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The Tribune
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2009
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Volume: 105 No.124



for life after shooting

Expat shot in
head outside of
his company —

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

_ AN EXPA-
TRIATE busi-

lessman-Was,
fighting for
life in hospital
“after being shot
in the head'yes-
terday morning
in what police
suspect was a
targeted :shoot-
ing. The ‘attack
took place outside his offshore
financial services company, Bri-
tannia Consultancy Group, in
the tranquil community of
Gambier Village.

Although his identity was not
released by police, The Tribune
understands the victim is UK
citizen Hywel Jones, a resident,
of western New Providence,
who was said to be in his late.
fifties. He was the ex-business
partner of former MP Lester

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Defence Force officer.
reportedly shot in leg

AN OFFICER of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force was reportedly
shot in the leg around mid-day yesterday.

The shooting is said to have occurred in the Englerston area. Up to.
press time details surrounding thg incident were still sketchy, howev-
er, ASP Walter Evans said that ‘the man’s anuncs were not life threat-
ening.



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THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2009

OBITUARIES
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IN TODAY’S TRIBUNE









ABOVE: Police stand at the crime tape at the site of the shooting yesterday.
LEFT: Crime scene officers at the scene of the shooting.

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TA aM TTC
thousands out of
govt and businesses’

AN ELABORATE and
complex scheme, allegedly,
utilised by some corrupt Cus-
toms officers and brokerage
agents, has milked govern-
ment and local businesses out
of hundreds of thousands of
dollars, it was suggested yes-
terday,

In documents obtained by
The Tribune it was claimed
that-some senior customs offi-
cers were using a system
where. they knowingly entered:
the wrong rate of duty.for a
list of items, some of which
were even duty free, —

| allegedly in an effort to skim
off the top the difference in
what was really owed and
what was actually paid.

In one instance,:a $10,000
fee was fixed to.a shipment. of
elevator parts for BahaMar.
However this resort develop-
ment is allowed to bring in all
equipment and supplies duty
and stamp tax free.

Also.empty containers were
brought in through Global

Unexpected turn

over Senator
appointments
declaration.

a By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter —_-

THE appeal hearing over a
declaration by Chief Justice Sir
Burton ‘Hall on the appoint-
ments of former FNM Senator
Anthony Musgrove and Sena-
tor, Tanya Wright did not pro-
ceed as expected yesterday after
lawyer ‘Paul Adderley claimed
he had'not been provided “in a
timely manner” with all of the
necessary documents for the
case.

Mr ‘Adde ley, aed represents
Opposition leader’ Perry

that he had only, received the
record, which was filed on Feb-
ruary 13, on Monday, without
the transcripts. He‘had received
the transcript of the proceedings
Tuesday afternoon.,He added
that he had not had time to
examine the transcripts and was

plete, claiming that a court
reporter was not always present

SEE page 11 SEE page nine



i By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net_.







stions.*

SEE page 10

| Former prime minister says.
allegations ‘very serious’

DESPITE denials of nepotism in the
granting of Crown land by the Director. of
Lands and Surveys, former prime minister
Perry Christie said he considers the allega-
tions against the ministry official “very, very
serious” and “deserving of inquiry.” .
Focusing attention on current: Prime Minister Hubert Ingr
ham, who signéd off on four of the five controversial prop’
transactions. at Exuma, he suggested this newspaper’ s findings
“may be a matter entirely for Ingraham to explain.”
| . Mr Christie expressed his support for the FNM leader pro:
viding a “full and frank” statement on the situation.
Meanwhile, both Mr Ingraham and Minister*of Lands “and
Local Government Byron Woodside yesterday declined to com-
ment on the articles that alleged an abuse of power on the part
of Director Tex Turnquest: Mr Turnquest denied the allega-

The PLP chief’s comments came after documents surfaced
showing that five adjacent parcels of beachfront property in
Exuma, ranging from 34,000 square feet to 17,750 square feet,
|, were granted to family and friends of Mr Turnquest between
2001 and 2003, each for between $1,270 and. $2,340.
Four properties received final approval from Mr Ingraham in
2001, while the last, granted in 2003, bears Huo Prime Minister




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Legislation tabled»
with a view towards
BIC privatisation

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff
Reporter
alowe@
tribunemedia.net

WITH a view to con-.
cluding BTC’s privatisa-
tion in’ “a short time-
frame”, Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham yes-
terday tabled three
pieces of legislation to
provide the regulatory
framework necessary to
govern the telecommunications
sector once the process is com-
pleted.

Mr Ingraham told parliament |
the Electronic Communications

Bill, the Utilities Regulation and
Competition Authority Bill and
the Utilities Appeal Tribunal Bill
will bring the Bahamas up to
speed. with “international stan-
dards and best practices in the
sector.”

Expressing government’s inten-
tion to implement the new regu-
latory regime “without delay”,
Mr Ingraham said ‘debate will

‘begin on the legislation on May 4

and should be concluded by May
‘he:
Immediately after the parlia-
mentary process is completed, Mr
Ingraham said it is government’s
intention “to proceed with the
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- “BTC has been read-
ied for this exercise for
the last several months
and the necessary sale
documentation and due
diligence is substantially
in place to allow for an
efficient PIOCR es he
said.

-Extolling the virtues

of a competitive
telecommunications
industry versus the
monopoly on mobile
phone services and “near.monop-
oly” on the provision of fixed line
phone services that currently
exists in the Bahamas, the prime
minister said benefits flowing
from privatisation include: Sig-
nificantly higher quality of ser-
vice, lower prices, enhanced
choices in products and services
to the consumer, and more jnno-
vation by companies competing
to maintain and increase cus-
tomer loyalty.

“These factors are particularly
critical to a setvices-based econ-
omy such.as that of the Bahamas.
The Bahamas has, for many
years, been deprived of thesé ben-
efits which only a dynamic, pri-
vately-driven market can deliv-

r,” added the Prime Minister.

He said government is looking .

for a “well-resourced entity with

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ugitive caught after

21 years on the run

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“AFTER 21 years on the run,
a Michigan man convicted of
sfrauding the US Defence
Departinent returned to a Vir-
ginia courtroom Tuesday to






appear at his 1988 sentencing,
ral prosecutors said,
according to Associated Press.

not guilty to the charge. He
was found after authorities in
Nassau, Bahamas, picked him
uf on an immigration visa vio-
Rhee and he was returned to
the United States last month,
aéting US ‘Attorney Dana J

Boente said. Officials were

ufisure how long Curtiss had
been i in the country.
‘Prosecutors said Curtiss,
who was barred from govern-
ment contracting in 1984,
opablighed a sham operation



face aicharge of failure to

John C Curtiss, 65, pleaded |



Authorities in Nassau picked man

up on an immigration visa violation



in which his wife and a friend
bid on government contracts
on his behalf. He sold inferior
electrical products to the mili-
tary that he made in a work-
shop at his Warren, Mich.
home.

Curtiss was charged in Vir-
ginia because his contract was
with the Defence General Sup-
ply Centre in Richmond.

"John Curtiss committed a

deplorable act when he know- |
‘ingly provided inferior quali-

ty goods to the Department of
Defence," said Sharon Woods,
director of the Defence Crim-
inal Investigative Service.
Woods added: "Substandard



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were utilised in critical mili-
tary weapon systems designed
to protect our nation. Rather
than take responsibility for his
actions, Curtiss chose to flee

‘the United States and ‘to live.

under an assumed identity."

Martin Stidham,. enforce-
ment director for the US Mar-
shals Service in eastern Vir-
ginia, said a fingerprint match
through Interpol led them to
Curtiss, who had told authori-
ties in the Bahamas that he
was Australian. .

Authorities said he will be

tried July 14 on the charge of .

failure to appear. He also is
scheduled to be sentenced the
same day in US District Court
in Richmond on the 21 fraud
counts.

He faces up to 105 years in
prison and millions in fines for
the 1988 convictions, along
with five years and a $250,000
fine if he's convicted of failure
to appear.

The contracts were valued
at about $184,000 at the time,
authorities said. The military
used the products in a variety
of applications, including sub-
marines, aircraft and radar.

Curtiss' attorney, Amy
Austin of the federal public
defender's office, said her
client has the right to appeal
his 1988 convictions after he is
sentenced, but it's too early to
say what they will do.

"We're still in the initial ©

stages of.finding our feet

- here," she said.

US District Judge Richard
Williams ordered Curtiss held
until sentencing.

Curtiss did not.object to the
detention, Austin said.

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potcake is offering a reward for
her return.
Anyone with information on
this dog’s whereabouts is asked
to call: 393- 1946.

Boutique resort
gains international
recognition

EMERALD Palms, a boutique
resort on the island of South
Andros gained international
recognition in the spring 2009 edi-
tion of Destination Weddings and
Honeymoons.

The popular travel magazine
for brides and grooms, which
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a dream destination wedding or
romantic honeymoon, featured
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THE TRIBUNE

THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2009, PAGE 3



9
House debates new

pharmacy legislation



Magistrate paises
concern over
persons detained
for longer than
ordered by court

A MAGISTRATE yes-
terday expressed concern
over prison officials detain-
ing persons for longer
than the court ordered
them to be remanded for.

Four men charged in
connection with a major
drug seizure in Exuma ear-
lier this month were
expected back in court yes-
terday, however, they were
not brought down from
Her Majesty’s Prison.

Magistrate Carolita
Bethel expressed concern
over this, noting that
prison officials do not have
the authority to keep the
men detained longer than

she had remanded them
for.

Garnette Augustus Nev-
ell, 48, alias George
Brown, of Sandy Bay,
Clarendon, Jamaica; Ken-
worth Smith, 32, of
Behring Point, Andros;
Valentino Johnson, 33; of
Sutton Street, and Omar
Chisholm, 31, of
Yamacraw Estates, have
been charged in connection
with the seizure of 945
pounds of marijuana which
has an estimated street val-
ue of $945,000.

The men have been
charged with conspiring to
import and possess mari-
juana, as well-as. the

In brief







importation and possession :

of marijuana. It is alleged:
in court dockets that the’
men, being concerned with
others, conspired between
Monday, March 16, and
Sunday, April 12, while at
BarraTerre, Exuma, to
possess and import a quan-
tity of marijuana.

It is.also alleged that the
accused imported the drugs
and were in possession of
the drugs with intent to
supply them to others.

Nevell has pleaded guilty
to the-eharges whilevhis:co-
accused HaNe pleaded not
guilty:~ mae

It's alsh aitesed th
between Sunday, April 5; :
and:Monday; March 6,
while at'Highbourn Cay,
Exuma, the men stole a
2002 model 28-foot Intre-

id speedboat valued at.
100,000, which belonged
to Robin Norquay.’
_ Allthe men have plead-
ed not guilty to the charge.
They are expected to
appear in court today.

Water gushing
from pipe outside
of the Governor —
General's office







:

‘ALTHOUGH technically the

most powerful figure in the
country, it appears the Gover-
nor General is powerless to stop

the flow of water gushing from

a.damaged pipe in front.of his
Deveaux Street office.

Staff at the office say they
have been calling the Water and :

Sewerage Corporation since
Monday, but nothing has been
done. *

And while the Senile | in the
Deveaux Street area continue
to deal with flooded:streets and
sidewalks, the residents of
Camperdown ‘Heights are wish-
ing some of that seeming

expendable resource would flow :
their way — as they have been }
without a reliable water supply ;

for around two months.

A resident of Camperdown }
told The Tribune yesterday that ‘:
their water situation is so dire at :
the moment that they often do }

not have sufficient pressure to
wash their hands.

“We have to wash our hands
with Aquapure. Our clothes are

piling up because we simply do
not have enough water to wash: }

them. There is not enough pres-
sure to even run the shower.

You can try and put some water ;
in the bath tub, but it takes half :
an hour to get it to maybe three :

inches,” the resident said.

The Camperdown resident

claimed that each time she has
contacted the Water and Sew-

erage Corporation over the past i
eight weeks, she has been given :

the run-around.

“One man told me we have a }

blockage; it’s not a blockage, it
affects the whole neighbour-

hood. (On Tuesday) I was told ¥

there is still a problem with the

boat from Andros bringing

water,” she said.

A message left for the Water

and Sewerage Corporation yes-

terday was not returned before .. :

press time last night.

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

REACTING to pressure from within
the pharmaceutical industry, government
yesterday began debate in the House of
Assembly on new legislation intended to
regulate and control the practice of phar-

macy in the Bahamas.

Supported by parliamentarians on both
sides as an “extremely timely” piece of
legislation which will help protect con-
sumers, the Pharmacy Bill will provide a
legal basis for pharmacists, pharmacy
technicians, their businesses-and related
facilities to be held to certain standards,

or face penalties.

The new legislation is also expected to help cut
down on the growing number of counterfeit drugs
entering the Bahamian market, which can be dan-
gerous or ineffectual in treating ailments, and reduce
the possibility of pharmacists over-prescribing drugs.

It will also outlaw the growing practice of selling
pharmaceuticals over. the internet.

Opposition spokesman for. health Dr Bernard
Nottage said yesterday that online purchasing of
pharmaceuticals can be very dangerous as patients
are prescribed drugs without ever coming in contact

with a physician.

The Bill repeals the Pharmacy Act of 1962 and all
sections of the Health Professions Act relating to
Pharmacy and provides for the establishment of an
eight-member Bahamas Pharmacy Council.

Among the responsibilities of the Council will be
“establishing, developing and maintaining standards \
of knowledge, skills and.ethics” for practitioners.

It will also have ie power to register pharmacists

Dr Bernard Nottage



and their facilities, and to suspend or
revoke licenses if the same are found to
not be acting in the best interest of the
general public.

The Council members will include a
registrar, who will maintain a register of
all licensed pharmacists, pharmacy tech-
nicians and interns, as well as all busi-
nesses or facilities that operate as phar-
macies, that act as wholesale distributors
of drugs or manufacture drugs.

Meanwhile, the Bill also creates the
new position of Pharmacy Inspector. :

The person holding this position will
have the right to enter and inspect any
pharmaceutical establishment believed
to be operating in contravention of the

Act, and to investigate complaints.

_ While the former Act only demands that the own-
er of a pharmacy secure a business license to oper-
ate, the new law will demand that the facilities are
being operated in a manner conducive to the health
and safety of patients.

‘If this is not being done, then the Council can

suspend or revoke the certificate of registration.

Minister of Health Dr Hubert Minnis said in par- -
liament yesterday: “It is important that. legislative
changes be made to ensure that pharmacy profes-
‘sionals are equipped with the proper rules and reg-

ulations that will improve practice standards and

advances.”

maximise optimal patient outcomes.”

The Pharmacy Act of 1962 has long been deemed
outdated as.a tool to regulate the industry.

Dr Minnis said that in past 10 years “the
profession of pharmacy has seen significant .
changes in the scope of practice, qualifications, new
treatment modalities and emerging technological

Extension to Turks and Caicos report
deadline ‘an opportunity for consensus’

a By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter -
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

THE recently extended deadline
for the final Commission of Inquiry
report into corruption claims in the
Turks and Caicos Islands is an
opportunity for that country's polit-
ical.parties to come to a consensus
over Britain's move to suspend their
constitution and impose direct rule,
former Minister of Foreign Affairs
Fred Mitchell said yesterday.

Mr Mitchell; MP for Fox Hill,
told The Tribune that he thinks the
extension also leaves room for the

(US Brits t6 réthink' their decision! °""
‘ly anticipated ‘Commission of
“Inquiry report into allegations:ef

When asked if'he-thought the
fension wilkaffect CARICOM's
Starice-on the Turks and Caicos
issue, Mr Mitchell said: "It's difficult
to say because CARICOM has not
said what the outcome of the con-

’ versations have been down in

Trinidad, and it seems that CARI-
COM can make a more vigorous
stance (towards Britain's decision.)”

Last week, regional leaders were _

expected to continue discussions on
Turks and Caicos’ position on the
sidelines of the Fifth Annual
Summit of the Americas in
Trinidad.

Mr Mitchell called on Prime Min-
ister Hubert Ingraham to make a
full report on what was discussed
at that conference regarding the

. Turks and Caicos Islands.

Director General of Foreign
Affairs Joshua Sears, who was part
of the Bahamian delegation to

__ Trinidad, said regional leaders reit-
‘erated that they are closely moni-

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cating that the people of Turks and
Caicos not be compromised during
the suspension of their constttution.

"CARICOM heads of govern-
ment and caucus had discussed the
issue and in fact met with the Chief
Minister Mr (Galmo) Williams who
was in Trinidad as well. The prime

‘minister said CARICOM and the

British government are. watching
the situation very’ closely and
expressed the view that the will of
the people not be compromised.”
On Tuesday, Governor of Turks
and Caicos Gordon Wetherell
granted another extension to the
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Mr Wetherell said the extension _

was granted to allow the Commis-

sion, led by Sir Robin Auld, the «

time needed to do its job properly.

The éxtension also gives recipi-
ents the opportunity to make rep-
resentations to the Commission, Mr
Wetherell said.

Although the ‘deadline is now
May 31, it is expected that the
report will be submitted before
then.

A preliminary report revealed
what is alleged to be wide-spread
corruption in the upper echelons of
government in the Turks and
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EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

The Tribune Limited

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

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

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

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

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, CMG, M.S.; B.A., LL.B.

Publisher/Editor 1972-

Published Daily. Monday to Saturday

Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas
Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama

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Do the mixed messages from Cuba's cur-
Tent and former presidents reflect the commu-
nist leadership's resistance to moving too quick-
ly? Or are they a ploy for leverage ahead of
any talks? As the White House ponders. its
next move, the question of who calls the shots in
Cuba is less clear than ever.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ©

described the delicate situation in comments

‘ to Congress on Wednesday, saying the Obama
administration needs to be ready to engage with
Cuba, even though its government "is one that
is very difficult to move.

Noting Fidel "contradicted" his brother in an
essay published earlier Wednesday, she said,
"I think you can see there is beginning to be’ a
debate."

Some Cuban dissidents put a more negative
spin on the brothers' messages.

"Raul Castro says one thing and Fidel: comes
out in subsequent days and says the opposite,"
said Miriam Leiva, founder of a Havana-based
support group for the wives and mothers of
Cuban political prisoners. "It's no way to run a
government."

Fidel, 82, clearly sought to diminish expec-

tations of a thaw in Cuba-U.S. relations with his, .

latest column, which asserted that President
Barack Obama "misinterpreted" Raul's seem-
ingly conciliatory statements last week.

At issue was Raul's declaration that his gov-

ernment is ready to discuss "everything, every- .

thing, everything" with U.S. negotiators, includ-
ing human rights and freedom of the. press in
Cuba and the 205 dissidents its government is
accused of jailing.

Obama responded warmly at the Summit of

the Americas, saying perhaps the U.S. isready-

for a new beginning with Cuba. But he also
’. said that as a sign of good will, Cuban authori-
ties should release political prisoners and reduce

a 10 per cent tax on the U.S. dollars that Cuban; ”

Americans send to support relatives on. the
island.

That angered Fidel, who called Obama's
analysis of Cuban policy "superficial" and said
the U.S. leader had no right to suggest even
small concessions. ngs

_ Obama "without a doubt misinterpreted
Raul's declarations," Fidel wrote, without
explaining exactly what he supposedly misun-
derstood.

Fidel defended the government's right to
tax dollars received by Cubans, a levy that he

_ says is spent on social needs like food, medicine
and other goods.

Fidel did not directly. contradict Raul, and he
defended his brother's comments, saying they
showed "courage and confidence."

Still, the Castro brothers have clearly adopt- -

ed.different tones, if not policy positions. That
could mean there is a division within Cuba's

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collective communist leadership over whether
detente is moving too fast. Or the leaders could
be trying to create an appearance of friction
that keeps Cuba in the news and may become a
bargaining chip:in any negotiations with the
US.

"It's a game of political strategy," said Elizar-
do Sanchez, the island's leading rights activist
and head of the Cuban Commission for Human
Rights and National Reconciliation.

Sanchez praised Obama's decision to lift U.S.
restrictions on money and travel to Cuba by
people with family on the island.

"Now is the time for pragmatic steps like
those the United States has taken because the
Cuban government has done nothing," he said.

Fidel has been publishing his "reflections"
nearly every day, and will likely continue, but
Raul isn't likely to respond. The 77-year- -old
has been president since Fidel formally stepped
down due to illness last year, but he does not
write commentaries and rarely even gives
speeches or addresses the media.

This raises questions about who is really in
charge. "Here, Fidel has always made the final
decisions," Leiva said. "He is provoking and
impeding, creating a confrontation between the
two countries because that's what Cuba uses
to justify its repressive policies."

_ -Leiva's husband, Oscar Espinosa Chepe, was
a state-trained economist who became a dissi-
dent and was among 75: political opposition

- leaders arrested in 2003 and convicted on

charges of conspiring with Washington to under-
mine the communist system. He has since been
freed on medical parole, one of 21 prisoners
from the group now out of prison...

Raul suggested last year that. Cuba.would.be

willing to free more political prisoners ina swap.

for five Cuban spies imprisoned in the United

States. So in some ways it didn't break new

ground for him to offer last week to trade "all"
such prisoners and send them and their families

to America in exchange for the five Cubans

convicted of espionage.

Even Fidel defended the idea in his latest
essay, writing that "no one should feel aston-
ished that Raul spoke about’ pardoning those
who were convicted in March 2003 and about
sending them all to the United States, should
that country be willing to release the five Cuban
anti-terrorism heroes."

Still, some Cubans were irritated Wednesday
by Fidel's insistence that Obama misinterpret-
ed the Cuban president's sentiments.

"These are contradictions that go against
the people. They go against working people,
suffering people," said Wilfredo O'Farril, a 59-
year-old construction worker.

"I'm not afraid’ to say it. We are a people
without a future," he said, adding that Fidel
"first says one thing, then says another. We've

_ been this way for 50 years."

(This article was written by Will Weissert of
the Associated Press).

Public transport
esson from the
US and Canada

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Are you well travelled? How
many countries have you visit-
ed? «Five? 10? 20?

Well, Editor, I have only vis-
ited three countries in my 43
years on this earth. And two of
them have been industrialised
countries — America and Cana-
da. But, notwithstanding my
limited travel experiences, I
have come to the conclusion
that the manner in which the
citizenry of the different cities
within these countries utilise
their public transportation is
comforting and efficient. You
see Americans and Canadians,
upon entering a public bus, pay
the driver (with exact change)
before taking their seat. There is
no confusion as to your ability
to pay when you would have
already reached your destina-
tion; and there is no cumber-
someness with regards to pay-
ment with non-exact change.

However, in The Bahamas it
is markedly different. I have
been advised that there are laws
on the “books” of The Bahamas
that regulate the payment of
fares on public transportation,

‘which include mandatory pay-

ment of (exact) fares before tak-
ing your seat to ride the bus.
But does that happen? Very
rarely. The popular culture in
The Bahamas is to pay your
fare after you would have
reached your destination and
exiting the bus. It is also com-
mon in The Bahamas for bus
drivers to offer change to pas-
sengers who do not carry exact
fares. Should it be that way? I






ewe sts

letters@tribunemedia.net

contend that it should not!
These modern practices of our
riding public causes our public

_transportation system to be
uncomfortable and inefficient.

However, I am not naive. I
know the reasons why our citi-
zens engage in the practice of
paying their fare after and not
before.

Almost everybody pays after-
ward; and if I pay before, I don’t

_ know if the driver will remem-

ber that I have already paid.

If I pay before, and the bus
does not reach my. destination
(for whatever reason), will I get
my money back so that I can
take another bus?

These are legitimate reasons
to pay your fare afterward and
not before.

However, might I suggest to
the Road Traffic Department
that it engage itself in.a com-
prehensive and ubiquitous
advertising campaign for one
year, the purpose of which
would be to encourage the pub-

lic to pay their fares before.

entering a bus..A part of the
encouragement should include:

e A reminder that it is the
law;

e Educating Bahamians, res-
idents, and tourists who now
probably do not know, and I
have been advised, that paying
your fare before riding the bus
entitles you to insurance cover-

age. Non-paying passengers are
not covered by public bus insur-
ance carriers in the event there
is a serious accident.

e An assurance that passen-
gers will get a refund in the
event the bus is unable to trans-
port them to their intended des-
tination.

The fare for taking a bus is
now $1.25 (April 21, 2009).
Educate the riding public that

‘the department will “artificially”

increase the fare for taking pub-

lic transportation to $2.00 (a

suggestion). Passengers will only
be required to pay $2.00 if they
choose to pay after reaching
their destination or if they pay
in a manner which would
require change being offered by

- the bus driver. Otherwise they

would be required to pay the
$1.25. -

. Educate the riding public that
the department will cause to be
fashioned and subsequently
cause to be offered unique bus
tokens for sale throughout the
country that would serve as cur-
rency to ride the bus (a sugges-

‘ tion).

It is my considered opinion
that this (suggested) “artificial”
fare increase and this (suggest-
ed) advertising campaign would
serve to cause the (now) prac-
tice of paying afterward to cease
in The Bahamas, and our public
transportation system would
become more in line with “the
first world.”

MARVIN G
LIGHTBOURN
Nassau,

April 21, 2009.

Tings Bahamian, things foreign

EDITOR, The Tribune.

“Tings Bahamian over things foreign is an issue
which will divide this towit from head to toe on
many a day but if we forget we have to develop
tings Bahamian over things foreign we had better do
that at the port of entry of the majority of our visi-
tors — tourists — The Lynden Pindling Interna-

tional Airport.

NAD in recent weeks has granted food conces-
sions to two food franchises which are American
through and through and have absolutely nothing to

do with Tings Bahamian.

Dunkin Donuts is American as the Stars and
Stripes flag of the USA and Wendys franchise also
but over all Bahamian restaurants and confectioners
who could create as simple a product as a donut I

guess as usual foreign is better!

I have become so cynical as to the Ministry of. -
Tourism. I honestly suggest they need to change
. Everything in the Bahamas is
becoming more and more foreign so you will feel at

their slogan to..

home! What a horrible message that Bahamian tings
ain’t no good! Now the fuss over Sir Lynden.....to my

knowledge there is no restriction for the Governor-
‘General, a Prime Minister, a’ Cabinet Minister to
have been born in the Bahamas — they are required
to be Bahamian citizens but do you realise I think a
Commissioner of Police and the Chief Justice and
President of the Court of Appeal do not have to be
citizens of The Bahamas.
I am ashamed that the Minister of Tourism &
Aviation will not have directed that without fail
concéssions of any kind at Lynden Pindling must be

Bahamian products not US foreign franchises. Do

airport.

Nassau,

April 8, 2009.

we really need Harley Davidson “T’ shirts?

It frightens this observer as to what will come to
the Government’s intentions for Bay Street if this is
what they are allowing at the gateway of our prime

ABRAHAM MOSS

Come on marine patrol, give us a break!

EDITOR, The Tribune.

We have been going out on

our boats and cruising along for
two to three hours.

Pe od

PRE-OWNED
CARS & TRUCKS

When we are returning home
(we have to go through Nassau
Harbour) the marine patrol
come.and pull us over.

This is the fourth time it has
happened.

« And it is always the same two
men.

_I was one day fishing and I
saw the same man fishing right
next to me!

They pull us over, because
we look foreign. ,

Come on now, do they really
have to pull us over every time,
asking us for registration and
what not?

Do they have a number of
people that they have to pull
over in order to get paid?

Can we do something about
this?

AC
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WMO hurricane
committee gets
underway

ricane committee opened on Mon-

LOCAL NEWS

Former minister criticises BTC




zeman for f educing phone Car d discount

day with a reminder of the impact :
global warming can have on island :
nations like the Bahamas.

The melting of the polar ice caps :
resulting in a steady rise in sea lev-. }
els “should be of major concern” }
to Bahamians, said Arthur Rolle, :
director of the Department of }
Meteorology. : i

He noted that about 80 per cent :
of the Bahamas is only “slightly” :
above sea level. :

“Climate warming and the melt-
ing of polar ice means sea levels

will rise and once that happens our : -

islands will experience a lot of }
inundation,” said Mr. Rolle, also :
the permanent representative of :
the Bahamas with the WMO. :
“And over time some of our :
islands will disappear. i

“We have to adapt through
public awareness. For example, as :
the sea level rises, there will be a }
need to have homes built away :
from the coastline.” 5 eke

The opening session at Wynd- :
ham Nassau Resort also heard :
from Bill Read, chairman of the :
R A IV Hurricane Committee; :
Miguel Angel Rabiolo, WMO :
regional director for the Americas; :
and Phenton Neymour, MP and :
Minister of State in the Ministry of :
the Environment. :

Successful

This meeting follows the suc- ;
cessful Bahamas Weather Con- «:
ference, World Meteorological :
Day and World Water Day. i

These occasions provided “great :
opportunities” for the Department :
of Meteorology to further impress :
upon the nation the gravity of trop- :
ical cyclones, said Mr Neymour. :
The hurricane season begins June :
1. i



“The Bahamas has learned its :
lessons well in that the risks asso- :
ciated with tropical cyclones and :
other related hazards along coastal i
areas could be greatly reduced :
through early warning systems and :
emergency preparedness,” said Mr :
Neymour. ~ i

The national meteorological ser-. :
vice is fulfilling its role by using a :
sound network of meteorological :
surveillance tools which provides :
automatic weather observation on :
14 major islands, and includes an :
upper air station, lightening data. :
networks, a wave data buoy, a }
Doppler weather radar, and strate- :
gically placed sea-level monitor- '
ing stations. :







FORMER minister of works
and utilities Bradley.Roberts has
hit out at BTC for reducing the
discount offered to wholesalers of
prepaid cellular phone cards, say-
ing the decision will result in a
major drop-off in revenue for
street vendors.

Mr Roberts noted that those
who are licensed to sell the cards
have been advised in writing that
their contracts have been can-
celled and that new contracts will
be issued, which will become
effective on May 18.

“Despite the public relations
exposé in the April 17 edition of
the Tribune Business Section,
some vendors have received
advance information that BTC’s
new vendors contract will be
issued to reflect the new discount
rate of 15 per cent compared with
the old: rate of 25 per cent,” Mr
Roberts claimed in a statement
issued yesterday.

He said this represents the
largest reduction in the discount
rate since prepaid cell phone cards
were introduced in 2001.

“The intent is obvious; BTC
wishes to enhance its level of prof-

' itability since its net profit in 2008

declined almost 50 per cent when
compared with 2007,” he said.

“The large number of street
vendors engaged in the sale of
prepaid cell cards can be seen all
over New Providence and in some
of the Family Islands. Many of
these persons are victims of the
downturn in the economy and are
making an honest living selling
phone cards, apart from a few
who have been harassed by the
police,” Mr Roberts said.

“Tt will not take a rocket scien-
tist to conclude that BTC’s deci-
sion to sharply reduce the dis-
count rate will adversely impact
the large number of persons
engaged in the sale of phone cards
who are earning a living to take
care of themselves and their fam-
ilies.”

The former minister explained
that BTC first introduced the pre-
paid phone card in December
2001 and vendors were
approached in an effort to make

.the cards available to customers,

improve BTC’s customer services
and public relations, partner with
Bahamian businesses and create
wealth for Bahamians.

He said that in 2002 discounts
for vendors amounted to about

Ce Roberts

$3.5 million.

In 2008, the discounts totalled
about $33.2 million, compared to
$27.3 million in 2007.

At the same time, Mr Roberts
noted, prepaid revenues grew
from: $135.8 million in 2007 to
$144.4 million in 2008.

He said that initially, the dis-
count rate started at 35 per cent
for a few vendors, but was
reduced by “a reasonable
amount” to 25 per cent during his
tenure as minister. :

“T strongly appeal to the minis-
ter responsible for BTC to have
the decision. revisited, especially
against the back-drop of the high-

. ly likely depressing consequences

on the large numbers employed
in this business,” Mr Roberts said.

“No caring government with its
eyes wide open should support
large numbers of Bahamians
being pushed to join the unprece-
dented high numbers already on
the unemployment rolls in our
Bahamaland.”

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Investing in culture in the Bahamas

y OU MIGHT not know it,
but there is a fire burning
among artists and intellectuals who
believe we are in grave danger of
losing our cultural heritage — all the
things that make us Bahamian.

They say that the products of
Bahamian culture — our music, the-
atre, literature, art, buildings and
folkways — are under-rated, under-
supported and under threat.

More to the point, they argue
that the disintegration of our cultur-
al attractions over the years has led
to a tourism product so barren and
boring that one trip up a deteriorat-





ing Bay Street completes a visit.

According to architect Pat Rah-
ming, the services that deliver a
unique experience are what makesa
destination successful. And in our
case, those services — defined as
tours, attractions and entertainment
— have been allowed "to crumble,
rot, or go out of business."

In other words, there is no
Bahamian brand, a term which refers
to how we package and market the

Bahamian way of life — the things.

that distinguish us from other coun-
tries, and that are expressed through
the cultural products mentioned
above.

Sun, sand and sea do not distin-
guish the Bahamas from similar des-
tinations, the argument goes. So
rather than spending millions every
year on foreign advertising, we
should be investing more in business
and brand development locally.

"We must commit resources to

create an environment rich with’

opportunities to share the unique-
ness of the Bahamas through the
development of attractions," Rah-
ming says. "Cultural activity must be
acknowledged as the primary prod-
uct in the business that drives (or
should drive) our economy."

Or, to put it in the appropriate
intellectual context, as stated by the

African writer Léopold Sédar Seng-
hor, "culture is at the beginning and
the end of development."

_ This context can be monetarized
too. In most developed economies
cultural industries account for 2-5
per cent of GDP and have generated
consistent and stable growth. In
some major destinations, cultural

tourism is estimated to be as high as _,

40 per cent of annual visitor arrivals.

A.recent study commissioned by
Canada's Heritage Department, for
example, reckoned that arts and cul-
ture contributed $46 billion directly
to the Canadian economy in 2007,
but the overall impact of the sector
was a much broader $84.6 billion.
That study attributed more than a
million jobs to arts and culture or to
spinoff industries, such as tourism.

Currently, our Ministry of
Tourism spends most of its $91 mil-
lion budget overseas.

The Ministry of Culture has a $2
million allocation — less than
Bahamas Information Services —
and most of that goes to fund the
annual Junkanoo parades. The
remainder is used to finance festi-
vals throughout The Bahamas, main-
tain a “national theatre”, and run
the National Arts Festival.

To demonstrate their anger over
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staged a ‘Day of Absence' this past
February. It was based on a play by
Douglas Turner Ward, which told
the story of a small town in the
American South in which the white
inhabitants discover on a particular
day that all the black people have
disappeared.

What would happen, our activists
asked, if Bahamians woke up one
day and found that all the artists and
cultural workers had suddenly van-
ished? Wouldn't our world be a
poorer and sadder place?

ccording to former cul-

tural affairs director Nico-
lette Bethel (now a lecturer at the
College of The Bahamas), the Day
of Absence attempted to make the
point that Bahamian artists, musi-
cians, writers, actors, directors,
dancers, designers, craftworkers, you
name it — are marginalized, disre-
spected, and taken for granted.

"They are unable to find work
in the areas in which God has gifted
them. There are virtually no'avenues
in The Bahamas to enable creative
people to develop and hone their
talents, or to enable them to make
use of them when they are devel-
oped. Our greatest brain drain is
arguably in the area of the arts, and
culture has absolutely no respect in
the national discourse."

Fred Ferguson is a legendary
musician and producer, who was for
years a member of BahaMen — the
iconic Bahamian band that made a
big splash with their hit "Who Let
the Dogs Out". In 2003 Ferguson
started his own band — Tingum
Dem — and plays weekly at the
Tamarind Club on Harrold Road, a
venue that he opened with partner
Ronald Simms.

"The Bahamas is a tough mar-
ket for all entertainers," Ferguson
told me.

“Bahamians have very short
memories and there is a deep-rooted
lack of national pride, which our
leaders are not making any effort to
correct.

“They are only interested in
Bahamian music at election time."

According to Ferguson, "there's
no programme to develop music in
the Bahamas. Teachers train kids in
the schools and they come back to be

music teachers who train more kids.

to be music teachers. There's no way
for musicians to practice their cr:

By most accounts, this is a com-
plex and multi-dimensional issue.
Even Ferguson admits that enter-
tainers often price themselves out
of work and are notoriously tem-

peramental from a business stand-

point.
Other's say the problems faced
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ings of entitlement. Some veterans
have not produced creatively for
years, critics argue, yet they expect to
receive public support as a matter
of right.

"Government can create a sup-
portive environment but should not
be financing private ventures," one
tourism executive told me. "And

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mote themselves? Are they willing to
share the economic risk?" Why don't
the musicians provide some leader-
ship and vision of their own? Visual
artists have done well over the years
and are well supported by Bahami-

_.ans, why not musicians? What are

they doing collectively to come up
with a plan or strategy to help them-
sélves?"

Well, Ferguson's Tamarind Club
was set-up to do just that, playing
Bahamian and old school music in a
comfortable and controlled envi-
ronment, but although he has been
able to build something of an audi-

‘ ence, money is a constant headache.

“The truth is, I'm struggling to
keep my entertainment business
afloat.

“I'm facing some of the same chal-
lenges that Freddie Munnings Sr.
faced at the old Cat & Fiddle. My
partner and I have been trying des-
perately to acquire financing to
improve our business and to just
basically stay in operation, but
finance institutions have basically
closed the door in offering any form
of assistance."

That's true, according to one
banker we surveyed: "The enter-
tainment industry is financed large-
ly by equity capital, venture capital,
personal resources or love money
(friends and family). The risks asso-
ciated with this industry cannot be
priced in the traditional prime plus

markets serviced by commercial

banks."

