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Christie says
Opposition will
also pursue seats
in the Senate

@ By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter

THE PLP has decided which
constituencies it will contest and
will soon be pursuing those
seats “vigorously” in the elec-
tion courts, former Prime Min-
ister Perry Christie stated yes-
terday on his party’s website.

Hosting an internet chat yes-
terday afternoon, Mr Christie
adamantly denied that he will
be stepping down as PLP leader
now that his party has lost the
government.

As it concerns the possibility
of contesting certain con-
stituencies in election court, Mr
Christie said that the PLP has
now been advised which seats to
go after.

“The outcome of those seats
are matters which will be before
the courts soon, so we would
not be wise to discuss our strat-
egy here. However, we have
been advised by our legal team
as to which seats represent the
best chances of winning and we
will pursue those ones vigor-
ously through the courts,” he
said. ,

The opposition leader said he
could not comment in detail on
the seats in question kecause
the PLP did not yet want to
reveal its strategy, but he added
that “the outcome of those seats
are matters which will be before
the courts soon.”

Mr Christie further said that
PLP is ensuring that it will get
the correct number of Senate

seats in correlation to the num-
ber of constituencies won by the
arty.
“We feel that the constitution
of this great country of ours is
very clear on the composition

of the Senate and it dictates

who ought to get those seats.
That matter is being forcefully
dealt with as we speak.”

Mr Christie said that four
PLP senators will receive their
instruments of appointment
today. “The process to deter-
mine the remaining three is
ongoing and the matter has not
been settled,” he said.

Speculation has also been
growing in the weeks since the
general election that Mr
Christie may not choose to lead
the official opposition in the
next five years.

There have suggestions that
anyone from the former Minis-
ter of Health Dr Bernard Not-
tage to former Tourism Minis-
ter Obie Wilchcombe were
being considered as successors
to Mr Christie.

However, Mr Christie yester-
day put all these speculations
to rest.

“There is absolutely no truth
to the rumour that I am step-
ping down now that we have lost
the general election,” he said.

In response to the question
on the website regarding the
identity of the person who will
lead the PLP in years to come,
Mr Christie said that his party
“as always” continues to groom
its future leaders.



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Haitian dies
in house fire

BH By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter

FREEPORT - A 63-year-old

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Urban Renewal

@ By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter

Haitian man died in a house fire
at Lewis Yard, early Saturday
morning.

Grand Bahama police are
continuing their investigations
into the cause of the fire.

The body of Marcell
Matthew was discovered in an
apartment unit by firemen, who
were summoned to a fire at a
blue and white wooden apart-
ment complex, opposite the
Church of the Good Shepherd
in Lewis Yard.

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@ By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
Chief Reporter

‘OPPOSITION leader Perry Christie yesterday
decried the FNM government’s plans for the
Urban Renewal Programme as one of the
“sreatest disappointments in this administra-
tion so far.”

Hosting a special online chat on the PLP’s
website yesterday afternoon, Mr Christie
described the FNM’s announcement of the

SEE page eight

FORMER Prime Minister Perry Christie
strongly asserted yesterday that at no time dur-
ing his tenure did any white Bahamian, or non
Bahamian, express any level of discomfort with
respect to the racial climate of the country.

Mr Christie said he believed that race was
er Ae ' va ao used in “the most wicked fashion” to shore up

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PLP complains at

suspension of
Straw Market work

@ By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
Chief Reporter

PLP chairman Raynard Rig-
by yesterday demanded that
the government explain why it
had halted construction of the
straw market.

Mr Rigby claimed this was an
“act of betrayal and the grossest
of witch-hunting by the FNM.”

“During the campaign the
FNM leader was all over the
country talking about how the
PLP could not complete the
construction of the Straw Mar-
ket in five years. Just weeks
after the election the FNM uni-
laterally decided to stop all
work on the Straw Market and
have put into jeopardy the
future of hardworking straw
vendors,” he said.

However, Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham’s office has
said that, in keeping with “the
principles of good governance,”
the FNM administration is open
to an objective and transparent
basis to review all plans left
incomplete by the former
administration.

The prime minister’s office
emphasised that the final deci-
sion on this or any other plans
left incomplete by the PLP
administration would be made in
the best interest of the Bahamas,
having regard to their “econom-
ic and financial viability”.

Mr Rigby said the PLP gov-
ernment signed a contract for
the construction of the Straw
Market in February for the sum
of $23 million. -

The PLP chairman said that
the government had an obliga-
tion and a duty to inform the
Bahamian people as to the rea-
sons why it had decided to stop
all construction work on the
Straw Market.

“It also owes-a-duty to the
straw vendors to include them

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in a decision and to get their
views. As Bahamians, they are
entitled to know all of the
facts,” Mr Rigby said.

He said this government, by
its actions, had sent a clear mes-
sage that it did not intend to
honour the agreements and
contracts entered into by the
previous administration.

“This is bad for The
Bahamas. It has frightened for-
eign investors. And it has called
into question the legitimacy of
the contractual arrangements
entered into by vendors with
the government. Never before
has this occurred after a gener-
al election,” he said. .

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confirmed that the FNM is ful-
ly prepared to attempt to undo
all the good done by the
Christie administration.

“This approach is wrong for
The Bahamas and all it will do
is to further divide this country
and our people along political
lines. I have never heard of any

‘government failing to honour

the contractual obligations of
another administration.

“It is wrong and it sends a
disturbing message. It is a dan-
gerous precedent that the FNM
is setting and they better stop
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MONDAY, MAY 21, 2007, PAGE 3



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Florida may
look to the
Bahamas for
sand shortage

MIAMI officials may be
looking towards the Bahamas
in an attempt to find other
sources to replenish its beaches'
dwindling sand supply.

For nearly three decades, city
officials have pumped sand
from the ocean floor back on
to the beach, but now the sand
is running out.

Since all of Florida is facing a
sand shortage, leaders are now
considering going overseas for
the commodity to places like
the Dominican Republic or the
Bahamas. They're hoping to
start importing it later this year.

Beach re-nourishment costs
the state $30 million every year.
Florida state senator Dennis
Jones successfully introduced
legislation that called for a pub-
lic inventory of all offshore sand
sources,

Sandy beaches absorb wave
energy during hurricanes,
diminishing damage to proper-
ty. .

Scientists say
no-fishing
zones help
coral recover

SCIENTISTS at a Bahamian
marine reserve said Saturday
that no-fishing zones can help
threatened coral reefs by giv-
ing microscopic larvae room to
grow while fish devour seaweed
that competes for space, accord-
ing to Associated Press.

Marine scientists working at
the Exuma Cays Land and Sea
Park, a 176-square-mile reserve
southeast of Nassau, said young

coral colonies flourished in-

areas where algae-nibbling par-
rotfish were protected.

“Parrotfish seem to be a real-
ly important part of the recov-
ery and the health of these
reefs,” said Daniel Brumbaugh,
chief coordinator of the
Bahamas Biocomplexity Pro-
ject research team.

The multicolored fish with a
beak-like mouth helps contain
seaweed and algae, which
crowd out young colonies of
coral that replace others killed
by bleaching or storms. Parrot-
fish have been the primary graz-
ers on Caribbean reefs since dis-
ease wiped out most long-spine
sea urchins in the early 1980s,
Brumbaugh said.

Lead scientist Peter Mumby
of the University of Exeter said
the team’s findings were the
first evidence that coral — a shel-
ter built up by millions of tiny
animals — can be helped to
recover where parrotfish are
protected and swim in great
numbers.

Coral reefs around the world
are being destroyed by com-
mercial fishing, development
and warming waters from cli-
mate change, prompting scien-
tists to warn that up to half of
these marine ecosystems could
disappear by 2045.

Remains of
Haitian
migrants are
returned

@ HAITI
Cap-Haitien

THE remains of dozens of
Haitian migrants who perished
when their boat capsized off the
Turks and Caicos Islands were
returned to their homeland Sat-
urday and buried in a common
grave, angering relatives who
were not given a chance to iden-
tify their loved ones, according
to Associated Press.

Family members clutching pho-
tographs of victims wept as the
59 bodies — wrapped in black bags
and marked “John Doe” or “Jane
Doe” — were unloaded from a
cargo ship in Cap-Haitien’s sea-
port, two weeks after one of the
deadliest disasters to hit Haitians
in years. Officials said the bodies
were badly decomposed and
could not be readily identified.

More than 160 migrants were
aboard the overcrowded sloop
when it capsized May 4, flinging
them into choppy, shark-filled
waters. :

The bodies of 61 migrants
were recovered and more than
a dozen are missing and pre-
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buried in Turks and Caicos.

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licence plate numbers of the
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The first occurred at 6.30pm
on Friday. Assistant Supt Wal-
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The employee was deliver-
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branch when he was robbed.
The suspect was wearing a
dark hat and handkerchief
over the lower half of his face.

After committing the crime,
the man fled in a Honda vehi-
cle with the licence plate num-

ber 26405.

The weekend’s second
armed robbery happened
shortly after midnight on Sat-
urday in the Golden Gates
community.

A man was walking in the
area when he was held up by
two gunmen, who fled in a
light-coloured Nissan vehicle
with the licence plate number
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EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

THE TRIBUNE



The Tribune Limited

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

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

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

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

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

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

Publisher/Editor 1972-

Published Daily Monday to Saturday

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Democracy needs to be protected

IN 1945 Supreme Court Justice Robert
Jackson, chief prosecutor for the US at the
International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg,
told the court that “the wrongs which we seek
to condemn and punish have been so calcu-
lated, so malignant and so devastating, that civ-
ilization cannot tolerate their being ignored
because it cannot survive being repeated.”

On November 20, 1945 the military leaders
of Nazi Germany went on trial after World
War II for crimes that were described as
“inconceivable.” The legal principles decid-
ed were revolutionary and “for the first time
the world declared that national sovereignty
and government authority — ‘following
orders’ — could not excuse what would
become known as crimes against humanity.””

Bahamian elections can in no way be com- '

pared to what took place at Nuremberg, but
the principles remain the same and can be
applied to many situations where people’s
rights are threatened. Here in the Bahamas
democracy is healthy. Where else in the world
is citizen participation in elections as keen as
in this country? Bahamians have also matured
to the point that, despite pressure, they are
prepared to fire unsatisfactory governments.
As someone observed yesterday how could
anyone-have predicted that a grandchild of
this nation’s first Bahamian — and black —
governor general could have won predomi-
nantly white Montagu. But on May 2 this year
Loretta Butler-Turner did just that. Not only
did she win Montagu, but she won it with the
greatest number of votes received by any can-
didate in this election. Yes, the Bahamas has
come a long way. We can now hope that race
will no longer be an issue.

However, all of these achievements could be
lost and with it our precious democracy if an
example is not made of those who so openly
attempted to thwart the law and deny Bahami-
ans a free and fair election.

Although Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham
said the FNM would take no complaints to
the election court, we certainly hope individ-
ual complaints will be investigated and if found
to be valid, prosecutions will follow.

In other words if what we have been told
actually took place, the acts were so blatant,
defiant of the law and bold that our democracy
“cannot tolerate their being ignored because it
cannot survive their being repeated.”

The Penal Code makes provision for pun-
ishment of anyone who intimidates a voter

“by threat of evil consequence to be caused to
him” if he fails to vote for a certain candi-
date. In every election there have been whis-
pers of intimidation, but none quite so open as
in this election when loss of jobs, pension
increases and housing for government workers
were threatened. This was especially prevalent
in certain Family Islands.

There are rules against civil servants elec-
tioneering for candidates, and using govern-
ment vehicles and materials to do so. This
prohibition is openly broken with an “I-dare-
you-to-do-something-about-it” attitude. This
will’ only end if examples are made of the
offenders. It happens in every election, but
nothing is done about it. This election should
make history by ending it with stiff penalties.

There are also laws against offering and
accepting valuable consideration in return for
a vote.

We are told of an incident in a certain Fam-
ily Island when several voters went to the
headquarters of the FNM to discover how
much was being paid for a vote. They made it
clear that they were available to the highest
bidder.

The public is still awaiting an explanation as
to why what ostensibly was supposed to be
sample ballots were being delivered at a
polling division on election day.

In the distant past when The Tribune had a
printing department, we were often contract-
ed to print a small number of sample ballots
for training purposes well before an election.
They were always printed on cheap paper —
often newsprint — with the word SAMPLE on
the back. There could be no mistaking what
they were.

One or two sample ballots were discovered
at different polling divisions in this election.
Were these from the order of 41,000?

Of course, the PLP is notorious for being
disorganised and leaving everything to the
last minute, but it would seem strange that
an order for 41,000 sample ballots — pre-
sumably 1,000 for each of the 41 polling divi-
sions — would be ordered only a week before
an election for training — remembering that
they had to be delivered to constituencies as
far away as Inagua and Mayaguana.

Bahamians want an explanation. They will
not accept silence on this one. They also want
election reform to ensure that all future elec-
tions will be as free as humanely possible from
corruption.



The lessons
learnt from
the election

EDITOR, The Tribune

ALL human beings like a
very good fight between two
great contenders. However
there can only be one champi-
on. First I would like to say con-
gratulation to the FNM.

Even though the PLP lost,
the results show that they could
have easily won the govern-
ment. All of that happened
even though there was inade-
quate financing, bad manage-
ment and poor public relations.
From a distance, it appears as if
the party depended on Perry
Christie to win the election sin-
gle handedly.

When I sit back and analyse
the PLP performance during
this election, I am baffled. First
of all why choose a slogan, “No
Turning Back” when the major-
ity of the population was born
after independence and do not
know or care about anything
prior to that period. So what if
the Bay Street and Eastern
Road boys did not donate any
money this time to the PLP and
gave all to the FNM. What is
evil about that? It is their mon-
ey, their preference and their
prerogative. As the sitting gov-
ernment you have leverage to
obtain enough donations from
other sources.

The PLP’s greatest asset was
its record of performance and
its vision for the future. A slo-
gan and campaign should have
been centred on those issues.
Mr Christie constantly said that
he was running on his record.

The only question I have for’

him is: Where is the record?
There is nowhere one could go
and find in an organised fashion
a list of the PLP government’s
record of performance. I sent
several messages to the PLP
webmasters to prominently dis-
play the record on their web-
site, but I was ignored. I even
called the party Chairman Ray-
nard Rigby and told him the
same, but he gave a quick and



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lackadaisical response that gave
me the impression that I was
bothering him. While I was
campaigning for the PLP, I was
shocked at the number of peo-
ple who said that the govern-
ment did nothing. I now believe
that they honestly believed that
was the case. I had :to spend a
lot of time educating them
about the true reality of things.
However, there was nowhere
for them to find out on their
own.

One of the biggest reasons
why the PLP lost is because the
emperor surrounded himself by
too many people who refused
to tell him when he was naked.
They told him what he wanted

to hear and he accepted it. Most _

of the candidates took on the
same spirit and started cam-
paigning late. They refused to
acknowledge the wave. They
had this arrogant attitude that
God gave this country to the
PLP. On the other hand the
FNM was energized and hun-
gry. The PLP even brought in
foreign consultants who ana-
lyzed things from a bird’s eye
view. Instead they should have
listened to the workers on the
ground that was getting many
rejections. From last year sum-
mer the FNM started cam-
paigning. By the time the elec-
tion date was set many FNM
candidates or workers would
have visited the voters about
four or five times. I know
because that was my experience
and I heard many PLP sup-
porters all over say the same.
On the other hand many PLP
candidates waited for the
boundary report before they
started campaigning. By this
time it was too late. As a direct
result of that they never got to
cover all of the boundary areas

and never saw many voters.
Another major problem was
the break down of the election
machinery. For a party that has
been around so long and con-
tested so many elections, one
would wonder if this was a new
party trying to find its way
around. Where was the Chair-
man? Where were all of the
senior men in the party? Why
did no one combat all of the lies

‘and propaganda that were being

played on the air waves, news-
papers and podiums?

Two other things that played
a role in the defeat and caused
many PLPs to vote FNM this
time is the fight and the han-
dling of CB Moss. It would have
been a simple process to fire
the two fighting members of
parliament. They ended up
resigning anyway. If the Prime
Minister had fired them, it
would have taken away the
issue of leadership. Bahamians
only perceive one to be a leader
in politics is when he fires some-
one. How is it possible not to
give Sidney Stubbs a nomina-
tion and give the brawlers a
nomination? Even without the
fight both of them in my opin-
ion were very questionable
characters either in their per-
sonal lives or in the party. The
issue With CB Moss took away
the issue of trust. After that no
one could talk about how
Hubert did Tommy. CB Moss
was promised the nomination,
earned it and should have
received it. He has since demon-
strated that he did have support
and with the party machinery
behind him would have won by
a landslide.

It is often said that both the
PLP and FNM are basically the
same. Therefore the Bahamian
people do not have anything to
lose. May God continue to bless
this great country.

RUDOLPH DEAN
Nassau
May 4 2007

The apparent clairvoyance
of your letter writer Bodie

EDITOR, The Tribune

I DO not know whether this
letter will be published but I
have to say that I was very
amused to see a nearly two col-
umn submission from your fre-
quent correspondent Mr Ort-
land H Bodie Jr, in the letters

page of The Tribune of Friday,
May 11th. Amused because he
had for whatever reason decid-
ed to add to “the much print
space and air wave time’” which
he felt “had been previously
wasted on the Steve McKinney
affair” by merely rehashing all
that had been said previously. I
was initially thinking that he
was doing this for the edifica-
tion of those who had just risen
from post election hibernation
but no, at the very end of his
submission I realised why you

had granted this prolific pontif-
icator space yet again. The date.
It was apparently written on
April 9, 2007. A good four
weeks before Mr McKinney’s
disappearance! Please contin-
ue to print everything that Mr
O H Bodie Jr submits. The man
is clearly clairvoyant. His views
as such will be of great interest
to all of us.

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THE Association of the
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meeting in convocation from
Sunday, May 20, to Thurs-
day, May 24, at Enoch Back-
ford Memorial Auditorium.

Delegates will converge on
New Providence from Grand
Bahama, Bimini, Eleuthera,
Long Island and Exuma under
the theme, "A Changeless
Christ In A Changing World."

The conference was
opened yesterday when the
superintendent, Rev Dr C W
Saunders gave the annual
charge to the Conference.

History was again docu-
mented in the association
when the "Burning of the
Mortgage" of the Enoch
Backford Memorial Audito-
rium came only one year
after the dedication of the
multi-purpose centre was
held last year during the
114th annual session.

A night of recognition will

be held tonight at 7pm when :

all districts will participate in
various tributes to Dr Saun-
ders. The week-long confer-
ence continues with day and
night sessions.

The women, under the
leadership of president Helen
Ferguson, will be celebrating
tomorrow and the youth
department, under the lead-
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be celebrating on Wednes-
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nearly five years ago has been
postponed for the second time
in two months.

Two-year-old Paul died after
being hit by an unmanned
speedboat which mounted the
beach where he was sleeping in
August, 2002.

Following almost five years
of campaigning, charges were
brought against boat driver
James Bain and craft owners
Clifford Nottage and Evange-
less Williamson in January.

They are all charged with
manslaughter through negli-
gence, while Williamson faces
an additional charge of perjury.

The trio were released on bail
ahead of a preliminary hearing
at Nassau Magistrates’ Court
on April 13.

According to a UK newspa-
per, the hearing, attended by the
youngster's parents Paul and
Andrea, was adjourned until May
18 after the Crown Prosecution
lawyer asked for more time to
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this case to be adjourned because
he does not have any evidence
against the boat driver or owners.
"The court has given him a
final date of June 29 to either
drop the case or have sufficient
evidence ready to consider for
the magistrate to decide if the
case will go to the Supreme
Court or the case will be
dropped due to no evidence."

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ny, R Family Vacations, can-
celled its gay family cruise July
12 visit to Bermuda because it
feared a repeat of an incident in
the Bahamas in 2004 when chil-
dren on board were upset at
dockside anti-gay chants by reli-
gious groups.

According to a gay rights
website, a pastor in Bermuda
has spoken out about the recent
gay cruise cancellation saying
the church had missed a “great
opportunity” to show what
good Christians they are.

Rev Wilbur Lowe, pastor of
the Mount Zion AME church,
felt the controversy over the
Rosie O’Donnell gay family
cruise was handled poorly by

_ United by Faith, an organisa-

tion representing 80 churches
in Bermuda.

United. by Faith chairman
Andre Curtis, who had offered
to bus the cruise goers to church
and “have the pastors pray for
them”, called the cancellation
“victory for God”.

Rev Lowe said: “I don’t think
they (United by Faith) have
represented the religious com-
munity well.

“I think there is an awful lot
of support for the cruise even
within the church,” he told the
Royal Gazette.

Rev Lowe did not go the
whole way in endorsing the
cruise. ;

"IT don’t support the homo-
sexual lifestyle, but that does
not give anyone cause to hate
someone or treat someone dif-
ferently,” he said.

It is still a big step for an
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step in the right direction and it
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the beginning. This is a new mil-
lennium and people should be
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Bermudian public blames the
churches for the cruise not vis-
iting the island and that Rosie
O’Donnell’s people see the
church as “a bunch of Chris-
tians that hate them.”

The responsibility, however,
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“we are the people who claim to
be on a higher spiritual vein.”

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| HE Minister of Nation-
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Turnquest, needs to clarify his
remarks which suggest a
restructuring of the Community
Policing Programme is at hand.
His comments, as reported
by the press, are ambiguous.
The programme presently falls
under the umbrella of the
Urban Renewal Project and is
community-based. In the past,
Community Policing operated
out of East Street police head-
quarters and was semi-active.
The project is perhaps the
one achievement the PLP gov-
ernment can lay claim to after
five years of drifting like a ship

without a rudder.

The perception that Commu-
nity Police are sitting in offices
and not pounding the beat, in
my experience, simply isn’t true.

And what higher level of ser-
vice can the police offer than
preventing crime from taking
place as opposed to responding
to crime that has taken place?

Removing police from the
communities they know so well
would condemn hundreds of
youngsters to The Streets of the
Lost which are devoid of love,
rules and discipline, the ingre-
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may be the first meal of the day
and are mentored to. There’ve
been musical lessons, a chil-
dren’s choir has been formed
and several sports clubs are in
their infant stages.

In the summer, field trips
such as historic tours, reef dives,
dolphin swims, picnics and
sporting events take place with
the quiet support of Nassau
business people (you know, the
ones who were maligned by the
PLP in the run-up to the gener-
al election). Trips include ‘pick-
ing top’ in the brush to make
plait for straw hats and clever
Christmas tree ornaments.

Even in August, when most
summer camps are over, the
Community Police of Kemp
Road are busy keeping the chil-
dren off the streets and away
from temptation.

Nearby, the Church of God
on Shirley Street runs a pro-
gramme for teenage girls who
fall in the high-risk category for
anti-social behaviour, unwanted
pregnancy and AIDs.

S ome may argue that this
is an area for the
Department of Social Services.
In many respects, it is. Howev-
er, both should continue to
work hand-in-hand.

Without the weight of the law
in this vicious society — the rape
capital of the world - social
workers are unable to handle
the frequent outbreaks of vio-
lence — domestic and otherwise.

And besides, Social Services’
hands are full dealing with the
rampant cases of incest and
abuse that happen behind the
walls of the decrepit homes in
these depressed communities.

The Kemp Road Community
Police intercept drug dealers
trying to recruit students to sell
drugs in school in exchange for
lunch money — and later, drugs.

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The Sugar Daddies don’t cruise
the streets as boldly as they
used to looking for school girls.
It takes a uniform to deal with
these matters.

Yes, there’ve been failures.
But there’ve been many success
stories.

This wouldn’t be possible if
the police didn’t work in and
know their communities. They
would be outsiders, regarded
with suspicion, and not trusted
members of the community
they serve.

Not only does Community
Policing prevent crime, it builds
a bridge between the police and
the community, whilst teaching
youngsters to respect the police
— something sadly missing in
today’s Bahamas.

Community Policing is prac-
tised in Britain and the United
States, as well as other coun-
tries.

It’s not peculiar to the

Bahamas. There are successful
models to draw from and build
upon.
_ The British Home Office
describes Community Policing
as ‘a radical change in police
approach.’

“It is this simple: the needs

and concerns of citizens should
always be integral to the way
policing is conceived, managed
and delivered,’ The Home
Office says.

You think Community Polic-
ing has failed because of the

record murder rate in the
Bahamas?

Take it away and see what
happens when this generation
reaches adulthood.

The truth is, we’re reaping
the seeds sown several decades
ago and each successive gov-
ernment has failed to deal — I
mean really deal - with the
issue. The time to take decisive
action was in the 1970s when
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With all the hard work and
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mantled under its present struc-
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MONDAY, MAY 21, 2007, PAGE 7



LOCAL NEWS



Chancellor Alleyne of

UWI pledges sup
College of the Bahamas

Further, Mr Bethel expressed
his joy in the fact that so many
Bahamian students had bene-
fited from a UWI education,
but admitted that he wished
they would be more forthright
in finding a collegiate voice to
articulate and strengthen rela-
tions and solidarity in the

Sir George Alleyne, chancel-
lor of the University of the West
Indies, has voiced his support
for the College of the Bahamas
as it moves towards university
status.

Sir George was paying a cour-
tesy call on Carl Bethel, Minis-
ter of Education, Youth, Sports
and Culture.

The chancellor congratulated
Minister Bethel on his recent
Cabinet appointment. He
remembered the Bahamas and
Bahamians fondly, having visit-
ed before to serve on various
councils.

He attended the UWI with
Dr Cecil Bethel and taught



many Bahamians on the UWI
campus.

He communicated his confi-
dence in The Bahamas’ active
participation with the UWI by
the current administration as
had been done in the past.

Sir George said that will be
very supportive of the College
of The Bahamas moving
towards university status and
has full confidence that this
will enhance relations
between the UWI and The
Bahamas.

He noted that many Bahami-
an students have gained their
tertiary education at the UWI

and he welcomed the proposed

University of The Bahamas
since the need for tertiary edu-
cation cannot be supplied by
UWl1L alone.

Sir George felt also that the
movement and interaction of
Bahamian students with those
in the Caribbean would only
help to build stronger relations
in the region.

Mr Bethel offered a warm
welcome to Sir George and
said the chancellor had demon-
strated a level of commitment
and service that is exemplary

-in his works with Pan Ameri-

can Health Organisation
(PAHO) and the AIDS epi-
demic.



Ey

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MSIR George Alleyne, chancellor of the University of the West nities, speaks to Carl Bethel,
Minister of Education, Youth, Sports aud Culture

as winner of Cainer

Society speech contest

GIA Burrows, a student of
Temple Christian High School,
walked away as winner of the
first Cancer Society Speech
Competition, taking home a
laptop computer, scholarship
prize, trophy and certificate.

Gia, who was entering a
speech competition for the first
time, captivated her audience
and triumphed over seven oth-
er competitors. The teenager
did a superb job and no doubt is
among the créme de la créme of
youth speakers in the country.

However, the talent of all
speakers was very impressive,
allowing students to express
their views on the topic, “The
Impact of Cancer on Bahamian
Society.’

The Cancer Society of The
Bahamas is particularly con-
cerned with the poor health and
lifestyle choices that are made
by far too many of the younger
generation. This resulted in
what was historically adult-
onset chronic conditions becom-
ing prevalent among the popu-
lation.

To counteract this trend, the
society, under the leadership of
president, Terrance Fountain,
has made the decision to estab-
lish a presence in schools, with a
view to encouraging behav-
ioural changes that can reduce
the students’ future risk of
developing cancers.

To this end, the society, in
conjunction with Healing Com-
municators Toastmasters Club
7178 and Diamonds Interna-
tional, held its inaugural speech
contest on May 10 at The Can-
cer Society of The Bahamas.

Second place winner was
Patrice Duncombe of CR
Walker High School and
Johnathon Fielding of St
Andrew’s. They also won lap-
top computers, scholarship
prizes, trophies and certificates.

Other participants included
Lavanda Brown, Government
High School; Lizinga Rolle, Jor-
dan Prince William High
School; Rashando Gibson,
Westminster College; Ryan
Collie, Mt Carmel and Francis
Poitier, Queen’s College.

The competition coincided
with Cancer Awareness Month.





GIA Burrows, a student of Temple Christian High School,
won the First Cancer Speech Competition. Shown here from
left arc: Diamonds International representative Sandra
Fergusou-Rolle; Miss Burrows; Terry Fountain, president of

the (‘sacer Society of The Bahamas, and Suncher Johnson, pres-

ident of Toastmasters Club 7178.

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FROM page one

adjustments for the pro-
gramme, “a gutting” of the
Urban Renewal initiative.

“It is probably not practical
to expect a political party to
carry this project forward. As
you know, Urban Renewal
requires numerous branches
of government for its success,”
he said.

During his first official vis-
it to the police force, the new
Minister of National Security
Tommy Turnquest last week
announced that, although
community policing will con-
tinue under the FNM, it
would not necessarily be with-
in the same structural frame-
work of the Urban Renewal
Programme.

“He indicated that Urban
Renewal will continue, but
emphasised that it is impor-
tant that the police deal
with community policing
and other aspects of the
programme “are dealt with
elsewhere.”

“Police who are trained to
do police work, must do police
work,” Mr Turnquest said.
«Key persons within the



Urban Renewal programme
responded favourably to this
announcement, which was
also greeted with applause by
senior police officers.

Dr David Allen, a former
chairman of the commission
on Urban Renewal, supported
Mr Turnquest’s decision on
this matter.

He said that, with the coun-
try’s growing problem with
crime, more officers needed
to be out on the streets, rather
than “sitting in an office.”

Observers have said that,
under the Urban Renewal
programme, many officers had
been carrying out what is
essentially non-police work.

Dr Allen, in an interview
with The Tribune last week,
said that some of the Urban
Renewal work could be done
by trained community out-
reach workers, who are then
required to communicate with
the police.

However, Mr Christie on
the PLP website said his party
would “initiate aggressive
community action to ensure
that the community registers
its strong disapproval of the
government’s actions.”



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for new dialysis unit at PMH

FROM page one

Organisers of this drive are
seeking the support of the pub-
lic and corporate sponsors to
raise $164,000. Each dialysis
unit costs $20,500 complete —
purchase price, delivery to
Princess Margaret Hospital,
installation, training of staff
members and one year of tech-
nical support.

Thelma Rolle and Mr
Greenslade of The Princess
Margaret Hospital Foundation,
an independent and_not-for-
profit organisation, will be col-
lecting and managing the finan-
cial donations in a separate
Dialysis Machine Acquisition
account.

All donations should be in
the form of a cheque made
payable to The Princess Mar-
garet Hospital Foundation with
a note for The Dialysis Machine
Fund.

Your contribution will help
one of the many hundreds of

patients that rely on these
machines for life. Upgrading
this facility is imperative and
these new machines are the first
step.

“At The Tribune we believe
in being our brother’s keeper,
whether it is keeping the public
informed about what is hap-
pening in the country through
our newspaper, raising funds for
children to have a happy Christ-
mas through our Santa Claus
Christmas Committee, or pro-
grammes that we successfully
executed in the past like the
Adopt-A-Cop Programme.

“We now join Mr Roberts in
his noble effort to purchase new
dialysis machines for Princess
Margaret Hospital, and implore
other civic-minded citizens and
residents of The Bahamas to
join this campaign,” said Robert
Carron, chief operating officer
of The Tribune.

“IT am pleased to be a part of
this step forward to assist in the
growth of the dialysis unit at

the Princess Margaret Hospi-
tal. Our goal in this drive is to
replace eight old dialysis
machines with eight more mod-
ern and efficient units. As has
been reported in the media, the
facility is in need of expansion
and modernisation so this effort
is but a small contribution to
the larger project,” said Mark
Roberts.

“Businesses should realise the
importance of having sufficient
equipment to service the grow-
ing number of dialysis
patients. Upon a visit to the
unit, I noticed an employee of
Best Buy and he was in for his
four-hour treatment.

“As a valuable member of a
business team, he needs to get
in, get his treatment and get
back into the working commu-
nity. If the machine was down
for unscheduled maintenance,
his appointment would have to
be rescheduled, wasting pre-
cious time and money. A strong
dialysis unit at PMH is valuable

for the community in all
respects.

“With the help of Thelma
Rolle from the Princess Mar-
garet Hospital Foundation, Dr
Ada Thompson of the Kidney

Foundation and Robert Carron .

of The Tribune Media Group,
our goal will likely be met with-
in the next four to six months,”
he added.

Larry Roberts and Bahamas
Realty were the first contribu-
tors to the campaign. They
donated funds to pay for 25 per
cent of the first dialysis
machine.

Tile King, FYP and an anony-
mous donor also donated funds
that are the equivalent of 1 1/4
machines. This is a great accom-
plishment for a campaign that is
in its infancy.

All donations should be in
the form of a cheque made
payable to The Princess Mar-
garet Hospital Foundation with
a note for The Dialysis Machine
Fund.

Former PM

FROM page one

“T remain convinced that this
strategy, though beneficial in
the short term to those who per-
petrate it, is detrimental to the
future best interest of this coun-
try,” he said.

The opposition leader made
the statement yesterday in
response to a question posted
during an internet chat on the
PLP’s website where one per-
son said: “I will admit, that dur-
ing this last election I was not
100 per cent comfortable. The
emphasis that was placed on
race I found to be somewhat
questionable. You see, while I
agree that the majority of PLP’s
reflect the makeup of our
nation and are black, we do

have many white members and
I am proud to say that I am one.

“However, I was made to feel
at times, watching and listening
to the various rallies that I was
not really wanted. In fact, I was
asked by some young people,
how I could support the PLP
when they were so against my
kind. Mr Christie, we must edu-
cate our people young and old
alike as to the history of our
great party and nation and let
them know that while some of
us may have skin of a much
lighter shade than others we are
all the same under that skin”.

In response Mr Christie
claimed that the party has been
the “victim of propaganda when
it comes to the issue of us play-
ing the race card.”

claims PLP victims of race

The former prime minister
told the person who posed the
question that he was “truly sor-
ry” that he felt uncomfortable at
times while listening to PLP ral-
lies.

He pointed out that the party
had Gary Sawyer, its candidate
for South Abaco who is a white
Bahamian. The party also had
many white supporters, he said.

“We knew very early on dur-
ing the campaign that the FNM
was prepared to use the race
card against our party at every
opportunity. They found it con-
venient to do so whenever we
were critical of their deputy
leader, Brent Symonette.

“I was specific 1 in my expla-
nation to the Bahamian public
that our criticism of Mr Symon-

propaganda

ette had absolutely nothing to
do with the colour of his skin
but with the ethical lapse he had
made during his time in Govy-
ernment,” the former prime
minister said.

The PLP, Mr Christie said,
has demonstrated its commit-
ment to the establishment of a
new Bahamas in which all

Bahamians, black and white are .

able to live in prosperity, peace
and happiness.

“This was evident during my
tenure. as Prime Minister. I
made a very special effort to
ensure that all Bahamians felt
that they had a stake in this
country and the international
investment community and
local business men can attest to
this,” he said.

Haitian dies

FROM page one

Chief Superintendent Basil
Rahming, press liaison officer,
reported that police received a
report of a fire around 2.48am
on Saturday.

He said when firemen
arrived on the scene, the fire
had completely engulfed the
western half of the complex.

Persons who were occupy-
ing the eastern half of the com-
plex had been awakened by the
smoke. They attempted to res-

cue Mr Matthew, but were dri-
ven back by the flames.

Mr Rahming said the fire
was extinguished and confined
to only one half of the complex
that was being occupied by Mr
Matthew.

He said that it appeared that
the victim was

unsuccessful in his attempt to
escape the fire, and was discov-
ered by firemen at the door
inside the burnt apartment.

Fire personnel and crime

. scene officers are

continuing investigations to
determine the cause of the fire.
In other crime news, Grand
Bahama Police arrested a man
wanted for questioning in con-
nection with a serious criminal
matter in Freeport.
According to reports, the
arrest occurred at about 1.10pm

on Friday when Central Detec-

tive Unit officers on mobile
patrol spotted the suspect in a
gold coloured Buick Century
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Tony Blair and the Caribbean

@ By Sir Ronald Sanders

(The writer is a business con-
sultant and former Caribbean
Diplomat).

[s the public mind, the
overriding assessment of

the interest shown by British
Prime Minister Tony Blair in
the Caribbean is probably that
he chose Barbados for vacations
with his family.

It would not be a fair or whol-
ly comprehensive assessment.

Blair did try to be helpful to
the region but it has to be
recalled that on trade matters,
the UK’s membership of the
European Union (EU) severely
limits its scope for individual
action. The EU speaks for all
of its 25-member countries.

Further, during the Blair



years, issues affecting vital
Caribbean exports — bananas
and sugar in particular —
became subject to World Trade
Organisation (WTO) rules as
other countries challenged the
preferential terms under which
these Caribbean exports
entered the EU market. There
was nothing that the British
government could do to influ-
ence decisions of WTO panels.

But, the Blair government did
agree to establish structures to
improve communication and
consultation between itself and
Caribbean governments. No
previous British government
had done so.

As Blair prepares to leave
office in June, there are lessons
to be learned by Caribbean gov-
ernments in their dealings with
the British administration and
new actions that they might

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consider taking to bolster the
relationship.
Unquestionably, when he
came to office in 1997, Tony
Blair was concerned with domes-
tic issues and with the larger
international canvas, particular-
ly Britain’s place in the EU.
The Caribbean was of little
interest to him. This was obvious
in two early instances: first, he
failed to meet formally with
Caribbean leaders in the mar-
gins of the Commonwealth
Heads of Government confer-
ence which his government host-
ed within months of assuming
office. Then, he could not find
time to meet the then Prime
Minister of Jamaica, P J Patter-
son, when he visited Britain.
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sioners in London — of whom I
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ed positively to the suggestion
that a UK/Caribbean Forum be
established under which the
British and Caribbean Foreign
Ministers would meet every two
years to consult and take action
on mutually agreed matters.
Later, he agreed that in the
years in between the meeting
of Foreign Ministers, the British
and Caribbean Heads of Gov-
ernment would meet around the
time of Commonwealth Heads
of Government Conferences.
He has been faithful to the com-
mitment to hold these meetings,
and the UK/Caribbean Forum
has met religiously every two
years since 1998, . :
Ironically, on the very day
that UK and Caribbean officials
met to make further proposals
to deepen the institutionalised
relationship between the UK
and the Caribbean, an event

took place in New York that

would engage a great deal of
Mr Blair’s attention and, ulti-
mately, lead to loss of support
for him in Britain.

