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industrial action

@ By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter



THE industrial action by
Customs officers yesterday shut
down operations at shipping
companies, delayed the deliv-
ery of goods'to businesses and
threatened to impede travel to
the Bahamas — all during one
of the busiest tourism seasons,
Spring Break.

Although — according to Pub-
lic Servicé Minister Fred
Mitchell — government and Cus-
tom workers came to an agree-
ment yesterday afternoon and
officers returned to work soon
after, the half-day demonstra-
tion for salary increases and
equal treatment caused chaos

within the business communi-
ty.

“J don’t understand how gov-
ernment could have allowed
this to happen. We are an
island, we need to import goods
and everything needs to clear
Customs. We depend on it. I
feel that there are a lot of things
government could have done
that they failed to do which
could have prevented this,” one
shipping company representa-
tive said.

According to the demon-
strating Custom officers, gov-
ernment was expected to meet
with them on Monday to dis-
cuss their concerns, but failed

SEE page 15

Eighty per cent of officers estimated
to have walked off the job yesterday

@ By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter



ALL customs and immigration activities ground to a halt
yesterday when an estimated eighty per cent of all officers —
including line staff at the airport — walked off the job alleging

government neglect.

A large group of customs officers gathered in the parking lot
outside the customs headquarters yesterday morning, although

senior officers sought to emphasise that the action was not a |

strike — which is deemed illegal for all disciplinary forces.
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officers was being hammered out in a meeting between gov-

ernment officials — including ministers Fred Mitchell, Bradley
Roberts, and James Smith — and the Bahamas Public Service _

Union (BPSU) to the effect that all officers agreed to return to
work.

Assurances were given that key areas of concern for the
officers will be addressed in coming months — in the form of

SEE page 15 ‘|
























- day operations” of the Port Authority, which is;

AG's office refutes
reported reason
for Mario Miller

trial postponement

THERE seems to be some
confusion about the reason
behind the latest postponement.
of the Mario Miller murder tri-

"al, after the Attorney General’s
office released a statement con-
tradicting earlier media reports.

The statement declared that

- the unavailability of defence ©
, attorney Romona Farquharson
‘, is the sole reason for the most
>) ‘gecent delay. However, The Tri-'
bune was unable to indepen-
dently verify this claim with the

‘Supreme Court: 55

Media outlets had reported
that the postponement of the
case was due to a prosecution
witness being unavailable.

The AG’s office refuted this
statement in its press release. It
stated:

“It was made clear to the
court and to the jurors waiting
to be empanelled that the trial
was delayed solely.due to the
non-availability of counsel for

SEE page 14

m@ CUSTOMS officers during yesterday’s industrial action.
(Photo: Felipé Major/Tribune staff)

Boundaries
Commission
report ‘complete’

@ By BRENT DEAN

GB Chamber of Commerce : Mother to stage protest against ;

_ president positive on allesed ‘police brutality
future of Port Authority Hs 5 P eee y
AN ANGRY mother is to stage a

placard protest against police brutality after
: her son was left with a broken neck and brain
eI leged attack by th fi-
FREEPORT S “potential” could-tinally bed Sam eee 7" alleged attack by, three oft

Tribune Business Editor

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realised, and “true collaboration” between the { = «Pps ; ee : 7 :
Grand Bahama Port Authority, its licensees ; This, in my. opinion, was attempted. mur THE REPORT of the
: der. 5 Boundaries Commission has

and the Government achieved, from the events : & . }
set in motion by the current dispute between the ; My son suffere da seizure after the beating,
GBPA’s shareholders, the Grand Bahama yet a senior officer told him he would not

Chamber of Commerce president said. : need a doctor.

Christopher Lowe praised the GBPA’s man- : “They even told my son that if he

agement team for “smoothing out the day-to- died, they would say it was the result
: of an injury he suffered at the container’

been completed and will be
tabled in the House of Assem-
bly next Wednesday by the
Prime Minister, according to
Works Minister Bradley
Roberts.

Mr Roberts made these
remarks yesterday afternoon in
the parliament building.

However, The Tribune has
been reliably informed that this
information is incorrect. It is
understood that potential.
changes to the boundaries are
still to be discussed.

Significant public controversy
has emerged surrounding the
length of time it has taken for
the government to submit the
report.

Elections have to be held by
May 22 at the latest. The delay
in making the new boundaries
public, prevents all potential
candidates from knowing pre-
cisely what their constituencies
are and where they have to

SEE page 14

in the care of joint receivers Clifford and Myles : port.”

SEE page 14 e Special Report on page 5

Bahamian boat captain indicted in Florida

on murder, smuggling and drugs charges

@ By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter

A BAHAMIAN boat captain
has been indicted in a Florida
court on charges of murder,
smuggling of illegal immigrants
and the importation of drugs.

Boat captain Rickey Thomp-
son, together with his American
first-mate Leon Brice Johnson,
are accused of causing the death
of a Jamaican as well as import-
ing marijuana and cocaine into

the US during a smuggling trip sel.
from the Bahamas to Jupiter The migrants, it is claimed,
Island, Florida. paid Thompson fees ranging
Both men will face the death —_ from $1,500 to $4,000 for the trip.
penalty or life imprisonment if The boat captain allegedly
found guilty. assured his passengers that they
Accordipg to documents of . would be dropped off “on a
the US Attorney’s office for beach orin water no higher than
Southern Florida District, the their ankles.”
men -— between December | and Thompson and Johnson,
December 6, 2006— arranged the together with the 11 illegal immi-
transport of 11 illegalimmigrants —_grants, reportedly left Freeport
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“intimated” that Larry Birk-
head is the father of Anna
Nicole Smith’s daughter Dan-
nielynn, it was claimed this
week. :

Ford Shelley, son-in-law of
Anna’s ex- -lover Ben Thomp-
son, said Stern’s true feelings

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became known during an hour-
long meeting between all three
of them.

“He invited Larry to see his
child,” said Mr Shelley, who
advanced the money for Anna
Nicole to buy Horizons, the lux-
ury home on the Eastern Road
where she spent the last-five
months of her life.

“If Howard was 100 per cent
sure he was the father, he would
not even have had the meeting
at all. He would not need to.”

Mr Shelley said the meeting
was called by Stern himself “to
resolve some differences.”

“During the meeting, Stern
invited Birkhead to see his
child,” he said. Stern told Birk-
head that Dannielynn had
arrived two weeks early “so it’s
between me and you.”

Mr Shelley said: “Stern want-
ed us to drop all our suits, pater-
nity and property actions.”

But Mr Shelley made it clear
the fight over Horizons would
go on. “He is a squatter. He has
no legal right to the house,” he
said. *

His comments came on Fox
TV during an interview with
Greta van Susteren.

During the show, Stern’s
attorney Ron Rale said his
client had made no money at
all from Ms Smith’s death and
stood to make none.

He also said Stern had made
nothing from the “exchange of
vows” ceremony on a catama-
ran off Rose Island. last year
when photo rights were report-
edly sold to People magazine
for $1.1 million.

Mr Rale also denied claims



M@ HOWARD K Stern
pictured with Anna Nicole
Smith last year |

by lawyer John O’Quinn - rep-
resenting Anna Nicole’s moth-
er, Virgie Arthur - that Stern
stood to benefit from seven life
insurance policies in the event
of the cover girl’s death.

“He has no life insurance pol-
icy on Anna’s life,” he said, “He
doesn’t benefit from Anna’s
estate. It is in the will. You
watch the probate as it unfolds.”

Meanwhile Gina Shelley -
Ford’s wife - said Stern had
explained the “exchange of
vows” ceremony by saying he
wanted to cheer up Anna
Nicole after son Daniel’s death.

“After Daniel died, I don’t
know if she was ever in the right
state of mind,” she said.



In brief



Evacuation
of World Cup
teams after
gas leak

@ TRINIDAD
Port-of-Spain

SOUTH Africa, Pakistan,
Canada and Ireland cricket
players were evacuated from
their Trinidad hotel after
leaking gas caused a blast ear-
ly Wednesday, according to
Associated Press.

Three staffers at the Hilton
Hotel reportedly were taken
to the Port-of-Spain General
Hospital with undisclosed
injuries. None of the players
or team officials were injured,
hotel staff said. |

“Shortly after the blast,
which occurred on the eighth
floor of the hotel at about 8am,
all guests were evacuated,”
Cricket South Africa media
liaison officer Gordon Tem-
pleton said in a statement..

“It is unclear as to what
caused the blast but the entire
team is safe and calm has
returned to the hotel.”

Guests were allowed to
return to their rooms around|4
1/2 hours after the evacuation.

All teams except for Pak-
istan decided to leave the
vicinity of the hotel while
police and fire crews investi-
gated.

Peter Guarniive, the hotel’s
safety and security manager,
said “emergency forces are
trying to work out exactly
what happened.”

The Pakistan team’s media
manager, Pervez Jamil Mir, said
some of the players were having
breakfast in the dining room
and others were still asleep
when the alarm went off.

Pakistan had no scheduled
practice on Wednesday, he
said, but the evacuation was a
disruption to the players in
their buildup to the World Cup.

Canada and Ireland play in
a warm-up match Thursday
at Trinidad, with South Africa
playing Pakistan on Friday.

The March 13-April 28
World Cup features 16 teams
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conspiracy
to export
cocaine

A MAN was granted $30,000
bail yesterday after being
charged with conspiracy to pos-
sess and export cocaine with the
intent to supply.

Allworth Pickstock, 28, who
appeared before Magistrate
Carolita Bethel on Tuesday,
returned to court yesterday for
a bail hearing.

He initially pleaded not guilty
to the charges, which stated that
on Tuesday, January 23 while
at Freeport Grand Bahama, he
conspired to possess and export
a quantity of cocaine with the
intent to supply.

The case was adjourned to
September 10 and 11.

US heads
brief Cuban
activists on
rights report
@ HAVANA

US authorities presented
independent Cuban journalists
and other activists with the
State Department’s annual
human rights report Wednes-
day, saying the situation has not
changed since Fidel Castro
stepped aside seven months
ago, according to Associated
Press. .

Jonathan Farrar, the State
Department’s principal deputy
assistant secretary for democ-
racy, human rights and labour,

spoke via video conference »

from Washington, answering
questions from a small group of
activists.

“They: changed one for the
other,” Farrar said of the 80-
year-old Castro’s decision in
late July to temporarily cede
power to his 75-year-old broth-
er Raul while he recovered
from intestinal surgery.

“But we really have not seen

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Wi MINISTER of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell speaks to the press yesterday at the House of

Assembly

,



@ By BRENT DEAN =

hy

MINISTER .ofs,Foreign
Affairs Fred Mitchell
expressed concern regarding
the coverage given to the US
government’s annual Human
Rights report by local media.

Mr Mitchell expressed these
concerns yesterday afternoon
in a press conference in the

* House of Assembly.

“It seems to me that every

year, the State department.

Human Rights Report — which

is a routine report — which is °

done on every country in the
world, takes on a significance
far beyond its actual impor-
tance,” he said.

Mr Mitchell noted that US
Embassy has stated that the
overall report on the Bahamas
is a positive one. |

The minister said that
despite the problems men-

(Phoi:Felipé Major/Tribune staff)

tioned in the report, the
Bahamas is a free society with
free media, where all citizens
are able to publicly voice con-
cerns and grievances.

Redress

.

Additionally, he noted that
the Bahamas.has systems, just
as the US has systems, through
which people are able to seek
redress when they think they
have been wronged.

The Foreign Minister was
particularly concerned that
“the report always seems to be
accepted uncritically.”

Mr Mitchell sought to place
the report in context, stating
that in regard to money laun-
dering in the Bahamas, which
was mentioned in the annual
US narcotics report, it has
been noted by commentators

that more money is laundered
through the banks of New
York, than the entire
Caribbean — and possibly all
of Latin America.

Mr Mitchell also stated that
despite the criticisms of Fox
Hill Prison in the report, the
government is engaged in
efforts to improve the facility.
And he argued that the US
has its own problems in this
regard.

He said: “Similar comments
have been made by Amnesty
International about the US
(prison) system itself — about
what is happening in Guan-
tanamo Bay, what is happen-
ing to blacks in the prison sys-
tem in the US.” ‘

Mr Mitchell stated that he
did not want to be. critical of
the US, but raised these points
to illustrate that all countries
have human rights problems.



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ference did not see it until they
were handed copies in English —

rather than in their native Span-.

ish — minutes before the event
began.

The report said that at the
end of 2006, Cuba held at least
283 prisoners of conscience. It
found that the government did
not commit any politically moti-
vated killings, and there were
apparently no forcible disap-
pearances on the island.

It also stated that physical tor-
ture was rare, though govern-
ment agents sometimes beat,
harassed and. made death
threats against dissidents and
independent journalists —
including those behind bars.

Cuba’s communist govern-
ment regular rejects charges of
rights abuses, especially those
concerning physical abuse. Typ-
ically characterising any jailed
dissidents as US mercenaries,
the government maintains it
respects human rights more
than most nations by providing
free health care and other social
services.

The State Department’s report
comes as Cuba and international
organizations question Wash-
ington’s own commitment, to
human rights following allega-
tions of abuse of terror suspects
at the US prison at Guantanamo

. Bay in easternmost Cuba.

Activists at the video confer-
ence were particularly interest-
ed in a section of the report that
dealt with the island’s Internet
restrictions. |

The State Department said
Cuba blocks access to websites
it considers objectionable and
usually only provides Internet
access through government

‘approved institutions.

Cuba says it has to restrict
access to the World Wide Web
because of severe bandwidth
limitations it blames on the US
trade embargo.

Because the trade sanctions

A POLICE officer was
arraigned in Magistrate’s
Court yesterday charged
with the rape of an 18-year-
old woman.

It is alleged that Consta-
ble Julian Outten, 30, had
sex with the -young woman
against her will on Saturday,
January 7.

Another charge read that
Outten on the same day had
forcibly detained the young
woman with the intent to
have intercourse with her.

Outten, who was
‘arraigned before Chief Mag-
istrate Roger Gomez at
Court One, Bank Lane, was
not required to enter a plea
to either charge. Outten is
represented by lawyer lan
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“Scooter” Libby case Tuesday came
to the common-sense conclusion
that the former chief of staff to
Vice President Dick Cheney was
guilty on four of five charges of per-
jury, lying, and obstruction of jus-
tice.

But after the verdict one juror
said the panel had wondered why
higher officials had not been
brought to justice.

They felt Libby was a fall
guy.

In a case whose origins go direct-
ly back to misstatements made by
President Bush and others about the
threat posed by Saddam Hussein,
Libby’s mistake was to have told his
lies under oath.

To get Congress and the Ameri-
can public to support a war in Iraq,
Bush and his top officials in 2002
and early 2003 wove a tissue of fab-
rications and manipulated intelli-
gence about Iraq’s links to Al Qae-
da and its preparations for nuclear

weapons.
When former diplomat Joseph
Wilson wrote a newspaper

article in the summer of 2003 that
started tugging on one of the
threads in this web of deceptions —
that Iraq had tried to procure ura-
nium in Africa — evidence suggests
that Cheney tried to discredit Wil-
son.

To do so, administration officials
leaked the fact that Wilson’s wife,
Valerie Plame, was a CIA official
and had played a role in sending
him to Africa in 2002 to track down
the uranium rumour.

Wilson discovered the
rumour to be unfounded, and said
- so in a report to administration offi-
cials, only to see the rumour
repéated in administration state-
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Revealing Wilson’s wife’s role
would plant the notion that the trip
to Niger was a “junket,” a phrase
that Cheney used in notes he made
on a copy of Wilson’s newspaper
article.

But the smear boomeranged.
There is a law against
disclosing an undercover CIA offi-
cial’s identity, and Cheney, Libby,
Bush aide Karl Rove, and other offi-
cials had to testify before a grand
jury. ;
Libby’s statements were persua-
sively rebutted by other testimony,
leading to the charges against
him.

Since violation of the law pro-
tecting CIA officials’ identity,
requires knowing intent, none of the
leakers was charged with that.

‘Tuesday, federal prosecutor
Patrick Fitzgerald said he did not
plan to bring further indictments in
the case.

But the questions still echo that
Fitzgerald asked in his final remarks
to the jury: “What is this case
about? Is it about something big-
ger?”

The jurors — and the public —
know that the case is about an
attempt by the vice president to dis-
credit a former government
official who had the audacity to
challenge false statements about the
war.

Fitzgerald said the American peo-
ple would know more about the
“cloud over the vice president” and
“the cloud over the White House” if
Libby had provided straight
answers.

Now Cheney can lift that cloud by
giving the public some straight
answers of his own.

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EDITOR, The Tribune.






Da M es

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the most recent issues SUI- Nicole Smith incident.

rounding D Shane Gibson I have listened as
and this whole Anna prophets, politicians, and

Private entrepreneurs
running business in
comparison to govt

EDITOR, The Tribune.

IN HIS book, The End Of Poverty- Economic Possibilities For
Our Time, in the Chapter “Making the Investments Needed to
End Poverty,” Jeffrey D Sachs, internationally renowned for his
work as economic adviser to governments around the world,
writes: “Experience has shown that private entrepreneurs do a
much better job of running business than governments. When
governments run businesses, they tend to do so for political
rather than economic reasons. State enterprises tend to overstaff
their operations, since jobs equal votes for politicians, and lay-
offs can cost a politician the next election. ,

State-owned banks tend to make loans for political reasons,
rather than on the basis of expected returns. Factories are like-
ly to be built in the districts of powerful politicians, not where
they can best serve the broader population. Moreover, gov-

ernments rarely have the in-house expertise to manage complex’

technologies, and they shouldn’t, aside from sectors where the
government’s role is central such as in defence, infrastructure,
health and education.”

As Sideburns might write, “Mother Sukie, how he know dat
about we!”

W P HOLOWESKC
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February, 2007.

Some questions
“on politics

EDITOR, The Tribune. mending changes in National
Insurance or is that dead for
DEAR Mr Marquis: this session of Parliament?

I read with interest your
column discussing politics in
The Bahamas and should like
some attention paid to the fol-
lowing:

1) What became of the
Prime Minister’s code of
ethics?

2) What became of the dis-
closure that Parliamentarians
are supposed to make to their
assets of income?

3) What became of the
pledge of transparency made
by the present government?

4) Will Mr Christie declare
his state of candidates in the
up and coming election?

5) What became of the
Alfred Stuart report recom-



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the Members of Parliament '

presently serving in the
House?

7) Please inform us as to
government pensions, espe-

cially that of governors gen- .

eral, prime minister, members
of parliament, senior civil ser-
vants, etc.

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The Tomlinson
Scholarship

every other Joe and Mary
Blow has come out of the
woodwork calling for
everything from resigna-
tion to expulsion from The
Bahamas of the good gen-
tleman. It really amazes me
as many, some of whom I
know have sought to vilify
this gentleman as if they
themselves are without
fault.

Let me say for the record
just in case we have for-
gotten. No one is per-
fect...and to expect perfec-
tion from any human is to
subtlely compare them to
the only perfect being
known to mankind...Jesus
Christ.

These experiences call us
to remember that we are
indeed not perfect and that
we must continue to call on
the divine grace of our
Lord to guide our very
existence on this earth. I
would like the general pub-
lic to know that the D
Shane Gibson I know is not
the person that is being.
portrayed in the media as
everything ungodly. He is
in fact-a decent young man
who quite frankly is not
without faults, but then
again, who is? He has rep-
resented the good people.
of Golden Gates well dur-

ing his term in office and

before his venture into pol-
itics, I daresay represent-
ed many of the people who |
now call for his head daily
in the print and broadcast
media.

He has sat around the
table and negotiated for
the good of the masses
both in his past life as well -
as his present.

He, asa young man, has:
taken full control of both
Government Ministries
assigned to him by the
Prime Minister.

How unfortunate itis
that some would seek to
use this season to try and
destroy such a hardwork-
ing young Bahamian. I
would like for The
Bahamas and D. Shane
Gibson to know that Jack-
ie Kemp, polling Division
#3 of the great constituency
of Golden Gates, supports
him 1000 per cent and I
encourage him to keep his
head high. I leave with a
message to his detrac-
tors....What goes
around...comes around!

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Mother plans protest
against police after son
left with brain damage
Calls for others to join in bid

to stamp out police brutality
after alleged attack by officers



AN irate mother is to stage a
.placard protest against police
brutality after her son was left
with a broken neck and brain
damage in an alleged attack by
three officers.

Stephanie McCartney is call-
ing on everyone who has suf-
fered at police hands to join her
demonstration, which will be
held outside Freeport’s main
police station.

Though no date has yet been
fixed for the protest, Ms
McCartney said she is deter-
mined to stamp out police bru-
tality in the Bahamas - and
secure amends for the injuries
suffered by her son, Jamal
Cleare.

She told The Tribune: “My
son has been permanently
injured by officers who placed a
plastic bag over his head and
beat him so badly that they
broke his neck.

“This, in my opinion, was
attempted murder. My son suf-
fered a seizure after the beating,
yet a senior officer told him he
would not need a doctor. They
even told my son that if he died,
they would say it was the result
of an injury he suffered at the
container port.”

Her complaint is the latest in
a long line of brutality allega-
tions against police. But she is
backing:up her.claims;with let-
ters,to,/Prime Minister Perry
Christie; Minister of National
Security, Gynthia, Pratt, Police
Commissioner Paul Farquhar-
son.and Opposition leader
Hubert Ingraham.

And she says she will not rest
until those responsible for her
son’s injuries are dealt with.

According to Ms McCartney,
_ 30-year-old Jamal was beaten

at Port Lucaya Police Station
between January 17 and 19 this
year.

was placed over his head while

She alleges that a plastic bag



B JAMAL Cleare

he was handcuffed, causing loss
of oxygen and subsequent brain
damage.

She also claims he was beaten
with baseball bats, a cutlass and
taped closet sticks while an offi-
cer told the offending officers
they could “do as they please”.

In her letter, she asks: “Are
police taught to fracture some-
one’s skull? Are police taught
to lie under oath? Are they paid
by the government to do the
above things, is this part of their
job?” :

Meeting

Ms McCartney adds in her
letter that she is “in the process
right now of calling a meeting of
all persons that have been beat-
en by the police on Grand
Bahama to come forward and
so far I have had excellent
response.”

She said she had set up a
meeting with mothers whose
sons had allegedly been killed
or paralysed by police, and who



had documents and pictures to
prove their cases.

“My next step is to march on
Grand Bahama and - guess
what? - the people from east to
west, north and south, are just
waiting. The people in Grand
Bahama are fed up with the
brutal beatings of the police.”

Ms McCartney said officers
had hidden behind the police
badge for too long and it was
about to stop. “At least here in

_ Grand Bahama some of the

churches are getting involved

-because I have invited pastors

to come and see my son, which
they did.

“Their response to me is ‘Ms
McCartney, do not let this get
cold’. I have spoken to union
leaders here on Grand Bahama
and they are also ready.”

Ms McCartney has also sub-
mitted an official statement to
the police complaints and cor-
ruption department.

“Jamal was already in cus-
tody and the court would have
handed down punishment that
they deemed fit for what the
police claim Jamal did, but the
vigilantes and cowards*of the
police force decided different-
ly,” she said.

Ms McCartney is also
demanding that all four officers
allegedly involved directly or
indirectly in her son’s injuries
be “removed from office” until
investigations are complete.

The people, she said, are tired
of officers “covering up the
dirt” of policemen under their
watch. “It’s time to put an end
to those bad apples and those
higher-ups that are upholding
and are party to vicious, under-
handed deeds of some police to

maim and kill persons in cus-

tody.”

Ms McCartney said the
Bahamas cannot afford another
international scandal at this
time. “There needs to be a bill



Judges’ salary rise recommended

THE five-member Judicial
Review Commission is recom-
mending increases in salary for
judges of the Supreme Court
and Court of Appeal in the
range of $6,000 a year.

This, according to the gov-
ernment, was calculated taking
into account the Bahamas Cost-
of-Living Index and allowing
for a real increase in the pur-
’ chasing power of earnings.

The commission’s report,
which was presented to the
House of Assembly yesterday by
‘Prime Minister Perry Christie,
also recommends that an
allowance equal to the tuition
fee prevailing at the College of
the Bahamas from time to time
be paid to a Justice for no more
than two dependents at the same

time and for a period not exceed-
ing four years at collegé, univer-
sity or any professional school.

In a press statement issued
yesterday, the government not-
ed that the commission, chaired
By retired Supreme Court Jus-
tice Joseph Strachan, was
appointed in the wake of the
“unprecedented public utter-
ances” by Justice John Lyons
on two occasions.

“To say that we were
appointed in the wake of the
unprecedented public utterance
by a Justice of the Supreme
Court claiming that the execu-
tive had defaulted by not
responding to the recommen-
dations contained in the report
flowing from an inquiry into the
adequacy of judicial remuner-

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ation, is to acknowledge what
is already common knowledge
but it is necessary for com-
pleteness,” said the report.
The commission recom-
mended that the chief justice’s
salary be increased, with effect
from July 1, 2006, to $104,000.

The chief justice’s salary, .

according to the recommenda-
tion, will be further increased
to $110,000 per annum, with
effect from July 1, 2008.

The president of the Court of
Appeal will see an increase in
salary to $106,000 per annum.

Justices’ salary will move to ©

$97,000.

Prime Minister Christie noted
that the salary increases are sub-
ject to approval by the House of
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He said that at present, the
company is bearing all the
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ated with training at the facility,
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He stressed that the company
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the government and the union
should assist.

Mr Dagleish said the GB
Shipyard currently pays $1.5
miilion each year in work per-
mit fees to the government.

“We have tried in the past to
suggest that some part of that
might be usefully put to work in
training initiatives, such as more
support to BTVI, equipment,
instructors, facilities, or even
subsidies for people who are in
training. To date, we have. had
no positive response to that sug-
gestion.

“We also from time to time
had these discussions with the
union that they consider fund-
ing some part of the training

needs for the shipyard from‘

their dues that the. members
pay. Needless to say, we have
not made any progress there
either,” he said.

Mr Dagleish explained that
in the Bahamas, a company is
expected to foot the bill for pro-
viding the training, a clause
which is normally in the heads
of agreement.

“So, with this expectation as a
company ... it should not be a
surprise that the training
process necessarily will be over
a long period of time,” he said.
“Please understand we are not
griping or complaining, we are
merely trying to have some
measure of understanding about
the challenge, time and cost that
training a large number of peo-
ple takes.”

The veteran shipyard execu-
tive noted that in the UK and
Europe, there is usually a part-
nership between a company, the
government and the relevant
union when it comes to the
training of workers.

Despite the significant invest-
ment on training at the ship-
yard, he said the company is still
being accused by the union of
not doing enough in this area.

“On the front cover of the

Freeport News there was union
president Harold Grey, and the
young shop steward in question
had just been trained by the
company to be a trainer, and
had just given a training course
on forklift/crane driving to
about 30 employees, but still sat
in front of the news, and said
we did not do any traming,” he
said.

Mr Dagleish stated that the
shipyard runs a four-year
apprenticeship programme and
special in-house training, as well
as giving support to BTVI.

According Mr Dagleish, -25
young people are presently
enrolled in the apprenticeship
programme and 13 persons
have: graduated in. the last two
years.

He explained that the in-
house courses cover welding,
forklift and crane driving, spe-
cialist training in marine piping,
marine surveying, First-Aid
training, ultra high-pressure
blasting, and basic courses in
LNG. ’

Mr Dagleish added that the
company also offers training in
project scheduling and mai:
agement and sends trainees to
Gibraltar for further experience
in a shipyard environment.

“We need to continue with
and improve the training initia-
tive. We need to promote an
understanding in community
about our challenges and suc-
cesses. We need to build the
necessary experience that is so
vital to the success future of GB
Shipyard,” he said.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2007, PAGE 7



US report voices concern
over violence against
women in the Bahamas

VIOLENCE against
women continued to be a
serious, widespread problem
in the Bahamas, the US State
Department’s 2006 Human
Rights report noted.

While the country has laws
that prohibit domestic vio-
lence, and the government
generally enforces the law,
the report said domestic vio-
lence laws do not provide
penalties separate from the
other crimes of assault and
battery, and the law does not
criminalise sexual violence
within a marriage.

The police reported that a
majority of the 60 recorded
killings in 2006 were the
result of domestic violence.
Police received an estimated
1,000 domestic violence com-
plaints during that year.

“Women's rights groups



“Women’s rights proponents
advocated the need to improve
the effectiveness of enforcement

of court orders and to increase

legal aid for women.”



US State Department’s 2006

authorities to intervene in
domestic disputes,” the
report said. “The police
recognised domestic violence
as a high priority, provided
specialised training for all
incoming officers, and
offered continuing training
in domestic violence.”

The report acknowledged

Human Rights report

cally made efforts to increase
awareness of domestic vio-
lence in the Family. Islands
and that the courts imposed
various legal constraints to
protect women from abusive
spouses or companions.
“Women's rights propo-
nents advocated the need to
improve the effectiveness of

cited a general reluctance on
the part of law enforcement

‘landmar

that the government specifi-

enforcement of court orders



piece

of legislation’

AN ACT to Provide for the Protection
Orders in Circumstances Surrounding Domes-
tic Violence and Related Consequential Mat-
ters was read for a second time during yester-
day’s sitting of the House of Assembly.

Minister of Social Services Melanie Griffin
hailed the bill as a “landmark piece of legisla-
tion” designed to provide a currently non-exis-
tent level of protection for victims of domestic
violence.

Not only will the act provide for intervention,
but will also provide for counselling for both
the victims and perpetrators of domestic vio-
lence.

“Domestic violence, family violence, inti-
mate partner violence, by whatever name we
call it, like child abuse, knows no colour, race,
religion, or creed. It transcends all economic,
social and political boundaries — no one is
exempt. I enlist your support in putting in place

this line of attack towards stamping it out,” -

she said.

Rising to add his contribution to the bill,
Minister of Tourism and MP for West End Mr
Obie Wilchcombe said the topic caused him to
remember his friend and colleague Steve McK-
inney.

Mr McKinney’s daughter was stabbed about
the body on Sunday and died in hospital on
Monday afternoon. \

“Of course the matter is before the courts,
but circumstances Mr Speaker will all cause
us to recognise again that we do have problems
in our society,” Mr Wilchcombe said.

Although the country is developing eco-
nomically, Mr Wilchcombe questioned whether
Bahamians were advancing at all as a people.

He said that we see examples of domestic
violence every day throughout the country,
but fail to do anything about them.

“We can not pretend that it is not an issue,”
he said. “We have to do more than talk about.
_ There are many issues in this country that we
just don’t talk about. We are afraid to talk
about it. We are afraid to bring the facts and
present them to the country. We are afraid to
talk about these things in social gatherings.



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“We believe that it is best to pretend that it
does not exist. We don’t talk about it at the
work place.

“We see women coming into the office and
we know something just isn’t right. You see
bruises but you don’t dare not go there. You
know something is not right, and you know
something happened the night before because
you are not fool,” he said.














and to increase legal aid for
women. Women's rights
advocates also called for
improvements to the domes-
tic violence law, including
criminalisation of spousal
sexual abuse,” the report
said.

It pointed out that while
rape is illegal, the law does
not address spousal rape and
that some rape accusations
brought by foreign victims
did not result in formal
charges.

According to police, there
were 72 rapes reported, an
decrease from 82 in 2005.
More than half of the victims
knew their attacker. Prose-
cutions and convictions on
rape charges were common,
and the maximum penalty
frequently was applied.

The report also pointed out
that the law does not give
women the same right as men
to transmit citizenship to
their foreign-born spouses.

The law, the report said,
also makés it easier for men
with foreign spouses to con-
fer citizenship on their chil-
dren than for women with
foreign spouses.

“The law does not include
gender as a basis for protec-
tion from discrimination.
Women continued to advo-
cate an amendment to the
constitution and revision of
related laws to. redress this
situation,” the report said.

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guard our corporate

bond by avoiding the illusion of

class-referral that pit us against

each other. One citizen is white,

another is black, the spirits of

both are of unknown colour if
having any colour at all.

One man is PLP, one man is

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No matter how
much power,
control, possession
or approval we
have, we still are
not the nation we
seek to be. Why?
Because self-image
is not real, it is not
who we are. It is
an illusion, a
social mask, a
political costume.

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ther. One citizen is rich, anoth-
er is poor. In death, both take
the same amount of substance
to their new space. They take
only spirit. Colour, politics,
wealth, possessions are tempo-
rary trappings of souls at play in
a fading world. The enlightened
soul remains within himself,
conscious that these things have
only a measure of importance
when compared to the same-
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to achieve the things that our
masters had, of which we
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to achieve approval, power and
control. These were necessary
to help us better our self-image.
Self-image, however, is never
about the real us but about the
definitions we allow to be
placed on us. Indeed, in a deep-
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ve us to win the approval of oth-
ers, to control our situation and
to have power over others and
circumstances.

FINDING OUR
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or decades now, we

have been striving to
achieve this fictitious self-image
that mirrored the good life pos-
sessed by those who oppressed
us or denied us by them.

Yet, no matter how much
power, control, possession or
approval we have, we still are
not the nation we seek to be.
Why? Because self-image is not
real, it is not who we are, It is an
illusion, a social mask, a political
costume.

The real us lies within. There
is an inner-nation completely
free of the need for external
trappings. It is a nation that is
boundless in creativity, fearless
in the face of challenge,
unmoved by critics, feeling infe-
rior to none nor superior to any
and that is one with the God
that gave it being. Our inner-
nation is connected to the lim-
itless universe of possibilities
and therefore shares no des-
peration to grasp at things and
flattery.

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formed. It is not developing, it
is developed. It is not growing,
itis grown.

What we need is to wake up
and ‘be aware that we are
complete and whole. We must
live with constant reference
to our real and inward self.
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Challenger accuses Kenyatta Gibson
of making Kennedy ‘empty promises’

THE Kennedy constituency
has suffered under “poor rep-
resentation” for the past five
years according to the FNM
challenger for the seat.

Michael Turnquest issued a
statement yesterday accusing
the PLP incumbent Kenyatta
Gibson of issuing “empty
promises” to his constituents.

“For the period of time that
I’ve been campaigning and con-
versing with constituents, I’ve
heard countless complaints of
an absentee MP, an apparent
indifference to the grievances
and concerns of the people of
Kennedy and personally seen.
ghastly, unkempt conditions of
neighbourhood parks and
roads.”

Mr Turnquest said residents
are deeply concerned about
their health, as the streets are
constantly strewn with refuse;
the result of garbage not being

Gibson challenges rival to pub

KENNEDY MP Kenyatta
Gibson has challenged his FNM
rival to a live on-air debate.

Mr Gibson, the first incum-
bent to agree to such a debate,
threw down the gauntlet in
response to a statement issued
yesterday by Michael Turn-
quest, the opposition’s candi-
date.

“I welcome Michael Turn-
quest, the FNM's sacrificial
lamb to the Kennedy Con-

stituency. Since he is new to

political life, I will offer him
some free advice,” Mr Gibson
said.

He said the “nasty, disgust-
ing and scurrilous” manner in
which the FNM treated nomi-

collected in a timely manner.
He said many blame this sit-
uation on the ineptitude of their
“do nothing” MP.
“Throughout the campaign,
I have been to constituent’s
homes and personally seen the
nasty, rusty water that they are
forced to bathe, cook and clean

- with. This is a disgrace and an

outright travesty, Mr Turnquest
said.

“One quick glance at the
roads in Kennedy and you
would quickly realise that there
are more potholes there than
holes on a golf course!. In fact,
the roads remind me of an old,
back road that must be careful-
ly navigated while walking, so
judge while driving! Without a
doubt, the residents of Kennedy
must be fed up with this ‘great
promise maker’ that they have
as their current MP.”

Mr Turnquest asked how the

nation hopeful Romona Far-
quharson to secure Mr Turn-
quest’s nomination, “has seri-
ously divided the FNM com-
munity in Kennedy and again
shows how the FNM cannibals
love to devour their own.

“Mr Turnquest just wan-
dered into the Kennedy con-
stituency five minutes ago and
thus his ignorance. He would
be well advised to spend his
time repairing the damage
done to his party's credibility
and image over their treatment
of my colleague at the Bar,
Romona Farquharson and the
defection of Ashley Cargill, a
fine decent gentleman, who

from the very inception, was a.









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public could be expected to
trust a PLP government that
was even considering nominat-

FNM stalwart in our con-
stituency,” Mr Gibson said.

His statement continued:
“For the short time that Mr
Turnquest now has left in his
political existence, he should try
his best to stay out of garbage
cans and work in the hope that
by 2012 the people in the
Kennedy constituency would be
able to attach a name to his
face. This is because Mr ‘Turn-
quest has never laboured
amongst us in Kennedy.

“As to the points raised in his
fruitless and treacherous
attempts to seek attention, |
would wish to point out that we
have done more for Kennedy
in five years than he or his par-

ing Mr Gibson to represent
Kennedy for a second term.

“Everyone remembers the
‘battle royale’ between Mr Gib-
son and Mount Moriah MP
Keod Smith in the Cabinet
room. It was a shameful nation-
al disgrace that two grown men,
purporting to represent the peo-
ple’s interest would resort to
such school yard tactics to
resolve their conflicts. And so, is
this someone we should have
as a representative and to serve
as an example to youngsters,
when our society is daily
becoming ever so violent and
ruthless,” he asked.

“Why should the PLP be
trusted to represent our people
— just look at the poor repre-
sentation the people of
Kennedy have had to live with,
Many constituents of Kennedy
use the analogy that since voting
for Mr Gibson in 2002, they fecl

ic debate

ty did in nearly 10 years of gov-
ernment. In that vein | chal-
lenge him to debate me in a
public forum on any occasion.

“The good people of
Kennedy are invited to join me
for breakfast on the Kennedy
Subdivision Park on Saturday,
March 10, 2007 at 8am. On that
occasion | would be more than
happy to help familiarise the
Free National Movement can-
didate with the streets and
polling divisions of our con-
stituency,” he said.

Parodying the FNM slogan,
Mr Gibson added that it "ain't
long now before Michael Turn-
quest is retired from political
life.”



Students need more confidence in job market

I By CARA BRENNEN-BETHEL
Tribune Business Reporter

BAHAMIAN students need

to develop and project greater.

confidence as they enter the job
market, a Kerzner director of
training said yesterday,

Ian Ferguson said that in many
cases, he saw persons with
tremendous aptitude and intelli-
gence come in for interviews, but
are un able to fully project that
because of a lack of confidence.

Mr Ferguson was a guest
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Also addressing the students
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Sherlene Davis, who discussed
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the students that the success of
the Bahamas depends on the
future business leaders. He
added that the school curricu-
lum must be adapted to ensure
that students have the best
chance to be fully prepared to
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small Ministry of Tourism con-
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Also on hand to add a splash
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list celebrities attending the
event.

These included: Grammy
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ion and media mogul Russell
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actor/comedian Chris Tucker
and their hosts of media fol-
lowers.

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the ministry’s decision to incor-
porate this type of affair into
the Bahamas’ promotional cam-
paign, tourism deputy director
general Ellison Thompson
described the event as an unpar-
alleled opportunity for the
Bahamas.

“Participating in this event
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key audiences: African Ameri-
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CORRUPTION, detainee
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for having the worst human

rights records in the region,
according to Associated Press.
The US government’s annual
survey of human rights prac-
tices was released just days
before President Bush begins a
five-nation tour to a region that
has grown skeptical of Wash-

‘ington’s own commitment to

human rights, after allegations

of abuse of US prisoners at
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The report said that as of the
end of 2006, there were at least
283 political prisoners or
detainees in Cuba and 13 in
Venezuela. It also condemned
those countries — along with
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ditions often caused by inade-
quate funding and corruption.

Barry Lowenkron, the US
assistant secretary of state for
human rights, said the situation
in Venezuela is worsening
under President Hugo Chavez’s
government, which he charac-
terised as “regressive.”

The document _ said
Venezuela had seen disappear-
ances reportedly involving cor-
rupt security forces, torture and
abuse of detainees, as well as
arbitrary arrests and detentions.
Crimes often went unpunished
by a “highly inefficient, some-
times corrupt” judiciary.

It also accused Chavez’s gov-
ernment of harassing its oppo-

nents and “engendering a repres-
sive attitude toward a free press.”

Lowenkron said the US goy-
ernment had seen no noticeable
improvement in human rights
in Cuba during the eight months
since ailing President Fidel Cas-
tro handed power over to his
brother Raul.

The report said thousands of
Cubans were serving sentences
for “dangerousness” in the
absence of any criminal activity.
It cited reports of abusive,
sometimes life-threatening
prison conditions, including

_ denial of medical care.

The report praised the
Colombian and Mexican gov-
ernments for their efforts to bet-

ter protect human rights, but

said the countries suffer from
corruption.

There was no immediate
response from any of the gov-
ernments Tuesday.

Chavez in the past has: fre-.,
quently denounced US criti- ’
cisms and said American treat-'
ment of detainees at Guan-
tanamo and its history of back-
ing authoritarian regimes in
Latin America put it in no posi-:
tion to preach human rights. :

Bush is scheduled to arrive
in Brazil on March 8 to start a
Latin American tour that will
also take him to Uruguay,
Colombia, Guatemala and
Mexico.



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of hearings for terror suspects

@ WASHINGTON

REPORTERS will be brred
from hearings that begin Friday
in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for
the 14 suspected terrorists who
were transferred last year from
secret CIA prisons, officials said
on Tuesday, according to Asso-
ciated Press.

Interest in the 14 is high
because of their alleged links to
al-Qaida. Among them is Khalid
Sheikh Mohammed, the sus-
pected mastermind of the Sep-
tember 11 attacks. He was cap-
tured in Pakistan in March 2003.

A New York-based human
rights group that represents one
of the 14 men accused the Pen-
tagon of designing “sham tri-
bunals.” The organisation con-
tended that its client, Majid
Khan, has been denied access
to his lawyers since October
2006 “solely to prevent his tor-
ture and abuse from becoming
public” and to protect complic-
it foreign governments.. --

‘US authorities say Khan was
being groomed by Khalid
Sheikh Mohammed for an
attack inside the United States.

"We might expect this in
Libya or China, but not Amer-
ica,” the Center for Constitu-
tional Rights said in a state-

ment. It said Khan was subject- ,

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which of the 14 would go first or
how long the process would take.
No word of the hearings will be
made public until the goverp-
ment releases a.transcripf.of the,
proceedings, edited to’ remove”
material deemed damaging to
national security, he said.

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Whitman said the Pentagon
is planning to withhold the
name of the detainee from the
edited hearing transcript,
although that will be reconsid-
ered,

The hearings — known as
combatant status review tri-
bunals — are meant to deter-
mine whether a prisoner is an
“enemy combatant.”

If the prisoner is deemed an
enemy combatant, then Presi-
dent Bush can designate him as
eligible for a military trial. The
first of these are expected, to
begin this. summer.

News coverage of previous
combatant status review tri-
bunals — there were more than

550 between July 2004 and
March 2005 — was not prohibit-
ed. But there were restrictions

-on some information.

Whitman said the hearings
for the 14 suspects will be closed
to the media to protect nation-
al security interests that could
be compromised by the
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before providing that in a pub-
lic forum,” Whitman said.

He appeared to be referring
to the fact that the 14 were held
for an undisclosed period in.a
secret CIA prison network that
Bush acknowledged forthe first
time last September 6. :

The president said at the time
that the CIA programme “has
been, and remains, one:of the
most vital tools in our war
against the terrorists.”

In explaining the decision not
to allow news coverage of the
hearings, Whitman said the 14
detainees are “unique for the
role that they have played in ter-
rorist operations and in combat
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CARIBBEAN NEWS

US Homeland Security department
begins 2-day mass migration exercise

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Doral



MORE than 85 federal and.

local law enforcement agencies
kicked off a two-day exercise
Wednesday to prepare for a
possible mass migration from
Cuba - one that could poten-
tially occur following a change
in government on the island,
according to Associated Press.
The training calls for the US

Coast Guard, US Customs and

Border Protection and other
agencies to respond to a simu-
lation in which more than 2,000
Cubans take to the seas headed
for South Florida.

The exercise is the largest
such training since a 2003 pres-
idential directive created the
Homeland Security Task Force

yesterday in Doral, Florida.

Southeast to better police the
southeastern U.S. borders.

“The exercise will show our
unity,” said task force director
Rear Admiral David Kunkel,
“and it demonstrates our fed-
eral government’s resolve to
protect our borders.”

Kunkel told reporters at the
Miami-Dade County emer-
gency operations centre that he

‘began planning a review of the

region’s readiness for mass
migration last April, shortly
after taking the helm. That was
before Cuba announced Presi-
dent Fidel Castro was ill in July
and would hand off power to
his brother Raul.

"While this exercise focuses
on mass migration from Cuba,
it’s an exercise that could be for
any other nation,” Kunkel said.

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“However, we do recognize
Cuba is clearly an area where
we must be prepared.”

Cuba experts have voiced
concern in recent months that
Castro’s death or a significant
change in the island’s leader-
ship could spark migrations sim-
ilar to the Mariel boat crisis in
1980. During that period, Castro
temporarily opened up the
island’s borders, and more than
125,000 Cubans fled the coun-
try, taking US officials by sur-
prise. Many who reached the
US were held in makeshift
camps for months.

Kunkel recalled flying heli-
copters over Key West during
the crisis as the government
scrambled to respond.

“That’s a picture as vivid in
mind today as it was then,” he

(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)



AIDS clinic dispute in Puerto Rico
forces fationing of medicine”

= PUERTO RICO
_ San Juan

THE US has halted payments
to a-Puerto Rican AIDS pro-
gramme, forcing clinics to ration
medicine for hundreds of HIV-
positive poor people and other
organisations to cut back on
food and other services they
provide to patients, according
to Associated Press.

Officials in the US island ter-
ritory blame the FBI for the sit-
uation, saying agents conducting
a fraud investigation seized doc-
uments in a December raid that
were needed by clinics in the
capital area to get reimburse-
ment for anti-HIV drugs and
services they give patients. The
law enforcement agency denies
the assertion.

- Patient advocates blame the
San Juan city government and
other island agencies, saying the
problem is a result of misman-
agement in a program that has a
history of corruption.

_. The 21 clinics, which are pri-
vately run under the adminis-

tration of the San Juan city gov-
ernment, say they stopped
receiving reimbursement from
the US in late 2006, but the
rationing and cutbacks only
began in recent weeks as their
budgets have started to run low.

“People’s lives are in danger,”.
said Anselmo Fonseca, co-direc-
tor of an AIDS advocacy group.

Some clinics have reduced
their hours, staff levels and the
amount of medicine they dis-
tribute while others say they
will be forced to do the same
within days.

“We’ve maxed out two lines
of credit and we’ve had to start
fundraising,” said Dr. Jose Var-
gas Vidot, director of the Com-
munity Initiative clinic in the
Hato Rey neighborhood. “We
can hold out maybe another 15
days.”

Puerto Rico, which has a pop-
ulation of nearly 4 million, has
an AIDS rate nearly double
that of the US mainland. Intra-
venous drug use has helped
push the AIDS infection rate
in Puerto Rico to 26.4 per
100,000, according to statistics
from the Centers for Disease
Control.

The island also has a per capi-
ta income about half that of the
poorest US states and a major-
ity live below the poverty line
set by the American govern-
ment.

The Caribbean territory
receives US$58 million annual-
ly under the Ryan White

















CARE Act, a US programme
that provides money to clinics
and organisations that provide
food and other services for indi-
gent patients.

. Since 2005, invoices in the
AIDS programme from Puer-
to Rican health agencies have
had extra scrutiny in Washing-
ton because of past manage-
ment problems, said Tina
Cheatham, a spokeswoman for
the US Health Resources and
Services Administration.

A scandal broke in the 1990s
after.12 administrators of the
now-defunct San Juan AIDS
Institute were exposed for
embezzling US$2.2 million in
federal funds. Yamil Kouri, the
former director, was convicted
in 1999. He was released from



prison in October after serving

half of a 14-year sentence.

In December, FBI agents
raided four San Juan city gov-
ernment health offices that
manage the AIDS funds as part
of a fraud investigation. No
arrests have been made and
authorities have declined to dis-
cuss the investigation.

But Maria del Carmen
Munoz, San Juan’s director of
federal affairs, said agents
seized invoices and other docu-
ments that the local government
needed to process claims for
reimbursement to the clinics
despite warnings about tHe
potential outcome.

"We are hopeful that within
this month, all the ... invoices
will be paid,” she said.

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Kunkel said’ the goal of the
exercise was to stop 95 per cent
of the simulated migrants at sea.
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Culmer while the dispute
between Sir Jack Hayward and
the estate of the late Edward
St George, over the former’s
claim to 75 per cent ownership
of the GBPA and its Port
Group Ltd affiliate plays out.
“No doubt they are also
appreciating the relatively quiet
and produc tive environment,”
Mr Lowe said of the GBPA’s
Management team.

“As president of the Cham-

ber of Commerce I must com-
ment on the cordial and helpful
attitudes that are pr evailing, and

look forward to further improv- |

ing the relations between Port
Authority and licensees.

“There has even been talk of

sharing with the Chamber a
licensee listing, so we can assist
the Port in identifying the needs
of the licensees that need
responding to, and | find this
renewed sense of co-operation
encouraging.”

Mr Lowe indicated that what-
ever the outcome of the GBPA
shareholder dispute, “Freeport
will never be the same”. He
hinted that this provided an
opportunity for Freeport’s gov-
ernance, and the exercise of
quasi-governmental authority
by the GBPA, to be reformed,
with the licensees taking their
place as the third party to the
Hawksbill Creek Agreement,
alongside the Government and
Port Authority.

“That Freeport will never be
the same is without question,
and J think the day-to-day man-
agement of the Port is appre-
ciative of the contribution to be
made going forward by all
whom have investments and
livelihoods based here,” Mr
Lowe said.

“Perhaps the shareholders of
the Port Group of companies
might see the wisdom of fully
employing the talent that

resides within the management
of the Port Authority, as
opposed to bringing in outside
interests.”

Mr Lowe said any buy-out by
one side in the shareholder dis-
pute of the other, or.a sale of
their shares to a third party,
would be impacted by the
GBPA licensees. They effec-
tively acted as the ‘goodwill’ in
any valuation of the GBPA’s
worth.

“It should be recognised that
the licensees would, by the
terms of the Hawksbill Creek
Agreement, have some say in
the sale of the shares thereof,
as the pre-1967 amendments
were thus ratified,” Mr Lowe
said.

“We must remember that
whilé the initial licensees were
predominantly foreign, that is
not true today, as we are led to
believe that Bahamians make
up some 80 per cent of current
licensees. This shift in demo-
graphic is telling in that,there
is a great onus upon the princi-
pal ownership to view greater
licensee involvement as a
desired attribute for both Port
Authority and the country at
large.

“Conversely, the onus is upon
each and every licensee to
apprise themselves of the terms
of their licence, and the con-
comitant responsibilities
attached thereto.

“Hopefully, the days of
‘monopolistic’ control of both
regulatory and investment
attributes are done with, so we
may finally realise the potential

‘of the founding document and

finally achieve true collabora-
tion between Port Authority,
Government and licensee as set
out in the Hawksbill Creek
Agreement. An environment of
transparency and opportunity
for legitimate Bahamian and
foreign investors is.a must.”
Mr Lowe added: “The past,
its mistakes and tenuous rela-

tionships must be learned from,
and although we have survived,
we must avoid repeating them,
a danger that has not yet
passed.

“Hopefully, once the owner-
ship issue is resolved, we can

at hand, that of full develop-
ment and freedom to innovate
and succeed, and most impor-
tant, freedom from manipula-
tion. And perhaps most
importantly, a vision we can all
share in, trust and benefit

all put our shoulder to the task from.”



Boundaries Commission
FROM page one

campaign.

Some commentators have sug-
gested that the delay in submit- |
ting the Boundaries Report has
been due to the slow turnout in
voter registration and the fact
the Prime Minister took so long
to announce the closure of the
register.

With only three days left
before the register closes more
than 125,000 Bahamians had reg-
istered. In the 2002 election, the
register closed with 144,758 per-
sons. It is doubtful that officials
will get the 160,000 number they
had hoped for.

Errol Bethel, the Parliamen-
tary Registrar, has publicly stat-
ed that registration is up, and he
expected a healthy turnout until March 12th.

Brent Symonette, the FNM deputy leader, said the registration
process would have increased earlier, if government had announced
the closure of the register much earlier. _

However, Bradley Roberts is still hopeful that the numbers will
increase in the final days of registration.

He said: “If you look at the past as an example, once there was
an indication-of the closure of the register, people start to flock and
you are BseeHnE that again this time.”

Bahamian boat
captain indicted



@ FNM Deputy Leader
Brent Symonette

FROM page one gun and ordered the remaining

for Jupiter Island on December
28, 2006.

According to the indictment,
the first-mate had a black duffie

immigrants off the vessel.

The immigrants, threatened at
gunpoint, jumped overboard and
attempted to swim ashore. All
made it except for Mr Warren,

who drowned in the attempt, the
indictment states.

Florida law enforcement offi-
cers later found Thompson’s boat
run aground on rocks close to the
shore. The lifeless body of Mr
Warren was found close by.

Officers also discovered a black
duffle vag containing marijuana
and cocaine near the grounded
boat.

The indictment was filed by the
US Attorney for the Southern
District of Florida R Alexander
Acosta and representatives of US
Customs and Immigration
Enforcement, the Drug Enforce-
ment Agency and the Depart-
ment of Homeland Security.

The case is prosecuted by
Assistant US Attorneys Adrienne
Rabinowitz and Ellen Cohen.



bag next to him during the trip.
The migrants reported that they
detected the smell of marijuana
emanating from the bag. |.
-It is reported that, Thompson
drove the boat without lights to
avoid detection by authorities and
made frequent stops whenever .
he thought he saw or heard a US
Coast Guard vessel approaching.
At around 9pm, when the ves-
sel was in “deep, rough waters”
off Jupiter Island, Thompson
allegedly stopped the boat and
ordered the migrants to jump
overboard. A
Several of them complied.
However, some who could not
swim, including Jamaican Nigel
Warren, remained on the boat.
At this point the Bahamian
boat captain allegedly produced a

AG's office refutes reported reason
FROM page one

Rian Miller, Ms Romona Farquharson.

“Ms Farquharson is currently appearing before Madam Serior
Justice Anita Allen in another criminal (murder) trial, as she indi-
cated before Justice Watkins on Monday, 5th March, 2007.

“The Crown stood ready to prosecute this trial, but for the non-
x | availability of defence counsel, from the original adjourned date of
Classes also available in: | the 26th February 2007. Indeed, the Crown was ready to prosecute

: | this trial from November of 2006, when the retrial was adjourned
to the February date, upon the request of the defence counsel.”

The Tribune went to both the chambers of Justice Watkins and
the Supreme Court registry, multiple times, to verify the claim
that Ms Farquharson was the sole reason for the postponement.

On each trip to these sources, The Tribune was denied this basic
procedural information about the case.

The chambers of Justice Watkins indicated that the Justice was

_ hot making any remarks on the matter.

Whereas, subordinates in the Supreme Court Registry, after
two visits, stated that the Registrar of the Supreme Court is the only
official in that department who can make statements to the press,
regarding this minor procedural detail.

The Tribune was unable to see the Registrar, Ms Estelle Gray-
Evans, and no return call was made to The Tribune by the registrar
as to whether or not she is able to officially state why the trial was
postponed.

The inability of the public to have access to basic information
about a trial that is of significant public interest is another example
of the need for a Freedom of Information Act in the Bahamas,
along with proper codified procedures as to how public information
is to be disseminated.

The inability to access public information, and the urgent need
for a Freedom of Information Act, were recently highlighted in the
US Human Rights report.

No judicial authority stated that they were legally unable to
provide this information. Rather, it appears that the controversy
surrounding the matter, has led public institutions to shy away
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yesterday
FROM page one

extended insurance cover-

age and shift allowances

— pending Cabinet
_approval.

Furthermore, govern-
ment said that recommen-
dations coming from the
Compensation Study, cur-
rently underway, would be
implemented by June.

Before the meeting yes-

terday morning, customs .

officers, speaking on the
condition of anonymity,
had told The Tribune that
they were disturbed about
a lack of parity between
their branch and other dis-
ciplinary forces in relation
to pay and insurance cov-
erage.

They also claimed that
they alone amongst the
uniformed forces go with-
out a uniform allowance.

Their frustration came

to a head after a commit- :

ment made at a meeting
between government,
including the Prime Min-
ister, and union represen-
tatives on Friday, was not
fulfilled this week, said one
female officer.

The government
allegedly told union offi-

cials at the close of that.

meeting that an answer to
their concerns would be
made available by Mon-
day, however this did not
happen, she claimed.

A suggestion was made
by several staff members
that government's failure
to address their salary con-
cerns over a number of
years may have con-
tributed to corruption
amongst some personnel.

Officers complained that
their job is a dangerous
one where they are rou-
tinely inserted into risky
situations. 4 eh

One described how cus-
toms officers working in
the Family Islands have to
travel by plane to New
Providence with "thou-
sands of dollars on their
person" to deposit, with
inadequate protection, in
the form of insurance or
otherwise, should they be
targeted by criminals.

Another said that he is
always fearful when enter-
ing vessels which require
customs inspection that his
life may be threatened by
those seeking to bring ille-
gal goods into the coun-
try.

"Tf it's a matter of them
getting that ...accom-
plished or me going, who
do you think it's going to
be?" he asked, adding that
he would be concerned for
the financial wellbeing of
his children should he
come under attack.

It was agreed that by
mid-April customs and
immigration officers’
insurance coverage would
be extended. This will
bring them in line with
that offered to police and
Defence Force officers.

Industrial unrest within
the public service has been
cyclical of late. Where gov-
ernment had agreed
increases for one branch
of the disciplinary forces
prior to the completion of
the Compensation Study,
others have been dis-
turbed by the discrepan-
cy. é

"By virtue of (govern-
ment) taking that position
we feel slighted," said an
officer yesterday. "Cus-
toms was not considered."

In January, prison
guards also pointed to
such disparities as the
motivation behind their
industrial action.

They too alleged that
they had been "left out"
by government.

John Pinder, president
of the BPSU said he was
satisfied with governmen-
t's response to the custom
and immigration officer's
action.

However, he said it was
unfortunate that it had to
"escalate to the point"
where workers walked out
before their issues were
taken seriously. ,




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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

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Bush says Cuban people should
choose Fidel Castro’s successor

m@ WASHINGTON

PRESIDENT George W.
Bush says that when Fidel
Castro dies, his communist
government should as well,
according to Associated Press.

"How long he stays on
earth, that's a decision that
will be made by the
Almighty," Bush told foreign
journalists Tuesday ahead of
a weeklong trip to Latin
America.

"I don't know how long

he's going to live. But never-

theless, I do believe that the
system of government that
he's imposed upon the people
ought not live if that's what
the people decide."

Castro is in failing health.
For 47 years, he has had led a
communist regime south of
Florida's shores.

The Bush administration
remains hopeful that his
death will lead to grass-roots
democratic reform, but so far,
Castro's decision to transfer
power to his younger brother,
Raul, has gone seamlessly.

Bush said Cuba's future
should not be'based on the
fact that "somebody is some-
body's brother."

Transition

"What I hope happens is
that we together insist that
transition doesn't mean tran-
sition from one figure to
another, but transition means
from one type of government
to a different type of govern-
ment," Bush said. He was
referring to the role that
Latin American countries can
play in leading Cuba to
democracy.

"We believe the Cuban
people ought to make the

decision for the future," Bush.

said.

The USS. cut off diplomatic
ties with Cuba in 1961, two
years after Castro led an

‘armed revolution that drove

out U.S.-backed dictator Ful-
gencio Batista. Decades-old
trade and travel, embargoes
made it illegal for American
businesses to trade in an
economy they once dominat-
ed, and few Americans have
visited Cuba.

Bush leaves Thursday on a
trip to Brazil, Uruguay,
Colombia, Guatemala and
Mexico. The trip is aimed at
showing Bush has not over-
looked Latin America. He
plans to focus on common
agendas of trade, energy and
immigration.

The president said the trip
will send a message to peo-
ple in his own country, too.
He said Americans must see
the value of sending billions

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to help people in poverty get
an education and health care.
"In a country where there
are isolationist tendencies —
where people sometimes say
it's not our problem — the
president has got to be con-
stantly reminding people that
poverty in our neighborhood
is our problem;" he said.
Bush covered a series of

other topics in an interview

with reporters from Central
America and South Ameri-
ca.

Among them:

¢ Bush said that the model
of government intervention
championed by Hugo
Chavez, Venezuela's leftist
president, leads to higher
poverty. The United States
will bring a message of "open
markets and open govern-
ment" to the region, Bush
said.

"Now, I fully recognize that
until people actually feel
progress in their pocketbook,
that there's going to be frus-
trations with forms of gov-
ernment," Bush said. "But
that doesn't mean you kind
of revert to something that I
don't believe will work."

¢ Bush stood by Colombian
President Alvaro Uribe, who
is dealing with a scandal
involving ties between his
political camp and brutal far-
right militias. It has caused
Congress to rethink the $700
million in aid the U.S. gives
Colombia each year.

Bush said Uribe has
assured him that investiga-
tions and prosecutions will be
full and fair.

"In my judgment, President
Uribe has done a fabulous job
for leading that country,"
Bush said.

-e Bush said he will use his

visit to Mexico to tout the
need for a new U.S. immigra-
tion policy. His approach,
which runs at odds with some
of his own party's leaders,
calls for a guest worker pro-
gram and a path to citizen-
ship for illegal immigrants.

"It will help us. dismantle
an industry that has sprung
up that uses human beings as
product, as chattel," Bush
said.

"Now the incentive is for
people who want to do work
that Americans aren't doing
is to pay money, to be stuffed
in the back of an 18-wheeler,
for example, and driven
across and ducked out in the
desert, where they hope
somebody will come and res-
cue them. ... The industry that
has sprung up as a result of
the current immigration law is
inhumane," Bush said.

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RELATIVES of those killed in a power-
ful earthquake sobbed and threw rose petals
on graves Wednesday, while others began
clearing rubble from their crumpled homes,
according to Associated Press.

At least 52 people were killed and hun-
dreds injured in Tuesday’s quake, the latest
in a string of natural disasters to hit the
nation.

“My heart is crushed,” said Yera Wesi,
who lost her daughter Regia Putri. The 5-
year-old ran out of her preschool when the
ground began shaking violently.

She made it to the playground, but was
smashed beyond recognition when a slab of
concrete rained down from the building
next door.

“She was my only daughter,” Wesi said
weakly while visiting the place where her
daughter died.

She then returned home, where her hus-
band wept near a small mound of fresh dirt
aie with flowers.

The 6.3 magnitude quake that struck
Sumatra island left at least 52 dead, said
Cabinet Secretary Sudi Silalahi, lowering







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the death toll by nearly 20 on Wednesday.
He said some victims had been counted
twice. Officials said some 250 people were
injured.

The temblor was felt as far away as neigh-
boring Malaysia and Singapore, where some
tall buildings were evacuated. Two hours
later, a 6.1 aftershock rattled the region.

In Solok, a bustling town close to the epi-
center, three members of one family were
burned alive when their collapsed home
burst into flames, said police spokesman
Supriadi, who like many Indonesians uses
only one name. Military and work crews
scrambled to clean up the charred remains
of the house.

Another woman, Jaini, 71, died early
Wednesday after being trapped inside her
kitchen when the walls caved in.

Her son-in-law dug her out of the rubble,

but she refused to go to the hospital saying .

it was “no use,” said her daughter, Kento.
The damage was visible in patches of
town and varied greatly. Some houses were
flattened with only tin rooms left sitting
atop the ground, while others had only
slight cracks in walls or porches. Many
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fires. to escape the cool mountain air.

Indonesia, the world’s largest archipel-
ago, is prone to seismic upheaval because of
its location on the so-called Pacific “Ring of
Fire,” an arc of volcanos and fault lines
encircling the Pacific Basin.

“It was hardest hit by the 2004 Asian
tsunami that killed 160,000 people on Suma-
tra’s northern tip alone. Since then, two
other deadly quakes have occurred, as well
as landslides, floods and volcanic eruptions.

Dozens of buildings were destroyed and
hundreds others damaged in the latest
quake, according to local police chief Lt.
Col. Budi Sarwono.

Heavy machinery was used to knock
down some buildings still standing after the
quake, but too damaged to be salvaged.
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Senior Taliban
commander caught
hy Afghan soldiers

@ KABUL, Afghanistan



AFGHAN soldiers caught
a senior Taliban commander
at a checkpoint who was
wearing a burqa, while
NATO forces on Wednesday

fought Taliban militants in’

the second day of the
alliance’s largest-ever offen-
sive in Afghanistan, accord-
ing to Associated Press.

Mullah Mahmood, who is
accused of helping the Tal-
iban detonate suicide bombs,
was caught Tuesday in Kan-
dahar province while wear-
ing the all-encompassing
Islamic veil worn here by
women, NATO said.

“Alert (Afghan) soldiers
at this checkpoint spotted the
oddity and quickly arrested
him,” NATO said.