For another perspective on this
issue we spoke to Devlynn Stubbs
(who goes by the name of Jah Doc-
trine). He is a young Bahamian song-
writer with a degree in philosophy
who is tackling the industry from a
different angle. He's been producing
music professionally for the past five
years, focusing on reggae, hip hop

and dance hall (see
myspace.com/jahdoctrine).
"I grew up in the church, which

stimulated my interest in music, and
I found I had an ability to write. But
it takes years of planning and train-
ing to make a living off this so you
really gotta do it for the love. Music
is my career but I need to get a job to
ing.

Stubbs says the local band circuit

is very limited. and even forming a.

band is a challenge, since musicians
want to be paid for. practice time.

live. You gotta get up and get hump:

LOWE'S

"But these days you have to go at
things differently," he told me. "You
don't form a band, get a venue, build
an audience and then cut a cd. You
can cut a cd yourself with a comput-
er and create a marketing buzz on
your own. But you still need to do
shows and perform."

Aside from the economics, the
larger issue is the loss of Bahamian
culture: "We do little or nothing to
maintain the things that make us cul- _
turally different," Ferguson says.
"There is an underlying sense of
embarrassment at being Bahamian.
We have to take a stand. We need
leadership and focus and a determi-
nation that our entertainment is
important to us. We need to put
some energy and funding into these -
matters and do things properly."

As former culture director Nico
Bethel put it: "For a generation and
a half — the entire time since Inde-
pendence — our national policies
have been shaped by a group of men
and a handful of women whose
actions and behaviour cumulatively"
suggest that they would rather erase
Bahamian culture than invest in it.
Our cultural industries are in effec-
tive decline."

Bethel (a sociologist whose late
father, Clement Bethel, was the
country's first and most eminent
director of culture) argues that the
government provides sporting facil-
ities throughout the country, has leg-
islation to promote hotels and gov-
ern education and health, but noth-
ing — either in law or on the ground
— to support, encourage or develop
artistic activity.

"We .can read the reports for our-
selves, and accept the idea that cul-
ture is the economic sector in which
to invest for nations that are still -
developing; or we can share the delu-
sions of our politicians, which con-
fuse the grandeur of the monstrosi-
ties that foreign investors build (and
usually protect behind gates and
bridges and visitor passes) with
development of a Bation and of a
people."

Bethel says she quit as director
because decision-makers won't take
culture seriously: "My father died at
49 and I have no intention of wasting
what could be the last years of my
life trying to get results out of a non- -
tesponsive, uncaring, and uninter-
ested public service, or . waiting for
the latest bright political spark to
make good on promises they never
intended to honour in. the.first
place."

Others may point out that it is
not the responsibility of government
to'make it easier for artists to make
a living, or to take care of musicians,
or subsidise straw vendors. In the
final analysis we ‘all have to be
responsible for our own livelihoods.

But the real issue here is one of

- judgment.

We already spend huge amounts -
of taxpayer dollars on packaging the. .
Bahamas overseas, while very little
thought or money is invested in the
product we are selling.

And it is an undeniable fact that
the average Bahamian vacation is
hollow, superficial, and not worth
the money that tourists pay for it.

What do you think?
Send comments to
larry@tribunemedia.net

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MP hits out at Brent
Symonette over
passport process

MINISTER of Foreign Affairs
Brent Symonette must be “taken
to task”. for his statement to the
press that he is doing the best he
can to speed up the passport
issuance process, MP Fred
Mitchell said yesterday.

Mr Mitchell, the opposition
spokesman on foreign affairs,
claimed that in some cases it is
taking up to four months for new
machine readable passports to
be issued to applicants.

. Citizens

“It is not good enough for the ,

foreign minister to have Bahami-
an citizens sitting in the sun, the
rain and for hours to get a pass-
port. If is not good enough to
say that we are doing the best
we can. It is simply not good
enough,” he said.

Earlier this week, Mr Symon-
ette explained that it has been
taking quite a while for the New
Providence Passport Office to
issue passports because staff have
been flooded with applications
and there is no space available in



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the building to expand the oper-
ation.

He said his ministry is looking
for a new building, and advised
the public to apply well in

advance of their planned travel _

dates to ensure that their appli-
cation is processed in time.
Meanwhile, Mr Mitchell: said

--he has a number of suggestions

on how to solve the problems at
the Passport Office.

He said Foreign. Affairs
should: :

° immediately buy new “high
use” commercial scanning
machines for New Providence,

tripling the present Capacity

° immediately order new com-
mercial computers for data entry,
tripling the present capacity.

° immediately, hire and train
staff — transferring from other
departments if necessary —
tripling the number of employees

e double equipment and
staffing in Grand Bahama and
the northern Bahamas

® recruit “on an emergency
basis” two receptionists for each
office to deal with telephone
inquiries ‘

form the harbour floor during the April 4 clean-up. The National Coastal
Awareness Committee is hosting another harbour clean-up this Saturday at

Malcolm Park starting at 9am.

National.Coastal Awareness
Committee hosts national
T-Shirt day, harbour clean-up

THE Coastal Awareness Committee of the Bahamas, a group of
‘stakeholders from the private and public sectors with an interest in pro-
moting the sustainable development of the Bahamas, will be hosting a
National T-shirt Day this Friday and a second clean-up of Nassau

Harbour on Saturday.

“This Friday, we will be hosting a National T-shirt Day and we are
calling on all corporate citizens to demonstrate their organisation’s com-
mitment to the sustainable use of our precious coastal assets by asking
staff members to purchase and wear our T-shirts on Friday,” said Earl-
ston McPhee, committee chairman and director of sustainable tourism
development for the Ministry of Tourism.

“We must recognise and appreciate the fact that without the pristine
-environment we have been blessed with we would not be enjoying the
quality of life being experienced today. Our future depends on our abil-
ity to manage these resources today. It is imperative that we reinvest
in this resource that has been so good to us,” he said.

Additionally, the committee is asking the public to join them in
their second clean-up this year of Nassau harbour on Saturday, April
25 from 9am to 1pm at Malcolm Park.

The National Coastal Awareness Committee, which is now is its fifth
year, has increased the number of activities scheduled for April which
is officially National-Coastal Awareness Month in the Bahamas. The

public is invited to participate.

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joining the service. ,

Prosecutors say Wine acknowledged sending
the e-mail in an:interview with the Secret Service
and spoke about how the threat could be carried
out. Nathan’s lawyers say he was off his medication
for two months when he made the threat.

A federal judge ordered Wine held without bail.

A FLORIDA man accused of threatening to
kill President Barack Obama has pleaded not
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e establish proper shelters and
sanitary faculties at the offices
in Nassau and Freeport

¢ make Freeport an additional
issuing station with its own print-
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° conduct a review identifying
expected “bubbles of activity” —
for example the summer, spring
break and Christmas. At these
times, the Kendal Isaacs Gym
and the Christ the King Hall in
Freeport can be rented by the
government to deal with the
flood of applications.

°-set as a target the delivery
of a Bahamian passport to each
applicant within three days by
September 2009 and within one
day by September 2010, with
emergency passports available
within one hour by December
2009.

Mr Mitchell added: “The
advice is free but whether he
takes this advice or not, he can-
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New Providence
cleanup progresses

@ By GLADSTONE THURSTON
Senior Information Officer
Bahamas Information Services

THE Environment Ministry’s beautifi-
cation programme is being embraced by
New Providence’s traditional communi-

ties.

Teanis of trucks and bulldozers moved
through Bain’s Town, Grant’s Town, and
Farm Road this week demolishing aban-
doned buildings, cleaning overgrown lots,

’ and carting away derelict vehicles, house-
hold appliances, and other refuse.

_ Department of Environmental Health
Services’ chief works controller Robin
Wright said he is pleased with the results
so far.

“It has gotten off toa very good start.
The community response has been very
good. We found that where there jis a
regular cleaning pattern, then people
respond by keeping their surroundings
better,” he said.

“There is some scepticism in that some
people think this is just a temporary thing
and that it will not last.

“But we will be consistent with it and
the people will be happy with their sur-
roundings.”

Raphael Dean of Dean’s Cleaning and
Maintenance was contracted to assist in
the programme.

“It is a breath of fresh air for these
densely populated communities and the
residents are very happy,” he said.

“One lady has threatened to call the
police for anyone she sees dumping in
the communities.”

The Bahamas Electricity Corporation

Tender

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BAILEY TOWN, BIMINI

The Bahamas Electricity Corporation invites Tenders



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YOUNG PARTICIPANTS | in government’s beautification campaign do their part io keep their

communities clean.

A major challenge the Department of
Environmental Health Services initially
had was the availability of sufficient work-
ers. To help persons impacted by the
worldwide economic recession, it has
hired additional staff.

“With the number of people we now
have involved in this programme there
should not be a problem, especially with

- the planning that is being done from the
director’s office with regard to mainte-

nance,” Mr Wright said.
He and Mr Dean commended the atti-

tude of the young people employed i in
the programme.

“They have not been allowed to get
into a comfort zone where they are just
putting in a day’s work for a day’s pay,”

_ Said Mr Wright.

“They are actually really performing
and they are going beyond the call of
duty.”

Mr Dean added: “The programme i is
doing something for the work ethic: of.
these youngsters. These fellows are real-
ly working.”

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Mr. Kevin Basden, General Manager.
Bahamas Electricity Corporation
Executive Offices
Blue Hill & Tucker Roads
Nassau, Bahamas

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on or before May. 15, 2009
no later than 4:00 p.m.

Submissions should be marked as follows:
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Contact: Mrs. Delmeta Seymour at telephone 302-1158

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Businessman fights
for life after shooting

FROM page one

Turnquest. The two recently
made headlines over a pro-
tracted legal battle stemming
from a business fallout. |
Mr Jones is a:permanent res-
. ident of the Bahamas and pres-
‘ident of the Britannia Group.
... Meanwhile ‘police mounted
_can-island-wide search for the
gunman — described as a slim,
“ dark-complexioned male in dark
. clothing — who left the victim





‘lying in‘a pool of blood and fled. -

‘the.crime Scené on foot towards
“the area of Gambier Village.
“< Police’ said. a. brazen,
. unmasked gunman approached
“the victim on foot around 10
o'clock yesterday morning as
soon as he got out of his vehicle
dix the company’s parking lot
near Compass Point Studios on
West Bay Street. The gunman
then shot Mr Jones at least twice
— once in the head and then in
the body — before heading
south towards nearby Gambier
Village, police said. 5 eee
"Sometime shortly after 10
o’clock this morning a gentle-

man. was pulling up to one of:

_ the buildings, an investment
company on West Bay Street
just west of the Gambier Street

entrance. He (the victim) was
pulling up in a blue jeep and as
soon as he exited a man
approached him with a hand-
gun and fired at least two shots
at him, one hit him to the head
and one to the, body.

"He fell to the ground where
he lost a tremendous amount of
blood. He was taken to hospital
by ambulance," head of the
CDU's Homicide Squad Assis-
tant Superintendent Leon
Bethel told The Tribune.

Based on the nature of the

‘shooting, police believe Mr

Jones may have been the target
of an arranged hit. However,
they had not established a
motive for the shooting.

"From the reports we're get-
ting it’s obvious ‘that this man

was targeted," said ASP Bethel,

adding that it was possible that

“the: gunman knew the victim's -

routine. "If someone shoots you
to the head it's obvious that they
want you dead (but) we do not
know why he was shot in that
manner," he said.
.Persons.in.the area saw a sus-
picious man loitering in the area
before the shooting whose
description is consistent with the
gunman's, he added. He said it
was too early to tell if Mr Jones
was robbed. He said officers at

the scene were unable to ques-
tion the unresponsive victim.
The permanent resident who
is well known in financial cir-
cles was taken to hospital where
he was rushed into surgery,
according to reports.
Speaking to The Tribune
from Exuma yesterday, Mr
Turnquest said he was stunned
to hear the news about his for-
mer partner, adding that he was
told of the shooting in Exuma.
While explaining that the pro-
tracted legal proceedings
between them had severed their
relationship, Mr Turnquest
described the expatriate as
a man who thrived on excite-
ment.
"Hearing the news was like
getting hit with a brick," said
the former MP, as he struggled
for words. "We had not been
partners since 2006 so what the
current circumstances were I
don't know (but) he liked the
excitement of living close to the
edge, he needed that.excitement
day-to-day," Mr Turnquest said.
He added that the two have
not spoken for years.

Up to press time, Mr Jones’
was out of surgery in hospital

where officers were stationed.
His condition was reported as
serious.

Scheme allegedly used hy some Customs officers
—“miitked thousands out of govt and businesses’



: \gain this shipment should have
beén-entered under the-duty free head-
ing, but'was wrongly.charged duty in the

amount of more than $8,000:"::.

Yet another example shows where avi-
“ation materials; again duty free, were

charged $55,253.28.

Even more obvious errors occurred :
on invoices. for government agencies,
such as the Bahamas Electricity Corpo-
ration when 800 washers were brought in
and charged duty at a rate of $96 each,
instead of the correct amount of 12 cents.

. With an- estimated value of only $581.21 for the
800 washers, the amount of duty that was wrongfully
paid on these items'was well over $13,000.

As.a number of these items are allegedly cleared
by senior customs officers with-at.least.20,years
expeyience, Global United CEO Jackson Ritchie
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said it was highly unlikely that such
_ “errors” would be committed in com-
plete and total ignorance.

According to Mr Ritchie, when these
discrepancies are pointed out to Cus-
toms, the department issues a return
cheque to the company.

However, corrupt individuals in this
department he claimed would issue these
returns some in the names of individuals .
who would cash or deposit them, often
destroying the paper trail at Customs
where the original error was often
recorded. Businesses such as his, Mr
Ritchie said, are often. left “holding the
bag” having paid out the wrong amounts
for items which they would later discov-
‘er were even duty free.

Therefore, Mr Ritchie called on government to
investigate this government department to weed
out whoever might be abusing the system to defraud
honest business persons out of what could be mil-. ,
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FROM page one

Mr Christie’s signature.

Meanwhile, further documents
show that four of the five prop-
erties were “flipped” several years
later — selling for between
$425,000.and $550,000.

Mr Turnquest was accused on
Tuesday by former PLP MP and
ex-Agriculture Minister George
Smith, whose portfolio included
lands, of “boldly” misleading the
two prime ministers into signing
off on the transactions by failing
to disclose his close ties to the
recipients and of attaching a low-
er than usual value to each of the
sea front properties.

But the Director denied knowl-
edge of “any scheme engaged in
at any time by (himself) or any-
body that was intentionally try-
ing to influence the decision mak-
ers in 'a.way that would cause
them embarrassment.”

Mr Turnquest suggested itwas |

simply a coincidence born of the
fact he has many relatives and
friends. He said the final decision
in each case ultimately rested with

the prime ministers who put their °

signatures to the transactions.
This was not the view of Mr
Smith, who held the land portfo-
lio from 1977 to 1984, Claiming
that it was “inconceivable” that
Mr Turnquest was not involved in

FROM page one

Christie

the sale of the properties, he said
it would normally be the Director
who would receive applications
for Crown land, process them,
attach a price to the properties
and advise the Minister of Lands
— Mr Ingraham and Mr Christie
in the cases of the properties in
question — of how he thought
they should proceed.

Yesterday Mr Christie sought
to distance himself from the con-
troversy.

“As it is I have minimal
involvement in it in that only one
piece of property was put before
me to sign, Invariably some of
them carry over to my govern-
ment and therefore, whereas
Ingraham may have approved it,
I’m called upon to sign it,” he
said.

“T am not aware of any consid-
eration of properties. for Tex

‘Turnquest or family members
- associated with him,” he added.

However, commenting on 'the
approval process, he said that any
ministers who are charged with
making “a decision of that kind

would want to know the full :

implications of any decision they
make.”
“In the circumstances that

there is a potential conflict you
would expect to be advised about
it,” he said.

Mr Christie said that “in fair-
ness” to Mr Turnquest he is now
seeking more information on the
events “so (he) would be able to
respond accurately to what he has
done.” :

As for whether there is any-
thing stopping individuals from
“flipping” Crown land granted to
them for a much greater sum so
soon after receiving it, Mr
Christie said there is not.

“No, people have been very
fortunate. People ‘have received
land from the government and if
the land is anywhere near major
developers they would benefit sig-
nificantly from it. So no, there
are many, many instances of peo-
ple who have had such accrual of
value on property they have
received from the Crown, the
economy being what it was at the
time,” he said. 7

However, he said. that “ordi-
narily the idea is to give Crown
land to Bahamians to build upon”
and a government would need to
“be very careful” about giving
land to applicants simply for their
financial benefit.

A well-placed source informed
The Tribune yesterday that Mr
Woodside is investigating the
matter.

established credentials in the telecommunications
industry, able to further prepare BTC for competi-
tion and develop the company for the future” to
purchase its 51 per cent stake in the corporation.

Immediately after sale occurs; liberalisation of
fixed line telecommunication services; cable and
IPTV and internet services will begin with mobile
phone services liberalised two years later.

The three bills will establish a system for regulat-
ing all electronic communications in the country,
including broadcasting.

They will allow for a regulator — the Utilities
Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA), to
be created, which will have appointed to it an inter-

nationally experienced Director of Policy and Reg- -

ulation. URCA will address anti-competitive agree-
ments between telecoms providers, abuse of domi-

Legislation

nant positions and has the power to disapprove
mergers involving licensees.

‘Meanwhile, an ad hoc appeals tribunal specific to
the sector will be established. ; .

“An appeals tribunal has become.a common ele-
ment in regulatory reform in the communications
and competition law environment over the past
decade, reflecting the need in this industry for a
rapid and specialised appeals process,” said Mr
Ingraham. _

The Bills can be seen on government’s website,
the Privatisation Committee’s website, the Ministry
of Finance’s website and the Office of the Prime
Minister’s website, where individuals can read them
and forward their comments.

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Unexpected turn in appeal hearing



over Senator appointments declaration

FROM page one

on each occasion of the hearing.

Attorney Loren Klein of the
Attorney General’s Office, who
represents the Prime Minister,
told the court that the record
filed on February 13, contained
all the necessary documents,
except the transcripts as they
were unable to secure them. Mr
Klein told the court that the only
time a court reporter was not
present was while counsel was
in chambers dealing with admin-
istrative matters. Court of
Appeal President Dame Joan
Sawyer noted, however, that the
law requires that a record of pro-
ceedings be kept at all times.

“If there is relevant material,

however irrelevant‘ counsel
might think it is, every day must
* be accounted for, every hour
must be accounted for, it is on
that basis that people bill their
clients,” Dame Joan said.

Mr Klein assured the court,
that after the adjournment steps
would be taken to correct any
deficiencies regarding the record.
The court adjourned the matter

without setting a date for a hear-
ing of the conjoined appeals. It is
expected that after counsel sort
out the record they will return to
court for a date to be set.

The Attorney General’s
Office is appealing the Novem-
ber 5, declaration by Chief Jus-
tice Sir Burton Hall that Antho-






ny Musgrove was not validly
appointed to the Senate. The
declaration had been sought by
Opposition leader Perry
Christie. The Chief Justice, how-
ever, did not make the same rul-
ing regarding Senator Tanya
Wright whose appointment was
also challenged by Mr Christie.

That decision is being appealed ,

by Mr Christie.

According to the Constitu-
tion, the make-up of the Senate
must consist of a political bal-
ance reflective of the member-
ship of the House of Assembly

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Senate in March to take her
place. No one has yet been
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Nadal begins title defence in Barcelona
SIBARCELONA, Spain

Ra el Nadal began his bid for a fifth straight title at the Barcelona
Ops by beating Frederico Gil of Portugal 6-2, 6-2 in the second
Wednesday. Following a first-round bye, the top-ranked
Sie ‘d broke Gil twice in each set but the qualifier made him work
h iad fadal has lost only one of his 23 matches at Real Club de Tenis
Cblona. He’s also on a 22-match winning streak on clay.

I ne to become the first player to win the Barcelona Open five
straigttttimes, Nadal will next play Christophe Rochus of Belgium, who
defeé ted Richard Gasquet of France 6-1, 6-7 (2), 6-3. Nadal beat
Rochus at this year’s Australian Open. Four other Spaniards reached
the thitd round. No. 2-seeded Fernando Verdasco beat qualifier Nico-
éntti of Ecuador 7-5, 6-3; No. 6 Tommy Robredo downed Gas-
udio of Argentina 7-6 (6), 6-1; No. 10 Nicolas Almagro took
1an two hours to overcome Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina 3-

), 6-3; and No. 16 Feliciano Lopez also rallied past countryman







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ABOVE
MANCHESTER UNITED'S Cristiano Ronaldo reacts as he unsuc-
cessfully appeals for a penalty during their English Premier
League soccer match against Portsmouth at Old Trafford Sta- °
dium, Manchester, England, Wednesday, April 22, 2009. Man-
chestered United won 2-0 to go top of the Premiership.

' (AP Photo/Jon Super)

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IN THE MATTER OF THE COMPANIES ACT, 1992





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the 7th day of April, A. D., 2009

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- putsuant to section 4 of the Insurance Act, Chapter 347 Revised
Statute Laws of The Bahamas 2000 filed herein on the 24" day
of February, A.D., 2009. «
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. AND UPON HEARING Mr. David Higgins and
: Mrs. Jacqueline Forbes-Foster of Counsel for the. Petitioner.

AND UPON HEARING Mr. Sidney Cambridge, Mr.
el J. Saunders and Mr. Darron Pickstock of Counsel for
visional Liquidator.

AND UPON HEARING Mr. Sidney Collie of
el for Bahamasair Employees Provident Fund, David
on, Laura Pratt-Charlton;, Cheryl Sands, Sophia Lockhart,

ie Major, De’andera Hanna, Leonie Minnis-Beneby,
fa Forbes, Natasha Smith, Juleann Kemp, Charles Hunt,
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lish Premier League soccer match at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge
Stadium in London, Wednesday, Aprit22, 2009... :
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Manchester United moved closer to a third straight Premier
- League title Wednesday after beating Portsmouth 2-0 to go
three points ahead of ‘Liverpool at the top with a game in
hand, according to the Associated Press.

The threat from Chelsea lessened as Guus Hiddink’s side
was held 0-0 by Everton in Wedneday’s other Premier League
fixture to slip six points adrift having played a game more
than United. Wayne Rooney scored after nine minutes and
Michael Carrick fired low past Portsmouth goalkeeper David
James in the 82nd to:ensure United would take advantage of
Liverpool’s 4-4 draw with Arsenal on Tuesday.

“It’s a boost for us,” Carrick said. “Watching the game last
_night and seeing that result we were desperate to put on a good
-performance and win tonight.

“We’ve got three points and we are in a decent position so
hopefully we can get the momentum up until the end of the
season and put the title to bed as quickly as we can.” ‘

With six games remaining, United tops the standings with 74
points, followed by Liverpool (71) and Chelsea (68).

Alex Ferguson made nine changes from the inexperienced
side that lost Sunday’s FA Cup semifinal to Everton on penal-
ties. The returning Rooney was operating as the lone striker
and tapped into the net after Ryan Giggs, on his 799th appear-



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- with Mr. Michael Hamilton for Frederick Emerson °

tt, Terri Anita Bellot, Stephen Andrew Bellot, Bridgette
olette Butler, John Wellington Dorsett, Marcheta Eneas,
Wudson Frasier Eneas, Adrian Jerome Fox, Billy’s Furniture
Appliance Trading as Donald’s Furniture Company, Zoe
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ida Paul, Pratap Kumar Rout, Lofton. Barry Russell,
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past Glen Johnson before squaring to the unmarked England
international.

At Stamford Bridge, Chelsea lacked inspiration and took
until injury time to produce its best chance when Didier Drog-
ba hit the crossbar.

Everton failed to capitalize on a string of first-half chanées,
notably from forward Jo, loaned from Manchester City in
January. The Brazilian saw a third-minute shot fly straight at
Petr Cech and then the goalkeeper used his feet to stop the ball
as Jo ran clear on goal.

Chelsea only began to drive forward with more purpose
after a double substitution midway through the second half.

Nicolas Anelka and Michael Essien were replaced by
Salomon Kalou and John Obi Mikel. Everton goalkeeper Tim
Howard was called into action immediately when Chelsea
captain John Terry picked up the ball at halfway, raced forward
and struck the ball from 30 meters forcing the American into
a diving save.






















™ MADRID (AP). Barcelona shrugged off Real Madrid’s
dogged title challenge by edging closer to the Spanish league
crown with a 4-0 pounding of third-place Sevilla on Wednes-
day. Real has won 17 of its last 18 league games in defense of
the title to put. some pressure on Barcelona, but the latter
kept a six-point gap in the standings with an impressive per-
formance at Camp Nou.

Barcelona has 81 points through 32 games, and Real 75.

Meanwhile, Malaga beat Osasuna 3-2 in a stormy encounter
in which four players were sent off, David Villa scored twice to
give Valencia a 2-1 win against Real Betis, and Deportivo La
Coruna won 2-0 against Almeria.

Andres Iniesta scored early for Barcelona then set up the
other three goals. “Things went well for me tonight,” Iniesta
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Johnson that he would have
to pay for the team to travel
was that he’ realised that there
was a problem.

“All leagues are responsible
for their champions to go to
the Commonwealth champi-
onship,” Price pointed out.
“Regardless of whoever is
going, they should pay for
their champions.

“But today, I got a call from
the federation and I went and
picked up a letter that they
want me to give to the play-
ers to turn in to their bosses so
that they can get time off to
go to Bimini this weekend.”

Price said it’s virtually
impossible for the players to

turn in the letters today and

get the time off to travel.on
.Friday. So they have made the
decision that they will not trav-
el.

“These things must be done
in order,” Price said.

Point guard and team
spokeswoman Glenda Gilcud
Said as the New Providence
champions, it’s not fair for
them to play in a national
round robin against four teams
from New Providence, all of

‘whom they have already
defeated to win the title.

“Why is that when we have
already crowned one champi-

on here that we have to play

‘all these teams again?” she
asked.
Gilcud said it was disap-
pointing that they played so
hard to win the title over the
’ Bommer G Lady Angels, only
to be told that they have to
play them, as well as the Elec-
tro Telecom Cybots, Sunshine
Auto Ruff Ryders and the
Junior All-Stars.

“If you.already cut backside
at home, why do you want.to
carry the same backside along
with you to cut along with new
ones?” she further asked. “It’s
not fair.”

As the- four-time champions,
Gilcud said they only played
the Commonwealth champi-
onship once and that was
against a team from Eleuthera
the first year. The past two
years, she said no teams
showed up to play.

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received a championship or
individual trophies.

“So what are we playing
for? We didn’t even have an
All-Star game to have fun.
What are we playing for?.
Johnson Lady Truckers have

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they should be able to do
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Sherman Johnson, the team

sponsor, said he was disgusted .

with the whole situation.
“After the championship
game, I was told that we are

going to Freeport. I went .

ahead and made preparation
for my team, my fans and my
family,” he said.

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the news that they changed it
to Bimini. I already sent mon-
ey to Freeport..So who’s going
to reimburse me for Freeport
so that I can cover Bimini?”

Johnson said he’s going to
support his team in whatever
decision to make and if it
means that they will sit out the
nationals, then it will be a col-
lective decision.

“T want to see things change.
For four years straight they
told us that it will be differ-
ent, but it’s still the same,”
Johnson said. “We have to be
real.” :

The nationals are scheduled
to start on Friday at the Gate-
way Academy Gymnasium in

Bimini and will run through -

Sunday with a double elimi-
nation format being played for
both the men and women.

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The quartet, in their own
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Mahesh Bhupathi struggled,
but they survived the second

~ round of the Barcelona Open

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The Bahamian-Indian duo,
seeded at number four, held

off the unseeded team of

Robert Lindstedt and Robin
Soderling from Sweden with
a 4-6, 6-1, 10-8 decision.

The victory advanced
Knowles and Bhupathi to the
quarter-final where they will
play the unseeded team of
Lucas Arnold Ker from
Argentina and Fernando
Gonzalez from Chile in a late
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pulled off one of the biggest

upsets so far in the tourna-
ment with a 6-2, 6-3 victory
over the team of Mariusz
Frystenberg and Marcin
Matkowski from Poland.

’ Frystenberg and Matkowski-

were the No.6 seeded team.

' Today, Gonzalez will have
double duties as he has to
play a singles match against
Juan Monaco from Argentina
just before the doubles
match.

Gonzalez is seeded No.5 in
singles.

Knowles and Bhupathi are
coming off their quarter-final
exit at the last tournament in
the Monte-Carlo RolexMas-
ters/ATP World Tour Mas-
ters 1000.

As the No.4 seeds, they got
eliminated by the unseeded
team of Novak Djokovic and
Viktor Troicki from Serbia in

WOKG

FROM page 15

Hall of Fame will be called, they
take their oath and are then pre-
sented with the certificate.

As for the four persons to be
inducted into the ISF’s Hall. of
Fame, Knowles said their
enshrinement will be slightly dif-
ferent because there are not as
many as the federation’s
inductees.

“It’s going to be a very signifi-
cant night for softball,” Knowles
said. “We were formed in 1973,
but softball has been played long
before that.

“So we have a number of per-
sons who have made a significant
contribution to the development
of softball. This is one way that
we can look back at honoring
them for their contribution.”

Regarded as the “Godfather

of softball,” Austin ‘King Snake’ -

Knowles, a past president of the
BSF and Eleuthera Softball
Association, will be inducted as
an administrator.

He will be joined by Richard
‘the Lion-Heart’ Johnson, one of
the premier pitchers in the world;
along with Grand Bahama’s









identical scores of 6-4, 6-4.

Together, Knowles and

Bhupathi have not enjoyed
any type of success since Jan-
uary when they reached the
final of the Australian Open
in Melbourne where they lost

‘to champions Bob and Mike

Bryan.

The identical twin brothers | |

from the United States are
the top seeds in Barcelona.
They are followed by the

team of Daniel Nestor from °!

Canada and Nenad Zimonjic
from Serbia.

Nestor and Zimonjic won
the Monte-Carlo title over
the Bryans to soar into the
second spot on the ATP com-
puter rankings. The Bryans
still lead the list.

Knowles and Bhupathiare , :

sitting in the fourth spot.

The Barcelona tournament

will run through Sunday.

SSSA



Godfrey ‘Gully’ Pinder as a coach
and outfielder Candice DeGre-
gory-Culmer as the first Bahami-
an female inductee.

“These persons stand out as

having excelled at the interna-

tional level,” Knowles said. “So
we are honoured to be able to
induct'them in the Hall of Fame
this weekend.”

The quartet will push the
Bahamas’ total to 11 persons who
have ‘been inducted into the Hall
of Fame, which was initiated in
1981.

The other seven inducted are ©

the late player/coach Leon
‘Apache’ Knowles (1987); admin-
istrator/organizer Churchill Ten-
er-Knowles (1991); administra-

-. tor/organizer Neko Grant (1997);

late umpire Arthur ‘Old Art’
Thompson (2001) and adminis-
trator Greg Christie, coach Sid-

“ney ‘Baylor’ Fernander and play--

er Dudley ‘Doggie’ Smith (all in
2003).

Immediately following the
induction ceremony, Knowles
said family members and friends
will beable to interact with the
newly inductees as refreshments
will be provided in the garden.

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Bria Deveaux, Dustin Tynes,
Evante Gibson and Matthew
Lowe should receive special

mention for their leadership

in the medal haul.

But as president Algernon
Cargill-stated, the entire team
performed very well and they
should be congratulated for

. their efforts. It was truly a

team effort that enabled the
Bahamas to once again make

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And Cargill went a bit fur-
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Ministry of Youth, Sports
and Culture and Minister
Desmond Bannister, who
provided a chartered flight
and cash for the team.

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go to Penn

FROM page 15 a

? mark of 43.90, while the wom-
i en’s 4x 4 team’s national record
: breaking time of 3:32.50 was
? short of the qualifying time of
: 3:31.00.

: The men’s 4x 1 relay team,
: which got some assistance from
:?. Dereck Carey (who was not
: Officially a member ci ifie team)
: posted a winning time of 39-77,

: which was shy of the qualify-

: ing time of 39.10.

i The men’s 4x 4 team didn’t
? compete, but they will have to
? run at least 3:03.30 to qualify.

: . Burrows said the BAAA has
: yet to field all of the athletes
: on the respective teams, but
? based on who are available, he’s
? confident that the Bahamas can
i qualify all four teams for Berlin
i; in August.

i “We strongly feel as if with
: one or two more relay meets, I
personally don’t see why we
shouldn’t put at least three
? teams at World’s, but we also
: have the potential, capability,
? manpower and coaching exper-
i tise to actually feel four relay
; teams,” Burrows said.

i “The Bahamas has never
: . fielded a women’s 4 x 4 team in
; any meet higher than the CAC
: level. But this year, with the
services of Debbie Ferguson
: and a couple of the young ladies
: in college and even some of the
: junior athletes, the possibility
: for them to qualify is very real.”
i Coaches George Cleare and
: Rupert Gardiner will have the
? Opportunity to put together the
: four squads, including the order
? in which they will run, when
: they compete at Penn’s.

: The relay teams will be
: joined by a number of high
: school and.club teams from
i New Providence and Grand
: Bahama that will also be mak-

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11 am 19-and-under defend-

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winning First

Baptist (6-2).vs fourth place
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vsthird place

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place Golden Gates (5-3).
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Tabernacle (5-1) vs
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fourth place New Bethlehem
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MEMBERS of the Johnson’s Lady Truckers make a statement on why they are not going to the BBF’s National Round
Robin this weekend in Bimini. From left are sponsor Sherman Johnson, guard Glenda Gilcud, centér Janice Williams,
coach James Price and shooting guard Shantell Rolle.

‘Truckers to skip Nationals

‘

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

WHEN the Bahamas Basketball Federation’s Nation- .

al Round Robin Tournament gets underway this week-

end in Bimini, the Johnson’s Lady Truckers will be .

participating.

The four-time New Providence Women’s Basketball
Association champions say they were only informed
by letter yesterday that the tournament, which was
originally scheduled for Grand Bahama next week,

have been moved up to this weekend in Bimini. .

Additionally, the Lady Truckers say it is unfair for

_ their sponsor Sherman Johnson to pay for them to par-
We hoy ire ope tire £ opopg shy a ceglyeas wT Ly

ticipate in'the tournament against teams who they have
already defeated to win the New Providence champi-
onship crown.

“We are the New Providence ladies champions and

the way the league has been going this season, we 4

thought that they were in a much better financial posi-
tion,” said Truckers’ first year coach James Price.
“Up to last week Thursday, we didn’t know what

_was going to happen. The federation told us they need-

ed confirmation on whether or not we were going to
Grand Bahama and the league told me they will talk to
us.”

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‘AFTER going through an assessment process; at
the University of Miami two weeks ago, the
Bahamas Association of Athletic Association is
gearing up for a big push at the Penn Relays be
weekend.

For the first time, the BAAA will field both tie
men and women 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 metre relays at
the meet with the view of getting all four of the
qualified for the LAAF 12th World Champions
in Athletics.

“The goal i in Florida was to evaluate the potenti
of us actually qualifying because the meet was not
one of the primary meets listed by the IAAF asa
qualifier for the World Championships,” said Tyrane






: - Burrows, the BAAA’s statistician.

“The University of Miami meet was to give: us a
: dry run or to have us see what’s capable. At the
: meet, we realised. that the women’s 4 x 1 is more
than capable as well as the women’s 4 x 4 relay
team, which set.a new national record. Our men’s 4
x 1 was also right there.”

For the Penn Relays, the BAAA is expected to
run the women’s 4.x 1 team comprising of Chandra
i Saicap» Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie, Timicks
Clarke and Christine Amertil.

Armertil and Ferguson-McKenzie are also expest
ed to team up once again with Sasha Rolle ayd
Shakeitha Henfield to compete inthe4x4..

As for the men’s 4 x 1, which is still not at‘\full
strength; the BAAA will run a: combo of Rodney
Green, Adrian Griffith, Jamial Rolle and Michael

i Mathieu.

The men’s 4x 4 team, which won the silver at the
Olympic Games last year in Beijing, China, will fea-
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Andrae Williams and Chris ‘Bay’ Brown. .

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Baghdad — the destination
of choice for increasing
number of foreign workers

MBAGHDAD
They say they could have opted
for Dubai, Saudi Arabia or even
Europe. But Baghdad is the des-
tination of choice for a rising
number of foreign workers, a jar-
ring sight in a city where, not long
ago, they were unlikely to keep
their freedom or lives long
enough to collect a paycheck,
according to New York Times
News Service.

"Sometimes I hear loud booms,
but I don't oa, "said Zahand-
wir Aloui, a 25-year-old waiter
with a wife and two childfen at
home in Bangladesh. "I like
working here."

Recently he was clearing dish-
es at the upscale restaurant where
he works,,one of scores of better
restaurants, homes and hotels
where the waiters, cooks, clerks
and housekeepers.and attendants
are increasingly likely to be from
India, Uganda, Bangladesh,
Nepal and. Ethiopia.

These are not contract work-,
ers recruited by American firms
like KBR or Halliburton to work
at U.S. military cafeterias or to
pull guard duty on the perimeter
of U.S. bases, but men and
women who have come to work
for Iraqi businesses that would
otherwise hire Iraqis. And even if
the number of foreigners working
for Iraqis is still small, it seems
one more sign that the capital
may be on the cusp of a return
to normalcy.

