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Title:
The Tribune
Uniform Title:
Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
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Nassau tribune
Place of Publication:
Nassau, Bahamas
Publisher:
Tribune
Publication Date:
Copyright Date:
2009
Frequency:
Daily, except Sunday
daily
normalized irregular
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English
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v. : ill. ; 58 cm.

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Bahamas

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

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Police attempt
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that son was -
abducted

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

IN A strange twist, a mother
who made headlines with her,
emotional plea for her allegedly
kidnapped son to be returned to

her was being ‘questioned by .

police yesterday as officers tried
to substantiate the claims. __
Head of the Central Detective
Unit Elsworth Moss confirmed
late yesterday that Angie Moss, of
Lewis Street, was assisting police
‘in their investigation into claims
that her young son, Shannon Ban-
nister, was abducted Friday i morn-
ing.
"We just need to'clear up some,
information that she gave ‘us. .

.We need to find out ifit was a |

genuine complaint that was made
— we are hearing some strange
things and we're just trying to fol-
low up and tonfirm these things,"
Mr Moss told The Tribune.
Police are currently exploring
the possibility that the kidnapping
claims may have been fraudulent.
"We have some difficulty con-
firming who is.telling us the.

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right now whether the baby was
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‘with Ms. Nelerene Harding and officers from
David Wallace,

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culture and Lands George Smith
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the sale of nearly $50 million
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confrontation’

Gott hears testimony
from the grandmother
of young woman

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Tribune Staff Reporter










THE grandmother of the
young woman who alleged that
she and Bishop Earl "Randy"
Fraser had a sexual relation-
ship, told the court yesterday
that the allegations. came to a’
head during a confrontation at
Pilgrim Baptist Temple on
Palm Sunday in 2006.

The 69-year-old founding
member of Pilgrim Baptist
Temple told the court yester-
day that after the 8 o’clock ser- -
vice that morning, Bishop Fras+
er summoned her to his office, where he told her that he
was getting "weird" phone calls from her house. She
said that Fraser told her that the person had threatened
him, saying that they were going to'call the police. She
said that Fraser played a voice message:on his cellular
phone but she could not identify the voice. The grand-
mother told the court that Fraser then asked her grand-
daughter whether she had deleted the messages he had
sent her and she replied that she had only deleted some
of them. :

The grandmother told the court that she was puzzled
by the exchange, but returned to the choir section for the
start of the 11 am service, which was when the mother of

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FREEPORT - Drug Enforcement Unit officers have reported dis-
covering three garbage bags containing a large quantity of marijuana
hidden in some bushes on Grand Bahama.

Press liaison officer Asst Supt Welbourne Bootle reported that two
men were taken into custody and are assisting police with their inves-
tigation into the matter. Acting on a tip around 9.30am on Wednesday,
officers went to a service road located about a quarter mile west of the
intersection of Queens Highway and Fishing Hole Road.

Officers from the Drug Enforcement Unit, the Central Division
and K-9 Unit conducted a joint search. ASP Bootle said they discov-
ered two garbage bags which contained brown packages filled with what
the officers suspected was marijuana. A black garbage bag, containing
a quantity of loose marijuana, was also discovered. Mr Bootle said that
a 24-year-old New Providence man and a 41-year-old resident of
Freeport were semen in for questioning in connection with the matter.



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



RELIGIOUS leaders are putting their dif-
ferences aside to come together to face up to |
the crime in their community under the inno- }
vative guidance of a local MP.

The priests, pastors and preachers of
Pinewood were called to a meeting with the
police by Pinewood MP Byran Woodside to
address social issues besieging the area and con-
front the problem of crime.

Mr Woodside said: “I recognised a number of
things happening in the constituency and'I felt the
time had come to have a meeting. I wanted to not
just rely on the police or the governmental approach-
es to fighting crime, but also the spiritual aspect.”

Leaders of Pinewood’s 11 diverse churches were
called together with religious leaders who live in
the ared to have an open debate about social issues
relating to crime and how they can face them togeth-
er, using Mr Woodside’s constituency office as a
headquarters. Superintendent Stephen Dean read a
police report to the pastors of Pinewood, and the
spiritual leaders decided to provide local residents
with a monthly update on crime and other prob-
lems in the community to sensitise them to the local

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no one based on age, class, colour or creed, so.

situation. They also pledged ‘to create an
organisation amongst themselves to share
information, best practices, and hold days of
prayer. And they plan to work together to
| bring more people into the churches, hold a
| door-to-door survey to identify residents’ main

concerns, and open a local refuge centre for
the destitute.

Mr Woodside said: “Every constituency in

imagine being responsible for having residents who

_ end up with the police’s crime report on a daily

basis.”

He turned to the church leaders’ spiritual con-.

nection with God and called for the unification of
their individual strengths to turn things around in
Pinewood. But, the MP insists it is not-all bad in his
constituency. He said: “You have to appreciate
where Pinewood has come from.

“When you look at how Pinewood was created, it
has to do with common folk — Bahamians from the
Grove, Kemp Road, Englerston and the Family
Islands in search of the Bahamian dream of having

‘a home and being with their families. .

“We want to ensure that they are truly able to live

the Bahamian dream, havea safe environment and

a community that they can feel proud of.”

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Ministry of
Works vehicle |

A religious studies teacher
at H O Nash Junior High
School-was rushed to the
Princess Margaret Hospital
yesterday after being hit by a
Ministry of Works vehicle in
the parking lot of the school.

A colleague of the teacher
said he was shocked by the
negligence of the police, who
failed to show up at the hospi-
tal to get a statement from the
victim, After being released
from the Accident and Emer-
gency section yesterday, the
teacher visited a police station,
only to discover that the offi-
cial report stated she had
“walked into the car”:

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Grant has reportedly been
made aware of the incident and
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THE dangers posed by mal-
functioning traffic lights at road
junctions throughout New Provi-
dence was flagged by PLP MP
Bernard Nottage in the House of
Assembly yesterday.

‘During a discussion of the
Communications Bill, the mem-
ber of parliament for Bain. and
Grants Town questioned why, in
an age of advanced technology,
street lights across the capital are
out of action. He said: “I want to
know why we can’t keep the street

lights on. Someone’s going to die -

on the streets, not from an acci-
dent, but from road rage!

“In my constituency, on the cor-
ner of Meadow Street and Nas-
sau Street, there’s a disaster wait-
ing to happen.

“On the corner of Hawkins Hill

and Shirley Street is another dis-:

aster Waiting to happen.
“Further down on Shirley
Street and Elizabeth Avenue,
where emergency vehicles have
to go, the lights are not working.
“They are not working on the
corner of the sports centre and
Thompson Boulevard, and a big
disaster is going to happen on the
corner of Prince Charles and Fox

Hill Road. Bar 20 corner has been
out for about three or four years,
and we have to pay attention to
these things before we have a very
serious accident.”

Minister of Works Neko Grant
said a $45,000 long-term contract
was signed with two private.com-

panies yesterday to.ensure the ©

lights are properly maintained.

He said traffic lights frequently
malfunction because recurring
power surges force the lights into
‘flash mode’, or traffic officers will
purposefully turn ‘the lights into
‘flash mode’ for a certain time of
day and then fail to return them to
the normal function. Mr Grant
said: “The point is the lights are
not working. We do apologise to
the public for the inconvenience
and we seek to correct it.”

The minister hopes having two
separate companies working on
the lights over the next three years
will bring-an end to the problems
affecting drivers across the capital.
When The Tribune highlighted
the issue of broken traffic lights at
major city road junctions in
December, Mr Grant said the
government would invest $120,000

in equipment to provide an unin- -
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10 major Nassau junctions. He
added a hotline would be set up
for reporting of faulty lights.

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dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT. —. Grand
Bahama Police have issued an
all points bulletin for two men
who are wanted for question-
ing in separate matters.

Emealio. Russell, aka Emil
Russell, 20, is wanted for ques-
tioning in a case of fraud by
false pretences, and Jamal
Austin Roberts, aka Buju, 27,
is wanted in connection with
an armed robbery.

. Both men are considered
armed and dangerous and
should be approached with
extreme caution.

_ ‘Russell is about five feet, six
inches tall with dark complex-
ion and brown eyes and short,
crinkly hair. He is of average
‘build and weighs about 180lbs.
His last known address is
Deadman’s Reef, Grand
Bahama. ;

Roberts is about five feet,
11 inches tall of dark brown,
complexion and dark brown
eyes with short hair. He is of
medium build and weighs
about 155-165lbs. He PSs as
a labourer.

His last known address was
Hepburn Town, Eight Mile
Rock, Grand Bahama.

Police are appealing to any-
one with information concern-
ing these two men to contact
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352-8351, 352- 9076, and’ 350-"
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Man charged
in 13 armed
robberies

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COVERING UP: Brent Felix McPhee
leaves court
A MAN charged in 13
armed robberies was remanded
to Her Majesty’s Prison yester-
day after being arraigned in a
Magistrate’s Court.
Brent Felix McPhee, 21, of
‘South Beach, appeared before
Magistrate Ancella Williams in
Court 6, Parliament Street,
where he was not required to
plead to the armed robbery ©
charges.
It is alleged that McPhee,
while armed with a handgun
between April 9 and May 1,
committed a spree of armed
robberies in New Providence.
McPhee, who is represented
by attorney Ian Cargill, is
accused of robbing several local.
establishments and persons of
cash, cellular phones, phone .
cards, and electronics, totalling
almost $3,500. The accused is
expected back in court on July
15.

DEU officers
confiscate
firearms, lirugs

DRUG Enforcement Unit
officers executed a search war-
rant ata home in Redland
Acres:and confiscated several
firearms and drugs. 3

Asst Supt Walter Evans said
the search was carried out
around 1pm on Tuesday. Offi-
cers reportedly found a .45
handgun, six .223 rounds of
ammunition, 30 .45 rounds of
ammunition and three pounds
of marijuana... -

A-42-year-old man was taken
into.police custody in connec-
tion with the discovery.

Memorial for.
HMBS Flamingo
sinking tragedy

FAMILY members and friends
of the four marines killed-in

action 29 years ago during the ,

sinking of HMBS Flamingo will
join the officers and marines of
the Royal Bahamas Defence
Force for a brief ceremony at the
Coral Harbour base on Monday,
May 11, at 8.30am.
_ Speaking at the special
Morning Colours Ceremony will
be National Security Minister
Tommy Turnquest. ~

After the ceremony, one of
the Defence Force craft will
take the family members out for
the laying of a wreath at sea in
memory of HMBS Flamingo
and her fallen crew.

The Defence Force ensign
will be flown at half-mast
throughout the day.

Observers recognise the tag

ic event as a defining moment,
not only in the history of the
Defence Force, but.also for the
relatively newly independent
Bahamas.

Man drowns in
South Eleuthera

A man drowned in the area
of Whymm's Bight in South
Eleuthera on Tuesday.

Police in Eleuthera reported
that around 5.30pm, a man
and his 33-year-old son went
diving in the area of the Bight.

Assistant Superintendent
Walter Evans said the son did
not surface from the water.

A frantic search by the
father discovered the motion-
less body of the 33 year old,
Mr Evans said. The son was
lifted from the water and tak-
en to the local clinic where he
was pronounced dead.

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ZNS staff cuts on

THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2009, PAGE 3



horizon, says govt

Corporation’s staffing structure top heavy, says Turnquest

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

Staff cuts are on the horizon
for ZNS as the corporation begins
to move towards becoming a
more “independent, educational
and culturally enriching” public
service broadcaster, the govern-
ment revealed yesterday.

Stating that “no organisation
can remain financially viable and
effective” with a staffing struc-
ture as top heavy as that at ZNS
right no Tommy Turnquest, min-
ister with responsibility for the
Broadcasting Corporation of the
Bahamas, added that it may also
be time to “flatten the organisa-
tion in terms of job titles.”

“Restructuring and reorgani-
sation of the BCB will be a major
component of the transition to
public service broadcasting, and
this would, by extension, require
a critical review of staffing levels
at the corporation,” Mr Turn-
quest told parliament. ,

He was contributing to the
debate on new legislation pro-
posed to regulate electronic com-
munications in the country,
including television, internet and
telephony.

While Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham has indicated that the
Bill for an Act to Provide Com-
munication Services must be
passed to provide the regulatory
framework for a privatised BTC,
Mr Turnquest noted that the leg-
islation also “puts in place the
legislative regulatory framework
required'to accommodate public
service broadcasters”, paving the
way for ZNS’ transition.

Yesterday Robert Farquhar-
son, President of the Bahamas
Communications and Public Offi-

cers Union, which represents |

ZNS employees, said the union
has been made aware of the pos-
sibility of so-called “right sizing”

Tommy Turnquest



of employment levels at the
broadcaster.

“We believe that the govern-
ment has to make a decision as it
relates to the possible reorgani-

sation of ZNS but we have.an’

assurance from the government
that if there is a need to reduce
the head count that the BCPOU
will be invited to participate in
the discussion,” said Mr Far-
quharson. Meanwhile, he said
that based on discussions so far,
he understands that “voluntary
disengagement” — inviting peo-
ple to leave the organisation —
will be the method preferred by
the government should it seek to
reduce staff numbers from the
current 253 employees, which
includes 80 managers.

Mr Turnquest told parliament
that after 20 years of talking
about it, he can “say with confi-
dence that ZNS is truly on the
paths towards becoming a public
service broadcaster.”

He said: “The Board of Direc-
tors at the BCB have begun to
discuss and analyse the strategic
issues involved to transition of
ZNS to a PSB.” ;

“Progress is being made in

defining where the BCB wants to
go, the values and principles on
which the transition and future
work of the corporation will be
built and the strategic planning
that would be required to accom-
plish the transition,” said Mr
Turnquest.

According to the United
Nations Educational Scientific
and Cultural Organisation
(UNESCO), a public service
broadcaster is one “which is nei-
ther commercial nor state-owned.
It is broadcasting made, financed
and controlled by the public, for
the public.

“Tt is free from political inter-
ference and pressure from com-
mercial forces. Through PSB, cit-
izens are informed, educated and
also entertained. When guaran-
teed with pluralism, programming
diversity, editorial independence,
appropriate funding, account-
ability and transparency, public
service broadcasting can serve as
a cornerstone of democracy.”

Mr Turnquest said that as it
seeks to transform ZNS into such
an entity, the government will
look to the. United States of
America, Canada and the United
Kingdom.

Each country has its own PSB —
probably the most renowned of
which being the British Broad-

- casting Corporation (BBC).
“People in these countries”

learn of critical aspects of nation-

al life from public broadcasting, |

including through animated
broadcasts assessable by very
young children. Programming
provides diverse views on the
range of political, economic, and
social issues at the national and
international levels.

“Cultural shows, entertain-
ment, analysis, education and
training are all part of public ser-
vice broadcasting in these coun-
tries as they must be in the
Bahamas,” he said.

BIC ‘has lost confidence of husiness community’ |

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

Having “lost the confidence? of Gediiary citizens
and the business community, BTC will go out of
business once privatised unless it is given more time
than currently proposed to prepare for competition
' with other telecommunications providers, Cat Island

MP Brave Davis said yesterday.

The MP told parliamentarians he believes who-
ever purchases the company now will need “more
than three years” of exclusivity as a telecommuni-
cations provider if the purchase is to be worth the
| investment. and if the company is to. “be able to
operate a sustainable business” and avoid major
job losses. “BTC has lost the confidence of the busi-
ness community totally and most of our residential -
community. Liberalisation will not win that confi-
dence back nor could it be won back over night,”
said Mr Davis, who also remains the attorney for .
Bluewater, a company which was identified as a
strategic partner for the government in the privati-
sation of BTC by the former PLP government, but
which is now pressing ahead with arbitration pro-
ceedirigs in the UK after having its offer rejected by

the new FNM administration.

Contributing to the debate on new legislation
intended to provide the regulatory framework for a
liberalised telecommunications sector, Mr Davis
suggested the government’s push to liberalise the
sector now is. a move to cater to “special interest
groups” ~ specifically, Cable Bahamas, which is

“now ready to enter into the whole range of telecom-

munications.”

BTC’s price tag and therefore its value to the
Bahamian government and people could be
increased, he said, were liberalisation delayed to

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PHILIP DAVIS in the House yesterday.

provide any buyer more time to adapt BTC to com-
pete in a liberalised environment.

“How will liberalisation help our economy today
— now? The blind could see that one major asset

‘owned by the Bahamian people that could be utilised
to help in this crisis is BTC. A proper arrangement
with any partner could minimise and curtail the
massive borrowings, once BTC is not stripped of
its value. Any partner coming in would require in my
view more than three years not only to recoup their
investments for acquisition and the contribution to
the capital investments necessary to make BTC
competitive but also to ensure that it will be able to
operate a sustainable business.

. “This is the only way to maximise the value of .
BTC ~ the people’s asset — and keep it in business
after liberalisation,” said Mr Davis.

The MP suggested that parliamentarians do not
“fully understand the impact” of the Bill and its
“far reaching implications”. “I urge that we pause
and have more dialogue on the various aspects of

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| EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

The Tribune Limited.

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

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

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

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

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

Publisher/Editor 1972-

Published Daily Monday to Saturday

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

WEBSITE
www. tribune242. com — updated daily at 2pm

Regulations to modernise communications

THIS WEEK House members have been debat-
ing the Communications Bill 2009 to deal with “all
matters relating to the regulation of radios, televi-
sion, cable, fixed telephone lines, mobile or cellular
telephones and Internet services.”

The Bahamas, when one considers how far the

communications field has grown, is way behind in its .

technology. However, at least this Bill isa step in the
_ right direction as it prepares for the sale of BTC (the
‘former BaTelCo).
. The most important feature is that with the
appointment of URCA —Utilities Regulation and
__.Competition Authority— the industry will have for
the first time an independent body as its regulator.
It is hoped that whoever heads it will be an expert in
this field and any suggestion of political: influence will
not be tolerated.
As Education Minister Carl Bethel pointed out,

earlier attempts to reform the communications sec-
tor through the Telecommunications Act and the .
Public Utility Commission Act failed because the’

Acts were defective. /

They were defective, he said, “in that they pre-
supposed that for several years Batelco would, itself,
apart from being a.major participant in the telecom-
munications business, would also be a regulator of
that business, with some regulatory functions being
assigned to the PUC over time. Further, the tech-
nical experts in'the PUC were largely former Batel-
co management or staff, and so,.could have been
perceived as having some residual degree of insti-
tutional bias in favour of Batelco.”

“The greatest flaw was that not only was BaTelCo
to retain its monopoly, but it was also to be the reg-
ulator and competitor of all independent licensees.

The Tribune with its licence to operate the first
private radio-station, 100 JAMZ, in 1996 experi-

enced first hand the struggle under this regulator.
‘Not only did BaTelCo demand that the station pay
““jt'a'licénce ‘fee in addition to the licence fee’ charged _.

“by government, but a BatelCo staff member: kept
breathing down our necks that our licence only
allowed us to broadcast “point-to-point.” We had to
have a lawyer constantly at.our backs to explain
our licence to “Mr Point-to-Point”, or the station

would have died aborning. In other words the stip-*

ulations BaTelCo,.the regulator, tried to put on
JAMZ, would have allowed no growth, nor would it
have permitted the station to fully utilise its licence.
In the end we paid the licence fee to government —
not BaTelCo. We always won our arguments with
“Mr Point-to-Point”, but they were useless, time
wasting exercises. ~

When we were licensed as the first Internet .

"_ provider — an arena we were told BaTelCo want-
ed to enter — “Mr Point-to-Point” notified us that

‘as our licences were up for renewal he wanted to .

come to our offices to inspect our equipment. He
also questioned our Internet licence and threat-

ened to revoke 100 JAMZ’s licence unless the Inter-. -

net service was discontinued. Again our lawyer, had
to be called in to interpret our licences to
We refused to allow “Mr Point-to-Point” into.our
- building, informing him that BaTelCo mighit be the
station’s regulator, but it was also our competitor.
' There was no way that “Mr Point-to-Point” would

be allowed in to take inventory of our modern.

. Royal Bahainian Resort @ Offshore Island.

Invites applications for the positions of:

equipment. The day 100 JAMZ decided to broad-
cast to the Bahamas from Disney World in Orlando,
was the day that almost gave our regulator an epilep-
tic seizure. Again, according to “Mr Point-to-Point,
we were in breach of our licence — you see, accord-
ing to him, we were not broadcasting “point-to-
point”! He was so far behind in modern technology
that really he didn’t know what he was talking

. about. Here we were trying to build a radio station |
with this monkey on our back. It was not easy, it was

no fun, and at that stage in the development of pri-
vate radio there were no rules to follow. Really no
one knew what they were doing.

If URCA is properly staffed with capable people,
who have no vested interest in the business, then
there should at least be a level playing field for
those who aspire to enter some phase of the
telecommunications business.

The Bill now being debated sets a goal of fos-
tering “sustainable competition.”

.The Bill assumes that existing service providers
—such as BaTelCo, now BTC, and Cable Bahamas
— have significant market power (SMP) and there-
fore URCA could exact price controls, retail price
regulations and the sharing of infrastructure —
“such as telephone poles, or access to fibre optic
cables through which most of the high speed and
broadband data, Internet and cable TV services
pass,” all for a reasonable commercial price.

We have to smile when we recall how hard it was
to work with the government entities, which the
present Bill would designate as having “significant
market power.”

When we were granted our radio licence it was
suggested that 100 JAMZ rent space from the tow-
ers of the Broadcasting Corporation to generate
revenue for the corporation. This is a common prac-

__tice in the United States. For example in 1994, when
“we made our request to the corporation, radio sta-
tion Y-100 in Hollywood had seven ‘competing radio,
“stations on its tower in addition to.a TV station, all’

providing revenue for Y-100.

We were told to write to the Broadcasting Cor-
poration for permission to lease space on one of
its AM towers in Freeport. Apparently, this was a
novel idea to members of the board, who, obvious-
ly unaccustomed to how the free market operates,
regretted to inform us “that the request was not
approved.”

And so JAMZ went to-another location, and
instead of the cash-strapped Broadcasting Corpo-
ration.earning a steady flow of extra revenue, that
revenue went to a private company.

Under this new Bill, such short- “sighted nonsense
would not be tolerated.

As for our Internet we had to lease BaTelCo
lines. Many a weekend corporation staff would shut
down our lines and disappear, leaving our sub-
scribers unable to do business. In the end we trans-
ferred our shares to another operator, hoping that he
could concentrate on fighting the government behe-
moth.

We understand his life has not been easy.
‘This proposed Bill is not perfect, but it will pro-

- vide a better commercial climate than the one in

which 100JAMZ — the first private radio station —

- took to the airwaves.



Molestation:
who is guilty,
who is not

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I must admit that I lifted this
from a website that is sympa-
thetic to the PLP. It is general-
ly believed that the mastermind
of the site is Mr Fred Mitchell,
because it is easy to match the
words he uses ‘regularly and the
pattern of writing on the site.
So no more cheap compulsive
exaggeration is necessary.

But what was interesting, was
the mention about molestation.
The site dared to talk about a
topic that in recent times many
allegations have been made of

_ this most hideous crime.

The site said “Carl Bethel,
the Minister of Education is
under heavy pressure from the
PLP on the abuse of children
scandal at the Eight Mile Rock
School. Then there is a female
teacher who is interdicted
because of a relationship with a

- young schoolboy, and another
male teacher who is interdict-
ed from the same school on an
abuse allegation. Mr Bethel per-

haps misspoke when he said °

that because the children are
hungry this makes them vul-
nerable to sexual abuse. Say
what?!”

In the Bahamas amnesia
seems to be prevalent. People,
before putting their minds in
gear, race to voice their“opin-
igns. Many times people are
forced to eat their words. There
are far too may public utter-

ances where there had to be-

retractions almost immediately
afterwards. This, however, has
not stopped politicians from
sprinting in front of the camera

to scream bloody murder in an‘

effort to score cheap political

brownie points. But when these

same politicians were in control

’ they did precious little to correct
or even address it.

There is one topic that

Bahamians seem to be either ..

afraid of or unwilling to speak
to. Child molestation has been

LETTERS

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happening since time immemo-

rial and many families hide the
incidences because of the scorn
attached. Mothers kept the
secrets, while protecting the
males who in many cases are
their husbands, father and

breadwinner of the family. .
Some mothers have said, “Who.

is going to pay the bills if her
husband is convicted and sub-
sequently imprisoned.”

‘So it is safe to say that con-
doning molestation has become
the rule rather than the excep-
tion. That is why teachers are

left to exploit our vulnerable.

children, because there is no

fear of repercussion. This is a’

fact and has been rampant for
too long.
There have also: been inci-
dences where allegations of
molestation have been made of

senators and other potential

candidates from the same party.
The support and assistance to
cover up this mess is astound-
ing. (
The problem of molestation
and the perpetrators in schools
are well known. They are
reported and then transferred
to:another place to cover the
problem. This is counter pro-

ductive, because the dirt is then —

move from under one rug to be

stashed under another rug in,

another place. After the moles-
ter settles in and becomes famil-
iar, he strikes again, because all
molesters are sick and cannot
seem to get the demon out of

_ their system, ... :,

The information reaching me
is the Eight Mile Rock incident
is not-new; neither are other
acts of molestation in many oth-
er schools, both private and

“public. Molestation is also

prevalent in many churches and

' some have even graced the

headlines ‘in newspapers and
television. This is proof that this
must be and ‘epidemic.

The PLP knew about this and
did nothing. They were slow to
act and remained silent as usu-
al. The present minister met this
going on and should not to be
blamed for it. But be that as it
may, he spoke to the issue and
the PLP only grabbed on to this
because they expect to gain
some political mileage. Many
incidences happened in the past
that are well documented dur-
ing the PLP reign and they did
not say a word. I wonder what
Mr Mitchell’s opinion #& on this
matter. He should have an opin-
ion, like everything else.

The naked truth is between
2002 and 2007 there were many
incidences of reports of lesbian
and homosexual advances by
teachers. I presume that nothing
was done because of the politi-
cal affiliations of the teachers.
Many are hollering now but
were fully knowledgeable of this
cancer when it was just:a cyst.
Many know that the PLP swept
dirt under the carpet under the
disguise of party loyalty:

On many jobs, including
some government establish-

’ ments, the pressure is enormous

for young men and women to
be introduced to homosexuality
in exchange for promotion and
other incentives. This form of
exploitation must be criminal
to ‘say the least and should be
met with extreme force reper-
cussions in kind.

Finally, I am told that it is
common knowledge that par-
ticular high school female teach-
ers are recruiting and introduc-
ing young girls to, lesbianism.
Why these teachers are still
employed i is beyond me. Inquir-
ing minds want to know.

IVOINE W INGRAHAM
Nassau,
May, 2009.

Some essential employment safeguards needed

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Many will endorse.the government’s initiative to
provide for a safety-net for those who might be sud-
denly unemployed, however, I must agree if a person
is fired then whether or not they have made contri-
butions they should not receive any unemployment
benefits especially if their firing was a result of steal-
ing or any criminal act for which they have been

found guilty.

I must suggest to government that with urgency
- they should provide under the limited liability Com-
panies Act and the acts covering all incorporated
companies or partnerships that those companies, if
_ they get into financial problems, to avoid the sole

This will safeguard employment — ave substan-
tial benefits to employees for ongoing employment

soon.

effort.

approach to-day of closing and appointing a receiv-

er or liquidator the company can apply to the courts
to be safeguarded under a similar regime as a oer

ter 11 application in the US.

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Prime Minister please act on this with due haste as
there is a lot of talk of some major employers being
close to insolvency and probably unable to meet
their bills and they will have to close their doors

If you really want to put in place some essential
economic well-being safeguards this is it.
I am sure the opposition will fully support this

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THE 42-year-old amputee
who was killed after being
struck by a car in Long
Island on Monday became.
wheelchair-bound as the i
result of a previous vehicular :
accident in Nassau, Agricul-
ture Minister'and Long
Island MP Larry Cartwright
said yesterday in the House
of Assembly.

Expressing his sadness
over the death of Cabbage
Point resident Lester Pratt,
and extending his condo-
lences to his family, the
Long Island MP noted that
the Nassau car accident had
led to him suffering the
amputation of his right arm.

Police are still investigat-
ing the circumstances sur- ©
rounding the death of Mr.
Pratt. .

He was reportedly struck.
by a Chevrolet Corsica as he:
sat on the side of the road
awaiting a friend who was
due to pick him up.

Police reported that the
car was travelling on :
Queen’s Highway in the area :
of the Berries - an area in i
South Long Island - when it
struck him at around 9pm.

The 42-year-old, who was
married with children and a
cabinet maker by trade, diéd :
of his.injuries at a local clin-,._ i
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Mr Pratt’s death is the
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urgent warrant system

Man claims he was threatened despite paying fine for 2004 violation

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

A LOCAL taxi driver yes-
terday supported calls for

‘urgent action by authorities

to fix,the dysfunctional war-
rant system - telling The Tri-
bune that he was recently
threatened with an outstand-
ing warrant for his arrest dat-
ing back to 2004 fora traffic

- violation he had paid the fine

for in the same year..

“The only thing that saved
me was that some kind per-
son did put in the system that
I had paid the $250 fine. But
the problem was that they
didn’t cancel the warrant - I

could’ve been locked up!”.

said the taxi driver, who
wished to remain anonymous.

“The attitude in the war-
rant office is very, very com-
placent. The pile-up, the
backlog - that’s normal for
them. When they did find out
I'd paid it, they were just like,
‘Okay, you can go on your
way’.”

His comments come after
the complaints of two men
who were also picked up on
warrants of arrest for traffic
violations which should have
been cancelled a year ago.

Galmando Gibson and Ter-
rance Gilbert separately con-

tacted The Tribune after they:

were both detained by police



“The attitude in
the warrant
Office is very,
very complacent.

The pile-up, the ©

backlog - that’s .
normal for them.
When they did |
find out I'd paid
it, they were just
like, ‘Okay, you
can go on your
way’.” .



on warrants of arrest issued
for traffic violations.
However, both men said
that a search of-a court log-
book quickly revealed evi-
dence of the fines demanded
of them having been paid,
therefore rendering the war-
rants unnecessary.
“Something must be done,”
said Mr Gibson, who claims
he almost lost his job after
being detained for hours one
morning as a result of the
outdated warrant. “As a tax
paying citizen I should be
able to walk the streets freely

if I have done all that is

required of me.”

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period of just two. days.

The Weather Conference
brought almost 100 television
meteorologists, emergency
workers and scholars to Nas-
sau from April 15-19.

The beach of host property
Sheraton Nassau Beach
Resort was featured in broad-
casts from conference partici-
pants who represented media
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major television networks in
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In total, the conference
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media reports from meteorol-
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were live shots that were
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Johnson, director of commu-
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“The Weather Channel
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an average of five segments
per hour over six hours each
day.”

Ms Johnson pointed out
that it was especially good for
the Bahamas that the. Weath-
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Slave descendant |

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



A DESCENDANT of slaves at
the Whylly Plantation claims
authorities controlling the Clifton
Heritage National Park are pre-
venting him from sharing the gen-
uine history of the site.

Vivian Whylly, 47, has traced his
lineage back to the slaves who
worked on William Whylly’s plan-
tation on the western tip of New
Providence and has dedicated his
life to researching the area’s rich
cultural heritage, which includes
relics of the Lucayan Indians, Loy-
alist settlers, and the remnants of
the plantation occupied by William
Whylly and his slaves.

His interest in the site fuelled

Mr Whylly’s fight to protect the
area in the 1990s, when it was
threatened by development, and
drove him to pursue College of the
Bahamas accreditation in eco-
tourism planning, tour leading and
tour guide training which has
allowed him to lead scores of visi-
tors on educational tours of the
area. ;
In 2002, after vigourous cam-
paigning by a number of concerned
Bahamians, the Clifton site was
protected by government and
turned into a national park.

When he heard the news, Mr
Whylly was ecstatic and looked for-
ward to his tours flourishing with
the new Clifton Heritage Authori-
ty’s support.

But when he applied to work at

the park last year, the Authority:

offered him nothing more than
“slave’s work”, he said.

And he refused to take the envi-
ronmental health job cleaning toi-
lets and weeding the grounds, to
apply as an independent tour guide
under his own company, Whylly
Plantation Tours Ltd, in-February.

Although Mr Whylly was told
his application has been approved
by the board, he has still not
received written permission to con-
duct his tours. =

At the official opening of the
Clifton Heritage Park last week,

Mr Whylly, of Cable Beach, said no
mention was made of the living
descendants of Whylly Plantation
slaves in the Bahamas.

And although he was invited to
the event by Minister of Culture
Charles Maynard, Mr Whylly
believes he would not otherwise
have been welcomed by the Clifton
Heritage Authority.

Mr Whylly believes he has
become embroiled in a political
agenda, as the Clifton Heritage
Authority is being run by the FNM
government. ‘

He said: “When I was fighting
for this plantation the people who
are benefitting from it weren’t even
with us, especially the FNM, and
they’re putting people there who
seem to have a problem with me
because they are blocking all: the
roads.

“They are in control and they

are victimising me to the point:

where I will either give up or die,
and I will not give up.

“I don’t want them to take the
credit for my work and throw me
away.” i

He added: “The Lucayan Indi-
ans are not here, the loyalists and
slaves of William Whylly are not
here and the descendants of the
slaves are here, and they’re being
left out for whatever reason and
it’s wrong.

“We have paid with blood, sweat
and labour, and now we are being
asked to be silent, again and go
through the punishment of having
somebody manipulate our future.”

Clifton Heritage Authority
chairman Jacinta Higgs maintains
the board enthusiastically approved
Mr Whylly’s proposal three weeks
ago and has been reviewing policy
guidelines regarding private part-
nership tour operators. .

She said private tour companies
will be welcome to conduct tours at
Clifton independently as they
would contribute additional rey-
enue for the park.

When asked why Mr Whilly has
so far been ignored, Dr Higgs said:
“We have just officially opened the
park which was a major feat. The
endeavor consumed every staff

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member for weeks leading up to
the event and so there was no way
we were able to focus on Vivian
Whylly's personal request.

“We explained this to Mr Whyl-
ly and promised to get back to him
as soon we were ready.”

Dr Higgs maintains Mr Whylly
has never been prevented from
conducting tours and he is only
asked to register groups at the
office on arrival.

She added: “I am not aware of
any political agenda as one quick
review of the programme booklet
or a review of the opening cere-
mony indicates the vision of Clifton
Heritage National Park is a
Bahamian agenda, not a political

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THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2009, PAGE 9



LOCAL NEWS



Sports Minister speaks out
over theft of copper wiring

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT — Sports Minister
Desmond Bannister expressed extreme ,
disappointment and concern over the
theft of the copper wiring at the softball
field at the Grand Bahama Sports Com-
plex.

The government is carrying out exten-
sive work on the running track, as well
as other field sporting sites in order to
bring the facility up to IAAF standards.

“The government of the Bahamas
has spent a considerable amount of
money developing that softball field.
We were extremely disappointed several
weeks ago that someone came in and stole all of the
copper wiring that was there,” said Minister Ban-
nister.

The matter has been reported to the Police, and.

the minister is hopeful that the culprits will .be
caught.

Mr Bannister said the cooper wiring provided
lighting and was needed for many other essential
improvements to the softball field.

“It is a big concern for us because we want to
put probably the best facility we have in the country
‘right here in Grand. Bahama, and people can steal all
that wiring.

“We are extremely concerned about that... and I
think this community will be enraged to see this



Deane eentioct

type of thing happening here,” he said.

“When something is under construc-
tion and you have contractors and peo-
ple working you anticipate that when
the facility is properly turned over that
you will put appropriate security
arrangements in place,” he said.

Minister Bannister said government
will take measures to prevent thefts
from occurring at the sports complex
while it is under construction in
Freeport.

The sports track is expected to under-
go resurfacing and there are also plans
to relocate the existing long jump pit
and construct a second pit. A second
javelin runway also will be constructed
to meet IAAF specification.

The steeple chase will be relocated and the long





and triple jump runways will have to be corrected.

The existing high jump mat must be reduced in size
and the surface has to be milled to permit proper
drainage.

