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The Tribune
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will honour every dollar that
account holders had deposited

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Govt makes
decision to
forego hosting
arts festival

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

FOR the second time the gov-
ernment has decided that the
Bahamas will forego hosting the
pan-Caribbean Carifesta arts fes-
tival, The Tribune has learned.

While no official statement has
been released on the move, Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham is said
to have already made The
Bahamas’ position known to the
Caribbean Community (CARI-
COM) leaders during his meeting
with them in Trinidad in mid-
April.

This comes amid unresolved
concerns over whether the grand
arts festival, which draws large
contingents of visual, musical, lit-
erary and dance artists from across
the region, will take place in 2010
at all, in view of the challenging
economic conditions confronted
by all Caribbean nations.

Yesterday, several Bahamian
artists expressed their “disap-
pointment” in government’s deci-
sion not to host Carifesta XI, but
added that they were “not sur-
prised.”

Visual artist Jonathan Murray
blamed allegedly poor efforts on

SEE page 16



COMMISSIONER OF POLICE
Reginald Ferguson presents
the flag to Nicola Lewis, wid-
ow of the late Leslie John
Albert Lewis Sr, a Royal
Bahamas Police Force Fire-
man. Mr Lewis died on April
19 at the age of 49.

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nearly quarter of a million dollars

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

THE Progressive Lib-
eral Party still owes the
financially strapped
Broadcasting Corporation
of the Bahamas nearly a
quarter of a million dol-
lars in unpaid fees, The Tribune
has learned.

Although officials at the BCB
have made numerous attempts to
collect payment on the bill —
which is said to have been accu-
mulated before May 4, 2007 — the
amount of $207,824 is said to be

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still outstanding.

When contacted for
comment yesterday, Min-
ister of National Security
Tommy Turnquest, who
has ministerial responsi-
bility for the BCB, con-
firmed that the former
administration owed the

corporation "over
$200,000".
"Tt's over $200,000 and

we haven't charged any
interest (on that figure) to the best
of my knowledge,” he said.

Party leader Perry Christie yes-
terday said that while there was
"no mystery” surrounding the debt
owned the corporation — better

SEE page 16

@ By PAULG
TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
pturnquest@
tribunemedia. net

DESPITE having had near-
ly a million dollars confiscated
from his Village Road FML
webshop location, the com-
pany’s CEO Craig Flowers
said that FML will honour
every dollar that account
holders had deposited with
his establishment.

While the police will hold
these funds, which are esti-
mated to exceed $830,000, Mr
Flowers said this loss is not a
problem for his business.

“Our establishment is going
to replace and stand firm and
make certain that every single
member, and every single
Bahamian, or non-Bahamian
who have monies in our com-
pany their funds will be hon-
oured.

“We are not going to run
and call ourselves Clico and



say that we are broke. So my
point going forward, is that
my only obligation as CEO
and Director of FML is to
assure my staff that because
of the conduct the other day,
that their jobs are not jeop-
ardised,” he said.

Mr Flowers said he flew to
the Bahamas on Tuesday
evening just to be present for
the raid, he discovered his
staff were enraged and con-
cerned that because of the
incident they would have lost
their jobs.

“T assured them that we
have a fundamental difference
here. The authorities feel as
though we are not conduct-
ing ourselves according to our
license and that we are per-
forming here in some conduct
that our license does not allow
us to.

“Well that is a difference,
and whenever they feel the
need to, they can come in and

SEE page 16

GB swine flu claims
are ‘pure rumour’

THE stories of a possible swine flu case in Grand Bahama
are “pure rumour,” according to Health Minister Hubert Min-

nis.

The Tribune spoke with the minister just before press time last
night, after the Rand Memorial Hospital was inundated with
calls about a possible case of the virus at a major industrial

facility on Grand Bahama.



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Bahamas asylum
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homeland return

A HAITIAN-BAHAMIAN
activist group has accused
Bahamians of being “Christ-less”
after a 37-year-old Haitian man
was denied political asylum by
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Anderson Pierre, who died last
Saturday after being gunned
down by a group of men, reluc-
tantly left Freeport in February
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Minister warns against
panic over swine flu

m@ By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

HEALTH Minister Hubert
Minnis yesterday warned against
panic in the face of the worldwide
swine flu outbreak, emphasising
that there have been no confirmed
cases of the virus in the Bahamas.

Although 13 Bahamians have
gone into voluntary isolation upon
return from visits to Mexico, Dr
Minnis maintains the Ministry of
Health is simply taking precautions
in case the travellers are infected
with swine influenza A(H1N1).

A New Providence resident who
reported flu-like symptoms upon
returning from a trip to Mexico
was reported to the Department
of Health by a private health clin-
ic this week and is now undergoing
the recommended isolation peri-
od.

Isolation

This comes after the isolation
of 10 students and two teachers
who returned to Abaco last Sat-
urday after a visit to Mexico, and
remain under surveillance by the
Ministry of Health.

A football team of 12 players
and two coaches who went to
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, did not
return to New Providence on
Wednesday as planned, but
remained in Florida yesterday to
follow United States protocol, Dr
Minnis said.

The United Nations World
Health Organisation (WHO)
raised the Epidemic and Pandem-
ic Alert and Response to phase
five on Wednesday, meaning there
is human-to-human transmission
of the virus in at least two coun-
tries.

A total of 11 countries have offi-
cially reported 257 cases of

A(HIN1) infection, with 109 lab-
oratory confirmed human cases in
the US, including one death, and
97 confirmed human cases of infec-
tion, including seven deaths in
Mexico.

Dr Minnis said: “We have no
confirmation of any swine flu.
Those in isolation are only isolated,
allowing the incubation period to
pass, and when that has gone that’s
It.

Virus

“Fortunately for us we are at
the end of the flu season. We don’t
know much about this particular
virus, but the flu virus is seasonal,
so presumably it may follow the
same pattern.”

Dr Minnis explained that those
in isolation have not been quaran-
tined in the full sense of the word,
as they may be visited by health
officials.

The WHO stopped referring to
the virus as ‘swine flu’ yesterday,
instead calling it influenza
A(HIN1), in an effort to discour-
age an association with
pigs and fear of eating ham or

ork.

The WHO advises no restric-
tion of regular travel or closure of
borders, and further states: “It is
considered prudent for people who
are ill to delay international travel
and for people developing symp-
toms following international trav-
el to seek medical attention, in line
with guidance from national
authorities.

“There is also no risk of infec-
tion from consumption of well-
cooked pork and pork products.
Individuals are advised to wash
hands thoroughly with soap and
water on a regular basis and should
seek medical attention if they
develop any symptoms of influen-
za-like illness.”

A PACKAGE of Tamiflu,
a drug used to treat flu viruses.

Drug recommended to fight
swine flu ‘in limited supply’

TAMIFLU, the anti-viral drug most recommended by
health officials to fight the potentially deadly swine flu, is
said to be in limited supply at some pharmacies throughout the
capital.

Reports reaching The Tribune indicated that several phar-
macies were out of stock and that physicians at Doctor's Hos-
pital were reserving the drug for persons with a prescription or
those in urgent need of a dosage.

A source — who tried to purchase the medication before a
trip abroad — said a local pharmacist was informed by his US
distributor that the company had only a limited supply and was
restricting orders from foreign countries.

However, earlier in the week, buyers at Lowe's Pharmacy
and Nassau Agencies Ltd told The Tribune that Tamiflu and
a second anti-viral drug effective against the swine flu, Relen-
za, were in stock.

The buyers said they would order supplies from their US dis-
tributors as necessary.

Minister of Health Hubert Minnis said some people seem to
be panicking and hoarding the medicine to take as a preven-
tative measure.

He explained that this would be useless, as it is only effec-
tive when taken after contracting the virus.

Charlie Neibergall/AP



Church leaders applaud raids
on suspected numbers houses

CHURCH leaders yesterday applauded the
police’s decision to raid suspected numbers hous-
es and urged the public to support the move.

In a joint statement issued yesterday morn-
ing, pastors Lyall Bethel of Grace Community
Church, Bill Higgs of the Bahamas Conference of
the Methodist Church, Allan Lee of Calvary
Bible Church and Cedric Moss of Kingdom Life
Church congratulated Commissioner of Police
Reginald Ferguson on Tuesday’s raids on two
suspected numbers houses.

“When crimes are allowed to take place in
the open, enlisting a growing number of partici-
pants and sympathisers, widespread lawlessness
is cultivated,” the pastors said. “Such has been the
case in the Bahamas for many decades, and it
continues to be the case today.”

They said such actions on the part of the police
bode well for “the curbing of lawlessness in the
Bahamas” and encouraged the commissioner
and his officers to sustain this policy “on an

ongoing basis.”

“While we speak as ministers of the gospel of
Jesus Christ, we believe that it is incumbent upon
all law abiding citizens in all spheres of our soci-
ety to support the police in the discharge of their
duties, and work towards a Bahamas that is com-
mitted to self-discipline, industry, loyalty, unity
and an abiding respect for Christian values and
the rule of law, in keeping with the preamble of
our nation’s Constitution,” the statement said.

Following Tuesday’s raids, the chairman of
the Bahamas Gaming Reform Committee lashed
out at the police, calling the operation a “dis-

ace”.

Sidney Strachan said the country’s stance on
gaming continues to make the Bahamas the
“laughing stock” of the international communi-
ty. The committee was formed to agitate for a
review of the law prohibiting locals and perma-
nent residents from gambling.

“These raids highlight the hypocrisy and back-



wardness of our current system,” Mr Strachan,
said. “While our churches, police, Defence Force
and government on the one hand accept gifts
from suspected owners and operators, we disin-
genuously move to perform a ‘surgical raid’.”

He said that rather than driving the vast net-
work of local gaming operations underground,
the government should be working to regulate
them and thereby “modernise the entire sys-
tem.”

The raid, and other such “mock exercises”,
Mr Strachan said, do little to affect the “thriving”
industry. He pointed out that the very next morn-
ing, gamblers were once again “lining up” to
play across New Providence.

“The BGR feels that both the government
and the official opposition should be ashamed of
how unfairly citizens are being treated. No official
comments have been forthcoming from either
side, further exasperating the problem and irri-
tating Bahamians.”

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Body parts believed
to be those of
37-year-old man

m@ By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

BODY parts found off the
coast of western New Provi-
dence on Monday are believed
to be those of 37-year-old
Jerome Huyler of Farrington
Road, Nassau.

Mr Huyler was reported
missing at around 7.45pm on
Sunday after he fell off a jet
ski while riding with two others
near Clifton Pier and Lyford
Cay.

A source told The Tribune
the man had been invited to a
party at the exotic Nygard Cay
resort, the property of fashion
mogul Peter Nygard at the
western tip of Lyford Cay, on
the day he disappeared.

Staff

But a spokeswoman for the
Nygard Cay resort denied the
man had been at Nygard Cay
on Sunday. She said staff at the
resort simply responded when
two people on a jet ski pulled
up on the beach at around
7.30pm asking for help.

The spokeswoman said: “It
didn’t have anything to do with
us, it happened five miles off
Clifton Pier and they came
over panicking so we sent our
boat and our neighbour’s boat
out there to assist.

“We just went over to help
when they said somebody was
under and we notified the
authorities. I understand the

Defence Force found some-
thing the next day.”

Darkness prevented the
Bahamas Air Sea Rescue
Association (BASRA) and the
Royal Bahamas Defence Force
(RBDF) from starting their
search on Sunday night, but the
RBDF vessels HMBS Inagua
and Enduring Friendship 18
were sent out to search for the
missing man the following day.

The lower parts of a man’s
body were recovered by RBDF
divers at around 1pm on Mon-
day, and police are waiting for
the results of DNA tests to
confirm whether they are in
fact Mr Huyler’s remains.

Superintendent Ellsworth
Moss in charge of the Central
Detective Unit said: “We’re
not sure if he was attending the
party (at Nygard Cay) but we
know he was on a jet ski along
with two other persons.

“We have received some
information and we will try to
identify the part of the body
and see some DNA tests to see
if it’s connected to him being
missing.”

Supt Moss says Nygard Cay
have been co-operating
with police in their investiga-
tions.

BASRA director Chris
Lloyd said bad weather on
Sunday made conditions at sea
very rough and activities such
as jet skiing would have been
inadvisable. Low tide and reefs
in the vicinity of Nygard Cay
would have presented addi-
tional dangers, he said.



THE TRIBUNE

FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2009, PAGE 3



LOCAL NEWS



Resitlents near
Bahama Rock
development call.
for meeting with
government

m By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter

mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

DISGRUNTLED residents
neighbouring the expanding }
Bahama Rock development in }
Grand Bahama are calling on gov- i
ernment to meet with them and }
share details of a recent Environ- }

mental Impact Assessment.

The residents of Eight Mile }
Rock are growing impatient. They
say it has been five months since }
Environment Minister Earl :
Deveaux and local MP Verna }
Grant promised to meet with

them.

They also claim the Environ- ;
mental Impact Assessment (EIA)
of the Bahama Rock development }
completed in November 2008 }
should be published on the
Bahamas Environment, Science
and Technology (BEST) Com-

mission website.

Giselle Swann said members of
the community have been des- }

perately seeking answers from
officials for the last three years,
but questions put to BEST com-
mission director Philip Weech on
Wednesday remained unanswered
before The Tribune went to press
yesterday.

Ms Swann asked: “Has the gov-
ernment consulted the BEST
commission to ensure there will
not be detrimental or irreversible
damage to our wetlands and nat-
ural resources?

“What do the Minister of Envi-
ronmental Health and Minister of
Housing intend to do for the resi-
dents of Eight Mile Rock regard-
ing the violations of the ‘Environ-
mental Health Act’ due to the
contamination of the last remain-
ing fresh water lens on Grand
Bahama Island, potential respira-
tory health hazards due to expo-
sure to toxic fumes as a result of
blasting, and the nuisance it cre-
ates due to the damage to homes
and businesses?”

Ms Swann has the support of
around 4,000 people who signed a
petition opposing the expansion
of Bahama Rock, and the Grand
Bahama Committee for Con-
cerned Residents (GBCCR)
which has echoed her concerns.

GBCCR member Maria McIn-
tosh said although work on the
proposed expansion has not yet
been approved, she is concerned
about recent activity at the
Bahama Rock site.

Developer Walter Reed, gen-
eral manager of Bahama Rock
Ltd, said the project is currently at
a standstill as they await permis-
sion to continue work from the
Port Authority.

He maintains the development
is entirely within a designated
industrial zone and fears about
contamination of the fresh water
lens are unfounded as the devel-
opment may only cause the lens to
shrink, but he said: “It is not some-
thing the public depends on and it
never will.”

Mr Reed added: “We are all
about finishing the expansion of
the harbour and taking it to where
it was originally envisioned and
then get out of the way.

“There have been no violations
of the Environmental Health Act,
nothing we are doing is a viola-
tion of anything, and that is exact-
ly what the EJA has indicated.

“We have had a number of
town hall meetings addressing the
concerns of citizens and have
made every attempt to address
every concern.”

Complaints about blasting led
to. a stop work order issued by the
Port Authority in 2006 which halt-
ed development for around four
weeks while Bahama Rock modi-
fied procedures.

Mr Reed said: “We have mod-
ified blasting for the last couple
of years and our vibration levels
are substantially lower than any-
thing in the US or anything else in
the Caribbean because people live
very close to the site and we listen
to what they say and we are sensi-
tive to it.

“We have tried to minimise our
vibrations to the point where they
can’t even feel it.”

Mr Reed said Bahama Rock
has created more than 2,000 jobs

Bahamian student trapped
by swine flu keeps hopeful

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

WHILE countries around the world
scramble to stop the spread of the danger-
ous flu strain HIN1, Bahamian student
Marvette Moore - still a virtual prisoner at
the University of Montemorellos in Mexi-
co — is maintaining her composure in the
face of worrying circumstances.

As revealed in The Tribune yesterday,
classes at her university are suspended ten-
tatively until May 6 as Mexican authori-
ties try and contain the virus which has
killed 12 in Mexico and is suspected of
killing at least 170 more.

Eight Bahamian students are trapped at
the university, barred from travelling home
by a strict quarantine.

Despite being at the epicentre of the
developing pandemic, Marvette remains
surprisingly hopeful — a feeling she attrib-
utes to the support from her mother and
relative strangers who have reached out to
her in the past few days.

"I'm afraid but at the same time I'm
being calm," she said, speaking to The Tri-

bune by phone from Mexico yesterday.



Swine flu outbreak in

BAHAMIAN STUDENT
Marvette Moore

is mainting her
composure on the
campus of the
University of
Montemorellos.

"When I first heard about it I told everyone
that it feels like a movie and I'm in it and
there's nothing I can do.”

With final exams just around the corner,
the third-year dentistry major is finding it
hard to concentrate in between daily health
checks at the school and escalating fears



that her return home will be delayed.

Her term is expected to end on May 27
but as a number of classes have been post-
poned, this date may be extended by anoth-
er week.

"We don't want to be stuck here. I wish
I was home right now but at the same time

I wouldn't want anyone in my family to
get sick,” she said.

The 21-year-old starts her day with a
"prayer for protection" and averts depres-
sion by spending as much time outside as
she can.

"It's seems as though nothing is going
on, everyone is in high spirits, people are
playing games outside and laughing, but
when you see the news you know its seri-
ous,” she said.

Normal off-campus pursuits like seeing a
movie or shopping have been replaced by
childhood games and American football,
as the students fight to stave off the bore-
dom of being confined, Marvette said.

University officials have banned eating or
congregating in the school's cafeteria and
students have been instructed to eat meals
on the campus’ quad, to limit the spread of
any airborne germs.

Marvette, who is getting over a cold she
caught last week, said over the last few
days persons she barely know have sent
her messages over the internet wishing her
well.

"Tt gives me a weird feeling to know peo-
ple who I hardly talk to care for me,” she
said.

Shot businessman ‘feared for life’



NOM KONUMUNGNIIa after home invasions and assault
flights to the Bahamas

FLIGHTS to the Bahamas
are being offered at discount
rates to increase the options
for travellers who have had to
cancel holidays in Mexico as a
result of the swine flu outbreak.

This follows the announce-
ment that 24 cruise ships origi-
nally bound for Mexico will be
diverted through the Bahamas
in the coming months to pro-
tect passengers from the flu
pandemic.

American airline WestJet
and WestJet vacations will be
offering discounts to alterna-
tive sunshine destinations for
guests who have been affected
by the temporary cessation of
flights to and from Mexico, and
are adding additional flights to
get Canadians home, it was
announced yesterday.

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marketing Bob Cummings said:
“We have put in place a fair
and flexible approach that is in
line with our values and gives
our guests a helping hand.

“We are committed to doing
the right thing.

“We realise the inconve-
nience and in some cases the
additional costs Canadians
incurred for having to rebook
their vacations.

“This is why we have put
together a special offer for all
Canadians who wish to contin-
ue to travel to a sun destina-
tion.

Discounts include $100 off
round-trip only bookings to the
Bahamas, the Caribbean and
Hawaii, and $100 off any West-
Jet vacations package.

The airline is also offering
$50 off any flight within the
United States mainland.

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

BRITISH businessman Hywel
Jones, who was left in a coma
after being-gunned down last
week, swore affidavits attesting
to the fact that he was in fear for
his life following two home inva-
sions and a physical assault in
2007, The Tribune has learned.

During one of the home inva-
sions, which occurred on Febru-
ary 14, 2007, a guest at his house
was stabbed.

Then, on May 30, 2007, Mr
Jones was beaten up by two men
and had to be treated in hospital
for a broken cheekbone and frac-
tured eye socket.

Robbery did not appear to be
a motive in these attacks, for
which no one was ever charged,
a source close to the family said.

Asked to comment on the inci-
dents, Mr Jones’ brother, IIt
Jones, told The Tribune that
based on conversations with
Hywel, the businessman “felt
there was a pattern that was sin-
ister.”

Mr Jones, 55, was shot in the
head “execution style” outsidehis
West Bay Street business on
Wednesday, April 22.

Police have suggested that the
shooting has the hallmarks of a
targeted hit.

Mr Jones is under armed
guard in hospital.

Friends of the Welsh-born off-
shore financial adviser are now
offering a $50,000 reward for
information that will lead to a
breakthrough in the investiga-
tion.

The reward money is being
offered in exchange for infor-
mation that will lead to the arrest

and or conviction of his attacker
— described as a dark, slim male.

Mr Jones’ family said they are
overwhelmed by the outpouring
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EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

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

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Obama has big challenges abroad

NEW YORK — Barack Obama reached
his presidency’s 100-day mark surfing a
wave of political good fortune. The polling
numbers remain high, on everything from
job performance to personal likability to
public optimism about the future. And the
defection of longtime Republican Arlen
Specter, the senior senator from Pennsyl-
vania, to the Democratic Party underscored
the degree to which the president’s politi-
cal opposition now finds itself in the polit-
ical wilderness.

The president’s agenda will now enjoy a
filibuster-proof majority in the Senate
(assuming Al Franken eventually gets seat-
ed as the junior senator from Minnesota),
and the Republicans seem to be doubling
down on a political strategy that has thus
far shown itself to be a losing one in most
parts of the country.

The president is, in short, riding high.
The prospects for his ambitious domestic
agenda look good indeed. And if the pres-
ident is as smart as he seems, he will press
hard, now, to get what he wants from Con-
gress, while he can get it. Because there’s
an ebb and flow to political fortunes, and
one can already sense the undertow that
lurks beneath the surface of Obama’s pop-
ular success.

It likely won’t come from his domestic
rivals, whose alternative budget proposal —
its economic merits aside — showed them
profoundly tone-deaf to the political
moment. No, if it comes, it will likely come
from overseas, where the past week has
been filled with alarming developments.

The situation in nuclear-armed Pakistan
— a nation which Obama rightly has rec-
ognized as critical to U.S. aims in
Afghanistan — where Taliban forces have
taken control of areas just 60 miles from
the capital of Islamabad, remains a gen-
uine emergency. It is an emergency exac-
erbated by the paralytic reaction of Pak-
istan’s government, which, at least in the
early going, showed itself unwilling or
unable to assert authority over its own sov-
ereign territory.

The thousands of U.S. troops Obama is

"Legendary Past...Glorious

now sending to Afghanistan will face a Tal-
iban emboldened by success and expanded
territory from which to stage their opera-
tions. Afghanistan is about to become Oba-
ma’s war, with the potential to explode
onto front pages in a way that could be
impossible for even economy-obsessed
Americans to ignore.

The president’s renewed military and
diplomatic focus on Afghanistan and Pak-
istan has always rested on the assumption
that the U.S. would be able to wind down
our concomitant commitments in Iraq.
Well, there’s trouble there, too. Obama’s
100th day in office was marked in Iraq by
car-bomb explosions in Baghdad’s Sadr
City that killed more than 40 people. The
previous week, two days of terrorist bomb-
ings in Iraq’s capital and in the Diyala
province killed more than 150 people.

The bombings have targeted the major-
ity Shiite population, leading to fears that
sectarian violence in Iraq, which had been
on the wane, could flare again as U.S.
troops prepare their scheduled June with-
drawal from urban bases.

Obama now faces the possibility that the
fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan could
intensify simultaneously, at precisely the
time when it was hoped that resources
deployed in Iraq could be redirected to
Afghanistan. During his first 100 days, the
new occupant of the White House has
presided over a nation understandably
focused on its internal well-being.

But his next 100 days might well see the
dangerous world beyond our borders push
its way back into the headlines. In addi-
tion to the very real national-security con-
cerns these developments raise, Obama
also might find himself discovering what
happens to presidents with big domestic
plans and big military commitments over-
seas.

The president has faced any number of
major challenges in his first 100 days. It’s
possible he hasn’t seen the half of it yet.

(This article was written by Dan Rather -
c.2009 Hearst Newspapers).



Probate takes
too long and
costs too much

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I would like to question why
there has not been an over-
haul of the way that probate is
granted in the Bahamas.

A friend of mine has recent-
ly received a grant of probate
after having started this
process almost three years
ago.

This was not a complicated
will as it only involved assets
in the Bahamas (I dread to
think how long this would
take if there were assets in
other jurisdictions governed
by a Bahamas will).

Since then I have spoken to
several persons, including my
lawyer, all of whom have had
similar experiences and have
told me to expect probate to
take two-three years in the
Bahamas. It appears that all
assets in the Bahamas are sub-
ject to probate, including bank
accounts.

In Canada, for example,
probate is only required on
assets that require a change
of title, ie, real property or a
vehicle and then only if the
assets exceed in total $25,000.

Canadian banks may, at
their discretion, transfer assets
to the executor of a valid will,
requiring only a death certifi-
cate and a validated copy of
the will.

If probate is necessary,
Canadians can expect a grant
of probate within three
months with legal costs and
fees in the region of 1 er cent
to 2 per cent, depending on
the Province.

In the USA, banks permit
a transfer on death (too) to
be executed by the owner(s)
of a bank account that stipu-
lates who will be the owner of
the assets upon the death of
the account holders.

Bank accounts in the
Bahamas are frozen until pro-
bate is granted.

LETTERS

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This may cause considerable
hardship to the beneficiaries
who may need these funds in
order to pay bills. Any real
estate owned by the deceased
cannot have title transferred
until the grant of probate has
been issued.

The legal costs of probate
in the Bahamas can go as high
as 10 per cent (especially if
real estate is involved and title
is being transferred by means
of a deed of title assent) of the
estate value.

This is because the present
system of title transfer in the
Bahamas is outdated, compli-
cated, time consuming and
costly both to the purchaser,
seller and government.

The Bahamas registry office
only registers the deeds and
not the land and therefore
there is no guarantee of own-
ership. Surely a system, simi-
lar to Canada, where land title
is guaranteed by a govern-
ment registry where both own-
ership and interest are record-
ed would simplify the process
and reduce the cost of con-
veyance considerably.

In Canada, for example, a
conveyance will cost the pur-
chaser approximately $800 flat
fee + disbursements.

In the Bahamas the cost can
vary from 1 per cent to 5 per
cent of the purchase price to
each of the seller and pur-
chaser. Really what is the dif-
ference in conveying a prop-
erty with a value of $100,000
and another with a value of
$10,000,000?

The paperwork and due
diligence in establishing title
is exactly the same for a prop-
erty regardless of value.

In Canada title transfer usu-

ally takes 7-10 days.

In the Bahamas it takes as
long as it takes for the pur-
chaser’s lawyer to provide a
legal opinion as to title.

Such an opinion is not a
guarantee and this is what
needs to be legislated so the
government can then take
over the guarantee of title and
register the land ownership.

Future generations in the
Bahamas will be forever grate-
ful. Cost of home purchase
will be reduced and stimulate
first time buyers.

The Turks & Caicos Islands
have a more efficient system
complete with a land Registry
Office that will guarantee title.
Title transfer can be done in
the TCI within 7-10 days with
the cost of a conveyance and
title transfer that is between
1/2 per cent and 3/4 per cent of
the purchase price to each of
the seller and purchaser.

Whilst I understand the
need for probate, no matter
where the jurisdiction, it
should be a simple process
with the minimum of stress to
the beneficiaries of the
deceased estate. Making the
transfer of real estate title eas-
ier and less costly would be a
great start but also removing
assets that are of a non title
nature, such as a bank
account, completely from the
probate process or at least
place a reasonable limit before
probate is triggered.

I am unsure if the problem
is the government or the
lawyers who write the laws but
between them (if they want
to) both the probate and land
title problems could be quick-
ly and efficiently resolved to
the benefit of the Bahamian
people.

RICHARD “DICKIE”
PYPER

Nassau,

April, 2009.

Questionable development of Crown/Grant lands

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Regarding recent reports in The Tribune
regarding “granting of Crown land” brings to
mind grants of Crown land for farming.

Who in what department is responsible for
verifying that these lands are “actively” used for

farming?

It is known that these “farmers” have duties
waived on “farming equipment, etc” however,
in the past it seems duties have been waived on
personal vehicles/materials, etc.

Regarding grants for development in any
island, again, who and what department is
responsible for ensuring that the “proposed

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development” does actually exist? It is my
understanding, that if the property is not used

accordingly, then our government has the right
to return the property to the Crown?

In addition, if an individual cannot prove
“Jease/grant” of Crown land, then who will
rectify this situation, so that “property” may be

secured for legitimate purposes?

monitored?

Nassau,

April, 2009.

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Mr. Hanford William Darville,
C.B.E., J.P.,88,

of Sans Souci, Nassau, The Bahamas will be held
at Ebenezer Methodist Church, East Shirley Street,
Nassau on Monday, 4th May, 2009 at 3:30 p.m.

Rev. Charles New, Rev. Henley Perry and Mr. Sidney
Pinder will officiate and interment will be in Ebenezer
Methodist Cemetery, East Shirley Street, Nassau.

Mr. Darville was predeceased by his son, Steve Dar-
ville and his daughter-in-law, Sandra Darville.

He is survived by his wite, Ethelyn Darville; his sons,
John and Robert Darville; his grandson, Jamie Dar-
ville; his granddaughter, Caron Watson; great grand-
children, Sandra, Sean and Shannon Watson; daugh-
ters-in-law, Val Harding, Karen Darville and Charlotte
Albury; grandson-in-law, Travis Watson; brother-in-
law, Harry Albury and sisters-in-law, Laurette Albury
and Eleanor Cleare and many close family members
and friends in Nassau and in Eleuthera, The Baha-
mas.

Instead of flowers, donations may be made to the
Cancer Society of The Bahamas, P.O.Box SS 6539,
Nassau or The Bahamas Heart Association, P.O.Box
N.8189, Nassau in Memory of Mr. Hanford William
Darville, C.B.E., J.P.

Arrangements by Kemp's Funeral Home Limited, 22
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Food for thought on
Brokeback Mountain,
Fighting, Fast & Furious

YOUR SAY



@ By SWIFT JONATHAN

| HE Christian Coun-

cil vigorously works
to defend morality and decen-
cy in the Bahamas.

When Brokeback Mountain
threatened our fair shores, the
Christian Council, via the
Bahamas Play and Film Con-
trol Board, valiantly rose to
the defence of this Christian
nation. Heaven and all its
angels forbade that a film that
you couldn’t pay young
Bahamian minds to go and
see, be shown in our sacred
theaters. All those empty
seats! The horror! The threat
to their fragile souls was obvi-
ous to all. Clearly, the day
after being paid to go and
watch the film, they would go
to school or be in their homes
and homosexuality would
inundate their thoughts, their
minds and their behavior,
jeopardising their wholesome
Christian souls for all eternity.
In their infinite wisdom, the
Christian Council decided to
one up their zealous Ameri-
can brethren, who had
imposed an R (Restricted) rat-
ing on the film, by imposing
a ban on the film here, so as to
ensure the sanctity of mar-
riage and protect it from the
scourge of sweet-hearting,
with a gay man, and Holly-
wood’s gay agenda.

Now, we have two fantastic
films that will definitely

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encourage wholesome Christ-
ian behaviour and will ensure
that the fragile minds of our
youth are nourished on truly
ennobling values. In their infi-
nite wisdom, the Christian
Council has chosen not to ban
these films. They are the kind
of films that promote values
that really focus the minds of
our young people on that ever
serious and useful question:
What would Jesus do? These
films will undoubtedly encour-
age the best behaviour
amongst our young people. It
is really great that, in the
Christian Council, we have
such wise and enlightened
censors to protect the minds of
our impressionable youth. It
seems they have learned a lot
from the other great faith that
dominates large portions of
our globe and strives hard for
moral rectitude and good
behaviour.

Values

The first film I would like
to discuss, Fast & Furious, rat-
ed T, will undoubtedly
demonstrate to young minds
the importance of wearing
seat belts, using signals,
respecting other drivers on the
road, following the speed lim-
it and, most importantly, con-
trolling road rage at all times.
These values will definitely be
established firmly in the minds
of our youth as they pour out
of the theatres and jump into
their cars. It will also encour-
age better habits in slightly
older drivers, who undoubt-
edly will improve their driving
skills after visiting the various
‘establishments’, after having
seen the film, and drinking
refreshing beverages to ensure
their safe journey home. They
may even try out some of their
newly learned techniques, def-
initely contributing to the safe-
ty of our roads and ensuring
that traffic fatalities are min-
imised.

The other film is even bet-
ter. This one is called Fight-
ing, also rated T, and it tena-
ciously demonstrates all the
values that Jesus tried to
imbue upon his Christian
brethren. It promotes turning
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peaceful conflict resolution,
making an honest living,
respecting women and better
race relations. Clearly, after
watching this, students will
practice all of these values and
our schools and teachers will
benefit tremendously from the
lessons the students have
learned in the film.

It should also have a dra-
matic effect on our night clubs
and bars.

It should definitely reduce
violence and encourage peo-
ple to resolve their differences
in a spirit of love, peace and
goodwill, the very essence of
Christianity.

Hopefully, with a little luck,
Fighting will discourage our
noble Christian students from
engaging in anti-social behav-
iour or resorting to violence,
as its title strongly suggests it
has the power to do.

Unfortunately, convincing
the youth to see either of the
two latter films will be nigh
impossible, as the subject mat-
ter and content simply doesn’t
pique their curiosity suffi-
ciently.

The Christian Council may
want to consider purchasing
tickets and loading buses for
daily viewings, just to ensure
that the positive message of

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these two exceptional films is
hitting the mark. After all,
what would Jesus do?

I would like to formally
thank both the Christian
Council and the Bahamas Play
and Film Control Board, for
their exceptional use of cen-
sorship.

Youth

Scientific studies, which they
obviously pay attention to,
have proven that their hard
work is making a difference
with our youth.

Grades are improving,
sports participation is grow-
ing, drug use is down, drivers
are respecting the rules of the
road and we finally have
peaceful conflict resolution in
the schools and in the bars and
night clubs.

Best yet, the Bahamas has a
bright and sunny Christian
future. Hallelujah! Our youth
are SAVED!

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weekend at the Winton Rugby Field.

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4:30pm — RBC Lions vs. The Good-
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THE Junior Baseball League of Nassau

wll be back in action this weekend at
the St. Andrew’s Field of Dreams with
the following games on tap:

TEE BALL

11 am Raptors vs Grasshoppers
1 pm Blue Claws vs Sidewinders
3 pm Knights vs Sand Gnats
COACH PITCH

10 am Angels vs Blue Jays

12:30 pm Diamondbacks vs Cubs
3 pm Athletics vs Astros

MINOR LEAGUE

10 am Royals vs Rockies

12:30 pm Red Sox vs Rays
MAJOR LEAGUE

12:30 pm Reds vs Marlins

3 pm Indians vs Mariners
JUNIOR LEAGUE

10 am Dodgers vs Cardinals
12:30 pm Yankees vs Twins
SENIOR LEAGUE

Saturday

3 pm Pirates vs Phillies

Sunday

3 pm Tigers vs Rangers

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BoC PuUSVOrrs

THE Baptist Sports Council will contin-
ue its 2009 Joyce Minus Basketball
playoffs on Saturday at the Baillou Hills
Sporting Complex with the following
games on tap:
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11 am Golden Gates vs Latter-Day
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WBC’S CABOFE super middleweight champion Jermaine ‘Choo Choo’ Mackey goes to work on a sparring partner at the new boxing venue at the First Class Promotions site on Wulff
: Road opposite Whim Automotive Ltd. Looking on is coach Ray Minus dr.

Mackey ‘eager to get hack in the ring’

@ By BRENT STUBBS

Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

HAVING been grounded since he
won the British Commonwealth title fight
last July, Jermaine ‘Choo Choo’ Mackey
said he’s eager to get back in the ring.

He’s due to fight on Saturday, May
23 at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium
when he defends his World Boxing
Council’s Caribbean Boxing Federation
(CABOFE) title against Alexis Divison.

“T really was preparing for the Com-
monwealth title, but everything wasn’t
sorted out in time, so I’m getting ready
for the CABOFE defence,” he said.

“Jermaine Mackey is going in there
at 110 percent. I have a good Puerto
Rican fighter to fight and I know he’s
coming to try and knock me off my title,
but I want him to know that the freight
train is coming straight forward.”

Not having a chance to fight since he
won the British title over Nigerian
Michael Gbenga in a 12-round decision
on July 19, Mackey said he’s been fight-

ing since the age of 12 and at age 29, he
has learned to deal with disappoint-
ments.

“T never tried to understand what was
going on (between First Class Promo-
tions and the Bahamas Boxing Com-
mission),” he said. “Jermaine is going
to stay focused.

“T understand that in the game of life
there’s going to be disappointments, so I
just have to stay strong. It comes in box-
ing, it comes in work and it comes in
family. So I just stayed strong and the
non-believers are just making me
stronger.”

Thanking all those who have support-
ed him, as well as his sponsors, Nautilus
Water, Prime Bahamas, V-8 Splash and
the Minister of Youth, Sports and Cul-
ture, Desmond Banister, Mackey said
he’s not going to let anything distract
him from his ultimate goal.

Although he won’t have a tune-up
fight going into the title defence, Mack-
ey said he won’t let it get to him.

“Going in there, I might be impatient,
I might be wary, but I have to take it as

it goes and rely on my past experience to
take me forward,” he said.

Ray Minus Jr., Mackey’s
manager/coach, said his protégé is ready
to go.

“He’s been training and he’s in excel-
lent shape,” he said. “He’s been doing a
ton of round sparring every day, he’s
been running every day and his mind
and confident level is there.

“So we feel good about keeping Choo
Choo together after experiencing all of
the disappointments in the last several
months. We felt we did a very good job
Keeping his spirit there and not getting
fat or lazy.”

Minus Jr. said Mackey has been disci-
plined enough to continue his training
and he’s in the best shape he could ever
be going into the fight.

“We’re on a mission to really prove
that we can take this thing all the way. So
that is a really big motivation for us,”
he pointed out.

The only problem is not having a tune
up fight before the title defence.

But Minus Jr. said it should not be

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any problem.

“We’ve been doing a fill-a-buster
training where we put any number of
fighters in the ring to go up against him,”
Minus Jr. said. “That’s the hardest train-
ing that you can do in the world.

“So if you can overcome that type of
training against some of the best boxers
that’s the kind of work that will not only
continue to get you ready, but your con-
fidence level will rise, so it will be almost
impossible for him to be upset against
this fighter.”

Although they are not taking anybody
lightly, Minus Jr. said they were already
looking ahead to August when Mackey
will defend his British Commonwealth
title.

“We're training hard for it, but we’re
looking past this opponent and we’re
getting ready for the Commonwealth
opponent,” Minus Jr said.

“That’s one of the reasons why we
named this show the ‘Road to the Com-
monwealth.’ We’re looking past it and
we’re looking forward to performing
very well.”

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GET ready for another eposide of the
Ray Minus versus Quincy “Thrill-A-Minute’
Pratt clash.

With Champion Boxing Club having had
to relocate its training facilities to the site of
the First Class property on Wulff Road,
Minus said he and Pratt have agreed to put
on a seven-fight series starting on Saturday,
May 16.

“We’re going to slug it out in a hard four-
round showdown and we’re not playing,”
Minus Jr. said. “We’re doing it as a fundrais-
er for our club.

“We need a lot of help with equipment
and other things like putting on shows and
taking the boxers off to compete. So we feel
that the public will respond to that.”

Although Minus Jr won the epic three

matches that they had between them in their
heyday, Minus Jr. said they won’t count.
They will have to start from scratch.

“Right now, both of us are older, but both
of us are in fairly good shape,” said Minus Jr.,
who at the time was training his protege Jer-
maine ‘Choo Choo’ Mackey.

“We’re not going to be pulling any punch-
es. He thinks because I have grey hair he can
redeem himself. But I have to be careful
because in this small town, Quincy has to
live with the people and so if he can get his
revenge, I will be the one mocked about and
Tam not going to let that happen.”

At age 45, Minus Jr. said he anticipates
that Pratt will eventually win it, but if he
does, he know he can use the excuse of “old
age” against the 30-something year-old Pratt.

Minus Jr. said Champion Boxing Club has
had to vacate the National Boxing Gymna-

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ing Complex because of the ren- }
ovations that the Ministry of }
Youth, Sports and Culture is i

engaged in.
“Tt looks like they are about

he said.

Having returned to the heart :
of the city on Wulff Road, Minus }
Jr. said already they had been
able to attract a lot more new }
? president.

young aspiring boxers.

“This is going to be good for
boxing because up here we have }

an atmosphere that is in the ident and Wes was running for president,”
public’s eyes,” he said. “It’s right | Turnquest said.
out to the public, right to the } : ; : 1
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. i take a pass and pass it on to somebody

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preparing for the defence of his }

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(CABOFE) ee i dleweichi ; really taken aback when he declined.

title, said the change in venue : there’s a lot of work ahead of him.

it 2

was ideal for him.

