con-
rad J Knowles left many posi-
tive footprints that future gen-
erations would do well to walk
in.

PATRICK J BETHEL
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Abaco,

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Bahamas.

The public is further
advised that it is illegal to
buy or sell bonefish in the
Bahamas.

“It has come to the
attention of the Depart-
ment of Marine Resources
that persons on a number
of islands of the Bahamas
are netting (hauling) bone-
fish,” the department said
yesterday in a press state-
ment.

“The public is requested
to report all incidents of
persons violating the fish-
eries regulations to the
Department of Marine
Resources or to the near-
est office of the Royal
Bahamas Police Force.

“The Department of
Marine Resources will
seek to prosecute all viola-
tors of the fisheries regula-
tions to the fullest extent
of the law.”

The bonefishing sector
continues to play an
important role in the sport
fishing industry and the
economy of the Bahamas.

“Many Bahamians find
excellent employment
opportunities as bonefish
guides throughout the
Bahamas and there is the
potential for more persons
to be so employed. Many |
persons visit the Bahamas
every year to fish for bone-
fish and a number of
Bahamian hotel owners
cater specifically to these
guests,” the department
said.

BNT gets set
to celebrate
Indepentdence

al national park

AS THE nation gets
ready to celebrate its
35th Independence
anniversary, the
Bahamas National
Trust, working with the
National Independence

Committee, will be cel-

ebrating Independence
at Harrold and

Wilson Ponds National
Park on Saturday, July
LD:

BNT staff will now
be dressed for the.
event in the national
colours as Scott Far-
rington of Sun Tee has
donated an Indepen-
dence shirt for each
BNT staff member.

“We were very
pleased when Scott
Farrington of Sun Tee
called and offered the

donation,” said execu-
tive director Eric
Carey.

“Our national pars
are certainly wonderful
examples of why we are
all proud to be Bahami-
ans and we hope that
members of the public
will join us for our cele-
bration at Harrold and
Wilson Ponds National
Park on Saturday, July
12”

The Independence
Celebration at Harrold
and Wilson Ponds
National Park will be a
family day with food,
tours of the park and
games and activities for
children. The event will
run from 10am—5pm.

TROPICAL
EXTERMINATORS

Ba
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Rising crime ‘could
hit tourism industry’

A TOP tourism official warned
yesterday that the rising crime
rate could have dire consequences
on the Bahamas’ number one
industry.

Archie Nairn, permanent sec-
retary in the Ministry of Tourism,
noted that for tourists from both
North American and Europe,
security is now a top issue.

“We must not go the same
route as South Africa, which sud-
denly discovered in 2005 that,
over a five-year period, approxi-
mately 22 million individuals
refused to vacation there due to
perceptions of crime,” Mr Nairn
said.

He said that now, many cities
in South Africa are trying to
implement crime and safety
strategies to make visitors feel
secure during the 2010 Soccer
World Cup.

Mr Nairn emphasised that for
the Bahamas, the safety of visitors
must be paramount.

“We must continue to strength-
en our security operations at our
ports,” he said. “Criminal ele-
ments must not be given any
chance of penetrating at borders
at airports and seaports. To allow
such an incident would be disas-
trous to our reputation as a des-
tination of law and order.”

He said that as “unpalatable”
as post 9-11 airport security mea-
sures are, people have come to
accept them, because there is
nothing more important than
safety to the traveller.

This was demonstrated recent-
ly, Mr Nairn said, by the results of



“We must not go
the same route as
South Africa, which
suddenly discovered
in 2005 that, over a
five-year period,
approximately 22
million individuals
refused to vacation
there due to
perceptions of crime.”



Archie Nairn,
permanent secretary
in the Ministry

of Tourism

a Caribbean Tourism Organisa-
tion study on how Europeans see
the Caribbean in terms of travel
and vacations, the findings of
which were released in Washing-
ton, DC last week.

The study found that safety and
security were the most important
factors for Europeans in deter-
mining where to vacation — rank-
ing even higher than the desire
to get value for money.

Security is also a main concern
for the US, the Bahamas’ main
source of tourism revenue.

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Simon Brooke-Webb

MINISTER OF Tourism-and Aviation Neko Grant and David John-
son, deputy director general in the ministry, pictured with Royal
Caribbean executives and Caribbean tourism officials at the Oasis of
the Seas event at the Nokia Theatre in New York.

THE world’s largest cruise
ship, Royal Caribbean’s Oasis
of the Seas, could potentially
inject $6 million in visitor spend-
ing into the Bahamian economy
during its inaugural season,
according to tourism officials.

The Oasis of the Seas, which-

will call on the port of Nassau
next year, will begin her inau-
gural season on December 9,
2009, with 19 consecutive sev-
en-night trips to the eastern
Caribbean.

The mega,cruise ship will
deliver 102,600 passengers to
Nassau during the ship’s inau-
gural season.

Additional ports of call will

. include Charlotte Amalie; St

Thomas and Philipsburg, and St
Maarten.

Bookings for Oasis of the Seas
will open September 3, 2008.
The mega ship will sail from its
home port in Port Everglades,
Florida.

Guests

During a recent Oasis of the
Seas event at New York’s Nokia
Theatre, Adam Goldstein, pres-
ident and CEO of Royal
Caribbean, said that the compa-
ny is fortunate to have taken mil-
lions of satisfied guests over the
last 40 years to the highly regard-
ed destinations selected for the
new Oasis of the Seas itinerary.

Royal Caribbean executives
have been working closely with
the Ministries of Tourism and

Works to ensure that the Oasis

of the Seas’ guests experience is
seamless once the ship calls on
Nassau.

Also in attendance at the New
York launch was Tourism Min-
ister Neko Grant, who said that
if the Bahamas intends to remain
a leading competitor in the
cruise industry, the country has
to make advances in its ability to
safely receive and accommodate
the larger new ships that the
cruise lines are delivering.

“We recognise the need for

the islands of the Bahamas to
improve its port capacity,” Mr
Grant said.

“To this end, the Ministry of

Tourism and Aviation joined. |

forces with the Ministry of
Works and Maritime Affairs to
initiate the Harbour Improve-
ment Project to ensure that once
Oasis of the Seas launches in
2009, Nassau will be among the
select few destinations included
on this mega cruise line’s itiner-
ary.”

For the Harbour Improve-
ment Project, the Ministry of
Works has undertaken dredging
of the harbour and of the
approach path.

Phase two of this initiative
will be the redevelopment of
Bay Street, along with the cre-
ation of new tours and attrac-
tions.

“Here at the Ministry of
Tourism and Aviation, we are
focused on implementing the

changes and improvements .

needed to deliver an outstanding
visitor experience.

“Our ultimate aim is to ensure
that we continue to increase the
number of calls to Nassau and
Grand Bahama,” he said.

When the ship launches in late
2009, Oasis of the Seas will
be the largest and most rc volu-
tionary cruise ship in the
world.

The ship will span 16 decks,
encompass 220,000 gross regis-
tered tons (GRT), carry 6,000
guests at double occupancy, and
feature 2,700 staterooms.

Oasis of the Seas will be the
first ship to showcase the cruise
line’s new “neighbourhood con-
cept” of seven distinct themed
areas, which include Central
Park, Boardwalk, and the Royal
Promenade.

In 2007 Royal Caribbean
delivered over 600,000 visitors
to Nassau and to its private
island Coco Cay, located in the
Berry Islands.

Coco Cay creates permanent
employment for 40 Bahamian
staff. |

Mr Nairn said: “When we look
at what is happening with the US
economy, we realise that any
vacation complication, no matter
how small, can be the straw that
breaks the camel’s back, causing
us to lose visitors.

“In the United States, the wage
rate is falling, unemployment is
rising and consumer confidence
is at a 16-year low. For now, we
are holding our own in terms of
attracting visitors from the Unit-
ed States, although things could
still be much better. But we def-
initely cannot afford to add the
perception of a crime and safety
problem in the Bahamas to the
poor performance of the US
economy.

Mr Nairn, who was speaking
at the third annual tourism secu-
rity symposium, said that for this
reason, the symposium is “vital”
to the Bahamian economy.

“As you discuss the issues relat-
ed to security of your various
posts and the security of the
Bahamas at large, you simulta-

. neously will be placing Bahamian

tourism in a stronger, more com-
petitive position,” he told those in
attendance.

He added: “We must point out
the tremendous job being done
by the Grand Bahama Island
Security Council. You have
demonstrated the effectiveness
of strong private-public sector col-
laboration. We can accomplish so
much when we come together
with one mind for the good of the
country.

“We have seen this recently in
New Providence as well, where

private citizens sparked one of '

the greatest advancements in the
security of downtown Nassau in
recent times.

“Through the kind donations
of companies such as the British
Colonial Hilton, Pirana Joe’s, and
the Amoury Company, a closed
circuit television surveillance sys-
tem has been installed in
Nassau, at Woodes Rodgers

“Wharf.

“Police have already had suc-
cess with this system, making five
arrests due to their new electron-
ic eyes,” he noted.

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A MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR

HOWARD ALFRED
LAWRENCE, 88














m@ By REUBEN SHEARER



TWO of the four men that escaped from
the Immigration Detention Centre on June
15 are still at large, it was confirmed yes-
terday.

Disappearing around 10am on June 15,
the four men — three Cubans and one Hon-
duran — are believed to have jumped a 12-
foot wall and fled into the nearby bushes.

In an interview yesterday, Chief Petty
Officer Ralph McKinney of the Defence
Force said there has been no progress in the
case since one Cuban and the Honduran
were found on June 17.

Alberto Diaz Maes, 45, the Cuban; and
28-year-old Honduran Dredivan Galiano
Lopez were found in the southwestern end
of New Providence off Carmichael Road.



A manhunt is still underway for the oth-
er two men: Ariel Delgardo Rodriguez, 36,
and Felipe Espinoza Leon, 31.

Defence Force officers have no leads,
but aren’t ruling out the possibility that the
two escapees have left or are planning to
leave the island.

‘““We’ve stepped up our patrols for vessels
leaving at odd hours,” said Mr McKinney.

~ “The Defence Force has been looking out

for vessels leaving the Bahamas to the US,
specifically through the use of the Harbour
Unit.”

This latest escape is one of several inci-
dents in recent months in which Cuban
migrants have broken out of the facility,
despite numerous security upgrades.

In March a Cuban man was alleged to
have escaped from an immigration bus.

KEMPS FUNERALHOMELITED | Two of four Detention Centre
escapees are still at large

Four months earlier, on November 5,
2007, three Cubans risked their lives during
a night.escape; none of them were recap-
tured.

Asked if any of the officers on duty are
under investigation for neglect, Mr McK-
inney added: “Punishment mechanisms in
the Defence Force have been arranged for
officers who are not efficiently carrying out
their duties.”

He explained that officers who are
accused of negligence on the job could face
two years imprisonment, salary deductions,
and may be assigned additional duties to
their current posts.

Officer McKinney urged anyone with
information about the escapees to contact
the nearest police station or the police con-
trol room at 322-3333.



2008 at 6:00 p.m.



Rev. Charles
Sweeting will}
officiate.



Mr. Lawrence is predeceased by his wife, Kitty
and is survived by his sons, Graham Lawrence
and Andrew Lawrence; grandsons, Christopher
Lawrence and Matthew Lawrence;
granddaughters, Kathryn Watters, Jennifer
Lawrence and Stephanie Lawrence; brother,
Dennis Lawrence; daughter-in-law, Christine
Lawrence and Sheelagh Lawrence; grandson-
in-law, Hugo Watters; grand daughter-in-law,









Bingley and Winifred Thayne; great
grandchildren, Caitlin, Luke and Isabel;
numerous nieces, nephews and many other
relatives and friends.








Instead of flowers the family request that
- donations be sent to Diabetic Research Institute,
P.O. Box S.B. 50453, Nassau, in memory of
Howard A. Lawrence.






Arrangements by Kemp’s Funeral Home
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FROM page one

Vanderpool-Wallace as Minister

‘of Tourism and Aviation.

Before they can assume their
posts they must first be appoint-
ed to the Senate.

Mrs Hepburn will continue to
serve public office in another
capacity while Ms Campbell will
assume the responsibility as the
Bahamian Ambassador to the

People’s Republic of China in.

Beijing, said Mr Ingraham.

It was widely speculated that
Minister of National Security
Tommy Turnquest would be
removed from his post, howev-
er, he retains his position. One
change in Mr Turnquest’s port-
folio is the removal of responsi-
bilities for Immigration.

Deputy Prime Minister and
Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent
Symonette will assume the Immi-
gration portfolio; former Minister
of State for Tourism Branville
McCartney is now minister of
state for immigration in the
Office of the Deputy Prime Min-
ister.

After Sidney Collie's unex-
pected resignation from his post
yesterday, Mr Ingraham reas-
signed the responsibility of Lands
and Local Government to the
Office of the Prime Minister.
Byron Woodside, who served as
Minister of State for Youth and
Sports, will assume the portfolio

PIM announces
Cabinet shuffle

as Minister of State for Lands
and Local Government.

Former Minister of Works and
Transport Earl Deveaux will
assume the portfolio of Minister
of Environment with responsi-
bility for Maritime Affairs. Phen-
ton Neymour, former minister of
state for utilities, will serve as
minister of state for the environ-
ment.

Other portfolio reallocations
include the transfer of former
Minister of Tourism and Avia-
tion Neko Grant to the Ministry
of Public Works and Transport;
former Minister of State in the
Ministry of Legal Affairs
Desmond Bannister as portfolio
Minister of the new Ministry of
Youth Sports and Culture and
Senator Dion Foulkes as Minister
of Labour and Social Develop-
ment with responsibility for
Urban Renewal.

Due to "squabbling" at the
Port Authority, Mr Ingraham
said at this time he is "unable to
fulfil my intention to create a
Ministry for Grand Bahama" but
will review the matter at a later
date.

Michael Barnett, who ran on
the FNM ticket in the Fort Char-
lotte constituency in the 2007
general election, is a partner in
the law firm of Graham Thomp-
son & Co. :

He served as Chairman of the
Water and Sewerage Corpora-
tion, and in professional and pub-
lic service capacities, including
Acting Magistrate, Acting Jus-
tice of the Supreme Court, Pres-
ident of the Bahamas Bar Asso-
ciation, Chairman of the Indus-
trial Relations Board, Member
of the Financial Services Advi-
sory.Committee and Chairman
of the Catholic Board of Educa-
tion.

Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace
served as Director General of
Tourism in the Ministry of
Tourism for 12 years. Most
recently, he served as Secretary
General of the Caribbean
Tourism Organization (CTO).
He also served as Chairman of
the Management Committee of
the Bahamas Tourism Training
Centre, Director of both the Cen-
tral Bank of The Bahamas and
the Bank of The Bahamas and
Chairman of the Hotel Corpora-
tion of The Bahamas.



GOVERNMENT
MINISTRIES — JULY 2008

The new list of Ministers and
Ministries is as follows:

Hubert A. Ingraham,
Prime Minister and Minister
of Finance.

