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The Tribune

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

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newspaper ( sobekcm )
newspaper ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage:
Bahamas

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

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Family in
mourning

after tragic
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@ By NATARIO
McKENZIE
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A FAMILY is
mourning the |
death of 10-year-
old boy who f
‘accidentally’
hung himself
while playing
with the curtain in his living
room.

Henry Theohile, an older
brother of Keno Agustave, who
made the tragic discovery
around Spm Friday, said Keno
had gone into the living room of
their Charles Vincent Street
home to watch cartoons.

“He must have got bored.
After that he started playing
with the curtain and it wrapped
around his neck. I feel so bad,”
he told The Tribune.

Amos Theohile, another
brother of the deceased, said:

Keno Agustave

“T feel horrible. I lost my.

youngest brother. He ain’t start
his life yet.”

Madiane Docius, the child’s
mother, told The Tribune yes-
terday that she had just
returned home from work and
. was preparing a meal for her
son when she discovered that

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Investigations into death at Doctors Hospital
‘identify measures to prevent similar incidents’

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

BASED on its own investiga-

, tions into the death of a 42-year-

old man in its care, Doctors Hos-

pital has identified measures

which would have ensured that
incidents such as his death do nat
occur again, according to a report
tabled in parliament.

The annual report by the Hos-
pital and Healthcare Facilities
Licensing Board (HHCFLB)
notes that the board’s legal com-





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mittee has recommended that a
medical inspector be appointed
to investigate Doctors Hospital
and “establish whether or not the
matter (the death of Mr Christo-
pher Esfakis) has been properly
addressed”.

The HHCFLB is appointed by
government to inspect and license
all private medical facilities in the
Bahamas.

The 2008 annual report from
the board chairman, Dr Kirtland
Culmer, notes the case of Mr
Esfakis, who died at the hospital
in 2002 after being admitted days
earlier with an over 90 per cent
survival rate, as a “thorny” legal

- issue before the board.
A coroner presiding over an

inquest into the burns patient’s
death ruled earlier this year that it
was ‘the result of natural causes
“substantially and significantly
contributed to by neglect” on the
part of medical staff there.
Coroner William Campbell left
only one verdict to the jurors in
the matter, stating that all the evi-
dence “pointed in one direction

-over another.”

The verdict was later quashed
on appeal by Chief Justice Sir
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AN INTENSIVE
search is on for two men
who went missing Satur-
day morning when their
boat capsized near Clifton
Pier.

Police press liaison offi-
cer ASP Walter Evans
told The Tribune that
police received a report
of the incident yesterday.

According to reports,
three men went on a fish-
ing trip on a beige 25-fdot
Bell Craft boat.

“As they were just off
Clifton Pier coming in the
vessel overturned. One of
the men was able to make
it ashore, two others are
missing,” ASP Evans said.

He said that Ivan Mor-
ley, one of the three men:
on the boat, was able to
make it ashore:

A search is on for Mr
Morley’s brother and



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FNM blames PLP
after election —
court challenges

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

WITH all election court. chal-
lenges now resolved in the gov-
ernment’s favour, the FNM has
pointed the finger of blame firm-
ly at the PLP for being “negli-
gent” in its role in the electoral
process and “wasting” overbur-
dened judicial resources in chal-
lenging the two seats.

The ruling party has called on
the Opposition to “face up to its
failures” - including leaving the
parliamentary registration depart-

ment the “almost impossible task
of effecting boundary changes and
moving people from one con-
stituency to another in time for,

~ the election” by not meeting the

mandated deadline for the
Boundaries Commission to
report.

On Thursday the final election
court case came to a close, with
Minister of State for Finance
Zhivargo Laing retaining his seat
by a slim margin of 27 votes:over.
PLP challenger, Senator Pleasant

. Bridgewater.’

SEE page 14

Opposition calls for ‘urgent review of

findings’ from: election court cases

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

THE PLP yesterday called on the govern-
ment to undertake an “urgent review of the
findings and recommendations” coming out of |
the two now concluded election court cases.

Dismissing the FNM’s criticism of its con--
duct in relation to the election court matters

s “a pathetic exercise in public relations”,
party chairwoman Glenys Hanna-Martin said
the government is “seeking to distract from

some very important issues.”

Glenys Hanna-Martin &

“Both recent cases’ findings of law and fact have brought to the
fore major issues relative to electoral fraud,” said Mrs Hanna-

Martin.

“It is more than interesting that the government has yet to com-
ment on the findings of the Supreme Court justices with a view to
bringing the recommended review and reforms in the interest of our

SEE page 12

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a high note

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last time on Bay Street
with the Royal Bahamas

Police Force band
in Rawson Square &
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resort’s plans to fire the union
members. He said he was
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there, but the soaraway Tri-
bune continues to be the suc-
cess story of the Bahamas, with
street sales up a massive 14 per
cent over last year.

Yesterday, the newspaper’s
editorial staff uncorked a bot-

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_ “Given the very depressed
state of the newspaper industry
worldwide, and the global eco-
nomic crisis, it is remarkable
that The Tribune continues to
go up and up,” said managing
editor John Marquis...

“Tn the USA and the UK,
metropolitan daily newspapers
are in deep, deep trouble, but
The Tribune’s circulation has.
maintained an upward trajec-
tory since 2001. And, despite
the tough times, sales are still
rising.”

Figures

October circulation figures
showed Tribune street sales up
14.13 per cent over the same
month in 2007; with Thursday
overall sales hitting 21,000.

This represents a total of
13,000 extra papers sold during
the month.

Monday remains one of the
best-selling days of the week,
with substantial percentage
increases recorded over last
year. ;

Paco Nunez, news editor,

fair reflection of its journalistic
excellence and its ability to

‘address its market.

Journalists

“We have a team of fine
young journalists who are not
afraid to tackle any issue with
the best interests of the
Bahamian public in mind at all
times.

“T also think The Tribune’s
aggressive and _ incisive
approach to news is appreci-
ated by the Bahamian public,
who want the truth without
any frills attached.

“The rising sales also reflect
the level of trust that exists
between -us and our public.
And this is just the beginning —
we have lot of new things
planned for the future.” ;

The Tribune’s fortunes
turned around ten years ago
when it became a morning
paper. ,

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began in 2001, since when con-
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Man cracks:
stolen car
into a tree

POLICE apprehended a
man after he crashed a stolen
car into a tree on Thursday.

A resident from eastern
New Providence went home
around mid-day on Thursday
and found a robber in his
home.

The robber escaped in a
Honda Inspire vehicle regis-
tration 19873. Police were
notified and a patrol in the
area.saw the car, which result-
ed in a high-speed chase.

The chase ended in Pine
Yard Road when the Honda
driver crashed into a tree.
Police arrested the man, a 26-
year-old from Joe Farrington
Road. The robber is known
to police.

@ Sometime after 10pm on
Thursday, a gunman entered
Shell Service Station in West
Bay Street (near Saunder’s
Beach) and demanded cash.
The robber deprived the com-
pany of,an undetermined
amount then escaped in an
aqua Nissan Sentra. Police
were informed and officers
on patrol saw a vehicle fitting
the given description. There
was a high-speed chase which
ended in West Bay Street.
Two male occupants in the



‘issues welcomed by business peo

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

BUSINESS people have wel-
comed the prime minister’s sug-
gestion that he will address some of
the “unintended consequences” of
the introduction of excise tax in
the Bahamas this year.

Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham said that during the mid-year
or main budget exercise he will
“take into account some of the
unintended consequences” of the
introduction of the excise tax —
which included tax increases on
baoks — and “make adjustments.”

Excise tax, brought into effect
in the 2008/2009 budget, amalga-
mates customs duty and stamp tax.
While the budget was labelled a
“relief” budget, with reductions or
eliminations in tax on numerous
breadbasket items and others,
some imports saw an increase in
tax levied on them as in a number
of cases tax was “rounded up”.

Several business people com-
plained publicly in the weeks after
the introduction of the budget that
this ushered in a slew of unexpect-
ed and unannounced tax increases
that hurt their profit margins dur-
ing already tough economic times.

Mr Ingraham said: “I can’t tell
you what I will remedy or not rem-
edy but we have taken account of
all the complaints and when we do
the exercise again in May, if not



rian Ingraham



in February, we'll make the neces-
sary adjustments, taking into
account what we have heard,and
seen,

“For instance, some people have

‘said that we have now decided to

tax books that came to the
Bahamas and we never taxed
books before, but that’s not true.
Books always had a seven per cent
stamp tax except if they came in
through the airport. We did the
excise (ax across the board so that
if I brought goods in by boat or
the airport I pay the same tax. And
we rounded the tax up to ten per
cent and books got caught in that.
That was not our intent to increase
the tax on books at all,” he added.

He said complaints from Bay
Street merchants that the replace-
ment of the stamp tax with an
excise tax raised the tax on certain
items and made them “uncompet-
itive with other destinations in the
Caribbean...will be taken into
account.”

Juliette Johnson, a sales repre-
sentative at Harbour Bay-based
Logos Bookstore welcomed Mr
Ingraham’s comments, saying
those in her business thought it
was “ridiculous” that tax on books
was increased. :

“These are resources that help
to improve our country,” she said.

The store has lost business as it
has been unable to rely on its

main marketing mechanism” —
the fact that its books were tradi-
tionally very close to US retail
price.

Joan Thompson, owner of luxu-
ry goods stores, Brass and Leather
and Fendi, said the jump in tax on
leather goods from 120 to 125 per
cent in conjunction with the drop
off in sales linked to the downturn
in tourism and the economy in gen-
eral have seen her company’s mar-
gins drop “so low it’s now ques-
tionable whether we can stay in
business.”

“Sales have dropped through
the floor and the luxury goods
retailers are all going to be left
with inventory they cannot move.
They're going to find it difficult to
sell for margins they need for their

operations,” she said.

“If they want a luxury goods
market here the point is this: we
have to be price sensitive to com-
parable locations or to us pricing in
everything, We have to be com-
petitive,” said Ms Thompson.

Mr Ingraham said the amalga-
mation of stamp tax and customs
duty into an excise tax has helped
shore up the government’s rev-
enue base — which is forecast to
see $150 million revenue fall off

ie

this year compared with last — oy
removing “much of the discretion
that customs officers had in terms
of determining which item or head
or tariff item they wanted to charge



- a particular item against.”

He said the excise tax amalga-
mation exercise which the govern-
ment initiated in this year’s budget
is not yet finished and he hopes to
do so in the next two budgetary
periods.

Warning over use of voice over
Internet protocol services

THE Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is advising retailers and the

_ public that any unauthorised use of voice over Internet protocol
(VoIP) services or devices is in breach of the Telecommunications Act

and ‘is punishable by fine.

“The Public utilities commission (PUC) wishes to inform retailers
and users of VoIP products that the PUC encourages the legal and
authorised use of VoIP services and devices. Bahamians, in general,
mistakenly believe that any VoIP telephone device sold or used in
North America or elsewhere (such as Magic Jack or Vonage) is also
a press release by the Commission’s execu-

alldwed in the Bahamas,”

tive director Michael J Symonette stated.

According to the PUC, Section 35(40) of the Telecommunications
Act 1999, makes it an offence for anyone to directly or indirectly
instal a telecommunications system, telecommunications equipment and
or customer premises equipment that has not been approved by the
commission to a licensed Bahamian telecommunications system. This

offence is punishable by a fine of $10,000.

“The PUC wishes to advise retailers and the public that the: Com-
mission has not issued any approved standards under Section 15 of the

ped cert ant]

vehicle were arrested. Telecommunications Act for VoIP telephone devices like Magic Jack

and Vonage. Unapproved VoIP telephone devices allow users tc

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By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

THE redevelopment of a
shopping centre in downtown
Nassau to include waterfront
restaurants and a marina aims
to raise standards in Bay
Street.

A $13 million transforma-
tion of the old Moses Shop-
ping Plaza on the corner of
Elizabeth Avenue into Bay-
side Marketplace is being car-
ried out by Charles, Nicholas
and Anthony Klonaris of
Bayside Marketplace Ltd,
Cavalier Construction and
the Royal Bank of Canada.

Developers hope the 35,000

sq ft retail and restaurant
space, combined with
7,000 sq ft of office space, two
waterfront restaurants and a
marina able to support
yachts up to 100 feet, will be
ready to open by autumn
2009.

President of Bayside Mar-
ketplace Ltd, Charles
Klonaris, said: “We think the
combination of all these
things is really the formula
for what we think is going to
be a very successful develop-
ment for downtown Nassau.”

Cavalier Construction have
completed the demolition and
have started laying the foun-
dations.

Richard Wilson, Cavalier
CEO, expects work to be
complete within nine months.
Charles Klonaris said 80 per
cent of the retail space is
already committed.

He added: “It’s the first
major development for down-
town and we hope others will
start investing. We are very
positive about it.”

Royal Bank of Canada
senior vice-president Ross
McDonald said the current .
global recession should not
affect the success of Bayside
Marketplace.

He said: “Certainly 2009 is
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THE TRIBUNE



EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

The Tribune Limited

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

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

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

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

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

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

Publisher/Editor 1972-

Published Daily Monday to Saturday

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Blogger’s scurrilous comments

YESTERDAY a reader drew our attention
to a blog that is often sent to our e-mail, but
which we never open because of its gutter con-
tent and the writer’s inferior intelligence and
writing skills. In fact the standard is so low that
it is worthy only of the wastebasket. So when it
appears on our screen, it quickly disappears
with a press of the “delete” key. And off it goes
to Hades where it belongs.

We gather that many noses must be out of
joint at Bahamas Information Services since
Sir Arthur Foulkes was appointed Director
General and Mrs. Sharon Turner, his deputy.
Together they have turned BIS into a profes-
sional news service. For the first time it is a
pleasure to work with people who produce on
time, are efficient and at last know — as the late
Sir Etienne Dupuch used to say — that news-
papers write news, not history. In other words
what happens today is news, by tomorrow it is

‘history. BIS in the past always ranked high in
the “history” department. As far as news was
concerned it was hopeless and a waste of the -
taxpayers’ money.

BIS under the PLP administration, particu-
larly in recent years, was headed by persons
who made no pretence at being professionals in
their job. Time meant nothing to them. They
were conveniently absent — “not in office” was
the switchboard operator’s favourite expres-
sion — when information was needed by the
working press. There were more than one on
the payroll who never showed up for-work.

At one time we refused to use BIS releases
because their lateness and. our pressing dead-
lines caused too. much confusion.

For example, both Tribune and BIS reporters
would cover an assignment on the same day.
When The Tribune was an evening newspaper
that assignment would be reported in that
evening’s newspaper.

Weeks later the BIS story would arrive at
our office. By that time so much copy had
crossed the editor’s desk that he had forgotten
the assignment and had to send to archives to
find out if the BIS story was new, or whether it
had already been written by one of our reporters
and published in The Tribune. Invariably it was
history. In the end although our messenger dai-
ly collected BIS releases — they were the days
before the internet — they were dropped in the
wastebasket.

Not so today. BIS keeps us on our toes. It has
a new manager — an efficient, hardworking
woman. We presume that the slackers, never
knowing office discipline before, are having to
measure up at last. Obviously, they don’t like it.

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photo’s caption had to say:

“If you look closely you will see a young
woman holding a camera. And almost every
time Hubert Ingraham travels, she is some-
where right behind him. Things that make you
go Hmmmmm.”

What an insult to all women journalists.
Does this insinuate that a woman reporter can-
not do her job among males without some
depraved mind suggesting she must have got
there for reasons other than the fact that she is
an expert in her journalistic profession?

They laugh at her taking photographs

- because she is not a professional photographer.

What this poor fool — her anonymous critic
— does not realise is that in our profession
today persons who can write and also press the
button on a digital camera do not have to be
professional photographers. As a matter of fact
because of their versatility they are far more
valuable than a professional photographer who
can only shoot pictures. No longer do newspa-
pers have to send two persons on the same
assignment when one can do both jobs. Even we
know how to hold a camera, look through the
lens, press the button and produce a satisfacto-
ry photograph for newspaper pages.

The blogger comments on Mrs Turner’s nar-
row waist. Does anyone ever comment on the
narrow waist of a male reporter/photograph-
er? No, here again an attempt is made to deni-
grate a woman who is superior to some little
man hiding behind the anonymity of a blog.
He wants to know where she comes from, what
are her qualifications.

We do not know, but what we do know is

that she is far superior to any male who has"

held her position at BIS.’We do not know the
lady; we don’t even know what she looks like.
But daily we see the results of her hard work
and can appreciate her obvious organisational
ability. After the FNM’s election she was
appointed a Deputy Director with responsibil-
ity for the Broadcast division of BIS in addition
to responsibility for vetting and distributing
news stories. She was also designated Press
Officer to the Prime Minister. She lives in
Freeport where she heads the BIS office there.
We congratulate whoever was responsible for
her appointment. For the first time this gov-
ernment department is earning its keep.

The blogger has criticised Mrs Turner for
not having included his blog in BIS’s broadcast
news lists. We approve of her decision.

After all BIS is for the serious news media
and qualified journalists.

On no count does this mud-slinger qualify
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Pierre Dupuch |
answers the
Hilton manager

EDITOR, The Tribune. —

The Thursday (Nov. 6) edi-
tion of The Tribune printed a

‘letter from Mr. Peter Web-

ster, manager of the British
Colonial Hilton and Treasurer
of the Bahamas Hotel Associ-
ation, restating my case about
"The True Investor". I wish
to publicly thank Mr. Webster
who so eloquently proved my.
point.

But before I get into that I

wish to correct him on several _

issues. First, I never criticized
the Hilton Group of Hotels.
In fact, I consider Hilton to
be one of the world's most
outstanding and respected
hotel chains.

The story I related about
Mr Bill Saunders' tour desk
being removed from the
British Colonial Hilton was
told to me by Mr Saunders
himself. He later confirmed
what I wrote. But let us not
confuse the argument with
semantics. It is not important
whether he was given notice,
written a letter or thrown out
on his ear. If I was wrong on
the details of how it happened,
I apologize. However, Mr.
Webster would be well
advised to remember what I
understand he told several

- people about this matter.

The fact is that one year
after the "renovations,"
Majestic Tours still does not
have a tour desk in the British
Colonial Hilton Hotel. Mr.
Webster, in his utmost wis-
dom, says that because the
Hilton is a "business" hotel a
tour desk is not needed and
that if one of the guests wants

a tour the concierge could give °

the appropriate information.
This statement amazes me.
Mr. Webster should know that
the power of suggestion, aided
by visual tools, influences a
person to do things. Would it
not stand to reason, therefore,
that a tour desk, properly
designed to fit the decor of
the hotel and located where
guests could see it would be
more effective than having to
rely on a concierge who has
many other things to do? The






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truth is, it would appear that

Mr. Webster does not want a
tour desk in the hotel that he
manages. It's as simple as that.

Furthermore, who knows,

better the tools needed to sell
a tour, Mr. Bill Saunders of
Majestic Tours who has done
it successfully for fifty years, or
Mr Peter Webster who prob-
ably is not even fifty years
old? He certainly has not been
playing on the Bahamian field
for very many years.
Granted, Mr. Peter Web-
ster has the right to say whom
he wants in the hotel that he
manages. But when making a
decision he would be well
advised to keep in mind the
unspoken and unwritten "joint
venture" agreement between

the Bahamian people and the’

investor. The Government, on
behalf of the Bahamian peo-
ple, has created the "Hotel
Encouragement Act" which
gives many attractive conces-
sions to hotels operating here.

Frankly, Mr Saunders of
Majestic Tours has several
options. He can appeal to the
common sense of Mr Peter
Webster; he could appeal to
public opinion; or he could
approach the CEO of the
Hilton Group to present his
case. The Government, on the
other hand, could defend its
citizens by drafting a law pre-
venting hotels from restraining
businesses from accessing
tourists and including it in all
Heads of Agreements.

I doubt that Mr. Webster
knows the background of the
British Colonial Hotel in the
Bahamas. In 1956, one day
after Sir Etienne Dupuch pre-
sented that historic resolution
to Parliament which broke
down racial discrimination,
Lady Oakes, the then owner
of the British Colonial,
announced that in the future
her hotel would be open to all
races in the Bahamas. It was
historic. Back then the British
Colonial joined in the fight

against racial discrimination;
however, today it appears that
it is being used to economi-
cally discriminate against the
Bahamian people. 'Mr Web-
ster, in my opinion, you are
treading on pretty shaky
ground.

_ Mr Webster also indicates
in his letter that we all should
get together to promote
tourism. I agree. But who was
it who gave Dupuch Publica-
tions fourteen days to let the
BHA know whether or not
they were prepared to give the
BHA a percentage of their
sales? Not I, Mr. Webster.
What hotel manager put
Majestic Tours desk out of the
hotel? Not I, Mr. Webster.
Who were they who contacted
various hotels and asked them
not to do business with

Dupuch Publications until

they had agreed to pay the
BHA a percentage of their
sales? Not I, Mr. Webster.

I never wanted this whole
matter to be washed in the
public forum either. Immedi-
ately upon hearing that the
BHA Endorsement Policy
had once again raised its ugly
head I wrote Mr Frank Comi-
to expressing my concerns and
asking him to respond. The
letter went unanswered. I
must assume, therefore, he
thought that by ignoring me I
would simply fade into the
woodwork. Like so many
before him, he was wrong.

Rather than taking steps
which would effectively
destroy the largest and most
proven tourist-oriented busi-
nesses in town, their advice
and support should be sought
by newcomers like Mr Web-
ster. One does not build by
destroying.

I don't know if Mr Peter °
Webster has noticed lately,
but the tourist arrivals are
quickly shrinking. People are
being laid off. Families are
hurting. Surely the British.
Colonial Hilton Hotel does
not wish to add to the bread
line?

PIERRE DUPUCH
Nassau,
November 7, 2008

A magnificent act of love

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Many thanks to your reporter,
Lloyd. Allen, for bringing us that
wonderful story on the front page
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was responsible.

Mrs. Vandetta Moorshead lost
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Smith, last year December when
he was knocked off his motor-
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Mrs. Moorshead pleaded with
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her son.

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May the Prince of Peace, who
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m@ By CHESTER ROBARDS
Tribune Staff Reporter

SANDALS Royal Bahamian Resort
and Spa may have violated Bahamian
labour laws by firing two pregnant
women last Friday, it was claimed yes-
terday.

Minister of Labour Dion Foulkes
told The Tribune that the law has cer-
tain guidelines in place to protect preg-
nant women against the kind of action
taken by Sandals.

“T understand that there are two
women who are pregnant, and there
are certain provisions in the law where

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Claim that Sandals may have violated
labour laws by firing pregnant women

One of the pregnant women, Tak-
era Thompson, 26, is a single mother of
three little boys and is expecting a
fourth child in about three months.

According to her, her physical state
and maternal responsibilities will inhib-
it her finding another job for up to 13
months.

Still, she remains with bills and oth-
er financial obligations.

She emerged from the employee
entrance of Sandals in tears after
receiving her walking papers, and
told The Tribune: “Now I have to
explain to my children that I am not
working.”

special consideration should be given to women

who are pregnant,” he said.

According to him, he and lawyer Obie Fergu-
son, who is also representing members of the
Bahamas Hotel Maintenance and Allied work-
ers Union, are looking into the matter.

“Mr Obie Ferguson has also made represen-
tation to myself with respect to those two women
and we are also having discussions with respect

to them,” said Mr Foulkes.

Ms Thompson and her sister, who lives with
her, her mother and her three children, are now
both former employees of Sandals. Her sister
was fired only a month before she was.

She said her sister was fortunate to be able to
start her own business after being laid off from
the resort, but she is not certain about the future.

According to her, obligation number one is to
her boys and unborn child. In the future she

hopes to go back to school.

Bahamians ‘need to market themselves’

@ By ALEX MISSICK
Tribune Staff Reporter

AS THE Bahamas continues to
suffer from the global economic
downturn and hotel lay-offs are
expected to continue, the jobless
claim they have no-one to turn to
for relief and look directly to the
government for assistance.

However, a person’s job is more
than just talking to co-workers. It’s
about networking the skills and
services you have attained during
your time in the workforce. It is
more than just shaking hands and
passing out business cards, it’s real-
ly about building your social capi-
tal, a leading businessman claims.

President of the Bahamas

‘ Chamber of Commerce, Dionisio
D’ Aguilar, said Bahamians who
are looking for jobs or are already
in the workplace need to market
themselves every chance they get.

“First thing they need to do is to
register with the labour exchange

with the Ministry of Labour as they’

are receiving applications at a rate
at 100 applications a day.

“So it’s very important for them
to get their names in there other-
wise they won’t know about the
job opportunities. You must put
yourself in the pool and say these
are my qualifications and this is
what I have,” Mr D’Aguilar said.

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to do, when you say you are going
to do it, builds one’s credibility and
trust with their network.

Another issue that Bahamians
have to tackle is having a positive
attitude in the workplace. Being
positive contributes to a person’s
determination, internal motivation
and ultimate business success. A
consistently negative attitude
makes people dislike being around
you and drives away referrals and
a positive attitude makes people
want to associate and co-operate
with you.

“Bahamians have to get out of

their heads the stigmas of jobs they -

won’t do. A job is a job. It may
not be the job that you want or it
may not be your ideal job but you
still have bills to pay at the end of
the day. They should stop being
snobby about what jobs they will
or will not take. I can never under-
stand how people can be a maid at:
Atlantis but won’t be maids in a
private home,” Mr D’Aguilar said.

There is also commitment to the
networking process. Persons who
are constantly networking are nev-
er formally off-duty. Networking
should be so natural that you find
yourself networking in the grocery
checkout line, at the doctor's office,
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school as well as at business mixers
and networking meetings. Net-
workers take advantage of every
opportunity that is presented to

them on a daily basis.

“Many employers lament the
difficulty of finding people to work
who want to work. The jobs are
there but it’s just Bahamians have
this built-in gene that says ‘I don’t
do that work or I don’t work for
people in their homes and there-
fore I would rather be unemployed
and complain about the number
of work permits the government
is giving to foreigners.’

“Tf you are really good at what
you do, the job will come to you.
Give all, do the best you can do
and if you lose your job then your
old boss can say you were a great
worker,” Mr D’ Aguilar said.

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Police have appealed for infor-
mation about any female known or
not known to be pregnant who was
suffering from depression or
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BHA president comments
on decline in tourist arrivals

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

A FORECAST eight per cent
annual decline in tourist arrivals is
significant as even “a one per cent
difference in occupancy year over
year can make or break the dif-
ference for hotels,” according to
Bahamas Hotel Association pres-
ident Frank Comito.

Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham revealed on Tuesday that,
based on discussions between the
Ministry of Tourism, hoteliers and
cruise lines, an eight per cent fall
in tourists compared with last
year is expected for 2008.

Speaking with The Tribune
about the significance of the like-
ly eight per cent figure, BHA
president Frank Comito said:
“When you're looking at already
running a tight margin, when you
look at the fact that we’re down
this year over last year and the
fact that last year we were down
over the year before, when you’re
looking at the fact that we’re run-
ning utility bills for most of the
year 30 per cent more than last
year - and next to labour that’s
our biggest expense - you’ve got a
situation where there’s some vul-
nerability out there in the indus-
try so even a small difference, a
one per cent difference in occu-
pancy year over year, can make
or break the difference for
hotels.”

Detailing the drooping tourism
figures last week, the prime min-
ister noted the failure of eco-
nomic stimuli packages in the

United States and Europe to
deliver the results that were
intended of them as contributing
to the decline.

“There has been a continua-
tion in the slide. Job losses con-
tinue to be high in the developed

, world, factories are closing in Chi-

na, orders for manufactured
goods are down, consumer confi-

dence is still low, there’s uncer- :
tainty on the part of a number of :
people who are employed in :
America from which we get 80 :
per cent of our tourists and :
because of their uncertainty about ;
their job prospects it affects their :
decisions to travel,” said Mr :

Ingraham.

Mr Comito said as early as :
midsummer 71 per cent of hotels :
surveyed by the BHA “already :
anticipated having a net loss in }
2008 and that was before the bot- }

tom fell out in September.”

That month saw the combined :
effect of hurricane threats and }
the rapid acceleration of the glob- :
al financial crisis begin to hit ;

Bahamian hotels hard.

Grand Bahama and Family }
Island properties and properties :
that do not cater as much to :
group business or weddings have }
suffered the greatest lapse in ;
arrivals, according to the BHA }

president.

In the case of one Family :
Island hotelier he spoke with last :
week, Mr Comito said he is “now :
living less than hard to mouth”, :
having not had a chance to :
replenish his overdraft due to the :
failure for this Christmas season }

to bring visitors.

= By CHESTER ROBARDS
Tribune Staff Reporter

A RESIDENT of Lincoln
Boulevard has voiced con-
cerns for weeks about a ship-
ping container parked too
close to her home and she
feels law enforcement and civ-
il officials are ignoring her
pleas.

Edith Gardiner, a police
officer, told The Tribune that
she is concerned this contain-
er, which sits atop its wheeled
trailer, might tip over, as she
feels the ground that it is on
may not hold its weight.

She said the container is so
close to her house it blocks
sunlight and breeze to several
rooms in her house.

“It is so close that if I was
on my roof, I wouldn’t have
to jump on to the top of it, I
would just walk on to it,” said
Ms Gardiner.

“In the day, it blocks out
the sun so much that I have
to use lights in those rooms.”

According to-her, she has
approached police, the Min-
istry of Environment and the

ribune staff

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Department of Physical Plan-

‘ning for help, but has yet to

receive any.

“The gentleman from town
planning said he would come
and put a notice of the con-
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many complaints about it as
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Ms Gardiner said the man
who owns the lot has been
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and big rig trucks on the prop-
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Ending Caribbean
border disputes

SIR RONALD SANDERS



(The writer is a business
consultant and former
Caribbean diplomat)

B ORDER disputes are a
contentious and unnec-
essary barrier to economic and
social development in countries
involved in them. They frustrate
international cooperation on
trade, environment protection,
security, and law enforcement.
They also. scare off private sec-
tor investment and they are a
drain on budgets and resources.

For these reasons, the people
of Belize and Guatemala and
their neighbouring countries
should welcome the news that on
December 8th, the governments
of the two countries signed a Spe-
cial Agreement to “submit
Guatemala’s territorial, insular,
and maritime claim to the Inter-
national Court of Justice (ICJ)”.

The Caribbean region has been

‘plagued by three border disputes:

_ for over four decades. Guatemala
has laid claim to the territory of
Belize (formerly a British colony),
Venezuela seeks to reopen a

. claim settled over a century ago
to two-thirds of Guyana (also a
former British colony). and
Guyana and Suriname (a former
Dutch colony) quarrel over the
area that constitutes their bound-
ary

nig 1980, the United Nations
urged Guatemala and Belize to
find a peaceful solution to their
territorial problem.

But, since then, there have
been serious incidents between
the military forces of the two
countries and bloody confronta-
tions, loss of life, and destruction
of crops.

The two sides then participated

_in an initiative in 2000 by the
Organisation of American States
(OAS) to facilitate a negotiated
“settlement of their problem.
Largely because of Guatemalan
recalcitrance, the effort petered
out though the OAS-appointed
facilitators had laid the ground-
work for a lasting solution. .

It is a matter of conjecture how
much better off Belize and
Guyana might now have been
had Guatemala and Venezuela
not maintained their claims,
absorbing the scare resources of
the two smaller countries to ward
them off, and frightening away
investment.

he Special Agreement

has to be approved by
the citizens of Belize and
Guatemala in referenda. It is
assumed that the Belize referen-
dum will be fairly plain sailing
since both the ruling political par-
ty and the main opposition party
have both worked toward a reso-
lution of the problem.

Although, it has to be said, that
there may be some understand-
able nervousness in Belize
because the decision of the ICJ
will be binding.’

In this connection, the worst
case scenario for Guatemala is
that it will not get any of the ter-
ritory to which it aspires; the
worst case scenario for the
Belizeans is the loss of their
homeland and their sovereignty.

Nonetheless, encouraged by
the efforts of the Secretary-Gen-
eral of OAS under whose aus-
pices the Special Agreement was
signed, the foreign minister of
Guatemala Roger Haroldo Rodas
Melgar declared “we are begin-
ning a process that, regardless of
its outcome, will enable the gov-
ernments and peoples. of these
two countries to act in a manner



will have to mount programmes
of education amongst their own
populations to counter the efforts
of hot heads who would seek to
sacrifice the legal process on the
altar of nationalism and perceived
patrimony.

In this connection, the role of
the OAS is not yet over and the
Secretary-General should even
now be exploring ways in which
machinery can be established to
keep the peace and educate the
public as the ICJ process
advances.

| he ICJ process is also
expensive and particu-
larly so for small countries. Each
government will have to hire a
battery of lawyers, cartographers
and other specialists to assemble
their arguments.

- The cost will run into millions
of dollars.

The OAS is to be congratulat-
ed for its foresight in creating and
administering a fund to contribute
to the legal costs that both coun-
tries will incur.

But plaudits are also due to the
British government, which, while
not a member of the OAS, has
announced, through one of its

_ Foreign Ministers, Gillian Mer-

ron, that it “will make an initial
contribution of £200,000
(US$300,000 approx) to this
fund.”

No one can foresee exactly
what the ICJ will decide in their
adjudication of the Belize-
Guatemala issue.

However, the merits of each
side’s case have been argued since
1859, and it seems unlikely that






_that befits the start of the Twenty- . 7

. first Century.”

That is a sentiment that had
been expressed almost identical-
ly by Assad Shoman, then
Belize’s Chief Negotiator with
Guatemala, in September 2005.

Nations everywhere should
welcome the signing of the Spe-
cial Agreement and encourage
the two countries to move quick-
ly to get their issue before the
ICJ.

The fact that the governments
have chosen to settle their prob-
lems by peaceful means and inter-
national law rather than war and
bloodshed, indicates both their
growing maturity and the value
of the OAS in conflict resolution.

The procedures at the ICJ are
long and it could be three years

before the Court hands down a

decision.

During this period, both
nations will have to behave with
considerable restraint toward
each other. |

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It is that the borders set for
Belize deprive Guatemala from
access to the Atlantic coast, thus
hampering its future economic
development and its access to the
high seas.

If the ceding of such access is
what Belize is required to grant in
the end, the peace, stability and
potential for economic develop-
ment would be well worth it.

The solution to the Guyana
border issues with Venezuela and
Suriname may also lie at some
future point in recourse to the
ICJ, but this depends most par-
ticularly on the attitude of the
Venezuela government which
could have long sought a negoti-
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Guyana and Suriname last year
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expecting baby
reach hospital

@ By LLOYD ALLEN
Tribune Staff Reporter



TERROR turned to joy
for one young couple who
said the efforts of a police
officer, who went beyond
the call of duty, helped
them bring their new baby
boy into the world.

Imagine going into
labour at the height of early
morning traffic and trying
to reach Princess Margaret.
Hospital from the outskirts
of town.

Well, for Renaldo and

} Sherron Young this night-

mare became a reality.

Mr Young told ‘The Tri-
bune that he woke up at
7am to the sound of his
wife going into labour.
Immediately he got dressed
and helped his wife into
their car and they started
on a seemingly never-end-
ing journey to the hospital.

Driving from Coral Har-
bour, Mr Young said it
seemed as if every car in
Nassau was on the road.

He said he and his wife
spent at least 15 minutes
barely moving along Glad-
stone Road while his wife °
experienced overwhelming
pain.

Mr Young said he was
certain his wife would °
deliver their baby in the
back seat if he did not
make it to the hospital
soon.

When the couple arrived
at the traffic light near
Lakeview Memorial, Mr
Young said he spotted a
speed cop. He decided to
ask Corporal Patrick Miller
if he could escort them to
the hospital.

“Without hesitation he
said just follow me,” Mr
Young said. “It felt like a
movie as the officer drove
in front of us. All the traffic
just cleared while we were
passing through.”

Mr Young said after they
arrived at the hospital and
made their way to the
maternity ward, the officer
remained until they
received help.

Mr Young said the drive,
which would have normally
taken at least an hour, was
cut down to 15 minutes,
allowing his wife to deliver
her baby at the hospital, all
of which was made possible
by the officer.

“He didn’t have to do all
of that, we just asked him
to take us there, but he did
far more,” she said.

Supt Melvin Lundy of the
Palmdale traffic division
said he is not surprised at
all with the efforts of Offi-
cer Miller.

Supt Lundy said it is the
duty of all officers 0 assist
the public. However, he
said Mr Miller had a track
record of going above and
beyond the call of duty.

“That's happening every
day, he is good and hard-
working, thats the kind of
officer he is.”

The newlywed couple,
along with their baby Storm
Young, said this Christmas
will forever be special,
thanks to Corporal Miller
of the Palmdale trattic sta-
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Fashion tycoon offers
_ Lyford Cay home for rent

FASHION tycoon
Peter Nygard is offering
his luxury home at
Lyford Cay for rent - at |
$42,000 a night, or nearly
$300,000 a week.

The Wall Street Jour-
nal has described
Nygard’s 10-acre Nassau

home rentals in the
world.”

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the property, Lyford Cay



is described as “a private PETER NYGARD (above) is offering his home (which contains two pools - one of



community whose resi- Which is pictured above) for rent.

dents include the British
billionaire Joseph Lewis.”

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rental: an 82-foot yacht, a 48-foot fishing boat,
two all-terrain trucks, a full staff, two pools
and multiple spas, a 24-seat cinema that can
screen three movies at once, plus a disco
room. :

Flaxen-haired Nygard, a Finnish-born fash-
ion manufacturer and retailer whose business
is one of the largest in Canada, hired Holly-

. wood set designers to create his dream home.

It appears like a gigantic tree house on a
beautiful promontory in western New Provi-
dence. Some regard it as the most desirable

home site on the island.

For years, Nygard has hosted New Year’s
Eve parties for friends and guests at the
house, with its stunning sea views on. all sides.
He has also staged boxing tournaments for
locals.

Now the property is for rent via Unusual
Villas and Island Rentals of Richmond, Vir-
ginia.

Nygard, 65, is chairman of Nygard Inter-
national of Winnipeg and has a park named
after him in Deloraine, Canada.

In 2003, his personal wealth was estimated
at just under $500 million.




Central Bank releases new CRISP banknotes

IN its effort to continue to
upgrade the security and durabil-

. ity of Bahamian banknotes, the
. Central Bank . today releases the

fifth denomination in its Coun-
terfeit Resistant Integrated Secu-

: rity Product (CRISP) family of

’ banknotes.

While the new $1 banknote will
incorporate similar security fea-
tures as earlier crisp banknotes,
the durability of this banknote
has been significantly improved
in comparison to previous $1 ban-
knotes issued. ,

The bank is pleased with the
combination of security and aes-
thetic features used to create the
new banknote and will be watch-
ing it very closely to determine
how well its durability performs in
circulation. ’ ;

The banknote is dark green,
mint green and brown in colour
and bears a portrait of Sir Lynden
Pindling on the front, and the
Royal Bahamas Police Force
Band on the back. :

These new banknotes will cir-

culate alongside the existing $1
banknotes, which will eventually
be phased out of circulation. The
final denomination in the crisp
family of banknotes will be the

$100 note, expected to be.

released in 2009.

As part of its public education
initiatives, the bank has available,
and has distributed to banks and
other cash handlers,. flyers and
posters which describe the new
security features of the $1 ban-
knote.

The objective is to ensure that
the public is able to distinguish
more easily and reliably between

’ genuine banknotes, and counter-

feits. To this end, the Central
Bank also hosts counterfeit sem-
inars bi-annually. in Nassau and
annually in Freeport. The next
counterfeit seminars are sched-
uled to be held in early January,
2009.

The public can help reduce
opportunities for counterfeiters
by paying closer attention to ban-
knote posters and pamphlets

AN

CREDIT SUISSE —

located in clearing banks and gov-
ernment agencies, and checking
their $1 banknotes for the fol-
lowing upgraded security fea-
tures: :

e More vibrant and lively
colours and a portrait of Sir Lyn-
den Pindling on the right.

e New watermark - this ban-
knote bears a watermark of Sir
Lynden Pindling and the numer-
al one (front left).

e A colour shifting windowed
thread that changes colour (from
violet to green) when the ban-
knote is tilted (front centre).

e A new see-through feature
that shows only a partial image
of the sand dollar until it is held
up to a light source when a com-
plete image of the sand dollar
appears (front left, back right).

For more information on
Bahamas banknotes and security
features, call the banking depart-
ment of Central Bank at 242-
302-2629 or visit the bank’s web-
site at
www.centralbankbahamas.com

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@ TEMPO TURNS
THREE IN NASSAU

REGGAE superstar Luciano :
sang in front-of a small crowd :
until daylight Susday as Tempo :
celebrated its third birthday on :
the grounds of Superelubs :
Hun- :

Breezes, Cable Beach.
dreds of Bahamians and tourists;
mostly Caribbean natives,
attended the special concert
which featured a number of top
reggae, soca and calypso artists,
including Mr Vegas, Cecille,
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Ten-year-old hangs himself ‘accidentally’

FROM page one

he had died.

“I feel so bad. That’s my son,
only three children I have. I
have three sons. He loved me, I
loved him, everybody loved my
bey,” ‘Docius said.

Police press liaison officer

WalterEvans said the child died
before ambulance medical per-
sonnel arrived.

“EMS personnel were called

but the child showed no vital *.

signs,” ASP Evans told The Tri-

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SCNIGE Mas (in

bune yesterday.

ASP Evans said police do
not suspect foul play and are
treating his death as an acci-
dent.

“This incident is being treat-
ed as an accidental death. We
are not treating it as anything
suspicious. We believe that this
boy may have been playing,”
ASP Evans said.

A few months ago,..an I 1-
year-old boy. accidentally hung

himself while playing in the

back yard of his home off Hay
Street.

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The HHFLB report, pre-
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Doctors Hospital has indicat-
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the institution, based on its
own “investigation and analy-
sis of the case, recognised that
there were two significant
opportunities in the process
of care provided to Mr
Christopher Esfakis to miti-
gate against such an incident
occurring again.”

According to the report,
which The Tribune under-
stands is only the second such
annual report to be tabled by
the board in its ten-year exis-
tence, Doctors Hospital told
the board that such “oppor-
tunities” included giving
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of the hospital, to intervene
in the best interest of patient
care and outcome.”

Meanwhile, the hospital
suggested that provisions
empowering attending nurses





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inform an agent of the hospi-
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and/or order with which the
nurse is uncomfortable or
uncertain or in the opinion of
the nurse may prove detri-
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also assist in this regard.

The report states that in the
wake of Mr Esfakis’ death, the
private hospital has “con-
tracted with an organisation
to provide clinical oversight
of the Intensive Care Unit and
Intermediate Care Units” and
“hired a hospitalist to attend
to all patients in these units
‘and engaging clinical directors
for various departments in the
hospital.”

Investigations into death







Opposition calls for
‘urgent review of findings’
from election court cases
FROM page one

sought to disguise its incompe-
tence and monumental failing
in the Attorney General’s
Office in bringing accused per-
sons to trial within a reasonable
time and hence the increasing
number of persons on bail for
serious offences...by suggesting
the election cases prevented tri-
als of criminal matters.

“Clearly this is an attempt to
run from its own responsibility
and feed upon the fears and
frustrations of our people in a
seemingly out-of-control crime
situation in our country,” sug-
gested Mrs Hanna-Martin.

She hit back that the FNM is
“shamelessly searching for
scapegoats and smokescreens
to deflect from some very fun-
damental issues and from its
own duties and responsibilities.”

Mrs Hanna-Martin noted that
both in the MICAL case and in
the Pinewood and Marco City
cases, the results were very close
and in the most recent of the
three, “findings of law and fact
have. brought to the fore major
issues relative to electoral fraud.

“In particular, in the
Pinewood case the court found
what it called the ‘most egre-
gious failures’ in the parlia-
mentary registration system and
noted that the parliamentary
registrar failed for whatever rea-
son to ensure the integrity of
the registration process in
Pinewood.

“Ultimately the court recom-
-mended a comprehensive

review ‘of the practices and pro-
cedures of the Registration
Department with a view to
ensuring that what happened in
Pinewood does not reoccur
because it threatens to under-
mine the fundamental basis of
our parliamentary democracy,”
she said.

democracy.”

Mrs Hanna-Martin was
responding to a statement
issued by FNM chairman John-
ley Ferguson yesterday in which
he implied the PLP contributed
to instances of electoral fraud
by “failing to meet the deadline
for the Boundaries Commission
to be appointed and to report.”

Stating that the former PLP
government were “negligent or
late at every turn” in their
responsibilities as part of the
electoral process, Mr Ferguson
said they “succeeded in wast-
ing the time of two Supreme
Court justices for a year anda
half” by pursuing the election
court matters when they could
have been put to better use.

Ms Hanna-Martin described
the FNM commentary as “very
foolish utterances.”

“The Boundary Commission
of 2007 has no relationship or
relevance to findings of non-
nationals voting in our elections
nor to the issue of persons who
live in completely different con-
stituencies knowingly voting in
another constituency altogether
as was at issue in both recent
cases,” said Mrs Hanna-Martin.

In response to claims that the
party had wasted judicial time
by pursuing the cases, the chair-
woman pointed out that Mr
Ferguson himself exercised the
right to challenge election
results in the MICAL con-
stituency in 2002.

“The avenue of challenge to
election results is governed by
clearly defined principles of law
of constitutional import,” said
Mrs Hanna-Martin.

She added that it is “dis-
graceful that the FNM has





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By JOHN
IT IS traumatic when funda-
mental changes, which result
from selling traditional Gov-
ernment enterprises, are made.
The sale of the telephone com-
pany is now on the front burner.

That is a good thing. It has
been on the kitchen counter for
many years now but in the
interest of the Bahamian people
as a whole that it has finally got
onto the front burner.

It may be hard on a number
of persons whose employment
. may be affected by the sale but
it is for the common good.

The timing is problematic
because of the financial crisis
that has descended on the
world. However that is the least
of the problems. Suggestions
have been made that the sale
should be delayed because of
this crisis. If that were done it
would be disastrous. For if truth
be told the value of telephone
companies whose monopoly














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As time goes by:

business is largely generated
from the capital intensive land ;

line business

has been diminishing each

year for at least the last ten
years. That is the nature of the

telecommunications business of :

today. So the longer it takes to

complete a sale the less the

company will be worth.
ATT the former giant of a

land line business is only prof-
itable now as a cellular and wi :

fi company. Each quarter what
is left of the landline business
continues to decline. Should this
trend continue this business seg-

ment will eventually disappear

altogether.
Just as we can't fight nature

neither can we fight the changes
brought about by new technol- :

ogy. Let's sell now while we
have something to sell.



FROM page one

Association to bring about a quick resolu-
tion to this matter.

“I have been speaking to the Bahamas
Hotel Employers Association, Mr Barrie
Farrington, also with Mr Don Cook and
with Obie Ferguson with the view of finding
some resolution to the current problem,” he
said. :

Consultant for Sandals, Don Cook, said
on Friday that the resort does not recognise
the BHMAWU as the umbrella union for
their employees, only the Bahamas Hotel
Catering and Allied workers Union.