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Pm really excited because : have a junior team competing in Boca

Pm right out of Kemp Road and } Raton, Florida in the finals of a major

it only takes me a minute to get | tournament and he’s looking forward to a

him,” he said. “It’s a whole new } successful showing from there.

level of training where you get }

people watching you.

“So you have to go out and
put out a lot more, so I’m real-
ly excited about being here.”

heat in the gym.

“You can just go out there :
and work and cool off at the }

same time,” he said.

When the new facility is com-
pleted at Baillou Hills, Minus Jr. : m By BRENT STUBBS

said they intended to utilise both }
of them to accommodate the }
boxers who live in the two areas. {

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amateur boxing programme will | @Ppearance at the Barcelona
have two locations and the pro- | Open Banco Sabadell in Spain
fessional boxers will also be able } : :
Minus ; Mahesh Bhupathi won their
? opener at the ATP World Tour

Once school is over, Minus : Masters 1000 in Rome, Italy.

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: ml By BRENT STUBBS

Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

WITH Wesley Rolle declining the nom-

? ination to run again, Steve Turnquest has
i moved up from first vice president to take
two weeks to a month away and }
up here we are already two }
weeks to a month away from }
having this facility completed,” }
i quest won over Bradley Bain.

over as the new president of the Bahamas
Lawn Tennis Association.

During the elections held on Tuesday
night at the National Tennis Center, Turn-

Surprised by Rolle’s decision not to run
again, Turnquest said there’s not that
much difference from yesterday when he
served as the immediate past first vice

“It was a surprise for me because ini-
tially I was still running for first vice pres-

“But as the meeting went on and he

Despite Rolle not returning, Turnquest
said he felt that the incumbent had done

As the new president, Turnquest said

He noted that right now the Bahamas

While the association have launched its

i websitewww.bahamaslawntennisassocia-
i tion.com, Turnquest said they have just
? completed an impressive National High
? School Invitational Tournament, which
Although the facility is out- | they hope to make an annual one.
doors, Mackey said he had to }
take some time to get adjusted, :
but the good thing is that he }
doesn’t have to worry about the }

“Tn addition to that, we want to utilise
the property that the government has

offered to us. It’s adjacent to the tennis
centre,” he said.

“What we need to make haste with is to
add ten more courts, which would enable
us to put on and accommodate more inter-
national tennis tournaments where we
need a minimum of 20 courts to do it.”

With a hot bed of talent and excellent
facilities compared to the rest of the
Caribbean, Turnquest said there’s no rea-
son why the programme can’t continue
to excel.

But Turnquest said one of the major
problems they are going to be faced with
is funding, but they hope that through the
website and hosting of the international
tournaments, they will be able to generate
the financial support.

He said he’s quite pleased with the team
of executives, simply because it’s basical-
ly the same, except for a few new people
as council members.

He noted that Ricardo Bowe, the new
first vice president, was very instrumental
in the high school programme and he’s
eager to see him continue to work.

Bain also was nominated for the post of
first vice president, but he lost to Ricardo
Bowe, who served as a Council member
during the last administration.

Returned unopposed as the second vice
president is Neil McTaggart.

In the other executive poisitions, all
unopposed, Leah Major was returned as
treasurer and will be assisted by Sharon
Coakley. Back as secretary is Erica Rolle
and she will be assisted by Paulette Major.

Eight persons were nominated for the
Council member positions and elected
were Steve Thompson, Dr. Patrick Cargill,
Dr. Ellen Moxey, Nikkita Fountain and
Dugald Small.

Rolle, in explaining his decision not to
run again, said it was personal and he just

wanted to move on.

“Tm still going to be involved with the
Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association,” he
said. “As a matter of fact, ?m still the
chairman of the Davis Cup committee
and I’m still going to be working with an
ITF Play in State programme that we
hope to put in place to bring a lot of
coaches and physical education teachers to
become certified coaches.”

Asked if he had any regrets as he moves
on, Rolle said he doesn’t because he was
able to accomplish quite a lot.

“I was able to sensitise a lot of parents
about tennis and getting them involved
about what they need to be doing to get
involved so that they can get their children
prepared to play at a competitive level,”
Rolle said.

“Certainly the two years that I’ve been
there, we saw a lot of improvement of the
performances of our junior players and
we were able to get Mark Knowles to
come back for the Davis Cup. So ?'m hop-
ing that he will be back in July to help us
to stay in Zone II.”

Additionally, Rolle said he had a lot of
people that really helped to make his
tenure an enjoyable one.

“We could have done more in the Fam-
ily Islands, but I think the Play in State
programme is going to do a lot for the
Family Islands because you will have peo-
ple out there on the ground who will have
some knowledge about the game and they
will be interested in it.”

Rolle said the only concern he had was
that he wasn’t able to see the association
become a federation with the Family
Islands having their own associations.

“To this date, we have put together the
constitution for the New Providence Ten-
nis Associarion, so it’s just a matter of
getting that information out to the mem-



STEVE TURNQUEST, newly elected president
of the BLTA.

bers and once we can have an extraordi-
nary meeting in the next two months, we
will get that done.”

Rolle said it’s been mandated by the
IFT that they become a federation and
so they are duty bound to complete that
aspect if they are going to continue to get
their support.

With the elections complete, the BLTA
can now turn its attention on the Security
& General ITF Junior International Ten-
nis Tournament in June, followed by the
hosting of the second round of the Amer-
ican Zone IT Davis Cup tie in July.

Knowles, Bhupathi win opener at ATP World Tour

Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

FRESH from their final

on Sunday, Mark Knowles and

After getting a bye in the
first round, the Bahamian-Indi-

super tie-breaker before they

10-3 win over the team of
Simone Bolelli and Andreas
Seppi from Italy yesterday.

Seeded at number four in the
tournament, Knowles and Bhu-
pathi will now go on to play
the No.6 seeded team of Mar-
iusz Frystenberg and Marcin
Matkowski of Poland.

They are scheduled to play
that round today.

Newly-elected president of
the Bahamas Lawn Tennis
Association Steven Turnquest
said they have been quite
impressed with Knowles and

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Bhupathi’s performances.

He noted that while they
have not been successful in
winning their first title for the
year, they are right there
knocking on the door and it’s
obvious that it’s only going to
be a matter of time before they
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Switching to the local scene,
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“Mark has been a good rep-
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and he’s a very good doubles
player as well,” he said. “We
will always welcome Mark on
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respects his ability as far as
playing is concerned.”

Turnquest said he’s still wait-
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immediate past president Wes-
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the operation of the Davis Cup
tie.

“We will welcome Mark. So

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anytime that he says he’s going
to play, we welcome him with
open arms,” Turnquest said.

The Bahamas will host
Guatemala from July 10-12 at
the National Tennis Center, but
it’s not known if there will be
any changes in the make-up.

The Bahamas, captained by
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PLP owes
Broadcasting

Corporation nearly.

quarter of a
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FROM page one

known as ZNS — he would be i
"astounded" to find it was near }

the $200,000 range.

To minimise what could be }
seen as political interference in :
the matter, Mr Turnquest said
he is not involved in the debt }

collection procedures.

"T really don't know what the :
response (from the PLP) has }
ZNS writes to them all i
the time. Because it's a political }
entity, as minister I've allowed
the system to deal with it them- }
selves, I don't get involved, but }
of course I get briefed as minis- }

been ...

ter," he said.

According to Mr Christie, the }
bills were racked up presumably }
for party advertisements and }
extended convention coverage. }
He added that as party leader }
he is committed to ensuring the }
group settles all outstanding ;

debts.

ous forms to settle the debt.

"But I have told the party as :
leader I would take full respon- }
sibility for it and ensure that the }
party takes full action to settle :
these debts. Whatever the }
amount is, once I am satisfied }
that there is that amount of }
money owed to ZNS we'll pay it :
and will make every effort to
work on a payment plan," he }

said.

The party, which was unseat- }
ed on May 7, 2007, is preparing
for its national convention }
scheduled for later this year }
when the post of deputy lead- :
ership is expected to be hotly :

contested.

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think settling the debt owed :
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refuge for himself and his family.

According to Jetta Baptiste, president
of the Haitian Bahamian Society of the
Bahamas, Mr Pierre went ahead to see
what he could do to make the relocation
process achievable for his family.

“We are demanding that the government
review and revise their current immigra-
tion policies concerning political asylum
applicants, because it is unacceptable for
these helpless refugees to be sent to certain
death in their homeland,” said Ms Baptiste
who was extremely upset by the death of
the 37-year-old father of four who had
pleaded with the Bahamas government for
assistance.

“One life lost, is one too many. There is
no excuse for this. No one should have to
die because the Bahamas government has a
bunch of employees who hate Haitians,
and that they would do anything necessary
to rid the country of them. God is not
pleased with a country which touts itself
as a Christian nation and yet their actions
show, that they are really Christ-less and act
like real children of the devil.”

According to reports reaching his wife on
Saturday evening, several gunmen followed

him to the address where he was living and
he was shot in the heart while in Santo
Domingo.

“He did everything to live in peace
undercover, but after he crossed the border,
Haitian Immigration officials reported that
he had travelled to Santo Domingo, and
the unknown gunmen searched for him
until they found and executed him only
weeks after arriving in Santo Domingo.

“Anderson did not have to die if the gov-
ernment officials worked and they did what
they promised the international communi-
ty they would do through these treaties.
Instead, they did what they felt was the
most expedient thing for them to do, and
now, a young man is dead,” Ms. Baptiste
said sadly.

Mr Pierre and his wife Paulette applied to
the local Immigration office in Freeport,
Grand Bahama two years ago.

They were asked to report to the local
Immigration office every Monday, morning
where they had to sign a log book.

Then on September 29, 2008 when he
and his wife went to sign in as usual, they
were given a letter from the Immigration
Department which said, “We hereby advise
that the application was considered, how-
ever, we regret to inform you that it was not

approved as you have not met the criteria
for refugee status under UNHCH’s 1951
Convention and its 1967 Protocol.”

“Therefore you have a period of 21 days
with effect from the date of this letter to
wind up your affairs and depart The
Bahamas,” the letter, dated September 5,
2008, concluded.

Pierre’s violent death has led the HBSB
to appeal to government and members of
the United Nations High Commissioner
for Refugees to conduct an immediate
investigation into his death.

“The Bahamas has signed so many inter-
national treaties stating that they would
respect human rights. They are a member
of the United Nations and 41 other Inter-
national bodies and have failed miserably in
protecting human rights. By signing on the
dotted lines, the Bahamas tells the inter-
national community they will abide by their
guidelines and protocols, and then they
(the Bahamas) do something totally differ-
ent. This is unjust. Even the Constitution of
the Bahamas protects all persons who are in
this country and everyone is guaranteed
certain rights and protection under the law,
but are these rights honoured and/or
respected by these Bahamian government
bureaucrats?” Ms Baptise asked.

The HBSB president questioned whether
the government was going to take care of
Paulette who gave birth to the couple’s son
three weeks ago. She wanted to know if
Paulette and her newborn would also be
forced to leave the country to return to
Haiti where they will be killed.

“These people went to the Immigration
Department seeking assistance. They were
interviewed. They told Immigration offi-
cers about their plight. The couple fled
Haiti leaving their homes, cars, and busi-
ness, just so that they could survive. They
said that they were afraid that they would
be killed should they return to Haiti,
because they had been threatened and
attacked while there before and escaped
to come to the Bahamas.

“Yet, instead of protecting them, the
government of the Bahamas asked them
to leave the country.

“Where else could they go? Did the
Bahamas ask a third country to assist in
granting them refuge if they felt that they
(The Bahamas) were in no position to help
these people? How many other political
asylum applicants have the Bahamas immi-
gration officials arrested and deported to a
country where they are certain to be
killed?” Ms Baptise asked.

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FROM page one

the part of government to com-
municate with artists about the
event and an apparent deficit of
preparatory work heightened sus-
picion that the government might
not be committed to the event.
“In reality it didn’t seem like
the government was doing any-
thing,” he told The Tribune
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Executive Director of the Nation-
al Music Heritage and Research
Unit at the Department of Cul-
ture, who told The Tribune he had
not heard of any intention to can-
cel and found the news very unex-
pected.

According to Mr Adderley,
“arrangements were being made”
for the festival.

“Tf the plans that were recom-
mended were implemented, we
would have been more than ready.
It would be fantastic,” said the
Executive Director.

It is not known what considera-
tions, whether financial or other-
wise, led government to rule
against hosting the event.

When it shelved plans to host
Carifesta X in 2008, government
blamed the PLP for not doing suf-
ficient preparatory work prior to
May 2007.

Nonetheless, that cancellation
infuriated many in the cultural
community and led the PLP to
accuse the FNMA of lacking polit-
ical will and “embarrassing” the
country.

Artist Margot Bethel yesterday
lamented the unwillingness seen
for some time on the part of gov-
ernment to “initiate a conversa-
tion” with Bahamian artists on the
subject of Carifesta X.

“Even if people have to say
things they don’t want to have to
say we should still talk to each oth-
er,” said Ms Bethel.

Nonetheless, Mr Murray
claimed artists are galvanising and

have vowed that whether with the
Government’s support or not, they
hope to realise their dream of hav-
ing artists from across the region
gather in the Bahamas in 2010 to
display their talents and heritage.

“With government support it
would be easier, not just finan-
cially, but because of space issues
and legal issues, but hopefully
even if they decide not to do Car-
ifesta if artists take certain amount
of responsibility to host something
the government will be willing to
offer some help,” said Mr Mur-
ray.

He said that a private group,
the Bahamas Art Collective, has
been meeting over the last several
months to work on the idea of
putting together a “fringe” style
arts event.

The Bahamas has never host-
ed Carifesta, which originated in
Guyana in 1972. After the gov-
ernment opted out of hosting Car-
ifesta X in 2008, Guyana hosted
that year’s festival at short notice.

Although Trinidad had origi-
nally been slated to host Carifesta
XI in 2010 the Trinidadian gov-
ernment consented to allow the
Bahamas to do so instead.

It is not known now which
country will host the event next
year, if it goes ahead.

The Tribune was unable to
reach the Minister or Director of
Culture, Charles Maynard and
Eddie Dames yesterday for com-
ment as they were said to be trav-
elling.

A message left for the Prime
Minister was not returned up to
press time.

Flowers: almost $1m
confiscated by the police

FROM page one

they can take exhibits from
the property and take it in
but there is a process. The
courts will determine
whether or not we have con-
ducted ourselves in any way
shape or form to breech any
law according to our license.
And we feel as though we
haven’t and the authorities
feel as though we did. And
so there is the courts that will
decide that. And that is all
that happens here,” he said.

Mr Flowers said they will
accommodate anyone, the
authorities, the attorneys,
anyone whenever, wherever
to prove that they are not
guilty of the accusations that
are being made.

“Our payroll last year was
$1.4 million and we do not
owe a penny in National
Insurance. We have an
account especially only to
deal with National Insurance
to make certain that our staff
are taken care of to the
fullest. We don’t pull any
punches.

“You go to Cable Bahamas
and ask them who is their
biggest client. It has to be
FML. You have eight stores
with fiber optics. And next
to the hotels we certainly
have the largest light bill in
this country. We are running
air-conditioning units in
every one of our large build-
ings. At eight buildings we
are talking about no less than
$5,000 to $6,000 a month.

“So it is not that we are
not cognizant of the fact that
we play an important role as
far as paying our bills and
seeing that we are following
the rules and regulations and
conducting ourselves in a
professional way,” he said.

Therefore, going forward
Mr Flowers said his company
will have to follow the
process through the courts to
regain the funds that have
been confiscated, pointing
out that his business has a
responsibility to provide a
service and make a positive
difference in the community.

“You have to keep in mind
that there is a process. Try-

ing to expedite it will not
make it any less painful.
There is a process it has to
go through and it is not a
very quick one because we
are talking about a judicial
process that we know takes
time. And we have been here
before — our last incident
similar to this took us nearly
a year and a half before the
courts ruled that there was
nothing to be charged for
and that Mr Flowers could
be returned his money and
his equipment.

“So this is certainly not the
first time. But it is just a
shame that we have to go this
route again. But whenever
they feel is necessary cer-
tainly they have the right.
They have that right,” he
said.

On Tuesday night, police
raided the FML webshop on
Village Road and the Our
Place Sporting Lounge in the
Meldon Shopping Plaza on
Mackey Street. Confiscating
money, equipment and “gam-
bling” paraphernalia police
made several arrests but have
yet to charge anyone formal-
ly before the courts.

The Tribune wants to hear
from people who are
making news in their
neighbourhoods. Perhaps
you are raising funds for a
good cause, campaigning
for improvements in the
area or have won an
award.

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Over 1,000 first-time Kerzner loses breach

buyers seek Stamp
Tax exemption

* Applications for incentive that could save up to
$50,000 in tax cover mortgages worth $51.3m, and
conveyancings worth $34.6m

* ‘Substantial’ number of the 600 applications finalised
now approved for exemption, while 200 refused and
another 200 requiring more information

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

More than 1,000 Bahamian
first-time home buyers applied
for Stamp Tax exemption for
their purchases during the first
nine months of the incentive’s
existence, the minister of state
for finance said yesterday,
with those requests covering
$51.3 million worth of mort-
gage applications.

Zhivargo Laing said the
Ministry of Finance had
received some 1,050 applica-
tions from first-time home
buyers, seeking to obtain the
Stamp Tax exemption on

SEE page 4B

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of care/contract case

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

The Supreme Court has dis-
missed Kerzner International’s
claim for breach of contract
and/or breach of duty of care
against a construction company
and architect firm, finding it had
“failed to prove its claim” in a
case that revolved around the
tragic death of a young US tourist

MW Failed action against Atlantis lagoon designer and contractor
related to 2000 drowning death of young Florida tourist

in Atlantis’s lagoon facilities.
Senior Justice John Lyons ear-
lier this year found in favor of
Centex Rooney Construction
Company, the contractor that
built the intake vault where Chad
Humphrey, a Florida tourist, was

trapped and died in 2000, and the
vault’s designer, Cloward & Asso-
ciates, in an action Kerzner Inter-
national had brought against
them under the Joint Tortfeasors
Act. Kerzner International, the
owner of the Paradise Island-

based resorts of Atlantis and the
One & Only Ocean Club, had
effectively alleged that the two
defendants “were the parties

SEE page 2B

Isle of Capri to extend stay in Freeport

* Eight UK and US casino operators
interested in taking over Grand

Bahama facility

* Government hoping to sign deal with
Hutchison, Isle of Capri in ‘next 24-48
hours’ to allow latter to manage Our
Lucaya casino day-to-day for four
months beyond planned May exit

* Move designed to give government
time to select and vet right operator

$80m Cable buyout settles firm
finances for ‘next 3-4 years’



@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

The $80 million buyout of
its controlling shareholder will
put in place the structure that
“deals with our financing for
the next three to four years”,
Cable Bahamas’ president
told Tribune Business yester-
day, the company’s Board
having approved the purchase
of Columbus Communica-
tions’ 30.2 per cent stake at a
$13.43 per share price.

Anthony Butler said the
BISX-listed company’s ‘buy-
back’ acquisition of its major-
ity shareholder’s stake would
“position us well to take

advantage of the opportuni-
ties” stemming from the Gov-
ernment’s deregulation/liber-
alisation of the Bahamian
communications market,
through removing any issues
surrounding ‘foreign owner-
ship’ of Cable Bahamas.

The purchase is being
financed through the combi-
nation of a $40 million prefer-
ence share issue, a $105 mil-
lion senior bank credit facility
and Cable Bahamas’ own
working capital. The BISX-
listed firm is raising far more
than the $80 million it needs

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poa and Isle of Capri that will see the latter con-
tinue to manage Our Lucaya’s casino “day-to-
day” for another four months, a move intended
to provide “maximum time” to conclude a search
for the right replacement operator.

Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace, minister of
tourism and aviation, told Tribune Business that
“about eight” gaming operators from the US
and UK had shown their interest in taking over

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ship companies are crossing
Mexico off their travel itiner-
aries due to the AHIN1 virus
(formerly known as Swine Flu)
and are using ports in the
Bahamas as an alternative des-
tination, Tribune Business has
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temporary boost in visitor
arrivals and spending this year.

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and move their ships to ports
that had not been affected by
the virus.

According to Vernice
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Ministry of Tourism and Avia-
tion, another seven ships will
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crobards@tribunemedia.net

A NEW small and medium-sized business asso-
ciation in the Bahamas is hoping to represent the
interests of companies that its chairman believes
have been bypassed, marginalised and ignored, as he
yesterday argued that small businesses have been
grossly underrepresented.

Wilfred Smith, at the soft launch of the Bahamas
Business Association (BBA), said a key goal for
his organisation was to use their influence to impact
“public policy, the legislative agenda and unfair
banking or business practices”.

He said the BBA will specifically look at pro-
moting the interests of small and medium-sized busi-

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nesses with respect to accessing capital and
resources, and weathering the financial crisis cur-
rently affecting the world.

“In the past, the voice of the many small and
medium-sized businesses have not been heard,” he
said.

President of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce,
Dionisio D’ Aguilar, contradicted Mr Smith’s
thoughts, and said the Chamber duly represents a
large number of small businesses.

He said small businesses, with 10 employees or
fewer, represent about three quarters of the Cham-
ber’s membership.

FROM page 1B

responsible for the tragedy in that
the vault where the child died was
not properly constructed and/or
designed”.

The trial, held before Justice
Lyons over various dates in Sep-
tember and October 2008,
revolved around the vault’s
design and, in particular, the fibre
glass grate that was supposed to
cover it for safety reasons.

Cloward said it had designed
the vault for the lagoon, which
was completed in late 1994, with
safety as its “prime concern”, giv-
en that Atlantis guests would be
swimming in the area.

Yet Mr Glass, the Centex pro-
ject manager responsible for the
lagoon’s construction, including
the vault, said he was unable to
procure the grate required by the
Cloward design, and instead had
to order four separate pieces to
act as the vault cover.

Mr Glass, according to Justice
Lyons’s judgment, said the new
configuration was agreed, some-
thing Cloward - as the designer -
denied. Yet neither the Cloward
design, nor Mr Glass’s construc-
tion, was in place when the
drowning occurred in August

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According to Mr D’ Aguilar, the Chamber makes
membership accessible to small businesses by assess-
ing the size of the business and calculating a fee
accordingly. The BBA is starting an association that
more or less mirrors the Chamber and the Cham-
ber’s Small Business Association.

Mr D’ Aguilar said the BBA should have consid-
ered positioning itself under the umbrella of the
Bahamas Chamber of Commerce, which has “better
access to the decision makers of the country”.

“At the end of the day that’s what you want to
affect change,” he said. “The Chamber of Com-
merce represents the interest of the private sector.”

Mr Smith said the BBA hopes to expand beyond
the borders of the Bahamas and establish similar
associations in countries globally.

Chambers of Commerce already exist in every
free country in the world, according to Mr
D’ Aguilar, and relationships are already established.

He said it was a pity the BBA decided to create
another association outside of the Chamber to focus
on small businesses, as this might only further create
division and splinter the sector.

Mr D’ Aguilar said it was perceived that the Cham-
ber panders to larger organisations. However, he
said the big businesses have the financial and human
resources to assist a ‘not for profit’ entity like the
Chamber. “It’s a challenge, as they will find, to get
these small businesses to engage you,” said Mr
D’ Aguilar. “I fear that we will be overlapping.”

Kerzner loses breach of care/contract case

2000, Justice Lyons found, as
what existed was described as a
“hodge podge of odd shape grat-
ing, placed over the top of the
vault in what appeared to be a
random manner”. The judgment
recorded that these grate pieces
were not fastened together or
bolted down.

Justice Lyons said neither Cen-
tex nor Cloward stepped away
from the position that if their
respective construction and
design work could be shown to
have been faulty to the extent
they contributed to the tragedy,
both would accept responsibility.

“The plaintiff, Kerzner, has
accepted responsibility for the
tragedy. That it must do. It was
the owner and operator of the
resort,” Justice Lyons ruled.

“However, in seeking a contri-
bution (either as to a whole or in
part) towards the responsibility
of this tragedy, Kerzner must, as a
question of fact and on the bal-
ance of probabilities, first prove
to the court’s satisfaction certain
vital elements.”

As a result, Kerzner had to
prove that the “hodge-podge grat-
ing” was placed in the lagoon
before it was filled in 1994, Justice
Lyons ruled, if it was to prove

Caribbean have also both
announced publicly that they
will not be visiting their Mexico
ports of call, but will reroute
their ships.

“Carnival Cruise Lines has
cancelled port of call visits to
Mexico for 11 of its ships that
are currently operating voyages,
and had scheduled stops in
Mexico,” said the cruise line’s
release.

Six of Carnival’s 22 future
voyages substitute Nassau or
Freeport for Mexico ports of
call, according to its website.

The Government has been
adamant about informing the
public that the Bahamas is not
looking at Mexico’s plight as an
advantage for the Bahamas, and

Centex breached its contractual
duty and duty of care. And it had
to prove that Cloward failed in
its duty to supervise Centex in
installing its design.

Two Kerzner employees, a Mr
Wert and a Mr Kelly, who had
been responsible for lagoon
duties since 1994 - including the
gate cleaning - were put forward
by the Atlantis owner as witness-
es. Recalling Mr Wert’s appear-
ance on the witness stand, and in
cross-examination, Justice Lyons
said he was “not satisfied as to
his description of the grate. When
first asked for clarification he
described it as a grate that would
well fit the ‘Glass gate’.

“When his poor memory was
exposed, he unsuccessfully tried
to explain it away, but in such
terms as would best suit his
employer’s case.”

As for Mr Kelly’s testimony
and cross-examination, the judge
added that his and Mr Wert’s evi-
dence was “strikingly similar”.
Justice Lyons said: “Both Mr Kel-
ly and Mr Wert work together at
Kerzner. They obviously had time
to sit and talk about this case, and
presumably their ‘recollection’.”

This, Justice Lyons indicated,
had happened during a trial

is sympathetic to the situation
on the ground.

Minister of Tourism, Vincent
Vanderpool-Wallace, told this

involving the same tragedy in the
Florida courts in 2002-2003.

Justice Lyons added that he
placed no weight on a deposition
from Mr Kaiser, Atlantis’s direc-
tor of water features in 1994, as
he was brought before the court
as a witness. “If the court were to
use Mr Kaiser’s deposition at all,
it would have to be used in its
totality, the court ruled. “For
example, Mr Kaiser describes his
recollection of the grate on his
first dive in late 1994-1995, and
he says he recommended to his
supervisor that it be replaced with
a single piece grate.

“Later in his deposition, he
describes how trouble was had
with grates collapsing and his
unsuccessful efforts to get capi-
tal expenditure to replace the
grates with a single cover. This
deposition, if believed (and I
stress, ‘if believed’), could be very
damaging to [Kerzner’s] case.”

Justice Lyons ruled that Kerzn-
er International had failed to
prove the required facts or that
there was any actual breach of
duty of care. He also found that
there was not enough evidence
to suggest that Centex’s con-
struction, or Cloward’s design,
was unsafe.

Bahamas aided by cruise switch

paper recently that this coun-
try is not “in the business of tak-
ing advantage of negative situ-
ations”.

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The Public is hereby advised that |, FRANKLYN ANTHONY
MATHER of Martinique Road, Golden Gates #2, Nassau,

The Bahamas c/o P.O.Box EL-25051, intend to change my
name to ANTHONY FRANKLYN MATHER. If there are any
objections to this change of name by Deed Poll, you may write
such objections to the Chief Passport Officer, P.O.Box N-742,
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Don’t gamble with enforcing the law

S: here we go again.
Another attempt by the
Royal Bahamas Police Force to
‘fight crime’, where the police
make sure we are safe and
secure. And there is no surprise
as the community lashes out at
these brave crime fighters,
because they have dared to
touch a national pastime. I
remember a time when block-
ade running and drug running
were a national pastime. Times
have changed. Or have they.

The word of the day is 'selec-
tive enforcement’, a method of
policing our police force is very
good at. Selective enforcement
is when a police force decides to
enforce certain crimes at differ-
ent periods, a type of seasonal
approach to policing. Yes, a
questionable approach some
may say, but nevertheless, when
one considers resources, at dif-
ferent times of the year certain
crimes may be more prevalent
than others. Or, at different
times the risk of apprehension
and detection is greater. Selec-
tive enforcement is not such a
bad strategy.

The danger here, of course,
is obvious. If a certain crime is
allowed to go untouched for too
long, in some instances it
becomes acceptable. I would
dare say that it becomes the
norm, and demands are made
for the legalisation of it. Such
is the case with gambling in the
Bahamas, more so the buying
of numbers.

Why numbers, because really

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Secure

By Gamal Newry

gambling is not illegal in the
Bahamas. Nor is it illegal for
Bahamians to engage in such.
When one considers the fact
that various organisations - and
not just the church - hold raffles,
which is a type of gambling, and
when the annual carnival comes
to town, you see all and sundry
playing the game of chance. For
those of you who do not know,
this is by any standards gam-
bling, or gaming, as they say in
Las Vegas.

So why the police action to
stop something that is really not
illegal, in my opinion. Well,
frankly, the law bans certain
conditions and circumstances
for gaming to occur. Apparent-
ly, the police believe that these
conditions are not being met,
Or as We Say, suspect that a law
is being broken. The time and
place the police choose to act
is totally up to them, and thus
without any prejudice or ill will
to any person or group, in my
opinion. Now, maybe those who
are directly affected by raids or



searches feel offended or
unjustly victimised. To them I
say make your case to the
appropriate authorities, for the
police are not above the law
they attempt to enforce.

Our country is small, and
likewise our police force is
small. However, the number of
laws on the books is great.
There is no way that the police
can at all times enforce all the
laws that are broken at the
same time. The recent actions in
Grand Bahama and now New
Providence would lead some to
say: ‘Can't they find something
to do better than this?’, or the
popular: ‘Go after the real crim-
inals.’ Well, they are doing their
jobs, like it or not. The prob-
lem as usual is the frequency
and consistency, or lack thereof.
Maybe we need more police. I
think better management of our
present force is the optimum
solution. It is not how much you
have but rather how you use
what you have, and we are def-
initely not using our police effi-

ciently.

On the other hand, maybe we
should do away with some of
the present laws or revise them,
so as to make them more cur-
rent with popular opinion. The
danger here, in my opinion, is
that what is popular or seen to
be popular - because they are
making the most noise - is not
necessarily the best or right
choice. I, for one, do not adhere
to the concept that the voice of
the people is the voice of God,
as history has shown time and
time again how following the
masses usually leads to destruc-
tion. Really, the politicians lack
the political will, for whatever
reason, to deal with this mat-
ter. Which is not to tell the
police when and how to police,
but revisit the laws specific to
gaming and gambling, thus giv-
ing teeth to the police and clar-
ity to the populace as to what is
legal and what is not. Let the
Church speak to morality.

NB: Gamal Newry is the
president of Preventative Mea-
sures, a loss prevention and
asset protection training and
consulting company, specializ-
ing in policy and procedure
development, business security
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gency and crisis management.
Comments can be sent to P.O.
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or, email gnewry@gmail.com or
visit us at www.preventative-
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Isle of Capri to extend stay in Freeport

FROM page 1B

the Our Lucaya’s casino opera-
tions/management from Isle of
Capri, which earlier this year
announced it would pull out at
end-May when its lease expires.

However, Mr Vanderpool-
Wallace said that agreement
looked to have been reached
with Isle of Capri and Hutchi-
son Whampoa, the Our Lucaya
owner, for the casino operator
to stay on as day-to-day man-
ager for a further four months.

He was speaking to Tribune
Business after a hoped-for
meeting on the Our Lucaya
casino issue yesterday afternoon
had yet to materialise, with Isle
of Capri representatives yet to
appear.

Yet Mr Vanderpool- Wallace
explained that an agreement
along the lines of what he out-
lined would give the Govern-
ment “breathing space” to iden-
tify the correct operator for that
casino, conduct due diligence
on it and then conclude all the
relevant agreements with enti-
ties such as the Gaming Board.

It would also prevent the lay-
offs - even temporary - of the
234 casino staff currently
employed by Isle of Capri.
Grand Bahama has not been a
happy experience for Isle of
Capri, the casino having suf-
fered a $1.713 million net oper-
ating loss for the nine months to
January 25, 2009, a 52 per cent
rise on the previous year’s loss.

“There are about eight casino
operators that have expressed
an interest in the facility down
there, but what we have deter-
mined to do is put an arrange-
ment in place where Isle of

Capri will manage the casino
there on a day-to-day basis for
four months,” Mr Vanderpool-
Wallace explained to Tribune
Business.

“The process of contracting
with a casino operator is quite
rigorous and does take some
time after the casino operator is
selected.”

Apart from concluding all the
relevant government approvals,
Mr Vanderpool-Wallace said
that in the Our Lucaya casino’s
case, the selected operator
would also have to agree lease
and other terms with Hutchi-
son Whampoa as the resort’s
owner.

The minister said he hoped
the agreements between the
Government, Hutchison
Whampoa and Isle of Capri
could be concluded “over the
next 24 to 48 hours”, thus ensur-
ing the casino would continue to
operate between now and the
time a new operator took over.

“We want to allow ourselves
the maximum amount of time
to attract interest and have
those choices laid out before
us,” Mr Vanderpool-Wallace
explained.

“One of the things most
important to us is finding an
operator that augments what
we believe is going to happen in
Grand Bahama.” For example,
Mr Vanderpool-Wallace said
the choices lay between just
finding a pure operator/manag-
er for the casino, or a brand that
brought entertainment elements
and international recognition in
the world gaming market with
it.

“Without question, one is
adding value,” Mr Vanderpool-
Wallace said of the selection
criteria, “having a reputation in
the marketplace that will be
attractive to people in gaming.

“That is most important.
When talking about brand
building, it’s important to deliv-
er someone who has a high
quality reputation for gaming,
so adding to the reputation of
Grand Bahama.”

Mr Vanderpool-Wallace said
Grand Bahama was already
perceived as a casino destina-
tion, making it vital to keep the
Our Lucaya casino - as the only
one still open on the island - in
operation.

It not only served as an

Notice

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Stock Certificate as follows:

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guests and visitors from other
hotels, but also cruise passen-
gers. “That casino plays a much
more prominent role there than
the casinos in Nassau,” Mr Van-
derpool-Wallace said.

The vetting procedures for
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Wallace explained, because the
Bahamas has to safeguard its
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now regarded as being on the
front-line of the anti-money
laundering fight.

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Mr Vanderpool-Wallace said:
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posals to the Board and staff at
the Gaming Board. That’s
where we are right now; to get a
reaction from them, so that they
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Over 1,000 first-time buyers
seek Stamp Tax exemption

FROM page 1B

ropertics worth up to
$500,000, during the nine
months up to March 31, 2009.

Of those applications, the
minister said some 600 had
been finalised and “a substan-
tial number of them have been
approved” for the exemption.

“To date, we’ve had 1,050
applications for Stamp Tax
relief for first-time home buy-
ers up to the end of last
month,” Mr Laing told 77i-



bune Business. “The total
number of applications that
have been finalised is 600.

“About 200 applications
were refused for not having
met the requirements, and an
additional 200 or so were sent
back for additional informa-
tion from the attorneys
involved.”

Mr Laing said the 1,050
applications received by the
Ministry of Finance to date
covered conveyancings with a
total worth of $34.6 million,
and mortgage applications

Legal Notice

NOTICE
ALCHEMIST DREAMS INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)











Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 30th day of March 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,




















Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)








Legal Notice

NOTICE
CHIARELLA CORP.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)









Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 9th day of April 2009. The Liquidator is
Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
ALLVEST WEALTH

MANAGEMENT CORP.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 30th day of March 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
DE AVARUA S.A.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 8th day of April 2009. The Liquidator is
Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

worth a total of $51.3 million.

The minister said the Gov-
ernment had set no ‘bench-
marking’ numbers by which
to measure the success of its
Stamp Tax exemption initia-
tive and its impact on the first-
time buyer market, plus the
real estate and construction
industries.

Better

However, Mr Laing sug-
gested that if the general econ-
omy had been performing bet-

ter, it was likely that more
first-time buyers would have
sought to exploit an incentive
that could save them up to a
maximum $50,000 on the pur-
chase of their inaugural prop-
erty.

“At the time the pro-
gramme was instituted, the
economic environment was
entirely different to what it is
now, so we do not have any
expectations in terms of peo-
ple taking advantage of it,”
Mr Laing.

“We certainly know people

Legal Notice

NOTICE
CHEVROUX BAYROCK INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 18th day of March 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
DICIEMBRE INCORPORATED

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

have benefited from it, and
are seeking to do so, but we
are not benchmarking it
against any number.”

The minister added: “For
the hundreds of buyers and
families that have taken
advantage of it, I have no
doubt it gave them some fur-
ther encouragement to pursue
home ownership in circum-
stances right for them. It had
an impact.”

Threshold

The Ingraham administra-
tion increased in the 2008-
2009 Budget the Stamp Duty
exemption threshold for first-
time Bahamian home buyers
from $250,000 to properties
worth $500,000, the former
figure having been the limit
set by the former Christie
administration, and which
expired at end-2007.

Mr Laing pointed out that
the savings were potentially
substantial, especially given
that Stamp Tax at 10 per cent
was levied on property trans-
actions worth $250,000 or
more.

While Stamp Tax payments
were normally split 50/50
between buyer and seller, in
certain cases a first-time buy-
er purchasing a $500,000 prop-
erty could conceivably save
$50,000 in tax.

“We certainly know it was
an absolutely generous
exemption programme that
looked at reducing the taxes
paid to the tune of up to
$50,000,” Mr Laing said.

“A number of people were
able to benefit from that on
their transactions - $50,000,
$40,000, $18,000.”

The minister said the US
government had recently

“About 200
applications
were refused
for not having
met the
requirements,
and an addi-
tional 200 or
sO were sent
back for
additional
information
from the
attorneys
involved.”



Lhivargo Laing

endured much difficulty in
getting a $15,000 tax rebate
passed, adding: “Here, we are
talking about saving some
people $50,000.

“That represents, for some
people, two times, three times,
their annual salary payment.
It’s a substantial relief pro-
gramme.

“To the extent it was being
offered in a period of time
when the economy was in
recession, it allowed some
people to do what they sought
to do in home ownership. Ina
more favourable economic cli-
mate, I imagine more people
would seek to benefit.”

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 31st day of March 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
SUNSHOCK VALLEY LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 7th day of April 2009. The Liquidator is
Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
BEVELED LEDGE LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 20th day of March 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

PUBLIC NOTICE

INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL

The Public is hereby advised that |, RICKY FRANCOIS of
Silver Palm Boulevard, Imperial Park, P.O.Box SB-51407,
Nassau, Bahamas , intends to change my name to RICKY
FRANCIS. If there are any objections to this change of
name by Deed Poll, you may write such objections to the
Chief Passport Officer, P.O.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas
no later than thirty (30) days after the date of publication of

this notice.

PUBLIC NOTICE

INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL

The Public is hereby advised that |, BASIL LORRAINE
PYFROM , P.O.Box N8958, Nassau, Bahamas , intends
to change my name to BASIL LORRAN PYFROM.
If there are any objections to this change of name by
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Passport Officer, P.O.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no
later than thirty (30) days after the date of publication of

this notice.

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NOTICE is hereby given that HOWARD CAMPBELL of
#982 LISKEARD AVENUE, FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA,
BAHAMAS is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of
The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send a
written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 24th day of APRIL, 2009 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.BoxN-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.

Legal Notice

NOTICE
PRO JUVENTA LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 9th day of April 2009. The Liquidator is
Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)





THE TRIBUNE

FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2009, PAGE 5B



80m Cable buyout settles firm
finances for ‘next 3-4 years’

FROM page 1B

to finance the Columbus pur-
chase because it wants to refi-
nance its existing credit facili-
ties at the same time.

“We're basically refinanc-
ing our existing credit facili-
ties,” Mr Butler told Tribune
Business, adding that the com-
pany’s existing credit line was
around $28 million, according
to his last recollection.

“This puts us in a good posi-
tion. This deals with our
financing for the next three to
four years.”

The $105 million senior
bank credit facility will fea-
ture a combination of US and
Bahamian dollar-denominated
funds, and is being put togeth-
er by the same banking syndi-
cate that supplied Cable
Bahamas’ existing financing.

“Tt’s the same syndicate that
we’ve got the current facility
from - Royal Bank, First-
Caribbean and Scotiabank,”
Mr Butler added.

The $40 million preference
share issue will be placed pri-
vately with sophisticated
investors - institutions and
high net worth individuals,
meaning the Bahamian pub-
lic should not apply to be
involved.

