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Woman, 65, murdered

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Body found in

Eleuthera home

By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
and ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporters

_ POLICE are investigating a bru-
tal murder on the island of
Eleuthera where a 65-year-old res-
ident was discovered in her home
with cuts about her body suggest-
ing a knife attack and bruises on
her face indicating an attack with a
blunt instrument.

Rock Sound resident Sylvia
Cates’ lifeless body was discovered
at 8.23 Saturday. morning, wrapped
in a quilt in the bedroom of her
home, where she lived alone, Chief
Supt Glenn Miller confirmed. Her
two brothers-in-law made the grue-
some discovery.

Concern for her safety arose
when persons distovered an aban-
doned car in the Green Castle set-
tlement.

According to Billy Cates, the
brother of Mrs.Cates’ deceased
husband, the vehicle appeared to
have overturned several times in
the bushes.

When another relative, who
checked to see if Sylvia’s vehicle
was outside hér house, found it
missing, the alarm was raised.

Billy Cates and his brother, Ker-
mit, then decided. to enter her
home to check on her.

Once inside her bedroom they
found her in the blood-stained
quilt.

“Tt looked like she gave them
quite a struggle,” he said.

Mrs Cates was described by her
brother-in-law as being a “good
person, a charity person,” to the
extent that she had recently been
presented an award by the police.

SEE page 14

Christie speaks out on

Albany develo

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

FORMER prime minister Per-
ry Christie yesterday spoke out
on the Albany development,
responding to claims that his gov-

ernment gave the developers con-’

cessions to which they were not
entitled under the law.

In an exclusive interview with -

The Tribune, Mr Christie also
revealed that the controversial
clause in the agreement with the
developers that states that south-
west Bay Street will be diverted

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Young man
dies in traffic.
accident

GRAND BAHAMA recorded
its fifth traffic fatality for the year }
with a young man dying following :
acar-motorcycle collision in Eight :

Mile Rock Saturday evening.

_ At about 9.30pm, Raymond }
Timothee, 27, of Jones Town was :
driving his white 1992 Toyota :
Corolla west on Queen’s Highway
in Jones Town. He was on his way }

home.

On reaching a junction, he }
began making a right turn towards :
the corner, when suddenly a red :
and white Honda XR 650L trail ;
motorcycle driven by. 29-year-old }
Karnis Dames of No. 72 Maliboo

Reef, darted out in front of him.

Mr Dames was travelling east . }
on Queen’s Highway at a very fast:
ate of speed and without any ;
lights on, according to police, when ;
he hit the front left side of the Ty: i

ota.

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Former minister defends the
- decision to negotiate contracts

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

FORMER Works Minister
Bradley Roberts yesterday: said
that demand ‘from the general
public and a shortage of avail-
able contractors played a signifi-
cant role in the former govern-
ment’s decision to negotiate,
rather than put out to bid, many
contracts awarded.

Mr Roberts stated that while
he “wouldn’t deny” that “under
normal run of the mill circum-
stances” putting contracts out to
bid would be “the most desir-
able” method of awarding con-
tracts, a high demand from the
public for projects to be com-
pleted and a shortfall of contrac-
tors led to the decision to not put
all jobs out to bid but to negotiate
contracts.

“We’re not dealing with a nor-
mal situation here: when you
have so many areas of the public
demanding this, demanding that



(it needs) immediate attention,”
said Mr Roberts.

He was speaking at a press
conference held yesterday at
Gambier House, where he was
accompanied by opposition
leader Perry Christie, Dr Bernard

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Police ‘raid’

_ party attended
by gay and

- lesbian tourists —

APPROXIMATELY 200

: gay and lesbian tourists.left
; the Hard Rock Cafe Satur-
: day night feeling “unneces-
: sarily harassed” after 30
: police officers “raided” the
: establishment and pho-
: tographed patrons.

The event was sponsored

: by Ebony Pyramid Enter-
: tainment a Bisexual, Gay,
: Lesbian and Transsexual .

African American group that
organises an annual cruise to
the Bahamas.

The organization threw a

party at the Hard Rock Cafe

Saturday night, a patron told

! The Tribune, which featured

exotic dancers. Shortly after 1
am six officers, wearing bullet

: proof vests, some armed with

guns and one with a camera,

entered the establishment.

The woman on stage at the

: time was wearing a skin

coloured bikini.
‘The officers took the
dancer off the stage and inter-

SEE page 14

2006 Audit: anecdotal
. evidence of alleged
corruption in ministry

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

AN INDEPENDENT
Audit into the Ministry of Pub-
lic Works in October 2006
reported that there is anecdotal
evidence of allegéd corruption
among building control tech-
nical officers, some of whom
may be “seeking payment” for
the issuing of licences.

The explosive audit was per-
formed by the British Crown

i Agents of behalf of the Audi-

tor General’s Office. Excerpts
from the executive summary
of this document were tabled in
the House of Assembly last
Wednesday by Public Works
Minister Earl Deveaux, con-
demning among other things,
the contracting process of the
ministry. The report reveals
many other serious inadequa-
cies within this institution.
“The department has
received its share of com-
plaints, particularly from exter-
nal professionals that have
some interface with the depart-
ment’s function,” the reports
states. “Importantly, there is

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PAGE 2, MONDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2007

THE TRIBUNE



Housing teams



of fixing homes built dee] PLP

THE Ministry of Housing
has employed two teams in
Grand Bahama and a number
of teams in New Providence to
calculate and budget the exor-
bitant costs of rectifying elec-
trical and structural problems
in homes built under the pre-
vious administration, said
Housing and National Insur-
ance Minister Kenneth Russell.

Mr Russell revealed that
thus far, the teams are working
diligently. toward solutions for
32 houses in Grand Bahama

and 60 houses in one subdivi- |

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revealed that impending legal
cases between the government
and Bahamians who purchased

‘homes through the Ministry are
‘being resolved out of court in
the offices of the Minisiry of

Housing.
‘Pointing out that conflict res-
olution in this area is far from

being completely rectified,
. Minister Russell said the teams
‘appointed for this task will .

make every effort to tackle as
many of the problems the Min-
istry of Housing encounters by
the end of next year.

“To guard against future

problems of shoddy workman-
ship in government subdivi-
sions, Minister Russell said
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with companies that have
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struction projects from begin-

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| Story about
| Guyanese
woman is
clarified

THE Ministry of National
Security clarified and correct-
ed an article yesterday that
appeared in the Friday, October
5 edition of The Tribune, under
the heading, “Anger at release
of ‘illegal’ worker.”

The article reported that a
Guyanese national, who had
been working in the country
illegally, was picked up by the
Immigration authorities and
detained at the Detention Cen-
tre. The article further stated
that a “senior government offi-
_ cial” interceded and caused her

to be released, in spite of her

- owing the Department $6,000.

_The article claimed that
Immigration officials were furi-

' ous over what they said was the

summary release of a Guyanese

_ woman who has allegedly been
working illegally in Nassau for

up tosix years.

The woman was picked up.o on
_ Tuesday, along with a Haitian
_ man, and sent to the Carmichael

Road Detention Centré. How- ©

‘ever, intervention by a senior civ-
al servant secured her immediate
Telease, causing extreme anger
in the Immigration Department,
sources told The Tribune.

The Ministry confirmed that

last Tuesday at about 3.25pm, a.

Guyanese national was picked
up by a team of immigration
officers on routine inquiries and

_ . following initial questioning was

taken to the Detention Centre.
Subsequently, it was deter-
mined that the person in ques-
tion had an expired work permit
and an application pending with
the Immigration Department.
The person was released from the
Detention Centre, around.10pm.
“The Ministry wishes to state
that the person in question has
not been in The Bahamas for
six years, as stated in the article.
She arrived in The Bahamas in
2005, and held a valid work per-
mit which expired in February
of 2007. Her subsequent appli-
cation for employment was
made to the Department of
‘Immigration in a timely man-
ner. She has no outstanding fees
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MONDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2007, PAGE 3



Former Kerzner employee claims he was dismissed
after filing an internal complaint against owner



Carpenter dies
after falling
from scaffold,
swimming

to the shore

A 20-YEAR-OLD carpenter,
who lost his footing on a scaf- :
fold in Freeport Saturday, fell :
into the ocean, and swam to :
shore, dropped dead as he was }
telling his colleagues of his :
ordeal. ;

Edwin Green, of Lawrence }
Close Apartments, a carpenter :
employed by B & L Construc- }
tion Company, was working at :
Lucayan Harbour when the :
accident occurred at about }
11.20am Saturday. i

Green was on the job with :
fellow workers at the new Pier :

One Restaurant now under con- : .

struction at the harbour. While :
standing on a scaffold working :
on the suffix at the roof of the :
two-storey structure, he sud- }
denly lost his footing, accord- :
ing to eyewitnesses, and fell, hit- :
ting the balcony floor at the sec- :
ond and first storeys, before :
plunging into the sea below.
Green then swam to-the
wharf side, climbed up out of :
the water and, walked towards. :
his colleagues who had run to :
help him. As he began speaking :
to them about his ordeal, he :
suddenly collapsed. :
' Police and EMS personnel :
were summoned to the scene as }
fellow workers attempted to :
unsuccessfully revive him. He :
was taken to Rand Memorial }
Hospital’s Trauma Section, :
where he was pronounced dead
on arrival. i
The supervisor at the jobsite }
is a relative of Green. :
Police do not suspect foul :
play,, however, an autopsy will :
be performed to:determine the :
cause of death, Chief Supt. Basil
Rahming reported. ;



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the only way to go” and
“Universal suffrage in 2012”
as they marched to govern-
ment headquarters. :

“We need td have a good
politicalenvironmentin
order to sustain our eco-
nomic development,” said
one of the participants, 51-
year-old businessman
Michael Hui. :

The former British colony
returned to Chinese rule in
1997 but was promised a
wide degrée of autonomy
under a,*\One country, two
systems” formula. Beijing
has ruled out full democracy
for the territory before 2008.

As it stands now, Hong
Kong residents. don’t have i
the right to vote for the ter-- .
ritory’s leader, known as the
chief executive. An 800-
member election committee,
considered partial to the
Chinese government, makes
the selection.

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islative assembly’s 60 law-
makers are also directly
elected.

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A FORMER employee of
Kerzner International plans to
take the resort before the Indus-
trial Tribunal claiming he was dis-
missed by the company after fil-
ing an internal complaint against
owner Sol Kerzner for verbally
abusing him.

Dwite Williams, a former
employee of the One and Only
Ocean Club, claimed that after
filing the complaint against Mr
Kerzner, managers at the com-
pany intentionally placed several
hurdles in his way to frustrate his
employment there.

However, both hotel union and
Kerzner International officials
said that Mr Williams was
relieved of his position for rea-
sons totally unrelated to the

interaction he had with Mr
Kerzner.

“IT spoke to Mr Williams but at
this point it must be said that he
was fired for something relating
to his attitude, but I cannot
answer something that is his opin-
ion. What Mr Williams has to
understand is that his conduct has
to be suitable whether he is in a
situation (that he feels is unfair)
or not. We have an industrial
agreement that speaks about
behaviour patterns and if you fail
to do those things, it will result
in these types of situations,” Roy
Colebrooke president of the
Hotel Catering and Allied Work-
ers Union said.

A release from Kerzner Inter-
national to The Tribune said that
while it does not, in general, dis-
cuss issues involving labour dis-
putes, Mr William’s dismissal
and the altercation with the
resort’s owner were totally unre-
lated.

“The individual in question was
terminated as a result of actions
completely unrelated to any inter-
action he may have had with Mr
Kerzner,” the statement said.

According to Mr Williams’
complaint on September 7 his
supervisor placed one of the land-
scaping golf carts in the pathway
by the landscaping shed that leads
to the tennis courts when Mr
Kerzner pulled up in another golf

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cart that was being driven by a
butler.

“My supervisors told me to
move the golf cart to the side so
that Mr Kerzner could pass. As I
approached the golf cart Mr
Kerzner started to use obscene
language towards me while I just
watched.

“At this time the butler started
to proceed and Mr Kerzner told
him to stop and Mr Kerzner told
me that my attitude does noth-
ing for the property or the guest.
I did not say anything to Mr
Kerzner because Iwas too
shocked,” Mr Williams said in his
complaint. :

According to the former
Kerzner employee, the owner had
asked him “What is your f_ prob-
lem?”



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THE TRIBUNE

eer SSS Sense SSSR
EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Police should
not be stationed
in our schools

The Tribune Limited

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

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

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

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B.
Publisher/Editor 1972-

Published Daily Monday to Saturday
Shirley Street, BO. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas
Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama

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Freeport fax: (242) 352-9348

Straw vendors making demands

BAY STREET is in urgent need of an
imaginative designer who can raise it from its
crumbling pavements, and turn it into a cen-
tre that will attract crowds of enthusiastic
shoppers.

At the moment it is so depressing) that
even Bahamians avoid contact if they can
find the items they are shopping for in the
various malls. Bay Street’s once eye-catching
tourist attraction — the Straw Market — has
become the greatest blight on the scene. It is
no longer the straw market that poets once
wrote about, and visitors enjoyed strolling
through.

Tourists were always tempted by the local
souvenirs on the shelves to stop,. browse and
buy.

Many visitors were fascinated just to stand
and watch vendors, plaiting their own prod-

ucts at their stalls, happy to pause in their

work for an exchange of pleasantries.

The government now. wants to reinvigorate
Bay Street, not only for the good of all
Bahamians, but to lure visitors who are now
being tempted away by more attractive and
less expensive Caribbean resorts. To do this
it wants to temporarily remove the straw
market to a new site, preferably in the cheap-
est possible way so that it can use all funds
allocated for anew market for that purpose,
rather than spending too much of it on refur-
bishing a. temporary site. But the straw ven-
dors say no. Apparently, they have squatters
rights. It seems that the Bay Street project is
to be held to ransom by 605 vendors.

“We have every right ... every right by
law to remain where we are until the other
market is built,” declared Straw Vendors’
Coalition president Telator Strachan.

This is certainly news to us — as it will be
to most Bahamians. When did straw vendors
_ purchase and pay taxes for a piece of Bay
Street property? As far as we understand
they have always been subsidised by the
Bahamian public. No other Bahamian busi-
ness person has such favourable treatment.

These vendors have always been wooed

and pampered by politicians, especially PLP ©
politicians who courted them for their votes, "

and loud vocal support. In return the ven-
dors strutted their stuff as though they owned
~ the government, and when they whistled for
help, they expected the politicians to come
running from the Cabinet office to the market
place. And, the sorry fact is that many of
them did. So don’t blame the vendors. They



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were encouraged in their highfalutin’ notions
that not only did they own a Bay Street plot,
but that their MPs would dance and prance
and cater to their needs.

This is not to say that the vendors are to be
written off. They are born of a breed of hard
working women, who in their day played an
important role in contributing to the tourist
market.

Over the years they carved out a good — in
many cases a lucrative — living for them-
selves and their families. Many of today’s
leaders were educated from the proceeds of
products created by the busy, deft fingers of
mothers twisting plait.

Some of these women — the “old school”
— still exist in the market, but they are so few
that they are overshadowed by the crude
roughness of the new breed. These are the
ones who have lost public sympathy for their
plight. And what makes their case even
worse, they no longer make or sell Bahamian
products.

A recent study by the Nassau Institute
concluded: “The entrepreneurial skills of the
vendors are unquestionable, and many of
them are successful in their own right. How-
ever, one has to consider that their opera-
tions are subsidised by the government and
these benefits are not provided to all poss

- serving the tourist market.

“Selling ‘knock-off’ products and copies of

videos is illegal in most countries. We should
~ ask ourselves if tax dollars should be used

to support this activity.”

It has been suggested that government
locate a downtown site and sign over its own-
ership in fee simple to the vendors for $1.
The vendors would then raise the funds to
construct their own building. They would
quickly realise $23 million for a straw market
is out of the question. It would then be their
responsibility to pay their business taxes, pro-
vide their own utilities, provide their own
janitorial service and take on all the respon-
sibilities — including keeping the rats at bay
— that every Bahamian has to shoulder when
he goes into business.

These vendors, who are now making so
much noise, and holding up progress, would
then realise how much they have been pam-
pered. They would quickly yearn for the
“good old days.”

But if they say they own their spot on Bay
Street, give them their deeds and make them
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EDITOR, The Tribune.

AGAIN thank you for allow-
ing me space in your invaluable
column. There are many com-
mentators asserting the position
that the government should
post police officers in our
schools. This is a topic which
unfortunately has the potential
to foster political sophistry.
However it is asserted here that
this move, putting police offi-
cers in school yards, should not
be taken lightly or politically.
Even with the current spate of
violent incidences, one cannot
find any justification for such a
move.

Police officers should not be
stationed in schools or school
yards. In fact they should not
even be specifically assigned to
a school. It should be made
specifically clear that police offi-
cers may increase their patrols
or presence in certain areas or
at certain times, if need be; but

no government should allow

itself to be placed in a position
whereby the police are assigned
to a specific classification of per-
sons. This is grossly contrary to
public policy.

We suggest that for the police
to be placed in this position
exposes the police force to a
responsibility that is primarily
parental and to a lesser extent
educational. There are just too
many negatives that flow from
decisions such as these. Even
the present excuse that this
would only be a short term
exercise fails to lessen the seri-
ousness of what is being sug-
gested by proponents.

Firstly decisions like this reek
of authoritarianism, there is no
need to usurp the powers of
school administrators and place
them into the hands of the
police department. Some
boundary lines should not be
crossed; I fear that this one is
about to be.

The question begs: Where’

does the police authority start
and end, where does the school
authority start and end? Where
does the police statutory duty
begin and end? Should the
police be responsible for all chil-
dren generally or will they be
responsible for each individual
child? Meaning, what recourse
would a parent have against the
police for falling to protect a
specific child, at a specific time
during a specific altercation? To
this writer it appears that this
can turn into a floodgate issue.

The second tier of this prob-
lem is finding out if the police
force owe a duty of care to

school teachers, administrations .





















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and/or students? As it stands it
is difficult to ascertain what clas-
sification of persons the police
will be mandated to protect.
Will it be the ‘good people’
against the ‘bad people’? Fur-
ther it is difficult to assess what
remedy the ‘good’ class of per-
sons have against the police for
failing to protect them? There-
fore, it is not just and reason-
able to impose this onerous bur-
den on the police.

Our society knows most of
the answers to our problems
concerning trouble making

‘reason why to this present day

writing bounce cheques is not
considered a crime.

In short we must enact laws
that punish parents of delin-
quent minor children. See
Parental Liability, California
Civil Code 1714.1 (2003) - Civ-
il liability of parents for minor's
acts of wilful misconduct result-
ing in death, personal injury or
property damage.

Agreeably there may be
some constitutional issues
regarding this form of Act but
at least the greater good will be
achieved when parents finally
realise that their neglect, negli-
gence, silence or acquiescence
towards their delinquent under
aged child will not go unpun-
ished.



school children but we lack the
will to solve these problems for
fear that our laws will condemn
those close to us. It is the same

A response to call
for gay lifestyle ban

EDITOR, The Tribune.

DWAYNE J HANNA
Nassau,
September, 2007.

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and every-
one who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not
love does not know God, for God is love.” — 1 John 4:7-8 (New King
James Version).

TO OUR fellow citizens of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas:

This is an open letter of love in response to the recent headlines
calling for an anti-gay lifestyle ban.