Mahmood was caught try-
ing to leave the Panjwayi
area of Kandahar province
— the site of a large NATO
battle last fall where hun-
dreds of Taliban fighters
were killed, NATO said.

“The capture of this senior
Taliban extremist is another
indicator that a more normal
life is returning to the Zhari
and Panjwayi distticts and a
testament to. the great work
the (Afghan army) is achiev-
ing,” said Maj. Gen. Ton van
Loon, the southern com-
mander of NATO-led troops.

Meanwhile, some 5,500
NATO and Afghan soldiers
fought Taliban. militants in
southern Afghanistan’s Hel-
mand province, the world’s
biggest poppy-growing
region. NATO hopes the
operation-can help establish
security in a lawless region
ruled by a Taliban shadow
government and drug traf-
fickers.

“We’ve established a pres-
ence and in some areas it’s a
heavy presence, and we’re
trying to disrupt the Taliban’s
senior leadership in the area
and try to separate them
from trying to rally” the Tal-
iban’s locally recruited sol-
~ diers, said Col. Tom Collins,
’ the spokesman for NATO’s
International Security Assis-
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@ JAPAN'S Chief negotiator for the North Korea - Japan bilateral talks, Koichi Haraguchi speaks with journalists in Hanoi, Vietnam,
March 7, 2007. The afternoon session of bilateral talks aimed at normalizing relations between the two countries was abruptly canceled
on Wednesday after North Korean officials balked at Japan's demands that Pyongyang resolve the issue of abducted Japanese citizens
before trying to normalize ties. Japan and North Korea will resume talks on normalizing ties on Thursday.

(AP Photo/Chau Doan)

Talks between Japan and
North Korea on normalising
ties are abruptly cancelled

. JAPAN and North Korea will
resume talks on normalising ties
after the negotiations stalled
Wednesday over the issue of
Japanese citizens abducted by
the communist regime decades
ago, Japan’s chief negotiator said,
according to Associated Press.
The talks began earlier in the
day after a one-year lapse as part
of the disarmament agreement
struck in Beijing in February.
Under the deal, North Korea
agreed to shut down its nuclear
reactor, a critical link in its
nuclear weapons program, in
return for energy aid and other

» ‘Envoys had been expected to
tackle the highly emotional issues
of North Korea’s abduction of
Japanese citizens and Japanese
reparations for its colonial
aggression.

But the talks came to a stand-
still Wednesday after North
Korean officials reacted sharply
to Japanese remarks that
Pyongyang must settle all linger-
ing questions about its past
abductions of Japanese citizens
before the two nations can draw
closer, Japanese top envoy
Koichi Haraguchi said.

“The (North Koreans) said
they have done enough and that
further discussion is useless,” he
said.

Two Japanese delegates visit-
ed the North Korean embassy in
Hanoi later Wednesday to seek

ways to save the talks from col- ©

lapsing, and the two sides agreed
to meet again Thursday to dis-
cuss Pyongyang’s abduction and
Tokyo’s wartime reparations.

“We acknowledged differ-
ences in our positions on issues
including normalization, but
agreed that presenting each oth-
er’s opinion and developing
understanding would contribute
to the future of Japan-North
Korea relations,” Haraguchi said.
“The talks were the first Japan-
North Korea normalization talks
and it didn’t make sense to let
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THE U.S. Embassy on Wednesday confirmed
that two American women have been hospitalized
in Moscow for possible thallium poisoning,
according to Associated Press.

An embassy spokesman identified the women
as Marina Kovalevsky and her daughter, Yana,
but gave no other details. He said they were hop-
ing to return home soon, but it was not immedi-
ately clear when they might be able to do so.

The hospital where they have been treated
since falling ill on Feb. 24 said they were in mod-
erately serious condition. Moscow’s top public
health doctor, Nikolai Filatov, was quoted by the
RIA-Novosti news agency as saying that thallium
poisoning had been confirmed.

Report

The Interfax news agency, citing unidentified
medical authorities, later reported the women
were discharged from the hospital Wednesday
morning and left for the United States in the
afternoon. The U.S. Embassy and a hospital
spokeswoman would not comment on the report.

Russian news reports said both women are
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since then. The reports say they arrived in
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the women had been staying.

News reports said two women were given an
antidote called Prussian Blue to counteract the
effects of thallium and had undergone dialysis
to help clean their bodies of toxins.

Thallium was initially suspected in last year’s
fatal poisoning in London of former KGB agent
Alexander Litvinenko, who was later determined
to have ingested the rare radioactive isotope
polonium-210.

For poisoning purposes, thallium would be in a
powdery or crystallized state.

The poison works by knocking out the body’s
supply of potassium, essential for healthy cells,
and attacking the nervous system, the stomach
and kidneys.

Its effects are not immediately noticeable and
frequently take weeks to kick in; symptoms
include hair loss and a burning sensation in
extremities.

Thallium has been used in rat poison in the

past, and it is still used to make lenses, semicon--

ductors, dyes and pigments.

Thallium was used by Saddam Hussein, who
poisoned several of his Iraqi opponents. The CIA
also reportedly considered using thallium against
Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

«~The meeting is a crucial step in

North Korea’s agreement last
month to shut down its nuclear
reactor in exchange for aid and
other concessions, Haraguchi
said. He stressed, however, that
normalization is impossible
unless the abduction issue is
resolved.

North Korea admitted in 2002
that it kidnapped 13 Japanese
citizens from their homeland in
the 1970s and 1980s. Pyongyang
sent five of them home later that
year but insisted that the rest
were dead. Japan has demanded
proof and says more of its citi-
zens may have been taken.
Pyongyang has claimed the
abduction issue is finished.

Japan has yet to formally apol-
ogize to North Korea for its
wartime actions — including
forcing thousands of
Korean women into sexual
slavery in the 1930s and 1940s
— because of the lack of diplo-
matic ties between the two coun-
tries.

North Korea’s Foreign Min-
istry on Wednesday called the
military brothels “the worst flesh
traffic in the 20th century.”

“No matter how desperately
the Japanese authorities may try
to whitewash the crime-woven
past of Japan and cover up the
crimes related to the ‘comfort
women’ ... they are historical
facts that Japan can neither side-
step nor deny,” it said in a state-
ment. -

The normalization talks were
mandated by a February agree-
ment between North and South
Korea, China, the United States
and Russia that aims to elimi-
nate the North’s nuclear
weapons program.

In New York, envoys from
North Korea and the U.S. held
separate talks on normalizing
relations this week, which ended
on an optimistic note. Assistant
Secretary of State Christopher
Hill said late Tuesday that he
feels like “we’re on the right
track.”

The talks between Japan and
North Korea had started hope-
fully, with Haraguchi saying
Japan plans to take concrete
steps to normalise ties by resolv-
ing issues surrounding its
wartime past and the abductions,
along with disputes over North
Korea’s nuclear and missile pro-
grams.

His counterpart Song Il Ho
promised his best efforts in
resolving the nuclear dispute, and
expressed eagerness to normalise
ties with Japan by obtaining
atonement for Japan’s 1910-45
colonization of the Korean
peninsula.

Japan and North Korea
have never had formal diplo-
matic ties.



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1. Two spades. This is not the most
accurate rebid in the world, but it is
the best available. There is a natural
aversion to raising immediately with
only three trumps, and there is also
an aversion to not rebidding a good
six-card suit.

However, an accurate rebid in dia-
monds is not possible. To leap to
three diamonds would constitute an
overexaggeration of your values,
while two diamonds ‘would under-
state the value of the hand. Faced
with this dilemma, it is best to raise
spades. This is the bid most likely to
cause partner to view his values more
favorably, and thus is more likely to
get him to bid again.

2. Four spades. It would be wrong
to bid either three diamonds or three
spades, either of which partner may

pass. The leap to four is not a close-
out bid. On the contrary, it states in
plain English that game is certain
even if partner has only six points.



Four spades is therefore a form of
slam try. If partner has two aces, he
will presumably press on.

3. Two clubs. Again, two dia-
monds would be too weak and three
diamonds too strong. Two notrump is
out of the question because it would
indicate 18 or 19 points and balanced
distribution. Two clubs has the
advantage of being ambiguous, as it
may be based on minimum values or
a fairly strong hand (up to 18 points).
If partner passes two clubs,. game is
very unlikely.

4. Three spades. Usually, the
jump-raise of partner’s suit shows
four trumps, but here, with no better
bid available, it must be made with
three. Your 18 high-card points are
adequate compensation for the miss-
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make a bid that puts you in game or
forces partner to bid again. With the
unbid suits double-stopped and a
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notrump. The leap to three notrump
indicates 20 points or more, since the
one-spade response may have been
based on as little as six points.
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ARIES — Mar 21/Apr 20° '
Misery loves company, Aries: If
you’ve been in a foul mood, steer
clear of others so you don’t bring
down their spirits as well. You'll
brighten up by Wednesday. , ,

TAURUS ~ Apr 21/May 21) :
It’s time to turn your luck around,
Taurus. Your employer has a new
proposition for you, and you should
take it, even. if it seems like it is a
risky endeavor. ; ,
GEMINI —- May 22/Jun 21
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happened weeks ago, Gemini. The
other party has forgotten about iit,
and you should, too. Grudges' will
get you nowhere. ret

CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22
Don’t be so quick to spread your
newfound wealth, Cancer. Sock
away some of it for a rainy day. You
of all people should know how fast
fortunes can change.

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come this weekend, Leo. Live~it ”

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mend, Virgo. Rather than dwell on
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18 Show the trousers have been out to catch (10) ie
shortened — and about time (7) 11 She was taken aback by “evil love” (5) CHESS. by Leonard Barden
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places (6) 19 Drive back you spoil (3) .
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concluded (4) ry jon in position is blocked, however,
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@ A VULTURE stands in its caring room at Kasetsart university pet hospital in Bangkok, Thailand
Wednesday, March 7, 2007. The vulture — which normally is not found in Thailand — has been nursed
back to health by veterinarians, after apparently getting lost in late December and ending up dehydrated
in Chanthaburi province. Thai Airways International has agreed to transport a juvenile Cinereous Vul-
ture to Beijing on March 21 as part of an effort to return the rare bird to its natural habitat in Mon-
golia, airline officials said.

(AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)

Rare vulture |
found in Thailand
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@ BANGKOK, Thailand

THE next time you take a Thai Airways
flight to China, a passenger with a wingspan of
nearly 2.8 meters (9.2 feet) and a taste for
rotting carcasses may also be on board,
according to Associated Press.

The country's national carrier announced
Wednesday that it will transport a juvenile
cinereous vulture to Beijing on March 21 to
help return the rare bird to its natural envi-
ronment in Mongolia.

The vulture — normally not found in Thai-
land — has been nursed back to health by vet-
erinarians at Kasetsart University in Bangkok,
after apparently getting lost in late December
and ending up dehydrated and near death in
Chanthaburi province. :

"We understand that it is the first time in
Thailand that this type of vulture has been

located and it is important that they are:

returned to their natural habitat," Thai Air-

‘ways President Apinan Sumanaseni said in a
statement. He said the airline also has trans-
ported other rare animals in the past, includ-
ing pandas and white tigers.

Thai Airways will not charge for the flight.
There will be a staff of five traveling with the
vulture, including two veterinarians, it said.

The year-old vulture — about 1 meter (3.3
feet) tall with thick, brown feathers and an
imposing black and white beak — will be trans-
ported in a cage that normally holds large
dogs and has plenty of cushioning to protect
the bird during the four-hour flight. : :

After that, it will be put on a China Air-
lines plane to Ulan Bator, Mongolia,
and then be driven about 200 kilome-
ters (125 miles) into a wilderness
area near Erdenesant where it will
be released, said Gawin Chutima,
chairman of the Bird Conserva-
tion Society of Thailand, which
is helping with the bird's return.

Gawin said releasing it in Thai-
land would put the bird at "great
risk of being shot down or never
returning home."

He said the vulture will be tagged
with a radio transmitter to track
its progress and migration routes.

The bird - also known as a
black vulture or monk vulture — is
defined by The World Conserva-
tion Union as near threatened in
Asia, where its numbers have steadily
declined because of a loss of habi-
tat, shortage of food and
increased cases of poisoning.

The population, however, has
increased slightly in parts of
Europe including Greece
and Spain due to bol-
stered conservation
efforts.

Villagers found
the vulture in
Chanthaburi

province and turned it over to a British bird
expert, Iola Veal, who lived in the area. She
took it to Kasetsart University, where veteri-
narians confirmed it was free of bird flu and
other infectious diseases.

Used to treating pet birds, Kasetsart's
Chaiyan Kasorndorkbua said he was taken
aback at first by the size of the vulture and its
voracious appetite. Among its favorite items
are pork legs.

"It is a challenge because we don't usually
get these kind of species in Thailand,"
Chaiyan said.

Feeding it rotten and fresh meat infused

‘with vitamins, Chaiyan said his staff were able

to increase the bird's weight from 6 kilograms
(13.2 pounds) to 8.5 kilograms (18.5 pounds).
It also has regained much of its strength.

Now, veterinarians will train it to fly again —
with the help of a specially designed 24-meter
(80-foot) -long cage where it can take short
flights.

"We have to take good care of it," Chaiyan
said. "It is important if we can save even one
individual from this species." 4

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Power sale to

close in

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

MIRANT expects to close the
sale of its 55.4 per cent stake in
Grand Bahama Power Company
by mid-2007, adding that “it
remains more-likely-than-not”

the company will be sold as part

of a wider divestment involving
the US utilities giant’s Caribbean
interests.

In its 10-K filing with the U
Securities and Exchange Com-
mission (SEC), which deals with
its 2006 year-end and fourth quar-
ter results, Mirant said it still
hoped to sell its controlling Grand
Bahama Power Company stake
in a single transaction that would
also involve the disposal of its
utility interests in Jamaica and
Curacao.

Mirant said: “The auction and
due diligence processes in respect
of the sale of the Caribbean busi-
ness are underway, and the sale of
.the Caribbean business is expect-
ed to close by mid-2007.

“We received non-binding
indicative bids for the Caribbean
assets in November. Based on a
review of the bids, it remains
more-likely-than-not that the
‘Caribbean business will be sold
in a single transaction. We deter-
mined that no impairment was
necessary in the fourth quarter,
as bids from potential buyers
exceeded the carrying value of
the assets.”

Apart from its 55 per cent stake
in Grand Bahama Power Com-
pany, Mirant’s other Caribbean
operations include an 80 per cent
» stake in Jamaica Public Service
Company, a 39 per cent interest
in Power Generation Company
of Trinidad & Tobago, and a 25.5
per cent stake in Curacao Utilities
Company.

A source with knowledge of
the auction process for the Grand
Bahama Power stake told The
Tribune yesterday: “This is round
two, where the bidders have a
deadline to complete their due
diligence and come up with bind-
ing bids.”

It is unclear where Mirant’s
determination to sell Grand
Bahama Power Company as part
of a wider Caribbean divestment
leaves potential bidders, espe-

AN Exuma-based tourism
investment project that will
have a market value “in excess
of $800 million” when com-
pleted yesterday said it had
signed an agreement for
Sedona Resorts to manage the
200-acre property.

Murphy International
Development, the developers
of Crab Cay, are planning to
create a 30-acre harbour on
the island just south of Great
Exuma, providing full-service
berths for yachts and mega
yachts up to 300 feet in length.

Also slated for inclusion in
the first phase, which is sched-
uled to be completed by 2009,
is the Harbour Village resi-
dential and retail village com-
plex, waterfront home sites and
residences, and the Sedona
Resorts-managed destination
resort and spa.

Up to 375 residences are
planned for the project, which
was one of the first develop-
ments approved by Prime Min-
ister Perry Christie’s govern-
ment back in 2003. Little has
been heard of Crab Cay since
then, or its developers, the
North Carolina-based Murphy
family, who have a business
history in hog farming.

A Harbour Club, clubhouse
and pool areas are also
planned for Crab Cay, which
has eight miles of beaches and
will be linked to the Exuma
mainland by private gated
bridge.

Pete Murphy, of Murphy
International Development,
said in a statement: “Sedona
Resorts brings to Crab Cay its

‘mid-O7’

Mirant ‘more likely
than not’ to dispose
of 55.4% stake as
part of one wider
Caribbean deal

cially Bahamian ones.

One school of thought suggests
that a collective sale of Mirant’s
Caribbean assets will make it
more difficult for Bahamians to
participate in the process other
than as minority partners
attached to a larger international
bidder, such as a major electrical
utility.

This is due to the huge sum
that would needed to finance a
purchase of Mirant’s Caribbean
interests. The Tribune under-
stands that one Bahamian bid for
just Grand Bahama Power Com-
pany alone comprised the com-
pany’s management and employ-
ees in a possible management
buyout, but did not make it into
the second round.

The Tribune previously
revealed that Franklyn Wilson,
head of Eleuthera Properties, the
Cotton Bay developer, and chair-
man of RoyalStar Assurance,
Sunshine Insurance and Arawak
Homes, was part of a consortium
featuring a major North Ameri-
can power generator that is bid-
ding on Mirant’s stake.

Another party in Mr Wilson’s
group was said by sources to be
Emanuel Alexiou, the attorney
and chairman of A. F. Holdings,
renamed parent company of the
Colina Financial Group (CFG).

Colina and Mr Wilson have
worked together before, most
notably on Freeport Oil Holdings
(FOCOL) purchase of Shell
(Bahamas) for more than $32 mil-
lion. Colina placed the preference
share issue that raised $25 mil-
lion towards financing the pur-
chase.

FOCOL was advised on that
deal by Royal Bank of Canada,
and sources said that Royal Bank
was advising the consortium that
Mr Wilson is part of in its Mirant

SEE page 6B

expertise in the operations and
development of international-
ly-recognised spas and resorts,
such as the award-winning Mii
amo Spa and Enchantment
Resort, further enhancing Crab
Cay's inimitable appeal to res-
idents and vacationers.

“We desire to offer the per-
fect resident and vacation
refuge to those with a passion
for quality, beauty, luxury, and
privacy, who respectfully
appreciate, through preserva-
tion, the wondrous gifts of
nature."

Sedona Resorts’ president
and chief executive, George
Lidicker, added: "Partnering
with Murphy International
Development is a natural
alliance, built upon a shared
commitment to create a desti-
nation spa and resort with
exceptional distinction in set-
ting, service and amenities for
the ultimate well being of
mind, body and soul."

Crab Cay will offer residents
a tropical ecological sanctuary,
and Murphy International
Development said its three-
phase project would look to
build on the drea, of the
island’s first settler, Sir William
Walker, who built his 18th cen-
tury plantation amid botanical
gardens that used specimens
brought back from the South
Pacific by world-famous sailors
and explorers, Captain William
Bligh and Captain Cook.

At the groundbreaking for
the Crab Cay resort in 2004,

SEE page 9B

* Productivity pay the main difference between company and union
* Morton seeking ‘security assurances’ from government after blockade
* Company ‘cut back on sales’ after rainfall hit supplies, with salt demand impacted by mild US winter

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

orton Salt and the trade
union representing its
non-managerial work-

ers were last night said to be “not
very far apart” on resolving their
long-running industrial negotia-
tions, with Inagua residents “pray-
ing” that a harmonious solution can
be found to the dispute impacting
the Bahamas’ original ‘anchor pro-
ject’ that employs 60 per cent of
the island’s work force.

Obie Ferguson, attorney and
adviser to the Bahamas Industrial,
Manufacturers and Allied Work-
ers Union (BIMAWU), said a set-
tlement could be reached if the two
parties were able to agree ona
salary rise of between 5-6 per cent
for the union’s members for the
years 2007-2009.

He said this would be “more rea-
sonable”, given that the union
would have moved from its original
offer position, which was for 9 per
cent basic salary rises for its mem-
bers in 2007 and 2008, and a 6 per
cent rise in 2009.

“Between 5-6 per cent, we can
reach a settlement,” Mr Ferguson
said. “We're not very far apart, and
if we can find a happy medium
between 5-6 per cent, we'll be OK.”

The main difference between
Morton Salt and the union over the
“economic package” the former is



@ OBIE FERGUSON

offering appears to be that the
union wants all increases included
in the basic salary rise, whereas the
company is offering a smaller salary
increase in combination with a pro-
ductivity increase.

In an interview with The Tribune,
Glenn Bannister, Morton
(Bahamas) Ltd’s managing direc-
tor, explained that the last contract
between the company and the
union expired in September 2005.

For a year since then, Morton
Salt had attempted to meet with
the union, Mr Bannister said, but it
had refused to start negotiations on
the grounds that its members were
owed back pay.

Talks eventually started in Octo-
ber 2006, Mr Bannister saying that
the union represented about 85 of
its 104 non-managerial staff. Mor-
ton Salt also employed 26 manage-

rial staff, making its total employ-
ment complement 130-strong.

“We met all last week under the
auspices of the Department of
Labour in Nassau to negotiate a
new contract,” Mr Bannister told
The Tribune. “Basically, we got to
the point where the union request-
ed we give them our final offer. We
did that on Friday last week.”

Both Morton Salt and the
Department of Labour were now
awaiting an official response from
the union, Mr Bannister said, its
representatives having not attended
a 3pm meeting last Sunday.to either
sign the contract or “touch base”.

Mr Ferguson last night confirmed
that the union had received and
studied Morton Salt’s offer, and had
met with the Minister of Labour,
Vincent Peet, at 7pm on Tuesday
night, to disclose that it wanted
more information.

The union, Mr Ferguson said,
wanted Morton Salt to provide it
with “statistical information” on
areas such as the overtime hours
worked by each worker, providing
the base rate per worker.

He explained that the union
wanted the “actual” data per work-
er, as opposed to the estimates
Morton Salt had provided previ-
ously, so it could “justify the
increase we were proposing for
back pay from 2005-2006”.

Mr Ferguson said Morton Salt
had undertaken to provide the

requested data, and the Minister of
Labour had said he would assist
with this process. “As soon as we
get it, we'll be able to properly
respond,” he said.

Mr Ferguson said the BIMAWU
had only received the “consolidated
document” containing the compa-
ny’s offer at 11am on Sunday, and
then went into a meeting with the
union’s officers at 4pm.

In his interview with The Tri- .
bune, Mr Bannister explained that |.
given that the previous industrial
agreement had expired on Septem- ~
ber 2005, Morton Salt was offering
a 2.5 per cent salary increase for
2005, along with a 2 per cent pro- |
ductivity bonus.

“We have given them the bonus _
already,” Mr Bannister said. “It’s .
just the 2.5 per cent, the general ’
increase that will be made retroac-
tive from October 1, 2005, and we ,
propose to give them retroactive
pay for October 2005-September
30, 2006.

“We’re going to give them a
lump sum and attach it to the base
of their salary.” From October 1,
2006, Mr Bannister said Morton
Salt had offered the union a 2.7 per -
cent salary increase, and again pro-
posed to give its members a lump
sum attached to the base salary.

For 2005-2006, the productivity

SEE page 6B

Clearing Banks to ratify Clearing House software provider

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE software provider for the commer-
cial banking system’s Automated Clearing
House (ACH) has been selected, The Tri-
bune was told, with the choice now just
waiting ratification by the Clearing Banks

Association (CBA).

Paul McWeeney, Bank of the Bahamas
International’s managing director and head
of the CBA’s working group on the ACH,
said the working group had selected the
software provider, and he was now trying to
arrange a CBA meeting to have the choice

formally approved.

“IT know who it is,” Mr McWeeney said.
“It’s approved, but is subject to the Clearing

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Banks Association’s
ratification. I’m sure
it will be sanctioned,
and I’m trying to
schedule a meeting
with the Clearing
Banks Association
group to have the
recommendation
ratified.

“I’m optimistic
we'll meet by Friday

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and have the rec-.

the ACH Working Group ratified.”

Until that happens, Mr McWeeney said
he was unable to name the software
provider for the ACH.

The ACH working group has returned
from making site visits in Europe and Africa
to assess existing systems operated by the
final two contenders for the software
provider contract.

The ACH is seen as a “long overdue”
upgrade to the Bahamian financial services
system’s infrastructure, and the software
provider selection is seen as the final step to
implementing the facility and taking it live
by end-June 2007, a Bahamas-based com-

pany having already been chosen as the

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project manager.

The ACH is being viewed as a mecha-

nism to boost the efficiency and integrity of

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mortgage is an inter-
est in property (nor-
mally real property)

created as a form of security
for a loan or payment of a
debt, and it is terminated on
payment of the loan or debt.
The borrower who offers and
grants the mortgage over his
property is the mortgagor. The
lender who provides the mon-
ey for the loan is the mort-
gagee.

There are basically three
types of security over land or
real property. There is a legal
mortgage, which confers a legal
interest on the mortgagee and
may only be granted by the
mortgagor, who has a legal
estate in the land - either the
fee simple or a lease.

Secondly, an equitable mort-
gage confers an equitable inter-
est on the mortgagee, and may
also be granted the mortgagor
who has a legal estate. The lat-
ter only happens if he has an
equitable interest (for exam-
ple, if he is a beneficiary of a
trust), then he may only grant
an equitable mortgage of his
interest. Finally, an equitable
charge confers an equitable
interest on the chargee, but
with more limited rights than
the equitable mortgage.

The first two types of secu-

rity are typically used by mort-
gagees, particularly
financial/lending institutions,
because they provide more
attractive rights and remedies
to mortgagees.

A mortgage document
describes the parties to the
transaction, and the terms and
conditions upon which a mort-
gage is granted over the prop-
erty by the mortgagor, and
upon which the loan is given
to the mortgagor by the mort-
gagee. This is prepared by an
attorney, and is usually exe-
cuted by the mortgagor after
the appropriate title and
Supreme Court cause list
searches are made, real prop-
erty taxes, utilities, and other
rates and assessments are ver-
ified (and, where applicable,
regularized), and title to the
property is proven to be that of
the mortgagor and found to be
both free and clear.

The mortgage document
typically includes, but is not
limited to, terms and condi-
tions which outline the obliga-
tions of the mortgagor to repay
to the mortgagee, on demand,
the principal, interest and any
costs relating to the mortgage
loan. The document also usu-
ally requires the borrower to
keep the property properly

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insured and maintained, regu-
larly pay all rates, taxes and
assessments, observe all
restrictive covenants and reg-
ulations, and protect title to
the property.

The mortgage document
also provides a detailed
description of the property, the
duration of the loan, the
amount of the monthly pay-
ments (inclusive of principal
and interest), the date of pay-
ment, the mortgagor's redemp-
tion of the mortgage upon
repayment of the loan, and the
events of default upon which
the loan may terminate and
upon which a mortgagee may
exercise its legal remedies
(foreclosure, power of sale,
tight to possession etc).

An opinion on title, con-
firming or attesting to the
validity of title to the property,
is issued by an attorney to the
mortgagee, who is often a
licensed financial/lending insti-
tution, before completion of
the mortgage transaction and
approval for the loan to the

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mortgagor.

It is important that the mort-
gagee satisfies itself that it is
legally in a position to grant
the loan, and particular atten-
tion is given to the fact that it is
not adversely affected by the
rights of persons (other than
the mortgagor), especially in
light of the provisions of the
Inheritance Act 2002. The pro-
visions in questions concern
the rights of spouses and other
pertinent statutory and com-
mon law (case law) principles,
which may relate to or affect
the legal interest in the prop-
erty over which the mortgage
is being granted.

The stamp duty on a mort-
gage loan is normally | per
cent of the amount of the
mortgage advanced to the
mortgagor,

The mortgagee protects its
security rights over the mort-
gaged property against third
parties, such as subsequent
mortgagees or purchasers of

‘the mortgaged property, by

recording or registering its
security over the property
through having the mortgage
document stamped at the Pub-
lic Treasury, then lodged for
recording at the Registry of
Deeds and Documents. It
should also be noted that the
mortgagee often takes posses-
sion of the original title docu-
ments, including the original
mortgage, after recording at
the Registry of Deeds and
Documents.

Mortgages rank in order of
ptiority according to the date
of recording of the mortgage
document. According to
Bahamian law, the first mort-
gagee in time (according to the
date of recording) takes prior-
ity over subsequent mort-
gagees.

When the mortgagor has
paid off the loan and the prop-
erty becomes free of the mort-

gage granted over it, the mort-
gagor has _ effectively
‘redeemed’ his property. Dur-
ing the currency of the mort-
gage, the mortgagor has resid-
ual rights in the property
known as the ‘equity of
redemption’. The equity of
redemption is the right(s) of a
mortgagor over his mortgaged
property, particularly the right
to redeem the property, at any
time, on payment of the prin-
cipal, interest and cost of the
mortgage loan. The value of
the equity of redemption is the
value of a mortgagor’s unen-
cumbered interest minus the
value of the mortgage loan.

Insurance

Under Section 21(b) of the
Conveyancing and Law of
Property Act 1909 (the Act), a
mortgagee, where a mortgage
is made by deed, has the pow-
er, among other things, “to
insure and keep insured
against loss or damage by fire
any building, or any effects or
property of an insurable
nature, whether affixed to the
freehold or not, being or form-
ing part of the mortgaged
property, and the premiums
paid for any such insurance
shall be a charge on the mort-
gaged property, in addition to
the mortgage money, and with
the same priority, and with
interest at the same rate, as the
mortgage money”.

The mortgagee is afforded
statutory and contractual pro-
tection (by way of the terms
and conditions of its Indenture
of Mortgage) of its security
interest, for mortgages of land,
by virtue of its power to insure.

If the mortgagor fails to pay
the insurance premiums regu-
larly, as he/she is required to
do under the terms and con-
ditions of the mortgage docu-
ment, the mortgagee is given
the power to pay the premi-

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ums at the mortgagor’s
expense.

In order to protect itself ful-
ly, the mortgagee will often
notify or require that the mort-
gagor notify the insurance
company of its interest in the
property, and should the prop-
erty be subsequently destroyed
by fire, the insurance company
will either pay the mortgagor
the amount insured, on con-
sultation and/or approval from
the mortgagee, or pay the
amount insured directly to the
mortgagee, as loss payee, sub-
ject to the terms and condi-
tions of the insurance agree-
ment.

It should be noted that
under Section 25(4) of the Act,
a mortgagee may require (or
specify) that all monies
received on an insurance poli-
cy be applied in or towards the
discharge of the monies due
under the mortgage, without
prejudice to any obligation to
the contrary imposed by law
or by special contract.

Therefore, a mortgagee (and
loss payee) for the insurance
monies may apply the monies
received to the outstanding
debt owed on the existing
mortgage in lieu of repairing
the damaged property, subject
to any specific terms or condi-
tions of the insurance agree-
ment, to the contrary.

In light of the foregoing
obligations and duties, a mort-
gagee may wish to request that
customers sign an agreement
- or incorporate specific terms
in its existing mortgage docu-
ment - to allow it to apply
insurance monies to the out-
standing mortgage debt, inclu-
sive of an
indemnification/release from
liability for such application.
This is to ensure that it is pro-
tected contractually, as well as
statutorily, by law.

Real Property Tax

Where a mortgagee is exer-
cising its legal remedy of pow-
er of sale and acts as the ven-
dor of mortgaged property, it -
conveys the mortgaged prop-
erty to the prospective pur-
chaser, subject to such right
and equity of redemption, as
is subsisting in the property,
by virtue of the mortgage deed.

The power of sale and other
remedies of the mortgagee
need not be expressly trans-
terred, since they are normally
expressly conferred by the
mortgage deed. Therefore,
they are made exercisable by
the mortgagee and its assigns,
and will pass to the purchaser
without mention.

However, in relation to the
issue of payment of outstand-
ing real property taxes on the
mortgaged property to be sold
under a power of sale, it should
be noted that while there may
be no commercial obligation
by the mortgagee to pay the
outstanding real property tax-
es, or incur the legal and
administrative costs in the
exercise of the power of sale,
the outstanding real property
taxes represent a first charge
over mortgaged property
under Section 21 of the Real
Property Tax Act 1969 (the
RPTA)..

Additionally, under Section
7 (5) of the RPTA, real prop-
erty taxes can be assessed for
10 years retroactively.

More importantly, it should
be noted that the Fiscal
Reform and Tax Relief Act
1990 amended the original Sec-
tion 16 of the RPTA through
the inclusion of the following
sections, which relate directly
to the legal obligations and lia-
bility of mortgagees of mort-
gaged properties, subject to the
assessment and levying of real
property taxes.

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Street
rebounds
as stocks
overseas
recover

BY JOE BEL BRUNO
Associated Press

NEW YORK — Wall Street
rebounded Tuesday as inves-
tors were encouraged by a
recovery on world markets and
moved to recoup some of the
big losses suffered in last week’s
sharp pullback. The Dow Jones
industrials rose more than 150
points. —

Investors came off the side-
lines to buy stocks that have
languished in five turbulent ses-
sions. The Dow made back
about 26 percent of the ground
it lost over the past week, and
scored its highest one-day point
gain since July 24.

Despite the rebound, ques-
tions remained about whether
the correction that has swept
around the globe has truly run
its course. U.S. investors were
still contending with fundamen-
tal economic issues, including a
weaker than expected reading
on fourth-quarter productivity
and the dollar’s vulnerability
against the yen.

The. advance Tuesday
treated Wall Street traders to
what had become a rare sight —
the color green splashed across
their computer ‘screens that
show stock prices, instead of
last week’s red. But, after being
knocked about by erratic mar-
ket shifts in recent sessions,
there was still a sense this might
not be the recovery everyone is
waiting for.

“IT don’t think we should get
too used to seeing all this
green,” said Jay Suskind, head
trader at Ryan Beck & Co. “This
market feels to me like it
doesn’t have legs, there just
doesn’t seem to be that eupho-
ria out there. There is still trepi-
dation.”

The Dow rose 157.18, or 1.30
percent, to 12,207.59, after drop-
ping 581 points over the past
week. The Standard & Poor’s

- 500 index was up 21.29,\or 1.55
percent, at 1,395.41 in its biggest
advance since July.

The Nasdaq composite index
rose 44.46, or 1.90 percent, to
2,385.14. The tech-dominated
index, which includes many
companies considered young
and risky compared to S&P 500
stocks, was particularly hard-hit
in last week’s slide. It was the
Nasdaq’s best one-day advance
since Oct.4. -

The Russell 2000 index of
smaller companies was up 18.82,
or 2.48 percent, at 778.88.

Advancing issues outnum-
bered decliners by about 5 to 1
on the New York Stock
Exchange, where consolidated
volume came to 3.29 billion
shares, down from 3.44 billion
shares on Monday.

Overseas, stock indexes
posted healthy gains after
plunging for the past week.
According to the Dow Jones
Wilshire Global Total Market
Index, the world’s markets had
lost $3.1 trillion since Feb. 26 —
with $1 trillion coming from the
US. alone.

Japan’s Nikkei stock average
closed up 1.22 percent Tuesday.
At the close, Britain’s FTSE 100
regained 1.32 percent, Germa-
ny’s DAX index rose 0.92 per-
cent, and France’s CAC-40 was
up 0.97 percent.

. The gain in equities and lin-
gering inflation worries sent
prices falling in the bond mar-
ket. The yield on the benchmark
10-year Treasury note rose to
4.53 percent from 4.51 percent
on Monday.

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Spirit Airlines to cut fares up to 40%

@ While the air carrier is offering
cut-rate prices, Spirit Airlines will
charge passengers an extra fee
for baggage and beverages.

BY ADRIAN SAINZ
Associated Press

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. —
Spirit Airlines said Tuesday it will
take the unusual step of charging for
all checked baggage and for drinks
such as coffee and soda on flights
starting in June, while also cutting
fares by up to 40 percent.

The South Florida-based low-cost

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orders
plunge

§@ Labor costs jumped as factory
orders dropped and, according to
analysts, the reports highlight
difficulties faced by the Federal
Reserve.

BY MARTIN CRUTSINGER
Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The economy
is still caught between slowing
growth and stubborn inflation pres-
sures, new government reports
showed Tuesday.

Labor costs, boosted by bonuses to
high-income workers, soared at the
end of last year, raising inflation wor-
ries, while factory orders plunged in
January by the biggest amount in 6',
years.

The reports, analysts said, high-
lighted the difficulties faced by the
Federal Reserve as it is confronted by
the opposing forces of slowing
growth and rising inflation.

The Labor Department reported
that productivity, the amount of out-
put per hour of work, rose at an
annual rate of 1.6 percent in the Octo-
ber-December period last year, just

SAB D ILLS LEE

The 2,974-passenger Carnival Freedom, amid
the requisite pomp and circumstance, sailed on
her maiden voyage from Venice on Monday, with
plans to spend her splashy first season plying the
Mediterranean — not the Caribbean.

The new 110,000-ton, high-tech ship’s launch
in Italy illustrates the rising importance of
Europe to the cruise industry. Increasingly, it is

carrier that flies domestically and to
Latin America and the Caribbean said
it is cutting fares from 10 to 40 per-
cent systemwide, and on last-minute
fares as well. :

Spirit also will charge for each
checked bag for flights taking place
June 20 or after, according to its web-
site. Customers will still be allowed
one carry-on bag for free, but one or
two checked bags will cost $5 each if
passengers make flight reservations
on the carrier’s website. The fee will
be $10 each for one or two bags if pas-
sengers don’t use the website for res-

CRUISE LINES

Across the pond

The Carnival Freedom’s maiden voyage from Venice underscores the industry’s
stepped-up focus on the lucrative and fast-growing European cruise market

Europe rather than the Caribbean that is the
place of choice for unveiling new cruise ships.
With strong demand and firm prices ‘for
cruises in Europe, the old continent is slated to
host a record number of ships and passengers
this year, even as the Caribbean suffers from
weak prices amid a glut of capacity that make
cruising there a bargain.
“Europe has great cachet in the consumer’s
mind,” says Greg Johnson, associate vice presi-




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BROWSING: Devon Runyon
admires a John Deere lawn
tractor at the Council Bluffs
Home Show at Mid-America
Center in Council Bluffs, lowa,
last weekend. Orders to U.S.
factories fell by the largest
amount in 6% years.

about half of the original estimate.
But the cost of the labor needed to
produce each unit of output soared
by 6.6 percent, far higher than the 17
percent initial estimate and well

above the 3.2 percent increase Wall |

Street was expecting.
The worry is that the combination
of lower productivity and higher

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ervations. The charge is $100 for the
third bag and on.

The airline currently allows one
checked bag for free and $10 for a
second checked bag.

Also starting June 20, soft drinks,
juices, coffee and tea — which are
now free — will cost $1. Water will
still be free.

Most large U.S. carriers allow a
carry-on bag and up to two or three
checked bags at no additional charge
per passenger. However, U.K.-based
Ryanair charges a fee for each item of
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Web site. Air Canada offers custom-
ers the option of saving $5 if they
don’t check any baggage.

With drinks, carriers usually
charge for alcoholic beverages on
domestic flights. But sodas, coffee
and juice are usually free.

Bob Harrell, a travel consultant in
New York, said airlines that cater to
leisure travel such as Spirit often
adjust fares, raising or lowering them
25 percent or more from one week to
another in some cases. But airlines

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dent for investor relations at Royal Caribbean
Cruises in Miami. “People are willing to pay
higher for a European cruise than just about any-
where in the world.”



Bausch & Lomb recalls
ReNu Multiplus

While no one was reported hurt, Bausch & Lomb did a limited
voluntary recall because it had received reports of discolored solution
and found that the discoloration was caused by trace amounts of iron.

BY BEN DOBBIN
Associated Press

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Bausch &
Lomb, already humbled by a world-
wide recall of its ReNu with Moistu-
reLoc contact lens solution, said
Tuesday it is recalling about 1.5 mil-
lion bottles of ReNu MultiPlus
because trace amounts of iron could
cause the cleaner to lose effective-
ness earlier than normal.

The optical products maker also
reported a modest drop in fourth-
quarter and full-year sales in 2006,
citing sluggish contact lens sales
amid a slower-than-expected recov-
ery from last spring’s recall of Mois-
tureLoc, which was blamed for an
outbreak of severe fungal eye intec-
tions.

The company said it has carried
out a limited voluntary recall of 12
lots of its ReNu MultiPlus solution
after getting three customer reports
of discolored solution.

No one was reported hurt, and the
company believes that virtually all of
the solution, made about a year ago at
its plant in Greenville, S.C., has
already been used by lens wearers.

About a million bottles of the pop-

ular brand were distributed in the
United States and another 500,000 in
Canada, Korea, Taiwan and Latin
America. The company has notified
the Food and Drug Administration
and regulators in the other affected
countries of the recall.

“I want to emphasize that this is
completely unrelated to and different
from the MoistureLoc recall,” com-
pany spokeswoman Barbara Kelley
said.

“There have been no serious
adverse events associated with this
occurrence, and the possibility of a
serious adverse event is remote.”

Bausch & Lomb determined the
discoloration was caused by trace
amounts of iron found in a single
batch of raw material from an outside
supplier. As a result, it said, the
affected lots could have a shorter
shelf life than the two-year expiration
date.

“From what they’re describing, the
event that occurred was relatively
minor,” said Dr. Penny Asbell, a pro-
fessor of ophthalmology at Mount
Sinai School of Medicine in New

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Factory orders drop 5.6% in January

* FACTORIES

wages would make inflation
worse and keep the Federal
Reserve from cutting interest
rates even though certain sec-
tors of the economy such as
housing and manufacturing
have been hard-hit by the cur-
rent economic slowdown.

The Commerce Depart-
ment reported that factory
orders dropped by 5.6 percent
in January, the biggest decline
since July 2000, a period
when the economy was slow-
ing sharply in advance of an
actual recession which began
in 2001.

The government said that
orders for big-ticket durable

PRODUCT RECALL

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York. “It’s definitely a differ-
ent story from MoistureLoc.
We now understand that cer-
tain conditions led that solu-
tion to be a very poor disin-
fectant. And it seems obvious
now but quite honestly it
wasn’t obvious at the time.
“The take-home message
from this event is most people
do very well with contact
lenses, but there are some
risks and they can cut down
those risks by following the
manufacturers’ recommenda-
tions. One thing they often
don’t realize is not only does
the bottle have a shelf life in
the store, it has a shelf life

Spirit to
cut fares

by up
to 40%

° SPIRIT

also are seeking ways to offset
baggage handling costs, and
lowering prices may be a way
for Spirit to justify the move
to charge for checked bags,
Harrell said

“The baggage and the soda
changes are new,” said Har-
rell, of Harrell Associates. “If
they’re not exclusively new,
then it’s certainly unusual.”.

However, Harrell added
that while it’s possible that
the major airlines would be
looking at the success or fail-
ure of Spirit’s changes, “You
wouldn’t see a lemming type
of match from the larger car-
riers.”

The move also reflects a
strategy where services for
baggage handling and bever-
ages are “a la carte,” or pay-:
as-you-go, said Robert Mann,
an airline industry analyst
with R.W. Mann & Co. Inc. in

CRUISE LINES

goods plunged by 8.7 percent,
even bigger than the 7.8 per-
cent drop originally reported
a week ago.

The weakness in manufac-
turing was led by a 19 percent
fall in orders for transporta-
tion products, reflecting a 6.7
percent drop in the struggling
auto industry and a 60.2 per-
cent plunge in demand for
commercial airplanes.
Demand was also down for
primary metals, machinery
and computers.

Orders for nondurable
goods, items such as petro-
leum and food, fell by 2 per-
cent in January after a 1.5 per-
cent increase in December.

The weaker productivity

number reflected the big
downward revision
announced last week in total
economic growth, as mea-
sured by the gross domestic
product. The GDP expanded
at a sluggish 2.2 percent
annual rate from October
through December, not the 3.5
percent growth rate originally
reported.

With less output and the
number of hours worked
remaining the same, produc-
tivity for the quarter looked
worse.

The drop in output also
meant that unit labor costs
were higher.

It was the biggest quarterly
increase in labor costs since a

9.1 percent surge in the first
three months of 2006. Both
gains were attributed in large
part to big bonuses paid to
high-income workers.
Analysts said this report
would certainly attract atten-
tion at the Fed and would add
to the view that even with the

economy slowing, policymak- -

ers cannot consider cutting
interest rates.

“Three sluggish quarters of
economic growth should have
created an environment for an
ease, but with cost pressures
rising, inflation concerns have
to remain high,” said Joel
Naroff, chief economist at
Naroff Economic ‘Advisors, a
private forecasting firm.

Lomb recalls ReNu Multiplus

once it’s opened, which is
under their control.”

Of the more than 30 million
Americans who wear contact
lenses, about 2.3 million used
MoistureLoc, which was
introduced in late 2004 and
accounted for $100 million in
global sales in 2005. At least 11
million people use the Multi-
Plus solution, which was
launched a decade ago.

Last May, Bausch & Lomb
permanently withdrew its
new-formula MoistureLoc
multipurpose cleaner from

markets around the world.

when federal regulators
called the product the “poten-
tial root cause” of an outbreak
of Fusarium keratitis infec-

tions. A cluster of the poten-
tially blinding infections sur-
faced in Asia in fall 2005 and
an unusual number of victims
began showing up in U.S. eye
centers last winter. The com-
pany stopped selling Moistu-
reLoc in Hong Kong and Sin-
gapore in February 2006 but
only halted U.S. shipments in
April.

Lawyers expect several
hundred people will seek
damages for Fusarium kerati-
tis infections in trials begin-
ning as early as this summer.
Of the 180 infection victims
confirmed so far in 35 states,
59 needed cornea transplants
to try to restore their vision,
the Centers for Disease Con-

trol and Prevention in Atlanta
said. Several people allege the
MoistureLoc solution caused
them to lose an eye.

The company advised con-
sumers to discard bottles of
the affected solution if it
appears to be discolored as it
may be losing effectiveness. It
said the recalled lots carry the
expiration date “2008 - 03” on
the bottle. Separately, the
company said revenue for
2006 dropped 3 percent to
about $2.29 billion. It expects
to report fourth-quarter reve-
nue of about $598.5 million,
down 5 percent from $626.4
million in the year-ago period,
or 7 percent on a constant-
currency basis.



WILFREDO LEE/AP

BRAND NEW GUIDELINES: Spirit Airlines will begin charging for checked baggage and
beverages. Above, Spirit agent Clive Smith, center, helps a pair of customers as they ,
check in at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Tuesday.

Port Washington, N.Y.

_ At Fort Lauderdale-Holly-
wood International Airport,
Naomi Berger waited for a
return flight to New York’s
Laguardia Airport. She said
the airline told her of the $10
charge for a second checked
bag by e-mail, and that she
was.OK with the extra charge
because she paid $85 for her
round trip ticket from New
York to visit a relative in
Miami Beach with her daugh-
ter and husband.

“If they keep the fares

down, people use them,” said
Berger, who lives on Long
Island. But her husband, Rob-
ert Berger, was more critical
of the charges. He said air-
lines are more interested in
just getting travelers to their
destinations and making
short-term profits, rather than
building a customer base by
providing good service.
“Only an airline with no
pride would charge you for a
cup of soda,” said Robert Ber-
ger, who is in the telecommu-
nications business. “We'll pay

them for the $10 for baggage
and $1 for soda because we’re
still ahead of the game” on
ticket prices, he said.

Spirit also plans to elimi-
nate first-class service and
free alcoholic drinks. The for-
mer first-class seats will be
called “Big Front Seats” and
sell at premium prices.

The airline is offering. 1
cent fares, plus fees and taxes,
to and from select cities in
March, April and May. Cus-
tomers have until Wednesday
to book those flights. .

Cruise ships crossing the pond into Kurope

° EUROPE

This year’s build-up in
Europe comes on top of a 12
percent increase in berths
there last year — some
1,479,321 beds, compared with
1,318,503 beds during 2005,
according to the Cruise Lines
International Association, a
trade group. “The European
cruise market is underpene-
trated compared with North
America,” says Howard S.
Frank, vice chairman and
chief operating officer of Car-
nival Corp., which operates 12
brands. “We see an ability to
grow in Europe and grow
faster than in the U.S.”

Carnival, which named
designer and former super-
model Kathy Ireland as the
Freedom’s godmother, will
enjoy a summer of buzz in
Europe and reap a second
round of hoopla when the
ship comes to Miami in
November to start seven-day
Caribbean cruises.

Many cruise operators,
including Carnival, Royal
Caribbean International and
Holland America Line, are

FOCUSING ON EUROPE

@ Carnival Corp. operates 12 cruise brands and plans to
deploy a record 25 percent of its capacity in Europe this year,
up from 23 percent last year. Carnival debuted its new Carni-

val Freedom in Europe.

@ Top competitor Royal Caribbean will have 21 percent of its
capacity there, also a record. There will be a record six Royal
Caribbean International ships in Europe this summer, includ-
ing the giant Navigator of the Seas. Next year, the massive,
high-profile Independence of the Seas will debut there.

@ Disney Cruise Line will deploy a ship, the Disney Magic, to
Europe this summer for the first time.

@ Holland America Line plans its longest season in Europe -

March through November.

e@ Princess Cruises puts five ships in Europe with a stretched
season running April to December.

® Cruise lines had some 1,479,321 beds in Europe in 2006, up
12 percent from the 1,318,503 beds in 2005.

SOURCE: Cruise lines; Cruise Lines International Association .

stretching their stays in
Europe this year, according to
CLIA, with some ships staying
nine months from March to
November. This spring, for
the first time, Royal Carib-
bean will deploy its 3,114-pas-
senger Navigator of the Seas
to Europe, where it will join
five other giant vessels from
its fleet. That includes her sis-
ter ship, Voyager of the Seas,

which will spend an extended
second season there.

“We all anticipate great
growth potential in the Euro-
pean marketplace,” says
Royal Caribbean spokesman
Michael Sheehan.

Not so many years ago,
Europe was largely relegated
to the tired, older cruise ves-
sels, no longer hot enough for
the Caribbean. But the large

untapped market of affluent
travelers in Europe has
helped turn it into a priority
market for cruise lines.

Next year, for example,
Royal Caribbean plans to
debut its Independence of the
Seas in Europe, rather than
the Caribbean. Picking
Europe to unveil the high-pro-
file Independence — a sister
of the world’s largest cruise
vessel, the 160,000-ton Free-
dom of the Seas — under-
scores the company’s “expan-
sion into emerging and
high-growth cruise markets,”
Chairman and CEO Richard
Fain said in a statement.

Royal Caribbean, which
like other lines wants to lure
more Europeans on cruises, is
beefing up relationships with
travel agents in Europe,
expanding its sales, marketing
and reservations staffs and
spending more on advertising
there. It recently bought
Spanish cruise and tour oper-
ator Pullmantur to tap the
Spanish cruise market and
plans to put a record 21 per-
cent of its capacity in Europe
during 2007.

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OFFER COMING? Douglas Peterson, right, CEO of
CitiBank Japan, announces the strategic alliance with
Nikko Cordial on Tuesday in Tokyo as president and
CEO Shoji Kuwashima listens.

Citigroup might offer
$10.8B to buy Nikko

From Herald Wire Services

Citigroup (C) plans to offer up to $10.8 billion for scandal-
tainted Nikko Cordial in a deal that would be the biggest for-
eign acquisition of a Japanese brokerage.

Citigroup, the largest U.S. financial services company, said
Tuesday it plans to launch a tender offer within a week for all
remaining shares of Japan’s third-biggest brokerage.

Nikko Cordial has more than 100 branches nationwide.
The deal would boost Citigroup’s presence in Japan for sell-
ing mutual funds and other services that are expected to grow
in the world’s second-largest economy.

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BUYERS WEIGHING
CHRYSLER’S WORTH

As two private equity
firms examine Chrysler’s
books and consider making
offers to buy the company
this week, they'll try to
answer a question whose
answer is uncertain: How
much is Chrysler worth?

Although Daimler-Benz
paid $36 billion for the com-
pany in 1998, industry ana-
lysts now place its value at
anywhere from nothing to
$13.7 billion. Estimates vary
with the value placed on
assets such as brand names,
factories and materials, all
weighed against Chrysler’s
estimated $19 billion long-
term liability to pay health-
care benefits for unionized
retirees. Some analysts say
the liability exceeds the
value of the assets, meaning
that German parent Daim-
lerChrysler (DCX) would
have to pay someone to take
Chrysler.

e CONFECTIONERS

TOPPS’ TAKEOVER BID
DRAWS OPPOSITION

The Topps Co. (TOPP),
maker of baseball cards and
Bazooka bubble gum, said it
accepted a $385.4 million
takeover offer from a buy-
out group that includes for-
mer Disney CEO Michael
Eisner, but the deal drew
immediate opposition from
one of its own board mem-
bers.

Topps director Arnaud
Ajdler, along with the
investment firm Crescendo
Partners IJ, launched a cam-
paign to kill the deal. Cre-
scendo owns about 6.6 per-
cent of the company’s
shares, according to filings
with the Securities and
Exchange Commission.
Ajdler is also a managing
partner of Crescendo.

e LIQUOR

BROWN-FORMAN POSTS
13% DROP IN 3Q PROFIT

| Brown-Forman (BF-B),

| whose brands include Jack
Daniel’s Tennessee Whis-
key, Southern Comfort and
Finlandia vodka, reported a
13 percent drop in third-
quarter profit from results a
year ago that got a lift from
onetime gains.

Excluding the special
items, the liquor company
posted higher results from
continuing operations.

e FRANCE

AIRBUS WORKERS
PROTEST JOB CUTS

Thousands of striking
Airbus workers demon-
strated Tuesday in Tou-
louse, the European aircraft
maker’s headquarters, to
protest plans to cut 10,000
jobs and spin off or close six
European plants.

Some 15,000 workers
took part in the demonstra-
tions, trade unions said.
Police in the southern
French city estimated there
were 12,000 protesters.

“We don’t want to
become Airbus odd-jobs
men, we want to acquire
new skills,” said Jean-Fran-
cois Knepper, an official
with Force Ouvriere, the
strongest Airbus labor union
in France.

Besides the job cuts — of
which 4,300 would be made
in France — Airbus plans to
sell or close three plants and
find industrial partners to
take over and upgrade three
more facilities producing
fuselage and wing parts.
Two of the six affected sites
are in France, three in Ger-
many and one in Britain.

In a sign that the indus-
trial action could be gather-
ing pace, the Toulouse dem-
onstration was joined by
anti-globalization leader
Jose Bove and other figures
from the broader political
left, as well as the top
national officials of the five
union federations behind
the strike. Smaller protests
took place at Airbus facili-
ties in Saint-Nazaire and
Nantes, western France.

e MORTGAGE

BERNANKE: REGULATE
MORTGAGE FIRMS MORE

Federal Reserve Chair-
man Ben Bernanke urged
Congress to bolster regula-
tion of mortgage giants Fan-
nie Mae (FNM) and Fred-
die Mac (FRE), and
suggested limiting their
massive holdings to guard
against any danger their
debt poses to the overall
economy.

Bernanke has previously
supported efforts to pare the
two mortgage companies’
huge portfolios. This time,
however, he was a bit more
specific and recommended
that their holdings might be
linked to a “measurable pub-
lic purpose, such as the pro-
motion of affordable hous-
ing.”

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Customs walk-out

hits business profit

is depleted.

Shipping companies also told The Tri-
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impact on their business in some cases,
causing them to have to shut down oper-
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he walk-out by Customs ofti-
cers yesterday impacted rev-

enues for Bahamian business-

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es, with companies reporting that they

lost profits as a result.

An estimated 80 per cent of all cus-
toms officers - including line staff at the
air freight section of Lynden Pindling
International Airport - walked off the
job, alleging they have been neglected by
the Government. The situation was hasti-
ly resolved before there was a major
impact on the Bahamian business com-
munity and wider economy, especially
if th situation went into a second day.

Bahamian businesses felt an immediate impact
from the Customs walk-out. Phil Lightbourne, of
Bahamas Food Services, said the company was
unable to receive 20 shipments because no one was

able to clear them at the dock.

He said that while the perishable items were not
in danger because they were refrigerated, it meant
Bahamas Food Services was unable to fill several
order items throughout the day, which resulted in

lost revenue.

Mr Lightbourne said shipping always has a pos-
sible delay of a day or two for unseen circumstances,
such as inclement weather, so one or two days of
missed shipment had minimal impact.

But he said the longer industrial action lasts, the
larger the impact will be once the current inventory





@ WRIGHT

According to Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce president, Tanya Wright,
such action impacts all businesses depen-
dent on goods shipments to operate their
firms.

“This is not an ideal situation to be
in, because of the huge impact it has on
the Bahamian economy,” she added.

Mrs Wright said it was essential that
| when civil servants have issues with the
(FILE photo) Government, all parties concerned work

to resolve them as quickly as possible.

She said it was unfortunate that Bahamian busi-
nesses had to be affected by a situation that had
nothing to do with them. She added that the longer
industrial action lasts, the more widespread the

effect will be for the business community.

Key issues for the Customs officers included a
lack of parity between their branch and other uni-
formed agencies of government as it related to
recent salary increases, and the fact there was no for-

mal insurance programme set up for employees.

Mr Lightbourne said that if one good thing came
out of yesterday's action, it was the fact that traffic
in Downtown Nassau was considerably lessened by
the absence of trailer trucks carrying goods from
the docks. He said this reinforced the need for the
shipping companies to be moved from Bay Street.

Clearing Banks to ratify Clearing House software provider

FROM page 1B

the Bahamian commercial
banking and payments system.
The first phase will provide all
Bahamian clearing banks with
an interlinked system for the
electronic processing of
cheques, in addition to direct
debits and credits.

The latter two functions will
enable Bahamians to credit and
debit funds electronically, and
instead of providing employees
with their pay in the form of
cheques, companies can credit
employee accounts even if they
are housediat a different bank.

The ACH second phase will
involve the development of an












automatic teller machine
(ATM) SWITCH network,
which will allow Bahamians to
access their money at any bank
ATM machine in this nation.

The ACH third phase is
intended to lead to “full trun-
cation”, and the potential of cre-
ating a National Archiving or
National Processing Centre for
the entire Bahamian commer-
cial banking system.

Currently, all the commercial
banks have their own process-
ing centres to deal with the
clearing and settlement of mon-
etary transactions, and the cre-
ation of one unified centre via
the ACH could lead to reduced
further costs, efficiencies and
greater economies of scale.

Mr McWeeney previously

said the ACH would “har-

monise banking functions and
improve the delivery of prod-
ucts and services.

“The improved efficiency, the
improved movement of funds,
will allow transactions to be
completed in a more timely
fashion, and companies will
learn about the fair value of
transactions much earlier. It will
improve the conduct of busi-
ness,” he added.

In this way, the ACH will
improve the integrity of the
Bahamian banking system by
enabling businesses to learn
about bounced customer
cheques much earlier, boost
overall cash flows in the econo-
my, and reduce the time
Bahamians spend in bank
queues waiting to deposit their
cheques.

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GB POWER, from 1B

bid.

Still, the best Bahamian groups
could hope for, sources have said,
would be to act as minority part-
ners in a bid group or as corpo-
rate advisers, in both cases pro-
viding much-needed local knowl-
edge to international players.

Major electrical utilities would
have the “deep pockets” and
economies of scale required to
run Grand Bahama Power Com-
pany, and the human resources
for hurricane repairs.

Mirant holds 50 per cent of
Grand Bahama Power Company
through its own wholly-owned
vehicle, Mirant Grand Bahama,
and the remaining 5 per cent
through ICD Utilities, the BISX-
listed holding vehicle that collec-
tively owns the remaining 50 per
cent.

Lady Henrietta St George, wife
of the late Edward St George,
owns 50.37 per cent of ICD Util-

ilies, giving her just over 25 per
cent of Grand Bahama Power
and making her the key partner
for any buyer of Mirant’s stake.

ICD Utilities has a first right of,
refusal to purchase the shares
held by Miranat in Grand
Bahama Power Company,
sOmething that has not escaped
the notice of buyers who have
been eyeing Lady Henrietta’s
stake.

Whoever controls Lady Hen-
rietta’s stake in ICD Utilities, by
extension, could dictate the out-
come of the Mirant auction by
taking up that option to the exclu-
sion of the US power company’s
other suitors. It is unclear, though,
whether Lady Henrietta would
choose to sell her ICD Utilities
stake.

Grand Bahama Power Com-
pany’s total book value, or total
assets minus total liabilities, stood
at'just under $115 million at
December 31, 2005. This means
that Mirant’s stake was worth
$63.25 million, using this valua-

tion method, and financial ana-
lysts spoken to by The Tribune
felt it might be sold for 2x book
value, making it worth $126.5 mil-
lion.

Mirant Grand Bahama cur-
rently has $10 million in secured
debt, according to Mirant’s SEC
filing, with Grand Bahama Power
Company itself owing a further
$50 million in unsecuered debt.

Mirant said: “We own a 55.4
per cent interest in Grand
Bahama Power, a 151 MW inte-
grated electric utility company
that generates, transmits, distrib-
utes and sells electricity on Grand
Bahama Island.

“Grand Bahama Power has the
exclusive right and obligation to
supply electric power to the resi-
dential, commercial and industri-
al customers on Grand Bahama
Island. As of December 31, 2006,
Grand Bahama Power has
approximately 19,000 customers.
Grand Bahama Power’s rates are
set by the Grand Bahama Port
Authority.”



MORTON, from 1B

clause kicked in if workers achieved
a certain harvested salt tonnage
based on the 40-hour work week.

For “the ensuing years” between
2007-2009, Morton Salt has offered
a “3.75 per cent [basic salary]
increase, along with the 40-hour
week productivity bonus, which
equates to approximately 2 per
cent”.

“We feel that including the pro-
ductivity bonus with the 3.75 per
cent, you're looking at 5.75 per cent,
and we feel that’s a fair increase,”
Mr Bannister said.

Productivity-related incentives
have been built into many recent

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Pricing Information As Of:
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= )FIDELITY

BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES « VESI

52wk-Hi 52wk-Low
0.54
10.40
6.90
0.70
1.26
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9.00
1.64
9.38
4.22
2.40
5.54
10.70
10.90
10.00
0.50
7.10
8.52
10.00

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Benchmark

Fidelity Bank

Famguard
Finco
FirstCaribbean
Focol

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12.25
10.00
0.20

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28.00
14.00
0.35

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52wk-Low
1.2909
2.6662
2.3312
1.1547

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Bank of Bahamas

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- 31 January 20

industrial agreements - both in the
private and public sectors - signed
between employers and trade
unions in the Bahamas, including
those for the Bahamas Electricity
Corporation (BEC) and the Water
& Sewerage Corporation. Yet this
is what the Morton Salt union is
said to be resisting.

Further meetings between the
two sides are scheduled for next
week under the Department of
Labour’s auspices, in a bid to end
the dispute which has the potential
to cause severe dislocation and dis-
ruption to Inagua’s economy.

Mr Bannister revealed that
access to the Morton Salt plant was
blocked on February 21, when two
buses and seven trucks belonging
to the firm had their starter wires
cut and were placed across the road
to the complex.

As a result, Mr Bannister said
that the industrial discord was
already having an impact on the
island’s economy at a particularly
damaging time, as the heavy rainfall
experienced over the winter months
and in February-March 2007 had
“eroded the salt base” in the com-
pany’s crystalliers.

“Morton’s long-term goal is to
continue operations in Inagua, but
the company needs a degree of
assurance from the Ministry of
National Security that the environ-
ment to conduct business in remains
safe for the employees,” Mr Ban-
nister said, in light of the vehicle
blockade.

On the economic situation cur-
rently facing Morton Salt, he added:
“In the past six months, we’ve had
over 28 inches of rainfall. This is
equivalent to a year’s, and it has
eroded the salt cake in the crystal-
liers to the effect we knew we
would have run out of salt by the
end of this week.

“We haven’t seen this type of
rainfall in the last 52 years of keep-
ing data. In February alone we had
5.69 inches of rainfall, and in this
month we had 2.7 inches between
yesterday and last night.”

In addition, Mr Bannister said
the US east coast, where most of
its product was sold as roadway and
highway salt, had enjoyed an unusu-
ally mild winter until recently,
reducing demand for its product at
the same time as the supply crunch.

Yet Mr Bannister said reports
that Morton Salt had laid off work-
ers or reduced the working week
from five days to three days were







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incorrect.

Faced with the current situation,
the company had engaged in talks
with the union, pointing out that
under the previous contract, its only
option was to lay-off employees for
between one to 45 days.

Instead, Morton Salt wanted to
reduce the work week to three days,
seeking to avoid “causing unneces-
sary hardship” to its employees and
the wider Inagua community. In
addition, Mr Bannister pointed out
that if the company let its workers
go, many were likely to leave for
other islands in search of work,
meaning that it would lose them
and have no replacements.

Yet reducing the work week
from 40 to 24 hours required the
consent of both Morton Salt and
the union, Mr Bannister said,
explaining that the company could
not do this unilaterally. However,
when this was discussed, he said the
union walked out of the meeting.

Following discussions between
the two parties and Mr Peet on
February 21, the two sides reached
“an arrangement where the
employees and management are
getting together and planning main-
tenance work for a number of
weeks, and after that time we will
resort to reducing the work week”.

Mr Bannister said the company
“had to reserve a certain amount
of salt” to ensure that the boat that
collected its product for shipment to
Florida, and brought supplies to
Inagua, kept coming.

“We had to cut back on some
sales, or otherwise we would have
run out of salt,” Mr Bannister said.