RoyalFidelity Capital Mar-
kets will act as placement
agents, and the preference
shares are set to carry an inter-
est rate coupon of 8 per cent.
They will also have an option
to convert after two years,
meaning that preference share
investors will be able to con-
vert their investment to ordi-
nary shares (equity) in Cable
Bahamas after that time peri-
od is up, should they desire.

Mr Butler confirmed to Tri-
bune Business that Cable
Bahamas and its advisers
planned to list the $40 million
preference share issue, when
completed, on the Bahamas
International Securities
Exchange (BISX), thus boost-
ing the latter’s investment
options and market capitali-
sation.

“The private placement will
be on the street fairly soon,”
Mr Butler explained, telling
Tribune Business the $40 mil-
lion issue was likely to go to
market “probably early next
week, and close thereafter.
We believe the interest
remains from when we first



“It’s a good deal for Cable Bahamas.
I think it positions us well to take
advantage of any of the opportunities
coming from this deregulation. It can
only enhance our participation going

forward.”



expressed our willingness to
do this transaction pre-Christ-
mas”.

The $13.43 per share price
that Columbus Communica-
tions, an entity owned by Bar-
bados-based Columbus Com-
munications Inc, will receive
represents an 11.5 per cent
premium to the $12.04 that
Cable Bahamas’ stock closed
at on BISX last night.

The purchase price for
Columbus Communications’
5,954,600 shares has decreased
by 6 per cent compared to the
$14.28 per share initially con-
templated by the parties pre-
Christmas, after Tribune Busi-
ness had exclusively revealed
details of the proposed buy-
out.

Price

Back then, the purchase
price represented just a 1 per
cent premium to the then-pre-
vailing market price, as
opposed to the 11.5 per cent
now. Still, back then Colum-
bus Communications’ stake
was valued at $85.174 million,
and now it is some $5 million
less at $80 million. The com-
pany then was valued in total
at $282.035 million, and now
that figure is $264.9 million.

Cable Bahamas’ stock, in
common with almost all
BISX-listed companies, has
declined in value since the
deal was first considered. The
suspicion here, as with most
stocks, is that the decline is
more a reflection of the gen-
eral economic environment
and small investors’ need for
cash, rather than any problem
with company performance or
underlying fundamentals.

Indicating that he believed
the current BISX trading price
undervalued Cable Bahamas,
Mr Butler said of the $13.43
per share price: “That was
subject to negotiations with
Columbus, and there was an

Anthony Butler

independent fairness opinion
done. We certainly consider
it a fair price for all con-
cerned.”

Cable Bahamas’ two inde-
pendent, non-executive direc-
tors, Sandra Knowles and
Frank Watson, were under-
stood to have asked for the
‘fairness’ opinion to ensure
that the transaction was per-
ceived as fair by all parties
concerned - especially the
Cable minority investors - and
to protect the positions of all
parties.

With Cable Bahamas’
Board dominated by Colum-
bus Communications execu-
tives - its chairman, Brendan
Paddick, and Maxwell Parsons
and John Risley - both the
company, all Board members
and the regulators were keen
to ensure that every aspect of
the transaction was perceived
as far. What they wanted to
avoid, at all costs, was the per-
ception that Columbus was
effectively voting on and
approving its own buyout.

Approvals

Mr Butler said “the majori-
ty” of the regulatory approvals
required for the transaction
have been received already,
from the likes of BISX, the
Securities Commission and
the Public Utilities Commis-
sion (PUC). Among those still
required are Central Bank
approvals.

“It’s a good deal for Cable
Bahamas,” Mr Butler said. “I
think it positions us well to

take advantage of any of the
opportunities coming from
this deregulation. It can only
enhance our participation
going forward.

“It removes the foreign
ownership element with Cable
Bahamas, and for the Bahami-
an investors it positions us well
going forward from that. The
existing shareholders will see
their position increase in the
company, as the company has
bought back 30.2 per cent of
its issued 19.6 million shares.”

Cable Bahamas’ largest
shareholder, once Columbus
Communications is bought
out, will be the National Insur-
ance Board (NIB), which cur-
rently has a 15.39 per cent
stake.

Mr Butler added: “We’ve
prepared ourselves for dereg-
ulation by building a network,
and liberalisation will allow us
to utilise the network for what
it was built for. Customers will
see the benefit of it.

“The way the industry is
going is a convergence of tech-

nology, and we are positioned
to offer convergence to the
customer.”

As part of the deal, Cable
Bahamas and the Barbados-
based Columbus parent have
entered management and rec-
iprocal services agreements
that will take effect once the
transaction closes. The agree-
ments detail the advisory and
operational services that both
sides and their affiliates will
provide to the other on mutu-
ally agreed terms.

The benefits of such an
alliance for Cable Bahamas
are obvious, given that
Columbus Communications
remains a major regional tele-
coms player through its con-
trol of the Arcos network, its
sales force and back office
support.

These agreements, along
with the share purchase, cred-
it facility and preference share
offering have already been
approved by the Cable Board
of Directors.





NOTICE

NOTICE



Pursuant to the provisions of Section 138 (4) of the Inter-




national Business Companies Act, 2000, notice is hereby

Tenders are invited for the purchase of






given that:-

(a) Griffin KAC Holdings Company Limited is in

thefollowing:






dissolution;

(b) The date of commencement of the dissolution is the






30th day of June 2007

(c) The Liquidator is Terence R. H. Gape of Chancery




House The Mall Drive, Freeport,, G.B. Bahamas.












Legal Notice



ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land in the
Subdivision called and known as GOLDEN ISLES
ROAD situated in the Southern District of New

Providence and being Lot

No.1. Situated thereon



NOTICE

is a Single Family Residence consisting of two






NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) FIRST CORPORATE SERVICES LIMITED regular company registered

bedrooms, two bathrooms, living room, dining room,

utility area, entry porch.



under The Companies Act of 1992 is in dissolution.




(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on April 27, 2009 when its

Living Area - 987 sq. feet



shareholders minute was submitted and registered by the Registrar General.




(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Shakira Burrows of 2nd Terrace

Entry Porch — 56 sq. feet
PROPERTY SIZE: Approximately 5,262 sq. feet





West, Centreville, Nassau, Bahamas.

This property is being sold under the Power of Sale
contained in a Mortgage dated July 30, 2007. All
offers must be submitted on or before June 30, 2009
in a sealed envelope marked “CONFIDENTIAL”,
and addressed to:



(d) All persons having claims against the abovr named company are re-
quested to submit particulars of such claims and proof thereof in writing to
the Liquidator, Shakira Burrows, P.O. Box N-7755, Nassau, Bahamas no later
than the 12th day of June, 2009 after which the books will be closed and the
assets of the company will be distributed.

NOTICE is hereby given that YYVENA JOSEPH of FAITH AVE.,
NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows
any reason why registration/naturalization should not be
granted, should send a written and signed statement of the facts
within twenty-eight days from the 18’ day of May, 2009 to the
Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box
N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

(e) Notice is also given in accordance with The Companies Act that an Ex-
traordinary General Meeting of the Members of the above named company
will be held at the offices of First Choice Services Ltd., Oakbridge House, 6
West Hill Street on the 22nd day of April 2009 at 10:00 o’clock in the forernoon
for the purpose of having an account laid before them showing the manner in
which the winding up has been conducted and the property of the company
disposed of and hearing any explanation that may be given by the Liquidators,
and also of determining by Extraordinary Resolution the manner in which the
books, account and documents of the company and of the Liquidator, shall be
disposed of.

The Risk Manager
P.O. Box N-3180
Nassau, Bahamas

May 1, 2009
SHAKIRA BURROWS
LIQUIDATOR OF THE ABOVE-NAMED COMPANY

We reserve the right to reject any or all offers.

ROYAL = FIDELITY

Money at Work

Legal Notice
Notice

Notice is hereby given that an Extraordinary
General Meeting of the Members, holders of
all the the issued shares of Safra International
Holding Ltd. (“the company”) is hereby called
to be held at the Company’s Registered Office
located at Bayside Excutive Park, West Bay
Street and Blaka Road, Building Ill, Ground
Floor, Nassau, Bahamas on the 7th day May
of A.D., 2009 at 10:00 o’clock in the forenoon.
The object and purpose of this meeting is to
have laid before the Members of the company
the accounts of Dr. Wilder Gonzalez Penino,
the official Liquidator, showing the manner
in which the winding-up of the company has
been conducted, the property of the Company
distributed and the debt obligations of the
Company discharged and also to hear such
explanation as may be given by the said
Liquidator.

BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF:
TUESDAY, 28 APRIL 2009
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,627.94 | CHG 0.02 | %CHG 0.00 | YTD -84.42 | YTD % -4.93
FINDEX: CLOSE 803.49 | YTD -3.76% | 2008 -12.31%
WWW _..BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE:242-323-2330 | FACSIMILE: 242-323-2320
52wk-Low Change Daily Vol. _EPS$ Div $ P/E

1.28 0.127
11.00 0.992
6.95 0.244
0.63 -0.877
3.15 0.078
1.95 0.055
11.09 1.309
2.83 0.249
6.39 0.441
0.099
0.240
0.420
0.322
0.794
0.337
0.000

0.035 8.6

0.407 13.7

0.952

0.180

Securit
Abaco Markets
Bahamas Property Fund
Bank of Bahamas
Benchmark
Bahamas Waste
Fidelity Bank
Cable Bahamas
Colina Holdings
Commonwealth Bank ($1)
Consolidated Water BDRs
Doctor's Hospital
Famguard
Fince
FirstCaribbean Bank
Focol (S)
Focol Class B Preference
Freeport Concrete
ICD Utilities
J. S. Johnson 10.50 10.50 0.00
Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00
BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES - (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing bases)
Security Symbol Last Sale Change Daily Vol.
Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) + FBB17 100.00 0.00 T%
Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) + FBB22 100.00 0.00 Prime + 1.75%
Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) + FBB13 100.00 0.00 T%
FBB15 100.00 0.00 Prime + 1.75%
Fidelity OQver-The-Counter Securities
Bid $ Ask $ Last Price
14.60
4.00 6.25 6.00
0.35 0.40 0.35
Colina Over-The-Counter Securities
30.13 31.59 29.00
0.45 0.55 0.55
BISX Listed Mutual Funds
YTD% Last 12 Months
0.95 4.77
-1.49 “3.35
1.48 4.85
-5.59 -13.64
0.96 5.79

Previous Close Today's Close
1.40 1.40
11.00 11.00
6.95 6.95
0.63 0.63
3.15 3.15
2.37 2.37
12.04
2.83
6.39
2.50
1.86
7.76
11.00
10.40
5.14

0.00

0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.02
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00

12.04
2.83
6.39
2.48
1.86
7.76

11.00

10.40
5.14

1.31
1.86
6.02
11.00
10.35
5.00
1.00
0.30
5.50
8.60
10.00

1.00
0.30
5.59

1.00
0.30
5.59
11.0
55.6
52wk-Hi S52wk-Low
1000.00
1000.00
1000.00
1000.00

Interest Maturity
19 October 2017
19 October 2022
30 May 2013
Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) + 29 May 2015
52wk-Low Symbol
Bahamas Supermarkets
Caribbean Crossings (Pref)
RND Holdings

Weekly Vol. EPS $
-0.041
0.000

0.001

Div $
0.300
0.480
0.000

P/E

£.92 8.42

ABDAB
RND Holdings

4.540
0.002

0.000
0.000

Fund Name
Colina Bond Fund
Colina MSI Preferred Fund
Colina Money Market Fund
Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund
Fidelity Prime Income Fund
CFAL Global Bond Fund
CFAL Global Equity Fund
CFAL High Grade Bond Fund
Fidelity International Investment Fund
FG Financial Preferred Income Fund
FG Financial Growth Fund
FG Financial Diversified Fund

NA Vv
1.3664
2.8962
1.4548
3.1964

12.7397
100.5606
96.4070

1.0000
9.1599
1.0440
1.0364 0.33
1.0452 0.76

MARKET TERMS
YIELD - last 12 month dividends divided by closing
Bid $ - Buying price of Colina and Fidelity

Div $ Yield %
1.3041
2.9230
1.3875
3.1964
12.1564

100.0000

96.4070
1.0000
9.0950
1.0000
1.0000
1.0000

28-Feb-09
31-Mar-09
17-Apr-09
31-Mar-09
28-Feb-09
31-Dec-08
31-Dec-08
31-Dec-07
31-Mar-09
9-Feb-09
9-Feb-09
9-Feb-09

0.56
-3.59
0.00
0.71
0.80

0.56
-3.59
0.00
-12.76
4.40
3.64
4.40

BISX ALL SHARE INDEX - 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00
S52wk-Hi - Highest closing price in last 52 weeks.
in last 52 weeks.
eighted price for daily volume
ighted price for daily volume
from day to day
ded today

price

Dr. Wilder Gonzalez Penino
Official Liquidator
Safra International Holding Ltd.

EPS $ - Acompany’s reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
NAV - Net Asset Val
N/M - Not Meanin gful
jast 12 month earnings FINDEX - The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100
(S) - 4-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 8/8/2007
(S1) - 3-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 7/11/2007
TO TRADE CALL: COLINA 242-502-7010 | ROYALFIDELITY 242-356-7764 | FG CAPITAL MARKETS 242-396-4000 | COLONIAL 242-502-7525



PAGE 6B, FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2009

THE TRIBUNE



INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Auto deal extends
Obama's reach, risk

wg JIM KUHNHENN
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON

E forcing a swift bank-
ruptcy on Chrysler, Presi-

dent Barack Obama expanded
the risk and reach of the presi-
dency in the hope that the hide-
bound auto industry will find a
way to remake itself.

The government's interven-
tion with Chrysler LLC and
General Motors Corp. has been
far more intrusive than the way
it has confronted troubled
financial companies. The
administration's influence now
ranges from guaranteeing your
brake pads to pushing for new
products on the assembly line.

As Obama himself put it on
Thursday, "If the Japanese can
design an affordable, well-
designed hybrid, then, doggone
it, the American people should
be able to do the same."

Despite an additional $8 bil-
lion taxpayer infusion into
Chrysler, the president and his
advisers say the administration
has no desire to be in the auto
business. And they say they
don't intend to micromanage
the company.

But as part of the arrange-
ment, the government will be
an investor in the new Chrysler
company, and the Treasury
Department will select four of

SURROUNDED by staff and cabinet members President Barack Obama



Ron Edmonds/AP Photo

delivers remarks on the auto industry, Thursday, April 30, 2009, in the
Grand Foyer of the White House in Washington. Left to right Commerce
Secretary Gary Locke, Obama, Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood.

its new directors, all of them
presumably sympathetic with
the White House's vision of
what the car of the future
should be.

In cutting the deal, Obama
buys himself good will with an

Bank of Hawaii Cerporation and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Condition

(dollars in thousands)

Assets

Interest-Bearting Deposits

Funds Sold

Investment Securities
Trading
Available-for-Sale

Held-to-Maturity (Fair Value of $242,175 and $287,644)

Loans Held for Sale
Loans and Leases

Allowance for Loan and Lease Losses

Net Loans and Leases
Total Earning Assets

Cash and Noninterest-Bearing Deposits

Premises and Equipment
Customers’ Acceptances
Accrued Interest Receivable
Foreclosed Real Estate
Mortgage Servicing Rights
Goodwill

Other Assets



Total Assets



Liabilities

Deposits
Noninterest-Bearing Demand
Interest-Bearing Demand
Savings
Time

Total Deposits

Funds Purchased
Short-Term Borrowings

important labor force, especial-
ly in astate, Michigan, suffering
hugely from unemployment. At
the same time he gets to push a
key policy goal, fuel-efficiency,
not just as president but as a
powerful company investor.

December 31, December 31,
2008 2007

5,094
405,789

4,870
15,000

91,500
2,519,239
239,635
21,540
6,530,233

(123,498)

6,406,735
9,689,532

67,286
2,563,190
292,577
12,341
6,580,861

(90,998)

6,489,863
9,445,127

385,599 368,402
116,120 117,177
1,308 1,112 -

39,905 - 45,261
428 184
21,057 27,588
34,959 34,959
474,567 433,132

$ 10,763,475 $ 10,472,942



Securities Sold Under Agreements to Repurchase
Long-Term Debt (includes $119,275 carried at fair value as of December 31, 2008)

Banker’s Acceptances

Retirement Benefits Payable
Accrued Interest Payable

Taxes Payable and Deferred Taxes
Other Liabilities

Total Liabilities

Commitments and Contingencies (Note 17)

Shareholders’ Equity

Common Stock ($.01 par value; authorized 500,000,000 shares;
issued / outstanding: December 2008 ~ 57,019,887 / 47,753,371;
and December 2007 — 56,995,447 / 48,589,645)

Capital Surplus

Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss

Retained Earnings

Treasury Stock, at Cost (Shares: December 2008 — 9,266,516;

and December 2007 ~ 8,405,802)
Total Shareholders’ Equity

1,754,724
1,854,611
3,104,863
1,577,900

8,292,098

15,734
4,900

1,935,639
1,576,443
2,688,703
1,741,587

7,942,372

75,400
10,427
1,028,835 1,029,340
203,285 235,371
1,308 1,112
54,776 29,984
13,837 20,476
229,699 278,218
128,299 99,987

9,972,771 9,722,687

568 567
492,515 484,790
(28,888) (5,091)
787,924 688,638

(461,415)
790,704

(418,649)
750,255



Total Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity

$ 10,763,475 $ 10,472,942

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the Consolidated Financial Statements.

Should complete audited accounts are required, contact Bank ii
> of Hawaii -
P. O. Box N-3242, Nassau, Bahamas enemas

Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

The Board of Directors and Shareholders

Bank of Hawaii Corporation

We have audited the accompanying consolidated statements of condition of Bank of Hawaii Corporation and
subsidiaries as of December 31, 2008 and 2007, and the related consolidated statements of income, shareholders’
equity, and cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 2008. These financial

statements are the responsibility of the Company’s mana
these financial statements based on our audits.

gement. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on

We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board
(United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about
whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement. An audit includes examining, on a test basis.
evidence Supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. An audit also includes assessing the
accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall
financial statement presentation. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.

In our opinion, the financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the consolidated
financial position of Bank of Hawaii Corporation and subsidiaries at December 31, 2008 and 2007, and the
consolidated results of their operations and their cash flows for each of the three years in the petiod ended
December 31, 2008, in conformity with US. generally accepted accounting principles.

As discussed in Note | to the consolidated financial statements, effective January 1, 2007, the Company
changed its method of accounting for mortgage servicing rights in accordance with Statement of Financial

Accounting Standards No. 156, Accounting for Servicin
No. 140; changed its method of accounting for levera
Standards Board (“FASB”) Staff Position No. 13

g of Financial Assets, an amendment of FASB Statement
ged leases in accordance with Financial Accounting
-2, Accounting for a Change or Projected Change in the Timing

of Cash Flows Relating to Income Taxes Generated by a Leveraged Lease Transaction; and changed its method

of accounting for tax positions in accordance with

Income Taxes, an interpretation of FASB Statement No. 109.

FASB Interpretation No. 48, Accounting Sor Uncertainty in

We also have audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board

(United States), Bank of Hawaii Corporation and subsidiaries’ internal con
December 31, 2008, based on criteria established in Internal Control-Inte
Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway
expressed an unqualified opinion thereon.

trol over financial reporting as of
grated Framework issued by the
Commission and our report dated February 23, 2009

/s/ Ernst & Young LLP









Paul Sancya/AP Photo

GINA RUSSO, second from left, and father Gus, third from left, owners of Lochmoor Chrysler Jeep watch Pres-
ident Obama announce Chrysler will file for bankruptcy on television with employees and customers in Detroit

Thursday, April 30, 2009.

7



But he also is putting billions
of dollars of taxpayer money at
risk at a time of rising anxiety
about government bailouts and
soaring deficits.

Even before he got to this
point, Obama had exerted
unprecedented power. He
rejected Chrysler's and Gener-
al Motors’ restructuring plans
last month and forced GM's
CEO, Rick Wagoner, to resign.
At Chrysler, too, chief execu-



tive Robert Nardelli said Thurs-
day he is going to leave when
the bankruptcy is complete.
General Motors still has
another 30 days to restructure
itself, and its stakeholders may
well take a lesson from the
administration's dealings with
Chrysler. When Obama was not
leveraging industry behavior
with taxpayers’ money, he was
using the pulpit of the presi-
dency to make his wishes

Bimini Sands Resort & Marina
is seeking
Social Directors and a Sushi Chef.

The best candidates must have high
volume experience, must have training
experience, and the ability to motivate
other associates. Salary will reflect
experience and skill set.

Please contact our office at
(242) 347-3500 or
fax resume to (242) 347-3501.

Nassau Airport
Dowolopmont Conggany

REQUEST

For Proposa

0-112 Customs Brokerage Services

Nassau Arport Development Gampany (MAD) seeks
proposals for Cusloms Brokerage Services, for lhe LPIA
Expangion Project. The scope of services indudes:

* Customs Brokerage Services for all materials and
equipment delivered lo site

Customs Document Management

‘Werking with MAD, MAD's Coniraclors and Bahar
Customs to expedilé the clesrance of shipments;

Preparation of weekly and monthly reports

infarested proponents must be qualified icansed brokers in

fhe Bahamas

Request For Proposal packages will be available for pick up
aie 3300 pm, on Wednesday, April 15th, 2009,

Request for Proposal closing is Tuesday, May Sth,
2009 at 3200pm Bahamas Time

Contact TRACI BRISBY

Cantracts and Procurement Manager

Ph: (242) 702-1086
Fax: (242) 377-2447

BO, Box AP 89220, Masea, Bahamas

Email: tracibrisbyOnas.bs



VEHICLES FOR SALE are lined up
at a Chrysler dealership in San
Jose, Calif., Thursday, April 30,
2009. Chrysler will file for bank-
ruptcy after talks with a small group
of creditors crumbled just a day
before a government deadline for
the automaker to come up with a
restructuring plan, President Barack
Obama said Thursday.

(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

known in no uncertain terms.
In announcing the deal Thurs-
day, he left no doubt about his
anger with some Chrysler cred-
itors who refused to accept a
reduced payout for their invest-
ment. "They were hoping that
everybody else would make sac-
rifices, and they would have to
make none," he said. "I don't
stand with them."

Administration officials said
they tried to sweeten the offer
Wednesday night to attract
more creditors, to no avail.

That could be an effort to
nudge a bankruptcy judge to be
tough with recalcitrant stake-
holders. And by showing a will-
ingness to stand up to some
Chrysler creditors, Obama was
also sending a signal to GM
bondholders not to hold out for
too great a return.

His tone also carried the
same populist strains that he
used when he railed against
Wall Street bonuses.

"He's invested in terms of the
taxpayers’ investment, and he's
invested in it politically," said
Sen. Carl Levin, a Michigan
Democrat who had initially
objected to bankruptcy as a way
to restructure the company.

While the political risks are
potentially great, taking
Chrysler through bankruptcy
buys some short-term political
running room. For months,
Republicans and some Democ-
rats have said a Chapter 11-pro-
tected restructuring was the
proper fate for the automakers.
By Thursday, some past critics
of bankruptcy such as Levin
were hailing the deal as a new
birth for Chrysler. What's more,
the public appears to tilt in
favor of government interven-
tions, at least so far. A FOX
News/Opinion Dynamics Poll
in March found 43 percent of
respondents saying the govern-
ment under Obama was taking
an appropriate role in running
U.S. companies. Thirteen per-
cent said the administration was
not taking a big enough role.

Despite the stigma often
attached to bankruptcy, Oba-
ma took pains to portray it as a
positive development. "This is
not a sign of weakness," he
insisted, "but rather one more
step on a clearly charted path to
Chrysler's revival."

To be sure, the administra-
tion's day-and-night involve-
ment with the auto industry
does not match its attempts to
rescue financial institutions.
That's partly because the
automakers have made a des-
perate pitch for a government
bailout, while some of the
biggest financial institutions
have been less enthusiastic in
their desire for help. Many
major banks now say they want
to return their share of a $700
billion financial rescue fund, in
part to avoid restrictions that
the government has imposed or
threatened to impose. At the
same time, the government has
always been able to influence
banking behavior through reg-
ulation. And that's where Oba-
ma says he intends to address
the industry's excesses. Still,
banks can fight back in ways
that automakers can't. On
Thursday the banking industry
succeeded in defeating a Sen-
ate proposal that would have
let homeowners seek foreclo-
sure relief through bankruptcy
court. So far, the two Detroit
car companies are only asking
how high Obama wants them
to jump.



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AOL names yet another head of online ad business

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AOL, the struggling Internet unit that Time Warner Inc. is likely to
spin off, said Thursday that it will put a new executive in charge of its
online advertising business — making him the fourth person to hold
that title in little over a year.

Former Google Inc. executive Jeff Levick will be the new president
of global advertising and strategy, heading the company's Platform-A
ad business. He will take the post in the next few weeks.

The management change is the latest of many in recent months, and
comes a day after Time Warner crept closer to separating AOL from
the rest of the media conglomerate. Levick, who worked most recent-
ly as Google's vice president of industry development and marketing
for the Americas region. : .

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Consumer spending dip

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wm JEANNINE AVERSA
AP Economics Writer
WASHINGTON

Americans spent less than
expected in March, pulling back
after a burst of buying in the first
two months of the year. The
reversal was tied to a larger-than-
anticipated decline in income and
is a stark reminder of a fragile
economy trying to rise out of a
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The Commerce Department
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tax rebates in President Barack
Obama's economic stimulus pack-
age and historically low mortgage
rates mitigate the financial pain
caused by rising unemployment
and falling home values.

Consumer spending fell 0.2
percent in March, ending an oth-
erwise strong quarter for spend-
ing on a sour note. Americans’
incomes — the fuel for future
spending — tumbled 0.3 percent
for the month, reflecting wage
cuts and layoffs as employers cut
costs. Both the income and
spending figures were weaker
than economists had expected.

"Consumption fell in March,
but let's not panic a whole lot,"
said Joel Naroff, president of
Naroff Economic Advisors. "The
modest drop off in spending does
not change the fact that individu-
als are starting to buy more things
and are attempting to live their
lives a little more normally.”

Consumer spending grew at an
annualized rate of 2.2 percent in
the first quarter, the government
said Wednesday in reporting on
the nation's gross domestic prod-
uct. (Thursday's spending figure
was included in the GDP esti-
mate.)

The first-quarter rebound came
after consumers had gone into a
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2008, slashing spending by the
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persist well into next year or
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The revival in consumer spend-
ing in the first quarter was over-
whelmed by big cutbacks by busi-
nesses, causing the economy to
contract by a sharp 6.1 percent.

On Wall Street, the Dow Jones
industrial average gave up earlier
gains after Obama confirmed that
Chrysler LLC was filing for bank-
ruptcy protection. The Dow,
which had been up more than 110
points earlier in the day, lost
nearly 18 points to close at
8,168.12.

Christina Romer, chair of Oba-
ma's Council of Economic Advis-
ers, predicted another economic
contraction in the second quar-
ter albeit at a slower pace and
delivered a downbeat assessment
about unemployment. "The
recovery will almost surely take a
long time," she said.

Analysts are hopeful the reces-
sion is easing its firm hold in the
April-June quarter.

They predict the economy
won't contract nearly as much —
anywhere from a | to 3 percent
pace. They expect the improve-
ment will come from less severe
cutbacks by businesses and a
rebound in government spend-
ing.

"Business spending will be

ows economy still fragile

down but not as fast and furious
as it has been," said Stuart Hoff-
man, chief economist at PNC
Financial Services Group.

Consumers, meanwhile, are
likely to show far less energy than
they did in the first quarter. Some
analysts expect a small gain in
spending, while others think it
will be flat.

What is not expected: the "hor-
rors again" of the type of deep
consumer spending cuts seen in
the final quarter of last year, said
Jan Shepherdson, chief U.S. econ-
omist at High Frequency Eco-
nomics.

As consumers cut back in
March, the personal savings rate
rose to 4.2 percent, from 4 per-
cent in February. It stood at 4.4
percent in January, the first time
in more than a decade the rate
has been above 4 percent for
three straight months.

Procter & Gamble Co., the
world's largest consumer prod-
ucts maker, on Thursday reported
a dip in its quarterly profit and
trimmed its full-year outlook,
expecting slow sales through
June. P&G has been promoting
Tide detergent, Pampers diapers
and its other products by empha-
sizing their value to consumers
and cutting costs, but sales fell
across its broad portfolio.

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number of newly laid off workers
filing for jobless benefits dropped

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Flowers: almost
$1m confiscated
by the police

‘Everybody Wins’ CEO says company

will honour every dollar that
account holders had deposited

no to Carifesta

Govt makes
decision to
forego hosting
arts festival

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

FOR the second time the gov-
ernment has decided that the
Bahamas will forego hosting the
pan-Caribbean Carifesta arts fes-
tival, The Tribune has learned.

While no official statement has
been released on the move, Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham is said
to have already made The
Bahamas’ position known to the
Caribbean Community (CARI-
COM) leaders during his meeting
with them in Trinidad in mid-
April.

This comes amid unresolved
concerns over whether the grand
arts festival, which draws large
contingents of visual, musical, lit-
erary and dance artists from across
the region, will take place in 2010
at all, in view of the challenging
economic conditions confronted
by all Caribbean nations.

Yesterday, several Bahamian
artists expressed their “disap-
pointment” in government’s deci-
sion not to host Carifesta XI, but
added that they were “not sur-
prised.”

Visual artist Jonathan Murray
blamed allegedly poor efforts on

SEE page 16



COMMISSIONER OF POLICE
Reginald Ferguson presents
the flag to Nicola Lewis, wid-
ow of the late Leslie John
Albert Lewis Sr, a Royal
Bahamas Police Force Fire-
man. Mr Lewis died on April
19 at the age of 49.

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PLP owes Broadcasting Corporation
nearly quarter of a million dollars

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

THE Progressive Lib-
eral Party still owes the
financially strapped
Broadcasting Corporation
of the Bahamas nearly a
quarter of a million dol-
lars in unpaid fees, The Tribune
has learned.

Although officials at the BCB
have made numerous attempts to
collect payment on the bill —
which is said to have been accu-
mulated before May 4, 2007 — the
amount of $207,824 is said to be

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still outstanding.

When contacted for
comment yesterday, Min-
ister of National Security
Tommy Turnquest, who
has ministerial responsi-
bility for the BCB, con-
firmed that the former
administration owed the

corporation "over
$200,000".
"Tt's over $200,000 and

we haven't charged any
interest (on that figure) to the best
of my knowledge,” he said.

Party leader Perry Christie yes-
terday said that while there was
"no mystery” surrounding the debt
owned the corporation — better

SEE page 16

@ By PAULG
TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
pturnquest@
tribunemedia. net

DESPITE having had near-
ly a million dollars confiscated
from his Village Road FML
webshop location, the com-
pany’s CEO Craig Flowers
said that FML will honour
every dollar that account
holders had deposited with
his establishment.

While the police will hold
these funds, which are esti-
mated to exceed $830,000, Mr
Flowers said this loss is not a
problem for his business.

“Our establishment is going
to replace and stand firm and
make certain that every single
member, and every single
Bahamian, or non-Bahamian
who have monies in our com-
pany their funds will be hon-
oured.

“We are not going to run
and call ourselves Clico and



say that we are broke. So my
point going forward, is that
my only obligation as CEO
and Director of FML is to
assure my staff that because
of the conduct the other day,
that their jobs are not jeop-
ardised,” he said.

Mr Flowers said he flew to
the Bahamas on Tuesday
evening just to be present for
the raid, he discovered his
staff were enraged and con-
cerned that because of the
incident they would have lost
their jobs.

“T assured them that we
have a fundamental difference
here. The authorities feel as
though we are not conduct-
ing ourselves according to our
license and that we are per-
forming here in some conduct
that our license does not allow
us to.

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need to, they can come in and

SEE page 16

GB swine flu claims
are ‘pure rumour’

THE stories of a possible swine flu case in Grand Bahama
are “pure rumour,” according to Health Minister Hubert Min-

nis.

The Tribune spoke with the minister just before press time last
night, after the Rand Memorial Hospital was inundated with
calls about a possible case of the virus at a major industrial

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Minister warns against
panic over swine flu

m@ By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

HEALTH Minister Hubert
Minnis yesterday warned against
panic in the face of the worldwide
swine flu outbreak, emphasising
that there have been no confirmed
cases of the virus in the Bahamas.

Although 13 Bahamians have
gone into voluntary isolation upon
return from visits to Mexico, Dr
Minnis maintains the Ministry of
Health is simply taking precautions
in case the travellers are infected
with swine influenza A(H1N1).

A New Providence resident who
reported flu-like symptoms upon
returning from a trip to Mexico
was reported to the Department
of Health by a private health clin-
ic this week and is now undergoing
the recommended isolation peri-
od.

Isolation

This comes after the isolation
of 10 students and two teachers
who returned to Abaco last Sat-
urday after a visit to Mexico, and
remain under surveillance by the
Ministry of Health.

A football team of 12 players
and two coaches who went to
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, did not
return to New Providence on
Wednesday as planned, but
remained in Florida yesterday to
follow United States protocol, Dr
Minnis said.

The United Nations World
Health Organisation (WHO)
raised the Epidemic and Pandem-
ic Alert and Response to phase
five on Wednesday, meaning there
is human-to-human transmission
of the virus in at least two coun-
tries.

A total of 11 countries have offi-
cially reported 257 cases of

A(HIN1) infection, with 109 lab-
oratory confirmed human cases in
the US, including one death, and
97 confirmed human cases of infec-
tion, including seven deaths in
Mexico.

Dr Minnis said: “We have no
confirmation of any swine flu.
Those in isolation are only isolated,
allowing the incubation period to
pass, and when that has gone that’s
It.

Virus

“Fortunately for us we are at
the end of the flu season. We don’t
know much about this particular
virus, but the flu virus is seasonal,
so presumably it may follow the
same pattern.”

Dr Minnis explained that those
in isolation have not been quaran-
tined in the full sense of the word,
as they may be visited by health
officials.

The WHO stopped referring to
the virus as ‘swine flu’ yesterday,
instead calling it influenza
A(HIN1), in an effort to discour-
age an association with
pigs and fear of eating ham or

ork.

The WHO advises no restric-
tion of regular travel or closure of
borders, and further states: “It is
considered prudent for people who
are ill to delay international travel
and for people developing symp-
toms following international trav-
el to seek medical attention, in line
with guidance from national
authorities.

“There is also no risk of infec-
tion from consumption of well-
cooked pork and pork products.
Individuals are advised to wash
hands thoroughly with soap and
water on a regular basis and should
seek medical attention if they
develop any symptoms of influen-
za-like illness.”

A PACKAGE of Tamiflu,
a drug used to treat flu viruses.

Drug recommended to fight
swine flu ‘in limited supply’

TAMIFLU, the anti-viral drug most recommended by
health officials to fight the potentially deadly swine flu, is
said to be in limited supply at some pharmacies throughout the
capital.

Reports reaching The Tribune indicated that several phar-
macies were out of stock and that physicians at Doctor's Hos-
pital were reserving the drug for persons with a prescription or
those in urgent need of a dosage.

A source — who tried to purchase the medication before a
trip abroad — said a local pharmacist was informed by his US
distributor that the company had only a limited supply and was
restricting orders from foreign countries.

However, earlier in the week, buyers at Lowe's Pharmacy
and Nassau Agencies Ltd told The Tribune that Tamiflu and
a second anti-viral drug effective against the swine flu, Relen-
za, were in stock.

The buyers said they would order supplies from their US dis-
tributors as necessary.

Minister of Health Hubert Minnis said some people seem to
be panicking and hoarding the medicine to take as a preven-
tative measure.

He explained that this would be useless, as it is only effec-
tive when taken after contracting the virus.

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Church leaders applaud raids
on suspected numbers houses

CHURCH leaders yesterday applauded the
police’s decision to raid suspected numbers hous-
es and urged the public to support the move.

In a joint statement issued yesterday morn-
ing, pastors Lyall Bethel of Grace Community
Church, Bill Higgs of the Bahamas Conference of
the Methodist Church, Allan Lee of Calvary
Bible Church and Cedric Moss of Kingdom Life
Church congratulated Commissioner of Police
Reginald Ferguson on Tuesday’s raids on two
suspected numbers houses.

“When crimes are allowed to take place in
the open, enlisting a growing number of partici-
pants and sympathisers, widespread lawlessness
is cultivated,” the pastors said. “Such has been the
case in the Bahamas for many decades, and it
continues to be the case today.”

They said such actions on the part of the police
bode well for “the curbing of lawlessness in the
Bahamas” and encouraged the commissioner
and his officers to sustain this policy “on an

ongoing basis.”

“While we speak as ministers of the gospel of
Jesus Christ, we believe that it is incumbent upon
all law abiding citizens in all spheres of our soci-
ety to support the police in the discharge of their
duties, and work towards a Bahamas that is com-
mitted to self-discipline, industry, loyalty, unity
and an abiding respect for Christian values and
the rule of law, in keeping with the preamble of
our nation’s Constitution,” the statement said.

Following Tuesday’s raids, the chairman of
the Bahamas Gaming Reform Committee lashed
out at the police, calling the operation a “dis-

ace”.

Sidney Strachan said the country’s stance on
gaming continues to make the Bahamas the
“laughing stock” of the international communi-
ty. The committee was formed to agitate for a
review of the law prohibiting locals and perma-
nent residents from gambling.

“These raids highlight the hypocrisy and back-



wardness of our current system,” Mr Strachan,
said. “While our churches, police, Defence Force
and government on the one hand accept gifts
from suspected owners and operators, we disin-
genuously move to perform a ‘surgical raid’.”

He said that rather than driving the vast net-
work of local gaming operations underground,
the government should be working to regulate
them and thereby “modernise the entire sys-
tem.”

The raid, and other such “mock exercises”,
Mr Strachan said, do little to affect the “thriving”
industry. He pointed out that the very next morn-
ing, gamblers were once again “lining up” to
play across New Providence.

“The BGR feels that both the government
and the official opposition should be ashamed of
how unfairly citizens are being treated. No official
comments have been forthcoming from either
side, further exasperating the problem and irri-
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37-year-old man

m@ By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

BODY parts found off the
coast of western New Provi-
dence on Monday are believed
to be those of 37-year-old
Jerome Huyler of Farrington
Road, Nassau.

Mr Huyler was reported
missing at around 7.45pm on
Sunday after he fell off a jet
ski while riding with two others
near Clifton Pier and Lyford
Cay.

A source told The Tribune
the man had been invited to a
party at the exotic Nygard Cay
resort, the property of fashion
mogul Peter Nygard at the
western tip of Lyford Cay, on
the day he disappeared.

Staff

But a spokeswoman for the
Nygard Cay resort denied the
man had been at Nygard Cay
on Sunday. She said staff at the
resort simply responded when
two people on a jet ski pulled
up on the beach at around
7.30pm asking for help.

The spokeswoman said: “It
didn’t have anything to do with
us, it happened five miles off
Clifton Pier and they came
over panicking so we sent our
boat and our neighbour’s boat
out there to assist.

“We just went over to help
when they said somebody was
under and we notified the
authorities. I understand the

Defence Force found some-
thing the next day.”

Darkness prevented the
Bahamas Air Sea Rescue
Association (BASRA) and the
Royal Bahamas Defence Force
(RBDF) from starting their
search on Sunday night, but the
RBDF vessels HMBS Inagua
and Enduring Friendship 18
were sent out to search for the
missing man the following day.

The lower parts of a man’s
body were recovered by RBDF
divers at around 1pm on Mon-
day, and police are waiting for
the results of DNA tests to
confirm whether they are in
fact Mr Huyler’s remains.

Superintendent Ellsworth
Moss in charge of the Central
Detective Unit said: “We’re
not sure if he was attending the
party (at Nygard Cay) but we
know he was on a jet ski along
with two other persons.

“We have received some
information and we will try to
identify the part of the body
and see some DNA tests to see
if it’s connected to him being
missing.”

Supt Moss says Nygard Cay
have been co-operating
with police in their investiga-
tions.

BASRA director Chris
Lloyd said bad weather on
Sunday made conditions at sea
very rough and activities such
as jet skiing would have been
inadvisable. Low tide and reefs
in the vicinity of Nygard Cay
would have presented addi-
tional dangers, he said.
THE TRIBUNE

FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2009, PAGE 3



LOCAL NEWS



Resitlents near
Bahama Rock
development call.
for meeting with
government

m By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter

mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

DISGRUNTLED residents
neighbouring the expanding }
Bahama Rock development in }
Grand Bahama are calling on gov- i
ernment to meet with them and }
share details of a recent Environ- }

mental Impact Assessment.

