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Former student is
attacked while visiting
school for reference

@ By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter

kherig@tribunemedia.net

FOR the second time in one
week a government school
became the scene of a violent
knife attack when a former CI
Gibson senior high school student
was yesterday stabbed multiple
times on that school’s campus.

In what is believed to have been
a gang related incident, three
tenth graders attacked and
stabbed a 17-year-old — who was
visiting the school to pick up a
reference — shortly before 2pm
during the school’s lunch break.

At press time last night the vic-
tim was still in serious condition
and undergoing surgery at the
Princess Margaret Hospital.

Police were able to almost
immediately arrest the three

teenage suspects.

Chief Supt Hulan Hanna told
The Tribune yesterday that as the
three students encircled the out-
sider on CI Gibson’s campus they
chanted a gang name and certain
gang vernacular.

After encircling him they
attacked and stabbed him in his
back, shoulder and arm.

“The young man was bleeding
very badly,” CI Gibson’s principal
Elaine Williams said.

Ms Williams explained that it
is her policy that persons are held
at the school’s gate and are only
allowed on the premises if they
are accompanied by a security
officer.

However, this policy was not
followed yesterday and the for-
mer student was let on campus

SEE page nine

BUT demands police, more security officers
and metal detectors at government schools

@ By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
kherig@tribunemedia.net

THE Bahamas Union of Teachers is demanding that in addition to a
fixed police presence and more security officers, metal detectors should
be implemented at government schools.

This comes after yesterday’s attack on a 17-year-old former CI Gib-
son Senior High student on that school’s premises by three tenth

graders.

BUT secretary general Belinda Wilson speaking at CI Gibson yes-
terday afternoon said that she sees no problem with students being made
to enter school through a metal detector, as is done in some schools in
the US to prevent weapons from being smuggled on to the campus.

Ms Wilson said that the BUT is now in the process of discussing the
legality of placing metal detectors at school entrances with the Attorney

SEE page nine






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Christie calls for
police in schools

@ By BRENT DEAN
Tribune Staff Reporter
bdean@tribunemedia.net

OPPOSITION Leader Per-
ry Christie has called for the
reinstatement of police in
schools, as serious incidents
of violence have made nation-
al headlines since the FNM
government removed these
officers.

“The abandonment of the
school policing programme by this government is a
very big mistake,” Mr Christie said Wednesday
night at his party’s Speaker’s Forum. The opposi-

ay, )

Christie

tion leader’s comments came after a student was - }

seriously stabbed at AF Adderley School and a
teacher was attacked by a parent in Mable Walker
school, within the first two weeks of the new school

“year.

However, these remarks have become even more
significant in wake of the latest incident of serious
school violence yesterday, when a student at CI
Gibson was stabbed and nearly killed.

The School Policing programme was created in

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Man accused of Takis nats :

murder testifies in court

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

THE MAN accused of the murder of softball star
Jackie ‘Lil Stunt’ Moxey told the court in a passionate :
and tearful statement yesterday that the events ledd- :

ing up to Ms Moxey’s death were like a dream.

The Crown rested its case yesterday against Ian :
Hutchinson, also known as ‘Joe Boy’, who is accused i

of murdering his former girlfriend in October, 2005.

As reported previously, the prosecution argued
that Ms Moxey suffered fatal injuries at the hands of :
the accused during an altercation at a deserted area off i

Clifton Pier.

Supreme Court Justice Jon Isaacs informed i
Hutchinson of his rights, which included the right to :
remain silent, the right to remain in the prisoner’s :
dock and make a statement, or the right to testify :

under oath from the witness box.

This latter would allow for cross-examination by the :
prosecution and leave the accused open for question- :
ing by the court or the jury. Justice Isaacs also told :
Hutchinson that his defence team had the right to, :

call witnesses to the stand on his behalf.

The accused opted to remain in the prisoner’s dock :

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injunction against the Bahamas Experience Tour Com-
pany for not accepting them as the official bargaining
unit for their workers.

By filing the injunction the union hopes to stop the
business operations of the company and “lift the cor-
porate veil of the company” and see who the beneficial
owners are.

This, they claim, will expose the unfair treatment of
Bahamas Experience workers.

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SEE page nine



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THE former government might
have mishandled the extradition
of Samuel “Ninety” Knowles and
as a consequence contempt of
court proceedings could be
launched against Fred Mitchell
and Allyson Maynard-Gibson, the
Court of Appeal stated yesterday.
President of the Court of
Appeal Dame Joan Sawyer and
the Justices of Appeal yesterday
gave a strong directive from the

bench, indicating that something
was legally amiss in the manner

that Knowles was extradited from

the Bahamas to the United States.
Lawyer Roger Minnis was yes-

terday appealing the decision of

Justice John Lyons, who had ruled
that Knowles did not have to be
returned to the Bahamas.

The Justices of Appeal told Mr
Minnis that the manner in which
he was making his appeal could
not stand.

Dame Joan stated that as the
body of Knowles had already
been taken out of the country at
the time of the ruling, there was
nothing Justice Lyons could do.

However, the Justices indicated

SEE page nine

Parents stage
demonstration
in support
of principal
who resigned

@ By BRENT DEAN
Tribune Staff Reporter
bdean@tribunemedia.net
ANGRY parents of students

at the Preston Albury School in

Eleuthera, withdrew their chil-

dren and led a demonstration yes-

terday in support of a principal
who has resigned because a sus-
pended student was reinstated.
Marvin Duncombe, principal
of the Preston Albury school,
made the public announcement
on his resignation on ZNS radio
yesterday morning. He alleged
that he had suspended a male stu-
dent for his behaviour, when the
mother of the boy, reportedly
communicated with the new

FNM government, complaining

of the decision of Mr Duncombe,

shortly after the FNM came to
power.

Subsequently, Mr Duncombe
claimed that a senior official of
the ministry requested that the

SEE page nine





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Tribune Staff Reporter
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Hospital when he was discov-
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unconscious in his cell.

For weeks Desmond lay in
the Intensive Care Unit (ICU),
appearing unresponsive and
hooked up to various machines,
his family said. According to
his grandmother, Verona Bast-
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ICU at PMH informed the fam-
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his medication and “there was
nothing they could do” for him.

‘(His doctor) said if he didn’t
die from brain damage, he
would die from an infection,”
she said. Unwilling to give up

‘on Desmond and acting on

advice from relatives, his moth-
er Christine Key decided to get
a second opinion from doctors
in the United States.

Grandmother says he is improving, but still in coma

On August 4, Desmond was
airlifted to Jackson Memorial
Hospital in Miami, Florida
where he is now “making
progress”, Ms Bastian, his
grandmother, said speaking
from her home in Nassau.

She told The Tribune that
she visited Desmond in the hos-
pital last week, and was prepar-
ing for another trip to see him
today.

“He is improving, | wouldn’t

say he is doing fine because he |

is still in a coma,” she said yes-
terday.

“But he is moving his head
now from side to side, he is try-
ing to raise him and his leg ...
and, he is opening and closing
his eyes. Even if he doesn’t
come out of his coma, I have
seen some progress since he
went there.”

She said she was “very
pleased” with the response
from government and stated,
“words alone are not enough
to thank” the officials who
worked tirelessly to assist in
Desmond's transfer to the Unit-
ed States. Despite her gratitude
to the government, Ms Bastian
highlighted the family’s need
for justice against the officers
accused of “beating” her grand-
son.

“Only God can pull us
through this in peace ... | am
praying for justice (but) if jus-
tice is not served ... we will all
regret it,” she stated. “I will
regret it and I believe the coun- '
try will regret it.”

Corporal Donavon Gardiner
and Constable Taveres Bow-
leg, were arraigned in the Mag-
istrate’s Court this month in
connection to the alleged “beat-
ing” of Desmond. They were
each released on $10,000 bail.

The case was adjourned to
December 18.

Neville Adderley appointed
a Justice of Supreme Court

LAWYER Neville Adderley was appointed a
Justice of the Supreme Court, with effect from

October 1.

Mrs Donna Newton, Acting Registrar of the
Supreme Court, announced on
Thursday, September 13, that Mr
Adderley’s appointment was made
by Governor General Arthur Han-
na on the advice of the Judicial and

Legal Service Commission,

Mr Adderley, a native of South
Andros, was born on November 24,

1945.

He was called to the United King-
dom Bar (Inner Temple) in Novem-
ber 1978 and to the Bahamas Bar in

March 1979,

He is also a member of the Turks
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A senior partner ii Chancery
Law Associates, Mr Adderley

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Perry Christie accuses FNM

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Columbus, Ohio to two desti-
nations in the Bahamas when
it expands beyond the U S bor-
ders.

The US government has
already approved the compa-
ny's plan to offer service to Nas-
sau as well as Cancun, Mexico.

Now, Skybus has filed a
request to also fly to Freeport.

The paperwork says the
Columbus-based carrier plans
to start serving the Bahamas
around October 1, though a
Skybus spokesman says no firm
date has been set for flights to
begin to either the Bahamas or
Cancun.

Young girl
is reported
missing

by aunt

THE aunt of 15-year-old
Daniqua Williams is concerned
about her niece’s whereabouts.

Daniqua, also called
Dominique of KK, attends
Government High School and
was last seen on Monday, Sep-
tember 10.

Her last known address was
Mount Tabor Drive, Pinewood
Gardens.

If anyone knows of her
whereabouts, please contact the
Pinewood Police station or her
aunt Laura Nottage at 361-4891
or 454-2840, or her mother
Rosemarie Williams at 305-200-
9813.

Firearm and
ammunition
discovered
after chase

OFFICERS stationed at
Southern Police Station were
on mobile patrol in the Big
Pond area when they saw a
navy blue Honda Accord with
four men inside.

Seeing the police, the vehicle
sped off and officers gave chase,
which ended in the Water Street
(Big Pond) vicinity. Two males
then fled on foot and the other
two were caught.

Officers found in the car a
9mm handgun with eight live
rounds of ammunition. The two
men caught are in police cus-
tody and the others are being
sought.

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THE FNM government is
inflicting “violence” on
Bahamians through numerous
acts of victimisation, thus
diminishing the country’s faith
in government, the leader of
the opposition has claimed.

Perry Christie aggressively
attacked the Ingraham admin-
istration Wednesday night at
the PLP’s Speaker’s Forum at
Charlie’s Place, in front of
more than a hundred enthusi-
astic supporters.

“Over these past four months
of FNM government, legitimate
employees within the public ser-
vice and the public corporations
all over the Bahamas are living
in fear that this FNM govern-
ment has implemented a politi-
cal witch-hunt to fire those per-
ceived to support the PLP, with-
out consideration, compassion,
or concern,” he said.

Mr Christie’s comments
characterised the FNM as a
ruthless government. He told
his supporters that by laying off

workers and discontinuing the
contracts of so many Bahami-
ans across the public service,
the FNM demonstrates that it
“does not care about working
mothers with small children to
feed” nor do they “care about
young families with rent to
pay” or mortgages to meet.

“This level of viciousness
must stop,” Mr Christie told
the crowd.

Bahamas Information Ser-
vices, the Bahamas Mortgage
Corporation, ZNS and the
Water and Sewerage Corpo-
ration, were all identified by
the PLP leader as government
institutions where senior man-
agers and executives have had
their contracts terminated.

While additional termina-
tions and contract cancella-
tions occurred, Mr Christie
said, at the Ministries of
Finance, Education, Housing,
Public Works and Transport,

with all indications that there ,

are “more” to come.
Rejecting the FNM position
that some of the people they
have let go were rushed pre-
elections hires, Mr Christie reaf-

firmed that those hired by the
PLP were taken on properly.

Mr Christie said that cabi-
net and the minister of finance
approved the hirings in ques-
tion, and specifically regard-
ing the 41 terminated at the
ministry of education, he reit-
erated that they were hired
after a proper needs assess-
ment in 2005.

Sportsman Eddie Ford was
identified by Mr Christie as a
particular case of injustice by
the government.

“This is one of the great
sportsmen of this country. We
gave him a job to teach young
people baseball and softball.
This is one of our former
Major Leaguers — Eddie Ford
— was fired,” he said.

Mr Christie revealed that he
has personally made an inter-
vention with the government
on behalf of Mr Ford, and the
government informed him that
they will rehire Mr Ford.

The PLP leader also con-
trasted his decision to make
permanent 300 workers hired
just before the 2002 election
by the FNM, with the actions

THE FNM administration
has pledged to support the
work of the United Nations
Educational, Scientific and
Cultural Organisation with -
manpower and resources.

Minister of Education
Carl Bethel told members
of the newly appointed
Bahamas national commis-
sion for UNESCO that their
mandate is to mobilise intel-
lectual resources inside and
outside the Bahamas for the
purpose of improving the
country’s capacity to pursue
development.

Mr Bethel said that this
must be done in an
informed and reasoned
manner with justice, equity
and human sympathy as its
inspiration.

“The government is
indeed committed to pro-
viding the wherewithal to
establish UNESCO’s pres-
ence within the Bahamas in
a significant and enduring
way,” he said.

Mr Bethel said the mem-
bers of the national com-
mission play a “crucial role”
in helping the international
organisation fulfil its man-
date.

He noted that national
commissions are appointed
to serve as the link between
UNESCO and UN member
states.

“Your work will reflect
the shared aims of the
organisation and our coun-
try,” said Mr Bethel.

“Members of the national
commission are appointed
based on the belief that they



Carl.Bethel

will continue to demonstrate
leadership in their individual
professions, occupations and
callings; that they will bring
their collective energy and focus
to address important issues fac-
ing our country and our world,
in the fields of education, the

natural, human and social sci-
ences, culture, and communica-
tion and information,” he
added.

Mr Bethel said that the gov-
ernment expects the committee
to indicate what resources that
are essential to carry out its
mandate.

“For example, we are aware
of the need for defined quar-
ters for the national commis-
sion and for adequate personnel
to satisfy the many demands of
an organisation such as
UNESCO,” he said.

He charged the members of
the committee with the respon-
sibility of raising the profile and
influence of UNESCO within the
Bahamas, not merely as a public
relations exercise, but through
vigorous efforts to improve lives
through useful projects and sus-
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Police to be put back into schools

FOR THE first time in years, all govern-
ment schools not only opened on time, but
school buildings and premises had been
refurbished during the summer and were
ready to receive their young charges.

However, within the first two weeks of
opening, a student was seriously stabbed
on campus and a teacher was attacked by a

_ parent. Yesterday a former student, on a

government campus to collect a reference
from a teacher, was attacked by three 14
and 15-year-old tenth graders in what is
believed to be a gang-related incident. The
17-year-old victim, who was rushed to
Princess Margaret Hospital’s operating the-
atre, was in serious condition at the time of
this writing.

It was only four days before that a 15
year old was stabbed in the back by an out-
sider who had jumped the wall to do the
foul deed — apparently over the affections
of a girl. The young culprit was due in court
that morning to answer a similar charge.

In the wake of this alarming violence,
parents and teachers are urging that police
officers be returned to patrol school cam-
puses. Former prime minister Perry Christie
introduced the school policing programme
in 2005 after a student was stabbed and
nearly killed. He has condemned the FNM
government for their removal, only to be
replaced by civilian security guards.

“It’s beyond me why government is so
adamant about police (not) being stationed
in the schools,” said BUT secretary general
Belinda Wilson.

We cannot answer for government, but
we would guess that having policemen watch
over a handful of school-age thugs is not a
long term solution. It might prevent clashes
on the campus, but what happens when
these unreformed troublemakers leave
school with knives at the ready in their hip
pockets to wage their personal war against
society?

Campus police officers are a short term
preventative measure. A long term solu-
tion is necessary to protect, not only the
campus, but society.

Today the FNM is expected to outline
such a strategy.

Starting Monday morning the 32 offi-
cers, who were withdrawn from the school

First B

policing programme for further training,
will be back on campus. Training for all
security officers will be intensified, and
beginning next week motivational speak-
ers will start making their rounds of all gov-
ernment junior and senior schools to try to
motivate the students, particularly the dis-
ruptive ones among them.

Education Minister Carl Bethel will be
with them. He will concentrate on twelfth
graders. Mr Bethel plans to visit five senior
high schools in the first week, two in the
second week, and then move on to the
junior schools, and possibly the final grade
of the primary school. This programme is
expected to take about three months.

The behaviour at government schools is
a reflection of the communities from which
most of these students are drawn — a gang-
oriented, corrupt society with indifferent
parents, and no one around to encourage
them to dig themselves out of the gutter
and aim for the stars.

Zero tolerance towards bad behaviour is
to be-introduced immediately to the schools.
“Throw a blow, you must go!” is to be the
watchword.

But where do these troublemakers go?
They will not be turned loose on society.
They will be sent to the SURE programme
on Gladstone Road — a programme
designed to give professional remedial help
to troubled youth. Seventeen troubled youth
are already there. SURE can accommodate
50 young persons, and will be expanded to
take in 100. These youngsters will be kept in
the programme until those in charge are
satisfied that they have been rehabilitated.

If they make no progress, they will be
sent to the YEAST programme at Andros.
After completing YEAST, they will be
returned to SURE. There they will remain
until they can prove that they are ready to
return to society, where they will be expect-
ed to make a positive contribution.

Minister Bethel hopes that in time the .

country’s service-oriented clubs, such as
Rotary and Kiwanis, will partner with gov-
ernment to help rescue as many young lives
as possible, and transform them into pro-
ductive citizens.

This will be the first step in crime pre-
vention.



EDITOR, The Tribune.

AS A Bahamian who lives
and works on Harbour Island,
I concur with the letter pub-
lished on Tuesday, September
4th regarding the island's
ongoing “assault.”

It is such a shame that the
new government seems to
have approved the original
Romora Bay proposal. One
wonders whether the file of
historic documents promoting
“smart development”, which
included a petition and letters
specifically opposed to the
scale of Romora Bay and its
Marina, was ever even
reviewed by the FNM. Surely
consideration should be giv-
en to upgrading our infra-
structure, or finalizing the
country's marina policy, or
even revisiting the Master
Plan first? At least the PLP
had a town meeting before
making a ruling on Romora
Bay. But based on reports in
the press, it would appear that
the FNM's decision is all
about the developer rather
than the constituents. We anx-
iously await the governmen-
t's official statement on this
urgent matter.

Whatever the final decision
may be, hopefully a second
marina development like
Valentine's won't be the tip-
ping point for 'Briland. Every
resident already lives with
inadequate water and power
supplies. The number of vehi-
cles on the island increases by
the week. During peak sea-
son, Harbour Islanders are
almost outnumbered by visi-
tors. Yes, it's great for the
economy, but at what price?
In days to come, the only sane
time to live on this island will
be in September, when the
island takes a collective vaca-
tion, and just about everything
is closed. How much more can
this little island really bear?

In another few years, when
all of the condos planned for
Harbour Island are completed
and occupied, peak season
should be a real nightmare.
We're already faced with a
lack of affordable housing on
the island. So where will all
of these construction workers
live? Moreover, where will
they come from? It's enough
to make “the home of friend-
ly people” feel rather
unfriendly. It might even be
enough to make the repeat
visitor and winter resident —
those stalwarts of our tourist-
based economy — find



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another escape.

Come on, 'Briland! It's
time for this community, in
partnership with the govern-
ment and with input from the
Ministry of Tourism, to seri-
ously address a long-term
vision for the island. To start
with, here are a few ideas.
(Candidates slated to run in
the election for local govern-
ment a few weeks away, feel
free to take note).

A Plan for Sensible
Development’

Yes, it's hard to stop popu-
lar tourist towns from chang-
ing. The same issues plague
them all over the world. But
how about developing a busi-
ness plan of our own so that
we are prepared for the
changes? Why not recycle the
work done to date (and paid
for) on the well-intentioned
(but ill-named) Master Plan?
Let's hold a new series of con-
structive Town Meetings to
initiate a plan we can all live
with: a plan that allows for
balanced development. What
should we keep sacred in Har-
bour Island? What should we
change?

What can we add to
enhance the island experi-
ence?

What is the best way to
compete with all the other
pretty islands out there? How
can we ask developers to con-
tribute to the community in a
meaningful way? It's time for
every resident, both Bahami-
an and non, to come together,
put our differences and poli-
tics aside, and work together.

An Historic District

This summer, two historic
homes more than 100 years
old have been demolished in
favour of new ones. We don't
have many antique buildings
left in our country, so perhaps
we should focus on what we
do have. It makes us look a
bit antiquated ourselves not
to have initiated an historic
district. There are certainly
many others to take our cues
from! Let's establish guide-
lines for preservation of the
historic waterfront and village
now. And why not consider
rewarding homeowners who
spend untold dollars in the
upkeep of our postcard-pretty



town by offering discounted
property taxes or other incen-
tives? I can't understand why
the Ministry of Tourism isn't
involved in this already!

A Traffic Plan
It was revealed at a Town
Meeting earlier this year that
2,200 vehicles and golf carts
are currently licensed on this
3-mile by half-a-mile island.
We also learned that local
council presented a practical,
professional traffic plan to
government some years ago.
This plan was actually incor-
porated into the draft of the
Master Plan. Where is it now?
Why can't it be introduced?
This is a critical issue which
no government has yet had

the courage to tackle.

An Environmental Plan

Today's visitors want desti-
nations which are eco-friend-
ly and environmentally aware.

Harbour Islanders should
insist on the same. For exam-
ple, the famous pink beach is
on the top of the Best Beach-
es list because it is peaceful,
unspoiled, and naturally gor-
geous. Thanks to the beach
cleanup committee, it's usu-
ally free of debris, too. The
beach hasn't fallen prey yet
to the usual tourist trappings.
But now is the time to develop
a plan to keep this environ-
ment desirable.

We need to protect the
dunes from erosion, set para-
meters for jet ski and vehicle
usage on the beach, and pre-
vent commercialization.of the
beach in general.

As the song goes, let's not
“pave paradise,-and put up a
parking lot.”

It is discouraging to stand
by and watch an island which
has had so much going for it
for generations become
engulfed by what is thought
of today as progress.

Before there are any other
decisions made on any more
development, I urge the FNM
government and our repre-
sentative, Alvin Smith, to vis-
it Harbour Island and its peo-
ple.

I propose holding some
focused meetings on the issues
of infrastructure, planning,
traffic, and environment (as
well as immigration and edu-
cation). Now that would be
the start of some real progress.

J.A. LIGHTBOURN
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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2007, PAGE 5



On brief

PM to attend
CARICOM
conference
on diseases

PRIME Minister Hubert
Ingraham, Minister of Health
and Social Development Dr
Hubert Minnis and a delega-
tion of public officials and
medical specialists will travel
to Port of Spain, Trinidad, to
participate in CARICOM’s
Regional Summit on Non-
Communicable Diseases.

Under the theme, “Stem-
ming the Tide of Non-Com-
municable Diseases (NCD)
in the Caribbean”, the sum-
mit is the first of its kind in
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Heads and will seek to estab-
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the prevention and control of
NCDs including heart dis-
ease, cancer, diabetes, hyper-
tension and stroke.

The summit will also seek
to assess the prevalence of
‘NCDs in the Caribbean com-
pared to other regions, and
ways in which the prevention,
control and treatment of
NCDs can be addressed at
the legislative level in CARI-
COM countries.

Prime Minister Ingraham
and delegation are scheduled
to depart Nassau today and
return to the capital on Sun-
day September 16.

Brent Symonette will act
as prime minister during Mr
Ingraham’s absence.

Minister of State in the
Ministry of Finance, Zhivargo
Laing will act as Minister of
Finance.

Two women
arrested after
police search
houses

FREEPORT -— Two Hait-
ian/Bahamian women were
arrested by police in two sep-
arate incidents in Freeport
after they were allegedly
caught with a large quantity
of items that were being
offered for sale to the public.

The women — a 42-year-old
resident of Oleander Drive
and a 45-year-old resident of
Redwood Lane — were taken
into custody on Wednesday.

According to reports, offi-
cers of the Central Police Sta-
tion executed a search war-
rant on two houses suspected
of being in breach of the
Liquor and Shop Licences
Act.

Officers confiscated a large
quantity of items being
offered for sale to the public,
including alcoholic beverages,
canned goods, fruit juices,
sodas, cigars and cigarettes at
one house. They also confis-
cated designer tennis shoes,
boots, and clothing for men,
women and children, along
with assorted alcoholic bev-
erages, cigars and cigarettes
at a second house.

Both suspects .were
processed at Police Head-
quarters, charged and
released on bail in the
amount of $1,500 with a sure-
ty, to appear in Freeport
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FREEPORT — A Grand
Bahama man who was mistak-
enly released from prison in
New Providence is back in cus-
tody at Her Majesty's Fox Hill
Prison, where he is on remand
on a murder charge.

Rodner Timothee, 35, was
found at his deceased mother’s
home in Eight Mile Rock by
police on Monday afternoon. He
is charged with the murder of
19-year-old Felix Mitchell, who
was beaten to death in January.

Police on Grand Bahama and
Prison officials in New Provi-
dence have not yet released any
official statement on the inci-
dent.

The victim’s family said the
police have not contacted them
to offer an explanation for ‘Tim-
othee’s release, much less an

apology.

Murder victim’s family accuse police of trying to cover up blunder



“No one has called or con-
tacted us yet, and it seems as if
they are trying to cover up their
mistake,” said Edith Light-
bourne, the sister of the Felix
Mitchell.

Mitchell, a resident of Martin
Town, Eight Mile Rock, died
on January 7, 2007, after he was
reportedly struck in the head
with an object. His death was
the first homicide for the year
on Grand Bahama.

Shock

Family members” were
shocked to learn that the man
accused of their brother's mur-
der was out of prison and walk-
ing the streets of Eight Mile
Rock.

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Regulatory concerns still
persist as registrar retires

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Registrar of Insurance,
Dr Roger Brown, yesterday
retired as the Bahamian insur-
ance industry's regulator after a
seven-year spell in office, with
the government yet to reveal its
plans for regulating the sector
going forward or who his
replacement will be.

In an e-mail sent to numerous
insurance industry executives,

_ Dr Brown announced: “Please

note that my last day in office is
tomorrow, Thursday, Septem-
ber 13, 2007. After that I shall
be on retirement.”

Whether it is a full retirement
is unclear, because numerous
insurance industry sources had
previously told The Tribune
that Dr Brown was due to take
up a new post as co-ordinator of
the Bahamas General Insurance
Association (BGIA) from

' October 15, 2007, onwards.

That position is effectively a
part-time role, and Dr Brown
would be replacing existing co-
ordinator, Robin Hardy, who is
also said to be due for retirement.
It is not known whether Dr
Brown is still taking up the post.

However, insurance industry
sources yesterday told The 'Tri-

bune that the sector was con-
cerned about who would
replace Dr Brown, and what
regulatory structure the Gov-

ernment had in mind for the ,

industry going forward.

One obvious candidate would
be Dr Brown’s number two,
deputy registrar Pauline Sher-
man, but it is understood a num-
ber of high-ranking insurance
industry executives are opposed
to her getting the ‘top job’.

And uncertainty still persists
over the FNM administration’s
plans about bringing into effect
the new Insurance Act, which
was passed by Parliament under
the former Christie government,
and the accompanying regula-
tions that give it enforcement
teeth. One cannot come into
force without the other, the Act
or the regulations.

The regulations, too, were
signed off by the former Cabi-
net, but the new Act was never
implemented. James Smith, the
former minister of state for
finance, said the PLP adminis-
tration held off on bringing the
new Act into effect because of
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istrar of Insurance could eftec-
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technical and human resources.

The new Act upgrades the
Registrar to an Insurance Com-
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The FNM government will
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entire ordeal was very frustrat-
ing. She said the police did not
immediately act on the infor-
mation they received when she
initially made the report.

“They appeared to be uncon-
cerned and did not care about
what I was saying, and an offi-
cer told me that I needed to call
the prison to find out whether
Timothee was released,” she
said.

After several phone calls and
much persistence by Mrs Light-
bourne, officers at the Eight
Mile Rock Police Station final-
ly went to Timothee’s residence
to verify the report, which
proved to be true.

Timothee was taken into cus-
tody and flown back to New
Providence. It is believed there
was some name mix up that
resulted in his release.

A preliminary inquiry into
Mitchell’s death is still pending
in Freeport. Timothee is repre-
sented by Brian Hanna.

Ms Lightbourne expressed
concern about the police and
the “slackness” of the prison
system.

“The officers showed no care
for our feelings — this man could
have harmed my family or even
skipped town and we would
never get justice, and that is all
we want,” she said.

The Tribune attempted to -

reach Prison Superintendent Dr
Elliston Rahming on Thursday,
but was told that he was in a
meeting.

Chief Superintendent Basil
Rahming, press liaison officer
in Grand Bahama, was also
unavailable for comments up to
press time.

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Developer pledges focus on beach access

BEACH access will be a pri-
ority in the redevelopment of a
once world famous resort in
Eleuthera.

“Whenever there is a large
resort and concerns about
beach access, you have to
address it,” said Paul Thomp-
son, managing director of the
project to transform the old
Club Med into the French
Leave Resort.

“We are going to put in three
additional accesses to the beach
— two on the northern end and
one on the south end, with
parking,” he said.

Beach access has become a
hot button issue across the
Bahamas as major tourist devel-
opments occupy more and more
coastal real estate on a number
of islands.

Public access to beaches will
be the subject of a discussion dur-
ing the Halsbury Chambers free
legal clinic on September 22.



Managing director of French Leave outlines
plans for new resort on Eleuthera



Mr Thompson, the former
managing director of the exclu-
sive five-star Lyford Cay Club
on New Providence for 25
years, outlined aspects of the
French Leave project.

Legend has it that when
Count Alfred de Marigny, son-
in-law of the late Sir Harry
Oakes, left the Club Med resort
in Governor’s Harbour years
ago without saying goodbye, it
was given the name French
Leave.

It is described as one of the
most sough-after properties in
the Family Islands, command-
ing a beautiful view of the
Atlantic Ocean.

Members of the board of

directors of the Hotel Corpo-
ration of the Bahamas and
Deputy Prime Minister and
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Brent Symonette visited the pic-
turesque resort located in
Eleuthera’s oldest settlement
on Friday, September 7.

The visit came one day after a
town meeting on the proposed
French Leave development.

Situated on about 265 acres
of land, the project includes a
luxury condominium hotel,
ocean front villas and home
sites, a 50-yacht slip able to
accommodate 200 foot vessels,
conference facilities, a fitness
centre, tennis courts, water
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gift boutiques, a spa, night club,
and other amenities.

Mr Thompson also noted that
the resort will have its own
reverse Osmosis plant and
sewage treatment plant.

The resort will also showcase
a number of artifacts used dur-
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LOCAL NEWS

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2007, PAGE 7



Oln brief

US author
backs Cuban
agents jailed
in States

@ HAVANA

THE Cuban government
distributed a letter on
Wednesday in which Ameri-
can author Alice Walker
expressed her support to the
children of five Cuban intel-
ligence agents imprisoned in
the United States, according
to Associated Press.

Walker, who won the
Pulitzer Prize for her novel
"The Color Purple," has in
the past joined American
writers, artists and intellec-
tuals in demanding the
telease of the so-called
Cuban 5, who were convicted
in 2001 of being unregistered
foreign agents operating in
the United States.

The letter was released
Wednesday at a news confer-
ence held in Havana to unveil
a new Cuban book celebrat-
ing the five. It was signed
"Alice," with "Walker" in
parentheses.

"In my own experience
everything to do with attain-
ing justice has been very
hard, very difficult, a very
long struggle. Apparently
endless, in fact," the letter
said. "That is unfortunately
the experience of much of the
world. Still, we persist in our
hope of justice."

In addition to the charges
of being unregistered agents,
three of the Cuban 5 were
convicted of espionage con-
spiracy for efforts to pene-
trate US military bases, and
one was also found guilty of
murder conspiracy in the
deaths of four Miami-based
pilots whose small, private
planes were shot down by a
Cuban MiG in 1996.

All five have denied the
charges, and say they were
sent to south Florida to gath-
er information about “ter-
rorist” exile groups opposed
to Castro.,aetthe US gov-
ernment. —

ae

oye Thc

Bahamian group joins
call for release of Cuban Five

@ By PACO NUNEZ
Tribune News Editor
pnunez@tribunemedia.net

A BAHAMIAN group has
issued a letter to President Bush
calling for the release of five
Cubans convicted in the US on
espionage charges.

They join 125 other groups
around the world — including some
in the US — who view the convic-
tions as a miscarriage ‘of justice
and a violation of human rights.

Their supporters say that in
the face of American tnaction
the five men were in Miami gath
ering information on Cuban-
American terrorist groups whose
actions have led to the deaths of
thousands of innocent people.

Their detractors, however,
allege that the men were work
ing as spies Whose targets includ-
ed US military installations

In more than LOO countries
activists: for the “Cuban bive
are marking the period Septem-
ber 12 to October 6 with a series
of meetings, conferences and
demonstrations in-an effort to
secure the release of the men,
who have been detained in the
US for almost a decade.

Ata press conference held yes-
terday, the committee ol the

Bahamian Friends of the Cuban
Five said that the men — who were
seeking to fight terrorism by
"non-violent means" — were held
in isolation tor long periods and
that family members have been
denied the right to see them.

They pointed out that by con-
trast, Luis Posada Carilles, an
anti-Castro activist Wanted ina
number of countries in connec
tion with the bombing of a

Cuban airliner that killed 73 pas
sengers in 1976, lives freely in
the US

Committee chairman Erring-
ton Watkins said that the Cuban
Five turned information on
Florida terrorist groups over to
the Cuban government, which
informed US authorities.

Instead of arresting the impli-
cated terrorists however, he said
the US government arrested them.

“We came here to highlight
the plight of five Cuban nation
als who were only doing a
duty... in trying to protect their
country front terrorist attacks,
by gotng fo the root of those
attacks.” Mr Watkins said.

The letler to President Bush,
delivered to the US Enmibassy ves
terday along with a copy
addressed to House Speaker Nan-
cy Pelosi, says that the five men
were tried ina “hostile climate”
and given “ridiculous sentences”.

It claims that the men’s 2001

trial was unfair because tt was

held in Miami, where there is a
great dealotanti-Castro feeling,
“No Cuban national can expect
to geta far trialin south blori
da.” Mr Watkins said

The commuttee circulated a
document citing AMON other
events, a July £9, 2007 demon-
stration demanding that Luis
Posada Carriles be freed.

It also quoted a School Board
of Miami member as saving he
voted to ban a book on Cuban
children — not because he was
against it, but for fear he might
tind “a bomb under his car’

When asked why Bahamians
should teel solidarity with the
Cuban Five. Mr Watkins

explatned that the sovereignty

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ERRINGTON WATKINS, Shaiavan of the Bahamian Friends of the
Cuban Five speaks to the press yesterday at Graycliff. Next to hm are
new Cuban ambassador Jose Luis Ponce Caraballo and Felix Bethel

of this country has been impact-
ed by antt-Cuba terrorists.
According to Mr Watkins, a
retired police officer, beginning
in the early 1960s several
attempts were made by south
Florida terrorists to attack Cuba
from bases in the Bahamas.
Committee secretary Alexan-
drio Morley added that average
Bahamians should be interest-
ed in the matter because “part of
the whole idea of independence

is that you speak for yourself

and you come up with your own
ideas and you make your own
decisions. But we camt make our
own decisions if all the informa-
tion we are getting ts not right.”

He noted that during apartheid,
the African National Congress
(ANC) was described as a terror-
ist orgamisation, and only through
the spread of correct information
Was this view changed.

“Its the same case with the
five. We have a situation here
where we have been told that
some people are terrorists and
that some people are not terror-
ists, and that only certain people
can fight against terrorism.”

