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The Tribune

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

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newspaper ( sobekcm )
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Bahamas

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

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JUST days before Christmas,
a mother lost her two-year-old
son in a fire when an apartment
building on Hay and Market
Streets burned down on Satur-
day. :
According to eye witnesses,
the mother of the toddler,
whose identity is unknown, was
standing outside the building
when it went up in flames, beg-
ging for someone to rescue her
son.

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at around 6.30pm on Saturday.
Persons first noticed that some-
thing was amiss when smoke
spread, from the second floor of
the two-storey building.

As residents of the building’s
six apartments fled the blazing
structure, some throwing per-
sonal belongings out onto the
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Environmentalists call for
stop to Bimini Bay project

@ By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter

mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

INTERNATIONAL conser-
valionists are calling on the

Bahamas government to stop the

Bimini Bay development and pre-
vent further damage of vital

‘ecosystems in the country.

Environmentalists both in the
Bahamas and abroad say the
destruction thus far, revealed in
Black and Veatch’s environmen-
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week, is enough to stop the devel-
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as professor at the University of

Miami’s Rosential School for
Marine and Atmospheric Science.
Dr Gruder maintains vital wet-
lands were bulldozed hundreds
of metres into the water during
construction of Bimini Bay, when
he was a council member of the
Bahamas National Trust.
Director of international man-
grove preservation group Man-
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lM By LLOYD ALLEN
Tribune Staff Reporter

A MAN, described by his fam-
ily as “mentally unstable”, is still
missing at sea after he jumped off
a Nassau-bound ship on Friday
evening, police said.

Yesterday, search and rescue
crews continued to scour the
waters off Abaco for 31-year-old
Rodger Lamont Walkes of Mur-
phy Town, who jumped off the
deck of the “Seawind”.

. An eye witness travelling on...

the mail boat said yesterday that
the Seawind left Sandy Point,
Abaco at around 5.30pm. Just 25
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witness:said.

“Approximately two miles out
to sea all I saw was this guy in
the water,” he said.

‘The witness, who said the boat
was travelling at about five knots
at the time of the incident, told
The Tribune that the captain
made a u-turn to pick up the man, -
however, by the time the vessel
arrived back at. the location, the
man had disappeared.

Abaca police have identified
the missing man as Rodger Lam-

ont. Walkes.

According to Sergeant Remy

‘ Minnis of the Sandy Point police

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Some in PLP disappointed with Paul
Moss over St Cecilia Christmas card |

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

A FACTION within the Progressive Liberal fe:
Party has expressed its disappointment with [ss

lawyer Paul Moss, for issuing a “presumptu- [

ous” Christmas card to residents of the St Cecil-

ia constituency.

Claiming that Mr Moss may in fact “not be” |i
the standard bearer for the PLP in St Cecilia,
some within the party, who spoke to The Tri-
bune yesterday, felt slighted by Mr Moss’ ges-
ture, calling it “too bold” of a move for someone who hasn’t been giv-

en the “green light” for the area.

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Investigation (FBI) has
released new information
about the envelopes con-
taining a suspicious white
powder which have been
sent to United States
embassies around the world,
including the embassy in
New Providence.

According to reports in
the US media, the FBI has
revealed that a message was
inside the envelopes.

However, the contents of
the message are not being
released at this time. The
FBI said it is not clear what
the message means.

It is not known at this time
if the envelope sent to the
US Embassy in Nassau also

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any constituency’

AS THE leadership of the
Progressive Liberal Party is cur-
rently constituted, Kennedy
Independent MP, Kenyatta
Gibson said yesterday he will
not seek the PLP nomination
for the area, “or any other con-
stituency for that matter” in any
general election.

Resigning from the PLP at
the beginning of this year, the
now Independent MP had no
comment when asked if he
would run again in the 2012
election.

The Kennedy constituency
has attracted tremendous atten-
tion from would-be candidates
such as Omar Archer, lawyer
Derek Ryan, Craig Butler, and
a fourth candidate that The Tri-

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and Dreams night club on Sun-
day ended with a woman suffer-.
ing minor injuries and dozens of
club patrons running for their
lives. According to police, at
around 4 o’clock Sunday morn-
ing a 20-year-old woman who
was at the club, was-caught in



the middle of an argument that

broke out between her male

. friend and another man. The

argument quickly erupted in a
shoot-out.

The woman, who suffered
injuries to her face during the
quarrel, was taken to hospital.
Police say her wounds are not ~
life threatening. Although no
arrest has been made in connec-
tion to the incident, police say
they are following significant
leads.

“TaBa’ album
set for launch

THE much anticipated new
album by Terneille “TaDa” Bur-
rows “I’m that Girl” will be
launched on Tuesday, December
23, at the Uptown NightClub.

Performing with TaDa that
night will be many Bahamian
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In brief

Marijuana
legalisation put
forward as
answer to
economic woes

@ By LLOYD ALLEN
Tribune Staff Reporter

ONE young Bahamian claims
he has found the answer to the
economic downturn, and
although unconventional, he
feels the legalisation of marijua-
na is the way forward.

Sasha Dunn says 2008 has
proven to be a year of many
changes, ranging from an
unprecedented peek in oil
prices, to “the first stage of what
seems to be the death of the
tourism industry, and the col-
lapse of capitalism in the US.”

“The legalisation of this plant
may seem preposterous to
some, and down right stupid to
most, but such a move would
drastically change our tourism
product.”

Compared to Amsterdam, Mr
Dunn claims the Dutch speak-
ing country continues to experi-
ence more than 4 million tourist
annually mostly because of its
liberalised approach to the use
of marijuana, while the
Bahamas this year has seen a
steady decline in visitors leading
to mass layoffs within the indus-
try.

“You cannot find one single
beach in or near Amsterdam
that can compare to one of our
worst beaches, so there must be
something else that is drawing ©
these tourists into their coun-
try.”
Mr Dunn says apart from the
benefits from increased visitors,
the seeds of the plant which
contain hemp oil is said to be a
fuel source.

With several companies now
examining various corners of
the Bahamas for possible oil
deposits, Mr Dunn says even if
amounts are found, there will
come a time when crude oil
reserves throughout the world
will be depleted.

“Why should we further
destroy the eco-system that we
have right now to try and look
for oil, when we can simply
grow it. We are living in a peek
oil crisis, eventually oil will dis-
appear from the world.”

With the Bahamas being con-
sidered a Christian nation, and
with the possibility of the
Bahamas being classed a drug
haven, Mr Dunn says aside from
criticism, “we have to survive.”

Although the question did
arise of an increased number of
people becoming “hooked on
drugs” should the government
make it legal, Mr Dunn con-
tends at present there already
exists a significant number of
users. /

He argues, similar to prohibi-
tion where illegal alcohol pro-
duction, use, and distribution
continued until it became legal-
ized, “it is only a matter of .
time” before the same happens
with marijuana.

Police continue
prohe into the
discovery of
body in harbour

INVESTIGATIONS con-
tinue into the discovery of a
body found in a submerged
Mercedes in Nassau Harbour
on Friday.

Only revealing that the
body was that of a black male,
Acting Assistant Police Com-
missioner Hulan Hanna said
on Sunday that no new leads
have yet been established to
determine why or how the car
ended underwater in the har-
bour.

Although unable to confirm
whether there were any
injuries on the body, Mr Han-
na said pathologists were ,
examining the remains as
investigations into the matter
continue. wo

Police say they are still
uncertain about the length of
time the 280-E Mercedes,
licence plate number 190696,
and the body were submerged,
and have still not revealed in
whose name the vehicle was
registered. The vehicle was
pulled from the water on Fri-
day.

Some witnesses did report
last Tuesday seeing the sub-
merged vehicle in waters at
the northern end of Victoria
Avenue, off Bay Street.

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Human smuggling ‘still a challenge’

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

FREEPORT - National Secu-
rity Minister Tommy Turnquest
says human smuggling, drugs and
arms trafficking are challenges
that require continued police vig-
ilance on Grand Bahama.

Mr Turnquest was speaking
on Friday evening to hundreds of
police officers and reservists
attending the annual Police Ball
at the Westin at Our Lucaya
Resort. Police Commissioner
Reginald Ferguson was also pre-
sent. '

The officers were commended
for their efforts in policing at the
container port, where many large

drug seizures were made during

the year.

“We are aware of the risks you
take, not only in seeking to halt
and reverse crime in our islands,
but also in confronting aggressive
human smugglers and drug and
arms traffickers.

“These challenges are not new,
but because of their persistence
and unpredictability, policing in
this area requires particular vigi-
lance,” he said.

Minister Turnquest stressed
that a strong Police Force must be
maintained in Grand Bahama
and the northern region.

He noted that the challenges
and opportunities of policing
Grand Bahama, Abaco, the Berry
Islands and Bimini, have been
entrusted to the 444 police offi-
cers, 150 reservists and 19 civilians
comprising the Royal Bahamas
Police Force contingent in the
northern district.

“Tonight, I say to these offi-

‘cers that the government under-

stands the compelling reasons
why we must maintain a strong
and vigorous Police Force in
Grand Bahama and the North-
ern Bahamas.

“This is the part of our country
closest to the southern border of
the United States of America. We
know that the United States is
unfortunately a country which is
the target of a range of illicit
activities by sea, activities that
may well transit The Bahamas,”
he said.

Minister Turnquest said that
the men and women of the Force

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are-called upon to serve with ded-
ication and commitment and go
wherever the Force takes them.

He stated that police officers
share a common purpose and
vision country-wide, and have all
pledged to uphold the values of
courage, integrity and loyalty.

“We know that policing in
each of our islands has its own
unique challenges and opportu-
nities. The Police, therefore, must
counter in their own unique way,
the security and safety concerns
stemming from crime and crimi-
nality in each island,” said Mr
Turnquest.

He pointed out that police offi-
cers in Grand Bahama have had
to overcome significant challenges
from natural disasters, including
the recent serious hurricanes.

. Mr Turnquest noted that
despite these challenges, the
Grand Bahama district continues
to make the necessary contribu-
tion to the nationwide effort to
make the Bahamas safe and
secure.

“The record shows that Grand
Bahama and the Northern
Bahamas have stayed the course,”
he said.

He reported that the Neigh-
bourhood Community Policing
Initiative has stimulated public
support for the police. He added
that the public is increasingly
becoming willing partners in the
‘fight against crime.

He assured Bahamians that the

d arms trafficking also a concern,

Police, communities and the
country are reaping the benefits
of these partnerships.

“Relationships are being
restored between the Police and
the communities where once frac-
tious events divided them,” he
said.

Minister Turnquest also noted
that the series of infrastructural
improvements made by the Police
Force in Grand Bahama ensures
that officers now work and live
in more appropriate quarters.

He said The Police Training
College here in the northern
Bahamas continues to train new
recruits and re-train serving mem-
bers of the Force..

Minister Turnquest believes
that the new state-of-the-art
trunking communications system
and other technological advances
are making policing more effec-
tive in Grand Bahama, and in the
entire Bahamas.

“Let me assure the men and

women of the Police Force serv-
ing in the Northern Bahamas that
this area features prominently in
the Government’s strategic plan
for policing in The Bahamas.

“The action we are committed
to take as part of this strategic
plan will give new impetus to
policing here, and will better
enable the Police to counter new
and emerging crime and crimi-
nality not only on land, but also
on the sea,” he said..

Mr Turnquest revealed that
the government’s plans include
the continued provision of the
necessary resources, transporta-
tion, equipment and assets
required by a 21st Century Police
Force.

He said it also encompasses
academic and technical training,
and strategic cooperation to build
closer bilateral and regional work-
ing relationships to counter trans-
border crime.

Mr Turnquest commended
officers in Grand Bahama and
the northern region for the hard
work they are doing in the region.

“T wish to thank the offi-
cers...and to assure you that your
work is indeed noticed, and that
the Government and people of

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EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

THE TRIBUNE





The Tribune Limited



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

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

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

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Published Daily Monday to Saturday

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FREE MARKET theories and the proper
role of government have been under the micro-
scope for weeks as sinking US auto companies

plead with a reluctant government to throw
them a financial lifeline to give them a chance to
navigate their companies to safe harbour.

With 10.3 million Americans already out of
work, the collapse of the auto industry threatens
to implode America’s economy. Bahamians
who watched the implosion of the Montagu

Beach hotel several years ago will remember .

how quickly explosives brought down a once
magnificent structure as it buckled, bent, folded
in upon itself, and collapsed in a cloud of dust.

This was the nightmare envisioned for America °

if certain rules were not broken to help
automakers buy time to restructure.

The major problem landed on President
George Bush’s desk when Congress failed to
agree on a bailout.

In announcing the $17.4 billion loan with a
time limit to two of America’s largest auto firms,
‘President Bush made it clear that he was taking
a step that he wished he did not have to take.

“This is a difficult situation,” said the Presi-
dent, “that involves fundamental questions
about the proper role of government. On the
one hand, government has a responsibility not
to undermine the private enterprise system. On
the other hand, government has a responsibili-
ty to safeguard the broader health and stability
of our economy.

“Addressing the challenges in the auto indus-
try,” he said, “requires us to balance these two

‘responsibilities. If we were to allow the free
market to take its course now, it would almost
certainly lead to disorderly bankruptcy and liq-
uidation for the automakers. Under ordinary
economic circumstances, I would say this is the
price that failed companies must pay — and I
would not favour intervening to prevent the
automakers from going out of business.

“But these are not ordinary circumstances. In
the midst of a financial crisis and a recession,
allowing the US auto industry to collapse is not
a responsible course of action.”

In view of the circumstances we agree with
the president.

In June Professor Burton Folsom, Jr, author
of “The Myth of the Robber Barons”, gave a
lecture at the Foundation for Economic Edu-
cation on this very question of how far, if at

‘all, government should interfere with a free

market.

He pointed out that an honest examination
of economic history “reveals that, more often
than not, when government programmes and
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He gave several examples of how compa-
nies failed despite government subsidies, beat-
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One of the stories he told was of Edward K
Collins, who went to Congress with a plan to
develop a steamship fleet to compete with
Britain’s subsidised Cunard Company in the
transatlantic passenger business. He asked Con-
gress for a grant of $3 million and a yearly sup-
plement of $385,000 to enable him to match
Cunard’s fares. He assured Congress that even-
tually the supplements would be phased out.
Instead, he kept returning to Congress, hat in
hand, for more subsidies. By the time Cornelius
Vanderbilt, a river steamboat operator, tried
to sell Congress on the idea of an “Atlantic fer-

ry,” Collin’s subsidy for his transatlantic cross-

ings was up to an anuual $800,000, a large sum
of money in the 1840’s.

Congress turned Vanderbilt down. Not only
was his ability doubted, but Congress was
already committed to Collins in whom by now
it had a considerable investment.

That didn’t stop Vanderbilt. With native
ingenuity, he launched his fleet without gov-
ernment subsidies, eventually putting Collins
— who was then before Congress pleading for
a bailout of $1 million to construct a replace-
ment vessel after half his fleet sank, killing
almost 500 passengers.

. Again Congress agreed. However, when that ,

ship failed, and Collins was again before Con-
gress,.he was turned down flat. Within a year
Collins was bankrupt, and Vanderbilt domi-
nated the seas.

A Senator concluded that Collin’s business
had been “miserably managed,” another felt
that the “whole system was wrong. It ought to
have been left, like any other trade, to com-
pete.”

This was the opinion of US Congressmen
when faced with the bail out of the auto indus-
try.

But this time, we agree with President Bush,
there is now too much at stake — too many
people and a whole economy would have been
destroyed if the president had not acted. If the
industry fails despite this help, then at least
automakers have time to organise an orderly
bankruptcy so that they can try to restructure
their businesses.

As the president said, “these are not ordinary
circumstances”, something had to give, a lifeline
was thrown — it is now up to the automakers

_ and the unions to grab that line and pull them-

selves to shore. If they drop the line, they will
drown.

























Horse racing:
some questions
for the Minister

of Tourism

EDITOR, The Tribune.

IN the past couple of weeks,
horse racing has been men-
tioned a couple of times in
The Tribune. The first men-
tion was by Vincent Vander-
pool Wallace, Minister of
Tourism.

Mr Wallace claims that
while the legalisation of a lot-
tery might be a good thing for
the Bahamas, the re-estab-
lishment of a horse racing
track would not.

He based this observation
on his memories of everything
getting better when the old
track closed in 1977.

I have a few questions for
the good Minister. How old
were you in 1977? What,
exactly, got better? What,
exactly, are you talking about?

My distinct memories of the
track closing involved the fir-
ing of literally hundreds of
workers, the incredible situa-
tion that dozens of horse own-
ers found themselves in, being
no longer able to feed their
animals, the bogus promises
made by the then government
that the track was to be re-
opened in a new location
which meant that a lot of the
owners hung on desperately
in vain, the arrival of Ameri-
can “do-gooders” who spun
some yarn about saving the
horses and then shipped out
dozens of the animals to who
knows where — probably: to
American slaughter houses.

. (Americaiis rarely do anything

where they can’t make a prof-
it).

The idiotic story — appar-
ently started by an English
nurse — that the’ children
became thinner when the
track opened each winter is a
total fabrication — (I was

there and can personally

vouch for the stupidity of this
tale) — but has been seized
on by many, usually preach-
ers who have their own agen-
da as we all know,.as a rea-
son to not even consider res-
urrecting this old Bahamian
tradition, started in the early

90’s by thé British and carried:

on by Bahamians and bringing
such excitement. and enjoy-
ment to thousands over the
years.

And please eepinint to me
how today, with gambling rife
in every corner of the coun-

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try, so many of our children
are obese.

The racing industry is a
sophisticated, money making
enterprise, which, when organ-
ised' correctly can be of great
benefit to the country.

Both horse racing and polo
are great crowd pleasers and
would be tremendous tourist
draws as well as being huge
employers.

For the religious set, bear
in mind that the Queen of
England who is the head of
the Church of England, is one
of racing’s greatest promot-
ers.

Every country in the
Caribbean has a race track,
but, as usual, the Bahamas is
lagging way behind.

Barbados has an arrange-
ment which encourages
retired trainers from abroad
to come and help train young
aspiring jockeys, trainers and
other track workers.

The employment opportu-
nities in a race track are innu-
merable.

By the way, what has hap-
pened to the race track mem-
orabilia — there was an office
full of trophies, historical
records, etc, on Prince eae.
dock after,the. track closed.
where is’all that stuff now?

In The Tribune of the 17th.

of December, page 4, a lone

voice in the wilderness is ask-
ing the question: “Will the
horse track ever open again
?” Enquiring minds would like
to know.

F WILSON
Nassau,
December 17, 2008.

(We probably know even
more about the race track
than Mr Wilson. In fact we
were a horse riding family.
Lady Dupuch, a_ keen
equestrienne who could still
sit a horse in her early eighties,
owned a champion race horse
who won many trophies at
Hobby Horse Hall.

(Racing started among
friends who were keen on
horses and would race them
just for the excitement of
watching a magnificent horse,
frothing at the bit, mane flying
in the wind and muscles rip-
pling as it strained, galloping
neck and neck for the finish
line. Lady Dupuch was in the
early stages of pregnancy with

‘her fourth child when she

competed in her last race at
the track. In those early days
there was no betting. Sir Eti-
enne always said that the joy
of racing ended when the pari-
mutuel was introduced.
Harold Munnings should
remember the days of Hobby

Horse Hall because his family .

owned another puzed race
horse.
(It is true that when the

track was finally closed, many
owners who raced for. the
money could no longer afford
to keep their horses. The poor
creatures were left to wander
aimlessly around the aban-
doned rat-infested track,
scratching in the dust for a

blade of grass. A small group

of animal lovers from the US
took pity on them and raised
money to have some of them
flown to horse country in the
US where they spent the rest
of their days grazing on rich
farmland. They did not go to
American slaughter houses as
this writer suggests.

(The story of the nurse who
complained about Bahamian
infants being undernourished
during racing season because
their fathers spent all their
money betting on the horses,
rather than buying milk for
their babies, was no fabrica- - -
tion. Nor was the nurse who
complained about. their con-
dition English. She was
Bahamian through and
through. In fact she was Nurse
Alice Hill Jones, who headed

government’s Infant Welfare __
’ Clinics. The children were so.

undernourished during racing
season that she came to The
Tribune to plead their cause in *
these columns. The Tribune
investigated and wrote many
stories on what was happen-
ing. Sir Etienne also took up
the children’s cause in his edi-
olonals,

(This was the main reason
that: vas a member of parlia-
ment and publisher of The
Tribune he supported those
who were against Bahamians
gambling in the casinos. The
race track was doing enough
damage to Bahamian children.
Their fathers, addicted to
gambling, forgot their fami-
lies when throwing their mon-
ey on the horses.

(Polo was also a popular
sport during the war years and
well into the fifties. It was
played on Clifford Park every

‘Friday afternoon — the day .

that all shops closed for half
day. It always attracted a good
crowd, among them Lady
Dupuch and her young brood.
The outstanding polo players
of that era were A B Malcolm,
AK Cole, his son, Kirkland,
Harcourt (Cookus) Maura,
Alva Brooks, Allen Roberts
and Capt Carey, an ADC to
one of the governors.

(Governor Sir Bede Clif-
ford was a polo enthusiast and
was instrumental in the con-
struction of the polo field at
Clifford Park, which accounts
for the hardness of the
ground, and the name of the
park.

(When Hobby Horse Hall
closed it was no longer a
sophisticated, money making
enterprise, children were suf-
fering, and much was going

‘ wrong at the pari-mutuel win-

dows. These were the main
reasons for its closure. — Ed).

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implementing relief pro-
grammes for senior citizens
and disabled residents in
Marco City.

Mr Laing announced on

Friday plans to launch a dis- .
-count card and roof repair

programme next year to
assist the elderly and dis-
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participating stores through-
out the island.

He was very pleased with
the feedback from store-
owners on the island.

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stores across the island for
their participants in this dis-
count programme and many
have responded positively.

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not yet been able to get the
major foodstores and I am
still waiting on an answer
from them,” he said.

Mr Laing said that he is
also aware that some elderly
and disabled persons have
roofs that are compromised
and leaking in Marco City.

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repair projects that are
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able to do what is required
under that programme. I
invite those of you who have
issues to call in and take
advantage of that pro-
gramme as well,” said Mr
Laing.

Mr Laing plans to meet
with senior citizens as a
group every quarter to hear
from them about any con-
cerns and projects for the
community.

The MP has also ear-
marked $10,000 for a com-
munity project to be decided
upon by the seniors of Mar-
co City.

Mr Laing noted that the
elderly are often forgotten
by society and he did not
want to make that mistake.

“Too many leaders have
found themselves discon-
nected from you and there-
fore don’t get the benefit of
hearing your guidance, and
the Bahamas is one place
when you get older people
start discarding you like you
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Laing hosted’a Christmas lun-
cheon for senior citizens of
his constituency. Sarah
Sweeting, 85, was recognised
as the oldest female resident
of Marco City, and Otis Let-
tice, 81, was the oldest male
resident of Marco City attend-
ing the luncheon.







Marco City, as well as the
Commonwealth of the

Bahamas,” he said.

Mr Laing said that as MP
for Marco City he is avail-
able to hear from all his con-

Stituents, regardless of their

political affiliation.

“When I became the MP
for Marco City I determined
that as best I could, I simply
wanted to make a difference.

“So we need to hear from
you.

“It doesn’t make any dif-
ference to me where you
stand on politics, I am the
MP for all of Marco City,
and as long as you need my
counsel I will be there, I
invite your counsel,” he
said.
Mr Laing has also provid-
ed educational programmes,
computer training, and
scholarship assistance for
the youth in Marco. City.

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2008, PAGE 7



Some in PLP
FROM page one 2

~ However, Mr Moss, who is a
relative newcomer to the PLP
and to politics, defended his
actions, telling The Tribune
that his card was created and
distributed in the “spirit and
tradition of Christmas.”

“Anyone who is offended
by it is someone who is too
political and someone who
doesn’t understand the true
meaning of Christmas,” he
said.

The card, which shows a
photograph of Mr Moss, his
wife, and their two young chil-
dren in a warm embrace,
reads: “I hope this Christmas
season brings you and your
family every happiness. May
the New Year bring you and
yours many opportunities to
make life better for all in St
Cecilia. From my family to
yours, Merry Christmas.”

“Those persons who are
offended by the card had bet-
ter get with it,” Mr Moss said.

“Mother Pratt (PLP deputy
leader) has indicated that she
is not offering again and Paul
Moss has indicated that he’
intends to run for Parliament
to represent the people of St
Cecilia. So just as she is going,
Iam coming,” he said.

However, detractors of Mr
Moss, such as long time pho-
tographer, and PLP activist
Franklyn G Ferguson said that
a die-hard PLP seat, such as
St Cecilia, should go to a PLP
who has “a long standing”
within the party. .

“The person I think who
should get the nomination is
the former Minister of State
for Finance James Smith. St
Cecilia is a strong PLP seat,
and if he, (Paul Moss) is sin-
cere, he should pick another
seat, but that seat should go
to a person who has shown in
the past to have made a great
contribution to the party.”

As a founding member of
the Junior PLP, which later
became the. Young Liberals,
Mr Ferguson said that his sec-
ond choice for the St Cecilia
seat would be the former
Young Liberal and Senator
Paulette Adderley-Zonicle.

“She has lived in the area
until she got married, and has
campaigned in St Cecilia from
since she was a young girl. In
all honesty, she was there even
before Mother Pratt,” he said.

Another PLP, who spoke
on condition of anonymity said
that Mr Moss is carrying him-
self as if he is the nominee for
the area “and that is not fair.”

“There are other people
who are seeking nominations
but they are not as presump-
tuous as this guy. He has to
tow the line like everybody
else,” he said.

Calls to Mrs Zonicle for
comment on the matter were
not returned up to press time
last night.

However, Mr Moss has
vowed that he will represent
the St Cecilia constituency,
whether his nomination is
opposed, or blocked.

The PLP, will face similar
challenges for nominations in a
number of areas, including
what is expected to be a fierce-
ly contested nomination for
Kennedy.

Reportedly, the seat has
already brought out four pos-
sible candidates; Omar
Archer, lawyer Derek Ryan,
former PLP, now Independent
MP Kenyatta Gibson, and a
fourth candidate that The Tri-
bune has learned has yet to be
formally named.

Independent MP
will not seek PLP
nomination ‘for

any constituency’
FROM page one

bune has learned has yet to
be formally named.

As a long held PLP strong-
hold, the Kennedy con-
stituency is a seat that polliti-
cal pundits believe should be
the “reward” of a candidate
of long standing “PLP con-
nections.”

PLP sources insist that Mr
Gibson, having criticised par-
ty leader, Perry Christie when
_ he (Gibson) resigned in Jan-
uary this year, will be
replaced by a candidate who
they know will not “follow in
his footsteps.”

The Kennedy constituency
has seen two prominent res-
ignations in the recent past
with Mr Gibson in 2008 who
became an Independent, and
current Opposition business
leader in the House of
Assembly, Dr Bernard Not-
tage resigning from the party
when he was the area’s MP
in 2000. He later rejoined the °
party.

FROM page one

Quarto, said the development
must be stopped before further
damage is done and the vital
mangroves are threatened.

He said the four ‘gaps’ were
identified in the Bimini Bay Pro-
ject Report; lack of public access
to documents, an alteration of
the master plan, lack of an Envi-
ronmental Management Plan
and environmental degradation
beyond what was anticipated,
are enough to stop the project.

However, Black and Veatch
have advised government to go

Environmentalists

has since its contentious incep-
tion.

“The so-called ‘gaps’ should
have raised red flags, but instead
Black and Veatch are raising
their green flag.”

- MAP is advising government
to ensure Bimini Island coastal
ecosystems are protected,
including the mangroves, sea
grass beds and corals, as well as
the viability of the proposed
marine sanctuary, which may be
adversely affected if phase two

ahead, with conditions.

Mr Quarto said: “We wonder
how Black and Veatch can so
nimbly make the leap of faith
from one very slippery inves-
tigative stepping stone to anoth-
er in stretching to reach their
conclusion without falling into

goes ahead.

BREEF executive director ©

Casuarina McKinney-Lambert
said she was “disturbed” by what
she has seen on visits to the site,
and proceeding to phase two
will negatively impact wetlands
severely, and undermine the

“The development should not
be given approval for an addi-
tional phase of development
while there has been such an
egregious failure to meet the
requirements of the first phase.”

Black and Veatch suggest
developers RAV Bahamas Ltd
apply for Blue Flag marina cer-

tification, but the Foundation.

for Environmental Education
rejected a previous application
because of the development’s
serious environmental impact,
Mrs McKinney-Lambert said.
The golf course, which Black
and Veatch maintains should be
on solidly terrestrial land, has
received no support from the

‘Mentally unstable’ man

FROM page one

BNT or BREEF as the proposed
site is directly linked to wetlands
and the marine protected
area.

Mrs McKinney-Lambert said:
“There is very little elevated
land in the area proposed for
phase two of the development
and the ‘land’ where the golf
course would-be placed would

include a considerable amount

of wetland.

“The environmental impacts
on this and adjacent areas is like-
ly to be severe, far reaching, and
irreparable.”

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the mulch that surrounds this Mrs McKinney-Lambert said:

whole development process, and

Suspicious envelopes sent to US embassies
FROM page one

contained the cryptic message.

A plain white envelope, which is similar to others received by US
embassies around the world over the last two weeks, was delivered
to the Embassy in Nassau on Friday. It is thought to contain a mys-
terious white powder. :

Following preliminary testing, the FBI said it does not believe the
powder is dangerous. However, it said, it looks suspicious.

Jeff Dubel, spokesman for the US Embassy in the Bahamas,
told The Tribune that the white substance in the envelopes could be
anything from talcum.powder to powder sugar, “or any number of
things that might not be as innocuous as that.”

The FBI said it believes the substance could also be corn starch.

The envelope, which was sent to the Bahamas embassy, was
secured and taken away for testing.

The complete test results from suspect packages sent to embassies
around the world are not yet available to the embassy in Nassau, but
well-trained diplomats acted with caution.

“All US diplomatic facilities receive extensive training in respond-
ing to these types of incidents,” Mr Dubel said.

“Procedures in place were followed, including contacting appro-
priate Bahamian authorities.”

The US Embassy is expected to keep the Bahamas govern-
ment informed of test results and their response to the threat. The
services provided by the US Embassy to American and Bahami-
an citizens are not expected to be affected.

FROM page one TyO-year?-old

department, Mr Walkes was suffering from a mental condition, which
may have played a part in his unusual boat departure. .

Mr Minnis said: “According to his family, sometimes he is up and
sometimes he is down, they believe he was experiencing some sort of
mental problem at the time.” The officer also said that the man had no
criminal record, but said stress may have been a factor in his actions.

The officer said that the Defence Force, the United States Coast
Guard, police and other vessels conducted an extensive search for
the man over the past two and a half days, however up to Sunday



flames, a distraught mother of
two held on to one of her chil-
dren while shouting for help for
her two-year-old son.

Eye witnesses said that by the
time Fire Services arrived at the
scene, the building was com-
pletely engulfed in flames. -

Supt Jeffrey. Deleveaux of
Fire Services said that it was at
first difficult for fire fighters to
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However, as the blaze per-
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It took fire services over two
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child in a back bedroom of one
of the apartments.

Fire Services said an autopsy

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the exact cause of death of the
two-year-old boy.
Investigations are also under-
way to determine the cause of
the fire that left one child dead
and dozen others homeless.

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CARICOM passport — a

(CARICOM) passports are The situation is not

@ BY SIR RONALD ister Roosevelt Skerrit says

SANDERS the current situation in which not enjoying any real atten- “almost” laughable. It is
holders of Caribbean Com- ‘dant benefits is “almost laugh- _ laughable.
DOMINICA’S Prime Min- = munity and Common Market able.” The CARICOM passports

provide not one more practi-
cal benefit than the national
passports of the CARICOM
member countries.


































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CARICOM countries; many
holders of CARICOM pass-
ports are subject to the same
scrutiny, the same suspicion

gration officers that they
endured prior to the adoption
of the passport by some
CARICOM states.

‘Symbolism’

The CARICOM passport
does not even provide the
“symbolism” of one-
Caribbean people that it was
supposed to engender. If any-
thing, it does the opposite by
emphasizing that, despite the

.fact that CARICOM has:
existed for 35 years, there
remains no welcome mat al
the doorstep of many CARI-
COM countries for the peo-
ple of their partner states.

In the official literature
related to the Caribbean Sin-
gle Market (CSM), it says that
CARICOM enjoys “free

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movement of goods, services,
capital and people.”

A quarrel could be. picked
and won on the motion that
none of these categories of
free movement exist, but on
the last of them — people —
most of all.

The reality is that CARI-
COM is a single market “in
the making”, and one that is
being made very slowly-
despite the urgency that has
existed for some time to get
on with its completion.

North Americans and
Europeans enjoy far greater
freedom of everything in
CARICOM $s states
CARICOM nationals do.

And, the recently signed *

Economic Partnership Agree-
ment between the EU and
individual CARICOM states
will give European companies
and individuals greater free-
dom, rights and protections.in
CARICOM countries than
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to companies and individuals
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_anti-CARICOM

nationals.



within their countries who,
through their own insecurities,
are virulently anti-CARICOM
nationals.

Insularity

That is so. But no govern-
ment should pander to such
short-sighted insularity.

Instead, they should edu-
cate their populations about
the importance of deeper
CARICOM integration for
their own survival. °

They ought not to pretend —
as some do — that they. pos-
sess some unidentified magic
formula to prosper on their
own for it is simply not true.

Governments, who indulge
in this pretence, do their peo-
ple an enormous disservice.

If people conduct their lives
in the belief that they have no
need to worry, when the
crunch comes, they will be
fatally unprepared.

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FROM page eight

First, in the case of many
CARICOM countries, a sig-
nificant portion of their
exports of manufactured
goods and services relies on
the CARICOM market.

If the CARICOM markets
bought elsewhere, these coun-
tries would suffer — a fact that
many governments fail to tell
their people.

Second, if CARICOM
nationals in many CARICOM

states were to leave, the’

economies of these states
would decline in myriad ways.

Not only would they lose
skilled and unskilled labour
that they need, they would

lose the taxes these people —

pay, the services they use such
as rented houses, and the
money they spend in the econ-
omy on items such as food,
clothing, transportation, utili-
ties, and medical care.

In this regard, the authori-
ties in all CARICOM coun-
tries should be mindful of the
importance of according to
CARICOM nationals, who
are legitimately living and
working in their states, the
rights and respect to which
they are entitled.

They should not be treated
as “second-class”; they should
not be exploited and they
should have the same rights
of protection as any legitimate
resident in the country.

Picking-up people in the
middle of the night and
deporting them without due
process is not right or legal;
nor is deporting people who
are legitimately waiting for a
work permit to be renewed.

This is especially so when
the only people treated in this
way are those from the
Caribbean.

It should also be clearly
understood by all that at some
time in the not too distant
future, all CARICOM coun-
tries will be confronted by the
stark reality that they cannot
survive on their own.

In the cycle of livelihood,
some countries have enjoyed

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DOMINICA PRIME MINISTER Roosevelt Skerrit

the upswings that have come
from preferential markets and
official development assis-
tance — both of which are
declining fast.

In the enjoyment of the
temporary upswing, they seem
to have forgotten that CARI-
COM’s small and vulnerable
economies are not sufficiently
well endowed or diversified
to survive on their own, and
the downturns come.

And when they come, they
do so with a vengeance.

Crisis

Were the countries of
CARICOM a genuine Single
Market in which free move-
ment of goods, services, capi-
tal and people were a reality,
they might have a better
chance of survival.

As one small example, think
of what would have happened
in the mighty United States in
the present financial crisis, if it
was not a single market and
economy and each of its 51
states had to struggle for itself.

Businesses in CARICOM
states have long recognised
the value of a Single Market
with free movement of goods,
services, capital and people.

If there were free move-
ment in all these areas, they
know that CARICOM would
be a stronger entity today bet-

‘ter able to cope with the world °
_ economic crisis.

And, on the matter of free
movement of people, busi-

“Soon to be available in

nesses know that they would
have a wider pool of people
on whom to draw for the
knowledge and skiJls they
need to compete both in the

global community and in their :

own domestic market where,
increasingly, they have to fend
off foreign competition.

The most apt analogy is the
West Indian Cricket team. If
we can’t find L1 globally com-
petitive players in all the
CARICOM states together,
how will we each find them
from within our individual
borders?

The truth is that the issue of
movement of CARICOM
nationals between all CARI-
COM countries can be settled





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factors of production including
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Responses to:
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m@ By SYLVIA
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CAT ISLAND is described as
the most cultural island in the
Bahamas, the cultural bedrock
of Bahamian culture.

If this is so, and I believe it is,
why is it that Cat Island is
described so poorly on the page
A Nation ‘of Islands, in the
Bahamas Telephone directory?
For years, Cat island is listed in a
paragraph of 11 lines with the
same old tired comments, and I
quote:

“Cat Island is rich in history
and culture; it is home to Como
Hill, the highest point in the
Bahamas at 206 feet above sea
level, on top of which sits Mount
Alvernia, the tiny hermitage built

by famed architect Monsignor *

John C Hawes, a popular tourist
attraction today. It is also the
home to Deveaux House, an old
plantation house with out build-
ings.”

Cat Island has much more to
offer, and vacationers need to
know this. As a matter of fact,
the world needs to know this.

The late Monsignor John C
Hawes was affectionately called
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him. Practically all who Knew
him passed away a long time »go.
The name Father Jerome draws
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John C Hawes, therefore, the
name Father Jerome should have
been included in the article. No-
one has ever asked me about
Father Jerome Hawes.

There are a number of things
tourists could do:

They could walk and takc ime
out to talk to Cat Islanders who
are very friendly without fear;
swim daily in the translucent
emerald waters; beach walking;
sample rock-oven bread, coconut
tarts, potato bread and other
sweets.

In the dense vegetation, one
could find a wide variety of
plants including species of lilies;
plants known to be medicinal;
fruits including mangoes,
coconuts, all sorts of other fruit
and vegetables; ride a bike, rent
a car, visit creeks, play paddle
tennis, bonefishing, scuba div-
ing, visit. bat caves, visit ruined
slave houses, see craft work -
lovely shell creations, jewellery,



friendly resorts, rake and scrape
music, writers’ exhibition, poetry
readings, concerts, annual fairs,
cookouts, and one does not have
to worry about which church to

‘attend, Cat Island is full of them,

obeah, fishing, annual fashion
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You won’t find any tourist
harassment on Cat Island.’
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Bahamas has ever pro-

ducel. Among other accom-

plisiments Bobby headed
theall-Bahamian Common-
wralth Bank, won his share

o international sailboat

‘aces and became the
youngest person ever
named Speaker of the
House of Assembly.

Contemporaries recall
that Bobby was a man of
the people who was equally
at ease hobnobbing with
celebrities and royalty.

Other Handbook stories
tell readers how:

e Regattas and festivals
keep Out Island economies
humming

e UNEXSO introduced
scuba diving to the world

¢ Church plaques allow
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times of Bahamians who
died in the 1800s.

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A Year in Review section
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headlines in 2008.

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Tuba player Brian C ooper of Nassau, along with other
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Parish on Sunday, January 4, 2009.

Alumnae, alumni, parents, students and friends of the College
of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University are invited to a
concert and reception on Sunday, January 4, 2009, at 6:00 p.m.

The concert and reception will be held at St. Anselm Parish,
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Please join us for a wonderful evening of niusic and hospitality.
Please let us know you are coming by contacting St. Anselm
Parish at (242)-324-1325, or e-mail: stanselm @batelnet.es

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Dr. Dale White. Membership is made up of both music and
non-music majors who enjoy a similar passion for brass ensemble
music. The repertoire of the ensemble includes music of all
historical styles, from original contemporary works for brass,
to light classics ancl hymn tunes, to Renaissance and Baroque
transcriptions. The CSB/SJU Brass Choir rehearses once a
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Sesame | ‘ LOCAL NEWS

Charities feel the pinch

@ By NATARIO McKENZIE

Tribune Staff Reporter

CHARITABLE organisations are fecling the pinch
in these tough economic times as many Bahamians
may be finding it harder to “give” this Christmas sea-
son.

Kim Sawyer, director general of the Bahamas Red
Cross, told The Tribune that while the organisation has
been receiving some donations, more are needed.

“We have had some donations, but I would not say
that it has been overwhelming. We also have our
standard people we assist through our meals on wheels
programme and we have gotten more requests,” Mrs
Sawyer said.

She said that any donation to assist the organisation
is appreciated. :

While donations by private persons may be down,
Mrs Sawyer said that some corporate donations have

Bring.
‘em on
IN A highly competitive indus-
try like real estate, what reasons
would a seller have for going it
alone? Not surprisingly, the
majority of unrepresented sell- ,

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in tough economic times

been coming in. The Bahamas Teleconmunications
Company (BTC), she said, recently donted $20,000.