It is disappointing and hurtful that far too great a percentage of
our society continues to expend its collective energy on institu-
tionalising the marginalisation, dehumanisation, and ¢riminalisation
of some of our fellow human beings. The result,of this, institution-
alised negativism is causing the foundation, of our Socipt tg. crum-
ble. :

The Christian Council has proposed to form a committee to
advocate for anti-gay legislation. ‘The energy of the Cquncil would
be much better served if it ceased to divide its attention so that it
is distracted from the actual pervasive social ills that are terrorising
our society.

It cannot be gainsaid that we ought to be concerned about the
notoriously escalating murder rate and the apparent apathetic
attitude toward both our children's education and the high rate of
high school student violence. Additionally, we are vulnerable to high
incidences of incest, rape, domestic violence, and-broken fami-
lies. Anti-communal value systems, materialism, and the general
erosion of the “love thy neighbour” foundation that underscores
Christianity plague our nation now more than at any other time in
our history.

Mr Duncombe, Bishop Hughes, and Minister Bethel, where do
these issues fall in your list of priorities?

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LOCAL NEWS

to reform civil service

m By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
Chief Reporter
rmissick@tribunemedia.net

BUREAUCRATIC delays in
an “encumbered civil service”
will not only stifle government
effectiveness and responsive-
ness and choke private sector
initiative, Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham said Saturday
at the eighth annual Public Ser-
vice Awards Banquet.

While congratulating those
receiving awards, the prime
minister highlighted his gov-

ernment’s commitment to

reforming the'public service.

Mr Ingraham pointed out
that change and improvement
in the delivery of public services
are essential and in many
instancés, overdue.

“But change is difficult, some-
times threatening to those who
take comfort from doing the
same thing in the same way
regardless of results. We have
more than our fair share of that
in the Public Service. And so,
while we have begun to make
some important changes in our
system of public administration
there is much to be done,” he
said.

While admitting that the slow
pace of modernisation in the
public service has been disap-
pointing to many persons he
said that if he and his colleagues
were committed to change in
1992, today, 15 years later, they
are “married to the idea”.

PM uses Public Service Awards to
criticise delay in modernisation



“Today, we live in an Infor-
mation Age; our economies are
described as information
based. It is clearer today than
ever before, if we are to keep
pace, compete and succeed in
today’s globalized economy we
must ensure that we use infor-
mation technologies efficiently

- and, very especially, we must

ensure that our public entities
adopt best practices in the use
of information and communi-
cation technologies,” Mr Ingra-
ham said.

Reform

While this will be no comfort
to those in the Public Service
married to the formulations,
practices and processes of the
last century, Mr Ingraham said
that the service will have to
“carry them along with us
because clearly, bureaucratic
delays in an encumbered civil
service will not only stifle gov-
ernment effectiveness and
responsiveness, it will choke pri-
vate sector initiative.”

“We have once again taken
up the charge for reform in the

public service and in doing so
we are determined to convince
all public officers that things do
not always have to remain the
way they are, or have been,” he
said.

The prime minister said he
was disappointed with the time
it has taken for the government
to introduce machine readable
passports to permit on-line
access by the public to a myriad
of government services, or to
remove once and for all the
multiple stickers on the wind-
shields of motor vehicles for
inspection and licensing pur-
poses.

“T bristle at the delay in
implementing modern archive
and retrieval systems so as to

introduce efficiencies into all :

government application
processes — for business
licences, for building permits,
for immigration permits and

certificates, for company for-’

mation, for land registration,
for the administration of a
deceased person’s estate, for
customs clearance and for that
matter, for the processing and
payment of gratuities and pen-
sions to retired persons such as

Land application problems
‘defy logic’, claims PM

@ By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
Chief Reporter
rmissick@tribunemedia.net

THERE are “significant hic-
cups” in the system application
processes for Crown Lands that
appear to “defy logic”, and a
system of environmental assess-
ment that has gone “seriously
amiss”, Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham said Saturday at the
eighth annual Public Service
Awards Banquet.

The prime minister told those
present that if the public service
is to become more efficient and
effective it must achieve and
maintain expected and required
standards of service. -

“When I last held this office I
recall businessmen commenting
on some of the negatives of
‘doing business’ in the
Bahamas. Leading the list of our
shortfalls were the following:
Inadequate use of computer
technologies, weak project time
management, deficient business
ethics and poor personal cus-
tomer service. And these, they
maintained, applied to service
in both the public and private
sectors at that time,” Mr Ingra-
ham said.

He said that he did not know
whether that list would be very
different if compiled today. ©

“Clearly we are not yet using
information and communication
technologies available to mea-
surably reduce processing time
for applications, or to speed up
response time to our clients —
the public,” the prime minister
said. |
Having spent the last five
years as a private sector practi-

ROSEMARY NIXON-MARTIN is named Public Officer of the Year at the



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8th Annual Public Service Week Awards Ceremony, held at the Royal
Bahamas Police Force Conference Centre in Nassau on Saturday night.
Pictured left to right are Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, Sir Arthur
Foulkes, Deputy to the Governor General, Mrs Nixon-Martin and
Minister of State for the Public Service, Zhivargo Laing.

tioner, Mr Ingraham said that
he can share his frustration in

» having fairly routine applica-

tions processed through a num-
ber of government offices
notwithstanding the fact that he
was a former Prime Minister
and sitting Member of Parlia-
ment and. most likely received

- preferential service.

“Tt might be useful when we
think of ‘Service in the Work
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Mr Ingraham said ‘that the
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“Each, individually, may be
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DENISE MAYCOCK
ibune Freeport Reporter
ycock@tribunemedia.net

BEPORI The Save

Cay Reef Association is

inte ip its fight to stop the

Ray mega-res

uv Guana Cay, Abaco, and

inching a new Judicial

case against several pas
‘he Supreme Court.

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the second case being
the SGC ‘RA, which
; strongly opposed to the devel-
ypment of 150 acres of Crown
and on that-island by foreign
evelopers
1 Smith, a partner at Cal
oes and Co. is representing
ciatton which. is suing
mas government, Bak
r } Bay Development, andthe
Yown District Council,
viich are three of several parties
awed as defendants in the case
ining a press conference at
ho law firm in Freeport on
nesday, Mr Smith warned
small communities like
ina Cay are being severely
yoacted by large scale devel
ents such as Baker's Bay.
iana Cay residents Troy
ry and
: Supporter Sarah Kirkby
aiso present.

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Cay. This is a fight for the future
of the Bahamas!” said Mr
Smith. “What is happening in
Guana Cay is one of the more
abusive examples of what is hap-
pening all over the Bahamas.”
Save Guana Cay is.an associ-
ation of Bahamians and foreign
residents who are dedicated to
preserving their unique heritage
and culture, the land and
marine €iivironment, promot-
ing respect for locals to be
responsible for their island and
saving Crown Land for future
generations of Bahamians.
Guana Cay is international-
iy recognised as a unique
marine and land environment.
It boasts one of the most. pic-
turesque and pristine tradition-
al old Bahamian communities
in the Abacos. About 150 resi-
dents live on the island.
in February 2005, the PLP
Cabinet signed'a Heads of
\egreement with Baker’s Bay
- a foreign real estate devel-

oper ——- allowing a tax free $500

million hotel, residential, golf-
ing, and marina project at Gua-
ha Cay.

In its first judicial review case,
SGCRA was able to obtain an
injunction — after several
appeals in the courts in the

long as it takes until the issue is
addressed.

The men are calling on exec-
utives in the Power Company,
and the Grand Bahama Port
Authority, and the Prime Min-
ister to assist in bringing about
some resolution in the matter.

On Thursday, a small group
ot workers led by union offi-
cials carried out a fourth
demonstration in front of the
Port Authority building in
downtown, Freeport.

The Power .Company
employs about 130 Bahamians.
It is now undey the new owner-
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Review in the Supreme Court. Lawyer Fred Smith (far right) made the
announcement on Wednesday. Also seen from left are Sarah Kirkby of

Bahamas — from the Privy
Council in London, stopping the
development until the trial.

At the trial in October, 2006,

acting Supreme Court Justice
Norris Carroil ruled that the
Heads of Agreement were valid
and allowed the development
to continue. Save Guana Cay
appealed and is waiting for a
Court of Appeal decision.

On September 29, the Freeport
Supreme Court ordered that
Save Guana Cay and Aubrey

acquired the shares from
Mirant, the former owners.

Labour relations between the
union and the former owners
were somewhat strained over
the last two years after negotia-
tions for a new labour contract
stalled.

With the new change in own-
ership, Mr Edwards said that
the union is now concerned and
focused on seeking a reasonable
severance package for workers.

“Because of the number of
people involved and the kind
of dollars that are involved we
are talking about a substantial
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Freeport, and Guana Cay. residents, Anthony Roberts and Troy Albury.

Clarke could issue a new judicial
review case to sue the Govern-
ment, and Hope Town District
Council, the local government
district for'Guana Cay, and the
Bakers Bay developers.

Mr Smith said that atthe
Court of Appeal hearing Govy-
ernment and the developers
argued that even if the Heads of
Agreement were invalid they
had received all necessary per-
mits from the government, and
were therefore not relying upon

the reason why the company
wants to resist,” he said.

He stated that a fair and rea-
sonable process must be engaged
to determine settlement and re-
engagement of employees.

“I think the way the company
has managed itself over the last
10 years has really made it a
sour grape in this community
with the employees.”

Mr Edwards said that labour
relations have deteriorated sig-
nificantly in the company since
the death of Mr Edward St
George, who was the first to
step in to mediate whenever cri-
sis and disputes arose between
workers and management in the



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the Heads of Agreeimeni as
authority to proceed

“After pressure from the
Court of the Appeals, the devel
opers two years later have pro-
vided copies of the permits they
say were necessary to proceed
with the development. For two

. years, the PLP and the FNM

have kept the details of this
development secret:from their
own Bahamian citizens, prefer-
ring instead to conspire with the
foreign developers, and permit-
ting the rape and destruction of
the environment, as they have
done in Bimini and elsewhere,”
he claimed. ,

Mr Smith said the new case.

challenges all of the so-called
permits that were issued to Bak-
er’s Bay.

The defendants in this action
are the Queen, the Director of
Physical Planning, the Prime
Minister, the Town Planning
Committee, the Minister of
Maritime Affairs and Labour,
the Minister of Public Works
and Transport, the Commis
sioner of Police, the Water and
Sewerage Corporation, the
Hope Town District Council,
the Attorney General, and the
Developers, Passerine at Abaco
Limited, Passerine at Abaco

Company.

Lawyer Fred Smith, the attor-
ney for the St George family
said that it is impossible for
Lady Henrietta St George to
intervene.

“It is not her role and it has
not been her role in the past.
And although she is a very char-
itable person and would like to
help, it is really a matter for the
new Japanese company to han-
dle,” he said.

Contrary to Mr Smith’s
comments, Mr: Edwards

thinks that Lady Henrietta.

has a very strong influence
and.can help bring a speedy

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Save Guana Cay claims that
the defendants did not have law
ful authority to give the permits
that contrary to law the citizens
of Guana Cay were not consult
ed; and that in any event grant
ing the permits was irrational
and contrary to the Constitu-



. tion because they discriminate

against Bahamians and residents
who have to pay customs duties
while the developers and thei
buyers invest and. own tax fre
Save Guana Cay also claims
that Crown and Treasury land is
only for public purposes and for
Bahamians. It is not supposed to
be given away to foreign devel
opers, for their profit, tax free.
Mr Smith said the association
continues to ask for discovery
and will shortly. bi
another injunction
“We will go to the Privy
Council again if necessary
“The English seem to have a
little more respect for local and
environmental rights, than our
own country,” he said.

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solution to the matter.

“The shares in ICD Utilities,
which is partly owned by
Mairubeni and the public, is
controlled by the St. Georges
estate. The chairman controls
those which give them the over-
riding power and authority.

“And so, therefore, we don’t
see Mairubeni as that solution.
We see the Port Authority as
the licensed authority, and she is
a part of the Port Authority and
owns the next bulk of shares in
the GBPC. And she has-to step
forward in terms Of giving direc-
tives to finding a reasonable and
speedy solution to this matte:
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British inquest jury ©

coming to Paris to
retrace Princess
Diana's fatal path

@ PARIS





A DECADE after Princess
Diana and her boyfriend Dodi
Fayed were killed in a Paris car
crash, a British coroner’s jury
comes ts the French capital this
week to retrace the lovers’ fatal
path in an attempt to put to
rest the dark suspicions sur-
rounding their deaths, accord-
ing to Associated Press.

Although the events leading
up to the deaths have already
been dissected in two lengthy
investigations, the visit Mon-
day and Tuesday marks the
first time an inquest jury has
left Britain.

There are concerns over
swarming paparazzi similar to
those who pursued the couple
in their final moments. Where
the 11-member jury will stay is
top secret, and their exact itin-
erary while the court is “in ses-
sion” in Paris will not be
divulged in advance.

It is known, however, that.
they will visit the Place de l’Al-
ma by the underpass where the
Mercedes crashed and the Pitie
Salpetiere Hospital where
Diana died.

“Tt is very difficult to con-
duct this sort of visit where you
are leaving the protection ...
offered by your own legal sys-
tem,” said a spokesman for the
inquest, who asked not to be

_ named in keeping with British

procedure. “All of a sudden,
we are about to walk down
streets in Paris with no legal
authority over those people
around us.”

Under British law, inquests
are held when someone dies
unexpectedly, violently or of
unknown causes.

Diana, 36, and Fayed, 42,
were killed along with their dri-
ver, Henri Paul, when their
Mercedes crashed in the Pont
d’Alma tunnel shortly after
midnight on.Aug. 31, 1997.
Bodyguard Trevor Rees was
badly injured but survived.

The group was heading from
the Ritz Hotel to Fayed’s pri-
vate Paris home near the Arc
de Triomphe. Dodi Fayed’s
father, Egyptian-born billion-
aire Mohamed al Fayed, has
said it was their engagement
night.

Whether Diana and Fayed
planned to announce their
engagement the next day —
and whether she was pregnant
with Fayed’s child — are ques-
tions the jury must try to clear
up.

Mohanied al Fayed claims
the couple was murdered in a

plot directed by Prince Philip,

Queen Elizabeth II’s husband,
to keep a Muslim out of the
royal spheres.

The inquest, headed by Lord
Justice Scott Baker, is to deter-
mine when, where and how
they were killed. It opened last
Tuesday and was expected to
last no more than six months.

-A French investigation con-
cluded that the car was travel-
ing at an excessive speed and
the driver had a blood alcohol
level more than three times the
legal limit. Tests showed the
presence of two prescription
drugs, including the antide-
pressant Prozac, in his system.

A British investigation left
it to the coroner’s inquest to
assign blame. Neither the
French nor British investiga-
tions have blamed paparazzi
pursuing the speeding car for
the crash.

Some British press reports,
however, have seized on
footage showing the driver
waving in the direction of pho-
tographer Jacques Langevin,
who was at the back of the
hotel with several colleagues.
The reports have concluded

that Paul may have tipped off.

photographers about the cou-
ple’s plan to leave the hotel
from its service entrance.

The wave, captured on one

of the hotel’s 43 security cam-

eras, was among dozens shown
to the jury in London.

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Cruise ships to make
new calls to Freeport

32 planned cruises to Grand Bahama

@ By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter

FREEPORT - Norwegian Cruise Lines
and the Ministry of Tourism announced
the return of the cruise ship to Grand
Bahama beginning next month with the
first of 32 planned cruises to the island.

The introduction of these new calls to
Freeport is expected to bring 84, 000 pas-
sengers and inject millions in visitor
spending in the economy here between
2007 through 2009.

Colin Murphy of NCL and Tourism
Minister Neko Grant made the announce-
ment on Saturday at the Ministry of
Tourism offices in the Fidelity Building in
Freeport.

Raymond Jones, the executive in
charge of port facilities, as well as various
stakeholders in the tourism industry,
including a senior police official, taxi and
tour bus operators were present.

December 27, and will return again on
January 3, 2008 to begin its scheduled
calls to the island.

Mr Murphy said NCL started planning
for the new deployment two months ago
following a visit to Grand Bahama by the
invitation of the Ministry of Tourism.

“Our decision to return (to Grand
Bahama) was based on the positive
response of the government, and the
Freeport Harbour Company as well as
the experience, the culture, the cuisine,
and most of all the people of Grand
Bahama who we came in contact with,”
he said.

It has been agreed that 32 calls will be
made at Nassau, Great Stirrup Cay, and
Grand Bahama Island. NCL’s newest
ship, the Norwegian Gem, will make 28 of

The new ship has a carrying capacity of
approximately 2,800 passengers and a
crew of 1,150. It offers 11 bars, 12
restaurants, and a four lane bowling
alley.

Mr Murphy said the deployment reaf-
firms NCL’s long standing commitment to
its relationship with the Bahamas which
began some 40 years ago.

He noted that NCL was the first major
cruise lines to call at the Bahamas, and
was the first in the industry to own and
include a private island experience in
their itineraries to Great Stirrup Cay in
the Berry Islands — something that other
cruise lines have since emulated.

Minister Grant said the return of NCL
to Grand Bahama is welcomed news for
the island, and the revitalization of

“It signals the beginning of a more

robust future for the cruise industry and .
related businesses on Grand Bahama,”
he said. Mr Grant said NCL is expected
to deliver 38,000 passengers in the short
term (first season) to GBI, Nassau, and
Great Stirrup Cay.
_ He indicated that revenue calculations
based on an estimated per passenger
spent of $58 with 73 per cent going on
shore is pegged at $101,616 in GBI alone
in 2007.

Mr Grant reported that estimated pas-
senger spending on GBI in 2008 from
Norwegian Gem is pegged at $1,541,176,
with a similar figure of $1,541,176 the fol-
lowing year (2009).

“This represents a significant direct
dollar injection into Grand Bahama’s
economy.

“Tt does not, however,-take into
account the potential for indirect eco-
nomic spin-off and or new job creation as



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NCL will call on Grand Bahama on

these calls sailing out of New York.

tourism in Freeport.

a result of NCL’s return,” he said.

BNCA looks out for interests of artisans and craftsmen

@ By LLONELLA GILBERT
Bahamas Information
Services

ARTISANS and craftsmen

‘ now have an opportunity to join a

national association that will look

- out for their best interests.

Dr Melanie Thompson, Presi-
dent of the Bahamas National
Crafts Association (BNCA), says
the aim of the body is to first and
foremost assist artisans and crafts-
men with finding resources to
produce Bahamian-made prod-
ucts.

“T do not know if you have
tried purchasing some of the
products from the local artisans,”
Dr Thompson says. “You proba-
bly questioned why it was so cost-
ly. It is costly because most of
them use local resources and the
prices for these resources are kind
of hefty.”

Dr Thompson says that the

association tries to help find raw

materials at cheaper prices.

“T think I have done a very
good job in finding resources
where we can get, for instance,
bag handles, the feet for the bags
and things like that,” Dr Thomp-
son said.

The Association, established in
2006 during the ninth annual
Bahamas Arts Festival, is the
brainchild of Donnalee Bowe,
Bahamas Agricultural and Indus-
trial Corporation’s (BAIC) hand-
icraft development and marketing
manager.

The Association will have its
second annual general meeting
just before the three-day Festi-

val, which will:be held October

26-28,

Dr Thompson says that during
the meeting, individuals will be
brought in to talk about trends
and designs. ,

“Bahamians have been labelled
as copycats,” she explains.
“When a Bahamian sees some-
body doing something, they love
to go and do the same thing. So
they flood the market. Hopefully,
we will get across the message
that we do not need to copy any-
one’s designs.”

Dr Thompson is vice president
of Atlantic College, and has been

interested in working with crafts —

since childhood.

This interest led her to com-
plete shell and straw craft courses
offered by BAIC. In addition to
her work her at the College, she is
also a practising artisan.