Despite an unemployment rate
in Iraq estimated to be as high as
40 percent, the problem here is
the same as that at many places:
Even though Iraqis are paid more
than foreigners, business owners
say it is nearly impossible to keep
Iraqi staff members in low-level
positions for longer than a few
weeks. ''There are some jobs
Iraqis won't do, even if they don't
have jobs," said Basil Radhi, 54,
an Iraqi whose family owns a
nearby restaurant.

Since the 2003 invasion by U.S.
forces, few foreigners have
strayed -outside the heavily
secured Green Zone, with the
exception of well-armed US. sol-
diers, because foreigners had
been targets of Sunni and Shiite
militias, ‘which carried out kid-
nappings.and executions.

Even though Baghdad is safer
now than it was in-the first’ few
years following the invasion, most
of the recently arrived workers
say they do not go far from theit
workplaces.

Aloui, the waiter, who earns
double what he would at home,
lives in a room at a-hotel next
door to the restaurant (where din-
ers are searched for suicide belts
before eating). He says he knows
almost nothing about Baghdad

‘aside from the dozen or so steps
between the restaurant and the
hotel. He‘has been told not to
walk the street alone.

While Aloui works as many as
15 hours a day, six days a week,
for his $250 monthly salary, not
including a $50 monthly bonus,

the restaurant's Iraqi-born waiters:

earn more than double that —
even when they work far fewer
hours: The arrangement was
defended by the restaurant's own-
er, Hussein Qaduri, 28, whose
previous restaurant was blown up
by a suicide car bomb in 2004. Of —
his 45 employees, five are from
Bangladesh. "I pay for their hotel,
for their barber, for their med-
ical treatment," he said about his
Bangladeshi waiters. "Everything
comes directly from me."

In the five months since the rel-
ative lull in violence allowed him
to open his restaurant, Radhi said
he has ‘employed hundreds of;
native-born waiters, dishwashers, —
cleanup crews and cooks. He said
he has had enough. of what he

calls Iraqis' suspect work ethic ©

and is in the process of looking

for more foreign workers. But on
Tuesday, Abdullah al-Lami, a
spokesman for Iraq's Ministry of
Labor and Social Work, said that
while hiring foreign workers
might have become commonplace
in recent months, it is not lawful.

Employment companies obtain
tourist visas for foreign workers,
he said, and the visas do not per-
mit the foreigners to hold jobs.
"The employment offices that do
this work are illegal," Lami said.
"The people who employ these
workers are trying to take advan-
tage of paying them low wages."

But Bilal Hadi, co-owner of the
Watania Co., one of a handful of
employment agencies hiring for-
eign workers, said that he had, in
fact, received the approval of the

government and that he was not .

exploiting workers. The workers
his company recruits to Iraq
through its offices in Bangladesh

and Dubai are contacted at least -

every other month to ensure they
are being treated well. "Abuse
might happen," he said, "but it is
not my fault."

Companies seeking foreign
workers typically hire "two or
three for a taste to see if it works"
before asking for more, he said.

In the month that the company
has been open in Baghdad, Hadi
said he had brought in 400 for-
eign workers, all of them present-
ly employed.

Next, he said, he would like to
hire European workers — Rus-
sians, UKrainians and Georgians
in particular — who would be in
high demand as waitresses and

housekeepers. He would hire

them out for $350 a month, he
said.

Among the city's more recent
arrivals are a group of six bakers
who have come from Rajshahi,
Bangladesh. They live together
in a.rooftop concrete bunker
accessible by a flimsy 12-foot lad-
der perched above the bakery.
The bathroom is down. the lad-
der. Despite the crowded condi-
tions, Mohammed Ayub Hussein,
37, who has a wife and two chil-
dren back home, said he would
like to stay for a while.

"T want to be here maybe four
or five years to make some mon-
ey,"-he said: When asked what
he does aside from his. all-night

shift at the bakery, he shrugged.

"IT came here to work."

@ RAPHAEL G. SATTER
LONDON

Britain will review all its
weapons exports to Israel follow-
ing the country's assault on the
Gaza Strip, the U.K.'s foreign
minister said Tuesday, according
to the Associated Press.

British Foreign Secretary
David Miliband told lawmakers
that all current and future export
licenses to Israel were being
looked at "in light of recent
events in Gaza."

The government had been
pressed by lawmakers to ensure
that British-made weapons or
weapon components weren't used

by Israeli forces in their attack ©
on Gaza, which lasted more than _

three weeks and left about 1,400
dead, according to one Pe alestinian
count. Israel launched the assault
inate December in an-attempt to
stem the barrage of rockets being
fired from Gaza onto Israeli ter-
ritory.

Imports

Britain supplies less than 1 per-

cent of Israel's military imports,
Miliband said in a written state-
ment. :
But he acknowledged that
some U.K.-supplied components
were "almost certainly" used in
the assault.

He said those included digplaiis
used in F-16 combat aircraft,
radar and navigation equipment
used on-Apache attack heli-

copters, and parts for a gun used’

on Israel's Saar-class corvettes.
In the case of the F-16 and
Apache parts, he said those were
exported to the United States and
the finished products were passed
on to Israel. Miliband added that
minor components supplied to
Israel for use in its reconnaissance

satellites "may have been
involved" in preparing for the

assault. But he said that, contrary’

to reports carried by media and
human rights groups, there was
no evidence that U.K.-supplied
equipment for Israel's unmanned
aircraft industry were used'by the
Israel Defense Forces or that

U.K. components were used to —





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build Merkava tanks or D9
armored bulldozers used by Israel
in the conflict.

Miliband did not say whether
the export of the U:K.-made parts
used in the assault would be



THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2009, PAGE 11

restricted in any way, saying only
that their use by Israel's military
would be taken into account
when officials licensed technolo-
gy for export.
The Israeli Embassy in Lon-

UK says it will review all
arms exports to Israel



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IN THIS TUESDAY, Jan.13, 2009
file photo, smoke rises following
an explosions caused by Israeli mil-
itary operations in Gaza City. Israel
fired white phosphorous shells
indiscriminately over densely pop-
ulated areas of Gaza in what
amounts to a war crime, Human
Rights Watch said in a report. The
Israeli military said Wednesday that

. the shells were used in line with

international law.

(AP Photo/Hatem Moussa, File)

don did not immediately return a
call seeking comment.

Israeli Foreign Ministry
spokesman Yigal Palmor said he
was unaware of the announce-

ment.





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Fight for control
of Colombia
cocaine trade

@ NUNCIDO, Colombia



Up and down the rivers of western Colombia, a new breed
of criminal armies is pressing deeper into this isolated jungle,
fighting with guerrillas for control of the cocaine trade and’
forcing thousands of Indians to flee, according to the New
York Times News Service.

It is the kind of nightmarish otdeal that is an all-too-com-
mon feature of Colombia's long war: Peasants being terror-
ized by gunmen seeking dominance in the backlands.

But as Colombia's war for control of the drug trade inten-
sifies in frontiers like this one, with new combatants vying for
smuggling routes and coca-growing areas where Indians eke
out a meager existence, it is adding to the already grave toll
on the nation's indigenous groups. At least 27 of the groups
are at risk of being eliminated because of the country's four-
decade conflict, according to the United Nations, and human’
rights organizations worry that the new violence is pushing
even deeper into the Indians' ancient lands.

Gunmen arrived as Jnonny Caisamo was harvesting plan-
tains here in the Choco region's jungle.

More than 100 strong, the men beat him with the flat part

of their machetes, then threatened to drown him in the brown |

waters of the Cedro River.

"They wanted to know where the guerrillas were camped,"
said Caisamo, 18, one of many Embera Indians to recount
recent beatings, rapes or threats by armed groups here. "They
told me they would kill me if I did not collaborate."

The battles are unfolding far from largely pacified cities like
the capital, Bogota, where a newly confident government
acclaims recent military advances against leftist rebels and the
demobilization of thousands of paramilitary. fighters. In
‘another region, officials recently helped one indigenous
group, the Arhuacos, reclaim land from paramilitary fighters.

But the seeming stability i in some places belies the conflict
in remote areas, where Indians like the Embera find them-
selves at the mercy of armed groups. Colombia has about 3
million internal refugees — second in number only to Sudan,
the United Nations says — and its Indians bear a dispropor-
tionate share of the suffering.

"Our rulers in Bogota prefer to ignore that an entire section
of the country is surviving, just barely, as if we are in the 16th
century, when plunder and killing were the norm," said Vic-
tor Copete, who runs Choco Pacifico, a foundation address-
ing the violence here in Choco, one of the nation's poorest
departments, or provinces.

Panic

The latest displacement of the Embera was set off by a col-
lective panic after reports that the Rastrojos, a criminal army,
raped two Embera girls in early March and killed an Embera
man before burning his body in front of his family.

- Witnesses said the gunmen then went from village to village,
beating, torturing and temporarily abducting some Embera
leaders to*Set ‘information spores ‘gunnyen's ‘rivals, the

«Cimarron faction of the National Li heration® ‘Army, or ELN,
#a small rebel grqup that ‘has held sway in the area for years,
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Dionel Isarama, 38, in a one-room hut with 27 other people | Pt

from his hamlet, hours away by foot. "We will not return as
long as our fear ‘of the armed men remains with us.'

Before the Embera Indians were displaced, the nation's
main rebel group, the Revolutionary. Armed Forces of Colom-
bia, or FARC, admitted killing eight Aw Indians in February
in Narino, another department, accusing them of informing for
the Colombian army.

Late last year, tensions also flared;in Cauca, a nearby
province, after-the husband of a Nasa“Indian leader was
killed at a military checkpoint, and it was reported that at least
eight Nasa Indians had been assassinated. Nasa leaders said
those responsible included both the FARC and paramilitary
groups working with large landowners who oppose land
reform demands. —

Here in Choco, the Embera fleeing during the first three
months of this year almost equaled the 2,400 displaced i in all
of 2008, said Luis Enrique Murillo, the peace commissioner
here. Many of their villages lie in areas long under the control
of rebel groups, but are now.in the cross hairs of the criminal.
armies trying to dislodge the guerrillas. Be

Choco may be an ideal theater for the latest phase of this
ever changing, labyrinthine war. Fighters are lured by its
geography, with outlets to the Pacific, the Caribbean and
Panama, offering options for smuggling out cocaine and ship-

‘ping in arms.

In the conflict's latest incarnation, neo-paramilitary groups
like the Rastrojos, which originated as a cocaine-trafficking
syndicate around the city of Cali, have emerged from the
ashes of demobilized groups. At times they use some of the
same fighters from groups that formed years ago to combat
the leftist. guerrillas, but they also forcibly recruit new com-
batants in areas like Choco, security analysts said.

Now. these new armed groups, stripped of their old ideo-
logical bents, are forging alliances with rebels in some parts
of the country, while going for their throats i in others, like this
swath of Choco, according to security analysts. Either way,
their objective remains the same:’dominance over coca-grow-

ing areas and routes to ship cocaine abroad, predominantly to |"

the United States.

The conflict has found new life in areas like Choco partly
because of the government's successes elsewhere. As Amer-
ican-financed eradication projects have cut coca growing in
some areas, Choco's cultivation of the crop surged 32 percent
in 2007, according to the United Nations.

Most of Choco's 450,000 people lack drinkable water.
Thousands live in wooden shacks on stilts. Grenade blasts like
one in. late March in the regional capital, Quibdo, which
wounded 13 people, go largely unnoHced elsewhere 4 in the
country.

In isolated villages like Nuncido, whiéte more than 100 of
the Embera have recently fled, ‘children with distended bél-
lies and light-colored hair; a sign of malnutrition, asked for
food.

The government has brought in somesoldiers to help, but
they said they would leave soon. Some of the fleeing Embera
Indians, however, worry that the emergency will last for
months, perhaps longer.

In Puerto Meluk, a river port with bars blaring vallenato
music and stores selling chemicals used to process coca into
cocaine, some Embera refugees cooked in a swamp reeking
of raw sewage and recounted stories similar to those upriver:
of beatings and threats in their villages, then displacement
here. At one house with 11 families crowded inside, Enrique
Manyoma, a 42-year-old maize farmer, told of his a
from the village of Incira.

"That is my daughter, Marta Cecilia, " Manyoma said,
pointing to an infant, "She was born here eight days ago.

''As long as the men with guns remain in the jungle," he
said, "I do not think her home will be in Incira."



INTERNATIONAL NEWS ©

Senator McConnell blasts

plan to close Guantanamo

m@ ANDREW O. SELSKY
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico



President Barack Obama came under
fire Tuesday for including $80 million to
close Guantanamo in a massive funding
request to fight America's wars in Iraq
and Afghanistan, according to the Asso-
ciated Press.

The $83.4 billion request to Congress
was submitted on April 9, when lawmak-
ers were on break over the Easter holi-
days.

Tucked into the 99-page bill were a

few paragraphs about Guantanamo — =

including a request for funds for foreign
countries that accept prisoners. U.S.
efforts to have other countries take in
detainees have largely been a flop —
stoking fears the men will end up in
America.

"The administration needs to tell the
American people what it plans to do with
these men if they close: Guantanamo,"
U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch
McConnell said on the Senate floor Tues-
day.
He pointed out that two years ago the
Senate: voted 94-3 against sending
detainees to the U.S. |

‘McConnell opposes closing Guan-

~~ tanamo.

"Foreign countries have thus far been
unwilling to take them in any significant
numbers. And even if countries were will-
ing to take them, there's an increasing
probability that some of these murder-

‘ers would return to the battlefield," he

said.

Military Families United, a military
family advocacy organization, predicted
the inclusion of money to close Guan-









(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
SENATE MINORITY Leader Mitch McConnell of
Ky., left. McConnell opposes Posing Guan-
tanamo.

tanamo in the war-funding request "will
significantly delay the passage of this leg-
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group said.

McConnell spokesman Don Stewart
said Republicans are looking at ways to
strip the Guantanamo money from the
funding bill.

There is no move afoot to block the
entire funding bill because "this is money
for our troops," Stewart said.

Funding

Obama seeks $30 million in Justice
Department funding to shut down the
Guantanamo detention center, review
U.S. detention and interrogation proce-
dures and fund future litigation.

Another $50 million in Defense
Department funds sought by Obama
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- Wyoming court orders
henefits in Jehovah's

Witness case

THE STATE incorrectly
withheld death benefits
from the family of a Jeho-
vah's Witness who died
from low blood pressure
because it couldn't prove
that treatment refused by
the family would've saved
the man, the Wyoming
Supreme Court ruled Tues-
day.

In the ruling written by
Justice Michael Golden, the
court found that the
“Wyoming Workers Safety
and Compensation Division
must pay the widow of 67-
‘year-old Howard W.
‘Williams, who died after
surgery to remove a rup-
tured spleen.

Court records showed that
the Williams family-told Dr.

M: Whitney Parnell at’

Cheyenne's United Medical
Center they were Jehovah's
Witnesses and didn't want
any blood products. used to
treat Williams after a work-
‘related vehicle accident.
-1sThe state later refused to
pay the benefits to Sharon
Williams, ruling that she
wasn't entitled because her
shusband had. refused rea-
‘sonable and necessary med-
ical treatment.

.o*But the-court noted that

Parnell, the doctor, had tes-
tified using the blood prod-
ucts would have increased
)Williams' chance of survival
but. would not have guaran-
teed it.
‘ow “Therefore, under the
‘specific facts of this case,
ithe acceptance of the trans-
fusion of blood products
cannot be deemed to be
;‘reasonably essential’ to Mr.
‘Williams' survival," Golden
wrote in the Tuesday ruling.
«ocThe Watchtower Bible
and Tract Society, the legal
-organization of the Jeho-
vah's Witnesses that brought
the case before the high

court, had argued that the

denial of Sharon Williams'
application for death bene-

fits violated the right to free _}

,exercise:of.religior f
The-court ruling didn't
address the constitutional
argument, saying it didn't
need to reach that point
before ruling in Williams'
favor on other grounds. ©
Senior assistant attorney
general Mike Causey said
Tuesday that it was. "very
interesting that we do have
a dissent in this case."
Chief Justice Barton R.
Voigt, who filed the dis-
senting opinion, agreed with
the state and called Parnel-
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NEARLY nine years after
17 sailors were killed in a ter-
rorist attack on the USS Cole,
some relatives of the victims
are set to receive at least
$200,000 each from Sudan, a
lawyer said Tuesday, accord-
ing to the-Associated Press.

The 33 spouses, parents and .

children of the sailors have
fought in court for the com-
pensation for six years. They
successfully argued .the
Sudanese government pro-
vided support, including mon-
ey and training, that allowed
al-Qaida suicide bombers to
attack the Navy destroyer at a
refueling stop at the Yemen
port of Aden on Oct. 12, 2000.
The suicide bombers were in
a small boat and tore a gaping
40-foot hole in the destroyer.

The U.S. government had
frozen the money in New
York banks, but a federal
judge recently ordered the
release of $13.4 million in
Sudanese accounts.

"Not one penny can replace
the life of my child," said
Mona Gunn of Virginia
Beach, whose 22-year-old son
Cherone was killed in the
attack. "The sad thing is, not
all family members are receiv-

ing compensation. There,are .

mothers and fathers who lost
children who aren't going to
get compensation, and sib-

“lings who lost a brother or sis- .

ter."

Twenty-six other parents
who sued Sudan were not eli-
gible for compensation, which
went instead to their child's
spouse or children, a judge in
Norfolk, Va., ruled in 2007.

The Sudanese government |

didn't fight the case during a
trial, but has refused to pay
-the families. A spokesman for
the Sudanese Embassy in
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sile destroyer USS Cole after a suspected terrorist bomb exploded during-a refueling operation in the port .of Aden, Yemen. Nearly nine
years after 17 sailors were killed in a terrorist attack on the USS Cole, a judge has ordered New York banks to release $13.4 million in -

frozen Sudanese accounts to family members of the victims. 52%

with the attack.

"It didn't take place on
Sudan soil or water, and there
is no Sudanese involvement
in it," said spokesman Seif
Yasin. "There's no proof



Sudan provided any financial
support for anyone involved."

USS. District Judge Kimba
Wood's order freed the funds
under the Terrorism -Risk
Insurance Act of 2002, which

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"Today" show, telling host
Matt Lauer that she spoke
from the heart during Sun-
day's pageant when she said
that. "marriage should be

‘between a man and a

woman."

The beauty queen's

openly gay pageant judge and

celebrity blogger Perez Hilton

has received more attention

than the winner;Miss North ~

Carolina Kristen Dalton. Dur-
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Prejean if every state should -

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same sex marriage.

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icans are able to choose one
or the other," Prejean
responded. "But in my coun-
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should be between a man and
a woman. No offense to any-
body out there, but that's how
I was raised."

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“évanht and that’Prejean should

have “left her politics and her
religion out because Miss USA
represents all Americans."
Prejean, who was named
first runner-up at the pageant,
told Lauer that she knew "at
that moment after I'd
answered the question, I knew
that I was not going to win
because of my answer." Still,
she stands by her statements.
"I don't take back what I
said," she told Lauer, adding

that she “had spoken from my :

heart, from my beliefs and for
my God:":

"It's not about being politi-
cally correct," she said. "For :
me, it's about being biblically

correct."

wy

requires the release of
blocked assets to satisfy a

judgment against a "terrorist .

party." The State Department
has designated Sudan as a
state sponsor of terrorism



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INTERNATIONAL NEWS.



Man brought to US to answer
charges on suspicion of piracy

@ NEW YORK

ABDIWALI Abdiqadir Muse grew

®

with a knife, telling a crew member after
the attack that it was always his dream to

come to America.

up destitute in Somalia, the oldest of 12
kids and the product of a violent, lawless
nation where his parents scraped togeth-
er a few dollars a day selling milk and
tending to a small herd of camels, cows
and goats, according to the Associated
Press.

For entertainment, he would frequent
a run-down outdoor cinema and watch
Bollywood movies in a town with no
running water or electricity. He eventu-
ally joined a gang of pirates who laid
siege to an American cargo ship and
took the captain hostage before three of
them were killed by Navy snipers.. Muse
survived but was stabbed:in the hand

On Tuesday, the teenager made it to
America under circumstances far from
idyllic, appearing in a packed federal
courtroom in New York on what are
believed to be the first piracy charges in
the U.S. in more than a century.

Prosecutors portrayed him as the
brazen ringleader of the pirates who
shot at the ship's captain and bragged
about prior acts of piracy. But the brava-
do authorities say Muse displayed as the

first pirate to board the Maersk Alaba-.

ma on April 8 had evaporated by the
time he entered the courtrooni.

The 5-foot-2 Muse looked bewildered
and so scrawny that his prison clothes

were several sizes too big. He hada
frayed white bandage where he was
stabbed.

When his court- -appointed lawyer said
Muse's father would be interviewed in
Somalia to verify his birthdate, Muse
put his head in his hand and broke down
in tears. When the judge-asked him if he
understood that court-appointed lawyers
would represent him, the teenager
responded through a translator: "I
understand. I don't have any money."
When he was asked to raise his right
hand, he pointed it into the air as if he
was being called on in class.

*The decision by the federal govern-
ment to bring Muse to justice here has
thrust the skinny teenager into the inter-
national spotlight, and raised legal ques-
tions about whether the US. is going
too far in trying to make an example of
someone so young.

Muse was charged with piracy, con-
spiracy and brandishing and firing a gun
during a conspiracy. The most serious

0H etTe se
agents escort the
Somali pirate sus-

wali. Abdiqadir

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headquarters in
New York on
Monday, April 20,
2009. Muse is the
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life in prison.

"An act of piracy against one nation is :

a crime against all nations," said Act- :
? level of commanders have had ndgoti-
: ations. The Taliban have said séveral
eral judge agreed Tuesday, ruling that ; times that we won't do any negotia-
Muse is an adult and that the case can : tions while American and NATO

proceed in open court. But his lawyers i forces are present in Afghanistan:

ing U.S. Attorney Lev L. Dassin.
The government says he is 18. A fed-

said they are.going to continue to inves-
tigate his age and believe that. he will :

ultimately be exonerated. If he is found :

to be underage, defense lawyers could : itants to participate -in talks wifhout

: fear of arrest or attack. Hamidzida
: mentioned no names, but Karzatihas

try to have the case tossed out or seek :
leniency if he is convicted.
Defense lawyer Deirdre von Dornum :

said she has had to reassure Muse that : ee ,
? negotiations. suid

the American justice system is fair,

because he knows only the anarchy that.

has ruled Somalia. She said he smiled ; : nee
: Taliban fighters willing to acceptithe
: Afghan Constitution, and Talibantép-
because he had never seen a camera in ; TeSentatives met with Afghan govetn-

i ? ment officials in Saudi Arabia lastsfall,
i? though little apparent progressswas

young, injured and terrified," von aoe : made. iW

before a gaggle of news cameras upon
his arrival to New York on Monday only

his life.
"As you can tell, he's extremely

num said.
The details of Muse's life are Sey,

was tricked into getting involved in pira-

cy. His mother said he was "wise beyond 3
his years"
boys his age who tried to tease him and
got lost in books instead.



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In brief

Afghan govt: No
breakthroughs
in militant talks

@ KABUL



THE AFGHAN government has

* held "good discussions" with Taliban
? militants as it seeks a way to end an
: increasingly the bloody insurgency
: against Afghan, U.S. and NATO
: forces, the president's spokesman said,
: according to the Associated Press. °

"Some developments" have occurred

: in the talks giving the government hope
? they could lead toward peace, :the
: spokesman for President Hamid Karzai
: said Tuesday, but he cautioned ‘thére
: would not be a quick outcome. 114:

"We have had some talks,"
} Humayun Hamidzada told a news‘con-

: ference. "We shouldn't expect aqttick
: outcome, but there has been some

: developments. There are some:con-

+

Karzai's spokesman offeredino

-? specifics on progress made in the n’go-
: tiations. A spokesman for the Taliban,
: Qari Yousef Ahamdi, said the Taliban
: hasn't held any negotiations :with

: Afghan officials. - HEH
"It is just propaganda," he saids'tNo

Hamidzada said the government was

: discussing with international alliesthe

: possibility of safety guarantees fdrmil-

: previously offered Taliban leader Mul-
: lah Omar safe passage for face- to“face

The Afghan government hase long
said it was interested in talking’ with

Hamidzada‘said the government is

negotiating with the internationalicom-
with his parents in Somalia insisting he ; Munity to remove some names from a
: U.N. sanctions list, as long as those
i people accept the Afghan Constitution

—a child who ignored other i and participate in the peace process.

He said some countries and institutions
had agreed to remove some names; ut





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Red Cross: Sri
Lankans in
‘catastrophic’
situation

â„¢ COLOMBO, SriLanka .

TENS of thousands of civil-
ians trapped in Sri Lanka’ s
northern war zone face a "cata-
strophic" situation, the Red
Cross said, amid fears a final
assault against the Tamil Tiger
rebels would lead to a dramatic
rise in casualties, according to
the Associated Press.

The United Nations and oth-
ers have called for a negotiated
truce to allow civilians to leave
the rebel-held coastal strip —
and the government says more
than 52,000 had escaped since
Monday.

But it has refused to heed the

international pleas to halt the
fighting, saying Tuesday that it
is on.the verge of crushing the
separatists and putting an end to
the 25-year-old war.

The U.N. estimated more
than 4,500 civilians have been
killed in the past three months.
_ The rebels said more than
1,000 civilians died Monday in a
government raid, while the gov-
ernment said it rescued thou-
sands after they broke through
a barrier built by the insurgents
that protects their last strong-
hold.

Human rights groups say the
Liberation Tigers of Tamil
Eelam are holding many peo-
ple in the enclave against their
will and using them as human
shields. Those groups have also
accused the government of
indiscriminate shelling in the
region. Both sides deny the alle-
gations.

Thousands of civilians also
fled in packed small boats, and
they were picked .up by navy
patrols and transported to
camps where Tamils who have
escaped the war are being held.
More than 2,000 people in
about 100 boats were picked up
Monday. '

The Red Cross said about
50,000 civilians were still strand-

ed, while Human Rights Watch -



PIERRE KRAEHENBUEHL, opera-
tions director of the intefnational
Red Cross (ICRC) gestures dur-
ing a press conference at the
organizations headquarters in
Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday,
April 21, 2009.

put the number between 50,000
and 100,000.

The U.S. government
released satellite images Tues-
day showing about 25,000 tents
housing civilians squeezed into
the last small strip controlled
by the rebels, a coastal strip of
about only 8 square miles (21
square kilometers). The State
Department estimated about
125,000 people were in the con-
flict zone before the exodus

over the past two days.

A worker for Doctors With-
out Borders said hundreds of
wounded were arriving at her
hospital in Vavuniya, south of
the war zone; in government-
arranged buses, and some had
died en route. The hospital is
overcrowded with 1,200 people
being accommodated in a facil-
ity with only 400 beds, said
mental health officer Karen
Stewart, according to a state-
ment from the aid group.

U.N. High Commissioner for
Refugees Antonio Guterres was
concerned about the "dramatic
situation" for civilians still in
the war zone, said commission
spokesman Ron’ Redmond.



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stew (8) Dickensian house? (5,7) VÂ¥KQ87 all winners, re
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extinct? (4) 24. Skidded wherwe wore In ¥1042 ¥1965 must guard the queen of clubs as well
» 17 Asuitable sucker? (7,5) the sleigh (6) 74° 462 as keep his heart length. -
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ae what we'd all like i rhe (6,6) mee _ SOUTH ally works, Assume West shifts to a
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Mary (4) to tun yellow (5) VA3 king. Declarer draws trumps and
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this? (8) ‘ creature (6) een N 4 Be persistent (5,3) 3 Open to L¢ 14 34 Pass result, dummy has only the K-Q-8-7
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correct (6) may injure one (6) > 10 Work of a 5 Irresponsibly Opening lead — king of spades. last four cards are the A-3 of hearts
30 After no peace | head for 26 Unidentified girl holding a o clergyman (8) combative (7-5) Some players think that a squeeze and the J-9 of clubs.
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; - 14, To win (4) , 8 Severe (6) Actually, most squeezes are rela- On the last trump lead (called the
Yesterday's Cryptic Solution Yesterday’s Easy Solution 17 Fall to pieces (12) H To trick (4,3,1,4) tively simple to execute and require, squeeze card), he has to discard from
20 Mexican volcano (12) | 15 Pry (5) only three elements to succeed: 1. his J-9-6-5 of hearts and queen of
, . Across: 1 Strip, 4 Pronoun, 8 Cob, 9 Across: 1 Focus, 4 Fateful, 8 Tot,9 = 23. Greet (4) 16 Different (5) Declarer has all the remaining tricks clubs.
eer ae ee ad aR acea ee ene Catala 24 Cruel grasping 18 Physical fitness but one; 2. Declarer must be able to —- There is no escape for East. A
Clearly, 21 Prospered, 23 Ida, 24. " Pegasus, 21 Cease-fire, 23 Run, 24 Person (5) exercises (8) get from his own hand to dummy, or heart discard gives dummy a fourth
| Andante, 25-Weedy. Address, 25 Niece. 25, Unylelding (4) 19. Acceptable (3,5) vice versa, when he leads the heart trick, while a club discard
| Down: 1 Secures, 2 Robin Hood, 3_. Down: 1 Fitting, 2 Cutthroat, 3 Bis RECENCY at Follow: secretly (6) squeeze card late in the play; 3. One makes South’s jack a trick. The
Patio, 4 Posing,.5 On a diet, 6 Ode, 7 Spasm, 4 Flaunt, 5 Thought, 6 Fee, epinionared (8). Zee ee OME AE defender (occasionally both) must, squeeze-card — declarer’s last trump
Not on, 12 Saturnine, 14 Kingpin, 16 7 Libel, 12 In reserve, 14 Athlete, 16 29. Unwell (6) 26 Festive have at least two suits to guard — demolishes East
| Crybaby, 17 Scarce, 18 Sepia, 20 Essence, 17 Spoils, 18 Cocoa, 20 30 Traveller on foot (8) celebration (4) ‘ 7 PRT EP Se eeEQy
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BOLIVIAN President Evo
Morales on Tuesday rejected
requests from the governments
of Ireland, Croatia and Hun-
gary secking information about
the deaths of three of their citi-
zens whom Bolivia accuses of

‘plotting to assassinate Morales,

according. to the Associated
Press.

Morales said he considered it
"very serious". that countries
with "no authority" would inter-
fere:in Bolivia's investigation
into the incident, which led to
the arrest of a Hungarian and a
Bolivian-Croatian as well.

"I'm able to process them
myself," Morales told reporters.
"How are they going to defend
such people who came here to
try to kill the president?"

Still, Morales said he had no
objection to an international
commission coming to Bolivia
to investigate the matter, as his
political opponents have
requested. They accuse his left-
ist government of using the inci-
dent to distract Bolivian voters
ahead of national elections in
December...

The government says that
Bolivian. police last Thursday

foiled a plot to assassinate -

Morales and his vice president,
killing three men in a 30-minute
gunfight at a hotel in Bolivia's
eastern city of Santa Cruz, a
hub of anti-Morales sentiment.
Two others were arrested.

But in a previously recorded
interview broadcast Tuesday in
Hungary, one of the three men
who was killed said his purpose
for being in Bolivia was to help
form a militia to defend. the
province of Santa Cruz against
the national government.

"There is a legal background"
to the mission, Eduardo Rozsa-
Flores said in an interview with
Hungarian journalist and tele-
vision anchor Andras Kepes. "I
am not going there to attack La
Paz or to help organize an
attack on the capital and to dri-
ve away the president. ... It is
the defense which has to be
organized, the resistance."

The interview was recorded
Sept. 8, 2008, but broadcast for
the first time Tuesday on state

‘television:.

Rozsa-Flores arrived in
Bolivia on Oct. 4, Kepes wrote
in an e-mail. Kepes said Rozsa-
Flores asked for the secret inter-
view not to be used until he
returned from Bolivia, or unless

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POLICE officers display guns seized from an armed group who were
allegedly plotting to kill Bolivia's President Evo Morales at the public
prosecutor's office in La Paz, Monday, April 20, 2009. A-judge jailed
two suspects after three other members of the alleged band of
assassins were killed in a police raid Thursday in Santa Cruz.

he died. Kepes said it could be
considered Rozsa-Flores' "last
will and testament."

. Rozsa-Flores -was born in:

Santa Cruz to a Bolivian moth-
er and Hungarian father but
had lived mostly in Hungary for

years. He went to the Balkans ~

as a journalist, but joined the

Croatian forces fighting Serb
rebels in the 1991 war which led
to the breakup of Yugoslavia.
Known as "Chico," Rozsa-
Flores was a minor celebrity in

Croatia, which was grateful to

have a foreigner fighting for its
cause. He was buried Friday in
Santa Cruz. Eg 8







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Attorney ‘disconcerted’

by treatment of clients
mi By NEIL HARTNELL

Tribune Business Editor

The Bahamas Telecommu-
nications Company (BTC)
bidder rejected by the current
government was yesterday
said to be “pressing ahead”
with UK-based arbitration
proceedings, with its Bahami-
an attorney describing his
clients’ treatment as “discon-
certing”.

Tribune Business sources
said that the three-person
arbitration panel had been
appointed: after Bluewater
invoked arbitration proceed-
ings following. the Govern-

“ment’s decision to reject its

offer and not proceed with’

talks to finalise BTC’s privati-
sation. —

While not commenting on
the arbitration proceedings or
their status, Philip Davis, of

Davis & Co, Bluewater’s

‘attorney, told Tribune Busi-

ness that Prime Minister

Hubert Ingraham had said in
the House of Assembly that

his government would not sell’

a 51 per cent BTC stake to his
_ clients.

According to Mr Davis, the

Prime Minister made these
comments when asked a ques-
tion by Opposition leader Per-
ry Christie on the status of
BTC’s privatisation..

“He said that from when he
‘was sitting on the floor of the
House, that he was not going
to sell to my people,” Mr

Davis told Tribune Business. —

“What is disconcerting is
why, if they’re still going to
privatise, why my candidates
are not suitable for it.”

Partner

Mr Davis said the Govern-.

ment had never given Blue-
water a reason why it was
rejected as a potential BTC
strategic partner.

He added that the way the
privatisation process was now

set up appeared to favour

BTC’s competitors, chiefly
Cable Bahamas and Digicel.
“That’s where I see it head-
ing,” the attorney said.

Bluewater agreed.:a deal in
principle with the former
Christie administration to
acquire a 49 per cent stake in
BTC for $260 million just
before the 2007 general elec-
tion.

Its terms would have seen

Bluewater pay the Govern-

ment $225 million up front; a
further $30 million after five
years, when BTC’s cellular
exclusivity would have ended;
and.$5 million in year six.
Yet the Ingraham govern-
ment appeared cool towards
Bluewater from the start,

appearing suspicious of the

group and the agreement it
had reached, and'seeming to
view it as a ‘PLP deal’.

Many telecoms industry’
observers, including Tribune.

Business, had misgivings about

SEE page 9B



“What is
disconcerting is

why, if they’re still

going to privatise,
why my candi-
dates are not suit-
able for it.”



Philip Davis



Tour operators feel
cruise line squeeze

(uy Several major companies dropped fron tour lists with no explanation

Cruise lines said to be demanding that Bahamian firms reduce prices
and not market online to their passengers

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

Bahamian tour and excur-

sion operators continue to be |

squeezed by the major cruise
lines, Tribune Business can
reveal, with at least three com-
panies having been dropped
from the latter’s list of tours
since the New Year, while oth-
ers have been told they cannot
market their attractions
online. :

Sources close to the
Bahamas Association of Shore
Excursionists (BASE) have
told Tribune Business that
several Bahamian companies
have been dropped by the
major cruise line without any
explanation or rational reason
given. They were dropped, the
sources said, despite offering a
high quality product.



CRUISE LINE SQUEEZE: Tour operators under pressure.

Among those who have suf-
fered, it is understood, are
Sunshine Cruises and Dolphin
Encounters, both of whom
were dropped by Carnival
Cruise Lines - with no expla-
nation - despite having long-

Telecoms operator
hopes ‘legacy issues’
addressed in Bills —

* “Great burden’ placed on new regulator
to ensure market develops fairly towards

full competition

* SRG head feels consultation process »

work ‘sacrificed a little bit’ for expediency

of passing Bills before Budget

a By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

A Bahamas-based telecoms:

operator yesterday told Tribune
Business that it hoped the new
communications industry regu-

latory regime would address.

“legacy issues” left by its pre-
decessor, adding that a’ major
burden would be placed upon
the: new supervisory body to
ensure “fairness” as the market
moved to full competition.
Paul Hutton-Ashkenny, pres-
ident of Systems Resource
Group (SRG), parent of IndiGo
Networks, explained that his
company’s main concern had

been for the new regulatory |

regime to cover all the areas,

such as interconnection, that

had led to disputes under the
Public Utilities Commission’s
(PUC) watch, which is shortly
to end. SRG and the Bahamas
Telecommunications Company
(BTC), the dominant player in
fixed-line telecoms in the

: Bahamas, have been embroiled

in a number of interconnection-
related disputes over the past
five years. Without intercon-
nection, calls originating on one
carrier’s network cannot be
transferred to the customer of
another carrier.

The interconnection dispute,
and other areas of contention,
had led to concerns that BTC
was using is dominant position
in the telecoms market to stifle
competition, and force rival
entrants such as SRG out of the
market. “Pretty much from our
perspective all the bases are
covered,” Mr Hutton-Ashkenny
said of the three Bills forming
the new communications regu-
latory regime.