The US charged the Cuban
Five as part of a group of alleged
spies known as the “Wasp Net-
work”. One member of the five,
Gerardo Hernandez, was said to
have infiltrated Brothers to the
Rescue, which Cuba considers
a terrorist organisation,

The US claimed he sent infor-
mation to Cuba which contributed
to the shooting down of two
Brothers to the Rescue planes.

The other four men were
accused of falsifying their iden-
tities, attempting to infiltrate the
Southern Command headquar-
ters in Florida and sending
unclassified information from

US military bases to Cuba.

The men were jailed for near-
ly three ye an before their trial.

In June 2001, a US federal
court convicted them on al]
counts and sentenced theni to
maximum-sccurilty prison terms ¢
which ranged from two cousee-
utive life terms for one, life for
two others and 19 years and [5
years for the remaining two.

In August 2005, a4 panel of

judges in Atlanta overturned the

convictions and ordered a new
trial, agreeing that the venue had
been prejudicial.

However in November this
ruling was reversed. A rehearing
is pending in the I1th circuit
Court of Appeals.

In May 2595. the United
Nations critic’sed the case on a
number of Icvels and Amnesty
International quesuoned Amer-
ica’s treatment of the men.

Eight international Nobel
Prize winners have sent a docu-
ment to the US Attorney Gen-
eral calling for the men’s release.

Several British MPs and Juro-
pean Union officials also sup-
port the Cuban Five.

In August 2007, Orlando
Gutierrez. a South Florida based
advocate who supports the con-
victions appeared on CNN.

He said: “The fact is that these
men caine to the US to penetrate
the conmmunity... with the pur-
pose of perpetuating Castro’s hold
on power. During that time the
dissident movement in Cuba, in
spite of harassment and persecu-
tion brought a coalition to bring
about peaceful change in Cuba.
Castro needed to crush that move-
ment and to stop the exile move
ment from supporting them.”

Castro claims Cuba saved US President Ronald Reagan’s life

HAVANA _



FIDEL Castro claims Cuba's
government saved the life of Pres
ident Reagan by giving Ametri-
can officials information about an
assassination plot in L984. accord
ing to Associated Press,

The essay, published

Wednesday in the Communist
Party newspaper Granma,
appeared to be the first time
Cuba has made the claim. It
seemed aimed at showing Cuba
has co-operated with the United
States in the past.
Castroowhohas not appeared
ID publigtor more than a year,

wrote that a Cuban security offi-
celal stationed at the United
Nations told the then US mis-
sion security chief about an
extreme tight-wing group that
was planning to kill Reagan dur-
mga tip to North Carolina.
“The information was com-
pletas the names of those impli

iexe Pes fag

cated in the plan: day, time and
hour where the assassination
could occur: the type of weapon
the terrorists had and where
they kept their arms; and along
with all that, the meeting place

‘of those clements planning the
‘action as well as a brief sum-

mary ol whi at had gecutred in

said meeting," Castro wrote.
He did not say how Cuba
obtained the information.
Newsom Summerlin, a spe-
cial agent with the FBI in Char-
lotte, North Carolina, said late
Wednesday that he had no
immediate information per-

_ taining to Castro's claim.

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Violent crime shreds the fabric of society

Acmousi they're
only in the prelimi

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this year show that the Bahamas
is speedily becoming a lawless
state where violent crimes have
skyrocketed.

This week, the country was
gripped by frightening reports
that a wayward juvenile —
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and brutally stabbed another
teenager. Whats more, this
youngster was scheduled to be in
court on ‘Tuesday morning to
answer charges for a previous
stabbing incident!

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becoming a common practice
among ruthless, callous young
people who have no regard for
the value of human life.

Years ago, youngsters who
could not have mature discus-
sions resorted to settling their
rows with their fists. However,
these days they perforate each
other with bullets and slaughter
one another using knives and

machetes. Frankly, the spate of

violent crime is shredding our
social fabric.

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less Wild West, where merciless
hooligans show a gratuitous dis-
regard for authority and roam
the streets with knives and guns
blazing. e

Following the stabbing
episode at the A F Adderley
Junior High School this week, it
was revealed that the con-
frontation between the two
teenagers involved may have
stemmed from a dispute over a
female student.

This again is a reflection of
the current state of our society
where Bahamian men are so
caught up in arguments about
women that one man feels he
must brutally demonstrate his
machismo.

W hen will Bahamian
men learn that there

are many women in the world
and that if they aspire to-broad-
en their horizons, they would
notice that the dating pool is
much deeper?

It is apparent that many stu-
dents are on the fast track to a
life of criminality, perfecting
their predatory craft on school
campuses.

In response to recent reports
of violence on campuses involv-
ing parents, teachers and stu-
dents, some irate teachers
expressed their grievances to me.

One teacher at S C McPher-
son stated: “If society is symp-
tomatic of the problems faced
in schools, then schools need the
same type of law enforcement
activity that they have in the
community. Stabbing teenagers
soon becomes stabbing men!
Why did they. take the police out
of the schools? If it isn’t broke,
don’t fix it — keep what’s good!
The ministry (of education) is
not in touch with reality.”

She said: “The children had
invested their confidence in the
police, often going to officers
and telling them of plans for vio-
lence before they occurred. The
school security guards don’t
have any insurance and the par-
ents don’t respect them, so how
could they protect us? Besides,
some security guards are always
sleeping at the gates of these
schools, and if you are in trouble,
they are going the other way
anyway, So you’re on your own!”

here is an urgent need
for beefed up security

in public schools, particularly



GIBSON

since students are now stashing
their weapons behind walls and
in bathroom ceilings.

The same teacher said: ““There
is a need for officers in place to
confiscate weapons. There are
limitations on teachers, who
unlike officers are not allowed to
search persons. School officers
are not simply for students, but
to protect teachers, too.

“At a recent meeting with the
minister at the Joe Farrington
Road auditorium, teachers ques-
tioned ministry officials about
their safety. Ministry officials
claimed that they had no prob-
lems with offering self-defence
classes to teachers, but was it
true or was that just a photo
opportunity? They should have
gradually phased out the SROs
(police) instead of just stopping
cold turkey,” she said.



Bahamian society
is rapidly headed
towards becoming
a lawless Wild
West, where
merciless hooligans
show a gratuitous
disregard for
authority and
roam the streets
with knives and
guns blazing.



A male teacher added:
“Between the ministry’s policies
and the parents, teachers are
being crippled. These people are
not on the school campuses to
know what occurs daily. No
wonder school violence has esca-
lated!” ‘

Yesterday, it was reported
that two administrators — Mar-
vin Duncombe (principal) and
Virginia Romer (vice principal)
— resigned from their posts at
Preston Albury High School in
Eleuthera after allegedly being
told to accept a troublesome
pupil who is said to have been
expelled from a private school
in Nassau.

Apparently, the youngster in
question should have enrolled
in the YEAST programme, but
other plans were made. Having

taught alongside Mr Duncombe,
I have no doubt that his resig-
nation was based on principle.

Reco a step-ladder
was found perched up ©

against a wall of the § C
McPherson school, clearly set
for outsiders to sneak on to the
campus. There are complaints
that a higher wall is needed at
the school, along with a proper
parking lot for teachers because
the present lot is dusty and filthy.
However, many teachers feel
that these complaints have fallen
on deaf ears.

More stringent measures must
be implemented to empower
teachers. As one teacher said:
“Part of the educational process
is discipline and teachers have
no power!” Many supporters of
corporal punishment say that
having a student stand in a cor-
ner does not work for the aver-
age Bahamian child. ;

Today, teachers and the pub-
lic are calling for corporal pun- .
ishment to again be placed in
the hands of teachers, many
quoting the adage that ‘if you
spare the rod, you spoil the
child.’ It appears that these indi-
viduals believe that corporal
punishment could play a part in-
curbing the misconduct of unruly
students.

Will lawless youngsters soon
begin to stick up churches? Will
teachers and students soon have
to buy body armour to safely
attend school? What must hap-
pen before the Ministry of Edu-
cation has a serious discussion
with teachers about the state of.
violence in the schools? Is there
any wonder why so many teach-

ers are resigning?

‘ke Ministry of Educa-
tion earns an ‘A’ for its
role in ensuring that schools
were painted and classroom
floors were tiled. However, they
earn an ‘F’ for failing to address
discipline from a local standpoint
and failing to consult and
empower teachers. There is no
point in sugar-coating and beau-
tifying schools without con-
fronting the serious issues afflict-
ing the educational system!

If the recent spate of violent
crime continues unabated, our
economy will be “up the creek”
and living in the Bahamas will be
nightmarish. Crime prevention
begins with each community and
both the government and com-
munity activists should join
hands to propose _ pro-
grammes/jobs to rescue these
troubled youngsters before they
fall through the cracks to face a
lifetime in prison.

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Teen stabbed

FROM page one

without an escort, she said.

The principal said that additional training for
security officers is absolutely necessary so that
they can detect signs of trouble and prevent violent
acts before they happen.

Chief Supt Hanna explained that the 17-year-old
victim had a legitimate reason to be on campus and
was in the process of picking up a reference from
a teacher when he was suddenly attacked.

Ms Williams said she believes that the yesterday
was the third time the former student came to Cl
Gibson to pick up his reference.

After the attack, the three tenth graders,
believed to be between 4 and 15 years old, fled the
school premises.

However, police officers in the area immedi-
ately responded and chased the three students
down. They were caught in the Culmersville area
and arrested. Police also retrieved the knife they
believe was used in the attack.

This incident comes just four days after a L5-
year-old student was stabbed in the back by an
outsider on the campus of AF Adderley Junior
High.

Following that attack parents and students
demanded that police be reinstated at all govern-
ment schools.

Police two weeks ago implemented its new ini-
tiative to increase police visibility in the commu-
nities by reassigning officers who were stationed at
public schools to patrol the neighbourhoods around
schools.

After the second attack on school premises in
one week, Chief Supt Hanna yesterday said that he
still believes police are doing the right thing.

e SEE EDITORIAL ON PAGE FOUR

Public Service Drivers
FROM page one

of the company’s head office on Dowdeswell Street,
accused the company of attempting to prevent its work-
ers from joining a union.

He said workers approached his organisation from ;
August of last year and said the application for the col-
lective bargaining agreement was made in March and [4 :
days after they were supposed to receive a determination }

from the minister of labour.

“This is September and we can’t seem to get a recog- :
nition agreement, so we are taking matters into our:

own hands,” the union president said.

Mr Johnson said the union is frustrated dealing with :
the Department of Labour in their effort to obtain a col-
lective bargaining agreement from Bahamas Experi- :

ence. s

“We have made the decision to take matters into our :
hands. We have filed and have served an injunction on :

Bahamas Tours.

“By filing the injunction the union hopes to stop the :
business operations of the company immediately and :
since we believe that the ground transport business :
should be owned 100 per cent by Bahamians, we hope :
to lift the corporate veil of the company and see who the :
beneficial owners are. The injunction will expose the :
unfair treatment of Bahamas Experience workers,” he :

said.

FROM page one

student be reinstated. This deci-

Parents

BUT demands
FROM page one

Geueral’s Office

However, Chief Supt Hulan Hanna told The Tri-
bune yesterday that students intending to do mis-
chict will not be stopped by metal detectors or
body searches.

As most schools in the Bahamas have low fences
and low walls, he said, a student can simply throw a
weapon on to the premises from outside the night
before and then enter the school through a
metal detector the next morning without any prob-
lems,

Nevertheless. Ms Wilson yesterday reiterated
the BUT’s call tor ughter security and the reas-
signment of police officers to government school
campuses.

“We need more vigilance, we need the police,
but we also need our children to know that they’re
coming to school to learn, that is the number one
objective.

“I’m going to urge and I’m going to plead to
parents again, ‘talk to your children, be an example
to your children in the mornings if you need to
search them down, search them down’, say to them
‘hey go to school to learn so that you can make a
better life for you, your family and be a positive role
model for the future of our nation.-Please step up to
the plate, the nation needs you parents,” she said.

Ms Wilson said that while officers were stationed
at the schools they were able to deal with potential
problems in a timely manner.

The BUT secretary general said that officers
were during a school year able to work closely with
guidance counsellors, gathering information on dif-
ferent students.

“They knew where the hot spots were,” she said.

_ Christie calls for police in schools
_ FROM page one

: 2005, placing police officer directly on public
: school campuses across the country.

: “My government arrived at the inescapable
: conclusion that we should initiate a major inter-
? vention towards protecting our children’s future,”
Mr Christie remarked.

The PLP leader said that he was moved to cre-
ate the programme after numerous acts of vio-
: lence in schools during his administration, cul-
: minating in the death of a CV Bethel student in a
fight.

‘Ninety’ Knowles
FROM page one

that government can never again do what they did
in the case of Knowles’ extradition.

The Court of Appeal agreed with Mr Minnis’
argument that Knowles should not have been
extradited until all of his legal avenues had been
completely exhausted in the Bahamas.

Knowles’ lawyers, the Justices indicated, now
have the possibility of pursuing their appeal
through other avenues, which could include con-
tempt of court proceedings against the former
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Attorney General
who undersigned the extradition order.

travel to Eleuthera on Monday,
17 September, 2007 to meet with,
and counsel the student in order









sion by the ministry led the prin-
cipal and his vice-principal to
resign yesterday, with parents
supporting the decision.

The public claims by Mr Dun-
combe, and his high profile resig-
nation, has led and the ministry to
respond in a press release.

“This morning, the principal
of the Preston Albury High
School, Mr Marvin Duncombe,
publicly announced that he had
received a directive from the act-
ing Director of Education, Mr
Lionel K Sands, to re-admit a stu-
dent who, according to Principal
Duncombe, was ‘violent, aggres-
sive and posed a danger to the

. staff and students of the Preston
Albury High school,” the min-
istry said.

“The department wishes to
advise that the suspension of this
student was first brought to the

attention of the acting director of

education by the parent, who

expressed concern that her son,
who had been out of school since
early May 2007, was not allowed
to attend school as ot September
2007.

“The acting director immedi-
ately initiated an investigation of
the matter. Our investigations of
this matter showed that the prin-
cipal had reported the student's
behaviour to the district superin-
tendent, and had discussed with
his parent the possibility of having
the student sent to the national
youth service for training and
rehabilitation.

“It was noted that the principal —

had failed to adhere to the poli-
cies and regulations as outlined
in the safe school manual for
addressing unacceptable behav-
iour of students,” the ministry
claims. “The acting director there-
fore advised him by written com-
munication on Tuesday, 11 Sep-
tember, 2007 that officers from
our special services section would

to determine whether he should
be committed to programme Sure
in New Providence.

“The principal was further
advised that the special services
officer’s report would form the
basis of the department's deci-
sion in respect of the student's
continued attendance at the Pre-
ston Albury High School,” the
ministry statement added.

The shut down of the school
led the ministry to send a team
yesterday, rather on Monday, to
evaluate the situation. However,
as of press time, no resolution
was announced.

Minister of Education Carl
Bethel emphatically rejected the
suggestion that there was political
interference in this matter when
asked by The Tribune.

The first time he heard about
the matter, Mr Bethel said, was
Wednesday after 9pm from some
concerned citizens from
Eleuthera.



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and make a statement to the court, which eliminated the
possibility of being cross-examined by the prosecu-
tion. He was not sworn in under oath.

Clad in a striped blue and grey collared shirt with
dark trousers, Hutchinson began his emotional state-
ment with a prayer. With his arms extended and his face
turned towards the ceiling, Hutchinson prayed, “Lord
help me to do this” before beginning to recount the
events of October 25.

He told the court he could not remember the exact
date of the incident, but on the day in question he was
at his office when he received a call from the deceased.
According to Hutchinson, Jackie told him she had
something important she needed to speak to him about.

He then picked her up on her lunch hour from her
place of employment and. upon the insistence of the
deceased, they went for a drive around the island, he
said. ‘

At one point during the drive, his cellphone rang and
he didn’t answer it. This prompted Jackie to question
him over why he ignored the call and she tried to grab
the phone from him as he drove, he said.

Jackie hurled a series of profanities at him, he said.
but as he was now a Christian he would not repeat
them in the courtroom.

He told the jury that they ended up at a secluded area
off Clifton Pier where Jackie broached the subject of
marriage with him, telling him she had a ring and there
was no need for a huge ceremony as she wanted to go
to a Justice of the Peace. He told the court he was
crouched with one knee ona rock, with Jackie standing
in front of him at this point.

According to Hutchinson, he told Jackie he could
not marry her because his mother would not approve of
the union. He claimed Jackie did not take this rejection
well and spun around “out of nowhere” and kicked him
in his groin.

He further claimed that, after this surprise kick, he
went down into a protective position. He explained to
the jury of Tf women and one man that the pain of
being kicked in the groin is very intense.

The deceased then mounted him and punched him
while attempting to scratch his eyes out, he told the jury.
He added that she screamed: * You promise you was
gonna marry me,” in between yelling profanities.

In an effort to get the deceased off him, he had no
choice but to “grab her” by her braids because “she was
carryin’ on real bad,” he said.

Jackie Moxey

“I couldn't get her off me...so 1 start to get more
violent,” he said. “I keep on jus’ (head) buttin® her.”
This enraged the deceased even more as she continued
to “throw punches” at the defendant and made attempts
to gouge out his eyes, he told the jury. He admitted that
he butted her a few more times in an effort to get out of
her grip.

He explained to the jury that, despite her size and
gender, Jackie was remarkably strong and he had dif-
ficulty getting away from her.

Hutchinson said he told Jackie he “wasn’t going
through this” and to take his car and leave him there.
He then turned his back on Jackie in an attempt to walk
away when she jumped on his back, he said. He
explained to the court that things were “moving so
fast” and the next thing he knew Jackie was lying on the
rocky ground.

“[ was walking...getting away and I feel this thing on
my back.

“Next thing I know she fall back and I hear this
loud boom,” he said.

He told the court that when he saw the deceased
lying on the ground and not moving, he initially thought
she was “puttin’ on an act.” Hutchinson appeared to
break down in tears at this point, and asked Justice
Isaacs for a moment before continuing with his state-
ment.

“When I realise right then she was just breathing
(but) she wasn’t (inoving), I realise it was serious,” he
continued, his voice cracking with emotion.

He told the jury he fetched some water out of a
rusty pail in the rocky area to revive her, but she did not
regain conscivusness, only twitched. During his state-
ment he informed the court that the couple never had
violent exchanges before the incident.

Hutchinson claimed he suffered pain and injuries
because of the tussle with the deceased: “My head
(felt) like it sas bursin’ open...the pain was unbearable...
(it) felt like my spinal cord or something was coming
out,” he said

He also claimed that, as a result of the incident two
years ago. his back still hurts him “to this day.” He
added that the investigating officers did not allow him
to see a physician until the day after the incident
occurred,

The trial continues today in the Supreme Court as the
defence prepares to call three police officers as wit-
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@ By Kevin Alcena

15 year old D’Andra Rolle become
an amputee due to Bone Cancer.

EPTEMBER 11 has

entered into the annals
of history not only for the Unit-
ed States of America, but for
the entire world, and in partic-
ular the family members of
those whose loved ones were
killed (a total of 2,572) on that
horrendous mid-morning of
terrorist attacks on the physi-
cal, emotional and psychological
state of the free world.

It was a day of reckoning on
the global political, economic,
and socio-religious dichotomy
between the developed free
western capitalist democracies
and the developing world with
the peculiarity of an iron-fisted
religious-based aristocratic sys-
tem.

The root of the political
divide dates back to more than
three to four decades ago: just
as the mighty and powerful
inter-continental colonial
empires were winding down
and ceding powers to new oli-
garchies, monarchs, aristocrats
and kings.

Without attempting to trace
the root of the interplay leading
to September 11, the world
would be much able to remind
itself of this infamous day if the
Secretary General of the United
Nations can lead global dele-
gates to the UN into the passing
of a resolution granting a glob-
al holiday of commemoration
of the lives unjustly lost on that
fateful days

It will also be a day that the
world will annually take stock of
the evil that terrorism bodes to
the world: in 2004 the world
passed through another untor-
gettable dark day when Chech-
nya’s rebels stormed and seized
a school (Beslan School) in
Russia, which resulted in the
torture and death of 338 peo-
ple, among them 177 children
under 15 years old. Osama bin
Laden was also behind this
attack. He has appeared twice

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and this should not be taken
lightly.

eputy Prime Minister

and Minister of For-
eign Affairs Brent Symonette
can originate this global holi-
day motion in the UN General
Assembly towards this effect.

Doing that will help com-
memorate the loss of Bahamians
at the World Trade Centre and
keep the memory of various
tragedies in the Bahamas during
the month of September, such as
the Straw Market fire, Hurri-
cane Floyd and Hurricane
Frances. Hurricane Frances is
one of the most devastating hur-
ricanes in our time, impacting
the entire length and breadth of
the Bahamas in one swoop.

Given the situation in
Moscow, the war on terror
should now take a new direc-
tion with the Russian govern-
ment's vow to adopt pre-emp-
tive strikes on terrorists any-
where in the world, in line with
President George W. Bush's
policy since 9/11.

Though Russian president
Vladimir Putin was against the
US's national security pre-emp-
tive strike policy then, he has
now realised the impact of ter-
rorism on his citizens.

It is now exigent that Russia
stands along With the US, UK,
Australia, the Caribbean, Latin
America and Asian Pacific
countries in boldly waging the
war on terror anywhere in the
world that poses threat to life
and property.

To effectively do that, the
United States must reverse its
designation of Chechnya’s rebel
group as “freedom fighters” to
terrorists. Designating rebels all
over the world as terrorists will
help sharpen global focus to
multilaterally combine strate-
gies and threat of war in com-
bating terrorism.

o effectively combat

terrorism, the world
must indict any government
that provides sanctuary for ter-
rorists, hijackers, international
assassination rings and money
launderers.

To this end, the government
of Panama, like Libya, must be
held accountable for the pardon
and sanctuary given to two
Cuban hijackers and terrorists
on the plausible reason that they
might not get a fair trial in the
Republic of Cuba. What kind
of fair trial do persons who plot-
ted the assassination of a nation-
al leader want? These Cuban
terrorists must be repatriated
back to Cuba to face the music.

The same goes for Miami-
Cuban exiles who were involved

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in such activities in the past and
provided financial and logistic
support for any group that plans
to infiltrate and destabilise the
government of Cuba: the Unit-

‘ed States President George

Bush must act immediately to
forestall these Miami-Cubans
from using the sanctuary of the
US to launch any form of ter-
rorist attacks on Cuba.

I am very saddened by the
lack of response by the Secre-
tary General of the UN, as well
as the Secretary General of
Caricom, in publicly condemn-
ing the action by the former
President of Panama in his par-
doning of terrorists.

This sends a bad message
around the world in the fight
against terrorism, as well as it
gives the Miami-Cuban terror-
ists the right to do what they
want in respect to terrorists
activities to Cuba.

This double standard that the
Bush administration has adapt-
ed is preposterous and wrong
in protecting known terrorists
residing in the US after under-
standing the effects of Septem-
ber 11.

he UN Secretary Gen- —

eral must stand for
something and his voice must
be clear and objective across
the globe, not selective com-
mentaries that are in the inter-
est of a global fascist, racist, far
right agenda that has double
standards against the meaning
of terrorism.

Countering terrorism is an
arduous task on which various
leaders must remain focused.
Terrorism is likened to a cancer
which, if not rooted out, will
continue to contaminate the
society and create more recruits
sympathetic to the idiosyn-
crasies of the fundamentalists
and extremists.

The 9/11 Commission report
should become the guiding plat-
form for the introduction of
measures across the world in
different countries to tighten
intelligence and surveillance on
potential terrorists. The report
was very broad, in-depth. bi-
partisan and far-reaching in
embracing the expert's testi-
monials and the contribution of
its staff investigators.

President George W Bush's
steps in implementing some of
the recommendations of the
9/11 Report are steps in the
right direction. The Russian
government must learn from it
in dealing with their national
security and intelligence ser-
vices.

In conclusion, the sympathy
of the Bahamas goes out to the
family and friends of the 9/11”
victims today.

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NATIONAL A SS

My Fellow Bahamians,
Good evening.

In just a few hours, more than 50 thousand students will enter classrooms across The Bahamas to begin the 2007-2008 academic year. Of that number just over
4,000 energetic and excited youngsters will be entering formal education at the Primary level for the first time, while approximately the same number of seniors
will be returning to begin their final year of High School.

The Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Hubert Ingraham, has honoured me by having appointed me to serve as Minister of Education, Youth Sports
and Culture, and thereby giving me oversight for the national education system. I accept with humility the onerous responsibilities that come with this position and
am grateful for the trust the Prime Minister and the Government of The Bahamas have reposed in me.

In keeping with the Government’s plan to revolutionize education in The Bahamas over the next decade, our overarching goal for the new school year
is to measurably improve student performance at all levels of the education system in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. Our target is multifaceted. We seck
improvement in terms of civility, respect for authority, and in pepeaen for healthy lifestyles. And, we seek improved levels of performance in numeracy, literacy
and in those core subjects hich are a necessary part of positive development of the whole person. ‘

To accomplish these objectives, will require the full support and active pope baton of all stakeholders.And, | am plowed to say, we have already begun
the process.Plans are in place to permit us, over the next school year, to increase the number of students exposed to technical and vocational courses, particularly
at the secondary school level. Evidence is emerging which shows a clear benefit to student motivation and increased interest in academic improvement as a
result of exposure to technical fields such as plumbing and carpentry. Such early exposure to these skills helps students appreciate the need and the usefulness
of mathematics and language skills to their becoming trained plumbers or first class carpenters. In short, the desire to perform well in a technical discipline is
motivating students to improve their grasp of academic subjects.In the eight weeks that elapsed between the end of classes in June and Friday past, officers of
my Ministry and our associates from other governmental agencies have been very busy preparing for the new school year.We have made important strategic
adjustments to the Senior Management Team in the Ministry and the Department of Education and to our management support teams at the District and School
levels. Lam happy to welcome the new appointees joining our education team at various levels this year. They are not.new to education and bring a wealth of
knowledge, skill and experience to their jobs. | am especially pleased to highlight the appointment of the new Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Elma Garraway, and the

new Acting Director of Education, Mr. Lionel Sands. Both have hit the ground running since joining us a few short months ago.I am pleased also to enor that
HON. CARL W. BETHEL more than 169 newly-recruited, trained professionals have been added to the teaching cohort for this 2007/2008 academic year. They have been posted throughout
MINISTER OF EDUCATION, YOUTH Thé Bahamas and are being deployed at all levels. We have strategically planned for sufficient of our resources to target early education thereby improving student/
z * teacher ratios at our larger primary schools in Nassau and Grand Bahama. We expect this to translate into smaller class sizes for the lower streams at each grade
SPORTS & CULTURE level and improve individual student contact with their subject teachers.



To further assist our efforts at improving student performance, we have also acquired necessary quantities of furniture, equipment and teaching supplies in support of our instructional programme in all disciplines.

We have heard - loudly and clearly - the concerns expressed by members of the public and by major players in our economy about the inadequate levels of achievement of too many of our school leavers. We have
heard the lament that too many of them lack appropriate skills required in the labour force to support projected local economic activity, ‘We are acting to address those concerns by becoming more responsive to those
assessments and recommendations. Further, we have served notice on our curriculum writers that, during the course of this academic year we will expect to complete the revision of our curricula to better align them
with industry needs for quality apprentices and trainable employees.

A companion activity to our curriculum restructuring exercise will include a review of student/class scheduling practice to ensure early intervention to help students whose performance reveal obvious weaknesses in the
core subjects.

Our efforts to stimulate improved student performance will be ongoing. We are introducing a new initiative - the School Improvement Programme - for which the government has allocated $3.5 million in
this year’s Budget. This money will be used at the School and District levels for the promotion of innovations aimed at improving individual student performance in agreed core subject areas.

Under this programme, School Districts, individual schools in a District, and all classroom teachers are required to set agreed achievable goals at the beginning of the school year. The goals can cover agreed areas of
academic and school life and may target improved scores in National Examinations, overall school improvement in specific subjects, or the like. Our goal is simple. We seek to inspire every teacher, school, and School
District to make targeted improvements over and above results achieved by them during the previous school year.

Equally importantly, schools and School Districts will be made more accountable to parents and to the public. Annual Progress Reports which will be produced and publicized will disclose to the Bahamian people at
the end of every school year which schools and School Districts are making, or failing to achieve, improvements, year to year.

In our view, the principal role of primary and secondary education is to produce well rounded individuals with the capacity to become either trainable recruits in the labour force, or candidates for higher education and/
or advanced technical and vocational training.

It is not the role of primary and secondary education to produce graduates who are proficient secretaries, cosmetologists, tradesmen or the like by the end of the 12" grade.

Some public commentary suggests that 12" grade school leavers ought to be trained and experienced office workers, or skilled labourers, This is not realistic. What is realistic is that 12" grade school leavers be
literate; that they be numente and hence trainable in the work place. '

It is also important that children be alloweé to cultivate a habit of making sound, healthy and wholesome lifestyle choices early in their development. Given the alarmingly high incidence of anti-social behaviour in our
communities (especially among our young men) more of our energies in the year ahead will be directed at mitigating overt aggression, improving anger management and combating symptoms of low self esteem. To
this end, we will encourage greater interaction between the school, the home and allied agencies.

We will also be targeting students’ eating habits and promoting the positive values of good health and fitness, Towards this end we will, over the coming school year, implement a standardized menu for
all lunch vendors. We aim to cultivate a society less addicted to fatty and greasy foods, and to carbonated “fizzy” sodas and soft drinks. We will not facilitate pre and primary school students to purchase sugar-laced
water-coloured “frit drinks” on school premises. With this goal in mind, lunch vendors in our pre and primary schools will be restricted to the sale of water and fruit juices only.

As we begin this programme with the very young, appropriate consultation will take place in respect of allowable drinks sales in our junior and senior schools,

Our goal to emphasize the importance of reading to the learning and personal development of our students, can not be underestimated. With this in mind it is my intention to continue and reinvigorate “The
Minister’s Reading Programme”. As a part of this programme, | , in my capacity as the Minister responsible for Education, will schedule visits to Primary Schools throughout the school year to-read to and with our
children in their classes and to personally encourage students to read at home and at their neighbourhood libraries.

SCHOOL REPAIRS ' \

Fellow Bahamians,
Shortly after taking office as Minister of Education, my colleague the Honourable Earl Deveaux, Minister of Public Works and Transport, and I agreed upon a strategy for ensuring that all critical school

repairs identified under the School Summer Repair and Refurbishment Programme, would be completed in time to facilitate the smooth re-opening of school.
In pursuit of this goal, the sum of $17.5 million from the Budget of the Ministry of Education was spent on school repairs. A further sum of $6 million, from the Budget of the Ministry of Public Works, was
allocated for the building-of new classroom blocks at S. C. McPherson Junior High School, in New Providence; St. George's High School in Freeport, Grand Bahama; in Exuma; and in Cat Island.
Tonight | am pleased to inform you that, we have achieved our goal in this regard. | am advised that every public school in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas will open on schedule tomorrow, on time,
on the first day of the new school year. This is a remarkable difference from last year’s experience. | wish to commend the many contractors and craftspeople who participated in this year’s programme and who
have made this possible. All of them have surpassed our expectations for completing classroom extensions, critical repairs and refurbishment on schedule. I also wish to express appreciation to all of the officials
and technical officers in the Ministries of Education and Public Works, and to acknowledge the assistance of the Ministry of Health and Social Development in preparing school grounds for opening. On behalf of a
grateful nation, | thank them all.
As a result of this success story, the vast majority of our staff and students will return to improved school environs, We expect to comfortably accommodate all the projected student overflows at key Junior
High and Senior High Schools throughout the Capital and in Grand Bahama.
Our goal of this summer was specific: to target all critical repairs, - namely those repairs necessary for schools to open on time. We have achieved this goal,
I wish to advise that school repairs will continue throughout the school year in collaboration with School Administrators, School Boards and Local Government Officials in the Family Islands,
This has been an expensive undertaking. Therefore, we expect to raise the consciousness of our students regarding proper use of facilities, equipment and furniture in our schools, I am therefore appealing
to every student and every user of our school facilities to respect the people’s property and to assist our efforts in keeping classrooms and school grounds in good condition at all times,
It is to be recognized that money required to repair and replace facilities and equipment that have been vandalized is money that could have been better spent in expanding and upgrading our education system for the
benefit of all. ‘ P :

ON-GOING CAPITAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS
I wish to advise that construction of classroom extensions will continue throughout the new school year. However, these works will not disrupt classes.
The population increase in south-western New Providence requires that we provide new neighbourhood schools to serve these areas.
Accordingly, during the course of the new school year we will begin the construction of a new Primary and a new Senior High School in south-west New Providence; meanwhile, construction of the new Junior High
School is also continuing at the site on Faith Avenue South,
1 am pleased to confirm to parents and guardians of students attending T. G. Glover Primary that it has been determined that work should be resumed at the new school site, We expect that students will be able to
return to this new school in the 2008/2009 school year.

- As we aim to improve our education system we are minded that it takes a dedicated, competent faculty led by an equally capable, competent and dedicated team of managers to deliver quality education. Therefore,
we will continue to ensure that public school teachers and administrators are afforded every opportunity to update their skills and knowledge through further training. In this way, we seek to ensure that the learning
environment will benefit from the incorporation of leading edge best practices in lesson planning.

RELATIONS WITH THE B.U.T.

Fellow Bahamians,

[am pleased to advise that since taking office, we have been able to establish a good working partnership with The Bahamas Union of Teachers (BUT). We are pleased to have restored industrial harmony
in the work place for members of the teaching cohort. We have worked un-remittedly to resolve the more than 1200 outstanding complaints from teaching staff for compensation, re-classification or reassessment. |
ann Pe ee we are very close to completing this exercise which was largely ignored prior to the 2â„¢ May. I wish to applaud the efforts of our team of Public Service Human Resource specialists who spearheaded
this undertaking. : ;
ee We also look forward to consulting closing with our partners in the BUT over the coming year in shaping a bold array of new initiatives designed to achieve targeted improvements in education at every
evel.

CURRICULUM REVIEW

One such area is that of the review, re-focusing and reform of the national educational curriculum, which process we hope to embark upon this year. There have been far too many complaints about the obvious and
pervasive deficiencies and weaknesses in learning in the core subjects - reading, writing and arithmetic - to be ignored.

The question arises as to whether we are overloading and distracting our students with a cumbersome and disjointed offering of more than 26 subjects in our senior high schools. Indeed, we must question whether
the educational system as a whole has lost sight of its principal function and duty to produce students who are academically, technically, ethically and morally prepared to enter either the workplace, or obtain higher
academic or technical and vocational training: in short, to become useful, productive members of their communities. \

This question is but one of the very serious issues which will be looked into as we chart the way forward in education over the coming months of this academic year.

GRANT-IN-AID

Fellow Bahamians
The public school system, while demanding a great part of my Ministry’s focus, represents only one area of responsibility under my purview.
The Government also has an obligation to students enrolled in the private school system. One of the ways we assist this sector is through the provision of an annual subvention. Such subventions are intended to help
to meet the costs of the salaries of trained professionals serving in that system. These subventions fall under the Grant-in-Aid programme. This year, Private/Independent schools stand to benefit from $11.5 million
in direct financial support from the Government. This is the Government’s way of reducing the rate of increase in private school fees. But we also provide other supports to this sector and these will continue.