According to Mr Foulkes, the two unions
are in the appeals stage of a court battle to
determine who would be the official repre-
sentatives for Sandals employees.

Minister working with Sandals

“The BHCAWU headed by Roy Cole-
brooke is the recognised bargaining agent
for employees at Sandals presently,” said
Mr Foulkes.

However, he said the labour laws and
the Code of Industrial Practice provide pro-
tection to union executives in the work-
place. And, according to him, both unions
are recognised by the Ministry of Labour
because they are registered organisations.

“The protection that the law gives to
union executives, in terms of fair treatment,
should be accorded to both unions,” said Mr
Foulkes.

“The practice is, whenever there are ter-
minations or lay-offs, the executives or lead-
ership of the unions should be the last per-
sons who are terminated so that the lead-

ership of the union will remain in the work-
place to protect their membership.”

BHMAWU leaders expressed concern to
local media over the firing of their entire
executive board outside of the Sandals
employee entrance on Friday.

They felt the resort made a concerted
effort to weed out their members.

Mr Foulkes said his hands are tied until
the court case is complete.

When a ruling has been handed down he
will consult with employees to determine
which union ihey want representing them.

“I cannot do anything until the court
makes its ruling,” said Mr Foulkes.
“Then I can decide whether I should hold
a poll at the hotel to find out who the work-
ers wish to have as their bargaining agent,
whether they want the BHMAWU or the
BHCAWU.”

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The case was the second to go
in the government’s favour, after
Byran Woodside successfully held
on to his post in the Pinewood
constituency in the face of a chal-
lenge from Senator Allyson May-
nard-Gibson.

In a statement released yester-
day, FNM chairman Senator
Johnley Ferguson said: “Having
lost all two of their election cases,
and being unable to proceed with
a third because the candidate very
sensibly refused to be involved,
PLP politicians are now trying to
convince the pubic that they did
the country a favour by exposing
flaws in. the system.

“The truth is that PLP leaders
could not accept their defeat in
May, 2002, and were desperately
holding out the hope to some of
their supporters that they could

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ple by going to court.

“They succeeded in wasting the
time of two Supreme Court jus-
tices for a year anda half at time
when the services of these judges
could have been put to far better
use dealing with a backlog of cas-
es including criminal matters.”

Mr Ferguson said it is “high
time that the PLP stop blaming

’ everybody and the system. for

their failures”.

“To hear them talk, a stranger
would conclude that at the time of
the last election the PLP could
not possibly have been in office.
However, Bahamians will remem-
ber all too well that the PLP was
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responsibility for the conduct of
the elections.”

The party were “negligent or
late at every turn” in relation to
their electoral responsibilities,
claims the statement.

“Their most grievous fault was
when they failed to meet the
deadline for the Boundaries Com-
mission to be appointed and to
report as required by Article 70 of
the Constitution,” said Mr Fergu-
son.

This delay gave the Parliamen-
tary Registration Department
“the almost impossible task of
effecting boundary changes and
moving people from one con-

stituency to another in time for.

the election.”

It also deprived candidates and -
their campaign organisations of
“sufficient time to check the reg-
ister against the facts on the
ground and to determine what
persons were - or were not - prop-

erly registered in their
constituencies,” said the chair-
man.

“The PLP should try honestly
to face up to their failures, to the
fact that they lost the last election
fairly and squarely, and why they
lost...While in government they
often actéd as if they were still in
opposition, and since they have
been in opposition at least some
of them have been acting as if
they are still in government.

“If they fail again they would
have betrayed their mandate to
give the country a responsible
opposition and forfeited any right
to favourable consideration for a
new mandate from the people in
the next election,” said Mr Fer-
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Sherman
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THOME Ene

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WTR Oke (al

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

BACK in the ring for his first fight since April 2007, Sherman ‘the
Tank’ Williams went the full distance before he out- decisioned Andrew
Greeley on Friday night.

Williams, 36, out-slugged the 27-year-old Greeley from Louisiana to
secure the unanimous victory at the Bourbon Street Stadium i in Jack-
sonville, Florida.

“Everybody that was with him was extremely pleased,” said Williams’
new manager Si Stern. “He just looked absolute solid. It didn’t look like
he was off for 16 months.”

Stern said Williams should be given.a A’ grade for shutting out
Greeley by winning every round to close out the year on a successful

note.



rest for the weary as Williams will have
to spend his Christmas holiday in the
gym training for his first fight in the
new year on January 16 against Darrel
Madison at the Mallory Square in Key

“Fortunately for
me, I stuck to my"
game plan.

. West, Florida.
I started the fight _ “We’re looking forward to it. I think
off with a rhythm, he will do very well,” Stern stressed.
getting my jab off “He just have to continue to work hard

and we will have a sparring partner

come in and get him a little sharper.”
Williams, who improved his win-loss-

draw record to 34-10-2 with 19 knock-

and I watched to
see what my

opponent was outs, said he was quite. pleased with his
going to bring to _ performance.
the table After 16 months off, fighting i in the

main event put a little pressure on me,
but I had no doubt in my mind that, I
pesca eeree rearrange ners ar] just had to stay focus and pick up where

Sherman Williams [left off,” Williams stated.

“Going i in as the main event, every-
body was waiting. Fortunately for me, I stuck to my game plan. I
started the fight off with a rhythm, getting my jab off and I watched to
see what my opponent was going to bring to the table.”

After controlling the tempo from the first round, Williams said he
took his time and just took the fight to Greeley.

“By the third round, it seemed as if I was going to knock the kid out.
He was holding and wasn’t comfortable fighting on the inside,”
Williams reflected:

“He was strong, but I rocked him at the end of the third round and
he held on and made it through the bell. I caught with a vicious body
shot in the fourth and he stumbled back in the corner and I got a bar-
rage of punches in that he survived as well.”

Realizing that he was up against a real stud, who refused to go
away, Williams said he tried to out-box Greeley the rest of the way to

SEE page 17

But Stern said there will not be any





NEW PROVIDENCE VOLLEYBALL ASSOCIATION: LADIES’ CHAMPIONSHIP CROWN

Vixens repeat
as champions

MB Fourth straight crown as Lady Truckers are sent crashing

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

ALREADY stretched to the
limit in five sets in the fourth
game, the Scottdale Vixens was-
n’t prepared to play a fifth and
deciding game against the John-
son’s Lady Truckers.

On Friday night at the DW
Davis Gymnasium, the Vixens
prevailed with a 25-22, 24-26,
21-25, 25-22 and 15-11 decision
to snatch their fourth straight
New Providence Volleyball
Association ladies’ champi-
onship crown,

_ After bouncing back from
losing game one, Vixens
clinched the next three games to
join the Scotiabank Defenders,
who were crowned the men’s
champions on Wednesday night

‘after they swept the Technicians

in three straight games.

. We played in spurts and the
Truckers played us hard,” said
power hitter Cheryse Rolle.
“This wasn’t our best perfor-
mance, but we came through at
the end. ‘

“It feels excellent. We can
now take a break because we
worked hard for this one. We’re
pleased with the win and we’re

looking forward to next year.” °

With such a young team-plus
veteran Jackie Conyers, coach
Joseph ‘Joe Mo’ Smith said they
didn’t win in the style they
wanted too, but it’s good to be
champions again.

“We haven’t played up to the
par that I know we can. We



you have to put them away. We
have a lot of older players on
our team who get tired, so
fatigue set in and things hap-
pen that shouldn’t happen.”

The only other comment that
Johnson could give was: “Con-
gratulations to them. They are
the champions.”

Had it been one or two plays
they successfully executed, Lady
Truckers’ coach DeVince Smith
said they could have been cele-
brating just like his Defenders
did on Wednesday night.

_ “The setter is the brain of the
team. She controls the team and
I think we had a lot of prob-
lems with our setting and that
threw the whole team out of

THE SCOTTDALE VIXENS are the New Providence Volleyball Association’s
champions again. Pictured above seated from left are Latondra Brown; Lav-
erne ‘Nancy’ Symonette, sisters Cheryse and Krystel Rolle and Avoni
Seymour. In back are assistant coach Raymony ‘Rhymes’ Wilson, Laval
Sands, Tamasaine Emmanuel, Jackie Conyers and head coach Joe Mo

Smith...

sieved in spurts and that threw.
us out. of our game mentally,”
he said. “Laval (Sands) is our
best defensive player, but if she
is not on, it throws us our of
syne.’

Smith, who was assisted by
Raymond ‘Rhymes’ Wilson,
said he wasn’t concerned
because he knew his Vixens
could beat the Lady Truckers
on any given day.

“They haven't realized yet
what they need to do when
Kelsie (Johnson) is not in the
front court,” Smith lamented.
“Until they realize that an d get
another piece of the puzzle to

off-set that, they can never beat
us.”

Johnson, the power hitter for
the Lady Truckers, tried to car-
ry the team on her shoulders,
especially when she. played in
the backcaurt.

But she admitted that it was-
n’t easy against the Vixens.

“We came out,-we knew our

“sync,” Smith pointed out.

Despite the loss, Smith said
he’s not in the least disappoint-
ed as his Lady Truckers are
much older than the. Vixens and
they went out and gave it their
all. .

“IT couldn’t ask for anything
more than that,” Smith summed
up. In the final analysis, Cheryse
Rolle had 13 spikes and Jackie
Conyers came through with 11.
Tamasaine Emmanuel posted
eight blocks and Laval Sands
added two. Conyers also record-
ed six serves, followed by
Emmanuel with four.

bats were against the wall, we
played tough, we tried every-
thing and we had them shut
down for a minute,” she pointed
out.

“But the Vixens is a youth-
ful team so when you have the
opportunity to put them away,

For the Lady Truckers, Kelsie
Johnson had 16 kills and Edrica
McPhee added 12. McPhee also

‘contributed four blocks and. -
Shavaughn Woodside had two.
Margaret Albury had six serves
and Woodside was SESPORSIPLS
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Richardson
drives in for
a lay up
against the
COB Caribs.

Wildcats win
Catholic High
tournament

THE Sir Jack Hae
way Wildcats took
advantage of the
home court to pull
off a 56-47 victory to claim the
33rd Catholic High Christmas
Invitational Basketball Tour-
nament on Saturday at the Jack
Hayward Gymnasium in Grand
Bahama. Shavano ‘Buddy’
Hield of Tabernacle was named
the most valuable player.

In the consolation game, the
CC Sweeting Cobras brought -
home third place with a 44-41
over the Tabernacle Falcons.

The RM Bailey Pacers
secured fifth place with a 51-49



COB’S Garvin
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triumph over the Sunland BIS
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Bees enjoy
double
victory

@ By RENALDO DORSETT
Sports Reporter
rdorsett@tribunemedia.net

The College of the Bahamas Athletics Depart-
ment, hosting the first combined men’s and wom-
en’s intercollegiate series of its kind on Saturday
against the Savannah College of Art and Design,

- struggled against their visiting NAIA affiliate mem-
bers, Saturday at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium.

Men

SCAD Bees - 90

COB Caribs -.64

A stagnant Caribs offense leaned too heavily
on its leading scorer and despite a more productive
second half were unable to recover from

Garvin Lightbourne led all scorers with 33 of
the Carib’s 64 points and took 18 of the team’s 46
total field goal attempts.

Lightbourne shot efficiently from the field at 56
percent (10-18), including 3-5 from beyond the
arch and 10-14 from the free throw line.

Damian Sturrup was the only other starter in
double figures with 12, while Tario Brooks chipped
in with 10-off the bench.

A closely contested game early in the first half,
the Caribs trailed by just two, 17-15, midway
through the first half before the Bees

Theron Butler scored the opening basket of the
game for the Caribs and the game remained close-
ly contested as the Bees led just 17-15 early in the
first half.

SCAD went on an [1-2 run to widen an 11 point
advantage, 28- Be

The Bees were more patient, choosing their
spots to attack the Caribs zone and Rashad Park-
er basket made it 33-19 before Brooks scored for
the Caribs and ended a 16-4 Bees run.

SCAD shot 50 percent from the field in the first
half while COB shot 34 percent led 44-23 at the
half.

SEE page 18



PAGE 16, MONDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2008




4 the unyielding defence of the Kingdom
Warriors.

DEFENCE FORCE STINGRAYS Jer- The War r ior S

maine Baker finds his way blocked by

@ by RENALDO DORSETT
Sports Reporter
rdorsett@tribunemedia.net

In just their second year of exis-
tence, the Tripoint Kingdom

Warriors will make a trip to the
Commonwealth American Foot-
ball League playoffs. -

The Warriors earned the fourth
and final playoff spot with a 14-8
win over the Defence. Force

AMERICAN FOOTBALL

overcome Destroyers

Destroyers yesterday at the D.W.
Davis field. The Warriors hold
the tiebreaker over the Destroy-
ers based on total points scored
and margin of victory. .

Both teams finished the season

with just on@ win, against each —

other. The Destroyers escaped
with a 34-30 win when the teams
faced off in November, but failed
to seal a third consecutive playoff
berth. The Warriors held an 8-0
advantage for much of the contest

before they added a second score »

on short yardage midway through
the fourth quarter for a two
score advantage.

The Destroyers added a late
touchdown pass however poor
clock management and a fatigued
defensive unit failed to register a
late game stop‘as the Warriors
managed to run out the clock.

Ron Rollain, Warriors Head
Coach, said his team continued
to overcome the adversity they
faced throughout the season,
including the heartbreaking loss
against the Destroyers last month.

“Tt feels great. I'am just really
excited for my guys. They have

worked really hard all season and ~

it paid off today. We had a real
close game earlier in the season
that we sort of gave away with
that fumble at the goal line and

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was hard but we got over that and
we think we’re moving in the
right direction.”

' Rollain said the competitive
nature of the first matchup gave
his team confidence headed into
yesterday’s game, knowing a.trip

* to the playoffs was on the line.

“Tt was motivation for the team
because coming into this game
they knew they could beat this
team and they know they should
have won the last game,” he said,
“Tt shows growth in the program
and it’s a major opportunity just
to be able to make the playoffs.”

As the fourth ranked team in

the playoffs, the Warriors will -



a

square off against the top seeded

and undefeated John Bull Jets.

Rollain said although his team ‘

has failed to challenge the Jets

thus far, he said his he squad feels e

they have alot to prove in their

inaugural playoff berth.
“We’re the fourth seed and |

that’s fine. We just have to prove ©

to ourselves and prove to the rest
of the league that we are a legiti-
mate threat,” he said, “The first
time was not very pleasant, the

second time we played better and -

for. the playoffs we just have to
intensify and improve in evczy
area, especially strengthening that
middle of the defense.”

that was a really tough loss. It

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2008, PAGE 17



BSC champions crownec

WHILE Transfiguration
repeated as the men's champions,
two new champions were
crowned in the co-ed and 17-and-
under divisions in the Baptist
Sports Council's 2008 Rev. Dr.
William Thompson Softball Clas-
sic.

On Saturday at the Baillou
Hills Sporting Complex, ‘Trans-
figuration completed a three-

game sweep of the best-of-five .

championship series against pen-
nant winning SHAW AME Zion
with an 11-1 rout.

Left fielder Ed Knowles was
named the Most Valuable Player
for the series. The league's batting
champion went to third base-
man/shortstop Darren Stevens of
Shaw AME and injured Alexan-
der Bain of Transfiguration cart-
ed off the Best Pitcher award.

The co-ed division went the full
distance with pennant winning
Golden Gates dethroning Mace-
donia. On Saturday, Golden

Gates won 7-5 in game three,.

Macedonia took game four 6-4
and Golden Gates won the finale
21-14.

While Golden Gates' catch-
er/pitcher Ramon Johnson was
named the championship's MVP,
the league's batting champion was
third sacker/shortstop Renee
Davis of Golden Gates and the
best pitcher was Junior Moss, also
of Golden Gates.

And in the 17-and-under divi-
sion, Temple Fellowship also had
to go the full distance before they
prevailed in the fifth and final
game over Macedonia to emerge
as the champions. Temple Fel-

GOLDEN Gates dethroned Macedonia to win the co-ed championship

Transfiguration repeat their triumph

MEMBERS of Transfiguration celebrated as the repeat men's champions
of the Baptist Sports Council’s 2008 Rev. Dr. William Thompson Softball
Classic on Saturday at the Banker’s Field, Baillou Hills Sporting Complex.

. lowship won game three 9-4 on

Saturday, Macedonia took game
four 13-7 and Temple Fellowship
clinched the series 20-7 in the fifth
and deciding game.

Left fielder Deval Storr of
Temple Fellowship was named
the championship's MVP. The

_ league's batting champion was

versatile Addie Finley of Temple
Fellowship and the Best Pitcher
was Walter Bell of Macedonia.

° Here's a summary of the dec-
dinig games in the three series
played on Saturday:

Transfiguration 11, Shaw AME
Zion 1: Nelson Farrington spun a

title in the Baptist Sports Council's 2008 Rev. William Thompson Softball
Classic on Saturday at the Banker's Field at the Baillou Hills Sporting Com-

plex.

Sherman ‘the Tank’
Williams outguns
Andrew Greeley

FROM page 15

secure the win. “I think I’m my biggest fan and I never ever doubted
in myself. There were a lot of naysavers wondering how I would react
if I got hit with a big punch,” Williams charged.

“But my best defense is my best offense, so in my mind, I knew that
whatever he did, I will not waste any punches. I pretty much expected

the performance that I gave.”

Shaking off the rust in the first two rounds, Williams said the enor-
mous training sessions he went through in Europe over the past year

has really paid off for him.

“J was a bit cautious, not too much tentative,” Williams stressed. “I
expected to pull out the fight the.way I did because I envisioned it in

my mind on my way to the fight.”

With a successful return to the ring, Williams said he’s now looking
forward to his first bout in the new year with renewed vigor.

“After I was announced the winner with an unanimous decision
when I stepped out of the ring, I felt great and come Monday morning
(today), I will be'back in the gym training,” Williams projected.

“It’s kind of odd having a training camp just before the Christmas
holiday and the New Year when most people take time off.

“It’s going to be hard to find sparring partners, but I’ve made a com-
mitment to fight, so I will have to wait until after January 16 to cele-

brate.”

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three-hit shut-out through three -

innings for the win before Alvin
Lightbourne came in to relieve
him in the fourth giving up the
only run to Shaw on Dwayne
Stevens’ RBI sacrifice fly that
sent home Walbert Hanna.
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Valentino Munroe suffered the
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Golden Gates 21, Macedonia
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Sweeting was 3-for-4 with three
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‘Losing pitcher Cardinal Gilbert
went 3-for-4 with threc runs
scored to lead Macedonia. Lyn-
den Gaitor had a pair of triples
with three RBIs and two runs:
Davanna Mackey was had two
hits, scoring four times; Brian
Capron had a double with a RB!
scoring twice and Willard Elliot:
had two hits with a RBI, scoring «
run. _

Temple Fellowship 20, Mace
donia 7; MVP Deval Storr was 3-
for-4 with a pair of solo in-the

park home runs, scoring a tota!
of four runs‘to lead the charge tn
the 17-and-under clincher tor
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three runs; Chad Burrows had a
triple and scored three times and
winning pitcher Dominic Collic
helped his cause with three hits,
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Crandon Wallace, who relieved
starting and losing pitcher Waltct.

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scored and D'Kyle Rolle had +
pair of hits with a RBI, scoring»

run for Macedonia.

































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and Rob Kurs chipped in with
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The Bees ended a two game
losing streak with the win and
improved to 9-3 on the year.

Women

SCAD Bees - 67

COB Caribs - 42

The Caribs struggled to over-
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floor.

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COB inside as center Katie
Stover led all scorers with 16
points.

The 6’ 4” Stover also finished

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. assists. AS it Ke ‘

Reserve’ centre Brittany Ter-
ry also dominated the ‘iriterior
with nine points and a game

high 13 rebounds.

Standing at 5’10”, the tallest
player for the Caribs, Ashley
Moss finished with six points
and nine rebounds.

The Bees took their first lead
of the game on a Catherine
VanderLaan score to give
SCAD a 6-4 three minutes into
the first half.

The Caribs. were bilighbred
28-7 throughout the remainder
of the first half thanks to woeful
shooting from COB.

The Caribs shot just 16 per-
cent (5-31) in and were 0-10
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half.

The Bees led 34-13 at the
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as large as 29 points on a layup
by Stover to give the Bees a 57-

28 lead with just over seven:

minutes remaining.

Christine Sinclair and Alyse
Dean were the only Caribs.to
reach double figures 13 and 10

dra Williams fouled out with
eight.

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anced Bees scoring attack which
also included Vanderlaan who
finished with. nine points and
four rebounds, Shareese

- Richardson with 10 points and

five rebounds, Kanoa
McGowan with eight points and
three rebounds and Janay Wil-
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rebounds and twocassists.

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Anelka equalized six minutes
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“Tt was a difficult game for
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would win this game.”
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UTILITY officials trying to
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storm in the Northeast warned
there could be more outages
Sunday as drooping branches
shed ice and snap back to their
‘original positions, potentially
taking out more power lines,
according to Associated Press.

Roughly 800,000 customers

-were still without power in
upstate New York, Massachu-
setts, New Hampshire and
Maine late Saturday. Utilities
in hardest-hit New Hampshire
said power might not be totally

restored to the region until

Thursday or Friday, a week
after the storm knocked down
utility lines, poles and’ equip-
ment and Bead out 1.4 homes
and businesses.

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Hi GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip

GAZA’S militant Hamas
rulers marshaled hundreds
of thousands of supporters

to a huge anniversary rally,

on Sunday, a show of mus-
cle featuring a skit of a
mock-captive Israeli sol-

dier begging for his free- .

dom, according to Associ-
ated Press.

‘Marking 21 years since
its founding, a triumphant
Hamas bragged about its
violent exploits, promised
more money to Gaza’s
impoverished people, and
announced it would soon
stop recognizing the legiti-
macy of Palestinian Presi-
dent Mahmoud Abbas,
who -rules only the West
Bank now.

Organizers said about
300,000 Hamas supporters
crowded into a dusty out-
door arena and spilled over
into nearby streets. Many
waved flags and sported
baseball caps in the Islam-
ic group’s signature green
color.

Uniform

In the skit, Hamas parad-
ed a Palestinian speaking
Hebrew and dressed in an
Israeli soldier’s uniform —
a reference to Israeli Sgt.
_ Gilad Schalit, captured by
Hamas-allied militants in
June 2006.

*“I miss my Mom and
Dad,” said the man play-
ing the Israeli soldier,
kneeling as he spoke. “Tell
Olmert, why don’t you take
care of your soldier?”

The capture of Schalit in
‘a June 2006 cross-border
raid is an open wound in
Israeli society. The taunt
at the rally drew condem-
nation from Israel, which
has been indirectly negoti-
ating the soldier’s release
with Hamas for the past 2
1/2 years.

A spokesman for the

Israeli government, Mark
Regev, called the skit
“another example of
~(Hamas) cruelty and inhu-
manity.”
’ In comments aired Sun-
day, exiled Hamas leader
Khaled Mashaal said a six-
month truce with Israel
would not be renewed after
it expires this week. Inter-
viewed on a Hamas-affili-
ated Lebanese TV channel,
Mashaal did not explicitly
threaten renewed attacks,
saying instead that Hamas
would respond to develop-
ments.

On Sunday, Israel closed
its passenger crossing with
Gaza to journalists in
response to Palestinian
rocket fire over the week-
end. For much of. the past
month, Israel has banned
reporters from entering the
territory after militants
fired rockets and mortars
at Israeli communities.

Hamas, founded in Gaza
in December 1987, is sworn
to Israel’s destruction and
was involved in dozens of
suicide bombings that
killed more than 250
Israelis. It seized Gaza by
force in June 2007 after
months of fighting with
Abbas’ Fatah forces.

Hamas contends Abbas’
term ends Jan. 8, four years
after he was elected presi-
dent. Abbas has argued
that he had an additional
year so the presidential
term could dovetail with
parliament’s.

The huge ,turnout at the
Gaza rally was a pointed
display of strength directed
at both Israel and Fatah,
and further evidence of the
Muslim militant group’s
unchallenged contro] over

1.4 million Gazans.

During an hourlong
speech, the Hamas Gaza

Huge crowds

gather in Gaza
for Hamas

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PALESTINIAN WOMEN, supporters of the Hamas, attend a rally in
Gaza City, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008. Some tens of thousands of Hamas
supporters marked the Islamic militant group's 21st anniversary with .
an outdoor rally Sunday, and the show of strength included a play
featuring a mock-captive Israeli soldier’ begging for his freedom.

prime minister, Ismail
Haniyeh, read out a list of
construction projects and

funds to be distributed to -

impoverished, Gaza resi-
dents.

The projects indicate
Hamas is still able to smug-
gle cash through tunnels
that crisscross the territo-

ry’s border with Egypt —

at a time when the West-
ern-backed Abbas govern-
ment in the West Bank has
struggled to pay salaries.

Attacks

Hamas also bragged of
attacks conducted against
Israel in the past 21 years,
inflating the numbers.

In his speech, Haniyeh
said Hamas was only
strengthened by Israeli
sanctions.

“It is a letter to Obama,
to the Zionists and those
who stand in the same
trenches as them: We say
with confidence, you will
not. be victorious,”
Haniyeh said.

‘The U.S. and other West-
ern countries designate
Hamas as a terror organi-
zation, but President-elect

Barack Obama has not

made his position clear.
Also Sunday, Israel said
elayed release of 227
Palestinian prisoners would
take place on Monday. The
release is a goodwill ges-
ture to Abbas’ Western-
backed government.

The prisoners were to be
released last weck for the
Muslim Eid al-Adha holi-
day.

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Freezing vaults
guard Earth’s flora

M@ ARDINGLY, England

THE underground bunker can
block nuclear fallout, withstand a
direct hit by a jetliner, and is cooled
toa deathly chill.

-The ultramodern facility in the
tranquil English countryside looks
like a perfect lab for a James Bond
villain, but it doesn’t hide anything
sinister. The only thing kept here
are seeds, lots of them — more than
a billion, in fact, according to Asso-
ciated Press.

Scientists say this is the world’s

most diverse seed bank, but its keep-
ers worry that the global financial
crisis could cut its government and
corporate funding and cause the

seed gathering to wither at the end’

of next year, well short of its goal.

“This is the world’s biodiversity
hot spot,” said Paul Smith, director
of the Millennium Seed Bank Pro-
ject, standing outside two room-size
vaults filled with precious seeds
which are kept’ at minus 4 degrees
Fahrenheit to slow their metabo-
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improve, we'll have to stop collect-
ing.” :

He has already seen a tightening
of philanthropic budgets in recent
months that is affecting the seed
bank’s future. “We have not raised
the kind of money we had hoped to
at this point,” Smith said.

There are more than 1,000 seed
banks — including a newly opened,
unmanned “doomsday” facility in
the Arctic wastes of Norway that
will ultimately house more than |
billion crop sceds. But the one at
Wakehurst Place, about 30 miles
south of London, says its the only
global facility of its kind, unique for
its focus on wild species, not just
crops.

It says it aims to store a quarter of
the world’s species by 2020, and
could eventually house half of them.
It currently has 25,000 species and
1.5 billion seeds.

The seed bank’s scientists gauge |

the total number of plant species at
300,000, which represents a middle
figure in the widely varying, con-
stantly changing, global estimate.
It doesn’t just take in seeds — it
sends them out. Millennium Bank
seeds are being used in Australia to
figure out what plants can grow in

salty reclaimed land, and in Pak-

istan and Egypt to find plants that
can withstand drought and slow
desert encroachment.

The bank is helping to restore tall

‘ prairie grass in the United States

and a tropical forest in Madagascar.

Saving the world’s seeds does not
come cheap.

At the Millennium Seed Bank, it
costs about $3,000 per species to
ship in the seeds, meticulously clean
them, X-ray them for insect dam-
age and freeze them for possible
future use as medicine, a commercial
product, or a reviver of a plant that
has gone extinct.

It is a global effort: The bank has
more than 120 different partners in
some 50 countries where seeds are
collected and stored. In many cases,

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DIRECTOR OF the Millennium Seed Bank Project Paul Smith points to one of the storage facilities, at the Millenium Seed-

bank at the Royal Botanical Gardens at Wakehurst Place, Ardingly, England,, Monday, Dec 1, 2008.

countries and here as a backup.
Some countries, Brazil for
instance, are unwilling to send pre-
cious seeds overseas, so they are
kept in at least two seed banks inside
the country, their standards moni-

.tored by Millennium Seed Bank

experts.

The project, under the Royal
Botanical Gardens at Kew, started
in 2000 with 72 million pounds, then
about $110 million, in funding from
Britain’s national lottery and gov-
ernmental, corporate and individ-
ual sponsors.

Smith said the seed bank needs to
raise about 10 million pounds ($15
million) a year for the next.decade.

The futuristic facility, with its low-

slung steel and glass structure over-

the vaults, is seen by scientists as an
insurance policy against nature and
human folly. It is a quiet place,
where young scientists in white
smocks spend hours cleaning seeds
by hand, using microscopes, scalpels,
forceps, and tiny brushes. The
largest is the double coconut seed,
almost as big as two coconuts; small-
est is the Venus looking glass —
with more than a million seeds fit-
ting into a small canister.

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low that bodies start losing core heat
in 15 minutes. So elaborate safety
systems are in place in case anyone
is trapped in a vault; an AP photog-

rapher inadvertently tripped a series ©
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inside.

Scientists call the Millennium
effort invaluable as climate change
accelerates.

“The potential value of this pro-
ject is almost unfathomable,” said
David Astley, head of the Genetics
Resources Unit at the University of
Warwick in England, who corrobo-
rated the Millennium Projects claim
to be the world’s most diverse seed
bank.

“If you look at ihe’ way the world
is going, it’s inevitable that genetic
material will be lost,” said Astley,
who is not connected to the project.
“The big fear is that, if global warm-
ing comes sooner rather than later, it
may be too late to conserve the
material.”

Scientists here are also developing
new ways to germinate endangered

species, including somte like the

South African faucaria that are
down to a single Population of plants
in the wild.

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useful for anything,” Smith said,
“but we don’t know that they aren’t
useful either.”

The same could be said of the
roughly 80 percent of species here
that have not yet been screened for
possible medical use. .

“Twenty years ago we didn’t
know the rosy periwinkle from
Madagascar would reduce childhood
leukemia to the extent that, it has,”
said Smith.

“So who knows what we have in
the bank? Our worry is that we’re
going to lose those in the wild before
we even have a chance. So putting
them in the seed bank is the most
logical first step.”

Already, a handful of species col-
lected here have vanished in the
wild as habitat is destroyed. Scien-
tists believe these could be reintro-
duced in the next few centuries.
Some seeds, they believe, may last
one thousand years under ideal con-
ditions.

Researchers here have already
been able to germinate seeds that
are more than 200 years old, bring-
ing to life a “pin cushion flower” —
known as the leucospermum —
from seeds dating back to 1803.

The seeds tell the story of lost
empire — they were first.collected

by a Dutch merchant trading in... os

South Africa, but he was intercept-
ed on his return voyage by a British
privateer because Britain was at war
with the Dutch at the time.

The seeds were taken from the
Dutchman, who was imprisoned in
the Tower of London, and were
eventually-discovered in the Nation-
al Archives and given to the seed
bank.

Scientists expected germination
attempts to fail, but were pleasantly
surprised when they were able to
grow the flowering plant at the Mil-
lennium Seed Bank, where it can
sometimes be seen in the green-
house,

They take this as a hopeful sign
that other seeds can lay dormant for
hundreds of years and be brought
back to life.

Illinois officials
issue fresh calls

for resignation

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A HANDFUL of Illinois’ top politicians called disgraced Gov.
Rod Blagojevich incapacitated Sunday, issuing fresh calls for his
resignation as lawmakers gear up for a session that could lead to
his impeachment, according to Associated Press.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Lt. Gov. Patrick Quinn,
both likely candidates in the 2010 gubernatorial campaign, criti-
cized the governor anew during appearances on NBC’s “Meet the

Press” and C
“We don’t have
Madigan said.

BS’s “Face the Nation.”
a governor that can legitimately govern,”

Blagojevich was arrested Tuesday on federal corruption
charges, including allegations he tried to sell President-elect
Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat to the highest bidder.

Media

Madigan also cited what she called “rumors’ ‘in Chicago media
reports saying Ble wojevich could make an announcement about

his political future Monday.

Blagojevich spokesman Lucio Guerrero said Sunday that he

has “no knowledge”
the governor *

of an announcement of any kind and that
‘has no plans on resigning Monday.”

Quinn said he did not know what Blagojevich’s plans were but
that resignation would be best for the governor, his family and

the people of Illinois.

“He's gotta do something because our state is in crisis,”

said on “Meet the Press.”

> Quinn

The Mlinois Legislature meets Monday to consider stripping
Blagojevich of his power toipick a replacement to fill Obama’s
seat and calling a special election. They also could consider
beginning impeachment proceedings.

State House Minority Leader Tom Cross said on

“Fox News

Sunday” that a special cleetion was the best option because it was
imports int to “climinate any appearance of impropriety.”

“We've just been shocked as a state over the last four or five
days and in order to restere whatever integrity we have left in this

state, we have

»to make if as transparent as possible,”

Cross said.

Quinn said he has seen legislation that would allow him to tem-
porarily appoint someone to the Senate seat until a special eclec-

tion if Biagojevich stepped down.



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@ ATHENS, Greece

ATHENS was calm Sunday
after eight days of the worst
riots Greece has seen in
decades, sparked by the police
killing of a teenager, according
to Associated Press..

Traffic returned to normal in
the center of town and open-
topped double-decker buses
carried tourists around the
city’s main sights. The cafes in
the Thissio area under the
Acropolis were busy, and cou-
ples took their children for Sun-
day walks.

But Greek youths who have
protested daily since the boy’s
death have vowed to remain on
the streets until their concerns
are addressed. Protesters are
angry not just at police but at a
government*already on the
defensive over a series of finan-
cial scandals, and over eco-
nomic issues.

“We are not in this for ihe
short term,” said Petros Con-
stantinou, an organizer with the
Socialist Workers Party. “We
want the protests to continue
after Christmas and New Year,
until this government of mur-
derers goes.”

Protesters say they will
march Monday to the police
headquarters .in Athens.
Schoolchildren are planning
demonstrations throughout the
city.

Analyst Theodore
Couloumbis said he expected
_ the disturbances to “peter out”

over the next few days.

“We are going to have peri-
odic flare-ups,” said
Couloumbis, a professor emer-
itus of international relations
at the University of Athens. “It
will take a generation or two
to straighten things out in
Greece.”

Poll

A newspaper poll published
Sunday showed the governing
conservatives’ popularity at 20.6
percent, 5.6 percent below the
main opposition Socialists.
However, 55 percent of respon-
dents said neither party seemed
competent to handle the situa-
tion.

“Political parties initially
made things worse because
they acted as if it was business
as usual ... trying to score polit-
ical points,” Couloumbis said.

The Focus poil of 1,000 peo-
ple for Real News gave a 3.1

Greece calm after
eight days of riots
by angry youths

percent margin of error.
Violence has wracked
Greece since the death of 15-
year-old Alexandros Grig-
oropoulos Dec. 6. It spread
from Athens to more than a

dozen other cities. At least 70 —

people have been injured, hun-
dreds of stores have been loot-
ed, and more than 200 people
have been arrested.

Late Saturday and early Sun-
day, youths in Athens attacked
a police station, stores and
banks, and fought with police as
candlelit vigils were held to
mark a week since the shoot-
ing.

About 300 people staged a
peaceful vigil Sunday at the site
of the boy’s death.

“We want police to leave so
that our neighborhood can be
at peace,” said local resident
Giorgos Alexatos. He said res-
idents also wanted a street at
the spot to be named after the
dead schoolboy.

Protest

In the northern port of Thes-
saloniki, a few dozen people
held a peaceful protest at noon.
Overnight, suspected anarchist
arsonists attacked two Com-
munist party offices with home-
made gas-canister bombs and
molotov cocktails, causing
minor damage but no injuries.

While most protesters have
been peaceful, the tone of the
demonstrations has been set by
a violent fringe. And more
young people have been will-
ing to join those fringe elements
than in the past.

Couloumbis said the violence
appeared to have been caused
by “an abysmally insignificant
group of destructive elements,”
whom students joined “for the
fun of it.”

‘Ina poll released Sunday, 62
percent of respondents said the
riots following the shooting
were inexcusable, compared to
35 percent who believed the
violence was justified. The poll
of 1,000 people gave no mar-
gin of error.

According to another poll,

Greeks see more in the vio-
lence than a simple reaction to
the shooting. Asked whether
the riots were a social uprising,
60 percent said yes. Some 64
percent considered police
unprepared for the violence.
The poll of 520 people pub-

lished in the Kathimerini news- °

paper gave a 4.5 percent margin

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of error.

Demonsistians: in support
of the protests in Greece have
been held in several European
cities. In Berlin, a peaceful
gathering on Sunday at Mauer-
park drew about 50 people:

“We’re not in favor of vio- —
lence. We just want to show our
support,” said Yannis, 27, a
Greek man who declined to
give his last name.

“We’re not expecting any
violence in Berlin because the
circumstances in Greece are
very different from those in
Germany.”

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| POLICE thwarted a banned

anti-Kremlin protest in central

foscow on Sunday, seizing
demonstrators and shoving
them into trucks. Organizers
shid 130 people were detained
around the capital but police
put the number at 90, according
‘th Associated Press.

The opposition movement
headed by fierce Kremlin critic
and former chess champion
Garry Kasparov said the co-
leader of the group was one of
those seized.
| The Other Russia movement
Cresuied the protest, in defi-
ance of a ban, to draw atten-
le to Russia’s economic trou-
Hles and to protest Kremlin
plans to extend the presiden-
tial term from four years to six.

ritics say the constitutional
change as part of a retreat from

emocracy and is aimed at
strengthening the grip of Prime
Minister Vladimir Putin and his
allies.

| News broadcasts on the main
television networks made no
mention of the Moscow crack-
conc or of protests in St.
Retersburg and Vladivostok.

| Kasparov and other promi-
rent liberals have just launched
i new anti-Kremlin movement
dulled Solidarity in a bid to
unite Russia’s fractious liberal
fprces and encourage a popu-
lar revolution similar to those
ih Ukraine and Georgia.

| Kasparov-had vowed to carry
gut Sunday’s protest although
authorities had denied permis-
sion for it.

| Before the scheduled start,
hundreds of officers guarded
Triumph Square, which was
linged by police trucks and
metal barriers.

| Police roughly grabbed pro-
testers who tried to enter the
square, dragging at least 25

eople into waiting trucks.

| Police also seized Other Rus-
sia co-leader Eduard Limonov
along with a handful of body-
eee as they walked toward
the square. They were bundled
me police vehicles.
| Kasparov and a group of sup-
porters decided to avoid police
by marching in a different loca-
tion, then set off for a third site
after finding another strong
olice presence, spokeswoman
farina Litvinovich said.

Dozens of protesters gath-
red at the third site and

arched about a kilometer
half a mile) along a major
{treet, shouting slogans such as
Toe without Putin!” before
ey dispersed.

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Kasparov traveled by car and
the march was over when he
arrived, Litvinovich said.

Kasparov’s Web site said
police in Moscow also broke up
a protest by a hard-line group
of retired generals in a square
nearby and detained about 50
participants.The group, the
Soviet Officers’ Union, could
not be reached for comment.

The Moscow police said they
detained 90 people. Some of

the detainees were members of :

a pro-Kremlin youth group that
staged a counter-demonstra-
tion, dropping leaflets from a
concert hall rooftop.

Litvinovich said that 130 peo-
ple were detained in Moscow,
including 18 who tried to enter
the Kremlin through one of its
guarded gates.

Other Russia said many were
released but ordered to appear
in court later on charges of
involvement in a prohibited
public activity. It said Limonov
appeared before a judge and
was fined 500 rubles (about
$18; eurol3) for that infraction.

Lyudmila Morozova, 61, a
nurse from the.southern city of
Voronezh, had planned to
protest in Triumph Square but
was put off by the massive
police presence. She said the
police actions showed that the
government was afraid “some
kind of power will rise against
them.”

“I want my country to devel-
op along a democratic path,”
said Morozova, standing against
a wall at the edge of the square.
“It’s not only not democratic,
it’s becoming totalitarian.”

She said she has joined Soli-

darity.
In St. Petersburg, about 200
Other Russia - supporters

demonstrated at a_ site
approved by city authorities.
‘But local leader Olga Kurnoso-
va said at least one organizer
was detained beforehand, and
St. Petersburg police said about
10 people were detained at a
separate site.

Popular support for Other
Russia and other vocal opposi-

+ tion groups is minimal, but the

Kremlin is wary about any evi-
dence of public anger as its
struggles with a potentially
politically damaging economic
downturn.

There has been little evi-
dence of change in the govern-
ment’s heavy-handed treatment
since Dmitry
Medvedev’s succeeded Putin as
president in May and stressed
the importance of civil rights
in his inaugural address.

Ekho Moskvy radio and

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Russian news agencies reported
that several thousand motorists
took part in protests in the
Pacific coast city of Vladivostok
against government plans to
raise import tariffs on used

cars.





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MONDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2008, PAGE 27



Mikhail Metzel/AP.

Moscow, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008. Police thwarted an anti-Kremlin protest organized by Garry Kasparov's
opposition group on Sunday, seizing demonstrators and shoving them into trucks. They detained at least 25

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@ By JENNIFER LOVEN
AP White House
Correspondent
BAGHDAD

On an Iraq trip shrouded in
secrecy and marred by dissent,
President George W. Bush on
Sunday hailed progress in the
war that defines his presidency
and got a size-l10 reminder of
his unpopularity when a man
hurled two shoes at him during
a news conference.

"This is the end!" shouted the
protester, later identified as
Muntadar al-Zeidi, a corre-
spondent for Al-Baghdadia
television, an Iraqi-owned sta-
tion based in Cairo, Egypt.

Bush ducked both shoes as
they whizzed past his head and
landed with a thud against the
wall behind him.

"It was a size 10," Bush joked
later. The U.S. president visited
the Iraqi capital just 37 days
before he hands the war off to
his successor, Barack Obama,
who has pledged to end it. The
president wanted to highlight a
drop in violence in a nation still
riven by ethnic strife and to cel-
ebrate a recent U.S.-Iraq secu-
rity agreement, which calls for
U.S. troops to withdraw from
Iraq by the end of 2011.

"The war is not over," Bush
said, adding that "it is decisive-
ly on it's way to being won."

In many ways, the unan-
nounced trip was a victory lap
without a clear victory. Nearly
150,000 U.S. troops remain in
Iraq fighting a war that is
intensely disliked across the
globe. More than 4,209 mem-
bers of the U.S. military have
died in the conflict, which has
cost U.S. taxpayers $576 billion
since it began five years and
nine months ago.

Polls show most Americans
believe the U.S. erred in invad-
ing Iraq in 2003. Bush ordered
the nation into war against Sad-
-dam Hussein's Iraq while citing
intelligence claiming the
Mideast nation harbored
weapons of mass destruction.
The weapons were never found,
the intelligence was distredit-
ed, Bush's credibility with U.S.
voters plummeted and Saddam
was captured and executed.

"There is still more work to
be done," Bush said after his
meeting with Iraqi, Prime Min-
. ister Nouri al-Maliki.

It was at that point the jour-
nalist stood up and threw a shoe
from about 20 feet away. Bush

ducked, and it narrowly missed °

his head. The second shoe came
quickly, and Bush ducked again
while several Iraqis grabbed the
‘man and dragged him to the
floor. In Iraqi culture, throwing
shoes at someone is a sign of
contempt. Iraqis whacked a
statue of Saddam with their
shoes after U.S. marines top-
pled it to the ground following
the 2003 invasion. |

White House press secretary
Dana Perino suffered an eye
injury in the news conference
melee. Bush brushed off the
incident, comparing it to politi-,
cal protests at home.

"So what if I guy threw his
shoe at me?" he said.

Al-Maliki, who spoke before
the incident, praised postwar
progress: "Today, Iraq is mov-
ing forward in every field."

After the news conference,
the president took a 15-minute
helicopter ride through dark
skies over Baghdad to Camp
Victory. Telling hundreds of
troops he was "heading into
retirement," Bush blamed Sad-
dam for the 2003 invasion and
said, "America is safer and
more secure" than it was before
the war.

For Bush, the war is the issue
around which both he and the
country defined his two terms in
office. He saw the invasion and
continuing fight as a necessary
action to protect Americans and
. fight terrorism. Though his deci-
sion won support at first, the
public now has largely decided
that the U.S. needs to get out of
Iraq. ;

Air Force One, the presiden-
t's distinctive powder blue-and-
white jetliner, landed at Bagh-
dad International Airport in the
afternoon local time after a
secretive Saturday night depar-
ture from Washington. In a sign
of security gains in this war
zone, Bush received a formal
arrival ceremony — a flourish
absent in his three earlier trips.

Bush soon began a rapid-fire
series of meetings with top Iraqi
leaders. ,

He met first with Iraqi Presi-
dent Jalal Talabani and the
country's two vice presidents,
Tariq al-Hashemi and Adel
Abdul-Mahdi, at the ornate,
marble-floored Salam Palace
along the shores of the Tigris
River.

Later, Bush's motorcade
pulled out the heavily fortified
Green Zone and crossed over
the Tigris so he could meet al-

Maliki at the prime minister's
palace. A huge orange moon
hung low over the horizon as
Bush's was ferried quickly
through the city.

The two leaders signed cere-
monial copy of the security
agreement. The Bush adminis-
tration and even White House
critics credit last year's military
buildup with the security gains
in Iraq. Last month, attacks fell
to the lowest monthly level
since the war began in 2003.

Still, it's unclear what will
happen when the U.S. troops
leave. While violence has
slowed in Iraq, attacks continue,
especially in the north. At least
55 people were killed Thursday
in a suicide bombing in a restau-



rant near Kirkuk.

It was Bush's last trip to the
war zone before Obama takes
office Jan. 20. Obama,won. an
election largely viewed as a ref-

‘erendum on Bush, who has

endured low approval ratings
because of the war and more
recently, the U.S. recession.
Obama, a Democrat, has
promised he will bring all U.S.
combat troops back home from
Iraq.a little over a year into his
term, as long as commanders
agree a withdrawal would®not
endanger American personnel
or Iraq's security. Obama has
said the drawdown in Iraq
would allow him to shift troops
and bolster the U.S. presence
in Afghanistan. The new U.S.-



Iraqi security ee calls for all
American troops to be with-
drawn by the end of 2011, in
two stages. The first stage
begins next year, when U.S.
troops pull back from Baghdad
and other Iraqi cities by the end
of June. Gen. Raymond Odier-
no, the top U.S. commander in
Iraq, said Saturday that even
after that. summer deadline,
some U.S. troops will remain in
Iraqi cities.

Journalists and staff who
made the 10 1/2-hour trip to
Iraq with the president agreed
to tell almost no one about the

‘plans, and the White House

released false schedules detail-
ing activities planned for Bush
in Washington on Sunday.