“We do have some fundraisers going OLand we are
working towards the ball,” Mrs Sawyer sad,

Madeline Froning, Salvation Army Cqpmunity
relations and development associate, saidthat the
organisation is definitely feeling the effects ¢ a slow
economy as monetary donations are down.

"As of about three weeks ago (we) were &peri-
encing a 38 per cent downturn. We are definitelyfeel-
ing the pinch. We have seen acts of generosity, bu we
are still down," she said, noting that most of the orgin-
isation’s monetary contributions came from corpy-
rate sponsors such as BTC.

Ms Froning said the Salvation Army’s Christmas
campaign is not yet over and the goal is to raise
$100,000. She said that donations of food and cloth-
ing to the organisation have been pretty “steady” for
this time of year. :

ewe
ESTATE

CARMEN MASSONI



be willing to pay a commission if
a real estate agent brought a
ready and willing buyer to you?

Focusing too much on com-
mission might be penny-wise but
pound foolish, especially when
you learn that homes sold by
realty professionals fetch 16 per
cent more than those sold by
unrepresented sellers (this is the
US.standard). 16 per cent is
roughly three times the fee that *
many brokerages charge for their
valuable service, so it’s easy to
see how paying for representa-
tion is likely to put more money
in your pocket, not less.

What’s the explanation for the
difference in sale prices? Most
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it. She exemplifies what it is
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— DR MARY THOESEN-COLE-

Ross University introduces Grand Bahama MAN, Dear of ose Ue
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speaks to the many Grand
Bahama health care profes-

GRAND Bahama- Ross Univer-
sity invited all doctors in Grand

sionals who attended a
Bahama to a breakfast meeting on

breakfast meeting held on”
December 16 at the Sea-

Tuesday, December 16, to introduce

the Ross faculty to the Island's med-

horse Plaza campus.
ical community. Senator Kay Forbes-

Smith was also in attendance.

The meeting provided the oppor-
tunity to introduce the Ross’ Clinical
Education Partnership, which will
not only bring a rich educational
experience to Ross students, but will
enhance the professional growth of
Bahamian physicians, thus improv-
ing the overall health and medical
care system within the Bahamas.

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(standing left) was one of the facilitators of the meeting. Prospective candidate should:

Ross University School of Medicine,
and newly appointed Director of
Clinical Education Dr Desiree Cox.

The doctors explained the history
of the university, how it will operate
in Grand Bahama, and the acade-
mic level of the students who will
be starting at the new campus in Jan-
uary. Each doctor, upon signing in
for the meeting, was asked to speci-

fy whether they would be interested |

in becoming part of the Clinical Edu-
cation Partnership, whereupon they
would be agreeing, if eligible, to
assist in the practical clinical educa-
tion of Ross students.

This programme will provide third
and fourth semester students the
opportunity of a basic clinical expe-
rience involving one half-day, three
times per semester, at a local clinic or
doctor's office.

During a typical half day, the
medical student will be introduced to
the patient by the doctor; be allowed
to interview the patient, examine
and obtain history of a present ill-
ness; examine the patient (applying
only those skills they have been
taught); present the patient to the
attending physician; write up the his-
tory and physical, and obtain feed-

back on the presentation and the °

write-up from the attending physi-
cian.

The doctors will then be required
to provide evaluations of the stu-
dents to the university.

By participating in this educa-
tional partnership, the local medical
community will benefit by being able
to subscribe to an evidence-based
medicine database for clinical prac-
tice as determined by Ross Univer-
sity; have access to local and online
faculty development activities spon-
sored by Ross; participate in Ross
faculty development sessions; par-
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access to recorded step one USMLE
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After hearing about the Clinical
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opened to questions and feedback,
and members of the local medical
community where asked to suggest
ways in which Ross University might
support and further facilitate medical
education on Grand Bahama.

"We were very pleased with the
number of physicians and health care
professionals that attended the meet-
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At the end of the session, Robert
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“This is a significant moment in
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strong business school.

The school’s programme
contains a community out-
reach requirement in which
the students go out into ele-
mentary schools in Columbus,
Ohio, and teach the children
about Junior Achievement
(JA).

The group was in the
Bahamas to do their outreach
in an international setting and
spent a whole day at Sadie
Curtis Primary School work-
ing with second and fourth
grade students.

At Sadie Curtis School they
started a donut store with the
younger students.

The second grade children
made little donuts which they
coloured and labeled, and
they also timed themselves to
compare the length of time it
took one person to make the
finished donut compared to
setting up an assembly line.

Dominic Sacco, a market-
ing: major, enjoyed the chal-
lenge of working with the
Bahamian children and said, -
“We built a city and explairied

where the different types of

businesses would go. We also
spent some time teaching
them how to pronounce entre-
preneurship.”

Bijal Patel, a finance stu-
dent, added, “The little stu-
dents were very excited to
learn and to‘hear about some-
thing different from a different
perspective. We taught them
about profit and loss and
asked them to decide what

-they might like to be when

they grew up and to say where
they would put a particular
type of restaurant to make the
most profit. It got their cre-
ativity flowing.”

Miss Patel and Mr Sacco,
who both love the Bahamas,
said they would like to have
the opportunity of showing
some Bahamian faculty and
students how to teach JA to
primary age children.

COB’s vice-president of
Research, Graduate Pro-
grammes and International
Relations Linda Davis spoke
about her plans for developing
the relationship between COB
and Ohio State University and
putting in place student and
faculty exchanges.

The Ohio students and their
coordinator enjoyed junior
junkanoo last week and also
toured. the island. They also
spent a very. instructive two
hours with Enrico Garzeroli
at Graycliff Hotel and Restau-
rant where they watched cig-
ars being rolled and discussed
the business aspects of run-
ning a restaurant.

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from people who are
making news in their
neighbourhoods. Perhaps
you are raising funds fora

good cause, campaigning
for improvements in the
area or have won an
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THE TRIBUNE



Time for an overhaul of

land registration system

Christ Church Cathedral

Schedule of Christmas Services
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6:00 p.m. Sunday December 21st, 2008
“For Unto Us A Child Is Born, For Unto Us A Son Is
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A Service of Nine Lessons & Carols
By The Men and Boys Choir

The Eve of T. he Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ
Wednesday December 24th, 2008

11:00 p.m. “Once Upon A Silent Night”
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| 11:45 p.m. Christmas Eve Solemn Pontifical Eucharist

Christmas Day
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Bahamas’ antiquated land reg-
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as a staging ground for thievery
and abuses via the Quieting of
Titles Act and the prevalence
of generation property (partic-
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It is high-time for an over-
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istration system and a revamp
of the Quieting of Titles Act.
The Bahamas’ land registration
system is in desperate need of
modernization and parliamen-
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In April, The Tribune
reported the concerns of Ian
Young, President of the
Bahamas Land Surveyors
Association, who said that the
increasing problems with land
titles, with property owners
who had obtained what they
thought was legitimate title—
in some cases many years
before—now being challenged
on their ownership, threatened
to undermine a society based
upon property rights and land
ownership.

Mr Young told The Tribune
that he was “getting calls on a
regular basis” from persons
whose title and right to their
property was being challenged
by others. This was often
despite the fact that these peo-
ple had been given an opinion
by their attorney and that of
the lender, that they had “clear
and marketable title” many
years before. Because of these
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that may be obtained through
purchase, deed of gift or estate
inheritance and are saleable are
virtual rarities in the Bahamas,
particularly as title woes hit
one-third of local.real estate
deals and, as noted by Daniel
Drosdoff in a recent article for
the Inter-American Bank
(IBD), “seventy per cent of
land in the Bahamas is ‘Crown
land’, owned by the state and
controlled by the prime minis-

-ter’s office,” with “many fami-

lies living on ‘generational
land’, which is handed down by
families from generation to
generation, often without a-
clear titleholder.”

S= the days of colo-
nialism, countless
Bahamians have not been given
saleable titles to many acres of
prime land on the Family
Islands. According to historian
and Director of Culture Dr
Nicolette Bethel, “land owner-
ship (in the Bahamas) is tightly
knitted with the idea of family.”
Here, she refers to generation
land as “one’s family land.”

However, generation prop-
erty described as land that was
once privately owned but had
not been managed through the
courts following the death of
the fee simple owner. This
property, which descendants
usually occupy without legal
paperwork is non-marketable
and it’s therefore difficult to
discern its rightful heirs—par-
ticularly after the deaths of
groups of descendants from
whom the land is unofficially
passed on to another group,
without probate.

Recently, I was invited to
travel to Eleuthera to “claim a
piecé of the Gibson land”;

_ which itis assunted-T-am. sup-s:

posedly privy to-due to my lin-—

GIBSON

eage—even though I’ve never
lived in Eleuthera.

One look at, traditionally
African communities, such as
Bain and Grants Town could

- give a microcosmic view of the
origins of family or generation
land, particularly since two or
three family houses remain
built on one small plot of land
with hardly anyone holding
clear title to the property.

Nicolette Bethel writes that:

“Tn the Bahamas, the tradi-
tion of:generation property
echoes many of these broader
Afro-Caribbean themes, and
the convention is responsible
for vast land holdings through-
out the archipelago. Particu-
larly on those islands settled by
Loyalist planters at the turn of
the nineteenth century, (Ack-
lins, Cat Island, Crooked
Island, Exuma, Long Island,
Rum Cay and San Salvador)
groups of kin lay claim to large
estates. Such property is held
in trust for the use of all descen-
dants of the kin group forever
— ‘while grass grow and spring
flow’, I was told on Long
Island.

“Although individual family
members may farm it, or-live
on it, it may never be sold. Like
their counterparts further
south, Bahamians use the con-
vention of generation property
to solidify identity, to provide
themselves with some subsis-
tence, and to unite groups of
kin. Access to land, however, is
problematic: the land is not the
sole possession of any one
member of the kin group, and it
may not easily be converted
into cash. Land holdings on the
Family Islands are often quite
large, particularly in those
islands in the southern part of
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Bahamians suffer from the
opposite problem, a physical
overabundance of common
property combined with the
inability of individual family
members to make use of it,”
she asserts.
_. “What is more, because the
rights to generation property
do not dissolve with time, the
longer the members of a family
have lived away from the prop-
erty (that is, the longer they
have been unable to establish
superior rights to the land
through residence), the more
complex their rights to land
become,” Ms Bethel contin-
ued. i

Commonage and squatting
aré two other aspects of the
unending land quarrels in the

, Bahamas.

( ommonage refers to
land that is’ non-

vendible by any of its owners—
whether for bank loans or
sale—as none of them can pre-
sent titles to the land. On the
other hand, when squatters
occupy land without purchase
or the permission of the owner, .
disputes that has outlived gen-
erations arise if the squatter
petitions the Supreme Court
under the Quieting of Titles
Act, Chapter 357 and actually
acquires a Certificate of Title
after occupying the :property
for 20 or more years. On Fam-
ily Islands, grants such as this
have been known to disrupt
entire communities and some- °

times lead to violent outbursts.

In 2007, William Wong, a
senior executive in the
Bahamas Real Estate Associ-
ation, told The Tribune that
almost one-third of Bahamas-
based real estate transactions

either collapse or take as long

as one year to conclude due to
problems with establishing clear
title to the subject property or
land. As is noted in Drosdoff’s
IDB report, “private parties are
allowed to buy and sell land in
the Bahamas among them-
selves using their own legal-doc-

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THE TRIBUNE

Mave Rolle keeps an eye on
the ball as he volleys against
Bjorn Munroe yesterday at the
December Invitational at the
National Tennis Center.

e RESULTS of the
Bahamas Lawn Tennis
Association's 2009
December Invitational,
held over the weekend at
the National Tennis Cen-
ter, are as follows:
Men’s Final

Devin Mullings def. Tim-
othy Neilly 7-5, 2-1 ret.
(wrist).

Third place

Bjorn Munroe def. Mar-
vin Rolle 7-5, 6-1.
Men’s Semifinals

Devin Mullings def. Mar-
vin Rolle 6-0, 5-7, 6-4.
Timothy Neilly def. Bjorn
Munroe 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.
Fifth place

Rodney Carey Jr. def.
Jonathan Hanna 6-2, 2-1
ret. (shoulder).

Seventh place
JJ Fountain def. Jamal

Adderley w/o
(back/knee).
Playoff
Jonathan Hanna def.
Jamal Adderley 4-2, ret.
Rodney Carey Jr. def. JJ
Fountain
Pool A
Timothy Neilly def. JJ
Fountain 6-3, 6-3
Timothy Neilly def.
Johnathan Hanna 6-3, 6-
1.
Timothy Neilly def.
Jason Rolle 6-1, 6-2
JJ Fountain def.
Johnathan Hanna 6-3, 6-
“2
‘Ju Fountain def. Jason
Rolle 6-2, 7-5
Jason Rolle def.
Johnathan Hanna 6-2, 6-
1
Pool B
Marvin Rolle def. Jamal
Adderley 6-7, 6-2, 6-1
Marvin Rolle def.
Matthew Sands 6-4, 6-0
Marvin Rolle def. H’Cone
Thompson 6-4, 6-4
Jamal Adderley def.
Matthew Sands 6-4, 6-1
Jamal Adderley def.
H’Cone Thompson 6-3,
4-6, 6-4
H’Cone Thompson def.
Matthew Sands 6-3, 6-2
Pool C
Bjorn Munroe def. Ceron
Rolle-6-4, 6-1
Bjorn Munroe def.
Jonathan Hanna 6-1, 6-4
Bjorn Munroe def. KC
Strachan Jr. 6-1, 6-0
Jonathan Hanna def.
Ceron Rolle 1-6, 6-3, 6-1
Jonathan Hanna def. KC
Strachan Jr. 6-0, 6- 20
Pool D
Devin Mullings def.
Justin Lunn 6-2, 6-2
Devin Mullings def. Alex-
is Roberts 6-0, 6-0
Devon Mullings def.
Rodney Carey Jr. 6-3, 6-.
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Rodney Carey Jr. def.
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Rodney Carey Jr. def.
Alexis Roberts 6-0, 6-2
Women's Play

Nikkita Fountain def.
Elanqua Griffin 6-3, 6-0
Nikkita Fountain def. —
Kerri Cartwright 6-2, 6-3
Kerri Cartwright def.
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~Neilly (who suf-
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PAGE

@ By BRENT STUBBS"
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@triubunemedia.net

FTER sitting

out last year

with:an injury,

Bjorn Munroe
was back in fine form, providing
the leadership that will be need-
ed for the Davis Cup team in
the absence of veteran Mark
Knowles.

Munroe, the oldest player
participating at the age of 30,
secured the third spot at the
Bahamas Lawn Tennis Associ-
ation’s December Invitational
yesterday at the National Ten-
nis Center. -

The three-day invitational’

gave the BLTA a look at the
players available for the Davis
Cup team that will travel to
Paraguay in March for the first
round of the American Zone II
tie, as well as the Fed Cup for
ladies going to Canada in Feb-
ruary.

Based on their
performances,
Munroe should
join top seeds
Devin Mullings
and Timothy
Neilly, along with
Marvin .Rolle.
The remaining
two spots could
possibly see at
least one new face
in Rodney Carey
Jr.

While Mullings
retained his top
spot with a 7-5, 2-
1 (retire) win over

injury), Munroe
took care of Rolle 7-5, 6- 1 to
return to the selection process
with a third place finish, . ~

“It was good. I played pretty

* well. I mean the whole tourna-

ment I played pretty well,” said
Munroe, who 3-0 in match play
in Pool C of the round robin
tournament before he lost 3-6,
6-1, 6-4 to Neilly in the semifi-
nal.

Against Rolle, Munroe got
off to.a quick start with a 5-2
lead before holding on for the 7-
5 win in the-first set, only to
dominate the second set after

breaking away from a 1-1 tie to.

win the next five games.
“T played solid and I capital-
ized right away and [ hit the ball

pretty good,” said Munroe. “My °

body feels good. This is the
healthiest that I’ve felt. So ’m
just happy with the way I played
the whole tournament.”

Leadership

Looking ahead to Davis Cup,
Munroe said without Knowles
playing doubles, he still feels
that he can team up with any

of the players and still provide a —

good tandem for the Bahamas.
“I’m just happy to be on the

team again after missing last.

year,” Munroe said. “I like the

leadership role, but I think we

will do very well.”

Rolle, who also won his Pool
B with a 3-0 record before he
dropped his semifinal match to
Mullings 6-0, 5-7, 6-4, admitted
that Munroe was on his game.

“He put a lot of pressure on
me. He was serving well,” Rolle
pointed out. “He was mixing it
up well, so he deserve the vic-
tory today.”

Rolle, however, said his main

objective was to finish in the
top four to secure his berth on
the Davis Cup team, so he was
pleased with his performance.

“We have pretty much the
same guys from last year, with
the exception of BJ, who did-
n’t play last year,” Rolle stat-
ed. “So it’s good to see him
back this year.”

Mullings, the southpaw who
got some valuable experience
playing at the Olympic Games
in Beijing, China in August, had

-a tougher time getting back to

the top spot.

In his match against Neilly,
Mullings had to work extra hard
before he prevailed in a tight

?

ME After injury layoff 30-year-old secures
the third spot at the Bahamas Lawn Tennis
Association’s December Invitational

“My body
feels good.
SMobCm mate
healthiest
that I’ve felt.
So I'm just

happy.”

Bjorn Munroe

MAM UITTM Mets



MARVIN Rolle:
shown in action
above against
Bjorn Munroe at
‘the December
Invitational yes-
terday at the
National Tennis
Center.

PHOTOS: Felipé Major/Tribune staff



first set. But in the second after
he went up 2-1, Neilly was
forced to withdraw with a wrist
injury.

“I think this weekend I basi-
cally got by on grit. I don’t think

I played that well,” he insisted.
“J wasn’t feeling the ball very
well, but I fought well.

“I took care of business, so I
was happy to win all of my
matches. It was unfortunate that

Timmy couldn’t finish his

match. He said his wrist was
bothering him, but I would have
liked to finish that match.”

’Mullings, who breezed
through Pool D, said by the





















TIMOTHY NEILLY returns a volley

‘ against Devin Mullings at the December

Invitational yesterday at the National
Tennis Center. .
time Davis Cup roll around in
March, he will definitely have to
improve an his level of play.

“| have to keep working on
my serve and make sure that I
peak at the right time,” he §
stressed.

“But I think | will be okay.
All of us just have to go back to |
the drawing board and get
ready.” ‘

Neilly, the winner of Pool A
with a 3-0 record.as well, played
to a 2-2, 4-4 and 5-5 tie in the
first set, but Muillings prevailed
down the stretch as he held and
broke serve to snatch the first
set.

In the second set, Both play-
ers held serve before Mullings
got the break to go up 2-1. That
was when Neilly walked up to
the net and conceded defeat.

“Tt was a good first set, but I
was having some pain in my +
wrist for the past couple of;
months and tt flared up today,"
so | didn’t want to push it toes’
far,” Neilly stated.

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“T played okay in the tournament, nothing
spectacular, that was why I made it so far. But the
level here was good. It could have gone either
way. It was just a matter of who executed the »
best that won.”

Once everybody is healthy going to Paraguay,

; Neilly said they should have a good chance of
pulling off the upset.

As for ladies, only three players participated
with Nikkita Fountain coming out on top with a
2-0 record. She won 6-3, 6-0 over Elanqua Griffin
and 6-2, 6-3 over Kerrie Cartwright.

Cartwright won the only other match played

with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Griffin.



BRITISH SOCCER

Keane gives Liverpool a 1-1 draw at Arsenal

HM LONDON *

Robbie Keane’s equalizer gave
Premier League leader Liverpool
a 1-1 draw at Arsenal on Sunday,
with the Gunners playing short-
handed after Emmanuel Ade-
bayor’s 63rd-minute red card.
reports the Associated Press .

Keane collected a long ball to
drive a shot into the roof of the
Arsenal net in the 42nd minute.
Robin van Persie had scored a
quality solo goal for the Gunners

in the 24th.

The draw gives Liverpool 39
points from 18 games, but sec-
ond-place Chelsea (37 from 17

matches) can go on top by win-

ning at Everton on Monday.
Liverpool manager Rafa Ben-

itez was not at the game because
7 x

he is recovering from surgery to
remove kidney stones. His assis-
tant, Sammy Lee, said the
Spaniard was able to relay mes-
sages to the bench.

Liverpool failed to take advan-
tage of Arsenal playing the last 27
minutes with 10 men after Ade-
bayor was sent off.

“T believe that staying with 11
men we would have won the
game,” Arsenal manager Arsene
Wenger said. “I think it was the
wrong decision. I would love to
have sendings off like that at
home when we get kicked off the
park. I believe that if Adebayor
has to go off, then Keane has to
go off in the first minute (for a
foul on Gael Clichy). oo. .,

“Manchester City tuniBled. to:
1 at last place West Bromwi

down 2-1 at Newcastle in Sun-
day’s other games.

Roman Bednar headed home
Albion’s winner in the third
minute of injury time. Damien
Duff scored Newcastle’s clincher
in the final minute to push the
Magpies up to 12th and leave
Spurs down in 16th place.

Man City’s loss means the rich-
est team in the Premier League
after being bought out by busi- -
ness investors from Abu Dhabi,
remains at 18th in the relegation
zone.

Defending champion Man-
chester United missed this round
of games because it was in Japan
winning the Club World Cup.
Wayne Rooney scored the only

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Time for an overhaul of
land registration system

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. development of a comprehen- __ islands level, which will gener- The government should _ rectify outstanding title woes. a
FROM page 18 sive aadonal land ooliy. This ate the guidelines to prepare . move to make the necessary , a eee |
will involve a consultative the country’s land policy and changes to Bahamian statutory MERRY CHRISTMAS ey or
uments and titles, and without process with civil society, prin- | land use management plan,” _ law, in order to truly transform AND HAPPY NEW YEAR ‘Wich ai eh Jae
registering the transaction ina . cipally at the local and Family —_ Drosdoff noted. the system and thereby possibly BAHAMAS! : JON ADAM Bees Pah

central government location,”
which in my opinion, con-
tributes greatly to the title woes
many land purchasers face.

Further compounding the aaa EG
land registration system is the ; ereuie wan aaa LiRTTLI TIT
penchant of crooked landown- a wy Uy aN ) VeZVUY
ers and unscrupulous attorneys — aN : i
and realtors to duplicate land ff . 5 . 7 .

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ty to several buyers. ;

Frankly, all parties involved
in land fraud and the re-sale of
property to multiple parties
should be prosecuted to the
fullest extent of the law. :

Unnecessary red tape and
bureaucracy, the disappearance
of land-related documents at
the Registry, the ancient and
labour-intensive land registry,
and the abuse of the Quieting
of Titles Act all contribute to
the frustration experienced dur-
ing land sales/titles searches.

The Quieting of Titles Act
must be repealed or revised, as
it has been abused and used to
commit land fraud and theft of
hundreds of acres of land. This
Act, which allows persons to .
apply to the Supreme Court to
“quiet” or remove any existing
title to a certain parcel of land,
has lost its usefulness as it’s no
longer used to quiet disputes
over questionable ownership
(as was originally intended) and
has recently been used as a tool
to steal land from legitimate
owners.

In theory, the Quieting of
Titles Act allows for applicants
to inform all interested par-
ties—including landowners of
properties that border the par-
cel being questioned—of their
interest, usually through a
newspaper advertisement. hilt,
However, even this approach +
is flawed, as many Family
Island residents either don’t get
newspapers, may not frequent-
ly read certain sections of the
newspaper -and/or the survey-

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whether or not their title rights

are in jeopardy.
Last year, government con-

.sultants revealed that problems }
associated with title searches
were costing the private sector

a whopping $230 million a year.
One way that has been sug-

gested to comprehensively

reform the Registry is to either

introduce a Parcel-based Index

system or Title Registration /

system, where it is made com-
pulsory that all deeds and doc-
uments be registered to ensure

security of tenure—or, the title
holder should be subject to

penalties. ak

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tions to find the relevant docu-
ments—in addition to dates and»
chronologically filing deeds.
However, in moving to com-
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parcels indexing system and a
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comprehensive land. manage- ‘
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collected and stored electroni-
cally. Document recording time
at the Deeds Registry will be
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nine to two months, and -tax
registration and collection will
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| All smiles after
the St. Francis _
Bazaar & Raffle

The members of St. Francis
Xavier Cathedral Bazaar Commit-
tee would like to thank everyone
who assisted in any way. during
‘its recently held Bazaar, Steakout
& Raffle. Father Glen Nixon, Rec-
tor, reported that the Bazaar was
truly a “fusion of culture and fun"
and its success is attributed to
the overwhelming show of sup-
port by the general public. Ms.
Angela Brennen (3rd. from right)
the winner of the Grand Prize, a
2009 Toyota Corolla smiles hap-
pily in the photo as the Associate
Rector, Father Elvado Turnquest
(1st. from right) and Committee
Members Mrs. Debra Wood (2nd.
from right) and Mrs. Rose Fergu-
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OVERSEAS NEWS -

Iran shuts
office of Nobel
winner's
rights group

@ TEHRAN, Iran

Iranian authorities shut down
the office of a human rights group
led by Nobel Peace Prize winner
Shirin Ebadi on Sunday as the
group was preparing to honor a
political activist who spent 17
years in prison in the Islamic
republic, according to the Asso-
ciated Press. ;

Iranian authorities banned
Ebadi’s Center for Protecting
Human Rights last year, but it
had continued to operate from
an office in the north of the capi-
tal, Tehran.

Ebadi said police in uniform
and plainclothes security officials

_Yaided and sealed the building
where her group was working
‘without presenting a warrant. No
arrests were reported. ©

The semiofficial Mehr news
agency reported that judiciary
officials ordered the center’s clo-
sure because it did-not have the
required legal permits. A judicia-
ry statement said the human
rights center had issued state-
ments that created an atmosphere
“of media publicity against the
establishment in recent years,”
Mehr reported.

. Ebadi said her group would
‘continue its work despite the raid.

“Shutting down our offices
won’t make us stop our human
rights activities. We will meet
again somewhere else and will .
continue to support the rights of
activists and political prisoners,”
she told The Associated Press.

Ebadi said recent reports by
her group accusing the Iranian
government of human rights vio-
lations might have prompted the
crackdown. She said U.N. human
rights representatives are not
allowed to visit Iran but have seen
the’ group’s reports and subse-

"quently condemned what they
. called gross human rights viola-

_ tions. In an annual report in May,
Ebadi’s group said “freedom of
speech and freedom of circulating
information have~ further
declined” since hard-line Presi-
dent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
took office in 2005.. -— -

Among her group’s work, it has
campaigned for judicial reforms
such as banning stoning and cut-
ting off limbs as punishments for
convicted criminals. It has also
campaigned against executions of
juvenile offenders.

Ebadi said the building author-
ities targeted Sunday was bought
with money she receivediafter — j
winning the Nobel Peace Prize in
2003..Ebadi, a lawyer and human
rights and democracy campaign-
er, won the prize for efforts that
included promoting the rights of
women and children in Iran and
worldwide. She is the first Iranian
and Muslim woman to win the
award.

“We will remain committed to
defending the rights of defendants
jailed for their political views and
beliefs,” she said.

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Vice President Dick Cheney
blamed Congress for failing to
bail out the auto industry, saying
the White House was forced to
step in to save U.S. car compa-
nies, according to the Associated
Press.

In an interview broadcast Sun-
day, Cheney said the economy is

-in such bad shape that the car

companies might not have sur-
vived without the $17.4 billion in
emergency loans that President
George W. Bush approved on
Friday. "The president decided
specifically that he wanted to: try
to deal with it and not preside
over the collapse of the automo-

bile industry just as he goes out of

office,"-Cheney said in an inter
view broadcast on "Fox News
Sunday."" e

Lawmakers "had ample oppor-
tunity to deal with this issue and
they failed," Cheney said. "The
president had no choice-but to
step in."

Congress rejected an auto
bailout package after many
Republicans and some Democ-
rats opposed it. Some said U:S.
auto companies would be better
off if they were required reorga-

_nize through bankruptcy.

’ Cheney leaves office Jan. 20 as
one of the most powerful, if
unpopular, vice presidents in
recent history. He played a key
role in many of Bush's major pol-
icy decisions and, in the interview,
was unapologetic in his review of
the past.eight years.

He staunchly defended the
Bush administration's use of exec-
utive power in the fight against
terrorism and disagreed with calls
to limit presidential authority. "If
you think about what Abraham

Lincoln did during the Civil War,

what FDR did during World War
II..They went far beyond any-
thing we've done in a global war
on terror," the vice president con-
tended. Cheney said he was
unconcerned about polls show-
ing him as unpopular, saying that
people who spend too much time
reading polls "shouldn't serve in
these jobs."

He offered a somber assess-
ment of the economic challenges
facing the incoming Obama

- administration, saying there is a

growing consensus that -govern-
ment action will be needed next
year to help revive the economy.

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IN THIS NOV. 6, 2008 FILE PHOTO, Vice President Dick Cheney

applauds President Bush during an event at the White House in
Washington. Vice President Dick Cheney blamed Congress for fail-
ing to bail out the auto industry, saying President George W. Bush was
forced to step in to save U.S. car companies and that the economy is
in such bad shape U.S. automakers might not have survived without
the $17.4 billion in emergency loans approved by Bush.

is considering because the pro-
gram has yet to. be‘announced.
Obama and his team are work-
ing to come up with details of a
plan to pump. up the economy
with $850 billion or more in gov-
ernment spending over the next
few years. Their goal is to create
or save 3 million jobs in the next
two years.."I'd want to see what
they're going to spend it on,"
Cheney said. "There usually are
fairly significant differences
between we Republicans and the
Democrats on how you stimulate
the economy." .
Cheney, also speaking about
the future of the Republican Par-
ty, the hunt for Osama bin Laden,

‘and the role for his successor, Joe

Biden, said he: ,
—expects the Republican Par-
ty to rebound from this year's
election defeats, but is unsure
whether Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin

‘ will lead the comeback as the par-

ty's nominee for president in
2012. "I don't think she has any
kind of lock on that," Cheney said
of this year's vice presidential can-
didate. "She'll have to go out and
earn it just as anybody else would
have to." |

—thinks bin Laden is alive but
questioned whether he is still

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tions about whether or not he's
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Cheney said. -

"Capturing Osama bin Laden
is something we clearly would
love to do" before leaving office,
Cheney said. But he said it has
been more important to stop ter-
rorist attacks against the United
States. ,

—Biden has not asked for any
advice.about being vice president.
Biden has called Cheney "the
most dangerous vice president
we've had probably in American
history." Cheney strongly dis-
agreed with the assertion and said
he doesn't think Obama will give
Biden as consequential a role as
Cheney has had under Bush.

—disagreed with the firing of
Defense Secretary Donald H.
Rumsfeld in late 2006, though he
praised Rumsfeld's successor,
Robert Gates, who will stay on
as Obama's defense secretary. "It
wasn't my decision to make,"
Cheney said of firing Rumsfeld.
“The president doesn't always
take my advice."

—did not regret using an
obscenity beginning with "f"'-in
an exchange with Sen. Patrick
Leahy, D-Vt., on the Senate floor
in June 2004. "I thought he mer-

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m By CHELSEA J. CARTER
BASRA, Iraq

The top U.S. general in Iraq
said he will make a decision

~ about the future role of Amer-
ican troops in early spring, to |

allow enough time to address
any violence that may arise
from January's provincial elec-

: tions, according to the Associat-

ed Press.
Army Gen. Ray Odierno told

: The Associated Press that the

two-month period after the
election will allow U.S. troops
and Iraqi security forces to
ensure those legitimately elect-
ed can take office. He also said
U.S. troops will move into
southern Iraq early next year
to replace departing Beek
forces.

"So we have to make sure in
the election those who didn't
win understand that, and we will
be able to seat the new govern-
ment properly," Odierno, the
overall commander of U.S. and
allied forces in Iraq, told AP
late Saturday. "And once we
get to that point, it's now time
for us to take a look at what is
right for the future."

Violence is dropping sharply

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throughout the country — an

Iraqi military official said Sun-
day that murder rates have
returned to pre-war levels.

Military officials say Odier-
no has already outlined for Pen-
tagon leaders a withdrawal plan
that would pull thousands of
troops out of Iraq early next
year but move more cautiously
than the 16-month timetable
pledged by President-elect
Barack Obama.

"TL expect we will start to thin

our forces in '09. It's the right _

time to do that," he said. "We
will do it in a deliberate, careful
way to.make sure we have
enough combat power to sup-
port the Iraqis in case there is
the unexpected, a resurgence of
an extremist group of some sort
that tries to have an affect of
the stability inside Iraq."

Odierno said he has not
talked with anyone on Obama's
transition team.

"T have a mission I currently
have with the current comman-
der-in-chief, and I am working
toward that mission," Odierno
said. "When our new comman-
der-in-chief comes in and tells

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our forces in ’09. It’s the right
time to do that. We will do it in
a deliberate, careful way to
make sure we have enough
combat power to support the
Iraqis in case there is the
unexpected, a resurgence of an
extremist group of some sort
that tries to have an affect on
the stability inside Iraq.”



and my plan to what he wants
to do. Until then there is not
much to talk about."

News of America's southern
deployment came as Iraq's
major parliamentary leaders
reached a compromise Sunday
that would allow all non-Amer-
ican foreign troops to remain

Ray Odierno

until the end of July 2009. A
U.N. mandate authorizing mili-
tary operations in Iraq expires
Dec. 31 and those troops would
have no legal ground to remain.

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Odierno told the AP that U.S.
troops would replace British
forces in the region early next
year.

Odierno said he is consider-
ing moving either a brigade or
division headquarters — about
100 personnel — as well as an
undetermined number of com-
bat troops to Iraq's second-
largest city.

"It will be a smaller presence

than what is here now. We.

think it's important to maintain
some. presence down here just
because we think Basra is an
important city, and we think it's
important to have some over-
sight here," Odierno Said in
Basra shortly after being briefed
by British Maj. Gen. Andy
Salmon about the area's stabil-
ity.

Odierno said Multi-National
Division — Center, which is
responsible for the area just
south of Baghdad will expand
down to the Persian Gulf and

the Kuwait border. Basra is at -

the heart of the country's vital
oil industry.

Odierno said he expects the
transition between U.S. and
British troops to begin at the
end of March.. '

Abbas al-Bayati of the Shiite
United Iraqi Alliance said Par-
liament will vote on Monday
after "the decision to approve a

draft resolution was reached’

with heads of political blocs."

Unlike a draft law that was
rejected by the Iraqi parliament,
the resolution needs to be rati-
fied by a simple majority —
sidestepping the need for sup-
port from smaller radical par-
ties.

A separate agreement
approved by the Iraqi govern-
ment allows the United States

.to keep troops in the country

until the end of 2011. That
agreement, which takes effect

on Jan. 1, gives Iraq some over- .

sight over the nearly 150,000
American troops now in the
country.

Odierno also said no decision
has been made to withdraw the
nearly 22,000 Marines in Iraq,
mostly in Anbar province,
where insurgent violence is rel-
atively low, despite comments
from the Marine commandant
that there was.a greater role for
them in Afghanistan.

"Any decision on force struc-
ture here in Iraq will be made
by me," he said, adding he
would then make recommen-
dations to Gen. David Petraeus,
commander of all U.S. forces
in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He said any decision would
be based on being able to con-
tinue the U.S. mission and not
give up security gains.

In 2006, U.S. forces attempt-
ed to hand over security in por-
tions of Iraq to security forces



S general in Iraq prepares for troop decision



only to have them collapse in
the face of sectarian violence
and insurgent attacks.

Iraqi forces are: now respon-
sible for security in 13 of the 18
provinces with coalition forces
available for help if requested.

There has been an 86 percent
decline in violence this year
from the previous yeat, Iraqi
Army Maj. Gen. Qassim Atta
said Sunday. Attacks have’
dropped from 180 a day last
year to about 10a day this year.
He also said murder rates had
declined to below pre-war lev-
els, about one per 100,000 peo-
ple.

In the only reported violence
Sunday, a suicide bomber killed
an Iraqi army soldier in Mosul
when he detonated himself as
a patrol passed him, said an
Iraqi police officer, speaking on
condition of anonymity because
he was not authorized to talk
to media.

But U.S. officials say the
security situation remains tenu-
ous, and some areas of the
country are still dangerous.

Chief among Odierno's con- .
cerns is providing adequate
security for the Jan. 31 Iraq-
wide provincial elections.

U.S. and Iraqi officials hope
the elections will redress prob-
lems created by the last region- .
al balloting in January 2005,
when Sunnis largely stayed
away from the polls.

As a result, Kurds-and Shi-
ites won a disproportionate
share of the power, and Iraqi
and U.S. military officials have
expressed concern of a possible
increase in violence prior to the
election and after the balloting.

"It is important that we work
with the Iraqi security in order
to ensure that the Iraqi people
have the security prior to the
election to campaign, then to
vote and then afterward to seat
the government properly," he
said.

Odierno also said the out- -
come of the election may under-
cut an effort by some groups to
hold a-referendum on whether
predominantly Shiite Basra
province should become a self-
ruled region with the same pow-
ers as the Kurdish self-ruled
area in the north. That would
‘give local authorities more con-
trol of the province's vast oil
wealth. /

"I think after. the provincial
elections, if that goes right and
the people believe they are
being represented properly," he
said, "we'll see if they still want
to do that or not."

Associated Press writers Qas-
sim Abdul-Zahra and Jim
Heintz in Baghdad contributed
to this report.

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IN THIS FILE PHOTO DATED NOV.
9, 2008, a Zimbabwean opposition
supporter calls for President Robert
Mugabe to step down from office,
at a SADC extraordinary summit
in Johannesburg, South Africa. In
an interview broadcast late Thurs-
day, Dec. 4, 2008, Nobel peace lau-
reate, Desmond Tutu told Dutch
currént affairs show Nova that
Mugabe has. to leave office, if not
voluntarily then by a military inter-
ventian from his African neighbors.
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several days explaining the
USS. shift to regional leaders.
The new USS. stance will put
pressure on Zimbabwe's
neighbors — South Africa in
particular — to abandon

‘Mugabe. But South Africa -

said its position ‘was
unchanged.

The U.S., Frazer said, has
become convinced Mugabe is
incapable of sharing power.

She cited political moves he
has made since September
without consulting the oppo-
sition, réports his regime has
continued to harass and arrest

‘opposition and human rights

activists, and the continued.
deterioration of Zimbabwe's

’ humanitarian and economic

situation. Particularly worry-
ing, she said, was the rapid
spread of cholera, an easily
treatable and preventable dis-

' ease that has killed at least

1,000 Zimbabweans since
August.

Biological

Frazer.cited accusations
from the Mugabe regime that
the West waged biological
warfare to deliberately start
the cholera epidemic as an
indication Mugabe is "a man
who's lost it, who's losing his
mind, who's out of touch with
reality."

If Mugabe's neighbors were
to unite and "go to Mugabe

and tell him to go, I do think -

he would go," she said.
Secretary State Condoleez-

‘za Rice said Sunday on the

American TV program "Meet
the Press" that Zimbabwe was
discussed at the United
Nations last week. :

"This is another circum-
stance in which the interna-
tional community, most of it
— including, by the way, sev-
eral African states: Botswana,
the leadership of Kenya and
others — are saying that the
regime of Robert Mugabe has
got to go," Rice said. You
have a cholera epidemic there.
You have a humanitarian dis-
aster in terms of food. You
have the goons of the Mugabe

regime going around and.

detaining people and fright-
ening people, terrorizing peo-
ple. Again, the international
community in that circum-
stance ‘needs to act."

But South Africa said Sun-
day the agreement under
which Mugabe would remain
president and opposition
leader Morgan Tsvangirai
would take a new prime min-
ister's post was the only way
forward.

South Africa is the region's
diplomatic leader. Its former
president, Thabo Mbeki,
mediated Zimbabwe's power-
sharing agreement in Septem-
ber and has worked since then
to break an impasse between
Mugabe and the Zimbabwean
opposition over how to divide
Cabinet posts.

When the power-sharing

community, most
of it — including,
by the way,
several African
states: Botswana,

_the leadership of |

Kenya and others
— are saying that.
the regime of _
Robert Mugabe
has got to go.”

Condoleeza Rice \j

agreement was announced,
the U.S. gave crucial support,
offering to lift sanctions and
help Zimbabwe re-negotiate
relations with’ international
lenders if the deal were imple-
mented. path

"We're not prepared to do
any of that now," Frazer said
Sunday.

Asked later whether that
robbed Zimbabwe's neigh-'
bours of important leverage,
Thabo Masebe, spokesman
for South African President
Kgalema Motlanthe; said only:
"Our position has not
changed."