I was among a group of
British and Caribbean officials
who met. at the British High
Commissioner’s residence in
Barbados on the morning of
September 11, 2001 as terrorists

flew two hijacked airplanes into —

the twin towers in New York,
beginning the saga. that led to
the invasion of Iraq and what is
called “the war on terror”.
The bewildered officials, who
together watched the dreadful
scene on television and worried
about what sort of new world
had suddenly been fashioned,
somehow managed to agree a

~ means by which the British and

Caribbean Heads of Govern-



The problem

the region faces .

is that its trade
with Britain is
almost of no
importance to
the UK economy



ment could communicate direct-
ly with each other prior to mul-
tilateral meetings to advance
the concerns of each other.
These included meetings of the
EU and the G7.

[ has to be said that the
Caribbean enjoys no such
structured and predictable rela-
tionship with any other coun-
try, and the UK has no such
relationship with any other
region in the developing world.
And, they were formed under
Tony Blair’s watch.

Additionally, the British gov-
ernment established in London a
Caribbean Advisory Group —
subsequently re-named the
Caribbean Board — made up of
persons with Caribbean and
British experience to advise the
UK government, through the
Foreign Office, on matters relat-
ed to the Caribbean area and the
Diaspora in the UK. Again, as
pointed out by Dr Peter Clegg, a
UK academic with considerable
knowledge of the region, “there
is no other region-specific advi-
sory group” in the FCO.

These, then, were opportuni-
ties and structures for the
Caribbean to influence British
government policy that were
created under Tony Blair’s pre-
miership. And, where he gave
undertakings to lobby for the
Caribbean — as he did on the
level of compensation payable
by the EU to the Caribbean
after the price paid for sugar
was reduced — he fulfilled his
promise.

At a very personal level, he
committed to holding a
Caribbean Investment Confer-
ence in London which he
opened along with Barbados
Prime Minister, Owen Arthur,
in November last year. If the
Conference failed to deliver on
its potential, this was not due
to lack of British government
effort but to poor attendance
by Caribbean governments
(only Antigua, Barbados, Belize
and Guyana sent Ministers).

S o, even despite the con-
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engagement with Iraq that fol-
lowed 9/11 and his personal
involvement with President
George W Bush in this’ tragic
episode, Mr Blair did find time
for the Caribbean.

The agenda of the engage-
ment, in my view, has been far
too one-sided. The UK/
Caribbean forum has focused a
disproportionate attention on
drug trafficking and security



If the
Conference
failed to deliver
on its potential,
this was not due
to lack of British
government
effort but to
poor attendance
by Caribbean
governments



issues. This is not to say that
though these issues are impor-
tant to the UK, they are not
important to the Caribbean —
they are, but more so are the
development issues especially

‘human resource development,

funds to help in changing the

structures of economies and

infrastructural development.
However, it is the Caribbean

~ that should have done more to

forcefully advance its own cause
through the submission of well
researched and intellectually
rigorous papers.

The problem the region faces
is that its trade with Britain is
almost of no importance to the
UK economy — UK exports to
the Caribbean Community
(CARICOM) countries is 0.5
per cent of its total exports and
its imports from CARICOM
are 0.2 per cent of its total
imports.

What is more, apart from
drug trafficking and illegal
immigration, the Caribbean



Tony Blair did
make an effort
for the
Caribbean
despite his wider
preoccupations;
the Caribbean
may not have
done enough to
take advantage
of the
opportunities
it was given.



holds only three potential inter-
ests for Britain which the
Caribbean has not exploited.
These are: Caribbean voters in
the UK and their potential
impact on British elections; the
safety of the region as a desti-
nation for UK tourists; and the
alliances that Caribbean coun-
tries develop with countries that
might worry the EU or the
EU/US alliance.

The Caribbean should devel-
op positions and implementable
policies on these issues with
which they could engage the
British government.

Tony Blair did make an effort
for the Caribbean despite his
wider preoccupations; the
Caribbean may not have done
enough to take advantage of the
opportunities it was given. More
should now be done as the reins
of power change hands in
Britain.

Responses to: ronald-
sanders29@hotmail.com

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VH1 presenters relax in Nassau

» THE popular celebrity broth-
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Love New York” kicked back
for some fun under the sun at
Breezes this weekend.

' Here in Nassau to continue
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"ore,

STUDENTS and teachers of
Glaridge Primary School joined
The Tribune and the Bahamas
Environmental Education Pro-
gramme of the Ministry of Edu-
‘cation in planting a Lignum
‘Nitae tree on its campus.

The Tribune and BEEP have
ateuceed to observe Earth Day
'2007 by planting the national
tree on various primary school
campuses on New Providence.
While doing so, the partners
‘hope to assist the respective
-s¢hools in drawing attention to
-€avironmental issues.
=” Mrs Angela Russell, princi-
pal of Claridge Primary School,
welcomed the tree. "Our
school has a proud tradition of
weing environmentally aware.

e have completed various

autification projects that
“efansformed this campus into
“One with pockets of green
“spaces; we also have a water
‘feature. Our thriving fruit and
vegetable garden has won
awards.

“Every opportunity we get,
the teachers and I speak to the
-need for our students to be
‘smindful of their roles in keeping
“our environment clean and
attractive. The best way to
*ensure students learn this les-
“son is to demonstrate this prin-

» ciple and involve them.
“The students are intricately
. involved in all of our beautifica-
‘stion and environmental efforts,
: from planting and tending to the
“ fruits and vegetables in our gar-
* den, to collecting litter from the
+ school grounds. Your kind dona-
* * tion ofa Lignum Vitae tree adds
* to our efforts.”
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Allyson Mycklewhyte, gardening club chairperson, tend to the

Lignum Vitae tree

ager of The Tribune, com-
mended the teachers and stu-
dents of Claridge Primary.
"Your celebration of Earth Day
was well done. It's a pleasure
to view the attractive green
spaces at this school.

“Portia Sweeting of BEEP
and I are happy to present this
Lignum Vitae tree to you.
We're certain that you'll take
good care of it as you've done
with the other plants that you've
tended. The green spaces on
your campus are a model for
what can be achieved in every
community of this country.

“We need to became more
active in protecting tree cover
where possible, and doing our
part to reduce the amount of
waste we produce, and, of
course, when producing waste,
discarding of it properly."



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TENS of thousands of
Venezuelans marched Saturday
to support a TV station aligned
with opponents of President
Hugo Chavez, whose govern-
ment plans to kick the channel
off the air next week by not
renewing its licence, according
to Associated Press.

The protesters set off from
tour different points of the cap-
ital, converging downtown in
the biggest show of support yet
for Radio Caracas de Televi-
sion, or RCTV, a network that
has been critical of Chavez’s
government.

RCTV is due to go off the air
at midnight May 27, when the
government says its license
expires. The channel and its
supporters argue Chavez is try-
ing to silence criticism, while
the government says it will be
replaced by a public-service sta-
tion and that freedom of expres-
sion is being respected.

"If (Chavez) shuts down the
channel, he’s crazy,” said Rafael
Velasquez, a 27-year-old con-
struction worker.who traveled
150 miles to attend the protest.
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on Saturday

want it or not.”

The march was organized by
the channel and 26 opposition
political parties.

In a speech to protesters,
RCTV chief Marcel Granier
urged the Venezuelan president
to heed the words of South
American independence icon
and Chavez hero Simon Boli-
var: “He who rules must listen;
the people are speaking.”

Founded in 1953, RCTV is
Venezuela’s oldest private net-
work and broadcasts a mix of
news, talk shows, sports, soap
operas and a version of “Who
Wants to Be a Millionaire?”

“RCTV is a stronghold of lib-
erties, of democracy, of telling
the truth,” said Eladio Lares,
host of RCT V’s.version of the
popular game show.

Chavez contests that, accus-
ing RCTV and other opposi-
tion-aligned private media of

(Photo: AP/Fernando Llano)

supporting a failed 2002 coup
against him by broadcasting car-
toons and movies instead of
covering street protests that aid-
ed his return to power.

Government supporters also
accuse RCTV of biased cover-
age that has glossed over
improvements in medical care,
education and other social pro-'
prams introduced by the Chavez
administration.

Granier has said RCTV has
the right to keep broadcasting
until 2022 and challenged the
government’s decision in court.

Venezuela’s Supreme Court
on Thursday dismissed the first
of a series of legal challenges
by RCTV to remain on the ait:
but left open the possibility for
the channel to seek redress
through other legal means.

But on Friday, Chavez ruled
out any possibility that RCTV,
would continue broadcasting.

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B DEMONSTRATORS wave Turkish flags and hold Ataturk posters during a pro-secular rally in
Samsun, Turkey on Sunday

(AP Photo/Murad Sezer)

Turks stage huge
secular rally in
Black Sea port

@ TURKEY
Samsun

THOUSANDS of flag-wav-
ing Turks demonstrated in this
Black Sea port city Sunday
against the Islamic-rooted gov-
ernment, which they fear is
undermining Turkey’s secular
system, according to ae
ed Press.

The A neaseation in Sam-.

sun — the latest in a series of
nationwide protests — was sig-
nificant, as the city was where
Turkey’s secular founder,
Mustafa Kemal Ataturk,
launched the country’s war of
independence against occupy-
ing powers after World War I.

Massive anti-government
demonstrations have also been
held in Ankara, Istanbul and
Izmir.

On Sunday, crowds gathered
in Samsun’s central square and
chanted “Turkey is secular and
will remain secular!” Protestefs
carried Turkish flags and
posters of Ataturk.

Organizers said they expected
participation to be lower than
previous protests. An AP pho-
tographer estimated there were
about 20,000 protesters in Sam-
sun. More than one million peo-
ple attended the demonstration

last week in the Aegean city of -

Izmir.

The demonstrations began in
early April to pressure Prime
Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo-
gan’s government against nom-
inating Foreign Minister Abdul-
lah Gul as presidential candi-
date, over fears that the party
would expand its powers and
govern unchecked.

Secular opposition parties
then boycotted the presidential
voting process in Parliament,

creating a political deadlock and

forcing Gul to abandon his bid.

The deadlock, along with
increasing pressure from the
public and the military, led
Erdogan to call for early parlia-
mentary elections, which are
scheduled for July 22. Parlia-
ment also passed an amendment
to allow the president to be
elected directly by the people,
rather than by Parliament, which

is currently dominated by mem- |

bers of Erdogan’s party. Presi-

. dent Ahmet Necdet Sezer has

yet to endorse the amendment.
Challenge

Parties from Turkey’s frac-
tured secular opposition have
been scrambling to unite to
challenge Erdogan’s party at
the polls.

The main opposition Repub-
lican People’s Party, led by

’ Deniz Baykal, agreed this week

on alliance terms with the
Democratic Left Party. And
two small parties — True Path
and Motherland — combined
forces to form the new Democ-
rat Party earlier this month.

On Sunday, Baykal and
Democratic Left leader Zeki
Sezer attended the Samsun
demonstration together in a
show of unity, drawing applause
from the crowds.

“We are here to cry out loud
that we are against Shariat

(Islamic law),” protest organiz-

er Turkan Saylan said.

“And we are against military
coups!” she said, referring to a
statement by the military last
month that threatened inter-
vention to preserve Turkey’s
secular system.

Erdogan spent time in jail in

Future British
PM is heckled
over Iraq war

m LONDON

GORDON Brown, due to
take over as prime minister in
June, was heckled Sunday by a
protester urging him to pull
British troops from Iraq,
according to Associated Press.

Brown was speaking at a
Labour Party event when a
woman chanted: “Gordon
Brown - get the troops out.”
She was escorted from the
room.

About 60 anti-war protesters
had gathered outside the venue
in Coventry, about 100 miles
north-west of London. Labour
was holding a campaign meet-
ing as it tries to decide on a new
deputy leader.

Brown, who will take over as
prime minister when Tony Blair
steps down on June 27, said he
understood the war in Iraq was
a “divisive and difficult” issue.
But he said he stood by the deci-
sion to join the US-led invasion.

“The number of troops that
started off was 44,000 and there
are now just 7,000 and that
number continues to go down,”
Brown said. “I am going to go
out to Iraq and look at the situ-
ation and see what is happening.

“T believe that what we need
to do is to combine what we are
doing at a security level with
economic development.”

Brown has not outlined what
his specific policies on Iraq will
be, though he has indicated that
he wants to devote more time
and resources toward the cre-
ation of jobs and basic services.

“There are too many people
in Iraq who don’t have a stake
in the economic future of the
country, too many people
unemployed, too many people
who are not seeing services
developed ... and therefore too
many people who don’t feel loy-
alty to the regime,” he said
when he launched his leader-
ship bid in early May.

1999 for reading a poem ata
political rally which the courts
deemed was challenging
Turkey’s secular system, and
many of his party’s members,
including Gul, are pious Mus-
lims who made their careers in
the country’s Islamist political
movement.

Erdogan rejects the label
“Islamist,” however, and says
he is committed to Turkey’s sec-
ular traditions. His government
has done more than most pre-
vious governments to advance
Turkey’s European Union
membership bid.

Turkey’s secularism is
enshrined in the constitution
and fiercely guarded by the judi-
ciary and by the powerful mili-
tary.

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HUNDREDS of demonstra-
tors gathered outside the Russ-
ian capital’s main broadcast
facility on Sunday to protest
what they called lies and cen-
sorship on TV channels that are
either controlled by the state or
under its influence, according
to Associated Press.

The peaceful rally of about
300 people came amid growing
concerns about media freedom
in Russia. The issue was high-
lighted over the past week by

the resignation of journalists

from the Russian News Service
broadcast agency to protest a
reported policy requiring that
50 percent of their stories show
the Kremlin positively, and by
the order for the Russian Union
of Journalists to vacate its office
in a state-owned building.

“We are extremely disturbed
and unsettled and we are calling

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for a protest against lies on tele-
vision, against vulgarity and
unprofessionalism on television,
against political censorship on
television,” Grigory Yavlinsky,
leader of the liberal Yabloko
party, told the crowd outside
the Ostankino broadcast com-
plex in northern Moscow.

Ostankino houses the offices
and studios of many television
channels and includes the 540-
meter broadcasting tower that is
Europe’s tallest freestanding
structure.

As Russia heads into a par-
liamentary election in Decem-
ber and presidential elections
in March, government influence
over news media appears to be
at its strongest since the Soviet
era ended.

Analytical programs on Rus-
sia’s main TV channels are
increasingly infrequent and less
likely to express criticism of the
Kremlin. The state runs one of



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Hundreds rally
in Moscow to

protest TV ‘lies’

the country’s three major TV
networks and has a direct con-
trolling stake in another, along
with owning the two of the
largest radio networks.

NTV television, the third
major TV network once noted
for its criticism of the Kremlin
and independent reporting on
the war in Chechnya, has been
taken over by the state-con-
trolled natural gas monopoly
Gazprom, which also owns the
newspaper Izvestia.

Nightly news broadcasts
increasingly feature lengthy
footage of President Vladimir
Putin speaking to officials and
reports on the activities of the
two deputy prime ministers seen
as possible successors to him
when his term runs out next year.

“We consider that this is
extremely dangerous for the
future of our country. We con-
sider that in the 21st century,
such television leads the country

@ PARIS

AT least half of French
respondents in two polls pub-
lished Sunday said they approve
of conservative President Nico-
las Sarkozy’s new Cabinet,
according to Associated Press.

Fifty percent of those polled
for the weekly Le Parisien
Dimanche said they were satis-
fied with last week’s choice of
Prime Minister Francois Fillon
and 15 ministers; 22 percent
were dissatisfied. The rest had
no opinion.

But in a separate poll for the
Journal du Dimanche weekly,

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and human rights activists participate in a march organized by the liberal opposition party Yabloko
to protest what they call the strangling of democracy in Russia near the Ostankino broadcasting
tower, Moscow on Sunday ,

into degradation,” Yavlinsky
said. ;

Last week, journalist Artyom
Khan told The Associated Press

that he was one of eight core- .

spondents of the Russian News
Service to leave or submit their
resignations since new manage-
ment took over. The service
provides news for its own sta-
tion as well as others, including
Russian Radio — the nation’s
biggest radio broadcaster, with
an audience of 7.4 million daily.

Khan said his news editors
told him that his report last
month on pro-Kremlin protests
outside the Estonian Embassy

69 percent of respondents said
they were satisfied — at least
partially — and 30 percent were
at least somewhat dissatisfied.
One percent did not respond.
In the JDD poll, Economy
Minister Jean-Louis Borloo was
the most popular Cabinet mem-
ber, followed by Foreign Min-
ister Bernard Kouchner — a left-
ist who crossed the political

. divide to join Sarkozy’s team - -

and Justice Minister Rachida
Dati, who has Algerian and
Moroccan roots.
Sarkozy, who was inaugurated
Wednesday, appointed Fillon a
day later and the Cabinet on Fri-

pies

in Moscow had a “pro-Eston-
ian accent” and was “unprofes-
sional.” The protests were held
over Estonia’s decision to move
a Soviet war memorial from the
capital’s downtown area to a
cemetery, angering many Rus-
sians in the country.

Editors also refused to air
material he produced on a
Moscow march by the Krem-
lin’s political foes in April,
which was broken up by club-
wielding riot police, Khan said.

“T can’t say that the new pol-
icy is anti-Western or anti-
American, but it is clearly pro-

Russian,” Khan said. “You have

day, and has promised an array
of reforms for a country suffer-
ing from economic malaise, trou-
bles integrating its ethnic minori-
ties and a sense that its power
in the world is waning.

The telephone poll of 1,001
adults by CSA-CISCO agency
for Le Parisien Dimanche was
conducted Friday, while the
JDD poll was carried out by
phone among 981 adults by
OpinionWay on Friday and Sat-
urday. No margin of error was
given for either survey but for
polls of that size would be about
plus or minus 3 percentage
points.

(AP Photo / Ivan Sekretarev)

to convey the line of the party
of power.”

Mikhail Baklanov, the Russ-
ian News Service’s former edi-
tor-in-chief who was fired in
April by the new managers,
confirmed that a number of his
colleagues had quit.

“People left because there
was no chance to work profes-
sionally,” he said. “They
weren’t able to do what jour-
nalists do. They were told that
the first news item must be pos-
itive and the last news must be
positive, while negative news
must amount to no more than
50 percent” of the report.

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Egypt arrests 14 of Muslim Brotherhood

m@ EGYPT
Cairo

POLICE arrested 14 mem-
bers of the banned Muslim
Brotherhood as part of Egyp-
t’s ongoing campaign against
the country’s strongest opposi-
tion group, the interior ministry

and the group said Sunday,
according to Associated Press.

The interior ministry said in
its statement that the group was
arrested Saturday for holding a
secret organizational meeting
in Sharqiyya Province, located
some 50 miles northeast of
Cairo.

But the Brotherhood claimed
in a statement posted on its offi-
cial Web site that they were
simply attending a course on
raking shampoo.

The Brotherhood has been
banned since 1954 but has con-
tinued to operate and is Egypt’s
most powerful opposition

movement. Its lawmakers, who
run_ as independents, hold 88
seats in the 454-seat parliament.

The Brotherhood advocates
implementation of Islamic law
but says it wants democratic
reforms in Egypt, where Presi-
dent Hosni Mubarak has had a
quarter century of authoritarian
rule.

The government accuses the
group of seeking to take over
the country and passed a series
of constitutional amendments
in March that further curtailed
the Brotherhood’s ability to
participate in politics.

Nevertheless, the group
announced that it would field

up to 20 candidates in June elec-
tions for the upper house of par-
liament, known as the Shura
Council.

The Brotherhood issued
another statement Sunday say-
ing that 15 members had man-
aged to complete their registra-
tions for Shura Council elec-
tions. Five others, whose nomi-
nations have been blocked by
the interior ministry, are appeal-
ing to the administrative court,
the statement said.

Registration ends Sunday for
the Shura Council elections,
which are scheduled for June
11.

members, including leading fig-
ures, students and bloggers,
have been arrested in a crack-
down since December, when
Brotherhood studenfs carried
out a military-like parade. That
prompted government accusa-
tions that the movement was
forming an armed wing, pro-
viding students with combat
training, knives and chains.
The group denies forming a
militia.

A military trial of 40 top fig-
ures from the group on terror-
ism and money laundering
charges began late last month,
one of the largest such tribunals

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@ EGYPTIAN relatives of detained Muslim brotherhood members react at a Cairo Supreme
Administrative Court last Monday after it overruled a rare ruling by the lower court that the
president’s order to try 40 Muslim Brotherhood of top figures before a military court was not valid

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the outskirt of Mogadishu on Sunday. At least two civilians died in an explosion on Sunday in a
northern district of the Somali capital after a bomb was detonated as the mayor’s convoy
approached it, a city official said. The mayor’s bodyguards shot a suspected insurgent who was in a
tree near the explosion area. Several civilians were wounded and taken to hospital, Mayor
Mohamed Dheere told journalists.

m@ SOMALIA
Mogadishu

A BOMB detonated in
Mogadishu near the mayor’s
vehicle convoy Sunday, leaving

at least two civilians dead, the .

mayor said. His bodyguards
shot and killed a suspected
insurgent who had been in a
tree near the explosion, accord-
ing to Assocoiated Press.
Mayor Mohamed Dheere
was unharmed in the blast, but
said several wounded civilians
had been taken to a hospital for
treatment. .
The convoy had been
approaching a secondary school
in the Somali capital when
bodyguards in the first vehicle

Explosion kills two
civilians and suspected.
insurgent in Somalia

noticed a suspicious object on
the road ahead and stopped,
Dheere told reporters.

The device then detonated,
but damaged none of the cars.
Dheere, who had been in the
third car, said none of the cars’
occupants had been hurt.

“The remnants of the Islamic
courts are behind this explo-
sion,” Dheere said, referring to
the Council of Islamic Courts,
which seized control over much
of southern Somalia last year
before being driven out by gov-
ernment troops backed by
Ethiopian soldiers.

“My guards killed a man who
was apparently controlling the
bomb on a tree,” the mayor
said. “He jumped and tried to

snatch a gun from a soldier, and
he was shot.”

On Thursday, a bomb
exploded as Prime Minister Ali
Mohamed Gedi’s convoy was
on its way to the capital’s air-
port, but no one was injured
and no vehicles were damaged.
’ At the end of April, the gov-
ernment declared victory in bat-
tles against clan rivals and
Islamic insurgents, who have
vowed to run an Iraq-style guer-
rilla war unless the country
becomes an Islamic state.

The battles in Mogadishu
between March 12 and April 26

alone killed at least 1,670 peo-

ple. Since February, 400,000
Mogadishu residents have fled
violence in the capital.

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’- @ THAILAND
Pattani

SUSPECTED Muslim insur-
gents in southern Thailand
fatally shot two Buddhist civil-

_+!+ dans and wounded a third Sun-
~ >. day, while a bomb wounded 11

persons including five police-
men, police said, according to
Associated Press.

The casualties were the lat-
est apparent victims of an
Islamic separatist insurgency
in Thailand’s three southern-
most provinces — the only
provinces with Muslim majori-
_ ties in Buddhist-dominated

Thailand. More than 2,200
people have died as a result
of the unrest since January
2004.

One of Sunday’s fatalities was
a 22-year-old driver for a con-
struction company in Pattani
province, said police Col.
Thawan Narawong. His attack-
ers shot him at his work site
then set fire to his body and the
truck he had been driving, the
police officer said.

In Yala province, a gunman
on the back seat of a motorcy-
cle shot « 51-year-old woman
and her 17-year-old son as they
were riding her motorcycle to a

rubber plantation. police Lt.
Col. Somporn Toharb said.
The woman was pronounced
dead at a hospital while the her
son was seriously wounded, he
said.

Police said they believed the
attacks were part of an effort
by insurgents to scare Buddhists
into fleeing the region.

The bombing took place at a
grocery shop in a market in
Narathiwat province’s Waeng
district, said police Lt. Thosphol
Saingam. He identified the
wounded as five policemen, two
defense volunteers and four
civilians.

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m THAI police officers and charity workers carry the body of a 22-year Buddhist man who w
shot at his work site then set fire to his body and the truck he had been driving in Pattani proviince,

southern Thailand on Sunday

(AP Photo/Sumeth Panpetch)

Candidates break tie in Philippine local elections with coin toss

-. Mi PHILIPPINES

Manila

TWO candidates in a north-
ern mountain town broke a rare
tie in last week’s elections by
tossing a coin, a refreshing show
of sportsmanship in country
where poll disputes are often
settled with violence, officials
said Sunday, according to Asso-
ciated Press.

After a count of last Mon-
day’s ballots, local elections offi-
cials discovered that Bryan
Byrd Bellang and Benjamin
Ngeteg had tied for the final of
eight seats on the council in
Bontoc town in Mountain

province, elections supervisor
Mary Umaming said.

“T asked them if they wanted
to break the tie by tossing a coin
or drawing lots, and somebody
in the crowd wondered if I was
cracking a joke,” Umaming told
The Associated Press by tele-
phone.

“T said those options were in

the rules, and they agreed to

flip a coin,” she said.

Bellang, who chose heads,
won the toss, which was held
Tuesday in the local town hall.

The candidates then sealed
the agreement with a hand-
shake, and the crowd erupted
with applause, Umaming said.

Indonesian fisherman
catches ancient fish
off Sulawesi island

@ INDONESIA
Jakarta

AN Indonesian angler caught
a fish once thought to have dis-
appeared along with the
dinosaurs and held it in a quar-
antined pool until it died 17
hours later, a biologist said Sun-
/ day, according to Associated
. Press.

The coelacanth fish was
thought to have become extinct
65 million years ago until one
was found in 1938 off Africa’s
- coast. The discovery of the so-
-.called “living fossil” ignited
“-worldwide interest.

Several other specimens have
since been found, including one
in 1998 in waters off the Indone-
sian island of Sulawesi, where
Justinus Lahama also hooked
his 4-foot, 50-kilogram fish ear-

_ 1 ly Saturday.

The fisherman pulled it from
waters near Bunaken National

Marine Park, which has some
of the highest levels of marine
biodiversity in the world and is
a popular diving spot for
tourists, marine biologist Lucky
Lumingas said.

Lumingas classified the fish
as Coelacanth Latemeria, a
powerful predator with highly
mobile, limb-like fins. It is usu-
ally about 5 feet long and
weighs around 45 kilograms.
Unlike most other fish, it gives
birth to live young rather than
laying eggs.

Lumingas, who works with
the local Sam Ratulangi Uni-
versity, said it was “extraordi-
nary” the fish survived for 17
hours in a quarantined pool.

“The fish should have died
within two hours because this
species only lives in deep, cold-
sea environment at a depth of at

least 200 feet,” he said, adding .

that his university would close-
ly study the carcass.

Alert level raised as
Philippine volcano shows
more signs of activity

@ PHILIPPINES
Manila

PHILIPPINE scientists raised
_ the alert level on a restive vol-
“-cano Sunday after detecting
- increasing signs of activity that
could be a precursor to a new
bout of explosive eruptions,
officials said, according to Asso-
ciated Press.
_ The 5,149-foot Mount Bulu-
san in Sorsogon province, about
240 miles southeast of Manila,
has been showing signs of
unrest since coming back to life
in March 2006 with on-and-off
ash and steam explosions.
Since it ejected ash on May
12, the mountain’s northeastern

‘- slope has swelled slightly and

abnormally high numbers of
earthquakes have been record-
ed, prompting authorities on
_ Sunday to raise the public alert
_ level from one to two on a five-
step scale, the Philippine Insti-
tute of Volcanology and Seis-
mology said in a statement.



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The alert upgrade indicates a
shift from “low-level volcanic
activity” to a “moderate level
of volcanic unrest,” said Crispu-
lo Diolata, an official at the
institute. An alert level of five
means a life-threatening erup-
tion is in progress, Diolata said.

“The high level of seismic
activity and the observed infla-
tion indicate increasing volcanic
unrest,” the institute said in its
statement. “The current activi-
ty may lead to more explosive
eruptions.”

Villagers were warned not to
venture into a 2.5-mile “perma-
nent danger zone” around the
volcano.

The Philippine archipelago
lies on the Pacific Ocean’s
“Ring of Fire,” where volcanic

activity and earthquakes are

common.

In December, typhoon-trig-
gered mudslides along the
slopes of nearby Mayon volcano
buried entire villages, killing
more than 1,000 people.







Election ties in the Philip-
pines are rare, and many are
unaware of the two options for
resolving them under official
rules, Umaming said.

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India’s 5-year-old marathoner is.
barred from 500 kilometer walk |

@ INDIA
Bhubanéswar

A 5-YEAR-OLD Indian boy
whose long-distance running
last year sparked protests from
rights activists, has been barred
from going on a proposed 500
kilometer walk, an official said
Sunday, according to Associated
Press.

Budhia Singh’s 11-day walk
from Bhubaneswar in the east-
ern state of Orissa to Calcutta,

the capital of West Bengal state,
had been scheduled to begin
June 6, his coach Biranchi Das
announced last week.

“The child welfare commit-

e ... has formally decided to
impose a ban on Budhia Singh’s
proposed Bhubaneswar-to-Cal-
cutta walk. The committee felt
the walk may have an adverse
impact on the child’s health,”
committee chairman, Rabi
Shankar Mishra, said.

“Use of a child, be it for a

marathon run or a walk
amounts to torture and we are

here to stop that,” Mishra
added.
Exhaustion

Last year, Singh attempted to
run a 70-kilometer marathon,
but doctors stopped him after
65 kilometers when he showed
signs of extreme exhaustion.

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anemic and under cardiac stress,
and the Orissa state govern-
ment banned him from running
until he is older.

The boy’s coach has also been
summoned to appear before the

’ committee, Mishra added.

“The committee’s decision is
most unfortunate. They are
unnecessarily harassing Bud-
hia,” Das told reporters Sun-
day.

Das has insisted that he is
looking after the best interests
of the boy, whose father died
when he was seven months old.
His mother, unable to support
him, was about to sell him to
another villager for 800 rupees
(US$18) when the family met
Das two years ago. Das has said
he has raised Budhia as his son.



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the eastern Indian state of Orissa, in this May 2, 2006 photo iin.

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killed 541 rebels in four months

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SRI Lanka’s government
claimed Sunday to have killed
more than 500 Tamil rebels in
the past four months and lost
only 44 of its own soldiers in
fierce fighting that has com-
pletely shattered the island
nation’s peace process, accord-
ing to Associated Press.

A military spokesman, Brig.
Prasad Samarasinghe, said 541
rebels have been killed in fight-
ing in two northern districts,
Mannar and Vavuniya. Both lie
along the frontier separating
government and separatist rebel
territory and have become flash
points in the deepening conflict.

There was no way to inde-
pendently verify the military’s

claim, and diplomats and mem-
bers of a Nordic cease-fire mon-
itoring mission that remains in
place have said they believe
both sides routinely inflate the
number of casualties they inflict
on the other.

The Tamil Tiger rebels, who
almost always dispute govern-
ment accounts of battles and
death tolls, did not immediate-
ly offer comment.

The rebels have been fighting
since 1983 for a separate home-
land for Sri Lanka’s Tamil minor-
ity, a predominantly Hindu ethnic
group that has faced decades of
discrimination by the majority
Sinhalese, who are predomi-
nantly Buddhist and dominate
the government and military. -

More than 65,000 people
were killed before a 2002 cease-

fire, brokered by Norway, tem-
porarily quelled the fighting.

But violence has escalated in
the past 18 months, resulting in
more than 5,000 new deaths
since December 2005, accord-.
ing to the Nordic monitors.

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fire remains officially in place ,

with each side insisting they are: .

only responding to the other’s
aggression.

The latest reported deaths
came Saturday in the northern ,
Jaffna peninsula, which is con-
trolled by the government but»
surrounded by rebel territory. ,

The defense ministry said that °
soldiers caught rebels trying to
sneak through the government’s
defensive lines and killed three
of the insurgents.

Pakistani police arrest married couple for
lying about gender of transsexual husband |

@ PAKISTAN
Lahore

POLICE arrested a wife and
her husband — a woman who
underwent gender reassignment
surgery 16 years ago — and
accused them of lying about the
husband’s gender to a court in
eastern Pakistan, according to
Associated Press.

The case — which casts a rare
public spotlight on the taboo
subject of transsexualism in this
conservative country — came to
the attention of the authorities
after the bride’s father appealed
to the High Court in the city of
Lahore to annul his daughter’s
wedding, saying it was against

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ajor interna-
tional Inter-
net servers
such as AOL
and Comcast
are automatically blocking e-
mail messages sent from the
Bahamas Telecommunications

Company’s (BTC) Internet
Service Provider (ISP) because
Batelnet is being used by for-
eigners to transmit huge vol-
umes of ‘spam’ or junk mail,
The Tribune can reveal.

The situation, which has
been ongoing “on and off” for
the past seven months, is like-
ly to have cost BTC significant
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June 1 deadline for
Kerzner’s Hurricane
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Atlantis owner’s acquisition.
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notice of the dates they will
have to vacate their existing

. outlets by.

Sources close is the situa-
tion said the food store in the
Hurricane Hole Shopping
Plaza has been told it will have
to leave by the end of Novem-
ber 2006. All other retailers
bar one have been informed
by their Kerzner landlords that
they wilF have to leave by the

SEE page 9

Oasis purchase
‘to save Freeport
downtown’ area

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

HARCOURT Development
Company’s $33 million pur-
chase of the Royal Oasis will
“save downtown Freeport”, a
Grand Bahama-based attorney
told The Tribune, with plans
for the resort to target the US
convention market seen as
generating “potential year-
round tourism revenues” for
the island’s economy.

Fred Smith, attorney and
partner with Callender’s & Co,
praised Harcourt, which is also
involved in developing the
Bahamia subdivision and con-
dominiums at Suffolk Court,
for its commitment to devel-
oping the Freeport and Grand
Bahama community, as well as
its investment projects.

“Harcourt is definitely show-
ing all the other investors and
development companies how

Convention market
targeting holds out
‘year-round’
tourism potential

it is supposed to be done,” Mr
Smith said. “It’s dramatically
different. This kind of devel-
opment and commitment to
the community by Harcourt
will create thousands of jobs
and many opportunities.

“Tt will increase the tourism
we are so badly needing in
Freeport . It will act as a stim-
ulus for the International
Bazaar and all the restaurants
and bars in the downtown
community. It will save down-
town Freeport .

“TI urge the Port Authority
and the FNM government to

SEE page 2

Toshiba Makes
Color History
with 4 Prestigious Awards

played havoc with Bahamian
businesses that rely upon its
Batelnet service to transmit
data and communicate with
international clients and sup-
pliers.

One irate Batelnet customer
showed how both AOL and
Comcast servers had rejected
legitimate e-mails he had sent
to friends and colleagues in the

US, as a result of both
providers deciding to block all
e-mails from BTC’s ISP to pre-
vent their own networks
becoming deluged and over-
run with spam.

An e-mail sent to a Comcast
e-mail address on Friday, May
18, said: “Failed. Message
could not be delivered to the
demain Comcast.net. Failed to

accept the sender.” And an e-
mail sent to an AOL sub-
scriber by the same Batelnet
customer on May 7, 2007, was
also returned to him with this
explanation: “Failed. Message
could not be delivered to the
domain — aol.com. Error while
sending data.”

The Batelnet customer told
The Tribune that “some of the

largest Internet servers totally
reject all messages originating
at BTC. What is going on?
“Initially, it seemed that only
certain servers refused mail
from Batelnet. For a while in
late 2006, the matter seemed
to improve slightly. Now I find

SEE page 11

Large banks urged to back Disaster Recovery Centre

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

A NATIONAL Disaster Recovery Cen-

tre between 6,000 to 12,000 square feet in

size would cost between $2.4 million to
$3.6 million to build, with its proponents
arguing the proposal would be kick-start-
ed if two to four large Bahamas-based
bank and trust companies committed to
using and leasing space in it.

Andre Knowles, Cable-Bahamas region-
al sales director, said the estimated con-

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struction costs would be $300-$400 per
square foot, but pointed out that “the larg-
er the facility, the cheaper it is to build”.

He indicated that the National Recovery
Centre’s size would depend on client
demand, and the more clients that com-
mitted to using it, the lower construction
costs per client would be, generating
economies of scale.

Mr Knowles told a Bahamas Institute of
Chartered Accountants (BICA) seminar
that operating costs for the proposed facil-
ity were about 20 per cent per annum of

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construction costs, an estimate that “may
be a little bit high”. These costs were
required to pay for the National Recovery
Centre’s support and security staff, main-
tenance and replacement of hardware.

. Clients would be charged $60-$100 per
square foot, a charge that Mr Knowles
said would compare favourably with the
fact that any Bahamas-based financial
institution serious about disaster recov- _

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Markets

ome 52,499 shares

changed hands in the ©

Bahamian market

this past week. The
market saw 10 out of its 19 list-
ed stocks trade, of which four
advanced, two declined and
four remained unchanged.

- Volume leader for the week
was FirstCaribbean Interna-
tional Bank (Bahamas) (CIB),
with 21,270 shares changing
hands and accounting for 40.52
per cent of the total shares
traded.

The big advancer for a sec-

‘ ond consecutive week was

Bahamas Waste (BWL), up
$0.07 or 2.59 per cent to close
at a new 52-week high of $2.77.
Year-to-date, BWL’s share
price has appreciated by 58.29
per cent to $2.77 versus $1.75
at the end of 2006. On the
down: side, Consolidated
Water Company’s BDR share
"price fell by $0.06 or 1.15 per
cent to end the week at $5.14.
For the week, the FINDEX
declined by 6.32 points, to
close at 791.57.

COMPANY NEWS

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first quarter, CWCO posted
net income of $3.5 million, rep-
resenting an increase of 17 per

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cent compared to $3.1 million
for the 2006 first quarter. Total
revenues grew by 38 per cent
to $12.7 million.