PRE-SCHOOLS

Conscious of the benefits that redound to economies which encourage the exposure of very young children to a structured learning environment, my Ministry (with the support of other allied agencies, stakeholders
and Public & Private Sector partners) intends to bring the Early Childhood Care Act fully into force. This Act is meant to govern the Management and Regulation of Pre-schools and childhood Day-care centres
throughout the nation. The failure to promulgate the necessary regulations, under the Act has prevented the full enforcement of the Law.

The large numbers of unregistered and un-inspected Pre-schools and childhood Day-care facilities operating throughout our communities are cause for concern for the health and safety of their charges. We
understand the need for all these facilities, especially for the care of the children of working mothers. Therefore, we will provide owners and operators of these now unregulated facilities with requisite professional
assistance to ensure that they operate in safe and healthy environs, in compliance with the law and acceptable standards. At the same time we will continue to fund the attachment of pre-school units to government-
operated primary schools, especially on the more heavily populated Family Islands.

TERTIARY EDUCATION
Fellow Bahamians,

There has been much activity in the area of tertiary education in The Bahamas in recent times. New institutions (both foreign in origin and local) have applied for registration and recognition to offer higher
education programmes. This is in response to the growing numbers of Bahamians seeking enrolment in tertiary education and skills training institutions locally and abroad.

Even though tertiary education and post secondary training programmes sit outside of the government’s compulsory education regime, the government is committed to assisting all citizens who qualify to
realize goals for higher education and training. That is why we have increased financial loan assistance for all prospective College and University bound students who satisfy the advertised preconditions; and have
increased the number of National Merit Scholarships awarded annually from nineteen (19) last year to thirty-four (34) this year,

As significantly, we have created a new category of scholarships support called “Further Education Grants” in amounts of up to $10,000. Such Grants may be awarded annually to applicants, meeting
established criteria. This year an additional 75 students each received Scholarship Grants of up to $10,000.00.

In total, 112 Bahamian students, have received scholarships through the Ministry of Education amounting to a total investment of $1.3 million, this September alone. Last year, only 19 students were
awarded higher education and training scholarship assistance from the Government, a

Additionally, the Government has doubled its contribution to the College of The Bahamas for the award of Scholarships and financial assistance.

This is an unprecedented level of government financial support for our children. This Government commitment has confronted the fears and uncertainties of many parents of high-achieving students, who,
on their own, could not realize their children’s aspirations for higher education. This should be taken by all students as proof that this administration is honouring its pledge to support our youth in their aspiration to
become all that they can be through education and training. ‘

These new scholarship and financial assistance initiatives complement the government’s decision to resume the payment of one-half of the interest payments due in respect of the Government Educational
Guaranteed Loans Programme, with effect from 1" July, 2007. ;

BTVI

Fellow Bahamians,

Industry partners have declared that the local workforce cannot satisfy the demand for technical skills beyond very basic levels. It is at the advanced levels where demand for skilled workers is greatest.
Therefore, students who elect to pursue careers in Technical and Vocational disciplines will be pleased to know that we have set in motion a plan to improve our local training and skills development programme to
facilitate the offering of higher skills training at an improved BTVI.

BTVI is presently undergoing much needed physical upgrades and institutional restructuring. When complete, the institution will have been evolved into The Bahamas Technical Careers College.

CONCLUDING REMARKS

Fellow Bahamians,

The national education system is charged with preparing The Bahamas to compete in a globalized community of economies. Necessarily, the electorate looks to the government for leadership in this area.
The Government takes this responsibility seriously as is demonstrated in its plan to reform and improve our education system.

I believe that teachers, Parents and Guardians also have an important role to play in this process. Yet, beyond all these, students must accept responsibility for themselves. And so I call upon all students to
accept that ‘your future is in your own hands’, We will do the necessary things to provide the tools; parents and guardians must do their part to provide the encouragement, and teachers will do their part to impart the
knowledge and the skills and to provide inspiration. I say to our students ‘seize the day, Seize the opportunity; commit yourselves to learning’.

I invite all Parents and Guardians of students registered in our schools - whether public or private schools - to become active participants in your child’s education, Do all that you can to encourage them
to excel in their studies; assist them in managing their time wisely and insist that your child reads regularly, consistently and often; read to and with your child; become informed on what is happening around them -
children can start with reading the newspapers daily and visiting their neighbourhood library at least once a week,

; After all, as future leaders, today’s students will decide the future course of The Bahamas, For this reason alone, it is important that every child in our education system be encouraged and brought to the
realization that the way to achieve their goals is through education. Students, each of you can achieve your dreams through excellence in education.

Let me conclude by saying: Welcome, then, to the new academic year and all of the promise it holds. Let us, together, aim to make it a successful one for the education system and for our Bahamas,

Thank you. Sunday, 2" September, 2007



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THE TRIBUNE



BASRA swimsuit
calendar raises
funds for lifesaving

CAN a bikini save a life? In a
roundabout way - it just might.
The Bahamas Air Sea Rescue
Association launched its 2007-
2008 BASRA Swimsuit Calen-
dar as a key component to its
annual fund-raising efforts.

Money raised through the
sale of the calendar will go
directly towards keeping BAS-
RA, the only rescue organisa-
tion in the Bahamas, active.

The calendar, which features
all local models, went on sale
at the 37th Annual Bernie But-
ler Swim Marathon and the
accompanying beach party on
August 18 in Freeport.

This week, the calendar’s pro-
ducer, photographer, sponsor
and two of the swimsuit models
flew from Grand Bahama to
New Providence for a media
blitz in the capital.

The promotional team started
work taping a segment for





PICTURED (LEFT to right) are the Calendar’s photographer, Erik Rus-



sell of Keen i Media; BASRA model Lauren Butler; producer, Sarah
Kirkby of Barefoot Marketing; sponsor, model and pilot, Jeff Butler of
Butler’s Specialty; and BASRA model Susan Clegg-Missick who flew
from Grand Bahama to New Providence for a media blitz in the capitol.

Bahamas@Sunrise, which aired
on Friday and was repeated on
channel 11 this week.

The team then headed to
Radio House where they inter-

viewed on Cool 96, 100 Jamz
and Nassau’s newest soft rock
station Y98,

“It’s been a fun and hectic
day,” said Jeff Butler, sponsor of

the November calendar month,

a director of BASRA, a male:

model in the calendar and the
pilot for the trip. “We’ve had a
great reception from all of the
reporters and announcers we
have met today and BASRA
Nassau has been very helpful.”

“It’s dynamic,” exclaimed
BASRA director Chris Lloyd
when he saw the calendar.
“We've been reading the press

on it and went online to check it ~

out and we believe it’s a great
idea — something totally fun and
different all helping our cause
and help increasing awareness
of BASRA in the community.”
Photography is the work of
fashion and glamour photogra-
pher Erik Russell, owner and
operator of Keen i Media Ltd, a
production company and talent
agency based in Freeport.
Keen i Media also arranged
all of the talent and the accom-

sy

RBC is pleased to announce the opening of our new branch on Carmichael
Road. This new temporary location will house both RBC Royal Bank of
Canada and RBC FINCO under one roof, pending the construction of
RBC’s new flagship location one block west of the temporary location on

Carmichael Road.

Royal Bank will offer a full range of banking products and services, while
RBC FINCO will offer a full suite of mortgage products and services.

Services include:

Business and Consumer Loans

Personal and Business Deposit Account Services

Single and Multi-family Residential Mortgages
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Bahama BASRA Calendar promotional team were featured on

Bahamas@Sunrise last week

panying website www.basracal-
endar.com.

On the website people can
vote for their favourite model
and download free computer
desktop wallpaper graphics of
the swimsuit models.

Russell also created a behind- -

the-scenes video of the work
that went into the project.

“We've had over 2,000 views
of the video and 5,000 unique
visits to our website,” said Rus-
sell “We have also gotten a lot
of play on YouTube.”

In Nassau interested sup-
porters can find the calendar at
the BASRA Headquarters on .
East Bay Street and at local
marina stores..

“The calendars are full colour
and feature some absolutely
beautiful Bahamians,” said pro-
ducer Sarah Kirkby of Barefoot
Marketing “we are charging $20
for the calendar which is all
pure profit, it all helps pay for
rescues — your purchase of this
calendar could save a life at
sea.”

Neonatal Nurses Week

celebrated at PMH

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Princess Margaret Hospital created for Neonatal Nurses Week. Mr
Johnson, who weighed two pounds, two ounces, when he was born,
said that it was the care given to him in that department that helped
him survive. He also spoke at the week’s launch ceremony.

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SECTION

business@tribunemedia.net







BUSINESS











‘Umbrella’ authority urged
for Bay Street management

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

he Nassau Tourism

Development Board’s

(NTDB) chairman yes-

terday said the private

sector had urged the
Government to create “an umbrella
organisation” to manage and develop
downtown Nassau, and establish eco-
nomic enterprise zones to revitalise
dilapidated parts of Bay Street, with
the Prime Minister’s response hoped
for by week’s end.

Charles Klonaris, who is also co-
chair of the Nassau Economic Devel-
opment Commission, told The Tri-
bune that the NTDB and private sec-
tor had presented a White Paper to
Mr Ingraham and deputy prime min-
ister, Brent Symonette, on the short,
medium and long-term measures that
were required to rescue Bay Street
and downtown Nassau from their cur-
rent slump.

“The most important thing is the

St George

‘very interested’
in Fleming talks

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business
Editor

THE late Edward St
George’s estate “would be
very interested in opening
lines of communication” with
the Fleming Group to talk’
about their proposal to
acquire the Grand Bahama
Port Authority (GBPA) and
Port Group Ltd, or invest in
Freeport, its attorney told

* Private sector urges Business Improvement District/Nassau Port Authority to lead downtown Nassau’s revival
* Parking and transport solutions proposed, with action urgent as ‘most merchants hurting’
* Fast of East Street and Woodes Rogers Wharf identified as economic enterprise zones

management and development of the
city of Nassau,” Mr Klonaris said. “To
do that, what we did is address the
steps that need to be taken to create
an umbrella management organisa-
tion, encompassing a Business
Improvement District (BID) and Nas-
sau Port Authority.”

Many of the White Paper’s recom-
mendations build on the master plan
for revitalizing downtown and har-
bourfront Nassau that was developed
under the Christie administration by
land planning firm EDAW, and sug-
gestions contained in a letter sent to
Mr Symonette last month by Norman
Solomon.

BIDs, which are common in the US
and Canada, are mainly private sec-
tor-driven organisations developed

estate

to oversee issues such as security and
cleanliness in major commercial areas.

They are increasingly being used
as economic development tools, and
are financed through a levy adminis-
tered on all businesses within that
area. The BID’s Board has the
authority to determine how the funds
are spent, meaning that in exchange
for paying the levy, private business-
es have a say in how those funds are
used,

Mr Klonaris told The Tribune: “We
also felt that in the short-term, a rec-
ommendation we wanted was to cre-
ate economic enterprise zones for
downtown Nassau. They’re impor-
tant for stimulating investment in
dilapidated areas.”

He suggested that these zones

would include the area immediately to
the east of East Street, which was
“very dilapidated”, plus Woodes
Rogers. Wharf. Mr Klonaris said the
private sector had recommended
increasing the width of the sidewalk
on the south side of Woodes Rogers
Wharf, with investment incentives
designed to foster the area’s growth as
a hub for cafes, restaurants and clubs.

“By doing that, you increase the
lifespan of the downtown area with
this type of business,” Mr Klonaris
said, implying that they would help
the area to remain busy with tourists
and local residents well into the
evening, unlike now.

“We looked at Woodes Rogers
Wharf as being one of the most
important streets for downtown.”

Although the Government will
have to decide what form the incen-’
tives for any economic enterprise
zones take, among the likely ones will
be real property tax and business
licence fee exemptions.

Mr Klonaris said the White Paper
also recommended creating a pedes-
trianised zone for Woodes Rogers
Wharf, with traffic coming north on to
the wharf at East Street, then being
diverted back south via Parliament
Street,.

“The rest going west we hope to
be pedestrianised, except for certain
hours for servicing the stores,” Mr
Klonaris added.

SEE page 5

RND ‘finally strikes’ profit for ‘07 half year

The Tribune yesterday.
Responding to The Tri-
bune’s exclusive interview
_ outlining Fleming’s inten-
tions towards the GBPA and
Freeport as a whole, Fred
Smith, a partner with Cal-
lender’s & Co, said the St
George estate: “would be
very much interested in
speaking with Fleming”, its
previous “paranoia” towards
the group fuelled by specu-
lation that it was linked with
Sir Jack Hayward’s son,
Rick, and ousted GBPA
chairman, Hannes Babak.
While the St George estate
was concerned that Sir Jack

macrOme TITIAN

Hayward’s family trusts had
been attempting to sell their
stake in the GBPA and Port
Group Ltd, Mr Smith said:
“We do know that the Flem-
ing Group are a very rep-
utable family, and that they
do bring a lot of credibility
to the equation.

“To the extent that they
are interested in investing in
Freeport, then the St
Georges would obviously be
very interested in opening

SEE page 6



SkyBus requesting non-
stop service between New
Providence and Freeport

@ By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter

SKYBUS Limited has
expressed a keen interest in fly-
ing into two Bahamian cities in
the near future.

The low fare carrier has
requested permission to fly
from Port Columbus, Ohio, to
New Providence and Freeport
providing non-stop service
between the destinations.

Speaking with Tribune Busi-
ness yesterday, Tyrone Sawyer,
director of airlift at the Ministry
of Tourism, said they are in dis-
cussion with the airline and look
forward to them servicing the
country.

“We will welcome their ser-
vice later this year,” he said.

He said that, at the moment,
there is not a direct service out
of the Columbus area, which

should provide a boost in travel
from that region. The flight is
just under three hours although

‘at this stage it is still not clear

what the frequency of the flights
will be.

Bob Tenenbaum, SkyBus
spokesman, told the Columbus
Dispatch online newspaper, that
in July, the Transportation
Department granted its request
to offer service from Columbus
to Nassau and Cancun, Mexi-
co.
He emphasised that no firm
date had been set to begin ser-
vice to either the Bahamas or to
Cancun and that the airline had
not begun selling tickets to
either the Bahamas or Cancun,

Skybus said in its DO'T appli-
cation that the Columbus to
Freeport service was proposed
“as a result of a specific request
from the government of the
Bahamas” - something that was
unconfirmed.

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

RND Holdings’ new presi-
dent and chief executive yes-
terday told The Tribune the
company’s strategy was starting
“to pay-off”, having informed
its annual general meeting
(AGM) that it “finally struck a
black figure” by generating a
small $25,495 half-year profit
based on unaudited figures for
the current financial year.

Ken Donathan, newly-pro-
moted from his previous post
as RND’s managing director,
told The Tribune in a post-
AGM interview that the com-
pany was “tracking pretty much
on target” to deliver a break-

* Rental contracts provide for 3.5 per cent revenue increase per year
* ‘On target’ to deliver break even or profit for fiscal 2008
* Company aims to sell former Abaco cinema

even position or small full-year
profit to its long-suffering share-
holders when the current fiscal
year closes on February 28,
2008.

“We're very optimistic that
we will achieve that break even
goal, if not generate a small
profit, for 2008, and thereafter
generate a strategy for sustained
growth,” Mr Donathan told The
Tribune. “For the six-month
period ending August 31, we’ve
finally struck a black figure.”

He added that RND’s Tick-
etXpress on-line reservations
and call centre business, the sec-
ond core focus area outside real
estate, was continuing to expe-
rience growth, having contract-
ed to provide reservation and
booking services for two other
unnamed Bahamas-based air-
lines that were set to begin
“within the next 90 days”.

Mr Donathan said RND was
also actively seeking a buyer for
its former cinema building in

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Abaco, after Galleria, which
purchased its cinema operations
in late 2004, decided not to pro-
vide the product on that island.

“We are now currently try-
ing to divest ourselves of the
Abaco building,” Mr Donathan
explained. “Galleria did not
take up the opportunity to con-
tinue the cinema business there,
so we are of a mindset to sell

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EIR S oo oe ee eo
How to make an enterprising start

hether you are

employed,

wanting to get

into business or
are already in business, there
are several ways in which you
can either leverage an existing
situation or start one from
scratch.

The traditional route into
entrepreneurship has been
through building a bricks and
mortar business. This need no
longer be the case. With the
boom in Internet usage, and
new marketing techniques,
new ways of doing business
have been spawned. There are
now several ways of making
money on the Internet beyond
simply owning a website.

If you are employed and you
want to do some work on the
side, but don’t want to give up
work, there are several options
available to you that don’t

require a huge up front cost to
enter:

Firstly, you can start an
online business by selling prod-
ucts online. All you need is a
website, a suitable product, an
idea of how you are going to
market it, a method of acquir-
ing money from your cus-
tomers, and a process of ful-
filling the orders.

Second, you can also start
an online business by selling
products direct on behalf of a
manufacturer. If you find start-
ing a business from scratch too
much work for you, then direct
selling is a tried and tested way
to build up a home business.
In a future column I will show
you the seven steps to make
this process as risk-free as pos-
sible.

You can also sell products
direct on behalf of a manufac-
turer with residual income

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through Multi-Level Market-
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ness from scratch too much for
you, then multi-level market-
ing is a another tried and test-
ed way to build up a home
business. Millions of people
have built successful home
businesses through network
marketing. In a future column
I will show you how multi-lev-
el marketing differs from direct

selling, and share with you the ,

six steps and seven tips to take
the risk out of this area.
Fourth, you can introduce
yourself to e-commerce the
easy way by selling products

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programs.

Review bid proposals

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and negotiate contracts within budgetary

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Select products for purchase, prepare purchase orders or bid requests

via eBay. This is another type
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you the seven steps and six tips
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Product

Fifth, you can sell your own
product by either starting an
affiliate programme or joining

one. This is one of the fastest ’

growing areas in Internet mar-
keting. If you have a website,
or have a product to sell
online, then affiliate market-
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In a future column I will share
with you the ‘ins’ and ‘outs’ of
affiliate marketing, and the
three steps you need to take
to leverage your existing situ-

ation.

If you are self-employed or a
business owner, there are two
other options you may wish to
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First, you can buy an existing
business from a competitor, or
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get into business if you want
to avoid the whole birthing
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is not for the faint hearted. Let
the buyer beware, as this area
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future column I will share with
you the nine essential steps
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cash to enable you to give up
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Whichever route you plan to
take, make sure you take the
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First, decide what income
you need to earn. Do you want
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ate a full time income? Be
clear what you want to achieve.

Second, decide what lifestyle
you wish to have. Do you want
freedom from commuting? Do
you want to spend more time
at home with your family? Do
you want to travel? Do you
have other commitments that
you need to fit in? Be clear
about your priorities and the
rest will fall in line.

Don’t be an antipreneur and
ignore the six other business
methods, which could trans-
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There are many ways to skin a
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way that is suitable to your
lifestyle and ambitions. So, in
order to avoid the trap of.
antipreneurship, make sure
you spend sufficient time con-
sidering the various options,
as this could be the difference
between your success and fail-
ure.

NB: This column is available
as an eBook at
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Mark draws on 20 years of top
level business, marketing and
communications experience in
London and the Bahamas. He
is chief operating officer of
www.ezpzemail.com, current-
ly lives in Nassau, and can be
contacted at:

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THE TRIBUNE

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2007, PAGE 3B





Tourism
reviewing
advertising| ,
Strategy

i By CARA BRENNEN- '
BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter



THE Ministry of Tourism is
in the process of re-evaluating
its advertising strategy follow-
ing its dismissal of its ad
agency, the Minnesota-based
Fallon Minneapolis Ad agency,
and hopes it can unleash a dra-
matic and innovative new cam-
paign by the year’s end.

The ministry’s latest domes-
tic ad campaign “My Bahamas,
let’s make it better...again, was
created by Bahamians for
Bahamians, director-general
Vernice Walkine said at the
launch earlier this week.

As yet, she said the ministry
has not entered into any con-
tract for a new ad company,
although they are currently in
the midst of an active ad
review.

Ms Walkine explained that
the, ministry is looking for a
firm which can help them over-
come the current challenges
facing the Bahamas and take
the country into its next phase
as a tourism destination.

“We are looking to identify
and create a new concept anda
new approach to attracting vis-
itors to the Bahamas.” she
explained.

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She said that the intent is to
have an agency on retainer
within the next few weeks and
then the new agency would be
able to produce a campaign
that will be on the market by
this winter season.

The last US-based ad cam-
paign created by Fallon in 2006
was the highly-criticised and
expensive “Bahamavention™
campaign.

It was created to convince

people that they needed to get

away from their hectic lives by
taking the ideal vacation to the
Bahamas.

Despite the fact that
Bahamavention received less
than positive reviews, with

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some saying it was a complete
flop, the ministry maintains
that they were satisfied with
Fallon’s work and that
Bahamavention was not
responsible for the termination.

The company was hired in
1993 and, according to Nalini
Bethel, senior director of glob-
al communications, the Miami
Ministry of Tourism office, “it
is now time for a change of
pace.

She earlier told The Tribune
that the campaign was success-
ful in the sense that it helped to
differentiate the Bahamas’
tourism product.

“When you asked people on
the plane why they were going
to the Bahamas they all
answered ‘because we need a
Bahamavention’,” she said.

Last year the Ministry of

Tourism spent $10 million on
marketing in the US, she
added.

With the current tourism cli-
mate and increasing competi-
tion, Ms Bethel said, it is
important to promote the
Bahamas in a unique Way.

“It is very important that
they (the new ad agency) pro-
motes the Bahamas in a visu-
ally compelling way,” she said.

Fallon this year also lost oth-
er big clients such as Citi and
United Airlines.

The new 700 room Sheraton Cable Beach Resort, Nassau, The Bahamas is looking for

Director of Catering

The qualified candidate will be responsible to train, supervise and
work with all catering and convention services staff, in order to
solicit and book banquet and catering functions that ensure customer
satisfaction and maximize hotel revenue and profitability.

Essential Functions:

Solicit new and existing accounts to meet/exceed revenue

goals;

Prepare, implement and compile data for strategic sales
plan, monthly reports, annual goals, and forecasts;

Develop banquet menus pricing;
Actively participate in catering sales presentations, property
tours and customer meetings;
Recruiting, directing, managing, training and counseling
catering sales staff

Skills & Abilities’

Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written;
Extensive knowledge of food and beverage products,
proper preparation and presentation of food and beverage

items;

Computer skills, computer accounting programs, math
skills as well as budgetary analysis capabilities.

Qualifications & Experience

High School or equivalent education required, Bachelor’s
Degree preferred.
At least 3 years catering sales experience;

Qualified applicants are invited to forward their resume to:

The Human Resources Director
Atbarbara.barnes@sheraton.com
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The new 700 room Sheraton Cable Beach Resort, Nassau, The Bahamas is looking for

Director of Security

The selected candidate must develop and maintain a pro-active loss
prevention program designed to ensure a.safe and secure environment

for hotel guests and employees.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

e Interview, select, review, and counsel security officers to maintain
order throughout the hotel. Train new employees according to all
corporate specifications, including documentation.

Promote safe work practices. Ensure compliance with Government
standards and preventative measures. Develop and administer
safety incentive programs. Chair Safety Committee and enforce
safety programs. Develop, revise, and advise key personnel of

emergency procedures.

Investigate accidents, thefts, property loss, and unlawful activities.

Document details and advise management.

Coordinate and monitor for efficiency safety and security related
programs for overall hotel, including lost and found process,
auditing of issuance of hotel keys, chemical, CPR, and Hurricane
and Fire Preparedness training, evacuation drills, etc.

Skills & Abilities

¢ Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
e Basic computer skills, including knowledge of computer accounting
programs. Math skills and budgetary analysis capabilities are

required.

e Thorough knowledge of the Bahamas Government_Laws including

Labour Laws.

Qualification & Experience

High School or equivalent-education required:; °°"

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¢ Thorough knowledge of The Bahamas Government Laws;
* Heavy law enforcement or security related background

A minimum of 15 years management in security loss prevention,

related hotel or lodging preferred.

Qualified applicants are invited to forward their resume to:

The Human Resources Director
Barbara.barnes@sheraton.com
All resumes will be held in strictest of confidence

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government agencies, but to
date there has been no interest
from the government agencies.
So we are moving to actively
list it with a real estate agency.”

Real estate, through its plazas
in Nassau and Freeport, is
RND’s core business, these
holdings generating for the half-
year to August 31, 2007, rev-
enues of $606,269, based on the
unaudited figures Mr Donathan
produced at the AGM. That
represents 68 per cent of RND’s
total operational revenues, and
is a 12.4 per cent rise above the
2006 half-year rental income
revenue figure of $542,252.

Mr Donathan said all RND’s
real estate holdings were fully
occupied by tenants, adding that
the lease contracts were con-
structed in such a way as to pro-
vide-for a 3.5 per cent total
rental revenue increase per
annum.

Although the company’s pre-
viously planned shopping centre
off the Charles W Saunders
Highway was “not on the board
at this time”, RND was contin-
uing to focus on its Nassau and
Freeport commercial property
holdings.

“We've very pleased with the
real estate,” Mr Donathan said.
“We continue to be a premier
commercial rental company.
Both plazas here and in
Freeport are fully tenanted, and
we’re always looking for oppor-
tunities to expand commercial
real estate in a very controlled
manner.”

Mr Donathan said the Tick-
etXpress roll-out, which has
already secured reservations
contracts with the Out Islands
Promotions Board for the hotel
industry, and with Western Aur,
was “going well”.

According to the unaudited
financials he showed RND
shareholders at the AGM, half-
year TicketXpress revenues had
“more than doubled” for this
year compared to the 2005
launch year, rising from
$131,898 that year to $279,950
for 2007. The 2007 figure was
also 17.5 per cent up on last
year’s $238,196.

“You can see the dramatic
improvement from 2005-2006,”
Mr Donathan said. “In 2005, we
were limited because the tech-
nology infrastructure we needed
im the Family Islands. was not
there, but BTC worked with us
to get that in place.

“We're very confident our
TicketXpress business will con-
tinue to grow, because we have
contracted with two additional
airlines, which we hope will roll
out within the next 90 days.

“We're actively pursuing oth-
er avenues to expand the Tick-
etXpress revenues and call cen-
tre business.”

RND’s TicketXpress business
earns commission revenue, or
a percentage of the income,

citi

ROLE RESPONSIBILITIES
Reporting to our Deputy Technology Head, the position is
responsible for all phases of the technology project management
lifecycle. Key responsibilities include documenting business

Technology Project Leader

requirements, preparing project plans, writing technical design

We invite outstanding
individuals, wanting to build a
career in technology, to be part
of our dynamic global team. You
will interact with colleagues from
around the world and across the
organization, providing
technology project management
leadership. In addition to a great
career, we offer a competitive
salary and benefits package.

documents, coordinating production support, overseeing user
acceptance testing and managing all related project estimates and
financial budgets. Additional responsibilities include ensuring
adherence to all internal technology standards and controls,
information security requirements and any related policies.

KNOWLEDGE/ SKILLS REQUIRED

Candidates must possess a Bachelors degree in Information
Technology, Engineering, or a related field and a minimum of five
to seven years of related experience. Additionally, Microsoft
Certification (MCP or higher), solid knowledge or Oracle and SQL
databases, and experience with vendor

management are assets. Excellent project management skills,
strong oral and written communication skills, and proved

Interested candidates should
forward a copy of their resume
by August 31, 2007 to: Gieselle
Campbell, Cititrust (Bahamas)
Limited, P.O. Box N-1576,
Nassau, Bahamas OR Fax:
(242) 302-8552 OR Email:

gieselle.campbell@citi.com

apply.

Challenge
yourself to a career like no other



leadership skills will round out the ideal candidate.

Interested Bahamians are encouraged to

from each reservation or book-
ing made. Mr Donathan
explained that it was a business
likely to generate increased
economies of scale, as its
reliance on technology meant
that the company did not need
to hire additional staff when it
took on new contracts, there-
fore ensuring an ever-increas-
ing percentage of top-line rev-
enue flowed through to the bot-
tom line.

Based on the unaudited half-
year figures, RND’s total rev-
enues were up almost’ 14 per
cent at $889,219, compared to
$780,448 for the previous year,
with gross margins ahead by a
similar amount as costs stayed
relatively flat.

Income

As a result, income from con-
tinuing operations had ‘more
than doubled from $73,280 in
the six months to August 31,
2006, to $193,609 this time
around, although $168,114 in
finance costs associated with
interest and principal payments
on bank loans and overdrafts
continue to eat away at that fig-
ure.

The key for RND moving
forward on the revenue side will
be to monetize its real estate
portfolio, its major asset,
through rental income, while
expanding the TicketXpress
business and enjoying its
economies of scale.

The increased cash flow will
also help to pay down the com-
pany’s debt, most of which is
held by FirstCaribbean Inter-
national Bank (Bahamas).
Some $3.532 million in long-
term debt was owed to First-
Caribbean as at February 28,
2007, while at the same date
RND owed some $192,358 and
$103,677 on overdraft facilities

RND ‘finally strikes’ profit for 07 half year

with Fidelity Bank (Bahamas)
and FirstCaribbean respective-
ly.

“I have a window of five to
six years to put this company
on a good footing, and as the
loans mature the cash flow will
improve,” Mr Donathan told
The Tribune. “The interest pay-
ments will then go to the bot-
tom line.

“We have a clearly defined
strategy that we are imple-
menting, and it is paying off.
The tone now is much more
positive for the company and
its future. It appears now that
we’re well on the way to transi-
tioning to a solid, respectable
company.

“The particulars are all going
in the right direction. Revenue
is going up, expenses are being
controlled and managed closely,
and it’s showing in the bottom
line.”

Mr Donathan added: “There
is going to be systematic, con-
trolled growth. Until we have
exploited these areas, we will
not stray out of these core busi-
nesses. We don’t think we have
developed them to their full
potential. Our growth is going
to be controlled growth from
here on out in areas we’re famil-
iar with. Our foundation is built
on sustainable business.”

With Mr Donathan’s promo-
tion to president and chief exec-
utive, he will be responsible for
all the company’s day-to-day
operations, with Senator
Jerome Fitzgerald remaining as
chairman of the Board.

The move will allow Mr
Fitzgerald to pursue his political
ambitions while keeping them
separate from RND’s business,
and further reduce the compa-
ny’s operating expenses because
he will not be drawing a
salary/compensation from the
firm.

PUBLIC NOTICE

INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL

The Public is hereby advised that |, FRANK CODET of
85 EAST EXPLORER WAY, FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA,
intend to change my name to FRANK CADET. If there
are any objections to this change of name by Deed Poll,
you may write such objections to the Deputy Chief

assport Officer, P.O.Box ..F-43536,.Grand Bahama, -no :
later than thirty (30) days after the date of publication .

of this notice.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that SAINTILIA SAINTIL LOUIS, OF
HOPE TOWN, ABACO, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 14TH day of SEPTEMBER, 2007 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, RO.Box N-7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

SYSTEMS ANALYST

Information Technology

Headquartered in Bermuda, with offices in The Bahamas, Barbados, the
Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, Butterfield
Bank offers a wide range of services to local and international clients.

An exciting opportunity currently exists for a results oriented self starter with
a record of professional achievements ta join a dynamic Information
Technology team.

Core Responsibilities

® Provide tier-1 end user support in support of business operations via the
internal Help Desk function.

® Assist with the preparation and maintenance of technical specifications
and related documentation, :

® Proactively ensure all identified applications, hardware and general
equipment are monitored via operational tasks lists.

= Assist with technology projects and initiatives with use of analytical and
problem-solving skills to help identify, communicate and resolve issues to
maximize the benefit of IT systems investments.

Desired Qualifications

=" A degree in Computer Science or related discipline from a well
recognized university.

® A minimum of two years professional IT experience; preferably in the
Financial Services industry,

® IT based training or qualifications (A+, MCP, or CCNA) from accredited
institutions will be advantageous.

Proficient in computer systems and network management, Web-based
applications, client-server applications, and PC-based software
applications.

Working knowledge of Microsoft Windows Servers, Microsoft Windows
XP, Microsoft SQL Server, and Microsoft Office.

Strong interpersonal, communication, problem solving, and customer
service skills,

Closing Date: September 20, 2007

Contact

Human Resources

Butterfield Bank (Baharnas) Limited
P.O. Box N-3242

Nassau, Bahamas

Fax: (242) 393 3772

E-mail: recruitment@butterfieldbank.bs
www.butterfieldbank.bs

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Ansbacher administrator

passes the Series 7 exam

CRYSTAL Collie — a busi-
ness development administra-
tor at Ansbacher (Bahamas)
Limited — has passed the Series
7 examination in Fort Laud-
erdale, Florida, after studying
with Nassau-based Securities
Training Institute (STI).

STI president Michael Miller
said the institute is dedicated to
providing “the highest quality
investment training for
Bahamian financial profes-
sionals.”

“Our commitment is reflect-
ed in the stellar performance of
our students over the years,”
he added.



CRYSTAL COLLIE, business development administrator at Ansbacher

(Bahamas) Limited



‘Umbrella’ authority
urged for Bay Street
management

FROM page 1

To address downtown Nas-
sau and Bay Street’s chronic
transportation and parking
problems, the White Paper rec-
ommended the creation of a
call-up system for taxis, jitney
depots on the eastern, western
and southern ends of the
downtown area, and the intro-

duction of parking meters to
manage traffic and parking on
Bay Street.

“Still, the cornerstone of the
entire development is one, the
relocation of the container
shipping facilities, which
remains a high priority, plus a
very comprehensive parking
and transportation solution,

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NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that INETIDE LEXIUS of FOURTH
ST, THE GROVE, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and .

that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the’ 7TH ‘day of SEPTEMBER, 2007-to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,

Nassau, Bahamas. -

IBC NO. 98,503 B



NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT 2000

DAUGAVA INVEST LTD.

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is given hereby in accordance with the
International Business Companies Act 2000,

DAUGAVE INVEST. is in dissolution.

The date of commencement of dissolution was October
4th, 2006. Romualds Stasaitis of 3-10 Berzu Str.,
Lazdukalna, Lativa has been appointed liquidator.

Romualds Stasaitis
Liquidator

REAL ESTATE |

New Investment
Opportunities!

Indigo - Investment Opportunity

A unique opportunity to own 5 adjacent lots in this quaint gated
community. Each lot measures 60 ft x 130 ft zoned for 15 units.
Amentiies include double tennis court and swimming pool. Was
$650,000, now reduced to $550,000 for quick sale.

Lot #70 Hope Town, Abaco - Land for Sale
Large lot located less than 300 ft from the beach with partial ocean

views. Priced to sell at $285,000

Orange Hill - West Bay Street - Land for Sale

17.2 acres of superb oceanfront in the most desirable location on
the island. Ideal for a high-end condo development or a class “A”
office/financial centre. Offered at $7,500,000

Gilingam House, Montague - Class “A” Office Space Available
Top floor comprises of 2,562 sq ft of leasable area and 1,108 sq
ft of common leasable area btalling 3,670 gross sq ft. Lease is $32
per sq ft with CAM charges being $12 per sq ft. This floor is being
leased with partial office furnishings.

Contact Kingsley Edgecombe for more information.
Ph: 242 394 4397 / kingsley@kingsrealty.com

Gilingam House, Montague, #4 East Bay Street

P.0.Box H 10414, Nassau, The Bahamas a en

plus a management authority
to look at the entire city,” Mr
Klonaris said.

“That's our recommenda-
tion. We think it’s urgent, and
that’s why we made short,
medium and long-term recom-
mendations. I think it’s very
important to create public con-
fidence, especially for retailers
downtown. Things are not
great for merchants downtown:
many of them are hurting.”

“The image as well as the
product has to improve con-
siderably.”

Mr Klonaris said he was
hopeful the Government
would go along with the rec-
ommendations, but added that
“the whole nation has to buy
into this, and agitate for gov-
ernment to do this. They have
to see this. rising tide and the
necessity of the city turning
around.”