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Pakistan

offensive

shows slow success

@ By KATHY GANNON
SABAGAI, Pakistan

From atop a craggy hillock, the
silver-haired Lt. Col. Javed
Baloch gestures toward a small
black opening in a sandstone out-
cropping. It's the mouth of a cave.

Two minutes later a powerful
explosion rattles the hillock, and
a massive plume of grayish-white
smoke rushes skyward.

Cave by cave, the Pakistani
army is trying to blow up the
underground labyrinth running
from tribal areas toward the bor-
der with Afghanistan to keep mil-
itants away.

This is the front line of Pak-
istan's battle against militants on
its own soil. The three-month-old
offensive is the country's most
aggressive effort to date, coun-
tering U.S. and Afghan charges
that it is not doing enough to root
out Taliban and al-Qaida fight-
ers who crisscross the border. It is
also the Pakistani military's first
foray into the Bajur region, where
militants are dug in-and have in
places set.up a parallel adminis-
tration.

An Associated Press team trav-
eled with the Pakistani military
deep into a tribal area late last
month, almost to the Afghan bor-
der. The operation shows the
army can put pressure on mili-
tants and even wrest some terri-
tory back from them, but it may
never be able to drive them out
from a rugged area of nooks and
crannies. More militants are
already sneaking in from
Afghanistan as reinforcements,

and U.S. troops in Afghanistan -

have installed 68 motion sensors
along the border to try to detect
them. The battle is for Bajur, a
key base and transit route for
Arab and other foreign militants

headed for Afghanistan. Here a -

CIA drone once targeted al-
Qaida's No. 2, Ayman al-
Zawahiri, without success.

Any progress, however, is now
in danger from an unexpected
front. The recent terrorist attack
in Mumbai has raised the
prospect that Pakistan might shift
troops from its tribal regions to
the border with India. Both sides
want to avoid a confrontation,
but emotions are running high.

In the meantime, the Pakistani
army has used helicopter gun-
- ships-and fighter jets to blast
entire villages in Bajur to rubble,

driving 250,000 tribesmen out of -

their homes and burying 82 of
their own soldiers. Pakistan has
battled militants in tribal areas
before, but never with such inten-
sity. "I feel hurt. There is so much
destruction. That is why always
we are trying to prevent war, but
we were left with no choice,"
Baloch says.

He’ bristles at any U.S. ques-
tioning of the will of Pakistani
soldiers to fight the militants..

- "Listen, I have picked up the
bodies of my dead soldiers and
carried them out. I haven't left a
body behind. Do you think this is
something we do without pain in
our heart?" he asked. "I tell
everyone who is saying we aren't
doing enough, 'Send.your broth-
ers, your fathers, your uncles and
-I will take them into battle with
me. I will show them.'"

The convoy of Pakistani sol-
diers rumbles out of Khar on a
crisp morning, a slight mist hang-
ing in the air.

It was from here, the capital of

' Bajur, that the army had

launched its offensive on Sept. 8.
Previously, only the ill-equipped
Frontier Corps, a paramilitary
force, was deployed in Bajur.

"Since it was ignored, not‘eas-
ily accessible, it was an ideal
breeding ground," says Gen.
Tariq Khan, the commander of
the Frontier Corps.

In August, the Frontier Corps

fought militants in one village in -

Bajur but was driven out with sev-

eral dead and many more wound-
_ ed. That's when the army was

called in. The army has since
. wrested control of the key road
link from Khar, clearing the road
of insurgents. As of late last week,
troops were taking their offen-
sive into the Mohmand tribal belt
that borders Afghanistan.

The signs of battle litter the
roadside: flattened markets,
bomb craters and mud homes:
scarred by mortar fire.

At Nazirabad, six miles (10
kilometers) from Khar, troops
faced a two-day battle against
nearly 100 militants. Insurgents
popped up from fields of shoul-
der-high corn stalks to launch
rockets or fire bursts with Kalash-
nikov rifles, then seemingly dis-
appeared, says Maj. Kamal, who
gave only his first name. Two sol-
diers were killed and 22 wounded.

"We couldn't see where they
were firing from," Kamal says.
"We discovered later that they
would fire at us and then run into
caves hidden by the corn."

The army found an extensive
network of caves and tunnels
reminiscent of those dug in the
1980s by Western-backed anti-

AP: On the front line report





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A SUSPECTED militant captured in the Bajur area is seen inside a cell

Emilio Morenatti/AP Photo

at the Khar headquarters of the Frontier Corps in the Bajur tribal region
in Pakistan, on the border with Afghanistan, Saturday, Nov. 29,
9008. The Pakistani army operation to rout militants from the Bajur
tribal region and the evidence uncovered during the three month
assault would indicate a frightening amount of coordination-among
militant groups, some of whom have been accused by India of car-
rying out the vicious weekend rampage in Mumbai that killed mare
than 171 people and wounded hundreds more.



PAKISTANI SOLDIERS take new positians on the street in Sabagai vil-

Emilio Morenatti/AP Photo

lage in the Bajur tribal region in Pakistan, on the border with

Afghanistan, Friday, Nov. 28, 2008.

communist rebels in Afghanistan
during the Soviet occupation. In
one compougd¢d of nine mud
homes surrounded by a high wall,
the army found six underground
rooms and a maze of tunnels.
Kamal climbs a precarious steel
ladder that leads to a lookout.
Peering over sandbags lined up
against the mud wall, he points
toward a dark speck in a series
of eroded sandstone hills.
"That's another cave. The tun-
nel runs from here, 100 meters to

there."

More caves lie at the end of a
20-foot-deep (6.1-meter-deep),
narrow mud staircase barely wide
enough for. a thin person. Inside
the small underground rooms, the
army finds bedding and weapons,
from anti-tank guns modified to
fire 22 mm mortars to homemade
bombs planted by roads and det-
onated from afar as military vehi-
cles pass.

The Nazirabad compound was
oné of several hubs established
by militants in Bajur, Kamal says.

"We were expecting a lot of
resistance, but these tactics — the
tunnels. I never expected this,"
he says. "One room could hold
five or six men."

Every day, Kamal's men search
the caves to make sure the mili-
tants don't return.

The Bajur operation is an
example of cooperation between
the U.S. and Pakistan, with U.S.
forces on the Afghan side of the
border providing intelligence, sur-
veillance and reconnaissance to
Pakistani forces.

"The Pakistani army's drive to
retake this Taliban hotbed
demonstrates to the world that
they are serious about tackling
the threat of terrorism," says Bri-
an Glyn Williams, associate pro-
fessor of Islamic history at the
University of Massachusetts.

However, Bajur is just one part
— the northernmost of seven
major jurisdictions — of the vast
tribal belt that borders
Afghanistan. The scorched-earth
tactics in Bajur contrast with the
softer approach taken farther
south in another tribal area,
Waziristan, where most of Pak-
istan's 70,000 soldiers are based.
U.S. officials have questioned
whether Pakistan is accommo-
dating the insurgents in Waziris-
tan rather than rooting them out.

USS. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair-
man Mike Mullen, visiting Pak-
istan last week, praised the Bajur
offensive but also encouraged the
military to step up efforts else-
where.

Roughly nine miles farther, the
convoy stops at Loi Sam, set in
the middle of undulating corn
fields.

This town has been flattened.
The market that dominated the
town square was pummeled to
ruins. Electricity poles list to one
side. The only gas station is half
collapsed; giant holes mark where
the pumps once stood.

It was early October when the
army backed by fighter jets and
helicopter gunships drove the mil-
itants out of Loi Sam. But less
than a week later, the militants
were back, firing at soldiers from
the buildings that remained stand-
ing. Only after a fierce air assault
did the army take full control.

From Loi Sam, it's a short dri-
ve past seared fields and ruined
villages to Sabagai, barely two
miles from Afghanistan.

A white banner hanging inside
a militant's former home in Saba-
gai is signed by "relatives of the

martyrs of Kashmir." The ban-
ner is worrisome evidence of
coordination among militant
groups in the tribal area and those
battling India in the disputed ter-
ritory of Kashmir.

Two secret meetings revealed
earlier this year by the AP also
suggested militants are pooling
their resources. Several militant
groups — including Lashkar-e-
Taiba, blamed by India in the
Mumbai attacks, and Jaish-e-
Mohammed, another group with
links to Kashmir — met to settle
differences and forge common
goals, according to a militant and
a Pakistan military official.

The militants also called for a
recruitment drive among the rel-
atives of fighters killed in Kash-
mir. The banner in Sabagai sug-
gests the drive has met with some
success. The persistence of the
militants is sobering. Baloch gazes
toward the towering peaks that
embrace Bajur and straddle both
Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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SUPREME
COURT

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS Dec. 18, 2008.

THE SUPREME COURT |
PROBATE DIVISION

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00742

Whereas BARBARA SAUNDERS, of Douglas Road,
Gambier Village, Western District, New Providence, one of
the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has
made application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas,
for Letters of Administration of the Real and Personal Estate
of LYNDEN PRATT, late of Sequoia Street, Pinewood
Gardens, Southern District, New Providence, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the date
hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS Dec. 18, 2008
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00743_
Whereas HARTIS EUGENE PINDER, of Mareva House, 4

George Street, New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The ‘Bahamas, Attorney by Deed of

Power of Attorney for, Charles Dwight Sawyer, has made - -

application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for
Letters of Administration of the Real and Personal Estate
of LOTTIE SAWYER, late of the Settlement of Cherokee
Sound on the Island of Abaco, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the exprecion of 21 days from the date
hereof.

Beans Robinson |
» (for) Registrar

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS Dec. 18, 2008
THE SUPREME COURT — ;
PROBATE DIVISION:

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00744

"Whereas DORRETTE CHERYL BETHEL a.k.a. CHERYL

BETHEL, of Fox Hill, Eastern District, New Providence,
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
has made application to. the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas, for Letters of Administration of the Real and
Personal Estate of TORRY BETHEL, late of Fox Hill, Eastern
District, New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth - of ‘The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 aye from the date
hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

PROBATE DIVISION Dec. 18, 2008

2008/PRO/npr/00746

IN THE ESTATE OF CAROLYN COLE NEWELL, late and
domiciled of Hillsborough County in the State of Florida,
one of the States of the United States of America, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of fourteen
days from the date hereof, application will be made to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas in the Probate Division
by FREDERIK F. GOTTLIEB, of Bay Street, Marsh Harbour,
Abaco, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized Attorney in The
Bahamas for obtaining the Resealing of Letters of

Administration, in the above estate granted to CAROL

NEWELL TORRENS, the Personal Representative of the

. Estate, by the Circuit Court for Hillsborough County, Florida,

one of the states of the United States of America on the
15th day of June, 2006.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar



PROBATE DIVISION
2008/PRO/npr/00747

Dec. 18, 2008

IN THE ESTATE OF ROBERT A. FLORA, (a.k.a. ROBERT

ALLAN FLORA), late and domiciled of the city of Fremont |

in the County of Winnebago in the State of Wisconsin, one
of the States of the United States of America, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of fourteen
days from the date hereof, application will be made to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas in the Probate Division
by WILLIAM PILCHER, of the Eastern District, New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized Attorney
in The Bahamas for obtaining the Resealing of Domiciliary
Letters (Informal Administration) in the above estate granted
to ROBERTA L. FLORA, the Personal Representative of
the Estate, by the Circuit Court, in the state of Wisconsin,
Winnebago County, one of the States of the United States
of America on the 20th day of August, 2007.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

é

PROBATE DIVISION Dec. 18, 2008

2008/PRO/npr/00749

IN THE ESTATE OF CARL M. HERBERT JR., late and
domiciled of 2801 NW 83rd Street, Gainesville, in the State
of Florida, one of the States of the United States of America,
deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of fourteen
days from the date hereof, application will be made to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas in the Probate Division
by HARTIS EUGENE PINDER, of McKinney, Bancroft &
Hughes, Mareva House, No. 4 George Street, New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized Attorney
in The Bahamas for obtaining the Resealing of Letters of
Administration, in the above estate granted to CARL M.
HERBERT, Ill, the Personal Representative of the Estate,
by the Circuit Court for Alachua County, the Probate Division
in the state of Florida, one of the States of the United
States of America on the 20th day of November, 2006.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS. Dec. 18, 2008
THE SUPREME COURT

PROBATE DIVISION

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00751

Whereas ANTHEA CHERRIE CULMER, of Coral Harbour

_in the Western District of the Island of New Providence,
‘one of the Islahds'f thé Eommdnwealth of The Bahamas,

has made application to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas, for Letters of Administration of the Real and
Personal Estate of EDITH CHRISTINE ROLLE, late of
Joan's Heights in the Southern District of the Island of New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the date
hereof.

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS Dec. 18, 2008
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00752

Whereas ROSTON LEWIS, of Lumumba Lane in the Eastern
District of the Island of New Providence, one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made
application to the. Supreme Court.of The Bahamas, for
Letters of Administration of the Real and Personal Estate

of PRINCE ALTON LEWIS, late of Miami in the State of |

Florida, one of the States of the United States of America
and formerly of Lumumba Lane in the Eastern District of
the Island of New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 “oe from the date
hereof.

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS Dec. 18, 2008
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00753

Whereas VERLINE BANNISTER and RAYMOND FINLEY,
of the Island of New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas have made application
to the Supreme Court of The. Bahamas, for Letters of
Administration of the Real and Personal Estate of
RAYMOND FINLEY JR., late of Singapore Road, Flamingo
Gardens in the Southern District of the Island of New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days. from the date
hereof.

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar

THE TRIBUNE



PROBATE DIVISION
2008/PRO/npr/00754

Dec. 18, 2008

IN THE ESTATE OF ALYCE YOUNG (a.k.a.) ALICE YOUNG,
late of No. 30 rue Bruno Nantel in the City of Saint Jerome
in the Province of Quebec, one of the Provinces of Canada,
deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of fourteen
days from the date hereof, application will be made to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas in the Probate Division
by VERONICA DELORES GRANT, of 19D Santa Maria
Avenue in the City of Freeport in the Island of Grand
Bahama, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized Attorney in The
Bahamas for obtaining the Resealed Certificate of
Appointment, in the above estate granted to PIERRE GUY
CHARETTE, the Personal Representative of the Estate,
by the Superior Court of the Province of Quebec in the
District of Terrebonne, on the 20th day of June, 2000.

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS Dec. 18, 2008
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00756

Whereas ELLEN SERVILLE, of the Island of New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, has made application to the Supreme Court
of The Bahamas, for Letters of Administration with the will
annexed of the Real and Personal Estate of J. PETER
TURCO, late of No. 10 Old Winthrop Road, in the state of
Maine, one of the States' of the United States of America,
deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 eave from the date
hereof.

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS Dec. 18, 2008
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00758

Whereas NORA PASTORIA GIBBONS, of No. 44 Laird
Street in the Island of New Providence, one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made
application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for
Letters of Administration of the Real and Personal Estate
of ALBERT ALFRED GIBBONS, late of No. 44 Laird Street
in the Island of New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the date
hereof.

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS Bec: 18, 2008
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00759

Whereas MARCUS HUMES, of Sunshine Park in the Island
of New Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, has made application to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of Administration of the
Real and Personal Estate of LILLIAN McQUAY-JOHNSON,
late of Peardale in the Eastern District of the Island of New

Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of ©

The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the date
hereof.

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS Dec. 18, 2008
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00761

Whereas CHRISTINE SYMONETTE, of Sir Lynden Pindling
Estates in the Southern District of the Island of New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, has made application to the Supreme Court
of The Bahamas, for Letters of Administration of the Real
and Personal Estate of ALPHONSO EMMANUEL
SYMONETTE, late of Sir Lynden Pindling Estates in the
Southern District of the Island of New Providence, one of

. the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,

deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the date
hereof.

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COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS Dec. 18, 2008
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00763

Whereas DORIS GIBSON, of Eastern Estates in the
Eastern District of the Island of New Providence, one of
the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has
made application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas,
for Letters of Administration of the Real and Personal
Estate of KENNETH GIBSON, late of Lincoln Boulevard
in the Southern District of the Island of New Providence,
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from
the date hereof. ,

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS Dec. 18, 2008
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00767

Whereas DILITH NAIRN, of Polhemus Gardens, Western
District, New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made application
to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of
Administration of the Real and Personal Estate of REGINA
ARNETTA NAIRN, late of Polhemus Gardens, Western
District, New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 on from
the date héreof. ,

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS Dec. 18, 2008
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00768

Whereas RANDOLPH WILSON, of Garden Hills Estate
Subdivision, Southern District, New Providence, one of
the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has
made application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas,
for Letters of Administration of the Real and Personal
Estate of ALONZO WILSON, late of Peach Street off Mt.
Rose Avenue in the City of Nassau, New Providence,
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from
the date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS Dec. 18, 2008
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00769

Whereas DENSIL MYRON CHARLES MAJOR, of No.
19 Valencia Drive, South Beach Estates, Southern District,
New Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, has made application to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of Administration with
the Will annexed of the Real and Personal Estate of FRED
CEPHAS COOPER, late of Rupert Dean Lane, New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from
the date hereof.

-Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS Dec. 18, 2008
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00770

Whereas GERARDA MARIA LIDUINA CAESAREA VAN
RIET, of New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made application
to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of
Administration with the. Will annexed of the Real and
Personal Estate of ROBERT ELI SCHRODER, late of #3
Highland Terrace, Montagu Heights, Eastern District,
New Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth

of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from
the date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS Dec. 18, 2008
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00771

Whereas JILLIAN T. CHASE JONES, of Jacaranda,
Western District, New Providence, one of the Islands of
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney by Deed
of Power of Attorney for Sheikha Bint Humaid Bin Rashid
Al Araimi, Khadija Bint Hamed Bin Hamoud Al Araimi,
Badar Bin, Khalid Bin, Qees Bin, Fahad Bin, Budoor Bint,
Khalood Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Fannah Al Araimi,
has made application to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas, for Letters of Administration of the Real and

Personal Estate of MOHAMMED BIN RASHID BIN.

ABDULIAH AL FANNAH AL ARAIMI, late of House 2651
Way No 1949 Plot No 80 Eastern Madinat Quaboos
Sultanate of Oman, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from
the date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS Dec. 18, 2008
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00773

Whereas BRENDA HANNA, of Kennedy Subdivision,
Southern District, New Providence, one of the Islands of
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made
application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for
Letters of Administration of the Real and Personal Estate
of BRENVILLE DONATHAN HANNA, late of Kennedy
Subdivision, Southern District, New Providence, one of
the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will,be |.”

heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from
the date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS Dec. 18, 2008
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00775

Whereas PATRICE KNOWLES PHILLIPS, of Lou
Adderley Estates, Southwestern District, New Providence,
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
has made application to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas, for Letters of Administration of the Real and
Personal Estate of ANTHONY A. PHILLIPS, late of Lou
Adderley Estates Southwestern District, New Providence,
one of the Islands of the Commonweatth of The Bahamas,
deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from
the date hereof.

. Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS. Dec. 18, 2008
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00776
Whereas VALARIE SAWYER, of the Southern District,

New Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, has made application to the Supreme

Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of Administration with

the Will annexed of the Real and Personal Estate of
WILLIAM SAYWER, late of Golden Gates #2, Southern
District, New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from
the date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

Sa



MONDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2008, PAGE 33

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Bolivians
hope Obama,
as outsider,
heals US rift

DEMONSTRATORS protest outside of the Organization of American
States against the policies of Bolivian President Evo Morales during
his U.S. visit in Washington on Wednesday Nov. 19, 2008.

lm By DAN KEANE
LA PAZ, Bolivia

The two upstarts made history by breaking the racial ceiling.
Now Bolivians hope Barack Obama and their president, Evo

‘Morales, can lean on a common outsider heritage — and a skin col-

or shared in one shade or another by most of Latin America — to
repair the country's frayed U.S. ties, reports The Associated Press.

"Between the Indian and the black guy, they're going to find a
way to solve this," said Natividad Maldonado, a 55-year-old coca
farmer in a La Paz market. She sat on a giant sack of the small green
leaves at the heart of the tension: sacred to many Bolivians, coca is
targeted by Washington as the base for cocaine.

Morales, the first Indian president of this Andean country long
tuled by its tiny European-descended elite, has joined leftist lead-
ers across Latin America in voicing hope for a new tone from
Washington, which they say has too long considered the region its
own backyard.

Venezuela and Cuba's socialist leaders have warily offered Oba-
ma a rhetorical olive branch. But Morales has outdone his allies in

acting out bis conflicting passions | about t ifie SuPEIpower to ‘the a
‘north. ri}
Morales booted out Bolivia's: WG eaiabaSGador i in: Sapiomber

over accusations, denied by Washington, that American diplo-
mats collaborated with the conservative opposition. Next he kicked
out the Drug Enforcement Administration, vowing its agents
would never return as long as he held office.

And then he visited Washington and placed a wreath at the
Lincoln Memorial, honoring one of the president-elect's heroes.

He did not meet Obama or President George W. Bush, but had
a private meeting with Sen. Dick Lugar, the Indiana Republican
who is a close foreign policy adviser to Obama. Afterward, he
wrote to Lugar: "I think we have begun a long and fruitful journey

’ to reconstruct the relations between our countries."

Old resentments die hard, however. On-the-same day Morales
wrote that warm letter, he claimed to a crowd of Bolivian coca farm-
ers that the U.S. backed plans to assassinate him before he won the
presidency in 2005.

Mixed messages aside; the affable Morales seems to have won
allies on Capitol Hill.

Lugar said in a statement that the U.S. "regrets any perception
that it has been disrespectful, insensitive, or engaged in any improp-
er activities" against Morales' government. He also called for rein-
stating trade benefits that Bush suspended last month for what his
administration called Morales' lack of cooperation fighting the
drug trade.

The personal contact was crucial for a hands-on politician like

‘Morales, whose previous impressions of Washington were rooted

in his years as head of Bolivia's largest coca-growers union, when
he led protests against U.S.-backed efforts to eradicate the plant.

"Morales' anti-U.S. rhetoric is born out of really intense drug war
friction, out of his own personal experience," said Kathy Ledebur,
director of the Andean Information Network, an advocacy group
monitoring anti-narcotics efforts in Bolivia.

“That Morales went and sat down and talked to all of these
guys in Washington is a big step. And that they were nice to him —
and that somebody's regretting something — is really pretty revo-
lutionary."

Bolivia's U.S. ties are dominated by the struggle to control coca,
revered here for millennia as a mild stimulant but also processed
into cocaine, largely for markets in Brazil, Argentina and Europe.

Morales seeks to radically scale back a decades-old partnership
in the war on drugs, exalting Bolivian sovereignty while claiming the
U.S. anti-narcotics effort is cover for political meddling.

USS. officials deny the charge, and point out that Morales has
allowed Bolivia's illegal coca crop to grow — though much more
slowly last year than in staunch U.S. ally Colombia. Washington
argues that South America's poorest country cannot fight drug
trafficking without its help.

But last week the European Union announced 234 million euros
($312 million dollars) in aid to Bolivia over the next five years, a sig-
nificant increase that includes an unspecified amount to fight drug
trafficking — offering Morales a potential substitute for U.S. sup-
port.

And Venezuela has already signed deals to buy the Bolivian-
made T-shirts formerly sold to U.S. buyers under the preferred
trade status pact that Lugar wants to renew.

While Obama has offered few spécifics on his future approach to
Latin American affairs, his very presence in the White House in
place of Bush — dogged across the region by widespread resent-
ment of his 2003 invasion of Iraq — will undercut Morales and his
fellow leftists' anti-American rhetoric.

But the U.S. will have to adapt too, said Bruce Bagley, a Latin
America expert at the University of Miami.

"I think the U.S. is going to have to accept a lower profile and
working through multilateral institutions," he said. "Ultimately
the U.S. has a lot of weight. We have some levers here. But we don't
need to exercise those levers by bludgeoning them over the head."

Back at the La Paz coca market, taxi driver Sergio Condori, 33,
paused from tying huge sacks of dried coca to the roof of his
weathered Datsun to offer the incoming U.S. president his own
advice,

"Don't be so authoritarian," he said with a mischievous grin.
"Because we campesinos, we're rebels."

Associated Press writer Frank Bajak in Bogota, Colombia, con-
tributed to this report.

Jose Luis Magana/AP Photo



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1 Once a redeveloped area on the 2 Silly sort of clock? (6) poy truce trae uprate ured

map (5) 3 A stubborn beast, Middle Eastern,

_ 6 Was its queen a bachelor girl? (5) with charm (6)

9 Colourful battle (7) 4 He’s a bit of a lunatic! (3)
10 Tammy's out of turn. but may doa 5 French town rebuilt by Danes (5)

good deed (5) ; 6 A-sentence that can be made
11 Calls for personal adornments (5) * longer (7)
12 Usually rectangular piece of glass 7 Cry from the heavens? (4)
3 = ’ j 8 Great revolutionary circus feature? « |

ang leaders sounding like a male (3,3) j
quartet (7) 12 Name a favourite monarch-(5) Preparing for the Unexpected ‘

15 Carrier of a hard piece of wood (3)
17 A pupil, too backward, should not

13> At poker, try not to do so when

you have one! (5) North dealer. trumps, disclosing the bad trump





is ee ss 6) 14 Sculptor, never ending, immortal North-South vulnerable. break. He then ruffed a diamond in

To Thee J anne (5) NORTH dummy and attempted to run the

pro undity in what a 15 Customary line in bath design 4 J 762 clubs. But East ruffed the second

plumber may find (5) os (5) ¥Q75 club and played the king and another

20 Creature going around in prides 16 Postpone being freed, possibly oA diamond, and the slam went down

oe 20 (5) ai #AQI83 two.

22 Form of address:on a note to 18 It's grim, getting set about by ACROSS ae treme feat (6) WEST EAST Declarer should have considered

teacher tf) sailors! (5 RUNES RG ialipeteneg $1053 4Q984 the possibility of a 4-1 trump break

24 Female in the news (3) 19 Discussed at the club, indeed ; ee cap (7) rope (6) 3 ¥J1098 and taken steps to guard against it if

25 With only this to eat, you'd waste (7) i ‘ : 4 {lluminated (3) #Q 1062 @#K875 it existed. Had South been thinking

10 Highest point (5) ° , ‘

away (7) 21 Very quietly look around far 11 Firearm (5) 5 Citrus fruit (5) #10974 Oe a #6 along these lines, he might have seen

26 Lord of Bolton? (5) something hot (6) 12 Man's name (5) 6 Attacking SOU TH that there was a simple way to pro-

27 A diminutive swimmer (5) 22 Well built redhead interrupting 13 Skyline (7) footballer (7) @AK tect against either opponent holding
28 The journalistic crowd (5) research (6) m tial ~ : jane YAK G42 {our Tums: |

2 i ) ae 41943 The winning play is to lead a low

, apc ee oe 2 Ne i eae upset! (6) 17 Spoken (4). roam (6) KS fear Rein Aung trick two and

: 25 Fight and fight again, nothing less 18 Term of office 12 Style of car (5) aint . ie aoe . eee |

30 A bird used merely as decoration (5) (6) 13 Float (5) The bidding: allow the opponents to win the trick!

- 5) clei ; North — East South West This would leave the defenders with-

: 26 In town, keep out of the centre of 19 Animal's irail (5) 14 Quick (5) l& Pass 1% Pass yut recourse
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23, A-Gog 24, Brownie. 26, Sham-U.5. 29, O-il 31, Hat-E-s 32,
Dole out 34, A-head 35, Ram 36, S-t-ole 37, To-Kay 38, Slope
DOWN: 1, Dumas 2, Good boy 4, Twos 5, B-rave-S 6, Sales 7,

Strum 9, Ton (rev.) 12, Le-dg-ers 14, Lag 16, Nudge 17, Se-D-G-

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25, Nil 27, Haste 28, M-E-als 36, Human 32, D-amp 33, 0-a-K



Ring 24, Hurtful 26, Closes 29, Ail 31, Henna 32, Liberal 34,
Organ 35, Our 36, Kudos 37, Pumps 38, Petty

DOWN: 1, Paris 2, Pitapat 4, Abel 5, Agatha 6, Melee 7, Oasis
9, Bat 12, Pegasus 14, Den 16, Peril 17, Deign 19, Certain 20,

Watch 21, Put on 23, Rule out 24, Hearse 25, Fib 27, Letup 28,

Snoop 30, Warps 32, Last 33, Rum

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South was defeated in this deal
because he failed to guard-against a
4-1 trump division. He won the dia-
mond lead and cashed the Q-K of

would take the ace, ruff a diamond,

: 24 Colour (3) (5) Opening lead — two of diamonds.

7 25 ‘Garland (7) 19 Slim (7) When five cards of a suit. are — cash the queen of hearts, lead a club
SS TS, 26 Escargot (5) 21 Defers (6) missing, they will divide 3-2 68 per- to the king, draw East’s trumps and
- 27 Destined (5) 22 Long step (6) cent of the time, 4-1 28 percent of the easily make the rest. In all, he would
28 Types (5) 23 Over there (6) time, and 5-0 4 percent of the time. score two spades, four hearts, a dia-
= ay % vee ies These figures are wotth remember- mond, a diamond ruff in dummy and

sore raed 10, Ratty 11,Mo-O 12, Local 13 Nene ody © Pel 10, Get at 11, Rat 12, Pedal 13 30 ii a (5) i a _ ing, because the best way to play a four club tricks.
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hearts turned out to be divided 3-2.
But the loss of 30 points would be
trivial compared with the 1,630
points South could score by making
the slam.

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@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

he Bahamas has the most

“sharply front loaded” tariff

liberalization schedule out

of all 15 CARIFORUM

states for the Economic Partnership

Agreement (EPA), a report prepared

for the Commonwealth Secretariat has

found, with almost three-quarters of

its revenue loss on European Union
(EU) imports incurred by 2013.

The study, described as an analysis of

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Bahamas most ‘front loaded’ on tax free-up

* Study says nation will incur ‘almost three-quarters’ of EPA revenue loss by 2013

Bank liquidator ‘entirely
rejects’ $330m claim

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

A Bahamian
bank’s liquida-
tor has “entirely
rejected” a $330 §
million claim
made. against it
by US victims
of a financial
fraud, a move
that has
prompted attor-
neys acting for
the group to file a summons
with the Supreme Court.

Craig Gomez, a partner with
the Baker Tilly Gomez .account-
ing firm, “absolutely denied”
that Leadenhall Bank & Trust
had knowingly aided the prin-
cipals of the Cash 4 Titles ponzi
scheme, but it appears likely
that the victims will press ahead

_with legal action in a bid to
enforce the judgment they
obtained in a Florida court. _.

Mr Gomez, in a letter to the



* Legal action by fraud
victims still likely
* Leadenhall liquidator

warns creditors unlikely .

to see full recovery,

as attempts to regain
$3.458m in outstanding
loans under review

victims’ Bahamian attorneys,
Peter and Charles Maynard,
said: “I have completed my
review of the claim you submit:
ted to me on behalf of the Cash
4 Titles claimants, attempting
to have the default judgment
by the Florida court recognised
in the Bahamian liquidation
proceedings.

“I take this opportunity to
advise you that after my review
of the information sent to me,

SEE page 6B :

Import ‘tax gap’ well-known

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
’ Tribune Business Editor

' IT is “generally accepted”
that there is always a discrep-
ancy between import-related
foreign currency purchases and
government tax revenues, a
government minister has said,
telling? ibune Business to “rest
assurec” that the Ingraham
administration will move'to
stamp out tax evasion.

Responding to a series of Tri-
bune Business articles on wide-
spread tax evasion by business-
es via the submission of falsi-
fied inv ices that undervalued
import shipments, Zhivargo
Laing, minister of state for
finance, acknowledged that the
Government had to “rational-

” the difference between its
import duty revenues and for-
eign currency purchases to pay
overseas suppliers.



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“There’s always been a gen-
eral acceptance that there js a
difference between the receipts
recorded by the Central Bank in
terms of import-related foreign

currency purchases, and what.

is received in terms of revenues
based on the average tax rates,”
Mr Laing told Tribune Busi-
ness.

SEE page 4B

55% utility bill
rise hits Abaco
Markets profits

HIGHER utility costs con-
tinue to prevent Abaco Mar-
kets’ 8.3 per cent year-to-date’
sale growth from filtering
through to the bottom line,
with profits for the first nine
months of its 2009 fiscal year
down by 69 per cent against
prior year comparatives.

Unveiling its results for the
three months to October 31,
2008, the BISX-listed retail
group Said net profit for the
first nine months had
dropped from $1.522 million
last year to $473,000 this time
around. Stripping out a
$350,000 one-time gain

‘incurred in 2007, which would
take the prior year’s net prof-
its to $1.172, left Abaco Mar-
kets 60 per cent below prior
year levels for the first nine
months.

. .The three months to Octo-
ber 31, 2008, the third quarter
of its financial year, saw

SEE page 8B

Saye

the trade agreement with the EU and
the challenges that will bring, in its
assessment of how each CARIFO-
RUM country would be impacted by

Five global suitors.
interested in BTC



lm By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Business Reporter

THERE are at least five
international suitors who have
expressed an interest in pur-.
chasing a majority 51 per cent
stake .in the Bahamas
Telecommunications Compa-
ny (BTC), the company’s
legal vice- president said last
week.

In canvassing internation-
al telecommunications oper-
ators, Felicity Johnson, BTC’s
vice-president of legal, regu-
latory and interconnection
affairs, told Rotarians of East
Nassau that ther was. signili-

* cant interest in thé company’ $

privatisation, both. interna- —
tionally. andi the’Bahamas.
“We're. going out to the
market to sell 51 per.cent of,
the shares:.; Are there any
local groups who want to pur-
chasei51 .per.cent. of the
shares? I, just'socially, have

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its 25-year tariff liberalization schedule,
concluded: “The revenue loss is very
Sharply front loaded for the Bahamas
and Antigua/Barbuda, but not for the

‘been told by people: ‘Hey, we

others.

Revised telecoms
laws to go to
Parliament
early in 2009

are putting a group together,
so from that point of view’,
yes, I’ve heard a few local
groups are organising them-
selves for this process, but I
am not sure if they have |

approached any of the advi- }

sors at this time.”

‘The Government and BTC
were looking for a partner
who can bring a long-term
strategic vision to the compa-
ny post-privatisation, said Ms
Johnson, who is also a mem-
ber of the-BTC privatization
committee.

“BTC is a national trea-



sure, * she added. “Telecom-

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* Bahamas has the largest percentage of ‘high tariff’ products to be liberalised
* Bahamian exports would incur 1.627 million euro tariff rise if stayed outside EPA
* But study says leaving costs for the Bahamas ‘negligible’

will have been incurred by the start of
2013. For Antigua/Barbuda, the pro-

SEE page 5B

Investor lawsuit mulled
against City Markets
@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor |
‘MOVES are underway to determine whether there is sufficient

minority shareholder interest to launch a class action-type law-
suit against City Markets and its Board of Directors, Tribune Busi-

ness can reveal, with an attorney already engaged to work on the ©

project.

Sources familiar with the situation told Tribune Business that the
unnamed attorney had been hired to assess whether there was
any legal basis for such a lawsuit against the board of the grocery
chain’s operating parent, Bahamas Supermarkets, and the likelihood
of any action succeeding.

Active moves are being made to sound out minority sharehold-
ers as to whether enough are interested in participating as plaintiffs
in such a lawsuit, following Bahamas Supermarkets’ announce-
ment that it was likely to make a $10 million loss in its fiscal 2008
year. This came after it incurred an $8 million swing into the red,
with a $189,000 loss, in its 2007 fiscal year.

“It is being considered,” one source close to the situation said of
a potential minority investor lawsuit. “The minority shareholders
are extremely unhappy.

“As a result of the information that was revealed at the last
annual general meeting, and the indications about the future that
were made by the chairman, Basil Sands, some of-the minority
shareholders are unhappy and may be considering litigation.”

It is unclear what legal grounds for the. litigation are being
explored, but it is likely that any action would be brought under the

Companies, Act..and, allege that the. sboartl failed, ‘to.act in the
“company’s best interests’ and ‘Hesamee

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Markets

TRADING momentum
increased slightly last week in
the Bahamian market.

the 25 listed securities, of
which three declined and
three remained unchanged.
There were no advancers in
the market this week.
EQUITY
A total of 75,890 shares

changed hands last week, rep-
resenting an increase of 4,767
or 6.7 per cent versus the pre-
vious week's trading volume
of 71,123 shares.
Commonwealth Bank
(CBL) led the volume for a

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second consecutive week with
33,500 shares trading, decreas-
ing by $0.19 to close at $7.19.

FirstCaribbean Internation-
al Bank (CIB) led the decline
for a second consecutive
week, plummeting in value by
$0.90 to $10.50 on a volume
of 8,000 shares. Cable
Bahamas (CAB) also experi-
enced a noticeable drop in
market price as well, falling by
$0.09 on a volume of 33,100,
to close the week at $13.91.

"BOND MARKET
No notes traded in the
Bahamian market last week.

COMPANY NEWS
Earnings Releases

’ Fidelity Bank (Bahamas)
(FBB) released its unaudited
financial statements for the
quarter ended September 30,
2008.

FBB reported net income of
$832,000, a decline of $416,000
or 33 per cent compared to
2007.

Total income, of $10.4 mil-

. lion, increased by $1.9 million

or 24 per cent, and total :
expenses of $9.5 million were
up by $2.4 million or 34 per
cent.

Higher income was due pri-
marily to an increase in non-
interest income, while higher
expenses could be attributed
primarily to increases in
staffing costs and general and
administrative expenses.

Earnings per share
decreased to $0.029, a fall of
0.31 per cent, compared to
$0.042 at September 2007.

Total assets and liabilities
stood at $262.7 million and
$229.7 million respectively,
compared to $223.6 million
and $190.8 million at the year-
end 2007.

FBB experienced an
increase in its customer
deposit base of $34.4 million -
or 21 per cent during the first
three quarters, reporting total
customer deposits of $196.7
million.

Correspondingly, mortgages
and loans increased by $39.7

« million or 26 per cent to end
= the quarter at $192.4 million.

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The Bahamian Stock Market

FINDEX 827.67 _(-13.06%) YTD

BISX CLOSING CHANGE VOLUME YTD PRICE
SYMBOL PRICE CHANGE
AML $171 $- 0 3.01%
BBL $0.73 t. 0 -14.12%
BOB $7.64 re 0 -20.50%
BPF $11.80 $- 0 0.00%
BSL $13.86 .. 0 -5.07%
ABW cy BS 15 te lsh 0 -13.93%
CAB $13.91. $-0.09 33,100 - 15.44%
CBL 5: $7.00.) $-0.19. .- 33,500! -16.96%
CHL $2.83 ‘ 0 -10.16%
CIB $10.50 $-0.90 8,000 -28.08%
CWCB $2.36 $0.22 0 -53.17%
DHS. $2.55 fe 0 8.51%
FAM): $7,800" $e tte 140 8.33%
FBB $2.37 $- 0 -10.57%
FCC $0.33 $- 0 57.14%
FCL $5.20 ¢- 0 0.39%
FCLB $1.00 $- 0 0.00%
FIN $11.87 i 950 8.34%
ICD $6.81. a Be 200 6.07%
IST: | $17.10 . 210 0.91%
PRE $10.00 our 0 0.00%
DIVIDENDS/AGM NOTES:

¢ Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) (FBB) has declared a dividend of
$0.02 per share, payable on. December 23, 2008, to all share-
holders of record date December 15, 2008.

° Finance Corporation of The Bahamas (FIN) has declared
a dividend of $0.13 per share, payable on December 18, 2008, to
all shareholders of record date December 11, 2008.

¢ Commonwealth Bank (CBL) has declared a dividend of
$0.05 per share, payable on December 31, 2008, to all share-
holders of record date December 12, 2008.

e Consolidated Water Company (CWCB) has declared a
dividend of $0.013 per share, payable on February 7, 2009, to all
shareholders of record date January 1, 2009.

PRIVATE PLACEMENT OFFERINGS:

° FOCOL Holdings (FCL) announced it will be extending 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. “

International Markets

FOREX Rates
Weekly % Change
' CAD$ 1.2478 - -1.75
GBP ‘1.4948 +1.31
EUR 1.3370 +4.98
Commodities ae
Weekly ~% Change —
Crude Oil $46.55 +11.50
’ Gold $822.50 +8.49
International Stock Market Indexes:
Weekly % Change
DJIA 8,629.68 -0.07
S & P500 879.73 +0.42
NASDAQ 1,540.72 , +2.08
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@ By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Business Reporter



THE 150 lay-offs at the San-
dals Royal Bahamian resort last
week were among the deepest
cuts of any property in this
nation’s hotel industry, with just
over one in five or 23 per cent of
the workforce made redundant,
a move that takes known sec-
tor redundancies to more than
1,200 within the last few months.

When added to the 800 job
losses at Atlantis, amounting to
8-9 per cent of the resort’s staff;
the 100 lay offs at Baha Mar;
the 18 at the British Colonial
Hilton; and the 140 at Harbor-
side, amounting to nearly 50 per
cent of the staff, the Sandals job
losses have taken total hotel
industry redundancies in the
Nassau/Paradise Island market
to around 1,208.

And those are only the jobs
losses to have received wide-
spread publicity, with other
redundancies — fewer in num-
ber - likely to have taken place
across the resort sector, in affil-
iated industries, and across the
Bahamian economy as firms cut
staff headcount to survive amid
falling revenues and rising costs.

When the hotel industry lay-
offs are added to the 64 job loss-
es at Pepsi-Cola, around 114 at
Bacardi, some 30-40 at the now-

closed Pioneer Shipping, and.

potentially 30-40 more at the



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FROM page 1B

munications itself is an extreme-
ly important element of our

development, particularly since |

we have tourism and banking
as Our major,sources of income.
So it is extremely important that
the vision and business plan of
our. strategic partner lines up
with the direction that the gov-
ernment, wants the company to
go in.”

Although the initial end-2008
privatisation deadline will not
be met, Ms Johnson said there

have not been any major hic-

cups in the process.
“We could have really com-
pressed the process further, but

Pben cies

Freeport Container Port, close
to known jobs have been lost to
the Bahamian economy. In
total, several thousand jobs are

‘likely to have been los this year,
largely due to the global eco-
nomic crisis that has reduced
tourist arrivals and foreign direct
investment inflows.

The severance packages
received by the laid-off employ-
ees, coupled with the Christmas
shopping season, are likely to
mitigate the worst effects of the
redundancies until early 2009,
when these funds are likely to
be used up by some.

Workforce

With at least 3,000 out of the
5,000 school leavers per year
immediately entering the work-
force, it is clear the Bahamian
economy will not be able to
grow fast enough to accommo-
date them and the newly-unem-
ployed for some time to come.

Many observers, though,
believe some hotel properties

-have used the downturn to right-
size where they have been over-
staffed, with — not surprisingly -
the most unproductive employ-
ees being among the first to go.

Still, last week’s lay-offs at
Sandals Royal Bahamian have
renewed calls.for trade unions to
be in place to protect Bahamian
workers.

Labour attorney Obie Fergu-
son, legal counsel for The

I suppose we started to ease up
a bit when we started to look
at what was happening with the
international financial markets,”
Ms Johnson said. “It is obvious
that that the world is distracted,
and so it does not hurt to goa
little slower, because a lot of
things are happening.”

The public consultation doc-
ument on the proposed new
Communications Act and tele-
coms regulatory reform has
been released, with the legisla-
tion now before the Attorney
General’s office.

“The Attorney General’s
Office is looking at the legisla-
tion, and we anticipate that the
legislation will go to Parliament

Bahamas Hotel, Maintenance
and Allied Workers Union
(BHMAWU), said the organi-
sation had not yet been official-
ly recognised as the bargaining
unit for Sandals’ remaining 500
employees.

The union has_ been
embroiled in a legal battle over
whether it can lawfully repre-
sent Sandals employees for the
past several years, after it was

‘claimed that at least 80 per cent

of the staff did not want the
Bahamas. Hotel, Catering and
Allied Workers Union
(BHCAWU) to represent theim.

A day before the vote to
determine employee preference
was scheduled, the BHCAWU
and Sandals filed an injunction
to block the poll, alleging that
Mr Ferguson’s client was not a
registered union. The matter is
now before the Court of
Appeal.

Mr Ferguson said Labour
Minister Dion Foulkes has indi-
cated he will wait for the deci-
sion of the court before autho-
rising a poll - a decision that,
according to Mr Ferguson, was
detrimental to the employees
now faced with termination

“This is the classic example
of why there needs to be repre-

sentation in place, because now _

you have 150 workers from San-
dals who have been laid off and
there is no organisation to act
in their best interest and ensure
that they are given a legal and

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by the end of January, early
February,” Ms Johnson said.
“Certainly, we want the Bills
passed in Parliament by the clo-
sure of the sale, but we will not
be waiting for them to go out
through Parliament before we
go out and start the sale
process.”

By the end of 2009, Bahami-
an consumers could see as many
as three fixed-line voice services
carriers operating in this nation,
she added, with cellular services
to follow.

Employment opportunities in
the sector should increase,
although there is a chance and
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is no unified voice to speak for
them,” Mr Ferguson told Tri-
bune Business.

He said that were a union in
place, it could have worked with
Sandals to determine how best
to proceed and minimise lay-
offs. Mr Ferguson added that as

the union’s legal adviser, he will
be assisting the dismissed work-
ers if needed.

“This is not fair to the work-
ers to not be able to exercise
their legal right to choose the
bargaining unit that they wish
to represent them,” he said. “It

is also not fair to terminate per-'

sons without giving them any!
indication that it will happen,
so that they have can plan their
finances.”

_ Mr Ferguson said that given

the current economic climate,

lay-offs may be inevitable, but
that there must be some dignity “!
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under-invoicing was, as no study
had been done on the issue, Mr
Laing said: “Rest assured that
we are not interested in having
continued at Customs, or any-
where else, any breach of the
law or policies of the Govern-
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with our tax regime.

“We have recognised for a
while the need to strengthen tax
compliance methods, and that’s
what we’re going to be doing
with significant aggressiveness
and assertiveness going forward.

“Those businesses and those
persons who have been evad-
ing payment of taxes, or are
seeking to do so, they do so at
their own risk. It’s better now to
stop and comply with the law,
rather than have the law fall on
them.”

Mr Laing said he did not
want to go into specific details
about any new tax compliance
methods the Government was
planning, for fear of alerting
current offenders about what
might take place.

He would only say that the
Government was committed to
ensuring “maximum compliance
with the laws of the country as it
pertains to paying taxes, and
doing what is required. Citizens
must continue to take it upon
themselves to do the right thing,
and comply with the law and
pay taxes”.

Mr Laing indicated that
greater enforcement of the tax
laws was tied in.to the wider
issue of public service reform,
an FNM manifesto commit-
ment, which aims to make

-broad changes in agencies such

as Customs and Immigration.
He added that if the Bahamas

‘was to “be a well-governed,

properly ordered, compliant
jurisdiction that can serve citi-
zens in the way that is required,
in many ways citizens them-
selves have to help in that
regard. If a public officer is
committing an abuse of the law,
he is often being aided by citi-
zens on the outside.