The residents of Eight Mile }
Rock are growing impatient. They
say it has been five months since }
Environment Minister Earl :
Deveaux and local MP Verna }
Grant promised to meet with

them.

They also claim the Environ- ;
mental Impact Assessment (EIA)
of the Bahama Rock development }
completed in November 2008 }
should be published on the
Bahamas Environment, Science
and Technology (BEST) Com-

mission website.

Giselle Swann said members of
the community have been des- }

perately seeking answers from
officials for the last three years,
but questions put to BEST com-
mission director Philip Weech on
Wednesday remained unanswered
before The Tribune went to press
yesterday.

Ms Swann asked: “Has the gov-
ernment consulted the BEST
commission to ensure there will
not be detrimental or irreversible
damage to our wetlands and nat-
ural resources?

“What do the Minister of Envi-
ronmental Health and Minister of
Housing intend to do for the resi-
dents of Eight Mile Rock regard-
ing the violations of the ‘Environ-
mental Health Act’ due to the
contamination of the last remain-
ing fresh water lens on Grand
Bahama Island, potential respira-
tory health hazards due to expo-
sure to toxic fumes as a result of
blasting, and the nuisance it cre-
ates due to the damage to homes
and businesses?”

Ms Swann has the support of
around 4,000 people who signed a
petition opposing the expansion
of Bahama Rock, and the Grand
Bahama Committee for Con-
cerned Residents (GBCCR)
which has echoed her concerns.

GBCCR member Maria McIn-
tosh said although work on the
proposed expansion has not yet
been approved, she is concerned
about recent activity at the
Bahama Rock site.

Developer Walter Reed, gen-
eral manager of Bahama Rock
Ltd, said the project is currently at
a standstill as they await permis-
sion to continue work from the
Port Authority.

He maintains the development
is entirely within a designated
industrial zone and fears about
contamination of the fresh water
lens are unfounded as the devel-
opment may only cause the lens to
shrink, but he said: “It is not some-
thing the public depends on and it
never will.”

Mr Reed added: “We are all
about finishing the expansion of
the harbour and taking it to where
it was originally envisioned and
then get out of the way.

“There have been no violations
of the Environmental Health Act,
nothing we are doing is a viola-
tion of anything, and that is exact-
ly what the EJA has indicated.

“We have had a number of
town hall meetings addressing the
concerns of citizens and have
made every attempt to address
every concern.”

Complaints about blasting led
to. a stop work order issued by the
Port Authority in 2006 which halt-
ed development for around four
weeks while Bahama Rock modi-
fied procedures.

Mr Reed said: “We have mod-
ified blasting for the last couple
of years and our vibration levels
are substantially lower than any-
thing in the US or anything else in
the Caribbean because people live
very close to the site and we listen
to what they say and we are sensi-
tive to it.

“We have tried to minimise our
vibrations to the point where they
can’t even feel it.”

Mr Reed said Bahama Rock
has created more than 2,000 jobs

Bahamian student trapped
by swine flu keeps hopeful

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

WHILE countries around the world
scramble to stop the spread of the danger-
ous flu strain HIN1, Bahamian student
Marvette Moore - still a virtual prisoner at
the University of Montemorellos in Mexi-
co — is maintaining her composure in the
face of worrying circumstances.

As revealed in The Tribune yesterday,
classes at her university are suspended ten-
tatively until May 6 as Mexican authori-
ties try and contain the virus which has
killed 12 in Mexico and is suspected of
killing at least 170 more.

Eight Bahamian students are trapped at
the university, barred from travelling home
by a strict quarantine.

Despite being at the epicentre of the
developing pandemic, Marvette remains
surprisingly hopeful — a feeling she attrib-
utes to the support from her mother and
relative strangers who have reached out to
her in the past few days.

"I'm afraid but at the same time I'm
being calm," she said, speaking to The Tri-

bune by phone from Mexico yesterday.



Swine flu outbreak in

BAHAMIAN STUDENT
Marvette Moore

is mainting her
composure on the
campus of the
University of
Montemorellos.

"When I first heard about it I told everyone
that it feels like a movie and I'm in it and
there's nothing I can do.”

With final exams just around the corner,
the third-year dentistry major is finding it
hard to concentrate in between daily health
checks at the school and escalating fears



that her return home will be delayed.

Her term is expected to end on May 27
but as a number of classes have been post-
poned, this date may be extended by anoth-
er week.

"We don't want to be stuck here. I wish
I was home right now but at the same time

I wouldn't want anyone in my family to
get sick,” she said.

The 21-year-old starts her day with a
"prayer for protection" and averts depres-
sion by spending as much time outside as
she can.

"It's seems as though nothing is going
on, everyone is in high spirits, people are
playing games outside and laughing, but
when you see the news you know its seri-
ous,” she said.

Normal off-campus pursuits like seeing a
movie or shopping have been replaced by
childhood games and American football,
as the students fight to stave off the bore-
dom of being confined, Marvette said.

University officials have banned eating or
congregating in the school's cafeteria and
students have been instructed to eat meals
on the campus’ quad, to limit the spread of
any airborne germs.

Marvette, who is getting over a cold she
caught last week, said over the last few
days persons she barely know have sent
her messages over the internet wishing her
well.

"Tt gives me a weird feeling to know peo-
ple who I hardly talk to care for me,” she
said.

Shot businessman ‘feared for life’



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flights to the Bahamas

FLIGHTS to the Bahamas
are being offered at discount
rates to increase the options
for travellers who have had to
cancel holidays in Mexico as a
result of the swine flu outbreak.

This follows the announce-
ment that 24 cruise ships origi-
nally bound for Mexico will be
diverted through the Bahamas
in the coming months to pro-
tect passengers from the flu
pandemic.

American airline WestJet
and WestJet vacations will be
offering discounts to alterna-
tive sunshine destinations for
guests who have been affected
by the temporary cessation of
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Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

BRITISH businessman Hywel
Jones, who was left in a coma
after being-gunned down last
week, swore affidavits attesting
to the fact that he was in fear for
his life following two home inva-
sions and a physical assault in
2007, The Tribune has learned.

During one of the home inva-
sions, which occurred on Febru-
ary 14, 2007, a guest at his house
was stabbed.

Then, on May 30, 2007, Mr
Jones was beaten up by two men
and had to be treated in hospital
for a broken cheekbone and frac-
tured eye socket.

Robbery did not appear to be
a motive in these attacks, for
which no one was ever charged,
a source close to the family said.

Asked to comment on the inci-
dents, Mr Jones’ brother, IIt
Jones, told The Tribune that
based on conversations with
Hywel, the businessman “felt
there was a pattern that was sin-
ister.”

Mr Jones, 55, was shot in the
head “execution style” outsidehis
West Bay Street business on
Wednesday, April 22.

Police have suggested that the
shooting has the hallmarks of a
targeted hit.

Mr Jones is under armed
guard in hospital.

Friends of the Welsh-born off-
shore financial adviser are now
offering a $50,000 reward for
information that will lead to a
breakthrough in the investiga-
tion.

The reward money is being
offered in exchange for infor-
mation that will lead to the arrest

and or conviction of his attacker
— described as a dark, slim male.

Mr Jones’ family said they are
overwhelmed by the outpouring
of sympathy and offers of assis-
tance in various forms.

An associate of Mr Jones said:
“The donations in particular for
Mr Jones primarily have come
from a different number of
sources, various people that
know him, companies that have
done business with him — a whole
bunch of different people have
all contributed. We understand
that there'll be considerably
more contributions coming in.”

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Obama has big challenges abroad

NEW YORK — Barack Obama reached
his presidency’s 100-day mark surfing a
wave of political good fortune. The polling
numbers remain high, on everything from
job performance to personal likability to
public optimism about the future. And the
defection of longtime Republican Arlen
Specter, the senior senator from Pennsyl-
vania, to the Democratic Party underscored
the degree to which the president’s politi-
cal opposition now finds itself in the polit-
ical wilderness.

The president’s agenda will now enjoy a
filibuster-proof majority in the Senate
(assuming Al Franken eventually gets seat-
ed as the junior senator from Minnesota),
and the Republicans seem to be doubling
down on a political strategy that has thus
far shown itself to be a losing one in most
parts of the country.

The president is, in short, riding high.
The prospects for his ambitious domestic
agenda look good indeed. And if the pres-
ident is as smart as he seems, he will press
hard, now, to get what he wants from Con-
gress, while he can get it. Because there’s
an ebb and flow to political fortunes, and
one can already sense the undertow that
lurks beneath the surface of Obama’s pop-
ular success.

It likely won’t come from his domestic
rivals, whose alternative budget proposal —
its economic merits aside — showed them
profoundly tone-deaf to the political
moment. No, if it comes, it will likely come
from overseas, where the past week has
been filled with alarming developments.

The situation in nuclear-armed Pakistan
— a nation which Obama rightly has rec-
ognized as critical to U.S. aims in
Afghanistan — where Taliban forces have
taken control of areas just 60 miles from
the capital of Islamabad, remains a gen-
uine emergency. It is an emergency exac-
erbated by the paralytic reaction of Pak-
istan’s government, which, at least in the
early going, showed itself unwilling or
unable to assert authority over its own sov-
ereign territory.

The thousands of U.S. troops Obama is

"Legendary Past...Glorious

now sending to Afghanistan will face a Tal-
iban emboldened by success and expanded
territory from which to stage their opera-
tions. Afghanistan is about to become Oba-
ma’s war, with the potential to explode
onto front pages in a way that could be
impossible for even economy-obsessed
Americans to ignore.

The president’s renewed military and
diplomatic focus on Afghanistan and Pak-
istan has always rested on the assumption
that the U.S. would be able to wind down
our concomitant commitments in Iraq.
Well, there’s trouble there, too. Obama’s
100th day in office was marked in Iraq by
car-bomb explosions in Baghdad’s Sadr
City that killed more than 40 people. The
previous week, two days of terrorist bomb-
ings in Iraq’s capital and in the Diyala
province killed more than 150 people.

The bombings have targeted the major-
ity Shiite population, leading to fears that
sectarian violence in Iraq, which had been
on the wane, could flare again as U.S.
troops prepare their scheduled June with-
drawal from urban bases.

Obama now faces the possibility that the
fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan could
intensify simultaneously, at precisely the
time when it was hoped that resources
deployed in Iraq could be redirected to
Afghanistan. During his first 100 days, the
new occupant of the White House has
presided over a nation understandably
focused on its internal well-being.

But his next 100 days might well see the
dangerous world beyond our borders push
its way back into the headlines. In addi-
tion to the very real national-security con-
cerns these developments raise, Obama
also might find himself discovering what
happens to presidents with big domestic
plans and big military commitments over-
seas.

The president has faced any number of
major challenges in his first 100 days. It’s
possible he hasn’t seen the half of it yet.

(This article was written by Dan Rather -
c.2009 Hearst Newspapers).



Probate takes
too long and
costs too much

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I would like to question why
there has not been an over-
haul of the way that probate is
granted in the Bahamas.

A friend of mine has recent-
ly received a grant of probate
after having started this
process almost three years
ago.

This was not a complicated
will as it only involved assets
in the Bahamas (I dread to
think how long this would
take if there were assets in
other jurisdictions governed
by a Bahamas will).

Since then I have spoken to
several persons, including my
lawyer, all of whom have had
similar experiences and have
told me to expect probate to
take two-three years in the
Bahamas. It appears that all
assets in the Bahamas are sub-
ject to probate, including bank
accounts.

In Canada, for example,
probate is only required on
assets that require a change
of title, ie, real property or a
vehicle and then only if the
assets exceed in total $25,000.

Canadian banks may, at
their discretion, transfer assets
to the executor of a valid will,
requiring only a death certifi-
cate and a validated copy of
the will.

If probate is necessary,
Canadians can expect a grant
of probate within three
months with legal costs and
fees in the region of 1 er cent
to 2 per cent, depending on
the Province.

In the USA, banks permit
a transfer on death (too) to
be executed by the owner(s)
of a bank account that stipu-
lates who will be the owner of
the assets upon the death of
the account holders.

Bank accounts in the
Bahamas are frozen until pro-
bate is granted.

LETTERS

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This may cause considerable
hardship to the beneficiaries
who may need these funds in
order to pay bills. Any real
estate owned by the deceased
cannot have title transferred
until the grant of probate has
been issued.

The legal costs of probate
in the Bahamas can go as high
as 10 per cent (especially if
real estate is involved and title
is being transferred by means
of a deed of title assent) of the
estate value.

This is because the present
system of title transfer in the
Bahamas is outdated, compli-
cated, time consuming and
costly both to the purchaser,
seller and government.

The Bahamas registry office
only registers the deeds and
not the land and therefore
there is no guarantee of own-
ership. Surely a system, simi-
lar to Canada, where land title
is guaranteed by a govern-
ment registry where both own-
ership and interest are record-
ed would simplify the process
and reduce the cost of con-
veyance considerably.

In Canada, for example, a
conveyance will cost the pur-
chaser approximately $800 flat
fee + disbursements.

In the Bahamas the cost can
vary from 1 per cent to 5 per
cent of the purchase price to
each of the seller and pur-
chaser. Really what is the dif-
ference in conveying a prop-
erty with a value of $100,000
and another with a value of
$10,000,000?

The paperwork and due
diligence in establishing title
is exactly the same for a prop-
erty regardless of value.

In Canada title transfer usu-

ally takes 7-10 days.

In the Bahamas it takes as
long as it takes for the pur-
chaser’s lawyer to provide a
legal opinion as to title.

Such an opinion is not a
guarantee and this is what
needs to be legislated so the
government can then take
over the guarantee of title and
register the land ownership.

Future generations in the
Bahamas will be forever grate-
ful. Cost of home purchase
will be reduced and stimulate
first time buyers.

The Turks & Caicos Islands
have a more efficient system
complete with a land Registry
Office that will guarantee title.
Title transfer can be done in
the TCI within 7-10 days with
the cost of a conveyance and
title transfer that is between
1/2 per cent and 3/4 per cent of
the purchase price to each of
the seller and purchaser.

Whilst I understand the
need for probate, no matter
where the jurisdiction, it
should be a simple process
with the minimum of stress to
the beneficiaries of the
deceased estate. Making the
transfer of real estate title eas-
ier and less costly would be a
great start but also removing
assets that are of a non title
nature, such as a bank
account, completely from the
probate process or at least
place a reasonable limit before
probate is triggered.

I am unsure if the problem
is the government or the
lawyers who write the laws but
between them (if they want
to) both the probate and land
title problems could be quick-
ly and efficiently resolved to
the benefit of the Bahamian
people.

RICHARD “DICKIE”
PYPER

Nassau,

April, 2009.

Questionable development of Crown/Grant lands

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Regarding recent reports in The Tribune
regarding “granting of Crown land” brings to
mind grants of Crown land for farming.

Who in what department is responsible for
verifying that these lands are “actively” used for

farming?

It is known that these “farmers” have duties
waived on “farming equipment, etc” however,
in the past it seems duties have been waived on
personal vehicles/materials, etc.

Regarding grants for development in any
island, again, who and what department is
responsible for ensuring that the “proposed

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development” does actually exist? It is my
understanding, that if the property is not used

accordingly, then our government has the right
to return the property to the Crown?

In addition, if an individual cannot prove
“Jease/grant” of Crown land, then who will
rectify this situation, so that “property” may be

secured for legitimate purposes?

monitored?

Nassau,

April, 2009.

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advise us, the taxpayers, of how this situation is

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Mr. Hanford William Darville,
C.B.E., J.P.,88,

of Sans Souci, Nassau, The Bahamas will be held
at Ebenezer Methodist Church, East Shirley Street,
Nassau on Monday, 4th May, 2009 at 3:30 p.m.

Rev. Charles New, Rev. Henley Perry and Mr. Sidney
Pinder will officiate and interment will be in Ebenezer
Methodist Cemetery, East Shirley Street, Nassau.

Mr. Darville was predeceased by his son, Steve Dar-
ville and his daughter-in-law, Sandra Darville.

He is survived by his wite, Ethelyn Darville; his sons,
John and Robert Darville; his grandson, Jamie Dar-
ville; his granddaughter, Caron Watson; great grand-
children, Sandra, Sean and Shannon Watson; daugh-
ters-in-law, Val Harding, Karen Darville and Charlotte
Albury; grandson-in-law, Travis Watson; brother-in-
law, Harry Albury and sisters-in-law, Laurette Albury
and Eleanor Cleare and many close family members
and friends in Nassau and in Eleuthera, The Baha-
mas.

Instead of flowers, donations may be made to the
Cancer Society of The Bahamas, P.O.Box SS 6539,
Nassau or The Bahamas Heart Association, P.O.Box
N.8189, Nassau in Memory of Mr. Hanford William
Darville, C.B.E., J.P.

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Food for thought on
Brokeback Mountain,
Fighting, Fast & Furious

YOUR SAY



@ By SWIFT JONATHAN

| HE Christian Coun-

cil vigorously works
to defend morality and decen-
cy in the Bahamas.

When Brokeback Mountain
threatened our fair shores, the
Christian Council, via the
Bahamas Play and Film Con-
trol Board, valiantly rose to
the defence of this Christian
nation. Heaven and all its
angels forbade that a film that
you couldn’t pay young
Bahamian minds to go and
see, be shown in our sacred
theaters. All those empty
seats! The horror! The threat
to their fragile souls was obvi-
ous to all. Clearly, the day
after being paid to go and
watch the film, they would go
to school or be in their homes
and homosexuality would
inundate their thoughts, their
minds and their behavior,
jeopardising their wholesome
Christian souls for all eternity.
In their infinite wisdom, the
Christian Council decided to
one up their zealous Ameri-
can brethren, who had
imposed an R (Restricted) rat-
ing on the film, by imposing
a ban on the film here, so as to
ensure the sanctity of mar-
riage and protect it from the
scourge of sweet-hearting,
with a gay man, and Holly-
wood’s gay agenda.

Now, we have two fantastic
films that will definitely

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encourage wholesome Christ-
ian behaviour and will ensure
that the fragile minds of our
youth are nourished on truly
ennobling values. In their infi-
nite wisdom, the Christian
Council has chosen not to ban
these films. They are the kind
of films that promote values
that really focus the minds of
our young people on that ever
serious and useful question:
What would Jesus do? These
films will undoubtedly encour-
age the best behaviour
amongst our young people. It
is really great that, in the
Christian Council, we have
such wise and enlightened
censors to protect the minds of
our impressionable youth. It
seems they have learned a lot
from the other great faith that
dominates large portions of
our globe and strives hard for
moral rectitude and good
behaviour.

Values

The first film I would like
to discuss, Fast & Furious, rat-
ed T, will undoubtedly
demonstrate to young minds
the importance of wearing
seat belts, using signals,
respecting other drivers on the
road, following the speed lim-
it and, most importantly, con-
trolling road rage at all times.
These values will definitely be
established firmly in the minds
of our youth as they pour out
of the theatres and jump into
their cars. It will also encour-
age better habits in slightly
older drivers, who undoubt-
edly will improve their driving
skills after visiting the various
‘establishments’, after having
seen the film, and drinking
refreshing beverages to ensure
their safe journey home. They
may even try out some of their
newly learned techniques, def-
initely contributing to the safe-
ty of our roads and ensuring
that traffic fatalities are min-
imised.

The other film is even bet-
ter. This one is called Fight-
ing, also rated T, and it tena-
ciously demonstrates all the
values that Jesus tried to
imbue upon his Christian
brethren. It promotes turning
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peaceful conflict resolution,
making an honest living,
respecting women and better
race relations. Clearly, after
watching this, students will
practice all of these values and
our schools and teachers will
benefit tremendously from the
lessons the students have
learned in the film.

It should also have a dra-
matic effect on our night clubs
and bars.

It should definitely reduce
violence and encourage peo-
ple to resolve their differences
in a spirit of love, peace and
goodwill, the very essence of
Christianity.

Hopefully, with a little luck,
Fighting will discourage our
noble Christian students from
engaging in anti-social behav-
iour or resorting to violence,
as its title strongly suggests it
has the power to do.

Unfortunately, convincing
the youth to see either of the
two latter films will be nigh
impossible, as the subject mat-
ter and content simply doesn’t
pique their curiosity suffi-
ciently.

The Christian Council may
want to consider purchasing
tickets and loading buses for
daily viewings, just to ensure
that the positive message of

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these two exceptional films is
hitting the mark. After all,
what would Jesus do?

I would like to formally
thank both the Christian
Council and the Bahamas Play
and Film Control Board, for
their exceptional use of cen-
sorship.

Youth

Scientific studies, which they
obviously pay attention to,
have proven that their hard
work is making a difference
with our youth.

Grades are improving,
sports participation is grow-
ing, drug use is down, drivers
are respecting the rules of the
road and we finally have
peaceful conflict resolution in
the schools and in the bars and
night clubs.

Best yet, the Bahamas has a
bright and sunny Christian
future. Hallelujah! Our youth
are SAVED!

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weekend at the Winton Rugby Field.

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wll be back in action this weekend at
the St. Andrew’s Field of Dreams with
the following games on tap:

TEE BALL

11 am Raptors vs Grasshoppers
1 pm Blue Claws vs Sidewinders
3 pm Knights vs Sand Gnats
COACH PITCH

10 am Angels vs Blue Jays

12:30 pm Diamondbacks vs Cubs
3 pm Athletics vs Astros

MINOR LEAGUE

10 am Royals vs Rockies

12:30 pm Red Sox vs Rays
MAJOR LEAGUE

12:30 pm Reds vs Marlins

3 pm Indians vs Mariners
JUNIOR LEAGUE

10 am Dodgers vs Cardinals
12:30 pm Yankees vs Twins
SENIOR LEAGUE

Saturday

3 pm Pirates vs Phillies

Sunday

3 pm Tigers vs Rangers

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ue its 2009 Joyce Minus Basketball
playoffs on Saturday at the Baillou Hills
Sporting Complex with the following
games on tap:
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WBC’S CABOFE super middleweight champion Jermaine ‘Choo Choo’ Mackey goes to work on a sparring partner at the new boxing venue at the First Class Promotions site on Wulff
: Road opposite Whim Automotive Ltd. Looking on is coach Ray Minus dr.

Mackey ‘eager to get hack in the ring’

@ By BRENT STUBBS

Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

HAVING been grounded since he
won the British Commonwealth title fight
last July, Jermaine ‘Choo Choo’ Mackey
said he’s eager to get back in the ring.

He’s due to fight on Saturday, May
23 at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium
when he defends his World Boxing
Council’s Caribbean Boxing Federation
(CABOFE) title against Alexis Divison.

“T really was preparing for the Com-
monwealth title, but everything wasn’t
sorted out in time, so I’m getting ready
for the CABOFE defence,” he said.

“Jermaine Mackey is going in there
at 110 percent. I have a good Puerto
Rican fighter to fight and I know he’s
coming to try and knock me off my title,
but I want him to know that the freight
train is coming straight forward.”

Not having a chance to fight since he
won the British title over Nigerian
Michael Gbenga in a 12-round decision
on July 19, Mackey said he’s been fight-

ing since the age of 12 and at age 29, he
has learned to deal with disappoint-
ments.

“T never tried to understand what was
going on (between First Class Promo-
tions and the Bahamas Boxing Com-
mission),” he said. “Jermaine is going
to stay focused.

“T understand that in the game of life
there’s going to be disappointments, so I
just have to stay strong. It comes in box-
ing, it comes in work and it comes in
family. So I just stayed strong and the
non-believers are just making me
stronger.”

Thanking all those who have support-
ed him, as well as his sponsors, Nautilus
Water, Prime Bahamas, V-8 Splash and
the Minister of Youth, Sports and Cul-
ture, Desmond Banister, Mackey said
he’s not going to let anything distract
him from his ultimate goal.

Although he won’t have a tune-up
fight going into the title defence, Mack-
ey said he won’t let it get to him.

“Going in there, I might be impatient,
I might be wary, but I have to take it as

it goes and rely on my past experience to
take me forward,” he said.

Ray Minus Jr., Mackey’s
manager/coach, said his protégé is ready
to go.

“He’s been training and he’s in excel-
lent shape,” he said. “He’s been doing a
ton of round sparring every day, he’s
been running every day and his mind
and confident level is there.

“So we feel good about keeping Choo
Choo together after experiencing all of
the disappointments in the last several
months. We felt we did a very good job
Keeping his spirit there and not getting
fat or lazy.”

Minus Jr. said Mackey has been disci-
plined enough to continue his training
and he’s in the best shape he could ever
be going into the fight.

“We’re on a mission to really prove
that we can take this thing all the way. So
that is a really big motivation for us,”
he pointed out.

The only problem is not having a tune
up fight before the title defence.

But Minus Jr. said it should not be

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any problem.

“We’ve been doing a fill-a-buster
training where we put any number of
fighters in the ring to go up against him,”
Minus Jr. said. “That’s the hardest train-
ing that you can do in the world.

“So if you can overcome that type of
training against some of the best boxers
that’s the kind of work that will not only
continue to get you ready, but your con-
fidence level will rise, so it will be almost
impossible for him to be upset against
this fighter.”

Although they are not taking anybody
lightly, Minus Jr. said they were already
looking ahead to August when Mackey
will defend his British Commonwealth
title.

“We're training hard for it, but we’re
looking past this opponent and we’re
getting ready for the Commonwealth
opponent,” Minus Jr said.

“That’s one of the reasons why we
named this show the ‘Road to the Com-
monwealth.’ We’re looking past it and
we’re looking forward to performing
very well.”

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it out in fundraiser event



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

GET ready for another eposide of the
Ray Minus versus Quincy “Thrill-A-Minute’
Pratt clash.

With Champion Boxing Club having had
to relocate its training facilities to the site of
the First Class property on Wulff Road,
Minus said he and Pratt have agreed to put
on a seven-fight series starting on Saturday,
May 16.

“We’re going to slug it out in a hard four-
round showdown and we’re not playing,”
Minus Jr. said. “We’re doing it as a fundrais-
er for our club.

“We need a lot of help with equipment
and other things like putting on shows and
taking the boxers off to compete. So we feel
that the public will respond to that.”

Although Minus Jr won the epic three

matches that they had between them in their
heyday, Minus Jr. said they won’t count.
They will have to start from scratch.

“Right now, both of us are older, but both
of us are in fairly good shape,” said Minus Jr.,
who at the time was training his protege Jer-
maine ‘Choo Choo’ Mackey.

“We’re not going to be pulling any punch-
es. He thinks because I have grey hair he can
redeem himself. But I have to be careful
because in this small town, Quincy has to
live with the people and so if he can get his
revenge, I will be the one mocked about and
Tam not going to let that happen.”

At age 45, Minus Jr. said he anticipates
that Pratt will eventually win it, but if he
does, he know he can use the excuse of “old
age” against the 30-something year-old Pratt.

Minus Jr. said Champion Boxing Club has
had to vacate the National Boxing Gymna-

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ing Complex because of the ren- }
ovations that the Ministry of }
Youth, Sports and Culture is i

engaged in.
“Tt looks like they are about

he said.

Having returned to the heart :
of the city on Wulff Road, Minus }
Jr. said already they had been
able to attract a lot more new }
? president.

young aspiring boxers.

“This is going to be good for
boxing because up here we have }

an atmosphere that is in the ident and Wes was running for president,”
public’s eyes,” he said. “It’s right | Turnquest said.
out to the public, right to the } : ; : 1
7640-80 eee e ] enjoying ? was nominated, he said he thinks he will

. i take a pass and pass it on to somebody

: s ”
Jermaine Mackey, who is | else and I was nominated.

preparing for the defence of his }

World Boxing Council’s rs
Caribb ase Peaarat : sufficient work to be returned, so he was
(CABOFE) ee i dleweichi ; really taken aback when he declined.

title, said the change in venue : there’s a lot of work ahead of him.

it 2

was ideal for him.

“eT? 2 i
Pm really excited because : have a junior team competing in Boca

Pm right out of Kemp Road and } Raton, Florida in the finals of a major

it only takes me a minute to get | tournament and he’s looking forward to a

him,” he said. “It’s a whole new } successful showing from there.

level of training where you get }

people watching you.

“So you have to go out and
put out a lot more, so I’m real-
ly excited about being here.”

heat in the gym.

“You can just go out there :
and work and cool off at the }

same time,” he said.

When the new facility is com-
pleted at Baillou Hills, Minus Jr. : m By BRENT STUBBS

said they intended to utilise both }
of them to accommodate the }
boxers who live in the two areas. {

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amateur boxing programme will | @Ppearance at the Barcelona
have two locations and the pro- | Open Banco Sabadell in Spain
fessional boxers will also be able } : :
Minus ; Mahesh Bhupathi won their
? opener at the ATP World Tour

Once school is over, Minus : Masters 1000 in Rome, Italy.

Jr. said Champion Boxing Club i
would also put on the first Ray :
Minus Jr. Summer Boxing : 2% duo had to go to another

Cc t the First Class P - i . ;
ee i prevailed with a 7-6 (5), 2-6,

to utilise both faclities,”
Jr said.

tions’ site.

: ml By BRENT STUBBS

Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

WITH Wesley Rolle declining the nom-

? ination to run again, Steve Turnquest has
i moved up from first vice president to take
two weeks to a month away and }
up here we are already two }
weeks to a month away from }
having this facility completed,” }
i quest won over Bradley Bain.

over as the new president of the Bahamas
Lawn Tennis Association.

During the elections held on Tuesday
night at the National Tennis Center, Turn-

Surprised by Rolle’s decision not to run
again, Turnquest said there’s not that
much difference from yesterday when he
served as the immediate past first vice

“It was a surprise for me because ini-
tially I was still running for first vice pres-

“But as the meeting went on and he

Despite Rolle not returning, Turnquest
said he felt that the incumbent had done

As the new president, Turnquest said

He noted that right now the Bahamas

While the association have launched its

i websitewww.bahamaslawntennisassocia-
i tion.com, Turnquest said they have just
? completed an impressive National High
? School Invitational Tournament, which
Although the facility is out- | they hope to make an annual one.
doors, Mackey said he had to }
take some time to get adjusted, :
but the good thing is that he }
doesn’t have to worry about the }

“Tn addition to that, we want to utilise
the property that the government has

offered to us. It’s adjacent to the tennis
centre,” he said.

“What we need to make haste with is to
add ten more courts, which would enable
us to put on and accommodate more inter-
national tennis tournaments where we
need a minimum of 20 courts to do it.”

With a hot bed of talent and excellent
facilities compared to the rest of the
Caribbean, Turnquest said there’s no rea-
son why the programme can’t continue
to excel.

But Turnquest said one of the major
problems they are going to be faced with
is funding, but they hope that through the
website and hosting of the international
tournaments, they will be able to generate
the financial support.

He said he’s quite pleased with the team
of executives, simply because it’s basical-
ly the same, except for a few new people
as council members.

He noted that Ricardo Bowe, the new
first vice president, was very instrumental
in the high school programme and he’s
eager to see him continue to work.

Bain also was nominated for the post of
first vice president, but he lost to Ricardo
Bowe, who served as a Council member
during the last administration.

Returned unopposed as the second vice
president is Neil McTaggart.

In the other executive poisitions, all
unopposed, Leah Major was returned as
treasurer and will be assisted by Sharon
Coakley. Back as secretary is Erica Rolle
and she will be assisted by Paulette Major.

Eight persons were nominated for the
Council member positions and elected
were Steve Thompson, Dr. Patrick Cargill,
Dr. Ellen Moxey, Nikkita Fountain and
Dugald Small.

Rolle, in explaining his decision not to
run again, said it was personal and he just

wanted to move on.

“Tm still going to be involved with the
Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association,” he
said. “As a matter of fact, ?m still the
chairman of the Davis Cup committee
and I’m still going to be working with an
ITF Play in State programme that we
hope to put in place to bring a lot of
coaches and physical education teachers to
become certified coaches.”

Asked if he had any regrets as he moves
on, Rolle said he doesn’t because he was
able to accomplish quite a lot.

“I was able to sensitise a lot of parents
about tennis and getting them involved
about what they need to be doing to get
involved so that they can get their children
prepared to play at a competitive level,”
Rolle said.

“Certainly the two years that I’ve been
there, we saw a lot of improvement of the
performances of our junior players and
we were able to get Mark Knowles to
come back for the Davis Cup. So ?'m hop-
ing that he will be back in July to help us
to stay in Zone II.”

Additionally, Rolle said he had a lot of
people that really helped to make his
tenure an enjoyable one.

“We could have done more in the Fam-
ily Islands, but I think the Play in State
programme is going to do a lot for the
Family Islands because you will have peo-
ple out there on the ground who will have
some knowledge about the game and they
will be interested in it.”

Rolle said the only concern he had was
that he wasn’t able to see the association
become a federation with the Family
Islands having their own associations.

“To this date, we have put together the
constitution for the New Providence Ten-
nis Associarion, so it’s just a matter of
getting that information out to the mem-



STEVE TURNQUEST, newly elected president
of the BLTA.

bers and once we can have an extraordi-
nary meeting in the next two months, we
will get that done.”

Rolle said it’s been mandated by the
IFT that they become a federation and
so they are duty bound to complete that
aspect if they are going to continue to get
their support.

With the elections complete, the BLTA
can now turn its attention on the Security
& General ITF Junior International Ten-
nis Tournament in June, followed by the
hosting of the second round of the Amer-
ican Zone IT Davis Cup tie in July.

Knowles, Bhupathi win opener at ATP World Tour

Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

FRESH from their final

on Sunday, Mark Knowles and

After getting a bye in the
first round, the Bahamian-Indi-

super tie-breaker before they

10-3 win over the team of
Simone Bolelli and Andreas
Seppi from Italy yesterday.

Seeded at number four in the
tournament, Knowles and Bhu-
pathi will now go on to play
the No.6 seeded team of Mar-
iusz Frystenberg and Marcin
Matkowski of Poland.

They are scheduled to play
that round today.

Newly-elected president of
the Bahamas Lawn Tennis
Association Steven Turnquest
said they have been quite
impressed with Knowles and

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He noted that while they
have not been successful in
winning their first title for the
year, they are right there
knocking on the door and it’s
obvious that it’s only going to
be a matter of time before they
do.

Switching to the local scene,
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“Mark has been a good rep-
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and he’s a very good doubles
player as well,” he said. “We
will always welcome Mark on
the team because everyone
respects his ability as far as
playing is concerned.”

Turnquest said he’s still wait-
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immediate past president Wes-
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the operation of the Davis Cup
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“We will welcome Mark. So

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open arms,” Turnquest said.

The Bahamas will host
Guatemala from July 10-12 at
the National Tennis Center, but
it’s not known if there will be
any changes in the make-up.

The Bahamas, captained by
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Man denied Bahamas asylum ‘executed’

PLP owes
Broadcasting

Corporation nearly.

quarter of a
million dollars
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known as ZNS — he would be i
"astounded" to find it was near }

the $200,000 range.

To minimise what could be }
seen as political interference in :
the matter, Mr Turnquest said
he is not involved in the debt }

collection procedures.

"T really don't know what the :
response (from the PLP) has }
ZNS writes to them all i
the time. Because it's a political }
entity, as minister I've allowed
the system to deal with it them- }
selves, I don't get involved, but }
of course I get briefed as minis- }

been ...

ter," he said.

According to Mr Christie, the }
bills were racked up presumably }
for party advertisements and }
extended convention coverage. }
He added that as party leader }
he is committed to ensuring the }
group settles all outstanding ;

debts.

ous forms to settle the debt.

"But I have told the party as :
leader I would take full respon- }
sibility for it and ensure that the }
party takes full action to settle :
these debts. Whatever the }
amount is, once I am satisfied }
that there is that amount of }
money owed to ZNS we'll pay it :
and will make every effort to
work on a payment plan," he }

said.

The party, which was unseat- }
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for its national convention }
scheduled for later this year }
when the post of deputy lead- :
ership is expected to be hotly :

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ZNS would affect the financing :
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mittee responsible for fundrais-

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refuge for himself and his family.

According to Jetta Baptiste, president
of the Haitian Bahamian Society of the
Bahamas, Mr Pierre went ahead to see
what he could do to make the relocation
process achievable for his family.

“We are demanding that the government
review and revise their current immigra-
tion policies concerning political asylum
applicants, because it is unacceptable for
these helpless refugees to be sent to certain
death in their homeland,” said Ms Baptiste
who was extremely upset by the death of
the 37-year-old father of four who had
pleaded with the Bahamas government for
assistance.

“One life lost, is one too many. There is
no excuse for this. No one should have to
die because the Bahamas government has a
bunch of employees who hate Haitians,
and that they would do anything necessary
to rid the country of them. God is not
pleased with a country which touts itself
as a Christian nation and yet their actions
show, that they are really Christ-less and act
like real children of the devil.”

According to reports reaching his wife on
Saturday evening, several gunmen followed

him to the address where he was living and
he was shot in the heart while in Santo
Domingo.

“He did everything to live in peace
undercover, but after he crossed the border,
Haitian Immigration officials reported that
he had travelled to Santo Domingo, and
the unknown gunmen searched for him
until they found and executed him only
weeks after arriving in Santo Domingo.

“Anderson did not have to die if the gov-
ernment officials worked and they did what
they promised the international communi-
ty they would do through these treaties.
Instead, they did what they felt was the
most expedient thing for them to do, and
now, a young man is dead,” Ms. Baptiste
said sadly.

Mr Pierre and his wife Paulette applied to
the local Immigration office in Freeport,
Grand Bahama two years ago.

They were asked to report to the local
Immigration office every Monday, morning
where they had to sign a log book.

Then on September 29, 2008 when he
and his wife went to sign in as usual, they
were given a letter from the Immigration
Department which said, “We hereby advise
that the application was considered, how-
ever, we regret to inform you that it was not

approved as you have not met the criteria
for refugee status under UNHCH’s 1951
Convention and its 1967 Protocol.”

“Therefore you have a period of 21 days
with effect from the date of this letter to
wind up your affairs and depart The
Bahamas,” the letter, dated September 5,
2008, concluded.

Pierre’s violent death has led the HBSB
to appeal to government and members of
the United Nations High Commissioner
for Refugees to conduct an immediate
investigation into his death.

“The Bahamas has signed so many inter-
national treaties stating that they would
respect human rights. They are a member
of the United Nations and 41 other Inter-
national bodies and have failed miserably in
protecting human rights. By signing on the
dotted lines, the Bahamas tells the inter-
national community they will abide by their
guidelines and protocols, and then they
(the Bahamas) do something totally differ-
ent. This is unjust. Even the Constitution of
the Bahamas protects all persons who are in
this country and everyone is guaranteed
certain rights and protection under the law,
but are these rights honoured and/or
respected by these Bahamian government
bureaucrats?” Ms Baptise asked.

The HBSB president questioned whether
the government was going to take care of
Paulette who gave birth to the couple’s son
three weeks ago. She wanted to know if
Paulette and her newborn would also be
forced to leave the country to return to
Haiti where they will be killed.

“These people went to the Immigration
Department seeking assistance. They were
interviewed. They told Immigration offi-
cers about their plight. The couple fled
Haiti leaving their homes, cars, and busi-
ness, just so that they could survive. They
said that they were afraid that they would
be killed should they return to Haiti,
because they had been threatened and
attacked while there before and escaped
to come to the Bahamas.

“Yet, instead of protecting them, the
government of the Bahamas asked them
to leave the country.

“Where else could they go? Did the
Bahamas ask a third country to assist in
granting them refuge if they felt that they
(The Bahamas) were in no position to help
these people? How many other political
asylum applicants have the Bahamas immi-
gration officials arrested and deported to a
country where they are certain to be
killed?” Ms Baptise asked.

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THE ROYAL BAHAMAS POLICE FORCE give the 21 gun salute at the funeral of Leslie John Albert
Lewis Sr yesterday. ¢ SEE PAGE ONE

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event and an apparent deficit of
preparatory work heightened sus-
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It would be fantastic,” said the
Executive Director.

It is not known what considera-
tions, whether financial or other-
wise, led government to rule
against hosting the event.

When it shelved plans to host
Carifesta X in 2008, government
blamed the PLP for not doing suf-
ficient preparatory work prior to
May 2007.

Nonetheless, that cancellation
infuriated many in the cultural
community and led the PLP to
accuse the FNMA of lacking polit-
ical will and “embarrassing” the
country.

Artist Margot Bethel yesterday
lamented the unwillingness seen
for some time on the part of gov-
ernment to “initiate a conversa-
tion” with Bahamian artists on the
subject of Carifesta X.

“Even if people have to say
things they don’t want to have to
say we should still talk to each oth-
er,” said Ms Bethel.