Tendai Biti, chief negotia-
tor for Zimbabwean opposi-
tion leader Tsvangirai, said the
opposition remained commit-
ted to the stalled talks aimed
at forming a power-sharing ~
government with Mugabe and
Tsvangirai. But Biti noted that
Tsvangirai said Friday that he
will ask his party to halt the:
power-sharing negotiations
‘inless political detainees are
released or charged by Jan. 1.

Biti said the U.S. position
was difficult to contest, say-.
ing that in Mugabe, "you are *
dealing with someone ... that
cannot be trusted."

South Africa's. Motlanthe
had said as recently. as last
week that he believed the uni-
ty proposal was the solution, .
because it was what Zimbab-
wean negotiators wanted.

» Frazer said the U:S. also

believed a unity government
could move Zimbabwe for-
ward, but "it's not credible
with Mugabe as president."

Cholera has spread from
Zimbabwe to South Africa
and other neighbors, under-
lining the threat Mugabe pos-
es to the region, Frazer said.
She said it was understand-
able that South Africa would
try not to do anything that
could lead to Zimbabwe's col-
lapse — and perhaps create a
refugee crisis. It was "fair,"
she said, for South Africa to
try quiet diplomacy and to try
to move the stalled unity deal
forward.

"But when these actions
don't work," more robust
response must be considered,
she said.

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Confidence For Life

BISX: ‘We must be first place for capital formation’

‘1 By NEIL HARTNELL

Tribune Business Editor

he Bahamas International
Securities Exchange (BISX)
is aiming to make “significant”
progress in facilitating capital raising
for Bahamian small business develop-
ment in 2009, its chief executive saying:
“We've got to be the first-place to go
when seeking capital, and are not there
yet.”
Outlining BISX’s 2009 plans for the
Bahamian capital markets, Keith
Davies told Tribune Business that

Bank ‘would have

. Exchange ‘not there yet’, but aiming to aid small business capital raising in 2009

* First quarter next year ‘target for a lot of things’, including government debt market completion

* BISX targeting BISX Global development, expansion of debt listings, |
preference shares and creation of secondary ialeeU nes in 2009

among his goals was to establish the
exchange as a platform, for raising cap-
ital to finance Bahamian small busi-
nesses.

With the 2009 first quarter “a tar-



get for a lot of things for us”, Mr
Davies said BISX was targeting Feb-
ruary as the deadline for completing
everything it felt was necessary to facil-
itate the listing and trading of govern-

Foreign - fund boost

ment debt securities on the exchange.

He added that 2009 would also be a
pivotal year in the development of
BISX Global, the joint venture entity
set up to Mar with the exchange on



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@ By NEIL HARTNELL

Tribune Business Editor

BANK. of
the Bahamas

would — have
exceeded
2007’s record
first quarter net
income by 16.7
per cent if it
had not taken,
a $600,000 loan
loss provision,
its managing
director warning that deposit
rates were being negatively
impacted by uncertainty over
whether the annual liquidity
replenishment cycle would take
place.

McWeeney

Paul Meweerey said the-

BISX-listed bank, which saw
2009 first quarter net income

decline by 6.7 per cent to ae 8

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Public Utilities Com-
mission (PUC) does not have
“all encompassing powers” that
allow it to hear every telecom-
munications sector dispute, a
leading operator has argued,
with there being “no automatic
right” for every complaint to be
heard.

Responding to the PUC’s
proposed dispute resolution
procedures for the industry,
Paul Hutton-Ashkenny, Sys-
tems Resource Group’s (SRG)
president, said the existing
Telecommunications Act did
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been closer to $3.5m, not
6.7% decline on last
year's record

* Warns deposit rates being
pushed up due to liquidity
replenishment uncertainty

* Plans to double capacity of
Village Road branch in 2009

million, would have surpassed

last year’s $3 million perfor-
mance had it not chosen to take
a $600,000 loan loss provision.

In the absence of that provi-
sion, Bank of the Bahamas
International’s net income for
the three months to September
30, 2008, would have been

SEE page 5B

Operator against ©
PUC dispute plans

Disagreeing with the PUC’s
interpretation of the Act, Mr
Hutton-Ashkenny said: “SRG
does not accept what appears

to be the wide-ranging inter-'

pretation that the PUC has
placed upon section 6 (2) of the
Act.”

SRG,-which trades as the -

Bahamas Telecommunications
Company’s (BTC) only fixed-
line competitor, IndiGo Net-
works, said the PUC appeared
to believe that section of the
Act empowered it to ‘hear com-
plaints by any person regarding
the operations of any telecom-
munications or radiocommuni-
cations service’.
Describing this as “inaccu-

SEE page 9B

‘Compromise’
urged on Bimini
Bay resort

m@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Bimini Bay resort’s
developers and the Govern-
ment have been urged to com-
promise over the project’s
Phase/IJ design in order to
achieve sustainable develop-
ment, the former having invest-
ed more than $110 million to
date on first phase construction.

Anindependent study on the
controversial resort project by

SEE page 8B



aiding financial sector

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Business Editor

WHILE hile Bahamian
investment fund administra-
tors may have seen an
increase in business, it has:
largely been from foreign-
licensed funds rather than
their Bahamas-licensed coun-
terparts, Tribune Business
has been:told.

Hillary Deveaux, the Secu-
rities Commission’s executive
director, said that while the
Bahamas did not appear to
have experienced “anything
major” to date from the antic-
ipated global.hedge fund
industry fallout, the regula-
tor had seen ‘an increase in
Recognised Foreign -Funds
(RFFs) being administered
fromthe Bahamas.:

had been ‘a decline



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* BISX chief says fund
listings growth likely to
be muted in 2009, due
to global sector woes

i

licensed by the Bahamas.
With more than 850 invest-
ment funds — both registered
RFFs and Bahamas-licensed
— operating with a Bahamian

nexus, Mr. Deveaux said of,

the teetering hedge fund

industry: “I don’t think there |
has been any real, significant
impact” on the Bahamas.’ 4

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it can obtain commitments for the full $310 million financing

_ required for Lynden Pindling International Airport’s (LPIA) first

phase redevelopment by year-end.

Speaking with Tribune Business on Friday, Stewart. Steves,
NAD’S chief financial Officer said that while he could not confirm
the January 29, 2009, closing date for the airport’s first phase
financing, the target was the end of January or shortly thereafter.

He added that while progress will be affected by the Christmas
season, NAD and its advisers have had strong indications they
will have investor commitments for the balance of the financing by

~ year-end 2008, with or two more possibly coming in January.

_ Mr Steves acknowledged that the current economic challenges,
particularly in the US and the global credit markets, had made it dif-
ficult for NAD to secure the necessary funding. -

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By RoyalFidelity Capital
Markets

THERE was moderate trad-
ing in the Bahamian market last
week, with a small increase-in
the trading momentum.

Investors traded in nine out
of the 25 listed securities, of
which one advanced, four
declined and three remained
unchanged.

EQUITY MARKET

A total of 76,887 shares
changed hands, representing an
increase of 997 or 1.3 per cent,
versus the previous week’s trad-

‘ing volume of 75,890 shares.

— Commonwealth Bank
(CBL) led the volume for a
third consecutive week with
38,800 shares trading to end the
week at $7.

— Cable Bahamas (CAB)
was the sole advancer last week
with 3,675 shares trading, its
stock price increasing by $0.12
to.close at $14.03.

— ICD Utilities (ICD) led the

- decline, plummeting by $0.68

to $6.13 on a volume of 1,600
shares.

— Benchmark Bahamas
(BBL) saw 1,000 shares trade,
its price falling by $0.07 to end
the week at $0.66.

— FirstCaribbean Interna-



FOREX Rates

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GBP
EUR





Commodities

Crude Oil
Gold



Giton Giksen gag Khristi Setieal being congratulated by Rainibert John Lopez (Freeport Partner) congratulating Marcia Sands and

Longley (Nassau Partner) on the passing of their CPA exam.

\

| Congratulations On Passing The CPA Examination



Philip Pinder

Philip completed his undergraduate
degree at Florida Memorial University
- where he graduated with a Bachelor of
Science degree in Accounting. He sat
and successfully completed the uniform
CPA Examination in August 2008.

Philip is the son of Philip Pinder
(deceased) and Ingrid Pinder. He is
married to Keldra Pinder and they have
three children - Jalen, Janaiya and
Jalanna.

| AUDIT , TAX



Khristi Samuel

Khristi earned a Bachelor’s Degree in
Accounting at Winona State University.
Determined to excel, she obtained an
MBA. in Accounting and Finance at

‘Missouri State University, Springfield,

Missouri in 2006. She sat and
successfully passed the Certified Public
Accounting (CPA) exam in May 2008.

Khristi attributes her success to her
husband Kareem Samuel, mother, Helen
Simmons, siblings Khristle, Christiaan
and Christophe, the entire Simmons and
Samuel families, the Melfords and the
Thompsons.

, ADVISORY



Geron Gibson

Philip Pinder on the passing of their CPA exam. -



International Markets










International Stock Market Indexes:

The Bahamian Stock Market |

FINDEX 828.59

(-12.96%) YTD

BISX CLOSING CHANGE VOLUME YTD PRICE

SYMBOL PRICE

AML $1.71 $-
BBL $0.66. $-0.07
BOB. $7.64 $-
BPE S180: $-

A BSE cc $10.19 © $-3.67
BWL = ‘$3.15. = $-.
CAB. $14. $0.12
‘CHL

OB 810. $005

tional Bank (CIB) saw 4,300
shares trade, its stock decreas-
ing by $0.05 to end the week at
$10.45.

— FOCOL Holdings (FCL)
fell by $0.01 to $5.19 on a vol-
ume of 7,320 shares. (See 6B)









Weekly

% Change
1.2204 -2.20
1.4930 -0.12





1.3922 +4.13




Weekly % Change
$42.89 -7.86
$838.60 +1.96







Weekly






8,579.11 -0.59
8,787.88 +0.93
1,564.32 $1.53
8,588.52. ~



_ CHANGE
3.01%
22.35%
-20.50% |

0.00% |
-30.21%
-13.93%
16.43%
16.96%
-10.16%
-28.42%
44.64% |
8.51% |
1 833%. «|
10.57%
57.14% |
0.19% |
0.00% |
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15.45% |



¢ 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.

ICD Utilities (ICD) has

declared a dividend of $0.30 per
share, payable on December 31,
2008, to all shareholders of record
date December 22, 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 shareholders of
record date December 12, 2008.

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

e PRIVATE PLACEMENT

OFFERINGS:

FOCOL Holdings (FCL)
announced it will be extending
the deadline of its private place-
mentoffering. The preferred
shares will be: paying a dividend
tate'of prime + 1.75 per cent,
payable semi-annually.



Lambert Longley, Partner congratulating Marilyn Ward-Kemp on
successfully passing the Certified Professional Secretary exam.



Marcia Sands

Geron completed a Bachelor’s degree
in Finance at Acadia University. He
successfully completed his CPA
examinations in July 2008.

Geron would like to extend his utmost
gratitude to God for his continued
guidance. He would also like to thank
his mother, Rosemary Gibson and close
friends Karen Major and Elijah Knowles
for their support and encouragement.

Marcia completed her Associate’s
Degree in Accounting at The College of
The Bahamas. She earned a partial
scholarship to attend Louisiana State
University where she graduated with a
Bachelor of Science degree in
Accounting. -

Marcia is the eldest of three daughters
born to Richard (Sammy) Sands Jr, and
Rosena Sands of Palmetto Point,
Eleuthera, Bahamas. Marcia credits
much of her success to her parents and
siblings Roshea and Samara.

Tatiana Turner



In 1993, Tatjana completed
her Bachelor’s degree at
Florida Institute of
Technology in Melbourne,

_ Florida and her Master’s
degree in Accounting at
Nova Southeastern
University in Fort

Lauderdale in 2006. She

successfully completed her

CPA examinations in April

2008.




















In the future, she intends to
sit the CFA and CIA
examinations,

Marilyn Ward-Kemp

Marilyn is the Senior
Administrative Assistant to
the Senior Partner. She sat
and passed the Certified
Professional Secretary
(CPS) examination on her
firgt attempt in May 2008.

Marilyn is thankful to her
husband Harry, son
Matthew and immediate
family for their
overwhelming support over
the years.

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Family Island hotels
feel economic pinch

@ By CARA BRENNEN-BETHEL
Tribune Business Reporter



FAMILY Island hotels and businesses
are suffering a lull in business this holiday
season as a result of the current economic
environment.

Speaking with Tribune Business last
week, Lockwood Turnquest, of Ellen’s Inn
in Deadman’s Cay, Long Island, said book-
ings have been few and far apart in the lead
up to Christmas.

The property will be benefiting from
some domestic tourist bookings, as persons



come to spend the four-day holiday week-
end with family, he added, but said that
overall things are slow.

“This is not like the regular Christmas.
Business has not been very brisk and people
are watching what they spend,” Mr Turn-
quest said of the atmosphere in Long Island.

However, he added that despite the eco-
nomic downturn, Long Island residents
were resilient and always in good spirits.

Vincent Miller, of the Chickcharnie Hotel
in Fresh Creek, Andros, said that business
has not been as good as in other months.

In most cases, he said, visitors seem to be

$1,000 wire transfer verification threshold

travelling throughout the island moving
from settlement to settlement, which has
proven to be a good thing as it spread busi-
ness throughout Andros rather than just a
single establishment.

He added that most persons have been
travelling to Nassau and the US to shop
for Christmas.

“They have been getting exactly what
they need to buy, no more and no less,”
Mr Miller said. To drive business, he said
the resort had some activities planned in
the park over the weekend to stimulate
business.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2008, PAGE 3B

Pepsi-Cola

PEPSI Is having
Liquidation Sale

Bahamas

Els

affiliate of PepsiAmericas Tates

will be having Liquidation

sale on. all

furniture

and

office supplies on Tuesday
December 23rd beginning at
9:00a.m. at the plant on Prince

@ By NEIL HARTNELL |
Tribune Business Editor

THE Central Bank of the
Bahamas is proposing that all
information regarding Bahamas-
based senders of cross-border
wire transfers worth $1,000 or
more accompany such transac-
tions, due to the fact that a
“fleeting relationship” with
clients makes such businesses
vulnerable to money launder-

Bank is proposing, should consist
of the sender’s name; account
number, transaction number or
some form of identification num-
ber; and an address, date, place
of birth, national identity/cus-
tomer identification number.
Money transfer businesses,
under the Central Bank’s pro-
posal, will also be required to
keep all transaction information
for a period of five years from

the date of the transaction.

It is unclear what impact the
Central Bank’s proposed regu-
lations will have on Bahamas-
based money transfer businesses,
and whether they will increase
the bureaucracy and cost of
doing business.

They may also discourage
immigrants to the Bahamas, both
legal and illegal, from using legit-
imate money transfer businesses

to remit money back home to
friends and family, in the latter’s
case because of fears the trans-

action details could bé used to

NOTICE

detect their presence.

Charles Drive.

The Chambers of

ing/terror financing.

In its proposed amendments
to its anti-money laundering/anti-
terror financing framework, the
Central Bank - in an entirely
new section on money transfer
businesses — said they were par-
ticularly susceptible because cus-
tomers did not have to open a
bank account or establish a long-
term relationship with them.

Clients could switch business
between different money trans-
mission businesses, and the high
volume of cash these companies
handled, and their ability to
instantly move money around
the world, further increased their
vulnerability.

As a result, the banking sector
regulator is proposing that “com-
plete payer information must
accompany all wire transfers of
$1,000 or more where the bene-
ficiary financial institution (the
financial institution that receives
a funds transfer on behalf of a
payee) is located in a jurisdic-
tion outside the Bahamas”.

The information, the Central

*

MINORCA IN

NOTICE OF DISSOLUTION
OF

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with
Section 137 (4) of the International Business

Companies Act 2000, MINORCA INVESTMENTS
LTD. is in Dissolution. The date of commencement of
dissolution was December 17th 2008. Macgregor
Robertson of 308 East Bay Street, Nassau,
Bahamas is the
INVESTMENTS LTD.

Liquidator

Macgregor Robertson
Liquidator



VESTMENTS LTD.

of MINORCA

VITAL:

ee AG men

To aed aed

ot

Heather Bellot-Hazarian, Jorge Morgan,
Wendy Warren, Roberto Lewis.

Alison Treco, Nayasha Aranha, Ivylyn

Cassar.

Cantillo, Roberto Lewis.

Olga Cantillo, Teresa Haven-Adderley, Alexande
Roberts, Rosalyn Brown, Peggy Knowles.

John Bostwick, Keith Davies, Olga

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Adrien, Miguel Gonzalez.

CEDRIC L. PARKER & CO. '
Counsel & Attorneys-at-law

will be closed for the Holidays
commencing at'12:00 noon
Wednesday, the 24th December, 2008

and will re-open on

Monday, the 5th January, 2009

Happy Tolidays

to our valued clients

K.MILES PARKER
Managing Partner

Carlos Herrera, Pamela Klonaris.

Philip Beneby, Romauld Ferreira, Dominique

Mr & Mrs Giovanni Pirana

Smith.

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Heather Bellot-Hazarian, Van-Dyke Saunders,
Jorge Morgan, Min. of State for Finance, Hon.
Zhivargo S. Laing.

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HELP WANTED

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minimum of 3 years experience, proficient
in Microsoft applications, preferably 30
years and older- .

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of 5 years experience, preferably 35 years
and older -

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PUBLIC NOTICE

This is to inform the public that the road known as

BRACE RIDGE,
which is off of East Bay Street,
between New Gate Road and Johnson Road,

WILL BE CLOSED

TO THE PUBLIC ON:-

DECEMBER 26TH, 2008
IN ORDER TO RETAIN OWNERSHIP

BRACE RIDGE MANOR ASSOCIATION, LTD.
P.O. BOX N-1039
_.NASSAU, BAHAMAS



Airport confident
finance in place
by ‘08 year-end

FROM page 1B

the $90 million senior secured
debt tranche, which has been
split into $70 million in US cur-
rency and $20 million in
Bahamian dollars.

Mr Steves said NAD realized
the airport financing was not an
ideal option for many, but the
company was targeting those
for whom it is.

The Government has already
effectively underwritten the
LPIA first phase financing by
agreeing to take $50 million of
the $80 million participating
debt facility, the third and final
tranche in the financing
arrangement.

That $80 million is required
to refinance NAD and the air-
port’s existing seven-year cred-
it facilities, and having that ful-
ly subscribed was a condition
precedent to raising the other
two tranches. Without that $80
million, the $140 million bank
credit facility and $90 million
senior secured level would not
happen, and although NAD felt
it could lace $30 million, rais-
ing the $50 million remainder
was impossible without govern-
ment support given current
global credit market conditions.

There appears to be no short-
age of revenue streams avail-
able to NAD when it comes to

paying for the airport’s rede- |

velopment, with current aero-
nautical fees said to be 36 per
cent below the Caribbean
regional average.

Aeronautical revenues, which
include landing fees, aircraft
parking fees, terminal fees, and
fees for the use of aircraft
bridges, account for 76 per cent
of NAD’s total income streams.
Non-aeronautical revenues,
which come from fuel royalties,
vehicle parking, concessions and
advertising, account for the

‘remaining 24 per cent.

For the year ended June 30,
2008, the passenger facility fee
generated 82.4 per cent of
NAD’s revenues, or some
$21.554 million out of $26.183
million. Of the rest, landing fees
produced the next largest

chunk, at 12.9 per cent or $3.381°

million.

Non-aeronautical fees pro-
duced $8.445 million in rev-
enues for the 12 months to June
30, 2008, giving NAD a total of
more than $34.5 million in rev-
enues for that year.

The Lynden Pindling Inter-
national Airport (LPIA) is cur-
rently served by 30 airlines that
offer 3,700 inbound flights —
with 188,000 total seats — per
month from 49 destinations.

Bahamasair still has the
largest market share, with 23

per cent of flights and 28 per .

cent of seats inbound into LPIA
during NAD’s last financial
year, which closed on June 30,
2008.

The national flag carrier’s
biggest competitor was Ameri-
can Eagle, which had a 12 per
cent and 14 per cent share of
total flights and seats respec-
tively. Behind that airline came
Delta Airlines, US Airways and
Spirit in that order.

The NAD document said that
unlike other Caribbean airports,
LPIA was likely to see
increased flight services via
Delta and Jet Blue in 2008-ear-
ly 2009. “One major reason for
this trend is due to the higher
realizable flight yield of $0.18
per mile to US carriers at LPIA,
compared to an average flight
yield of $0.13 per mile for
domestic US services in

2006 and $0.12 per mile for
international destinations,” it

added.

International traffic at LPIA,
NAD said, had grown at a rate
of 2 per cent per annum
between 1995 to 2007, advanc-
ing from 2.1 million passengers

to 2.7 million passengers. For
the nine months to September
30, 2008, international and
domestic passengers totalled 2.1
million and 519,000 passengers
respectively.



CAREER OPPORTUNITY
PROJECTS & FACILITIES MANAGER



PURPOSE OF ROLE:

To provide oversight for all premises (includes security) and
information technology (IT) vendor relationships within the
Administration and IT Department. To oversee all Company premises
in The Bahamas, including the day-to-day management of premises,
and the organization and review of all premises related contracts
and costs. Additionally, to manage projects within the Administration
structure, covering all the domains of change through information

technology and premises that impact departments within the
Company. Note: Projects likely to be limited to three or four major,
but non-complex, projects per year and ongoing mini-projects.

KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS:

+ Over 2 years experience managing projects at a supervisory level

+ Bachelor's Degree in information technology or related field;
project management certification

« Excellent organisation skills
+ Well-developed writing skills

« Excel and Word processing skills

Resumes with accompanying certificates should be forwarded via
email to careers@familyguardian.com by January 2, 2009

Family Guardian thanks all applicants however, only those short-

listed will be contacted.



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- BO. Box N — 272 P.O. Box F- 42451
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Local manufacturing company in Freeport, Grand Bahama is seeking a Junior
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December 23rd
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December 29th - 30th
December 31st.

Qualifications:
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of work experience. Candidates who have earned an Associate Degree in
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vendors.
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Aging.
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Bank ‘would have beaten ‘0’7’
but for $600k charge

FROM page 1B

between $3.4-$3.5 million, Mr
McWeeney said, an increase of
between 13-16.7 per cent.

Explaining that the bank
made no loan loss provision
during the 2007 comparative
period, Mr McWeeney said of
this year’s move: “We are
padding the balance sheet,
building those primary reserves
to deal with any asset quality
issues we face.”

Describing the 2009 first |

quarter results as “very, very
strong”, Mr wcWeeney said the
bank would have been “way
ahead of last year — at almost
$3.5 million” in net income —
had it not elected to take the
provision.

“Because we got such a
strong performance, that’s why
we went ahead and took the
provision,” Mr McWeeney

explained. “We put it in the bal- .

ance sheet to grow the strength
of the bank.”

’ Most Bahamian commercial
banks have increased their lev-
el of loan loss provisions this
year as a result of the contract-
ing Bahamian economy, com-
plete with mass hotel sector lay-
offs, reduced work weeks and
lower salaries, which have left
increasing numbers of borrow-
ers in default on their loans.
Close to 15 per cent of all loans
are in arrears, meaning they are
31 days or more past due.

However, Mr McWeeney
told Tribune Business that
Bank of the Bahamas Interna-
tional’s non-performing loans —
those past 90 days due — were
well within industry norms,
standing at “within 5 per cent”
of all outstanding loans as at

- the 2009 first quarter end.

He added that the bank had
been able to “stabilize” the
deterioration in asset quality
and loan portfolio that all com-
mercial banks had experienced
in 2008.

Increasing numbers of bor-
roweIs experiencing repayment
difficulties were coming into
Bank of the Bahamas Interna-

’ tional to restructure their loans,
and Mr McWeeney said: “The
signals are that we should see

some improvement in loan.

quality.’

He indicatedthat Bank.of the’ -

Bahamas International’s deci-
sion to focus on mortgages and
commercial and industrial loans
was likely to pay dividends in a
depressed economy, as most of
these were collateralized by
physical assets such as property,
thus minimizing the risk.

With consumer loans now
accounting for about 10 per cent
of Bank of the Bahamas Inter-
national’s total loan portfolio,
Mr McWeeney said the bank
had “much more flexibility”
when it came to loan restruc-
turing.

In its infancy 10 years ago,
Bank of the Bahamas Interna-
tional’s loan portfolio had con-
sisted almost entirely of con-
sumer loans, and its managing
director told Tribune Business:
“The downside risk for the bank
has been minimized by the deci-
sion to move away from con-
sumer loans.

“The bank is still very keen to
grow its loan book, but the
growth has to be tempered and
take into account the economic
circumstances.”

However, the bank remains
concerned by the continued sys-
temic liquidity challenges fac-
ing all Bahamian commercial
banks due to uncertainty over
whether. the normal replenish-
ment cycle will take place in
early 2009.

Bank of the Bahamas Inter-
national saw a 13 per cent

increase in interest expense paid -

to depositors during the 2009
first quarter, both as a result of
its expanding customer base
and the higher rates institution-
al clients were able to corn-
mand.

Mr McWeeney said the.

- bank’s deposit base had grown
by $112 million year-over-year
as at the first quarter-end, an
increase of 20 per cent to $613
million. That was largely due to
the addition of 5,000 customers,
and during the three months to
September 30, 2008, the deposit
base expanded by 6 per cent or
$36.78 million.
Acknowledging that the
interest rates paid to depositors
had increased, Mr McWeeney
said that, traditionally, the third
and fourth quarters of every
year saw a drawdown on sur-
plus assets in the banking sys-
tem. In the former period, com-
panies stocked up on inventory
in preparation for Christmas,
and in the latter consumers
sucked out liquidity to purchase
those goods as Christmas gifts.
Normally, liquidity was
replenished by businesses -—
especially in the retail sector -
depositing their Christmas tak-

ings into the banking system.
Yet many were predicting a
tough holiday season for retail-
ers as a result of the economic
downturn, creating uncertainty
over whether liquidity would be
rebuilt in the New Year.

As a result, large depositors —
companies and institutional
clients such as pension funds
and insurance companies — were
exploiting “the uncertainty of
the short-term outlook” to
demand, and get, higher deposit
rates from banks eager to
obtain funding.

Typically, they were able to
obtain rates that were 0.25 per
cent higher than the norm, Mr
McWeeney said. “Because of
the outlook and potential for
liquidity concerns, customers
have been asking for, and get-
ting, increases on their deposits,
especially institutions and cor-
porate clients,” he added.

Meanwhile, Mr McWeeney
said Bank of the Bahamas
International had moved to

“double capacity” at its Village ©

Road branch in 2009 by agree-
ing to lease an additional two
bays at the Village Road Shop-

ping Centre.

Describing the location as the
bank’s “busiest branch”, he
added: “One of the things we
are doing is that we acquired
two additional bays at Village
Road. We intend to double
capacity at that branch during
the New Year, and have just
completed planning for the new
floor plan.”

As for the bank’s proposed’

West Bay Street headquarters,
Mr McWeeney added: “We’d
like to, move in the New Year.
We’re looking very closely at
that, and are still working with
prime potential tenants.

“We hope to make headway
in the New Year. Having lease
agreements in place is key, and
we are not going to put the
bank at a disadvantage by not
Having any tenants.”

Bank of the Bahamas Inter-
national saw its total assets grow
by 4.9 per cent during the 2009
first quarter, increasing from
$736 million at the 2008 year-
end at June 30, to $772 million.
Year-over-year, it was a 17 per
cent increase from $660 million
in 2007.

NOTICE

The Physically Challenged
Children’s Committee (PCCC)
will continue the sale of its annual

raffle tickets until January 31,
2009. All tickets purchased since
the raffle began in November will

be honored.

To contact the PCCC,
call 328-6147.



COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS IN ;
THE SUPREME COURT 2008/QUT/equ/0097 "

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.
KNOWLES by Power of Attorney for Reginald Knowles

Sr.

NOTICE

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:-

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.

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

The Office of the Administrator Rock Sound, Eleuthera, .

Bahamas

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.

JOHNSON & CO.
; Chambers
# 1 New Bond Street
Governors Harbour
Eleuthera, Bahamas
Attorneys for the Petitioner



: \ Public Utilities Commission









PUBLIC NOTICE

STATEMENT OF RESULTS

ON







_ PUBLIC PORSUTEAT ION

Bahamas Telecommunications Company Ltd.’s “Application to Modify
Schedule 1 of Interim Licence






The Public Utilities Commission has consluded its public consultation on
the Application by Bahamas Telecommunications Company Ltd. (BTC) to
Modify Schedule 1 of the Interim Licence to include rates for various GSM
Cellular Mobile Services.






Section 12(2) of the Telecommunications Act, 1999 requires the Commission’
to consider any representations or objections received from the public and
interested parties on the Application received from BTC.






The Commission is satisfied that the fiodification to Schedule 1 of the
Interim Licence, as requested by BTC, will bring about improved benefits
to the Bahamian public and has pecrded to approve the Application for
modification.







Copies of the Statement of Results and all responses to the Public Consultation
Document may be obtained from the Commission’s office located at Fourth
Terrace East, Collins Avenue, Nassau or by downloading the documents from
the Commission’s website at www.pucbahamas.gov.bs.







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. Executive Director
Public Utilities Commission
P.O. Box N— 4860
Fourth Terrace East, Collins Avenue
Nassau, Bahamas








Telephone: 242 322 4437
~ Fax: 242 323 7288

Email: PUC@pucbahamas.gov.bs.
sassuee on. December 19, 2008

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The Anglican Central Education Authority

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 n Grand Bahama, and St. Andrew’s Anglican
School on Exuma.

Grades 7-12 . (6 positions
Grades 7-12 6 positions

English Language and Literature _ (

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Physics/General Science
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History/Social Studies
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French
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Upper Primary
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Grades 7-12 (2 positions)
Grades 7-12 (4 positions)
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Grades N-12 (3 positions)
- Grades N-12 (3 positions)
Grades 7-12 (2 positions)
Grades 7-12 |
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Grades 4-6 5 positions
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(2 positions)

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Grades 1-12 - (3 positions)
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Grades 7-12 4 positions
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Grades K-12.
Grades 3-12
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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 chitd for life.





PAGE 6B, MONDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2008



ley eed

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 138

(8) of the International Business Compa-

nies Act, 2000, notice is hereby given that
RSM (Bahamas) Global Ltd. has been dis-

solved and struck off the Register as of the
25th day of November, 2008.

ARGUS ADVISORS

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BUSINESS

BOND MARKET

Investors traded $50,000 (par
value) worth of Fidelity Bank
(Bahamas) Notes, all in Series
C Notes (FBB13) Due 2013.

COMPANY NEWS

Earnings Releases %

¢ Doctors Hospital Health
Systems (DHS) released its

INSIGHT

For the stories

behind the news,

unaudited consolidated com-
parative financial results for the
quarter ended October 31,
2008.

During the period, net
income for the quarter
decreased to $583,000 oz 21.95
per cent from $747,000. For the
nine-month period, net income
decreased by 31.38 per cent or
$1.01 million, which was a direct
result of.greater increases in
operating expenses, with rev-
enues remaining fairly static
despite a softening economy.

The company's total revenues
decreased: by $523,000 or 1.7
per cent to $31.1 million, while
total operating expenses
increased by $612,000 or 2.19
per cent to $28.6 million. Earn-
ings per share declined by $0.10
to $0.22, compared to $0.32 in
the previous year. :

Total assets stood at $30.9

e Bahamas Property Fund
(BPF) released its unaudited
consolidated income statement
for the quarter ended 30 Sep-
tember, 2008.

Net income for the quarter
was $648,000, and $1.5 million
for the nine months, declining
by $158,000 in comparison to
the previous nine-month peri-
od.

Rental revenues increased to
$2.99 million or by 31.2 per cent,
compared to $2.9 million for the
prior year, while total expenses
of $1.4 million increased by
$203,000 or 16.9% per cent.

Earnings per share declined
by $0.07 to $0.63, compared to
$0.70 in the previous year.

The NAV per share of BPF
stood at $13.48 per share, com-
pared to $12.56 in the prior
year.

THE TRIBUNE

e Abaco Markets (AML)
released its unaudited financial
statements for the quarter end-
ed October 31, 2008. For the
quarter, AML reported a net
profit of $229,000 compared to
a profit of $246,000 for the same
period of the prior year.

Sales grew to $24.5 million,
representing an increase of
13.66 per cent over the same
period in 2007. AML's man-
agement cited an increase in the |
company's sales volume due to
the strong performance of its
core businesses.

Earnings per share for the
third quarter stood at $0.014.

Total assets stood at $29.8

~ million, an increase of $3.5 mil-

lion in comparison to the 2007
year-end. Total liabilities were
$19 million, up $2.5 million or
15.3 per cent. es

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on Mondays

million and total liabilities at
$9.3 million, compared to $31.3
million and $11.5 million at
year-end.

Legal Notice

NOTICE
BLACKTHORN
HOLDINGS LIMITED

(In Voluntary Liquidation)



Legal Notice

NOTICE |
GREENFIELD MOUNTAIN LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)



Legal Notice

NOTICE |
DRAGON INVESTMENTS
TRADING LIMITED

(In Voluntary Liquidation) Notice is hereby given that the above-named

Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 12th day of December 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 15th day of December 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

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

Bahamas.

Bahamas.

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



ARGOSA CORP. INC.

(Liquidator) ARGOSA CORP. INC.

ce Legal Notice
(Liquidator)

NOTICE
OLIVE INVESTMENT
- GROUP LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Legal Notice

-NOTICE
ACE TRADING
MANAGEMENT LIMITED

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
VIXBY LAKE HOLDINGS LTD.

*~«-(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 11th day of December 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 15th day of December 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

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

Bahamas.

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

ARGOSA CORP. INC.

ARGOSA CORP. INC. rise

(Liquidator)

TEXCLUSIVE BEACH \ RESIDENCES

Legal Notice

NOTICE
KLADRUBY HOLDINGS LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)



Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 11th day of December 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau;

Bahamas.

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ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

A meticulously designed exclusive
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NOTICE
PUNCAK INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

oceanfront community located on

fabulous Cable Beach, Nassau, Bahamas.

A one-of-a-kind residential gem offering
fae Ces eae Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 17th day of December 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

spacious oceanfront residences with
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every imaginable feature to ensure the ; ;
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242,324, 0112

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carefree island lifestyle.

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Occupancy March 2009.

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ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

This ts not an Offer. The Offering of the condominium interest will be made only by a Sales Agreement.





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BUSINESS

BISX: ‘We must be first place

tied for capital formation’

FROM page 1B need to find capital, and that is | them. An exchange plays an “We believe the provision of
exactly what a structured _ integral part in that.” this facility will facilitate the
exchange. exchange is for. I hope 2009 will Stock exchanges and capital move of government securities

Other target areas include an
expansion of BISX’s debt mar-
ket, a “consolidation” of the
preference share market,
increased secondary listings and
the creation of a secondary list-
ings ‘tier for the market. The lat-
ter is where companies who do
not yet want to go public via an
IPO, but want to operate in a
rules-based environment? can
test the water and get their feet
wet.)

On the small business front,
Mr Davies explained: “One of
the key areas I want to'see take
off is more of a focus on small
business development. They

see us take significant steps
towards achieving that.

“It’s [BISX] got to become
the first place we go when seek-
ing capital, and that’s not the
case right now. The ball is in
our court. We’ve got to build
confidence through our
actions.” .

The BISX chief executive
explained that the exchange was
working to develop ways for the
Bahamian capital-‘markets to be
“used to facilitate the develop-
ment of small business capital —
capital formation. A business
has to say: ‘I need capital’, then

find persons willing to give it to

Notice
Notice is hereby given of the loss of Bahamas government Registered

Stock Certificate as follow:

Stock Interest Rate

2015-2024#2 9/32%APR

Cert. No.

“71-439

Maturity Date = Amount

22/10/2023 $40,000.00

The owner intends to request the registrar to issue a
replacement certificates. If this certificate is found,
please write via email to: bgrs71439_lost@ yahoo.com

OFFICE SPACE REQUIRED

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company looking for 500-800 sq ft
in Western area of Nassau

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whether their capital was being
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exchange’s disclosure Tequire-
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And, if the business was not
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investors could exit and obtain a
return by selling their shares to
others via BISX.

When it came to the listing
and trading of debt securities
issued by the Government and
its agencies, a market estimated
to be worth more than $2 bil-
lion, Mr Davies said: “There’s
been progress on our side of
things; the market side of
things.”

Using BISX as
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been working to meet those
ever since.

“The plans are to essentially
provide the Government with
a functioning market, a func-
tioning trading system and a

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and government agency securi-
ties to the formalized market.”

When asked when all BISX’s
work would be complete, Mr
Davies said: “I would say very
early next year. I would say
within the first quarter of next
year — it’s the target for a lot of
things for us — and be February
next year we’ll be well on our
way to completing our side of
things; what we envision is
needed to operate the govern-
ment debt market efficiently,
and at the level of satisfaction
we believe is required.”

And BISX’s chief executive
added: “2009 will be a continu-
ation of our growth and.expan-
sion plans. 2009 will see the
introduction, and hopefully the
enactment, of the amended
BISX Rules. It’s really an
important year for BISX Glob-
al as well as the domestic mar-
ket.

“2009 should also see the
expansion of our market,
through the Rules and intro-
duction of new products and
services — definitely néw. ser-
vices. BISX Global should also
begin to come to fruition in ear-
ly 2009, as we begin to consoli-
date the equity partners. It’s
really taking a very measured
approach to what we’ve been
planning.”

Mr Davies acknowledged
that the structured products
market, and potential interna-
tional equity partners, had tak-
en a huge hit from the Wall
Street crash, stock market melt-
down and global financial cri-
sis. In some cases, the impact
had been reputational as well
as real, and all BISX’s interna-
tional plans were “subject to
change”, the exchange being
poised to adapt to a still-fluid
market situation.

While structured products

- and securitizations would be “a

little bit touch and go, because
they’ve taken a beating world-
wide” as a result of their role
in mortgage-backed securities
woes, Mr Davies said BISX
could play a role in restoring
investor trust and confidence in

‘ them:through their listing on its.
_i yadles-driyen-market. ;



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THE TRibune



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‘Compromise’ urged on Bimini Bay resort |

NOTICE
DUNMORE ENTERPRISES LTD.

NOITCE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an Extraordinary General
meeting of the Shareholders of the DUNMORE ENTERPRISES
LTD. is hereby called to be held at the Registered Office of the
Company, 14 Governor's Cay, Sandyport, Nassau, Bahamas
on the 30th December 2008 at 11:00 0’ clock in the forenoon.

The object and purpose of said meeting is to have laid
before the Shareholders of the Company the accounts of

the Liquidators, Mr. Kevin Carroll and Mrs. Barbara Carroll,
showing the manner in which the winding up up of the
Company has been conducted, the property of the Company
distributed and the debts and obligations of the Company
discharged, and also to hear any explanation that may be
given by said Liquidator.

Dated the 28th November 2008.
Mrs. Barbara Carroll

Liquidator
Dunmore Enterprises Ltd.



BRIGHT HOLDINGS LIMITED.
(Company number 101,591B)

An International Business Company
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Pursuant to Section 137(4) of the International Business
Companies Act, 2000 notice is hereby given that the voluntary
winding-up and dissolution of the Company commenced on the 19th
‘| day of December, 2008 and that Pine Limited of Devonshire House,
Queen Street, PO. Box N-8176, Nassau, Bahamas has been appointed
Liquidator. .

Dated this 19th day of December, 2008

Pine Limited
Liquidator

Legal Notice

"NOTICE
LAVENDER SPRINGS CORP.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named

Company is in dissolution, which commenced on .

the 11th day of November 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE |
TAMARIND VALLEY INC.

‘(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
‘|. Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
| the 10th day of December 2008. The Liquidator
| is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



Legal Notice

NOTICE
HUNTERWAY SHORES INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 5th day of December 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

FROM page 1B.
consultants Black & Veatch,
which has been studied by Tri-
bune Business, urges developer
RAV Bahamas and the Gov-
ernment to work together to
ensure Bimini Bay’s second
development phase is appro-
priate and ties in with the
administration’s plans for a
Marine Protection Area (MAP)
in north Bimini.

In the recommendations sec-

tion of the report, Black &

Veatch said: “As part of the
Phase II scoping process, the
Government of the Bahamas

and RAV Bahamas should

actively engage in good faith
dialogue to seek mutually
acceptable compromises and
compatible sustainable design
solutions to competing project
development, environmental
pieeevaten and land use objec-
tives.”

Black & Veatch found that

the proposed boundaries for the
MAP in northern Bimini “over-
lap and encompass most of
Phase II (essentially all of Phase
2 B) of the Bimini Bay Resort
development area authorised
under the Heads of Agree-
ment”.