Retail revenues were rela-
tively unchanged at $5.1 mil-
lion, while bulk revenues rose
by 39 per cent to total $5.2 mil-
lion.

Gross profit stood at $5.3
million or 42 per cent of rev-
enues for the 2007 first quarter,
versus $4.8 million or 52 per
cent of revenues for the 2006
first quarter.

Operating expenses
increased to $2.3 million, up
$200,000: over the same peri-
od last year. Total assets grew
by $4.2 million to total $143.2
million as at March 31, 2007.

In related news, CWCB has
declared dividends of $0.012
per BDR, payable on August
8, 2007, to all shareholders of
record date June 30, 2007.

Oasis
purchase
‘to save
Freeport
downtown’
area

FROM page 1

do what is necessary to make
the deal happen quickly. The
people of Grand Bahama
returned an FNM government,
and whatever the FNM can do
to energise and create an econ-
omy in the downtown area
would be fantastic.”

Mr Smith said that based on
the work he had seen Harcourt
do in the Bahamia subdivision,
and at Suffolk Court , the Irish-
headquartered property devel-
oper di
ly interested in short-term

profits,;byt were taking,their i
tal responsibilities

develop

“seriously” and looking to
marry their investment with
community building.

Mr Smith said Freeport
needed long-term developers
who “buy-in” to the city and
its community, adding that
Harcourt’s beautification and
maintenance efforts at
Bahamia, with kerbing and
paving put in, showed they had
pride in the community and
provided a model for other
developers to emulate.

Christopher Lowe, the
Grand Bahama Chamber of
Commerce president, said of
the Royal Oasis deal: “I think
it’s fantastic that we finally
appear to be making some
headway on that property. I
don’t think it’s going to be a
quick fix; I think it’s going to
be more of a long-term benefit
once it gets up and running.

“Hopefully they are a long-
term solution for that property,
and I like the fact they are tar-
geting the US convention mar-
ket, as it has enormous poten-
tial for year-round revenues
and arrivals.”

Mr Lowe said the largest
200 annual conventions in the








































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DIVIDEND/AGM NOTES:

e Bahamas Waste (BWL) will hold its Annual General
Meeting on May 23, 2007, at 6pm at The National Tennis
Centre, Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre, Oakes Field, Nassau,

Bahamas.

e J. S. Johnson & Company will hold its Annual General
Meeting on May 30, 2007, at 6pm at the British Colonial
Hilton Hotel, Number 1, Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas.

e FOCOL Holdings will hold its Annual General Meeting
on May 30, 2007, at 10.30 am at FOCOL Holdings Ltd Cor-
porate Office, Queens Highway, Freeport, Grand Bahama.

e Cable Bahamas will hold its Annual General Meeting
on June 4, 2007, at 6pm at British Colonial Hilton Hotel,
Number 1, Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas.

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US often booked up 3{000-
5,000 hotel rooms for the dura-
tion, and required convention
centres of more than 500,000
square feet. There were just
five to six main convention

destinations in the US , such
as DenveXr , Las Vegas , Dal-
las, Houston and Atlanta.

“The bottom line is that
they’re booking them three to
five years in advance,” Mr
Lowe said. “They are literally
thousands of conventions in
the US every year. Many are a
lot smaller, but it’s a year-
round market.”

Grand Bahama, Mr Lowe
said, would be an ideal con-
vention destination for US
conferences, because apart

The Bahamian Stock Market

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INTERNATIONAL EDITION

Private equity industry enters era of change

BY JOE BEL BRUNO
Associated Press

NEW YORK — Cerberus Capital
Management’s planned takeover of
Chrysler Group marks a power shift
on Wall Street as private equity firms
transform not only their image, but
how — and why — big deals get
done.

By making bigger and more com-
plex deals, buyout shops are thinking
more like Wall Street investment
banks, broadening their strategy
from the days when they were
known for buying up companies,
slashing costs and then putting them
back on the market.

With Chrysler, Cerberus is talking
about rejuvenating an ailing brand,
not about its exit strategy.

“Private equity must now become
real about the business of running
businesses,” said Peter Morici, a pro-

fessor at the University of Mary-
land’s Robert H. Smith School of
Business. “The days of buy, strip and
sell are numbered.”

In the past, these financial firms
gravitated toward well-known names
like Hertz, Sealy, Toys ’R Us, and
Neiman Marcus — large companies,
but not of the size and scope that
we're seeing these days.

BIG PRICE TAGS

The deals announced so far this
year include some massive price tags:
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. and
Texas Pacific are paying $43 billion
for energy provider TXU. Other
deals include the $27.9 billion KKR-
led takeover of credit card processor
First Data, and the $25.6 billion acqui-
sition of student lending company
SLM by private-equity firm J.C.
Flowers & Co. and three other inves-

ENERGY

tors.

And, this past week, Warburg Pin-
cus agreed to pay $3.7 billion for
Bausch & Lomb.

All told, private equity firms have
racked up more than $370 billion in
global buyouts this year — and are on
pace to eclipse last year’s record of
$730 billion, according to financial
data provider Dealogic.

John Snow, the former Treasury
Secretary who is now Cerberus’
chairman, has made it clear the firm
wants to revive the Chrysler brand.
Cerberus is paying Daimler-Chrysler
$7.4 billion for a controlling stake in
the U.S. automaker, and is arranging
$62 billion more in financing for its
overhaul.

It also fits into Cerberus’ overall
strategy in the auto industry, where it
controls a number of companies. The
firm already owns a 51 percent stake







CRAIG WHITLOCK/WASHINGTON POST SERVICE

ILLUMINATION: Hans-Joerg Koch manages the Espenhain plant and its 33,500 solar panels. Last
year, about half of the world’s solar power was produced in Germany.

GERMANY’S SOLAR

“SOLUTION

CLOUDY GERMANY EMERGES AS A
POWERHOUSE IN SOLAR ENERGY

BY CRAIG WHITLOCK
Washington Post Service

ESPENHAIN, Germany — When it opened here in 2004 ona
reclaimed mining dump, the Geosol solar plant was the biggest of its
kind in the world. It is so clean and green that it produces zero
emissions and so easy to operate that it has only three regular workers:
plant manager Hans-Joerg Koch and his security guards, sheepdogs

named Pushkin and Adi.

The plant is part of a building
boom that has made gloomy-skied
Germany the unlikely global leader
in solar-generated electricity. Last
year, about half of the world’s solar
electricity was produced in the
country. Of the 20 biggest photo-
voltaic plants, 15 are in Germany,
even though it has only half as
many sunny days as countries such
as Portugal.

The reason is not a break-
through in the economics or tech-
nology of solar power but a law
adopted in 2000. It requires the
country’s huge old-line utility firms
to subsidize the solar upstarts by
buying their electricity at
marked-up rates that make it easy
for the newcomers to turn a profit.

The law was part of a broader
measure adopted by the German
government to boost production of
renewable energy sources, includ-
ing wind power and biofuels. As
the world’s sixth-biggest producer
of carbon-dioxide emissions, Ger-
many is trying to slash its output of
greenhouse gases and wants
renewable sources.to supply a
quarter of its energy needs by 2020.

Since the Geosol plant was built,
it has been eclipsed in size by six
other German solar plants, includ-
ing the new world’s-largest, the
Solarpark Gut Erlasee in Bavaria,
which has more than double the
capacity.

German officials readily
acknowledge that they are embrac-
ing solar technology not just for its

environmental benefits. German
firms that manufacture photovol-
taic panels and other components
have prospered under the energy
act and now employ 40,000 people.
An additional 15,000 people work
for companies in the solar-thermal
business, which make heating sys-
tems for homes and businesses.

Matthias Machnik, an undersec-
retary for the German ministry of
the environment, acknowledged
that Germany can’t hope to com-
pete in the long term with perpetu-
ally sunny nations in generating
solar power, but it hopes to expand
its exports of solar technology and
become the leader in that field.

“Unless climate change acceler-
ates, we only have a certain amount
of available hours of sunshine,”
Machnik said.

Last year, German exports
accounted for 15 percent of world-
wide sales of solar panels and other
photovoltaic equipment, according
to industry officials. German firms
hope to double their share of the
global market, which amounted to
$9.5 billion last year and is growing
by about 20 percent annually, said
Carsten Koernig, managing direc-
tor of the German Solar Industry
Association, a trade and lobbying
group. “It’s been very important to
create the necessary market in Ger-
many,” Koernig said. “We not only
want to master the German market,
but to conquer the world market as
well.”

For now, the technology

remains expensive and barely reg-
isters as a fraction of total energy
production — less than 0.5 percent.
The government hopes to increase
that figure to 3 percent by 2020.

Industry supporters, however,
say there are other factors that
favor solar production in the long
term.

One is that other forms of non-
fossil fuel energy are falling out of
favor. The government has decided
to phase out all nuclear power
plants by 2020. And while Ger-
many is also the world leader in
wind power, a popular backlash is
building against the towering wind
turbines that are criticized as eye-
sores. In Espenhain, officials have
warm words for their solar plant,
owned by the Berlin-based com-
pany Geosol.

The facility was constructed on
land that had served as a dumping
ground for millions of tons of coal
dust produced by nearby mines
since the 1930s. The property had
been rendered unusable for agri-
culture or other purposes.

Two decades ago, the region
was part of communist East Ger-
many and known for that coal
industry, which employed 8,000
people.

“This region was known as the
dirtiest in all of Europe,” said Juer-
gen Frisch, mayor of Espenhain.
“The solar plant came at a very
good time for Espenhain. It’s
helped to change our image.”

Unlike the coal mines, the solar
plant makes almost no noise, save
for the low thrum of a few outdoor
air-conditioning units that cool the
electrical transformers. The plant,
with 33,500 solar panels, sits on a
37-acre site off a rural road.

On a tour of the property, Koch,
the manager, acknowledged that
eastern Germany is not the ideal
site for collecting the sun’s rays.
Contrary to popular expectations,
however, the solar panels work fine
on drizzly days, he said, although
they generate only a quarter to half
the usual output of electricity.





in GMAC Financial Services, among
other investments. It is also the midst
of a $1 billion takeover of parts sup-
plier Tower Automotive and has
been in talks to buy a controlling
interest in bankrupt another parts
supplier, Delphi.

That is an important shift, analysts
said. Before, it was common for pri-
vate equity firms to manage a portfo-
lio of completely diverse companies.
Now, many are forming their portfo-
lio of companies around specific sec-
tors with a goal to become true
industry players. “We don’t buy with
the intention to pursue an exit,”
Snow told The Associated Press in an
interview. “We buy with the inten-
tion, with the clear intention, to help
turn the company around, help it
achieve its potential.”

That’s different from the slash-
and-burn tactics private equity firms

EMPLOYMENT

have used in the past. Even Cerberus
has been reproached for its handling
of a few deals.

CRITICISM

Cerberus bought Vanguard Car
Rental, which operates the Alamo
and National Brands, out of bank-
ruptcy in 2003, and was criticized for
moving the corporate headquarters
and cutting hundreds of jobs. It
wasn’t long after the 2004 acquisition
of Mervyn’s department store that
Cerberus shuttered 80 locations and
exited two major markets.

Another factor that private equity
faces is that Wall Street has become
wary when buyout shops bring some
of their companies public. The num-
ber of IPOs have surged to levels not
seen since the tech boom in 2000,
which means investors can be more
selective about what they buy into.

Some high-tech

“manufacturing

jobs go unfilled

BY THOMAS J. SHEERAN
Associated Press

CLEVELAND — Michael Starr
was laid off in mid-career from his
factory job and found himself back in
the classroom to upgrade his skills —
for a new high-tech manufacturing
environment struggling to find
workers.

Working in industry today “is not
like the old days: get a hammer and
fix it,” the 45-year-old said.

Starr was laid off Jan. 15 from his
sheet-metal working job in suburban
Medina. He has enrolled in a Lorain
County Community College pro-
gram to take courses in computers,
math, machining, industrial blue-
print reading, advanced computer-
ized numerical controlled milling
and job-search and study skills.

When he showed up in class, “I
was terrified, like training an old dog
new tricks,” he said.

The nation has shed 5 million
manufacturing jobs in three decades,
but higher-skill factory jobs like
Starr’s goal increasingly go unfilled
as employers deal with applicants
with poor reading and math abilities
and a bad attitude about blue-collar
work. ,

The National Association of Man-
ufacturers says the skill shortages
have hurt production and the ability
to meet customer demands. And the
pattern is likely to persist as the

nation sheds old-style manufactur- -

ing to compete in a global economy.
The Federal Reserve Bank of New
York, in a report last year, predicted
a continuing trend
of lower-skilled
jobs lost to foreign
competition and
automation and
giving way to a
smaller number of
higher-skilled
manufacturing
jobs. “There is a
stereotype that
manufacturing is a
dead-end type of
career, but that is
opposite the
truth,” said Ronald
Bullock, who runs
the family-owned
Bison Gear and
Engineering Corp.
in St. Charles, IIL,
outside Chicago.
The company,
which makes elec-
tric motors for res-
taurant, medical
and packaging equipment, has used a
quick-response, custom-made sys-
tem — it does the work fast and to

in Cleveland.

detailed specifications for each job

— to regain business lost to lower-
wage Mexico and China. Now the
expanding company has trouble
finding workers who can read and
do the math required for entry-level
$10 hourly jobs with healthcare ben-
efits and future raises.

The picture is similar across
much of the nation’s industrial base,
with the Bureau of Labor Statistics
reporting a consistent increase over
three years in the rate of vacant
manufacturing jobs, going from the
1.5 percent range to about 2.5 per-



AT SCHOOL: Adam Fekete
watches a CNC machine
produce a part in the shop
at Max S. Hayes High School

cent, or one in 40 jobs vacant.

The New York Fed report said °
the manufacturing share of the
nation’s work force has dipped from
20 percent in 1979 to 11 percent, with
new manufacturing openings
increasingly requiring fewer work-
ers but higher skills, including math, ©
communications, computer use and
team work.

The problem likely will worsen
with baby boomer retirements. The
Manufacturing Advocacy and
Growth Network (MAGNET) orga-
nization in Cleveland estimated
800,000 manufacturing jobs in the
Midwest will be vacated by retire-
ments in the next six years. Laid-off
workers often lack the skills needed
in newer, high-tech jobs.

Hiring problems include job seek-
ers with poor education — some-
times high school graduates who
can’t read at an eighth-grade level —
an indifference to work issues such
as showing up every day and the
feeling that manufacturing is dirty
work without a future.

There are indications that high-
tech investments have created man-
ufacturing jobs. The nation’s manu-
facturing job sector grew by 4.5 per-
cent, on average, in 2006, while the
U.S. economy expanded 3.1 percent,
the National Association of Manu-
facturers said.

In a 2005 report, the association
said skill shortages “are broad and
deep” and had affected 80 percent of
the more than 800 companies it sur-
veyed. The findings remain consis-
tent for 2007, the
group said.

Adam Fekete, 17,
hopes an innovative
high school pro-
gram in Cleveland
will give him the
21st century skills
needed to become a
third-generation
blue-collar
employee working
in manufacturing
and computers.

Fekete is one of
118 students
enrolled in a manu-
facturing program
at Max S. Hayes
High School in a
gritty Cleveland
neighborhood
where small, high-
tech plants sit
alongside locked
factories.

The program has a rigorous cur-
riculum, including calculus, chemis-
try; physics, robotics competitions
and rotations in computer-aided
design and drafting, computer
numerical control machining, robot-
ics and engineering welding.

Fekete and classmate Alexander
Story, 17, who wants to become an
engineer, did the computer program
in a laboratory filled with Dell com-
puters and busy classmates who
didn’t need to be quieted.

Work in manufacturing? “Not too

- Many. people want to do it,” said

Story, who figures the lack of inter-
est among his peérs will make it eas-
ier for him to make.a mark.

MARK DUNCAN/AP

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More hotel rooms may temper rate rises

BY JANE L. LEVERE
New York Times News Service

With many new hotel
rooms planned in business
centers across the country in
the next couple of years, the
industry is clearly optimistic
that it will have little problem
filling them.

But some industry analysts
are not as sure. And the price
travelers pay for those rooms
will depend on who is right.

One, Steven E. Kent of
Goldman Sachs, who down-
graded his rating for hotel
stocks last fall from attractive
to neutral, said he was particu-
larly concerned that the sup-
ply of hotel rooms was grow-
ing faster than demand.

“This is the first time since
2002 that supply growth will
be greater than demand
growth, and this usually leads
to pricing pressure,” Kent
said.

He said he did not expect
the cost of hotel rooms to go
down anytime soon but, he
said, the rise in rates would
slow.

“The bottom line for busi-
ness travelers,” he said, “‘is
that they will continue to get
sticker shock when they walk
into a hotel. But they should
also know it’s going to start to
moderate.”

Price WaterhouseCoopers
estimates that the average
number of rooms sold daily by
hotels in the United States will
increase by 1.4 percent this

_year and 1.9 percent next year,
compared with increases of 4
percent, 2.8 percent, and 0.8
percent in the years 2004
through 2006, as calculated by

INVESTMENTS

Small firms are
tempting to
financial buyers

BY ARDEN DALE
Dow Jones

Small businesses are hot
prospects for buyers these
days.

‘Financiers with money to
spend are turning more fre-
quently to the mini-mart or
small trucking company as a
good investment. Among the
most avid buyers are private
equity funds flush with cash.

“There’s no question that
small businesses are becom-
ing more frequent takeover
targets,” said Joe Astrachan,
director of the Cox Family
Enterprise Center at Kenne-
saw State University and edi-
tor of the Family Business
Review. “Ten years ago, this
didn’t happen at all.”

Buyers have gotten far
more sophisticated about
gauging the risks of taking
over a small business, and as
a result are going after those
“all the way down into the
area of 100 employees or
fewer,” Astrachan said.

But new buyers pose
some challenges as well as
opportunities for small busi-
ness owners looking to sell.
Along with capital, they may
bring performance contracts
that require owners to stay in
the business and keep it
growing. Moreover, buyers
may suddenly swoop in with
an offer unexpectedly —
which may require a more
rigorous approach to keeping
the business ship-shape.

Proof that the buying
spree has heated up is partly
in the growing ranks of busi-
ness owners and executives
seeking out advisors for a
review of their personal
finances, according to M.
Holly Isdale, managing direc-
tor and head of wealth advi-
sory services at Lehman
Brothers.

“There are bids being
made that may tip family or
closely held companies into
selling because the price is
right,” said Isdale. “Execu-
tives are coming to us and for
a look at how their finances
are structured.”

How small is small? Mom-
and-pop outfits continue to
fly under the radar of the
acquisition-hungry — these
are the tiny corner grocery
or liquor stores whose own-
ers struggle to make ends
meet.

Smith Travel Research. It also
forecasts that the supply of
hotel rooms will jump 1.6 per-
cent this year and 2.3 percent
in 2008 and 2009. The last
time supply increased at least
this much was in 2002, just as
travel plummeted after the
Sept. ll attacks.

PriceWaterhouseCoopers
further estimates that the
increase in revenue per avail-
able room will start to decline
this year.

It projects an increase of 5.6
percent in 2007 and 5.3 per-
cent next year. That compares
with increases of 8.5 percent in
2005 and 7.7 percent in 2006,
according to Smith Travel
Research.

Kent of Goldman Sachs had
a similar prediction. “Pricing
growth is going to decelerate,”
he said. “We don’t expect it to
go negative.”

Bjorn Hanson, a principal at
PriceWaterhouseCoopers,
agreed.

“Slightly more availability
of hotel rooms and lower rate
increases will be the trend for
the next few years,” he said.

Although Marriott has
reduced its 2007 estimate for
growth in revenue per avail-
able U.S. room to between 6
percent and 8 percent, it mini-
mizes this decline and attri-
butes it to weakness in group
business in January 2007. It
says bookings for such busi-
ness are strong in the fourth
quarter of this year.

“Business travel seems to
be quite firm, and we continue
to see this for the rest of the
year into next year,” said
Laura E. Paugh, senior vice

Prime targets are well-
oiled businesses with an
annual profit of at least
$150,000. Manufacturing,
trucking and garbage collect-
ing concerns are popular tar-
gets.

“It really depends on the
industry, but most deals are
being done with businesses
with around $250,000 or up
in annual profits,” said Graf-
ton “Cap” Willey, a share-
holder and managing partner
of the Rhode Island offices of
Tofias PC, a_ regional
accounting firm, and chair-
man of the National Small
Business Association.

Common sense comes
into play. If an owner is
working more than 60 hours
a week and the business
brings in only a modest
profit, there’s probably not a
queue around the block to
take it off his hands.

BIGGEST DRIVER

Private-equity funds are
the biggest driver of small
business takeovers these
days, though retired execu-
tives looking to get back into
action with companies to call
their own are also buyers.

“Buyout firms are raising
huge pools of capital,” said
Isdale. “There’s just so much
money going into buyouts.”

A common modus
operandi for a private-equity
fund: Take a minority stake
in a business through a per-
formance-based contract
that grants representation on
the board of directors. A big-
ger share of ownership
results if the company
doesn’t perform well, and a
buyout can follow.

Small business owners
who get into a deal with pri-
vate equity should remember
these arrangements may
exert uncomfortable pres-
sure. Often, a partner is
looking to turn around the
investment in two to five
years.

“We like to say that small
business owners are looking
for patient capital,” said Wil-
ley. “Venture capitalists, by
their nature, aren’t patient.”

So it’s important for busi-
ness owners to make sure
they have a good exit strat-
egy should things go wrong,
said Colin C. Blaydon, direc-
tor of the Center for Private

president for investor rela-
tions at Marriott International.

She also said that Marriott
estimated that industry supply
in the United States would
grow roughly 2 percent this
year, largely in suburban and
other markets outside big cit-

ies.

Robert M. LaForgia, execu-
tive vice president and chief
financial officer of Hilton
Hotels, was even more bullish.
His company forecasts.9 per-
cent to 10 percent growth this
year in revenue per available



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ILLUSTRATION BY RICK NEASE/MCT

‘There are bids being made that may tip

family or closely held companies into selling

because the price is right.’

-M. HOLLY ISDALE, Lehman Brothers executive

Equity and Entrepreneurship
at the Tuck School of Busi-
ness at Dartmouth College in
Hanover, N.H. “Owners have
to make sure they’re in con-
trol of their own destiny.”

Ira Bryck, director of the
University of Massachusetts
Amherst Family Business
Center in Hadley, Mass., said
he sees numerous people
with small family businesses
who want to sell.

TRUE VALUE

People in that position
should consider a number of
things, said Bryck. Among
them is making sure the busi-
ness isn’t bloated with vaca-
tion homes and other “toys.”
These can make it hard to
tell the true value of the busi-
ness.

“When it comes time to
sell your company, which
often comes unexpectedly,
you have to throw all of that
stuff overboard and clean
house fast,” said Bryck. “You
have to get rid of anything in
the business that’s not a
value-added part of it.”

Indeed, the element of
surprise is more often in play
these days, as private equity
funds get more aggressive.

“We're starting to see
more hostile takeovers,” said
Isdale.

“It used to be that as a
senior vice president, I
would have a say, but now
takeovers are coming out of
the woodwork.”

Understanding the real
value of the business is also
key. Small business owners
are “notoriously bad at judg-
ing the value of their own
business,” said Astrachan.

Often, an owner thinks it’s
worth a lot more or less than
it really is, he said.

“They also need to figure
out what value they derive
from the business that isn’t
financial,” said Astrachan.

“What’s the thing they get
out of it that would be hard-
est to purchase? Lots of
times, the financial offer
might be great, but it just
wouldn’t make up for what
the business adds to your
life.”

room at hotels it owns. At
urban hotels like the Waldorf-
Astoria in New York and the
Hilton Chicago, he said, reve-
nue per available room may
jump even higher.

Joseph R. Greff, lodging
analyst for Bear Stearns, said

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there were “still relatively
healthy supply and demand
relationships” in urban mar-
kets in the United States fre-
quented by business travelers,
despite what he described as a
“slowdown” in certain subur-
ban domestic markets.

Is amending.
a tax return
a good idea? —

BY JOYCE M. ROSENBERG
Associated Press

With income tax filing sea-
son behind them, many small
business owners have grate-
fully gotten back to the more
satisfying parts of running
their companies. Some, how-
ever, have discovered they
need to amend their returns.

Often, the reasons for
amending a return are in a
business owner’s favor — he
or she has forgotten to include
a carryover loss, or omitted
that tax year’s allowable
depreciation on equipment.
But amendments obviously
can also be in the govern-
ment’s favor, for example,
when a business forgets to
report some income.

Some of the same negative
speculation about extensions
of filing deadlines — that they
make a taxpayer more vulner-
able to an IRS audit — exist
about amending returns.
Accountants are split over
whether amending a return
increases the possibility that
the government will give it
even closer scrutiny.

Gordon Spoor, a certified
public accountant in St.
Petersburg, noted that filing an
amended return extends by
three years the amount of time
that the IRS is able to re-exam-
ine and question a return —
including the start of a full
audit. So, even if a business
owner files a return close to
the end of the initial three-
year period that the IRS has to
raise questions, the amend-
ment starts the clock ticking
all over again.

But Spoor doesn’t see an
amended return as throwing a
taxpayer into audit jeopardy,
and says fear shouldn’t stop a
business owner from filing
that new return.

“It is not going to attract all
the interest at the IRS service
center that day,” Spoor said.
“They’re overworked and
there are legitimate reasons to
amend a return.”

But Jeffrey Chazen, a tax
partner at the accounting firm
Eisner LLP in New York, said
of filing an amended return, “it
doesn’t mean there’s anything
wrong with the return, but it
does mean another person
looks at it and says, ‘This looks
funny, why is this person fil-
ing?’ I always felt it increases

your chances of an audit.”

If the mistake is in the gov-.
ernment’s favor, accountants
agree that the best course is to
file an amended return as soon
as possible, although it’ll be
painful to have to pay more
tax as well as late payment
penalties and interest.

If you don’t amend the
return, well, that’s dishonest.
And it could cost you more if
and when the government
catches you, since penalties
and interest will be higher.

But if you own up to your
mistake and amend the return,
Spoor said the government
might be willing to waive
some of those charges because
you’re showing them your
good faith.

The decision gets a little
more complicated when the
mistake is in your favor.
Accountants will generally
advocate going after any
money that’s coming to you —
and, if it turns out you over-
paid your taxes, you'll get the
money back with interest.

Spoor noted, however, that
depending on how much you’d
get back, you might want to
consider if amending a return
is worth the time and money
you need to spend on prepar-
ing the return yourself, or hav-
ing a tax professional do it.

He also noted that if the
return with the mistake will
affect taxes in subsequent
years, then it can be critical to
amend it.

Small business owners who
attach their business returns
such as Schedule C to their
1040 forms will need to use
Form 1040X, Amended U.S.
Individual Income Tax
Return. The form and separate
instructions can be down-
loaded from the IRS website,
www.irs.gov.

Much of the form involves
calculations, but the second
page contains a section where
you must explain why you're
amending your return. You
must attach documents that
support your explanation.

The IRS says that if you’re
claiming a refund as a result of
amending your return, you
generally must file Form
1040X within three years from
the date you filed your original
return or within two years
from the date you paid your
tax, whichever is later.






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MONDAY, MAY 21, 2007, PAGE 5B





overnment must ‘lead’
on regulatory reforms

Hi By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business

Reporter

he Bahamian gov-
ernment has to
determine when a
single regulator will

IN THE SUPREME COURT
Common Law Divison

BETWEEN

BY ORDER OF THE COURT

to compel you to obey the same.

Ferreira & Company
Chambers

Kemp Building

#39 East Street, North
Nassau, Bahamas

Attorney for the Second Defendant



COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS





MICHAEL V. MALONE
AND

MERLE RODGERS

ORDER FOR SUBSTITUTED SERVICE

Dated the 27th day of April A.D. 2007.
Before the Honourable John Lyons Justice of the Supreme Court
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

UPON THE APPLICATION of the Plantiff herein.

UPON READING the Afftidavit of Mr. Jack Davis.

UPON HEARING Mr. Ronald S.E.A. Ferreira Esq. Counsel and
Attorney-at-Law for the Plaintiff herein.

IT IS HEREBY ORDERD that the Plantiff have leave to issue

_and serve any Pleadings, Judgements or Orders herein, Pursuant
to the Rules of The Supreme Court herein, Pursuant to the Rules
of The Supreme Court Order 61, rule 4 (0.61, r4) and such service
be effective by inserting and publishing an advertisement to the
above named Defendant, Merle Rodgers in a local Nassau daily
on two occassions one week apart.

AND that such advertisement so published shall be deemed to be
good and sufficient service of any such Pleadings, Judgements or

Orders on the Defendant, Merle Rodgers.

AND that the costs of this application be costs in the cause.

REGISTRAR
= PENAL NOTICE

TAKE NOTICE that should you Merle Rodgers, Defendant fail to
obey the above Order you will be liable to process of Execution

Dated this 17th day of May A.D., 2007
BY ORDER OF THE COURT

REGISTRAR

be established, the Central
Bank of the Bahamas in-house
legal counsel said, adding that
while there is not a deadline
for this decision, when the
country is assessed by the
international community it will
take note of any action taken.

Rochelle Deleveaux,









2007



CLE/GEN/ No.00131













Plaintiffs










Defendant





















































addressing the Bahamas Insti-
tute of Financial Services week
of seminars, said that when
international bodies such as
the International Monetary
Fund (IMF) review the coun-
try’s performance, they will
note the time that has passed
and what progress has been
made on regulatory consolida-
tion and streamlining.

For some time there has
been talk of merging all the
regulators from five to two,
with enhanced powers to work
together. Among the models
assessed have been that of one
‘super regulator’, like the
Financial Services Authority
(FSA) in the UK, and the ‘twin
peaks’ model.

The latter would involve the
creation of two regulators. The
Central Bank would remain as
the regulator of banks and

trust companies, but all others
- the Securities Commission,
Registrar of Insurance, Com-

pliance Commission and

Inspector of Financial and Cor- .

porate Services Providers - be
merged into another, single
supervisory body.

Ms Deleveaux said the
industry has known for several
years that some action will
have to be taken on regulatory
consolidation, but acknowl-
edged that it will take the Gov-
ernment and political initiative
to make the final decision.

Ms Deleveaux said that at
this stage, consulation with the
industry was abscliely essen-
tial.

“We have not had the wide
consultation and discussion,
which is needed, but the Gov-
ernment has to be the leader.”
she added.

Ms Deleveaux said both the
Christie and Ingraham admin-
istrations are aware of the need
to move towards regulatory
harmonisation.

“Tt is now time to roll up our
sleeves and get to work. A
decision has to be taken, she
added.

Ms Deleveaux sitthere
needed to be an appropriate
transitional period and inte-
grated approach to ensure a
smooth change in the way
things were done when regu-
latory consolidation finally
happened.

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#1 newspaper in
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NOTICE

The Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas is
seeking a suitably qualified company to provide

| Air-conditioning Maintenance Services for its three (3)

plants located in New Providence.

Interested parties should contact Mrs. Sharnett
Ferguson, Executive Assistant to The General
Manager at 242-502-3945, between the hours of |
Ya.m.- 5p.m., Monday to Friday to collect a copy of the
Tender documents, from our headquarters located on
Harcourt (Rusty) Bethel Drive, formerly 3rd Terrace,
Centreville, Nassau.

Bids must be returned in a sealed envelope to
Mrs. Ferguson No Later Than Thursday, May 31, 2007.





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THE COLLEGE OF THE BAHAMAS

STAFF VACANCIES

Applications are invited from suitably qualified individuals for the following positions:

CLERK II - CEES

Applicants must possess an Office Assistant’s Certificate, OR two (2) passes at B.G.C.S.E. level

in English Language and Mathematics at Grade “C”, R.S.A. II or C.O.B Typing II for Typist I, and
R.S.A. II, AND at least five years of relevant work experience or an Associate Degree in the relevant :

area.

Salary Grade: CSS-2 Salary Scale: $17,170 x $500 TO $25,670

COMPUTER OPERATOR I

The successful candidate will report to the Operations Supervisor and perform the following duties: i

¢ Assist with maintenance of enterprise-wide data architecture

¢ Creation of adhoc reports for various departments and schools
* Assist users with problems assigned by the Help Desk

¢ Computer Lab supervision and maintenance

¢ Maintain register of all equipment maintained by the a Information Services Seiad i

e Maintain software database

¢ Assist with mass data entry projects

¢ Commitment to systems databases and Network security
° Effectively interface with and respond to users.

° Perform other related duties as required.

Qualifications/experience

Bachelor degree in Computer Information Systems. Previous working experience in Database

maintenance using Access, AS/400, SQL.would be considered. Experience in AS/400, PowerCampus,

ODBC, DB2/400 would be advantageous. Experience in a customer support environment.

Abilities should include initiative, independence, adaptability, a team player, strong interpersonal

and communication skills.

Salary Grade: DPS-3 Salary Scale: $19,490 x $500 - $26,490

COMPUTER OPERATOR II

The successful candidate will report to the Operations Supervisor and perform the following duties:

¢ Assist with administration and maintenance of enterprise-wide data architecture

¢ Database administration of production SQL and Microsoft Access applications

¢ Physical and Logical database design, rebuilds, troubleshooting and performance tuning
¢ Analysis and resolution of end user and system reported problems

¢ Develop database monitoring and tuning strategies

¢ Monitor database and system backups

¢ Computer Lab supervision and maintenance

¢ Commitment to systems databases and Network security

¢ Effectively interface with and respond to users.

¢ Perform other related duties as required.

Qualifications/experience

Bachelor degree in Computer Information Systems. Working experience in Database Administration

using Access, AS/400, SQL would be considered. Experience in AS/400, PowerCampus, ODBC,

DB2/400 would be advantageous. Experience in a customer support environment. Abilities should
include initiative, independence, adaptability, a team player, strong interpersonal and communication i

skills.
Salary Grade: DPS-4 Salary Scale: $20,940 x $600 - $28,740

Interested candidates should submit a detailed resume and a cover letter of interest, giving

_ full particulars of qualifications and experience no later than May 25, 2007 to:

The Director
Human Resources
The College of The Bahamas
P. O. Box N-4912
Nassau, Bahamas

Visit our website at www.cob.edu.bs



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EDUCATING & TRAINING E NS

CENTRE FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION
AND EXTENSION SERVICES

— Summer 2007

EFFECTIVE POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS

Computer Offerings

This workshop is designed to provide participants with an overview of the fundamentals of Microsoft
PowerPoint. It focuses on developing effective and dynamic PowerPoint presentations.

Pre-requisite: None

Begins: Thursday, 31** May 2007

Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm

Duration: 1 day ‘
Venue: CEES Computer Lab

Fees: $160.00

WEBPAGE DESIGN WORKSHOP

This course, which targets persons who would like to create their personal
web pages will cover Web page creation, Web site management, and
HTML. Specific topics will include Formatting, Graphics, Multimedia,
Forms and Tables and hosting of web pages.

Course Description:

-Participants must be computer literate and have a basic knowledge of

Pre-requisite:
word-processin

Begins: Thursday, 14" & 15" June 2007
Time: ~ 9:30am — 4:30pm

Duration: 2days —

Venue: CEES Computer Lab

Fees: $550.00

ENQUIRIES: Contact the Co-coordinator at Tel: (242) 302-4300 ext 5201
5202 5205 or email: www.cob.edu.bs, fees are included with the exception of
the application fee of $40.00 (one time). When submitting application, kindly
provide copies of the first four pages of your passport. CEES reserves the right
to change Tuition, Fees, Course Content, Course Schedule and Course

The College of The Bahamas
Culinary and Hospitality Management Institute
Professional Pastry Workshops
May 16-25, 2007

Featuring Certified Master Pastry Chef
Bo Friberg of California



SCHEDULE CHANGE

The College of The Bahamas advises of the following changes to the schedule of
Paotessional aa Workshops with enc Bo ae ae 16-25, at

Nassau

The Marzipan Workshop scheduled to be held Thursday, May 24th in Nassau will
now take place on Wednesday, May 23 at the Culinary and Hospitality Management
Institute on Thompson Boulevard. ;

Freeport, Grand Bahama
The Plated Desserts Workshop scheduled to be held in Freeport, Grand Bahama

on Wednesday, May 23rd has been rescheduled to Thursday, May 24 at the Best
Westin Resort.

Both sessions run from 8:30am to 12:30pm as previously announced.

The College regrets any inconvenience due to this schedule change.

: COMMENCEMENT ACTIVITIES 2007

NORTHERN CAMPUS

THEME: “THE WAIT IS OVER WALK INTO YOUR SEASON”

EVENT
Honours Convocation

Graduation Rehearsal

Baccalaureate Service

Graduates’ Award Breakfast

pees . Commencement



registration.

DATE LOCATION

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Thursday, May 17, 2007 Northern Campus Grounds

Convention Centre,
Our Lucaya

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Church of God of Prophecy
Community at Heart
Tabernacle, Coral Road

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Salon IJ, Convention Center,
Our Lucaya

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Convention Center,
Our Lucaya

Thursday, June 7, 2007

COMMENCEMENT ACTIVITIES 2007

NASSAU
THEME: “THE WAIT IS OVER WALK INTO YOUR SEASON”

EVENT: DATE

Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Honours Convocation
Nursing Pinning Ceremony
Rehearsal
Baccalaureate Service

Graduates’ Dinner Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Thursday, May 31, 2007
Thursday, May 31, 2007

Commencement
President/Alumni Reception



TIME

7:00pm
7:00pm
6:00pm
7:00pm

7:00pm
10:00am

Immediately Following
Commencement Ceremony

LOCATION

Bahamas Faith Ministries, Carmichael Rd.
BCPOU Auditorium, Farrington Road
Bahamas Faith Ministries, Carmichael Rd.
Golden Gates World Outreach Ministry
Carmichael Rd.

Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort & Spa,
Cable Beach

Bahamas Faith Ministries, Carmichael Rd.
Bahamas Faith Ministries, Carmichael Rd.