“With all this rainfall we’re con-
centrating on how we can minimise
the effect on operations, and focus-
ing on managing the plant. The
industrial negotiations are taking
away a lot of time I would have
devoted to that.

“We need to concentrate on how
to keep these operations going,
because the severe adverse weath-
er we experienced last year and this
year is unprecedented.”

Given that Morton Salt was “the
original anchor project” for the
Bahamas, having been founded by
the Erickson brothers 2s the West
Indian Chemical Company in 1936
before Morton acquired it 11 1954,
Mr Bannister said it was in th? best
interests of the company, iaanage-
ment, union, employees and Mnag‘la
that the industrial negotiations be
closed.



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level, with no likelihood of flooding in an hurricane. The grounds are sparsely landscaped.

Appraisal: $90,000.00

This house is located in Dundas Town Abaco which is adjacent to Marsh Harbour and is painted white trimmed teal green.

KENNEDY SUBDIVISION (NASSAU)

Lot no. 21 all utilities available 10 year old single story house, 3 bedroom 2 bathroom, living room, dining area, family room, kitchen, study, laundry
and an entry porch.



Appraisal: $188,406.00

Heading west along Soldier Road take main entrance to Kennedy Subdivision on the left, then take the 1st corner on the left then 1st right, house
is second on your right with garage.



CROWN ALLOTMENT NO. 77 MURPHY TOWN, ABACO

All that lot of land having an area of 6,790 sq. ft. being Crown allotment No. 77, of Murphy Town, Abaco Bahamas. Located on the subject property is a single storey single family concerete .
building. This house is less than 5 year old and is in good condition with approximately 1,750 sq. ft of living space and contains 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room, dining, kitchen, laundry
and utility spaces. There is no significant improvements or deterioration evident. The property is very well drained and not susceptible to flooding. Landscaping efforts are still in remedial stages.

) All major public and private utilities are situate within 100 ft of the subject site. Property bounderies are clearly delineated.

Appraisal: $167,580.00

“ The subject property is situate off the front street, Murphy Town, Abaco and is painted light yellow trimmed dark yellow.

INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY - MUST SELL
Lot NO.83, Lower Bogue ELEUTHERA

Alll that piece parcel or lot of land being No. 83 on a plan on record in the department of Lands and Survey as plan no. 763 and comprising 21,674 sq. ft.
this site encompasses a 2 year old single storey home consisting of 2-bedrooms; 1 bathroom, living/dining room in one, and kitchen with a total living area
| of 1,452 sq. ft. There is also a unit to this structure to be used as a bakery which could bring in an average of approximately $600 to $800 per month. There
is also 2 covered porch areas to the front of this building, with an area of 90.4 sq. ft. (one at the front entrance and one at the entrance to the bakery) this
home is in very good condition and appears to have been built in accordance with the plans and specifications as approved, and at a standard that was
acceptable to the Ministry of Public Works. The land is flat and properly landscaped.

Appraisal: $177,412.00

This property is situated on the Western side of the main Eleuthera Highway and approximately 1,200 ft Northerly from four-for-nothing Road in the Settlement of Lower Bogue.





LOT NO. 24, FRELIA SUBDIVISION

| All that lot of land having an area of 6,724 sq. ft. being lot No. 24 of the subdivision known and designated as Frelia Subdivision, the said subdivision
situated in the Southwestern District of New Providence Bahamas. This property is comprised of a 4 year old single storey residence consisting of approximately
1,223 sq. ft of enclosed living space, with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living/dining rooms, kitchen and utility room. The land is flat and slightly below the
level of the roadway, but was brought up to road level by land fill to disallow the possibility of flooding during annual heavy rainy periods of the year. The
grounds are fairly kept, with minimal landscaping in place. The yard is open at the front and enclosed on its sides and back with 7ft chain linked fencing.
Remedial work required to the house includes repair of cracks in the partitions belts and columns.

Appraisal: $161,000.00

Travel south on Sir Milo Butler Highway until you get to Fire Trail Road. Turn left onto Fire Trail Road, go all the way to the last bend right, take first left then
first right the subject house is the 5th house right painted white trimmed yellow.



LOT 194 BOYD SUBDIVISION (NASSAU)

All that lot of land having an area of 6,400 sq. ft. being lot no 194 of the subdivision known as Boyd Subdivision, situated in the central district of New
Providence this property is comprised of a 35 year old single family, single story residence encompassing approximately 1,278 sq. ft. of enclosed living
area and inclusive of separate living and dining rooms, and an average size kitchen, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and an entry porch, of approximately
88 sq. ft: ventilation is by 2 wall unit air conditioners. The property is at grade and level with good drainage, landscaping is minimal, consisting of lawns
and shrubs in the front, the subject is enclosed with stone walls mounted with wrought iron and chain link fencing and a wrought iron gate in front there is
a 208 sq. ft. cement driveway leading to a single covered carport of 250 sq. ft. the subject site also has a concrete block storage shed measuring of
approximately 143 sq. ft.

Appraisal: $133,570.00

Traveling west on Boyd Road, turn left onto Foster Street, continue on Foster Street to the 4th corner right, (Roland Ave.) the subject property is the Sth
property on the left side painted orange with red/white trim.





(Lot No. 62, Lower Bogue) ELEUTHERA

All that piece parcel or lot of land and improvements, in the settlement of Lower Bogue, North Eleuthera, being No. 62, comprising of about 34,210
sq. ft., this site encompasses a 12 year old single storney home comprising of 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, front room, dining, breakfast room, kitchen
and laundry room, with a total living area of approximately 2,342.06. Property also includes a double car garage, and front entrance with a total sq. ft.
of approximately 655.75. This home is approximately 85% completed. The property is well landscaped with crab grass, fiascos and some fruit trees.

Appraisal: $235,638.00

This property is situated on the western side of Eleuthera Highway in the settlement of Lower Bogue.

LOT NO. 370 GRENADA CLOSE GOLDEN GATES #2 (Nassau)

All that lot of land having an area of 5,500 sq. ft., being lot 370 Grenada Close of the subdivision known and designated as Golden Gates No. 2,
situated in the Southwestern district of New Providence Bahamas. This property is comprised of 25 years old single family residence consisting of
approximately 1,234 sq. ft., of enclosed living space with 3 bedrooms, two bathrooms, living/dining room, and kitchen. The Land is on a grade and
level and appear to be sufficiently elevated to disallow the possibility of flooding during annual heavy rainy periods. The grounds are fairly kept, with
improvements including driveway, walkway and low shrubs. Yard is enclosed with chain linked fencing to the sides and rear.

Appraisal: $149,405.60
Traveling south along Blue Hill Road, turn right at the Farmers Market just after passing the Golden Gates Shopping Center, take 1st corner left,

Windward Isles Way, then take 3rd corner right, St Thomas Road, then first left, grenada Crest, drive around the bend then 1st left again the subject
property is the 2nd property left house #4 painted peach trimmed black.

-. VACANT PROPERTIES —

RAINBOW SUBDIVISION LOT NO. 3 BLOCK 27 (ELEUTHERA)

All that vacant lot of land having an area of approximately 14,052.59 sq. ft. being lot no. 3, block 27, of Rainbow Subdivision with residential zoning. This property is bounded
about 103.44 ft north by Queens Highway, and 137.02 ft. east and about 99.94 ft south of Rainbow Hill Circul 139.91 ft west, all utilities and services available.

Appraisal: $37,440.00





NORTH ELEUTHERA HEIGHTS (ELEUTHERA)

Lot #20 approximately 11,200 sq. ft., and bounded on North by Early Settler Drive and South by Deal Investment Ltd., this is a single family zoning and 50 ft., above sea level.
This site encompasses a foundation with plumbing and roughing inplace and well compacked quarry fill. The concrete floor has not been poured as yet. The foundation is 2,511
sq. ft. Lot #20 situated 1.5 miles east wardly of the Bluff Settlement. The said lot is vacant and a hill over looking the Atlantic Ocean. Appraisal: $41,275.00

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Notice Of Sitting For New Providence Port Authority Board
To Consider Application For Licence Under The Boat Registration
Act Chapter (277)

Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the New Providence Port Authority Board for
New Providence and the Family Islands will be held at the Port Administration
Building Prince George Wharf on the 29â„¢March, 2007at 3:00pm for the purpose of
granting Licences under The Boat Registration Act Chapter (277)

Any person entitled to and wishing to object to any application should do so at least
six (6) days before the date of the hearing by submitting his/her objections in writing
to the Board and to the applicant.

Persons attending the meeting on behalf of an applicant must produce written
authorization at the meeting.

Applicants for renewals are not required to attend, unless they have received written
notification from the New Providence Port Authority Board.

The under mentioned persons have applied for the grant of licences as specified

below:
RENEWAL JET SKI- NEW PROVIDENCE
REG. NO APPLICANT BOAT CLASS PASS USE
NAME
NP: 906NSB FarringtonDavid © NoName D 2 Rental
Nassau, Bahamas oft
Nassau, Beach Hotel Jet Ski
Area
NP: 909 NSB Farmington David NoName D 2 Rental
Nassau, Bahamas oft
Nassau, Beach Hotel Jet Ski
Area
*
NP: 134 ATE = Tnibe of Judah No Name D 2 Rental
Nassau, Bahamas oft
Atlantis East Beach = Jet Ski
Area
NEW JET SKI- FOR NEW PROVIDENCE
REG.NO APPLICANT BOAT CLASS PASS USE
NAME
NB/04/07 ~~‘ Reckley Kenny No Name D 2 Rental
P. O. Box N- 419 oft
Nassau, Bahamas Jet Ski
TRANSFER OF JET SKI LICENCE -NEW PROVIDENCE
REG NO PREVIOUS NEW OWNER CLASS PASS USE
OWNER
NP: 148 ATE _ Gibson Garvin Demaro Demeritte D 2 Rental
Nassau, Bahamas Nassau, Bahamas
Atlantis East Atlantis East Beach
Beach Area Area
RENEWAL BOAT LICENCE- NEW PROVIDENCE
REG NO APPLICANT BOAT NAME CLASS _ PASS USE
NP: 6519 Algoma Shipping M/V Bahama A 0 Barge
Nassau, Bahamas Spirit :
187.3ft
Steel
NP: 3249 Palmer Donald Miss B 60 Ferry Boat
Nassau, Bahamas Winchanclor ,
40ft Fibreglass
NP: 962 Pratt John My Time A 12 Charter
P.O. Box SS-693 — 45ft
Nassau, Bahamas Hatters
NP: 6735 Strachan Charlton Light Tackle B 6 Charter
Nassau, Bahamas 28ft
Fibreglass
RENEWAL BOAT LICENCE - FAMILY ISLAND
REG NO APPLICATION BOAT NAME CLASS PASS USE
NP: 2719 Borco Towing Ltd Barge Martha A 0 Barge
P.O. Box F-42435 200ft
Freeport, Grand Steel
Bahama
NP: 1553 Freeport Tug and Chindit A 0 Tug
Towing Service Ltd = 102.6ft
P.O. Box F-43550 Steel
Freeport, Grand
Bahama
NP: 6497 King Hubert Lady Katherna A 50 Mail Boat
Mangrove Cay, 120 ft Steel
Andros

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GOVERNMENT NOTICE

MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT & AVIATION
PORT DEPARTMENT

RENEWAL MASTER LICENCE- FAMILY ISLAND

LICENCE #

6934

7197

7158

7155

165

7245

6903

7157

7364

7292

NAME

Albury Troy D

Mash Harbour, Abaco

Cartwright Robert C
P.O. Box F-40758

Freeport, Grand Bahama

' Davis Floyd
P.O. Box F-43327

Freeport, Grand Bahama

Ferguson Luther
P.O. Box F- 42503

Freeport, Grand Bahama

Rolle Kenneth

Freeport, Grand Bahama

Rolle Vernon Vv
P.O. Box F- 43046

Freeport, Grand Bahama

Snead Vincent P II

Ormond Beach, Fla 32174

Smith Bob A

George Town, Exuma

Ward Kent
P.O. Box F-1478

Freeport, Grand Bahama

Zaritzky Barry

Gory Town, Eleuthera

CLASS

RENEWAL MASTER’S LICENCE- NEW PROVIDENCE

LICENCE #

8234

7836

6236

7007

7884

7812

8254

6871

2010

7301

6164

7905

7896

7838

NAME

Adderley Gregory
P.O. Box N- 8759
Nassau, Bahamas

Adderley D’ Angelo A
Nassau, Bahamas

Blades Carl
P. O. Box GT- 2009
Nassau, Bahamas

Black Vemal H
P.O. Box N-8593
Nassau, Bahamas

Burrows Neville C. Jr
Nassau, Bahamas

Cartwright Alex C
P.O. Box N-1401
Nassau, Bahamas

Delva Santiba B
P. O. Box EE- 17274
Nassau, Bahamas

Engineer Yezdi P
Nassau, Bahamas

Gibson Levardo
Nassau, Bahamas

Gaitor Claudius
P.O. Box CB-13005
Nassau, Bahamas

Hall Anthony J
Nassau, Bahamas

Ingraham Kendal
P.O. Box N-10508
Nassau, Bahamas

Johnson Brent T
P.O. Box CB- 11424
Nassau, Bahamas

Mcphee Randy L
P.O. Box CR- 55990
Nassau, Bahamas

Mills Patrick W
Nassau, Bahamas

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GOVERNMENT NOTICE

RENEWAL MASTER’S LICENCE- NEW PROVIDENCE






LICENCE #



NAME CLASS





















8262 Moncur Jonathan J
P.O. Box N-10745

Nassau, Bahamas

B



Munroe Ramon K
P.O. Box N-610
Nassau, Bahamas

7813

Nair Tomiko A
P.O. Box N-1522
Nassau, Bahamas



Nicolls Wenzel K
P.O. Box N- 254
Nassau, Bahamas







Pratt John N
P.O. Box SS-5693
Nassau, Bahamas






Rolle Leehendro
Nassau, Bahamas







Russell Brooks
P.O. Box N-3931
Nassau, Bahamas










Rose Willard C
Nassau, Bahamas




Stubbs Mark A
P.O. Box EE-17715
Nassau, Bahamas







Stuart Alfred
P.O. Box N- 9208
Nassau, Bahamas







Victor Sidney
P.O. Box SS-19724
Nassau, Bahamas






Wells Clifton
P.O. Box N-444
Nassau, Bahamas

6151







Williams Lawison
P.O. Box CB-13083
Nassau, Bahamas

cane n Anthony J. Allens
Port Controller

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Pepsi Cola Bahamas, an affiliate of Pepsi Americas, Inc., is searching
for a qualified individual to manage its manufacturing operations. This
includes Production, Quality Control, Maintenance, Warehouse, Fleet,
and Logistics. (5 direct reports, 30+ indirect reports).

Qualified candidates must posses the following:

Education:
¢ Minimum Bachelor’s degree in business, operations or related field

Experience:
e — Prior leadership, supervisor and coaching experience required.
Operations and distribution experience preferred

Personal:

Results oriented

Strong leadership

Team builder / Team player

Ability to coach and develop people
Excellent interpersonal skills
Process oriented

Problem solver

Ability to multi task

A competitive salary and benefits package will be offered to the
successful candidate. If you are a strong leader/manager capable of
multi tasking and are interested in being part of a dynamic, growing
international company, please mail or email resume to:

Human Resources Manager
Pepsi Cola Bahamas Bottling Co., Ltd.
P. O. Box N-3004
Prince Charles Drive
Nassau, Bahamas
Fax: 364-2123











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Wilchcombe.

S800m Exuma
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with Sedonas

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ESTATE SALE
of
PROSPECT
RIDGE

Furniture, Antiques, Appliances,
Collectibles, Books, Piano, etc. etc.










Friday, 9th March
Saturday 10th March
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
No Early Birds Please






Directions: From Goodman's Bay roundabout
go south through golf course, first house
on right (west) at top of the hill








Taxpayers should take advantage

of improved deductions and
credits on federal forms

@ By EILEEN ALT POWELL
AP Business Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Amer-
icans looking to reduce their
federal income taxes this year
will get help from several impor-
tant tax law changes that have
expanded credits and deduc-
tions.

Some of the tax benefits are
related to investments, such as
savings in Individual Retirement
Accounts, said Bill Urban, a cer-
tified financial planner. Others
are tied to spending, including
new energy efficient home and
vehicle tax credits, or to claiming
charitable contributions.

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Sinisentas:



project limits.

_Interested Design/Build Teams must submit information on their tech-
nical and financial competence for qualification, no later than

Friday, March 16, 2007 to:

Mr. Dudley Francis
Project Manager

THE GRAND BAHAMA PORT AUTHORITY, LIMITED

Southern Ridge Building

|. P.O. Box F-42666
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island
Tel: (242) 352-6611 Ext. 2085
‘Fax: (242) 351-8473

| E-mail: dfrancis@gbpa.com



Design/Build Teams are invited to submit proposals to construct a
new bridge carrying the Grand Bahama Highway over the Lucayan
Waterway near Freeport, on the island of Grand Bahama.

PRE-QUALIFICATION FOR
BRIDGE DESIGN/BUILD CONTRACT

SCOPE OF WORK: The project limits will consist of approximately one
| half (1/2) mile of roadway, a bridge over the Lucayan Waterway
~ Canal and the extension of the existing seawall bulkheads along

both sides of the canal. The intent is for the bridge to span across the

Lucayan Waterway with no piers or marine fenders in the Lucayan
| Waterway. This bridge is intended to be the initial two (2) lanes of a
- future (4) lane facility with a carrier space for utilities and at least one
: sidewalk with pedestrian vehicle divider/barrier wall. No sidewalk

facility is anticipated with the bridge in this agreement, only with the

future four lane facility. The work also includes the reconstruction of
_ the approach roadway eastbound and westbound to the bridge to
- provide for one lane in each direction at the bridge and connection
to the four (4) lane divided Grand Bahama Highway beyond the



Regardless, “these are avail-
able to all taxpayers, and people
should make sure they take
advantage of the ones they qual-
ify for,” said Urban, who is with

the Bingham, Osborn & Scar-

borough LLC wealth manage-
ment firm in San Francisco.

IRAs, which allow people to
put money aside tax-deferred,
have long been a popular retire-
ment savings option.

This year, taxpayers have
until April 17 — the deadline
for filing federal tax returns —
to fund their IRA accounts for
2006. They get a couple of extra
days because the traditional tax-
filing day of April 15 falls on a
Sunday this year, and April 16 is
Emancipation Day, a legal hol-
iday in the District of Colum-
bia, where the Internal Revenue
Service is headquartered.

In most cases, workers who
participate in company-spon-
sored retirement plans such as
401(k) accounts aren’t eligible
for tax deductible IRAs.

This year, however, the eligi-
bility for deducting IRA contri-
butions has been expanded,
according to the IRS. Single tax-
payers with adjusted gross
income of $60,000 or less and
couples with adjusted gross
income of $85,000 or less may
be able to claim at least some
deduction even if they’re cov-
ered by an employer-sponsored

plan, the IRS said.

Urban urged all taxpayers to
take a new look at traditional
IRAs, whether they get a tax
deduction or not, because legis-
lation passed by Congress last
summer will remove the income
limit on converting the accounts
to Roth IRAs in 2010. Money
withdrawn from traditional
IRAs is taxable, while Roth
IRAs grow tax-free, making
them a good alternative for
income in retirement or for
wealth transfer .

The contribution limit for
IRAs will be $4,000 in 2007, the
same as in 2006. People 50 and
up can make an additional
“catch-up” contribution of
$1,000 each year.

“A lot of people stopped con-
tributing to IRAs because they
weren’t that excited about mak-
ing a $4,000 or $5,000 contribu-
tion,” Urban said. “But it’s
important to resume those con-
tributions now so those assets
are available for a Roth conver-
sion” in the future.

Older Americans — those 70
1/2 and up — have an opportu-
nity in 2006 and 2007 to make
special charitable contributions
from their IRAs, Urban said.
Withdrawals of up to $100,000
each year for donation to quali-
fying charitable organizations
won't count as income to the
donor, he said.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that DOROTHY SEJOUR OF LEWIS
YARD, FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA, BAHAMAS, is applying
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written and
signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the
8th day of March, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, PO.Box N-7147, Freeport, _Bahamas.

3 IMMEDIATE POSITIONS

“Showroom Sales Associate”

° Highly self-motivated person with Sirty oy

dynamic personality

° Strong interpersonal skills
° Fulltime and able to work weekends

° Computer literate

The ideal candidates possessing knowledge in
either furniture sales, fabric sales, plumbing
hardware or tile is preferable.

Salary commensurate with experience.

Please fax resume to:

Showroom Sales

327-1691



“Probably only a small per-
centage of people will jump on
this, but it’s a new option,”
Urban said.

Millions of Americans likely
will qualify for energy credits
this year for home improve-
ments such as added insulation
or new windows.

“You may not have inten-
tionally set out to make
improvements to earn these
credits, but you may nonethe-
less qualify for them,” said Jeff
Pretsfelder, an RIA senior tax
analyst from Thomson Tax &
Accounting. “If you made any
improvements at all, take a look
at the instructions for new Form
5695 for a complete list of what
qualifies.”

The nonprofit Alliance to
Save Energy in Washington,
D.C., has detailed information
about the home credits on its
Web site at www.ase.org.

Taxpayers can claim up to
$300 for energy-efficient central
air conditioners or heat pumps,
$150 for a new furnace and up
to $200 for windows — toa
maximum of $500 total.

The alliance also has details
about the vehicle credits, which
ranges from $250 to $3,150
depending on fuel economy and
weight. Taxpayers can get spe-
cific information about their
vehicle’s eligibility for a credit
on IRS Form 8910, “Alterna-
tive Motor Vehicle Credit.”

Scott M. Cheslowitz, a certi-
fied public accountant from
Great Neck, N.Y., said taxpay-
ers will need to take more care
in claiming charitable deduc-
tions starting this year.

The Pension Protection Act,
which went into effect last
August, requires that donations
of used household items and
clothing meet the IRS standard
of “good used condition or bet-
ter,” Cheslowitz said in a ses-
sion sponsored by the New
York State Society of Certified
Public Accountants.

Asa result, there is no chari-
table deduction allowed unless
the item is in good condition or
it is worth more than $500 and
the taxpayer gets it appraised,
he said.

The law also requires that tax-
payers starting this year get
receipts for all their cash con-
tributions, including small ones
to churches and other charities,
the IRS said.

Cheslowitz also said con-
sumers should consider spend-
ing more time thinking about
taxes after April 17.

“Taxes shouldn’t be a focus
just between January and
April,” he said. “People should
be doing planning throughout
the year to mitigate taxes.”

This is especially true for
those who want to take advan-
tage of tax-efficient educational
and retirement savings accounts,
he said.

WANTED
mT le ee

The incumbent will have overall responsibility for the efficient operation

and maintenance of equipment and machinery, with a keen focus on detail
in keeping with international standards. He/she will also be customer oriented
with a track record of mastery in mechanical areas. Specifically he/she will

be required to:

» Ensure the effective and efficient performance of the maintenance
function for the following assets:

Building and the environment

Packaging lines and blow molding operations

Utilities supplies: Electrical distribution, high and low pressure
air, refrigeration and RO water systems

Manage the workshop and the execution of planned and preventative
maintenance program
Diagnose equipment malfunction and remove, install or effect repairs

as necessary

Evaluate the maintenance performance in his/her area of responsibility,
compile reports and effectively use performance data

Maintain technical integrity of plant to attain production targets and
keep abreast with latest technological advancements

Ideal candidate would have strong Electrical & Mechanical Engineering
experience, demonstrate a proficiency to trouble shoot and repair common
electrical problems and have the ability to work independently.

Please send resume to:

Human Resources Manager

P.O. BOX N-3207
DA 16436

NASSAU, BAHAMAS



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mn
PS TTD eda UC ana
RETNA ROSS MC

British Colonial Hilton
Nassau
The British Colonial Hilton invites applications for the position of

TRAINING MANAGER

In this role, the Training Manager in conjunction with the
Human Resources Director will be responsible for the planning,
organizing and implementation of the training and development
function for the resort. The position involves liaising with the
management team to affect a continuous training and
development process enabling a high performance team
equipped to deliver desired and required results.

The position requires the following:

* 3-5 years proven experience in said capacity with a
successful track record in the area of training and
development while producing the highest level of quality

customer service and satisfaction.

Professional certification as a trainer by a recognized
institution, ,

Strong planning, organization and eee skills.
Ability to Sake i and effectively enforce company
standards and procedures.

Excellent presentation and communication skills with the
ability to ie positive guest and team member relations
Highly energetic with the ability to work long and flexible
hours as needed to achieve the required results.

Above average working knowledge of various computer
software in particular Microsoft Word, Excel, and |
PowerPoint.

A Bachelor's degree in Business Management (hospitality

management preferred).



The Human Resources Department
BRITISH COLONIAL HILTON, NASSAU
1 Bay Street
Nassau, Bahamas
Fax: 242-302-9040
E-mail: recruitment.nassau@hilton.com



@ DAN CHRISTMAN, senior vice president of the United States Chamber of Commerce, delivers his speech during the inauguration
of a conference in Calcutta, India, on Wednesday. The one-day conference titled ‘Indo-US Economic Cooperation: Developing a Strat-
egy for Closer Partnership’ is aimed at strengthening Indo-U.S. economic ties and new avenues of investment opportunity in eastern Indi-

an state West Bengal. :
(AP Photo: Bikas Das) Deadline: March 19, 2007





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on Thursday 8" March, 2007

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The Tennis Department requires the services of a Tennis
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cted to: . e

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BRAZIL EXPLORATION (BM-S-EIGHT) LIMITED
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN‘as follows’

(a) BRAZIL EXPLORATION (BM-S-EIGHT) LIMITED is in
dissolution under the provisions of the International Business
Companies Act 2000, :

(b) The dissolution of the said Company commenced on the
6th day of March, 2007 when its Articles of Dissolution
were submitted to and registered by the Registrar General.

@ By CHRISTOPHER S

RUGABER
AP Business Writer

(c) The Liquidator of the said Company is K. L. Floyd of 16945
Notthchase Drive, Houston, Texas 77060, U.S.A.
Dated the 6th day of March A.D., 2007. WASHINGTON (AP) —
The number of mortgage fraud
cases investigated by the FBI
almost doubled the past three
years, reflecting a problem that
is “pervasive and growing,” the
bureau said Wednesday in its

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crimes.

The bureau said its mortgage
fraud cases increased from 436
in 2003 to 818 in 2006, and
acknowledged that its case load
likely represents a small piece
of the problem.

The FBI said mortgage fraud
is difficult to track for a vari-
ety of reasons. For starters, the
industry is not required to
report fraud. Moreover, the
sale of mortgage loans on sec-

ondary markets can “conceal
or distort the fraud,” thereby
reducing the number of cases
reported.

“The true level of mortgage
fraud is largely unknown,” the
agency’s report said.

The bureau said fighting
mortgage fraud is a priority due
to the impact of mortgage lend-
ing and housing on the broader
economy.

Recently, shares of compa-
nies that lend to subprime bor-

NOTICE

BRAZIL EXPLORATION (BM-S-EIGHT) LIMITED

Creditors having debts or claims against the above-named
Company are required to send particulars thereof to the

undersigned cio P. O. Box N-624,

Nassau, Bahamas on or

before 28th March, A.D. 2007. .In default thereof they will be
excluded from the benefit of any distribution made by the

Liquidator.

Dated the 6th day of March, A.D., 2007.

K.L. Floyd
Liquidator
16945 Northchase Drive
Houston, Texas 77060, U.S.A.




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Credit Suisse (Bahamas) Limited

is presently considering applications for a

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER AND HEAD OF ©
FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING

The position is open to candidates with the following minimum requirements:

e Ensuring accurate and timely delivery of monthly results and analysis
for Private Banking legal entity CS (Bahamas) Ltd. and other Private
Banking entities managed via service level agreement;

° Preparation of required statutory accounts/reports and their presentation
to management;

e Overseeing all HO, Group and Regulatory reporting to specifi ic reporting
deadlines for all legal entities within scope;

e Ensuring that all Balance Sheet accounts are substantiated & reconciled;

° Ensuring timely and accurate Management Information System (MIS)
reporting to monitor Assets under Management (AUM), Net New Assets
(NNA) & Client Profitability (TOI);

° Ensure that accounting treatment for new products are implemented in
a controlled manner and execute implementation review with IT,
Operations and Accounting;

e Identify potential risks and suggest improvements regarding controls,
systems in use and business management;

° Ensuring compliance with SOX requirements for entities within scope;
Chairman of Bahamas Finance Committee;

e Responsible for preparing and monitoring budgets and expenses for
legal entity, overseeing payables and receivables;

e Managing Financial Accounting department (staff) of legal entity;
Managing relationship with Auditors & Regulators

e Providing overall leadership, direction & control to the finance function

° Prior experience as senior manager in similar capacity;

Strong Product Control or Financial Accounting background required;
Good working knowledge of US GAAP;
Good understanding of Private Banking Business; ideally demonstrated
by prior work experience;
Technical product knowledge of structured products would be a plus;
MBA / MS (Finance), CPA, CA or equivalent;
Effective communicator and hands-on and proactive approach;
Strong analytical and organisational skills and good sense of control;
Demonstrated management / leadership skills;

Good IT skills would be an asset

e 10 years of hands-on accounting work experience;
e 3-5 years of senior management experience

e Excellent administrative, organizational, leadership and communication

e A commitment to service excellence
° _ Ability to meet deadlines with minimum supervision
° Ability to work in a team environment

e Health and Life Insurance

ONLY APPLICANTS MEETING THE ABOVE REQUIREMENTS WILL BE
CONTACTED. NO TELEPHONE CALLS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

Applications should be submitted:
Human Resources Department

P.O. Box N-4928
Nassau, Bahamas
or via fax 356-8148

DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS IS MARCH 19th, 2007

FBI: Number of mortgage
fraud investigations almost
doubled in past three years

rowers — people with blent-
ished credit histories — have
been battered as delinquencies
and foreclosures increase in thé
subprime mortgage market.
Britain’s HSBC Holdings PLC,
the world’s third-largest bank,
said earlier this week that its
bad-debt charges increased 36
per cent in 2006. e

The bureau’s report satd
mortgage fraud comes in tw6
broad varieties: “fraud for proft
it,” which is largely committed
by industry insiders and
involves practices such as falsé*
ly inflating property values, and
“fraud for housing,” which is
committed by borrowers and
involves actions such as acquir>
ing a house under false pre?
tenses. ‘G

The bureau said it is cooper-

- ating with trade associations

representing mortgage bankers
and the government-sponsored
companies that purchase mort:
gages, Fannie Mae and Fred;
die Mac, to raise awareness af
mortgage fraud.

The mortgage fraud statistics
were contained in the bureau’s
2006 “Financial Crimes Report
to the Public,” which also sum-
marizes the FBI’s actions
against other types of financial}
frauds, such as corporate, secud
rities, health care, insurance
and mass marketing fraud. }

Shares’ of Freddie Mad
dropped 21 cents to $61.90,
while shares of Fannie Mae felh
34 cents to $54.49, both on thé
New York Stock Exchange.

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What the mortgage
doc ment means

’
wy

BRON Page 1s prop. ty. And, upon payment

of tl tax or surcharge in

Section 16A (1) and (2) state resp ct of any period, the
that: mort igor and the mortgagee

(1) “Where property is shall spectively be discharged
mortgaged, under a deed of from rther liability under this
mortgage executed either Actf r payment of the tax or
before or after the coming into sure rge, as the case may be,
operation of this section, the inres ect of that period. Buta
mortgagee of the property mort gee who pays the tax or
shall obtain from the Chief surcl rge out of his monies
Yaluation Officer a statement shall _e entitled to be repaid
as to the amount of tax or sur- by th mortgagor a sum equiv-
charge relating thereto, due alent o the amount so paid by
and payable under the Actin the _rtgagee, and for the pur-
respect of the property and,in pose of enabling the mort-
any case where tax remains gage to recover that sum, the
ynpaid in respect thereof, the mort gee may treat that sum
mortgagee is deemed also to asif, om the date of the pay-
be the owner of the property ment fthe sum until the date
for the purposes of the provi- of its ecovery, it were added
sion of this Act relating to the to th principal sum which is
payment and recovery of tax the. bject of the deed of
by and from any owner of mort ge.”
property”.
On strict interpretation of
2: (2) “Where a mortgagee is the f regoing Section(s), it
deemed to be the owner of appe rs the mortgagee is
property under subsection (1), _ deem d to be the owner of the
the mortgagee shall, in accor- refer ced mortgaged proper-
dance with the provisions of ty an_ liable to pay any out-
Section 18, pay or cause tobe stan ng amounts due and
paid the amount of tax or sur- owin__ in relation to real prop-
charge, as the case may be,due erty axes assessed on the
and payable under the provi- prop ty.
sions of this Act in respect of Su __ liability or legal oblig-

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NOTIC

, NOTICE is hereby given that WIL
_, TREASURE CAY, ABACO, BAH
: the Minister responsible for Natio

for registration/naturalization

as

Bahamas, and that any person w
why registration/ naturalization sh
should send a written and signed
« within twenty-eight days from the
* 2007 to the Minister responsible

y Citizenship, P.O.Box N-

Te EB. AE a

March 1, 2007.

Liquidator.

a EE RE EO Fe me we ET ETE

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7147,

NOTICE

BESINTER HOL

In Voluntary Liqu

Notice is hereby given that inaccord
(4) of the International Business
BESINTER HOLDING INC. is

Internaional Liquidator Services |
Regent Street, PO. Box 1777, Beli

LIQUIDATO

NOTI E

AID AUGUSTIN OF
AS is applying to
lity and Citizenship,
a citizen of The
knows any reason
Id not be granted,
atement of the facts
8th day of March,
for Nationality and
Nassau, Bahamas.

ING INC.

ation

nce with Section 138
mpanies Act, 2000,
‘n dissolution as of

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IN THE ESTATE O_ Terrance
James McCoy Late Of osley Lane
in the Eastern District of he Island of
New Providence, Engin _r, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given
having any claim or dem di against the
above Estate are required t send the same
duly certified in writing toe undersigned
on or before the 30th day

at all persons

~March, A.D.,

ation should not, in itself, deter
or in any way delay the sale of
the referenced mortgage prop-
erty. The prospective purchas-
er may agree, in some cases,
to accept liability for the pay-
ment of outstanding real prop-
erty taxes on the mortgaged
property, only after the sale of
the property and subject to
receipt of some indemnifica-
tion, guarantee, or assurance,
on the part of the mortgagee,
as to the perfection and effi-
cacy of the security interest
being sold.

© 2007. Tyrone L. E.
Fitzgerald. All rights reserved.
NB: The information con-
tained in this article does not

constitute nor is it a substitute
for legal advice. Persons read-
ing this article and/or column,
generally, are encouraged to
seek the relevant legal advice
and assistance regarding issues
that may affect them and may
relate to the information pre-
sented.

Tyrone L. E. Fitzgerald is a
practising attorney with
Fitzgerald & Fitzgerald.
Should you have any com-
ments or enquiries regarding
the content of this article , you
may contact Mr Fitzgergld at
Suite 212, Lagoon Court Build-
ing, Olde Towne Mall at
Sandyport, West Bay St., P. O.
Box CB-11173, Nassau,
Bahamas or at 327-3347.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that PAULINE CHARLES OF
MONTELL HEIGHTS, P.O. BOX N-3039, 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 1st day of
March, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



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Registration for the second session
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2007, after which date the xecutrix will
proceed to distribute the ass_ s having regard
only to the claims of whic] she shall then
have had notice.

AND NOTICE is hereb_ given that all
persons indebted to the . id Estate are
requested to make full se tlement on or
before the date hereinbef re mentioned.

‘-E. DAWSON ROBERTS COMPANY
Attorneys for the FE cutrix
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THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2007, PAGE 13B

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that JACKSON GELEN OF }
MT. ROYAL AVE., NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to |
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and |
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written |
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days |
from the 1st day of March, 2007 to the Minister responsible |
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, |
Bahamas.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that VILLI VIDMER OF

YAMACRAW HILL RD., P.O. BOX EE-17864, 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 1st day of
March, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

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NOTICE
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The Annual General Meeting of
Finance Corporation of Bahamas
Limited (RBC FINCO) will be
held on Thursday 15th March,
2007 in the Seabreeze Ballroom
and Foyer of SuperClubs Breezes,
Cable Beach, New Providence,
The Bahamas at 6:30 p.m.

KEVA L. BAIN
CORPORATE SECETARY









SBARRO THE ITALIAN RESTAURANT IS COMING
VERY SOON TO THE CAMPUS OF THE COLLEGE OF
| THE BAHAMAS AND WE HAVE OPENINGS FOR THE
| FOLLOWING POSITIONS:

e SHIFT MANAGERS
e COOKS

KITCHEN PREP

e PIZZA MAKERS

PLEASE REPORT TO THE COB CAFETERIA SITE ON

i} ANY OF THE FOLLOWING DATES AND TIME FOR

AND INTERVIEW.

I] WEDNESDAY MAR7TH 2007) 10 A.M.- 1 P.M.
THURSDAY MAR 8TH 2007 1P.M.- 4PM.
FRIDAY MAR 9TH 2007) 10 A.M.- 1PM.

PLEASE BRING COPIES OF RESUME, (1) PASSPORT
SIZE PHOTO, POLICE RECORD AND HEALTH CER-
TIFICATE (IF THEY ARE AVAILBLE).

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Dealing with an employee’s

death one of the hardest things °

small business owners must do

lM By JOYCE M
ROSENBERG
AP Business Writer

NEW YORK (AP) —
When an employee at a small
business dies, the company
owner can suddenly be cast
into roles that few entrepre-
neurs ever expect to fill —
counselor, support system,
even next of kin.

It’s one of the most painful
experiences many small busi-
ness owners have to deal with.
Whether the death is sudden
or follows a long illness, other
staffers often struggle with
their grief and look to the boss
for support and understand-
ing. There are likely to be
changes and adjustments in
assignments or work stations,
and those are likely to bring
out more feelings that an own-

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er will be called on to deal
with.

And when it’s an owner who
dies, the emotional and man-
agerial issues increase expo-
nentially.

Joyce Gioia-Herman found
her employees looking to her
for help when a staffer became
ill and then died several
months later.

“We needed to do some pro-
cessing — there’s no question,”

said Gioia-Herman, owner of

‘The Herman Group, a man-
agement consulting firm based
in Greensboro, N.C.

Because the funeral was in
Virginia, Gioia-Herman orga-
nized a memorial service for
her staff to attend. “It was an
opportunity for people to tell
wonderful stories about this
great lady. She was very spe-
cial, very special to us,” she
said,

But as the weeks and
months went by, “there were a
lot of times when people would
say to me that they missed her,
and then it was an opportunity
for me as a business leader to
sit and process with them. ... I
welcomed those times, when
we could sit down and talk
about who had had been and
her contribution to the orga-
nization.”

Many business owners might
feel like they’re not up to help-
ing their employees cope with
a co-worker’s death. They
should consider engaging the
services of an employee assis-
tance provider, or EAP, which
can send grief counselors to a
worksite and refer employees
for private help.

Bonnie Beirne, director of
service operations for Admin-
istaff Inc., a Houston-based
human_resources and staffing
firm, suggested that even if
owners want to help staffers
themselves, it’s still a-good idea
to have EAP services avail-
able. An owner might be
empathic and sensitive, but
some employees might want
to speak with someone from
outside the business.

“Sometimes they need to
talk to someone objective,”
Beirne said. “They feel they
can’t show their fears and
anger to someone at work.”

No matter who_ helps
employees cope with the situ-
ation, owners need to remem-
ber that the length and inten-
sity of anyone’s grieving
process is unpredictable,
Beirne said, adding, “you need
to continue to be sensitive for a
period of time.”

WHAT SHOULD BE DONE TO PROVIDE BETTER

HEALTH CARE COVERAGE FOR ALL BAHAMIANS

Part two of the series highlights the This is a critical issue that is calling for a
national contribution to a national prob-

second principle in our
documented Statement of Purpose.

“All Bahamian Residents should
have access to health care:”

Reform
ensure access

‘must improve and
to primary,

lem. It involves hundreds of millions of
dollars, the massive reshaping of our pri-
vate and public health care industry, a very
complex bureaucracy, and the collection
and management of very personal and in-
timate information of all Bahamians.

secondary and critical care for
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This is especially true when
relatives of the deceased
employee also work for the
company.

An EAP can also help an
owner handle matters such as
bringing in a replacement for
the worker who died, or reas-
signing a work station. When
there is a new hire, the new
employee should know from
the start that he or she is taking
the place of someone who has
passed away.

Beirne suggested owners not
wait for an event like an
employee’s death to happen
before they engage an EAP.
She noted that an employee’s
death is one of the many criti-
cal incidents that can occur at a
workplace, and it will be easier
for an owner to deal with a sit-
uation if an EAP’s resources
are already available.

It’s not just employees who
need to be looked after.
Clients, customers and vendors
who might have emotional ties
as well as a close working rela-
tionship with a staffer are like-
ly. to need some reassurance
as well.

Ken Denney’s partner in his
Atlanta public relations firm
died suddenly in 2003. They
had no employees, but “I had
to call all the clients and tell
them all that she had passed
away and assure them that
they would be taken care of,”
Denney said.

Denney also was drawn into
helping with arrangements for
his partner’s funeral. While her
friends took care of setting up
the service, he was helping her
family in Canada with plane
reservations and other travel
details.

Denney also had to contend
with legal and ownership
issues, Although his partner
had tried to leave her share of
the°fitm to him in her will, he
was forced to decline the

bequest, and ended up having
to buy parts of the company,
which he has since renamed to
Denney Media Group Inc.

The death of an owner,
meanwhile, is likely to bring
not only grief but great uncer-
tainty and fear to a company.
The future of the business can
immediately be in doubt, and
many employees may be wor-
rying about their jobs while
they are also mourning a loss.

When Bob McLemore, the
founder and president of
HouseRaising, a home builder
in Charlotte, N.C., died sud-
denly on Thanksgiving Day,
the first thing top executives
did was to call all 35 employees
to tell them, said Greg
Wessling, the company’s chair-
mart and CEO.

Wessling said the fact that
the company lost its founder
made the death harder. “You
can replace any other position,
but you can’t replace your
founder,” he said.

The company’s executive
team spent the entire next day
discussing “what we were
going to do, how we were
going to go about it, and where
the loose ends were going to
be,” Wessling said.

On Monday, when employ-
ees returned from the holiday
weekend, “we brought every-
one together and explained the
situation to talk them through
it, and gave everyone a chance
to say what they wanted to
say,” Wessling said. The office
was then closed for the day out
of respect for McLemore and
to allow workers to attend the
funeral.

The next day, HouseRaising
was open for business. But,
Wessling said, “I was on the

‘lookout, as others were, for

folks that might be struggling.

“T talked with everyone one on

one over the next couple of
weeks.”

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registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should
send a written. and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 8th day of March, 2007 to the
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BUSINESS

Nassau building —
permit values

up 44% in 2006

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

he value of approved

building permits on

New Providence in
2006 increased by 44 per cent
to total $661.057 million the
minister of works and utilities
said yesterday, arguing that “a
burgeoning economy” was dri-
ving growth in both the resi-
dential and consumer con-
‘struction sectors.

Bradley Roberts told the
House of Assembly that build-
ing permit fees paid to the
Government last year for con-
struction on New Providence
had also shown “a significant
increase”, rising by 48 per cent
from $762,217 in 2005 to $1.132
million in 2006.

There was “only a marginal
increase” of 1.8 per cent in the
total number of housing units
approved in 2006 to 2,847, Mr
Roberts acknowledged

However, he said building
inspections performed by his
ministry’s Buildings Control
Division showed a 19 per cent
increase in the number of
buildings completed during
2006, their total value coming
to $203.182 million.

Construction starts in 2006
rose by 27 per cent compared
to the previous year, Mr
Roberts said, with building
inspectors carrying out 1,262
inspections.

The minister said the value
of construction starts on New
Providence totalled $201.957
million, a 33 per cent increase
upon 2005.

-. Buildings Control Division
‘data showed 1,865 units were
completed during 2006, while



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housing unit starts rose by 6
per cent to 1,638.

Mr Roberts said that he had
directed that statistics on build-
ing construction be compiled
for the entire Bahamas, hav-
ing discovered that previously
they were just collected for
New Providence.

He added that construction
data had been received for
Abaco, Exuma, Eleuthera and
Grand Bahama in 2006.

On Eleuthera, the value of
building permits rose by 10.3
per cent to $43.041 million in
2006, while Exuma saw per-
mits approved for a total value

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of $48.261 million. On Abaco,
building permit values were as
high as $111.401 million.

Mr Roberts said that in
Freeport, there was a 73 per
cent increase in approved
building permits for a con-
struction value of $186.165 mil-
lion. During 2006, there were
345 construction starts with a
total value of $55.544 million,
some three quarters of these
being for residential develop-
ment. The construction indus-
try is thought to account for
around 10-12 per cent of the
Bahamas’ per annum gross
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By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter



NATHAN Arnette put an
explanation point at the end
of St. Augustine’s College
Big Red Machines’ first day
of competition at the
Bahamas Association of
Independent Secondary
Schools Track and Field
Championships.

Arnette took the lead from
the start and wasn’t chal-
lenged the rest of the day as
he won the senior boys 400
metres yesterday to bring
the curtain down on the
three-day meet that
started with two
records falling.

One of
t hie
records
came
from
SAC’s
Krystal Bod-
ie, the Auburn University
bound versatile athlete.

In one of the marquee
events of the day at the
Thomas A. Robinson Track
and Field Stadium, Bodie
posted a winning time of
14.47, eclipsing the previous
mark set by SAC’s Alexan-
deria Oembler in 15.09 in
2005.

The 12th grader beat out
her Big Red Machine’s team-
mate, Michelle Cumber-
batch,.the 400 hurdles spe-
cialist, who did 14.96.

St. Andrew’s Ashley
Whyms was third in 19.32.

The other record breaking
performance came from Nas-
sau Christian Academy’s
Dwayne Ferguson, who
clocked 4:13.87 to erase the
senior boys’ mark of 4:17.01
that was ran by Alex Sawyer
of Queen’s College in 2002.

Arnette wanted to go after
the record of 48.77 that was
set by St. John’s Andretti
Bain in 200. But he had to
run into a strong head wind
and settle with the 49.57.

“It was a bit breezy, so it
was hard on the back stretch.
My plan was to get out in the
first 50, relax on the back
stretch and got for it on the
final 150,” he said.

The 16-year-old 11th grad-
er said he was pleased with
the run, despite not running
as fast as he had anticipated.

Many were looking for-
ward to a showdown in the
senior girls quarter with
Cumberbatch and Natalya
Beneby of St. Andrew’s.

But when they lined up,
Cumberbatch was a “no
show” and Beneby easily
took the race in 58.77. Cum-

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By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter



THE Big Red Machines kicked their
engine in gear yesterday to give St.
Augustine’s College a 105 point lead
over second place Queen’s College
Comets on day one of the Bahamas
Association of Independent Secondary
Schools Sports’ Inter-School Track and
Field Championships.

Even though some ‘of their athletes
didn’t compete in all of their events, St.
Augustine’s still managed to collect a
total of 375 to secure the lead. Queen’s
College trail with 270.

SAC also emerged out front in six of
the eight divisions - bantam girls, inter-
mediate girls, senior girls, bantam boys,
junior boys and senior boys.°

The Comets have surfaced out front
in the junior girls and intermediate boys
with the Big Red Machines sitting in sec-
ond in both of them.

Title

SAC’s head coach William ‘Knuckle-
head’ Johnson said they are right on
track to clinching their 19th straight title
in the three-day meet that will continue
today at the Thomas A. Robinson Track
and Field Stadium and wrap up on Fri-
day.

“We did pretty good today, as expect-
ed,” Johnson said. “We had some disap-
pointments in some events like the senior

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girls 400 metres. Except for St.
Andrew’s, who have a pretty good run-
ner, we would come either first and sec-
ond or second and third.

“But we encountered some problems
with our athletes and they didn’t get to
run.”

Johnson said with 140 athletes to work
with, they will go as deep as they can to
ensure that they don’t have any more
slip ups over the next two days of com-
petition.

“It’s going to be a challenge for us,
but things are going very well right now,’
he pointed out.

Comets’ coach Gary Markham said
they are right where they want to be
going in the rest of the meet.

“We had our share of disappointments.
We had some athletes who didn’t com-
pete and we had some athletes who fell
out,” he reflected.

“So I’m very happy because we got a
few golds that we didn’t expect. We did-
n't do too badly on the field, not as good
as I expected and we were right there
on the track. So we’re looking alright.”

Markham didn’t want to push his
team’s button and declined to state if
they are going to be able to challenge
SAC for the lead.

But he indicated that if they can get
through the relays today in a good posi-
tion, they will be happy. The relays score
double points.

While the 4 x 100 relay will be ran
today, athletes will also contend for the
titles of the fastest athletes in their divi-
sions in the 100 finals.

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TRIBUNE SPORTS



US heat China
in Algarve Cup

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SILVES, Portugal
Associated Press Press

KRISTINE Lilly and Carli
Lloyd scored to lead the
United States over China 2-1
Wednesday i in the Ameri-
cans’ opener at the Algarve
Cup.

Lilly converted a penalty
kick for her 118th interna-
tional goal after Abby
Wambach was fouled in the
penalty area in the 19th
minute.

“I felt we had some great
combinations when the ball
was on the ground and we
found the angles,” Lilly said.
“But once it got in the air
and was bouncing around, it
took a lot more effort for us
to get the game going.”

Han Duan tied it two min-
utes later with a glancing
header off a free kick, but
Lloyd put the Americans
back ahead in the 38th
minute with her second
international goal. Wambach
sent a cross to the back post,
where Stephanie Lopez
pulled the ball back for
Lloyd to knock it in.

“I’ve been plugging away.
I've hit some posts in my
career so far,” Lloyd said.
“It felt good to get one in an
important game in an impor-
tant tournament.”

The Americans integrated
several veterans into the
lineup after going with a
young roster earlier this
year.

“You only get better as
you play together, and this
was a great opportunity to
play with Abby and Lil in
the lineup,” U.S. coach Greg
Ryan said. The next game I
think we’ll be able to get
Shannon (Boxx) and Aly
(Wagner) in. The more they
play together, they start get-
ting the chemistry back.”

In January, the Americans
beat host China 2-0 on its
way to winning the Four
Nations Tournament.

Ryan said the 12-nation
tournament in southern Por-
tugal will help him decide
how to use his players at the
Women’s World Cup in Sep-
tember.

“T am still trying to find
the right chemistry, trying
out different combinations,”
Ryan said.

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The Bahamas has
lost a giant of a man_

THE Bahamas has lost a
giant of a man in the passing
of Anthony 'Tony' Carroll
over the weekend.

At the age of 65, he left a
legacy that will be unmatched
in the annals of sports as he
produced one of the greatest
stories ever told by sports writ-
ers and broadcasters.

I've gotten to know a little
about Carroll after he had
retired from active compcti-
tion and was back home mak-
ing an invaluable contribution
to our society in another inter-
esting aspect of his life.

From the brief encounters
we shared, it was fascinating to
see that a Bahamian accom-
plished what he did.

As a youngster growing up,
like many other Bahamians, I
was in awe on Bay Street
watching him strut down the
junkanoo parade as a one man
army year after year.

Junkanoo was not the same
if Carroll wasn't a part of it.

His presence, as he dis-
played his huge physique, was
breathtaking. He wasn't con-
cerned about all of the fittings
and trimmings that everybody
else concentrated on when
they rushed through the
crowd.

Carroll took his time, devel-
oping and displaying his cos-
tume for everybody to see.

I remember one time as he
passed by, somebody shout-
ed: "There goes Mr. World."
Another person replied:
"Vow. I see why."

The Bahamas has produced
some big time athletes over
the years. But I don't think
any took the international
stage as Carroll did, in and
outside. the sporting arena.

When he left the Bahamas
for the United States, the sto-
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Many people have their say,
but Carroll's accomplishment |
is one that couldn’t be
ignored.

Not only was he an accom- Bahami-
plished bodybuilder, but he — an.
exemplified what a true
Bahamian really was.

For almost three decades,
Carroll performed on an ever
bigger stage where he was
seen in at least seven movies
in an acting career that
demonstrated his strength and
agility.

Many of us would remem-
ber movies such as Masters
of the Universe in 1987, Her-
cules in New York in 1970 and
Technik der korperlichen
Liebe in 1968.

But what's even more inter-
esting to note is that after all J
the success that he achieved, ,
Carroll returned home and he
never lost the common touch.

As a celebrity living on
Shirley Street, near
Kemp Road, he
walked, rode
his

m@ By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter :
THE Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture

revealed last week that five new faces will grace

the Wall of Fame at the Lynden Pindling Inter-

national Airport on Saturday, March 17.

The ceremony for family members and friends
is expected to take place at [1 a.m. in the V.LP.
Lounge followed by the unveiling ceremony for
a much smaller audience.

In the latest list of athletes whose photographs
will be mounted on the wall includes former
NEL great Ed Smith, ex-pro baseball player Ed
Armbrister, legendary skipper Rollie ‘the Grand
Master’ Gray. talented softball/baseball standout
Douglas ‘Douggie’ Smith and two-time NBA
champion Mychal ‘Sweet Bells’ Thompson.

When contacted by The Tribune, the athletes
were elated to be honoured in such a manner.

Douggie Smith, who was at home in Rock
Sound, Eleuthera, said, “You always feel great
to be honoured, but of all the accolades that I
got, this one looks like it’s going to be the top
one. I feel great about that.

“Also I feel blessed to be honoured to be put
on the Wall of Fame, put in the Hall of Fame,

have a park named after you and Pm also in the

Bahamas and the International Softball Feder-
ation’s Hall of Fame. So Pm a blessed person.”

As a youngster walking around in Rock
Sound, Smith said he never envisioned attaining
any of the success that he’s achieved.

“So Pm very grateful to be included in all of
these accolades,” he stated.

And coming from the Family Islands, Smith
said it’s even more special because he now
knows that they are not being left out.

“Being from the Family Islands, you always
sav ‘boy look like Nassau fellows getting all
these good stuf. Look like ain't nothing for the
island. boys,” he reflected.

“But looks like since it hit home, we have to
change those thoughts. IU make us feel like we
are being recognised. So it’s a good feeling for
me.”

Smith, 58, thanked those persons who helped
him to accomplish what he’s been able to
achieve.

“T want to thank them for believing in a team-
mate like me,” he stressed. “A few things when
I was down, they pushed me,

“T remember one time I was just nine days out
of the hospital and we went to Puerto Rico in
1978 and Richard (the Lion-HearC Johnson)
and Boozie were there for me.

“ T must say thanks to Richard, Boozie and
Liddie Ford and the rest of the guys for being
there for me.”

At the age of 12, Smith officially started play-
ing softball as a catcher. Ele even spent some
time at first base and in right field.

In 1971, after making the transition to base-
ball, Smith was drafted to play with the New
York Mets, but bis tenure was a short one.

On his return home, Smith played on the
national softball team from 1972 to 1998. In
between that time, he also played on the nation-
al baseball team.

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e new faces set
the Wall of Fame

He achieved much more
than most Bahamians did, yet
Carroll never got any
national recognition.
No Queen's hon-
our, no street
named after
him, no pic-
t ure
mounted
on. the
Wall of
Fame at
Sir Lyn-
den Pin-
dling's
Interna-
tional
Airport,
no induc-
tion into
the Hall of
Fame.

He went
about doing
what he did
without any
disturbance.
He did it his
way. And for
many of us, we can
only look back at the
life he lived and say:
"Vow."

May his soul rest
in peace.

@ Anthony
'Tony'
Carroll

the Los Angeles Lakers’ game last night against
the Bucks.

Like Smith, he was thrilled to be one of the
five new honourees.

“Tt makes me feel honoured to be included in
the company of all those great legendary
Bahamian athletes and to be in that kind of
company makes me very proud and very hon-
oured to be there to be seen as one of the
ambassadors for sports in the Bahamas,” he
lamented.

t's the greatest honours that I’ve ever
achieved or to be blessed with. It stacks right up
there with winning the championships with the
Lakers and becoming All-American in college.
Bahamian being all-American, it’s All-Bahami-
an more or less. To be recognised and hon-
oured by your country is the highest honour
you can receive.”

When he left the Bahamas to play in the Fab
Five at the University of Miami with Osbourne
‘Goose’ Lockhart, Charles ‘Cow Wheeler’
Thompson and Cecil Rose they started to make
a name for themselves, Thompson said his fam-
ily and friends had informed them of how the
Bahamian public was following their progress
and cheering for their team.

“That made us feel so special and made us
realise the responsibility we had on our shoul-
ders over here in the United States and repre-
senting the Bahamas,” he charged. “We always
realised what we were accomplishing as repre-
sentatives of the Bahamas, always.”

In 1987, Prime Minister Lynden Pindling hon-
oured him with a Mychal Thompson Day after
he helped the Lakers clinch the NBA title. They
came back. the following year and duplicated
the feat,

Six-foot-L0 Thompson was the first Bahamian
to not only wina NBA title, but to do it twice.
He was also the first Bahamian drafted to play
in the NBA by the Portland Trail Blazers in
the first round with the first pick in 1978, Fle was
plaving for the University of Minnesota Gophers
al the time.

“That was very special. It was a moment that
has stayed with me, even up to this day,” he
insisted.

“But I know when I come home and I can
show my children my picture on the wall, it
would be even more special.”

As he prepared for his radio broadcast of the
Lakers game, Thompson said he hoped that
they will get through the series of injuries that
have plagued the team.

“We're all banged up,” he pointed out.
“Lamar Odom is out, Luke Walton is out,
Vladimir Radmanovic is out for the rest of the
season and another guy got hurt last night (Tues-
day).

“We are trying to hold onto the sixth place in
our division, but it’s going to be tough with all of
these big guys out.”

With Scottie Pippin talking to coach Phil Jack-
son about a possible return to the Lakers’ line-
up, 52-year-old Thompson assured the Bahami-
an people that he’s done,

“Pm 15 years passed my comeback,” stated
Phompson, who retired in 1992.
Armbrister, Smith and Gray couldn't be con

tacted up to press time,



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Che Miami Herald |

IN MY OPINION

DAVID J. NEAL

dneal@MiamiHerald.com



Fans fill seats
for Matsuzaka’s
American debut

BY DAVID J. NEAL
dneal@MiamiHerald.com
UPITER, Fla. — You could have
J watched this spring-training
game live on TV — if you had
been in Japan, where coverage began
from the first pitch, thrown just after
3:05 a.m. Tokyo time.
You could have watched in person
if you were lucky enough to snag a
ticket before the game was sold out
weeks ago. Because once the Boston
Red Sox
announced
Tuesday’s
starter
against the
Florida Mar-

VICTOR BALDIZON/GETTY IMAGES Lins, only
those who

DAISUKE MATSUZAKA eouldnte

afford to be unemployed or divorced
were giving up their tickets (espe-
cially seeing as how the vast majority
were Red Sox fans).

It was Daisuke Matsuzaka Day at
Roger Dean Stadium. Matsuzaka, a
superstar pitcher from the Japanese
League for whom the Red Sox paid
$50 million just to say “Hello,” threw
his first 47 pitches against a major-
league lineup — or, a lineup with

' players wearing major-league uni-
forms — amid an atmosphere that
made the game more a game to be at
than one to see. .

Even the players had a little extra

~ bop in their hop. Marlins second base-
man Dan Uggla said the Marlins were
excited to face “Dice-K” because “I
heard he was The Man coming over
[from Japan].”

THE SPOTLIGHT GLARES

Two hours before the game, fans
crowded the edge of the stands out-
side left field and started to yelp every
time an East Asian face appeared
through the left-field gate. Cameras
lined the other side of the third-base
line, just to catch Matsuzaka entering
the field area for the first time. When
he warmed up before the first inning,
seven photographers scurried into
position behind the backstop.

So many photographers — profes-
sionals with big lenses and amateurs
with small digital cameras — moved
throughout the stands that the surface
of the crowd seemed to be crawling
with cameras. Most spring games
would best be served with a relaxing
clarinet tune as a soundtrack. Tues-
day’s electricity deserved The Who.

“Marlins players, we’re not used to
all this stuff,” Uggla said.

The Marlins estimated that the
team issued 100 more media creden-

- tials than they would for a typical
spring game. There were probably 150
to 170 media members in attendance.
Some were seated next to the Red Sox
bullpen down the first-base line.

Some were forced to squeeze in
with the standing-room-only crowd.

For the nuts and bolts, Matsuzaka
gave up no runs on two hits in three
innings. He threw 31 strikes, walked
one batter and struck out three in a

’ game the Red Sox won 14-6.

JUST SETTLING IN

Actually, Matsuzaka was out-
pitched by Marlins starter Yusmeiro
Petit, causing Marlins president David
Samson to crack, “[Petit] deserves to
be there as much as the other guy.”

Through an interpreter, Matsuzaka
offered a self-analysis, saying he was
“40 to 50 percent there,” a modest
estimate compared with what the top
of the Marlins’ lineup had to say.

As Marlins leadoff hitter Hanley
Ramirez passed the media crush sur-
rounding Matsuzaka and his inter-
preter, he shouted: “He’s nasty! Good
thing he’s in the American League!”

On a full count, Ramirez nearly
shattered the Red Sox’s $100 million
investment with a bazooka shot right
back at the mound. Matsuzaka
snatched the ball with his glove.

The Dice-K circus probably won’t
end soon, and not just because 50 or
60 Japanese media members, by esti-
mate of Red Sox director of media
relations John Blake, will follow the
team throughout the season.

Uggla said he thought he would get
hit by the first Matsuzaka pitch, but it,
broke over the plate for a strike.

“When your curveball doesn’t
break until it hits the dirt area, that’s
when you know you’ve got good
stuff,” Uggla said.

Later, Uggla said, matter-of-factly,
“He'll be a dominating pitcher.”



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INTERNATIONAL EDITION



COLLEGE BASKETBALL | CONFERENCE TOURNAMENTS

Balanced field turns up the heat

BY TONY BARNHART
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Think conference tournaments
don’t mean anything? Think again.
“With so much parity and so
much compression of teams in the
middle of these conferences, we’re
really watching the tournaments

with a very keen eye,” said Prince- '

ton athletics director Gary Wal-
ters, the chairman of the NCAA
selection committee. “I think it’s
good for college basketball, but it is
something we’re watching very,
very carefully.”

The 10-man NCAA committee
gathered Tuesday night in India-
napolis. By Wednesday night,
members already had filed their
first ballot of potential at-large
teams. By the time the NCAA
selection show rolls around on
Sunday, the committee will have

filed about 70 ballots and crunched
more numbers than an accountant
on on a caffeine kick.

The goal remains the same.
Thirty teams receive automatic
bids by virtue of winning their con-
ference tournaments. The Ivy
League doesn’t have a tournament,
but Penn gets the bid as the reg-
ular-season champ. The committee
is charged with picking the best
34 at-large teams, seeding them
from 1 through 65 and putting them
into four balanced brackets.

With so many teams with simi-
lar résumés, this could be the com-
mittee’s toughest job ever.

“There is so much that is fluid at
this point,” Walters said Wednes-
day during a conference call. “Not
only for teams that hope to get in
the tournament, but for teams that
are hoping for a high seed.”

Normally at this point of the
season, at least three of the No. 1
seeds are virtual locks. But not this
season. UCLA (25-4), the team
with the No. 1 RPI, appears to be a
lock for a No. 1 seed if it doesn’t
stumble in the Pac-10 tournament.
Ohio State (27-3) also appears to be
in good shape if it reaches the Big
Ten tournament final.

After that, it’s anyone’s guess.
Defending national champion Flor-
ida (26-5) was a No. 1 seed for most
of the season but stumbled down
the stretch. North Carolina (25-6)
dropped a couple of big games late,
to Maryland and Georgia Tech.
Kansas (27-4) enters the Big 12
tournament on an eight-game win-
ning streak, but Texas A&M or
Texas could win the tournament.

“There is really less clarity at
the top of the field,” Walters said.

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The committee will have to con-
sider many variables when making
its picks. Florida State (19-11) went
five games without its No. 2 scorer,
Toney Douglas. He returned to
action Saturday and will be avail-
able for today’s ACC tournament
game against Clemson.

How important is that to FSU’s
résumé? That’s something each
committee member must weigh.

“You would have to know all
the data. What that team did before
the injury,” Walters said. “An
injury is something you have to
consider, but it’s not the single
issue that decides whether or not a
team gets in.”

The committee will spend the
bulk of its time picking the at-large
teams and seeding them. Members
won’t actually put the teams into
the bracket until Sunday afternoon.

Pac-10 coaches
say their teams
deserve respect

BY ROBYN NORWOOD
Los Angeles Times

It’s conference tournament time in the Pacif-
ic-10, which means coaches in that league are
locking arms and announcing that there are six
mortal locks for the NCAA Tournament.

“] think six are already in,” UCLA coach Ben
Howland said.

USC’s Tim Floyd was right there with him.

“T think we have six solid teams,” Floyd said.
“Tf I thought it could help the league by getting
the seventh team in if, say, Washington came up
and won it, then I think that would be great.”