Dr Thompson says that while
there are other craft associations
throughout the Family Islands
and New Providence, BNCA acts
as the national association of The
Bahamas.

Many of the other craft associ-
ations have already joined the
BNCA and others are in the
process of coming under its lead-
ership.

Dr Thompson notes that once
more of the local associations are
on board, the BNCA will be
doing a lot of “interesting things”.

The Association is already
addressing problems artisans and
craftsmen experience in finding
raw materials.

Dr.Thompson has already
found relief for persons com-

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in Nassau. A supplier of shells
from one of the Family Islands is
sending them to New Providence.

In addition, during a recent trip
to Long Island, Dr Thompson
and Ms Bowe discovered addi-
tional sources of straw for plait-
ing.

Dr Thompson says that previ-
ously one person on that island
virtually had a monopoly on straw
resources, therefore one of the
benefits of being a member of the
BNCA is having access to new
innovations and/or solutions to
longstanding problems facing arti-
sans.

The BNCA has plans to agi-
tate for an outlet where artisans
can display authentic Bahamian
products.

“T think in all fairness to the
straw vendors, when we talk
about foreign made products, the
point we are missing here, is that
if you go back in time and back to
the old straw market, you will

remember that everything that
was sold, was basically made by
persons working in the straw mar-
ket.

“But some of the big business-
men who saw what was happen-
ing, went out and bought foreign
made products. They returned to
the straw market and sent out
fliers saying “listen here, you do
not have to go hurt yourself, and
you can sell these items instead.”

“So that is how these foreign
products got into the market.
Some of the big businessmen saw
that they could themselves make
some money. Now it is very diffi-
cult to get them out of there,” Dr
Thompson says.

She adds: “You will hear some
persons saying that this is what is
selling, but that is what is selling
because that is what you have to

present. But if you display prod-.

ucts that are made in the
Bahamas, that is what the tourists
will buy, because that is what you
have.”



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dent of the Bahamas National Craft
Association, talks about the impor-
tance of a national association to
look after the interests of artisans
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Services

FREEPORT, GB - The
Department of Social Ser-
vices on Grand Bahama
announced several activities
in recognition of Older Per-
sons Month, which has as its
theme: “Addressing. the
Challenges and Opportuni-
ties of Aging: Empowering
Older. Persons.”

Assistant Director at the
Ministry of Social Service,
Mrs-Lilian Quant Forbes
pointed to recent UN statis-
tics cited. by Loretta R Turn-
er, Minister of State for
Sociak Development, which

+

indicate that persons 60 a
nd over are the fastest
growing population in the

_ world.
Mrs Turner also pointed.

out that experts, policy mak-
ers, economists and health-
care providers are conjectur-
ing broadly about how this
demographic wave would
affect our society.

Quoting the Minister’s
recent remarks on Older Per-
son’s Month, Mrs Forbes
said, “Underlying these
opinions is the fact that

senior citizens deserve the.

best quality of life our nation
can afford because we reap
the benefits of their contin-
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She also pointed out that
the value on the security and
dignity of older persons is
promoted in the internation-
al theme for Older Persons’
Month.

According to Assistant
Director the objectives for
this year’s activities are:

e. To make the public
aware of the challenge and
opportunities. individuals
experience during the aging
process;

e To encourage the full
enjoyment of economic,
social and cultural rights of
older persons and the elimi-
nation of all forms of vio-
lence and discrimination; and

e To recognise and applaud
the contributions made by
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The activities started on
Friday with a Mass at the

-Pro-Cathedral of Christ the
King Anglican Church at.

9.30am.

Entertained

Following the Mass, the
gathering moved to the Fos-
ter B Pestaina Centre where
the elderly persons were
entertained with a cultural
show featuring Opie and
The Boys, the Quadrille
Dancers, and George and
The Boys.

During the week of Octo-
ber 8th to 11th with the assis-
tance of the various media
houses, the Committee has
planned a series of profiles
on Senior Citizens Homes in
Grand Bahama.

The objective there is to

bring public awareness to the’

existence of these homes.

and legal affairs.

On Wednesday, October
17, the Committee has
planned a Submarine Ride
and Movie Day for the senior
citizens.

On Friday, October 19, a
Gerontology Clinic with take
place at the Eight Mile Rock
Clinic where the elderly
would be educated on health
and hygiene and self-defence.
On Thursday, October 25,
that same programme
will be duplicated in High
Rock.

Ms Gomez also confirmed
that a high point of the
month long celebration will
be a Forum and Health Fair,
sponsored:‘in conjunction
with the National Insurance
Board.

The Fair, schedule for
October 30, will take place
at the Foster B Pestiana Cen-
tre and is designed to edu-
cate older persons concern-
ing health, finance, nutrition

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- Votes on US
_ free traile deal

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica

COSTA RICANS were
sharply divided over Sunday’s
referendum orf a free trade pact
with the United States — a
measure supporters say is key to
national prosperity, but critics
fear could hurt farmers and
small businesses, according to
Associated Press.

Costa Rica is the only one of
the six Latin American signa-
tories to the trade deal, known
as CAFTA, that has yet to rati-
fy it. The pact is in effect in the
Dominican Republic,
Guatemala, Honduras,
Nicaragua and EI Salvador.

With polls showing Costa
Rica is poised to be the first
country to reject the U.S.-Cen-
tral American free trade agree-
ment, U.S. officials and Costa
Rica’s president appealed for

? voters to back the deal.

i. On Saturday, the White

: . House said if Costa Ricans vote
against joining the agreement,
the Bush administration will not
renegotiate the deal and it urged
people to recognize the treaty’s
benefits.

The pact would “expand Cos-
ta Rica’s access to the U.S. mar-
ket, safeguard that access under
international law, attract U.S.
and other investment and link
Costa Rica to some of the most
dynamic economies of our
hemisphere,” White House
press secretary Dana Perino
said in a statement.

USS. officials also suggested
they may not extend trade pref-
erences now afforded to Costa
Rican products and set to expire
next September.

President Oscar Arias said a
‘no’ vote would affect industries
in this Central American nation
of 4.5 million people, and called
it an “important tool for gener-
ating wealth in the country.”

Arias, who won a Nobel
Peace Prize for helping end
Central America’s civil wars in
the 1980s, also said rejecting the
pact would threatened trade
benefits that help Costa Rica’s
textile and tuna industries.

But critics of the pact object
to its requirements that Costa
Rica open its telecommunica-
tions, services and agricultural
sectors to greater competition.
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Choosing the next -

Commonwealth





ORLD VIEW

SIRJRONALD
NDERS

‘A writer is a business exec-
sama former Caribbean

fE Heads of Government
anSihcountries will decide
trenth in Uganda who
ditbée the next Secretary-
caloa? the Commonwealth.
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tates whose population
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‘eno
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‘daaid South Africa. But
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niarid many of its former
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fific)
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small states in the Com-
eaith and the culture of

tyiof&membership regard- —

‘siz br power, one writer
dlyydescribed it as “the

tycof sovereign mice and
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workeboth within its own
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isommunity. _
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tsation played a key role
bariguto end Apartheid in
dAdrita and establishing
‘exity government. It
tsassimilar role in Zim-
winch, through no fault
3@ommonwealth, turned
‘stits government, under
dentiRobert Mugabe,
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brawhich the Common-
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aiy3othe Commonwealth
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hiand poor members to
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foresthe annual meetings
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aimaksWorld Bank, and it
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titdies on aid, trade and
mentithat advised inter-
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titiath Ramphal, said of
Ommonwealth that it
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-birhitv can help the world
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3 gerhaps that role that
vattracting aspirants to
ist off Secretary-General
b&admes vacant in March
méaiits incumbent, Don
imorVof New Zealand,
office after two terms.
é are, what one high
“prnionwealth official
cribéd as, “two and a
mténders” for the job:
sibothinee, Kamalesh
ithd current High Com-
gazto the United King-
alta’s’ nominee, Michael
dowhe is the country’s
_ Minister; and Mohan

Kaul, the Director-General of
the Commonwealth Business
Council.

Dr Kaul, a national of both
India and Britain, has proposed
himself and, at the time of writ-
ing, there is no information that
any government has put for-
ward his candidature.

Both the Indian and Maltese
candidates have been lobbying
governments for their support.
At the moment, it looks like a
two-horse race with the edge
in favour of Mr Sharma who
has reportedly been assured of
the support of Asia, the larger
and more influential states in
Africa; such as South Africa,
and the United Kingdom.

Malta has a special place in
the hearts of small states. It was
one of the leading countries in
the fotmulation of the Law of
the Sea which extended the
exclusive economic zone for
island territories and it boasts
an Islands and Small States
Institute at the University of
Malta. ;

But while these national cre-
dentials recommend a Maltese
candidate to other small states,
more is necessary. Both the
candidate and the competition
will bear analysis before a final
decision is made.

Dr Frendo is presently the
Chairman of the Common-

‘wealth Ministerial Action
Group (CMAG) - a Commit-
tee of nine Commonwealth
countries, formed in 1995 at the
level of foreign ministers, to
police the implementation of
common Commonwealth com-
mitments to democracy and
human rights.

He holds this position, in
which he has been active over
last six months, by virtue of
Malta’s position as Chairman-
in-Office of the Common-
wealth, a role that falls to the
host government of the last
heads of government meeting. :

In his career, Dr Frendo has
been oriented to the European
Union (EU) of which Malta is a

member state. He specialised ;

in European Community Law;
represented the Maltese
National Parliament as a mem-
ber of the European group that
formulated the text of a Treaty
on a Constitution for Europe;
and chaired the Maltese parlia-
mentary delegation to the
European Parliament.

His published writings have
also predominantly been about
European Affairs.

On the other hand, there is a
widespread view that it is “Asi-
a’s turn” to be Secretary-Gen-

eral. So far, the post has been
held by a Canadian, Arnold
Smith; a Caribbean, Sir Shri-
dath Ramphal; an African,
Emeka Anayaoku; and a Pacif-
ic representative, Don McKin-
non.

This view gives the Indian
candidate Kamalesh Sharma a
head start which is strength-
ened by his previous jobs as
India’s Permanent Representa-
tive to the UN offices in Gene-
va where he was the spokesper-
son for developing countries in
UNCTAD, and as Permanent
Representative to UN in New
York, where he chaired the
Working Group on Financing
for Development.

India itself has emerged in |

the last few years as a new eco-
nomic power-house. Having
long played a leading role in
the non-aligned movement, it
is now a force to be reckoned



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@ SIR Ronald Sanders

with in the World Trade Organ-
isation (WTO).

India’s position is also now
significant in other Asian coun-
tries and Africa, and it has
become a donor to countries in
the Caribbean and the Pacific.
This is a role that is likely to
grow in the coming years as
both the Indian government
and Indian entrepreneurs
explore global economic oppor-
tunities.

The Commonwealth’s future
in world affairs will rest on the
choice that. heads of govern-
ment make next month. For the
Secretary-General will need to
give the Commonwealth intel-
lectual leadership, purposeful
vision and a will to continue to
help the world negotiate the
myriad challenges it now faces
of global warming, terrorism,
and a widening divide between
rich and poor.

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critic of education reform

Response to

QO N September 26 Larry
Smith in his “Tough
Call” column wrote about
“Reversing the decline of edu-
cation.” He reported on a pre-
liminary second report of the
Coalition for Education Reform;
and posted his column on
bahamapundit.com. Gordon
Mills, the Editor, Office of Com-
munication, College of the
‘Bahamas, responded to Mr.
Smith's article and criticized the
Coalition's ideas. His full
response is posted on “bahama-
pundit”, but his major points
appear as follows: .

Point 1. The Coalition for
Education Reform advocates an
elitist solution by suggesting the
restoration of “Old” Govern-
ment High. Their proposal is “an
old chestnut”, “a mirror of old
stuff or privilege”, “a love affair

with the way things used to be.”
Response. This is simply an



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erroneous statement. The pro-
posed All Male Primary and Sec-

ondary School is described in
detail in Appendix C, pages 18-
19, of the June 2005 Bahamian
Youth: The Untapped Resource
report as posted on bahamasem-
ployers.org. It is based on the
Knowledge Is Power “Pro-
gramme, a national network of
57 free, open-enrolment, college-
preparatory public schools in
under-resourced communities
throughout the United States.
More than 80 per cent of KIPP
students are low-income and
more than 90 per cent are
African American or Hispan-
ic/Latino. Nationally, nearly 80
per cent of KIPP alumni have
matriculated to college.
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commitments would mean a
return of the student to another
public school. The objectives are
high expectations, much more
study time, a positive and coop-
erative attitude and respect for
both teachers and other stu-
dents. — .

Prin 2. The real core of
. the problem is the out-
dated and unsuitable curriculum
that is a relic from old grammar
schools and is relevant to only 25
per cent of the population.
Today's failing students need a
curriculum based on today's
technological world, a world of
CDs, DVDs, cell phones and
other hand held

devices...physics could come. ,

alive with a study of electronics.

Response. This is another
erroneous statement. The Coali-
tion contends that “the prob-
lem” is very basic. The forth-
coming Coalition report will
show that “56 per cent of stu-
dents from public schools who
take the (BGCSE) English lan-
guage exam “fail”, and 82 per
cent of public school students
who take the (BGCSE) math
exam “fail.” This level of acade-
mic achievement produces grad-
uates who are unprepared to
learn job skills.

The Bill and Melinda Gates
Foundation is a very large fun-
der of education reform in the
U.S. For instance, it has given
$130 million to New York City
alone. Bill Gates states —

“If you don't know how to
read, it doesn't matter how cre-
ative youare. More than a third
of the people with high school
diplomas have no employable
skills.” He and his Foundation
would like to push technology;
but he feels that schools are
flunking the basics. He states
“When we gave up on phonics,
we destroyed the reading ability
of those kids.” (Parade Maga-
zine, Miami Herald, September
23, 2007.)

Pa 3. “Of course, stu-
dents do need to learn
accurate writing, reading and
numerical skills.”

Response. This Point is not a

criticism but an “understated
assumption” that alludes to an



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indeed complex and is based on
the idea that letters represent
sounds. Some words are com-
posed of single letters that alone
represent specific sounds and
togethér comprise a single word.
However, the same letter may
represent different sounds when
preceded or followed by other
letters. There are “literally
dozens of rules that are 75 per
cent or more reliable.” This
body of knowledge is referred
to as “phonics” or “language
skills”. However, single words
have limited meaning; and whole
sentences, paragraphs and sto-



Retraining teachers
and the constructing
an education model
that is relevant and
meaningful to
students can take
them and the

country forward.

ries can have great meaning.
“Whole Language” is an

instructional philosophy that .

became very popular in the
1980s and 1990s being actively
promoted by the Education
Departments of virtually all
major universities. It was based
on the theory that one did not
learn from small chunks of
knowledge but by “experiment-
ing with stimuli and respons-
es”.,.by frequent reading, inde-
pendent reading, free interpre-
tation of text and free expres-
sion in journals. Whole language
considered grammar, spelling,
capitalization and punctuation
as not being linked directly to
understanding and “true litera-
cy”; and these skills were at best
relegated to mini-lessons embed-
ded in other lessons.

The problem with the Whole
Language movement was the
statistically significant drop in
reading scores on the National
Assessments of Educational

Progress in the U.S in the 1990
This drop occurred at a tir
when huge investments wer
being made to improve the qu:
ity of education for everyon:
Two large scale national studic
in 1998 and 2000 found thi
“phonics instruction of varyir
kinds...contributed positively
students’ ability to read. Bot
panels also found that embe:
ded phonics and no phonics coi
tributed to lower rates ¢
achievement from most popul:
tions of students.”

Mr. Mills appears in Point
as a Whole Language advocat
making a reluctant and perha)
even a dismissive concession
the importance of language ski
in the early years of schooling

oint' 4. The BGCS

Pe Exams tests st’

dents at a “C” grade le

el or lower; and these studen

are precluded from taking tl

Extended Exams that test at tl
“A” and “B” level.

Response. This Point fails
separate two distinct issues.

a.) Is the two test syste
valid? The “Core” exam tes
skill levels of “C” through “LC
on the eight point scale, and tt
“Extended” exam tests skill le
els “A” and “B”. One cann
answer the validity questic
without an informed evaluatic
of the system.

b.) Is the system proper
administered? Clearly a scho
administrator that does n
encourage students to aim hig
er and take the Extended Exai
as the critic suggests, is fail
in his/her duty. It is not a te
design problem but an admin.
tration problem.

Point 5. Retraining teache
and the constructing an educ
tion model that is relevant a
meaningful to students can ta
them and the country forwarc

This is the one point raised |
Mr. Mills that is truly comm«
ground.

Ralph Massey
The Nassau Institute

Mission:

The Nassau Institute ts an inc
pendent, a-political, non-pro,
institute that promotes econon
growth in a free market econo.
with limited government, in
society that embraces the rule
law and the right to private pro

erty.

Vision:

To see The Bahamas becor
the first small; developed, sov«
eign country in the region, r
ognized as a model for the wor.

Web Site: www.nassauins
tute.org

2006 Audit: anecdota
evidence of alleged
corruption in ministr

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reputational or anecdotal evi-
dence of questionable behaviour
among build control technical
officers, suggesting that they are
seeking payment for issuing
licences. This is potentially
extremely damaging to MOW’s
(the Ministry of Works) image
and credibility.”
Despite “blowing the whistle”
on this alleged activity, the report
does not list the number of offi-
cers who may be involved in this
practice, or the amount of “pay-
ment” they may have sought
from citizens or contractors.

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This alleged corruption in t
Ministry of Works, comes
there is a reinvigorated inves
gation into the Ministry of Ho:
ing. A series of articles by, T
Tribune in which contractc
alleged bribery and influen
peddling — among other qui
tionable activities — in this m
istry, has already led police
investigate these claims.

To offset the inspection prc
lems in the Ministry of Put
Works (MOPW), the report si
gested that authorities imp
ment the following recomme
dations:

- ¢ Introduce a written appoi
ment book with clear record
time requests received, to avi
disputes about delay.

e Produce duplicate copies
the sign-off by BCO (buildi
control office) with homeow:
given a copy.

e Maintain a permane
record trail to identify insp
tors who attempt to raise n
issues on each site.

The report further critici:
the current fee structure by |
building control office, wh
has not changed in 15 years, a
is currently based on the squi
footage of a building.

"There has been talk }
some time of revisiting the
system to one based on esti
ed value or one utilising ti
based extra inspections as ac
tional fees,” the reports sta
“However, there has been
analysis of whether fees
appropriate and proportion
to the cost (man hours of effi
of carrying out the service
even whether they are cove
their costs.”

The department of bui
control, the report note:
three managers who sup
the activities of 14 b
inspectors; 10 electrica’
tors; 10 mechanical, p
and volatiles inspect
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; Members of the Toastmasters organ-
* jsation on Grand Bahama paid a courtesy call on Parliamentary
2M: Secretary at the Office of the Prime Minister in Freeport Sen-

ator Katherine Forbes-Smith on Thursday morning.
The month of October is being observed as Toastmasters

". Month in the Bahamas. Senator Smith used the occasion to
_, touch on her youthful involvement with the organisation and
.., how it helped her in the field of journalism,

Pictured from left to right are: TM Vincent | Marshall, Vice
, President, Members Club #1425; TM Allison Levarity, Area
- Treasurer; TM Glen Rolle, Atea Governor; Senator Forbes-
Smith; TM. Shamine Johnson, Assistant Area Governor; TM

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2" Vice President, Public Relations Club # 1425.

State TV: 28 neople killed in crash

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A BUS collided with a train

~ in eastern Cuba, killing at least

- 28 people and injuring anoth-
ei 73, including 15 in critical
condition, state media report-
ed Sunday, according to Asso-
ciated Press.