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President Janyne M Hodder is one of two persons who will
be honoured by Bishop’s University of Lennoxville, Quebec,
Canada, where she served as Principal and Vice Chancellor
for nine years from 1995 to 2004.

At Bishop’s Convocation on Saturday, June 9, 2007,
President Hodder will be awarded the Degree of Doctor of
Civil Law (Honoris Causa) in recognition of her stellar
contributions to the growth of the University. The other
awardee for the honorary doctorate will be an award-.
winning novelist, historian and essayist, Mr Ronald Wright.

Bee Pah

COB celebrates with our president this signal honour being
paid to her.

[COME To CAMP COR

JULY 2 - JULY 13, 2007
~9,30AM- 2:30PM (MON. - FRI.)
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FOR ADDITIONAL INFO,
PLEASE CONTACT
CAMPUS LIFE DEPARTMENT
302-4525/302-4592,
REGISTER NOW AS SPACE IS LIMITED



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Dinner Menu (Platinum Tickets)

Shredded Beef Quesadillas
With Sweet Pepper Jelly & Jalapeno Cream

African Fried Avocado Bites
With Tomato-Date Jam & Tamarind Vinaigrette

Cuban Ham Croquettes
With Mango Aioli

Bahamian Conch & Crab Cakes
With Voodoo Cocktail Sauce & Pepper Jelly

Cuban Roast Pork
With Cilantro Aioli on Plantain Rounds

Sirloin steak, Aji Amarillo & Mushroom Spring Rolls
With Chimichurri Sauce

Cuban Style Yucca Chips
& Garlic-Herb Monitor

Columbo & Banana Roasted Chicken Samosas
& Mango Salsa

Pumpkin & Black-Eyed Pea Accras
With Creole Sauce

Hors d’oeuvresTable (Gold Tickets)

Cuban Cream Cheese, Guavas & Crackers
Mozambiquian Potato & Fish Spread
Rum-Pickled Chillis & Toasted Naan Chips
An Assortment of Latino & European Cheeses
Selection of Fresh Tropical Fruit

All residents of North Eleuthera inteve ted in Ohne the Ga
Phase Electrical course with The College of The Bahamas, which
begins on 8 June, 2007, are asked to contact Tomacena Albury at

Spanish Wells All Age School at 935: ie or a 4052, eOncernins

regisueber








CHAPTER ONE BOOKSTORE
THOMPSON BOULEVARD |
3:00 - 6:00 P.M.
LN aN asses

RENOWNED MASTER PASTRY CHEF
Will autograph his two best-selling cookbooks,
The Professional Pastry Chef and
The Advanced Pastry Chef,
which have been called classics
for the twenty-first century.

- 7:00 P.M. MONDAY THRU SATURDAY



OPEN 7:00 A.M

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UNDER THE STARS”





“Poincian:

Band $ ell - i
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FABULOUS MUSIC
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CASH BAR

| TICKETS ON SALE AT

CHAPTER ONE BOOKSTORE and

in THE OFFICE OF COMMUNICATION, Block A
Oakes Field Campus

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Gala Concert and Dinner - $175 | For reservations,
Includes Gala Concert and Dinner | sponsorship opportunities
Gold - $80 and further information,

includes Gala Concert & Hors d’Oeuvres






please call



Office of Communication
General Admission ~ $50 | at telephones

Student Admission (with COB 1D) - $25 | 302.4304/4353/4354/4366

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Show Producer - Roscoe Dames “Mr Jazz”
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A FAB C CONCERT New Washingtonian Orchestra

Friday, June 15, ae from the famed

7:00 p.m. Duke Ellington School of the Arts
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Hands-on demonstrations with |

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renowned percussionist



Been

SESSIONS Bujo Kevin Jones



: Drummers Clinic (2 hours}
Friday, June 15, 2007

10:00am to 12:00 noon
and
_2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Contact
Office of Communication
302.4304
302.4366 Roscoe Dames

302.4353 | The Music Business
From The ipande & to The World

Nicki Gonzalez
The Tricks & Traps of a Solo Career
(1 hour]

Phillip Martin
Pursuing your dream and a
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June 1 deadline
for Kerzner’s

Hurricane Hole
Plaza takeover

FROM page 1

“end of January 2008, the
“exception being the popular
News Cafe, which has been
given until the end of February
2008.
It is understood that all
Hurricane Hole Shopping
Plaza tenants were told to pay
*their monthly rent to Giselle
‘Pyfrom, Kerzner Internation-
al’s in-house attorney, and
Kerzner directly, and that any
‘questions they had were to be
. «directed to her.
* The Tribune revealed that
“Kerzner International had
agreed a deal in principle to
‘purchase the Hurricane Hole
- Shopping Plaza earlier this
* year. Subsequently, George
» Markantonis, Kerzner Inter-
* national ( Bahamas ) presi-
dent, told a Rotary Club meet-
ing that the company had
‘indeed agreed to acquire the
~Hurricane Hole Shopping
“Plaza , planning to completely
renovate it and convert it into
something similar to its Mari-
‘na Village complex.
» Residential condos would be
» added above the Plaza’s new
* retail offering, complementing
-the Hurricane Hole marina,
which Kerzner International
_acquired two years ago from
«Driftwood and its financial
‘backer, Lehman Brothers pri-
vate equity arm.
It is unclear whether any of

the existing businesses in the
Hurricane Hole Shopping
Plaza , which include a food
store, a variety of tourist-type
souvenir stores, Gigi’s Restau-
rant and the News Café — the
latter acting largely as its
anchor property — are included
in Kerzner International’s
plans once renovations are
completed.

Several of the existing ‘Stall:
ers have privately voiced con-
cerns to The Tribune that they
would probably be unable to
afford the rental rates Kerzner
International is likely to
charge, the Atlantis and One
& Only Ocean Club owner
likely to be targeting interna-
tional, upscale retail brands,
thus pricing them out of the
market and forcing them to
look for new leasehold loca-
tions.

While Kerzner International
is likely to transform the Hur-
ricane Hole Shopping Plaza
into yet another superior prod-
uct, given its track record on
Paradise Island , the deal is
likely to cause some concern
about the level of control and
domination it enjoys on the
island, as well as the fate of

‘small, Bahamian-owned busi-

nesses.

No one would argue that
Kerzner International has been
good for the Bahamas and
transformed its economy, res-
cuing it from the moribund
state it had fallen into under
the Pindling administration,

Register early for these rare development
opportunities in pastry making for professionals,
students, entrepreneurs and pastry enthusiasts!

but the removal of the exist-
ing retail tenants from the
Hurricane Hole Shopping
Plaza could create fears that
Bahamian-owned businesses
are being squeezed off Par-

_ adise Island .

The Hurricane Hole Shop-
ping Plaza has long been a tar-
get for Kerzner International,
not just because of its proxim-
ity to the marina and the fact it
would complement any
improvements there, but
because it also gives the com-
pany control of a swathe of
Paradise Island that stretches
from the north shore to the
south shore.

The purchase price paid by
Kerzner International has nev-
er been disclosed, although
some reports have suggested
it could be as high as $25 mil-
lion. Other observers, though,
believe it is likely to be in the
$15-$18 million range.

The sellers are a consortium
featuring attorneys Emanuel
Alexiou and Colin Callender.
Mr Alexiou, a partner in Alex-
iou, Knowles & Co, is also
chairman of A. F. Holdings,
the former Colina Financial
Group, while Mr Callender is
managing partner at Callen-
ders & Co.

The pair have worked
together on other business ven-
tures, among them the Pan Ed

Investments group that bought .

a controlling 62 per cent stake

. in the Nassau Guardian in Jan-

uary 2003.

MONDAY, MAY 21, 2007, PAGE 9B





NAD





UNCLAIMED VEHICLES AT
LYNDEN PINDLING INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Nassau Airport
Development Company

The following vehicles have been in the vehicle compound at the Lynden Pindling International Airport for
over a year and remain unclaimed. Owners will have until May 31, 2007 to claim and remove their vehicles
after which time the vehicles will be sold or scrapped. Anyone claiming a vehicle must contact NAD at the
address below prior to May 31, 2007, provide proof of ownership and pay towing and storage fees.

Anyone wishing to purchase any of the vehicles which remain unclaimed after May 31S are asked to
submit a sealed bid to the address below also by May 315. Any sale of vehicle is based on ‘as is’ and
‘where is’ condition. Neither the Nassau Airport Development Company Limited nor the Airport Authority
assumes any liability or responsibility for the condition of purchased vehicles. Purchasers will have 48
hours to remove the vehicles from the compound.

Vehicles can be viewed between noon and 2:00pm on Wednesday May 23" or Thursday May 24" at the
compound located beside the parking exit booth for Terminal 1 (domestic/international) parking.

MAKE & COLOUR LICENSE # REGISTRATION CONDITION & TIME UNCLAIMED = =
Black Nissan Sentra License # 46537 No Disc Very Poor - One Year .
White Chevrolet License # 145716 Lionel Wilson Very Poor- One Year

Ceiebrity

Maroon Plymouth License # 152373 No Disc Fair - Two Years

Voyager Van

Gold Toyota Yaris License # 158125 Rose Marie Sawyer —_ Fair - One Year

White Suzuki License # 107103 No Disc Poor - Four Years

Sidekick

White Toyota License # 2111 No Disc Very Poor -Damaged

Corolla

Grey Dodge License # 43808 No Disc Poor -Three Years

Blue ChevroletS10 License # T 24519 James Morley Fair - One Year

Nassau Airport Dev elopment Company Limited
Attn. Parking & Ground Transportation
P.O, Box AP-59229
Lynden Pindling International Airport
Nassau, Bahamas
TEL. # (242) 377-0209 FAX. # (242) 377-0294



TRAINING B.

THE COLLEGE OF THE BAHAMAS

THE PAT VN & HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE
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GEORGETOWN, EXUMA

Tuesday, May 22

Advanced Petit Fours

Four Seasons Sugar Kitchen

Professionals & General Public
. Max. 24

Fees: $100.00 (Student)

$225.00 (BHA)

$250.00 (General Public]



NASSAU, NEW PROVIDENCE
Thursday, May 17

Plated Desserts

| CHMI Main Kitchen
Professionals

Max. 24

Fees: $100.00 (Student)

$ 175.00 (BHA)

$200.00 (General Public)

Friday, May 18
Specialty Cakes

CHMI Main Kitchen
Professionals

Max. 24

Fees: $100.00 (Student)
$200.00 (BHA)

$225.00 (General)

FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA
Wednesday, May 23

Plated Desserts

Best Westin Hotel

Students, Professionals & General
Public

Max. 24

Fees: $100.00 (Student)

$175.00 (BHA)

| Monday, May 21 | $200.00 (General Public]

| Basic Cake Decoration ©
CHMI Main Kitchen
General Public

Max. 24

Fees: $100.00 (Student)
$185.00 (BHA)

$210.00 (General Public)

10% discount will be granted to

persons who register for three or

more sessions. e pis ie
CHEF BO FRIBERG is a certified
Master Pastry Chef with over 40

years of professional experience

|in the industry and has taught

| baking and pastry courses to all

| levels of students - from beginners

and Europe, and was Pastry Chef
for Swedish American Lines
Cruise Ships. In addition, he has
demonstrated his pastry artistry
on television shows including

the two highly acclaimed public
television series Cooking Secrets
of the CIA, and Cooking at The
Academy, as well as NBC's Today
Show and the locally produced
Bay Cafe. Chef Bo’s celebrated
cookbook The Professional Pastry
Chef, has now been revised to its
Fourth Edition, with the expanded
material divided into a two-volume
set, Fundamentals of Baking

and Pastry and The Advanced
Professional Pastry Chef.

Session Details
e Materials will be provided
e Participants are to bring small
pastry tools
¢ Continuing Education Units will
be granted for all sessions.
e CEU's accepted by the American | to seasoned professionals - since
Culinary Federation 1978. Chef Ba [as his students call
hirn} currently holds the position
of Department Chair of the Baking
and Pastry Programme at the
"Professional Culinary Institute in
| Campbell, California. He graduated
from the Confectionery Association
| School of Sweden and holds a
degree as a Master Confectioner.
| He has worked in both small shops
; and large retail and wholesale
/ A operations in the United States

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BANKS, from 1

‘ ally favoured a location off prone areas. key systems and functions Bahamas-based stafftoanoth- questions regarding commit- .
: Tonique Williams-Darling Disaster recovery and busi- operational in the event of a er country for two to three . ment and financial support °
ery would be spending atleast Highway , behind Furniture ness continuity planning have _ disaster. Other potential cata- months or longer. Asa result, were raised.
$1 000- $2,000 per month on Plus, as the National Recov- become key issues for Bahami- _strophes include fires, such as bank and trust companies Mr Glinton said Bayside
this. ery Centre’s site, due toitscen- an businesses, especially the 2001 Straw Market fire. needed to find an alternative Executive Park , the Blake ©
Construction would take tral location, proximity to Bahamas-based banks and Mr Knowles said the idea _ business continuity site in the Road complex from where +
between 12-18 months, with major roads, and relatively — trust companies, given the sys- came from the work of the Bahamas. Pictet and Oceanic Bank &
Mr Knowles saying he person- high ground away from flood- _ temic risk posed to the finan- Bahamas Financial Services “We need four large people Trust operated, had two gen-
‘ cial system from major disas- | Board’s (BFSB) business con- and we will go ahead,” Mr ___ erators and stores of 4,000 gal-
: ters. tinuity working group, adding: Glinton said. “The more peo- _lons of diesel fuel and 55,000
“It was deemed necessary that _ ple we get, the larger the build- gallons of reverse osmosis '
Efforts we could come up with a_ ing and the costs will come water. ee
National Recovery Centre asa ~ down. We’re really trying to He added that it was a “big =
Efforts in these areas have viable alternative for disaster _ get this going. It’s really impor- mistake, a huge mistake” for '
been given added impetus by _ recovery. tant for our jurisdiction. Bahamian businesses to estab-
~ the $3.4 billion worth of dam- “It’s in its infancy stage, but “We need two to three _ lish off-site recovery centres at
° age Hurricane Ivan inflicted _ it is a possibility, and a lot of it . banks the size of Pictet, twoto storage facilities, as they were
t on the Cayman Islands in 2004, . relies on companies such as _ three large clients.” not built for that type of usage.
‘ a competitor financial centre yourselves.” “It is my hope the Central * =
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7 for hurricanes, which are Centre proposal with Larry Mr Knowles added that able plan,” Mr Glinton said.
‘ increasing in frequency and Glinton, of Pictet Bank & some form of private sector The National Recovery Cen-
ESSAY COMPETITION severity, meaning that ‘Trust ( Bahamas ), who told consortium had to be formed tre would be purpose-built, i
: Bahamas-based financial ser- the BICA seminar that in the to drive the National Recov- withredundantsystemsacen- ~
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business continuity plan that was not cost-effective andfea- _ bring the vision to reality. “If business clients to keep their | ~
EIGHT ANNUAL PUBLIC will enable them to keep their sible to relocate 20-30 we could get six to 10 clients key systems and data fully |, .
5 who need 1,000 or 500 square _ operational in the event of a . ”
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The Ministry of the Public Service, will
host an Essay Competition as one of the
activities for Eight Annual Public Service
Week. The Competition is open to Junior
and Senior High School Students.

Students interested in participating should
:_ write a 250-300 words (Junior High),

_-and 450-500 words (Senior High), essay
‘on the topic: “The Public Service -

Workplace”.

October, 2007.

FR Ger OC FR eR Re eR KE ens eee eT EM REUTER RNP ee Ee

Promoting Quality Service in the

The deadline for entries, which should
be referred to the attention of Ms.
Antionette Thompson, Deputy Permanent
Secretary, Ministry of the Public Service,
is Friday, 22nd June, 2007.

A Dell Desktop 2400 computer with a
scanner, copier and printer will be
awarded to the winner ‘in each category.

The winners will be announced during
the Eight Annual Public Service Week
Awards Ceremony scheduled for 6th







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COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
IN THE SUPREME COURT
Family Divison

BETWEEN

1996

FAM/div/FP/33

MARIE DARLING

Petitioner

AND

JULIUS DARLING

Respondent

NOTICE

TO; JULIUS DARLING
Nassau, Bahamas

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Recovery Centre could also
,generate other revenue
* Streams, such as acting as a
drop-in ‘facility for company
back-up security tapes.

Mr Knowles said 20 per cent
of respondents to a BFSB sur-
vey in 2005 had said they were
“very interested” in a National
Recovery Centre, but that
appeared to evaporate when

steel.
The National Recovery Cen-
tre would feature Internet and

phone services from Cable _

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works, and have two genera-
tors, two air conditioning sys-
tems, a reverse Osmosis sys-
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TAKE NOTICE that, by Order of Mr. Justice Maynard, Acting Justice of the Supreme Court,
dated the 19 day of April, A.D,, 2007, it was ordered that personal service upon you of the
Surnmons in this action which i scheduled to be heard before the said Justice on Wednesday the

6 day of June, A.D,, 2007 at 11:00 o'clock in the forenoon, in Chambers at the Supreme Court, We wish to inform the general ss

public that effective Monday, May !
14, 2007, the LAW CHAMBERS |:
OF MELISA HALL & CO. will be |
relocating to Cumberland Court] '
situate at #1 Cumberland Street | -
which is next to Majestic Tours,
South of British Colonial Hilton
Hotel. Our telephone number J -.
325-5741 remains thesame. __

KINGSWAY ACADEMY

Supreme Court Building, Garnet Levarity Justice Centre, Mall Drive, Freeport, Grand Bahama be
Vacancies for Teachers for September 2007 wn en * S

Kingsway Academy is seeking applicants for teaching Bk OR it ae en epicenter es eae ee

positions in the following areas:

ESLEMEN TARY:

Physical Education Teacher

Music Teacher

Teacher for grades 1 through six
!

HIGH SCHOOL
Religious Studies/Christian Values
Mathematics) Information Technology
Mathematics, Physics
Phy sics/ Biology
I'rench and Spanish or Literature
English language and Literature
i “ood and Nutrition. Needlework: Art
4 Male Physical Education
| Business Studies (Accounts and Office Procedures)

Tribune of this Notice and of the reciting Order, should be deemed good and sutficient service

upon you.
AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE that should you fail to appear on the hearing at the Hime and

place stated above the Court may make such Order and such judgment against you as the Court

a@ea

deems just,

LOCKHART & MUNROE
Attorneys for the Petitioner

VEese r

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High School applicants should be qualified and willing Pricing Information As Of:

to teach to the BGCSE, S.A.T. IJ, and AP level with at : . — ST omar = ,
Idast a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent, with 6 years p
experience at High School level in the particular subject ;



Abaco Markets -0.282 0.000 ts
area along witha Teacher’ s Certificate. A Masters Degree Banani Prepare Rubd 1548 0.400 :
in education, in teaching and learning or the content area, Bank of Bahamas 0.737 0.260 -

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would be an asset.All successful candidates should have Bere ee Waele boas. “01686 <
the following: Fidelity Bank 0.067. ~—-0.020 “
i Cable Bahamas 0.949 0.240
: : see . Colina Holdings 0.245 0.080
¢ An Academic Degree in the area of specialization Commonwealth Bank P1292. » “0:680
eA Ty hi Cc ifi Consolidated Water BDRs 0.112 0.049
“ eac ng ertificate Doctor's Hospital 0.234 0.000
¢ Excellent Communication Skills Famguard 0.69% _ 0.240 :
: 7 Finco 0.779 0.570 «
eA love for children and learning FirstCaribbean 0.977. 0.500 °
i j Focol 1.657 0.520 is
* High standards of morality pe oned Canciala -0.432 0.000 »
° Be a born again Christian ICD Utilities 0.532 «0.100 2
; J. S. Johnson - ic aes »
Letters of application together with a recent color :
photograpgh and detailed “Curriculum Vita (including SGRSES S Da aKSTS of
the names and addresses of at least three references, Caribbean Crossings (Pref) *
one being the name of one’s church minister) should be RND Holdings
forwarded to: 19.4
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Ms. Kelcine Hamilton ___Fund Name __N A
; Colina Money Market Fund
Academy Affairs Manager Fidelity Bahamas G & | Fund
° ° Colina MSI Preferred Fund :
Kingsway Academy Business Office : ‘ Colina Bond Fund : ane
Bernard Road 11.4 a ane ee .
OF GER GLOSS TOTS UID me Se ee epee ates :

Nassau, Bahamas

YIELD - - last 12 month dividends divided by closing price

Bid $ - Buying price of Colina and Fidelity

Ask $ - Selling price of Colina and fidelity

Last Price - Last traded over-the-counter price

Weekly Vol. - Trading volume of the prior week

EPS $ - Acompany’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

BISX ALL SHARE INDEX - 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00
52wk-Hi - Highest closing price In last 52 weeks
52wk-Low - Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks
Previous Close - Previous day's welghted price for dally volume
Today's Close - Current day's welghted price for dally volume
Change - Change in closing price from day to day
Daily Vol. - Number of total shares traded today
§ DIV S$ - Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months
P/E - Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings

“MARKET TERMS

Salaries would be commensurate with qualifications and * +4 May 2007

experience. WEN ye

*** ~ 30 April 2007 e
*** - 30 April 2007

- 30 April 2007

AO TRADE CALL: COLINA 242-502-7016 7 FIDELITY 242-356-7764 / FOR MORE DATA & ANFORMATION CALL (242) 384-2503 _ 0 ia





THE TRIBUNE



MONDAY, MAY 21, 2007, PAGE 11B

AOL, Comcast block BTC e-mails

FROM page 1

week after week that I am
unable to send messages to
addresses @aol.com. All are
returned with a Postmaster
Failure Message that says:
“Message could not be deliv-
ered to domain aol.com.
Response 554.”

He added: “The sip-sip has
been that US servers are fed
up with the huge volume of
spam that is originating on
Batelnet, so their junk mail
software is simply tuned to
reject everything from Batel-
net. It seems doubtful that
local users would originate
such volumes. Therefore, are
some foreigners finding it use-
ful to originate here and avoid
some tighter regulatory atmos-
phere elsewhere?

“Repeated written com-
plaints and request for assur-
ance from management at
BTC that the situation will be
resolved go unanswered. For
a variety of valid reasons, I
would prefer not to change my
server, but BTC service is
intolerable.”

The problem is far from
being “sip-sip”. Tellis Symon-
ette, BTC’s vice-president of
wireless and broadband, con-
- firmed to The Tribune that the
company’s Batelnet ISP — and
all its clients - is currently
being blocked by AOL and
Comcast servers due to the fact
it is being abused by spammers
and junk mail senders.

Mr Symonette admitted that
“it has been difficult for us to
identify” the spammers using
BTC’s ISP and associated
infrastructure.

He added that the company
was upgrading its Internet sys-
tem and within the next two
months “should have equip-
ment in place” that would help
it identify the culprits more



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with knowledge of the Marine Industry.
Must be self driven.

quickly.

Identifying the spammers
“as quickly as- possible before it
becomes an issue” with other
ISPs, Mr Symonette said, and
then taking action to remove
them would ensure that other
international ISPs did not
block IP addresses using Batel-
net.

When told that Batelnet cus-
tomers had been complaining
about the problem since Octo-
ber/November 2006, some sev-
en months ago, Mr Symonette:
said it was an “on again, off
again” problem for BTC. As
soon as they identified one set
of spammers and blocked
them, another group would
start up or the one blocked
find a new way to misuse
Batelnet.

International servers would
unblock BTC as soon as the
company showed Batelnet had
taken action against spam, but
was reinstating the block once
spam started up again.

Mr Symonette said BTC
wanted to use “a proactive
approach in taking action at
the front-end here in the
Bahamas”, but acknowledged
that the problems the ‘block-
ing’ by international servers
had caused to legitimate Batel-
net customers were likely to
have seen some switch to oth-
er ISPs. He said he could pro-
vide no numbers, though.

“AOL is currently blocking
e-mails from Batelnet’s ISP,”
Mr Symonette said. “What is
going on right now is that we
are in active mode to have that
removed from AOL, and we
expect that to happen in anoth-
er 24 hours.

“As we identify people who
ate spamming, we remove
them from the network or take
action against them. We then
write to them [AOL] in that
regard, to allow e-mails to go
through from BTC.”

One BTC business.customer




NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that MATTHIEU PREVILON of
FIRE TRAIL ROAD, P.O. BOX SB-50076, 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

i twenty-eight days from the 14th day of May, 2007 to the
.Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box

N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas. .

Baker's Bay

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Great Guana Cay, Abaco
The Bahamas

Employment Opportunity

STAFF ACCOUNTANT -

The successful candidate will meet the following requirements:

Qualifications
B.A. in Accounting

Experience in club or resort development

Key Responsibilities
* Accounts payable
* Cash management
* Job cost entries

* Preparation of accounting reports

* General ledger reconciliation

* Joumal entries

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work in a
growing and dynamic organization to be-a self-starter, team player,
work at the highest standards of performance, and meet deadlines.

If you are progressive and prepared to advance your career, submit

your resume fo the attention of:

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Or by fax at 242-367-0804





who has been disadvantaged
by the whole episode is the
Grand Bahama Chamber of
Commerce’s president,
Christopher Lowe, and the
Chamber itself. Mr Lowe said
he first began experiencing
problems with his Batelnet ser-
vice in October/November
2006, and “gave up” on BTC
after repeated efforts to con-
tact the company for an expla-
nation and assistance proved
fruitless.

Mr Lowe said of BTC:
“They’ve been biocked out
because they’ve been dragging
their feet. It’s been going on
since October/November 2006,
and it just went to hell in Jan-
uary/February. AOL and
Comcast threatened to cut
them off late last year.

“It appears that they have
discovered they were a main
spamming pipeline, and while I
can understand that they are
trying to get control of their
service, the backlash is being
felt by their customers and is
unacceptable.

“They have gone to zero
reliability on their e-mail, and
a large number of their cus-
tomers are having to go to
third party servers such as
yahoo, g-mail and hotmail to
get service.”

Mr Lowe said the whole
episode was undermining the
potential economic value to
the Bahamas of having its own
Internet domain name, ‘.bs’.
“bs is something we should be
proud of. It’s our national iden-
tity on the Internet,” he added.
“It is unique to the Bahamas
and has so much potential, but
they can’t get e-mail straight.

“We at the Chamber made
numerous efforts to contact
them, but there has been no
satisfactory explanation and no
indication wher the problem
might be solved. It’s useless if
you want to communicate with
anyone else in the world.”

Mr Lowe pointed out that
BTC was currently focusing on
the roll-out of new technolo-

gies, such as. Blackberry and
Voice over Internet Protocol
(VoIP), but this episode
showed it had yet to get its
basic infrastructure right.

The Chamber president said
the Batelnet situation would
clearly impact any Bahamian
business relying on its e-mail
service, and could cause havoc
if a company was forced to
switch addresses.

“A lot of businesses have
gone to redundancy with
CoralWave, and are keeping
both services at any time either
one of them could be down,”
Mr Lowe said.

He said his problems with
Batelnet had involved e-mail
messages coming through to
him that were either wiped
completely blank, scrambled
or not associated with the
sender. He was also unable to
retrieve, forward or delete any
e-mails because the total mem-
ory capacity on his system was
used up.

This, though, is not the first
time that spamming has

impacted a Bahamas-based ~

ISP, as Cable Bahamas was
forced to take action against
problems impacting its Coral-
Wave system several years ago.
Again in that instance the
spam and junk mail were orig-
inated from foreigners.

BTC, though, appears to
have done nothing to commu-
nicate the problems to its cus-
tomers. One letter sent to BFC
by a Batelnet client on Febru-
ary 27, 2007, to which no reply
was received, said friends were
“receiving equally unsatisfac-
tory service”.

The episode is likely to
revive calls in some quarters
for BTC’s privatisation to be
speeded up. The new FNM
government is still reviewing
the $260 million offer by Blue-
water Communications Hold-
ings to acquire a 49 per cent
stake in BTC, a deal that was
agreed in primerple by the for-
mer Christie administration
but never sealed.

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} from the 14th day of May, 2007 to the Minister responsible for





NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that ELIZABETH DOREEN j,
CLARIDGE OF RUSSELL ISLAND, P.O. BOX EL 27439,
SPANISH WELLS, ELEUTHERA, 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










Nationality and Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



‘LEGALNOTICE
NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANY NO. 70,945 (B)

MEGA SECURITIES LIMITED -

The undersigned as Liquidator of the above named}
Company, MEGA SECURITIES LIMITED, does hereby give
you notice that under Section 137 (6) of the International;

| Business Companies Act (No45 2 of 2000) that I havefq«
| completed the winding up and dissolution of the Company

and I HEREBY REQUEST that the name of the Company
be struck off the Register and that a Certificate of Dissolution
be issued.

Dated this 18th day of May, 2007.

NOTICE

THE PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVES OF THE
ESTATE OF THE LATE CLIFFORD MCINTOSH. —
ARE ADVISED THAT A SUMMONS TO STRIKE OUT
THE COUNTERCLAIM OF THE LATE CLIFFORD
MCINTOSH IN SUPREME COURT ACTION NO. 793
OF 1994 C. L. SIDE IS SET TO BE HEARD BEFORE
MR. JUSTICE MOHAMMED 2nd FLOOR SUPREME
COURT BUILDING, PUBLIC SQUARE, NASSAU AT
9:30 AM ON MONDAY 13TH AUGUST 2007. PLEASE
CONTACT ATTORNEY CAMILLE CLEARE ON
OR BEFORE WEDNESDAY 1ST AUGUST 2007.

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
IN THE SUPREME COURT
Common Law and Equity Division

IN THE MATTER OF The Quieting Titles Act, 1959
AND

2007
CLE/qui/00241



IN THE MATTER OF ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land being...pocis
Lot Number Sixty Three (63) situate approximately One Hundred and“=f**"
Ten (110) feet West of East Street Grant’s Town in the Southern District : p=
of the Island of New Providence one of the Islands of the Commonwealth â„¢F=
of The Bahamas and bounded on the North by Lilly of the Valley Corner | __
and running thereon Ninety-two and Forty-six Hundredths (92.46) Feet‘ |-'
on the East by. Lot Number 62 1/2 on the plan of Grant’s Town the-'}::
property of the Church of God and running thereon One Hundred and
Fifty-three and Forty-two Hundredth (153.42) feet on the South by Lot
Number Seventy-six (76) on the plan of Grant’s Town filed in the
Department of Lands and Surveys and running thereon Ninety-six and

| Ninety-one (96.91) feet and on the West by Lot Number Sixty-two (62): ‘}''

on the said plan and running thereon One Hundred and Forty-one and :} ’
Thirty-nine Hundredths (141.39) feet. qf.

AND

whe

IN THE MATTER of the Petition of V.G. Clarke and Ross Davis
| (Executors of the Estate of Cecil Alfred Kenny, Deceased) |:

NOTICE

THE PETITION OF V.G. Clarke and Ross Davis (Executors of the: '
Estate of Cecil Alfred Kenny, Deceased) im respect of:-.}:

“ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land being Lot No.63
situated on the southern side of Lily of the Valley Corner and
approximately 110 feet west of East Street in the City of
Nassau, on the Island of New Providence and bounded on the:
North by a 30 feet wide road and running thereon 92.46 feet;

on the South by Lot Number 76 and running thereon 96.91
feet; om the East by Lot Number 65 the property of The Church °
of God and running thereon 153-42 feet; and om the West by ’
Lot Number 62 and running thereon 141.39 feet.” }:

| V. G. Clarke and Ross Davis (Executors of the Estate of Cecil Alfred ‘ .

Kenny, Deceased) claim to be the owners of the unincumbered fee simple }
estate in possession of the said land and has. made application to the
Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas under Section’ '}’
Three (3) of the Quieting Titles Act, 1959 to have their title to the said '}''
land investigated and the nature and extent thereof determined and
declared in a Certificate of Title to be granted by the Court in accordance
with the provisions of the said Act.

Copies of the Petition and the Plan of the said land may be inspected
during normal office hours in the following places:

1. The Registry of the Supreme Court, East Street North in the
City of Nassau, Bahamas; and

2. The Chambers of Lockhart & Munroe, #35 Buen Retiro
Road, off Shirley Street, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that any person having dower or right to dower
or an Adverse Claim or a claim not recognized in the Petition shall on
or before the expiration of Thitty (30) days after the final publication of
these presents, file in the Supreme Court and serve on the Petitioners
or the undersigned a Statement of his claim in the prescribed form verified
by an affidavit to be filed therewith.

Failure of any such person to file and serve a Statement of his Claim on
or before the expiration of Thirty (30) days after the final publication of
these presents will operate as bar to such claim.

LOCKHART & MUNROE
Chambers
#35 Buen Retiro Road

Attorneys for the Petitioners



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PAGE 12B, MONDAY, MAY 21, 2007

DELTEC BANK & TRUST LIMITED

Invites applications for the position of

COMPLIANCE MANAGER

Responsibilities will include (but are not limited to):

Maintaining and developing a robust compliance and control regime in Deltec to
ensure compliance with all relevant laws, regulations, guidelines and internal
policies and procedures

Developing, administering and implementing a stringent compliance program that
monitors and reports on key risk indicators

Implementing a comprehensive self-testing program that is derived from risk
assessment

Reviewing KYC documentation for all new and existing clients

Advising and assisting with the training of staff in regulatory and internal policy
compliance requirements

Reporting to Executive Management, Board of Directors and Group Compliance
Ability ‘o work independently and under pressure to meet deadlines

The successful candidate should have the following qualifications:

A thorough knowledge of all applicable legislation, regulations and guidelines
Minimum Bachelors degree in banking or finance along with either CPA, ABIFS
(formerly ACTB), or International Diploma in Anti Money Laundering and
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Capital markets law

may not comply with
international practices

@ By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter

egislation to regulate
the Bahamian capi-
tal markets and secu-
rities industry may
not be compliant with interna-
tional best practices and stan-
dards, the Securities Commis-
sion’s executive director has
admitted, acknowledging that
there have been delays in bring-
ing forward amendments to the
Securities Industry Act.

Hillary Deveaux said the
Securities Commission hoped
to begin dialogue with the finan-
cial industry on amendments to
the Securities Industries Act
1999 before year-end.

“We thought we would be
able to bring it to the industry
by December of last year, but
we have had financial issues and
the anti-money laundering eval-
uation, which have caused us
some pain in getting the infor-
mation. We are now going to
put together the information to
advise the Ministry of Finance,”
Mr Deveaux said.

He added that the Securities
Commission will consult the
capital markets industry over a
three-month period, and hopes
the entire process can be done
before 2007 year end.

The guest speaker at the
Securities Dealer’s Associa-

tion’s annual general meeting |

(AGM) last Friday, Mr

Deveaux said the Securities:

Commission is recommending
a number of amendments to
give the legislation “teeth”.

He added that the Commis-
sion thought the current legis-
lation may not be compliant
with the International Organi-
sation of Securities Commis-
sions (IOSCO), which sets the
standards for the securities



@ HILLARY DEVEAUX

industry throughout the world.

For instance, he said there
was a provision in the Bahami-
an legislation which talks about
the appointment of the Securi-
ties Commission’s Board mem-
bers. This allows the responsible
government minister to appoint
the Commission’s chairman,
deputy chairman, members of
the Board, executive director
and secretary.

Yet it also says the minister
can dismiss these persons if
he/she wishes. Although this
was never done, it may suggest
the Securities Commission has
no independence.

“We’ve never had political
interference, but it is in writing,
and when IOSCO looks at this,
the principle of independence
is basically compromised here,”
Mr Deveaux said.

He added that it had become
very important to revisit the
Securities Industry Act, with a
view to repealing the 1999 leg-
islation and replacing it with
more effective legislation.

“First of all, it did not con-
form to what we were doing.
When you look at section four
of the Act, it talks about the
mandate, the policy position,
and missing from that is an
important one - investor edu-
cation,” Mr Deveaux said.

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investors, the judiciary and the
political directorate.”

He also pointed out that the
industry was so dynamic that it
was essential that Bahamian
laws be amended to reflect any
changes. '

“Regulators lag behind,
because the ingenuity and the
creativity comes from the indus-
try, and sometimes we have to
be careful that the industry does
not get to far ahead of the reg-
ulators,” Mr Deveaux said.

Another reason was that Ini-
tial Public Offerings had to be
registered. “We register
prospectus, not securities,” he
added of the current situation.

He also indicated that the ~
Securities Commission had had
major difficulties in enforcing
the Act due to a complicated
disclipnary process.

“If there is a contradiction of
the provision, there has to be
an advisory board for further
action. If they believe there are
criminal actions, they can refer
it to the Attorney General’s
Office,” Mr Deveaux said.

However, he said that after
the disclipnary committee
makes a determination, it has
to go, back to the Commission’s
Board, and the disclipnary com-
mittee has members of the
Board on it.

Another point of concern
was the Securities Commission’s
ability to exchange information
as needed with overseas regu-
lators.

“It is important for a juris-
diction like the Bahamas to be
committed to exchanging infor-
mation, because the country is
targeted by so many interna-
tional institutions such as the
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Opposition will
also pursue seats
in the Senate

@ By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter

THE PLP has decided which
constituencies it will contest and
will soon be pursuing those
seats “vigorously” in the elec-
tion courts, former Prime Min-
ister Perry Christie stated yes-
terday on his party’s website.

Hosting an internet chat yes-
terday afternoon, Mr Christie
adamantly denied that he will
be stepping down as PLP leader
now that his party has lost the
government.

As it concerns the possibility
of contesting certain con-
stituencies in election court, Mr
Christie said that the PLP has
now been advised which seats to
go after.

“The outcome of those seats
are matters which will be before
the courts soon, so we would
not be wise to discuss our strat-
egy here. However, we have
been advised by our legal team
as to which seats represent the
best chances of winning and we
will pursue those ones vigor-
ously through the courts,” he
said. ,

The opposition leader said he
could not comment in detail on
the seats in question kecause
the PLP did not yet want to
reveal its strategy, but he added
that “the outcome of those seats
are matters which will be before
the courts soon.”

Mr Christie further said that
PLP is ensuring that it will get
the correct number of Senate

seats in correlation to the num-
ber of constituencies won by the
arty.
“We feel that the constitution
of this great country of ours is
very clear on the composition

of the Senate and it dictates

who ought to get those seats.
That matter is being forcefully
dealt with as we speak.”