“It’s like a chicken and egg
approach. It’s not the chicken,
it’s not the egg, in this instance
it’s the chicken and the egg.
Both are in the wrong”.

Tribune Business revealed
earlier this week how the Gov-
ernment was being urged to
examine the amount of foreign
currency Bahamian businesses
purchase to pay overseas sup-
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off at the source” rampant tax
evasion that costs this

nation millions of dollars in
lost customs duty revenues per
year.

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evasion industry had grown up
around the practice of submit-
ting invoices from foreign sup-
pliers that grossly undervalued
imported shipments coming into
the Bahamas, enabling local
firms to avoid paying substantial
stamp and import duties to the
Public Treasury.

Rather than open-up import-
ed shipments to inspection and
request invoices from US and

other overseas suppliers, the.

businessman suggested that the
Government and Customs.sim-
ply compare the invoices they
were handed with the ones pre-
sented to commercial banks
when Bahamian companies
wanted to obtain foreign cur-
rency to pay their creditors. ©

This, he said, would likely
reveal substantial differences
between the import shipment
value, upon which any import
and stamp duties were based,
and the:actual amount required
to pay the supplier, thus expos-
ing any tax evasion.

“If the Government was to
compare the duty paid on the
invoices with what businesses
requested from the bank, they
would choke it off completely at
the source,” the businessman
said.

“Because businesses are able
to go in and easily access for-
eign currency, be it through a
wire transfer or drafts, which is
the easy way to get substantial
sums of money to creditors,
that’s what makes it so easy to
do what they’re doing.”

The businessman suggested
that an ‘industry’ had effective-
ly grown up around the prac-
tice of submitting falsified
invoices, with some Bahamian
companies establishing either
physical operations or ‘shell
companies’ in the US so that
they could effectively re-invoice

themselves and evade taxes due. ~

In addition, the businessman
said the practice of import duty
evasion was not confined to the
Bahamas, being widespread in
the Caribbean and Latin Amer-
ica, so much so that Miami and
Florida-based businesses
regarded the submission of fal-
sified invoices in behalf of their
clients as a routine practice.

The source recalled how, in
one episode, a new supplier had
sent them an invoice for 25 per
cent of the shipment’s actual
cost without them even asking,
in the automatic belief that the
company wanted to evade
import duties.

“For years, Bahamian busi-
nessmen and women have been
consistently asked the follow-
ing question: ‘How do you want
your customs invoice dc.ie?’ or
‘Would you like a dummy
invoice for this order?’,” the
source said.

“This is especially true of
Florida, and particularly south
Florida suppliers, who have
grown so accustomed to this
practice that they willingly use it
as a Sell point and service with
new accounts.

“Unfortunately, in our coun-
try and commonly throughout
the Caribbean and South
America, the governments fail
to consistently compare

. declared values of goods

imported. by a company against
the foreign currency requested
on those same invoices.

“Therefore, vast numbers of
companies have discovered an
easy way to greatly increase
their profits. This is achieved
illegally, through the falsifica-
tion of incoming invoices for
‘customs purposes’; whilst the
true or even inflated value
invoices are submitted to the
bank to ensure payment with
foreign currency.”





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NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No.45 of 2000)

LENZBURG LIMITED

In Voluntary liquidation

Christopher John Roscouet
Fairbairn Trust Limited
Fairbairn House
31 Esplanade, St. Helier.
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Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (4) of
the International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of 2000),
LENZBURG LIMITED has been dissolved and struck off the
Register according to the Certificate of Dissolution issued by the
Registrar General on the Ist day of December, 2008.





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portion is 40 per cent. By con-
trast, there are seven states
which, by 2013, will have lost 1
per cent or less of the revenue
that they stand to lose over the
full implementation period.”

The report also found that
the Bahamas had the greatest
percentage of high tariffs that
would be liberalized under the
EPA agreement. “Only 14.1 per
cent of Antigua/Barbuda’s
imports from the EU that will
be liberalized at some point dur-
ing the implementation period
currently face a tariff of 20 per
cent or more or a specific duty,
whereas 73.8 per cent of St
Lucia’s and 93.6 per cent of the
Bahamas’ liberalization prod-
ucts do so,” it said.

While some may be alarmed
that the Bahamas appears to
have moved fastest towards tar-
iff liberalization, there is no rea-
son to panic. Many EU imports
coming into the Bahamas
already, such as perfumes and
luxury goods, attract zero
import duty or minimal import
duty rates because of their
importance to the nation’s
tourism industry.

Both the current government
and former PLP administration
have estimated that the revenue
loss from EPA-related tariff lib-
eralization will be anywhere
between $6 million to $10-$14
million per annum, a relatively
small amount given that the
Bahamas has a $1.5-$1.6 billion
revenue Budget.

This is one area where the
Commonwealth Secretariat
study needs to be treated with
caution, for it described the
Bahamas as incurring “the high-
est revenue loss over the full
implementation period” of
EPA tariff liberalization, and

suggested that new revenue-
generating mechanisms needed
to be in place to avoid a shock
to the public finances.

While Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham, on his Cuba trip last
week, finally acknowledged that
the Bahamas would at some
point have to reform and
restructure its tax system, such
moves are likely to be ushered
in by any free trade agreement
reached with the US - who
accounts for almost 90 per cent
of our trade — and not the EU.

’ Trade data for 2004, the last

year for which statistics are
available, showed that the
Bahamas received around just
$44 million worth of imports.

The Commonwealth Secre-
tariat study found that the
Bahamas had excluded some
431 tariff lines from being lib-
eralized under the EPA, con-
sistent with a programme that
saw this nation offer to liber-
alise around 86 per cent of its
tariff lines.

Of the excluded tariff lines,

‘the greatest number are in the

live animals and animal prod-
ucts category, which account for
23.9 per cent of the total exclud-
ed tariff lines. The next largest
excluded percentage, comes
from the prepared foodstuffs,
beverages and tobacco product
line, which accounts for 23.2 per
cent of the Bahamas’ excluded
tariffs, and vegetable products,
which account for 14.2 per cent.

Elsewhere, the Common-
wealth study, a copy of which
has been seen by Tribune Busi-
ness, estimated that Bahamian.
exports would only incur a net
1.627 million euro increase in
tariffs imposed upon them if
they were taxed at the General
System of Preferences (GSP)
or Most Favoured Nation
(MEN) rate: ~

This will not happen to
Bahamian exports to the EU,

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NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No.45 of 2000)

INVESCO INTERNATIONAL
LIMITED .

In Voluntary liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (4) of
the International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of 2000),
INVESCO INTERNATIONAL LIMITED has been dissolved
and struck off the Register according to the Certificate of Dissolu-
tion issued by the Registrar General on the 2nd day of December,

2008.

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chiefly crawfish and other fish-
eries products, plus polystyrene,
given that signing the EPA and
submitting a market access offer

will secure their duty-free

entrance to the EU.

The Commonwealth Secre-
tariat study said that out of 217
different products exported by
the Bahamas to the EU in 2007,
50 would have faced being
placed under GSP/MEN tariff
rates had this nation remained
outside the EPA.

Some 31.152 million euros
worth of crawfish exports, the
main product exported by the
fisheries industry, would have
been the chief victim of this, the
study projected, with 1.339 mil-
lion euros worth of tariffs
imposed on them.

This was why the fisheries
industry pushed so hard for the
Bahamas to sign the EPA as a
way to ensure it maintained
preferential market access to
the EU, as the imposition of
tariffs would have made their
products more expensive and
uncompetitive, with a subse-
quent loss of revenues, market
share and profit.

Around 4.811 million euros
worth of polystyrene products
supplied to the EU in 2007,
mainly by Polymers Interna-
tional, would have taken the
next biggest hit from the impo-
sition of GSP rates, attracting
duty of around 144,337 euros..

After that, the Bahamas’ next
largest EU-bound exports were
estimated by the Common-
wealth Secretariat study to be t-
shirts, vests and singlets, plus
frozen rock lobster, which could
have attracted GSP tariffs of
81,177 euros and 29,734 euros
respectively if subject to GSP
tariff rates.

The relatively minimal impact
on Bahamian exports from the
imposition of GSP preferences,
compared to the effect on other
CARIFORUM countries, led
the Commonwealth Secretari-
at study to state that for the

Bahamas, “the costs of leaving
[the EPA] are small or negligi-
ble”.

The report also noted that the
inclusion of a Most Favoured
Nation (MEN) trading clause in”
the EPA was “unique”, as the .

MONDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2008, PAGE 5B

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Bank liquidator ‘entirely rejects’ $330m claim

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the claim is rejected and shall
not be considered in our pro-
rata distribution of the assets of
the Bank.”

Outlining his reasons for
rejecting the Cash’4 Titles vic-
tims’ complaint in his October
2, 2008, letter to Maynard &
Co, Mr Gomez said: “The
default judgment in Florida is
not recognised by the Bahamas
Supreme Court.

“The allegation that the Bank
aided and abetted the Cash 4
Titles principals is absolutely
denied. I contend tHat at all
material times the Bank simply
conducted normal banking busi-
hess, as any other bank in the
Bahamas would have.

“All actions against the Bank,
both local and abroad ceased, or
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That position is likely to be
put to the test, though, as Mr
Gomez himself acknowledged
in his eighth report to the
Supreme Court on Leadenhall
Bank & Trust’s liquidation.

Following receipt of the initial
documents from Messrs May-
nard, which included written
submission from the Cash 4
Titles victims to prove the debts
owed to them by Leadenhall,
and reasons as to why the
Bahamian courts should accept
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Gomez said the response to his
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mons; filed with the Supreme
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sought “to appeal my rejection
of their claims”.

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received a letter from that firm
informing him he had been
advised to attend the Supreme
Court on November 21, 2008,
to appear before Senior Justice
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The hearing was due to have
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viduals, with the collateral being
the title to vehicles subject to
the loan. Pawning car titles
received favourable tax treat-
ment in Georgia, and with the
high interest rates involved —
due to the high risk attached to
many borrowers — the scheme
attracted multiple investors.
Ultimately, some $140-$150
million was invested into Cash 4
Titles, but it developed into a
Ponzi scheme where new
investor monies were used to
repay old investors. Leadenhall,
and its former Bahamas-based
affiliate, Axxess International,
were sued because they had
provided financial services to
Cash 4 Titles, the investors
alleging they had knowingly aid-
ed and abetted the fraud.
Some 2,600 former Cash 4
Titles investors are part of this
latest claim against Leadenhall,
having won a $110.076 million
judgment in the south Florida
district court. The ultimate
award, using the US Racketeer
Influenced and Corrupt Organ-
isations Statute (RICO), was





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trebled by the court to $330 mil-
lion.

The Cash 4 Titles’ issue’s
fresh emergence is an inconve-
nience for Mr Gomez’s attempt
to complete Leadenhall’s liqui-
dation, as he has recently set-
tled litigation between the bank
and Turks & Caicos-based First
Financial Caribbean Trust
Company (a firm owned by a
number of former Axxess Inter-
national executives) over the
Bahamian bank’s former Mas-
terCard credit card portfolio.

An August 25, 2008, Supreme
Court order attached to Mr
Gomez’s liquidator’s report,
confirmed Tribune Business’s
previous revelation that Justice
Faisool Mohammed had autho-
rised First Financial to distrib-
ute some 70 per cent of the card
portfolio’s assets back to card-
holders.

The total amount involved in
the distribution was $9.8 mil-
lion, coming from the $14 mil-
lion in cash deposits Leaden-
hall had already transferred to
First Financial in the latter’s
capacity as successor trustee.

The order noted that some
$17 million was due to the cred-
it card holders, the balance
being made up of $1.3 million
still owed by those clients and a
further $1.898 million held by
MasterCard as a licence issuing
fee.

MasterCard, the Supreme
Court Order stated, was pre-
pared to return $284,551 to First
Financial, as it was claiming a
$1.7 million termination fee as a
result of suspending Leaden-
hall’s card issuing licence.

In addition, the Order autho-
rised the Bahamas-based
branch of BNP Paribas Bank to
pay Gibson, Rigby & Co, First
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$253,000 from an account under
the name Axxess Investments
Funds Ltd.

Meanwhile, Mr Gomez’s
report indicated that Leaden-
hall’s creditors were unlikely to
recover the full sums owed to
them, as there were insufficient
assets to meet all the bank’s lia-
bilities to them.

Currently, Leadenhall’s assets
total $24.303 million, of which
$20.063 million is cash in the
bank at the liquidator’s dispos-
al. However, the total sum owed
to creditors is $26.774 million,
leaving a shortfall of $2.471 mil-
lion.

At current standing, this
means creditors stand to recov-
er $0.91 out of every $1 owed —
not a bad sum for most court-
supervised liquidations. How-
ever, Mr Gomez warned that
he might not be able to recover
all outstanding loans owed to
Leadenhall by borrowers, which
amounted to $3.458 million as at
November 30, 2008, meaning
that the sum recovered by cred-
itors could be less than the $0.91
ratio.

Mr Gomez said he was “con-
sidering whether it is feasible
to further deplete the assets of

ing loans, which in my assess-
ment would be difficult as many
of the borrowers reside in for-
eign countries”.

The same applied to an
alleged forged cheque incident
involving $125,937 in Canadian
dollars, as the person in ques-
tion also resided outside the
Bahamas.

The strengthening of the US
dollar against its Canadian and
British counterparts had deplet-
ed Leadenhall’s cash deposits
on hand at banks by more than
$900,000 between July 16, 2008,
and November 30, 2008, Mr

‘Gomez added, directly impact-

ing the sums available to
investors.

The liquidator said some
$2.963 million had been recov-
ered from the liquidation of
Caledonia Fund Investments
Ltd, in which Leadenhall had
held a 78 per cent stake,
although this had resulted in an
actual loss of $36,743.

Mr Gomez added further that

‘the Ministry of Finance’s sec-

retary for revenue, Ehurd Cun-
ningham, had contacted him to
request the. reproduction of
information on Leadenhall and
Axxess International’s former

the Bank to recover the remain- cardholder customers.

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OF #15 VEOMAN WOODS, WOODCOCK LOOP, P.O. BOX F-
40071, FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA, 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
8th day of DECEMBER, 2008 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.

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FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA, 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
8th day of DECEMBER, 2008 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.

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IN THE MATTER of the Quieting Titles Act, 1959




AND

IN THE MATTER of all that piece parcel or lot of land
comprising 290 acres more or less situate south of the
Township of RockSound in the Island of Eleuthera one
of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas

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The Public Workers’ Co-operative
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P.O. Box N-1566

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ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land comprising 290
acres more or less situate south of the Township of Rock
Sound in the Island of Eleuthera one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas which said piece parcel
or lot of land has such position shape boundaries marks
and dimensions as are shown on the diagram or plan filed
herein and is delineated on that part which is coloured
PINK of the said diagram or plan and being the land which
is the subject of the Petition filed herein.

CARMEN J. KNOWLES by Power of Attorney for
Reginald Knowles Sr., claims to be the beneficial owner
in fee simple in possession of the parcel of land
hereinbefore described and such ownership arises by virtue
of possession of the said land.

Abaco Markets

Bahamas Property Fund

Bank of Bahamas

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Fidelity Bank

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Colina Holdings

Commonwealth Bank (S1)

Consolidated Water BDRs

Doctor's Hospital

Famguard

Finco

FirstCaribbean Bank

Focol (S)

Focol Class'B Preference

Freeport Concrete

ICD Utilities

J. S. Johnson
remier

Copies of the filed plan may be inspected during normal
office hours at:-

The Registry of the Supreme Court, Ansbacher House,
East Street, Nassau, Bahamas;

The Chambers of Johnson & Co., # 1 New Bond Street,
Governors Harbour, Eleuthera :

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the Petition shall on or before the 27th day of December
A.D.,2008 file in the Supreme Court and serve on the
Petitioner or the undersigned a statement of such claim
in the prescribed form, verified by an Affidavit to be filed
therewith. Failure by any person to file and serve a
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Fidelity Prime Income Fund
CFAL Global Bond Fund
CFAL Global Equity Fund
CFAL High Grade Bond Fund
Fidelity International Investment Fund
FG Financial Preferred Income Fund
FG Financial Growth Fund

Diversified Fund |

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# 1 New Bond Street
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Eleuthera, Bahamas
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MONDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2008, PAGE 7B



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Investor lawsuit mulled against City Markets"

FROM page 1B

minority shareholders follow-
ing the botched transition from
Winn-Dixie’s ownership to that
of BSL Holdings.

At the AGM, Mr Sands
appeared to acknowledge that
the board was at least partly to
blame for Bahamas Supermar-
kets’ woes since the Winn-Dix-
ie takeover.

He said that “with hindsight”,
the Bahamas Supermarkets
Board “could have acted with
greater speed and questioned
management more aggressive-
ly”, in addition to pushing its
management partner for more

resources and greater involve- —

ment.

The BSL Holdings consor- -

tium, featuring Bahamian and
international investors, acquired
Winn-Dixie’s 78 per cent major-
ity stake in Bahamas Super-
markets for $54 million in sum-
mer 2006, paying another $2

million in corporate advisory |

and legal fees related to the
_ transaction.

Bahamas Supermarkets’
board is dominated by BSL
Holdings’ investors. Those
investors who sit on the board
include Anthony King and
Frere Delmas; of Barbados
Shipping and Trading, the Neal
and Massey subsidiary that is
the largest investor in the
majority shareholder with a
more than 40 per cent stake; J
Barrie Farrington, representing
the hotel pension funds; Anwer
Sunderji, representing Fidelity;
and the late Franklyn Butler.
The-two independent directors
are chairman Mr Sands and Dr
Gail Saunders.

In the absence of a takeover:

code, BSL Holdings made no
offer to buy out the 22 per cent
minority shareholders at the

same price and terms when it:

purchased Winn-Dixie’s stake
since it was not required by law
to.do so.

Meanwhile, Tribune Business
understands that the Bahami-
an investors in BSL Holdings

have committed to injecting.a_

further $5 million in collective
equity into Bahamas Super-
markets. This is due to be inject-
ed in stages, with some $2-$3
million already received by the

“operating company.

Sources close to the situation
said this had been ‘encouraged’
by Royal Bank of Canada, the
institution that advanced $24
million in debt financing to BSL
Holdings to enable it to acquire
the Winn-Dixie stake. It was
said that Royal Bank had urged
the Bahamian investors in BSL
Holdings to match the $5 mil-
lion previously injected into
Bahamas Supermarkets by Neal
and Massey, funds which were
used to pay down supplier debts
and order much-needed inven-
tory for a company that is still

hampered by ongoing cash flow .
issues.

Tribune Business viadetstanias
that Bahamas Supermarkets’
external auditors, KPMG, have

~ completed the field work for
the fiscal year 2008 audit, and

all that remains is for them-
selves and the board to sign off
on the financials before their
release to investors, who have

had plenty of time to brace:

themselves for bad news.
Acknowledging

very disappointing to say the

The Tribur

that
’ Bahamas Supermarkets’ finan-
cial performance had “been ,

least” since the BSL Holdings
buyout group acquired the
majority 78 per cent stake in
Winn-Dixie in the summer of
2006, Mr Sands said the poten-
tial 2008 loss would result from
higher expenses - many one-
time charges - and a “sharp
decline” in gross profit on sales.

“Unless a large positive
change arises in the review of
accounting transactions,” Mr
Sands said, the $10 million pre-
liminary, unverified loss would
be incurred.

“During 2007, and for much

of 2008, what did occur at City

Markets was a breakdown in

controls and procedures, par-
ticularly in the area of the
recording of goods received,”
he added.

“In 2007, our gross margin
eroded by some $5 million due
to shrink and control-related
issues. In the absence of timely
and accurate financial informa-
tion, this situation was not
remedied for 2008.”

The focus was now on restor-
ing operational controls and
City Markets’ financial books
and records, ee a “crises man-

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The Anglican Central Education Authority invites applications for teaching ~~
positions available at St. John’s College and St. Anne’s School on New Providence,
Bishop Michael Eldon School on Grand Bahama, and St. Andrew’s Anglican

School on Exuma.

English Language and Literature

Mathematics

Grades 7-12
Grades 7-12

6 positions)

Physics/General Science
Chemistry/Health Science
History/Social Studies
Geography/Social Studies

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French

Spanish

Music
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Consumer Science.
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Upper Primary

Primary School Librarian
Information Technology
Accounts/Commerce/Economics

Physical Education

Guidance and Career Counselor

School Nurse

Grades 7-12
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Qualifications: Candidates must possess at least a Bachelors Degree from
an accredited. University together with a Teacher's Certificate

from an accredited Teacher’s College.

Applications may be collected from the Education Department located on Sands

Road off of East Street.

Completed application forms with the requested supporting documents must
be received by the Anglican Education Department by Friday, 23rd January
2009, and must be addressed to:-

The Director of Education

Anglican Central Education Authority

P. 0. Box N656
Nassau, The Bahamas

Providing quality education in a Christian environment by developing the whole child: spiritually,
academically, physically and socially thus preparing the child for life.



agement committee” formed to

oversee the company’s opera-
tions.

Mr Sands conceded that City
Markets was .‘not out of the
woods”, and that it would “take
at least two years to bring the
company’s performance to sat-
isfactory levels” given the cur-

rent economic climate.
BSL Holdings insiders previ-
ously said the group underesti-
mated just how reliant the
Bahamian grocery chain was on
Winn-Dixie - and its Jack-

sonville head office — for

absolutely everything, ranging
from the extensive range of

‘own brand’ labels to the bask:
office accounting and support |
systerhns. The latter was the |
cause of most of the trouble, ©
when Bahamas Supermarkets
dumped the Winn-Dixie sup-
port sérvices and transition
agreement early, without having
a replacement system in place.

POSITION AVAILABLE:
Client Support Officer

Applicant must be fluent in French, English and
Spanish. Interview will be done in French.

DUTIES: Support Client Relationship: Officers in-|}}-
administrative frontline duties, . ability to deal with |} |.
high net worth clients, monitor profit centre costs |] |
and retrocession payments, follow up on executions,
‘deal with telephone enquiries prepare client visits,
and organize business travel.

EDUCATION: Preference given to university or.
college graduates. Computer literacy required with:
reasonable proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite of.

products.

EXPERIENCE:







Preference _ will

individuals having business experience dealing my
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Interested applicants must subrhit apolieations to:
Human Resources Manager, (Re: CSO Position),
P.O. Box SS 6289, Nassau, The Bahamas, by 31*
December, 2008 or fax to (242) 502-5487.

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BUSINESS





Credit Agricole
assistant passes the

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with Reece Chipman, managing director
of the Nastac Group, which stands for

‘The National Association of Securities

Training and Compliance...

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veteran, who has been with Credit Agricole for
two years, will only be able to apply for registra-



THE assistant to Credit Agricole (Bahamas)

head of investments has passed the Canadian

Securities Course Volume | exam after’studying tion as a broker/investment adviser with the

with the Nassau-based Nastac Group. Securities Commission when she passes volume
Patricia Clarke, a 15-year financial services _ two.

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FROM page 1B

improved year-over-year prof-
itability, though, with net
income of $229,000 only 7 per
cent below the prior year’s
$246,000.

Still, utility costs and other
expenses have prevented Abaco
Markets from translating
improved sales growth into
profits. For the third quarter,
group sales were up by 13.6 per
cent or $2.95 million, while for
the year-to-date they were
ahead by $5.28 million or 8.3
per cent. ,

And although expenses had
increased in gross dollar terms,
as a percentage of sales they
remained comparable with the
previous year, standing at 26.8
per cent compared to 26.7 per
cent last year.

Net margins for the third
quarter fell to 28.2 per cent
compared ‘to 28.8-per cent,
largely due to a decline in sales
of high margin general mer-
chandise due to the current eco-
nomic environment, which has
seen consumers eschew pur-
chases of big-ticket items.

Meanwhile, Tribune Business
can also reveal that Keith
Evans, brother of leading
Bahamian wholesaler Garland
Evans, is a member of the con-
sortium leading the race to
acquire Abaco Markets’ Cost
Right store in Abaco. +

Other members of the group
are unknown, although there
have been unconfirmed sugges-
tions from various market
sources that ex-City Markets
managing director, Bruce Soud-
er, could be in line to take oper-
ational charge and run that Cost
Right store if the consortium’s
purchase goes through.

There was no mention of the
pending sale in Abaco Markets’
third quarter results statement,
which suggests the sale has yet
to be completed.

In the statement, Gavin
Watchorn, Abaco Markets’
president, said the Solomon’s
SuperCentre format was per-
forming especially well in terms
of sales. But he added: “While
we are recording increases in
customer traffic, there has been
a slight decrease in the average
transaction, along with some
weakening in the sales of high-
er margin general merchandise
categories reflective of the cur-
rent economic conditions.”

Mr Watchorn said the
upgrades and improvements to
the company’s Solomon’s
SuperCentre and Cost Right
formats in Grand Bahama had
helped both businesses achieve



55% utility bill rise hits
Abaco Markets profits

solid growth.

Elsewhere, while the Domi-
no’s Pizza franchise had experi-
enced a slight decline in like-

‘ for-like sales growth, the addi-

tion of new outlets on
Carmichael Road and the Sea-
grapes Shopping Plaza had
increased total sales.

“Utilities have increased by
55 per cent for the quarter com-
pared to the same period last
year,” Mr Watchorn said. “We ©
do, however, expect some relief
in the coming months and, in
the meantime, we are very
focused on controlling all costs
possible and better managing
our shrink, which is improving
slightly.”

Abaco Markets’ sales increas-
es also resulted in an increase in
business licence fees.

Abaco Markets has also ©
restructured its preference share
debt, effectively consolidating
this into one class through its
Class B holders agreeing to sub-
scribe to an extra $1.25 million
preference shares. The proceeds

- from this issue will be used to

payout and redeem the Class A
preference shareholders in full.

The new terms extend the:
maturity date for Class B pref-
erence shareholders by one year
— from December 31, 2012, to
December 31, 2013 — with an
8.5 per cent coupon rate. The
repayments will begin on March
31, 2010, in quarterly instal-
ments of $357,000. ‘

Mr Watchorn said the
arrangement would enable
Abaco Markets to focus on
building liquidity, with total out-
standing preference share debt
at $5.7 million following the
restructuring.

The company had paid back
some $2.2 million in preference
share debt over the previous 21
months, with Abaco Markets
continuing to put aside funds in
a designated account to fund
redemptions in 2010.

Craig Symonette, Abaco
Markets chairman and chief
executive, said the company
expected the economic climate
to further impact average trans-
action spend and sales in cer-
tain categories during 2009.

He added: “As with most
retailers, we expect a continued
softening of the economy in
2009, which will impact our
sales in the coming months.
While none of us is certain just
how long these conditions will
persist, we remain focused on
expense Management, aggres-
sive. buying and efficient opera-
tions in all of our locations to
help offset the challenges
ahead.”



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MONDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2008, PAGE 9B





Re: It’s even worse than.

we thought (Customs)

DEAR Mr Marquis,

After reading your Insight
exposé on the customs depart-
ment, I laugh out loud at the
sheer futility of your quest. Yes,
you truly have a set of b...s and I
commend you for using The
Tribune to expose these crooks,
but really I ask you: surely the
customs, public and BROKERS
all should be tarred with the
same brush?

I am about to leave the

. Bahamas after seven years here,
and the whole customs clear-
ance fiasco has been a part of
my: life here for all but two of
them as I now do not bother

ever bringing in anything unless .

completely necessary.

When I used to bring in 40-
foot containers my then broker
would ask for invoices to sup-
port the contents. As everybody
knows we, the public, would
provide an altered version of
the invoice, the braker then
gives this to his guy in customs
who tells you this can be
cleared very quickly if the cus-
toms guy comes to the job site
and.the container can be
inspected there.

The broker then informs me
for an envelope of say $3,000
he guarantees the container
won't be inspected, because if
the inspector finds out the value
is much more we would all be in
serious trouble.

"HA!" and there lies the
irony: I know the invoice is
moody, the broker knows and
the inspector knows, because
EVERYBODY, does ‘it.
The inspector duly shows up in
a brand new Escalade in 100
per cent heat and barely cracks
his window before taking the
envelope and scooting off —
this whole process took 30 sec-
onds not once but eight times
during a period of 18 months.
Then the broker gets his share
of the duty ‘saved’.

Most to all developers here
in the Bahamas factor into their
budgets a percentage cost to be
allotted to Custom. pay-offs —



suppliers from the, US are well,





practised in providing false
invoices.

I know in the long run the
loser is Joe Public and winners
are the brokers, customs free-
lancers and myself,
the importer — the system must
have a complete overhaul. Cut
the head off the beast, not just.a
leg or two.

— Insight regular

Mr Marquis, I have been fol-
lowing your articles on the cor-
ruption that exists in Customs
Department. I must admit that
it is a timely topic and one that

should have been addressed a

very long time ago and I hold
both governments responsible
for the debacle.

I must say that former senior
officials facilitated the corrupt
practices that exist to date. They
did this by actually placing offi-
cers in certain areas to facilitate
corruption for kickbacks and
actually transferred officers who
were doing their jobs and
replaced them with their cor-
rupt friends.

Let me give you a brief syn-—

opsis of the corrupt practices in
customs. One officer owns a
house on one of the Family
Islands that is twice the size of
the one they have in Nassau and
I understand that it is on the
market for one million dollars. I
also heard this officer is present-
ly building a house in the east-
ern district of Nassau.

It is a massive amount of
wealth to ‘have achieved as a
customs officer.

Another officer has amassed
a lot of wealth, with a one mil-
lion dollar house on New Prov-
idence. He owns a recently built
building on....... Road. He also
owns a group of apartments in

the eastern. district of New Prov- -
“idence. Finally, he owns three

luxury vehicles. A lot to achieve
as customs officer, would you
say.

There is also an officer who
owns two triplexes in the west-
ern area and a house in the east-
ern district with pool, and is

. presently building a massive

structure elsewhere.
Mr Marquis, this is only a tip

+Jernment. Butall indications




MONDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2008

@ By JOHN MARQUIS
Managing Editor 33

‘ce Knew it was bad, but just
how bad is only now becoming
clear. The Bahamas Customs
department is a cesspit of cor-
ruption, and the whole country}
is picking up the tab to pay for the criminality at
its core. |

Of course, there are good officers, hard-work-
ing people doing their best to keep this vital rev-
lenue-earner on track. Anything recorded here
is not meant to reflect on them.

But last week's Insight accusations, levelled in | "SS
the wake of an arson attack on the home of Cus: j
toms task force officer Roslyn Ritchie, have’
unearthed startling new information about Cus-
toms, including the alleged existence of a crime
ring which systematically extorts money from






















importers and lives the high life on the proceeds,

The information pouring on to Insight’s desk
from sources right at the heart of Customs will
sicken and disgust those decent, honest Bahami-
ans whose livelihoods are now being stripped
from them by an approaching recession,

But it docs reinforce what Insight advocated
last week: that a major clean-out is long over-
due in this department, and that action is needed
now Lo get the villains into court.

Sources claim that some Customs officers at
seaports are making as much as $20,000 or $30,000
a month in pay-offs while claiming to clean up the
duty collection process,

And businessmen are frequently asked in
advance how much they are willing to pay to

have certain officers “look the other way" when
shipments are duo,

According to Insight’s sources right INSIDE
Customs, a tape-recording exists of one of these
illicit transactions taking place, with a prominent
and well-known Customs officer on the receiving,
lend of the bribe.

It has not only been sent to Customs authorities
themselves, but also senior government figures,
they claim,

Most accusations of blatant corruption within
Customs relate to the fi irs of the PLP gov-
that it’s still going
lon — and that crooked officers hav. ie tO
regard pay-offs us extremely lucrative pe if
job, more often than not outstripping their salaries
five or ten-fold,

This explains how some manage to build them-
selves luxury homes, even apartment complexes,
that are far outside the scope of their pay levels,

“These (the crime ring) are some of the biggest
crooks in Customs,” one source told Insight, “I
understand that (name given) has multiple apart-
ments in Carmichael, a heated pool, and numer-
lous apartments in Abaco.

“Teall them crooks of the year because they cut
loffall the other crooks in Customs and were the
sole crooks from April, 2008, to September, 2008,

“Itis also documented where if individuals had
lone case of a particular item over, (name given)
would seize the entire shipment, whether the
additional case was an error or not.”

The video recording of a senior Customs officer
allegedly accepting a bribe was mentioned in





























| Customs: It's time





+ In fact, the roll-call of wrong-doing within Cus-
toms is so long that it’s hard to contain it within a
single readable piece.

What emerges, though, is an ethos in which
the “good"\are struggling vainly to control the
bad, and in which many of the “ 8008 are only
good in relative terms. st

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THE FRONT PAGE of the December 1 edition of INSIGHT...

department’ 's many shortcomings,



fora clea: “Ott |

Nome of Mrs Rosy Rit uct ise mont Reap efor fullacale
rottenness Iying at the core of the Balianias Cus i ax Se ‘ony ind, INSIGITT reports

“Lam incapable of distinguishing between con-
sumers and businessmen shorting the govern-
ment and the government shorting its citizens
when they mismanage the public’s treasury and
allow its own members to steal and cut deals and
get filthy rich in five years as (name given) did,
while these clowns whom we call our leaders

0 gi don’t even have the integrity to identify him by

while condemning the actions of others. name.
Some readers in the department vilified Insight
for blaming Customs officers instead of the busi-
nessmen who bribe them, implying that if temp-

“This is a nation of crooks and dishonesty is so
deeply-rooted in this country that if there was
an attempt to uproot it there would be éivil











Last week’s article
on corrupt Customs
officers has sparked
a massive response,
including exposure
of an alleged ring of
conspirators within
the department who
it is claimed have
made a fortune by
stealing frém the
Bahamas and

its people...

real villains in Customs. ;
epartnon for We ask Opce ele Ai
ing methods, to be investigated in an effort ta

cool down tempers among colleagues.
Sources claim there is a lot of bitter hostilit


































towards the team from several of their-own col:
leagues.

“How would you feel,” asked one informant, “i
someone was preventing you from earnin,
$20,000 a month in pay-offs?”

What is needed, he said, is an intense inquiry}
into every Suspected officer’ 's living standards,

IL is the government's prerogative, he said, tc
examine employces’ sources of income and
ask how someone carning, say, $24,000 a year i
able to buy lavish cars and homes.

One particular officer, who is related to doth:
er, is said to have two well-appointed homes i
New Providence, a commercial property, numer-
ous apartments and a home on Long Island.

Customs insiders believe police should focus 0
the task force itself, especially in relation to its
handling of incoming containers.

“Containers sit unopened for weeks on ent
until some harried businessman finds it neces
sary to offer a sizeable ‘tip’ so their shipments ar
opened in a timely manner,” Insight was told.

The words Customs and corruption have long
since been mentioned in tandem. Instead of pro
tecting the nation’s interests, rogue officers hav
for years been a swindling the Treasury rapacious:






































THE FRONT PAGE of the December 8 edition of INSIGHT...

of the iceberg. Something has
to. be done. I want you to keep
this fight going. Don’t.stop
putting pressure on the gov-
ernment. Something has to be
done in this department.
I-have more. This is just an

appetiser.
— Potcakedog

Your piece on the rampant
corruption in The Bahamas
Customs Department is only
the tip of an iceberg of the cor-
ruption that has taken place and
continues to take place in The
Bahamas. ‘

Corruption pervades our soci-

ety and has become such a part
of the culture where eradicat-
ing it will be next to impossible
and if serious attempts are
made to expose the hundreds
of “prominent” citizens, our
society will certainly collapse.
One only needs to consider
the history of the islands, based
upon piracy since the 1700s, to
understand the current state of
affairs. Woodes Rogers must be
turning in his grave, having
spent a part of his life eradicat-
ing piracy, hence his famous
statement “Expulsis Piratis,
Restituta Commercia”, only to
discover, if he suddenly reap-.

peared, that his efforts were all
in vain.

But a positive side to this is,
those Bahamians who are cor-
rupt at least have a conscience,
how else can you explain the
proliferation of churches in the
country? After all, they need
some medium where they feel
they can gain God’s forgiveness,
otherwise how can they justify
their deeds?

— C. Knowles

MAY I suggest that the gov-

“ernment conduct a count of

Rolex watches.in the Customs
department? Ask ourselves:

i928.

how does someone earning
$24,000 a year end up wearing a
watch costing $24,0007

— Watchful and ey 4

IT’S good to see ‘the govern
ment ‘moving on the variou
corruption issues facing our
country. Immigration first, Cus-
toms next, then J suggest vari-
ous areas of our legal system.

The biggest danger we face
is to see corruption as par for
the course and ignore it. It’s up
to The Tribune and Insight to.
expose corruption for what it is
in the hope we can rid ourselves
of the scourge.

— HBN, Nassau

Re: The Pure Joy of ;
Doing Without ay

I LOVED your piece about
cellphones: I have cut it out to
keep with some of your other

_ articles.

— Banker ‘ 4

ANOTHER priceless insight:
Death to all cellphones! "

— EV Johnson



Miscellaneous.

MR John Marquis, you better

put those houses of yours on
rent because there’s no way you
are leaving this country.

This is a small island where
everybody knows everybody, 30
therefore you can’t trust
Bahamians to do the right thing.
That is the problem with the
Bahamas.

_Whatever else you want tp

-do in life you can do from here.
What you are doing by leaving
this country is,breaking at
In my estimation, it wilf take
years for that level of trust to be
established again.

The connections én this cown-
try are unbelievable. We are a
very corrupt country and it runs
very deep. But the wrongdoerts
fear The Tribune more than

they fear the law. With the faw, |

all you need to do is pick up the

~ phone. Your leaving means ‘we

have moved forward 150 paces

and are now about to go back

300. The attorneys have some of
the police in their pockets;.

_ It is very scary to see us as a
people sit down.and accept
wrong. Our wrongs have
become our rights. You must
not go. Whoever replaces you,
the transition will take two
years at.least.. Yours etc.

— Regular Insight reader.



Newspape

ers struggle as Internet takes its toll

FROM page 10B

pers were fired as part of a dramatic
downsizing operation.

The management’s strategy was to
sack everyone with the intention of re-
hiring only those they really want, cut-
ting costs and off-loading deadwood
at the same time.

Elsewhere in Britain, titles are being ~

merged, branch offices chopped, staff
made redundant and even manage-
ment itself being streamlined in a des-
perate attempt to keep long-estab-
lished businesses afloat. Several edi-
tors of prestigious local titles have been
axed, along with Jar ge portions of their
staffs.

On the iheaied front, things are no
better. Several titles look in danger of
eventual closure, including The Inde-
pendent, its sister paper Independent
on Sunday, and once enormously pop-
ular tabloids like The People.

In fact, the situation is so bad that
media analyst Claire Enders predicted
over the weekend that a third of
Britain’s regional papers, two national
titles and half the jobs in the regional
press will disappear in the next five
years.

She is urging the British government
to ease rules on cross-media, owner-
ship and help the process of media
diversification in an attempt to save
what has traditionally been the single
most important component of a flour-
ishing democracy.

With local titles disappearing at the
rate of 10 to 15 per week, Enders
observes that practically no-one outside
the media wants to invest in the press
anymore.

Among the few flickers of light in
the gathering gloom are The Daily
Mail and its stablemate The Mail on
Sunday, which somehow continue to
buck the trend.

The Internet is being blamed, but in
reality the seeds were sown long before
the World Wide Web was even
thought of. Newspapers are in trouble
because of appalling mismanagement
and a misguided belief that journalism
was no longer important as accoun-
tants gained control of the industry.

It’s interesting that The Tribune and
the Daily Mail are among the star per-
formers because, in truth, they share
many characteristics,

Both know their markets well and
fashion their news, features and sports
coverage to meet their readers’ pref-
erences. They are “editorially-led”, giv-
ing journalists their heads over the
grim dictates of the bottom line.

While the Mail aims for Middle Eng-
land — and more specifically the wives

LOUR printing press can be seen here...

of Middle England — The Tribune
caters for the entire spectrum of
Bahamian society. It’s their ability to
target and serve the market.that puts
both papers ahead of the game.

The newspapers that fail are those
that, accountancy driven; have no sense
of direction and no identifiable mes-
sage. That has been the fate of much of
the British regional,press for the last
two decades.

There’s another feature the Mail and
Tribune share. They are both hard-hit-
ting, no-nonsense newspapers with a
fervent dislike of the liars, shysters and

conmen of society.

British politicians are terrified of the
Mail. Its editor, Paul Dacre, is viewed
as a satanic presence in English society,
a man with the awesome power to
manipulate the entire political scene
to his own ends. Expletives are heaped
on his head every week.

In the Bahamas, population num-
bers and newspaper sales are, of
course, much smaller, but the role of
the press no less significant. Thus, The
Tribune is also reviled in some quar-
ters, with both its publisher and man-
aging editor described as “terrorists” by
politicians over the last few years.

The most important characteristic
shared by the two papers, however, is
sheer readability combined with
colourful presentation. Readers must
be encouraged, by content and design,
to choose a paper ahead of its rivals.

Stand by any news stand in London
for ten minutes, and you will witness
the Mail disappearing fast while the
Daily Express, The Independent and
The Times languish alongside other
less alluring titles. If you try to buy it
late in the day, more often than not:



the Mail-will have long gone. Ditto
The Tribune.

In both cases, it is journalism — the
writing and presentation of news, fea-
tures and sport — that is central to the
paper’s success. Once journalism is
compromised, for whatever reason,
newspapers fail. That is the key to the
industry’s dire performance in recent
years. Now it is probably too late to
turn the tide.

In the UK and USA, managements
are now striving to see how traditional
print operations can be made to work
commercially as online news and fea-
tures outlets. ~

Chopping print editions is easy -

enough, but is it really possible to repli-
cate a newspaper online and generate
the revenues necessary to hire the right
quality and quantity of staff to maintain
journalistic standards?

There’s no doubt that some titles
have benefited greatly from the online
revolution. The Financial Times and
The Guardian of London are two cas-
es in point.

Neither of these well-regarded news-
papers was a mega-seller in Britain,
their home market. The Guardian was
always a left-of-centre broadsheet for
the liberal intelligentsia while The
Financial Times was the bible of the
moneymen. Neither was able to get
even close to half a million sales, even
in a nation of 60 million people.

But they had an unexploited mar-
ket of overseas supporters which was
never reached by print. Now both
enjoy multi-million readerships all over
the world, thanks to the Internet.

While Guardian-style liberals and
FT-style financiers and investors are a
finite market in Britain, they lurk in

abundance i in places like New York,
Mumbai, Sydney, San Francisco and, of
course, western Europe. Hence, these
two prestige publications have ‘found
new life beyond Britain’s shores.

In a smaller way, The Tribune hopes
to capitalise on a new international
market when its website appears in the
New Year.

Though this newspaper’s domestic
print sales.are inevitably limited by the
size of the local population and other
factors, including low literacy levels,
its appeal overseas is extensive.

Inevitably, Bahamian exiles and stu-
dents form a core market for The Tri-
bune’s online product. But there is also
an unduantifiable body of interest out
there among investors, bankers, diplo-
mats, tourism entities and others who,
for whatever reason, have an interest in
ourisland chain. .

Thus, The Tribune will be able to
offer its unique package of editorial
material to réaders as far flung as Bei-
jing and Baton Rouge, Montreal and
Melbourne.

For traditional readers, it is.impos-
sible to envisage the day when news-
papers will no longer exist, yet all the
signs are that print in this particular
form is into its last two or three
decades.

The publisher of The New York’

. Times, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr., is

on record as saying his newspaper will,
no longer exist in print form by the
middle of the 21st century.

Realists in other news groups are
reaching the same conclusion, but think
doomsday may come sooner. The fight

‘to secure an acceptable transition is

already underway. There will be casu-
alties, that’s for sure.
. Whatever the strengths of the news-

. paper — whether tabloid, Berliner or

broadsheet — it will increasingly be
seen by the computer generation as
awkward, blotchy and wasteful, with
absolutely no advantages to outweigh
the slicker attributes of a personal com-
puter.

“Tf it doesn’t bapHen online, it does-
n’t happen as far as my generation is
concerned,” my 25-year-old son told

me earlier this year.

It was a chilling message to some-

‘one like me, who entered the newspa-

per business while still legally a child
and is still in it today beyond my offi-
cial pensionable age.

Like typewriters, steam locomotives,
fountain pens, black-and-white televi-
sion, washboards and itinerant knife-
grinders, newspapers will ultimately
fall victim to the march of technology
and become relics of a bygone age.

What has yet to be determined is
the impact this will have on’the demo-

cratic process.
Over the last three or four decades,

. hon-journalists in newspaper manage-

ment have been allowed to dictate the

‘strategy and character of an industry

whose existence has always meant
something far more than the. we

. line.

The result has been blandet prod:
ucts which have become little i |
than printed shopping malts — adv
tising vehicles with no punch, no
courage, no chutzpah and no influence.
None of the things, in fact, for which
newspapers were always revered. Little
wonder, then, that so many of them
are now seen as dispensable fripperies.

No-one ever went into the newspa-
per business to make money. Leon
Dupuch certainly didn’t when he
launched The Tribune in 1903. Manw-

_ facturing clothes-pegs is far more prof-

itable and far less trouble. But accoun-
tancy — essentially a non-creative dis-
cipline — has been permitted to Sacri-

fice editorial quality for short*term

gains in ‘other media organisations

worldwide to satisfy the shareholders’
constant cry for better returns. It has
been a catastrophic formula leading to
a long decline in newspaper circula-
tions and advertising revenues. The
Internet is merely providing the topsoil
for a grave dug by the newspaper
industry itself.

The Tribune’s circulation success is,
therefore, something to savour, point-
ing hopefully to a need among Bahami-
ans to maintain loyalty for a form of
communication dating back to the
1700s. The attractions of the electron-
ic age, while they are undoubtedly’ the
future, will have to wait awhile before
becoming the premier brand ia the
Bahamas.

As educational tools, newspapers
have had few equals since the late 18th

and early 19th centuries. They have .

nurtured, and employed, some of the
best brains of the day, including great

literary names like Dickens, Orw

Waugh, Hemingway and Steinbeck, ‘3
name but a few.

Love them or loathe them, they have
been indispensable parts of every
thinking person’s life for generations,
not only informing, entertaining and
enlightening, but also providing the
foundations of national debate.

“Without newspapets, none of us
would have anything to say,” a scholar
of the last century said of the age of
print. But for how much fonger will
newspapers be able to resist a multi-
pronged assault by TV and cyber-
space? The signs are not good.

¢ What do you think? Fax 3282398
or e-mail jmarquis@tribunemedia.net

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attention. Newspapers
will be seen, along with
oil-lamps, penny. far-
thing bikes, the pigeon
post and feather-quill |
pens as relics of a quaint |,
but no longer relevant |, |



GLOOMY predictions about. |.
the future of newspapers are
now commonplace in the
trade press. With circulations
in freefall, advertising *
revenues down, and staff cuts
occurring weekly in the UK
and USA, media groups are
wondering whether the press
can survive in its present
form. INSIGHT reports...

on

Others are scratching around for new ways of
maximising their skills. Many are secretly
resigned to an extremely bleak future.