Nonetheless, Mr Murray
claimed artists are galvanising and

have vowed that whether with the
Government’s support or not, they
hope to realise their dream of hav-
ing artists from across the region
gather in the Bahamas in 2010 to
display their talents and heritage.

“With government support it
would be easier, not just finan-
cially, but because of space issues
and legal issues, but hopefully
even if they decide not to do Car-
ifesta if artists take certain amount
of responsibility to host something
the government will be willing to
offer some help,” said Mr Mur-
ray.

He said that a private group,
the Bahamas Art Collective, has
been meeting over the last several
months to work on the idea of
putting together a “fringe” style
arts event.

The Bahamas has never host-
ed Carifesta, which originated in
Guyana in 1972. After the gov-
ernment opted out of hosting Car-
ifesta X in 2008, Guyana hosted
that year’s festival at short notice.

Although Trinidad had origi-
nally been slated to host Carifesta
XI in 2010 the Trinidadian gov-
ernment consented to allow the
Bahamas to do so instead.

It is not known now which
country will host the event next
year, if it goes ahead.

The Tribune was unable to
reach the Minister or Director of
Culture, Charles Maynard and
Eddie Dames yesterday for com-
ment as they were said to be trav-
elling.

A message left for the Prime
Minister was not returned up to
press time.

Flowers: almost $1m
confiscated by the police

FROM page one

they can take exhibits from
the property and take it in
but there is a process. The
courts will determine
whether or not we have con-
ducted ourselves in any way
shape or form to breech any
law according to our license.
And we feel as though we
haven’t and the authorities
feel as though we did. And
so there is the courts that will
decide that. And that is all
that happens here,” he said.

Mr Flowers said they will
accommodate anyone, the
authorities, the attorneys,
anyone whenever, wherever
to prove that they are not
guilty of the accusations that
are being made.

“Our payroll last year was
$1.4 million and we do not
owe a penny in National
Insurance. We have an
account especially only to
deal with National Insurance
to make certain that our staff
are taken care of to the
fullest. We don’t pull any
punches.

“You go to Cable Bahamas
and ask them who is their
biggest client. It has to be
FML. You have eight stores
with fiber optics. And next
to the hotels we certainly
have the largest light bill in
this country. We are running
air-conditioning units in
every one of our large build-
ings. At eight buildings we
are talking about no less than
$5,000 to $6,000 a month.

“So it is not that we are
not cognizant of the fact that
we play an important role as
far as paying our bills and
seeing that we are following
the rules and regulations and
conducting ourselves in a
professional way,” he said.

Therefore, going forward
Mr Flowers said his company
will have to follow the
process through the courts to
regain the funds that have
been confiscated, pointing
out that his business has a
responsibility to provide a
service and make a positive
difference in the community.

“You have to keep in mind
that there is a process. Try-

ing to expedite it will not
make it any less painful.
There is a process it has to
go through and it is not a
very quick one because we
are talking about a judicial
process that we know takes
time. And we have been here
before — our last incident
similar to this took us nearly
a year and a half before the
courts ruled that there was
nothing to be charged for
and that Mr Flowers could
be returned his money and
his equipment.

“So this is certainly not the
first time. But it is just a
shame that we have to go this
route again. But whenever
they feel is necessary cer-
tainly they have the right.
They have that right,” he
said.

On Tuesday night, police
raided the FML webshop on
Village Road and the Our
Place Sporting Lounge in the
Meldon Shopping Plaza on
Mackey Street. Confiscating
money, equipment and “gam-
bling” paraphernalia police
made several arrests but have
yet to charge anyone formal-
ly before the courts.

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from people who are
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Over 1,000 first-time Kerzner loses breach

buyers seek Stamp
Tax exemption

* Applications for incentive that could save up to
$50,000 in tax cover mortgages worth $51.3m, and
conveyancings worth $34.6m

* ‘Substantial’ number of the 600 applications finalised
now approved for exemption, while 200 refused and
another 200 requiring more information

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

More than 1,000 Bahamian
first-time home buyers applied
for Stamp Tax exemption for
their purchases during the first
nine months of the incentive’s
existence, the minister of state
for finance said yesterday,
with those requests covering
$51.3 million worth of mort-
gage applications.

Zhivargo Laing said the
Ministry of Finance had
received some 1,050 applica-
tions from first-time home
buyers, seeking to obtain the
Stamp Tax exemption on

SEE page 4B

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of care/contract case

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

The Supreme Court has dis-
missed Kerzner International’s
claim for breach of contract
and/or breach of duty of care
against a construction company
and architect firm, finding it had
“failed to prove its claim” in a
case that revolved around the
tragic death of a young US tourist

MW Failed action against Atlantis lagoon designer and contractor
related to 2000 drowning death of young Florida tourist

in Atlantis’s lagoon facilities.
Senior Justice John Lyons ear-
lier this year found in favor of
Centex Rooney Construction
Company, the contractor that
built the intake vault where Chad
Humphrey, a Florida tourist, was

trapped and died in 2000, and the
vault’s designer, Cloward & Asso-
ciates, in an action Kerzner Inter-
national had brought against
them under the Joint Tortfeasors
Act. Kerzner International, the
owner of the Paradise Island-

based resorts of Atlantis and the
One & Only Ocean Club, had
effectively alleged that the two
defendants “were the parties

SEE page 2B

Isle of Capri to extend stay in Freeport

* Eight UK and US casino operators
interested in taking over Grand

Bahama facility

* Government hoping to sign deal with
Hutchison, Isle of Capri in ‘next 24-48
hours’ to allow latter to manage Our
Lucaya casino day-to-day for four
months beyond planned May exit

* Move designed to give government
time to select and vet right operator

$80m Cable buyout settles firm
finances for ‘next 3-4 years’



@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

The $80 million buyout of
its controlling shareholder will
put in place the structure that
“deals with our financing for
the next three to four years”,
Cable Bahamas’ president
told Tribune Business yester-
day, the company’s Board
having approved the purchase
of Columbus Communica-
tions’ 30.2 per cent stake at a
$13.43 per share price.

Anthony Butler said the
BISX-listed company’s ‘buy-
back’ acquisition of its major-
ity shareholder’s stake would
“position us well to take

advantage of the opportuni-
ties” stemming from the Gov-
ernment’s deregulation/liber-
alisation of the Bahamian
communications market,
through removing any issues
surrounding ‘foreign owner-
ship’ of Cable Bahamas.

The purchase is being
financed through the combi-
nation of a $40 million prefer-
ence share issue, a $105 mil-
lion senior bank credit facility
and Cable Bahamas’ own
working capital. The BISX-
listed firm is raising far more
than the $80 million it needs

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poa and Isle of Capri that will see the latter con-
tinue to manage Our Lucaya’s casino “day-to-
day” for another four months, a move intended
to provide “maximum time” to conclude a search
for the right replacement operator.

Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace, minister of
tourism and aviation, told Tribune Business that
“about eight” gaming operators from the US
and UK had shown their interest in taking over

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ship companies are crossing
Mexico off their travel itiner-
aries due to the AHIN1 virus
(formerly known as Swine Flu)
and are using ports in the
Bahamas as an alternative des-
tination, Tribune Business has
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temporary boost in visitor
arrivals and spending this year.

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that had not been affected by
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tion, another seven ships will
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A NEW small and medium-sized business asso-
ciation in the Bahamas is hoping to represent the
interests of companies that its chairman believes
have been bypassed, marginalised and ignored, as he
yesterday argued that small businesses have been
grossly underrepresented.

Wilfred Smith, at the soft launch of the Bahamas
Business Association (BBA), said a key goal for
his organisation was to use their influence to impact
“public policy, the legislative agenda and unfair
banking or business practices”.

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“In the past, the voice of the many small and
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President of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce,
Dionisio D’ Aguilar, contradicted Mr Smith’s
thoughts, and said the Chamber duly represents a
large number of small businesses.

He said small businesses, with 10 employees or
fewer, represent about three quarters of the Cham-
ber’s membership.

FROM page 1B

responsible for the tragedy in that
the vault where the child died was
not properly constructed and/or
designed”.

The trial, held before Justice
Lyons over various dates in Sep-
tember and October 2008,
revolved around the vault’s
design and, in particular, the fibre
glass grate that was supposed to
cover it for safety reasons.

Cloward said it had designed
the vault for the lagoon, which
was completed in late 1994, with
safety as its “prime concern”, giv-
en that Atlantis guests would be
swimming in the area.

Yet Mr Glass, the Centex pro-
ject manager responsible for the
lagoon’s construction, including
the vault, said he was unable to
procure the grate required by the
Cloward design, and instead had
to order four separate pieces to
act as the vault cover.

Mr Glass, according to Justice
Lyons’s judgment, said the new
configuration was agreed, some-
thing Cloward - as the designer -
denied. Yet neither the Cloward
design, nor Mr Glass’s construc-
tion, was in place when the
drowning occurred in August

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According to Mr D’ Aguilar, the Chamber makes
membership accessible to small businesses by assess-
ing the size of the business and calculating a fee
accordingly. The BBA is starting an association that
more or less mirrors the Chamber and the Cham-
ber’s Small Business Association.

Mr D’ Aguilar said the BBA should have consid-
ered positioning itself under the umbrella of the
Bahamas Chamber of Commerce, which has “better
access to the decision makers of the country”.

“At the end of the day that’s what you want to
affect change,” he said. “The Chamber of Com-
merce represents the interest of the private sector.”

Mr Smith said the BBA hopes to expand beyond
the borders of the Bahamas and establish similar
associations in countries globally.

Chambers of Commerce already exist in every
free country in the world, according to Mr
D’ Aguilar, and relationships are already established.

He said it was a pity the BBA decided to create
another association outside of the Chamber to focus
on small businesses, as this might only further create
division and splinter the sector.

Mr D’ Aguilar said it was perceived that the Cham-
ber panders to larger organisations. However, he
said the big businesses have the financial and human
resources to assist a ‘not for profit’ entity like the
Chamber. “It’s a challenge, as they will find, to get
these small businesses to engage you,” said Mr
D’ Aguilar. “I fear that we will be overlapping.”

Kerzner loses breach of care/contract case

2000, Justice Lyons found, as
what existed was described as a
“hodge podge of odd shape grat-
ing, placed over the top of the
vault in what appeared to be a
random manner”. The judgment
recorded that these grate pieces
were not fastened together or
bolted down.

Justice Lyons said neither Cen-
tex nor Cloward stepped away
from the position that if their
respective construction and
design work could be shown to
have been faulty to the extent
they contributed to the tragedy,
both would accept responsibility.

“The plaintiff, Kerzner, has
accepted responsibility for the
tragedy. That it must do. It was
the owner and operator of the
resort,” Justice Lyons ruled.

“However, in seeking a contri-
bution (either as to a whole or in
part) towards the responsibility
of this tragedy, Kerzner must, as a
question of fact and on the bal-
ance of probabilities, first prove
to the court’s satisfaction certain
vital elements.”

As a result, Kerzner had to
prove that the “hodge-podge grat-
ing” was placed in the lagoon
before it was filled in 1994, Justice
Lyons ruled, if it was to prove

Caribbean have also both
announced publicly that they
will not be visiting their Mexico
ports of call, but will reroute
their ships.

“Carnival Cruise Lines has
cancelled port of call visits to
Mexico for 11 of its ships that
are currently operating voyages,
and had scheduled stops in
Mexico,” said the cruise line’s
release.

Six of Carnival’s 22 future
voyages substitute Nassau or
Freeport for Mexico ports of
call, according to its website.

The Government has been
adamant about informing the
public that the Bahamas is not
looking at Mexico’s plight as an
advantage for the Bahamas, and

Centex breached its contractual
duty and duty of care. And it had
to prove that Cloward failed in
its duty to supervise Centex in
installing its design.

Two Kerzner employees, a Mr
Wert and a Mr Kelly, who had
been responsible for lagoon
duties since 1994 - including the
gate cleaning - were put forward
by the Atlantis owner as witness-
es. Recalling Mr Wert’s appear-
ance on the witness stand, and in
cross-examination, Justice Lyons
said he was “not satisfied as to
his description of the grate. When
first asked for clarification he
described it as a grate that would
well fit the ‘Glass gate’.

“When his poor memory was
exposed, he unsuccessfully tried
to explain it away, but in such
terms as would best suit his
employer’s case.”

As for Mr Kelly’s testimony
and cross-examination, the judge
added that his and Mr Wert’s evi-
dence was “strikingly similar”.
Justice Lyons said: “Both Mr Kel-
ly and Mr Wert work together at
Kerzner. They obviously had time
to sit and talk about this case, and
presumably their ‘recollection’.”

This, Justice Lyons indicated,
had happened during a trial

is sympathetic to the situation
on the ground.

Minister of Tourism, Vincent
Vanderpool-Wallace, told this

involving the same tragedy in the
Florida courts in 2002-2003.

Justice Lyons added that he
placed no weight on a deposition
from Mr Kaiser, Atlantis’s direc-
tor of water features in 1994, as
he was brought before the court
as a witness. “If the court were to
use Mr Kaiser’s deposition at all,
it would have to be used in its
totality, the court ruled. “For
example, Mr Kaiser describes his
recollection of the grate on his
first dive in late 1994-1995, and
he says he recommended to his
supervisor that it be replaced with
a single piece grate.

“Later in his deposition, he
describes how trouble was had
with grates collapsing and his
unsuccessful efforts to get capi-
tal expenditure to replace the
grates with a single cover. This
deposition, if believed (and I
stress, ‘if believed’), could be very
damaging to [Kerzner’s] case.”

Justice Lyons ruled that Kerzn-
er International had failed to
prove the required facts or that
there was any actual breach of
duty of care. He also found that
there was not enough evidence
to suggest that Centex’s con-
struction, or Cloward’s design,
was unsafe.

Bahamas aided by cruise switch

paper recently that this coun-
try is not “in the business of tak-
ing advantage of negative situ-
ations”.

PUBLIC NOTICE

INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL

The Public is hereby advised that |, FRANKLYN ANTHONY
MATHER of Martinique Road, Golden Gates #2, Nassau,

The Bahamas c/o P.O.Box EL-25051, intend to change my
name to ANTHONY FRANKLYN MATHER. If there are any
objections to this change of name by Deed Poll, you may write
such objections to the Chief Passport Officer, P.O.Box N-742,
Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (80) days after the date

of publication of this notice.

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Don’t gamble with enforcing the law

S: here we go again.
Another attempt by the
Royal Bahamas Police Force to
‘fight crime’, where the police
make sure we are safe and
secure. And there is no surprise
as the community lashes out at
these brave crime fighters,
because they have dared to
touch a national pastime. I
remember a time when block-
ade running and drug running
were a national pastime. Times
have changed. Or have they.

The word of the day is 'selec-
tive enforcement’, a method of
policing our police force is very
good at. Selective enforcement
is when a police force decides to
enforce certain crimes at differ-
ent periods, a type of seasonal
approach to policing. Yes, a
questionable approach some
may say, but nevertheless, when
one considers resources, at dif-
ferent times of the year certain
crimes may be more prevalent
than others. Or, at different
times the risk of apprehension
and detection is greater. Selec-
tive enforcement is not such a
bad strategy.

The danger here, of course,
is obvious. If a certain crime is
allowed to go untouched for too
long, in some instances it
becomes acceptable. I would
dare say that it becomes the
norm, and demands are made
for the legalisation of it. Such
is the case with gambling in the
Bahamas, more so the buying
of numbers.

Why numbers, because really

Safe &

Secure

By Gamal Newry

gambling is not illegal in the
Bahamas. Nor is it illegal for
Bahamians to engage in such.
When one considers the fact
that various organisations - and
not just the church - hold raffles,
which is a type of gambling, and
when the annual carnival comes
to town, you see all and sundry
playing the game of chance. For
those of you who do not know,
this is by any standards gam-
bling, or gaming, as they say in
Las Vegas.

So why the police action to
stop something that is really not
illegal, in my opinion. Well,
frankly, the law bans certain
conditions and circumstances
for gaming to occur. Apparent-
ly, the police believe that these
conditions are not being met,
Or as We Say, suspect that a law
is being broken. The time and
place the police choose to act
is totally up to them, and thus
without any prejudice or ill will
to any person or group, in my
opinion. Now, maybe those who
are directly affected by raids or



searches feel offended or
unjustly victimised. To them I
say make your case to the
appropriate authorities, for the
police are not above the law
they attempt to enforce.

Our country is small, and
likewise our police force is
small. However, the number of
laws on the books is great.
There is no way that the police
can at all times enforce all the
laws that are broken at the
same time. The recent actions in
Grand Bahama and now New
Providence would lead some to
say: ‘Can't they find something
to do better than this?’, or the
popular: ‘Go after the real crim-
inals.’ Well, they are doing their
jobs, like it or not. The prob-
lem as usual is the frequency
and consistency, or lack thereof.
Maybe we need more police. I
think better management of our
present force is the optimum
solution. It is not how much you
have but rather how you use
what you have, and we are def-
initely not using our police effi-

ciently.

On the other hand, maybe we
should do away with some of
the present laws or revise them,
so as to make them more cur-
rent with popular opinion. The
danger here, in my opinion, is
that what is popular or seen to
be popular - because they are
making the most noise - is not
necessarily the best or right
choice. I, for one, do not adhere
to the concept that the voice of
the people is the voice of God,
as history has shown time and
time again how following the
masses usually leads to destruc-
tion. Really, the politicians lack
the political will, for whatever
reason, to deal with this mat-
ter. Which is not to tell the
police when and how to police,
but revisit the laws specific to
gaming and gambling, thus giv-
ing teeth to the police and clar-
ity to the populace as to what is
legal and what is not. Let the
Church speak to morality.

NB: Gamal Newry is the
president of Preventative Mea-
sures, a loss prevention and
asset protection training and
consulting company, specializ-
ing in policy and procedure
development, business security
reviews and audits and emer-
gency and crisis management.
Comments can be sent to P.O.
Box N-3154 Nassau, Bahamas
or, email gnewry@gmail.com or
visit us at www.preventative-
measures.net or visit
http://newrypreventativemea-
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Isle of Capri to extend stay in Freeport

FROM page 1B

the Our Lucaya’s casino opera-
tions/management from Isle of
Capri, which earlier this year
announced it would pull out at
end-May when its lease expires.

However, Mr Vanderpool-
Wallace said that agreement
looked to have been reached
with Isle of Capri and Hutchi-
son Whampoa, the Our Lucaya
owner, for the casino operator
to stay on as day-to-day man-
ager for a further four months.

He was speaking to Tribune
Business after a hoped-for
meeting on the Our Lucaya
casino issue yesterday afternoon
had yet to materialise, with Isle
of Capri representatives yet to
appear.

Yet Mr Vanderpool- Wallace
explained that an agreement
along the lines of what he out-
lined would give the Govern-
ment “breathing space” to iden-
tify the correct operator for that
casino, conduct due diligence
on it and then conclude all the
relevant agreements with enti-
ties such as the Gaming Board.

It would also prevent the lay-
offs - even temporary - of the
234 casino staff currently
employed by Isle of Capri.
Grand Bahama has not been a
happy experience for Isle of
Capri, the casino having suf-
fered a $1.713 million net oper-
ating loss for the nine months to
January 25, 2009, a 52 per cent
rise on the previous year’s loss.

“There are about eight casino
operators that have expressed
an interest in the facility down
there, but what we have deter-
mined to do is put an arrange-
ment in place where Isle of

Capri will manage the casino
there on a day-to-day basis for
four months,” Mr Vanderpool-
Wallace explained to Tribune
Business.

“The process of contracting
with a casino operator is quite
rigorous and does take some
time after the casino operator is
selected.”

Apart from concluding all the
relevant government approvals,
Mr Vanderpool-Wallace said
that in the Our Lucaya casino’s
case, the selected operator
would also have to agree lease
and other terms with Hutchi-
son Whampoa as the resort’s
owner.

The minister said he hoped
the agreements between the
Government, Hutchison
Whampoa and Isle of Capri
could be concluded “over the
next 24 to 48 hours”, thus ensur-
ing the casino would continue to
operate between now and the
time a new operator took over.

“We want to allow ourselves
the maximum amount of time
to attract interest and have
those choices laid out before
us,” Mr Vanderpool-Wallace
explained.

“One of the things most
important to us is finding an
operator that augments what
we believe is going to happen in
Grand Bahama.” For example,
Mr Vanderpool-Wallace said
the choices lay between just
finding a pure operator/manag-
er for the casino, or a brand that
brought entertainment elements
and international recognition in
the world gaming market with
it.

“Without question, one is
adding value,” Mr Vanderpool-
Wallace said of the selection
criteria, “having a reputation in
the marketplace that will be
attractive to people in gaming.

“That is most important.
When talking about brand
building, it’s important to deliv-
er someone who has a high
quality reputation for gaming,
so adding to the reputation of
Grand Bahama.”

Mr Vanderpool-Wallace said
Grand Bahama was already
perceived as a casino destina-
tion, making it vital to keep the
Our Lucaya casino - as the only
one still open on the island - in
operation.

It not only served as an

Notice

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Stock Certificate as follows:

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Certificate

Maturity
Date
10/05/1998

Amount
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guests and visitors from other
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gers. “That casino plays a much
more prominent role there than
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derpool-Wallace said.

The vetting procedures for
incoming casino operators were
so rigorous, Mr Vanderpool-
Wallace explained, because the
Bahamas has to safeguard its
“outstanding reputation”, espe-
cially given that casinos were
now regarded as being on the
front-line of the anti-money
laundering fight.

On the gaming reform front,
Mr Vanderpool-Wallace said:
“We have put a number of pro-
posals to the Board and staff at
the Gaming Board. That’s
where we are right now; to get a
reaction from them, so that they
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in the proposals. Once we get a
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Over 1,000 first-time buyers
seek Stamp Tax exemption

FROM page 1B

ropertics worth up to
$500,000, during the nine
months up to March 31, 2009.

Of those applications, the
minister said some 600 had
been finalised and “a substan-
tial number of them have been
approved” for the exemption.

“To date, we’ve had 1,050
applications for Stamp Tax
relief for first-time home buy-
ers up to the end of last
month,” Mr Laing told 77i-



bune Business. “The total
number of applications that
have been finalised is 600.

“About 200 applications
were refused for not having
met the requirements, and an
additional 200 or so were sent
back for additional informa-
tion from the attorneys
involved.”

Mr Laing said the 1,050
applications received by the
Ministry of Finance to date
covered conveyancings with a
total worth of $34.6 million,
and mortgage applications

Legal Notice

NOTICE
ALCHEMIST DREAMS INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)











Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 30th day of March 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,




















Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)








Legal Notice

NOTICE
CHIARELLA CORP.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)









Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 9th day of April 2009. The Liquidator is
Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
ALLVEST WEALTH

MANAGEMENT CORP.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 30th day of March 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
DE AVARUA S.A.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 8th day of April 2009. The Liquidator is
Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

worth a total of $51.3 million.

The minister said the Gov-
ernment had set no ‘bench-
marking’ numbers by which
to measure the success of its
Stamp Tax exemption initia-
tive and its impact on the first-
time buyer market, plus the
real estate and construction
industries.

Better

However, Mr Laing sug-
gested that if the general econ-
omy had been performing bet-

ter, it was likely that more
first-time buyers would have
sought to exploit an incentive
that could save them up to a
maximum $50,000 on the pur-
chase of their inaugural prop-
erty.

“At the time the pro-
gramme was instituted, the
economic environment was
entirely different to what it is
now, so we do not have any
expectations in terms of peo-
ple taking advantage of it,”
Mr Laing.

“We certainly know people

Legal Notice

NOTICE
CHEVROUX BAYROCK INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 18th day of March 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
DICIEMBRE INCORPORATED

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

have benefited from it, and
are seeking to do so, but we
are not benchmarking it
against any number.”

The minister added: “For
the hundreds of buyers and
families that have taken
advantage of it, I have no
doubt it gave them some fur-
ther encouragement to pursue
home ownership in circum-
stances right for them. It had
an impact.”

Threshold

The Ingraham administra-
tion increased in the 2008-
2009 Budget the Stamp Duty
exemption threshold for first-
time Bahamian home buyers
from $250,000 to properties
worth $500,000, the former
figure having been the limit
set by the former Christie
administration, and which
expired at end-2007.

Mr Laing pointed out that
the savings were potentially
substantial, especially given
that Stamp Tax at 10 per cent
was levied on property trans-
actions worth $250,000 or
more.

While Stamp Tax payments
were normally split 50/50
between buyer and seller, in
certain cases a first-time buy-
er purchasing a $500,000 prop-
erty could conceivably save
$50,000 in tax.

“We certainly know it was
an absolutely generous
exemption programme that
looked at reducing the taxes
paid to the tune of up to
$50,000,” Mr Laing said.

“A number of people were
able to benefit from that on
their transactions - $50,000,
$40,000, $18,000.”

The minister said the US
government had recently

“About 200
applications
were refused
for not having
met the
requirements,
and an addi-
tional 200 or
sO were sent
back for
additional
information
from the
attorneys
involved.”



Lhivargo Laing

endured much difficulty in
getting a $15,000 tax rebate
passed, adding: “Here, we are
talking about saving some
people $50,000.

“That represents, for some
people, two times, three times,
their annual salary payment.
It’s a substantial relief pro-
gramme.

“To the extent it was being
offered in a period of time
when the economy was in
recession, it allowed some
people to do what they sought
to do in home ownership. Ina
more favourable economic cli-
mate, I imagine more people
would seek to benefit.”

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 31st day of March 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
SUNSHOCK VALLEY LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 7th day of April 2009. The Liquidator is
Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
BEVELED LEDGE LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 20th day of March 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

PUBLIC NOTICE

INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL

The Public is hereby advised that |, RICKY FRANCOIS of
Silver Palm Boulevard, Imperial Park, P.O.Box SB-51407,
Nassau, Bahamas , intends to change my name to RICKY
FRANCIS. If there are any objections to this change of
name by Deed Poll, you may write such objections to the
Chief Passport Officer, P.O.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas
no later than thirty (30) days after the date of publication of

this notice.

PUBLIC NOTICE

INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL

The Public is hereby advised that |, BASIL LORRAINE
PYFROM , P.O.Box N8958, Nassau, Bahamas , intends
to change my name to BASIL LORRAN PYFROM.
If there are any objections to this change of name by
Deed Poll, you may write such objections to the Chief
Passport Officer, P.O.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no
later than thirty (30) days after the date of publication of

this notice.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that HOWARD CAMPBELL of
#982 LISKEARD AVENUE, FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA,
BAHAMAS is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of
The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send a
written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 24th day of APRIL, 2009 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.BoxN-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.

Legal Notice

NOTICE
PRO JUVENTA LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 9th day of April 2009. The Liquidator is
Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


THE TRIBUNE

FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2009, PAGE 5B



80m Cable buyout settles firm
finances for ‘next 3-4 years’

FROM page 1B

to finance the Columbus pur-
chase because it wants to refi-
nance its existing credit facili-
ties at the same time.

“We're basically refinanc-
ing our existing credit facili-
ties,” Mr Butler told Tribune
Business, adding that the com-
pany’s existing credit line was
around $28 million, according
to his last recollection.

“This puts us in a good posi-
tion. This deals with our
financing for the next three to
four years.”

The $105 million senior
bank credit facility will fea-
ture a combination of US and
Bahamian dollar-denominated
funds, and is being put togeth-
er by the same banking syndi-
cate that supplied Cable
Bahamas’ existing financing.

“Tt’s the same syndicate that
we’ve got the current facility
from - Royal Bank, First-
Caribbean and Scotiabank,”
Mr Butler added.

The $40 million preference
share issue will be placed pri-
vately with sophisticated
investors - institutions and
high net worth individuals,
meaning the Bahamian pub-
lic should not apply to be
involved.

RoyalFidelity Capital Mar-
kets will act as placement
agents, and the preference
shares are set to carry an inter-
est rate coupon of 8 per cent.
They will also have an option
to convert after two years,
meaning that preference share
investors will be able to con-
vert their investment to ordi-
nary shares (equity) in Cable
Bahamas after that time peri-
od is up, should they desire.

Mr Butler confirmed to Tri-
bune Business that Cable
Bahamas and its advisers
planned to list the $40 million
preference share issue, when
completed, on the Bahamas
International Securities
Exchange (BISX), thus boost-
ing the latter’s investment
options and market capitali-
sation.

“The private placement will
be on the street fairly soon,”
Mr Butler explained, telling
Tribune Business the $40 mil-
lion issue was likely to go to
market “probably early next
week, and close thereafter.
We believe the interest
remains from when we first



“It’s a good deal for Cable Bahamas.
I think it positions us well to take
advantage of any of the opportunities
coming from this deregulation. It can
only enhance our participation going

forward.”



expressed our willingness to
do this transaction pre-Christ-
mas”.

The $13.43 per share price
that Columbus Communica-
tions, an entity owned by Bar-
bados-based Columbus Com-
munications Inc, will receive
represents an 11.5 per cent
premium to the $12.04 that
Cable Bahamas’ stock closed
at on BISX last night.

The purchase price for
Columbus Communications’
5,954,600 shares has decreased
by 6 per cent compared to the
$14.28 per share initially con-
templated by the parties pre-
Christmas, after Tribune Busi-
ness had exclusively revealed
details of the proposed buy-
out.

Price

Back then, the purchase
price represented just a 1 per
cent premium to the then-pre-
vailing market price, as
opposed to the 11.5 per cent
now. Still, back then Colum-
bus Communications’ stake
was valued at $85.174 million,
and now it is some $5 million
less at $80 million. The com-
pany then was valued in total
at $282.035 million, and now
that figure is $264.9 million.

Cable Bahamas’ stock, in
common with almost all
BISX-listed companies, has
declined in value since the
deal was first considered. The
suspicion here, as with most
stocks, is that the decline is
more a reflection of the gen-
eral economic environment
and small investors’ need for
cash, rather than any problem
with company performance or
underlying fundamentals.

Indicating that he believed
the current BISX trading price
undervalued Cable Bahamas,
Mr Butler said of the $13.43
per share price: “That was
subject to negotiations with
Columbus, and there was an

Anthony Butler

independent fairness opinion
done. We certainly consider
it a fair price for all con-
cerned.”

Cable Bahamas’ two inde-
pendent, non-executive direc-
tors, Sandra Knowles and
Frank Watson, were under-
stood to have asked for the
‘fairness’ opinion to ensure
that the transaction was per-
ceived as fair by all parties
concerned - especially the
Cable minority investors - and
to protect the positions of all
parties.

With Cable Bahamas’
Board dominated by Colum-
bus Communications execu-
tives - its chairman, Brendan
Paddick, and Maxwell Parsons
and John Risley - both the
company, all Board members
and the regulators were keen
to ensure that every aspect of
the transaction was perceived
as far. What they wanted to
avoid, at all costs, was the per-
ception that Columbus was
effectively voting on and
approving its own buyout.

Approvals

Mr Butler said “the majori-
ty” of the regulatory approvals
required for the transaction
have been received already,
from the likes of BISX, the
Securities Commission and
the Public Utilities Commis-
sion (PUC). Among those still
required are Central Bank
approvals.

“It’s a good deal for Cable
Bahamas,” Mr Butler said. “I
think it positions us well to

take advantage of any of the
opportunities coming from
this deregulation. It can only
enhance our participation
going forward.

“It removes the foreign
ownership element with Cable
Bahamas, and for the Bahami-
an investors it positions us well
going forward from that. The
existing shareholders will see
their position increase in the
company, as the company has
bought back 30.2 per cent of
its issued 19.6 million shares.”

Cable Bahamas’ largest
shareholder, once Columbus
Communications is bought
out, will be the National Insur-
ance Board (NIB), which cur-
rently has a 15.39 per cent
stake.

Mr Butler added: “We’ve
prepared ourselves for dereg-
ulation by building a network,
and liberalisation will allow us
to utilise the network for what
it was built for. Customers will
see the benefit of it.

“The way the industry is
going is a convergence of tech-

nology, and we are positioned
to offer convergence to the
customer.”

As part of the deal, Cable
Bahamas and the Barbados-
based Columbus parent have
entered management and rec-
iprocal services agreements
that will take effect once the
transaction closes. The agree-
ments detail the advisory and
operational services that both
sides and their affiliates will
provide to the other on mutu-
ally agreed terms.

The benefits of such an
alliance for Cable Bahamas
are obvious, given that
Columbus Communications
remains a major regional tele-
coms player through its con-
trol of the Arcos network, its
sales force and back office
support.

These agreements, along
with the share purchase, cred-
it facility and preference share
offering have already been
approved by the Cable Board
of Directors.





NOTICE

NOTICE



Pursuant to the provisions of Section 138 (4) of the Inter-




national Business Companies Act, 2000, notice is hereby

Tenders are invited for the purchase of






given that:-

(a) Griffin KAC Holdings Company Limited is in

thefollowing:






dissolution;

(b) The date of commencement of the dissolution is the






30th day of June 2007

(c) The Liquidator is Terence R. H. Gape of Chancery




House The Mall Drive, Freeport,, G.B. Bahamas.












Legal Notice



ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land in the
Subdivision called and known as GOLDEN ISLES
ROAD situated in the Southern District of New

Providence and being Lot

No.1. Situated thereon



NOTICE

is a Single Family Residence consisting of two






NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) FIRST CORPORATE SERVICES LIMITED regular company registered

bedrooms, two bathrooms, living room, dining room,

utility area, entry porch.



under The Companies Act of 1992 is in dissolution.




(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on April 27, 2009 when its

Living Area - 987 sq. feet



shareholders minute was submitted and registered by the Registrar General.




(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Shakira Burrows of 2nd Terrace

Entry Porch — 56 sq. feet
PROPERTY SIZE: Approximately 5,262 sq. feet





West, Centreville, Nassau, Bahamas.

This property is being sold under the Power of Sale
contained in a Mortgage dated July 30, 2007. All
offers must be submitted on or before June 30, 2009
in a sealed envelope marked “CONFIDENTIAL”,
and addressed to:



(d) All persons having claims against the abovr named company are re-
quested to submit particulars of such claims and proof thereof in writing to
the Liquidator, Shakira Burrows, P.O. Box N-7755, Nassau, Bahamas no later
than the 12th day of June, 2009 after which the books will be closed and the
assets of the company will be distributed.

NOTICE is hereby given that YYVENA JOSEPH of FAITH AVE.,
NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows
any reason why registration/naturalization should not be
granted, should send a written and signed statement of the facts
within twenty-eight days from the 18’ day of May, 2009 to the
Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box
N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

(e) Notice is also given in accordance with The Companies Act that an Ex-
traordinary General Meeting of the Members of the above named company
will be held at the offices of First Choice Services Ltd., Oakbridge House, 6
West Hill Street on the 22nd day of April 2009 at 10:00 o’clock in the forernoon
for the purpose of having an account laid before them showing the manner in
which the winding up has been conducted and the property of the company
disposed of and hearing any explanation that may be given by the Liquidators,
and also of determining by Extraordinary Resolution the manner in which the
books, account and documents of the company and of the Liquidator, shall be
disposed of.

The Risk Manager
P.O. Box N-3180
Nassau, Bahamas

May 1, 2009
SHAKIRA BURROWS
LIQUIDATOR OF THE ABOVE-NAMED COMPANY

We reserve the right to reject any or all offers.

ROYAL = FIDELITY

Money at Work

Legal Notice
Notice

Notice is hereby given that an Extraordinary
General Meeting of the Members, holders of
all the the issued shares of Safra International
Holding Ltd. (“the company”) is hereby called
to be held at the Company’s Registered Office
located at Bayside Excutive Park, West Bay
Street and Blaka Road, Building Ill, Ground
Floor, Nassau, Bahamas on the 7th day May
of A.D., 2009 at 10:00 o’clock in the forenoon.
The object and purpose of this meeting is to
have laid before the Members of the company
the accounts of Dr. Wilder Gonzalez Penino,
the official Liquidator, showing the manner
in which the winding-up of the company has
been conducted, the property of the Company
distributed and the debt obligations of the
Company discharged and also to hear such
explanation as may be given by the said
Liquidator.

BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF:
TUESDAY, 28 APRIL 2009
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,627.94 | CHG 0.02 | %CHG 0.00 | YTD -84.42 | YTD % -4.93
FINDEX: CLOSE 803.49 | YTD -3.76% | 2008 -12.31%
WWW _..BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE:242-323-2330 | FACSIMILE: 242-323-2320
52wk-Low Change Daily Vol. _EPS$ Div $ P/E

1.28 0.127
11.00 0.992
6.95 0.244
0.63 -0.877
3.15 0.078
1.95 0.055
11.09 1.309
2.83 0.249
6.39 0.441
0.099
0.240
0.420
0.322
0.794
0.337
0.000

0.035 8.6

0.407 13.7

0.952

0.180

Securit
Abaco Markets
Bahamas Property Fund
Bank of Bahamas
Benchmark
Bahamas Waste
Fidelity Bank
Cable Bahamas
Colina Holdings
Commonwealth Bank ($1)
Consolidated Water BDRs
Doctor's Hospital
Famguard
Fince
FirstCaribbean Bank
Focol (S)
Focol Class B Preference
Freeport Concrete
ICD Utilities
J. S. Johnson 10.50 10.50 0.00
Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00
BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES - (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing bases)
Security Symbol Last Sale Change Daily Vol.
Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) + FBB17 100.00 0.00 T%
Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) + FBB22 100.00 0.00 Prime + 1.75%
Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) + FBB13 100.00 0.00 T%
FBB15 100.00 0.00 Prime + 1.75%
Fidelity OQver-The-Counter Securities
Bid $ Ask $ Last Price
14.60
4.00 6.25 6.00
0.35 0.40 0.35
Colina Over-The-Counter Securities
30.13 31.59 29.00
0.45 0.55 0.55
BISX Listed Mutual Funds
YTD% Last 12 Months
0.95 4.77
-1.49 “3.35
1.48 4.85
-5.59 -13.64
0.96 5.79

Previous Close Today's Close
1.40 1.40
11.00 11.00
6.95 6.95
0.63 0.63
3.15 3.15
2.37 2.37
12.04
2.83
6.39
2.50
1.86
7.76
11.00
10.40
5.14

0.00

0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.02
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00

12.04
2.83
6.39
2.48
1.86
7.76

11.00

10.40
5.14

1.31
1.86
6.02
11.00
10.35
5.00
1.00
0.30
5.50
8.60
10.00

1.00
0.30
5.59

1.00
0.30
5.59
11.0
55.6
52wk-Hi S52wk-Low
1000.00
1000.00
1000.00
1000.00

Interest Maturity
19 October 2017
19 October 2022
30 May 2013
Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) + 29 May 2015
52wk-Low Symbol
Bahamas Supermarkets
Caribbean Crossings (Pref)
RND Holdings

Weekly Vol. EPS $
-0.041
0.000

0.001

Div $
0.300
0.480
0.000

P/E

£.92 8.42

ABDAB
RND Holdings

4.540
0.002

0.000
0.000

Fund Name
Colina Bond Fund
Colina MSI Preferred Fund
Colina Money Market Fund
Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund
Fidelity Prime Income Fund
CFAL Global Bond Fund
CFAL Global Equity Fund
CFAL High Grade Bond Fund
Fidelity International Investment Fund
FG Financial Preferred Income Fund
FG Financial Growth Fund
FG Financial Diversified Fund

NA Vv
1.3664
2.8962
1.4548
3.1964

12.7397
100.5606
96.4070

1.0000
9.1599
1.0440
1.0364 0.33
1.0452 0.76

MARKET TERMS
YIELD - last 12 month dividends divided by closing
Bid $ - Buying price of Colina and Fidelity

Div $ Yield %
1.3041
2.9230
1.3875
3.1964
12.1564

100.0000

96.4070
1.0000
9.0950
1.0000
1.0000
1.0000

28-Feb-09
31-Mar-09
17-Apr-09
31-Mar-09
28-Feb-09
31-Dec-08
31-Dec-08
31-Dec-07
31-Mar-09
9-Feb-09
9-Feb-09
9-Feb-09

0.56
-3.59
0.00
0.71
0.80

0.56
-3.59
0.00
-12.76
4.40
3.64
4.40

BISX ALL SHARE INDEX - 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00
S52wk-Hi - Highest closing price in last 52 weeks.
in last 52 weeks.
eighted price for daily volume
ighted price for daily volume
from day to day
ded today

price

Dr. Wilder Gonzalez Penino
Official Liquidator
Safra International Holding Ltd.