Sheraton
‘able Beach

RESORT

The new 700 room Sheraton Cable Beach Resort, Nassau, The Bahamas is looking for

CREDIT MANAGER

The qualified candidate must be able to direct and coordinate -
the activities of employees engaged in conducting credit
investigations, billing guests and collecting delinquent
accounts.

Essential Functions:

e Supervise Accounting Assistants regarding accurate
and timely billing of group master accounts;

¢ Review and approve credit data on incoming groups;
set up individual direct billing requests.

Skills / Abilities

e Excellent communication skills, both verbal and
written;

¢ Prepare and analyze data, figures and transcriptions
prepared on and generated by computer;

Qualifications & Experience

A minimum qualification is a High school graduate
or equivalent education is required. A Bachelor’s
Degree is preferred.

At least 3 years accounting experience, plus two
years supervisory experience.

Qualified applications are invited to forward their resume
to:

The Human Resources Director
at barbara.barnes@sheraton.com
All resumes will beheld in the strictest of confidence’

mr



To our valued clients

Please be advised that our office will be closed
on Friday September 14, 2007 and will reopen
for business on Monday September 17, 2007.

AUDIT # TAX #® ADVISORY

©2007 KPMG, a Bahamian partnership and a member firm of the KPMG network of independent member firms affiliated with KPMG
International, a Swiss cooperative. All rights reserved.

To meet the challenge of operating our growing business, we wish to recruit a:

Compliance Officer

The successful applicant must:

We require knowledge and experience with:

Hold\a compliance certification.

Have several years of experience as compliance officer in private banking.
Have knowledge of Bahamian and international compliance requirements.
Be computer literate with communication skills.

Planning, organizing the compliance function for a bank.
Developing and maintaining adequate policies and procedures.
Reviewing and managing the documentation of client files.
Liaising with regulators and compliance officer of the Group.
Motivated team player with pleasant personality.

Must be able to work independently with minimal supervision.
Ability to conduct the monitoring of clients credit risk

and/or law degree is.an asset.

We offer — A salary which is commensurate with the job,

SATA BES

a pension plan and medical insurance.

We will only reply to candidates that fully match our requirements listed above, if so we will be pleased to receive your resume
and one (1) letter of reference to: SYZ & CO Bank & Trust LTD. | Attention Betsy Morris (betsy.morris@syzbank.com)
P.O. Box N —1089 | Bayside Executive Park | West Bay Street & Blake Road | Nassau, Bahamas | Fax: (+1 242) 327 66 29

www.syzbank.com

Private Banking
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NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that BERLINE HERCULE
of MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO, BAHAMAS, is applying
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
for registration/naturalization as a_ citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason
why registration/ naturalization should not be granted,
should send a written and signed statement of the facts
within twenty-eight days from the 7TH day of September,
2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N-/7147, Freeport, Bahamas.

RTT bee

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Busy Doctor’s Office requires secretary |
‘with excellent writing, verbal and computer |
skills. Experience.in basic accounting and |
office management, plus ability to work

with sophisticated clientele is required. |
Salary commensurate with experience and |
qualifications, = | EI

Fax resumé to CaS ee

Green Parrot Harbour Front, East Bay Street

TO ALL OUR VALUED CUSTOMERS








Due to extermination exercises please
note that we will be closed’for
business on
Wednesday 12th September,
Thursday 13th September,

| and reopening on
Friday 14th September at 5p.m. for
usual business hours.

Ee Es
Manageress for Custom Framing
and Art Gallery.

Responsibilities:

Day to Day running of the store
Inventory Control
Day to Day sales
Computer literate

Must have a good personality

Please provide your resume to:

Andrew Aitken Frame Art
50 Madeira Street
Palmdale Ph.: 325-1771



HEAD COOKS. |

This is a seasonal position from October of this
year through May of 2008. Interested persons
must have a minimum of four (4) years experience
in the field, good presentation ts also requested,
diplomas from the Nassau Hotel Training College
must be present as well.

_HEAD CHEF

The position of Head Chef de Partie will be | §
seasonal, with the possibility of full-time | §
depending on satisfactory performance. The
persons interested in filling this position must
meet these requirements: a minimum of seven (7)
years in the cooking field, standard diplomas from
The Bahamas Hotel Training College/College of
The Bahamas, pastry knowledge, garde-manger
and most importantly fine dining experience.
Management skills and people skills are a must.
This challenging position requires the individual

to be flexible, well-experienced in classical French
cooking, and able to be at the forefront of new
Bahamian cuisine.

Interested persons should apply by faxing
resumes to The Human Resources Director,
Lyford Cay Club, Nassau, Bahamas Fax # (242)
362-6245.

SDE RCT aPEN a LE A A a



ST GEORGE, from 1

lines of communication and
looking together at how value
can be added. We would be
very much interested in speak-
ing to Fleming. If they are gen-
uinely interested in investing in
Freeport, we want them here.

“The St Georges obviously
appreciate this shareholder dis-
pute is destroying value, not
only for the Haywards and St
Georges, but it is also destroy-
ing Freeport as an international,
marketable commodity.
Freeport lives or dies by inter-
national investment, and to the
extent any international
investor is looking at Freeport,
the St Georges will look to
engage them.”

Mr Smith confirmed that
Hutchison Whampoa, the Hong
Kong-based conglomerate that
has invested $1 billion in equity
into Freeport, and is Port
Group Ltd’s 50/50 partner in
the Grand Bahama Develop-
ment Company (Deveo) and
Freeport Harbour Company,
plus owner of the Freeport Con-
tainer Port and Our Lucaya
resort, had offered to acquire
both the Hayward and St
George stakes. However, this
offer has not been accepted.

Adding that the injunction
currently preventing the Hay-
ward family from selling its
GBPA stake had given the St
George estate confidence, Mr
Smith said its “paranoia had











experience

* Competitive salary offered

LAW FIRM

Seeking:

+ Attorney with at least two (2) years civil litigation
¢ Conveyancing experience an asset

¢ Attractive profit sharing plan

Please submit cover letter and resume by fax or post to:

Office Manager
Fax: 325-5411
P.O. Box N-1000
Nassau, Bahamas

been fuelled” by Fleming rep-
resentatives first arriving on
Grand Bahama accompanied
by Rick Hayward and Mr
Babak.

Although the Haywards ini-
tially sought out Fleming to see
if it was interested in taking
over their ownership stake in
the GBPA, the latter’s principal
investor, Roddie Fleming, made
it clear that neither Rick nor
Mr Babak had any equity or
Board involvement in their pro-
posal.

Mr Smith said the estate had
also been concerned when Sir
Jack had openly said to Sarah St
George and Sir Albert Miller
that he was thinking of selling
his shares to Mr Babak, plus
claims that trustees were now

. directing the Hayward family’s

affairs.

“The St Georges are com-
mitted to the future growth and
development of Freeport,” Mr
Smith added. “They are not
interested in fleeing the coop.
Mr St George devoted the last
30 years of his life to growing
Freeport. They would like to
see Freeport grow and develop
a path to prosperily that bene-
fits the licensees, the 60,000 peo-
ple of Freeport, and the share-
holders.

“Any investment that jump-
starts the economy, adds value
for the shareholders interests,
is in the national interests, par-
ticularly Freeport’s, and is sup-
ported by the Government,
would be a godsend to
Freeport.”

Pe aT]
Employment Opportunity & Business Training

[he Brass & Leather Shops Ltd. has openings for
_ College Students looking for part time employment
& training opportunities in our TT Department. Requirements are:

* College Students with a minimum of 3.00 GPA

° Students Studying

> Business

> Accounting
> Engineering
> Science

Students will be trained in a number of areas including:

9 ACCPAC

0 Microsoft Outlook
> Excel

> Access

0 Word

Students seeking to partake in this program must be able to work

a minimum of 24 hours per week.

Duration of employment ts six (6) to twelve (12) months.
All interested persons should e-mail their resumes to:

latoya.mcphee @ brass-leather.com or fax them to (242)325-0070.

A leading law firm with offices located in
Nassau and Feeport is presently considering
applications for the following position.

SYSTEMS —

ADMINISTRATOR

The successful applicant should possess the following
minimum requirements:

° Associates degree in related Computer Sciences
* Two or more years work experience in the industry

Mr Smith reiterated that the
St George estate still wanted to
achieve a resolution and settle-
ment to the dispute with Sir
Jack over his claim to 75 per
cent ownership in the GBPA
and Port Group, a Supreme
Court judge having recently
backed the estate’s assertion
that the ownership was always
split 50/50

He added that the St George
estate was advocating the cre-
ation of a shareholders’ agree-
ment for the GBPA that would
guarantee and protect equal
rights on the Board for both
families, and a mechanism for
breaking deadlocks and adding
value for all.

Sir Jack Hayward’s family
trusts havened:an agreement to
sell their shares in Interconti-
nental Diversified Corporation
(IDC), the GBPA and Port
Group Ltd holding firm, to a
Fleming subsidiary, with the
potential buyer now set to meet
the St George estate.

Mr Fleming said his group
wanted to leave behind the ‘his-
torical baggage’ now burdening
Freeport, targeting financial ser-
vices, medical services and the
latter’s links into education and
research as industries to drive
the city’s economic future.

He pledged that their vision
for Freeport would create “bil-
lions of dollars” in added value
for the city through a partner-
ship approach with its licencees,
people and the Government.

When asked what impact
Fleming's plans would have on
the Freeport economy, Mr
Fleming said: “It’s huge. We
can’t put a figure on it, but one
can say it’s billions and billions
of dollars in value and benefits
that can be created from this.”

When it came to Fleming’s



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own proposed investment in
Freeport, Mr Fleming replied:
“Ill be hundreds of millions of
dollars. It needs to be huge.”

Mr Fleming said his company
would not look to split the pri-
vate, profit making side that is
Port Group Ltd by divesting the
GBPA’s quasi-governmental,
licensing and regulatory func-
tions to another ownership enti-
ty. Instead, Fleming is propos-
ing to “ring fence the regulato-
ry side in Chinese walls”, much
as is done in the financial ser-
vices industry, bringing in sepa-
rate people to run it and adhere
to the key corporate gover-
nance principles.

Fleming was also committed
to ownership diversification in
the GBPA and Port Group Ltd
by giving Bahamian citizens and
institutions the ability to buy
shares at some point, with a
combined minor stake of 5-10
per cent likely to be offered ini-
tially. Mr Fleming said the
group structure might have to
be changed before this hap-
pened, though.

“The first thing is to park the
history. We don’t want that,”
Mr Fleming said of previous
events at the GBPA. “Then it is
to establish a platform and bring
in top class, deep-pocketed part-
ners who bring in various
decrees of expertise, excellence
and specialization. That is also a
key. It will involve the whole of
Freeport, and people will be
able to see the progress.”

Fleming, he added, would
seek only the best potential
partners who had the invest-
ment capital and were commit-
ted to Freeport for the long-
term, as it would be. “The
important thing is that it’s a
shared vision and all subscribe
to it.,” Mr Fleming said.











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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2007, PAGE 7B

Ee ee ee IRE Oe a |
Euro hits new record highs against US dollar

@ By MATT MOORE
AP Business Writer

FRANKFURT, Germany
(AP) — The euro hit new
record highs against the dollar
on Thursday for a second suc-
cessive day, climbing to
US$1.3927 amid persistent
speculation that the United
States central bank will cut
interest rates amid turbulence
in financial markets.

The 13-nation euro broke
through its previous record of
US$1.3914, reached the previ-
ous day, then settled back to
US$1.3871 in afternoon Euro-
pean trading despite a rise in
new US weekly unemployment
claims. That was below the
US$1.3908 it bought in New
York late Wednesday.

A higher euro makes goods
from the euro zone more
expensive for customers else-
where, and cuts into manufac-
turers’ profits if they try to
keep the US dollar price of
products constant. While it
makes US exports cheaper, it
cuts the spending power of
Americans visiting Europe.

The euro has benefited from
healthy economic news in the

euro zone and the European
Central Bank’s campaign of
gradual interest rate increas-
es.

However, its current
strength is widely seen pri-
marily as a result of problems
afflicting the dollar. .

The subprime mortgage cri-
sis in the US and signs of eco-
nomic frailty, particularly weak
August jobs data,.. have
prompted growing speculation
that the Federal Reserve will
cut interest rates by as much
as half a percentage point next
week from the current 5.25 per
cent.

On Thursday, the Labour
Department said that new
claims for unemployment ben-
efits rose by 4,000 last week to
319,000, the sixth increase in
the past seven weeks.

Howard Archer, the chiet
UK and European economist
at Global Insight, said the
record euro is not‘all bad news.

“Euro zone consumers could
benefit from cheaper prices for
some imported goods. There
is also some good news for
euro Zone companies,” he said.

“Given that oil, metals and
many raw material prices are

typically quoted in dollars, the
strength of the euro against the
dollar should dampen firms’
input costs.”

The price of oil was near
record highs Thursday after
US crude stocks fell, driving
oil futures in the previous ses-
sion above US$80 a barrel for
the first time.

Some, however, point to the
potential dangers of a strong
euro to the economies of coun-
tries that use the currency —
including Germany, the
world’s largest exporter.

“In this situation, everything
that has a disadvantageous
effect on exports is a problem,
and the rising euro is part of
that,” Peter Bofinger, a mem-
ber of the German govern-
ment’s independent economic
advisory panel, was quoted as
telling the daily Berliner
Zeitung.

“If the rate climbs further,
politicians should think about
supportive buying in favour of
the dollar,” he added, accord-
ing to the report.

Along with the euro, the
British pound has been excep-
tionally strong against the dol-
lar. The pound broke through
US$2 earlier this year for the

first time in nearly 15 years,
and has remained around that
level.

On Thursday, the pound
bought US$2.0274 — down
from US$2.0302 on Wednes-
day — while the dollar climbed
to 115.17 Japanese yen from
114.26 yen after Japanese
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
was hospitalized for exhaus-
tion. Abe announced his resig-
nation on Wednesday.

The euro’s latest push for-
ward has been helped by
impressions that the European
Central Bank has another
interest rate increase in the
pipeline before the end of the
year — an option that the bank
left open when it left rates on
hold at four per cent last week.

Lower interest rates, used to
jump-start the economy, can
weaken a currency by giving
investors lower returns on
investments denominated in
the currency. Higher rates, a
tool to combat inflation, can
strengthen a currency.

ECB governing council
member Yves Mersch wrote in
a report published Thursday
that risks to euro zone medi-
um-term price stability persist
and promised that the bank

will act “in a firm and timely
manner” to counter these risks.

“The orientation of the
ECB’s monetary policy
remains accommodative,” said
Mersch, the governor of Lux-
embourg’s central bank —

adding that the ECB “may
resume tightening,” depend-
ing on the analysis of new data.

© Associated Press writer
Geir Moulson in Berlin con-
tributed to this report.



LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

HIGH SEAS PERSONNEL INC.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) HIGH SEAS PERSONNEL INC. is in dissolution under the provisions
of the International Business Companies Act 2000.

(b) The dissolution of the said Company commenced on the 7th September
2007 when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted to and
registered by the Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said Company is Felicia C. Robbins, 1341
Rutherford Road, Greenville SC 29609, United States of America

Dated the 12th day of September A.D. 2007.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that YYON DUVERSE of MONTEL
HEIGHTS, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and

that any person who knows any reason why registration/ .

naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 14TH day of SEPTEMBER, 2007 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

HIGH SEAS PERSONNEL INC.

Creditors having debts or claims against the above-named
Company are required to send particulars thereof to the
undersigned c/o P.O. Box N-624, Nassau, Bahamas on
or before 29th October A.D., 2007. In default thereof
they will be excluded from the benefit of any distribution
made by the Liquidator.

Dated the 12th day of September A.D., 2007.

Felicia C. Robbins
LIQUIDATOR
1341 Rutherford Road
Greenville SC 29609
U.S.A.

Legal Notice

NOTICE

VARNA INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company
is in dissolution, which commenced on the 7th day
September 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp. Inc.,
P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

WAITERS/WAITRESSES

The successful applicant must assist in arranging table service.
Set-up cocktail tables and chairs. Polish and place water goblets,
salt and pepper, ashtrays and sugar bowls on tables etc. Assist
in seating Members/Guests, presenting menus, taking orders and
obtain account dr room number when taking orders.

Must have overall knowledge of mixed drinks and their
ingredients. Responsible for all cocktail orders on assigned
stations. Ensure service is meeting guests/members satisfaction.

Interested persons should apply by faxing resumes to
The Human Resources Director,

Lyford Cay Club, Nassau, Bahamas
Fax # (242) 362-6245.

Legal Notice

NOTICE

GRAND MILLENNIUM LTD.

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of GRAND MILLENNIUM LTD.
has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been
issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the
Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

®

Legal Notice

NOTICE

QUILL FEATHER LIMITED.

(in Voluntary Liquidation)
Qo

Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company
is in dissolution, which commenced on the 6th day
August, 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp. Inc.,
P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

2

Pricing Information As Of:
, 13 September 200 7

Abaco Markets
Bahamas Property Fund
Bank of Bahamas
Benchmark

Bahamas Waste

Fidelity Bank

Cable Bahamas

Colina Holdings
Commonwealth Bank
Consolidated Water BDRs
Doctor's Hospital
Famguard

Finco

FirstCaribbean

Focol (S)

Freeport Concrete

ICD Utilities

J. S. Johnson

Premier Real Estate

Bahamas Supermarkets
Caribbean Crossings (Pref)
RND Holdi

ABDAB
Bahamas Supermarkets

Fund Name
Colina Money Market Fund
Fidelity Bahamas G & | Fund
Colina MSI Preferred Fund
Colina Bond Fund

1.355424*
3.3402***
2.886936""*
1.269803***

Legal Notice

NOTICE

KASSALA INCORPORATED
(in Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company

is in dissolution, which commenced on the 4th day

September 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp. Inc.,
P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE

BEARNETTON INC.
(in Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company

is in dissolution, which commenced on the 17th day

August, 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp. Inc.,
P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

FIDELITY

BISX ALL SHARE INDEX - 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00

S2wk-Hi - Highest closing price in last 52 weeks

52wk-Low - Lowest closing price In last 52 weeks

Previous Close - Previous day's weighted price for daily volume
Today's Close - Current day's weighted price for daily volume
Change - Change in closing price from day to day

Dally Vol. - Number of total shares traded today

DIV $ - Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months

P/E - Closing price divided by the last 12 month earings

(S) - 4-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 8/8/2007

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

Ask § - Solling price of Colina and fidelity

Last Price - Last traded over-the-counter price

Weokly Vol
EPS $ - Acompany's reported eamings 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

- Trading volume of the prior week

Yield

13.0
17.7
13.4
25.3
11.0
14.9
13.1
53.6
8.3
7.7
16.6
14.6
16.7
N/M
17.6
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= Yield

0.000 N/M 0.0
1.485 12.6
: N/M an 0.00%
MK AK

Yield %

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ACROSS

4 Dame Edna's favourite
animal? (6)

7 Proof that every picture
tells a story? (8)

8 — Something narcotic changed
to apie (6)

10 It's often said that Ada gets George
started (5)

13 Could this side be heads
or tails? (4)

14 The number of elms near
Vauxhall (4)

15 The very little drunken sots may not
care (4)

16 Collegiate member (3)

17 Ittakes three to constitute
a riot (4)

19 Bound to be knotty? /4)

21. Water features at the
Abbey? (9)

23 = Call round? (4)

24 Alarge building means a lot
of money (4)

26 Still the old-fashioned
tango (3)

27 Agood boy is happy (4)

29 Anadditional indication
(4)

32 Pretty little thing being naughty out
East (4)

33 A\little store of timber on
the street (5)

34 Happens to be the officer
commanding some rotters (6)

35 The future can bring an uncle much
sorrow (8)-

36 Game one can be elbowed
out of? (6)

‘Yesterday's cryptic solutions

30, Policy 31, Ants 32, Director 33, Kent-on

30, Park



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DOWN

1
2

16
18

20

21-

22
23

31

32

33

ACROSS: 1, C-haste 7, Next door 8, Gold 10, Brakes 11,
Obtuse 14, Met 16, B-I-p-ed 17, Rues 19, Do-y-en 21,
Fin-E-d 22, Fumes 23, Bi-n-d 26, Alter 28, Tor 29, Se-ren-e

DOWN: 1, Camber 2, Spokes(-man) 3, Ends 4, Stab-bed
5, To-t up 6, Frie-D 8, Game 9, Let 12, Tin 13, Sedan 15,
Boner 18, Uncle 19, Dim 20, Yes 21, F-urn-ace 22, Fee 23,
Bolt-on 24, Iris 25, Dry-den 26, Aside 27, T-r-uro 28, Ton

Parent of cygnets on the Nile (5)
Ina state, maybe, but he can always
make a neat cross (5)

Get on with the food and drink (4)
Bodies of water a sloop can
maneuver in (5)

An error that may quietly pass (4)
Released by United? (6)

Something sexy in the flower garden
(6) ,

Have a keen appreciation of a witty
thrust? (3)

Obtain promotion to a Gateshead
college (3,2)

An old mugger or part of a

dog's paw (7)

An element of corrosion

tesistance (3)

The French boy from Arles (3)
Game with nameless rules, a horse
and some riders (6)

It’s stupid to spill a pint around
closing time (5)

Able to occupy a round hole? (3)
The one | had to support (3)

Save by devising cures all around the
earth (6)

Driving one is all in the job, usually (3)
Keeps going, ultimately, to the head
of security (5)

Landowner, just the chap to take the
tax people in (5)

Demonstrates how to get into a
vessel (5)

Yearn for something to eat around
mid-afternoon (4)

It’s black and may have a gloss finish,

too (4)



Yesterday's easy solutions

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EASY PUZZLE

ACROSS: 1, Cursed 7, Retainer 8, Area 10, Stream 11,
Rapids 14, Get 16, Vales 17, Shot 19, Legal 21, Devon 22,
Feted 23, Full 26, Bosun 28, Gen 29, Adonis 30,
Sadist 31, Plot 32, Criteria 33, Reader

DOWN: 1, Crisis 2, Street 3, Dram 4, Caravan 5, Anvil 6,
Cross 8, Argo 9, Eat 12, Pal 13, Devil 15, Revel 18,
Herod 19, Let 20, God 21, Denizen 22, Fun 23, Fedora 24,
Unit 25, Litter 26, Batch 27, Sonic 28, Gal 30,



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umtip,; 4nd your right-hand oppo-
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would you bid now?
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THE TRIBUNE







DARN TIGERS, YOU CAN
EXPLAIN THE RULES TO
‘EM, BUT YOU CANT SUPPRESS
THEIR SURPRISE POUNCE
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hard to imagine losing four tricks at a
spade contract after partner opens the
bidding with one spade. Your hand
takes on a much rosier hue when he
bids spades, and becomes the equiv-
alent of at least an opening bid.

2. Three hearts. Most players treat
a bid of two spades or three clubs in
this sequence as not forcing, and it is
therefore necessary to make a bid
that assures reaching game. The
three-heart cuebid does just that. You
hope partner will bid three spades,
which you will raise to four. If he
rebids three notrump, showing at
least one stopper in hearts, you plan
to pass, while if he rebids four clubs
or four diamonds, you will raise to
five.

3. Double. Game is not absolutely
certain, so the best thing to do is to
grab the sure profit. You will proba-
bly beat two diamonds two or three
tricks, possibly even more, if that
becomes the final contract.

4. Four diamonds. Slam is cer-
tainly a possibility, and the question
is how or whether to reach it. Four
diamonds shows first-round control
of that suit and slam interest.

The next step is up to partner. If he
cooperates by bidding four spades or
four notrump, you are on the way to
slam, but if all he does is bid five
clubs, you must give up because you
might lose two spade tricks, or per-
haps a spade and a heart (or a dia-
mond).





FRIDAY,
SEPT 14

ARIES — Mar 21/Apr 20

Do you feel like disaster in store?
You’ve had feelings like this before
and nothing ever came of it, Aries.
Don’t worry this time either; every-
thing will work out. :
TAURUS = Apr 21/May 21

A coworker has been making com-
ments under his/her breath. It might
not be something you're doing
wrong. This person may just feel left
out. So keep it in mind.
GEMINI —- May 22/Jun 21
Stop wasting time trying to get oth-
ers to do what they are really not
interested in, Gemini. It could be
that you have misplaced feelings of
guilt that are compelling you.

CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22

It’s impossible to tackle everything
on your to-do list at once., Make a
list of everything you need to get
done and then take baby steps
toward accomplishing it.

LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23

If you’re engaged in a struggle this
week with an equally matched oppo-
nent, Leo, think about coming to a
compromise rather than fiting a no-
win situation.

VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22
This week you should lighten up,
Virgo. Interject some silly moments
within the serious ones and your
mood will instantly be improved.
Others will enjoy the change, too.

LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23

Old habits can be keeping you back
from what you really want to enjoy,
Libra. Cast aside those habits and try
some new things. You just may be
surprised how good it feels.
SCORPIO — Oct 24/Nov 22
The stars hand you a chance for some
introspection this week, Scorpio.
Look deep inside to discover what
makes you tick. Then live for the
moment.

SAGITTARIUS — Nov 23/Dec 21
You may want to tone down your
outgowing tendencies and be a bit
more conservative this week,
Sagittarius. This comes in espe-
cially handy on the business front.

CAPRICORN -— Dec 22/Jan 20
Use the power of flatter this week to
get something you really have your
eyes on, Capricom. Whether it’s a
promotion or a gift from your
sweetie, lay on the compliments.

AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18
Narrow-mindedness will not get you
anywhere, so don’t be stubborn in
your viewpoints, Listen and accept
what others say may have some

PISCES — Feb 19/Mar 20.
Now that the holiday rush is about
EMAC eT date through, it’s time to reign in expenses,
Cie Ure Mel) 2 Pisces. Keep the credit cards locked
party up for a while.







































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Jonathan Penrose v Bernd
Soderborg, England v Sweden,
students’ olympiad, Budapest
1959. Penrose, who won the
British championship a record 10
times, faced a tricky decision
here. Both kings are in danger,
and the instinctive choice 1
Rxd4?? allows Qg2 mate. White
has various queen and rook
checks available, but Black's
king has a safe haven at h7. And
White has to be careful, lest
Black finds time for a decisive
counter like 1 R3d3? Rae8 2
Qd7? Re1+ and mates. Penrose
kept calm, and found a two-
move winning plan. What LEONARD BARDEN
should White play?





x
Chess solution 8449: 1 Qe6+ Kh7 (if Kg5 2 Be7+ soon
mates) 2 Rxf3! wins a bishop since
gxf3? allows 3 Qxh3+.





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Oil prices finish
above $80 a barrel
for the first time

@ By JOHN WILEN
AP Business Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Oil
prices finished above $80 a bar-
ré] for the first time yesterday
and gasoline prices rose as refin-
ers reported production prob-
lems after Hurricane Humberto
hit Texas.

Oil first traded over $80 a
barrel on Wednesday after the
Energy Department reported
declines in crude and gasoline
inventories and a drop in refin-
ery activity, but ended the day
below that psychologically
important mark.

On Thursday, the October
contract for light, sweet crude
finished at a record $80.09, up
18 cents on the New York Mer-
cantile Exchange and above the
previous record close set a day
earlier of $79.91.

Despite the gains, oil is still
well below inflation-adjusted
highs hit in early 1980. Depend-
ing on the adjustment, a $38
barrel of oil in 1980: would be
worth $96 to $101 or more
today.

On Thursday, Humberto
added to the supply concerns
by cutting power to several
refineries in the Port Arthur,
Texas, area. Humberto later lost
strength and was downgraded
to a tropical storm. Another
tropical system gaining strength
in the Atlantic also supported
prices.

Shuttered refineries included
Valero Energy Corp.'s 325,000
barrel-per-day facility, Total
SA’s 180,000 barrel-per-day
plant and Motiva Enterprises
LLC’s refinery, which can
process 285,000 barrels of oil a
day.

Exxon Mobil Corp. said its
350,000 barrel-per-day Beau-
mont, Texas, refinery suffered a
minor production outage but
remained up and running.

Traders appear more con-
cerned about the Atlantic

storm, which the National Hur-
ricane Center is calling Tropical
Depression Eight. While the
storm’s course remains unclear,
energy investors get worried
any time a tropical storm or
hurricane threatens key oil and
gas infrastructure in the Gulf of
Mexico.

In addition to closing at a
record high, the October oil
contract also set an intraday
record of $80.20 a barrel on
Thursday, two cents above the
previous high set on Wednes-
day.

October gasoline rose 3.04
cents to settle at $2.0464 a gal-
lon.

Oil’s run-up has come despite
OPEC’s decision on Tuesday
to boost output by 500,000 bar-
rels, a move driven in part by
concerns that high oil prices are
hurting the global economy.
Many analysts are perplexed by
the high prices, arguing that
they have been driven by a
flood of speculative buying.
Many believe demand does not
support such high prices.

“The world economy in the
last few years has shown to be
quite resilient to strong oil pric-
ing, but this is certainly a new
territory for crude oil and if sus-
tained there is bound to be
some impact on the economy,”
said Victor Shum, an energy
analyst at Purvin & Gertz in
Singapore.

James Cordier, president of
Liberty Trading Group in Tam-
pa, Fla., notes that oil prices
often peak in September, and
follow demand lower in the fall.

“We're really wondering
where demand will come from
to support $80 crude oil,”
Cordier said.

In other Nymex trading, heat-
ing oil futures lost 0.01 cent to
settle at $2.219 a gallon.

Natural gas lost 40.9 cents to
settle at $6.029 per 1,000 cubic
feet after the government
reported that inventories grew

by 64 billion cubic feet last
week, slightly more than the 62
billion cubic feet analysts had
expected.

At the pump, meanwhile, gas
prices slipped 0.7 cent overnight
to a national average of $2.808 a
gallon, according to AAA and
the Oil Price Information Ser-
vice. Retail prices, which typi-
cally lag the futures market,
peaked at $3.227 a gallon i in late
May.

Analysts say much of the
recent advance in crude prices
has been due to buying by large
investment funds. The low dol-
lar, which encourages buying
by foreign investors, has also
played a role.

“Most large financial institu-
tions have gone long on crude,
and each new high tested
equates to substantial profits,”
wrote Simon Wardell, an ener-
gy analyst at Global Insight in
London, in a research note.

But such jumps in speculative
buying often carry their own
seeds of destruction, notes Jim
Ritterbusch, president of Rit-
terbusch & Associates in Gale-
na, Ill.

“At some point, a saturation
level will be achieved as was the
case at the end of July when the
net long fund position peaked,”
Ritterbusch wrote.

After oil hit then-record trad-
ing prices above $78 a barrel on
August 1, futures dropped to
the $69 level in a few weeks.

Despite oil’s run, Cordier
doesn’t believe gas prices will
rise substantially. Gasoline
demand typically drops in the
fall, and beginning Saturday,
refiners will be able to sell
cheaper winter-grade gasoline.

“Gasoline just really has a dif-
ficult time staying high this time
of year,” said Cordier.

e Associated Press Writers
Pablo Gorondi in Budapest and
Gillian Wong in Singapore con-
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Former student is
attacked while visiting
school for reference

@ By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter

kherig@tribunemedia.net

FOR the second time in one
week a government school
became the scene of a violent
knife attack when a former CI
Gibson senior high school student
was yesterday stabbed multiple
times on that school’s campus.

In what is believed to have been
a gang related incident, three
tenth graders attacked and
stabbed a 17-year-old — who was
visiting the school to pick up a
reference — shortly before 2pm
during the school’s lunch break.

At press time last night the vic-
tim was still in serious condition
and undergoing surgery at the
Princess Margaret Hospital.

Police were able to almost
immediately arrest the three

teenage suspects.

Chief Supt Hulan Hanna told
The Tribune yesterday that as the
three students encircled the out-
sider on CI Gibson’s campus they
chanted a gang name and certain
gang vernacular.

After encircling him they
attacked and stabbed him in his
back, shoulder and arm.

“The young man was bleeding
very badly,” CI Gibson’s principal
Elaine Williams said.

Ms Williams explained that it
is her policy that persons are held
at the school’s gate and are only
allowed on the premises if they
are accompanied by a security
officer.

However, this policy was not
followed yesterday and the for-
mer student was let on campus

SEE page nine

BUT demands police, more security officers
and metal detectors at government schools

@ By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
kherig@tribunemedia.net

THE Bahamas Union of Teachers is demanding that in addition to a
fixed police presence and more security officers, metal detectors should
be implemented at government schools.

This comes after yesterday’s attack on a 17-year-old former CI Gib-
son Senior High student on that school’s premises by three tenth

graders.

BUT secretary general Belinda Wilson speaking at CI Gibson yes-
terday afternoon said that she sees no problem with students being made
to enter school through a metal detector, as is done in some schools in
the US to prevent weapons from being smuggled on to the campus.

Ms Wilson said that the BUT is now in the process of discussing the
legality of placing metal detectors at school entrances with the Attorney

SEE page nine






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Christie calls for
police in schools

@ By BRENT DEAN
Tribune Staff Reporter
bdean@tribunemedia.net

OPPOSITION Leader Per-
ry Christie has called for the
reinstatement of police in
schools, as serious incidents
of violence have made nation-
al headlines since the FNM
government removed these
officers.

“The abandonment of the
school policing programme by this government is a
very big mistake,” Mr Christie said Wednesday
night at his party’s Speaker’s Forum. The opposi-

ay, )

Christie

tion leader’s comments came after a student was - }

seriously stabbed at AF Adderley School and a
teacher was attacked by a parent in Mable Walker
school, within the first two weeks of the new school

“year.

However, these remarks have become even more
significant in wake of the latest incident of serious
school violence yesterday, when a student at CI
Gibson was stabbed and nearly killed.

The School Policing programme was created in

SEE page nine

Public Service Drivers
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Man accused of Takis nats :

murder testifies in court

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

THE MAN accused of the murder of softball star
Jackie ‘Lil Stunt’ Moxey told the court in a passionate :
and tearful statement yesterday that the events ledd- :

ing up to Ms Moxey’s death were like a dream.

The Crown rested its case yesterday against Ian :
Hutchinson, also known as ‘Joe Boy’, who is accused i

of murdering his former girlfriend in October, 2005.

As reported previously, the prosecution argued
that Ms Moxey suffered fatal injuries at the hands of :
the accused during an altercation at a deserted area off i

Clifton Pier.

Supreme Court Justice Jon Isaacs informed i
Hutchinson of his rights, which included the right to :
remain silent, the right to remain in the prisoner’s :
dock and make a statement, or the right to testify :

under oath from the witness box.

This latter would allow for cross-examination by the :
prosecution and leave the accused open for question- :
ing by the court or the jury. Justice Isaacs also told :
Hutchinson that his defence team had the right to, :

call witnesses to the stand on his behalf.

The accused opted to remain in the prisoner’s dock :

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THE Public Service Drivers Union has filed an
injunction against the Bahamas Experience Tour Com-
pany for not accepting them as the official bargaining
unit for their workers.

By filing the injunction the union hopes to stop the
business operations of the company and “lift the cor-
porate veil of the company” and see who the beneficial
owners are.

This, they claim, will expose the unfair treatment of
Bahamas Experience workers.