Authorities were still inves-
tigating the cause of the crash,
which occurred around mid-
day Saturday in the proyince

. of Granma, about 500 miles
" east of Havana, according to a .
’’ statement read on state tele-

vision.

Cuba’s State media, which
typically shy away trom
reporting extensively about
any kind of bloodshed, pro-
. vided only sketchy details and
not even Granma Province’s

d 3 digital newspaper, La Dema-
) jagua, carried news of the acci-
2 dent.

The Communist Youth
newspaper Juventud Rebelde
had only a short story Sunday
reporting that the collision
took j ylace at a railroad cross

‘involving train, bus in eastern Cuba

ing near a bridge in the small
town of Veguita, in Yara
municipality.

It said a train trav eling from
the eastern city of Santiago to
the coastal city of Manzanillo
collided with a bus traveling
from Bayamo to the
coastal c community of
Campechueia.

The train dragged the bus
to the bridge, where the bus
fell below.

Buses are scarce and often
overloaded with passengers ii
rural Cuba, where large trucks
are also often commonly used
as public transportation.

In June, a truck transporting
passengers in the same region
flipped over, killing 11.

Railroad crossings in rural
areas commonly suffer from
visibility problems, are often
marked only. with a small sign
and do not have. automated
gates and signals.

State media said dozens of
local residents assisted with
rescue efforts or donated
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countries, showcased,” he said.

The International Cultural
Weekend set for October 21-22
at the Botanical Gardens, Chip-
pingham, between 10am and
5.30pm, will feature nationals
from 33 countries. A special
African Village comprising
Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal
and Tanzania will be on display.

For the first time, St Kitts
and Nevis will be participating.
The Greek and Danish com-
munities are returning after a
few years’ absence.

A Booth Decorating Com-
petition will be held on the Sat-'
urday, during which the acting
Minister of Foreign Affairs will
declare the Cultural Weekend
opened at noon. A colourful
parade of nations and presen-
tations of awards to the region-
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DEPUTY PRIME Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent Symonette, who serves as National Chair-
man for the International Cultural Committee, second from right, speaks at the International Cultural Com-
mittee’s press conference on Thursday, October 4. Shown from left committee members Janice Miller;
James Catalyn, chairman; Mr Symonette; High Commissioner to Caricom Leonard Archer.

will also take place. Overall

booth competition winners will
be presented during the clos-
ing ceremonies on Sunday.
The annual event was first
held on October 24, 1995, in
commemoration of the 50th
anniversary of the founding of
the United Nations. The
Bahamas’ contribution to the

celebrations was the formation
of the International Cultural
Committee and the staging of
the first cultural weekend Octo-
ber 21-22, 1995.
Entertainment will be pro-
vided by the Royal Bahamas
Police Force and. Royal
Bahamas Defence Force bands,
followed by cultural presenta-

tions by various countries.
Over the years the committee
has staged successful art shows
at the Central Bank of The
Bahamas and other cultural
events, including food-tasting
fetes at residences of the Amer-
ican Ambassador, the British
High Commissioner and at the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs.



Turtles hatch successfully at Baker’s Bay

Sea turtle nesting season has
come and gone this year, with
turtle nests on the Atlantic
Beach of Baker's Bay Golf and
Ocean Club reportedly faring
well once again.

The resort said that this nest-
ing season, consistent monitor-
ing efforts by on-site environ-
mental staff and security con-
firmed that turtles hatched from
three nests along the beaches
of its property.

On September 20, around 97
loggerhead turtles hatched from
a turtle nest, marking the first
documented successful turtle
nesting and hatching at Baker's
Bay for the 2007 nesting season.

Days later, 84 loggerhead turtles
and 58 green turtles hatched from
the remaining two turtle nests.

“This was a joyous occasion
for the environmental team to

once again experience the emer-
gence of these unique and mag-
nificent creatures and their jour-
ney to the sea,” said Dr Liv-
ingston Marshall, senior vice pres-
ident of environmental and com-
munity affairs for Baker's Bay.
During the turtle nesting sea-
son in 2006, turtle hatchling

tracks observed in the vicinity of

a known turtle nest were a clear
indication that turtles had
hatched the night before.
However, this year due to fre-
quent rain, all turtle hatchling
tracks had already washed away
by the time daily surveys ofthe
beaches were carried out. This
meant the only indicators of tur-
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face of the nests.
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tent efforts to protect sea turtles
and their nesting habitats at
Baker's Bay were paying off”.

Further scrutiny of the nests
also revealed that there were a
few remaining turtle hatchlings
still struggling to make their
way to the sea. These hatchlings
were removed from the nests
and released.

Historically, beaches on Great
Guana Cay, including that of
Baker's Bay, have been utilised
as nesting grounds by female: sea
turtles. In the event that nesting
and hatching of turtle eggs does
prove successful, sea turtle hatch-
lings only have a one in a thou-
sand chance of survival due to
predation and susceptibility to

dehydration. Coupled with |
human activities such as, over fish- .

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feeding habitat, and water and
shoreline pollution, these incred-
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are in decline worldwide.

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vival of these species for future
generations, Baker's Bay con-
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THE Bahamas Agricultural
and Industrial Corporation
(BAIC) and The College of The
Bahamas will present a five-
week business empowerment
lecture series beginning Oct
ber 11. th

Edison Key, MP for South

Abaco and Chairman of BAIC,
said at a press conference on
Friday that the lecture series
is a part of the Corporation’s
mandate to promote, encour-
age and facilitate business
development in The Bahamas.

“The purpose of these semi-
nars, which are free of charge to
the public, is to provide poten-
tial, budding and existing entre-

preneurs and businesspersons ~

with broad exposure to proven
successful business strategies,
best practices and real life busi-

_ ness experiences.

“These interactive seminars
will give entrepreneurs and

business persons tools that will
enhance their knowledge and
elevate their business acumen,
as well as create a sustaining,
dynamic and successful cadre
of individuals equipped for the
global arena,” said Mr Key.

The lecture series will start
Thursday, October 11, at The
College of The Bahamas at
7pm. All sessions will be held
Thursdays at the lecture theatre
and the Michael Eldon Centre
at the College.

Mr Key said some of the top-
ics to be covered are business
planning and forecasting, fund-
ing and venture capital,
accounting and marketing,
information technology, cus-
tomer service, government reg-
ulations and leadership.

“There will be a segment dur-
ing each session for testimonials
from successful business per-
sons,” he said. “These semi-
nars will enhance the capacity of
entrepreneurs and business per-
sons to benefit from the many

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BAIC and COB to host business lecture series

investment projects throughout
The Bahamas.”

There also will be two round-
table discussions for farmers
and other agri-business entre-
preneurs and experts.

Mr Key said the roundtable
sessions will facilitate a window
through which agri-business
participants can enter the glob-
al arena. was

“At these roundtable ses-
sions, we will discuss and
attempt to enhance linkages
between agri-business and oth-
er sectors, like tourism, the
export markets, and the like,”
Mr Key said.

“Farmers and other agri-busi-
ness personnel,” he added, “will
also be able to meet policy mak-
ers, wholesalers and other
stakeholders who will help to
forge a new direction in agri-
culture in ‘The Bahamas, as we
promote sustainable local agri-
culture and marine production
and consumption: strengthen-
ing agri-business.”

BNT welcomes back warblers

EACH year in the Fall mil-
lions of neotropical migrants
leave their northern breeding
grounds and fly south for the
winter. These neotropical
migrants are birds that breed in
North America during the spring
and early summer and spend the
winter in Mexico, the Caribbean
and Central and South America.
There are more than 200 species
of neotropical migrants, includ-
ing some of our most beautiful
songbirds, as well as shorebirds,
waterfowl and some raptors such
as hawks and vultures.

Many species of neotropical
warblers are experiencing pop-
ulation declines mainly because
of the loss and fragmentation
of breeding, wintering and

migratory stopover habitats.

Research on neotropical win-
tering grounds has revealed that
as with breeding habitat, many
species require specific habitat
types during winter months.
Males and females of many
species, individually, defend
their own winter foraging ter-
ritories and return to these same
territories year after year, this is

“called “site fidelity”. The con-

tinuing loss of habitat in the
















neotropics has a grave impact
on over winter survival of birds

and decreases the probability

of successful migration and

breeding the following spring.

The Bahamas is important for
a number of neotropical
migrants, but the most impor-
tant winter visitor we have is the
Kirtland's Warbler. The endan-
gered Kirtland's warbler (Den-
droica kirtlandii) breeds exclu-
sively in small areas of Michi-
gan, and winters almost exclu-
sively in the Bahamas from
October to May, frequently in
short bush vegetation. However,
little has been known about the
bird's wintering habitat require-
ments or needs. In 2001, The
Kirtland's Warbler Training and
Research Project was estab-
lished on Andros to provide
field experience and training for
Bahamian biologists, while
examining the winter habitat
requirements of the bird.

In 2002, the project was moved
to Eleuthera. Although more

than 200 bird species have been

recorded on the island, only 200
Kirtland's warblers—which are
secretive and difficult to see —

_ have been recorded in the whole

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of the Bahamas in the last 150
years. Prior to this project, only
98 had been seen on the island;
afterward, more than 30 warblers
in 12 new locations were found.

Through dedicated research
and conservation efforts on the
birds' breeding grounds, popu-
lations have increased from
approximately 170 pairs in the
1970s to more than 1,400 breed-
ing pairs in 2005. However, if
the success on the breeding
erounds is to continue then habi-
tat protection for this endan-
gered species needs to become a
priority in the Bahamas.

On Saturday, October 6, the
BNT celebrated Migratory Bird
Day to celebrate the safe arrival
of our winter visitors when mem-
bers of the BNT’s Ornithology
group, and those who wanted to
learn more about these first “fre-
quent flyers” to the Bahamas,
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ry birds in The Retreat Garden.
A short talk was also given on

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Mts Remelda Moxey. chai
person, School of Busines:
COB, said the College look
forward to the venture being
successful and trusts that the
objectives will be achieved

“We invite interested person
to contact BAIC or the School
of Business so that they can gain
and garner the knowledg¢
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BAHAMAS AGRICULTURAL
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chairman Edison Key talks

about the five-week business
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murder, but it is suspected that
Mrs Cates was killed during the
robbery of her home.

At this point police are keeping
the details of their investigation
close to their chests, but the fact
that this killing occurred on an
island that has no violent crime
has not escaped them.

Man dies

Memorial Hospital, where he

received emergency medical treat-
* ment and was detained. Around
‘4:30am Sunday he died of his

injuries.
Mr Timothee escaped without

injury.

, Traffic and Eight Mile Rock

: police are continuing their investi-

- gation into-the accident.
the scene, where a very large. a

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FROM page one

Nottage, Fred Mitchell, Melanie
Griffin and Philip Davis.

He said that often, because of
the massive “economic expan-
sion” under the Christie govern-
ment, big contractors simply did
not offer bids for government
jobs as their hands were already
full.

“Yet still the government had
to get its agenda across and get
the various projects underway,
that is a reality, and the present
administration is enjoying the
fruits of the Christie administra-
tion and I’m sure they’re find-
ing the same thing as well.”

He was strongly supported by
Mr Christie, who said that in all

instances where contracts were
not put out to bid the govern-
ment would be able to “explain
(why) and conclude that people
got value for money.”

During the conference the
party members called into ques-
tion the audit made public -by
Works Minister Earl Deveaux
in the House last week and
accused the minister of “guerril-


























its contents.
Dr Bernard Nottage said that
the party intends to call upon the








review the audit so that an
“objective” overview of its con-
tents can be ascertained.

The audit, done on behalf of





la tactics” in his presentation of

Public Accounts Committee to .

Former ministe

the Auditor General by the
British Crown Agents before the
FNM came to power found that
three quarters of all “high val-
ue” contracts issued by the for-
mer government were not put
out to bid.

It said “serious concerns” are
raised by its findings, which
determined that as a general rule
“contractor selection (was) not
being done in an open, transpar-
ent or fair manner.”

Mr Roberts, however, denied
that there was any impropriety
involved in the manner in which

contracts were awarded, claiming

that he “did the public’s work
with the utmost integrity.”

Mr Roberts sought to play
down the significance of the
report as a whole. “(It) is at best
an internal administrative docu-
ment done by contracted agents
and I am advised does not hold
thé same weight or stature” as
the “sacred” Auditor General’s
annual report, he said.

What he described as defi-
ciencies in the manner in which
the audit was conducted were
also noted.

The former works minister
emphasised that it is. particularly
“hypocritical” of the government
to criticise the method of con-
tractor selection used by the PLP
in the instances referred to in the





report as the FNM government
also failed to put contracts out
to bid when it issued “over 23
million dollars worth of school
related contracts...without com-
petitive bidding.”

He said that the Christie
administration “did not invent
the practice of negotiated con-
tracts” but that in fact it also took
place under the previous gov-
ernment.

Mr Roberts, Mr Christie and
Dr Nottage pointed out that
there is a defined “process” fol-
lowed even when competitive
bidding does not occur which
requires deliberation by senior
ministry officials, and — for con-
tracts of over $250,000 — a deci-
sion from the Cabinet.

’ The former works minister
claimed that the “selective and
tendentious” quoting by Mr
Deveaux from the report is part
of an
effort to justify the cancellation
of contracts “legally entered into
by” the former administration,
and “to paint the previous
administration in a negative
light.”

In doing so, Mr Deveaux has
“deepened disunity in the coun-
try, disrupted the lives of con-
tractors and their dependents,
and retarded progress,” he
alleged.

““inwise and destructive”,



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| Police ‘raid’

FROM page one

rogated her for two hours,
refusing to let her put her
clothes on, the patron claimed,’
Immigration officers were
‘also called in to investigate the »
. immigration status of the
dancer. K
During the course of the
incident more officers arrived
until there were 30 in total. :
“Generally it was an effort ©
to harass and menace the peo-
ple rather than investigate.
anything,” the patron told ne
Tribune.
Approximately 600 gay and.
lesbian tourists arrived on the ©
ship. At the time of the inci- 4
dent, eyewitnesses said, there»
were 200 of them in the club.
Chief Superintendent Glen”
Miller told The Tribune yes-
terday that while he was
unaware of the actual inci-
dent, there are many police
units monitoring the various
night spots in Nassau on
weekends.
“During the nights there
are units doing occasional
checks of night spots so it .
would not be unusual (if offi-
cers suspect something unto-
ward) for something like this
to occur,” he said.

FROM page one

to allow for the project was significantly
impacted by the fact that the Christie admin-
istration had also anticipated the removal of
the downtown shipping facilities to that area.

This fact would have required a 300-foot
canal to be cut through the road in any case,

“said Mr Christie, therefore making a diversion

inevitable whether it was desired by the devel-
opers or not.

“Tt was a difficulty for me, the same diffi-
culty that I had with respect to people’s tra-
ditional rights in the case of Bahamar, but it
became easier for me once we, based on
advice (from town planning company EDAW)
made that decision (to move the port).

“So once we decided that we had no choice,
whether you like it or you don’t like it...the
road would be closed to allow for that,” he
explained.

With the implementation of this plan for
the port now less of a certainty, Mr Christie
said that the road issue is now a “difficult

~ decision” that Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-

ham will have to bear. :

Responding to allegations made by Mr
Ingraham in the House of Assembly that not
all concessions and incentives granted to

Perry Christie

“written advice that I got (was that) we were
conforming with law and policy as it exist-
ed.”

Additionally, he said that the “tremendous
social benefits” that he felt his government
got the developers to agree to providing —
such as beach re-nourishment, and the cre-
ation of an “environmental park” — as well as
the overall anticipated economic impact jus-
tified such financial perks.

“T also knew that there could be a philo-
sophical challenge to a gated community
attracting exemptions — Ingraham is making
a philosophical challenge — he said: “That’s a
Lyford Cay, you don’t give a Lyford Cay con-
cessions, people can afford to build their
homes on their own’.

“What I’m saying is that where I depart
from him is that we were having a one-of-a-

kind connection: South Ocean never worked, : .

his government tried, Pindling’s government

. tried, my government tried — this time we

had a ...chance.of making it work out there.”

With “stars” like Tiger Woods, Joe Lewis
and Ernie Els “calling Albany their home”,
Mr Christie said the intention is to make “this
island like the South of France”.

has now been able to reduce the concessions
made available to the developers at this stage
because the developers began investing large
amounts of money in the project from the
point when the former government signed
the agreement.

“The successive government came and
blackmailed them,” he said. fo RR ee

Mr Christie took issue with statements >
made by Mr Ingraham in the House last weeks se
which indicated that he was concerned about ©
the environmental impact of the develE
ments.

He declared that being aware of the envi-
ronmental assessment and environmental
management plan ensured by the previous
government, Mr Ingraham’s statements were.
“disingenuous.”

Mr Christie added that the Albany and
South Ocean developments must be seen also .
in terms of being part of the “overarching -
plans for the country to move forward” that*
have informed the decision on the part oth
YVRAS, the Canadian company which now °
manages the airport to plough “$300-400 mie f
lion” into upgrading the airport. \

“The amount of people that would be} moved
ing through New Providence as a result of © I
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LOCAL AND AMERICAS NEWS

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Month on Friday, October 5, at his Ministry headquarters on Meeting Street. From left are Dr Minnis,
Vinnette Gaitor, business manager, Thompson Trading Co; Candice Minott, business account manager,
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@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

BAHAMIAN employers

have recommended that the

Exceptions Order to the Fair
Labour Standards Act be rein-~
stated as part of the Employ-
ment Act, a move that if
approved would exempt specif:
ic worker: categories from cer-
tain provisions in the Act, such
as the standard hours of ‘work
and overtime pay.

As part of their proposed
package of amendments to the
Employment Act, which will be
discussed at the upcoming

October 22 conference that also.

‘Recipe for

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
. Tribune Business Editor

_ The absence of transparency:

and competitive tendering for

; government works contracts is a

“recipe for disaster”, the

Bahamian Contractors Associ-
ation’s ( BCA) ‘president
warned, as it could result in sub-
standard work, defective build-
ings and cost overruns that ulti-
mately bled the Bahamian tax-
payer. ony



MONDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2007

Employers try to ‘reinstate
worker Exceptions Order

The Tribune

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managerial/supervisory staff from standard hours and overtime pay provisions —
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(BECon) president, told-The
Tribune: “What employers are
looking | to do ie ceaatate an

isaster’

‘ Contractots ‘Asean head expresses concern”
on problems with government works bid and ten-
dering process; says proposed Bill's licensinjg sys-

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Tribune that the BCA had
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Tribune Business Editor

THE ‘merchant banking tie-
up between Fidelity Bank &
Trust International and Royal

Bank of Canada is “very close”

to obtaining all the required
regulatory approvals from
Caribbean supervisors, Royal

~ Bank’s head of banking for the _

Caribbean region told The Tri-

’ -bune.

Ross McDonald said: “We’re
still working hard to come to

an arrangement with them.We ||

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reaffirmed |

m By NEIL HARTNELL

Tribune Business Editor -

The Government last week
reaffirmed the approvals in
principle given by the former
Christie administration to the
developer behind the $867
million project to revitalise
the still-closed South Ocean
Golf and Beach resort, bring-
ing that project closer to
fruition.

- Sources familiar with the sit-
uation confirmed to The Tri-

bune that Cabinet last Tuesday —



reaffirmed thet ‘April 30
approval in principle that RHS-
Ventures and its principal,
Roger Stein, had received from
the PLP government just before
it demitted office,

~The approvals deal with
issues such as the diversion of

_ the existing south-west Bay
Street road that runs through |

the South Ocean'site away from.
the proposed resort and resi-
dential complex, plus the devel-

oper’s casino FIghES.