Brent Symonette,

Deputy Prime Minister and
Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Tommy Turnquest,
National Security.

Michael Barnett,

Attorney General and Min-
ister of Legal Affairs.

Carl Bethel,

Education.

Kenneth Russell,

Housing.

Earl Deveaux,
Environment.

Neko Grant,
Public Works and Transport.

Larry Cartwright,
Agriculture and Marine
Resources.

Hubert Minnis,

Health.

Dion Foulkes,

Labour and Social
Development.

Desmond Bannister,
Youth Sports and Culture.

Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace,
Tourism and Aviation.

Ministers of State

Zhivargo Laing,
Minister of State in the
Ministry of Finance and
Minister of State for the
Public Service.

Byron Woodside,

Minister of State for Lands
and Local Government in
the Office of the Prime
Minister.

Branville McCartney,
Minister of State for
Immigration in the Office of
the Deputy Prime Minister.

Loretta Butler-Turner,
Minister of State in the
Ministry of Labour and
Social Development.

Charles Maynard,

Minister of State for Culture
in the Ministry of Youth
Sports and Culture.

Phenton Neymour,
Minister of State in the
Ministry of Environment.



Sidney Collie resigns

FROM page one

conduct of local elections in
accordance with legislation
passed by the Bahamas Par-
liament. I regret to say that
mistakes were made in'the
process which led to a court
action and the consequent
frustration of many Family
Island voters who were
looking forward to exercis-
ing their democratic right
to vote.

“T should like to say to
Honourable Members and
to the Bahamian people
that I take full responsibili-
ty for what happened and I
apologize to Parliament and

FUNERAL ANNOUNCEMENT

Jane Holt Dunn (Pam Dunn)
died unexpectedly at her home
in Montreal, Canada on June
24th. She was 83.

from his Cabinet post

to the Bahamian people,
especially those who were
directly affected.

“Mr Speaker, it is central
to our system of cabinet
government that Ministers
should accept responsibility
for ministerial action or
inaction, so having regard
to the order of the mistakes
made in this matter, I have
decided that it would be in
the best interest of the peo-
ple and the Government for
me to relinquish the office
of Minister of Lands and
Local Government.

“T have so informed the
Prime Minister (Hubert
Ingraham) and, accordingly,
I have today tendered my
resignation to His Excel-
lency the Governor Gener-
al,” Mr Collie said.

Lending his voice to the
announcement, Prime Min-
ister Ingraham said that he
regretted Mr Collie’s deci-
sion, but applauded him for
doing what is the “true tra-
dition” of a ministerial gov-

Pam Dunn has been described
as having "dynamic. energy,a
fearless passion for life, one
who met every challenge and
embraced every opportunity that
~came her way." She also pos-
“sessed a generosity of spirit, a
wonderfully frank and open
nind, the ability to be interested
d°thought it all she remained

ernment.

“Serious mistakes were
made and it is expected that
ministers will accept

. responsibility for serious
mistakes occurring in their
ministries, especially mis-
takes which have far rang-
ing consequences for the
population.

“T might say, Mr Speak-
er, that the resignation of
the member for Blue Hills
does not in any way, shape
or form impugn his charac-
ter, or in any way, shape or
form say that he cannot
once again at another time
be elevated to high office
in the Bahamas. But on this
occasion he has taken the
correct course of action,”
Mr Ingraham said.

As such, the Prime Minis-
ter applauded Mr Collie for
his decision and assured
him of the “continuing sup-.
port” of the government of
the Bahamas.

However, the PLP main-
tains that while Mr Collie’s
resignation “proves” that
they were right in their
defence of “democracy and
the rule of law,” Mr Collie’s
resignation alone is “not
good enough.”

“The government must
accept responsibility for
these serious errors,” the
party said.

in everybody and everythi
calmly unpretentious -a true lady.



In Canada she was Known as "the philanthropist who made
things happen" and used her wealth to support sports, the
theatre, education, the environment and many other things
which caught her, interest. This was clearly demonstrated
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who made the rounds picking up food from donors weren't
properly dressed, so she bought them all coats!"

When she came to Lyford Cay, she supported the Bahamas
National Trust, ihe Prince Hepburn camp for children, the
Lyford Cay Foundation, St. Christopher's Anglican church and
me ..y other charities too numerous to mention.

She loved her home at Goat Cay on Exuma and was an ardent
supporter of the National Family Island Regatta, even having
a class D dingy built so that her caretaker could sail. She
provided scholarships for many and donated annually to The
Exuma Foundation. Jane Holt Dunn certainly made a positive
difference in the lives of many people wherever she went and
will be sadly missed by all who knew her, including her dear
friends Kate Seiler, Janyne Hodder, and Jenny Kettel

Her funeral is to be held on Wednesday, July 2nd at 11:00 a
m. at Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal, Canada. There will
be Memorial Service in Nassau at a fater date. At her request,
her ashes will be scattered from Goat Cay by her family at that

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morer Ragged Island residents





Man sought
for questioning
in connection
with fraud
investigation

A MAN is being actively
sought by police for questioning
in connection with a fraud
investigation.

Yesterday, the Central
Detective Unit issued a wanted
poster for Jason Antonio
Sands, alias 'Jay', whose last
known addresses were Domin-
go Heights and Garden Hills.

The 37-year-old should be
considered armed and danger-
ous, police said.

He is described as having a
dark brown complexion, slim
build and to be five feet, 10
inches tall.

Anyone with information on
Sands' whereabouts was asked
to contact the police at 919/911;
CDU at 502-9930/9991; the
Police Control Room at 322-
3333; the Crime Stoppers hot-
- line at 328-8477 or the nearest
police station.



call for a third teacher

-RESIDENTS of Ragged
Island are calling for a third
teacher at the local school to save
the community from depopula-
tion.

At the moment, island students
have to leave for Nassau at the
age of 14, sometimes forcing their
families to move, too.

With another teacher, the
island school could provide
courses up to the age of 16, sta-
bilising the population of an
island already under pressure
because of poor facilities.

Resident Myron Lockhart-
Bain told The Tribune: “We need
this third teacher if Ragged
Island is to be tenable in the long
term. Over the next four years, at
least two families will be forced
to leave because of the school-
ing issue.

“T have been here for 15 years
and have seen the island depop-
ulating two, three, four ata
time.”

He said the government need-

‘ ed to provide infrastructure, and

education facilities, that would
ensure the future of island com-

munities, and lure people away -

from Nassau and back to the sim-
ple life.

“It must be the future for the
Bahamas,” he said, “With things
going as they are in Nassau, it
will end up like Haiti or Jamaica
in years to come.

“For the right kind of people,



LARRY CARTWRIGHT, the local
MP, is aware of the need for an
extra teacher.

life is much better in the Family
Islands. Living costs here are less
than half in Nassau. For my golf-
cart, I spend only $20 on gas ina
three-week period.”

Ragged Island’s population
now stands at 68, but Mr Lock-
hart-Bain reckons that, with
proper infracture and education
facilities, the island’s capacity is
300 or more.

' “Tf it weren’t for the education

situation, we would have over |

Critical issues on
the agenda for
CARICOM meeting

THE 29th meeting of the Conference of Heads of

Government of CARICOM opens in St John’s,
Antigua and Barbuda, tomorrow, with an agenda
replete with critical issues.

Issues relating to tourism, soaring food and energy
prices and challenges of adapting to climate change
are all items slated for discussion.

Regional leaders will also receive updates on sev-
eral free trade agreements, including the CARICOM
Single Market and Economy (CSME) and the Eco-
nomic Partnership Agreement (EPA).

The first day of the meeting is devoted solely to the
largest contributor to the region’s Gross Domestic
Product (GDP) - tourism. At its 19th Inter-Session-
al Meeting, March 7-8, 2008, in the Bahamas, the
Conference of Heads of Government agreed the first
day of this meeting would focus on matters related to
tourism. -

A task force, led by Minister of Tourism and Civ-
il Aviation of Saint Lucia and current chairman of the
Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) Senator
Allen Chastanet, was established to prepare issues for
discussion.

Also high on the meeting’s agenda is the issue of
food security as regional leaders continue discussions
on the region’s response to rising food prices and
agree on ways to mitigate its effect on the communi-
ty. Soaring energy prices and the challenge of adap-
tation to climate change will also be a focus of the
meeting.

Heads of Government will also receive an update
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Other important matters related to external trade
negotiation include the treatment of bananas in the
European Union (EU) market, and the CARICOM-
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decisions taken at the 13th special meeting of the
Conference of Heads of Government held in Trinidad
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Mr Hanna explained that it
appears the victim’s colleague was
instructed to climb on to the
truck’s bed.

The three men then drove
down St Albans Drive.

As the truck got close to the
Colony Club Inn and Suites, the
man sitting in the back of the
truck observed the man wearing
the tam pointing a handgun
towards his colleague in the dri-
ver’s seat.

He jumped from the back of
the truck and ran to get help, Mr
Hanna said.

At this point, it is believed that
a struggle broke out inside the
truck’s cab and the driver was
fatally wounded as a result.

Eye-witnesses claimed that the
victim was shot once while he was
still sitting in the driver’s seat and
a second time after he managed
to get out of the truck.

Mr Hanna said yesterday that.

the gunman may have left the
area in another vehicle.

Investigations continue and
Premier Importers have turned
their security camera footage over
to police.

The police have not yet deter-
mined a motive.

One employee of the import
company told The Tribune that
the gunman’s face can unfortu-
nately not been seen on the video
footage as the camera was too far
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FROM page one

“unquestioned dedication" to her job while work-
ing on the Grant’s Town Urban Improvement
Project — an area too confining for her exper-
lise, he said.

This prompted Mr Ingraham to enlist her in the
development of a housing policy for the then gov-
ernment. She became Mr Ingraham's "constant
companion and chief adviser," travelling with him
to the US, Canada, Trinidad and Tobago and Bar-
bados to observe sound housing practices for the
Bahamas to implement, he said.

After the Bahamas Mortgage Corporation Act
came into effect in August 1983, Mr Ingraham
appointed her as the first Managing Director of the
corporation.

During Mr Ingraham's stint at the Ministry of
Housing, Mrs Millar was chosen as chairperson
of the Working Party on National Health Insur-
ance and of the Ad Hoc Task Force on a pro-
posed National Health Insurance Plan. She also
served on the National Insurance Board’s Health
Infrastructure Committee.

Although Mr Ingraham was fired from his post
as minister after only two years, Mrs Millar con-
tinued her "admirable" service to the public sector.

When he returned to office in 1992 as prime
minister and minister of finance and planning, he
transferred her from managing director of the
Mortgage Corporation to Director of the Budget
in the Ministry of Finance. ,

The next year she would become Financial Sec-
retary.

She still held that post when he returned to
public office in May, 2007 and expressed her desire
for her "long deferred" retirement.



PM pays tribute to Ruth Millar

"T asked her to wait a little while and, as expect-
ed, this.dedicated public officer ‘obliged me. I know
her and she knows me. She has now determined
that it is, finally, her time to go. I am obligated to
accept her wish. All good things come to an end,
after all. She has given good and faithful service;
she is a credit to her family, her community and her
country.

"I was fortunate to have been the recipient of
her sage advice during three separate periods of my
life — once as Minister with responsibility for Hous-
ing and National Insurance, and twice as Prime
Minister.

"She has come as close as possible to being the
perfect public servant. She has her own private
personal preferences, of course, but she has never
allowed that to diminish her response to the call of
duty.

"Furthermore, long after she had earned a well-
deserved retirement, she continued to serve. I
should like to thank her personally for her loyal
service to the administrations I have had the hon-
our to head, and for her best advice to me on
every occasion," said the prime minister at her
retirement service at Bethel Baptist Church on
Sunday. ,

In 1996, Mr Ingraham recommended her to be
designated as a Companion of the Order of St.
Michael and St. George by Her Majesty the Queen
in 1996 in recognition of her distinguished-ser-
vice.

Mrs Millar also studied hospital administration
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presentation to local business own-
ers and employees from the
Carmichael area about how to
avoid being conned by people who
attempt to purchase goods: using
counterfeit credit cards or money
in their establishments.

Inspector Miller works within
the Community Relations and
Domestic Violence‘unit, but spent
12 years in the Commercial crimes

section.

She offered figures showing a
significant increase in the overall
amount of counterfeit cash seized
by police since 2005. In that year,
police took possession of a total
of $44,583 in counterfeit funds, in
2006, this jumped to $77,370, while
in 2006, this decreased slightly to
$61,552 but remained well above
the 2005 figure.

The majority of the fake cash
was intended to pass as American,
rather than Bahamian. Counter-
feit U.S. dollars seized leaped from
$6,996 in 2005 to $32, 736 in 2006,
and $27,710 last year.

Illustrating how brazen some
criminals can be, Ms Miller high-
lighted the case of a group of
Brazilians — two men anda
woman — who came to the
Bahamas and went on a counter-





feit-funded “shopping spree”
worth thousands of dollars, and of
a Nigerian man who was arrested
and found to have 63 fake credit
cards in his possession.

“Not everyone comes to the
Bahamas for a vacation,” she said.

She said that the court fined the
Brazilians $46,000.

The fine was promptly paid,
leading her to believe that the
group called their “gang leader”
for help and are probably now
operating elsewhere.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian, who
even targeted Harbour Island dur-
ing his time in the Bahamas, was
sentenced to one-week in prison
for each of the 63 cards he had in
his possession, a fact which Ms
Miller described as “sad.”

With foreign counterfeiters
often found to travel in groups to
commit their crimes in the
Bahamas, she said that when the
Commercial Crimes section
receives a description of people
who have been detected using
counterfeit funds they will often
quickly pass the information onto
local hotels so as to warn them to

look out for any guests they may

have of a similar profile.
She warned merchants — who

of criminal activity — that fake
money is now being produced in all
denominations and not a $100
bills.

Gasps were heard from the
crowd when Ms Miller warned that
counterfeiters are now finding
ways to turn $1 bills into authentic-
looking Bahamian $100 notes,
through a complex bleaching and
reprinting process.

While offering numerous point-
ers on how to tell a fake from the
genuine article, the officer advised
the best way to detect a fake bill is
to keep a genuine note of every
denomination in the cash register
with which to compare the bill if
unsure about its authenticity.

If they successfully detect a
counterfeit, businesses were told
that handing the note or card back
to the person who gave it to them
is not the best option.

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to police is best. However, advised
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told they carinot have their note
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¢ Miss City of Port of Spain Pageant
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Date: July 11 - August 1

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¢ Emancipation Celebrations

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Date: July 28 - August 1

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m@ By PETURA BURROWS U@i Tribune Feature Writer Mi pburrows@tribunemedia.net

Welcome, welcome one and all to de land of fete,

Trini to de bone, trini to de bone.