Richard Johnson, president of the Public Service
Drivers Union, at a press conference yesterday in front

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SEE page nine



Court proceedings
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against Mitchell,
Maynard-Gibson over
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THE former government might
have mishandled the extradition
of Samuel “Ninety” Knowles and
as a consequence contempt of
court proceedings could be
launched against Fred Mitchell
and Allyson Maynard-Gibson, the
Court of Appeal stated yesterday.
President of the Court of
Appeal Dame Joan Sawyer and
the Justices of Appeal yesterday
gave a strong directive from the

bench, indicating that something
was legally amiss in the manner

that Knowles was extradited from

the Bahamas to the United States.
Lawyer Roger Minnis was yes-

terday appealing the decision of

Justice John Lyons, who had ruled
that Knowles did not have to be
returned to the Bahamas.

The Justices of Appeal told Mr
Minnis that the manner in which
he was making his appeal could
not stand.

Dame Joan stated that as the
body of Knowles had already
been taken out of the country at
the time of the ruling, there was
nothing Justice Lyons could do.

However, the Justices indicated

SEE page nine

Parents stage
demonstration
in support
of principal
who resigned

@ By BRENT DEAN
Tribune Staff Reporter
bdean@tribunemedia.net
ANGRY parents of students

at the Preston Albury School in

Eleuthera, withdrew their chil-

dren and led a demonstration yes-

terday in support of a principal
who has resigned because a sus-
pended student was reinstated.
Marvin Duncombe, principal
of the Preston Albury school,
made the public announcement
on his resignation on ZNS radio
yesterday morning. He alleged
that he had suspended a male stu-
dent for his behaviour, when the
mother of the boy, reportedly
communicated with the new

FNM government, complaining

of the decision of Mr Duncombe,

shortly after the FNM came to
power.

Subsequently, Mr Duncombe
claimed that a senior official of
the ministry requested that the

SEE page nine


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unconscious in his cell.

For weeks Desmond lay in
the Intensive Care Unit (ICU),
appearing unresponsive and
hooked up to various machines,
his family said. According to
his grandmother, Verona Bast-
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ICU at PMH informed the fam-
ily that Desmond was rejecting
his medication and “there was
nothing they could do” for him.

‘(His doctor) said if he didn’t
die from brain damage, he
would die from an infection,”
she said. Unwilling to give up

‘on Desmond and acting on

advice from relatives, his moth-
er Christine Key decided to get
a second opinion from doctors
in the United States.

Grandmother says he is improving, but still in coma

On August 4, Desmond was
airlifted to Jackson Memorial
Hospital in Miami, Florida
where he is now “making
progress”, Ms Bastian, his
grandmother, said speaking
from her home in Nassau.

She told The Tribune that
she visited Desmond in the hos-
pital last week, and was prepar-
ing for another trip to see him
today.

“He is improving, | wouldn’t

say he is doing fine because he |

is still in a coma,” she said yes-
terday.

“But he is moving his head
now from side to side, he is try-
ing to raise him and his leg ...
and, he is opening and closing
his eyes. Even if he doesn’t
come out of his coma, I have
seen some progress since he
went there.”

She said she was “very
pleased” with the response
from government and stated,
“words alone are not enough
to thank” the officials who
worked tirelessly to assist in
Desmond's transfer to the Unit-
ed States. Despite her gratitude
to the government, Ms Bastian
highlighted the family’s need
for justice against the officers
accused of “beating” her grand-
son.

“Only God can pull us
through this in peace ... | am
praying for justice (but) if jus-
tice is not served ... we will all
regret it,” she stated. “I will
regret it and I believe the coun- '
try will regret it.”

Corporal Donavon Gardiner
and Constable Taveres Bow-
leg, were arraigned in the Mag-
istrate’s Court this month in
connection to the alleged “beat-
ing” of Desmond. They were
each released on $10,000 bail.

The case was adjourned to
December 18.

Neville Adderley appointed
a Justice of Supreme Court

LAWYER Neville Adderley was appointed a
Justice of the Supreme Court, with effect from

October 1.

Mrs Donna Newton, Acting Registrar of the
Supreme Court, announced on
Thursday, September 13, that Mr
Adderley’s appointment was made
by Governor General Arthur Han-
na on the advice of the Judicial and

Legal Service Commission,

Mr Adderley, a native of South
Andros, was born on November 24,

1945.

He was called to the United King-
dom Bar (Inner Temple) in Novem-
ber 1978 and to the Bahamas Bar in

March 1979,

He is also a member of the Turks
Laie May

and Caicos Islaids Ba
1982.

A senior partner ii Chancery
Law Associates, Mr Adderley

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Programme of Instructions for Lawyers; and the

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Augustine’s College, Nassau. He is appointed Mr Adderley
also a graduate of St Jonas Univer-

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degree in Mathematics, and holds a Master of
Science degree in Economics from London

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Perry Christie accuses FNM

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Young girl
is reported
missing

by aunt

THE aunt of 15-year-old
Daniqua Williams is concerned
about her niece’s whereabouts.

Daniqua, also called
Dominique of KK, attends
Government High School and
was last seen on Monday, Sep-
tember 10.

Her last known address was
Mount Tabor Drive, Pinewood
Gardens.

If anyone knows of her
whereabouts, please contact the
Pinewood Police station or her
aunt Laura Nottage at 361-4891
or 454-2840, or her mother
Rosemarie Williams at 305-200-
9813.

Firearm and
ammunition
discovered
after chase

OFFICERS stationed at
Southern Police Station were
on mobile patrol in the Big
Pond area when they saw a
navy blue Honda Accord with
four men inside.

Seeing the police, the vehicle
sped off and officers gave chase,
which ended in the Water Street
(Big Pond) vicinity. Two males
then fled on foot and the other
two were caught.

Officers found in the car a
9mm handgun with eight live
rounds of ammunition. The two
men caught are in police cus-
tody and the others are being
sought.

Bahamian
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about Nassau
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THE FNM government is
inflicting “violence” on
Bahamians through numerous
acts of victimisation, thus
diminishing the country’s faith
in government, the leader of
the opposition has claimed.

Perry Christie aggressively
attacked the Ingraham admin-
istration Wednesday night at
the PLP’s Speaker’s Forum at
Charlie’s Place, in front of
more than a hundred enthusi-
astic supporters.

“Over these past four months
of FNM government, legitimate
employees within the public ser-
vice and the public corporations
all over the Bahamas are living
in fear that this FNM govern-
ment has implemented a politi-
cal witch-hunt to fire those per-
ceived to support the PLP, with-
out consideration, compassion,
or concern,” he said.

Mr Christie’s comments
characterised the FNM as a
ruthless government. He told
his supporters that by laying off

workers and discontinuing the
contracts of so many Bahami-
ans across the public service,
the FNM demonstrates that it
“does not care about working
mothers with small children to
feed” nor do they “care about
young families with rent to
pay” or mortgages to meet.

“This level of viciousness
must stop,” Mr Christie told
the crowd.

Bahamas Information Ser-
vices, the Bahamas Mortgage
Corporation, ZNS and the
Water and Sewerage Corpo-
ration, were all identified by
the PLP leader as government
institutions where senior man-
agers and executives have had
their contracts terminated.

While additional termina-
tions and contract cancella-
tions occurred, Mr Christie
said, at the Ministries of
Finance, Education, Housing,
Public Works and Transport,

with all indications that there ,

are “more” to come.
Rejecting the FNM position
that some of the people they
have let go were rushed pre-
elections hires, Mr Christie reaf-

firmed that those hired by the
PLP were taken on properly.

Mr Christie said that cabi-
net and the minister of finance
approved the hirings in ques-
tion, and specifically regard-
ing the 41 terminated at the
ministry of education, he reit-
erated that they were hired
after a proper needs assess-
ment in 2005.

Sportsman Eddie Ford was
identified by Mr Christie as a
particular case of injustice by
the government.

“This is one of the great
sportsmen of this country. We
gave him a job to teach young
people baseball and softball.
This is one of our former
Major Leaguers — Eddie Ford
— was fired,” he said.

Mr Christie revealed that he
has personally made an inter-
vention with the government
on behalf of Mr Ford, and the
government informed him that
they will rehire Mr Ford.

The PLP leader also con-
trasted his decision to make
permanent 300 workers hired
just before the 2002 election
by the FNM, with the actions

THE FNM administration
has pledged to support the
work of the United Nations
Educational, Scientific and
Cultural Organisation with -
manpower and resources.

Minister of Education
Carl Bethel told members
of the newly appointed
Bahamas national commis-
sion for UNESCO that their
mandate is to mobilise intel-
lectual resources inside and
outside the Bahamas for the
purpose of improving the
country’s capacity to pursue
development.

Mr Bethel said that this
must be done in an
informed and reasoned
manner with justice, equity
and human sympathy as its
inspiration.

“The government is
indeed committed to pro-
viding the wherewithal to
establish UNESCO’s pres-
ence within the Bahamas in
a significant and enduring
way,” he said.

Mr Bethel said the mem-
bers of the national com-
mission play a “crucial role”
in helping the international
organisation fulfil its man-
date.

He noted that national
commissions are appointed
to serve as the link between
UNESCO and UN member
states.

“Your work will reflect
the shared aims of the
organisation and our coun-
try,” said Mr Bethel.

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callings; that they will bring
their collective energy and focus
to address important issues fac-
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in the fields of education, the

natural, human and social sci-
ences, culture, and communica-
tion and information,” he
added.

Mr Bethel said that the gov-
ernment expects the committee
to indicate what resources that
are essential to carry out its
mandate.

“For example, we are aware
of the need for defined quar-
ters for the national commis-
sion and for adequate personnel
to satisfy the many demands of
an organisation such as
UNESCO,” he said.

He charged the members of
the committee with the respon-
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influence of UNESCO within the
Bahamas, not merely as a public
relations exercise, but through
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EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

| The Tribune Limited | Address a long
ee
term vision for
Harbour Island

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.

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Police to be put back into schools

FOR THE first time in years, all govern-
ment schools not only opened on time, but
school buildings and premises had been
refurbished during the summer and were
ready to receive their young charges.

However, within the first two weeks of
opening, a student was seriously stabbed
on campus and a teacher was attacked by a

_ parent. Yesterday a former student, on a

government campus to collect a reference
from a teacher, was attacked by three 14
and 15-year-old tenth graders in what is
believed to be a gang-related incident. The
17-year-old victim, who was rushed to
Princess Margaret Hospital’s operating the-
atre, was in serious condition at the time of
this writing.

It was only four days before that a 15
year old was stabbed in the back by an out-
sider who had jumped the wall to do the
foul deed — apparently over the affections
of a girl. The young culprit was due in court
that morning to answer a similar charge.

In the wake of this alarming violence,
parents and teachers are urging that police
officers be returned to patrol school cam-
puses. Former prime minister Perry Christie
introduced the school policing programme
in 2005 after a student was stabbed and
nearly killed. He has condemned the FNM
government for their removal, only to be
replaced by civilian security guards.

“It’s beyond me why government is so
adamant about police (not) being stationed
in the schools,” said BUT secretary general
Belinda Wilson.

We cannot answer for government, but
we would guess that having policemen watch
over a handful of school-age thugs is not a
long term solution. It might prevent clashes
on the campus, but what happens when
these unreformed troublemakers leave
school with knives at the ready in their hip
pockets to wage their personal war against
society?

Campus police officers are a short term
preventative measure. A long term solu-
tion is necessary to protect, not only the
campus, but society.

Today the FNM is expected to outline
such a strategy.

Starting Monday morning the 32 offi-
cers, who were withdrawn from the school

First B

policing programme for further training,
will be back on campus. Training for all
security officers will be intensified, and
beginning next week motivational speak-
ers will start making their rounds of all gov-
ernment junior and senior schools to try to
motivate the students, particularly the dis-
ruptive ones among them.

Education Minister Carl Bethel will be
with them. He will concentrate on twelfth
graders. Mr Bethel plans to visit five senior
high schools in the first week, two in the
second week, and then move on to the
junior schools, and possibly the final grade
of the primary school. This programme is
expected to take about three months.

The behaviour at government schools is
a reflection of the communities from which
most of these students are drawn — a gang-
oriented, corrupt society with indifferent
parents, and no one around to encourage
them to dig themselves out of the gutter
and aim for the stars.

Zero tolerance towards bad behaviour is
to be-introduced immediately to the schools.
“Throw a blow, you must go!” is to be the
watchword.

But where do these troublemakers go?
They will not be turned loose on society.
They will be sent to the SURE programme
on Gladstone Road — a programme
designed to give professional remedial help
to troubled youth. Seventeen troubled youth
are already there. SURE can accommodate
50 young persons, and will be expanded to
take in 100. These youngsters will be kept in
the programme until those in charge are
satisfied that they have been rehabilitated.

If they make no progress, they will be
sent to the YEAST programme at Andros.
After completing YEAST, they will be
returned to SURE. There they will remain
until they can prove that they are ready to
return to society, where they will be expect-
ed to make a positive contribution.

Minister Bethel hopes that in time the .

country’s service-oriented clubs, such as
Rotary and Kiwanis, will partner with gov-
ernment to help rescue as many young lives
as possible, and transform them into pro-
ductive citizens.

This will be the first step in crime pre-
vention.



EDITOR, The Tribune.

AS A Bahamian who lives
and works on Harbour Island,
I concur with the letter pub-
lished on Tuesday, September
4th regarding the island's
ongoing “assault.”

It is such a shame that the
new government seems to
have approved the original
Romora Bay proposal. One
wonders whether the file of
historic documents promoting
“smart development”, which
included a petition and letters
specifically opposed to the
scale of Romora Bay and its
Marina, was ever even
reviewed by the FNM. Surely
consideration should be giv-
en to upgrading our infra-
structure, or finalizing the
country's marina policy, or
even revisiting the Master
Plan first? At least the PLP
had a town meeting before
making a ruling on Romora
Bay. But based on reports in
the press, it would appear that
the FNM's decision is all
about the developer rather
than the constituents. We anx-
iously await the governmen-
t's official statement on this
urgent matter.

Whatever the final decision
may be, hopefully a second
marina development like
Valentine's won't be the tip-
ping point for 'Briland. Every
resident already lives with
inadequate water and power
supplies. The number of vehi-
cles on the island increases by
the week. During peak sea-
son, Harbour Islanders are
almost outnumbered by visi-
tors. Yes, it's great for the
economy, but at what price?
In days to come, the only sane
time to live on this island will
be in September, when the
island takes a collective vaca-
tion, and just about everything
is closed. How much more can
this little island really bear?

In another few years, when
all of the condos planned for
Harbour Island are completed
and occupied, peak season
should be a real nightmare.
We're already faced with a
lack of affordable housing on
the island. So where will all
of these construction workers
live? Moreover, where will
they come from? It's enough
to make “the home of friend-
ly people” feel rather
unfriendly. It might even be
enough to make the repeat
visitor and winter resident —
those stalwarts of our tourist-
based economy — find



LETTERS

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another escape.

Come on, 'Briland! It's
time for this community, in
partnership with the govern-
ment and with input from the
Ministry of Tourism, to seri-
ously address a long-term
vision for the island. To start
with, here are a few ideas.
(Candidates slated to run in
the election for local govern-
ment a few weeks away, feel
free to take note).

A Plan for Sensible
Development’

Yes, it's hard to stop popu-
lar tourist towns from chang-
ing. The same issues plague
them all over the world. But
how about developing a busi-
ness plan of our own so that
we are prepared for the
changes? Why not recycle the
work done to date (and paid
for) on the well-intentioned
(but ill-named) Master Plan?
Let's hold a new series of con-
structive Town Meetings to
initiate a plan we can all live
with: a plan that allows for
balanced development. What
should we keep sacred in Har-
bour Island? What should we
change?

What can we add to
enhance the island experi-
ence?

What is the best way to
compete with all the other
pretty islands out there? How
can we ask developers to con-
tribute to the community in a
meaningful way? It's time for
every resident, both Bahami-
an and non, to come together,
put our differences and poli-
tics aside, and work together.

An Historic District

This summer, two historic
homes more than 100 years
old have been demolished in
favour of new ones. We don't
have many antique buildings
left in our country, so perhaps
we should focus on what we
do have. It makes us look a
bit antiquated ourselves not
to have initiated an historic
district. There are certainly
many others to take our cues
from! Let's establish guide-
lines for preservation of the
historic waterfront and village
now. And why not consider
rewarding homeowners who
spend untold dollars in the
upkeep of our postcard-pretty



town by offering discounted
property taxes or other incen-
tives? I can't understand why
the Ministry of Tourism isn't
involved in this already!

A Traffic Plan
It was revealed at a Town
Meeting earlier this year that
2,200 vehicles and golf carts
are currently licensed on this
3-mile by half-a-mile island.
We also learned that local
council presented a practical,
professional traffic plan to
government some years ago.
This plan was actually incor-
porated into the draft of the
Master Plan. Where is it now?
Why can't it be introduced?
This is a critical issue which
no government has yet had

the courage to tackle.

An Environmental Plan

Today's visitors want desti-
nations which are eco-friend-
ly and environmentally aware.

Harbour Islanders should
insist on the same. For exam-
ple, the famous pink beach is
on the top of the Best Beach-
es list because it is peaceful,
unspoiled, and naturally gor-
geous. Thanks to the beach
cleanup committee, it's usu-
ally free of debris, too. The
beach hasn't fallen prey yet
to the usual tourist trappings.
But now is the time to develop
a plan to keep this environ-
ment desirable.

We need to protect the
dunes from erosion, set para-
meters for jet ski and vehicle
usage on the beach, and pre-
vent commercialization.of the
beach in general.

As the song goes, let's not
“pave paradise,-and put up a
parking lot.”

It is discouraging to stand
by and watch an island which
has had so much going for it
for generations become
engulfed by what is thought
of today as progress.

Before there are any other
decisions made on any more
development, I urge the FNM
government and our repre-
sentative, Alvin Smith, to vis-
it Harbour Island and its peo-
ple.

I propose holding some
focused meetings on the issues
of infrastructure, planning,
traffic, and environment (as
well as immigration and edu-
cation). Now that would be
the start of some real progress.

J.A. LIGHTBOURN
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On brief

PM to attend
CARICOM
conference
on diseases

PRIME Minister Hubert
Ingraham, Minister of Health
and Social Development Dr
Hubert Minnis and a delega-
tion of public officials and
medical specialists will travel
to Port of Spain, Trinidad, to
participate in CARICOM’s
Regional Summit on Non-
Communicable Diseases.

Under the theme, “Stem-
ming the Tide of Non-Com-
municable Diseases (NCD)
in the Caribbean”, the sum-
mit is the first of its kind in
the Americas for CARICOM
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the prevention and control of
NCDs including heart dis-
ease, cancer, diabetes, hyper-
tension and stroke.

The summit will also seek
to assess the prevalence of
‘NCDs in the Caribbean com-
pared to other regions, and
ways in which the prevention,
control and treatment of
NCDs can be addressed at
the legislative level in CARI-
COM countries.

Prime Minister Ingraham
and delegation are scheduled
to depart Nassau today and
return to the capital on Sun-
day September 16.

Brent Symonette will act
as prime minister during Mr
Ingraham’s absence.

Minister of State in the
Ministry of Finance, Zhivargo
Laing will act as Minister of
Finance.

Two women
arrested after
police search
houses

FREEPORT -— Two Hait-
ian/Bahamian women were
arrested by police in two sep-
arate incidents in Freeport
after they were allegedly
caught with a large quantity
of items that were being
offered for sale to the public.

The women — a 42-year-old
resident of Oleander Drive
and a 45-year-old resident of
Redwood Lane — were taken
into custody on Wednesday.

According to reports, offi-
cers of the Central Police Sta-
tion executed a search war-
rant on two houses suspected
of being in breach of the
Liquor and Shop Licences
Act.

Officers confiscated a large
quantity of items being
offered for sale to the public,
including alcoholic beverages,
canned goods, fruit juices,
sodas, cigars and cigarettes at
one house. They also confis-
cated designer tennis shoes,
boots, and clothing for men,
women and children, along
with assorted alcoholic bev-
erages, cigars and cigarettes
at a second house.

Both suspects .were
processed at Police Head-
quarters, charged and
released on bail in the
amount of $1,500 with a sure-
ty, to appear in Freeport
Magistrate’s Court on Friday,
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dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT — A Grand
Bahama man who was mistak-
enly released from prison in
New Providence is back in cus-
tody at Her Majesty's Fox Hill
Prison, where he is on remand
on a murder charge.

Rodner Timothee, 35, was
found at his deceased mother’s
home in Eight Mile Rock by
police on Monday afternoon. He
is charged with the murder of
19-year-old Felix Mitchell, who
was beaten to death in January.

Police on Grand Bahama and
Prison officials in New Provi-
dence have not yet released any
official statement on the inci-
dent.

The victim’s family said the
police have not contacted them
to offer an explanation for ‘Tim-
othee’s release, much less an

apology.

Murder victim’s family accuse police of trying to cover up blunder



“No one has called or con-
tacted us yet, and it seems as if
they are trying to cover up their
mistake,” said Edith Light-
bourne, the sister of the Felix
Mitchell.

Mitchell, a resident of Martin
Town, Eight Mile Rock, died
on January 7, 2007, after he was
reportedly struck in the head
with an object. His death was
the first homicide for the year
on Grand Bahama.

Shock

Family members” were
shocked to learn that the man
accused of their brother's mur-
der was out of prison and walk-
ing the streets of Eight Mile
Rock.

In fact, police here on Grand



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Bahama were not even aware
that Timothee had been
released until Mrs Lightbourne
contacted them on Monday.
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Regulatory concerns still
persist as registrar retires

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Registrar of Insurance,
Dr Roger Brown, yesterday
retired as the Bahamian insur-
ance industry's regulator after a
seven-year spell in office, with
the government yet to reveal its
plans for regulating the sector
going forward or who his
replacement will be.

In an e-mail sent to numerous
insurance industry executives,

_ Dr Brown announced: “Please

note that my last day in office is
tomorrow, Thursday, Septem-
ber 13, 2007. After that I shall
be on retirement.”

Whether it is a full retirement
is unclear, because numerous
insurance industry sources had
previously told The Tribune
that Dr Brown was due to take
up a new post as co-ordinator of
the Bahamas General Insurance
Association (BGIA) from

' October 15, 2007, onwards.

That position is effectively a
part-time role, and Dr Brown
would be replacing existing co-
ordinator, Robin Hardy, who is
also said to be due for retirement.
It is not known whether Dr
Brown is still taking up the post.

However, insurance industry
sources yesterday told The 'Tri-

bune that the sector was con-
cerned about who would
replace Dr Brown, and what
regulatory structure the Gov-

ernment had in mind for the ,

industry going forward.

One obvious candidate would
be Dr Brown’s number two,
deputy registrar Pauline Sher-
man, but it is understood a num-
ber of high-ranking insurance
industry executives are opposed
to her getting the ‘top job’.

And uncertainty still persists
over the FNM administration’s
plans about bringing into effect
the new Insurance Act, which
was passed by Parliament under
the former Christie government,
and the accompanying regula-
tions that give it enforcement
teeth. One cannot come into
force without the other, the Act
or the regulations.

The regulations, too, were
signed off by the former Cabi-
net, but the new Act was never
implemented. James Smith, the
former minister of state for
finance, said the PLP adminis-
tration held off on bringing the
new Act into effect because of
concerns over whether the Reg-
istrar of Insurance could eftec-
tively administer it, acknowl-
edging that the regulator need-
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technical and human resources.

The new Act upgrades the
Registrar to an Insurance Com-
mission, but the private sector

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The FNM government will
also have to decide what hap-
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entire ordeal was very frustrat-
ing. She said the police did not
immediately act on the infor-
mation they received when she
initially made the report.

“They appeared to be uncon-
cerned and did not care about
what I was saying, and an offi-
cer told me that I needed to call
the prison to find out whether
Timothee was released,” she
said.

After several phone calls and
much persistence by Mrs Light-
bourne, officers at the Eight
Mile Rock Police Station final-
ly went to Timothee’s residence
to verify the report, which
proved to be true.

Timothee was taken into cus-
tody and flown back to New
Providence. It is believed there
was some name mix up that
resulted in his release.

A preliminary inquiry into
Mitchell’s death is still pending
in Freeport. Timothee is repre-
sented by Brian Hanna.

Ms Lightbourne expressed
concern about the police and
the “slackness” of the prison
system.

“The officers showed no care
for our feelings — this man could
have harmed my family or even
skipped town and we would
never get justice, and that is all
we want,” she said.

The Tribune attempted to -

reach Prison Superintendent Dr
Elliston Rahming on Thursday,
but was told that he was in a
meeting.

Chief Superintendent Basil
Rahming, press liaison officer
in Grand Bahama, was also
unavailable for comments up to
press time.

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Developer pledges focus on beach access

BEACH access will be a pri-
ority in the redevelopment of a
once world famous resort in
Eleuthera.

“Whenever there is a large
resort and concerns about
beach access, you have to
address it,” said Paul Thomp-
son, managing director of the
project to transform the old
Club Med into the French
Leave Resort.

“We are going to put in three
additional accesses to the beach
— two on the northern end and
one on the south end, with
parking,” he said.

Beach access has become a
hot button issue across the
Bahamas as major tourist devel-
opments occupy more and more
coastal real estate on a number
of islands.

Public access to beaches will
be the subject of a discussion dur-
ing the Halsbury Chambers free
legal clinic on September 22.



Managing director of French Leave outlines
plans for new resort on Eleuthera



Mr Thompson, the former
managing director of the exclu-
sive five-star Lyford Cay Club
on New Providence for 25
years, outlined aspects of the
French Leave project.

Legend has it that when
Count Alfred de Marigny, son-
in-law of the late Sir Harry
Oakes, left the Club Med resort
in Governor’s Harbour years
ago without saying goodbye, it
was given the name French
Leave.

It is described as one of the
most sough-after properties in
the Family Islands, command-
ing a beautiful view of the
Atlantic Ocean.

Members of the board of

directors of the Hotel Corpo-
ration of the Bahamas and
Deputy Prime Minister and
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Brent Symonette visited the pic-
turesque resort located in
Eleuthera’s oldest settlement
on Friday, September 7.

The visit came one day after a
town meeting on the proposed
French Leave development.

Situated on about 265 acres
of land, the project includes a
luxury condominium hotel,
ocean front villas and home
sites, a 50-yacht slip able to
accommodate 200 foot vessels,
conference facilities, a fitness
centre, tennis courts, water
sports programmes, fashion and

Notice of Sitting for New Providence Port Authority Board
To consider Application For Licence Under The Boat Registration

Act Chapter (277)

Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the New Providence Port Authority Board
for New Providence and the Family Islands will be held at the Port Administration
Building, Prince George Wharf on the 27" September, 2007at 3:00pm for the
purpose of granting Lictences under The Boat Registration Act Chapter (277)

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

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

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

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

RENEWAL OF JET- SKI NEW PROVIDENCE

REG. NO APPLICANT BOAT CLASS PASS USE
NAME
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Nassau, Bahamas oft
Jet Ski
TRANSFER OF JET SKI NEW PROVIENCE
REG NO PREVIOUS NEW CLASS PASS’ USE
OWNER OWNER
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- Nassau, Bahamas Watersports
Nassau, Bahamas

NEW BOAT LICENCE NEW PROVIDENCE

REG NO APPLICATION BOAT NAME
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Nassau, Bahamas 79°
Steel Hull
NB/135/07 Big Scoop Ltd Big Scoop
Nassau, Bahamas 180’
Steel Hull
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NB/136/07 Nassau, Bahamas 261’
Steel Hull
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Nassau, Bahamas 79”
Steel Hull
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Nassau, Bahamas 83ft
Steel Hull
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Nassau, Bahamas 130ft
| Steel Hull
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. Nassau, Bahamas 197ft
Steel Hull
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Nassau, Bahamas 18ft
Banana
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P.O. Box CB-12192 23ft
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CLASS PASS’ USE

A 0 Tug
A 0 Barge
A 0 Barge
A 0 Tug
A 0 Tug
A 0 Barge
A 0 Barge
D 10 Rental
B 8 Rental

gift boutiques, a spa, night club,
and other amenities.

Mr Thompson also noted that
the resort will have its own
reverse Osmosis plant and
sewage treatment plant.

The resort will also showcase
a number of artifacts used dur-
ing the 1930s, including a water
pump which supplied water to
residents in Cupid’s Cay.

The target date for comple-
tion is November, 2009.

The development team of
ECI Resorts includes principals
Eddie Lauth, Robert Poole and
Mike Lanigan, managing direc-
tor Paul Thompson and Charles
Stronach, director of develop-
ment.



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PAUL THOMPSON, managing director of the French Leave property
in Eleuthera, talks about the redevelopment of the former Club Med
resort. Also pictured are Sir Baltron Bethel, managing director of the
Hotel Corporation; Frederick Lightbourn, director of the Hotel
Corporation; and Brent Symonette, Deputy Prime Minister and
Minister of Foreign Affairs. -

GN-587

inistry Of Maritime Affairs & Labour

NEW BOAT LICENCE NEW PROVIDENCE

REGNO APPLICATION BOAT NAME CLASS PASS’ USE
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P.O, Box N-1641 68ft = a
Nassau, Bahamas Hatteras
‘ RENEWAL BOAT LICENCE- NEW PROVIEN CE
REGNO APPLICATION BOATNAME CLASS _ PASS USE
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P.O. Box SB-50808 239ft
Nassau, Bahamas * Steel Hull
NP: 6748 Curling James E C-400 A 0 Barge
P.O. Box SB-50808 197ft
Nassau, Bahamas Steel Hull
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P.O. Box SB-50808 100ft
Nassau, Bahamas Steel Hull
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Nassau, Bahamas 18ft
Fibreglass
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Fibreglass
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Management Trader
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Nassau, Bahamas Steel Hull
TRANSFER OF BOAT LICENCE NEW PROVIDENCE
REG NO PREVIOUS NEW OWNER CLASS PASS USE
OWNER
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Nassau, Bahamas _— Watersports
Nassau, Bahamas
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REG NO - APPLICAT CLASS
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Nassau, Bahamas
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LICENCE # NAME CLASS
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Nassau, Bahamas

Captain Anthony J. Allens
Port Controller
THE TRIBUNE

LOCAL NEWS

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2007, PAGE 7



Oln brief

US author
backs Cuban
agents jailed
in States

@ HAVANA

THE Cuban government
distributed a letter on
Wednesday in which Ameri-
can author Alice Walker
expressed her support to the
children of five Cuban intel-
ligence agents imprisoned in
the United States, according
to Associated Press.

Walker, who won the
Pulitzer Prize for her novel
"The Color Purple," has in
the past joined American
writers, artists and intellec-
tuals in demanding the
telease of the so-called
Cuban 5, who were convicted
in 2001 of being unregistered
foreign agents operating in
the United States.

The letter was released
Wednesday at a news confer-
ence held in Havana to unveil
a new Cuban book celebrat-
ing the five. It was signed
"Alice," with "Walker" in
parentheses.

"In my own experience
everything to do with attain-
ing justice has been very
hard, very difficult, a very
long struggle. Apparently
endless, in fact," the letter
said. "That is unfortunately
the experience of much of the
world. Still, we persist in our
hope of justice."

In addition to the charges
of being unregistered agents,
three of the Cuban 5 were
convicted of espionage con-
spiracy for efforts to pene-
trate US military bases, and
one was also found guilty of
murder conspiracy in the
deaths of four Miami-based
pilots whose small, private
planes were shot down by a
Cuban MiG in 1996.

All five have denied the
charges, and say they were
sent to south Florida to gath-
er information about “ter-
rorist” exile groups opposed
to Castro.,aetthe US gov-
ernment. —

ae

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Bahamian group joins
call for release of Cuban Five

@ By PACO NUNEZ
Tribune News Editor
pnunez@tribunemedia.net

A BAHAMIAN group has
issued a letter to President Bush
calling for the release of five
Cubans convicted in the US on
espionage charges.

They join 125 other groups
around the world — including some
in the US — who view the convic-
tions as a miscarriage ‘of justice
and a violation of human rights.

Their supporters say that in
the face of American tnaction
the five men were in Miami gath
ering information on Cuban-
American terrorist groups whose
actions have led to the deaths of
thousands of innocent people.

Their detractors, however,
allege that the men were work
ing as spies Whose targets includ-
ed US military installations

In more than LOO countries
activists: for the “Cuban bive
are marking the period Septem-
ber 12 to October 6 with a series
of meetings, conferences and
demonstrations in-an effort to
secure the release of the men,
who have been detained in the
US for almost a decade.

Ata press conference held yes-
terday, the committee ol the

Bahamian Friends of the Cuban
Five said that the men — who were
seeking to fight terrorism by
"non-violent means" — were held
in isolation tor long periods and
that family members have been
denied the right to see them.

They pointed out that by con-
trast, Luis Posada Carilles, an
anti-Castro activist Wanted ina
number of countries in connec
tion with the bombing of a

Cuban airliner that killed 73 pas
sengers in 1976, lives freely in
the US

Committee chairman Erring-
ton Watkins said that the Cuban
Five turned information on
Florida terrorist groups over to
the Cuban government, which
informed US authorities.

Instead of arresting the impli-
cated terrorists however, he said
the US government arrested them.

“We came here to highlight
the plight of five Cuban nation
als who were only doing a
duty... in trying to protect their
country front terrorist attacks,
by gotng fo the root of those
attacks.” Mr Watkins said.

The letler to President Bush,
delivered to the US Enmibassy ves
terday along with a copy
addressed to House Speaker Nan-
cy Pelosi, says that the five men
were tried ina “hostile climate”
and given “ridiculous sentences”.

It claims that the men’s 2001

trial was unfair because tt was

held in Miami, where there is a
great dealotanti-Castro feeling,
“No Cuban national can expect
to geta far trialin south blori
da.” Mr Watkins said

The commuttee circulated a
document citing AMON other
events, a July £9, 2007 demon-
stration demanding that Luis
Posada Carriles be freed.

It also quoted a School Board
of Miami member as saving he
voted to ban a book on Cuban
children — not because he was
against it, but for fear he might
tind “a bomb under his car’

When asked why Bahamians
should teel solidarity with the
Cuban Five. Mr Watkins

explatned that the sovereignty

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Felipe Major/Tribune staff

ERRINGTON WATKINS, Shaiavan of the Bahamian Friends of the
Cuban Five speaks to the press yesterday at Graycliff. Next to hm are
new Cuban ambassador Jose Luis Ponce Caraballo and Felix Bethel

of this country has been impact-
ed by antt-Cuba terrorists.
According to Mr Watkins, a
retired police officer, beginning
in the early 1960s several
attempts were made by south
Florida terrorists to attack Cuba
from bases in the Bahamas.
Committee secretary Alexan-
drio Morley added that average
Bahamians should be interest-
ed in the matter because “part of
the whole idea of independence

is that you speak for yourself

and you come up with your own
ideas and you make your own
decisions. But we camt make our
own decisions if all the informa-
tion we are getting ts not right.”

He noted that during apartheid,
the African National Congress
(ANC) was described as a terror-
ist orgamisation, and only through
the spread of correct information
Was this view changed.

“Its the same case with the
five. We have a situation here
where we have been told that
some people are terrorists and
that some people are not terror-
ists, and that only certain people
can fight against terrorism.”

The US charged the Cuban
Five as part of a group of alleged
spies known as the “Wasp Net-
work”. One member of the five,
Gerardo Hernandez, was said to
have infiltrated Brothers to the
Rescue, which Cuba considers
a terrorist organisation,

The US claimed he sent infor-
mation to Cuba which contributed
to the shooting down of two
Brothers to the Rescue planes.

The other four men were
accused of falsifying their iden-
tities, attempting to infiltrate the
Southern Command headquar-
ters in Florida and sending
unclassified information from

US military bases to Cuba.

The men were jailed for near-
ly three ye an before their trial.