EPS $ - Acompany’s reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
NAV - Net Asset Val
N/M - Not Meanin gful
jast 12 month earnings FINDEX - The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100
(S) - 4-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 8/8/2007
(S1) - 3-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 7/11/2007
TO TRADE CALL: COLINA 242-502-7010 | ROYALFIDELITY 242-356-7764 | FG CAPITAL MARKETS 242-396-4000 | COLONIAL 242-502-7525
PAGE 6B, FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2009

THE TRIBUNE



INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Auto deal extends
Obama's reach, risk

wg JIM KUHNHENN
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON

E forcing a swift bank-
ruptcy on Chrysler, Presi-

dent Barack Obama expanded
the risk and reach of the presi-
dency in the hope that the hide-
bound auto industry will find a
way to remake itself.

The government's interven-
tion with Chrysler LLC and
General Motors Corp. has been
far more intrusive than the way
it has confronted troubled
financial companies. The
administration's influence now
ranges from guaranteeing your
brake pads to pushing for new
products on the assembly line.

As Obama himself put it on
Thursday, "If the Japanese can
design an affordable, well-
designed hybrid, then, doggone
it, the American people should
be able to do the same."

Despite an additional $8 bil-
lion taxpayer infusion into
Chrysler, the president and his
advisers say the administration
has no desire to be in the auto
business. And they say they
don't intend to micromanage
the company.

But as part of the arrange-
ment, the government will be
an investor in the new Chrysler
company, and the Treasury
Department will select four of

SURROUNDED by staff and cabinet members President Barack Obama



Ron Edmonds/AP Photo

delivers remarks on the auto industry, Thursday, April 30, 2009, in the
Grand Foyer of the White House in Washington. Left to right Commerce
Secretary Gary Locke, Obama, Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood.

its new directors, all of them
presumably sympathetic with
the White House's vision of
what the car of the future
should be.

In cutting the deal, Obama
buys himself good will with an

Bank of Hawaii Cerporation and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Condition

(dollars in thousands)

Assets

Interest-Bearting Deposits

Funds Sold

Investment Securities
Trading
Available-for-Sale

Held-to-Maturity (Fair Value of $242,175 and $287,644)

Loans Held for Sale
Loans and Leases

Allowance for Loan and Lease Losses

Net Loans and Leases
Total Earning Assets

Cash and Noninterest-Bearing Deposits

Premises and Equipment
Customers’ Acceptances
Accrued Interest Receivable
Foreclosed Real Estate
Mortgage Servicing Rights
Goodwill

Other Assets



Total Assets



Liabilities

Deposits
Noninterest-Bearing Demand
Interest-Bearing Demand
Savings
Time

Total Deposits

Funds Purchased
Short-Term Borrowings

important labor force, especial-
ly in astate, Michigan, suffering
hugely from unemployment. At
the same time he gets to push a
key policy goal, fuel-efficiency,
not just as president but as a
powerful company investor.

December 31, December 31,
2008 2007

5,094
405,789

4,870
15,000

91,500
2,519,239
239,635
21,540
6,530,233

(123,498)

6,406,735
9,689,532

67,286
2,563,190
292,577
12,341
6,580,861

(90,998)

6,489,863
9,445,127

385,599 368,402
116,120 117,177
1,308 1,112 -

39,905 - 45,261
428 184
21,057 27,588
34,959 34,959
474,567 433,132

$ 10,763,475 $ 10,472,942



Securities Sold Under Agreements to Repurchase
Long-Term Debt (includes $119,275 carried at fair value as of December 31, 2008)

Banker’s Acceptances

Retirement Benefits Payable
Accrued Interest Payable

Taxes Payable and Deferred Taxes
Other Liabilities

Total Liabilities

Commitments and Contingencies (Note 17)

Shareholders’ Equity

Common Stock ($.01 par value; authorized 500,000,000 shares;
issued / outstanding: December 2008 ~ 57,019,887 / 47,753,371;
and December 2007 — 56,995,447 / 48,589,645)

Capital Surplus

Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss

Retained Earnings

Treasury Stock, at Cost (Shares: December 2008 — 9,266,516;

and December 2007 ~ 8,405,802)
Total Shareholders’ Equity

1,754,724
1,854,611
3,104,863
1,577,900

8,292,098

15,734
4,900

1,935,639
1,576,443
2,688,703
1,741,587

7,942,372

75,400
10,427
1,028,835 1,029,340
203,285 235,371
1,308 1,112
54,776 29,984
13,837 20,476
229,699 278,218
128,299 99,987

9,972,771 9,722,687

568 567
492,515 484,790
(28,888) (5,091)
787,924 688,638

(461,415)
790,704

(418,649)
750,255



Total Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity

$ 10,763,475 $ 10,472,942

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the Consolidated Financial Statements.

Should complete audited accounts are required, contact Bank ii
> of Hawaii -
P. O. Box N-3242, Nassau, Bahamas enemas

Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

The Board of Directors and Shareholders

Bank of Hawaii Corporation

We have audited the accompanying consolidated statements of condition of Bank of Hawaii Corporation and
subsidiaries as of December 31, 2008 and 2007, and the related consolidated statements of income, shareholders’
equity, and cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 2008. These financial

statements are the responsibility of the Company’s mana
these financial statements based on our audits.

gement. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on

We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board
(United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about
whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement. An audit includes examining, on a test basis.
evidence Supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. An audit also includes assessing the
accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall
financial statement presentation. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.

In our opinion, the financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the consolidated
financial position of Bank of Hawaii Corporation and subsidiaries at December 31, 2008 and 2007, and the
consolidated results of their operations and their cash flows for each of the three years in the petiod ended
December 31, 2008, in conformity with US. generally accepted accounting principles.

As discussed in Note | to the consolidated financial statements, effective January 1, 2007, the Company
changed its method of accounting for mortgage servicing rights in accordance with Statement of Financial

Accounting Standards No. 156, Accounting for Servicin
No. 140; changed its method of accounting for levera
Standards Board (“FASB”) Staff Position No. 13

g of Financial Assets, an amendment of FASB Statement
ged leases in accordance with Financial Accounting
-2, Accounting for a Change or Projected Change in the Timing

of Cash Flows Relating to Income Taxes Generated by a Leveraged Lease Transaction; and changed its method

of accounting for tax positions in accordance with

Income Taxes, an interpretation of FASB Statement No. 109.

FASB Interpretation No. 48, Accounting Sor Uncertainty in

We also have audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board

(United States), Bank of Hawaii Corporation and subsidiaries’ internal con
December 31, 2008, based on criteria established in Internal Control-Inte
Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway
expressed an unqualified opinion thereon.

trol over financial reporting as of
grated Framework issued by the
Commission and our report dated February 23, 2009

/s/ Ernst & Young LLP









Paul Sancya/AP Photo

GINA RUSSO, second from left, and father Gus, third from left, owners of Lochmoor Chrysler Jeep watch Pres-
ident Obama announce Chrysler will file for bankruptcy on television with employees and customers in Detroit

Thursday, April 30, 2009.

7



But he also is putting billions
of dollars of taxpayer money at
risk at a time of rising anxiety
about government bailouts and
soaring deficits.

Even before he got to this
point, Obama had exerted
unprecedented power. He
rejected Chrysler's and Gener-
al Motors’ restructuring plans
last month and forced GM's
CEO, Rick Wagoner, to resign.
At Chrysler, too, chief execu-



tive Robert Nardelli said Thurs-
day he is going to leave when
the bankruptcy is complete.
General Motors still has
another 30 days to restructure
itself, and its stakeholders may
well take a lesson from the
administration's dealings with
Chrysler. When Obama was not
leveraging industry behavior
with taxpayers’ money, he was
using the pulpit of the presi-
dency to make his wishes

Bimini Sands Resort & Marina
is seeking
Social Directors and a Sushi Chef.

The best candidates must have high
volume experience, must have training
experience, and the ability to motivate
other associates. Salary will reflect
experience and skill set.

Please contact our office at
(242) 347-3500 or
fax resume to (242) 347-3501.

Nassau Airport
Dowolopmont Conggany

REQUEST

For Proposa

0-112 Customs Brokerage Services

Nassau Arport Development Gampany (MAD) seeks
proposals for Cusloms Brokerage Services, for lhe LPIA
Expangion Project. The scope of services indudes:

* Customs Brokerage Services for all materials and
equipment delivered lo site

Customs Document Management

‘Werking with MAD, MAD's Coniraclors and Bahar
Customs to expedilé the clesrance of shipments;

Preparation of weekly and monthly reports

infarested proponents must be qualified icansed brokers in

fhe Bahamas

Request For Proposal packages will be available for pick up
aie 3300 pm, on Wednesday, April 15th, 2009,

Request for Proposal closing is Tuesday, May Sth,
2009 at 3200pm Bahamas Time

Contact TRACI BRISBY

Cantracts and Procurement Manager

Ph: (242) 702-1086
Fax: (242) 377-2447

BO, Box AP 89220, Masea, Bahamas

Email: tracibrisbyOnas.bs



VEHICLES FOR SALE are lined up
at a Chrysler dealership in San
Jose, Calif., Thursday, April 30,
2009. Chrysler will file for bank-
ruptcy after talks with a small group
of creditors crumbled just a day
before a government deadline for
the automaker to come up with a
restructuring plan, President Barack
Obama said Thursday.

(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

known in no uncertain terms.
In announcing the deal Thurs-
day, he left no doubt about his
anger with some Chrysler cred-
itors who refused to accept a
reduced payout for their invest-
ment. "They were hoping that
everybody else would make sac-
rifices, and they would have to
make none," he said. "I don't
stand with them."

Administration officials said
they tried to sweeten the offer
Wednesday night to attract
more creditors, to no avail.

That could be an effort to
nudge a bankruptcy judge to be
tough with recalcitrant stake-
holders. And by showing a will-
ingness to stand up to some
Chrysler creditors, Obama was
also sending a signal to GM
bondholders not to hold out for
too great a return.

His tone also carried the
same populist strains that he
used when he railed against
Wall Street bonuses.

"He's invested in terms of the
taxpayers’ investment, and he's
invested in it politically," said
Sen. Carl Levin, a Michigan
Democrat who had initially
objected to bankruptcy as a way
to restructure the company.

While the political risks are
potentially great, taking
Chrysler through bankruptcy
buys some short-term political
running room. For months,
Republicans and some Democ-
rats have said a Chapter 11-pro-
tected restructuring was the
proper fate for the automakers.
By Thursday, some past critics
of bankruptcy such as Levin
were hailing the deal as a new
birth for Chrysler. What's more,
the public appears to tilt in
favor of government interven-
tions, at least so far. A FOX
News/Opinion Dynamics Poll
in March found 43 percent of
respondents saying the govern-
ment under Obama was taking
an appropriate role in running
U.S. companies. Thirteen per-
cent said the administration was
not taking a big enough role.

Despite the stigma often
attached to bankruptcy, Oba-
ma took pains to portray it as a
positive development. "This is
not a sign of weakness," he
insisted, "but rather one more
step on a clearly charted path to
Chrysler's revival."

To be sure, the administra-
tion's day-and-night involve-
ment with the auto industry
does not match its attempts to
rescue financial institutions.
That's partly because the
automakers have made a des-
perate pitch for a government
bailout, while some of the
biggest financial institutions
have been less enthusiastic in
their desire for help. Many
major banks now say they want
to return their share of a $700
billion financial rescue fund, in
part to avoid restrictions that
the government has imposed or
threatened to impose. At the
same time, the government has
always been able to influence
banking behavior through reg-
ulation. And that's where Oba-
ma says he intends to address
the industry's excesses. Still,
banks can fight back in ways
that automakers can't. On
Thursday the banking industry
succeeded in defeating a Sen-
ate proposal that would have
let homeowners seek foreclo-
sure relief through bankruptcy
court. So far, the two Detroit
car companies are only asking
how high Obama wants them
to jump.
et

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AOL, the struggling Internet unit that Time Warner Inc. is likely to
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Former Google Inc. executive Jeff Levick will be the new president
of global advertising and strategy, heading the company's Platform-A
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The management change is the latest of many in recent months, and
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Consumer spending fell 0.2
percent in March, ending an oth-
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ruptcy protection. The Dow,
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ter albeit at a slower pace and
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K e r z n e r I n t e r n a t i o n a l , t h e o w n e r o f t h e P a r a d i s e I s l a n d b a s e d r e s o r t s o f A t l a n t i s a n d t h e O n e & O n l y O c e a n C l u b , h a d e f f e c t i v e l y a l l e g e d t h a t t h e t w o d e f e n d a n t s w e r e t h e p a r t i e s K e r z n e r l o s e s b r e a c h o f c a r e / c o n t r a c t c a s e F a i l e d a c t i o n a g a i n s t A t l a n t i s l a g o o n d e s i g n e r a n d c o n t r a c t o r r e l a t e d t o 2 0 0 0 d r o w n i n g d e a t h o f y o u n g F l o r i d a t o u r i s t S E E p a g e 2 B B U S I N E S S BAHAMASBIGGEST CARSFORSALE, HELPWANTED ANDREALESTATE I N S I D E n By PAUL G T URNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter p turnquest@ tribunemedia.net DESPITE having had nearly a million dollars confiscated f rom his Village Road FML webshop location, the com p any’s CEO Craig Flowers said that FML will honour e very dollar that account holders had deposited with his establishment. While the police will hold these funds, which are esti m ated to exceed $830,000, Mr Flowers said this loss is not a p roblem for his business. “Our establishment is going t o replace and stand firm and make certain that every single member, and every single Bahamian, or non-Bahamian who have monies in our com p any their funds will be honoured. We are not going to run and call ourselves Clico and say that we are broke. So my point going forward, is that my only obligation as CEO and Director of FML is to a ssure my staff that because of the conduct the other day, t hat their jobs are not jeopardised,” he said. M r Flowers said he flew to the Bahamas on Tuesday evening just to be present for the raid, he discovered his staff were enraged and conc erned that because of the incident they would have lost t heir jobs. “I assured them that we h ave a fundamental difference here. The authorities feel as though we are not conducting ourselves according to our license and that we are performing here in some conduct that our license does not allow u s to. “Well that is a difference, a nd whenever they feel the need to, they can come in and Flowers:almost $1m confiscated by the police SEE page 16 Govt makes decision to forego hosting arts festival SEE page 16 RBPF FIREMANISLAIDTOREST COMMISSIONER OF POLICE Reginald Ferguson presents the flag to Nicola Lewis, widow of the late Leslie John Albert Lewis Sr, a Royal Bahamas Police Force Fireman. Mr Lewis died on April 19 at the age of 49. SEEPAGE16 F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f GB swine flu claims are ‘pure rumour’ THE stories of a possible swine flu case in Grand Bahama are “pure rumour,” according to Health Minister Hubert Minnis. The Tribune spoke with the minister just before press time last night, after the Rand Memorial Hospital was inundated with calls about a possible case of the virus at a major industrial facility on Grand Bahama. SEEPAGETWO n By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter tthompson@ tribunemedia.net THE Progressive Lib eral Party still owes the financially strapped Broadcasting Corporation of the Bahamas nearly a quarter of a million dol lars in unpaid fees, The Tribune has learned. Although officials at the BCB have made numerous attempts to collect payment on the bill which is said to have been accumulated before May 4, 2007 the amount of $207,824 is said to be still outstanding. When contacted for comment yesterday, Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest, who has ministerial responsi bility for the BCB, confirmed that the former administration owed the corporation "over $200,000". "It's over $200,000 and we haven't charged any interest (on that figure of my knowledge," he said. Party leader Perry Christie yesterday said that while there was "no mystery" surrounding the debt owned the corporation better PLP owes Broadcasting Corporation nearly quarter of a million dollars SEE page 16 Tommy Turnquest INSIDE MINISTER WARNS AGAINST PANIC OVER SWINE FLU PAGETWO BAHAMIAN STUDENT TRAPPED BY SWINE FLU KEEPSHOPEFUL PAGETHREE PM TIGHT-LIPPED ON GRANTING OF CROWN LANDS ALLEGATIONS PAGEFIVE A HAITIAN-BAHAMIAN activist group has accused Bahamians of being “Christ-less” after a 37-year-old Haitian man was denied political asylum by the Department of Immigration and was subsequently “executed” on return to his homeland. Anderson Pierre, who died last Saturday after being gunned down by a group of men, reluctantly left Freeport in February and went to Cap Haitian where he stayed for a short time before going to Santo Domingo seeking Haitian man denied Bahamas asylum ‘executed’ on homeland return SEE page 16 ‘Everybody Wins’ CEO says company will honour every dollar that account holders had deposited Bahamas says no to Carifesta

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2009 THE TRIBUNE n By MEGAN REYNOLDS T ribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@tribunemedia.net HEALTH Minister Hubert M innis yesterday warned against panic in the face of the worldwide swine flu outbreak, emphasising that there have been no confirmed cases of the virus in the Bahamas. A lthough 13 Bahamians have gone into voluntary isolation upon return from visits to Mexico, Dr Minnis maintains the Ministry of H ealth is simply taking precautions in case the travellers are infected with swine influenza A(H1N1 A New Providence resident who reported flu-like symptoms uponr eturning from a trip to Mexico was reported to the Department of Health by a private health clinic this week and is now undergoing t he recommended isolation period. Isolation T his comes after the isolation of 10 students and two teachers w ho returned to Abaco last Saturday after a visit to Mexico, and remain under surveillance by the Ministry of Health. A football team of 12 players a nd two coaches who went to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, did notr eturn to New Providence on Wednesday as planned, but r emained in Florida yesterday to follow United States protocol, Dr Minnis said. The United Nations World Health Organisation (WHOr aised the Epidemic and Pandemic Alert and Response to phasef ive on Wednesday, meaning there is human-to-human transmissiono f the virus in at least two countries. A total of 11 countries have offi cially reported 257 cases of A(H1N1 oratory confirmed human cases in the US, including one death, and 9 7 confirmed human cases of infection, including seven deaths in Mexico. Dr Minnis said: “We have no c onfirmation of any swine flu. T hose in isolation are only isolated, allowing the incubation period to pass, and when that has gone that’s it. Virus “Fortunately for us we are at the end of the flu season. We don’t know much about this particular virus, but the flu virus is seasonal, so presumably it may follow the same pattern.” D r Minnis explained that those in isolation have not been quarantined in the full sense of the word, as they may be visited by health officials. The WHO stopped referring to the virus as ‘swine flu’ yesterday, instead calling it influenza A(H1N1 age an association with p igs and fear of eating ham or pork. T he WHO advises no restriction of regular travel or closure of b orders, and further states: “It is considered prudent for people who are ill to delay international travel and for people developing symptoms following international trav-e l to seek medical attention, in line with guidance from nationala uthorities. “There is also no risk of infect ion from consumption of wellcooked pork and pork products. Individuals are advised to wash hands thoroughly with soap and water on a regular basis and should s eek medical attention if they develop any symptoms of influen-z a-like illness.” TAMIFLU, the anti-viral drug most recommended by health officials to fight the potentially deadly swine flu, is said to be in limited supply at some pharmacies throughout the capital. R eports reaching T he Tribune i ndicated that several pharmacies were out of stock and that physicians at Doctor's Hospital were reserving the drug for persons with a prescription or those in urgent need of a dosage. A source – who tried to purchase the medication before a trip abroad – said a local pharmacist was informed by his US distributor that the company had only a limited supply and was restricting orders from foreign countries. However, earlier in the week, buyers at Lowe's Pharmacy and Nassau Agencies Ltd told The Tribune that Tamiflu and a second anti-viral drug effective against the swine flu, Relenza, were in stock. The buyers said they would order supplies from their US distributors as necessary. Minister of Health Hubert Minnis said some people seem to be panicking and hoarding the medicine to take as a preventative measure. He explained that this would be useless, as it is only effec tive when taken after contracting the virus. C HURCH leaders yesterday applauded the police’s decision to raid suspected numbers hous e s and urged the public to support the move. In a joint statement issued yesterday morning, pastors Lyall Bethel of Grace Community Church, Bill Higgs of the Bahamas Conference of the Methodist Church, Allan Lee of Calvary B ible Church and Cedric Moss of Kingdom Life Church congratulated Commissioner of PoliceR eginald Ferguson on Tuesday’s raids on two suspected numbers houses. When crimes are allowed to take place in the open, enlisting a growing number of participants and sympathisers, widespread lawlessness is cultivated,” the pastors said. “Such has been the case in the Bahamas for many decades, and it c ontinues to be the case today.” They said such actions on the part of the police b ode well for “the curbing of lawlessness in the Bahamas” and encouraged the commissioner and his officers to sustain this policy “on an o ngoing basis.” “While we speak as ministers of the gospel of J esus Christ, we believe that it is incumbent upon all law abiding citizens in all spheres of our society to support the police in the discharge of their duties, and work towards a Bahamas that is committed to self-discipline, industry, loyalty, unity a nd an abiding respect for Christian values and the rule of law, in keeping with the preamble ofo ur nation’s Constitution,” the statement said. Following Tuesday’s raids, the chairman of t he Bahamas Gaming Reform Committee lashed out at the police, calling the operation a “disgrace”. Sidney Strachan said the country’s stance on gaming continues to make the Bahamas the laughing stock” of the international communi ty. The committee was formed to agitate for a r eview of the law prohibiting locals and permanent residents from gambling. “These raids highlight the hypocrisy and backw ardness of our current system,” Mr Strachan, said. “While our churches, police, Defence Force a nd government on the one hand accept gifts from suspected owners and operators, we disingenuously move to perform a ‘surgical raid’.” He said that rather than driving the vast network of local gaming operations underground, t he government should be working to regulate them and thereby “modernise the entire sys t em.” The raid, and other such “mock exercises”, M r Strachan said, do little to affect the “thriving” industry. He pointed out that the very next morning, gamblers were once again “lining up” to play across New Providence. “The BGR feels that both the government a nd the official opposition should be ashamed of how unfairly citizens are being treated. No official c omments have been forthcoming from either side, further exasperating the problem and irritating Bahamians.” n By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@tribunemedia.net BODY parts found off the coast of western New Providence on Monday are believed to be those of 37-year-old Jerome Huyler of Farrington Road, Nassau. Mr Huyler was reported missing at around 7.45pm on Sunday after he fell off a jet ski while riding with two others near Clifton Pier and Lyford Cay. A source told The Tribune the man had been invited to a party at the exotic Nygard Cay resort, the property of fashion mogul Peter Nygard at the western tip of Lyford Cay, on the day he disappeared. Staf f But a spokeswoman for the Nygard Cay resort denied the man had been at Nygard Cay on Sunday. She said staff at the resort simply responded when two people on a jet ski pulled up on the beach at around 7.30pm asking for help. The spokeswoman said: “It didn’t have anything to do with us, it happened five miles off Clifton Pier and they came over panicking so we sent our boat and our neighbour’s boat out there to assist. “We just went over to help when they said somebody was under and we notified the authorities. I understand the Defence Force found something the next day.” Darkness prevented the Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association (BASRA Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF search on Sunday night, but the RBDF vessels HMBS Inagua and Enduring Friendship 18 were sent out to search for the missing man the following day. The lower parts of a man’s body were recovered by RBDF divers at around 1pm on Mon day, and police are waiting for the results of DNA tests to confirm whether they are in fact Mr Huyler’s remains. Superintendent Ellsworth Moss in charge of the Central Detective Unit said: “We’re not sure if he was attending the party (at Nygard Cay know he was on a jet ski along with two other persons. “We have received some information and we will try to identify the part of the body and see some DNA tests to see if it’s connected to him being missing.” Supt Moss says Nygard Cay have been co-operating with police in their investigations. BASRA director Chris Lloyd said bad weather on Sunday made conditions at sea very rough and activities such as jet skiing would have been inadvisable. Low tide and reefs in the vicinity of Nygard Cay would have presented additional dangers, he said. Minister warns against panic over swine flu A PACKAGE of Tamiflu, a drug used to treat flu viruses. 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n By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net BRITISH businessman Hywel Jones, who was left in a coma after being-gunned down last week, swore affidavits attesting to the fact that he was in fear for his life following two home inva sions and a physical assault in2 007, T he Tribune h as learned. During one of the home invasions, which occurred on Febru ary 14, 2007, a guest at his house was stabbed. Then, on May 30, 2007, Mr Jones was beaten up by two mena nd had to be treated in hospital f or a broken cheekbone and fractured eye socket. Robbery did not appear to be a motive in these attacks, for which no one was ever charged,a source close to the family said. Asked to comment on the incidents, Mr Jones’ brother, Ilt Jones, told The Tribune that based on conversations with Hywel, the businessman “felt there was a pattern that was sinister.” Mr Jones, 55, was shot in the head “execution style” outsidehis West Bay Street business on Wednesday, April 22. Police have suggested that the shooting has the hallmarks of a targeted hit. Mr Jones is under armed guard in hospital. Friends of the Welsh-born offshore financial adviser are now offering a $50,000 reward for information that will lead to a breakthrough in the investigation. The reward money is being offered in exchange for infor mation that will lead to the arrest and or conviction of his attacker described as a dark, slim male. Mr Jones’ family said they are overwhelmed by the outpouring of sympathy and offers of assistance in various forms. An associate of Mr Jones said: “The donations in particular for Mr Jones primarily have come from a different number of sources, various people that know him, companies that have done business with him – a whole bunch of different people have all contributed. We understand that there'll be considerably more contributions coming in.” C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2009, PAGE 3 n By MEGAN REYNOLDS T ribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@tribunemedia.net DISGRUNTLED residents n eighbouring the expanding Bahama Rock development in Grand Bahama are calling on government to meet with them and share details of a recent Environmental Impact Assessment. The residents of Eight Mile Rock are growing impatient. They say it has been five months since E nvironment Minister Earl Deveaux and local MP Verna Grant promised to meet with them. They also claim the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA of the Bahama Rock development completed in November 2008 should be published on the B ahamas Environment, Science and Technology (BEST mission website. G iselle Swann said members of the community have been desp erately seeking answers from officials for the last three years, but questions put to BEST commission director Philip Weech on Wednesday remained unansweredb efore T he Tribune w ent to press yesterday. M s Swann asked: “Has the government consulted the BEST c ommission to ensure there will not be detrimental or irreversible damage to our wetlands and natural resources? “What do the Minister of Envi r onmental Health and Minister of Housing intend to do for the resi-d ents of Eight Mile Rock regarding the violations of the ‘Environmental Health Act’ due to the contamination of the last remain ing fresh water lens on Grand B ahama Island, potential respira tory health hazards due to expo-s ure to toxic fumes as a result of blasting, and the nuisance it crea tes due to the damage to homes and businesses?” Ms Swann has the support of around 4,000 people who signed a petition opposing the expansion o f Bahama Rock, and the Grand Bahama Committee for Con-c erned Residents (GBCCR which has echoed her concerns. G BCCR member Maria McIn tosh said although work on the proposed expansion has not yet been approved, she is concerned about recent activity at the B ahama Rock site. Developer Walter Reed, gene ral manager of Bahama Rock Ltd, said the project is currently at a standstill as they await permis sion to continue work from the Port Authority. He maintains the development is entirely within a designated industrial zone and fears about contamination of the fresh water l ens are unfounded as the development may only cause the lens to s hrink, but he said: “It is not something the public depends on and it n ever will.” Mr Reed added: “We are all a bout finishing the expansion of the harbour and taking it to where it was originally envisioned and then get out of the way. “There have been no violations of the Environmental Health Act, nothing we are doing is a viola tion of anything, and that is exactly what the EIA has indicated. “We have had a number of town hall meetings addressing the concerns of citizens and have made every attempt to address every concern.” Complaints about blasting led to a stop work order issued by the Port Authority in 2006 which halted development for around four weeks while Bahama Rock modified procedures. Mr Reed said: “We have mod ified blasting for the last couple of years and our vibration levels are substantially lower than anything in the US or anything else in the Caribbean because people live very close to the site and we listen to what they say and we are sensitive to it. “We have tried to minimise our vibrations to the point where they can’t even feel it.” Mr Reed said Bahama Rock has created more than 2,000 jobsin Grand Bahama and although the economic downturn drove the company to lay off 19 people recently, he hopes to rehire those workers by the end of the year. n CORRECTION IN ANarticle on page three of yesterday’s Tribune concerning a $50,000 reward post ed by CrimeStoppers for information leading to the arrest or conviction of the person or persons responsible for the shooting of Hywel Jones, it was stated that the reward may be increased to $100,000. However, according to relatives of Mr Jones, this is not the case. Additionally funds have been pledged by friends to assist the family, but not to add to the reward fund at present. FLIGHTS to the Bahamas are being offered at discount rates to increase the options for travellers who have had to cancel holidays in Mexico as a result of the swine flu outbreak. This follows the announce ment that 24 cruise ships origi nally bound for Mexico will be diverted through the Bahamas in the coming months to pro tect passengers from the flu pandemic. American airline WestJet and WestJet vacations will be offering discounts to alternative sunshine destinations for guests who have been affected by the temporary cessation of flights to and from Mexico, and are adding additional flights to get Canadians home, it was announced yesterday. WestJet executive vice-pres ident of guest experience and marketing Bob Cummings said: “We have put in place a fair and flexible approach that is in line with our values and gives our guests a helping hand. “We are committed to doing the right thing. “We realise the inconve nience and in some cases the additional costs Canadians incurred for having to rebook their vacations. “This is why we have put together a special offer for all Canadians who wish to contin ue to travel to a sun destination. Discounts include $100 off round-trip only bookings to the Bahamas, the Caribbean and Hawaii, and $100 off any WestJet vacations package. The airline is also offering $50 off any flight within the United States mainland. Residents near Bahama Rock development call for meeting with government n By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter tthompson@tribunemedia.net WHILE countries around the world scramble to stop the spread of the dangerous flu strain H1N1, Bahamian student M arvette Moore – still a virtual prisoner at t he University of Montemorellos in Mexico – is maintaining her composure in the face of worrying circumstances. As revealed in The Tribune yesterday, c lasses at her university are suspended tentatively until May 6 as Mexican authorities try and contain the virus which has killed 12 in Mexico and is suspected of k illing at least 170 more. E ight Bahamian students are trapped at the university, barred from travelling home by a strict quarantine. Despite being at the epicentre of the d eveloping pandemic, Marvette remains surprisingly hopeful – a feeling she attributes to the support from her mother and relative strangers who have reached out to h er in the past few days. " I'm afraid but at the same time I'm being calm," she said, speaking to The Trib une b y phone from Mexico yesterday. " When I first heard about it I told everyone t hat it feels like a movie and I'm in it and there's nothing I can do.” With final exams just around the corner, the third-year dentistry major is finding ith ard to concentrate in between daily health c hecks at the school and escalating fears t hat her return home will be delayed. H er term is expected to end on May 27 but as a number of classes have been postponed, this date may be extended by another week. " We don't want to be stuck here. I wish I was home right now but at the same time I wouldn't want anyone in my family to g et sick," she said. The 21-year-old starts her day with a "prayer for protection" and averts depression by spending as much time outside as s he can. "It's seems as though nothing is going on, everyone is in high spirits, people are playing games outside and laughing, but when you see the news you know its seri-o us,” she said. Normal off-campus pursuits like seeing a movie or shopping have been replaced by childhood games and American football, a s the students fight to stave off the boredom of being confined, Marvette said. University officials have banned eating or congregating in the school's cafeteria and students have been instructed to eat mealso n the campus' quad, to limit the spread of any airborne germs. Marvette, who is getting over a cold she caught last week, said over the last few d ays persons she barely know have sent her messages over the internet wishing her well. "It gives me a weird feeling to know people who I hardly talk to care for me,” she said. Bahamian student trapped by swine flu keeps hopeful BAHAMIAN STUDENT Marvette Moore is mainting her c omposure on the campus of the University of M ontemorellos. 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EDITOR, The Tribune. I would like to question why t here has not been an overhaul of the way that probate is granted in the Bahamas. A friend of mine has recently received a grant of probate after having started this p rocess almost three years ago. This was not a complicated w ill as it only involved assets i n the Bahamas (I dread to think how long this would t ake if there were assets in other jurisdictions governed b y a Bahamas will). S ince then I have spoken to several persons, including my lawyer, all of whom have had similar experiences and have told me to expect probate to take two-three years in the Bahamas. It appears that all assets in the Bahamas are subject to probate, including bank accounts. I n Canada, for example, p robate is only required on a ssets that require a change of title, ie, real property or a vehicle and then only if the assets exceed in total $25,000. C anadian banks may, at their discretion, transfer assets to the executor of a valid will, r equiring only a death certifi cate and a validated copy of the will. I f probate is necessary, Canadians can expect a grant of probate within three m onths with legal costs and f ees in the region of 1 er cent t o 2 per cent, depending on the Province. In the USA, banks permit a transfer on death (too b e executed by the owner(s of a bank account that stipulates who will be the owner of the assets upon the death of t he account holders. Bank accounts in the Bahamas are frozen until pro bate is granted. This may cause considerable h ardship to the beneficiaries who may need these funds in o rder to pay bills. Any real estate owned by the deceased cannot have title transferredu ntil the grant of probate has been issued. The legal costs of probate i n the Bahamas can go as high as 10 per cent (especially if r eal estate is involved and title is being transferred by means of a deed of title assent) of thee state value. This is because the present s ystem of title transfer in the Bahamas is outdated, complicated, time consuming andc ostly both to the purchaser, seller and government. T he Bahamas registry office only registers the deeds and not the land and thereforet here is no guarantee of ownership. Surely a system, similar to Canada, where land title is guaranteed by a government registry where both own-e rship and interest are recorded would simplify the process and reduce the cost of con-v eyance considerably. In Canada, for example, a c onveyance will cost the purchaser approximately $800 flat fee + disbursements. I n the Bahamas the cost can vary from 1 per cent to 5 per c ent of the purchase price to each of the seller and purchaser. Really what is the dif-f erence in conveying a property with a value of $100,000 and another with a value of $10,000,000? The paperwork and due d iligence in establishing title is exactly the same for a property regardless of value. I n Canada title transfer usu ally takes 7-10 days. In the Bahamas it takes as l ong as it takes for the purc haser’s lawyer to provide a legal opinion as to title. Such an opinion is not a guarantee and this is what needs to be legislated so the government can then take o ver the guarantee of title and register the land ownership. Future generations in the B ahamas will be forever gratef ul. Cost of home purchase will be reduced and stimulate f irst time buyers. The Turks & Caicos Islands h ave a more efficient system c omplete with a land Registry Office that will guarantee title. Title transfer can be done in the TCI within 7-10 days with the cost of a conveyance and title transfer that is between 1/2 per cent and 3/4 per cent of the purchase price to each of the seller and purchaser. Whilst I understand the n eed for probate, no matter w here the jurisdiction, it s hould be a simple process with the minimum of stress to the beneficiaries of the deceased estate. Making the t ransfer of real estate title easier and less costly would be a great start but also removing a ssets that are of a non title nature, such as a bank account, completely from thep robate process or at least place a reasonable limit before probate is triggered. I am unsure if the problem i s the government or the l awyers who write the laws but between them (if they want to) both the probate and land t itle problems could be quickl y and efficiently resolved to the benefit of the Bahamian people. R ICHARD “DICKIE” PYPER Nassau, April, 2009. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2009 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master L EON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 S IR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. P ublisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. P ublisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday S hirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama T ELEPHONES Switchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising Advertising Manager (242 C irculation Department (242 N assau Fax: (242 Freeport, Grand Bahama: 1-(242 F reeport fax: (242 W EBSITE www.tribune242.com – updated daily at 2pm NEW YORK Barack Obama reached h is presidency’s 100-day mark surfing a wave of political good fortune. The polling numbers remain high, on everything fromjob performance to personal likability to public optimism about the future. And thed efection of longtime Republican Arlen Specter, the senior senator from Pennsylvania, to the Democratic Party underscoredt he degree to which the president’s political opposition now finds itself in the politi cal wilderness. The president’s agenda will now enjoy a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate( assuming Al Franken eventually gets seat ed as the junior senator from Minnesota), a nd the Republicans seem to be doubling down on a political strategy that has thus far shown itself to be a losing one in mostp arts of the country. The president is, in short, riding high. The prospects for his ambitious domestic agenda look good indeed. And if the president is as smart as he seems, he will pressh ard, now, to get what he wants from Congress, while he can get it. Because there’s an ebb and flow to political fortunes, and one can already sense the undertow that lurks beneath the surface of Obama’s pop u lar success. It likely won’t come from his domestic rivals, whose alternative budget proposal its economic merits aside showed them profoundly tone-deaf to the politicalm oment. No, if it comes, it will likely come from overseas, where the past week has been filled with alarming developments. T he situation in nuclear-armed Pakistan a nation which Obama rightly has recognized as critical to U.S. aims in Afghanistan where Taliban forces have taken control of areas just 60 miles from the capital of Islamabad, remains a gen uine emergency. It is an emergency exacerbated by the paralytic reaction of Pakistan’s government, which, at least in the early going, showed itself unwilling or unable to assert authority over its own sovereign territory. The thousands of U.S. troops Obama is now sending to Afghanistan will face a Tali ban emboldened by success and expanded territory from which to stage their operations. Afghanistan is about to become Obama’s war, with the potential to explode onto front pages in a way that could bei mpossible for even economy-obsessed Americans to ignore. The president’s renewed military and d iplomatic focus on Afghanistan and Pakistan has always rested on the assumption t hat the U.S. would be able to wind down our concomitant commitments in Iraq. Well, there’s trouble there, too. Obama’s1 00th day in office was marked in Iraq by car-bomb explosions in Baghdad’s Sadr C ity that killed more than 40 people. The previous week, two days of terrorist bomb ings in Iraq’s capital and in the Diyala p rovince killed more than 150 people. The bombings have targeted the major ity Shiite population, leading to fears that sectarian violence in Iraq, which had been on the wane, could flare again as U.S.t roops prepare their scheduled June withdrawal from urban bases. Obama now faces the possibility that the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan could intensify simultaneously, at precisely thet ime when it was hoped that resources deployed in Iraq could be redirected to Afghanistan. During his first 100 days, the new occupant of the White House has presided over a nation understandablyf ocused on its internal well-being. But his next 100 days might well see the dangerous world beyond our borders pushi ts way back into the headlines. In addition to the very real national-security concerns these developments raise, Obama also might find himself discovering what happens to presidents with big domestic plans and big military commitments over seas. The president has faced any number of major challenges in his first 100 days. It’s possible he hasn’t seen the half of it yet. (This article was written by Dan Rather c.2009 Hearst Newspapers). Probate takes too long and costs too much LETTERS letters@tribunemedia.net Obama has big challenges abroad EDITOR, The Tribune. R egarding recent reports in The Tribune regarding “granting of Crown land” brings to mind grants of Crown land for farming. W ho in what department is responsible for verifying that these lands are “actively” used for farming? It is known that these “farmers” have duties waived on “farming equipment, etc” however, in the past it seems duties have been waived on personal vehicles/materials, etc. Regarding grants for development in any island, again, who and what department is responsible for ensuring that the “proposed development” does actually exist? It is my understanding, that if the property is not useda ccordingly, then our government has the right to return the property to the Crown? In addition, if an individual cannot prove lease/grant” of Crown land, then who will rectify this situation, so that “property” may be secured for legitimate purposes? Will someone kindly come forward and advise us, the taxpayers, of how this situation is monitored? S A FARRINGTON Nassau, April, 2009. Questionable development of Crown/Grant lands