“But there are a number of
legacy issues that have arisen,
areas over the last five. or more
years that we have had limited
competition, and our concern

- in looking forward and creat-

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world’s leading cruise lines. A
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But new car dealers optimistic worst behind
them, despite SUV and commercial vehicle
sales down 51.92% and 49.76% respectively

@ By NEIL HARTNELL

Tribune Business Editor

Bahamian auto dealers yesterday said they were “hope-
ful” that the first signs of a market turnaround were begin-
ning to emerge, after new care sales fell by almost 50 per
cent against 2008 comparatives during the 2009 first quar-

ter.

Data provided to Tribune Business showed that collec-
tive sales by Bahamas Motor Dealers Association
(BMDA) members for the first three months of 2009 had

fallen by 49.38 per cent, a fall induced by the recession,
unemployment and income declines impacting the Bahami-

an economy.

This newspaper was told that, industry-wide, sports util-
ity vehicle (SUV) sales were down 51.92 per cent; pas-
senger vehicle sales were off 46.49 per cent against year- -
over-year Comparatives; and commercial vehicle sales
(trucks, taxis, vans and jitneys) were behind 49.76 per

cent.

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Yet despite the precipitous decline in business, Tribune
_Business was told that BMDA members had been braced
for even worse sales figures. Now, many are hoping the

SEE page 10B



Container Port's 2008
operating income off $%

@ By NEIL HARTNELL

..._ Tribune Business Editor

and DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

The Freeport Container Port
saw its operating income decline
by 8 per cent in 2008 compared
to the previous year, even
though container throughput
rose by.4 per cent and has con-
tinued to increase “dramatical-
ly” in early 2009.

The port’s majority 51 per
cent shareholder, Hong Kong-
based Hutchison Whampoa,

‘SEE page 8B

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lease may also be for the short
or long-term. However, there
are certain characteristics that
must exist for a lease to be
considered valid.

The tenant must have the
right to exclusive possession

of the premises that is the sub-
ject of the lease. If the person
granting the lease remains in
general control of the demised
premises, no tenancy is creat-
ed.

Additionally, if there is no
defined premises for the lease
- only a contractual obligation
to provide storage for goods
with no defined space - this
arrangement would'be con-

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sidered a mere licence and not
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to create a lease.

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uncertain period.

A lease must also be created
in the proper way, following
the relevant legal formalities,

particularly if it is a lease to .
create a legal estate (which

should be made by.deed for
enforceability and assign:
meat)

Types of Commercial Leas:
es

A lease may be pratited for
a fixed period of certain dura-
tion, whether short or long-
term. i

However, both the com-
mencement and duration of
the term of the lease must
either be certain or be ren-
dered certain before the lease
takes effect.

A lease for a fixed period’

automatically determines

. when the fixed period expires

on the lease.

A yearly tenancy is one that
continues from year to year
indefinitely until terminated
by proper notice,: notwith-
standing the death of the land-
lord or tenant, or the assign-
mentiof interest.

Generally, a yearly tenancy
may be created by implication
in instances where a person
occupies premises with the
owner’s consent, particularly
in circumstances where a ten-

ancy was intended, and rent





“The tenant
must have the

right to

exclusive
possession of
the premises

‘that is the

subject of the

lease.”



charged or measured for a
year is paid and accepted,
unless there is evidence that
a different type of tenancy was
intended:

Monthly, weekly and other
periodic tenancies may also

‘be created in the same way as
yearly tenancies, whether by

express agreement or infer-
ence, such as circumstances
where payment and accep-
tance of rent is charged/mea-
sured for a month, a week or
quarter, and the parties
intended there to be a tenan-
cy.

A tenancy at.will is where a
tenant, with the consent of the
landlord, occupies premises as
a.tenant on terms that either
party may terminate the ten-
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Unless parties under a ten-

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to terminate the tenancy).

General Provisions ofa
Commercial Lease

In addition to the parties,
premises, rent and duration,
a commercial lease should
specify the rights, duties,
responsibilities and obligations
of the landlord and tenant
(and, in some Ita the
sub-tenant).

The parties may also agree
to by. bound the ‘usual
covenants’. .

’ The parties to a lease should
ensure that certain provisions
for repairs, insurances, indem-
nification, leasehold improve-
ments, options to renew,
notices and termination of the
lease are explicit and discussed
in detail before execution. ~

In the absence of express
terms and conditions or the
usual covenants; there are
implied covenants for quiet
enjoyment that allow tenants
to recover damages from the
landlord if the person to
whom the covenant extends,
physically and substantially
interfere with the tenant’s
enjoyment of the demised
premises.

In addition to the implied
covenant of quiet enjoyment,
a landlord has an obligation
not to derogate from his grant
to the demised:premises, and

‘in some instances, he must

ensure that certain premises
are fit and in good repair.

' The tenant has an obliga-
tion to pay rent, rates and
‘assessments, not to commit
waste, and allow the landlord
to view the demised premises
to make repairs, in the
absence of the express terms
and conditions.

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Developer buys 50% stake
900-acre Eleuthera plot

@ By CHESTER
ROBARDS
Business Reporter
crobards@tribunemedia.net

A Miami-based develop-
ment group has acquired a 50
per cent stake in 900 acres of
land at Lighthouse Point,
Eleuthera, it was revealed yes-
terday.

Businesswire.com
announced that The Related
Group, a privately-held luxu-
ry real estate developer, oper-
ating under the name TRG-
Meritage Bahamas LLC, com-
pleted the acquisition this
week. Lighthouse Point was
the most “awe-inspiring, unde-
veloped vista on the island,” a
press statement said. ,

“Our stake in this amazing
property is a testimony to our
longer-term outlook on land
. values in the Caribbean,” said
Related Group chairman and

chief executive, Mr Perez.

“We are finalising the enti-
tlements with the Government
and the Bahamas for a devel-
opment programme that.is
truly unique in the market and
‘some distance beyond expec-
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Host and co-producer Fred-
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partnered with Jones Commu-
nications to bring local singing
talent to a home viewership,
filmed before a live audience at
Nirvana Beach Club.
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Munnings Jr, the first season of
Bahamian Idol, which aired its
finale only last weekend, was
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we did an excellent presenta-
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“The way forward now is to
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by giving us the same opportu-
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investors.”
Title

: For 16 weeks a cornucopia of
voices and personalities from

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for the title of the First Bahami-

* an Idol. And this month the first

place winner walked away with
a $3,000 cash prize, a $15,000
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of advocates for the defunct.
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He explained that indigenous

entertainment was once an inte- .

gral part of this country’s
tourism product, but became
slowly dormant as large foreign-
backed hotels and resorts
siphoned the local talent
through their doors.

The Bahamian public were
not able to venture into those
establishments to enjoy the live

entertainment, and the indus- .

try took a serious hit.

“We have moved towards
directing our attention in terms
of our cultural expression

towards the tourist,” said Mr -

Munnings.

“We tend to. produce attrac-
tions for the tourists as opposed
to producing them for our-
selves.”

He said Bahamian Idol was
created to return to ‘the
Bahamian public the live enter-
tainment that was once popu-

. lar and lucrative, through media
such as the Internet and televi-

sion.

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said.

“We made a giant step in sen-
sitising the nation through JCN
network that we need to retool,
or retrain or redirect and pay
attention to those things in our
nation that are unique to us.”

Heralded:as a nightingale,
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‘Mr Munnings said no reason
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hope that’s what we have
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THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2009, PAGE 5B



Tour operators feel cruise line squeeze

FROM page 1B

was also dropped by Carnival.

The decision regarding Dol-
phin Encounters has particu-
larly alarmed BASE mem-
bers, all of whom are Bahami-
an-owned small businesses,
given that Carnival passengers
are now likely to be directed
to the competing dolphin
attraction at Atlantis. There
are increasing fears that most
passengers disembarking at
Nassau will be directed to
Atlantis, further depriving
small Bahamian-owned busi-
nesses of the chance to earn
revenues from the cribs busi-
ness.

Elsewhere, Tribune: Busi-
ness has been informed that
Bahamian tour and excursion
providers have been told by
the cruise lines to drop their
prices, with no guarantee that
they will.direct a minimum
number of passengers to them,
or feature the tour/excursion
in their on-board marketing
programmes.

And some Bahamian busi-
nesses have been warned by
the cruise lines to cease mar-
keting to their passengers via
the Internet - a’ demand that
would, in most other coun-
tries, be seen as a restraint of
trade leading to an inquiry by
a competition/fair trading
watchdog.

Such demands indicate that!
the cruise lines want to:exer-
cise complete control over
their passengers’ on- shore
experiences, controlling what
they do, how much they pay
and where they go.

One source with knowledge
of the situation told Tribune
Business: “The cruise lines
have told us directly that we
cannot market our tours

online. In fact,.many of us-

have been told to stop all
Internet ‘advertising or risk
having tours dropped Py the
cruise lines.”

Other concerns have cen-
tred on cruise line demands

for new payment methods,



“The cruise
lines have told
us directly

that we cannot

market our
tours online.”



whereby Bahamian tour and
excursion providers will be
compensated for services by
wire transfers. The fear among
the providers is that the time
taken to receive wire pay-
ments will cause their busi-
nesses liquidity/cash flow
problems, given that they have
to order supplies constantly.
These concerns fully sup-
port a presentation given by

Jeffrey Beckles, executive
director of the Bahamas Asso- .

ciation of Shore Excursionists
(BASE), to the Grand
Bahama Tours Association, in
which he warned that the
increasing development of pri-

%,

vate island destinations by the
major cruise line is having a
“devastating impact on
Bahamian small businesses”,
with many vessels either
bypassing Nassau/Freeport
altogether or using them as
second ports of call after
already mining their passen-
gers’ pocketbooks.

While the number of cruise
arrivals to the lines’ private
islands were increasing, they
were declining elsewhere.

And there was a “massive
duplication of local tours at

private islands, and restrictions’

placed on local vendors in sell-
ing their own tours”. This had

the net effect of ensuring that.

all tours and excursions pro-
vided on the private islands
were controlled by the cruise
lines, along with the prices, to
the exclusion of Bahamian-

owned tour operators and.

their employees.

Mr Beckles’ presentation
warned that the “economic pic
slices” earned by Bahamian-
owned tours and excursion
providers continued to dwin-
dle as a result, given that

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or arrived here after the lines
had exhausted their spending
power on the private islands.

Tribune Business also
understands that BASE mem-
bers are becoming increasing-
ly frustrated at what they per-
ceive as the Florida-Caribbean
Cruise Association’s (FCCA)
failure to meet its commit-
ment to negotiate with the
organisation, and address
some of its concerns.

The FCCA position is that it
wants written reassurances
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BASE can represent them,
despite having already
received these and knowing
who BASE is, its members

and what it is advocating for. .

For 2008, the only destina-
tions that saw an increase in
cruise passenger arrivals were
the private islands. Castaway
Cay on Abaco saw a 58.1 per
cent rise in arrivals to 149,389,
compared to 94,511 the year
before.

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BUSINESS



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addressed in Bills

FROM page 1B

ing a new communications sec-
tor is that we don’t ignore lega-
cy issues on the ground, and
that they be accommodated in
the legislation. That’s how
we’ve been looking at the new
framework.”

Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham yesterday tabled in the
House of Assembly the three
Bills that will form the core of
the new communications sector

regulatory regime - the Com-

munications Bill, the Utilities

- Regulation and Competition

Authority Bill, and the Utilities
Appeal Tribunal Bill. They will
cover all communications sec-

tors, including Internet, radio.

and telecoms.

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extended. The SRG president
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Business. “That was declined.
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just didn’t have enough time
quite honestly to properly con

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those comments, having them
thought through to see whether
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minor modifications.

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important, and the value of a
lot of the work done on it, it’s

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the expediency of getting it
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‘the circumstances.”

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publication of the draft legisla-
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over 250 pages of closely-typed
legal documents. With the
greatest respect, we just felt that
was impossible.”

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felt it would not be too much
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for feedback and consideration
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doubted that “much, if any,
material changes” would be
made to the three Bills before
they were passed. SRG under-
stood the. Government’s
urgency to privatise BTC, and
Mr Hutton-Ashkenny praised
the transparent manner in
which the consultation process
had been handled by the pri-
vatisation committee and its
advisers, KPMG and attorneys

‘Higgs & Johnson and Charles

Russell. A huge amount of good
work had been done, he added.

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that we’ve been unable.to dot
all the ‘i’s’ and cross all the ‘t’s’
as neatly as the circumstances
Hutton-
Ashkenny said.



countries within the British Caribbean: Bermuda, Bahamas, Cayman and Tortola. A
Manages Revenue leakage, establishes credit limits and reviews shipments to profile. :
Supervises the following staff; eee Analyst, Duties and Vendor Analyst, Accounts ~

Receivable Analyst.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

+ Manage the Commercial activities for a country or group of countries

within the Cluster. |

¢ Supervise Billing, Duties, Accounts Receivable and Vendor Analysis.

« Prepare and analyze statistics ‘and KPIs for the country/cluster.

« Responsible for weekly revenue forecasting to Finance Manager and SMT
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| - Establish AR Credit limits.

* Principal contact for Commercial Controller.

« Assist with preparation of Customer profitability analysis.
* Handle Billing queries from Billing Center.

* 1* level of approval for Credit notes.

« Special projects and ad hoc reports as required.

« Performs other assignments as required.

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« Ensure accurate billing of inbound shipments 4
* Coordinate all Freight and Logistics billing with Caribbean designated 4

representative

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+ Minimum of 2 years supervisory or management experience leading

a department.

¢ A background in commercial credit required.

- Experience with a major Enterprise Reporting Package (ERP)

« Excellent analytical and interpersonal skills. :
+ Ability to read and interpret data reports. Ability to understand and perform data

analysis.

* PC skills should include the. basic suite of MS products, Excel, Access, Word,

Office

« Excellent communication skills both written and verbal, this function does a
lot of interfacing with internal and external customers and the Shared Service

Center

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

* Bachelor's degree in Accounting/Finance, a related field or equivalent

— education

E-mail Romell. knowles @ DHL.com

or mail to
C/O Romell Knowles,
P.O. Box N3735,
Nassau, Bahamas







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a eee
Container Port's 2008 operating income off 8%

sion project to relieve this con-
gestion is progressing satisfac-
torily.”

Now, the Freeport Container
Port is experiencing “dramat-
ic” improvements in business,
according to its chief executive,
Chris Gray, who also revealed
that it is looking at rehiring per-
sons in some areas.

Rebounded

He noted that the port had
rebounded from a 25 per cent
decline in TEU volume, which
occurred in the latter part of
2008 and early 2009 as a result
of the recession.

“In December (2008), Janu-
ary and February, we lost about

FROM page 1B

said it processed 1.698 million
TEUs (twenty-foot equipment
unit containers) during 2008,
despite suffering a slump near
year-end as a result of declining
worl trade.

Writing in its 2008 annual
report, Hutchison Whampoa
said: “Freeport Container Port,
on Grand Bahama Island,
reported throughput growth of
4 per cent, although EBIT
(operating income, meaning
earnings before interest and tax-
ation) decreased by 8 per cent,
mainly due to higher operating
costs incurred to ease conges-
tion at peak times. The expan-

=
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THE CENTRE FOR DIGESTIVE HEALTH
Dietitian Needed

¢ Session work at The Centre.

¢ Minimum of bachelor’s degree in dietetics, foods
and nutrition or a related area required.

¢ To assist the practice in preventing illnesses by
promoting healthy eating habits.

¢ Will work with the gastroenterologist to treat
patients with digestive and other diseases by
assisting with the implementation of recommended ~
dietary modifications. ;

Submit resume by fax or email to:
Dr. Harold Munnings at 328-5552 or
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‘COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
IN THE SUPREME COURT -
Probate Side

IN THE ESTATE OF STAFFORD
WILLIE MUSGROVE, late of

No. 34 Isabella Boulevard, Marathon
Estates, New Piisetce, Bahamas,
deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given ‘that all persons having
any claim or demand against the above Estate are
required to send the same duly certified in writing to
the undersigned on or before the 21 May, 2009 after
which date the Executors will proceed to distribute
the assets having regard only to the claims of which
they shall then have had notice.

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

JOSEPH C. LEDEE
Chambers
_ Suite No. 6, Grosvenor Close
Shirley Street, Nassau, Bahamas
Attorney for the Executrix



25 per cent of our'throughput,
but the volumes have now
returned, not because of any
improvement in world trade, in
fact, far from it,” Mr Gray said.

However, although volumes
have increased dramatically, Mr
Gray said the $350 million
Phase V expansion has been put
on hold until the end of the
year.

Mr Gray, who also serves as
chief executive of the Freeport
Harbour Company and Grand
Bahama Airport Company, said
they were focusing on training
key staff at the three compa-
nies.

A luncheon was held at
Freeport Harbour for several
supervisory. workers who par-
ticipated and successfully com-
pleted Hutchison Port Hold-
ings’ Supervisory Leadership
Learning and Development
programme.

“The company is growing.
We are increasing the number
of employees we have and they
need supervision and manage-
ment.

“We have more than 53 per-
sons altogether between the
three companies who are super-
visors, and some will be senior
supervisors.

“The idea is to develop a

management team for the:

future,” Mr Gray said.
Of the 1,200 persons

employed by Hutchison Port
Holdings in Freeport, the Con-

tainer Port presently employs

about 850 persons.

Mr Gray attributed the
increase in throughput volumes
at the Container Port in the last
month to its main customer, the
Mediterranean Shipping Com-
pany (MSC), which is
Hutchison’s partner and fellow
shareholder in the facility.

“MSC has brought additional
service and also more traffic
from other ports, so we are
more or less slightly below last
year’s average daily volume, but
we are pleased to say things
have improved dramatically in
the last six weeks,” Mr Gray
said.

“We are hoping it continues.

Places are quite busy such as -

South America, where a lot of
traffic has been coming through.
I think, hopefully, we are over
the worst of it.

“It does not mean the reces-

sion is over - it’s not, but we
have a particular type of busi-
ness here,.’
Hutchison has spent $50 mil-
lion so far on the expansion pro-
ject, which has been deferred
until the end of 2009. Dredging
has been completed and some
of the civil works had already
started.

“We don’t know what is
going to happen in the future

or what estimates will return in
2010 - no one knows, it is pure
speculation.

“If the volumes come back
consistent we will bring (the
project) back on again. The
intention is to build phase V,”
he said.

Asked about rehiring, Mr
Gray said: “We are, in fact, tak-

ing some persons in areas, and,

in some disciplines we are look-
ing to take some people back,
but I can’t actually quantify

_ that.” -

Recruited

He indicated that some 300
persons could be recruited as
container volume improves, and
for when the expansion project
resumes.

Some improvements have

also been seen at the airport in
recent weeks due to Discovery
Cruise Line’s temporary can-
cellation of ferry services at the
harbour.

Mr Gray noted that the major
industrial companies, such as
the Grand Bahama Shipyard,
Container Port and others, have
also contributed to increase pas-
senger travel at the airport.

However, he stressed that the
airport was. highly dependent
on tourism.

“Tourism is having a rough
time and we are now entering
the slow period of the year
and...Discovery’s problem at
the harbour has'actually bene-
fited the airport, but that is not
really the way we want to see
traffic come. °

“We want to have additional

business here,” said Mr Gray.

Legal Notice

-. NOTICE
PEORIA INVESTMENTS
PTE. LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice. is hereby given that the: above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 17th day of March 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. . Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

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A Major Development in Southwest New Providence is
seeking a full time on-site registered nurse. The nurse
will be responsible for non-critical incidents/accident
to provide the necessary first aid and first responder

treatment.

Duties include but not limited to:-

Stabilization of any injured person/s until
they can be transferred to a clinic or
hospital facilities for complete evaluation

by a doctor.

Administer drug and alcohol testing to
construction and company staff if required.

\

Complete any reports required by in house
and relevant.government agencies
regarding injuries or incidents on site.

Suitable candidates must have full medical liability

insurance coverage,
a Ministry of

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medical field. Emergency room experience is a Plus.

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; BETWEEN

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



IN THE MATTER OF THE LEGAL
PROFESSION ACT, 1992

AND

IN THE MATTER OF A COMPLAINT
AGAINST COUNSEL AND ATTORNEY

‘SOLOMON GUTSTIEN
Complainant
AND 32300528

KENDALL KNOWLES
Respondent

NOTICE OF HE NG

TAKE NOTICE that the Disciplinary Tribunal shall:
hear the subject Complaint on Wednesday the 6th day
of May, A.D., 2009 at 3:00 o’clock in the afternoon
before Her Ladyship The Honourable Mrs. Justice
Albury at 3rd Floor British American Building, George
Street, Nassau, The Bahamas.

Dated the 26th day of March, ob 2009

Bahamas Bar Association
Elizabeth Avenue
Nassau, The Bahamas



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POSITIONS AVAILABLE
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PricewaterhouseCoopers. has vacancies for staff
accountants to. pursue. a programme of _ training
culminating in a professional accountancy qualification.
Prospective candidates should have a graduate or
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grade point average that exemplifies your success as an
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Applications are being accepted for the 2009
Programme. Expectant May/June 2009 graduates are
also encouraged to apply.




Successful candidates will undergo a period of rigorous
training, both academically and: on-the-job, with the
objective of developing professional skills. Much
of the on-the-job experience will entail auditing the
financial statements of entities in the financial services
industries such as banks, trust companies, investment
funds and insurance companies. The positions offer
excellent salaries and promotional opportunities, and
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30 April 2009, to:





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PricewaterhouseCoopers
P.O. Box N-3910 .

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THE TRIBUNE







Rejecte

FROM page 1B

some aspects of the deal, espe-
cially the five-year cellular
exclusivity post-privatisation
- something that would have
restricted competition and
consumer choice, and imped-
ed lower prices and improved
service.

Yet Bluewater would have
been insisting on this to give it
time to prepare BTC for fully
fledged competition.

The group’s offer appeared
serious and negotiable, based
on the background of its prin-
cipals and the sum they were
prepared to offer.

Bluewater, described as a
private equity group that
acquired.and turned around
telecoms operators, is led by
Roger Ames, an ex-Time
Warner executive, former
NTL chief financial officer
John Gregg, a leading Trinida-
dian telecoms executive, and a
leading US cellular proponent.

Moreover, the $260 million
it was offering would have
been a welcome boost to the
Public Treasury at a time
when the global economic
recession has thinned its cof-
fers.

That $260 million would
have been in the form of for-
eign currency, its injection
boosting the current account,

. foreign exchange reserves and
the Government finances at a
time of considerable need.

Bluewater’s invoking of
arbitration proceedings
appears to indicate it does not

-believe the Government was
negotiating in ‘good faith’ with
it following the May 2007 gen-
eral election. :

Others, though, have had
misgivings about the fact that

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the Christie administration
conducted talks with Bluewa-
ter in relative secrecy, and that
the process was not an open,
transparent ‘beauty contest’.
Mr Davis had previously
told Tribune Business that the
Government’s decision that
BTC would only maintain a
“maximum” one-year cellular
monopoly post-privatisation (in
practice two years, as rivals will
need to build infrastructure) had
dramatically “diminished” the
company’s value and the price

d BIC bidder is ‘pressing ahead’ with arbitratiog

-his clients were likely to pay.

He added that if the Govern-
ment had stuck to the original
terms and had been prepared
to sell a 75 per cent stake in
BTC, as it had indicated in talks
with Bluewater, the group
would have been prepared “to
pay $400 million”.

Terms

* Based on a $260 million price
for a 49 per cent stake, Tribune
Business’s calculations show

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Statue Laws of the Bahamas, the inspection and
licensing of All Public Service vehicles will be
carried ont in New Providence and the Family
‘Island’s beginning Friday, 1 May thru Friday, 29%

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THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2009, PAGE’9#

kets so tight. :

It is possible BTC’s price
may have fallen back to the
$130 million that BahamaTel
was prepared to offer in the
failed 2003 privatisation
process. ;

Yet Mr Ingraham is deter-
mined to press on, having
recognised that a privatisation
process that has run for 10-_
plus years cannot be allowed
to continue any longer.

that 75 per cent of BTC would
have fetched $398 million if the
terms and conditions had

BTC is unlikely to fetch.
$260 million for a 51 per cent
stake now, given that the tele-
coms industry is suffering as
much as other sectors from
the global economic down-
turn. In addition, potential
suitors are likely to encounter
difficulties in obtaining debt
financing with the credit mar-

BAHAMAS ELECTRICITY CORPORATION
VACANCY NOTICE








MANAGER, REVENUE ACCOUNTING
CUSTOMER SERVICES DIVISION





A vacancy-exists in the Corporation for the position of Manager, Revenue Accounting.



The job manages the billing of all customer accounts in New Providence and the Family Islands and the
~ reconciliation of all revenue accounts other than miscellaneous receivables.



Responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to, the following:

¢ Manages the meter reading and billing processes both in New Providence and the Family Islands.
* Assists with the disconnection process through the use of meter readers,
-* Prepares the sales budget.
* Prepares the Revenue Accounting Department Budget.
* Oversees the preparation of the Accounts Receivable Reconciliation.
¢ Oversees the training of all Customer Services staff in the new billing software.
* Prepares monthly Board reports. 1 ;
* Prepares monthly sales analysis and unbilled revenue reports.
¢~ Prepares quarterly reports for the Central Bank & Department of Statistics.
* | Provides statistical billing information for Family Island managers.
-* Oversees the disconnection of services for non-payment of electricity in the Family Islands.
* Attends yearly community meetings as well as ad hoc meetings required during acquisition of new
locations. - : :
* Develops and implements rules, guidelines and procedures for the efficient operation of the department.



Job requirements include:



¢ A minimum ofa Bachelors degree in Accounts or equivalent

¢ A minimum of 8+ years of experience in accounting practice and theory.
* — Certified Accountant (CPA) or equivalent qualifications

* Knowledge of the Electricity Act of the Bahamas.

¢ — Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

¢ — Sound reasoning and good judgment skills.

¢ — Ability to interpret financial reports.

* — Good time management skills.

Project management skills.

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Interested persons should apply by completing and returning an Application Form to: The Manager-
Human Resources & Training Department, Bahamas Electricity Corporation, Blue Hill &

Tucker, P. (). Box N-7509 Nassau Bahamas on or before: May 4, 2009.







PAGE 10B, THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2009

1 UES SSS)

THE TRIBUNE



Q1 new car s f 50%

FROM page 1B

worst is behind them.

Also seeing positive signs,
Rick Lowe, Nassau Motor
Company’s (NMC) operations
manager, told Tribune Busi-
ness yesterday: “So far, this
month’s sales seem fairly

good, so we will probably be
as equally bad or better than
the previous months. We’re
still finding that a lot of people
are having difficulty getting
their financing.”

“Banks are obviously reluc-
tant to lend. They’re being
more prudent and careful with
their depositors’ money. I’m

hearing loan default rates are .
becoming an issue. The other
side of the coin is that banks
are funding us to import vehi-
cles, but they can’t fund the
end-user.”

Mr Lowe said his under-
standing was that while
Bahamian commercial banks
were still requiring a minimum



“Banks are
obviously
reluctant to
lend. They’re
being more

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
IN THE SUPREME COURT

IN THE MATTER OF ALL THAT piece
parcel or lot of land being Lot 215, Stella
Maris Subdivision Phase Three, Section Two,
Stella Maris, situate between the settlements
of Burnt Ground and Millerton in the Northern
Portion of Long Island, 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
a plan filed herein and thereon coloured yellow

AND IN THE MATTER of the Quieting Titles
Act, 1959

AND IN THE MATTER of the Petition of

Warren Robert Boli

. -' NOTICE
The Quieting Titles Act 1959

The Petition of Warren Robert Boli
of the city of Canton, in the State of Ohio, one
of the states in the United States of America
in respect of: - ALL THAT piece parcel
or lot of land being Lot 215, Stella Maris

Subdivision Phase Three, Section Two, Stella
Maris, situate between the settlements of
Burnt Ground and Millerton in the Northern
Portion of Long Island, 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 a plan filed
herein and thereon coloured yellow

Warren Robert Boli claims to be the owner of the fee
simple estate in possession of the tract of land hereinbefore

described free from encumbrances.
AND.» the«Petitioner has made application : to
Supreme- Court-of

ion.3 of: Quieting Titles Act 1959 to have his title to the
said tract of land investigated and the nature and extent thereof

2008/CLE/qui/1871

+ Gommonwealth of The Bahamas under

15 per cent equity invested by prudent and



borrowers in personal loan careful with
‘purchases, “some banks are & a

asking for more: collateral”, their depositors’
especially if the borrower ”

worked in “a shaky industry” money.

susceptible to unemployment

as a result of the economic Rich. Lowe

downturn.

Still, Mr Lowe said NMC
and other Bahamian new car
dealers were looking forward
with more optimism, believ-
ing the market may have
passed the bottom and that
business will eventually pick
up, especially if the economy
turns around.

“If April is an indication,
there may have been some
carry over from the Car Show,
but we’re not sure,” he
explained. “The Car Show was
not as good as the year before,

» but there seemed to be a lot ‘

more seriously interested peo-
ple, which was good, because
we had more time to spend
with potential clients. People
who were there were serious
about looking, so we now
have to convert those into
closed sales.

“Many of us are hopeful we
will see a turnaround, and
hope this continues.

“Hopeful would be the best
adjective to describe the
industry.

“In speaking with some at
the guys, we expected it to be

Legal Notice

NOTICE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

_ (a) FUCHSIA INTERNATIONAL LTD. is in dissolution under the
provisions of the International Business Companies Act 2000. .

(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on April 21, 2009
when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by the
Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Lakeisha Collie of 2nd Terrace
West, Centreville, Nassau, Bahamas.

(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are
required on or before the 19th day of May, 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.

APRIL. 22, 2009
the Sh ee = { ser
ie mye ~ LAKEISHA COLLIE

LIQUIDATOR OF THE ABOVE-NAMED COMPANY

determined and declared in a Certificate of Title to be granted
- by the Court in accordance with the provisions of the said Act.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that any persons

having Dower or a Right to Dower or an Adverse Claim or a
_ claim not recognized in the petition shall on or before the 23"
of May A.D., 2009 file in the Supreme Court and serve on the

Legal Notice
NOTICE

Petitioner or the undersigned a statement of his claim in the

prescribed form verified by an Affidavit to be filed therewith.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:,

Failure of any such person to file and serve a statement of his #

claim on or before the 23" of May A.D., 2009 will operate as a

bar to such claim.

Copies of the Filed Plan may be inspected at:
1. The Registry of the Supreme Court;

2.The Chambers of Graham, Thompson’& Co. attommeys for

the Petitioner, Sassoon House, Shirley Street & Victoria
Avenue, Nassau, N.P., Bahamas;

3 The Notice Board of the Administrator at Stella Maris, Long

Island; and
4.The Local Constables at Stella Maris, poug Island

Dated the 23" day-of March A. D. 2009

GRAHAM, THOMPSON & CO.,
Chambers,
Sassoon House,
Shirley Street & Victoria Avenue, —
Nassau, Bahamas.
Attorneys for the Petitioner



ROYAL 3 FIDELITY

(a) CLIO INTERNATIONAL TRADING CORP. is in dissolution /
under the provisions of the International Business Companies Act 2000.

(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on April 21, 2009
when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by the
Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Lakeisha Collie of 2nd Terrace
West, Centreville, Nassau, Bahamas. :

(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are
required on or before the 19th day of May, 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.

APRIL 22, 2009
LAKEISHA COLLIE

LIQUIDATOR OF THE ABOVE-NAMED COMPANY

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a whole lot worse - a hell of a
lot worse.- as it seemed every-
thing was collapsing. Maybe
it was not as bad as some were
making out, but we’re relieved
to come away at the level
we're at.

“Hopefully we can build on
that going forward. At one
point, we were down 60 per
cent for the month of Febru-
ary. It was disastrous.”

As for the current state of
the new car industry, Mr
Lowe said: “We’re doing OK.

- We’d like to be doing a whole

lot better,,but no one has tak-
en drastic measures yet.
Everyone is doing their part
to keep everyone employed.
Like any of us, you prepare
for the worst and hope for the
best.”

With new car sales down,
Bahamian auto dealers had
cut back on orders from their
manufacturers, Mr Lowe con-
firming: “There’s not much in
the pipeline as far as I’m
aware.’

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China is already showing great inter-
est in the Bahamas, with the extremely
generous grant of funds to build our
National Stadium and the ongoing dis-

_ cussions with potential Chinese
investors in the Baha Mar project.

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president has met with the Chinese ambassador to
oe the Bahamas in a bid to establish a business rela-



Sauk tionship between Bahamian realtors and their coun-
iS terparts or potential clients in China.
fo

William Wong, who was recently elected to serve
a second term as BREA presiden, visited Hu Dingx-
jan.

Mr Wong said: “It seemed a logical step for me to
establish contact with the local representative of
the Peoples Republic of China, which is the world’s
most populated country with the world’s fastest
growing economy.

“China is already showing great interest in the
Bahamas, with the extremely generous grant of
funds to build our National Stadium and the ongo-
ing discussions with potential Chinese investors in
the Baha Mar project.”

The Ambassador forecast increased business and.
cultural exchanges between the two countries.

_. Prior to his appointment in the Bahamas, Ambas-
sador Dingxian served as Director-General of the
Central Foreign Affairs Office.

_ He is a graduate of Guangdong University of
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an, Ambassador of the Peoples Republic of China to the.
Bahamas.

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exemption, under the terms
and conditions of the lease,
that allows him to waive this
right to formally demand pay-
ment. ,

Notwithstanding the tenan-
t’s equitable right to relief
against forfeiture (provided
certain conditions are met),
the landlord may seek to exer-
cise other remedies available
to him to satisfy payment of
rent monies that may be in
arrears and due to him, and
for which the tenant has
breached an important con-
tractual term of the lease.

One such remedy is a land-
_lord’s legal right to distrain for
rent in arrears.

Under the summary remedy
of distress for rent, a landlord
may secure the payment of
rent - or the performance of
certain obligations due to hini
- by seizing a tenant’s goods
and chattels (any property
other than freehold land)
found upon the premises in
respect of. which the rent or
obligations are due without
the use of legal process. .

Distress for rent is the
process by which a landlord
seizes a tenant’s goods and
chattels in order to secure pay-
ment of rent in arrears.

If the tenant fails to pay the
rent arrears within a specified
period of time after distress
has been levied, and notice of
distress given, the landlord
may sell the goods and keep
the amount due,

Contractually, the seizure
of goods ‘by the landlord in

_ exercise of his right to distrain
. (seizure of good by distress)

FROM page 2B

Landlora’s right to distrain
under a commercial lease

In the circumstance where a
landlord wishes to enforce his
right to forfeit a commercial
or residential lease for non-
payment of rent, it is impor-
tant that the landlord or his
authorised agent makes a for-
mal demand for the rent, or
ensure that there is some

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distrain
applies only
to goods and
personal —
chattels.”



acts as a security for the per-
formance of an obligation —
the tenant’s obligation to pay
rent, and the landlord’s right
to receive rent in considera-
tion of leasing — his
premises/property.

The right to distrain applies

.only to goods and personal
chattels.

Certain goods are absolute-
ly privileged against distraint,
while others have condition-
al privilege (they may only be
taken where there is no other
sufficient distress).

Articles subject to absolute
privilege against distraint:

(1) (a)Property of the
Crown
(b) Property of those
“enjoying diplomatic privilege
(c) Property in the cus-
tody of the law
(2) Property delivered to a
person cairying on a public
trade to be dealt with in the
exercise of his. trade.

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Let the lease take ‘di-strain’

(3) Fixtures

(4) Wearing apparel, bed-
ding and tools of the trade val-
ued at a certain fixed amount.

(5) Perishable articles,
money and wild animals:

Certain requirements must
be met before the right to dis-
train for rent may be exer-
cised:

ed Beles relationship between
landlord and tenant must exist

both when the rent becomes

due and when the distress is

levied’

* The rent must be in
arrears.

If the rent.is only payable
on a condition precedent, it
cannot be distrained until the
condition is fulfilled.

In contract law, a condition

~ precedent is “a provision that

does not form part of a con-
tractual obligation [in this
case, the terms of the lease],
but, operates to suspend the
contract until a specified event
has happened”.

The lease must be an exist-
ing lease in order for the right
to distrain to be exercised.
Although a formal instrument
is not required, possession tak-
en by the tenant under an

agreement for a tenancy which

can be specifically enforced
gives the landlord the right to
distrain.

Additionally, a distress can
only be levied for a rent which
is certain.

It is also important that the
rent be in arrears.

Rent is not considered to be
in arrears, under landlord and
tenant law, until after the last
minute of the day on which it
is made payable.

Therefore, there can be no
distress until the day after the
rent becomes due.

At the time the rent is due,
the distrainor must possess a
legal or equitable interest in
the property upon which the °
rent is owed

NB: The information con-
tained in this article does not
constitute nor is it a substitute
for legal advice. Persons read-
ing this article and/or column,
generally, are encouraged. to
seek the relevant legal advice
and assistance regarding issues
that may affect them and may
relate to the information pre-
sented. © 2009. Tyrone L. E.
Fitzgerald. All rights reserved

Tyrone L. E. Fitzgerald is
an attorney with Fitzgerald &
Fitzgerald. Should you have
any comments regarding this
article, you may contact Mr
Fitzgerald at Suite 212,
Lagoon Court Building, Olde
Towne Mall at Sandyport,
West Bay St., P. O. Box CB- |
11173, Nassau, Bahamas or at
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for life after shooting

Expat shot in
head outside of
his company —

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

_ AN EXPA-
TRIATE busi-

lessman-Was,
fighting for
life in hospital
“after being shot
in the head'yes-
terday morning
in what police
suspect was a
targeted :shoot-
ing. The ‘attack
took place outside his offshore
financial services company, Bri-
tannia Consultancy Group, in
the tranquil community of
Gambier Village.