Grand Bahama Amateur Sports Association pres-
ident Anita Doherty said additional seating is need-
ed at the sports complex to accommodate spectators.

“We need more seating...and we hope that the

ministry will take that into consideration in terms of.

all thé work that is being carried out on the
track,” a

Minister Bannister said that proper seating will be
installed and that a location will be identified for
additional seating.

FROM page one

total price for the property was
$70,520.

It was purchased primarily for
salt production, but this endeav-
our failed miserably, and on June
17, 1983, Diamond Crystal was
sold to World Wide Protein
Bahamas Limited, which sought
to create a shrimp farm on the
island, paying $875,410 for the
property or $35 an acre.

Since then, however, Maritek
Bahamas Limited has been
bought out by a Canadian firm
and according to published
‘reports, is seeking to sell a signif-
icant portion of the land at
$200,000 per acre. :

It is not clear whether or not
‘the government has any right to
reclaim these acres as they are no
longer being used for their intend-
ed purpose.

Mr Smith said: “The govern-

ment should not approve the sale
without serious enforceable
restrictions. In fact, any sale of
the property should be channelled
through a government organisa-
‘tion such as the Hotel Corpora-
tion so that any restrictions can be
cast in stone before passing any of
the property to the private sec-
tor, unless it is to be used for












Former Minister

aqua-culture purposes with very
little coastal utilisation.”

Mr Smith, a former Cabinet
minister in the Pindling adminis-
tration with responsibility for
Lands, also applied for Crown
grants in 2004.

Seeking a conditional purchase
lease for two unnamed cays in
the northern Exuma Cays, Mr
Smith said that unlike other appli-
cants, he is seeking to build two
villas on these properties, com-
plete with all the amenities nec-
essary to support them.

“T had hoped to devote some of
my time and what resources’ I
could muster to tastefully develop
them in a way that they could

attract some of the more high- .

end tourists. [have satisfied every
question asked of me by Mr Aud-
ley Greaves (formerly of Lands
and Surveys) from the office of
the Prime Minister and I await
what I hope would be a
favourable response,” he said.
Noting that all Crown land is
essentially owned by the citizens
of this country, Mr Smith encour-
aged Bahamians to speak out and
let their experiences and knowl-
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FROM page one

age hurricane season, they
are still urging people to take
early precautions and prepare
for every contingency.

Basil Dean, deputy direc-
tor of the Meteorological
Department, said that of the
predicted 12 named storms,
two are expected to become
“major hurricanes” at a cate-
gory three level or greater.

"When we look at those
numbers against the long-
term average, we would have
just slightly above normal. in
terms of the number of
named storms," he said.

While these predictions do .

not appear dire, Mr Dean
advised against taking a
relaxed attitude towards hur-
ricane preparedness as the

CR iat See ne LOCAL NEWS
Twelve named storms

predicted to develop in
the hurricane season

storm season can be unpre-
dictable.

"My word to the public is
to always be vigilant and
exercise caution because
while the numbers may be
great it does not imply that
you would be adversely
impacted and similarly. if the
numbers are lower it does not
mean that we would not be
impacted. All it takes is one
major storm that could be
headed your way, that could
do damage and that is the one
you should. be worried
about," he said.

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Atlantic hurricane season just
weeks away — June I| to
November 30 — Mr Dean
advised that persons start

roof and window repairs now.’

"This is a good time to start
because we are in the dry sea-
son. One can take advantage
of preparing roofs if there are
leaks — make sure your shut-
ters are workable and they
are readily available and once

you have those basic things

in place it's a wait and see sit-
uation."

He said once there isa
storm approaching persons
should begin stocking up on
emergency supplies. —

. Last hurricane season was

particularly active with 16
named storms — eight
became hurricanes, out of
which five became major
ones that ravaged several
parts of the region.

Due to the heavy damage
caused by Hurricanes Gus-
tav, Ike, Paloma and Alma
these names were taken off
the World Meteorological
Organisation's rotating list of
storm names, according to the
Associated Press.

The names would have
been reused in 2014.

Gustav reportedly killed
112 people last year, includ-
ing 77 in Haiti. Ike, a catego-

ry four hurricane, killed more .

than 80 people across the
Caribbean and destroyed a

large portion of Inagua.

Paloma destroyed more
than 1,400 homes in Cuba
and Alma caused damage in
Nicaragua and Belize,
according to the Associated
Press.

Airport union and
Nassau Flight Services
dispute ‘is resolved’

FROM page one

Directors on Monday and again this morning, to discuss the
ongoing dispute concerning the amount of remuneration for
union members who work on public holidays,” said Mr Foulkes.

“TI am pleased to announce that both the AAAWU and Nas-
sau Flight Services have settled this dispute.”

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Bishop sex allegations
‘came to a head in
church confrontation’

FROM page one

‘the virtual complainant

stormed into the church and
accused Fraser of being a
child molester. ;

She told the court that
the confrontation contin-
ued in Fraser’s office where

he denied that he had ever

touched the complainant.
The grandmother said that
it was then that one of her
daughters pulled out a cel-
lular phone to play a voice
message. She said ‘that she
listened to the message and
recognized the voice as
being that of Bishop Fraser.
She said that on the record-
ing Fraser said what he
wanted to do to her grand-
daughter. She said that it
was not something that a
pastor should tell a young
girl. She testified that when
Fraser’s wife heard the
message she said, "Honey

you did it again," and.

began to cry.
At that point in her tes-
timony Fraser gasped.

According to the grand- -

mother, Fraser’s wife said
that they could settle the
matter, but Fraser stated,
"Y'all do what y'all want to
do." :
The grandmother told
the court that she left Pil-

grim Baptist Temple in
2006 following the incident.
During cross-examination
by Fraser’s attorney Wayne
Munroe, the grandmother
admitted that in her state-
ment to police and during
the initial trial she had
made no mention of Fraser
asking her granddaughter
if she had deleted any mes-
sages from her cellular
phone. She said that it was
something that she had
recently recalled. She also
said that she and her family
had never discussed the
matter apart from one
occasion following the con-
frontation at the church
when the voice message
was played for her again.
‘The mother of the virtu-
al complainant also took
the stand yesterday for
cross-examination by
Fraser’s attorney. She told
the court that Fraser had
suggested that he meet with
her and her daughter sepa-

rately, but that she did not

agree to the arrangement.

_ The case continues today
before Magistrate Carolita
Bethel.. Prosecuting the
case are Franklyn Williams,
Assistant director of Legal
Affairs in the Attorney
General’s Office, and attor-.
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‘Fierce
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President's

Cup

WITH no CABA Boxing
Championships on its 2009
schedule, the Amateur Boxing
Federation of the Bahamas
found a more than. worthy
replacement in the first annual
President’s Cup. -

After a weekend of fierce ©
competition at the Carmichael
Road police station, several
newcomers rose to the occasion,
capturing coveted top spots in
their respective divisions.

- Levanti Roberts took the
Most Outstanding Boxer award
in the primary division, Troy
Carey won the award in the
Youth Division, Lashawn Cole-
by in the senior division and
Godfrey Strachan claimed the
top spot in the open division.

Roberts, .of the Carmichael
Knockout Boxing Club, defeat-
ed Ranad McKinney. of
Freeport in the most intriguing
match of their division.

In Carey’s final fight of the
tournament, the fighter from-
Bahamas Youth defeated
Dejron Moss of the CKBC and
clubmate Coleby convinced
judges with a win over Ronal
Webb of Freeport. .

Strachan, one of the leadin
boxers from Champion Ama-
teur Boxing Club, floored Levi
Missick of Freeport to take the
‘top spot in the open division.

The four boxers were chosen
from a field of approximately.

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ahamian. athletes

struggled against a
star-studded field

at the Jamaica
International Invitational, one
of the most notable track and
field meets in the Caribbean.
A trio of Bahamians —
Olympian Shamar Sands,
Nathan Arnette and Khofi

* Miller — competed during the |
meet held Saturday at the

national stadium in Kingston,
Jamaica. xe

Sands finished fourth in the
100m hurdles in a time of 13.55
seconds, just narrowly missing
the medal podium by 0.01.

Antwon Hicks of the US
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stadium record in 13.27s,
Jamaica’s Richard Phillips was
second in 13.48s while Ameri-

can Aires Merritt was third in
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Thus far in the early stages
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teristic 5300s.

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Philips of Jamaica was second
in 48.79s and America’s
Michael Tinsley was third in
48.81s.

Kerron Clement of.the US,

Athletes struggle in Jamaica

who won a silver medal in the
event at the 2008 Beijing
Olympic’Games, finished fifth
in 49.10s. sian

In the first section of the
JAAA Development 100m,
Miller was one of three com-
petitors to be disqualified due
to a false start. Jamaica’s
Ohane Bailey took the event in
10.38s.

The meet featured approxi-
mately 20 medallists from the
Beijing Olympics from coun-
tries around the world.

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tion with Darvis Patton of the
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Sunday May 3rd

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Friday May 1st
Saturday May 2nd
Saturday May 2nd
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Eels
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Eels

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Wild Dogs vs. Groupers (Game 2)
Stingrays vs. Owlz (Game 1)

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THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2009, PAGE 13



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Nuggets dominate in 4th

to go up 2-0 on Mavericks

@ By PAT GRAHAM
AP Sports Writer

DENVER (AP) — The
fourth quarter belongs to the
Denver Nuggets, who keep
turning close games into
blowouts with an energizing mix
of breakaway baskets, dashing
defense and old-fashioned hus-
tle.

Behind another final-quarter
tear, the Nuggets cruised to a
117-105 win over the Dallas
Mavericks on Tuesday night to
take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-
seven series that now shifts to
Dallas.

"We're just an explosive team
in that way," Chauncey Billups
said. "That's just kind of what
we do, that's who we've been
all year. This is an explosive
team. We turn turnovers. into
points."

And. tight games into a
trouncing.

The Nuggets pulled away
from the Mavericks in the

‘fourth quarter with a 16-2 run.
It's the second straight game
the Mavericks have watched the
Nuggets scamper away in the
final quarter.

"They get on you so quick.

with their ability to run and
shoot the ball," said Dirk Now-
itzki, who scored 35 points.
"They've got so many weapons
out there."

But their best weapon may
have been their hustle.

Like the play Billups made
in the third quarter when Jason
Kidd's errant pass sailed into
the backcourt.

Instead of watching the ball
travel out of bounds, Billups

charged full steam after it, edg-—

ing Jason Terry in a foot-race.
Billups then fired a pass to J.R.
Smith under the basketifor a

layup to give the Nuggets a77- —

76 lead.

The team wouldn't trail
again.

"That play right there was the
biggest play of the game," said
Carmelo Anthony, who scored
15 of his 25 points in the fourth
quarter.

' That was simply Billups being
Billups. |

"Those are absolutely the .

kind of plays you've got to
make," Billups said. "That play
in a strange sort of way kind of
turned the game. around
because it told us that this is the
kind of game it's going to be."
After two fourth-quarter
meltdowns, what's it going to
take for Dallas to knock on
Denver? ©
_ Easy.
oe more solid fourth quar-
" Nowitzki said. "We're

feltt there. We all know bas- -

ketball is a game of runs and
mistakes and so far in the fourth
quarter we've made more mis-
takes and they've made runs



JASON KIDD (left) and Chauncey Billups reach for a loose ball in second
quarter of Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinal series in Denver

on Sunday...

when they've needed them."

‘The Mavs are heading home
for Game 3 on Saturday, a place
they've found quite cozy. The
team is 17-1 at home since the
All-Star break, their lone loss
being to Denver.

"They've held serve," Dallas
coach Rick Carlisle said.
"We've got to do the same."

The stats are stacked against
the Mavericks. In league post-
season history, teams that have
jumped out to a 2-0 lead-have
gone on to win a best-of-seven
series 93.6 percent of the time.

Dallas also has Josh Howard
hampered by a sprained right
ankle. |

The Mavericks' energizer was |

sidelined after just six scoreless
minutes in Game 2 on Tuesday
after he appeared to land awk-
wardly on his right foot while
trying to block Anthony's layup.

Carlisle isn't sure of
Howard's status for Game 3.

' "We'll just see how Mother
Nature treats us here," Carlisle
said. "We obviously need him."

So far in the series, the Mav-
ericks haven't been able to con-
tain Nene, who scored a post-
season career-high 25 points
Tuesday. He had a thunderous
dunk midway through the
fourth quarter on a fastbreak
that electrified the capacity
crowd.

"Nene continues to be a pres-
ence for us," said coach George
Karl, whose team has won six
postseason games this year by

- an average of.24.8 points. "They

have a tough time figuring out
how to cover him."

Cavaliers 99, Hawks 72

At Cleveland, LeBron James
scored 34 points and the Cava-
liers, who waited nine days
between playoff games after a
first-round sweep, won their

Eastern Conference semifinal
- Opener.

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three assists and four steals as
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Congrats to the ‘Benedict
College connection’

STUBBS

WE’VE heard about the

Bahamian connection at
Auburn University and Dick-
inson State. But there’s another
connection that was perform-
ing quite well at Benedict Col-
lege.
The field of Bahamians were
led by distance runner Oneil
_ Williams. Williams, however,
didn’t have the type of perfor-
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fered a stress fracture and is
recuperating as he preparesfor
an attempt at qualifying for the

‘TAAF World Championships

set for Berlin, Germany, in
August.

For Williams, athletics was-a
key, leaving Benedict: College
as the record holder in the 800,
1,500, 5,000 and 10,900. But
more importantly, he will grad-

uate with his degree on Satur-
. day. : oes

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That’s more significant than
any achievement he may have
accomplished at Benedict Col-
lege. It’s always good news
when you hear about athletes

graduating. So congratulations ©

for Williams for that accom-

~ plishment.

Another member of the con-
nection will also be graduating.

’ She’s Petra McDonald.

According to coach Frank

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next year. That’s even more
great news as another Bahami-
an joins the United States col-
legiate fraternity.

McDonald has also qualified
for the NCAA DII Champi-
onships at the end of the month
and will be joined by Melinda
Bastian.

Bastian was named the SIAC

“Women’s Field Most Valuable

Performer and she was also pre-
sented with the Cleve Abbott
Award that is given to the ath-

‘lete who scored the most points

in the championship.
The other member of the

team, Gabrielle Nixon, didn’t

qualify for the DIJ Champi-
onships. But she had a domi-

nating performance in winning

the hammer, discus and shot

‘put. For her feat, she was

named the NCAA DII South
Region Female Athlete of the

* Nixon is just a sophomore, so

-she still has two more seasons to

continue to improve.

With so many of our athletes ~

leaving the country every year.
to pursue their education
abroad, it’s always good when
we can highlight their major
achievements.

Congratulations to the Bene-
dict College connection.

BAAA HAS A NEW
HOME
» FOR more than a decade, the
Bahamas Association of Ath-
letic Associations housed their
office at the Colony Club. —
At the end of the month, the

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new administration, headed by
Curt Hollingsworth, relocated
to its new premises in the Pan
Am building at the entrance of
the Queen Elizabeth Sports
Center.

The building, which once fea-
tured an elite training center
that was created under former

. minister of sports Neville Wis-

dom, is being shared by the

- temporary living quarters of

some of: the Chinese natives
who. are here to construct the
new national stadium. at the
center.





There are some who ques-
tioned the motive behind mov-
ing from the Colony Club. But
when I checked with proprietor
Harrison Petty, he assured me
that there wasn’t anything amiss
and he has not severed his ties.
with the association. —

He noted that he still enjoys a
cordial working relationship
with the new executive board,
although he supported imme-
diate past president Mike
Sands, who had to vacate his
position after a vote of no'con-
fidence was taken last-year.

That’s good news because
Petty has been a major contrib-
utor to the sport, having first
been introduced as a sponsor
under the presidency of
Alpheus ‘Hawk’ Finlayson.

And .throughout the presi-
dency of Desmond Bannistex,
Foster Dorsett and Sands, he
continues to make a valuable
contribution. In fact, it was
understood that the BAAA had
the use of the Colony Club,
including the conference room,
free of charge. x

In recent times, the BAAA
had indicated their intention to
move. They finally did. The
office, albeit in a peculiar posi-
tion, may not be the ideal situ-
ation they enjoyed at the
Colony Club. acai

But at least they have their
own quarters-and now they just
have to work on getting it up
to the standard that is required
of the national sporting body in
he country, if it’s going to be a
permanent one.

I would suspect or maybe
even suggest that when the new
stadium is completed, the
BAAA should have its office
on the site, which would make it
much easier. for:the association
to function. ;

Let me also suggest, if I may,
that the same should happen




Lawn Tennis Association at the
National Tennis Center and
what should happen-for both
the Bahamas Basketball Fed-
eration and the Bahamas Vol-
leyball Federation at the Kendal
Isaacs Gymnasium.

There's enough space to



- accommodate these bodies, who
basically don't have an official

office. -

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY
Since I have this forum, let

‘me take this opportunity to wish

Happy Mother’s Day to my
mother, Berdie Stubbs, my

rs lovely wife, Joan Smith-Stubbs,

my mother-in-law, Nellie Smith,
and.all those mothers who are
deeply involved in sports like
Michelle Minus, Thora Sweet-
ing, Hall of Famer Rozina Tay-
lor, Marge Delaney, Kimberly
Rolle, Joyce Minus and Katrin-
ka Marshall, just to name a few.

OFF ON VACATION

Hope to chat with you in a
couple of weeks when I return
from vacation with another
issue of this column. -

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Mother questioned

over kidnap claim

FROM page one

intendent Leon Bethel, who
heads the CDU's homicide divi-
sion, told The Tribune last
evening.

Meanwhile, a man who was
sought by police for questioning
in connection with the alleged
kidnapping — Kendrick 'Dog'
Siefort of Nassau Village —
turned himself in Wednesday
morning, police said.

Last night he was said to still be
under arrest, however police were
not sure what, if any,
charges would be made against
him. —

Earlier yesterday, the mother
expressed jubilation over the
child’s safety, claiming that the
boy had been returned to a cousin

in the Chippingham area
unharmed.

"Words cannot express how I
feel, I'm overwhelmed with joy,
I'm just so excited," she said.
"Ain' nothing wrong with him,
he's healthy and strong."

On Tuesday, police issued an
all-points-bulletin for Kendrick
Siefort, also known as Kendrick
Sifford, as he was wanted for
questioning in connection with
the alleged kidnapping.

Police said they received a
report shortly after 7am on Friday

‘for the

British Colonial Hilton

‘from a 37-year-old Lewis Street

woman, who claimed that a male
companion visited her residence
to talk.

The woman reported that the
companion took her vehicle, in
which her 3-year-old son was
asleep on the back seat, from her
home; police said.

Police said they were actively
seeking the whereabouts of
Siefort, and the child, and asked
media’s “urgent
assistance” in getting the word
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Floods and mudslides from

months of heavy rains in northern
Brazil have driven more than
186,000 from their homes, killed
at least 19 people and cut off ship-
ments from a huge Amazon iron
mine, officials said Tuesday,
according to the Associated Press.

Television footage showed the
rooftops of houses poking out of
inundated towns and people using
boats to move around in their
cities. Mudslides swamped homes
and forced residents to move in
with relatives and pack into emer-
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temporary closure of a railway
that takes iron ore from the
sprawling Carajas mine in the
neighboring jungle state of Para,
according to a statement from
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Doce SA.

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Brazilian President Luiz Ina-
cio Lula: da Silva flew over the
hardest-hit areas; delivered food
baskets to shelters, met with local
officials and promised aid to
repair infrastructure. He also
voiced concerns that global cli-
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several OPEC members, includ-
ing Iran, which S&P said is not
rated by the company.

Iran is among the hardest hit
of the oil producers, with crude
accounting for about 80 percent
of its foreign revenues. Critics
have accused the country's
hardline President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad of squandering
the profits from last year's
boom on populist projects
aimed at shoring up support for
his government.

The index — which did not
‘factor in other elements that
help determine S&P's credit rat-

ings of these ‘countries —

offered another reminder of the
dangers key members of the.

Organization of the Petroleum,

Exporting Countries face in not
having a-diversified economy
during the worst recession to
hit the world in about six
decades.
Countries like Saudi Arabia,
the United Arab Emirates and
Kuwait were riding high during

the oil price spike that peaked

in mid July at about $147 per
barrel. But the subsequent col-
lapse to around $50 per barrel
on plummeting global demand

has cut sharply into sales of a:

commodity that accounts for
between 60 and 90 percent of
foreign revenue sources for
many OPEC nations.

Index

All but one of the top five

spots in the index were held by .

Arab nations in the Persian
Gulf, with Nigeria the odd-man-
out.

But Saudi, in particular, has

- weathered the crisis well despite
projections of falling economic
growth rates there, and else-
where in the region.

The kingdom's Central Bank
has cut interest rates, worked
to spur lending and liquidity and
has even pushed through an
expansionary budget focused
on boosting infrastructure
spending.

But this plan, funded by the .

massive cash surpluses accrued
from the earlier oil boom, have
come at a price, with the coun-
try projecting its first budget
deficit in years.

The International Monetary
Fund last month said the global
meltdown has forced oil pro-
ducers in the Middle East to dig
deep into their pockets to offset
slumping oil revenues.

While the IMF said the a

region was faring well relative
to other parts of the world, the

days of sharp spikes in eco- .

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last year, according to the IMF.

Even so, few have sounded
the alarm bells, with the expec-
tation that prudent fiscal poli-
cies, coupled with a rebound in
crude prices once demand picks
up, will again help fill these
nations’ treasuries.

S&P said the index, while

useful in gauging overall vul-.

nerability, should be taken in
context of the various countries'
overall political and economic
position and do not reflect the
credit worthiness of the indi-
vidual countries. Saudi Arabia
and the UAE, for example,
enjoy investment grade sover-

' eign credit ratings.
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of the importance of other fac-
tors in determining sovereign
credit quality, such as political
stability, a country's overall lev-
el of wealth and the overall
state of a’ government's
finance," said Soussa.

Among the other countries
listed in the rankings, Nigeria
came in fourth, followed by
Oman, Kuwait, Gabon, Qatar,
Trinidad & Tobago, Venezuela,
Ecuador, Russia, Abu Dhabi,
Kazakhstan, Vietnam, Malaysia,
Norway, Cameroon and Mexi-
co.

THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2009, PAGE 21

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

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April 21, 2009. Oil prices gained
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market rose on the strength of
bank stocks, despite other sig-
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After weeks of concentrating

their attacks against President’

Barack Obama on the econo-
my, Republicans are branching
out. They're taking aim at his
anti-terrorism policy, according
to the Associated Press.

"Just what is the administra-

tion's overarching plan to take’

on the terrorist threat and to
keep America safe?" asks
House Republican leader John
Boehner in a new Web video
featuring ominous music, unset-
tling images and less than flat-
tering photos of the president.

The -production by the
National Republican Congres-
‘sional Committee is the latest
part of a barrage in which for-
mer Vice President Dick
Cheney, potential 2012 presi-
dential contenders, GOP law-
makers and others seek to raise
doubts about Obama's early

performance as commander in

chief.

At times, the criticism is
blunt, as when Cheney said
Obama's actions "raise the risk"
of another terrorist attack like
the one on Sept. 11, 2001.

At other moments, Republi-
cans choose a less confronta-
tional tone, posing uncomfort-
able questions, as yet unan-
swered.

Referring to the potential
release of detainees now at the
Guantanamo Bay detention
facility, which Obama has

. pledged to close within a year,
Senate Republican leader Mitch.

McConnell, R-Ky., asked
recently: "Will these trained ter-
rorists be allowed to travel

freely anywhere in the United:

States? What will their status
be? Will they be allowed to stay
here permanently?"

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against the president coincides
generally with the increased
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In recent weeks, Republicans

have seized on Obama's hand- *

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dent Hugo Chavez at an inter-
national meeting, his overtures
to Cuba and his purported bow

to Saudi King Abdullah while in -

Europe. His decision to close
the Guantanamo prison has

now been joined by a decision ~

to ban torture by U.S. inter-
rogators and the release of for-
merly classified memos detailing
the Bush administration's legal

justification for waterboarding. -
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‘IN THIS JAN. 22, 2009 file photo, President, Barack Obama, accompanied
by Vice President Joe Biden, and retired military members, gestures in the
Oval Office of the White House in Washington where he began over-
hauling U.S. treatment of terror suspects by signing. executive.orders and
a presidential directive aimed at closing the Guantanamo Bay detention cen-
ter.

Other times, Obama has been
dismissive of his critics.
He was still out of the coun-

try, in Trinidad, when Sen. John .

Ensign, R-Nev., said it was
"irresponsible for the president
to be seen kind of laughing and

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a consequence of me shaking
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we are endangering the strategic
interests of the United States,"
he said.

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moments, though.

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Blair hastily issued. a public
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sible to know whether the same
material could have been
gained by other, less harsh
means. Obama used the same
response at his news conference
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the president in a White House
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Newt Gingrich, the former
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In brief

Venezuela's
Chavez
courts iran
as US shows
concern

@ RACHEL JONES
CARACAS, Venezuela _
President Hugo Chavez met

with a delegation from Iran

on Saturday to prepare for an
_ upcoming visit from President

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad —

an alliance that has provoked

concern in Washington.

Venezuela's ambassador to
Iran, David Velasquez, said
following the meeting that
Ahmadinejad's visit will deep-
en ties between the countries
and “allow us to move ahead
in the transfer of technology
and industry," according to
Venezuela's state-run Boli-
varian News Agency.

Latin America's leftist lead:
ers have in recent years
strengthened relations with
countries including China and
Iran — inroads that U.S. Sec-
retary of State Hillary Rod-
ham Clinton on Friday termed
"quite disturbing." ‘

"They are building very
strong economic and political
connections with a lot of these
leaders. Tdon' t think that's in
our interest," Clinton said.

She said President Barack
Obama's administration aims
to improve deteriorating rela-
tions with Latin American
nations including Bolivia,

' Nicaragua and Venezuela to
counter the growing influence
of China, Iran and Russia in
the region.

Chavez and Alimadneid
— both well-known for their
anti-U.S. rhetoric — have
forged ties in everything from
finance io factories. Iran now
manufactures cars, tractors
and bicycles :n Venezuela.

Iranian Veiense Minister
Mostafa Mohammad Najjar

“met with Chavez on Wednes-
day to discuss military coop-
eration, though a statement
from Venezuela's Information

Ministry did not divulge

details.

The two leaders have also
established a joint develop-
ment bank with an initial cap-
ital of $200 million, and will
inaugurate. the bank's
Venezuelan offices during
Ahmadinejad's visit beginning
Thursday, Mining Minister
Rodolfo Sanz said.

The visit comes just weeks
after Chavez and Obama
exchanged smiles and hand-
shakes at a ‘summit in

Trinidad and Tobago. At the’

meeting, Chavez and. Clinton
discussed returning their
ambassadors after rocky rela-
tions under the Bush admin-
istration prompted Chavez to
expel the U.S. ambassador
and recall his envoy to Wash-
ington.

But Larry Birns, director of :

the Washington-based Coun-
cil on Hemispheric Affairs,
warned that Chavez could be
endangering his chances at
improved relations with the
USS. by "trying to balance too
many balls at once."

"This is a real opportunity
for good and constructive pol-
icy to emerge between
Venezuela and the U.S.,"
Birns said. "But it'. not going
to happen if U.S. policy mak-

ers can legitimately prove that.

Iran is not playing a construc-
tive role" in Venezuela.



INTERNATIONAL NEWS

urkey says clan feud led



to attack that killed 44



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PEOPLE carry the éoin of one of the victims from ‘the attack on
Monday, as it arrives to be buried, in the village of Bilge, near the
city of Mardin in southeastern Turkey, Tuesday, May 5, 2009.
Masked assailants with automatic weapons attacked the celebration’
Monday. night, killing 44 people and injuring six others in what
appeared to be the result of a family feud, Interior Minister Besir

Atalay said.

@ BILGE, Turkey

VICTIMS of a deadly assault
on an engagement ceremony in
Turkey's mostly Kurdish south-
east were buried side by side,
and authorities detained 11 sus-
pects accused of killing the
betrothed couple — whose
wedding they opposed — along
with relatives and frie nds,
according tothe Associated
Press.

The death toll-of 44, includ-
ing three pregnant women,
highlighted the ‘erisly lengths to
which some tradition-steeped

‘clans will go to defend what

they view as the honor of the
family or tribe. The killings
Monday night happened in a
poor, rural region where civil-
ians have endured years of
fighting between Turkish sol-
diers and Kurdish rebels who
seek autonomy.

Villagers in Bilge, near the
city of Mardin and close to the
Syrian border, carried wooden
coffins on their shoulders after
a funeral ceremony Tuesday
during which men stood on the
erass, praying behind a Muslim
cleric. They removed bodies
wrapped in white’ burial
shrouds and lowered them into
graves, hastily dug by earth-
movers hours earlier.

Simple stones served as

gr avestones.

~ Wailing women slapped their
legs in grief as they watched
the burial from a distance. Most
wore traditional white or black

headscarves over their long

dresses. Soldiers prevented

_ journalists from approaching.

the burials. j

Turkey's state-run Anatolia
news agency said the masked
attackers had wanted the young
woman, Sevgi Celebi, to marry

one among their own group of

friends or relatives but that her
family would not.allow it.

it cited unidentified villagers
as saying there was a dispute
between the attackers' family
and the family of the would-be

- groom, and that Celebi's fami-
ly had resisted pressure to can-’

cel the marriage plans.

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atrocious."

Justice Minister Sadullah
Ergin, however, said the fami-
lies also were engaged in a feud

over some fishing farms near .

the village, the Hurriyet news-
paper reported on ‘its Web site
late Tuesday.

"There is a financial issue,"
Hurriyet quoted Ergin as say-
ing. "All of the 11 suspects in
detention are giving different

‘testimonies. Although a woman

is said to be the motive, I don't
think it is satisfactory."

He said the investigation was
continuing. ,

"No customs and mores can
be used as an excuse for this

-massacre," Prime Minister

Recep Tayyip Erdogan earlier
told ruling party lawmakers ina
weekly address in parliament.
"This is the painful price we
are paying for such customs and
mores.

Erdogan said the attack was

."the result of a feud between

two families" and that six chil-
dren, 17 women and 21 men
died. He said some suspects
had the same family name as
the victims.

"The people were killed at a

happy event, during a ceremo-
ny, while praying," Erdogan
said. "The fact that they point-
ed guns and massacred chil-
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A DISSIDENT group of
Chrysler LLC lenders objected
Tuesday to the sale of the bulk
of the automaker's assets to
italian automaker Fiat, saying

that the proposed sale process is
designed to prevent competi-
tive bidding, according to the
Associated Press.

In an objection filed Tuesday,
the lenders group said the pro-
posed sale's bidding procedures



only give the appearance of
legitimacy and don't maximize
the sale price of the assets.

Michigan's state attorney gen-
eral also filed an objection over
concerns that if the sale goes
through the new company
formed wouldn't meet obliga-
tions to a state workers' com-
pensation fund.

Lawyers packed the hot and |

stuffy New York City court-
room for a third-straight busi-
ness day of testimony in the
case, which the Auburn Hills,
Michigan-based automaker
hopes will end in a swift exit
from court oversight.

As the hearing stretched into
the evening, Chrysler turn-
around officials and executives
testified about the events of the
months leading up to the com-
pany's bankruptcy protection
filing. ©

Scott Garberding, Chrysler's
executive vice president for pro-

curement, described efforts to

form alliances with automakers
other than Fiat, including Gen-
eral Motors Corp. and Russia's
GAZ, in recent years.

In addition, Robert Manzo,
an executive director with Cap-
stone Advisory Group LLC and
one of Chrysler's top restruc-
turing advisers, described how
the automaker found itself with
few options in the month lead-
ing up to Chrysler's govern-
ment-imposed April 30 restruc-
turing deadline.

"Given the options available
over the past 30 days and the
lack of liquidity, we could
choose a transaction along the
lines of the Fiat deal with the
help of the U.S. Treasury or
face immediate liquidation,"
Manzo said.

Judge Arthur Gonzales was

-set to issue a decision on the

bidding procedures later in
Tuesday's hearing.

On Monday, the same group
of lenders objected to a
Chrysler motion to allow the
company to access $4.5 billion
in bankruptcy financing, saying
that it was too closely tied to
the proposed sale.

The group of holdout lenders
had refused a deal that would
amount to 29 cents on the dollar
to dissolve what they're owed
and go along with the govern-

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Frank Franklin II/AP Photo

RON KOLKA, chief financial officer for Chrysler, right, arrives at bankruptcy court Tuesday, May 5,
2009 in New York. A dissident group of Chrysler lenders is objecting to the sale of the bulk of the
automaker's assets to Italian automaker Fiat, saying that the proposed sale process is designed to
prevent competitive bidding. In an objection filed Tuesday, the lenders group says the proposed
bidding procedures only give the appearance of legitimacy and don't maximize the sale price of the

assets.

ment's restructuring plan for
Chrysler. President Barack
Obama said Thursday that the
lenders were seeking an “unjus-
tified taxpayer-funded bailout"
after Chrysler and his auto task
force cleared the company's
other hurdles, including the Fiat
deal and a cost-cutting pact that
the United Auto Workers rati-
fied last week.

Early on in Tuesday's hear-
ing, Gonzales ruled that the
identities of the group's:mem-

bers do not need to be sealed,
despite arguments from the
group's lead attorney that death
threats were made against some
of them.
Thomas Lauria, an attorney
for the lenders group, said the
‘names should be sealed by the
court because some of the

members ‘had received threats:

of violence after being singled
out by President Obama as the
cause of Chrysler's bankruptcy
filing. .

But Robert Hamilton, an
attorney for Chrysler, said those

‘threats only amounted to four

or five "rants" on a newspaper
Web site.
"Anyone who has an under-
standing of the kind of rants on
these kinds of message boards
would never take them serious-
ly," Hamilton said.
Gonzales gave the lenders
group until 10 a.m. Wednesday
(1400 GMT) to filé their list of
members with the.court.-. <° -

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Guilty plea in
prohe into
Calif tomato
industry

@ FRESNO, Calif.

FEDERAL prosecutors
announced another guilty
plea Tuesday stemming from
an ongoing probe into a con-
spiracy in the California
tomato growing industry that
authorities say drove up food
prices across the nation,
according to the Associated
Press.

Robert C. Turner Jr., 59, a
former corporate purchasing
manager at B&G Foods Inc.
in Parsipanny, N.J.; pleaded
guilty to two counts of honest
services mail fraud in con-
nection with the investiga-
tion.

Turner admitted receiving
about $65,000 in bribes from
Randall Lee Rahal, a former
sales broker at-SK Foods, a
Lemoore-based company
that grows and processes
products like tomato paste
and diced tomatoes.

Acting U.S. Attorney
Lawrence Brown said Rahal
bribed Turner. from at least
2004 to 2008, hoping to
ensure his employer bought

only from SK Foods and paid
inflated prices for its toma-
to-based products.

Rahal also is the owner
and president of New Jersey-
based Intramark USA Inc.,
a wholesaler of food ingredi-
ents, including processed
tomatoes grown in Califor-
nia. Prosecutors say Rahal
worked with SK Foods to fix
prices and rig bids across the
country in violation of
antitrust laws.

Rahal, the first person :

charged in the probe, plead-
ed guilty in December to
racketeering, money laun-
dering and antitrust charges.
He also agreed to cooperate
with investigators and forfeit
more than $600,000.

As part of his plea agree-
ment, Turner agreed Tues-
‘day to pay $65,198 in resti-
tution to B&G Foods and
Nabisco Inc., where he
worked as a purchasing man-
ager in the 1990s and also
_accepted bribes, authorities
said. :

His attorney, John
Azzarello, did not return an
after-hours call for comment.

Turner is scheduled to be
sentenced in August. He
faces up to 20 years in prison.













INTERNATIONAL NEWS

THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2009, PAGE 27





South Korean soldiers from the South Korean army special forces shout as they run
to demonstrate their skills of martial art during a demonstration of South Korea's
martial art for Children's Day at the War Museum in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday,

May 5, 2009.