Mr Christie said that four
PLP senators will receive their
instruments of appointment
today. “The process to deter-
mine the remaining three is
ongoing and the matter has not
been settled,” he said.

Speculation has also been
growing in the weeks since the
general election that Mr
Christie may not choose to lead
the official opposition in the
next five years.

There have suggestions that
anyone from the former Minis-
ter of Health Dr Bernard Not-
tage to former Tourism Minis-
ter Obie Wilchcombe were
being considered as successors
to Mr Christie.

However, Mr Christie yester-
day put all these speculations
to rest.

“There is absolutely no truth
to the rumour that I am step-
ping down now that we have lost
the general election,” he said.

In response to the question
on the website regarding the
identity of the person who will
lead the PLP in years to come,
Mr Christie said that his party
“as always” continues to groom
its future leaders.



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Urban Renewal

@ By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter

Haitian man died in a house fire
at Lewis Yard, early Saturday
morning.

Grand Bahama police are
continuing their investigations
into the cause of the fire.

The body of Marcell
Matthew was discovered in an
apartment unit by firemen, who
were summoned to a fire at a
blue and white wooden apart-
ment complex, opposite the
Church of the Good Shepherd
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@ By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
Chief Reporter

‘OPPOSITION leader Perry Christie yesterday
decried the FNM government’s plans for the
Urban Renewal Programme as one of the
“sreatest disappointments in this administra-
tion so far.”

Hosting a special online chat on the PLP’s
website yesterday afternoon, Mr Christie
described the FNM’s announcement of the

SEE page eight

FORMER Prime Minister Perry Christie
strongly asserted yesterday that at no time dur-
ing his tenure did any white Bahamian, or non
Bahamian, express any level of discomfort with
respect to the racial climate of the country.

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suspension of
Straw Market work

@ By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
Chief Reporter

PLP chairman Raynard Rig-
by yesterday demanded that
the government explain why it
had halted construction of the
straw market.

Mr Rigby claimed this was an
“act of betrayal and the grossest
of witch-hunting by the FNM.”

“During the campaign the
FNM leader was all over the
country talking about how the
PLP could not complete the
construction of the Straw Mar-
ket in five years. Just weeks
after the election the FNM uni-
laterally decided to stop all
work on the Straw Market and
have put into jeopardy the
future of hardworking straw
vendors,” he said.

However, Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham’s office has
said that, in keeping with “the
principles of good governance,”
the FNM administration is open
to an objective and transparent
basis to review all plans left
incomplete by the former
administration.

The prime minister’s office
emphasised that the final deci-
sion on this or any other plans
left incomplete by the PLP
administration would be made in
the best interest of the Bahamas,
having regard to their “econom-
ic and financial viability”.

Mr Rigby said the PLP gov-
ernment signed a contract for
the construction of the Straw
Market in February for the sum
of $23 million. -

The PLP chairman said that
the government had an obliga-
tion and a duty to inform the
Bahamian people as to the rea-
sons why it had decided to stop
all construction work on the
Straw Market.

“It also owes-a-duty to the
straw vendors to include them

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@ RAYNARD Rigby

in a decision and to get their
views. As Bahamians, they are
entitled to know all of the
facts,” Mr Rigby said.

He said this government, by
its actions, had sent a clear mes-
sage that it did not intend to
honour the agreements and
contracts entered into by the
previous administration.

“This is bad for The
Bahamas. It has frightened for-
eign investors. And it has called
into question the legitimacy of
the contractual arrangements
entered into by vendors with
the government. Never before
has this occurred after a gener-
al election,” he said. .

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confirmed that the FNM is ful-
ly prepared to attempt to undo
all the good done by the
Christie administration.

“This approach is wrong for
The Bahamas and all it will do
is to further divide this country
and our people along political
lines. I have never heard of any

‘government failing to honour

the contractual obligations of
another administration.

“It is wrong and it sends a
disturbing message. It is a dan-
gerous precedent that the FNM
is setting and they better stop
now or else this country will suf-
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Florida may
look to the
Bahamas for
sand shortage

MIAMI officials may be
looking towards the Bahamas
in an attempt to find other
sources to replenish its beaches'
dwindling sand supply.

For nearly three decades, city
officials have pumped sand
from the ocean floor back on
to the beach, but now the sand
is running out.

Since all of Florida is facing a
sand shortage, leaders are now
considering going overseas for
the commodity to places like
the Dominican Republic or the
Bahamas. They're hoping to
start importing it later this year.

Beach re-nourishment costs
the state $30 million every year.
Florida state senator Dennis
Jones successfully introduced
legislation that called for a pub-
lic inventory of all offshore sand
sources,

Sandy beaches absorb wave
energy during hurricanes,
diminishing damage to proper-
ty. .

Scientists say
no-fishing
zones help
coral recover

SCIENTISTS at a Bahamian
marine reserve said Saturday
that no-fishing zones can help
threatened coral reefs by giv-
ing microscopic larvae room to
grow while fish devour seaweed
that competes for space, accord-
ing to Associated Press.

Marine scientists working at
the Exuma Cays Land and Sea
Park, a 176-square-mile reserve
southeast of Nassau, said young

coral colonies flourished in-

areas where algae-nibbling par-
rotfish were protected.

“Parrotfish seem to be a real-
ly important part of the recov-
ery and the health of these
reefs,” said Daniel Brumbaugh,
chief coordinator of the
Bahamas Biocomplexity Pro-
ject research team.

The multicolored fish with a
beak-like mouth helps contain
seaweed and algae, which
crowd out young colonies of
coral that replace others killed
by bleaching or storms. Parrot-
fish have been the primary graz-
ers on Caribbean reefs since dis-
ease wiped out most long-spine
sea urchins in the early 1980s,
Brumbaugh said.

Lead scientist Peter Mumby
of the University of Exeter said
the team’s findings were the
first evidence that coral — a shel-
ter built up by millions of tiny
animals — can be helped to
recover where parrotfish are
protected and swim in great
numbers.

Coral reefs around the world
are being destroyed by com-
mercial fishing, development
and warming waters from cli-
mate change, prompting scien-
tists to warn that up to half of
these marine ecosystems could
disappear by 2045.

Remains of
Haitian
migrants are
returned

@ HAITI
Cap-Haitien

THE remains of dozens of
Haitian migrants who perished
when their boat capsized off the
Turks and Caicos Islands were
returned to their homeland Sat-
urday and buried in a common
grave, angering relatives who
were not given a chance to iden-
tify their loved ones, according
to Associated Press.

Family members clutching pho-
tographs of victims wept as the
59 bodies — wrapped in black bags
and marked “John Doe” or “Jane
Doe” — were unloaded from a
cargo ship in Cap-Haitien’s sea-
port, two weeks after one of the
deadliest disasters to hit Haitians
in years. Officials said the bodies
were badly decomposed and
could not be readily identified.

More than 160 migrants were
aboard the overcrowded sloop
when it capsized May 4, flinging
them into choppy, shark-filled
waters. :

The bodies of 61 migrants
were recovered and more than
a dozen are missing and pre-
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beries — in both cases witness-
es were able to note the
licence plate numbers of the
suspects.

The first occurred at 6.30pm
on Friday. Assistant Supt Wal-
ter Evans said an employee of
a company in Oakes Field was

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The suspect was wearing a
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After committing the crime,
the man fled in a Honda vehi-
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ber 26405.

The weekend’s second
armed robbery happened
shortly after midnight on Sat-
urday in the Golden Gates
community.

A man was walking in the
area when he was held up by
two gunmen, who fled in a
light-coloured Nissan vehicle
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Democracy needs to be protected

IN 1945 Supreme Court Justice Robert
Jackson, chief prosecutor for the US at the
International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg,
told the court that “the wrongs which we seek
to condemn and punish have been so calcu-
lated, so malignant and so devastating, that civ-
ilization cannot tolerate their being ignored
because it cannot survive being repeated.”

On November 20, 1945 the military leaders
of Nazi Germany went on trial after World
War II for crimes that were described as
“inconceivable.” The legal principles decid-
ed were revolutionary and “for the first time
the world declared that national sovereignty
and government authority — ‘following
orders’ — could not excuse what would
become known as crimes against humanity.””

Bahamian elections can in no way be com- '

pared to what took place at Nuremberg, but
the principles remain the same and can be
applied to many situations where people’s
rights are threatened. Here in the Bahamas
democracy is healthy. Where else in the world
is citizen participation in elections as keen as
in this country? Bahamians have also matured
to the point that, despite pressure, they are
prepared to fire unsatisfactory governments.
As someone observed yesterday how could
anyone-have predicted that a grandchild of
this nation’s first Bahamian — and black —
governor general could have won predomi-
nantly white Montagu. But on May 2 this year
Loretta Butler-Turner did just that. Not only
did she win Montagu, but she won it with the
greatest number of votes received by any can-
didate in this election. Yes, the Bahamas has
come a long way. We can now hope that race
will no longer be an issue.

However, all of these achievements could be
lost and with it our precious democracy if an
example is not made of those who so openly
attempted to thwart the law and deny Bahami-
ans a free and fair election.

Although Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham
said the FNM would take no complaints to
the election court, we certainly hope individ-
ual complaints will be investigated and if found
to be valid, prosecutions will follow.

In other words if what we have been told
actually took place, the acts were so blatant,
defiant of the law and bold that our democracy
“cannot tolerate their being ignored because it
cannot survive their being repeated.”

The Penal Code makes provision for pun-
ishment of anyone who intimidates a voter

“by threat of evil consequence to be caused to
him” if he fails to vote for a certain candi-
date. In every election there have been whis-
pers of intimidation, but none quite so open as
in this election when loss of jobs, pension
increases and housing for government workers
were threatened. This was especially prevalent
in certain Family Islands.

There are rules against civil servants elec-
tioneering for candidates, and using govern-
ment vehicles and materials to do so. This
prohibition is openly broken with an “I-dare-
you-to-do-something-about-it” attitude. This
will’ only end if examples are made of the
offenders. It happens in every election, but
nothing is done about it. This election should
make history by ending it with stiff penalties.

There are also laws against offering and
accepting valuable consideration in return for
a vote.

We are told of an incident in a certain Fam-
ily Island when several voters went to the
headquarters of the FNM to discover how
much was being paid for a vote. They made it
clear that they were available to the highest
bidder.

The public is still awaiting an explanation as
to why what ostensibly was supposed to be
sample ballots were being delivered at a
polling division on election day.

In the distant past when The Tribune had a
printing department, we were often contract-
ed to print a small number of sample ballots
for training purposes well before an election.
They were always printed on cheap paper —
often newsprint — with the word SAMPLE on
the back. There could be no mistaking what
they were.

One or two sample ballots were discovered
at different polling divisions in this election.
Were these from the order of 41,000?

Of course, the PLP is notorious for being
disorganised and leaving everything to the
last minute, but it would seem strange that
an order for 41,000 sample ballots — pre-
sumably 1,000 for each of the 41 polling divi-
sions — would be ordered only a week before
an election for training — remembering that
they had to be delivered to constituencies as
far away as Inagua and Mayaguana.

Bahamians want an explanation. They will
not accept silence on this one. They also want
election reform to ensure that all future elec-
tions will be as free as humanely possible from
corruption.



The lessons
learnt from
the election

EDITOR, The Tribune

ALL human beings like a
very good fight between two
great contenders. However
there can only be one champi-
on. First I would like to say con-
gratulation to the FNM.

Even though the PLP lost,
the results show that they could
have easily won the govern-
ment. All of that happened
even though there was inade-
quate financing, bad manage-
ment and poor public relations.
From a distance, it appears as if
the party depended on Perry
Christie to win the election sin-
gle handedly.

When I sit back and analyse
the PLP performance during
this election, I am baffled. First
of all why choose a slogan, “No
Turning Back” when the major-
ity of the population was born
after independence and do not
know or care about anything
prior to that period. So what if
the Bay Street and Eastern
Road boys did not donate any
money this time to the PLP and
gave all to the FNM. What is
evil about that? It is their mon-
ey, their preference and their
prerogative. As the sitting gov-
ernment you have leverage to
obtain enough donations from
other sources.

The PLP’s greatest asset was
its record of performance and
its vision for the future. A slo-
gan and campaign should have
been centred on those issues.
Mr Christie constantly said that
he was running on his record.

The only question I have for’

him is: Where is the record?
There is nowhere one could go
and find in an organised fashion
a list of the PLP government’s
record of performance. I sent
several messages to the PLP
webmasters to prominently dis-
play the record on their web-
site, but I was ignored. I even
called the party Chairman Ray-
nard Rigby and told him the
same, but he gave a quick and



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lackadaisical response that gave
me the impression that I was
bothering him. While I was
campaigning for the PLP, I was
shocked at the number of peo-
ple who said that the govern-
ment did nothing. I now believe
that they honestly believed that
was the case. I had :to spend a
lot of time educating them
about the true reality of things.
However, there was nowhere
for them to find out on their
own.

One of the biggest reasons
why the PLP lost is because the
emperor surrounded himself by
too many people who refused
to tell him when he was naked.
They told him what he wanted

to hear and he accepted it. Most _

of the candidates took on the
same spirit and started cam-
paigning late. They refused to
acknowledge the wave. They
had this arrogant attitude that
God gave this country to the
PLP. On the other hand the
FNM was energized and hun-
gry. The PLP even brought in
foreign consultants who ana-
lyzed things from a bird’s eye
view. Instead they should have
listened to the workers on the
ground that was getting many
rejections. From last year sum-
mer the FNM started cam-
paigning. By the time the elec-
tion date was set many FNM
candidates or workers would
have visited the voters about
four or five times. I know
because that was my experience
and I heard many PLP sup-
porters all over say the same.
On the other hand many PLP
candidates waited for the
boundary report before they
started campaigning. By this
time it was too late. As a direct
result of that they never got to
cover all of the boundary areas

and never saw many voters.
Another major problem was
the break down of the election
machinery. For a party that has
been around so long and con-
tested so many elections, one
would wonder if this was a new
party trying to find its way
around. Where was the Chair-
man? Where were all of the
senior men in the party? Why
did no one combat all of the lies

‘and propaganda that were being

played on the air waves, news-
papers and podiums?

Two other things that played
a role in the defeat and caused
many PLPs to vote FNM this
time is the fight and the han-
dling of CB Moss. It would have
been a simple process to fire
the two fighting members of
parliament. They ended up
resigning anyway. If the Prime
Minister had fired them, it
would have taken away the
issue of leadership. Bahamians
only perceive one to be a leader
in politics is when he fires some-
one. How is it possible not to
give Sidney Stubbs a nomina-
tion and give the brawlers a
nomination? Even without the
fight both of them in my opin-
ion were very questionable
characters either in their per-
sonal lives or in the party. The
issue With CB Moss took away
the issue of trust. After that no
one could talk about how
Hubert did Tommy. CB Moss
was promised the nomination,
earned it and should have
received it. He has since demon-
strated that he did have support
and with the party machinery
behind him would have won by
a landslide.

It is often said that both the
PLP and FNM are basically the
same. Therefore the Bahamian
people do not have anything to
lose. May God continue to bless
this great country.

RUDOLPH DEAN
Nassau
May 4 2007

The apparent clairvoyance
of your letter writer Bodie

EDITOR, The Tribune

I DO not know whether this
letter will be published but I
have to say that I was very
amused to see a nearly two col-
umn submission from your fre-
quent correspondent Mr Ort-
land H Bodie Jr, in the letters

page of The Tribune of Friday,
May 11th. Amused because he
had for whatever reason decid-
ed to add to “the much print
space and air wave time’” which
he felt “had been previously
wasted on the Steve McKinney
affair” by merely rehashing all
that had been said previously. I
was initially thinking that he
was doing this for the edifica-
tion of those who had just risen
from post election hibernation
but no, at the very end of his
submission I realised why you

had granted this prolific pontif-
icator space yet again. The date.
It was apparently written on
April 9, 2007. A good four
weeks before Mr McKinney’s
disappearance! Please contin-
ue to print everything that Mr
O H Bodie Jr submits. The man
is clearly clairvoyant. His views
as such will be of great interest
to all of us.

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Baptists’
convocation
to be held at
auditorium

THE Association of the
Bahamas Baptist Union are
meeting in convocation from
Sunday, May 20, to Thurs-
day, May 24, at Enoch Back-
ford Memorial Auditorium.

Delegates will converge on
New Providence from Grand
Bahama, Bimini, Eleuthera,
Long Island and Exuma under
the theme, "A Changeless
Christ In A Changing World."

The conference was
opened yesterday when the
superintendent, Rev Dr C W
Saunders gave the annual
charge to the Conference.

History was again docu-
mented in the association
when the "Burning of the
Mortgage" of the Enoch
Backford Memorial Audito-
rium came only one year
after the dedication of the
multi-purpose centre was
held last year during the
114th annual session.

A night of recognition will

be held tonight at 7pm when :

all districts will participate in
various tributes to Dr Saun-
ders. The week-long confer-
ence continues with day and
night sessions.

The women, under the
leadership of president Helen
Ferguson, will be celebrating
tomorrow and the youth
department, under the lead-
ership of Urban Smith, will
be celebrating on Wednes-
day. The public is invited to
attend any of these sessions.

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A COURT hearing over the
death of toddler Paul Gallagher
nearly five years ago has been
postponed for the second time
in two months.

Two-year-old Paul died after
being hit by an unmanned
speedboat which mounted the
beach where he was sleeping in
August, 2002.

Following almost five years
of campaigning, charges were
brought against boat driver
James Bain and craft owners
Clifford Nottage and Evange-
less Williamson in January.

They are all charged with
manslaughter through negli-
gence, while Williamson faces
an additional charge of perjury.

The trio were released on bail
ahead of a preliminary hearing
at Nassau Magistrates’ Court
on April 13.

According to a UK newspa-
per, the hearing, attended by the
youngster's parents Paul and
Andrea, was adjourned until May
18 after the Crown Prosecution
lawyer asked for more time to
collect and collate evidence.

But the family are facing fur-

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ther delays after the same
‘lawyer asked for the case to be
adjourned for a second time.
Mr Gallagher said: "We found
out the lawyer has again asked for
this case to be adjourned because
he does not have any evidence
against the boat driver or owners.
"The court has given him a
final date of June 29 to either
drop the case or have sufficient
evidence ready to consider for
the magistrate to decide if the
case will go to the Supreme
Court or the case will be
dropped due to no evidence."

Bahamas incident still
overshadows gay cruise

destination ch

ROSIE O’Donnell’s compa-
ny, R Family Vacations, can-
celled its gay family cruise July
12 visit to Bermuda because it
feared a repeat of an incident in
the Bahamas in 2004 when chil-
dren on board were upset at
dockside anti-gay chants by reli-
gious groups.

According to a gay rights
website, a pastor in Bermuda
has spoken out about the recent
gay cruise cancellation saying
the church had missed a “great
opportunity” to show what
good Christians they are.

Rev Wilbur Lowe, pastor of
the Mount Zion AME church,
felt the controversy over the
Rosie O’Donnell gay family
cruise was handled poorly by

_ United by Faith, an organisa-

tion representing 80 churches
in Bermuda.

United. by Faith chairman
Andre Curtis, who had offered
to bus the cruise goers to church
and “have the pastors pray for
them”, called the cancellation
“victory for God”.

Rev Lowe said: “I don’t think
they (United by Faith) have
represented the religious com-
munity well.

“I think there is an awful lot
of support for the cruise even
within the church,” he told the
Royal Gazette.

Rev Lowe did not go the
whole way in endorsing the
cruise. ;

"IT don’t support the homo-
sexual lifestyle, but that does
not give anyone cause to hate
someone or treat someone dif-
ferently,” he said.

It is still a big step for an
island which, according to Inter-

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Mark Anderson, aka drag
queen Sybil Barrington, self-
styled Queen of Bermuda, said:
“T think it’s wonderful. It’s a
step in the right direction and it
should have been this way from
the beginning. This is a new mil-
lennium and people should be
open-minded and not so judg-
mental,” he told the Royal
Gazette.

Rev Lowe is concerned the
Bermudian public blames the
churches for the cruise not vis-
iting the island and that Rosie
O’Donnell’s people see the
church as “a bunch of Chris-
tians that hate them.”

The responsibility, however,
he believes falls on the church-
es to right the wrongs because
“we are the people who claim to
be on a higher spiritual vein.”

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Premier Ewart Brown defend-
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cruise ship, then we would have
to send a homosexual detection
unit to the airport.”

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YO Rs eee

@ By ATHENA DAMIANOS

| HE Minister of Nation-
al Security, Tommy
Turnquest, needs to clarify his
remarks which suggest a
restructuring of the Community
Policing Programme is at hand.
His comments, as reported
by the press, are ambiguous.
The programme presently falls
under the umbrella of the
Urban Renewal Project and is
community-based. In the past,
Community Policing operated
out of East Street police head-
quarters and was semi-active.
The project is perhaps the
one achievement the PLP gov-
ernment can lay claim to after
five years of drifting like a ship

without a rudder.

The perception that Commu-
nity Police are sitting in offices
and not pounding the beat, in
my experience, simply isn’t true.

And what higher level of ser-
vice can the police offer than
preventing crime from taking
place as opposed to responding
to crime that has taken place?

Removing police from the
communities they know so well
would condemn hundreds of
youngsters to The Streets of the
Lost which are devoid of love,
rules and discipline, the ingre-
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They’re fed what for many
may be the first meal of the day
and are mentored to. There’ve
been musical lessons, a chil-
dren’s choir has been formed
and several sports clubs are in
their infant stages.

In the summer, field trips
such as historic tours, reef dives,
dolphin swims, picnics and
sporting events take place with
the quiet support of Nassau
business people (you know, the
ones who were maligned by the
PLP in the run-up to the gener-
al election). Trips include ‘pick-
ing top’ in the brush to make
plait for straw hats and clever
Christmas tree ornaments.

Even in August, when most
summer camps are over, the
Community Police of Kemp
Road are busy keeping the chil-
dren off the streets and away
from temptation.

Nearby, the Church of God
on Shirley Street runs a pro-
gramme for teenage girls who
fall in the high-risk category for
anti-social behaviour, unwanted
pregnancy and AIDs.

S ome may argue that this
is an area for the
Department of Social Services.
In many respects, it is. Howev-
er, both should continue to
work hand-in-hand.

Without the weight of the law
in this vicious society — the rape
capital of the world - social
workers are unable to handle
the frequent outbreaks of vio-
lence — domestic and otherwise.

And besides, Social Services’
hands are full dealing with the
rampant cases of incest and
abuse that happen behind the
walls of the decrepit homes in
these depressed communities.

The Kemp Road Community
Police intercept drug dealers
trying to recruit students to sell
drugs in school in exchange for
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The Sugar Daddies don’t cruise
the streets as boldly as they
used to looking for school girls.
It takes a uniform to deal with
these matters.

Yes, there’ve been failures.
But there’ve been many success
stories.

This wouldn’t be possible if
the police didn’t work in and
know their communities. They
would be outsiders, regarded
with suspicion, and not trusted
members of the community
they serve.

Not only does Community
Policing prevent crime, it builds
a bridge between the police and
the community, whilst teaching
youngsters to respect the police
— something sadly missing in
today’s Bahamas.

Community Policing is prac-
tised in Britain and the United
States, as well as other coun-
tries.

It’s not peculiar to the

Bahamas. There are successful
models to draw from and build
upon.
_ The British Home Office
describes Community Policing
as ‘a radical change in police
approach.’

“It is this simple: the needs

and concerns of citizens should
always be integral to the way
policing is conceived, managed
and delivered,’ The Home
Office says.

You think Community Polic-
ing has failed because of the

record murder rate in the
Bahamas?

Take it away and see what
happens when this generation
reaches adulthood.

The truth is, we’re reaping
the seeds sown several decades
ago and each successive gov-
ernment has failed to deal — I
mean really deal - with the
issue. The time to take decisive
action was in the 1970s when
Interpol ranked the Bahamas
as a world leader in murder ‘and
rape on a per capita basis.

We're sitting on a time-bomb.

Ness needs more
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and it needs non-Bahamian
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With all the hard work and
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ment, it would be a shame if
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mantled under its present struc-
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It would open the floodgate
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LOCAL NEWS



Chancellor Alleyne of

UWI pledges sup
College of the Bahamas

Further, Mr Bethel expressed
his joy in the fact that so many
Bahamian students had bene-
fited from a UWI education,
but admitted that he wished
they would be more forthright
in finding a collegiate voice to
articulate and strengthen rela-
tions and solidarity in the

Sir George Alleyne, chancel-
lor of the University of the West
Indies, has voiced his support
for the College of the Bahamas
as it moves towards university
status.

Sir George was paying a cour-
tesy call on Carl Bethel, Minis-
ter of Education, Youth, Sports
and Culture.

The chancellor congratulated
Minister Bethel on his recent
Cabinet appointment. He
remembered the Bahamas and
Bahamians fondly, having visit-
ed before to serve on various
councils.

He attended the UWI with
Dr Cecil Bethel and taught



many Bahamians on the UWI
campus.

He communicated his confi-
dence in The Bahamas’ active
participation with the UWI by
the current administration as
had been done in the past.

Sir George said that will be
very supportive of the College
of The Bahamas moving
towards university status and
has full confidence that this
will enhance relations
between the UWI and The
Bahamas.

He noted that many Bahami-
an students have gained their
tertiary education at the UWI

and he welcomed the proposed

University of The Bahamas
since the need for tertiary edu-
cation cannot be supplied by
UWl1L alone.

Sir George felt also that the
movement and interaction of
Bahamian students with those
in the Caribbean would only
help to build stronger relations
in the region.

Mr Bethel offered a warm
welcome to Sir George and
said the chancellor had demon-
strated a level of commitment
and service that is exemplary

-in his works with Pan Ameri-

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Gia, who was entering a
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Andrew’s. They also won lap-
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Lavanda Brown, Government
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Westminster College; Ryan
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Christie condemns
plans for future of
Urban Renewal

FROM page one

adjustments for the pro-
gramme, “a gutting” of the
Urban Renewal initiative.

“It is probably not practical
to expect a political party to
carry this project forward. As
you know, Urban Renewal
requires numerous branches
of government for its success,”
he said.

During his first official vis-
it to the police force, the new
Minister of National Security
Tommy Turnquest last week
announced that, although
community policing will con-
tinue under the FNM, it
would not necessarily be with-
in the same structural frame-
work of the Urban Renewal
Programme.

“He indicated that Urban
Renewal will continue, but
emphasised that it is impor-
tant that the police deal
with community policing
and other aspects of the
programme “are dealt with
elsewhere.”

“Police who are trained to
do police work, must do police
work,” Mr Turnquest said.
«Key persons within the



Urban Renewal programme
responded favourably to this
announcement, which was
also greeted with applause by
senior police officers.

Dr David Allen, a former
chairman of the commission
on Urban Renewal, supported
Mr Turnquest’s decision on
this matter.

He said that, with the coun-
try’s growing problem with
crime, more officers needed
to be out on the streets, rather
than “sitting in an office.”

Observers have said that,
under the Urban Renewal
programme, many officers had
been carrying out what is
essentially non-police work.

Dr Allen, in an interview
with The Tribune last week,
said that some of the Urban
Renewal work could be done
by trained community out-
reach workers, who are then
required to communicate with
the police.

However, Mr Christie on
the PLP website said his party
would “initiate aggressive
community action to ensure
that the community registers
its strong disapproval of the
government’s actions.”



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Tribune to help raise funds
for new dialysis unit at PMH

FROM page one

Organisers of this drive are
seeking the support of the pub-
lic and corporate sponsors to
raise $164,000. Each dialysis
unit costs $20,500 complete —
purchase price, delivery to
Princess Margaret Hospital,
installation, training of staff
members and one year of tech-
nical support.

Thelma Rolle and Mr
Greenslade of The Princess
Margaret Hospital Foundation,
an independent and_not-for-
profit organisation, will be col-
lecting and managing the finan-
cial donations in a separate
Dialysis Machine Acquisition
account.

All donations should be in
the form of a cheque made
payable to The Princess Mar-
garet Hospital Foundation with
a note for The Dialysis Machine
Fund.

Your contribution will help
one of the many hundreds of

patients that rely on these
machines for life. Upgrading
this facility is imperative and
these new machines are the first
step.

“At The Tribune we believe
in being our brother’s keeper,
whether it is keeping the public
informed about what is hap-
pening in the country through
our newspaper, raising funds for
children to have a happy Christ-
mas through our Santa Claus
Christmas Committee, or pro-
grammes that we successfully
executed in the past like the
Adopt-A-Cop Programme.

“We now join Mr Roberts in
his noble effort to purchase new
dialysis machines for Princess
Margaret Hospital, and implore
other civic-minded citizens and
residents of The Bahamas to
join this campaign,” said Robert
Carron, chief operating officer
of The Tribune.

“IT am pleased to be a part of
this step forward to assist in the
growth of the dialysis unit at

the Princess Margaret Hospi-
tal. Our goal in this drive is to
replace eight old dialysis
machines with eight more mod-
ern and efficient units. As has
been reported in the media, the
facility is in need of expansion
and modernisation so this effort
is but a small contribution to
the larger project,” said Mark
Roberts.

“Businesses should realise the
importance of having sufficient
equipment to service the grow-
ing number of dialysis
patients. Upon a visit to the
unit, I noticed an employee of
Best Buy and he was in for his
four-hour treatment.

“As a valuable member of a
business team, he needs to get
in, get his treatment and get
back into the working commu-
nity. If the machine was down
for unscheduled maintenance,
his appointment would have to
be rescheduled, wasting pre-
cious time and money. A strong
dialysis unit at PMH is valuable

for the community in all
respects.

“With the help of Thelma
Rolle from the Princess Mar-
garet Hospital Foundation, Dr
Ada Thompson of the Kidney

Foundation and Robert Carron .

of The Tribune Media Group,
our goal will likely be met with-
in the next four to six months,”
he added.

Larry Roberts and Bahamas
Realty were the first contribu-
tors to the campaign. They
donated funds to pay for 25 per
cent of the first dialysis
machine.

Tile King, FYP and an anony-
mous donor also donated funds
that are the equivalent of 1 1/4
machines. This is a great accom-
plishment for a campaign that is
in its infancy.

All donations should be in
the form of a cheque made
payable to The Princess Mar-
garet Hospital Foundation with
a note for The Dialysis Machine
Fund.

Former PM

FROM page one

“T remain convinced that this
strategy, though beneficial in
the short term to those who per-
petrate it, is detrimental to the
future best interest of this coun-
try,” he said.

The opposition leader made
the statement yesterday in
response to a question posted
during an internet chat on the
PLP’s website where one per-
son said: “I will admit, that dur-
ing this last election I was not
100 per cent comfortable. The
emphasis that was placed on
race I found to be somewhat
questionable. You see, while I
agree that the majority of PLP’s
reflect the makeup of our
nation and are black, we do

have many white members and
I am proud to say that I am one.

“However, I was made to feel
at times, watching and listening
to the various rallies that I was
not really wanted. In fact, I was
asked by some young people,
how I could support the PLP
when they were so against my
kind. Mr Christie, we must edu-
cate our people young and old
alike as to the history of our
great party and nation and let
them know that while some of
us may have skin of a much
lighter shade than others we are
all the same under that skin”.

In response Mr Christie
claimed that the party has been
the “victim of propaganda when
it comes to the issue of us play-
ing the race card.”

claims PLP victims of race

The former prime minister
told the person who posed the
question that he was “truly sor-
ry” that he felt uncomfortable at
times while listening to PLP ral-
lies.

He pointed out that the party
had Gary Sawyer, its candidate
for South Abaco who is a white
Bahamian. The party also had
many white supporters, he said.

“We knew very early on dur-
ing the campaign that the FNM
was prepared to use the race
card against our party at every
opportunity. They found it con-
venient to do so whenever we
were critical of their deputy
leader, Brent Symonette.

“I was specific 1 in my expla-
nation to the Bahamian public
that our criticism of Mr Symon-

propaganda

ette had absolutely nothing to
do with the colour of his skin
but with the ethical lapse he had
made during his time in Govy-
ernment,” the former prime
minister said.

The PLP, Mr Christie said,
has demonstrated its commit-
ment to the establishment of a
new Bahamas in which all

Bahamians, black and white are .

able to live in prosperity, peace
and happiness.

“This was evident during my
tenure. as Prime Minister. I
made a very special effort to
ensure that all Bahamians felt
that they had a stake in this
country and the international
investment community and
local business men can attest to
this,” he said.

Haitian dies

FROM page one

Chief Superintendent Basil
Rahming, press liaison officer,
reported that police received a
report of a fire around 2.48am
on Saturday.

He said when firemen
arrived on the scene, the fire
had completely engulfed the
western half of the complex.

Persons who were occupy-
ing the eastern half of the com-
plex had been awakened by the
smoke. They attempted to res-

cue Mr Matthew, but were dri-
ven back by the flames.

Mr Rahming said the fire
was extinguished and confined
to only one half of the complex
that was being occupied by Mr
Matthew.

He said that it appeared that
the victim was

unsuccessful in his attempt to
escape the fire, and was discov-
ered by firemen at the door
inside the burnt apartment.

Fire personnel and crime

. scene officers are

continuing investigations to
determine the cause of the fire.
In other crime news, Grand
Bahama Police arrested a man
wanted for questioning in con-
nection with a serious criminal
matter in Freeport.
According to reports, the
arrest occurred at about 1.10pm

on Friday when Central Detec-

tive Unit officers on mobile
patrol spotted the suspect in a
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Tony Blair and the Caribbean

@ By Sir Ronald Sanders

(The writer is a business con-
sultant and former Caribbean
Diplomat).

[s the public mind, the
overriding assessment of

the interest shown by British
Prime Minister Tony Blair in
the Caribbean is probably that
he chose Barbados for vacations
with his family.

It would not be a fair or whol-
ly comprehensive assessment.

Blair did try to be helpful to
the region but it has to be
recalled that on trade matters,
the UK’s membership of the
European Union (EU) severely
limits its scope for individual
action. The EU speaks for all
of its 25-member countries.

Further, during the Blair



years, issues affecting vital
Caribbean exports — bananas
and sugar in particular —
became subject to World Trade
Organisation (WTO) rules as
other countries challenged the
preferential terms under which
these Caribbean exports
entered the EU market. There
was nothing that the British
government could do to influ-
ence decisions of WTO panels.

But, the Blair government did
agree to establish structures to
improve communication and
consultation between itself and
Caribbean governments. No
previous British government
had done so.

As Blair prepares to leave
office in June, there are lessons
to be learned by Caribbean gov-
ernments in their dealings with
the British administration and
new actions that they might

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consider taking to bolster the
relationship.
Unquestionably, when he
came to office in 1997, Tony
Blair was concerned with domes-
tic issues and with the larger
international canvas, particular-
ly Britain’s place in the EU.
The Caribbean was of little
interest to him. This was obvious
in two early instances: first, he
failed to meet formally with
Caribbean leaders in the mar-
gins of the Commonwealth
Heads of Government confer-
ence which his government host-
ed within months of assuming
office. Then, he could not find
time to meet the then Prime
Minister of Jamaica, P J Patter-
son, when he visited Britain.
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sioners in London — of whom I
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ed positively to the suggestion
that a UK/Caribbean Forum be
established under which the
British and Caribbean Foreign
Ministers would meet every two
years to consult and take action
on mutually agreed matters.
Later, he agreed that in the
years in between the meeting
of Foreign Ministers, the British
and Caribbean Heads of Gov-
ernment would meet around the
time of Commonwealth Heads
of Government Conferences.
He has been faithful to the com-
mitment to hold these meetings,
and the UK/Caribbean Forum
has met religiously every two
years since 1998, . :
Ironically, on the very day
that UK and Caribbean officials
met to make further proposals
to deepen the institutionalised
relationship between the UK
and the Caribbean, an event

took place in New York that

would engage a great deal of
Mr Blair’s attention and, ulti-
mately, lead to loss of support
for him in Britain.

I was among a group of
British and Caribbean officials
who met. at the British High
Commissioner’s residence in
Barbados on the morning of
September 11, 2001 as terrorists

flew two hijacked airplanes into —

the twin towers in New York,
beginning the saga. that led to
the invasion of Iraq and what is
called “the war on terror”.
The bewildered officials, who
together watched the dreadful
scene on television and worried
about what sort of new world
had suddenly been fashioned,
somehow managed to agree a

~ means by which the British and

Caribbean Heads of Govern-



The problem

the region faces .

is that its trade
with Britain is
almost of no
importance to
the UK economy



ment could communicate direct-
ly with each other prior to mul-
tilateral meetings to advance
the concerns of each other.
These included meetings of the
EU and the G7.

[ has to be said that the
Caribbean enjoys no such
structured and predictable rela-
tionship with any other coun-
try, and the UK has no such
relationship with any other
region in the developing world.
And, they were formed under
Tony Blair’s watch.

Additionally, the British gov-
ernment established in London a
Caribbean Advisory Group —
subsequently re-named the
Caribbean Board — made up of
persons with Caribbean and
British experience to advise the
UK government, through the
Foreign Office, on matters relat-
ed to the Caribbean area and the
Diaspora in the UK. Again, as
pointed out by Dr Peter Clegg, a
UK academic with considerable
knowledge of the region, “there
is no other region-specific advi-
sory group” in the FCO.

These, then, were opportuni-
ties and structures for the
Caribbean to influence British
government policy that were
created under Tony Blair’s pre-
miership. And, where he gave
undertakings to lobby for the
Caribbean — as he did on the
level of compensation payable
by the EU to the Caribbean
after the price paid for sugar
was reduced — he fulfilled his
promise.

At a very personal level, he
committed to holding a
Caribbean Investment Confer-
ence in London which he
opened along with Barbados
Prime Minister, Owen Arthur,
in November last year. If the
Conference failed to deliver on
its potential, this was not due
to lack of British government
effort but to poor attendance
by Caribbean governments
(only Antigua, Barbados, Belize
and Guyana sent Ministers).