Although his identity was not
released by police, The Tribune
understands the victim is UK
citizen Hywel Jones, a resident,
of western New Providence,
who was said to be in his late.
fifties. He was the ex-business
partner of former MP Lester

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Defence Force officer.
reportedly shot in leg

AN OFFICER of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force was reportedly
shot in the leg around mid-day yesterday.

The shooting is said to have occurred in the Englerston area. Up to.
press time details surrounding thg incident were still sketchy, howev-
er, ASP Walter Evans said that ‘the man’s anuncs were not life threat-
ening.



Businessman fights



in appeal hearing

_ Christie, told the appellate court

‘uncertain whether it was com-












THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2009

OBITUARIES
AL ett.
IN TODAY’S TRIBUNE









ABOVE: Police stand at the crime tape at the site of the shooting yesterday.
LEFT: Crime scene officers at the scene of the shooting.

STH Ta CATES
hy some Customs
TA aM TTC
thousands out of
govt and businesses’

AN ELABORATE and
complex scheme, allegedly,
utilised by some corrupt Cus-
toms officers and brokerage
agents, has milked govern-
ment and local businesses out
of hundreds of thousands of
dollars, it was suggested yes-
terday,

In documents obtained by
The Tribune it was claimed
that-some senior customs offi-
cers were using a system
where. they knowingly entered:
the wrong rate of duty.for a
list of items, some of which
were even duty free, —

| allegedly in an effort to skim
off the top the difference in
what was really owed and
what was actually paid.

In one instance,:a $10,000
fee was fixed to.a shipment. of
elevator parts for BahaMar.
However this resort develop-
ment is allowed to bring in all
equipment and supplies duty
and stamp tax free.

Also.empty containers were
brought in through Global

Unexpected turn

over Senator
appointments
declaration.

a By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter —_-

THE appeal hearing over a
declaration by Chief Justice Sir
Burton ‘Hall on the appoint-
ments of former FNM Senator
Anthony Musgrove and Sena-
tor, Tanya Wright did not pro-
ceed as expected yesterday after
lawyer ‘Paul Adderley claimed
he had'not been provided “in a
timely manner” with all of the
necessary documents for the
case.

Mr ‘Adde ley, aed represents
Opposition leader’ Perry

that he had only, received the
record, which was filed on Feb-
ruary 13, on Monday, without
the transcripts. He‘had received
the transcript of the proceedings
Tuesday afternoon.,He added
that he had not had time to
examine the transcripts and was

plete, claiming that a court
reporter was not always present

SEE page 11 SEE page nine



i By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net_.







stions.*

SEE page 10

| Former prime minister says.
allegations ‘very serious’

DESPITE denials of nepotism in the
granting of Crown land by the Director. of
Lands and Surveys, former prime minister
Perry Christie said he considers the allega-
tions against the ministry official “very, very
serious” and “deserving of inquiry.” .
Focusing attention on current: Prime Minister Hubert Ingr
ham, who signéd off on four of the five controversial prop’
transactions. at Exuma, he suggested this newspaper’ s findings
“may be a matter entirely for Ingraham to explain.”
| . Mr Christie expressed his support for the FNM leader pro:
viding a “full and frank” statement on the situation.
Meanwhile, both Mr Ingraham and Minister*of Lands “and
Local Government Byron Woodside yesterday declined to com-
ment on the articles that alleged an abuse of power on the part
of Director Tex Turnquest: Mr Turnquest denied the allega-

The PLP chief’s comments came after documents surfaced
showing that five adjacent parcels of beachfront property in
Exuma, ranging from 34,000 square feet to 17,750 square feet,
|, were granted to family and friends of Mr Turnquest between
2001 and 2003, each for between $1,270 and. $2,340.
Four properties received final approval from Mr Ingraham in
2001, while the last, granted in 2003, bears Huo Prime Minister




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Legislation tabled»
with a view towards
BIC privatisation

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff
Reporter
alowe@
tribunemedia.net

WITH a view to con-.
cluding BTC’s privatisa-
tion in’ “a short time-
frame”, Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham yes-
terday tabled three
pieces of legislation to
provide the regulatory
framework necessary to
govern the telecommunications
sector once the process is com-
pleted.

Mr Ingraham told parliament |
the Electronic Communications

Bill, the Utilities Regulation and
Competition Authority Bill and
the Utilities Appeal Tribunal Bill
will bring the Bahamas up to
speed. with “international stan-
dards and best practices in the
sector.”

Expressing government’s inten-
tion to implement the new regu-
latory regime “without delay”,
Mr Ingraham said ‘debate will

‘begin on the legislation on May 4

and should be concluded by May
‘he:
Immediately after the parlia-
mentary process is completed, Mr
Ingraham said it is government’s
intention “to proceed with the
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short time-frame.”

- “BTC has been read-
ied for this exercise for
the last several months
and the necessary sale
documentation and due
diligence is substantially
in place to allow for an
efficient PIOCR es he
said.

-Extolling the virtues

of a competitive
telecommunications
industry versus the
monopoly on mobile
phone services and “near.monop-
oly” on the provision of fixed line
phone services that currently
exists in the Bahamas, the prime
minister said benefits flowing
from privatisation include: Sig-
nificantly higher quality of ser-
vice, lower prices, enhanced
choices in products and services
to the consumer, and more jnno-
vation by companies competing
to maintain and increase cus-
tomer loyalty.

“These factors are particularly
critical to a setvices-based econ-
omy such.as that of the Bahamas.
The Bahamas has, for many
years, been deprived of thesé ben-
efits which only a dynamic, pri-
vately-driven market can deliv-

r,” added the Prime Minister.

He said government is looking .

for a “well-resourced entity with

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PAGE 2, THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2009



ugitive caught after

21 years on the run

RICHMOND, Va

i

“AFTER 21 years on the run,
a Michigan man convicted of
sfrauding the US Defence
Departinent returned to a Vir-
ginia courtroom Tuesday to






appear at his 1988 sentencing,
ral prosecutors said,
according to Associated Press.

not guilty to the charge. He
was found after authorities in
Nassau, Bahamas, picked him
uf on an immigration visa vio-
Rhee and he was returned to
the United States last month,
aéting US ‘Attorney Dana J

Boente said. Officials were

ufisure how long Curtiss had
been i in the country.
‘Prosecutors said Curtiss,
who was barred from govern-
ment contracting in 1984,
opablighed a sham operation



face aicharge of failure to

John C Curtiss, 65, pleaded |



Authorities in Nassau picked man

up on an immigration visa violation



in which his wife and a friend
bid on government contracts
on his behalf. He sold inferior
electrical products to the mili-
tary that he made in a work-
shop at his Warren, Mich.
home.

Curtiss was charged in Vir-
ginia because his contract was
with the Defence General Sup-
ply Centre in Richmond.

"John Curtiss committed a

deplorable act when he know- |
‘ingly provided inferior quali-

ty goods to the Department of
Defence," said Sharon Woods,
director of the Defence Crim-
inal Investigative Service.
Woods added: "Substandard



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were utilised in critical mili-
tary weapon systems designed
to protect our nation. Rather
than take responsibility for his
actions, Curtiss chose to flee

‘the United States and ‘to live.

under an assumed identity."

Martin Stidham,. enforce-
ment director for the US Mar-
shals Service in eastern Vir-
ginia, said a fingerprint match
through Interpol led them to
Curtiss, who had told authori-
ties in the Bahamas that he
was Australian. .

Authorities said he will be

tried July 14 on the charge of .

failure to appear. He also is
scheduled to be sentenced the
same day in US District Court
in Richmond on the 21 fraud
counts.

He faces up to 105 years in
prison and millions in fines for
the 1988 convictions, along
with five years and a $250,000
fine if he's convicted of failure
to appear.

The contracts were valued
at about $184,000 at the time,
authorities said. The military
used the products in a variety
of applications, including sub-
marines, aircraft and radar.

Curtiss' attorney, Amy
Austin of the federal public
defender's office, said her
client has the right to appeal
his 1988 convictions after he is
sentenced, but it's too early to
say what they will do.

"We're still in the initial ©

stages of.finding our feet

- here," she said.

US District Judge Richard
Williams ordered Curtiss held
until sentencing.

Curtiss did not.object to the
detention, Austin said.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2009, PAGE 3



9
House debates new

pharmacy legislation



Magistrate paises
concern over
persons detained
for longer than
ordered by court

A MAGISTRATE yes-
terday expressed concern
over prison officials detain-
ing persons for longer
than the court ordered
them to be remanded for.

Four men charged in
connection with a major
drug seizure in Exuma ear-
lier this month were
expected back in court yes-
terday, however, they were
not brought down from
Her Majesty’s Prison.

Magistrate Carolita
Bethel expressed concern
over this, noting that
prison officials do not have
the authority to keep the
men detained longer than

she had remanded them
for.

Garnette Augustus Nev-
ell, 48, alias George
Brown, of Sandy Bay,
Clarendon, Jamaica; Ken-
worth Smith, 32, of
Behring Point, Andros;
Valentino Johnson, 33; of
Sutton Street, and Omar
Chisholm, 31, of
Yamacraw Estates, have
been charged in connection
with the seizure of 945
pounds of marijuana which
has an estimated street val-
ue of $945,000.

The men have been
charged with conspiring to
import and possess mari-
juana, as well-as. the

In brief







importation and possession :

of marijuana. It is alleged:
in court dockets that the’
men, being concerned with
others, conspired between
Monday, March 16, and
Sunday, April 12, while at
BarraTerre, Exuma, to
possess and import a quan-
tity of marijuana.

It is.also alleged that the
accused imported the drugs
and were in possession of
the drugs with intent to
supply them to others.

Nevell has pleaded guilty
to the-eharges whilevhis:co-
accused HaNe pleaded not
guilty:~ mae

It's alsh aitesed th
between Sunday, April 5; :
and:Monday; March 6,
while at'Highbourn Cay,
Exuma, the men stole a
2002 model 28-foot Intre-

id speedboat valued at.
100,000, which belonged
to Robin Norquay.’
_ Allthe men have plead-
ed not guilty to the charge.
They are expected to
appear in court today.

Water gushing
from pipe outside
of the Governor —
General's office







:

‘ALTHOUGH technically the

most powerful figure in the
country, it appears the Gover-
nor General is powerless to stop

the flow of water gushing from

a.damaged pipe in front.of his
Deveaux Street office.

Staff at the office say they
have been calling the Water and :

Sewerage Corporation since
Monday, but nothing has been
done. *

And while the Senile | in the
Deveaux Street area continue
to deal with flooded:streets and
sidewalks, the residents of
Camperdown ‘Heights are wish-
ing some of that seeming

expendable resource would flow :
their way — as they have been }
without a reliable water supply ;

for around two months.

A resident of Camperdown }
told The Tribune yesterday that ‘:
their water situation is so dire at :
the moment that they often do }

not have sufficient pressure to
wash their hands.

“We have to wash our hands
with Aquapure. Our clothes are

piling up because we simply do
not have enough water to wash: }

them. There is not enough pres-
sure to even run the shower.

You can try and put some water ;
in the bath tub, but it takes half :
an hour to get it to maybe three :

inches,” the resident said.

The Camperdown resident

claimed that each time she has
contacted the Water and Sew-

erage Corporation over the past i
eight weeks, she has been given :

the run-around.

“One man told me we have a }

blockage; it’s not a blockage, it
affects the whole neighbour-

hood. (On Tuesday) I was told ¥

there is still a problem with the

boat from Andros bringing

water,” she said.

A message left for the Water

and Sewerage Corporation yes-

terday was not returned before .. :

press time last night.

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

REACTING to pressure from within
the pharmaceutical industry, government
yesterday began debate in the House of
Assembly on new legislation intended to
regulate and control the practice of phar-

macy in the Bahamas.

Supported by parliamentarians on both
sides as an “extremely timely” piece of
legislation which will help protect con-
sumers, the Pharmacy Bill will provide a
legal basis for pharmacists, pharmacy
technicians, their businesses-and related
facilities to be held to certain standards,

or face penalties.

The new legislation is also expected to help cut
down on the growing number of counterfeit drugs
entering the Bahamian market, which can be dan-
gerous or ineffectual in treating ailments, and reduce
the possibility of pharmacists over-prescribing drugs.

It will also outlaw the growing practice of selling
pharmaceuticals over. the internet.

Opposition spokesman for. health Dr Bernard
Nottage said yesterday that online purchasing of
pharmaceuticals can be very dangerous as patients
are prescribed drugs without ever coming in contact

with a physician.

The Bill repeals the Pharmacy Act of 1962 and all
sections of the Health Professions Act relating to
Pharmacy and provides for the establishment of an
eight-member Bahamas Pharmacy Council.

Among the responsibilities of the Council will be
“establishing, developing and maintaining standards \
of knowledge, skills and.ethics” for practitioners.

It will also have ie power to register pharmacists

Dr Bernard Nottage



and their facilities, and to suspend or
revoke licenses if the same are found to
not be acting in the best interest of the
general public.

The Council members will include a
registrar, who will maintain a register of
all licensed pharmacists, pharmacy tech-
nicians and interns, as well as all busi-
nesses or facilities that operate as phar-
macies, that act as wholesale distributors
of drugs or manufacture drugs.

Meanwhile, the Bill also creates the
new position of Pharmacy Inspector. :

The person holding this position will
have the right to enter and inspect any
pharmaceutical establishment believed
to be operating in contravention of the

Act, and to investigate complaints.

_ While the former Act only demands that the own-
er of a pharmacy secure a business license to oper-
ate, the new law will demand that the facilities are
being operated in a manner conducive to the health
and safety of patients.

‘If this is not being done, then the Council can

suspend or revoke the certificate of registration.

Minister of Health Dr Hubert Minnis said in par- -
liament yesterday: “It is important that. legislative
changes be made to ensure that pharmacy profes-
‘sionals are equipped with the proper rules and reg-

ulations that will improve practice standards and

advances.”

maximise optimal patient outcomes.”

The Pharmacy Act of 1962 has long been deemed
outdated as.a tool to regulate the industry.

Dr Minnis said that in past 10 years “the
profession of pharmacy has seen significant .
changes in the scope of practice, qualifications, new
treatment modalities and emerging technological

Extension to Turks and Caicos report
deadline ‘an opportunity for consensus’

a By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter -
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

THE recently extended deadline
for the final Commission of Inquiry
report into corruption claims in the
Turks and Caicos Islands is an
opportunity for that country's polit-
ical.parties to come to a consensus
over Britain's move to suspend their
constitution and impose direct rule,
former Minister of Foreign Affairs
Fred Mitchell said yesterday.

Mr Mitchell; MP for Fox Hill,
told The Tribune that he thinks the
extension also leaves room for the

(US Brits t6 réthink' their decision! °""
‘ly anticipated ‘Commission of
“Inquiry report into allegations:ef

When asked if'he-thought the
fension wilkaffect CARICOM's
Starice-on the Turks and Caicos
issue, Mr Mitchell said: "It's difficult
to say because CARICOM has not
said what the outcome of the con-

’ versations have been down in

Trinidad, and it seems that CARI-
COM can make a more vigorous
stance (towards Britain's decision.)”

Last week, regional leaders were _

expected to continue discussions on
Turks and Caicos’ position on the
sidelines of the Fifth Annual
Summit of the Americas in
Trinidad.

Mr Mitchell called on Prime Min-
ister Hubert Ingraham to make a
full report on what was discussed
at that conference regarding the

. Turks and Caicos Islands.

Director General of Foreign
Affairs Joshua Sears, who was part
of the Bahamian delegation to

__ Trinidad, said regional leaders reit-
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Caicos not be compromised during
the suspension of their constttution.

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ment and caucus had discussed the
issue and in fact met with the Chief
Minister Mr (Galmo) Williams who
was in Trinidad as well. The prime

‘minister said CARICOM and the

British government are. watching
the situation very’ closely and
expressed the view that the will of
the people not be compromised.”
On Tuesday, Governor of Turks
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was granted to allow the Commis-

sion, led by Sir Robin Auld, the «

time needed to do its job properly.

The éxtension also gives recipi-
ents the opportunity to make rep-
resentations to the Commission, Mr
Wetherell said.

Although the ‘deadline is now
May 31, it is expected that the
report will be submitted before
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EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

The Tribune Limited

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

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

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

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

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, CMG, M.S.; B.A., LL.B.

Publisher/Editor 1972-

Published Daily. Monday to Saturday

Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas
Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama

WEBSITE
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Seeming mixed signals from Castro brothers

HAVANA — Raul Castro seems ready to
discuss improving relations with Washington.
Brother Fidel is clearly uncomfortable with the
idea.

Do the mixed messages from Cuba's cur-
Tent and former presidents reflect the commu-
nist leadership's resistance to moving too quick-
ly? Or are they a ploy for leverage ahead of
any talks? As the White House ponders. its
next move, the question of who calls the shots in
Cuba is less clear than ever.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ©

described the delicate situation in comments

‘ to Congress on Wednesday, saying the Obama
administration needs to be ready to engage with
Cuba, even though its government "is one that
is very difficult to move.

Noting Fidel "contradicted" his brother in an
essay published earlier Wednesday, she said,
"I think you can see there is beginning to be’ a
debate."

Some Cuban dissidents put a more negative
spin on the brothers' messages.

"Raul Castro says one thing and Fidel: comes
out in subsequent days and says the opposite,"
said Miriam Leiva, founder of a Havana-based
support group for the wives and mothers of
Cuban political prisoners. "It's no way to run a
government."

Fidel, 82, clearly sought to diminish expec-

tations of a thaw in Cuba-U.S. relations with his, .

latest column, which asserted that President
Barack Obama "misinterpreted" Raul's seem-
ingly conciliatory statements last week.

At issue was Raul's declaration that his gov-

ernment is ready to discuss "everything, every- .

thing, everything" with U.S. negotiators, includ-
ing human rights and freedom of the. press in
Cuba and the 205 dissidents its government is
accused of jailing.

Obama responded warmly at the Summit of

the Americas, saying perhaps the U.S. isready-

for a new beginning with Cuba. But he also
’. said that as a sign of good will, Cuban authori-
ties should release political prisoners and reduce

a 10 per cent tax on the U.S. dollars that Cuban; ”

Americans send to support relatives on. the
island.

That angered Fidel, who called Obama's
analysis of Cuban policy "superficial" and said
the U.S. leader had no right to suggest even
small concessions. ngs

_ Obama "without a doubt misinterpreted
Raul's declarations," Fidel wrote, without
explaining exactly what he supposedly misun-
derstood.

Fidel defended the government's right to
tax dollars received by Cubans, a levy that he

_ says is spent on social needs like food, medicine
and other goods.

Fidel did not directly. contradict Raul, and he
defended his brother's comments, saying they
showed "courage and confidence."

Still, the Castro brothers have clearly adopt- -

ed.different tones, if not policy positions. That
could mean there is a division within Cuba's

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collective communist leadership over whether
detente is moving too fast. Or the leaders could
be trying to create an appearance of friction
that keeps Cuba in the news and may become a
bargaining chip:in any negotiations with the
US.

"It's a game of political strategy," said Elizar-
do Sanchez, the island's leading rights activist
and head of the Cuban Commission for Human
Rights and National Reconciliation.

Sanchez praised Obama's decision to lift U.S.
restrictions on money and travel to Cuba by
people with family on the island.

"Now is the time for pragmatic steps like
those the United States has taken because the
Cuban government has done nothing," he said.

Fidel has been publishing his "reflections"
nearly every day, and will likely continue, but
Raul isn't likely to respond. The 77-year- -old
has been president since Fidel formally stepped
down due to illness last year, but he does not
write commentaries and rarely even gives
speeches or addresses the media.

This raises questions about who is really in
charge. "Here, Fidel has always made the final
decisions," Leiva said. "He is provoking and
impeding, creating a confrontation between the
two countries because that's what Cuba uses
to justify its repressive policies."

_ -Leiva's husband, Oscar Espinosa Chepe, was
a state-trained economist who became a dissi-
dent and was among 75: political opposition

- leaders arrested in 2003 and convicted on

charges of conspiring with Washington to under-
mine the communist system. He has since been
freed on medical parole, one of 21 prisoners
from the group now out of prison...

Raul suggested last year that. Cuba.would.be

willing to free more political prisoners ina swap.

for five Cuban spies imprisoned in the United

States. So in some ways it didn't break new

ground for him to offer last week to trade "all"
such prisoners and send them and their families

to America in exchange for the five Cubans

convicted of espionage.

Even Fidel defended the idea in his latest
essay, writing that "no one should feel aston-
ished that Raul spoke about’ pardoning those
who were convicted in March 2003 and about
sending them all to the United States, should
that country be willing to release the five Cuban
anti-terrorism heroes."

Still, some Cubans were irritated Wednesday
by Fidel's insistence that Obama misinterpret-
ed the Cuban president's sentiments.

"These are contradictions that go against
the people. They go against working people,
suffering people," said Wilfredo O'Farril, a 59-
year-old construction worker.

"I'm not afraid’ to say it. We are a people
without a future," he said, adding that Fidel
"first says one thing, then says another. We've

_ been this way for 50 years."

(This article was written by Will Weissert of
the Associated Press).

Public transport
esson from the
US and Canada

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Are you well travelled? How
many countries have you visit-
ed? «Five? 10? 20?

Well, Editor, I have only vis-
ited three countries in my 43
years on this earth. And two of
them have been industrialised
countries — America and Cana-
da. But, notwithstanding my
limited travel experiences, I
have come to the conclusion
that the manner in which the
citizenry of the different cities
within these countries utilise
their public transportation is
comforting and efficient. You
see Americans and Canadians,
upon entering a public bus, pay
the driver (with exact change)
before taking their seat. There is
no confusion as to your ability
to pay when you would have
already reached your destina-
tion; and there is no cumber-
someness with regards to pay-
ment with non-exact change.

However, in The Bahamas it
is markedly different. I have
been advised that there are laws
on the “books” of The Bahamas
that regulate the payment of
fares on public transportation,

‘which include mandatory pay-

ment of (exact) fares before tak-
ing your seat to ride the bus.
But does that happen? Very
rarely. The popular culture in
The Bahamas is to pay your
fare after you would have
reached your destination and
exiting the bus. It is also com-
mon in The Bahamas for bus
drivers to offer change to pas-
sengers who do not carry exact
fares. Should it be that way? I






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contend that it should not!
These modern practices of our
riding public causes our public

_transportation system to be
uncomfortable and inefficient.

However, I am not naive. I
know the reasons why our citi-
zens engage in the practice of
paying their fare after and not
before.

Almost everybody pays after-
ward; and if I pay before, I don’t

_ know if the driver will remem-

ber that I have already paid.

If I pay before, and the bus
does not reach my. destination
(for whatever reason), will I get
my money back so that I can
take another bus?

These are legitimate reasons
to pay your fare afterward and
not before.

However, might I suggest to
the Road Traffic Department
that it engage itself in.a com-
prehensive and ubiquitous
advertising campaign for one
year, the purpose of which
would be to encourage the pub-

lic to pay their fares before.

entering a bus..A part of the
encouragement should include:

e A reminder that it is the
law;

e Educating Bahamians, res-
idents, and tourists who now
probably do not know, and I
have been advised, that paying
your fare before riding the bus
entitles you to insurance cover-

age. Non-paying passengers are
not covered by public bus insur-
ance carriers in the event there
is a serious accident.

e An assurance that passen-
gers will get a refund in the
event the bus is unable to trans-
port them to their intended des-
tination.

The fare for taking a bus is
now $1.25 (April 21, 2009).
Educate the riding public that

‘the department will “artificially”

increase the fare for taking pub-

lic transportation to $2.00 (a

suggestion). Passengers will only
be required to pay $2.00 if they
choose to pay after reaching
their destination or if they pay
in a manner which would
require change being offered by

- the bus driver. Otherwise they

would be required to pay the
$1.25. -

. Educate the riding public that
the department will cause to be
fashioned and subsequently
cause to be offered unique bus
tokens for sale throughout the
country that would serve as cur-
rency to ride the bus (a sugges-

‘ tion).

It is my considered opinion
that this (suggested) “artificial”
fare increase and this (suggest-
ed) advertising campaign would
serve to cause the (now) prac-
tice of paying afterward to cease
in The Bahamas, and our public
transportation system would
become more in line with “the
first world.”

MARVIN G
LIGHTBOURN
Nassau,

April 21, 2009.

Tings Bahamian, things foreign

EDITOR, The Tribune.

“Tings Bahamian over things foreign is an issue
which will divide this towit from head to toe on
many a day but if we forget we have to develop
tings Bahamian over things foreign we had better do
that at the port of entry of the majority of our visi-
tors — tourists — The Lynden Pindling Interna-

tional Airport.

NAD in recent weeks has granted food conces-
sions to two food franchises which are American
through and through and have absolutely nothing to

do with Tings Bahamian.

Dunkin Donuts is American as the Stars and
Stripes flag of the USA and Wendys franchise also
but over all Bahamian restaurants and confectioners
who could create as simple a product as a donut I

guess as usual foreign is better!

I have become so cynical as to the Ministry of. -
Tourism. I honestly suggest they need to change
. Everything in the Bahamas is
becoming more and more foreign so you will feel at

their slogan to..

home! What a horrible message that Bahamian tings
ain’t no good! Now the fuss over Sir Lynden.....to my

knowledge there is no restriction for the Governor-
‘General, a Prime Minister, a’ Cabinet Minister to
have been born in the Bahamas — they are required
to be Bahamian citizens but do you realise I think a
Commissioner of Police and the Chief Justice and
President of the Court of Appeal do not have to be
citizens of The Bahamas.
I am ashamed that the Minister of Tourism &
Aviation will not have directed that without fail
concéssions of any kind at Lynden Pindling must be

Bahamian products not US foreign franchises. Do

airport.

Nassau,

April 8, 2009.

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WMO hurricane
committee gets
underway

ricane committee opened on Mon-

LOCAL NEWS

Former minister criticises BTC




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day with a reminder of the impact :
global warming can have on island :
nations like the Bahamas.

The melting of the polar ice caps :
resulting in a steady rise in sea lev-. }
els “should be of major concern” }
to Bahamians, said Arthur Rolle, :
director of the Department of }
Meteorology. : i

He noted that about 80 per cent :
of the Bahamas is only “slightly” :
above sea level. :

“Climate warming and the melt-
ing of polar ice means sea levels

will rise and once that happens our : -

islands will experience a lot of }
inundation,” said Mr. Rolle, also :
the permanent representative of :
the Bahamas with the WMO. :
“And over time some of our :
islands will disappear. i

“We have to adapt through
public awareness. For example, as :
the sea level rises, there will be a }
need to have homes built away :
from the coastline.” 5 eke

The opening session at Wynd- :
ham Nassau Resort also heard :
from Bill Read, chairman of the :
R A IV Hurricane Committee; :
Miguel Angel Rabiolo, WMO :
regional director for the Americas; :
and Phenton Neymour, MP and :
Minister of State in the Ministry of :
the Environment. :

Successful

This meeting follows the suc- ;
cessful Bahamas Weather Con- «:
ference, World Meteorological :
Day and World Water Day. i

These occasions provided “great :
opportunities” for the Department :
of Meteorology to further impress :
upon the nation the gravity of trop- :
ical cyclones, said Mr Neymour. :
The hurricane season begins June :
1. i



“The Bahamas has learned its :
lessons well in that the risks asso- :
ciated with tropical cyclones and :
other related hazards along coastal i
areas could be greatly reduced :
through early warning systems and :
emergency preparedness,” said Mr :
Neymour. ~ i

The national meteorological ser-. :
vice is fulfilling its role by using a :
sound network of meteorological :
surveillance tools which provides :
automatic weather observation on :
14 major islands, and includes an :
upper air station, lightening data. :
networks, a wave data buoy, a }
Doppler weather radar, and strate- :
gically placed sea-level monitor- '
ing stations. :







FORMER minister of works
and utilities Bradley.Roberts has
hit out at BTC for reducing the
discount offered to wholesalers of
prepaid cellular phone cards, say-
ing the decision will result in a
major drop-off in revenue for
street vendors.

Mr Roberts noted that those
who are licensed to sell the cards
have been advised in writing that
their contracts have been can-
celled and that new contracts will
be issued, which will become
effective on May 18.

“Despite the public relations
exposé in the April 17 edition of
the Tribune Business Section,
some vendors have received
advance information that BTC’s
new vendors contract will be
issued to reflect the new discount
rate of 15 per cent compared with
the old: rate of 25 per cent,” Mr
Roberts claimed in a statement
issued yesterday.

He said this represents the
largest reduction in the discount
rate since prepaid cell phone cards
were introduced in 2001.

“The intent is obvious; BTC
wishes to enhance its level of prof-

' itability since its net profit in 2008

declined almost 50 per cent when
compared with 2007,” he said.

“The large number of street
vendors engaged in the sale of
prepaid cell cards can be seen all
over New Providence and in some
of the Family Islands. Many of
these persons are victims of the
downturn in the economy and are
making an honest living selling
phone cards, apart from a few
who have been harassed by the
police,” Mr Roberts said.

“Tt will not take a rocket scien-
tist to conclude that BTC’s deci-
sion to sharply reduce the dis-
count rate will adversely impact
the large number of persons
engaged in the sale of phone cards
who are earning a living to take
care of themselves and their fam-
ilies.”

The former minister explained
that BTC first introduced the pre-
paid phone card in December
2001 and vendors were
approached in an effort to make

.the cards available to customers,

improve BTC’s customer services
and public relations, partner with
Bahamian businesses and create
wealth for Bahamians.

He said that in 2002 discounts
for vendors amounted to about

Ce Roberts

$3.5 million.

In 2008, the discounts totalled
about $33.2 million, compared to
$27.3 million in 2007.

At the same time, Mr Roberts
noted, prepaid revenues grew
from: $135.8 million in 2007 to
$144.4 million in 2008.

He said that initially, the dis-
count rate started at 35 per cent
for a few vendors, but was
reduced by “a reasonable
amount” to 25 per cent during his
tenure as minister. :

“T strongly appeal to the minis-
ter responsible for BTC to have
the decision. revisited, especially
against the back-drop of the high-

. ly likely depressing consequences

on the large numbers employed
in this business,” Mr Roberts said.

“No caring government with its
eyes wide open should support
large numbers of Bahamians
being pushed to join the unprece-
dented high numbers already on
the unemployment rolls in our
Bahamaland.”

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Investing in culture in the Bahamas

y OU MIGHT not know it,
but there is a fire burning
among artists and intellectuals who
believe we are in grave danger of
losing our cultural heritage — all the
things that make us Bahamian.

They say that the products of
Bahamian culture — our music, the-
atre, literature, art, buildings and
folkways — are under-rated, under-
supported and under threat.

More to the point, they argue
that the disintegration of our cultur-
al attractions over the years has led
to a tourism product so barren and
boring that one trip up a deteriorat-





ing Bay Street completes a visit.

According to architect Pat Rah-
ming, the services that deliver a
unique experience are what makesa
destination successful. And in our
case, those services — defined as
tours, attractions and entertainment
— have been allowed "to crumble,
rot, or go out of business."

In other words, there is no
Bahamian brand, a term which refers
to how we package and market the

Bahamian way of life — the things.

that distinguish us from other coun-
tries, and that are expressed through
the cultural products mentioned
above.

Sun, sand and sea do not distin-
guish the Bahamas from similar des-
tinations, the argument goes. So
rather than spending millions every
year on foreign advertising, we
should be investing more in business
and brand development locally.

"We must commit resources to

create an environment rich with’

opportunities to share the unique-
ness of the Bahamas through the
development of attractions," Rah-
ming says. "Cultural activity must be
acknowledged as the primary prod-
uct in the business that drives (or
should drive) our economy."

Or, to put it in the appropriate
intellectual context, as stated by the

African writer Léopold Sédar Seng-
hor, "culture is at the beginning and
the end of development."

_ This context can be monetarized
too. In most developed economies
cultural industries account for 2-5
per cent of GDP and have generated
consistent and stable growth. In
some major destinations, cultural

tourism is estimated to be as high as _,

40 per cent of annual visitor arrivals.

A.recent study commissioned by
Canada's Heritage Department, for
example, reckoned that arts and cul-
ture contributed $46 billion directly
to the Canadian economy in 2007,
but the overall impact of the sector
was a much broader $84.6 billion.
That study attributed more than a
million jobs to arts and culture or to
spinoff industries, such as tourism.

Currently, our Ministry of
Tourism spends most of its $91 mil-
lion budget overseas.

The Ministry of Culture has a $2
million allocation — less than
Bahamas Information Services —
and most of that goes to fund the
annual Junkanoo parades. The
remainder is used to finance festi-
vals throughout The Bahamas, main-
tain a “national theatre”, and run
the National Arts Festival.

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this state of affairs, cultural activists

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staged a ‘Day of Absence' this past
February. It was based on a play by
Douglas Turner Ward, which told
the story of a small town in the
American South in which the white
inhabitants discover on a particular
day that all the black people have
disappeared.

What would happen, our activists
asked, if Bahamians woke up one
day and found that all the artists and
cultural workers had suddenly van-
ished? Wouldn't our world be a
poorer and sadder place?

ccording to former cul-

tural affairs director Nico-
lette Bethel (now a lecturer at the
College of The Bahamas), the Day
of Absence attempted to make the
point that Bahamian artists, musi-
cians, writers, actors, directors,
dancers, designers, craftworkers, you
name it — are marginalized, disre-
spected, and taken for granted.

"They are unable to find work
in the areas in which God has gifted
them. There are virtually no'avenues
in The Bahamas to enable creative
people to develop and hone their
talents, or to enable them to make
use of them when they are devel-
oped. Our greatest brain drain is
arguably in the area of the arts, and
culture has absolutely no respect in
the national discourse."

Fred Ferguson is a legendary
musician and producer, who was for
years a member of BahaMen — the
iconic Bahamian band that made a
big splash with their hit "Who Let
the Dogs Out". In 2003 Ferguson
started his own band — Tingum
Dem — and plays weekly at the
Tamarind Club on Harrold Road, a
venue that he opened with partner
Ronald Simms.

"The Bahamas is a tough mar-
ket for all entertainers," Ferguson
told me.

“Bahamians have very short
memories and there is a deep-rooted
lack of national pride, which our
leaders are not making any effort to
correct.

“They are only interested in
Bahamian music at election time."

According to Ferguson, "there's
no programme to develop music in
the Bahamas. Teachers train kids in
the schools and they come back to be

music teachers who train more kids.

to be music teachers. There's no way
for musicians to practice their cr:

By most accounts, this is a com-
plex and multi-dimensional issue.
Even Ferguson admits that enter-
tainers often price themselves out
of work and are notoriously tem-

peramental from a business stand-

point.
Other's say the problems faced
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ings of entitlement. Some veterans
have not produced creatively for
years, critics argue, yet they expect to
receive public support as a matter
of right.

"Government can create a sup-
portive environment but should not
be financing private ventures," one
tourism executive told me. "And

what are the musicians doing to pro- |

mote themselves? Are they willing to
share the economic risk?" Why don't
the musicians provide some leader-
ship and vision of their own? Visual
artists have done well over the years
and are well supported by Bahami-

_.ans, why not musicians? What are

they doing collectively to come up
with a plan or strategy to help them-
sélves?"

Well, Ferguson's Tamarind Club
was set-up to do just that, playing
Bahamian and old school music in a
comfortable and controlled envi-
ronment, but although he has been
able to build something of an audi-

‘ ence, money is a constant headache.

“The truth is, I'm struggling to
keep my entertainment business
afloat.

“I'm facing some of the same chal-
lenges that Freddie Munnings Sr.
faced at the old Cat & Fiddle. My
partner and I have been trying des-
perately to acquire financing to
improve our business and to just
basically stay in operation, but
finance institutions have basically
closed the door in offering any form
of assistance."

That's true, according to one
banker we surveyed: "The enter-
tainment industry is financed large-
ly by equity capital, venture capital,
personal resources or love money
(friends and family). The risks asso-
ciated with this industry cannot be
priced in the traditional prime plus

markets serviced by commercial

banks."

For another perspective on this
issue we spoke to Devlynn Stubbs
(who goes by the name of Jah Doc-
trine). He is a young Bahamian song-
writer with a degree in philosophy
who is tackling the industry from a
different angle. He's been producing
music professionally for the past five
years, focusing on reggae, hip hop

and dance hall (see
myspace.com/jahdoctrine).
"I grew up in the church, which

stimulated my interest in music, and
I found I had an ability to write. But
it takes years of planning and train-
ing to make a living off this so you
really gotta do it for the love. Music
is my career but I need to get a job to
ing.

Stubbs says the local band circuit

is very limited. and even forming a.

band is a challenge, since musicians
want to be paid for. practice time.

live. You gotta get up and get hump:

LOWE'S

"But these days you have to go at
things differently," he told me. "You
don't form a band, get a venue, build
an audience and then cut a cd. You
can cut a cd yourself with a comput-
er and create a marketing buzz on
your own. But you still need to do
shows and perform."

Aside from the economics, the
larger issue is the loss of Bahamian
culture: "We do little or nothing to
maintain the things that make us cul- _
turally different," Ferguson says.
"There is an underlying sense of
embarrassment at being Bahamian.
We have to take a stand. We need
leadership and focus and a determi-
nation that our entertainment is
important to us. We need to put
some energy and funding into these -
matters and do things properly."

As former culture director Nico
Bethel put it: "For a generation and
a half — the entire time since Inde-
pendence — our national policies
have been shaped by a group of men
and a handful of women whose
actions and behaviour cumulatively"
suggest that they would rather erase
Bahamian culture than invest in it.
Our cultural industries are in effec-
tive decline."