In June 2001, a US federal
court convicted them on al]
counts and sentenced theni to
maximum-sccurilty prison terms ¢
which ranged from two cousee-
utive life terms for one, life for
two others and 19 years and [5
years for the remaining two.

In August 2005, a4 panel of

judges in Atlanta overturned the

convictions and ordered a new
trial, agreeing that the venue had
been prejudicial.

However in November this
ruling was reversed. A rehearing
is pending in the I1th circuit
Court of Appeals.

In May 2595. the United
Nations critic’sed the case on a
number of Icvels and Amnesty
International quesuoned Amer-
ica’s treatment of the men.

Eight international Nobel
Prize winners have sent a docu-
ment to the US Attorney Gen-
eral calling for the men’s release.

Several British MPs and Juro-
pean Union officials also sup-
port the Cuban Five.

In August 2007, Orlando
Gutierrez. a South Florida based
advocate who supports the con-
victions appeared on CNN.

He said: “The fact is that these
men caine to the US to penetrate
the conmmunity... with the pur-
pose of perpetuating Castro’s hold
on power. During that time the
dissident movement in Cuba, in
spite of harassment and persecu-
tion brought a coalition to bring
about peaceful change in Cuba.
Castro needed to crush that move-
ment and to stop the exile move
ment from supporting them.”

Castro claims Cuba saved US President Ronald Reagan’s life

HAVANA _



FIDEL Castro claims Cuba's
government saved the life of Pres
ident Reagan by giving Ametri-
can officials information about an
assassination plot in L984. accord
ing to Associated Press,

The essay, published

Wednesday in the Communist
Party newspaper Granma,
appeared to be the first time
Cuba has made the claim. It
seemed aimed at showing Cuba
has co-operated with the United
States in the past.
Castroowhohas not appeared
ID publigtor more than a year,

wrote that a Cuban security offi-
celal stationed at the United
Nations told the then US mis-
sion security chief about an
extreme tight-wing group that
was planning to kill Reagan dur-
mga tip to North Carolina.
“The information was com-
pletas the names of those impli

iexe Pes fag

cated in the plan: day, time and
hour where the assassination
could occur: the type of weapon
the terrorists had and where
they kept their arms; and along
with all that, the meeting place

‘of those clements planning the
‘action as well as a brief sum-

mary ol whi at had gecutred in

said meeting," Castro wrote.
He did not say how Cuba
obtained the information.
Newsom Summerlin, a spe-
cial agent with the FBI in Char-
lotte, North Carolina, said late
Wednesday that he had no
immediate information per-

_ taining to Castro's claim.

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THE TRIBUNE





Violent crime shreds the fabric of society

Acmousi they're
only in the prelimi

nary stages, police statistics for
this year show that the Bahamas
is speedily becoming a lawless
state where violent crimes have
skyrocketed.

This week, the country was
gripped by frightening reports
that a wayward juvenile —
already on bail — allegedly






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jumped a public schools fence

and brutally stabbed another
teenager. Whats more, this
youngster was scheduled to be in
court on ‘Tuesday morning to
answer charges for a previous
stabbing incident!

Nowadays, vicious crimes are
becoming a common practice
among ruthless, callous young
people who have no regard for
the value of human life.

Years ago, youngsters who
could not have mature discus-
sions resorted to settling their
rows with their fists. However,
these days they perforate each
other with bullets and slaughter
one another using knives and

machetes. Frankly, the spate of

violent crime is shredding our
social fabric.

Bahamian society is rapidly
headed towards becoming a law-

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less Wild West, where merciless
hooligans show a gratuitous dis-
regard for authority and roam
the streets with knives and guns
blazing. e

Following the stabbing
episode at the A F Adderley
Junior High School this week, it
was revealed that the con-
frontation between the two
teenagers involved may have
stemmed from a dispute over a
female student.

This again is a reflection of
the current state of our society
where Bahamian men are so
caught up in arguments about
women that one man feels he
must brutally demonstrate his
machismo.

W hen will Bahamian
men learn that there

are many women in the world
and that if they aspire to-broad-
en their horizons, they would
notice that the dating pool is
much deeper?

It is apparent that many stu-
dents are on the fast track to a
life of criminality, perfecting
their predatory craft on school
campuses.

In response to recent reports
of violence on campuses involv-
ing parents, teachers and stu-
dents, some irate teachers
expressed their grievances to me.

One teacher at S C McPher-
son stated: “If society is symp-
tomatic of the problems faced
in schools, then schools need the
same type of law enforcement
activity that they have in the
community. Stabbing teenagers
soon becomes stabbing men!
Why did they. take the police out
of the schools? If it isn’t broke,
don’t fix it — keep what’s good!
The ministry (of education) is
not in touch with reality.”

She said: “The children had
invested their confidence in the
police, often going to officers
and telling them of plans for vio-
lence before they occurred. The
school security guards don’t
have any insurance and the par-
ents don’t respect them, so how
could they protect us? Besides,
some security guards are always
sleeping at the gates of these
schools, and if you are in trouble,
they are going the other way
anyway, So you’re on your own!”

here is an urgent need
for beefed up security

in public schools, particularly



GIBSON

since students are now stashing
their weapons behind walls and
in bathroom ceilings.

The same teacher said: ““There
is a need for officers in place to
confiscate weapons. There are
limitations on teachers, who
unlike officers are not allowed to
search persons. School officers
are not simply for students, but
to protect teachers, too.

“At a recent meeting with the
minister at the Joe Farrington
Road auditorium, teachers ques-
tioned ministry officials about
their safety. Ministry officials
claimed that they had no prob-
lems with offering self-defence
classes to teachers, but was it
true or was that just a photo
opportunity? They should have
gradually phased out the SROs
(police) instead of just stopping
cold turkey,” she said.



Bahamian society
is rapidly headed
towards becoming
a lawless Wild
West, where
merciless hooligans
show a gratuitous
disregard for
authority and
roam the streets
with knives and
guns blazing.



A male teacher added:
“Between the ministry’s policies
and the parents, teachers are
being crippled. These people are
not on the school campuses to
know what occurs daily. No
wonder school violence has esca-
lated!” ‘

Yesterday, it was reported
that two administrators — Mar-
vin Duncombe (principal) and
Virginia Romer (vice principal)
— resigned from their posts at
Preston Albury High School in
Eleuthera after allegedly being
told to accept a troublesome
pupil who is said to have been
expelled from a private school
in Nassau.

Apparently, the youngster in
question should have enrolled
in the YEAST programme, but
other plans were made. Having

taught alongside Mr Duncombe,
I have no doubt that his resig-
nation was based on principle.

Reco a step-ladder
was found perched up ©

against a wall of the § C
McPherson school, clearly set
for outsiders to sneak on to the
campus. There are complaints
that a higher wall is needed at
the school, along with a proper
parking lot for teachers because
the present lot is dusty and filthy.
However, many teachers feel
that these complaints have fallen
on deaf ears.

More stringent measures must
be implemented to empower
teachers. As one teacher said:
“Part of the educational process
is discipline and teachers have
no power!” Many supporters of
corporal punishment say that
having a student stand in a cor-
ner does not work for the aver-
age Bahamian child. ;

Today, teachers and the pub-
lic are calling for corporal pun- .
ishment to again be placed in
the hands of teachers, many
quoting the adage that ‘if you
spare the rod, you spoil the
child.’ It appears that these indi-
viduals believe that corporal
punishment could play a part in-
curbing the misconduct of unruly
students.

Will lawless youngsters soon
begin to stick up churches? Will
teachers and students soon have
to buy body armour to safely
attend school? What must hap-
pen before the Ministry of Edu-
cation has a serious discussion
with teachers about the state of.
violence in the schools? Is there
any wonder why so many teach-

ers are resigning?

‘ke Ministry of Educa-
tion earns an ‘A’ for its
role in ensuring that schools
were painted and classroom
floors were tiled. However, they
earn an ‘F’ for failing to address
discipline from a local standpoint
and failing to consult and
empower teachers. There is no
point in sugar-coating and beau-
tifying schools without con-
fronting the serious issues afflict-
ing the educational system!

If the recent spate of violent
crime continues unabated, our
economy will be “up the creek”
and living in the Bahamas will be
nightmarish. Crime prevention
begins with each community and
both the government and com-
munity activists should join
hands to propose _ pro-
grammes/jobs to rescue these
troubled youngsters before they
fall through the cracks to face a
lifetime in prison.

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Teen stabbed

FROM page one

without an escort, she said.

The principal said that additional training for
security officers is absolutely necessary so that
they can detect signs of trouble and prevent violent
acts before they happen.

Chief Supt Hanna explained that the 17-year-old
victim had a legitimate reason to be on campus and
was in the process of picking up a reference from
a teacher when he was suddenly attacked.

Ms Williams said she believes that the yesterday
was the third time the former student came to Cl
Gibson to pick up his reference.

After the attack, the three tenth graders,
believed to be between 4 and 15 years old, fled the
school premises.

However, police officers in the area immedi-
ately responded and chased the three students
down. They were caught in the Culmersville area
and arrested. Police also retrieved the knife they
believe was used in the attack.

This incident comes just four days after a L5-
year-old student was stabbed in the back by an
outsider on the campus of AF Adderley Junior
High.

Following that attack parents and students
demanded that police be reinstated at all govern-
ment schools.

Police two weeks ago implemented its new ini-
tiative to increase police visibility in the commu-
nities by reassigning officers who were stationed at
public schools to patrol the neighbourhoods around
schools.

After the second attack on school premises in
one week, Chief Supt Hanna yesterday said that he
still believes police are doing the right thing.

e SEE EDITORIAL ON PAGE FOUR

Public Service Drivers
FROM page one

of the company’s head office on Dowdeswell Street,
accused the company of attempting to prevent its work-
ers from joining a union.

He said workers approached his organisation from ;
August of last year and said the application for the col-
lective bargaining agreement was made in March and [4 :
days after they were supposed to receive a determination }

from the minister of labour.

“This is September and we can’t seem to get a recog- :
nition agreement, so we are taking matters into our:

own hands,” the union president said.

Mr Johnson said the union is frustrated dealing with :
the Department of Labour in their effort to obtain a col-
lective bargaining agreement from Bahamas Experi- :

ence. s

“We have made the decision to take matters into our :
hands. We have filed and have served an injunction on :

Bahamas Tours.

“By filing the injunction the union hopes to stop the :
business operations of the company immediately and :
since we believe that the ground transport business :
should be owned 100 per cent by Bahamians, we hope :
to lift the corporate veil of the company and see who the :
beneficial owners are. The injunction will expose the :
unfair treatment of Bahamas Experience workers,” he :

said.

FROM page one

student be reinstated. This deci-

Parents

BUT demands
FROM page one

Geueral’s Office

However, Chief Supt Hulan Hanna told The Tri-
bune yesterday that students intending to do mis-
chict will not be stopped by metal detectors or
body searches.

As most schools in the Bahamas have low fences
and low walls, he said, a student can simply throw a
weapon on to the premises from outside the night
before and then enter the school through a
metal detector the next morning without any prob-
lems,

Nevertheless. Ms Wilson yesterday reiterated
the BUT’s call tor ughter security and the reas-
signment of police officers to government school
campuses.

“We need more vigilance, we need the police,
but we also need our children to know that they’re
coming to school to learn, that is the number one
objective.

“I’m going to urge and I’m going to plead to
parents again, ‘talk to your children, be an example
to your children in the mornings if you need to
search them down, search them down’, say to them
‘hey go to school to learn so that you can make a
better life for you, your family and be a positive role
model for the future of our nation.-Please step up to
the plate, the nation needs you parents,” she said.

Ms Wilson said that while officers were stationed
at the schools they were able to deal with potential
problems in a timely manner.

The BUT secretary general said that officers
were during a school year able to work closely with
guidance counsellors, gathering information on dif-
ferent students.

“They knew where the hot spots were,” she said.

_ Christie calls for police in schools
_ FROM page one

: 2005, placing police officer directly on public
: school campuses across the country.

: “My government arrived at the inescapable
: conclusion that we should initiate a major inter-
? vention towards protecting our children’s future,”
Mr Christie remarked.

The PLP leader said that he was moved to cre-
ate the programme after numerous acts of vio-
: lence in schools during his administration, cul-
: minating in the death of a CV Bethel student in a
fight.

‘Ninety’ Knowles
FROM page one

that government can never again do what they did
in the case of Knowles’ extradition.

The Court of Appeal agreed with Mr Minnis’
argument that Knowles should not have been
extradited until all of his legal avenues had been
completely exhausted in the Bahamas.

Knowles’ lawyers, the Justices indicated, now
have the possibility of pursuing their appeal
through other avenues, which could include con-
tempt of court proceedings against the former
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Attorney General
who undersigned the extradition order.

travel to Eleuthera on Monday,
17 September, 2007 to meet with,
and counsel the student in order









sion by the ministry led the prin-
cipal and his vice-principal to
resign yesterday, with parents
supporting the decision.

The public claims by Mr Dun-
combe, and his high profile resig-
nation, has led and the ministry to
respond in a press release.

“This morning, the principal
of the Preston Albury High
School, Mr Marvin Duncombe,
publicly announced that he had
received a directive from the act-
ing Director of Education, Mr
Lionel K Sands, to re-admit a stu-
dent who, according to Principal
Duncombe, was ‘violent, aggres-
sive and posed a danger to the

. staff and students of the Preston
Albury High school,” the min-
istry said.

“The department wishes to
advise that the suspension of this
student was first brought to the

attention of the acting director of

education by the parent, who

expressed concern that her son,
who had been out of school since
early May 2007, was not allowed
to attend school as ot September
2007.

“The acting director immedi-
ately initiated an investigation of
the matter. Our investigations of
this matter showed that the prin-
cipal had reported the student's
behaviour to the district superin-
tendent, and had discussed with
his parent the possibility of having
the student sent to the national
youth service for training and
rehabilitation.

“It was noted that the principal —

had failed to adhere to the poli-
cies and regulations as outlined
in the safe school manual for
addressing unacceptable behav-
iour of students,” the ministry
claims. “The acting director there-
fore advised him by written com-
munication on Tuesday, 11 Sep-
tember, 2007 that officers from
our special services section would

to determine whether he should
be committed to programme Sure
in New Providence.

“The principal was further
advised that the special services
officer’s report would form the
basis of the department's deci-
sion in respect of the student's
continued attendance at the Pre-
ston Albury High School,” the
ministry statement added.

The shut down of the school
led the ministry to send a team
yesterday, rather on Monday, to
evaluate the situation. However,
as of press time, no resolution
was announced.

Minister of Education Carl
Bethel emphatically rejected the
suggestion that there was political
interference in this matter when
asked by The Tribune.

The first time he heard about
the matter, Mr Bethel said, was
Wednesday after 9pm from some
concerned citizens from
Eleuthera.



FROM page one

and make a statement to the court, which eliminated the
possibility of being cross-examined by the prosecu-
tion. He was not sworn in under oath.

Clad in a striped blue and grey collared shirt with
dark trousers, Hutchinson began his emotional state-
ment with a prayer. With his arms extended and his face
turned towards the ceiling, Hutchinson prayed, “Lord
help me to do this” before beginning to recount the
events of October 25.

He told the court he could not remember the exact
date of the incident, but on the day in question he was
at his office when he received a call from the deceased.
According to Hutchinson, Jackie told him she had
something important she needed to speak to him about.

He then picked her up on her lunch hour from her
place of employment and. upon the insistence of the
deceased, they went for a drive around the island, he
said. ‘

At one point during the drive, his cellphone rang and
he didn’t answer it. This prompted Jackie to question
him over why he ignored the call and she tried to grab
the phone from him as he drove, he said.

Jackie hurled a series of profanities at him, he said.
but as he was now a Christian he would not repeat
them in the courtroom.

He told the jury that they ended up at a secluded area
off Clifton Pier where Jackie broached the subject of
marriage with him, telling him she had a ring and there
was no need for a huge ceremony as she wanted to go
to a Justice of the Peace. He told the court he was
crouched with one knee ona rock, with Jackie standing
in front of him at this point.

According to Hutchinson, he told Jackie he could
not marry her because his mother would not approve of
the union. He claimed Jackie did not take this rejection
well and spun around “out of nowhere” and kicked him
in his groin.

He further claimed that, after this surprise kick, he
went down into a protective position. He explained to
the jury of Tf women and one man that the pain of
being kicked in the groin is very intense.

The deceased then mounted him and punched him
while attempting to scratch his eyes out, he told the jury.
He added that she screamed: * You promise you was
gonna marry me,” in between yelling profanities.

In an effort to get the deceased off him, he had no
choice but to “grab her” by her braids because “she was
carryin’ on real bad,” he said.

Jackie Moxey

“I couldn't get her off me...so 1 start to get more
violent,” he said. “I keep on jus’ (head) buttin® her.”
This enraged the deceased even more as she continued
to “throw punches” at the defendant and made attempts
to gouge out his eyes, he told the jury. He admitted that
he butted her a few more times in an effort to get out of
her grip.

He explained to the jury that, despite her size and
gender, Jackie was remarkably strong and he had dif-
ficulty getting away from her.

Hutchinson said he told Jackie he “wasn’t going
through this” and to take his car and leave him there.
He then turned his back on Jackie in an attempt to walk
away when she jumped on his back, he said. He
explained to the court that things were “moving so
fast” and the next thing he knew Jackie was lying on the
rocky ground.

“[ was walking...getting away and I feel this thing on
my back.

“Next thing I know she fall back and I hear this
loud boom,” he said.

He told the court that when he saw the deceased
lying on the ground and not moving, he initially thought
she was “puttin’ on an act.” Hutchinson appeared to
break down in tears at this point, and asked Justice
Isaacs for a moment before continuing with his state-
ment.

“When I realise right then she was just breathing
(but) she wasn’t (inoving), I realise it was serious,” he
continued, his voice cracking with emotion.

He told the jury he fetched some water out of a
rusty pail in the rocky area to revive her, but she did not
regain conscivusness, only twitched. During his state-
ment he informed the court that the couple never had
violent exchanges before the incident.

Hutchinson claimed he suffered pain and injuries
because of the tussle with the deceased: “My head
(felt) like it sas bursin’ open...the pain was unbearable...
(it) felt like my spinal cord or something was coming
out,” he said

He also claimed that, as a result of the incident two
years ago. his back still hurts him “to this day.” He
added that the investigating officers did not allow him
to see a physician until the day after the incident
occurred,

The trial continues today in the Supreme Court as the
defence prepares to call three police officers as wit-
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of history not only for the Unit-
ed States of America, but for
the entire world, and in partic-
ular the family members of
those whose loved ones were
killed (a total of 2,572) on that
horrendous mid-morning of
terrorist attacks on the physi-
cal, emotional and psychological
state of the free world.

It was a day of reckoning on
the global political, economic,
and socio-religious dichotomy
between the developed free
western capitalist democracies
and the developing world with
the peculiarity of an iron-fisted
religious-based aristocratic sys-
tem.

The root of the political
divide dates back to more than
three to four decades ago: just
as the mighty and powerful
inter-continental colonial
empires were winding down
and ceding powers to new oli-
garchies, monarchs, aristocrats
and kings.

Without attempting to trace
the root of the interplay leading
to September 11, the world
would be much able to remind
itself of this infamous day if the
Secretary General of the United
Nations can lead global dele-
gates to the UN into the passing
of a resolution granting a glob-
al holiday of commemoration
of the lives unjustly lost on that
fateful days

It will also be a day that the
world will annually take stock of
the evil that terrorism bodes to
the world: in 2004 the world
passed through another untor-
gettable dark day when Chech-
nya’s rebels stormed and seized
a school (Beslan School) in
Russia, which resulted in the
torture and death of 338 peo-
ple, among them 177 children
under 15 years old. Osama bin
Laden was also behind this
attack. He has appeared twice

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and this should not be taken
lightly.

eputy Prime Minister

and Minister of For-
eign Affairs Brent Symonette
can originate this global holi-
day motion in the UN General
Assembly towards this effect.

Doing that will help com-
memorate the loss of Bahamians
at the World Trade Centre and
keep the memory of various
tragedies in the Bahamas during
the month of September, such as
the Straw Market fire, Hurri-
cane Floyd and Hurricane
Frances. Hurricane Frances is
one of the most devastating hur-
ricanes in our time, impacting
the entire length and breadth of
the Bahamas in one swoop.

Given the situation in
Moscow, the war on terror
should now take a new direc-
tion with the Russian govern-
ment's vow to adopt pre-emp-
tive strikes on terrorists any-
where in the world, in line with
President George W. Bush's
policy since 9/11.

Though Russian president
Vladimir Putin was against the
US's national security pre-emp-
tive strike policy then, he has
now realised the impact of ter-
rorism on his citizens.

It is now exigent that Russia
stands along With the US, UK,
Australia, the Caribbean, Latin
America and Asian Pacific
countries in boldly waging the
war on terror anywhere in the
world that poses threat to life
and property.

To effectively do that, the
United States must reverse its
designation of Chechnya’s rebel
group as “freedom fighters” to
terrorists. Designating rebels all
over the world as terrorists will
help sharpen global focus to
multilaterally combine strate-
gies and threat of war in com-
bating terrorism.

o effectively combat

terrorism, the world
must indict any government
that provides sanctuary for ter-
rorists, hijackers, international
assassination rings and money
launderers.

To this end, the government
of Panama, like Libya, must be
held accountable for the pardon
and sanctuary given to two
Cuban hijackers and terrorists
on the plausible reason that they
might not get a fair trial in the
Republic of Cuba. What kind
of fair trial do persons who plot-
ted the assassination of a nation-
al leader want? These Cuban
terrorists must be repatriated
back to Cuba to face the music.

The same goes for Miami-
Cuban exiles who were involved

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in such activities in the past and
provided financial and logistic
support for any group that plans
to infiltrate and destabilise the
government of Cuba: the Unit-

‘ed States President George

Bush must act immediately to
forestall these Miami-Cubans
from using the sanctuary of the
US to launch any form of ter-
rorist attacks on Cuba.

I am very saddened by the
lack of response by the Secre-
tary General of the UN, as well
as the Secretary General of
Caricom, in publicly condemn-
ing the action by the former
President of Panama in his par-
doning of terrorists.

This sends a bad message
around the world in the fight
against terrorism, as well as it
gives the Miami-Cuban terror-
ists the right to do what they
want in respect to terrorists
activities to Cuba.

This double standard that the
Bush administration has adapt-
ed is preposterous and wrong
in protecting known terrorists
residing in the US after under-
standing the effects of Septem-
ber 11.

he UN Secretary Gen- —

eral must stand for
something and his voice must
be clear and objective across
the globe, not selective com-
mentaries that are in the inter-
est of a global fascist, racist, far
right agenda that has double
standards against the meaning
of terrorism.

Countering terrorism is an
arduous task on which various
leaders must remain focused.
Terrorism is likened to a cancer
which, if not rooted out, will
continue to contaminate the
society and create more recruits
sympathetic to the idiosyn-
crasies of the fundamentalists
and extremists.

The 9/11 Commission report
should become the guiding plat-
form for the introduction of
measures across the world in
different countries to tighten
intelligence and surveillance on
potential terrorists. The report
was very broad, in-depth. bi-
partisan and far-reaching in
embracing the expert's testi-
monials and the contribution of
its staff investigators.

President George W Bush's
steps in implementing some of
the recommendations of the
9/11 Report are steps in the
right direction. The Russian
government must learn from it
in dealing with their national
security and intelligence ser-
vices.

In conclusion, the sympathy
of the Bahamas goes out to the
family and friends of the 9/11”
victims today.

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NATIONAL A SS

My Fellow Bahamians,
Good evening.

In just a few hours, more than 50 thousand students will enter classrooms across The Bahamas to begin the 2007-2008 academic year. Of that number just over
4,000 energetic and excited youngsters will be entering formal education at the Primary level for the first time, while approximately the same number of seniors
will be returning to begin their final year of High School.

The Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Hubert Ingraham, has honoured me by having appointed me to serve as Minister of Education, Youth Sports
and Culture, and thereby giving me oversight for the national education system. I accept with humility the onerous responsibilities that come with this position and
am grateful for the trust the Prime Minister and the Government of The Bahamas have reposed in me.

In keeping with the Government’s plan to revolutionize education in The Bahamas over the next decade, our overarching goal for the new school year
is to measurably improve student performance at all levels of the education system in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. Our target is multifaceted. We seck
improvement in terms of civility, respect for authority, and in pepeaen for healthy lifestyles. And, we seek improved levels of performance in numeracy, literacy
and in those core subjects hich are a necessary part of positive development of the whole person. ‘

To accomplish these objectives, will require the full support and active pope baton of all stakeholders.And, | am plowed to say, we have already begun
the process.Plans are in place to permit us, over the next school year, to increase the number of students exposed to technical and vocational courses, particularly
at the secondary school level. Evidence is emerging which shows a clear benefit to student motivation and increased interest in academic improvement as a
result of exposure to technical fields such as plumbing and carpentry. Such early exposure to these skills helps students appreciate the need and the usefulness
of mathematics and language skills to their becoming trained plumbers or first class carpenters. In short, the desire to perform well in a technical discipline is
motivating students to improve their grasp of academic subjects.In the eight weeks that elapsed between the end of classes in June and Friday past, officers of
my Ministry and our associates from other governmental agencies have been very busy preparing for the new school year.We have made important strategic
adjustments to the Senior Management Team in the Ministry and the Department of Education and to our management support teams at the District and School
levels. Lam happy to welcome the new appointees joining our education team at various levels this year. They are not.new to education and bring a wealth of
knowledge, skill and experience to their jobs. | am especially pleased to highlight the appointment of the new Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Elma Garraway, and the

new Acting Director of Education, Mr. Lionel Sands. Both have hit the ground running since joining us a few short months ago.I am pleased also to enor that
HON. CARL W. BETHEL more than 169 newly-recruited, trained professionals have been added to the teaching cohort for this 2007/2008 academic year. They have been posted throughout
MINISTER OF EDUCATION, YOUTH Thé Bahamas and are being deployed at all levels. We have strategically planned for sufficient of our resources to target early education thereby improving student/
z * teacher ratios at our larger primary schools in Nassau and Grand Bahama. We expect this to translate into smaller class sizes for the lower streams at each grade
SPORTS & CULTURE level and improve individual student contact with their subject teachers.



To further assist our efforts at improving student performance, we have also acquired necessary quantities of furniture, equipment and teaching supplies in support of our instructional programme in all disciplines.

We have heard - loudly and clearly - the concerns expressed by members of the public and by major players in our economy about the inadequate levels of achievement of too many of our school leavers. We have
heard the lament that too many of them lack appropriate skills required in the labour force to support projected local economic activity, ‘We are acting to address those concerns by becoming more responsive to those
assessments and recommendations. Further, we have served notice on our curriculum writers that, during the course of this academic year we will expect to complete the revision of our curricula to better align them
with industry needs for quality apprentices and trainable employees.

A companion activity to our curriculum restructuring exercise will include a review of student/class scheduling practice to ensure early intervention to help students whose performance reveal obvious weaknesses in the
core subjects.

Our efforts to stimulate improved student performance will be ongoing. We are introducing a new initiative - the School Improvement Programme - for which the government has allocated $3.5 million in
this year’s Budget. This money will be used at the School and District levels for the promotion of innovations aimed at improving individual student performance in agreed core subject areas.

Under this programme, School Districts, individual schools in a District, and all classroom teachers are required to set agreed achievable goals at the beginning of the school year. The goals can cover agreed areas of
academic and school life and may target improved scores in National Examinations, overall school improvement in specific subjects, or the like. Our goal is simple. We seek to inspire every teacher, school, and School
District to make targeted improvements over and above results achieved by them during the previous school year.

Equally importantly, schools and School Districts will be made more accountable to parents and to the public. Annual Progress Reports which will be produced and publicized will disclose to the Bahamian people at
the end of every school year which schools and School Districts are making, or failing to achieve, improvements, year to year.

In our view, the principal role of primary and secondary education is to produce well rounded individuals with the capacity to become either trainable recruits in the labour force, or candidates for higher education and/
or advanced technical and vocational training.

It is not the role of primary and secondary education to produce graduates who are proficient secretaries, cosmetologists, tradesmen or the like by the end of the 12" grade.

Some public commentary suggests that 12" grade school leavers ought to be trained and experienced office workers, or skilled labourers, This is not realistic. What is realistic is that 12" grade school leavers be
literate; that they be numente and hence trainable in the work place. '

It is also important that children be alloweé to cultivate a habit of making sound, healthy and wholesome lifestyle choices early in their development. Given the alarmingly high incidence of anti-social behaviour in our
communities (especially among our young men) more of our energies in the year ahead will be directed at mitigating overt aggression, improving anger management and combating symptoms of low self esteem. To
this end, we will encourage greater interaction between the school, the home and allied agencies.

We will also be targeting students’ eating habits and promoting the positive values of good health and fitness, Towards this end we will, over the coming school year, implement a standardized menu for
all lunch vendors. We aim to cultivate a society less addicted to fatty and greasy foods, and to carbonated “fizzy” sodas and soft drinks. We will not facilitate pre and primary school students to purchase sugar-laced
water-coloured “frit drinks” on school premises. With this goal in mind, lunch vendors in our pre and primary schools will be restricted to the sale of water and fruit juices only.

As we begin this programme with the very young, appropriate consultation will take place in respect of allowable drinks sales in our junior and senior schools,

Our goal to emphasize the importance of reading to the learning and personal development of our students, can not be underestimated. With this in mind it is my intention to continue and reinvigorate “The
Minister’s Reading Programme”. As a part of this programme, | , in my capacity as the Minister responsible for Education, will schedule visits to Primary Schools throughout the school year to-read to and with our
children in their classes and to personally encourage students to read at home and at their neighbourhood libraries.

SCHOOL REPAIRS ' \

Fellow Bahamians,
Shortly after taking office as Minister of Education, my colleague the Honourable Earl Deveaux, Minister of Public Works and Transport, and I agreed upon a strategy for ensuring that all critical school

repairs identified under the School Summer Repair and Refurbishment Programme, would be completed in time to facilitate the smooth re-opening of school.
In pursuit of this goal, the sum of $17.5 million from the Budget of the Ministry of Education was spent on school repairs. A further sum of $6 million, from the Budget of the Ministry of Public Works, was
allocated for the building-of new classroom blocks at S. C. McPherson Junior High School, in New Providence; St. George's High School in Freeport, Grand Bahama; in Exuma; and in Cat Island.
Tonight | am pleased to inform you that, we have achieved our goal in this regard. | am advised that every public school in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas will open on schedule tomorrow, on time,
on the first day of the new school year. This is a remarkable difference from last year’s experience. | wish to commend the many contractors and craftspeople who participated in this year’s programme and who
have made this possible. All of them have surpassed our expectations for completing classroom extensions, critical repairs and refurbishment on schedule. I also wish to express appreciation to all of the officials
and technical officers in the Ministries of Education and Public Works, and to acknowledge the assistance of the Ministry of Health and Social Development in preparing school grounds for opening. On behalf of a
grateful nation, | thank them all.
As a result of this success story, the vast majority of our staff and students will return to improved school environs, We expect to comfortably accommodate all the projected student overflows at key Junior
High and Senior High Schools throughout the Capital and in Grand Bahama.
Our goal of this summer was specific: to target all critical repairs, - namely those repairs necessary for schools to open on time. We have achieved this goal,
I wish to advise that school repairs will continue throughout the school year in collaboration with School Administrators, School Boards and Local Government Officials in the Family Islands,
This has been an expensive undertaking. Therefore, we expect to raise the consciousness of our students regarding proper use of facilities, equipment and furniture in our schools, I am therefore appealing
to every student and every user of our school facilities to respect the people’s property and to assist our efforts in keeping classrooms and school grounds in good condition at all times,
It is to be recognized that money required to repair and replace facilities and equipment that have been vandalized is money that could have been better spent in expanding and upgrading our education system for the
benefit of all. ‘ P :

ON-GOING CAPITAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS
I wish to advise that construction of classroom extensions will continue throughout the new school year. However, these works will not disrupt classes.
The population increase in south-western New Providence requires that we provide new neighbourhood schools to serve these areas.
Accordingly, during the course of the new school year we will begin the construction of a new Primary and a new Senior High School in south-west New Providence; meanwhile, construction of the new Junior High
School is also continuing at the site on Faith Avenue South,
1 am pleased to confirm to parents and guardians of students attending T. G. Glover Primary that it has been determined that work should be resumed at the new school site, We expect that students will be able to
return to this new school in the 2008/2009 school year.

- As we aim to improve our education system we are minded that it takes a dedicated, competent faculty led by an equally capable, competent and dedicated team of managers to deliver quality education. Therefore,
we will continue to ensure that public school teachers and administrators are afforded every opportunity to update their skills and knowledge through further training. In this way, we seek to ensure that the learning
environment will benefit from the incorporation of leading edge best practices in lesson planning.

RELATIONS WITH THE B.U.T.

Fellow Bahamians,

[am pleased to advise that since taking office, we have been able to establish a good working partnership with The Bahamas Union of Teachers (BUT). We are pleased to have restored industrial harmony
in the work place for members of the teaching cohort. We have worked un-remittedly to resolve the more than 1200 outstanding complaints from teaching staff for compensation, re-classification or reassessment. |
ann Pe ee we are very close to completing this exercise which was largely ignored prior to the 2â„¢ May. I wish to applaud the efforts of our team of Public Service Human Resource specialists who spearheaded
this undertaking. : ;
ee We also look forward to consulting closing with our partners in the BUT over the coming year in shaping a bold array of new initiatives designed to achieve targeted improvements in education at every
evel.

CURRICULUM REVIEW

One such area is that of the review, re-focusing and reform of the national educational curriculum, which process we hope to embark upon this year. There have been far too many complaints about the obvious and
pervasive deficiencies and weaknesses in learning in the core subjects - reading, writing and arithmetic - to be ignored.

The question arises as to whether we are overloading and distracting our students with a cumbersome and disjointed offering of more than 26 subjects in our senior high schools. Indeed, we must question whether
the educational system as a whole has lost sight of its principal function and duty to produce students who are academically, technically, ethically and morally prepared to enter either the workplace, or obtain higher
academic or technical and vocational training: in short, to become useful, productive members of their communities. \

This question is but one of the very serious issues which will be looked into as we chart the way forward in education over the coming months of this academic year.

GRANT-IN-AID

Fellow Bahamians
The public school system, while demanding a great part of my Ministry’s focus, represents only one area of responsibility under my purview.
The Government also has an obligation to students enrolled in the private school system. One of the ways we assist this sector is through the provision of an annual subvention. Such subventions are intended to help
to meet the costs of the salaries of trained professionals serving in that system. These subventions fall under the Grant-in-Aid programme. This year, Private/Independent schools stand to benefit from $11.5 million
in direct financial support from the Government. This is the Government’s way of reducing the rate of increase in private school fees. But we also provide other supports to this sector and these will continue.

PRE-SCHOOLS

Conscious of the benefits that redound to economies which encourage the exposure of very young children to a structured learning environment, my Ministry (with the support of other allied agencies, stakeholders
and Public & Private Sector partners) intends to bring the Early Childhood Care Act fully into force. This Act is meant to govern the Management and Regulation of Pre-schools and childhood Day-care centres
throughout the nation. The failure to promulgate the necessary regulations, under the Act has prevented the full enforcement of the Law.

The large numbers of unregistered and un-inspected Pre-schools and childhood Day-care facilities operating throughout our communities are cause for concern for the health and safety of their charges. We
understand the need for all these facilities, especially for the care of the children of working mothers. Therefore, we will provide owners and operators of these now unregulated facilities with requisite professional
assistance to ensure that they operate in safe and healthy environs, in compliance with the law and acceptable standards. At the same time we will continue to fund the attachment of pre-school units to government-
operated primary schools, especially on the more heavily populated Family Islands.