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Lehman's demise leaves
losses at local level

lm WASHINGTON

STATE and local govern-
ments from Florida to Cali-
fornia believed their public
money was safe in top-rated
accounts at Lehman Brothers.
What could be safer than
putting cash in a venerable
investment bank that helped
finance America's railroads?

When the 158-year-old
Lehman went belly-up last

September and the govern-

ment: decided against a
bailout, public officials in at
least 20 states watched no less
than $1.7 billion set aside for
hospitals, fire houses, roads
and schools evaporate from
their books, according to the
Associated Press.

. Lehman's bankruptcy, the
biggest in U.S. history, cut
deeply into the budgets of
state and local governments
and other publicly funded enti-
ties, which by law keep oper-

‘ating money in conservative,

interest-bearing instruments
until it's needed.

Minnesota lost more than
$56 million. Missouri lost $50
million. Oregon lost $173 mil-
lion. Arizona lost $61 million.
Florida lost more than $465
million. Public agencies in Cal-
ifornia's San Mateo County —

: . one of 35 public entities hit in

that state — lost $155 million,

establishe

according to two California
Democrats who presented all
the figures as evidence that
federal help is needed.

On Tuesday, public officials
came to Capitol Hill pleading
for a bailout. They asked the
House Financial Services
Committee to back legislation
directing the Treasury Depart-
ment to take some of the mon-
ey left in the government's
$700 billion financial. bailout
and buy back certain Lehman
investments at full face value.

It's only fair, they said. It's
not like these government
entities were using taxpayer
funds to speculate in the mar-
ket. The money was invested
in top-rated corporate bonds
and the like. Now, they are
fighting in court to get pen-
nies on the dollar for their bad
Lehman investments.

Boulder County and 61 oth-
er local governments in Col-

orado were forced to write Off
$5 million plus interest

because the Colorado Diver-
sified Trust had invested part
of its assets in highly rated
commercial paper issued by
Lehman.

"Ours was not a speculative
investment,".said Bob Hulling-
horst, treasurer of Boulder
County, 30 miles northwest of
Denver and home to the Uni-
versity of Colorado. "We

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be used to fund schools, public
works projects, prisons and
transportation services.

The human cost of the loss
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about ofie-half of 1 percent of
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cent to more than 8 percent in
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m@ NEW YORK

INAUGURATION DAY?
Nope. First puppy? Negative.
Triumphal tour of Europe? Not
even. First lady Michelle Oba-

ma called her appearance Tues-_

day on "Sesame Street" proba-
bly the best thing she's done
since arriving in the White
House, according to the Associ-
ated Press.

At the U.S. Mission to the
United Nations, she thanked
the diplomats and staff mem-
bers promoting her husband's
new foreign policy of global
engagement.

"I'm thrilled to be here, but I
was just at 'Sesame Street" —
I'm sorry," she said. "And I
never thought I'd be on ‘Sesame

‘Street' with Elmo and Big Bird

and I:was thrilled. I'm still
thrilled. I'm on a high."

"| think it's probably the best
thing I've done so far in the
White House. But we were
there talking about nutrition
and healthy eating, and it's just
been a thrill," Mrs. Obama said.

On a more serious note, she’

stressed that the work of some
150 U.S. Mission staff at the U.N.
was more important than ever
as President Barack Obama pur-
sues "a new era of engagement."

‘As the swine flu outbreak
clearly demonstrates, she said,
"we know now that we cannot
wall ourself off from issues that

are challenging our neighbors."

"This new policy recognizes
that America's future is intri-
cately linked to the rest of the
world, that the threats facing
the global community know no
borders, and no single country
can tackle them alone," Mrs.
Obama said.

The first lady was introduced
by Susan Rice, the U.S. ambas-
sador to the United Nations,
who called the first lady "a reg-
ular human being ... down to
earth, funny, charming and
wicked smart."

The first lady, on her first trip
to New York since the inaugu-
ration, was wearing the scoop-
neck dress that she wore to the
prayer service the day after the
Inauguration.

She said her husband had
received a letter from the son of
one U.S. Mission staffer, Scott
‘Turner.

"Can you move to New
York?" she quoted first grader
Jack Turner. "People are doing
bad stuff in New York. I will
help you get the bad people and
when I catch the bad people I
will put them in jail. That's why
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‘Source:
No charges
likely over

interrogation
memes —

: Bl WASHINGTON

i BUSH administration
: lawyers who approved harsh
interrogation techniques of
terror suspects should not face

: criminal charges, Justice

: Department investigators say

in a draft report that recom-

mends two of the three attor-
neys face possible profession-
al sanctions, according to the

i Associated Press.

i: The recommendations

: ‘come after an Obama admin-

istration decision last month

to make public legal memos
authorizing the use of harsh
interrogation methods but not
to prosecute CIA interroga-

: tors who followed advice out-

: lined in the memos.

That decision angered con-
servatives who accused Presi-
dent Barack Obama of sell-
ing out the CIA for releasing
the memos, and liberals who
: thought he was being too for-
: giving of practices they — and
: Obama — call torture. The
: president's rhetoric, if not .

actual policy, shifted on the

matter as the political fallout
intensified. ;

Officials conducting the
internal Justice Department
inquiry into the lawyers who

: wrote those memos have rec-

: ommended referring two of

the three lawyers — John Yoo:

and Jay Bybee — to state bar
associations for possible dis-

: ciplinary action, according to a

; person familiar with the

inquiry. The person, who

spoke on condition of
anonymity, was not autho-
rized to discuss the inquiry.

The person noted that the
investigative report was still
in draft form and subject to

; revisions. Attorney General

: Eric Holder also may make

his own determination about

what steps to take once the
report has been finalized.

: The inquiry has become a

: politically loaded guessing

: game, with some advocating

: criminal charges against the

: lawyers and others urging that
the matter be dropped.

_ Ina letter to two senators,
the Justice Department said
a key deadline in the inquiry
expired Monday, signaling
that most of the work on the
matter was completed. The
letter does not mention the
possibility of criminal charges,
nor does it name the lawyers
under scrutiny.

The letter did not indicate
what the findings of the final
report would be. Bybee, Yoo
and Steven Bradbury worked
in the Justice Department's
Office of Legal Counsel and
played key roles in crafting
the legal justification for tech-
niques critics call torture.

The memos were written as

: the Bush administration grap-

: pled with the fear and uncer-

; tainty following the Sept. 11,

: 2001, terror attacks. Over the

: years that followed, lawyers

: re-examined and rewrote

much of the legal advice.

Last month, the Obama
administration released four

: of the long-secret memos
about treatment of terror sus-
pects in which lawyers autho-
rized methods. including
waterboarding, throwing sub-
jects against a wall and forced
nudity.

: _ Inreleasing the documents,

: Obama declared CIA inter-

: rogators who followed the

memos would not be prose-
cuted. Obama left it to Hold-
er to Yecide whether those
who authorized or approved
the methods should face
charges.

When that inquiry neared
completion last year, investi-

; gators recommended seeking

: professional sanctions against

: Bybee and Yoo, but not Brad-

: bury, according to the person

: familiar with the matter.

: Those would come in the

form of recommendations to

state bar associations, where
the most severe possible pun-
ishment is disbarment.

: Vincent Warren, executive

: director of the Center for

? Constitutional Rights, called

: the decision not to seek crim-

inal charges "inconceivable,

given all that we know about
the twisted logic of these
memos."

Warren argued the only
reason for such a decision "is
to provide political cover for
people inside the Obama
White House so they don't

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Trinidad cops

accused of stealing
one thousand animals

FOUR police officers in
‘Trinidad intercepted a smug-
gling boat at gunpoint and stole
1,000 endangered birds and
monkeys along with 400 pounds
of wild animal meat, authori-
ties said Tuesday, according to
the Associated Press.

The boat had sailed from
Venezuela carrying more than
500 bull finches, 300 picoplat
songbirds and an assortment of
monkeys — all crammed into
tiny cages piled up on the craft,
officials said. The illicit load
was estimated to be worth
about $500,000.

Trinidad officials got a tip.
about Saturday's alleged hijack-.

ing and investigators found
birds and monkeys in people's
homes, in pet shops and even
along roads in Port-of-Spain,
the capital, senior game war-
den Samsundar Ramdeen said.
"It's amazing. It was a lot,"
he said.
Officials said the four offi-

cers face several charges,

including possession of pro-

tected animals without. a per-
mit. They said the birds and
monkeys are protected species
under the Convention on the
International Trade of Endan-
gered Species of Wild Flora
and Fauna, which requires
licenses for importing and
exporting.

Veterinarians at Trinidad's
main zoo are caring for the
recovered creatures, whose
future remains uncertain.

About 10 percent cannot be
released into the wild because
they are not native tu Trinidad,
Ramdeen said. But Emperor
Valley Zoo can handle only so
many animals, and dozens of
parrots, monkeys and macaws

might have to be killed if-

homes are not found, he said.
"The last thing you want to
do is put animals to sleep," said

Gupte Lutchmedial, president,

of the Zoological Society of
Trinidad and Tobago. "It's not

their fault that they're here."
Reports of animal smuggling
in the Caribbean have
increased in recent years, said
Kelvin Alie, who monitors
wildlife trade for the U.S.-
based nonprofit International

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"A lot of it has to do with
the demand for parrots and

macaws and these sort of.

charismatic birds," he said.
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of animals that are found
nowhere else on Earth."

In the last year, Trinidad
officials have broken up sev-
eral large rings that smuggled
endangered species mostly
from Suriname and Guyana,
Ramdeen said.

"It is a huge problem," he
said. "It tells us something
about how much we're not
intercepting."

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' 9 The way to the top — and 3 Acourse for | P| Se ed | re | @AK853 yield all the tricks.
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see eee xe Be Tens ‘oa fees ee 6962 4 slams. Besides, North knew he’d get
4 13 Refuses to face about fifty 7 Publisher's expert or | ¥1054 ¥063 whisd: SEMNIGE front South ithe play
charges (5) publisher's client (6) : 3 : on a
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| (4,8) , 15 Steal only a small en NS | Fe & | | VAK98 of diamonds, ee a_ heart.
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i : 17 Breathtaking (3-9) _ victory (6) rubber-bridge game, North was obvi- parted with a heart, declarer would
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Entry, 12 Limelight, 14 Honesty, 16 30
Tyranny, 17 Varied, 18 Timid, 20

Greed, 22 Oil.

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farm (4)

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have had both missing aces and a
king, in which case seven spades fig-
ured to be a virtual laydown, Or

three tricks.

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escape, and North’s optimism was
vindicated.

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THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2009, PAGE 31

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sion operators is engaged in ongo-
ing negotiations with the Florida
Caribbean Cruise Association
(FCCA) over contractual clauses
that may be illegal, its executive
director told Tribune Business
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@ By NEIL HARTNELL
eibuns Business Editor

he Minister of Tourism yes-

‘terday told Tribune Business

there was “absolutely no dan-

ger” of the Bahamas losing its

Category One aviation safety
status with US regulators, despite an Inter-
American Development Bank (IDB) report
warning that this was at risk because this
nation was “in breach of a number of its...
obligations”.

The IDB document, detailing the $50 mil-
lion air transport reform programme, which
aims to overhaul the legal, regulatory and
operational. framework overseeing air trans-
portation in the Bahamas, said: “Of prime
concern to the Government of the Bahamas
is achieving compliance with its obligations
as a member of the International Civil Avi-
ation Organisation (ICAO).

“Currently, the Bahamas is in breach of a
number of its ICAO obligations, putting it at
risk of losing its Federal Aviation Adminis-
tration (FAA) International Safety Assess-
ments Programme Category | classification.

“Loss of Category 1 status could have
significant impact on the ability of Bahami-
an airlines to provide service'to and from the

. US, and would negatively affect the tourism

industry.”

But Vincent Vanderpool-\ -Wallace, min-
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* Status loss would impact airlines and. airlift, hurting tourism

* Government plans to privatise five Family Island airports

Business about the con-
tents of the IDB report,
telling this newspaper that
the findings were “very
strange”.

He erpleined: that this
was because they did not
tally with the an assessment
of the Bahamas’ aviation
safety/security regime that
was conducted by officials
from the International Air
Transport Association
(IATA) and ICAO in February this year.

’ “The report came back.and we were very
much encouraged that we were.on track to
fix what we needed to,” Mr Vanderpool-
Wallace explained. “There was nothing so
catastrophic as to create this kind of concern.
This is very much out.of the blue, what the
IDB is speaking to.”

However, Mr Vanderpool-Wallace told
Tribune Business that the Bahamas was
“absolutely not” in danger of losing its Cat-
egory 1 safety status with the FAA, which if
it occurred would make it more difficult for
the Bahamas to attract new airlines and air-
lift to it, thus negatively impacting the

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tourism industry.

“That was never on our horizon, or con-
tained in the report [from IATA],” the min-
ister added. “There is absolutely no dan-
ger.”

Captain Patrick Rolle, director of the Civ-
il Aviation Department (CAD), also told
Tribune Business he knew of no concerns
similar to what was articulated in the IDB
Tee

. He explained that as one if ICAO’s 199
members, the Bahamas had to undergo the
Universal Safety Audit Programme - intro-
duced two years ago - that examined its avi-
ation safety and security regime.

The audit report on the Bahamas was
due to be released in two weeks, and Mr
Rolle said that once it was received, coun-
tries had four months to produce a plan’ to
correct any deficiencies.

“We have already started producing our
corrective plan,” Mr Rolle said. He added
that the ICAO had already briefed the
Bahamas on its preliminary findings, and -
“there was no critical finding” of the nature
highlighted in the IDB report.

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Obama tax ee have ‘no
major impact’ on Bahamas

a By NEIL HARTNELL
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A GOVERN-
MENT minister
yesterday said
he “can’t see any
major impact at
this point” for
the Bahamian
financial services
industry as a
result of Presi-
dent Barack
Obama’s crack-
down on so-
called offshore
tax evasion, pointing out that the
US authorities could access all
information required via their
Tax Information Exchange
Agreement (TIEA) with this
nation. |

Zhivargo Laing, minister of
state for finance, acknowledged

that while the effect on this.

_ nation’s second largest industry
from the planned US tax code
‘reforms was uncertain, US.com-
panies and citizens operating
in/with assets under management
in this jurisdiction were already
exposed via the TIEA to the tax
‘transparent environment the
Obama proposals demanded.
“We already have a TIEA with
the US today, which exposes US
citizens and businesses operating
in this jurisdiction to this level of
disclosure for tax. information
purposes,” Mr Laing told Tribune
Business. :
“How is this [the Obama
reforms] going.to impact out sit-






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used to transparent tax
environment
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financial sector threats ‘lazy’

uation given that? I’m uncertain.
I can’t see any major impact at
this point.”

Those US citizens and busi-
nesses operating in the Bahamas,

Mr Laing said, were doing so in |

an environment that was already
transparent for their home coun-
try tax purposes, thus making the
tax code reforms relatively incon-
sequential.

“Clearly, many American busi-
ness have expressed concern
about it [the tax reforms] bécause
of the global economic situation,

but you’re talking about operat- |

ing in a situation where you have

. a TIEA,” Mr Laing said.

“That which the American
administration wants to know

about businesses and citizens
operating in this jurisdiction for

tax evasion purposes, they have
come to know through that

[TIEA].

- “American businesses and cit-
izens already operate here.know-
ing that. The US administration
knows the IRS administers it, and

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being played out in the Bahamian
and: US courts over a huge 39
square mile tract of land in Long
Island, Tribune Business.can

- reveal, with a. UK-based pur-
chaser of the property alleging ,,

that two directors from the selling
entity had interfered with his deal
in a bid to obtain the land for
themselves.

The fight over the 24,862 acre
site, which was once mostly
Crown Land sold to successive
developers for a salt mining, then

_ shrimp farming, operation, raises

numerous critical issues for the
Bahamas - namely ensuring that
Crown Land is’used for the pur-
poses for. which it is sold/grant-



ed, and the fact that the fate of
huge parcels of Bahamian real

estate is being determined in for-

eign-courts while being fought
over by foreigners.

Tribune Business has obtained |

exclusive details of the dispute

between Peter Hall; the alleged

purchaser of the 39 square mile
property initially sold by the
Crown in 1970 to Diamond Crys-
tal Salt Company for a solar evap-
oration salt mining plant, and the
seller, Maritek Bahamas Ltd, via
a ruling from the Delaware Supe-
rior Court in the US.

Mr Hall had alleged tortious
interference by the Bahamian
company’s parent, Delaware-

domiciled Maritek Corporation,

and two of its directors - Canadi-
ans David Young and Geoffrey
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to him. In turn, the three defen-
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miss the action.

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Peter Hall seeks to hold Messrs
Young and Fulton and Maritek
Corporation liable for their
alleged tortious interference with
a contract between [himself] and
a Bahamian corporation, Maritek
Bahamas, regarding the sale of
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“Plaintiff allege that on Octo-
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SHRINKING margins have
left the Water & Sewerage Cor-
poration unable to cover its oper-
ational and capital investment
costs, the Inter-American Devel-
opment Bank (IDB) has
revealed, because consumer
prices have not increased since
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The IDB paper, an update ona
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resources management and eco-
nomic regulation of the sector in
the Bahamas, said the Water &
Sewerage Corporation was
locked “in a downward spiral”
and draining the Bahamian tax-
payer and government Budget in
the absence of a regulatory struc-
ture that enabled it to recover
production costs.

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IF THE Government of the

Bahamas continues to fund both
the Bahamas Electricity Corpo-
ration (BEC) and the.Water and
Sewerage Corporation (WSC).
the “impact on the national debt
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the Water & Sewerage Corpora-

_tion shows increases in water loss-

es as production volumes
increase. The margin required to
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allocates to Water & Sewerage:
the conflicting roles of the Water
& Sewerage Corporation as a util-
ity service provider and a water
regulator. Additionally, ityis
acknowledged that the Water &
Sewerage Corporation lacks
financial and operational auton-
omy necessary for an efficient
utility.”

In what, in-its quiet, unassum-
ing way, was an indictment of the
lack of political leadership when. ‘it
came to the Water & Sewerage
Corporation, the IDB said the
Corporation’s own technical staff
had long-recognised the mountitig
problems, but it was only noOw
that “the political directorates’ df
the Government of the Bahamas
have now acknowledged the
increasing gravity of the relatéd
problems of groundwater pollu-
tion and inefficiencies of the
Water & Sewerage Corporation
operations.”

This had led to the. develop:
ment of a Water Strategic Sector
Plan, including a review of the
Water & Sewerage Corporatioii’s
business plan and tariff structute
(consumer prices). This had
prompted the Government:to
look at developing a new legal
and regulatory framework. 5;

The IDB report said: “There
is the need to ensure adequate
recovery of costs of operation,
maintenance and required capital
expenditures to ensure that Water
& Sewerage Corporation com-

plies with its mandates.

“A 2009 review of the finan-
cial situation of the Water & Sew-

‘erage Corporation confirms that
' the operational costs of the Water

& Sewerage Corporation over the
past 10 years have been increas-
ing as water production has been
increasing, but the volume ;of
water sold remained relatively

constant and an average price of-

water sold has been decreasing.
“A primary reason for increds-
ing costs of water production;is
the increased use of reverse
osmosis water, and this cost has
not been tied to tariff increases -
indeed, there has been no tariff
increase since 1993. The margin
reqilired to meet operational and
capital expenditure of the utility
cornpany has therefore been
shrinking over these past years.”
Apart from consumer prices

failing to rise in line with infla-

tion and cover water production
costs, the Water & Sewerage
poration is also plagued by ine if

. ficiency, poor service, low quality

water (especially in eastern New
Providence), losses from its dis-
tribution system that run as high
as 50:per cent of water produced;
and the fact that only 30 per cent
of New Providence residen¢es
and businesses use its ee
S.

- the rest preferring private we

Phenton Neymour, minister‘of
state for the environment, in his
mid-term Budget address, said
the Corporation’s cost of water
purchases now equalled 57 per
cent of revenues, compared.to
just 19 per cent in 2004, asa result
of increasing reliance on reverse
osmosis suppliers such as Con-
solidated Water.

Mr Neymour said that in 2004,
the Water & Sewerage Corpora-
tion’s revenues.were $31 million,
and reverse osmosis purchases: $6
million. But between then and
2008, while water sales increased
by a collective $22.7 million,
water purchase costs increased

* over the same period by $41. 5

million.

The IDB initiative is propos-
ing to take regulatory respousi-
bility for the Water & Sewergee
Corporation from the Cabi
placing it in the hands of the Pa
lic Utilities Commission (Puc
The latter body, though, is haley
replaced by the URCA - the Util-
ities Regulator and’ Competition
Authority.

The IDB project, which will be
carried out through the IDB-
Netherlands Water Partnership
Programme (INWAP), will devel-
op a fee structure for the Watet &
Sewerage Corporation and a
process for regulating the water
sector. » |

Meanwhile, the IDB said the



recommendations from a 2003,

study on groundwater manage-
ment and pollution control had
never been implemented, despite
this’ nation’s scarce water
resources facing “increas Ba
stress”.

The report added: “Thereis a”
pressing need for regulating and
protecting the groundwater
resources of the Bahamas. Ignor-
ing over-exploitation and protec-
tion will have severe repercus-
sions, such as health issues from
waterborne diseases and much
greater water costs.”

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Bahamas-based fashion

show wins top award

ISLANDS of the World Fashion Week (IWFW),

*Hé Bahamian-based and organised event, won the
t&p award for the 'Best Fashion Show or Fashion
Week attended’ category at the second Annual
@4ribbean Fashion Awards (CFA).
‘JThe awards ceremony was held at the Hilton
Hotel in Bridgetown, Barbados, on April 11, 2009.
Blands of the World beat out Trinidad Fashion
Week (Trinidad), Caribbean Fashion Week
pamaica) and ACF Fashion Weekend (Barbados)
or the honour.

_ Owen Bethel, the chief executive and founder of
node Iles, producers of Islands of the World Fash-
ion Week, said the award was a testament to the
hard work and dedication of the event’s staff and
volunteers.
ig) 2am definitely pleased to have been honoured
with this award on behalf of everyone who worked
to make Islands of the World Fashion Week the

morable event that it was," said Mr Béthel. "I
would also like to recognise the support of our

onsors, UNESCO, American Airlines, DHL,
Fes Saint Laurent, the Bahamas Ministry of

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taque Group.

.4j" This recognition by the industry in the region,

given that it was our first event, is an indication that
we are moving in the right direction, and with the
proper attention to detail we can ultimately have a
significant impact on the global fashion industry
while developing a viable and sustainable local
fashion industry here in the Bahamas."

's;Mr Bethel said that being ranked alongside the
Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago fashion
weeks as a candidate for the award was an achieve-
ment in itself. :

Â¥$ "The award is one step in our goal of placing the
Bahamas on the fashion map and calendar along-
side New York, London, Paris and Milan," he said,
*but for the specific and larger objective of pro-
moting the creativity of designers from the islands
and developing countries. =

"The challenge now is to make this year's event .

#n even better and more productive experience
for all participants." .
‘1 Islands of the World Fashion Week, which
ebuted‘in 2008, showcased the work of some 33
designers from 12 island nations, including the
Bahamas, Barbados, the British Virgin Islands,
Euba, Fiji, Haiti, Indonesia, Jamaica, Madagascar,
t. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and
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OWEN BETHEL (left) receives Islands of the World Fash-
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National Cultural Foundation in Barbados, Andre Hoyte
(right).

Trinidad & ‘Tobago.

The week also highlighted the work of world-
renowned designers Kenneth Cole, Kevan’ Hall,
Peter Ingwersen of NOIR Illuminati II and Nick
Verreos. :

Endorsed by the United Nations Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO),
Islands of the World Fashion'Week also serves as

_ a promotional tool for four underlying global

themes affecting small island states today - cultur-
al diversity, the environment and climate change,
poverty alleviation, and the education of youth on
HIV/AIDS. ee

Established in 2006, the CFA recognises the
achievements of the fashion industry throughout
the Caribbean. Conceptualised in 2006, the awards
show came out of a "need of togetherness in the
fashion industry”, said Rodney Powers, executive

director of Unique Productions Worldwide, the’

producers of Caribbean Fashion Awards in a recent
interview.

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THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2009, PAGE 7B



Hilton names
new general
manager

HILTON Hotels Corporation
has appointed Pablo Torres as

ESSAY meee

, Rout ANNUAL PUBLIC SERVICE WEEK

The Department of Public Service will host an Essay

| Competition as one of the activities for the Tenth Annual
Public Service Week. The Competition is open to Junior
and Senior Students in New Providence.

Additionally, this year, a speech competition will be
for’ schools in the Northern. & Southern Bahamas,
respectively. Students interested in participating in the
Essay Competition should write a 250 - 300 words (Junior
High), and 450 - 500 words (Senior High), essay on the
topic: “ The Public Service-Striving for Excellence: in
Customer Service.”

| The deadlines for entries, which should be referred

to the attention of Mrs. Antoinette Thompson, Deputy.
Permanent Secretary, Department of Public Service, is
Friday 24th July, 2009.

A Dell Desktop 2400 Computer System will be awardeu

the winner each category. The first runners-up for both the |
Essay and Speech Competition in the Junior & Senior High |

School category, will be awarded a 500 gift certific*

The winners will be announced during the Tenth Annual
Public Service Week Awards Ceremony scheduled for
Saturday 10th October 2009.

} Students interested in the Speech Competition for the

Northern and Southern Bahamas should contact their

Language Arts Teacher.



general manager of the 288-room
British Colonial Hilton hotel in

Nassau.

Mr Torres most recently
served as director of operations
at the Caribe Hilton in San Juan,
Puerto Rico, where he also
began his hospitality career. He
joins the British Colonial Hilton
in time to finalize and debut the
property’s $10 million dollar
makeover, featuring upgrades to
rooms, public areas and meeting
spaces, as well as new restaurant
and bar concepts. A 17-year hos-
pitality professional, Mr Torres
started as a food. and beverage
management trainee at the
Caribe Hilton. Since then; he
has held key roles with an array
of internationally recognised
hotel brands throughout the
Caribbean and Latin America.

He also spent a term at
Hilton’s international corporate
office in the UK as a corporate

_ food and beverage trainer and

system installer, giving him an

- Opportunity te work on projects

globally from the UK and
Europe to Asia and the Middle
East. Mr, Torres holds a degree
in Hotel and Restaurant Man-
agement from Hocking College
in- Ohio, and has also attended

Cornell University’s hospitality

programmes.

Located in the heart of down-
town Nassau, 25 minutes from
the airport, the British Colonial
Hilton has the only secluded
heach in the area. The resort has
288 guest rooms, including 47
executive floor rooms and 23
suites, with executive lounge
access.



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Obama tax plans
have ‘no major
impact’ on the

Bahamas

Tax information exchange
agreements were “the direction
the world has been asking us to
go” in, Mr Laing said, pointing
out that the Bahamas’ TIEA with
the US was “compliant with the
standards the Organisation for
Economic Co-Operation and
Development has established”.

“What more can we do, one
has to wonder,” the minister
added, in reference to the latest
Obama administration initiative.

NOTICE is hereby given that JACCILIEN PETIT HOMME of
. RIDGELAND PARK WEST, P.O. BOX N-356, 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 30" day of April, 2009
to the Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box
N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

~NOTICE

IN THE ESTATE of URBAN SINCLAIR MILLER
JR. late of the Southern District of the Island of New
Providence, one of the Islands of The Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, deceased.

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have verified the extent of co-
operation between ourselves and
them, and are satisfied with the
way things are operating under
the TIEA.

“Every territory that wants to
know where its citizens have been
evading the payment of taxes’
have sought to have TIEAs
where their citizens conduct busi-
ness.”









Notice is hereby given that all persons having any claim
or demand against the above Estate are required to
send their names, addresses and particulars of the same
certified in writing to the undersigned on or before the 28th
day May A. D., 2009, and if required, prove such debts
or claims, or in default be excluded fron{ any distribution;
after the above date the assets will be distributed having
regard only to the proved debts or claims of which the
Administrator shall have had Notice.

And Notice is hereby given that all persons indebted to the
said Estate are requested to make full settlement on or
‘before the aforementioned date.

MICHAEL A. DEAN & CO.,
Attorneys for the Administrator Alvernia Court, 94
Dowdeswell Street
P.O. Box N-3114
Nassau, The Bahamas








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Still, Mr Laing said he could

_not “be alarmed” at this week’s

announced reforms, because the
Bahamas “already has an
arrangement that which those ini-
tiatives are seeking to avail”
themselves of.

In unveiling the tax reforms
this week, President Obama and
his Treasury secretary, Timothy
Geithner, said US multinational
corporations paid an effective 2.3
per.cent tax rate in 2004, paying

- $16 billion on $700 billion in for-

eign earnings.

While most, of the corporate-
related reforms are likely to have
a greater effect on Bermuda, Cay-
man Islands and Barbados, juris-
dictions that have gone after insti-
tutional business much more than
the Bahamas.

Yet some reforms will impact
the Bahamas and its private
wealth management client base.
Among the reforms proposed are
the imposition of withholding tax-
es on accounts at institutions that

do not share information with the .

US; imposing “negative pre-

sumptions” on US citizens who’

fail to disclose overseas bank
accounts; tighter reporting stan-
dards and increased penalties.

The package of measures tar-
geted at individual US citizens
has been estimated by the US
Treasury as recovering $8.7 bil-
lion in taxes over 10 years.

Yet former attorney-general
‘Alfred Sears earlier this week told
Tribune Business that the
Bahamas was “taking a very lazy
approach” to defending its finan-
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exemptions that impact offshore
centres such as the Bahamas indi-
cates that whatever President
Obama said in Trinidad, there is a
clear design and intent on his
administration’s part to block the
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“But that is what we consider
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the global economy.”

Mr Sears urged the Govern-
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“engage in a sustained campaign”
to educate, meet, sensitise and
engage with a wide cross-section
of US decision makers.

However, he added: “I don’t
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the measures being introduced
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NOTICE
IN THE.ESTATE OF WILTON
ELIJAH EDGECOMBE late of the

Island of San Salvador one of the Islands |
of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas,

NOTICE is hereby given that all persons

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having any claim or demand against the above
Estate are required to send the same duly
certified in writing to the Undersigned on or
before the 7th day of April, 2009, after which
date the Administratrix will proceed to distribute
the assets having regard only to the claims of
which she shall then have had notice.

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














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Chambers

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THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2009, PAGE 9B

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Wal-Mart pays $2m
over worker de ath

w@ By FRANK ELTMAN

Associated Press Writer

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) —
Wal-Mart agreed Wednesday to
pay nearly $2 million and
improve safety at its 92 New
York stores as part of a deal with
prosecutors that avoids criminal
charges in the trampling death
of a temporary worker.

Nassau County District Attor-
ney Kathleen Rice, who began
a criminal investigation shortly
alter lyst November’s customer
stampede at Wal-Mart’s Valley
Stream store, said that if she had
brought criminal charges against
the retailer in the worker’s death,
the company would have been
subject to only a $10,000 fine if
convicled. Rice declined to say
what charges were considered
against Wal-Mart, citing the
secrecy of grand jury proceed-
ings.

Instead, she'said, the company
has agreed to implement an
improved crowd-management
plan for post-Thanksgiving Day
sales, set up a $400,000 victims’
compensation and remuneration
fund, and give a $1.5 million
grant to Nassau County social
services programs and nonprofit
groups.

The agreement included no
admission of guilt by Wal-Mart.

“Rather than bringing the
world’s largest retailer to court
and imposing a small fine against
them, I felt it was important to
require significant safety chariges
that will affect the whole state,”
Rice said. “Our goal is for the
protocols that are set up’to be
the gold standard for crowd man-
agement in this industry.”

Wal-Mart vice president Hank
\ullany said, “The crowd man-
agement plan we are announc-
ing today was developed by a
team of experts whose experi-
ence includes NFL Super Bowls,
Olympic games, concerts and
uational political conventions.”

Jdimytai (Jimmy-tree)
Damour, a temiporary employ-
ee, had been on the job for about
a week and had no training in
security or crowd control when a
crowd estimated at 2,000 broke
down the Valley Stream store’s
doors, trapping him in a
vestibule. |

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Built like an NFL linebacker
at 6-foot-5 and 270: pounds, the
34-year-old Queens man died of
asphyxiation. Eleven others,
including a pregnant woman,
were injured.

Earlier this year, Damour’s
family announced plans to sue
the county, retailer and others.
The family’s attorney did not
immediately comment on
Wednesday’s announcement.

Any victims who accept pay-°

ment from the Wal-Mart com-
pensation fund will be required
to waive their right to a separate
civil suit against Wal-Mart, Rice
said. Also, she said, Wal-Mart
has agreed to advertise the com-
pensation fund in the daily and
weekly newspapers that cover
Valley Stream and its surround-

"ing neighborhoods.
“Facilitating the compensation.

is one of the main goals of this
settlement,” she said.

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The company also agreed to
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Day sales. The prosecutor said
her office will oversee compli-
ance.

“We are hoping that this safe-
ty plan becomes the nationally
recognized model for crowd

management among all retailers.

and becomes an industrywide
best practice,” she said.

The community grant money
includes $1.2 million for Nassau
County’s Youth Board, which

helps nonprofit agencics provide ,

career development, employ-

ment training and other oppor-:

tunities. The retailer also will
donate $300,000 to the. United
Way of Long Island’s Youth
Build Program in Nassau Coun-
ty. The deal also calls for Wal-
Mart to hire 50 high school stu-
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Doctors Hospital Health System Limited

Chairman’s Report
Doctors Hospital Health System Limited

Dear Shareholders,

Over the last half-century, Doctors Hospital and the community have grown together, As the demands changed, we've
responded by providing a wide range of leading-edge quality healthcare services. Meanwhile, we’ve never lost sight of
our guiding principle to put our patient-first in everything we do, We are committed to continuously improving our
standards of patient safety and adopting proven best practices. We continue dedicating ourselves to delivering the highest
levels of quality care with the goal of keeping you and your family healthy for fife.

Global Outlook .

Changing global and local economic factors have had an impact on Doctors Hospital, especially when individuals have
been displaced because of economic downsizing thereby losing their jobs and subsequently their health insurance.
During this downturn, we continue to be prudent with our spending while focusing on customer service and education for
our Associates. As the country has been negatively impacted from the tourism sector, Doctors Hospital has also noted a
downturn in tourism business balanced with surges in the local market. The market has reacted to the economic dowaturn
seen thtough a decrease in elective and preventive medicine: OR procedures, and ER visits have decreased, but the
admissions from the ER have experienced growth. ‘This change in the mix of patients has resulted in a large upswing of
critically ill patients; the ICU had a record year and exceeded last year in spite of the slight decline of total patient days.
Although the largest growth i in activity was in the Intensive Care Unit, the Metical Surg gical Unit also increased in paticint,
days. ,

Financial Highlights

The change in mix of patients produced an increase in Net Revenues which translated to an increase in net income. While
Operating Room activity dropped and Emergency Department activity dropped, the acuity of the patients resulted in a
positive contribution to earnings and an increase of admissions to the hospital.

Dividend
During fiscal 2009; we were pleased to, pay out two, dividends to our shatcholders, Our objective is to continue our
commitment to a consistent dividend:

Total Bipeuss

The biggest challenge with expenses is within Salaries and Benefits and Utilities. Increases it utility rates caused us to.
see significant increases in electricity. We were vigilant at constantly reviewing our Salaries and benefits for controlling
the increase but with the increase in utilization of the critical care, wherein we have nursing shortages the quality of care:
necessitated an increase in overtime. As we bring in more nurses to fill the vacancies the education and training to bring
them up to our levels also adds to the increase in cost.

Technology

In trying to stay current with the latest in technology, the Hospital acquired the new state-of-the-art $2 million Phillips
Achieva 3.0 I: MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) which uses new technology (magnet, gradients, RF) to provide
cutting-edge whole-body 3.0T imaging, providing enhanced performance & a larger field of view. The new scanner will
allow medical professionals to conduct routine to advanced imaging with features like 2K imaging, 4D-TRAK, SENSE.