S o, even despite the con-
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engagement with Iraq that fol-
lowed 9/11 and his personal
involvement with President
George W Bush in this’ tragic
episode, Mr Blair did find time
for the Caribbean.

The agenda of the engage-
ment, in my view, has been far
too one-sided. The UK/
Caribbean forum has focused a
disproportionate attention on
drug trafficking and security



If the
Conference
failed to deliver
on its potential,
this was not due
to lack of British
government
effort but to
poor attendance
by Caribbean
governments



issues. This is not to say that
though these issues are impor-
tant to the UK, they are not
important to the Caribbean —
they are, but more so are the
development issues especially

‘human resource development,

funds to help in changing the

structures of economies and

infrastructural development.
However, it is the Caribbean

~ that should have done more to

forcefully advance its own cause
through the submission of well
researched and intellectually
rigorous papers.

The problem the region faces
is that its trade with Britain is
almost of no importance to the
UK economy — UK exports to
the Caribbean Community
(CARICOM) countries is 0.5
per cent of its total exports and
its imports from CARICOM
are 0.2 per cent of its total
imports.

What is more, apart from
drug trafficking and illegal
immigration, the Caribbean



Tony Blair did
make an effort
for the
Caribbean
despite his wider
preoccupations;
the Caribbean
may not have
done enough to
take advantage
of the
opportunities
it was given.



holds only three potential inter-
ests for Britain which the
Caribbean has not exploited.
These are: Caribbean voters in
the UK and their potential
impact on British elections; the
safety of the region as a desti-
nation for UK tourists; and the
alliances that Caribbean coun-
tries develop with countries that
might worry the EU or the
EU/US alliance.

The Caribbean should devel-
op positions and implementable
policies on these issues with
which they could engage the
British government.

Tony Blair did make an effort
for the Caribbean despite his
wider preoccupations; the
Caribbean may not have done
enough to take advantage of the
opportunities it was given. More
should now be done as the reins
of power change hands in
Britain.

Responses to: ronald-
sanders29@hotmail.com

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CREDIT SUISSE (BAHAMAS) LIMITED

APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM

Credit Suisse (Bahamas) Limited offers applications for an Apprenticeship Program which is outlined hereafter. Full
details and an application form can be obtained from:

The Program Administrator

Credit Sulsse (Bahamas) Limited

The Bahamas Financlal Centre, 4"" Floor
Shirley & Charlotte Streets

P.O. Box N-4928

Nassau, Bahamas

Application forms should be returned no later than June 15, 2007.

AIM

As a corporate citizen desirous of making a positive contribution to the local community, Credit Suisse
(Bahamas) Limited plans to offer a scholarship to two Bahamian students to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree at the
College of The Bahamas ("COB") under its Apprenticeship Program.

A)

NDITIONS

col
1.

The candidate may select Business Administration or any banking related field (i.e, Secretarial Science,
Accounting, Finance or Economics major) as their field of study,

. Aminimum grade point average of 2.6 mustbe maintained at all time.
. Grades must be submitted to the Program Administrator at the Bank within three weeks at the end of each

semester.

. The candidate must be willing to work twelve (12) hours per week (part time) and four (4) months per year

(full time) at the Bank during MAY, JUNE, JULY, AUGUST and any other month (or parts thereof) whilst
pursuing full time studies at COB.

. The candidate cannot be an immediate family member of a person employed at the Bank.
. The candidate should choose course electives after consultation with the Program Administrator at the

Bank.

. The candidate will report to and consult with the Program Administrator who is responsible for supervision,

work assignments, advice, release of payments and all other administrative and supervisory details.

. The candidate must be “drug free” throughout the entire four (4) year contract period.
. The candidate should register for and successfully complete twelve (12) credits per semester as a full time

10.

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student.
The candidate cannot be employed by a third party during the four (4) year period.
The candidate must become PC literate by the end of year one of the pragram.

BENEFITS :
ees Suisse (Bahamas) Limited will pay for the following costs whilst the candidate is enrolled as a student at
B:

. Tuition and fees at COB up to $2,500.00 per annum.

. A Housing Allowance of $1,700.00 (year one), $1,800.00 (year two), and $2,000.00 (year three).

. A Transportation Allowance of $1,500.00 (year one), $1,500.00 (year two), and $1,600.00 (year three).

. A Book Allowance of $1000.00 per annum.

. Allowance for Miscellaneous expenses of $800.00 per annum (year one) and $1,500.00 per annum (year

two).
Health Insurance (provided the candidate submits to a medical examination by the Bank’s medical doctor
prior to commencing Apprenticeship Program) ‘

. Special Allowance for candidates from the Family Islands $3,000.00 (year one), $3,200.00 (year two), and

$3,500.00 (year three).

COVENANTS

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2.

No consideration will be given to the sex, race or religion of the candidate during the selection process.
The Bank shall have no obligation towards the candidate with regards to employment or scholarships at the
end of the four (4) year contract period.

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The Apprenticeship Program has a duration and contract period of four (4) years as follows:
YEAR 1: Full time study at COB and part time employment per paragraph B) 4.

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YEAR 3: Full time study at COB and part time employment per paragraph B) 4.

YEAR 4: Full time employment with the Bank at an entry-level job at the Bank’s discretion.

In lieu of salary, the Benefits as per Paragraph C are paid during the first three years of the program. During
the fourth year, a salary will be paid in lieu of tuition, fees and allowances (adjusted for cost of living increases).

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THE first ever all-glass
undersea restaurant in the
world has opened its doors for
business at the Atlantis Cove
Resort and Spa.

It sits five metres below the
waves of the Atlantic Ocean ,
surrounded by a vibrant coral
reef and encased in clear acrylic,
offering diners 270-degrees of
panoramic underwater views.

“We have used aquarium
technology to put diners face-
to-face with the stunning under-
water environment of the
Bahamas,” said Carsten
Schieck, general manager of the
Cove Resort and Spa.

“Our guests always comment
on being blown away by the
colour, clarity and beauty of the
underwater world in the Mal-
dives, so it seemed the perfect
idea to build a restaurant
where diners can experience
fine cuisine and take time to
enjoy the views - without ever
getting their feet wet.” \

Created by M J Murphy Ltd,
a design consultancy based in
New Zealand, the distinctive ~
feature is created by the use of
curved transparent acrylic walls
and roof, similar to those used
in aquarium attractions.

“The fact that the entire
restaurant except for the floor is
made of clear acrylic makes
this unique in the world,” added

Schieck, “We are currently
planting a coral garden on the
reef to,add to the spectacular
“views Of. the rays, sharks
_ ancmany colourful fish that Jive

RN ind the atea.” Mii The Cove

SALES MANAGER

Vacancy

An excellent opportunity exists with a Bahamian media

company for the right professional to excel as a Sales Manager.
We are seeking a sales driven professional who is challenged to

undertake the following duties and responsibilities:

¢ Direct the advertising department and supervise a staff of

15, including sales representatives, ad design and

production and sales support staff;
¢ Develop marketing strategies and initiatives;

* Manage the short and long term strategies to achieve

Company and departmental goals and objectives;

* Perform analysis, report and present results of sales initiatives;

and

° Monitor competition and set goals relative to changes that

reflect in the media industry.

The chosen candidate must be:

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lead a sales team fo accomplish sales results;
e A self-starter, persistent with execution and delivery;
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e An excellent oral communicator and must demonstrate

excellent written and report writing skills; and

* Capable of developing, building and maintaining strong

client relationships.

The ideal person will have a proven track record of increasing
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work ethic. A bachelor’s degree in a related field or an equiv-

alent of education and experience is preferred.

Interested persons are invited to submit a cover letter and
resume to the following address or via e-mail no later than

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@ CHANCE, Krystine Brathwaite, (sales co-ordinator Breezes) and Real at poolside at Breezes.

VH1 presenters relax in Nassau

» THE popular celebrity broth-
ers of the VH1’s hit show “I
Love New York” kicked back
for some fun under the sun at
Breezes this weekend.

' Here in Nassau to continue
their search for true love, Real

and Chance have rapidly become
the females’ favourite and turn-
ing heads even here at the resort.

When asked how they are
dealing with their new found
stardom, both replied: “It is still
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initely something we can get
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playful atmosphere along with
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Primary school joins |
environmental scheme |

&

"ore,

STUDENTS and teachers of
Glaridge Primary School joined
The Tribune and the Bahamas
Environmental Education Pro-
gramme of the Ministry of Edu-
‘cation in planting a Lignum
‘Nitae tree on its campus.

The Tribune and BEEP have
ateuceed to observe Earth Day
'2007 by planting the national
tree on various primary school
campuses on New Providence.
While doing so, the partners
‘hope to assist the respective
-s¢hools in drawing attention to
-€avironmental issues.
=” Mrs Angela Russell, princi-
pal of Claridge Primary School,
welcomed the tree. "Our
school has a proud tradition of
weing environmentally aware.

e have completed various

autification projects that
“efansformed this campus into
“One with pockets of green
“spaces; we also have a water
‘feature. Our thriving fruit and
vegetable garden has won
awards.

“Every opportunity we get,
the teachers and I speak to the
-need for our students to be
‘smindful of their roles in keeping
“our environment clean and
attractive. The best way to
*ensure students learn this les-
“son is to demonstrate this prin-

» ciple and involve them.
“The students are intricately
. involved in all of our beautifica-
‘stion and environmental efforts,
: from planting and tending to the
“ fruits and vegetables in our gar-
* den, to collecting litter from the
+ school grounds. Your kind dona-
* * tion ofa Lignum Vitae tree adds
* to our efforts.”
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Allyson Mycklewhyte, gardening club chairperson, tend to the

Lignum Vitae tree

ager of The Tribune, com-
mended the teachers and stu-
dents of Claridge Primary.
"Your celebration of Earth Day
was well done. It's a pleasure
to view the attractive green
spaces at this school.

“Portia Sweeting of BEEP
and I are happy to present this
Lignum Vitae tree to you.
We're certain that you'll take
good care of it as you've done
with the other plants that you've
tended. The green spaces on
your campus are a model for
what can be achieved in every
community of this country.

“We need to became more
active in protecting tree cover
where possible, and doing our
part to reduce the amount of
waste we produce, and, of
course, when producing waste,
discarding of it properly."



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education officer (Primary Science - MOEST); Allyson

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@ VENEZUELA

TENS of thousands of
Venezuelans marched Saturday
to support a TV station aligned
with opponents of President
Hugo Chavez, whose govern-
ment plans to kick the channel
off the air next week by not
renewing its licence, according
to Associated Press.

The protesters set off from
tour different points of the cap-
ital, converging downtown in
the biggest show of support yet
for Radio Caracas de Televi-
sion, or RCTV, a network that
has been critical of Chavez’s
government.

RCTV is due to go off the air
at midnight May 27, when the
government says its license
expires. The channel and its
supporters argue Chavez is try-
ing to silence criticism, while
the government says it will be
replaced by a public-service sta-
tion and that freedom of expres-
sion is being respected.

"If (Chavez) shuts down the
channel, he’s crazy,” said Rafael
Velasquez, a 27-year-old con-
struction worker.who traveled
150 miles to attend the protest.
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television station, Radio Caracas Television, RCTV, in Caracas

on Saturday

want it or not.”

The march was organized by
the channel and 26 opposition
political parties.

In a speech to protesters,
RCTV chief Marcel Granier
urged the Venezuelan president
to heed the words of South
American independence icon
and Chavez hero Simon Boli-
var: “He who rules must listen;
the people are speaking.”

Founded in 1953, RCTV is
Venezuela’s oldest private net-
work and broadcasts a mix of
news, talk shows, sports, soap
operas and a version of “Who
Wants to Be a Millionaire?”

“RCTV is a stronghold of lib-
erties, of democracy, of telling
the truth,” said Eladio Lares,
host of RCT V’s.version of the
popular game show.

Chavez contests that, accus-
ing RCTV and other opposi-
tion-aligned private media of

(Photo: AP/Fernando Llano)

supporting a failed 2002 coup
against him by broadcasting car-
toons and movies instead of
covering street protests that aid-
ed his return to power.

Government supporters also
accuse RCTV of biased cover-
age that has glossed over
improvements in medical care,
education and other social pro-'
prams introduced by the Chavez
administration.

Granier has said RCTV has
the right to keep broadcasting
until 2022 and challenged the
government’s decision in court.

Venezuela’s Supreme Court
on Thursday dismissed the first
of a series of legal challenges
by RCTV to remain on the ait:
but left open the possibility for
the channel to seek redress
through other legal means.

But on Friday, Chavez ruled
out any possibility that RCTV,
would continue broadcasting.

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B DEMONSTRATORS wave Turkish flags and hold Ataturk posters during a pro-secular rally in
Samsun, Turkey on Sunday

(AP Photo/Murad Sezer)

Turks stage huge
secular rally in
Black Sea port

@ TURKEY
Samsun

THOUSANDS of flag-wav-
ing Turks demonstrated in this
Black Sea port city Sunday
against the Islamic-rooted gov-
ernment, which they fear is
undermining Turkey’s secular
system, according to ae
ed Press.

The A neaseation in Sam-.

sun — the latest in a series of
nationwide protests — was sig-
nificant, as the city was where
Turkey’s secular founder,
Mustafa Kemal Ataturk,
launched the country’s war of
independence against occupy-
ing powers after World War I.

Massive anti-government
demonstrations have also been
held in Ankara, Istanbul and
Izmir.

On Sunday, crowds gathered
in Samsun’s central square and
chanted “Turkey is secular and
will remain secular!” Protestefs
carried Turkish flags and
posters of Ataturk.

Organizers said they expected
participation to be lower than
previous protests. An AP pho-
tographer estimated there were
about 20,000 protesters in Sam-
sun. More than one million peo-
ple attended the demonstration

last week in the Aegean city of -

Izmir.

The demonstrations began in
early April to pressure Prime
Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo-
gan’s government against nom-
inating Foreign Minister Abdul-
lah Gul as presidential candi-
date, over fears that the party
would expand its powers and
govern unchecked.

Secular opposition parties
then boycotted the presidential
voting process in Parliament,

creating a political deadlock and

forcing Gul to abandon his bid.

The deadlock, along with
increasing pressure from the
public and the military, led
Erdogan to call for early parlia-
mentary elections, which are
scheduled for July 22. Parlia-
ment also passed an amendment
to allow the president to be
elected directly by the people,
rather than by Parliament, which

is currently dominated by mem- |

bers of Erdogan’s party. Presi-

. dent Ahmet Necdet Sezer has

yet to endorse the amendment.
Challenge

Parties from Turkey’s frac-
tured secular opposition have
been scrambling to unite to
challenge Erdogan’s party at
the polls.

The main opposition Repub-
lican People’s Party, led by

’ Deniz Baykal, agreed this week

on alliance terms with the
Democratic Left Party. And
two small parties — True Path
and Motherland — combined
forces to form the new Democ-
rat Party earlier this month.

On Sunday, Baykal and
Democratic Left leader Zeki
Sezer attended the Samsun
demonstration together in a
show of unity, drawing applause
from the crowds.

“We are here to cry out loud
that we are against Shariat

(Islamic law),” protest organiz-

er Turkan Saylan said.

“And we are against military
coups!” she said, referring to a
statement by the military last
month that threatened inter-
vention to preserve Turkey’s
secular system.

Erdogan spent time in jail in

Future British
PM is heckled
over Iraq war

m LONDON

GORDON Brown, due to
take over as prime minister in
June, was heckled Sunday by a
protester urging him to pull
British troops from Iraq,
according to Associated Press.

Brown was speaking at a
Labour Party event when a
woman chanted: “Gordon
Brown - get the troops out.”
She was escorted from the
room.

About 60 anti-war protesters
had gathered outside the venue
in Coventry, about 100 miles
north-west of London. Labour
was holding a campaign meet-
ing as it tries to decide on a new
deputy leader.

Brown, who will take over as
prime minister when Tony Blair
steps down on June 27, said he
understood the war in Iraq was
a “divisive and difficult” issue.
But he said he stood by the deci-
sion to join the US-led invasion.

“The number of troops that
started off was 44,000 and there
are now just 7,000 and that
number continues to go down,”
Brown said. “I am going to go
out to Iraq and look at the situ-
ation and see what is happening.

“T believe that what we need
to do is to combine what we are
doing at a security level with
economic development.”

Brown has not outlined what
his specific policies on Iraq will
be, though he has indicated that
he wants to devote more time
and resources toward the cre-
ation of jobs and basic services.

“There are too many people
in Iraq who don’t have a stake
in the economic future of the
country, too many people
unemployed, too many people
who are not seeing services
developed ... and therefore too
many people who don’t feel loy-
alty to the regime,” he said
when he launched his leader-
ship bid in early May.

1999 for reading a poem ata
political rally which the courts
deemed was challenging
Turkey’s secular system, and
many of his party’s members,
including Gul, are pious Mus-
lims who made their careers in
the country’s Islamist political
movement.

Erdogan rejects the label
“Islamist,” however, and says
he is committed to Turkey’s sec-
ular traditions. His government
has done more than most pre-
vious governments to advance
Turkey’s European Union
membership bid.

Turkey’s secularism is
enshrined in the constitution
and fiercely guarded by the judi-
ciary and by the powerful mili-
tary.

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HUNDREDS of demonstra-
tors gathered outside the Russ-
ian capital’s main broadcast
facility on Sunday to protest
what they called lies and cen-
sorship on TV channels that are
either controlled by the state or
under its influence, according
to Associated Press.

The peaceful rally of about
300 people came amid growing
concerns about media freedom
in Russia. The issue was high-
lighted over the past week by

the resignation of journalists

from the Russian News Service
broadcast agency to protest a
reported policy requiring that
50 percent of their stories show
the Kremlin positively, and by
the order for the Russian Union
of Journalists to vacate its office
in a state-owned building.

“We are extremely disturbed
and unsettled and we are calling

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for a protest against lies on tele-
vision, against vulgarity and
unprofessionalism on television,
against political censorship on
television,” Grigory Yavlinsky,
leader of the liberal Yabloko
party, told the crowd outside
the Ostankino broadcast com-
plex in northern Moscow.

Ostankino houses the offices
and studios of many television
channels and includes the 540-
meter broadcasting tower that is
Europe’s tallest freestanding
structure.

As Russia heads into a par-
liamentary election in Decem-
ber and presidential elections
in March, government influence
over news media appears to be
at its strongest since the Soviet
era ended.

Analytical programs on Rus-
sia’s main TV channels are
increasingly infrequent and less
likely to express criticism of the
Kremlin. The state runs one of



INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Hundreds rally
in Moscow to

protest TV ‘lies’

the country’s three major TV
networks and has a direct con-
trolling stake in another, along
with owning the two of the
largest radio networks.

NTV television, the third
major TV network once noted
for its criticism of the Kremlin
and independent reporting on
the war in Chechnya, has been
taken over by the state-con-
trolled natural gas monopoly
Gazprom, which also owns the
newspaper Izvestia.

Nightly news broadcasts
increasingly feature lengthy
footage of President Vladimir
Putin speaking to officials and
reports on the activities of the
two deputy prime ministers seen
as possible successors to him
when his term runs out next year.

“We consider that this is
extremely dangerous for the
future of our country. We con-
sider that in the 21st century,
such television leads the country

@ PARIS

AT least half of French
respondents in two polls pub-
lished Sunday said they approve
of conservative President Nico-
las Sarkozy’s new Cabinet,
according to Associated Press.

Fifty percent of those polled
for the weekly Le Parisien
Dimanche said they were satis-
fied with last week’s choice of
Prime Minister Francois Fillon
and 15 ministers; 22 percent
were dissatisfied. The rest had
no opinion.

But in a separate poll for the
Journal du Dimanche weekly,

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and human rights activists participate in a march organized by the liberal opposition party Yabloko
to protest what they call the strangling of democracy in Russia near the Ostankino broadcasting
tower, Moscow on Sunday ,

into degradation,” Yavlinsky
said. ;

Last week, journalist Artyom
Khan told The Associated Press

that he was one of eight core- .

spondents of the Russian News
Service to leave or submit their
resignations since new manage-
ment took over. The service
provides news for its own sta-
tion as well as others, including
Russian Radio — the nation’s
biggest radio broadcaster, with
an audience of 7.4 million daily.

Khan said his news editors
told him that his report last
month on pro-Kremlin protests
outside the Estonian Embassy

69 percent of respondents said
they were satisfied — at least
partially — and 30 percent were
at least somewhat dissatisfied.
One percent did not respond.
In the JDD poll, Economy
Minister Jean-Louis Borloo was
the most popular Cabinet mem-
ber, followed by Foreign Min-
ister Bernard Kouchner — a left-
ist who crossed the political

. divide to join Sarkozy’s team - -

and Justice Minister Rachida
Dati, who has Algerian and
Moroccan roots.
Sarkozy, who was inaugurated
Wednesday, appointed Fillon a
day later and the Cabinet on Fri-

pies

in Moscow had a “pro-Eston-
ian accent” and was “unprofes-
sional.” The protests were held
over Estonia’s decision to move
a Soviet war memorial from the
capital’s downtown area to a
cemetery, angering many Rus-
sians in the country.

Editors also refused to air
material he produced on a
Moscow march by the Krem-
lin’s political foes in April,
which was broken up by club-
wielding riot police, Khan said.

“T can’t say that the new pol-
icy is anti-Western or anti-
American, but it is clearly pro-

Russian,” Khan said. “You have

day, and has promised an array
of reforms for a country suffer-
ing from economic malaise, trou-
bles integrating its ethnic minori-
ties and a sense that its power
in the world is waning.

The telephone poll of 1,001
adults by CSA-CISCO agency
for Le Parisien Dimanche was
conducted Friday, while the
JDD poll was carried out by
phone among 981 adults by
OpinionWay on Friday and Sat-
urday. No margin of error was
given for either survey but for
polls of that size would be about
plus or minus 3 percentage
points.

(AP Photo / Ivan Sekretarev)

to convey the line of the party
of power.”

Mikhail Baklanov, the Russ-
ian News Service’s former edi-
tor-in-chief who was fired in
April by the new managers,
confirmed that a number of his
colleagues had quit.

“People left because there
was no chance to work profes-
sionally,” he said. “They
weren’t able to do what jour-
nalists do. They were told that
the first news item must be pos-
itive and the last news must be
positive, while negative news
must amount to no more than
50 percent” of the report.

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Egypt arrests 14 of Muslim Brotherhood

m@ EGYPT
Cairo

POLICE arrested 14 mem-
bers of the banned Muslim
Brotherhood as part of Egyp-
t’s ongoing campaign against
the country’s strongest opposi-
tion group, the interior ministry

and the group said Sunday,
according to Associated Press.

The interior ministry said in
its statement that the group was
arrested Saturday for holding a
secret organizational meeting
in Sharqiyya Province, located
some 50 miles northeast of
Cairo.

But the Brotherhood claimed
in a statement posted on its offi-
cial Web site that they were
simply attending a course on
raking shampoo.

The Brotherhood has been
banned since 1954 but has con-
tinued to operate and is Egypt’s
most powerful opposition

movement. Its lawmakers, who
run_ as independents, hold 88
seats in the 454-seat parliament.

The Brotherhood advocates
implementation of Islamic law
but says it wants democratic
reforms in Egypt, where Presi-
dent Hosni Mubarak has had a
quarter century of authoritarian
rule.

The government accuses the
group of seeking to take over
the country and passed a series
of constitutional amendments
in March that further curtailed
the Brotherhood’s ability to
participate in politics.

Nevertheless, the group
announced that it would field

up to 20 candidates in June elec-
tions for the upper house of par-
liament, known as the Shura
Council.

The Brotherhood issued
another statement Sunday say-
ing that 15 members had man-
aged to complete their registra-
tions for Shura Council elec-
tions. Five others, whose nomi-
nations have been blocked by
the interior ministry, are appeal-
ing to the administrative court,
the statement said.

Registration ends Sunday for
the Shura Council elections,
which are scheduled for June
11.

members, including leading fig-
ures, students and bloggers,
have been arrested in a crack-
down since December, when
Brotherhood studenfs carried
out a military-like parade. That
prompted government accusa-
tions that the movement was
forming an armed wing, pro-
viding students with combat
training, knives and chains.
The group denies forming a
militia.

A military trial of 40 top fig-
ures from the group on terror-
ism and money laundering
charges began late last month,
one of the largest such tribunals

More than 300 Brotherhood _ in years.





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@ EGYPTIAN relatives of detained Muslim brotherhood members react at a Cairo Supreme
Administrative Court last Monday after it overruled a rare ruling by the lower court that the
president’s order to try 40 Muslim Brotherhood of top figures before a military court was not valid

(AP Photo/Hossam Ali)

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northern district of the Somali capital after a bomb was detonated as the mayor’s convoy
approached it, a city official said. The mayor’s bodyguards shot a suspected insurgent who was in a
tree near the explosion area. Several civilians were wounded and taken to hospital, Mayor
Mohamed Dheere told journalists.

m@ SOMALIA
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A BOMB detonated in
Mogadishu near the mayor’s
vehicle convoy Sunday, leaving

at least two civilians dead, the .

mayor said. His bodyguards
shot and killed a suspected
insurgent who had been in a
tree near the explosion, accord-
ing to Assocoiated Press.
Mayor Mohamed Dheere
was unharmed in the blast, but
said several wounded civilians
had been taken to a hospital for
treatment. .
The convoy had been
approaching a secondary school
in the Somali capital when
bodyguards in the first vehicle

Explosion kills two
civilians and suspected.
insurgent in Somalia

noticed a suspicious object on
the road ahead and stopped,
Dheere told reporters.

The device then detonated,
but damaged none of the cars.
Dheere, who had been in the
third car, said none of the cars’
occupants had been hurt.

“The remnants of the Islamic
courts are behind this explo-
sion,” Dheere said, referring to
the Council of Islamic Courts,
which seized control over much
of southern Somalia last year
before being driven out by gov-
ernment troops backed by
Ethiopian soldiers.

“My guards killed a man who
was apparently controlling the
bomb on a tree,” the mayor
said. “He jumped and tried to

snatch a gun from a soldier, and
he was shot.”

On Thursday, a bomb
exploded as Prime Minister Ali
Mohamed Gedi’s convoy was
on its way to the capital’s air-
port, but no one was injured
and no vehicles were damaged.
’ At the end of April, the gov-
ernment declared victory in bat-
tles against clan rivals and
Islamic insurgents, who have
vowed to run an Iraq-style guer-
rilla war unless the country
becomes an Islamic state.

The battles in Mogadishu
between March 12 and April 26

alone killed at least 1,670 peo-

ple. Since February, 400,000
Mogadishu residents have fled
violence in the capital.

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southern Thailand

’- @ THAILAND
Pattani

SUSPECTED Muslim insur-
gents in southern Thailand
fatally shot two Buddhist civil-

_+!+ dans and wounded a third Sun-
~ >. day, while a bomb wounded 11

persons including five police-
men, police said, according to
Associated Press.

The casualties were the lat-
est apparent victims of an
Islamic separatist insurgency
in Thailand’s three southern-
most provinces — the only
provinces with Muslim majori-
_ ties in Buddhist-dominated

Thailand. More than 2,200
people have died as a result
of the unrest since January
2004.

One of Sunday’s fatalities was
a 22-year-old driver for a con-
struction company in Pattani
province, said police Col.
Thawan Narawong. His attack-
ers shot him at his work site
then set fire to his body and the
truck he had been driving, the
police officer said.

In Yala province, a gunman
on the back seat of a motorcy-
cle shot « 51-year-old woman
and her 17-year-old son as they
were riding her motorcycle to a

rubber plantation. police Lt.
Col. Somporn Toharb said.
The woman was pronounced
dead at a hospital while the her
son was seriously wounded, he
said.

Police said they believed the
attacks were part of an effort
by insurgents to scare Buddhists
into fleeing the region.

The bombing took place at a
grocery shop in a market in
Narathiwat province’s Waeng
district, said police Lt. Thosphol
Saingam. He identified the
wounded as five policemen, two
defense volunteers and four
civilians.

MONDAY, MAY 21, 2007, PAGE 19











m THAI police officers and charity workers carry the body of a 22-year Buddhist man who w
shot at his work site then set fire to his body and the truck he had been driving in Pattani proviince,

southern Thailand on Sunday

(AP Photo/Sumeth Panpetch)

Candidates break tie in Philippine local elections with coin toss

-. Mi PHILIPPINES

Manila

TWO candidates in a north-
ern mountain town broke a rare
tie in last week’s elections by
tossing a coin, a refreshing show
of sportsmanship in country
where poll disputes are often
settled with violence, officials
said Sunday, according to Asso-
ciated Press.

After a count of last Mon-
day’s ballots, local elections offi-
cials discovered that Bryan
Byrd Bellang and Benjamin
Ngeteg had tied for the final of
eight seats on the council in
Bontoc town in Mountain

province, elections supervisor
Mary Umaming said.

“T asked them if they wanted
to break the tie by tossing a coin
or drawing lots, and somebody
in the crowd wondered if I was
cracking a joke,” Umaming told
The Associated Press by tele-
phone.

“T said those options were in

the rules, and they agreed to

flip a coin,” she said.

Bellang, who chose heads,
won the toss, which was held
Tuesday in the local town hall.

The candidates then sealed
the agreement with a hand-
shake, and the crowd erupted
with applause, Umaming said.

Indonesian fisherman
catches ancient fish
off Sulawesi island

@ INDONESIA
Jakarta

AN Indonesian angler caught
a fish once thought to have dis-
appeared along with the
dinosaurs and held it in a quar-
antined pool until it died 17
hours later, a biologist said Sun-
/ day, according to Associated
. Press.

The coelacanth fish was
thought to have become extinct
65 million years ago until one
was found in 1938 off Africa’s
- coast. The discovery of the so-
-.called “living fossil” ignited
“-worldwide interest.

Several other specimens have
since been found, including one
in 1998 in waters off the Indone-
sian island of Sulawesi, where
Justinus Lahama also hooked
his 4-foot, 50-kilogram fish ear-

_ 1 ly Saturday.

The fisherman pulled it from
waters near Bunaken National

Marine Park, which has some
of the highest levels of marine
biodiversity in the world and is
a popular diving spot for
tourists, marine biologist Lucky
Lumingas said.

Lumingas classified the fish
as Coelacanth Latemeria, a
powerful predator with highly
mobile, limb-like fins. It is usu-
ally about 5 feet long and
weighs around 45 kilograms.
Unlike most other fish, it gives
birth to live young rather than
laying eggs.

Lumingas, who works with
the local Sam Ratulangi Uni-
versity, said it was “extraordi-
nary” the fish survived for 17
hours in a quarantined pool.

“The fish should have died
within two hours because this
species only lives in deep, cold-
sea environment at a depth of at

least 200 feet,” he said, adding .

that his university would close-
ly study the carcass.

Alert level raised as
Philippine volcano shows
more signs of activity

@ PHILIPPINES
Manila

PHILIPPINE scientists raised
_ the alert level on a restive vol-
“-cano Sunday after detecting
- increasing signs of activity that
could be a precursor to a new
bout of explosive eruptions,
officials said, according to Asso-
ciated Press.
_ The 5,149-foot Mount Bulu-
san in Sorsogon province, about
240 miles southeast of Manila,
has been showing signs of
unrest since coming back to life
in March 2006 with on-and-off
ash and steam explosions.
Since it ejected ash on May
12, the mountain’s northeastern

‘- slope has swelled slightly and

abnormally high numbers of
earthquakes have been record-
ed, prompting authorities on
_ Sunday to raise the public alert
_ level from one to two on a five-
step scale, the Philippine Insti-
tute of Volcanology and Seis-
mology said in a statement.



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The alert upgrade indicates a
shift from “low-level volcanic
activity” to a “moderate level
of volcanic unrest,” said Crispu-
lo Diolata, an official at the
institute. An alert level of five
means a life-threatening erup-
tion is in progress, Diolata said.

“The high level of seismic
activity and the observed infla-
tion indicate increasing volcanic
unrest,” the institute said in its
statement. “The current activi-
ty may lead to more explosive
eruptions.”

Villagers were warned not to
venture into a 2.5-mile “perma-
nent danger zone” around the
volcano.

The Philippine archipelago
lies on the Pacific Ocean’s
“Ring of Fire,” where volcanic

activity and earthquakes are

common.

In December, typhoon-trig-
gered mudslides along the
slopes of nearby Mayon volcano
buried entire villages, killing
more than 1,000 people.







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unaware of the two options for
resolving them under official
rules, Umaming said.

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India’s 5-year-old marathoner is.
barred from 500 kilometer walk |

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A 5-YEAR-OLD Indian boy
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last year sparked protests from
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from going on a proposed 500
kilometer walk, an official said
Sunday, according to Associated
Press.

Budhia Singh’s 11-day walk
from Bhubaneswar in the east-
ern state of Orissa to Calcutta,

the capital of West Bengal state,
had been scheduled to begin
June 6, his coach Biranchi Das
announced last week.

“The child welfare commit-

e ... has formally decided to
impose a ban on Budhia Singh’s
proposed Bhubaneswar-to-Cal-
cutta walk. The committee felt
the walk may have an adverse
impact on the child’s health,”
committee chairman, Rabi
Shankar Mishra, said.

“Use of a child, be it for a

marathon run or a walk
amounts to torture and we are

here to stop that,” Mishra
added.
Exhaustion

Last year, Singh attempted to
run a 70-kilometer marathon,
but doctors stopped him after
65 kilometers when he showed
signs of extreme exhaustion.

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anemic and under cardiac stress,
and the Orissa state govern-
ment banned him from running
until he is older.

The boy’s coach has also been
summoned to appear before the

’ committee, Mishra added.

“The committee’s decision is
most unfortunate. They are
unnecessarily harassing Bud-
hia,” Das told reporters Sun-
day.

Das has insisted that he is
looking after the best interests
of the boy, whose father died
when he was seven months old.
His mother, unable to support
him, was about to sell him to
another villager for 800 rupees
(US$18) when the family met
Das two years ago. Das has said
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killed 541 rebels in four months

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SRI Lanka’s government
claimed Sunday to have killed
more than 500 Tamil rebels in
the past four months and lost
only 44 of its own soldiers in
fierce fighting that has com-
pletely shattered the island
nation’s peace process, accord-
ing to Associated Press.

A military spokesman, Brig.
Prasad Samarasinghe, said 541
rebels have been killed in fight-
ing in two northern districts,
Mannar and Vavuniya. Both lie
along the frontier separating
government and separatist rebel
territory and have become flash
points in the deepening conflict.

There was no way to inde-
pendently verify the military’s

claim, and diplomats and mem-
bers of a Nordic cease-fire mon-
itoring mission that remains in
place have said they believe
both sides routinely inflate the
number of casualties they inflict
on the other.

The Tamil Tiger rebels, who
almost always dispute govern-
ment accounts of battles and
death tolls, did not immediate-
ly offer comment.

The rebels have been fighting
since 1983 for a separate home-
land for Sri Lanka’s Tamil minor-
ity, a predominantly Hindu ethnic
group that has faced decades of
discrimination by the majority
Sinhalese, who are predomi-
nantly Buddhist and dominate
the government and military. -

More than 65,000 people
were killed before a 2002 cease-

fire, brokered by Norway, tem-
porarily quelled the fighting.

But violence has escalated in
the past 18 months, resulting in
more than 5,000 new deaths
since December 2005, accord-.
ing to the Nordic monitors.

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came Saturday in the northern ,
Jaffna peninsula, which is con-
trolled by the government but»
surrounded by rebel territory. ,

The defense ministry said that °
soldiers caught rebels trying to
sneak through the government’s
defensive lines and killed three
of the insurgents.

Pakistani police arrest married couple for
lying about gender of transsexual husband |

@ PAKISTAN
Lahore

POLICE arrested a wife and
her husband — a woman who
underwent gender reassignment
surgery 16 years ago — and
accused them of lying about the
husband’s gender to a court in
eastern Pakistan, according to
Associated Press.

The case — which casts a rare
public spotlight on the taboo
subject of transsexualism in this
conservative country — came to
the attention of the authorities
after the bride’s father appealed
to the High Court in the city of
Lahore to annul his daughter’s
wedding, saying it was against

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* BTC hopes new technology to rapidly identify spammers will alleviate problems

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

ajor interna-
tional Inter-
net servers
such as AOL
and Comcast
are automatically blocking e-
mail messages sent from the
Bahamas Telecommunications

Company’s (BTC) Internet
Service Provider (ISP) because
Batelnet is being used by for-
eigners to transmit huge vol-
umes of ‘spam’ or junk mail,
The Tribune can reveal.

The situation, which has
been ongoing “on and off” for
the past seven months, is like-
ly to have cost BTC significant
Internet business and has

June 1 deadline for
Kerzner’s Hurricane
Hole Plaza takeover

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

~ KERZNER
International. |,
will formally |
take = over
ownership of ff
Paradise
Island’s Hurri-
cane Hole
Shopping
Plaza on June
1, 2007, The
Tribune can
reveal, with all
existing retail businesses due
to vacate their premises by
February 2008 following the
Atlantis owner’s acquisition.
All retailers currently oper-
ating from the Plaza recently
received a letter from the ven-
dor’s attorneys, Alexiou,



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Alexiou’s law firm.
confirms sale, with
retailers given notice to

leave by February 2008

Knowles & Co, giving them
notice of the dates they will
have to vacate their existing

. outlets by.

Sources close is the situa-
tion said the food store in the
Hurricane Hole Shopping
Plaza has been told it will have
to leave by the end of Novem-
ber 2006. All other retailers
bar one have been informed
by their Kerzner landlords that
they wilF have to leave by the

SEE page 9

Oasis purchase
‘to save Freeport
downtown’ area

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

HARCOURT Development
Company’s $33 million pur-
chase of the Royal Oasis will
“save downtown Freeport”, a
Grand Bahama-based attorney
told The Tribune, with plans
for the resort to target the US
convention market seen as
generating “potential year-
round tourism revenues” for
the island’s economy.

Fred Smith, attorney and
partner with Callender’s & Co,
praised Harcourt, which is also
involved in developing the
Bahamia subdivision and con-
dominiums at Suffolk Court,
for its commitment to devel-
oping the Freeport and Grand
Bahama community, as well as
its investment projects.