It also uncovered, based on
interviews with the Department
of Marine Resources, Bahamas

‘National Trust (BNT) and

Bahamas Reef Environmental
and Educational Foundation
(BREEF) staff, that the pro-

posed MPA’s boundaries were -

set without “knowledge of the
geographic extent of develop-
ment authorised for the Bimini
Bay Resort”.

Moving to concerns over
whether an island of Bimini’s
limited size could accommodate
development beyond Bimini
Bay Resort’s Phase I bound-

.. aries, given that RAV Bahamas

and the Government had exe-

Legal Notice

NOTICE
MAXITREAT GLOBAL LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 15th day of December 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
\ (Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) ESKIMO HOLDINGS LTD. is in dissolution under the te of
the International Business Companies Act 2000.

(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on December 19, 2008
when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered a

5; the: Registvan Generali artt Cyayir

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ree. eEy. Gat

(c) The Liquidator Of the said company is Lakeisha Collie of 2nd Terrace

cuted a Heads of Agreement
for a 700-acre project, Black &
Veatch paid particular atten-

tion to the Phase II golf course.

The first Ingraham adminis-
tration had restricted this to just
nine holes, but the former
Christie administration
increased this to 18 with the
revised 2004 Heads of Agree-
ment. Upon. regaining office,
the current government, via the
Bahamas Investment Authority
(BIA), informed the develop-
ers it wanted a return to the
original nine holes, with the golf
course built on “hard lands”.

RAV Bahamas, a subsidiary
of principal developer Gerardo
Capo’s Capo Group, had

restructured its 2006 master .

land use plan to scale back
Phase II in terms of density,

‘although marina, commercial,

utilities and golf course uses
were still planned. The devel-
opment footprint was reduced,
with 153 acres taken out of the
project.

These are the 153 acres that
RAV Bahamas in 2006 offered
to the Government in exchange
for 49.11 acres of reclaimed land
for use in Bimini Bay’s Phase
I, an offer the Christie govern-
ment apparently accepted in
return for the developer paying
$10,000 per‘acre.

While the layout of lots for
Phase II A had been completed,
RAV Bahamas said its devel-
opment plans beyond that were
still “fluid”.

In its assessment, Black &
Veatch said some 276.6 acres
of land was available in Phase IT
B for a golf course. Taking out
areas such as red mangroves,
natural ponds and the flood-
plain area, would remove
between 142.67-164.13 acres
from the land available to a golf
course, leaving just 112.5-133.93
acres left.

“Whether this provides suf-
ficient space to accommodate
the desired 18-hole golf course
will depend upon the type of
course and design layout to be
developed,” Black & Veatch
said. “Eighteen-hole golf facili-
ties in the US average about
150 to 200 acres of land, accord-
ing to the US Environmental
Protection Agency by reference
to the Golf Course Superinten-
dents Association of America.
A typical urban course is only
110 to 120 acres, while courses
in resort areas may be 170 to
190-acres.” :

RAV Bahamas is planning a
‘links-style’ golf course, but in
summary the Black & Veatch
réport is saying that an envi-
ronmentally sustainable facili-
ty will be a ‘tight fit’. And its
report warned that “significant
limitations to avoid environ-
mental impacts will make
course design a challenging and
sensitive matter”.

RAV Bahamas has acquired
its 700 acres via quieting the
title to the land, having first
landed in Bimini in 1997 when it
acquired the project rights from
ROBEX International.

The project’s 2006 proposed
Master Plan envisions a 410-
room Conrad Hilton Hotel and
10,000 square foot casino, with
an operating partner for the lat-
ter still being sought.

It also includes 559 marina .
slips, inclusive of the 140 exist-
ing slips; 50 over-the-water bun-
galows; 125 timeshare or con-
do units (at the developer’s dis-
cretion); 250 timeshare units on
the commercial site; 358 con-

-duct units on the island opposite

the hotel; 40 Bay Front bunga-
lows; 100 space site condo units;
91 single family homes; 34
estate beach homes; 100 golf
course condo units.

Some 329 units in the condo
homes are currently completed
or under construction, agnd
Black & Veatch said in its .
report that 59 single family res-
idences had been built. Anoth-
er seven parcels of land had
been sold, while 240-250 boat
slips had been installed:

Currently, the report said
between 210-270 construction
workers were working at Bimi-
ni Bay, while 175-185 Bahami-
ans, out of a staff pool of 230,
were working in operations. Of
the Bahamian contingent, 80
were from Bimini.

Bimini Bay had also com-
pleted construction of a com-
mercial village near the resort
entrance and ferry dock, with
the facility including shops, deli,
a mini-mart, marine shop and
liquor store.

Black & Veatch’s report said
there had been substantial eco-
nomic and social gains for Bimi-
ni as a result of the Bimini Bay
project. It has been one of the
few to continue progression, its
financing having already been
put in place, during the current
credit crunch that has placed so
many Bahamas-based geyEOP

’' ments ‘on hold.

West, Centreville, Nassau, Bahamas.
(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are
required on or before the 30th day of January, 2009 to send their
names and addresses and particulars of their debts or claims to the
Liquidator of the company or, in default thereof, they may: be excluded
from the benefit of any distribution made before such debts are proved.
DECEMBER 22, 2008
LAKEISHA COLLIE

LIQUIDATOR OF THE ABOVE-NAMED COMPANY



Legal Notice

NOTICE
ARLINGTON UNITED LIMITED

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

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

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
, (Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
HARP GROUP LIMITED

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 11th day of December 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

j NOTICE
DUNMORE ENTERPRISES LTD. |
: (In Voluntary Liquidation)

Creditors having debts or claims against he above-named Company are
required to send particulars thereof to the undersigned c/o P.C. Box N-
8772, Nassau, Bahamas on or before the 29th December, 2008. In default
thereof they will be excluded from the benefit of any distribution made by
the Liquidator.

Dated the 18th December 2008.
Mrs. Barbara Carroll

Liquidator
Dunmore Enterprises Ltd.

Legal Notice

. NOTICE |
~MAX WEALTH LIMITED

(In Voluntary Liquidation) ¢

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

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
SAGO ALPS INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 2nd day of December 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)





THE TRIBUNE

MONDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2008, PAGE 9B



Operator against PUC dispute plans

rate”, Mr Hutton-Ashkenny
argued: “It is clear from a prop-
er reading of the [Act] that the
PUC is not empowered to hear
complaints as a function under
the Act, but to solely hear com-
plaints when carrying out one
of its funetions under the Act.
The distinction is not an obtuse
one.

“SRG is of the view that the
PUC does not have the power
to hear any complaint brought
before it, unless it can be shown
that the PUC must hear the
complaint in order to carry out
one of the functions that are
articulated in section 6.1 of the
Act. Under the Act, there is no
automatic right for a complaint
to be heard, and no all-encom-
passing power conferred upon
the PUC to hear complaints
whatever the situation.”

In unveiling its public consul-
tation, the PUC had admitted
there was a “void” in the

Telecommunications Act when
it came to addressing how dis-
putes between rival operators
were resolved, forcing it to

develop its own policies and _

procedures.

Yet Mr Hutton-Ashkenny
said the regulator appeared to
be “widening its remit” bys sug-
gesting it would deal with dis-
putes involving issues such as
billing/invoicing and document
interpretation.

In such instances, he argued it
would be difficult to see where
the PUC would be ‘carrying
out its functions’ under the Act
by hearing such disputes.

“In such cases, SRG respect-
fully submits that the PUC does
not have the jurisdiction to be
able to insert itself at will as an

-arbiter into general disagree-

ments between operators,” Mr
Hutton-Ashkenny said.

“In practical terms, the Act
does not provide for a dispute

Legal Notice

| NOTICE
ZENNON VENTURES LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

between operators to be filed
with, and adjudicated by, the
PUC.” He explained that the
Telecommunications Act only
stipulated that interconnection
disputes be referred to the PUC
at the regulator’s request, and
did not mandate that the dis-
pute be filed by either of the
parties involved.

Still, rival operators were able

to make complaints to the PUC.

about each other’s operations,
and the regulator would be able
to hear these in carrying out its
functions under the Act.

Mr Hutton-Ashkenny also
challenged the PUC’s opinion
to use section 6 (5) of the
Telecommunications Act to
underpin its moves to develop
its ‘quasi-legislative’ procedures
to deal with disputes.

This section talks about the
PUC publishing proposals on
any ‘general instruction’ that it
intended to issue, but Mr Hut-

ton-Ashkenny argued that it
could not be used in relation to
disputes for the very reason that
the Act was ‘silent about the
principles and procedures’ to
be used in resolving them.
“There is no general provi-
sion anywhere in the Act for
any general instruction to be
issued in that regard,” the SRG
head said. “Nor can it be said
that complaint resolution pro-
cedures were ‘intended to be

issued by the Commission .

under any part of the Act’.

“Regardless of the PUC’s
good intentions, SRG respect-
fully submits that section 6 (5)
cannot be used as the basis for
the establishment of the PUC’s
proposed complaints handling
procedures.”

Mr Hutton-Ashkenny urged
that in resolving telecoms sector
disputes, the first issue to be
resolved was whether the PUC
had jurisdiction to hear them.

Legal Notice

NOTICE
SIANA VENTURES LTD.

‘(In Voluntary Liquidation) ;

(

Once that was settled, the appli-
cant operator should then file
a Notice of Complaint.

Under the PUC’s proposal,
he argued that issues such as
whether a complaint was “sim-
ply too trivial to be heard” were
not considered until after a
respondent had to “expend time
and money on perhaps. need-
lessly defending itself”. This Mr
Hutton-Ashkenny said, was
“highly inefficient”.

He also took issue with the
PUC’s plans to give itself the
power to order that parties to a
dispute pay its costs, and that
the applicant party pay a non-
refundable $2,500 processing
fee for filing its compliant. The
PUC also proposed that “some-
what ludicrously”, the respon-
dent pay a similar fee regard-
less of whether the complaint
is heard or whether it is vindi-
cated.

“However, SRG respectfully

points out that with the excep-
tion of penalties for offences
under the Act, the PUC has
been given no statutory power
to levy any fee on an operator
other than the licence fee that is
provided for under section 10
of the Act,” Mr Hutton-
Ashkenny said.

“SRG is of the view that the
PUC does not have the power
to charge any discrete process-
ing fee on those who are party
to a complaint, or to recover its -
costs of hearing a complaint
except through the imposition
of licence fees.”

Meanwhile, Felicity Johnson,
BTC’s vice-president of legal,
regulatory and interconnection,
also queried why respondents
to any telecoms sector com-
plaint should pay a $2,500 inter-
connection fee. If they were
found blameless, she suggested
that such fees be refunded to
them.

Legal Notice

re "NOTICE
TRINITY PROVISIONS LIMITED

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 2nd day of December 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 12th day of December 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 12th day of December 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
SWEET SYMPHONY >
CORPORATION

(In Voluntary Liquidation) .

Legal Notice |

NOTICE
PRIMROSE MEADOW INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Legal. Notice

NOTICE
_YONAGUNI HOLDINGS CORP.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named ried 4 fe Toston?
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on > Risnceris ‘HielcbycGivon Ve

Che y given that the above-named |
the 18th ee of December 2008. The Liquidator Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau, the 18th day of December 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 17th day of December 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas. Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



Legal Notice

NOTICE

Legal Notice

_ NOTICE

WINDY HEIGHTS HOLDINGS LTD.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Legal Notice

NOTICE



_SCHNARCHHAHN LTD. MAN ON THE MOON INVESTMENTS LTD.

mas

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section: 138 |
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of MAN ON THE MOON INVESTMENTS
LTD. has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has

; Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 10th day of December 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

| Bahamas.

- Notice is, hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of SCHNARCHHAHN LTD. has been com-

| pleted; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and the
Company has therefore been struck off the Register. been issued and the Company has therefore been struck off

the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE

Legal Notice _

NOTICE

Legal Notice

NOTICE

ALBANY CLOUDS COMPANY LTD.

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 |

SPRING HARBOUR LIMITED SPRING DROPS LIMITED

Notice is hereby given that in-accordance with Section 138 Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of ALBANY CLOUDS COMPANY LTD.

has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been

(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of SPRING HARBOUR LIMITED has been

completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and

138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000,
the dissolution of SPRING DROPS LIMITED has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and

the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the
Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)





PAGE 10B, MONDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2008

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NOTICE OF DISSOLUTION
OF

MALLORCA INVESTMENTS LTD.
In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with
Section 137 (4) of the International Business
Companies Act 2000, MALLORCA
INVESTMENTS LTD. is in Dissolution. The
date of commencement of dissolution was
December 17th’ 2008. Macgregor Robertson of 308
East Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas is the Liquidator
of MALLORCA INVESTMENTS LTD.

Macgregor Robertson |
Liquidator

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Foreign fund boost
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FROM page 1B

concerns, but right now there
doés not appear to be anything
major in this jurisdiction”.

~ However, Mr Deveaux then

said the Securities Commission
had “seen a reduction in the
number of funds licensed in this
jurisdiction” and a correspond-

ing “increase in Recognised

_ Foreign Funds”.

NOTICE OF DISSOLUTION

OF
COHAN INTERNATIONAL LTD.

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with

Section 137 (4) of the International Business
Companies Act 2000, COHAN INTERNATIONAL
LTD. is in Dissolution. The date of commencement
of dissolution was December 17th 2008. Macgregor
Robertson of 308 East Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas
is the Liquidator of COHAN INTERNATIONAL
LTD.

Macgregor Robertson
Liquidator

RFFs are investment funds
that are incorporated and
licensed in other jurisdictions,
or listed on exchanges in pre-
scribed jurisdictions (those
countries with equivalent anti-
money laundering and anti-ter-
ror financing laws to the
Bahamas), but have some kind
nexus to this nation, usually
because they are administered
by Bahamian fund administra-
tors.

For example, an RFF may be
incorporated in the British Vir-
gin Islands, licensed in the Cay-
man Islands but administered
from the Bahamas. All RFFs
have to be registered with the
Securities Commission, as do
Bahamian-licensed funds.
Included in the latter category
are the various fund types cre-
ated by the Investment Funds
Act 2003 — the Standard Fund,
the Professional Fund and the
various SMART fund tem-

plates.
Meanwhile, the Bahamas
International Securities

Exchange (BISX) told Tribune
Business that it expected to see
“minimal growth” in its invest-

4
ment fund listings during 2009
as a result of the likely hedge
fund industry fallout from the
global financial crisis.

To date, BISX has some 22
investment fund listings, and
while still attracting listings
interest, expects growth to be
more muted than in the past,
especially in the 2009 first half.

“The industry has taken a
beating in terms of returns,”
Keith Davies, BISX’s chief
executive, told Tribune Busi-
ness. “Believe it or not, we’ve
gotten a number of new
inquiries regarding listings.

“Some of our existing issuers
in the industry are planning to
create more funds, and the
intention is to list them. But the
indication from the .narket is
minimal growth, and we don’t
expect to see much.happening.
It’s going to take several months
before we see growth from
mutual funds from a listing per-
spective.

“Although we’re getting
interest, it’s not as strong as in
the past. We expect there to be
a lull for the next three to six
months to next year.” -

Legal Notice -

NOTICE

RELIC LTD.

IN VOLUNTARY LIQUIDATION



Notice is hereby given that in accordance with section 137 of the
International Business Companies Act 2000 RELIC LTD. is in
dissolution.

The Date of the Commencement of dissolution was 17th
December 2008. David Thain of Arner Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Ltd.,
Building 2 Caves Village, PRO. Box N-3917 is the Liquidator
of RELIC LTD. All persons having claims against the above-
named company are required to send their address and particulars
of their debts to the Liquidator before the 17th January 2009. _







Counsel and Attorney-at-Law,
Notary Public

Carol D. Misiewicz

Would like to inform the Pubic of their
Christmas Season Hours:



Monday, December 22nd, and Tuesday,
December 23rd
OPEN - Normal Business Hours

Wednesday, December 24th,
through Friday, December 26th
CLOSED

Monday, December 29th
and Tuesday, December 30th
OPEN - Normal Business Hours

New Year’s Eve Wednesday, December 31st
‘ OPEN - Until 4:00pm

~ January, 1st 2009 and January 2nd, 2009













Legal Notice

NOTICE

RELIC LTD.

IN VOLUNTARY LIQUIDATION


















Notice is hereby given that in accordance with section 137 of the
International Business Companies Act 2000 RELIC LTD. is in


























dissolution. CLOSED
The Date of the Commencement of dissolution was 17th Office re-opens J anuary 5th 2009
December 2008. David Thain of Arner Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Ltd., Normal Business Hours

Building 2 Caves Village, PO. Box N-3917 is the Liquidator
of RELIC LTD. All persons having claims against the above-
named company are required to send their address and particulars
of their debts to the Liquidator before the 17th January 2009.

The management and staff would like to wish
all a safe and Happy Holidays




Contact the Nassau Office at
(242) 328-0396 or Fax (242) 328-1388
Suite No. 7 Grosvenor Close Grosvenor Close and Shirley
Street, P.O. Box SS-5467 Nassau, The Bahamas
Email: carol.misiewicz@ gmail.com
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The Public is hereby advised that |, QUINCY ROLLE
JR. of RO. Box N-1915, Market Street, Nassau, Bahamas,
intend to change my name. to TARVAN LINTON
SYMONETTE JR. If there are any objections to this
change of name by Deed Poll, you may write such
objections to the Chief Passport Officer, RO.Box N-742,
Nassau, Bahamas, no later than thirty (30) days after
the date of publication of this notice.

NOTICE OF DISSOLUTION
OF

LONTUE INVESTMENTS LTD.
In Voluntary Liquidation

at ‘in “accordance with
Section 137 (4) of the International Business
Companies Act 2000, LONTUE INVESTMENTS
LTD. is in Dissolution. The date of commencement
of dissolution was December 12th 2008. Macgregor
Robertson of 308 East Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas is

the Liquidator of LONTUE INVESTMENTS LTD.

Macgregor Robertson
Liquidator

NOTICE

EXXON BOLIVIA TUICHI LIMITED

Creditors having debts or claims against the
above-named Company are required to send particulars
thereof to the undersigned c/o P.O. Box N-624,
Nassau, Bahamas on or before 13th . day of January,
A.D., 2009. In default thereof they will be excluded from
the benefit of any distribution made by the Liquidator.

Dated the 19th day of December A.D., 2008.

MaryBeth Taboada
Liquidator
16945 Northchase Drive
Houston, Texas 77060, U.S.A. .

NOTICE
EXXON BOLIVIA TUICHI LIMITED

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) EXXON BOLIVIA TUICHI_LIMITED is in dissolution

under the provisions of the International Business Companies
Act 2000.

(b) The dissolution of the said Company commenced on
the 18th day of December, 2008 when its Articles of Dissolution
were’submitted to and registered by the Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said Company is MaryBeth
Taboada of 16945 Northchase Drive, Houston, Texas 77060,
U.S.A.

Dated the 19th day of December, 2008.

HARRY B. SANDS, LOBOSKY
MANAGEMENT CO. LTD.
Attorneys for the above-named
Company





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FirstCaribbean Unsung Heroes

FirstCaribbean is proud to honour these Unsung Heroes and
to support the various causes to which they have so selflessly

dedicated their lives.

- peur
ViSUric

Mrs. Veolant Cupid (St. Vincent and the pin a

‘Mrs, V veolant Cupid is a true gem in her community and is the epitome af an Unsung Hero, She has
sacrificed money, time and self to the villages of Lauders and Lowmans Windward, where she is a
household name and has touched the lives of many, from infancy to adulthood.

A devoted Christian, Veolant continues to open her home to disadvantaged children and be active
in her local church. For the past 13 years, Veolant has organised a special appreciation service for
Police Officers thanking them for their hard work in keeping the schools, homes and communities
safe. These services have been so successful that Veolant has commenced appreciation services for
the Nurses and Teachers as well.

Mr. Thomas.Watts (Barbados)

Runner Up

Mr. Thomas Watts (right) has for the past 29 years been working to reintegrate convicts released from
prison back into mainstream Barbadian society. He used his own income to establish this Programme and
has continued to fund it from his pension as a retired person. With no reward other than the joy of seeing
someone set free from the vicious cycle of recidivism, he has opened his home and heart to a group of
persons which many in society prefer to shun, Former inmates have worn his clothes, eaten his food, slept
in his bed, and as if becoming at one with their plant he has empathised with and embraced them when
they had nowhere else to turn. —

Mirs. Patsy Thomas (Dominica)
_ Runner Up — |

The work of Patsy Thomas is truly remarkable: Inspired by the pre-school education she had been denied,
she used her own scarce funds to start a movement to provide pre-school education for the children of
Crayfish River, a destitute community in the Carib Territory overwhelmed by poverty and a remarkable

2 deficiency in the standard of education. She has earned great respect of the people of the Carib Territory

who are eager to point out that her selfless work has given the community a new perspective into the
usefulness of all people, including the physically and mentally challenged.

Ms. Gwendolyn E.M. Chambers (Antigua)
Special Commendation Award | 83

As a lover of children, Ms Gwendolyn Chambers, known as “Aunty Gwen”, made a commitment early in

her life, to establish an orphanage to care for the less fortunate children in her community. Selfless,
committed and passionate, she established her orphanage in the late 1960's, opening the doors to her home.
To date she has adopted and cared for at least fourteen less fortunate children who are now qualified
midwives, nurses, bankers, pediatricians and renowned musicians all who attribute thelr success to

Aunty Gwen, “without whom | would be nothing”.

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2008

The Tribune



Every year, Jnsight hands out its Christmas Honours to the good, bad, smart, dumb

and crazy - all inthe spirit of the season of goodwill.

@ By JOHN MARQUIS
Managing Editor



BEST EXAMPLE
OF THE YEAR

BARACK OBAMA gets this award hands-
down because he won the US presidency with
style, vision and grace.

Apart from thinking there are 57 states in the
USA — he must have got the number confused
with Heinz Foods’ famous 57 varieties — he was
flawless in content and presentation as he pow-
ered to The White House.

Let’s hope Bahamian politicians can follow his
example of true leadership; honest ideals and
unshakeable integrity, if indeed he manages to
become everything he has promised.

And let’s hope they pick up something from his

smooth oratorical style, which puts him right up’

there alongside the great public speakers of the
past.

these things as an ice-cube has of surviving on a
hot griddle but, hey, it’s the time of the year
when we can all dream a little.

THE NOT SAYING WHAT |

YOU MEAN AWARD

ACTING Customs comptroller Anthony
Adderley wins this prize after apparently showing
such heartlessness following the fire which
destroyed the home of his colleague Roslyn
Ritchie.

Adderley effectively told fellow officers that, if
they can’t stand the heat,.they should get out of
the kitchen and go work elsewhere.

We now learn there was a sub-text to this extra-

ordinary statement.

What he would have liked to say, according to
some colleagues, is that he is so overwhelmed by
evidence of corruption all around him that he
doesn’t know where to turn next.

But he couldn’t actually say that, could he?

BEST-LOOKING

DISASTER OF THE YEAR

INSIGHT famously, ‘desaiibed her mouth as
being.“‘as enticing as a bowlful of sugared rasp-
berries”, but good looks did not save Sarah Palin
from this award, which marks her calamitous
debut in American national politics.

John McCain’s truly awful error in picking this
woman as his running mate will haunt him until
his dying day.

Palin proved to be so dumb and ill-informed
that every utterance was painful to behold. Yet
she’s still out there peddling her wares as a poten-
tial presidential runner in 2012.

“She just doesn’t get it, does she?” one observ-
er wailed as Mrs Palin blundered through yet
another self-promoting press conference long
after McCain had headed for the hills.

Afraid not. But then dumb people never do.

THE DULL AS
DITCHWATER
AWARD

THIS goes to the FNM Cabinet, a collection of

incredibly lacklustre politicians who give Insight ~

little or nothing to write about.

Some are busy getting on with the job, we’ll
grant them-that, but surely someone in there can
say or do something original, provocative or even
outrageous from time to time, if only to show us
they’re still alive.



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BARACK OBAMA won the US presidency with style, vision and grace...

OOPS AWARD FOR
PUBLIC GAFFE
OF THE YEAR

DAME Joan Sawyer has long been admired for
her legal prowess - “I have a lot of time for-her,”
one respected attorney has told Insight more
than once - but her public outburst against justice
campaigner Tanya Cash was not one of her gold-
en moments,

“You are a disgrace to Bahamian woman-
hood,” the judge told Mrs Cash who had gently
suggested she should recuse herself from the case
being heard at the time.

Then Dame Joan compounded her error by
suggesting Mrs Cash was not the equal of the
court — I was always under the impression that
the courts are ‘people’s courts’ — and actually
asked about her level of education.

Well, I don’t know how many BAs, MAs, LLBs
and PhDs Mrs Cash has, but I do know she is a
very smart, clued-up lady.

And she certainly knows her way around the
legal process, as the courts have learned to their
considerable disquiet.

So I beg to differ, m’lud. Far from being a dis-
grace to Bahamian womanhood, Mrs Cash is one
of the most admirable women around.

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CLEAN-AS-A-WHISTLE
AWARD FOR INTEGRITY

OFFERED, with less than total conviction, to
Bahamas Customs Department, which has been
exposed as allegedly the most corrupt govern-
ment department of all, which is really saying
something.

We’ll all be watching carefully to see who
among them gets a $100,000 Lexus for Christ-
mas. Or, even better, a 20-room mansion with
remote-controlled gates and an indoor pool and
jacuzzi. Complete with solid gold bath taps, of
course.

And we’ll be checking to see if there is a sea-
sonal run on Rolex watches, one of the favourite
trinkets of the Customs backsliders as they fleece
the Bahamas and its people.

Insight will be relying on its friends inside Cus-
toms — the decent folk among the trash — for
more tantalising information during 2009.

STRAIGHT AND
NARROW AWARD

HAVING veered off-course with the PLP (he
quit the party because Perry Christie wouldn’t
stand down as leader) Kenyatta Gibson lost his





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beanie again this year by ploughing his SUV
through a chainlink fence on East Bay Street,
cutting his head in the process.

Gibson, now an independent MP, has become
an Honours List veteran, having first appeared
after finding himself on the-wrong end of a fist-
fight with fellow attorney Keod Smith.

Can chdaos-prone Kenyatta make it three in a
row?

JUNKANOO SHUFFLER
OF THE YEAR.

SAY what you like about
Perry Gladstone Christie
MP, his feet are faster than
those. of his: foes when it
comes to keeping his lead-
ership hopes alive:

While would-be rivals for
the PLP’s top job have been’
waltzing round the leader-
ship issue like men with two
left feet, Christie has been
shimmying and shuffling into
a powerful striking position
for next year’s party convention.

Having been written off as leader after the
2007 general election, Christie now has at least an



Perry Christie

- even chance of being top dog in time for the next
. campaign in three years time.

Don’t be fooled by his talk of organising the

succession. The famed Tunkanoo: shuffler ain’i

out of it yet!

JOKER OF THE YEAR |
JUST when we thought

ister Fred Mitchell would
miss out on this year’s hon-
ours, he announced his
intention to run for the PLP
leadership, thus securing
himself the title Joker of the
Year for the third year run-
ning.

It’s hard to be so idiotic, so
utterly ridiculous, that this
prize comes your way so
many times, but Mitchell’s unique Scmbinstioa of
soaring self-regard and congenital ineptitude has
-provoked so much laughter over SO many years .
that he remains the only serious contender.

The fact that he is even being considered for the
PLP’s top slot does, however, pose many extreme-
ly pointed questions for the PLP, the main one
being: If the nation’s number one joker is in the
running for the leadership, what does that say
about the rest of your party?

The only consolation to be drawn from this is
that Mitchell’s support system is so weak — a
few disaffected losers and layabouts on the fringe
of the party — that he is unlikely to get the job.

BACKSEAT
ROMP AWARD
Joint winners)

TWO PLP parliamentarians share this award,
which is offered for the first time this year, but is
expected to become a regular feature.

One was “grabbing for his jockeys” - their
words - when caught in flagrante by patrol cops in
.the back of his car with a floozie.

The other, a lawyer, was giving a woman client

Fred Mitchell



* legal advice in his car while parked at Arawak

Cay in the early hours of the morning.

Actually, this explanation is apparently com-
pletely plausible as the lady in question, a non-tax-
able nightworker by all accounts, sleeps all day to
regain strength for her physically demanding

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“It was a kind of briefing ses-

sion,” one legal wag comment-

ed mischievously. “She was
briefing him, and he was de-
briefing her.”

COMEDY TURN
OF THE YEAR

ANOTHER ever-present in
the honours list scores highly
again this year.

Step forward Bishop Neil
Ellis, preacherman extraordi-
naire, whose Sunday night

.shows remain the best thing on

Bahamian television (not say-
ing much, admittedly).

Ellis’s sermons are so fivet-
ing, so hilarious, so unbeliev-
ably absurd, that I’m left ghok-
ing into my bedtime cocoa
every weekend.

“It does you no good at all
watching that stuff,” lectures
my dear wife, who believes my
pressure and sugar go up every
time Ellis begins rasping into
the microphone.

The finger-pointing, brow-
mopping, and bouncing up and
down on the spot are only part

-of it. It’s when.the Rev does his
pulpit pirouette that I’m left.

helpless, especially when the
cameras then cut to the congre-
gation, scores of big-hipped
ladies swaying and swooning to
his words like drug-crazed
groupies.

Broadway has nothing on this
Sunday night spectacular, par-

ticularly the lady who blows a
referee’s whistle every time the
excitement gets the better of
her. Priceless stuff!

FORGIVE AND FOR
GET AWARD
(Gold Medal)

HOWARD K STERN and
Larry Birkhead were seen
laughing and joking together at
Nassau’s Outback Restaurant,
having once roundly con-
demned each other in the courts
as they battled for paternity
rights over Anna Nicole Smith’s
baby, Dannielyn. ,

The now gorgeous toddler
was with the pair as they wolfed
down kangaroo steaks and
koala soup, or whatever it is the
Aussies serve up for Thanks-
giving lunch.

“They looked very happy
together,” said a fellow diner.
Good on yer mates, as they say
down under. ’

FORGIVE AND
FORGET AWARD
(Silver Medal)

HAVING been cruelly lam-
pooned in the now infamous
Leilagate scandal in 2006, for-
mer Cabinet minister Neville
Wisdom had no good reason to
love Insight.

But as he tooted his horn at
last year’s Junkanoo parade, the
perspiring ex-minister — all
done up in crepe paper suit and

funny hat — took time out to
shake us by the hand as we
watched from behind a Bay
Street barrier. |

There’s nothing quite like the
season of goodwill for letting
bygones be bygones.

THE LEAST
FORTHCOMING
POLITICIAN

OF THE YEAR

ONLY one contender for this
title — Dr Bernard Nottage, the
quiet man of Bahamian politics,
who refuses to say. what, he
wants, where he’s going or how

_ he’s going to get’there.

Everyone keeps talking about
Nottage as a possible PLP
leader except the man himself,
who is so-deeply wary of the
press that he believes silence is
the best policy whenever tack-
led by reporters about his polit-
ical ambitions.

Well, it probably is the best
policy for mime artists, chief
librarians and Tibetan monks,
but would-be presidents and
prime ministers need to say
something once in a while. (See
Barack Obama, above — he
hasn’t stopped talking for two
years).

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Re: Hard
Pressed (The
future of
newspapers)

1 READ your column this
morning with the same pleasure
I usually have when reading you
and I am more optimistic, than
you about your profession.

Every day I read the Bahami-
an press on paper and my
French newspaper online.

The reason why I read “Le
Monde” online is simply
because I cannot get it on paper
here even though I still prefer a
traditional newspaper.

I agree with you that news-
papers on paper support are
probably going to disappear for
technical, economical and eco-
logical reasons but the need for
reliable news will always exist
and most of what goes around
the internet are rumours on
rumours without the screening
and research work that consti-
tute the journalism basics.

I am able to find errors in the
most serious publication so I
don’t even bother considering

_the value of what comes from

unknown sources.

The economical model has
still to be perfected and the
online newspapers of the future
will probably not have the same
staff organisation as the current
ones but there will always be a
need for people who say dis-
agreeable but verified facts.
Thank you for your columns.

— Thierry Boeuf

HAVING been a newspaper.
reader for more than 40 years, I
feel sad that this medium is now
in its final “two or three
decades”, as you predict,
because I don’t think they will
ever be replaced in the true
sense of the word.

I know the information will

be available via computer
screens, but we shall be
deprived of the handiness and
portability of a newspaper,
which one can stuff in a bag or
pocket so much more easily
than is possible with a PC.
The one uplifting point in

-your very interesting#Insight

was that The Tribune is likély to
be with us for some time yet, at
least 50 years I hope.

— § Hill, Nassau

I'D like to think you’re
wrong, but I can’t see any way
out for newspapers. A:whole
generation is now being reared
without them. I have no doubt
they will’suffer because.online
papers don’t quite hack it in my
view. The death of newspapers
will:mean the rise of ignorance.

— AL Petty

‘ONE hostile newspaper is
more. to be feared than a thou-
sand ‘bayonets’ said Napoleon
Bonaparte. oT

‘One hostile personal com-
puteris more to be feared etc’
doesmt have quite the same ring
to it, does. it? ek

— Helen Bannister

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pers find themselves in such a

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Devoted reader

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Dear Mr Marquis,
This is my first time writing to

you, in spite of the many Insight: .

stories I have read.’ ;

1 am compelled to beg you

please don’t leave this country
and dont retire’ from writing.
If you do life will be for me a
very boring period.

I look forward! to reading

Insight every Monday morning*

and have been doing so for
almost two years and have cut
out all the stories you have
penned during this time.

If you really have to leave,
please, before you go, | would
wish you would do a story on
Bahamasair and its unfair prac-
tice that is meted out towards
the Espanic passengers that
travel here to Nassau in route to
Havana, Cuba.

Case in point: J can buy a.

round trip ticket on Delta to
California making a connecting
flight in Atlanta, Georgia, on
the same airline and upon my
arrival in California all my bag-

. gage are accounted for, for one

fare.

Here in Nassau the Espanic
passengers have to pay two sep-
arate fares for them to go to
Havana, a fare from Florida to
Nassau and when they arrive
another fare for Nassau to
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Then there is the problem
with the baggage. If they want
them to go to Cuba there is
another charge, including a
charge for excess. When ques-
tioned the airline’s reply is that
“it’s not.an International flight”
therefore.the passengers can-,

: not pay,one.faré-in Flarida for

the entire trip to Cubaf’ 7"
Secondly, there are a féw
unscrupulous check-in clerks
who charge the Espanic pas-
sengers an additional charge on
top of the extra charge they pay
for the additional piece of lug-
gage they may be carrying.
Thirdly, there is a particular
person who goes into the depar-

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~ ture lounge after the passengers

have checked in to see how
many carry-on luggage the
Espanic passengers are carry-
ing in spite of the fact that there
is a special red tag attached to
the passenger’s carry-on bag-

gage authorising them to do so. '

This particular manager/officer
inquires of. the passengers to
determine how many pieces of
carry-on they may have. If there
is more than one she takes it
away from the passenger only to
have them follow her back out
of the pre-cleared lounge area
and, once out of sight, she
charges the passenger $50 for
that piece of carry-on luggage
and gives no receipt to the pas-
senger.

I have witnessed this hap-,
pening several times. As a mat-
ter of fact this person has _tar-
geted two. Espanic ladies, one
from Florida and the other a
resident of Nassau. After wit-
nessing this on three of my trips
to Cuba I made it my business
to talk with the two ladies and
to get from them as much infor-
mation as, possible so as to
inform you about this type of
situation with the hope that you
would find out what’s going on

~and expose it. Maybe those

Espanic passengers who now
travel via the Dominican
Republic to Cuba may once
return and ease the burden we
taxpayers have to keep the
national flag-carrier aloft.

— Private Eye

I sympathise with Regular
Insight Reader: what is going
to happen when you leave?

I look forward to reading
Insight every Monday; it is part
of my antidote for the Monday
blues.

Here’s a thought: have you
ever thought about having an
ongoing series of interviews
with ordinary and extraordinary
folk who live in the Family
Islands? You may well be pleas-
antly surprised at how good this
would-be for The Tribune and
The Bahamas. And it would
also serve to spotlight our many
populated Islands with their
potential for sustainable devel-
opment.

— Montell Fox

(my pen name)

Of course you have a right to
retire, but I am one among
many who will be deeply sad-
dened by your departure as I
believe you are the one person
standing between Bahamian
society and legal and political
chaos. ;

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CAnistmas Ylonottrs OS

pily, Nassau throws up all too
many tragedies in a year, but
the death of Hubert Farrington
stands out as one of the most
poignant and distressing of
2008.

In recent years, Mr Farring-
ton’s bent figure, marked by a
very pronounced limp, was one
of the city’s most familiar sights
as he trudged along our streets
in the searing heat.

For many people, and partic-
ularly the young, he was just
another Nassau eccentric. But
to those who knew better, he
was one of the most remark-
able Bahamians of the 20th cen-



talents were recognised,by some
of the most illustrious ballet fig-
ures of their day.

‘When he was knocked down
by a hit-and-run driver in Mack-
ey Street last week, the
Bahamas lost one of the most
intelligent members of its cre-
ative community.
His death teaches everyone
who knew him only in his most

PATIENCE OF
JOB AWARD

“FOR continued stoicism in
the face of enormous provoca-
tion, former Cabinet minister
Leslie Miller gets our vote as





he continues to seek justice for
his murdered son, Mario.

In 2009, Mr Miller opens his
new bowling alley, which will
bear Mario’s name. Everyone
will be wishing him enormous
success in his new venture.

OF THE YEAR

NO joke here, either. Animal
welfare campaigner Jane Math-
er is deeply committed to her
cause and works tirelessly for
neglected and ill-treated crea-
tures. This lady is full of gen-
uine caring and compassion. If
there were only more like her,
what a great place this planet
would be.

HAVE A WONDERFUL
CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

recent incarnation a valuable
lesson: things are not always as
they seem.

tury, a gifted dancer who spent.
14 years with the Metropolitan

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summary (5)
6 There's a bighead on every
Continental plage (5)
9 What a batsrnan (but nota
footballer!) may like to be (7)
10 Leonard, characterised-as an eerie
trekker (5)
11 Noted horse the little chap urged
on (5) :
12 Aptly forms an aquarium exhibit (5)
13 Wise men see Capone as
wonderful! (7)
15 Obscure Roman numerals (3)
17 Ihave a little sister at Oxford.(4)
18 As a ballroom dance, possibly
leave out “Tango” (6)
19 Old people seem’d strange (5)
20 Listed as repaired (6)
22 Basically a fertiliser (4)
24 Instant bronzing? (3)
25 A vessel to sink? (7)
26 Security device left at church (5) .
27 A German mug (5)
28 Though saintly, is wrong one day (5)
29 It means a lot (7)
30 Journey to the end of the line for
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bees (7) J
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8 Tick on the slate (6)
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14 Allocated a soldier a number of
points (5)
15 Given a hand in school, perhaps
(5)
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21 A key plant, for a time (6)
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10 Scottish
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11 Once more (5)
12 Greek letter (5)
13 Dreary (7)
15 Plaything (3)
17 Soon (4)
18 Safe (6)

19 Financial
liabilities (5)

20 Topics (6)

22 Quote (4)

24 Knight's title (3)

25 Aquatic bird (7)

26 Thighbone (5)

27 Perfect (5)

28 Kingdom (5)

29 Speaker's
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30 Vagrant (5)

31 Indian dish (5)

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spade and cashed his clubs.

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discarded two diamonds, a heart and
a spade, Becker now could have led
a heart to the king to make his con-
tract, but he was afraid East had
started with six spades and still held
three of them.

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now held the singleton king of dia-
monds, so Becker led a diamond to
the ace. When the king did not fall,
the defense had the rest of the tricks
for down one and an 11-IMP gain,

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Two-year-old
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apartment
building
burns down

JUST days before Christmas,
a mother lost her two-year-old
son in a fire when an apartment
building on Hay and Market
Streets burned down on Satur-
day. :
According to eye witnesses,
the mother of the toddler,
whose identity is unknown, was
standing outside the building
when it went up in flames, beg-
ging for someone to rescue her
son.

The fire reportedly broke out
at around 6.30pm on Saturday.
Persons first noticed that some-
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spread, from the second floor of
the two-storey building.

As residents of the building’s
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Tribune Staff Reporter

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INTERNATIONAL conser-
valionists are calling on the

Bahamas government to stop the

Bimini Bay development and pre-
vent further damage of vital

‘ecosystems in the country.

Environmentalists both in the
Bahamas and abroad say the
destruction thus far, revealed in
Black and Veatch’s environmen-
tal evaluation made public last
week, is enough to stop the devel-
opment before it proceeds.