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n By SWIFT JONATHAN T HEChristian Counc il vigorously works to defend morality and decenc y in the Bahamas. When Brokeback Mountain threatened our fair shores, theC hristian Council, via the Bahamas Play and Film Con t rol Board, valiantly rose to the defence of this Christian nation. Heaven and all itsa ngels forbade that a film that you couldn’t pay young B ahamian minds to go and see, be shown in our sacred theaters. All those emptys eats! The horror! The threat to their fragile souls was obvious to all. Clearly, the day after being paid to go and watch the film, they would got o school or be in their homes and homosexuality would inundate their thoughts, theirm inds and their behavior, jeopardising their wholesome C hristian souls for all eternity. In their infinite wisdom, the Christian Council decided too ne up their zealous American brethren, who had i mposed an R (Restricted ing on the film, by imposing a ban on the film here, so as toe nsure the sanctity of marriage and protect it from the scourge of sweet-hearting, with a gay man, and Hollywood’s gay agenda. N ow, we have two fantastic films that will definitely e ncourage wholesome Christian behaviour and will ensure t hat the fragile minds of our youth are nourished on truly ennobling values. In their infi-n ite wisdom, the Christian Council has chosen not to ban t hese films. They are the kind of films that promote values that really focus the minds ofo ur young people on that ever serious and useful question: What would Jesus do? These films will undoubtedly encourage the best behavioura mongst our young people. It is really great that, in the Christian Council, we haves uch wise and enlightened censors to protect the minds of o ur impressionable youth. It seems they have learned a lot from the other great faith thatd ominates large portions of o ur globe and strives hard for moral rectitude and good behaviour. V alues The first film I would like to discuss, Fast & Furious, rat ed T, will undoubtedly demonstrate to young mindst he importance of wearing seat belts, using signals, respecting other drivers on ther oad, following the speed limit and, most importantly, cont rolling road rage at all times. These values will definitely be established firmly in the mindso f our youth as they pour out of the theatres and jump into their cars. It will also encourage better habits in slightly older drivers, who undoubt-e dly will improve their driving skills after visiting the various ‘establishments’, after having seen the film, and drinking refreshing beverages to ensuret heir safe journey home. They may even try out some of their newly learned techniques, def initely contributing to the safe ty of our roads and ensuring t hat traffic fatalities are min imised. The other film is even better. This one is called Fighting, also rated T, and it tena ciously demonstrates all the values that Jesus tried to imbue upon his Christian brethren. It promotes turning the other cheek, dialogue, peaceful conflict resolution, m aking an honest living, respecting women and better r ace relations. Clearly, after watching this, students will practice all of these values ando ur schools and teachers will benefit tremendously from the lessons the students have learned in the film. It should also have a dra m atic effect on our night clubs and bars. It should definitely reduce violence and encourage people to resolve their differencesi n a spirit of love, peace and goodwill, the very essence of Christianity. Hopefully, with a little luck, Fighting will discourage ourn oble Christian students from engaging in anti-social behaviour or resorting to violence,a s its title strongly suggests it has the power to do. Unfortunately, convincing the youth to see either of the two latter films will be nighi mpossible, as the subject matter and content simply doesn’t pique their curiosity sufficiently. The Christian Council may want to consider purchasing tickets and loading buses for daily viewings, just to ensure that the positive message of these two exceptional films is h itting the mark. After all, what would Jesus do? I would like to formally thank both the Christian Council and the Bahamas Playa nd Film Control Board, for their exceptional use of cen sorship. Y outh Scientific studies, which they o bviously pay attention to, have proven that their hard w ork is making a difference with our youth. Grades are improving, s ports participation is growing, drug use is down, drivers are respecting the rules of the road and we finally have peaceful conflict resolution int he schools and in the bars and night clubs. Best yet, the Bahamas has a b right and sunny Christian future. Hallelujah! Our youth are SAVED! James 1:26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain. C M Y K C M Y K PAGE 6, FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2009 THE TRIBUNE Food for thought on Brokeback Mountain, Fighting, Fast & Furious Y OUR S AY CHANNING TATUM stars as fighter Shawn MacArthur in ‘Fighting.’ U n i v e r s a l P i c t u r e s , P h i l l i p V . C a r u s o / A P

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n By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net HAVING been grounded since he won the British Commonwealth title fight last July, Jermaine ‘Choo Choo’ Mackey said he’s eager to get back in the ring. He’s due to fight on Saturday, May 23 at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasiumw hen he defends his World Boxing Council’s Caribbean Boxing Federation( CABOFE) title against Alexis Divison. “I really was preparing for the Comm onwealth title, but everything wasn’t sorted out in time, so I’m getting ready for the CABOFE defence,” he said. “Jermaine Mackey is going in there at 110 percent. I have a good Puerto Rican fighter to fight and I know he’s coming to try and knock me off my title,b ut I want him to know that the freight train is coming straight forward.” Not having a chance to fight since he won the British title over Nigerian M ichael Gbenga in a 12-round decision on July 19, Mackey said he’s been fighting since the age of 12 and at age 29, he has learned to deal with disappointments. “I never tried to understand what was going on (between First Class Promo tions and the Bahamas Boxing Commission),” he said. “Jermaine is going to stay focused. “I understand that in the game of life there’s going to be disappointments, so I just have to stay strong. It comes in boxing, it comes in work and it comes in family. So I just stayed strong and the non-believers are just making me stronger.” Thanking all those who have supported him, as well as his sponsors, Nautilus Water, Prime Bahamas, V-8 Splash and the Minister of Youth, Sports and Cul ture, Desmond Banister, Mackey said he’s not going to let anything distract him from his ultimate goal. Although he won’t have a tune-up f ight going into the title defence, Mackey said he won’t let it get to him. “Going in there, I might be impatient, I might be wary, but I have to take it as it goes and rely on my past experience to take me forward,” he said. Ray Minus Jr., Mackey’s manager/coach, said his protg is ready to go. “He’s been training and he’s in excellent shape,” he said. “He’s been doing a ton of round sparring every day, he’s been running every day and his mind and confident level is there. “So we feel good about keeping Choo Choo together after experiencing all of the disappointments in the last several months. We felt we did a very good job keeping his spirit there and not getting fat or lazy.” Minus Jr. said Mackey has been disciplined enough to continue his training and he’s in the best shape he could ever be going into the fight. “We’re on a mission to really prove that we can take this thing all the way. So that is a really big motivation for us,” h e pointed out. The only problem is not having a tune up fight before the title defence. But Minus Jr. said it should not be any problem. “We’ve been doing a fill-a-buster training where we put any number of fighters in the ring to go up against him,” Minus Jr. said. “That’s the hardest train ing that you can do in the world. “So if you can overcome that type of training against some of the best boxers that’s the kind of work that will not only continue to get you ready, but your confidence level will rise, so it will be almost impossible for him to be upset against this fighter.” Although they are not taking anybody lightly, Minus Jr. said they were already looking ahead to August when Mackey will defend his British Commonwealth title. “We’re training hard for it, but we’re looking past this opponent and we’re getting ready for the Commonwealth opponent,” Minus Jr said. “That’s one of the reasons why we n amed this show the ‘Road to the Commonwealth.’ We’re looking past it and we’re looking forward to performing very well.” C M Y K C M Y K FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2009 THETRIBUNE PAGE 12 I NSIDE International sports news FOOTBALL BAHAMAS FLAG FOOTBALL LEAGUE T HE newly formed Bahamas Flag Football League will be back in action this weekend at the Winton Rugby Field. Here’s a look at the schedule of g ames on tap: Sunday 2:30pm – The Eastside Predators vs. The Warriors 4:30pm – RBC Lions vs. The Good-m an's Bay Spart ans B ASEBALL JBLN SCHEDULE THE Junior Baseball League of Nassau w ll be back in action this weekend at t he St. Andrew’s Field of Dreams with the following games on tap: TEE BALL 11 am Raptors vs Grasshoppers 1 pm Blue Claws vs Sidewinders 3 pm Knights vs Sand Gnats COACH PITCH 10 am Angels vs Blue Jays 1 2:30 pm Diamondbacks vs Cubs 3 pm Athletics vs Astros MINOR LEAGUE 10 am Royals vs Rockies 12:30 pm Red Sox vs Rays M AJOR LEAGUE 12:30 pm Reds vs Marlins 3 pm Indians vs Mariners JUNIOR LEAGUE 1 0 am Dodgers vs Cardinals 12:30 pm Yankees vs Twins SENIOR LEAGUE Saturday 3 pm Pirates vs Phillies S unday 3 pm Tigers vs Rangers S OFTBALL BSC PLA YOFFS T HE Baptist Sports Council will contin ue its 2009 Joyce Minus Basketball playoffs on Saturday at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex with the following games on tap: C ourt One 10 am Macedonia vs Golden Gates ( 15). 11 am Golden Gates vs Latter-Day S aints (19 Noon Christian Tabernacle vs Bahamas Harvest (M2 pm Evangelistic Center vs winner Christian Tabernacle/Bahamas Harvest. C ourt Two 10 am Temple Fellowship vs Faith Unit e d (15 11 am Temple Fellowship vs First Bap t ist (19 Noon First Baptist vs Temple Fellowship (M 2 pm Temple Fellowship vs First Baptist (M WBC’S CABOFE super middleweight champion Jermaine ‘Choo Choo’ Mackey goes to work on a sparring partner at the new boxing venue at the First Class Promotions site on Wulff Road opposite Whim Automotive Ltd. Looking on is coach Ray Minus Jr. HERE’S an inside view of the renovations being done by workmen at the National Boxing Gym at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex. sports NOTES T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f Mackey ‘eager to get back in the ring’ n By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net GET ready for another eposide of the Ray Minus versus Quincy ‘Thrill-A-Minute’ Pratt clash. With Champion Boxing Club having had to relocate its training facilities to the site of the First Class property on Wulff Road, Minus said he and Pratt have agreed to put on a seven-fight series starting on Saturday, May 16. “We’re going to slug it out in a hard fourround showdown and we’re not playing,” Minus Jr. said. “We’re doing it as a fundrais er for our club. “We need a lot of help with equipment and other things like putting on shows and taking the boxers off to compete. So we feel that the public will respond to that.” Although Minus Jr won the epic three matches that they had between them in their heyday, Minus Jr. said they won’t count. They will have to start from scratch. “Right now, both of us are older, but both of us are in fairly good shape,” said Minus Jr., who at the time was training his protege Jermaine ‘Choo Choo’ Mackey. “We’re not going to be pulling any punch es. He thinks because I have grey hair he can redeem himself. But I have to be careful because in this small town, Quincy has to live with the people and so if he can get his revenge, I will be the one mocked about and I am not going to let that happen.” At age 45, Minus Jr. said he anticipates that Pratt will eventually win it, but if he does, he know he can use the excuse of “old age” against the 30-something year-old Pratt. Minus Jr. said Champion Boxing Club has had to vacate the National Boxing Gymna Bahamian boxing legends set to clashonce more Minus and Pratt plan to battle it out in fundraiser event SEE page 13

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f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sium at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex because of the renovations that the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture is engaged in. “It looks like they are about two weeks to a month away andup here we are already two weeks to a month away from having this facility completed,” he said. Having returned to the heart of the city on Wulff Road, Minus Jr. said already they had beenable to attract a lot more new young aspiring boxers. “This is going to be good for boxing because up here we have an atmosphere that is in the public’s eyes,” he said. “It’s rightout to the public, right to the road, so everybody is enjoying it.” Jermaine Mackey, who is preparing for the defence of his World Boxing Council’s Caribbean Boxing Federation (CABOFE title, said the change in venue was ideal for him. “I’m really excited because I’m right out of Kemp Road and it only takes me a minute to get him,” he said. “It’s a whole new level of training where you get people watching you. “So you have to go out and put out a lot more, so I’m really excited about being here.” Although the facility is outdoors, Mackey said he had to take some time to get adjusted, but the good thing is that he doesn’t have to worry about the heat in the gym. “You can just go out there and work and cool off at the same time,” he said. When the new facility is completed at Baillou Hills, Minus Jr. said they intended to utilise bothof them to accommodate the boxers who live in the two areas. “Champion Boxing Club’s amateur boxing programme willhave two locations and the professional boxers will also be ableto utilise both faclities,” Minus Jr said. Once school is over, Minus Jr. said Champion Boxing Club would also put on the first RayMinus Jr. Summer Boxing Camp at the First Class Promo tions’ site. n B y BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net WITH Wesley Rolle declining the nomi nation to run again, Steve Turnquest has moved up from first vice president to take o ver as the new president of the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association. During the elections held on Tuesday n ight at the National Tennis Center, Turnquest won over Bradley Bain. S urprised by Rolle’s decision not to run again, Turnquest said there’s not that much difference from yesterday when he s erved as the immediate past first vice president. It was a surprise for me because initially I was still running for first vice president and Wes was running for president,” Turnquest said. “But as the meeting went on and he was nominated, he said he thinks he will take a pass and pass it on to somebody e lse and I was nominated.” Despite Rolle not returning, Turnquest said he felt that the incumbent had done sufficient work to be returned, so he was really taken aback when he declined. A s the new president, Turnquest said there’s a lot of work ahead of him. H e noted that right now the Bahamas h ave a junior team competing in Boca Raton, Florida in the finals of a major tournament and he’s looking forward to a successful showing from there. W hile the association have launched its w ebsitewww.bahamaslawntennisassociat ion.com, Turnquest said they have just completed an impressive National High School Invitational Tournament, which they hope to make an annual one. In addition to that, we want to utilise t he property that the government has offered to us. It’s adjacent to the tennis c entre,” he said. “What we need to make haste with is to add ten more courts, which would enable us to put on and accommodate more international tennis tournaments where we n eed a minimum of 20 courts to do it.” With a hot bed of talent and excellent facilities compared to the rest of the Caribbean, Turnquest said there’s no reason why the programme can’t continue t o excel. But Turnquest said one of the major p roblems they are going to be faced with is funding, but they hope that through the website and hosting of the internationalt ournaments, they will be able to generate the financial support. H e said he’s quite pleased with the team of executives, simply because it’s basically the same, except for a few new people a s council members. He noted that Ricardo Bowe, the new first vice president, was very instrumental in the high school programme and he’s eager to see him continue to work. Bain also was nominated for the post of first vice president, but he lost to Ricardo B owe, who served as a Council member during the last administration. Returned unopposed as the second vice p resident is Neil McTaggart. In the other executive poisitions, all u nopposed, Leah Major was returned as t reasurer and will be assisted by Sharon Coakley. Back as secretary is Erica Rolle and she will be assisted by Paulette Major. E ight persons were nominated for the C ouncil member positions and elected were Steve Thompson, Dr. Patrick Cargill, Dr. Ellen Moxey, Nikkita Fountain and Dugald Small. Rolle, in explaining his decision not to r un again, said it was personal and he just wanted to move on. I’m still going to be involved with the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association,” he said. “As a matter of fact, I’m still the chairman of the Davis Cup committee and I’m still going to be working with an I TF Play in State programme that we hope to put in place to bring a lot of coaches and physical education teachers to become certified coaches.” Asked if he had any regrets as he moves o n, Rolle said he doesn’t because he was able to accomplish quite a lot. I was able to sensitise a lot of parents about tennis and getting them involved about what they need to be doing to geti nvolved so that they can get their children prepared to play at a competitive level,” R olle said. “Certainly the two years that I’ve been there, we saw a lot of improvement of the p erformances of our junior players and we were able to get Mark Knowles to come back for the Davis Cup. So I’m hoping that he will be back in July to help us to stay in Zone II.” Additionally, Rolle said he had a lot of people that really helped to make his t enure an enjoyable one. “We could have done more in the Family Islands, but I think the Play in State p rogramme is going to do a lot for the Family Islands because you will have peop le out there on the ground who will have s ome knowledge about the game and they will be interested in it.” Rolle said the only concern he had was t hat he wasn’t able to see the association b ecome a federation with the Family Islands having their own associations. “To this date, we have put together the constitution for the New Providence Tennis Associarion, so it’s just a matter of g etting that information out to the members and once we can have an extraordinary meeting in the next two months, we will get that done.” R olle said it’s been mandated by the IFT that they become a federation and s o they are duty bound to complete that a spect if they are going to continue to get their support. With the elections complete, the BLTA can now turn its attention on the Security & General ITF Junior International Tenn is Tournament in June, followed by the hosting of the second round of the Amer ican Zone II Davis Cup tie in July. n By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net FRESH from their final appearance at the Barcelona Open Banco Sabadell in Spain on Sunday, Mark Knowles and Mahesh Bhupathi won their opener at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 in Rome, Italy. After getting a bye in the first round, the Bahamian-Indian duo had to go to another super tie-breaker before they prevailed with a 7-6 (5 10-3 win over the team of Simone Bolelli and Andreas Seppi from Italy yesterday. Seeded at number four in the tournament, Knowles and Bhupathi will now go on to play the No.6 seeded team of Mariusz Frystenberg and Marcin Matkowski of Poland. They are scheduled to play that round today. Newly-elected president of the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association Steven Turnquest said they have been quite impressed with Knowles and Bhupathi’s performances. He noted that while they have not been successful in winning their first title for the year, they are right there knocking on the door and it’s obvious that it’s only going to be a matter of time before they do. Switching to the local scene, Turnquest said the BLTA is looking forward to having Knowles join the Bahamas team when they play the second round of the American Zone II Davis Cup tie against Guatemala in July. “Mark has been a good rep resentative for the Bahamas and he’s a very good doubles player as well,” he said. “We will always welcome Mark on the team because everyone respects his ability as far as playing is concerned.” Turnquest said he’s still waiting on confirmation from immediate past president Wes ley Rolle, who is in charge of the operation of the Davis Cup tie. “We will welcome Mark. So anytime that he says he’s going to play, we welcome him with open arms,” Turnquest said. The Bahamas will host Guatemala from July 10-12 at the National Tennis Center, but it’s not known if there will be any changes in the make-up. The Bahamas, captained by John Farrington and featuring Devin Mullings, Timothy Neil ly, Bjorn Munroe and Marvin Rolle, is coming off a 4-1 lost to Paraguay in the first in Paraguay over the weekend of March 6-8. Knowles, Bhupathi win opener at ATP World Tour Turnquest takes over as BLTA president STEVE TURNQUEST, newly elected president of the BLTA. B ahamian boxing legends set to clashonce more F ROM page 12

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C M Y K C M Y K SPORTS PAGE 14, FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2009 TRIBUNE SPORTS RAJASTHAN Royals batsman Swapnil Asnodkar is dismissed after his bat hits his own wicket during the Indian Premier League Twenty20 cricket match at the Super Sport Park in Pretoria, South Africa, Thursday April 30, 2009. CHENNAI Super Kings bowler Suresh Raina, left, reacts as the umpire signals a wicket after appealing successfully for a LBW to dismiss Rajasthan Royals batsman Rob Quiney, unseen, for 28 runs, during their Indian Premier League Twenty20 cricket match against the Rajasthan Royals at the Super Sport Park in Pretoria, South Africa, Thursday, April 30, 2009. RAJASTHAN Royals captain Shane Warne bowls during the Indian Pre-m ier League Twenty20 cricket match against the Chennai Super Kings at the Super Sport Park in Pretoria, South Africa, Thursday, April 30, 2009. CHENNAI Super Kings batsman Suresh Raina plays looks up as he celebrates his century a during the Indian Premier League Twenty20 cricket match against the Rajasthan Royals at the Super Sport Park in Pretoria, South Africa, Thursday April 30, 2009. Indian Premier League TWENTY20

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the part of government to com m unicate with artists about the event and an apparent deficit of preparatory work heightened suspicion that the government might not be committed to the event. In reality it didn’t seem like the government was doing any t hing,” he told T he Tribune However, this was not the view s hared by Cleophas Adderley, E xecutive Director of the National Music Heritage and Research Unit at the Department of Culture, who told The Tribune he had not heard of any intention to can c el and found the news very unexpected. A ccording to Mr Adderley, “arrangements were being made” f or the festival. “If the plans that were recommended were implemented, we would have been more than ready. It would be fantastic,” said the Executive Director. It is not known what considera tions, whether financial or otherwise, led government to rule a gainst hosting the event. When it shelved plans to host Carifesta X in 2008, government blamed the PLP for not doing suf ficient preparatory work prior to May 2007. Nonetheless, that cancellation i nfuriated many in the cultural community and led the PLP to a ccuse the FNMA of lacking political will and “embarrassing” the c ountry. Artist Margot Bethel yesterday lamented the unwillingness seen for some time on the part of government to “initiate a conversation” with Bahamian artists on the subject of Carifesta X. “Even if people have to say things they don’t want to have to say we should still talk to each oth er,” said Ms Bethel. Nonetheless, Mr Murray claimed artists are galvanising and have vowed that whether with the Government’s support or not, they hope to realise their dream of having artists from across the region g ather in the Bahamas in 2010 to display their talents and heritage. With government support it would be easier, not just financ ially, but because of space issues and legal issues, but hopefully even if they decide not to do Carifesta if artists take certain amount of responsibility to host something t he government will be willing to offer some help,” said Mr Mur r ay. He said that a private group, t he Bahamas Art Collective, has been meeting over the last several months to work on the idea of putting together a “fringe” style arts event. T he Bahamas has never hosted Carifesta, which originated in G uyana in 1972. After the gov ernment opted out of hosting Cari festa X in 2008, Guyana hosted that year’s festival at short notice. Although Trinidad had originally been slated to host Carifesta XI in 2010 the Trinidadian gov-e rnment consented to allow the Bahamas to do so instead. I t is not known now which country will host the event next year, if it goes ahead. The Tribune was unable to reach the Minister or Director of Culture, Charles Maynard and Eddie Dames yesterday for comment as they were said to be travelling. A message left for the Prime Minister was not returned up to press time. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 16, FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2009 THE TRIBUNE k nown as ZNS he would be "astounded" to find it was near the $200,000 range. To minimise what could be s een as political interference in the matter, Mr Turnquest said he is not involved in the debt collection procedures. "I really don't know what the r esponse (from the PLP been ZNS writes to them all the time. Because it's a political entity, as minister I've allowed t he system to deal with it themselves, I don't get involved, but of course I get briefed as minister," he said. According to Mr Christie, the b ills were racked up presumably for party advertisements and extended convention coverage. He added that as party leader h e is committed to ensuring the group settles all outstanding debts. "I have no idea that we owe that kind of money if it's $200,000 I would be astounded because I have most certainly indicated to the party that wew ould raise the money to pay what we owe, obviously wew ould wish to pay. There's no mystery to it we'll just have to u se our membership in its various forms to settle the debt. "But I have told the party as leader I would take full responsibility for it and ensure that thep arty takes full action to settle these debts. Whatever thea mount is, once I am satisfied that there is that amount of m oney owed to ZNS we'll pay it and will make every effort to work on a payment plan," he s aid. The party, which was unseate d on May 7, 2007, is preparing for its national convention s cheduled for later this year when the post of deputy lead ership is expected to be hotly contested. Mr Christie said he did not think settling the debt owed ZNS would affect the financing needed for the convention, which he said had its own comm ittee responsible for fundrais ing. Mr Turnquest said the corporation, funded by tax payer dollars to the tune of $11 million a year, is facing significant financial challenges coupled with bloated staff numbers. they can take exhibits from t he property and take it in but there is a process. The c ourts will determine whether or not we have conducted ourselves in any way shape or form to breech any law according to our license.A nd we feel as though we haven’t and the authoritiesf eel as though we did. And so there is the courts that will d ecide that. And that is all that happens here,” he said. Mr Flowers said they will accommodate anyone, the authorities, the attorneys, a nyone whenever, wherever to prove that they are notg uilty of the accusations that are being made. Our payroll last year was $1.4 million and we do not owe a penny in National Insurance. We have an account especially only to d eal with National Insurance to make certain that our staffa re taken care of to the fullest. We don’t pull any p unches. “You go to Cable Bahamas and ask them who is their biggest client. It has to be FML. You have eight stores w ith fiber optics. And next to the hotels we certainly h ave the largest light bill in this country. We are running a ir-conditioning units in every one of our large build ings. At eight buildings we are talking about no less than $5,000 to $6,000 a month. So it is not that we are not cognizant of the fact thatw e play an important role as far as paying our bills and s eeing that we are following the rules and regulations and conducting ourselves in ap rofessional way,” he said. Therefore, going forward M r Flowers said his company will have to follow the process through the courts to regain the funds that have been confiscated, pointing out that his business has a responsibility to provide a service and make a positive difference in the community. “You have to keep in mind that there is a process. Tryi ng to expedite it will not make it any less painful. There is a process it has to go through and it is not a v ery quick one because we are talking about a judicial process that we know takes time. And we have been hereb efore our last incident s imilar to this took us nearly a year and a half before the courts ruled that there was nothing to be charged for a nd that Mr Flowers could be returned his money and h is equipment. “So this is certainly not the f irst time. But it is just a shame that we have to go this route again. But whenever they feel is necessary cer tainly they have the right. T hey have that right,” he said. O n Tuesday night, police raided the FML webshop on V illage Road and the Our Place Sporting Lounge in the Meldon Shopping Plaza on Mackey Street. Confiscating money, equipment and “gamb ling” paraphernalia police made several arrests but havey et to charge anyone formally before the courts. refuge for himself and his family. According to Jetta Baptiste, president of the Haitian Bahamian Society of the B ahamas, Mr Pierre went ahead to see what he could do to make the relocation process achievable for his family. “We are demanding that the government r eview and revise their current immigration policies concerning political asylum applicants, because it is unacceptable for these helpless refugees to be sent to certain d eath in their homeland,” said Ms Baptiste w ho was extremely upset by the death of the 37-year-old father of four who had pleaded with the Bahamas government for assistance. One life lost, is one too many. There is no excuse for this. No one should have to die because the Bahamas government has a bunch of employees who hate Haitians, a nd that they would do anything necessary t o rid the country of them. God is not pleased with a country which touts itself as a Christian nation and yet their actions show, that they are really Christ-less and actl ike real children of the devil.” According to reports reaching his wife on Saturday evening, several gunmen followed him to the address where he was living and h e was shot in the heart while in Santo Domingo. “He did everything to live in peace undercover, but after he crossed the border, Haitian Immigration officials reported that he had travelled to Santo Domingo, and the unknown gunmen searched for him until they found and executed him only weeks after arriving in Santo Domingo. Anderson did not have to die if the government officials worked and they did what they promised the international community they would do through these treaties. Instead, they did what they felt was the most expedient thing for them to do, and now, a young man is dead,” Ms. Baptiste said sadly. Mr Pierre and his wife Paulette applied to t he local Immigration office in Freeport, Grand Bahama two years ago. They were asked to report to the local Immigration office every Monday, morning where they had to sign a log book. Then on September 29, 2008 when he and his wife went to sign in as usual, they were given a letter from the Immigration Department which said, “We hereby advise t hat the application was considered, however, we regret to inform you that it was not approved as you have not met the criteria f or refugee status under UNHCH’s 1951 Convention and its 1967 Protocol.” “Therefore you have a period of 21 days with effect from the date of this letter to wind up your affairs and depart The Bahamas,” the letter, dated September 5, 2008, concluded. Pierre’s violent death has led the HBSB to appeal to government and members of t he United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to conduct an immediate investigation into his death. “The Bahamas has signed so many international treaties stating that they would respect human rights. They are a member of the United Nations and 41 other International bodies and have failed miserably in protecting human rights. By signing on the d otted lines, the Bahamas tells the international community they will abide by their guidelines and protocols, and then they (the Bahamas ent. This is unjust. Even the Constitution of the Bahamas protects all persons who are in this country and everyone is guaranteed certain rights and protection under the law, but are these rights honoured and/or r espected by these Bahamian government bureaucrats?” Ms Baptise asked. The HBSB president questioned whether t he government was going to take care of Paulette who gave birth to the couple’s son three weeks ago. She wanted to know if Paulette and her newborn would also be forced to leave the country to return to Haiti where they will be killed. “These people went to the Immigration Department seeking assistance. They were interviewed. They told Immigration offic ers about their plight. The couple fled Haiti leaving their homes, cars, and business, just so that they could survive. They said that they were afraid that they would be killed should they return to Haiti, because they had been threatened and attacked while there before and escaped to come to the Bahamas. “Yet, instead of protecting them, the g overnment of the Bahamas asked them to leave the country. “Where else could they go? Did the Bahamas ask a third country to assist in granting them refuge if they felt that they (The Bahamas these people? How many other political asylum applicants have the Bahamas immigration officials arrested and deported to a c ountry where they are certain to be killed?” Ms Baptise asked. P LP owes Broadcasting Corporation nearlyq uarter of a million dollars F ROM page one Man denied Bahamas asylum ‘executed’ F ROM page one Flowers:almost $1m confiscated by the police FROM page one Carifesta RBPF GIVE21 GUNSALUTE THE ROYAL B AHAMASPOLICEFORCE give the 21 gun salute at the funeral of Leslie John Albert L ewis Sr yesterday. SEEPAGEONE Felip Major /Tribune staff FROM page one Share your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the ar ea or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story.

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C M Y K C M Y K SECTIONB business@tribunemedia.net FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2009 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third p arty and The Tribune can not be held r esponsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $3.53 $3.53 $3.48 FAMILY GUARDIAN 396-1355 I BAHAMAHEALTH 396-1300 I FG CAPITAL MARKETS 396-4076 I FG FINANCIAL 396-4080SALES OFFICES: NASSAU I FREEPORT I ABACO I ELEUTHERA I EXUMA I CORPORATE CENTRE: EAST BAY STREET I www.famguardbahamas.com the important link in your financial planning 1"+&1r)($)0*12*&$., 555)0*12*&$., +2% ! ! t t f !! $! b)bnbt$!.1/&$2"11"3 ##!+&32)&0"")","1 22*-(&%(&:0&&-;36307.,&1 "-%1.024&+./,&-2/.1 2*.-&%2.#&2)&(+.#&;1'*012+36307 0&1.022.2"++7.''2)&(0*%8)*1*12)& 3230&.'&4&+./,&-21!.3-;2 "-22.*112)*1##!r%#&&"&#"$.")","1 ##! br Over 1,000 first-time buyers seek Stamp Tax exemption n By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The $80 million buyout of its controlling shareholder will put in place the structure that “deals with our financing for the next three to four years”, Cable Bahamas’ president told Tribune Business yesterday, the company’s Board having approved the purchase of Columbus Communications’ 30.2 per cent stake at a $13.43 per share price. Anthony Butler said the BISX-listed company’s ‘buyback’ acquisition of its majority shareholder’s stake would “position us well to take advantage of the opportuni ties” stemming from the Government’s deregulation/liberalisation of the Bahamian communications market, through removing any issues surrounding ‘foreign owner ship’ of Cable Bahamas. The purchase is being financed through the combi nation of a $40 million preference share issue, a $105 million senior bank credit facility and Cable Bahamas’ own working capital. The BISXlisted firm is raising far more than the $80 million it needs $80m Cable buyout settles firm finances for ‘next 3-4 years’ * BISX-listed firm unveils deal to buyout controlling investor at $13.43 per share, representing 11.5% premium to closing price * Price 6% less than $14.28 mulled pre-Christmas, but still 11.5% premium to market * Deal to be financed via $40m preference share issue, and $105 credit facility, in wider restructuring of existing credit lines * Company believes ‘foreign ownership removal’ will give it advantage as market deregulates SEE page 5B IN THE NEWS n B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor M ore than 1,000 Bahamian first-time home buyers applied f or Stamp Tax exemption for their purchases during the first nine months of the incentive’se xistence, the minister of state for finance said yesterday, w ith those requests covering $51.3 million worth of mortgage applications. Zhivargo Laing said the Ministry of Finance hadr eceived some 1,050 applica tions from first-time home b uyers, seeking to obtain the Stamp Tax exemption on * Applications for incentive that could save up to $50,000 in tax cover mortgages worth $51.3m, and conveyancings worth $34.6m * ‘Substantial’ number of the 600 applications finalised now approved for exemption, while 200 refused and another 200 requiring more information Zhivargo Laing SEE page 4B n By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The Government will over “the next 24-48 hours” sign agreements with Hutchison Whampoa and Isle of Capri that will see the latter continue to manage Our Lucaya’s casino “day-today” for another four months, a move intended to provide “maximum time” to conclude a search f or the right replacement operator. Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace, minister of tourism and aviation, told Tribune Business that “about eight” gaming operators from the US and UK had shown their interest in taking over Isle of Capri to extend stay in Freeport * Eight UK and US casino operators interested in taking over Grand Bahama facility * Government hoping to sign deal with Hutchison, Isle of Capri in ‘next 24-48 hours’ to allow latter to manage Our Lucaya casino day-to-day for four months beyond planned May exit * Move designed to give government time to select and vet right operator V incent Vanderpool-Wallace S EE page 3B n B y CHESTER ROBARDS Business Reporter crobards@tribunemedia.net A LARGE number of cruise ship companies are crossing Mexico off their travel itiner a ries due to the AH1N1 virus (formerly known as Swine Flu and are using ports in the Bahamas as an alternative des tination, Tribune Business has learned, which could spell a temporary boost in visitor arrivals and spending this year. Officials within the Ministry of Tourism confirmed that at least two ships originally scheduled to dock in Mexico moored in Nassau yesterday. The Regent Seven Seas Navigator and Carnival Imagina tion were diverted to the Bahamas this week after the outbreak of H1N1 in Mexico caused cruise lines to put health and safety above all concerns, and move their ships to ports that had not been affected by the virus. According to Vernice Walkine, director-general of the Ministry of Tourism and Avia tion, another seven ships will be diverted to the Bahamas beginning on Saturday, mostly Bahamas aided by cruise switch SEE page 2B n By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor The Supreme Court has dismissed Kerzner International’s claim for breach of contracta nd/or breach of duty of care against a construction company and architect firm, finding it had “failed to prove its claim” in a case that revolved around the t ragic death of a young US tourist i n Atlantis’s lagoon facilities. Senior Justice John Lyons earlier this year found in favor of Centex Rooney Construction Company, the contractor that built the intake vault where Chad H umphrey, a Florida tourist, was t rapped and died in 2000, and the vault’s designer, Cloward & Associates, in an action Kerzner International had brought against them under the Joint Tortfeasors Act. Kerzner International, the o wner of the Paradise Islandb ased resorts of Atlantis and the One & Only Ocean Club, had effectively alleged that the two defendants “were the parties Kerzner loses breach of care/contract case Failed action against Atlantis lagoon designer and contractor related to 2000 drowning death of young Florida tourist SEE page 2B

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n By CHESTER ROBARDS Business Reporter crobards@tribunemedia.net A NEW small and medium-sized business association in the Bahamas is hoping to represent thei nterests of companies that its chairman believes have been bypassed, marginalised and ignored, as he yesterday argued that small businesses have been g rossly underrepresented. Wilfred Smith, at the soft launch of the Bahamas Business Association (BBA his organisation was to use their influence to impact “public policy, the legislative agenda and unfair banking or business practices”. He said the BBA will specifically look at promoting the interests of small and medium-sized businesses with respect to accessing capital and r esources, and weathering the financial crisis currently affecting the world. “In the past, the voice of the many small and medium-sized businesses have not been heard,” he s aid. President of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce, Dionisio D’Aguilar, contradicted Mr Smith’s thoughts, and said the Chamber duly represents a large number of small businesses. H e said small businesses, with 10 employees or fewer, represent about three quarters of the Chamber’s membership. According to Mr D’Aguilar, the Chamber makes m embership accessible to small businesses by assessing the size of the business and calculating a fee accordingly. The BBA is starting an association that more or less mirrors the Chamber and the Chamb er’s Small Business Association. Mr D’Aguilar said the BBA should have considered positioning itself under the umbrella of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce, which has “better access to the decision makers of the country”. At the end of the day that’s what you want to affect change,” he said. “The Chamber of Commerce represents the interest of the private sector.” Mr Smith said the BBA hopes to expand beyond the borders of the Bahamas and establish similar associations in countries globally. C hambers of Commerce already exist in every f ree country in the world, according to Mr D’Aguilar, and relationships are already established. He said it was a pity the BBA decided to create another association outside of the Chamber to focus o n small businesses, as this might only further create division and splinter the sector. Mr D’Aguilar said it was perceived that the Chamber panders to larger organisations. However, he said the big businesses have the financial and human r esources to assist a ‘not for profit’ entity like the Chamber. “It’s a challenge, as they will find, to get these small businesses to engage you,” said Mr D’Aguilar. “I fear that we will be overlapping.” Carnival’s, with more suspected to follow. A Disney Cruiseline release revealed that their WesternC aribbean itinerary will include a stop in the Bahamas in lieu of the Mexico port of call. Carnival and Royal Caribbean have also both announced publicly that they will not be visiting their Mexico ports of call, but will reroutet heir ships. “Carnival Cruise Lines has cancelled port of call visits to Mexico for 11 of its ships that are currently operating voyages, and had scheduled stops in Mexico,” said the cruise line’s release. Six of Carnival’s 22 future voyages substitute Nassau or Freeport for Mexico ports of call, according to its website. The Government has been adamant about informing the public that the Bahamas is not looking at Mexico’s plight as an advantage for the Bahamas, and is sympathetic to the situation on the ground. Minister of Tourism, Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace, told this paper recently that this country is not “in the business of taking advantage of negative situations”. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 2B, FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2009 THE TRIBUNE The Public is hereby advised that I, FRANKLYN ANTHONY MATHER of Martinique Road, Golden Gates #2, Nassau, The Bahamas c/o P.O.Box EL-25051, intend to change my name to ANTHONYFRANKLYN MATHER. If there are any objections to this change of name by Deed Poll, you may write such objections to the Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30 of publication of this notice. PUBLIC NOTICE INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL FROM page 1B Bahamas aided by cruise switch responsible for the tragedy in that t he vault where the child died was not properly constructed and/or designed”. The trial, held before Justice Lyons over various dates in September and October 2008, revolved around the vault’s design and, in particular, the fibre glass grate that was supposed to c over it for safety reasons. Cloward said it had designed the vault for the lagoon, which was completed in late 1994, with s afety as its “prime concern”, given that Atlantis guests would be s wimming in the area. Yet Mr Glass, the Centex proj ect manager responsible for the lagoon’s construction, including t he vault, said he was unable to procure the grate required by the Cloward design, and instead had to order four separate pieces to act as the vault cover. M r Glass, according to Justice Lyons’s judgment, said the newc onfiguration was agreed, something Cloward as the designer d enied. Yet neither the Cloward design, nor Mr Glass’s construction, was in place when the drowning occurred in August 2000, Justice Lyons found, as w hat existed was described as a “hodge podge of odd shape grating, placed over the top of the vault in what appeared to be a r andom manner”. The judgment r ecorded that these grate pieces were not fastened together or bolted down. Justice Lyons said neither Cent ex nor Cloward stepped away from the position that if their respective construction and design work could be shown to have been faulty to the extent they contributed to the tragedy, both would accept responsibility. “The plaintiff, Kerzner, has a ccepted responsibility for the tragedy. That it must do. It wast he owner and operator of the resort,” Justice Lyons ruled. However, in seeking a contribution (either as to a whole or in part) towards the responsibility of this tragedy, Kerzner must, as a question of fact and on the bal a nce of probabilities, first prove to the court’s satisfaction certainv ital elements.” As a result, Kerzner had to p rove that the “hodge-podge grating” was placed in the lagoon before it was filled in 1994, Justice Lyons ruled, if it was to prove Centex breached its contractual d uty and duty of care. And it had to prove that Cloward failed in its duty to supervise Centex in installing its design. T wo Kerzner employees, a Mr W ert and a Mr Kelly, who had been responsible for lagoon duties since 1994 including the gate cleaning were put forward b y the Atlantis owner as witnesses. Recalling Mr Wert’s appearance on the witness stand, and in cross-examination, Justice Lyons said he was “not satisfied as to his description of the grate. When first asked for clarification he described it as a grate that wouldw ell fit the ‘Glass gate’. “When his poor memory was e xposed, he unsuccessfully tried to explain it away, but in such t erms as would best suit his employer’s case.” As for Mr Kelly’s testimony and cross-examination, the judge added that his and Mr Wert’s evi d ence was “strikingly similar”. Justice Lyons said: “Both Mr Kel-l y and Mr Wert work together at Kerzner. They obviously had time t o sit and talk about this case, and presumably their ‘recollection’.” This, Justice Lyons indicated, had happened during a trial involving the same tragedy in the F lorida courts in 2002-2003. Justice Lyons added that he placed no weight on a deposition from Mr Kaiser, Atlantis’s direct or of water features in 1994, as h e was brought before the court as a witness. “If the court were to use Mr Kaiser’s deposition at all, it would have to be used in its t otality, the court ruled. “For example, Mr Kaiser describes his recollection of the grate on his first dive in late 1994-1995, and he says he recommended to his supervisor that it be replaced with a single piece grate. “Later in his deposition, he d escribes how trouble was had with grates collapsing and hisu nsuccessful efforts to get capi tal expenditure to replace the g rates with a single cover. This deposition, if believed (and I stress, ‘if believed’), could be very damaging to [Kerzner’s] case.” Justice Lyons ruled that Kerzn e r International had failed to prove the required facts or thatt here was any actual breach of duty of care. He also found that t here was not enough evidence to suggest that Centex’s construction, or Cloward’s design, was unsafe. Kerzner loses breach of care/contract case F ROM page 1B New business body: Small firms ignored But Chamber chief denies this