“Harcourt is definitely show-
ing all the other investors and
development companies how

Convention market
targeting holds out
‘year-round’
tourism potential

it is supposed to be done,” Mr
Smith said. “It’s dramatically
different. This kind of devel-
opment and commitment to
the community by Harcourt
will create thousands of jobs
and many opportunities.

“Tt will increase the tourism
we are so badly needing in
Freeport . It will act as a stim-
ulus for the International
Bazaar and all the restaurants
and bars in the downtown
community. It will save down-
town Freeport .

“TI urge the Port Authority
and the FNM government to

SEE page 2

Toshiba Makes
Color History
with 4 Prestigious Awards

played havoc with Bahamian
businesses that rely upon its
Batelnet service to transmit
data and communicate with
international clients and sup-
pliers.

One irate Batelnet customer
showed how both AOL and
Comcast servers had rejected
legitimate e-mails he had sent
to friends and colleagues in the

US, as a result of both
providers deciding to block all
e-mails from BTC’s ISP to pre-
vent their own networks
becoming deluged and over-
run with spam.

An e-mail sent to a Comcast
e-mail address on Friday, May
18, said: “Failed. Message
could not be delivered to the
demain Comcast.net. Failed to

accept the sender.” And an e-
mail sent to an AOL sub-
scriber by the same Batelnet
customer on May 7, 2007, was
also returned to him with this
explanation: “Failed. Message
could not be delivered to the
domain — aol.com. Error while
sending data.”

The Batelnet customer told
The Tribune that “some of the

largest Internet servers totally
reject all messages originating
at BTC. What is going on?
“Initially, it seemed that only
certain servers refused mail
from Batelnet. For a while in
late 2006, the matter seemed
to improve slightly. Now I find

SEE page 11

Large banks urged to back Disaster Recovery Centre

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

A NATIONAL Disaster Recovery Cen-

tre between 6,000 to 12,000 square feet in

size would cost between $2.4 million to
$3.6 million to build, with its proponents
arguing the proposal would be kick-start-
ed if two to four large Bahamas-based
bank and trust companies committed to
using and leasing space in it.

Andre Knowles, Cable-Bahamas region-
al sales director, said the estimated con-

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struction costs would be $300-$400 per
square foot, but pointed out that “the larg-
er the facility, the cheaper it is to build”.

He indicated that the National Recovery
Centre’s size would depend on client
demand, and the more clients that com-
mitted to using it, the lower construction
costs per client would be, generating
economies of scale.

Mr Knowles told a Bahamas Institute of
Chartered Accountants (BICA) seminar
that operating costs for the proposed facil-
ity were about 20 per cent per annum of

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construction costs, an estimate that “may
be a little bit high”. These costs were
required to pay for the National Recovery
Centre’s support and security staff, main-
tenance and replacement of hardware.

. Clients would be charged $60-$100 per
square foot, a charge that Mr Knowles
said would compare favourably with the
fact that any Bahamas-based financial
institution serious about disaster recov- _

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ome 52,499 shares

changed hands in the ©

Bahamian market

this past week. The
market saw 10 out of its 19 list-
ed stocks trade, of which four
advanced, two declined and
four remained unchanged.

- Volume leader for the week
was FirstCaribbean Interna-
tional Bank (Bahamas) (CIB),
with 21,270 shares changing
hands and accounting for 40.52
per cent of the total shares
traded.

The big advancer for a sec-

‘ ond consecutive week was

Bahamas Waste (BWL), up
$0.07 or 2.59 per cent to close
at a new 52-week high of $2.77.
Year-to-date, BWL’s share
price has appreciated by 58.29
per cent to $2.77 versus $1.75
at the end of 2006. On the
down: side, Consolidated
Water Company’s BDR share
"price fell by $0.06 or 1.15 per
cent to end the week at $5.14.
For the week, the FINDEX
declined by 6.32 points, to
close at 791.57.

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first quarter, CWCO posted
net income of $3.5 million, rep-
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cent compared to $3.1 million
for the 2006 first quarter. Total
revenues grew by 38 per cent
to $12.7 million.

Retail revenues were rela-
tively unchanged at $5.1 mil-
lion, while bulk revenues rose
by 39 per cent to total $5.2 mil-
lion.

Gross profit stood at $5.3
million or 42 per cent of rev-
enues for the 2007 first quarter,
versus $4.8 million or 52 per
cent of revenues for the 2006
first quarter.

Operating expenses
increased to $2.3 million, up
$200,000: over the same peri-
od last year. Total assets grew
by $4.2 million to total $143.2
million as at March 31, 2007.

In related news, CWCB has
declared dividends of $0.012
per BDR, payable on August
8, 2007, to all shareholders of
record date June 30, 2007.

Oasis
purchase
‘to save
Freeport
downtown’
area

FROM page 1

do what is necessary to make
the deal happen quickly. The
people of Grand Bahama
returned an FNM government,
and whatever the FNM can do
to energise and create an econ-
omy in the downtown area
would be fantastic.”

Mr Smith said that based on
the work he had seen Harcourt
do in the Bahamia subdivision,
and at Suffolk Court , the Irish-
headquartered property devel-
oper di
ly interested in short-term

profits,;byt were taking,their i
tal responsibilities

develop

“seriously” and looking to
marry their investment with
community building.

Mr Smith said Freeport
needed long-term developers
who “buy-in” to the city and
its community, adding that
Harcourt’s beautification and
maintenance efforts at
Bahamia, with kerbing and
paving put in, showed they had
pride in the community and
provided a model for other
developers to emulate.

Christopher Lowe, the
Grand Bahama Chamber of
Commerce president, said of
the Royal Oasis deal: “I think
it’s fantastic that we finally
appear to be making some
headway on that property. I
don’t think it’s going to be a
quick fix; I think it’s going to
be more of a long-term benefit
once it gets up and running.

“Hopefully they are a long-
term solution for that property,
and I like the fact they are tar-
geting the US convention mar-
ket, as it has enormous poten-
tial for year-round revenues
and arrivals.”

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Private equity industry enters era of change

BY JOE BEL BRUNO
Associated Press

NEW YORK — Cerberus Capital
Management’s planned takeover of
Chrysler Group marks a power shift
on Wall Street as private equity firms
transform not only their image, but
how — and why — big deals get
done.

By making bigger and more com-
plex deals, buyout shops are thinking
more like Wall Street investment
banks, broadening their strategy
from the days when they were
known for buying up companies,
slashing costs and then putting them
back on the market.

With Chrysler, Cerberus is talking
about rejuvenating an ailing brand,
not about its exit strategy.

“Private equity must now become
real about the business of running
businesses,” said Peter Morici, a pro-

fessor at the University of Mary-
land’s Robert H. Smith School of
Business. “The days of buy, strip and
sell are numbered.”

In the past, these financial firms
gravitated toward well-known names
like Hertz, Sealy, Toys ’R Us, and
Neiman Marcus — large companies,
but not of the size and scope that
we're seeing these days.

BIG PRICE TAGS

The deals announced so far this
year include some massive price tags:
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. and
Texas Pacific are paying $43 billion
for energy provider TXU. Other
deals include the $27.9 billion KKR-
led takeover of credit card processor
First Data, and the $25.6 billion acqui-
sition of student lending company
SLM by private-equity firm J.C.
Flowers & Co. and three other inves-

ENERGY

tors.

And, this past week, Warburg Pin-
cus agreed to pay $3.7 billion for
Bausch & Lomb.

All told, private equity firms have
racked up more than $370 billion in
global buyouts this year — and are on
pace to eclipse last year’s record of
$730 billion, according to financial
data provider Dealogic.

John Snow, the former Treasury
Secretary who is now Cerberus’
chairman, has made it clear the firm
wants to revive the Chrysler brand.
Cerberus is paying Daimler-Chrysler
$7.4 billion for a controlling stake in
the U.S. automaker, and is arranging
$62 billion more in financing for its
overhaul.

It also fits into Cerberus’ overall
strategy in the auto industry, where it
controls a number of companies. The
firm already owns a 51 percent stake







CRAIG WHITLOCK/WASHINGTON POST SERVICE

ILLUMINATION: Hans-Joerg Koch manages the Espenhain plant and its 33,500 solar panels. Last
year, about half of the world’s solar power was produced in Germany.

GERMANY’S SOLAR

“SOLUTION

CLOUDY GERMANY EMERGES AS A
POWERHOUSE IN SOLAR ENERGY

BY CRAIG WHITLOCK
Washington Post Service

ESPENHAIN, Germany — When it opened here in 2004 ona
reclaimed mining dump, the Geosol solar plant was the biggest of its
kind in the world. It is so clean and green that it produces zero
emissions and so easy to operate that it has only three regular workers:
plant manager Hans-Joerg Koch and his security guards, sheepdogs

named Pushkin and Adi.

The plant is part of a building
boom that has made gloomy-skied
Germany the unlikely global leader
in solar-generated electricity. Last
year, about half of the world’s solar
electricity was produced in the
country. Of the 20 biggest photo-
voltaic plants, 15 are in Germany,
even though it has only half as
many sunny days as countries such
as Portugal.

The reason is not a break-
through in the economics or tech-
nology of solar power but a law
adopted in 2000. It requires the
country’s huge old-line utility firms
to subsidize the solar upstarts by
buying their electricity at
marked-up rates that make it easy
for the newcomers to turn a profit.

The law was part of a broader
measure adopted by the German
government to boost production of
renewable energy sources, includ-
ing wind power and biofuels. As
the world’s sixth-biggest producer
of carbon-dioxide emissions, Ger-
many is trying to slash its output of
greenhouse gases and wants
renewable sources.to supply a
quarter of its energy needs by 2020.

Since the Geosol plant was built,
it has been eclipsed in size by six
other German solar plants, includ-
ing the new world’s-largest, the
Solarpark Gut Erlasee in Bavaria,
which has more than double the
capacity.

German officials readily
acknowledge that they are embrac-
ing solar technology not just for its

environmental benefits. German
firms that manufacture photovol-
taic panels and other components
have prospered under the energy
act and now employ 40,000 people.
An additional 15,000 people work
for companies in the solar-thermal
business, which make heating sys-
tems for homes and businesses.

Matthias Machnik, an undersec-
retary for the German ministry of
the environment, acknowledged
that Germany can’t hope to com-
pete in the long term with perpetu-
ally sunny nations in generating
solar power, but it hopes to expand
its exports of solar technology and
become the leader in that field.

“Unless climate change acceler-
ates, we only have a certain amount
of available hours of sunshine,”
Machnik said.

Last year, German exports
accounted for 15 percent of world-
wide sales of solar panels and other
photovoltaic equipment, according
to industry officials. German firms
hope to double their share of the
global market, which amounted to
$9.5 billion last year and is growing
by about 20 percent annually, said
Carsten Koernig, managing direc-
tor of the German Solar Industry
Association, a trade and lobbying
group. “It’s been very important to
create the necessary market in Ger-
many,” Koernig said. “We not only
want to master the German market,
but to conquer the world market as
well.”

For now, the technology

remains expensive and barely reg-
isters as a fraction of total energy
production — less than 0.5 percent.
The government hopes to increase
that figure to 3 percent by 2020.

Industry supporters, however,
say there are other factors that
favor solar production in the long
term.

One is that other forms of non-
fossil fuel energy are falling out of
favor. The government has decided
to phase out all nuclear power
plants by 2020. And while Ger-
many is also the world leader in
wind power, a popular backlash is
building against the towering wind
turbines that are criticized as eye-
sores. In Espenhain, officials have
warm words for their solar plant,
owned by the Berlin-based com-
pany Geosol.

The facility was constructed on
land that had served as a dumping
ground for millions of tons of coal
dust produced by nearby mines
since the 1930s. The property had
been rendered unusable for agri-
culture or other purposes.

Two decades ago, the region
was part of communist East Ger-
many and known for that coal
industry, which employed 8,000
people.

“This region was known as the
dirtiest in all of Europe,” said Juer-
gen Frisch, mayor of Espenhain.
“The solar plant came at a very
good time for Espenhain. It’s
helped to change our image.”

Unlike the coal mines, the solar
plant makes almost no noise, save
for the low thrum of a few outdoor
air-conditioning units that cool the
electrical transformers. The plant,
with 33,500 solar panels, sits on a
37-acre site off a rural road.

On a tour of the property, Koch,
the manager, acknowledged that
eastern Germany is not the ideal
site for collecting the sun’s rays.
Contrary to popular expectations,
however, the solar panels work fine
on drizzly days, he said, although
they generate only a quarter to half
the usual output of electricity.





in GMAC Financial Services, among
other investments. It is also the midst
of a $1 billion takeover of parts sup-
plier Tower Automotive and has
been in talks to buy a controlling
interest in bankrupt another parts
supplier, Delphi.

That is an important shift, analysts
said. Before, it was common for pri-
vate equity firms to manage a portfo-
lio of completely diverse companies.
Now, many are forming their portfo-
lio of companies around specific sec-
tors with a goal to become true
industry players. “We don’t buy with
the intention to pursue an exit,”
Snow told The Associated Press in an
interview. “We buy with the inten-
tion, with the clear intention, to help
turn the company around, help it
achieve its potential.”

That’s different from the slash-
and-burn tactics private equity firms

EMPLOYMENT

have used in the past. Even Cerberus
has been reproached for its handling
of a few deals.

CRITICISM

Cerberus bought Vanguard Car
Rental, which operates the Alamo
and National Brands, out of bank-
ruptcy in 2003, and was criticized for
moving the corporate headquarters
and cutting hundreds of jobs. It
wasn’t long after the 2004 acquisition
of Mervyn’s department store that
Cerberus shuttered 80 locations and
exited two major markets.

Another factor that private equity
faces is that Wall Street has become
wary when buyout shops bring some
of their companies public. The num-
ber of IPOs have surged to levels not
seen since the tech boom in 2000,
which means investors can be more
selective about what they buy into.

Some high-tech

“manufacturing

jobs go unfilled

BY THOMAS J. SHEERAN
Associated Press

CLEVELAND — Michael Starr
was laid off in mid-career from his
factory job and found himself back in
the classroom to upgrade his skills —
for a new high-tech manufacturing
environment struggling to find
workers.

Working in industry today “is not
like the old days: get a hammer and
fix it,” the 45-year-old said.

Starr was laid off Jan. 15 from his
sheet-metal working job in suburban
Medina. He has enrolled in a Lorain
County Community College pro-
gram to take courses in computers,
math, machining, industrial blue-
print reading, advanced computer-
ized numerical controlled milling
and job-search and study skills.

When he showed up in class, “I
was terrified, like training an old dog
new tricks,” he said.

The nation has shed 5 million
manufacturing jobs in three decades,
but higher-skill factory jobs like
Starr’s goal increasingly go unfilled
as employers deal with applicants
with poor reading and math abilities
and a bad attitude about blue-collar
work. ,

The National Association of Man-
ufacturers says the skill shortages
have hurt production and the ability
to meet customer demands. And the
pattern is likely to persist as the

nation sheds old-style manufactur- -

ing to compete in a global economy.
The Federal Reserve Bank of New
York, in a report last year, predicted
a continuing trend
of lower-skilled
jobs lost to foreign
competition and
automation and
giving way to a
smaller number of
higher-skilled
manufacturing
jobs. “There is a
stereotype that
manufacturing is a
dead-end type of
career, but that is
opposite the
truth,” said Ronald
Bullock, who runs
the family-owned
Bison Gear and
Engineering Corp.
in St. Charles, IIL,
outside Chicago.
The company,
which makes elec-
tric motors for res-
taurant, medical
and packaging equipment, has used a
quick-response, custom-made sys-
tem — it does the work fast and to

in Cleveland.

detailed specifications for each job

— to regain business lost to lower-
wage Mexico and China. Now the
expanding company has trouble
finding workers who can read and
do the math required for entry-level
$10 hourly jobs with healthcare ben-
efits and future raises.

The picture is similar across
much of the nation’s industrial base,
with the Bureau of Labor Statistics
reporting a consistent increase over
three years in the rate of vacant
manufacturing jobs, going from the
1.5 percent range to about 2.5 per-



AT SCHOOL: Adam Fekete
watches a CNC machine
produce a part in the shop
at Max S. Hayes High School

cent, or one in 40 jobs vacant.

The New York Fed report said °
the manufacturing share of the
nation’s work force has dipped from
20 percent in 1979 to 11 percent, with
new manufacturing openings
increasingly requiring fewer work-
ers but higher skills, including math, ©
communications, computer use and
team work.

The problem likely will worsen
with baby boomer retirements. The
Manufacturing Advocacy and
Growth Network (MAGNET) orga-
nization in Cleveland estimated
800,000 manufacturing jobs in the
Midwest will be vacated by retire-
ments in the next six years. Laid-off
workers often lack the skills needed
in newer, high-tech jobs.

Hiring problems include job seek-
ers with poor education — some-
times high school graduates who
can’t read at an eighth-grade level —
an indifference to work issues such
as showing up every day and the
feeling that manufacturing is dirty
work without a future.

There are indications that high-
tech investments have created man-
ufacturing jobs. The nation’s manu-
facturing job sector grew by 4.5 per-
cent, on average, in 2006, while the
U.S. economy expanded 3.1 percent,
the National Association of Manu-
facturers said.

In a 2005 report, the association
said skill shortages “are broad and
deep” and had affected 80 percent of
the more than 800 companies it sur-
veyed. The findings remain consis-
tent for 2007, the
group said.

Adam Fekete, 17,
hopes an innovative
high school pro-
gram in Cleveland
will give him the
21st century skills
needed to become a
third-generation
blue-collar
employee working
in manufacturing
and computers.

Fekete is one of
118 students
enrolled in a manu-
facturing program
at Max S. Hayes
High School in a
gritty Cleveland
neighborhood
where small, high-
tech plants sit
alongside locked
factories.

The program has a rigorous cur-
riculum, including calculus, chemis-
try; physics, robotics competitions
and rotations in computer-aided
design and drafting, computer
numerical control machining, robot-
ics and engineering welding.

Fekete and classmate Alexander
Story, 17, who wants to become an
engineer, did the computer program
in a laboratory filled with Dell com-
puters and busy classmates who
didn’t need to be quieted.

Work in manufacturing? “Not too

- Many. people want to do it,” said

Story, who figures the lack of inter-
est among his peérs will make it eas-
ier for him to make.a mark.

MARK DUNCAN/AP

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_MONDAY, MAY 21, 2007 | 4B

More hotel rooms may temper rate rises

BY JANE L. LEVERE
New York Times News Service

With many new hotel
rooms planned in business
centers across the country in
the next couple of years, the
industry is clearly optimistic
that it will have little problem
filling them.

But some industry analysts
are not as sure. And the price
travelers pay for those rooms
will depend on who is right.

One, Steven E. Kent of
Goldman Sachs, who down-
graded his rating for hotel
stocks last fall from attractive
to neutral, said he was particu-
larly concerned that the sup-
ply of hotel rooms was grow-
ing faster than demand.

“This is the first time since
2002 that supply growth will
be greater than demand
growth, and this usually leads
to pricing pressure,” Kent
said.

He said he did not expect
the cost of hotel rooms to go
down anytime soon but, he
said, the rise in rates would
slow.

“The bottom line for busi-
ness travelers,” he said, “‘is
that they will continue to get
sticker shock when they walk
into a hotel. But they should
also know it’s going to start to
moderate.”

Price WaterhouseCoopers
estimates that the average
number of rooms sold daily by
hotels in the United States will
increase by 1.4 percent this

_year and 1.9 percent next year,
compared with increases of 4
percent, 2.8 percent, and 0.8
percent in the years 2004
through 2006, as calculated by

INVESTMENTS

Small firms are
tempting to
financial buyers

BY ARDEN DALE
Dow Jones

Small businesses are hot
prospects for buyers these
days.

‘Financiers with money to
spend are turning more fre-
quently to the mini-mart or
small trucking company as a
good investment. Among the
most avid buyers are private
equity funds flush with cash.

“There’s no question that
small businesses are becom-
ing more frequent takeover
targets,” said Joe Astrachan,
director of the Cox Family
Enterprise Center at Kenne-
saw State University and edi-
tor of the Family Business
Review. “Ten years ago, this
didn’t happen at all.”

Buyers have gotten far
more sophisticated about
gauging the risks of taking
over a small business, and as
a result are going after those
“all the way down into the
area of 100 employees or
fewer,” Astrachan said.

But new buyers pose
some challenges as well as
opportunities for small busi-
ness owners looking to sell.
Along with capital, they may
bring performance contracts
that require owners to stay in
the business and keep it
growing. Moreover, buyers
may suddenly swoop in with
an offer unexpectedly —
which may require a more
rigorous approach to keeping
the business ship-shape.

Proof that the buying
spree has heated up is partly
in the growing ranks of busi-
ness owners and executives
seeking out advisors for a
review of their personal
finances, according to M.
Holly Isdale, managing direc-
tor and head of wealth advi-
sory services at Lehman
Brothers.

“There are bids being
made that may tip family or
closely held companies into
selling because the price is
right,” said Isdale. “Execu-
tives are coming to us and for
a look at how their finances
are structured.”

How small is small? Mom-
and-pop outfits continue to
fly under the radar of the
acquisition-hungry — these
are the tiny corner grocery
or liquor stores whose own-
ers struggle to make ends
meet.

Smith Travel Research. It also
forecasts that the supply of
hotel rooms will jump 1.6 per-
cent this year and 2.3 percent
in 2008 and 2009. The last
time supply increased at least
this much was in 2002, just as
travel plummeted after the
Sept. ll attacks.

PriceWaterhouseCoopers
further estimates that the
increase in revenue per avail-
able room will start to decline
this year.

It projects an increase of 5.6
percent in 2007 and 5.3 per-
cent next year. That compares
with increases of 8.5 percent in
2005 and 7.7 percent in 2006,
according to Smith Travel
Research.

Kent of Goldman Sachs had
a similar prediction. “Pricing
growth is going to decelerate,”
he said. “We don’t expect it to
go negative.”

Bjorn Hanson, a principal at
PriceWaterhouseCoopers,
agreed.

“Slightly more availability
of hotel rooms and lower rate
increases will be the trend for
the next few years,” he said.

Although Marriott has
reduced its 2007 estimate for
growth in revenue per avail-
able U.S. room to between 6
percent and 8 percent, it mini-
mizes this decline and attri-
butes it to weakness in group
business in January 2007. It
says bookings for such busi-
ness are strong in the fourth
quarter of this year.

“Business travel seems to
be quite firm, and we continue
to see this for the rest of the
year into next year,” said
Laura E. Paugh, senior vice

Prime targets are well-
oiled businesses with an
annual profit of at least
$150,000. Manufacturing,
trucking and garbage collect-
ing concerns are popular tar-
gets.

“It really depends on the
industry, but most deals are
being done with businesses
with around $250,000 or up
in annual profits,” said Graf-
ton “Cap” Willey, a share-
holder and managing partner
of the Rhode Island offices of
Tofias PC, a_ regional
accounting firm, and chair-
man of the National Small
Business Association.

Common sense comes
into play. If an owner is
working more than 60 hours
a week and the business
brings in only a modest
profit, there’s probably not a
queue around the block to
take it off his hands.

BIGGEST DRIVER

Private-equity funds are
the biggest driver of small
business takeovers these
days, though retired execu-
tives looking to get back into
action with companies to call
their own are also buyers.

“Buyout firms are raising
huge pools of capital,” said
Isdale. “There’s just so much
money going into buyouts.”

A common modus
operandi for a private-equity
fund: Take a minority stake
in a business through a per-
formance-based contract
that grants representation on
the board of directors. A big-
ger share of ownership
results if the company
doesn’t perform well, and a
buyout can follow.

Small business owners
who get into a deal with pri-
vate equity should remember
these arrangements may
exert uncomfortable pres-
sure. Often, a partner is
looking to turn around the
investment in two to five
years.

“We like to say that small
business owners are looking
for patient capital,” said Wil-
ley. “Venture capitalists, by
their nature, aren’t patient.”

So it’s important for busi-
ness owners to make sure
they have a good exit strat-
egy should things go wrong,
said Colin C. Blaydon, direc-
tor of the Center for Private

president for investor rela-
tions at Marriott International.

She also said that Marriott
estimated that industry supply
in the United States would
grow roughly 2 percent this
year, largely in suburban and
other markets outside big cit-

ies.

Robert M. LaForgia, execu-
tive vice president and chief
financial officer of Hilton
Hotels, was even more bullish.
His company forecasts.9 per-
cent to 10 percent growth this
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‘There are bids being made that may tip

family or closely held companies into selling

because the price is right.’

-M. HOLLY ISDALE, Lehman Brothers executive

Equity and Entrepreneurship
at the Tuck School of Busi-
ness at Dartmouth College in
Hanover, N.H. “Owners have
to make sure they’re in con-
trol of their own destiny.”

Ira Bryck, director of the
University of Massachusetts
Amherst Family Business
Center in Hadley, Mass., said
he sees numerous people
with small family businesses
who want to sell.

TRUE VALUE

People in that position
should consider a number of
things, said Bryck. Among
them is making sure the busi-
ness isn’t bloated with vaca-
tion homes and other “toys.”
These can make it hard to
tell the true value of the busi-
ness.

“When it comes time to
sell your company, which
often comes unexpectedly,
you have to throw all of that
stuff overboard and clean
house fast,” said Bryck. “You
have to get rid of anything in
the business that’s not a
value-added part of it.”

Indeed, the element of
surprise is more often in play
these days, as private equity
funds get more aggressive.

“We're starting to see
more hostile takeovers,” said
Isdale.

“It used to be that as a
senior vice president, I
would have a say, but now
takeovers are coming out of
the woodwork.”

Understanding the real
value of the business is also
key. Small business owners
are “notoriously bad at judg-
ing the value of their own
business,” said Astrachan.

Often, an owner thinks it’s
worth a lot more or less than
it really is, he said.

“They also need to figure
out what value they derive
from the business that isn’t
financial,” said Astrachan.

“What’s the thing they get
out of it that would be hard-
est to purchase? Lots of
times, the financial offer
might be great, but it just
wouldn’t make up for what
the business adds to your
life.”

room at hotels it owns. At
urban hotels like the Waldorf-
Astoria in New York and the
Hilton Chicago, he said, reve-
nue per available room may
jump even higher.

Joseph R. Greff, lodging
analyst for Bear Stearns, said

IRS



ILLUSTRATION JOHN T. VALLES/MCT

there were “still relatively
healthy supply and demand
relationships” in urban mar-
kets in the United States fre-
quented by business travelers,
despite what he described as a
“slowdown” in certain subur-
ban domestic markets.

Is amending.
a tax return
a good idea? —

BY JOYCE M. ROSENBERG
Associated Press

With income tax filing sea-
son behind them, many small
business owners have grate-
fully gotten back to the more
satisfying parts of running
their companies. Some, how-
ever, have discovered they
need to amend their returns.

Often, the reasons for
amending a return are in a
business owner’s favor — he
or she has forgotten to include
a carryover loss, or omitted
that tax year’s allowable
depreciation on equipment.
But amendments obviously
can also be in the govern-
ment’s favor, for example,
when a business forgets to
report some income.

Some of the same negative
speculation about extensions
of filing deadlines — that they
make a taxpayer more vulner-
able to an IRS audit — exist
about amending returns.
Accountants are split over
whether amending a return
increases the possibility that
the government will give it
even closer scrutiny.

Gordon Spoor, a certified
public accountant in St.
Petersburg, noted that filing an
amended return extends by
three years the amount of time
that the IRS is able to re-exam-
ine and question a return —
including the start of a full
audit. So, even if a business
owner files a return close to
the end of the initial three-
year period that the IRS has to
raise questions, the amend-
ment starts the clock ticking
all over again.

But Spoor doesn’t see an
amended return as throwing a
taxpayer into audit jeopardy,
and says fear shouldn’t stop a
business owner from filing
that new return.

“It is not going to attract all
the interest at the IRS service
center that day,” Spoor said.
“They’re overworked and
there are legitimate reasons to
amend a return.”

But Jeffrey Chazen, a tax
partner at the accounting firm
Eisner LLP in New York, said
of filing an amended return, “it
doesn’t mean there’s anything
wrong with the return, but it
does mean another person
looks at it and says, ‘This looks
funny, why is this person fil-
ing?’ I always felt it increases

your chances of an audit.”

If the mistake is in the gov-.
ernment’s favor, accountants
agree that the best course is to
file an amended return as soon
as possible, although it’ll be
painful to have to pay more
tax as well as late payment
penalties and interest.

If you don’t amend the
return, well, that’s dishonest.
And it could cost you more if
and when the government
catches you, since penalties
and interest will be higher.

But if you own up to your
mistake and amend the return,
Spoor said the government
might be willing to waive
some of those charges because
you’re showing them your
good faith.

The decision gets a little
more complicated when the
mistake is in your favor.
Accountants will generally
advocate going after any
money that’s coming to you —
and, if it turns out you over-
paid your taxes, you'll get the
money back with interest.

Spoor noted, however, that
depending on how much you’d
get back, you might want to
consider if amending a return
is worth the time and money
you need to spend on prepar-
ing the return yourself, or hav-
ing a tax professional do it.

He also noted that if the
return with the mistake will
affect taxes in subsequent
years, then it can be critical to
amend it.

Small business owners who
attach their business returns
such as Schedule C to their
1040 forms will need to use
Form 1040X, Amended U.S.
Individual Income Tax
Return. The form and separate
instructions can be down-
loaded from the IRS website,
www.irs.gov.

Much of the form involves
calculations, but the second
page contains a section where
you must explain why you're
amending your return. You
must attach documents that
support your explanation.

The IRS says that if you’re
claiming a refund as a result of
amending your return, you
generally must file Form
1040X within three years from
the date you filed your original
return or within two years
from the date you paid your
tax, whichever is later.



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MONDAY, MAY 21, 2007, PAGE 5B





overnment must ‘lead’
on regulatory reforms

Hi By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business

Reporter

he Bahamian gov-
ernment has to
determine when a
single regulator will

IN THE SUPREME COURT
Common Law Divison

BETWEEN

BY ORDER OF THE COURT

to compel you to obey the same.

Ferreira & Company
Chambers

Kemp Building

#39 East Street, North
Nassau, Bahamas

Attorney for the Second Defendant



COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS





MICHAEL V. MALONE
AND

MERLE RODGERS

ORDER FOR SUBSTITUTED SERVICE

Dated the 27th day of April A.D. 2007.
Before the Honourable John Lyons Justice of the Supreme Court
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

UPON THE APPLICATION of the Plantiff herein.

UPON READING the Afftidavit of Mr. Jack Davis.

UPON HEARING Mr. Ronald S.E.A. Ferreira Esq. Counsel and
Attorney-at-Law for the Plaintiff herein.

IT IS HEREBY ORDERD that the Plantiff have leave to issue

_and serve any Pleadings, Judgements or Orders herein, Pursuant
to the Rules of The Supreme Court herein, Pursuant to the Rules
of The Supreme Court Order 61, rule 4 (0.61, r4) and such service
be effective by inserting and publishing an advertisement to the
above named Defendant, Merle Rodgers in a local Nassau daily
on two occassions one week apart.

AND that such advertisement so published shall be deemed to be
good and sufficient service of any such Pleadings, Judgements or

Orders on the Defendant, Merle Rodgers.

AND that the costs of this application be costs in the cause.

REGISTRAR
= PENAL NOTICE

TAKE NOTICE that should you Merle Rodgers, Defendant fail to
obey the above Order you will be liable to process of Execution

Dated this 17th day of May A.D., 2007
BY ORDER OF THE COURT

REGISTRAR

be established, the Central
Bank of the Bahamas in-house
legal counsel said, adding that
while there is not a deadline
for this decision, when the
country is assessed by the
international community it will
take note of any action taken.

Rochelle Deleveaux,









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addressing the Bahamas Insti-
tute of Financial Services week
of seminars, said that when
international bodies such as
the International Monetary
Fund (IMF) review the coun-
try’s performance, they will
note the time that has passed
and what progress has been
made on regulatory consolida-
tion and streamlining.

For some time there has
been talk of merging all the
regulators from five to two,
with enhanced powers to work
together. Among the models
assessed have been that of one
‘super regulator’, like the
Financial Services Authority
(FSA) in the UK, and the ‘twin
peaks’ model.

The latter would involve the
creation of two regulators. The
Central Bank would remain as
the regulator of banks and

trust companies, but all others
- the Securities Commission,
Registrar of Insurance, Com-

pliance Commission and

Inspector of Financial and Cor- .

porate Services Providers - be
merged into another, single
supervisory body.

Ms Deleveaux said the
industry has known for several
years that some action will
have to be taken on regulatory
consolidation, but acknowl-
edged that it will take the Gov-
ernment and political initiative
to make the final decision.

Ms Deleveaux said that at
this stage, consulation with the
industry was abscliely essen-
tial.

“We have not had the wide
consultation and discussion,
which is needed, but the Gov-
ernment has to be the leader.”
she added.

Ms Deleveaux said both the
Christie and Ingraham admin-
istrations are aware of the need
to move towards regulatory
harmonisation.

“Tt is now time to roll up our
sleeves and get to work. A
decision has to be taken, she
added.

Ms Deleveaux sitthere
needed to be an appropriate
transitional period and inte-
grated approach to ensure a
smooth change in the way
things were done when regu-
latory consolidation finally
happened.

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THE COLLEGE OF THE BAHAMAS

STAFF VACANCIES

Applications are invited from suitably qualified individuals for the following positions:

CLERK II - CEES

Applicants must possess an Office Assistant’s Certificate, OR two (2) passes at B.G.C.S.E. level

in English Language and Mathematics at Grade “C”, R.S.A. II or C.O.B Typing II for Typist I, and
R.S.A. II, AND at least five years of relevant work experience or an Associate Degree in the relevant :

area.

Salary Grade: CSS-2 Salary Scale: $17,170 x $500 TO $25,670

COMPUTER OPERATOR I

The successful candidate will report to the Operations Supervisor and perform the following duties: i

¢ Assist with maintenance of enterprise-wide data architecture

¢ Creation of adhoc reports for various departments and schools
* Assist users with problems assigned by the Help Desk

¢ Computer Lab supervision and maintenance

¢ Maintain register of all equipment maintained by the a Information Services Seiad i

e Maintain software database

¢ Assist with mass data entry projects

¢ Commitment to systems databases and Network security
° Effectively interface with and respond to users.

° Perform other related duties as required.

Qualifications/experience

Bachelor degree in Computer Information Systems. Previous working experience in Database

maintenance using Access, AS/400, SQL.would be considered. Experience in AS/400, PowerCampus,

ODBC, DB2/400 would be advantageous. Experience in a customer support environment.

Abilities should include initiative, independence, adaptability, a team player, strong interpersonal

and communication skills.

Salary Grade: DPS-3 Salary Scale: $19,490 x $500 - $26,490

COMPUTER OPERATOR II

The successful candidate will report to the Operations Supervisor and perform the following duties:

¢ Assist with administration and maintenance of enterprise-wide data architecture

¢ Database administration of production SQL and Microsoft Access applications

¢ Physical and Logical database design, rebuilds, troubleshooting and performance tuning
¢ Analysis and resolution of end user and system reported problems

¢ Develop database monitoring and tuning strategies

¢ Monitor database and system backups

¢ Computer Lab supervision and maintenance

¢ Commitment to systems databases and Network security

¢ Effectively interface with and respond to users.

¢ Perform other related duties as required.

Qualifications/experience

Bachelor degree in Computer Information Systems. Working experience in Database Administration

using Access, AS/400, SQL would be considered. Experience in AS/400, PowerCampus, ODBC,

DB2/400 would be advantageous. Experience in a customer support environment. Abilities should
include initiative, independence, adaptability, a team player, strong interpersonal and communication i

skills.
Salary Grade: DPS-4 Salary Scale: $20,940 x $600 - $28,740

Interested candidates should submit a detailed resume and a cover letter of interest, giving

_ full particulars of qualifications and experience no later than May 25, 2007 to:

The Director
Human Resources
The College of The Bahamas
P. O. Box N-4912
Nassau, Bahamas

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EDUCATING & TRAINING E NS

CENTRE FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION
AND EXTENSION SERVICES

— Summer 2007

EFFECTIVE POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS

Computer Offerings

This workshop is designed to provide participants with an overview of the fundamentals of Microsoft
PowerPoint. It focuses on developing effective and dynamic PowerPoint presentations.

Pre-requisite: None

Begins: Thursday, 31** May 2007

Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm

Duration: 1 day ‘
Venue: CEES Computer Lab

Fees: $160.00

WEBPAGE DESIGN WORKSHOP

This course, which targets persons who would like to create their personal
web pages will cover Web page creation, Web site management, and
HTML. Specific topics will include Formatting, Graphics, Multimedia,
Forms and Tables and hosting of web pages.

Course Description:

-Participants must be computer literate and have a basic knowledge of

Pre-requisite:
word-processin

Begins: Thursday, 14" & 15" June 2007
Time: ~ 9:30am — 4:30pm

Duration: 2days —

Venue: CEES Computer Lab

Fees: $550.00

ENQUIRIES: Contact the Co-coordinator at Tel: (242) 302-4300 ext 5201
5202 5205 or email: www.cob.edu.bs, fees are included with the exception of
the application fee of $40.00 (one time). When submitting application, kindly
provide copies of the first four pages of your passport. CEES reserves the right
to change Tuition, Fees, Course Content, Course Schedule and Course

The College of The Bahamas
Culinary and Hospitality Management Institute
Professional Pastry Workshops
May 16-25, 2007

Featuring Certified Master Pastry Chef
Bo Friberg of California



SCHEDULE CHANGE

The College of The Bahamas advises of the following changes to the schedule of
Paotessional aa Workshops with enc Bo ae ae 16-25, at

Nassau

The Marzipan Workshop scheduled to be held Thursday, May 24th in Nassau will
now take place on Wednesday, May 23 at the Culinary and Hospitality Management
Institute on Thompson Boulevard. ;

Freeport, Grand Bahama
The Plated Desserts Workshop scheduled to be held in Freeport, Grand Bahama

on Wednesday, May 23rd has been rescheduled to Thursday, May 24 at the Best
Westin Resort.