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as professor at the University of

Miami’s Rosential School for
Marine and Atmospheric Science.
Dr Gruder maintains vital wet-
lands were bulldozed hundreds
of metres into the water during
construction of Bimini Bay, when
he was a council member of the
Bahamas National Trust.
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missing at sea after he jumped off
a Nassau-bound ship on Friday
evening, police said.

Yesterday, search and rescue
crews continued to scour the
waters off Abaco for 31-year-old
Rodger Lamont Walkes of Mur-
phy Town, who jumped off the
deck of the “Seawind”.

. An eye witness travelling on...

the mail boat said yesterday that
the Seawind left Sandy Point,
Abaco at around 5.30pm. Just 25
minutes into the journey, one of

the passengers jumped ship, the.





witness:said.

“Approximately two miles out
to sea all I saw was this guy in
the water,” he said.

‘The witness, who said the boat
was travelling at about five knots
at the time of the incident, told
The Tribune that the captain
made a u-turn to pick up the man, -
however, by the time the vessel
arrived back at. the location, the
man had disappeared.

Abaca police have identified
the missing man as Rodger Lam-

ont. Walkes.

According to Sergeant Remy

‘ Minnis of the Sandy Point police

SEE page seven

Some in PLP disappointed with Paul
Moss over St Cecilia Christmas card |

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

A FACTION within the Progressive Liberal fe:
Party has expressed its disappointment with [ss

lawyer Paul Moss, for issuing a “presumptu- [

ous” Christmas card to residents of the St Cecil-

ia constituency.

Claiming that Mr Moss may in fact “not be” |i
the standard bearer for the PLP in St Cecilia,
some within the party, who spoke to The Tri-
bune yesterday, felt slighted by Mr Moss’ ges-
ture, calling it “too bold” of a move for someone who hasn’t been giv-

en the “green light” for the area.

SEE page seven

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THE Federal Bureau of
Investigation (FBI) has
released new information
about the envelopes con-
taining a suspicious white
powder which have been
sent to United States
embassies around the world,
including the embassy in
New Providence.

According to reports in
the US media, the FBI has
revealed that a message was
inside the envelopes.

However, the contents of
the message are not being
released at this time. The
FBI said it is not clear what
the message means.

It is not known at this time
if the envelope sent to the
US Embassy in Nassau also

SEE page seven








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Paul Nee

Independent MP
will not seek PLP
nomination ‘for
any constituency’

AS THE leadership of the
Progressive Liberal Party is cur-
rently constituted, Kennedy
Independent MP, Kenyatta
Gibson said yesterday he will
not seek the PLP nomination
for the area, “or any other con-
stituency for that matter” in any
general election.

Resigning from the PLP at
the beginning of this year, the
now Independent MP had no
comment when asked if he
would run again in the 2012
election.

The Kennedy constituency
has attracted tremendous atten-
tion from would-be candidates
such as Omar Archer, lawyer
Derek Ryan, Craig Butler, and
a fourth candidate that The Tri-

SEE page seven






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and Dreams night club on Sun-
day ended with a woman suffer-.
ing minor injuries and dozens of
club patrons running for their
lives. According to police, at
around 4 o’clock Sunday morn-
ing a 20-year-old woman who
was at the club, was-caught in



the middle of an argument that

broke out between her male

. friend and another man. The

argument quickly erupted in a
shoot-out.

The woman, who suffered
injuries to her face during the
quarrel, was taken to hospital.
Police say her wounds are not ~
life threatening. Although no
arrest has been made in connec-
tion to the incident, police say
they are following significant
leads.

“TaBa’ album
set for launch

THE much anticipated new
album by Terneille “TaDa” Bur-
rows “I’m that Girl” will be
launched on Tuesday, December
23, at the Uptown NightClub.

Performing with TaDa that
night will be many Bahamian
recording artists, including Sammi
Starr, NCity, MDeez, Sosa Man
and a guest appearance by

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2008, PAGE 5.





In brief

Marijuana
legalisation put
forward as
answer to
economic woes

@ By LLOYD ALLEN
Tribune Staff Reporter

ONE young Bahamian claims
he has found the answer to the
economic downturn, and
although unconventional, he
feels the legalisation of marijua-
na is the way forward.

Sasha Dunn says 2008 has
proven to be a year of many
changes, ranging from an
unprecedented peek in oil
prices, to “the first stage of what
seems to be the death of the
tourism industry, and the col-
lapse of capitalism in the US.”

“The legalisation of this plant
may seem preposterous to
some, and down right stupid to
most, but such a move would
drastically change our tourism
product.”

Compared to Amsterdam, Mr
Dunn claims the Dutch speak-
ing country continues to experi-
ence more than 4 million tourist
annually mostly because of its
liberalised approach to the use
of marijuana, while the
Bahamas this year has seen a
steady decline in visitors leading
to mass layoffs within the indus-
try.

“You cannot find one single
beach in or near Amsterdam
that can compare to one of our
worst beaches, so there must be
something else that is drawing ©
these tourists into their coun-
try.”
Mr Dunn says apart from the
benefits from increased visitors,
the seeds of the plant which
contain hemp oil is said to be a
fuel source.

With several companies now
examining various corners of
the Bahamas for possible oil
deposits, Mr Dunn says even if
amounts are found, there will
come a time when crude oil
reserves throughout the world
will be depleted.

“Why should we further
destroy the eco-system that we
have right now to try and look
for oil, when we can simply
grow it. We are living in a peek
oil crisis, eventually oil will dis-
appear from the world.”

With the Bahamas being con-
sidered a Christian nation, and
with the possibility of the
Bahamas being classed a drug
haven, Mr Dunn says aside from
criticism, “we have to survive.”

Although the question did
arise of an increased number of
people becoming “hooked on
drugs” should the government
make it legal, Mr Dunn con-
tends at present there already
exists a significant number of
users. /

He argues, similar to prohibi-
tion where illegal alcohol pro-
duction, use, and distribution
continued until it became legal-
ized, “it is only a matter of .
time” before the same happens
with marijuana.

Police continue
prohe into the
discovery of
body in harbour

INVESTIGATIONS con-
tinue into the discovery of a
body found in a submerged
Mercedes in Nassau Harbour
on Friday.

Only revealing that the
body was that of a black male,
Acting Assistant Police Com-
missioner Hulan Hanna said
on Sunday that no new leads
have yet been established to
determine why or how the car
ended underwater in the har-
bour.

Although unable to confirm
whether there were any
injuries on the body, Mr Han-
na said pathologists were ,
examining the remains as
investigations into the matter
continue. wo

Police say they are still
uncertain about the length of
time the 280-E Mercedes,
licence plate number 190696,
and the body were submerged,
and have still not revealed in
whose name the vehicle was
registered. The vehicle was
pulled from the water on Fri-
day.

Some witnesses did report
last Tuesday seeing the sub-
merged vehicle in waters at
the northern end of Victoria
Avenue, off Bay Street.

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

FREEPORT - National Secu-
rity Minister Tommy Turnquest
says human smuggling, drugs and
arms trafficking are challenges
that require continued police vig-
ilance on Grand Bahama.

Mr Turnquest was speaking
on Friday evening to hundreds of
police officers and reservists
attending the annual Police Ball
at the Westin at Our Lucaya
Resort. Police Commissioner
Reginald Ferguson was also pre-
sent. '

The officers were commended
for their efforts in policing at the
container port, where many large

drug seizures were made during

the year.

“We are aware of the risks you
take, not only in seeking to halt
and reverse crime in our islands,
but also in confronting aggressive
human smugglers and drug and
arms traffickers.

“These challenges are not new,
but because of their persistence
and unpredictability, policing in
this area requires particular vigi-
lance,” he said.

Minister Turnquest stressed
that a strong Police Force must be
maintained in Grand Bahama
and the northern region.

He noted that the challenges
and opportunities of policing
Grand Bahama, Abaco, the Berry
Islands and Bimini, have been
entrusted to the 444 police offi-
cers, 150 reservists and 19 civilians
comprising the Royal Bahamas
Police Force contingent in the
northern district.

“Tonight, I say to these offi-

‘cers that the government under-

stands the compelling reasons
why we must maintain a strong
and vigorous Police Force in
Grand Bahama and the North-
ern Bahamas.

“This is the part of our country
closest to the southern border of
the United States of America. We
know that the United States is
unfortunately a country which is
the target of a range of illicit
activities by sea, activities that
may well transit The Bahamas,”
he said.

Minister Turnquest said that
the men and women of the Force

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are-called upon to serve with ded-
ication and commitment and go
wherever the Force takes them.

He stated that police officers
share a common purpose and
vision country-wide, and have all
pledged to uphold the values of
courage, integrity and loyalty.

“We know that policing in
each of our islands has its own
unique challenges and opportu-
nities. The Police, therefore, must
counter in their own unique way,
the security and safety concerns
stemming from crime and crimi-
nality in each island,” said Mr
Turnquest.

He pointed out that police offi-
cers in Grand Bahama have had
to overcome significant challenges
from natural disasters, including
the recent serious hurricanes.

. Mr Turnquest noted that
despite these challenges, the
Grand Bahama district continues
to make the necessary contribu-
tion to the nationwide effort to
make the Bahamas safe and
secure.

“The record shows that Grand
Bahama and the Northern
Bahamas have stayed the course,”
he said.

He reported that the Neigh-
bourhood Community Policing
Initiative has stimulated public
support for the police. He added
that the public is increasingly
becoming willing partners in the
‘fight against crime.

He assured Bahamians that the

d arms trafficking also a concern,

Police, communities and the
country are reaping the benefits
of these partnerships.

“Relationships are being
restored between the Police and
the communities where once frac-
tious events divided them,” he
said.

Minister Turnquest also noted
that the series of infrastructural
improvements made by the Police
Force in Grand Bahama ensures
that officers now work and live
in more appropriate quarters.

He said The Police Training
College here in the northern
Bahamas continues to train new
recruits and re-train serving mem-
bers of the Force..

Minister Turnquest believes
that the new state-of-the-art
trunking communications system
and other technological advances
are making policing more effec-
tive in Grand Bahama, and in the
entire Bahamas.

“Let me assure the men and

women of the Police Force serv-
ing in the Northern Bahamas that
this area features prominently in
the Government’s strategic plan
for policing in The Bahamas.

“The action we are committed
to take as part of this strategic
plan will give new impetus to
policing here, and will better
enable the Police to counter new
and emerging crime and crimi-
nality not only on land, but also
on the sea,” he said..

Mr Turnquest revealed that
the government’s plans include
the continued provision of the
necessary resources, transporta-
tion, equipment and assets
required by a 21st Century Police
Force.

He said it also encompasses
academic and technical training,
and strategic cooperation to build
closer bilateral and regional work-
ing relationships to counter trans-
border crime.

Mr Turnquest commended
officers in Grand Bahama and
the northern region for the hard
work they are doing in the region.

“T wish to thank the offi-
cers...and to assure you that your
work is indeed noticed, and that
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LEON E. H. DUPUCH,, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

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

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FREE MARKET theories and the proper
role of government have been under the micro-
scope for weeks as sinking US auto companies

plead with a reluctant government to throw
them a financial lifeline to give them a chance to
navigate their companies to safe harbour.

With 10.3 million Americans already out of
work, the collapse of the auto industry threatens
to implode America’s economy. Bahamians
who watched the implosion of the Montagu

Beach hotel several years ago will remember .

how quickly explosives brought down a once
magnificent structure as it buckled, bent, folded
in upon itself, and collapsed in a cloud of dust.

This was the nightmare envisioned for America °

if certain rules were not broken to help
automakers buy time to restructure.

The major problem landed on President
George Bush’s desk when Congress failed to
agree on a bailout.

In announcing the $17.4 billion loan with a
time limit to two of America’s largest auto firms,
‘President Bush made it clear that he was taking
a step that he wished he did not have to take.

“This is a difficult situation,” said the Presi-
dent, “that involves fundamental questions
about the proper role of government. On the
one hand, government has a responsibility not
to undermine the private enterprise system. On
the other hand, government has a responsibili-
ty to safeguard the broader health and stability
of our economy.

“Addressing the challenges in the auto indus-
try,” he said, “requires us to balance these two

‘responsibilities. If we were to allow the free
market to take its course now, it would almost
certainly lead to disorderly bankruptcy and liq-
uidation for the automakers. Under ordinary
economic circumstances, I would say this is the
price that failed companies must pay — and I
would not favour intervening to prevent the
automakers from going out of business.

“But these are not ordinary circumstances. In
the midst of a financial crisis and a recession,
allowing the US auto industry to collapse is not
a responsible course of action.”

In view of the circumstances we agree with
the president.

In June Professor Burton Folsom, Jr, author
of “The Myth of the Robber Barons”, gave a
lecture at the Foundation for Economic Edu-
cation on this very question of how far, if at

‘all, government should interfere with a free

market.

He pointed out that an honest examination
of economic history “reveals that, more often
than not, when government programmes and
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less cost with greater benefit to consumers and
the economy at large.”

He gave several examples of how compa-
nies failed despite government subsidies, beat-
en out of the market by private enterprise.

One of the stories he told was of Edward K
Collins, who went to Congress with a plan to
develop a steamship fleet to compete with
Britain’s subsidised Cunard Company in the
transatlantic passenger business. He asked Con-
gress for a grant of $3 million and a yearly sup-
plement of $385,000 to enable him to match
Cunard’s fares. He assured Congress that even-
tually the supplements would be phased out.
Instead, he kept returning to Congress, hat in
hand, for more subsidies. By the time Cornelius
Vanderbilt, a river steamboat operator, tried
to sell Congress on the idea of an “Atlantic fer-

ry,” Collin’s subsidy for his transatlantic cross-

ings was up to an anuual $800,000, a large sum
of money in the 1840’s.

Congress turned Vanderbilt down. Not only
was his ability doubted, but Congress was
already committed to Collins in whom by now
it had a considerable investment.

That didn’t stop Vanderbilt. With native
ingenuity, he launched his fleet without gov-
ernment subsidies, eventually putting Collins
— who was then before Congress pleading for
a bailout of $1 million to construct a replace-
ment vessel after half his fleet sank, killing
almost 500 passengers.

. Again Congress agreed. However, when that ,

ship failed, and Collins was again before Con-
gress,.he was turned down flat. Within a year
Collins was bankrupt, and Vanderbilt domi-
nated the seas.

A Senator concluded that Collin’s business
had been “miserably managed,” another felt
that the “whole system was wrong. It ought to
have been left, like any other trade, to com-
pete.”

This was the opinion of US Congressmen
when faced with the bail out of the auto indus-
try.

But this time, we agree with President Bush,
there is now too much at stake — too many
people and a whole economy would have been
destroyed if the president had not acted. If the
industry fails despite this help, then at least
automakers have time to organise an orderly
bankruptcy so that they can try to restructure
their businesses.

As the president said, “these are not ordinary
circumstances”, something had to give, a lifeline
was thrown — it is now up to the automakers

_ and the unions to grab that line and pull them-

selves to shore. If they drop the line, they will
drown.

























Horse racing:
some questions
for the Minister

of Tourism

EDITOR, The Tribune.

IN the past couple of weeks,
horse racing has been men-
tioned a couple of times in
The Tribune. The first men-
tion was by Vincent Vander-
pool Wallace, Minister of
Tourism.

Mr Wallace claims that
while the legalisation of a lot-
tery might be a good thing for
the Bahamas, the re-estab-
lishment of a horse racing
track would not.

He based this observation
on his memories of everything
getting better when the old
track closed in 1977.

I have a few questions for
the good Minister. How old
were you in 1977? What,
exactly, got better? What,
exactly, are you talking about?

My distinct memories of the
track closing involved the fir-
ing of literally hundreds of
workers, the incredible situa-
tion that dozens of horse own-
ers found themselves in, being
no longer able to feed their
animals, the bogus promises
made by the then government
that the track was to be re-
opened in a new location
which meant that a lot of the
owners hung on desperately
in vain, the arrival of Ameri-
can “do-gooders” who spun
some yarn about saving the
horses and then shipped out
dozens of the animals to who
knows where — probably: to
American slaughter houses.

. (Americaiis rarely do anything

where they can’t make a prof-
it).

The idiotic story — appar-
ently started by an English
nurse — that the’ children
became thinner when the
track opened each winter is a
total fabrication — (I was

there and can personally

vouch for the stupidity of this
tale) — but has been seized
on by many, usually preach-
ers who have their own agen-
da as we all know,.as a rea-
son to not even consider res-
urrecting this old Bahamian
tradition, started in the early

90’s by thé British and carried:

on by Bahamians and bringing
such excitement. and enjoy-
ment to thousands over the
years.

And please eepinint to me
how today, with gambling rife
in every corner of the coun-

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try, so many of our children
are obese.

The racing industry is a
sophisticated, money making
enterprise, which, when organ-
ised' correctly can be of great
benefit to the country.

Both horse racing and polo
are great crowd pleasers and
would be tremendous tourist
draws as well as being huge
employers.

For the religious set, bear
in mind that the Queen of
England who is the head of
the Church of England, is one
of racing’s greatest promot-
ers.

Every country in the
Caribbean has a race track,
but, as usual, the Bahamas is
lagging way behind.

Barbados has an arrange-
ment which encourages
retired trainers from abroad
to come and help train young
aspiring jockeys, trainers and
other track workers.

The employment opportu-
nities in a race track are innu-
merable.

By the way, what has hap-
pened to the race track mem-
orabilia — there was an office
full of trophies, historical
records, etc, on Prince eae.
dock after,the. track closed.
where is’all that stuff now?

In The Tribune of the 17th.

of December, page 4, a lone

voice in the wilderness is ask-
ing the question: “Will the
horse track ever open again
?” Enquiring minds would like
to know.

F WILSON
Nassau,
December 17, 2008.

(We probably know even
more about the race track
than Mr Wilson. In fact we
were a horse riding family.
Lady Dupuch, a_ keen
equestrienne who could still
sit a horse in her early eighties,
owned a champion race horse
who won many trophies at
Hobby Horse Hall.

(Racing started among
friends who were keen on
horses and would race them
just for the excitement of
watching a magnificent horse,
frothing at the bit, mane flying
in the wind and muscles rip-
pling as it strained, galloping
neck and neck for the finish
line. Lady Dupuch was in the
early stages of pregnancy with

‘her fourth child when she

competed in her last race at
the track. In those early days
there was no betting. Sir Eti-
enne always said that the joy
of racing ended when the pari-
mutuel was introduced.
Harold Munnings should
remember the days of Hobby

Horse Hall because his family .

owned another puzed race
horse.
(It is true that when the

track was finally closed, many
owners who raced for. the
money could no longer afford
to keep their horses. The poor
creatures were left to wander
aimlessly around the aban-
doned rat-infested track,
scratching in the dust for a

blade of grass. A small group

of animal lovers from the US
took pity on them and raised
money to have some of them
flown to horse country in the
US where they spent the rest
of their days grazing on rich
farmland. They did not go to
American slaughter houses as
this writer suggests.

(The story of the nurse who
complained about Bahamian
infants being undernourished
during racing season because
their fathers spent all their
money betting on the horses,
rather than buying milk for
their babies, was no fabrica- - -
tion. Nor was the nurse who
complained about. their con-
dition English. She was
Bahamian through and
through. In fact she was Nurse
Alice Hill Jones, who headed

government’s Infant Welfare __
’ Clinics. The children were so.

undernourished during racing
season that she came to The
Tribune to plead their cause in *
these columns. The Tribune
investigated and wrote many
stories on what was happen-
ing. Sir Etienne also took up
the children’s cause in his edi-
olonals,

(This was the main reason
that: vas a member of parlia-
ment and publisher of The
Tribune he supported those
who were against Bahamians
gambling in the casinos. The
race track was doing enough
damage to Bahamian children.
Their fathers, addicted to
gambling, forgot their fami-
lies when throwing their mon-
ey on the horses.

(Polo was also a popular
sport during the war years and
well into the fifties. It was
played on Clifford Park every

‘Friday afternoon — the day .

that all shops closed for half
day. It always attracted a good
crowd, among them Lady
Dupuch and her young brood.
The outstanding polo players
of that era were A B Malcolm,
AK Cole, his son, Kirkland,
Harcourt (Cookus) Maura,
Alva Brooks, Allen Roberts
and Capt Carey, an ADC to
one of the governors.

(Governor Sir Bede Clif-
ford was a polo enthusiast and
was instrumental in the con-
struction of the polo field at
Clifford Park, which accounts
for the hardness of the
ground, and the name of the
park.

(When Hobby Horse Hall
closed it was no longer a
sophisticated, money making
enterprise, children were suf-
fering, and much was going

‘ wrong at the pari-mutuel win-

dows. These were the main
reasons for its closure. — Ed).

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ence” in his constituency by
implementing relief pro-
grammes for senior citizens
and disabled residents in
Marco City.

Mr Laing announced on

Friday plans to launch a dis- .
-count card and roof repair

programme next year to
assist the elderly and dis-
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allow seniors aged 60 and
older, and the disabled to get
discounts on purchases at
participating stores through-
out the island.

He was very pleased with
the feedback from store-
owners on the island.

“We have organised with
stores across the island for
their participants in this dis-
count programme and many
have responded positively.

“Unfortunately, I have
not yet been able to get the
major foodstores and I am
still waiting on an answer
from them,” he said.

Mr Laing said that he is
also aware that some elderly
and disabled persons have
roofs that are compromised
and leaking in Marco City.

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gramme offers assistance for
repair projects that are
$2,500 or less. Only seniors
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person so that we will be
able to do what is required
under that programme. I
invite those of you who have
issues to call in and take
advantage of that pro-
gramme as well,” said Mr
Laing.

Mr Laing plans to meet
with senior citizens as a
group every quarter to hear
from them about any con-
cerns and projects for the
community.

The MP has also ear-
marked $10,000 for a com-
munity project to be decided
upon by the seniors of Mar-
co City.

Mr Laing noted that the
elderly are often forgotten
by society and he did not
want to make that mistake.

“Too many leaders have
found themselves discon-
nected from you and there-
fore don’t get the benefit of
hearing your guidance, and
the Bahamas is one place
when you get older people
start discarding you like you
ain’t got no value,” he said.

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Laing hosted’a Christmas lun-
cheon for senior citizens of
his constituency. Sarah
Sweeting, 85, was recognised
as the oldest female resident
of Marco City, and Otis Let-
tice, 81, was the oldest male
resident of Marco City attend-
ing the luncheon.







Marco City, as well as the
Commonwealth of the

Bahamas,” he said.

Mr Laing said that as MP
for Marco City he is avail-
able to hear from all his con-

Stituents, regardless of their

political affiliation.

“When I became the MP
for Marco City I determined
that as best I could, I simply
wanted to make a difference.

“So we need to hear from
you.

“It doesn’t make any dif-
ference to me where you
stand on politics, I am the
MP for all of Marco City,
and as long as you need my
counsel I will be there, I
invite your counsel,” he
said.
Mr Laing has also provid-
ed educational programmes,
computer training, and
scholarship assistance for
the youth in Marco. City.

.







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MONDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2008, PAGE 7



Some in PLP
FROM page one 2

~ However, Mr Moss, who is a
relative newcomer to the PLP
and to politics, defended his
actions, telling The Tribune
that his card was created and
distributed in the “spirit and
tradition of Christmas.”

“Anyone who is offended
by it is someone who is too
political and someone who
doesn’t understand the true
meaning of Christmas,” he
said.

The card, which shows a
photograph of Mr Moss, his
wife, and their two young chil-
dren in a warm embrace,
reads: “I hope this Christmas
season brings you and your
family every happiness. May
the New Year bring you and
yours many opportunities to
make life better for all in St
Cecilia. From my family to
yours, Merry Christmas.”

“Those persons who are
offended by the card had bet-
ter get with it,” Mr Moss said.

“Mother Pratt (PLP deputy
leader) has indicated that she
is not offering again and Paul
Moss has indicated that he’
intends to run for Parliament
to represent the people of St
Cecilia. So just as she is going,
Iam coming,” he said.

However, detractors of Mr
Moss, such as long time pho-
tographer, and PLP activist
Franklyn G Ferguson said that
a die-hard PLP seat, such as
St Cecilia, should go to a PLP
who has “a long standing”
within the party. .

“The person I think who
should get the nomination is
the former Minister of State
for Finance James Smith. St
Cecilia is a strong PLP seat,
and if he, (Paul Moss) is sin-
cere, he should pick another
seat, but that seat should go
to a person who has shown in
the past to have made a great
contribution to the party.”

As a founding member of
the Junior PLP, which later
became the. Young Liberals,
Mr Ferguson said that his sec-
ond choice for the St Cecilia
seat would be the former
Young Liberal and Senator
Paulette Adderley-Zonicle.

“She has lived in the area
until she got married, and has
campaigned in St Cecilia from
since she was a young girl. In
all honesty, she was there even
before Mother Pratt,” he said.

Another PLP, who spoke
on condition of anonymity said
that Mr Moss is carrying him-
self as if he is the nominee for
the area “and that is not fair.”

“There are other people
who are seeking nominations
but they are not as presump-
tuous as this guy. He has to
tow the line like everybody
else,” he said.

Calls to Mrs Zonicle for
comment on the matter were
not returned up to press time
last night.

However, Mr Moss has
vowed that he will represent
the St Cecilia constituency,
whether his nomination is
opposed, or blocked.

The PLP, will face similar
challenges for nominations in a
number of areas, including
what is expected to be a fierce-
ly contested nomination for
Kennedy.

Reportedly, the seat has
already brought out four pos-
sible candidates; Omar
Archer, lawyer Derek Ryan,
former PLP, now Independent
MP Kenyatta Gibson, and a
fourth candidate that The Tri-
bune has learned has yet to be
formally named.

Independent MP
will not seek PLP
nomination ‘for

any constituency’
FROM page one

bune has learned has yet to
be formally named.

As a long held PLP strong-
hold, the Kennedy con-
stituency is a seat that polliti-
cal pundits believe should be
the “reward” of a candidate
of long standing “PLP con-
nections.”

PLP sources insist that Mr
Gibson, having criticised par-
ty leader, Perry Christie when
_ he (Gibson) resigned in Jan-
uary this year, will be
replaced by a candidate who
they know will not “follow in
his footsteps.”

The Kennedy constituency
has seen two prominent res-
ignations in the recent past
with Mr Gibson in 2008 who
became an Independent, and
current Opposition business
leader in the House of
Assembly, Dr Bernard Not-
tage resigning from the party
when he was the area’s MP
in 2000. He later rejoined the °
party.

FROM page one

Quarto, said the development
must be stopped before further
damage is done and the vital
mangroves are threatened.

He said the four ‘gaps’ were
identified in the Bimini Bay Pro-
ject Report; lack of public access
to documents, an alteration of
the master plan, lack of an Envi-
ronmental Management Plan
and environmental degradation
beyond what was anticipated,
are enough to stop the project.

However, Black and Veatch
have advised government to go

Environmentalists

has since its contentious incep-
tion.

“The so-called ‘gaps’ should
have raised red flags, but instead
Black and Veatch are raising
their green flag.”

- MAP is advising government
to ensure Bimini Island coastal
ecosystems are protected,
including the mangroves, sea
grass beds and corals, as well as
the viability of the proposed
marine sanctuary, which may be
adversely affected if phase two

ahead, with conditions.

Mr Quarto said: “We wonder
how Black and Veatch can so
nimbly make the leap of faith
from one very slippery inves-
tigative stepping stone to anoth-
er in stretching to reach their
conclusion without falling into

goes ahead.

BREEF executive director ©

Casuarina McKinney-Lambert
said she was “disturbed” by what
she has seen on visits to the site,
and proceeding to phase two
will negatively impact wetlands
severely, and undermine the

“The development should not
be given approval for an addi-
tional phase of development
while there has been such an
egregious failure to meet the
requirements of the first phase.”

Black and Veatch suggest
developers RAV Bahamas Ltd
apply for Blue Flag marina cer-

tification, but the Foundation.

for Environmental Education
rejected a previous application
because of the development’s
serious environmental impact,
Mrs McKinney-Lambert said.
The golf course, which Black
and Veatch maintains should be
on solidly terrestrial land, has
received no support from the

‘Mentally unstable’ man

FROM page one

BNT or BREEF as the proposed
site is directly linked to wetlands
and the marine protected
area.

Mrs McKinney-Lambert said:
“There is very little elevated
land in the area proposed for
phase two of the development
and the ‘land’ where the golf
course would-be placed would

include a considerable amount

of wetland.

“The environmental impacts
on this and adjacent areas is like-
ly to be severe, far reaching, and
irreparable.”

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the mulch that surrounds this Mrs McKinney-Lambert said:

whole development process, and

Suspicious envelopes sent to US embassies
FROM page one

contained the cryptic message.

A plain white envelope, which is similar to others received by US
embassies around the world over the last two weeks, was delivered
to the Embassy in Nassau on Friday. It is thought to contain a mys-
terious white powder. :

Following preliminary testing, the FBI said it does not believe the
powder is dangerous. However, it said, it looks suspicious.

Jeff Dubel, spokesman for the US Embassy in the Bahamas,
told The Tribune that the white substance in the envelopes could be
anything from talcum.powder to powder sugar, “or any number of
things that might not be as innocuous as that.”

The FBI said it believes the substance could also be corn starch.

The envelope, which was sent to the Bahamas embassy, was
secured and taken away for testing.

The complete test results from suspect packages sent to embassies
around the world are not yet available to the embassy in Nassau, but
well-trained diplomats acted with caution.

“All US diplomatic facilities receive extensive training in respond-
ing to these types of incidents,” Mr Dubel said.

“Procedures in place were followed, including contacting appro-
priate Bahamian authorities.”

The US Embassy is expected to keep the Bahamas govern-
ment informed of test results and their response to the threat. The
services provided by the US Embassy to American and Bahami-
an citizens are not expected to be affected.

FROM page one TyO-year?-old

department, Mr Walkes was suffering from a mental condition, which
may have played a part in his unusual boat departure. .

Mr Minnis said: “According to his family, sometimes he is up and
sometimes he is down, they believe he was experiencing some sort of
mental problem at the time.” The officer also said that the man had no
criminal record, but said stress may have been a factor in his actions.

The officer said that the Defence Force, the United States Coast
Guard, police and other vessels conducted an extensive search for
the man over the past two and a half days, however up to Sunday



flames, a distraught mother of
two held on to one of her chil-
dren while shouting for help for
her two-year-old son.

Eye witnesses said that by the
time Fire Services arrived at the
scene, the building was com-
pletely engulfed in flames. -

Supt Jeffrey. Deleveaux of
Fire Services said that it was at
first difficult for fire fighters to
even confirm if a child was still
in the burning building.

However, as the blaze per-
mitted, fire fighters attempted
to reach the apartment to

It took fire services over two
hours to extinguish the intense
blaze. Sometime after 8pm, they
finally found the remains of a
child in a back bedroom of one
of the apartments.

Fire Services said an autopsy

‘will be carried out to determine

the exact cause of death of the
two-year-old boy.
Investigations are also under-
way to determine the cause of
the fire that left one child dead
and dozen others homeless.

FOR 3 IN 1 LAWN SERVICE

evening none of the rescue teams was able to find Mr Walkes.
Police said the man was travelling by himself to Nassau at the time
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CARICOM passport — a

(CARICOM) passports are The situation is not

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SANDERS the current situation in which not enjoying any real atten- “almost” laughable. It is
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holders of CARICOM pass-
ports are subject to the same
scrutiny, the same suspicion

gration officers that they
endured prior to the adoption
of the passport by some
CARICOM states.

‘Symbolism’

The CARICOM passport
does not even provide the
“symbolism” of one-
Caribbean people that it was
supposed to engender. If any-
thing, it does the opposite by
emphasizing that, despite the

.fact that CARICOM has:
existed for 35 years, there
remains no welcome mat al
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In the official literature
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A quarrel could be. picked
and won on the motion that
none of these categories of
free movement exist, but on
the last of them — people —
most of all.

The reality is that CARI-
COM is a single market “in
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despite the urgency that has
existed for some time to get
on with its completion.

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within their countries who,
through their own insecurities,
are virulently anti-CARICOM
nationals.

Insularity

That is so. But no govern-
ment should pander to such
short-sighted insularity.

Instead, they should edu-
cate their populations about
the importance of deeper
CARICOM integration for
their own survival. °

They ought not to pretend —
as some do — that they. pos-
sess some unidentified magic
formula to prosper on their
own for it is simply not true.

Governments, who indulge
in this pretence, do their peo-
ple an enormous disservice.

If people conduct their lives
in the belief that they have no
need to worry, when the
crunch comes, they will be
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FROM page eight

First, in the case of many
CARICOM countries, a sig-
nificant portion of their
exports of manufactured
goods and services relies on
the CARICOM market.

If the CARICOM markets
bought elsewhere, these coun-
tries would suffer — a fact that
many governments fail to tell
their people.

Second, if CARICOM
nationals in many CARICOM

states were to leave, the’

economies of these states
would decline in myriad ways.

Not only would they lose
skilled and unskilled labour
that they need, they would

lose the taxes these people —

pay, the services they use such
as rented houses, and the
money they spend in the econ-
omy on items such as food,
clothing, transportation, utili-
ties, and medical care.

In this regard, the authori-
ties in all CARICOM coun-
tries should be mindful of the
importance of according to
CARICOM nationals, who
are legitimately living and
working in their states, the
rights and respect to which
they are entitled.

They should not be treated
as “second-class”; they should
not be exploited and they
should have the same rights
of protection as any legitimate
resident in the country.

Picking-up people in the
middle of the night and
deporting them without due
process is not right or legal;
nor is deporting people who
are legitimately waiting for a
work permit to be renewed.

This is especially so when
the only people treated in this
way are those from the
Caribbean.

It should also be clearly
understood by all that at some
time in the not too distant
future, all CARICOM coun-
tries will be confronted by the
stark reality that they cannot
survive on their own.

In the cycle of livelihood,
some countries have enjoyed

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the upswings that have come
from preferential markets and
official development assis-
tance — both of which are
declining fast.

In the enjoyment of the
temporary upswing, they seem
to have forgotten that CARI-
COM’s small and vulnerable
economies are not sufficiently
well endowed or diversified
to survive on their own, and
the downturns come.

And when they come, they
do so with a vengeance.

Crisis

Were the countries of
CARICOM a genuine Single
Market in which free move-
ment of goods, services, capi-
tal and people were a reality,
they might have a better
chance of survival.

As one small example, think
of what would have happened
in the mighty United States in
the present financial crisis, if it
was not a single market and
economy and each of its 51
states had to struggle for itself.

Businesses in CARICOM
states have long recognised
the value of a Single Market
with free movement of goods,
services, capital and people.

If there were free move-
ment in all these areas, they
know that CARICOM would
be a stronger entity today bet-

‘ter able to cope with the world °
_ economic crisis.

And, on the matter of free
movement of people, busi-

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nesses know that they would
have a wider pool of people
on whom to draw for the
knowledge and skiJls they
need to compete both in the

global community and in their :

own domestic market where,
increasingly, they have to fend
off foreign competition.

The most apt analogy is the
West Indian Cricket team. If
we can’t find L1 globally com-
petitive players in all the
CARICOM states together,
how will we each find them
from within our individual
borders?

The truth is that the issue of
movement of CARICOM
nationals between all CARI-
COM countries can be settled





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CAT ISLAND is described as
the most cultural island in the
Bahamas, the cultural bedrock
of Bahamian culture.

If this is so, and I believe it is,
why is it that Cat Island is
described so poorly on the page
A Nation ‘of Islands, in the
Bahamas Telephone directory?
For years, Cat island is listed in a
paragraph of 11 lines with the
same old tired comments, and I
quote:

“Cat Island is rich in history
and culture; it is home to Como
Hill, the highest point in the
Bahamas at 206 feet above sea
level, on top of which sits Mount
Alvernia, the tiny hermitage built

by famed architect Monsignor *

John C Hawes, a popular tourist
attraction today. It is also the
home to Deveaux House, an old
plantation house with out build-
ings.”

Cat Island has much more to
offer, and vacationers need to
know this. As a matter of fact,
the world needs to know this.

The late Monsignor John C
Hawes was affectionately called
Father Jerome. Ask most young
Cat Islanders about Father
Hawes, most won’t know who
you were talking about, and only
a handful of people remember

him. Practically all who Knew
him passed away a long time »go.
The name Father Jerome draws
the tourists to Como Hill, not
John C Hawes, therefore, the
name Father Jerome should have
been included in the article. No-
one has ever asked me about
Father Jerome Hawes.

There are a number of things
tourists could do:

They could walk and takc ime
out to talk to Cat Islanders who
are very friendly without fear;
swim daily in the translucent
emerald waters; beach walking;
sample rock-oven bread, coconut
tarts, potato bread and other
sweets.

In the dense vegetation, one
could find a wide variety of
plants including species of lilies;
plants known to be medicinal;
fruits including mangoes,
coconuts, all sorts of other fruit
and vegetables; ride a bike, rent
a car, visit creeks, play paddle
tennis, bonefishing, scuba div-
ing, visit. bat caves, visit ruined
slave houses, see craft work -
lovely shell creations, jewellery,



friendly resorts, rake and scrape
music, writers’ exhibition, poetry
readings, concerts, annual fairs,
cookouts, and one does not have
to worry about which church to

‘attend, Cat Island is full of them,

obeah, fishing, annual fashion
shows, scuba diving, canoes and
kayaks, junkanoo, boat rentals,
blue holes, crawfish, conch and
other types of fish, including
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it and you will find it in our
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Cat Island also has crabs and
the entire island is an archive of
birds. :
You won’t find any tourist
harassment on Cat Island.’
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on a daily basis are offering a reward of $1,000 for his return after he
went missing. in the Eastern Road area. .

The reward is being offered for the safe return of Zoey, a distinctive
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opposite the entrance to Mount Vernon, since Wednesday evening.

Although there have been several reported sightings of the elderly
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He has black shaggy fur with a white patch on his front and white
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Bahamas has ever pro-

ducel. Among other accom-

plisiments Bobby headed
theall-Bahamian Common-
wralth Bank, won his share

o international sailboat

‘aces and became the
youngest person ever
named Speaker of the
House of Assembly.

Contemporaries recall
that Bobby was a man of
the people who was equally
at ease hobnobbing with
celebrities and royalty.

Other Handbook stories
tell readers how:

e Regattas and festivals
keep Out Island economies
humming

e UNEXSO introduced
scuba diving to the world

¢ Church plaques allow
glimpses into the life and
times of Bahamians who
died in the 1800s.

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-what to expect in the Hand-
book for 2009 - a carefully
researched reference guide
that is essential reading for
- anyone who lives, works,
plays or invests in the
Bahamas.

Readers include business
leaders, academics, histori-
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ernment officials at home
and abroad, as well as



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Grand Bahama, business
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A Year in Review section
lists the events that made
headlines in 2008.

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ment departments,

embassies, consuls, interna- . ©

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Tuba player Brian C ooper of Nassau, along with other
members of the Brass Choir, will perform at St. Anselm
Parish on Sunday, January 4, 2009.

Alumnae, alumni, parents, students and friends of the College
of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University are invited to a
concert and reception on Sunday, January 4, 2009, at 6:00 p.m.

The concert and reception will be held at St. Anselm Parish,
Fox Hill.

Please join us for a wonderful evening of niusic and hospitality.
Please let us know you are coming by contacting St. Anselm
Parish at (242)-324-1325, or e-mail: stanselm @batelnet.es

The College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University Brass Choir
consists of approximately 16-18 students under the direction of
Dr. Dale White. Membership is made up of both music and
non-music majors who enjoy a similar passion for brass ensemble
music. The repertoire of the ensemble includes music of all
historical styles, from original contemporary works for brass,
to light classics ancl hymn tunes, to Renaissance and Baroque
transcriptions. The CSB/SJU Brass Choir rehearses once a
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Sesame | ‘ LOCAL NEWS

Charities feel the pinch

@ By NATARIO McKENZIE

Tribune Staff Reporter

CHARITABLE organisations are fecling the pinch
in these tough economic times as many Bahamians
may be finding it harder to “give” this Christmas sea-
son.

Kim Sawyer, director general of the Bahamas Red
Cross, told The Tribune that while the organisation has
been receiving some donations, more are needed.

“We have had some donations, but I would not say
that it has been overwhelming. We also have our
standard people we assist through our meals on wheels
programme and we have gotten more requests,” Mrs
Sawyer said.

She said that any donation to assist the organisation
is appreciated. :

While donations by private persons may be down,
Mrs Sawyer said that some corporate donations have

Bring.
‘em on
IN A highly competitive indus-
try like real estate, what reasons
would a seller have for going it
alone? Not surprisingly, the
majority of unrepresented sell- ,

ers choose to sell By Owner in |
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in tough economic times

been coming in. The Bahamas Teleconmunications
Company (BTC), she said, recently donted $20,000.