FiberTrak, SENSE Spectroscopy, and DWIBS (diffusion-weighted whole body imaging with background body signal
suppression). The Achieva 3.0T X-series will provide high speed and resolution which clinicians need to quickly and
accurately assess results, We ate already seeing returns on the investment of the MRI upgrade as MRI procedures are on
the increase. we

New Physicians

Our physicians are an integral part of our business. During the year, we welcomed seven new physicians to our medical
staff with specialties ranging from _obstetrics/ gynecology to plastic/reconstructive surgery. We are pleased to offer an
extensive range of highly qualified physicians ranging from cardiothoracic/vascular Saeery to neurosurgery. Some of ©
these new physicians brought new activity which contributed to the increase in revenue.

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

We continue to monitor patient satisfaction by targeting input from all our patients a as related to their stay in the hospital.
Patient Satisfaction ratings for the Hospital averaged 95% for the year in overall rating of care. As the threshold is 90%
or higher, we are pleased to boast all of our clinical services were rated above 90% patient satisfaction ratings, with the
highlights including Maternity as_ the highest rated department with a.98% patient satisfaction rating, likelihood of
recommending Doctors Hospital 94%, and friendliness/courtesy of nursing staff. 97%.

Quality/JCI

Doctors Hospital continues its efforts to achieve a high Bandara of quality healthcare recognized internationally by

striving toward Joint Commission International Accreditation. During this year we plan to caves our first avey: to

determine the level of our achievements. : <

Education

The Organization Learning Department provided 358 courses/workshops for a: total of 6,852 education hours of in-

service training, conferences and orientation. Doctors Hospital is committed to developing students by exposing them to
various careers in health; we had 344 students fulfill their community services requirements with a total of 10,229 hours.

To assist with education and training, new delivery methods are being implemented through the intranet for increased

efficiency and cost reduction. The social functions led by the Social Gommittee continue to have strong support from

Associates as attendance, morale and participation has steadily increased over the last four years.

Community Service

Doctors Hospital continues to support many local charities as we recognize our pst in the community goes beyoud just
our business portfolio.

e “oundation

During the 2009 fiscal’ “year we were able to provide funding for Bahamians seeking a career in healthcare through ‘The |
‘Doctots Hospital Doctor Meyer Rassini Foundation that provided financial assistance and scholarships to 29 Bahamian
students pursuing a career in Healthcare. These achievements would not be possible without the generosity of the many
individuals and corporations who suppor us throughout the year.

“Western Medical Plaza

The Western Medical Plaza has not bea sold but does have some tenants that assist in couitibetng to the overhead. We
continue to review our position with the facility and recognize that our philosophy with rental, sale or utilization must be,
reexamined to determine what is in the best interest of our organization at this stage in our development.

Future

It is interesting to reflect on the five decades of dramatic changes that have come to Doctors Hospital and how we.serve ~
the community. We have seen the growth of services we offer, the increased size, diversity, skill and specialties, of the
medical staff, transformation of the hospital campus, as well as becoming one of the largest private employers in The
Bahamas. Much of the technology filling our hospital did not even exist twenty five years ago. For all of the changes,
there are important constants that have sustained us through the years, Doctors Hospital is committed to quality. and
committed to the healthcare needs of the Bahamian Sopontty, .

Based on the skills and strengths of the organization and the professionals at all levels who work within it, we look
forward with great optimism to the continued growth and importance of Doctors Hospital asa valves member of the
communities we are so proud to serve. : :

We especially thank all our dedicated Ag erbiales working hard to achieve our positive results. We appreciate your support
and look forward to a continuing partnership to protect a most precious resource, the health of our country.

Joseph Krukowski
Chairman / i
April 30, 2009 :

To All Doctors Hospital Health System
SHAREHOLDERS

‘The Board of Directors of Doctors Hospital Health System reports below summary financial results for the year ended
January 31) 2009, The complete set of financial statements will be contained in the Company's annual report and posted
on-our website at www.doctorshosp.com. ;



Consolidated Income Statement
(Expressed in thousands of Bahamian dollars)
aa Year ended January 31,
2008

2009

Revenues

-Patient service revenue, net $ 41,789 $ 40,889
Other revenue 1,293 1,208
Total revenues 43,082 42,097

Expenses
Salaries and benefits 16,264 15,338
Medical supplies and services . 10,728 10,423
Depreciation and amortization 2,688 | 2,642
Bad debt expense, net of recoveries 1,587 2,252
Other operating 2,023 1,869"
Utilities 1,642 1,388
Government taxes and fees 1,052 948
Outside services 872 . 934
Insurance : 723 693
Repairs and maintenance j 509 535
Rent 370 368
Dietary expenses ; 367 362
Legal expenses . 29 346
Total expenses . : 38, 8.47 : 38,098
Income before interest 4,235 3,999
Interest expense “(42D . (590)

NET INCOME $ 3,814 3,403

Earnings per common share: ;
Basic and fully diluted $ 0.38 s 0.34





Selected Bal Sheet Data
Selected Balanes Sheet Dat of Bahamian dollars)

January 31,
2008

Cash and cash equivalents _ $ $ _ 6,630

Accounts receivable — patients ne ‘net,




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FROM page 1B

plaintiff alleges that he deposited
$1.5 million toward the purchase
of the Bahamas property.”

Mr Hall, though, alleged that
from June 2005 to the present,
‘Messrs Young and Fulton had
engaged in intentionally tortious
‘and unlawful conduct in their
capacities as directors of Maritek,
and in Fulton’s case, also as an
offer of Maritek, in an attempt
to procure the Bahamas property
from Maritek’s wholly-owned
subsidiary, Maritek Bahamas, for
their personal benefit.

The Delaware judgment
recalled that Mr Hall was alleging
‘that the duo “knowingly and
intentionally represented to
Maritek’s other directors” that

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nise BASE as an organisation
that represents the industry in this

he did not have a valid purchase
contract, could not finance the
purchase, and did not have gov-
ernment approval for the project.

Meanwhile, Maritek share-
holders have also commenced
legal action in Delaware against
Messrs Young and Fulton, two
other Maritek directors and the
company, alleging that they
“breached their fiduciary duties

. by orchestrating a transaction
whereby the Bahamas land that is
subject” to the contract was “to
be divided up for their own per-
sonal benefit.

However, Messrs Young and
Fulton denied the allegations and
filed a motion to dismiss Mr Hal-
’s complaint or, alternatively, to
stay his action in favour of the
litigation already underway in the
Bahamas Supreme Court.

Justice Brady decided in favour

Operators targeting

country.
Mr Beckles said his organisa-
tion has held-several meetings

' with the FCCA, including one in

Trinidad, in an attempt to rene-

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given. that JEAN PIERRE JEFFREY of
KEY WEST STREET, 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
7TH day of MAY, 2009 to the Minister responsible for Nationality

and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147,. Freeport, Bahamas.



2008
CLE/qui/01815

COMMONWEATH OF THE BAHAMAS
IN THE SUPREME COURT

IN THE MATTER of the Quieting Titles Act, 1959
AND



of the latter course of action, with
the Bahamas Supreme Court rul-
ing on December 15, 2008, that
Mr Hall did not have a valid or
enforceable contract.

“After consideration of the evi-
dence and the authorities com-
mended to me, I find that the
[Hall contract] did not, of itself,
constitute a binding contract,” the
Bahamian judge found.

Mr Hall has announced his
intention to appeal the verdict to
the Court of Appeal, and the
Privy Council if need be.

Pointing out that a final ruling
from the Bahamian courts in the
Maritek defendants’ favour would

“eviscerate” Mr Hall’s complaint, °

Justice Brady stayed the
Delaware action until a final rul-
ing was given.

Tribune Business has been

informed that the 24,682 acres.

gotiate prices and policies.
Recently, BASE has accused
cruise lines of dropping tours
from their. lists without explana-
tion or rationale, which was
denied my Ms Paige. +
“You don’t just wake up one

’ day and say we're not just going

to use your services,” she said.
One tour operator told Tribune

Business recently that a cruise

line they once provided tours to

- switched to their competitor with-

out notifying them of the change.
“One day we just stopped getting
bookings,” he said.

According to Mr Beckles, the

was initially sold to Diamond
Crystal Salt Company on May 7,
1970, for $70,5209, or $2.85 per
acre. The land included 18 miles
of sandy coastal ridge.

Upon ceasing salt production,
Diamond Salt was ‘said to have
sold the property to Worldwide
Protein (Bahamas) for shrimp
farming, at a price of $75,410 or
$35 per acre. That deal was sealed
on June 17, 1983, although one
source suggested the purchase
price was $1.25 million.

Maritek then acquired the
property, and was said to be look-
ing at using it for a resort or real
estate development, before the
contract ‘dispute and issues’ with
government approvals reared
their heads.

George Smith, the former gov-
ernment minister, in 2006 urged
that thé then-Christie adminis-

cruise line policies

ence with BASE members since
their last meeting in November,
despite requests by the group.
“We are still awaiting the oppor-
tunity to continue those discus-
sions,” he said.

One operator, who wished to
remain anonymous because of an
ongoing relationship with the
cruise lines, told this newspaper
that some terms offered by the
cruise lines regarding tour prices
and operator margin percentages
were not favourable.

However, the operator con-
tended that. tour and excursion
owners are not forced to sign into
agreements with the cruise lines,

FCCA has not granted an audi-

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that VERVENIK ELIZABETH RIGBY
MCKENZIE of UNION VILLAGE, 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 sighed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 7TH day of MAY, 2009 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.










IN THE MATTER of The Petition of Mary Wilson
NOTICE OF PETITION

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Mary Wilson presently
of the Settlement of Love Hill on the Island. of Andros one
of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, is
applying to the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas to have his title investigated determined and

declared under the Quieting Titles Act, 1959 (Ch. 393) in

respect of the land hereafter described, that is to say:

“IN THE MATTER OF ALL THAT piece
patcel or tract of land containing Seven
housand Four Hundred and Fifteen
7,415) square feet being Lot Number
7) situate approximately 205 feet South
of Meadows Street and East Side. of
Hutchinson Street in the Southern District
_of the Island of New Providence which
said piece parcel or lot of land is bounded
on the NORTH by land now.or formerly the
property of John S. Carey, Sr. and running
hereon -Eighty-Five and_ Forty-One
Hundredth (85.41) feet on the EAST by
land now or formerly the property of Annie
Knowles and running. thereon Ninety-One .
and Fifty-Two Hundredth (91.52) feet on
the SOUTH by land now or formerly the
prone of Merlene Bethel and running
hereon Sea and . Ninety-Five
Hundredth (76.95) feet and on the WEST
by Hutchinson Street and running thereon
inety-One and Thirty-Eight Hundredth
(91.38) feet which said parcel of land
is recorded in the Department of Lands
and Surveys in the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas as Plan 3614 N.P. and is
thereon coloured pink.”

AND TAKE NOTICE that copies of the Petition and the

Plan of the said land may be inspected during normal.

office hours. at the following places:

Supreme Court Registry, Ansbacher House, East Street North,
| New Providence, The Bahamas.

Sharon Wilson & Co., Chambers, East Shirley Street, Highland
Terrace, New Providence, The Bahamas.

AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE that any person
having dower or right to dower, an adverse claim or a claim not
recognized in the Petition shall on or before the 29" June A.D.,

2009 file in the Supreme Court and serve on thé Petition or his -

attorney an Adverse Claim in the prescribed form supported by
Affidavit. ; ; ; ’

FAILURE OF ANY PERSON to file and serve an
Adverse Claim on or before 29" June A.D., 2009 date will operate
as abartosuchclaim. _ :

Dated this 21% day of April A.D., 2009
Sharon Wilson & Co.
Chambers

> Delvest House
East Shirley Street, Highland Terrace
Nassau, N.P., The Bahamas

Attorneys for the Petitioner






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and (c) of the International Business Companies Act, '
2000, notice is hereby given that: -

(a) BENEBYPARK LIMITED is in dissolution;

(b) The date of commencement of the dissolution
is the 15th day of April, A.D., 2009 and

(c) the Liquidator is C.B. Strategy Ltd., of 308
East Bay St.

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tration take back the land at a $6
million price, given that no salt
mining or shrimp farming activity

had taken place on the site for *

“25 years” despite the owners
enjoying tax concessions and
investment incentives. ©
Referring then to the proper-
ty’s sale for a real estate devel-

opment, Mr Smith said: “The

Government should not approve
the sale without serious enforce-
able restrictions. In fact, any sale
of the property should be chan-
nelled through a government
organisation such as the Hotel
Corporation, so that any restric-

‘tions can be:cast in stone before

passing any of the property to the
private sector, unless it is to be
used for aquaculture purposes,

- with very little coastline utilisa-

tion.”
The Maritek property, accord-

saying: “Don’t publicly attack the
people because of an agreement
you made that might not be
favourable to you.”
Tribune Business received an
e-mail from a former Norwegian
Cruise Lines employee, who
asserted that Bahamian tour
operators are being inhibited by
their own lack of organisation and
general “cut throat mentality”
between one another.
According to the author of the
e-mail, cruise lines consider

_BASE a “joke”. The email goes

on to tout Stuart Cove as.the only
sensible tour operator.on the

island. “He is patient: and will .

soon run all the water tours,” the

author said.
According to Stuart Cove chief

executive Adrianna Hutchinson,

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS

IN. THE SUPREME COURT
COMNON LAW AND EQUITY DIVISION

BETWEEN

BANK OF THE BAHAMAS LIMITED ~

ing to Mr Smith, accounted for
one-third of the western coast-
line of Long Island, and the wet-
lands it covered were a breeding
ground for birds, aquatic species,
flora and fauna.

Mr Smith said the property was
ideal for eco-tourism and eco-sen-
sitive: resorts, or for use in aqua-
culture and the farming of conch,
stone crab, turtle, grouper and
snapper.

Mr Smith said in 2006: “If all
the Diamond Crystal property is
acquired by the Government, and
along with some of the substantial
adjacent Crown Land developed,
it would generate economic
growth in Long Island. —

“The entire south end of Long
Island, including Clarence Town,
could be developed into an up-
end touristic and residential com-
munity.”

her business has an agreement

-with only one cruise line to sell

their tours, but does not com-
pletely depend on their business,
which is often minor.

Mrs Hutchinson said they
depend more on advertising, rela-
tionships with hotel concierges
and guest services agents and
online booking to drive business
through their doors.

She said that Stuart Cove is
feeling the downturn just as much
as much as other Bahamian busi-
nesses that rely on tourism to
thrive.

.._ Mr Beckles said public policy
has to be reformed in order to
keep tour and excursion opera-
tors safe. “We have to do a better
job at monitoring foreign busi-

_ Desses in the Bahamas,” he said.

2006

CLE/GENID1185

Plaintiff

.

AND

KIMBERLEY JANICE MUNROE |

Defendant

ADVERTISEMENT OF SERVICE OF SUMMONS
AND NOTICE OF ADJOURNED HEARING

TAKE NOTICE that it has been ordered by “Ms. Marilyn Meeres, Deputy
Registrar of the Supreme Court on the o° day af March, A... 2609 that service of the
Summons and the Notice of Adjourned Hearing in the sali action be effected on you by

ihis advarisement,

Dated this 30" day of Apdi, A.D. 2008

GIBSON, RIGBY & Co.
: CHAMBERS
KiMalex House
Dowdeswell Street
Nassau, The Bahamas

Attomeys for the Pisinnff

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BANANAS

iN THE SUPREME COURT

COMMON LAW AND EQUITY DIVISION

BANK OF THE BAHAMAS LIMITED
, AND

CLEIGEN/03185

Plaintitt

KIMBERLEY JANICE MUNROE

Defendant

SUMMONS

LET ALL PARTIES connemed attend before Deputy Registrar Meeres
of the Supreme Court, Ansbacher Buitving, Bank Lane and East Street Noth,
Nassau. The Bahamas on Monday the 11" day of August, A. D., 2008 at 12:38
o'einek in the afternoon for hearing of an application on the pad of the Plaint®
for an Order jor leave to enter Judgment ip Oefauit of Dafenoe pursuant to Order
23 of the Rules of the Supreme Court for the amount claimed in the Statementof
Claim edth intersst, as tharsin claimed and costs.

TAKE NOTICE that a party intending to appase this sppiication or fo apaly
for @ stay af execution should send to the opposite party or iS Attomays to reach
him not less than three (3) days belore the date ahove mentioned a copy of any

Affidavit Intended to bs used.

Dates this 20" day of June, A. D., 2008

" REGISTRAR

This Sunmans was token out by Messrs. Gidson, Righy & Co, Chembons, Kidteiox Mouse,
Bowdoswolt Smeg Nassar, Tho Bahamas, Attorneys for sa Pans,

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS:

. IN THE SUPREME COURT

COMMON LAW AND EQUITY DIVISION

BETWEEN

CLEIGEN/01186

BANK OF THE BAHAMAS LIMITED

Plaintiff

AND

KIMBERLEY JANICE MUNROE

Defendant

NOTICE OF ADJ OURNED HEARING

TAKE NOTICE that the Summons filed on the 25" day of June, A.D
2008 and set down fo be heard on Monday the 25 day of August, AA. 2008 at

£2.36 eslock in the aftemaon will now be heard before Deputy Ragistar Meares

or Suprame Court, Ansbacher Building, Bank Lane, Nassaa, The Bahamas



on “PvE Sa

in the fre. RoOH.

the (TH dayof PUNY

AD. 2009 at 18 o'ctack

Dated this 20" day of March. A.D., 2008

REGISTRAR

Taix Mater war abt aut hy Magan Gao, Riphy & Co. Crrmnpars, Kisheter Neuse, Cortese’ SHouy
2, The iM,

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THE TRIBUNE

BUSINESS

THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2009, PAGE 11B



Bank stress tests blunted
by fear of public fallout

@ By DANIEL WAGNER
AP Business Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) —

Treasury Secretary Timothy Gei- .

thner said in February that
putting the nation’s biggest banks
through “stress tests” was vital
to getting the financial system
back on solid ground.

But with the results set to be
released today, critics say regu-
lators seem so intent on avoiding
statements that might undermine
confidence in the banks that they
risk eroding trust in the stress
tests themselves.

Regulators say none of the 19
banks will be allowed to fold.
That rules out any official state-
ments that might scare investors.
As a result, critics say the results
won’t likely provide the specific
analysis and discipline banks
need to lend money and nour-
ish an eventual economic
_ rebound.’

The public spotlight on the
tests “negates the whole point”
of stress testing, because regula-
tors know tough action could
imperil the banks, said Jaidev
Iyer, a former risk management
chief at Citigroup Inc. who now
works at a nonprofit involved in
bank risk analysis.

’ The tests of the 19 largest
financial firms are at the center
of the Obama administration’s
plan to stabilize the financial sys-
tem. The tests estimate losses
banks would face in a “what-if”
scenario involving a worsening
recession: 10.3 per cent unem-
ployment and a 22 percent drop
in home prices over the next two
years. >

So far, investors seem unfazed

by reports that the tests found:

some banks would need to raise
capital to absorb possible future
losses. A handful of banks
among the 19, including Bank of
America Corp., Citigroup Inc.
and Wells Fargo & Co., would
need more capital based on ini-
tial findings, sources have told
The Associated Press.

The Wall Street Journal. and

“The stress test was a clever stalling
action from a tactical point of view.
They wanted to wait until the

economy showed signs of bottoming
out. Now, everyone’s more relaxed,
and they can go easier on the banks.”
— Simon Johnson, former IMF chief economist

The New York Times reported
Wednesday that Charlotte, N.C.-
based Bank of America’s capi-
tal shortfall stands at about $34
billion. The New York Times
quoted a bank executive, while
the Journal report. cited
unnamed people familiar. with
the situation. -

Spokesmen for Bank of Amer-
ica and the Treasury Department
declined to comment.

Shares of Bank of America
rose 77.cents, or 7.1 per cent, to
$11.61 in midday trading.

Regulators and internal audi-
tors routinely use stress tests to
manage bank risk. The tests, typ-
ically done in private, help guide
investments and ensure the
banks’. stability. Normally, reg-
ulators disclose their evaluations

.and remedies with banks behind

closed doors. By contrast, critics
say, the Fed’s approach seems
designed for public consumption.

Open discussion of the stress
tests, from the White House on
down, has made it hard for reg-
ulators to be as candid as they’d
like, said Bradley Sabel, a vet-
eran bank supervisor with the
Federal Reserve Bank of New
York now at the law firm Shear-
man & Sterling.

“T think there’ s an awful lot of
value in keeping confidential the
discussions between banks and
examiners,” he said.

Fear of igniting a market pan-

‘ic means regulators aren’t likely



to force banks to make major
changes in their operations and

‘investments, Sabel said.

The.administration has repeat-

edly called attention to the stress’

tests. For weeks, officials have
brushed off questions about the
health of the banking system by
mentioning the forthcoming test
results. *

Asked last month about a
Treasury program to buy banks’
troubled assets, White House
adviser David Axelrod said,
“Let’s see what happens. once
the stress tests are done and the
capital needs of banks are deter-
mined.”

‘ Simon Johnson, a former chief
economist with the Internation-
al Monetary Fund now at the
Massachusetts Institute of Tech-

‘nology’s Sloan School of Busi-

ness, said the tests may have

- served the administration’s polit-

ical needs.

“The stress test was a clever
stalling action from a tactical
point of view,” Johnson said.
“They wanted to wait until the

economy showed signs of bot-.

toming out. Now, everyone’s
more relaxed, and they can go
easier on the banks.”

Asked about the tests, a senior
government official familiar with
the process said they were
designed to illuminate the health
of the banking system. The
results will be clear and detailed

enough for investors to make

DEPARTMENT OF STATISTICS

informed decisions, said the offi-
cial, who requested anonymity
because he wasn’t authorized to
discuss the matter.

The difficulty of operating

-under public scrutiny was clear
‘almost from the day Geithner

announced the tests, said Kevin
T. Jacques, a longtime Treasury

employee who’s now a finance °

professor at Baldwin-Wallace
College.

“I think Treasury got backed
into a corner,” Jacques said. “It
felt, "The market is clearly aware
we’re doing these tests ... If we
don’t release the results of the
stress tests, the market will think
that we’re hiding something.’
“Providing more information
about the health of banks is a
worthy goal, said William Seid-
man, who ran the Federal
Deposit Insurance Corp. during
the savings-and-loan crisis. But
he said the best way to do so
would be to tailor the tests to
each firm. Among the 19 firms
being stress-tested are an insurer,
an auto finance giant and-banks
with diverse business models.

Applying the same scenarios

‘to 19 firms makes little sense,
Iyer agreed. A“one-size-fits-all

approach” doesn’t take account
of the strengths and weaknesses
of each bank’s assets.

“I am very skeptical that we
will learn much about the true
conditions of these banks,” he
said.

Billionaire investor Warren
Buffet made.a similar point over
the weekend. He said the stress
tests focused on banks’ debt —
not on whether their operations
were basically strong.

Federal Reserve Chairman

Ben Bernanke told lawmakers
Tuesday that the tests will help
banks develop plans to raise their

capital buffers if necessary. The’

extra capital would ensure the
banks could keep lending even if
the recession worsened.

A functional financial system -

will be crucial to any economic

‘rebound. Until banks can return

to normal lending, it will be hard

for companies to expand. And.

it will be tough for consumers to
make the purchases that would
spark a recovery.

Yet there’s no guarantee that

forcing banks to boost their cap-
ital reserves will have the desired
result, Seidman said. He said the
government should take control
of banks that might fail and clean
up their balance sheets by seizing
assets that have lost value or
can’t be sold.

lyer said he worries the tests
have become too tangled in fears
of political or economic after-
shocks to do much good.

“T’m a little concerned that
somewhere in there, we’ve lost
complete sight of the meaning
of this exercise,” he said.

Legal Notice

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No.45 of 2000)

ALBRECHT LIMITED

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 of the International Business Companies Act No.
45 of 2000, ALBRECHT LIMITED has been dissolved
and struck off the Register according to the Certificate of
Dissolution issued by the Registrar General on the 2nd

day of April, 2009. ,

Peter Saxby, 18 Quai, Jean-Charles Rey,
Fortvielle, MC 98000, Monaco
* Liquidator





~ MNISTRY OF HOUSING
ENGINEERING SERVICES FOR THE DESIGN OF ROADS
_ AND DRAINAGE SYSTEMS, ELECTRICAL
DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM AND POTABLE WATER AND
SEWERAGE DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS IN SPRING CITY,

ABACO

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP)

EXPORT/IMPORT PRICE SURVEY
During the month of May, 2009
The Department of Statistics will
conduct a_ pricing

selected businesses _ throughout
New Providence & Grand Bahama
to collect prices of — various
commodities. The Department will
therefore be seeking the co-operation
of businesses involved in exporting
and importing as we embark upon this

most important exercise.

THE DEPARTMENT OF STATISTICS
APPRECIATES YOUR SUPPORT &
Co: OPERATION



. survey. The
staff of The Department will visit

The Government of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas through the |
Ministry of Housing is requesting proposals from qualified Consulting
Engineering firms to provide Engineering Design, Supervision of the »
Construction Tender Process, and Contract Administration Services for

the development of the following housing subdivision:

(i) Spring City, Abaco. - Roads and drainage.system design, electrical
distribution system design and potable water & sewerage distribution
design.

Interested parties may obtain further information and purchase a copy :
of the Request for Proposal from:

The Office of the. Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Housing
Claughton House
Shirley and Charlotte Sts.
Nassau, Bahamas

Tel: 242-322- 6005/6006
For a non- refundable fee $100. The method of payment may be cash ~

or a certified cheque made payable to the “Ministry of Housing”. The
documents will be ready for collection beginning Thursday 7th May,
2009 and ending Friday 15th May, 2009 between the hours of 9:30am
to 4:30pm. An information meeting will be held on Tuesday 19th May
at 10am in the conference room at the Ministry of Housing, Claughton
House.

Tenders are to be submitted in a sealed envelope marked as indicated
in the RFP document to:

The Office of the Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Housing
Claughton House
Shirley and Charlotte Sts.
Nassau, Bahamas

No later than 12 noon on Tuesday 26th May, 2009. Tenders will be

opened at 12:01 pm on Tuesday 26th May, 2009 in the conference
room at the Ministry of Housing, Claughton House. The Government
reserves the right to reject any or all Tenders.



PAGE 12B, THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2009



POCO S MEE

_ BUSINESS

THE TRIBUNE





leral regulator urges ‘systemic risk council

@ By MARCY GORDON
AP Business Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) —
Phe head of the Federal Deposit
Insurance Corp. says new pow-
ers are needed to oversee Com-
panies that pose financial risks to
the economy, an authority that
could be shared by the FDIC
nd other regulators.

Policymakers want to replace
ite “too big to fai!” model used
by the government as it rushed
in to rescue huge financial insti-
tutions caught up in the global
crisis last fall.

“Our current system has clear-
ly failed in many instances to
manage risk properly and to pro-
vide stability,” FDIC Chairman
Sheila Bair told the Senate
Banking Committee Wednesday.
“We're talking about a resolu-
tion and not a bailout.”

And Bair’s suggestion for new
authority from Congress for the
FDIC to take over and resolve
bank holding companies like Cit-
igroup Inc. or Bank of America
Corp. — before the overall
revamp of financial rules is fin-
ished — brought sympathetic
responses from senators.

Bank holding companies fall
under the supervision of the Fed-
eral Reserve. The FDIC now can
take over and resolve only the
subsidiaries of bank holding
companies that take federally
insured deposits.

Results

Bair spoke a day before results
of “stress tests” on the nation’s
biggest banks are being released,

an exercise the government said,

was vital to getting the financial
system back on solid ground.
None of the 19 banks tested

will be allowed to fold, regula-
tors have said. “I think this will
be a confidence-instilling
announcement,” Bair said at the
hearing.

She affirmed that as a result of -

the tests, some banks will need
to raise more capital. Some
observers will say “we’re being
too tough and other analysts will
say we’re not being tough
enough.” Bair said.

Bair, who has been.an influ-
ential voice through the crisis,
called for a new system of super-
vision that prevents institutions
from taking on excessive risk and

becoming so large their failure
would threaten the financial sys-
tem. She suggested the Treasury

Department, FDIC, Federal.

Reserve and Securities and
Exchange Commission could be
members of a new “systemic risk
council” set up to monitor large
institutions against the kind of
risk that plunged the markets
worldwide into distress last year.

‘A “council” of regulators would

be better equipped than a sin-
gle agency to exercise that over-
sight, writing rules, setting capi-
tal requirements and collecting
data on large institutions that
pose a potential threat to the sys-
tem, Bair said.

}

“I’m more attracted to the
council idea” than having a sin-
gular regulator play that role,
said Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-
Conn., the committee chairman.

Rep. Barney Frank, chairman
of the House Financial Services
Committee, and other lawmak-
ers have proposed that the Fed
assume the role of systemic reg-
ulator.

The Obama administration
has presented to Congress an
extensive overhaul of financial -
regulation meant to prevent a
repeat of the banking crisis. A
pillar of the plan is creating a so-
called systemic regulator to mon-

_ itor against the risks.

Legal Notice

NOTICE _
MANSUETUS CORP.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Legal Notice

‘NOTICE
KEYCOVE MANAGEMENT LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation) -



Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 29th day of April 2009. The Liquidator is
Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Notice is hereby given that the above-named

Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 29th day of April 2009. The Liquidator is
Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas. Bahamas.





ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator) —



NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT. 2000
No. 45 of 2000



NOTICE

Mercuant to Section 228 of the ‘Companies Act, 1992
Ouce is given that:-





|

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS

IN THE SUPREME COURT

In Voluntary Liquidation CLEIGEN/01021

ca ‘ ae Be gen a ‘ COMMON LAW AND EQUITY DIVISION
(a) Nifest Incorporation Limited is in dissolution. |
: Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (4)
of the International Business Companies Act, (No. 45 of 2000),
LONGOLD ENTERPRISES LIMITED, is in dissolution.
‘Tetalserve Management Limited is the Liquidator and can be
contacted at 17 Gr. Xenopoulou Street, 3106 Limassol, yprus.
All persons having claims against the above-named company
are required to send their names, addresses and particulars of
theit debts-or claims to the Liquitkator before the Sth day of
4 June, 2009.
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BETWEEN

(b) The date of commencement of the dissolution is BANK OF THE BAHAMAS LIMITED

the 23rd day of March, A.D. 2009.

Plaintif¥

AND

OTIS ROLLE
Defendant



(c) The name of the Liquidator is Anthony A.M.
Moree of Dupuch & Turnquest & Co., 308 East

pay Street, PO. Box N-8181, Nassau, Bahamas,

4 4 sora

ADVERTISEMENT OF SERVICE OF SUMMONS
____AND NOTICE OF ADJOURNED HECENS

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“4 Registrar of the Supreme Court on the 9* day ‘aE Mare Th AD, 3009 hotsetvice
of the Summons and the Notice of Adjoursed Hearing in the said action, be

AN’ THONY A.M. MOREE
Liquidator

affented oo you by this advertisement.

‘ Dated this 30" day of Apsl, A.0., 2008
Totalserve Management Limited

TOTALSERVE MANAGEMENT LIMITED ” GIBSON, RIGBY & Go.
CHAMBERS
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43:30 o'siack in the aftemoon will now be heard before Daputy Registrar Meeres
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Fidellty Bank . 2.37 2.37
Cable Bahamas 12.04 12.04
Colina Holdings : 2.83 ‘2.83
Commonwealth Bank (S1) . 6.17
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Police attempt
to substantiate
allegations.

that son was -
abducted

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

IN A strange twist, a mother
who made headlines with her,
emotional plea for her allegedly
kidnapped son to be returned to

her was being ‘questioned by .

police yesterday as officers tried
to substantiate the claims. __
Head of the Central Detective
Unit Elsworth Moss confirmed
late yesterday that Angie Moss, of
Lewis Street, was assisting police
‘in their investigation into claims
that her young son, Shannon Ban-
nister, was abducted Friday i morn-
ing.
"We just need to'clear up some,
information that she gave ‘us. .

.We need to find out ifit was a |

genuine complaint that was made
— we are hearing some strange
things and we're just trying to fol-
low up and tonfirm these things,"
Mr Moss told The Tribune.
Police are currently exploring
the possibility that the kidnapping
claims may have been fraudulent.
"We have some difficulty con-
firming who is.telling us the.

truth," said Mr Moss, adding that i

police investigations were contin-
uing.
























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. The young boy at the centre of
these claims is said to have no
visible injuries and i Is with ‘rela-
tives. :

"The baby is safe and because
of our investigation we uncov-
ered that. We are investigating
right now whether the baby was
missing at all," Assistant Super-

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Airport union and
Nassau Flight Services
_ dispute ‘is resolved’

‘LABOUR Minister Di

announced yesterday that the current labour
dispute between the Airport, Airline &
~ Allied Workers Union and Nassau Flight

Services has been resolved.

“T, along with the Director of Labour, met
‘with Ms. Nelerene Harding and officers from
David Wallace,

the AAAWU and with Mr.
Chairman of Nassau Flight

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“FORMER Minister of Agri-
culture and Lands George Smith
is pushing government to block
the sale of nearly $50 million
worth of beach-front land in Long
that

Island was originally



obtained in 1970 through a.

Crown grant of more than 20,000
acres.

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Crystal Company on’May 7, 1970,
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encompassing 18 miles of sandy
coastline from the south-eastern
end of Long Island, was bought at
that time for $2. 85 an acre: The

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Gott hears testimony
from the grandmother
of young woman

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Tribune Staff Reporter










THE grandmother of the
young woman who alleged that
she and Bishop Earl "Randy"
Fraser had a sexual relation-
ship, told the court yesterday
that the allegations. came to a’
head during a confrontation at
Pilgrim Baptist Temple on
Palm Sunday in 2006.

The 69-year-old founding
member of Pilgrim Baptist
Temple told the court yester-
day that after the 8 o’clock ser- -
vice that morning, Bishop Fras+
er summoned her to his office, where he told her that he
was getting "weird" phone calls from her house. She
said that Fraser told her that the person had threatened
him, saying that they were going to'call the police. She
said that Fraser played a voice message:on his cellular
phone but she could not identify the voice. The grand-
mother told the court that Fraser then asked her grand-
daughter whether she had deleted the messages he had
sent her and she replied that she had only deleted some
of them. :

The grandmother told the court that she was puzzled
by the exchange, but returned to the choir section for the
start of the 11 am service, which was when the mother of

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FREEPORT - Drug Enforcement Unit officers have reported dis-
covering three garbage bags containing a large quantity of marijuana
hidden in some bushes on Grand Bahama.

Press liaison officer Asst Supt Welbourne Bootle reported that two
men were taken into custody and are assisting police with their inves-
tigation into the matter. Acting on a tip around 9.30am on Wednesday,
officers went to a service road located about a quarter mile west of the
intersection of Queens Highway and Fishing Hole Road.

Officers from the Drug Enforcement Unit, the Central Division
and K-9 Unit conducted a joint search. ASP Bootle said they discov-
ered two garbage bags which contained brown packages filled with what
the officers suspected was marijuana. A black garbage bag, containing
a quantity of loose marijuana, was also discovered. Mr Bootle said that
a 24-year-old New Providence man and a 41-year-old resident of
Freeport were semen in for questioning in connection with the matter.



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



RELIGIOUS leaders are putting their dif-
ferences aside to come together to face up to |
the crime in their community under the inno- }
vative guidance of a local MP.

The priests, pastors and preachers of
Pinewood were called to a meeting with the
police by Pinewood MP Byran Woodside to
address social issues besieging the area and con-
front the problem of crime.

Mr Woodside said: “I recognised a number of
things happening in the constituency and'I felt the
time had come to have a meeting. I wanted to not
just rely on the police or the governmental approach-
es to fighting crime, but also the spiritual aspect.”

Leaders of Pinewood’s 11 diverse churches were
called together with religious leaders who live in
the ared to have an open debate about social issues
relating to crime and how they can face them togeth-
er, using Mr Woodside’s constituency office as a
headquarters. Superintendent Stephen Dean read a
police report to the pastors of Pinewood, and the
spiritual leaders decided to provide local residents
with a monthly update on crime and other prob-
lems in the community to sensitise them to the local

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BYRAN
WOODSIDE. the Bahamas is affected by crime. It spares
no one based on age, class, colour or creed, so.

situation. They also pledged ‘to create an
organisation amongst themselves to share
information, best practices, and hold days of
prayer. And they plan to work together to
| bring more people into the churches, hold a
| door-to-door survey to identify residents’ main

concerns, and open a local refuge centre for
the destitute.