Against this background of despair and
despondency, it is remarkable that The ‘Tri-
bune — even in these economically depressed
times — continues to show circulation increas-
es, with October street sales up an astonishing
14.13 per cent.

past. ; For the last seven years, this newspaper has
Statistics from around | posted impressive year-on-year circulation .
the world —: and: gains to confound all the grim prognostica-

tions of media pundits everywhere. Like a |!

notably the UK and }
frontline stormtrooper, it staggers forward

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A FAMILY is
mourning the |
death of 10-year-
old boy who f
‘accidentally’
hung himself
while playing
with the curtain in his living
room.

Henry Theohile, an older
brother of Keno Agustave, who
made the tragic discovery
around Spm Friday, said Keno
had gone into the living room of
their Charles Vincent Street
home to watch cartoons.

“He must have got bored.
After that he started playing
with the curtain and it wrapped
around his neck. I feel so bad,”
he told The Tribune.

Amos Theohile, another
brother of the deceased, said:

Keno Agustave

“T feel horrible. I lost my.

youngest brother. He ain’t start
his life yet.”

Madiane Docius, the child’s
mother, told The Tribune yes-
terday that she had just
returned home from work and
. was preparing a meal for her
son when she discovered that

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VOY MTA HLTS looks at a picture of her 10-year-old son Keno Agustave, who ‘accidentally’ hung Mise

Investigations into death at Doctors Hospital
‘identify measures to prevent similar incidents’

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

BASED on its own investiga-

, tions into the death of a 42-year-

old man in its care, Doctors Hos-

pital has identified measures

which would have ensured that
incidents such as his death do nat
occur again, according to a report
tabled in parliament.

The annual report by the Hos-
pital and Healthcare Facilities
Licensing Board (HHCFLB)
notes that the board’s legal com-





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mittee has recommended that a
medical inspector be appointed
to investigate Doctors Hospital
and “establish whether or not the
matter (the death of Mr Christo-
pher Esfakis) has been properly
addressed”.

The HHCFLB is appointed by
government to inspect and license
all private medical facilities in the
Bahamas.

The 2008 annual report from
the board chairman, Dr Kirtland
Culmer, notes the case of Mr
Esfakis, who died at the hospital
in 2002 after being admitted days
earlier with an over 90 per cent
survival rate, as a “thorny” legal

- issue before the board.
A coroner presiding over an

inquest into the burns patient’s
death ruled earlier this year that it
was ‘the result of natural causes
“substantially and significantly
contributed to by neglect” on the
part of medical staff there.
Coroner William Campbell left
only one verdict to the jurors in
the matter, stating that all the evi-
dence “pointed in one direction

-over another.”

The verdict was later quashed
on appeal by Chief Justice Sir
Burton Hall on the grounds that





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search is on for two men
who went missing Satur-
day morning when their
boat capsized near Clifton
Pier.

Police press liaison offi-
cer ASP Walter Evans
told The Tribune that
police received a report
of the incident yesterday.

According to reports,
three men went on a fish-
ing trip on a beige 25-fdot
Bell Craft boat.

“As they were just off
Clifton Pier coming in the
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it ashore, two others are
missing,” ASP Evans said.

He said that Ivan Mor-
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on the boat, was able to
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A search is on for Mr
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FNM blames PLP
after election —
court challenges

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

WITH all election court. chal-
lenges now resolved in the gov-
ernment’s favour, the FNM has
pointed the finger of blame firm-
ly at the PLP for being “negli-
gent” in its role in the electoral
process and “wasting” overbur-
dened judicial resources in chal-
lenging the two seats.

The ruling party has called on
the Opposition to “face up to its
failures” - including leaving the
parliamentary registration depart-

ment the “almost impossible task
of effecting boundary changes and
moving people from one con-
stituency to another in time for,

~ the election” by not meeting the

mandated deadline for the
Boundaries Commission to
report.

On Thursday the final election
court case came to a close, with
Minister of State for Finance
Zhivargo Laing retaining his seat
by a slim margin of 27 votes:over.
PLP challenger, Senator Pleasant

. Bridgewater.’

SEE page 14

Opposition calls for ‘urgent review of

findings’ from: election court cases

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

THE PLP yesterday called on the govern-
ment to undertake an “urgent review of the
findings and recommendations” coming out of |
the two now concluded election court cases.

Dismissing the FNM’s criticism of its con--
duct in relation to the election court matters

s “a pathetic exercise in public relations”,
party chairwoman Glenys Hanna-Martin said
the government is “seeking to distract from

some very important issues.”

Glenys Hanna-Martin &

“Both recent cases’ findings of law and fact have brought to the
fore major issues relative to electoral fraud,” said Mrs Hanna-

Martin.

“It is more than interesting that the government has yet to com-
ment on the findings of the Supreme Court justices with a view to
bringing the recommended review and reforms in the interest of our

SEE page 12

| Going out on
a high note

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last time on Bay Street
with the Royal Bahamas

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in Rawson Square &
4 yesterday. ;
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and an arrangement of f
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street sales up a massive 14 per
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state of the newspaper industry
worldwide, and the global eco-
nomic crisis, it is remarkable
that The Tribune continues to
go up and up,” said managing
editor John Marquis...

“Tn the USA and the UK,
metropolitan daily newspapers
are in deep, deep trouble, but
The Tribune’s circulation has.
maintained an upward trajec-
tory since 2001. And, despite
the tough times, sales are still
rising.”

Figures

October circulation figures
showed Tribune street sales up
14.13 per cent over the same
month in 2007; with Thursday
overall sales hitting 21,000.

This represents a total of
13,000 extra papers sold during
the month.

Monday remains one of the
best-selling days of the week,
with substantial percentage
increases recorded over last
year. ;

Paco Nunez, news editor,

fair reflection of its journalistic
excellence and its ability to

‘address its market.

Journalists

“We have a team of fine
young journalists who are not
afraid to tackle any issue with
the best interests of the
Bahamian public in mind at all
times.

“T also think The Tribune’s
aggressive and _ incisive
approach to news is appreci-
ated by the Bahamian public,
who want the truth without
any frills attached.

“The rising sales also reflect
the level of trust that exists
between -us and our public.
And this is just the beginning —
we have lot of new things
planned for the future.” ;

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turned around ten years ago
when it became a morning
paper. ,

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Man cracks:
stolen car
into a tree

POLICE apprehended a
man after he crashed a stolen
car into a tree on Thursday.

A resident from eastern
New Providence went home
around mid-day on Thursday
and found a robber in his
home.

The robber escaped in a
Honda Inspire vehicle regis-
tration 19873. Police were
notified and a patrol in the
area.saw the car, which result-
ed in a high-speed chase.

The chase ended in Pine
Yard Road when the Honda
driver crashed into a tree.
Police arrested the man, a 26-
year-old from Joe Farrington
Road. The robber is known
to police.

@ Sometime after 10pm on
Thursday, a gunman entered
Shell Service Station in West
Bay Street (near Saunder’s
Beach) and demanded cash.
The robber deprived the com-
pany of,an undetermined
amount then escaped in an
aqua Nissan Sentra. Police
were informed and officers
on patrol saw a vehicle fitting
the given description. There
was a high-speed chase which
ended in West Bay Street.
Two male occupants in the



‘issues welcomed by business peo

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

BUSINESS people have wel-
comed the prime minister’s sug-
gestion that he will address some of
the “unintended consequences” of
the introduction of excise tax in
the Bahamas this year.

Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham said that during the mid-year
or main budget exercise he will
“take into account some of the
unintended consequences” of the
introduction of the excise tax —
which included tax increases on
baoks — and “make adjustments.”

Excise tax, brought into effect
in the 2008/2009 budget, amalga-
mates customs duty and stamp tax.
While the budget was labelled a
“relief” budget, with reductions or
eliminations in tax on numerous
breadbasket items and others,
some imports saw an increase in
tax levied on them as in a number
of cases tax was “rounded up”.

Several business people com-
plained publicly in the weeks after
the introduction of the budget that
this ushered in a slew of unexpect-
ed and unannounced tax increases
that hurt their profit margins dur-
ing already tough economic times.

Mr Ingraham said: “I can’t tell
you what I will remedy or not rem-
edy but we have taken account of
all the complaints and when we do
the exercise again in May, if not



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in February, we'll make the neces-
sary adjustments, taking into
account what we have heard,and
seen,

“For instance, some people have

‘said that we have now decided to

tax books that came to the
Bahamas and we never taxed
books before, but that’s not true.
Books always had a seven per cent
stamp tax except if they came in
through the airport. We did the
excise (ax across the board so that
if I brought goods in by boat or
the airport I pay the same tax. And
we rounded the tax up to ten per
cent and books got caught in that.
That was not our intent to increase
the tax on books at all,” he added.

He said complaints from Bay
Street merchants that the replace-
ment of the stamp tax with an
excise tax raised the tax on certain
items and made them “uncompet-
itive with other destinations in the
Caribbean...will be taken into
account.”

Juliette Johnson, a sales repre-
sentative at Harbour Bay-based
Logos Bookstore welcomed Mr
Ingraham’s comments, saying
those in her business thought it
was “ridiculous” that tax on books
was increased. :

“These are resources that help
to improve our country,” she said.

The store has lost business as it
has been unable to rely on its

main marketing mechanism” —
the fact that its books were tradi-
tionally very close to US retail
price.

Joan Thompson, owner of luxu-
ry goods stores, Brass and Leather
and Fendi, said the jump in tax on
leather goods from 120 to 125 per
cent in conjunction with the drop
off in sales linked to the downturn
in tourism and the economy in gen-
eral have seen her company’s mar-
gins drop “so low it’s now ques-
tionable whether we can stay in
business.”

“Sales have dropped through
the floor and the luxury goods
retailers are all going to be left
with inventory they cannot move.
They're going to find it difficult to
sell for margins they need for their

operations,” she said.

“If they want a luxury goods
market here the point is this: we
have to be price sensitive to com-
parable locations or to us pricing in
everything, We have to be com-
petitive,” said Ms Thompson.

Mr Ingraham said the amalga-
mation of stamp tax and customs
duty into an excise tax has helped
shore up the government’s rev-
enue base — which is forecast to
see $150 million revenue fall off

ie

this year compared with last — oy
removing “much of the discretion
that customs officers had in terms
of determining which item or head
or tariff item they wanted to charge



- a particular item against.”

He said the excise tax amalga-
mation exercise which the govern-
ment initiated in this year’s budget
is not yet finished and he hopes to
do so in the next two budgetary
periods.

Warning over use of voice over
Internet protocol services

THE Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is advising retailers and the

_ public that any unauthorised use of voice over Internet protocol
(VoIP) services or devices is in breach of the Telecommunications Act

and ‘is punishable by fine.

“The Public utilities commission (PUC) wishes to inform retailers
and users of VoIP products that the PUC encourages the legal and
authorised use of VoIP services and devices. Bahamians, in general,
mistakenly believe that any VoIP telephone device sold or used in
North America or elsewhere (such as Magic Jack or Vonage) is also
a press release by the Commission’s execu-

alldwed in the Bahamas,”

tive director Michael J Symonette stated.

According to the PUC, Section 35(40) of the Telecommunications
Act 1999, makes it an offence for anyone to directly or indirectly
instal a telecommunications system, telecommunications equipment and
or customer premises equipment that has not been approved by the
commission to a licensed Bahamian telecommunications system. This

offence is punishable by a fine of $10,000.

“The PUC wishes to advise retailers and the public that the: Com-
mission has not issued any approved standards under Section 15 of the

ped cert ant]

vehicle were arrested. Telecommunications Act for VoIP telephone devices like Magic Jack

and Vonage. Unapproved VoIP telephone devices allow users tc

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By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

THE redevelopment of a
shopping centre in downtown
Nassau to include waterfront
restaurants and a marina aims
to raise standards in Bay
Street.

A $13 million transforma-
tion of the old Moses Shop-
ping Plaza on the corner of
Elizabeth Avenue into Bay-
side Marketplace is being car-
ried out by Charles, Nicholas
and Anthony Klonaris of
Bayside Marketplace Ltd,
Cavalier Construction and
the Royal Bank of Canada.

Developers hope the 35,000

sq ft retail and restaurant
space, combined with
7,000 sq ft of office space, two
waterfront restaurants and a
marina able to support
yachts up to 100 feet, will be
ready to open by autumn
2009.

President of Bayside Mar-
ketplace Ltd, Charles
Klonaris, said: “We think the
combination of all these
things is really the formula
for what we think is going to
be a very successful develop-
ment for downtown Nassau.”

Cavalier Construction have
completed the demolition and
have started laying the foun-
dations.

Richard Wilson, Cavalier
CEO, expects work to be
complete within nine months.
Charles Klonaris said 80 per
cent of the retail space is
already committed.

He added: “It’s the first
major development for down-
town and we hope others will
start investing. We are very
positive about it.”

Royal Bank of Canada
senior vice-president Ross
McDonald said the current .
global recession should not
affect the success of Bayside
Marketplace.

He said: “Certainly 2009 is
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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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Blogger’s scurrilous comments

YESTERDAY a reader drew our attention
to a blog that is often sent to our e-mail, but
which we never open because of its gutter con-
tent and the writer’s inferior intelligence and
writing skills. In fact the standard is so low that
it is worthy only of the wastebasket. So when it
appears on our screen, it quickly disappears
with a press of the “delete” key. And off it goes
to Hades where it belongs.

We gather that many noses must be out of
joint at Bahamas Information Services since
Sir Arthur Foulkes was appointed Director
General and Mrs. Sharon Turner, his deputy.
Together they have turned BIS into a profes-
sional news service. For the first time it is a
pleasure to work with people who produce on
time, are efficient and at last know — as the late
Sir Etienne Dupuch used to say — that news-
papers write news, not history. In other words
what happens today is news, by tomorrow it is

‘history. BIS in the past always ranked high in
the “history” department. As far as news was
concerned it was hopeless and a waste of the -
taxpayers’ money.

BIS under the PLP administration, particu-
larly in recent years, was headed by persons
who made no pretence at being professionals in
their job. Time meant nothing to them. They
were conveniently absent — “not in office” was
the switchboard operator’s favourite expres-
sion — when information was needed by the
working press. There were more than one on
the payroll who never showed up for-work.

At one time we refused to use BIS releases
because their lateness and. our pressing dead-
lines caused too. much confusion.

For example, both Tribune and BIS reporters
would cover an assignment on the same day.
When The Tribune was an evening newspaper
that assignment would be reported in that
evening’s newspaper.

Weeks later the BIS story would arrive at
our office. By that time so much copy had
crossed the editor’s desk that he had forgotten
the assignment and had to send to archives to
find out if the BIS story was new, or whether it
had already been written by one of our reporters
and published in The Tribune. Invariably it was
history. In the end although our messenger dai-
ly collected BIS releases — they were the days
before the internet — they were dropped in the
wastebasket.

Not so today. BIS keeps us on our toes. It has
a new manager — an efficient, hardworking
woman. We presume that the slackers, never
knowing office discipline before, are having to
measure up at last. Obviously, they don’t like it.

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which we have not seen, but this is what the
photo’s caption had to say:

“If you look closely you will see a young
woman holding a camera. And almost every
time Hubert Ingraham travels, she is some-
where right behind him. Things that make you
go Hmmmmm.”

What an insult to all women journalists.
Does this insinuate that a woman reporter can-
not do her job among males without some
depraved mind suggesting she must have got
there for reasons other than the fact that she is
an expert in her journalistic profession?

They laugh at her taking photographs

- because she is not a professional photographer.

What this poor fool — her anonymous critic
— does not realise is that in our profession
today persons who can write and also press the
button on a digital camera do not have to be
professional photographers. As a matter of fact
because of their versatility they are far more
valuable than a professional photographer who
can only shoot pictures. No longer do newspa-
pers have to send two persons on the same
assignment when one can do both jobs. Even we
know how to hold a camera, look through the
lens, press the button and produce a satisfacto-
ry photograph for newspaper pages.

The blogger comments on Mrs Turner’s nar-
row waist. Does anyone ever comment on the
narrow waist of a male reporter/photograph-
er? No, here again an attempt is made to deni-
grate a woman who is superior to some little
man hiding behind the anonymity of a blog.
He wants to know where she comes from, what
are her qualifications.

We do not know, but what we do know is

that she is far superior to any male who has"

held her position at BIS.’We do not know the
lady; we don’t even know what she looks like.
But daily we see the results of her hard work
and can appreciate her obvious organisational
ability. After the FNM’s election she was
appointed a Deputy Director with responsibil-
ity for the Broadcast division of BIS in addition
to responsibility for vetting and distributing
news stories. She was also designated Press
Officer to the Prime Minister. She lives in
Freeport where she heads the BIS office there.
We congratulate whoever was responsible for
her appointment. For the first time this gov-
ernment department is earning its keep.

The blogger has criticised Mrs Turner for
not having included his blog in BIS’s broadcast
news lists. We approve of her decision.

After all BIS is for the serious news media
and qualified journalists.

On no count does this mud-slinger qualify
to be a member of our profession.










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EDITOR, The Tribune. —

The Thursday (Nov. 6) edi-
tion of The Tribune printed a

‘letter from Mr. Peter Web-

ster, manager of the British
Colonial Hilton and Treasurer
of the Bahamas Hotel Associ-
ation, restating my case about
"The True Investor". I wish
to publicly thank Mr. Webster
who so eloquently proved my.
point.

But before I get into that I

wish to correct him on several _

issues. First, I never criticized
the Hilton Group of Hotels.
In fact, I consider Hilton to
be one of the world's most
outstanding and respected
hotel chains.

The story I related about
Mr Bill Saunders' tour desk
being removed from the
British Colonial Hilton was
told to me by Mr Saunders
himself. He later confirmed
what I wrote. But let us not
confuse the argument with
semantics. It is not important
whether he was given notice,
written a letter or thrown out
on his ear. If I was wrong on
the details of how it happened,
I apologize. However, Mr.
Webster would be well
advised to remember what I
understand he told several

- people about this matter.

The fact is that one year
after the "renovations,"
Majestic Tours still does not
have a tour desk in the British
Colonial Hilton Hotel. Mr.
Webster, in his utmost wis-
dom, says that because the
Hilton is a "business" hotel a
tour desk is not needed and
that if one of the guests wants

a tour the concierge could give °

the appropriate information.
This statement amazes me.
Mr. Webster should know that
the power of suggestion, aided
by visual tools, influences a
person to do things. Would it
not stand to reason, therefore,
that a tour desk, properly
designed to fit the decor of
the hotel and located where
guests could see it would be
more effective than having to
rely on a concierge who has
many other things to do? The






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truth is, it would appear that

Mr. Webster does not want a
tour desk in the hotel that he
manages. It's as simple as that.

Furthermore, who knows,

better the tools needed to sell
a tour, Mr. Bill Saunders of
Majestic Tours who has done
it successfully for fifty years, or
Mr Peter Webster who prob-
ably is not even fifty years
old? He certainly has not been
playing on the Bahamian field
for very many years.
Granted, Mr. Peter Web-
ster has the right to say whom
he wants in the hotel that he
manages. But when making a
decision he would be well
advised to keep in mind the
unspoken and unwritten "joint
venture" agreement between

the Bahamian people and the’

investor. The Government, on
behalf of the Bahamian peo-
ple, has created the "Hotel
Encouragement Act" which
gives many attractive conces-
sions to hotels operating here.

Frankly, Mr Saunders of
Majestic Tours has several
options. He can appeal to the
common sense of Mr Peter
Webster; he could appeal to
public opinion; or he could
approach the CEO of the
Hilton Group to present his
case. The Government, on the
other hand, could defend its
citizens by drafting a law pre-
venting hotels from restraining
businesses from accessing
tourists and including it in all
Heads of Agreements.

I doubt that Mr. Webster
knows the background of the
British Colonial Hotel in the
Bahamas. In 1956, one day
after Sir Etienne Dupuch pre-
sented that historic resolution
to Parliament which broke
down racial discrimination,
Lady Oakes, the then owner
of the British Colonial,
announced that in the future
her hotel would be open to all
races in the Bahamas. It was
historic. Back then the British
Colonial joined in the fight

against racial discrimination;
however, today it appears that
it is being used to economi-
cally discriminate against the
Bahamian people. 'Mr Web-
ster, in my opinion, you are
treading on pretty shaky
ground.

_ Mr Webster also indicates
in his letter that we all should
get together to promote
tourism. I agree. But who was
it who gave Dupuch Publica-
tions fourteen days to let the
BHA know whether or not
they were prepared to give the
BHA a percentage of their
sales? Not I, Mr. Webster.
What hotel manager put
Majestic Tours desk out of the
hotel? Not I, Mr. Webster.
Who were they who contacted
various hotels and asked them
not to do business with

Dupuch Publications until

they had agreed to pay the
BHA a percentage of their
sales? Not I, Mr. Webster.

I never wanted this whole
matter to be washed in the
public forum either. Immedi-
ately upon hearing that the
BHA Endorsement Policy
had once again raised its ugly
head I wrote Mr Frank Comi-
to expressing my concerns and
asking him to respond. The
letter went unanswered. I
must assume, therefore, he
thought that by ignoring me I
would simply fade into the
woodwork. Like so many
before him, he was wrong.

Rather than taking steps
which would effectively
destroy the largest and most
proven tourist-oriented busi-
nesses in town, their advice
and support should be sought
by newcomers like Mr Web-
ster. One does not build by
destroying.

I don't know if Mr Peter °
Webster has noticed lately,
but the tourist arrivals are
quickly shrinking. People are
being laid off. Families are
hurting. Surely the British.
Colonial Hilton Hotel does
not wish to add to the bread
line?

PIERRE DUPUCH
Nassau,
November 7, 2008

A magnificent act of love

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Many thanks to your reporter,
Lloyd. Allen, for bringing us that
wonderful story on the front page
of your issue of December 8,





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Mrs. Vandetta Moorshead lost
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m@ By CHESTER ROBARDS
Tribune Staff Reporter

SANDALS Royal Bahamian Resort
and Spa may have violated Bahamian
labour laws by firing two pregnant
women last Friday, it was claimed yes-
terday.

Minister of Labour Dion Foulkes
told The Tribune that the law has cer-
tain guidelines in place to protect preg-
nant women against the kind of action
taken by Sandals.

“T understand that there are two
women who are pregnant, and there
are certain provisions in the law where

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Claim that Sandals may have violated
labour laws by firing pregnant women

One of the pregnant women, Tak-
era Thompson, 26, is a single mother of
three little boys and is expecting a
fourth child in about three months.

According to her, her physical state
and maternal responsibilities will inhib-
it her finding another job for up to 13
months.

Still, she remains with bills and oth-
er financial obligations.

She emerged from the employee
entrance of Sandals in tears after
receiving her walking papers, and
told The Tribune: “Now I have to
explain to my children that I am not
working.”

special consideration should be given to women

who are pregnant,” he said.

According to him, he and lawyer Obie Fergu-
son, who is also representing members of the
Bahamas Hotel Maintenance and Allied work-
ers Union, are looking into the matter.

“Mr Obie Ferguson has also made represen-
tation to myself with respect to those two women
and we are also having discussions with respect

to them,” said Mr Foulkes.

Ms Thompson and her sister, who lives with
her, her mother and her three children, are now
both former employees of Sandals. Her sister
was fired only a month before she was.

She said her sister was fortunate to be able to
start her own business after being laid off from
the resort, but she is not certain about the future.

According to her, obligation number one is to
her boys and unborn child. In the future she

hopes to go back to school.

Bahamians ‘need to market themselves’

@ By ALEX MISSICK
Tribune Staff Reporter

AS THE Bahamas continues to
suffer from the global economic
downturn and hotel lay-offs are
expected to continue, the jobless
claim they have no-one to turn to
for relief and look directly to the
government for assistance.

However, a person’s job is more
than just talking to co-workers. It’s
about networking the skills and
services you have attained during
your time in the workforce. It is
more than just shaking hands and
passing out business cards, it’s real-
ly about building your social capi-
tal, a leading businessman claims.

President of the Bahamas

‘ Chamber of Commerce, Dionisio
D’ Aguilar, said Bahamians who
are looking for jobs or are already
in the workplace need to market
themselves every chance they get.

“First thing they need to do is to
register with the labour exchange

with the Ministry of Labour as they’

are receiving applications at a rate
at 100 applications a day.

“So it’s very important for them
to get their names in there other-
wise they won’t know about the
job opportunities. You must put
yourself in the pool and say these
are my qualifications and this is
what I have,” Mr D’Aguilar said.

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trust with their network.

Another issue that Bahamians
have to tackle is having a positive
attitude in the workplace. Being
positive contributes to a person’s
determination, internal motivation
and ultimate business success. A
consistently negative attitude
makes people dislike being around
you and drives away referrals and
a positive attitude makes people
want to associate and co-operate
with you.

“Bahamians have to get out of

their heads the stigmas of jobs they -

won’t do. A job is a job. It may
not be the job that you want or it
may not be your ideal job but you
still have bills to pay at the end of
the day. They should stop being
snobby about what jobs they will
or will not take. I can never under-
stand how people can be a maid at:
Atlantis but won’t be maids in a
private home,” Mr D’Aguilar said.

There is also commitment to the
networking process. Persons who
are constantly networking are nev-
er formally off-duty. Networking
should be so natural that you find
yourself networking in the grocery
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school as well as at business mixers
and networking meetings. Net-
workers take advantage of every
opportunity that is presented to

them on a daily basis.

“Many employers lament the
difficulty of finding people to work
who want to work. The jobs are
there but it’s just Bahamians have
this built-in gene that says ‘I don’t
do that work or I don’t work for
people in their homes and there-
fore I would rather be unemployed
and complain about the number
of work permits the government
is giving to foreigners.’

“Tf you are really good at what
you do, the job will come to you.
Give all, do the best you can do
and if you lose your job then your
old boss can say you were a great
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BHA president comments
on decline in tourist arrivals

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

A FORECAST eight per cent
annual decline in tourist arrivals is
significant as even “a one per cent
difference in occupancy year over
year can make or break the dif-
ference for hotels,” according to
Bahamas Hotel Association pres-
ident Frank Comito.

Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham revealed on Tuesday that,
based on discussions between the
Ministry of Tourism, hoteliers and
cruise lines, an eight per cent fall
in tourists compared with last
year is expected for 2008.

Speaking with The Tribune
about the significance of the like-
ly eight per cent figure, BHA
president Frank Comito said:
“When you're looking at already
running a tight margin, when you
look at the fact that we’re down
this year over last year and the
fact that last year we were down
over the year before, when you’re
looking at the fact that we’re run-
ning utility bills for most of the
year 30 per cent more than last
year - and next to labour that’s
our biggest expense - you’ve got a
situation where there’s some vul-
nerability out there in the indus-
try so even a small difference, a
one per cent difference in occu-
pancy year over year, can make
or break the difference for
hotels.”

Detailing the drooping tourism
figures last week, the prime min-
ister noted the failure of eco-
nomic stimuli packages in the

United States and Europe to
deliver the results that were
intended of them as contributing
to the decline.

“There has been a continua-
tion in the slide. Job losses con-
tinue to be high in the developed

, world, factories are closing in Chi-

na, orders for manufactured
goods are down, consumer confi-

dence is still low, there’s uncer- :
tainty on the part of a number of :
people who are employed in :
America from which we get 80 :
per cent of our tourists and :
because of their uncertainty about ;
their job prospects it affects their :
decisions to travel,” said Mr :

Ingraham.

Mr Comito said as early as :
midsummer 71 per cent of hotels :
surveyed by the BHA “already :
anticipated having a net loss in }
2008 and that was before the bot- }

tom fell out in September.”

That month saw the combined :
effect of hurricane threats and }
the rapid acceleration of the glob- :
al financial crisis begin to hit ;

Bahamian hotels hard.

Grand Bahama and Family }
Island properties and properties :
that do not cater as much to :
group business or weddings have }
suffered the greatest lapse in ;
arrivals, according to the BHA }

president.

In the case of one Family :
Island hotelier he spoke with last :
week, Mr Comito said he is “now :
living less than hard to mouth”, :
having not had a chance to :
replenish his overdraft due to the :
failure for this Christmas season }

to bring visitors.

= By CHESTER ROBARDS
Tribune Staff Reporter

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Boulevard has voiced con-
cerns for weeks about a ship-
ping container parked too
close to her home and she
feels law enforcement and civ-
il officials are ignoring her
pleas.

Edith Gardiner, a police
officer, told The Tribune that
she is concerned this contain-
er, which sits atop its wheeled
trailer, might tip over, as she
feels the ground that it is on
may not hold its weight.

She said the container is so
close to her house it blocks
sunlight and breeze to several
rooms in her house.

“It is so close that if I was
on my roof, I wouldn’t have
to jump on to the top of it, I
would just walk on to it,” said
Ms Gardiner.

“In the day, it blocks out
the sun so much that I have
to use lights in those rooms.”

According to-her, she has
approached police, the Min-
istry of Environment and the

ribune staff

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Department of Physical Plan-

‘ning for help, but has yet to

receive any.

“The gentleman from town
planning said he would come
and put a notice of the con-
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Ending Caribbean
border disputes

SIR RONALD SANDERS



(The writer is a business
consultant and former
Caribbean diplomat)

B ORDER disputes are a
contentious and unnec-
essary barrier to economic and
social development in countries
involved in them. They frustrate
international cooperation on
trade, environment protection,
security, and law enforcement.
They also. scare off private sec-
tor investment and they are a
drain on budgets and resources.

For these reasons, the people
of Belize and Guatemala and
their neighbouring countries
should welcome the news that on
December 8th, the governments
of the two countries signed a Spe-
cial Agreement to “submit
Guatemala’s territorial, insular,
and maritime claim to the Inter-
national Court of Justice (ICJ)”.

The Caribbean region has been

‘plagued by three border disputes:

_ for over four decades. Guatemala
has laid claim to the territory of
Belize (formerly a British colony),
Venezuela seeks to reopen a

. claim settled over a century ago
to two-thirds of Guyana (also a
former British colony). and
Guyana and Suriname (a former
Dutch colony) quarrel over the
area that constitutes their bound-
ary

nig 1980, the United Nations
urged Guatemala and Belize to
find a peaceful solution to their
territorial problem.

But, since then, there have
been serious incidents between
the military forces of the two
countries and bloody confronta-
tions, loss of life, and destruction
of crops.

The two sides then participated

_in an initiative in 2000 by the
Organisation of American States
(OAS) to facilitate a negotiated
“settlement of their problem.
Largely because of Guatemalan
recalcitrance, the effort petered
out though the OAS-appointed
facilitators had laid the ground-
work for a lasting solution. .

It is a matter of conjecture how
much better off Belize and
Guyana might now have been
had Guatemala and Venezuela
not maintained their claims,
absorbing the scare resources of
the two smaller countries to ward
them off, and frightening away
investment.

he Special Agreement

has to be approved by
the citizens of Belize and
Guatemala in referenda. It is
assumed that the Belize referen-
dum will be fairly plain sailing
since both the ruling political par-
ty and the main opposition party
have both worked toward a reso-
lution of the problem.

Although, it has to be said, that
there may be some understand-
able nervousness in Belize
because the decision of the ICJ
will be binding.’

In this connection, the worst
case scenario for Guatemala is
that it will not get any of the ter-
ritory to which it aspires; the
worst case scenario for the
Belizeans is the loss of their
homeland and their sovereignty.

Nonetheless, encouraged by
the efforts of the Secretary-Gen-
eral of OAS under whose aus-
pices the Special Agreement was
signed, the foreign minister of
Guatemala Roger Haroldo Rodas
Melgar declared “we are begin-
ning a process that, regardless of
its outcome, will enable the gov-
ernments and peoples. of these
two countries to act in a manner



will have to mount programmes
of education amongst their own
populations to counter the efforts
of hot heads who would seek to
sacrifice the legal process on the
altar of nationalism and perceived
patrimony.

In this connection, the role of
the OAS is not yet over and the
Secretary-General should even
now be exploring ways in which
machinery can be established to
keep the peace and educate the
public as the ICJ process
advances.

| he ICJ process is also
expensive and particu-
larly so for small countries. Each
government will have to hire a
battery of lawyers, cartographers
and other specialists to assemble
their arguments.

- The cost will run into millions
of dollars.

The OAS is to be congratulat-
ed for its foresight in creating and
administering a fund to contribute
to the legal costs that both coun-
tries will incur.

But plaudits are also due to the
British government, which, while
not a member of the OAS, has
announced, through one of its

_ Foreign Ministers, Gillian Mer-

ron, that it “will make an initial
contribution of £200,000
(US$300,000 approx) to this
fund.”

No one can foresee exactly
what the ICJ will decide in their
adjudication of the Belize-
Guatemala issue.

However, the merits of each
side’s case have been argued since
1859, and it seems unlikely that






_that befits the start of the Twenty- . 7

. first Century.”

That is a sentiment that had
been expressed almost identical-
ly by Assad Shoman, then
Belize’s Chief Negotiator with
Guatemala, in September 2005.

Nations everywhere should
welcome the signing of the Spe-
cial Agreement and encourage
the two countries to move quick-
ly to get their issue before the
ICJ.

The fact that the governments
have chosen to settle their prob-
lems by peaceful means and inter-
national law rather than war and
bloodshed, indicates both their
growing maturity and the value
of the OAS in conflict resolution.

The procedures at the ICJ are
long and it could be three years

before the Court hands down a

decision.

During this period, both
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One of Guatemala’s own
points of contention may hold the
seeds of a solution.

It is that the borders set for
Belize deprive Guatemala from
access to the Atlantic coast, thus
hampering its future economic
development and its access to the
high seas.

If the ceding of such access is
what Belize is required to grant in
the end, the peace, stability and
potential for economic develop-
ment would be well worth it.

The solution to the Guyana
border issues with Venezuela and
Suriname may also lie at some
future point in recourse to the
ICJ, but this depends most par-
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could have long sought a negoti-
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Guyana and Suriname last year
settled a maritime boundary dis-
pute by arbitration under the
United Nations Law of the Sea
Convention, and, despite an inci-
dent this year in the river sepa-
rating them, the potential for a
legal and lasting settlement is pos-
sible.

A final, fair and legally binding
settlement of their boundaries by
all these countries will put them in
the forefront of regional efforts to
embrace opportunities for coop-
eration and mutual growth. They
should end these disputes.

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expecting baby
reach hospital

@ By LLOYD ALLEN
Tribune Staff Reporter



TERROR turned to joy
for one young couple who
said the efforts of a police
officer, who went beyond
the call of duty, helped
them bring their new baby
boy into the world.

Imagine going into
labour at the height of early
morning traffic and trying
to reach Princess Margaret.
Hospital from the outskirts
of town.

Well, for Renaldo and

} Sherron Young this night-

mare became a reality.

Mr Young told ‘The Tri-
bune that he woke up at
7am to the sound of his
wife going into labour.
Immediately he got dressed
and helped his wife into
their car and they started
on a seemingly never-end-
ing journey to the hospital.

Driving from Coral Har-
bour, Mr Young said it
seemed as if every car in
Nassau was on the road.

He said he and his wife
spent at least 15 minutes
barely moving along Glad-
stone Road while his wife °
experienced overwhelming
pain.

Mr Young said he was
certain his wife would °
deliver their baby in the
back seat if he did not
make it to the hospital
soon.

When the couple arrived
at the traffic light near
Lakeview Memorial, Mr
Young said he spotted a
speed cop. He decided to
ask Corporal Patrick Miller
if he could escort them to
the hospital.

“Without hesitation he
said just follow me,” Mr
Young said. “It felt like a
movie as the officer drove
in front of us. All the traffic
just cleared while we were
passing through.”

Mr Young said after they
arrived at the hospital and
made their way to the
maternity ward, the officer
remained until they
received help.

Mr Young said the drive,
which would have normally
taken at least an hour, was
cut down to 15 minutes,
allowing his wife to deliver
her baby at the hospital, all
of which was made possible
by the officer.

“He didn’t have to do all
of that, we just asked him
to take us there, but he did
far more,” she said.

Supt Melvin Lundy of the
Palmdale traffic division
said he is not surprised at
all with the efforts of Offi-
cer Miller.

Supt Lundy said it is the
duty of all officers 0 assist
the public. However, he
said Mr Miller had a track
record of going above and
beyond the call of duty.

“That's happening every
day, he is good and hard-
working, thats the kind of
officer he is.”

The newlywed couple,
along with their baby Storm
Young, said this Christmas
will forever be special,
thanks to Corporal Miller
of the Palmdale trattic sta-
tion,




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FASHION tycoon
Peter Nygard is offering
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Lyford Cay for rent - at |
$42,000 a night, or nearly
$300,000 a week.

The Wall Street Jour-
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home rentals in the
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community whose resi- Which is pictured above) for rent.

dents include the British
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rental: an 82-foot yacht, a 48-foot fishing boat,
two all-terrain trucks, a full staff, two pools
and multiple spas, a 24-seat cinema that can
screen three movies at once, plus a disco
room. :

Flaxen-haired Nygard, a Finnish-born fash-
ion manufacturer and retailer whose business
is one of the largest in Canada, hired Holly-

. wood set designers to create his dream home.

It appears like a gigantic tree house on a
beautiful promontory in western New Provi-
dence. Some regard it as the most desirable

home site on the island.

For years, Nygard has hosted New Year’s
Eve parties for friends and guests at the
house, with its stunning sea views on. all sides.
He has also staged boxing tournaments for
locals.

Now the property is for rent via Unusual
Villas and Island Rentals of Richmond, Vir-
ginia.

Nygard, 65, is chairman of Nygard Inter-
national of Winnipeg and has a park named
after him in Deloraine, Canada.

In 2003, his personal wealth was estimated
at just under $500 million.




Central Bank releases new CRISP banknotes

IN its effort to continue to
upgrade the security and durabil-

. ity of Bahamian banknotes, the
. Central Bank . today releases the

fifth denomination in its Coun-
terfeit Resistant Integrated Secu-

: rity Product (CRISP) family of

’ banknotes.

While the new $1 banknote will
incorporate similar security fea-
tures as earlier crisp banknotes,
the durability of this banknote
has been significantly improved
in comparison to previous $1 ban-
knotes issued. ,

The bank is pleased with the
combination of security and aes-
thetic features used to create the
new banknote and will be watch-
ing it very closely to determine
how well its durability performs in
circulation. ’ ;

The banknote is dark green,
mint green and brown in colour
and bears a portrait of Sir Lynden
Pindling on the front, and the
Royal Bahamas Police Force
Band on the back. :

These new banknotes will cir-

culate alongside the existing $1
banknotes, which will eventually
be phased out of circulation. The
final denomination in the crisp
family of banknotes will be the

$100 note, expected to be.

released in 2009.

As part of its public education
initiatives, the bank has available,
and has distributed to banks and
other cash handlers,. flyers and
posters which describe the new
security features of the $1 ban-
knote.

The objective is to ensure that
the public is able to distinguish
more easily and reliably between

’ genuine banknotes, and counter-

feits. To this end, the Central
Bank also hosts counterfeit sem-
inars bi-annually. in Nassau and
annually in Freeport. The next
counterfeit seminars are sched-
uled to be held in early January,
2009.

The public can help reduce
opportunities for counterfeiters
by paying closer attention to ban-
knote posters and pamphlets

AN

CREDIT SUISSE —

located in clearing banks and gov-
ernment agencies, and checking
their $1 banknotes for the fol-
lowing upgraded security fea-
tures: :

e More vibrant and lively
colours and a portrait of Sir Lyn-
den Pindling on the right.

e New watermark - this ban-
knote bears a watermark of Sir
Lynden Pindling and the numer-
al one (front left).

e A colour shifting windowed
thread that changes colour (from
violet to green) when the ban-
knote is tilted (front centre).

e A new see-through feature
that shows only a partial image
of the sand dollar until it is held
up to a light source when a com-
plete image of the sand dollar
appears (front left, back right).

For more information on
Bahamas banknotes and security
features, call the banking depart-
ment of Central Bank at 242-
302-2629 or visit the bank’s web-
site at
www.centralbankbahamas.com

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THREE IN NASSAU

REGGAE superstar Luciano :
sang in front-of a small crowd :
until daylight Susday as Tempo :
celebrated its third birthday on :
the grounds of Superelubs :
Hun- :

Breezes, Cable Beach.
dreds of Bahamians and tourists;
mostly Caribbean natives,
attended the special concert
which featured a number of top
reggae, soca and calypso artists,
including Mr Vegas, Cecille,
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Ten-year-old hangs himself ‘accidentally’

FROM page one

he had died.

“I feel so bad. That’s my son,
only three children I have. I
have three sons. He loved me, I
loved him, everybody loved my
bey,” ‘Docius said.

Police press liaison officer

WalterEvans said the child died
before ambulance medical per-
sonnel arrived.

“EMS personnel were called

but the child showed no vital *.

signs,” ASP Evans told The Tri-

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SCNIGE Mas (in

bune yesterday.

ASP Evans said police do
not suspect foul play and are
treating his death as an acci-
dent.

“This incident is being treat-
ed as an accidental death. We
are not treating it as anything
suspicious. We believe that this
boy may have been playing,”
ASP Evans said.

A few months ago,..an I 1-
year-old boy. accidentally hung

himself while playing in the

back yard of his home off Hay
Street.

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The HHFLB report, pre-
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Doctors Hospital has indicat-
ed in writing to the board that
the institution, based on its
own “investigation and analy-
sis of the case, recognised that
there were two significant
opportunities in the process
of care provided to Mr
Christopher Esfakis to miti-
gate against such an incident
occurring again.”

According to the report,
which The Tribune under-
stands is only the second such
annual report to be tabled by
the board in its ten-year exis-
tence, Doctors Hospital told
the board that such “oppor-
tunities” included giving
“clear terms of empowerment
(to) a person, acting on behalf
of the hospital, to intervene
in the best interest of patient
care and outcome.”

Meanwhile, the hospital
suggested that provisions
empowering attending nurses





to “withhold or defer and ,

inform an agent of the hospi-
tal of any physician decision
and/or order with which the
nurse is uncomfortable or
uncertain or in the opinion of
the nurse may prove detri-
mental to the patient” would
also assist in this regard.

The report states that in the
wake of Mr Esfakis’ death, the
private hospital has “con-
tracted with an organisation
to provide clinical oversight
of the Intensive Care Unit and
Intermediate Care Units” and
“hired a hospitalist to attend
to all patients in these units
‘and engaging clinical directors
for various departments in the
hospital.”

Investigations into death







Opposition calls for
‘urgent review of findings’
from election court cases
FROM page one

sought to disguise its incompe-
tence and monumental failing
in the Attorney General’s
Office in bringing accused per-
sons to trial within a reasonable
time and hence the increasing
number of persons on bail for
serious offences...by suggesting
the election cases prevented tri-
als of criminal matters.

“Clearly this is an attempt to
run from its own responsibility
and feed upon the fears and
frustrations of our people in a
seemingly out-of-control crime
situation in our country,” sug-
gested Mrs Hanna-Martin.

She hit back that the FNM is
“shamelessly searching for
scapegoats and smokescreens
to deflect from some very fun-
damental issues and from its
own duties and responsibilities.”

Mrs Hanna-Martin noted that
both in the MICAL case and in
the Pinewood and Marco City
cases, the results were very close
and in the most recent of the
three, “findings of law and fact
have. brought to the fore major
issues relative to electoral fraud.

“In particular, in the
Pinewood case the court found
what it called the ‘most egre-
gious failures’ in the parlia-
mentary registration system and
noted that the parliamentary
registrar failed for whatever rea-
son to ensure the integrity of
the registration process in
Pinewood.

“Ultimately the court recom-
-mended a comprehensive

review ‘of the practices and pro-
cedures of the Registration
Department with a view to
ensuring that what happened in
Pinewood does not reoccur
because it threatens to under-
mine the fundamental basis of
our parliamentary democracy,”
she said.

democracy.”

Mrs Hanna-Martin was
responding to a statement
issued by FNM chairman John-
ley Ferguson yesterday in which
he implied the PLP contributed
to instances of electoral fraud
by “failing to meet the deadline
for the Boundaries Commission
to be appointed and to report.”

Stating that the former PLP
government were “negligent or
late at every turn” in their
responsibilities as part of the
electoral process, Mr Ferguson
said they “succeeded in wast-
ing the time of two Supreme
Court justices for a year anda
half” by pursuing the election
court matters when they could
have been put to better use.

Ms Hanna-Martin described
the FNM commentary as “very
foolish utterances.”

“The Boundary Commission
of 2007 has no relationship or
relevance to findings of non-
nationals voting in our elections
nor to the issue of persons who
live in completely different con-
stituencies knowingly voting in
another constituency altogether
as was at issue in both recent
cases,” said Mrs Hanna-Martin.

In response to claims that the
party had wasted judicial time
by pursuing the cases, the chair-
woman pointed out that Mr
Ferguson himself exercised the
right to challenge election
results in the MICAL con-
stituency in 2002.

“The avenue of challenge to
election results is governed by
clearly defined principles of law
of constitutional import,” said
Mrs Hanna-Martin.

She added that it is “dis-
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By JOHN
IT IS traumatic when funda-
mental changes, which result
from selling traditional Gov-
ernment enterprises, are made.
The sale of the telephone com-
pany is now on the front burner.

That is a good thing. It has
been on the kitchen counter for
many years now but in the
interest of the Bahamian people
as a whole that it has finally got
onto the front burner.

It may be hard on a number
of persons whose employment
. may be affected by the sale but
it is for the common good.

The timing is problematic
because of the financial crisis
that has descended on the
world. However that is the least
of the problems. Suggestions
have been made that the sale
should be delayed because of
this crisis. If that were done it
would be disastrous. For if truth
be told the value of telephone
companies whose monopoly














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As time goes by:

business is largely generated
from the capital intensive land ;

line business

has been diminishing each

year for at least the last ten
years. That is the nature of the

telecommunications business of :

today. So the longer it takes to

complete a sale the less the

company will be worth.
ATT the former giant of a

land line business is only prof-
itable now as a cellular and wi :

fi company. Each quarter what
is left of the landline business
continues to decline. Should this
trend continue this business seg-

ment will eventually disappear

altogether.
Just as we can't fight nature

neither can we fight the changes
brought about by new technol- :

ogy. Let's sell now while we
have something to sell.



FROM page one

Association to bring about a quick resolu-
tion to this matter.

“I have been speaking to the Bahamas
Hotel Employers Association, Mr Barrie
Farrington, also with Mr Don Cook and
with Obie Ferguson with the view of finding
some resolution to the current problem,” he
said. :

Consultant for Sandals, Don Cook, said
on Friday that the resort does not recognise
the BHMAWU as the umbrella union for
their employees, only the Bahamas Hotel
Catering and Allied workers Union.

According to Mr Foulkes, the two unions
are in the appeals stage of a court battle to
determine who would be the official repre-
sentatives for Sandals employees.

Minister working with Sandals

“The BHCAWU headed by Roy Cole-
brooke is the recognised bargaining agent
for employees at Sandals presently,” said
Mr Foulkes.

However, he said the labour laws and
the Code of Industrial Practice provide pro-
tection to union executives in the work-
place. And, according to him, both unions
are recognised by the Ministry of Labour
because they are registered organisations.