When it come to bacchanal, well they can't beat we yet,

Trini to de bone, trini to de bone

Look, sweet women parade abundantly

De bredren dey full ah energy
Some people say God is a Trini
Paradise and all convincing me
God gave us a spirit - firey

But nut'in in de world don't bother we
But look 4 smart man gone wid we money
We still come out and mash up de party

(Sweet sweet T and T) Oh how I love up de country
(Sweet sweet T and T) No place in dis world I'd rather

be

(Sweet sweet T and T) Oh how I love up meh country.
(Sweet sweet T and T) All dis sugar can't be good for

me

WHEN socalypso singers David Rud-
der and Carl Jacobs released their “Trini
2 De Bone” in 2003, you couldn’t help
but get excited as he sang with such admi-
ration about the bacchanal in his Trinidad
& Tobago. Then, as you flip through pho-
tos of elaborate costumes and revelry dur-
ing Carnival celebrations, watch the abun-
dance of sexy soca videos that Trinidad
exports, you safely conclude that Trinida-
dians surely do know how to throw a par-
ty...or as they call it, a fete.

While my visit to the Caribbean Hotel
& Tourism Investment Conference
(CHTIC) came on the heels of the famed
Carnival celebrations of Trinidad & Toba-
go, the Tourism Development Company
Limited, the Ministry of Tourism and
CHTIC organisers would not allow their
regional and international guests to leave
T&T without a true introduction to the
‘land of fete’.



During a reception at Club Zen, organ-
isers presented a stellar party where tra-
ditional Trinidadian food like shark and
bake, and pilau were paired with the best
of Trinidadian entertainment.

Upon arriving at the club, delegates
filed out of the chartered buses to meet a
replica of Carnival awaiting us. Though
presented on a smaller scale than the actu-
al festival, traditional Carnival characters
were on hand to give us a look into ‘J’ou-
vert’.

J ouvert (translated opening of day) or
‘Dirty Mas’, takes place before dawn on
the Monday (known as Carnival Mon-
day) before Ash Wednesday. Here, rev-
elers dress in old clothes and cover them-
selves in mud, oil and body paint.

A common character at Dirty Mas are
the “Jab-jabs” (or blue devils) who appear
with pitch forks, pointed horns and tails.
Outside Club Zen, these devilish imps
(played by bare-chested men painted in
blue and wearing short pants) had chains

bound about their legs and waists as they
gyrated to the sound of drums, made
shrieking and whistling sounds, stomped
violently, and blew flames into the air -
mischievous antics that they hope will
strike fear into the hearts of the unsus-
pecting audience. I think they succeeded
that night - especially on such a silent
night.

Other Carnival characters called “Moko
jumbie” were also on hand, walking on
towering stilts. According to Trinidadian
folklore, the term “jumbie” or ghost was
added by the freed slaves. It was believed
that the height of the stilts (usually 10 - 12
feet high) was associated with the ability to
foresee evil faster than ordinary men. The
costumes consist of brightly coloured skirts
or pants, jackets and elaborate hats.

CHTIC delegates watched as the'char-
acters paraded in front of Club Zen, some

of them pausing to take pictures of the.

festivities as they ate avocado pie, and
roti from cooks. This was a nice touch to
have these foods served outdoors, since
throughout Trinidad it is a very common
sight to see vendors selling roti on the
sidewalks. (Trinidadian friends however
warned me against buying roti from the
roadside vendors. But I figured it was safe
to eat since TDC had organised this par-
ticular event.)

The traditional Carnival characters Moko
jumbies, Fancy Sailors and Dame Lorraine
were presented by the Malick Folk Per-
formers. Trini revelers, bikini-clad mas-
queraders, escorted guests onto the streets,
where they were met by the Country Boys
Tassa Group, an East Indian drumming
group.

Not limiting their showcase to the out-
door Carnival greeting, TDC had a stellar
line-up of Trinidadian talent awaiting the
CHTIC delegation inside Club Zen. TDC
rented the property to host the CHTIC
closing ceremony, and did a fabulous job of



implementing the event which bosts Nikki
Crosby and Errol Fabien dubbed. o “true
Trini lime”. It wasn’t difficult to get adjust
ed to limin’ Trini-style-

TDC pulled out all the stops, gathering
talent from all over Trinidad to entertain the
audience. Jah Jah Onilu, a natural percus
sion band, opened the show as they play. dl
instruments that they made trom wood.
Jeunes Agape, a folk choir: Amantes de
Parranda, a parang band: and the Wood
brook Playboyz, a steel pan (riound the
neck) band escorted guests out of Club Zen
and onto the streets for the mini Carnival
‘jump-up’.

When it comes to Trinidadian entertain
ment, Nicole du Boulet of TDC said itis in
the country’s nature to party and celebrate
its diverse cultural heritage.

“Trinidad and Tobago is a very cos
mopolitan country with a diverse culture
that transfuses the island's music, food,
dance and festivals. So there exists a varicty
of things to do and places to go and see
varied experiences. In addition, Prinidadi
ans are a very warm and hospitable people
and are natural hosts. Our people love to
party and to entertain so there is an encrey
and native exuberance that ts inherent in all
of our events,” she told 7hune /ravel

No doubt, Carnival is recognized as the
event that best represents Trinidadian cul
ture. In fact, Carnival has become one of the
Caribbean’s most internationally recog
nized celebrations. But that is no surpiise.
Ms du Boulet said that Trinidad Carnival is
the “genesis” from which all othoi
Caribbean Carnivals were formed.

“One can expect a non stop party from
Boxing Day straight through to Ash
Wednesday when Carnival officially ends. A
series of Carnival parties and competitions
including calypso, steel pan, chutney and
costume parades take place in the month
prior to the actual Carnival street parade.

These events create a build up to the
final days of frenetic energy, beautiful cos
tumes and vibrant and exciting music.” she
said.

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2008

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and their local craft industry is one of the
Caribbean's most vibrant. Memorabilia, like
miniature steel pans, hand-carved orna-
ments, do-it-yourself cocktail packs using
popular local rums, leather goods and local
powdered seasonings for that distinctive
Trini flavour, are stocked by most souvenir
shops.

In Port of Spain, craftsmen selling hand-
made leather sandals, belts and wood carv-
ings are found on Independence Square at
the corner of Henry and Frederick streets.
Local craftsman also approach visitors on
beaches with displays of beaded bracelets,
necklaces and hand-carved pendants.

At shops that specialise in locally-made
products you can choose from handmade
soaps and lotions or high-end products
such as jewellery. Prices may be higher,
but you get both quality and variety. When
buying craft be vigilant. Some unscrupulous
dealers may try to pass off mass-produced
specialty items as locally-crafted products.

¢ STREET AND PRODUCE MARKETS
Port-of-Spain's Charlotte Street is a

haven for street vending and the place to -

. find bargains on everything, from the local
delicacy of salted fish to small appliances.
Street vendors also ply their trade on High
Street San Fernando and Main Road
Chaguanas.

On weekends many locals rise early and
make their way to produce markets for the
freshest meats (you can buy live chickens),
fruits and vegetables. Port-of-Spain's Cen-
tral Market at Sea Lots is the largest on the
island, but the towns of San Fernando,
Chaguanas, Princes Town, Arima and San-
gre Grande also boast a great variety of

goods, from traditional medicinal herbs to
clothing and household gadgets. The best
time to visit the market is between the hours
of 6am and 11am.

¢ TEXTILES

Fabric stores can be found throughout
the island, but Queen and Frederick Streets
in downtown Port-of-Spain are considered
the best place to buy textiles. Some shops
have a vast inventory of fabric for all occa-
sions, while others specialise in high-end
material for weddings, special events and
drapery. Fabric is sold by the yard and
prices start at TT$2.99.

° FASHION

In Trinidad you will find a number of
designers and fashion houses, some of
them respected internationally like Claudia
Pegus, Heather Jones, Meiling, Millhouse,
Radical Designs and The Cloth. These -
designers have retail outlets or ateliers
where you can purchase their designs.

¢ DUTY-FREE SHOPPING

Duty-free shopping is available at Piarco
International Airport, both on arrival and
departure. Adults can import 200 cigarettes
or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco; 1.5 litres of
wine or spirits; a reasonable quantity of
perfume; and gifts up to the value of
US$200. Once on the island, duty-free shop-
ping is also available at West Mall in West-
moorings, Long Circular Mall i e St James,
Excellent City Stores in Port of Spain, Maraj
and Sons (jewellers), Frederick treet, Port
of Spain and Stechers (luxury items), ‘Long
Circular Mall, St James.

¢ SHOPPING TIPS
Most stores accept major credit cards
or US currency at an approximate exchange

rate of TT$6 to US$1. Shoppers can hire a
taxi for the day to provide transport and you
can expect to pay approximately US$50 to
US$100 (based on the provider) for this
service.

Taxi service providers are listed in the
yellow pages of the local telephone direc-
tory or shoppers can contact the St Christo-
pher Taxicab Co-operative Society Limited
at (868) 625-1694. Except for 15 per cent
Value Added Tax (VAT) imposed on the
sticker price of some goods and services,
no additional exit duties are placed on
goods.

© SPORTS - CRICKET

The people of Trinidad and Tobago, and
indeed West Indians in general, have an
expression to describe what is perhaps
their favourite sport, "Cricket, Glorious
Cricket!"

This is a serious sport that is also seri-
ously good fun. If.a match is being played
at Queen’s Park Oval, one of the finest
grounds in-the region, you have tons of
choices as to how you can take in the
action. Members of the Queen's Park Crick-
et Club usually watch from the Pavilion,
arguably the best seat in the house.

Cricket is Trinidad as a country and as a
region. No matter individual differences,
everybody loves cricket. Even internation-
al cricket fans that follow their teams on
tour will tell you, you haven't experienced
cricket until you've experienced it in
Trinidad.

¢ FOOTBALL

For the people of Trinidad, football is
what North Americans call soccer. Like
cricket, love of the game usually springs
from childhood exposure. It is also a sport
synonymous with national unity.



Captained by star striker Dwight Yorke,
Trinidad and Tobago's national team, the
Soca Warriors, qualified for the 2006 World
Cup Finals and became the smallest English
speaking nation to ever qualify for the tour-
nament.

Competitions in the local leagues are
vibrant with a secondary schools league,
exhibition matches and even a women's
league.

e RUGBY

Rugby may be perceived as a rough and
tumble sport, but it's one that is certainly
popular in Trinidad. There's something to
the spirit of this game that captivates peo-
ple, players and spectators alike.

Competition in both the men’s and ladies
leagues is keen and the country's top rug-
by teams play locally and abroad. But after
the final scores are announced it is not
uncommon to see players and supporters of
both teams head to their favourite liming
spot to congratulate each other on a game
well played.

¢ POPULAR SITES AND ATTRACTIONS
- Asa Wright Nature Centre

- Pointe-a-Pierre Wildfowl Trust
- Caroni Bird Sanctuary

- Nariva Swamp

- The Pitch Lake

- Turtle Watching

- Bird Watching

- Diving

- Buccoo Reef, Tobago

- Nylon Pool, Tobago

- The Main Ridge, Tobago

¢ For more information please go to
Trinidad's online comprehensive handbooks
for everything Trinidad & Tobago:
www. goninidagensiosge com



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‘Hyatt Regency: a hub
for business tourism

lm By PETURA BURROWS
Tribune Feature Writer.
pburrows@tribunemedia.net

ITS website boasts that contempo-
rary design, ocean views and unequaled
amenities combine gracefully at Hyatt -
Regency Trinidad. They say this “stun-
ning” Port of Spain hotel offers
unprecedented luxuries in the most
desired location. There, guests enjoy
world-class business facilities at the only
first-class oceanfront hotel in Trinidad.
They say that while you might come
for business, your trip will also be plea-
surable as you admire the sparkling
waters, savour delicious cuisine, and
relax in your stylish guest room. They
didn’t lie.

Russell George, general manager at
Hyatt Regency Trinidad, told Tribune
Travel that since the hotel opened in
January 2008, it has attracted a number
of conferences. This is due, in no small
part, to the size of the resort and its
comfortable meeting space.

“We are the newest property in
Trinidad and the largest property added
to Trinidad & Tobago’s hotel invento-
ry. We’re 428 guest rooms and 43,000
square feet of meeting space on an
island that has nothing that will com-
pare to that. So, with our introduction
into the Trinidad & Tobago market-
place, you'll find that we are the largest
conference and meeting facility in the
English-speaking Caribbean .

“As a facility, we are able to attract
business to this island that we’ve never
had the ability to attract before - like
this conference that we’re hosting right
now — the Caribbean Hotel Tourism
Investment Conference (CHTIC),” Mr
George said.

Since opening, the Hyatt has had
smaller meetings, some requiring more
meeting space and less sleeping rooms.
However, the recent CHTIC Confer-
ence is the first major convention that it
has hosted to date.

“This would be for us the first time
that the hotel was 100 per cent full for
a conference that is using all of our
facilities completely,” he added. Hyatt
is already booked for other conferences
this year, including the Florida
Caribbean Cruise Association confer-
ence in October and other smaller con-
ferences this summer.

“Prior to the Hyatt, there was no one
facility that could house the whole con-
ference without it being spread between
a number of different venues and loca-
tions,” Mr George said.

At Hyatt, there is a focus on busi-
ness tourism, so much so that Mr
George has to continue.reiterating that
they are not a resort, but a hotel. Still,
the weekend does bring a number of
leisure travellers to the Hyatt.

“We’re a true conference and meet-
ing facility. We’re not focused on the

leisure travel. The majority of the
leisure travel coming into Trinidad &
Tobago is-on Tobago.

"Downtown Port of Spain, Trinidad
is really for business travellers. So those
coming to do business in Trinidad come
to Port of Spain. And we think that we
are that hotel for them while they are
here. There are many other hotels on
the island, but we all have benefited
from the fact that the Hyatt Regency
Trinidad is now open,” Mr George said.

While this business tourism will help

. the Hyatt, it also helps to develop the

economy of Trinidad & Tobago as con-
ferences come here. “With the addi-
tion of our facility, we’re now able to
bring new business to the island. All

- of the hotels are benefiting from the

fact that this particular hotel is now
open. Every hotel is full, though the
conference is held at this particular
hotel, because this is new business,”
Mr George noted.

As Mr George pointed out, Port of
Spain has been fortunate to be one of
the most notable business capitals in
the Caribbean - standing out for its dis-
tinction as a business venue more so
than a leisure tourist destination (of
course, outside of Carnival).

“We felt very welcomed from the
hotel community and also from the
people on the island. Our facility is
open to everyone on the island, and
we have a lot of local business and a lot
of regional business that comes to the
hotel. So we’re very happy about that.

It’s going very, very well,” Mr George

told Tribune Travel.

In the future, additional food and
beverage outlets will be added to the
Hyatt Regency. Mr George also antic-
ipates more local traffic for food and
beverage when the two office towers
open, scheduled for the end of 2008.
When it comes to guest rooms, howev-
er, the Hyatt is satisfied with what they
have now. One of the resort’s features
is a 9,000 square foot spa with six indi-
vidual self-contained treatment rooms.