TERTIARY EDUCATION
Fellow Bahamians,

There has been much activity in the area of tertiary education in The Bahamas in recent times. New institutions (both foreign in origin and local) have applied for registration and recognition to offer higher
education programmes. This is in response to the growing numbers of Bahamians seeking enrolment in tertiary education and skills training institutions locally and abroad.

Even though tertiary education and post secondary training programmes sit outside of the government’s compulsory education regime, the government is committed to assisting all citizens who qualify to
realize goals for higher education and training. That is why we have increased financial loan assistance for all prospective College and University bound students who satisfy the advertised preconditions; and have
increased the number of National Merit Scholarships awarded annually from nineteen (19) last year to thirty-four (34) this year,

As significantly, we have created a new category of scholarships support called “Further Education Grants” in amounts of up to $10,000. Such Grants may be awarded annually to applicants, meeting
established criteria. This year an additional 75 students each received Scholarship Grants of up to $10,000.00.

In total, 112 Bahamian students, have received scholarships through the Ministry of Education amounting to a total investment of $1.3 million, this September alone. Last year, only 19 students were
awarded higher education and training scholarship assistance from the Government, a

Additionally, the Government has doubled its contribution to the College of The Bahamas for the award of Scholarships and financial assistance.

This is an unprecedented level of government financial support for our children. This Government commitment has confronted the fears and uncertainties of many parents of high-achieving students, who,
on their own, could not realize their children’s aspirations for higher education. This should be taken by all students as proof that this administration is honouring its pledge to support our youth in their aspiration to
become all that they can be through education and training. ‘

These new scholarship and financial assistance initiatives complement the government’s decision to resume the payment of one-half of the interest payments due in respect of the Government Educational
Guaranteed Loans Programme, with effect from 1" July, 2007. ;

BTVI

Fellow Bahamians,

Industry partners have declared that the local workforce cannot satisfy the demand for technical skills beyond very basic levels. It is at the advanced levels where demand for skilled workers is greatest.
Therefore, students who elect to pursue careers in Technical and Vocational disciplines will be pleased to know that we have set in motion a plan to improve our local training and skills development programme to
facilitate the offering of higher skills training at an improved BTVI.

BTVI is presently undergoing much needed physical upgrades and institutional restructuring. When complete, the institution will have been evolved into The Bahamas Technical Careers College.

CONCLUDING REMARKS

Fellow Bahamians,

The national education system is charged with preparing The Bahamas to compete in a globalized community of economies. Necessarily, the electorate looks to the government for leadership in this area.
The Government takes this responsibility seriously as is demonstrated in its plan to reform and improve our education system.

I believe that teachers, Parents and Guardians also have an important role to play in this process. Yet, beyond all these, students must accept responsibility for themselves. And so I call upon all students to
accept that ‘your future is in your own hands’, We will do the necessary things to provide the tools; parents and guardians must do their part to provide the encouragement, and teachers will do their part to impart the
knowledge and the skills and to provide inspiration. I say to our students ‘seize the day, Seize the opportunity; commit yourselves to learning’.

I invite all Parents and Guardians of students registered in our schools - whether public or private schools - to become active participants in your child’s education, Do all that you can to encourage them
to excel in their studies; assist them in managing their time wisely and insist that your child reads regularly, consistently and often; read to and with your child; become informed on what is happening around them -
children can start with reading the newspapers daily and visiting their neighbourhood library at least once a week,

; After all, as future leaders, today’s students will decide the future course of The Bahamas, For this reason alone, it is important that every child in our education system be encouraged and brought to the
realization that the way to achieve their goals is through education. Students, each of you can achieve your dreams through excellence in education.

Let me conclude by saying: Welcome, then, to the new academic year and all of the promise it holds. Let us, together, aim to make it a successful one for the education system and for our Bahamas,

Thank you. Sunday, 2" September, 2007
PAGE 12, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2007

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BASRA swimsuit
calendar raises
funds for lifesaving

CAN a bikini save a life? In a
roundabout way - it just might.
The Bahamas Air Sea Rescue
Association launched its 2007-
2008 BASRA Swimsuit Calen-
dar as a key component to its
annual fund-raising efforts.

Money raised through the
sale of the calendar will go
directly towards keeping BAS-
RA, the only rescue organisa-
tion in the Bahamas, active.

The calendar, which features
all local models, went on sale
at the 37th Annual Bernie But-
ler Swim Marathon and the
accompanying beach party on
August 18 in Freeport.

This week, the calendar’s pro-
ducer, photographer, sponsor
and two of the swimsuit models
flew from Grand Bahama to
New Providence for a media
blitz in the capital.

The promotional team started
work taping a segment for





PICTURED (LEFT to right) are the Calendar’s photographer, Erik Rus-



sell of Keen i Media; BASRA model Lauren Butler; producer, Sarah
Kirkby of Barefoot Marketing; sponsor, model and pilot, Jeff Butler of
Butler’s Specialty; and BASRA model Susan Clegg-Missick who flew
from Grand Bahama to New Providence for a media blitz in the capitol.

Bahamas@Sunrise, which aired
on Friday and was repeated on
channel 11 this week.

The team then headed to
Radio House where they inter-

viewed on Cool 96, 100 Jamz
and Nassau’s newest soft rock
station Y98,

“It’s been a fun and hectic
day,” said Jeff Butler, sponsor of

the November calendar month,

a director of BASRA, a male:

model in the calendar and the
pilot for the trip. “We’ve had a
great reception from all of the
reporters and announcers we
have met today and BASRA
Nassau has been very helpful.”

“It’s dynamic,” exclaimed
BASRA director Chris Lloyd
when he saw the calendar.
“We've been reading the press

on it and went online to check it ~

out and we believe it’s a great
idea — something totally fun and
different all helping our cause
and help increasing awareness
of BASRA in the community.”
Photography is the work of
fashion and glamour photogra-
pher Erik Russell, owner and
operator of Keen i Media Ltd, a
production company and talent
agency based in Freeport.
Keen i Media also arranged
all of the talent and the accom-

sy

RBC is pleased to announce the opening of our new branch on Carmichael
Road. This new temporary location will house both RBC Royal Bank of
Canada and RBC FINCO under one roof, pending the construction of
RBC’s new flagship location one block west of the temporary location on

Carmichael Road.

Royal Bank will offer a full range of banking products and services, while
RBC FINCO will offer a full suite of mortgage products and services.

Services include:

Business and Consumer Loans

Personal and Business Deposit Account Services

Single and Multi-family Residential Mortgages
24-Hour ATM

Foreign Exchange Services

| Night Deposits

Card Services

Royal Onlineâ„¢ Internet Banking

and more!

Come see us at the corner of Carmichael Road and Turtle Drive. We look
forward to welcoming you to our new location soon!

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RBC > HELPING YOU SUCCEED

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AS PART of its one-day media blitz the Grand Bahama BASRA team







took to the radio airwaves. Here they are pictured at the 100 Jamz

studio

WT ee hee

WAKING UP the national audience on Bahama Sunrise, the Grand




Bahama BASRA Calendar promotional team were featured on

Bahamas@Sunrise last week

panying website www.basracal-
endar.com.

On the website people can
vote for their favourite model
and download free computer
desktop wallpaper graphics of
the swimsuit models.

Russell also created a behind- -

the-scenes video of the work
that went into the project.

“We've had over 2,000 views
of the video and 5,000 unique
visits to our website,” said Rus-
sell “We have also gotten a lot
of play on YouTube.”

In Nassau interested sup-
porters can find the calendar at
the BASRA Headquarters on .
East Bay Street and at local
marina stores..

“The calendars are full colour
and feature some absolutely
beautiful Bahamians,” said pro-
ducer Sarah Kirkby of Barefoot
Marketing “we are charging $20
for the calendar which is all
pure profit, it all helps pay for
rescues — your purchase of this
calendar could save a life at
sea.”

Neonatal Nurses Week

celebrated at PMH

NEONATAL NURSES, doctors and other healthcare practitioners

P



Sede:

Erie Rose/BIS



attend the launch ceremony for Neonatal Nurses Week on September



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STAFF NURSE Dorothea Francis shows motivational speaker and

10 in the Chapel of the Princess Margaret Hospital





Eric Rose/BIS —



neonatal “graduate” Wayne Johnson the display in the lobby of the
Princess Margaret Hospital created for Neonatal Nurses Week. Mr
Johnson, who weighed two pounds, two ounces, when he was born,
said that it was the care given to him in that department that helped
him survive. He also spoke at the week’s launch ceremony.

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‘Umbrella’ authority urged
for Bay Street management

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

he Nassau Tourism

Development Board’s

(NTDB) chairman yes-

terday said the private

sector had urged the
Government to create “an umbrella
organisation” to manage and develop
downtown Nassau, and establish eco-
nomic enterprise zones to revitalise
dilapidated parts of Bay Street, with
the Prime Minister’s response hoped
for by week’s end.

Charles Klonaris, who is also co-
chair of the Nassau Economic Devel-
opment Commission, told The Tri-
bune that the NTDB and private sec-
tor had presented a White Paper to
Mr Ingraham and deputy prime min-
ister, Brent Symonette, on the short,
medium and long-term measures that
were required to rescue Bay Street
and downtown Nassau from their cur-
rent slump.

“The most important thing is the

St George

‘very interested’
in Fleming talks

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business
Editor

THE late Edward St
George’s estate “would be
very interested in opening
lines of communication” with
the Fleming Group to talk’
about their proposal to
acquire the Grand Bahama
Port Authority (GBPA) and
Port Group Ltd, or invest in
Freeport, its attorney told

* Private sector urges Business Improvement District/Nassau Port Authority to lead downtown Nassau’s revival
* Parking and transport solutions proposed, with action urgent as ‘most merchants hurting’
* Fast of East Street and Woodes Rogers Wharf identified as economic enterprise zones

management and development of the
city of Nassau,” Mr Klonaris said. “To
do that, what we did is address the
steps that need to be taken to create
an umbrella management organisa-
tion, encompassing a Business
Improvement District (BID) and Nas-
sau Port Authority.”

Many of the White Paper’s recom-
mendations build on the master plan
for revitalizing downtown and har-
bourfront Nassau that was developed
under the Christie administration by
land planning firm EDAW, and sug-
gestions contained in a letter sent to
Mr Symonette last month by Norman
Solomon.

BIDs, which are common in the US
and Canada, are mainly private sec-
tor-driven organisations developed

estate

to oversee issues such as security and
cleanliness in major commercial areas.

They are increasingly being used
as economic development tools, and
are financed through a levy adminis-
tered on all businesses within that
area. The BID’s Board has the
authority to determine how the funds
are spent, meaning that in exchange
for paying the levy, private business-
es have a say in how those funds are
used,

Mr Klonaris told The Tribune: “We
also felt that in the short-term, a rec-
ommendation we wanted was to cre-
ate economic enterprise zones for
downtown Nassau. They’re impor-
tant for stimulating investment in
dilapidated areas.”

He suggested that these zones

would include the area immediately to
the east of East Street, which was
“very dilapidated”, plus Woodes
Rogers. Wharf. Mr Klonaris said the
private sector had recommended
increasing the width of the sidewalk
on the south side of Woodes Rogers
Wharf, with investment incentives
designed to foster the area’s growth as
a hub for cafes, restaurants and clubs.

“By doing that, you increase the
lifespan of the downtown area with
this type of business,” Mr Klonaris
said, implying that they would help
the area to remain busy with tourists
and local residents well into the
evening, unlike now.

“We looked at Woodes Rogers
Wharf as being one of the most
important streets for downtown.”

Although the Government will
have to decide what form the incen-’
tives for any economic enterprise
zones take, among the likely ones will
be real property tax and business
licence fee exemptions.

Mr Klonaris said the White Paper
also recommended creating a pedes-
trianised zone for Woodes Rogers
Wharf, with traffic coming north on to
the wharf at East Street, then being
diverted back south via Parliament
Street,.

“The rest going west we hope to
be pedestrianised, except for certain
hours for servicing the stores,” Mr
Klonaris added.

SEE page 5

RND ‘finally strikes’ profit for ‘07 half year

The Tribune yesterday.
Responding to The Tri-
bune’s exclusive interview
_ outlining Fleming’s inten-
tions towards the GBPA and
Freeport as a whole, Fred
Smith, a partner with Cal-
lender’s & Co, said the St
George estate: “would be
very much interested in
speaking with Fleming”, its
previous “paranoia” towards
the group fuelled by specu-
lation that it was linked with
Sir Jack Hayward’s son,
Rick, and ousted GBPA
chairman, Hannes Babak.
While the St George estate
was concerned that Sir Jack

macrOme TITIAN

Hayward’s family trusts had
been attempting to sell their
stake in the GBPA and Port
Group Ltd, Mr Smith said:
“We do know that the Flem-
ing Group are a very rep-
utable family, and that they
do bring a lot of credibility
to the equation.

“To the extent that they
are interested in investing in
Freeport, then the St
Georges would obviously be
very interested in opening

SEE page 6



SkyBus requesting non-
stop service between New
Providence and Freeport

@ By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter

SKYBUS Limited has
expressed a keen interest in fly-
ing into two Bahamian cities in
the near future.

The low fare carrier has
requested permission to fly
from Port Columbus, Ohio, to
New Providence and Freeport
providing non-stop service
between the destinations.

Speaking with Tribune Busi-
ness yesterday, Tyrone Sawyer,
director of airlift at the Ministry
of Tourism, said they are in dis-
cussion with the airline and look
forward to them servicing the
country.

“We will welcome their ser-
vice later this year,” he said.

He said that, at the moment,
there is not a direct service out
of the Columbus area, which

should provide a boost in travel
from that region. The flight is
just under three hours although

‘at this stage it is still not clear

what the frequency of the flights
will be.

Bob Tenenbaum, SkyBus
spokesman, told the Columbus
Dispatch online newspaper, that
in July, the Transportation
Department granted its request
to offer service from Columbus
to Nassau and Cancun, Mexi-
co.
He emphasised that no firm
date had been set to begin ser-
vice to either the Bahamas or to
Cancun and that the airline had
not begun selling tickets to
either the Bahamas or Cancun,

Skybus said in its DO'T appli-
cation that the Columbus to
Freeport service was proposed
“as a result of a specific request
from the government of the
Bahamas” - something that was
unconfirmed.

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

RND Holdings’ new presi-
dent and chief executive yes-
terday told The Tribune the
company’s strategy was starting
“to pay-off”, having informed
its annual general meeting
(AGM) that it “finally struck a
black figure” by generating a
small $25,495 half-year profit
based on unaudited figures for
the current financial year.

Ken Donathan, newly-pro-
moted from his previous post
as RND’s managing director,
told The Tribune in a post-
AGM interview that the com-
pany was “tracking pretty much
on target” to deliver a break-

* Rental contracts provide for 3.5 per cent revenue increase per year
* ‘On target’ to deliver break even or profit for fiscal 2008
* Company aims to sell former Abaco cinema

even position or small full-year
profit to its long-suffering share-
holders when the current fiscal
year closes on February 28,
2008.

“We're very optimistic that
we will achieve that break even
goal, if not generate a small
profit, for 2008, and thereafter
generate a strategy for sustained
growth,” Mr Donathan told The
Tribune. “For the six-month
period ending August 31, we’ve
finally struck a black figure.”

He added that RND’s Tick-
etXpress on-line reservations
and call centre business, the sec-
ond core focus area outside real
estate, was continuing to expe-
rience growth, having contract-
ed to provide reservation and
booking services for two other
unnamed Bahamas-based air-
lines that were set to begin
“within the next 90 days”.

Mr Donathan said RND was
also actively seeking a buyer for
its former cinema building in

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Abaco, after Galleria, which
purchased its cinema operations
in late 2004, decided not to pro-
vide the product on that island.

“We are now currently try-
ing to divest ourselves of the
Abaco building,” Mr Donathan
explained. “Galleria did not
take up the opportunity to con-
tinue the cinema business there,
so we are of a mindset to sell

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into business or
are already in business, there
are several ways in which you
can either leverage an existing
situation or start one from
scratch.

The traditional route into
entrepreneurship has been
through building a bricks and
mortar business. This need no
longer be the case. With the
boom in Internet usage, and
new marketing techniques,
new ways of doing business
have been spawned. There are
now several ways of making
money on the Internet beyond
simply owning a website.

If you are employed and you
want to do some work on the
side, but don’t want to give up
work, there are several options
available to you that don’t

require a huge up front cost to
enter:

Firstly, you can start an
online business by selling prod-
ucts online. All you need is a
website, a suitable product, an
idea of how you are going to
market it, a method of acquir-
ing money from your cus-
tomers, and a process of ful-
filling the orders.

Second, you can also start
an online business by selling
products direct on behalf of a
manufacturer. If you find start-
ing a business from scratch too
much work for you, then direct
selling is a tried and tested way
to build up a home business.
In a future column I will show
you the seven steps to make
this process as risk-free as pos-
sible.

You can also sell products
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have built successful home
businesses through network
marketing. In a future column
I will show you how multi-lev-
el marketing differs from direct

selling, and share with you the ,

six steps and seven tips to take
the risk out of this area.
Fourth, you can introduce
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The new 700 room Sheraton Cable Beach Resort, Nassau, The Bahamas is looking for

Purchasing Manager

The qualified candidate will be responsible for the day to day management
of the purchasing activities and the supervision of the purchasing personnel.
To provide purchasing support to hotel operations staff as needed.

Essential Functions:

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Plan, prioritize, and execute purchasing strategy to maximize the

leveraging opportunities presented by the resort.
> Confer with vendors/suppliers to obtain products or services

information.

Identify opportunities to standardize and consolidate products and
services for the resort, and to ensure implementation of standardized

programs.

Review bid proposals

limitations.

Compile records of items purchased or transferred between

and negotiate contracts within budgetary

departments, price deliveries and inventories.
Select products for purchase, prepare purchase orders or bid requests

via eBay. This is another type
of home business that has tak-
en off in the past decade.
There are many power sellers
whose lives have been trans-
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future column I will share with
you the seven steps and six tips
to become a successful eBayer.

Product

Fifth, you can sell your own
product by either starting an
affiliate programme or joining

one. This is one of the fastest ’

growing areas in Internet mar-
keting. If you have a website,
or have a product to sell
online, then affiliate market-
ing could be perfect for you.
In a future column I will share
with you the ‘ins’ and ‘outs’ of
affiliate marketing, and the
three steps you need to take
to leverage your existing situ-

ation.

If you are self-employed or a
business owner, there are two
other options you may wish to
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First, you can buy an existing
business from a competitor, or
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get into business if you want
to avoid the whole birthing
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is not for the faint hearted. Let
the buyer beware, as this area
is fraught with difficulties. In a
future column I will share with
you the nine essential steps
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on the side and see if it blos-
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cash to enable you to give up
your job.

Whichever route you plan to
take, make sure you take the
time to figure out your goals
and objectives first.

First, decide what income
you need to earn. Do you want
to supplement your existing
income? Do you want to cre-
ate a full time income? Be
clear what you want to achieve.

Second, decide what lifestyle
you wish to have. Do you want
freedom from commuting? Do
you want to spend more time
at home with your family? Do
you want to travel? Do you
have other commitments that
you need to fit in? Be clear
about your priorities and the
rest will fall in line.

Don’t be an antipreneur and
ignore the six other business
methods, which could trans-
form your financial future.
There are many ways to skin a
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way that is suitable to your
lifestyle and ambitions. So, in
order to avoid the trap of.
antipreneurship, make sure
you spend sufficient time con-
sidering the various options,
as this could be the difference
between your success and fail-
ure.

NB: This column is available
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Mark draws on 20 years of top
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communications experience in
London and the Bahamas. He
is chief operating officer of
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ly lives in Nassau, and can be
contacted at:

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Bahamas Red Cross

The Bahamas Red Cross Society, a humanitarian
emergency relief organization, has an opening for the

position of

SENIOR ADMINISTRATOR

Duties include:
Day to day management of the Society’s programs
Coordinating of all fundraising activities
Act as liaison officer between the National Society '
and the International Federation of Red Cross and
the International Committee of Red Cross and
other National Societies
Promote partnerships with other national NGOs

Build the volunteer capacity of the National Society

and inspect deliveries. Compute total cost spread sheets of items

purchased.

Oversee the administration and control of national commitment

contracts.

Skills & Abilities

Excellent communicating skills, both verbal and written;

Manage, lead and train staff

Ability to prepare and analyze data figures and transcriptions prepared

on and generated by computer.

Ability to negotiate and write contracts, agreements, performance

requirements.

Education & Experience:

A Bachelor’s Degree is required. MBA or CPM preferred
Must possess at least 10 years purchasing experience, with emphasis on
consolidated purchasing, including five years food and beverage

purchasing.

Qualified applicants are invited to forward a copy of their resume to:

The Human Resources Director
at barbara.barnes@sheraton.com
All resumes will be held in the strictest of confidence







This is a contractual position for two years in the first
instance.

Remuneration:
Salary commensurate with qualifications and
experience.

Interested persons should forward their resume, with
a cover letter to:

Confidential

The Director General
Bahamas Red Cross
P.O. Box N-8331
Nassau, N.P., Bahamas

All applications should be submitted, on or before
September 21, 2007.


THE TRIBUNE

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2007, PAGE 3B





Tourism
reviewing
advertising| ,
Strategy

i By CARA BRENNEN- '
BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter



THE Ministry of Tourism is
in the process of re-evaluating
its advertising strategy follow-
ing its dismissal of its ad
agency, the Minnesota-based
Fallon Minneapolis Ad agency,
and hopes it can unleash a dra-
matic and innovative new cam-
paign by the year’s end.

The ministry’s latest domes-
tic ad campaign “My Bahamas,
let’s make it better...again, was
created by Bahamians for
Bahamians, director-general
Vernice Walkine said at the
launch earlier this week.

As yet, she said the ministry
has not entered into any con-
tract for a new ad company,
although they are currently in
the midst of an active ad
review.

Ms Walkine explained that
the, ministry is looking for a
firm which can help them over-
come the current challenges
facing the Bahamas and take
the country into its next phase
as a tourism destination.

“We are looking to identify
and create a new concept anda
new approach to attracting vis-
itors to the Bahamas.” she
explained.

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She said that the intent is to
have an agency on retainer
within the next few weeks and
then the new agency would be
able to produce a campaign
that will be on the market by
this winter season.

The last US-based ad cam-
paign created by Fallon in 2006
was the highly-criticised and
expensive “Bahamavention™
campaign.

It was created to convince

people that they needed to get

away from their hectic lives by
taking the ideal vacation to the
Bahamas.

Despite the fact that
Bahamavention received less
than positive reviews, with

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some saying it was a complete
flop, the ministry maintains
that they were satisfied with
Fallon’s work and that
Bahamavention was not
responsible for the termination.

The company was hired in
1993 and, according to Nalini
Bethel, senior director of glob-
al communications, the Miami
Ministry of Tourism office, “it
is now time for a change of
pace.

She earlier told The Tribune
that the campaign was success-
ful in the sense that it helped to
differentiate the Bahamas’
tourism product.

“When you asked people on
the plane why they were going
to the Bahamas they all
answered ‘because we need a
Bahamavention’,” she said.

Last year the Ministry of

Tourism spent $10 million on
marketing in the US, she
added.

With the current tourism cli-
mate and increasing competi-
tion, Ms Bethel said, it is
important to promote the
Bahamas in a unique Way.

“It is very important that
they (the new ad agency) pro-
motes the Bahamas in a visu-
ally compelling way,” she said.

Fallon this year also lost oth-
er big clients such as Citi and
United Airlines.

The new 700 room Sheraton Cable Beach Resort, Nassau, The Bahamas is looking for

Director of Catering

The qualified candidate will be responsible to train, supervise and
work with all catering and convention services staff, in order to
solicit and book banquet and catering functions that ensure customer
satisfaction and maximize hotel revenue and profitability.

Essential Functions:

Solicit new and existing accounts to meet/exceed revenue

goals;

Prepare, implement and compile data for strategic sales
plan, monthly reports, annual goals, and forecasts;

Develop banquet menus pricing;
Actively participate in catering sales presentations, property
tours and customer meetings;
Recruiting, directing, managing, training and counseling
catering sales staff

Skills & Abilities’

Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written;
Extensive knowledge of food and beverage products,
proper preparation and presentation of food and beverage

items;

Computer skills, computer accounting programs, math
skills as well as budgetary analysis capabilities.

Qualifications & Experience

High School or equivalent education required, Bachelor’s
Degree preferred.
At least 3 years catering sales experience;

Qualified applicants are invited to forward their resume to:

The Human Resources Director
Atbarbara.barnes@sheraton.com
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The new 700 room Sheraton Cable Beach Resort, Nassau, The Bahamas is looking for

Director of Security

The selected candidate must develop and maintain a pro-active loss
prevention program designed to ensure a.safe and secure environment

for hotel guests and employees.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

e Interview, select, review, and counsel security officers to maintain
order throughout the hotel. Train new employees according to all
corporate specifications, including documentation.

Promote safe work practices. Ensure compliance with Government
standards and preventative measures. Develop and administer
safety incentive programs. Chair Safety Committee and enforce
safety programs. Develop, revise, and advise key personnel of

emergency procedures.

Investigate accidents, thefts, property loss, and unlawful activities.

Document details and advise management.

Coordinate and monitor for efficiency safety and security related
programs for overall hotel, including lost and found process,
auditing of issuance of hotel keys, chemical, CPR, and Hurricane
and Fire Preparedness training, evacuation drills, etc.

Skills & Abilities

¢ Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
e Basic computer skills, including knowledge of computer accounting
programs. Math skills and budgetary analysis capabilities are

required.

e Thorough knowledge of the Bahamas Government_Laws including

Labour Laws.

Qualification & Experience

High School or equivalent-education required:; °°"

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¢ Thorough knowledge of The Bahamas Government Laws;
* Heavy law enforcement or security related background

A minimum of 15 years management in security loss prevention,

related hotel or lodging preferred.

Qualified applicants are invited to forward their resume to:

The Human Resources Director
Barbara.barnes@sheraton.com
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government agencies, but to
date there has been no interest
from the government agencies.
So we are moving to actively
list it with a real estate agency.”

Real estate, through its plazas
in Nassau and Freeport, is
RND’s core business, these
holdings generating for the half-
year to August 31, 2007, rev-
enues of $606,269, based on the
unaudited figures Mr Donathan
produced at the AGM. That
represents 68 per cent of RND’s
total operational revenues, and
is a 12.4 per cent rise above the
2006 half-year rental income
revenue figure of $542,252.

Mr Donathan said all RND’s
real estate holdings were fully
occupied by tenants, adding that
the lease contracts were con-
structed in such a way as to pro-
vide-for a 3.5 per cent total
rental revenue increase per
annum.

Although the company’s pre-
viously planned shopping centre
off the Charles W Saunders
Highway was “not on the board
at this time”, RND was contin-
uing to focus on its Nassau and
Freeport commercial property
holdings.

“We've very pleased with the
real estate,” Mr Donathan said.
“We continue to be a premier
commercial rental company.
Both plazas here and in
Freeport are fully tenanted, and
we’re always looking for oppor-
tunities to expand commercial
real estate in a very controlled
manner.”

Mr Donathan said the Tick-
etXpress roll-out, which has
already secured reservations
contracts with the Out Islands
Promotions Board for the hotel
industry, and with Western Aur,
was “going well”.

According to the unaudited
financials he showed RND
shareholders at the AGM, half-
year TicketXpress revenues had
“more than doubled” for this
year compared to the 2005
launch year, rising from
$131,898 that year to $279,950
for 2007. The 2007 figure was
also 17.5 per cent up on last
year’s $238,196.

“You can see the dramatic
improvement from 2005-2006,”
Mr Donathan said. “In 2005, we
were limited because the tech-
nology infrastructure we needed
im the Family Islands. was not
there, but BTC worked with us
to get that in place.

“We're very confident our
TicketXpress business will con-
tinue to grow, because we have
contracted with two additional
airlines, which we hope will roll
out within the next 90 days.

“We're actively pursuing oth-
er avenues to expand the Tick-
etXpress revenues and call cen-
tre business.”

RND’s TicketXpress business
earns commission revenue, or
a percentage of the income,

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Technology, Engineering, or a related field and a minimum of five
to seven years of related experience. Additionally, Microsoft
Certification (MCP or higher), solid knowledge or Oracle and SQL
databases, and experience with vendor

management are assets. Excellent project management skills,
strong oral and written communication skills, and proved

Interested candidates should
forward a copy of their resume
by August 31, 2007 to: Gieselle
Campbell, Cititrust (Bahamas)
Limited, P.O. Box N-1576,
Nassau, Bahamas OR Fax:
(242) 302-8552 OR Email:

gieselle.campbell@citi.com

apply.

Challenge
yourself to a career like no other



leadership skills will round out the ideal candidate.

Interested Bahamians are encouraged to

from each reservation or book-
ing made. Mr Donathan
explained that it was a business
likely to generate increased
economies of scale, as its
reliance on technology meant
that the company did not need
to hire additional staff when it
took on new contracts, there-
fore ensuring an ever-increas-
ing percentage of top-line rev-
enue flowed through to the bot-
tom line.

Based on the unaudited half-
year figures, RND’s total rev-
enues were up almost’ 14 per
cent at $889,219, compared to
$780,448 for the previous year,
with gross margins ahead by a
similar amount as costs stayed
relatively flat.

Income

As a result, income from con-
tinuing operations had ‘more
than doubled from $73,280 in
the six months to August 31,
2006, to $193,609 this time
around, although $168,114 in
finance costs associated with
interest and principal payments
on bank loans and overdrafts
continue to eat away at that fig-
ure.

The key for RND moving
forward on the revenue side will
be to monetize its real estate
portfolio, its major asset,
through rental income, while
expanding the TicketXpress
business and enjoying its
economies of scale.

The increased cash flow will
also help to pay down the com-
pany’s debt, most of which is
held by FirstCaribbean Inter-
national Bank (Bahamas).
Some $3.532 million in long-
term debt was owed to First-
Caribbean as at February 28,
2007, while at the same date
RND owed some $192,358 and
$103,677 on overdraft facilities

RND ‘finally strikes’ profit for 07 half year

with Fidelity Bank (Bahamas)
and FirstCaribbean respective-
ly.

“I have a window of five to
six years to put this company
on a good footing, and as the
loans mature the cash flow will
improve,” Mr Donathan told
The Tribune. “The interest pay-
ments will then go to the bot-
tom line.

“We have a clearly defined
strategy that we are imple-
menting, and it is paying off.
The tone now is much more
positive for the company and
its future. It appears now that
we’re well on the way to transi-
tioning to a solid, respectable
company.

“The particulars are all going
in the right direction. Revenue
is going up, expenses are being
controlled and managed closely,
and it’s showing in the bottom
line.”

Mr Donathan added: “There
is going to be systematic, con-
trolled growth. Until we have
exploited these areas, we will
not stray out of these core busi-
nesses. We don’t think we have
developed them to their full
potential. Our growth is going
to be controlled growth from
here on out in areas we’re famil-
iar with. Our foundation is built
on sustainable business.”

With Mr Donathan’s promo-
tion to president and chief exec-
utive, he will be responsible for
all the company’s day-to-day
operations, with Senator
Jerome Fitzgerald remaining as
chairman of the Board.

The move will allow Mr
Fitzgerald to pursue his political
ambitions while keeping them
separate from RND’s business,
and further reduce the compa-
ny’s operating expenses because
he will not be drawing a
salary/compensation from the
firm.

PUBLIC NOTICE

INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL

The Public is hereby advised that |, FRANK CODET of
85 EAST EXPLORER WAY, FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA,
intend to change my name to FRANK CADET. If there
are any objections to this change of name by Deed Poll,
you may write such objections to the Deputy Chief

assport Officer, P.O.Box ..F-43536,.Grand Bahama, -no :
later than thirty (30) days after the date of publication .

of this notice.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that SAINTILIA SAINTIL LOUIS, OF
HOPE TOWN, ABACO, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 14TH day of SEPTEMBER, 2007 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, RO.Box N-7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

SYSTEMS ANALYST

Information Technology

Headquartered in Bermuda, with offices in The Bahamas, Barbados, the
Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, Butterfield
Bank offers a wide range of services to local and international clients.

An exciting opportunity currently exists for a results oriented self starter with
a record of professional achievements ta join a dynamic Information
Technology team.

Core Responsibilities

® Provide tier-1 end user support in support of business operations via the
internal Help Desk function.

® Assist with the preparation and maintenance of technical specifications
and related documentation, :

® Proactively ensure all identified applications, hardware and general
equipment are monitored via operational tasks lists.

= Assist with technology projects and initiatives with use of analytical and
problem-solving skills to help identify, communicate and resolve issues to
maximize the benefit of IT systems investments.

Desired Qualifications

=" A degree in Computer Science or related discipline from a well
recognized university.

® A minimum of two years professional IT experience; preferably in the
Financial Services industry,

® IT based training or qualifications (A+, MCP, or CCNA) from accredited
institutions will be advantageous.

Proficient in computer systems and network management, Web-based
applications, client-server applications, and PC-based software
applications.

Working knowledge of Microsoft Windows Servers, Microsoft Windows
XP, Microsoft SQL Server, and Microsoft Office.

Strong interpersonal, communication, problem solving, and customer
service skills,

Closing Date: September 20, 2007

Contact

Human Resources

Butterfield Bank (Baharnas) Limited
P.O. Box N-3242

Nassau, Bahamas

Fax: (242) 393 3772

E-mail: recruitment@butterfieldbank.bs
www.butterfieldbank.bs

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2007, PAGE 5B

i ae NES ee aes
Ansbacher administrator

passes the Series 7 exam

CRYSTAL Collie — a busi-
ness development administra-
tor at Ansbacher (Bahamas)
Limited — has passed the Series
7 examination in Fort Laud-
erdale, Florida, after studying
with Nassau-based Securities
Training Institute (STI).

STI president Michael Miller
said the institute is dedicated to
providing “the highest quality
investment training for
Bahamian financial profes-
sionals.”

“Our commitment is reflect-
ed in the stellar performance of
our students over the years,”
he added.



CRYSTAL COLLIE, business development administrator at Ansbacher

(Bahamas) Limited



‘Umbrella’ authority
urged for Bay Street
management

FROM page 1

To address downtown Nas-
sau and Bay Street’s chronic
transportation and parking
problems, the White Paper rec-
ommended the creation of a
call-up system for taxis, jitney
depots on the eastern, western
and southern ends of the
downtown area, and the intro-

duction of parking meters to
manage traffic and parking on
Bay Street.

“Still, the cornerstone of the
entire development is one, the
relocation of the container
shipping facilities, which
remains a high priority, plus a
very comprehensive parking
and transportation solution,

o

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that INETIDE LEXIUS of FOURTH
ST, THE GROVE, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and .

that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the’ 7TH ‘day of SEPTEMBER, 2007-to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,

Nassau, Bahamas. -

IBC NO. 98,503 B



NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT 2000

DAUGAVA INVEST LTD.

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is given hereby in accordance with the
International Business Companies Act 2000,

DAUGAVE INVEST. is in dissolution.

The date of commencement of dissolution was October
4th, 2006. Romualds Stasaitis of 3-10 Berzu Str.,
Lazdukalna, Lativa has been appointed liquidator.

Romualds Stasaitis
Liquidator

REAL ESTATE |

New Investment
Opportunities!

Indigo - Investment Opportunity

A unique opportunity to own 5 adjacent lots in this quaint gated
community. Each lot measures 60 ft x 130 ft zoned for 15 units.
Amentiies include double tennis court and swimming pool. Was
$650,000, now reduced to $550,000 for quick sale.