“The protection that the law gives to
union executives, in terms of fair treatment,
should be accorded to both unions,” said Mr
Foulkes.

“The practice is, whenever there are ter-
minations or lay-offs, the executives or lead-
ership of the unions should be the last per-
sons who are terminated so that the lead-

ership of the union will remain in the work-
place to protect their membership.”

BHMAWU leaders expressed concern to
local media over the firing of their entire
executive board outside of the Sandals
employee entrance on Friday.

They felt the resort made a concerted
effort to weed out their members.

Mr Foulkes said his hands are tied until
the court case is complete.

When a ruling has been handed down he
will consult with employees to determine
which union ihey want representing them.

“I cannot do anything until the court
makes its ruling,” said Mr Foulkes.
“Then I can decide whether I should hold
a poll at the hotel to find out who the work-
ers wish to have as their bargaining agent,
whether they want the BHMAWU or the
BHCAWU.”

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The case was the second to go
in the government’s favour, after
Byran Woodside successfully held
on to his post in the Pinewood
constituency in the face of a chal-
lenge from Senator Allyson May-
nard-Gibson.

In a statement released yester-
day, FNM chairman Senator
Johnley Ferguson said: “Having
lost all two of their election cases,
and being unable to proceed with
a third because the candidate very
sensibly refused to be involved,
PLP politicians are now trying to
convince the pubic that they did
the country a favour by exposing
flaws in. the system.

“The truth is that PLP leaders
could not accept their defeat in
May, 2002, and were desperately
holding out the hope to some of
their supporters that they could

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“They succeeded in wasting the
time of two Supreme Court jus-
tices for a year anda half at time
when the services of these judges
could have been put to far better
use dealing with a backlog of cas-
es including criminal matters.”

Mr Ferguson said it is “high
time that the PLP stop blaming

’ everybody and the system. for

their failures”.

“To hear them talk, a stranger
would conclude that at the time of
the last election the PLP could
not possibly have been in office.
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the elections.”

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late at every turn” in relation to
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claims the statement.

“Their most grievous fault was
when they failed to meet the
deadline for the Boundaries Com-
mission to be appointed and to
report as required by Article 70 of
the Constitution,” said Mr Fergu-
son.

This delay gave the Parliamen-
tary Registration Department
“the almost impossible task of
effecting boundary changes and
moving people from one con-

stituency to another in time for.

the election.”

It also deprived candidates and -
their campaign organisations of
“sufficient time to check the reg-
ister against the facts on the
ground and to determine what
persons were - or were not - prop-

erly registered in their
constituencies,” said the chair-
man.

“The PLP should try honestly
to face up to their failures, to the
fact that they lost the last election
fairly and squarely, and why they
lost...While in government they
often actéd as if they were still in
opposition, and since they have
been in opposition at least some
of them have been acting as if
they are still in government.

“If they fail again they would
have betrayed their mandate to
give the country a responsible
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to favourable consideration for a
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Sherman
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THOME Ene

ETS
WTR Oke (al

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

BACK in the ring for his first fight since April 2007, Sherman ‘the
Tank’ Williams went the full distance before he out- decisioned Andrew
Greeley on Friday night.

Williams, 36, out-slugged the 27-year-old Greeley from Louisiana to
secure the unanimous victory at the Bourbon Street Stadium i in Jack-
sonville, Florida.

“Everybody that was with him was extremely pleased,” said Williams’
new manager Si Stern. “He just looked absolute solid. It didn’t look like
he was off for 16 months.”

Stern said Williams should be given.a A’ grade for shutting out
Greeley by winning every round to close out the year on a successful

note.



rest for the weary as Williams will have
to spend his Christmas holiday in the
gym training for his first fight in the
new year on January 16 against Darrel
Madison at the Mallory Square in Key

“Fortunately for
me, I stuck to my"
game plan.

. West, Florida.
I started the fight _ “We’re looking forward to it. I think
off with a rhythm, he will do very well,” Stern stressed.
getting my jab off “He just have to continue to work hard

and we will have a sparring partner

come in and get him a little sharper.”
Williams, who improved his win-loss-

draw record to 34-10-2 with 19 knock-

and I watched to
see what my

opponent was outs, said he was quite. pleased with his
going to bring to _ performance.
the table After 16 months off, fighting i in the

main event put a little pressure on me,
but I had no doubt in my mind that, I
pesca eeree rearrange ners ar] just had to stay focus and pick up where

Sherman Williams [left off,” Williams stated.

“Going i in as the main event, every-
body was waiting. Fortunately for me, I stuck to my game plan. I
started the fight off with a rhythm, getting my jab off and I watched to
see what my opponent was going to bring to the table.”

After controlling the tempo from the first round, Williams said he
took his time and just took the fight to Greeley.

“By the third round, it seemed as if I was going to knock the kid out.
He was holding and wasn’t comfortable fighting on the inside,”
Williams reflected:

“He was strong, but I rocked him at the end of the third round and
he held on and made it through the bell. I caught with a vicious body
shot in the fourth and he stumbled back in the corner and I got a bar-
rage of punches in that he survived as well.”

Realizing that he was up against a real stud, who refused to go
away, Williams said he tried to out-box Greeley the rest of the way to

SEE page 17

But Stern said there will not be any





NEW PROVIDENCE VOLLEYBALL ASSOCIATION: LADIES’ CHAMPIONSHIP CROWN

Vixens repeat
as champions

MB Fourth straight crown as Lady Truckers are sent crashing

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

ALREADY stretched to the
limit in five sets in the fourth
game, the Scottdale Vixens was-
n’t prepared to play a fifth and
deciding game against the John-
son’s Lady Truckers.

On Friday night at the DW
Davis Gymnasium, the Vixens
prevailed with a 25-22, 24-26,
21-25, 25-22 and 15-11 decision
to snatch their fourth straight
New Providence Volleyball
Association ladies’ champi-
onship crown,

_ After bouncing back from
losing game one, Vixens
clinched the next three games to
join the Scotiabank Defenders,
who were crowned the men’s
champions on Wednesday night

‘after they swept the Technicians

in three straight games.

. We played in spurts and the
Truckers played us hard,” said
power hitter Cheryse Rolle.
“This wasn’t our best perfor-
mance, but we came through at
the end. ‘

“It feels excellent. We can
now take a break because we
worked hard for this one. We’re
pleased with the win and we’re

looking forward to next year.” °

With such a young team-plus
veteran Jackie Conyers, coach
Joseph ‘Joe Mo’ Smith said they
didn’t win in the style they
wanted too, but it’s good to be
champions again.

“We haven’t played up to the
par that I know we can. We



you have to put them away. We
have a lot of older players on
our team who get tired, so
fatigue set in and things hap-
pen that shouldn’t happen.”

The only other comment that
Johnson could give was: “Con-
gratulations to them. They are
the champions.”

Had it been one or two plays
they successfully executed, Lady
Truckers’ coach DeVince Smith
said they could have been cele-
brating just like his Defenders
did on Wednesday night.

_ “The setter is the brain of the
team. She controls the team and
I think we had a lot of prob-
lems with our setting and that
threw the whole team out of

THE SCOTTDALE VIXENS are the New Providence Volleyball Association’s
champions again. Pictured above seated from left are Latondra Brown; Lav-
erne ‘Nancy’ Symonette, sisters Cheryse and Krystel Rolle and Avoni
Seymour. In back are assistant coach Raymony ‘Rhymes’ Wilson, Laval
Sands, Tamasaine Emmanuel, Jackie Conyers and head coach Joe Mo

Smith...

sieved in spurts and that threw.
us out. of our game mentally,”
he said. “Laval (Sands) is our
best defensive player, but if she
is not on, it throws us our of
syne.’

Smith, who was assisted by
Raymond ‘Rhymes’ Wilson,
said he wasn’t concerned
because he knew his Vixens
could beat the Lady Truckers
on any given day.

“They haven't realized yet
what they need to do when
Kelsie (Johnson) is not in the
front court,” Smith lamented.
“Until they realize that an d get
another piece of the puzzle to

off-set that, they can never beat
us.”

Johnson, the power hitter for
the Lady Truckers, tried to car-
ry the team on her shoulders,
especially when she. played in
the backcaurt.

But she admitted that it was-
n’t easy against the Vixens.

“We came out,-we knew our

“sync,” Smith pointed out.

Despite the loss, Smith said
he’s not in the least disappoint-
ed as his Lady Truckers are
much older than the. Vixens and
they went out and gave it their
all. .

“IT couldn’t ask for anything
more than that,” Smith summed
up. In the final analysis, Cheryse
Rolle had 13 spikes and Jackie
Conyers came through with 11.
Tamasaine Emmanuel posted
eight blocks and Laval Sands
added two. Conyers also record-
ed six serves, followed by
Emmanuel with four.

bats were against the wall, we
played tough, we tried every-
thing and we had them shut
down for a minute,” she pointed
out.

“But the Vixens is a youth-
ful team so when you have the
opportunity to put them away,

For the Lady Truckers, Kelsie
Johnson had 16 kills and Edrica
McPhee added 12. McPhee also

‘contributed four blocks and. -
Shavaughn Woodside had two.
Margaret Albury had six serves
and Woodside was SESPORSIPLS
for two.





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BASKETBALL
Basketball

SHAREESE



Richardson
drives in for
a lay up
against the
COB Caribs.

Wildcats win
Catholic High
tournament

THE Sir Jack Hae
way Wildcats took
advantage of the
home court to pull
off a 56-47 victory to claim the
33rd Catholic High Christmas
Invitational Basketball Tour-
nament on Saturday at the Jack
Hayward Gymnasium in Grand
Bahama. Shavano ‘Buddy’
Hield of Tabernacle was named
the most valuable player.

In the consolation game, the
CC Sweeting Cobras brought -
home third place with a 44-41
over the Tabernacle Falcons.

The RM Bailey Pacers
secured fifth place with a 51-49



COB’S Garvin
Lightbourne
is fouled on |,
his way to the
basket.

Derek Smith/
triumph over the Sunland BIS
Lutheran.



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Bees enjoy
double
victory

@ By RENALDO DORSETT
Sports Reporter
rdorsett@tribunemedia.net

The College of the Bahamas Athletics Depart-
ment, hosting the first combined men’s and wom-
en’s intercollegiate series of its kind on Saturday
against the Savannah College of Art and Design,

- struggled against their visiting NAIA affiliate mem-
bers, Saturday at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium.

Men

SCAD Bees - 90

COB Caribs -.64

A stagnant Caribs offense leaned too heavily
on its leading scorer and despite a more productive
second half were unable to recover from

Garvin Lightbourne led all scorers with 33 of
the Carib’s 64 points and took 18 of the team’s 46
total field goal attempts.

Lightbourne shot efficiently from the field at 56
percent (10-18), including 3-5 from beyond the
arch and 10-14 from the free throw line.

Damian Sturrup was the only other starter in
double figures with 12, while Tario Brooks chipped
in with 10-off the bench.

A closely contested game early in the first half,
the Caribs trailed by just two, 17-15, midway
through the first half before the Bees

Theron Butler scored the opening basket of the
game for the Caribs and the game remained close-
ly contested as the Bees led just 17-15 early in the
first half.

SCAD went on an [1-2 run to widen an 11 point
advantage, 28- Be

The Bees were more patient, choosing their
spots to attack the Caribs zone and Rashad Park-
er basket made it 33-19 before Brooks scored for
the Caribs and ended a 16-4 Bees run.

SCAD shot 50 percent from the field in the first
half while COB shot 34 percent led 44-23 at the
half.

SEE page 18
PAGE 16, MONDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2008




4 the unyielding defence of the Kingdom
Warriors.

DEFENCE FORCE STINGRAYS Jer- The War r ior S

maine Baker finds his way blocked by

@ by RENALDO DORSETT
Sports Reporter
rdorsett@tribunemedia.net

In just their second year of exis-
tence, the Tripoint Kingdom

Warriors will make a trip to the
Commonwealth American Foot-
ball League playoffs. -

The Warriors earned the fourth
and final playoff spot with a 14-8
win over the Defence. Force

AMERICAN FOOTBALL

overcome Destroyers

Destroyers yesterday at the D.W.
Davis field. The Warriors hold
the tiebreaker over the Destroy-
ers based on total points scored
and margin of victory. .

Both teams finished the season

with just on@ win, against each —

other. The Destroyers escaped
with a 34-30 win when the teams
faced off in November, but failed
to seal a third consecutive playoff
berth. The Warriors held an 8-0
advantage for much of the contest

before they added a second score »

on short yardage midway through
the fourth quarter for a two
score advantage.

The Destroyers added a late
touchdown pass however poor
clock management and a fatigued
defensive unit failed to register a
late game stop‘as the Warriors
managed to run out the clock.

Ron Rollain, Warriors Head
Coach, said his team continued
to overcome the adversity they
faced throughout the season,
including the heartbreaking loss
against the Destroyers last month.

“Tt feels great. I'am just really
excited for my guys. They have

worked really hard all season and ~

it paid off today. We had a real
close game earlier in the season
that we sort of gave away with
that fumble at the goal line and

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was hard but we got over that and
we think we’re moving in the
right direction.”

' Rollain said the competitive
nature of the first matchup gave
his team confidence headed into
yesterday’s game, knowing a.trip

* to the playoffs was on the line.

“Tt was motivation for the team
because coming into this game
they knew they could beat this
team and they know they should
have won the last game,” he said,
“Tt shows growth in the program
and it’s a major opportunity just
to be able to make the playoffs.”

As the fourth ranked team in

the playoffs, the Warriors will -



a

square off against the top seeded

and undefeated John Bull Jets.

Rollain said although his team ‘

has failed to challenge the Jets

thus far, he said his he squad feels e

they have alot to prove in their

inaugural playoff berth.
“We’re the fourth seed and |

that’s fine. We just have to prove ©

to ourselves and prove to the rest
of the league that we are a legiti-
mate threat,” he said, “The first
time was not very pleasant, the

second time we played better and -

for. the playoffs we just have to
intensify and improve in evczy
area, especially strengthening that
middle of the defense.”

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2008, PAGE 17



BSC champions crownec

WHILE Transfiguration
repeated as the men's champions,
two new champions were
crowned in the co-ed and 17-and-
under divisions in the Baptist
Sports Council's 2008 Rev. Dr.
William Thompson Softball Clas-
sic.

On Saturday at the Baillou
Hills Sporting Complex, ‘Trans-
figuration completed a three-

game sweep of the best-of-five .

championship series against pen-
nant winning SHAW AME Zion
with an 11-1 rout.

Left fielder Ed Knowles was
named the Most Valuable Player
for the series. The league's batting
champion went to third base-
man/shortstop Darren Stevens of
Shaw AME and injured Alexan-
der Bain of Transfiguration cart-
ed off the Best Pitcher award.

The co-ed division went the full
distance with pennant winning
Golden Gates dethroning Mace-
donia. On Saturday, Golden

Gates won 7-5 in game three,.

Macedonia took game four 6-4
and Golden Gates won the finale
21-14.

While Golden Gates' catch-
er/pitcher Ramon Johnson was
named the championship's MVP,
the league's batting champion was
third sacker/shortstop Renee
Davis of Golden Gates and the
best pitcher was Junior Moss, also
of Golden Gates.

And in the 17-and-under divi-
sion, Temple Fellowship also had
to go the full distance before they
prevailed in the fifth and final
game over Macedonia to emerge
as the champions. Temple Fel-

GOLDEN Gates dethroned Macedonia to win the co-ed championship

Transfiguration repeat their triumph

MEMBERS of Transfiguration celebrated as the repeat men's champions
of the Baptist Sports Council’s 2008 Rev. Dr. William Thompson Softball
Classic on Saturday at the Banker’s Field, Baillou Hills Sporting Complex.

. lowship won game three 9-4 on

Saturday, Macedonia took game
four 13-7 and Temple Fellowship
clinched the series 20-7 in the fifth
and deciding game.

Left fielder Deval Storr of
Temple Fellowship was named
the championship's MVP. The

_ league's batting champion was

versatile Addie Finley of Temple
Fellowship and the Best Pitcher
was Walter Bell of Macedonia.

° Here's a summary of the dec-
dinig games in the three series
played on Saturday:

Transfiguration 11, Shaw AME
Zion 1: Nelson Farrington spun a

title in the Baptist Sports Council's 2008 Rev. William Thompson Softball
Classic on Saturday at the Banker's Field at the Baillou Hills Sporting Com-

plex.

Sherman ‘the Tank’
Williams outguns
Andrew Greeley

FROM page 15

secure the win. “I think I’m my biggest fan and I never ever doubted
in myself. There were a lot of naysavers wondering how I would react
if I got hit with a big punch,” Williams charged.

“But my best defense is my best offense, so in my mind, I knew that
whatever he did, I will not waste any punches. I pretty much expected

the performance that I gave.”

Shaking off the rust in the first two rounds, Williams said the enor-
mous training sessions he went through in Europe over the past year

has really paid off for him.

“J was a bit cautious, not too much tentative,” Williams stressed. “I
expected to pull out the fight the.way I did because I envisioned it in

my mind on my way to the fight.”

With a successful return to the ring, Williams said he’s now looking
forward to his first bout in the new year with renewed vigor.

“After I was announced the winner with an unanimous decision
when I stepped out of the ring, I felt great and come Monday morning
(today), I will be'back in the gym training,” Williams projected.

“It’s kind of odd having a training camp just before the Christmas
holiday and the New Year when most people take time off.

“It’s going to be hard to find sparring partners, but I’ve made a com-
mitment to fight, so I will have to wait until after January 16 to cele-

brate.”

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three-hit shut-out through three -

innings for the win before Alvin
Lightbourne came in to relieve
him in the fourth giving up the
only run to Shaw on Dwayne
Stevens’ RBI sacrifice fly that
sent home Walbert Hanna.
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Valentino Munroe suffered the
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Golden Gates 21, Macedonia
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‘Losing pitcher Cardinal Gilbert
went 3-for-4 with threc runs
scored to lead Macedonia. Lyn-
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park home runs, scoring a tota!
of four runs‘to lead the charge tn
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triple and scored three times and
winning pitcher Dominic Collic
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Crandon Wallace, who relieved
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scored and D'Kyle Rolle had +
pair of hits with a RBI, scoring»

run for Macedonia.






























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and Rob Kurs chipped in with
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The Bees ended a two game
losing streak with the win and
improved to 9-3 on the year.

Women

SCAD Bees - 67

COB Caribs - 42

The Caribs struggled to over-
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floor.

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outrebounded 51-31, and offen-
sively the Bees pounded the
COB inside as center Katie
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points.

The 6’ 4” Stover also finished

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. assists. AS it Ke ‘

Reserve’ centre Brittany Ter-
ry also dominated the ‘iriterior
with nine points and a game

high 13 rebounds.

Standing at 5’10”, the tallest
player for the Caribs, Ashley
Moss finished with six points
and nine rebounds.

The Bees took their first lead
of the game on a Catherine
VanderLaan score to give
SCAD a 6-4 three minutes into
the first half.

The Caribs. were bilighbred
28-7 throughout the remainder
of the first half thanks to woeful
shooting from COB.

The Caribs shot just 16 per-
cent (5-31) in and were 0-10
from beyond the arc in the first
half.

The Bees led 34-13 at the
half.

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on a brief 6-0 run halted by a

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as large as 29 points on a layup
by Stover to give the Bees a 57-

28 lead with just over seven:

minutes remaining.

Christine Sinclair and Alyse
Dean were the only Caribs.to
reach double figures 13 and 10

dra Williams fouled out with
eight.

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anced Bees scoring attack which
also included Vanderlaan who
finished with. nine points and
four rebounds, Shareese

- Richardson with 10 points and

five rebounds, Kanoa
McGowan with eight points and
three rebounds and Janay Wil-
son with eight points, seven
rebounds and twocassists.

The Bees improved to 7-5 on
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“Tt was a difficult game for
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time with the ball but we only
scored one goal. If we have
more quality on the last shot, we
would win this game.”
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UTILITY officials trying to
recover from the devastating ice
storm in the Northeast warned
there could be more outages
Sunday as drooping branches
shed ice and snap back to their
‘original positions, potentially
taking out more power lines,
according to Associated Press.

Roughly 800,000 customers

-were still without power in
upstate New York, Massachu-
setts, New Hampshire and
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in hardest-hit New Hampshire
said power might not be totally

restored to the region until

Thursday or Friday, a week
after the storm knocked down
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and businesses.

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water. I spent last night there,
but after going through that, I
decided not to do it again,” said
Amy Raymond, 74.

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dier begging for his free- .

dom, according to Associ-
ated Press.

‘Marking 21 years since
its founding, a triumphant
Hamas bragged about its
violent exploits, promised
more money to Gaza’s
impoverished people, and
announced it would soon
stop recognizing the legiti-
macy of Palestinian Presi-
dent Mahmoud Abbas,
who -rules only the West
Bank now.

Organizers said about
300,000 Hamas supporters
crowded into a dusty out-
door arena and spilled over
into nearby streets. Many
waved flags and sported
baseball caps in the Islam-
ic group’s signature green
color.

Uniform

In the skit, Hamas parad-
ed a Palestinian speaking
Hebrew and dressed in an
Israeli soldier’s uniform —
a reference to Israeli Sgt.
_ Gilad Schalit, captured by
Hamas-allied militants in
June 2006.

*“I miss my Mom and
Dad,” said the man play-
ing the Israeli soldier,
kneeling as he spoke. “Tell
Olmert, why don’t you take
care of your soldier?”

The capture of Schalit in
‘a June 2006 cross-border
raid is an open wound in
Israeli society. The taunt
at the rally drew condem-
nation from Israel, which
has been indirectly negoti-
ating the soldier’s release
with Hamas for the past 2
1/2 years.

A spokesman for the

Israeli government, Mark
Regev, called the skit
“another example of
~(Hamas) cruelty and inhu-
manity.”
’ In comments aired Sun-
day, exiled Hamas leader
Khaled Mashaal said a six-
month truce with Israel
would not be renewed after
it expires this week. Inter-
viewed on a Hamas-affili-
ated Lebanese TV channel,
Mashaal did not explicitly
threaten renewed attacks,
saying instead that Hamas
would respond to develop-
ments.

On Sunday, Israel closed
its passenger crossing with
Gaza to journalists in
response to Palestinian
rocket fire over the week-
end. For much of. the past
month, Israel has banned
reporters from entering the
territory after militants
fired rockets and mortars
at Israeli communities.

Hamas, founded in Gaza
in December 1987, is sworn
to Israel’s destruction and
was involved in dozens of
suicide bombings that
killed more than 250
Israelis. It seized Gaza by
force in June 2007 after
months of fighting with
Abbas’ Fatah forces.

Hamas contends Abbas’
term ends Jan. 8, four years
after he was elected presi-
dent. Abbas has argued
that he had an additional
year so the presidential
term could dovetail with
parliament’s.

The huge ,turnout at the
Gaza rally was a pointed
display of strength directed
at both Israel and Fatah,
and further evidence of the
Muslim militant group’s
unchallenged contro] over

1.4 million Gazans.

During an hourlong
speech, the Hamas Gaza

Huge crowds

gather in Gaza
for Hamas

anniversa



PALESTINIAN WOMEN, supporters of the Hamas, attend a rally in
Gaza City, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008. Some tens of thousands of Hamas
supporters marked the Islamic militant group's 21st anniversary with .
an outdoor rally Sunday, and the show of strength included a play
featuring a mock-captive Israeli soldier’ begging for his freedom.

prime minister, Ismail
Haniyeh, read out a list of
construction projects and

funds to be distributed to -

impoverished, Gaza resi-
dents.

The projects indicate
Hamas is still able to smug-
gle cash through tunnels
that crisscross the territo-

ry’s border with Egypt —

at a time when the West-
ern-backed Abbas govern-
ment in the West Bank has
struggled to pay salaries.

Attacks

Hamas also bragged of
attacks conducted against
Israel in the past 21 years,
inflating the numbers.

In his speech, Haniyeh
said Hamas was only
strengthened by Israeli
sanctions.

“It is a letter to Obama,
to the Zionists and those
who stand in the same
trenches as them: We say
with confidence, you will
not. be victorious,”
Haniyeh said.

‘The U.S. and other West-
ern countries designate
Hamas as a terror organi-
zation, but President-elect

Barack Obama has not

made his position clear.
Also Sunday, Israel said
elayed release of 227
Palestinian prisoners would
take place on Monday. The
release is a goodwill ges-
ture to Abbas’ Western-
backed government.

The prisoners were to be
released last weck for the
Muslim Eid al-Adha holi-
day.

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M@ ARDINGLY, England

THE underground bunker can
block nuclear fallout, withstand a
direct hit by a jetliner, and is cooled
toa deathly chill.

-The ultramodern facility in the
tranquil English countryside looks
like a perfect lab for a James Bond
villain, but it doesn’t hide anything
sinister. The only thing kept here
are seeds, lots of them — more than
a billion, in fact, according to Asso-
ciated Press.

Scientists say this is the world’s

most diverse seed bank, but its keep-
ers worry that the global financial
crisis could cut its government and
corporate funding and cause the

seed gathering to wither at the end’

of next year, well short of its goal.

“This is the world’s biodiversity
hot spot,” said Paul Smith, director
of the Millennium Seed Bank Pro-
ject, standing outside two room-size
vaults filled with precious seeds
which are kept’ at minus 4 degrees
Fahrenheit to slow their metabo-
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improve, we'll have to stop collect-
ing.” :

He has already seen a tightening
of philanthropic budgets in recent
months that is affecting the seed
bank’s future. “We have not raised
the kind of money we had hoped to
at this point,” Smith said.

There are more than 1,000 seed
banks — including a newly opened,
unmanned “doomsday” facility in
the Arctic wastes of Norway that
will ultimately house more than |
billion crop sceds. But the one at
Wakehurst Place, about 30 miles
south of London, says its the only
global facility of its kind, unique for
its focus on wild species, not just
crops.

It says it aims to store a quarter of
the world’s species by 2020, and
could eventually house half of them.
It currently has 25,000 species and
1.5 billion seeds.

The seed bank’s scientists gauge |

the total number of plant species at
300,000, which represents a middle
figure in the widely varying, con-
stantly changing, global estimate.
It doesn’t just take in seeds — it
sends them out. Millennium Bank
seeds are being used in Australia to
figure out what plants can grow in

salty reclaimed land, and in Pak-

istan and Egypt to find plants that
can withstand drought and slow
desert encroachment.

The bank is helping to restore tall

‘ prairie grass in the United States

and a tropical forest in Madagascar.

Saving the world’s seeds does not
come cheap.

At the Millennium Seed Bank, it
costs about $3,000 per species to
ship in the seeds, meticulously clean
them, X-ray them for insect dam-
age and freeze them for possible
future use as medicine, a commercial
product, or a reviver of a plant that
has gone extinct.

It is a global effort: The bank has
more than 120 different partners in
some 50 countries where seeds are
collected and stored. In many cases,

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DIRECTOR OF the Millennium Seed Bank Project Paul Smith points to one of the storage facilities, at the Millenium Seed-

bank at the Royal Botanical Gardens at Wakehurst Place, Ardingly, England,, Monday, Dec 1, 2008.

countries and here as a backup.
Some countries, Brazil for
instance, are unwilling to send pre-
cious seeds overseas, so they are
kept in at least two seed banks inside
the country, their standards moni-

.tored by Millennium Seed Bank

experts.

The project, under the Royal
Botanical Gardens at Kew, started
in 2000 with 72 million pounds, then
about $110 million, in funding from
Britain’s national lottery and gov-
ernmental, corporate and individ-
ual sponsors.

Smith said the seed bank needs to
raise about 10 million pounds ($15
million) a year for the next.decade.

The futuristic facility, with its low-

slung steel and glass structure over-

the vaults, is seen by scientists as an
insurance policy against nature and
human folly. It is a quiet place,
where young scientists in white
smocks spend hours cleaning seeds
by hand, using microscopes, scalpels,
forceps, and tiny brushes. The
largest is the double coconut seed,
almost as big as two coconuts; small-
est is the Venus looking glass —
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low that bodies start losing core heat
in 15 minutes. So elaborate safety
systems are in place in case anyone
is trapped in a vault; an AP photog-

rapher inadvertently tripped a series ©
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inside.

Scientists call the Millennium
effort invaluable as climate change
accelerates.

“The potential value of this pro-
ject is almost unfathomable,” said
David Astley, head of the Genetics
Resources Unit at the University of
Warwick in England, who corrobo-
rated the Millennium Projects claim
to be the world’s most diverse seed
bank.

“If you look at ihe’ way the world
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material will be lost,” said Astley,
who is not connected to the project.
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ing comes sooner rather than later, it
may be too late to conserve the
material.”

Scientists here are also developing
new ways to germinate endangered

species, including somte like the

South African faucaria that are
down to a single Population of plants
in the wild.

“We don’t know that they are





Tom Hevezi/AP



useful for anything,” Smith said,
“but we don’t know that they aren’t
useful either.”

The same could be said of the
roughly 80 percent of species here
that have not yet been screened for
possible medical use. .

“Twenty years ago we didn’t
know the rosy periwinkle from
Madagascar would reduce childhood
leukemia to the extent that, it has,”
said Smith.

“So who knows what we have in
the bank? Our worry is that we’re
going to lose those in the wild before
we even have a chance. So putting
them in the seed bank is the most
logical first step.”

Already, a handful of species col-
lected here have vanished in the
wild as habitat is destroyed. Scien-
tists believe these could be reintro-
duced in the next few centuries.
Some seeds, they believe, may last
one thousand years under ideal con-
ditions.

Researchers here have already
been able to germinate seeds that
are more than 200 years old, bring-
ing to life a “pin cushion flower” —
known as the leucospermum —
from seeds dating back to 1803.

The seeds tell the story of lost
empire — they were first.collected

by a Dutch merchant trading in... os

South Africa, but he was intercept-
ed on his return voyage by a British
privateer because Britain was at war
with the Dutch at the time.

The seeds were taken from the
Dutchman, who was imprisoned in
the Tower of London, and were
eventually-discovered in the Nation-
al Archives and given to the seed
bank.

Scientists expected germination
attempts to fail, but were pleasantly
surprised when they were able to
grow the flowering plant at the Mil-
lennium Seed Bank, where it can
sometimes be seen in the green-
house,

They take this as a hopeful sign
that other seeds can lay dormant for
hundreds of years and be brought
back to life.

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resignation as lawmakers gear up for a session that could lead to
his impeachment, according to Associated Press.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Lt. Gov. Patrick Quinn,
both likely candidates in the 2010 gubernatorial campaign, criti-
cized the governor anew during appearances on NBC’s “Meet the

Press” and C
“We don’t have
Madigan said.

BS’s “Face the Nation.”
a governor that can legitimately govern,”

Blagojevich was arrested Tuesday on federal corruption
charges, including allegations he tried to sell President-elect
Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat to the highest bidder.

Media

Madigan also cited what she called “rumors’ ‘in Chicago media
reports saying Ble wojevich could make an announcement about

his political future Monday.

Blagojevich spokesman Lucio Guerrero said Sunday that he

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the governor *

of an announcement of any kind and that
‘has no plans on resigning Monday.”

Quinn said he did not know what Blagojevich’s plans were but
that resignation would be best for the governor, his family and

the people of Illinois.

“He's gotta do something because our state is in crisis,”

said on “Meet the Press.”

> Quinn

The Mlinois Legislature meets Monday to consider stripping
Blagojevich of his power toipick a replacement to fill Obama’s
seat and calling a special election. They also could consider
beginning impeachment proceedings.

State House Minority Leader Tom Cross said on

“Fox News

Sunday” that a special cleetion was the best option because it was
imports int to “climinate any appearance of impropriety.”

“We've just been shocked as a state over the last four or five
days and in order to restere whatever integrity we have left in this

state, we have

»to make if as transparent as possible,”

Cross said.

Quinn said he has seen legislation that would allow him to tem-
porarily appoint someone to the Senate seat until a special eclec-

tion if Biagojevich stepped down.
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@ ATHENS, Greece

ATHENS was calm Sunday
after eight days of the worst
riots Greece has seen in
decades, sparked by the police
killing of a teenager, according
to Associated Press..

Traffic returned to normal in
the center of town and open-
topped double-decker buses
carried tourists around the
city’s main sights. The cafes in
the Thissio area under the
Acropolis were busy, and cou-
ples took their children for Sun-
day walks.

But Greek youths who have
protested daily since the boy’s
death have vowed to remain on
the streets until their concerns
are addressed. Protesters are
angry not just at police but at a
government*already on the
defensive over a series of finan-
cial scandals, and over eco-
nomic issues.

“We are not in this for ihe
short term,” said Petros Con-
stantinou, an organizer with the
Socialist Workers Party. “We
want the protests to continue
after Christmas and New Year,
until this government of mur-
derers goes.”

Protesters say they will
march Monday to the police
headquarters .in Athens.
Schoolchildren are planning
demonstrations throughout the
city.

Analyst Theodore
Couloumbis said he expected
_ the disturbances to “peter out”

over the next few days.

“We are going to have peri-
odic flare-ups,” said
Couloumbis, a professor emer-
itus of international relations
at the University of Athens. “It
will take a generation or two
to straighten things out in
Greece.”

Poll

A newspaper poll published
Sunday showed the governing
conservatives’ popularity at 20.6
percent, 5.6 percent below the
main opposition Socialists.
However, 55 percent of respon-
dents said neither party seemed
competent to handle the situa-
tion.

“Political parties initially
made things worse because
they acted as if it was business
as usual ... trying to score polit-
ical points,” Couloumbis said.

The Focus poil of 1,000 peo-
ple for Real News gave a 3.1

Greece calm after
eight days of riots
by angry youths

percent margin of error.
Violence has wracked
Greece since the death of 15-
year-old Alexandros Grig-
oropoulos Dec. 6. It spread
from Athens to more than a

dozen other cities. At least 70 —

people have been injured, hun-
dreds of stores have been loot-
ed, and more than 200 people
have been arrested.

Late Saturday and early Sun-
day, youths in Athens attacked
a police station, stores and
banks, and fought with police as
candlelit vigils were held to
mark a week since the shoot-
ing.

About 300 people staged a
peaceful vigil Sunday at the site
of the boy’s death.

“We want police to leave so
that our neighborhood can be
at peace,” said local resident
Giorgos Alexatos. He said res-
idents also wanted a street at
the spot to be named after the
dead schoolboy.

Protest

In the northern port of Thes-
saloniki, a few dozen people
held a peaceful protest at noon.
Overnight, suspected anarchist
arsonists attacked two Com-
munist party offices with home-
made gas-canister bombs and
molotov cocktails, causing
minor damage but no injuries.

While most protesters have
been peaceful, the tone of the
demonstrations has been set by
a violent fringe. And more
young people have been will-
ing to join those fringe elements
than in the past.

Couloumbis said the violence
appeared to have been caused
by “an abysmally insignificant
group of destructive elements,”
whom students joined “for the
fun of it.”

‘Ina poll released Sunday, 62
percent of respondents said the
riots following the shooting
were inexcusable, compared to
35 percent who believed the
violence was justified. The poll
of 1,000 people gave no mar-
gin of error.

According to another poll,

Greeks see more in the vio-
lence than a simple reaction to
the shooting. Asked whether
the riots were a social uprising,
60 percent said yes. Some 64
percent considered police
unprepared for the violence.
The poll of 520 people pub-

lished in the Kathimerini news- °

paper gave a 4.5 percent margin

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Demonsistians: in support
of the protests in Greece have
been held in several European
cities. In Berlin, a peaceful
gathering on Sunday at Mauer-
park drew about 50 people:

“We’re not in favor of vio- —
lence. We just want to show our
support,” said Yannis, 27, a
Greek man who declined to
give his last name.

“We’re not expecting any
violence in Berlin because the
circumstances in Greece are
very different from those in
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anti-Kremlin protest in central

foscow on Sunday, seizing
demonstrators and shoving
them into trucks. Organizers
shid 130 people were detained
around the capital but police
put the number at 90, according
‘th Associated Press.

The opposition movement
headed by fierce Kremlin critic
and former chess champion
Garry Kasparov said the co-
leader of the group was one of
those seized.
| The Other Russia movement
Cresuied the protest, in defi-
ance of a ban, to draw atten-
le to Russia’s economic trou-
Hles and to protest Kremlin
plans to extend the presiden-
tial term from four years to six.

ritics say the constitutional
change as part of a retreat from

emocracy and is aimed at
strengthening the grip of Prime
Minister Vladimir Putin and his
allies.

| News broadcasts on the main
television networks made no
mention of the Moscow crack-
conc or of protests in St.
Retersburg and Vladivostok.

| Kasparov and other promi-
rent liberals have just launched
i new anti-Kremlin movement
dulled Solidarity in a bid to
unite Russia’s fractious liberal
fprces and encourage a popu-
lar revolution similar to those
ih Ukraine and Georgia.

| Kasparov-had vowed to carry
gut Sunday’s protest although
authorities had denied permis-
sion for it.

| Before the scheduled start,
hundreds of officers guarded
Triumph Square, which was
linged by police trucks and
metal barriers.

| Police roughly grabbed pro-
testers who tried to enter the
square, dragging at least 25

eople into waiting trucks.

| Police also seized Other Rus-
sia co-leader Eduard Limonov
along with a handful of body-
eee as they walked toward
the square. They were bundled
me police vehicles.
| Kasparov and a group of sup-
porters decided to avoid police
by marching in a different loca-
tion, then set off for a third site
after finding another strong
olice presence, spokeswoman
farina Litvinovich said.

Dozens of protesters gath-
red at the third site and

arched about a kilometer
half a mile) along a major
{treet, shouting slogans such as
Toe without Putin!” before
ey dispersed.

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Kasparov traveled by car and
the march was over when he
arrived, Litvinovich said.

Kasparov’s Web site said
police in Moscow also broke up
a protest by a hard-line group
of retired generals in a square
nearby and detained about 50
participants.The group, the
Soviet Officers’ Union, could
not be reached for comment.

The Moscow police said they
detained 90 people. Some of

the detainees were members of :

a pro-Kremlin youth group that
staged a counter-demonstra-
tion, dropping leaflets from a
concert hall rooftop.

Litvinovich said that 130 peo-
ple were detained in Moscow,
including 18 who tried to enter
the Kremlin through one of its
guarded gates.

Other Russia said many were
released but ordered to appear
in court later on charges of
involvement in a prohibited
public activity. It said Limonov
appeared before a judge and
was fined 500 rubles (about
$18; eurol3) for that infraction.

Lyudmila Morozova, 61, a
nurse from the.southern city of
Voronezh, had planned to
protest in Triumph Square but
was put off by the massive
police presence. She said the
police actions showed that the
government was afraid “some
kind of power will rise against
them.”

“I want my country to devel-
op along a democratic path,”
said Morozova, standing against
a wall at the edge of the square.
“It’s not only not democratic,
it’s becoming totalitarian.”

She said she has joined Soli-

darity.
In St. Petersburg, about 200
Other Russia - supporters

demonstrated at a_ site
approved by city authorities.
‘But local leader Olga Kurnoso-
va said at least one organizer
was detained beforehand, and
St. Petersburg police said about
10 people were detained at a
separate site.

Popular support for Other
Russia and other vocal opposi-

+ tion groups is minimal, but the

Kremlin is wary about any evi-
dence of public anger as its
struggles with a potentially
politically damaging economic
downturn.

There has been little evi-
dence of change in the govern-
ment’s heavy-handed treatment
since Dmitry
Medvedev’s succeeded Putin as
president in May and stressed
the importance of civil rights
in his inaugural address.

Ekho Moskvy radio and

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that several thousand motorists
took part in protests in the
Pacific coast city of Vladivostok
against government plans to
raise import tariffs on used

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@ By JENNIFER LOVEN
AP White House
Correspondent
BAGHDAD

On an Iraq trip shrouded in
secrecy and marred by dissent,
President George W. Bush on
Sunday hailed progress in the
war that defines his presidency
and got a size-l10 reminder of
his unpopularity when a man
hurled two shoes at him during
a news conference.

"This is the end!" shouted the
protester, later identified as
Muntadar al-Zeidi, a corre-
spondent for Al-Baghdadia
television, an Iraqi-owned sta-
tion based in Cairo, Egypt.

Bush ducked both shoes as
they whizzed past his head and
landed with a thud against the
wall behind him.

"It was a size 10," Bush joked
later. The U.S. president visited
the Iraqi capital just 37 days
before he hands the war off to
his successor, Barack Obama,
who has pledged to end it. The
president wanted to highlight a
drop in violence in a nation still
riven by ethnic strife and to cel-
ebrate a recent U.S.-Iraq secu-
rity agreement, which calls for
U.S. troops to withdraw from
Iraq by the end of 2011.

"The war is not over," Bush
said, adding that "it is decisive-
ly on it's way to being won."

In many ways, the unan-
nounced trip was a victory lap
without a clear victory. Nearly
150,000 U.S. troops remain in
Iraq fighting a war that is
intensely disliked across the
globe. More than 4,209 mem-
bers of the U.S. military have
died in the conflict, which has
cost U.S. taxpayers $576 billion
since it began five years and
nine months ago.

Polls show most Americans
believe the U.S. erred in invad-
ing Iraq in 2003. Bush ordered
the nation into war against Sad-
-dam Hussein's Iraq while citing
intelligence claiming the
Mideast nation harbored
weapons of mass destruction.
The weapons were never found,
the intelligence was distredit-
ed, Bush's credibility with U.S.
voters plummeted and Saddam
was captured and executed.

"There is still more work to
be done," Bush said after his
meeting with Iraqi, Prime Min-
. ister Nouri al-Maliki.

It was at that point the jour-
nalist stood up and threw a shoe
from about 20 feet away. Bush

ducked, and it narrowly missed °

his head. The second shoe came
quickly, and Bush ducked again
while several Iraqis grabbed the
‘man and dragged him to the
floor. In Iraqi culture, throwing
shoes at someone is a sign of
contempt. Iraqis whacked a
statue of Saddam with their
shoes after U.S. marines top-
pled it to the ground following
the 2003 invasion. |

White House press secretary
Dana Perino suffered an eye
injury in the news conference
melee. Bush brushed off the
incident, comparing it to politi-,
cal protests at home.

"So what if I guy threw his
shoe at me?" he said.

Al-Maliki, who spoke before
the incident, praised postwar
progress: "Today, Iraq is mov-
ing forward in every field."

After the news conference,
the president took a 15-minute
helicopter ride through dark
skies over Baghdad to Camp
Victory. Telling hundreds of
troops he was "heading into
retirement," Bush blamed Sad-
dam for the 2003 invasion and
said, "America is safer and
more secure" than it was before
the war.

For Bush, the war is the issue
around which both he and the
country defined his two terms in
office. He saw the invasion and
continuing fight as a necessary
action to protect Americans and
. fight terrorism. Though his deci-
sion won support at first, the
public now has largely decided
that the U.S. needs to get out of
Iraq. ;

Air Force One, the presiden-
t's distinctive powder blue-and-
white jetliner, landed at Bagh-
dad International Airport in the
afternoon local time after a
secretive Saturday night depar-
ture from Washington. In a sign
of security gains in this war
zone, Bush received a formal
arrival ceremony — a flourish
absent in his three earlier trips.

Bush soon began a rapid-fire
series of meetings with top Iraqi
leaders. ,

He met first with Iraqi Presi-
dent Jalal Talabani and the
country's two vice presidents,
Tariq al-Hashemi and Adel
Abdul-Mahdi, at the ornate,
marble-floored Salam Palace
along the shores of the Tigris
River.

Later, Bush's motorcade
pulled out the heavily fortified
Green Zone and crossed over
the Tigris so he could meet al-

Maliki at the prime minister's
palace. A huge orange moon
hung low over the horizon as
Bush's was ferried quickly
through the city.

The two leaders signed cere-
monial copy of the security
agreement. The Bush adminis-
tration and even White House
critics credit last year's military
buildup with the security gains
in Iraq. Last month, attacks fell
to the lowest monthly level
since the war began in 2003.

Still, it's unclear what will
happen when the U.S. troops
leave. While violence has
slowed in Iraq, attacks continue,
especially in the north. At least
55 people were killed Thursday
in a suicide bombing in a restau-



rant near Kirkuk.

It was Bush's last trip to the
war zone before Obama takes
office Jan. 20. Obama,won. an
election largely viewed as a ref-

‘erendum on Bush, who has

endured low approval ratings
because of the war and more
recently, the U.S. recession.
Obama, a Democrat, has
promised he will bring all U.S.
combat troops back home from
Iraq.a little over a year into his
term, as long as commanders
agree a withdrawal would®not
endanger American personnel
or Iraq's security. Obama has
said the drawdown in Iraq
would allow him to shift troops
and bolster the U.S. presence
in Afghanistan. The new U.S.-



Iraqi security ee calls for all
American troops to be with-
drawn by the end of 2011, in
two stages. The first stage
begins next year, when U.S.
troops pull back from Baghdad
and other Iraqi cities by the end
of June. Gen. Raymond Odier-
no, the top U.S. commander in
Iraq, said Saturday that even
after that. summer deadline,
some U.S. troops will remain in
Iraqi cities.

Journalists and staff who
made the 10 1/2-hour trip to
Iraq with the president agreed
to tell almost no one about the

‘plans, and the White House

released false schedules detail-
ing activities planned for Bush
in Washington on Sunday.

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Pakistan

offensive

shows slow success

@ By KATHY GANNON
SABAGAI, Pakistan

From atop a craggy hillock, the
silver-haired Lt. Col. Javed
Baloch gestures toward a small
black opening in a sandstone out-
cropping. It's the mouth of a cave.

Two minutes later a powerful
explosion rattles the hillock, and
a massive plume of grayish-white
smoke rushes skyward.

Cave by cave, the Pakistani
army is trying to blow up the
underground labyrinth running
from tribal areas toward the bor-
der with Afghanistan to keep mil-
itants away.

This is the front line of Pak-
istan's battle against militants on
its own soil. The three-month-old
offensive is the country's most
aggressive effort to date, coun-
tering U.S. and Afghan charges
that it is not doing enough to root
out Taliban and al-Qaida fight-
ers who crisscross the border. It is
also the Pakistani military's first
foray into the Bajur region, where
militants are dug in-and have in
places set.up a parallel adminis-
tration.

An Associated Press team trav-
eled with the Pakistani military
deep into a tribal area late last
month, almost to the Afghan bor-
der. The operation shows the
army can put pressure on mili-
tants and even wrest some terri-
tory back from them, but it may
never be able to drive them out
from a rugged area of nooks and
crannies. More militants are
already sneaking in from
Afghanistan as reinforcements,

and U.S. troops in Afghanistan -

have installed 68 motion sensors
along the border to try to detect
them. The battle is for Bajur, a
key base and transit route for
Arab and other foreign militants

headed for Afghanistan. Here a -

CIA drone once targeted al-
Qaida's No. 2, Ayman al-
Zawahiri, without success.

Any progress, however, is now
in danger from an unexpected
front. The recent terrorist attack
in Mumbai has raised the
prospect that Pakistan might shift
troops from its tribal regions to
the border with India. Both sides
want to avoid a confrontation,
but emotions are running high.