Bethel (a sociologist whose late
father, Clement Bethel, was the
country's first and most eminent
director of culture) argues that the
government provides sporting facil-
ities throughout the country, has leg-
islation to promote hotels and gov-
ern education and health, but noth-
ing — either in law or on the ground
— to support, encourage or develop
artistic activity.

"We .can read the reports for our-
selves, and accept the idea that cul-
ture is the economic sector in which
to invest for nations that are still -
developing; or we can share the delu-
sions of our politicians, which con-
fuse the grandeur of the monstrosi-
ties that foreign investors build (and
usually protect behind gates and
bridges and visitor passes) with
development of a Bation and of a
people."

Bethel says she quit as director
because decision-makers won't take
culture seriously: "My father died at
49 and I have no intention of wasting
what could be the last years of my
life trying to get results out of a non- -
tesponsive, uncaring, and uninter-
ested public service, or . waiting for
the latest bright political spark to
make good on promises they never
intended to honour in. the.first
place."

Others may point out that it is
not the responsibility of government
to'make it easier for artists to make
a living, or to take care of musicians,
or subsidise straw vendors. In the
final analysis we ‘all have to be
responsible for our own livelihoods.

But the real issue here is one of

- judgment.

We already spend huge amounts -
of taxpayer dollars on packaging the. .
Bahamas overseas, while very little
thought or money is invested in the
product we are selling.

And it is an undeniable fact that
the average Bahamian vacation is
hollow, superficial, and not worth
the money that tourists pay for it.

What do you think?
Send comments to
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MP hits out at Brent
Symonette over
passport process

MINISTER of Foreign Affairs
Brent Symonette must be “taken
to task”. for his statement to the
press that he is doing the best he
can to speed up the passport
issuance process, MP Fred
Mitchell said yesterday.

Mr Mitchell, the opposition
spokesman on foreign affairs,
claimed that in some cases it is
taking up to four months for new
machine readable passports to
be issued to applicants.

. Citizens

“It is not good enough for the ,

foreign minister to have Bahami-
an citizens sitting in the sun, the
rain and for hours to get a pass-
port. If is not good enough to
say that we are doing the best
we can. It is simply not good
enough,” he said.

Earlier this week, Mr Symon-
ette explained that it has been
taking quite a while for the New
Providence Passport Office to
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He said his ministry is looking
for a new building, and advised
the public to apply well in

advance of their planned travel _

dates to ensure that their appli-
cation is processed in time.
Meanwhile, Mr Mitchell: said

--he has a number of suggestions

on how to solve the problems at
the Passport Office.

He said Foreign. Affairs
should: :

° immediately buy new “high
use” commercial scanning
machines for New Providence,

tripling the present Capacity

° immediately order new com-
mercial computers for data entry,
tripling the present capacity.

° immediately, hire and train
staff — transferring from other
departments if necessary —
tripling the number of employees

e double equipment and
staffing in Grand Bahama and
the northern Bahamas

® recruit “on an emergency
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form the harbour floor during the April 4 clean-up. The National Coastal
Awareness Committee is hosting another harbour clean-up this Saturday at

Malcolm Park starting at 9am.

National.Coastal Awareness
Committee hosts national
T-Shirt day, harbour clean-up

THE Coastal Awareness Committee of the Bahamas, a group of
‘stakeholders from the private and public sectors with an interest in pro-
moting the sustainable development of the Bahamas, will be hosting a
National T-shirt Day this Friday and a second clean-up of Nassau

Harbour on Saturday.

“This Friday, we will be hosting a National T-shirt Day and we are
calling on all corporate citizens to demonstrate their organisation’s com-
mitment to the sustainable use of our precious coastal assets by asking
staff members to purchase and wear our T-shirts on Friday,” said Earl-
ston McPhee, committee chairman and director of sustainable tourism
development for the Ministry of Tourism.

“We must recognise and appreciate the fact that without the pristine
-environment we have been blessed with we would not be enjoying the
quality of life being experienced today. Our future depends on our abil-
ity to manage these resources today. It is imperative that we reinvest
in this resource that has been so good to us,” he said.

Additionally, the committee is asking the public to join them in
their second clean-up this year of Nassau harbour on Saturday, April
25 from 9am to 1pm at Malcolm Park.

The National Coastal Awareness Committee, which is now is its fifth
year, has increased the number of activities scheduled for April which
is officially National-Coastal Awareness Month in the Bahamas. The

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out. Nathan’s lawyers say he was off his medication
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compliance management program in line with the RBC
enterprise framework and in accordance with Bahamas laws
and regulations and global RBC IWM eee standards,
including ongoing: su
Assessment of: corfipliance Tisks
Design and maintenance of policies and procedures to
address the identified risks
Conduct training
Maintenance of monitoring systems, and
Escalation of significant compliance issues and deficiencies
to relevant Bahamas banking business leaders, operating
committees, boards of directors, direct manager and RBC DS
Chief Compliance Officer
Ensuring that policy approvals flow through the proper RBC
governance channels
Approving risk-based assessments of rules and’ hating
Developing minimum standards for regulatory trainin
Overseeing regulatory issues and ensure that “I
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compliance self-monitoring and self-assessment process to
identify compliance gaps and necessary remedial steps
Developing and maintainin aming 8 positive and consultative
relationship with Bahamas financial services regulators and
other local government authorities -
Maintaining detailed knowledge of applicable
banking/trust/securities & AML regulations and best practices
and relevant internal RBC policies and procedures
Ensuring processes are in place to identify, address and
communicate to management any new RBC compliance
developments and requirements
Reporting on a timely.basis-significant compliance matters and
relevant updates, significant regulatory developments and
internal compliance initiatives to the CCO -’ Dominion

’ Securities and International Wealth Management
Providing compliance support to operating and new business .
committees
Providing advice and counsel on compliance and regulatory
matters to businesses and support functions
Ensuring compliance issues are taken into account at.an early
stage in material new strategic initiatives, such as acquisitions

and alliances in the Bahamas platforms

Ersucig compliance matters and strategies are coordinated.
with other RBC platforms across the globe, including Wealth
Management and International Wealth Management operations

Required Skills:

As Compliance Manager, you have previous experience in a
compliance role with a sound knowledge of effective management
practices. Along with having a strong sense of responsibility you

_ are extremely self-motivated, have a strong work ethic and

promote the overall development of employees. You are a team
player able to collaborate with. all your partners and committed to
relationship building. You have demonstrated results on the
execution of aggressive action plans. You are proactive.

The successful candidate should possess the following

attributes:
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Strong analytical and decisive skills
Ability to manage multiple priorities
Strong Interpersonal skills
Ability to maintain confidentiality of highly sensitive information
Microsoft Office Proficiency (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)

Oualifieanons:

Bachelors and/or Law Degree, with appropriate designations
as compliance professional (e.g. ICA International Diploma in
Anti Money Laundering), professional designatioh in other
appropriate areas such as law, risk management and/or audit
Excellent knowledge of Bahamas financial laws and regulations,

- including those associated with private banking, trust, brokerage,
safety and soundness, anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism,
and understanding of compliance and risk principles applicable
to a international wealth management environment
Five or more years of co ee experience obtained ina
financial institution (ideally within a financial conglomerate),
regulator and/or other comparable environment, including,
several years managing all or a significant part of the comp
ance function and should have ifternational trust experience

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LOCAL NEWS



New Providence
cleanup progresses

@ By GLADSTONE THURSTON
Senior Information Officer
Bahamas Information Services

THE Environment Ministry’s beautifi-
cation programme is being embraced by
New Providence’s traditional communi-

ties.

Teanis of trucks and bulldozers moved
through Bain’s Town, Grant’s Town, and
Farm Road this week demolishing aban-
doned buildings, cleaning overgrown lots,

’ and carting away derelict vehicles, house-
hold appliances, and other refuse.

_ Department of Environmental Health
Services’ chief works controller Robin
Wright said he is pleased with the results
so far.

“It has gotten off toa very good start.
The community response has been very
good. We found that where there jis a
regular cleaning pattern, then people
respond by keeping their surroundings
better,” he said.

“There is some scepticism in that some
people think this is just a temporary thing
and that it will not last.

“But we will be consistent with it and
the people will be happy with their sur-
roundings.”

Raphael Dean of Dean’s Cleaning and
Maintenance was contracted to assist in
the programme.

“It is a breath of fresh air for these
densely populated communities and the
residents are very happy,” he said.

“One lady has threatened to call the
police for anyone she sees dumping in
the communities.”

The Bahamas Electricity Corporation

Tender

DAY TANK INSTALLATION
BAILEY TOWN, BIMINI

The Bahamas Electricity Corporation invites Tenders



Letisha Henderson/BIS

YOUNG PARTICIPANTS | in government’s beautification campaign do their part io keep their

communities clean.

A major challenge the Department of
Environmental Health Services initially
had was the availability of sufficient work-
ers. To help persons impacted by the
worldwide economic recession, it has
hired additional staff.

“With the number of people we now
have involved in this programme there
should not be a problem, especially with

- the planning that is being done from the
director’s office with regard to mainte-

nance,” Mr Wright said.
He and Mr Dean commended the atti-

tude of the young people employed i in
the programme.

“They have not been allowed to get
into a comfort zone where they are just
putting in a day’s work for a day’s pay,”

_ Said Mr Wright.

“They are actually really performing
and they are going beyond the call of
duty.”

Mr Dean added: “The programme i is
doing something for the work ethic: of.
these youngsters. These fellows are real-
ly working.”

The Bahamas Electricity Corporation

Tender
Fuel oil tank. erection &.
Associated Works:

Bailey Town, Bimini

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from eligible bidders for the provision of
DAY TANK INSTALLATION AT. BIMINI POWER STATION.

Bidders are required to collect packages from
the Corporation’s Administration Office,
Blue Hill & Tucker Roads. o
Contact Mrs. Delmeta Seymour at telephone 302-1158.

Tenders are to be addressed to:
Mr. Kevin Basden, General Manager.
Bahamas Electricity Corporation
Executive Offices
Blue Hill & Tucker Roads
Nassau, Bahamas

Deadline for delivery to BEC:
on or before May. 15, 2009
no later than 4:00 p.m.

Submissions should be marked as follows:
Tender No. 703/09
DAY TANK INSTALLATION ©
BAILEY TOWN, BIMINI

The Corporation reserves the right to accept
or reject the whole or such part of any Tender

For all enquiries regarding the Tenders, contact
Miss Simone Sawyer at telephone 302-1236.



EERE

The Bahamas Electricity Corporation
invites Tenders for the above named services.

Bidders are required to collect packages from the

‘Corporation’ s Administration Office; Blue-Hill & Tucker.Roads’ -

Contact: Mrs. Delmeta Seymour at telephone 302-1158

Tenders are to be addressed to: -~
Mr. Kevin Basden, General Manager
Bahamas Electricity Corporation
Executive Offices ~ Blue Hill & Tucker Roads
Nassau, Bahamas

Deadline for delivery to BEC: on or before
30th April, 2009
no later than 4:00 p.m.

Submissions should be marked as follows:
. Tender No. 689/09
FUEL OIL TANK ERECTION & ASSOCIATED WORKS
BAILEY TOWN, BiMINI

The Corporation reserves the right
to accept or reject any or all proposals.

For all enquiries regarding the tenders and site visits, contact

Mr. Kermit McCartney at telephone 302-1247



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Businessman fights
for life after shooting

FROM page one

Turnquest. The two recently
made headlines over a pro-
tracted legal battle stemming
from a business fallout. |
Mr Jones is a:permanent res-
. ident of the Bahamas and pres-
‘ident of the Britannia Group.
... Meanwhile ‘police mounted
_can-island-wide search for the
gunman — described as a slim,
“ dark-complexioned male in dark
. clothing — who left the victim





‘lying in‘a pool of blood and fled. -

‘the.crime Scené on foot towards
“the area of Gambier Village.
“< Police’ said. a. brazen,
. unmasked gunman approached
“the victim on foot around 10
o'clock yesterday morning as
soon as he got out of his vehicle
dix the company’s parking lot
near Compass Point Studios on
West Bay Street. The gunman
then shot Mr Jones at least twice
— once in the head and then in
the body — before heading
south towards nearby Gambier
Village, police said. 5 eee
"Sometime shortly after 10
o’clock this morning a gentle-

man. was pulling up to one of:

_ the buildings, an investment
company on West Bay Street
just west of the Gambier Street

entrance. He (the victim) was
pulling up in a blue jeep and as
soon as he exited a man
approached him with a hand-
gun and fired at least two shots
at him, one hit him to the head
and one to the, body.

"He fell to the ground where
he lost a tremendous amount of
blood. He was taken to hospital
by ambulance," head of the
CDU's Homicide Squad Assis-
tant Superintendent Leon
Bethel told The Tribune.

Based on the nature of the

‘shooting, police believe Mr

Jones may have been the target
of an arranged hit. However,
they had not established a
motive for the shooting.

"From the reports we're get-
ting it’s obvious ‘that this man

was targeted," said ASP Bethel,

adding that it was possible that

“the: gunman knew the victim's -

routine. "If someone shoots you
to the head it's obvious that they
want you dead (but) we do not
know why he was shot in that
manner," he said.
.Persons.in.the area saw a sus-
picious man loitering in the area
before the shooting whose
description is consistent with the
gunman's, he added. He said it
was too early to tell if Mr Jones
was robbed. He said officers at

the scene were unable to ques-
tion the unresponsive victim.
The permanent resident who
is well known in financial cir-
cles was taken to hospital where
he was rushed into surgery,
according to reports.
Speaking to The Tribune
from Exuma yesterday, Mr
Turnquest said he was stunned
to hear the news about his for-
mer partner, adding that he was
told of the shooting in Exuma.
While explaining that the pro-
tracted legal proceedings
between them had severed their
relationship, Mr Turnquest
described the expatriate as
a man who thrived on excite-
ment.
"Hearing the news was like
getting hit with a brick," said
the former MP, as he struggled
for words. "We had not been
partners since 2006 so what the
current circumstances were I
don't know (but) he liked the
excitement of living close to the
edge, he needed that.excitement
day-to-day," Mr Turnquest said.
He added that the two have
not spoken for years.

Up to press time, Mr Jones’
was out of surgery in hospital

where officers were stationed.
His condition was reported as
serious.

Scheme allegedly used hy some Customs officers
—“miitked thousands out of govt and businesses’



: \gain this shipment should have
beén-entered under the-duty free head-
ing, but'was wrongly.charged duty in the

amount of more than $8,000:"::.

Yet another example shows where avi-
“ation materials; again duty free, were

charged $55,253.28.

Even more obvious errors occurred :
on invoices. for government agencies,
such as the Bahamas Electricity Corpo-
ration when 800 washers were brought in
and charged duty at a rate of $96 each,
instead of the correct amount of 12 cents.

. With an- estimated value of only $581.21 for the
800 washers, the amount of duty that was wrongfully
paid on these items'was well over $13,000.

As.a number of these items are allegedly cleared
by senior customs officers with-at.least.20,years
expeyience, Global United CEO Jackson Ritchie
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said it was highly unlikely that such
_ “errors” would be committed in com-
plete and total ignorance.

According to Mr Ritchie, when these
discrepancies are pointed out to Cus-
toms, the department issues a return
cheque to the company.

However, corrupt individuals in this
department he claimed would issue these
returns some in the names of individuals .
who would cash or deposit them, often
destroying the paper trail at Customs
where the original error was often
recorded. Businesses such as his, Mr
Ritchie said, are often. left “holding the
bag” having paid out the wrong amounts
for items which they would later discov-
‘er were even duty free.

Therefore, Mr Ritchie called on government to
investigate this government department to weed
out whoever might be abusing the system to defraud
honest business persons out of what could be mil-. ,
lions of dollars in over-paid Custom’s fees.



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FROM page one

Mr Christie’s signature.

Meanwhile, further documents
show that four of the five prop-
erties were “flipped” several years
later — selling for between
$425,000.and $550,000.

Mr Turnquest was accused on
Tuesday by former PLP MP and
ex-Agriculture Minister George
Smith, whose portfolio included
lands, of “boldly” misleading the
two prime ministers into signing
off on the transactions by failing
to disclose his close ties to the
recipients and of attaching a low-
er than usual value to each of the
sea front properties.

But the Director denied knowl-
edge of “any scheme engaged in
at any time by (himself) or any-
body that was intentionally try-
ing to influence the decision mak-
ers in 'a.way that would cause
them embarrassment.”

Mr Turnquest suggested itwas |

simply a coincidence born of the
fact he has many relatives and
friends. He said the final decision
in each case ultimately rested with

the prime ministers who put their °

signatures to the transactions.
This was not the view of Mr
Smith, who held the land portfo-
lio from 1977 to 1984, Claiming
that it was “inconceivable” that
Mr Turnquest was not involved in

FROM page one

Christie

the sale of the properties, he said
it would normally be the Director
who would receive applications
for Crown land, process them,
attach a price to the properties
and advise the Minister of Lands
— Mr Ingraham and Mr Christie
in the cases of the properties in
question — of how he thought
they should proceed.

Yesterday Mr Christie sought
to distance himself from the con-
troversy.

“As it is I have minimal
involvement in it in that only one
piece of property was put before
me to sign, Invariably some of
them carry over to my govern-
ment and therefore, whereas
Ingraham may have approved it,
I’m called upon to sign it,” he
said.

“T am not aware of any consid-
eration of properties. for Tex

‘Turnquest or family members
- associated with him,” he added.

However, commenting on 'the
approval process, he said that any
ministers who are charged with
making “a decision of that kind

would want to know the full :

implications of any decision they
make.”
“In the circumstances that

there is a potential conflict you
would expect to be advised about
it,” he said.

Mr Christie said that “in fair-
ness” to Mr Turnquest he is now
seeking more information on the
events “so (he) would be able to
respond accurately to what he has
done.” :

As for whether there is any-
thing stopping individuals from
“flipping” Crown land granted to
them for a much greater sum so
soon after receiving it, Mr
Christie said there is not.

“No, people have been very
fortunate. People ‘have received
land from the government and if
the land is anywhere near major
developers they would benefit sig-
nificantly from it. So no, there
are many, many instances of peo-
ple who have had such accrual of
value on property they have
received from the Crown, the
economy being what it was at the
time,” he said. 7

However, he said. that “ordi-
narily the idea is to give Crown
land to Bahamians to build upon”
and a government would need to
“be very careful” about giving
land to applicants simply for their
financial benefit.

A well-placed source informed
The Tribune yesterday that Mr
Woodside is investigating the
matter.

established credentials in the telecommunications
industry, able to further prepare BTC for competi-
tion and develop the company for the future” to
purchase its 51 per cent stake in the corporation.

Immediately after sale occurs; liberalisation of
fixed line telecommunication services; cable and
IPTV and internet services will begin with mobile
phone services liberalised two years later.

The three bills will establish a system for regulat-
ing all electronic communications in the country,
including broadcasting.

They will allow for a regulator — the Utilities
Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA), to
be created, which will have appointed to it an inter-

nationally experienced Director of Policy and Reg- -

ulation. URCA will address anti-competitive agree-
ments between telecoms providers, abuse of domi-

Legislation

nant positions and has the power to disapprove
mergers involving licensees.

‘Meanwhile, an ad hoc appeals tribunal specific to
the sector will be established. ; .

“An appeals tribunal has become.a common ele-
ment in regulatory reform in the communications
and competition law environment over the past
decade, reflecting the need in this industry for a
rapid and specialised appeals process,” said Mr
Ingraham. _

The Bills can be seen on government’s website,
the Privatisation Committee’s website, the Ministry
of Finance’s website and the Office of the Prime
Minister’s website, where individuals can read them
and forward their comments.

Gunman seizes jet near Montego Bay

@ KINGSTON, Jamaica

THE unarmed security
guards who allowed a gunman
to seize a Canadian jet near
Montego Bay were following
procedures, the airport's oper-
ating company said Wednesday,
according to Associated Press.

Airport security guards fol- |

lowed procedures and kept
visual contact with the gunman
until Jamaican police respond-
ed, according to a spokes-
woman for MBJ Airports. Ltd.
The company says only police



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guns inside the airport.

MBJ spokeswoman Eliza-
beth Scotton said the airport
operator is participating in an
investigation that could lead to

changes in the airport's security .

policy. Police and government
agencies say the investigation
is under way.

“Any time an incident like
this happens, there are always
lessons to be learned, " Scotton
said.

A Jamaican.man in Ais. 20s.«:
identified as Stephen Fray -

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forced his way through security
checkpoints Sunday night and.
held at gunpoint CanJet Air-
lines flight with 167 people on
board, authorities said. After
an eight-hour standoff, he, was
captured in a military raid that
freed the six remaining
hostages.

Prime Minister Bruce Gold-
ing has ordered an accounting
of the security breach at Sang-

. ster International Airport, one

of two primary airports in a
-« Caribbean nation that depends
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Unexpected turn in appeal hearing



over Senator appointments declaration

FROM page one

on each occasion of the hearing.

Attorney Loren Klein of the
Attorney General’s Office, who
represents the Prime Minister,
told the court that the record
filed on February 13, contained
all the necessary documents,
except the transcripts as they
were unable to secure them. Mr
Klein told the court that the only
time a court reporter was not
present was while counsel was
in chambers dealing with admin-
istrative matters. Court of
Appeal President Dame Joan
Sawyer noted, however, that the
law requires that a record of pro-
ceedings be kept at all times.

“If there is relevant material,

however irrelevant‘ counsel
might think it is, every day must
* be accounted for, every hour
must be accounted for, it is on
that basis that people bill their
clients,” Dame Joan said.

Mr Klein assured the court,
that after the adjournment steps
would be taken to correct any
deficiencies regarding the record.
The court adjourned the matter

without setting a date for a hear-
ing of the conjoined appeals. It is
expected that after counsel sort
out the record they will return to
court for a date to be set.

The Attorney General’s
Office is appealing the Novem-
ber 5, declaration by Chief Jus-
tice Sir Burton Hall that Antho-






ny Musgrove was not validly
appointed to the Senate. The
declaration had been sought by
Opposition leader Perry
Christie. The Chief Justice, how-
ever, did not make the same rul-
ing regarding Senator Tanya
Wright whose appointment was
also challenged by Mr Christie.

That decision is being appealed ,

by Mr Christie.

According to the Constitu-
tion, the make-up of the Senate
must consist of a political bal-
ance reflective of the member-
ship of the House of Assembly

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Nadal begins title defence in Barcelona
SIBARCELONA, Spain

Ra el Nadal began his bid for a fifth straight title at the Barcelona
Ops by beating Frederico Gil of Portugal 6-2, 6-2 in the second
Wednesday. Following a first-round bye, the top-ranked
Sie ‘d broke Gil twice in each set but the qualifier made him work
h iad fadal has lost only one of his 23 matches at Real Club de Tenis
Cblona. He’s also on a 22-match winning streak on clay.

I ne to become the first player to win the Barcelona Open five
straigttttimes, Nadal will next play Christophe Rochus of Belgium, who
defeé ted Richard Gasquet of France 6-1, 6-7 (2), 6-3. Nadal beat
Rochus at this year’s Australian Open. Four other Spaniards reached
the thitd round. No. 2-seeded Fernando Verdasco beat qualifier Nico-
éntti of Ecuador 7-5, 6-3; No. 6 Tommy Robredo downed Gas-
udio of Argentina 7-6 (6), 6-1; No. 10 Nicolas Almagro took
1an two hours to overcome Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina 3-

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three points ahead of ‘Liverpool at the top with a game in
hand, according to the Associated Press.

The threat from Chelsea lessened as Guus Hiddink’s side
was held 0-0 by Everton in Wedneday’s other Premier League
fixture to slip six points adrift having played a game more
than United. Wayne Rooney scored after nine minutes and
Michael Carrick fired low past Portsmouth goalkeeper David
James in the 82nd to:ensure United would take advantage of
Liverpool’s 4-4 draw with Arsenal on Tuesday.

“It’s a boost for us,” Carrick said. “Watching the game last
_night and seeing that result we were desperate to put on a good
-performance and win tonight.

“We’ve got three points and we are in a decent position so
hopefully we can get the momentum up until the end of the
season and put the title to bed as quickly as we can.” ‘

With six games remaining, United tops the standings with 74
points, followed by Liverpool (71) and Chelsea (68).

Alex Ferguson made nine changes from the inexperienced
side that lost Sunday’s FA Cup semifinal to Everton on penal-
ties. The returning Rooney was operating as the lone striker
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past Glen Johnson before squaring to the unmarked England
international.

At Stamford Bridge, Chelsea lacked inspiration and took
until injury time to produce its best chance when Didier Drog-
ba hit the crossbar.

Everton failed to capitalize on a string of first-half chanées,
notably from forward Jo, loaned from Manchester City in
January. The Brazilian saw a third-minute shot fly straight at
Petr Cech and then the goalkeeper used his feet to stop the ball
as Jo ran clear on goal.

Chelsea only began to drive forward with more purpose
after a double substitution midway through the second half.

Nicolas Anelka and Michael Essien were replaced by
Salomon Kalou and John Obi Mikel. Everton goalkeeper Tim
Howard was called into action immediately when Chelsea
captain John Terry picked up the ball at halfway, raced forward
and struck the ball from 30 meters forcing the American into
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™ MADRID (AP). Barcelona shrugged off Real Madrid’s
dogged title challenge by edging closer to the Spanish league
crown with a 4-0 pounding of third-place Sevilla on Wednes-
day. Real has won 17 of its last 18 league games in defense of
the title to put. some pressure on Barcelona, but the latter
kept a six-point gap in the standings with an impressive per-
formance at Camp Nou.

Barcelona has 81 points through 32 games, and Real 75.

Meanwhile, Malaga beat Osasuna 3-2 in a stormy encounter
in which four players were sent off, David Villa scored twice to
give Valencia a 2-1 win against Real Betis, and Deportivo La
Coruna won 2-0 against Almeria.

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Johnson that he would have
to pay for the team to travel
was that he’ realised that there
was a problem.

“All leagues are responsible
for their champions to go to
the Commonwealth champi-
onship,” Price pointed out.
“Regardless of whoever is
going, they should pay for
their champions.

“But today, I got a call from
the federation and I went and
picked up a letter that they
want me to give to the play-
ers to turn in to their bosses so
that they can get time off to
go to Bimini this weekend.”

Price said it’s virtually
impossible for the players to

turn in the letters today and

get the time off to travel.on
.Friday. So they have made the
decision that they will not trav-
el.

“These things must be done
in order,” Price said.

Point guard and team
spokeswoman Glenda Gilcud
Said as the New Providence
champions, it’s not fair for
them to play in a national
round robin against four teams
from New Providence, all of

‘whom they have already
defeated to win the title.

“Why is that when we have
already crowned one champi-

on here that we have to play

‘all these teams again?” she
asked.
Gilcud said it was disap-
pointing that they played so
hard to win the title over the
’ Bommer G Lady Angels, only
to be told that they have to
play them, as well as the Elec-
tro Telecom Cybots, Sunshine
Auto Ruff Ryders and the
Junior All-Stars.

“If you.already cut backside
at home, why do you want.to
carry the same backside along
with you to cut along with new
ones?” she further asked. “It’s
not fair.”

As the- four-time champions,
Gilcud said they only played
the Commonwealth champi-
onship once and that was
against a team from Eleuthera
the first year. The past two
years, she said no teams
showed up to play.

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and for two years we have not
received a championship or
individual trophies.

“So what are we playing
for? We didn’t even have an
All-Star game to have fun.
What are we playing for?.
Johnson Lady Truckers have

“our fans in the gym 24-7. So

they should be able to do
something for us once.”
Sherman Johnson, the team

sponsor, said he was disgusted .

with the whole situation.
“After the championship
game, I was told that we are

going to Freeport. I went .

ahead and made preparation
for my team, my fans and my
family,” he said.

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in the Grand Bahama
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the news that they changed it
to Bimini. I already sent mon-
ey to Freeport..So who’s going
to reimburse me for Freeport
so that I can cover Bimini?”

Johnson said he’s going to
support his team in whatever
decision to make and if it
means that they will sit out the
nationals, then it will be a col-
lective decision.

“T want to see things change.
For four years straight they
told us that it will be differ-
ent, but it’s still the same,”
Johnson said. “We have to be
real.” :

The nationals are scheduled
to start on Friday at the Gate-
way Academy Gymnasium in

Bimini and will run through -

Sunday with a double elimi-
nation format being played for
both the men and women.

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The Bahamas Softball Federation will be
going to Government House on Friday
night for the induction of four more
Bahamians into the International Softball
Federation’s Hall of Fame.

Additionally, the federation
will also induct about 85 per-
sons into their own Hall of
Fame.

Although the ISF’s Hall of
Fame is conducted every two
years since its initial ceremo-
ny in 1981, the last time: that
the Bahamas had anybody
enshrined was in 2003 when
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There could not have been
a better list of inductees than
the above mentioned.

The quartet, in their own
rights, have made a valuable
contribution to the growth
and development of the sport
for more than two decades.

While they are no longer
actively involved in the sport,
they have left behind a legacy
that will-be remembered as
long as their names are
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The induction into the ISF
should be the crowning piece
for Knowles, Pinder, DeGre-
gory-Culmer and Johnson.
They all passed through the
sand of time and they left
their imprints behind.

Like each recipient have
indicated, when they started
in the sport, neither of them
had any inkling that they
would be achieving such a
lofty goal.

But because of what they
have been able to accomplish,
they are being recognised and
will receive their flowers
while they are alive as they
join seven other Bahamians
inducted as of today.

‘When you really look at it, -
that’s significant, considering
the-size of our population,
compared to the majority of
the member associations in
the ISF.

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ship of Rommel Knowles,
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incorporating the many oth-
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this weekend.

CARIFTA SWIMMERS
SECOND

THE Bahamas’ 36-member
Carifta team returned from
the championships in Aruba
shy by one medal of the total
of 50 they accumulated last
year.

The team, however, was
able to move up one notch
from third to second in the
standings after the disman-
tling of the Netherlands
Antilles as one grouping of
nation.

Congratulations are in
order to head coach Geoffery
Eneas and the rest of his
coaching staff and the swim-
mers for the tremendous per-

-formance they turned in.

Swimmers such as McKay-

Knowles, Bhupathi survive
second round i in Barcelona

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

MARK Knowles and
Mahesh Bhupathi struggled,
but they survived the second

~ round of the Barcelona Open

Banco Sabadell yesterday in
Barcelona, Spain.

The Bahamian-Indian duo,
seeded at number four, held

off the unseeded team of

Robert Lindstedt and Robin
Soderling from Sweden with
a 4-6, 6-1, 10-8 decision.

The victory advanced
Knowles and Bhupathi to the
quarter-final where they will
play the unseeded team of
Lucas Arnold Ker from
Argentina and Fernando
Gonzalez from Chile in a late
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pulled off one of the biggest

upsets so far in the tourna-
ment with a 6-2, 6-3 victory
over the team of Mariusz
Frystenberg and Marcin
Matkowski from Poland.

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were the No.6 seeded team.

' Today, Gonzalez will have
double duties as he has to
play a singles match against
Juan Monaco from Argentina
just before the doubles
match.

Gonzalez is seeded No.5 in
singles.

Knowles and Bhupathi are
coming off their quarter-final
exit at the last tournament in
the Monte-Carlo RolexMas-
ters/ATP World Tour Mas-
ters 1000.

As the No.4 seeds, they got
eliminated by the unseeded
team of Novak Djokovic and
Viktor Troicki from Serbia in

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Hall of Fame will be called, they
take their oath and are then pre-
sented with the certificate.

As for the four persons to be
inducted into the ISF’s Hall. of
Fame, Knowles said their
enshrinement will be slightly dif-
ferent because there are not as
many as the federation’s
inductees.

“It’s going to be a very signifi-
cant night for softball,” Knowles
said. “We were formed in 1973,
but softball has been played long
before that.

“So we have a number of per-
sons who have made a significant
contribution to the development
of softball. This is one way that
we can look back at honoring
them for their contribution.”

Regarded as the “Godfather

of softball,” Austin ‘King Snake’ -

Knowles, a past president of the
BSF and Eleuthera Softball
Association, will be inducted as
an administrator.

He will be joined by Richard
‘the Lion-Heart’ Johnson, one of
the premier pitchers in the world;
along with Grand Bahama’s









identical scores of 6-4, 6-4.

Together, Knowles and

Bhupathi have not enjoyed
any type of success since Jan-
uary when they reached the
final of the Australian Open
in Melbourne where they lost

‘to champions Bob and Mike

Bryan.

The identical twin brothers | |

from the United States are
the top seeds in Barcelona.
They are followed by the

team of Daniel Nestor from °!

Canada and Nenad Zimonjic
from Serbia.

Nestor and Zimonjic won
the Monte-Carlo title over
the Bryans to soar into the
second spot on the ATP com-
puter rankings. The Bryans
still lead the list.

Knowles and Bhupathiare , :

sitting in the fourth spot.

The Barcelona tournament

will run through Sunday.

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Godfrey ‘Gully’ Pinder as a coach
and outfielder Candice DeGre-
gory-Culmer as the first Bahami-
an female inductee.

“These persons stand out as

having excelled at the interna-

tional level,” Knowles said. “So
we are honoured to be able to
induct'them in the Hall of Fame
this weekend.”

The quartet will push the
Bahamas’ total to 11 persons who
have ‘been inducted into the Hall
of Fame, which was initiated in
1981.

The other seven inducted are ©

the late player/coach Leon
‘Apache’ Knowles (1987); admin-
istrator/organizer Churchill Ten-
er-Knowles (1991); administra-

-. tor/organizer Neko Grant (1997);

late umpire Arthur ‘Old Art’
Thompson (2001) and adminis-
trator Greg Christie, coach Sid-

“ney ‘Baylor’ Fernander and play--

er Dudley ‘Doggie’ Smith (all in
2003).

Immediately following the
induction ceremony, Knowles
said family members and friends
will beable to interact with the
newly inductees as refreshments
will be provided in the garden.

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Bria Deveaux, Dustin Tynes,
Evante Gibson and Matthew
Lowe should receive special

mention for their leadership

in the medal haul.

But as president Algernon
Cargill-stated, the entire team
performed very well and they
should be congratulated for

. their efforts. It was truly a

team effort that enabled the
Bahamas to once again make

. their presence felt.

And Cargill went a bit fur-
ther and publicly thanked the
Ministry of Youth, Sports
and Culture and Minister
Desmond Bannister, who
provided a chartered flight
and cash for the team.

The same was done for the
Carifta track and field team.

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go to Penn

FROM page 15 a

? mark of 43.90, while the wom-
i en’s 4x 4 team’s national record
: breaking time of 3:32.50 was
? short of the qualifying time of
: 3:31.00.

: The men’s 4x 1 relay team,
: which got some assistance from
:?. Dereck Carey (who was not
: Officially a member ci ifie team)
: posted a winning time of 39-77,

: which was shy of the qualify-

: ing time of 39.10.

i The men’s 4x 4 team didn’t
? compete, but they will have to
? run at least 3:03.30 to qualify.

: . Burrows said the BAAA has
: yet to field all of the athletes
: on the respective teams, but
? based on who are available, he’s
? confident that the Bahamas can
i qualify all four teams for Berlin
i; in August.

i “We strongly feel as if with
: one or two more relay meets, I
personally don’t see why we
shouldn’t put at least three
? teams at World’s, but we also
: have the potential, capability,
? manpower and coaching exper-
i tise to actually feel four relay
; teams,” Burrows said.

i “The Bahamas has never
: . fielded a women’s 4 x 4 team in
; any meet higher than the CAC
: level. But this year, with the
services of Debbie Ferguson
: and a couple of the young ladies
: in college and even some of the
: junior athletes, the possibility
: for them to qualify is very real.”
i Coaches George Cleare and
: Rupert Gardiner will have the
? Opportunity to put together the
: four squads, including the order
? in which they will run, when
: they compete at Penn’s.

: The relay teams will be
: joined by a number of high
: school and.club teams from
i New Providence and Grand
: Bahama that will also be mak-

: ing the trip to Philadelphia.










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BASKETBALL

BSC PLAYOFFS

¢ THE Baptist Sports Council }
will open its 2009 Joyce Minus ;
best-of-three playoff series on, ;
Saturday at the Baillou Hills :
Sporting Complex with the
following match-ups: —

Court One

10 am 15-and-under pennant

winning Temple Fellowship

(7-1) vs fourth

place Faith United (5-3).

11 am 19-and-under defend-

ing champions and pennant

winning First

Baptist (6-2).vs fourth place
Temple Fellowship (4-4).

Noon Men's president sec-

ond place First Baptist (5-1)

vsthird place

City of Praise (4-2).

1 pm Men's president pen-

nant winning Temple Fellow-

ship (5-1) vs fourth

place Latter-Day Saints (4- 2).

2 pm Men's president third

place City of Praise vs sec- '

ond place First Baptist.

3 pm Men's president

fourth-place Latter-Saints vs

pennant winning |

Temple Fellowship.

~~40.am 15-and-under tecond: 4
place Golden Gates (6-2) vs
third place
Macedonia (5-3).
11 am second place Latter-
Day Saints (5-3) vs third.
place Golden Gates (5-3).
Noon Men's vice president -
second place Christian
Tabernacle (5-1) vs
third place Bahamas Harvest
(42))
1 pm Men's vice s president
pennant winning Evangelis-
tic Center (5-1) vs
fourth place New Bethlehem
(4-2).
2 pm Men's vice president :
third place Bahamas Harvest
vs second place
Christian Tabernacle. ©
3 pm Men's vice president
fourth place New Bethlehem
vs pennant winning Bvange-
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MEMBERS of the Johnson’s Lady Truckers make a statement on why they are not going to the BBF’s National Round
Robin this weekend in Bimini. From left are sponsor Sherman Johnson, guard Glenda Gilcud, centér Janice Williams,
coach James Price and shooting guard Shantell Rolle.