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relating to the tendering process

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Exceptions Order that is similar
to the Exceptions Order that
existed under the Fair Labour
Standards Act.

“We have made that recom-
mendation, and although we’ve

made a few minor changes in

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Tribune Business Editor

SENIOR management i in

the Department of Public
Works estimated that 85 per
cent of public construction

contracts were negotiated |

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of government exposure and

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It was an active week in the year. Net income for the six
Bahamian market, with 99,987 months ended June 30,.2007,
shares changing hands. The was $1.2 million compared to
market saw 12 out of its 19 list- $1.3 million for the same period
ed stocks trade, of which three _ in the prior year, a decline of
advanced, three declined and —_ $182,000. So
‘six remained unchanged... . Rental income for the peri-
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was Freeport Oil Holdings "parison to the prior year, while _
Company (FCL), with 30,000 bank interest increased by
shares being traded and . $72,000.
accounting for 30 per cent of - For the second quarter, net.
the total shares exchanged. __ income was $562,000, which was .

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Building Control
urged to increase
its permit fees

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

PERMIT and _ building
inspection fees charged by the
Buildings Control Department
need to be revised to reflect ser-
vice costs, external auditors
have recommended, as during
the 2006 first half it earned just
$612,547 in fees from just over
$343 million worth of building
applications. submitted and
approved.

The report, by UK-based
Crown Agents, found: “Fees are
unchanged in 15 years and cur-
rently based on square footage.
However, this does not neces-
sarily reflect the true complexi-
ty or cost of the service.”

The audit report pointed out
that a 5,000 square foot, single-
storey building would require
five inspections by the Building
Control Departmert, but a three-
storey building of the same size
would need at least a minimum
of four additional inspections,
meaning that square footage was
not reflective of costs.

During the 2006 first half, the
Building Control Department

Department earns just $612,547.
in fees from construction
applications worth $343m

in 2006 first half



dealt with 1,753 building appli-
cations that were submitted and
another 1,008 that were
approved. The total value of
applications received was just

over $343 million, but the .

Department earned only
$612,547 in permit fees.
During the same time peri-
od, some 798 new buildings
worth a collective $105,297 mil-
lion were completed, while 761

properties valued at $126.146 >

million were started.

The audit report said: “There
has been talk for some time of
revising the fee system to one
based on estimated value or one
utilising time-based extra inspec-
tions as additional fees: How-
ever, there has been no analysis

of whether fees are appropriate
and proportionate to the cost
(man hours of effort) of carrying
out the service or even whether
they are covering their costs.
“It is recommended that the
department conducts an analysis
of the cost of its service, and
ensures that in the medium term
an appropriate and proportion-
ate fee structure is put in place.”
Crown Agents suggested that
the Government might want the
Building Control Department

to-operate as a standalone, qua-

si-governmental agency, with
the objective of maximising effi-
ciency, delivering better public
service and “providing the
appropriate return to the Goy-
ernment in terms of revenue”.

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Tribune Business Reporter

BAY Street merchants say
they are braving the tradition-
ally slow period between the
summer and start of the Christ-
mas season, pointing out that
initial fig_res are suggesting
sales and profits will be similar
to that of last year.

Speaking for the John Bull
Group or Companies, Inga
Bowleg said the trend they are
currentlv seeing is pretty much
in line with expectations) they”
had for this time of year.

She added that while the state
of downtown Nassau was always
a concern each individual store
was doing what it could to ensure
their property wasup to standard.

Collectively, the stores under
the umbrella of the Nassau
Tourism and Development
Board (NTDB) are working
with the Government to address
concerns about the area.

Ms Bowleg said John Bull
used the traditionally slower
pre-Christmas season to plan a
special reward for their loyal
Bahamian customers. The first
annual Girl’s Night Out event

last month was considered a
success as it allowed invited
guests a fun evening of fashion
show prizes, as well as a pre-
view of new merchandise.

The Seventeen Shop also
reported that while there was a
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results.

However Billy Lee, the pro-
prietor of a souvenir based store,
noted that they were seeing less
tourists, particularly cruise pas-
sengers, than in the past year.

He said that while the state of
downtown may "be'a ‘factor, there’ e

might be a number of reasons:

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BUSINESS

THE TRIBUNE



Lack of planning hits small business

| = CARA BRENNEN- BETHEL
Tribune Business Re;



SMALL Bahamian business-

’ es are suffering from a compre-

hensive lack of planning in all
areas of their operations, a con-
sultant told The Tribune. Mark
Turnquest, head of Mark Turn-
quest and Associate Companies
and the

Small Business Resource
Centre, told The Tribune that

there are several areas which,
in his role as a business advi-
sor, he has seen persons struggie
with.

A lot of times, he said, per-
sons create valid plans in a sin-
gle area of business, but lack
the synergy and coordination
of having a comprehensive plan
to address all aspects of their
companies.

“I feel that there are three
goals when people enter into

business that prove difficult,
including human resources and
training of employees. This is
most particularly when it comes
to the role of succession into
higher positions," Mr Tunrquest
said.

Another area where there is a
lack of planning is in the area of
marketing, with many compa-
nies not taking the time to prop-
erly promote their services and
products.

Another major area of con-
cern is financial planning, Mr
Turnquest said, because a lot
of companies often find they do
not have significant cash flow
to meet their business obliga-
tions or deal with their emer-
gencies.

Mr Turnquest said: “Busi-
ness owners must participate
in the development of their
business plans because, at
the end of the day, they will

be solely responsible for

implementing their business

strategies in an effective and
efficient manner.”

He also highlighted a grow-
ing need for companies to
take the social responsibility
of providing some financial
security for their employees
seriously.

‘He said that as a method of
growth and employee incentive,
some sort of pension plan and

or retirement savings mittst be
enforced.

“I do think that we Kave to
move towards pensions, partic
ularly once an employee has
reached a certain maturity with
the company - for example,
after five years a certain
amount is set aside," Mr Turn
quest said.

He added that employees and
employers should facilitate sav
ings plans.



China focusing on product safety, says Ambassador

fi By CARA BRENNEN- BETHEL
Tribune Business Reporter

The People’s Republic of
China is committed to ensuring
the products it manufactures
are of high safety and quality
standards, its ambassador to the
Bahamas said in the aftermath
of a recent massive recall of toys
in the US.

Li Yuanming explained at a
special forum on doing business
in China that its economy was

growing at a rapid pace, with

foreign trade totaling US $1.7
trillion last year.

With all of this taking place,
Mr Yuanming said that the
country’s challenge wasto
ensure its products were up to
standard and remain at low
prices. :

His comments come in the
aftermath of the recall of more
than one million Mattel toys
manufactured in China, which
had been discovered to contain
lead.

The increase in manufactur-

ing has also led to an obvious
increase in the amount of ener-
gy which is used, something
Chuina is seeking ways to min-
ismise, the ambassador said.
Also speaking at the Forum
was Jingshen Chen, the eco-

‘nomic officer in the Embassy

of China.

Mr Chen reminded the audi-
ence that the most important
piece of advice in conducting
business with Chinese distribu-
tors is to have the contract in
writing.

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' He explained that while most

“merchants will request a full

payment at the time of the
order, this is something that is
not recommended.

Deposit

Rather, he said persons
should be prepared to place a
deposit of around 30 per cent
of the total order.

Mr Chen further said that
there werea number of miscon-
ceptions that persons have
regarding business in China,
namely that dealing with the
manufacturer is always the
cheapest route to take.

He said this may not be the

case, and that Chinese prices
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MONDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2007, PAGE 5B



Let's look forward, not back

SAYING it is time to look
forward, not back Fleming
Family & Partners, the prospec-
tive investor in the Grand
Bahama Port Authority
(GBPA), said yesterday it was
time to look forward in
Freeport, not back, and was
excited about the opportunity
to work with Bahamian patt-
ners in developing the city into
a thriving community.

“We are excited about the
future of Grand Bahama, and
fully believe that no other island
in the region can compare to it
for the untapped potential it has
for-complete and economically
diverse development,” said
Geoff Richards, of Fleming
Family & Partners.

Mr Richards, speaking from a
conference room in Vaduz
where he had been attending a
meeting with European finance
ministers, spoke after the late
Edward St George’s estate
offered an olive branch from in
the battle for ownership and
control of the Grand Bahama

Port Authority to Sir Jack Hay-
ward and his family. Some
observers said the ‘branch’
came with thorns.

Mr Richards refused com-
ment on those articles, saying:
“The court will decide what it
will decide. We do not feel it is
appropriate for us to comment
on those matters at all. Legal

matters are meant to be decided -

ina court of law, not the court
of public opinion. Fleming Fam-
ily & Partners is actively sup-
porting the resolution of all the
litigation in a fair, equitable and
reasonable manner in the inter-
ests of Freeport and its stake-
holders because our interest lies
in the future of Grand Bahama,
which we believe has the great-
est untapped potential in the
region. It is time to look for-
ward, not back.”
Fleming Family & Partners,
an asset management firm that
focuses on emerging markets,
has a record of successful part-
nerships investing in 44 coun-
tries. In each case, it aims to



develop strong communities
with a diversified economic
base, and its reputation for
working in partnership with
governments to promote local
interests is strong.

Mr Richards said he saw
Hutchison Whampoa’s con-
tainer port and transhtpment
facilities in Freeport as central
to trade opportunitids poet
waits to expand the economic
base and lifestyle beyond ship-
ping and tourism, while extend-
ing ownership to Bahamians
through a share offering and

sustaining the interest and
investment ol GBPA
licensees.

“We believe the landscape,
infrastructure, political and
social climate are ideal for true
partnership that will benefit
Grand Bahama and. the
Bahamas,” said Mr Richards.
Looking forward to success in
their bid to acquire GBPA
shares, Fleming Family & Part-
ners proposes to transform the
Grand Bahama economy,
bringing in financial services

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from others is a city built
around a university and
research centre; a heart-of-the-
neighbourhood portrait they
paint. And they plan to work:
closely. with existing licensees
in all they do.

Fleming Family & Partners
is looking at establishing a uni-
versity, medical research cen-
tre and hospital with the acade-
mic and research environment
encouraging an influx of per-
sons who want to make Grand
Bahama their home

and fund managers. A
spokesman said five of the
world’s leading banks have
expressed an interest.

They plan to re-affirm and
help re-develop ‘active and
sports ‘tourism, touting Grand
Bahama’s golf courses, diving,
boating, tennis, jogging, biking
and other attractions that could
mushroom with*¢apital invest-

tion.
One proposed project that
distinguishes their vision most

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with the Honorary Consulate of Malta, P.O. Box N-8652, Nassau or
Fax: 242-327-7391 or email: maltaconsul.nassau@gov.mt

The purpose of this registry is for use at times of Emergencys so.that
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THE TRIBUNE





Royal Bank/Fidelity tie-up ‘very
close’ to gaining all approvals

FROM pake one.

still have some minor regulate
ry approvals. in Barbados [to

get].

“We have substantially \ banking atm, which will be
received all the approvals ftom: i; renamed . Royal: Fidelity. Mer: ,
the Bahamas, ane
think we’re very close.” »

Bday ana avur Bank -
. jannotineed j in April that, the lat-
‘ter had acquired a 50 per cent
“stake in Fidelity’s | Fidelity Mer- |
-chant Bank & Trust investment:

“chant Bank &. Trust, creating'a : balance sheet.

at this stage I.
joint venture’ between the two.

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¢ Must have a minimum of five years sales experience. but yun to learn from an
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ye ae

¢ Must have two years experience sellitig high- end homes
e Knowledge of thes Caribbean, United Kingdom and United States markets very

useful

e Computer skills necessary to operate 8 a customer relation management system

required



e Needs to possess beetiniveual ane written n skills and professional appearance

¢ Individual must be a team player and able to work with all levels of management

° Two years of successful. eet ey, courses required

Interested persons should submit their resume to:

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COMMONWEALTH SCHOLARSHIP AND FELLOWSHIP PLAN

UNITED KINGDOM AWARDS 2008

Applications are invited froma: suitably qualified persons for scholarships tenable in the United Kingdom
under the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan RO enr ie October 2008.

The scholarships are ‘intended for Post-graduate study ¥ the Master’ sand Doctoral levels; i.e. a one
(1) year Master’s or equivalent degree, or a three. Q) yean doctoral or equivalent degree.

Men and Women of intellectual ; and academic excellence who have a degree or equivalent qualification
with at least. upper Second, class” honours (or above) are encouraged to apply.

Candidates who wish to undertake post-graduate study i in ilkiness, management, economics, and other
related fields should have taken, before applying for the scholarship, the Graduate Management
Admission ne (ONAp? Or Efe este noon ‘Examination ee

The scholarships are intended to cover the expenses of travel, pane and study and include:

(a)

approved air fare to the United Kingdom by the most diteas and economical route and return
on expiry of the scholarship (a scholat’ s Speen, are: pe eligible),



a perso mainiatines atau ence of £73 ber month; rer per month fot those studying

at institutions 1 in a the London b Mecenlien. ae

approved tuition anid ex



a gant towards the pens of preparing a thesis or dissertation where aaplicable:

an initial atrival allowance, incorporating an intial clothing Sant for scholars from tropical
countries;

a grant for expenses for sppoved sadly travel within the UK 0 or overseas;
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to the fieldwork |

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a paid mid- -term fare toi their fase couritty forse chars on pianos! year doctoral awards. Scholars

for whom fieldwork fares are provided to their home country shall not be entitled to a mid
term fare horhe,nor'scholars who have claimed (or intend to ae spouse or child allowances
for more than 12 months during their award;

for married scholars selected for awards exceeding one academic year, a marriage allowance

- of £209 per month is payable provided that the husband and wife are residing together at the

same address in the United Kingdom. It is not paid when a husband or wife of the scholar
is also a recipient, of an award. For such martied couples accompanied by their children, a
child allowance is payable at the rate of £123 per month for the first child and £97 for the
second and third child under the age of 16, provided they are fesiging with their parents;

Irrespective of the length of the award, a scholar who is widowed, divotted or a lone parent,
will receive an allowance in respect of the first accompanying child and child allowances for
the second and third acornpanying children.

Further details, application forms wail Prospectus may be obtained from the Scholarship and Educational
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later than 23 November 2007. Application forms received after this date will not be considered.

Scholarship and Educational Loan Division
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‘The deal is an attempt to
“marry Fidelity’s investment
products, regional knowledge
and presence in markets such
-as the Bahamas and the Cay-
man Islands, with Royal Bank’s
.Pegional reach, client base and

That client base and balance

sheet is ultimately likely to.

become much larger following
last week’s announcement that

Royal Bank is poised to acquire '

the Royal Bank of Trinidad &
Tobago (RBTT) Group in'a
$2.2 billion deal that will ulti-

_ mately see the two combine
their Caribbean retail banking.

operations.

The acquisition is expected
to close in nine’ months’ time,
in mid-2008, creating a retail
banking operation that covers
18 Caribbean territories, with
some 130. branches and $13.7
billion in assets setving 1.6 mil-
lion clients: It will have 6;900
employees.

Mr McDonald said it was”

“too early to say” what role

Royal Fidelity would have to.

play in the enlargement of Roy-
al Bank’s Caribbean footprint
and how it might integrate with
the RBTT deal, adding that
Royal Bank had to talk to both
parties once the respective
arrangements were finalised to
see “how do we make these
things work for everybody”.

Royal Bank’s current region=":

al head office is in the Bahamas,

~ with some 705 or 50 per cent of

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the bank’s current Caribbean-
wide workforce of 1400: based

here. The bank’s Bahamian |
operations generated in:2006

more than $30.5 million in
salaries and benefits, and saw
them purchase $10. 874 million
worth of goods and services
from Bahamas-baseéd suppliers.

RBTT. ‘has’ some 5,400
employees, mostly based in

. Trinidad & Tobago, and with

plans to move the combined
RBTT-Royal Bank retail oper-
ations headquarters there once
the ‘acquisition was consum-
matéd;, there had been fears that
Royal Bank would switch its
regional headquarters from the
Bahamas and there could be job
losses here.

Mr McDonald, though, dis-
pelled such speculation, saying
theré were no plans to move
the regional headquarters from
the Bahamas. He added: “I
don’t anticipate job redundan-
cies in the Bahamas. It will con-
tinue to be an important region-
al centre. There will probably
be more jobs.than less.”

Prior to the RBTT deal, some
40 per cent. of Royal Bank’s
250,000 region-wide client base







resided in the Bahamas.

Mr McDonald said the RBTT
acquisition would be described
by some as “a marriage made in
heaven”, as there were rela-
tively few geographical over-
laps between the two compa- .
nies’ operations and branch net-
works

Combining the two would
give the enlarged group a pres-
ence in all the English-speak-
ing Caribbean markets, with
only one or two minor overlaps
in the eastern Caribbean and
Barbados to be eliminated.
Rather than refer certain things
to Canada, as they had in the
past, Mr McDonald said Royal
Bank’s Bahamian — and
Caribbean operations would
now be able to refer them to
RBTT’s Port-of-Spain head-
quarters, which had “a whole
bunch of functions” they did
not.

Rather than trying to cut
costs and make the business
more efficient by eliminating
overlaps and streamlining, Mr
McDonald said the absence
of such overlaps meant the
focus of the RBTT acquisi-
tion, once completed, would
be to grow revenues and the
business.

“This is not about getting
costs out of the business,” Mr
McDonald said. “There’s none
to get out. It’s about how to
drive the revenues and make
the business more efficient,
more successful going forward.
It’s a once-in-a-lifetime trans-
action, and all stakeholders
benefit.

“Whether it’s customers,
shareholders, employees or the
companies, they are absolutely

_ thrilled by the whole opportu-

nity going forward.”

He added that the RBTT
acquisition was expected to
close in nine months, once all
regulatory approvals from
Canadian and Caribbean bank-
ing and securities supervisory
agencies were received.

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‘Recipe for disaster’

FROM page one

for government works and
building construction contracts
when they met Earl Deveaux,
the minister for works and
transport, last week.

He added that Mr Deveaux
and the. Ministry of Works were
planning to hold a one-day sem-

inar on October 20 for con-
struction industry professionals
“to discuss issues relating pri-
marily to government bid work,
how the bid process should be
handled from the Government
perspective, and how contrac-
tors should pre-qualify and
bid”.

The extent of the problems
relating to the bid process for
government works contracts,
although no surprise to anyone
in industry or the Government,
were highlighted last week

-when Mr Deveaux read the

summary from an audit report —

of the Ministry of Works that
was performed by the UK-
based Crown Agents.

The Crown Agents audit
“raises some serious concerns”
on the contracting process, with
an analysis finding that “more
than three quarters” or 75 per
cent of the Ministry of Works’
high-value contracts were being
awarded without any competi-
tive bidding by multiple con-
struction firms.

As a result, Crown Agents
said contracts were being
awarded other than on com-
petitiveness and merit, and the
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for money of contracted works
has been compromised”. As a
result, the auditors concluded
the Ministry of Works “cannot
credibly claim to be managing

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Mr Wrinkle told The Tribune
that during last week’s meeting
with Mr Deveaux, he had
informed BCA representatives
that “his goal is to get the Gov-
ernment bid process to a trans-
parent level and equal playing

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scope of the work. It’s a recipe
for disaster. A person could
build a school not having the
required licence or expertise,
and the end result is that you
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The Crown Agents audit
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a competitive tendering and
bidding process meant that it
was difficult to obtain value for
money when using the Bahami-
an people’s funds.

Among the problems likely
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age a contract and procurement
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Works was experiencing in the
tendering process.