Like a number of other hotel com-

‘ panies, Hyatt Regency was also repre-

sented at the conference looking for
other opportunities in the Caribbean.
“And we’re bullish, I guess you would
say, on the Caribbean. There are many,
many places that we’d like to be. We’re
just trying to find the right location.
The Hyatt Regency Curacao opens in
2009, a resort property. Trinidad is the
only business hotel or “non-resort” that
Hyatt has in the Caribbean .

“It is natural to think ‘resort’ because
we’re in a tropical island and in the
Caribbean where everything is tradi-
tionally a resort. But we are kind of
breaking that mold. It’s a beautiful facil-

" ity here, and if you have a chance to see

it while you’re in Trinidad, you should
see it.”

SWEET, SWEET T&T:

Ideal for regional anc and international —
guests, ideal for investments

@ By PETURA BURROWS
Tribune Feature Writer
pburrows@tribunemedia.net

93> TOURISM may not be the number one industry in the Republic of Trinidad &

Tobago, but the government has decided to diversify its economy, and build on its

natural resources through developing the industry. And as a result, Trinidad & Tobo- -

go is poised to benefit significantly from the arrival of tourists from international des-
tinations, as well as from throughout the region.

Karel McIntosh of the Tourism Devel-
opment Company of Trinidad & Tobago
(TDC) said that in 2005 the Caribbean
market generated approximately 130,000
regional visitors to Trinidad & Tobago.

This represented more than 20 percent of
:_ the total arrival figures to Trinidad. &
i Tobago,

"showing just how invaluable the
Caribbean market is to our tourism econ-
omy".

Ms McIntosh noted that major source

: markets for Caribbean arrivals are Bar-
: bados, Guyana, Grenada, St Vincent, St

Lucia, Jamaica and Suriname. She noted
that traditionally, Caribbean visitors enjoy
coming to Trinidad & Tobago for shop-

ping, sporting events (cricket, football)

and festivals (mainly Carnival), visiting

friends and relatives, sites and attractions. -

During the opening ceremony of the
Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Investment
Conference (CHTIC), Joseph T Ross,
Minister of Tourism for Trinidad & Toba-
go, told the audience that Trinidad &

Tobago is gearing up to take its tourism

efforts to the next level.
"We are building a tourism industry
that is people-centered, sustainablility-

: focused and private sector-driven. It is set
: for us to open Trinidad & Tobago to the
? wider world and also to make the tourism
: industry a significant contributor to nation-

al income and employment, " Minister

: Ross said.

Minister Ross noted that Trinidad &

Tobago - affectionately called T&T, has

several distinct advantages in tourism. The
islands offer a wider array of things to do
like mountain bikirig, ecosystem adven-
tures, temple gazing, international cricket,
and nightlife i in its capital, Port of Spain.
And as a result of T&T's attractive fea-
tures, opportunities for investment abound

in the Caribbean's newest hotspot, he said.

“We are encouraging investments in
tourism and tourism-related projects, not
just hotel and lodges but also in services —
especially when there is a transfer of
knowledge and technology to local com-
panies," the minister said.

According to Minister Ross, T&T is
noted regionally and internationally for

. its warm hospitality, the friendliness of its

people, and its diverse culture. These fea-
tures, he noted, create memorable expe-
riences for all visitors.

He also credits T&T’s stable political cli-
mate and excellent infrastructure for the
exceptional reputation that the country
has among visitors and investors. And fur-
ther revealed that the government is cur-
rently in the process. of revamping its
investment incentives in order to main-
tain that competitive edge.

"Trinidad and Tobago is an investment
dream. We are experiencing an unusually
high GDP growth rate of 10 per cent, and
our operating cost structure remains one of
the most competitive in the region. Our
people are one of the most educated,
trained, talented and internationally
exposed. We are creating the environment
for tourism to flourish. And we are pro-
viding the environment for our citizens to
enhance tourism and take total owner-
ship of our tourism product," he said.

Ip order to move the tourism industry
forward, Trinidad's Ministry of Tourism is

' advocating for all sectors of the community

to get involved. "It is critical that every
single player, every single stakeholder in
the tourism industry and every citizen par-
ticipate in the tourism industry in Trinidad
& Tobago. Active community involve-
ment creates a better awareness of the
natural environment and its economic val-

ue. And most importantly, it creates a per-
manent sense of ownership," Minister
Ross explained.

Though tourism momentum is build-
ing in Trinidad & Tobago, Trinidad's
Prime Minister Patrick Manning, is calling
for the entire Caribbean to unite in pre-
senting this region as the premiere desti-
nation for travel in the world.

During his address at the opening cere-
mony of Caribbean Hotels, Tourism and
Investment Conference (CHTIC), Prime
Minister Manning said that the Caribbean
should continue to come together in meet-
ings such as CHTIC.

Manning described CHTIC as one of
the most important annual events for busi-
ness person. "It attracts investors from
around the world and provides the ideal
forum for leaders in the industry to pre-
pare notes, share ideas, explore invest-
ment opportunities, and ‘chart a course to
take us a step forward," he noted.

"And this is crucial at this time of eco-
nomic uncertainty. If the recessionary

- trends in the United States of America,

‘and unprecedented and continuing high
energy cost continues, it can have negative
consequences, " Prime Minister Manning
added.

Calling for Garibbean nations to
strengthen the region, as opposed to seek-
ing after their respective individual inter-
ests alone, Prime Minister Manning said he
believes that the region can be marketed
beyond its trademark sun, sea’and sand
formula. The region, he noted, can also
become a major player in presenting eco,
health, religious and cultural tourism
because, essentially, it will take more than
sun, sand and sea for the Caribbean to
maintain a competitive edge. |

"This is the way forward. Variety is the
spice of life, and [it is] indispensable to
sustainable tourism. We must be unre-
lenting in continuing to strengthen our
position and should endeavour to develop
a product that is enduring and cannot be
replicated. We must [infuse] this industry
with as much of the authentic Caribbean
experience as possible so people don't
come only for fun and relaxation, but also
for education, inspiration and communi-
cation."



| mi By PETURA BURROWS

Tribune Feature Writer
pburrows@tribunemedia.net

I FELT guilty eating my national fish,
thé Blue Marlin. But I was at “Mangoes”
in Trinidad, and determined to satisfy
my taste for a “Trini’ food adventure.
Patriotism was pushed to the side as I

took a bite of the steamed fish smothered

in onions and other sautéed veggies. Blue
Marlin, though off limits in the Bahamas,
ends up on many plates in Trinidad. I’m
told that the fish is one of the cheapest on
the island.

Eventually however, though patrio-
tism didn’t stop me, the actual taste of
the dish stemmed the tide on this adven-
ture as I ended up throwing the rest of
the marlin away, and heading off in
search of more delicious Trini tastes.
What I discovered was a melting pot of
cultures - served up as a true culinary
experience.

With descendants of India, Africa, Chi-
na and Haiti all making their home there,

Trinidad has emerged as a true cultural

melting pot. The result is not only a

fusion of world cultures, but also world

tastes.

Allyson Hennessy, chef and owner of
28-year old Veni Mangé (meaning 'come
eat' in French Creole) in Trinidad, prides
herself on. presenting exotic Caribbean
and international cuisine at her restau-
rant. Her eatery, on Ariapita Avenue in
Port of Spain, has earned international
recognition and is a popular spot for
tourists and Trinidadians alike.

When it comes to Trinidadian food,
Ms Hennessy noted, the food is a true

mix of ingredients from around the
world. “If you know about the history
of Trinidad & Tobago, over and above
the indigenous people who are here, the
Spanish came, the French came, the Eng-

‘lish came, the African slaves were

brought here, the Indians came, the Por-
tuguese, the Syrians, so you’re talking
about at least ten different cultures here.
So in time the food would have literally
evolved.

“A lot of the dishes that we have
would have been inspired by food from
these cultures, then a local version would
have been made,” she added.

In typical Trini kitchens, one would
find more fresh seasonings than spices.

“Authentic Trinidadian chefs like to
cook with fresh seasonings. You would
hardly ever see a bottle of any store-
bought herb or spice in a Trinidad home.
You would see fresh ginger, celery,
thyme, parsley, shadow bene (cilantro) -
but everything is always fresh. Every-
thing is seasoned with a blend of these
things,” said Ms Hennessy.

At Veni Mangé, Ms Hennessy makes
a liquid of these fresh seasonings and
allows her fish and meat to marinate
before being cooked.

Determining the national dish of
Trinidad might create a problem since
there are so many common choices avail-
able. Some may say that doubles or even
roti which are commonly sold at street
corners, are the national meals of
Trinidad. But Ms Hennessy believes that
the true national dish of Trinidad is
callaloo soup.

“That is considered the soup of
Trinidad & Tobago that people love.

They drink it as a soup or thicken it by
allowing it to cook for a longer period of
time. Callaloo fits in perfectly when
Trinidadians eat their Sunday meal, a
tradition called Sunday lunch. It consists
of callaloo, baked chicken or stewed
chicken with dumplings, macaroni pie,
stewed pigeon peas and some form of
beef - either roast beef or stuffed roast
pork with a ginger sauce. But that big
meal is losing steam since the younger
generation does not like to be in the
kitchen for long periods of time, Ms Hen-
nessy noted.

“JT should also say that although
callaloo is our native soup, if you put
eight chefs here - and I mean eight home
cooks - every single callaloo will be dif-
ferent. And everybody swears that their
mother’s callaloo is the best callaloo,”
she added.

While it is not known exactly which
culture brought callaloo to Trinidad, Ms
Hennessy suspects that it has its origins in
Africa.

Other typical foods are called “Friday
foods”, like coo coo - made with corn+
meal, okra and other vegetables. The
coo coo is eaten with stewed salt fish
and dumplings or stewed shark. Friday is
typically known as fish day in Trinidad,
as many people sacrifice eating meat out
of religious piety.

When it comes to cooking Trinidadian
food, Bahamian cooks can easily become
intimidated by names like coo coo and
callaloo. However, Ms Hennessy believes
that it's very easy to cook Trinidadian
food.

“Trinidadian food is exciting. Peopl¢
who come to the island have said that i
is some of the most exciting food that
they’ve ever tasted. And I do think that
it is because of the different influences...”
she said. |
1 THE TRIBUNE

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TUESDAY,

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JULY 1, 2008







INSIDE ¢ International sports news __













BBF to field national
team in PONY
Caribbean Zone
Championships

The Bahamas Baseball Federa-
tion will be fielding a National
Team to compete in the PONY
“COLT” Caribbean Zone Champi-
onship from Monday June 30th-
July 6th 2008 in Guarbo, Puerto
Rico. The winner of the Tourna-
ment will advance to the PONY
World Series in Lafitte, Indiana.

Team Manager: Terran Rodgers
Coaches: Theodore Sweeting &
Ricardo Hall

Traveling With the Team:
BBF President: Craig Kemp

KYLE HALL -

Played OF on the Silver Medal 16-18
Team @ Nationals for JBLN.

Kyle led the 16-20 Division @ JBLN
League in RBls.

He will be attending Trinity Christian
in Florida this Fall Entering the 10th ~
Grade. .

DALE DAVIS -

Played SS/2B on the Silver Medal
16-18 Team @ Nationals for JBLN.

Dale led the 16-20 Division @ JBLN
League in RBIs.

He will be attending West Lake Prep.
In Florida this Fall entering the 11th
Grade.

JORDAN GIBSON -

Played OF/P on the Silver Medal 16-
18 Team @ Nationals for JBLN.

Jordan led the 16-20 Division @
JBLN League with strikeouts & wins.

He will be attending West Lake Prep.
in Florida this Fall entering the 11th
Grade.

JOHNATHAN GROEZINGER -

Played catcher and pitched for the
Bronze Medal winning Spanish Wells
team at Nationals in the 16-18 Division.
He presently attends Trinity Christian in
Florida.

LYNDEN PINDLING -

Played SS/P on the Silver Medal 16-
18 Team @ Nationals for JBLN. Lynden
also played SS/2B for the 15-16
National team in the 2007 Pony Base-
ball Colt World Series. He presently
attends St. Stevens Episcopal, Austin
Texas and will be going into the 11th
Grade in the fall.

BYRON FERGUSON JR. -

Played OF/P on the Bronze Medal 13-
15 Team @ Nationals for JBLN.

Byron presently attends St.
Augustine’s College.

AARON THOMPSON -

Played 3B/1B/DH on the Silver Medal
16-18 Team @ Nationals for JBLN. .

He will be attending West Lake Prep.
in Florida this Fall entering the 11th
Grade.

JERVIS STUART -

Played OF/P on the 13-15 team at
Nationals with Legacy Baseball League.
Jervis presently attends Christ School
in North Carolina and will be entering
the 11th grade in the fall.

CRACHAD LAING -

Played 2B/C on the Bronze Medal 13-
15 Team @ Nationals for JBLN.

Byron presently attends Kingsway
Academy.

DAVID SWEETING -

Played OF/C/P on the Bronze Medal
13-15 Team @ Nationals for JBLN.

David presently attends Blair Wood
Academy.

TRAVIS STRACHAN -

Played 2B on the Gold Medal 16-18
Team @ Nationals for Legacy Baseball.
Travis also played 2B for the 15-16
National team in the 2007 Pony Base-
ball Colt World Series. He presently
attends Sir Jack Hayward High School.

JACK CONE -

Played DH/2B on the Silver Medal
16-18 Team @ Nationals for JBLN.

He presently attends Deerfield Acad-
emy, Massachusetts and will be going
into the 11th Grade in the fall.

ANTHONY MIAOULIS -

Played catcher on the Silver Medal
16-18 Team @ Nationals for JBLN.

Anthony also caught for the 15-16
National team in 2007 at the Pony
Baseball Colt World Series. Anthony
presently attends St. Andrews.

D’ANDRE RIGBY -

Played OF/P on Gold Medal team in
the 13-15 Division at Nationals with
Freedom Farm. D’Andre also won the
Divisional MVP honors. He will be
attending American Heritage in Florida
this Fall Entering the 10th Grade.

@ By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

WELCOME back to
sports Desmond Bannister.

After serving as the Min-
ister of State for Legal
Affairs in.the first year of
the current Free National
Movement government,
Bannister has been named
as the new minister for the
new Ministry of Youth,
Sports and Culture.

The changes were made
in Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham’s Cabinet shuffle
that was announced last
night.

Bannister, a barrister at-
law and the Member of Par-
liament for Carmichael, will
replace Byran Woodside,

who served as the Minister
of State for Youth and
Sports.

Woodside, the Member of
Parliament for Pinewood,
will move to the office of the

Prime Minister where he’

will serve as the Minister of
State for Lands and Local
Government.
The move is to take effect
as of Monday, July 7th.
Bannister comes back to

sports after resigning as.

president of the Bahamas
Association of Athletic
Associations as he cam-
paigned for his political
position.