In the meantime, the Pakistani
army has used helicopter gun-
- ships-and fighter jets to blast
entire villages in Bajur to rubble,

driving 250,000 tribesmen out of -

their homes and burying 82 of
their own soldiers. Pakistan has
battled militants in tribal areas
before, but never with such inten-
sity. "I feel hurt. There is so much
destruction. That is why always
we are trying to prevent war, but
we were left with no choice,"
Baloch says.

He’ bristles at any U.S. ques-
tioning of the will of Pakistani
soldiers to fight the militants..

- "Listen, I have picked up the
bodies of my dead soldiers and
carried them out. I haven't left a
body behind. Do you think this is
something we do without pain in
our heart?" he asked. "I tell
everyone who is saying we aren't
doing enough, 'Send.your broth-
ers, your fathers, your uncles and
-I will take them into battle with
me. I will show them.'"

The convoy of Pakistani sol-
diers rumbles out of Khar on a
crisp morning, a slight mist hang-
ing in the air.

It was from here, the capital of

' Bajur, that the army had

launched its offensive on Sept. 8.
Previously, only the ill-equipped
Frontier Corps, a paramilitary
force, was deployed in Bajur.

"Since it was ignored, not‘eas-
ily accessible, it was an ideal
breeding ground," says Gen.
Tariq Khan, the commander of
the Frontier Corps.

In August, the Frontier Corps

fought militants in one village in -

Bajur but was driven out with sev-

eral dead and many more wound-
_ ed. That's when the army was

called in. The army has since
. wrested control of the key road
link from Khar, clearing the road
of insurgents. As of late last week,
troops were taking their offen-
sive into the Mohmand tribal belt
that borders Afghanistan.

The signs of battle litter the
roadside: flattened markets,
bomb craters and mud homes:
scarred by mortar fire.

At Nazirabad, six miles (10
kilometers) from Khar, troops
faced a two-day battle against
nearly 100 militants. Insurgents
popped up from fields of shoul-
der-high corn stalks to launch
rockets or fire bursts with Kalash-
nikov rifles, then seemingly dis-
appeared, says Maj. Kamal, who
gave only his first name. Two sol-
diers were killed and 22 wounded.

"We couldn't see where they
were firing from," Kamal says.
"We discovered later that they
would fire at us and then run into
caves hidden by the corn."

The army found an extensive
network of caves and tunnels
reminiscent of those dug in the
1980s by Western-backed anti-

AP: On the front line report





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A SUSPECTED militant captured in the Bajur area is seen inside a cell

Emilio Morenatti/AP Photo

at the Khar headquarters of the Frontier Corps in the Bajur tribal region
in Pakistan, on the border with Afghanistan, Saturday, Nov. 29,
9008. The Pakistani army operation to rout militants from the Bajur
tribal region and the evidence uncovered during the three month
assault would indicate a frightening amount of coordination-among
militant groups, some of whom have been accused by India of car-
rying out the vicious weekend rampage in Mumbai that killed mare
than 171 people and wounded hundreds more.



PAKISTANI SOLDIERS take new positians on the street in Sabagai vil-

Emilio Morenatti/AP Photo

lage in the Bajur tribal region in Pakistan, on the border with

Afghanistan, Friday, Nov. 28, 2008.

communist rebels in Afghanistan
during the Soviet occupation. In
one compougd¢d of nine mud
homes surrounded by a high wall,
the army found six underground
rooms and a maze of tunnels.
Kamal climbs a precarious steel
ladder that leads to a lookout.
Peering over sandbags lined up
against the mud wall, he points
toward a dark speck in a series
of eroded sandstone hills.
"That's another cave. The tun-
nel runs from here, 100 meters to

there."

More caves lie at the end of a
20-foot-deep (6.1-meter-deep),
narrow mud staircase barely wide
enough for. a thin person. Inside
the small underground rooms, the
army finds bedding and weapons,
from anti-tank guns modified to
fire 22 mm mortars to homemade
bombs planted by roads and det-
onated from afar as military vehi-
cles pass.

The Nazirabad compound was
oné of several hubs established
by militants in Bajur, Kamal says.

"We were expecting a lot of
resistance, but these tactics — the
tunnels. I never expected this,"
he says. "One room could hold
five or six men."

Every day, Kamal's men search
the caves to make sure the mili-
tants don't return.

The Bajur operation is an
example of cooperation between
the U.S. and Pakistan, with U.S.
forces on the Afghan side of the
border providing intelligence, sur-
veillance and reconnaissance to
Pakistani forces.

"The Pakistani army's drive to
retake this Taliban hotbed
demonstrates to the world that
they are serious about tackling
the threat of terrorism," says Bri-
an Glyn Williams, associate pro-
fessor of Islamic history at the
University of Massachusetts.

However, Bajur is just one part
— the northernmost of seven
major jurisdictions — of the vast
tribal belt that borders
Afghanistan. The scorched-earth
tactics in Bajur contrast with the
softer approach taken farther
south in another tribal area,
Waziristan, where most of Pak-
istan's 70,000 soldiers are based.
U.S. officials have questioned
whether Pakistan is accommo-
dating the insurgents in Waziris-
tan rather than rooting them out.

USS. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair-
man Mike Mullen, visiting Pak-
istan last week, praised the Bajur
offensive but also encouraged the
military to step up efforts else-
where.

Roughly nine miles farther, the
convoy stops at Loi Sam, set in
the middle of undulating corn
fields.

This town has been flattened.
The market that dominated the
town square was pummeled to
ruins. Electricity poles list to one
side. The only gas station is half
collapsed; giant holes mark where
the pumps once stood.

It was early October when the
army backed by fighter jets and
helicopter gunships drove the mil-
itants out of Loi Sam. But less
than a week later, the militants
were back, firing at soldiers from
the buildings that remained stand-
ing. Only after a fierce air assault
did the army take full control.

From Loi Sam, it's a short dri-
ve past seared fields and ruined
villages to Sabagai, barely two
miles from Afghanistan.

A white banner hanging inside
a militant's former home in Saba-
gai is signed by "relatives of the

martyrs of Kashmir." The ban-
ner is worrisome evidence of
coordination among militant
groups in the tribal area and those
battling India in the disputed ter-
ritory of Kashmir.

Two secret meetings revealed
earlier this year by the AP also
suggested militants are pooling
their resources. Several militant
groups — including Lashkar-e-
Taiba, blamed by India in the
Mumbai attacks, and Jaish-e-
Mohammed, another group with
links to Kashmir — met to settle
differences and forge common
goals, according to a militant and
a Pakistan military official.

The militants also called for a
recruitment drive among the rel-
atives of fighters killed in Kash-
mir. The banner in Sabagai sug-
gests the drive has met with some
success. The persistence of the
militants is sobering. Baloch gazes
toward the towering peaks that
embrace Bajur and straddle both
Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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SUPREME
COURT

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS Dec. 18, 2008.

THE SUPREME COURT |
PROBATE DIVISION

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00742

Whereas BARBARA SAUNDERS, of Douglas Road,
Gambier Village, Western District, New Providence, one of
the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has
made application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas,
for Letters of Administration of the Real and Personal Estate
of LYNDEN PRATT, late of Sequoia Street, Pinewood
Gardens, Southern District, New Providence, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the date
hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS Dec. 18, 2008
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00743_
Whereas HARTIS EUGENE PINDER, of Mareva House, 4

George Street, New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The ‘Bahamas, Attorney by Deed of

Power of Attorney for, Charles Dwight Sawyer, has made - -

application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for
Letters of Administration of the Real and Personal Estate
of LOTTIE SAWYER, late of the Settlement of Cherokee
Sound on the Island of Abaco, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the exprecion of 21 days from the date
hereof.

Beans Robinson |
» (for) Registrar

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS Dec. 18, 2008
THE SUPREME COURT — ;
PROBATE DIVISION:

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00744

"Whereas DORRETTE CHERYL BETHEL a.k.a. CHERYL

BETHEL, of Fox Hill, Eastern District, New Providence,
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
has made application to. the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas, for Letters of Administration of the Real and
Personal Estate of TORRY BETHEL, late of Fox Hill, Eastern
District, New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth - of ‘The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 aye from the date
hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

PROBATE DIVISION Dec. 18, 2008

2008/PRO/npr/00746

IN THE ESTATE OF CAROLYN COLE NEWELL, late and
domiciled of Hillsborough County in the State of Florida,
one of the States of the United States of America, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of fourteen
days from the date hereof, application will be made to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas in the Probate Division
by FREDERIK F. GOTTLIEB, of Bay Street, Marsh Harbour,
Abaco, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized Attorney in The
Bahamas for obtaining the Resealing of Letters of

Administration, in the above estate granted to CAROL

NEWELL TORRENS, the Personal Representative of the

. Estate, by the Circuit Court for Hillsborough County, Florida,

one of the states of the United States of America on the
15th day of June, 2006.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar



PROBATE DIVISION
2008/PRO/npr/00747

Dec. 18, 2008

IN THE ESTATE OF ROBERT A. FLORA, (a.k.a. ROBERT

ALLAN FLORA), late and domiciled of the city of Fremont |

in the County of Winnebago in the State of Wisconsin, one
of the States of the United States of America, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of fourteen
days from the date hereof, application will be made to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas in the Probate Division
by WILLIAM PILCHER, of the Eastern District, New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized Attorney
in The Bahamas for obtaining the Resealing of Domiciliary
Letters (Informal Administration) in the above estate granted
to ROBERTA L. FLORA, the Personal Representative of
the Estate, by the Circuit Court, in the state of Wisconsin,
Winnebago County, one of the States of the United States
of America on the 20th day of August, 2007.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

é

PROBATE DIVISION Dec. 18, 2008

2008/PRO/npr/00749

IN THE ESTATE OF CARL M. HERBERT JR., late and
domiciled of 2801 NW 83rd Street, Gainesville, in the State
of Florida, one of the States of the United States of America,
deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of fourteen
days from the date hereof, application will be made to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas in the Probate Division
by HARTIS EUGENE PINDER, of McKinney, Bancroft &
Hughes, Mareva House, No. 4 George Street, New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized Attorney
in The Bahamas for obtaining the Resealing of Letters of
Administration, in the above estate granted to CARL M.
HERBERT, Ill, the Personal Representative of the Estate,
by the Circuit Court for Alachua County, the Probate Division
in the state of Florida, one of the States of the United
States of America on the 20th day of November, 2006.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS. Dec. 18, 2008
THE SUPREME COURT

PROBATE DIVISION

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00751

Whereas ANTHEA CHERRIE CULMER, of Coral Harbour

_in the Western District of the Island of New Providence,
‘one of the Islahds'f thé Eommdnwealth of The Bahamas,

has made application to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas, for Letters of Administration of the Real and
Personal Estate of EDITH CHRISTINE ROLLE, late of
Joan's Heights in the Southern District of the Island of New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the date
hereof.

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS Dec. 18, 2008
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00752

Whereas ROSTON LEWIS, of Lumumba Lane in the Eastern
District of the Island of New Providence, one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made
application to the. Supreme Court.of The Bahamas, for
Letters of Administration of the Real and Personal Estate

of PRINCE ALTON LEWIS, late of Miami in the State of |

Florida, one of the States of the United States of America
and formerly of Lumumba Lane in the Eastern District of
the Island of New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 “oe from the date
hereof.

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS Dec. 18, 2008
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00753

Whereas VERLINE BANNISTER and RAYMOND FINLEY,
of the Island of New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas have made application
to the Supreme Court of The. Bahamas, for Letters of
Administration of the Real and Personal Estate of
RAYMOND FINLEY JR., late of Singapore Road, Flamingo
Gardens in the Southern District of the Island of New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days. from the date
hereof.

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar

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PROBATE DIVISION
2008/PRO/npr/00754

Dec. 18, 2008

IN THE ESTATE OF ALYCE YOUNG (a.k.a.) ALICE YOUNG,
late of No. 30 rue Bruno Nantel in the City of Saint Jerome
in the Province of Quebec, one of the Provinces of Canada,
deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of fourteen
days from the date hereof, application will be made to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas in the Probate Division
by VERONICA DELORES GRANT, of 19D Santa Maria
Avenue in the City of Freeport in the Island of Grand
Bahama, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized Attorney in The
Bahamas for obtaining the Resealed Certificate of
Appointment, in the above estate granted to PIERRE GUY
CHARETTE, the Personal Representative of the Estate,
by the Superior Court of the Province of Quebec in the
District of Terrebonne, on the 20th day of June, 2000.

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS Dec. 18, 2008
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00756

Whereas ELLEN SERVILLE, of the Island of New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, has made application to the Supreme Court
of The Bahamas, for Letters of Administration with the will
annexed of the Real and Personal Estate of J. PETER
TURCO, late of No. 10 Old Winthrop Road, in the state of
Maine, one of the States' of the United States of America,
deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 eave from the date
hereof.

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS Dec. 18, 2008
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00758

Whereas NORA PASTORIA GIBBONS, of No. 44 Laird
Street in the Island of New Providence, one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made
application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for
Letters of Administration of the Real and Personal Estate
of ALBERT ALFRED GIBBONS, late of No. 44 Laird Street
in the Island of New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the date
hereof.

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS Bec: 18, 2008
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00759

Whereas MARCUS HUMES, of Sunshine Park in the Island
of New Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, has made application to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of Administration of the
Real and Personal Estate of LILLIAN McQUAY-JOHNSON,
late of Peardale in the Eastern District of the Island of New

Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of ©

The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the date
hereof.

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS Dec. 18, 2008
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00761

Whereas CHRISTINE SYMONETTE, of Sir Lynden Pindling
Estates in the Southern District of the Island of New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, has made application to the Supreme Court
of The Bahamas, for Letters of Administration of the Real
and Personal Estate of ALPHONSO EMMANUEL
SYMONETTE, late of Sir Lynden Pindling Estates in the
Southern District of the Island of New Providence, one of

. the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,

deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the date
hereof.

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar




THE TRIBUNE

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS Dec. 18, 2008
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00763

Whereas DORIS GIBSON, of Eastern Estates in the
Eastern District of the Island of New Providence, one of
the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has
made application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas,
for Letters of Administration of the Real and Personal
Estate of KENNETH GIBSON, late of Lincoln Boulevard
in the Southern District of the Island of New Providence,
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from
the date hereof. ,

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS Dec. 18, 2008
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00767

Whereas DILITH NAIRN, of Polhemus Gardens, Western
District, New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made application
to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of
Administration of the Real and Personal Estate of REGINA
ARNETTA NAIRN, late of Polhemus Gardens, Western
District, New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 on from
the date héreof. ,

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS Dec. 18, 2008
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00768

Whereas RANDOLPH WILSON, of Garden Hills Estate
Subdivision, Southern District, New Providence, one of
the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has
made application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas,
for Letters of Administration of the Real and Personal
Estate of ALONZO WILSON, late of Peach Street off Mt.
Rose Avenue in the City of Nassau, New Providence,
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from
the date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS Dec. 18, 2008
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00769

Whereas DENSIL MYRON CHARLES MAJOR, of No.
19 Valencia Drive, South Beach Estates, Southern District,
New Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, has made application to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of Administration with
the Will annexed of the Real and Personal Estate of FRED
CEPHAS COOPER, late of Rupert Dean Lane, New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from
the date hereof.

-Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS Dec. 18, 2008
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00770

Whereas GERARDA MARIA LIDUINA CAESAREA VAN
RIET, of New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made application
to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of
Administration with the. Will annexed of the Real and
Personal Estate of ROBERT ELI SCHRODER, late of #3
Highland Terrace, Montagu Heights, Eastern District,
New Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth

of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from
the date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS Dec. 18, 2008
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00771

Whereas JILLIAN T. CHASE JONES, of Jacaranda,
Western District, New Providence, one of the Islands of
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney by Deed
of Power of Attorney for Sheikha Bint Humaid Bin Rashid
Al Araimi, Khadija Bint Hamed Bin Hamoud Al Araimi,
Badar Bin, Khalid Bin, Qees Bin, Fahad Bin, Budoor Bint,
Khalood Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Fannah Al Araimi,
has made application to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas, for Letters of Administration of the Real and

Personal Estate of MOHAMMED BIN RASHID BIN.

ABDULIAH AL FANNAH AL ARAIMI, late of House 2651
Way No 1949 Plot No 80 Eastern Madinat Quaboos
Sultanate of Oman, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from
the date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS Dec. 18, 2008
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00773

Whereas BRENDA HANNA, of Kennedy Subdivision,
Southern District, New Providence, one of the Islands of
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made
application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for
Letters of Administration of the Real and Personal Estate
of BRENVILLE DONATHAN HANNA, late of Kennedy
Subdivision, Southern District, New Providence, one of
the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will,be |.”

heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from
the date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS Dec. 18, 2008
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00775

Whereas PATRICE KNOWLES PHILLIPS, of Lou
Adderley Estates, Southwestern District, New Providence,
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
has made application to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas, for Letters of Administration of the Real and
Personal Estate of ANTHONY A. PHILLIPS, late of Lou
Adderley Estates Southwestern District, New Providence,
one of the Islands of the Commonweatth of The Bahamas,
deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from
the date hereof.

. Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS. Dec. 18, 2008
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00776
Whereas VALARIE SAWYER, of the Southern District,

New Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, has made application to the Supreme

Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of Administration with

the Will annexed of the Real and Personal Estate of
WILLIAM SAYWER, late of Golden Gates #2, Southern
District, New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from
the date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2008, PAGE 33

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Bolivians
hope Obama,
as outsider,
heals US rift

DEMONSTRATORS protest outside of the Organization of American
States against the policies of Bolivian President Evo Morales during
his U.S. visit in Washington on Wednesday Nov. 19, 2008.

lm By DAN KEANE
LA PAZ, Bolivia

The two upstarts made history by breaking the racial ceiling.
Now Bolivians hope Barack Obama and their president, Evo

‘Morales, can lean on a common outsider heritage — and a skin col-

or shared in one shade or another by most of Latin America — to
repair the country's frayed U.S. ties, reports The Associated Press.

"Between the Indian and the black guy, they're going to find a
way to solve this," said Natividad Maldonado, a 55-year-old coca
farmer in a La Paz market. She sat on a giant sack of the small green
leaves at the heart of the tension: sacred to many Bolivians, coca is
targeted by Washington as the base for cocaine.

Morales, the first Indian president of this Andean country long
tuled by its tiny European-descended elite, has joined leftist lead-
ers across Latin America in voicing hope for a new tone from
Washington, which they say has too long considered the region its
own backyard.

Venezuela and Cuba's socialist leaders have warily offered Oba-
ma a rhetorical olive branch. But Morales has outdone his allies in

acting out bis conflicting passions | about t ifie SuPEIpower to ‘the a
‘north. ri}
Morales booted out Bolivia's: WG eaiabaSGador i in: Sapiomber

over accusations, denied by Washington, that American diplo-
mats collaborated with the conservative opposition. Next he kicked
out the Drug Enforcement Administration, vowing its agents
would never return as long as he held office.

And then he visited Washington and placed a wreath at the
Lincoln Memorial, honoring one of the president-elect's heroes.

He did not meet Obama or President George W. Bush, but had
a private meeting with Sen. Dick Lugar, the Indiana Republican
who is a close foreign policy adviser to Obama. Afterward, he
wrote to Lugar: "I think we have begun a long and fruitful journey

’ to reconstruct the relations between our countries."

Old resentments die hard, however. On-the-same day Morales
wrote that warm letter, he claimed to a crowd of Bolivian coca farm-
ers that the U.S. backed plans to assassinate him before he won the
presidency in 2005.

Mixed messages aside; the affable Morales seems to have won
allies on Capitol Hill.

Lugar said in a statement that the U.S. "regrets any perception
that it has been disrespectful, insensitive, or engaged in any improp-
er activities" against Morales' government. He also called for rein-
stating trade benefits that Bush suspended last month for what his
administration called Morales' lack of cooperation fighting the
drug trade.

The personal contact was crucial for a hands-on politician like

‘Morales, whose previous impressions of Washington were rooted

in his years as head of Bolivia's largest coca-growers union, when
he led protests against U.S.-backed efforts to eradicate the plant.

"Morales' anti-U.S. rhetoric is born out of really intense drug war
friction, out of his own personal experience," said Kathy Ledebur,
director of the Andean Information Network, an advocacy group
monitoring anti-narcotics efforts in Bolivia.

“That Morales went and sat down and talked to all of these
guys in Washington is a big step. And that they were nice to him —
and that somebody's regretting something — is really pretty revo-
lutionary."

Bolivia's U.S. ties are dominated by the struggle to control coca,
revered here for millennia as a mild stimulant but also processed
into cocaine, largely for markets in Brazil, Argentina and Europe.

Morales seeks to radically scale back a decades-old partnership
in the war on drugs, exalting Bolivian sovereignty while claiming the
U.S. anti-narcotics effort is cover for political meddling.

USS. officials deny the charge, and point out that Morales has
allowed Bolivia's illegal coca crop to grow — though much more
slowly last year than in staunch U.S. ally Colombia. Washington
argues that South America's poorest country cannot fight drug
trafficking without its help.

But last week the European Union announced 234 million euros
($312 million dollars) in aid to Bolivia over the next five years, a sig-
nificant increase that includes an unspecified amount to fight drug
trafficking — offering Morales a potential substitute for U.S. sup-
port.

And Venezuela has already signed deals to buy the Bolivian-
made T-shirts formerly sold to U.S. buyers under the preferred
trade status pact that Lugar wants to renew.

While Obama has offered few spécifics on his future approach to
Latin American affairs, his very presence in the White House in
place of Bush — dogged across the region by widespread resent-
ment of his 2003 invasion of Iraq — will undercut Morales and his
fellow leftists' anti-American rhetoric.

But the U.S. will have to adapt too, said Bruce Bagley, a Latin
America expert at the University of Miami.

"I think the U.S. is going to have to accept a lower profile and
working through multilateral institutions," he said. "Ultimately
the U.S. has a lot of weight. We have some levers here. But we don't
need to exercise those levers by bludgeoning them over the head."

Back at the La Paz coca market, taxi driver Sergio Condori, 33,
paused from tying huge sacks of dried coca to the roof of his
weathered Datsun to offer the incoming U.S. president his own
advice,

"Don't be so authoritarian," he said with a mischievous grin.
"Because we campesinos, we're rebels."

Associated Press writer Frank Bajak in Bogota, Colombia, con-
tributed to this report.

Jose Luis Magana/AP Photo
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Cornishman, who has three
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1 Once a redeveloped area on the 2 Silly sort of clock? (6) poy truce trae uprate ured

map (5) 3 A stubborn beast, Middle Eastern,

_ 6 Was its queen a bachelor girl? (5) with charm (6)

9 Colourful battle (7) 4 He’s a bit of a lunatic! (3)
10 Tammy's out of turn. but may doa 5 French town rebuilt by Danes (5)

good deed (5) ; 6 A-sentence that can be made
11 Calls for personal adornments (5) * longer (7)
12 Usually rectangular piece of glass 7 Cry from the heavens? (4)
3 = ’ j 8 Great revolutionary circus feature? « |

ang leaders sounding like a male (3,3) j
quartet (7) 12 Name a favourite monarch-(5) Preparing for the Unexpected ‘

15 Carrier of a hard piece of wood (3)
17 A pupil, too backward, should not

13> At poker, try not to do so when

you have one! (5) North dealer. trumps, disclosing the bad trump





is ee ss 6) 14 Sculptor, never ending, immortal North-South vulnerable. break. He then ruffed a diamond in

To Thee J anne (5) NORTH dummy and attempted to run the

pro undity in what a 15 Customary line in bath design 4 J 762 clubs. But East ruffed the second

plumber may find (5) os (5) ¥Q75 club and played the king and another

20 Creature going around in prides 16 Postpone being freed, possibly oA diamond, and the slam went down

oe 20 (5) ai #AQI83 two.

22 Form of address:on a note to 18 It's grim, getting set about by ACROSS ae treme feat (6) WEST EAST Declarer should have considered

teacher tf) sailors! (5 RUNES RG ialipeteneg $1053 4Q984 the possibility of a 4-1 trump break

24 Female in the news (3) 19 Discussed at the club, indeed ; ee cap (7) rope (6) 3 ¥J1098 and taken steps to guard against it if

25 With only this to eat, you'd waste (7) i ‘ : 4 {lluminated (3) #Q 1062 @#K875 it existed. Had South been thinking

10 Highest point (5) ° , ‘

away (7) 21 Very quietly look around far 11 Firearm (5) 5 Citrus fruit (5) #10974 Oe a #6 along these lines, he might have seen

26 Lord of Bolton? (5) something hot (6) 12 Man's name (5) 6 Attacking SOU TH that there was a simple way to pro-

27 A diminutive swimmer (5) 22 Well built redhead interrupting 13 Skyline (7) footballer (7) @AK tect against either opponent holding
28 The journalistic crowd (5) research (6) m tial ~ : jane YAK G42 {our Tums: |

2 i ) ae 41943 The winning play is to lead a low

, apc ee oe 2 Ne i eae upset! (6) 17 Spoken (4). roam (6) KS fear Rein Aung trick two and

: 25 Fight and fight again, nothing less 18 Term of office 12 Style of car (5) aint . ie aoe . eee |

30 A bird used merely as decoration (5) (6) 13 Float (5) The bidding: allow the opponents to win the trick!

- 5) clei ; North — East South West This would leave the defenders with-

: 26 In town, keep out of the centre of 19 Animal's irail (5) 14 Quick (5) l& Pass 1% Pass yut recourse
. pee ee Cimeousit) a Sie el 15 Relish (5) 5) 34 Bass 4 NT Bis i theactual deal, East would win
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23, A-Gog 24, Brownie. 26, Sham-U.5. 29, O-il 31, Hat-E-s 32,
Dole out 34, A-head 35, Ram 36, S-t-ole 37, To-Kay 38, Slope
DOWN: 1, Dumas 2, Good boy 4, Twos 5, B-rave-S 6, Sales 7,

Strum 9, Ton (rev.) 12, Le-dg-ers 14, Lag 16, Nudge 17, Se-D-G-

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25, Nil 27, Haste 28, M-E-als 36, Human 32, D-amp 33, 0-a-K



Ring 24, Hurtful 26, Closes 29, Ail 31, Henna 32, Liberal 34,
Organ 35, Our 36, Kudos 37, Pumps 38, Petty

DOWN: 1, Paris 2, Pitapat 4, Abel 5, Agatha 6, Melee 7, Oasis
9, Bat 12, Pegasus 14, Den 16, Peril 17, Deign 19, Certain 20,

Watch 21, Put on 23, Rule out 24, Hearse 25, Fib 27, Letup 28,

Snoop 30, Warps 32, Last 33, Rum

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uted.

South was defeated in this deal
because he failed to guard-against a
4-1 trump division. He won the dia-
mond lead and cashed the Q-K of

would take the ace, ruff a diamond,

: 24 Colour (3) (5) Opening lead — two of diamonds.

7 25 ‘Garland (7) 19 Slim (7) When five cards of a suit. are — cash the queen of hearts, lead a club
SS TS, 26 Escargot (5) 21 Defers (6) missing, they will divide 3-2 68 per- to the king, draw East’s trumps and
- 27 Destined (5) 22 Long step (6) cent of the time, 4-1 28 percent of the easily make the rest. In all, he would
28 Types (5) 23 Over there (6) time, and 5-0 4 percent of the time. score two spades, four hearts, a dia-
= ay % vee ies These figures are wotth remember- mond, a diamond ruff in dummy and

sore raed 10, Ratty 11,Mo-O 12, Local 13 Nene ody © Pel 10, Get at 11, Rat 12, Pedal 13 30 ii a (5) i a _ ing, because the best way to play a four club tricks.
Handi 1S, Venus 18,bad 19. Resvme 21, Goggles 22, Aly, | Ctadel 15, Tepid 18, Peg 19, Cheese 21, Panacea 22, Abut 23 31 Rips (5) 28 Equipment (3) hand frequently depends on how the eae ee

hearts turned out to be divided 3-2.
But the loss of 30 points would be
trivial compared with the 1,630
points South could score by making
the slam.

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@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

he Bahamas has the most

“sharply front loaded” tariff

liberalization schedule out

of all 15 CARIFORUM

states for the Economic Partnership

Agreement (EPA), a report prepared

for the Commonwealth Secretariat has

found, with almost three-quarters of

its revenue loss on European Union
(EU) imports incurred by 2013.

The study, described as an analysis of

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Bahamas most ‘front loaded’ on tax free-up

* Study says nation will incur ‘almost three-quarters’ of EPA revenue loss by 2013

Bank liquidator ‘entirely
rejects’ $330m claim

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

A Bahamian
bank’s liquida-
tor has “entirely
rejected” a $330 §
million claim
made. against it
by US victims
of a financial
fraud, a move
that has
prompted attor-
neys acting for
the group to file a summons
with the Supreme Court.

Craig Gomez, a partner with
the Baker Tilly Gomez .account-
ing firm, “absolutely denied”
that Leadenhall Bank & Trust
had knowingly aided the prin-
cipals of the Cash 4 Titles ponzi
scheme, but it appears likely
that the victims will press ahead

_with legal action in a bid to
enforce the judgment they
obtained in a Florida court. _.

Mr Gomez, in a letter to the



* Legal action by fraud
victims still likely
* Leadenhall liquidator

warns creditors unlikely .

to see full recovery,

as attempts to regain
$3.458m in outstanding
loans under review

victims’ Bahamian attorneys,
Peter and Charles Maynard,
said: “I have completed my
review of the claim you submit:
ted to me on behalf of the Cash
4 Titles claimants, attempting
to have the default judgment
by the Florida court recognised
in the Bahamian liquidation
proceedings.

“I take this opportunity to
advise you that after my review
of the information sent to me,

SEE page 6B :

Import ‘tax gap’ well-known

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
’ Tribune Business Editor

' IT is “generally accepted”
that there is always a discrep-
ancy between import-related
foreign currency purchases and
government tax revenues, a
government minister has said,
telling? ibune Business to “rest
assurec” that the Ingraham
administration will move'to
stamp out tax evasion.

Responding to a series of Tri-
bune Business articles on wide-
spread tax evasion by business-
es via the submission of falsi-
fied inv ices that undervalued
import shipments, Zhivargo
Laing, minister of state for
finance, acknowledged that the
Government had to “rational-

” the difference between its
import duty revenues and for-
eign currency purchases to pay
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“There’s always been a gen-
eral acceptance that there js a
difference between the receipts
recorded by the Central Bank in
terms of import-related foreign

currency purchases, and what.

is received in terms of revenues
based on the average tax rates,”
Mr Laing told Tribune Busi-
ness.

SEE page 4B

55% utility bill
rise hits Abaco
Markets profits

HIGHER utility costs con-
tinue to prevent Abaco Mar-
kets’ 8.3 per cent year-to-date’
sale growth from filtering
through to the bottom line,
with profits for the first nine
months of its 2009 fiscal year
down by 69 per cent against
prior year comparatives.

Unveiling its results for the
three months to October 31,
2008, the BISX-listed retail
group Said net profit for the
first nine months had
dropped from $1.522 million
last year to $473,000 this time
around. Stripping out a
$350,000 one-time gain

‘incurred in 2007, which would
take the prior year’s net prof-
its to $1.172, left Abaco Mar-
kets 60 per cent below prior
year levels for the first nine
months.

. .The three months to Octo-
ber 31, 2008, the third quarter
of its financial year, saw

SEE page 8B

Saye

the trade agreement with the EU and
the challenges that will bring, in its
assessment of how each CARIFO-
RUM country would be impacted by

Five global suitors.
interested in BTC



lm By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Business Reporter

THERE are at least five
international suitors who have
expressed an interest in pur-.
chasing a majority 51 per cent
stake .in the Bahamas
Telecommunications Compa-
ny (BTC), the company’s
legal vice- president said last
week.

In canvassing internation-
al telecommunications oper-
ators, Felicity Johnson, BTC’s
vice-president of legal, regu-
latory and interconnection
affairs, told Rotarians of East
Nassau that ther was. signili-

* cant interest in thé company’ $

privatisation, both. interna- —
tionally. andi the’Bahamas.
“We're. going out to the
market to sell 51 per.cent of,
the shares:.; Are there any
local groups who want to pur-
chasei51 .per.cent. of the
shares? I, just'socially, have

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its 25-year tariff liberalization schedule,
concluded: “The revenue loss is very
Sharply front loaded for the Bahamas
and Antigua/Barbuda, but not for the

‘been told by people: ‘Hey, we

others.

Revised telecoms
laws to go to
Parliament
early in 2009

are putting a group together,
so from that point of view’,
yes, I’ve heard a few local
groups are organising them-
selves for this process, but I
am not sure if they have |

approached any of the advi- }

sors at this time.”

‘The Government and BTC
were looking for a partner
who can bring a long-term
strategic vision to the compa-
ny post-privatisation, said Ms
Johnson, who is also a mem-
ber of the-BTC privatization
committee.

“BTC is a national trea-



sure, * she added. “Telecom-

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* Bahamas has the largest percentage of ‘high tariff’ products to be liberalised
* Bahamian exports would incur 1.627 million euro tariff rise if stayed outside EPA
* But study says leaving costs for the Bahamas ‘negligible’

will have been incurred by the start of
2013. For Antigua/Barbuda, the pro-

SEE page 5B

Investor lawsuit mulled
against City Markets
@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor |
‘MOVES are underway to determine whether there is sufficient

minority shareholder interest to launch a class action-type law-
suit against City Markets and its Board of Directors, Tribune Busi-

ness can reveal, with an attorney already engaged to work on the ©

project.

Sources familiar with the situation told Tribune Business that the
unnamed attorney had been hired to assess whether there was
any legal basis for such a lawsuit against the board of the grocery
chain’s operating parent, Bahamas Supermarkets, and the likelihood
of any action succeeding.

Active moves are being made to sound out minority sharehold-
ers as to whether enough are interested in participating as plaintiffs
in such a lawsuit, following Bahamas Supermarkets’ announce-
ment that it was likely to make a $10 million loss in its fiscal 2008
year. This came after it incurred an $8 million swing into the red,
with a $189,000 loss, in its 2007 fiscal year.

“It is being considered,” one source close to the situation said of
a potential minority investor lawsuit. “The minority shareholders
are extremely unhappy.

“As a result of the information that was revealed at the last
annual general meeting, and the indications about the future that
were made by the chairman, Basil Sands, some of-the minority
shareholders are unhappy and may be considering litigation.”

It is unclear what legal grounds for the. litigation are being
explored, but it is likely that any action would be brought under the

Companies, Act..and, allege that the. sboartl failed, ‘to.act in the
“company’s best interests’ and ‘Hesamee

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Markets

TRADING momentum
increased slightly last week in
the Bahamian market.

the 25 listed securities, of
which three declined and
three remained unchanged.
There were no advancers in
the market this week.
EQUITY
A total of 75,890 shares

changed hands last week, rep-
resenting an increase of 4,767
or 6.7 per cent versus the pre-
vious week's trading volume
of 71,123 shares.
Commonwealth Bank
(CBL) led the volume for a

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second consecutive week with
33,500 shares trading, decreas-
ing by $0.19 to close at $7.19.

FirstCaribbean Internation-
al Bank (CIB) led the decline
for a second consecutive
week, plummeting in value by
$0.90 to $10.50 on a volume
of 8,000 shares. Cable
Bahamas (CAB) also experi-
enced a noticeable drop in
market price as well, falling by
$0.09 on a volume of 33,100,
to close the week at $13.91.

"BOND MARKET
No notes traded in the
Bahamian market last week.

COMPANY NEWS
Earnings Releases

’ Fidelity Bank (Bahamas)
(FBB) released its unaudited
financial statements for the
quarter ended September 30,
2008.

FBB reported net income of
$832,000, a decline of $416,000
or 33 per cent compared to
2007.

Total income, of $10.4 mil-

. lion, increased by $1.9 million

or 24 per cent, and total :
expenses of $9.5 million were
up by $2.4 million or 34 per
cent.

Higher income was due pri-
marily to an increase in non-
interest income, while higher
expenses could be attributed
primarily to increases in
staffing costs and general and
administrative expenses.

Earnings per share
decreased to $0.029, a fall of
0.31 per cent, compared to
$0.042 at September 2007.

Total assets and liabilities
stood at $262.7 million and
$229.7 million respectively,
compared to $223.6 million
and $190.8 million at the year-
end 2007.

FBB experienced an
increase in its customer
deposit base of $34.4 million -
or 21 per cent during the first
three quarters, reporting total
customer deposits of $196.7
million.

Correspondingly, mortgages
and loans increased by $39.7

« million or 26 per cent to end
= the quarter at $192.4 million.

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The Bahamian Stock Market

FINDEX 827.67 _(-13.06%) YTD

BISX CLOSING CHANGE VOLUME YTD PRICE
SYMBOL PRICE CHANGE
AML $171 $- 0 3.01%
BBL $0.73 t. 0 -14.12%
BOB $7.64 re 0 -20.50%
BPF $11.80 $- 0 0.00%
BSL $13.86 .. 0 -5.07%
ABW cy BS 15 te lsh 0 -13.93%
CAB $13.91. $-0.09 33,100 - 15.44%
CBL 5: $7.00.) $-0.19. .- 33,500! -16.96%
CHL $2.83 ‘ 0 -10.16%
CIB $10.50 $-0.90 8,000 -28.08%
CWCB $2.36 $0.22 0 -53.17%
DHS. $2.55 fe 0 8.51%
FAM): $7,800" $e tte 140 8.33%
FBB $2.37 $- 0 -10.57%
FCC $0.33 $- 0 57.14%
FCL $5.20 ¢- 0 0.39%
FCLB $1.00 $- 0 0.00%
FIN $11.87 i 950 8.34%
ICD $6.81. a Be 200 6.07%
IST: | $17.10 . 210 0.91%
PRE $10.00 our 0 0.00%
DIVIDENDS/AGM NOTES:

¢ Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) (FBB) has declared a dividend of
$0.02 per share, payable on. December 23, 2008, to all share-
holders of record date December 15, 2008.

° Finance Corporation of The Bahamas (FIN) has declared
a dividend of $0.13 per share, payable on December 18, 2008, to
all shareholders of record date December 11, 2008.

¢ Commonwealth Bank (CBL) has declared a dividend of
$0.05 per share, payable on December 31, 2008, to all share-
holders of record date December 12, 2008.

e Consolidated Water Company (CWCB) has declared a
dividend of $0.013 per share, payable on February 7, 2009, to all
shareholders of record date January 1, 2009.

PRIVATE PLACEMENT OFFERINGS:

° FOCOL Holdings (FCL) announced it will be extending 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. “

International Markets

FOREX Rates
Weekly % Change
' CAD$ 1.2478 - -1.75
GBP ‘1.4948 +1.31
EUR 1.3370 +4.98
Commodities ae
Weekly ~% Change —
Crude Oil $46.55 +11.50
’ Gold $822.50 +8.49
International Stock Market Indexes:
Weekly % Change
DJIA 8,629.68 -0.07
S & P500 879.73 +0.42
NASDAQ 1,540.72 , +2.08
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@ By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Business Reporter



THE 150 lay-offs at the San-
dals Royal Bahamian resort last
week were among the deepest
cuts of any property in this
nation’s hotel industry, with just
over one in five or 23 per cent of
the workforce made redundant,
a move that takes known sec-
tor redundancies to more than
1,200 within the last few months.

When added to the 800 job
losses at Atlantis, amounting to
8-9 per cent of the resort’s staff;
the 100 lay offs at Baha Mar;
the 18 at the British Colonial
Hilton; and the 140 at Harbor-
side, amounting to nearly 50 per
cent of the staff, the Sandals job
losses have taken total hotel
industry redundancies in the
Nassau/Paradise Island market
to around 1,208.

And those are only the jobs
losses to have received wide-
spread publicity, with other
redundancies — fewer in num-
ber - likely to have taken place
across the resort sector, in affil-
iated industries, and across the
Bahamian economy as firms cut
staff headcount to survive amid
falling revenues and rising costs.

When the hotel industry lay-
offs are added to the 64 job loss-
es at Pepsi-Cola, around 114 at
Bacardi, some 30-40 at the now-

closed Pioneer Shipping, and.

potentially 30-40 more at the



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FROM page 1B

munications itself is an extreme-
ly important element of our

development, particularly since |

we have tourism and banking
as Our major,sources of income.
So it is extremely important that
the vision and business plan of
our. strategic partner lines up
with the direction that the gov-
ernment, wants the company to
go in.”

Although the initial end-2008
privatisation deadline will not
be met, Ms Johnson said there

have not been any major hic-

cups in the process.
“We could have really com-
pressed the process further, but

Pben cies

Freeport Container Port, close
to known jobs have been lost to
the Bahamian economy. In
total, several thousand jobs are

‘likely to have been los this year,
largely due to the global eco-
nomic crisis that has reduced
tourist arrivals and foreign direct
investment inflows.

The severance packages
received by the laid-off employ-
ees, coupled with the Christmas
shopping season, are likely to
mitigate the worst effects of the
redundancies until early 2009,
when these funds are likely to
be used up by some.

Workforce

With at least 3,000 out of the
5,000 school leavers per year
immediately entering the work-
force, it is clear the Bahamian
economy will not be able to
grow fast enough to accommo-
date them and the newly-unem-
ployed for some time to come.

Many observers, though,
believe some hotel properties

-have used the downturn to right-
size where they have been over-
staffed, with — not surprisingly -
the most unproductive employ-
ees being among the first to go.

Still, last week’s lay-offs at
Sandals Royal Bahamian have
renewed calls.for trade unions to
be in place to protect Bahamian
workers.

Labour attorney Obie Fergu-
son, legal counsel for The

I suppose we started to ease up
a bit when we started to look
at what was happening with the
international financial markets,”
Ms Johnson said. “It is obvious
that that the world is distracted,
and so it does not hurt to goa
little slower, because a lot of
things are happening.”

The public consultation doc-
ument on the proposed new
Communications Act and tele-
coms regulatory reform has
been released, with the legisla-
tion now before the Attorney
General’s office.

“The Attorney General’s
Office is looking at the legisla-
tion, and we anticipate that the
legislation will go to Parliament

Bahamas Hotel, Maintenance
and Allied Workers Union
(BHMAWU), said the organi-
sation had not yet been official-
ly recognised as the bargaining
unit for Sandals’ remaining 500
employees.

The union has_ been
embroiled in a legal battle over
whether it can lawfully repre-
sent Sandals employees for the
past several years, after it was

‘claimed that at least 80 per cent

of the staff did not want the
Bahamas. Hotel, Catering and
Allied Workers Union
(BHCAWU) to represent theim.

A day before the vote to
determine employee preference
was scheduled, the BHCAWU
and Sandals filed an injunction
to block the poll, alleging that
Mr Ferguson’s client was not a
registered union. The matter is
now before the Court of
Appeal.

Mr Ferguson said Labour
Minister Dion Foulkes has indi-
cated he will wait for the deci-
sion of the court before autho-
rising a poll - a decision that,
according to Mr Ferguson, was
detrimental to the employees
now faced with termination

“This is the classic example
of why there needs to be repre-

sentation in place, because now _

you have 150 workers from San-
dals who have been laid off and
there is no organisation to act
in their best interest and ensure
that they are given a legal and

suitors interested in BTC

by the end of January, early
February,” Ms Johnson said.
“Certainly, we want the Bills
passed in Parliament by the clo-
sure of the sale, but we will not
be waiting for them to go out
through Parliament before we
go out and start the sale
process.”

By the end of 2009, Bahami-
an consumers could see as many
as three fixed-line voice services
carriers operating in this nation,
she added, with cellular services
to follow.

Employment opportunities in
the sector should increase,
although there is a chance and
concern about downsizing in
BTC by a new buyer.

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finances.”

_ Mr Ferguson said that given

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lay-offs may be inevitable, but
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under-invoicing was, as no study
had been done on the issue, Mr
Laing said: “Rest assured that
we are not interested in having
continued at Customs, or any-
where else, any breach of the
law or policies of the Govern-
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with our tax regime.

“We have recognised for a
while the need to strengthen tax
compliance methods, and that’s
what we’re going to be doing
with significant aggressiveness
and assertiveness going forward.

“Those businesses and those
persons who have been evad-
ing payment of taxes, or are
seeking to do so, they do so at
their own risk. It’s better now to
stop and comply with the law,
rather than have the law fall on
them.”

Mr Laing said he did not
want to go into specific details
about any new tax compliance
methods the Government was
planning, for fear of alerting
current offenders about what
might take place.

He would only say that the
Government was committed to
ensuring “maximum compliance
with the laws of the country as it
pertains to paying taxes, and
doing what is required. Citizens
must continue to take it upon
themselves to do the right thing,
and comply with the law and
pay taxes”.

Mr Laing indicated that
greater enforcement of the tax
laws was tied in.to the wider
issue of public service reform,
an FNM manifesto commit-
ment, which aims to make

-broad changes in agencies such

as Customs and Immigration.
He added that if the Bahamas

‘was to “be a well-governed,

properly ordered, compliant
jurisdiction that can serve citi-
zens in the way that is required,
in many ways citizens them-
selves have to help in that
regard. If a public officer is
committing an abuse of the law,
he is often being aided by citi-
zens on the outside.

“It’s like a chicken and egg
approach. It’s not the chicken,
it’s not the egg, in this instance
it’s the chicken and the egg.
Both are in the wrong”.

Tribune Business revealed
earlier this week how the Gov-
ernment was being urged to
examine the amount of foreign
currency Bahamian businesses
purchase to pay overseas sup-
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off at the source” rampant tax
evasion that costs this

nation millions of dollars in
lost customs duty revenues per
year.

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of anonymity, said a huge tax
evasion industry had grown up
around the practice of submit-
ting invoices from foreign sup-
pliers that grossly undervalued
imported shipments coming into
the Bahamas, enabling local
firms to avoid paying substantial
stamp and import duties to the
Public Treasury.

Rather than open-up import-
ed shipments to inspection and
request invoices from US and

other overseas suppliers, the.

businessman suggested that the
Government and Customs.sim-
ply compare the invoices they
were handed with the ones pre-
sented to commercial banks
when Bahamian companies
wanted to obtain foreign cur-
rency to pay their creditors. ©

This, he said, would likely
reveal substantial differences
between the import shipment
value, upon which any import
and stamp duties were based,
and the:actual amount required
to pay the supplier, thus expos-
ing any tax evasion.

“If the Government was to
compare the duty paid on the
invoices with what businesses
requested from the bank, they
would choke it off completely at
the source,” the businessman
said.

“Because businesses are able
to go in and easily access for-
eign currency, be it through a
wire transfer or drafts, which is
the easy way to get substantial
sums of money to creditors,
that’s what makes it so easy to
do what they’re doing.”

The businessman suggested
that an ‘industry’ had effective-
ly grown up around the prac-
tice of submitting falsified
invoices, with some Bahamian
companies establishing either
physical operations or ‘shell
companies’ in the US so that
they could effectively re-invoice

themselves and evade taxes due. ~

In addition, the businessman
said the practice of import duty
evasion was not confined to the
Bahamas, being widespread in
the Caribbean and Latin Amer-
ica, so much so that Miami and
Florida-based businesses
regarded the submission of fal-
sified invoices in behalf of their
clients as a routine practice.