The Bill, as currently draft-'

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contractors seeking and con-
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Auditors: Just one contract given ‘open competition’

FROM page one

September 25, 2006, and Octo-
ber 20, 2006, assessed active
public works projects that had a
value of $250,000 or above.
Some 193 projects existed at the
audit date, and Crown Agents
focused on a sample size of 67
or 35 per cent of the total, as
the margin for error was rela-
tively small. -

Out of these, Crown Agents
found that seven contracts were
tendered according to Inter-
American Development Bank
(IDB) procedures; 13 were
issued “using limited competi-
tive tendering”; just one was

tendered on an “open competi-
tion basis”; and 46 were negoti-
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In a footnote to their main
report, Crown Agents found
that out of all projects worth
more than $250,000 that were
active, some 68.6 per cent were
contracted via negotiations
with just one company, rather
than through competitive ten-
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of Public Works did not cen-
trally record tender and con-
tract award information, Crown
Agents said more open tender-
ing should occur for projects
worth over $250,000.

They added: “Logic would
dictate that the proportion of
negotiated contracts would only
increase for lower value con-
tracts.

“The major finding when

looking at contracting was the
high incidence of negotiated
contracts in contravention of

thé préstimption contained

within government financial
regulation and instructions that
contracts should only be let
after a competitive procurement
exercise.

“This competitive approach
is no longer being followed, and
negotiated contracts have
become the norm rather than
the exception. Department of
Public Works senior manage-
ment put the use of negotiated
contracts at 85 per cent. Our
own analysis suggests a figure
of a minimum 76 per cent nego-
tiated contracts.”

The Crown Agents said the
ultimate result of relying on
negotiations with just one. com-
pany was the failure to obtain
value for the Bahamian peo-
ple’s money and taxpayer dol-
lars. Often, such talks resulted
in reducing initial bids to val-

ues close to the Ministry of
Works’ own estimates, but
“many files show agreements
on a contractual figure signifi-
cantly higher than the estimate
without an explanation for the
higher costs”.

Pressures

Often, the main justification
for negotiating contracts with
just one firm and avoiding com-
petitive tendering, were time
pressures and the need for work
to be completed as rapidly as
possible, but Crown Agents said

such a process would “not nec- .

essarily add a significant
delay” when drawings, scope of
works and estimates were also
needed.

“We accept that there are

examples of projects in the
Family Islands where the norm
of competitive tendering might
not be optimum for reasons of
lack of effective competition
(on a less populated island),”
Crown Agents found.

“We also acknowledge that
some contracts are directly

awarded in the Family Islands .

for ‘social’ reasons, which is a
political argument beyond the
remit of this audit. However,
we believe these cases should
be the exception and, in any
event, the evidence shows that

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negotiated contracts are just as
likely on New Providence,
where these considerations
would not apply.

“Instead, the reason for
negotiating an award or other-
wise making changes to the list
of bidders selected is on the
basis of directives, often over-
ruling the recommendations of
staff and senior management at
the Department of Public
Works/Ministry of Works. This
we have termed as interference
with the expected procurement
process for other considerations
than the competitiveness or
merit of the contractor.”

The strong hint from the
Crown Agents report, unsur-
prisingly, is that many public

- works contracts have been

awarded on the basis of politi-
cal, family and friendship con-
nections, the Bahamian taxpay-
er losing out in many cases.

The use of Letters of Intent
when awarding contracts also
came in for criticism, Crown
Agents finding that many such
documents contained wording
that indemnified the contractor
against costs for the work exe-
cuted, and materials purchased
for the project.

The audit report concluded:
“This indemnification is far too
wide and, potentially, could
leave the Department of Public
Works liable for all costs arising
from execution, including those
costs for which the contractor
would have liability under a
contract.

“The risk is that this would

apply regardless of whether the.

contractor is negligent or in the
event of incidents for which the
contractor should be insured,

_such as accidents or death.”

When it came to mobiliza-
tion payments, which are pay-
ments made to contractors to
enable them to hire workers
and equipment to start the job,
Crown Agents found that the
standard procedure for such
payments — 10 per cent of the
contract value for New Provi-
dence, and 20 per cent for the
Family Islands — was being
applied “erratically” and did
not reflect the size of the com-
pany.

“We saw evidence of 20 per
cent payments for New Provi-
dence projects with no justifi-
cation for the higher percent-
age other than perhaps the
contractor had requested,” the
audit report said, saying such
advances should be more
closely related to the scope of
work, bills of quantity and cash
flows anticipated from the con-
tract.

In addition, the audit report

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said mobilization payments
were not being secured with
bank guarantees, something
“normally considered unac-
ceptable with public funds.”

Crown Agents noted work at
the Thomas A Robinson Stadi-
um for the CAC Games, which
was started by a company called
Electro-Telecom even before it
had a contract, since “they
clearly were aware they were
going to receive a contract and
thus saw little value in waiting
for official permission to pro-
ceed.”

Mayaguana

The audit report also referred
to the Government’s efforts to
recoup a $104,000 mobilisation
payment for a project in
Mayaguana that was never car-
ried out by the company that
won the contract, and the 2006
school repair contract for Yel-
low Elder Primary School.

This contract was awarded
to TTC Construction, the report
said,-on a negotiated basis
despite the company’s initial
estimate for the works being
$711,000, some 70 per cent high-
er than the Ministry of Works
estimate of $415,000.

Work commenced after an
agreement was reached at the
Ministry’s price, and TTC
received a 20 per cent mobi-
lization payment, despite, the —
report said not having worked .
for the Ministry for more than a
year — and possible never — and
the project being on New Prov-
idence.

The audit report questioned -
why TTC was awarded a con-
tract without competitive bid-
ding, supposedly because of
time pressures, when a smaller
contract for repairs at the
same school-in the same time-
frame went through a tender
process. #

Crown Agents said the

- Ministry’s contractor registra-

tion system had lapsed, mean-
ing selection was less stringent
and assessment of a contrac-

’ .tor’s financial capability “rudi-

mentary”, often being left to
technical officers who formed
impressions based on infor-.
mal discussions with col-
leagues.

Companies were Otten
inserted into bid lists as ten-
ders “go up the management
chain”, the audit report found.
It added: “This lack of trans-
parency is unacceptable for
public procurement and can
lead to inappropriate or unfair
selection, and possibly. even
abuse.”

Bere

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S NONE: ins: Tuesday, 25 Say , 2007,
tray, 29 Septet, 207 Te ba oo Ge eee roR CONVERSATIONAL SPANISH II:
: Duration: 8 weeks Venue: CEES ComputerLab << © Fees: $900.08 | -"Fues/Thurs: 6 7:30PM -
Fees: $250.00 SAK Niwoees FAG) HROLOO Ot AG aS eho i

Course Description: Thi COUTSE, which targets persons who feild f DELE ELE SPAN ISH PROFICIENCY TESTING: :
lke to create their persone! web pages, will cover Web Page Creation, Registration: Sept 3 — Oct. 12
Web Sita. Managament, and HTML. Specific topics will indude

Formatting, Graphics, Multimedia, Forms and Tables and hosting. of












web pages. : ‘LOCATION:
Pre-requisite: Participants must be computer iterate and have a Munnings Building (next to KFC at COB Roundabout):
basic knowledge of word-processing WS : ; R 1 6
Begins: Thursday & Friday, 18th Oclober, 2007 oom
> Duration: 8 weaks Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm Duration: 2 days. DURATION:
; Venue: CEES ter Lab Fees! $550.00 page, :
Foes: $250.00 ee cs = 3 hours per week for 10 weeks, total course hours: 30 hours
5-57 14 / (242) 328-0093/ 328-1936 or email perdev@cob.edu.bs fees are includ- PRICE:

$ 250.00 per course (except for Advanced French and

time). When submitting application, kindly provide copies of the first four pages
Spanish Conversation Group)

jon. Fees, Course Content, Course Schedule and Course.





TELEPHONE: 302-4584 or 302-4587
E-MAIL: ilci@cob.edu.bs

TIMES MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

DATE CHANGE

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

The College of The Bahamas
Counselling and Health Services

CAREERS/JOB FAIR

is coming your way
















Employers, bright young students and other
interested persons have the opportunity to
: meet for mutual benefit.




Individual Booths Available for Organization
Displays











Benefits to employers/organizations:

» Exposure to hundreds of the best-trained college
students in The Bahamas/Access to prospective
employees

.
Date: Thursday, 4 October, 2007

This workshop is designed to provide participants with an Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm

overview of the fundamentals of superior customer service. | Venue: CEES Computer Lab, Moss Road

It focuses or customer value, retention and relationship — Tuition: $160.00































building and employee motivation. _ Web Pace Design

A direct rtunity i i i
Date: Thursday, 11 October, 2007 This course will cover Web Page Creation, Website. prepaiing COB or nt mine a sae ee
Time: 9:30am = 4:30pm uy Management and HTML. Persons who enjoy fiddling with

ig School pis computers and would like to create their own web pages are

encouraged to attend. Specific topics will include Formatting,

y Graphics, Multimedia, Forms and Tables and hosting of web
pages.

Venue: Grovenor Close Nursin

Tuition: $170.00 > Exposure to high school students seeking career

information











A complete 8’ x 10’ booth for display purposes

t \ ReOtN IALIONS

. This workshop ‘sho is designed fo provide participants with an —_ Date: Thursday & Friday , 18th & 19th October, 2007
overview of the fundamentals of Microsoft PowerPoint. It Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm
focuses on developing effective and dynamic PowerPoint Venue: CEES Computer Lab, Moss Road
presentations. Tuition: $550.00



Signage on all print advertisements
















Contact:
Ms. Norma Turnquest, Advisory Committee
Executive Secretary
Career & Placement Counsellor, COB
at Tel: 242-302-4445
Fax: 242-302-4448, nturnquest@cob.edu.bs





ENQUIRIES: Contact the Co-ordinator at Tel: (242) 325-5714 / (242) 328-0093/ 328-1936. or email
perdev@cob.edu.bs. All fees are included with the exception of the application fee of $40.00 (one time) . When
submitting application, kindly provide copies of the first four pages of your passport. CEES reserves the right to
change Tuition, Fees, Course Content, Course Schedule and Course Materials.









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Office of Academic Affairs
Faculty Advertisements 2008

School of Communication and Creative Arts
Assistant Professor in Music (Vew Providence Campus,

© successful candidate must be able to teach traditional; theory and harmony, piano skills, music history and analysis
up to the bachelor level and must possess skills in choral work. The ideal candidate will have a doctoral degree in the
subject area and tertiary level teaching experience. However, candidates with at least a Master’s degree in the subject area,



a minimum of five years’ teaching experience at the tertiary level and choral work experience will be considered.

Assistant Professor in Journalism and Communication ee Providence Campus)
andidate must be able to teach courses in all or most of the following areas: reporting, photojournalism, video production,
communication and business writing and should have experience with curriculum and programme development. The ideal
candidate will have a doctoral degree in the subject area, tertiary-level teaching experience and some professional experience.
However, candidates with at least a Master’s degree in the subject area, a minimum of five years’ teaching experience at

the tertiary level and some professional experience will be considered.

Assistant Professor in Foreign Langues (Spanish) (New Providence Co ;

‘andidate must be able to teach Spanish at the beginners, intermediate and advanced levels. The ideal candidate will have
a doctoral degree in the subject or a related area, native speaker competence, tertiary-level teaching experience and the
ability to teach language, literature and culture courses up to the bachelor degree level. However, candidates with at least
a Master's degree in the subject or a related area, a minimum of five years’ teaching experience at the tertiary level, native
speaker competence and the ability to teach language, literature and culture courses up to the bachelor degree level will

be considered. A teaching certificate or equivalent and experience in teacher training are desirable,




Assistant Professor in Foreign Languages (French) (New Providence Campus,
andidate must be able to teach French at the beginners, intermediate and advanced levels. The ideal candidate will have
a doctoral degree in the subject or related area, native speaker competence, tertiary-level teaching experience and the ability
to teach language, literature and culture courses up to the bachelor degree level. However, candidates with at least a
Master’s degree in the subject or a related area, a minimum of five years’ teaching experience at the tertiary level, native
speaker competence and the ability to teach language, literature and culture courses up to the bachelor degree level will
be considered. A teaching certificate or equivalent and experience in teacher training are desirable.

Assistant Professor in Foreign Languages (Haitian Creole) (New Providence at t ett
andidate must be able to teach Haitian Creole at the beginners and intermediate levels, The ideal candidate must have
at least a Master’s degree in the subject or a related area, a minimum of five years’ teaching experience at the tertiary level,

native speaker competence and should be able to develop courses in Haitian culture. A teaching certificate or equivalent
and the ability to teach French language and literature courses are desirable.

School of English Studies

Assistant Professor College Composition and Literature (New Providence Campus)

The ideal candidate will have a doctoral degree in English, tertiary-level teaching experience and the ability to teach college
composition and literature courses up to the bachelor degree level. However, candidates with at least a Master of Arts
degree in English, a minimum of five years’ teaching experience at the tertiary level and the ability to teach college
composition and literature up to the bachelor degree level will be considered. The ideal candidate will have a background
in Composition and Rhetoric as well as in Post-colonial literature and/or literary theory. A background in creative writing
or experience in a writing lab setting would be an asset. Teacher training is preferred. f



School of Social Sciences

Assistant Professor in History (New Providence Coes REN tart Aue na he, A ech

Candidate should display competence in the field of African and African Diaspora History and should also expect to teach
courses in Caribbean History, United States History generally, African American and Atlantic History. Familiarity with
the historical experience of persons of African descent in Latin American Societies would be an asset. The successful
‘candidate should anticipate working as a team player with colleagues who are committed to expanding the consciousness
of students with particular, although not exclusive, reference to the historical experience of peoples of African descent.
Applicants should possess an earned Doctoral Degree in History. A relevant Master’s Degree candidate will be considered,
provided the applicant is committed to pursuing a Doctoral degree.

Duties and Responsibilities include:

" Student advisement

a Programme and course development ;

a Providing services to the College/University of the Bahamas and the wider Bahamian society; and
a

On-going research and a commitment to publication.

Assistant Professor in Psychology (New Providence Campus)

Candidate should demonstrate a commitment to promoting cultural diversity and international education; the ability to
teach a broad range of psychology courses; expertise in social and industrial/organizational psychology, statistics and
research methods (qualitative and quantitative methods), and/or biological (physiological) psychology is preferred:
demonstrated strength and/or potential for excellence in teaching; strong evidence of professional psychology engagement:
capacity to contribute to the development of a nationally relevant line of scholarship; ability to create and enhance
partnerships with community agencies and organizations.

Duties and responsibilities will include:

" Teaching courses across the curriculum, along with specialty courses in the applicant’s area of expertise
" Student advising, supervision of service-learning experiences and coordinating senior capstone practicum
. Assisting with programme administration, curricular development and evaluation

. Providing services to the programme, the university and wider communities

. Scholarship that is consistent with the programme and institution’s focus

Candidates must have an earned Ph.D. in Psychology however strong Master’s Degree candidates will be considered.

Lecturers in Law et Providence (tis icag aS
Candidates should have at a least a first degree in Law, with no less than an Upper Second Class Honours or equivalent.

Possession of a postgraduate degree and some experience as a legal practitioner is desirable. The curriculum includes all

_ branches of Common Law and courses pay special attention to the place of Law in Commonwealth Caribbean jurisdictions.

The ideal candidates should be competent in at least three of the basic or core Common Law subjects including, but not
limited to, Law and Legal Systems of the Commonwealth Caribbean; Criminal Law; Legal Writing and Research; Law

of Torts; Commonwealth Caribbean Constitutional Law; and Law of Contract. Experience in teaching in a semester system
_ would be an asset. The successful candidates will be expected to pursue individual and departmental research interests

and to publish in reputable law journals.

School of Business

Associate/Assistant Professors — Accounting chet Bahamas Cuibiss

Candidate must be able to teach Financial and Intermediate Accounting, Business Mathematics, Advanced Accounting,
Accounting Theory, Management, Cost, Fund and Tax Accounting up to the bachelor’s degree level: Knowledge of

computerised accounting would be an asset. Professional certification or experience is desirable. The successful candidates
should have an advanced degree (Ph.D. preferred). i ;

Assistant Professor in Maniagement fats Providence Campus)
Candidates must be able to teach a full range of Management courses both at the introductory and Masters Degree level.
A minor concentration in Marketing would be an advantage and knowledge of the Bahamian economy is desirable. Teaching
Experience in College / University. The ideal candidate will have a doctoral degree in the subject area, tertiary-level
teaching experience and some professional experience. However, candidates with at least a Master’s degree in the subject

area, a minimum of five years’ teaching experience at the tertiary level and some professional experience will be considered.

Assistant Professor in Computer Information Science_(New. Providence Campus)
andidates must be specialize in Networking, Programming and have a strong Programming background ( VB.Net, C#,
C+t, ASP, PHP, Java ) MS certification background, teaching experience in College / University. Background as Consultant
or System Analyst would be an asset. The ideal candidate will have a doctoral degree in the subject area, tertiary-level

teaching experience and some professional experience. However, candidates with at least a Master’s degree in the subject

- area, a minimum of five years’ teaching experience at the tertiary level and some professional experience will be considered.

Assistant Professor — Accounting (New Providence Campus

andidate must be able to teach Financial and Intermediate Accounting, Business Mathematics, Advanced Accounting,
Accounting Theory, Management, Cost and Fund Accounting, Individual and Corporate Taxation, at the Bachelors'and
Masters Levels. Knowledge of computerized accounting would be an asset. The ideal candidate will have a doctoral
degree in the subject area, tertiary-level teaching experience and some professional experience. However, candidates with
at least a Master’s degree in the subject area, a minimum‘of five years’ teaching experience at the tertiary level and some
professional experience will be considered. ;

School of Sciences & Technolo:
School of Sciences and Technolo
Mathematics (New Providence Campus & Northern Bahamas Campu:

andidates must be able to teach Mathematics at introductory through final year levels. The ideal candidate will have a
doctoral degree in the subject area, tertiary-level teaching experience and some professional experience. However, candidates
with at least a Master’s degree in the subject area, a minimum of five years’ teaching experience at the tertiary level and
some professional experience will be considered. wait i

Assistant Professor - Biology (New Providence _& Northern Bahamas Counts)

Ideal candidates must have at least a PhD. in Biology with specialization in Marine Science or Zoology or Botany and
must be able to teach biology at introductory through final year levels. However, candidates with at least a Master's degree
in the subject area, a minimum of five years’ teaching experience at the tertiary level and some professional experience

will be considered,

{

Assistant Professor - Chemistry (New Providence & Northern Bahamas Campus )

Ideal candidates must have at least a in Chemistry with a specialization in Organic Chemistry. He/she must also be
able to teach Chemistry at introductory through final year levels. However, candidates with at least a Master’s degree in
the subject area, a minimum of five years’ teaching experience at the tertiary level and some professional experience will

be considered.

Assistant Professor - Physics a Providence Campus )

Ideal candidates must have a in Physics. He/she must be able to teach Physics at introductory through final year levels.
However, candidates with at least a Master’s degree in the subject area, a minimum of five years’ teaching experience
at the tertiary level and some professional experience will be considered.

Assistant Professor - Pharmaceutical Sciences ti Providence Campus)
Ideal candidates must have at least a in Pharmacy and professional experience, as a pharmacist. The candidate will

be expected to coordinate a new pharmacy programme and to teach content area as well as professional courses at the
Bachelor’s Degree level.