The former middle dis-
tance runner was first elect-
ed as president of the
BAAA in December, 1999.
During his tenure in office,

Bannister agitated for many
changes in the sport, includ-
ing sending the national
teams off to training camps
prior to the start of their
international competition.
But during his second
term in office, Bannister
resigned after serving for
just one year, turning over
the reigns to Mike Sands on
the eve of the hosting of the
Central American and
Caribbean Games in 2005.
When the FNM won the
election in 2007, many felt
that Bannister would have
been the ideal choice for the
position for the Minister or
Minister of State for Sports.
Efforts to contact Bannis-
ter for comments up to
presstime proved fruitless.
Woodside’s last function



Desmond Bannister

came on Wednesday at the
BAAA’s ‘Meet the Ath-
letes’ function at Colinalm-
perial for the Scotiabank
Olympic trials over the
weekend.

At the time, Woodside

Bannister named new Minister
— of Youth, Sports and Culture



reiterated that Ingraham
intended to relaunch the
Ministry of Youth, Sports
and Culture and that meant
that more money would be
budgeted for sports — par-
ticularly track and field.

Pictured left to rig

Chinese association donates $20,000 to Bahamas Olympic squad

@ By RENALDO DORSETT

Sports Reporter
rdorsett@tribunemedia.net

The deep rooted connections |

between the People’s Republic of Chi-
na and the Commonwealth of the
Bahamas continued to be fostered
through sports development following
a charitable offering towards the
Bahamas’ 2008 Olympic squad.

The Chinese Community Associa-
tion of the Bahamas made a $20,000
donation yesterday to the Bahamas
Olympic Association to assist the
efforts of the organisation in fielding a

competitive team for Beijing.

In addition to the endowment, the
CCAB will offer monetary incentives
to medal winners.

Gold medalists will receive $5,000,

‘while silver and bronze medallists will

receive $3,000 and $1,000 respectively
for their efforts from the CCAB.

Brian Wong, President of the Chi-
nese Community of the Bahamas, said
the support and commitment towards
the Olympic team is just one of the ini-
tiatives in place for the CCAB to assist
the wider community.

“This occasion marks a collective
effort on the part of the Chinese com-
munity in this Olympic year to step

Hu Dingxian, Sir Durward Knowles, Brian Wong during the check presentation.



forward to support our Bahamian ath-
letes who have been selected to repre-
sent the Bahamas at the Summer
Olympic Games in Beijing,” he said,
“We would like for this to be the begin-
ning of a more proactive involvement
in the great support of our local organ-
isations and programmes catered to
our community.”

Mr Wong said that because of their
heritage, the committee saw a special
need to become involved in the suc-
cess of the Bahamian team and pro-
vide incentives during a year when the
games are to be held in China.

“Because this Olympic games is
being held in our motherland, China,

Tim Clarke/Tribune staff

we want our Bahamian athletes to do
well,” he said, “I know we have the
talent to raise additional funds and I
am confident that we are going to do
well. I would like to thank members
of the Chinese Community for their
support, without which this donation
would not be possible.”

Hu Dingxian, Ambassador of the
People’s Republic of China to the
Bahamas, said the gesture is signifi-
cant because of the message it sends,
irrespective of the monetary value.

“Though the amount is small, it rep-
resents the good intentions and best

SEE page 13

Barracudas Swim Club win their third
consecutive RBC National Championship title

In a meet which saw numer-
ous National records fall, one of
the most dominant clubs in the

* country reasserted their domi-
nance and claimed their third
consecutive title at the RBC
National Championships.

The Barracudas Swim Club
totaled 2,197 points in a first
place finish, well ahead of Swift
Swim Club with 1,447 points.

pis Sea Bees Swim Club fin-

ished third with 967 points, the
YMCA Wave Runners placed
fourth in 688.5 points, while the
Dolphin Swimming Club round-
ed out the top five with 681
points.

Following the final session,
individual recognition was paid
to outstanding swimmers with
the “Best Swim” and “High
Point” awards.

“Best Swim” awarded swim-

mers with the highest individual
or point total from a single race
while “High Point” awarded
swimmers with the highest point
total in their respective divi-
sions.

Olympians Jeremy Knowles,
Swift, and Arianna Vanderpool-
Wallace, unattached, were
awarded with the “Best Swim”
awards in the 15 and over divi-
sions while in the 13-14 division,

Bria Deveaux, Barracudas, and
Evante Gibson, YMCA, took
the award.

High Point Winners included
Leslie Campbell, YMCA, and
Dionisio Carey, Barracudas, in
the 9-10 division, Riquel Rolle,
Dolphins, and Zarian Cleare,
Dolphins, in the 11-12 division
while Deveaux and Gibson
repeated in the 13-14 division.
TRIBUNE SPORTS

TUESDAY, JULY 1, 2008, PAGE 13



SPORTS ©

Coach Evans imp

ressed with | SPORTS

Bahamian basketball talent

@ By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

IMPRESSED by the perfor-
mance of Timiko McKinney at
Sunrise Christian Academy,
coach Ray Evans is looking for-
ward to the next set of Bahami-
an basketball players who will
join him in Wichita, Kansas in
August.

“Our club, Blazers Basket-
ball, have been trying to get
players off to school and this
year, we were able to get four
more boys off,” Evans said.

“We just received their accep-
tance letters and [20s forms and
all the other stuff that will
enable them to go off to school.”

Evans said it is his hope that
_ the Blazers Club can set a prece-

‘ dence at Sunrise Christian
Academy where McKinney just
led his team in scoring as they
won their third straight Tri-State
basketball title.

“He is presently being recruit-
ed by a lot of high division II
and division schools, including
Wichita State as he goes into his
senior year, along with BJ, who
led the team in rebounding.

“This year, we are sending off
Travis Stuart, who goes to Mt.
Carmel, Cyril Mackey from
Galilee, Rudolph Sands from
Galilee and Ansil Dean, who
will be running track.”

' Two other players are going
to South Florida Prep. They are





COACH Ray Evans and three members of his Blazers’ basketball team are pictured above. From left are:
Cyril Mackey, Tamiko McKinney, Evans and Travis Stuart.

Richard Lewis and Dencil
Smith.

“So the programme is trying
to get these boys off so thiat they
can accomplish what they need
to accomplish,” Evans pointed
out.

McKinney, who is working on

improving his game, also runs
track and holds Sunrise Acade-
my’s record in the 100 and 200
metres and is one of the top 25
in the 100 in the state of Kansas
and one of the top five in bas-
ketball.

“Things have been pretty
good,” said McKinney, who

averaged 21 points per game
and led the team in scoring and
assists and could be the first

player in Sunrise Academy and

the Tri-State to win four titles if

they retained their crown next

year.

Winning another title, accord-
ing to 18-year-old McKinney,
was an experience because “my
first two years, I played, but I
wasn’t a big factor. But to be
the main show was a big accom-
plishment for me.

BJ is in summer school, but
he is expected home in about
two weeks.

With the addition of the other
players, Evans said there is the
possibility that the Bahamas
could have a full starting five at
Sunrise Academy this year, rem-
iniscent of the days when
Bahamians dominated at Miami
Dade.

The players are all expected
to leave home at the end of July,

-once coach Kyle Lindsted comes

to town to finalise all of their
arrangements.

Travis Stuart, 17, said he’s
eager to get off to school where
he hopes to earn a D1 scholar-
ship in the future.

“I know my game is right up
there. I just need the opportu-
nity. I feel I’m one of the top
players in the country, having
made the national team,” he
said.

“But I think it would be a
good opportunity for me to get
off to school so that I can get a
good education and hopefully
get a look at the coaches.”

Stuart called it a dream come
true for the opportunity he got
through Evans to travel.

“Opportunities like this don’t
come around everyday. Like my
parents said, you have to jump
on it,” he said.

Cyril Mackey, also going for
the first time, said he expects
the work to get a lot harder than
here.

“So I know I have to put my
head into the books, study and
practice on my game,” he pro-
jected. “I know there will be
more challenges over there.

“So I’m going to try my hard-
est to do what I have to do. ’m
happy that I’m going to be with:
these guys. We all play and get
along very well with each oth-
er.”

Mackey thanked Evans for
giving him the opportunity to
travel and he advised those who
might be presented the same
opportunity to run with it.

“Not everybody over here will
get the opportunity to go off and
play basketball,” said the 26-
year-old Mackey. “So if. it
comes, take advantage of it.”



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$70,000 donated to the
Bahamas Olympic squat

FROM page 12

wishes of the Chinese commit-
tee here for the Bahamian
team,” he said, “This timely
action and goodwill gesture will
help encourage and stimulate
the athletes to achieve great
results in their competition.”
Mr Dingxian said the strong
presence of the Chinese com-
munity in the Bahamas has
been instrumental in the devel-
opment of diplomatic relation-
ships between the two coun-

tries.

“The Chinese community has
been in the Bahamas since the
1920s. They are a peaceful and
industrious people, making their
contributions to the social and
economic development of the
Bahamas,” he said, “They also
have been a strong bridge for
enhancing friendship and pro-
moting cultural connections and
mutual understanding between
the Chinese and the Bahamian
people. I appreciate what they
have accomplished for the two
countries.”

Sir Durward Knowles, Senior
Vice President of the Bahamas
Olympic Association and the
country’s first Olympic gold
medal winner, jokingly said he
hoped the $5000 prize was
retroactive for all gold medal
winners.

Knowles said the relationship

between the Bahamas and Chi-
na has been a fruitful one thus
far, making it a special pleasure
to see the country become the
host of the 2008 games.

“The Chinese government
has been very good to the
Bahamas by offering to finance
the Sporting Complex, that we

"expect to begin shortly. In any

organisation, money is always

needed and in the past our — }

teams have been very competi-
tive, very successful,” he said,
“We would like to congratulate
the Chinese government for
hosting these Olympic games.
It is very competitive vote and is
a challenge to organise these
events and it was very gratifying
to see that the Chinese govern-
ment came out on top.”

Harcourt Rolle, Ist Vice
President of the Bahamas
Olympic Association, said the
performances of the athletes
will make the CCAB proud of
their donation through their
achievements in competition.

“We want to thank you for
giving more incentive for our
athletes to do well in Beijing,”
he said, “The team that is being
put together is going to be a
very competitive team and you
will be very proud that you
would have played a role in get-
ting that team to Beijing.”

There are 37 days remaining
until the 2008 Games officially
begin.



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Michelle Wie

‘Wie tries to
- Petuild her game
and her fame

i GOLF
EDINA, Minn.
Associated Press

HER future once seemed
limitless, her path to the
pinnacle of women’s golf
inevitable. The question
was not whether Michelle
Wie would win a U.S.
Women’s Open or an
LPGA Championship; it
was when she would win on
the PGA Tour.

She seemed to welcome,
even encourage the burden
accompanying such expec-
tations. On CBS’ “60 Min-
utes,” she said she was
interested in being the first
woman to play in the Mas-

‘ters at Augusta National

Golf Club, which has no
women as members.

“T think it’d be pretty
neat walking down the
Masters fairways,” she said
then. “But I think the green

: jacket’s a little bit out of

fashion, you know?”

The 14-year-old girl who
casually said that is 18 now,
a second-year student at

: Stanford and a professional

golfer who has already
banked more than $30 mil-
lion — almost all of it from ~
endorsements. At 6:45 a.m.
Saturday she was on the |
ninth tee at Interlachen
Country Club, pacing back
and forth, rehearsing her
backswing and checking the
positions of her clubface at
the top of her swing. .

She had come back at
sunrise to complete the one
hole remaining in her sec-
ond round at the Open. She
stood at 10 over par and
would miss the cut by six
strokes. For a gallery, she
had three reporters; her
parents, B.J. and Bo; anda
police escort. For perspec-
tive, that group of six was
16 fewer than the 22
teenagers in the Open field
that Wie was unable to beat
with her score of 81-75 —
156.

Just two years ago, things
were different. Wie fin-
ished in the top five in the
first three majors of the
year. She came closer than
any woman has to qualify-
ing for the men’s U.S.
Open, getting to the sec-
tionals and creating an
enormous stir at Canoe
Brook Country Club in
Summit, N.J., before fading
to a tie for 59th. On a roll
that began in 2004, she
would finish in the top 25 in
10 of her first 11 LPGA
majors.

In her last 99 holes at
major championships, Wie
is 34 over par. Comprising
her last five major champi-
onship finishes are four
missed cuts and a tie for
84th. She has battled an
injury to her wrist, a soap
opera drama in her profes-
sional relationships with
other LPGA players, and
has gone through more cad-
dies than most pros have
drivers.

And the triumph that
started the whole mad ride,
her 2003 win in the Ama-
teur Public Links at the age
of 13, remains her only win
outside of her home state,
Hawaii.

It would be easy to look
to Wie’s lost 2007 season
for answers. She was
injured in a fall while run-
ning in January, hurting her
right wrist, then she frac-
tured her left wrist in Feb-
ruary while breaking a fall
— and protecting her sore
right wrist.
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assets under
management
srow 136%

* Providence
targets mandatory
private pensions as
key area for future
erowth, as assets
under supervision
rise from $170m to
$402m in two years
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targets Turks for
expansion



@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

An investment adviser yes-
terday said moves to make
private pensions mandatory
would ease “crowding” in
the Bahamian capital mar-
kets, as it today celebrates its
second anniversary after
more than doubling the
assets under management it
inherited at birth, growing
them by $136 per cent.

Kenwood Kerr, Provi-
dence Advisors’ chief execu-
tive, said future growth for
the Bahamian capital mar-
kets, and its investment
advisers and other partici-
pants, lay in making private .
pensions mandatory and the
privatisation of government
utilities such as the Bahamas
Telecommunications Com-

‘pany (BTC).

Speaking to Tribune Busi-
ness as Providence Advisors
celebrated the second
anniversary of its buyout
from SG Hambros
(Bahamas) investment advi-
sory business, Mr Kerr said
the company closed yester-
day with $402 million in
assets under management,
compared to $170 million at
birth.

Institutional client num-
‘bers in that time had grown
from two, one of those being
the hotel industry pension °
trusts, which is a shareholder

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B@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

The Bahamas International
Securities Exchange (BISX) is
“pursuing international recog-
nition” for itself from leading
jurisdictions such as the US and
UK, its chief executive telling
Tribune Business yesterday that
success would enable it to
attract new types of interna-
tional business and listings.

Keith Davies said BISX was
“seeking whatever designa-
tions” were. given at national
and state government levels, in
addition to recognition by the
world’s leading stock exchanges,
to boost both its international
standing and attract additional
service providers to do business
with it.

Adding that the plan would
complement the launch of the
BISX GLOBAL “business orig-
ination unit”, Mr Davies told
Tribune Business: “We are tak-
ing steps to get BISX recog-
nised in a number of other juris-
dictions, which wil! help us to
attract more business...

“We are pursuing interna-
tional recognition of the stock
exchange to enable us to attract
different categories and types
of listings that will be benefi-
cial to these service providers.”

International recognition has
been a powerful tool that stock
exchanges in other major inter-
national financial centres, such
as Bermuda and the Cayman
Islands, have used to attract
international listings and capital
markets players.