‘Truckers to skip Nationals

‘

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

WHEN the Bahamas Basketball Federation’s Nation- .

al Round Robin Tournament gets underway this week-

end in Bimini, the Johnson’s Lady Truckers will be .

participating.

The four-time New Providence Women’s Basketball
Association champions say they were only informed
by letter yesterday that the tournament, which was
originally scheduled for Grand Bahama next week,

have been moved up to this weekend in Bimini. .

Additionally, the Lady Truckers say it is unfair for

_ their sponsor Sherman Johnson to pay for them to par-
We hoy ire ope tire £ opopg shy a ceglyeas wT Ly

ticipate in'the tournament against teams who they have
already defeated to win the New Providence champi-
onship crown.

“We are the New Providence ladies champions and

the way the league has been going this season, we 4

thought that they were in a much better financial posi-
tion,” said Truckers’ first year coach James Price.
“Up to last week Thursday, we didn’t know what

_was going to happen. The federation told us they need-

ed confirmation on whether or not we were going to
Grand Bahama and the league told me they will talk to
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‘AFTER going through an assessment process; at
the University of Miami two weeks ago, the
Bahamas Association of Athletic Association is
gearing up for a big push at the Penn Relays be
weekend.

For the first time, the BAAA will field both tie
men and women 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 metre relays at
the meet with the view of getting all four of the
qualified for the LAAF 12th World Champions
in Athletics.

“The goal i in Florida was to evaluate the potenti
of us actually qualifying because the meet was not
one of the primary meets listed by the IAAF asa
qualifier for the World Championships,” said Tyrane






: - Burrows, the BAAA’s statistician.

“The University of Miami meet was to give: us a
: dry run or to have us see what’s capable. At the
: meet, we realised. that the women’s 4 x 1 is more
than capable as well as the women’s 4 x 4 relay
team, which set.a new national record. Our men’s 4
x 1 was also right there.”

For the Penn Relays, the BAAA is expected to
run the women’s 4.x 1 team comprising of Chandra
i Saicap» Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie, Timicks
Clarke and Christine Amertil.

Armertil and Ferguson-McKenzie are also expest
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As for the men’s 4 x 1, which is still not at‘\full
strength; the BAAA will run a: combo of Rodney
Green, Adrian Griffith, Jamial Rolle and Michael

i Mathieu.

The men’s 4x 4 team, which won the silver at the
Olympic Games last year in Beijing, China, will fea-
ture Mathieu, Nathaniel McKinney, Andretti Bain,
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Baghdad — the destination
of choice for increasing
number of foreign workers

MBAGHDAD
They say they could have opted
for Dubai, Saudi Arabia or even
Europe. But Baghdad is the des-
tination of choice for a rising
number of foreign workers, a jar-
ring sight in a city where, not long
ago, they were unlikely to keep
their freedom or lives long
enough to collect a paycheck,
according to New York Times
News Service.

"Sometimes I hear loud booms,
but I don't oa, "said Zahand-
wir Aloui, a 25-year-old waiter
with a wife and two childfen at
home in Bangladesh. "I like
working here."

Recently he was clearing dish-
es at the upscale restaurant where
he works,,one of scores of better
restaurants, homes and hotels
where the waiters, cooks, clerks
and housekeepers.and attendants
are increasingly likely to be from
India, Uganda, Bangladesh,
Nepal and. Ethiopia.

These are not contract work-,
ers recruited by American firms
like KBR or Halliburton to work
at U.S. military cafeterias or to
pull guard duty on the perimeter
of U.S. bases, but men and
women who have come to work
for Iraqi businesses that would
otherwise hire Iraqis. And even if
the number of foreigners working
for Iraqis is still small, it seems
one more sign that the capital
may be on the cusp of a return
to normalcy.

Despite an unemployment rate
in Iraq estimated to be as high as
40 percent, the problem here is
the same as that at many places:
Even though Iraqis are paid more
than foreigners, business owners
say it is nearly impossible to keep
Iraqi staff members in low-level
positions for longer than a few
weeks. ''There are some jobs
Iraqis won't do, even if they don't
have jobs," said Basil Radhi, 54,
an Iraqi whose family owns a
nearby restaurant.

Since the 2003 invasion by U.S.
forces, few foreigners have
strayed -outside the heavily
secured Green Zone, with the
exception of well-armed US. sol-
diers, because foreigners had
been targets of Sunni and Shiite
militias, ‘which carried out kid-
nappings.and executions.

Even though Baghdad is safer
now than it was in-the first’ few
years following the invasion, most
of the recently arrived workers
say they do not go far from theit
workplaces.

Aloui, the waiter, who earns
double what he would at home,
lives in a room at a-hotel next
door to the restaurant (where din-
ers are searched for suicide belts
before eating). He says he knows
almost nothing about Baghdad

‘aside from the dozen or so steps
between the restaurant and the
hotel. He‘has been told not to
walk the street alone.

While Aloui works as many as
15 hours a day, six days a week,
for his $250 monthly salary, not
including a $50 monthly bonus,

the restaurant's Iraqi-born waiters:

earn more than double that —
even when they work far fewer
hours: The arrangement was
defended by the restaurant's own-
er, Hussein Qaduri, 28, whose
previous restaurant was blown up
by a suicide car bomb in 2004. Of —
his 45 employees, five are from
Bangladesh. "I pay for their hotel,
for their barber, for their med-
ical treatment," he said about his
Bangladeshi waiters. "Everything
comes directly from me."

In the five months since the rel-
ative lull in violence allowed him
to open his restaurant, Radhi said
he has ‘employed hundreds of;
native-born waiters, dishwashers, —
cleanup crews and cooks. He said
he has had enough. of what he

calls Iraqis' suspect work ethic ©

and is in the process of looking

for more foreign workers. But on
Tuesday, Abdullah al-Lami, a
spokesman for Iraq's Ministry of
Labor and Social Work, said that
while hiring foreign workers
might have become commonplace
in recent months, it is not lawful.

Employment companies obtain
tourist visas for foreign workers,
he said, and the visas do not per-
mit the foreigners to hold jobs.
"The employment offices that do
this work are illegal," Lami said.
"The people who employ these
workers are trying to take advan-
tage of paying them low wages."

But Bilal Hadi, co-owner of the
Watania Co., one of a handful of
employment agencies hiring for-
eign workers, said that he had, in
fact, received the approval of the

government and that he was not .

exploiting workers. The workers
his company recruits to Iraq
through its offices in Bangladesh

and Dubai are contacted at least -

every other month to ensure they
are being treated well. "Abuse
might happen," he said, "but it is
not my fault."

Companies seeking foreign
workers typically hire "two or
three for a taste to see if it works"
before asking for more, he said.

In the month that the company
has been open in Baghdad, Hadi
said he had brought in 400 for-
eign workers, all of them present-
ly employed.

Next, he said, he would like to
hire European workers — Rus-
sians, UKrainians and Georgians
in particular — who would be in
high demand as waitresses and

housekeepers. He would hire

them out for $350 a month, he
said.

Among the city's more recent
arrivals are a group of six bakers
who have come from Rajshahi,
Bangladesh. They live together
in a.rooftop concrete bunker
accessible by a flimsy 12-foot lad-
der perched above the bakery.
The bathroom is down. the lad-
der. Despite the crowded condi-
tions, Mohammed Ayub Hussein,
37, who has a wife and two chil-
dren back home, said he would
like to stay for a while.

"T want to be here maybe four
or five years to make some mon-
ey,"-he said: When asked what
he does aside from his. all-night

shift at the bakery, he shrugged.

"IT came here to work."

@ RAPHAEL G. SATTER
LONDON

Britain will review all its
weapons exports to Israel follow-
ing the country's assault on the
Gaza Strip, the U.K.'s foreign
minister said Tuesday, according
to the Associated Press.

British Foreign Secretary
David Miliband told lawmakers
that all current and future export
licenses to Israel were being
looked at "in light of recent
events in Gaza."

The government had been
pressed by lawmakers to ensure
that British-made weapons or
weapon components weren't used

by Israeli forces in their attack ©
on Gaza, which lasted more than _

three weeks and left about 1,400
dead, according to one Pe alestinian
count. Israel launched the assault
inate December in an-attempt to
stem the barrage of rockets being
fired from Gaza onto Israeli ter-
ritory.

Imports

Britain supplies less than 1 per-

cent of Israel's military imports,
Miliband said in a written state-
ment. :
But he acknowledged that
some U.K.-supplied components
were "almost certainly" used in
the assault.

He said those included digplaiis
used in F-16 combat aircraft,
radar and navigation equipment
used on-Apache attack heli-

copters, and parts for a gun used’

on Israel's Saar-class corvettes.
In the case of the F-16 and
Apache parts, he said those were
exported to the United States and
the finished products were passed
on to Israel. Miliband added that
minor components supplied to
Israel for use in its reconnaissance

satellites "may have been
involved" in preparing for the

assault. But he said that, contrary’

to reports carried by media and
human rights groups, there was
no evidence that U.K.-supplied
equipment for Israel's unmanned
aircraft industry were used'by the
Israel Defense Forces or that

U.K. components were used to —





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build Merkava tanks or D9
armored bulldozers used by Israel
in the conflict.

Miliband did not say whether
the export of the U:K.-made parts
used in the assault would be



THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2009, PAGE 11

restricted in any way, saying only
that their use by Israel's military
would be taken into account
when officials licensed technolo-
gy for export.
The Israeli Embassy in Lon-

UK says it will review all
arms exports to Israel



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IN THIS TUESDAY, Jan.13, 2009
file photo, smoke rises following
an explosions caused by Israeli mil-
itary operations in Gaza City. Israel
fired white phosphorous shells
indiscriminately over densely pop-
ulated areas of Gaza in what
amounts to a war crime, Human
Rights Watch said in a report. The
Israeli military said Wednesday that

. the shells were used in line with

international law.

(AP Photo/Hatem Moussa, File)

don did not immediately return a
call seeking comment.

Israeli Foreign Ministry
spokesman Yigal Palmor said he
was unaware of the announce-

ment.


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Fight for control
of Colombia
cocaine trade

@ NUNCIDO, Colombia



Up and down the rivers of western Colombia, a new breed
of criminal armies is pressing deeper into this isolated jungle,
fighting with guerrillas for control of the cocaine trade and’
forcing thousands of Indians to flee, according to the New
York Times News Service.

It is the kind of nightmarish otdeal that is an all-too-com-
mon feature of Colombia's long war: Peasants being terror-
ized by gunmen seeking dominance in the backlands.

But as Colombia's war for control of the drug trade inten-
sifies in frontiers like this one, with new combatants vying for
smuggling routes and coca-growing areas where Indians eke
out a meager existence, it is adding to the already grave toll
on the nation's indigenous groups. At least 27 of the groups
are at risk of being eliminated because of the country's four-
decade conflict, according to the United Nations, and human’
rights organizations worry that the new violence is pushing
even deeper into the Indians' ancient lands.

Gunmen arrived as Jnonny Caisamo was harvesting plan-
tains here in the Choco region's jungle.

More than 100 strong, the men beat him with the flat part

of their machetes, then threatened to drown him in the brown |

waters of the Cedro River.

"They wanted to know where the guerrillas were camped,"
said Caisamo, 18, one of many Embera Indians to recount
recent beatings, rapes or threats by armed groups here. "They
told me they would kill me if I did not collaborate."

The battles are unfolding far from largely pacified cities like
the capital, Bogota, where a newly confident government
acclaims recent military advances against leftist rebels and the
demobilization of thousands of paramilitary. fighters. In
‘another region, officials recently helped one indigenous
group, the Arhuacos, reclaim land from paramilitary fighters.

But the seeming stability i in some places belies the conflict
in remote areas, where Indians like the Embera find them-
selves at the mercy of armed groups. Colombia has about 3
million internal refugees — second in number only to Sudan,
the United Nations says — and its Indians bear a dispropor-
tionate share of the suffering.

"Our rulers in Bogota prefer to ignore that an entire section
of the country is surviving, just barely, as if we are in the 16th
century, when plunder and killing were the norm," said Vic-
tor Copete, who runs Choco Pacifico, a foundation address-
ing the violence here in Choco, one of the nation's poorest
departments, or provinces.

Panic

The latest displacement of the Embera was set off by a col-
lective panic after reports that the Rastrojos, a criminal army,
raped two Embera girls in early March and killed an Embera
man before burning his body in front of his family.

- Witnesses said the gunmen then went from village to village,
beating, torturing and temporarily abducting some Embera
leaders to*Set ‘information spores ‘gunnyen's ‘rivals, the

«Cimarron faction of the National Li heration® ‘Army, or ELN,
#a small rebel grqup that ‘has held sway in the area for years,
"There is-safety in numbers, so we moved hete,’ Said]

Dionel Isarama, 38, in a one-room hut with 27 other people | Pt

from his hamlet, hours away by foot. "We will not return as
long as our fear ‘of the armed men remains with us.'

Before the Embera Indians were displaced, the nation's
main rebel group, the Revolutionary. Armed Forces of Colom-
bia, or FARC, admitted killing eight Aw Indians in February
in Narino, another department, accusing them of informing for
the Colombian army.

Late last year, tensions also flared;in Cauca, a nearby
province, after-the husband of a Nasa“Indian leader was
killed at a military checkpoint, and it was reported that at least
eight Nasa Indians had been assassinated. Nasa leaders said
those responsible included both the FARC and paramilitary
groups working with large landowners who oppose land
reform demands. —

Here in Choco, the Embera fleeing during the first three
months of this year almost equaled the 2,400 displaced i in all
of 2008, said Luis Enrique Murillo, the peace commissioner
here. Many of their villages lie in areas long under the control
of rebel groups, but are now.in the cross hairs of the criminal.
armies trying to dislodge the guerrillas. Be

Choco may be an ideal theater for the latest phase of this
ever changing, labyrinthine war. Fighters are lured by its
geography, with outlets to the Pacific, the Caribbean and
Panama, offering options for smuggling out cocaine and ship-

‘ping in arms.

In the conflict's latest incarnation, neo-paramilitary groups
like the Rastrojos, which originated as a cocaine-trafficking
syndicate around the city of Cali, have emerged from the
ashes of demobilized groups. At times they use some of the
same fighters from groups that formed years ago to combat
the leftist. guerrillas, but they also forcibly recruit new com-
batants in areas like Choco, security analysts said.

Now. these new armed groups, stripped of their old ideo-
logical bents, are forging alliances with rebels in some parts
of the country, while going for their throats i in others, like this
swath of Choco, according to security analysts. Either way,
their objective remains the same:’dominance over coca-grow-

ing areas and routes to ship cocaine abroad, predominantly to |"

the United States.

The conflict has found new life in areas like Choco partly
because of the government's successes elsewhere. As Amer-
ican-financed eradication projects have cut coca growing in
some areas, Choco's cultivation of the crop surged 32 percent
in 2007, according to the United Nations.

Most of Choco's 450,000 people lack drinkable water.
Thousands live in wooden shacks on stilts. Grenade blasts like
one in. late March in the regional capital, Quibdo, which
wounded 13 people, go largely unnoHced elsewhere 4 in the
country.

In isolated villages like Nuncido, whiéte more than 100 of
the Embera have recently fled, ‘children with distended bél-
lies and light-colored hair; a sign of malnutrition, asked for
food.

The government has brought in somesoldiers to help, but
they said they would leave soon. Some of the fleeing Embera
Indians, however, worry that the emergency will last for
months, perhaps longer.

In Puerto Meluk, a river port with bars blaring vallenato
music and stores selling chemicals used to process coca into
cocaine, some Embera refugees cooked in a swamp reeking
of raw sewage and recounted stories similar to those upriver:
of beatings and threats in their villages, then displacement
here. At one house with 11 families crowded inside, Enrique
Manyoma, a 42-year-old maize farmer, told of his a
from the village of Incira.

"That is my daughter, Marta Cecilia, " Manyoma said,
pointing to an infant, "She was born here eight days ago.

''As long as the men with guns remain in the jungle," he
said, "I do not think her home will be in Incira."



INTERNATIONAL NEWS ©

Senator McConnell blasts

plan to close Guantanamo

m@ ANDREW O. SELSKY
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico



President Barack Obama came under
fire Tuesday for including $80 million to
close Guantanamo in a massive funding
request to fight America's wars in Iraq
and Afghanistan, according to the Asso-
ciated Press.

The $83.4 billion request to Congress
was submitted on April 9, when lawmak-
ers were on break over the Easter holi-
days.

Tucked into the 99-page bill were a

few paragraphs about Guantanamo — =

including a request for funds for foreign
countries that accept prisoners. U.S.
efforts to have other countries take in
detainees have largely been a flop —
stoking fears the men will end up in
America.

"The administration needs to tell the
American people what it plans to do with
these men if they close: Guantanamo,"
U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch
McConnell said on the Senate floor Tues-
day.
He pointed out that two years ago the
Senate: voted 94-3 against sending
detainees to the U.S. |

‘McConnell opposes closing Guan-

~~ tanamo.

"Foreign countries have thus far been
unwilling to take them in any significant
numbers. And even if countries were will-
ing to take them, there's an increasing
probability that some of these murder-

‘ers would return to the battlefield," he

said.

Military Families United, a military
family advocacy organization, predicted
the inclusion of money to close Guan-









(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
SENATE MINORITY Leader Mitch McConnell of
Ky., left. McConnell opposes Posing Guan-
tanamo.

tanamo in the war-funding request "will
significantly delay the passage of this leg-
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McConnell spokesman Don Stewart
said Republicans are looking at ways to
strip the Guantanamo money from the
funding bill.

There is no move afoot to block the
entire funding bill because "this is money
for our troops," Stewart said.

Funding

Obama seeks $30 million in Justice
Department funding to shut down the
Guantanamo detention center, review
U.S. detention and interrogation proce-
dures and fund future litigation.

Another $50 million in Defense
Department funds sought by Obama
would support the relocation of the 240
prisoners at Guantanamo, which Obama
has ordered closed by January, and rede-
ploy military and support forces associ-
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D In brief
- Wyoming court orders
henefits in Jehovah's

Witness case

THE STATE incorrectly
withheld death benefits
from the family of a Jeho-
vah's Witness who died
from low blood pressure
because it couldn't prove
that treatment refused by
the family would've saved
the man, the Wyoming
Supreme Court ruled Tues-
day.

In the ruling written by
Justice Michael Golden, the
court found that the
“Wyoming Workers Safety
and Compensation Division
must pay the widow of 67-
‘year-old Howard W.
‘Williams, who died after
surgery to remove a rup-
tured spleen.

Court records showed that
the Williams family-told Dr.

M: Whitney Parnell at’

Cheyenne's United Medical
Center they were Jehovah's
Witnesses and didn't want
any blood products. used to
treat Williams after a work-
‘related vehicle accident.
-1sThe state later refused to
pay the benefits to Sharon
Williams, ruling that she
wasn't entitled because her
shusband had. refused rea-
‘sonable and necessary med-
ical treatment.

.o*But the-court noted that

Parnell, the doctor, had tes-
tified using the blood prod-
ucts would have increased
)Williams' chance of survival
but. would not have guaran-
teed it.
‘ow “Therefore, under the
‘specific facts of this case,
ithe acceptance of the trans-
fusion of blood products
cannot be deemed to be
;‘reasonably essential’ to Mr.
‘Williams' survival," Golden
wrote in the Tuesday ruling.
«ocThe Watchtower Bible
and Tract Society, the legal
-organization of the Jeho-
vah's Witnesses that brought
the case before the high

court, had argued that the

denial of Sharon Williams'
application for death bene-

fits violated the right to free _}

,exercise:of.religior f
The-court ruling didn't
address the constitutional
argument, saying it didn't
need to reach that point
before ruling in Williams'
favor on other grounds. ©
Senior assistant attorney
general Mike Causey said
Tuesday that it was. "very
interesting that we do have
a dissent in this case."
Chief Justice Barton R.
Voigt, who filed the dis-
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NEARLY nine years after
17 sailors were killed in a ter-
rorist attack on the USS Cole,
some relatives of the victims
are set to receive at least
$200,000 each from Sudan, a
lawyer said Tuesday, accord-
ing to the-Associated Press.

The 33 spouses, parents and .

children of the sailors have
fought in court for the com-
pensation for six years. They
successfully argued .the
Sudanese government pro-
vided support, including mon-
ey and training, that allowed
al-Qaida suicide bombers to
attack the Navy destroyer at a
refueling stop at the Yemen
port of Aden on Oct. 12, 2000.
The suicide bombers were in
a small boat and tore a gaping
40-foot hole in the destroyer.

The U.S. government had
frozen the money in New
York banks, but a federal
judge recently ordered the
release of $13.4 million in
Sudanese accounts.

"Not one penny can replace
the life of my child," said
Mona Gunn of Virginia
Beach, whose 22-year-old son
Cherone was killed in the
attack. "The sad thing is, not
all family members are receiv-

ing compensation. There,are .

mothers and fathers who lost
children who aren't going to
get compensation, and sib-

“lings who lost a brother or sis- .

ter."

Twenty-six other parents
who sued Sudan were not eli-
gible for compensation, which
went instead to their child's
spouse or children, a judge in
Norfolk, Va., ruled in 2007.

The Sudanese government |

didn't fight the case during a
trial, but has refused to pay
-the families. A spokesman for
the Sudanese Embassy in
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sile destroyer USS Cole after a suspected terrorist bomb exploded during-a refueling operation in the port .of Aden, Yemen. Nearly nine
years after 17 sailors were killed in a terrorist attack on the USS Cole, a judge has ordered New York banks to release $13.4 million in -

frozen Sudanese accounts to family members of the victims. 52%

with the attack.

"It didn't take place on
Sudan soil or water, and there
is no Sudanese involvement
in it," said spokesman Seif
Yasin. "There's no proof



Sudan provided any financial
support for anyone involved."

USS. District Judge Kimba
Wood's order freed the funds
under the Terrorism -Risk
Insurance Act of 2002, which

Hilton, Miss California take sides on ‘Today’

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Stands by her anti-gay-mar-
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-may have. cost her the Miss

USA crown.

Carrie Prejean defended her

views Tuesday on NBC's
"Today" show, telling host
Matt Lauer that she spoke
from the heart during Sun-
day's pageant when she said
that. "marriage should be

‘between a man and a

woman."

The beauty queen's

openly gay pageant judge and

celebrity blogger Perez Hilton

has received more attention

than the winner;Miss North ~

Carolina Kristen Dalton. Dur-
ing the pageant, Hilton asked

Prejean if every state should -

follagw Vermont in legalizing
same sex marriage.

\"I think it's great that Amer-
icans are able to choose one
or the other," Prejean
responded. "But in my coun-
try, and in my family, I think
that I believe that marriage
should be between a man and
a woman. No offense to any-
body out there, but that's how
I was raised."

Hilton, who also appeared

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on the "Today" show Tues-
day, said his question was rel-

“évanht and that’Prejean should

have “left her politics and her
religion out because Miss USA
represents all Americans."
Prejean, who was named
first runner-up at the pageant,
told Lauer that she knew "at
that moment after I'd
answered the question, I knew
that I was not going to win
because of my answer." Still,
she stands by her statements.
"I don't take back what I
said," she told Lauer, adding

that she “had spoken from my :

heart, from my beliefs and for
my God:":

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cally correct," she said. "For :
me, it's about being biblically

correct."

wy

requires the release of
blocked assets to satisfy a

judgment against a "terrorist .

party." The State Department
has designated Sudan as a
state sponsor of terrorism



since 1993, Wood said.
Individual awards will

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS.



Man brought to US to answer
charges on suspicion of piracy

@ NEW YORK

ABDIWALI Abdiqadir Muse grew

®

with a knife, telling a crew member after
the attack that it was always his dream to

come to America.

up destitute in Somalia, the oldest of 12
kids and the product of a violent, lawless
nation where his parents scraped togeth-
er a few dollars a day selling milk and
tending to a small herd of camels, cows
and goats, according to the Associated
Press.

For entertainment, he would frequent
a run-down outdoor cinema and watch
Bollywood movies in a town with no
running water or electricity. He eventu-
ally joined a gang of pirates who laid
siege to an American cargo ship and
took the captain hostage before three of
them were killed by Navy snipers.. Muse
survived but was stabbed:in the hand

On Tuesday, the teenager made it to
America under circumstances far from
idyllic, appearing in a packed federal
courtroom in New York on what are
believed to be the first piracy charges in
the U.S. in more than a century.

Prosecutors portrayed him as the
brazen ringleader of the pirates who
shot at the ship's captain and bragged
about prior acts of piracy. But the brava-
do authorities say Muse displayed as the

first pirate to board the Maersk Alaba-.

ma on April 8 had evaporated by the
time he entered the courtrooni.

The 5-foot-2 Muse looked bewildered
and so scrawny that his prison clothes

were several sizes too big. He hada
frayed white bandage where he was
stabbed.

When his court- -appointed lawyer said
Muse's father would be interviewed in
Somalia to verify his birthdate, Muse
put his head in his hand and broke down
in tears. When the judge-asked him if he
understood that court-appointed lawyers
would represent him, the teenager
responded through a translator: "I
understand. I don't have any money."
When he was asked to raise his right
hand, he pointed it into the air as if he
was being called on in class.

*The decision by the federal govern-
ment to bring Muse to justice here has
thrust the skinny teenager into the inter-
national spotlight, and raised legal ques-
tions about whether the US. is going
too far in trying to make an example of
someone so young.

Muse was charged with piracy, con-
spiracy and brandishing and firing a gun
during a conspiracy. The most serious

0H etTe se
agents escort the
Somali pirate sus-

wali. Abdiqadir

a LOST SM Ton
headquarters in
New York on
Monday, April 20,
2009. Muse is the
sole. surviving.’
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Phillips from the
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life in prison.

"An act of piracy against one nation is :

a crime against all nations," said Act- :
? level of commanders have had ndgoti-
: ations. The Taliban have said séveral
eral judge agreed Tuesday, ruling that ; times that we won't do any negotia-
Muse is an adult and that the case can : tions while American and NATO

proceed in open court. But his lawyers i forces are present in Afghanistan:

ing U.S. Attorney Lev L. Dassin.
The government says he is 18. A fed-

said they are.going to continue to inves-
tigate his age and believe that. he will :

ultimately be exonerated. If he is found :

to be underage, defense lawyers could : itants to participate -in talks wifhout

: fear of arrest or attack. Hamidzida
: mentioned no names, but Karzatihas

try to have the case tossed out or seek :
leniency if he is convicted.
Defense lawyer Deirdre von Dornum :

said she has had to reassure Muse that : ee ,
? negotiations. suid

the American justice system is fair,

because he knows only the anarchy that.

has ruled Somalia. She said he smiled ; : nee
: Taliban fighters willing to acceptithe
: Afghan Constitution, and Talibantép-
because he had never seen a camera in ; TeSentatives met with Afghan govetn-

i ? ment officials in Saudi Arabia lastsfall,
i? though little apparent progressswas

young, injured and terrified," von aoe : made. iW

before a gaggle of news cameras upon
his arrival to New York on Monday only

his life.
"As you can tell, he's extremely

num said.
The details of Muse's life are Sey,

was tricked into getting involved in pira-

cy. His mother said he was "wise beyond 3
his years"
boys his age who tried to tease him and
got lost in books instead.



: : tacts at different levels." }




In brief

Afghan govt: No
breakthroughs
in militant talks

@ KABUL



THE AFGHAN government has

* held "good discussions" with Taliban
? militants as it seeks a way to end an
: increasingly the bloody insurgency
: against Afghan, U.S. and NATO
: forces, the president's spokesman said,
: according to the Associated Press. °

"Some developments" have occurred

: in the talks giving the government hope
? they could lead toward peace, :the
: spokesman for President Hamid Karzai
: said Tuesday, but he cautioned ‘thére
: would not be a quick outcome. 114:

"We have had some talks,"
} Humayun Hamidzada told a news‘con-

: ference. "We shouldn't expect aqttick
: outcome, but there has been some

: developments. There are some:con-

+

Karzai's spokesman offeredino

-? specifics on progress made in the n’go-
: tiations. A spokesman for the Taliban,
: Qari Yousef Ahamdi, said the Taliban
: hasn't held any negotiations :with

: Afghan officials. - HEH
"It is just propaganda," he saids'tNo

Hamidzada said the government was

: discussing with international alliesthe

: possibility of safety guarantees fdrmil-

: previously offered Taliban leader Mul-
: lah Omar safe passage for face- to“face

The Afghan government hase long
said it was interested in talking’ with

Hamidzada‘said the government is

negotiating with the internationalicom-
with his parents in Somalia insisting he ; Munity to remove some names from a
: U.N. sanctions list, as long as those
i people accept the Afghan Constitution

—a child who ignored other i and participate in the peace process.

He said some countries and institutions
had agreed to remove some names; ut





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Red Cross: Sri
Lankans in
‘catastrophic’
situation

â„¢ COLOMBO, SriLanka .

TENS of thousands of civil-
ians trapped in Sri Lanka’ s
northern war zone face a "cata-
strophic" situation, the Red
Cross said, amid fears a final
assault against the Tamil Tiger
rebels would lead to a dramatic
rise in casualties, according to
the Associated Press.

The United Nations and oth-
ers have called for a negotiated
truce to allow civilians to leave
the rebel-held coastal strip —
and the government says more
than 52,000 had escaped since
Monday.

But it has refused to heed the

international pleas to halt the
fighting, saying Tuesday that it
is on.the verge of crushing the
separatists and putting an end to
the 25-year-old war.

The U.N. estimated more
than 4,500 civilians have been
killed in the past three months.
_ The rebels said more than
1,000 civilians died Monday in a
government raid, while the gov-
ernment said it rescued thou-
sands after they broke through
a barrier built by the insurgents
that protects their last strong-
hold.

Human rights groups say the
Liberation Tigers of Tamil
Eelam are holding many peo-
ple in the enclave against their
will and using them as human
shields. Those groups have also
accused the government of
indiscriminate shelling in the
region. Both sides deny the alle-
gations.

Thousands of civilians also
fled in packed small boats, and
they were picked .up by navy
patrols and transported to
camps where Tamils who have
escaped the war are being held.
More than 2,000 people in
about 100 boats were picked up
Monday. '

The Red Cross said about
50,000 civilians were still strand-

ed, while Human Rights Watch -



PIERRE KRAEHENBUEHL, opera-
tions director of the intefnational
Red Cross (ICRC) gestures dur-
ing a press conference at the
organizations headquarters in
Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday,
April 21, 2009.

put the number between 50,000
and 100,000.

The U.S. government
released satellite images Tues-
day showing about 25,000 tents
housing civilians squeezed into
the last small strip controlled
by the rebels, a coastal strip of
about only 8 square miles (21
square kilometers). The State
Department estimated about
125,000 people were in the con-
flict zone before the exodus

over the past two days.

A worker for Doctors With-
out Borders said hundreds of
wounded were arriving at her
hospital in Vavuniya, south of
the war zone; in government-
arranged buses, and some had
died en route. The hospital is
overcrowded with 1,200 people
being accommodated in a facil-
ity with only 400 beds, said
mental health officer Karen
Stewart, according to a state-
ment from the aid group.

U.N. High Commissioner for
Refugees Antonio Guterres was
concerned about the "dramatic
situation" for civilians still in
the war zone, said commission
spokesman Ron’ Redmond.



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Bolivian president rejects
requests for plot info

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BOLIVIAN President Evo
Morales on Tuesday rejected
requests from the governments
of Ireland, Croatia and Hun-
gary secking information about
the deaths of three of their citi-
zens whom Bolivia accuses of

‘plotting to assassinate Morales,

according. to the Associated
Press.

Morales said he considered it
"very serious". that countries
with "no authority" would inter-
fere:in Bolivia's investigation
into the incident, which led to
the arrest of a Hungarian and a
Bolivian-Croatian as well.

"I'm able to process them
myself," Morales told reporters.
"How are they going to defend
such people who came here to
try to kill the president?"

Still, Morales said he had no
objection to an international
commission coming to Bolivia
to investigate the matter, as his
political opponents have
requested. They accuse his left-
ist government of using the inci-
dent to distract Bolivian voters
ahead of national elections in
December...

The government says that
Bolivian. police last Thursday

foiled a plot to assassinate -

Morales and his vice president,
killing three men in a 30-minute
gunfight at a hotel in Bolivia's
eastern city of Santa Cruz, a
hub of anti-Morales sentiment.
Two others were arrested.

But in a previously recorded
interview broadcast Tuesday in
Hungary, one of the three men
who was killed said his purpose
for being in Bolivia was to help
form a militia to defend. the
province of Santa Cruz against
the national government.

"There is a legal background"
to the mission, Eduardo Rozsa-
Flores said in an interview with
Hungarian journalist and tele-
vision anchor Andras Kepes. "I
am not going there to attack La
Paz or to help organize an
attack on the capital and to dri-
ve away the president. ... It is
the defense which has to be
organized, the resistance."

The interview was recorded
Sept. 8, 2008, but broadcast for
the first time Tuesday on state

‘television:.

Rozsa-Flores arrived in
Bolivia on Oct. 4, Kepes wrote
in an e-mail. Kepes said Rozsa-
Flores asked for the secret inter-
view not to be used until he
returned from Bolivia, or unless

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POLICE officers display guns seized from an armed group who were
allegedly plotting to kill Bolivia's President Evo Morales at the public
prosecutor's office in La Paz, Monday, April 20, 2009. A-judge jailed
two suspects after three other members of the alleged band of
assassins were killed in a police raid Thursday in Santa Cruz.

he died. Kepes said it could be
considered Rozsa-Flores' "last
will and testament."

. Rozsa-Flores -was born in:

Santa Cruz to a Bolivian moth-
er and Hungarian father but
had lived mostly in Hungary for

years. He went to the Balkans ~

as a journalist, but joined the

Croatian forces fighting Serb
rebels in the 1991 war which led
to the breakup of Yugoslavia.
Known as "Chico," Rozsa-
Flores was a minor celebrity in

Croatia, which was grateful to

have a foreigner fighting for its
cause. He was buried Friday in
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Attorney ‘disconcerted’

by treatment of clients
mi By NEIL HARTNELL

Tribune Business Editor

The Bahamas Telecommu-
nications Company (BTC)
bidder rejected by the current
government was yesterday
said to be “pressing ahead”
with UK-based arbitration
proceedings, with its Bahami-
an attorney describing his
clients’ treatment as “discon-
certing”.

Tribune Business sources
said that the three-person
arbitration panel had been
appointed: after Bluewater
invoked arbitration proceed-
ings following. the Govern-

“ment’s decision to reject its

offer and not proceed with’

talks to finalise BTC’s privati-
sation. —

While not commenting on
the arbitration proceedings or
their status, Philip Davis, of

Davis & Co, Bluewater’s

‘attorney, told Tribune Busi-

ness that Prime Minister

Hubert Ingraham had said in
the House of Assembly that

his government would not sell’

a 51 per cent BTC stake to his
_ clients.

According to Mr Davis, the

Prime Minister made these
comments when asked a ques-
tion by Opposition leader Per-
ry Christie on the status of
BTC’s privatisation..

“He said that from when he
‘was sitting on the floor of the
House, that he was not going
to sell to my people,” Mr

Davis told Tribune Business. —

“What is disconcerting is
why, if they’re still going to
privatise, why my candidates
are not suitable for it.”

Partner

Mr Davis said the Govern-.

ment had never given Blue-
water a reason why it was
rejected as a potential BTC
strategic partner.

He added that the way the
privatisation process was now

set up appeared to favour

BTC’s competitors, chiefly
Cable Bahamas and Digicel.
“That’s where I see it head-
ing,” the attorney said.

Bluewater agreed.:a deal in
principle with the former
Christie administration to
acquire a 49 per cent stake in
BTC for $260 million just
before the 2007 general elec-
tion.

Its terms would have seen

Bluewater pay the Govern-

ment $225 million up front; a
further $30 million after five
years, when BTC’s cellular
exclusivity would have ended;
and.$5 million in year six.
Yet the Ingraham govern-
ment appeared cool towards
Bluewater from the start,

appearing suspicious of the

group and the agreement it
had reached, and'seeming to
view it as a ‘PLP deal’.

Many telecoms industry’
observers, including Tribune.

Business, had misgivings about

SEE page 9B



“What is
disconcerting is

why, if they’re still

going to privatise,
why my candi-
dates are not suit-
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Tour operators feel
cruise line squeeze

(uy Several major companies dropped fron tour lists with no explanation

Cruise lines said to be demanding that Bahamian firms reduce prices
and not market online to their passengers

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

Bahamian tour and excur-

sion operators continue to be |

squeezed by the major cruise
lines, Tribune Business can
reveal, with at least three com-
panies having been dropped
from the latter’s list of tours
since the New Year, while oth-
ers have been told they cannot
market their attractions
online. :

Sources close to the
Bahamas Association of Shore
Excursionists (BASE) have
told Tribune Business that
several Bahamian companies
have been dropped by the
major cruise line without any
explanation or rational reason
given. They were dropped, the
sources said, despite offering a
high quality product.



CRUISE LINE SQUEEZE: Tour operators under pressure.