Mr Woodside said: “Every constituency in

imagine being responsible for having residents who

_ end up with the police’s crime report on a daily

basis.”

He turned to the church leaders’ spiritual con-.

nection with God and called for the unification of
their individual strengths to turn things around in
Pinewood. But, the MP insists it is not-all bad in his
constituency. He said: “You have to appreciate
where Pinewood has come from.

“When you look at how Pinewood was created, it
has to do with common folk — Bahamians from the
Grove, Kemp Road, Englerston and the Family
Islands in search of the Bahamian dream of having

‘a home and being with their families. .

“We want to ensure that they are truly able to live

the Bahamian dream, havea safe environment and

a community that they can feel proud of.”

MP sees red over faulty traffic lights

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Ministry of
Works vehicle |

A religious studies teacher
at H O Nash Junior High
School-was rushed to the
Princess Margaret Hospital
yesterday after being hit by a
Ministry of Works vehicle in
the parking lot of the school.

A colleague of the teacher
said he was shocked by the
negligence of the police, who
failed to show up at the hospi-
tal to get a statement from the
victim, After being released
from the Accident and Emer-
gency section yesterday, the
teacher visited a police station,
only to discover that the offi-
cial report stated she had
“walked into the car”:

Minister of Works Neko
Grant has reportedly been
made aware of the incident and
is looking into the matter.





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Tribune Staff Reporter
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THE dangers posed by mal-
functioning traffic lights at road
junctions throughout New Provi-
dence was flagged by PLP MP
Bernard Nottage in the House of
Assembly yesterday.

‘During a discussion of the
Communications Bill, the mem-
ber of parliament for Bain. and
Grants Town questioned why, in
an age of advanced technology,
street lights across the capital are
out of action. He said: “I want to
know why we can’t keep the street

lights on. Someone’s going to die -

on the streets, not from an acci-
dent, but from road rage!

“In my constituency, on the cor-
ner of Meadow Street and Nas-
sau Street, there’s a disaster wait-
ing to happen.

“On the corner of Hawkins Hill

and Shirley Street is another dis-:

aster Waiting to happen.
“Further down on Shirley
Street and Elizabeth Avenue,
where emergency vehicles have
to go, the lights are not working.
“They are not working on the
corner of the sports centre and
Thompson Boulevard, and a big
disaster is going to happen on the
corner of Prince Charles and Fox

Hill Road. Bar 20 corner has been
out for about three or four years,
and we have to pay attention to
these things before we have a very
serious accident.”

Minister of Works Neko Grant
said a $45,000 long-term contract
was signed with two private.com-

panies yesterday to.ensure the ©

lights are properly maintained.

He said traffic lights frequently
malfunction because recurring
power surges force the lights into
‘flash mode’, or traffic officers will
purposefully turn ‘the lights into
‘flash mode’ for a certain time of
day and then fail to return them to
the normal function. Mr Grant
said: “The point is the lights are
not working. We do apologise to
the public for the inconvenience
and we seek to correct it.”

The minister hopes having two
separate companies working on
the lights over the next three years
will bring-an end to the problems
affecting drivers across the capital.
When The Tribune highlighted
the issue of broken traffic lights at
major city road junctions in
December, Mr Grant said the
government would invest $120,000

in equipment to provide an unin- -
terrupted power supply to lights at *

10 major Nassau junctions. He
added a hotline would be set up
for reporting of faulty lights.

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Tribune Freeport
Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT. —. Grand
Bahama Police have issued an
all points bulletin for two men
who are wanted for question-
ing in separate matters.

Emealio. Russell, aka Emil
Russell, 20, is wanted for ques-
tioning in a case of fraud by
false pretences, and Jamal
Austin Roberts, aka Buju, 27,
is wanted in connection with
an armed robbery.

. Both men are considered
armed and dangerous and
should be approached with
extreme caution.

_ ‘Russell is about five feet, six
inches tall with dark complex-
ion and brown eyes and short,
crinkly hair. He is of average
‘build and weighs about 180lbs.
His last known address is
Deadman’s Reef, Grand
Bahama. ;

Roberts is about five feet,
11 inches tall of dark brown,
complexion and dark brown
eyes with short hair. He is of
medium build and weighs
about 155-165lbs. He PSs as
a labourer.

His last known address was
Hepburn Town, Eight Mile
Rock, Grand Bahama.

Police are appealing to any-
one with information concern-
ing these two men to contact
359- 1919, 351- 9711, 351-9991,
352-8351, 352- 9076, and’ 350-"
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Man charged
in 13 armed
robberies

im Clarke/T ribune staff



COVERING UP: Brent Felix McPhee
leaves court
A MAN charged in 13
armed robberies was remanded
to Her Majesty’s Prison yester-
day after being arraigned in a
Magistrate’s Court.
Brent Felix McPhee, 21, of
‘South Beach, appeared before
Magistrate Ancella Williams in
Court 6, Parliament Street,
where he was not required to
plead to the armed robbery ©
charges.
It is alleged that McPhee,
while armed with a handgun
between April 9 and May 1,
committed a spree of armed
robberies in New Providence.
McPhee, who is represented
by attorney Ian Cargill, is
accused of robbing several local.
establishments and persons of
cash, cellular phones, phone .
cards, and electronics, totalling
almost $3,500. The accused is
expected back in court on July
15.

DEU officers
confiscate
firearms, lirugs

DRUG Enforcement Unit
officers executed a search war-
rant ata home in Redland
Acres:and confiscated several
firearms and drugs. 3

Asst Supt Walter Evans said
the search was carried out
around 1pm on Tuesday. Offi-
cers reportedly found a .45
handgun, six .223 rounds of
ammunition, 30 .45 rounds of
ammunition and three pounds
of marijuana... -

A-42-year-old man was taken
into.police custody in connec-
tion with the discovery.

Memorial for.
HMBS Flamingo
sinking tragedy

FAMILY members and friends
of the four marines killed-in

action 29 years ago during the ,

sinking of HMBS Flamingo will
join the officers and marines of
the Royal Bahamas Defence
Force for a brief ceremony at the
Coral Harbour base on Monday,
May 11, at 8.30am.
_ Speaking at the special
Morning Colours Ceremony will
be National Security Minister
Tommy Turnquest. ~

After the ceremony, one of
the Defence Force craft will
take the family members out for
the laying of a wreath at sea in
memory of HMBS Flamingo
and her fallen crew.

The Defence Force ensign
will be flown at half-mast
throughout the day.

Observers recognise the tag

ic event as a defining moment,
not only in the history of the
Defence Force, but.also for the
relatively newly independent
Bahamas.

Man drowns in
South Eleuthera

A man drowned in the area
of Whymm's Bight in South
Eleuthera on Tuesday.

Police in Eleuthera reported
that around 5.30pm, a man
and his 33-year-old son went
diving in the area of the Bight.

Assistant Superintendent
Walter Evans said the son did
not surface from the water.

A frantic search by the
father discovered the motion-
less body of the 33 year old,
Mr Evans said. The son was
lifted from the water and tak-
en to the local clinic where he
was pronounced dead.

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~ alowe@tribunemedia.net

Staff cuts are on the horizon
for ZNS as the corporation begins
to move towards becoming a
more “independent, educational
and culturally enriching” public
service broadcaster, the govern-
ment revealed yesterday.

Stating that “no organisation
can remain financially viable and
effective” with a staffing struc-
ture as top heavy as that at ZNS
right no Tommy Turnquest, min-
ister with responsibility for the
Broadcasting Corporation of the
Bahamas, added that it may also
be time to “flatten the organisa-
tion in terms of job titles.”

“Restructuring and reorgani-
sation of the BCB will be a major
component of the transition to
public service broadcasting, and
this would, by extension, require
a critical review of staffing levels
at the corporation,” Mr Turn-
quest told parliament. ,

He was contributing to the
debate on new legislation pro-
posed to regulate electronic com-
munications in the country,
including television, internet and
telephony.

While Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham has indicated that the
Bill for an Act to Provide Com-
munication Services must be
passed to provide the regulatory
framework for a privatised BTC,
Mr Turnquest noted that the leg-
islation also “puts in place the
legislative regulatory framework
required'to accommodate public
service broadcasters”, paving the
way for ZNS’ transition.

Yesterday Robert Farquhar-
son, President of the Bahamas
Communications and Public Offi-

cers Union, which represents |

ZNS employees, said the union
has been made aware of the pos-
sibility of so-called “right sizing”

Tommy Turnquest



of employment levels at the
broadcaster.

“We believe that the govern-
ment has to make a decision as it
relates to the possible reorgani-

sation of ZNS but we have.an’

assurance from the government
that if there is a need to reduce
the head count that the BCPOU
will be invited to participate in
the discussion,” said Mr Far-
quharson. Meanwhile, he said
that based on discussions so far,
he understands that “voluntary
disengagement” — inviting peo-
ple to leave the organisation —
will be the method preferred by
the government should it seek to
reduce staff numbers from the
current 253 employees, which
includes 80 managers.

Mr Turnquest told parliament
that after 20 years of talking
about it, he can “say with confi-
dence that ZNS is truly on the
paths towards becoming a public
service broadcaster.”

He said: “The Board of Direc-
tors at the BCB have begun to
discuss and analyse the strategic
issues involved to transition of
ZNS to a PSB.” ;

“Progress is being made in

defining where the BCB wants to
go, the values and principles on
which the transition and future
work of the corporation will be
built and the strategic planning
that would be required to accom-
plish the transition,” said Mr
Turnquest.

According to the United
Nations Educational Scientific
and Cultural Organisation
(UNESCO), a public service
broadcaster is one “which is nei-
ther commercial nor state-owned.
It is broadcasting made, financed
and controlled by the public, for
the public.

“Tt is free from political inter-
ference and pressure from com-
mercial forces. Through PSB, cit-
izens are informed, educated and
also entertained. When guaran-
teed with pluralism, programming
diversity, editorial independence,
appropriate funding, account-
ability and transparency, public
service broadcasting can serve as
a cornerstone of democracy.”

Mr Turnquest said that as it
seeks to transform ZNS into such
an entity, the government will
look to the. United States of
America, Canada and the United
Kingdom.

Each country has its own PSB —
probably the most renowned of
which being the British Broad-

- casting Corporation (BBC).
“People in these countries”

learn of critical aspects of nation-

al life from public broadcasting, |

including through animated
broadcasts assessable by very
young children. Programming
provides diverse views on the
range of political, economic, and
social issues at the national and
international levels.

“Cultural shows, entertain-
ment, analysis, education and
training are all part of public ser-
vice broadcasting in these coun-
tries as they must be in the
Bahamas,” he said.

BIC ‘has lost confidence of husiness community’ |

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

Having “lost the confidence? of Gediiary citizens
and the business community, BTC will go out of
business once privatised unless it is given more time
than currently proposed to prepare for competition
' with other telecommunications providers, Cat Island

MP Brave Davis said yesterday.

The MP told parliamentarians he believes who-
ever purchases the company now will need “more
than three years” of exclusivity as a telecommuni-
cations provider if the purchase is to be worth the
| investment. and if the company is to. “be able to
operate a sustainable business” and avoid major
job losses. “BTC has lost the confidence of the busi-
ness community totally and most of our residential -
community. Liberalisation will not win that confi-
dence back nor could it be won back over night,”
said Mr Davis, who also remains the attorney for .
Bluewater, a company which was identified as a
strategic partner for the government in the privati-
sation of BTC by the former PLP government, but
which is now pressing ahead with arbitration pro-
ceedirigs in the UK after having its offer rejected by

the new FNM administration.

Contributing to the debate on new legislation
intended to provide the regulatory framework for a
liberalised telecommunications sector, Mr Davis
suggested the government’s push to liberalise the
sector now is. a move to cater to “special interest
groups” ~ specifically, Cable Bahamas, which is

“now ready to enter into the whole range of telecom-

munications.”

BTC’s price tag and therefore its value to the
Bahamian government and people could be
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| EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

The Tribune Limited.

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

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

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

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

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

Publisher/Editor 1972-

Published Daily Monday to Saturday

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

WEBSITE
www. tribune242. com — updated daily at 2pm

Regulations to modernise communications

THIS WEEK House members have been debat-
ing the Communications Bill 2009 to deal with “all
matters relating to the regulation of radios, televi-
sion, cable, fixed telephone lines, mobile or cellular
telephones and Internet services.”

The Bahamas, when one considers how far the

communications field has grown, is way behind in its .

technology. However, at least this Bill isa step in the
_ right direction as it prepares for the sale of BTC (the
‘former BaTelCo).
. The most important feature is that with the
appointment of URCA —Utilities Regulation and
__.Competition Authority— the industry will have for
the first time an independent body as its regulator.
It is hoped that whoever heads it will be an expert in
this field and any suggestion of political: influence will
not be tolerated.
As Education Minister Carl Bethel pointed out,

earlier attempts to reform the communications sec-
tor through the Telecommunications Act and the .
Public Utility Commission Act failed because the’

Acts were defective. /

They were defective, he said, “in that they pre-
supposed that for several years Batelco would, itself,
apart from being a.major participant in the telecom-
munications business, would also be a regulator of
that business, with some regulatory functions being
assigned to the PUC over time. Further, the tech-
nical experts in'the PUC were largely former Batel-
co management or staff, and so,.could have been
perceived as having some residual degree of insti-
tutional bias in favour of Batelco.”

“The greatest flaw was that not only was BaTelCo
to retain its monopoly, but it was also to be the reg-
ulator and competitor of all independent licensees.

The Tribune with its licence to operate the first
private radio-station, 100 JAMZ, in 1996 experi-

enced first hand the struggle under this regulator.
‘Not only did BaTelCo demand that the station pay
““jt'a'licénce ‘fee in addition to the licence fee’ charged _.

“by government, but a BatelCo staff member: kept
breathing down our necks that our licence only
allowed us to broadcast “point-to-point.” We had to
have a lawyer constantly at.our backs to explain
our licence to “Mr Point-to-Point”, or the station

would have died aborning. In other words the stip-*

ulations BaTelCo,.the regulator, tried to put on
JAMZ, would have allowed no growth, nor would it
have permitted the station to fully utilise its licence.
In the end we paid the licence fee to government —
not BaTelCo. We always won our arguments with
“Mr Point-to-Point”, but they were useless, time
wasting exercises. ~

When we were licensed as the first Internet .

"_ provider — an arena we were told BaTelCo want-
ed to enter — “Mr Point-to-Point” notified us that

‘as our licences were up for renewal he wanted to .

come to our offices to inspect our equipment. He
also questioned our Internet licence and threat-

ened to revoke 100 JAMZ’s licence unless the Inter-. -

net service was discontinued. Again our lawyer, had
to be called in to interpret our licences to
We refused to allow “Mr Point-to-Point” into.our
- building, informing him that BaTelCo mighit be the
station’s regulator, but it was also our competitor.
' There was no way that “Mr Point-to-Point” would

be allowed in to take inventory of our modern.

. Royal Bahainian Resort @ Offshore Island.

Invites applications for the positions of:

equipment. The day 100 JAMZ decided to broad-
cast to the Bahamas from Disney World in Orlando,
was the day that almost gave our regulator an epilep-
tic seizure. Again, according to “Mr Point-to-Point,
we were in breach of our licence — you see, accord-
ing to him, we were not broadcasting “point-to-
point”! He was so far behind in modern technology
that really he didn’t know what he was talking

. about. Here we were trying to build a radio station |
with this monkey on our back. It was not easy, it was

no fun, and at that stage in the development of pri-
vate radio there were no rules to follow. Really no
one knew what they were doing.

If URCA is properly staffed with capable people,
who have no vested interest in the business, then
there should at least be a level playing field for
those who aspire to enter some phase of the
telecommunications business.

The Bill now being debated sets a goal of fos-
tering “sustainable competition.”

.The Bill assumes that existing service providers
—such as BaTelCo, now BTC, and Cable Bahamas
— have significant market power (SMP) and there-
fore URCA could exact price controls, retail price
regulations and the sharing of infrastructure —
“such as telephone poles, or access to fibre optic
cables through which most of the high speed and
broadband data, Internet and cable TV services
pass,” all for a reasonable commercial price.

We have to smile when we recall how hard it was
to work with the government entities, which the
present Bill would designate as having “significant
market power.”

When we were granted our radio licence it was
suggested that 100 JAMZ rent space from the tow-
ers of the Broadcasting Corporation to generate
revenue for the corporation. This is a common prac-

__tice in the United States. For example in 1994, when
“we made our request to the corporation, radio sta-
tion Y-100 in Hollywood had seven ‘competing radio,
“stations on its tower in addition to.a TV station, all’

providing revenue for Y-100.

We were told to write to the Broadcasting Cor-
poration for permission to lease space on one of
its AM towers in Freeport. Apparently, this was a
novel idea to members of the board, who, obvious-
ly unaccustomed to how the free market operates,
regretted to inform us “that the request was not
approved.”

And so JAMZ went to-another location, and
instead of the cash-strapped Broadcasting Corpo-
ration.earning a steady flow of extra revenue, that
revenue went to a private company.

Under this new Bill, such short- “sighted nonsense
would not be tolerated.

As for our Internet we had to lease BaTelCo
lines. Many a weekend corporation staff would shut
down our lines and disappear, leaving our sub-
scribers unable to do business. In the end we trans-
ferred our shares to another operator, hoping that he
could concentrate on fighting the government behe-
moth.

We understand his life has not been easy.
‘This proposed Bill is not perfect, but it will pro-

- vide a better commercial climate than the one in

which 100JAMZ — the first private radio station —

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Molestation:
who is guilty,
who is not

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I must admit that I lifted this
from a website that is sympa-
thetic to the PLP. It is general-
ly believed that the mastermind
of the site is Mr Fred Mitchell,
because it is easy to match the
words he uses ‘regularly and the
pattern of writing on the site.
So no more cheap compulsive
exaggeration is necessary.

But what was interesting, was
the mention about molestation.
The site dared to talk about a
topic that in recent times many
allegations have been made of

_ this most hideous crime.

The site said “Carl Bethel,
the Minister of Education is
under heavy pressure from the
PLP on the abuse of children
scandal at the Eight Mile Rock
School. Then there is a female
teacher who is interdicted
because of a relationship with a

- young schoolboy, and another
male teacher who is interdict-
ed from the same school on an
abuse allegation. Mr Bethel per-

haps misspoke when he said °

that because the children are
hungry this makes them vul-
nerable to sexual abuse. Say
what?!”

In the Bahamas amnesia
seems to be prevalent. People,
before putting their minds in
gear, race to voice their“opin-
igns. Many times people are
forced to eat their words. There
are far too may public utter-

ances where there had to be-

retractions almost immediately
afterwards. This, however, has
not stopped politicians from
sprinting in front of the camera

to scream bloody murder in an‘

effort to score cheap political

brownie points. But when these

same politicians were in control

’ they did precious little to correct
or even address it.

There is one topic that

Bahamians seem to be either ..

afraid of or unwilling to speak
to. Child molestation has been

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happening since time immemo-

rial and many families hide the
incidences because of the scorn
attached. Mothers kept the
secrets, while protecting the
males who in many cases are
their husbands, father and

breadwinner of the family. .
Some mothers have said, “Who.

is going to pay the bills if her
husband is convicted and sub-
sequently imprisoned.”

‘So it is safe to say that con-
doning molestation has become
the rule rather than the excep-
tion. That is why teachers are

left to exploit our vulnerable.

children, because there is no

fear of repercussion. This is a’

fact and has been rampant for
too long.
There have also: been inci-
dences where allegations of
molestation have been made of

senators and other potential

candidates from the same party.
The support and assistance to
cover up this mess is astound-
ing. (
The problem of molestation
and the perpetrators in schools
are well known. They are
reported and then transferred
to:another place to cover the
problem. This is counter pro-

ductive, because the dirt is then —

move from under one rug to be

stashed under another rug in,

another place. After the moles-
ter settles in and becomes famil-
iar, he strikes again, because all
molesters are sick and cannot
seem to get the demon out of

_ their system, ... :,

The information reaching me
is the Eight Mile Rock incident
is not-new; neither are other
acts of molestation in many oth-
er schools, both private and

“public. Molestation is also

prevalent in many churches and

' some have even graced the

headlines ‘in newspapers and
television. This is proof that this
must be and ‘epidemic.

The PLP knew about this and
did nothing. They were slow to
act and remained silent as usu-
al. The present minister met this
going on and should not to be
blamed for it. But be that as it
may, he spoke to the issue and
the PLP only grabbed on to this
because they expect to gain
some political mileage. Many
incidences happened in the past
that are well documented dur-
ing the PLP reign and they did
not say a word. I wonder what
Mr Mitchell’s opinion #& on this
matter. He should have an opin-
ion, like everything else.

The naked truth is between
2002 and 2007 there were many
incidences of reports of lesbian
and homosexual advances by
teachers. I presume that nothing
was done because of the politi-
cal affiliations of the teachers.
Many are hollering now but
were fully knowledgeable of this
cancer when it was just:a cyst.
Many know that the PLP swept
dirt under the carpet under the
disguise of party loyalty:

On many jobs, including
some government establish-

’ ments, the pressure is enormous

for young men and women to
be introduced to homosexuality
in exchange for promotion and
other incentives. This form of
exploitation must be criminal
to ‘say the least and should be
met with extreme force reper-
cussions in kind.

Finally, I am told that it is
common knowledge that par-
ticular high school female teach-
ers are recruiting and introduc-
ing young girls to, lesbianism.
Why these teachers are still
employed i is beyond me. Inquir-
ing minds want to know.

IVOINE W INGRAHAM
Nassau,
May, 2009.

Some essential employment safeguards needed

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Many will endorse.the government’s initiative to
provide for a safety-net for those who might be sud-
denly unemployed, however, I must agree if a person
is fired then whether or not they have made contri-
butions they should not receive any unemployment
benefits especially if their firing was a result of steal-
ing or any criminal act for which they have been

found guilty.

I must suggest to government that with urgency
- they should provide under the limited liability Com-
panies Act and the acts covering all incorporated
companies or partnerships that those companies, if
_ they get into financial problems, to avoid the sole

This will safeguard employment — ave substan-
tial benefits to employees for ongoing employment

soon.

effort.

approach to-day of closing and appointing a receiv-

er or liquidator the company can apply to the courts
to be safeguarded under a similar regime as a oer

ter 11 application in the US.

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| “ For thy loving kindness is
i better than life, my lips shall

praise thee.”

J MOORE
Nassau,

-— safeguard the creditors and allow time under the
courts guidance to bring the conipany hopefully
back to normalcy.

Prime Minister please act on this with due haste as
there is a lot of talk of some major employers being
close to insolvency and probably unable to meet
their bills and they will have to close their doors

If you really want to put in place some essential
economic well-being safeguards this is it.
I am sure the opposition will fully support this

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THE 42-year-old amputee
who was killed after being
struck by a car in Long
Island on Monday became.
wheelchair-bound as the i
result of a previous vehicular :
accident in Nassau, Agricul-
ture Minister'and Long
Island MP Larry Cartwright
said yesterday in the House
of Assembly.

Expressing his sadness
over the death of Cabbage
Point resident Lester Pratt,
and extending his condo-
lences to his family, the
Long Island MP noted that
the Nassau car accident had
led to him suffering the
amputation of his right arm.

Police are still investigat-
ing the circumstances sur- ©
rounding the death of Mr.
Pratt. .

He was reportedly struck.
by a Chevrolet Corsica as he:
sat on the side of the road
awaiting a friend who was
due to pick him up.

Police reported that the
car was travelling on :
Queen’s Highway in the area :
of the Berries - an area in i
South Long Island - when it
struck him at around 9pm.

The 42-year-old, who was
married with children and a
cabinet maker by trade, diéd :
of his.injuries at a local clin-,._ i
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Mr Pratt’s death is the
third traffic fatality in Long
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Man claims he was threatened despite paying fine for 2004 violation

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

A LOCAL taxi driver yes-
terday supported calls for

‘urgent action by authorities

to fix,the dysfunctional war-
rant system - telling The Tri-
bune that he was recently
threatened with an outstand-
ing warrant for his arrest dat-
ing back to 2004 fora traffic

- violation he had paid the fine

for in the same year..

“The only thing that saved
me was that some kind per-
son did put in the system that
I had paid the $250 fine. But
the problem was that they
didn’t cancel the warrant - I

could’ve been locked up!”.

said the taxi driver, who
wished to remain anonymous.

“The attitude in the war-
rant office is very, very com-
placent. The pile-up, the
backlog - that’s normal for
them. When they did find out
I'd paid it, they were just like,
‘Okay, you can go on your
way’.”

His comments come after
the complaints of two men
who were also picked up on
warrants of arrest for traffic
violations which should have
been cancelled a year ago.

Galmando Gibson and Ter-
rance Gilbert separately con-

tacted The Tribune after they:

were both detained by police



“The attitude in
the warrant
Office is very,
very complacent.

The pile-up, the ©

backlog - that’s .
normal for them.
When they did |
find out I'd paid
it, they were just
like, ‘Okay, you
can go on your
way’.” .



on warrants of arrest issued
for traffic violations.
However, both men said
that a search of-a court log-
book quickly revealed evi-
dence of the fines demanded
of them having been paid,
therefore rendering the war-
rants unnecessary.
“Something must be done,”
said Mr Gibson, who claims
he almost lost his job after
being detained for hours one
morning as a result of the
outdated warrant. “As a tax
paying citizen I should be
able to walk the streets freely

if I have done all that is

required of me.”

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an and British viewers over a
period of just two. days.

The Weather Conference
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meteorologists, emergency
workers and scholars to Nas-
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The beach of host property
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day.”

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THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2009, PAGE 7






Slave descendant |

‘prevented from

sharing site history






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



A DESCENDANT of slaves at
the Whylly Plantation claims
authorities controlling the Clifton
Heritage National Park are pre-
venting him from sharing the gen-
uine history of the site.

Vivian Whylly, 47, has traced his
lineage back to the slaves who
worked on William Whylly’s plan-
tation on the western tip of New
Providence and has dedicated his
life to researching the area’s rich
cultural heritage, which includes
relics of the Lucayan Indians, Loy-
alist settlers, and the remnants of
the plantation occupied by William
Whylly and his slaves.

His interest in the site fuelled

Mr Whylly’s fight to protect the
area in the 1990s, when it was
threatened by development, and
drove him to pursue College of the
Bahamas accreditation in eco-
tourism planning, tour leading and
tour guide training which has
allowed him to lead scores of visi-
tors on educational tours of the
area. ;
In 2002, after vigourous cam-
paigning by a number of concerned
Bahamians, the Clifton site was
protected by government and
turned into a national park.

When he heard the news, Mr
Whylly was ecstatic and looked for-
ward to his tours flourishing with
the new Clifton Heritage Authori-
ty’s support.

But when he applied to work at

the park last year, the Authority:

offered him nothing more than
“slave’s work”, he said.

And he refused to take the envi-
ronmental health job cleaning toi-
lets and weeding the grounds, to
apply as an independent tour guide
under his own company, Whylly
Plantation Tours Ltd, in-February.

Although Mr Whylly was told
his application has been approved
by the board, he has still not
received written permission to con-
duct his tours. =

At the official opening of the
Clifton Heritage Park last week,

Mr Whylly, of Cable Beach, said no
mention was made of the living
descendants of Whylly Plantation
slaves in the Bahamas.

And although he was invited to
the event by Minister of Culture
Charles Maynard, Mr Whylly
believes he would not otherwise
have been welcomed by the Clifton
Heritage Authority.

Mr Whylly believes he has
become embroiled in a political
agenda, as the Clifton Heritage
Authority is being run by the FNM
government. ‘

He said: “When I was fighting
for this plantation the people who
are benefitting from it weren’t even
with us, especially the FNM, and
they’re putting people there who
seem to have a problem with me
because they are blocking all: the
roads.

“They are in control and they

are victimising me to the point:

where I will either give up or die,
and I will not give up.

“I don’t want them to take the
credit for my work and throw me
away.” i

He added: “The Lucayan Indi-
ans are not here, the loyalists and
slaves of William Whylly are not
here and the descendants of the
slaves are here, and they’re being
left out for whatever reason and
it’s wrong.

“We have paid with blood, sweat
and labour, and now we are being
asked to be silent, again and go
through the punishment of having
somebody manipulate our future.”

Clifton Heritage Authority
chairman Jacinta Higgs maintains
the board enthusiastically approved
Mr Whylly’s proposal three weeks
ago and has been reviewing policy
guidelines regarding private part-
nership tour operators. .

She said private tour companies
will be welcome to conduct tours at
Clifton independently as they
would contribute additional rey-
enue for the park.

When asked why Mr Whilly has
so far been ignored, Dr Higgs said:
“We have just officially opened the
park which was a major feat. The
endeavor consumed every staff

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member for weeks leading up to
the event and so there was no way
we were able to focus on Vivian
Whylly's personal request.

“We explained this to Mr Whyl-
ly and promised to get back to him
as soon we were ready.”

Dr Higgs maintains Mr Whylly
has never been prevented from
conducting tours and he is only
asked to register groups at the
office on arrival.

She added: “I am not aware of
any political agenda as one quick
review of the programme booklet
or a review of the opening cere-
mony indicates the vision of Clifton
Heritage National Park is a
Bahamian agenda, not a political

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LOCAL NEWS

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Two killed in small plane crash at Florida airport :

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AUTHORITIES say two
people are dead: after a sin-
gle-engine plane crashed into
an unoccupied aircraft on the
ground at a south Florida air-
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making an emergency land-
ing when it struck the parked
plane.

The impact caused
the landing plane.to spin
around and come to a
rest underneath a storage

trailer.

No one on the ground was
injured.

The cause is under investi-
gation.

WPEC-TV footage showed
the wreckage of a red section
of the plane tail by the trailer.
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THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2009, PAGE 9



LOCAL NEWS



Sports Minister speaks out
over theft of copper wiring

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT — Sports Minister
Desmond Bannister expressed extreme ,
disappointment and concern over the
theft of the copper wiring at the softball
field at the Grand Bahama Sports Com-
plex.

The government is carrying out exten-
sive work on the running track, as well
as other field sporting sites in order to
bring the facility up to IAAF standards.

“The government of the Bahamas
has spent a considerable amount of
money developing that softball field.
We were extremely disappointed several
weeks ago that someone came in and stole all of the
copper wiring that was there,” said Minister Ban-
nister.

The matter has been reported to the Police, and.

the minister is hopeful that the culprits will .be
caught.

Mr Bannister said the cooper wiring provided
lighting and was needed for many other essential
improvements to the softball field.

“It is a big concern for us because we want to
put probably the best facility we have in the country
‘right here in Grand. Bahama, and people can steal all
that wiring.

“We are extremely concerned about that... and I
think this community will be enraged to see this



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type of thing happening here,” he said.

“When something is under construc-
tion and you have contractors and peo-
ple working you anticipate that when
the facility is properly turned over that
you will put appropriate security
arrangements in place,” he said.

Minister Bannister said government
will take measures to prevent thefts
from occurring at the sports complex
while it is under construction in
Freeport.

The sports track is expected to under-
go resurfacing and there are also plans
to relocate the existing long jump pit
and construct a second pit. A second
javelin runway also will be constructed
to meet IAAF specification.

The steeple chase will be relocated and the long





and triple jump runways will have to be corrected.

The existing high jump mat must be reduced in size
and the surface has to be milled to permit proper
drainage.

Grand Bahama Amateur Sports Association pres-
ident Anita Doherty said additional seating is need-
ed at the sports complex to accommodate spectators.

“We need more seating...and we hope that the

ministry will take that into consideration in terms of.

all thé work that is being carried out on the
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Minister Bannister said that proper seating will be
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FROM page one

total price for the property was
$70,520.

It was purchased primarily for
salt production, but this endeav-
our failed miserably, and on June
17, 1983, Diamond Crystal was
sold to World Wide Protein
Bahamas Limited, which sought
to create a shrimp farm on the
island, paying $875,410 for the
property or $35 an acre.

Since then, however, Maritek
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and according to published
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$200,000 per acre. :

It is not clear whether or not
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Former Minister

aqua-culture purposes with very
little coastal utilisation.”

Mr Smith, a former Cabinet
minister in the Pindling adminis-
tration with responsibility for
Lands, also applied for Crown
grants in 2004.

Seeking a conditional purchase
lease for two unnamed cays in
the northern Exuma Cays, Mr
Smith said that unlike other appli-
cants, he is seeking to build two
villas on these properties, com-
plete with all the amenities nec-
essary to support them.

“T had hoped to devote some of
my time and what resources’ I
could muster to tastefully develop
them in a way that they could

attract some of the more high- .

end tourists. [have satisfied every
question asked of me by Mr Aud-
ley Greaves (formerly of Lands
and Surveys) from the office of
the Prime Minister and I await
what I hope would be a
favourable response,” he said.
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prime minister Perry Christie.

These lots were sold for less
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FROM page one

age hurricane season, they
are still urging people to take
early precautions and prepare
for every contingency.

Basil Dean, deputy direc-
tor of the Meteorological
Department, said that of the
predicted 12 named storms,
two are expected to become
“major hurricanes” at a cate-
gory three level or greater.

"When we look at those
numbers against the long-
term average, we would have
just slightly above normal. in
terms of the number of
named storms," he said.

While these predictions do .

not appear dire, Mr Dean
advised against taking a
relaxed attitude towards hur-
ricane preparedness as the

CR iat See ne LOCAL NEWS
Twelve named storms

predicted to develop in
the hurricane season

storm season can be unpre-
dictable.

"My word to the public is
to always be vigilant and
exercise caution because
while the numbers may be
great it does not imply that
you would be adversely
impacted and similarly. if the
numbers are lower it does not
mean that we would not be
impacted. All it takes is one
major storm that could be
headed your way, that could
do damage and that is the one
you should. be worried
about," he said.

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With the start of the
Atlantic hurricane season just
weeks away — June I| to
November 30 — Mr Dean
advised that persons start

roof and window repairs now.’

"This is a good time to start
because we are in the dry sea-
son. One can take advantage
of preparing roofs if there are
leaks — make sure your shut-
ters are workable and they
are readily available and once

you have those basic things

in place it's a wait and see sit-
uation."

He said once there isa
storm approaching persons
should begin stocking up on
emergency supplies. —

. Last hurricane season was

particularly active with 16
named storms — eight
became hurricanes, out of
which five became major
ones that ravaged several
parts of the region.

Due to the heavy damage
caused by Hurricanes Gus-
tav, Ike, Paloma and Alma
these names were taken off
the World Meteorological
Organisation's rotating list of
storm names, according to the
Associated Press.

The names would have
been reused in 2014.

Gustav reportedly killed
112 people last year, includ-
ing 77 in Haiti. Ike, a catego-

ry four hurricane, killed more .

than 80 people across the
Caribbean and destroyed a

large portion of Inagua.

Paloma destroyed more
than 1,400 homes in Cuba
and Alma caused damage in
Nicaragua and Belize,
according to the Associated
Press.

Airport union and
Nassau Flight Services
dispute ‘is resolved’

FROM page one

Directors on Monday and again this morning, to discuss the
ongoing dispute concerning the amount of remuneration for
union members who work on public holidays,” said Mr Foulkes.

“TI am pleased to announce that both the AAAWU and Nas-
sau Flight Services have settled this dispute.”

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Bishop sex allegations
‘came to a head in
church confrontation’

FROM page one

‘the virtual complainant

stormed into the church and
accused Fraser of being a
child molester. ;

She told the court that
the confrontation contin-
ued in Fraser’s office where

he denied that he had ever

touched the complainant.
The grandmother said that
it was then that one of her
daughters pulled out a cel-
lular phone to play a voice
message. She said ‘that she
listened to the message and
recognized the voice as
being that of Bishop Fraser.
She said that on the record-
ing Fraser said what he
wanted to do to her grand-
daughter. She said that it
was not something that a
pastor should tell a young
girl. She testified that when
Fraser’s wife heard the
message she said, "Honey

you did it again," and.

began to cry.
At that point in her tes-
timony Fraser gasped.