This, in turn, has increased
their revenue. and profit
streams. For example, the
Bermuda Stock Exchange has
been recognised by the US

. Securities & Exchange Com-

mission (SEC) and its New
York Stock Exchange (NYSE)
counterpart, along with the
UK’s Revenue and Customs
Agency.

Mr Davies said there was

Shop —
break-ins
increase
by 20%

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

Shop breaks-ins across New
Providence increased by 20 per
cent during the first five months
of 2008 compared to the same
period a year ago, police told
business owners yesterday.

Describing this as only a
“slight increase”, the officer in
charge of the Carmichael police
station, Superintendent Wayne
Miller, revealed that during the
same period - January to May -
there was also a “marginal” 9
per cent decrease in armed rob-
beries.

Mr Miller was speaking at a
town meeting at the SuperVal-
ue Training Centre at the Gold-
en Gates Shopping Centre.

The well-attended ‘Business
and Crime Prevention Strategy
Town Meeting for the
Carmichael Road Community’,
hosted by the Royal Bahamas
Police Force Carmichael Divi-
sion and the Kingdom Women
in Business organisation, includ-
ed various presentations aimed
at increasing merchants’ abili-
ty to protect themselves from
crime and encouraging greater
dialogue with the police.

Among the speakers were
Inspector Sandra Miller, who
gave a presentation on how to
identify counterfeit currency

SEE page 3B —

global recognition

- BISX seeks designations from governments, regulators

and exchanges in nations like US and UK, ‘to enable it
to attract new types of international business’ —

rent Davies



enough demand for BISX to
“make that step” and embark
on similar international recog-
nition initiatives.

Acknowledging that BISX
was seeking such designations
from governments, regulators
and stock exchanges in the US
and UK, Mr Davies said:
“Whatever recognition they
give out, we are looking to seek
those designations.

“Tt allows the exchange to
provide additional services that
require you to be recognised by
certain jurisdictions. It opens
additional business streams for
us, and product opportunities.

“That recognition from other
countries will not only benefit
the Bahamas, but show that
BISX as.an exchange is fit and
proper, is of a high internation-
al standard, and comparable to
any other exchange in the
world. It sends a clear message

_ that BISX is a major player on

the international scene.
“We are looking at a number

of other jurisdictions, and when
we secure these designations we
will let everyone know.”

‘Securing such recognition will
work ‘hand-in-glove’ with BISX
GLOBAL, a joint venture
between BISX and a consor-
tium of leading banks and asset
management firms.

BISX GLOBAL will work
with major investment banks
and investment management
houses on product develop-
ment, and how they could use
BISX as an exchange to facili-
tate their business plans, list-
ings, trading and product devel-
opment.

BISX GLOBAL is also
intended to play a lead role in

executing these strategies, work- _

ing directly with the exchange.
International recognition seems
likely to only further aid this
strategy.

‘Meanwhile, BISX has just
listed its latest investment fund,
the RoyalFidelity International
Investment Fund Class A Equi-
ties Sub-Fund, on the exchange.

Mr Davies said this was the
11th fund listing on BISX since
December 2007, with nine of
these open to subscriptions
from Bahamian investors.

. There are now 13 BISX-listed

investment funds on the
exchange that are open to
Bahamians, five of these pro-
viding access to global markets.

The BISX chief executive

said the sudden surge in fund |

listings had been driven domes-
tically by market demand, with
sponsors and managers react-
ing to Bahamian investor
demand for greater diversifica-
tion and investment options.

“The sky’s the limit,” he -

added. “There are any number

‘of different baskets of securi-

ties you can create that will

attract different. investors, and
that’s-what they’re looking for.”

On the international side, “a
number of parties” had shown
increasing interest in using
BISX and, after taking time to

investigate the exchange and

find out what if offered, “like
what they see”.

“We have been able to make
the case to service providers

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Markets

It was a moderate trading week
in the Bahamian stock market
last week, with investors trading
in seven out of the 19 listed
stocks. Two advanced, and five
remained unchanged.

A total of 75,727 shares
‘changed hands. Colina Holdings
Bahamas (CHL) led on volume
for the second consecutive week
with 56,352 shares trading, up by






















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CAD$ 0.9862 +0.19 |
GBP 1.9936 +0.87 i
EUR 1.5759 +0.94
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Crude Oil 141.97 +5.46 '
Gold 931.60 +3.02 |
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S & P 500 1,279.38 -2.93
NASDAQ 2,315.63 -3.76
Nikkei 13,481.38



$0.01 to close the week at $2 88.
Doctors Hospital Health Systems
(DHS) was advancer of the week
with 7,000 of its shares trading,
climbing by $0.02 to close at
$2.92.

Some 5,200 shares in Cable
Bahamas (CAB) also traded, the
stock remaining unchanged for
the third consecutive week at $14.

Elsewhere, 3,350 shares in
Freeport Oil Holdings Limited
(FCL) and 3,100 shares of FAM-
GUARD Corporation (FAM)

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Earnings Releases

Benchmark (Bahamas) (BBL)
released unaudited results for the
three months ended March 31,
2008. BBL reported a net loss of
$793,900, down significantly by
$712,200, compared to $81,700
net income reported in the 2007
first quarter.

Net investment income
decreased by $80,600 or 65.57 per
cent to $42,000, compared to
$122,900 for the same period in
2007, while unrealised losses of
$847,000 on BBL's investment
portfolio increased by $768,000
during the period.

Total assets and liabilities stood
at $28 million and $26.4 million
respectively, compared to $22.3
million and $19.9 million at year-
end 2007.

FirstCaribbean International
Bank-(Bahamas) (CIB) released
unaudited results for the quarter
ended April 30, 2008.

CIB reported net income of
$26.2 million, a decrease of $3.2
million or 10.88 per cent com-
pared to $29.4 million for the
same three-month period in 2007.

For the quarter, CIB reported
net interest income of $40.7 mil-
lion, an increase of $7.7 million or
23.5 per cent compared to $32.9
million for the same period in
2007.

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CIB reported San ae per
share of $0.25, a decrease of 72.5
per cent compared to $0.91
reported at year-end.

CIB’s total assets and liabili-
ties were $4.8 billion and $4.1 bil-
lion respectively, compared to
$4.7 billion and $4 billion at the
previous year-end.

Abaco Markets (AML)
released unaudited results for the
quarter ended April 30, 2008. Net
profit of $82,000 was down sig-
nificantly by $684,000, or 89.3 per
cent, from the $766,000 reported:
in the same quarter in 2007.

AML reported sales revenue
of. $21.9 million, compared to
$20.4 million in the 2007 first
quarter, while net operating prof-
it stood at $331,000, a decline of
$229,000 or 40.89 per cent in com-
parison to the $560,000 realised in
the 2007 first quarter.

Earnings per share were $0.005,
a decrease of 89.58 per cent com-
pared to $0.048 for the same
three-month period in 2007.

Total assets and liabilities stood
at $26.2 million and $16.5 million
respectively, compared to $26.2
million and $16.5 million at Jan-
uary 31, 2008.

Private Placement Offerings:

FOCOL Holdings (FCL)
announced that it will be extend-
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placement offering. The preferred
shares, will be paying a dividend
rate of prime + 1.75 per cent,
payable semi-annually.

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BBL $ 0.89
BOB $ 9.43
BPF $ 11.80
BSL $14.60 .
BWL $ 3.49
CAB $ 14.00
CBL $ 7.28
CHL $ 2.88
CIB $ 11.79
CWCB $ 3.90
DHS $ 2.92
FAM 8.00 .

$
FBB $
FCC $
FCL $
FIN $ 12.50
ICD $
ISJ $
PRE $

TRADING STATISTICS

(Week ending 27.06.08)

CLOSING CHANGE VOLUME YTD PRICE

0 10.84%
$- 0 4.71%
$- 0 -1.87%
$- 0 0.00%
$- 0 0.00%
$- 0 -4.64%
$- 5,200 16.18%
$- 675 13.64%
$40.01 56,352 -8.57%
: -19.25%
$40.25 0 -22.62%
$+0.02 7,000 24.26%
$- 3,100 11.11%
$- 0 , -11.32%
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dend of $0.05 per share, payable on June 30, 2008, to all share-
holders of record date June 13, 2008. :

. Ml Cable Bahamas (CAB) has declared a quarterly dividend of
$0.06 per share, payable on June 30, 2008, to all shareholders of

@ Consolidated Water Company BDRs (CWCB) has declared a
quarterly dividend of $0.013 per share, payable on August 7, 2008,
to all shareholders of record date June 30, 2008.


































Hf FirstCaribbean Internation-
al Bank (Bahamas) (CIB) has
declared an interim dividend of
$0.20 per share, payable on July
4, 2008, to all shareholders of
record date June 27, 2008.










H ICD Utilities (ICD) has
declared a quarterly dividend of
$0.10 per share, payable on July
25, 2008, to all shareholders of
record date July 4, 2008.









@ FAMGUARD Corporation
(FAM) announced it will be
holding its Annual General
Meeting on Monday, June 30,
2008, at 4pm at the British Colo-
nial Hilton Hotel, No.1 Bay
Street, Nassau, Bahamas.










@ Abaco Markets (AML)

announced it will be holding its
Annual.General Meeting on Fri-
day, July 18, 2008, at 4pm at the
Abaco Beach Resort & Boat
Harbour; Marsh Harbour, Aba-
co, the Bahamas..










@ Benchmark (Bahamas)
(BBL) announced it will be hold-
ing its Annual General Meeting
on Thursday July 24, 2008, at
6.30pm at the British Colonial
Hilton Hotel, No.1 Bay Street,
Nassau, Bahamas.






Exchange
‘pursuing
global
recognition’
FROM page 1B

who have decided to work with
us,” Mr Davies said. “We’re
being very deliberate in our
moves because we have a clear
path.”

BISX was currently process-
ing additional funds listing
applications, Mr Davies adding:
“We are moving in the right
direction, and our expectation is
the market for BISX will con-
tinue to grow.

“In order for our market to
expand there must be an
emphasis on diversification,
both in terms of the actual num- :
ber of offerings but also on the
type or nature of the different
offerings. With this latest offer-
ing and listing on the Exchange,
I believe we are making posi-
tive steps in this direction.

“With the growing variety of
investment products now avail-
able on the exchange, investors
are more likely to find invest-
ment profiles that meet their
risk versus return profile, and
this will lead to more Bahami-
ans becoming active participants
in the securities market."




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Shop break-ins increase by 20%

FROM page 1B

(see Tribune News for the full
story), including both US and
Bahamian credit cards and
money, and Glenn Miller, Chief
Superintendent in charge of the
Central Detective Unit, who
proposed crime prevention
techniques for businesses.

“We are bringing all stake-

holders together so that we can.

identify common problems and
collectively find appropriate
solutions. Such a move could
not come at a more appropriate
time, when there seems to be a
greater need for more collabo-
ration between police and busi-
ness community,” said Mr
Miller.

Superintendent Miller sug-
gested that it was only through
partnership between the police
and business owners that a “sus-
tainable reduction” in crime can
be achieved.

Acting Commissioner of
Police, Reginald Ferguson, said
shop and house break-ins “jack
up” the country’s crime statis-
tics.

While praising those present
for attending, he also called on
the business community to work
more closely with the police in
the fight against criminals and
adopt a “zero tolerance”
approach towards criminality.

“We know that good business
and crime will not co-exist,” said
Mr Ferguson, adding that busi-
ness people should “play a
rightful role in the security of
your businesses and assisting
the police in trying to prevent”
crime.

Phillip Simon, executive

director of the Bahamas Cham- >

ber of Commerce, told atten-
dees that crime is “without a
doubt one of the most, if not
the most, critical issue facing
the business and wider commu-
nity.”



Phillip Simon

’ He expressed his support for
the initiative, calling it a “very
good thing”, and offered his

. own suggestions as to how the

business sector can contribute
to lessening crime.
_ Recalling a suggestion made

by Dr David Allen at a Cham- .

ber of Commerce crime pre-
vention seminar two years ago,
Mr Simon proposed that every

Bahamian should provide a dol- .

lar a week to a fund that would
support the purchase of addi-
tional resources for the securi-
ty forces.

“I believe that this is a small
programme that can go a'very
long way in our particular fight,





in our particular approach to
the fight against crime,” said
the Chamber representative.
Mr Simon said business
organisations like the Chamber
of Commerce could lead the call
for the funding campaign, while
commercial banks could offer
to set up an account to receive
the money, the media could
highlight the drive, and the gov-
ernment offer its endorsement.
“T would even encourage the
business owners to match their
(employees’) contribution,” he
said. “(The crime problem) can
only be solved with total com-
mitment from all stakeholders.”





How to protect
your company

The police yesterday gave 12 key
crime prevention tips for your busi-
ness

* Light up your property at night

* Keep a minimum amount of cash on

the premises

* Don’t keep large bills under your
register draws. Invest in a safe.

* Have at least two staff working at
night

* Money bags are enticing. Use paper
bags, flight bags, brief cases, a small
box etc.

* Keep windows and doors clear of
posters. Police need to see inside, so
do passersby.

Celebrating

years:

* Deposit cash at different times and at .
least once daily.

* Observe people just glancing around
or loitering in the establishment

* At opening, someone sould check
inside to make sure all is well prior to
entry

* At closing, check the entire interior
to make sure no one is hiding inside

* Keep side and back doors locked.
Employees should use the main
entrance.

* Install cameras inconspicously.
* If you see any suspicious looking

persons hanging around your business
or parking lot, call the police



Citco Fund Services ‘is a division of the Citco Group of Companies
and is the largest independent administrator of Hedge Funds in the
world with offices in Curacao, Amsterdam; Dublin, London,
Luxembourg, Miami, New York, Toronto, Cayman Islands, the British
Virgin Islands, the Bahamas, Bermuda, San Francisco and Sydney. The
division provides full service administration to over 2,000 Hedge Funds
for multinational banks and international Investment Manager s, totaling
over $420 billion in net assets.

As part of our continued expansion in our office in the Bahamas, we
are looking for a number. of motivated and pro-active

(Senior) Investor Relations Administrators

who are capable of providing excellent customer service, in an
international and dynamic environment, for our clients who consist of
shareholders and international investment managers within those Hedge
Funds. The Investor Relations Administrator is the main contact for the
shareholder, investor, investment managers, advisors, and third parties,
as appropriate.

Your most important tasks and responsibilities are:

¢ perform shareholder record keeping and report shareholder
information to the appropriate parties

¢ maintain contact with shareholders/investors, investment managers,
banks and brokers

* supervise and guide the Assistant Investor Relations Administrators

¢ handle payment transactions

¢ liaise with clients and other Citco offices, to ensure that client needs
are met

The successful candidate should meet the following criteria:

¢ a bachelors degree in administration, economics or business related
area
affinity with figures
° a team player, able to cope with individual responsibilities
ability to multi-task and operate in a fast-paced working environment
¢ highly accurate with outstanding communication skills
¢ working experience in the financial area is an advantage
We offer you: a challenging job in a rapidly expanding international
company, with an informal company culture. You will have the
opportunity to broaden your knowledge with excellent prospects for a
further international career.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please send your Curriculum
Vitae and covering letter via é-mail at the latest on July 4, 2008 to:
Citco Fund Services (Bahamas)’Ltd.; att: Managing Director, Human
Resources Manager: hrbahamas@citco.com. You can find more
information about our organization, on our website:www.citco.com.