Among those who have suf-
fered, it is understood, are
Sunshine Cruises and Dolphin
Encounters, both of whom
were dropped by Carnival
Cruise Lines - with no expla-
nation - despite having long-

Telecoms operator
hopes ‘legacy issues’
addressed in Bills —

* “Great burden’ placed on new regulator
to ensure market develops fairly towards

full competition

* SRG head feels consultation process »

work ‘sacrificed a little bit’ for expediency

of passing Bills before Budget

a By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

A Bahamas-based telecoms:

operator yesterday told Tribune
Business that it hoped the new
communications industry regu-

latory regime would address.

“legacy issues” left by its pre-
decessor, adding that a’ major
burden would be placed upon
the: new supervisory body to
ensure “fairness” as the market
moved to full competition.
Paul Hutton-Ashkenny, pres-
ident of Systems Resource
Group (SRG), parent of IndiGo
Networks, explained that his
company’s main concern had

been for the new regulatory |

regime to cover all the areas,

such as interconnection, that

had led to disputes under the
Public Utilities Commission’s
(PUC) watch, which is shortly
to end. SRG and the Bahamas
Telecommunications Company
(BTC), the dominant player in
fixed-line telecoms in the

: Bahamas, have been embroiled

in a number of interconnection-
related disputes over the past
five years. Without intercon-
nection, calls originating on one
carrier’s network cannot be
transferred to the customer of
another carrier.

The interconnection dispute,
and other areas of contention,
had led to concerns that BTC
was using is dominant position
in the telecoms market to stifle
competition, and force rival
entrants such as SRG out of the
market. “Pretty much from our
perspective all the bases are
covered,” Mr Hutton-Ashkenny
said of the three Bills forming
the new communications regu-
latory regime.

“But there are a number of
legacy issues that have arisen,
areas over the last five. or more
years that we have had limited
competition, and our concern

- in looking forward and creat-

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them, despite SUV and commercial vehicle
sales down 51.92% and 49.76% respectively

@ By NEIL HARTNELL

Tribune Business Editor

Bahamian auto dealers yesterday said they were “hope-
ful” that the first signs of a market turnaround were begin-
ning to emerge, after new care sales fell by almost 50 per
cent against 2008 comparatives during the 2009 first quar-

ter.

Data provided to Tribune Business showed that collec-
tive sales by Bahamas Motor Dealers Association
(BMDA) members for the first three months of 2009 had

fallen by 49.38 per cent, a fall induced by the recession,
unemployment and income declines impacting the Bahami-

an economy.

This newspaper was told that, industry-wide, sports util-
ity vehicle (SUV) sales were down 51.92 per cent; pas-
senger vehicle sales were off 46.49 per cent against year- -
over-year Comparatives; and commercial vehicle sales
(trucks, taxis, vans and jitneys) were behind 49.76 per

cent.

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Yet despite the precipitous decline in business, Tribune
_Business was told that BMDA members had been braced
for even worse sales figures. Now, many are hoping the

SEE page 10B



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operating income off $%

@ By NEIL HARTNELL

..._ Tribune Business Editor

and DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

The Freeport Container Port
saw its operating income decline
by 8 per cent in 2008 compared
to the previous year, even
though container throughput
rose by.4 per cent and has con-
tinued to increase “dramatical-
ly” in early 2009.

The port’s majority 51 per
cent shareholder, Hong Kong-
based Hutchison Whampoa,

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are certain characteristics that
must exist for a lease to be
considered valid.

The tenant must have the
right to exclusive possession

of the premises that is the sub-
ject of the lease. If the person
granting the lease remains in
general control of the demised
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particularly if it is a lease to .
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However, both the com-
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year is paid and accepted,
unless there is evidence that
a different type of tenancy was
intended:

Monthly, weekly and other
periodic tenancies may also

‘be created in the same way as
yearly tenancies, whether by

express agreement or infer-
ence, such as circumstances
where payment and accep-
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quarter, and the parties
intended there to be a tenan-
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tenant, with the consent of the
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Commercial Lease

In addition to the parties,
premises, rent and duration,
a commercial lease should
specify the rights, duties,
responsibilities and obligations
of the landlord and tenant
(and, in some Ita the
sub-tenant).

The parties may also agree
to by. bound the ‘usual
covenants’. .

’ The parties to a lease should
ensure that certain provisions
for repairs, insurances, indem-
nification, leasehold improve-
ments, options to renew,
notices and termination of the
lease are explicit and discussed
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In the absence of express
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enjoyment that allow tenants
to recover damages from the
landlord if the person to
whom the covenant extends,
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enjoyment of the demised
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In addition to the implied
covenant of quiet enjoyment,
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‘in some instances, he must

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Developer buys 50% stake
900-acre Eleuthera plot

@ By CHESTER
ROBARDS
Business Reporter
crobards@tribunemedia.net

A Miami-based develop-
ment group has acquired a 50
per cent stake in 900 acres of
land at Lighthouse Point,
Eleuthera, it was revealed yes-
terday.

Businesswire.com
announced that The Related
Group, a privately-held luxu-
ry real estate developer, oper-
ating under the name TRG-
Meritage Bahamas LLC, com-
pleted the acquisition this
week. Lighthouse Point was
the most “awe-inspiring, unde-
veloped vista on the island,” a
press statement said. ,

“Our stake in this amazing
property is a testimony to our
longer-term outlook on land
. values in the Caribbean,” said
Related Group chairman and

chief executive, Mr Perez.

“We are finalising the enti-
tlements with the Government
and the Bahamas for a devel-
opment programme that.is
truly unique in the market and
‘some distance beyond expec-
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estate values across the Amer-
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Make the Bahamas an
‘Entertainment Idol’

By CHESTER ROBARDS
Business Reporter
crobards@tribunemedia.net

‘IDOL fever became as infec-
tious in the Bahamas as it had
been in the US over the past 16
week. With the launch of
Bahamian Idol late last year,

the Bahamas became one of .

many countries to produce: a

successful spin-off of the hit US .

singing-talent showcase, in a
project that required far less
investment than. the $250,000-
$300,000 total production costs.
Host and co-producer Fred-
die Munnings Jr, along with co-
producer Chris Fox and execu-
tive producer Cedric Munnings,
partnered with Jones Commu-
nications to bring local singing
talent to a home viewership,
filmed before a live audience at
Nirvana Beach Club.
According: to Freddie
Munnings Jr, the first season of
Bahamian Idol, which aired its
finale only last weekend, was
not profitable despite the nom-
inal investment in the show.
Mr Munnings said that many
of the expenses related to the
show were paid “in kind”

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through partnerships and
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The show itself, all costs con-
sidered, could have demanded
an almost $300,000 investment.
. “Everything in this capitalistic
world takes money, ‘and with-
out the resources or with the
very meagre budget, I thought
we did an excellent presenta-
tion,” said Mr Munnings.

“The way forward now is to
try to improve upon it, and
we’re calling on the Govern-
ment even more now to help us
by giving us the same opportu-
nities that are even to foreign

investors.”
Title

: For 16 weeks a cornucopia of
voices and personalities from

. throughout the Bahamas vied‘

for the title of the First Bahami-

* an Idol. And this month the first

place winner walked away with
a $3,000 cash prize, a $15,000
recording deal and a $5,000
scholarship.

“We thought that we had an
excellent first effort,” said Mr
Munnings. “The response from
the general public was quite

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good, but especially the level of

talent that was in the finals. I

am pleased with the results.”
There has been a resurgence

of advocates for the defunct.
Bahamian Entertainment:

Industry - a charge Freddie
Munnings Jr has led for years.
He explained that indigenous

entertainment was once an inte- .

gral part of this country’s
tourism product, but became
slowly dormant as large foreign-
backed hotels and resorts
siphoned the local talent
through their doors.

The Bahamian public were
not able to venture into those
establishments to enjoy the live

entertainment, and the indus- .

try took a serious hit.

“We have moved towards
directing our attention in terms
of our cultural expression

towards the tourist,” said Mr -

Munnings.

“We tend to. produce attrac-
tions for the tourists as opposed
to producing them for our-
selves.”

He said Bahamian Idol was
created to return to ‘the
Bahamian public the live enter-
tainment that was once popu-

. lar and lucrative, through media
such as the Internet and televi-

sion.

-“What we hope to achieve
with this Bahamian Idol is to
identify a variety of different

kinds of Bahamian artist,” he
said.

“We made a giant step in sen-
sitising the nation through JCN
network that we need to retool,
or retrain or redirect and pay
attention to those things in our
nation that are unique to us.”

Heralded:as a nightingale,
Scottish native Susan Boyle
recently captured the world’s
attention with her melodic voice
and stock appearance, through
Internet , Portals such. as
YouTube.

‘Mr Munnings said no reason
exists why a Bahamian could
not create a similar impact.

“They want to come to'see
something that is authentic,
fresh, new and exciting, and I
hope that’s what we have
achieved in this first step with
the Bahamian idol,” he said.

“We must become so unique
that everyone is going to want

‘to come to see us.”

Mr Munnings said he would
like to see the Governmént
restart the entertainment indus-

_ try in the Bahamas by imple-

menting an Entertainment and

- Cultural Encouragement Act,

which would bring live enter-
tainment back to the Bahamas
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THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2009, PAGE 5B



Tour operators feel cruise line squeeze

FROM page 1B

was also dropped by Carnival.

The decision regarding Dol-
phin Encounters has particu-
larly alarmed BASE mem-
bers, all of whom are Bahami-
an-owned small businesses,
given that Carnival passengers
are now likely to be directed
to the competing dolphin
attraction at Atlantis. There
are increasing fears that most
passengers disembarking at
Nassau will be directed to
Atlantis, further depriving
small Bahamian-owned busi-
nesses of the chance to earn
revenues from the cribs busi-
ness.

Elsewhere, Tribune: Busi-
ness has been informed that
Bahamian tour and excursion
providers have been told by
the cruise lines to drop their
prices, with no guarantee that
they will.direct a minimum
number of passengers to them,
or feature the tour/excursion
in their on-board marketing
programmes.

And some Bahamian busi-
nesses have been warned by
the cruise lines to cease mar-
keting to their passengers via
the Internet - a’ demand that
would, in most other coun-
tries, be seen as a restraint of
trade leading to an inquiry by
a competition/fair trading
watchdog.

Such demands indicate that!
the cruise lines want to:exer-
cise complete control over
their passengers’ on- shore
experiences, controlling what
they do, how much they pay
and where they go.

One source with knowledge
of the situation told Tribune
Business: “The cruise lines
have told us directly that we
cannot market our tours

online. In fact,.many of us-

have been told to stop all
Internet ‘advertising or risk
having tours dropped Py the
cruise lines.”

Other concerns have cen-
tred on cruise line demands

for new payment methods,



“The cruise
lines have told
us directly

that we cannot

market our
tours online.”



whereby Bahamian tour and
excursion providers will be
compensated for services by
wire transfers. The fear among
the providers is that the time
taken to receive wire pay-
ments will cause their busi-
nesses liquidity/cash flow
problems, given that they have
to order supplies constantly.
These concerns fully sup-
port a presentation given by

Jeffrey Beckles, executive
director of the Bahamas Asso- .

ciation of Shore Excursionists
(BASE), to the Grand
Bahama Tours Association, in
which he warned that the
increasing development of pri-

%,

vate island destinations by the
major cruise line is having a
“devastating impact on
Bahamian small businesses”,
with many vessels either
bypassing Nassau/Freeport
altogether or using them as
second ports of call after
already mining their passen-
gers’ pocketbooks.

While the number of cruise
arrivals to the lines’ private
islands were increasing, they
were declining elsewhere.

And there was a “massive
duplication of local tours at

private islands, and restrictions’

placed on local vendors in sell-
ing their own tours”. This had

the net effect of ensuring that.

all tours and excursions pro-
vided on the private islands
were controlled by the cruise
lines, along with the prices, to
the exclusion of Bahamian-

owned tour operators and.

their employees.

Mr Beckles’ presentation
warned that the “economic pic
slices” earned by Bahamian-
owned tours and excursion
providers continued to dwin-
dle as a result, given that

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or arrived here after the lines
had exhausted their spending
power on the private islands.

Tribune Business also
understands that BASE mem-
bers are becoming increasing-
ly frustrated at what they per-
ceive as the Florida-Caribbean
Cruise Association’s (FCCA)
failure to meet its commit-
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wants written reassurances
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despite having already
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who BASE is, its members

and what it is advocating for. .

For 2008, the only destina-
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THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2009, PAGE 7B

BUSINESS



Telecoms operator
hopes ‘legacy issues
addressed in Bills

FROM page 1B

ing a new communications sec-
tor is that we don’t ignore lega-
cy issues on the ground, and
that they be accommodated in
the legislation. That’s how
we’ve been looking at the new
framework.”

Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham yesterday tabled in the
House of Assembly the three
Bills that will form the core of
the new communications sector

regulatory regime - the Com-

munications Bill, the Utilities

- Regulation and Competition

Authority Bill, and the Utilities
Appeal Tribunal Bill. They will
cover all communications sec-

tors, including Internet, radio.

and telecoms.

Mr Hutton-Ashkenny added |

that the sector now had to “look
forward to the new regulator,
the body that will replace the
PUC. A’ great deal will be
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the work done by the BTC pri-
vatisation committee and its
advisers on the new regulatory
regime, as “a great deal of good
has come out of it”, Mr Hut-
ton-Ashkenny expressed disap-
pointment that the time for
SRG and others to provide
feedback to the process was not
extended. The SRG president
felt the process, and value of
the work done, had been “sac-

' yificed a little bit” in order to

rush the three Bills through Par-

liament prior to the Budget’
debate, and.to push ahead with

BTC’s privatisation. -

“We had asked for an exten-
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warranted,” Mr.

ed all the draft Bills, “Mr Hut-
ton-Ashkenny told Tribune
Business. “That was declined.
“Our perspective is that we
just didn’t have enough time
quite honestly to properly con

’ sider the Bills, get comments

put in and, having regard to
those comments, having them
thought through to see whether
there were areas that warranted
minor modifications.

“While we recognise that
putting a new regime in place is
important, and the value of a
lot of the work done on it, it’s

' been sacrificed a little bit for

the expediency of getting it
through Parliament before the
Budget debate.

“It seems it’s working to cre-
ate a political timetable, rather
than a timetable warranted by

‘the circumstances.”

The SRG president added:
“We had 20 working days from,
publication of the draft legisla-
tion, on March 26, to respond to
over 250 pages of closely-typed
legal documents. With the
greatest respect, we just felt that
was impossible.”

Mr Hutton-Ashkenny said he
felt it would not be too much
to ask for more time to be:given
for feedback and consideration
of the comments received. He
doubted that “much, if any,
material changes” would be
made to the three Bills before
they were passed. SRG under-
stood the. Government’s
urgency to privatise BTC, and
Mr Hutton-Ashkenny praised
the transparent manner in
which the consultation process
had been handled by the pri-
vatisation committee and its
advisers, KPMG and attorneys

‘Higgs & Johnson and Charles

Russell. A huge amount of good
work had been done, he added.

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that we’ve been unable.to dot
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THE TRIBUNE



a eee
Container Port's 2008 operating income off 8%

sion project to relieve this con-
gestion is progressing satisfac-
torily.”

Now, the Freeport Container
Port is experiencing “dramat-
ic” improvements in business,
according to its chief executive,
Chris Gray, who also revealed
that it is looking at rehiring per-
sons in some areas.

Rebounded

He noted that the port had
rebounded from a 25 per cent
decline in TEU volume, which
occurred in the latter part of
2008 and early 2009 as a result
of the recession.

“In December (2008), Janu-
ary and February, we lost about

FROM page 1B

said it processed 1.698 million
TEUs (twenty-foot equipment
unit containers) during 2008,
despite suffering a slump near
year-end as a result of declining
worl trade.

Writing in its 2008 annual
report, Hutchison Whampoa
said: “Freeport Container Port,
on Grand Bahama Island,
reported throughput growth of
4 per cent, although EBIT
(operating income, meaning
earnings before interest and tax-
ation) decreased by 8 per cent,
mainly due to higher operating
costs incurred to ease conges-
tion at peak times. The expan-

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‘COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
IN THE SUPREME COURT -
Probate Side

IN THE ESTATE OF STAFFORD
WILLIE MUSGROVE, late of

No. 34 Isabella Boulevard, Marathon
Estates, New Piisetce, Bahamas,
deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given ‘that all persons having
any claim or demand against the above Estate are
required to send the same duly certified in writing to
the undersigned on or before the 21 May, 2009 after
which date the Executors will proceed to distribute
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they shall then have had notice.

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

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Chambers
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Shirley Street, Nassau, Bahamas
Attorney for the Executrix



25 per cent of our'throughput,
but the volumes have now
returned, not because of any
improvement in world trade, in
fact, far from it,” Mr Gray said.

However, although volumes
have increased dramatically, Mr
Gray said the $350 million
Phase V expansion has been put
on hold until the end of the
year.

Mr Gray, who also serves as
chief executive of the Freeport
Harbour Company and Grand
Bahama Airport Company, said
they were focusing on training
key staff at the three compa-
nies.

A luncheon was held at
Freeport Harbour for several
supervisory. workers who par-
ticipated and successfully com-
pleted Hutchison Port Hold-
ings’ Supervisory Leadership
Learning and Development
programme.

“The company is growing.
We are increasing the number
of employees we have and they
need supervision and manage-
ment.

“We have more than 53 per-
sons altogether between the
three companies who are super-
visors, and some will be senior
supervisors.

“The idea is to develop a

management team for the:

future,” Mr Gray said.
Of the 1,200 persons

employed by Hutchison Port
Holdings in Freeport, the Con-

tainer Port presently employs

about 850 persons.

Mr Gray attributed the
increase in throughput volumes
at the Container Port in the last
month to its main customer, the
Mediterranean Shipping Com-
pany (MSC), which is
Hutchison’s partner and fellow
shareholder in the facility.

“MSC has brought additional
service and also more traffic
from other ports, so we are
more or less slightly below last
year’s average daily volume, but
we are pleased to say things
have improved dramatically in
the last six weeks,” Mr Gray
said.

“We are hoping it continues.

Places are quite busy such as -

South America, where a lot of
traffic has been coming through.
I think, hopefully, we are over
the worst of it.

“It does not mean the reces-

sion is over - it’s not, but we
have a particular type of busi-
ness here,.’
Hutchison has spent $50 mil-
lion so far on the expansion pro-
ject, which has been deferred
until the end of 2009. Dredging
has been completed and some
of the civil works had already
started.

“We don’t know what is
going to happen in the future

or what estimates will return in
2010 - no one knows, it is pure
speculation.

“If the volumes come back
consistent we will bring (the
project) back on again. The
intention is to build phase V,”
he said.

Asked about rehiring, Mr
Gray said: “We are, in fact, tak-

ing some persons in areas, and,

in some disciplines we are look-
ing to take some people back,
but I can’t actually quantify

_ that.” -

Recruited

He indicated that some 300
persons could be recruited as
container volume improves, and
for when the expansion project
resumes.

Some improvements have

also been seen at the airport in
recent weeks due to Discovery
Cruise Line’s temporary can-
cellation of ferry services at the
harbour.

Mr Gray noted that the major
industrial companies, such as
the Grand Bahama Shipyard,
Container Port and others, have
also contributed to increase pas-
senger travel at the airport.

However, he stressed that the
airport was. highly dependent
on tourism.

“Tourism is having a rough
time and we are now entering
the slow period of the year
and...Discovery’s problem at
the harbour has'actually bene-
fited the airport, but that is not
really the way we want to see
traffic come. °

“We want to have additional

business here,” said Mr Gray.

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; BETWEEN

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



IN THE MATTER OF THE LEGAL
PROFESSION ACT, 1992

AND

IN THE MATTER OF A COMPLAINT
AGAINST COUNSEL AND ATTORNEY

‘SOLOMON GUTSTIEN
Complainant
AND 32300528

KENDALL KNOWLES
Respondent

NOTICE OF HE NG

TAKE NOTICE that the Disciplinary Tribunal shall:
hear the subject Complaint on Wednesday the 6th day
of May, A.D., 2009 at 3:00 o’clock in the afternoon
before Her Ladyship The Honourable Mrs. Justice
Albury at 3rd Floor British American Building, George
Street, Nassau, The Bahamas.

Dated the 26th day of March, ob 2009

Bahamas Bar Association
Elizabeth Avenue
Nassau, The Bahamas



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THE TRIBUNE







Rejecte

FROM page 1B

some aspects of the deal, espe-
cially the five-year cellular
exclusivity post-privatisation
- something that would have
restricted competition and
consumer choice, and imped-
ed lower prices and improved
service.

Yet Bluewater would have
been insisting on this to give it
time to prepare BTC for fully
fledged competition.

The group’s offer appeared
serious and negotiable, based
on the background of its prin-
cipals and the sum they were
prepared to offer.

Bluewater, described as a
private equity group that
acquired.and turned around
telecoms operators, is led by
Roger Ames, an ex-Time
Warner executive, former
NTL chief financial officer
John Gregg, a leading Trinida-
dian telecoms executive, and a
leading US cellular proponent.

Moreover, the $260 million
it was offering would have
been a welcome boost to the
Public Treasury at a time
when the global economic
recession has thinned its cof-
fers.

That $260 million would
have been in the form of for-
eign currency, its injection
boosting the current account,

. foreign exchange reserves and
the Government finances at a
time of considerable need.

Bluewater’s invoking of
arbitration proceedings
appears to indicate it does not

-believe the Government was
negotiating in ‘good faith’ with
it following the May 2007 gen-
eral election. :

Others, though, have had
misgivings about the fact that

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yam TiCelate FWA

the Christie administration
conducted talks with Bluewa-
ter in relative secrecy, and that
the process was not an open,
transparent ‘beauty contest’.
Mr Davis had previously
told Tribune Business that the
Government’s decision that
BTC would only maintain a
“maximum” one-year cellular
monopoly post-privatisation (in
practice two years, as rivals will
need to build infrastructure) had
dramatically “diminished” the
company’s value and the price

d BIC bidder is ‘pressing ahead’ with arbitratiog

-his clients were likely to pay.

He added that if the Govern-
ment had stuck to the original
terms and had been prepared
to sell a 75 per cent stake in
BTC, as it had indicated in talks
with Bluewater, the group
would have been prepared “to
pay $400 million”.

Terms

* Based on a $260 million price
for a 49 per cent stake, Tribune
Business’s calculations show

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THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2009, PAGE’9#

kets so tight. :

It is possible BTC’s price
may have fallen back to the
$130 million that BahamaTel
was prepared to offer in the
failed 2003 privatisation
process. ;

Yet Mr Ingraham is deter-
mined to press on, having
recognised that a privatisation
process that has run for 10-_
plus years cannot be allowed
to continue any longer.

that 75 per cent of BTC would
have fetched $398 million if the
terms and conditions had

BTC is unlikely to fetch.
$260 million for a 51 per cent
stake now, given that the tele-
coms industry is suffering as
much as other sectors from
the global economic down-
turn. In addition, potential
suitors are likely to encounter
difficulties in obtaining debt
financing with the credit mar-

BAHAMAS ELECTRICITY CORPORATION
VACANCY NOTICE








MANAGER, REVENUE ACCOUNTING
CUSTOMER SERVICES DIVISION





A vacancy-exists in the Corporation for the position of Manager, Revenue Accounting.



The job manages the billing of all customer accounts in New Providence and the Family Islands and the
~ reconciliation of all revenue accounts other than miscellaneous receivables.



Responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to, the following:

¢ Manages the meter reading and billing processes both in New Providence and the Family Islands.
* Assists with the disconnection process through the use of meter readers,
-* Prepares the sales budget.
* Prepares the Revenue Accounting Department Budget.
* Oversees the preparation of the Accounts Receivable Reconciliation.
¢ Oversees the training of all Customer Services staff in the new billing software.
* Prepares monthly Board reports. 1 ;
* Prepares monthly sales analysis and unbilled revenue reports.
¢~ Prepares quarterly reports for the Central Bank & Department of Statistics.
* | Provides statistical billing information for Family Island managers.
-* Oversees the disconnection of services for non-payment of electricity in the Family Islands.
* Attends yearly community meetings as well as ad hoc meetings required during acquisition of new
locations. - : :
* Develops and implements rules, guidelines and procedures for the efficient operation of the department.



Job requirements include:



¢ A minimum ofa Bachelors degree in Accounts or equivalent

¢ A minimum of 8+ years of experience in accounting practice and theory.
* — Certified Accountant (CPA) or equivalent qualifications

* Knowledge of the Electricity Act of the Bahamas.

¢ — Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

¢ — Sound reasoning and good judgment skills.

¢ — Ability to interpret financial reports.

* — Good time management skills.

Project management skills.

‘ : SOB
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Tucker, P. (). Box N-7509 Nassau Bahamas on or before: May 4, 2009.




PAGE 10B, THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2009

1 UES SSS)

THE TRIBUNE



Q1 new car s f 50%

FROM page 1B

worst is behind them.

Also seeing positive signs,
Rick Lowe, Nassau Motor
Company’s (NMC) operations
manager, told Tribune Busi-
ness yesterday: “So far, this
month’s sales seem fairly

good, so we will probably be
as equally bad or better than
the previous months. We’re
still finding that a lot of people
are having difficulty getting
their financing.”

“Banks are obviously reluc-
tant to lend. They’re being
more prudent and careful with
their depositors’ money. I’m

hearing loan default rates are .
becoming an issue. The other
side of the coin is that banks
are funding us to import vehi-
cles, but they can’t fund the
end-user.”

Mr Lowe said his under-
standing was that while
Bahamian commercial banks
were still requiring a minimum



“Banks are
obviously
reluctant to
lend. They’re
being more

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
IN THE SUPREME COURT

IN THE MATTER OF ALL THAT piece
parcel or lot of land being Lot 215, Stella
Maris Subdivision Phase Three, Section Two,
Stella Maris, situate between the settlements
of Burnt Ground and Millerton in the Northern
Portion of Long Island, 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
a plan filed herein and thereon coloured yellow

AND IN THE MATTER of the Quieting Titles
Act, 1959

AND IN THE MATTER of the Petition of

Warren Robert Boli

. -' NOTICE
The Quieting Titles Act 1959

The Petition of Warren Robert Boli
of the city of Canton, in the State of Ohio, one
of the states in the United States of America
in respect of: - ALL THAT piece parcel
or lot of land being Lot 215, Stella Maris

Subdivision Phase Three, Section Two, Stella
Maris, situate between the settlements of
Burnt Ground and Millerton in the Northern
Portion of Long Island, 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 a plan filed
herein and thereon coloured yellow

Warren Robert Boli claims to be the owner of the fee
simple estate in possession of the tract of land hereinbefore

described free from encumbrances.
AND.» the«Petitioner has made application : to
Supreme- Court-of

ion.3 of: Quieting Titles Act 1959 to have his title to the
said tract of land investigated and the nature and extent thereof

2008/CLE/qui/1871

+ Gommonwealth of The Bahamas under

15 per cent equity invested by prudent and



borrowers in personal loan careful with
‘purchases, “some banks are & a

asking for more: collateral”, their depositors’
especially if the borrower ”

worked in “a shaky industry” money.

susceptible to unemployment

as a result of the economic Rich. Lowe

downturn.

Still, Mr Lowe said NMC
and other Bahamian new car
dealers were looking forward
with more optimism, believ-
ing the market may have
passed the bottom and that
business will eventually pick
up, especially if the economy
turns around.

“If April is an indication,
there may have been some
carry over from the Car Show,
but we’re not sure,” he
explained. “The Car Show was
not as good as the year before,

» but there seemed to be a lot ‘

more seriously interested peo-
ple, which was good, because
we had more time to spend
with potential clients. People
who were there were serious
about looking, so we now
have to convert those into
closed sales.

“Many of us are hopeful we
will see a turnaround, and
hope this continues.

“Hopeful would be the best
adjective to describe the
industry.

“In speaking with some at
the guys, we expected it to be

Legal Notice

NOTICE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

_ (a) FUCHSIA INTERNATIONAL LTD. is in dissolution under the
provisions of the International Business Companies Act 2000. .

(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on April 21, 2009
when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by the
Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Lakeisha Collie of 2nd Terrace
West, Centreville, Nassau, Bahamas.

(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are
required on or before the 19th day of May, 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.

APRIL. 22, 2009
the Sh ee = { ser
ie mye ~ LAKEISHA COLLIE

LIQUIDATOR OF THE ABOVE-NAMED COMPANY

determined and declared in a Certificate of Title to be granted
- by the Court in accordance with the provisions of the said Act.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that any persons

having Dower or a Right to Dower or an Adverse Claim or a
_ claim not recognized in the petition shall on or before the 23"
of May A.D., 2009 file in the Supreme Court and serve on the

Legal Notice
NOTICE

Petitioner or the undersigned a statement of his claim in the

prescribed form verified by an Affidavit to be filed therewith.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:,

Failure of any such person to file and serve a statement of his #

claim on or before the 23" of May A.D., 2009 will operate as a

bar to such claim.

Copies of the Filed Plan may be inspected at:
1. The Registry of the Supreme Court;

2.The Chambers of Graham, Thompson’& Co. attommeys for

the Petitioner, Sassoon House, Shirley Street & Victoria
Avenue, Nassau, N.P., Bahamas;

3 The Notice Board of the Administrator at Stella Maris, Long

Island; and
4.The Local Constables at Stella Maris, poug Island

Dated the 23" day-of March A. D. 2009

GRAHAM, THOMPSON & CO.,
Chambers,
Sassoon House,
Shirley Street & Victoria Avenue, —
Nassau, Bahamas.
Attorneys for the Petitioner



ROYAL 3 FIDELITY

(a) CLIO INTERNATIONAL TRADING CORP. is in dissolution /
under the provisions of the International Business Companies Act 2000.

(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on April 21, 2009
when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by the
Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Lakeisha Collie of 2nd Terrace
West, Centreville, Nassau, Bahamas. :

(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are
required on or before the 19th day of May, 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.

APRIL 22, 2009
LAKEISHA COLLIE

LIQUIDATOR OF THE ABOVE-NAMED COMPANY

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Money at Work

Abaco Markets
Bahamas Property Fund
Bank of Bahamas

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Bahamas Waste
Fidelity Bank
Cable Bahamas
Colina Holdings
Commonwealth Bank (S1)
Consolidated Water BDRs
Doctor's ‘Hospital
Famguard
Finco
FirstCaribbean Bank
Focol (S)
Focol Class B Preference
Freeport Concrete
ICD Utilities
J. S. Johnson

S2wk-Low
1000.00
1000.00
1000.00

Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) +
Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) +
Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) +

Bahamas Supermarkets
Caribbean Crossings (Pref)

Fund Name
Colina Bond Fund
Colina MSI Preferred Fund
Colina Money Market Fund
Fidelity Bahamas G & | Fund
Fidelity Prime Income Fund
CFAL Global Bond Fund
CFAL Global Equity Fund
CFAL High Grade Bond Fund
Fidelity International Investment Fund
FG Financial Preferred Ingome Fund
FG Financial Growth Fund

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Previous Close - Previous day's weighted price for dally volume
Today's Close - Current day's weighted price for daily volume
Change - Change In closing price from day to day
Dally Vol. - Number of total shares traded today
DIV & - Dividends per share pald in the last 12 months
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a whole lot worse - a hell of a
lot worse.- as it seemed every-
thing was collapsing. Maybe
it was not as bad as some were
making out, but we’re relieved
to come away at the level
we're at.

“Hopefully we can build on
that going forward. At one
point, we were down 60 per
cent for the month of Febru-
ary. It was disastrous.”

As for the current state of
the new car industry, Mr
Lowe said: “We’re doing OK.

- We’d like to be doing a whole

lot better,,but no one has tak-
en drastic measures yet.
Everyone is doing their part
to keep everyone employed.
Like any of us, you prepare
for the worst and hope for the
best.”

With new car sales down,
Bahamian auto dealers had
cut back on orders from their
manufacturers, Mr Lowe con-
firming: “There’s not much in
the pipeline as far as I’m
aware.’

Ministry of Public Works and Transport
Post Ofiice Department

Notice to Electronic Companies with
Antenna{s)

All electronic companies or individuals
with antenna(s) on the roof of the
General Post Office, must have their
licence regularized by 30th April, 2009

Please Contact The Secretary at
322-3025 or 323-3171 for further
information.

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China is already showing great inter-
est in the Bahamas, with the extremely
generous grant of funds to build our
National Stadium and the ongoing dis-

_ cussions with potential Chinese
investors in the Baha Mar project.

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president has met with the Chinese ambassador to
oe the Bahamas in a bid to establish a business rela-



Sauk tionship between Bahamian realtors and their coun-
iS terparts or potential clients in China.
fo

William Wong, who was recently elected to serve
a second term as BREA presiden, visited Hu Dingx-
jan.

Mr Wong said: “It seemed a logical step for me to
establish contact with the local representative of
the Peoples Republic of China, which is the world’s
most populated country with the world’s fastest
growing economy.

“China is already showing great interest in the
Bahamas, with the extremely generous grant of
funds to build our National Stadium and the ongo-
ing discussions with potential Chinese investors in
the Baha Mar project.”

The Ambassador forecast increased business and.
cultural exchanges between the two countries.

_. Prior to his appointment in the Bahamas, Ambas-
sador Dingxian served as Director-General of the
Central Foreign Affairs Office.

_ He is a graduate of Guangdong University of
Foreign Studies:



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tured following a meeting with Hu Dingxi-
an, Ambassador of the Peoples Republic of China to the.
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exemption, under the terms
and conditions of the lease,
that allows him to waive this
right to formally demand pay-
ment. ,

Notwithstanding the tenan-
t’s equitable right to relief
against forfeiture (provided
certain conditions are met),
the landlord may seek to exer-
cise other remedies available
to him to satisfy payment of
rent monies that may be in
arrears and due to him, and
for which the tenant has
breached an important con-
tractual term of the lease.

One such remedy is a land-
_lord’s legal right to distrain for
rent in arrears.

Under the summary remedy
of distress for rent, a landlord
may secure the payment of
rent - or the performance of
certain obligations due to hini
- by seizing a tenant’s goods
and chattels (any property
other than freehold land)
found upon the premises in
respect of. which the rent or
obligations are due without
the use of legal process. .

Distress for rent is the
process by which a landlord
seizes a tenant’s goods and
chattels in order to secure pay-
ment of rent in arrears.

If the tenant fails to pay the
rent arrears within a specified
period of time after distress
has been levied, and notice of
distress given, the landlord
may sell the goods and keep
the amount due,

Contractually, the seizure
of goods ‘by the landlord in

_ exercise of his right to distrain
. (seizure of good by distress)

FROM page 2B

Landlora’s right to distrain
under a commercial lease

In the circumstance where a
landlord wishes to enforce his
right to forfeit a commercial
or residential lease for non-
payment of rent, it is impor-
tant that the landlord or his
authorised agent makes a for-
mal demand for the rent, or
ensure that there is some

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“The right to
distrain
applies only
to goods and
personal —
chattels.”



acts as a security for the per-
formance of an obligation —
the tenant’s obligation to pay
rent, and the landlord’s right
to receive rent in considera-
tion of leasing — his
premises/property.

The right to distrain applies

.only to goods and personal
chattels.

Certain goods are absolute-
ly privileged against distraint,
while others have condition-
al privilege (they may only be
taken where there is no other
sufficient distress).

Articles subject to absolute
privilege against distraint:

(1) (a)Property of the
Crown
(b) Property of those
“enjoying diplomatic privilege
(c) Property in the cus-
tody of the law
(2) Property delivered to a
person cairying on a public
trade to be dealt with in the
exercise of his. trade.

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Let the lease take ‘di-strain’

(3) Fixtures

(4) Wearing apparel, bed-
ding and tools of the trade val-
ued at a certain fixed amount.

(5) Perishable articles,
money and wild animals:

Certain requirements must
be met before the right to dis-
train for rent may be exer-
cised:

ed Beles relationship between
landlord and tenant must exist

both when the rent becomes

due and when the distress is

levied’

* The rent must be in
arrears.

If the rent.is only payable
on a condition precedent, it
cannot be distrained until the
condition is fulfilled.

In contract law, a condition

~ precedent is “a provision that

does not form part of a con-
tractual obligation [in this
case, the terms of the lease],
but, operates to suspend the
contract until a specified event
has happened”.

The lease must be an exist-
ing lease in order for the right
to distrain to be exercised.
Although a formal instrument
is not required, possession tak-
en by the tenant under an

agreement for a tenancy which

can be specifically enforced
gives the landlord the right to
distrain.

Additionally, a distress can
only be levied for a rent which
is certain.

It is also important that the
rent be in arrears.

Rent is not considered to be
in arrears, under landlord and
tenant law, until after the last
minute of the day on which it
is made payable.

Therefore, there can be no
distress until the day after the
rent becomes due.

At the time the rent is due,
the distrainor must possess a
legal or equitable interest in
the property upon which the °
rent is owed

NB: The information con-
tained in this article does not
constitute nor is it a substitute
for legal advice. Persons read-
ing this article and/or column,
generally, are encouraged. to
seek the relevant legal advice
and assistance regarding issues
that may affect them and may
relate to the information pre-
sented. © 2009. Tyrone L. E.
Fitzgerald. All rights reserved

Tyrone L. E. Fitzgerald is
an attorney with Fitzgerald &
Fitzgerald. Should you have
any comments regarding this
article, you may contact Mr
Fitzgerald at Suite 212,
Lagoon Court Building, Olde
Towne Mall at Sandyport,
West Bay St., P. O. Box CB- |
11173, Nassau, Bahamas or at
tyrone @tlefitzgeraldgroup.co
m.