“We do have some fundraisers going OLand we are
working towards the ball,” Mrs Sawyer sad,

Madeline Froning, Salvation Army Cqpmunity
relations and development associate, saidthat the
organisation is definitely feeling the effects ¢ a slow
economy as monetary donations are down.

"As of about three weeks ago (we) were &peri-
encing a 38 per cent downturn. We are definitelyfeel-
ing the pinch. We have seen acts of generosity, bu we
are still down," she said, noting that most of the orgin-
isation’s monetary contributions came from corpy-
rate sponsors such as BTC.

Ms Froning said the Salvation Army’s Christmas
campaign is not yet over and the goal is to raise
$100,000. She said that donations of food and cloth-
ing to the organisation have been pretty “steady” for
this time of year. :

ewe
ESTATE

CARMEN MASSONI



be willing to pay a commission if
a real estate agent brought a
ready and willing buyer to you?

Focusing too much on com-
mission might be penny-wise but
pound foolish, especially when
you learn that homes sold by
realty professionals fetch 16 per
cent more than those sold by
unrepresented sellers (this is the
US.standard). 16 per cent is
roughly three times the fee that *
many brokerages charge for their
valuable service, so it’s easy to
see how paying for representa-
tion is likely to put more money
in your pocket, not less.

What’s the explanation for the
difference in sale prices? Most
commoiily, it comes down to the
fact that unrepresented sellers
are showing their home to a
much smaller universe of buyers
than the one that BREA real
estate agents can bring. By
exposing your property to the
widest segment of qualified buy-
ers, you significantly increase
your chances of a full price offer
from a genuinely motivated par-
ty.
Honestly discuss your con-
cerns about brokerage fees with
an agent you trust, who will
cooperate with you to create a
fair and valuable relationship.

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Hundreds of children from the
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to the party, where they received
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Tourism, launched a customer
service awareness training
programme.

The “Grand Life Ambas-
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school system.
On December 12, Earnes-
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Sheraton Our Lucaya Resort,
was awarded her gold pin, the
highest honour of the Grand
Life Ambassador programme.
Ms Moxyz was responsible
for leading a total of 36 face-
to-face Grand Life training
sessions. Eight of those ses-
sions were co-facilitated by
Karenda Swain of the Min-
istry of Tourism.
“Earnestine is to be com-
‘mended for her outstanding
efforts with this programme.
She took the ball and ran with
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Ross University introduces Grand Bahama MAN, Dear of ose Ue
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GRAND Bahama- Ross Univer-
sity invited all doctors in Grand

sionals who attended a
Bahama to a breakfast meeting on

breakfast meeting held on”
December 16 at the Sea-

Tuesday, December 16, to introduce

the Ross faculty to the Island's med-

horse Plaza campus.
ical community. Senator Kay Forbes-

Smith was also in attendance.

The meeting provided the oppor-
tunity to introduce the Ross’ Clinical
Education Partnership, which will
not only bring a rich educational
experience to Ross students, but will
enhance the professional growth of
Bahamian physicians, thus improv-
ing the overall health and medical
care system within the Bahamas.

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Clinical Education Dr Desiree Cox.

The doctors explained the history
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be starting at the new campus in Jan-
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in becoming part of the Clinical Edu-
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would be agreeing, if eligible, to
assist in the practical clinical educa-
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This programme will provide third
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During a typical half day, the
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to interview the patient, examine
and obtain history of a present ill-
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only those skills they have been
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attending physician; write up the his-
tory and physical, and obtain feed-

back on the presentation and the °

write-up from the attending physi-
cian.

The doctors will then be required
to provide evaluations of the stu-
dents to the university.

By participating in this educa-
tional partnership, the local medical
community will benefit by being able
to subscribe to an evidence-based
medicine database for clinical prac-
tice as determined by Ross Univer-
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After hearing about the Clinical
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and members of the local medical
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ways in which Ross University might
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number of physicians and health care
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At the end of the session, Robert
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“This is a significant moment in
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Ohio, and teach the children
about Junior Achievement
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Bahamas to do their outreach
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started a donut store with the
younger students.

The second grade children
made little donuts which they
coloured and labeled, and
they also timed themselves to
compare the length of time it
took one person to make the
finished donut compared to
setting up an assembly line.

Dominic Sacco, a market-
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lenge of working with the
Bahamian children and said, -
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where the different types of

businesses would go. We also
spent some time teaching
them how to pronounce entre-
preneurship.”

Bijal Patel, a finance stu-
dent, added, “The little stu-
dents were very excited to
learn and to‘hear about some-
thing different from a different
perspective. We taught them
about profit and loss and
asked them to decide what

-they might like to be when

they grew up and to say where
they would put a particular
type of restaurant to make the
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ativity flowing.”

Miss Patel and Mr Sacco,
who both love the Bahamas,
said they would like to have
the opportunity of showing
some Bahamian faculty and
students how to teach JA to
primary age children.

COB’s vice-president of
Research, Graduate Pro-
grammes and International
Relations Linda Davis spoke
about her plans for developing
the relationship between COB
and Ohio State University and
putting in place student and
faculty exchanges.

The Ohio students and their
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toured. the island. They also
spent a very. instructive two
hours with Enrico Garzeroli
at Graycliff Hotel and Restau-
rant where they watched cig-
ars being rolled and discussed
the business aspects of run-
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THE TRIBUNE



Time for an overhaul of

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The Eve of T. he Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ
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| ODAY, I’m travelling

to my hometown—
Long Island—where, like many
other Family Islands, residents
have waged legendary land
wars, due in large part to the
Bahamas’ antiquated land reg-
istration system that has served
as a staging ground for thievery
and abuses via the Quieting of
Titles Act and the prevalence
of generation property (partic-
ularly on islands such as Long
Island, Cat Island, Eleuthera,
Crooked Island and Rum Cay).

It is high-time for an over-
haul of the land titles and reg-
istration system and a revamp
of the Quieting of Titles Act.
The Bahamas’ land registration
system is in desperate need of
modernization and parliamen-
tary/legal reform.

In April, The Tribune
reported the concerns of Ian
Young, President of the
Bahamas Land Surveyors
Association, who said that the
increasing problems with land
titles, with property owners
who had obtained what they
thought was legitimate title—
in some cases many years
before—now being challenged
on their ownership, threatened
to undermine a society based
upon property rights and land
ownership.

Mr Young told The Tribune
that he was “getting calls on a
regular basis” from persons
whose title and right to their
property was being challenged
by others. This was often
despite the fact that these peo-
ple had been given an opinion
by their attorney and that of
the lender, that they had “clear
and marketable title” many
years before. Because of these
slip-ups, many people are find-
ing themselves in danger of los-
ing their investments, after pos-
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lars on legal fees, bank loans
and putting some infrastructure
in place so that they could
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property held in fee simple —
that may be obtained through
purchase, deed of gift or estate
inheritance and are saleable are
virtual rarities in the Bahamas,
particularly as title woes hit
one-third of local.real estate
deals and, as noted by Daniel
Drosdoff in a recent article for
the Inter-American Bank
(IBD), “seventy per cent of
land in the Bahamas is ‘Crown
land’, owned by the state and
controlled by the prime minis-

-ter’s office,” with “many fami-

lies living on ‘generational
land’, which is handed down by
families from generation to
generation, often without a-
clear titleholder.”

S= the days of colo-
nialism, countless
Bahamians have not been given
saleable titles to many acres of
prime land on the Family
Islands. According to historian
and Director of Culture Dr
Nicolette Bethel, “land owner-
ship (in the Bahamas) is tightly
knitted with the idea of family.”
Here, she refers to generation
land as “one’s family land.”

However, generation prop-
erty described as land that was
once privately owned but had
not been managed through the
courts following the death of
the fee simple owner. This
property, which descendants
usually occupy without legal
paperwork is non-marketable
and it’s therefore difficult to
discern its rightful heirs—par-
ticularly after the deaths of
groups of descendants from
whom the land is unofficially
passed on to another group,
without probate.

Recently, I was invited to
travel to Eleuthera to “claim a
piecé of the Gibson land”;

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posedly privy to-due to my lin-—

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eage—even though I’ve never
lived in Eleuthera.

One look at, traditionally
African communities, such as
Bain and Grants Town could

- give a microcosmic view of the
origins of family or generation
land, particularly since two or
three family houses remain
built on one small plot of land
with hardly anyone holding
clear title to the property.

Nicolette Bethel writes that:

“Tn the Bahamas, the tradi-
tion of:generation property
echoes many of these broader
Afro-Caribbean themes, and
the convention is responsible
for vast land holdings through-
out the archipelago. Particu-
larly on those islands settled by
Loyalist planters at the turn of
the nineteenth century, (Ack-
lins, Cat Island, Crooked
Island, Exuma, Long Island,
Rum Cay and San Salvador)
groups of kin lay claim to large
estates. Such property is held
in trust for the use of all descen-
dants of the kin group forever
— ‘while grass grow and spring
flow’, I was told on Long
Island.

“Although individual family
members may farm it, or-live
on it, it may never be sold. Like
their counterparts further
south, Bahamians use the con-
vention of generation property
to solidify identity, to provide
themselves with some subsis-
tence, and to unite groups of
kin. Access to land, however, is
problematic: the land is not the
sole possession of any one
member of the kin group, and it
may not easily be converted
into cash. Land holdings on the
Family Islands are often quite
large, particularly in those
islands in the southern part of
the Bahamian chain where land



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Bahamians suffer from the
opposite problem, a physical
overabundance of common
property combined with the
inability of individual family
members to make use of it,”
she asserts.
_. “What is more, because the
rights to generation property
do not dissolve with time, the
longer the members of a family
have lived away from the prop-
erty (that is, the longer they
have been unable to establish
superior rights to the land
through residence), the more
complex their rights to land
become,” Ms Bethel contin-
ued. i

Commonage and squatting
aré two other aspects of the
unending land quarrels in the

, Bahamas.

( ommonage refers to
land that is’ non-

vendible by any of its owners—
whether for bank loans or
sale—as none of them can pre-
sent titles to the land. On the
other hand, when squatters
occupy land without purchase
or the permission of the owner, .
disputes that has outlived gen-
erations arise if the squatter
petitions the Supreme Court
under the Quieting of Titles
Act, Chapter 357 and actually
acquires a Certificate of Title
after occupying the :property
for 20 or more years. On Fam-
ily Islands, grants such as this
have been known to disrupt
entire communities and some- °

times lead to violent outbursts.

In 2007, William Wong, a
senior executive in the
Bahamas Real Estate Associ-
ation, told The Tribune that
almost one-third of Bahamas-
based real estate transactions

either collapse or take as long

as one year to conclude due to
problems with establishing clear
title to the subject property or
land. As is noted in Drosdoff’s
IDB report, “private parties are
allowed to buy and sell land in
the Bahamas among them-
selves using their own legal-doc-

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THE TRIBUNE

Mave Rolle keeps an eye on
the ball as he volleys against
Bjorn Munroe yesterday at the
December Invitational at the
National Tennis Center.

e RESULTS of the
Bahamas Lawn Tennis
Association's 2009
December Invitational,
held over the weekend at
the National Tennis Cen-
ter, are as follows:
Men’s Final

Devin Mullings def. Tim-
othy Neilly 7-5, 2-1 ret.
(wrist).

Third place

Bjorn Munroe def. Mar-
vin Rolle 7-5, 6-1.
Men’s Semifinals

Devin Mullings def. Mar-
vin Rolle 6-0, 5-7, 6-4.
Timothy Neilly def. Bjorn
Munroe 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.
Fifth place

Rodney Carey Jr. def.
Jonathan Hanna 6-2, 2-1
ret. (shoulder).

Seventh place
JJ Fountain def. Jamal

Adderley w/o
(back/knee).
Playoff
Jonathan Hanna def.
Jamal Adderley 4-2, ret.
Rodney Carey Jr. def. JJ
Fountain
Pool A
Timothy Neilly def. JJ
Fountain 6-3, 6-3
Timothy Neilly def.
Johnathan Hanna 6-3, 6-
1.
Timothy Neilly def.
Jason Rolle 6-1, 6-2
JJ Fountain def.
Johnathan Hanna 6-3, 6-
“2
‘Ju Fountain def. Jason
Rolle 6-2, 7-5
Jason Rolle def.
Johnathan Hanna 6-2, 6-
1
Pool B
Marvin Rolle def. Jamal
Adderley 6-7, 6-2, 6-1
Marvin Rolle def.
Matthew Sands 6-4, 6-0
Marvin Rolle def. H’Cone
Thompson 6-4, 6-4
Jamal Adderley def.
Matthew Sands 6-4, 6-1
Jamal Adderley def.
H’Cone Thompson 6-3,
4-6, 6-4
H’Cone Thompson def.
Matthew Sands 6-3, 6-2
Pool C
Bjorn Munroe def. Ceron
Rolle-6-4, 6-1
Bjorn Munroe def.
Jonathan Hanna 6-1, 6-4
Bjorn Munroe def. KC
Strachan Jr. 6-1, 6-0
Jonathan Hanna def.
Ceron Rolle 1-6, 6-3, 6-1
Jonathan Hanna def. KC
Strachan Jr. 6-0, 6- 20
Pool D
Devin Mullings def.
Justin Lunn 6-2, 6-2
Devin Mullings def. Alex-
is Roberts 6-0, 6-0
Devon Mullings def.
Rodney Carey Jr. 6-3, 6-.
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Rodney Carey Jr. def.
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Rodney Carey Jr. def.
Alexis Roberts 6-0, 6-2
Women's Play

Nikkita Fountain def.
Elanqua Griffin 6-3, 6-0
Nikkita Fountain def. —
Kerri Cartwright 6-2, 6-3
Kerri Cartwright def.
Elanqua Griffin 6-3, 6-1










~Neilly (who suf-
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PAGE

@ By BRENT STUBBS"
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@triubunemedia.net

FTER sitting

out last year

with:an injury,

Bjorn Munroe
was back in fine form, providing
the leadership that will be need-
ed for the Davis Cup team in
the absence of veteran Mark
Knowles.

Munroe, the oldest player
participating at the age of 30,
secured the third spot at the
Bahamas Lawn Tennis Associ-
ation’s December Invitational
yesterday at the National Ten-
nis Center. -

The three-day invitational’

gave the BLTA a look at the
players available for the Davis
Cup team that will travel to
Paraguay in March for the first
round of the American Zone II
tie, as well as the Fed Cup for
ladies going to Canada in Feb-
ruary.

Based on their
performances,
Munroe should
join top seeds
Devin Mullings
and Timothy
Neilly, along with
Marvin .Rolle.
The remaining
two spots could
possibly see at
least one new face
in Rodney Carey
Jr.

While Mullings
retained his top
spot with a 7-5, 2-
1 (retire) win over

injury), Munroe
took care of Rolle 7-5, 6- 1 to
return to the selection process
with a third place finish, . ~

“It was good. I played pretty

* well. I mean the whole tourna-

ment I played pretty well,” said
Munroe, who 3-0 in match play
in Pool C of the round robin
tournament before he lost 3-6,
6-1, 6-4 to Neilly in the semifi-
nal.

Against Rolle, Munroe got
off to.a quick start with a 5-2
lead before holding on for the 7-
5 win in the-first set, only to
dominate the second set after

breaking away from a 1-1 tie to.

win the next five games.
“T played solid and I capital-
ized right away and [ hit the ball

pretty good,” said Munroe. “My °

body feels good. This is the
healthiest that I’ve felt. So ’m
just happy with the way I played
the whole tournament.”

Leadership

Looking ahead to Davis Cup,
Munroe said without Knowles
playing doubles, he still feels
that he can team up with any

of the players and still provide a —

good tandem for the Bahamas.
“I’m just happy to be on the

team again after missing last.

year,” Munroe said. “I like the

leadership role, but I think we

will do very well.”

Rolle, who also won his Pool
B with a 3-0 record before he
dropped his semifinal match to
Mullings 6-0, 5-7, 6-4, admitted
that Munroe was on his game.

“He put a lot of pressure on
me. He was serving well,” Rolle
pointed out. “He was mixing it
up well, so he deserve the vic-
tory today.”

Rolle, however, said his main

objective was to finish in the
top four to secure his berth on
the Davis Cup team, so he was
pleased with his performance.

“We have pretty much the
same guys from last year, with
the exception of BJ, who did-
n’t play last year,” Rolle stat-
ed. “So it’s good to see him
back this year.”

Mullings, the southpaw who
got some valuable experience
playing at the Olympic Games
in Beijing, China in August, had

-a tougher time getting back to

the top spot.

In his match against Neilly,
Mullings had to work extra hard
before he prevailed in a tight

?

ME After injury layoff 30-year-old secures
the third spot at the Bahamas Lawn Tennis
Association’s December Invitational

“My body
feels good.
SMobCm mate
healthiest
that I’ve felt.
So I'm just

happy.”

Bjorn Munroe

MAM UITTM Mets



MARVIN Rolle:
shown in action
above against
Bjorn Munroe at
‘the December
Invitational yes-
terday at the
National Tennis
Center.

PHOTOS: Felipé Major/Tribune staff



first set. But in the second after
he went up 2-1, Neilly was
forced to withdraw with a wrist
injury.

“I think this weekend I basi-
cally got by on grit. I don’t think

I played that well,” he insisted.
“J wasn’t feeling the ball very
well, but I fought well.

“I took care of business, so I
was happy to win all of my
matches. It was unfortunate that

Timmy couldn’t finish his

match. He said his wrist was
bothering him, but I would have
liked to finish that match.”

’Mullings, who breezed
through Pool D, said by the





















TIMOTHY NEILLY returns a volley

‘ against Devin Mullings at the December

Invitational yesterday at the National
Tennis Center. .
time Davis Cup roll around in
March, he will definitely have to
improve an his level of play.

“| have to keep working on
my serve and make sure that I
peak at the right time,” he §
stressed.

“But I think | will be okay.
All of us just have to go back to |
the drawing board and get
ready.” ‘

Neilly, the winner of Pool A
with a 3-0 record.as well, played
to a 2-2, 4-4 and 5-5 tie in the
first set, but Muillings prevailed
down the stretch as he held and
broke serve to snatch the first
set.

In the second set, Both play-
ers held serve before Mullings
got the break to go up 2-1. That
was when Neilly walked up to
the net and conceded defeat.

“Tt was a good first set, but I
was having some pain in my +
wrist for the past couple of;
months and tt flared up today,"
so | didn’t want to push it toes’
far,” Neilly stated.

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FROM page 19

“T played okay in the tournament, nothing
spectacular, that was why I made it so far. But the
level here was good. It could have gone either
way. It was just a matter of who executed the »
best that won.”

Once everybody is healthy going to Paraguay,

; Neilly said they should have a good chance of
pulling off the upset.

As for ladies, only three players participated
with Nikkita Fountain coming out on top with a
2-0 record. She won 6-3, 6-0 over Elanqua Griffin
and 6-2, 6-3 over Kerrie Cartwright.

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with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Griffin.



BRITISH SOCCER

Keane gives Liverpool a 1-1 draw at Arsenal

HM LONDON *

Robbie Keane’s equalizer gave
Premier League leader Liverpool
a 1-1 draw at Arsenal on Sunday,
with the Gunners playing short-
handed after Emmanuel Ade-
bayor’s 63rd-minute red card.
reports the Associated Press .

Keane collected a long ball to
drive a shot into the roof of the
Arsenal net in the 42nd minute.
Robin van Persie had scored a
quality solo goal for the Gunners

in the 24th.

The draw gives Liverpool 39
points from 18 games, but sec-
ond-place Chelsea (37 from 17

matches) can go on top by win-

ning at Everton on Monday.
Liverpool manager Rafa Ben-

itez was not at the game because
7 x

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minutes with 10 men after Ade-
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Unnecessary red tape and
bureaucracy, the disappearance
of land-related documents at
the Registry, the ancient and
labour-intensive land registry,
and the abuse of the Quieting
of Titles Act all contribute to
the frustration experienced dur-
ing land sales/titles searches.

The Quieting of Titles Act
must be repealed or revised, as
it has been abused and used to
commit land fraud and theft of
hundreds of acres of land. This
Act, which allows persons to .
apply to the Supreme Court to
“quiet” or remove any existing
title to a certain parcel of land,
has lost its usefulness as it’s no
longer used to quiet disputes
over questionable ownership
(as was originally intended) and
has recently been used as a tool
to steal land from legitimate
owners.

In theory, the Quieting of
Titles Act allows for applicants
to inform all interested par-
ties—including landowners of
properties that border the par-
cel being questioned—of their
interest, usually through a
newspaper advertisement. hilt,
However, even this approach +
is flawed, as many Family
Island residents either don’t get
newspapers, may not frequent-
ly read certain sections of the
newspaper -and/or the survey-

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whether or not their title rights

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associated with title searches
were costing the private sector

a whopping $230 million a year.
One way that has been sug-

gested to comprehensively

reform the Registry is to either

introduce a Parcel-based Index

system or Title Registration /

system, where it is made com-
pulsory that all deeds and doc-
uments be registered to ensure

security of tenure—or, the title
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Iran shuts
office of Nobel
winner's
rights group

@ TEHRAN, Iran

Iranian authorities shut down
the office of a human rights group
led by Nobel Peace Prize winner
Shirin Ebadi on Sunday as the
group was preparing to honor a
political activist who spent 17
years in prison in the Islamic
republic, according to the Asso-
ciated Press. ;

Iranian authorities banned
Ebadi’s Center for Protecting
Human Rights last year, but it
had continued to operate from
an office in the north of the capi-
tal, Tehran.

Ebadi said police in uniform
and plainclothes security officials

_Yaided and sealed the building
where her group was working
‘without presenting a warrant. No
arrests were reported. ©

The semiofficial Mehr news
agency reported that judiciary
officials ordered the center’s clo-
sure because it did-not have the
required legal permits. A judicia-
ry statement said the human
rights center had issued state-
ments that created an atmosphere
“of media publicity against the
establishment in recent years,”
Mehr reported.

. Ebadi said her group would
‘continue its work despite the raid.

“Shutting down our offices
won’t make us stop our human
rights activities. We will meet
again somewhere else and will .
continue to support the rights of
activists and political prisoners,”
she told The Associated Press.

Ebadi said recent reports by
her group accusing the Iranian
government of human rights vio-
lations might have prompted the
crackdown. She said U.N. human
rights representatives are not
allowed to visit Iran but have seen
the’ group’s reports and subse-

"quently condemned what they
. called gross human rights viola-

_ tions. In an annual report in May,
Ebadi’s group said “freedom of
speech and freedom of circulating
information have~ further
declined” since hard-line Presi-
dent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
took office in 2005.. -— -

Among her group’s work, it has
campaigned for judicial reforms
such as banning stoning and cut-
ting off limbs as punishments for
convicted criminals. It has also
campaigned against executions of
juvenile offenders.

Ebadi said the building author-
ities targeted Sunday was bought
with money she receivediafter — j
winning the Nobel Peace Prize in
2003..Ebadi, a lawyer and human
rights and democracy campaign-
er, won the prize for efforts that
included promoting the rights of
women and children in Iran and
worldwide. She is the first Iranian
and Muslim woman to win the
award.

“We will remain committed to
defending the rights of defendants
jailed for their political views and
beliefs,” she said.

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Vice President Dick Cheney
blamed Congress for failing to
bail out the auto industry, saying
the White House was forced to
step in to save U.S. car compa-
nies, according to the Associated
Press.

In an interview broadcast Sun-
day, Cheney said the economy is

-in such bad shape that the car

companies might not have sur-
vived without the $17.4 billion in
emergency loans that President
George W. Bush approved on
Friday. "The president decided
specifically that he wanted to: try
to deal with it and not preside
over the collapse of the automo-

bile industry just as he goes out of

office,"-Cheney said in an inter
view broadcast on "Fox News
Sunday."" e

Lawmakers "had ample oppor-
tunity to deal with this issue and
they failed," Cheney said. "The
president had no choice-but to
step in."

Congress rejected an auto
bailout package after many
Republicans and some Democ-
rats opposed it. Some said U:S.
auto companies would be better
off if they were required reorga-

_nize through bankruptcy.

’ Cheney leaves office Jan. 20 as
one of the most powerful, if
unpopular, vice presidents in
recent history. He played a key
role in many of Bush's major pol-
icy decisions and, in the interview,
was unapologetic in his review of
the past.eight years.

He staunchly defended the
Bush administration's use of exec-
utive power in the fight against
terrorism and disagreed with calls
to limit presidential authority. "If
you think about what Abraham

Lincoln did during the Civil War,

what FDR did during World War
II..They went far beyond any-
thing we've done in a global war
on terror," the vice president con-
tended. Cheney said he was
unconcerned about polls show-
ing him as unpopular, saying that
people who spend too much time
reading polls "shouldn't serve in
these jobs."

He offered a somber assess-
ment of the economic challenges
facing the incoming Obama

- administration, saying there is a

growing consensus that -govern-
ment action will be needed next
year to help revive the economy.

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IN THIS NOV. 6, 2008 FILE PHOTO, Vice President Dick Cheney

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Washington. Vice President Dick Cheney blamed Congress for fail-
ing to bail out the auto industry, saying President George W. Bush was
forced to step in to save U.S. car companies and that the economy is
in such bad shape U.S. automakers might not have survived without
the $17.4 billion in emergency loans approved by Bush.

is considering because the pro-
gram has yet to. be‘announced.
Obama and his team are work-
ing to come up with details of a
plan to pump. up the economy
with $850 billion or more in gov-
ernment spending over the next
few years. Their goal is to create
or save 3 million jobs in the next
two years.."I'd want to see what
they're going to spend it on,"
Cheney said. "There usually are
fairly significant differences
between we Republicans and the
Democrats on how you stimulate
the economy." .
Cheney, also speaking about
the future of the Republican Par-
ty, the hunt for Osama bin Laden,

‘and the role for his successor, Joe

Biden, said he: ,
—expects the Republican Par-
ty to rebound from this year's
election defeats, but is unsure
whether Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin

‘ will lead the comeback as the par-

ty's nominee for president in
2012. "I don't think she has any
kind of lock on that," Cheney said
of this year's vice presidential can-
didate. "She'll have to go out and
earn it just as anybody else would
have to." |

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questioned whether he is still

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Cheney said. -

"Capturing Osama bin Laden
is something we clearly would
love to do" before leaving office,
Cheney said. But he said it has
been more important to stop ter-
rorist attacks against the United
States. ,

—Biden has not asked for any
advice.about being vice president.
Biden has called Cheney "the
most dangerous vice president
we've had probably in American
history." Cheney strongly dis-
agreed with the assertion and said
he doesn't think Obama will give
Biden as consequential a role as
Cheney has had under Bush.

—disagreed with the firing of
Defense Secretary Donald H.
Rumsfeld in late 2006, though he
praised Rumsfeld's successor,
Robert Gates, who will stay on
as Obama's defense secretary. "It
wasn't my decision to make,"
Cheney said of firing Rumsfeld.
“The president doesn't always
take my advice."

—did not regret using an
obscenity beginning with "f"'-in
an exchange with Sen. Patrick
Leahy, D-Vt., on the Senate floor
in June 2004. "I thought he mer-

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m By CHELSEA J. CARTER
BASRA, Iraq

The top U.S. general in Iraq
said he will make a decision

~ about the future role of Amer-
ican troops in early spring, to |

allow enough time to address
any violence that may arise
from January's provincial elec-

: tions, according to the Associat-

ed Press.
Army Gen. Ray Odierno told

: The Associated Press that the

two-month period after the
election will allow U.S. troops
and Iraqi security forces to
ensure those legitimately elect-
ed can take office. He also said
U.S. troops will move into
southern Iraq early next year
to replace departing Beek
forces.

"So we have to make sure in
the election those who didn't
win understand that, and we will
be able to seat the new govern-
ment properly," Odierno, the
overall commander of U.S. and
allied forces in Iraq, told AP
late Saturday. "And once we
get to that point, it's now time
for us to take a look at what is
right for the future."

Violence is dropping sharply

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throughout the country — an

Iraqi military official said Sun-
day that murder rates have
returned to pre-war levels.

Military officials say Odier-
no has already outlined for Pen-
tagon leaders a withdrawal plan
that would pull thousands of
troops out of Iraq early next
year but move more cautiously
than the 16-month timetable
pledged by President-elect
Barack Obama.

"TL expect we will start to thin

our forces in '09. It's the right _

time to do that," he said. "We
will do it in a deliberate, careful
way to.make sure we have
enough combat power to sup-
port the Iraqis in case there is
the unexpected, a resurgence of
an extremist group of some sort
that tries to have an affect of
the stability inside Iraq."

Odierno said he has not
talked with anyone on Obama's
transition team.

"T have a mission I currently
have with the current comman-
der-in-chief, and I am working
toward that mission," Odierno
said. "When our new comman-
der-in-chief comes in and tells

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our forces in ’09. It’s the right
time to do that. We will do it in
a deliberate, careful way to
make sure we have enough
combat power to support the
Iraqis in case there is the
unexpected, a resurgence of an
extremist group of some sort
that tries to have an affect on
the stability inside Iraq.”



and my plan to what he wants
to do. Until then there is not
much to talk about."

News of America's southern
deployment came as Iraq's
major parliamentary leaders
reached a compromise Sunday
that would allow all non-Amer-
ican foreign troops to remain

Ray Odierno

until the end of July 2009. A
U.N. mandate authorizing mili-
tary operations in Iraq expires
Dec. 31 and those troops would
have no legal ground to remain.

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Odierno told the AP that U.S.
troops would replace British
forces in the region early next
year.

Odierno said he is consider-
ing moving either a brigade or
division headquarters — about
100 personnel — as well as an
undetermined number of com-
bat troops to Iraq's second-
largest city.

"It will be a smaller presence

than what is here now. We.

think it's important to maintain
some. presence down here just
because we think Basra is an
important city, and we think it's
important to have some over-
sight here," Odierno Said in
Basra shortly after being briefed
by British Maj. Gen. Andy
Salmon about the area's stabil-
ity.

Odierno said Multi-National
Division — Center, which is
responsible for the area just
south of Baghdad will expand
down to the Persian Gulf and

the Kuwait border. Basra is at -

the heart of the country's vital
oil industry.

Odierno said he expects the
transition between U.S. and
British troops to begin at the
end of March.. '

Abbas al-Bayati of the Shiite
United Iraqi Alliance said Par-
liament will vote on Monday
after "the decision to approve a

draft resolution was reached’

with heads of political blocs."

Unlike a draft law that was
rejected by the Iraqi parliament,
the resolution needs to be rati-
fied by a simple majority —
sidestepping the need for sup-
port from smaller radical par-
ties.

A separate agreement
approved by the Iraqi govern-
ment allows the United States

.to keep troops in the country

until the end of 2011. That
agreement, which takes effect

on Jan. 1, gives Iraq some over- .

sight over the nearly 150,000
American troops now in the
country.

Odierno also said no decision
has been made to withdraw the
nearly 22,000 Marines in Iraq,
mostly in Anbar province,
where insurgent violence is rel-
atively low, despite comments
from the Marine commandant
that there was.a greater role for
them in Afghanistan.

"Any decision on force struc-
ture here in Iraq will be made
by me," he said, adding he
would then make recommen-
dations to Gen. David Petraeus,
commander of all U.S. forces
in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He said any decision would
be based on being able to con-
tinue the U.S. mission and not
give up security gains.

In 2006, U.S. forces attempt-
ed to hand over security in por-
tions of Iraq to security forces



S general in Iraq prepares for troop decision



only to have them collapse in
the face of sectarian violence
and insurgent attacks.

Iraqi forces are: now respon-
sible for security in 13 of the 18
provinces with coalition forces
available for help if requested.

There has been an 86 percent
decline in violence this year
from the previous yeat, Iraqi
Army Maj. Gen. Qassim Atta
said Sunday. Attacks have’
dropped from 180 a day last
year to about 10a day this year.
He also said murder rates had
declined to below pre-war lev-
els, about one per 100,000 peo-
ple.

In the only reported violence
Sunday, a suicide bomber killed
an Iraqi army soldier in Mosul
when he detonated himself as
a patrol passed him, said an
Iraqi police officer, speaking on
condition of anonymity because
he was not authorized to talk
to media.

But U.S. officials say the
security situation remains tenu-
ous, and some areas of the
country are still dangerous.

Chief among Odierno's con- .
cerns is providing adequate
security for the Jan. 31 Iraq-
wide provincial elections.

U.S. and Iraqi officials hope
the elections will redress prob-
lems created by the last region- .
al balloting in January 2005,
when Sunnis largely stayed
away from the polls.

As a result, Kurds-and Shi-
ites won a disproportionate
share of the power, and Iraqi
and U.S. military officials have
expressed concern of a possible
increase in violence prior to the
election and after the balloting.

"It is important that we work
with the Iraqi security in order
to ensure that the Iraqi people
have the security prior to the
election to campaign, then to
vote and then afterward to seat
the government properly," he
said.

Odierno also said the out- -
come of the election may under-
cut an effort by some groups to
hold a-referendum on whether
predominantly Shiite Basra
province should become a self-
ruled region with the same pow-
ers as the Kurdish self-ruled
area in the north. That would
‘give local authorities more con-
trol of the province's vast oil
wealth. /

"I think after. the provincial
elections, if that goes right and
the people believe they are
being represented properly," he
said, "we'll see if they still want
to do that or not."

Associated Press writers Qas-
sim Abdul-Zahra and Jim
Heintz in Baghdad contributed
to this report.

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IN THIS FILE PHOTO DATED NOV.
9, 2008, a Zimbabwean opposition
supporter calls for President Robert
Mugabe to step down from office,
at a SADC extraordinary summit
in Johannesburg, South Africa. In
an interview broadcast late Thurs-
day, Dec. 4, 2008, Nobel peace lau-
reate, Desmond Tutu told Dutch
currént affairs show Nova that
Mugabe has. to leave office, if not
voluntarily then by a military inter-
ventian from his African neighbors.
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a peace activist like Tutu appeared





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Africa after spending the last
several days explaining the
USS. shift to regional leaders.
The new USS. stance will put
pressure on Zimbabwe's
neighbors — South Africa in
particular — to abandon

‘Mugabe. But South Africa -

said its position ‘was
unchanged.

The U.S., Frazer said, has
become convinced Mugabe is
incapable of sharing power.

She cited political moves he
has made since September
without consulting the oppo-
sition, réports his regime has
continued to harass and arrest

‘opposition and human rights

activists, and the continued.
deterioration of Zimbabwe's

’ humanitarian and economic

situation. Particularly worry-
ing, she said, was the rapid
spread of cholera, an easily
treatable and preventable dis-

' ease that has killed at least

1,000 Zimbabweans since
August.

Biological

Frazer.cited accusations
from the Mugabe regime that
the West waged biological
warfare to deliberately start
the cholera epidemic as an
indication Mugabe is "a man
who's lost it, who's losing his
mind, who's out of touch with
reality."

If Mugabe's neighbors were
to unite and "go to Mugabe

and tell him to go, I do think -

he would go," she said.
Secretary State Condoleez-

‘za Rice said Sunday on the

American TV program "Meet
the Press" that Zimbabwe was
discussed at the United
Nations last week. :

"This is another circum-
stance in which the interna-
tional community, most of it
— including, by the way, sev-
eral African states: Botswana,
the leadership of Kenya and
others — are saying that the
regime of Robert Mugabe has
got to go," Rice said. You
have a cholera epidemic there.
You have a humanitarian dis-
aster in terms of food. You
have the goons of the Mugabe

regime going around and.

detaining people and fright-
ening people, terrorizing peo-
ple. Again, the international
community in that circum-
stance ‘needs to act."

But South Africa said Sun-
day the agreement under
which Mugabe would remain
president and opposition
leader Morgan Tsvangirai
would take a new prime min-
ister's post was the only way
forward.

South Africa is the region's
diplomatic leader. Its former
president, Thabo Mbeki,
mediated Zimbabwe's power-
sharing agreement in Septem-
ber and has worked since then
to break an impasse between
Mugabe and the Zimbabwean
opposition over how to divide
Cabinet posts.

When the power-sharing

community, most
of it — including,
by the way,
several African
states: Botswana,

_the leadership of |

Kenya and others
— are saying that.
the regime of _
Robert Mugabe
has got to go.”

Condoleeza Rice \j

agreement was announced,
the U.S. gave crucial support,
offering to lift sanctions and
help Zimbabwe re-negotiate
relations with’ international
lenders if the deal were imple-
mented. path

"We're not prepared to do
any of that now," Frazer said
Sunday.

Asked later whether that
robbed Zimbabwe's neigh-'
bours of important leverage,
Thabo Masebe, spokesman
for South African President
Kgalema Motlanthe; said only:
"Our position has not
changed."

Tendai Biti, chief negotia-
tor for Zimbabwean opposi-
tion leader Tsvangirai, said the
opposition remained commit-
ted to the stalled talks aimed
at forming a power-sharing ~
government with Mugabe and
Tsvangirai. But Biti noted that
Tsvangirai said Friday that he
will ask his party to halt the:
power-sharing negotiations
‘inless political detainees are
released or charged by Jan. 1.

Biti said the U.S. position
was difficult to contest, say-.
ing that in Mugabe, "you are *
dealing with someone ... that
cannot be trusted."

South Africa's. Motlanthe
had said as recently. as last
week that he believed the uni-
ty proposal was the solution, .
because it was what Zimbab-
wean negotiators wanted.

» Frazer said the U:S. also

believed a unity government
could move Zimbabwe for-
ward, but "it's not credible
with Mugabe as president."

Cholera has spread from
Zimbabwe to South Africa
and other neighbors, under-
lining the threat Mugabe pos-
es to the region, Frazer said.
She said it was understand-
able that South Africa would
try not to do anything that
could lead to Zimbabwe's col-
lapse — and perhaps create a
refugee crisis. It was "fair,"
she said, for South Africa to
try quiet diplomacy and to try
to move the stalled unity deal
forward.

"But when these actions
don't work," more robust
response must be considered,
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Confidence For Life

BISX: ‘We must be first place for capital formation’

‘1 By NEIL HARTNELL

Tribune Business Editor

he Bahamas International
Securities Exchange (BISX)
is aiming to make “significant”
progress in facilitating capital raising
for Bahamian small business develop-
ment in 2009, its chief executive saying:
“We've got to be the first-place to go
when seeking capital, and are not there
yet.”
Outlining BISX’s 2009 plans for the
Bahamian capital markets, Keith
Davies told Tribune Business that

Bank ‘would have

. Exchange ‘not there yet’, but aiming to aid small business capital raising in 2009

* First quarter next year ‘target for a lot of things’, including government debt market completion

* BISX targeting BISX Global development, expansion of debt listings, |
preference shares and creation of secondary ialeeU nes in 2009

among his goals was to establish the
exchange as a platform, for raising cap-
ital to finance Bahamian small busi-
nesses.

With the 2009 first quarter “a tar-



get for a lot of things for us”, Mr
Davies said BISX was targeting Feb-
ruary as the deadline for completing
everything it felt was necessary to facil-
itate the listing and trading of govern-

Foreign - fund boost

ment debt securities on the exchange.

He added that 2009 would also be a
pivotal year in the development of
BISX Global, the joint venture entity
set up to Mar with the exchange on



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@ By NEIL HARTNELL

Tribune Business Editor

BANK. of
the Bahamas

would — have
exceeded
2007’s record
first quarter net
income by 16.7
per cent if it
had not taken,
a $600,000 loan
loss provision,
its managing
director warning that deposit
rates were being negatively
impacted by uncertainty over
whether the annual liquidity
replenishment cycle would take
place.

McWeeney

Paul Meweerey said the-

BISX-listed bank, which saw
2009 first quarter net income

decline by 6.7 per cent to ae 8

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Public Utilities Com-
mission (PUC) does not have
“all encompassing powers” that
allow it to hear every telecom-
munications sector dispute, a
leading operator has argued,
with there being “no automatic
right” for every complaint to be
heard.

Responding to the PUC’s
proposed dispute resolution
procedures for the industry,
Paul Hutton-Ashkenny, Sys-
tems Resource Group’s (SRG)
president, said the existing
Telecommunications Act did
not appear to give the regulator
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says net income would have
been closer to $3.5m, not
6.7% decline on last
year's record

* Warns deposit rates being
pushed up due to liquidity
replenishment uncertainty

* Plans to double capacity of
Village Road branch in 2009

million, would have surpassed

last year’s $3 million perfor-
mance had it not chosen to take
a $600,000 loan loss provision.

In the absence of that provi-
sion, Bank of the Bahamas
International’s net income for
the three months to September
30, 2008, would have been

SEE page 5B

Operator against ©
PUC dispute plans

Disagreeing with the PUC’s
interpretation of the Act, Mr
Hutton-Ashkenny said: “SRG
does not accept what appears

to be the wide-ranging inter-'

pretation that the PUC has
placed upon section 6 (2) of the
Act.”