The source recalled how, in
one episode, a new supplier had
sent them an invoice for 25 per
cent of the shipment’s actual
cost without them even asking,
in the automatic belief that the
company wanted to evade
import duties.

“For years, Bahamian busi-
nessmen and women have been
consistently asked the follow-
ing question: ‘How do you want
your customs invoice dc.ie?’ or
‘Would you like a dummy
invoice for this order?’,” the
source said.

“This is especially true of
Florida, and particularly south
Florida suppliers, who have
grown so accustomed to this
practice that they willingly use it
as a Sell point and service with
new accounts.

“Unfortunately, in our coun-
try and commonly throughout
the Caribbean and South
America, the governments fail
to consistently compare

. declared values of goods

imported. by a company against
the foreign currency requested
on those same invoices.

“Therefore, vast numbers of
companies have discovered an
easy way to greatly increase
their profits. This is achieved
illegally, through the falsifica-
tion of incoming invoices for
‘customs purposes’; whilst the
true or even inflated value
invoices are submitted to the
bank to ensure payment with
foreign currency.”





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NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No.45 of 2000)

LENZBURG LIMITED

In Voluntary liquidation

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portion is 40 per cent. By con-
trast, there are seven states
which, by 2013, will have lost 1
per cent or less of the revenue
that they stand to lose over the
full implementation period.”

The report also found that
the Bahamas had the greatest
percentage of high tariffs that
would be liberalized under the
EPA agreement. “Only 14.1 per
cent of Antigua/Barbuda’s
imports from the EU that will
be liberalized at some point dur-
ing the implementation period
currently face a tariff of 20 per
cent or more or a specific duty,
whereas 73.8 per cent of St
Lucia’s and 93.6 per cent of the
Bahamas’ liberalization prod-
ucts do so,” it said.

While some may be alarmed
that the Bahamas appears to
have moved fastest towards tar-
iff liberalization, there is no rea-
son to panic. Many EU imports
coming into the Bahamas
already, such as perfumes and
luxury goods, attract zero
import duty or minimal import
duty rates because of their
importance to the nation’s
tourism industry.

Both the current government
and former PLP administration
have estimated that the revenue
loss from EPA-related tariff lib-
eralization will be anywhere
between $6 million to $10-$14
million per annum, a relatively
small amount given that the
Bahamas has a $1.5-$1.6 billion
revenue Budget.

This is one area where the
Commonwealth Secretariat
study needs to be treated with
caution, for it described the
Bahamas as incurring “the high-
est revenue loss over the full
implementation period” of
EPA tariff liberalization, and

suggested that new revenue-
generating mechanisms needed
to be in place to avoid a shock
to the public finances.

While Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham, on his Cuba trip last
week, finally acknowledged that
the Bahamas would at some
point have to reform and
restructure its tax system, such
moves are likely to be ushered
in by any free trade agreement
reached with the US - who
accounts for almost 90 per cent
of our trade — and not the EU.

’ Trade data for 2004, the last

year for which statistics are
available, showed that the
Bahamas received around just
$44 million worth of imports.

The Commonwealth Secre-
tariat study found that the
Bahamas had excluded some
431 tariff lines from being lib-
eralized under the EPA, con-
sistent with a programme that
saw this nation offer to liber-
alise around 86 per cent of its
tariff lines.

Of the excluded tariff lines,

‘the greatest number are in the

live animals and animal prod-
ucts category, which account for
23.9 per cent of the total exclud-
ed tariff lines. The next largest
excluded percentage, comes
from the prepared foodstuffs,
beverages and tobacco product
line, which accounts for 23.2 per
cent of the Bahamas’ excluded
tariffs, and vegetable products,
which account for 14.2 per cent.

Elsewhere, the Common-
wealth study, a copy of which
has been seen by Tribune Busi-
ness, estimated that Bahamian.
exports would only incur a net
1.627 million euro increase in
tariffs imposed upon them if
they were taxed at the General
System of Preferences (GSP)
or Most Favoured Nation
(MEN) rate: ~

This will not happen to
Bahamian exports to the EU,

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NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No.45 of 2000)

INVESCO INTERNATIONAL
LIMITED .

In Voluntary liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (4) of
the International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of 2000),
INVESCO INTERNATIONAL LIMITED has been dissolved
and struck off the Register according to the Certificate of Dissolu-
tion issued by the Registrar General on the 2nd day of December,

2008.

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eries products, plus polystyrene,
given that signing the EPA and
submitting a market access offer

will secure their duty-free

entrance to the EU.

The Commonwealth Secre-
tariat study said that out of 217
different products exported by
the Bahamas to the EU in 2007,
50 would have faced being
placed under GSP/MEN tariff
rates had this nation remained
outside the EPA.

Some 31.152 million euros
worth of crawfish exports, the
main product exported by the
fisheries industry, would have
been the chief victim of this, the
study projected, with 1.339 mil-
lion euros worth of tariffs
imposed on them.

This was why the fisheries
industry pushed so hard for the
Bahamas to sign the EPA as a
way to ensure it maintained
preferential market access to
the EU, as the imposition of
tariffs would have made their
products more expensive and
uncompetitive, with a subse-
quent loss of revenues, market
share and profit.

Around 4.811 million euros
worth of polystyrene products
supplied to the EU in 2007,
mainly by Polymers Interna-
tional, would have taken the
next biggest hit from the impo-
sition of GSP rates, attracting
duty of around 144,337 euros..

After that, the Bahamas’ next
largest EU-bound exports were
estimated by the Common-
wealth Secretariat study to be t-
shirts, vests and singlets, plus
frozen rock lobster, which could
have attracted GSP tariffs of
81,177 euros and 29,734 euros
respectively if subject to GSP
tariff rates.

The relatively minimal impact
on Bahamian exports from the
imposition of GSP preferences,
compared to the effect on other
CARIFORUM countries, led
the Commonwealth Secretari-
at study to state that for the

Bahamas, “the costs of leaving
[the EPA] are small or negligi-
ble”.

The report also noted that the
inclusion of a Most Favoured
Nation (MEN) trading clause in”
the EPA was “unique”, as the .

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the claim is rejected and shall
not be considered in our pro-
rata distribution of the assets of
the Bank.”

Outlining his reasons for
rejecting the Cash’4 Titles vic-
tims’ complaint in his October
2, 2008, letter to Maynard &
Co, Mr Gomez said: “The
default judgment in Florida is
not recognised by the Bahamas
Supreme Court.

“The allegation that the Bank
aided and abetted the Cash 4
Titles principals is absolutely
denied. I contend tHat at all
material times the Bank simply
conducted normal banking busi-
hess, as any other bank in the
Bahamas would have.

“All actions against the Bank,
both local and abroad ceased, or
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uidation.”

That position is likely to be
put to the test, though, as Mr
Gomez himself acknowledged
in his eighth report to the
Supreme Court on Leadenhall
Bank & Trust’s liquidation.

Following receipt of the initial
documents from Messrs May-
nard, which included written
submission from the Cash 4
Titles victims to prove the debts
owed to them by Leadenhall,
and reasons as to why the
Bahamian courts should accept
the Florida judgment, Mr
Gomez said the response to his
October 2 letter was a sum-
mons; filed with the Supreme
Court on October 29, 2008, that
sought “to appeal my rejection
of their claims”.

Subsequently, Mr Gomez
said he was served with another
batch of documents by May-
nard & Co on November 4,
2008, and eight days letter



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received a letter from that firm
informing him he had been
advised to attend the Supreme
Court on November 21, 2008,
to appear before Senior Justice
John Lyons.

The hearing was due to have
dealt with the summons, and
agree dates for the hearing of
submissions by both parties, but
the matter was adjourned on
that date to give the Cash 4
Titles victims and their attor-
neys time to “perfect the origi-
nal bundle” of documents filed
with the Supreme Court reg-
istry.

Cash 4 Titles was an Atlanta-

based investment scheme that _

provided vehicle purchase
financing to lower income indi-
viduals, with the collateral being
the title to vehicles subject to
the loan. Pawning car titles
received favourable tax treat-
ment in Georgia, and with the
high interest rates involved —
due to the high risk attached to
many borrowers — the scheme
attracted multiple investors.
Ultimately, some $140-$150
million was invested into Cash 4
Titles, but it developed into a
Ponzi scheme where new
investor monies were used to
repay old investors. Leadenhall,
and its former Bahamas-based
affiliate, Axxess International,
were sued because they had
provided financial services to
Cash 4 Titles, the investors
alleging they had knowingly aid-
ed and abetted the fraud.
Some 2,600 former Cash 4
Titles investors are part of this
latest claim against Leadenhall,
having won a $110.076 million
judgment in the south Florida
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trebled by the court to $330 mil-
lion.

The Cash 4 Titles’ issue’s
fresh emergence is an inconve-
nience for Mr Gomez’s attempt
to complete Leadenhall’s liqui-
dation, as he has recently set-
tled litigation between the bank
and Turks & Caicos-based First
Financial Caribbean Trust
Company (a firm owned by a
number of former Axxess Inter-
national executives) over the
Bahamian bank’s former Mas-
terCard credit card portfolio.

An August 25, 2008, Supreme
Court order attached to Mr
Gomez’s liquidator’s report,
confirmed Tribune Business’s
previous revelation that Justice
Faisool Mohammed had autho-
rised First Financial to distrib-
ute some 70 per cent of the card
portfolio’s assets back to card-
holders.

The total amount involved in
the distribution was $9.8 mil-
lion, coming from the $14 mil-
lion in cash deposits Leaden-
hall had already transferred to
First Financial in the latter’s
capacity as successor trustee.

The order noted that some
$17 million was due to the cred-
it card holders, the balance
being made up of $1.3 million
still owed by those clients and a
further $1.898 million held by
MasterCard as a licence issuing
fee.

MasterCard, the Supreme
Court Order stated, was pre-
pared to return $284,551 to First
Financial, as it was claiming a
$1.7 million termination fee as a
result of suspending Leaden-
hall’s card issuing licence.

In addition, the Order autho-
rised the Bahamas-based
branch of BNP Paribas Bank to
pay Gibson, Rigby & Co, First
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$253,000 from an account under
the name Axxess Investments
Funds Ltd.

Meanwhile, Mr Gomez’s
report indicated that Leaden-
hall’s creditors were unlikely to
recover the full sums owed to
them, as there were insufficient
assets to meet all the bank’s lia-
bilities to them.

Currently, Leadenhall’s assets
total $24.303 million, of which
$20.063 million is cash in the
bank at the liquidator’s dispos-
al. However, the total sum owed
to creditors is $26.774 million,
leaving a shortfall of $2.471 mil-
lion.

At current standing, this
means creditors stand to recov-
er $0.91 out of every $1 owed —
not a bad sum for most court-
supervised liquidations. How-
ever, Mr Gomez warned that
he might not be able to recover
all outstanding loans owed to
Leadenhall by borrowers, which
amounted to $3.458 million as at
November 30, 2008, meaning
that the sum recovered by cred-
itors could be less than the $0.91
ratio.

Mr Gomez said he was “con-
sidering whether it is feasible
to further deplete the assets of

ing loans, which in my assess-
ment would be difficult as many
of the borrowers reside in for-
eign countries”.

The same applied to an
alleged forged cheque incident
involving $125,937 in Canadian
dollars, as the person in ques-
tion also resided outside the
Bahamas.

The strengthening of the US
dollar against its Canadian and
British counterparts had deplet-
ed Leadenhall’s cash deposits
on hand at banks by more than
$900,000 between July 16, 2008,
and November 30, 2008, Mr

‘Gomez added, directly impact-

ing the sums available to
investors.

The liquidator said some
$2.963 million had been recov-
ered from the liquidation of
Caledonia Fund Investments
Ltd, in which Leadenhall had
held a 78 per cent stake,
although this had resulted in an
actual loss of $36,743.

Mr Gomez added further that

‘the Ministry of Finance’s sec-

retary for revenue, Ehurd Cun-
ningham, had contacted him to
request the. reproduction of
information on Leadenhall and
Axxess International’s former

the Bank to recover the remain- cardholder customers.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that - VIRENDRA KUMAR PANDEY
OF #15 VEOMAN WOODS, WOODCOCK LOOP, P.O. BOX F-
40071, FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA, 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
8th day of DECEMBER, 2008 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that NISHA PANDEY OF #15
VEOMAN WOODS, WOODCOCK LOOP, P.O. BOX F-40071,
FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA, 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
8th day of DECEMBER, 2008 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.

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“COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS . IN
THE SUPREME COURT 2008/QUI/equ/00097

IN THE MATTER of the Quieting Titles Act, 1959




AND

IN THE MATTER of all that piece parcel or lot of land
comprising 290 acres more or less situate south of the
Township of RockSound in the Island of Eleuthera one
of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas

AND



IN THE MATTER OF the Petition of CARMEN J.



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Office on Shirley Street and be returned with a full
curriculum vitae, recent colored photograph and
three references to: :

Deposits and Christmas club accounts. ,

The Petition of CARMEN J.KNOWLES by Power of
Attorney for Reginald Knowles Sr. of the Township of
Rock Sound in the Island of Eleuthera one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas in respect of:-






























The Public Workers’ Co-operative
Credit Union Limited
“The Family Credit Union”

Mr. Neil Hamilton
The Principal
Temple Christian High School

P.O. Box N-1566

Nassau, Bahamas.
Deadline for application is December 15th, 2008

FG CAPITAL MARKETS
BROKERAGE & ADVISOBY SERVICES






ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land comprising 290
acres more or less situate south of the Township of Rock
Sound in the Island of Eleuthera one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas which said piece parcel
or lot of land has such position shape boundaries marks
and dimensions as are shown on the diagram or plan filed
herein and is delineated on that part which is coloured
PINK of the said diagram or plan and being the land which
is the subject of the Petition filed herein.

CARMEN J. KNOWLES by Power of Attorney for
Reginald Knowles Sr., claims to be the beneficial owner
in fee simple in possession of the parcel of land
hereinbefore described and such ownership arises by virtue
of possession of the said land.

Abaco Markets

Bahamas Property Fund

Bank of Bahamas

Benchmark

Bahamas Waste

Fidelity Bank

Cable Bahamas

Colina Holdings

Commonwealth Bank (S1)

Consolidated Water BDRs

Doctor's Hospital

Famguard

Finco

FirstCaribbean Bank

Focol (S)

Focol Class'B Preference

Freeport Concrete

ICD Utilities

J. S. Johnson
remier

Copies of the filed plan may be inspected during normal
office hours at:-

The Registry of the Supreme Court, Ansbacher House,
East Street, Nassau, Bahamas;

The Chambers of Johnson & Co., # 1 New Bond Street,
Governors Harbour, Eleuthera :

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Last Sale

The Office of the Administrator, Rock Sound, Eleuthera,
Bahamas

19 October 2017
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Notice is given that any person having dower or right of
dower or an adverse claim or a claim not recognized in
the Petition shall on or before the 27th day of December
A.D.,2008 file in the Supreme Court and serve on the
Petitioner or the undersigned a statement of such claim
in the prescribed form, verified by an Affidavit to be filed
therewith. Failure by any person to file and serve a
statement of such claim on or before the 27th day of
December A.D.,2008 will operate as a bar to such claim.

14.60
6.00 6.25

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Colina Over-the-Counter Securities
35.15 36.86 29.00



12.45 13.35
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NA_V YTD% Last 12 Months

Bahamas Supermarkets
40 RND Holdings

Fund Name _
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Colina MSI Preferred Fund
Colina Money Market Fund
Fidelity Bahamas G & 1 Fund
Fidelity Prime Income Fund
CFAL Global Bond Fund
CFAL Global Equity Fund
CFAL High Grade Bond Fund
Fidelity International Investment Fund
FG Financial Preferred Income Fund
FG Financial Growth Fund

Diversified Fund |

30-Nov-08
30-Nov-08
5-Dec-08
30-Nov-08
30-Nov-08
30-Sep-08
30-Sep-08
31-Dec-O7
30-Nov-08
31-Oct-08

1.3455
2.9522
1.4305
3.4931
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JOHNSON & CO.
Chambers
# 1 New Bond Street
Governors Harbour
Eleuthera, Bahamas
Attorneys for the Petitioner

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THE TRIBUNE

MONDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2008, PAGE 7B



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Investor lawsuit mulled against City Markets"

FROM page 1B

minority shareholders follow-
ing the botched transition from
Winn-Dixie’s ownership to that
of BSL Holdings.

At the AGM, Mr Sands
appeared to acknowledge that
the board was at least partly to
blame for Bahamas Supermar-
kets’ woes since the Winn-Dix-
ie takeover.

He said that “with hindsight”,
the Bahamas Supermarkets
Board “could have acted with
greater speed and questioned
management more aggressive-
ly”, in addition to pushing its
management partner for more

resources and greater involve- —

ment.

The BSL Holdings consor- -

tium, featuring Bahamian and
international investors, acquired
Winn-Dixie’s 78 per cent major-
ity stake in Bahamas Super-
markets for $54 million in sum-
mer 2006, paying another $2

million in corporate advisory |

and legal fees related to the
_ transaction.

Bahamas Supermarkets’
board is dominated by BSL
Holdings’ investors. Those
investors who sit on the board
include Anthony King and
Frere Delmas; of Barbados
Shipping and Trading, the Neal
and Massey subsidiary that is
the largest investor in the
majority shareholder with a
more than 40 per cent stake; J
Barrie Farrington, representing
the hotel pension funds; Anwer
Sunderji, representing Fidelity;
and the late Franklyn Butler.
The-two independent directors
are chairman Mr Sands and Dr
Gail Saunders.

In the absence of a takeover:

code, BSL Holdings made no
offer to buy out the 22 per cent
minority shareholders at the

same price and terms when it:

purchased Winn-Dixie’s stake
since it was not required by law
to.do so.

Meanwhile, Tribune Business
understands that the Bahami-
an investors in BSL Holdings

have committed to injecting.a_

further $5 million in collective
equity into Bahamas Super-
markets. This is due to be inject-
ed in stages, with some $2-$3
million already received by the

“operating company.

Sources close to the situation
said this had been ‘encouraged’
by Royal Bank of Canada, the
institution that advanced $24
million in debt financing to BSL
Holdings to enable it to acquire
the Winn-Dixie stake. It was
said that Royal Bank had urged
the Bahamian investors in BSL
Holdings to match the $5 mil-
lion previously injected into
Bahamas Supermarkets by Neal
and Massey, funds which were
used to pay down supplier debts
and order much-needed inven-
tory for a company that is still

hampered by ongoing cash flow .
issues.

Tribune Business viadetstanias
that Bahamas Supermarkets’
external auditors, KPMG, have

~ completed the field work for
the fiscal year 2008 audit, and

all that remains is for them-
selves and the board to sign off
on the financials before their
release to investors, who have

had plenty of time to brace:

themselves for bad news.
Acknowledging

very disappointing to say the

The Tribur

that
’ Bahamas Supermarkets’ finan-
cial performance had “been ,

least” since the BSL Holdings
buyout group acquired the
majority 78 per cent stake in
Winn-Dixie in the summer of
2006, Mr Sands said the poten-
tial 2008 loss would result from
higher expenses - many one-
time charges - and a “sharp
decline” in gross profit on sales.

“Unless a large positive
change arises in the review of
accounting transactions,” Mr
Sands said, the $10 million pre-
liminary, unverified loss would
be incurred.

“During 2007, and for much

of 2008, what did occur at City

Markets was a breakdown in

controls and procedures, par-
ticularly in the area of the
recording of goods received,”
he added.

“In 2007, our gross margin
eroded by some $5 million due
to shrink and control-related
issues. In the absence of timely
and accurate financial informa-
tion, this situation was not
remedied for 2008.”

The focus was now on restor-
ing operational controls and
City Markets’ financial books
and records, ee a “crises man-

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The Anglican Central Education Authority invites applications for teaching ~~
positions available at St. John’s College and St. Anne’s School on New Providence,
Bishop Michael Eldon School on Grand Bahama, and St. Andrew’s Anglican

School on Exuma.

English Language and Literature

Mathematics

Grades 7-12
Grades 7-12

6 positions)

Physics/General Science
Chemistry/Health Science
History/Social Studies
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French

Spanish

Music
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Physical Education

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School Nurse

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an accredited. University together with a Teacher's Certificate

from an accredited Teacher’s College.

Applications may be collected from the Education Department located on Sands

Road off of East Street.

Completed application forms with the requested supporting documents must
be received by the Anglican Education Department by Friday, 23rd January
2009, and must be addressed to:-

The Director of Education

Anglican Central Education Authority

P. 0. Box N656
Nassau, The Bahamas

Providing quality education in a Christian environment by developing the whole child: spiritually,
academically, physically and socially thus preparing the child for life.



agement committee” formed to

oversee the company’s opera-
tions.

Mr Sands conceded that City
Markets was .‘not out of the
woods”, and that it would “take
at least two years to bring the
company’s performance to sat-
isfactory levels” given the cur-

rent economic climate.
BSL Holdings insiders previ-
ously said the group underesti-
mated just how reliant the
Bahamian grocery chain was on
Winn-Dixie - and its Jack-

sonville head office — for

absolutely everything, ranging
from the extensive range of

‘own brand’ labels to the bask:
office accounting and support |
systerhns. The latter was the |
cause of most of the trouble, ©
when Bahamas Supermarkets
dumped the Winn-Dixie sup-
port sérvices and transition
agreement early, without having
a replacement system in place.

POSITION AVAILABLE:
Client Support Officer

Applicant must be fluent in French, English and
Spanish. Interview will be done in French.

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administrative frontline duties, . ability to deal with |} |.
high net worth clients, monitor profit centre costs |] |
and retrocession payments, follow up on executions,
‘deal with telephone enquiries prepare client visits,
and organize business travel.

EDUCATION: Preference given to university or.
college graduates. Computer literacy required with:
reasonable proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite of.

products.

EXPERIENCE:







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P.O. Box SS 6289, Nassau, The Bahamas, by 31*
December, 2008 or fax to (242) 502-5487.

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BUSINESS





Credit Agricole
assistant passes the

PATRICIA CLARKE |s pictured (right)
with Reece Chipman, managing director
of the Nastac Group, which stands for

‘The National Association of Securities

Training and Compliance...

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veteran, who has been with Credit Agricole for
two years, will only be able to apply for registra-



THE assistant to Credit Agricole (Bahamas)

head of investments has passed the Canadian

Securities Course Volume | exam after’studying tion as a broker/investment adviser with the

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Patricia Clarke, a 15-year financial services _ two.

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FROM page 1B

improved year-over-year prof-
itability, though, with net
income of $229,000 only 7 per
cent below the prior year’s
$246,000.

Still, utility costs and other
expenses have prevented Abaco
Markets from translating
improved sales growth into
profits. For the third quarter,
group sales were up by 13.6 per
cent or $2.95 million, while for
the year-to-date they were
ahead by $5.28 million or 8.3
per cent. ,

And although expenses had
increased in gross dollar terms,
as a percentage of sales they
remained comparable with the
previous year, standing at 26.8
per cent compared to 26.7 per
cent last year.

Net margins for the third
quarter fell to 28.2 per cent
compared ‘to 28.8-per cent,
largely due to a decline in sales
of high margin general mer-
chandise due to the current eco-
nomic environment, which has
seen consumers eschew pur-
chases of big-ticket items.

Meanwhile, Tribune Business
can also reveal that Keith
Evans, brother of leading
Bahamian wholesaler Garland
Evans, is a member of the con-
sortium leading the race to
acquire Abaco Markets’ Cost
Right store in Abaco. +

Other members of the group
are unknown, although there
have been unconfirmed sugges-
tions from various market
sources that ex-City Markets
managing director, Bruce Soud-
er, could be in line to take oper-
ational charge and run that Cost
Right store if the consortium’s
purchase goes through.

There was no mention of the
pending sale in Abaco Markets’
third quarter results statement,
which suggests the sale has yet
to be completed.

In the statement, Gavin
Watchorn, Abaco Markets’
president, said the Solomon’s
SuperCentre format was per-
forming especially well in terms
of sales. But he added: “While
we are recording increases in
customer traffic, there has been
a slight decrease in the average
transaction, along with some
weakening in the sales of high-
er margin general merchandise
categories reflective of the cur-
rent economic conditions.”

Mr Watchorn said the
upgrades and improvements to
the company’s Solomon’s
SuperCentre and Cost Right
formats in Grand Bahama had
helped both businesses achieve



55% utility bill rise hits
Abaco Markets profits

solid growth.

Elsewhere, while the Domi-
no’s Pizza franchise had experi-
enced a slight decline in like-

‘ for-like sales growth, the addi-

tion of new outlets on
Carmichael Road and the Sea-
grapes Shopping Plaza had
increased total sales.

“Utilities have increased by
55 per cent for the quarter com-
pared to the same period last
year,” Mr Watchorn said. “We ©
do, however, expect some relief
in the coming months and, in
the meantime, we are very
focused on controlling all costs
possible and better managing
our shrink, which is improving
slightly.”

Abaco Markets’ sales increas-
es also resulted in an increase in
business licence fees.

Abaco Markets has also ©
restructured its preference share
debt, effectively consolidating
this into one class through its
Class B holders agreeing to sub-
scribe to an extra $1.25 million
preference shares. The proceeds

- from this issue will be used to

payout and redeem the Class A
preference shareholders in full.

The new terms extend the:
maturity date for Class B pref-
erence shareholders by one year
— from December 31, 2012, to
December 31, 2013 — with an
8.5 per cent coupon rate. The
repayments will begin on March
31, 2010, in quarterly instal-
ments of $357,000. ‘

Mr Watchorn said the
arrangement would enable
Abaco Markets to focus on
building liquidity, with total out-
standing preference share debt
at $5.7 million following the
restructuring.

The company had paid back
some $2.2 million in preference
share debt over the previous 21
months, with Abaco Markets
continuing to put aside funds in
a designated account to fund
redemptions in 2010.

Craig Symonette, Abaco
Markets chairman and chief
executive, said the company
expected the economic climate
to further impact average trans-
action spend and sales in cer-
tain categories during 2009.

He added: “As with most
retailers, we expect a continued
softening of the economy in
2009, which will impact our
sales in the coming months.
While none of us is certain just
how long these conditions will
persist, we remain focused on
expense Management, aggres-
sive. buying and efficient opera-
tions in all of our locations to
help offset the challenges
ahead.”
THE TRIBUNE

MONDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2008, PAGE 9B





Re: It’s even worse than.

we thought (Customs)

DEAR Mr Marquis,

After reading your Insight
exposé on the customs depart-
ment, I laugh out loud at the
sheer futility of your quest. Yes,
you truly have a set of b...s and I
commend you for using The
Tribune to expose these crooks,
but really I ask you: surely the
customs, public and BROKERS
all should be tarred with the
same brush?

I am about to leave the

. Bahamas after seven years here,
and the whole customs clear-
ance fiasco has been a part of
my: life here for all but two of
them as I now do not bother

ever bringing in anything unless .

completely necessary.

When I used to bring in 40-
foot containers my then broker
would ask for invoices to sup-
port the contents. As everybody
knows we, the public, would
provide an altered version of
the invoice, the braker then
gives this to his guy in customs
who tells you this can be
cleared very quickly if the cus-
toms guy comes to the job site
and.the container can be
inspected there.

The broker then informs me
for an envelope of say $3,000
he guarantees the container
won't be inspected, because if
the inspector finds out the value
is much more we would all be in
serious trouble.

"HA!" and there lies the
irony: I know the invoice is
moody, the broker knows and
the inspector knows, because
EVERYBODY, does ‘it.
The inspector duly shows up in
a brand new Escalade in 100
per cent heat and barely cracks
his window before taking the
envelope and scooting off —
this whole process took 30 sec-
onds not once but eight times
during a period of 18 months.
Then the broker gets his share
of the duty ‘saved’.

Most to all developers here
in the Bahamas factor into their
budgets a percentage cost to be
allotted to Custom. pay-offs —



suppliers from the, US are well,





practised in providing false
invoices.

I know in the long run the
loser is Joe Public and winners
are the brokers, customs free-
lancers and myself,
the importer — the system must
have a complete overhaul. Cut
the head off the beast, not just.a
leg or two.

— Insight regular

Mr Marquis, I have been fol-
lowing your articles on the cor-
ruption that exists in Customs
Department. I must admit that
it is a timely topic and one that

should have been addressed a

very long time ago and I hold
both governments responsible
for the debacle.

I must say that former senior
officials facilitated the corrupt
practices that exist to date. They
did this by actually placing offi-
cers in certain areas to facilitate
corruption for kickbacks and
actually transferred officers who
were doing their jobs and
replaced them with their cor-
rupt friends.

Let me give you a brief syn-—

opsis of the corrupt practices in
customs. One officer owns a
house on one of the Family
Islands that is twice the size of
the one they have in Nassau and
I understand that it is on the
market for one million dollars. I
also heard this officer is present-
ly building a house in the east-
ern district of Nassau.

It is a massive amount of
wealth to ‘have achieved as a
customs officer.

Another officer has amassed
a lot of wealth, with a one mil-
lion dollar house on New Prov-
idence. He owns a recently built
building on....... Road. He also
owns a group of apartments in

the eastern. district of New Prov- -
“idence. Finally, he owns three

luxury vehicles. A lot to achieve
as customs officer, would you
say.

There is also an officer who
owns two triplexes in the west-
ern area and a house in the east-
ern district with pool, and is

. presently building a massive

structure elsewhere.
Mr Marquis, this is only a tip

+Jernment. Butall indications




MONDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2008

@ By JOHN MARQUIS
Managing Editor 33

‘ce Knew it was bad, but just
how bad is only now becoming
clear. The Bahamas Customs
department is a cesspit of cor-
ruption, and the whole country}
is picking up the tab to pay for the criminality at
its core. |

Of course, there are good officers, hard-work-
ing people doing their best to keep this vital rev-
lenue-earner on track. Anything recorded here
is not meant to reflect on them.

But last week's Insight accusations, levelled in | "SS
the wake of an arson attack on the home of Cus: j
toms task force officer Roslyn Ritchie, have’
unearthed startling new information about Cus-
toms, including the alleged existence of a crime
ring which systematically extorts money from






















importers and lives the high life on the proceeds,

The information pouring on to Insight’s desk
from sources right at the heart of Customs will
sicken and disgust those decent, honest Bahami-
ans whose livelihoods are now being stripped
from them by an approaching recession,

But it docs reinforce what Insight advocated
last week: that a major clean-out is long over-
due in this department, and that action is needed
now Lo get the villains into court.

Sources claim that some Customs officers at
seaports are making as much as $20,000 or $30,000
a month in pay-offs while claiming to clean up the
duty collection process,

And businessmen are frequently asked in
advance how much they are willing to pay to

have certain officers “look the other way" when
shipments are duo,

According to Insight’s sources right INSIDE
Customs, a tape-recording exists of one of these
illicit transactions taking place, with a prominent
and well-known Customs officer on the receiving,
lend of the bribe.

It has not only been sent to Customs authorities
themselves, but also senior government figures,
they claim,

Most accusations of blatant corruption within
Customs relate to the fi irs of the PLP gov-
that it’s still going
lon — and that crooked officers hav. ie tO
regard pay-offs us extremely lucrative pe if
job, more often than not outstripping their salaries
five or ten-fold,

This explains how some manage to build them-
selves luxury homes, even apartment complexes,
that are far outside the scope of their pay levels,

“These (the crime ring) are some of the biggest
crooks in Customs,” one source told Insight, “I
understand that (name given) has multiple apart-
ments in Carmichael, a heated pool, and numer-
lous apartments in Abaco.

“Teall them crooks of the year because they cut
loffall the other crooks in Customs and were the
sole crooks from April, 2008, to September, 2008,

“Itis also documented where if individuals had
lone case of a particular item over, (name given)
would seize the entire shipment, whether the
additional case was an error or not.”

The video recording of a senior Customs officer
allegedly accepting a bribe was mentioned in





























| Customs: It's time





+ In fact, the roll-call of wrong-doing within Cus-
toms is so long that it’s hard to contain it within a
single readable piece.

What emerges, though, is an ethos in which
the “good"\are struggling vainly to control the
bad, and in which many of the “ 8008 are only
good in relative terms. st

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THE FRONT PAGE of the December 1 edition of INSIGHT...

department’ 's many shortcomings,



fora clea: “Ott |

Nome of Mrs Rosy Rit uct ise mont Reap efor fullacale
rottenness Iying at the core of the Balianias Cus i ax Se ‘ony ind, INSIGITT reports

“Lam incapable of distinguishing between con-
sumers and businessmen shorting the govern-
ment and the government shorting its citizens
when they mismanage the public’s treasury and
allow its own members to steal and cut deals and
get filthy rich in five years as (name given) did,
while these clowns whom we call our leaders

0 gi don’t even have the integrity to identify him by

while condemning the actions of others. name.
Some readers in the department vilified Insight
for blaming Customs officers instead of the busi-
nessmen who bribe them, implying that if temp-

“This is a nation of crooks and dishonesty is so
deeply-rooted in this country that if there was
an attempt to uproot it there would be éivil











Last week’s article
on corrupt Customs
officers has sparked
a massive response,
including exposure
of an alleged ring of
conspirators within
the department who
it is claimed have
made a fortune by
stealing frém the
Bahamas and

its people...

real villains in Customs. ;
epartnon for We ask Opce ele Ai
ing methods, to be investigated in an effort ta

cool down tempers among colleagues.
Sources claim there is a lot of bitter hostilit


































towards the team from several of their-own col:
leagues.

“How would you feel,” asked one informant, “i
someone was preventing you from earnin,
$20,000 a month in pay-offs?”

What is needed, he said, is an intense inquiry}
into every Suspected officer’ 's living standards,

IL is the government's prerogative, he said, tc
examine employces’ sources of income and
ask how someone carning, say, $24,000 a year i
able to buy lavish cars and homes.

One particular officer, who is related to doth:
er, is said to have two well-appointed homes i
New Providence, a commercial property, numer-
ous apartments and a home on Long Island.

Customs insiders believe police should focus 0
the task force itself, especially in relation to its
handling of incoming containers.

“Containers sit unopened for weeks on ent
until some harried businessman finds it neces
sary to offer a sizeable ‘tip’ so their shipments ar
opened in a timely manner,” Insight was told.

The words Customs and corruption have long
since been mentioned in tandem. Instead of pro
tecting the nation’s interests, rogue officers hav
for years been a swindling the Treasury rapacious:






































THE FRONT PAGE of the December 8 edition of INSIGHT...

of the iceberg. Something has
to. be done. I want you to keep
this fight going. Don’t.stop
putting pressure on the gov-
ernment. Something has to be
done in this department.
I-have more. This is just an

appetiser.
— Potcakedog

Your piece on the rampant
corruption in The Bahamas
Customs Department is only
the tip of an iceberg of the cor-
ruption that has taken place and
continues to take place in The
Bahamas. ‘

Corruption pervades our soci-

ety and has become such a part
of the culture where eradicat-
ing it will be next to impossible
and if serious attempts are
made to expose the hundreds
of “prominent” citizens, our
society will certainly collapse.
One only needs to consider
the history of the islands, based
upon piracy since the 1700s, to
understand the current state of
affairs. Woodes Rogers must be
turning in his grave, having
spent a part of his life eradicat-
ing piracy, hence his famous
statement “Expulsis Piratis,
Restituta Commercia”, only to
discover, if he suddenly reap-.

peared, that his efforts were all
in vain.

But a positive side to this is,
those Bahamians who are cor-
rupt at least have a conscience,
how else can you explain the
proliferation of churches in the
country? After all, they need
some medium where they feel
they can gain God’s forgiveness,
otherwise how can they justify
their deeds?

— C. Knowles

MAY I suggest that the gov-

“ernment conduct a count of

Rolex watches.in the Customs
department? Ask ourselves:

i928.

how does someone earning
$24,000 a year end up wearing a
watch costing $24,0007

— Watchful and ey 4

IT’S good to see ‘the govern
ment ‘moving on the variou
corruption issues facing our
country. Immigration first, Cus-
toms next, then J suggest vari-
ous areas of our legal system.

The biggest danger we face
is to see corruption as par for
the course and ignore it. It’s up
to The Tribune and Insight to.
expose corruption for what it is
in the hope we can rid ourselves
of the scourge.

— HBN, Nassau

Re: The Pure Joy of ;
Doing Without ay

I LOVED your piece about
cellphones: I have cut it out to
keep with some of your other

_ articles.

— Banker ‘ 4

ANOTHER priceless insight:
Death to all cellphones! "

— EV Johnson



Miscellaneous.

MR John Marquis, you better

put those houses of yours on
rent because there’s no way you
are leaving this country.

This is a small island where
everybody knows everybody, 30
therefore you can’t trust
Bahamians to do the right thing.
That is the problem with the
Bahamas.

_Whatever else you want tp

-do in life you can do from here.
What you are doing by leaving
this country is,breaking at
In my estimation, it wilf take
years for that level of trust to be
established again.

The connections én this cown-
try are unbelievable. We are a
very corrupt country and it runs
very deep. But the wrongdoerts
fear The Tribune more than

they fear the law. With the faw, |

all you need to do is pick up the

~ phone. Your leaving means ‘we

have moved forward 150 paces

and are now about to go back

300. The attorneys have some of
the police in their pockets;.

_ It is very scary to see us as a
people sit down.and accept
wrong. Our wrongs have
become our rights. You must
not go. Whoever replaces you,
the transition will take two
years at.least.. Yours etc.

— Regular Insight reader.



Newspape

ers struggle as Internet takes its toll

FROM page 10B

pers were fired as part of a dramatic
downsizing operation.

The management’s strategy was to
sack everyone with the intention of re-
hiring only those they really want, cut-
ting costs and off-loading deadwood
at the same time.

Elsewhere in Britain, titles are being ~

merged, branch offices chopped, staff
made redundant and even manage-
ment itself being streamlined in a des-
perate attempt to keep long-estab-
lished businesses afloat. Several edi-
tors of prestigious local titles have been
axed, along with Jar ge portions of their
staffs.

On the iheaied front, things are no
better. Several titles look in danger of
eventual closure, including The Inde-
pendent, its sister paper Independent
on Sunday, and once enormously pop-
ular tabloids like The People.

In fact, the situation is so bad that
media analyst Claire Enders predicted
over the weekend that a third of
Britain’s regional papers, two national
titles and half the jobs in the regional
press will disappear in the next five
years.

She is urging the British government
to ease rules on cross-media, owner-
ship and help the process of media
diversification in an attempt to save
what has traditionally been the single
most important component of a flour-
ishing democracy.

With local titles disappearing at the
rate of 10 to 15 per week, Enders
observes that practically no-one outside
the media wants to invest in the press
anymore.

Among the few flickers of light in
the gathering gloom are The Daily
Mail and its stablemate The Mail on
Sunday, which somehow continue to
buck the trend.

The Internet is being blamed, but in
reality the seeds were sown long before
the World Wide Web was even
thought of. Newspapers are in trouble
because of appalling mismanagement
and a misguided belief that journalism
was no longer important as accoun-
tants gained control of the industry.

It’s interesting that The Tribune and
the Daily Mail are among the star per-
formers because, in truth, they share
many characteristics,

Both know their markets well and
fashion their news, features and sports
coverage to meet their readers’ pref-
erences. They are “editorially-led”, giv-
ing journalists their heads over the
grim dictates of the bottom line.

While the Mail aims for Middle Eng-
land — and more specifically the wives

LOUR printing press can be seen here...

of Middle England — The Tribune
caters for the entire spectrum of
Bahamian society. It’s their ability to
target and serve the market.that puts
both papers ahead of the game.

The newspapers that fail are those
that, accountancy driven; have no sense
of direction and no identifiable mes-
sage. That has been the fate of much of
the British regional,press for the last
two decades.

There’s another feature the Mail and
Tribune share. They are both hard-hit-
ting, no-nonsense newspapers with a
fervent dislike of the liars, shysters and

conmen of society.

British politicians are terrified of the
Mail. Its editor, Paul Dacre, is viewed
as a satanic presence in English society,
a man with the awesome power to
manipulate the entire political scene
to his own ends. Expletives are heaped
on his head every week.

In the Bahamas, population num-
bers and newspaper sales are, of
course, much smaller, but the role of
the press no less significant. Thus, The
Tribune is also reviled in some quar-
ters, with both its publisher and man-
aging editor described as “terrorists” by
politicians over the last few years.

The most important characteristic
shared by the two papers, however, is
sheer readability combined with
colourful presentation. Readers must
be encouraged, by content and design,
to choose a paper ahead of its rivals.

Stand by any news stand in London
for ten minutes, and you will witness
the Mail disappearing fast while the
Daily Express, The Independent and
The Times languish alongside other
less alluring titles. If you try to buy it
late in the day, more often than not:



the Mail-will have long gone. Ditto
The Tribune.

In both cases, it is journalism — the
writing and presentation of news, fea-
tures and sport — that is central to the
paper’s success. Once journalism is
compromised, for whatever reason,
newspapers fail. That is the key to the
industry’s dire performance in recent
years. Now it is probably too late to
turn the tide.

In the UK and USA, managements
are now striving to see how traditional
print operations can be made to work
commercially as online news and fea-
tures outlets. ~

Chopping print editions is easy -

enough, but is it really possible to repli-
cate a newspaper online and generate
the revenues necessary to hire the right
quality and quantity of staff to maintain
journalistic standards?

There’s no doubt that some titles
have benefited greatly from the online
revolution. The Financial Times and
The Guardian of London are two cas-
es in point.

Neither of these well-regarded news-
papers was a mega-seller in Britain,
their home market. The Guardian was
always a left-of-centre broadsheet for
the liberal intelligentsia while The
Financial Times was the bible of the
moneymen. Neither was able to get
even close to half a million sales, even
in a nation of 60 million people.

But they had an unexploited mar-
ket of overseas supporters which was
never reached by print. Now both
enjoy multi-million readerships all over
the world, thanks to the Internet.

While Guardian-style liberals and
FT-style financiers and investors are a
finite market in Britain, they lurk in

abundance i in places like New York,
Mumbai, Sydney, San Francisco and, of
course, western Europe. Hence, these
two prestige publications have ‘found
new life beyond Britain’s shores.

In a smaller way, The Tribune hopes
to capitalise on a new international
market when its website appears in the
New Year.

Though this newspaper’s domestic
print sales.are inevitably limited by the
size of the local population and other
factors, including low literacy levels,
its appeal overseas is extensive.

Inevitably, Bahamian exiles and stu-
dents form a core market for The Tri-
bune’s online product. But there is also
an unduantifiable body of interest out
there among investors, bankers, diplo-
mats, tourism entities and others who,
for whatever reason, have an interest in
ourisland chain. .

Thus, The Tribune will be able to
offer its unique package of editorial
material to réaders as far flung as Bei-
jing and Baton Rouge, Montreal and
Melbourne.

For traditional readers, it is.impos-
sible to envisage the day when news-
papers will no longer exist, yet all the
signs are that print in this particular
form is into its last two or three
decades.

The publisher of The New York’

. Times, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr., is

on record as saying his newspaper will,
no longer exist in print form by the
middle of the 21st century.

Realists in other news groups are
reaching the same conclusion, but think
doomsday may come sooner. The fight

‘to secure an acceptable transition is

already underway. There will be casu-
alties, that’s for sure.
. Whatever the strengths of the news-

. paper — whether tabloid, Berliner or

broadsheet — it will increasingly be
seen by the computer generation as
awkward, blotchy and wasteful, with
absolutely no advantages to outweigh
the slicker attributes of a personal com-
puter.

“Tf it doesn’t bapHen online, it does-
n’t happen as far as my generation is
concerned,” my 25-year-old son told

me earlier this year.

It was a chilling message to some-

‘one like me, who entered the newspa-

per business while still legally a child
and is still in it today beyond my offi-
cial pensionable age.

Like typewriters, steam locomotives,
fountain pens, black-and-white televi-
sion, washboards and itinerant knife-
grinders, newspapers will ultimately
fall victim to the march of technology
and become relics of a bygone age.

What has yet to be determined is
the impact this will have on’the demo-

cratic process.
Over the last three or four decades,

. hon-journalists in newspaper manage-

ment have been allowed to dictate the

‘strategy and character of an industry

whose existence has always meant
something far more than the. we

. line.

The result has been blandet prod:
ucts which have become little i |
than printed shopping malts — adv
tising vehicles with no punch, no
courage, no chutzpah and no influence.
None of the things, in fact, for which
newspapers were always revered. Little
wonder, then, that so many of them
are now seen as dispensable fripperies.

No-one ever went into the newspa-
per business to make money. Leon
Dupuch certainly didn’t when he
launched The Tribune in 1903. Manw-

_ facturing clothes-pegs is far more prof-

itable and far less trouble. But accoun-
tancy — essentially a non-creative dis-
cipline — has been permitted to Sacri-

fice editorial quality for short*term

gains in ‘other media organisations

worldwide to satisfy the shareholders’
constant cry for better returns. It has
been a catastrophic formula leading to
a long decline in newspaper circula-
tions and advertising revenues. The
Internet is merely providing the topsoil
for a grave dug by the newspaper
industry itself.

The Tribune’s circulation success is,
therefore, something to savour, point-
ing hopefully to a need among Bahami-
ans to maintain loyalty for a form of
communication dating back to the
1700s. The attractions of the electron-
ic age, while they are undoubtedly’ the
future, will have to wait awhile before
becoming the premier brand ia the
Bahamas.

As educational tools, newspapers
have had few equals since the late 18th

and early 19th centuries. They have .

nurtured, and employed, some of the
best brains of the day, including great

literary names like Dickens, Orw

Waugh, Hemingway and Steinbeck, ‘3
name but a few.

Love them or loathe them, they have
been indispensable parts of every
thinking person’s life for generations,
not only informing, entertaining and
enlightening, but also providing the
foundations of national debate.

“Without newspapets, none of us
would have anything to say,” a scholar
of the last century said of the age of
print. But for how much fonger will
newspapers be able to resist a multi-
pronged assault by TV and cyber-
space? The signs are not good.

¢ What do you think? Fax 3282398
or e-mail jmarquis@tribunemedia.net

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will be seen, along with
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pens as relics of a quaint |,
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GLOOMY predictions about. |.
the future of newspapers are
now commonplace in the
trade press. With circulations
in freefall, advertising *
revenues down, and staff cuts
occurring weekly in the UK
and USA, media groups are
wondering whether the press
can survive in its present
form. INSIGHT reports...

on

Others are scratching around for new ways of
maximising their skills. Many are secretly
resigned to an extremely bleak future.

Against this background of despair and
despondency, it is remarkable that The ‘Tri-
bune — even in these economically depressed
times — continues to show circulation increas-
es, with October street sales up an astonishing
14.13 per cent.

past. ; For the last seven years, this newspaper has
Statistics from around | posted impressive year-on-year circulation .
the world —: and: gains to confound all the grim prognostica-

tions of media pundits everywhere. Like a |!

notably the UK and }
frontline stormtrooper, it staggers forward

USA — spell out the 3

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