According to the grand- -

mother, Fraser’s wife said
that they could settle the
matter, but Fraser stated,
"Y'all do what y'all want to
do." :
The grandmother told
the court that she left Pil-

grim Baptist Temple in
2006 following the incident.
During cross-examination
by Fraser’s attorney Wayne
Munroe, the grandmother
admitted that in her state-
ment to police and during
the initial trial she had
made no mention of Fraser
asking her granddaughter
if she had deleted any mes-
sages from her cellular
phone. She said that it was
something that she had
recently recalled. She also
said that she and her family
had never discussed the
matter apart from one
occasion following the con-
frontation at the church
when the voice message
was played for her again.
‘The mother of the virtu-
al complainant also took
the stand yesterday for
cross-examination by
Fraser’s attorney. She told
the court that Fraser had
suggested that he meet with
her and her daughter sepa-

rately, but that she did not

agree to the arrangement.

_ The case continues today
before Magistrate Carolita
Bethel.. Prosecuting the
case are Franklyn Williams,
Assistant director of Legal
Affairs in the Attorney
General’s Office, and attor-.
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‘Fierce
competition’
at first annual
President's

Cup

WITH no CABA Boxing
Championships on its 2009
schedule, the Amateur Boxing
Federation of the Bahamas
found a more than. worthy
replacement in the first annual
President’s Cup. -

After a weekend of fierce ©
competition at the Carmichael
Road police station, several
newcomers rose to the occasion,
capturing coveted top spots in
their respective divisions.

- Levanti Roberts took the
Most Outstanding Boxer award
in the primary division, Troy
Carey won the award in the
Youth Division, Lashawn Cole-
by in the senior division and
Godfrey Strachan claimed the
top spot in the open division.

Roberts, .of the Carmichael
Knockout Boxing Club, defeat-
ed Ranad McKinney. of
Freeport in the most intriguing
match of their division.

In Carey’s final fight of the
tournament, the fighter from-
Bahamas Youth defeated
Dejron Moss of the CKBC and
clubmate Coleby convinced
judges with a win over Ronal
Webb of Freeport. .

Strachan, one of the leadin
boxers from Champion Ama-
teur Boxing Club, floored Levi
Missick of Freeport to take the
‘top spot in the open division.

The four boxers were chosen
from a field of approximately.

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ahamian. athletes

struggled against a
star-studded field

at the Jamaica
International Invitational, one
of the most notable track and
field meets in the Caribbean.
A trio of Bahamians —
Olympian Shamar Sands,
Nathan Arnette and Khofi

* Miller — competed during the |
meet held Saturday at the

national stadium in Kingston,
Jamaica. xe

Sands finished fourth in the
100m hurdles in a time of 13.55
seconds, just narrowly missing
the medal podium by 0.01.

Antwon Hicks of the US
won the event and set a new
stadium record in 13.27s,
Jamaica’s Richard Phillips was
second in 13.48s while Ameri-

can Aires Merritt was third in
13.54s. De

Thus far in the early stages
of his 2009 outdoor season,
Sands continues. to perform
well. His performance was
highlighted by a season’s best
time of 13.49s that he ran on
April 18 in Auburn, Alabama.

Seventh

Arnett finished in a disap-
pointing seventh place in the
400m hurdles in an uncharac-
teristic 5300s.

Javier Culson of Puerto Rico
took the event in 48.42s, Isa
Philips of Jamaica was second
in 48.79s and America’s
Michael Tinsley was third in
48.81s.

Kerron Clement of.the US,

Athletes struggle in Jamaica

who won a silver medal in the
event at the 2008 Beijing
Olympic’Games, finished fifth
in 49.10s. sian

In the first section of the
JAAA Development 100m,
Miller was one of three com-
petitors to be disqualified due
to a false start. Jamaica’s
Ohane Bailey took the event in
10.38s.

The meet featured approxi-
mately 20 medallists from the
Beijing Olympics from coun-
tries around the world.

The men’s and women’s
100m highlighted the competi-
tion with Darvis Patton of the
‘US taking the men’s event in.
10.02 and Olympic silver
medallist Kerron Stewart
claiming the win before the
home crowd in 10.92s.

25 fighters who competed over
the course of the two day event
which featured over 60 bouts.

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Octopus vs. Barracudas (Game 1)

Friday, May 8 @ 8pm — Turbots vs. Dolphins (Game 1)

Blue Marlins vs. Conchs (Game 1) .

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Stingrays vs. Owlz (Game 1)

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Nuggets dominate in 4th

to go up 2-0 on Mavericks

@ By PAT GRAHAM
AP Sports Writer

DENVER (AP) — The
fourth quarter belongs to the
Denver Nuggets, who keep
turning close games into
blowouts with an energizing mix
of breakaway baskets, dashing
defense and old-fashioned hus-
tle.

Behind another final-quarter
tear, the Nuggets cruised to a
117-105 win over the Dallas
Mavericks on Tuesday night to
take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-
seven series that now shifts to
Dallas.

"We're just an explosive team
in that way," Chauncey Billups
said. "That's just kind of what
we do, that's who we've been
all year. This is an explosive
team. We turn turnovers. into
points."

And. tight games into a
trouncing.

The Nuggets pulled away
from the Mavericks in the

‘fourth quarter with a 16-2 run.
It's the second straight game
the Mavericks have watched the
Nuggets scamper away in the
final quarter.

"They get on you so quick.

with their ability to run and
shoot the ball," said Dirk Now-
itzki, who scored 35 points.
"They've got so many weapons
out there."

But their best weapon may
have been their hustle.

Like the play Billups made
in the third quarter when Jason
Kidd's errant pass sailed into
the backcourt.

Instead of watching the ball
travel out of bounds, Billups

charged full steam after it, edg-—

ing Jason Terry in a foot-race.
Billups then fired a pass to J.R.
Smith under the basketifor a

layup to give the Nuggets a77- —

76 lead.

The team wouldn't trail
again.

"That play right there was the
biggest play of the game," said
Carmelo Anthony, who scored
15 of his 25 points in the fourth
quarter.

' That was simply Billups being
Billups. |

"Those are absolutely the .

kind of plays you've got to
make," Billups said. "That play
in a strange sort of way kind of
turned the game. around
because it told us that this is the
kind of game it's going to be."
After two fourth-quarter
meltdowns, what's it going to
take for Dallas to knock on
Denver? ©
_ Easy.
oe more solid fourth quar-
" Nowitzki said. "We're

feltt there. We all know bas- -

ketball is a game of runs and
mistakes and so far in the fourth
quarter we've made more mis-
takes and they've made runs



JASON KIDD (left) and Chauncey Billups reach for a loose ball in second
quarter of Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinal series in Denver

on Sunday...

when they've needed them."

‘The Mavs are heading home
for Game 3 on Saturday, a place
they've found quite cozy. The
team is 17-1 at home since the
All-Star break, their lone loss
being to Denver.

"They've held serve," Dallas
coach Rick Carlisle said.
"We've got to do the same."

The stats are stacked against
the Mavericks. In league post-
season history, teams that have
jumped out to a 2-0 lead-have
gone on to win a best-of-seven
series 93.6 percent of the time.

Dallas also has Josh Howard
hampered by a sprained right
ankle. |

The Mavericks' energizer was |

sidelined after just six scoreless
minutes in Game 2 on Tuesday
after he appeared to land awk-
wardly on his right foot while
trying to block Anthony's layup.

Carlisle isn't sure of
Howard's status for Game 3.

' "We'll just see how Mother
Nature treats us here," Carlisle
said. "We obviously need him."

So far in the series, the Mav-
ericks haven't been able to con-
tain Nene, who scored a post-
season career-high 25 points
Tuesday. He had a thunderous
dunk midway through the
fourth quarter on a fastbreak
that electrified the capacity
crowd.

"Nene continues to be a pres-
ence for us," said coach George
Karl, whose team has won six
postseason games this year by

- an average of.24.8 points. "They

have a tough time figuring out
how to cover him."

Cavaliers 99, Hawks 72

At Cleveland, LeBron James
scored 34 points and the Cava-
liers, who waited nine days
between playoff games after a
first-round sweep, won their

Eastern Conference semifinal
- Opener.

James gdded 10 rebounds,
three assists and four steals as
the top-seeded Cavs won their

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Mo Williams added 21 points.

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back to assist his coaching staff
next year. That’s even more
great news as another Bahami-
an joins the United States col-
legiate fraternity.

McDonald has also qualified
for the NCAA DII Champi-
onships at the end of the month
and will be joined by Melinda
Bastian.

Bastian was named the SIAC

“Women’s Field Most Valuable

Performer and she was also pre-
sented with the Cleve Abbott
Award that is given to the ath-

‘lete who scored the most points

in the championship.
The other member of the

team, Gabrielle Nixon, didn’t

qualify for the DIJ Champi-
onships. But she had a domi-

nating performance in winning

the hammer, discus and shot

‘put. For her feat, she was

named the NCAA DII South
Region Female Athlete of the

* Nixon is just a sophomore, so

-she still has two more seasons to

continue to improve.

With so many of our athletes ~

leaving the country every year.
to pursue their education
abroad, it’s always good when
we can highlight their major
achievements.

Congratulations to the Bene-
dict College connection.

BAAA HAS A NEW
HOME
» FOR more than a decade, the
Bahamas Association of Ath-
letic Associations housed their
office at the Colony Club. —
At the end of the month, the

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new administration, headed by
Curt Hollingsworth, relocated
to its new premises in the Pan
Am building at the entrance of
the Queen Elizabeth Sports
Center.

The building, which once fea-
tured an elite training center
that was created under former

. minister of sports Neville Wis-

dom, is being shared by the

- temporary living quarters of

some of: the Chinese natives
who. are here to construct the
new national stadium. at the
center.





There are some who ques-
tioned the motive behind mov-
ing from the Colony Club. But
when I checked with proprietor
Harrison Petty, he assured me
that there wasn’t anything amiss
and he has not severed his ties.
with the association. —

He noted that he still enjoys a
cordial working relationship
with the new executive board,
although he supported imme-
diate past president Mike
Sands, who had to vacate his
position after a vote of no'con-
fidence was taken last-year.

That’s good news because
Petty has been a major contrib-
utor to the sport, having first
been introduced as a sponsor
under the presidency of
Alpheus ‘Hawk’ Finlayson.

And .throughout the presi-
dency of Desmond Bannistex,
Foster Dorsett and Sands, he
continues to make a valuable
contribution. In fact, it was
understood that the BAAA had
the use of the Colony Club,
including the conference room,
free of charge. x

In recent times, the BAAA
had indicated their intention to
move. They finally did. The
office, albeit in a peculiar posi-
tion, may not be the ideal situ-
ation they enjoyed at the
Colony Club. acai

But at least they have their
own quarters-and now they just
have to work on getting it up
to the standard that is required
of the national sporting body in
he country, if it’s going to be a
permanent one.

I would suspect or maybe
even suggest that when the new
stadium is completed, the
BAAA should have its office
on the site, which would make it
much easier. for:the association
to function. ;

Let me also suggest, if I may,
that the same should happen




Lawn Tennis Association at the
National Tennis Center and
what should happen-for both
the Bahamas Basketball Fed-
eration and the Bahamas Vol-
leyball Federation at the Kendal
Isaacs Gymnasium.

There's enough space to



- accommodate these bodies, who
basically don't have an official

office. -

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY
Since I have this forum, let

‘me take this opportunity to wish

Happy Mother’s Day to my
mother, Berdie Stubbs, my

rs lovely wife, Joan Smith-Stubbs,

my mother-in-law, Nellie Smith,
and.all those mothers who are
deeply involved in sports like
Michelle Minus, Thora Sweet-
ing, Hall of Famer Rozina Tay-
lor, Marge Delaney, Kimberly
Rolle, Joyce Minus and Katrin-
ka Marshall, just to name a few.

OFF ON VACATION

Hope to chat with you in a
couple of weeks when I return
from vacation with another
issue of this column. -

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Mother questioned

over kidnap claim

FROM page one

intendent Leon Bethel, who
heads the CDU's homicide divi-
sion, told The Tribune last
evening.

Meanwhile, a man who was
sought by police for questioning
in connection with the alleged
kidnapping — Kendrick 'Dog'
Siefort of Nassau Village —
turned himself in Wednesday
morning, police said.

Last night he was said to still be
under arrest, however police were
not sure what, if any,
charges would be made against
him. —

Earlier yesterday, the mother
expressed jubilation over the
child’s safety, claiming that the
boy had been returned to a cousin

in the Chippingham area
unharmed.

"Words cannot express how I
feel, I'm overwhelmed with joy,
I'm just so excited," she said.
"Ain' nothing wrong with him,
he's healthy and strong."

On Tuesday, police issued an
all-points-bulletin for Kendrick
Siefort, also known as Kendrick
Sifford, as he was wanted for
questioning in connection with
the alleged kidnapping.

Police said they received a
report shortly after 7am on Friday

‘for the

British Colonial Hilton

‘from a 37-year-old Lewis Street

woman, who claimed that a male
companion visited her residence
to talk.

The woman reported that the
companion took her vehicle, in
which her 3-year-old son was
asleep on the back seat, from her
home; police said.

Police said they were actively
seeking the whereabouts of
Siefort, and the child, and asked
media’s “urgent
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Floods and mudslides from

months of heavy rains in northern
Brazil have driven more than
186,000 from their homes, killed
at least 19 people and cut off ship-
ments from a huge Amazon iron
mine, officials said Tuesday,
according to the Associated Press.

Television footage showed the
rooftops of houses poking out of
inundated towns and people using
boats to move around in their
cities. Mudslides swamped homes
and forced residents to move in
with relatives and pack into emer-
gency shelters.

Globo TV's G1 Web site
reported Tuesday night that three
more people died in a mudslide in
Bahia state, south of the main
zone of devastation, but authori-
ties did not immediately confirm
the deaths. At least seven states,
most in the Amazon region, have
been affected by the rains, which
have battered the region for sev-
eral months; regional civil defense
departments said. Worst-hit is the
state of Maranhao along the
Atlantic coast'and south of the
mouth of the Amazon River.

Maranhao civil defense official
Abner Ferreira said six major
highways have been swamped,
cutting off thousands of people
and leaving lines of stranded car-
go trucks.

The rains also prompted the
temporary closure of a railway
that takes iron ore from the
sprawling Carajas mine in the
neighboring jungle state of Para,
according to a statement from
miner Companhia Vale do Rio
Doce SA.

Iron ore, the main ingredient
in steel, is shipped overseas from
Sao Luis, the state capital of
Maranhao. The railway also
transports 1,300 people per day,
and G1 reported that service
should be restored within two
days. Vale is the world's second
largest mining company and the

planet's biggest iron ore produc-

er.

Brazilian President Luiz Ina-
cio Lula: da Silva flew over the
hardest-hit areas; delivered food
baskets to shelters, met with local
officials and promised aid to
repair infrastructure. He also
voiced concerns that global cli-
mate change could be responsible



IN THIS PHOTO Released by Brazil's Presidency, President Luiz inacie Lula
da Silva watches floods in Teresina, state of Piaui, Brazil, Tuesday, May 5,
2009. Officials said floods and mudslides from. heavy rains in northeast-
ern Brazil have killed at least 14 people in the last month and driven
tens of thousands from their homes.

for the unusually heavy rains and
destruction. "We need to look
more seriously into the climate
situation these days," said Silva.
"Something is changing and we
still have time to fix it."

. Brazil's Health Ministry said it _

would send an emergency ship-

ment of 265,000 doses of ‘medi-_

cine to Maranhao to prevent pos-
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(AP Photo/Michel Spingler)
AUSTRALIAN ARMY OFFICER Major General Mike O'Brien, head of the Australian Fromelles Project Group, cen-
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Archaeologists have begun excavating a cluster of mass graves in northern France that contain remains of as
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"This site is part of our
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topped the list of rated oil-
exporting countries most vul-
nerable to plummeting crude
prices, a leading international
ratings agency said Tuesday in a

report spotlighting the chal--
lenges confronting a region °

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FROM page 20

several OPEC members, includ-
ing Iran, which S&P said is not
rated by the company.

Iran is among the hardest hit
of the oil producers, with crude
accounting for about 80 percent
of its foreign revenues. Critics
have accused the country's
hardline President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad of squandering
the profits from last year's
boom on populist projects
aimed at shoring up support for
his government.

The index — which did not
‘factor in other elements that
help determine S&P's credit rat-

ings of these ‘countries —

offered another reminder of the
dangers key members of the.

Organization of the Petroleum,

Exporting Countries face in not
having a-diversified economy
during the worst recession to
hit the world in about six
decades.
Countries like Saudi Arabia,
the United Arab Emirates and
Kuwait were riding high during

the oil price spike that peaked

in mid July at about $147 per
barrel. But the subsequent col-
lapse to around $50 per barrel
on plummeting global demand

has cut sharply into sales of a:

commodity that accounts for
between 60 and 90 percent of
foreign revenue sources for
many OPEC nations.

Index

All but one of the top five

spots in the index were held by .

Arab nations in the Persian
Gulf, with Nigeria the odd-man-
out.

But Saudi, in particular, has

- weathered the crisis well despite
projections of falling economic
growth rates there, and else-
where in the region.

The kingdom's Central Bank
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massive cash surpluses accrued
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try projecting its first budget
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The International Monetary
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ducers in the Middle East to dig
deep into their pockets to offset
slumping oil revenues.

While the IMF said the a

region was faring well relative
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crude prices once demand picks
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nations’ treasuries.

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useful in gauging overall vul-.

nerability, should be taken in
context of the various countries'
overall political and economic
position and do not reflect the
credit worthiness of the indi-
vidual countries. Saudi Arabia
and the UAE, for example,
enjoy investment grade sover-

' eign credit ratings.
"The relative rankings in this.

score of Saudi Arabia (AA-
/Stable/A-{+— and Cameroon
(B/Stable/B) are an indication
of the importance of other fac-
tors in determining sovereign
credit quality, such as political
stability, a country's overall lev-
el of wealth and the overall
state of a’ government's
finance," said Soussa.

Among the other countries
listed in the rankings, Nigeria
came in fourth, followed by
Oman, Kuwait, Gabon, Qatar,
Trinidad & Tobago, Venezuela,
Ecuador, Russia, Abu Dhabi,
Kazakhstan, Vietnam, Malaysia,
Norway, Cameroon and Mexi-
co.

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AP Special Correspondent
WASHINGTON

After weeks of concentrating

their attacks against President’

Barack Obama on the econo-
my, Republicans are branching
out. They're taking aim at his
anti-terrorism policy, according
to the Associated Press.

"Just what is the administra-

tion's overarching plan to take’

on the terrorist threat and to
keep America safe?" asks
House Republican leader John
Boehner in a new Web video
featuring ominous music, unset-
tling images and less than flat-
tering photos of the president.

The -production by the
National Republican Congres-
‘sional Committee is the latest
part of a barrage in which for-
mer Vice President Dick
Cheney, potential 2012 presi-
dential contenders, GOP law-
makers and others seek to raise
doubts about Obama's early

performance as commander in

chief.

At times, the criticism is
blunt, as when Cheney said
Obama's actions "raise the risk"
of another terrorist attack like
the one on Sept. 11, 2001.

At other moments, Republi-
cans choose a less confronta-
tional tone, posing uncomfort-
able questions, as yet unan-
swered.

Referring to the potential
release of detainees now at the
Guantanamo Bay detention
facility, which Obama has

. pledged to close within a year,
Senate Republican leader Mitch.

McConnell, R-Ky., asked
recently: "Will these trained ter-
rorists be allowed to travel

freely anywhere in the United:

States? What will their status
be? Will they be allowed to stay
here permanently?"

The robust new line of attack
against the president coincides
generally with the increased
attention Obama has devoted
to foreign policy i issues in recent

' weeks.

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dent Hugo Chavez at an inter-
national meeting, his overtures
to Cuba and his purported bow

to Saudi King Abdullah while in -

Europe. His decision to close
the Guantanamo prison has

now been joined by a decision ~

to ban torture by U.S. inter-
rogators and the release of for-
merly classified memos detailing
the Bush administration's legal

justification for waterboarding. -
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‘IN THIS JAN. 22, 2009 file photo, President, Barack Obama, accompanied
by Vice President Joe Biden, and retired military members, gestures in the
Oval Office of the White House in Washington where he began over-
hauling U.S. treatment of terror suspects by signing. executive.orders and
a presidential directive aimed at closing the Guantanamo Bay detention cen-
ter.

Other times, Obama has been
dismissive of his critics.
He was still out of the coun-

try, in Trinidad, when Sen. John .

Ensign, R-Nev., said it was
"irresponsible for the president
to be seen kind of laughing and

‘ joking with Hugo Chavez," the -

anti-American president of
Venezuela.
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has.a defense budget about one-.

600th the size of the United

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pany Citgo. "It's unlikely that as
a consequence of me shaking
hands or having a polite con-
versation with Mr. Chavez that
we are endangering the strategic
interests of the United States,"
he said.

Republicans have had their
moments, though.

On Monday, House Democ-
rats unveiled a spending bill that
pointedly omitted funds to close
down the Guantanamo facility,

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had been obtained about al-
Qaida during interrogations
where waterboarding had been
used.

Blair hastily issued. a public
statement saying it was not pos-
sible to know whether the same
material could have been
gained by other, less harsh
means. Obama used the same
response at his news conference
a few days later, adding, "It
doesn't answer the broader
question: Are we safer as a con-
sequence of having used these
techniques?"

Boehner recently challenged
the president in a White House
meeting to release memos that
are said to evaluate the benefit

- of waterboarding in obtaining.

information. The president

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ment.

Newt Gingrich, the former
House speaker and potential -
2012 presidential candidate, has
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opposes opening up oil explo-
ration," but yet Obama has
"bowed to the king of Saudi .
Arabia" and now reached out.
to Chavez, whom Gingrich said
has been conducting "a vicious
anti-American campaign." The
White House denies that Oba-
ma bowed to the king. ;

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lican congressman from Flori-
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on the release of the memos.
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In brief

Venezuela's
Chavez
courts iran
as US shows
concern

@ RACHEL JONES
CARACAS, Venezuela _
President Hugo Chavez met

with a delegation from Iran

on Saturday to prepare for an
_ upcoming visit from President

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad —

an alliance that has provoked

concern in Washington.

Venezuela's ambassador to
Iran, David Velasquez, said
following the meeting that
Ahmadinejad's visit will deep-
en ties between the countries
and “allow us to move ahead
in the transfer of technology
and industry," according to
Venezuela's state-run Boli-
varian News Agency.

Latin America's leftist lead:
ers have in recent years
strengthened relations with
countries including China and
Iran — inroads that U.S. Sec-
retary of State Hillary Rod-
ham Clinton on Friday termed
"quite disturbing." ‘

"They are building very
strong economic and political
connections with a lot of these
leaders. Tdon' t think that's in
our interest," Clinton said.

She said President Barack
Obama's administration aims
to improve deteriorating rela-
tions with Latin American
nations including Bolivia,

' Nicaragua and Venezuela to
counter the growing influence
of China, Iran and Russia in
the region.

Chavez and Alimadneid
— both well-known for their
anti-U.S. rhetoric — have
forged ties in everything from
finance io factories. Iran now
manufactures cars, tractors
and bicycles :n Venezuela.

Iranian Veiense Minister
Mostafa Mohammad Najjar

“met with Chavez on Wednes-
day to discuss military coop-
eration, though a statement
from Venezuela's Information

Ministry did not divulge

details.

The two leaders have also
established a joint develop-
ment bank with an initial cap-
ital of $200 million, and will
inaugurate. the bank's
Venezuelan offices during
Ahmadinejad's visit beginning
Thursday, Mining Minister
Rodolfo Sanz said.

The visit comes just weeks
after Chavez and Obama
exchanged smiles and hand-
shakes at a ‘summit in

Trinidad and Tobago. At the’

meeting, Chavez and. Clinton
discussed returning their
ambassadors after rocky rela-
tions under the Bush admin-
istration prompted Chavez to
expel the U.S. ambassador
and recall his envoy to Wash-
ington.

But Larry Birns, director of :

the Washington-based Coun-
cil on Hemispheric Affairs,
warned that Chavez could be
endangering his chances at
improved relations with the
USS. by "trying to balance too
many balls at once."

"This is a real opportunity
for good and constructive pol-
icy to emerge between
Venezuela and the U.S.,"
Birns said. "But it'. not going
to happen if U.S. policy mak-

ers can legitimately prove that.

Iran is not playing a construc-
tive role" in Venezuela.



INTERNATIONAL NEWS

urkey says clan feud led



to attack that killed 44



Ibrahim Usta/AP Photo



PEOPLE carry the éoin of one of the victims from ‘the attack on
Monday, as it arrives to be buried, in the village of Bilge, near the
city of Mardin in southeastern Turkey, Tuesday, May 5, 2009.
Masked assailants with automatic weapons attacked the celebration’
Monday. night, killing 44 people and injuring six others in what
appeared to be the result of a family feud, Interior Minister Besir

Atalay said.

@ BILGE, Turkey

VICTIMS of a deadly assault
on an engagement ceremony in
Turkey's mostly Kurdish south-
east were buried side by side,
and authorities detained 11 sus-
pects accused of killing the
betrothed couple — whose
wedding they opposed — along
with relatives and frie nds,
according tothe Associated
Press.

The death toll-of 44, includ-
ing three pregnant women,
highlighted the ‘erisly lengths to
which some tradition-steeped

‘clans will go to defend what

they view as the honor of the
family or tribe. The killings
Monday night happened in a
poor, rural region where civil-
ians have endured years of
fighting between Turkish sol-
diers and Kurdish rebels who
seek autonomy.

Villagers in Bilge, near the
city of Mardin and close to the
Syrian border, carried wooden
coffins on their shoulders after
a funeral ceremony Tuesday
during which men stood on the
erass, praying behind a Muslim
cleric. They removed bodies
wrapped in white’ burial
shrouds and lowered them into
graves, hastily dug by earth-
movers hours earlier.

Simple stones served as

gr avestones.

~ Wailing women slapped their
legs in grief as they watched
the burial from a distance. Most
wore traditional white or black

headscarves over their long

dresses. Soldiers prevented

_ journalists from approaching.

the burials. j

Turkey's state-run Anatolia
news agency said the masked
attackers had wanted the young
woman, Sevgi Celebi, to marry

one among their own group of

friends or relatives but that her
family would not.allow it.

it cited unidentified villagers
as saying there was a dispute
between the attackers' family
and the family of the would-be

- groom, and that Celebi's fami-
ly had resisted pressure to can-’

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Justice Minister Sadullah
Ergin, however, said the fami-
lies also were engaged in a feud

over some fishing farms near .

the village, the Hurriyet news-
paper reported on ‘its Web site
late Tuesday.

"There is a financial issue,"
Hurriyet quoted Ergin as say-
ing. "All of the 11 suspects in
detention are giving different

‘testimonies. Although a woman

is said to be the motive, I don't
think it is satisfactory."

He said the investigation was
continuing. ,

"No customs and mores can
be used as an excuse for this

-massacre," Prime Minister

Recep Tayyip Erdogan earlier
told ruling party lawmakers ina
weekly address in parliament.
"This is the painful price we
are paying for such customs and
mores.

Erdogan said the attack was

."the result of a feud between

two families" and that six chil-
dren, 17 women and 21 men
died. He said some suspects
had the same family name as
the victims.

"The people were killed at a

happy event, during a ceremo-
ny, while praying," Erdogan
said. "The fact that they point-
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A DISSIDENT group of
Chrysler LLC lenders objected
Tuesday to the sale of the bulk
of the automaker's assets to
italian automaker Fiat, saying

that the proposed sale process is
designed to prevent competi-
tive bidding, according to the
Associated Press.

In an objection filed Tuesday,
the lenders group said the pro-
posed sale's bidding procedures



only give the appearance of
legitimacy and don't maximize
the sale price of the assets.

Michigan's state attorney gen-
eral also filed an objection over
concerns that if the sale goes
through the new company
formed wouldn't meet obliga-
tions to a state workers' com-
pensation fund.

Lawyers packed the hot and |

stuffy New York City court-
room for a third-straight busi-
ness day of testimony in the
case, which the Auburn Hills,
Michigan-based automaker
hopes will end in a swift exit
from court oversight.

As the hearing stretched into
the evening, Chrysler turn-
around officials and executives
testified about the events of the
months leading up to the com-
pany's bankruptcy protection
filing. ©

Scott Garberding, Chrysler's
executive vice president for pro-

curement, described efforts to

form alliances with automakers
other than Fiat, including Gen-
eral Motors Corp. and Russia's
GAZ, in recent years.

In addition, Robert Manzo,
an executive director with Cap-
stone Advisory Group LLC and
one of Chrysler's top restruc-
turing advisers, described how
the automaker found itself with
few options in the month lead-
ing up to Chrysler's govern-
ment-imposed April 30 restruc-
turing deadline.

"Given the options available
over the past 30 days and the
lack of liquidity, we could
choose a transaction along the
lines of the Fiat deal with the
help of the U.S. Treasury or
face immediate liquidation,"
Manzo said.

Judge Arthur Gonzales was

-set to issue a decision on the

bidding procedures later in
Tuesday's hearing.

On Monday, the same group
of lenders objected to a
Chrysler motion to allow the
company to access $4.5 billion
in bankruptcy financing, saying
that it was too closely tied to
the proposed sale.

The group of holdout lenders
had refused a deal that would
amount to 29 cents on the dollar
to dissolve what they're owed
and go along with the govern-

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Frank Franklin II/AP Photo

RON KOLKA, chief financial officer for Chrysler, right, arrives at bankruptcy court Tuesday, May 5,
2009 in New York. A dissident group of Chrysler lenders is objecting to the sale of the bulk of the
automaker's assets to Italian automaker Fiat, saying that the proposed sale process is designed to
prevent competitive bidding. In an objection filed Tuesday, the lenders group says the proposed
bidding procedures only give the appearance of legitimacy and don't maximize the sale price of the

assets.

ment's restructuring plan for
Chrysler. President Barack
Obama said Thursday that the
lenders were seeking an “unjus-
tified taxpayer-funded bailout"
after Chrysler and his auto task
force cleared the company's
other hurdles, including the Fiat
deal and a cost-cutting pact that
the United Auto Workers rati-
fied last week.

Early on in Tuesday's hear-
ing, Gonzales ruled that the
identities of the group's:mem-

bers do not need to be sealed,
despite arguments from the
group's lead attorney that death
threats were made against some
of them.
Thomas Lauria, an attorney
for the lenders group, said the
‘names should be sealed by the
court because some of the

members ‘had received threats:

of violence after being singled
out by President Obama as the
cause of Chrysler's bankruptcy
filing. .

But Robert Hamilton, an
attorney for Chrysler, said those

‘threats only amounted to four

or five "rants" on a newspaper
Web site.
"Anyone who has an under-
standing of the kind of rants on
these kinds of message boards
would never take them serious-
ly," Hamilton said.
Gonzales gave the lenders
group until 10 a.m. Wednesday
(1400 GMT) to filé their list of
members with the.court.-. <° -

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Guilty plea in
prohe into
Calif tomato
industry

@ FRESNO, Calif.

FEDERAL prosecutors
announced another guilty
plea Tuesday stemming from
an ongoing probe into a con-
spiracy in the California
tomato growing industry that
authorities say drove up food
prices across the nation,
according to the Associated
Press.

Robert C. Turner Jr., 59, a
former corporate purchasing
manager at B&G Foods Inc.
in Parsipanny, N.J.; pleaded
guilty to two counts of honest
services mail fraud in con-
nection with the investiga-
tion.

Turner admitted receiving
about $65,000 in bribes from
Randall Lee Rahal, a former
sales broker at-SK Foods, a
Lemoore-based company
that grows and processes
products like tomato paste
and diced tomatoes.

Acting U.S. Attorney
Lawrence Brown said Rahal
bribed Turner. from at least
2004 to 2008, hoping to
ensure his employer bought

only from SK Foods and paid
inflated prices for its toma-
to-based products.

Rahal also is the owner
and president of New Jersey-
based Intramark USA Inc.,
a wholesaler of food ingredi-
ents, including processed
tomatoes grown in Califor-
nia. Prosecutors say Rahal
worked with SK Foods to fix
prices and rig bids across the
country in violation of
antitrust laws.

Rahal, the first person :

charged in the probe, plead-
ed guilty in December to
racketeering, money laun-
dering and antitrust charges.
He also agreed to cooperate
with investigators and forfeit
more than $600,000.

As part of his plea agree-
ment, Turner agreed Tues-
‘day to pay $65,198 in resti-
tution to B&G Foods and
Nabisco Inc., where he
worked as a purchasing man-
ager in the 1990s and also
_accepted bribes, authorities
said. :

His attorney, John
Azzarello, did not return an
after-hours call for comment.

Turner is scheduled to be
sentenced in August. He
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martial art for Children's Day at the War Museum in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday,

May 5, 2009.

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Lehman's demise leaves
losses at local level

lm WASHINGTON

STATE and local govern-
ments from Florida to Cali-
fornia believed their public
money was safe in top-rated
accounts at Lehman Brothers.
What could be safer than
putting cash in a venerable
investment bank that helped
finance America's railroads?

When the 158-year-old
Lehman went belly-up last

September and the govern-

ment: decided against a
bailout, public officials in at
least 20 states watched no less
than $1.7 billion set aside for
hospitals, fire houses, roads
and schools evaporate from
their books, according to the
Associated Press.

. Lehman's bankruptcy, the
biggest in U.S. history, cut
deeply into the budgets of
state and local governments
and other publicly funded enti-
ties, which by law keep oper-

‘ating money in conservative,

interest-bearing instruments
until it's needed.

Minnesota lost more than
$56 million. Missouri lost $50
million. Oregon lost $173 mil-
lion. Arizona lost $61 million.
Florida lost more than $465
million. Public agencies in Cal-
ifornia's San Mateo County —

: . one of 35 public entities hit in

that state — lost $155 million,

establishe

according to two California
Democrats who presented all
the figures as evidence that
federal help is needed.

On Tuesday, public officials
came to Capitol Hill pleading
for a bailout. They asked the
House Financial Services
Committee to back legislation
directing the Treasury Depart-
ment to take some of the mon-
ey left in the government's
$700 billion financial. bailout
and buy back certain Lehman
investments at full face value.

It's only fair, they said. It's
not like these government
entities were using taxpayer
funds to speculate in the mar-
ket. The money was invested
in top-rated corporate bonds
and the like. Now, they are
fighting in court to get pen-
nies on the dollar for their bad
Lehman investments.

Boulder County and 61 oth-
er local governments in Col-

orado were forced to write Off
$5 million plus interest

because the Colorado Diver-
sified Trust had invested part
of its assets in highly rated
commercial paper issued by
Lehman.

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investment,".said Bob Hulling-
horst, treasurer of Boulder
County, 30 miles northwest of
Denver and home to the Uni-
versity of Colorado. "We

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works projects, prisons and
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INAUGURATION DAY?
Nope. First puppy? Negative.
Triumphal tour of Europe? Not
even. First lady Michelle Oba-

ma called her appearance Tues-_

day on "Sesame Street" proba-
bly the best thing she's done
since arriving in the White
House, according to the Associ-
ated Press.

At the U.S. Mission to the
United Nations, she thanked
the diplomats and staff mem-
bers promoting her husband's
new foreign policy of global
engagement.

"I'm thrilled to be here, but I
was just at 'Sesame Street" —
I'm sorry," she said. "And I
never thought I'd be on ‘Sesame

‘Street' with Elmo and Big Bird

and I:was thrilled. I'm still
thrilled. I'm on a high."

"| think it's probably the best
thing I've done so far in the
White House. But we were
there talking about nutrition
and healthy eating, and it's just
been a thrill," Mrs. Obama said.

On a more serious note, she’

stressed that the work of some
150 U.S. Mission staff at the U.N.
was more important than ever
as President Barack Obama pur-
sues "a new era of engagement."