SRG,-which trades as the -

Bahamas Telecommunications
Company’s (BTC) only fixed-
line competitor, IndiGo Net-
works, said the PUC appeared
to believe that section of the
Act empowered it to ‘hear com-
plaints by any person regarding
the operations of any telecom-
munications or radiocommuni-
cations service’.
Describing this as “inaccu-

SEE page 9B

‘Compromise’
urged on Bimini
Bay resort

m@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Bimini Bay resort’s
developers and the Govern-
ment have been urged to com-
promise over the project’s
Phase/IJ design in order to
achieve sustainable develop-
ment, the former having invest-
ed more than $110 million to
date on first phase construction.

Anindependent study on the
controversial resort project by

SEE page 8B



aiding financial sector

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Business Editor

WHILE hile Bahamian
investment fund administra-
tors may have seen an
increase in business, it has:
largely been from foreign-
licensed funds rather than
their Bahamas-licensed coun-
terparts, Tribune Business
has been:told.

Hillary Deveaux, the Secu-
rities Commission’s executive
director, said that while the
Bahamas did not appear to
have experienced “anything
major” to date from the antic-
ipated global.hedge fund
industry fallout, the regula-
tor had seen ‘an increase in
Recognised Foreign -Funds
(RFFs) being administered
fromthe Bahamas.:

had been ‘a decline



number of funds actually




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EASY

* Bahamas fund —
administrators dealing
with over 850 funds,
with decline seen in
those Bahamian licensed

* BISX chief says fund
listings growth likely to
be muted in 2009, due
to global sector woes

i

licensed by the Bahamas.
With more than 850 invest-
ment funds — both registered
RFFs and Bahamas-licensed
— operating with a Bahamian

nexus, Mr. Deveaux said of,

the teetering hedge fund

industry: “I don’t think there |
has been any real, significant
impact” on the Bahamas.’ 4

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it can obtain commitments for the full $310 million financing

_ required for Lynden Pindling International Airport’s (LPIA) first

phase redevelopment by year-end.

Speaking with Tribune Business on Friday, Stewart. Steves,
NAD’S chief financial Officer said that while he could not confirm
the January 29, 2009, closing date for the airport’s first phase
financing, the target was the end of January or shortly thereafter.

He added that while progress will be affected by the Christmas
season, NAD and its advisers have had strong indications they
will have investor commitments for the balance of the financing by

~ year-end 2008, with or two more possibly coming in January.

_ Mr Steves acknowledged that the current economic challenges,
particularly in the US and the global credit markets, had made it dif-
ficult for NAD to secure the necessary funding. -

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THERE was moderate trad-
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week, with a small increase-in
the trading momentum.

Investors traded in nine out
of the 25 listed securities, of
which one advanced, four
declined and three remained
unchanged.

EQUITY MARKET

A total of 76,887 shares
changed hands, representing an
increase of 997 or 1.3 per cent,
versus the previous week’s trad-

‘ing volume of 75,890 shares.

— Commonwealth Bank
(CBL) led the volume for a
third consecutive week with
38,800 shares trading to end the
week at $7.

— Cable Bahamas (CAB)
was the sole advancer last week
with 3,675 shares trading, its
stock price increasing by $0.12
to.close at $14.03.

— ICD Utilities (ICD) led the

- decline, plummeting by $0.68

to $6.13 on a volume of 1,600
shares.

— Benchmark Bahamas
(BBL) saw 1,000 shares trade,
its price falling by $0.07 to end
the week at $0.66.

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International Markets










International Stock Market Indexes:

The Bahamian Stock Market |

FINDEX 828.59

(-12.96%) YTD

BISX CLOSING CHANGE VOLUME YTD PRICE

SYMBOL PRICE

AML $1.71 $-
BBL $0.66. $-0.07
BOB. $7.64 $-
BPE S180: $-

A BSE cc $10.19 © $-3.67
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CAB. $14. $0.12
‘CHL

OB 810. $005

tional Bank (CIB) saw 4,300
shares trade, its stock decreas-
ing by $0.05 to end the week at
$10.45.

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

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declared a dividend of $0.30 per
share, payable on December 31,
2008, to all shareholders of record
date December 22, 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 shareholders of
record date December 12, 2008.

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

e PRIVATE PLACEMENT

OFFERINGS:

FOCOL Holdings (FCL)
announced it will be extending
the deadline of its private place-
mentoffering. The preferred
shares will be: paying a dividend
tate'of prime + 1.75 per cent,
payable semi-annually.



Lambert Longley, Partner congratulating Marilyn Ward-Kemp on
successfully passing the Certified Professional Secretary exam.



Marcia Sands

Geron completed a Bachelor’s degree
in Finance at Acadia University. He
successfully completed his CPA
examinations in July 2008.

Geron would like to extend his utmost
gratitude to God for his continued
guidance. He would also like to thank
his mother, Rosemary Gibson and close
friends Karen Major and Elijah Knowles
for their support and encouragement.

Marcia completed her Associate’s
Degree in Accounting at The College of
The Bahamas. She earned a partial
scholarship to attend Louisiana State
University where she graduated with a
Bachelor of Science degree in
Accounting. -

Marcia is the eldest of three daughters
born to Richard (Sammy) Sands Jr, and
Rosena Sands of Palmetto Point,
Eleuthera, Bahamas. Marcia credits
much of her success to her parents and
siblings Roshea and Samara.

Tatiana Turner



In 1993, Tatjana completed
her Bachelor’s degree at
Florida Institute of
Technology in Melbourne,

_ Florida and her Master’s
degree in Accounting at
Nova Southeastern
University in Fort

Lauderdale in 2006. She

successfully completed her

CPA examinations in April

2008.




















In the future, she intends to
sit the CFA and CIA
examinations,

Marilyn Ward-Kemp

Marilyn is the Senior
Administrative Assistant to
the Senior Partner. She sat
and passed the Certified
Professional Secretary
(CPS) examination on her
firgt attempt in May 2008.

Marilyn is thankful to her
husband Harry, son
Matthew and immediate
family for their
overwhelming support over
the years.

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THE TRIBUNE



Family Island hotels
feel economic pinch

@ By CARA BRENNEN-BETHEL
Tribune Business Reporter



FAMILY Island hotels and businesses
are suffering a lull in business this holiday
season as a result of the current economic
environment.

Speaking with Tribune Business last
week, Lockwood Turnquest, of Ellen’s Inn
in Deadman’s Cay, Long Island, said book-
ings have been few and far apart in the lead
up to Christmas.

The property will be benefiting from
some domestic tourist bookings, as persons



come to spend the four-day holiday week-
end with family, he added, but said that
overall things are slow.

“This is not like the regular Christmas.
Business has not been very brisk and people
are watching what they spend,” Mr Turn-
quest said of the atmosphere in Long Island.

However, he added that despite the eco-
nomic downturn, Long Island residents
were resilient and always in good spirits.

Vincent Miller, of the Chickcharnie Hotel
in Fresh Creek, Andros, said that business
has not been as good as in other months.

In most cases, he said, visitors seem to be

$1,000 wire transfer verification threshold

travelling throughout the island moving
from settlement to settlement, which has
proven to be a good thing as it spread busi-
ness throughout Andros rather than just a
single establishment.

He added that most persons have been
travelling to Nassau and the US to shop
for Christmas.

“They have been getting exactly what
they need to buy, no more and no less,”
Mr Miller said. To drive business, he said
the resort had some activities planned in
the park over the weekend to stimulate
business.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2008, PAGE 3B

Pepsi-Cola

PEPSI Is having
Liquidation Sale

Bahamas

Els

affiliate of PepsiAmericas Tates

will be having Liquidation

sale on. all

furniture

and

office supplies on Tuesday
December 23rd beginning at
9:00a.m. at the plant on Prince

@ By NEIL HARTNELL |
Tribune Business Editor

THE Central Bank of the
Bahamas is proposing that all
information regarding Bahamas-
based senders of cross-border
wire transfers worth $1,000 or
more accompany such transac-
tions, due to the fact that a
“fleeting relationship” with
clients makes such businesses
vulnerable to money launder-

Bank is proposing, should consist
of the sender’s name; account
number, transaction number or
some form of identification num-
ber; and an address, date, place
of birth, national identity/cus-
tomer identification number.
Money transfer businesses,
under the Central Bank’s pro-
posal, will also be required to
keep all transaction information
for a period of five years from

the date of the transaction.

It is unclear what impact the
Central Bank’s proposed regu-
lations will have on Bahamas-
based money transfer businesses,
and whether they will increase
the bureaucracy and cost of
doing business.

They may also discourage
immigrants to the Bahamas, both
legal and illegal, from using legit-
imate money transfer businesses

to remit money back home to
friends and family, in the latter’s
case because of fears the trans-

action details could bé used to

NOTICE

detect their presence.

Charles Drive.

The Chambers of

ing/terror financing.

In its proposed amendments
to its anti-money laundering/anti-
terror financing framework, the
Central Bank - in an entirely
new section on money transfer
businesses — said they were par-
ticularly susceptible because cus-
tomers did not have to open a
bank account or establish a long-
term relationship with them.

Clients could switch business
between different money trans-
mission businesses, and the high
volume of cash these companies
handled, and their ability to
instantly move money around
the world, further increased their
vulnerability.

As a result, the banking sector
regulator is proposing that “com-
plete payer information must
accompany all wire transfers of
$1,000 or more where the bene-
ficiary financial institution (the
financial institution that receives
a funds transfer on behalf of a
payee) is located in a jurisdic-
tion outside the Bahamas”.

The information, the Central

*

MINORCA IN

NOTICE OF DISSOLUTION
OF

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with
Section 137 (4) of the International Business

Companies Act 2000, MINORCA INVESTMENTS
LTD. is in Dissolution. The date of commencement of
dissolution was December 17th 2008. Macgregor
Robertson of 308 East Bay Street, Nassau,
Bahamas is the
INVESTMENTS LTD.

Liquidator

Macgregor Robertson
Liquidator



VESTMENTS LTD.

of MINORCA

VITAL:

ee AG men

To aed aed

ot

Heather Bellot-Hazarian, Jorge Morgan,
Wendy Warren, Roberto Lewis.

Alison Treco, Nayasha Aranha, Ivylyn

Cassar.

Cantillo, Roberto Lewis.

Olga Cantillo, Teresa Haven-Adderley, Alexande
Roberts, Rosalyn Brown, Peggy Knowles.

John Bostwick, Keith Davies, Olga

i

x

bol

Adrien, Miguel Gonzalez.

CEDRIC L. PARKER & CO. '
Counsel & Attorneys-at-law

will be closed for the Holidays
commencing at'12:00 noon
Wednesday, the 24th December, 2008

and will re-open on

Monday, the 5th January, 2009

Happy Tolidays

to our valued clients

K.MILES PARKER
Managing Partner

Carlos Herrera, Pamela Klonaris.

Philip Beneby, Romauld Ferreira, Dominique

Mr & Mrs Giovanni Pirana

Smith.

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CE

Heather Bellot-Hazarian, Van-Dyke Saunders,
Jorge Morgan, Min. of State for Finance, Hon.
Zhivargo S. Laing.

and Sandra


PAGE 4B, MONDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2008

THE TRIBUNE



HELP WANTED

Accounts Clerk urgently needed with
minimum of 3 years experience, proficient
in Microsoft applications, preferably 30
years and older- .

Fax resume to 394-3885

Accounting urgently needed with minimum
of 5 years experience, preferably 35 years
and older -

Fax resume to 394-3885

Cleaning/Massager needed, preferably
35 years or older must have valid drivers
license.

Fax 394-3885

PUBLIC NOTICE

This is to inform the public that the road known as

BRACE RIDGE,
which is off of East Bay Street,
between New Gate Road and Johnson Road,

WILL BE CLOSED

TO THE PUBLIC ON:-

DECEMBER 26TH, 2008
IN ORDER TO RETAIN OWNERSHIP

BRACE RIDGE MANOR ASSOCIATION, LTD.
P.O. BOX N-1039
_.NASSAU, BAHAMAS



Airport confident
finance in place
by ‘08 year-end

FROM page 1B

the $90 million senior secured
debt tranche, which has been
split into $70 million in US cur-
rency and $20 million in
Bahamian dollars.

Mr Steves said NAD realized
the airport financing was not an
ideal option for many, but the
company was targeting those
for whom it is.

The Government has already
effectively underwritten the
LPIA first phase financing by
agreeing to take $50 million of
the $80 million participating
debt facility, the third and final
tranche in the financing
arrangement.

That $80 million is required
to refinance NAD and the air-
port’s existing seven-year cred-
it facilities, and having that ful-
ly subscribed was a condition
precedent to raising the other
two tranches. Without that $80
million, the $140 million bank
credit facility and $90 million
senior secured level would not
happen, and although NAD felt
it could lace $30 million, rais-
ing the $50 million remainder
was impossible without govern-
ment support given current
global credit market conditions.

There appears to be no short-
age of revenue streams avail-
able to NAD when it comes to

paying for the airport’s rede- |

velopment, with current aero-
nautical fees said to be 36 per
cent below the Caribbean
regional average.

Aeronautical revenues, which
include landing fees, aircraft
parking fees, terminal fees, and
fees for the use of aircraft
bridges, account for 76 per cent
of NAD’s total income streams.
Non-aeronautical revenues,
which come from fuel royalties,
vehicle parking, concessions and
advertising, account for the

‘remaining 24 per cent.

For the year ended June 30,
2008, the passenger facility fee
generated 82.4 per cent of
NAD’s revenues, or some
$21.554 million out of $26.183
million. Of the rest, landing fees
produced the next largest

chunk, at 12.9 per cent or $3.381°

million.

Non-aeronautical fees pro-
duced $8.445 million in rev-
enues for the 12 months to June
30, 2008, giving NAD a total of
more than $34.5 million in rev-
enues for that year.

The Lynden Pindling Inter-
national Airport (LPIA) is cur-
rently served by 30 airlines that
offer 3,700 inbound flights —
with 188,000 total seats — per
month from 49 destinations.

Bahamasair still has the
largest market share, with 23

per cent of flights and 28 per .

cent of seats inbound into LPIA
during NAD’s last financial
year, which closed on June 30,
2008.

The national flag carrier’s
biggest competitor was Ameri-
can Eagle, which had a 12 per
cent and 14 per cent share of
total flights and seats respec-
tively. Behind that airline came
Delta Airlines, US Airways and
Spirit in that order.

The NAD document said that
unlike other Caribbean airports,
LPIA was likely to see
increased flight services via
Delta and Jet Blue in 2008-ear-
ly 2009. “One major reason for
this trend is due to the higher
realizable flight yield of $0.18
per mile to US carriers at LPIA,
compared to an average flight
yield of $0.13 per mile for
domestic US services in

2006 and $0.12 per mile for
international destinations,” it

added.

International traffic at LPIA,
NAD said, had grown at a rate
of 2 per cent per annum
between 1995 to 2007, advanc-
ing from 2.1 million passengers

to 2.7 million passengers. For
the nine months to September
30, 2008, international and
domestic passengers totalled 2.1
million and 519,000 passengers
respectively.



CAREER OPPORTUNITY
PROJECTS & FACILITIES MANAGER



PURPOSE OF ROLE:

To provide oversight for all premises (includes security) and
information technology (IT) vendor relationships within the
Administration and IT Department. To oversee all Company premises
in The Bahamas, including the day-to-day management of premises,
and the organization and review of all premises related contracts
and costs. Additionally, to manage projects within the Administration
structure, covering all the domains of change through information

technology and premises that impact departments within the
Company. Note: Projects likely to be limited to three or four major,
but non-complex, projects per year and ongoing mini-projects.

KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS:

+ Over 2 years experience managing projects at a supervisory level

+ Bachelor's Degree in information technology or related field;
project management certification

« Excellent organisation skills
+ Well-developed writing skills

« Excel and Word processing skills

Resumes with accompanying certificates should be forwarded via
email to careers@familyguardian.com by January 2, 2009

Family Guardian thanks all applicants however, only those short-

listed will be contacted.



GRAHAM, THOMPSON & Co.

COUNSEL &

#° ATTORNEYS-AT-LAW + NOTARIES PUBLIC

To our Valued Clients please note our
“SPECIAL HOLIDAY HOURS

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
December 24, 25 & 26

Monday &Tuesday
December 29 & 30

Wednesday, December 31

Thursday & Friday
January | & 2

Closed

Normal business hours
Closed at 1:00pm

Bahamas
cE ess Solutions Lid.

Closed
Normal business hours

Thanks you our valued ae

on, your, hage UG ul Car

and wi rite Seasow of ae
sth vege and a New Year of

iness and Prosperity
JURS:
8:30am - 1:00pm
Closed
8:30am ~ 5:00pm
8:30am - 1:00pm

Closed

Reopen for Business

Monday, January 5

Nassau Chambers Freeport Chambers
Sassoon House The First Commercial Centre

Shirley Street & Victoria Avenue 3°° Floor, Suite 9

- BO. Box N — 272 P.O. Box F- 42451
Nassau, N.P., Bahamas Freeport, G.B., Bahamas
Tel: (242) 322-4130 Tel: (242) 351-7474
Fax: (242) 328-1069 Fax: (242) 351-7752

JOB VACANCY
JUNIOR ACCOUNTANT

Local manufacturing company in Freeport, Grand Bahama is seeking a Junior
Accountant.

December 23rd
December 24th - 26th

December 29th - 30th
December 31st.

Qualifications:
Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting is preferred ah 1 to 2 years
of work experience. Candidates who have earned an Associate Degree in
Accounting will be considered if they have 3 to 5 years of work experience.
Proficient in the use of automated accounting systems.
Ability to solve problems and apply appropriate accounting standards as
needed.
Proficient in the use of Microsoft Applications. Candidate must be able
to create and maiutain EXCEL spreadsheets.
Ability to communicate effectively - written and oral.

January ist

January 2nd

Responsibilities will include:
1. Accounts Payable - coding, data entry, preparing cheques, emailing
remittance advices, filing and a discrepancies with invoices and
vendors.
. Monitoring and resolving outstanding ¢ or aged transactions on the A/P
Aging.
. Assist with month-end closing procedures - Posting accruals, amortizations,
performing g/l account reconciliations.
. Assist with year-end audits.
. Special Projects as required by the Financial Controller or Aecouhans
Manager.

The company offers a competitive salary with outstanding benefits.

Fax: (242) 323-3581 - www.bbsl.com
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Bank ‘would have beaten ‘0’7’
but for $600k charge

FROM page 1B

between $3.4-$3.5 million, Mr
McWeeney said, an increase of
between 13-16.7 per cent.

Explaining that the bank
made no loan loss provision
during the 2007 comparative
period, Mr McWeeney said of
this year’s move: “We are
padding the balance sheet,
building those primary reserves
to deal with any asset quality
issues we face.”

Describing the 2009 first |

quarter results as “very, very
strong”, Mr wcWeeney said the
bank would have been “way
ahead of last year — at almost
$3.5 million” in net income —
had it not elected to take the
provision.

“Because we got such a
strong performance, that’s why
we went ahead and took the
provision,” Mr McWeeney

explained. “We put it in the bal- .

ance sheet to grow the strength
of the bank.”

’ Most Bahamian commercial
banks have increased their lev-
el of loan loss provisions this
year as a result of the contract-
ing Bahamian economy, com-
plete with mass hotel sector lay-
offs, reduced work weeks and
lower salaries, which have left
increasing numbers of borrow-
ers in default on their loans.
Close to 15 per cent of all loans
are in arrears, meaning they are
31 days or more past due.

However, Mr McWeeney
told Tribune Business that
Bank of the Bahamas Interna-
tional’s non-performing loans —
those past 90 days due — were
well within industry norms,
standing at “within 5 per cent”
of all outstanding loans as at

- the 2009 first quarter end.

He added that the bank had
been able to “stabilize” the
deterioration in asset quality
and loan portfolio that all com-
mercial banks had experienced
in 2008.

Increasing numbers of bor-
roweIs experiencing repayment
difficulties were coming into
Bank of the Bahamas Interna-

’ tional to restructure their loans,
and Mr McWeeney said: “The
signals are that we should see

some improvement in loan.

quality.’

He indicatedthat Bank.of the’ -

Bahamas International’s deci-
sion to focus on mortgages and
commercial and industrial loans
was likely to pay dividends in a
depressed economy, as most of
these were collateralized by
physical assets such as property,
thus minimizing the risk.

With consumer loans now
accounting for about 10 per cent
of Bank of the Bahamas Inter-
national’s total loan portfolio,
Mr McWeeney said the bank
had “much more flexibility”
when it came to loan restruc-
turing.

In its infancy 10 years ago,
Bank of the Bahamas Interna-
tional’s loan portfolio had con-
sisted almost entirely of con-
sumer loans, and its managing
director told Tribune Business:
“The downside risk for the bank
has been minimized by the deci-
sion to move away from con-
sumer loans.

“The bank is still very keen to
grow its loan book, but the
growth has to be tempered and
take into account the economic
circumstances.”

However, the bank remains
concerned by the continued sys-
temic liquidity challenges fac-
ing all Bahamian commercial
banks due to uncertainty over
whether. the normal replenish-
ment cycle will take place in
early 2009.

Bank of the Bahamas Inter-
national saw a 13 per cent

increase in interest expense paid -

to depositors during the 2009
first quarter, both as a result of
its expanding customer base
and the higher rates institution-
al clients were able to corn-
mand.

Mr McWeeney said the.

- bank’s deposit base had grown
by $112 million year-over-year
as at the first quarter-end, an
increase of 20 per cent to $613
million. That was largely due to
the addition of 5,000 customers,
and during the three months to
September 30, 2008, the deposit
base expanded by 6 per cent or
$36.78 million.
Acknowledging that the
interest rates paid to depositors
had increased, Mr McWeeney
said that, traditionally, the third
and fourth quarters of every
year saw a drawdown on sur-
plus assets in the banking sys-
tem. In the former period, com-
panies stocked up on inventory
in preparation for Christmas,
and in the latter consumers
sucked out liquidity to purchase
those goods as Christmas gifts.
Normally, liquidity was
replenished by businesses -—
especially in the retail sector -
depositing their Christmas tak-

ings into the banking system.
Yet many were predicting a
tough holiday season for retail-
ers as a result of the economic
downturn, creating uncertainty
over whether liquidity would be
rebuilt in the New Year.

As a result, large depositors —
companies and institutional
clients such as pension funds
and insurance companies — were
exploiting “the uncertainty of
the short-term outlook” to
demand, and get, higher deposit
rates from banks eager to
obtain funding.

Typically, they were able to
obtain rates that were 0.25 per
cent higher than the norm, Mr
McWeeney said. “Because of
the outlook and potential for
liquidity concerns, customers
have been asking for, and get-
ting, increases on their deposits,
especially institutions and cor-
porate clients,” he added.

Meanwhile, Mr McWeeney
said Bank of the Bahamas
International had moved to

“double capacity” at its Village ©

Road branch in 2009 by agree-
ing to lease an additional two
bays at the Village Road Shop-

ping Centre.

Describing the location as the
bank’s “busiest branch”, he
added: “One of the things we
are doing is that we acquired
two additional bays at Village
Road. We intend to double
capacity at that branch during
the New Year, and have just
completed planning for the new
floor plan.”

As for the bank’s proposed’

West Bay Street headquarters,
Mr McWeeney added: “We’d
like to, move in the New Year.
We’re looking very closely at
that, and are still working with
prime potential tenants.

“We hope to make headway
in the New Year. Having lease
agreements in place is key, and
we are not going to put the
bank at a disadvantage by not
Having any tenants.”

Bank of the Bahamas Inter-
national saw its total assets grow
by 4.9 per cent during the 2009
first quarter, increasing from
$736 million at the 2008 year-
end at June 30, to $772 million.
Year-over-year, it was a 17 per
cent increase from $660 million
in 2007.

NOTICE

The Physically Challenged
Children’s Committee (PCCC)
will continue the sale of its annual

raffle tickets until January 31,
2009. All tickets purchased since
the raffle began in November will

be honored.

To contact the PCCC,
call 328-6147.



COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS IN ;
THE SUPREME COURT 2008/QUT/equ/0097 "

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.
KNOWLES by Power of Attorney for Reginald Knowles

Sr.

NOTICE

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:-

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.

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

The Office of the Administrator Rock Sound, Eleuthera, .

Bahamas

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.

JOHNSON & CO.
; Chambers
# 1 New Bond Street
Governors Harbour
Eleuthera, Bahamas
Attorneys for the Petitioner



: \ Public Utilities Commission









PUBLIC NOTICE

STATEMENT OF RESULTS

ON







_ PUBLIC PORSUTEAT ION

Bahamas Telecommunications Company Ltd.’s “Application to Modify
Schedule 1 of Interim Licence






The Public Utilities Commission has consluded its public consultation on
the Application by Bahamas Telecommunications Company Ltd. (BTC) to
Modify Schedule 1 of the Interim Licence to include rates for various GSM
Cellular Mobile Services.






Section 12(2) of the Telecommunications Act, 1999 requires the Commission’
to consider any representations or objections received from the public and
interested parties on the Application received from BTC.






The Commission is satisfied that the fiodification to Schedule 1 of the
Interim Licence, as requested by BTC, will bring about improved benefits
to the Bahamian public and has pecrded to approve the Application for
modification.







Copies of the Statement of Results and all responses to the Public Consultation
Document may be obtained from the Commission’s office located at Fourth
Terrace East, Collins Avenue, Nassau or by downloading the documents from
the Commission’s website at www.pucbahamas.gov.bs.







Mr. Michael J. Symonette
. Executive Director
Public Utilities Commission
P.O. Box N— 4860
Fourth Terrace East, Collins Avenue
Nassau, Bahamas








Telephone: 242 322 4437
~ Fax: 242 323 7288

Email: PUC@pucbahamas.gov.bs.
sassuee on. December 19, 2008

‘WER





The Anglican Central Education Authority

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 n Grand Bahama, and St. Andrew’s Anglican
School on Exuma.

Grades 7-12 . (6 positions
Grades 7-12 6 positions

English Language and Literature _ (

: (
Grades 7-12 (2 positions

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(

Mathematics
Physics/General Science
Chemistry/Health Science
History/Social Studies
Geography/Social Studies
Religious Studies
French
Spanish
Music
pat
Consumer Science
Lower Primary
Upper Primary
_ Primary School Librarian
Information Technology
Accounts/Commerce/Economics
Physical Education
Guidance and Career Counselor
School Nurse

)
)
- )
Grades 7-12 2 positions)
Grades 7-12 2 positions)
Grades 7-12 (2 positions)
Grades 7-12 (4 positions)
Grades 7-12 (2 positions)
Grades N-12 (3 positions)
- Grades N-12 (3 positions)
Grades 7-12 (2 positions)
Grades 7-12 |
Grades K-3
Grades 4-6 5 positions
Grades N-6 2 positions

(2 positions)

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Grades 1-12 - (3 positions)
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5 positions

Grades 7-12 4 positions
3 positions
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2 positions

Grades K-12.
Grades 3-12
Grades N-12
(ESTAS ED BS RT Ba

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 chitd for life.


PAGE 6B, MONDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2008



ley eed

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 138

(8) of the International Business Compa-

nies Act, 2000, notice is hereby given that
RSM (Bahamas) Global Ltd. has been dis-

solved and struck off the Register as of the
25th day of November, 2008.

ARGUS ADVISORS

a

BUSINESS

BOND MARKET

Investors traded $50,000 (par
value) worth of Fidelity Bank
(Bahamas) Notes, all in Series
C Notes (FBB13) Due 2013.

COMPANY NEWS

Earnings Releases %

¢ Doctors Hospital Health
Systems (DHS) released its

INSIGHT

For the stories

behind the news,

unaudited consolidated com-
parative financial results for the
quarter ended October 31,
2008.

During the period, net
income for the quarter
decreased to $583,000 oz 21.95
per cent from $747,000. For the
nine-month period, net income
decreased by 31.38 per cent or
$1.01 million, which was a direct
result of.greater increases in
operating expenses, with rev-
enues remaining fairly static
despite a softening economy.

The company's total revenues
decreased: by $523,000 or 1.7
per cent to $31.1 million, while
total operating expenses
increased by $612,000 or 2.19
per cent to $28.6 million. Earn-
ings per share declined by $0.10
to $0.22, compared to $0.32 in
the previous year. :

Total assets stood at $30.9

e Bahamas Property Fund
(BPF) released its unaudited
consolidated income statement
for the quarter ended 30 Sep-
tember, 2008.

Net income for the quarter
was $648,000, and $1.5 million
for the nine months, declining
by $158,000 in comparison to
the previous nine-month peri-
od.

Rental revenues increased to
$2.99 million or by 31.2 per cent,
compared to $2.9 million for the
prior year, while total expenses
of $1.4 million increased by
$203,000 or 16.9% per cent.

Earnings per share declined
by $0.07 to $0.63, compared to
$0.70 in the previous year.

The NAV per share of BPF
stood at $13.48 per share, com-
pared to $12.56 in the prior
year.

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e Abaco Markets (AML)
released its unaudited financial
statements for the quarter end-
ed October 31, 2008. For the
quarter, AML reported a net
profit of $229,000 compared to
a profit of $246,000 for the same
period of the prior year.

Sales grew to $24.5 million,
representing an increase of
13.66 per cent over the same
period in 2007. AML's man-
agement cited an increase in the |
company's sales volume due to
the strong performance of its
core businesses.

Earnings per share for the
third quarter stood at $0.014.

Total assets stood at $29.8

~ million, an increase of $3.5 mil-

lion in comparison to the 2007
year-end. Total liabilities were
$19 million, up $2.5 million or
15.3 per cent. es

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million and total liabilities at
$9.3 million, compared to $31.3
million and $11.5 million at
year-end.

Legal Notice

NOTICE
BLACKTHORN
HOLDINGS LIMITED

(In Voluntary Liquidation)



Legal Notice

NOTICE |
GREENFIELD MOUNTAIN LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)



Legal Notice

NOTICE |
DRAGON INVESTMENTS
TRADING LIMITED

(In Voluntary Liquidation) Notice is hereby given that the above-named

Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 12th day of December 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 15th day of December 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

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

Bahamas.

Bahamas.

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



ARGOSA CORP. INC.

(Liquidator) ARGOSA CORP. INC.

ce Legal Notice
(Liquidator)

NOTICE
OLIVE INVESTMENT
- GROUP LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Legal Notice

-NOTICE
ACE TRADING
MANAGEMENT LIMITED

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
VIXBY LAKE HOLDINGS LTD.

*~«-(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 11th day of December 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 15th day of December 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

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

Bahamas.

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

ARGOSA CORP. INC.

ARGOSA CORP. INC. rise

(Liquidator)

TEXCLUSIVE BEACH \ RESIDENCES

Legal Notice

NOTICE
KLADRUBY HOLDINGS LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)



Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 11th day of December 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau;

Bahamas.

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(Liquidator)

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NOTICE
PUNCAK INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

oceanfront community located on

fabulous Cable Beach, Nassau, Bahamas.

A one-of-a-kind residential gem offering
fae Ces eae Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 17th day of December 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

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BUSINESS

BISX: ‘We must be first place

tied for capital formation’

FROM page 1B need to find capital, and that is | them. An exchange plays an “We believe the provision of
exactly what a structured _ integral part in that.” this facility will facilitate the
exchange. exchange is for. I hope 2009 will Stock exchanges and capital move of government securities

Other target areas include an
expansion of BISX’s debt mar-
ket, a “consolidation” of the
preference share market,
increased secondary listings and
the creation of a secondary list-
ings ‘tier for the market. The lat-
ter is where companies who do
not yet want to go public via an
IPO, but want to operate in a
rules-based environment? can
test the water and get their feet
wet.)

On the small business front,
Mr Davies explained: “One of
the key areas I want to'see take
off is more of a focus on small
business development. They

see us take significant steps
towards achieving that.

“It’s [BISX] got to become
the first place we go when seek-
ing capital, and that’s not the
case right now. The ball is in
our court. We’ve got to build
confidence through our
actions.” .

The BISX chief executive
explained that the exchange was
working to develop ways for the
Bahamian capital-‘markets to be
“used to facilitate the develop-
ment of small business capital —
capital formation. A business
has to say: ‘I need capital’, then

find persons willing to give it to

Notice
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Stock Certificate as follow:

Stock Interest Rate

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Cert. No.

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Maturity Date = Amount

22/10/2023 $40,000.00

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ness capital formation, through
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ments.

And, if the business was not
doing well, Mr Davies said
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return by selling their shares to
others via BISX.

When it came to the listing
and trading of debt securities
issued by the Government and
its agencies, a market estimated
to be worth more than $2 bil-
lion, Mr Davies said: “There’s
been progress on our side of
things; the market side of
things.”

Using BISX as
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began live trading in mid-2000,

the
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istration, but has never hap-
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the Central Bank of the
Bahamas, where government-
registered securities and Trea-

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would be transferred to its plat-

form, and the exchange has
been working to meet those
ever since.

“The plans are to essentially
provide the Government with
a functioning market, a func-
tioning trading system and a

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ties to the formalized market.”

When asked when all BISX’s
work would be complete, Mr
Davies said: “I would say very
early next year. I would say
within the first quarter of next
year — it’s the target for a lot of
things for us — and be February
next year we’ll be well on our
way to completing our side of
things; what we envision is
needed to operate the govern-
ment debt market efficiently,
and at the level of satisfaction
we believe is required.”

And BISX’s chief executive
added: “2009 will be a continu-
ation of our growth and.expan-
sion plans. 2009 will see the
introduction, and hopefully the
enactment, of the amended
BISX Rules. It’s really an
important year for BISX Glob-
al as well as the domestic mar-
ket.

“2009 should also see the
expansion of our market,
through the Rules and intro-
duction of new products and
services — definitely néw. ser-
vices. BISX Global should also
begin to come to fruition in ear-
ly 2009, as we begin to consoli-
date the equity partners. It’s
really taking a very measured
approach to what we’ve been
planning.”

Mr Davies acknowledged
that the structured products
market, and potential interna-
tional equity partners, had tak-
en a huge hit from the Wall
Street crash, stock market melt-
down and global financial cri-
sis. In some cases, the impact
had been reputational as well
as real, and all BISX’s interna-
tional plans were “subject to
change”, the exchange being
poised to adapt to a still-fluid
market situation.

While structured products

- and securitizations would be “a

little bit touch and go, because
they’ve taken a beating world-
wide” as a result of their role
in mortgage-backed securities
woes, Mr Davies said BISX
could play a role in restoring
investor trust and confidence in

‘ them:through their listing on its.
_i yadles-driyen-market. ;



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‘Compromise’ urged on Bimini Bay resort |

NOTICE
DUNMORE ENTERPRISES LTD.

NOITCE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an Extraordinary General
meeting of the Shareholders of the DUNMORE ENTERPRISES
LTD. is hereby called to be held at the Registered Office of the
Company, 14 Governor's Cay, Sandyport, Nassau, Bahamas
on the 30th December 2008 at 11:00 0’ clock in the forenoon.

The object and purpose of said meeting is to have laid
before the Shareholders of the Company the accounts of

the Liquidators, Mr. Kevin Carroll and Mrs. Barbara Carroll,
showing the manner in which the winding up up of the
Company has been conducted, the property of the Company
distributed and the debts and obligations of the Company
discharged, and also to hear any explanation that may be
given by said Liquidator.

Dated the 28th November 2008.
Mrs. Barbara Carroll

Liquidator
Dunmore Enterprises Ltd.



BRIGHT HOLDINGS LIMITED.
(Company number 101,591B)

An International Business Company
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Pursuant to Section 137(4) of the International Business
Companies Act, 2000 notice is hereby given that the voluntary
winding-up and dissolution of the Company commenced on the 19th
‘| day of December, 2008 and that Pine Limited of Devonshire House,
Queen Street, PO. Box N-8176, Nassau, Bahamas has been appointed
Liquidator. .

Dated this 19th day of December, 2008

Pine Limited
Liquidator

Legal Notice

"NOTICE
LAVENDER SPRINGS CORP.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named

Company is in dissolution, which commenced on .

the 11th day of November 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE |
TAMARIND VALLEY INC.

‘(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
‘|. Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
| the 10th day of December 2008. The Liquidator
| is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



Legal Notice

NOTICE
HUNTERWAY SHORES INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 5th day of December 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

FROM page 1B.
consultants Black & Veatch,
which has been studied by Tri-
bune Business, urges developer
RAV Bahamas and the Gov-
ernment to work together to
ensure Bimini Bay’s second
development phase is appro-
priate and ties in with the
administration’s plans for a
Marine Protection Area (MAP)
in north Bimini.

In the recommendations sec-

tion of the report, Black &

Veatch said: “As part of the
Phase II scoping process, the
Government of the Bahamas

and RAV Bahamas should

actively engage in good faith
dialogue to seek mutually
acceptable compromises and
compatible sustainable design
solutions to competing project
development, environmental
pieeevaten and land use objec-
tives.”

Black & Veatch found that

the proposed boundaries for the
MAP in northern Bimini “over-
lap and encompass most of
Phase II (essentially all of Phase
2 B) of the Bimini Bay Resort
development area authorised
under the Heads of Agree-
ment”.

It also uncovered, based on
interviews with the Department
of Marine Resources, Bahamas

‘National Trust (BNT) and

Bahamas Reef Environmental
and Educational Foundation
(BREEF) staff, that the pro-

posed MPA’s boundaries were -

set without “knowledge of the
geographic extent of develop-
ment authorised for the Bimini
Bay Resort”.

Moving to concerns over
whether an island of Bimini’s
limited size could accommodate
development beyond Bimini
Bay Resort’s Phase I bound-

.. aries, given that RAV Bahamas

and the Government had exe-

Legal Notice

NOTICE
MAXITREAT GLOBAL LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 15th day of December 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
\ (Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) ESKIMO HOLDINGS LTD. is in dissolution under the te of
the International Business Companies Act 2000.

(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on December 19, 2008
when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered a

5; the: Registvan Generali artt Cyayir

af ato
ree. eEy. Gat

(c) The Liquidator Of the said company is Lakeisha Collie of 2nd Terrace

cuted a Heads of Agreement
for a 700-acre project, Black &
Veatch paid particular atten-

tion to the Phase II golf course.

The first Ingraham adminis-
tration had restricted this to just
nine holes, but the former
Christie administration
increased this to 18 with the
revised 2004 Heads of Agree-
ment. Upon. regaining office,
the current government, via the
Bahamas Investment Authority
(BIA), informed the develop-
ers it wanted a return to the
original nine holes, with the golf
course built on “hard lands”.

RAV Bahamas, a subsidiary
of principal developer Gerardo
Capo’s Capo Group, had

restructured its 2006 master .

land use plan to scale back
Phase II in terms of density,

‘although marina, commercial,

utilities and golf course uses
were still planned. The devel-
opment footprint was reduced,
with 153 acres taken out of the
project.

These are the 153 acres that
RAV Bahamas in 2006 offered
to the Government in exchange
for 49.11 acres of reclaimed land
for use in Bimini Bay’s Phase
I, an offer the Christie govern-
ment apparently accepted in
return for the developer paying
$10,000 per‘acre.

While the layout of lots for
Phase II A had been completed,
RAV Bahamas said its devel-
opment plans beyond that were
still “fluid”.

In its assessment, Black &
Veatch said some 276.6 acres
of land was available in Phase IT
B for a golf course. Taking out
areas such as red mangroves,
natural ponds and the flood-
plain area, would remove
between 142.67-164.13 acres
from the land available to a golf
course, leaving just 112.5-133.93
acres left.

“Whether this provides suf-
ficient space to accommodate
the desired 18-hole golf course
will depend upon the type of
course and design layout to be
developed,” Black & Veatch
said. “Eighteen-hole golf facili-
ties in the US average about
150 to 200 acres of land, accord-
ing to the US Environmental
Protection Agency by reference
to the Golf Course Superinten-
dents Association of America.
A typical urban course is only
110 to 120 acres, while courses
in resort areas may be 170 to
190-acres.” :

RAV Bahamas is planning a
‘links-style’ golf course, but in
summary the Black & Veatch
réport is saying that an envi-
ronmentally sustainable facili-
ty will be a ‘tight fit’. And its
report warned that “significant
limitations to avoid environ-
mental impacts will make
course design a challenging and
sensitive matter”.

RAV Bahamas has acquired
its 700 acres via quieting the
title to the land, having first
landed in Bimini in 1997 when it
acquired the project rights from
ROBEX International.

The project’s 2006 proposed
Master Plan envisions a 410-
room Conrad Hilton Hotel and
10,000 square foot casino, with
an operating partner for the lat-
ter still being sought.