UCLA and Washington seemingly have the

most to play for in the Pac-10 tournament, which
began Wednesday night and runs through Satur-
day at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The Bruins — who, along with the rest of the
top six teams, have a bye into today’s quarterfi-
nals — could erase any doubt that they deserve
the No. 1 seeding in the NCAA West Regional,
which could allow them to reach the Final Four,
in Atlanta, without leaving California during the
first two weeks of the NCAA Tournament.

Washington, after reaching the Sweet 16 in
each of the past two seasons, has a last-ditch
chance to make the field of 65 again.

But to claim the Pac-10’s automatic berth, the
seventh-seeded Huskies would have to win four
games in four days, starting against 10th-seeded
Arizona State in a first-round game that was
played late Wednesday night.

Washington State, Oregon and Arizona, like
UCLA, are playing largely for seeding, though
moving up one spot or down one spot usually

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PAC MAN: Arron Afflalo and the UCLA Bruins are on track for one of the four No. 1

BY BRIAN MAHONEY
Associated Press

NEW YORK — Kobe Bryant
was suspended one game by the
NBA on Wednesday for striking a
player in the face, his second pen-
alty for that action in a little more
than a month. And if he does it
again, Bryant could be
looking at a more-severe
punishment.

“We considered suspend-
ing him for multiple games,”
NBA executive vice presi-
dent Stu Jackson said during a con-
ference call. “Certainly, if this
occurs again, most likely there
would be multiple games.”

The most recent incident came
with 58 seconds remaining in the
fourth quarter of the Lakers’ 117-107



_ seeds in the NCAA field, and five or six other Pac-10 teams could make the bracket.

PRO BASKETBALL | LOS ANGELES LAKERS

Bryant suspended again for striking a player

double-overtime loss to Minnesota
on Tuesday night, when Bryant
struck Timberwolves guard Marko
Jaric after taking a shot.

The play was similar to one that
drew Bryant a suspension late in
January when he struck Manu
Ginobili in the face after taking a
shot. Jackson determined
that play to have been an
unnatural basketball action,
and he suspended Bryant
trom a game at New York.

There was no foul called
on the first play, but Bryant was
called for a foul Tuesday night.

Lakers coach Phil Jackson was
restrained in disagreeing with the
suspension, but he couldn't help
letting some sarcasm drip through.

“In this league, everybody’s got



a pretty face, and
we're going to try
to keep it that
way,” Jackson said
Wednesday.
Jackson
acknowledged
that the two plays
Bryant was sus-
pended for are
similar, but he made it clear that he

ly Ss
BRYANT

didn’t agree with the punishment. *

“If they’re going to make a call,
even if they’re wrong, they'll still
be consistent,” Jackson said.

Bryant, second in the NBA with
29.2 points per game, missed
Wednesday night’s game and for-
teited about $161,000 in salary.

Jackson said Bryant was simply
using his normal follow-through

doesn’t make much difference.

“There’s such parity in college basketball that
seeding — if you're a 3, 4, whatever — I don’t
know how significant that is,” Washington State
coach Tony Bennett said.

The intrigue lies in the middle of the pack —
in the third quarterfinal game today, between
third-seeded USC and sixth-seeded Stanford. .

* TURN TO PAC-10

in an attempt to draw a foul.

“T think I’m going to have to put
about 50 clips of Kobe shooting his
shot and his arms going out like
that so the judger of this deed of
Kobe’s sees that he does this a lot,”
Jackson said. “It’s not an unnatural
basketball motion.”

And Jackson said Bryant is
hardly the only player who uses his
arms to create space for shots or to
draw fouls, pointing to the Lakers’
Dec. 17 overtime loss to the Wiz-
ards, in which Gilbert Arenas shot
27 tree throws.

“He was throwing his arms out
there to create a foul situation, and
got the calls that night,” Jackson
said. “So I know that it does work
for some players on given nights.”

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GOLF | HOCKEY



GOLF | COMMENTARY

It’s a thin line between ‘miss’ an



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BY DOUG FERGUSON Miller defines it as stress
Associated Press manifesting itself mentally and terfinals and stay ontrackfor ::, .
PALM HARBOR, Fla. — physically. If that’s the case, it his eighth consecutivePGA = ,:, :!
One player missed a 4-foot happens every week. Tour victory. He blamed the
putt to win, and it was a “Tf you’re out there and you miss on a ball mark he’ i
shocker. Another player don’t feel pressure, you’re not neglected to repair.
missed a 3-foot putt to win, into what you’re doing,” Cur- Whether Woods pushed
_and it was considered a choke. tis Strange said. the putt with a quick stroke or
The perception of the two Strange, atwo-time U.S. the ball was knocked offline,»
misses is as different as the Open champion, has felt both by aslight indentationonthe ._,
names Tiger Woods and Boo sides of emotion. He saved par green has been a popular sub- _..
Weekley. ; from a bunker on the final hole ject since then. But one fact is
There is no telling how of the 1988 U.S. Open to force undeniable: He missed. And if...
long the word “choke” has a playoff with Nick Faldo, he didn’t notice the ball mark, _,
been part of the golf vernacu- beating him the next day. then that would have to be '
lar, or when it first came into Seven years later, Strange classified asabreakdownin __,.-
vogue. Perhaps the most missed a 6-foot par putt on the the thought process. it
famous use came at the 1989 last hole to lose a crucial “It’s my fault for not paying ,.,,
Masters, and then only match to Faldo in the Ryder attention to detail,” Woods ne
because Scott Hoch’s last Cup. said. Ss
name rhymes with “spoke,” or “Anybody who has played But Woods gets a pass
something like that. this game has done both,” because he has facedadozen
A year later, Johnny Miller Strange said. “It can beat you or so other crucial shots and...
was in the broadcast tower for up if you let it.” madé¢ most of them, whether it .,
NBC Sports, watching Peter Scroll down a list of tourna- wer toaKiae: ee the 6-footer for birdie at,
Jacobsen stand over a 225-yard ments on the PGA Tour, and : : : Valhalla to force a playoff with -,
approach from a downhill lie it’s not hard to find examples DON’T ASK, OK? Only Tiger Woods knows if he pushed ~ Bob May at the 2000 PGA
over water to the 18th green at Paes ALVAREZ/AP Of blown opportunities. a putt wide or knocked it over a ball mark that cost him — Championship or the 15-foot
the Bob Hope Classic. MELTDOWN: It’s hard to say Greg Owen had a 3!/-foot a shot at the Accenture Match Play title. But he missed it. par putt that kept the Ameri-
“This is absolutely the easi- Boo Weekley didn’t choke _ par putt on the 17th hole at Bay : hu oes ih cans from losing inthe 2003. -,
est shot to choke I’ve ever _when he missed a 3-foot Hill last year that would have And is that any different Azinger said. “What is chok- Presidents Cup. a
seen in my life,” Miller said putt for the Honda title. given him atwo-shot lead with from Bernhard Langer? He had __ ing, anyway? Is it the hands “Tiger has proven over and «
that day. one hole to play. He three- a 6-footer on the final hole at shaking? Is it your thought over again that there’s not a lot. ,
Jacobsen pulled offthe shot Nor did Miller use itaweek _ putted for double bogey and Kiawah Island, withthe Ryder process?” of choke in him,” Azinger said.
and won the tournament, and ~ earlier at the Accenture Match lost the tournament witha Cup hanging in the balance. Weekley needed only two “Until Boo Weekley makes a
Miller was vilified for saying Play Championship when bogey on the 18th. The anguish on Langer’s face putts from 30 feet for his first putt like that, people are going +
what everyone thinks. Woods missed a 4-foot birdie Mike Weir hadachanceto when he missed remains one PGA Tour title. His putt for to speculate whether he
“You'd think I'd exposed putt on the first extra hole that | become the first Canadian in of the most indelible images of _ birdie stopped 3 feet short of choked.”
warts on Miss America,” he would have won his third- 50 years to win his national Ryder Cup history. the hole. Weekley studied the Ditto for Camilo Villegas. ¥,
wrote in his book. round match against Nick open, on the 100th anniversary Langer is remembered par putt from both sides,then Hehitaterrificflopshotto3
It happens. O’Hern. of the Canadian Open. Weir more for his two Masters titles sawtheballrunbythecupon feet and missed by a mile to
And maybe Miller himself And that leads toa question hada5-foot par putttowinon than for a missed putt at the the left. fall out of the Honda playoff.
has become sensitive about that is hard to answer. the second playoff hole against Ryder Cup. And it would be “T was shaking. Tain’t gonna “Every other sport, with the
the “C” word, because he When does amiss becomea Vijay Singh in 2004, but he difficult to say Weir choked lie about it,” Weekley said. “I exception of bowling, you’re 7
didn’t utter it Sunday at the choke? missed it, then lost onthe next —_ because of the 6-foot pars he was just focusing on getting pretty much reacting,” former [
Honda Classic when Weekley Paul Gov-ios was asked this hole. made on the 17th and 18th that ball in the hole and turn- PGA champion Rich Beem °
three-putted from 30 feet on week to deiine “choke,” and Charles Howell III hit a holes on his way to v'inning ing around and waving to said. “Here, you’re making the *

the 18th hole, missing a his response showed how superb bunker shot onthe 10th — the 2003 Masters in a playoff. everybody. I made a good ball react. You have a lot of
3-footer that would have touchy this subject is. at Riviera in a 2003 playoff, “Circumstances are what stroke. I just hammered it.” time to think.”

brought him his first PGA “Food lodged in the throat,” —_ only to miss the 6-foot putt. define whether it’s perceived Woods had to rap in only a “And, hopefully, you don’t
Tour title. Goydos said. Was that a miss or achoke? _ if you choked or not,” Paul 4-footer for birdie to beat think too much.” .











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Buffato 44 17) 2 3 93 253 192 23-8-1-2.-21-9-1-1_——-16-9-1-2 Hejduk had a goal and assist, and Brett
Ottawa — 38 23 2 «4 82.230 186 21-11-1-2 17-12-1-2 —-16-9-0-2 McLean also scored for the Avalanche
Toronto 32 26 3 6 73241 217 = 13-15-2-3 19-11-1-3 10-12-2-2 which is on its best roll since winning
Montreal 33 29) 1 5 (72: AMT 2M © :19-12-0-3 14-17-1-2 - 11-10-0-4 | eight games in a row last season.
Boston 32 29 2 3 69190 232 17-14-1-2 15-15-1-1 13-12-0-1 The ninth-place Avalanche moved to
| within six points of the idle Minnesota
WESTERN CONFERENCE Wild in the race for the Western Confer-
ence’s final playoff spot, winning its
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St. Louis 28 28 5 5 66171 200 16-16-2-1 12-12-3-4 11-13-2-2 scored for the East-leading Sabres, who 3
Columbus 27 33 2 «5 61 168 207 15-15-1-3 12-18-1-2 —_7-13-0-4 lost faxthe third time in 12 games (9-2-1). DAVID DUPREY/AP"
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moron 3030 3 3 66174 194 18-14-1-1 12-16-2-2 9-15-1-0 | gid have a solid scoring chance, but his Kevin Dallman scored his first goalin starting goalie tonight at Boston, coach
snap shot from the slot was gloved by almost a year for the Kings, and Jamie Jacques Lemaire said.
als L OL SLPTS GF GA HOME AWAY DIV | Peter Budaj. Heward added a power-play goal. Backstrom, who is 9-3-2 since original:
Anaheim 39 17 4 7 89.213 174 21-5-2-5 18-12-2-2 | 17-6-1-2 Budaj, coming off a 2-0 shutout at Bos- Fredrik Norrena had 27 saves, running starter Manny Fernandez sprained his
San Jose 40 25 0 2 82.200 169 18-12-0-2 22-13-00 13-13-0-1 ton on Tuesday, stopped 19 shots to win _ his season record to 18-15-3 in his quest to knee on Jan. 20, was removed after giving
Dallas 38 22) 1 4 «81170 156 21-10-0-2 17-12-1-2 18-7-0-0 | his fifth consecutive game. become the first Columbus goaltender to up three goals in two periods of the
Phoenix 27,35 2 ST 174 222 14-14-2-0 13-21-0-1 7-13-2-1 Wolski was credited with the decisive finish a season with a winning record. Wild’s 3-0 loss to the Sharks on Tuesday,
Los Angeles 22 34 6 (5 55 187 234 13-14-44 = 9-20-2-1 8-14-0-3 goal, even though it appeared that Joe Meanwhile, the Blue Jackets will be Fernandez played the third period, his
Sakic’s pass from the left boards caromed without four top players — and possibly a__ first appearance since Jan. 30.
Note: Two points for a win, one point for a tie and overtime loss into the net off the skate of Sabres fifth — for the rest of the season. Fernandez, who stopped the only two
. defenseman Dmitri Kalinin. The assist General manager Doug MacLean said _ shots he faced against the Sharks;
RESULTS AND SCHEDULES was the 965th of Sakic’s career, moving goaltender Pascal Leclaire (injured knee), declined to comment.
it : him into lth on the NHL list, one ahead of defensemen Duvie Westcott (concussion) e Penguins: Franchise owners Mario
- 4 a a ee ak ; nia a ote Doug Gilmour. and Bryan Berard (back) and forward Dan Lemieux and Ron Burkle traveled to Las
3 on, f : Fritsche (lacerated wrist) will miss the Vegas to meet with the mayor and discuss

Stastny’s prettiest play came in setting
up Hejduk’s short-handed goal, which
tied the game at 1 in the first period.
Sneaking up the left wing, Stastny eluded
two Sabres defenders, drove around the

Columbus 3, Los Angeles 2 (OT) Minnesota at Boston, 7
Phoenix at Anaheim, late
T.B. at Edmonton, late

Colorado 2, Boston 0
Philadelphia 5, NJ. 4 (OT)
Detroit 4, Nashville 3 (SO)
Pittsburgh 5, Ottawa 4 (SO)
Toronto 3, Washington 0
Calgary 4, St. Louis 2

San Jose 3, Minnesota 0
‘Chicago 3, Los Angeles 0

Montreal at Atlanta, 7
Toronto at Ottawa, 7:30
NJ. at Pittsburgh, 7:30
“Rangers at Islanders, 7:30
Dallas at St. Louis, 8
Calgary at Nashville, 8
Vane. at Phoenix, 9 p.m.

a possible move there.

The Penguins issued a letter Monday
saying the team planned to actively pur-
sue relocation. The club blamed govern-
ment officials for failing to reach a deal to

team’s final 16 games.

Team captain Adam Foote has a high
ankle sprain and also might sit out the rest
of the way, MacLean said.

NHLLEADERS = = =————is

Vancouver 5, Tampa Bay 1



net and fed Hejduk, who scored on a one-
timer from the right circle.

The Avalanche have not missed the
playoffs since 1994, when they still were
the Quebec Nordiques. The teams wraps

AROUND THE NHL

e Ducks: All-Star defenseman Chris
Pronger will be out about two weeks
because of a broken bone in his toe. He

build a new arena in Pittsburgh, In the let-
ter, Lemieux and Burkle said negotiations
had stalled, even though the team agreed
to pay $120 million over 30 years toward a



n poman I Neeeey. up its five-game road trip at Minnesotaon was injured during a post-game workout $290 million arena and any cost overruns.

SCORING GOALIES | Sunday. Sunday night, the team said. Officials in Kansas City have offered
Player, team GPG A Pts Player, team GP MIN GAAVG Pronger — who had an X-ray Tuesday _ the Penguins free rent and half of all reve-
Crosby, Pit 63 27 71 98 Smith, Dal 17 882 29 197 BLUE JACKETS 3, KINGS 2 (OT) night that revealed the break — has _ nues if they agree to play in the soon-to-
Lecavalier, TB 68 43 46 89 Hasek, Det 4G 2729 932.04 COLUMBUS, Ohio — David Vyborny endured various mishaps in his first sea- be-completed $262 million Sprint Center.
St. Louis, TB 68 39 50 89 Brodeur, NJ 64 3877 138 2.14 scored twice — including a goal with 214 son with the Ducks since being traded
Heatley, Ott 67 41 45 86 — Gigu, Ana 48 2761 103 2.24 seconds left in overtime — to lead Colum- from the Oilers. He broke his left foot LATE TUESDAY
oie 68 39 . % ae Min 29° 155259 2.28 bus over Los Angeles. when he blocked a shot against the Wilds e Canucks 5, Lightning 1: Daniel
a ne : eg as nak AB S . a) Vyborny’s 15th goal tied it 2-2 at 5:02 of on Dec. 31 and returned Jan. 28 after miss- Sedin scored his 30th goal 21 seconds into
Ovechkin, Was 67 38 42 80 — Mason, Nas 36 2096 822.35 the third period. The victory was the Blue ing nine games. Last month, Pronger was _ the third period for host Vancouver. Vin-
Selanne, Ana 67 39 39 78 Nabokov, SJ 37 2030 80 2.36 Jackets’ third in a row. The Kings, mean- struck in the face and throat by Lubomir. cent Lecavalier scored his NHL-leading
Briere, Buf 64 27 51 78 Visnovsky’s slap shot in a game against 43rd goal of the season for Tampa Bay.

Kiprusoff, Cal 60 3571 141 2.37

while, dropped their third in a row.





THE MIAMI HERALD | MiamiHerald.com

BY RICK GANO
Associated Press

CHICAGO — Say you’re
Ohio State, ranked No. 1 in the
country, all but assured a top
seed in the NCAA Tourna-
ment. What’s in it for the
Buckeyes when the Big Ten
tournament starts today?

Time for a tuneup, maybe.
And better hope — make that
pray — that no one, especially
Greg Oden, gets injured.

How about Wisconsin,
which also held the No. 1 spot
briefly before faltering a bit
down the stretch? Perhaps get
ready for the NCAA Tourna-
ment, tweak your lineup, and
work on adjustments without
injured rebound leader Brian
Butch.

A mild miracle would be a
must for Northwestern, Min-
nesota and Penn State. Any of
those teams would need to
win four games in a row over
four days, as Iowa did in 2001,
to be part of Selection Sunday.

Indiana figures that it’s in
the NCAA Tournament
already, as the No. 3 team in
the league. Michigan State?
Probably, too, after a tough



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DON’T LOOK BACK: Greg Oden, right, and the Ohio State
Buckeyes carry the added burden of the nation’s No. 1
ranking, giving every opponent a little extra incentive.

Michigan and Iowa might
need to make some noise and
win some games at Chicago’s
United Center to make the 65-
team field.

“I don’t think there’s a bas-
ket difference between about
six teams,” said Indiana coach
Kelvin Sampson, who will get
his first look at the Big Ten
tournament.

“This year this tournament

probably carries more weight
than it ever has before,” Min-
nesota coach Jim Molinari
said. “I do think a lot of teams
in the Big Ten — right or
wrong — to be secure have to
play well to secure their posi-
tion in the NCAA.”

Michigan State coach Tom
Izzo, whose Spartans used a
Big Ten tournament title as a
springboard to a national

championship in 2000, said an
entire season is the best way
to judge which teams belong
in the NCAA Tournament, not
necessarily how a team fares
in a four-day conference tour-
nament.

Teams “should be judged
through 30 games, and this
should be frosting on the cake
or get somebody over hump, if
that’s what needed,” he said.

“I don’t know how many
teams it’s benefited ... or how
many it’s hurt. I think it bene-
fits the Big Ten just because
we play at the same time other
leagues are. ... That’s a plus in
recruiting.”

Since the inception of the
Big Ten tournament, in 1998,
seven teams have gone on to
the Final Four.

The conference tourna-
ment — which, for next five
years, is slated for Indianapo-
lis — begins this morning with
No. 8 Michigan (20-11) facing
No. 9 Minnesota (9-21). No. 7
seed Michigan State (21-10)
goes against No. 10 North-
western (13-17), and the first
day wraps up with No. 6 IIli-
nois (21-10) meeting No. ll
Penn State (11-18).

In Friday’s quarterfinals,
Ohio State (27-3), led by stand-
out freshmen Oden and Mike
Conley Jr., faces the Michigan-
Minnesota winner. No. 4 Iowa
(17-13), led by Adam Haluska,
takes on No. 5 Purdue (20-10);
No. 2 Wisconsin (27-4) plays
the Michigan State-North-
western winner; and Indiana
(20-9), with 3-point ace Roder-
ick Wilmont, meets the IIli-
nois-Penn State winner.

Despite ending the regular
season by squandering the
first No. 1 ranking in school
history with two consecutive
road losses — then barely
squeaking by Michigan State
at home in their regular-sea-
son finale — the Badgers
expect big things in the NCAA
Tournament.

Alando Tucker, the confer-
ence Player of the Year, said
the goal remains winning a
national title. And his team-
mates back him up.

“We want to win it all, defi-
nitely. ... Anything less, we’re
not going to be happy,” center
Jason Chappell said.

Michigan has a steady
scorer in Dion Harris. The
Wolverines will be trying to



start some momentum,
strengthen their bid for the
NCAAs and cool some of the
heat on beleaguered coach
Tommy Amaker.

Michigan State, in what was
considered a rebuilding year,
is looking to land a 10th con-
secutive NCAA bid. The Spar-
tans are tough on defense and
rely on the shooting of Drew
Neitzel.

Purdue turns to David Tea-
gue and Carl Landry, hoping
to avenge a 19-point drubbing
from Iowa last month.

Ilinois will be playing in its
home-away-from-home at the
United Center. But the Illini
have had a tumultuous season
dealing with DUI charges
against Rich McBride and
Jamar Smith. They feature
strong inside play with War-
ren Carter and Shaun Pruitt.

All the speculation ends
Sunday about who needs to do
what to keep playing after the
Big Ten tournament. Purdue
coach Matt Painter has a sim-
ple motto for his team: Noth-
ing else really matters.

“Let’s not talk our way into
the tournament,” Painter said.
“Let’s play our way.”

schedule. But Purdue, Illinois,

WEDNESDAY’S TOURNAMENT ACTION

Syracuse bashes &
UConn; Marquette i

defeats St. John’s

From Miami Herald Wire Services

Unlike last season, Syracuse didn’t
need. any-late magic to knock UConn
out-of the Big East tournament.

Demetris Nichols scored 28
poirits, hitting seven 3-pointers, and
Eric Devendorf added 19 points to
help fifth-seeded Syracuse beat Con-
necticut 78-65 on Wednesday in the
opening round, played at Madison
Square Garden in New York City.

It was the fifth Big East champion-
ship for Syracuse. The Orange
advances to play fourth-seeded Notre
Dame (23-6) today in the tourna-
ment’s second round.

Syracuse (22-9) used a 25-8 run to
start the second half, turning a
2-point deficit into a 61-46 lead with
11:14 left to play. Nichols scored ll
points, including three 3-pointers,
during the spurt.

Syracuse appears headed to the
NCAA Tournament, but UConn will
miss it for the first time since 2001.

_ Connecticut (17-14) entered the
Big East tournament as the No. 12
seed — its lowest ever. The Huskies
were the No. 11 seed in 1997 and now
were trying to salvage a tough season
that started with a Top 25 ranking.

’ Jerome Dyson scored 21 points to
lead Connecticut. A.J Price added 11.

e No. 18 Marquette 76, St.
John’s 67: Dan Fitzgerald scored
eight of his 20 points during a 15-3
run midway through the second half
and the Golden Eagles held off the
upset-minded Red Storm.

Wesley Matthews added 15 points
and Lazar Hayward 14 for the sixth-
seeded Golden Eagles (24-8), who
advanced to play third-seeded Pitts-
burgh (25-6) today. It will be third
game this season between the teams,
with Marquette winning both —
including the game on Saturday
night.
' Marquette won despite playing
without Jerel McNeal, a second-team
All-Big East selection, whe averages
14.7 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists

and 2.6 steals per game. The sopho-
more guard injured a thumb in prac-
tice on Friday and was unable to play
in Saturday’s regular-season finale,
against Pittsburgh. :

Anthony Mason Jr. scored 19
points and Aaron Spears had 18 for
llth-seeded St. John’s (16-15), which
was playing in its first Big East tour-
nament in four years — and its first
under coach Norm Roberts.

e West Virginia 92, Provi-
dence 79: West Virginia made a Big
East tournament record 17 3-pointers,
and the seventh-seeded Mountain-
eers easily won their opener.

The victory kept alive West Vir-
ginia’s chances of an at-large bid to
the NCAA Tournament should it not
win the conference title. F ark
Young and Alex Ruoff each scored 21
points for the Mountaineers (22-8),
who moved to the quarterfinals
against second-seeded Louisville.

Ruoff and Young each hit five
3-pointers for West Virginia, and

‘Darris Nichols added 16 points.

For the Friars (18-12), Dwain Wil-
liams had 21 points, Herbert Hill
added 20 and Weyinmi Efejuku 19.

e Villanova 75, DePaul 67:
Freshman Scottie Reynolds scored
29 points and made eight free throws
in the last 4 minutes, leading ninth-
seeded Villanova to victory in its Big
East opener.

Curtis Sumpter added 25 points,
and the Wildcats (22-9) won their
fourth game in a row, advancing to
play top-seeded Georgetown (23-6)
in the second round today. The

‘Hoyas received a first-round bye.

Sammy Mejia scored 20 points,
and Wilson Chandler and Draelon
Burns each had 18 for DePaul (18-13),
which was playing in its first Big East
tournament after joining the confer-
ence last season.

PAC-10

e California 70, Oregon State
51: In Los Angeles, Ryan Anderson





JIM McISAAC/GETTY IMAGES

ORANGE CRUSH: Eric Devendorf of Syracuse drives to the hoop Wednesday against Connecticut in the first
round of the Big East tournament. Devendorf scored 19 points, and the Orange beat the Huskies 78-65.

scored a career-high 27 points, hitting
half of California’s 12 3-pointers, and
the Golden Bears rolled to victory in
the first round.

The eighth-seeded Golden Bears
(15-16) advanced to play No. 1 seed
UCLA (26-4) in today’s quarterfinals
—arematch of last year’s title game,
won by the Bruins on their way to a
runner-up finish in the national
championship game.

Marcel Jones led the Beavers
(11-21) with 21 points, their only
player in double figures.

ATLANTIC 10

e Fordham 63, Richmond 61:
In Atlantic City, N.J., Marcus Stout
converted a three-point play with
29.5 seconds to play, and the fifth-
seeded Rams won their opener.

Stout, who finished with 17 points,
split two defenders in driving the
right side of the lane for a game-tying
layup, then added the game-winning
free throw for a 62-61 lead.

It was the second time this season
that the Rams (18-11) beat Richmond
(8-22) on a late basket by Stout.

Fordham will face fourth-seeded
Rhode Island (17-13) today.

® St. Joseph’s 66, Temple 62:
Ahmad Nivins had 18 points and
ll rebounds, and freshman Jawan

Carter hit two go-ahead free throws
with 1:05 to play, leading the Hawks.
Carter also hit a big 3-pointer to
wake up the sixth-seeded Hawks
(18-13) with 3:09 to go, and Pat Cal-
athes added four free throws in the
final 23 seconds in beating lth-
seeded Temple (12-18) for the third

time this season.

The loss ended the Owls’ season,
and also their 23-year run of reaching
postseason play.

St. Joseph’s will face third-seeded
George Washington (20-8) today.

Calathes and Carter finished with
13 points apiece for St. Joseph’s,
which came into the tournament with
a three-game losing streak.

Mark Tyndale had 22 points for
Temple. Ryan Brooks added 15, and
Dustin Salisbery had 12.

e St. Louis 78, Duquesne 77: -

Tommie Liddell hit a go-ahead layup
with 2:00 to play, and St. Louis,
seeded seventh, held Duquesne with-
out a basket the rest of the way.

Tenth-seeded Duquesne, which
recovered from the tragedy of having
five players shot in an on-campus
incident in September to make the
conference tournament, had a chance
to tie the game with 7.6 seconds to
play, but Scott Grote missed the sec-
ond of two free throws.

St. Louis (19-12) will face second-
seeded Massachusetts (23-7) today.
Duquesne (10-18) finished the season
with an eight-game losing streak.

e Dayton 81, Charlotte 63:
Brian Roberts scored 17 of his 24
points, leading the eighth-seeded
Flyers in a decisive second half.

Charles Little, the Atlantic 10’s
Sixth Man of the Year, added 12
points and eight rebounds as the

’ Flyers (19-11) advanced to play top-

seeded Xavier (23-7), the tourna-
ment’s defending champ. Xavier
swept both regular-season games.

Leemire Goldwire had 23 points
for ninth-seeded Charlotte (14-16),
which was outscored 41-18 in the final
16-plus minutes.

ELSEWHERE

e Central Connecticut Siate
74, Sacred Heart 70: In New Brit-
ain, Conn., Javier Mojica scored 25
points, including a late 3-pointer, and
the Blue Devils (21-11) won the
Northeast Conference tournament
title and the league’s NCAA bid.

e Weber State 88, Northern
Arizona 80: In Ogden, Utah, Big Sky
MVP David Patten scored 22 points,
leading the Wildcats (20-11, 12-5) to
the conference title and an NCAA
Tournament berth.

FROM THE SPOR

S FRONT

Trojans know they can’t be looking past Stanford

“°PAC-10

USC, with sweeps of Ore-
gon and Arizona, is a near-
lock for the NCAA Tourna-
ment, but not quite a mortal
one after losing four of its
past seven games, including
one to lowly Arizona State.

A slip against Stanford
could send the Trojans’ seed-
‘ing tumbling into a potential-
ly-difficult first-round game.

Stanford is on even-less-
firm ground, having lost five

of its past eight, but the Cardi-
nal has beaten UCLA and won
at Virginia, which shared the
regular-season championship
in the Atlantic Coast Confer-
ence with North Carolina.

Floyd said the Cardinal,
like his team, should be in
either way.

“You know, they’ve beaten
a team that’s a No. 1 seed in
UCLA, and they go to Virginia
and beat a Virginia team that
was leading the ACC,” Floyd
said, making it clear that he is

irritated with talk that the
ACC will get seven teams.
“Well, I can’t believe their
sixth-place team is better than
Stanford,” Floyd said. “These
leagues they’re talking about
taking seven? You tell me
their seventh-place team is
better than the University of
Washington? I don’t think
there’s any way in the world.”
One issue is the vagaries of
the Rating Percentage Index,
which the NCAA Tourna-
ment selection committee

considers — though less than
many once believed.

Those figures, which take
strength of schedule into
account, are one reason that
Arizona, with a No. 13 RPI,
and Oregon, at No. 28, are
ahead of USC, which has a
No. 54 RPI even though it beat
each of those teams twice.
Stanford is No. 57.

The ACC has nine teams in
the RPI’s top 50.

“Starting at the beginning
of the year, all we heard out

here in the West was the
Pac-10 was the No. 1 confer-
ence in the country,” Oregon
coach Ernie Kent said. “It
seems to me like the closer we
got to March, the Pac-10
started slipping.”

North Carolina’s 92-64 vic-
tory at Arizona was one rea-
son for that.

Kent is touting six Pac-10
teams, which would tie the
conference record set in 2002,
or even seven. :

“1 think it’s the No. 1 con-

ference in the country. If it’s
not No. 1, it’s No. 2,” he said.
“We've been tough all year
long. We’ve kind of beaten
each other up, but the games
have been fantastic games,
and nobody has dominated.

“T watched all those years
with the ACC, the Big East,
the Big Ten, the Big 12, and
heard possibly six or seven
teams. Now it’s the Pac-10’s
turn. Hopefully, we'll be
rewarded for being a very,
very good conference.”





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SOCCER | PRO FOOTBALL | ETC.



SOCCER

Man U moves on; Madrid out

From Miami Herald Wire Services

Henrik Larsson put Man-
chester United into the quar-
terfinals of the Champions
League on Wednesday with a
1-0 victory over Lille. ;

Bayern Munich ousted
nine-time champion Real
Madrid on away goals with the
help of a record goal, while
Arsenal was knocked out after
a 1-1 draw with PSV Eindho-
ven, and Kaka scored in extra
time to give AC Milan a 1-0
victory over Celtic.

The four teams join Liver-

pool, Chelsea, AS Roma and
Valencia in Friday’s quarterfi-
nal draw in Athens, Greece,
which is the venue for the May
23 final. /
_ Despite leading Lille 1-0
after the first leg two weeks
ago, Manchester United strug-
gled at Old Trafford and Jean
Makoun and Peter Odem-
wingie both missed chances.

But Larsson, playing the
next-to-last game of his loan
spell from Swedish club Hel-
singborgs, scored the only goal
of the second leg with a header
in the 72nd minute.

Cristiano Ronaldo burst
down the left and his cross
found the Swede totally
unmarked in front of the goal.

Bayern Munich trailed Real
Madrid 3-2 from the first leg
but Roy Makaay wiped out
that lead only 11 seconds into
the return.

After Madrid defender
Roberto Carlos had lost pos-
session in his own half within
seconds of the kickoff, Hasan
Salihamidzic crossed for
Makaay, who drove the ball
past goalkeeper Iker Casillas.

The previous fastest goal
since the European Cup was
transformed into the Champi-
ons League in 1992 was 20 sec-

SPORTS ROUNDUP



MARTIN RICKETT/AP
TAKE THAT: Henrik Larsson
celebrates after his goal
that helped lift Manchester
United on Wednesday.

onds by Arsenal’s Gilberto
Silva against PSV on Sept. 25,
2002.

Lucio made it 2-0 in the
66th minute but, after
Munich’s Mark Van Bommel
and Madrid’s Mahamadou
Diarra had been sent off,
Ruud van Nistelrooy replied
for the Spanish club from the
penalty spot in the 83rd.

Leading 1-0 from the first
leg, PSV accidentally handed
Arsenal a goal in the 58th min-
ute at the Emirates Stadium
when goalkeeper Gomes
missed a corner and the bail
struck Alex on the foot and
went into his own net. The tall
Brazilian made up for it seven
minutes from the end, how-
ever, when he jumped to reach
a free kick and header power-

~ Broncos stay |

busy, bring

From Miami Herald Wire Services

Daniel Graham is the lat-
est addition to the Denver
Broncos, one of the most
active teams so far this offsea-
son.

The Broncos agreed
Wednesday with the former
New England tight end on a
five-year, $30 million deal that
includes $15 million in guaran-
teed money.

A team spokesman said he
could not comment.

The contract was disclosed
by a person familiar with the
deal who requested anonymity
because it had not yet been
signed.

Meanwhile, the Atlanta Fal-
cons were talking to 35-year-
old wide receiver Joe Horn,
who was cut last week by their
NFC South rivals in New
Orleans.

ESPN.com quoted
unnamed team sources as say-
ing the Falcons reached agree-
ment with the outspoken
receiver, but the Falcons
denied it.

“It’s not done yet,” Falcons
spokesman Reggie Roberts
‘said Wednesday night.

Graham had been with New
England since the Patriots
drafted him with the 21st over-
all pick in 2002. He caught 120
passes for 1,393 yards and 17
touchdowns in his time with
the Patriots, but is now pri-
marily a blocker.

The 6-3, 257-pound Graham
grew up in Denver and
attended the University of
Colorado. His father, Tom
Graham, played linebacker
for the Broncos from 1972-74.

He joins newly signed run-
ning back Travis Henry, plus
two players the Broncos
obtained in trades: cornerback
Dre’ Bly and defensive tackle
Dan Wilkinson.

The Broncos réportedly
added another piece to their
offense late Wednesday,



Graham home

agreeing to a deal with backup
quarterback Patrick Ramsey
for two years and $5 million,
ESPN.com reported.

e Elsewhere: Free-agent
running back Jamal Lewis
agreed to a one-year deal with
the Cleveland Browns, a per-
son within the NFL told The
Associated Press. Lewis was
released last week in a salary-
cap move by Baltimore. ...
Green Bay released 36-year-
old fullback William Hender-
son, leaving Brett Favre as
the only member of the 1996
Super Bowl championship
team still playing for the Pack-
ers.... The Houston Texans
signed journeyman linebacker
Danny Clark, who has played
with Jacksonville, Oakland and
New Orleans. ... The Balti-
more Ravens released 350-
pound guard Edwin Mulitalo,
who missed most of last sea-
son with a torn triceps. ... The
Washington Redskins released
kicker John Hall, a 10-year
veteran who missed most of
last season with a leg injury.
... The Pittsburgh Steelers re-
signed running back Najeh
Davenport, who backed up
Willie Parker after being
signed last September. ... The
Atlanta Falcons signed corner-
back Lewis Sanders, who
started seven games for Hous-
ton last season. ... Jean-Phil-
lipe Darche, a long snapper
who spent seven years in Seat-
tle, signed with Kansas City.
... The New Orleans Saints
agreed to terms on a one-year
contract with free-agent tight
end Eric Johnson. ... The
Detroit Lions re-signed run-
ning back Aveion Cason and
defensive tackle Cleveland
Pinkney to one-year con-
tracts. ... The Minnesota
Vikings signed wide receiver
Bobby Wade late Tuesday.
... Backup center Cory With-
row agreed to a three-year
contract late Tuesday to

fully home to make it 1-1 and
é-1 on aggregate.

On Tuesday, defending
champion Barcelona won at
Liverpool 1-0 but was elimi-
nated on away goals because it
lost 2-1 at home.

Violence on the field and in
the tunnel marred the Valen-
cia-Inter Milan game, with
running fights between play-
ers which have led to miscon-
duct charges by UEFA.

The game finished 0-0, and
followed a 2-2 draw in Milan
that meant Valencia advanced
on away goals.

AS Roma won at Lyon 2-0
to advance to the last eight,
and Chelsea came from behind
to beat FC Porto 2-1 and
advance 3-2.

ELSEWHERE

e Italy: A Celtic fan died
atter being hit by a Milan taxi
ahead of Wednesday’s Cham-
pions League match at AC
Milan.

The Scottish supporter was
crossing the busy Via Santa
Sofia, close to Milan’s Duomo
Cathedral, when the taxi,
which was carrying a passen-
ger, ran him over late Tues-
day, police in the northern
Italian city said Wednesday.
... Italian Serie A games will
be televised in the United
States on Fox Soccer Channel
under a three-year agreement
that starts with the 2007-08
season.

e Argentina: Diego Mar-
adona’s money transfers and
other transactions are being
investigated by a court at the
request of tax authorities, the
nation’s Central Bank con-
firmed Wednesday.

The court has asked the
bank to gather information
from its affiliated institutions




about Maradona’s transfers,
fixed deposits and other trans-
actions since 2005.

Maradona led Argentina to
the 1986 World Cup title and
went on to become one of soc-
cer’s greatest players.

He later battled cocaine
addiction and obesity.

In 2001, he was voted by
FIFA as one. of the greatest
players in soccer history,
alongside Brazil’s Pele.

e England: Liverpool cap-
tain Steven Gerrard won
libel damages against a sports
magazine over a story that he
had considered a move to Real
Madrid. Gerrard sued London
Sports Magazine, which car-
ried the story in January.

e United States: Kristine
Lilly and Carli Lloyd scored
to lead the United States over
China 2-1 in the Americans’
opener at the Algarve Cup in
Silves, Portugal.

Lilly converted a penalty
kick for her 118th international
goal after Abby Wambach
was fouled in the penalty area
in the 19th minute.

Han Duan tied it two min-
utes later with a glancing
header off a free kick, but
Lloyd put the Americans back
ahead in the 38th minute with
her second international goal.

e Asian Champions
League: Godwin Attram and
Waleed Al Gizani each
scored to help Al Shabab of
Saudi Arabia beat host Al Ain
of the United Arab Emirates
2-0 in Group D of the Asian
Champions League.

Also, Chinese Super League
winners Shandong Luneng
beat host Adelaide United 1-0
on an Adelaide own goal in an
Asian Champions League
match featuring an Australian
soccer team for the first time.

DAVID KOHL/AP

HEADING WEST: The Broncos agreed with former Patriots |
tight end Daniel Graham on a five-year, $30 million deal
Wednesday that includes $15 million in guaranteed cash.

remain with the San Diego
Chargers.

ETC.

e Steroids raid: Former
major league relief pitcher
John Rocker told ESPN
Radio on Wednesday he never
bought human growth hor-
mone with a prescription.

On Tuesday, SI.com
reported Rocker showed up
on a client list of Applied
Pharmacy, a Mobile, Ala.,
company raided in connection
with a nationwide investiga-
tion into the illegal sale of ste-
roids.

“I never had a prescription
for any HGH,” Rocker told
ESPN Radio’s “The Herd.” “If
somebody’s got a beef to make
with me, show me a prescrip-
tion.”

SI.com reported Rocker
received two prescriptions for
somatropin, a form of HGH,
between April and July 2003.

Rocker’s publicist had told
the New York Daily News the
pitcher admitted taking HGH,
now banned by Major League
Baseball, but for medical rea-
sons.

e College football: A
judge decided to hear all of the
misdemeanor charges against
South Carolina quarterback

Stephen Garcia at once, and
the highly touted recruit was
expected back in court next
week. Garcia, 19, has been
arrested twice in the past few
weeks in separate incidents.
On Tuesday, South Carolina
coach Steve Spurrier said
Garcia would not be allowed
to participate in spring prac-
tice, which begins later this
month. ... Kansas hired for-
mer NFL linebacker Steve
Tovar as its linebackers
coach. Tovar, 36, spent last
season as a defensive assistant
with the Miami Dolphins.
Before that, he was Army’s
linebackers coach for two
years.

e Women’s basketball:
LSU coach Pokey Chatman,
who twice took the Lady
Tigers to the Final Four after
taking over as head coach in
2004, unexpectedly
announced her resignation.

Chatman, 35, said she would
stay with the team through the
upcoming NCAA Tournament
and will be under contract
until April 30.

e Iditarod: Lance
Mackey snatched back the
lead in the Iditarod Trail Sled
Dog Race, speeding through
Ophir, Alaska, as other teams
rested.













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COURTESY OF SPORTS ILLUSTRATED

BIG FISH

Florida Marlins pitcher Dontrelle Willis poses on the
cover of Sports Illustrated this week, standing in an
illustration of a partially submerged Dolphin Stadium
for a story about sports and global warming.

Nike unveils new uniform

Players from four elite basketball universities will be hit-
ting the court this week with distinctly different Nike uni-
forms that showcase their upper bodies — and a little less leg.

Nike unveiled the new line of basketball uniforms Tues-
day. They are being introduced for the University of Florida,
Ohio State, University of Arizona and Syracuse. The shoe and
apparel giant plans to start introducing personalized uni-
forms to all of its NCAA-Nike partner schools beginning next
fall.

The new look is decidedly different. The jerseys are
tighter, and the shorts are longer and baggier. And players
have an option of “personalizing” their look with aerody-
namic underlayer tops and leggings.

Nike said the look creates a “dramatic new silhouette” and
responds to player requests.

A fast wedding

Olympic medal-winning
sprinters Marion Jones and
Obadele Thompson were
married in a small ceremony

Hall hopefuls |

Heisman Trophy winners |
Tim Brown and Doug Flu- |
tie are among those making |
their first appearance onthe |

ballot for the College Foot- in rural North Carolina, the

ball Hall of Fame. service’s minister said on
Other first timers include Wednesday.

Northwestern linebacker The Rev. Vibert Tyrrel,

Pat Fitzgerald, a two-time the pastor at Union Hill

Bednarik Award winneras African Methodist Episcopal.

National Defensive Player of | Church in Wilson’s Mills,



the Year, UCLA offensive
lineman Randy Cross and
Penn State running back

said the Feb. 24 ceremony
was “an ordinary, small and
family oriented wedding.”

and inducted Dec. 4 at The
National Football Founda- i
tion’s awards dinner.
Brown, a receiver from

Notre Dame, won the Heis-
man in 1987. Flutie wonitin |
1984 as quarterback for Bos- | é
ton College. |

3-year-old son with sprinter
Tim Montgomery. :

_ Jones, the only woman to
win five track medals at an
Olympics, made a comeback
last year, winning the U.S.
championship in the 100
meters.

Curt Warner. | “Tt wasn’t elaborate, just
The ballot was mailed | very private,” said Tyrrel,
this week to the more than who is Thompson’s uncle.
12,000 members of The It is the second marriage
National Football Founda- | for Jones, 31, a basketball
tion. The votes willbe tabu- | standout at the University of
lated and submitted to the | North Carolina before
NFF’s Honors Court, which | beginning her athletics
selects the class. | career. Her first marriage
The Hall of Fame class | was to shot putter C.J.
will be announced May 9 Hunter. She also has a

‘| hate to see that happen to
anybody. He deserved to make
both of those free throws because
he played a hell of agame
tonight.’

- RAY ALLEN, Seattle guard, on New York
guard Stephon Marbury, right, who scored

40 points, but missed a free throw with
nine-tenths of a second left to give the
SuperSonics a 100-99 victory on Tuesday night.

FLASHBACK

On this day in history:

1958 — Inhorse racing, Silky Sullivan, ridden by Bill
Shoemaker, captures the Santa Anita Derby by three
lengths after trailing by 40 early in the race and by 20 enter-
ing the final turn.

1971 — In boxing, Joe Frazier captures the world heavy-
weight title with a unanimous 15-round decision over
Muhammad Ali.

1990 — Kurt Browning becomes the first Canadian to
defend a title in the World Figure Skating Championships, as
he edges early leader Viktor Petrenko of the Soviet Union.

2005 — Oakland (Mich.) upsets top-seeded Oral Roberts
61-60 to capture the Mid-Continent Conference tournament
and an automatic bid to the NCAAs. It’s the fourth consecu-
tive season a team with a losing record has made the men’s
NCAA Tournament.

x









THE MIAMI HERALD | MiamiHerald.com

Cavs outlast Pi

From Miami Herald Wire Services

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — LeBron James
scored a season-high 41 points, leading the
Cleveland Cavaliers to a 101-97 overtime vic-
tory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday
night.

James almost won the game in regulation
with a 27-footer, but a video review negated
the dramatic shot.

He set the tone early in the overtime,
making free throws and denying Richard
Hamilton’s shot with a fantastic block in
front of the rim.

Cleveland pulled within two games of the
Pistons for the Central Division and Eastern
Conference lead with its fourth victory in
five games.

Hamilton scored 29 points, Chris Webber
had 20 points and 11 rebounds, Chauncey Bil-
lups had 16 points and 14 assists and Tay-
shaun Prince added 12 points.

The Pistons have lost three of four.

HEAT 103, BULLS 70

MIAMI — Shaquille O’Neal had 24 points,
nine rebounds and a season-high eight
assists, Eddie Jones added 23 points, and the
Heat put together a huge second-half run to
beat the Bulls.

The Heat, who never trailed, led by 19
points in the opening quarter and, after the
Bulls got within three midway through the
third, outscored Chicago 38-9 over a 15-min-
ute stretch before Pat Riley emptied the
bench.

BUCKS 110, LAKERS 90

MILWAUKEE — Charlie Villanueva
scored a season-high 26 points to lead the
Bucks to the victory over the undermanned
Lakers, who were without the suspended
Kobe Bryant.

Charlie Bell added 20 points for Milwau-
kee, 13 in the decisive third quarter, and
Andrew Bogut scored 22 as the Bucks shot a
season-best 59.5 percent from the floor.

HAWKS 100, WIZARDS 97

ATLANTA — Zaza Pachulia scored a
career-high 27 points and grabbed 12
rebounds, and the short-handed Hawks beat
the Southeast Division-leading Wizards to
snap a six-game losing streak.

The Hawks ended the Wizards’ three-



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DUANE BURLESON/AP

HARD TO STOP: Cavaliers forward LeBron
James drives on Pistons forward Jason
Maxiell. James scored 41 points to lead
Cleveland to the victory in overtime.

game winning streak, despite missing three
starters.

Atlanta beat Washington for only the sec-
ond time in their past 12 meetings.

The Hawks were without leading scorer
Joe Johnson, forward Marvin Williams and
point guard Speedy Claxton.

Johnson has a bruised right calf and Wil-
liams bruised his lower back in Atlanta's loss
at Miami on Monday. Claxton missed his sec-
ond consecutive game with a sore left knee.

RAPTORS 94, GRIZZLIES 87

TORONTO — Chris Bosh had 19 points
and nine rebounds, and the Raptors ended a
three-game losing streak with a victory over
the NBA-worst Grizzlies.

Andrea Bargnani, the No. | pick in the

BASEBALL /S

stons in OT

draft, added 18 points for the Raptors, who
led by as many as 25 points.

Memphis and moved 4! games ahead of idle
New Jersey for first place in the Atlantic
Division.

ROCKETS 111, CELTICS 80

BOSTON —
points and nine assists, and the Rockets beat
Boston to snap the Celtics’ four-game win-
ning streak.

the Rockets, who ended a two-game skid and
won for just the second time in six games.
Shane Battier had 15 points, and Chuck Hayes
tied a career high with 14 points and added 11
rebounds.

76ERS 92, SUPERSONICS 89

his third triple-double and Joe Smith swished
the winning jumper with 14.4 seconds left to
lead the resurgent 76ers to their fifth consec-
utive victory.

rebounds and 10 assists, and Andre Miller
had 17 points.

ELSEWHERE
suspended for 10 games without pay by the
NBA after testing positive for phentermine, a

banned substance primarily used for weight
loss.

“It was a diet pill — we've ali taken stuff and

THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2007 | 9.E



. NBA STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE

SOUTHEAST WL Pet. GB 110 Str. Home Away Conf
Washington 34 26 567 - 5-5 L-1 248 10-18 22-14
Miami 31 29 517 3 7-3 W-4 19-10 12-19 18-16
Orlando 29 33 468 6 3-7 W-1 19-12 10-21 17-20
Atlanta 23 39 «4.371 «120 «268 W-1 11-18 12-21 13-24
| Charlotte 22 39 «4.361 12% 446 L-6 13-16 9-23 14-21
|
: 7 ATLANTIC WL Pet. GB 110 Str. Home Away Conf
Toronto ended an eight-game skid to | joes 33 29 532. - 5-5 Wel 21-9 12-20 22-14
| New Jersey 28 33 459 4% 46 L-3 17-15 11-18 21-16
/ New York 28 34 «4.452 5 55 L-l 17-14 11-20 17-2)
| Philadelphia 23 38 .377 9% 6-4 W-5 15-15 8-23 14-20
| Boston 17 43 «.283) «15 55-722) 10-21 11-24
| CENTRAL «= «WL Pct. GB 10 Str. Home Away Conf
Tracy McGrady had 25 | Detroit 37 22 627 - 64 L-2 19-12 18-10 26-12
| Cleveland 36 25 590 2 64 W-3 23-8 13-17 21-16
| Chicago 35 28 556 4 6-4 L+l 24-8 11-20 24-13
Indiana 29 30 492 8 3-7 L-6 18-12 11-18 20-14
| Milwaukee 23 39 «4.371 15% 4-6 W-1 14-13 9-26 11-26
Six players scored in double figures for
WESTERN CONFERENCE
SOUTHWEST WL . Pct. GB 110 _Stre _Home Away Conf
x-Dallas 51 9 “850 - ‘10- 0 W-16 30-3. 21-6 = 32-6
San Antonio 43 18 .705 8% 10-0 W-10 20-8 23-10 26-11
Houston 37 24 .60714% 4-6 W-1 20-10 17-14 20-18
New Orleans 28 33 .45923% 46 L-3 19-12 9-21 16-21
Memphis 15 47 .242 37 2-8 L-5 11-20 4-27 9-29
PHILADELPHIA — Andre Iguodala had NORTHWEST WoL Pct. GB L1O Str. Home Away Conf
Utah 41 19 683 - BD “W- 4 23-7 18-12 24-12
Denver 29 29 «500 11 5-5 W-1 16-16 13-13 13-21
| Minnesota 27 33 «450 14 4-6 W-1 18-13 9-20 16-22
| Portland 25 36 .41016% 4-6 L-2 14-17 11-19 15-21
| Seattle 25 36 .41016% 6-4 Ll 18-13 7-23 12-23
Iguodala finished with 25 points, 1 pacic WL Pct. GB L10 Str. Home Away Conf
Phoenix 46 14 767 - 7-3 W-2 23-6 23-8 22-10
L.A. Lakers 33 29 .532 14 3-7 L-4 20-10 13-19 19-14
L.A. Clippers 29 31 483 #17 «44-6 L-1 21-11 8-20 16-20
, Sacramento 28 32 467 18 6-4 W-4 18-12 10-20 14-21
: z 5 | Golden State 27 35 .435 20 3-7 W-1 20-10 7-25 14-19
e Pistons: Guard Lindsey Hunter was __ x-clinched playoff spot
RESULTS AND SCHEDULES
Wednesday’s results Tonight’s games Tuesday’s results
Miami 103, Chi. 70 Chicago at Orlando, 8 Was. 129, Tor. 109
Atl. 100, Was. 97 S.A. at Sac., 10:30 Sea. 100, N.Y. 99
“I’m as shocked as anyone,” Hunter said. i HY or oa 102, EAL 07 on
Hou. 111, Bos. 80 Den. 106, N.
Mil. 110, LA.L. 90 Sac. 102, Ind. 8
Cle. 101, Det. 97, OT. S.A. 99, Por. 94

nothing ever happens.”

Hunter said the pill was prescribed for his
wite Ivy.

“We do that at our house — if I’ve got a
head cold, I might grab one of her pills,” he
said. “It was just a bonehead mistake on my
part.”

LATE TUESDAY

e Nuggets 106, Hornets 91: Carmelo
Anthony had 21 points and seven rebounds to
lead host Denver.

e Spurs 99, Trail Blazers 94: Tim Dun-
can had 24 points and visiting San Antonio
won its 10th in a row.

e Kings 102, Pacers 98: Kevin Martin
scored 27 points to lead host Sacramento.

SPRING TRAINING

Ind. at Utah, late
Cha. at Pho., late
Den. at G.S., late

NBA LEADERS

SCORING
G FG FT PTSAVG
43 485 304 1298 30.2

Anthony, Den.

Through Tuesday

REBOUNDING
GOFF DEF TOT AVG

Garnett, Minn. 59 152 597 749 12.7

| Bryant, LAL 57 546 475 1665 29.2 Chandler, NOk. 59 260 485 745 12.6
| Wade, Mia. 46 445 413 1324 288 Howard, Orl. 62 211 535 746 12.0
| Arenas, Wash. 59 531 471 1696 28.7 Okafor, Char. 56 228 429 657 11.7
Iverson, Den. 42 395 343 1175 28.0 Camby, Den. 49 115 453 568 11.6
Redd, Mil. 41 374 285 1126 27.5 Boozer, Utah 52 158 441 599 11.5
James, Clev. 58 571 356 1573 27.1 Jefferson, Bos. 52 186 393 579 11.1
Allen, Sea. 49 455 246 1303 26.6 Lee, N.Y. 55 191 398 589 10.7
Nowitzki, Dall. 59 518 402 1495 25.3 Duncan, S.A. 61 168 480 648 10.6
Carter, NJ. 61 542 342 1538 25.2 Wallace, Chi. 59 231 381 612 10.4

Pedro begins the long road back

From Miami Herald Wire Services

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Pedro
Martinez threw a baseball Wednes-
day for the first time since rotator
cuff surgery last October.

The New York Mets ace lightly
tossed a ball for about 10 minutes
from a distance of about 45 feet at the
Mets’ minor-league complex.

“He looked good,” said Randy
Niemann, the Mets’ rehabilitation
pitching coordinator. “It’s just the
beginning. It’s the start of a long pro-
cess, but he looked really good.”

Mets manager Willie Randolph
and pitching coach Rick Peterson
were not present — they accompa-
nied the team to Fort Myers for
Wednesday’s game against the Bos-
ton Red Sox.

Martinez, 35, went 9-8 last season
with a 4.48 ERA. He had been doing
the majority of his rehabilitation in
the Dominican Republic during the
past five months, making an occa-
sional appearance at the Mets’ minor-
league complex in Port St. Lucie.

Martinez is not expected to rejoin
the Mets’ rotation until the second
half of the season. ... Chan Ho Park
started a game for the Mets after
solving his physical and visa prob-
lems. He could start many more if he
keeps pitching the way he did
Wednesday in Fort Myers, Fla.

“What I take away from the outing
is the way he finished up. That’s what
I like to see,” Randolph said.

Signed as a free agent on Feb. 9,
Park rebounded from a one-run first
inning and gave up just asingle in his
other two as the Boston Red Sox beat

WAY BEHIND: Giants slugger Barry Boncls le
training game against the Seattle Mariners

York Yankees against Cincinnati.

Piazza re}

sorted to work Wednesday
with stiffness in his left arm.



ELAINE THOMPSON/AP

ts a third strike zoom past him during Wednesday’s spring
Bonds did smack a double in San Francisco's 5-4 victory.

bad cold.

the Mets 9-5. He is competing with at

least five others for three spots in the

Mets rotation. ... First baseman Car-
los Delgado did not participate in
on-field workouts Wednesday, opt-
ing instead to get more treatment on
his neck in addition to doing some
cardio. Delgado did report, however,
that he got a better night’s sleep after
purchasing a $140 pillow from
Brookstone.

ELSEWHERE

@ Yankees: Roger Clemens
was everywhere at Legends Field in
Tampa, Fla. -- in George Stein-
brenner’s suite, in the broadcast
booth, in the stands, Everywhere,
except in pinstripes.

Clemens created quite a stir at the
ballpark Wednesday night when he
showed up to watch good friend
Andy Pettitte pitch for the New

The 44-year-old Rocket has been dis-
counting any talk that he’ll play in the
majors this season. But he at least
acknowledged atime frame for mak-
ing his choice. When his agents “give
me a call in early May, I’ll have
another decision to make,” Clemens
said. Clemens said he spoke with
Steinbrenner. As to what they talked
about, he said, “I’ll pass on that.”

e Athletics: Mike Piazza had a
bag of ice wrapped around his left
arm and was held out of the Oakland
Athletics’ exhibition game against the
Chicago Cubs in Phoenix, a day after
being hit by a pitch.

“It’s spring, so it’s better to err on
the side of caution,” Piazza said. “It’s
still sore, but I think it’s improved. It
feels better.”

Piazza was hit by a pitch from
Kansas City’s Brian Bannister in the
third inning of Oakland’s 3-2 loss to
the Royals. After a restless night,

Also, infielder Lou Merloni sus-
tained a concussion atter being hit in
the head by a pitch from Matt
Wright in the 10th inning Tuesday.

Center fielder Mark Kotsay will
have arthroscopic surgery on his
back and could be sidelined up to
three months. The procedure will
repair a herniated disk that has both-
ered Kotsay, 31, for the past two sea-
sons, He said there is no exact timeta-
ble for his return to the defending
American League West champions,

but it likely will take 8-to-12 weeks of

recovery time.

e Giants: Barry Bonds made a
rare spring training trip and was ina
jovial mood. Bonds went 1-for-2 with
a double and a strikeout in a San
Francisco Giants’ split squad’s 5-4
victory over the Seattle Mariners in
Peoria, Ariz.

He made the 45-minute trek across

He blew a kiss in the direction of the
Mariners dugout betore his first at-
bat, then blooped his second pitch
from Felix Hernandez to shallow
left field.

As the ball landed between third
baseman Mike Morse and left tielder
Raul Ibanez, Bonds, 42, kept running
to second base. His popup slide easily
beat Ibanez’s throw, and seemed to
surprise the Mariners and even his
teammates.

“Yeah, that was a good-looking
run,’ Giants manager Bruce Bochy
said. “He feels great. He’s happy with
the way his legs are feeling.” ... First
baseman Ryan Klesko will miss the
next week of spring training with a
strained muscle in his leit side.

Klesko signed a one-year deal with
San Francisco in December after
eight seasons with Atlanta and seven
more with San Diego. He has 272

metropolitan Phoenix after missing
three games because of a

homers, but is - expected to be a
backup and pinch-hitter for the
Giants. Klesko was injured during
workouts Monday while the rest of
the club was at a game in Tucson,
Ariz., the Giants said.

e Marlins: Dontrelle Willis
wants a better start this season, and
Wednesday was a step in that direc-
tion. Willis gave up one runner in
three innings, and a Florida Marlins’
split squad tied the Baltimore Orioles
2-2 in 10 innings in Jupiter, Fla.

Willis gave up only a single in his
second outing of spring training. He
started 1-6 in 2006, then finished
12-12.

e Orioles: Kris Benson is expe-
riencing increased soreness in his
right shoulder, a development that
means the Baltimore Orioles pitcher
may need surgery on his torn rotator
cuff. Working on the advice of two
doctors, Benson is attempting to
rehabilitate the injury at spring train-
ing camp in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

If his attempt is unsuccessful, the
operation would force the right-
hander to miss the 2007 season.

e Pirates: Jason Bay felt out of
rhythm in his first spring training
appearance. Bay went 0-for-3 as the
designated hitter for the Pittsburgh
Pirates in a 5-2 victory over the Min-
nesota Twins in Fort Myers, Fla.

Recovering from offseason sur-
gery on his left knee, Bay swung and
missed at the first two pitches from
Boof Bonser and struck out looking
in that at-bat.

Pittsburgh manager Jim Tracy
held Bay out of the first five exhibi-
tion games as a precaution.

e Rangers: Sammy Sosa hom-
ered for the second time in spring
training, going 2-for-3 in the Texas
Rangers’ 9-8 victory over the Arizona
Diamondbacks in Surprise, Ariz.

e Astros: Ace Roy Oswalt gave
up four hits in. three innings in a 5-2
victory over the Washington Nation-
als in Kissimmee, Fla., throwing 43 of
60 pitches for strikes. Oswalt gave up
two runs — one earned.

e Phillies: Longtime coach John
Vukovich is in grave condition in a
Philadelphia-area hospital due to
complications caused by an inopera-
ble brain tumor, the team said.

e Feller OK: Bob Feller, at 88
the second-oldest living member of
baseball’s Hall of Fame, was unhurt
in a minor car accident at the Cleve-
land Indians’ spring-training complex
Tuesday in Winter Haven, Fla.





PAGE 10E, THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2007

ne EROS a

How they
stand after
first day

mM HERE’S a look at the point
standings after the first day of com-
petition at the Bahamas Associa-
tion of Independent Secondary
Schools Track and Field Champi-
onships yesterday at the Thomas
A. Robinson Track and Field Sta-
dium.

Bantam Girls



St. Augustine’s College............. 44
Queen’s College .....sccesceeseeees 43
Ste AMDE’S cies, csccesccissavecsiarcansiecess 21
Jordan Prince William .............. 17
Temple Christian... 10
Sts ANEW’ Si iris ccieisissccrseeveocess 10
SEM ON Skits cscoezosticstecscasiceuanssanse 5
Kingsway Academy... 5
Junior Girls

Queen's College s.cicccisseceseesecses 52
St. Augustine’s College............ 45
St. ANGrew’s sscsssccescscsrstectenttatecs 13
Temple Christian

Jordan Prince William ..........00 8
Faith Temple........ccsscssesssesssssenes >
St: John’s College icc sesstersesetecss 5
SE JAMTIO’S seccsstaceccteveccavessviescecceasensD
Kingsway Academy... 4
Nassau Christian Academy........ 2
Intermediate Girls

St. Augustine’s College............. 72
Queen’s College wcrc 32
Temple Christian... 22
St. Amine’S).i ccs ceiecscesvseectsrnntenisses 16
Jordan Prince William .............. 14
Nassau Christian Academy......13
St. John's College siisiiissccsccscncsses 9
Charles W. Saunders... 6
St AMGreW'S seis sscccssssircsvcvcdesescssoes’ 6
Aquinas College .....cccesceeseseeeees 3
Kingsway Academy... 1

Senior Girls
St. Augustine’s College





St. ANCTEW’S...ccccsesssssseeeeeeens
Queen’s College ...cccsesseeees
St. AMME’S ic. csssssssasissseassecass
St, JORIS scasscssaceasepesssrsssnavercorseeies
Temple Christian Academy
Jordan Prince William ............. 8.5
Kingsway Academy... 8
Westminster College... 5
Bantam Boys
St. Augustine’s College............ 35
Temple Christian
Queen’s College .........
Sts PA TIINS Siacesctavgtvaas thous incesetecesssve
Jordan Prince William ..........00 8
Sty JONI Sa iisreiciscctsedscsssnevsseceuteasensd 6
Nassau Christian Academy......... 6
Charles W. Saunders... 5
St. ANGTEW’S....eesesssesssesessseseseevees dl
Junior Boys
St. Augustine’s College............. 48
St. John’s College vcs 28
Queen’s College w.sscessessereeees 24
Jordan Prince William .............. 23
St: ATNC’S isi dascsscstssssccsssssssbeassess 21
Kingsway Academy... 18
St Andrew Siticvissssccesexesivensteses 13
Temple Christian Academy.....10
Nassau Christian Academy......... 3
Intermediate Boys

Queen’s College wesc d7
St. Augustine’s College............. 31
St: John's College sisiscccisciscsesstens 30
St ANE’ S cccsidcrctvssiaustgnstasstensenias 24
Ste AMGLEW 8 iccessercassacdevarsasesieasseess 9
Temple Christian Academy.......8
Jordan Prince William ...........006 6
Faith Temple s.sssssisisisssisasesisetcssonse 5
Nassau Christian Academy........ 4
Senior Boys
St. Augustine’s College.........0.. 49
Nassau Christian Academy......34
Queen’s College wissen 28
St, John’s Colleges. sscsissossvessassss 23
Jordan Prince William ............. 17
SEANCES vrisaisscuiriraiivstaniicte 16
Temple Christian Academy .....14
St; ANGVOW? Siescscicsissassissssssascsseavens 7
Aquinas College wc 4
Kingsway Academy........ssssesees 3

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field championships

FROM page one

berbatch reportedly had a problem
with her race number and was
unable to compete.