Lot #70 Hope Town, Abaco - Land for Sale
Large lot located less than 300 ft from the beach with partial ocean

views. Priced to sell at $285,000

Orange Hill - West Bay Street - Land for Sale

17.2 acres of superb oceanfront in the most desirable location on
the island. Ideal for a high-end condo development or a class “A”
office/financial centre. Offered at $7,500,000

Gilingam House, Montague - Class “A” Office Space Available
Top floor comprises of 2,562 sq ft of leasable area and 1,108 sq
ft of common leasable area btalling 3,670 gross sq ft. Lease is $32
per sq ft with CAM charges being $12 per sq ft. This floor is being
leased with partial office furnishings.

Contact Kingsley Edgecombe for more information.
Ph: 242 394 4397 / kingsley@kingsrealty.com

Gilingam House, Montague, #4 East Bay Street

P.0.Box H 10414, Nassau, The Bahamas a en

plus a management authority
to look at the entire city,” Mr
Klonaris said.

“That's our recommenda-
tion. We think it’s urgent, and
that’s why we made short,
medium and long-term recom-
mendations. I think it’s very
important to create public con-
fidence, especially for retailers
downtown. Things are not
great for merchants downtown:
many of them are hurting.”

“The image as well as the
product has to improve con-
siderably.”

Mr Klonaris said he was
hopeful the Government
would go along with the rec-
ommendations, but added that
“the whole nation has to buy
into this, and agitate for gov-
ernment to do this. They have
to see this. rising tide and the
necessity of the city turning
around.”

Sheraton
‘able Beach

RESORT

The new 700 room Sheraton Cable Beach Resort, Nassau, The Bahamas is looking for

CREDIT MANAGER

The qualified candidate must be able to direct and coordinate -
the activities of employees engaged in conducting credit
investigations, billing guests and collecting delinquent
accounts.

Essential Functions:

e Supervise Accounting Assistants regarding accurate
and timely billing of group master accounts;

¢ Review and approve credit data on incoming groups;
set up individual direct billing requests.

Skills / Abilities

e Excellent communication skills, both verbal and
written;

¢ Prepare and analyze data, figures and transcriptions
prepared on and generated by computer;

Qualifications & Experience

A minimum qualification is a High school graduate
or equivalent education is required. A Bachelor’s
Degree is preferred.

At least 3 years accounting experience, plus two
years supervisory experience.

Qualified applications are invited to forward their resume
to:

The Human Resources Director
at barbara.barnes@sheraton.com
All resumes will beheld in the strictest of confidence’

mr



To our valued clients

Please be advised that our office will be closed
on Friday September 14, 2007 and will reopen
for business on Monday September 17, 2007.

AUDIT # TAX #® ADVISORY

©2007 KPMG, a Bahamian partnership and a member firm of the KPMG network of independent member firms affiliated with KPMG
International, a Swiss cooperative. All rights reserved.

To meet the challenge of operating our growing business, we wish to recruit a:

Compliance Officer

The successful applicant must:

We require knowledge and experience with:

Hold\a compliance certification.

Have several years of experience as compliance officer in private banking.
Have knowledge of Bahamian and international compliance requirements.
Be computer literate with communication skills.

Planning, organizing the compliance function for a bank.
Developing and maintaining adequate policies and procedures.
Reviewing and managing the documentation of client files.
Liaising with regulators and compliance officer of the Group.
Motivated team player with pleasant personality.

Must be able to work independently with minimal supervision.
Ability to conduct the monitoring of clients credit risk

and/or law degree is.an asset.

We offer — A salary which is commensurate with the job,

SATA BES

a pension plan and medical insurance.

We will only reply to candidates that fully match our requirements listed above, if so we will be pleased to receive your resume
and one (1) letter of reference to: SYZ & CO Bank & Trust LTD. | Attention Betsy Morris (betsy.morris@syzbank.com)
P.O. Box N —1089 | Bayside Executive Park | West Bay Street & Blake Road | Nassau, Bahamas | Fax: (+1 242) 327 66 29

www.syzbank.com

Private Banking
OYSTER Funds

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NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that BERLINE HERCULE
of MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO, BAHAMAS, is applying
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
for registration/naturalization as a_ citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason
why registration/ naturalization should not be granted,
should send a written and signed statement of the facts
within twenty-eight days from the 7TH day of September,
2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N-/7147, Freeport, Bahamas.

RTT bee

Banh

Busy Doctor’s Office requires secretary |
‘with excellent writing, verbal and computer |
skills. Experience.in basic accounting and |
office management, plus ability to work

with sophisticated clientele is required. |
Salary commensurate with experience and |
qualifications, = | EI

Fax resumé to CaS ee

Green Parrot Harbour Front, East Bay Street

TO ALL OUR VALUED CUSTOMERS








Due to extermination exercises please
note that we will be closed’for
business on
Wednesday 12th September,
Thursday 13th September,

| and reopening on
Friday 14th September at 5p.m. for
usual business hours.

Ee Es
Manageress for Custom Framing
and Art Gallery.

Responsibilities:

Day to Day running of the store
Inventory Control
Day to Day sales
Computer literate

Must have a good personality

Please provide your resume to:

Andrew Aitken Frame Art
50 Madeira Street
Palmdale Ph.: 325-1771



HEAD COOKS. |

This is a seasonal position from October of this
year through May of 2008. Interested persons
must have a minimum of four (4) years experience
in the field, good presentation ts also requested,
diplomas from the Nassau Hotel Training College
must be present as well.

_HEAD CHEF

The position of Head Chef de Partie will be | §
seasonal, with the possibility of full-time | §
depending on satisfactory performance. The
persons interested in filling this position must
meet these requirements: a minimum of seven (7)
years in the cooking field, standard diplomas from
The Bahamas Hotel Training College/College of
The Bahamas, pastry knowledge, garde-manger
and most importantly fine dining experience.
Management skills and people skills are a must.
This challenging position requires the individual

to be flexible, well-experienced in classical French
cooking, and able to be at the forefront of new
Bahamian cuisine.

Interested persons should apply by faxing
resumes to The Human Resources Director,
Lyford Cay Club, Nassau, Bahamas Fax # (242)
362-6245.

SDE RCT aPEN a LE A A a



ST GEORGE, from 1

lines of communication and
looking together at how value
can be added. We would be
very much interested in speak-
ing to Fleming. If they are gen-
uinely interested in investing in
Freeport, we want them here.

“The St Georges obviously
appreciate this shareholder dis-
pute is destroying value, not
only for the Haywards and St
Georges, but it is also destroy-
ing Freeport as an international,
marketable commodity.
Freeport lives or dies by inter-
national investment, and to the
extent any international
investor is looking at Freeport,
the St Georges will look to
engage them.”

Mr Smith confirmed that
Hutchison Whampoa, the Hong
Kong-based conglomerate that
has invested $1 billion in equity
into Freeport, and is Port
Group Ltd’s 50/50 partner in
the Grand Bahama Develop-
ment Company (Deveo) and
Freeport Harbour Company,
plus owner of the Freeport Con-
tainer Port and Our Lucaya
resort, had offered to acquire
both the Hayward and St
George stakes. However, this
offer has not been accepted.

Adding that the injunction
currently preventing the Hay-
ward family from selling its
GBPA stake had given the St
George estate confidence, Mr
Smith said its “paranoia had











experience

* Competitive salary offered

LAW FIRM

Seeking:

+ Attorney with at least two (2) years civil litigation
¢ Conveyancing experience an asset

¢ Attractive profit sharing plan

Please submit cover letter and resume by fax or post to:

Office Manager
Fax: 325-5411
P.O. Box N-1000
Nassau, Bahamas

been fuelled” by Fleming rep-
resentatives first arriving on
Grand Bahama accompanied
by Rick Hayward and Mr
Babak.

Although the Haywards ini-
tially sought out Fleming to see
if it was interested in taking
over their ownership stake in
the GBPA, the latter’s principal
investor, Roddie Fleming, made
it clear that neither Rick nor
Mr Babak had any equity or
Board involvement in their pro-
posal.

Mr Smith said the estate had
also been concerned when Sir
Jack had openly said to Sarah St
George and Sir Albert Miller
that he was thinking of selling
his shares to Mr Babak, plus
claims that trustees were now

. directing the Hayward family’s

affairs.

“The St Georges are com-
mitted to the future growth and
development of Freeport,” Mr
Smith added. “They are not
interested in fleeing the coop.
Mr St George devoted the last
30 years of his life to growing
Freeport. They would like to
see Freeport grow and develop
a path to prosperily that bene-
fits the licensees, the 60,000 peo-
ple of Freeport, and the share-
holders.

“Any investment that jump-
starts the economy, adds value
for the shareholders interests,
is in the national interests, par-
ticularly Freeport’s, and is sup-
ported by the Government,
would be a godsend to
Freeport.”

Pe aT]
Employment Opportunity & Business Training

[he Brass & Leather Shops Ltd. has openings for
_ College Students looking for part time employment
& training opportunities in our TT Department. Requirements are:

* College Students with a minimum of 3.00 GPA

° Students Studying

> Business

> Accounting
> Engineering
> Science

Students will be trained in a number of areas including:

9 ACCPAC

0 Microsoft Outlook
> Excel

> Access

0 Word

Students seeking to partake in this program must be able to work

a minimum of 24 hours per week.

Duration of employment ts six (6) to twelve (12) months.
All interested persons should e-mail their resumes to:

latoya.mcphee @ brass-leather.com or fax them to (242)325-0070.

A leading law firm with offices located in
Nassau and Feeport is presently considering
applications for the following position.

SYSTEMS —

ADMINISTRATOR

The successful applicant should possess the following
minimum requirements:

° Associates degree in related Computer Sciences
* Two or more years work experience in the industry

Mr Smith reiterated that the
St George estate still wanted to
achieve a resolution and settle-
ment to the dispute with Sir
Jack over his claim to 75 per
cent ownership in the GBPA
and Port Group, a Supreme
Court judge having recently
backed the estate’s assertion
that the ownership was always
split 50/50

He added that the St George
estate was advocating the cre-
ation of a shareholders’ agree-
ment for the GBPA that would
guarantee and protect equal
rights on the Board for both
families, and a mechanism for
breaking deadlocks and adding
value for all.

Sir Jack Hayward’s family
trusts havened:an agreement to
sell their shares in Interconti-
nental Diversified Corporation
(IDC), the GBPA and Port
Group Ltd holding firm, to a
Fleming subsidiary, with the
potential buyer now set to meet
the St George estate.

Mr Fleming said his group
wanted to leave behind the ‘his-
torical baggage’ now burdening
Freeport, targeting financial ser-
vices, medical services and the
latter’s links into education and
research as industries to drive
the city’s economic future.

He pledged that their vision
for Freeport would create “bil-
lions of dollars” in added value
for the city through a partner-
ship approach with its licencees,
people and the Government.

When asked what impact
Fleming's plans would have on
the Freeport economy, Mr
Fleming said: “It’s huge. We
can’t put a figure on it, but one
can say it’s billions and billions
of dollars in value and benefits
that can be created from this.”

When it came to Fleming’s



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‘ Small office with
an international practice needs

PROFESSIONALLY
QUALIFIED
ARCHITECT

with a minimum of 10 years experience
in all phases of the practice.

Please fax or mail résum«

Office Manager

Fax: 322-7358 __

_ P.O. BoxN-672,
Nassau, Bahamas —

own proposed investment in
Freeport, Mr Fleming replied:
“Ill be hundreds of millions of
dollars. It needs to be huge.”

Mr Fleming said his company
would not look to split the pri-
vate, profit making side that is
Port Group Ltd by divesting the
GBPA’s quasi-governmental,
licensing and regulatory func-
tions to another ownership enti-
ty. Instead, Fleming is propos-
ing to “ring fence the regulato-
ry side in Chinese walls”, much
as is done in the financial ser-
vices industry, bringing in sepa-
rate people to run it and adhere
to the key corporate gover-
nance principles.

Fleming was also committed
to ownership diversification in
the GBPA and Port Group Ltd
by giving Bahamian citizens and
institutions the ability to buy
shares at some point, with a
combined minor stake of 5-10
per cent likely to be offered ini-
tially. Mr Fleming said the
group structure might have to
be changed before this hap-
pened, though.

“The first thing is to park the
history. We don’t want that,”
Mr Fleming said of previous
events at the GBPA. “Then it is
to establish a platform and bring
in top class, deep-pocketed part-
ners who bring in various
decrees of expertise, excellence
and specialization. That is also a
key. It will involve the whole of
Freeport, and people will be
able to see the progress.”

Fleming, he added, would
seek only the best potential
partners who had the invest-
ment capital and were commit-
ted to Freeport for the long-
term, as it would be. “The
important thing is that it’s a
shared vision and all subscribe
to it.,” Mr Fleming said.











is seeking to hire a

Utilities Operator

The successful applicant should possess the following:

Y High school diploma with BGCSE in Math, English
and in one of the sciences or the equivalent.

Y At lease three years experience in operation of utility
equipment (Boilers, Cooling Plant, Compressors or

similar equipment).

Y Basic computer skills necessary (Excel spreadsheets)

The ideal candidate must be a team player and willing to
work in a three shift rotation system.

Kindly fax resumes to the
Human Resource Manager at 302-2939

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¢ Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office products

° Very good working knowledge of Windows 2000/2003
Operating Systems

¢ Experience with SQL a plus

¢ Previous knowledge of law firm operations an asset.

General responsibilities will include but not limited to:

¢ Maintaining, troubleshooting and repairing hardware and
software

¢ Maintaining Network trustees and security

¢ Maintaining system backups

¢ Recommendation and implementation of new technologies

¢ Liase and coordinate with various vendor-based
projects/solutions

WE OFFER

A competitive salary, Pension plan, Health and Life Insurance
and other attractive benefits.
Interested persons should apply in writing to:
The Office Manager

P.O. Box N-7117
Nassau, Bahamas



Bridal Sales Assistants

Kelly's is seeking qualified and experienced
sales persons to become fulltime Sales
Assistants in our Bridal & China Department. °

The successful candidates must be
hardworking, honest, motivated individuals
with good communication skills and a positive
attitude. Experience with fine china and crystal
an asset but not essential.

Application forms maybe picked up at the
Customer Service counter at Kelly’s.

No phone calls please

Kelly's "5

Mall 3 Marathon
Monday-Friday 9:00am8:00pm
Saturday 9:00am 9:00pm
Sunday jo:

www. kellysbahamas.com

Tel: (243 393-4002
Fax: (242) 393-4096
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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2007, PAGE 7B

Ee ee ee IRE Oe a |
Euro hits new record highs against US dollar

@ By MATT MOORE
AP Business Writer

FRANKFURT, Germany
(AP) — The euro hit new
record highs against the dollar
on Thursday for a second suc-
cessive day, climbing to
US$1.3927 amid persistent
speculation that the United
States central bank will cut
interest rates amid turbulence
in financial markets.

The 13-nation euro broke
through its previous record of
US$1.3914, reached the previ-
ous day, then settled back to
US$1.3871 in afternoon Euro-
pean trading despite a rise in
new US weekly unemployment
claims. That was below the
US$1.3908 it bought in New
York late Wednesday.

A higher euro makes goods
from the euro zone more
expensive for customers else-
where, and cuts into manufac-
turers’ profits if they try to
keep the US dollar price of
products constant. While it
makes US exports cheaper, it
cuts the spending power of
Americans visiting Europe.

The euro has benefited from
healthy economic news in the

euro zone and the European
Central Bank’s campaign of
gradual interest rate increas-
es.

However, its current
strength is widely seen pri-
marily as a result of problems
afflicting the dollar. .

The subprime mortgage cri-
sis in the US and signs of eco-
nomic frailty, particularly weak
August jobs data,.. have
prompted growing speculation
that the Federal Reserve will
cut interest rates by as much
as half a percentage point next
week from the current 5.25 per
cent.

On Thursday, the Labour
Department said that new
claims for unemployment ben-
efits rose by 4,000 last week to
319,000, the sixth increase in
the past seven weeks.

Howard Archer, the chiet
UK and European economist
at Global Insight, said the
record euro is not‘all bad news.

“Euro zone consumers could
benefit from cheaper prices for
some imported goods. There
is also some good news for
euro Zone companies,” he said.

“Given that oil, metals and
many raw material prices are

typically quoted in dollars, the
strength of the euro against the
dollar should dampen firms’
input costs.”

The price of oil was near
record highs Thursday after
US crude stocks fell, driving
oil futures in the previous ses-
sion above US$80 a barrel for
the first time.

Some, however, point to the
potential dangers of a strong
euro to the economies of coun-
tries that use the currency —
including Germany, the
world’s largest exporter.

“In this situation, everything
that has a disadvantageous
effect on exports is a problem,
and the rising euro is part of
that,” Peter Bofinger, a mem-
ber of the German govern-
ment’s independent economic
advisory panel, was quoted as
telling the daily Berliner
Zeitung.

“If the rate climbs further,
politicians should think about
supportive buying in favour of
the dollar,” he added, accord-
ing to the report.

Along with the euro, the
British pound has been excep-
tionally strong against the dol-
lar. The pound broke through
US$2 earlier this year for the

first time in nearly 15 years,
and has remained around that
level.

On Thursday, the pound
bought US$2.0274 — down
from US$2.0302 on Wednes-
day — while the dollar climbed
to 115.17 Japanese yen from
114.26 yen after Japanese
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
was hospitalized for exhaus-
tion. Abe announced his resig-
nation on Wednesday.

The euro’s latest push for-
ward has been helped by
impressions that the European
Central Bank has another
interest rate increase in the
pipeline before the end of the
year — an option that the bank
left open when it left rates on
hold at four per cent last week.

Lower interest rates, used to
jump-start the economy, can
weaken a currency by giving
investors lower returns on
investments denominated in
the currency. Higher rates, a
tool to combat inflation, can
strengthen a currency.

ECB governing council
member Yves Mersch wrote in
a report published Thursday
that risks to euro zone medi-
um-term price stability persist
and promised that the bank

will act “in a firm and timely
manner” to counter these risks.

“The orientation of the
ECB’s monetary policy
remains accommodative,” said
Mersch, the governor of Lux-
embourg’s central bank —

adding that the ECB “may
resume tightening,” depend-
ing on the analysis of new data.

© Associated Press writer
Geir Moulson in Berlin con-
tributed to this report.



LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

HIGH SEAS PERSONNEL INC.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) HIGH SEAS PERSONNEL INC. is in dissolution under the provisions
of the International Business Companies Act 2000.

(b) The dissolution of the said Company commenced on the 7th September
2007 when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted to and
registered by the Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said Company is Felicia C. Robbins, 1341
Rutherford Road, Greenville SC 29609, United States of America

Dated the 12th day of September A.D. 2007.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that YYON DUVERSE of MONTEL
HEIGHTS, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and

that any person who knows any reason why registration/ .

naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 14TH day of SEPTEMBER, 2007 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

HIGH SEAS PERSONNEL INC.

Creditors having debts or claims against the above-named
Company are required to send particulars thereof to the
undersigned c/o P.O. Box N-624, Nassau, Bahamas on
or before 29th October A.D., 2007. In default thereof
they will be excluded from the benefit of any distribution
made by the Liquidator.

Dated the 12th day of September A.D., 2007.

Felicia C. Robbins
LIQUIDATOR
1341 Rutherford Road
Greenville SC 29609
U.S.A.

Legal Notice

NOTICE

VARNA INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company
is in dissolution, which commenced on the 7th day
September 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp. Inc.,
P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

WAITERS/WAITRESSES

The successful applicant must assist in arranging table service.
Set-up cocktail tables and chairs. Polish and place water goblets,
salt and pepper, ashtrays and sugar bowls on tables etc. Assist
in seating Members/Guests, presenting menus, taking orders and
obtain account dr room number when taking orders.

Must have overall knowledge of mixed drinks and their
ingredients. Responsible for all cocktail orders on assigned
stations. Ensure service is meeting guests/members satisfaction.

Interested persons should apply by faxing resumes to
The Human Resources Director,

Lyford Cay Club, Nassau, Bahamas
Fax # (242) 362-6245.

Legal Notice

NOTICE

GRAND MILLENNIUM LTD.

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of GRAND MILLENNIUM LTD.
has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been
issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the
Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

®

Legal Notice

NOTICE

QUILL FEATHER LIMITED.

(in Voluntary Liquidation)
Qo

Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company
is in dissolution, which commenced on the 6th day
August, 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp. Inc.,
P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

2

Pricing Information As Of:
, 13 September 200 7

Abaco Markets
Bahamas Property Fund
Bank of Bahamas
Benchmark

Bahamas Waste

Fidelity Bank

Cable Bahamas

Colina Holdings
Commonwealth Bank
Consolidated Water BDRs
Doctor's Hospital
Famguard

Finco

FirstCaribbean

Focol (S)

Freeport Concrete

ICD Utilities

J. S. Johnson

Premier Real Estate

Bahamas Supermarkets
Caribbean Crossings (Pref)
RND Holdi

ABDAB
Bahamas Supermarkets

Fund Name
Colina Money Market Fund
Fidelity Bahamas G & | Fund
Colina MSI Preferred Fund
Colina Bond Fund

1.355424*
3.3402***
2.886936""*
1.269803***

Legal Notice

NOTICE

KASSALA INCORPORATED
(in Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company

is in dissolution, which commenced on the 4th day

September 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp. Inc.,
P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE

BEARNETTON INC.
(in Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company

is in dissolution, which commenced on the 17th day

August, 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp. Inc.,
P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

FIDELITY

BISX ALL SHARE INDEX - 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00

S2wk-Hi - Highest closing price in last 52 weeks

52wk-Low - Lowest closing price In last 52 weeks

Previous Close - Previous day's weighted price for daily volume
Today's Close - Current day's weighted price for daily volume
Change - Change in closing price from day to day

Dally Vol. - Number of total shares traded today

DIV $ - Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months

P/E - Closing price divided by the last 12 month earings

(S) - 4-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 8/8/2007

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

Ask § - Solling price of Colina and fidelity

Last Price - Last traded over-the-counter price

Weokly Vol
EPS $ - Acompany's reported eamings 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

- Trading volume of the prior week

Yield

13.0
17.7
13.4
25.3
11.0
14.9
13.1
53.6
8.3
7.7
16.6
14.6
16.7
N/M
17.6
10.6
8.6 6.0)

= Yield

0.000 N/M 0.0
1.485 12.6
: N/M an 0.00%
MK AK

Yield %

NAY KEY

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30 June 2007

1 August 2007
- 31 July 2007




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ACROSS

4 Dame Edna's favourite
animal? (6)

7 Proof that every picture
tells a story? (8)

8 — Something narcotic changed
to apie (6)

10 It's often said that Ada gets George
started (5)

13 Could this side be heads
or tails? (4)

14 The number of elms near
Vauxhall (4)

15 The very little drunken sots may not
care (4)

16 Collegiate member (3)

17 Ittakes three to constitute
a riot (4)

19 Bound to be knotty? /4)

21. Water features at the
Abbey? (9)

23 = Call round? (4)

24 Alarge building means a lot
of money (4)

26 Still the old-fashioned
tango (3)

27 Agood boy is happy (4)

29 Anadditional indication
(4)

32 Pretty little thing being naughty out
East (4)

33 A\little store of timber on
the street (5)

34 Happens to be the officer
commanding some rotters (6)

35 The future can bring an uncle much
sorrow (8)-

36 Game one can be elbowed
out of? (6)

‘Yesterday's cryptic solutions

30, Policy 31, Ants 32, Director 33, Kent-on

30, Park



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DOWN

1
2

16
18

20

21-

22
23

31

32

33

ACROSS: 1, C-haste 7, Next door 8, Gold 10, Brakes 11,
Obtuse 14, Met 16, B-I-p-ed 17, Rues 19, Do-y-en 21,
Fin-E-d 22, Fumes 23, Bi-n-d 26, Alter 28, Tor 29, Se-ren-e

DOWN: 1, Camber 2, Spokes(-man) 3, Ends 4, Stab-bed
5, To-t up 6, Frie-D 8, Game 9, Let 12, Tin 13, Sedan 15,
Boner 18, Uncle 19, Dim 20, Yes 21, F-urn-ace 22, Fee 23,
Bolt-on 24, Iris 25, Dry-den 26, Aside 27, T-r-uro 28, Ton

Parent of cygnets on the Nile (5)
Ina state, maybe, but he can always
make a neat cross (5)

Get on with the food and drink (4)
Bodies of water a sloop can
maneuver in (5)

An error that may quietly pass (4)
Released by United? (6)

Something sexy in the flower garden
(6) ,

Have a keen appreciation of a witty
thrust? (3)

Obtain promotion to a Gateshead
college (3,2)

An old mugger or part of a

dog's paw (7)

An element of corrosion

tesistance (3)

The French boy from Arles (3)
Game with nameless rules, a horse
and some riders (6)

It’s stupid to spill a pint around
closing time (5)

Able to occupy a round hole? (3)
The one | had to support (3)

Save by devising cures all around the
earth (6)

Driving one is all in the job, usually (3)
Keeps going, ultimately, to the head
of security (5)

Landowner, just the chap to take the
tax people in (5)

Demonstrates how to get into a
vessel (5)

Yearn for something to eat around
mid-afternoon (4)

It’s black and may have a gloss finish,

too (4)



Yesterday's easy solutions

Spar

EASY PUZZLE

ACROSS: 1, Cursed 7, Retainer 8, Area 10, Stream 11,
Rapids 14, Get 16, Vales 17, Shot 19, Legal 21, Devon 22,
Feted 23, Full 26, Bosun 28, Gen 29, Adonis 30,
Sadist 31, Plot 32, Criteria 33, Reader

DOWN: 1, Crisis 2, Street 3, Dram 4, Caravan 5, Anvil 6,
Cross 8, Argo 9, Eat 12, Pal 13, Devil 15, Revel 18,
Herod 19, Let 20, God 21, Denizen 22, Fun 23, Fedora 24,
Unit 25, Litter 26, Batch 27, Sonic 28, Gal 30,



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Rent passes, your partner bids One
“Spade, and your right-hand opponent
TW hubs, What would you bid







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umtip,; 4nd your right-hand oppo-
‘Hearts. What would

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_Notrugnp, and your right-hand oppo-
~-nent bids.“ Two Diamonds. What
would you bid now?
«4, Xeut'parttier bids One Heart.
- ‘When you tespond Two Clubs, he
*“jutnps: to Four Clubs. What would
- youbid How?

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‘Gould double'two clubs and beat it at
least a couple of tricks if that became
\ the final contract, but there is almost
} hO chante that: your left-hand oppo-

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«two. clubs doubled. The opponents
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THE TRIBUNE







DARN TIGERS, YOU CAN
EXPLAIN THE RULES TO
‘EM, BUT YOU CANT SUPPRESS
THEIR SURPRISE POUNCE
INSTINCT.

YOU'RE SUPPOSED To
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hard to imagine losing four tricks at a
spade contract after partner opens the
bidding with one spade. Your hand
takes on a much rosier hue when he
bids spades, and becomes the equiv-
alent of at least an opening bid.

2. Three hearts. Most players treat
a bid of two spades or three clubs in
this sequence as not forcing, and it is
therefore necessary to make a bid
that assures reaching game. The
three-heart cuebid does just that. You
hope partner will bid three spades,
which you will raise to four. If he
rebids three notrump, showing at
least one stopper in hearts, you plan
to pass, while if he rebids four clubs
or four diamonds, you will raise to
five.

3. Double. Game is not absolutely
certain, so the best thing to do is to
grab the sure profit. You will proba-
bly beat two diamonds two or three
tricks, possibly even more, if that
becomes the final contract.

4. Four diamonds. Slam is cer-
tainly a possibility, and the question
is how or whether to reach it. Four
diamonds shows first-round control
of that suit and slam interest.

The next step is up to partner. If he
cooperates by bidding four spades or
four notrump, you are on the way to
slam, but if all he does is bid five
clubs, you must give up because you
might lose two spade tricks, or per-
haps a spade and a heart (or a dia-
mond).





FRIDAY,
SEPT 14

ARIES — Mar 21/Apr 20

Do you feel like disaster in store?
You’ve had feelings like this before
and nothing ever came of it, Aries.
Don’t worry this time either; every-
thing will work out. :
TAURUS = Apr 21/May 21

A coworker has been making com-
ments under his/her breath. It might
not be something you're doing
wrong. This person may just feel left
out. So keep it in mind.
GEMINI —- May 22/Jun 21
Stop wasting time trying to get oth-
ers to do what they are really not
interested in, Gemini. It could be
that you have misplaced feelings of
guilt that are compelling you.

CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22

It’s impossible to tackle everything
on your to-do list at once., Make a
list of everything you need to get
done and then take baby steps
toward accomplishing it.

LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23

If you’re engaged in a struggle this
week with an equally matched oppo-
nent, Leo, think about coming to a
compromise rather than fiting a no-
win situation.

VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22
This week you should lighten up,
Virgo. Interject some silly moments
within the serious ones and your
mood will instantly be improved.
Others will enjoy the change, too.

LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23

Old habits can be keeping you back
from what you really want to enjoy,
Libra. Cast aside those habits and try
some new things. You just may be
surprised how good it feels.
SCORPIO — Oct 24/Nov 22
The stars hand you a chance for some
introspection this week, Scorpio.
Look deep inside to discover what
makes you tick. Then live for the
moment.

SAGITTARIUS — Nov 23/Dec 21
You may want to tone down your
outgowing tendencies and be a bit
more conservative this week,
Sagittarius. This comes in espe-
cially handy on the business front.

CAPRICORN -— Dec 22/Jan 20
Use the power of flatter this week to
get something you really have your
eyes on, Capricom. Whether it’s a
promotion or a gift from your
sweetie, lay on the compliments.

AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18
Narrow-mindedness will not get you
anywhere, so don’t be stubborn in
your viewpoints, Listen and accept
what others say may have some

PISCES — Feb 19/Mar 20.
Now that the holiday rush is about
EMAC eT date through, it’s time to reign in expenses,
Cie Ure Mel) 2 Pisces. Keep the credit cards locked
party up for a while.







































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Cupid (4) “0, -Atitesthatic (6)
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28. Below (5)

190 Opponent (5)

31 Ohairs (6)

32° Basin (4)

33 Religious leader (4)



Jonathan Penrose v Bernd
Soderborg, England v Sweden,
students’ olympiad, Budapest
1959. Penrose, who won the
British championship a record 10
times, faced a tricky decision
here. Both kings are in danger,
and the instinctive choice 1
Rxd4?? allows Qg2 mate. White
has various queen and rook
checks available, but Black's
king has a safe haven at h7. And
White has to be careful, lest
Black finds time for a decisive
counter like 1 R3d3? Rae8 2
Qd7? Re1+ and mates. Penrose
kept calm, and found a two-
move winning plan. What LEONARD BARDEN
should White play?





x
Chess solution 8449: 1 Qe6+ Kh7 (if Kg5 2 Be7+ soon
mates) 2 Rxf3! wins a bishop since
gxf3? allows 3 Qxh3+.


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Oil prices finish
above $80 a barrel
for the first time

@ By JOHN WILEN
AP Business Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Oil
prices finished above $80 a bar-
ré] for the first time yesterday
and gasoline prices rose as refin-
ers reported production prob-
lems after Hurricane Humberto
hit Texas.

Oil first traded over $80 a
barrel on Wednesday after the
Energy Department reported
declines in crude and gasoline
inventories and a drop in refin-
ery activity, but ended the day
below that psychologically
important mark.

On Thursday, the October
contract for light, sweet crude
finished at a record $80.09, up
18 cents on the New York Mer-
cantile Exchange and above the
previous record close set a day
earlier of $79.91.

Despite the gains, oil is still
well below inflation-adjusted
highs hit in early 1980. Depend-
ing on the adjustment, a $38
barrel of oil in 1980: would be
worth $96 to $101 or more
today.

On Thursday, Humberto
added to the supply concerns
by cutting power to several
refineries in the Port Arthur,
Texas, area. Humberto later lost
strength and was downgraded
to a tropical storm. Another
tropical system gaining strength
in the Atlantic also supported
prices.

Shuttered refineries included
Valero Energy Corp.'s 325,000
barrel-per-day facility, Total
SA’s 180,000 barrel-per-day
plant and Motiva Enterprises
LLC’s refinery, which can
process 285,000 barrels of oil a
day.

Exxon Mobil Corp. said its
350,000 barrel-per-day Beau-
mont, Texas, refinery suffered a
minor production outage but
remained up and running.

Traders appear more con-
cerned about the Atlantic

storm, which the National Hur-
ricane Center is calling Tropical
Depression Eight. While the
storm’s course remains unclear,
energy investors get worried
any time a tropical storm or
hurricane threatens key oil and
gas infrastructure in the Gulf of
Mexico.

In addition to closing at a
record high, the October oil
contract also set an intraday
record of $80.20 a barrel on
Thursday, two cents above the
previous high set on Wednes-
day.

October gasoline rose 3.04
cents to settle at $2.0464 a gal-
lon.

Oil’s run-up has come despite
OPEC’s decision on Tuesday
to boost output by 500,000 bar-
rels, a move driven in part by
concerns that high oil prices are
hurting the global economy.
Many analysts are perplexed by
the high prices, arguing that
they have been driven by a
flood of speculative buying.
Many believe demand does not
support such high prices.

“The world economy in the
last few years has shown to be
quite resilient to strong oil pric-
ing, but this is certainly a new
territory for crude oil and if sus-
tained there is bound to be
some impact on the economy,”
said Victor Shum, an energy
analyst at Purvin & Gertz in
Singapore.

James Cordier, president of
Liberty Trading Group in Tam-
pa, Fla., notes that oil prices
often peak in September, and
follow demand lower in the fall.

“We're really wondering
where demand will come from
to support $80 crude oil,”
Cordier said.

In other Nymex trading, heat-
ing oil futures lost 0.01 cent to
settle at $2.219 a gallon.

Natural gas lost 40.9 cents to
settle at $6.029 per 1,000 cubic
feet after the government
reported that inventories grew

by 64 billion cubic feet last
week, slightly more than the 62
billion cubic feet analysts had
expected.

At the pump, meanwhile, gas
prices slipped 0.7 cent overnight
to a national average of $2.808 a
gallon, according to AAA and
the Oil Price Information Ser-
vice. Retail prices, which typi-
cally lag the futures market,
peaked at $3.227 a gallon i in late
May.

Analysts say much of the
recent advance in crude prices
has been due to buying by large
investment funds. The low dol-
lar, which encourages buying
by foreign investors, has also
played a role.

“Most large financial institu-
tions have gone long on crude,
and each new high tested
equates to substantial profits,”
wrote Simon Wardell, an ener-
gy analyst at Global Insight in
London, in a research note.

But such jumps in speculative
buying often carry their own
seeds of destruction, notes Jim
Ritterbusch, president of Rit-
terbusch & Associates in Gale-
na, Ill.

“At some point, a saturation
level will be achieved as was the
case at the end of July when the
net long fund position peaked,”
Ritterbusch wrote.

After oil hit then-record trad-
ing prices above $78 a barrel on
August 1, futures dropped to
the $69 level in a few weeks.

Despite oil’s run, Cordier
doesn’t believe gas prices will
rise substantially. Gasoline
demand typically drops in the
fall, and beginning Saturday,
refiners will be able to sell
cheaper winter-grade gasoline.

“Gasoline just really has a dif-
ficult time staying high this time
of year,” said Cordier.

e Associated Press Writers
Pablo Gorondi in Budapest and
Gillian Wong in Singapore con-
tributed to this report. ,





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