School of Education



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MONDAY, OCTOBER, 8, 2007, PAGE 11B

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Assistant Professor ~ Science Education (New Providence Campus,
Candidate should have a PD. in Science Education with a minimum of 3 years of schoo! teaching; however, consideration
will also be given for persons with a Master’s Degree in Science Education or Biology or Chemistry or Physics plus 5
years of teaching experience along with a Teacher’s Certification or Diploma in Education, Candidates will be expected
to teach elementary science methodology to prospective teachers, assist with teaching General Science courses, assist with
supervision of siudent-teachers and assist with curriculum development of science education courses/programmes.



Assistaiii Professor — Art Education (New Providence Campus
Candidate should have a Ph.D. in Art Education with a minimum of 3 years of school teaching; however, consideration
will also be given for persons with a Master’s Degree in Art Education plus 5 years of teaching experience along with a
Teacher's Certification or Diploma in Education. Candidates will be expected to assist with teaching Art courses, assist
with supervision of student-teachers and assist with curriculum development of art education courses/programmes.

School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions

Assistant Professors. Nursing (New Providence Campus) :

The success candidates will be required to‘teach in the bachelor degree programme. Responsibilities will include
classroom as Well as clinical supervision of students. Applicants should have strong interpersonal skills and a commitment
to excellence in integrating teaching, clinical practice and research. Applicants should have a well-rounded clinical nursing
experience aud should be able to teach at least three of the following areas: Fundamentals of Nursing, Medical-Surgical
Nursing, Psychiatric Nursing, Maternal and Child Health Nursing, Community Health Nursing, Management/Leadership,
Health Assessment, Nursing Theories, Transcultural Nursing and Nursing Research. The successful candidates must be
registered with the Nursing Council of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas. A doctoral degree in the subject area is
preferred, however, candidates with at least a Master’s degree in Nursing and teaching experience at the tertiary level will
be considered .







In ALL cases, preference will be given to candidates with strong academic backgrounds, teaching and research
experience,

Salary Scale For Assistant Professors
Master’s Degree -
Doctorate Degree. ~-

$39,460x $900 - $ 61,960 ps
$42,160 x $900 - $ 69,160 )



Culinary & Hospitality Management Institute
Chef (Vew Providence Campus)

Applicants should be able to teach a variety of cooking and culinary courses to future Chefs and should master the culinary

. fundamental, and possess a passion for cooking and teaching:as well as a love to share their knowledge and experience.

The minimum requirement for this position is a Bachelor’s degree in culinary or hospitality management. Additionally,
the successful applicant should have at least three of the following designations: C.C.E., C.C.A., C.E.C. or C.M.C.; and
National Restaurant Association (NRA) Sanitation Certification (ServSafe®). Individuals with a minimum of ten (10)
years experience in’ progressive responsibilities and teaching experience will be considered.



Salary Scale: Instructor $27,110 x $650 - $40,110

Library and Instructional Media Services -
Librarians (New Frovidence Campus,

The positions are in the areas of Public Services.and the Law. The incumbents should be dynamic, innovative individuals

with a strong commitment to service within a diverse community. The Librarians will demonstrate successful administrative
experience in a library, sound understanding of emerging technologies and the ability to use them within the library setting
and commitment to developing a strong integrated library service within the academic environment.

The duties of each Librarian will include: management of his / her Unit / Branch, leadership in short and long-range
planning to expand and diversify library services, development and promotion of library resources and services, budget
and personne! management, initiation and management of appropriate emerging technologies, and liaison with relevant
internal and external groups. :

The Librarians must possess Masters Degrees in Library and Information Science from accredited institutions, and a
minimum of (wo years post-Masters professional library experience. The position of Law Librarian also requires that the
Librarian be the holder of a law degree. All incumbents will demonstrate strong communication and interpersonal skills
that engender an excellent customer- friendly environment and professionalism. Evening and weekend reference service
(on rotation), lib research, service to the community and library instruction will also be required.
$32,710 x $750- $47,710

Salary Scale: Master’s Degree

To eusure consideration, application materials must be received by October 31, 2007.'A complete application packet
consists of : i : : ce
° An application letter

College of The Bahamas’ Application Form
° A detailed curriculum vita
e Copies of all transcripts (original transcripts required upon employment)
° Phe names and contact information for three references

The Director
Human Resources
The College of The Bahamas
Oakes Field Campus
Thompson Boulevard & Poincianna Drive
P. O. Box N-4912
Nassau, Bahamas

The College of The Bahamas is the national institution of tertiary general education of The Commonwealth of The
Bahamas. The institution grants certificates, diplomas, associate degrees, and a growing number of Bachelor's degrees
to nearly 4,000 students located around the Bahamian archipelago. It has extensive links with tertiary institutions in
the Caribbean and North America and its credits are accepted by more than 200 colleges and universities in those
regions and in Great Britain. It is poised to embark aggressively upon a major expansion of its programme offerings,
its research activities, and its physical facilities, and to incorporate distance teaching methodologies into its repertoire
of strategies for delivering instruction, all with a view to seeking a charter as a university.

Please visit the College’s website at. www.cob.edu.bs for more information about the institution and to access the College’s
Employment Application Form,

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THE COLLEGE OF THE BAHAMAS



The 2007 Meet the Writer Series




Brings you

MARION BETHEL
Reading her Poetry







At Chapter One Bookstore, 16th October 2:00-3:00 pm



Marion Bethel, a Bahamian, is an attorney-at-aw and a noted
poet. In 1993 , her collection of poems, Guanahani My Love, was




published by Casa de las Americas and won that year’s prize. Her
work has appeared in The Massachusetts Review, The Caribbean
Writer, Moving Beyond Boundaries and other noted literary jour-





nals. Ms Bethel is teaching Creative Writing part-time at




The College of The Bahamas this semester.








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the east the Queen Highway Some Six
Hundred (600) Feet North of a public road
known as the Village Road.

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south of Wemyss Bight, Eleuthera.

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information, please contact:

Credit Risk Management - Collection Unit

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PAGE 12B, MONDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2007

THE TRIBUNE

Employers try to ‘reinstate’
worker Exceptions Order

FROM page one

The Fair Labour Standards
Act was repealed in 2001 when
the Employment Act was
passed by Parliament during the
former Ingraham administra-
tion. Yet the Exceptions Order
that had been attached to it
appeared to disappear into a
‘black hole’, as it was dropped
completely from the new
Employment Act.

Mr Nutt told The Tribune
that “a great deal of confusion”
existed over whether the Excep-
tions Order was still in effect,
some saying it still stood until
placed under the Employment
Act, while others argued that it
must have been repealed when
the Fair Labour Standards Act
was repealed.

* Mr Nutt said he agreed with

VACANT RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY |

North Eleuthera Bahamas.

For conditions of the sale and any other
please contact: Credit Risk Management -

Lot #30 comprising 8,237 sq.ft. and situated 186 ft. eastwardly from
the Main Eleuthera Highway in the Settlement of Lower Bogue,

Utilities: Electricity, Water and Telephone

information,
Collection Unit

Phone: 356-1685 or 356-1608, Nassau, Bahamas

Interested persons should submit
offers in writing addressed to:

_ The Manager, Credit Risk Management - Managing Director’s
x Office P.O. Box N-7518, Nassau, Bahamas

fers should-reach-our-office on-or before November 16, 2007

Utilities: Electricity, Water and Tdephone

Interested




North Eleuthera Bahamas.

Lot of land with a combined area of 11,500 sq.ft. being Lots #22 & 23 Kim Crescent in Baillou Dale
Sub-division off Baillou Hill Road. The property is comprised of an 18yr old single family residence
‘ consisting of 2,000 sq.ft. with 3 bedrooms 2 bathrooms, living, family, dining; kitchen and laundry
rooms. The building is enclosed and landscaped with a grass lawn, flowering plants and fruit trees.

For conditions of the sale and any other information, plecse aontad:
Credit Risk Management — Managing Director’s Office at:

356-1685 or 356-1608

persons should submit offers in writing addressed to:
The Manager, Credit Risk Management — Managing Director’ s Office,
P.O. Box N-7518, Nassau, Bahamas
Offers should reach our office on or before November 16, 2007

MUST SELL
[VACANT COMMERCIAL PROPERTY ]

Lot #90-B comprising 22,376 sq.ft. and situated on the
western side of the main eleuthera highway and
approximately 2,219 ft. northerly of four-for-nothing road
in the Settlement of Lower Bogue,

Infrastructures are in place.
For conditions of the sale and any other information,
please contact: Credit Risk Management — Collection Unit
Phone: 356-1685 or 356-1608, Nassau, Bahamas

Interested persons should submit offers in writing addressed to:

‘The Manager, Credit Risk Management -- Managing Director’s
Office P.O. Box N-7518, Nassau, Bahamas

Offers should reach our office on or before November 16, 2007.






























the second take, adding: “My
personal feeling is that if there is
no Fair Labour Standards Act,
how can the Fair Labour Stan-
dards Exceptions Order still
exist?”

Explaining how the Excep-
tions Order had worked under
the previous statute, Mr Nutt
said: “The order basically
excepted certain categories of
workers from certain aspects of
the Fair Labour Standards
Act.”

As before, BECon and
Bahamian employers are rec-
ommending that any Excep-
tions Order to the Employment
Act exclude supervisory and
managerial staff from the stan-
dard hours of work and over-
time pay aspects, since they are
expected to be on call and work
as and when required by their
companies.

Mr Nutt, though, said one
difference between the current
recommendation as it applied
to supervisory and managerial
staff was that it did not-deal
with minimum wages, unlike
the Fair Labour Standards
Act. This was because mini-
mum wages were now dealt
with separately under the Min-
imum Wage Act, unlike previ-
ously.

A second group of employ-
ees who employers are recom-
mending be included under an
Exceptions Order, and be
excepted from the standard
hours of work, day off and over-
time pay provisions in the
Employment Act, are the
spouses of employers, charity
workers, seamen and commer-

cial fishermen, farm workers,
ministers of religion and
Defence Force and police offi-
cers.

Mr Nutt said. “Our recom-
mended Exceptions Order for
the Employment Act does not
have any effect on the minimum
wage. It covers managers and
supervisors and exceptions from
overtime.

“In essence, we’re looking’ at
two scheduled of employment.

One is exemptions from the

standard hours of work and
overtime for managers and
supervisors in the first sched-
ule. The second schedule is for
exemptions from the standard
hours of work, day off and over-
time.”

Commission

Bahamian employers had
also previously sought to
include a third category of
employees under the proposed
Employment Act Exceptions
Order, namely salesmen,
agents and representatives and
contract workers who received
their wages as commission pay-
ments.

However, Mr Nutt said
BECon took this out because
it was felt such persons were
actually self-employed, and that
no employer/employee rela-
tionship existed.

The BECon president said:
“We have made submissions.
We are waiting for the unions to
present us with their complete
package. We got a few things
yesterday, but they promised to

NO UCe ANGELO

Commodities, Futures and
Foreign Exchange Broker

* Minimum of 3 years experience within a regulated

financial institution

* Good working knowledge of PATS trading systems.

_ ¢ Must hold recognized industry qualifications

¢ University graduate preferred

Qualified applicants are invited to
forward their resume to:

. trader1@bahamas.net.bs
~ or PO Box N-3927






Appraisal Report ©
of property known as
“Maxwell House”

Nassau, Bahamas
21 May, 2007

Interested persons should submit offers in writing addressed to:
The Manager, Credit Risk Management-Collection Unit

P.O. Box N-7518, Nassau, Bahamas
To reach us before November 9, 2007

Serious Enquires Only

- complete their package of rec-

ommendations and responses
by Tuesday morning [this
week].

“The Employer Working
Group meets weekly on Tues-
day. We are meeting on Tues-

.day afternoon, and that will give

us an opportunity to go over
that [package from the
unions].”

Among other Employment
Act amendments being pro-
posed by employers are that
fundamental breaches of an
employment contract now
occur when a worker's guilty of
fighting of physical violence;
being in possession or under
the influence of illegal drugs;
drinking alcohol or being drunk
on the job; sexually harassing
people.

Employers are also seeking
to reform the standard hours
of work definition, arguing that
averaging irregular hours of
work over a four-week period
is too limiting for companies
and industries competing at a
global level, and that instead
they should be averaged over a
period not greater than 13
weeks. E

‘The Employment Act cur-
rently requires employers to
inform employees about their
name and place or origin, infor-
mation that would be known
only to the workers and should

. be passed from them to employ-

ers.

BECon wants to amend the
Employment Act so that job
applicants provide employers,
by law, with their name, Nation-
al Insurance Board (NIB) num-
ber, nationality and other iden-
tification document. The cur-
rent Act, while requiring
employers to provide informa-
tion to employees, makes no
statutory provision for the
reverse.

Employers are also under-
stood to be concerned that
including redundancy as.a
ground for unfair dismissal
encourages trade disputes by
encouraging workers who are
made redundant to go to the
Industrial Tribunal and court
system in the hope of obtain-
ing more compensation.

Among the suggestions put
forward by the trade unions,
although none have yet to be
finalised, are that commissions
be reflected in basic pay to
increase worker vacation pay;
that sick pay of seven days per
yéar be given to all Bahamian
workers whether they are full
or part-time; and the definition
of ‘basic pay’ remain open-end-
ed.










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THE TRIBUNE





FROM page one

While last Tuesday’s events
remove a major potential obsta-
cle to the South Ocean project's
go-ahead, it is less clear what
will happen with the $1.3 bil-
lion Albany Golf & Beach
Resort, its proposed neighbour.
‘The two projects are designed
to be complementary, and many
fcel that if Albany does not go
ahead, the proposed South
Ocean project will have trou-
ble succeeding with a resort des-
ination that has had its prob-

ms in the past.

Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham last week indicated
that the Government had
problems with Albany receiv-
ing the stamp duty and cus
toms duty exemptions under
the Hotels Encouragement
Act for its boutique resort, 200
condos that may be placed in
the hotel rental pool, and asso-
ciated resort facilities because
it was a ‘private members
club’.

~The Hotels Encouras We
Act incentives, Mr Ingsalia

said, only applied to resoris and!

facilities that will be open ‘0 |!
general public, such as 5
Ocean, while indicating that (lic
Government also had conce: |
about the south-west Bay St
re-routing for Albany anc
proposed marina

Letter

The Tribune has since been
told that the Government se! 2
letter to the Albany develop
ers, Who are headed by
Orlando-based Tavistoc!
Group, the holding company
for worldwide investmen!
made by Lyford Cay-based bi!
lionaire Joe Lewis, to see to
what extent they were prepared

to open up the project’s hotel.

component to the public The
developers had also been «11!
ing a government position
paper on Albany that was being
compiled by the Attorney Wie;

vel

stood that, Albany’s

re still secking the
hnacouragement Act

i chito, the Moin

the dyece \ 6 Peads of
ened with the tor
bere Christie administration,
wnel t! (otks with the Govern-
i he ata temporary

However with Mr Ingraham’

ne that the Govern-
ving ahead with

mpous

ment ass

plans top inches 320 acres of
land from the. Tavistock
Croup Hiliate, New Provi
lence evelopment Company,

for-use in the construction of
low-cost housing for Bahami-
ns. the differences bety ‘en the
s mfar tt msur-
untabl
Che tand purchase is part of
the Athany Heads ol \eree-
ment rOovernment has
Vid iM honour all agree
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- BUSINESS

South Ocean : es are reaffirmed

jected that out of the total $738

leimpt tomodily or renegoti-
ate certain aspects of them,
eSpn cially uf some Components
are Not in compliance with exist-
policy

On the South Ocean front, in
a previous Tribune interview,
Mr Stein pledged that that con-
struction work would start some
60 days after the last permits,
licences and approvals. were
received from the Government.

Lodgings

Out of South Ocean’s total
capital investment budget of
$867 million, its Environmen-
tal Impact Assessment (EIA)
said: some $399 million or 46 per
cent would be spent on the
lodging parts of the project,
such as hotels, timeshares and
illas

Forecasting on the potential
econonne impact by consultan-
\ Tourism Economics had pro-

MONDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2007, PAGE 13B



million construction costs,
spread over nine years, some
$541 million would go on hard
construction, while the remain-
ing 27 per cent or $179 million
would be earned trom architec-
tural, engineering and planning
services.

Some 29 per cent of the total
construction spend, or $158 mil-
lion, would be earned by

Bahamian contractors, the
Tourism Economics study pro-

jected.

Indirect spending by con-
struction companies as a result
of South Ocean contracts would
be worth $23 million, the study
projected, while spending by
construction employees would
inject another $36 million into
the Bahamian economy. Total
construction wages are project-
ed to be $81.7 million.

Over 20 years, the EIA noted
that total visitor spending was
set to reach $5.3 billion once



the résort became Operational,
with total person visits to South
Ocean striking 100,000 per year
by 2014. Visitor spending on
rooms, other accommodation,
transport and casino revenues
was projected to be $172 mil-
lion in 2011, the first year the
resort is fully operational.

The South Ocean project is °
projected to create 2,235 jobs,
some 61 per cent or 2,235 of
which would be full-time
employees once South Ocean
became fully operational.

The proposed plan for the
$867 million South Ocean rede-
velopment would include a 500-
room four-star hotel, 100-room
five-star hotel, 48 fractional vil-
la units, 180 timeshare units, 73
second home lots, a 40,000
square-foot casino, 18-hole
Greg Norman golf course, 130
slip marina, about 35,000 square
feet of meeting space, a racquet
club, commercial space, spa and
other AMEHINCS:

MUST SELL ©

VACAN i} COMMERCIAL Ruan tne

Lot #90-E comprising 16,521 sq.ft. and situated on
of the main eleuthera highway and ie lye 2.219
of four-for-nothing road in the Settlement © |
North Eleuthera, Bahamas



jesten n side
t. northerly
Bogue,

Infrastructures are in place.

For conditions of the sale and any othe: information,
please contact: Credit Risk Management — (ollection Unit
Phone: 356-1685 or 356-1608, Nassav. | mas
/nterested persons Should submit offers in wriies addressed to:
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main eleuthera highway and approximately 2,219 {i yortherly of tour-for:
nothing road in the Settlement of Lower Bogue, North Pheauthera. Bahamas,
Infrastructures are in place
For conditions of the sale and any other information, please contect:

Credit Risk Management
Phone: 356-1685 or 356-1608

Collection Unit
Raha

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Interested persons should submit offers in writing addressed to:

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VACANT COMMERCIAL PROPERTY.

Lot #90-G comprising 18,926 sq.ft. and situa western
side of the main eleuthera highway and approximately 2.2.19 ft.
northerly of four-for-nothing road in the Sctile) of Lowel
Bogue, North Eleuthera, Bah:



my CR

‘Infrastructures are in plac :

For conditions of the sale and any other taformation,
please contact: Credit Risk Management ( ollection Unit
. Phone: 356-1685 or 356-1608. Nassai

Bahan

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MUST SELL |
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Lot #90-C comprising 21,430 sq.ft. and situated on the western
side of the main eleuthera highway and approximately 2,219 ft.
northerly of four-for-nothing road in the Settlement of Lower Posuer

North Eleuthera, Bahamas.








,



Infrastructures are in place.



For conditions of the sale and any other information,
please contact: Credit Risk Management — Collection Unit
Phone: 356-1685 or 356-1608, Nassau, Bahamas





Interested persons should submit offers in writing addressed to:



(he Manager, Credit Risk Management — Managing Director’s
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yk esponsibilities
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1, You are South, and the bidding
has gone:






























something like:
4 AQ92 ¥I OAKI84 & AQ4

South West North East 2. Seven hearts. Partner is trying
Pass 1v Dble Pass for a grand slam, since he could have MONDAY,
14 Pass 34 Pass ended the auction by bidding six OCT 8

2 4

hearts over five diamonds; therefore,
his five-notrump bid, asking for
kings, guarantees your side has all
four aces. There is no good reason to .
respond six hearts, announcing two
kings, since partner might pass and

What would you now bid with:

47653 Wane ya & ie ARIES — March 21/April 20

Although you may have your suspi-
cions, it would be wise not to voice
them. Old friends stop by to say hello,
and bring a new business opportunity.