Despite her absence, Beneby
said she decided to go out hard
and just concentrate on the race.

“I run against the clock if I don’t
have any competition,” said the
17-year-old 12th grader. “My time
could have been better, but I will
take it.”

The intermediate boys’ one-lap-
per turned out to be a thriller as
Fenton Williams of St. John’s out-
sprinted SAC’s Devon Creary to
win in 50.72. Creary did 50.97 and
St. John’s Matthew Beckles was
third in 52.46.

“It was alright. It’s pretty windy
out here. I tried to break the
record, but there was too much
wind,” said Williams, who was just
off Andretti Bain’s 2000 mark of
50.50.

ig intermediate girls’ 400 was



@ TRISTYNE Knowles wins the senior girl high jump.
(Photo: Felipé Major/Tribune staff)

won by Javonya Wilson of Nassau
Christian Academy in 59.40. She
powered from behind to beat Tai
Dorsett (59.86) of SAC in the final
10 metres. SAC’s Amanda Mus-
grove was third in 1:01.85.

“It was good. I thought I was
going to come second, but my
coach told me to turn it up by the
100, so I did that,” said Williams, a
15-year-old 11th grader. “It was a
good race.”

Patrick Bodie of Kingsway
Academy turned it on from the
back stretch and he coasted to vic-
tory in the junior boys’ 400 in
54.14. Queen’s College Shaquille
Burrows (54.42) tried to catch him
at the end, but failed. SAC’s
Byron Ferguson Jr. was third in
1:99.54.

“It was good. I knew J had a lot
of practice in, so I had to get out
and drive,” said Bodie, a 13-year-
old eighth grader. “I knew I hada
lot left to bring it home.”

The junior girls 400 was won by
Devinn Cartwright of Queen’s

College in 1:02.10. SAC’s Krshel
Rolle (1:02.60) and Ashley John-
son (1:04.02) were second and
third.

“It was okay,” said Cartwright,
who had to come from behind to
win. “I don’t like to lose, so when
I saw the girl from SAC ahead of
me, I decided to go after her.”

The 13-year-old ninth grader
also posted a double, winning the
75 metre hurdles in 13.08. SAC’s
Courtney Thompson (13.66) and
Ashley Oembler (14.91) were sec-
ond and third.

In the bantam boys division,
Temple Christian Academy’s May-
erick Bowleg captured the 400 in
1:02.32. He held off SAC’s Keric
Rolle (1:02.85), Nassau Christian
Academy’s Crispin Gibson was
third in 1:08.34.

“I did my best time for the year
so I was pleased,” said Bowleg, a
12-year-old seventh grader. “I
thought Keric would catch me, so
I had to out-kick him.”

And in the bantam girls’ 400,

eat in the intermediate girls 100 metres

TRIBUNE SPORTS '



(Photo: Felipé Major/Tribune staff)

@ SAC’S Kirkland.
Culmer in the 100.
metre heats. .
(Photo:
Felipé Major/
Tribune staff)



Dawnique Maycock clocked
1:09.33 to Win over her SAC team=
mate Georgeianna Robinson
(1:10.85). Rhojai Burrows of
Queen’s College was third in
1712.26,

“It was very tough. I had a lot of
competition, but I know I had to
suck it up,” said Maycock.

There were a number of events
contested on the field. In one of
them, Queen’s College Tristyne
Knowles cleared 5-0 to win, but
just missed matching her personal
best of 5-2. ne

“J did okay. It was more than'l
expected because I didn’t train this
year,” said the 16-year-old 11th
grader. “I’m looking forward to
tomorrow. I have a lot more
events to compete in.”

In another outstanding event,
SAC’s Gerard Brown soared 6.96
metres to claim the senior boys*
long jump title. Basketball stand-
out Pete Smith of Jordan Prince
William won the senior boys shot

put with a heave of /0).98.
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DEATH
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DEATH NOTICE

Evelyn Nina Roberts Wells

Evelyn Nina Roberts Wells of Miami Florida formerly
of Harbour Island and Nassau N.P. Bahamas, passed
away Sunday March 4th 2007 after a short illness.
She is predeceased by her husband and is survived by a
sister Violet Barlett; 3 brothers, Evanglist Tom Roberts
Cordell and Winsworth Roberts

Funeral Arrangement will be announce at a later date.






Delores Miller-Pinder

ENA BARONE, 65

of West Palm Beach, Florida ( formerly
of Nassau) passed away February 28 after
a brief illness.



She is survived by her husband Michael
Barone; sons, Michael and Stephen;
daughter-in-law, Andrea; one sister,
Anita Russell of Marsh Harbour, Abaco;
two brothers, Warren Bethel and Neville
Bethel, two sisters-in-law Ann Bethel
and Lorena Bethel, and many nieces and
nephews.







Sadly missed by her
husband, Donny Pinder;
daughter, Danielle; son,
Donovan and i
grand daughter, Tajonee °





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Cedar Crest Funeral Home

DIGNITY IN SERVICE
Robinson Road and First Street ¢ P.O.Box N-603 ¢ Nassau, N.P., Bahamas
Telephone: 1-242-325-5168/328-1944/393-1352




Funeral Services For

: family, Adderley family, Urica Coleby and family, Rev. Bernard Rolle and

ZOLISH VIOLA : family, Mr. James Thompson and family, Annabell Knowles and family,

LAING. 78 : Bellamae, Mary Saunders and family, godchildren, Deep Creek family,

’ ‘ South Andros Mothers Club, the staff of Miriam Greene Community

Clinic, Kemp's Bay, Staff of Female Surgical and Medical Wards, Princess

Margaret Hospital and all former working colleagues at Las Palmas Hotel
and the entire South Andros community.






a residence, Long Bay Cays, South
Andros, formerly Deep Creek, South
Andros will be held on Saturday, 10th :
March, 2007 at 10:00a.m.. St. John’s } Relatives and friends may pay their respects at Cedar Crest Funeral Home,
Native Baptist Cathedral, Meeting } Robinson Road and First Street, on Friday from 12noon to 6:00 p.m. and
Street, Officiating Rev. Dr. Michael C. ! on saturday from 8:30 a.m until service time.

Symonette, Rev. Dr. Hervis L. Bain, Jr. | 5
Rev. James Knowles and Rev. Reuben
Duncombe. Intennent will be made in
the Church's Cemetery, Meeting Street.
















CLARISSA JENNY
WILLIAMS, 26

a resident of St. Vincent Road Will be
held 11:00a.m., on Saturday, 10th March,
2007 at Christian Tabernacle Church,
Robinson Road. Officiating will be
Minister Andrew Major and Apostle
Christopher Russell assisted by other
Ministers of the Gospel. Interment will
be made in Woodlawn Gardens
Cemetery, Soldier Road.



Cherished memory are held by her :
husband, John Laing; three sons, Rodger, |
Charles and Derek Laing; twenty-one grandchildren, Junior, Sammy, :
Dwayne, Rodger, Derek, Jr., Rovan, Natasha, Keisha, Florine, Riche
Zolish, lesha, Kendra, Durika, Aleandra, Sonia, Emily, Shonique, Cyntash +
and Sabrina Laing, Lorraine Singh and Sharmaine Munroe; forty three |
great-grandchildren including, D'Shaun, Deja, Delicia, Dior Laing, Dante, :
‘Dwayne, Jr., Aleiah, Taliah, Lenny, John IV, Sabrina Lynes, Caronique
and Carltonique, Munroe, Cynteash and Jordan Rahming and Leonardo
Saunders; Three great great grandchildren; one brother, James Rodgers: |
five sisters, Eliza Miller, Mae Ellen Pratt, Evelyn Rodgers, Maria Sweeting !
and Ruth Duncombe; nephews, Glen, Luther and Cedric Miller, Frederick, |
Sgt. 1524 Andrew, Cpt. 818 Wayne Rodgers, Steven, Dave, Daniel Pratt. : - "Cherished memory are held by her
Kim and Christopher Thompson, Daniel, David and Dion Rodgers, Douglas + | father, Anthony Williams: mother, Edith
Duncombe, Cpl. 1553 Terrico Sweeting, Const. Antonio Dorsett and Dion + Williams; three sisters, Veronica Alday, Bernadina Harding and Charine
Hepburn, Daniel Rodgers, Daniel, Simeon, George and Henry Thompson, : Major; adopted sister, Antonelle Higgs; nephews, Dwayne Watson, Kendall,
Haydock, Vernal, Sydney, Thomas, Austin, Spence and Cleveland Lynes : Jr., Denesio, Shamar and Randy Jr: niece, Montayanna; ten uncles, John,
and John Bowe; nieces, Kathleen Fernander, Elaine and Kathrine Rodgers, | Andrew, Vencil, Herman, Sandle, Wandle, Joseph and Herbert Major,
Janet Cooper, Joycelyn Minus, Jacquelyn Higgs, Carolyn Poitier and : Ulies Rolle and William Delancy; nineteen aunts: Sylvia, Dorothy Williams,
Euthalie Miller, Laverne Pinder, Lynnette Farrington, Louise Wallace, : Una Williams-Ferguson, Judy Delancy, Kathleen Rolle, Deloris Mortimer,
Sandra Rahming and Denise Pratt, Cleomie Collymore, Marie Murray, ! Marina Wallace, Iris Rolle, Linda Dames, Erma, Bonnie, Brenda, Margaret
Kathy Greene, Patricia Williams, Mariam and Arabella Duncombe, Elva ! Anatole, Cyprianna, Spindy, Freda. Cassie and Betty Major; brothers-in-
Sands, Dian Pelicanos, Zelva Johnson and Donna Rodgers, W/Cpl. 316 | law, Randy Alday, Emerson Harding and Montino Major: numerous cousins
Shakera Sweeting, Kendra, Keva Hepburn, Maud Thompson, Malverise + including, Lynette, Latheria, Vandrea, Andrea, Duvaughn, Drexel, Dulice,
Davis, Stephanie Swann, Yvonne Gibson, Mitsadia Lewis, Lucille Hanna. | Davina, Brandly, Sandra, Olivia, Deidre, Darilyn, Lisa, Evanda, Keshia,
Patsy Adderley, Jane, Olamae Sands, Pearl Ferguson, Midgram Lynes, | Justin, Terry, Perry, Delano, Dencil, Octavis, Venzano, Vencil, Jr, Benajmin,
Ivamae Felius, Michelle Pratt, Valarie Miller, Kim Pratt and Jane; two : Keandrea, Kendera, Malinda, Douglas Jr., Breneka, Diego, Wanda, Ty,
daughters-in-law, Portia and Melinda Laing; three Brothers-in-law, Joseph | Travis, Brandan, Carrington, Andrea, Janelle, Joseph, Jr., Sean, Jermaine,
Pratt, Howard Sweeting and Christopher Thompson; three sisters-in-law, | Annette, Margaret, Anthony, Garrette, Jullian, Demetrius, Ricardo,
Roslyn Rodgers, Ruth Rodgers and Malvease Bowe, and a host of other ! Cleopatra, Felippe and Renee, A host of other relatives and friends including,
relatives and friends including, Ambrose Miller, Gary Frances, and the } Bruce Bowe and family, Carla Fowler and tamily, Apostle Christopher
entire South Andros Community, special mention and recognition to, + Russell and family, Cheryl, Veronica Bowleg and family, Jamal Brown,
Katherine Young, Rev. James Knowles and the entire Mt. Sinai Baptist | David Strachan, Patrick Robinson, Ricardo’ Barrow, Philip Whyte and
Church family, Rev. Reuben Duncombe, Mr. Arlington Burrows and: family, Mario, Paulamae, Patrice, Kathy, Christian Tabernacle Church
family, Maudlene Martin, Rev. Felix Smith and family, Rey. Bernard Rolle | family, Church of Christ family, the caring doctors and nurses at Princess
and family, Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Kelly, Mr. Xavier Johnson and family, | Margaret Hospital especially Dr. Duane Sands and Dr. Farquharson.
Deacon Theophilus Rolle and family, Mrs. Ezrene Forbes, Rev. Henry :

Bullard and family, Mr. and Mrs. Harcourt Gibson and family, Mr. Norward + Relatives and friends may pay their last respects at Cedar Crest Funeral
Rahming and family, Rev. James Pratt and family, Pastor Theophilus Neely | Home, Robinson Road and First Street on Friday from 12 noon to 6:00p.m.
and family, Malachi and Nancy Lundy and family, Henry Burrows and + and at the church on Saturday from 9:30a.m., until service time.
‘family, Rev. Wendy Dean and family, Mr. Hassam, Katherine and Wilfred:

Rolle and family, Apostle Wendell Duncombe and family, Pennerman }










































The Tribune

Thursday, March 8, 2007 ° PG 5



religionnews

‘The Rock that is

high

m@ By MATTHEW ALLEN

r | Nhe believers of today who’ve
got a hunger and thirst for
righteousness can relate to

Psalm 61, as David cries out in
prayer to God for help. Here's
David, a man anointed to be King, a
warrior for the God of Israel, dis-
traught at times from fighting his
numerous enemies and battles.

As true disciples of Yeshuwa
Messiah, you should be well aware
that the battle and warfare that
you’re engaged in is not natural but
spiritual. Remember Ephesians 6:12.
For we wrestle not against flesh and
blood, but against principalities,
against powers, against the rulers of
the darkness of this world, against
spiritual wickedness in high places.

As a soldier in the Lord’s army it’s
of the utmost importance that you
have your armor on at all times. No
where in the Apostle Paul’s writings
can it be found where he says to the
saints that “it’s okay now, you can
take your armor off”.

There are many well meaning,
good hearted saints who have fallen
by the way side. Some have been
seriously or fatally wounded by the
enemy, who in most cases used reli-
gion, tradition and church-folks to
accomplish his mission.

The signs of the times are at hand
as we observe all that’s taking place
in our Bahama land. This is the hour
when the true sons and daughters of
God are to come forth with power
and authority. These are the ones
who will decree a thing, and that
which they’ve decreed shall be estab-
lished, because they’ve chosen not to
compromise the word of God, but to
be a people of integrity and Godly
character. Therefore the battle for
these sons and daughters becomes
more intense as the enemy and the
compromising religious leaders do
their very best to silence and dis-
credit God’s anointed ones.

Words of encouragement
to the true disciples
There will be times in this battle





@ PASTOR MATTHEW ALLEN

when it may seem as if there is no
way out, as pressure is being applied
from all sides, but don’t you give in.
For as David cried out to the Lord,
so can you; just remember that the
battle is not yours, but it’s the Lord’s.

Psalm 61:2; From the end of the
earth will I cry unto thee, when my
heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the
rock that is higher than I.

In the above passage of scripture
David says “when my heart is over-
whelmed: lead me to the rock that is
higher than I.”

David didn’t say “if my heart is
overwhelmed, but rather; when my
heart is overwhelmed.” Therefore, as

disciples, there will be times when
your heart will get overwhelmed,
but always follow the path that leads
to the rock, and that rock is Yeshuwa
Messiah, Jesus the Christ.

A person that’s believing to expe-
rience the power of God in their life;
the worst place for him/her to be; is
in a place where God’s glory is not
or has departed. Most believers are
in a state of denial when it comes to
their place and order of worship.
There may have been a time when
the power and move of God was
present in their church, but through
some form of the works of the flesh
(Galations 5:19) in the church lead-



er than [P

ership, (Ichabod) God’s glory has
departed from that church. As a
result all that is left for the remain-
ing folks of this type of church is the
memories of when things were alive,
and what they use to do and have.

In I Kings 17:2-8, God sent Elijah
to the brook Cherith where provi-
sion of food and water would be pro-
vided for a season. After the brook
dried up Elijah was commanded to
leave and go to Zarephath. What if
Elijah was disobedient to the word
of God and stayed at the brook try-
ing to catch and hold onto the raven
that brought provisions for him.

There are lots of people that are
ignorantly holding onto their reli-
gious, dried up, dead churches, pray-
ing and waiting for a move of God;
unbeknown to them God has moved
already and that move is away from
them and their religious ways.

As you read this article, you know
that you should be experiencing the
blessings of Abraham in your life
based upon the word of God. This
Bahamas is a good land, people are
coming from all over the world to
eat and enjoy the goodness of this
land; so why don’t you do the same
also.

No matter what your situation
maybe in life, sinner or saint; here’s
what God is saying to you in Isaiah
1:18 -Come now, and let us reason
together, saith the LORD: though
your sins be as scarlet, they shall be
as white as snow; though they be red
like crimson, they shall be as wool.

:19 - If ye be willing and obedient,
ye shall eat the good of the land.

Get in the FOG (Favor of God)

e Join Pastor Brendalee and I
along with the family of Kingdom
Minded Fellowship Center Int'l,
every Sunday Morning @ 10:30am
and Thursday Nights @ 7:30pm at the
Bishop Michael Eldon High School
Auditorium where we will share more
of God’s powerful word with you.
For questions or comments contact us
via E-mail:pastormallen@yahoo.com
or telephone 351-7368 or 441-2021.



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The Tribune



religionnews

-*The Man I love’

@ By ALLISON MILLER



rowing up, my sisters and |

were constantly reminded

that my uncle and my
grandmother were all we had.

Although we are not his biological
children, he treated and treats us as if
we are, which made all the difference
in the world. You see, Uncle took
care of everyone. My sisters and I, my
cousins, his children and a lot of other
people who still today let us know
how good he was to us every time
they see us.

"Your uncle is a good man, yall
always remember him cause if it was-
n't for him I don't know where y‘all
would be."

We always heard it and it even got
annoying at times. Not that it isn't
true, he is a good uncle and he's been
so all of our lives. Why wouldn't we
honour the man that took care of us
from birth. We love him and we show
him that.

We know that some children aban-
don their parents and-do absolutely

nothing for them. This is not our
heart, we would never do that. If one
of us “acts the fool” and tries to play
like we don't know what was done for
us, another is there to pick up the
slack. But that hasn't happened to this
point.

There is nothing that we ask of

Uncle that is within his power that he
wouldn't give us. He has always been
there for us and that in itself is a bless-
ing.

We talk about Uncle so much that
whenever someone We know sees him
they hail him as if they know him.
"Someone hailed me in the grocery
store today. I don't know who it was,

At was one of your friends."

1 always smile when he says that
because he's daddy and that's what
children do, they talk about their par-
ents.

I didn't realize how much I talked
about Uncle until a friend of mine
said to me, "Uncle, Uncle, Unele,

everything is Uncle." I explain to her,
"he is it, that's all I know."
People often say to us that we are











@ ALLISON MILLER

spoiled children, but that's not true.
We didn't go to private school, or
have piano lessons, or go to tennis on
Saturdays. or get a car on our 16th
birthday. But he did take care of us
and he's all we know. You may say,
"Daddy", but my sisters and I say
"Unele" - they both mean the same

thing to me.

Those people who would remind us
of Uncle's goodness to us are right,
had it not been for uncle only God
knows what would have happened to
us.

It was a rainy Tuesday and I could-
n't get out to go for lunch and I
missed the order that my co-workers
had sent out, so I called home just to
see if Uncle was home and would not
mind getting me some lunch.
Normally, at that time of day, he
would not be home, but he was.
When I heard his voice on the phone,
I can not explain the relief I felt
because my redemption was nigh.

I explained to him what the situa-
tion was and his response was, "I'll be
there in 20 minutes." Tears rolled
down my face as our conversation
came to an end. I didn't know what he
was doing, but whatever is was it
could wait until I was redeemed.

That action was one of the many
things that prompted this article. The
word of God declares that we are to
honour our parents so that our days
may be long. And we do honour
Uncle. He didn't have to take care of
us. but because of his love for us he
did. He took responsibility for all of
us.

Thank you Uncle for all that you
have done, words alone can not
explain how grateful we are.





Unity Moments: The
Holy Spirit at work

@ By REVEREND
LEONARD J CLARKE



A BRIEF, but beautiful refer-
ence to the Holy Spirit is found in
Haggai 2:5. The previous verses
show the people of God discour-
aged as they compare the temple
they are now building with the
glorious temple of Solomon,
which the new temple is meant to
replace.

The word of the Lord to them
is, Be strong and work. The moti-
vation to do this is also stated; for
Fam with vou. Haggai 2:5 then

explains how the spirit of God is
meant to interact with the spirit
of the people in order to get the
work accomplished. Verse 5
includes these significant points.

¢ The Holy Spirit is a vital part
of God’s Coyenant with his peo-
ple, “according to the word that
covenant with you.”

¢ The Holy Spirit is an abiding
gift to the people of God. “My
Spirit remains among you.”

e The presence of the Holy
Spirit removes fear from the
hearts of God’s people, therefore,
“Do not fear.”





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JENNIFER MARIAH
PINDER, 3








Saturday,





Baptist Church, Carmichael Road,










& Spikenard Roads.







(3) Sisters: Kendra, Kenlesia & Kendria Cruz; Aunts: Felisha
Lewis, Latanya Cruz, Debbié Gloria & Ruthmae Sands, Tonya,









other relatives & friends.








MAXWELL
PINDER, 78






Elder and Formerly of Hanna Hill,





LOth;. 2007 at 11:00











244 Market Street ¢ P.O. Box EE-16634
Tel: 322-2070 or 322-2072

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR

éf Sod Beak wall be Helden”
March 10th, 2007 at |
10:00a.m. at Carmichael Holiness :

Ferguson Subdivision. Officiating -
will be Pastor Paul McPhee; »
assisted by other Ministers of the |
Gospel. Interment will follow in |
the Southern Cemetery, Cowpen -

The memories of this beautiful Angel will forever linger in the 3
hearts of her Parents: Lisa Cruz and Sidney David Pinder Jr.; |
(3) Brothers: Sidney Pinder III, Kevin Pinder. Daniel Pinder, »

Vanreia, Sharlene & Ann King; Uncles: Livingston, Samuel, & |
Donald Sands, Tyrone Cruz & Amon Pinder; GrandAunts:
Florabell Lewis, Thelma, Wilimae, Ruthmae & Monique |
Wiliams; Granduncles: Charles, Joel & Freeman Williams; (2) |
God Parents: Rose Beneby & Margaret Bethel and a host of |

of #503 Graham Drive, Yellow.

Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama |
will be held on Saturday, March |
a.m. at |
Emmanuel Missionary Baptist
Church, Emmanuel's Way off St. .
Vincent Road. Officiating will be |

Pastor Rudolph M. Cooper; assisted |
by other Ministers of the Gospel. Interment will follow in the -
Southern Cemetery, Cowpen & Spikenard Roads. |

THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2007, PAGE 7




Left to cherish his memories are his Wife: Agnes Eloise Pinder;
Daughters: Irene Pinder-Mott, Diane Hepburn, Jessica Pinder-
Poitier; Sons: Whitney Pinder (deceased), Vernon Pinder, Glen
Poitier; Step-mother: Josephine Pinder; Step-daughters: Paulamae
Bethel, Helen Harris, Alvera Russell; Step-son: Ivan L. Cleare;
(1) Adopted son: Cedric Brown; (43) Grandchildren: Sherrell,
Lakeisha, Najana, Crystal, Antonio, Rashad, Antwan, Kayja,
Megan, Troy, Denzel, Thorn, Billy, Vanessa, Veronica, Nicolette,
Shavaughn, Destiny, Whitney, Giovanni, Dacari, Althea;
Christine, Sharese, Shanequia, Anastasia, Cleotha, Charlene,
Renaldo, Harriet, Bradley, Sophia, Bodkin, Cheavon, Arlene,
Karen, Darius, Cobrien, lan, Ivan, Inae, Italia, and Kim; (32)
Great-grandchildren: Antonique, Tiesha, Oneisha, Tiano, Nakeba,
Darian, Jaquan, Thies, Canaan, Alkio, Shekera, Chrishante,
Irvin, James, Alithea, Garshea, Micheal, Mickel, Dwayneisha,
Mantanique, Pedrica, Shandia, Dwayne, Dwanique, Javaro,
Javord, Jacoy, Bradley, Marcus, Jevon, Deunte, Dijon, Davion,
Kadijah, Keishawn, Javon, Dwinya, Clarissa, Tashan, Natalya,
Bronte; (4) Sisters: Ruby Bartlett, Alfreda Feasta, Naomi Russell

| _& Maryann Jones; (3) Brothers: Earl Bartlett, Alvin & Edward

Pinder; (2) Sisters-in-law: Bernadette & Rosie Pinder; (2)
Brothers-in-law: James Fernander & Howard Russell; (4)
Daughters-in-Iaw: Sandra Poitier, Dr. Brendamae Cleare, Annie
& Kaynette Pinder; (2) Sons-in-law: Christopher Mott & Joseph
Harris; (2) Uncles: Rev. Dr. Wellington Pinder & Fritz Grant;

(9) Nieces: Dale, Zonna, Melanic, Adrian, Lisa, Roma, Carla,
Kimberly & Megan; (15) Nephews: Lonnie, Sheldon, Perry,
Beverly, Desmond, Leslie. Dean, Gerard, Troy, Wade, Howard,
Denzel, Darrel, Isaac & Miguel; A host of relatives & friends
including: Ethel Bartlett-Liang, Keith Gomez, Lamont Johnson,
i edro, Volkeno "BoBo" Johnson, Van Gibson, Evelyn & Wayne
Major, Dorrie Horton, Lyseth Evans, Patricia Taylor, Royann
Davis, Michael Hanna, Sheryl Russell, Elancha Smith (Ninny),

Raymond & Verlene Pinder and Family Rev. Warren Anderson
& Family, Melissa Watkins & Family, James J.M. Pinder &
Family, Catherine Cooper & Family, the Staff of Best Buy
Furniture, Head Start Pre-Prep School & Staff, the Staff of
Phase III, Atlantis Hotel, Staff of Black Angus Restaurant, Joy
Khan & Hillside Seventh Day Adventist Community Service,

G.K. Symonette Library & Staff, Sole Mare & Staff, The Hanna-
Hill, Gambier Village & Eight Mile Rock Communities.

Viewing will be held at Clarke's Funeral Home #244 Market
Street on Friday, March 9th from 10:00pm to 6:00pm and on
Saturday from until service time.



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FREEPORT
11A East Coral Road, Freeport, G.B., Bahamas
P.O. Box F-42312
Telephone: (242) 373-1115 / (242) 373-1471
Pager: (242) 340-8043 © Fax: (242) 373-3005

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NASSAU
Robinson and Soldier Roads, Nassau, N.P., Bahamas
P.O. Box CB-12072
Telephone: (242) 394-8043 / (242) 394-8047
Pager: (242) 340-8043 ° Fax: (242) 340-8034

FUNERAL SERVICE FOR

SRA T

FREDA
HALL, 88

of Georgetown, Exuma, will be
| held on Saturday, March 10th,

Baptist Church, Georgetown,
{| Exuma. Officiating will be Rev.
Dr. C. W. Saunders. Interment
will follow in the St. Johns
Baptist Church Cemetery,
Georgetown, Exuma.



She is survived by two daughters: Beverley McPhee and

Charlene Cambridge, sons-in-law: Kendal McPhee and

Archie Cambridge, grand children: Crispin, Chrystal,
Kenyon, Daria, Karla, Karl, Danette, Kenrissa, Tanya,
‘Jonathon, Brandon, and Arshanae, great grand children:

Elkan Johnson and Kiana McPhee, sister: Albertha Ferguson 2

of Miami, Fl, nephews: Berkley, Gerald, and Rudy Evans,
Thomas and Lunnon Sears, Garnet, David and Edward

Ferguson, Sidney, Charles and Sherman Rolle, Eugene :

Lightbourne, Neko Grant, Leon Flowers, Edward Williams,
Howard Siplin, and Mike Warren, nieces:
Duncombe, Maria Curry, Barbara Grant, Sylvia Gibson,
Una Flowers, Margaret Bain, Zelma Siplin, Ruthmae

Ferguson, Betty Williams, Doris Anne Warren, Beverly

Evans, Ida Mae Sears, Venola Mae Rolle, Carmen Williams.

Thaise and Joyce Ferguson, adopted children: Trevor

Bethel, M. P. Tony Moss, Anthony, Winston, Keith, Sean,
Clinton, and Kenny and Clinton Moss, Ian Ferguson,
Bridgette Ferguson, Ingrid Major, Nicky Morley, and
Godfrey Bowe Sr., other relatives and Well Wishers
including: Nora Dorsett, Neville Albury, Hilda Carey.
Millicent Munroe, Isaac McKenzie, Marjorie Saunders.
Jackie Hart, Verbile Clarke, Deidre Swann, Veronica
Marshall, and Chief Justice Joan Sawyer and their Families.
Mazell Hinzey, Mr. and Mrs. Everett Hart, Mr. and Mrs.

Alexander Flowers, the entire Musgrove Family of |

Hermitage and Rolle Families of Mt. Thompson and Ramsey,
| the entire Sturrup Family, Fr. Dwight Bowe and family, the
| McPhee Family of Exuma, the Dorrance Family, Musica:



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© Youth Junkanoo Group, the entire Staff of George Town
Clinic, Ministry of Tourism, Order of the Eastern Star,
| Exuma Elevating Association Family, St. Andrews Family, —
: Church of God, Cedric Smith and Family, the entire P. L.
P. Family, Beatrice Morley and Family, Clarke Family, the

4007 at 10:00-a. m. at St: John’s / entire Georgetown Community, and the St. Johns and entire

Baptist Family.

2 Viewing will be held in the "Celestial" Suite on Thursday
| from 12:00 p. m. until 6:00 p. m. and then again at the
church in Georgetown on Friday from 12:00 p. m. until

service time.



DEATH NOTICE

_ LEROY
“Killer Roy”
ARMBRISTER, 48

of Williams Lane, Kemp Road,
died at the Princess Margaret
Hospital on Friday, March 294,
2007.

He is survived by his Sisters:
Diania Sifford, Patricia Curtis,

: Jenniemae, Joanne and Kaylisa Armbrister, Margaret Sears,
: and Paulamae Tanya Stubbs-Mackey, Brothers: Michael,
| Jeffery, Rudolph, and Gregory Armbrister, Nieces: Tracey

and Donnell, and a host of other Relatives and Friends.

Funeral arrangements will be announced later.





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Robinson and Soldier Roads, Nassau, N.P., Bahamas
P.O. Box CB-12072
Telephone: (242) 394-8043 / (242) 394-8047
Pager: (242) 340-8043 « Fax: (242) 340-8034

FREEPORT
11A East Coral Road, Freeport, G.B., Bahamas
P.O. Box F-42312
Telephone: (242) 373-1115 / (242) 373-1471
Pager: (242) 340-8043 ° Fax: (242) 373-3005

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR

MAGDELINE
MARINA
GRANT, 69

OF #155 POINCIANNA

DRIVE, FREEPORT.

GRAND BAHAMA AND

JFORMERLY OF

| DOMINICA. WEST

INDIES WILL BE HELD

ON SATURDAY, MARCH

10, 2007, AT 1:00 P.M AT “THE CHAPEL” OF
RESTVIEW MEMORIAL MORTUARY &

CREMATORIUM Ltd., EAST CORAL ROAD, |

FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA.OFFICIATING
WILL BE NORMAN RAHMING.

She is sadly missed by her 1 Sister: Clara Pilgrim-
England; 1 Brother: John Lamothe of Trinidad:
1 Daughter: Elizabeth Pinder; Step Daughter:
Kristeen Smith; 3 Grandsons: Dominic and
Desmond Pinder and Benson Smith Jr.; 1 Son-in-
law: Benson Smith Sr.; 3 Grand daughters:
Sanovia, Richanna and Kayla Smith; 2 Nieces:
Clara and Carrol of Trinidad; 2 Nephews:
Theodore Pilgrim of Paris and Curtis Lamothe of
Trinidad and Other Relatives and Friends
including: Sharon Penn, Angie and Maria Russo
of Mary Star/ Vincent de Paul Society, Irene
Burrows; Home for the Elderly, Social Service &
Urban Renewal personnel, the many Doctors &

Nurses who cared for her at the Rand Memorial |

Hospital, the many Brothers & Sisters at the
Kingdom Hall who assisted with prayers,
encouragement during her illness, Mrs. Roberts,
Mrs. Dolly Armbrister and the rest of the neighbours
of Poincianna Drive.



THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2007, PAGE 9



Bethel Brothers Morticians

Telephone: 322-4433, 326-7030
Nassau Street, P.O.Box N-1026

FUNERAL SERVICE FOR

Ruth Agnes
Mitchell-Granger
O.B.E., 94

of #15 Infant View Road will
be held on Saturday 10:00 a.m.
at Holy Spirit Anglican Church,
Howard Street, Chippingham.
Fr. Harry Ward and Fr. Crosley
Walkine will officiate.
Interment will be made in
Western cemetery, Nassau
Street.



She is survived by her adopted children, (the children of the
late Cyril Mitchell), Vanessa Mitchell-Thompson (John), Corliss
Mitchell-Culmer (Clifford). Corydon Cyril, Pamela Cecile and
Craig Mitchell (Deborah): nieces, Carla Mitchell-Seymour
(Carlton), Marva Mitchell, Antoinette Aranah, Brenda Sands,
Delores Adderley. Beverley Mortimer, Leslie Granger-Kinlwid.
Patricia Isaacs, Michelle Granger-Hepburn. Janeen Moss, Carol
Granger-Jones, Audrey Fountain and Deborah Granger;
nephews, Andrea Mitchell, Hon. Fred Mitchell, Robert Mitchell
(Celeste), Matthew A Mitchell (Roma). Audley Mitchell, Mr.
and Mrs. Anthony Granger, Glen Granger I, Keith Archer,
Godfrey Archer, John and Burton Granger, and the family of
the late David Saunders; brother-in-law, Edmund Granger;
sisters-in-law, Muriel Mitchell, Belle Archer and Clarice Granger;
grand nieces, Caroline and Gabrielle Culmer, Monique, Kristi,
Andria, Audra, Erika, Tanya and Destinee Mitchell, Celine
Seymour, Zoe Clark; grand nephews, Myles and Marc-Richard
Culmer, Christopher, Craig Jr., Adrian, Ari Eric, Anwar, Dominic,
Dumont, Denair, Duran and Dylan Mitchell, Tychiko and Tonica
Mitchell, Kyle Clark, Carlton Seymour, Erin Poitier; great-
grand nephews, Kayle and Cameron Mortimer; cousins,
Elizabeth Johnson, Diana Johnson of New York, Tessa Vaughn
(Vincent), Valerie and Marguerite Johnson, Barry Johnson
(Ingrid), Felicity, Ivan and Janet Johnson, Jill Albury (Charlie),
April Rahming and family, Paulette, Sheenagh Romer, Stephen
Johnson (Melanie), Christian Johnson, David Johnson (Phyllis),
Octavia Johnson, Sheila Johnson and Patricia Mitchell; and a
host of other relatives and friends including, Mrs. Deborah
Mitchell, Clifford Culmer, Bill and Edna Patterson of Great
Britian, Conrad Knowles, Fr. Kirkley Sands, Charles Hall of
Rock Sound, Eleuthera, Nurse Carolyn Seymour, Barbara
Albury, Nora Dorsette, Edith Hanna of Hatchet Bay, Eleuthera,
Emmy and Ruby Sawyer, Harold Major and family, Juliet
Barnwell, Anastasia Thompson, Sandra North, numerous grand
and great grand nieces and nephews.

Friends may pay their last respects at Bethel Brothers Morticians
#44 Nassau Street on Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and
on Saturday at the church from 9:00 a.m. until service time.



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Hutler’s Funeral Homes
& Crematorium

Telephone: 393-2822, York & Ernest Sts.
P.O. Box N-712, Nassau, Bahamas








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MR. ANTHONY
BRUCE CARROLL, 65



of East Shirley Street will be
held on Saturday, March 10",
2007 at 11:00 a.m. at St.
Matthew’s Anglican Church,
East Shirley and Church
Streets. Officiating will be Rev.
Dr. James Moultrie Assisted
by Fr. Don Haynes. Interment
will follow in the Church
Cemetery.













































Left to cherish his memories are his One (1) Son; Tyrone
“TJ”. Leazer Carroll of Wisconsin: Two (2) Brothers;
Yorick and Kendal Carroll; Two (2) Sisters; Helen Carrol!
and Celestine Deveaux; One (1) Sister-in-law; Constance
Carroll: Five (5) Nieces; Theresa Hardy of Portsmouth VA,
Pamela Carroll, Michaella Bain, Keneene Mingo and
Kendalee Carroll; Eight (8) Nephews; Kensworth Cleare
of Orlando, FI., Gregory and Tyrone Cleare of Miami FI.,
Lawrence and Stephen Carroll, Pasior Kenny Carroll, Juan
and Joel Deveaux; Eight (8) Grandnieces; Lakisha, Tiffany,
Tawanda and Chantay Hardy, Tara Samuels, Tomika and
| Toni Mingo and Imani Davis; Eleven (11) Grandnephews:

William and Donzel Cleare of New York, Damien Cleare,
Yorick Carroll III, Leon Bain, Eric, Ricky and Elyah Carroll,
Kendal Carroll II, Kenyawn Carroll and Jordan Sudderth;
Six (6) Nieces-in-law; Gabriella and Theresa Carroll, Noel
Deveaux, Veronica Carroll, Carmen Cleare of Orlando, FI.
and Joy Cleare of Miami, Fl.; One (1) Nephew-in-law: §
Thomas Mingo Jr.; Numerous Cousins and a host of other
relatives and friends including; St. Matthew’s Church }
family, St. Matthew’s Day Care Center Staff, The Adult
Individual Junkanoo Association, the Junkanoo Committee
of the Bahamas, Staff of the oncology Clinic of the Princess
Margaret Hospital, The Communities of Shirley and Fowler
Streets, Kemp Road, St. James Road, St. Margaret’s Road,
Lyon Road, Ball’s Alley and others too numerous to
mention.

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Viewing will be held at the Chapel! of Butlers’ Funeral
Homes and Crematorium, Ernest and York Streets on Friday
from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 10:00
a.m. until service time at the church.



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ANNIE MICHELLE
ROLLE, 43

a resident of Second Street The §
Grove, will be held at Tirst Baptist §
Church, Market Street and Coconut §
Grove Avenue, Saturday March §

10,2007 at 11:00 a.m. Officiating §
will be Rev. Dr. Earle Francis and E
Associate Ministers. Interment will §
follow in Old Trail Cemetery, §
Abundant Life Road. Services have §
been entrusted to Gateway 'Viemorial F
Funeral Chapel, # 19 Mount Royal §













































4 Avenue & Kenwood Streets

Left to cherish her fond memory are. her mother Bia: >aramae &
Woodside-Rolie: two sons, Luther and Andre Dames: Jaughter, §
Nikita Pinder: two sisters, Brendaiee Rolle and Desiree Wells: six §
aunts. Miriam Young. Lillian Edey, Florence Rolle. Armenta |
Sweeting, Withlene Woodside, Pearlene and Clementi:a Rolle; §
five uncles, Useful and John Woodside, Samuel Edey, Malcolm §
and Isaias Rolle; three nieces, Reonda Evans, Na Stazia and Arianna §
Hepburn; one nephew, Jeman Newry; adopted mother, Coral §
Bosfield; four adopted brothers, Sidney, Alexander, Ricardo Sinclair §
Sr. and Germaine Sutherland Sr., twenty nine cousins, Anthony, §
Betty, Sandra, Dianne, Annalee. Joanna, Cynthia, Helen, Lillian, §
Loraine, Carol, Felix, Harry, Sheila, Rosalee, Paul, Verr"!. Junior,
Jared, Vandyke, Patricia, Iretta, Estella, Lambert, Steph. Dexter, §
Patrick, Monique. and Jerome Hanna, other relatives: . friends §
including, Scott Hepburn and family, Christopher Clarke a:.d family, §
Luther Dames and family, Judy Munroe and the Laundry Denartment §

at Sandilands Rehabilitation Center, Gwendolyn Brow i, Leona §
Wilson, Lavern Leonover and the Sowing Room at £ dilands §
Rehabilitation Center. Sis. Mackey and Hanna, the Nag Staff §
at Sandilands, Linda Clarke, Carol Cunningham, Miriar neritte,
Dianna Rolle, Althamese Curry. Beverly Smith, Mrs. ~r from f
SRC, Milka. Mrs. Butler and Mrs. Valarie Sweetin: om the |
Oncology Clinic at Princess Margaret Hospital. Mana: — ent and §
Staff of Sandiland Rehabilitation Center, the neighbors «J friends
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Chapel on Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and en aturday §
trom 9:00 a.m. at the church until service time.

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LENTE
CHOICES

@ By FATHER JAMES
MOULTRIE

ent recalls the 40 days Jesus
| spent in the desert during
which time He was tempted
by the devil. But through prayer, fast-
ing, and fidelity to the word of God
He overcame the tempter. We too
have to face temptations daily, and as
we begin the forty-day journey, let us
reflect for a moment on our tempta-
tions and how much we need God's
help to resist them.

Every day we are faced with choic-
es: to do good or to do evil, to choose
for or against God. It is clear that we
all have within us a strain of rebel-
liousness, of self-centeredness, and of
short-sightedness, which causes us to
make the wrong choices leading to
self-destructive behaviour. These will
become more and more apparent as
we go through Lent.

The fact that Jesus won an impor-
tant victory in the desert did not
mean that the war was over. Satan
left Him only for a season. There
would be other attacks. Every choice
in life must be remade, perhaps many
times. However, every right choice
makes the next right choice that
much easier. If we do the right thing
often enough, eventually it becomes
second nature to us. The real punish-
ment for sin is that it makes it more
likely that we will commit the same
sin the next time. And that is not a
good choice.

Adam and Eve lost their original
innocence in the Garden of Eden by
temptation. So did we: we lost our
childhood innocence. However, we
can regain it. But this recovered
innocence is different from the first.
The first innocence was immature,
not responsible, unacquainted with
sorrow and evil; the second inno-
cence is transfigured through respon-
sibility and acquaintance with sorrow



@ JAMES MOULTRIE

and evil. The first does not know how
to sin; the second rises above sin. The
first is harmless through weakness;
the second is innocent through
virtue. The first is incapable of com-
mitting sin; the second is unwilling to
commit sin. Which is it for you as we
begin this holy season of Lent?

There is in every human heart a
longing for the lost Garden of Eden
and the lost Paradise. Jesus recalls us
to our lost childhood. He recalls us to
the source of our beginning. No mat-
ter how old we may be, He makes it
possible for us to be reborn in inno-
cence of character. Nicodemus was
an old man, but He had a childhood
innocence.

So today as we begin this forty-day
trek through Lent, know that we
have choices. We can decide for or
against Christ or for or against evil.
It’s a matter of choice. This Lent
what will it be for you? What choices
will you make? Pray for a clean heart
and a right spirit this Lent, and let
Psalm 51 be real for you.

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Who is Jesus
Christ?

lm By CANON NEIL ROACH

Romans 10:3-13

“Tf you confess with your lips that Jesus
is Lord and believe in your hearts that
God raised him from the dead, you will be
saved.” Romans 10:9

any of us have an idea who

Me: is. We believe that he cre-

ated the heaven and earth and

his purpose. We believe that his spirit

lives within us “for in him we live and
move and have our being” Acts 18:28.

The question is often asked “why
would God need to come into his cre-
ation in human flesh? St Paul, in his letter
to the Romans, chapter 10 verses 3-13,
seeks to answer the question. This is the
basis of what we believe.

“If you confess with your lips that Jesus
is Lord.” After the resurrection the early
Church immediately confessed, “Jesus is
Lord.” In his letter to the Philippians, St
Paul tells how Jesus emptied himself, was
crucified and finally exalted himself and
“every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is
Lord” Philippians 2:6-11.

e Jesus is Lord. What does this mean
and imply? First of all the Risen Christ is
seated at God's right hand, far above all
rule and authority, power and dominion,
and every title that can be given, not only
in the present age but also in the one to
come” Ephesians 1: 21.

Secondly Jesus is Lord in this present
world “the eyes of the Lord are upon the
righteous” I Peter 3:21. Even if we suffer
for what is right, we can “set apart Christ
as Lord” v15. We can remain confident
that Christ as Lord governs all the events
of our lives.

Finally, Jesus is Lord. Each of us must
“be fully convinced in his own mind”
Romans 14:5 and then act on this convic-
tion. It is for this “very reason Christ died
and returned to life, so that he might be
the Lord of the living and the dead”
Romans 14:9.

e “And believe in your hearts that God
has raised him from the dead.” The res-
urrection is essential to our belief. Paul
wrote, “If in this life only we hope in
Christ, we are to be pitied more than all
men” (I Corinthians 15:19). The resurrec-
tion is proof of all of Christ's claims and a
solid foundation of our faith. We must
believe not only that Jesus lived and
walked this earth almost two centuries
ago, but also that he lives.

Too many of us know about Christ, we
must know him. Jesus is not just a histor-
ical figure like Churchill or Gandhi, how-
ever great they may be; he is a living real
presence. We must know him. Jesus is

much more than a
good person who
died on the Cross,
we must know him
as one who rose vic-
toriously form the
dead, remember the



Easter message
“Death is con-
quered, Man is
Free. Christ has

won the victory.”

His resurrection
is the guarantee
that the death that
grips the human race because of Adam
has been conquered and that we live,
“but in fact Christ has been raised from
the dead, the first fruits of those who
have died. For since death came through
a human being, the resurrection of the
dead has also come through a human
being; for as all die in Adam so all will be
made alive in Christ.”

B® ROACH

e “And one confesses with his mouth.”
A man must not only believe with his
heart; he must confess with his lips. The
prophet Joel speaking about the coming
of the terrible day of the lord says, “then
everyone who calls upon the name of the
Lord shall be saved” (Joel 2:32), the goal
of evangelism then is to call men to salva-
tion in Christ.

Missionary outreach has the same goal.
God has given us freedom of choice that
is why some respond and others do not.
We must not only believe with our hearts
we must confess with our lips. We are to
witness to men that Jesus saves.
Evangelism is one beggar telling another
where to find bread. The Good News of
salvation is to be spread abroad.
Christianity is not taught it is caught. We
are to witness before men. Others must
know that we are on the side of God.

e “All who call upon the name of the
Lord shall be saved.” There is not limit
to salvation, it is for “whosoever comes
shall be saved” - the promise is for every-
one. St Paul appeals to us to abandon our
wicked ways and accept the way of grace.
The first words of Jesus in the Gospel of
Mark after he returned from the wilder-
ness were “Repent and believe”.

Have you reached the point in your life
that you are certain of salvation? If you
were to die tonight, what answer would
you give to Jesus if he asked you “why
should I let you into my heaven?”

“He is Lord; he is Lord. He is risen
from the dead; and he is Lord.

Every knee shall bow and every tongue
confess that Jesus

Christ is Lord.”



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Pope Benedict XVI appoints
third bishop of Lake Charles

@ MONSIGNOR GLEN
PROVOST speaks at a news
conference upon _ being
named bishop of Lake
Charles, La., on Tuesday in
Lake Charles. Pope Benedict
XVI on Tuesday appointed
Provost as the third bishop of
Lake Charles, La. _





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BROTHER ALBERT
VALCIN, 51

of Marsh Harbour, Abaco and
formerly of St.Louis Du
Nord, Haiti, will be held on
Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at
. | International Gospel Mission
@! Church, Marsh Harbour,
y Abaco. Pastor Jeffrey
Johnson, assisted by Pastor
Robinson Weatherford will officiate and interment will
follow in The Public Cemetery, Marsh Harbour, Abaco.

Cherished memory held by his wife, Marie Keline Valcin
of Haiti; five children, Isemeranda, Jessica, Valenca,
Kebert and Papoute; mother, Madelene Valcin of Miami,

Florida; eight brothers and sisters, Willy and Therese

Valcin, Nicole Clervil, Edith Pierre-Louis, Islande Louts-
Pierre, Idelie and Claire Mezine Valcin; 16 nieces and
Nephews, Junior, Valerie, Janet and Vincent Valcin,
Nirloose (Valcin), Clervil, Nikee Clervil, Lovely Louis-
Pierre, godson, Pierre-Louis, Keisha Louis-Pierre, Diane
and Shandler Valcin and Christson Pierre Louis; aunts,
Mrs Salmande Louis-Pierre and Rousseau Eliassaint;
uncles, Gesner Jn Louis, Naissance Jn Louis and Unseul
Valcin; cousins, Paradis Joseph, Merita Innocent, Geneva
and Janide Innocent, Mrs. Inadieu Tilme, Silfida and
Valisna Dareus and Janet Raymonille; three brothers-
in-law, Pastor Osmane Pierre Louis, Edner Clervil and
Kelly Louis Pierre; two sisters-in-law, Gladys and
Anselene Valcin; other relatives and friends include,
Pastor Nesly Phillippe, Pastor Jeffrey Johnson, Minister
Queeny Johnson, Pastor Robinson Weatherford, Gladys
Phillippe, Florence and Indianie Phillippe, Loulou Clairs,
Fritz Timothe Melchy, Noe and the entire community
of Marsh Harbour, Abaco.

Relatives and friends may view the remains at the church
in Marsh Harbour on Friday from 6:00 p.m. to service
time on saturday. Arrangements are being handled by

THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2007, PAGE 13

MR. DENNIS
KELLY, 43

of Collins Yard, Okra Hill, affectionately called "Dreadie"
and formerly of Current Island, Eleuthera, will be held
on Saturday at 12:00 noon at Church of God, Fowler
Street. Pastor Godfrey Clarke, assisted by Rev. Felix
Miller and Rev. Durant Smith will officiate and interment
will follow in the Old Trail Cemetery, Abundant Life
Road.

Precious memory are held by his mother, Patsy Knowles:
stepfather, Carol Brown; three brothers, Cedric, Clifford
and Tyrone Sweeting: five sisters, Betty, Lisa and Elaine
Knowles. Tanya Hanna and Allyson Bain; five aunts,
Sherlee, Eleanor and Sharon Knowles, Pearl and Maude
Kelly of Current Island, Eleuthera; three uncles, Elijah,
David and Benjamin Knowles; nieces and nephews,
Patrice, Melissa, Charlie, Dario, Lakeria, Oneal, Michael,
Hayward, Sophia, Charmaine, Nancy, David, Sara,
Raquel, Tyronique, Eric, Erica, Mateo, Tanysha, Kobe,
Jamaal, Tatyana, Ian, Aliha, George, Kia and Georgette;
one grand-aunt, Annie; numerous grandnieces and
nephews; cousins, Angie, Perry, Della, Kevin, Fenessa,
Jackie, Tiffany, Omelio and Ken; three sisters-in-law,
Sherry Sweeting, Frederica Patricia Sweeting of Los
Angeles, California and Tricee Sweeting of Long Island,
Bahamas; other relatives and friends including Kelsey
Lundy and the community of Potter's Cay Dock.

Relatives and friends may view the remains at The
Chapel of Memories, Independence Drive on Friday
from 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and on Saturday at the
church from 10:30 a.m. to service time.





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religionnews
The Benedictine Sisters:
Sister Maria Rahming

Saint Martin Monastery is home for an inde-

pendent Benedictine community of religious
women serving the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of
Nassau in the Bahamas.

Their foundation in 1937 was to pursue sanctification
of community members and engage in apostolic work
for the spiritual and temporal welfare of the underpriv-
ileged. Today their ministries involve education, admin-
istration, pastoral ministry, healthcare services, care of
the elderly, mentoring and spiritual guidance. For many
years the Benedictine Sisters have impacted the lives of
many generations through their involvement in the
Church and the wider community.

Beginning this month the Monastery will be doing a
series of articles on each of its members. Each month
you will meet a different sister. First in the series will be
Sister Maria Rahming, a Bahamian from Fox Hill.

S= atop a hill not far from the city of Nassau,

SISTER MARIA RAHMING, OSB

SHE was born Lazaretta Elizabeth Therese
Rahming, the second child of Josiah Rahming, the J.P,
and Alice, nee Roker Rahming, on November 25, 1919
in the first settlement of New Providence, the Village of
Fox Hill.

No one could imagine it at the time, but this child
was destined to become one of three courageous
Bahamian women to be called to the religious life. One
of the reasons why this was inconceivable was the fact
that the entire Rahming family was ardent Baptists who
belonged to the Mount Carey Baptist Church, located
in Fox Hill.

In February of 1935, an unexpected event would
change Lazaretta's life and steer her in a diametrical
direction. Due to the sudden death of her mother, and a
chain of unpleasant events, Josiah, converted to Roman
Catholicism. This was the beginning of Lazaretta's
"journey to the Nunnery."

Lazaretta received her early education at The
Sandilands All Age School and excelled in her studies.

She also received instructions in the Catholic faith and ©

received all the necessary Sacraments. Therefore, when
the invitation was extended to Bahamian women to
become Religious, who would live a life of celibacy,
Sister Maria, along with many more, answered the call.

However, only three persevered to the end, Sister
Maria, Sister Elizabeth Claridge and Sister Teresa
Symonette. In 1937 history was made when three
Bahamian women entered the newly established
Convent located on Nassau Street where it still stands
to this day.

The Sisters of Charity, Mount St. Vincent on the
Hudson, who were working in Nassau at the time, were
appointed to instruct the women in the ways of
Religious life. Therefore, from 1936 to 1937 the three
women were duly instructed in preparation for entrance
into the Novitiate. Lazaretta tells of how she used to
walk from Fox Hill to West Hill Street every Saturday
to attend these instructions and it paid off. She and her
two companions were officially made Sisters and thus
began The Blessed Martin DePorres Convent, October
3,1937. Lazaretta was from that time on to be known as
Sister Maria Rahming.



@ SISTER MARIA RAHMING

(FILE photo)

The main purpose for the founding of a native com-
munity was to practise the Corporal Works of Mercy: to
visit the sick and elderly in hospitals, those suffering
from Tuberculosis (TB) and those who were plagued
with mental illness. Most of these diseases were highly
contagious, therefore, people avoided the afflicted.
Consequently, many of the patients were lonely and felt
cast aside. Sister Maria and her companions joyfully
carried out these duties, often on foot or on bicycles.
Cars were not around during that time.

However, the joy of this type of social work was short
lived because the need to return to the classroom was
urgent. The sisters went back into the classroom in 1940
and somehow managed to juggle the social work with
the classroom teaching. Sister Maria was fortunate
enough to return to her very own village, Fox Hill and
taught at St. Anselm's Catholic school. This was to be
followed by two years at St. Francis Xavier's from 1941-
1943. ‘

On July 18, 1944, Sister Maria made her final com-
mitment to God. She professed the three vows of:
Poverty, Chastity and Obedience. This of course, solid-
ified the status of the Community, because now there

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were three Sisters who had made their final vows, which
at that time meant no turning back.

Recognizing the potential of an excellent teacher in
Sister Maria, the authorities sent her to Mount St. Clare
Junior College in Clinton, Iowa, to obtain a Liberal
Arts degree from 1950-1952. On her return home, Sister
Maria not only had to practise what she had learned,
but was immediately appointed Superior of the
Community. As Superior she established a convent on
Cat Island in 1955 and was instrumental in starting a
pre-school for children who were too young to attend
regular school. In addition to preparing the children in
phonics and numbers, it enabled the parents to work
and make a living. This pioneering giant was not to be
limited to one island though, so during the summers of
1950-1962, she also taught Catechism on Eleuthera,
Long Island, San Salvador and Andros. In 1960 Sister
Maria taught regular subjects at Sacred Heart School
until 1962 when the community began its transforma-
tion from Diocesan to Papal status.

It is not clear in the minds of many of the sisters, why
the change was necessary, but having taken the vow of
obedience, they were inclined to do as they were told.
In 1962 the sisters were asked to amalgamate with an
older, more established Religious community. The
change would mean that the group would not be direct-
ly under the Bishop of Nassau, but would be working
for him. They would become a Dependent Priory of the
older community who would be responsible for
appointing the local superior and overseeing the
finances and their physical and spiritual well being.
After a very short period of preparation, the Sisters
became Benedictines and the daughter house of St.
Benedict Convent, St. Joseph, MN.

Sister Maria has gone on to accomplish many suc-
cesses in her life. Among them are the following: After
the Amalgamation process, she spent many years teach-
ing in the Minnesota school system; she has served as
Headmistress/teacher of St. Vincent de Paul School,
Hunters, Grand Bahama, she was one of the first teach-
ers at Catholic High in Grand Bahama,
Principal/teacher at Holy Name School. Bimini, she
taught for ten years at St. Augustine College in Nassau
and served eight years as Treasurer for the Diocese of
Nassau and her Religious Community.

Sister Maria holds a Bachelor's degree from the
College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN, and a Master's
degree from the University of Miami's extension pro-
gramme. She is cook, dressmaker and baker and also
crochets angels, stars and snowflakes. She retired from
active duties in 1989.

In 1997, the three Bahamian women who dared to
practise celibacy when it was frowned upon and who
dared to commit themselves to God, Sister Maria
Rahming, Sister Elizabeth Claridge and Sister Theresa
Symonette, were honoured on the occasion of sixty
years of Religious life in The Bahamas. Among other
gifts were medals and certificates from His Holiness,
Pope John Paul II.

At the age of 87, Sister Maria is the sole survivor of
the three matriarchs who accepted God's invitation to
live the religious life. Although failing in health, she
continues to reside at St. Martin Monastery, 96 Nassau
Street saying with the psalmist, "That in all things God
may be glorified."



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Wo tis

H BISHOP Kevin Farrell speaks at a news conference in Dallas on Tuesday after being named by Pope Benedict XVI as the new head of Roman Catholic
Diocese of Dalias. Farrell, born in Dublin, Ireland, was ordained into the priesthood in 1978 and assigned to the Washington archdiocese in 1983, where he was

ordained as an auxiliary bishop in 2002.
(AP Photo: Ron Heflin)



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Mr. Marcus Mandella
“Donkey”
Horton, 21

of Williams Court, off Cowpen Road will be held
on Saturday, March 10, 2007 at 11am at New
Bethany Union Baptist Church, Key West Street.
Rev. Dr. Victor Cooper Jr., assisted by other
| Ministers will officiate and burial will be in
Southern Cemetery, Cowpen and Spikenard
Roads.

The Radiance of this “Opal of a Gem” will
always glow in the hearts of his:

Father: Marc Pierre;
Step Mother: Shantell Noel Pierre;
Brothers: Kenron Horton and Duran Horton:



Sisters: Fidna Pierre;
Grand Mother: Rosemalie Toussiant;
Aunts: Malie Joseph, Patricia Johnson, Sylvia Dawkins, Ivv Kemp and Patsy Rolle;

Uncles: Phillip, Phadies, Willy and Joshua Pierre, Sidney, Wilson. Simeon and
Charles;

Grand Uncle: Howard Bell;
Grand Aunt: Florence Bell;

Cousins: Kenken and Sonya Moreso, Peterson Ire’, Milira and Aranie Toussiant,
Sherilyn, Shenita, Charlisa, Rayall, Krlton Cobin, Sandra, WPC 137 Kimberly, Anchelle,
Constable Ian and Detective Constable 149 Lincoln Dawkins, Karen, Tracey, Lawanw,
John, Sidney, Phillip, Quentin, Peter, Kenvin, Whitney, Trevor, Timothy, Jeremy,
Terrance, Arlicia, Cindy, Vernon, Chantell, Keva, Sandra, Ronchee, Police Constable
3187 Anwar Rolle, Kameisha, Gershon, Ashley, Sonia, Tonia, Vandera and Keisha;

God Mother: Elvita Jean Joseph;
God Father: Davis Citiren;
God Brothers: Nelson Joseph, Baynre’ Citiren and Nelson Toussaint;

Other Loving Family and Friends Including: Timothy Burrows, Kevin Swain,
Crystal, Sergio, Padro, Alfred, Micheal, Felicia, Bernadette, Odeles of Chicago, Jaral
and Melan Joseph, Nelsy and Julie Jean, Dorzila, Kethour, Keylene, Wendy, Dorika,
Latoya, Wendy, Junior and Watson Lubin, Marcel Juste, Gina and Cliente Alexander,
Reggie Citiren, Brinette, Allen, Lucy and Bebe Pierre, Velande, Freda, Rosevelt, Debbie,
1 Jimmy, “J”, “Ratty” Stephone, Rosita, Linda, Lina, Orvil, Ellen, George, Naldo, Clifton,
Fats, Marie and Millie, Magnet, Garfeild, Luben A.K.A “Rasta”, the Pink Pouch Crew,
Mr. Bennet Minnis, Lassassion, Beverly and Johnell, Loius and Melanie, Cray and
Judy Williams, Yvana Bethel, Sammy Chisholm, Francina, Rochelle, Special Friend
“PaJo”, the Horton, Woods, Key West Street and Cowpen Road Families, The 4" and

5'" Street Communities and Williams Construction Softball Team.

The body will be viewed in the “Emerald Suite” Emerald Ridge

| Mortuary & Monument Company Ltd. #20 Claridge Road,
on Friday, March 09, 2007 from ipm to 6pm and at New Bethany Union Baptist
Church Key West Street, on Saturday, March 10, 2007 from 10:00am to service time.

Visit our website: www.emeraldridgemortuary.com view video
tributes, sign guest book and send condolence, sympathy, love and
memories.



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FUNERAL
Ne Oe

NORMA BECKFORD

a resident of Sears Road and formerly of
Kingston, Jamaica died on Thursday in Ocala,
Florida.

She is survived by two sisters: Marge
Hutchinson of Ocala, Florida and June Nation
of Canada; brothers in-law Keith Hutchinson
and Jack Nation; nieces — AnnMarie Sherrife,
Karen Hutchinson, Audra Nation and Lisa
Demoy; nephew, Wayne Hutchinson; 1 aunt,
Florence Summons other relatives including
Richard Sherrife, Desrick Demoy, Lee
Hutchinson, Audrey and Glen Robinson and
Michael Davidson, her church family at New
Covenant Baptist Church and her numerous
friends in Nassau.

Viewing will be held on Friday, March 9"
from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and at 6-8 p.m. at Forest
Lawn Funeral Home.

Service will be held on Saturday, March 10°
at 10:00 a.m. at Forest Lawn Funeral Home,
5740 S. Pine Ave., Ocala, Florida 34480



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THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2007, PAGE 17

#10 Palmetto Avenue & Acklins Street ¢ PO. Box N-3572
Nassau, Bahamas ® Tel: (242) 326-5773



ELGETHA
STUBBS, 93

of Mollie Street and formerly
of Orange Creek, Cat Island,
will be held on Saturday, March
10th 2007, at 11:00 a.m., at
Wesley Methodist Church,
| Malcolm Road East. .
Officiating will be Rev. Edward
J. Sykes, assisted by other
Ministers. Interment follows in
Woodlawn Gardens Cemetery, Soldier Road.

Cherish memory are held by her children, Enderlyn and
Joseph McKenzie and Izetta’ Stubbs; grandchildren,
Annabelle and Japheth Burrows, Whitney, Marina,
Kenneth, Ilean, Kelvin, Carla, Kenford, Monique and
Betty Stubbs, sister Una and Javon Bain, Melford and
Linda Bastian, Reno, Emma, Randy, Kathy and Ryan
Moss, Coral and Basil Duncombe, Nathan, Meredith,
Keith and Kenrick Stubbs; great grandchildren including,
Anastasia, Andira, Annva and Javon Burrows, Faith,
Dorsia and Corey Stubbs, Lekeisha, Giorgio and Garreth
Bain; numerous nieces and nephews including, Lizzie
Newbold, Euphemia Armbrister, Susanna Gaitor, Vernal
Adderley, Eudia Poitier, Celerine, Sherla, Irene and
Sherlean Rolle, Francina Forbes, Selma Stuart, Lavina
Campbell, HWean Hepburn, Nathalie Burrows, Janetta
Strachan, Marion Wright, Rosemary, Pastor Donald and
| McNeil Newbold, Samuel and James Cambridge and Eric
| Stubbs; sisters-in-law, Carnetta Newbold, Elvina O'Brien
| and Mabel Stubbs; brother-in-law, Cyril Stubbs; numerous
| relatives and friends including, Leona Stubbs, Annie Nora
| Burrows, Olivia and Evelyn Bowles, Merlene Stud:
| Coralee Turner, Cynthia Stuari, Sheila Ferguson, the |
| family, the entire Great Bethe!, Orange Creek Cat is
Community, Wesley Malcoim Road, the entire Mote
Street family and the United Christian famil

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FUNERAL SERVICES FOR

: Brothers Chapel, Palmetto Avenue & Acklins Street off

. Market and East Streets on Friday from 10:00 a.m. to ;
: 6:00 p.m., Saturday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until

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CHRISTOPHER
KENNETH
" Baba i}
HALL, 90

of #8 Moncur Alley, will be
held on Saturday, March 10th,
2007, at 10:00 a.m., at the.
Graveside of the Old Trail.
Cemetery. Officiating will be: ]
Rey. Gralin Moxey. 8





Left to cherish his memory is one daughter, Nadine
: Seymour; one great grand-niece, Carolyn Stubbs; five
' great great grandchildren, Arlington Stubbs, Manford
: Stubbs, Brandon Stubbs, Franklyn Stubbs and Sara Louise
' Hall; three great great grand-nieces, Saranique Armbrister,
: Breanna and Brenae Stubbs; special friend, Leonie
| Seymour; other relatives including, Kenneth Layman Jr.,
: Stephanie Smith, Ronica Basden, Helena Sawyer, Hillgrove
| Basden, Alice Major, Mavis Basden, Lisa, Christina,
: Yolanda, LaRise, Kimberley, Lenelle, Monique, Merinique,
' Jason, Hillgrove "BJ", Crispin, Laurence, Kaylee, Kendall,
: Roderico, Roderick, Randy, Renzo, Isaac. Burnside,
Cleveland Major, Tony and Cheryl Curtis. Terrance and
: Shirlene Godet, Charlene and Jason Johnson, Sherwin
Major, Shewruae and Mark Adderley, Tracy \icjor, Pancora
: Storr, Gary, Chris Clarke and Daisy Ingrahioii and fai ily.