‘As the swine flu outbreak
clearly demonstrates, she said,
"we know now that we cannot
wall ourself off from issues that

are challenging our neighbors."

"This new policy recognizes
that America's future is intri-
cately linked to the rest of the
world, that the threats facing
the global community know no
borders, and no single country
can tackle them alone," Mrs.
Obama said.

The first lady was introduced
by Susan Rice, the U.S. ambas-
sador to the United Nations,
who called the first lady "a reg-
ular human being ... down to
earth, funny, charming and
wicked smart."

The first lady, on her first trip
to New York since the inaugu-
ration, was wearing the scoop-
neck dress that she wore to the
prayer service the day after the
Inauguration.

She said her husband had
received a letter from the son of
one U.S. Mission staffer, Scott
‘Turner.

"Can you move to New
York?" she quoted first grader
Jack Turner. "People are doing
bad stuff in New York. I will
help you get the bad people and
when I catch the bad people I
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‘Source:
No charges
likely over

interrogation
memes —

: Bl WASHINGTON

i BUSH administration
: lawyers who approved harsh
interrogation techniques of
terror suspects should not face

: criminal charges, Justice

: Department investigators say

in a draft report that recom-

mends two of the three attor-
neys face possible profession-
al sanctions, according to the

i Associated Press.

i: The recommendations

: ‘come after an Obama admin-

istration decision last month

to make public legal memos
authorizing the use of harsh
interrogation methods but not
to prosecute CIA interroga-

: tors who followed advice out-

: lined in the memos.

That decision angered con-
servatives who accused Presi-
dent Barack Obama of sell-
ing out the CIA for releasing
the memos, and liberals who
: thought he was being too for-
: giving of practices they — and
: Obama — call torture. The
: president's rhetoric, if not .

actual policy, shifted on the

matter as the political fallout
intensified. ;

Officials conducting the
internal Justice Department
inquiry into the lawyers who

: wrote those memos have rec-

: ommended referring two of

the three lawyers — John Yoo:

and Jay Bybee — to state bar
associations for possible dis-

: ciplinary action, according to a

; person familiar with the

inquiry. The person, who

spoke on condition of
anonymity, was not autho-
rized to discuss the inquiry.

The person noted that the
investigative report was still
in draft form and subject to

; revisions. Attorney General

: Eric Holder also may make

his own determination about

what steps to take once the
report has been finalized.

: The inquiry has become a

: politically loaded guessing

: game, with some advocating

: criminal charges against the

: lawyers and others urging that
the matter be dropped.

_ Ina letter to two senators,
the Justice Department said
a key deadline in the inquiry
expired Monday, signaling
that most of the work on the
matter was completed. The
letter does not mention the
possibility of criminal charges,
nor does it name the lawyers
under scrutiny.

The letter did not indicate
what the findings of the final
report would be. Bybee, Yoo
and Steven Bradbury worked
in the Justice Department's
Office of Legal Counsel and
played key roles in crafting
the legal justification for tech-
niques critics call torture.

The memos were written as

: the Bush administration grap-

: pled with the fear and uncer-

; tainty following the Sept. 11,

: 2001, terror attacks. Over the

: years that followed, lawyers

: re-examined and rewrote

much of the legal advice.

Last month, the Obama
administration released four

: of the long-secret memos
about treatment of terror sus-
pects in which lawyers autho-
rized methods. including
waterboarding, throwing sub-
jects against a wall and forced
nudity.

: _ Inreleasing the documents,

: Obama declared CIA inter-

: rogators who followed the

memos would not be prose-
cuted. Obama left it to Hold-
er to Yecide whether those
who authorized or approved
the methods should face
charges.

When that inquiry neared
completion last year, investi-

; gators recommended seeking

: professional sanctions against

: Bybee and Yoo, but not Brad-

: bury, according to the person

: familiar with the matter.

: Those would come in the

form of recommendations to

state bar associations, where
the most severe possible pun-
ishment is disbarment.

: Vincent Warren, executive

: director of the Center for

? Constitutional Rights, called

: the decision not to seek crim-

inal charges "inconceivable,

given all that we know about
the twisted logic of these
memos."

Warren argued the only
reason for such a decision "is
to provide political cover for
people inside the Obama
White House so they don't

: have to pursue what needs to







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Trinidad cops

accused of stealing
one thousand animals

FOUR police officers in
‘Trinidad intercepted a smug-
gling boat at gunpoint and stole
1,000 endangered birds and
monkeys along with 400 pounds
of wild animal meat, authori-
ties said Tuesday, according to
the Associated Press.

The boat had sailed from
Venezuela carrying more than
500 bull finches, 300 picoplat
songbirds and an assortment of
monkeys — all crammed into
tiny cages piled up on the craft,
officials said. The illicit load
was estimated to be worth
about $500,000.

Trinidad officials got a tip.
about Saturday's alleged hijack-.

ing and investigators found
birds and monkeys in people's
homes, in pet shops and even
along roads in Port-of-Spain,
the capital, senior game war-
den Samsundar Ramdeen said.
"It's amazing. It was a lot,"
he said.
Officials said the four offi-

cers face several charges,

including possession of pro-

tected animals without. a per-
mit. They said the birds and
monkeys are protected species
under the Convention on the
International Trade of Endan-
gered Species of Wild Flora
and Fauna, which requires
licenses for importing and
exporting.

Veterinarians at Trinidad's
main zoo are caring for the
recovered creatures, whose
future remains uncertain.

About 10 percent cannot be
released into the wild because
they are not native tu Trinidad,
Ramdeen said. But Emperor
Valley Zoo can handle only so
many animals, and dozens of
parrots, monkeys and macaws

might have to be killed if-

homes are not found, he said.
"The last thing you want to
do is put animals to sleep," said

Gupte Lutchmedial, president,

of the Zoological Society of
Trinidad and Tobago. "It's not

their fault that they're here."
Reports of animal smuggling
in the Caribbean have
increased in recent years, said
Kelvin Alie, who monitors
wildlife trade for the U.S.-
based nonprofit International

_ Fund for Animal Welfare.

"A lot of it has to do with
the demand for parrots and

macaws and these sort of.

charismatic birds," he said.
"You are looking at an area

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where there are certain specics
of animals that are found
nowhere else on Earth."

In the last year, Trinidad
officials have broken up sev-
eral large rings that smuggled
endangered species mostly
from Suriname and Guyana,
Ramdeen said.

"It is a huge problem," he
said. "It tells us something
about how much we're not
intercepting."

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' 9 The way to the top — and 3 Acourse for | P| Se ed | re | @AK853 yield all the tricks.
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see eee xe Be Tens ‘oa fees ee 6962 4 slams. Besides, North knew he’d get
4 13 Refuses to face about fifty 7 Publisher's expert or | ¥1054 ¥063 whisd: SEMNIGE front South ithe play
charges (5) publisher's client (6) : 3 : on a
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| (4,8) , 15 Steal only a small en NS | Fe & | | VAK98 of diamonds, ee a_ heart.
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| 28 It requires some reduction seals broken (8) 9 Eminent scholar (6) 3 Group of criminals (4) Onenito dead F clubs dagen io the O62) oF Renae ain ice
i . in the fare (8) 21 Acause to argue (6) a. 10 Spicy Spanish cold 5 Overstatement (12) pening lead — queen Of Clubs. Folie Q-6-3 of hearts and ac
| 29 Back-biters? (6) 22 Irishman in a film (6) > soup (8) 6 Run with long A dee wi ‘4d 0 i Ss. d ' hed th
| 30 Neighbouring state (8) 26 Sign displayed by topless @) | = 12 Resound (4) stride (4) Phe bidding was not what you _When dummy next cashed the
| 31 They weren’t worn long females (4) 4 43 A tropical fruit (5) 7 Shun (6) call scientific — it is simply recorded six of diamonds, East ran into a
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i : 17 Breathtaking (3-9) _ victory (6) rubber-bridge game, North was obvi- parted with a heart, declarer would
Yesterday’s Cryptic Solution Yesterday’s Easy Solution —_20 Inexistence for a 11 Blithely unconcerned ously a member of the school that — throw his club and score the remain-
; long time (4-8) (5-2-5) believes in stretching its values to the — ing tricks with the A-K-J of hearts.
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| Daytime, 21 Hollyhock, 23 Men, 24 Angular, 21 Moonshine, 23 Gun, 24 25 Nought (4) 18 Set free (8) © 5 : :

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Recedes, 25 Loyal.
Down: 1 Leaflet, 2 Tarantula, 3

. Samba, 4 Penned, 5 Effendi, 6 Ass, 7
Ebony, 12 Nuts in May, 14 Essayed,
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Proud, 4 Dreamt, 5 Vintage, 6 Rig, 7

Entry, 12 Limelight, 14 Honesty, 16 30
Tyranny, 17 Varied, 18 Timid, 20

Greed, 22 Oil.

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accord (6)

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21
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27

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Polish composer (6)
Luxuriate (6)
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farm (4)

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North’s: point of view, South might
have had both missing aces and a
king, in which case seven spades fig-
ured to be a virtual laydown, Or

three tricks.

Whatever East did, there was no
escape, and North’s optimism was
vindicated.

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OVER THE YEARS RIGARDO CLARKE HAS
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SOCIAL, SPIRITUAL, COMMUNITY, YOUTH

“AND ENTERTAINMENT EFFORTS. Seeking to
empower, uplift, encourage and enlighten hu-
manity in the Bahamas, The suscess of events
Such as Jubilee Jam, Dream Night, A Night of
Praise and the Uprising Conference, hag cre-
aled anticipation and interest for future happen-
ing. Ricardo is known for his inspirational

“massages that have made him a requested
name in Churches. schools, workshops and
conferences. Recently, he has been enjoying a
budding music career locally and his songs re-
ceive a lot of focal as wel! as international atr-
play. Singing, song writing and composing
music have become second nature to Ricarda

. Clarke;

Being part of a musically inclined family Ri-
cardo grew up with music around him In 2007

les fg

he was asked

to participate int "9

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Bahamas Faith Ministries g

he found himself at the forefront

after the success of his song “Last Daye", “as

This was the point also when Ricardo decided

ho take his musle career to the next level,” «
Over the last year Ricardo Has created a

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ers. Ricardo’s maln aint is to encourage
people to “not sattle tn anything”. He hopes
that people will be inspired to see their value
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_THE GROUP representing
several Bahamian tour and excur-
sion operators is engaged in ongo-
ing negotiations with the Florida
Caribbean Cruise Association
(FCCA) over contractual clauses
that may be illegal, its executive
director told Tribune Business
yesterday.

Jeffrey Beckles said some com-
ponents of the contracts opera-
‘tors enter into with the cruise
lines, in order to have their tours
offered for sale on-board ship,
violate the Heads of Agreement
governing, the partnership.

The Bahamas Association of
Shore Excursionists (BASE),
according to Mr Beckles, repre-
sents the interest of tour and
excursion operators in the
Bahamas and is intent on achiev-
ing changes that will make the
partnership with cruise lines more
favoiurable for those businesses.

However, according to the
president of the FCCA, Michele
Paige, her group does not recog-

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Category One status

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
eibuns Business Editor

he Minister of Tourism yes-

‘terday told Tribune Business

there was “absolutely no dan-

ger” of the Bahamas losing its

Category One aviation safety
status with US regulators, despite an Inter-
American Development Bank (IDB) report
warning that this was at risk because this
nation was “in breach of a number of its...
obligations”.

The IDB document, detailing the $50 mil-
lion air transport reform programme, which
aims to overhaul the legal, regulatory and
operational. framework overseeing air trans-
portation in the Bahamas, said: “Of prime
concern to the Government of the Bahamas
is achieving compliance with its obligations
as a member of the International Civil Avi-
ation Organisation (ICAO).

“Currently, the Bahamas is in breach of a
number of its ICAO obligations, putting it at
risk of losing its Federal Aviation Adminis-
tration (FAA) International Safety Assess-
ments Programme Category | classification.

“Loss of Category 1 status could have
significant impact on the ability of Bahami-
an airlines to provide service'to and from the

. US, and would negatively affect the tourism

industry.”

But Vincent Vanderpool-\ -Wallace, min-
ister of tourism and aviation, said he was a
little “stunned” when informed by Tribune

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top aviation safety ranking with FAA because of ‘breaches’ in ICAO obligations

* Status loss would impact airlines and. airlift, hurting tourism

* Government plans to privatise five Family Island airports

Business about the con-
tents of the IDB report,
telling this newspaper that
the findings were “very
strange”.

He erpleined: that this
was because they did not
tally with the an assessment
of the Bahamas’ aviation
safety/security regime that
was conducted by officials
from the International Air
Transport Association
(IATA) and ICAO in February this year.

’ “The report came back.and we were very
much encouraged that we were.on track to
fix what we needed to,” Mr Vanderpool-
Wallace explained. “There was nothing so
catastrophic as to create this kind of concern.
This is very much out.of the blue, what the
IDB is speaking to.”

However, Mr Vanderpool-Wallace told
Tribune Business that the Bahamas was
“absolutely not” in danger of losing its Cat-
egory 1 safety status with the FAA, which if
it occurred would make it more difficult for
the Bahamas to attract new airlines and air-
lift to it, thus negatively impacting the

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tourism industry.

“That was never on our horizon, or con-
tained in the report [from IATA],” the min-
ister added. “There is absolutely no dan-
ger.”

Captain Patrick Rolle, director of the Civ-
il Aviation Department (CAD), also told
Tribune Business he knew of no concerns
similar to what was articulated in the IDB
Tee

. He explained that as one if ICAO’s 199
members, the Bahamas had to undergo the
Universal Safety Audit Programme - intro-
duced two years ago - that examined its avi-
ation safety and security regime.

The audit report on the Bahamas was
due to be released in two weeks, and Mr
Rolle said that once it was received, coun-
tries had four months to produce a plan’ to
correct any deficiencies.

“We have already started producing our
corrective plan,” Mr Rolle said. He added
that the ICAO had already briefed the
Bahamas on its preliminary findings, and -
“there was no critical finding” of the nature
highlighted in the IDB report.

SEE page 3B





Obama tax ee have ‘no
major impact’ on Bahamas

a By NEIL HARTNELL
B sath



t

A GOVERN-
MENT minister
yesterday said
he “can’t see any
major impact at
this point” for
the Bahamian
financial services
industry as a
result of Presi-
dent Barack
Obama’s crack-
down on so-
called offshore
tax evasion, pointing out that the
US authorities could access all
information required via their
Tax Information Exchange
Agreement (TIEA) with this
nation. |

Zhivargo Laing, minister of
state for finance, acknowledged

that while the effect on this.

_ nation’s second largest industry
from the planned US tax code
‘reforms was uncertain, US.com-
panies and citizens operating
in/with assets under management
in this jurisdiction were already
exposed via the TIEA to the tax
‘transparent environment the
Obama proposals demanded.
“We already have a TIEA with
the US today, which exposes US
citizens and businesses operating
in this jurisdiction to this level of
disclosure for tax. information
purposes,” Mr Laing told Tribune
Business. :
“How is this [the Obama
reforms] going.to impact out sit-






* Minister says much of what
~ US'seeking already here vias
TIEA, and US firms/clients

used to transparent tax
environment
* But former attorney general
says Bahamas approach to
financial sector threats ‘lazy’

uation given that? I’m uncertain.
I can’t see any major impact at
this point.”

Those US citizens and busi-
nesses operating in the Bahamas,

Mr Laing said, were doing so in |

an environment that was already
transparent for their home coun-
try tax purposes, thus making the
tax code reforms relatively incon-
sequential.

“Clearly, many American busi-
ness have expressed concern
about it [the tax reforms] bécause
of the global economic situation,

but you’re talking about operat- |

ing in a situation where you have

. a TIEA,” Mr Laing said.

“That which the American
administration wants to know

about businesses and citizens
operating in this jurisdiction for

tax evasion purposes, they have
come to know through that

[TIEA].

- “American businesses and cit-
izens already operate here.know-
ing that. The US administration
knows the IRS administers it, and

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A,EURIOUS legal battle is
being played out in the Bahamian
and: US courts over a huge 39
square mile tract of land in Long
Island, Tribune Business.can

- reveal, with a. UK-based pur-
chaser of the property alleging ,,

that two directors from the selling
entity had interfered with his deal
in a bid to obtain the land for
themselves.

The fight over the 24,862 acre
site, which was once mostly
Crown Land sold to successive
developers for a salt mining, then

_ shrimp farming, operation, raises

numerous critical issues for the
Bahamas - namely ensuring that
Crown Land is’used for the pur-
poses for. which it is sold/grant-



ed, and the fact that the fate of
huge parcels of Bahamian real

estate is being determined in for-

eign-courts while being fought
over by foreigners.

Tribune Business has obtained |

exclusive details of the dispute

between Peter Hall; the alleged

purchaser of the 39 square mile
property initially sold by the
Crown in 1970 to Diamond Crys-
tal Salt Company for a solar evap-
oration salt mining plant, and the
seller, Maritek Bahamas Ltd, via
a ruling from the Delaware Supe-
rior Court in the US.

Mr Hall had alleged tortious
interference by the Bahamian
company’s parent, Delaware-

domiciled Maritek Corporation,

and two of its directors - Canadi-
ans David Young and Geoffrey
Fulton - over the sale of the land

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to him. In turn, the three defen-
dants had filed a motion to dis-
miss the action.

In her judgment, Justice i

Brady recalled: “In this action,

Peter Hall seeks to hold Messrs
Young and Fulton and Maritek
Corporation liable for their
alleged tortious interference with
a contract between [himself] and
a Bahamian corporation, Maritek
Bahamas, regarding the sale of
land in the Bahamas......

“Plaintiff allege that on Octo-
ber 11, 2002, he entered into a
contract with Maritek Bahamas
for the purchase of 24,682:acres or
approximately 39 square miles of
land on Long Island, the
Bahamas.

“Pursuant to the contract,

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@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

SHRINKING margins have
left the Water & Sewerage Cor-
poration unable to cover its oper-
ational and capital investment
costs, the Inter-American Devel-
opment Bank (IDB) has
revealed, because consumer
prices have not increased since
1993 despite water production
costs rising substantially.

The IDB paper, an update ona
$300,000 project to tackle water
resources management and eco-
nomic regulation of the sector in
the Bahamas, said the Water &
Sewerage Corporation was
locked “in a downward spiral”
and draining the Bahamian tax-
payer and government Budget in
the absence of a regulatory struc-
ture that enabled it to recover
production costs.

“The current legal framework
does not provide for transparent
costs recovery for the operation,
maintenance (OPEX) and capital
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IF THE Government of the

Bahamas continues to fund both
the Bahamas Electricity Corpo-
ration (BEC) and the.Water and
Sewerage Corporation (WSC).
the “impact on the national debt
could be catastrophic’, the min-
ister of state for the environment
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bly, that millions of dollars are
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increasing gravity of the relatéd
problems of groundwater pollu-
tion and inefficiencies of the
Water & Sewerage Corporation
operations.”

This had led to the. develop:
ment of a Water Strategic Sector
Plan, including a review of the
Water & Sewerage Corporatioii’s
business plan and tariff structute
(consumer prices). This had
prompted the Government:to
look at developing a new legal
and regulatory framework. 5;

The IDB report said: “There
is the need to ensure adequate
recovery of costs of operation,
maintenance and required capital
expenditures to ensure that Water
& Sewerage Corporation com-

plies with its mandates.

“A 2009 review of the finan-
cial situation of the Water & Sew-

‘erage Corporation confirms that
' the operational costs of the Water

& Sewerage Corporation over the
past 10 years have been increas-
ing as water production has been
increasing, but the volume ;of
water sold remained relatively

constant and an average price of-

water sold has been decreasing.
“A primary reason for increds-
ing costs of water production;is
the increased use of reverse
osmosis water, and this cost has
not been tied to tariff increases -
indeed, there has been no tariff
increase since 1993. The margin
reqilired to meet operational and
capital expenditure of the utility
cornpany has therefore been
shrinking over these past years.”
Apart from consumer prices

failing to rise in line with infla-

tion and cover water production
costs, the Water & Sewerage
poration is also plagued by ine if

. ficiency, poor service, low quality

water (especially in eastern New
Providence), losses from its dis-
tribution system that run as high
as 50:per cent of water produced;
and the fact that only 30 per cent
of New Providence residen¢es
and businesses use its ee
S.

- the rest preferring private we

Phenton Neymour, minister‘of
state for the environment, in his
mid-term Budget address, said
the Corporation’s cost of water
purchases now equalled 57 per
cent of revenues, compared.to
just 19 per cent in 2004, asa result
of increasing reliance on reverse
osmosis suppliers such as Con-
solidated Water.

Mr Neymour said that in 2004,
the Water & Sewerage Corpora-
tion’s revenues.were $31 million,
and reverse osmosis purchases: $6
million. But between then and
2008, while water sales increased
by a collective $22.7 million,
water purchase costs increased

* over the same period by $41. 5

million.

The IDB initiative is propos-
ing to take regulatory respousi-
bility for the Water & Sewergee
Corporation from the Cabi
placing it in the hands of the Pa
lic Utilities Commission (Puc
The latter body, though, is haley
replaced by the URCA - the Util-
ities Regulator and’ Competition
Authority.

The IDB project, which will be
carried out through the IDB-
Netherlands Water Partnership
Programme (INWAP), will devel-
op a fee structure for the Watet &
Sewerage Corporation and a
process for regulating the water
sector. » |

Meanwhile, the IDB said the



recommendations from a 2003,

study on groundwater manage-
ment and pollution control had
never been implemented, despite
this’ nation’s scarce water
resources facing “increas Ba
stress”.

The report added: “Thereis a”
pressing need for regulating and
protecting the groundwater
resources of the Bahamas. Ignor-
ing over-exploitation and protec-
tion will have severe repercus-
sions, such as health issues from
waterborne diseases and much
greater water costs.”

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Bahamas-based fashion

show wins top award

ISLANDS of the World Fashion Week (IWFW),

*Hé Bahamian-based and organised event, won the
t&p award for the 'Best Fashion Show or Fashion
Week attended’ category at the second Annual
@4ribbean Fashion Awards (CFA).
‘JThe awards ceremony was held at the Hilton
Hotel in Bridgetown, Barbados, on April 11, 2009.
Blands of the World beat out Trinidad Fashion
Week (Trinidad), Caribbean Fashion Week
pamaica) and ACF Fashion Weekend (Barbados)
or the honour.

_ Owen Bethel, the chief executive and founder of
node Iles, producers of Islands of the World Fash-
ion Week, said the award was a testament to the
hard work and dedication of the event’s staff and
volunteers.
ig) 2am definitely pleased to have been honoured
with this award on behalf of everyone who worked
to make Islands of the World Fashion Week the

morable event that it was," said Mr Béthel. "I
would also like to recognise the support of our

onsors, UNESCO, American Airlines, DHL,
Fes Saint Laurent, the Bahamas Ministry of

1

taque Group.

.4j" This recognition by the industry in the region,

given that it was our first event, is an indication that
we are moving in the right direction, and with the
proper attention to detail we can ultimately have a
significant impact on the global fashion industry
while developing a viable and sustainable local
fashion industry here in the Bahamas."

's;Mr Bethel said that being ranked alongside the
Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago fashion
weeks as a candidate for the award was an achieve-
ment in itself. :

Â¥$ "The award is one step in our goal of placing the
Bahamas on the fashion map and calendar along-
side New York, London, Paris and Milan," he said,
*but for the specific and larger objective of pro-
moting the creativity of designers from the islands
and developing countries. =

"The challenge now is to make this year's event .

#n even better and more productive experience
for all participants." .
‘1 Islands of the World Fashion Week, which
ebuted‘in 2008, showcased the work of some 33
designers from 12 island nations, including the
Bahamas, Barbados, the British Virgin Islands,
Euba, Fiji, Haiti, Indonesia, Jamaica, Madagascar,
t. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and
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Trinidad & ‘Tobago.

The week also highlighted the work of world-
renowned designers Kenneth Cole, Kevan’ Hall,
Peter Ingwersen of NOIR Illuminati II and Nick
Verreos. :

Endorsed by the United Nations Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO),
Islands of the World Fashion'Week also serves as

_ a promotional tool for four underlying global

themes affecting small island states today - cultur-
al diversity, the environment and climate change,
poverty alleviation, and the education of youth on
HIV/AIDS. ee

Established in 2006, the CFA recognises the
achievements of the fashion industry throughout
the Caribbean. Conceptualised in 2006, the awards
show came out of a "need of togetherness in the
fashion industry”, said Rodney Powers, executive

director of Unique Productions Worldwide, the’

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Hilton names
new general
manager

HILTON Hotels Corporation
has appointed Pablo Torres as

ESSAY meee

, Rout ANNUAL PUBLIC SERVICE WEEK

The Department of Public Service will host an Essay

| Competition as one of the activities for the Tenth Annual
Public Service Week. The Competition is open to Junior
and Senior Students in New Providence.

Additionally, this year, a speech competition will be
for’ schools in the Northern. & Southern Bahamas,
respectively. Students interested in participating in the
Essay Competition should write a 250 - 300 words (Junior
High), and 450 - 500 words (Senior High), essay on the
topic: “ The Public Service-Striving for Excellence: in
Customer Service.”

| The deadlines for entries, which should be referred

to the attention of Mrs. Antoinette Thompson, Deputy.
Permanent Secretary, Department of Public Service, is
Friday 24th July, 2009.

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Public Service Week Awards Ceremony scheduled for
Saturday 10th October 2009.

} Students interested in the Speech Competition for the

Northern and Southern Bahamas should contact their

Language Arts Teacher.



general manager of the 288-room
British Colonial Hilton hotel in

Nassau.

Mr Torres most recently
served as director of operations
at the Caribe Hilton in San Juan,
Puerto Rico, where he also
began his hospitality career. He
joins the British Colonial Hilton
in time to finalize and debut the
property’s $10 million dollar
makeover, featuring upgrades to
rooms, public areas and meeting
spaces, as well as new restaurant
and bar concepts. A 17-year hos-
pitality professional, Mr Torres
started as a food. and beverage
management trainee at the
Caribe Hilton. Since then; he
has held key roles with an array
of internationally recognised
hotel brands throughout the
Caribbean and Latin America.

He also spent a term at
Hilton’s international corporate
office in the UK as a corporate

_ food and beverage trainer and

system installer, giving him an

- Opportunity te work on projects

globally from the UK and
Europe to Asia and the Middle
East. Mr, Torres holds a degree
in Hotel and Restaurant Man-
agement from Hocking College
in- Ohio, and has also attended

Cornell University’s hospitality

programmes.

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town Nassau, 25 minutes from
the airport, the British Colonial
Hilton has the only secluded
heach in the area. The resort has
288 guest rooms, including 47
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Obama tax plans
have ‘no major
impact’ on the

Bahamas

Tax information exchange
agreements were “the direction
the world has been asking us to
go” in, Mr Laing said, pointing
out that the Bahamas’ TIEA with
the US was “compliant with the
standards the Organisation for
Economic Co-Operation and
Development has established”.

“What more can we do, one
has to wonder,” the minister
added, in reference to the latest
Obama administration initiative.

NOTICE is hereby given that JACCILIEN PETIT HOMME of
. RIDGELAND PARK WEST, P.O. BOX N-356, 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 30" day of April, 2009
to the Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box
N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

~NOTICE

IN THE ESTATE of URBAN SINCLAIR MILLER
JR. late of the Southern District of the Island of New
Providence, one of the Islands of The Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, deceased.

FROM page 1B

have verified the extent of co-
operation between ourselves and
them, and are satisfied with the
way things are operating under
the TIEA.

“Every territory that wants to
know where its citizens have been
evading the payment of taxes’
have sought to have TIEAs
where their citizens conduct busi-
ness.”









Notice is hereby given that all persons having any claim
or demand against the above Estate are required to
send their names, addresses and particulars of the same
certified in writing to the undersigned on or before the 28th
day May A. D., 2009, and if required, prove such debts
or claims, or in default be excluded fron{ any distribution;
after the above date the assets will be distributed having
regard only to the proved debts or claims of which the
Administrator shall have had Notice.

And Notice is hereby given that all persons indebted to the
said Estate are requested to make full settlement on or
‘before the aforementioned date.

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Attorneys for the Administrator Alvernia Court, 94
Dowdeswell Street
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Still, Mr Laing said he could

_not “be alarmed” at this week’s

announced reforms, because the
Bahamas “already has an
arrangement that which those ini-
tiatives are seeking to avail”
themselves of.

In unveiling the tax reforms
this week, President Obama and
his Treasury secretary, Timothy
Geithner, said US multinational
corporations paid an effective 2.3
per.cent tax rate in 2004, paying

- $16 billion on $700 billion in for-

eign earnings.

While most, of the corporate-
related reforms are likely to have
a greater effect on Bermuda, Cay-
man Islands and Barbados, juris-
dictions that have gone after insti-
tutional business much more than
the Bahamas.

Yet some reforms will impact
the Bahamas and its private
wealth management client base.
Among the reforms proposed are
the imposition of withholding tax-
es on accounts at institutions that

do not share information with the .

US; imposing “negative pre-

sumptions” on US citizens who’

fail to disclose overseas bank
accounts; tighter reporting stan-
dards and increased penalties.

The package of measures tar-
geted at individual US citizens
has been estimated by the US
Treasury as recovering $8.7 bil-
lion in taxes over 10 years.

Yet former attorney-general
‘Alfred Sears earlier this week told
Tribune Business that the
Bahamas was “taking a very lazy
approach” to defending its finan-
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and 20006, said: “Removing these
exemptions that impact offshore
centres such as the Bahamas indi-
cates that whatever President
Obama said in Trinidad, there is a
clear design and intent on his
administration’s part to block the
loopholes.

“But that is what we consider
to be the free movement of capi- .
tal and finance that are part of -
the global economy.”

Mr Sears urged the Govern-
ment to follow Cayman’s leas and
“engage in a sustained campaign”
to educate, meet, sensitise and
engage with a wide cross-section
of US decision makers.

However, he added: “I don’t
see a quality of perspective on *
their part.that gives us any level
of comfort.

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ment to take every reasonable
effort to lobby, educate and make -
the case for offshore financial
centres as a critical part of the
free movement of capital, which
will ultimately benefit the US, the

- world’s largest trading country.”

Arguing that the G-20/OECD
attack on international financial
centres had no legitimacy under
international law, Mr Sears said
the measures being introduced
by President Obama were pro-
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of capital, and undermined his
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NOTICE
IN THE.ESTATE OF WILTON
ELIJAH EDGECOMBE late of the

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of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas,

NOTICE is hereby given that all persons

Montrose Avenue







having any claim or demand against the above
Estate are required to send the same duly
certified in writing to the Undersigned on or
before the 7th day of April, 2009, after which
date the Administratrix will proceed to distribute
the assets having regard only to the claims of
which she shall then have had notice.

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














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THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2009, PAGE 9B

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Wal-Mart pays $2m
over worker de ath

w@ By FRANK ELTMAN

Associated Press Writer

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) —
Wal-Mart agreed Wednesday to
pay nearly $2 million and
improve safety at its 92 New
York stores as part of a deal with
prosecutors that avoids criminal
charges in the trampling death
of a temporary worker.

Nassau County District Attor-
ney Kathleen Rice, who began
a criminal investigation shortly
alter lyst November’s customer
stampede at Wal-Mart’s Valley
Stream store, said that if she had
brought criminal charges against
the retailer in the worker’s death,
the company would have been
subject to only a $10,000 fine if
convicled. Rice declined to say
what charges were considered
against Wal-Mart, citing the
secrecy of grand jury proceed-
ings.

Instead, she'said, the company
has agreed to implement an
improved crowd-management
plan for post-Thanksgiving Day
sales, set up a $400,000 victims’
compensation and remuneration
fund, and give a $1.5 million
grant to Nassau County social
services programs and nonprofit
groups.

The agreement included no
admission of guilt by Wal-Mart.

“Rather than bringing the
world’s largest retailer to court
and imposing a small fine against
them, I felt it was important to
require significant safety chariges
that will affect the whole state,”
Rice said. “Our goal is for the
protocols that are set up’to be
the gold standard for crowd man-
agement in this industry.”

Wal-Mart vice president Hank
\ullany said, “The crowd man-
agement plan we are announc-
ing today was developed by a
team of experts whose experi-
ence includes NFL Super Bowls,
Olympic games, concerts and
uational political conventions.”

Jdimytai (Jimmy-tree)
Damour, a temiporary employ-
ee, had been on the job for about
a week and had no training in
security or crowd control when a
crowd estimated at 2,000 broke
down the Valley Stream store’s
doors, trapping him in a
vestibule. |

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Built like an NFL linebacker
at 6-foot-5 and 270: pounds, the
34-year-old Queens man died of
asphyxiation. Eleven others,
including a pregnant woman,
were injured.

Earlier this year, Damour’s
family announced plans to sue
the county, retailer and others.
The family’s attorney did not
immediately comment on
Wednesday’s announcement.

Any victims who accept pay-°

ment from the Wal-Mart com-
pensation fund will be required
to waive their right to a separate
civil suit against Wal-Mart, Rice
said. Also, she said, Wal-Mart
has agreed to advertise the com-
pensation fund in the daily and
weekly newspapers that cover
Valley Stream and its surround-

"ing neighborhoods.
“Facilitating the compensation.

is one of the main goals of this
settlement,” she said.

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The company also agreed to
an independent review of its pro-
cedures for post-Thanksgiving
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her office will oversee compli-
ance.

“We are hoping that this safe-
ty plan becomes the nationally
recognized model for crowd

management among all retailers.

and becomes an industrywide
best practice,” she said.

The community grant money
includes $1.2 million for Nassau
County’s Youth Board, which

helps nonprofit agencics provide ,

career development, employ-

ment training and other oppor-:

tunities. The retailer also will
donate $300,000 to the. United
Way of Long Island’s Youth
Build Program in Nassau Coun-
ty. The deal also calls for Wal-
Mart to hire 50 high school stu-
dents ainnually to work in its five
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levels of quality care with the goal of keeping you and your family healthy for fife.

Global Outlook .

Changing global and local economic factors have had an impact on Doctors Hospital, especially when individuals have
been displaced because of economic downsizing thereby losing their jobs and subsequently their health insurance.
During this downturn, we continue to be prudent with our spending while focusing on customer service and education for
our Associates. As the country has been negatively impacted from the tourism sector, Doctors Hospital has also noted a
downturn in tourism business balanced with surges in the local market. The market has reacted to the economic dowaturn
seen thtough a decrease in elective and preventive medicine: OR procedures, and ER visits have decreased, but the
admissions from the ER have experienced growth. ‘This change in the mix of patients has resulted in a large upswing of
critically ill patients; the ICU had a record year and exceeded last year in spite of the slight decline of total patient days.
Although the largest growth i in activity was in the Intensive Care Unit, the Metical Surg gical Unit also increased in paticint,
days. ,

Financial Highlights

The change in mix of patients produced an increase in Net Revenues which translated to an increase in net income. While
Operating Room activity dropped and Emergency Department activity dropped, the acuity of the patients resulted in a
positive contribution to earnings and an increase of admissions to the hospital.

Dividend
During fiscal 2009; we were pleased to, pay out two, dividends to our shatcholders, Our objective is to continue our
commitment to a consistent dividend:

Total Bipeuss

The biggest challenge with expenses is within Salaries and Benefits and Utilities. Increases it utility rates caused us to.
see significant increases in electricity. We were vigilant at constantly reviewing our Salaries and benefits for controlling
the increase but with the increase in utilization of the critical care, wherein we have nursing shortages the quality of care:
necessitated an increase in overtime. As we bring in more nurses to fill the vacancies the education and training to bring
them up to our levels also adds to the increase in cost.

Technology

In trying to stay current with the latest in technology, the Hospital acquired the new state-of-the-art $2 million Phillips
Achieva 3.0 I: MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) which uses new technology (magnet, gradients, RF) to provide
cutting-edge whole-body 3.0T imaging, providing enhanced performance & a larger field of view. The new scanner will
allow medical professionals to conduct routine to advanced imaging with features like 2K imaging, 4D-TRAK, SENSE.