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The Bahamas
=Independencec
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LECTURE

SERIES |

Business

Celebrating a proud past and
looking to a promising future



The Tribune

will be publishing its annual

supplement in August/September. In preparation for the supplement, which will



Tax increases to |
‘hammer’ auto industry

FROM page 1B

“Our industry is getting hammered,” Mr
Lowe told Tribune Business.

He explained that with Government’s imple-
mentation of the new Excise Tax, part of its
strategy to protect its majore revenue-raising
items from the World Trade Organisation’s
(WTO) trade liberalisation policies, vehicles
and vehicle parts were now being placed under
this Act rather than the Tariff Act (this amal-
gamates import and stamp duties anyway).

Yet it is the ‘rounding’ of Tariff and Excise
Tax rates that has caused consternation for
the auto dealers and other industries, as in
many cases the combined import and stamp
duty rates are being rounded up, not down.

For example, instead of a combined 35 per
cent import duty and 7 per cent stamp duty
rate - 42 per cent - being rounded down to 40
per cent, in line with the Government’s decree
that tax rates increase in mutiples of five and
10, is is being rounded up to 45 per cent.

Mr Lowe said this ‘rounding up’ strategy
was being applied to all auto tariff rates, with
combined duty rates of 52 per cent, 57 per
cent, 72 per cent, and 82 per cent being round-
ed up, respectively, to 55 per cent, 60 per cent,
75 per cent and 85 per cent.

“They’re rounding it up even more, and it’s
sticking every industry,” Mr Lowe told Tri-
bune Business.

“From the information I have received so
far, and we have not finished a detailed inves-
tigation, it appears the vast majority of parts
and vehicles are increasing by at least 3 per
cent. It’s going to impact the pricing to con-
sumers, possibly by $1,000 or more, depending
on the size of the vehicle. They duty we pay will
be higher by 3 per cent.”

Mr Lowe said any price increases were
unlikely to impact the larger,‘more expensive
vehicle imports as they were already high-
priced, but could place smaller models - the
ones people should be encouraged to drive -
were being placed “a little further out of
reach”.

Arguing that the Government should have
bene more upfront about the likelihhod of tax
increases stemming from the 2008-2009 Budget,
Mr Lowe said: “I understand on the one hand
that the country’s in dire financial straits
because of the national debt and the high lev-
el of uncontrolled government expenditure.

“IT know they need the revenue, but be
upfront with people and don’t do it through the
backdoor. It leaves a sour taste in the mouth.

“The Budget was a PR exercise and now the
rubber’s hitting the road. We’re seeing the
reality of the changes they’re being forced to
put in place.”

Mr Lowe and the auto dealer industry are
not the only ones to be impacted by the Govy-

ernment’s decision to round up many tariff
rates.

Under the Tariff and Excise Acts, Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham announced in his
Budget debate speech that all tax rates above
the 7 per cent minimum for both would only
increase by multiples of five or 10. Existing
rates not compliant with this would be “round-
ed upwards or downwards” to the nearest five
or 10. Yet the ‘rounding’ policy is not following
the basics of high school maths. Normally,
numbers are rounded to the closest five or 10,
yet in at least once case seen by this newspaper,
the amalgamated import and Stamp duty rate
of 42 per cent was ‘rounded up’ to 45 per cent,
instead of down to 40 per cent, which was the
closer number. ;

The Prime Minister himself said in his Bud-
get speech: “For example, the 42 per cent rate
on golf clubs and balls, and on carpets and
other textile floor coverings, becomes 45 per
cent, while the 17 per cent rate on outboard
motors, or on electric generating sets, becomes
15 per cent.”

“The rounding thing, while it sounds quite
normal and may balance things out, is caus-
ing a bit of confusion in the process,” Dionisio
D’ Aguilar, the Bahamas Chamber of Com-.
merce’s president, told Tribune Businéss earlier
this week. “In school, 42 was rounded down
and 43 was rounded up.

“There is now the perception that what has
been given is now being taken back. It is anoth-
er 3 per cent. It’s instant.”

Zhivargo Laing, minister of state for finance,
acknowledged that the ‘rounding’ exercise
could increase the total tax rate applied to
“some items”.

However, he said the Government had to
strike a balance in its 2008-2009 Budget
between providing Bahamians with some relief
on inflation and soaring costs of living, driven
by energy and food costs, and generating
enough revenue so that the administration
could be fiscally responsible and fund its own
operational costs.

Referring to the rate rounding, Mr Laing
said: “Ultimately, the Government has to do
this exercise so as to provide the maximum
relief without compromising its fiscal situation.

“Ultimately, the Government would not have
wanted to do the exercise simply to lose rev-
enue. On the one hand, you’re giving massive
relief.”

As a result, the Government then had to
determine which Tariff and Excise Tax rates to
‘round up’, and which to ‘round down’, to
ensure the books balanced and fiscal goals
were met. However, one large Bahamas-based
grocery chain, which requested anonymity, said
it had “been led to believe that a lot” of tariff
rates on grocery items were going to be round-
ed up with effect from July 1 — today.

St. Augustine’s College

is accepting applcations for the

following positions

MATHEMATI

One Person - to teach Mathematics to grades seven
through ten. Experience in preparing students

feature all graduating seniors who will be attending university/college, whether G

for external examinations is a _ requirement.

locally or abroad, we invite all parents, guardians and graduating seniors to submit
a profile on the graduate, along with a photograph and contact information.

® Name of student

® High School you are graduating from —

® Age

® Name of parents :

® A list of exams already taken and the results - eg - Bahamas Junior Certificate (BJC)
exams and Pitman exams

® A list of exams expected to be taken - Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary
Education (BGCSE) exams

® The college/university they expect to attend - eg - College of the Bahamas, Harvard
University, University of Miami

® Name of degree expected to be sought - eg - Bachelors degree in English, Bachelors
degree in biology

® What career they expect to enter once their education is completed - a doctor, Math

teacher, engineer

® All extracurricular activities - club memberships, team sports/track and field, church
activities

® A list of honours/awards/recognition student has received

Please include your telephone/contact information and also note that photos will not be
returned. Forward all information to Lisa Lawlor, Tribune Junior Reporter at e-mail -
lisalawlor @ gmail.com or features@tribunemedia.net -please note 'Back To School! in
the subject line. The information may also be hand delivered or mailed to:

Back To School
The Tribune
Shirley and Deveaux Streets
P O Box N-3207
Nassau, Bahamas.

One person - to teach English Language/Literature
to the junior section of the school (Grades 7 to 9)

One person-to teach English Language/Literature
to all grade levels. Experience in preparing
candidates for B.J.C and B.G.C.S.E examinations
is required.

ACCOUNTING

One person - to teach Accounting to grades
ten through twelve. Knowledge of British and
American Accounting systems is a requirement.
The applicant must have experience in preparing
students for external examinations.

One person - to teach Spanish to grades seven
through ten.

All applicants must hold a degree from an
accredited University and a _ Teacher’s
Certificate. Two letters of reference, copies of all
degrees and certificates, proof of teaching
experience and two passport size photos should be
submitted. A commitment to the values of Catholic,
Benedictine education is expected of our teachers.
Only those persons who have no difficulty with
Roman Catholic beliefs and teaching need
apply. Please submit applications and required
documents to:

THE PRINCIPAL
ST. AUGUSTINE’S COLLEGE
P.O. BOX N-3940
NASSAU, BAHAMAS


’ THE TRIBUNE

TUESDAY, JULY 1, 2008, PAGE 5B



Nee
~@ 2 ~ © Realtors conduct

training seminar

Keith Parker, PS News/Features





ANTHONY ‘Tony’ Macaluso (in
dark jacket) was the lecturer on
the course, Certified Interna-
tional Properties Specialists,
attended by more than 20 ~
Bahamian realtors. Pictured

-with Mr Macaluso are BREA

executives, from L to R: George
Damianos, Theodore Sealy and
Bahamas Real Estate Associa-
tion president William Wong.

The Bahamas Real Estate Association (BREA) has con-
tinued its educational programmes for licensed realtors,
hosting the Certified International Properties Specialists
(CIPS) course at the Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort.
Topics included in the five day course were: The Ameri-
cas and International Real Estate; Asia/Pacific Real Estate;
The Middle East and Africa; Investment and Financial

Analysis (two parts).

Over 20 BREA-licensed realtors attended the course.

Adviser sees assets under management grow 136%

FROM page 1B

in Providence Advisors, to a
current level of 25.

Adding that the company
“Keeps getting the endorse-
ment of institutional clients”,
Mr Kerr said Providence -

Advisors was “seeing a lot of ,

competition” for investment
advisory, pension fund man-
agement and administration,
and corporate advisory work
in the Bahamian capital mar-
kets.

When the company was cre-

ated, its main competition had. »

been Fidelity, Colina and SG
Hambros (Bahamas), plus
Colonial Pension Services
(Bahamas) and Ansbacher
(Bahamas).

Since then, Scotiabank and
FirstCaribbean International
Bank (Bahamas) had
launched their wealth services
divisions, while insurers
British American Financial
(BAB) and Family Guardian
had both pushed into the cap-
ital markets business as well.

“We feel we’ve done well
against an increasingly com-
petitive market,” Mr Kerr told
Tribune Business. “If you
were to. assume there was
nothing to propel the market
further, you could argue that it
is crowded. oo

“But the growth propulsion
for the market will come from
mandatory pension legislation.
The future of it lies in manda-
tory pension legislation.”

To solve the impending
social crisis resulting from too
few Bahamians saving and
investing properly for their
retirements, the Government
has moved to appoint a com-
mittee. to devise recommen-
dations on enhancing this
nation’s long-term savings
strategy.

Should the Government

“TI think we
are giving the
other guys a
run for their
money.”





make it mandatory for com-
panies, or their employees, to
get a private pension plan, this
will mean work for investment
advisers and managers such
as Providence Advisors.
While applauding the cre-
ation of a committee to advise
on pensions reform, Mr Kerr

. Said the.Government should

move “immediately” to regu-

late existing pension fund

managers and administrators.

‘In addition, while the private

pension sector should be rep-
resented on the committee, he
advocated that it not head it to
avoid the appearance of a con-
flict of interest.

Further capital markets
growth, and increased busi-
ness for its participants, Mr
Kerr added, would come from
the privatisation of govern-
ment wtilities. Bahamas-based
investment advisers could
advise, structure and ‘place

_ such privatisations, something

that would assist their devel-
opment.as well as deepen and
broaden the capital markets.

As for Providence Advisors,

Mr Kerr said the company’s
main growth had come from
its pension and investment
management services to date,
although “we believe we’re
the preeminent pension
administrator”.

This assertion, he added,
was based on the fact that
Providence Advisors could
administer pension plans rang-

‘ing in size from seven partici-.

pants to 36,000 participants

Notice

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (4) of the
International Business Companies Act, 2002, Notice is

hereby is given that:-

1. HALFWAY LIMITED (In Voluntary Liquidation) is in

dissolution.

. Proceedings to wind-up and dissolve the Company were
commenced on the 26th day of June A.D, 2008.

. Debi Williams Hancock whose address is Lyford Cay,
New Providence, The Bahamas is the Liquidator of the
Company for the purpose of such dissolution.

WILLIAMS LAW CHAMBERS
Registered Agent _

Notice

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (4) of the
International Business Companies Act, 2002, Notice is

’ hereby is given that:-

. LACUNA PROPERTIES LTD. (In Voluntary
Liquidation) is in dissolution.

. Proceedings to wind-up and dissolve the Company were
commenced on the 26th day of June A.D, 2008.

. Debi Williams Hancock whose address is Lyford Cay,
New Providence, The Bahamas is the Liquidator of the
Company for the purpose of such dissolution.

WILLIAMS LAW CRAMBERS
Registered Agent



‘(the hotel industry pension

plans).

“We're optimistic, based on
what we see happening in the
market and what’s in the
pipeline,” Mr Kerr said of
Providence Advisors’
prospects.

“We’re trying to remain
nimble and put in an appro-
priate technology platform, as
we want to be the provider of
choice in the marketplace.

“IT think we are giving the
other guys a run for their
money. According to our own

objectives, we’re doing well.”
Providence Advisors is cur-
rently focused on organic

-growth, Mr Kerr telling Tri-

bune Business that expanding
more into US dollar portfolio
management was part of its
strategy over the next two
weeks. j

“We're looking for growth
from geographical diversifica-
tion. We’re looking south and
going north to the other
islands of the Bahamas, and
hope to generate new busi-
ness,” Mr Kerr said.

“Right now, we like what
we see in Turks & Caicos.

That’s becoming competitive, -

because you have Family
Guardian going down there,
and Colina and Fidelity are
already there; but we feel we
may have the edge. Those are
untapped markets.”

- Providence Advisors was
also looking to further devel-

op its brand through a mar-

keting and public awareness

campaign in the upcoming .

year, and had issued a
Request for Proposal (RFP)

O THE WORLD

for the final stage of its IT"
upgrade. That will involve its
pension management and
administration system, the first
two upgrades having involved
its investment management
and accounting systems.
Providence Advisors cur-
rently employs 11 full-time
office staff and one messen-
ger, having.added several
employees over the past year.
The company also has three
IT systems personnel, and is
supported by outside legal and
accounting teams.



The Bahamas Telecommmunications Company Limited (BTC) is pleased to invite
qualified Companies to apply for the below tenders.

TENDER FOR AIRCONDITIONING SERVICES
TENDER FOR JOINT BOX, MANHOLE CONSTRUCTION, MAINTENANCE & REPAIR SERVICES
TENDER FOR ELECTRICAL REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE os

TENDER FOR CAFETERIA SERVICES

TENDER FOR SECURITY SERVICES . |
TENDER FOR EQUIPMENT & VEHICLE MAINTENANCE SERVICES
TENDER FOR PLUMBING MAINTENANCE SERVICES

1.
2;
3.
eA.
7 5.. TENDER FOR BUILDING & CIVIL WORKS
1 6.
7.
8.

The deadline for submission of these tenders is July 9th, 2008 at 5:00pm. Tenders
should be sealed and marked according to their titles and should be delivered to
| the attention of the
Mr. |. Kirk Griffin, Executive Vice President, The Bahamas Telecommunications
Company Ltd, P.O. Box N-3048, Nassau, Bahamas by the above date and time.