: Relatives and friends may pay their last respeois at Newsold
_ Brothers Chapel, Palmetto Avenue & Acxiins Strec. off
: Market and East Streets on Friday from | 0:00 a.m. to
6:00 p.m., Saturday at the graveside of Old | sail Cemerery
: trom 9:30 a.m. until service time.





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NEWBOLD BROTHERS
CHAPEL

#10 Palmetto Avenue & Acklins Street
P.O. Box N-3572
. Nassau, Bahamas
Tel: (242) 326-5773

ST. Va Ga a

ARABELLA
"Bella"
SAUNDERS, 96

Services will be held at Carmicheal Bible
Church, Carmichael and Glandstone Rd.
Officiating Rev. Daniel Simmons, Rev.
Ellison Greenslade, assisted by Rev. Alex
Thompson.Interment will be made at
Southern Cementry.































Left to cherish her memory are, one nephew,
Deacon Willard Taylor; three grand
newphews, Elijah Williamson, Dewey Taylor
and Berchanel Moss; four grand nieces,
Hazel Knowles, Doreen Thompson, Deidre
Kemp; god-daughters, Judy Greenslade and
Mornette Nottage; adopted son, Richard
Bain, other relatives and friends including,
Rev. S. Alex Thompson, Amos Ferguson,
Rev Robert Black and the Mt. Carmel Baptist
Church family, Gloria Greenslade, Matilda
Taylor, Maralenc, Sarah, Val, Arline and
Byron Collie, Lula Thompson, Cynthia
Brown. Marie McKinney and Daniel Gibson,
The staff and administration of Cruickshank
Ward, The entire community of Pirates Well
Mayaguana.

Friends may pay their respects at Newbold's |
Funeral Home from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
on Friday and at the church from 9:00 a.m.
until service time.





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RUSSELL & PINDER’S
FUNERAL HOME

Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama
Telephone: (242) 348-2340/348-2131/352-9398/353-7250
P.O. Box F-40557 - Freeport, Grand Bahamas

FUNERAL SERVICE FOR

ee




MADRINA MARGARET
ELIZABETH
WOODSIDE, 85

formerly of West End, Grand
Bahama and a resident of
Frobisher Avenue, will be held
on Saturday, March 10, 2007 at
10:00 a.m. at St. Mary
Magdalene Anglican Church,
West End, Grand Bahama.
Officiating will be Rev'd Fr.
Stephen Grant, assisted by Canon
Delano Archer, Rev'd Fr.
Rudolph Cooper, Rev'd Fr. Winfield Goodridge and Rev'd
Fr. Norman Lightbourne. Interment will be made in The West
End Public Cemetery.



















Cherished memory will forever linger in the hearts of her
children, Veda Ellington, Naanian Russell, Ivan Russell I,
Shelly Woodside, Lorraine Williams, Eugene Russell and
Donna Martin; stepchildren, Kenneth Sr., Donald Woodside,
Spike Mackey and Ulysees Strachan; daughters-in-law,
Beatrice, Donna and Deborah Russell; sons-in-law, William
Ellington and Kenneth Woodside; grandchildren, Charles,
Conrad, Crystal and Coral Ellington, Nicholas, Ninette,
Nathan and Nashton Russell, Tanya Green, Ivan III and
Tameka Russell, Kendrill, Kendria, Loretta, Shenique, Ricardo
and Lucy, Ruth, Naomi, Donna, Alexander Woodside,
Matthew Bevans, Benjamin and Adrianne Williams, Ivy |
Patrick, Eugene, Victor, Dwayne Russell, Tevin McCastkill, |
Trista and Kristi Martin, Quinn and Angelo Munnings, Kenya J
Prescott and Jayson Lewis; great grandchildren, Kevin Garret,
Raven Williams, Kamryn and Khalil Lyonn, Wila'yah Miller,
Alyssa and Nikkita Russell, Daisha Russell, Devin Garland,
Donivan Russell, Rashad Jr. and Amory Green, Aaron and
Ashlyn Arnett, Aldaysia Thompson, Zariah and Toniah
Russell; sister, Millis Newton; brothers, Granville, Sidney
and Sharon Garvey; brother-in-law, Vincent Russell: sisters-
in-law, Edith and Frances Russell, Gail and Violet Garvey:
numerous nieces and nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews,
great grandnieces and great grandnephews and a host of other |
relatives and friends.





























Family will receive friends at Russell and Pinder Funeral
Hosme, Eight Mile Rock on Friday, March 9, 2007 from
1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday, March 10, 2007 from
9:00 a.m. to service time at the church.






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religionnews



Who are we?

@ By CLEMENT JOHNSON

e, who consider ourselves as ordinary peo-

ple, can be dazzled by the presence of the

celebrity whether he or she be from the
world of government, sports, cinema, theatre or indeed
the church. This idea was never more clear to us than
the past few weeks following the death, burial and
funeral services of the late Anna Nicole Smith.

I, in my young life, have never experienced so many
media personalities in the Bahamas. Working in the
downtown area a few weeks ago was like witnessing a
Hollywood movie being filmed. The question we must
ask ourselves is, what is the magic about these celebri-

ties that makes us want to know the intimate details of

their lives.

How many of us will ever become famous or rich?
Not many, I might dare say. Now that Anna Nicole is
buried in what appeared to be a lavish ceremony as
opposed to in a funeral service where many questions
were left unanswered in the minds of the world and
more specifically the Bahamas, how much did the
funeral charade cost? And how much money was made
from it?

The church where the service was held must have
made a pretty penny because it provided a full choir and

soloist. One main question that lingers on the minds of

many is whether it was really a Christian funeral service
or merely another staged Hollywood event, and why
would a church allow itself to be seen as a palace for
sale once the price is right? It would seem that church-
es of today will comply with any bizarre request.

Now that it is all over, the media has left for the
moment; all of the celebrities have gone home - having

left our presence without even the slightest hint of
recognition as to who we are as a people. And now we
must come to terms with our own lives.

Given the right family background, money and influ-
ence - and indeed a bit of luck, we too could be in the
spotlight, our political convictions could change the
world,

A question we can also ask ourselves ts, was the event
of last week a missed opportunity? | raise this question
because it was not an every day occurrence. Surely, a
much better location could not have been chosen - one
with easy access and a passing crowd, if not a ready
crowd.

Now to tie it into today’s gospel. Instead of locating
the transfiguration on a high mountain why didn't Jesus
make a name for himself and gather to himself even
greater numbers of people by going into a village or
town? Was it a missed opportunity that might have had
negative consequences for his followers ever since that
event took place? Certainly Jesus is looking at his trans-
figuration much differently than from a mere human
point of view.

Usually the high street towns are illuminated, they
are the places the crowds are: and yet it is a remote
mountain-top Jesus chooses with less than a handful of
companions where he will reveal his glory. He ts the
light on the mountain, that same light that lights up
heaven as St John tells us in Revelation 22:5.

His transtiguration on the mountain will be the first
and last time he reveals himself in this way until he has
risen from the dead. We see how Peter, James, and
John are able to distinguish all three people, both
Moses and Elijah who were transfigured with him.
After Jesus was put to death and after he rose again, his



Cardinal assails China’s ordination
of bishops without papal approval









M HONG Kong Cardinal
Joseph Zen is interviewed by
the Associated Press in Rome
yesterday. Zen assailed
China’s ordination of bishops
without = papal approval,
warning that the Vaticaw
faced “crucial moments” as it
seeks normalization with the
communist government while
protecting the interests of its
Chinese faithful. In the back-
ground is a picture of the late
Pope John Paul II.



(AP Photo: Plinio Lepri)



apostles and others were able to recognize him as the
man they had known when he was alive. :

Peter, James, and John are the first people to witness
the revelation of Jesus' glory in this way. All three
agree, this mountain, this place, at this time, is the place
to be. Will it be possible to hold on to this moment; one
way might be to build a tent each for Jesus, Moses and
Elijah?

Like many earthly wishes God has other plans for the
three apostles of Jesus. His apostles, including Jesus
himself, must leave this haven of goodness and go down
to doing what daily life has now brought them, Jesus, to
continue his preaching, and Peter, James, and John to
be his followers. :

Already, before his transfiguration, Jesus gave his
apostles some bad news about how he was destined to
suffer and be put to death, and then be raised up again
(Luke 9:22). No sooner is Jesus down from the moun-
tain after his transfiguration than he repeats the same
bad news he just did earlier (Luke 9:44 - 45).

So St Luke's Gospel gives us bad news, then good
news followed by more bad news. On that basis alone
what are we to make of what his apostles were think-
ing? Surely they must think he has got it wrong. How
can somebody like Jesus be transfigured in the way that
he was and now his life is subject to the whim of mere
mortals as to whether he is going to live or die? And yet
it will be on another mountain that his apostles and
every generation since then will have to learn that it is
in the blood of the cross that all who believe in his name
will have salvation.

T would like to think that while the mountain where
Jesus was transfigured was the place of his glory, so it is
the place also of our future glory. While I would like to
think that the mountain where Jesus was crucified was
the place of grace, Jesus’ transfiguration reveals his
future glory and ours. His place of crucifixion marks the
beginning for all time the grace of salvation that will be
open to all who believe and call upon his holy name.

Now, if that's not good news - Jesus pouring out his
blood. his life. his love for us so that we can all share in
his glory - what is. This new life poured out for us to
share should buoy us up. A consequence of this grace
might be likened to the saying, "a rising tide lifts all
boats." In other words, when we discover this as good
news we will want to tell at least one other person.

Jesus gives himself more fully in this celebration of
the Eucharist than he could ever give himself in his
transfigured state to Peter, James, and John. On the
occasion of his transfiguration, Jesus ts affirmed by the
voice that comes from the presence of a cloud, that
Jesus is special. In fact, what the voice nught be actual-
ly saying ts that Jesus is the best heaven could send.

God is as present here today as much as he was when
the apostles witnessed his dazzling brightness: in fact,
there is nothing more God could give us other than giv-
ing himself to us in the Holy Eucharist or by receiving
him in Spiritual Communion. In those moments of
Communion we enter into his glory and grace. We reap
the fruits of the transfiguration, crucifixion and resur-
rection as we partake of his presence with us.

This celebration is all God's doing: it was he who
invited us in the first place. We will part from our sisters
and brothers for another week, we will make our way
down the mountain, and not without Jesus, sustained by
his presence with us throughout each day.

God will have made his mark of brightness on our
lives. Does it matter whether God's hand upon my life
is seen or not? What matters ts that { have encountered
him: and now tlis my turnin these days of Lent to let
the fall-out from the transtiguration seep into the soul
of the brother and sister that happen to meet.



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religionnews | |



‘Man, A heart, Touched by God’

Anglican Church Men’s 34th annual conference to convene on Exuma



Annual . Men’s

Conference, under the
theme, "Man, A __ heart,
Touched by God,” St Luke
6:45, the Anglican Church Men
will convene in Georgetown,
Exuma from March 22 - 25.

Designed to empower men
in the Anglican communion to
carry out the mission and min-
istry of the church, the annual
conference is a building block
which supports the growth and
development of the body.

The theme, ‘Man, A heart,
Touched by God,’ is significant,
church officials said, because Bahamian men need their
hearts touched by God so that they can exhibit the love
that He exhibits to his children, and so that they can be
a light in a darkened world.

“We believe that once a man is complete spiritually,
financially, and lives a healthy lifestyle, he can become
a role model in his community and his presence, his
influence, will eventually spread throughout the coun-
try.”

The 2006 conference, held under the theme
‘Stewardship’, proved to be very timely. The men were
told that they should continue to provide the church
with their time, talents, and treasures so that the work
and ministry of the church is able to continue until the
return of Jesus Christ.

The speakers at this year’s conference include;

e Father Stephen Davies, who will speak on, "A Man
and His God".

Father Davies was born on September 3, 1961, to
Roscoe and Mavis Davies, in ‘the Valley’, New
Providence. He received his education at Queen’s
College, the College of the Bahamas, and then
Codrington Theological College, Barbados. He gradu-
ated from Codrington College and the University of the
West Indies in 1985 with a BA in Theology (Hons) and
a diploma in Pastoral Studies.

He was ordained as a Deacon on July 24, 1985 and a
priest on June 24, 1986. Father Davies was appointed
diocesan youth director from 1997- 2004. Presently, he
is serving as the chaplain and education officer of the
Royal Bahamas Police Force and associate priest for
Christ Church Cathedral. ;

He is married to the former Italia M Wells and the
union is blessed with three children, Bryant, Stephen IT
and Simone.

L: celebration of their 34th

8 BISHOP BOYD
(FILE photo)

¢ Known to most as Rabbi, Reginald Grant is a mem-
ber of the Church of the Holy Spirit Anglican Church in
Chippingham, where he leads the evangelism ministry.
Mr Grant is a past lay director of the Cursillo
Community. He is blessed to have led and participated
in Faith Alive, Discovery and Alpha Renewal
Programmes in his home parish and many other parish-
es in the Bahamas and Florida.

Mr Grant is married to Elizabeth E Grant and they
have three sons, Avian, Reginald and Holland, one
daughter Ariel.

¢ Larry Gibson, CFA, will speak on, “A Man and His





@ THE Anglican Church Men’s (shown) conference is scheduled to meet in Georgetown, Exuma, March 22-25.

Finances”. Mr Gibson, a chartered financial analyst, is
vice president of Pensions at Colonial Pensions Services
(Bahamas) Limited. He is a veteran executive within
the Bahamas’ financial services sector, having held sen-
ior executive positions in both international and domes-
tic organisations.

Mr Gibson has served on numerous public and pri-
vate sector boards throughout his career and currently
serves as a director for Commonwealth Bank Limited;
chairman of the finance committee of St Andrew's
School; and a member of the Anglican Church
Diocesan finance committee.

He and his family are members of the parish of St
Mary's.

e Dr Conville Brown will speak on, “A Man and His
health”. Dr Brown was born in Nassau on November
21, 1958, to the late Lawrence Brown of The Bluff,
Eleuthera, and Virginia Brown-Fox of Long Island.
After graduating from Government High School in
1975 at age 16, he furthered his education in Canada at
Acadia University, Dalhousie University, and then in

(FILE photo)

Jamaica, at the University of the West Indies.

In December of 1982, he received the Bachelor of
Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree from the
UWI Medical School (MBBS).

Dr Brown is married to Dr Corrine Sin Quee-Brown,
a pediatric hematologist and oncologist, and they have
three children, Conville Stephan, Corey Samuel and
Chelsea Samantha.

e Bishop Laish Boyd will wrap up the conference
speaking on the topic, “A Man's Response to the Touch
of God”. Bishop Boyd was born August 25, 1961 to the
late Wilton E Boyd and Ruth C Boyd (nee McNeil). He
was educated at Government High School and St
Andrews and then went on to King's College at
Dalhousie University in Canada where he earned a
Bachelor of Arts degree in the Classics. He then went
on to Codrington Theological College, St John,
Barbados and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree
in Theology from the University of the West Indies,
Barbados. He is married to the former Joann M A Gray
and they have three sons, Zane, Joash and Nathan.



The Tribunz

Thursday, March 8, 2007 © PG 21



religionnews

‘Obeying the

presence
ot God’

@ By REVEREND
ANGELA PALACIOUS

often have to begin to desire

to acknowledge the Presence
that we may not yet feel is real.
Then, we begin to listen to what the
Presence of God has to say. Now it
is time to obey.

What is it that God is asking of
you? What is it that you are born to
accomplish before you die? What is
the blessing you withhold from the
world when you insist that you do
not matter, that you have no signifi-
cance?

If you were born to worship God,
can you begin to focus your self in
genuine adoration to give God a
place of stature? Can you stop tak-
ing all of the credit for who you are
or what you have, and obediently
say “thank you” until gratitude is
genuine thanksgiving and praise?

If you were born to please God,
can you start to adjust your attitude
to that of greater humility that
looks for how God is showing you
what this means on a daily basis?
Not only giving up of what is not in
your best interest (as it will eventu-
ally happen), but the taking on of
what will make you bloom or be
transformed.

If you accept that you were born

I n our spiritual journeys, we

“The gift of prayer

is a great way to Start
to show sincere love
and care.Ask God to
show you how to
love these people..”

— Rev A B Palacious



@ ANGELA PALACIOUS

to love others with God’s love, then
what is within your reach to do
right now or in the next few min-
utes, do it. Ask anyone with whom
you have regular contact what
things they like or enjoy, and see if
you can be a secret blessing as often
as you are able.

The gift of prayer is a great way
to start to show sincere love and
care. Ask God to show you how to
love these people. Then cast your
net further, and see who ts really
unloved in society and see if you
can respond there.

Listen to the Presence for wis-
dom, enjoy the Presence as you are
given assurance, and then obey the
Presence as you receive instruction.
Listen to the call to leave your foot-
prints in the sand of time and what
one writer termed “heart prints” in
the lives of others.

Rock of Ages Huneral Chapel

Wulff Road & Pinedale
Tel: 323-3800 or 322-1431 ¢ Fax: 328-8852








DIEUFRAND
PETIT-PHAR, 24

of Key West Street and
formerly ofBorgne, Cap
Haitien, Haiti will be held
at Our Lady's Catholic
Church, Deveaux Street on
Saturday, March 10th, 2007
at 9:30 a.m. Officiating will
be Fr. Kaze Eugene assisted
by Fr. Roland Vilfort.

Interment will follow in the
Southern Cemetery, Spikenard and Cowpen Roads




































Left to cherish his memory are his mother, Christianne
Falestin; father, St. Jusma PetitPhar; five sisters, Siliane
Petit-Phar, Mrs. Ulysse Francois, Mrs. Julio Jules,
Margareth and Rose Marie of Haiti; one brother, Clifton;
one godchild, Samantha; seven aunts, Milise, Desiine,
Mrs. Thermeus, Mevilia, Macilia, Rositha and Mrs.
Deshomes; two uncles, Franky Falestin of Miami and
Pharius Celiphant; three brothers-in-law, Ulysse, Julio
and Jackson; five nieces, Cassandra, Vanesa, Lovedine,
Shemaidine of Haiti and Shandricka of Miami; four
nephews of Haiti; numerous cousins including, Wilson,
Eoldy, Berry, Makenson, Jean Claude, Jean Rony,
Gepson, Paulette, Dieulene, Rosena, Mrs. Tyanneau,
Marie Mathe, Rosinette, Anatide, Freda, Tanika,
Tanisha, Roosevelt and George; special friends Gucci
and Luke; other friends including Lina and family,
Joline and family, Andrew and family, Elda and family,
Levasseus, Adriel, Ms. Gepson, Vivianne, Cecile, Adele
and family: church family including, Father Kaze,
Father Roland, Anderson, Malon, Lenou, Henry,
Rodney, Vanessa, Emile, Jeny, Wilbert, Vita, the Youth
Group (J.A.J), Church Choir, Rayon de Soleil, Key
West Street family, Cocoplum family and the Cox Yard
family.

Relatives and friends may pay their last respects at
Rock of Ages Funeral Chapel on Wulff Road & Pinedale
in the Petra Suite on Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and
on Saturday at the Church from 8:30 a.m. until funeral
time.







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LILIMAE
WALKINE, 62



Road.

cousins, Marrie, Sarah, Ophelia, Harriet, Christie, Harry,

and family, Bishop Woodley C. Thompson and family,

Aemeritte’s Funeral Aome

BAHAMAS’ OLDEST MORTUARY
MARKET STREET ¢ P.O. BOX GT-2097 ¢ TEL: 323-5782

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR

_ Adderley, Dorothy Bowe, Ethol "Grammy" Woods, Dr.
: Melva Brown, medical team - Dr. DuVaughn Curling, Dr.
_ Theodore Turnquest and the Oncology Consultants Staff,

of Oxford Street West, and fromerly |
of Mortimer's, Long Island, will be |
held at The Church of God of |
Prophecy East Street Tabernacle, on |
Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Officiating |
will be Bishop Franklin M. Ferguson, |
Bishop Woodley C. Thompson and Minister Kendal C. |
Simmons. Interment follows in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier |

Left to lovingly remember and cherish her fond memory |
is her, devoted husband of 42 years Felix Waikine; mother, |
Ellen L. Ferguson; children, Sabrina and Paul Walkine; |
daughter-in-law, Deserea Walkine; grand children, Ayrin :
Walkine and Joshua Ferguson-Pratt; sisters, Joyce and |
Oralee Gibson, Thelma Ferguson-Beneby and Attorney |
Joyann Ferguson-Pratt; brothers, James and Charles Gibson,
Herbert Ferguson Jr.; brother-in-law, Whitney Hamilton;
nieces and nephews, Janessa and Shun Sands, Jonathan :
Missick, Shantell Young, Jerome Cash, Clyde and Geodano :
Deveaux, Ricardo Williams, Antoinette, Marsha, Wendy, :
Troy and Davey Gibson and Felix and Angel Beneby, :
Lynette and Lynden Maycock, Herbert Ferguson III, :
Yardezia Ferguson (Tampa FL.); uncle, Allan Wallace; :





Ty, : and John Virgil of Turks & Caicos Island and Vernon
Joseph, James, Clement and Clarence Wallace, Faith :

Roxbury, Violet Williams and Mary Wilson, William and :
Yvonne Watson, Shirley Pratt, Nesbitt and Iva Adderley; |
other relative and friends, Bishop Franklin M. Ferguson |
sae | Stephanie, Claudia, Barbara, Monique, Paula, Venissa,
Minister Kendall Simmons and family, Bishop Hulan :
Hanna and family, East Street Men's Fellowship, Sanctuary |
Choir East Street, Usher Board East Street, and other :
members of the Church of God of Prophecy family, The |
Oxford Street neighbourhood, Health Education Division :
Staff, Henry Cash, Shun Sands, Arthur Inez Peet, Dr. |
James Iferenta and Dr. Renee Peet Iferenta, Albertha,
Hope and Nicholas, Byer, Edward and Dale Thompson, :
| Alexander and Paulamae Bain, Sandra Payne, Alex and |
Loneice Mea, Philip and Anita Beneby, Sherwin and |
| Charlene Fernander, Eddy Lumene, Jan Joseph, Navilia |
Bazile, Francina Saunders, Winsome Rochester, Caroline |

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Dr. Edwin Demeritte.





Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral
Home, Market Street, from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. on Friday
and on Saturday at the church from 9:00 a.m. until service
time.







WAYNE MARIO
"Apples"
ADDISON, 41






a resident of Crotan Street, Pinewood
Gardens, will be held at Faith
‘) Apostolic Church, Blue Hill Road
South, on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
Officiating will be Rev, District Elder
Winston Redwood, assisted by District Elder Ezekiel
Munnings. Interment follows in Southern Cemetery,
Cowpen and Spikenard Roads.














Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Pamela; his
mother, Helen Addison; | sister, Wendy Addison-Hepburn;
2 children, Wendina and Wayne Addison; 3 uncles, Oswald







Addison of Freeport, Grand Bahama; 7 aunts, Mary,
Albetina, Velma Virgil of Turks & Caicos Island, Norma
Rolle, Nancy Rigby, Urla and Shavone Addison; 1 brother-
in-law, Ralph Hepburn; 11 cousins, Lorine, Velma,








Frankie, John, Chunkles, A host of other relatives and
friends including, Mr. Joseph Johnson and family, the staff
of Premier Importers, Pieces Bus Service Route #16,
special friend Icilda and family and others too numerous
to mention.









Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral
Home, Market Street, from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. on Friday
and on Saturday from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. and at the
church from 12 noon until service time.










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THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2067, PAGE 23

Demeritte’s Funeral Home

' BAHAMAS’ OLDEST MORTUARY
MARKET STREET ¢ P.O. BOX GT-2097 ¢ TEL: 323-5782



OLIVE ARLENE
RAMSEY, 74



® Cemetery, The Cove, Cat Island.

Trevon Munroe, Wilcher Rahming, Albert Pierre and Steven Miller:
sisters-in-law, Ada Browne, Ruth Browne, Maxine Stevens, Ernestine

Moore; brothers, De'Leon and Timothy Browne; sisters, Katherine

family, Arnold Strachan, Leonette Johnson and family, Anthony Campbell,

Melonie and family, Charles Ambrose, Jeff and Forestine and family, :

Rev. Elmond King, Beauthine King and family, Charles Brown, Vera

Burke Newbold and family, Vincui Dorsett and family, Ignis Hepburn
and family, Isabelle Wilson and Hanna Poitier and family, Emiel Poitier,
Dorrington Poitier, Florence Poitier, Inez Miller, Luther Humes, Nathalie
Dorsett and family, Keno, Coralee Turner and family, Delores, Nathalie
Ramsey, Dora and Marjorie McIntosh, Wesley and Alma Johnson and
family, Jefferson and Erma Stevens and family, Genise and Magalene

Strachan and family, Eleanor Dorsette and family, Rebecca Watson and
Lillian Clarke and family, Robert Seymour and family, Elmor Milka
Sullivan and family, Elamae Rolle and the Bannister family, Andrew

Carroll Johnson and family, Dr. Bartlette and staff at Smith's Bay Clinic,

of Great Harbour Cay, Reuben Bethel and family, Beatrice Taylor and
family, Jerome Stubbs and family, Grishaun and Gifton Swann, Bertrum

and family, the McCoy family, the Pratt's family, the Seymour's family



Left to cherish her memory are her children, :
Evamae, Elvis, Cleomie Miller, Eddison, Lillimae, Veronica Munroe, :
William, Phillippa Rahming, Clevland and Abraham; grandchildren, : |
Leonard, Malketa, Elvis Lavar Jr., Elvis Presly, Timothy, Joshua, :
Cameron, Preshell, Verenecia, Verenekia, Racquel, Sasha, Alicia, Shekita, ;
Stevanie, Giovanni, Esthora, Mario, Roshando, Christopher, Albert, :
Neko, Lakeisa, Philicia, Wenzel, Jerrell, Wilcher, Cleirca, Clerell, Dajour :
and Ravaughn; great grandchildren, Jahjara and Soryah; adopted sons, :
Alfred, Wendall, Lauren Nixon; daughters-in-law, Sharell, Vernita, ;
Maloise, Joletha Ramsey, Tharese Ramsey Farrington; sons-in-law, :

Cherished and fondest memory will be left in the hearts of his daughters,

Browne, Linda Browne and Lizarine Saunders; brother-in-law, Donald Ruth Neily and Carol Naomi Johnson; brother, Thomas Love Sr, sisters,



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religionnews |

Concert to benefit blind children

@ By ANASTACIA MOREE
Tribune Feature Writer

hile some young men spend

W their free time playing video

games and watching television

or hanging out with friends, Vincent

McDonald is using his after-school hours

to organise his second gospel concert, slat-

ed to be held Saturday, March 10 at Holy
Cross Anglican Church at 7pm.

“This year the focus of the concert is
different. Last year the proceeds from the
concert were used to purchase musical
instruments, however this year part pro-
ceeds will be donated to the Bahamas
Foundation for the Blind and Visually
Impaired Children.”

At 15-years-old, Vincent, an 11th grade
student at Telios Christian School, is a
member of the Foundation.

An intelligent, humble young man, who

is passionate about helping others, and his
music - he’s a musician (he plays the key
board and piano), a singer, and a writer,
Vincent refuses to be influenced by the
negative elements that exist within our
society. Clearly focused on his goals, he
will not allow anyone or anything to deter
him from positively impacting Bahamian
society.

A member of Calvary Bible Church,
Vincent, who was born with glaucoma, has
faced his own share of eye problems.
Perhaps it is because of this situation, one
that he has dealt with from a young age,
that he refuses to be held back.

With an active social and church life,
Vincent told Tribune Religion that he will
be donating part proceeds from the con-
cert to the Bahamas Foundation for the
Blind and Visually Impaired because this
was a good way to give back to an organi-
sation that had given him the assistance he

AS

needed when he needed it.

"I chose to donate part proceeds from
the concert to the Foundation because
they were very instrumental in helping me,
and I think that this is also a way to raise
community awareness about blind persons
in our society.”

Vincent also explained that while there
are many gospel concerts aimed at chang-
ing lives, if he can win just one soul for
Christ he will be satisfied.

"] know that there are many concerts
that are put on to help bring changes in the
lives of young persons, but if I can change
one life then I know that I have accom-
plished something."

The concert, Mr McDonald promises,
will be better than last year’s, and is
expected to showcase a variety of well
known local artists, such as DJ Counsellor,
Landlord, Shaback, the Rahming
Brothers, Vision, Christian Soldiers and

The Tribune



Kevin McKenzie. There will also be a live
performance by the students from the
Salvation Army School for the Blind.

"There will be a variety of musical acts
that both the old and young can enjoy," he
said, adding that the music is certain to
reflect the diversity of Bahamian music
and music lovers.

According to Vincent, it is his hope that
the concert will reach young Bahamians
wherever they are in their lives. He also
hopes that it will bring a level of awareness
to Bahamian society about the, sometimes
ignored, talents of the blind.

In spite of his age and physical short-
comings, Vincent continues to do what he
loves - helping to change and transform
the lives of those he comes into contact
with, and in so doing he has set the bar
high for other young Bahamian men and
women who want to positively impact the
world around them.



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Anglican Church Women to hold fun run, walk



= WOMEN of St Matthew’s Anglican Church (ACW) will join the healthy
lifestyle efforts, Saturday, March 24, when they will hold a Health
Fun/Run/Walk at 6am leaving from the parish hall. Early this year, the women
engaged in a ‘healthy discussion’ at the women’s monthly meeting, held under
the topic: ‘How to live healthy’ presented by Dr Danny Johnson, director of
the ‘Healthy Lifestyles’ programmes at the Ministry of Health. Dr Johnson
entertained questions from the women in regard to living healthy. He

explained various conditions medical doctors treat on a daily basis and-helped
the women understand the causes of some medical conditions and how to pre-
vent them. In response to the presentation the women announced their plans
to join the healthy lifestyle efforts. The discussions have readied the women
of the parish as they move into celebration mode for the Church’s 205th
Anniversary July 18. The events will kick-off with the parish’s ‘Great Fair’,
slated for June 23.

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@ By KARIN HERIG
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THE industrial action by
Customs officers yesterday shut
down operations at shipping
companies, delayed the deliv-
ery of goods'to businesses and
threatened to impede travel to
the Bahamas — all during one
of the busiest tourism seasons,
Spring Break.

Although — according to Pub-
lic Servicé Minister Fred
Mitchell — government and Cus-
tom workers came to an agree-
ment yesterday afternoon and
officers returned to work soon
after, the half-day demonstra-
tion for salary increases and
equal treatment caused chaos

within the business communi-
ty.

“J don’t understand how gov-
ernment could have allowed
this to happen. We are an
island, we need to import goods
and everything needs to clear
Customs. We depend on it. I
feel that there are a lot of things
government could have done
that they failed to do which
could have prevented this,” one
shipping company representa-
tive said.

According to the demon-
strating Custom officers, gov-
ernment was expected to meet
with them on Monday to dis-
cuss their concerns, but failed

SEE page 15

Eighty per cent of officers estimated
to have walked off the job yesterday

@ By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter



ALL customs and immigration activities ground to a halt
yesterday when an estimated eighty per cent of all officers —
including line staff at the airport — walked off the job alleging

government neglect.

A large group of customs officers gathered in the parking lot
outside the customs headquarters yesterday morning, although

senior officers sought to emphasise that the action was not a |

strike — which is deemed illegal for all disciplinary forces.
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ernment officials — including ministers Fred Mitchell, Bradley
Roberts, and James Smith — and the Bahamas Public Service _

Union (BPSU) to the effect that all officers agreed to return to
work.

Assurances were given that key areas of concern for the
officers will be addressed in coming months — in the form of

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- day operations” of the Port Authority, which is;

AG's office refutes
reported reason
for Mario Miller

trial postponement

THERE seems to be some
confusion about the reason
behind the latest postponement.
of the Mario Miller murder tri-

"al, after the Attorney General’s
office released a statement con-
tradicting earlier media reports.

The statement declared that

- the unavailability of defence ©
, attorney Romona Farquharson
‘, is the sole reason for the most
>) ‘gecent delay. However, The Tri-'
bune was unable to indepen-
dently verify this claim with the

‘Supreme Court: 55

Media outlets had reported
that the postponement of the
case was due to a prosecution
witness being unavailable.

The AG’s office refuted this
statement in its press release. It
stated:

“It was made clear to the
court and to the jurors waiting
to be empanelled that the trial
was delayed solely.due to the
non-availability of counsel for

SEE page 14

m@ CUSTOMS officers during yesterday’s industrial action.
(Photo: Felipé Major/Tribune staff)

Boundaries
Commission
report ‘complete’

@ By BRENT DEAN

GB Chamber of Commerce : Mother to stage protest against ;

_ president positive on allesed ‘police brutality
future of Port Authority Hs 5 P eee y
AN ANGRY mother is to stage a

placard protest against police brutality after
: her son was left with a broken neck and brain
eI leged attack by th fi-
FREEPORT S “potential” could-tinally bed Sam eee 7" alleged attack by, three oft

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realised, and “true collaboration” between the { = «Pps ; ee : 7 :
Grand Bahama Port Authority, its licensees ; This, in my. opinion, was attempted. mur THE REPORT of the
: der. 5 Boundaries Commission has

and the Government achieved, from the events : & . }
set in motion by the current dispute between the ; My son suffere da seizure after the beating,
GBPA’s shareholders, the Grand Bahama yet a senior officer told him he would not

Chamber of Commerce president said. : need a doctor.

Christopher Lowe praised the GBPA’s man- : “They even told my son that if he

agement team for “smoothing out the day-to- died, they would say it was the result
: of an injury he suffered at the container’

been completed and will be
tabled in the House of Assem-
bly next Wednesday by the
Prime Minister, according to
Works Minister Bradley
Roberts.

Mr Roberts made these
remarks yesterday afternoon in
the parliament building.

However, The Tribune has
been reliably informed that this
information is incorrect. It is
understood that potential.
changes to the boundaries are
still to be discussed.

Significant public controversy
has emerged surrounding the
length of time it has taken for
the government to submit the
report.

Elections have to be held by
May 22 at the latest. The delay
in making the new boundaries
public, prevents all potential
candidates from knowing pre-
cisely what their constituencies
are and where they have to

SEE page 14

in the care of joint receivers Clifford and Myles : port.”

SEE page 14 e Special Report on page 5

Bahamian boat captain indicted in Florida

on murder, smuggling and drugs charges

@ By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter

A BAHAMIAN boat captain
has been indicted in a Florida
court on charges of murder,
smuggling of illegal immigrants
and the importation of drugs.

Boat captain Rickey Thomp-
son, together with his American
first-mate Leon Brice Johnson,
are accused of causing the death
of a Jamaican as well as import-
ing marijuana and cocaine into

the US during a smuggling trip sel.
from the Bahamas to Jupiter The migrants, it is claimed,
Island, Florida. paid Thompson fees ranging
Both men will face the death —_ from $1,500 to $4,000 for the trip.
penalty or life imprisonment if The boat captain allegedly
found guilty. assured his passengers that they
Accordipg to documents of . would be dropped off “on a
the US Attorney’s office for beach orin water no higher than
Southern Florida District, the their ankles.”
men -— between December | and Thompson and Johnson,
December 6, 2006— arranged the together with the 11 illegal immi-
transport of 11 illegalimmigrants —_grants, reportedly left Freeport
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HOWARD K STERN has
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head is the father of Anna
Nicole Smith’s daughter Dan-
nielynn, it was claimed this
week. :

Ford Shelley, son-in-law of
Anna’s ex- -lover Ben Thomp-
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became known during an hour-
long meeting between all three
of them.

“He invited Larry to see his
child,” said Mr Shelley, who
advanced the money for Anna
Nicole to buy Horizons, the lux-
ury home on the Eastern Road
where she spent the last-five
months of her life.

“If Howard was 100 per cent
sure he was the father, he would
not even have had the meeting
at all. He would not need to.”

Mr Shelley said the meeting
was called by Stern himself “to
resolve some differences.”

“During the meeting, Stern
invited Birkhead to see his
child,” he said. Stern told Birk-
head that Dannielynn had
arrived two weeks early “so it’s
between me and you.”

Mr Shelley said: “Stern want-
ed us to drop all our suits, pater-
nity and property actions.”

But Mr Shelley made it clear
the fight over Horizons would
go on. “He is a squatter. He has
no legal right to the house,” he
said. *

His comments came on Fox
TV during an interview with
Greta van Susteren.

During the show, Stern’s
attorney Ron Rale said his
client had made no money at
all from Ms Smith’s death and
stood to make none.

He also said Stern had made
nothing from the “exchange of
vows” ceremony on a catama-
ran off Rose Island. last year
when photo rights were report-
edly sold to People magazine
for $1.1 million.

Mr Rale also denied claims



M@ HOWARD K Stern
pictured with Anna Nicole
Smith last year |

by lawyer John O’Quinn - rep-
resenting Anna Nicole’s moth-
er, Virgie Arthur - that Stern
stood to benefit from seven life
insurance policies in the event
of the cover girl’s death.

“He has no life insurance pol-
icy on Anna’s life,” he said, “He
doesn’t benefit from Anna’s
estate. It is in the will. You
watch the probate as it unfolds.”

Meanwhile Gina Shelley -
Ford’s wife - said Stern had
explained the “exchange of
vows” ceremony by saying he
wanted to cheer up Anna
Nicole after son Daniel’s death.

“After Daniel died, I don’t
know if she was ever in the right
state of mind,” she said.



In brief



Evacuation
of World Cup
teams after
gas leak

@ TRINIDAD
Port-of-Spain

SOUTH Africa, Pakistan,
Canada and Ireland cricket
players were evacuated from
their Trinidad hotel after
leaking gas caused a blast ear-
ly Wednesday, according to
Associated Press.

Three staffers at the Hilton
Hotel reportedly were taken
to the Port-of-Spain General
Hospital with undisclosed
injuries. None of the players
or team officials were injured,
hotel staff said. |

“Shortly after the blast,
which occurred on the eighth
floor of the hotel at about 8am,
all guests were evacuated,”
Cricket South Africa media
liaison officer Gordon Tem-
pleton said in a statement..

“It is unclear as to what
caused the blast but the entire
team is safe and calm has
returned to the hotel.”

Guests were allowed to
return to their rooms around|4
1/2 hours after the evacuation.

All teams except for Pak-
istan decided to leave the
vicinity of the hotel while
police and fire crews investi-
gated.

Peter Guarniive, the hotel’s
safety and security manager,
said “emergency forces are
trying to work out exactly
what happened.”

The Pakistan team’s media
manager, Pervez Jamil Mir, said
some of the players were having
breakfast in the dining room
and others were still asleep
when the alarm went off.

Pakistan had no scheduled
practice on Wednesday, he
said, but the evacuation was a
disruption to the players in
their buildup to the World Cup.

Canada and Ireland play in
a warm-up match Thursday
at Trinidad, with South Africa
playing Pakistan on Friday.

The March 13-April 28
World Cup features 16 teams
in venues scattered around
nine countries. of the

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to export
cocaine

A MAN was granted $30,000
bail yesterday after being
charged with conspiracy to pos-
sess and export cocaine with the
intent to supply.

Allworth Pickstock, 28, who
appeared before Magistrate
Carolita Bethel on Tuesday,
returned to court yesterday for
a bail hearing.

He initially pleaded not guilty
to the charges, which stated that
on Tuesday, January 23 while
at Freeport Grand Bahama, he
conspired to possess and export
a quantity of cocaine with the
intent to supply.

The case was adjourned to
September 10 and 11.

US heads
brief Cuban
activists on
rights report
@ HAVANA

US authorities presented
independent Cuban journalists
and other activists with the
State Department’s annual
human rights report Wednes-
day, saying the situation has not
changed since Fidel Castro
stepped aside seven months
ago, according to Associated
Press. .

Jonathan Farrar, the State
Department’s principal deputy
assistant secretary for democ-
racy, human rights and labour,

spoke via video conference »

from Washington, answering
questions from a small group of
activists.

“They: changed one for the
other,” Farrar said of the 80-
year-old Castro’s decision in
late July to temporarily cede
power to his 75-year-old broth-
er Raul while he recovered
from intestinal surgery.

“But we really have not seen

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Wi MINISTER of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell speaks to the press yesterday at the House of

Assembly

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@ By BRENT DEAN =

hy

MINISTER .ofs,Foreign
Affairs Fred Mitchell
expressed concern regarding
the coverage given to the US
government’s annual Human
Rights report by local media.

Mr Mitchell expressed these
concerns yesterday afternoon
in a press conference in the

* House of Assembly.

“It seems to me that every

year, the State department.

Human Rights Report — which

is a routine report — which is °

done on every country in the
world, takes on a significance
far beyond its actual impor-
tance,” he said.

Mr Mitchell noted that US
Embassy has stated that the
overall report on the Bahamas
is a positive one. |

The minister said that
despite the problems men-

(Phoi:Felipé Major/Tribune staff)

tioned in the report, the
Bahamas is a free society with
free media, where all citizens
are able to publicly voice con-
cerns and grievances.

Redress

.

Additionally, he noted that
the Bahamas.has systems, just
as the US has systems, through
which people are able to seek
redress when they think they
have been wronged.

The Foreign Minister was
particularly concerned that
“the report always seems to be
accepted uncritically.”

Mr Mitchell sought to place
the report in context, stating
that in regard to money laun-
dering in the Bahamas, which
was mentioned in the annual
US narcotics report, it has
been noted by commentators

that more money is laundered
through the banks of New
York, than the entire
Caribbean — and possibly all
of Latin America.

Mr Mitchell also stated that
despite the criticisms of Fox
Hill Prison in the report, the
government is engaged in
efforts to improve the facility.
And he argued that the US
has its own problems in this
regard.

He said: “Similar comments
have been made by Amnesty
International about the US
(prison) system itself — about
what is happening in Guan-
tanamo Bay, what is happen-
ing to blacks in the prison sys-
tem in the US.” ‘

Mr Mitchell stated that he
did not want to be. critical of
the US, but raised these points
to illustrate that all countries
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ference did not see it until they
were handed copies in English —

rather than in their native Span-.

ish — minutes before the event
began.

The report said that at the
end of 2006, Cuba held at least
283 prisoners of conscience. It
found that the government did
not commit any politically moti-
vated killings, and there were
apparently no forcible disap-
pearances on the island.

It also stated that physical tor-
ture was rare, though govern-
ment agents sometimes beat,
harassed and. made death
threats against dissidents and
independent journalists —
including those behind bars.

Cuba’s communist govern-
ment regular rejects charges of
rights abuses, especially those
concerning physical abuse. Typ-
ically characterising any jailed
dissidents as US mercenaries,
the government maintains it
respects human rights more
than most nations by providing
free health care and other social
services.

The State Department’s report
comes as Cuba and international
organizations question Wash-
ington’s own commitment, to
human rights following allega-
tions of abuse of terror suspects
at the US prison at Guantanamo

. Bay in easternmost Cuba.

Activists at the video confer-
ence were particularly interest-
ed in a section of the report that
dealt with the island’s Internet
restrictions. |

The State Department said
Cuba blocks access to websites
it considers objectionable and
usually only provides Internet
access through government

‘approved institutions.

Cuba says it has to restrict
access to the World Wide Web
because of severe bandwidth
limitations it blames on the US
trade embargo.

Because the trade sanctions

A POLICE officer was
arraigned in Magistrate’s
Court yesterday charged
with the rape of an 18-year-
old woman.

It is alleged that Consta-
ble Julian Outten, 30, had
sex with the -young woman
against her will on Saturday,
January 7.

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Outten on the same day had
forcibly detained the young
woman with the intent to
have intercourse with her.

Outten, who was
‘arraigned before Chief Mag-
istrate Roger Gomez at
Court One, Bank Lane, was
not required to enter a plea
to either charge. Outten is
represented by lawyer lan
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SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt, O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G.,
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THE 11 JURORS in the Lewis
“Scooter” Libby case Tuesday came
to the common-sense conclusion
that the former chief of staff to
Vice President Dick Cheney was
guilty on four of five charges of per-
jury, lying, and obstruction of jus-
tice.

But after the verdict one juror
said the panel had wondered why
higher officials had not been
brought to justice.

They felt Libby was a fall
guy.

In a case whose origins go direct-
ly back to misstatements made by
President Bush and others about the
threat posed by Saddam Hussein,
Libby’s mistake was to have told his
lies under oath.

To get Congress and the Ameri-
can public to support a war in Iraq,
Bush and his top officials in 2002
and early 2003 wove a tissue of fab-
rications and manipulated intelli-
gence about Iraq’s links to Al Qae-
da and its preparations for nuclear

weapons.
When former diplomat Joseph
Wilson wrote a newspaper

article in the summer of 2003 that
started tugging on one of the
threads in this web of deceptions —
that Iraq had tried to procure ura-
nium in Africa — evidence suggests
that Cheney tried to discredit Wil-
son.

To do so, administration officials
leaked the fact that Wilson’s wife,
Valerie Plame, was a CIA official
and had played a role in sending
him to Africa in 2002 to track down
the uranium rumour.

Wilson discovered the
rumour to be unfounded, and said
- so in a report to administration offi-
cials, only to see the rumour
repéated in administration state-
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Revealing Wilson’s wife’s role
would plant the notion that the trip
to Niger was a “junket,” a phrase
that Cheney used in notes he made
on a copy of Wilson’s newspaper
article.

But the smear boomeranged.
There is a law against
disclosing an undercover CIA offi-
cial’s identity, and Cheney, Libby,
Bush aide Karl Rove, and other offi-
cials had to testify before a grand
jury. ;
Libby’s statements were persua-
sively rebutted by other testimony,
leading to the charges against
him.

Since violation of the law pro-
tecting CIA officials’ identity,
requires knowing intent, none of the
leakers was charged with that.

‘Tuesday, federal prosecutor
Patrick Fitzgerald said he did not
plan to bring further indictments in
the case.

But the questions still echo that
Fitzgerald asked in his final remarks
to the jury: “What is this case
about? Is it about something big-
ger?”

The jurors — and the public —
know that the case is about an
attempt by the vice president to dis-
credit a former government
official who had the audacity to
challenge false statements about the
war.

Fitzgerald said the American peo-
ple would know more about the
“cloud over the vice president” and
“the cloud over the White House” if
Libby had provided straight
answers.

Now Cheney can lift that cloud by
giving the public some straight
answers of his own.

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Shane Gibson

EDITOR, The Tribune.






Da M es

PLEASE allow me afew [RNGTETNMneneelenne!

lines in your valuable
paper to share my views on
the most recent issues SUI- Nicole Smith incident.

rounding D Shane Gibson I have listened as
and this whole Anna prophets, politicians, and

Private entrepreneurs
running business in
comparison to govt

EDITOR, The Tribune.

IN HIS book, The End Of Poverty- Economic Possibilities For
Our Time, in the Chapter “Making the Investments Needed to
End Poverty,” Jeffrey D Sachs, internationally renowned for his
work as economic adviser to governments around the world,
writes: “Experience has shown that private entrepreneurs do a
much better job of running business than governments. When
governments run businesses, they tend to do so for political
rather than economic reasons. State enterprises tend to overstaff
their operations, since jobs equal votes for politicians, and lay-
offs can cost a politician the next election. ,

State-owned banks tend to make loans for political reasons,
rather than on the basis of expected returns. Factories are like-
ly to be built in the districts of powerful politicians, not where
they can best serve the broader population. Moreover, gov-

ernments rarely have the in-house expertise to manage complex’

technologies, and they shouldn’t, aside from sectors where the
government’s role is central such as in defence, infrastructure,
health and education.”

As Sideburns might write, “Mother Sukie, how he know dat
about we!”

W P HOLOWESKC
Nassau,
February, 2007.

Some questions
“on politics

EDITOR, The Tribune. mending changes in National
Insurance or is that dead for
DEAR Mr Marquis: this session of Parliament?

I read with interest your
column discussing politics in
The Bahamas and should like
some attention paid to the fol-
lowing:

1) What became of the
Prime Minister’s code of
ethics?

2) What became of the dis-
closure that Parliamentarians
are supposed to make to their
assets of income?

3) What became of the
pledge of transparency made
by the present government?

4) Will Mr Christie declare
his state of candidates in the
up and coming election?

5) What became of the
Alfred Stuart report recom-



_ Mackey Street ¢ Telephone: 393-0744
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6) How about The Tribune
taking a poll on the perfor-
mance of each Cabinet Minis-
ter or for that matter, all of

the Members of Parliament '

presently serving in the
House?

7) Please inform us as to
government pensions, espe-

cially that of governors gen- .

eral, prime minister, members
of parliament, senior civil ser-
vants, etc.

ANONYMOUS
READER
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February 12, 2007.



The Tomlinson
Scholarship

every other Joe and Mary
Blow has come out of the
woodwork calling for
everything from resigna-
tion to expulsion from The
Bahamas of the good gen-
tleman. It really amazes me
as many, some of whom I
know have sought to vilify
this gentleman as if they
themselves are without
fault.

Let me say for the record
just in case we have for-
gotten. No one is per-
fect...and to expect perfec-
tion from any human is to
subtlely compare them to
the only perfect being
known to mankind...Jesus
Christ.

These experiences call us
to remember that we are
indeed not perfect and that
we must continue to call on
the divine grace of our
Lord to guide our very
existence on this earth. I
would like the general pub-
lic to know that the D
Shane Gibson I know is not
the person that is being.
portrayed in the media as
everything ungodly. He is
in fact-a decent young man
who quite frankly is not
without faults, but then
again, who is? He has rep-
resented the good people.
of Golden Gates well dur-

ing his term in office and

before his venture into pol-
itics, I daresay represent-
ed many of the people who |
now call for his head daily
in the print and broadcast
media.

He has sat around the
table and negotiated for
the good of the masses
both in his past life as well -
as his present.

He, asa young man, has:
taken full control of both
Government Ministries
assigned to him by the
Prime Minister.

How unfortunate itis
that some would seek to
use this season to try and
destroy such a hardwork-
ing young Bahamian. I
would like for The
Bahamas and D. Shane
Gibson to know that Jack-
ie Kemp, polling Division
#3 of the great constituency
of Golden Gates, supports
him 1000 per cent and I
encourage him to keep his
head high. I leave with a
message to his detrac-
tors....What goes
around...comes around!

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Nassau,
February 17, 2007.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2007, PAGE 5



Mother plans protest
against police after son
left with brain damage
Calls for others to join in bid

to stamp out police brutality
after alleged attack by officers



AN irate mother is to stage a
.placard protest against police
brutality after her son was left
with a broken neck and brain
damage in an alleged attack by
three officers.

Stephanie McCartney is call-
ing on everyone who has suf-
fered at police hands to join her
demonstration, which will be
held outside Freeport’s main
police station.

Though no date has yet been
fixed for the protest, Ms
McCartney said she is deter-
mined to stamp out police bru-
tality in the Bahamas - and
secure amends for the injuries
suffered by her son, Jamal
Cleare.

She told The Tribune: “My
son has been permanently
injured by officers who placed a
plastic bag over his head and
beat him so badly that they
broke his neck.

“This, in my opinion, was
attempted murder. My son suf-
fered a seizure after the beating,
yet a senior officer told him he
would not need a doctor. They
even told my son that if he died,
they would say it was the result
of an injury he suffered at the
container port.”

Her complaint is the latest in
a long line of brutality allega-
tions against police. But she is
backing:up her.claims;with let-
ters,to,/Prime Minister Perry
Christie; Minister of National
Security, Gynthia, Pratt, Police
Commissioner Paul Farquhar-
son.and Opposition leader
Hubert Ingraham.

And she says she will not rest
until those responsible for her
son’s injuries are dealt with.

According to Ms McCartney,
_ 30-year-old Jamal was beaten

at Port Lucaya Police Station
between January 17 and 19 this
year.

was placed over his head while

She alleges that a plastic bag



B JAMAL Cleare

he was handcuffed, causing loss
of oxygen and subsequent brain
damage.

She also claims he was beaten
with baseball bats, a cutlass and
taped closet sticks while an offi-
cer told the offending officers
they could “do as they please”.

In her letter, she asks: “Are
police taught to fracture some-
one’s skull? Are police taught
to lie under oath? Are they paid
by the government to do the
above things, is this part of their
job?” :

Meeting

Ms McCartney adds in her
letter that she is “in the process
right now of calling a meeting of
all persons that have been beat-
en by the police on Grand
Bahama to come forward and
so far I have had excellent
response.”

She said she had set up a
meeting with mothers whose
sons had allegedly been killed
or paralysed by police, and who



had documents and pictures to
prove their cases.

“My next step is to march on
Grand Bahama and - guess
what? - the people from east to
west, north and south, are just
waiting. The people in Grand
Bahama are fed up with the
brutal beatings of the police.”

Ms McCartney said officers
had hidden behind the police
badge for too long and it was
about to stop. “At least here in

_ Grand Bahama some of the

churches are getting involved

-because I have invited pastors

to come and see my son, which
they did.

“Their response to me is ‘Ms
McCartney, do not let this get
cold’. I have spoken to union
leaders here on Grand Bahama
and they are also ready.”

Ms McCartney has also sub-
mitted an official statement to
the police complaints and cor-
ruption department.

“Jamal was already in cus-
tody and the court would have
handed down punishment that
they deemed fit for what the
police claim Jamal did, but the
vigilantes and cowards*of the
police force decided different-
ly,” she said.

Ms McCartney is also
demanding that all four officers
allegedly involved directly or
indirectly in her son’s injuries
be “removed from office” until
investigations are complete.

The people, she said, are tired
of officers “covering up the
dirt” of policemen under their
watch. “It’s time to put an end
to those bad apples and those
higher-ups that are upholding
and are party to vicious, under-
handed deeds of some police to

maim and kill persons in cus-

tody.”

Ms McCartney said the
Bahamas cannot afford another
international scandal at this
time. “There needs to be a bill



Judges’ salary rise recommended

THE five-member Judicial
Review Commission is recom-
mending increases in salary for
judges of the Supreme Court
and Court of Appeal in the
range of $6,000 a year.

This, according to the gov-
ernment, was calculated taking
into account the Bahamas Cost-
of-Living Index and allowing
for a real increase in the pur-
’ chasing power of earnings.

The commission’s report,
which was presented to the
House of Assembly yesterday by
‘Prime Minister Perry Christie,
also recommends that an
allowance equal to the tuition
fee prevailing at the College of
the Bahamas from time to time
be paid to a Justice for no more
than two dependents at the same

time and for a period not exceed-
ing four years at collegé, univer-
sity or any professional school.

In a press statement issued
yesterday, the government not-
ed that the commission, chaired
By retired Supreme Court Jus-
tice Joseph Strachan, was
appointed in the wake of the
“unprecedented public utter-
ances” by Justice John Lyons
on two occasions.

“To say that we were
appointed in the wake of the
unprecedented public utterance
by a Justice of the Supreme
Court claiming that the execu-
tive had defaulted by not
responding to the recommen-
dations contained in the report
flowing from an inquiry into the
adequacy of judicial remuner-

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ation, is to acknowledge what
is already common knowledge
but it is necessary for com-
pleteness,” said the report.
The commission recom-
mended that the chief justice’s
salary be increased, with effect
from July 1, 2006, to $104,000.

The chief justice’s salary, .

according to the recommenda-
tion, will be further increased
to $110,000 per annum, with
effect from July 1, 2008.

The president of the Court of
Appeal will see an increase in
salary to $106,000 per annum.

Justices’ salary will move to ©

$97,000.

Prime Minister Christie noted
that the salary increases are sub-
ject to approval by the House of
Assembly.

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Dagleish.

He stressed that the company
cannot.do it alone. He believes
the government and the union
should assist.

Mr Dagleish said the GB
Shipyard currently pays $1.5
miilion each year in work per-
mit fees to the government.

“We have tried in the past to
suggest that some part of that
might be usefully put to work in
training initiatives, such as more
support to BTVI, equipment,
instructors, facilities, or even
subsidies for people who are in
training. To date, we have. had
no positive response to that sug-
gestion.

“We also from time to time
had these discussions with the
union that they consider fund-
ing some part of the training

needs for the shipyard from‘

their dues that the. members
pay. Needless to say, we have
not made any progress there
either,” he said.

Mr Dagleish explained that
in the Bahamas, a company is
expected to foot the bill for pro-
viding the training, a clause
which is normally in the heads
of agreement.

“So, with this expectation as a
company ... it should not be a
surprise that the training
process necessarily will be over
a long period of time,” he said.
“Please understand we are not
griping or complaining, we are
merely trying to have some
measure of understanding about
the challenge, time and cost that
training a large number of peo-
ple takes.”

The veteran shipyard execu-
tive noted that in the UK and
Europe, there is usually a part-
nership between a company, the
government and the relevant
union when it comes to the
training of workers.

Despite the significant invest-
ment on training at the ship-
yard, he said the company is still
being accused by the union of
not doing enough in this area.

“On the front cover of the

Freeport News there was union
president Harold Grey, and the
young shop steward in question
had just been trained by the
company to be a trainer, and
had just given a training course
on forklift/crane driving to
about 30 employees, but still sat
in front of the news, and said
we did not do any traming,” he
said.

Mr Dagleish stated that the
shipyard runs a four-year
apprenticeship programme and
special in-house training, as well
as giving support to BTVI.

According Mr Dagleish, -25
young people are presently
enrolled in the apprenticeship
programme and 13 persons
have: graduated in. the last two
years.

He explained that the in-
house courses cover welding,
forklift and crane driving, spe-
cialist training in marine piping,
marine surveying, First-Aid
training, ultra high-pressure
blasting, and basic courses in
LNG. ’

Mr Dagleish added that the
company also offers training in
project scheduling and mai:
agement and sends trainees to
Gibraltar for further experience
in a shipyard environment.

“We need to continue with
and improve the training initia-
tive. We need to promote an
understanding in community
about our challenges and suc-
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US report voices concern
over violence against
women in the Bahamas

VIOLENCE against
women continued to be a
serious, widespread problem
in the Bahamas, the US State
Department’s 2006 Human
Rights report noted.

While the country has laws
that prohibit domestic vio-
lence, and the government
generally enforces the law,
the report said domestic vio-
lence laws do not provide
penalties separate from the
other crimes of assault and
battery, and the law does not
criminalise sexual violence
within a marriage.

The police reported that a
majority of the 60 recorded
killings in 2006 were the
result of domestic violence.
Police received an estimated
1,000 domestic violence com-
plaints during that year.

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“Women’s rights proponents
advocated the need to improve
the effectiveness of enforcement

of court orders and to increase

legal aid for women.”



US State Department’s 2006

authorities to intervene in
domestic disputes,” the
report said. “The police
recognised domestic violence
as a high priority, provided
specialised training for all
incoming officers, and
offered continuing training
in domestic violence.”

The report acknowledged

Human Rights report

cally made efforts to increase
awareness of domestic vio-
lence in the Family. Islands
and that the courts imposed
various legal constraints to
protect women from abusive
spouses or companions.
“Women's rights propo-
nents advocated the need to
improve the effectiveness of

cited a general reluctance on
the part of law enforcement

‘landmar

that the government specifi-

enforcement of court orders



piece

of legislation’

AN ACT to Provide for the Protection
Orders in Circumstances Surrounding Domes-
tic Violence and Related Consequential Mat-
ters was read for a second time during yester-
day’s sitting of the House of Assembly.

Minister of Social Services Melanie Griffin
hailed the bill as a “landmark piece of legisla-
tion” designed to provide a currently non-exis-
tent level of protection for victims of domestic
violence.

Not only will the act provide for intervention,
but will also provide for counselling for both
the victims and perpetrators of domestic vio-
lence.

“Domestic violence, family violence, inti-
mate partner violence, by whatever name we
call it, like child abuse, knows no colour, race,
religion, or creed. It transcends all economic,
social and political boundaries — no one is
exempt. I enlist your support in putting in place

this line of attack towards stamping it out,” -

she said.

Rising to add his contribution to the bill,
Minister of Tourism and MP for West End Mr
Obie Wilchcombe said the topic caused him to
remember his friend and colleague Steve McK-
inney.

Mr McKinney’s daughter was stabbed about
the body on Sunday and died in hospital on
Monday afternoon. \

“Of course the matter is before the courts,
but circumstances Mr Speaker will all cause
us to recognise again that we do have problems
in our society,” Mr Wilchcombe said.

Although the country is developing eco-
nomically, Mr Wilchcombe questioned whether
Bahamians were advancing at all as a people.

He said that we see examples of domestic
violence every day throughout the country,
but fail to do anything about them.

“We can not pretend that it is not an issue,”
he said. “We have to do more than talk about.
_ There are many issues in this country that we
just don’t talk about. We are afraid to talk
about it. We are afraid to bring the facts and
present them to the country. We are afraid to
talk about these things in social gatherings.



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“We believe that it is best to pretend that it
does not exist. We don’t talk about it at the
work place.

“We see women coming into the office and
we know something just isn’t right. You see
bruises but you don’t dare not go there. You
know something is not right, and you know
something happened the night before because
you are not fool,” he said.














and to increase legal aid for
women. Women's rights
advocates also called for
improvements to the domes-
tic violence law, including
criminalisation of spousal
sexual abuse,” the report
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It pointed out that while
rape is illegal, the law does
not address spousal rape and
that some rape accusations
brought by foreign victims
did not result in formal
charges.

According to police, there
were 72 rapes reported, an
decrease from 82 in 2005.
More than half of the victims
knew their attacker. Prose-
cutions and convictions on
rape charges were common,
and the maximum penalty
frequently was applied.

The report also pointed out
that the law does not give
women the same right as men
to transmit citizenship to
their foreign-born spouses.

The law, the report said,
also makés it easier for men
with foreign spouses to con-
fer citizenship on their chil-
dren than for women with
foreign spouses.

“The law does not include
gender as a basis for protec-
tion from discrimination.
Women continued to advo-
cate an amendment to the
constitution and revision of
related laws to. redress this
situation,” the report said.

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single Spirit who is God. As
such, in spirit we are one and
in every way equal in worth and
dignity. Yes, our actions may at

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guard our corporate

bond by avoiding the illusion of

class-referral that pit us against

each other. One citizen is white,

another is black, the spirits of

both are of unknown colour if
having any colour at all.

One man is PLP, one man is

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No matter how
much power,
control, possession
or approval we
have, we still are
not the nation we
seek to be. Why?
Because self-image
is not real, it is not
who we are. It is
an illusion, a
social mask, a
political costume.

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er is poor. In death, both take
the same amount of substance
to their new space. They take
only spirit. Colour, politics,
wealth, possessions are tempo-
rary trappings of souls at play in
a fading world. The enlightened
soul remains within himself,
conscious that these things have
only a measure of importance
when compared to the same-
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spent the bulk of our time trying
to achieve the things that our
masters had, of which we
thought we were deprived by
them.

For the most part, we sought
to achieve approval, power and
control. These were necessary
to help us better our self-image.
Self-image, however, is never
about the real us but about the
definitions we allow to be
placed on us. Indeed, in a deep-
er way, it is about fears that dri-
ve us to win the approval of oth-
ers, to control our situation and
to have power over others and
circumstances.

FINDING OUR
INNER-NATION

or decades now, we

have been striving to
achieve this fictitious self-image
that mirrored the good life pos-
sessed by those who oppressed
us or denied us by them.

Yet, no matter how much
power, control, possession or
approval we have, we still are
not the nation we seek to be.
Why? Because self-image is not
real, it is not who we are, It is an
illusion, a social mask, a political
costume.

The real us lies within. There
is an inner-nation completely
free of the need for external
trappings. It is a nation that is
boundless in creativity, fearless
in the face of challenge,
unmoved by critics, feeling infe-
rior to none nor superior to any
and that is one with the God
that gave it being. Our inner-
nation is connected to the lim-
itless universe of possibilities
and therefore shares no des-
peration to grasp at things and
flattery.

o-one can deny that
we feel a great frus-
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our true selves. We will never
find ourselves if we look out-
side ourselves. Our inner-
nation is not forming, it is
formed. It is not developing, it
is developed. It is not growing,
itis grown.

What we need is to wake up
and ‘be aware that we are
complete and whole. We must
live with constant reference
to our real and inward self.
We must see each other as
one and the same nation, first



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constant reference
to our real and
inward self. We
must see each
other as one and
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than an idea, it is the reality of
souls bound together by the
providence of God and the
commission of purpose. It is
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which we have been called and
experience in an abundant way
the true state of nationhood. It
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Challenger accuses Kenyatta Gibson
of making Kennedy ‘empty promises’

THE Kennedy constituency
has suffered under “poor rep-
resentation” for the past five
years according to the FNM
challenger for the seat.