It also includes 559 marina .
slips, inclusive of the 140 exist-
ing slips; 50 over-the-water bun-
galows; 125 timeshare or con-
do units (at the developer’s dis-
cretion); 250 timeshare units on
the commercial site; 358 con-

-duct units on the island opposite

the hotel; 40 Bay Front bunga-
lows; 100 space site condo units;
91 single family homes; 34
estate beach homes; 100 golf
course condo units.

Some 329 units in the condo
homes are currently completed
or under construction, agnd
Black & Veatch said in its .
report that 59 single family res-
idences had been built. Anoth-
er seven parcels of land had
been sold, while 240-250 boat
slips had been installed:

Currently, the report said
between 210-270 construction
workers were working at Bimi-
ni Bay, while 175-185 Bahami-
ans, out of a staff pool of 230,
were working in operations. Of
the Bahamian contingent, 80
were from Bimini.

Bimini Bay had also com-
pleted construction of a com-
mercial village near the resort
entrance and ferry dock, with
the facility including shops, deli,
a mini-mart, marine shop and
liquor store.

Black & Veatch’s report said
there had been substantial eco-
nomic and social gains for Bimi-
ni as a result of the Bimini Bay
project. It has been one of the
few to continue progression, its
financing having already been
put in place, during the current
credit crunch that has placed so
many Bahamas-based geyEOP

’' ments ‘on hold.

West, Centreville, Nassau, Bahamas.
(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are
required on or before the 30th day of January, 2009 to send their
names and addresses and particulars of their debts or claims to the
Liquidator of the company or, in default thereof, they may: be excluded
from the benefit of any distribution made before such debts are proved.
DECEMBER 22, 2008
LAKEISHA COLLIE

LIQUIDATOR OF THE ABOVE-NAMED COMPANY



Legal Notice

NOTICE
ARLINGTON UNITED LIMITED

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

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

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
, (Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
HARP GROUP LIMITED

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 11th day of December 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

j NOTICE
DUNMORE ENTERPRISES LTD. |
: (In Voluntary Liquidation)

Creditors having debts or claims against he above-named Company are
required to send particulars thereof to the undersigned c/o P.C. Box N-
8772, Nassau, Bahamas on or before the 29th December, 2008. In default
thereof they will be excluded from the benefit of any distribution made by
the Liquidator.

Dated the 18th December 2008.
Mrs. Barbara Carroll

Liquidator
Dunmore Enterprises Ltd.

Legal Notice

. NOTICE |
~MAX WEALTH LIMITED

(In Voluntary Liquidation) ¢

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

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
SAGO ALPS INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 2nd day of December 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


THE TRIBUNE

MONDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2008, PAGE 9B



Operator against PUC dispute plans

rate”, Mr Hutton-Ashkenny
argued: “It is clear from a prop-
er reading of the [Act] that the
PUC is not empowered to hear
complaints as a function under
the Act, but to solely hear com-
plaints when carrying out one
of its funetions under the Act.
The distinction is not an obtuse
one.

“SRG is of the view that the
PUC does not have the power
to hear any complaint brought
before it, unless it can be shown
that the PUC must hear the
complaint in order to carry out
one of the functions that are
articulated in section 6.1 of the
Act. Under the Act, there is no
automatic right for a complaint
to be heard, and no all-encom-
passing power conferred upon
the PUC to hear complaints
whatever the situation.”

In unveiling its public consul-
tation, the PUC had admitted
there was a “void” in the

Telecommunications Act when
it came to addressing how dis-
putes between rival operators
were resolved, forcing it to

develop its own policies and _

procedures.

Yet Mr Hutton-Ashkenny
said the regulator appeared to
be “widening its remit” bys sug-
gesting it would deal with dis-
putes involving issues such as
billing/invoicing and document
interpretation.

In such instances, he argued it
would be difficult to see where
the PUC would be ‘carrying
out its functions’ under the Act
by hearing such disputes.

“In such cases, SRG respect-
fully submits that the PUC does
not have the jurisdiction to be
able to insert itself at will as an

-arbiter into general disagree-

ments between operators,” Mr
Hutton-Ashkenny said.

“In practical terms, the Act
does not provide for a dispute

Legal Notice

| NOTICE
ZENNON VENTURES LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

between operators to be filed
with, and adjudicated by, the
PUC.” He explained that the
Telecommunications Act only
stipulated that interconnection
disputes be referred to the PUC
at the regulator’s request, and
did not mandate that the dis-
pute be filed by either of the
parties involved.

Still, rival operators were able

to make complaints to the PUC.

about each other’s operations,
and the regulator would be able
to hear these in carrying out its
functions under the Act.

Mr Hutton-Ashkenny also
challenged the PUC’s opinion
to use section 6 (5) of the
Telecommunications Act to
underpin its moves to develop
its ‘quasi-legislative’ procedures
to deal with disputes.

This section talks about the
PUC publishing proposals on
any ‘general instruction’ that it
intended to issue, but Mr Hut-

ton-Ashkenny argued that it
could not be used in relation to
disputes for the very reason that
the Act was ‘silent about the
principles and procedures’ to
be used in resolving them.
“There is no general provi-
sion anywhere in the Act for
any general instruction to be
issued in that regard,” the SRG
head said. “Nor can it be said
that complaint resolution pro-
cedures were ‘intended to be

issued by the Commission .

under any part of the Act’.

“Regardless of the PUC’s
good intentions, SRG respect-
fully submits that section 6 (5)
cannot be used as the basis for
the establishment of the PUC’s
proposed complaints handling
procedures.”

Mr Hutton-Ashkenny urged
that in resolving telecoms sector
disputes, the first issue to be
resolved was whether the PUC
had jurisdiction to hear them.

Legal Notice

NOTICE
SIANA VENTURES LTD.

‘(In Voluntary Liquidation) ;

(

Once that was settled, the appli-
cant operator should then file
a Notice of Complaint.

Under the PUC’s proposal,
he argued that issues such as
whether a complaint was “sim-
ply too trivial to be heard” were
not considered until after a
respondent had to “expend time
and money on perhaps. need-
lessly defending itself”. This Mr
Hutton-Ashkenny said, was
“highly inefficient”.

He also took issue with the
PUC’s plans to give itself the
power to order that parties to a
dispute pay its costs, and that
the applicant party pay a non-
refundable $2,500 processing
fee for filing its compliant. The
PUC also proposed that “some-
what ludicrously”, the respon-
dent pay a similar fee regard-
less of whether the complaint
is heard or whether it is vindi-
cated.

“However, SRG respectfully

points out that with the excep-
tion of penalties for offences
under the Act, the PUC has
been given no statutory power
to levy any fee on an operator
other than the licence fee that is
provided for under section 10
of the Act,” Mr Hutton-
Ashkenny said.

“SRG is of the view that the
PUC does not have the power
to charge any discrete process-
ing fee on those who are party
to a complaint, or to recover its -
costs of hearing a complaint
except through the imposition
of licence fees.”

Meanwhile, Felicity Johnson,
BTC’s vice-president of legal,
regulatory and interconnection,
also queried why respondents
to any telecoms sector com-
plaint should pay a $2,500 inter-
connection fee. If they were
found blameless, she suggested
that such fees be refunded to
them.

Legal Notice

re "NOTICE
TRINITY PROVISIONS LIMITED

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 2nd day of December 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 12th day of December 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 12th day of December 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
SWEET SYMPHONY >
CORPORATION

(In Voluntary Liquidation) .

Legal Notice |

NOTICE
PRIMROSE MEADOW INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Legal. Notice

NOTICE
_YONAGUNI HOLDINGS CORP.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named ried 4 fe Toston?
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on > Risnceris ‘HielcbycGivon Ve

Che y given that the above-named |
the 18th ee of December 2008. The Liquidator Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau, the 18th day of December 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 17th day of December 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas. Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



Legal Notice

NOTICE

Legal Notice

_ NOTICE

WINDY HEIGHTS HOLDINGS LTD.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Legal Notice

NOTICE



_SCHNARCHHAHN LTD. MAN ON THE MOON INVESTMENTS LTD.

mas

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section: 138 |
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of MAN ON THE MOON INVESTMENTS
LTD. has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has

; Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 10th day of December 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

| Bahamas.

- Notice is, hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of SCHNARCHHAHN LTD. has been com-

| pleted; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and the
Company has therefore been struck off the Register. been issued and the Company has therefore been struck off

the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE

Legal Notice _

NOTICE

Legal Notice

NOTICE

ALBANY CLOUDS COMPANY LTD.

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 |

SPRING HARBOUR LIMITED SPRING DROPS LIMITED

Notice is hereby given that in-accordance with Section 138 Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of ALBANY CLOUDS COMPANY LTD.

has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been

(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of SPRING HARBOUR LIMITED has been

completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and

138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000,
the dissolution of SPRING DROPS LIMITED has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and

the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the
Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


PAGE 10B, MONDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2008

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NOTICE OF DISSOLUTION
OF

MALLORCA INVESTMENTS LTD.
In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with
Section 137 (4) of the International Business
Companies Act 2000, MALLORCA
INVESTMENTS LTD. is in Dissolution. The
date of commencement of dissolution was
December 17th’ 2008. Macgregor Robertson of 308
East Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas is the Liquidator
of MALLORCA INVESTMENTS LTD.

Macgregor Robertson |
Liquidator

THE TRIBUNE

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Foreign fund boost
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concerns, but right now there
doés not appear to be anything
major in this jurisdiction”.

~ However, Mr Deveaux then

said the Securities Commission
had “seen a reduction in the
number of funds licensed in this
jurisdiction” and a correspond-

ing “increase in Recognised

_ Foreign Funds”.

NOTICE OF DISSOLUTION

OF
COHAN INTERNATIONAL LTD.

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with

Section 137 (4) of the International Business
Companies Act 2000, COHAN INTERNATIONAL
LTD. is in Dissolution. The date of commencement
of dissolution was December 17th 2008. Macgregor
Robertson of 308 East Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas
is the Liquidator of COHAN INTERNATIONAL
LTD.

Macgregor Robertson
Liquidator

RFFs are investment funds
that are incorporated and
licensed in other jurisdictions,
or listed on exchanges in pre-
scribed jurisdictions (those
countries with equivalent anti-
money laundering and anti-ter-
ror financing laws to the
Bahamas), but have some kind
nexus to this nation, usually
because they are administered
by Bahamian fund administra-
tors.

For example, an RFF may be
incorporated in the British Vir-
gin Islands, licensed in the Cay-
man Islands but administered
from the Bahamas. All RFFs
have to be registered with the
Securities Commission, as do
Bahamian-licensed funds.
Included in the latter category
are the various fund types cre-
ated by the Investment Funds
Act 2003 — the Standard Fund,
the Professional Fund and the
various SMART fund tem-

plates.
Meanwhile, the Bahamas
International Securities

Exchange (BISX) told Tribune
Business that it expected to see
“minimal growth” in its invest-

4
ment fund listings during 2009
as a result of the likely hedge
fund industry fallout from the
global financial crisis.

To date, BISX has some 22
investment fund listings, and
while still attracting listings
interest, expects growth to be
more muted than in the past,
especially in the 2009 first half.

“The industry has taken a
beating in terms of returns,”
Keith Davies, BISX’s chief
executive, told Tribune Busi-
ness. “Believe it or not, we’ve
gotten a number of new
inquiries regarding listings.

“Some of our existing issuers
in the industry are planning to
create more funds, and the
intention is to list them. But the
indication from the .narket is
minimal growth, and we don’t
expect to see much.happening.
It’s going to take several months
before we see growth from
mutual funds from a listing per-
spective.

“Although we’re getting
interest, it’s not as strong as in
the past. We expect there to be
a lull for the next three to six
months to next year.” -

Legal Notice -

NOTICE

RELIC LTD.

IN VOLUNTARY LIQUIDATION



Notice is hereby given that in accordance with section 137 of the
International Business Companies Act 2000 RELIC LTD. is in
dissolution.

The Date of the Commencement of dissolution was 17th
December 2008. David Thain of Arner Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Ltd.,
Building 2 Caves Village, PRO. Box N-3917 is the Liquidator
of RELIC LTD. All persons having claims against the above-
named company are required to send their address and particulars
of their debts to the Liquidator before the 17th January 2009. _







Counsel and Attorney-at-Law,
Notary Public

Carol D. Misiewicz

Would like to inform the Pubic of their
Christmas Season Hours:



Monday, December 22nd, and Tuesday,
December 23rd
OPEN - Normal Business Hours

Wednesday, December 24th,
through Friday, December 26th
CLOSED

Monday, December 29th
and Tuesday, December 30th
OPEN - Normal Business Hours

New Year’s Eve Wednesday, December 31st
‘ OPEN - Until 4:00pm

~ January, 1st 2009 and January 2nd, 2009













Legal Notice

NOTICE

RELIC LTD.

IN VOLUNTARY LIQUIDATION


















Notice is hereby given that in accordance with section 137 of the
International Business Companies Act 2000 RELIC LTD. is in


























dissolution. CLOSED
The Date of the Commencement of dissolution was 17th Office re-opens J anuary 5th 2009
December 2008. David Thain of Arner Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Ltd., Normal Business Hours

Building 2 Caves Village, PO. Box N-3917 is the Liquidator
of RELIC LTD. All persons having claims against the above-
named company are required to send their address and particulars
of their debts to the Liquidator before the 17th January 2009.

The management and staff would like to wish
all a safe and Happy Holidays




Contact the Nassau Office at
(242) 328-0396 or Fax (242) 328-1388
Suite No. 7 Grosvenor Close Grosvenor Close and Shirley
Street, P.O. Box SS-5467 Nassau, The Bahamas
Email: carol.misiewicz@ gmail.com
www.misiewiczlaw.com





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Notice is hereby given that



PUBLIC NOTICE
INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL

The Public is hereby advised that |, QUINCY ROLLE
JR. of RO. Box N-1915, Market Street, Nassau, Bahamas,
intend to change my name. to TARVAN LINTON
SYMONETTE JR. If there are any objections to this
change of name by Deed Poll, you may write such
objections to the Chief Passport Officer, RO.Box N-742,
Nassau, Bahamas, no later than thirty (30) days after
the date of publication of this notice.

NOTICE OF DISSOLUTION
OF

LONTUE INVESTMENTS LTD.
In Voluntary Liquidation

at ‘in “accordance with
Section 137 (4) of the International Business
Companies Act 2000, LONTUE INVESTMENTS
LTD. is in Dissolution. The date of commencement
of dissolution was December 12th 2008. Macgregor
Robertson of 308 East Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas is

the Liquidator of LONTUE INVESTMENTS LTD.

Macgregor Robertson
Liquidator

NOTICE

EXXON BOLIVIA TUICHI LIMITED

Creditors having debts or claims against the
above-named Company are required to send particulars
thereof to the undersigned c/o P.O. Box N-624,
Nassau, Bahamas on or before 13th . day of January,
A.D., 2009. In default thereof they will be excluded from
the benefit of any distribution made by the Liquidator.

Dated the 19th day of December A.D., 2008.

MaryBeth Taboada
Liquidator
16945 Northchase Drive
Houston, Texas 77060, U.S.A. .

NOTICE
EXXON BOLIVIA TUICHI LIMITED

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) EXXON BOLIVIA TUICHI_LIMITED is in dissolution

under the provisions of the International Business Companies
Act 2000.

(b) The dissolution of the said Company commenced on
the 18th day of December, 2008 when its Articles of Dissolution
were’submitted to and registered by the Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said Company is MaryBeth
Taboada of 16945 Northchase Drive, Houston, Texas 77060,
U.S.A.

Dated the 19th day of December, 2008.

HARRY B. SANDS, LOBOSKY
MANAGEMENT CO. LTD.
Attorneys for the above-named
Company


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PAGE 12B, MONDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2008 : | __ THE TRIBUNE

FirstCaribbean Unsung Heroes

FirstCaribbean is proud to honour these Unsung Heroes and
to support the various causes to which they have so selflessly

dedicated their lives.

- peur
ViSUric

Mrs. Veolant Cupid (St. Vincent and the pin a

‘Mrs, V veolant Cupid is a true gem in her community and is the epitome af an Unsung Hero, She has
sacrificed money, time and self to the villages of Lauders and Lowmans Windward, where she is a
household name and has touched the lives of many, from infancy to adulthood.

A devoted Christian, Veolant continues to open her home to disadvantaged children and be active
in her local church. For the past 13 years, Veolant has organised a special appreciation service for
Police Officers thanking them for their hard work in keeping the schools, homes and communities
safe. These services have been so successful that Veolant has commenced appreciation services for
the Nurses and Teachers as well.

Mr. Thomas.Watts (Barbados)

Runner Up

Mr. Thomas Watts (right) has for the past 29 years been working to reintegrate convicts released from
prison back into mainstream Barbadian society. He used his own income to establish this Programme and
has continued to fund it from his pension as a retired person. With no reward other than the joy of seeing
someone set free from the vicious cycle of recidivism, he has opened his home and heart to a group of
persons which many in society prefer to shun, Former inmates have worn his clothes, eaten his food, slept
in his bed, and as if becoming at one with their plant he has empathised with and embraced them when
they had nowhere else to turn. —

Mirs. Patsy Thomas (Dominica)
_ Runner Up — |

The work of Patsy Thomas is truly remarkable: Inspired by the pre-school education she had been denied,
she used her own scarce funds to start a movement to provide pre-school education for the children of
Crayfish River, a destitute community in the Carib Territory overwhelmed by poverty and a remarkable

2 deficiency in the standard of education. She has earned great respect of the people of the Carib Territory

who are eager to point out that her selfless work has given the community a new perspective into the
usefulness of all people, including the physically and mentally challenged.

Ms. Gwendolyn E.M. Chambers (Antigua)
Special Commendation Award | 83

As a lover of children, Ms Gwendolyn Chambers, known as “Aunty Gwen”, made a commitment early in

her life, to establish an orphanage to care for the less fortunate children in her community. Selfless,
committed and passionate, she established her orphanage in the late 1960's, opening the doors to her home.
To date she has adopted and cared for at least fourteen less fortunate children who are now qualified
midwives, nurses, bankers, pediatricians and renowned musicians all who attribute thelr success to

Aunty Gwen, “without whom | would be nothing”.

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2008

The Tribune



Every year, Jnsight hands out its Christmas Honours to the good, bad, smart, dumb

and crazy - all inthe spirit of the season of goodwill.

@ By JOHN MARQUIS
Managing Editor



BEST EXAMPLE
OF THE YEAR

BARACK OBAMA gets this award hands-
down because he won the US presidency with
style, vision and grace.

Apart from thinking there are 57 states in the
USA — he must have got the number confused
with Heinz Foods’ famous 57 varieties — he was
flawless in content and presentation as he pow-
ered to The White House.

Let’s hope Bahamian politicians can follow his
example of true leadership; honest ideals and
unshakeable integrity, if indeed he manages to
become everything he has promised.

And let’s hope they pick up something from his

smooth oratorical style, which puts him right up’

there alongside the great public speakers of the
past.

these things as an ice-cube has of surviving on a
hot griddle but, hey, it’s the time of the year
when we can all dream a little.

THE NOT SAYING WHAT |

YOU MEAN AWARD

ACTING Customs comptroller Anthony
Adderley wins this prize after apparently showing
such heartlessness following the fire which
destroyed the home of his colleague Roslyn
Ritchie.

Adderley effectively told fellow officers that, if
they can’t stand the heat,.they should get out of
the kitchen and go work elsewhere.

We now learn there was a sub-text to this extra-

ordinary statement.

What he would have liked to say, according to
some colleagues, is that he is so overwhelmed by
evidence of corruption all around him that he
doesn’t know where to turn next.

But he couldn’t actually say that, could he?

BEST-LOOKING

DISASTER OF THE YEAR

INSIGHT famously, ‘desaiibed her mouth as
being.“‘as enticing as a bowlful of sugared rasp-
berries”, but good looks did not save Sarah Palin
from this award, which marks her calamitous
debut in American national politics.

John McCain’s truly awful error in picking this
woman as his running mate will haunt him until
his dying day.

Palin proved to be so dumb and ill-informed
that every utterance was painful to behold. Yet
she’s still out there peddling her wares as a poten-
tial presidential runner in 2012.

“She just doesn’t get it, does she?” one observ-
er wailed as Mrs Palin blundered through yet
another self-promoting press conference long
after McCain had headed for the hills.

Afraid not. But then dumb people never do.

THE DULL AS
DITCHWATER
AWARD

THIS goes to the FNM Cabinet, a collection of

incredibly lacklustre politicians who give Insight ~

little or nothing to write about.

Some are busy getting on with the job, we’ll
grant them-that, but surely someone in there can
say or do something original, provocative or even
outrageous from time to time, if only to show us
they’re still alive.



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OOPS AWARD FOR
PUBLIC GAFFE
OF THE YEAR

DAME Joan Sawyer has long been admired for
her legal prowess - “I have a lot of time for-her,”
one respected attorney has told Insight more
than once - but her public outburst against justice
campaigner Tanya Cash was not one of her gold-
en moments,

“You are a disgrace to Bahamian woman-
hood,” the judge told Mrs Cash who had gently
suggested she should recuse herself from the case
being heard at the time.

Then Dame Joan compounded her error by
suggesting Mrs Cash was not the equal of the
court — I was always under the impression that
the courts are ‘people’s courts’ — and actually
asked about her level of education.

Well, I don’t know how many BAs, MAs, LLBs
and PhDs Mrs Cash has, but I do know she is a
very smart, clued-up lady.

And she certainly knows her way around the
legal process, as the courts have learned to their
considerable disquiet.

So I beg to differ, m’lud. Far from being a dis-
grace to Bahamian womanhood, Mrs Cash is one
of the most admirable women around.

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OFFERED, with less than total conviction, to
Bahamas Customs Department, which has been
exposed as allegedly the most corrupt govern-
ment department of all, which is really saying
something.

We’ll all be watching carefully to see who
among them gets a $100,000 Lexus for Christ-
mas. Or, even better, a 20-room mansion with
remote-controlled gates and an indoor pool and
jacuzzi. Complete with solid gold bath taps, of
course.

And we’ll be checking to see if there is a sea-
sonal run on Rolex watches, one of the favourite
trinkets of the Customs backsliders as they fleece
the Bahamas and its people.

Insight will be relying on its friends inside Cus-
toms — the decent folk among the trash — for
more tantalising information during 2009.

STRAIGHT AND
NARROW AWARD

HAVING veered off-course with the PLP (he
quit the party because Perry Christie wouldn’t
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beanie again this year by ploughing his SUV
through a chainlink fence on East Bay Street,
cutting his head in the process.

Gibson, now an independent MP, has become
an Honours List veteran, having first appeared
after finding himself on the-wrong end of a fist-
fight with fellow attorney Keod Smith.

Can chdaos-prone Kenyatta make it three in a
row?

JUNKANOO SHUFFLER
OF THE YEAR.

SAY what you like about
Perry Gladstone Christie
MP, his feet are faster than
those. of his: foes when it
comes to keeping his lead-
ership hopes alive:

While would-be rivals for
the PLP’s top job have been’
waltzing round the leader-
ship issue like men with two
left feet, Christie has been
shimmying and shuffling into
a powerful striking position
for next year’s party convention.

Having been written off as leader after the
2007 general election, Christie now has at least an



Perry Christie

- even chance of being top dog in time for the next
. campaign in three years time.

Don’t be fooled by his talk of organising the

succession. The famed Tunkanoo: shuffler ain’i

out of it yet!

JOKER OF THE YEAR |
JUST when we thought

ister Fred Mitchell would
miss out on this year’s hon-
ours, he announced his
intention to run for the PLP
leadership, thus securing
himself the title Joker of the
Year for the third year run-
ning.

It’s hard to be so idiotic, so
utterly ridiculous, that this
prize comes your way so
many times, but Mitchell’s unique Scmbinstioa of
soaring self-regard and congenital ineptitude has
-provoked so much laughter over SO many years .
that he remains the only serious contender.

The fact that he is even being considered for the
PLP’s top slot does, however, pose many extreme-
ly pointed questions for the PLP, the main one
being: If the nation’s number one joker is in the
running for the leadership, what does that say
about the rest of your party?

The only consolation to be drawn from this is
that Mitchell’s support system is so weak — a
few disaffected losers and layabouts on the fringe
of the party — that he is unlikely to get the job.

BACKSEAT
ROMP AWARD
Joint winners)

TWO PLP parliamentarians share this award,
which is offered for the first time this year, but is
expected to become a regular feature.

One was “grabbing for his jockeys” - their
words - when caught in flagrante by patrol cops in
.the back of his car with a floozie.

The other, a lawyer, was giving a woman client

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Cay in the early hours of the morning.

Actually, this explanation is apparently com-
pletely plausible as the lady in question, a non-tax-
able nightworker by all accounts, sleeps all day to
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“It was a kind of briefing ses-

sion,” one legal wag comment-

ed mischievously. “She was
briefing him, and he was de-
briefing her.”

COMEDY TURN
OF THE YEAR

ANOTHER ever-present in
the honours list scores highly
again this year.

Step forward Bishop Neil
Ellis, preacherman extraordi-
naire, whose Sunday night

.shows remain the best thing on

Bahamian television (not say-
ing much, admittedly).

Ellis’s sermons are so fivet-
ing, so hilarious, so unbeliev-
ably absurd, that I’m left ghok-
ing into my bedtime cocoa
every weekend.

“It does you no good at all
watching that stuff,” lectures
my dear wife, who believes my
pressure and sugar go up every
time Ellis begins rasping into
the microphone.

The finger-pointing, brow-
mopping, and bouncing up and
down on the spot are only part

-of it. It’s when.the Rev does his
pulpit pirouette that I’m left.

helpless, especially when the
cameras then cut to the congre-
gation, scores of big-hipped
ladies swaying and swooning to
his words like drug-crazed
groupies.

Broadway has nothing on this
Sunday night spectacular, par-

ticularly the lady who blows a
referee’s whistle every time the
excitement gets the better of
her. Priceless stuff!

FORGIVE AND FOR
GET AWARD
(Gold Medal)

HOWARD K STERN and
Larry Birkhead were seen
laughing and joking together at
Nassau’s Outback Restaurant,
having once roundly con-
demned each other in the courts
as they battled for paternity
rights over Anna Nicole Smith’s
baby, Dannielyn. ,

The now gorgeous toddler
was with the pair as they wolfed
down kangaroo steaks and
koala soup, or whatever it is the
Aussies serve up for Thanks-
giving lunch.

“They looked very happy
together,” said a fellow diner.
Good on yer mates, as they say
down under. ’

FORGIVE AND
FORGET AWARD
(Silver Medal)

HAVING been cruelly lam-
pooned in the now infamous
Leilagate scandal in 2006, for-
mer Cabinet minister Neville
Wisdom had no good reason to
love Insight.

But as he tooted his horn at
last year’s Junkanoo parade, the
perspiring ex-minister — all
done up in crepe paper suit and

funny hat — took time out to
shake us by the hand as we
watched from behind a Bay
Street barrier. |

There’s nothing quite like the
season of goodwill for letting
bygones be bygones.

THE LEAST
FORTHCOMING
POLITICIAN

OF THE YEAR

ONLY one contender for this
title — Dr Bernard Nottage, the
quiet man of Bahamian politics,
who refuses to say. what, he
wants, where he’s going or how

_ he’s going to get’there.

Everyone keeps talking about
Nottage as a possible PLP
leader except the man himself,
who is so-deeply wary of the
press that he believes silence is
the best policy whenever tack-
led by reporters about his polit-
ical ambitions.

Well, it probably is the best
policy for mime artists, chief
librarians and Tibetan monks,
but would-be presidents and
prime ministers need to say
something once in a while. (See
Barack Obama, above — he
hasn’t stopped talking for two
years).

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Readers

Re: Hard
Pressed (The
future of
newspapers)

1 READ your column this
morning with the same pleasure
I usually have when reading you
and I am more optimistic, than
you about your profession.

Every day I read the Bahami-
an press on paper and my
French newspaper online.

The reason why I read “Le
Monde” online is simply
because I cannot get it on paper
here even though I still prefer a
traditional newspaper.

I agree with you that news-
papers on paper support are
probably going to disappear for
technical, economical and eco-
logical reasons but the need for
reliable news will always exist
and most of what goes around
the internet are rumours on
rumours without the screening
and research work that consti-
tute the journalism basics.

I am able to find errors in the
most serious publication so I
don’t even bother considering

_the value of what comes from

unknown sources.

The economical model has
still to be perfected and the
online newspapers of the future
will probably not have the same
staff organisation as the current
ones but there will always be a
need for people who say dis-
agreeable but verified facts.
Thank you for your columns.

— Thierry Boeuf

HAVING been a newspaper.
reader for more than 40 years, I
feel sad that this medium is now
in its final “two or three
decades”, as you predict,
because I don’t think they will
ever be replaced in the true
sense of the word.

I know the information will

be available via computer
screens, but we shall be
deprived of the handiness and
portability of a newspaper,
which one can stuff in a bag or
pocket so much more easily
than is possible with a PC.
The one uplifting point in

-your very interesting#Insight

was that The Tribune is likély to
be with us for some time yet, at
least 50 years I hope.

— § Hill, Nassau

I'D like to think you’re
wrong, but I can’t see any way
out for newspapers. A:whole
generation is now being reared
without them. I have no doubt
they will’suffer because.online
papers don’t quite hack it in my
view. The death of newspapers
will:mean the rise of ignorance.

— AL Petty

‘ONE hostile newspaper is
more. to be feared than a thou-
sand ‘bayonets’ said Napoleon
Bonaparte. oT

‘One hostile personal com-
puteris more to be feared etc’
doesmt have quite the same ring
to it, does. it? ek

— Helen Bannister

IT is a tragedy that newspa-
pers find themselves in such a

plight. because they are, with- —

out» doubt; the best value-for-
money items anyone can imag-
ine, The Tribune costs a third of
the price of a cup of Starbucks
coffee, yet contains so much
moreto savour.

Devoted reader

Miscellaneous

Dear Mr Marquis,
This is my first time writing to

you, in spite of the many Insight: .

stories I have read.’ ;

1 am compelled to beg you

please don’t leave this country
and dont retire’ from writing.
If you do life will be for me a
very boring period.

I look forward! to reading

Insight every Monday morning*

and have been doing so for
almost two years and have cut
out all the stories you have
penned during this time.

If you really have to leave,
please, before you go, | would
wish you would do a story on
Bahamasair and its unfair prac-
tice that is meted out towards
the Espanic passengers that
travel here to Nassau in route to
Havana, Cuba.

Case in point: J can buy a.

round trip ticket on Delta to
California making a connecting
flight in Atlanta, Georgia, on
the same airline and upon my
arrival in California all my bag-

. gage are accounted for, for one

fare.

Here in Nassau the Espanic
passengers have to pay two sep-
arate fares for them to go to
Havana, a fare from Florida to
Nassau and when they arrive
another fare for Nassau to
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Then there is the problem
with the baggage. If they want
them to go to Cuba there is
another charge, including a
charge for excess. When ques-
tioned the airline’s reply is that
“it’s not.an International flight”
therefore.the passengers can-,

: not pay,one.faré-in Flarida for

the entire trip to Cubaf’ 7"
Secondly, there are a féw
unscrupulous check-in clerks
who charge the Espanic pas-
sengers an additional charge on
top of the extra charge they pay
for the additional piece of lug-
gage they may be carrying.
Thirdly, there is a particular
person who goes into the depar-

Mh.

~ ture lounge after the passengers

have checked in to see how
many carry-on luggage the
Espanic passengers are carry-
ing in spite of the fact that there
is a special red tag attached to
the passenger’s carry-on bag-

gage authorising them to do so. '

This particular manager/officer
inquires of. the passengers to
determine how many pieces of
carry-on they may have. If there
is more than one she takes it
away from the passenger only to
have them follow her back out
of the pre-cleared lounge area
and, once out of sight, she
charges the passenger $50 for
that piece of carry-on luggage
and gives no receipt to the pas-
senger.

I have witnessed this hap-,
pening several times. As a mat-
ter of fact this person has _tar-
geted two. Espanic ladies, one
from Florida and the other a
resident of Nassau. After wit-
nessing this on three of my trips
to Cuba I made it my business
to talk with the two ladies and
to get from them as much infor-
mation as, possible so as to
inform you about this type of
situation with the hope that you
would find out what’s going on

~and expose it. Maybe those

Espanic passengers who now
travel via the Dominican
Republic to Cuba may once
return and ease the burden we
taxpayers have to keep the
national flag-carrier aloft.

— Private Eye

I sympathise with Regular
Insight Reader: what is going
to happen when you leave?

I look forward to reading
Insight every Monday; it is part
of my antidote for the Monday
blues.

Here’s a thought: have you
ever thought about having an
ongoing series of interviews
with ordinary and extraordinary
folk who live in the Family
Islands? You may well be pleas-
antly surprised at how good this
would-be for The Tribune and
The Bahamas. And it would
also serve to spotlight our many
populated Islands with their
potential for sustainable devel-
opment.

— Montell Fox

(my pen name)

Of course you have a right to
retire, but I am one among
many who will be deeply sad-
dened by your departure as I
believe you are the one person
standing between Bahamian
society and legal and political
chaos. ;

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CAnistmas Ylonottrs OS

pily, Nassau throws up all too
many tragedies in a year, but
the death of Hubert Farrington
stands out as one of the most
poignant and distressing of
2008.

In recent years, Mr Farring-
ton’s bent figure, marked by a
very pronounced limp, was one
of the city’s most familiar sights
as he trudged along our streets
in the searing heat.

For many people, and partic-
ularly the young, he was just
another Nassau eccentric. But
to those who knew better, he
was one of the most remark-
able Bahamians of the 20th cen-



talents were recognised,by some
of the most illustrious ballet fig-
ures of their day.

‘When he was knocked down
by a hit-and-run driver in Mack-
ey Street last week, the
Bahamas lost one of the most
intelligent members of its cre-
ative community.
His death teaches everyone
who knew him only in his most

PATIENCE OF
JOB AWARD

“FOR continued stoicism in
the face of enormous provoca-
tion, former Cabinet minister
Leslie Miller gets our vote as





he continues to seek justice for
his murdered son, Mario.

In 2009, Mr Miller opens his
new bowling alley, which will
bear Mario’s name. Everyone
will be wishing him enormous
success in his new venture.

OF THE YEAR

NO joke here, either. Animal
welfare campaigner Jane Math-
er is deeply committed to her
cause and works tirelessly for
neglected and ill-treated crea-
tures. This lady is full of gen-
uine caring and compassion. If
there were only more like her,
what a great place this planet
would be.

HAVE A WONDERFUL
CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

recent incarnation a valuable
lesson: things are not always as
they seem.

tury, a gifted dancer who spent.
14 years with the Metropolitan

Opera in New York, and whose Leslie Miller



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ACROSS
1 Gather about a hundred facts in’
summary (5)
6 There's a bighead on every
Continental plage (5)
9 What a batsrnan (but nota
footballer!) may like to be (7)
10 Leonard, characterised-as an eerie
trekker (5)
11 Noted horse the little chap urged
on (5) :
12 Aptly forms an aquarium exhibit (5)
13 Wise men see Capone as
wonderful! (7)
15 Obscure Roman numerals (3)
17 Ihave a little sister at Oxford.(4)
18 As a ballroom dance, possibly
leave out “Tango” (6)
19 Old people seem’d strange (5)
20 Listed as repaired (6)
22 Basically a fertiliser (4)
24 Instant bronzing? (3)
25 A vessel to sink? (7)
26 Security device left at church (5) .
27 A German mug (5)
28 Though saintly, is wrong one day (5)
29 It means a lot (7)
30 Journey to the end of the line for
food (5)
31 Brief rest, perhaps, for an egghead

(5)

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2. Shrubs from the Americas (6)
3A fellow lives with ¢ andsome
chap (6)
At leaving the party, ask questions
(3) ,
Abuse of pills by accident (5)
Insects let free, surrounded by
bees (7) J
7 Marginally nervous? (4)
8 Tick on the slate (6)
12 Trimmed, again, in the hume
(5) .
13 Could be armed force (5)
14 Allocated a soldier a number of
points (5)
15 Given a hand in school, perhaps
(5)
_ 16 Fat girl? (5)
18 The plant Victor has to draw
(5)
19 She may seem alien to me (7)
21 A key plant, for a time (6)
22. Poms may find it unspeakable!
(Glo a4.
23 Suffers to become sallow! (6)
25° Go up for a bit of fish (5)
26 Figure a politician will make slow
progiess (4)
28 Shot breathlessly in the boozer

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Bet-imes 15, Shape well 17, Say no more 18, (Mor)N(ing)-oodles
19,Runs up 20, Chit 23, Slips away 25, Take turns 26, Lays 27
Athome 29, Staffed 32, R-are even-t 34, Fruit-less 35, Gilbert 36,

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Sleeps in 6, Bombay auck 7, Station 8, Prospec-US 11, M-am-bo
16, Ent-lst 19, Ray 21, Hard feelings 22, Strait (straight) 23, Sole
rights 24, Wet weather 25, Tee (tea) 28,Ou-thou-se 29, Snug-gles
30, Desserts (rev) 31, Re-L-ease 32, Roll-O 34, Fell-O-w(eek)



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Emperor 15, Eavesdiop 17, Idealises 18, Scabies 19, Ejects 20,
Thai 23, Chipolata 25, Persimmon 26, None 27, Panama 29,
Staunch 32, Flyweight 34, Alabaster 35, Realism 36, Nudist 37
Oral 38, Ultimatum 39, Chilblain ,
(DOWN: 1, Pancreas 2, Abbreviation 3, Concerns 4, Asleep 5,
Abrasive 6, Honey-eater 7, Adeptly 8, Impressior 11, Orris 16,
‘Spigot 19, Era 21, Humanitarian 22, Cicada 23, Cc niferous 24,
Amalgamate 25, Pea 28, Autonomy 29, Sealskin 30, Hireling 31,
Mediums 33, Yeast 34, Adduce

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ACROSS

1 Dance (5)

6 Housey-housey
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9 Booze (7)
10 Scottish
landowner (5)
11 Once more (5)
12 Greek letter (5)
13 Dreary (7)
15 Plaything (3)
17 Soon (4)
18 Safe (6)

19 Financial
liabilities (5)

20 Topics (6)

22 Quote (4)

24 Knight's title (3)

25 Aquatic bird (7)

26 Thighbone (5)

27 Perfect (5)

28 Kingdom (5)

29 Speaker's
platform (7)

30 Vagrant (5)

31 Indian dish (5)

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Yard (6)
Not new (3)
Mannequin (5)
Detests (7)
Lady's name (4)
Maker of
menswear (6)
12 Noblemen (5)
13 Pub game (5)
14 Let down (5)
15 Soldier's jacket
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16 Asian country (5)
18 Guide (5)
19 Bring to
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21 Hamper (6)
22 Picture house (6)
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25 Glazing paste (5)
26 Cultivate land

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Opening lead — ten of spades.

This deal occurred in the final of

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to determine the team that would rep-
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Sports Games in Beijing in October.
The victorious, squad — Chris Comp-
ton, Richard Freeman, Bob Hamman,
Jeff Meckstroth, Nick Nickell and
Eric Rodwell — bested a strong field
of 25 teams, but not before they had
to overcome a 33-IMP_ halliime
deficit in the deciding match against a
team led by Aubrey Strul.

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the highest levels of the game.

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fill all of the empty squares, using numbers 1 to 9, so the sum of
each horizontal block equals the number to its left, and the sum
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from the letters shawn here?
tn making a word, each letter
may be used once only. Each
must contain the centre letter
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ten of Spades. Meckstroth ducked,
won thé, sécond spadé-and cashédehis
clubs, iscarding two hearts and’ two
diamonds. from duminy,; ies

East, Lew Stansby,,could see
what would happen to-him if he dis-
carded a Spade (South could then
simply concede a-heartto the ace fo
establish his:ninth trick). so Stansby
threw three’ low: diamonds followed
by the heart deuce. He hoped these
discards might lure declarer into tak-
ing a losing diamond finesse, which
would yield a two-trick set. :

But Meckstroth knew> Stansby
had opened the bidding and was cer-
tainly capable of blanking his king of
diamonds. So at trick nine, he led a
diamond to the ace, felling the king,
and finished with 10 tricks.

At the other table, Mike Becker
also wound up in three notrump, but
West had not supported spades,
which proved critical during the play.
Here, West also led the spade. ten,
ducked by Becker, who won the next
spade and cashed his clubs.

But at this table, Freeman, East,
discarded two diamonds, a heart and
a spade, Becker now could have led
a heart to the king to make his con-
tract, but he was afraid East had
started with six spades and still held
three of them.

If this were true, it meant East
now held the singleton king of dia-
monds, so Becker led a diamond to
the ace. When the king did not fall,
the defense had the rest of the tricks
for down one and an 11-IMP gain,

Tomorrow: The philosophical approach.

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