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the Our Lucaya’s casino opera tions/management from Isle of Capri, which earlier this year announced it would pull out at end-May when its lease expires. However, Mr VanderpoolWallace said that agreement looked to have been reached with Isle of Capri and Hutchison Whampoa, the Our Lucaya owner, for the casino operatorto stay on as day-to-day manager for a further four months. He was speaking to Tribune Business after a hoped-for meeting on the Our Lucaya casino issue yesterday afternoon had yet to materialise, with Isle of Capri representatives yet to appear. Yet Mr Vanderpool-Wallace explained that an agreement along the lines of what he out lined would give the Government “breathing space” to identify the correct operator for that casino, conduct due diligenceon it and then conclude all the relevant agreements with enti ties such as the Gaming Board. It would also prevent the layoffs even temporary of the 234 casino staff currently employed by Isle of Capri. Grand Bahama has not been a happy experience for Isle of Capri, the casino having suffered a $1.713 million net oper ating loss for the nine months to January 25, 2009, a 52 per cent rise on the previous year’s loss. “There are about eight casino operators that have expressed an interest in the facility down there, but what we have deter mined to do is put an arrangement in place where Isle of Capri will manage the casino there on a day-to-day basis for four months,” Mr VanderpoolWallace explained to Tribune Business. “The process of contracting with a casino operator is quite rigorous and does take some time after the casino operator is selected.” Apart from concluding all the relevant government approvals, Mr Vanderpool-Wallace said that in the Our Lucaya casino’s case, the selected operator would also have to agree lease and other terms with Hutchison Whampoa as the resort’s owner. The minister said he hoped the agreements between the Government, HutchisonW hampoa and Isle of Capri c ould be concluded “over the next 24 to 48 hours”, thus ensuring the casino would continue to operate between now and the time a new operator took over. “We want to allow ourselves the maximum amount of timet o attract interest and have t hose choices laid out before us,” Mr Vanderpool-Wallace explained. “One of the things most important to us is finding an operator that augments what we believe is going to happen in Grand Bahama.” For example, Mr Vanderpool-Wallace said the choices lay between just finding a pure operator/manager for the casino, or a brand that brought entertainment elements and international recognition in the world gaming market with it. “Without question, one is adding value,” Mr VanderpoolWallace said of the selection criteria, “having a reputation in the marketplace that will be attractive to people in gaming. “That is most important. When talking about brand building, it’s important to deliv-e r someone who has a high q uality reputation for gaming, so adding to the reputation of Grand Bahama.” Mr Vanderpool-Wallace said Grand Bahama was already perceived as a casino destina tion, making it vital to keep the O ur Lucaya casino as the only o ne still open on the island in operation. It not only served as an attraction for Our Lucaya guests and visitors from other hotels, but also cruise passengers. “That casino plays a much more prominent role there than the casinos in Nassau,” Mr Van derpool-Wallace said. The vetting procedures for incoming casino operators were so rigorous, Mr VanderpoolWallace explained, because the Bahamas has to safeguard its “outstanding reputation”, especially given that casinos were now regarded as being on the front-line of the anti-money laundering fight. On the gaming reform front, Mr Vanderpool-Wallace said: “We have put a number of proposals to the Board and staff at the Gaming Board. 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P u b l i c E d u c a t i o n M e e t i n gLecturer: Roy R.obin Lewis IIILewis Environmental Services, Salt Springs, FloridaDate:Wednesday, May 6Time:7:00 pmVenue:The Retreat,Village RoadRoy Lewis is the founder and president of Lewis Environmental Services, Inc., an environmental consultingrm in Tampa, Florida. He has an undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Florida and a graduate degree from the University of South Florida. He did postgraduate work at the University of South Floridas Marine Science Institute and was a professor of biology at Hillsborough Community College, and chairman of the department from 1974 to 1977. Mr. Lewis expertise includes the ecology, management, restoration and creation of fresh and saltwater marshes, mangrove forests, forested freshwater forests, and seagrass meadows.For more information call 393-1317 or email bnt@bnt.bsMangrove Forest Ecology,Management and RestorationMangrove Forest Ecology,Management and Restoration THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2009, PAGE 3B Isle of Capri to extend stay in Freeport FROM page 1B S o, here we go again. Another attempt by the Royal Bahamas Police Force to' fight crime', where the police make sure we are safe and secure. And there is no surprise as the community lashes out at these brave crime fighters, because they have dared to touch a national pastime. I remember a time when blockade running and drug running w ere a national pastime. Times have changed. Or have they. The word of the day is 'selective enforcement', a method of policing our police force is very good at. Selective enforcement is when a police force decides to enforce certain crimes at different periods, a type of seasonal a pproach to policing. Yes, a questionable approach some may say, but nevertheless, when one considers resources, at different times of the year certain crimes may be more prevalent than others. Or, at different t imes the risk of apprehension and detection is greater. Selective enforcement is not such a bad strategy. The danger here, of course, is obvious. If a certain crime is allowed to go untouched for too long, in some instances it becomes acceptable. I would dare say that it becomes the norm, and demands are made for the legalisation of it. Such is the case with gambling in the Bahamas, more so the buying of numbers. Why numbers, because really gambling is not illegal in the Bahamas. Nor is it illegal for Bahamians to engage in such. W hen one considers the fact that various organisations and not just the church hold raffles, which is a type of gambling, and when the annual carnival comes to town, you see all and sundry playing the game of chance. For those of you who do not know, this is by any standards gambling, or gaming, as they say in Las Vegas. So why the police action to stop something that is really not illegal, in my opinion. Well, frankly, the law bans certain conditions and circumstances for gaming to occur. Apparently, the police believe that these conditions are not being met, or as we say, suspect that a law is being broken. The time and place the police choose to act is totally up to them, and thus without any prejudice or ill will to any person or group, in my opinion. Now, maybe those who a re directly affected by raids or searches feel offended or unjustly victimised. To them I say make your case to the a ppropriate authorities, for the police are not above the law they attempt to enforce. Our country is small, and likewise our police force is small. However, the number of laws on the books is great. There is no way that the police can at all times enforce all the laws that are broken at the same time. The recent actions in Grand Bahama and now New Providence would lead some to say: ‘Can't they find something to do better than this?’, or the popular: ‘Go after the real criminals.’ Well, they are doing their jobs, like it or not. The problem as usual is the frequency and consistency, or lack thereof. Maybe we need more police. I think better management of our present force is the optimum solution. It is not how much you have but rather how you use what you have, and we are defi nitely not using our police efficiently. On the other hand, maybe we should do away with some of the present laws or revise them, so as to make them more current with popular opinion. The danger here, in my opinion, is that what is popular or seen to be popular because they are making the most noise is not necessarily the best or right choice. I, for one, do not adhere to the concept that the voice of the people is the voice of God, as history has shown time and time again how following the masses usually leads to destruction. Really, the politicians lack the political will, for whatever reason, to deal with this matter. Which is not to tell the police when and how to police, but revisit the laws specific to gaming and gambling, thus giving teeth to the police and clarity to the populace as to what is legal and what is not. Let the C hurch speak to morality. NB: Gamal Newry is the president of Preventative Measures, a loss prevention and asset protection training and consulting company, specializing in policy and procedure development, business security reviews and audits and emer gency and crisis management. Comments can be sent to P.O. Box N-3154 Nassau, Bahamas or, email gnewry@gmail.com or visit us at www.preventativemeasures.net or visit http://newrypreventativemeasures.blogspot.com/ Don’t gamble with enforcing the law Safe & Secure By Gamal Newry

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properties worth up to $500,000, during the ninem onths up to March 31, 2009. Of those applications, the minister said some 600 had been finalised and “a substantial number of them have beena pproved” for the exemption. “To date, we’ve had 1,050 applications for Stamp Tax relief for first-time home buy-e rs up to the end of last month,” Mr Laing told Tribune Business . “The total number of applications that have been finalised is 600. About 200 applications were refused for not having met the requirements, and an additional 200 or so were sent back for additional informa-t ion from the attorneys involved.” Mr Laing said the 1,050 applications received by theM inistry of Finance to date covered conveyancings with a t otal worth of $34.6 million, and mortgage applications worth a total of $51.3 million. The minister said the Government had set no ‘bench-m arking’ numbers by which to measure the success of its Stamp Tax exemption initiative and its impact on the firsttime buyer market, plus ther eal estate and construction industries. Better However, Mr Laing sugg ested that if the general economy had been performing better, it was likely that more first-time buyers would have sought to exploit an incentivet hat could save them up to a maximum $50,000 on the purchase of their inaugural property. “At the time the prog ramme was instituted, the economic environment was entirely different to what it is now, so we do not have anye xpectations in terms of people taking advantage of it,” M r Laing. “We certainly know people have benefited from it, and are seeking to do so, but we are not benchmarking ita gainst any number.” The minister added: “For the hundreds of buyers and families that have taken advantage of it, I have nod oubt it gave them some further encouragement to pursue home ownership in circumstances right for them. It hada n impact.” Threshold The Ingraham administrat ion increased in the 20082009 Budget the Stamp Duty e xemption threshold for firsttime Bahamian home buyers from $250,000 to propertiesw orth $500,000, the former figure having been the limit set by the former Christiea dministration, and which expired at end-2007. M r Laing pointed out that the savings were potentially substantial, especially givent hat Stamp Tax at 10 per cent was levied on property transa ctions worth $250,000 or more. While Stamp Tax payments w ere normally split 50/50 between buyer and seller, in c ertain cases a first-time buyer purchasing a $500,000 property could conceivably save$ 50,000 in tax. “We certainly know it was an absolutely generous exemption programme that looked at reducing the taxesp aid to the tune of up to $50,000,” Mr Laing said. “A number of people were a ble to benefit from that on their transactions $50,000, $ 40,000, $18,000.” The minister said the US government had recently e ndured much difficulty in getting a $15,000 tax rebate passed, adding: “Here, we are talking about saving some people $50,000. That represents, for some people, two times, three times, their annual salary payment. I t’s a substantial relief pro gramme. “To the extent it was being o ffered in a period of time when the economy was in recession, it allowed some people to do what they sought to do in home ownership. In am ore favourable economic climate, I imagine more people would seek to benefit.” C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 4B, FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2009 THE TRIBUNE 7KH3XEOLFLVKHUHE\DGYLVHGWKDW 5,&.<)5$1&2,6 RI 6LOYHU3DOP%RXOHYDUG,PSHULDO3DUN3 1DVVDX%DKDPDVLQWHQGVWRFKDQJHQDPHWR 5,&.< )5$1&,6 ,IWKHUHDUHDQ\REMHFWLRQVWRWKLVFKDQJHRI QDPH'HHG3ROO\RXPD\ZULWHVXFKREMHFWLRQVWRWKH &KLHI3DVVSRUW2IFHU31DVVDX%DKDPDV QRODWHUWKDQWKLUW\GD\VDIWHUWKHGDWHRISXEOLFDWLRQRI WKLVQRWLFH /HJDORWLFH 127,&( ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf 1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG &RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHG RQWKHGD\RI0DUFK 7KH/LTXLGDWRU $UJRVD&RUS1DVVDX %DKDPDV /HJDORWLFH 127,&( ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf 1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG &RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHG RQWKHGD\RI0DUFK 7KH/LTXLGDWRU $UJRVD&RUS1DVVDX %DKDPDV /HJDORWLFH 127,&( ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf 1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG &RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHG RQWKHGD\RI0DUFK 7KH/LTXLGDWRU $UJRVD&RUS1DVVDX %DKDPDV /HJDORWLFH 127,&( ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf 1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG &RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHG RQWKHGD\RI0DUFK 7KH/LTXLGDWRU $UJRVD&RUS1DVVDX %DKDPDV /HJDORWLFH 127,&( ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf 1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG &RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHG RQWKHGD\RI$SULO 7KH/LTXLGDWRULV $UJRVD&RUS1DVVDX %DKDPDV /HJDORWLFH 127,&( ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf 1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG &RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHG RQWKHGD\RI$SULO 7KH/LTXLGDWRULV $UJRVD&RUS1DVVDX %DKDPDV /HJDORWLFH 127,&( ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf 1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG &RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHG RQWKHGD\RI$SULO 7KH/LTXLGDWRULV $UJRVD&RUS1DVVDX %DKDPDV /HJDORWLFH 127,&( ,QROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf 1 RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG &RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHG RQWKHGD\RI0DUFK 7KH/LTXLGDWRU $UJRVD&RUS1DVVDX %DKDPDV / HJDORWLFH 127,&( ,QROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf 1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG &RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHG RQWKHGD\RI$SULO 7KH/LTXLGDWRULV $UJRVD&RUS1DVVDX %DKDPDV 7KH3XEOLFLVKHUHE\DGYLVHGWKDW %$6,//255$,1( 3<)520 31DVVDX%DKDPDVLQWHQGV WRFKDQJHQDPHWR %$6,//255$13<)520 ,IWKHUHDUHDQ\REMHFWLRQVWRWKLVFKDQJHRIQDPH 'HHG3ROO\RXPD\ZULWHVXFKREMHFWLRQVWRWKH&KLHI 3DVVSRUW2IFHU31DVVDX%DKDPDVQR ODWHUWKDQWKLUW\GD\VDIWHUWKHGDWHRISXEOLFDWLRQRI WKLVQRWLFH Over 1,000 first-time buyers seek Stamp Tax exemption F ROM page 1B About 200 applications were refused for not having met the requirements, and an additional 200 or so were sent b ack for additional information from the attorneys involved.” Zhivargo Laing

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to finance the Columbus purc hase because it wants to refinance its existing credit facilities at the same time. “We’re basically refinancing our existing credit facili-t ies,” Mr Butler told T ribune Business , adding that the company’s existing credit line was around $28 million, accordingt o his last recollection. “This puts us in a good posit ion. This deals with our financing for the next three to four years.” T he $105 million senior bank credit facility will feature a combination of US andB ahamian dollar-denominated funds, and is being put togethe r by the same banking syndicate that supplied Cable Bahamas’ existing financing. It’s the same syndicate that we’ve got the current facility f rom Royal Bank, FirstCaribbean and Scotiabank,” Mr Butler added. T he $40 million preference share issue will be placed priv ately with sophisticated investors institutions and high net worth individuals,m eaning the Bahamian public should not apply to be involved. RoyalFidelity Capital Markets will act as placementa gents, and the preference shares are set to carry an interest rate coupon of 8 per cent. T hey will also have an option to convert after two years, m eaning that preference share investors will be able to convert their investment to ordi-n ary shares (equity Bahamas after that time perio d is up, should they desire. Mr Butler confirmed to Tribune Business that Cable B ahamas and its advisers planned to list the $40 million preference share issue, when completed, on the Bahamas International SecuritiesE xchange (BISX ing the latter’s investment options and market capitalis ation. “The private placement will be on the street fairly soon,”M r Butler explained, telling Tribune Business the $40 mil lion issue was likely to go to market “probably early next week, and close thereafter. We believe the interest remains from when we first expressed our willingness to d o this transaction pre-Christmas”. T he $13.43 per share price that Columbus Communications, an entity owned by Bar-b ados-based Columbus Communications Inc, will receive r epresents an 11.5 per cent premium to the $12.04 that Cable Bahamas’ stock closeda t on BISX last night. The purchase price for Columbus Communications’ 5,954,600 shares has decreased by 6 per cent compared to the$ 14.28 per share initially contemplated by the parties preChristmas, after Tribune Busi-n ess had exclusively revealed details of the proposed buyo ut. Price Back then, the purchase p rice represented just a 1 per cent premium to the then-prevailing market price, as opposed to the 11.5 per cent now. Still, back then Colum bus Communications’ stake w as valued at $85.174 million, and now it is some $5 million less at $80 million. The company then was valued in total at $282.035 million, and nowt hat figure is $264.9 million. Cable Bahamas’ stock, in common with almost allB ISX-listed companies, has declined in value since the d eal was first considered. The suspicion here, as with most stocks, is that the decline ism ore a reflection of the gen eral economic environment and small investors’ need for cash, rather than any problem with company performance oru nderlying fundamentals. Indicating that he believed the current BISX trading price undervalued Cable Bahamas, Mr Butler said of the $13.43p er share price: “That was subject to negotiations with C olumbus, and there was an independent fairness opinion d one. We certainly consider it a fair price for all conc erned.” Cable Bahamas’ two independent, non-executive direc-t ors, Sandra Knowles and Frank Watson, were unders tood to have asked for the ‘fairness’ opinion to ensure that the transaction was per-c eived as fair by all parties concerned especially the Cable minority investors and to protect the positions of all parties. With Cable Bahamas’ Board dominated by Columbus Communications execu-t ives its chairman, Brendan Paddick, and Maxwell Parsons and John Risley both the company, all Board members and the regulators were keent o ensure that every aspect of the transaction was perceived as far. What they wanted to avoid, at all costs, was the per-c eption that Columbus was effectively voting on and a pproving its own buyout. Approvals Mr Butler said “the majorit y” of the regulatory approvals required for the transaction have been received already,f rom the likes of BISX, the S ecurities Commission and the Public Utilities Commission (PUCr equired are Central Bank approvals. It’s a good deal for Cable Bahamas,” Mr Butler said. “I think it positions us well to take advantage of any of the opportunities coming from this deregulation. It can onlye nhance our participation going forward. “It removes the foreign ownership element with Cable Bahamas, and for the Bahami-a n investors it positions us well going forward from that. The existing shareholders will see their position increase in thec ompany, as the company has bought back 30.2 per cent of i ts issued 19.6 million shares.” Cable Bahamas’ largest shareholder, once ColumbusC ommunications is bought out, will be the National Insura nce Board (NIB rently has a 15.39 per cent stake. M r Butler added: “We’ve p repared ourselves for deregulation by building a network, and liberalisation will allow ust o utilise the network for what it was built for. Customers will s ee the benefit of it. “The way the industry is going is a convergence of technology, and we are positioned to offer convergence to the customer.” A s part of the deal, Cable Bahamas and the Barbadosbased Columbus parent have entered management and reciprocal services agreementst hat will take effect once the transaction closes. The agreements detail the advisory and operational services that boths ides and their affiliates will provide to the other on mutua lly agreed terms. The benefits of such an alliance for Cable Bahamasa re obvious, given that Columbus Communications r emains a major regional telecoms player through its control of the Arcos network, itss ales force and back office s upport. These agreements, along with the share purchase, cred-i t facility and preference share offering have already been a pproved by the Cable Board of Directors. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2009, PAGE 5B 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y Previous CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1.951.28Abaco Markets1.401.400.000.1270.00011.00.00% 11.8011.00Bahamas Property Fund11.0011.000.000.9920.20011.11.82% 9.686.95Bank of Bahamas6.956.950.000.2440.26028.53.74% 0.900.63Benchmark0.630.630.00-0.8770.000N/M0.00% 3.743.15Bahamas Waste3.153.150.000.0780.09040.42.86% 2.601.95Fidelity Bank2.372.370.000.0550.04043.11.69% 14.1511.09Cable Bahamas12.0412.040.001.3090.2509.22.08% 3.142.83Colina Holdings2.832.830.000.2490.04011.41.41% 7 .446.39Commonwealth Bank (S16.396.390.0036,2500.4410.05014.50.78% 4.861.31Consolidated Water BDRs2.482.500.020.0990.05225.32.08% 3.001.86Doctor's Hospital1.861.860.000.2400.0407.82.15% 8.106.02Famguard7.767.760.000.4200.24018.53.09% 12.5011.00Finco11.0011.000.000.3220.67034.26.09% 14.6610.35FirstCaribbean Bank10.4010.400.000.7940.40013.13.85%6 .045.00Focol (S5.145.140.000.3370.15015.32.92% 1 .001.00Focol Class B Preference1.001.000.000.0000.000N/M0.00% 1.000.30Freeport Concrete0.300.300.000.0350.0008.60.00% 8.205.50ICD Utilities5.595.590.000.4070.50013.78.94% 12.508.60J. S. Johnson10.5010.500.000.9520.64011.06.10% 10.0010.00Premier Real Estate10.0010.000.000.1800.00055.60.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecuritySymbolLast SaleChangeDaily Vol. 1000.001000.00Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series AFBB17100.000.00 1000.001000.00Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series BFBB22100.000.00 1000.001000.00Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series CFBB13100.000.00 1000.001000.00Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series DFBB15100.000.00 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSymbolBid $ A sk $Last PriceWeekly Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 14.6014.25Bahamas Supermarkets7.928.4214.60-0.0410.300N/M2.05% 8.006.00Caribbean Crossings (Pref4.006.256.000.0000.480N/M7.80% 0.540.20RND Holdings0.350.400.350.0010.000256.60.00% 41.0029.00ABDAB30.1331.5929.004.5400.0009.030.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.450.550.550.0020.000261.900.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowFund NameNA V YTD%Last 12 MonthsDiv $Yield % 1.36641.3041Colina Bond Fund1.36640.954.77 3.03512.9230Colina MSI Preferred Fund2.8962-1.49-3.35 1.45481.3875Colina Money Market Fund1.45481.484.85 3.69603.1964Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund3.1964-5.59-13.64 12.739712.1564Fidelity Prime Income Fund12.73970.965.79 100.5606100.0000CFAL Global Bond Fund100.56060.560.56 100.000096.4070CFAL Global Equity Fund96.4070-3.59-3.59 1.00001.0000CFAL High Grade Bond Fund1.00000.000.00 10.50009.0950Fidelity International Investment Fund9.15990.71-12.76 1.04401.0000FG Financial Preferred Income Fund1.04400.804.40 1.03641.0000FG Financial Growth Fund1.03640.333.64 1.04521.0000FG Financial Diversified Fund1.04520.764.40 BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price 52wk-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeksBid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity 52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeksAsk $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volumeLast Price Last traded over-the-counter price Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volumeWeekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week Change Change in closing price from day to dayEPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded todayNAV Net Asset Value DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 monthsN/M Not Meaningful P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earningsFINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100 (S (S19-Feb-09 9-Feb-09 W W W WW W. .B B I I S S X X B B A A H H A A M M A A S S . .C C O O M M | | T T E E L L E E P P H H O O N NE E : :2 2 4 4 2 23 32 23 3 2 23 33 3 0 0 | | F FA A C C S S I I M M I I L L E E : : 2 24 42 2 3 3 2 2 3 3-2 23 3 2 20 0NAV Date 31-Mar-09 17-Apr-09 31-Mar-09 28-Feb-09 31-Dec-08 9-Feb-09 28-Feb-09 31-Dec-08 31-Dec-07 31-Mar-09 Prime + 1.75% Maturity 19 October 2017 19 October 2022 30 May 2013 29 May 2015 Interest 7% Prime + 1.75% 7%T T O O T T R R A A D D E E C C A A L L L L : : C C O O L L I I N N A A 2 24 4 2 25 50 0 2 2 7 7 0 0 1 1 0 0 | | R R O O Y Y A A L L F F I I D D E E L L I I T T Y Y 2 24 4 2 2-3 3 5 56 6 7 7 7 7 6 64 4 | | F F G G C C A A P P I I T T A A L L M M A A R R K KE E T T S S 2 24 4 2 2 3 3 9 9 6 6 4 4 0 00 0 0 0 | | C C O OL L O ON N I I A A L L 2 2 4 42 2 -5 50 02 2 7 7 5 5 2 2 5 5FINDEX: CLOSE 803.49 | YTD -3.76% | 2008 -12.31%BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF: Fidelity Over-The-Counter Securities Colina Over-The-Counter Securities BISX Listed Mutual Funds MARKET TERMST UESDAY, 28 APRIL 2009B ISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,627.94 | CHG 0.02 | %CHG 0.00 | YTD -84.42 | YTD % -4.93BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing bases 127,&(LVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDW <9(1$-26(3+ RI)$,7+$ 1$66$8%$+$0$6 LVDSSO\LQJWRWKH0LQLVWHUUHVSRQVLEOH IRU1DWLRQDOLW\DQG&LWL]HQVKLSIRUUHJLVWUDWLRQQDWXUDOL]DWLRQ DVFLWL]HQRI7KH%DKDPDVDQGWKDWDQ\SHUVRQZKRNQRZV DQ\UHDVRQZK\UHJLVWUDWLRQQDWXUDOL]DWLRQVKRXOGQRWEH JUDQWHGVKRXOGVHQGZULWWHQDQGVLJQHGVWDWHPHQWRIWKHIDFWV ZLWKLQWZHQW\HLJKWGD\VIURPWKH 67 GD\ RI 0D\ WRWKH 0LQLVWHUUHVSRQVLEOHIRUQDWLRQDOLW\DQG&LWL]HQVKLS3%R[ $80m Cable buyout settles firm finances for ‘next 3-4 years’ FROM page 1B It’s a good deal for Cable Bahamas. I think it positions us well to take advantage of any of the opportunities coming from this deregulation. It can only enhance our participation going f orward.” Anthony Butler

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n JIM KUHNHENN Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON I n forcing a swift bankruptcy on Chrysler, President Barack Obama expanded the risk and reach of the presidency in the hope that the hidebound auto industry will find away to remake itself. T he government's intervent ion with Chrysler LLC and G eneral Motors Corp. has been far more intrusive than the way it has confronted troubled financial companies. The administration's influence now ranges from guaranteeing your brake pads to pushing for new products on the assembly line. As Obama himself put it on Thursday, "If the Japanese can design an affordable, welldesigned hybrid, then, doggone it, the American people should be able to do the same." Despite an additional $8 billion taxpayer infusion into Chrysler, the president and his advisers say the administration has no desire to be in the auto business. And they say theyd on't intend to micromanage the company. But as part of the arrange ment, the government will be an investor in the new Chrysler company, and the Treasury Department will select four of its new directors, all of them presumably sympathetic with the White House's vision of what the car of the future should be. In cutting the deal, Obama buys himself good will with an important labor force, especially in a state, Michigan, suffering hugely from unemployment. At the same time he gets to push a key policy goal, fuel-efficiency, not just as president but as a powerful company investor. But he also is putting billions of dollars of taxpayer money at risk at a time of rising anxiety a bout government bailouts and soaring deficits. E ven before he got to this point, Obama had exerted unprecedented power. He rejected Chrysler's and Gener al Motors' restructuring plans l ast month and forced GM's C EO, Rick Wagoner, to resign. At Chrysler, too, chief execu tive Robert Nardelli said Thursday he is going to leave when the bankruptcy is complete. G eneral Motors still has another 30 days to restructure i tself, and its stakeholders may well take a lesson from the administration's dealings with Chrysler. When Obama was not leveraging industry behaviorw ith taxpayers' money, he was u sing the pulpit of the presi dency to make his wishes known in no uncertain terms. In announcing the deal Thursday, he left no doubt about his anger with some Chrysler creditors who refused to accept a reduced payout for their invest ment. "They were hoping that everybody else would make sacrifices, and they would have to make none," he said. "I don'ts tand with them." A dministration officials said they tried to sweeten the offer Wednesday night to attract more creditors, to no avail. That could be an effort to nudge a bankruptcy judge to be tough with recalcitrant stake h olders. And by showing a willingness to stand up to some Chrysler creditors, Obama was also sending a signal to GM bondholders not to hold out for too great a return. His tone also carried the s ame populist strains that he used when he railed against Wall Street bonuses. "He's invested in terms of the taxpayers' investment, and he's invested in it politically," said Sen. Carl Levin, a Michigan Democrat who had initially objected to bankruptcy as a way to restructure the company. While the political risks are potentially great, taking Chrysler through bankruptcy buys some short-term political running room. For months, Republicans and some Democrats have said a Chapter 11-protected restructuring was the proper fate for the automakers. By Thursday, some past critics of bankruptcy such as Levin were hailing the deal as a new birth for Chrysler. What's more, the public appears to tilt in favor of government interventions, at least so far. A FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll in March found 43 percent of respondents saying the government under Obama was taking an appropriate role in running U.S. companies. Thirteen percent said the administration was not taking a big enough role. Despite the stigma often attached to bankruptcy, Oba ma took pains to portray it as a positive development. "This is not a sign of weakness," he insisted, "but rather one more step on a clearly charted path to Chrysler's revival." To be sure, the administration's day-and-night involve ment with the auto industry does not match its attempts to rescue financial institutions. That's partly because the automakers have made a desperate pitch for a government bailout, while some of the biggest financial institutions have been less enthusiastic in their desire for help. Many major banks now say they want to return their share of a $700 billion financial rescue fund, in part to avoid restrictions that the government has imposed or threatened to impose. At the same time, the government has always been able to influence banking behavior through regulation. And that's where Obama says he intends to address the industry's excesses. Still, banks can fight back in ways that automakers can't. On Thursday the banking industry succeeded in defeating a Senate proposal that would have let homeowners seek foreclosure relief through bankruptcy court. So far, the two Detroit car companies are only asking how high Obama wants them to jump. C M Y K C M Y K INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS PAGE 6B, FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2009 THE TRIBUNE GINA RUSSO , second from left, and father Gus, third from left, owners of Lochmoor Chrysler Jeep watch President Obama announce Chrysler will file for bankruptcy on television with employees and customers in Detroit Thursday, April 30, 2009. VEHICLES FOR SALE are lined up at a Chrysler dealership in San Jose, Calif., Thursday, April 30, 2009. Chrysler will file for bankruptcy after talks with a small group of creditors crumbled just a day before a government deadline for the automaker to come up with a restructuring plan, President Barack Obama said Thursday. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez SURROUNDED by staff and cabinet members President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the auto industry, Thursday, April 30, 2009, in the Grand Foyer of the White House in Washington. Left to right Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, Obama, Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood. Auto deal extends Obama's reach, risk A NALYSIS R o n E d m o n d s / A P P h o t o P a u l S a n c y a / A P P h o t o

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ANDROS CAT ISLAND ELEUTHERA MAYAGUANA SAN SAL V ADOR GREAT INAGUA GREAT EXUMA CROOKED ISLAND / ACKLINS LONG ISLAND ABACO Shown is today's weather . T emperatures are today's highs and tonights's lows. KEY WEST WEST PALM BEACH FT. LAUDERDALE TAMPA ORLANDO Low: 64F/18C Low: 69F/21C Low: 71F/22C Low: 73F/23C Low: 73 F/23 C Low: 75F/24C Low: 74 F/23 C Low: 66 F/19 C High: 86F/30C High: 88F/31C High: 83 F/28 C High: 83 F/28 C High: 84F/29C High: 83 F/28C High: 84F/29C Low: 69F/21C High: 83F/28C Low: 70 F/21 C High: 85F/29C RAGGED ISLAND Low: 68F/20C High: 87 F/31 C Low: 71F/22C High: 83 F/28 Low: 67F/19C High: 81F/27C Low: 70 F/21C High: 84F/29C Low: 72 F/22 C High: 89F/32C Low: 70 F/21 C High: 85F/29C Low: 70 F/21 C High: 87F/31C Low: 71F/22C High: 87 F/31 C Low: 71F/22C High: 88F/31C High: 82 F/28 C FREEPORT NASSAU MIAMI THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY MAY 1 ST 2009, PAGE 11B THE WEATHER REPORT 5-D AY F ORECAST Sunny and breezy. Clear to partly cloudy and breezy. Breezy with a full day of sunshine. Sunshine. Sunshine and patchy clouds. High: 84 Low: 74 High: 85 High: 86 High: 85 A ccuWeather RealFeel A ccuWeather RealFeel A ccuWeather RealFeel A ccuWeather RealFeel A ccuWeather RealFeel Partly sunny with a shower possible. High: 85 Low: 73 Low: 74 Low: 76 AccuWeather RealFeel 86F T he exclusive AccuWeather RealFeel Temperature i s an index that combines the effects of temperature, wind, humidity, sunshine intensity, cloudiness, precipitation, pressure, and e levation on the human bodyeverything that effects how warm or cold a person feels. Temperatures reflect the high and the low for the day. 77F 93-76F 96-77F 92-78F 87-77F Low: 75 TODAYTONIGHTSATURDAYSUNDAYMONDAYTUESDAY A LMANAC High ..................................................79F/26C Low ....................................................72F/22C Normal high ......................................83F/28C Normal low ........................................70F/21C Last year's high .................................. 82 F/28C Last year's low .................................. 72 F/22C As of 2 p.m. yesterday ..................................0.00" Year to date ..................................................2.21" Normal year to date ......................................7.52" Statistics are for Nassau through 2 p.m. yesterday Temperature Precipitation S UN AND M OON T IDESFOR N ASSAU First Full Last New May 1 May 9May 17May 24 Sunrise . . . . . . 6:34 a.m. Sunset . . . . . . . 7:40 p.m. Moonrise . . . 12:45 p.m. Moonset . . . . . 1:31 a.m. Today Saturday Sunday Monday HighHt.(ft.LowHt.(ft. 1:30 a.m.2.97:53 a.m.0.2 2:04 p.m.2.58:08 p.m.0.2 2:35 a.m.2.78:53 a.m.0.2 3:10 p.m.2.69:18 p.m.0.2 3:40 a.m.2.79:51 a.m.0.1 4:13 p.m.2.810:24 p.m.0.2 4:42 a.m.2.610:45 a.m.0.1 5:11 p.m.2.911:25 p.m.0.1 W ORLD C ITIES Acapulco90/3272/22s89/3173/22s Amsterdam68/2052/11t62/1647/8s Ankara, Turkey63/1741/5pc59/1539/3r Athens68/2052/11t68/2055/12s Auckland60/1550/10c58/1446/7pc Bangkok92/3380/26sh90/3279/26r Barbados85/2977/25sh86/3076/24sh Barcelona63/1755/12sh68/2056/13s Beijing70/2155/12sh82/2757/13s Beirut68/2062/16pc72/2266/18s Belgrade72/2254/12pc65/1846/7pc Berlin73/2249/9s72/2251/10s Bermuda72/2266/18s72/2268/20s Bogota65/1849/9r64/1749/9r Brussels72/2248/8t70/2145/7pc Budapest77/2545/7pc64/1746/7pc Buenos Aires80/2661/16s79/2662/16s Cairo86/3064/17s90/3274/23c Calcutta94/3476/24s97/3677/25s Calgary54/1232/0pc57/1336/2s Cancun86/3073/22pc88/3171/21pc Caracas82/2772/22pc81/2771/21t Casablanca71/2158/14s80/2662/16s Copenhagen64/1743/6s62/1648/8s Dublin57/1341/5r54/1243/6pc Frankfurt73/2250/10pc75/2346/7sh Geneva 66/18 48/8 sh 71/2149/9s Halifax 51/10 48/8 r 57/13 41/5 r Havana 88/31 68/20 t 86/30 67/19 c Helsinki 59/15 39/3s63/1739/3s Hong Kong 82/27 72/22 s 84/28 74/23s Islamabad 106/41 72/22 pc 108/42 72/22 pc Istanbul68/2051/10r65/1853/11sh Jerusalem 65/18 47/8s78/2554/12pc Johannesburg 68/2050/10c60/1550/10r Kingston 87/3077/25sh86/3078/25sh Lima80/2662/16pc79/2660/15pc London68/2048/8pc64/1750/10pc Madrid72/2239/3pc75/2345/7s Manila83/2877/25r84/2877/25r Mexico City84/2854/12s79/2649/9pc Monterrey100/3773/22pc101/3872/22pc Montreal70/2145/7c57/1343/6pc Moscow55/1234/1pc61/1637/2pc Munich66/1845/7sh68/2040/4s Nairobi83/2863/17t78/2564/17t New Delhi 114/4582/27s114/4582/27s Oslo58/1440/4s52/1143/6c Paris68/2045/7sh66/1843/6pc Prague 74/23 43/6 pc 67/19 43/6 s Rio de Janeiro73/2266/18r73/2266/18pc Riyadh104/4072/22s97/3671/21s Rome 72/22 51/10 t 74/23 49/9 s St. Thomas84/2875/23sh85/2976/24s San Juan81/2751/10s84/2852/11s San Salvador 88/31 68/20 t 84/28 72/22 t Santiago 73/2246/7pc77/2543/6s Santo Domingo86/3070/21sh83/2870/21sh Sao Paulo 67/19 57/13 t 66/18 58/14t Seoul69/2050/10s70/2145/7r Stockholm 57/13 37/2 s 61/16 45/7 pc Sydney 70/21 50/10 pc66/1848/8s Taipei82/2768/20pc84/2868/20pc T okyo 74/23 57/13 s 73/22 57/13 s T oronto 66/1842/5t58/1444/6pc Trinidad90/3270/21s88/3165/18pc V ancouver 65/18 48/8 s 62/1649/9s Vienna 73/2249/9pc67/1947/8s W arsaw 63/17 39/3 s 63/17 37/2 s Winnipeg 46/7 28/-2 c 50/1034/1c H ighLowWHighLowW F/CF/CF/CF/C T odaySaturday Weather (Ws -sunny, pc -partly cloudy, c -cloudy, sh -showers, t -thunderstorms, r -rain, sf -snow flurries, sn -snow, i -ice, Prcp-precipitation, Tr -trace T ODAY ' S U.S. F ORECAST M ARINE F ORECAST WINDSWAVESVISIBILITYWATER TEMPS. 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n JEANNINE AVERSA AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON Americans spent less than expected in March, pulling back a fter a burst of buying in the first two months of the year. The r eversal was tied to a larger-thananticipated decline in income and i s a stark reminder of a fragile economy trying to rise out of a deep recession. The Commerce Department data released Thursday highl ighted one of the big wild cards for the economy: consumers' a ppetite to spend in the months ahead. T he outcome will be deter mined in part by how much the tax rebates in President Barack O bama's economic stimulus package and historically low mortgage rates mitigate the financial pain caused by rising unemployment and falling home values. C onsumer spending fell 0.2 percent in March, ending an othe rwise strong quarter for spend ing on a sour note. Americans' i ncomes the fuel for future spending tumbled 0.3 percent for the month, reflecting wage cuts and layoffs as employers cut costs. Both the income and s pending figures were weaker than economists had expected. " Consumption fell in March, but let's not panic a whole lot," s aid Joel Naroff, president of Naroff Economic Advisors. "The modest drop off in spending does not change the fact that individuals are starting to buy more things a nd are attempting to live their lives a little more normally." C onsumer spending grew at an annualized rate of 2.2 percent in t he first quarter, the government said Wednesday in reporting on the nation's gross domestic prod uct. (Thursday's spending figure was included in the GDP esti m ate.) The first-quarter rebound came a fter consumers had gone into a deep hibernation at the end of 2 008, slashing spending by the most in 28 years. Many analysts say the worst of the recession is over in terms of lost economic g rowth, but caution pain in the labor market and elsewhere will persist well into next year or longer. The revival in consumer spend i ng in the first quarter was overwhelmed by big cutbacks by busin esses, causing the economy to contract by a sharp 6.1 percent. O n Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average gave up earlier gains after Obama confirmed that Chrysler LLC was filing for bankruptcy protection. The Dow, w hich had been up more than 110 po`ints earlier in the day, lost n early 18 points to close at 8,168.12. C hristina Romer, chair of Oba ma's Council of Economic Advis ers, predicted another economic contraction in the second quarter albeit at a slower pace and d elivered a downbeat assessment about unemployment. "The r ecovery will almost surely take a long time," she said. A nalysts are hopeful the reces sion is easing its firm hold in the April-June quarter. They predict the economy won't contract nearly as much a nywhere from a 1 to 3 percent pace. They expect the improve m ent will come from less severe cutbacks by businesses and a r ebound in government spending. "Business spending will be down but not as fast and furious a s it has been," said Stuart Hoffman, chief economist at PNC Financial Services Group. Consumers, meanwhile, are likely to show far less energy than t hey did in the first quarter. Some analysts expect a small gain in s pending, while others think it will be flat. W hat is not expected: the "hor rors again" of the type of deep consumer spending cuts seen in the final quarter of last year, said Ian Shepherdson, chief U.S. econ o mist at High Frequency Economics. A s consumers cut back in March, the personal savings rate r ose to 4.2 percent, from 4 per cent in February. It stood at 4.4 percent in January, the first time in more than a decade the rate has been above 4 percent for t hree straight months. Procter & Gamble Co., the w orld's largest consumer prod ucts maker, on Thursday reported a dip in its quarterly profit and trimmed its full-year outlook, expecting slow sales through June. P&G has been promoting Tide detergent, Pampers diapers a nd its other products by emphasizing their value to consumersa nd cutting costs, but sales fell across its broad portfolio. I n one encouraging sign, the number of newly laid off workers filing for jobless benefits dropped C M Y K C M Y K LOCALANDINTERNATIONAL BUSINESS PAGE 12B, FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2009 THE TRIBUNE A Credit Suisse securities executor has passed the Series 7 exam in Florida after training with the Nassau-based Nastac Group. Antonia Pierre-Hanna can apply for registration with the S ecurities Commission, after passing the exam that is administered by the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE FINRA in the US. She is pictured here with Reece Chipman, the Nastac Group’s managing director. Nastac stands for The National Association of Securities Training and Compliance. Credit Suisse executor passes Series 7 exam Consumer spending dip shows economy still fragile USECONOMY n NEW YORK A OL, the struggling Internet unit that Time Warner Inc. is likely to spin off, said Thursday that it will put a new executive in charge of its online advertising business making him the fourth person to hold that title in little over a year. F ormer Google Inc. executive Jeff Levick will be the new president o f global advertising and strategy, heading the company's Platform-A ad business. He will take the post in the next few weeks. The management change is the latest of many in recent months, and comes a day after Time Warner crept closer to separating AOL fromt he rest of the media conglomerate. Levick, who worked most recently as Google's vice president of industry development and marketing for the Americas region. AOL names yet another head of online ad business