Interested Companies may collect a tender package from the Security's Desk
located at the Administrative building on John F. Kennedy Drive, between the
hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Companies submitting bids are invited to attend the bid gale ys on

July 11th 2008 the below times at BTC’s Conference Room,

» *

*

ON A wt BS WwW bh at

«

. TENDER FOR AIRCONDITIONING SERVICES: 9:00am | \

TENDER FOR JOINT BOX; MANHOLE CONSTRUCTION, MAINTENANCE & REPAIR SERVICES: 10:00am |
TENDER FOR ELECTRICAL REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE: 11:00pm
TENDER FOR CAFETERIA SERVICES: 12:00pm |
TENDER FOR BUILDING & CIVIL WORKS: 1:00pm
TENDER FOR SECURITY SERVICES: 2:00pm
TENDER FOR EQUIPMENT & VEHICLE MAINTENANCE SERVICES: 3:00pm
TENDER FOR PLUMBING MAINTENANCE SERVICES: 4:00pm |

erpall Tract.

BTC reserves the right to reject any or all tenders. ;

www.btcbahamas.com } CALL BTC 225-5282
PAGE 6B, TUESDAY, JULY 1, 2008 THE TRIBUNE

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Fund executive passes Series 6

A fund administrator with Butterfield Fund Services (Bahamas)
has passed the Series 6 examination after training with the Nassau-based
Nastac Group. Leosha Rahming is pictured here with Reece Chipman,
the Nastac Group’s managing director.The Series 6 exam is a profes-
sional qualification administered by the Financial Industry Regulato-
ry Authority, and covers topics such as mutual funds, variable annuities,
retirement plans and insurance products.

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Legal Notice

NOTICE —
NYASA BREEZE LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

‘Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 13th day of March 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



Harbourside Marine
is looking for carpenter.
Must have your own tools.

Legal Notice

NOTICE |
ESTAVAYER INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that DIANA VALERIE
GORDON GRAY of GEORGE TOWN, EXUMA,
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 24TH day of JUNE 2008 to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O:Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



Please Fax Resume
394-3885 or call 393-0262

Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 3rd day of June 2008. The Liquidator is
Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau, Legal Notice Lega! Notice

NOTICE | NOTICE
FRANSHON ALPS INC. KYMM INVESTMENTS INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation) (In Voluntary Liquidation)



Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



Notice is hereby given that the above named Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced Company is in dissolution, which commenced
Legal Notice on the 23rd day of April 2008. The Liquidator on the 28th day of May 2008. The Liquidator
NOTICE ~ | is Argosa Corp. Inc,, P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau, is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas. 3 Bahamas.

FUTURE OVERSEAS LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation) :
ARGOSA CORP. INC. ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator) (Liquidator)
Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 29th day of February 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau, be, tee ar ben ea



Bahamas.

| MOHG -1.63 | YTD +243.78 | YTD% -
-B8.57% | 2007 28.29% ~
ARGOSA CORP. INC : DATA & INFORMATION 8
. ' 52wk-Low Previous Close Today's Close Change Daily Vol. EPS $ _Div$
Tau : Abaco Markets 1.84
(Liquidator) cs 11.60 Bahamas Property Fund 11.80 11.80 0.00
i 9.40 Bank of Bahamas : 9.43 9.43 0.00
0.85 Benchmark 0.89 0.89 0.00
3.49 Bahamas Waste 3.49 3.49 0.00
1.42 Fidelity Bank 2.35 2.35 0.00
10.60 Cable Bahamas 14.00 14.00 0.00
2.21 Colina Holdings 3 2.88 2.88 0.00
4.80 Commonwealth Bank (S1) 7.28 6.86 -0.42
Hy . 3.23 Consolidated Water BDRs 3.90 3.96 0.06
Legal Notice : ‘2.20 Doctor's Hospital 2.92 2.85 -0.07
A 6.02 Famguard 8.00 8.00 0.00
NOTICE A 12.50 Finco .. 12.50 12.50 0.00
5 11.65 FirstCaribbean Bank 11.79 11.65 -0.14
_ 5.05 Focol (S) 5.55 5.55 0.00
2 1.00 Focol Class B Preference . 1.00 1.00 0.00
. 0.41 Freeport Concrete 0.44 0.44 0.00
IDE HILLS INC. 00 | 879 16D Uilties 6.70 ere 0.00
ie 8.60 J. S. Johnson 12.00 12.00 0.00
10.00 Premier Real Estate 5 10.00 10.00 0.00
Eg Se ‘idelity Over-The-Counter Securities
52wk-Low Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Weekly Vol. EPS

iniiidati e2wk-Hi
(In Voluntary Liquidation) : 14.25 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.60 15.60 14.60 13.4
6.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 6.00 6.25 6.00 NM
N/M

0.20 : RND Holdings ; 0.35 0.40 0.35
ees Oe Colina Over-The-Counter Securities
41.00 ABDAB 41.00 43.00 41.00
Notice is hereby given that the above named: ‘ B40. RNB Holdings saint ose 8.5
ae ; ; . i : eee eS _ BISX Listed Mutual Funds
Company is in dissolution, which commenced *re4a5 Colina Bond Fund 1.a15az0e- Ne% ear
. . 4 ” .998 ve -O. % 7 %
on the 30th day of May 2008. The Liquidator Riadee” Calne Monee merck Furs {1304047 fae a.ao%
, * 5 3.3971 Fidelity Bahamas G & 1 Fund SOTO e: -3.32% Ag eR
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau, . Seco ceee een cca sence ae mits

98.2100 CFAL Global Equity Fund 99.956603~ -0.04% -0.04%

9.0
13.4
N/M

Yield%

Baham as 1.0000 CFAL High Grade Bond Fund 1.00°*
. 7 9.6346 Fidelity International Investment Fund 3 ay -4.70% -4.70%
1.0000 FG Financial Preferred Income Fund
1.0000 FG Financial Growth Fund
1.0000 FG Financial Diversified Fund
: NLALV. Key ~
YIELD - last 12 month dividends divided by closing price *- 31 March 2008
nd Fidelity ** - 31 December 2007

Market Terms
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX - 19 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 - Previ is day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price - Last traded c 2 @-counter price
ume of the pi 20k - 30 April 2008

ARGOSA CORP. INC Today's Close - Curren s weighted price for daily volume Weokly Vol. - Trading
’ . Change - Change in closing price from day to day EPS $ - A compan orted earnings per share for the last 12 mths - 20 June 2008
(Liquidator) Daily Vol. - Number of total shares traded today . NAV - Net Asset Value
DIV §$ - Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months «N/M - Not Meaningful
P/E - Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX - The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100
(S) - 4-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 8/8/2007
(S14) - 3-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 7/11/2007

Bid $ - Buying price of Cc
Ask $ - Selling price of C nd fidelity *** - 30 May 2008
**** 31 April 2008



242-396-4000 | FOR MORE DATA & INFORMATION CAbk <


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TUESDAY, JULY 1, 2008, PAGE 7B





Gold surges"

as dollar falls

record near $115 a barrel

@ By STEVENSON
JACOBS
NEW YORK

Gold prices jumped
Wednesday after a plunge in
U.S. homebIding helped push
the dollar to a record low
against the euro, boosting the
metal’s appeal as a hedge
against inflation, according to
the Associated Press.

Other commodities traded
mixec, with crude oil falling
from a record near $115 and
wheat prices rising.

U.S. homebuilders began
work on 947,000 homes in
March — an 11 percent drop
from February and the lowest
amount since 1991, the Com-
merce Department said
Wednesday. The data helped
pushed the dollar to a record

low against the euro, which.

traded at $1.5955, up from
$1.5790 late Tuesday in New
York. —

“The driving factor in the
gold market is almost record-
low housing starts. ... It under-
mined the dollar and also trig-
gered further safe-haven buy-

.ing into gold,” said James
Steel, analyst with HSBC in
| New York.

_ A weak dollar. encourages



“The driving factor in the
gold market is almost record
low housing starts ... It
undermined the dollar and
also triggered further
safe-haven buying into gold.”



investors to shift funds into

hard assets like gold and sil-

ver, which are known for hold-

ing their value. A falling
greenback also makes dollar-
denominated commodities
appear cheaper to overseas
investors.

Gold for June delivery
added $15.70 to $947.70 an
ounce on the New York Mer-
cantile Exchange, after earlier
rising as high as $952.70 — its
highest level in two weeks.

Gold has gained 8.3 percent
this year and 31 percent in
2007, driven by a falling dollar,
soaring crude prices and ner-
vousness about the U.S. econ-
omy. The metal has fallen
fram its record above $1,000

James Steel

reached in Mach, but analysts
say gold could resume its
climb if the Federal Reserve
continues its interest-rate cut-
ting campaign as expected.
“Gold is in a bit of a range
but by.no mearis would I say it
has hit a lull,” Steel said.
Other precious metals also
rose Wednesday. Silver for
May delivery rose 48.5 cents
to $18.335 an ounce on the
Nymex, while May copper

- added 10.5 cents to $3.9640 a

pound.

In energy futures, crude oil
retreated from a record just
below $115 after a govern-

- ment report showed demand

for gasoline continues to fall.
Oil futures prices fell from a

Wednesday as investors
absorbed a government report
that showed gasoline demand
continues to decline. The
Energy Department’s Energy
Information Administration
said gas demand has fallen an
average of 1 percent each of
the last four weeks compared
to the same period last year.
Light, sweet crude for May
delivery fell 44 cents to
$114.23 a barrel on the Nymex

after rising to a trading record

of $114.95.

_ Other energy futures traded
mixed. May gasoline futures
added 4.35 cents to $2.9245 a
gallon on the Nymex, while
May heating oil futures fell
1.03 cents to $3.2636 a gallon.

In agriculture futures, wheat
prices shot up on supply con-

cerns fed by Kazakhstan’s
move to ban exports in a bid

to curb domestic food infla-
tion. Wheat for May delivery
rose 21.25 cents to $9.17 a
bushel on the Chicago Board
of Trade. Other agriculture
futures traded mixed Wednes-
day. Soybeans for May deliv-
ery dropped 20 cents to $13.60
a bushel on the CBOT, while

May corn futures rose 0.75 ©

cent to $6.0675 a bushel.

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Across Down
1 Reserve team that will go 1 An outstanding board per-
down? (7) haps (5)
4 Feverish activity in tem- ° 2 Glaring example of fabu-
ples? (5) lous killer (8)
.7 l|leave Elsie instead (4) 3 Strangely silent recruit (6)
8 He doesn’t think much of 4 Unusually tired, meant to
himself (8) get finished somehow (10)
10 Be like others and keep up 5 Tumbledown place | am
with a-court action (6,4) brought in to manage (4)
12 Union of us in 6 Shared by bee and newt,
dispute (6) perhaps (7)
13 According to this animal 9 They tend to leave others
the sailor is in favour (6) speechless (10)
15 Lines that convey heartfelt 11. Shorten an agreement (8)
admiration (4,6) 12 Fail, try in a different way
18 This class is certain to be to find fault (7)
kept in idle fashion (8) 14 Change from evil past or Lu
19 Aset of cards four inches heartless present possibly anal
high (4) (6) 'N
20 Shouts out agreement 16 Saddle and take horse S
about a fifty-fifty arrange- _ about midnight (5) Qa
ment (5) 17 Account for cutting and >
21 Ether may be found pruning? (4) ”
around at this place (7) -

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Kxgi? Nit+ and Nats wins the queen} Nxed, F
Â¥xg2 whee White stil haz an attack hut nothing
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TODAY'S YARGET

Good 19; very good 28; excellent
38 (or more). Sohution tomorrow.

YESTERDAY'S SOLUTION

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dappled dupe: duped duple
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pedal plea plead pled puddle
pule puled pulp pulped pupa
pupal upped



First Things First

and returns the ace of diamonds,
forcing declarer to ruff with his last

South dealer.
Neither side vulnerable.

NORTH trump.
Q 105 South can now cash three club
90106 tricks, but when he next leads a
e387 spade, West takes the ace and leads a
&A 1094 diamond, and East collects two dia-
WEST ; EAST mond tricks to put the contract down
A962 “ #873 two. The result is exactly the same if
¥75 ¥942 South drives out the ace of spades
#KQ93 #A10642 _ before trying the club finesse.
$872 KS Declarer can avoid this ignomin- _
SOUTH ious fate if he takes the necessary
@KI4 steps to retain control of the trump
VAKI83 suit. After ruffing the diamond at

#5 trick two, he should plan to play both

Yesterday’s Cryptic Solution Yesterday’s Easy Solution

Across: 1 Up against it, 9 Nostrum,
10 Clean, 11 Eden, 12 Encroach, 14
Gimlet, 16 Status, 18 Overture, 19
Urdu, 22 Notes, 23 Snigger, 24
Down-to-earth.

Down: 2 Posse, 3 Garb, 4 Immune,
5 Security, 6 Inexact, 7
Underground, 8 On the square, 13
Jettison, 15 Maestro, 17 Fresco, 20
Right, 21 Diva.

Across: 1 Constantine, 9 Offbeat, 10
Rumba, 11 Lark, 12 Robinson Crusoe,
14 Outing, 18 Discover, 19 Toll, 22
Spasm, 23 Mallard, 24 Well-endowed.
Down: 2 Offer, 3 Step, 4 Author, 5
Terriers, 6 Nemesis, 7 Rolltop desk, 8
Painted lady, 13 Informal, 15 Testate,
17 German, 20 Orate, 21 Alto.



Across Down
1 Check to progress 1 Middle East country
— (7) (5)
4 Allude (5) 2 Country formerly
7 True (4) Siam (8)
8 Boastful person (8) _3 Form of unarmed
10 Continuously (3,3,4) combat (6)
12 Miscellaneous (6) Urchin (10)
13 Make Droop (4)

: £(6) Place of seclusion (7)
pretence o'

Upstanding (3-7)

oou a

Subsequently (10)
11 Disparage (8)

Break (8) 12 Equivocate (7)
Stop flow of (4) 14 Manufactured cloth
Comeon_. (6)

stage (5) 16 Entire range (5)

To dispute (7) 17 Immense (4)

&QI63 black suits before drawing trumps.
The bidding: Let’s say he tries the club finesse
South = West North = East at trick three, East wins and returns a
lv Pass 29 Pass diamond, ruffed by declarer, who
3 & Pass 4 & Pass now attacks spades. West can take
4Â¥ the first or second spade, but the

Opening lead — king of diamonds.
In many deals, the best defense is

to force declarer to ruff in the hope of

weakening or exhausting his trumps.
It follows that declarer should not
allow this to happen if there is some
way to prevent it.

Take this case where South is in
four hearts and West leads the K-Q
of diamonds, declarer ruffing the
second round. Let’s assume South
next draws three rounds of trumps
ending in his hand and then tries the
club finesse. East wins with the king

defense is helpless. If either black
suit is returned, South wins, draws
trumps and has the rest of the tricks.
If instead West returns a fourth dia-
mond, declarer, who has three
trumps in each hand, can ruff in
either hand and then draw trumps
before claiming the balance.

As long as the key suits break
normally, South winds up ‘with 10
tricks by proceeding in the recom-
mended fashion. All he has to do is to
resist the natural impulse to draw
trumps as soon as possible.

Tomorrow: Plays that go against the grain.

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