Michael Turnquest issued a
statement yesterday accusing
the PLP incumbent Kenyatta
Gibson of issuing “empty
promises” to his constituents.

“For the period of time that
I’ve been campaigning and con-
versing with constituents, I’ve
heard countless complaints of
an absentee MP, an apparent
indifference to the grievances
and concerns of the people of
Kennedy and personally seen.
ghastly, unkempt conditions of
neighbourhood parks and
roads.”

Mr Turnquest said residents
are deeply concerned about
their health, as the streets are
constantly strewn with refuse;
the result of garbage not being

Gibson challenges rival to pub

KENNEDY MP Kenyatta
Gibson has challenged his FNM
rival to a live on-air debate.

Mr Gibson, the first incum-
bent to agree to such a debate,
threw down the gauntlet in
response to a statement issued
yesterday by Michael Turn-
quest, the opposition’s candi-
date.

“I welcome Michael Turn-
quest, the FNM's sacrificial
lamb to the Kennedy Con-

stituency. Since he is new to

political life, I will offer him
some free advice,” Mr Gibson
said.

He said the “nasty, disgust-
ing and scurrilous” manner in
which the FNM treated nomi-

collected in a timely manner.
He said many blame this sit-
uation on the ineptitude of their
“do nothing” MP.
“Throughout the campaign,
I have been to constituent’s
homes and personally seen the
nasty, rusty water that they are
forced to bathe, cook and clean

- with. This is a disgrace and an

outright travesty, Mr Turnquest
said.

“One quick glance at the
roads in Kennedy and you
would quickly realise that there
are more potholes there than
holes on a golf course!. In fact,
the roads remind me of an old,
back road that must be careful-
ly navigated while walking, so
judge while driving! Without a
doubt, the residents of Kennedy
must be fed up with this ‘great
promise maker’ that they have
as their current MP.”

Mr Turnquest asked how the

nation hopeful Romona Far-
quharson to secure Mr Turn-
quest’s nomination, “has seri-
ously divided the FNM com-
munity in Kennedy and again
shows how the FNM cannibals
love to devour their own.

“Mr Turnquest just wan-
dered into the Kennedy con-
stituency five minutes ago and
thus his ignorance. He would
be well advised to spend his
time repairing the damage
done to his party's credibility
and image over their treatment
of my colleague at the Bar,
Romona Farquharson and the
defection of Ashley Cargill, a
fine decent gentleman, who

from the very inception, was a.









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public could be expected to
trust a PLP government that
was even considering nominat-

FNM stalwart in our con-
stituency,” Mr Gibson said.

His statement continued:
“For the short time that Mr
Turnquest now has left in his
political existence, he should try
his best to stay out of garbage
cans and work in the hope that
by 2012 the people in the
Kennedy constituency would be
able to attach a name to his
face. This is because Mr ‘Turn-
quest has never laboured
amongst us in Kennedy.

“As to the points raised in his
fruitless and treacherous
attempts to seek attention, |
would wish to point out that we
have done more for Kennedy
in five years than he or his par-

ing Mr Gibson to represent
Kennedy for a second term.

“Everyone remembers the
‘battle royale’ between Mr Gib-
son and Mount Moriah MP
Keod Smith in the Cabinet
room. It was a shameful nation-
al disgrace that two grown men,
purporting to represent the peo-
ple’s interest would resort to
such school yard tactics to
resolve their conflicts. And so, is
this someone we should have
as a representative and to serve
as an example to youngsters,
when our society is daily
becoming ever so violent and
ruthless,” he asked.

“Why should the PLP be
trusted to represent our people
— just look at the poor repre-
sentation the people of
Kennedy have had to live with,
Many constituents of Kennedy
use the analogy that since voting
for Mr Gibson in 2002, they fecl

ic debate

ty did in nearly 10 years of gov-
ernment. In that vein | chal-
lenge him to debate me in a
public forum on any occasion.

“The good people of
Kennedy are invited to join me
for breakfast on the Kennedy
Subdivision Park on Saturday,
March 10, 2007 at 8am. On that
occasion | would be more than
happy to help familiarise the
Free National Movement can-
didate with the streets and
polling divisions of our con-
stituency,” he said.

Parodying the FNM slogan,
Mr Gibson added that it "ain't
long now before Michael Turn-
quest is retired from political
life.”



Students need more confidence in job market

I By CARA BRENNEN-BETHEL
Tribune Business Reporter

BAHAMIAN students need

to develop and project greater.

confidence as they enter the job
market, a Kerzner director of
training said yesterday,

Ian Ferguson said that in many
cases, he saw persons with
tremendous aptitude and intelli-
gence come in for interviews, but
are un able to fully project that
because of a lack of confidence.

Mr Ferguson was a guest
speaker at a special seminar for
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‘on the job experience.

He added that they can
expect to conform to standards
of conduct and appearance in
any workplace.

Also addressing the students
was a representative of Bank of
the Bahamas International,
Sherlene Davis, who discussed
the need to start saving as early
as possible. She noted that the
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small Ministry of Tourism con-
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group put ona spectacular per-
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event.

These included: Grammy
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recording artist Ludacris; fash-
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actor/comedian Chris Tucker
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Outlining the strategy behind
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porate this type of affair into
the Bahamas’ promotional cam-
paign, tourism deputy director
general Ellison Thompson
described the event as an unpar-
alleled opportunity for the
Bahamas.

“Participating in this event
allowed the Bahamas to target
key audiences: African Ameri-
cans, the entertainment industry
and Los Angeles, three key
markets for us,” Mr Thompson
said. “The beauty and splendor
of our over 700 islands offers
movie, video and photography
sets that are like no other. We
strongly believe that strength-
ening our ties with this very
vibrant industry can only serve
to enhance our tourism

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Janet Jackson, Halle Berry and Herbie Hancock. Pictured are:
Consul General for the Bahamas in New York, Ed Bethel.
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Halle Berry.

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~ to the varied offerings of the
islands of the Bahamas. ;

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US human rights

report condemns
corruption, prisons
in Latin America

mi VENEZUELA
Caracas

CORRUPTION, detainee
abuse and deplorable prison
conditions were a problem
throughout much of Latin
America last year, the US State
Department said Tuesday, sin-
gling out Venezuela and Cuba

for having the worst human

rights records in the region,
according to Associated Press.
The US government’s annual
survey of human rights prac-
tices was released just days
before President Bush begins a
five-nation tour to a region that
has grown skeptical of Wash-

‘ington’s own commitment to

human rights, after allegations

of abuse of US prisoners at
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The report said that as of the
end of 2006, there were at least
283 political prisoners or
detainees in Cuba and 13 in
Venezuela. It also condemned
those countries — along with
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ditions often caused by inade-
quate funding and corruption.

Barry Lowenkron, the US
assistant secretary of state for
human rights, said the situation
in Venezuela is worsening
under President Hugo Chavez’s
government, which he charac-
terised as “regressive.”

The document _ said
Venezuela had seen disappear-
ances reportedly involving cor-
rupt security forces, torture and
abuse of detainees, as well as
arbitrary arrests and detentions.
Crimes often went unpunished
by a “highly inefficient, some-
times corrupt” judiciary.

It also accused Chavez’s gov-
ernment of harassing its oppo-

nents and “engendering a repres-
sive attitude toward a free press.”

Lowenkron said the US goy-
ernment had seen no noticeable
improvement in human rights
in Cuba during the eight months
since ailing President Fidel Cas-
tro handed power over to his
brother Raul.

The report said thousands of
Cubans were serving sentences
for “dangerousness” in the
absence of any criminal activity.
It cited reports of abusive,
sometimes life-threatening
prison conditions, including

_ denial of medical care.

The report praised the
Colombian and Mexican gov-
ernments for their efforts to bet-

ter protect human rights, but

said the countries suffer from
corruption.

There was no immediate
response from any of the gov-
ernments Tuesday.

Chavez in the past has: fre-.,
quently denounced US criti- ’
cisms and said American treat-'
ment of detainees at Guan-
tanamo and its history of back-
ing authoritarian regimes in
Latin America put it in no posi-:
tion to preach human rights. :

Bush is scheduled to arrive
in Brazil on March 8 to start a
Latin American tour that will
also take him to Uruguay,
Colombia, Guatemala and
Mexico.



Pentagon to bar news coverage
of hearings for terror suspects

@ WASHINGTON

REPORTERS will be brred
from hearings that begin Friday
in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for
the 14 suspected terrorists who
were transferred last year from
secret CIA prisons, officials said
on Tuesday, according to Asso-
ciated Press.

Interest in the 14 is high
because of their alleged links to
al-Qaida. Among them is Khalid
Sheikh Mohammed, the sus-
pected mastermind of the Sep-
tember 11 attacks. He was cap-
tured in Pakistan in March 2003.

A New York-based human
rights group that represents one
of the 14 men accused the Pen-
tagon of designing “sham tri-
bunals.” The organisation con-
tended that its client, Majid
Khan, has been denied access
to his lawyers since October
2006 “solely to prevent his tor-
ture and abuse from becoming
public” and to protect complic-
it foreign governments.. --

‘US authorities say Khan was
being groomed by Khalid
Sheikh Mohammed for an
attack inside the United States.

"We might expect this in
Libya or China, but not Amer-
ica,” the Center for Constitu-
tional Rights said in a state-

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Jn announcing the hearings,
Whitman said he could not say
which of the 14 would go first or
how long the process would take.
No word of the hearings will be
made public until the goverp-
ment releases a.transcripf.of the,
proceedings, edited to’ remove”
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Whitman said the Pentagon
is planning to withhold the
name of the detainee from the
edited hearing transcript,
although that will be reconsid-
ered,

The hearings — known as
combatant status review tri-
bunals — are meant to deter-
mine whether a prisoner is an
“enemy combatant.”

If the prisoner is deemed an
enemy combatant, then Presi-
dent Bush can designate him as
eligible for a military trial. The
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News coverage of previous
combatant status review tri-
bunals — there were more than

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March 2005 — was not prohibit-
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He appeared to be referring
to the fact that the 14 were held
for an undisclosed period in.a
secret CIA prison network that
Bush acknowledged forthe first
time last September 6. :

The president said at the time
that the CIA programme “has
been, and remains, one:of the
most vital tools in our war
against the terrorists.”

In explaining the decision not
to allow news coverage of the
hearings, Whitman said the 14
detainees are “unique for the
role that they have played in ter-
rorist operations and in combat
operations against US forces.”



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CARIBBEAN NEWS

US Homeland Security department
begins 2-day mass migration exercise

@ FLORIDA
Doral



MORE than 85 federal and.

local law enforcement agencies
kicked off a two-day exercise
Wednesday to prepare for a
possible mass migration from
Cuba - one that could poten-
tially occur following a change
in government on the island,
according to Associated Press.
The training calls for the US

Coast Guard, US Customs and

Border Protection and other
agencies to respond to a simu-
lation in which more than 2,000
Cubans take to the seas headed
for South Florida.

The exercise is the largest
such training since a 2003 pres-
idential directive created the
Homeland Security Task Force

yesterday in Doral, Florida.

Southeast to better police the
southeastern U.S. borders.

“The exercise will show our
unity,” said task force director
Rear Admiral David Kunkel,
“and it demonstrates our fed-
eral government’s resolve to
protect our borders.”

Kunkel told reporters at the
Miami-Dade County emer-
gency operations centre that he

‘began planning a review of the

region’s readiness for mass
migration last April, shortly
after taking the helm. That was
before Cuba announced Presi-
dent Fidel Castro was ill in July
and would hand off power to
his brother Raul.

"While this exercise focuses
on mass migration from Cuba,
it’s an exercise that could be for
any other nation,” Kunkel said.

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was asked in Spanish for US Coast Guard Rear Admiral David Kunkel during a news conference

“However, we do recognize
Cuba is clearly an area where
we must be prepared.”

Cuba experts have voiced
concern in recent months that
Castro’s death or a significant
change in the island’s leader-
ship could spark migrations sim-
ilar to the Mariel boat crisis in
1980. During that period, Castro
temporarily opened up the
island’s borders, and more than
125,000 Cubans fled the coun-
try, taking US officials by sur-
prise. Many who reached the
US were held in makeshift
camps for months.

Kunkel recalled flying heli-
copters over Key West during
the crisis as the government
scrambled to respond.

“That’s a picture as vivid in
mind today as it was then,” he

(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)



AIDS clinic dispute in Puerto Rico
forces fationing of medicine”

= PUERTO RICO
_ San Juan

THE US has halted payments
to a-Puerto Rican AIDS pro-
gramme, forcing clinics to ration
medicine for hundreds of HIV-
positive poor people and other
organisations to cut back on
food and other services they
provide to patients, according
to Associated Press.

Officials in the US island ter-
ritory blame the FBI for the sit-
uation, saying agents conducting
a fraud investigation seized doc-
uments in a December raid that
were needed by clinics in the
capital area to get reimburse-
ment for anti-HIV drugs and
services they give patients. The
law enforcement agency denies
the assertion.

- Patient advocates blame the
San Juan city government and
other island agencies, saying the
problem is a result of misman-
agement in a program that has a
history of corruption.

_. The 21 clinics, which are pri-
vately run under the adminis-

tration of the San Juan city gov-
ernment, say they stopped
receiving reimbursement from
the US in late 2006, but the
rationing and cutbacks only
began in recent weeks as their
budgets have started to run low.

“People’s lives are in danger,”.
said Anselmo Fonseca, co-direc-
tor of an AIDS advocacy group.

Some clinics have reduced
their hours, staff levels and the
amount of medicine they dis-
tribute while others say they
will be forced to do the same
within days.

“We’ve maxed out two lines
of credit and we’ve had to start
fundraising,” said Dr. Jose Var-
gas Vidot, director of the Com-
munity Initiative clinic in the
Hato Rey neighborhood. “We
can hold out maybe another 15
days.”

Puerto Rico, which has a pop-
ulation of nearly 4 million, has
an AIDS rate nearly double
that of the US mainland. Intra-
venous drug use has helped
push the AIDS infection rate
in Puerto Rico to 26.4 per
100,000, according to statistics
from the Centers for Disease
Control.

The island also has a per capi-
ta income about half that of the
poorest US states and a major-
ity live below the poverty line
set by the American govern-
ment.

The Caribbean territory
receives US$58 million annual-
ly under the Ryan White

















CARE Act, a US programme
that provides money to clinics
and organisations that provide
food and other services for indi-
gent patients.

. Since 2005, invoices in the
AIDS programme from Puer-
to Rican health agencies have
had extra scrutiny in Washing-
ton because of past manage-
ment problems, said Tina
Cheatham, a spokeswoman for
the US Health Resources and
Services Administration.

A scandal broke in the 1990s
after.12 administrators of the
now-defunct San Juan AIDS
Institute were exposed for
embezzling US$2.2 million in
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raided four San Juan city gov-
ernment health offices that
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arrests have been made and
authorities have declined to dis-
cuss the investigation.

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Munoz, San Juan’s director of
federal affairs, said agents
seized invoices and other docu-
ments that the local government
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Culmer while the dispute
between Sir Jack Hayward and
the estate of the late Edward
St George, over the former’s
claim to 75 per cent ownership
of the GBPA and its Port
Group Ltd affiliate plays out.
“No doubt they are also
appreciating the relatively quiet
and produc tive environment,”
Mr Lowe said of the GBPA’s
Management team.

“As president of the Cham-

ber of Commerce I must com-
ment on the cordial and helpful
attitudes that are pr evailing, and

look forward to further improv- |

ing the relations between Port
Authority and licensees.

“There has even been talk of

sharing with the Chamber a
licensee listing, so we can assist
the Port in identifying the needs
of the licensees that need
responding to, and | find this
renewed sense of co-operation
encouraging.”

Mr Lowe indicated that what-
ever the outcome of the GBPA
shareholder dispute, “Freeport
will never be the same”. He
hinted that this provided an
opportunity for Freeport’s gov-
ernance, and the exercise of
quasi-governmental authority
by the GBPA, to be reformed,
with the licensees taking their
place as the third party to the
Hawksbill Creek Agreement,
alongside the Government and
Port Authority.

“That Freeport will never be
the same is without question,
and J think the day-to-day man-
agement of the Port is appre-
ciative of the contribution to be
made going forward by all
whom have investments and
livelihoods based here,” Mr
Lowe said.

“Perhaps the shareholders of
the Port Group of companies
might see the wisdom of fully
employing the talent that

resides within the management
of the Port Authority, as
opposed to bringing in outside
interests.”

Mr Lowe said any buy-out by
one side in the shareholder dis-
pute of the other, or.a sale of
their shares to a third party,
would be impacted by the
GBPA licensees. They effec-
tively acted as the ‘goodwill’ in
any valuation of the GBPA’s
worth.

“It should be recognised that
the licensees would, by the
terms of the Hawksbill Creek
Agreement, have some say in
the sale of the shares thereof,
as the pre-1967 amendments
were thus ratified,” Mr Lowe
said.

“We must remember that
whilé the initial licensees were
predominantly foreign, that is
not true today, as we are led to
believe that Bahamians make
up some 80 per cent of current
licensees. This shift in demo-
graphic is telling in that,there
is a great onus upon the princi-
pal ownership to view greater
licensee involvement as a
desired attribute for both Port
Authority and the country at
large.

“Conversely, the onus is upon
each and every licensee to
apprise themselves of the terms
of their licence, and the con-
comitant responsibilities
attached thereto.

“Hopefully, the days of
‘monopolistic’ control of both
regulatory and investment
attributes are done with, so we
may finally realise the potential

‘of the founding document and

finally achieve true collabora-
tion between Port Authority,
Government and licensee as set
out in the Hawksbill Creek
Agreement. An environment of
transparency and opportunity
for legitimate Bahamian and
foreign investors is.a must.”
Mr Lowe added: “The past,
its mistakes and tenuous rela-

tionships must be learned from,
and although we have survived,
we must avoid repeating them,
a danger that has not yet
passed.

“Hopefully, once the owner-
ship issue is resolved, we can

at hand, that of full develop-
ment and freedom to innovate
and succeed, and most impor-
tant, freedom from manipula-
tion. And perhaps most
importantly, a vision we can all
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Boundaries Commission
FROM page one

campaign.

Some commentators have sug-
gested that the delay in submit- |
ting the Boundaries Report has
been due to the slow turnout in
voter registration and the fact
the Prime Minister took so long
to announce the closure of the
register.

With only three days left
before the register closes more
than 125,000 Bahamians had reg-
istered. In the 2002 election, the
register closed with 144,758 per-
sons. It is doubtful that officials
will get the 160,000 number they
had hoped for.

Errol Bethel, the Parliamen-
tary Registrar, has publicly stat-
ed that registration is up, and he
expected a healthy turnout until March 12th.

Brent Symonette, the FNM deputy leader, said the registration
process would have increased earlier, if government had announced
the closure of the register much earlier. _

However, Bradley Roberts is still hopeful that the numbers will
increase in the final days of registration.

He said: “If you look at the past as an example, once there was
an indication-of the closure of the register, people start to flock and
you are BseeHnE that again this time.”

Bahamian boat
captain indicted



@ FNM Deputy Leader
Brent Symonette

FROM page one gun and ordered the remaining

for Jupiter Island on December
28, 2006.

According to the indictment,
the first-mate had a black duffie

immigrants off the vessel.

The immigrants, threatened at
gunpoint, jumped overboard and
attempted to swim ashore. All
made it except for Mr Warren,

who drowned in the attempt, the
indictment states.

Florida law enforcement offi-
cers later found Thompson’s boat
run aground on rocks close to the
shore. The lifeless body of Mr
Warren was found close by.

Officers also discovered a black
duffle vag containing marijuana
and cocaine near the grounded
boat.

The indictment was filed by the
US Attorney for the Southern
District of Florida R Alexander
Acosta and representatives of US
Customs and Immigration
Enforcement, the Drug Enforce-
ment Agency and the Depart-
ment of Homeland Security.

The case is prosecuted by
Assistant US Attorneys Adrienne
Rabinowitz and Ellen Cohen.



bag next to him during the trip.
The migrants reported that they
detected the smell of marijuana
emanating from the bag. |.
-It is reported that, Thompson
drove the boat without lights to
avoid detection by authorities and
made frequent stops whenever .
he thought he saw or heard a US
Coast Guard vessel approaching.
At around 9pm, when the ves-
sel was in “deep, rough waters”
off Jupiter Island, Thompson
allegedly stopped the boat and
ordered the migrants to jump
overboard. A
Several of them complied.
However, some who could not
swim, including Jamaican Nigel
Warren, remained on the boat.
At this point the Bahamian
boat captain allegedly produced a

AG's office refutes reported reason
FROM page one

Rian Miller, Ms Romona Farquharson.

“Ms Farquharson is currently appearing before Madam Serior
Justice Anita Allen in another criminal (murder) trial, as she indi-
cated before Justice Watkins on Monday, 5th March, 2007.

“The Crown stood ready to prosecute this trial, but for the non-
x | availability of defence counsel, from the original adjourned date of
Classes also available in: | the 26th February 2007. Indeed, the Crown was ready to prosecute

: | this trial from November of 2006, when the retrial was adjourned
to the February date, upon the request of the defence counsel.”

The Tribune went to both the chambers of Justice Watkins and
the Supreme Court registry, multiple times, to verify the claim
that Ms Farquharson was the sole reason for the postponement.

On each trip to these sources, The Tribune was denied this basic
procedural information about the case.

The chambers of Justice Watkins indicated that the Justice was

_ hot making any remarks on the matter.

Whereas, subordinates in the Supreme Court Registry, after
two visits, stated that the Registrar of the Supreme Court is the only
official in that department who can make statements to the press,
regarding this minor procedural detail.

The Tribune was unable to see the Registrar, Ms Estelle Gray-
Evans, and no return call was made to The Tribune by the registrar
as to whether or not she is able to officially state why the trial was
postponed.

The inability of the public to have access to basic information
about a trial that is of significant public interest is another example
of the need for a Freedom of Information Act in the Bahamas,
along with proper codified procedures as to how public information
is to be disseminated.

The inability to access public information, and the urgent need
for a Freedom of Information Act, were recently highlighted in the
US Human Rights report.

No judicial authority stated that they were legally unable to
provide this information. Rather, it appears that the controversy
surrounding the matter, has led public institutions to shy away
from clarifying what may be a minor discrepancy, or incomplete

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FROM page one

extended insurance cover-

age and shift allowances

— pending Cabinet
_approval.

Furthermore, govern-
ment said that recommen-
dations coming from the
Compensation Study, cur-
rently underway, would be
implemented by June.

Before the meeting yes-

terday morning, customs .

officers, speaking on the
condition of anonymity,
had told The Tribune that
they were disturbed about
a lack of parity between
their branch and other dis-
ciplinary forces in relation
to pay and insurance cov-
erage.

They also claimed that
they alone amongst the
uniformed forces go with-
out a uniform allowance.

Their frustration came

to a head after a commit- :

ment made at a meeting
between government,
including the Prime Min-
ister, and union represen-
tatives on Friday, was not
fulfilled this week, said one
female officer.

The government
allegedly told union offi-

cials at the close of that.

meeting that an answer to
their concerns would be
made available by Mon-
day, however this did not
happen, she claimed.

A suggestion was made
by several staff members
that government's failure
to address their salary con-
cerns over a number of
years may have con-
tributed to corruption
amongst some personnel.

Officers complained that
their job is a dangerous
one where they are rou-
tinely inserted into risky
situations. 4 eh

One described how cus-
toms officers working in
the Family Islands have to
travel by plane to New
Providence with "thou-
sands of dollars on their
person" to deposit, with
inadequate protection, in
the form of insurance or
otherwise, should they be
targeted by criminals.

Another said that he is
always fearful when enter-
ing vessels which require
customs inspection that his
life may be threatened by
those seeking to bring ille-
gal goods into the coun-
try.

"Tf it's a matter of them
getting that ...accom-
plished or me going, who
do you think it's going to
be?" he asked, adding that
he would be concerned for
the financial wellbeing of
his children should he
come under attack.

It was agreed that by
mid-April customs and
immigration officers’
insurance coverage would
be extended. This will
bring them in line with
that offered to police and
Defence Force officers.

Industrial unrest within
the public service has been
cyclical of late. Where gov-
ernment had agreed
increases for one branch
of the disciplinary forces
prior to the completion of
the Compensation Study,
others have been dis-
turbed by the discrepan-
cy. é

"By virtue of (govern-
ment) taking that position
we feel slighted," said an
officer yesterday. "Cus-
toms was not considered."

In January, prison
guards also pointed to
such disparities as the
motivation behind their
industrial action.

They too alleged that
they had been "left out"
by government.

John Pinder, president
of the BPSU said he was
satisfied with governmen-
t's response to the custom
and immigration officer's
action.

However, he said it was
unfortunate that it had to
"escalate to the point"
where workers walked out
before their issues were
taken seriously. ,




FROM page one

to do so.

A spokesperson for Tropical
Shipping, one of the island’s
largest shipping operations,
told The. Tribune that their
company had to shut down
operations for the whole day
as none of their customers
were able to clear their goods.

A representative for another
shipping operation, who wished
to remain anonymous, said that

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because of this “walk-out” by
Customs officers, many of his
customers will not receive their
shipments.

“Customs has completely
screwed up our operation and
we’ve now had to close our
operation down until Monday.



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just us but also for our cus-
tomers who expect things to be
delivered to them.

“Our customers have been
expecting important shipments
for their clients all week long
and now they are going to have
to wait until Monday, so there
is going to be a lot of upset
people in Nassau,” he said.

The shipping representative
said that if the industrial action
had continued any longer it

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effect” on all of the island’s
businesses and consequently
on the tourism industry.

Also speaking with The Tri-
bune yesterday, Mervin
Hutchinson, acting general
manager of the Airport
Authority, said that the Lyn-
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port (LPIA) was lucky that the
walk-out happened on the air-
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However, had the action
continued into today, Mr
Hutchinson said, the airport
would have experienced
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“We wouldn’t be able to
clear our customers, our
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There would have been signif-
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Bush says Cuban people should
choose Fidel Castro’s successor

m@ WASHINGTON

PRESIDENT George W.
Bush says that when Fidel
Castro dies, his communist
government should as well,
according to Associated Press.

"How long he stays on
earth, that's a decision that
will be made by the
Almighty," Bush told foreign
journalists Tuesday ahead of
a weeklong trip to Latin
America.

"I don't know how long

he's going to live. But never-

theless, I do believe that the
system of government that
he's imposed upon the people
ought not live if that's what
the people decide."

Castro is in failing health.
For 47 years, he has had led a
communist regime south of
Florida's shores.

The Bush administration
remains hopeful that his
death will lead to grass-roots
democratic reform, but so far,
Castro's decision to transfer
power to his younger brother,
Raul, has gone seamlessly.

Bush said Cuba's future
should not be'based on the
fact that "somebody is some-
body's brother."

Transition

"What I hope happens is
that we together insist that
transition doesn't mean tran-
sition from one figure to
another, but transition means
from one type of government
to a different type of govern-
ment," Bush said. He was
referring to the role that
Latin American countries can
play in leading Cuba to
democracy.

"We believe the Cuban
people ought to make the

decision for the future," Bush.

said.

The USS. cut off diplomatic
ties with Cuba in 1961, two
years after Castro led an

‘armed revolution that drove

out U.S.-backed dictator Ful-
gencio Batista. Decades-old
trade and travel, embargoes
made it illegal for American
businesses to trade in an
economy they once dominat-
ed, and few Americans have
visited Cuba.

Bush leaves Thursday on a
trip to Brazil, Uruguay,
Colombia, Guatemala and
Mexico. The trip is aimed at
showing Bush has not over-
looked Latin America. He
plans to focus on common
agendas of trade, energy and
immigration.

The president said the trip
will send a message to peo-
ple in his own country, too.
He said Americans must see
the value of sending billions

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to help people in poverty get
an education and health care.
"In a country where there
are isolationist tendencies —
where people sometimes say
it's not our problem — the
president has got to be con-
stantly reminding people that
poverty in our neighborhood
is our problem;" he said.
Bush covered a series of

other topics in an interview

with reporters from Central
America and South Ameri-
ca.

Among them:

¢ Bush said that the model
of government intervention
championed by Hugo
Chavez, Venezuela's leftist
president, leads to higher
poverty. The United States
will bring a message of "open
markets and open govern-
ment" to the region, Bush
said.

"Now, I fully recognize that
until people actually feel
progress in their pocketbook,
that there's going to be frus-
trations with forms of gov-
ernment," Bush said. "But
that doesn't mean you kind
of revert to something that I
don't believe will work."

¢ Bush stood by Colombian
President Alvaro Uribe, who
is dealing with a scandal
involving ties between his
political camp and brutal far-
right militias. It has caused
Congress to rethink the $700
million in aid the U.S. gives
Colombia each year.

Bush said Uribe has
assured him that investiga-
tions and prosecutions will be
full and fair.

"In my judgment, President
Uribe has done a fabulous job
for leading that country,"
Bush said.

-e Bush said he will use his

visit to Mexico to tout the
need for a new U.S. immigra-
tion policy. His approach,
which runs at odds with some
of his own party's leaders,
calls for a guest worker pro-
gram and a path to citizen-
ship for illegal immigrants.

"It will help us. dismantle
an industry that has sprung
up that uses human beings as
product, as chattel," Bush
said.

"Now the incentive is for
people who want to do work
that Americans aren't doing
is to pay money, to be stuffed
in the back of an 18-wheeler,
for example, and driven
across and ducked out in the
desert, where they hope
somebody will come and res-
cue them. ... The industry that
has sprung up as a result of
the current immigration law is
inhumane," Bush said.

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RELATIVES of those killed in a power-
ful earthquake sobbed and threw rose petals
on graves Wednesday, while others began
clearing rubble from their crumpled homes,
according to Associated Press.

At least 52 people were killed and hun-
dreds injured in Tuesday’s quake, the latest
in a string of natural disasters to hit the
nation.

“My heart is crushed,” said Yera Wesi,
who lost her daughter Regia Putri. The 5-
year-old ran out of her preschool when the
ground began shaking violently.

She made it to the playground, but was
smashed beyond recognition when a slab of
concrete rained down from the building
next door.

“She was my only daughter,” Wesi said
weakly while visiting the place where her
daughter died.

She then returned home, where her hus-
band wept near a small mound of fresh dirt
aie with flowers.

The 6.3 magnitude quake that struck
Sumatra island left at least 52 dead, said
Cabinet Secretary Sudi Silalahi, lowering







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the death toll by nearly 20 on Wednesday.
He said some victims had been counted
twice. Officials said some 250 people were
injured.

The temblor was felt as far away as neigh-
boring Malaysia and Singapore, where some
tall buildings were evacuated. Two hours
later, a 6.1 aftershock rattled the region.

In Solok, a bustling town close to the epi-
center, three members of one family were
burned alive when their collapsed home
burst into flames, said police spokesman
Supriadi, who like many Indonesians uses
only one name. Military and work crews
scrambled to clean up the charred remains
of the house.

Another woman, Jaini, 71, died early
Wednesday after being trapped inside her
kitchen when the walls caved in.

Her son-in-law dug her out of the rubble,

but she refused to go to the hospital saying .

it was “no use,” said her daughter, Kento.
The damage was visible in patches of
town and varied greatly. Some houses were
flattened with only tin rooms left sitting
atop the ground, while others had only
slight cracks in walls or porches. Many
homes appeared to have escaped damage

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fires. to escape the cool mountain air.

Indonesia, the world’s largest archipel-
ago, is prone to seismic upheaval because of
its location on the so-called Pacific “Ring of
Fire,” an arc of volcanos and fault lines
encircling the Pacific Basin.

“It was hardest hit by the 2004 Asian
tsunami that killed 160,000 people on Suma-
tra’s northern tip alone. Since then, two
other deadly quakes have occurred, as well
as landslides, floods and volcanic eruptions.

Dozens of buildings were destroyed and
hundreds others damaged in the latest
quake, according to local police chief Lt.
Col. Budi Sarwono.

Heavy machinery was used to knock
down some buildings still standing after the
quake, but too damaged to be salvaged.
Back hoes and dump trucks moved mounds
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es remained sideways or perched precari-
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Senior Taliban
commander caught
hy Afghan soldiers

@ KABUL, Afghanistan



AFGHAN soldiers caught
a senior Taliban commander
at a checkpoint who was
wearing a burqa, while
NATO forces on Wednesday

fought Taliban militants in’

the second day of the
alliance’s largest-ever offen-
sive in Afghanistan, accord-
ing to Associated Press.

Mullah Mahmood, who is
accused of helping the Tal-
iban detonate suicide bombs,
was caught Tuesday in Kan-
dahar province while wear-
ing the all-encompassing
Islamic veil worn here by
women, NATO said.

“Alert (Afghan) soldiers
at this checkpoint spotted the
oddity and quickly arrested
him,” NATO said.

Mahmood was caught try-
ing to leave the Panjwayi
area of Kandahar province
— the site of a large NATO
battle last fall where hun-
dreds of Taliban fighters
were killed, NATO said.

“The capture of this senior
Taliban extremist is another
indicator that a more normal
life is returning to the Zhari
and Panjwayi distticts and a
testament to. the great work
the (Afghan army) is achiev-
ing,” said Maj. Gen. Ton van
Loon, the southern com-
mander of NATO-led troops.

Meanwhile, some 5,500
NATO and Afghan soldiers
fought Taliban. militants in
southern Afghanistan’s Hel-
mand province, the world’s
biggest poppy-growing
region. NATO hopes the
operation-can help establish
security in a lawless region
ruled by a Taliban shadow
government and drug traf-
fickers.

“We’ve established a pres-
ence and in some areas it’s a
heavy presence, and we’re
trying to disrupt the Taliban’s
senior leadership in the area
and try to separate them
from trying to rally” the Tal-
iban’s locally recruited sol-
~ diers, said Col. Tom Collins,
’ the spokesman for NATO’s
International Security Assis-
tance Force. "






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INTERNATIONAL NEWS





@ JAPAN'S Chief negotiator for the North Korea - Japan bilateral talks, Koichi Haraguchi speaks with journalists in Hanoi, Vietnam,
March 7, 2007. The afternoon session of bilateral talks aimed at normalizing relations between the two countries was abruptly canceled
on Wednesday after North Korean officials balked at Japan's demands that Pyongyang resolve the issue of abducted Japanese citizens
before trying to normalize ties. Japan and North Korea will resume talks on normalizing ties on Thursday.

(AP Photo/Chau Doan)

Talks between Japan and
North Korea on normalising
ties are abruptly cancelled

. JAPAN and North Korea will
resume talks on normalising ties
after the negotiations stalled
Wednesday over the issue of
Japanese citizens abducted by
the communist regime decades
ago, Japan’s chief negotiator said,
according to Associated Press.
The talks began earlier in the
day after a one-year lapse as part
of the disarmament agreement
struck in Beijing in February.
Under the deal, North Korea
agreed to shut down its nuclear
reactor, a critical link in its
nuclear weapons program, in
return for energy aid and other

» ‘Envoys had been expected to
tackle the highly emotional issues
of North Korea’s abduction of
Japanese citizens and Japanese
reparations for its colonial
aggression.

But the talks came to a stand-
still Wednesday after North
Korean officials reacted sharply
to Japanese remarks that
Pyongyang must settle all linger-
ing questions about its past
abductions of Japanese citizens
before the two nations can draw
closer, Japanese top envoy
Koichi Haraguchi said.

“The (North Koreans) said
they have done enough and that
further discussion is useless,” he
said.

Two Japanese delegates visit-
ed the North Korean embassy in
Hanoi later Wednesday to seek

ways to save the talks from col- ©

lapsing, and the two sides agreed
to meet again Thursday to dis-
cuss Pyongyang’s abduction and
Tokyo’s wartime reparations.

“We acknowledged differ-
ences in our positions on issues
including normalization, but
agreed that presenting each oth-
er’s opinion and developing
understanding would contribute
to the future of Japan-North
Korea relations,” Haraguchi said.
“The talks were the first Japan-
North Korea normalization talks
and it didn’t make sense to let
them end so soon.”



incentives.

US Embassy confirms
two Americans suspected
of being poisoned are
in hospital in Moscow

= MOSCOW

THE U.S. Embassy on Wednesday confirmed
that two American women have been hospitalized
in Moscow for possible thallium poisoning,
according to Associated Press.

An embassy spokesman identified the women
as Marina Kovalevsky and her daughter, Yana,
but gave no other details. He said they were hop-
ing to return home soon, but it was not immedi-
ately clear when they might be able to do so.

The hospital where they have been treated
since falling ill on Feb. 24 said they were in mod-
erately serious condition. Moscow’s top public
health doctor, Nikolai Filatov, was quoted by the
RIA-Novosti news agency as saying that thallium
poisoning had been confirmed.

Report

The Interfax news agency, citing unidentified
medical authorities, later reported the women
were discharged from the hospital Wednesday
morning and left for the United States in the
afternoon. The U.S. Embassy and a hospital
spokeswoman would not comment on the report.

Russian news reports said both women are
Soviet-born and emigrated to the United States in
1989, and that they have visited Russia repeatedly
since then. The reports say they arrived in
Moscow in mid-February to attend a wedding.

Dr. Arkady Stern, who works at Kovalevsky’s
private medical practice in the Los Angeles area,
was quoted by The New York Times as saying
Kovalevsky left in “perfectly good health” and
had been due back at work on Feb. 26. Arkady
did not immediately return calls seeking further
comment. A nurse who answered the phone at
Kovalevsky’s practice refused to comment.

How they may have ingested the poison — a

colorless, tasteless substance that can be fatal in
doses of as little as one gram — was not clear.

There was no indication of whether the women
had business or political interests in Russia that
could have made them a target for poisoning.

Thallium has the reputation as a poison of
choice for assassins.

Russian authorities are investigating when and
how the women were exposed to the poison, the
spokesman said, declining to be identified because
of embassy rules.

Moscow police had no comment, but Ekho
Moskvy radio said they were investigating cafes
and restaurants in the area of the hotel where
the women had been staying.

News reports said two women were given an
antidote called Prussian Blue to counteract the
effects of thallium and had undergone dialysis
to help clean their bodies of toxins.

Thallium was initially suspected in last year’s
fatal poisoning in London of former KGB agent
Alexander Litvinenko, who was later determined
to have ingested the rare radioactive isotope
polonium-210.

For poisoning purposes, thallium would be in a
powdery or crystallized state.

The poison works by knocking out the body’s
supply of potassium, essential for healthy cells,
and attacking the nervous system, the stomach
and kidneys.

Its effects are not immediately noticeable and
frequently take weeks to kick in; symptoms
include hair loss and a burning sensation in
extremities.

Thallium has been used in rat poison in the

past, and it is still used to make lenses, semicon--

ductors, dyes and pigments.

Thallium was used by Saddam Hussein, who
poisoned several of his Iraqi opponents. The CIA
also reportedly considered using thallium against
Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

«~The meeting is a crucial step in

North Korea’s agreement last
month to shut down its nuclear
reactor in exchange for aid and
other concessions, Haraguchi
said. He stressed, however, that
normalization is impossible
unless the abduction issue is
resolved.

North Korea admitted in 2002
that it kidnapped 13 Japanese
citizens from their homeland in
the 1970s and 1980s. Pyongyang
sent five of them home later that
year but insisted that the rest
were dead. Japan has demanded
proof and says more of its citi-
zens may have been taken.
Pyongyang has claimed the
abduction issue is finished.

Japan has yet to formally apol-
ogize to North Korea for its
wartime actions — including
forcing thousands of
Korean women into sexual
slavery in the 1930s and 1940s
— because of the lack of diplo-
matic ties between the two coun-
tries.

North Korea’s Foreign Min-
istry on Wednesday called the
military brothels “the worst flesh
traffic in the 20th century.”

“No matter how desperately
the Japanese authorities may try
to whitewash the crime-woven
past of Japan and cover up the
crimes related to the ‘comfort
women’ ... they are historical
facts that Japan can neither side-
step nor deny,” it said in a state-
ment. -

The normalization talks were
mandated by a February agree-
ment between North and South
Korea, China, the United States
and Russia that aims to elimi-
nate the North’s nuclear
weapons program.

In New York, envoys from
North Korea and the U.S. held
separate talks on normalizing
relations this week, which ended
on an optimistic note. Assistant
Secretary of State Christopher
Hill said late Tuesday that he
feels like “we’re on the right
track.”

The talks between Japan and
North Korea had started hope-
fully, with Haraguchi saying
Japan plans to take concrete
steps to normalise ties by resolv-
ing issues surrounding its
wartime past and the abductions,
along with disputes over North
Korea’s nuclear and missile pro-
grams.

His counterpart Song Il Ho
promised his best efforts in
resolving the nuclear dispute, and
expressed eagerness to normalise
ties with Japan by obtaining
atonement for Japan’s 1910-45
colonization of the Korean
peninsula.

Japan and North Korea
have never had formal diplo-
matic ties.
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1. Two spades. This is not the most
accurate rebid in the world, but it is
the best available. There is a natural
aversion to raising immediately with
only three trumps, and there is also
an aversion to not rebidding a good
six-card suit.

However, an accurate rebid in dia-
monds is not possible. To leap to
three diamonds would constitute an
overexaggeration of your values,
while two diamonds ‘would under-
state the value of the hand. Faced
with this dilemma, it is best to raise
spades. This is the bid most likely to
cause partner to view his values more
favorably, and thus is more likely to
get him to bid again.

2. Four spades. It would be wrong
to bid either three diamonds or three
spades, either of which partner may

pass. The leap to four is not a close-
out bid. On the contrary, it states in
plain English that game is certain
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slam try. If partner has two aces, he
will presumably press on.

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monds would be too weak and three
diamonds too strong. Two notrump is
out of the question because it would
indicate 18 or 19 points and balanced
distribution. Two clubs has the
advantage of being ambiguous, as it
may be based on minimum values or
a fairly strong hand (up to 18 points).
If partner passes two clubs,. game is
very unlikely.

4. Three spades. Usually, the
jump-raise of partner’s suit shows
four trumps, but here, with no better
bid available, it must be made with
three. Your 18 high-card points are
adequate compensation for the miss-
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5. Three notrump. Here, you must
make a bid that puts you in game or
forces partner to bid again. With the
unbid suits double-stopped and a
minor your best suit, the most sensi-
ble thing to do is to bid game in
notrump. The leap to three notrump
indicates 20 points or more, since the
one-spade response may have been
based on as little as six points.
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Misery loves company, Aries: If
you’ve been in a foul mood, steer
clear of others so you don’t bring
down their spirits as well. You'll
brighten up by Wednesday. , ,

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It’s time to turn your luck around,
Taurus. Your employer has a new
proposition for you, and you should
take it, even. if it seems like it is a
risky endeavor. ; ,
GEMINI —- May 22/Jun 21
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happened weeks ago, Gemini. The
other party has forgotten about iit,
and you should, too. Grudges' will
get you nowhere. ret

CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22
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newfound wealth, Cancer. Sock
away some of it for a rainy day. You
of all people should know how fast
fortunes can change.

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@ A VULTURE stands in its caring room at Kasetsart university pet hospital in Bangkok, Thailand
Wednesday, March 7, 2007. The vulture — which normally is not found in Thailand — has been nursed
back to health by veterinarians, after apparently getting lost in late December and ending up dehydrated
in Chanthaburi province. Thai Airways International has agreed to transport a juvenile Cinereous Vul-
ture to Beijing on March 21 as part of an effort to return the rare bird to its natural habitat in Mon-
golia, airline officials said.

(AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)

Rare vulture |
found in Thailand
to be flown home





0 Mongolia

@ BANGKOK, Thailand

THE next time you take a Thai Airways
flight to China, a passenger with a wingspan of
nearly 2.8 meters (9.2 feet) and a taste for
rotting carcasses may also be on board,
according to Associated Press.

The country's national carrier announced
Wednesday that it will transport a juvenile
cinereous vulture to Beijing on March 21 to
help return the rare bird to its natural envi-
ronment in Mongolia.

The vulture — normally not found in Thai-
land — has been nursed back to health by vet-
erinarians at Kasetsart University in Bangkok,
after apparently getting lost in late December
and ending up dehydrated and near death in
Chanthaburi province. :

"We understand that it is the first time in
Thailand that this type of vulture has been

located and it is important that they are:

returned to their natural habitat," Thai Air-

‘ways President Apinan Sumanaseni said in a
statement. He said the airline also has trans-
ported other rare animals in the past, includ-
ing pandas and white tigers.

Thai Airways will not charge for the flight.
There will be a staff of five traveling with the
vulture, including two veterinarians, it said.

The year-old vulture — about 1 meter (3.3
feet) tall with thick, brown feathers and an
imposing black and white beak — will be trans-
ported in a cage that normally holds large
dogs and has plenty of cushioning to protect
the bird during the four-hour flight. : :

After that, it will be put on a China Air-
lines plane to Ulan Bator, Mongolia,
and then be driven about 200 kilome-
ters (125 miles) into a wilderness
area near Erdenesant where it will
be released, said Gawin Chutima,
chairman of the Bird Conserva-
tion Society of Thailand, which
is helping with the bird's return.

Gawin said releasing it in Thai-
land would put the bird at "great
risk of being shot down or never
returning home."

He said the vulture will be tagged
with a radio transmitter to track
its progress and migration routes.

The bird - also known as a
black vulture or monk vulture — is
defined by The World Conserva-
tion Union as near threatened in
Asia, where its numbers have steadily
declined because of a loss of habi-
tat, shortage of food and
increased cases of poisoning.

The population, however, has
increased slightly in parts of
Europe including Greece
and Spain due to bol-
stered conservation
efforts.

Villagers found
the vulture in
Chanthaburi

province and turned it over to a British bird
expert, Iola Veal, who lived in the area. She
took it to Kasetsart University, where veteri-
narians confirmed it was free of bird flu and
other infectious diseases.

Used to treating pet birds, Kasetsart's
Chaiyan Kasorndorkbua said he was taken
aback at first by the size of the vulture and its
voracious appetite. Among its favorite items
are pork legs.

"It is a challenge because we don't usually
get these kind of species in Thailand,"
Chaiyan said.

Feeding it rotten and fresh meat infused

‘with vitamins, Chaiyan said his staff were able

to increase the bird's weight from 6 kilograms
(13.2 pounds) to 8.5 kilograms (18.5 pounds).
It also has regained much of its strength.

Now, veterinarians will train it to fly again —
with the help of a specially designed 24-meter
(80-foot) -long cage where it can take short
flights.

"We have to take good care of it," Chaiyan
said. "It is important if we can save even one
individual from this species." 4

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Grand Bahama _ Sides ‘not far apart’ in Salt talks
Power sale to

close in

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

MIRANT expects to close the
sale of its 55.4 per cent stake in
Grand Bahama Power Company
by mid-2007, adding that “it
remains more-likely-than-not”

the company will be sold as part

of a wider divestment involving
the US utilities giant’s Caribbean
interests.

In its 10-K filing with the U
Securities and Exchange Com-
mission (SEC), which deals with
its 2006 year-end and fourth quar-
ter results, Mirant said it still
hoped to sell its controlling Grand
Bahama Power Company stake
in a single transaction that would
also involve the disposal of its
utility interests in Jamaica and
Curacao.

Mirant said: “The auction and
due diligence processes in respect
of the sale of the Caribbean busi-
ness are underway, and the sale of
.the Caribbean business is expect-
ed to close by mid-2007.

“We received non-binding
indicative bids for the Caribbean
assets in November. Based on a
review of the bids, it remains
more-likely-than-not that the
‘Caribbean business will be sold
in a single transaction. We deter-
mined that no impairment was
necessary in the fourth quarter,
as bids from potential buyers
exceeded the carrying value of
the assets.”

Apart from its 55 per cent stake
in Grand Bahama Power Com-
pany, Mirant’s other Caribbean
operations include an 80 per cent
» stake in Jamaica Public Service
Company, a 39 per cent interest
in Power Generation Company
of Trinidad & Tobago, and a 25.5
per cent stake in Curacao Utilities
Company.

A source with knowledge of
the auction process for the Grand
Bahama Power stake told The
Tribune yesterday: “This is round
two, where the bidders have a
deadline to complete their due
diligence and come up with bind-
ing bids.”

It is unclear where Mirant’s
determination to sell Grand
Bahama Power Company as part
of a wider Caribbean divestment
leaves potential bidders, espe-

AN Exuma-based tourism
investment project that will
have a market value “in excess
of $800 million” when com-
pleted yesterday said it had
signed an agreement for
Sedona Resorts to manage the
200-acre property.

Murphy International
Development, the developers
of Crab Cay, are planning to
create a 30-acre harbour on
the island just south of Great
Exuma, providing full-service
berths for yachts and mega
yachts up to 300 feet in length.

Also slated for inclusion in
the first phase, which is sched-
uled to be completed by 2009,
is the Harbour Village resi-
dential and retail village com-
plex, waterfront home sites and
residences, and the Sedona
Resorts-managed destination
resort and spa.

Up to 375 residences are
planned for the project, which
was one of the first develop-
ments approved by Prime Min-
ister Perry Christie’s govern-
ment back in 2003. Little has
been heard of Crab Cay since
then, or its developers, the
North Carolina-based Murphy
family, who have a business
history in hog farming.

A Harbour Club, clubhouse
and pool areas are also
planned for Crab Cay, which
has eight miles of beaches and
will be linked to the Exuma
mainland by private gated
bridge.

Pete Murphy, of Murphy
International Development,
said in a statement: “Sedona
Resorts brings to Crab Cay its

‘mid-O7’

Mirant ‘more likely
than not’ to dispose
of 55.4% stake as
part of one wider
Caribbean deal

cially Bahamian ones.

One school of thought suggests
that a collective sale of Mirant’s
Caribbean assets will make it
more difficult for Bahamians to
participate in the process other
than as minority partners
attached to a larger international
bidder, such as a major electrical
utility.

This is due to the huge sum
that would needed to finance a
purchase of Mirant’s Caribbean
interests. The Tribune under-
stands that one Bahamian bid for
just Grand Bahama Power Com-
pany alone comprised the com-
pany’s management and employ-
ees in a possible management
buyout, but did not make it into
the second round.

The Tribune previously
revealed that Franklyn Wilson,
head of Eleuthera Properties, the
Cotton Bay developer, and chair-
man of RoyalStar Assurance,
Sunshine Insurance and Arawak
Homes, was part of a consortium
featuring a major North Ameri-
can power generator that is bid-
ding on Mirant’s stake.

Another party in Mr Wilson’s
group was said by sources to be
Emanuel Alexiou, the attorney
and chairman of A. F. Holdings,
renamed parent company of the
Colina Financial Group (CFG).

Colina and Mr Wilson have
worked together before, most
notably on Freeport Oil Holdings
(FOCOL) purchase of Shell
(Bahamas) for more than $32 mil-
lion. Colina placed the preference
share issue that raised $25 mil-
lion towards financing the pur-
chase.

FOCOL was advised on that
deal by Royal Bank of Canada,
and sources said that Royal Bank
was advising the consortium that
Mr Wilson is part of in its Mirant

SEE page 6B

expertise in the operations and
development of international-
ly-recognised spas and resorts,
such as the award-winning Mii
amo Spa and Enchantment
Resort, further enhancing Crab
Cay's inimitable appeal to res-
idents and vacationers.

“We desire to offer the per-
fect resident and vacation
refuge to those with a passion
for quality, beauty, luxury, and
privacy, who respectfully
appreciate, through preserva-
tion, the wondrous gifts of
nature."

Sedona Resorts’ president
and chief executive, George
Lidicker, added: "Partnering
with Murphy International
Development is a natural
alliance, built upon a shared
commitment to create a desti-
nation spa and resort with
exceptional distinction in set-
ting, service and amenities for
the ultimate well being of
mind, body and soul."

Crab Cay will offer residents
a tropical ecological sanctuary,
and Murphy International
Development said its three-
phase project would look to
build on the drea, of the
island’s first settler, Sir William
Walker, who built his 18th cen-
tury plantation amid botanical
gardens that used specimens
brought back from the South
Pacific by world-famous sailors
and explorers, Captain William
Bligh and Captain Cook.

At the groundbreaking for
the Crab Cay resort in 2004,

SEE page 9B

* Productivity pay the main difference between company and union
* Morton seeking ‘security assurances’ from government after blockade
* Company ‘cut back on sales’ after rainfall hit supplies, with salt demand impacted by mild US winter

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

orton Salt and the trade
union representing its
non-managerial work-

ers were last night said to be “not
very far apart” on resolving their
long-running industrial negotia-
tions, with Inagua residents “pray-
ing” that a harmonious solution can
be found to the dispute impacting
the Bahamas’ original ‘anchor pro-
ject’ that employs 60 per cent of
the island’s work force.

Obie Ferguson, attorney and
adviser to the Bahamas Industrial,
Manufacturers and Allied Work-
ers Union (BIMAWU), said a set-
tlement could be reached if the two
parties were able to agree ona
salary rise of between 5-6 per cent
for the union’s members for the
years 2007-2009.

He said this would be “more rea-
sonable”, given that the union
would have moved from its original
offer position, which was for 9 per
cent basic salary rises for its mem-
bers in 2007 and 2008, and a 6 per
cent rise in 2009.

“Between 5-6 per cent, we can
reach a settlement,” Mr Ferguson
said. “We're not very far apart, and
if we can find a happy medium
between 5-6 per cent, we'll be OK.”

The main difference between
Morton Salt and the union over the
“economic package” the former is



@ OBIE FERGUSON

offering appears to be that the
union wants all increases included
in the basic salary rise, whereas the
company is offering a smaller salary
increase in combination with a pro-
ductivity increase.

In an interview with The Tribune,
Glenn Bannister, Morton
(Bahamas) Ltd’s managing direc-
tor, explained that the last contract
between the company and the
union expired in September 2005.

For a year since then, Morton
Salt had attempted to meet with
the union, Mr Bannister said, but it
had refused to start negotiations on
the grounds that its members were
owed back pay.

Talks eventually started in Octo-
ber 2006, Mr Bannister saying that
the union represented about 85 of
its 104 non-managerial staff. Mor-
ton Salt also employed 26 manage-

rial staff, making its total employ-
ment complement 130-strong.

“We met all last week under the
auspices of the Department of
Labour in Nassau to negotiate a
new contract,” Mr Bannister told
The Tribune. “Basically, we got to
the point where the union request-
ed we give them our final offer. We
did that on Friday last week.”

Both Morton Salt and the
Department of Labour were now
awaiting an official response from
the union, Mr Bannister said, its
representatives having not attended
a 3pm meeting last Sunday.to either
sign the contract or “touch base”.

Mr Ferguson last night confirmed
that the union had received and
studied Morton Salt’s offer, and had
met with the Minister of Labour,
Vincent Peet, at 7pm on Tuesday
night, to disclose that it wanted
more information.

The union, Mr Ferguson said,
wanted Morton Salt to provide it
with “statistical information” on
areas such as the overtime hours
worked by each worker, providing
the base rate per worker.

He explained that the union
wanted the “actual” data per work-
er, as opposed to the estimates
Morton Salt had provided previ-
ously, so it could “justify the
increase we were proposing for
back pay from 2005-2006”.

Mr Ferguson said Morton Salt
had undertaken to provide the

requested data, and the Minister of
Labour had said he would assist
with this process. “As soon as we
get it, we'll be able to properly
respond,” he said.

Mr Ferguson said the BIMAWU
had only received the “consolidated
document” containing the compa-
ny’s offer at 11am on Sunday, and
then went into a meeting with the
union’s officers at 4pm.

In his interview with The Tri- .
bune, Mr Bannister explained that |.
given that the previous industrial
agreement had expired on Septem- ~
ber 2005, Morton Salt was offering
a 2.5 per cent salary increase for
2005, along with a 2 per cent pro- |
ductivity bonus.

“We have given them the bonus _
already,” Mr Bannister said. “It’s .
just the 2.5 per cent, the general ’
increase that will be made retroac-
tive from October 1, 2005, and we ,
propose to give them retroactive
pay for October 2005-September
30, 2006.

“We’re going to give them a
lump sum and attach it to the base
of their salary.” From October 1,
2006, Mr Bannister said Morton
Salt had offered the union a 2.7 per -
cent salary increase, and again pro-
posed to give its members a lump
sum attached to the base salary.

For 2005-2006, the productivity

SEE page 6B

Clearing Banks to ratify Clearing House software provider

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE software provider for the commer-
cial banking system’s Automated Clearing
House (ACH) has been selected, The Tri-
bune was told, with the choice now just
waiting ratification by the Clearing Banks

Association (CBA).

Paul McWeeney, Bank of the Bahamas
International’s managing director and head
of the CBA’s working group on the ACH,
said the working group had selected the
software provider, and he was now trying to
arrange a CBA meeting to have the choice

formally approved.

“IT know who it is,” Mr McWeeney said.
“It’s approved, but is subject to the Clearing

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Banks Association’s
ratification. I’m sure
it will be sanctioned,
and I’m trying to
schedule a meeting
with the Clearing
Banks Association
group to have the
recommendation
ratified.

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the ACH Working Group ratified.”

Until that happens, Mr McWeeney said
he was unable to name the software
provider for the ACH.

The ACH working group has returned
from making site visits in Europe and Africa
to assess existing systems operated by the
final two contenders for the software
provider contract.

The ACH is seen as a “long overdue”
upgrade to the Bahamian financial services
system’s infrastructure, and the software
provider selection is seen as the final step to
implementing the facility and taking it live
by end-June 2007, a Bahamas-based com-

pany having already been chosen as the

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project manager.

The ACH is being viewed as a mecha-

nism to boost the efficiency and integrity of

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mortgage is an inter-
est in property (nor-
mally real property)

created as a form of security
for a loan or payment of a
debt, and it is terminated on
payment of the loan or debt.
The borrower who offers and
grants the mortgage over his
property is the mortgagor. The
lender who provides the mon-
ey for the loan is the mort-
gagee.

There are basically three
types of security over land or
real property. There is a legal
mortgage, which confers a legal
interest on the mortgagee and
may only be granted by the
mortgagor, who has a legal
estate in the land - either the
fee simple or a lease.

Secondly, an equitable mort-
gage confers an equitable inter-
est on the mortgagee, and may
also be granted the mortgagor
who has a legal estate. The lat-
ter only happens if he has an
equitable interest (for exam-
ple, if he is a beneficiary of a
trust), then he may only grant
an equitable mortgage of his
interest. Finally, an equitable
charge confers an equitable
interest on the chargee, but
with more limited rights than
the equitable mortgage.

The first two types of secu-

rity are typically used by mort-
gagees, particularly
financial/lending institutions,
because they provide more
attractive rights and remedies
to mortgagees.

A mortgage document
describes the parties to the
transaction, and the terms and
conditions upon which a mort-
gage is granted over the prop-
erty by the mortgagor, and
upon which the loan is given
to the mortgagor by the mort-
gagee. This is prepared by an
attorney, and is usually exe-
cuted by the mortgagor after
the appropriate title and
Supreme Court cause list
searches are made, real prop-
erty taxes, utilities, and other
rates and assessments are ver-
ified (and, where applicable,
regularized), and title to the
property is proven to be that of
the mortgagor and found to be
both free and clear.

The mortgage document
typically includes, but is not
limited to, terms and condi-
tions which outline the obliga-
tions of the mortgagor to repay
to the mortgagee, on demand,
the principal, interest and any
costs relating to the mortgage
loan. The document also usu-
ally requires the borrower to
keep the property properly

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insured and maintained, regu-
larly pay all rates, taxes and
assessments, observe all
restrictive covenants and reg-
ulations, and protect title to
the property.

The mortgage document
also provides a detailed
description of the property, the
duration of the loan, the
amount of the monthly pay-
ments (inclusive of principal
and interest), the date of pay-
ment, the mortgagor's redemp-
tion of the mortgage upon
repayment of the loan, and the
events of default upon which
the loan may terminate and
upon which a mortgagee may
exercise its legal remedies
(foreclosure, power of sale,
tight to possession etc).

An opinion on title, con-
firming or attesting to the
validity of title to the property,
is issued by an attorney to the
mortgagee, who is often a
licensed financial/lending insti-
tution, before completion of
the mortgage transaction and
approval for the loan to the

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mortgagor.

It is important that the mort-
gagee satisfies itself that it is
legally in a position to grant
the loan, and particular atten-
tion is given to the fact that it is
not adversely affected by the
rights of persons (other than
the mortgagor), especially in
light of the provisions of the
Inheritance Act 2002. The pro-
visions in questions concern
the rights of spouses and other
pertinent statutory and com-
mon law (case law) principles,
which may relate to or affect
the legal interest in the prop-
erty over which the mortgage
is being granted.

The stamp duty on a mort-
gage loan is normally | per
cent of the amount of the
mortgage advanced to the
mortgagor,

The mortgagee protects its
security rights over the mort-
gaged property against third
parties, such as subsequent
mortgagees or purchasers of

‘the mortgaged property, by

recording or registering its
security over the property
through having the mortgage
document stamped at the Pub-
lic Treasury, then lodged for
recording at the Registry of
Deeds and Documents. It
should also be noted that the
mortgagee often takes posses-
sion of the original title docu-
ments, including the original
mortgage, after recording at
the Registry of Deeds and
Documents.

Mortgages rank in order of
ptiority according to the date
of recording of the mortgage
document. According to
Bahamian law, the first mort-
gagee in time (according to the
date of recording) takes prior-
ity over subsequent mort-
gagees.

When the mortgagor has
paid off the loan and the prop-
erty becomes free of the mort-

gage granted over it, the mort-
gagor has _ effectively
‘redeemed’ his property. Dur-
ing the currency of the mort-
gage, the mortgagor has resid-
ual rights in the property
known as the ‘equity of
redemption’. The equity of
redemption is the right(s) of a
mortgagor over his mortgaged
property, particularly the right
to redeem the property, at any
time, on payment of the prin-
cipal, interest and cost of the
mortgage loan. The value of
the equity of redemption is the
value of a mortgagor’s unen-
cumbered interest minus the
value of the mortgage loan.

Insurance

Under Section 21(b) of the
Conveyancing and Law of
Property Act 1909 (the Act), a
mortgagee, where a mortgage
is made by deed, has the pow-
er, among other things, “to
insure and keep insured
against loss or damage by fire
any building, or any effects or
property of an insurable
nature, whether affixed to the
freehold or not, being or form-
ing part of the mortgaged
property, and the premiums
paid for any such insurance
shall be a charge on the mort-
gaged property, in addition to
the mortgage money, and with
the same priority, and with
interest at the same rate, as the
mortgage money”.

The mortgagee is afforded
statutory and contractual pro-
tection (by way of the terms
and conditions of its Indenture
of Mortgage) of its security
interest, for mortgages of land,
by virtue of its power to insure.

If the mortgagor fails to pay
the insurance premiums regu-
larly, as he/she is required to
do under the terms and con-
ditions of the mortgage docu-
ment, the mortgagee is given
the power to pay the premi-

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ums at the mortgagor’s
expense.

In order to protect itself ful-
ly, the mortgagee will often
notify or require that the mort-
gagor notify the insurance
company of its interest in the
property, and should the prop-
erty be subsequently destroyed
by fire, the insurance company
will either pay the mortgagor
the amount insured, on con-
sultation and/or approval from
the mortgagee, or pay the
amount insured directly to the
mortgagee, as loss payee, sub-
ject to the terms and condi-
tions of the insurance agree-
ment.

It should be noted that
under Section 25(4) of the Act,
a mortgagee may require (or
specify) that all monies
received on an insurance poli-
cy be applied in or towards the
discharge of the monies due
under the mortgage, without
prejudice to any obligation to
the contrary imposed by law
or by special contract.

Therefore, a mortgagee (and
loss payee) for the insurance
monies may apply the monies
received to the outstanding
debt owed on the existing
mortgage in lieu of repairing
the damaged property, subject
to any specific terms or condi-
tions of the insurance agree-
ment, to the contrary.

In light of the foregoing
obligations and duties, a mort-
gagee may wish to request that
customers sign an agreement
- or incorporate specific terms
in its existing mortgage docu-
ment - to allow it to apply
insurance monies to the out-
standing mortgage debt, inclu-
sive of an
indemnification/release from
liability for such application.
This is to ensure that it is pro-
tected contractually, as well as
statutorily, by law.

Real Property Tax

Where a mortgagee is exer-
cising its legal remedy of pow-
er of sale and acts as the ven-
dor of mortgaged property, it -
conveys the mortgaged prop-
erty to the prospective pur-
chaser, subject to such right
and equity of redemption, as
is subsisting in the property,
by virtue of the mortgage deed.

The power of sale and other
remedies of the mortgagee
need not be expressly trans-
terred, since they are normally
expressly conferred by the
mortgage deed. Therefore,
they are made exercisable by
the mortgagee and its assigns,
and will pass to the purchaser
without mention.