FiberTrak, SENSE Spectroscopy, and DWIBS (diffusion-weighted whole body imaging with background body signal
suppression). The Achieva 3.0T X-series will provide high speed and resolution which clinicians need to quickly and
accurately assess results, We ate already seeing returns on the investment of the MRI upgrade as MRI procedures are on
the increase. we

New Physicians

Our physicians are an integral part of our business. During the year, we welcomed seven new physicians to our medical
staff with specialties ranging from _obstetrics/ gynecology to plastic/reconstructive surgery. We are pleased to offer an
extensive range of highly qualified physicians ranging from cardiothoracic/vascular Saeery to neurosurgery. Some of ©
these new physicians brought new activity which contributed to the increase in revenue.

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

We continue to monitor patient satisfaction by targeting input from all our patients a as related to their stay in the hospital.
Patient Satisfaction ratings for the Hospital averaged 95% for the year in overall rating of care. As the threshold is 90%
or higher, we are pleased to boast all of our clinical services were rated above 90% patient satisfaction ratings, with the
highlights including Maternity as_ the highest rated department with a.98% patient satisfaction rating, likelihood of
recommending Doctors Hospital 94%, and friendliness/courtesy of nursing staff. 97%.

Quality/JCI

Doctors Hospital continues its efforts to achieve a high Bandara of quality healthcare recognized internationally by

striving toward Joint Commission International Accreditation. During this year we plan to caves our first avey: to

determine the level of our achievements. : <

Education

The Organization Learning Department provided 358 courses/workshops for a: total of 6,852 education hours of in-

service training, conferences and orientation. Doctors Hospital is committed to developing students by exposing them to
various careers in health; we had 344 students fulfill their community services requirements with a total of 10,229 hours.

To assist with education and training, new delivery methods are being implemented through the intranet for increased

efficiency and cost reduction. The social functions led by the Social Gommittee continue to have strong support from

Associates as attendance, morale and participation has steadily increased over the last four years.

Community Service

Doctors Hospital continues to support many local charities as we recognize our pst in the community goes beyoud just
our business portfolio.

e “oundation

During the 2009 fiscal’ “year we were able to provide funding for Bahamians seeking a career in healthcare through ‘The |
‘Doctots Hospital Doctor Meyer Rassini Foundation that provided financial assistance and scholarships to 29 Bahamian
students pursuing a career in Healthcare. These achievements would not be possible without the generosity of the many
individuals and corporations who suppor us throughout the year.

“Western Medical Plaza

The Western Medical Plaza has not bea sold but does have some tenants that assist in couitibetng to the overhead. We
continue to review our position with the facility and recognize that our philosophy with rental, sale or utilization must be,
reexamined to determine what is in the best interest of our organization at this stage in our development.

Future

It is interesting to reflect on the five decades of dramatic changes that have come to Doctors Hospital and how we.serve ~
the community. We have seen the growth of services we offer, the increased size, diversity, skill and specialties, of the
medical staff, transformation of the hospital campus, as well as becoming one of the largest private employers in The
Bahamas. Much of the technology filling our hospital did not even exist twenty five years ago. For all of the changes,
there are important constants that have sustained us through the years, Doctors Hospital is committed to quality. and
committed to the healthcare needs of the Bahamian Sopontty, .

Based on the skills and strengths of the organization and the professionals at all levels who work within it, we look
forward with great optimism to the continued growth and importance of Doctors Hospital asa valves member of the
communities we are so proud to serve. : :

We especially thank all our dedicated Ag erbiales working hard to achieve our positive results. We appreciate your support
and look forward to a continuing partnership to protect a most precious resource, the health of our country.

Joseph Krukowski
Chairman / i
April 30, 2009 :

To All Doctors Hospital Health System
SHAREHOLDERS

‘The Board of Directors of Doctors Hospital Health System reports below summary financial results for the year ended
January 31) 2009, The complete set of financial statements will be contained in the Company's annual report and posted
on-our website at www.doctorshosp.com. ;



Consolidated Income Statement
(Expressed in thousands of Bahamian dollars)
aa Year ended January 31,
2008

2009

Revenues

-Patient service revenue, net $ 41,789 $ 40,889
Other revenue 1,293 1,208
Total revenues 43,082 42,097

Expenses
Salaries and benefits 16,264 15,338
Medical supplies and services . 10,728 10,423
Depreciation and amortization 2,688 | 2,642
Bad debt expense, net of recoveries 1,587 2,252
Other operating 2,023 1,869"
Utilities 1,642 1,388
Government taxes and fees 1,052 948
Outside services 872 . 934
Insurance : 723 693
Repairs and maintenance j 509 535
Rent 370 368
Dietary expenses ; 367 362
Legal expenses . 29 346
Total expenses . : 38, 8.47 : 38,098
Income before interest 4,235 3,999
Interest expense “(42D . (590)

NET INCOME $ 3,814 3,403

Earnings per common share: ;
Basic and fully diluted $ 0.38 s 0.34





Selected Bal Sheet Data
Selected Balanes Sheet Dat of Bahamian dollars)

January 31,
2008

Cash and cash equivalents _ $ $ _ 6,630

Accounts receivable — patients ne ‘net,




er
Total current as assets

Prope rly, plant ant and equipment _
Te "






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eS ae
Long Island: Battle over 39 sq miles

FROM page 1B

plaintiff alleges that he deposited
$1.5 million toward the purchase
of the Bahamas property.”

Mr Hall, though, alleged that
from June 2005 to the present,
‘Messrs Young and Fulton had
engaged in intentionally tortious
‘and unlawful conduct in their
capacities as directors of Maritek,
and in Fulton’s case, also as an
offer of Maritek, in an attempt
to procure the Bahamas property
from Maritek’s wholly-owned
subsidiary, Maritek Bahamas, for
their personal benefit.

The Delaware judgment
recalled that Mr Hall was alleging
‘that the duo “knowingly and
intentionally represented to
Maritek’s other directors” that

FROM page 1B

nise BASE as an organisation
that represents the industry in this

he did not have a valid purchase
contract, could not finance the
purchase, and did not have gov-
ernment approval for the project.

Meanwhile, Maritek share-
holders have also commenced
legal action in Delaware against
Messrs Young and Fulton, two
other Maritek directors and the
company, alleging that they
“breached their fiduciary duties

. by orchestrating a transaction
whereby the Bahamas land that is
subject” to the contract was “to
be divided up for their own per-
sonal benefit.

However, Messrs Young and
Fulton denied the allegations and
filed a motion to dismiss Mr Hal-
’s complaint or, alternatively, to
stay his action in favour of the
litigation already underway in the
Bahamas Supreme Court.

Justice Brady decided in favour

Operators targeting

country.
Mr Beckles said his organisa-
tion has held-several meetings

' with the FCCA, including one in

Trinidad, in an attempt to rene-

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given. that JEAN PIERRE JEFFREY of
KEY WEST STREET, 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
7TH day of MAY, 2009 to the Minister responsible for Nationality

and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147,. Freeport, Bahamas.



2008
CLE/qui/01815

COMMONWEATH OF THE BAHAMAS
IN THE SUPREME COURT

IN THE MATTER of the Quieting Titles Act, 1959
AND



of the latter course of action, with
the Bahamas Supreme Court rul-
ing on December 15, 2008, that
Mr Hall did not have a valid or
enforceable contract.

“After consideration of the evi-
dence and the authorities com-
mended to me, I find that the
[Hall contract] did not, of itself,
constitute a binding contract,” the
Bahamian judge found.

Mr Hall has announced his
intention to appeal the verdict to
the Court of Appeal, and the
Privy Council if need be.

Pointing out that a final ruling
from the Bahamian courts in the
Maritek defendants’ favour would

“eviscerate” Mr Hall’s complaint, °

Justice Brady stayed the
Delaware action until a final rul-
ing was given.

Tribune Business has been

informed that the 24,682 acres.

gotiate prices and policies.
Recently, BASE has accused
cruise lines of dropping tours
from their. lists without explana-
tion or rationale, which was
denied my Ms Paige. +
“You don’t just wake up one

’ day and say we're not just going

to use your services,” she said.
One tour operator told Tribune

Business recently that a cruise

line they once provided tours to

- switched to their competitor with-

out notifying them of the change.
“One day we just stopped getting
bookings,” he said.

According to Mr Beckles, the

was initially sold to Diamond
Crystal Salt Company on May 7,
1970, for $70,5209, or $2.85 per
acre. The land included 18 miles
of sandy coastal ridge.

Upon ceasing salt production,
Diamond Salt was ‘said to have
sold the property to Worldwide
Protein (Bahamas) for shrimp
farming, at a price of $75,410 or
$35 per acre. That deal was sealed
on June 17, 1983, although one
source suggested the purchase
price was $1.25 million.

Maritek then acquired the
property, and was said to be look-
ing at using it for a resort or real
estate development, before the
contract ‘dispute and issues’ with
government approvals reared
their heads.

George Smith, the former gov-
ernment minister, in 2006 urged
that thé then-Christie adminis-

cruise line policies

ence with BASE members since
their last meeting in November,
despite requests by the group.
“We are still awaiting the oppor-
tunity to continue those discus-
sions,” he said.

One operator, who wished to
remain anonymous because of an
ongoing relationship with the
cruise lines, told this newspaper
that some terms offered by the
cruise lines regarding tour prices
and operator margin percentages
were not favourable.

However, the operator con-
tended that. tour and excursion
owners are not forced to sign into
agreements with the cruise lines,

FCCA has not granted an audi-

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that VERVENIK ELIZABETH RIGBY
MCKENZIE of UNION VILLAGE, 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 sighed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 7TH day of MAY, 2009 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.










IN THE MATTER of The Petition of Mary Wilson
NOTICE OF PETITION

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Mary Wilson presently
of the Settlement of Love Hill on the Island. of Andros one
of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, is
applying to the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas to have his title investigated determined and

declared under the Quieting Titles Act, 1959 (Ch. 393) in

respect of the land hereafter described, that is to say:

“IN THE MATTER OF ALL THAT piece
patcel or tract of land containing Seven
housand Four Hundred and Fifteen
7,415) square feet being Lot Number
7) situate approximately 205 feet South
of Meadows Street and East Side. of
Hutchinson Street in the Southern District
_of the Island of New Providence which
said piece parcel or lot of land is bounded
on the NORTH by land now.or formerly the
property of John S. Carey, Sr. and running
hereon -Eighty-Five and_ Forty-One
Hundredth (85.41) feet on the EAST by
land now or formerly the property of Annie
Knowles and running. thereon Ninety-One .
and Fifty-Two Hundredth (91.52) feet on
the SOUTH by land now or formerly the
prone of Merlene Bethel and running
hereon Sea and . Ninety-Five
Hundredth (76.95) feet and on the WEST
by Hutchinson Street and running thereon
inety-One and Thirty-Eight Hundredth
(91.38) feet which said parcel of land
is recorded in the Department of Lands
and Surveys in the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas as Plan 3614 N.P. and is
thereon coloured pink.”

AND TAKE NOTICE that copies of the Petition and the

Plan of the said land may be inspected during normal.

office hours. at the following places:

Supreme Court Registry, Ansbacher House, East Street North,
| New Providence, The Bahamas.

Sharon Wilson & Co., Chambers, East Shirley Street, Highland
Terrace, New Providence, The Bahamas.

AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE that any person
having dower or right to dower, an adverse claim or a claim not
recognized in the Petition shall on or before the 29" June A.D.,

2009 file in the Supreme Court and serve on thé Petition or his -

attorney an Adverse Claim in the prescribed form supported by
Affidavit. ; ; ; ’

FAILURE OF ANY PERSON to file and serve an
Adverse Claim on or before 29" June A.D., 2009 date will operate
as abartosuchclaim. _ :

Dated this 21% day of April A.D., 2009
Sharon Wilson & Co.
Chambers

> Delvest House
East Shirley Street, Highland Terrace
Nassau, N.P., The Bahamas

Attorneys for the Petitioner






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tration take back the land at a $6
million price, given that no salt
mining or shrimp farming activity

had taken place on the site for *

“25 years” despite the owners
enjoying tax concessions and
investment incentives. ©
Referring then to the proper-
ty’s sale for a real estate devel-

opment, Mr Smith said: “The

Government should not approve
the sale without serious enforce-
able restrictions. In fact, any sale
of the property should be chan-
nelled through a government
organisation such as the Hotel
Corporation, so that any restric-

‘tions can be:cast in stone before

passing any of the property to the
private sector, unless it is to be
used for aquaculture purposes,

- with very little coastline utilisa-

tion.”
The Maritek property, accord-

saying: “Don’t publicly attack the
people because of an agreement
you made that might not be
favourable to you.”
Tribune Business received an
e-mail from a former Norwegian
Cruise Lines employee, who
asserted that Bahamian tour
operators are being inhibited by
their own lack of organisation and
general “cut throat mentality”
between one another.
According to the author of the
e-mail, cruise lines consider

_BASE a “joke”. The email goes

on to tout Stuart Cove as.the only
sensible tour operator.on the

island. “He is patient: and will .

soon run all the water tours,” the

author said.
According to Stuart Cove chief

executive Adrianna Hutchinson,

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS

IN. THE SUPREME COURT
COMNON LAW AND EQUITY DIVISION

BETWEEN

BANK OF THE BAHAMAS LIMITED ~

ing to Mr Smith, accounted for
one-third of the western coast-
line of Long Island, and the wet-
lands it covered were a breeding
ground for birds, aquatic species,
flora and fauna.

Mr Smith said the property was
ideal for eco-tourism and eco-sen-
sitive: resorts, or for use in aqua-
culture and the farming of conch,
stone crab, turtle, grouper and
snapper.

Mr Smith said in 2006: “If all
the Diamond Crystal property is
acquired by the Government, and
along with some of the substantial
adjacent Crown Land developed,
it would generate economic
growth in Long Island. —

“The entire south end of Long
Island, including Clarence Town,
could be developed into an up-
end touristic and residential com-
munity.”

her business has an agreement

-with only one cruise line to sell

their tours, but does not com-
pletely depend on their business,
which is often minor.

Mrs Hutchinson said they
depend more on advertising, rela-
tionships with hotel concierges
and guest services agents and
online booking to drive business
through their doors.

She said that Stuart Cove is
feeling the downturn just as much
as much as other Bahamian busi-
nesses that rely on tourism to
thrive.

.._ Mr Beckles said public policy
has to be reformed in order to
keep tour and excursion opera-
tors safe. “We have to do a better
job at monitoring foreign busi-

_ Desses in the Bahamas,” he said.

2006

CLE/GENID1185

Plaintiff

.

AND

KIMBERLEY JANICE MUNROE |

Defendant

ADVERTISEMENT OF SERVICE OF SUMMONS
AND NOTICE OF ADJOURNED HEARING

TAKE NOTICE that it has been ordered by “Ms. Marilyn Meeres, Deputy
Registrar of the Supreme Court on the o° day af March, A... 2609 that service of the
Summons and the Notice of Adjourned Hearing in the sali action be effected on you by

ihis advarisement,

Dated this 30" day of Apdi, A.D. 2008

GIBSON, RIGBY & Co.
: CHAMBERS
KiMalex House
Dowdeswell Street
Nassau, The Bahamas

Attomeys for the Pisinnff

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BANANAS

iN THE SUPREME COURT

COMMON LAW AND EQUITY DIVISION

BANK OF THE BAHAMAS LIMITED
, AND

CLEIGEN/03185

Plaintitt

KIMBERLEY JANICE MUNROE

Defendant

SUMMONS

LET ALL PARTIES connemed attend before Deputy Registrar Meeres
of the Supreme Court, Ansbacher Buitving, Bank Lane and East Street Noth,
Nassau. The Bahamas on Monday the 11" day of August, A. D., 2008 at 12:38
o'einek in the afternoon for hearing of an application on the pad of the Plaint®
for an Order jor leave to enter Judgment ip Oefauit of Dafenoe pursuant to Order
23 of the Rules of the Supreme Court for the amount claimed in the Statementof
Claim edth intersst, as tharsin claimed and costs.

TAKE NOTICE that a party intending to appase this sppiication or fo apaly
for @ stay af execution should send to the opposite party or iS Attomays to reach
him not less than three (3) days belore the date ahove mentioned a copy of any

Affidavit Intended to bs used.

Dates this 20" day of June, A. D., 2008

" REGISTRAR

This Sunmans was token out by Messrs. Gidson, Righy & Co, Chembons, Kidteiox Mouse,
Bowdoswolt Smeg Nassar, Tho Bahamas, Attorneys for sa Pans,

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS:

. IN THE SUPREME COURT

COMMON LAW AND EQUITY DIVISION

BETWEEN

CLEIGEN/01186

BANK OF THE BAHAMAS LIMITED

Plaintiff

AND

KIMBERLEY JANICE MUNROE

Defendant

NOTICE OF ADJ OURNED HEARING

TAKE NOTICE that the Summons filed on the 25" day of June, A.D
2008 and set down fo be heard on Monday the 25 day of August, AA. 2008 at

£2.36 eslock in the aftemaon will now be heard before Deputy Ragistar Meares

or Suprame Court, Ansbacher Building, Bank Lane, Nassaa, The Bahamas



on “PvE Sa

in the fre. RoOH.

the (TH dayof PUNY

AD. 2009 at 18 o'ctack

Dated this 20" day of March. A.D., 2008

REGISTRAR

Taix Mater war abt aut hy Magan Gao, Riphy & Co. Crrmnpars, Kisheter Neuse, Cortese’ SHouy
2, The iM,

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THE TRIBUNE

BUSINESS

THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2009, PAGE 11B



Bank stress tests blunted
by fear of public fallout

@ By DANIEL WAGNER
AP Business Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) —

Treasury Secretary Timothy Gei- .

thner said in February that
putting the nation’s biggest banks
through “stress tests” was vital
to getting the financial system
back on solid ground.

But with the results set to be
released today, critics say regu-
lators seem so intent on avoiding
statements that might undermine
confidence in the banks that they
risk eroding trust in the stress
tests themselves.

Regulators say none of the 19
banks will be allowed to fold.
That rules out any official state-
ments that might scare investors.
As a result, critics say the results
won’t likely provide the specific
analysis and discipline banks
need to lend money and nour-
ish an eventual economic
_ rebound.’

The public spotlight on the
tests “negates the whole point”
of stress testing, because regula-
tors know tough action could
imperil the banks, said Jaidev
Iyer, a former risk management
chief at Citigroup Inc. who now
works at a nonprofit involved in
bank risk analysis.

’ The tests of the 19 largest
financial firms are at the center
of the Obama administration’s
plan to stabilize the financial sys-
tem. The tests estimate losses
banks would face in a “what-if”
scenario involving a worsening
recession: 10.3 per cent unem-
ployment and a 22 percent drop
in home prices over the next two
years. >

So far, investors seem unfazed

by reports that the tests found:

some banks would need to raise
capital to absorb possible future
losses. A handful of banks
among the 19, including Bank of
America Corp., Citigroup Inc.
and Wells Fargo & Co., would
need more capital based on ini-
tial findings, sources have told
The Associated Press.

The Wall Street Journal. and

“The stress test was a clever stalling
action from a tactical point of view.
They wanted to wait until the

economy showed signs of bottoming
out. Now, everyone’s more relaxed,
and they can go easier on the banks.”
— Simon Johnson, former IMF chief economist

The New York Times reported
Wednesday that Charlotte, N.C.-
based Bank of America’s capi-
tal shortfall stands at about $34
billion. The New York Times
quoted a bank executive, while
the Journal report. cited
unnamed people familiar. with
the situation. -

Spokesmen for Bank of Amer-
ica and the Treasury Department
declined to comment.

Shares of Bank of America
rose 77.cents, or 7.1 per cent, to
$11.61 in midday trading.

Regulators and internal audi-
tors routinely use stress tests to
manage bank risk. The tests, typ-
ically done in private, help guide
investments and ensure the
banks’. stability. Normally, reg-
ulators disclose their evaluations

.and remedies with banks behind

closed doors. By contrast, critics
say, the Fed’s approach seems
designed for public consumption.

Open discussion of the stress
tests, from the White House on
down, has made it hard for reg-
ulators to be as candid as they’d
like, said Bradley Sabel, a vet-
eran bank supervisor with the
Federal Reserve Bank of New
York now at the law firm Shear-
man & Sterling.

“T think there’ s an awful lot of
value in keeping confidential the
discussions between banks and
examiners,” he said.

Fear of igniting a market pan-

‘ic means regulators aren’t likely



to force banks to make major
changes in their operations and

‘investments, Sabel said.

The.administration has repeat-

edly called attention to the stress’

tests. For weeks, officials have
brushed off questions about the
health of the banking system by
mentioning the forthcoming test
results. *

Asked last month about a
Treasury program to buy banks’
troubled assets, White House
adviser David Axelrod said,
“Let’s see what happens. once
the stress tests are done and the
capital needs of banks are deter-
mined.”

‘ Simon Johnson, a former chief
economist with the Internation-
al Monetary Fund now at the
Massachusetts Institute of Tech-

‘nology’s Sloan School of Busi-

ness, said the tests may have

- served the administration’s polit-

ical needs.

“The stress test was a clever
stalling action from a tactical
point of view,” Johnson said.
“They wanted to wait until the

economy showed signs of bot-.

toming out. Now, everyone’s
more relaxed, and they can go
easier on the banks.”

Asked about the tests, a senior
government official familiar with
the process said they were
designed to illuminate the health
of the banking system. The
results will be clear and detailed

enough for investors to make

DEPARTMENT OF STATISTICS

informed decisions, said the offi-
cial, who requested anonymity
because he wasn’t authorized to
discuss the matter.

The difficulty of operating

-under public scrutiny was clear
‘almost from the day Geithner

announced the tests, said Kevin
T. Jacques, a longtime Treasury

employee who’s now a finance °

professor at Baldwin-Wallace
College.

“I think Treasury got backed
into a corner,” Jacques said. “It
felt, "The market is clearly aware
we’re doing these tests ... If we
don’t release the results of the
stress tests, the market will think
that we’re hiding something.’
“Providing more information
about the health of banks is a
worthy goal, said William Seid-
man, who ran the Federal
Deposit Insurance Corp. during
the savings-and-loan crisis. But
he said the best way to do so
would be to tailor the tests to
each firm. Among the 19 firms
being stress-tested are an insurer,
an auto finance giant and-banks
with diverse business models.

Applying the same scenarios

‘to 19 firms makes little sense,
Iyer agreed. A“one-size-fits-all

approach” doesn’t take account
of the strengths and weaknesses
of each bank’s assets.

“I am very skeptical that we
will learn much about the true
conditions of these banks,” he
said.

Billionaire investor Warren
Buffet made.a similar point over
the weekend. He said the stress
tests focused on banks’ debt —
not on whether their operations
were basically strong.

Federal Reserve Chairman

Ben Bernanke told lawmakers
Tuesday that the tests will help
banks develop plans to raise their

capital buffers if necessary. The’

extra capital would ensure the
banks could keep lending even if
the recession worsened.

A functional financial system -

will be crucial to any economic

‘rebound. Until banks can return

to normal lending, it will be hard

for companies to expand. And.

it will be tough for consumers to
make the purchases that would
spark a recovery.

Yet there’s no guarantee that

forcing banks to boost their cap-
ital reserves will have the desired
result, Seidman said. He said the
government should take control
of banks that might fail and clean
up their balance sheets by seizing
assets that have lost value or
can’t be sold.

lyer said he worries the tests
have become too tangled in fears
of political or economic after-
shocks to do much good.

“T’m a little concerned that
somewhere in there, we’ve lost
complete sight of the meaning
of this exercise,” he said.

Legal Notice

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No.45 of 2000)

ALBRECHT LIMITED

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 of the International Business Companies Act No.
45 of 2000, ALBRECHT LIMITED has been dissolved
and struck off the Register according to the Certificate of
Dissolution issued by the Registrar General on the 2nd

day of April, 2009. ,

Peter Saxby, 18 Quai, Jean-Charles Rey,
Fortvielle, MC 98000, Monaco
* Liquidator





~ MNISTRY OF HOUSING
ENGINEERING SERVICES FOR THE DESIGN OF ROADS
_ AND DRAINAGE SYSTEMS, ELECTRICAL
DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM AND POTABLE WATER AND
SEWERAGE DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS IN SPRING CITY,

ABACO

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP)

EXPORT/IMPORT PRICE SURVEY
During the month of May, 2009
The Department of Statistics will
conduct a_ pricing

selected businesses _ throughout
New Providence & Grand Bahama
to collect prices of — various
commodities. The Department will
therefore be seeking the co-operation
of businesses involved in exporting
and importing as we embark upon this

most important exercise.

THE DEPARTMENT OF STATISTICS
APPRECIATES YOUR SUPPORT &
Co: OPERATION



. survey. The
staff of The Department will visit

The Government of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas through the |
Ministry of Housing is requesting proposals from qualified Consulting
Engineering firms to provide Engineering Design, Supervision of the »
Construction Tender Process, and Contract Administration Services for

the development of the following housing subdivision:

(i) Spring City, Abaco. - Roads and drainage.system design, electrical
distribution system design and potable water & sewerage distribution
design.

Interested parties may obtain further information and purchase a copy :
of the Request for Proposal from:

The Office of the. Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Housing
Claughton House
Shirley and Charlotte Sts.
Nassau, Bahamas

Tel: 242-322- 6005/6006
For a non- refundable fee $100. The method of payment may be cash ~

or a certified cheque made payable to the “Ministry of Housing”. The
documents will be ready for collection beginning Thursday 7th May,
2009 and ending Friday 15th May, 2009 between the hours of 9:30am
to 4:30pm. An information meeting will be held on Tuesday 19th May
at 10am in the conference room at the Ministry of Housing, Claughton
House.

Tenders are to be submitted in a sealed envelope marked as indicated
in the RFP document to:

The Office of the Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Housing
Claughton House
Shirley and Charlotte Sts.
Nassau, Bahamas

No later than 12 noon on Tuesday 26th May, 2009. Tenders will be

opened at 12:01 pm on Tuesday 26th May, 2009 in the conference
room at the Ministry of Housing, Claughton House. The Government
reserves the right to reject any or all Tenders.
PAGE 12B, THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2009



POCO S MEE

_ BUSINESS

THE TRIBUNE





leral regulator urges ‘systemic risk council

@ By MARCY GORDON
AP Business Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) —
Phe head of the Federal Deposit
Insurance Corp. says new pow-
ers are needed to oversee Com-
panies that pose financial risks to
the economy, an authority that
could be shared by the FDIC
nd other regulators.

Policymakers want to replace
ite “too big to fai!” model used
by the government as it rushed
in to rescue huge financial insti-
tutions caught up in the global
crisis last fall.

“Our current system has clear-
ly failed in many instances to
manage risk properly and to pro-
vide stability,” FDIC Chairman
Sheila Bair told the Senate
Banking Committee Wednesday.
“We're talking about a resolu-
tion and not a bailout.”

And Bair’s suggestion for new
authority from Congress for the
FDIC to take over and resolve
bank holding companies like Cit-
igroup Inc. or Bank of America
Corp. — before the overall
revamp of financial rules is fin-
ished — brought sympathetic
responses from senators.

Bank holding companies fall
under the supervision of the Fed-
eral Reserve. The FDIC now can
take over and resolve only the
subsidiaries of bank holding
companies that take federally
insured deposits.

Results

Bair spoke a day before results
of “stress tests” on the nation’s
biggest banks are being released,

an exercise the government said,

was vital to getting the financial
system back on solid ground.
None of the 19 banks tested

will be allowed to fold, regula-
tors have said. “I think this will
be a confidence-instilling
announcement,” Bair said at the
hearing.

She affirmed that as a result of -

the tests, some banks will need
to raise more capital. Some
observers will say “we’re being
too tough and other analysts will
say we’re not being tough
enough.” Bair said.

Bair, who has been.an influ-
ential voice through the crisis,
called for a new system of super-
vision that prevents institutions
from taking on excessive risk and

becoming so large their failure
would threaten the financial sys-
tem. She suggested the Treasury

Department, FDIC, Federal.

Reserve and Securities and
Exchange Commission could be
members of a new “systemic risk
council” set up to monitor large
institutions against the kind of
risk that plunged the markets
worldwide into distress last year.

‘A “council” of regulators would

be better equipped than a sin-
gle agency to exercise that over-
sight, writing rules, setting capi-
tal requirements and collecting
data on large institutions that
pose a potential threat to the sys-
tem, Bair said.

}

“I’m more attracted to the
council idea” than having a sin-
gular regulator play that role,
said Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-
Conn., the committee chairman.

Rep. Barney Frank, chairman
of the House Financial Services
Committee, and other lawmak-
ers have proposed that the Fed
assume the role of systemic reg-
ulator.

The Obama administration
has presented to Congress an
extensive overhaul of financial -
regulation meant to prevent a
repeat of the banking crisis. A
pillar of the plan is creating a so-
called systemic regulator to mon-

_ itor against the risks.

Legal Notice

NOTICE _
MANSUETUS CORP.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Legal Notice

‘NOTICE
KEYCOVE MANAGEMENT LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation) -



Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 29th day of April 2009. The Liquidator is
Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Notice is hereby given that the above-named

Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 29th day of April 2009. The Liquidator is
Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas. Bahamas.





ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator) —



NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT. 2000
No. 45 of 2000



NOTICE

Mercuant to Section 228 of the ‘Companies Act, 1992
Ouce is given that:-





|

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS

IN THE SUPREME COURT

In Voluntary Liquidation CLEIGEN/01021

ca ‘ ae Be gen a ‘ COMMON LAW AND EQUITY DIVISION
(a) Nifest Incorporation Limited is in dissolution. |
: Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (4)
of the International Business Companies Act, (No. 45 of 2000),
LONGOLD ENTERPRISES LIMITED, is in dissolution.
‘Tetalserve Management Limited is the Liquidator and can be
contacted at 17 Gr. Xenopoulou Street, 3106 Limassol, yprus.
All persons having claims against the above-named company
are required to send their names, addresses and particulars of
theit debts-or claims to the Liquitkator before the Sth day of
4 June, 2009.
= Fim FM Thy

BETWEEN

(b) The date of commencement of the dissolution is BANK OF THE BAHAMAS LIMITED

the 23rd day of March, A.D. 2009.

Plaintif¥

AND

OTIS ROLLE
Defendant



(c) The name of the Liquidator is Anthony A.M.
Moree of Dupuch & Turnquest & Co., 308 East

pay Street, PO. Box N-8181, Nassau, Bahamas,

4 4 sora

ADVERTISEMENT OF SERVICE OF SUMMONS
____AND NOTICE OF ADJOURNED HECENS

me GF





“TAKE NOTICE that it has been ordered iy Ns” “Marilyn Meets; 0
“4 Registrar of the Supreme Court on the 9* day ‘aE Mare Th AD, 3009 hotsetvice
of the Summons and the Notice of Adjoursed Hearing in the said action, be

AN’ THONY A.M. MOREE
Liquidator

affented oo you by this advertisement.

‘ Dated this 30" day of Apsl, A.0., 2008
Totalserve Management Limited

TOTALSERVE MANAGEMENT LIMITED ” GIBSON, RIGBY & Go.
CHAMBERS
Ki-Mafex House
Dowdeswell Street

Nassau, The Bahamas



Hi x! oO rne Freigh t Attomeys for the Plaintiff ©
Ca rZo Services

eee an COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
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IN THE SUPREME COURT

. COMMON LAW AND EQUITY DIVISION ‘ CLE/GEN/01021

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BETWEEN

BANK OF THE BAHAMAS LIMITED

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OTIS ROLLE
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NOTICE OF ADJOURNED HEARING

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TAKE NOTICE that the Summons filed on the 25 day of June, A.D.
2008 and sei dawn to Re heard an Monday the 11" day of Augusi, A.D. 2008 at
43:30 o'siack in the aftemoon will now be heard before Daputy Registrar Meeres
of the Suprerne Court, Ansbacher Suifding, Bank Lane, Nassau, The Bahamas
on “TueSE¥Y the Leb aayof PIRY LAD. 2009 atIG G o'slack
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Bahamas Property Fund ve : 11.00 11.00 This Notice wee taken vvt by Manors, Gibson, Righy & Co, Chamdas, Kidsiox House, Dowseswedt SEwN,
Bank of Bahamas 6.95 6.95 Messass, The Bahamas, Attorakys for the Fsrat,
Benchmark .* 0.63 0.63
Bahamas Waste 3.15 3.15
Fidellty Bank . 2.37 2.37
Cable Bahamas 12.04 12.04
Colina Holdings : 2.83 ‘2.83
Commonwealth Bank (S1) . 6.17
Consolidated Water BDRs 2.63 COMMONWEALTH QF THE BAHAMAS
Doctor's Hospital 1.86
) Famguard : 7.76 IN THE SUPREME COURT
Finco 11.00
FirstCaribbean Bank 10.40 GONIMON LAW AND EQUITY DIVISION CLEIGEN/01021
Focol (S) ; 5.14
Focol Class B Preference - 1.00
Freeport Concrete 0.30
ICD Utilities 5.59 Se WEEN ‘
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29 May 2015

SUMMONS

LET ALL PARTIES concermed altend before Deputy Registrar Meeres
of the Supreme Court, Ansbacher Building, 3° Floor, Bank Lane and East Street
North, Nassau, The Banamas on Monday the 14” day of August, A. D., 2008 at
44:30 o'clock in the forenoon for hearing of an application on the part of the



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12.7397 12.1564 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 457587 28-Feb-09 TAKE NOTICE that a purty. intending to oppose this application or to apply
100.5606 100.0000 CFAL Global Bond Fund _ 100.5606 31-Dec-08 for a stay af execution should sand to the opposite party or its Aitomays to reach
$7100.0000 96.4070 CFAI Global Equity Fund 96.4070 31-Dec-08 ry "
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4.0440 1,0000 FO Financial Preferred Income Fund 1.0440 9-Feb-09
5 41,0000 FG Financial Growth Fund 1.0364 9-Feb-09




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PAGE 14B, THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2009

) CARIB INSURANCE N-U-A_ mosetey «Burnsine

* BROKERS & AGENTS LTD. “at, Which eds h SRBC

A message to our Valued Customers:

We are pleased to announce that Carib Insurance Brokers & Agents Ltd. and Soe
Burnside Insurance Agency Ltd. are now part of NUA mrsuranioe Agents & Broker
Lid. For our customers, 'this means:

LOCATIONS

« The Mossley Burnside location at the Harbour Bay Shopping Centre becomes
NUA's second Service Centre in New Providence, complementing its «
Service Centre and. Head Office on Collins Avenue.

- The Carib office on Charlotte Street in downtown Nassau will close elective
April 24, 2009. Customers will have tthe convenience of being served at either the
Collins Avenue or’ Harbour’ Bay Shopping Centre locations.

CUSTOMER BENEFITS

Greater convenience for all of your general insurance needs, including policy

renewals.

- The benefit of our combined experience, expertise and areas of spécialization.

- Your insurance coverage remains eee Nothing changes with your |
current ipolicies.

* Continued ‘excellent service that you ‘have come to ‘expect.

As part of the Bahamas First Group of Companies, we have the security of the
largest and ‘most trusted general insurer in The Bahamas. Bahamas First General
Insurance Company Ltd. has an.A.M. Best Rating of A- (Excellent) which reflects the
company’s excellent capital and liquidity position as well as its superior operational
results.

\
Now we are one, committed to helping individuals and businesses with ail of their
general insurance ‘needs. if you have any questions please on ‘or visit .us at one of
our Service Centres. :
The R.H. Bobby Symoneite Building. aa
3rd Terrace :& ‘Collins Avenue
‘©. Box 'N-4870, Nassau -
The Bahamas

Tel: © 30249100, 328 5992 :
; or 856-7800 Or. B22-8210
Fax: 3285974 or 326-3701

322-5277 or 394-8309

UINSLIR NOE AGENTS 1% peste nen

aTaTaeRORE



THE TRIBUNE

If my service is

disconnected who do | call?

if your service is disconnected please call
the Credit & Collections Department at
225-5282 for information on your bill and
_ Payment plans.

ts there a reconnection fee?

Yes there is a recon fee of » 5.00 if ~ account





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