Both sessions run from 8:30am to 12:30pm as previously announced.

The College regrets any inconvenience due to this schedule change.

: COMMENCEMENT ACTIVITIES 2007

NORTHERN CAMPUS

THEME: “THE WAIT IS OVER WALK INTO YOUR SEASON”

EVENT
Honours Convocation

Graduation Rehearsal

Baccalaureate Service

Graduates’ Award Breakfast

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registration.

DATE LOCATION

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Thursday, May 17, 2007 Northern Campus Grounds

Convention Centre,
Our Lucaya

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Church of God of Prophecy
Community at Heart
Tabernacle, Coral Road

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Salon IJ, Convention Center,
Our Lucaya

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Convention Center,
Our Lucaya

Thursday, June 7, 2007

COMMENCEMENT ACTIVITIES 2007

NASSAU
THEME: “THE WAIT IS OVER WALK INTO YOUR SEASON”

EVENT: DATE

Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Honours Convocation
Nursing Pinning Ceremony
Rehearsal
Baccalaureate Service

Graduates’ Dinner Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Thursday, May 31, 2007
Thursday, May 31, 2007

Commencement
President/Alumni Reception



TIME

7:00pm
7:00pm
6:00pm
7:00pm

7:00pm
10:00am

Immediately Following
Commencement Ceremony

LOCATION

Bahamas Faith Ministries, Carmichael Rd.
BCPOU Auditorium, Farrington Road
Bahamas Faith Ministries, Carmichael Rd.
Golden Gates World Outreach Ministry
Carmichael Rd.

Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort & Spa,
Cable Beach

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President Janyne M Hodder is one of two persons who will
be honoured by Bishop’s University of Lennoxville, Quebec,
Canada, where she served as Principal and Vice Chancellor
for nine years from 1995 to 2004.

At Bishop’s Convocation on Saturday, June 9, 2007,
President Hodder will be awarded the Degree of Doctor of
Civil Law (Honoris Causa) in recognition of her stellar
contributions to the growth of the University. The other
awardee for the honorary doctorate will be an award-.
winning novelist, historian and essayist, Mr Ronald Wright.

Bee Pah

COB celebrates with our president this signal honour being
paid to her.

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Dinner Menu (Platinum Tickets)

Shredded Beef Quesadillas
With Sweet Pepper Jelly & Jalapeno Cream

African Fried Avocado Bites
With Tomato-Date Jam & Tamarind Vinaigrette

Cuban Ham Croquettes
With Mango Aioli

Bahamian Conch & Crab Cakes
With Voodoo Cocktail Sauce & Pepper Jelly

Cuban Roast Pork
With Cilantro Aioli on Plantain Rounds

Sirloin steak, Aji Amarillo & Mushroom Spring Rolls
With Chimichurri Sauce

Cuban Style Yucca Chips
& Garlic-Herb Monitor

Columbo & Banana Roasted Chicken Samosas
& Mango Salsa

Pumpkin & Black-Eyed Pea Accras
With Creole Sauce

Hors d’oeuvresTable (Gold Tickets)

Cuban Cream Cheese, Guavas & Crackers
Mozambiquian Potato & Fish Spread
Rum-Pickled Chillis & Toasted Naan Chips
An Assortment of Latino & European Cheeses
Selection of Fresh Tropical Fruit

All residents of North Eleuthera inteve ted in Ohne the Ga
Phase Electrical course with The College of The Bahamas, which
begins on 8 June, 2007, are asked to contact Tomacena Albury at

Spanish Wells All Age School at 935: ie or a 4052, eOncernins

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June 1 deadline
for Kerzner’s

Hurricane Hole
Plaza takeover

FROM page 1

“end of January 2008, the
“exception being the popular
News Cafe, which has been
given until the end of February
2008.
It is understood that all
Hurricane Hole Shopping
Plaza tenants were told to pay
*their monthly rent to Giselle
‘Pyfrom, Kerzner Internation-
al’s in-house attorney, and
Kerzner directly, and that any
‘questions they had were to be
. «directed to her.
* The Tribune revealed that
“Kerzner International had
agreed a deal in principle to
‘purchase the Hurricane Hole
- Shopping Plaza earlier this
* year. Subsequently, George
» Markantonis, Kerzner Inter-
* national ( Bahamas ) presi-
dent, told a Rotary Club meet-
ing that the company had
‘indeed agreed to acquire the
~Hurricane Hole Shopping
“Plaza , planning to completely
renovate it and convert it into
something similar to its Mari-
‘na Village complex.
» Residential condos would be
» added above the Plaza’s new
* retail offering, complementing
-the Hurricane Hole marina,
which Kerzner International
_acquired two years ago from
«Driftwood and its financial
‘backer, Lehman Brothers pri-
vate equity arm.
It is unclear whether any of

the existing businesses in the
Hurricane Hole Shopping
Plaza , which include a food
store, a variety of tourist-type
souvenir stores, Gigi’s Restau-
rant and the News Café — the
latter acting largely as its
anchor property — are included
in Kerzner International’s
plans once renovations are
completed.

Several of the existing ‘Stall:
ers have privately voiced con-
cerns to The Tribune that they
would probably be unable to
afford the rental rates Kerzner
International is likely to
charge, the Atlantis and One
& Only Ocean Club owner
likely to be targeting interna-
tional, upscale retail brands,
thus pricing them out of the
market and forcing them to
look for new leasehold loca-
tions.

While Kerzner International
is likely to transform the Hur-
ricane Hole Shopping Plaza
into yet another superior prod-
uct, given its track record on
Paradise Island , the deal is
likely to cause some concern
about the level of control and
domination it enjoys on the
island, as well as the fate of

‘small, Bahamian-owned busi-

nesses.

No one would argue that
Kerzner International has been
good for the Bahamas and
transformed its economy, res-
cuing it from the moribund
state it had fallen into under
the Pindling administration,

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but the removal of the exist-
ing retail tenants from the
Hurricane Hole Shopping
Plaza could create fears that
Bahamian-owned businesses
are being squeezed off Par-

_ adise Island .

The Hurricane Hole Shop-
ping Plaza has long been a tar-
get for Kerzner International,
not just because of its proxim-
ity to the marina and the fact it
would complement any
improvements there, but
because it also gives the com-
pany control of a swathe of
Paradise Island that stretches
from the north shore to the
south shore.

The purchase price paid by
Kerzner International has nev-
er been disclosed, although
some reports have suggested
it could be as high as $25 mil-
lion. Other observers, though,
believe it is likely to be in the
$15-$18 million range.

The sellers are a consortium
featuring attorneys Emanuel
Alexiou and Colin Callender.
Mr Alexiou, a partner in Alex-
iou, Knowles & Co, is also
chairman of A. F. Holdings,
the former Colina Financial
Group, while Mr Callender is
managing partner at Callen-
ders & Co.

The pair have worked
together on other business ven-
tures, among them the Pan Ed

Investments group that bought .

a controlling 62 per cent stake

. in the Nassau Guardian in Jan-

uary 2003.

MONDAY, MAY 21, 2007, PAGE 9B





NAD





UNCLAIMED VEHICLES AT
LYNDEN PINDLING INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Nassau Airport
Development Company

The following vehicles have been in the vehicle compound at the Lynden Pindling International Airport for
over a year and remain unclaimed. Owners will have until May 31, 2007 to claim and remove their vehicles
after which time the vehicles will be sold or scrapped. Anyone claiming a vehicle must contact NAD at the
address below prior to May 31, 2007, provide proof of ownership and pay towing and storage fees.

Anyone wishing to purchase any of the vehicles which remain unclaimed after May 31S are asked to
submit a sealed bid to the address below also by May 315. Any sale of vehicle is based on ‘as is’ and
‘where is’ condition. Neither the Nassau Airport Development Company Limited nor the Airport Authority
assumes any liability or responsibility for the condition of purchased vehicles. Purchasers will have 48
hours to remove the vehicles from the compound.

Vehicles can be viewed between noon and 2:00pm on Wednesday May 23" or Thursday May 24" at the
compound located beside the parking exit booth for Terminal 1 (domestic/international) parking.

MAKE & COLOUR LICENSE # REGISTRATION CONDITION & TIME UNCLAIMED = =
Black Nissan Sentra License # 46537 No Disc Very Poor - One Year .
White Chevrolet License # 145716 Lionel Wilson Very Poor- One Year

Ceiebrity

Maroon Plymouth License # 152373 No Disc Fair - Two Years

Voyager Van

Gold Toyota Yaris License # 158125 Rose Marie Sawyer —_ Fair - One Year

White Suzuki License # 107103 No Disc Poor - Four Years

Sidekick

White Toyota License # 2111 No Disc Very Poor -Damaged

Corolla

Grey Dodge License # 43808 No Disc Poor -Three Years

Blue ChevroletS10 License # T 24519 James Morley Fair - One Year

Nassau Airport Dev elopment Company Limited
Attn. Parking & Ground Transportation
P.O, Box AP-59229
Lynden Pindling International Airport
Nassau, Bahamas
TEL. # (242) 377-0209 FAX. # (242) 377-0294



TRAINING B.

THE COLLEGE OF THE BAHAMAS

THE PAT VN & HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE
Industry Training Department is pleased to cp tied lle

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GEORGETOWN, EXUMA

Tuesday, May 22

Advanced Petit Fours

Four Seasons Sugar Kitchen

Professionals & General Public
. Max. 24

Fees: $100.00 (Student)

$225.00 (BHA)

$250.00 (General Public]



NASSAU, NEW PROVIDENCE
Thursday, May 17

Plated Desserts

| CHMI Main Kitchen
Professionals

Max. 24

Fees: $100.00 (Student)

$ 175.00 (BHA)

$200.00 (General Public)

Friday, May 18
Specialty Cakes

CHMI Main Kitchen
Professionals

Max. 24

Fees: $100.00 (Student)
$200.00 (BHA)

$225.00 (General)

FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA
Wednesday, May 23

Plated Desserts

Best Westin Hotel

Students, Professionals & General
Public

Max. 24

Fees: $100.00 (Student)

$175.00 (BHA)

| Monday, May 21 | $200.00 (General Public]

| Basic Cake Decoration ©
CHMI Main Kitchen
General Public

Max. 24

Fees: $100.00 (Student)
$185.00 (BHA)

$210.00 (General Public)

10% discount will be granted to

persons who register for three or

more sessions. e pis ie
CHEF BO FRIBERG is a certified
Master Pastry Chef with over 40

years of professional experience

|in the industry and has taught

| baking and pastry courses to all

| levels of students - from beginners

and Europe, and was Pastry Chef
for Swedish American Lines
Cruise Ships. In addition, he has
demonstrated his pastry artistry
on television shows including

the two highly acclaimed public
television series Cooking Secrets
of the CIA, and Cooking at The
Academy, as well as NBC's Today
Show and the locally produced
Bay Cafe. Chef Bo’s celebrated
cookbook The Professional Pastry
Chef, has now been revised to its
Fourth Edition, with the expanded
material divided into a two-volume
set, Fundamentals of Baking

and Pastry and The Advanced
Professional Pastry Chef.

Session Details
e Materials will be provided
e Participants are to bring small
pastry tools
¢ Continuing Education Units will
be granted for all sessions.
e CEU's accepted by the American | to seasoned professionals - since
Culinary Federation 1978. Chef Ba [as his students call
hirn} currently holds the position
of Department Chair of the Baking
and Pastry Programme at the
"Professional Culinary Institute in
| Campbell, California. He graduated
from the Confectionery Association
| School of Sweden and holds a
degree as a Master Confectioner.
| He has worked in both small shops
; and large retail and wholesale
/ A operations in the United States

Thursday, May 24
Marzipan

CHMI Main Kitchen
Students

Max. 60

Fees: $100.00 (Student)
$250.00 (BHA)

$275.00 (General Public)



| Friday, May 25
Advanced Petit Fours
CHMI Main Kitchen
Students
| Max. 60
Fees: $100.00 (Student)
$225.00 (BHA)

$250.00 (General Public)

elma ceia datecode h iced a
and to reserve your space
contact
Monique Butler, CHMI
Telephone 323-5804/6804







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BANKS, from 1

‘ ally favoured a location off prone areas. key systems and functions Bahamas-based stafftoanoth- questions regarding commit- .
: Tonique Williams-Darling Disaster recovery and busi- operational in the event of a er country for two to three . ment and financial support °
ery would be spending atleast Highway , behind Furniture ness continuity planning have _ disaster. Other potential cata- months or longer. Asa result, were raised.
$1 000- $2,000 per month on Plus, as the National Recov- become key issues for Bahami- _strophes include fires, such as bank and trust companies Mr Glinton said Bayside
this. ery Centre’s site, due toitscen- an businesses, especially the 2001 Straw Market fire. needed to find an alternative Executive Park , the Blake ©
Construction would take tral location, proximity to Bahamas-based banks and Mr Knowles said the idea _ business continuity site in the Road complex from where +
between 12-18 months, with major roads, and relatively — trust companies, given the sys- came from the work of the Bahamas. Pictet and Oceanic Bank &
Mr Knowles saying he person- high ground away from flood- _ temic risk posed to the finan- Bahamas Financial Services “We need four large people Trust operated, had two gen-
‘ cial system from major disas- | Board’s (BFSB) business con- and we will go ahead,” Mr ___ erators and stores of 4,000 gal-
: ters. tinuity working group, adding: Glinton said. “The more peo- _lons of diesel fuel and 55,000
“It was deemed necessary that _ ple we get, the larger the build- gallons of reverse osmosis '
Efforts we could come up with a_ ing and the costs will come water. ee
National Recovery Centre asa ~ down. We’re really trying to He added that it was a “big =
Efforts in these areas have viable alternative for disaster _ get this going. It’s really impor- mistake, a huge mistake” for '
been given added impetus by _ recovery. tant for our jurisdiction. Bahamian businesses to estab-
~ the $3.4 billion worth of dam- “It’s in its infancy stage, but “We need two to three _ lish off-site recovery centres at
° age Hurricane Ivan inflicted _ it is a possibility, and a lot of it . banks the size of Pictet, twoto storage facilities, as they were
t on the Cayman Islands in 2004, . relies on companies such as _ three large clients.” not built for that type of usage.
‘ a competitor financial centre yourselves.” “It is my hope the Central * =
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‘ increasing in frequency and Glinton, of Pictet Bank & some form of private sector The National Recovery Cen-
ESSAY COMPETITION severity, meaning that ‘Trust ( Bahamas ), who told consortium had to be formed tre would be purpose-built, i
: Bahamas-based financial ser- the BICA seminar that in the to drive the National Recov- withredundantsystemsacen- ~
; vices providers must have a__ event of a disaster, it simply ery Centre idea ahead, and tral feature. It would allow ~ ”
business continuity plan that was not cost-effective andfea- _ bring the vision to reality. “If business clients to keep their | ~
EIGHT ANNUAL PUBLIC will enable them to keep their sible to relocate 20-30 we could get six to 10 clients key systems and data fully |, .
5 who need 1,000 or 500 square _ operational in the event of a . ”
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The Ministry of the Public Service, will
host an Essay Competition as one of the
activities for Eight Annual Public Service
Week. The Competition is open to Junior
and Senior High School Students.

Students interested in participating should
:_ write a 250-300 words (Junior High),

_-and 450-500 words (Senior High), essay
‘on the topic: “The Public Service -

Workplace”.

October, 2007.

FR Ger OC FR eR Re eR KE ens eee eT EM REUTER RNP ee Ee

Promoting Quality Service in the

The deadline for entries, which should
be referred to the attention of Ms.
Antionette Thompson, Deputy Permanent
Secretary, Ministry of the Public Service,
is Friday, 22nd June, 2007.

A Dell Desktop 2400 computer with a
scanner, copier and printer will be
awarded to the winner ‘in each category.

The winners will be announced during
the Eight Annual Public Service Week
Awards Ceremony scheduled for 6th







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COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
IN THE SUPREME COURT
Family Divison

BETWEEN

1996

FAM/div/FP/33

MARIE DARLING

Petitioner

AND

JULIUS DARLING

Respondent

NOTICE

TO; JULIUS DARLING
Nassau, Bahamas

‘ iN

Recovery Centre could also
,generate other revenue
* Streams, such as acting as a
drop-in ‘facility for company
back-up security tapes.

Mr Knowles said 20 per cent
of respondents to a BFSB sur-
vey in 2005 had said they were
“very interested” in a National
Recovery Centre, but that
appeared to evaporate when

steel.
The National Recovery Cen-
tre would feature Internet and

phone services from Cable _

Bahamas , the Bahamas
Telecommunications Compa-
ny (BTC) and IndiGo Net-
works, and have two genera-
tors, two air conditioning sys-
tems, a reverse Osmosis sys-
tem, and full security systems.



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Familiarity and Basic knowledge of Bahamas Building Code
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TAKE NOTICE that, by Order of Mr. Justice Maynard, Acting Justice of the Supreme Court,
dated the 19 day of April, A.D,, 2007, it was ordered that personal service upon you of the
Surnmons in this action which i scheduled to be heard before the said Justice on Wednesday the

6 day of June, A.D,, 2007 at 11:00 o'clock in the forenoon, in Chambers at the Supreme Court, We wish to inform the general ss

public that effective Monday, May !
14, 2007, the LAW CHAMBERS |:
OF MELISA HALL & CO. will be |
relocating to Cumberland Court] '
situate at #1 Cumberland Street | -
which is next to Majestic Tours,
South of British Colonial Hilton
Hotel. Our telephone number J -.
325-5741 remains thesame. __

KINGSWAY ACADEMY

Supreme Court Building, Garnet Levarity Justice Centre, Mall Drive, Freeport, Grand Bahama be
Vacancies for Teachers for September 2007 wn en * S

Kingsway Academy is seeking applicants for teaching Bk OR it ae en epicenter es eae ee

positions in the following areas:

ESLEMEN TARY:

Physical Education Teacher

Music Teacher

Teacher for grades 1 through six
!

HIGH SCHOOL
Religious Studies/Christian Values
Mathematics) Information Technology
Mathematics, Physics
Phy sics/ Biology
I'rench and Spanish or Literature
English language and Literature
i “ood and Nutrition. Needlework: Art
4 Male Physical Education
| Business Studies (Accounts and Office Procedures)

Tribune of this Notice and of the reciting Order, should be deemed good and sutficient service

upon you.
AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE that should you fail to appear on the hearing at the Hime and

place stated above the Court may make such Order and such judgment against you as the Court

a@ea

deems just,

LOCKHART & MUNROE
Attorneys for the Petitioner

VEese r

sie Blsi =) FIDELITY
High School applicants should be qualified and willing Pricing Information As Of:

to teach to the BGCSE, S.A.T. IJ, and AP level with at : . — ST omar = ,
Idast a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent, with 6 years p
experience at High School level in the particular subject ;



Abaco Markets -0.282 0.000 ts
area along witha Teacher’ s Certificate. A Masters Degree Banani Prepare Rubd 1548 0.400 :
in education, in teaching and learning or the content area, Bank of Bahamas 0.737 0.260 -

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would be an asset.All successful candidates should have Bere ee Waele boas. “01686 <
the following: Fidelity Bank 0.067. ~—-0.020 “
i Cable Bahamas 0.949 0.240
: : see . Colina Holdings 0.245 0.080
¢ An Academic Degree in the area of specialization Commonwealth Bank P1292. » “0:680
eA Ty hi Cc ifi Consolidated Water BDRs 0.112 0.049
“ eac ng ertificate Doctor's Hospital 0.234 0.000
¢ Excellent Communication Skills Famguard 0.69% _ 0.240 :
: 7 Finco 0.779 0.570 «
eA love for children and learning FirstCaribbean 0.977. 0.500 °
i j Focol 1.657 0.520 is
* High standards of morality pe oned Canciala -0.432 0.000 »
° Be a born again Christian ICD Utilities 0.532 «0.100 2
; J. S. Johnson - ic aes »
Letters of application together with a recent color :
photograpgh and detailed “Curriculum Vita (including SGRSES S Da aKSTS of
the names and addresses of at least three references, Caribbean Crossings (Pref) *
one being the name of one’s church minister) should be RND Holdings
forwarded to: 19.4
i Bahamas Supermarkets 1.125 12.6
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Ms. Kelcine Hamilton ___Fund Name __N A
; Colina Money Market Fund
Academy Affairs Manager Fidelity Bahamas G & | Fund
° ° Colina MSI Preferred Fund :
Kingsway Academy Business Office : ‘ Colina Bond Fund : ane
Bernard Road 11.4 a ane ee .
OF GER GLOSS TOTS UID me Se ee epee ates :

Nassau, Bahamas

YIELD - - last 12 month dividends divided by closing price

Bid $ - Buying price of Colina and Fidelity

Ask $ - Selling price of Colina and fidelity

Last Price - Last traded over-the-counter price

Weekly Vol. - Trading volume of the prior week

EPS $ - Acompany’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

BISX ALL SHARE INDEX - 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00
52wk-Hi - Highest closing price In last 52 weeks
52wk-Low - Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks
Previous Close - Previous day's welghted price for dally volume
Today's Close - Current day's welghted price for dally volume
Change - Change in closing price from day to day
Daily Vol. - Number of total shares traded today
§ DIV S$ - Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months
P/E - Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings

“MARKET TERMS

Salaries would be commensurate with qualifications and * +4 May 2007

experience. WEN ye

*** ~ 30 April 2007 e
*** - 30 April 2007

- 30 April 2007

AO TRADE CALL: COLINA 242-502-7016 7 FIDELITY 242-356-7764 / FOR MORE DATA & ANFORMATION CALL (242) 384-2503 _ 0 ia


THE TRIBUNE



MONDAY, MAY 21, 2007, PAGE 11B

AOL, Comcast block BTC e-mails

FROM page 1

week after week that I am
unable to send messages to
addresses @aol.com. All are
returned with a Postmaster
Failure Message that says:
“Message could not be deliv-
ered to domain aol.com.
Response 554.”

He added: “The sip-sip has
been that US servers are fed
up with the huge volume of
spam that is originating on
Batelnet, so their junk mail
software is simply tuned to
reject everything from Batel-
net. It seems doubtful that
local users would originate
such volumes. Therefore, are
some foreigners finding it use-
ful to originate here and avoid
some tighter regulatory atmos-
phere elsewhere?

“Repeated written com-
plaints and request for assur-
ance from management at
BTC that the situation will be
resolved go unanswered. For
a variety of valid reasons, I
would prefer not to change my
server, but BTC service is
intolerable.”

The problem is far from
being “sip-sip”. Tellis Symon-
ette, BTC’s vice-president of
wireless and broadband, con-
- firmed to The Tribune that the
company’s Batelnet ISP — and
all its clients - is currently
being blocked by AOL and
Comcast servers due to the fact
it is being abused by spammers
and junk mail senders.

Mr Symonette admitted that
“it has been difficult for us to
identify” the spammers using
BTC’s ISP and associated
infrastructure.

He added that the company
was upgrading its Internet sys-
tem and within the next two
months “should have equip-
ment in place” that would help
it identify the culprits more



Beene ail

Sales Persons

with knowledge of the Marine Industry.
Must be self driven.

quickly.

Identifying the spammers
“as quickly as- possible before it
becomes an issue” with other
ISPs, Mr Symonette said, and
then taking action to remove
them would ensure that other
international ISPs did not
block IP addresses using Batel-
net.

When told that Batelnet cus-
tomers had been complaining
about the problem since Octo-
ber/November 2006, some sev-
en months ago, Mr Symonette:
said it was an “on again, off
again” problem for BTC. As
soon as they identified one set
of spammers and blocked
them, another group would
start up or the one blocked
find a new way to misuse
Batelnet.

International servers would
unblock BTC as soon as the
company showed Batelnet had
taken action against spam, but
was reinstating the block once
spam started up again.

Mr Symonette said BTC
wanted to use “a proactive
approach in taking action at
the front-end here in the
Bahamas”, but acknowledged
that the problems the ‘block-
ing’ by international servers
had caused to legitimate Batel-
net customers were likely to
have seen some switch to oth-
er ISPs. He said he could pro-
vide no numbers, though.

“AOL is currently blocking
e-mails from Batelnet’s ISP,”
Mr Symonette said. “What is
going on right now is that we
are in active mode to have that
removed from AOL, and we
expect that to happen in anoth-
er 24 hours.

“As we identify people who
ate spamming, we remove
them from the network or take
action against them. We then
write to them [AOL] in that
regard, to allow e-mails to go
through from BTC.”

One BTC business.customer




NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that MATTHIEU PREVILON of
FIRE TRAIL ROAD, P.O. BOX SB-50076, 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

i twenty-eight days from the 14th day of May, 2007 to the
.Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box

N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas. .

Baker's Bay

GOLF & OCEAK CLUE

Great Guana Cay, Abaco
The Bahamas

Employment Opportunity

STAFF ACCOUNTANT -

The successful candidate will meet the following requirements:

Qualifications
B.A. in Accounting

Experience in club or resort development

Key Responsibilities
* Accounts payable
* Cash management
* Job cost entries

* Preparation of accounting reports

* General ledger reconciliation

* Joumal entries

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work in a
growing and dynamic organization to be-a self-starter, team player,
work at the highest standards of performance, and meet deadlines.

If you are progressive and prepared to advance your career, submit

your resume fo the attention of:

Director of HR & Training

showe@bakersbayclub.com
Or by fax at 242-367-0804





who has been disadvantaged
by the whole episode is the
Grand Bahama Chamber of
Commerce’s president,
Christopher Lowe, and the
Chamber itself. Mr Lowe said
he first began experiencing
problems with his Batelnet ser-
vice in October/November
2006, and “gave up” on BTC
after repeated efforts to con-
tact the company for an expla-
nation and assistance proved
fruitless.

Mr Lowe said of BTC:
“They’ve been biocked out
because they’ve been dragging
their feet. It’s been going on
since October/November 2006,
and it just went to hell in Jan-
uary/February. AOL and
Comcast threatened to cut
them off late last year.

“It appears that they have
discovered they were a main
spamming pipeline, and while I
can understand that they are
trying to get control of their
service, the backlash is being
felt by their customers and is
unacceptable.

“They have gone to zero
reliability on their e-mail, and
a large number of their cus-
tomers are having to go to
third party servers such as
yahoo, g-mail and hotmail to
get service.”

Mr Lowe said the whole
episode was undermining the
potential economic value to
the Bahamas of having its own
Internet domain name, ‘.bs’.
“bs is something we should be
proud of. It’s our national iden-
tity on the Internet,” he added.
“It is unique to the Bahamas
and has so much potential, but
they can’t get e-mail straight.

“We at the Chamber made
numerous efforts to contact
them, but there has been no
satisfactory explanation and no
indication wher the problem
might be solved. It’s useless if
you want to communicate with
anyone else in the world.”

Mr Lowe pointed out that
BTC was currently focusing on
the roll-out of new technolo-

gies, such as. Blackberry and
Voice over Internet Protocol
(VoIP), but this episode
showed it had yet to get its
basic infrastructure right.

The Chamber president said
the Batelnet situation would
clearly impact any Bahamian
business relying on its e-mail
service, and could cause havoc
if a company was forced to
switch addresses.

“A lot of businesses have
gone to redundancy with
CoralWave, and are keeping
both services at any time either
one of them could be down,”
Mr Lowe said.

He said his problems with
Batelnet had involved e-mail
messages coming through to
him that were either wiped
completely blank, scrambled
or not associated with the
sender. He was also unable to
retrieve, forward or delete any
e-mails because the total mem-
ory capacity on his system was
used up.

This, though, is not the first
time that spamming has

impacted a Bahamas-based ~

ISP, as Cable Bahamas was
forced to take action against
problems impacting its Coral-
Wave system several years ago.
Again in that instance the
spam and junk mail were orig-
inated from foreigners.

BTC, though, appears to
have done nothing to commu-
nicate the problems to its cus-
tomers. One letter sent to BFC
by a Batelnet client on Febru-
ary 27, 2007, to which no reply
was received, said friends were
“receiving equally unsatisfac-
tory service”.

The episode is likely to
revive calls in some quarters
for BTC’s privatisation to be
speeded up. The new FNM
government is still reviewing
the $260 million offer by Blue-
water Communications Hold-
ings to acquire a 49 per cent
stake in BTC, a deal that was
agreed in primerple by the for-
mer Christie administration
but never sealed.

REWARD
MISSING DOG

@Large light-brown female

Faith Avenue/Carmichael!
. Road area
Call: 466-3382



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} from the 14th day of May, 2007 to the Minister responsible for





NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that ELIZABETH DOREEN j,
CLARIDGE OF RUSSELL ISLAND, P.O. BOX EL 27439,
SPANISH WELLS, ELEUTHERA, 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










Nationality and Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



‘LEGALNOTICE
NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANY NO. 70,945 (B)

MEGA SECURITIES LIMITED -

The undersigned as Liquidator of the above named}
Company, MEGA SECURITIES LIMITED, does hereby give
you notice that under Section 137 (6) of the International;

| Business Companies Act (No45 2 of 2000) that I havefq«
| completed the winding up and dissolution of the Company

and I HEREBY REQUEST that the name of the Company
be struck off the Register and that a Certificate of Dissolution
be issued.

Dated this 18th day of May, 2007.

NOTICE

THE PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVES OF THE
ESTATE OF THE LATE CLIFFORD MCINTOSH. —
ARE ADVISED THAT A SUMMONS TO STRIKE OUT
THE COUNTERCLAIM OF THE LATE CLIFFORD
MCINTOSH IN SUPREME COURT ACTION NO. 793
OF 1994 C. L. SIDE IS SET TO BE HEARD BEFORE
MR. JUSTICE MOHAMMED 2nd FLOOR SUPREME
COURT BUILDING, PUBLIC SQUARE, NASSAU AT
9:30 AM ON MONDAY 13TH AUGUST 2007. PLEASE
CONTACT ATTORNEY CAMILLE CLEARE ON
OR BEFORE WEDNESDAY 1ST AUGUST 2007.

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
IN THE SUPREME COURT
Common Law and Equity Division

IN THE MATTER OF The Quieting Titles Act, 1959
AND

2007
CLE/qui/00241



IN THE MATTER OF ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land being...pocis
Lot Number Sixty Three (63) situate approximately One Hundred and“=f**"
Ten (110) feet West of East Street Grant’s Town in the Southern District : p=
of the Island of New Providence one of the Islands of the Commonwealth â„¢F=
of The Bahamas and bounded on the North by Lilly of the Valley Corner | __
and running thereon Ninety-two and Forty-six Hundredths (92.46) Feet‘ |-'
on the East by. Lot Number 62 1/2 on the plan of Grant’s Town the-'}::
property of the Church of God and running thereon One Hundred and
Fifty-three and Forty-two Hundredth (153.42) feet on the South by Lot
Number Seventy-six (76) on the plan of Grant’s Town filed in the
Department of Lands and Surveys and running thereon Ninety-six and

| Ninety-one (96.91) feet and on the West by Lot Number Sixty-two (62): ‘}''

on the said plan and running thereon One Hundred and Forty-one and :} ’
Thirty-nine Hundredths (141.39) feet. qf.

AND

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IN THE MATTER of the Petition of V.G. Clarke and Ross Davis
| (Executors of the Estate of Cecil Alfred Kenny, Deceased) |:

NOTICE

THE PETITION OF V.G. Clarke and Ross Davis (Executors of the: '
Estate of Cecil Alfred Kenny, Deceased) im respect of:-.}:

“ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land being Lot No.63
situated on the southern side of Lily of the Valley Corner and
approximately 110 feet west of East Street in the City of
Nassau, on the Island of New Providence and bounded on the:
North by a 30 feet wide road and running thereon 92.46 feet;

on the South by Lot Number 76 and running thereon 96.91
feet; om the East by Lot Number 65 the property of The Church °
of God and running thereon 153-42 feet; and om the West by ’
Lot Number 62 and running thereon 141.39 feet.” }:

| V. G. Clarke and Ross Davis (Executors of the Estate of Cecil Alfred ‘ .

Kenny, Deceased) claim to be the owners of the unincumbered fee simple }
estate in possession of the said land and has. made application to the
Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas under Section’ '}’
Three (3) of the Quieting Titles Act, 1959 to have their title to the said '}''
land investigated and the nature and extent thereof determined and
declared in a Certificate of Title to be granted by the Court in accordance
with the provisions of the said Act.

Copies of the Petition and the Plan of the said land may be inspected
during normal office hours in the following places:

1. The Registry of the Supreme Court, East Street North in the
City of Nassau, Bahamas; and

2. The Chambers of Lockhart & Munroe, #35 Buen Retiro
Road, off Shirley Street, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that any person having dower or right to dower
or an Adverse Claim or a claim not recognized in the Petition shall on
or before the expiration of Thitty (30) days after the final publication of
these presents, file in the Supreme Court and serve on the Petitioners
or the undersigned a Statement of his claim in the prescribed form verified
by an affidavit to be filed therewith.

Failure of any such person to file and serve a Statement of his Claim on
or before the expiration of Thirty (30) days after the final publication of
these presents will operate as bar to such claim.

LOCKHART & MUNROE
Chambers
#35 Buen Retiro Road

Attorneys for the Petitioners
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PAGE 12B, MONDAY, MAY 21, 2007

DELTEC BANK & TRUST LIMITED

Invites applications for the position of

COMPLIANCE MANAGER

Responsibilities will include (but are not limited to):

Maintaining and developing a robust compliance and control regime in Deltec to
ensure compliance with all relevant laws, regulations, guidelines and internal
policies and procedures

Developing, administering and implementing a stringent compliance program that
monitors and reports on key risk indicators

Implementing a comprehensive self-testing program that is derived from risk
assessment

Reviewing KYC documentation for all new and existing clients

Advising and assisting with the training of staff in regulatory and internal policy
compliance requirements

Reporting to Executive Management, Board of Directors and Group Compliance
Ability ‘o work independently and under pressure to meet deadlines

The successful candidate should have the following qualifications:

A thorough knowledge of all applicable legislation, regulations and guidelines
Minimum Bachelors degree in banking or finance along with either CPA, ABIFS
(formerly ACTB), or International Diploma in Anti Money Laundering and
Compliance (BACO)

Legal background would be an advantage

Minimum 3-5 years relevant experience in the Compliance field

Excellent written, oral and presentation skills

Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Interested persons may submit resumes as follows:

Human Resources Manager
Deltec Bank & Trust Limited
P. O. Box N.3229
Nassau, Bahamas

Resumes may also be faxed c/o 362-4623 or emailed to anh@ceitecbank.com.

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0 Se
Capital markets law

may not comply with
international practices

@ By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter

egislation to regulate
the Bahamian capi-
tal markets and secu-
rities industry may
not be compliant with interna-
tional best practices and stan-
dards, the Securities Commis-
sion’s executive director has
admitted, acknowledging that
there have been delays in bring-
ing forward amendments to the
Securities Industry Act.

Hillary Deveaux said the
Securities Commission hoped
to begin dialogue with the finan-
cial industry on amendments to
the Securities Industries Act
1999 before year-end.

“We thought we would be
able to bring it to the industry
by December of last year, but
we have had financial issues and
the anti-money laundering eval-
uation, which have caused us
some pain in getting the infor-
mation. We are now going to
put together the information to
advise the Ministry of Finance,”
Mr Deveaux said.

He added that the Securities
Commission will consult the
capital markets industry over a
three-month period, and hopes
the entire process can be done
before 2007 year end.

The guest speaker at the
Securities Dealer’s Associa-

tion’s annual general meeting |

(AGM) last Friday, Mr

Deveaux said the Securities:

Commission is recommending
a number of amendments to
give the legislation “teeth”.

He added that the Commis-
sion thought the current legis-
lation may not be compliant
with the International Organi-
sation of Securities Commis-
sions (IOSCO), which sets the
standards for the securities



@ HILLARY DEVEAUX

industry throughout the world.

For instance, he said there
was a provision in the Bahami-
an legislation which talks about
the appointment of the Securi-
ties Commission’s Board mem-
bers. This allows the responsible
government minister to appoint
the Commission’s chairman,
deputy chairman, members of
the Board, executive director
and secretary.

Yet it also says the minister
can dismiss these persons if
he/she wishes. Although this
was never done, it may suggest
the Securities Commission has
no independence.

“We’ve never had political
interference, but it is in writing,
and when IOSCO looks at this,
the principle of independence
is basically compromised here,”
Mr Deveaux said.

He added that it had become
very important to revisit the
Securities Industry Act, with a
view to repealing the 1999 leg-
islation and replacing it with
more effective legislation.

“First of all, it did not con-
form to what we were doing.
When you look at section four
of the Act, it talks about the
mandate, the policy position,
and missing from that is an
important one - investor edu-
cation,” Mr Deveaux said.

“We think that it is impor-
tant to include that. We are

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talking about developing a cul-
ture in the Bahamas -the
investors, the judiciary and the
political directorate.”

He also pointed out that the
industry was so dynamic that it
was essential that Bahamian
laws be amended to reflect any
changes. '

“Regulators lag behind,
because the ingenuity and the
creativity comes from the indus-
try, and sometimes we have to
be careful that the industry does
not get to far ahead of the reg-
ulators,” Mr Deveaux said.

Another reason was that Ini-
tial Public Offerings had to be
registered. “We register
prospectus, not securities,” he
added of the current situation.

He also indicated that the ~
Securities Commission had had
major difficulties in enforcing
the Act due to a complicated
disclipnary process.

“If there is a contradiction of
the provision, there has to be
an advisory board for further
action. If they believe there are
criminal actions, they can refer
it to the Attorney General’s
Office,” Mr Deveaux said.

However, he said that after
the disclipnary committee
makes a determination, it has
to go, back to the Commission’s
Board, and the disclipnary com-
mittee has members of the
Board on it.

Another point of concern
was the Securities Commission’s
ability to exchange information
as needed with overseas regu-
lators.

“It is important for a juris-
diction like the Bahamas to be
committed to exchanging infor-
mation, because the country is
targeted by so many interna-
tional institutions such as the
OCED and the FATF,” Mr
Deveaux said. “So we have to
be seen to be doing the right
thing.”

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