However, in relation to the
issue of payment of outstand-
ing real property taxes on the
mortgaged property to be sold
under a power of sale, it should
be noted that while there may
be no commercial obligation
by the mortgagee to pay the
outstanding real property tax-
es, or incur the legal and
administrative costs in the
exercise of the power of sale,
the outstanding real property
taxes represent a first charge
over mortgaged property
under Section 21 of the Real
Property Tax Act 1969 (the
RPTA)..

Additionally, under Section
7 (5) of the RPTA, real prop-
erty taxes can be assessed for
10 years retroactively.

More importantly, it should
be noted that the Fiscal
Reform and Tax Relief Act
1990 amended the original Sec-
tion 16 of the RPTA through
the inclusion of the following
sections, which relate directly
to the legal obligations and lia-
bility of mortgagees of mort-
gaged properties, subject to the
assessment and levying of real
property taxes.

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Street
rebounds
as stocks
overseas
recover

BY JOE BEL BRUNO
Associated Press

NEW YORK — Wall Street
rebounded Tuesday as inves-
tors were encouraged by a
recovery on world markets and
moved to recoup some of the
big losses suffered in last week’s
sharp pullback. The Dow Jones
industrials rose more than 150
points. —

Investors came off the side-
lines to buy stocks that have
languished in five turbulent ses-
sions. The Dow made back
about 26 percent of the ground
it lost over the past week, and
scored its highest one-day point
gain since July 24.

Despite the rebound, ques-
tions remained about whether
the correction that has swept
around the globe has truly run
its course. U.S. investors were
still contending with fundamen-
tal economic issues, including a
weaker than expected reading
on fourth-quarter productivity
and the dollar’s vulnerability
against the yen.

The. advance Tuesday
treated Wall Street traders to
what had become a rare sight —
the color green splashed across
their computer ‘screens that
show stock prices, instead of
last week’s red. But, after being
knocked about by erratic mar-
ket shifts in recent sessions,
there was still a sense this might
not be the recovery everyone is
waiting for.

“IT don’t think we should get
too used to seeing all this
green,” said Jay Suskind, head
trader at Ryan Beck & Co. “This
market feels to me like it
doesn’t have legs, there just
doesn’t seem to be that eupho-
ria out there. There is still trepi-
dation.”

The Dow rose 157.18, or 1.30
percent, to 12,207.59, after drop-
ping 581 points over the past
week. The Standard & Poor’s

- 500 index was up 21.29,\or 1.55
percent, at 1,395.41 in its biggest
advance since July.

The Nasdaq composite index
rose 44.46, or 1.90 percent, to
2,385.14. The tech-dominated
index, which includes many
companies considered young
and risky compared to S&P 500
stocks, was particularly hard-hit
in last week’s slide. It was the
Nasdaq’s best one-day advance
since Oct.4. -

The Russell 2000 index of
smaller companies was up 18.82,
or 2.48 percent, at 778.88.

Advancing issues outnum-
bered decliners by about 5 to 1
on the New York Stock
Exchange, where consolidated
volume came to 3.29 billion
shares, down from 3.44 billion
shares on Monday.

Overseas, stock indexes
posted healthy gains after
plunging for the past week.
According to the Dow Jones
Wilshire Global Total Market
Index, the world’s markets had
lost $3.1 trillion since Feb. 26 —
with $1 trillion coming from the
US. alone.

Japan’s Nikkei stock average
closed up 1.22 percent Tuesday.
At the close, Britain’s FTSE 100
regained 1.32 percent, Germa-
ny’s DAX index rose 0.92 per-
cent, and France’s CAC-40 was
up 0.97 percent.

. The gain in equities and lin-
gering inflation worries sent
prices falling in the bond mar-
ket. The yield on the benchmark
10-year Treasury note rose to
4.53 percent from 4.51 percent
on Monday.

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@ While the air carrier is offering
cut-rate prices, Spirit Airlines will
charge passengers an extra fee
for baggage and beverages.

BY ADRIAN SAINZ
Associated Press

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. —
Spirit Airlines said Tuesday it will
take the unusual step of charging for
all checked baggage and for drinks
such as coffee and soda on flights
starting in June, while also cutting
fares by up to 40 percent.

The South Florida-based low-cost

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plunge

§@ Labor costs jumped as factory
orders dropped and, according to
analysts, the reports highlight
difficulties faced by the Federal
Reserve.

BY MARTIN CRUTSINGER
Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The economy
is still caught between slowing
growth and stubborn inflation pres-
sures, new government reports
showed Tuesday.

Labor costs, boosted by bonuses to
high-income workers, soared at the
end of last year, raising inflation wor-
ries, while factory orders plunged in
January by the biggest amount in 6',
years.

The reports, analysts said, high-
lighted the difficulties faced by the
Federal Reserve as it is confronted by
the opposing forces of slowing
growth and rising inflation.

The Labor Department reported
that productivity, the amount of out-
put per hour of work, rose at an
annual rate of 1.6 percent in the Octo-
ber-December period last year, just

SAB D ILLS LEE

The 2,974-passenger Carnival Freedom, amid
the requisite pomp and circumstance, sailed on
her maiden voyage from Venice on Monday, with
plans to spend her splashy first season plying the
Mediterranean — not the Caribbean.

The new 110,000-ton, high-tech ship’s launch
in Italy illustrates the rising importance of
Europe to the cruise industry. Increasingly, it is

carrier that flies domestically and to
Latin America and the Caribbean said
it is cutting fares from 10 to 40 per-
cent systemwide, and on last-minute
fares as well. :

Spirit also will charge for each
checked bag for flights taking place
June 20 or after, according to its web-
site. Customers will still be allowed
one carry-on bag for free, but one or
two checked bags will cost $5 each if
passengers make flight reservations
on the carrier’s website. The fee will
be $10 each for one or two bags if pas-
sengers don’t use the website for res-

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Across the pond

The Carnival Freedom’s maiden voyage from Venice underscores the industry’s
stepped-up focus on the lucrative and fast-growing European cruise market

Europe rather than the Caribbean that is the
place of choice for unveiling new cruise ships.
With strong demand and firm prices ‘for
cruises in Europe, the old continent is slated to
host a record number of ships and passengers
this year, even as the Caribbean suffers from
weak prices amid a glut of capacity that make
cruising there a bargain.
“Europe has great cachet in the consumer’s
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BROWSING: Devon Runyon
admires a John Deere lawn
tractor at the Council Bluffs
Home Show at Mid-America
Center in Council Bluffs, lowa,
last weekend. Orders to U.S.
factories fell by the largest
amount in 6% years.

about half of the original estimate.
But the cost of the labor needed to
produce each unit of output soared
by 6.6 percent, far higher than the 17
percent initial estimate and well

above the 3.2 percent increase Wall |

Street was expecting.
The worry is that the combination
of lower productivity and higher

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ervations. The charge is $100 for the
third bag and on.

The airline currently allows one
checked bag for free and $10 for a
second checked bag.

Also starting June 20, soft drinks,
juices, coffee and tea — which are
now free — will cost $1. Water will
still be free.

Most large U.S. carriers allow a
carry-on bag and up to two or three
checked bags at no additional charge
per passenger. However, U.K.-based
Ryanair charges a fee for each item of
checked baggage, according to its

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Web site. Air Canada offers custom-
ers the option of saving $5 if they
don’t check any baggage.

With drinks, carriers usually
charge for alcoholic beverages on
domestic flights. But sodas, coffee
and juice are usually free.

Bob Harrell, a travel consultant in
New York, said airlines that cater to
leisure travel such as Spirit often
adjust fares, raising or lowering them
25 percent or more from one week to
another in some cases. But airlines

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dent for investor relations at Royal Caribbean
Cruises in Miami. “People are willing to pay
higher for a European cruise than just about any-
where in the world.”



Bausch & Lomb recalls
ReNu Multiplus

While no one was reported hurt, Bausch & Lomb did a limited
voluntary recall because it had received reports of discolored solution
and found that the discoloration was caused by trace amounts of iron.

BY BEN DOBBIN
Associated Press

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Bausch &
Lomb, already humbled by a world-
wide recall of its ReNu with Moistu-
reLoc contact lens solution, said
Tuesday it is recalling about 1.5 mil-
lion bottles of ReNu MultiPlus
because trace amounts of iron could
cause the cleaner to lose effective-
ness earlier than normal.

The optical products maker also
reported a modest drop in fourth-
quarter and full-year sales in 2006,
citing sluggish contact lens sales
amid a slower-than-expected recov-
ery from last spring’s recall of Mois-
tureLoc, which was blamed for an
outbreak of severe fungal eye intec-
tions.

The company said it has carried
out a limited voluntary recall of 12
lots of its ReNu MultiPlus solution
after getting three customer reports
of discolored solution.

No one was reported hurt, and the
company believes that virtually all of
the solution, made about a year ago at
its plant in Greenville, S.C., has
already been used by lens wearers.

About a million bottles of the pop-

ular brand were distributed in the
United States and another 500,000 in
Canada, Korea, Taiwan and Latin
America. The company has notified
the Food and Drug Administration
and regulators in the other affected
countries of the recall.

“I want to emphasize that this is
completely unrelated to and different
from the MoistureLoc recall,” com-
pany spokeswoman Barbara Kelley
said.

“There have been no serious
adverse events associated with this
occurrence, and the possibility of a
serious adverse event is remote.”

Bausch & Lomb determined the
discoloration was caused by trace
amounts of iron found in a single
batch of raw material from an outside
supplier. As a result, it said, the
affected lots could have a shorter
shelf life than the two-year expiration
date.

“From what they’re describing, the
event that occurred was relatively
minor,” said Dr. Penny Asbell, a pro-
fessor of ophthalmology at Mount
Sinai School of Medicine in New

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Factory orders drop 5.6% in January

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wages would make inflation
worse and keep the Federal
Reserve from cutting interest
rates even though certain sec-
tors of the economy such as
housing and manufacturing
have been hard-hit by the cur-
rent economic slowdown.

The Commerce Depart-
ment reported that factory
orders dropped by 5.6 percent
in January, the biggest decline
since July 2000, a period
when the economy was slow-
ing sharply in advance of an
actual recession which began
in 2001.

The government said that
orders for big-ticket durable

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York. “It’s definitely a differ-
ent story from MoistureLoc.
We now understand that cer-
tain conditions led that solu-
tion to be a very poor disin-
fectant. And it seems obvious
now but quite honestly it
wasn’t obvious at the time.
“The take-home message
from this event is most people
do very well with contact
lenses, but there are some
risks and they can cut down
those risks by following the
manufacturers’ recommenda-
tions. One thing they often
don’t realize is not only does
the bottle have a shelf life in
the store, it has a shelf life

Spirit to
cut fares

by up
to 40%

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also are seeking ways to offset
baggage handling costs, and
lowering prices may be a way
for Spirit to justify the move
to charge for checked bags,
Harrell said

“The baggage and the soda
changes are new,” said Har-
rell, of Harrell Associates. “If
they’re not exclusively new,
then it’s certainly unusual.”.

However, Harrell added
that while it’s possible that
the major airlines would be
looking at the success or fail-
ure of Spirit’s changes, “You
wouldn’t see a lemming type
of match from the larger car-
riers.”

The move also reflects a
strategy where services for
baggage handling and bever-
ages are “a la carte,” or pay-:
as-you-go, said Robert Mann,
an airline industry analyst
with R.W. Mann & Co. Inc. in

CRUISE LINES

goods plunged by 8.7 percent,
even bigger than the 7.8 per-
cent drop originally reported
a week ago.

The weakness in manufac-
turing was led by a 19 percent
fall in orders for transporta-
tion products, reflecting a 6.7
percent drop in the struggling
auto industry and a 60.2 per-
cent plunge in demand for
commercial airplanes.
Demand was also down for
primary metals, machinery
and computers.

Orders for nondurable
goods, items such as petro-
leum and food, fell by 2 per-
cent in January after a 1.5 per-
cent increase in December.

The weaker productivity

number reflected the big
downward revision
announced last week in total
economic growth, as mea-
sured by the gross domestic
product. The GDP expanded
at a sluggish 2.2 percent
annual rate from October
through December, not the 3.5
percent growth rate originally
reported.

With less output and the
number of hours worked
remaining the same, produc-
tivity for the quarter looked
worse.

The drop in output also
meant that unit labor costs
were higher.

It was the biggest quarterly
increase in labor costs since a

9.1 percent surge in the first
three months of 2006. Both
gains were attributed in large
part to big bonuses paid to
high-income workers.
Analysts said this report
would certainly attract atten-
tion at the Fed and would add
to the view that even with the

economy slowing, policymak- -

ers cannot consider cutting
interest rates.

“Three sluggish quarters of
economic growth should have
created an environment for an
ease, but with cost pressures
rising, inflation concerns have
to remain high,” said Joel
Naroff, chief economist at
Naroff Economic ‘Advisors, a
private forecasting firm.

Lomb recalls ReNu Multiplus

once it’s opened, which is
under their control.”

Of the more than 30 million
Americans who wear contact
lenses, about 2.3 million used
MoistureLoc, which was
introduced in late 2004 and
accounted for $100 million in
global sales in 2005. At least 11
million people use the Multi-
Plus solution, which was
launched a decade ago.

Last May, Bausch & Lomb
permanently withdrew its
new-formula MoistureLoc
multipurpose cleaner from

markets around the world.

when federal regulators
called the product the “poten-
tial root cause” of an outbreak
of Fusarium keratitis infec-

tions. A cluster of the poten-
tially blinding infections sur-
faced in Asia in fall 2005 and
an unusual number of victims
began showing up in U.S. eye
centers last winter. The com-
pany stopped selling Moistu-
reLoc in Hong Kong and Sin-
gapore in February 2006 but
only halted U.S. shipments in
April.

Lawyers expect several
hundred people will seek
damages for Fusarium kerati-
tis infections in trials begin-
ning as early as this summer.
Of the 180 infection victims
confirmed so far in 35 states,
59 needed cornea transplants
to try to restore their vision,
the Centers for Disease Con-

trol and Prevention in Atlanta
said. Several people allege the
MoistureLoc solution caused
them to lose an eye.

The company advised con-
sumers to discard bottles of
the affected solution if it
appears to be discolored as it
may be losing effectiveness. It
said the recalled lots carry the
expiration date “2008 - 03” on
the bottle. Separately, the
company said revenue for
2006 dropped 3 percent to
about $2.29 billion. It expects
to report fourth-quarter reve-
nue of about $598.5 million,
down 5 percent from $626.4
million in the year-ago period,
or 7 percent on a constant-
currency basis.



WILFREDO LEE/AP

BRAND NEW GUIDELINES: Spirit Airlines will begin charging for checked baggage and
beverages. Above, Spirit agent Clive Smith, center, helps a pair of customers as they ,
check in at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Tuesday.

Port Washington, N.Y.

_ At Fort Lauderdale-Holly-
wood International Airport,
Naomi Berger waited for a
return flight to New York’s
Laguardia Airport. She said
the airline told her of the $10
charge for a second checked
bag by e-mail, and that she
was.OK with the extra charge
because she paid $85 for her
round trip ticket from New
York to visit a relative in
Miami Beach with her daugh-
ter and husband.

“If they keep the fares

down, people use them,” said
Berger, who lives on Long
Island. But her husband, Rob-
ert Berger, was more critical
of the charges. He said air-
lines are more interested in
just getting travelers to their
destinations and making
short-term profits, rather than
building a customer base by
providing good service.
“Only an airline with no
pride would charge you for a
cup of soda,” said Robert Ber-
ger, who is in the telecommu-
nications business. “We'll pay

them for the $10 for baggage
and $1 for soda because we’re
still ahead of the game” on
ticket prices, he said.

Spirit also plans to elimi-
nate first-class service and
free alcoholic drinks. The for-
mer first-class seats will be
called “Big Front Seats” and
sell at premium prices.

The airline is offering. 1
cent fares, plus fees and taxes,
to and from select cities in
March, April and May. Cus-
tomers have until Wednesday
to book those flights. .

Cruise ships crossing the pond into Kurope

° EUROPE

This year’s build-up in
Europe comes on top of a 12
percent increase in berths
there last year — some
1,479,321 beds, compared with
1,318,503 beds during 2005,
according to the Cruise Lines
International Association, a
trade group. “The European
cruise market is underpene-
trated compared with North
America,” says Howard S.
Frank, vice chairman and
chief operating officer of Car-
nival Corp., which operates 12
brands. “We see an ability to
grow in Europe and grow
faster than in the U.S.”

Carnival, which named
designer and former super-
model Kathy Ireland as the
Freedom’s godmother, will
enjoy a summer of buzz in
Europe and reap a second
round of hoopla when the
ship comes to Miami in
November to start seven-day
Caribbean cruises.

Many cruise operators,
including Carnival, Royal
Caribbean International and
Holland America Line, are

FOCUSING ON EUROPE

@ Carnival Corp. operates 12 cruise brands and plans to
deploy a record 25 percent of its capacity in Europe this year,
up from 23 percent last year. Carnival debuted its new Carni-

val Freedom in Europe.

@ Top competitor Royal Caribbean will have 21 percent of its
capacity there, also a record. There will be a record six Royal
Caribbean International ships in Europe this summer, includ-
ing the giant Navigator of the Seas. Next year, the massive,
high-profile Independence of the Seas will debut there.

@ Disney Cruise Line will deploy a ship, the Disney Magic, to
Europe this summer for the first time.

@ Holland America Line plans its longest season in Europe -

March through November.

e@ Princess Cruises puts five ships in Europe with a stretched
season running April to December.

® Cruise lines had some 1,479,321 beds in Europe in 2006, up
12 percent from the 1,318,503 beds in 2005.

SOURCE: Cruise lines; Cruise Lines International Association .

stretching their stays in
Europe this year, according to
CLIA, with some ships staying
nine months from March to
November. This spring, for
the first time, Royal Carib-
bean will deploy its 3,114-pas-
senger Navigator of the Seas
to Europe, where it will join
five other giant vessels from
its fleet. That includes her sis-
ter ship, Voyager of the Seas,

which will spend an extended
second season there.

“We all anticipate great
growth potential in the Euro-
pean marketplace,” says
Royal Caribbean spokesman
Michael Sheehan.

Not so many years ago,
Europe was largely relegated
to the tired, older cruise ves-
sels, no longer hot enough for
the Caribbean. But the large

untapped market of affluent
travelers in Europe has
helped turn it into a priority
market for cruise lines.

Next year, for example,
Royal Caribbean plans to
debut its Independence of the
Seas in Europe, rather than
the Caribbean. Picking
Europe to unveil the high-pro-
file Independence — a sister
of the world’s largest cruise
vessel, the 160,000-ton Free-
dom of the Seas — under-
scores the company’s “expan-
sion into emerging and
high-growth cruise markets,”
Chairman and CEO Richard
Fain said in a statement.

Royal Caribbean, which
like other lines wants to lure
more Europeans on cruises, is
beefing up relationships with
travel agents in Europe,
expanding its sales, marketing
and reservations staffs and
spending more on advertising
there. It recently bought
Spanish cruise and tour oper-
ator Pullmantur to tap the
Spanish cruise market and
plans to put a record 21 per-
cent of its capacity in Europe
during 2007.

____MiamiHerald.com | THE MIAMI HERALD

e BROKERAGE

BUSINESS BRIEFS



TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP-GETTY IMAGES

OFFER COMING? Douglas Peterson, right, CEO of
CitiBank Japan, announces the strategic alliance with
Nikko Cordial on Tuesday in Tokyo as president and
CEO Shoji Kuwashima listens.

Citigroup might offer
$10.8B to buy Nikko

From Herald Wire Services

Citigroup (C) plans to offer up to $10.8 billion for scandal-
tainted Nikko Cordial in a deal that would be the biggest for-
eign acquisition of a Japanese brokerage.

Citigroup, the largest U.S. financial services company, said
Tuesday it plans to launch a tender offer within a week for all
remaining shares of Japan’s third-biggest brokerage.

Nikko Cordial has more than 100 branches nationwide.
The deal would boost Citigroup’s presence in Japan for sell-
ing mutual funds and other services that are expected to grow
in the world’s second-largest economy.

e AUTOMOTIVE

BUYERS WEIGHING
CHRYSLER’S WORTH

As two private equity
firms examine Chrysler’s
books and consider making
offers to buy the company
this week, they'll try to
answer a question whose
answer is uncertain: How
much is Chrysler worth?

Although Daimler-Benz
paid $36 billion for the com-
pany in 1998, industry ana-
lysts now place its value at
anywhere from nothing to
$13.7 billion. Estimates vary
with the value placed on
assets such as brand names,
factories and materials, all
weighed against Chrysler’s
estimated $19 billion long-
term liability to pay health-
care benefits for unionized
retirees. Some analysts say
the liability exceeds the
value of the assets, meaning
that German parent Daim-
lerChrysler (DCX) would
have to pay someone to take
Chrysler.

e CONFECTIONERS

TOPPS’ TAKEOVER BID
DRAWS OPPOSITION

The Topps Co. (TOPP),
maker of baseball cards and
Bazooka bubble gum, said it
accepted a $385.4 million
takeover offer from a buy-
out group that includes for-
mer Disney CEO Michael
Eisner, but the deal drew
immediate opposition from
one of its own board mem-
bers.

Topps director Arnaud
Ajdler, along with the
investment firm Crescendo
Partners IJ, launched a cam-
paign to kill the deal. Cre-
scendo owns about 6.6 per-
cent of the company’s
shares, according to filings
with the Securities and
Exchange Commission.
Ajdler is also a managing
partner of Crescendo.

e LIQUOR

BROWN-FORMAN POSTS
13% DROP IN 3Q PROFIT

| Brown-Forman (BF-B),

| whose brands include Jack
Daniel’s Tennessee Whis-
key, Southern Comfort and
Finlandia vodka, reported a
13 percent drop in third-
quarter profit from results a
year ago that got a lift from
onetime gains.

Excluding the special
items, the liquor company
posted higher results from
continuing operations.

e FRANCE

AIRBUS WORKERS
PROTEST JOB CUTS

Thousands of striking
Airbus workers demon-
strated Tuesday in Tou-
louse, the European aircraft
maker’s headquarters, to
protest plans to cut 10,000
jobs and spin off or close six
European plants.

Some 15,000 workers
took part in the demonstra-
tions, trade unions said.
Police in the southern
French city estimated there
were 12,000 protesters.

“We don’t want to
become Airbus odd-jobs
men, we want to acquire
new skills,” said Jean-Fran-
cois Knepper, an official
with Force Ouvriere, the
strongest Airbus labor union
in France.

Besides the job cuts — of
which 4,300 would be made
in France — Airbus plans to
sell or close three plants and
find industrial partners to
take over and upgrade three
more facilities producing
fuselage and wing parts.
Two of the six affected sites
are in France, three in Ger-
many and one in Britain.

In a sign that the indus-
trial action could be gather-
ing pace, the Toulouse dem-
onstration was joined by
anti-globalization leader
Jose Bove and other figures
from the broader political
left, as well as the top
national officials of the five
union federations behind
the strike. Smaller protests
took place at Airbus facili-
ties in Saint-Nazaire and
Nantes, western France.

e MORTGAGE

BERNANKE: REGULATE
MORTGAGE FIRMS MORE

Federal Reserve Chair-
man Ben Bernanke urged
Congress to bolster regula-
tion of mortgage giants Fan-
nie Mae (FNM) and Fred-
die Mac (FRE), and
suggested limiting their
massive holdings to guard
against any danger their
debt poses to the overall
economy.

Bernanke has previously
supported efforts to pare the
two mortgage companies’
huge portfolios. This time,
however, he was a bit more
specific and recommended
that their holdings might be
linked to a “measurable pub-
lic purpose, such as the pro-
motion of affordable hous-
ing.”

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Customs walk-out

hits business profit

is depleted.

Shipping companies also told The Tri-
bune that the incident had a major
impact on their business in some cases,
causing them to have to shut down oper-
ations.



The Bahamas Union of Teachers
Celebrating 60 years 1947 - 2007
“Six Decades Strong...And Growing”

@ By CARA BRENNEN-BETHEL
Tribune Business Reporter

he walk-out by Customs ofti-
cers yesterday impacted rev-

enues for Bahamian business-

Presents
A Collection of Paintings of Bahamian

es, with companies reporting that they

lost profits as a result.

An estimated 80 per cent of all cus-
toms officers - including line staff at the
air freight section of Lynden Pindling
International Airport - walked off the
job, alleging they have been neglected by
the Government. The situation was hasti-
ly resolved before there was a major
impact on the Bahamian business com-
munity and wider economy, especially
if th situation went into a second day.

Bahamian businesses felt an immediate impact
from the Customs walk-out. Phil Lightbourne, of
Bahamas Food Services, said the company was
unable to receive 20 shipments because no one was

able to clear them at the dock.

He said that while the perishable items were not
in danger because they were refrigerated, it meant
Bahamas Food Services was unable to fill several
order items throughout the day, which resulted in

lost revenue.

Mr Lightbourne said shipping always has a pos-
sible delay of a day or two for unseen circumstances,
such as inclement weather, so one or two days of
missed shipment had minimal impact.

But he said the longer industrial action lasts, the
larger the impact will be once the current inventory





@ WRIGHT

According to Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce president, Tanya Wright,
such action impacts all businesses depen-
dent on goods shipments to operate their
firms.

“This is not an ideal situation to be
in, because of the huge impact it has on
the Bahamian economy,” she added.

Mrs Wright said it was essential that
| when civil servants have issues with the
(FILE photo) Government, all parties concerned work

to resolve them as quickly as possible.

She said it was unfortunate that Bahamian busi-
nesses had to be affected by a situation that had
nothing to do with them. She added that the longer
industrial action lasts, the more widespread the

effect will be for the business community.

Key issues for the Customs officers included a
lack of parity between their branch and other uni-
formed agencies of government as it related to
recent salary increases, and the fact there was no for-

mal insurance programme set up for employees.

Mr Lightbourne said that if one good thing came
out of yesterday's action, it was the fact that traffic
in Downtown Nassau was considerably lessened by
the absence of trailer trucks carrying goods from
the docks. He said this reinforced the need for the
shipping companies to be moved from Bay Street.

Clearing Banks to ratify Clearing House software provider

FROM page 1B

the Bahamian commercial
banking and payments system.
The first phase will provide all
Bahamian clearing banks with
an interlinked system for the
electronic processing of
cheques, in addition to direct
debits and credits.

The latter two functions will
enable Bahamians to credit and
debit funds electronically, and
instead of providing employees
with their pay in the form of
cheques, companies can credit
employee accounts even if they
are housediat a different bank.

The ACH second phase will
involve the development of an












automatic teller machine
(ATM) SWITCH network,
which will allow Bahamians to
access their money at any bank
ATM machine in this nation.

The ACH third phase is
intended to lead to “full trun-
cation”, and the potential of cre-
ating a National Archiving or
National Processing Centre for
the entire Bahamian commer-
cial banking system.

Currently, all the commercial
banks have their own process-
ing centres to deal with the
clearing and settlement of mon-
etary transactions, and the cre-
ation of one unified centre via
the ACH could lead to reduced
further costs, efficiencies and
greater economies of scale.

Mr McWeeney previously

said the ACH would “har-

monise banking functions and
improve the delivery of prod-
ucts and services.

“The improved efficiency, the
improved movement of funds,
will allow transactions to be
completed in a more timely
fashion, and companies will
learn about the fair value of
transactions much earlier. It will
improve the conduct of busi-
ness,” he added.

In this way, the ACH will
improve the integrity of the
Bahamian banking system by
enabling businesses to learn
about bounced customer
cheques much earlier, boost
overall cash flows in the econo-
my, and reduce the time
Bahamians spend in bank
queues waiting to deposit their
cheques.

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THE TRIBUN



GB POWER, from 1B

bid.

Still, the best Bahamian groups
could hope for, sources have said,
would be to act as minority part-
ners in a bid group or as corpo-
rate advisers, in both cases pro-
viding much-needed local knowl-
edge to international players.

Major electrical utilities would
have the “deep pockets” and
economies of scale required to
run Grand Bahama Power Com-
pany, and the human resources
for hurricane repairs.

Mirant holds 50 per cent of
Grand Bahama Power Company
through its own wholly-owned
vehicle, Mirant Grand Bahama,
and the remaining 5 per cent
through ICD Utilities, the BISX-
listed holding vehicle that collec-
tively owns the remaining 50 per
cent.

Lady Henrietta St George, wife
of the late Edward St George,
owns 50.37 per cent of ICD Util-

ilies, giving her just over 25 per
cent of Grand Bahama Power
and making her the key partner
for any buyer of Mirant’s stake.

ICD Utilities has a first right of,
refusal to purchase the shares
held by Miranat in Grand
Bahama Power Company,
sOmething that has not escaped
the notice of buyers who have
been eyeing Lady Henrietta’s
stake.

Whoever controls Lady Hen-
rietta’s stake in ICD Utilities, by
extension, could dictate the out-
come of the Mirant auction by
taking up that option to the exclu-
sion of the US power company’s
other suitors. It is unclear, though,
whether Lady Henrietta would
choose to sell her ICD Utilities
stake.

Grand Bahama Power Com-
pany’s total book value, or total
assets minus total liabilities, stood
at'just under $115 million at
December 31, 2005. This means
that Mirant’s stake was worth
$63.25 million, using this valua-

tion method, and financial ana-
lysts spoken to by The Tribune
felt it might be sold for 2x book
value, making it worth $126.5 mil-
lion.

Mirant Grand Bahama cur-
rently has $10 million in secured
debt, according to Mirant’s SEC
filing, with Grand Bahama Power
Company itself owing a further
$50 million in unsecuered debt.

Mirant said: “We own a 55.4
per cent interest in Grand
Bahama Power, a 151 MW inte-
grated electric utility company
that generates, transmits, distrib-
utes and sells electricity on Grand
Bahama Island.

“Grand Bahama Power has the
exclusive right and obligation to
supply electric power to the resi-
dential, commercial and industri-
al customers on Grand Bahama
Island. As of December 31, 2006,
Grand Bahama Power has
approximately 19,000 customers.
Grand Bahama Power’s rates are
set by the Grand Bahama Port
Authority.”



MORTON, from 1B

clause kicked in if workers achieved
a certain harvested salt tonnage
based on the 40-hour work week.

For “the ensuing years” between
2007-2009, Morton Salt has offered
a “3.75 per cent [basic salary]
increase, along with the 40-hour
week productivity bonus, which
equates to approximately 2 per
cent”.

“We feel that including the pro-
ductivity bonus with the 3.75 per
cent, you're looking at 5.75 per cent,
and we feel that’s a fair increase,”
Mr Bannister said.

Productivity-related incentives
have been built into many recent

ESSO Standard Oil, S.A., Ltd. is looking for Talented Candidates
for the following position:

FLEET ENGINEER —

ROLE:

Achieve success and flawless execution in Fleet Operations through managing operations,
logistics and personnel on a day to day basis. Responsible for product deliveries in Nassau and
Family Islands . Ensure Fleet activities are carried out safely and in accordance with Esso ‘s
standards and government regulations at an acceptable cost and at an agreed service level.

NECESSARY SKILLS:
—Bachelor degree in Engineering (Industrial, Mechanical) or Related Fields
2 - 3 Years of experience in areas of study
Great Interpersonal Effectiveness & Communication Skills
—Cognitive/Technical/Business Knowledge: Analytical Thinking, Innovation, Judgement
Has Commitment to High Standards
—Result Oriented, Committed, with Drive & Perseverance

—Exercises Influence: Demonstrates Self Confidence and Personal Impact

Demonstrates Leadership

If you fulfill the position’s requirements, please send your resume by email to: recruitmentbahamas@yahoo.com

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0.75
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8.50
0.83
2.01
1.26
10.03
2.10
14.00
5.09
2.46
5.94
12.30
14.60
16.71
0.50
7.25
9.05
10.00

Ask $
.60
8.25
0.55

f ACHS

Change

oO Ridelity Overcthe-Counter Securities —

Last Price

14.00
10.00
0.20

Colina Over-Fhe-Counter Securities

41.00 43
14.60 15
0.45

00

50
0.55

41.00
14.00
0.45

BISX Listed Mutual Funds

NA Vv
1.331212*
3.0569***
2.625419**
1.224792****
11.3545"****

YTD%

Last 12 Mo

IM FOR MORE DATA

00.00 / ¥TO 89.93 /

Daily Vol.

7,075

nths Div $

FINDEX: CLOSE 782.89 / YTD 05.46% / 2006 34.47%

MARKET TERMS

YIELD - last 12 month dividends divided by closing price

Bid $ - Buying price of Colina and Fidelity

Selling price of Colina and fidelity

rice
Weekly Vol

- Last traded over-the-counter price

Trading volume of the prior week

EPS $

-0.282
1.689
0.796
0.265
0.199
0.170
0.715
0.078
0.998
0.134
0.295
0.552
0.779
0.921
1.644

-0.434
0.532
0.588
1.269

Div $
0.000 0.00%
3.56%
3.06%
2.41%
2.99%
3.97%
2.39%
1.90%
4.91%
0.88%
0.00%
4.04%
4.65%
3.42%
3.05%
0.00%
1.38%
6.19%
95%

Weekly Vol. EPS $

1.766
0.000
0.021

2.220
1.770
-0.070

0.000
1.320
0.000

Yield %

NAV KEY.
*~ 2 Mareh 2007

* - 8 February 2007

EPS $ - A company’s reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
NAV - Net Asset Value

N/M - Not Meaningful
FINDEX - The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100



ses. 31 January 2007
see". 34 January 2007

- 31 January 20

industrial agreements - both in the
private and public sectors - signed
between employers and trade
unions in the Bahamas, including
those for the Bahamas Electricity
Corporation (BEC) and the Water
& Sewerage Corporation. Yet this
is what the Morton Salt union is
said to be resisting.

Further meetings between the
two sides are scheduled for next
week under the Department of
Labour’s auspices, in a bid to end
the dispute which has the potential
to cause severe dislocation and dis-
ruption to Inagua’s economy.

Mr Bannister revealed that
access to the Morton Salt plant was
blocked on February 21, when two
buses and seven trucks belonging
to the firm had their starter wires
cut and were placed across the road
to the complex.

As a result, Mr Bannister said
that the industrial discord was
already having an impact on the
island’s economy at a particularly
damaging time, as the heavy rainfall
experienced over the winter months
and in February-March 2007 had
“eroded the salt base” in the com-
pany’s crystalliers.

“Morton’s long-term goal is to
continue operations in Inagua, but
the company needs a degree of
assurance from the Ministry of
National Security that the environ-
ment to conduct business in remains
safe for the employees,” Mr Ban-
nister said, in light of the vehicle
blockade.

On the economic situation cur-
rently facing Morton Salt, he added:
“In the past six months, we’ve had
over 28 inches of rainfall. This is
equivalent to a year’s, and it has
eroded the salt cake in the crystal-
liers to the effect we knew we
would have run out of salt by the
end of this week.

“We haven’t seen this type of
rainfall in the last 52 years of keep-
ing data. In February alone we had
5.69 inches of rainfall, and in this
month we had 2.7 inches between
yesterday and last night.”

In addition, Mr Bannister said
the US east coast, where most of
its product was sold as roadway and
highway salt, had enjoyed an unusu-
ally mild winter until recently,
reducing demand for its product at
the same time as the supply crunch.

Yet Mr Bannister said reports
that Morton Salt had laid off work-
ers or reduced the working week
from five days to three days were







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incorrect.

Faced with the current situation,
the company had engaged in talks
with the union, pointing out that
under the previous contract, its only
option was to lay-off employees for
between one to 45 days.

Instead, Morton Salt wanted to
reduce the work week to three days,
seeking to avoid “causing unneces-
sary hardship” to its employees and
the wider Inagua community. In
addition, Mr Bannister pointed out
that if the company let its workers
go, many were likely to leave for
other islands in search of work,
meaning that it would lose them
and have no replacements.

Yet reducing the work week
from 40 to 24 hours required the
consent of both Morton Salt and
the union, Mr Bannister said,
explaining that the company could
not do this unilaterally. However,
when this was discussed, he said the
union walked out of the meeting.

Following discussions between
the two parties and Mr Peet on
February 21, the two sides reached
“an arrangement where the
employees and management are
getting together and planning main-
tenance work for a number of
weeks, and after that time we will
resort to reducing the work week”.

Mr Bannister said the company
“had to reserve a certain amount
of salt” to ensure that the boat that
collected its product for shipment to
Florida, and brought supplies to
Inagua, kept coming.

“We had to cut back on some
sales, or otherwise we would have
run out of salt,” Mr Bannister said.

“With all this rainfall we’re con-
centrating on how we can minimise
the effect on operations, and focus-
ing on managing the plant. The
industrial negotiations are taking
away a lot of time I would have
devoted to that.

“We need to concentrate on how
to keep these operations going,
because the severe adverse weath-
er we experienced last year and this
year is unprecedented.”

Given that Morton Salt was “the
original anchor project” for the
Bahamas, having been founded by
the Erickson brothers 2s the West
Indian Chemical Company in 1936
before Morton acquired it 11 1954,
Mr Bannister said it was in th? best
interests of the company, iaanage-
ment, union, employees and Mnag‘la
that the industrial negotiations be
closed.



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INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY
MUST SELL ia



MISCELLANEOUS PROPERTIES

DUNDAS TOWN CROWN ALLOTMENT,
DUNDAS TOWN ABACO

e4 All that parcel of land having an area of 14,400 sq. ft. being a portion of the Dundas Town Crown allotment this land is rectangular in shape with
‘ dimensions of 80 ft by 180. Located on the above mentioned lot is a concrete block structure with dimensions of 27 x40. This house is an approximate
30 year old single family, residence comprising of 3-bedrooms, 1-bathroom, living/dining area and kitchen. This house is in fairly good condition for its
age with a projected future life of about 25 to 30 more years. The land rises above road level, to a height in excess of approximately 15ft above sea
level, with no likelihood of flooding in an hurricane. The grounds are sparsely landscaped.

Appraisal: $90,000.00

This house is located in Dundas Town Abaco which is adjacent to Marsh Harbour and is painted white trimmed teal green.

KENNEDY SUBDIVISION (NASSAU)

Lot no. 21 all utilities available 10 year old single story house, 3 bedroom 2 bathroom, living room, dining area, family room, kitchen, study, laundry
and an entry porch.



Appraisal: $188,406.00

Heading west along Soldier Road take main entrance to Kennedy Subdivision on the left, then take the 1st corner on the left then 1st right, house
is second on your right with garage.



CROWN ALLOTMENT NO. 77 MURPHY TOWN, ABACO

All that lot of land having an area of 6,790 sq. ft. being Crown allotment No. 77, of Murphy Town, Abaco Bahamas. Located on the subject property is a single storey single family concerete .
building. This house is less than 5 year old and is in good condition with approximately 1,750 sq. ft of living space and contains 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room, dining, kitchen, laundry
and utility spaces. There is no significant improvements or deterioration evident. The property is very well drained and not susceptible to flooding. Landscaping efforts are still in remedial stages.

) All major public and private utilities are situate within 100 ft of the subject site. Property bounderies are clearly delineated.

Appraisal: $167,580.00

“ The subject property is situate off the front street, Murphy Town, Abaco and is painted light yellow trimmed dark yellow.

INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY - MUST SELL
Lot NO.83, Lower Bogue ELEUTHERA

Alll that piece parcel or lot of land being No. 83 on a plan on record in the department of Lands and Survey as plan no. 763 and comprising 21,674 sq. ft.
this site encompasses a 2 year old single storey home consisting of 2-bedrooms; 1 bathroom, living/dining room in one, and kitchen with a total living area
| of 1,452 sq. ft. There is also a unit to this structure to be used as a bakery which could bring in an average of approximately $600 to $800 per month. There
is also 2 covered porch areas to the front of this building, with an area of 90.4 sq. ft. (one at the front entrance and one at the entrance to the bakery) this
home is in very good condition and appears to have been built in accordance with the plans and specifications as approved, and at a standard that was
acceptable to the Ministry of Public Works. The land is flat and properly landscaped.

Appraisal: $177,412.00

This property is situated on the Western side of the main Eleuthera Highway and approximately 1,200 ft Northerly from four-for-nothing Road in the Settlement of Lower Bogue.





LOT NO. 24, FRELIA SUBDIVISION

| All that lot of land having an area of 6,724 sq. ft. being lot No. 24 of the subdivision known and designated as Frelia Subdivision, the said subdivision
situated in the Southwestern District of New Providence Bahamas. This property is comprised of a 4 year old single storey residence consisting of approximately
1,223 sq. ft of enclosed living space, with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living/dining rooms, kitchen and utility room. The land is flat and slightly below the
level of the roadway, but was brought up to road level by land fill to disallow the possibility of flooding during annual heavy rainy periods of the year. The
grounds are fairly kept, with minimal landscaping in place. The yard is open at the front and enclosed on its sides and back with 7ft chain linked fencing.
Remedial work required to the house includes repair of cracks in the partitions belts and columns.

Appraisal: $161,000.00

Travel south on Sir Milo Butler Highway until you get to Fire Trail Road. Turn left onto Fire Trail Road, go all the way to the last bend right, take first left then
first right the subject house is the 5th house right painted white trimmed yellow.



LOT 194 BOYD SUBDIVISION (NASSAU)

All that lot of land having an area of 6,400 sq. ft. being lot no 194 of the subdivision known as Boyd Subdivision, situated in the central district of New
Providence this property is comprised of a 35 year old single family, single story residence encompassing approximately 1,278 sq. ft. of enclosed living
area and inclusive of separate living and dining rooms, and an average size kitchen, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and an entry porch, of approximately
88 sq. ft: ventilation is by 2 wall unit air conditioners. The property is at grade and level with good drainage, landscaping is minimal, consisting of lawns
and shrubs in the front, the subject is enclosed with stone walls mounted with wrought iron and chain link fencing and a wrought iron gate in front there is
a 208 sq. ft. cement driveway leading to a single covered carport of 250 sq. ft. the subject site also has a concrete block storage shed measuring of
approximately 143 sq. ft.

Appraisal: $133,570.00

Traveling west on Boyd Road, turn left onto Foster Street, continue on Foster Street to the 4th corner right, (Roland Ave.) the subject property is the Sth
property on the left side painted orange with red/white trim.





(Lot No. 62, Lower Bogue) ELEUTHERA

All that piece parcel or lot of land and improvements, in the settlement of Lower Bogue, North Eleuthera, being No. 62, comprising of about 34,210
sq. ft., this site encompasses a 12 year old single storney home comprising of 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, front room, dining, breakfast room, kitchen
and laundry room, with a total living area of approximately 2,342.06. Property also includes a double car garage, and front entrance with a total sq. ft.
of approximately 655.75. This home is approximately 85% completed. The property is well landscaped with crab grass, fiascos and some fruit trees.

Appraisal: $235,638.00

This property is situated on the western side of Eleuthera Highway in the settlement of Lower Bogue.

LOT NO. 370 GRENADA CLOSE GOLDEN GATES #2 (Nassau)

All that lot of land having an area of 5,500 sq. ft., being lot 370 Grenada Close of the subdivision known and designated as Golden Gates No. 2,
situated in the Southwestern district of New Providence Bahamas. This property is comprised of 25 years old single family residence consisting of
approximately 1,234 sq. ft., of enclosed living space with 3 bedrooms, two bathrooms, living/dining room, and kitchen. The Land is on a grade and
level and appear to be sufficiently elevated to disallow the possibility of flooding during annual heavy rainy periods. The grounds are fairly kept, with
improvements including driveway, walkway and low shrubs. Yard is enclosed with chain linked fencing to the sides and rear.

Appraisal: $149,405.60
Traveling south along Blue Hill Road, turn right at the Farmers Market just after passing the Golden Gates Shopping Center, take 1st corner left,

Windward Isles Way, then take 3rd corner right, St Thomas Road, then first left, grenada Crest, drive around the bend then 1st left again the subject
property is the 2nd property left house #4 painted peach trimmed black.

-. VACANT PROPERTIES —

RAINBOW SUBDIVISION LOT NO. 3 BLOCK 27 (ELEUTHERA)

All that vacant lot of land having an area of approximately 14,052.59 sq. ft. being lot no. 3, block 27, of Rainbow Subdivision with residential zoning. This property is bounded
about 103.44 ft north by Queens Highway, and 137.02 ft. east and about 99.94 ft south of Rainbow Hill Circul 139.91 ft west, all utilities and services available.

Appraisal: $37,440.00





NORTH ELEUTHERA HEIGHTS (ELEUTHERA)

Lot #20 approximately 11,200 sq. ft., and bounded on North by Early Settler Drive and South by Deal Investment Ltd., this is a single family zoning and 50 ft., above sea level.
This site encompasses a foundation with plumbing and roughing inplace and well compacked quarry fill. The concrete floor has not been poured as yet. The foundation is 2,511
sq. ft. Lot #20 situated 1.5 miles east wardly of the Bluff Settlement. The said lot is vacant and a hill over looking the Atlantic Ocean. Appraisal: $41,275.00

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Notice Of Sitting For New Providence Port Authority Board
To Consider Application For Licence Under The Boat Registration
Act Chapter (277)

Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the New Providence Port Authority Board for
New Providence and the Family Islands will be held at the Port Administration
Building Prince George Wharf on the 29â„¢March, 2007at 3:00pm for the purpose of
granting Licences under The Boat Registration Act Chapter (277)

Any person entitled to and wishing to object to any application should do so at least
six (6) days before the date of the hearing by submitting his/her objections in writing
to the Board and to the applicant.

Persons attending the meeting on behalf of an applicant must produce written
authorization at the meeting.

Applicants for renewals are not required to attend, unless they have received written
notification from the New Providence Port Authority Board.

The under mentioned persons have applied for the grant of licences as specified

below:
RENEWAL JET SKI- NEW PROVIDENCE
REG. NO APPLICANT BOAT CLASS PASS USE
NAME
NP: 906NSB FarringtonDavid © NoName D 2 Rental
Nassau, Bahamas oft
Nassau, Beach Hotel Jet Ski
Area
NP: 909 NSB Farmington David NoName D 2 Rental
Nassau, Bahamas oft
Nassau, Beach Hotel Jet Ski
Area
*
NP: 134 ATE = Tnibe of Judah No Name D 2 Rental
Nassau, Bahamas oft
Atlantis East Beach = Jet Ski
Area
NEW JET SKI- FOR NEW PROVIDENCE
REG.NO APPLICANT BOAT CLASS PASS USE
NAME
NB/04/07 ~~‘ Reckley Kenny No Name D 2 Rental
P. O. Box N- 419 oft
Nassau, Bahamas Jet Ski
TRANSFER OF JET SKI LICENCE -NEW PROVIDENCE
REG NO PREVIOUS NEW OWNER CLASS PASS USE
OWNER
NP: 148 ATE _ Gibson Garvin Demaro Demeritte D 2 Rental
Nassau, Bahamas Nassau, Bahamas
Atlantis East Atlantis East Beach
Beach Area Area
RENEWAL BOAT LICENCE- NEW PROVIDENCE
REG NO APPLICANT BOAT NAME CLASS _ PASS USE
NP: 6519 Algoma Shipping M/V Bahama A 0 Barge
Nassau, Bahamas Spirit :
187.3ft
Steel
NP: 3249 Palmer Donald Miss B 60 Ferry Boat
Nassau, Bahamas Winchanclor ,
40ft Fibreglass
NP: 962 Pratt John My Time A 12 Charter
P.O. Box SS-693 — 45ft
Nassau, Bahamas Hatters
NP: 6735 Strachan Charlton Light Tackle B 6 Charter
Nassau, Bahamas 28ft
Fibreglass
RENEWAL BOAT LICENCE - FAMILY ISLAND
REG NO APPLICATION BOAT NAME CLASS PASS USE
NP: 2719 Borco Towing Ltd Barge Martha A 0 Barge
P.O. Box F-42435 200ft
Freeport, Grand Steel
Bahama
NP: 1553 Freeport Tug and Chindit A 0 Tug
Towing Service Ltd = 102.6ft
P.O. Box F-43550 Steel
Freeport, Grand
Bahama
NP: 6497 King Hubert Lady Katherna A 50 Mail Boat
Mangrove Cay, 120 ft Steel
Andros

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GOVERNMENT NOTICE

MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT & AVIATION
PORT DEPARTMENT

RENEWAL MASTER LICENCE- FAMILY ISLAND

LICENCE #

6934

7197

7158

7155

165

7245

6903

7157

7364

7292

NAME

Albury Troy D

Mash Harbour, Abaco

Cartwright Robert C
P.O. Box F-40758

Freeport, Grand Bahama

' Davis Floyd
P.O. Box F-43327

Freeport, Grand Bahama

Ferguson Luther
P.O. Box F- 42503

Freeport, Grand Bahama

Rolle Kenneth

Freeport, Grand Bahama

Rolle Vernon Vv
P.O. Box F- 43046

Freeport, Grand Bahama

Snead Vincent P II

Ormond Beach, Fla 32174

Smith Bob A

George Town, Exuma

Ward Kent
P.O. Box F-1478

Freeport, Grand Bahama

Zaritzky Barry

Gory Town, Eleuthera

CLASS

RENEWAL MASTER’S LICENCE- NEW PROVIDENCE

LICENCE #

8234

7836

6236

7007

7884

7812

8254

6871

2010

7301

6164

7905

7896

7838

NAME

Adderley Gregory
P.O. Box N- 8759
Nassau, Bahamas

Adderley D’ Angelo A
Nassau, Bahamas

Blades Carl
P. O. Box GT- 2009
Nassau, Bahamas

Black Vemal H
P.O. Box N-8593
Nassau, Bahamas

Burrows Neville C. Jr
Nassau, Bahamas

Cartwright Alex C
P.O. Box N-1401
Nassau, Bahamas

Delva Santiba B
P. O. Box EE- 17274
Nassau, Bahamas

Engineer Yezdi P
Nassau, Bahamas

Gibson Levardo
Nassau, Bahamas

Gaitor Claudius
P.O. Box CB-13005
Nassau, Bahamas

Hall Anthony J
Nassau, Bahamas

Ingraham Kendal
P.O. Box N-10508
Nassau, Bahamas

Johnson Brent T
P.O. Box CB- 11424
Nassau, Bahamas

Mcphee Randy L
P.O. Box CR- 55990
Nassau, Bahamas

Mills Patrick W
Nassau, Bahamas

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GOVERNMENT NOTICE

RENEWAL MASTER’S LICENCE- NEW PROVIDENCE






LICENCE #



NAME CLASS





















8262 Moncur Jonathan J
P.O. Box N-10745

Nassau, Bahamas

B



Munroe Ramon K
P.O. Box N-610
Nassau, Bahamas

7813

Nair Tomiko A
P.O. Box N-1522
Nassau, Bahamas



Nicolls Wenzel K
P.O. Box N- 254
Nassau, Bahamas







Pratt John N
P.O. Box SS-5693
Nassau, Bahamas






Rolle Leehendro
Nassau, Bahamas







Russell Brooks
P.O. Box N-3931
Nassau, Bahamas










Rose Willard C
Nassau, Bahamas




Stubbs Mark A
P.O. Box EE-17715
Nassau, Bahamas







Stuart Alfred
P.O. Box N- 9208
Nassau, Bahamas







Victor Sidney
P.O. Box SS-19724
Nassau, Bahamas






Wells Clifton
P.O. Box N-444
Nassau, Bahamas

6151







Williams Lawison
P.O. Box CB-13083
Nassau, Bahamas

cane n Anthony J. Allens
Port Controller

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POSITION VACANCY
MANUFACTURING PLANT OPERATIONS MANAGER

Pepsi Cola Bahamas, an affiliate of Pepsi Americas, Inc., is searching
for a qualified individual to manage its manufacturing operations. This
includes Production, Quality Control, Maintenance, Warehouse, Fleet,
and Logistics. (5 direct reports, 30+ indirect reports).

Qualified candidates must posses the following:

Education:
¢ Minimum Bachelor’s degree in business, operations or related field

Experience:
e — Prior leadership, supervisor and coaching experience required.
Operations and distribution experience preferred

Personal:

Results oriented

Strong leadership

Team builder / Team player

Ability to coach and develop people
Excellent interpersonal skills
Process oriented

Problem solver

Ability to multi task

A competitive salary and benefits package will be offered to the
successful candidate. If you are a strong leader/manager capable of
multi tasking and are interested in being part of a dynamic, growing
international company, please mail or email resume to:

Human Resources Manager
Pepsi Cola Bahamas Bottling Co., Ltd.
P. O. Box N-3004
Prince Charles Drive
Nassau, Bahamas
Fax: 364-2123











@ GROUND is broken at Crab Cay. Pictured (from left) are Minister of Financial Services
Allyson Maynard Gibson, Duplin Development President Charlie Pullen, Mare Murphy, Duplin
Development Chairman and Director Pete Murphy, Lynn Murphy and Minister of Tourism Obie
Wilchcombe.

S800m Exuma
project links up
with Sedonas

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tion that the $800 million figure is likely to
include revenues received from land and real
estate sales.

The project was supposed to generate 300
construction jobs and 600 permanent ones.

Prime Minister Perry Christie described the
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ESTATE SALE
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Friday, 9th March
Saturday 10th March
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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Directions: From Goodman's Bay roundabout
go south through golf course, first house
on right (west) at top of the hill








Taxpayers should take advantage

of improved deductions and
credits on federal forms

@ By EILEEN ALT POWELL
AP Business Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Amer-
icans looking to reduce their
federal income taxes this year
will get help from several impor-
tant tax law changes that have
expanded credits and deduc-
tions.

Some of the tax benefits are
related to investments, such as
savings in Individual Retirement
Accounts, said Bill Urban, a cer-
tified financial planner. Others
are tied to spending, including
new energy efficient home and
vehicle tax credits, or to claiming
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project limits.

_Interested Design/Build Teams must submit information on their tech-
nical and financial competence for qualification, no later than

Friday, March 16, 2007 to:

Mr. Dudley Francis
Project Manager

THE GRAND BAHAMA PORT AUTHORITY, LIMITED

Southern Ridge Building

|. P.O. Box F-42666
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island
Tel: (242) 352-6611 Ext. 2085
‘Fax: (242) 351-8473

| E-mail: dfrancis@gbpa.com



Design/Build Teams are invited to submit proposals to construct a
new bridge carrying the Grand Bahama Highway over the Lucayan
Waterway near Freeport, on the island of Grand Bahama.

PRE-QUALIFICATION FOR
BRIDGE DESIGN/BUILD CONTRACT

SCOPE OF WORK: The project limits will consist of approximately one
| half (1/2) mile of roadway, a bridge over the Lucayan Waterway
~ Canal and the extension of the existing seawall bulkheads along

both sides of the canal. The intent is for the bridge to span across the

Lucayan Waterway with no piers or marine fenders in the Lucayan
| Waterway. This bridge is intended to be the initial two (2) lanes of a
- future (4) lane facility with a carrier space for utilities and at least one
: sidewalk with pedestrian vehicle divider/barrier wall. No sidewalk

facility is anticipated with the bridge in this agreement, only with the

future four lane facility. The work also includes the reconstruction of
_ the approach roadway eastbound and westbound to the bridge to
- provide for one lane in each direction at the bridge and connection
to the four (4) lane divided Grand Bahama Highway beyond the



Regardless, “these are avail-
able to all taxpayers, and people
should make sure they take
advantage of the ones they qual-
ify for,” said Urban, who is with

the Bingham, Osborn & Scar-

borough LLC wealth manage-
ment firm in San Francisco.

IRAs, which allow people to
put money aside tax-deferred,
have long been a popular retire-
ment savings option.

This year, taxpayers have
until April 17 — the deadline
for filing federal tax returns —
to fund their IRA accounts for
2006. They get a couple of extra
days because the traditional tax-
filing day of April 15 falls on a
Sunday this year, and April 16 is
Emancipation Day, a legal hol-
iday in the District of Colum-
bia, where the Internal Revenue
Service is headquartered.

In most cases, workers who
participate in company-spon-
sored retirement plans such as
401(k) accounts aren’t eligible
for tax deductible IRAs.

This year, however, the eligi-
bility for deducting IRA contri-
butions has been expanded,
according to the IRS. Single tax-
payers with adjusted gross
income of $60,000 or less and
couples with adjusted gross
income of $85,000 or less may
be able to claim at least some
deduction even if they’re cov-
ered by an employer-sponsored

plan, the IRS said.

Urban urged all taxpayers to
take a new look at traditional
IRAs, whether they get a tax
deduction or not, because legis-
lation passed by Congress last
summer will remove the income
limit on converting the accounts
to Roth IRAs in 2010. Money
withdrawn from traditional
IRAs is taxable, while Roth
IRAs grow tax-free, making
them a good alternative for
income in retirement or for
wealth transfer .

The contribution limit for
IRAs will be $4,000 in 2007, the
same as in 2006. People 50 and
up can make an additional
“catch-up” contribution of
$1,000 each year.

“A lot of people stopped con-
tributing to IRAs because they
weren’t that excited about mak-
ing a $4,000 or $5,000 contribu-
tion,” Urban said. “But it’s
important to resume those con-
tributions now so those assets
are available for a Roth conver-
sion” in the future.

Older Americans — those 70
1/2 and up — have an opportu-
nity in 2006 and 2007 to make
special charitable contributions
from their IRAs, Urban said.
Withdrawals of up to $100,000
each year for donation to quali-
fying charitable organizations
won't count as income to the
donor, he said.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that DOROTHY SEJOUR OF LEWIS
YARD, FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA, BAHAMAS, is applying
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written and
signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the
8th day of March, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, PO.Box N-7147, Freeport, _Bahamas.

3 IMMEDIATE POSITIONS

“Showroom Sales Associate”

° Highly self-motivated person with Sirty oy

dynamic personality

° Strong interpersonal skills
° Fulltime and able to work weekends

° Computer literate

The ideal candidates possessing knowledge in
either furniture sales, fabric sales, plumbing
hardware or tile is preferable.

Salary commensurate with experience.

Please fax resume to:

Showroom Sales

327-1691



“Probably only a small per-
centage of people will jump on
this, but it’s a new option,”
Urban said.

Millions of Americans likely
will qualify for energy credits
this year for home improve-
ments such as added insulation
or new windows.

“You may not have inten-
tionally set out to make
improvements to earn these
credits, but you may nonethe-
less qualify for them,” said Jeff
Pretsfelder, an RIA senior tax
analyst from Thomson Tax &
Accounting. “If you made any
improvements at all, take a look
at the instructions for new Form
5695 for a complete list of what
qualifies.”

The nonprofit Alliance to
Save Energy in Washington,
D.C., has detailed information
about the home credits on its
Web site at www.ase.org.

Taxpayers can claim up to
$300 for energy-efficient central
air conditioners or heat pumps,
$150 for a new furnace and up
to $200 for windows — toa
maximum of $500 total.

The alliance also has details
about the vehicle credits, which
ranges from $250 to $3,150
depending on fuel economy and
weight. Taxpayers can get spe-
cific information about their
vehicle’s eligibility for a credit
on IRS Form 8910, “Alterna-
tive Motor Vehicle Credit.”

Scott M. Cheslowitz, a certi-
fied public accountant from
Great Neck, N.Y., said taxpay-
ers will need to take more care
in claiming charitable deduc-
tions starting this year.

The Pension Protection Act,
which went into effect last
August, requires that donations
of used household items and
clothing meet the IRS standard
of “good used condition or bet-
ter,” Cheslowitz said in a ses-
sion sponsored by the New
York State Society of Certified
Public Accountants.

Asa result, there is no chari-
table deduction allowed unless
the item is in good condition or
it is worth more than $500 and
the taxpayer gets it appraised,
he said.

The law also requires that tax-
payers starting this year get
receipts for all their cash con-
tributions, including small ones
to churches and other charities,
the IRS said.

Cheslowitz also said con-
sumers should consider spend-
ing more time thinking about
taxes after April 17.

“Taxes shouldn’t be a focus
just between January and
April,” he said. “People should
be doing planning throughout
the year to mitigate taxes.”

This is especially true for
those who want to take advan-
tage of tax-efficient educational
and retirement savings accounts,
he said.

WANTED
mT le ee

The incumbent will have overall responsibility for the efficient operation

and maintenance of equipment and machinery, with a keen focus on detail
in keeping with international standards. He/she will also be customer oriented
with a track record of mastery in mechanical areas. Specifically he/she will

be required to:

» Ensure the effective and efficient performance of the maintenance
function for the following assets:

Building and the environment

Packaging lines and blow molding operations

Utilities supplies: Electrical distribution, high and low pressure
air, refrigeration and RO water systems

Manage the workshop and the execution of planned and preventative
maintenance program
Diagnose equipment malfunction and remove, install or effect repairs

as necessary

Evaluate the maintenance performance in his/her area of responsibility,
compile reports and effectively use performance data

Maintain technical integrity of plant to attain production targets and
keep abreast with latest technological advancements

Ideal candidate would have strong Electrical & Mechanical Engineering
experience, demonstrate a proficiency to trouble shoot and repair common
electrical problems and have the ability to work independently.

Please send resume to:

Human Resources Manager

P.O. BOX N-3207
DA 16436

NASSAU, BAHAMAS



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British Colonial Hilton
Nassau
The British Colonial Hilton invites applications for the position of

TRAINING MANAGER

In this role, the Training Manager in conjunction with the
Human Resources Director will be responsible for the planning,
organizing and implementation of the training and development
function for the resort. The position involves liaising with the
management team to affect a continuous training and
development process enabling a high performance team
equipped to deliver desired and required results.

The position requires the following:

* 3-5 years proven experience in said capacity with a
successful track record in the area of training and
development while producing the highest level of quality

customer service and satisfaction.

Professional certification as a trainer by a recognized
institution, ,

Strong planning, organization and eee skills.
Ability to Sake i and effectively enforce company
standards and procedures.

Excellent presentation and communication skills with the
ability to ie positive guest and team member relations
Highly energetic with the ability to work long and flexible
hours as needed to achieve the required results.

Above average working knowledge of various computer
software in particular Microsoft Word, Excel, and |
PowerPoint.

A Bachelor's degree in Business Management (hospitality

management preferred).



The Human Resources Department
BRITISH COLONIAL HILTON, NASSAU
1 Bay Street
Nassau, Bahamas
Fax: 242-302-9040
E-mail: recruitment.nassau@hilton.com



@ DAN CHRISTMAN, senior vice president of the United States Chamber of Commerce, delivers his speech during the inauguration
of a conference in Calcutta, India, on Wednesday. The one-day conference titled ‘Indo-US Economic Cooperation: Developing a Strat-
egy for Closer Partnership’ is aimed at strengthening Indo-U.S. economic ties and new avenues of investment opportunity in eastern Indi-

an state West Bengal. :
(AP Photo: Bikas Das) Deadline: March 19, 2007





EXCITING CAREER
OPPORTUNITY

VIRGIN HOLIDAYS
SERVICE MANAGER

Wanted to supervise the Bahamas operation
_ for this dynamic UK Tour Operator.



CONSOLIDATED
WATER



Must have:

VY 5 Years experience in tourism

Y 3 Years managerial/supervisory experience

Y Excellent skills in Microsoft Office

V Tour Operator Management Skills/Experience PARTNERS FOR A BETTER BAHAMAS WATER SUPPLY
Â¥Y Own car essential

VY Bahamian Resident status preferred

Y Flexibility to travel unexpectedly

V Passion for Customer Service

Y Initiative, enthusiasm and drive

The position will involve:

Commissioning of

¢ Maintaining the strong customer service,
commercial and branding standards of the
operator on a daily basis and ensuring that strict
ee The Blue Hills Reverse Osmosis

¢ Competitive salary on offer.

Please send your CV

(including last salary package) to : S eawate r D es a li Nn ati on p la n t

vholsrecruitmentbah@hotmail.com
or Fax 001 246 2286927

By 31st MAR 07 : b the
Only successful applicants will receive response. y
Right Honorable Perry G. Christie

Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas

on Thursday 8" March, 2007

POSITION AVAILABLE

The Tennis Department requires the services of a Tennis
Court Maintenance

ee ao duties the successful applicant will be | Honorable Bradiey B. Roberts, MP, Minister of Works & Utilities and Immigration
cted to: . e

e¢ Maintain daily, 12 Fast Dry Tennis Courts and Re . oe ‘
surrounding Ue This inellides sweeping lines, . Mr. Donald Demeritte, Chairman, Water and Sewerage Corporation

watering courts as necessary, and rolling courts.

oe there are always water, ice and cupson | Mr. Jeffery M. Parker, Chairman Consolidated Water Co. Ltd.



Empty trash bins around the courts, fitness center and ; , . . . :
tennis shop. Clean benches, chairs and tables daily i. Mr, Rick W. McTageart, President & CEO Consolidated Water Co. Ltd.

and also check for wasps nests.

Too as necessary and directed by BOM. Godfiey Sherman, Acting General Manager, Water and Sewerage Corporation

The successful applicant must be highly motivated, in a 3 . . .
good physical shape, flexible and with a willingness i Build, Own, Operating Contractor: Consolidated Water (Bahamas) Ltd.
to serve. S

It would be helpful if the person has reliable transportation Ve : :
as well. L Consulting Engineers: Camp Dresser & McKee Inc.

| Interested persons should fax resumes to:

The Director, Human Resources
Lyford Cay Members Club
Lyford Cay :
Nassau, Bahamas Tel: 242 377 3451 WWW.CWCO.com
Fax: #362-6245