2. You are South, and the bidding
has gone:

North East South West easily wind up with 13 tricks. : eae :
1Â¥ Pass 3 & Pass Instead, you should reason that he Dee Foe eee aA
39 Pass 4” Pass will almost surely take all the tricks worker, Taurus. You have nothing to
KEEP 4NT Pass 5¢@ Pass with the aid of your solid club suit. rove this ‘week: Take some thine 40
5NT- P ? Partner’s hand might look something | P: Ger een ne
HAVING itr en MING ae yonnow binath? LE & | kick back and relax with friends or
: at wou : : family later in the week; oe
m RINGING e a 4 Q74 ¥ KQ2 ¢ 85 # AKQIO #A9 ¥ AJ7653 # A]4 & 73 cnbydecervei eee oe

3. Four diamonds. Partner’s dou-
ble is for takeout, and, considering
your previous pass, you have a far

BLUETOOTH
K)

GEMINI - May 22/June 21
You’ve always known what you
want, Gemini. Others may try to stop

3. You are South, and the bidding
has gone: :

North East South West better hand than he has a right to : ;
1*& 2¢* | Pass 3¢ expect. You should therefore feel The Sore Mcrae thie
Dble Pass confident that there’s a game some-

week — just pick one and go for it
with all of your might.

CANCER - June 22/July 22
Don’t be scared, Cancer. Risk is a
good thing, and this week is a good
time for you take some. Opportu-
nities abound if you look.

* pre-emptive jump-overcall
What would you now bid with:
# K742 ¥ Q852 @ 8 # J1053

“ee

where (possibly even a slam), but
you’re not in position to judge
whether the. best contract lies in
hearts, spades or clubs.

Instead of trying to guess which
Suit is most likely to produce the best
game contract, you can force your -



1. Four spades. You don’t have
much of a hand, and partner’s three-



oi

















C spade bid is not forcing, but you’ partner to make the choice by cue- LEO - July 23/August 23 :
Boe lens (= os should nevertheless bid four spades. bidding the opponent’s suit. This | Others will notice, and appreciate
SE & THE = Essentially, partner is saying that all. asks him to bid a four-card major if { YOur courage this week, so you’ll

finally get the chance to show off-
your leadership chops. Do so judi- -
ciously, avoid showing off, Rae

VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22
There will be a lot of talk going on
around you this week. Try not to let it
distract you from your main objec-
tives. It’s only gossip, anyway.
LIBRA — Sept’23/Oct 23

It’s one thing to. have negative
thoughts, but it’s quite another to let
everyone know what they are. Such

he needs from you for a game in
spades is one trick or a bit of distri-
bution: Your five spades to the king,
doubleton diamond and jack of clubs
are more than enough to justify a
four-spade bid. Partner may have

he has one (he almost certainly: has),
but even if he lacks a four-card
major, he will then have a sufficient’
number of clubs to enable him to
rebid that suit, and you can then raise
him to game.

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Revise (4)
Greek letter (4)
Wife (5)

Fleet (6)












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there must be at least one










Church seat (3)
Negative (3)
Dreaded (6)
Offer (3)











TODAY'S TARGET 3 Se i
: 36: lent # Negativity can only harm you in the
: TIGER. 5 Saree anaes Soot one end. Think positively.
a peepee STN . = Solution tomorrow. SCORPIO — Oct 24/Nov 22
SuZY , IM You'ee * YouR cLoTHes * YouR HAIR THANK GOODNESS : Be PRO ARS We wae fonger,
U 5 “Oo : aes ' corpio. After Wednesday, others ,
YOUR BEST FAT. wc ARE OUT ISAMESS YOU'RE Nor YESTERDAY'S SOLUTION will be more interested in hearing
FRIENY so OF STYLE... 4 YOU SAY MWY ENEMY! ardent attend dare darn your ideas. Don’t take this as an
I CAN TELL mo 4 oo) >) VUMB ea ae a dean insult, they've just been busy. You’ll
YOU... Vy). (a HINES Clear scent drat errant get your tum in the spotlight. :
A _ J h); ranted rated read rend retard | SAGITTARIUS —Nov 23/Dec 2h
eA} Ae | SIH uN BOW many words Of four RETARDANT tarred tend Have fun this week, Sagittarius.
ING «| RANA Homie eters showneretin | “ate MA4er wend tend | Cuting loose wil lead to some
Ad. xp SINEMA} Be Hal 3 making a word, each letter may ‘ ra eae romantic, and perhaps
: be ait \_ e used once only. -Each must even business opportunities.
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ACROSS DOWN VV ra | Call your relatives and talk it out,
4 — Conflict in making the first mine 1 Banter with very little subetance (5) Co] af AQUARIUS ~— Jan 21/Feb 18
closure (6) 2. The crime of a hard-hearted lad (5) All you want to do is go home this





Not easy money (4,4) 3 Experts able to crack a case (4) | obligations prevent you from doing
Motor no good in ona German 4 _ She joined a bachelor in an ancient sending and so. Try to enjoy yourself anyway.
setting! (6). land (5) Sorin ae BReES Bree 19/March 20.
) ay and music by is is a g time for networking,
10 Frozen water flows, we're told! (5) 5 _ Isitfashionable to be angry? (4) po electric waves Pisces. Get out there and meet peo-
13 Instrument, nothing more than a bow, 6 Legendary cave man who ple. It’s a big world out there, and
Te aie you never know who’s looking for
in a way (4) 23 you, too.
14° Do they ensura their ido! is cool? (4) ~ 9 It's usual for a woman to have PC Q : y
15 Box of spare parts! (4) money (6) ae
16 Godof all? (3) 11 | Drink doggedly? (3) ee CHESS OV] Leonard Barden
17 Clothes or unifoiin to sit around in (4) 12. Points to convey in writing (5) SOS:
19 Send mother only one pound (4) 13 Choose one for mother — the best! (7) ec :
21 Chewa line in catsmeat (9) 15 One may do so in lassitude (3) a Bete Fritz y vied somnke
I. , Manv ;
23 Tax apeysonal assistant for the half 16 Acrusly letter from Greece by new pare Sane igeia'e wond
year,(4) ve pen Pe champion Kramnik was 2-3
. 18 . Less than a houseful, but handy (6) down to the computer program -
24 She gets a bit moody when ; Aerie ae i ig
20 Titanic book? (5 after losing gam a
4 Ne eGa 14) : horrible blunder but holding his
26 Communication from a machine (3) 21 Does he live life to the full? (3) own in the other four
27 Streaming effect making you cross 22! Helin stam postion (3) encounters, So in the final game
23 Villa man? (6) lu he decided to go for broke with
when you've got flu (4) many? ( ol the unfavourable black pieces
29 Absent playing football (4) 25. Crazy about a piece from N because “the difference
32 A gum product in a Pacific island (4) “Amadeus” (3) = between 3.5-2.5 and 4-2 is not
~ 28 Sort of key for the kid? (5) Qa. 16 (3) Everything (3) great, and this was my last
33 One teany never in forefront (5) y > 17 Slightly open (4) chance to tie the series”,
/ i ~at). 30 She has her charms but is A Conscious (5) However, Fritz got in first with a
34 Anasty clout when Wiehe acan iauee Nis @ be Ome (9) Largest ape (7) surprise when 2 speedily endgame to avoid worse. The .
opener can be mystifying! (6) ; nf iui 23 Sense (4) Batrrier (3) developed its rook in front of its puzzle is (a) to find the program's
35 Ensures an electrifying inusical 31 Cause of a rising (5) 24 Yearn (4) Humour (3) pawns to h3 where it eyes next tum and (b) to work out its
performarice? (8) 32 Amajor division (4) 28 Damn a an (6) Kramnik’s h8 king. Black still oe eoiueres ee a
aa an iol nee age looks solid, but Deep Fritz's next © n s
36 Notar animal'skeleton (6) 33. Chap joining Norm in France (4) ‘ :

white move proved strong and
forced Kramnik into a lost



‘| CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20
The holidays are approaching,
-| Capricorn, but something’s been on
your: mind that’s causing you to
-| dread the upcoming get-together.

week, Aquarius, but a host of social



second plays.

LEONARD BARDEN



Yesterday's cryptic solutions
f ACROSS: 1, Pro-p up 7, Old-timer 8, W-asp 10, T-Hanks
11, Off-ice 14, Key 16, Fat-Ed 17, Leas 19, PO-ser 21,
(in)\Valid 22, Games 23, Blew 26, Pen-a-| 28, PO-E 29,
Unused 30, Ban-ne-1 31, Orbs (Bros)32, Spe-cime-n 33,
pa Kinder

mm OOWN: |, Pa's-tel 2, Plan-ES 3, Pops 4, Staf-led 5, AM-bit
6, B-reed 8, W-ak-e 9, Sky 12, FAR 13, C-a-ase

15, Poles 18, Eaten 19, P-a-M 20, Sis 21, Valerie
22, Gas 23, Bonbon 24, L-ENS 25, Warder 26, Purse
27, Nudes 28, Par 30, B-on-k

European country (5)
Journal (5)

Nurses (5)
Indonesian island (4)
Chew (4)

35 Lingered (8)





ACROSS: 1, Douses 7, Peculiar 8, Rope 10, Ironed 11, 36
Straps 14, Vet 16, Oasis 17, Leas 19, Giddy 21,
Relay 22, Catly 23, Moor 26, Stead 28, Tom 29, Metric 30,
Ruling 31, Abet 32, Clematis 33, |
Hatred
DOWN: 1, Denial 2, Stones 3, Sped 4, Custody 5, Midas
6, Cross 8, Rove 9, Pet 12, Ray 13, Piano 15, Filth 18,
Elite 19, Get 20, Day 21, Radical 22, Car 23, Molest
‘| 24, Omit 25, Rugged 26, Smack 27, Ether 28, Tub 30,
Rash

Strange thing (6)






Chess solution 8320: 1 e5! dxe5 2 Rxe5! and if Bxe
Qxe5+ £6 4 Rxh7+! Kxh7 5 Qh5+ Kg7 6 Qxg6+ Kh8 7
Qh7 mate.







4 Seldom seen (6) 1 Peruses (5)
7 Wind instrument (8) 2 Lariat (5)
8 Panics (6) 3 > Tablet (4)
10 Of the nose (5) . . 4 — Look fixedly (5)
13 Gloomy (4) 5 First man (4)
14 Sluggish (4) 6 — Force (6)
15 Female deer (4) 9 - Hear (6)
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Body found in

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By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
and ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporters

_ POLICE are investigating a bru-
tal murder on the island of
Eleuthera where a 65-year-old res-
ident was discovered in her home
with cuts about her body suggest-
ing a knife attack and bruises on
her face indicating an attack with a
blunt instrument.

Rock Sound resident Sylvia
Cates’ lifeless body was discovered
at 8.23 Saturday. morning, wrapped
in a quilt in the bedroom of her
home, where she lived alone, Chief
Supt Glenn Miller confirmed. Her
two brothers-in-law made the grue-
some discovery.

Concern for her safety arose
when persons distovered an aban-
doned car in the Green Castle set-
tlement.

According to Billy Cates, the
brother of Mrs.Cates’ deceased
husband, the vehicle appeared to
have overturned several times in
the bushes.

When another relative, who
checked to see if Sylvia’s vehicle
was outside hér house, found it
missing, the alarm was raised.

Billy Cates and his brother, Ker-
mit, then decided. to enter her
home to check on her.

Once inside her bedroom they
found her in the blood-stained
quilt.

“Tt looked like she gave them
quite a struggle,” he said.

Mrs Cates was described by her
brother-in-law as being a “good
person, a charity person,” to the
extent that she had recently been
presented an award by the police.

SEE page 14

Christie speaks out on

Albany develo

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

FORMER prime minister Per-
ry Christie yesterday spoke out
on the Albany development,
responding to claims that his gov-

ernment gave the developers con-’

cessions to which they were not
entitled under the law.

In an exclusive interview with -

The Tribune, Mr Christie also
revealed that the controversial
clause in the agreement with the
developers that states that south-
west Bay Street will be diverted

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GRAND BAHAMA recorded
its fifth traffic fatality for the year }
with a young man dying following :
acar-motorcycle collision in Eight :

Mile Rock Saturday evening.

_ At about 9.30pm, Raymond }
Timothee, 27, of Jones Town was :
driving his white 1992 Toyota :
Corolla west on Queen’s Highway
in Jones Town. He was on his way }

home.

On reaching a junction, he }
began making a right turn towards :
the corner, when suddenly a red :
and white Honda XR 650L trail ;
motorcycle driven by. 29-year-old }
Karnis Dames of No. 72 Maliboo

Reef, darted out in front of him.

Mr Dames was travelling east . }
on Queen’s Highway at a very fast:
ate of speed and without any ;
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Former minister defends the
- decision to negotiate contracts

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

FORMER Works Minister
Bradley Roberts yesterday: said
that demand ‘from the general
public and a shortage of avail-
able contractors played a signifi-
cant role in the former govern-
ment’s decision to negotiate,
rather than put out to bid, many
contracts awarded.

Mr Roberts stated that while
he “wouldn’t deny” that “under
normal run of the mill circum-
stances” putting contracts out to
bid would be “the most desir-
able” method of awarding con-
tracts, a high demand from the
public for projects to be com-
pleted and a shortfall of contrac-
tors led to the decision to not put
all jobs out to bid but to negotiate
contracts.

“We’re not dealing with a nor-
mal situation here: when you
have so many areas of the public
demanding this, demanding that



(it needs) immediate attention,”
said Mr Roberts.

He was speaking at a press
conference held yesterday at
Gambier House, where he was
accompanied by opposition
leader Perry Christie, Dr Bernard

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Police ‘raid’

_ party attended
by gay and

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APPROXIMATELY 200

: gay and lesbian tourists.left
; the Hard Rock Cafe Satur-
: day night feeling “unneces-
: sarily harassed” after 30
: police officers “raided” the
: establishment and pho-
: tographed patrons.

The event was sponsored

: by Ebony Pyramid Enter-
: tainment a Bisexual, Gay,
: Lesbian and Transsexual .

African American group that
organises an annual cruise to
the Bahamas.

The organization threw a

party at the Hard Rock Cafe

Saturday night, a patron told

! The Tribune, which featured

exotic dancers. Shortly after 1
am six officers, wearing bullet

: proof vests, some armed with

guns and one with a camera,

entered the establishment.

The woman on stage at the

: time was wearing a skin

coloured bikini.
‘The officers took the
dancer off the stage and inter-

SEE page 14

2006 Audit: anecdotal
. evidence of alleged
corruption in ministry

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

AN INDEPENDENT
Audit into the Ministry of Pub-
lic Works in October 2006
reported that there is anecdotal
evidence of allegéd corruption
among building control tech-
nical officers, some of whom
may be “seeking payment” for
the issuing of licences.

The explosive audit was per-
formed by the British Crown

i Agents of behalf of the Audi-

tor General’s Office. Excerpts
from the executive summary
of this document were tabled in
the House of Assembly last
Wednesday by Public Works
Minister Earl Deveaux, con-
demning among other things,
the contracting process of the
ministry. The report reveals
many other serious inadequa-
cies within this institution.
“The department has
received its share of com-
plaints, particularly from exter-
nal professionals that have
some interface with the depart-
ment’s function,” the reports
states. “Importantly, there is

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THE TRIBUNE



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of fixing homes built dee] PLP

THE Ministry of Housing
has employed two teams in
Grand Bahama and a number
of teams in New Providence to
calculate and budget the exor-
bitant costs of rectifying elec-
trical and structural problems
in homes built under the pre-
vious administration, said
Housing and National Insur-
ance Minister Kenneth Russell.

Mr Russell revealed that
thus far, the teams are working
diligently. toward solutions for
32 houses in Grand Bahama

and 60 houses in one subdivi- |

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revealed that impending legal
cases between the government
and Bahamians who purchased

‘homes through the Ministry are
‘being resolved out of court in
the offices of the Minisiry of

Housing.
‘Pointing out that conflict res-
olution in this area is far from

being completely rectified,
. Minister Russell said the teams
‘appointed for this task will .

make every effort to tackle as
many of the problems the Min-
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“To guard against future

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| Guyanese
woman is
clarified

THE Ministry of National
Security clarified and correct-
ed an article yesterday that
appeared in the Friday, October
5 edition of The Tribune, under
the heading, “Anger at release
of ‘illegal’ worker.”

The article reported that a
Guyanese national, who had
been working in the country
illegally, was picked up by the
Immigration authorities and
detained at the Detention Cen-
tre. The article further stated
that a “senior government offi-
_ cial” interceded and caused her

to be released, in spite of her

- owing the Department $6,000.

_The article claimed that
Immigration officials were furi-

' ous over what they said was the

summary release of a Guyanese

_ woman who has allegedly been
working illegally in Nassau for

up tosix years.

The woman was picked up.o on
_ Tuesday, along with a Haitian
_ man, and sent to the Carmichael

Road Detention Centré. How- ©

‘ever, intervention by a senior civ-
al servant secured her immediate
Telease, causing extreme anger
in the Immigration Department,
sources told The Tribune.

The Ministry confirmed that

last Tuesday at about 3.25pm, a.

Guyanese national was picked
up by a team of immigration
officers on routine inquiries and

_ . following initial questioning was

taken to the Detention Centre.
Subsequently, it was deter-
mined that the person in ques-
tion had an expired work permit
and an application pending with
the Immigration Department.
The person was released from the
Detention Centre, around.10pm.
“The Ministry wishes to state
that the person in question has
not been in The Bahamas for
six years, as stated in the article.
She arrived in The Bahamas in
2005, and held a valid work per-
mit which expired in February
of 2007. Her subsequent appli-
cation for employment was
made to the Department of
‘Immigration in a timely man-
ner. She has no outstanding fees
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Former Kerzner employee claims he was dismissed
after filing an internal complaint against owner



Carpenter dies
after falling
from scaffold,
swimming

to the shore

A 20-YEAR-OLD carpenter,
who lost his footing on a scaf- :
fold in Freeport Saturday, fell :
into the ocean, and swam to :
shore, dropped dead as he was }
telling his colleagues of his :
ordeal. ;

Edwin Green, of Lawrence }
Close Apartments, a carpenter :
employed by B & L Construc- }
tion Company, was working at :
Lucayan Harbour when the :
accident occurred at about }
11.20am Saturday. i

Green was on the job with :
fellow workers at the new Pier :

One Restaurant now under con- : .

struction at the harbour. While :
standing on a scaffold working :
on the suffix at the roof of the :
two-storey structure, he sud- }
denly lost his footing, accord- :
ing to eyewitnesses, and fell, hit- :
ting the balcony floor at the sec- :
ond and first storeys, before :
plunging into the sea below.
Green then swam to-the
wharf side, climbed up out of :
the water and, walked towards. :
his colleagues who had run to :
help him. As he began speaking :
to them about his ordeal, he :
suddenly collapsed. :
' Police and EMS personnel :
were summoned to the scene as }
fellow workers attempted to :
unsuccessfully revive him. He :
was taken to Rand Memorial }
Hospital’s Trauma Section, :
where he was pronounced dead
on arrival. i
The supervisor at the jobsite }
is a relative of Green. :
Police do not suspect foul :
play,, however, an autopsy will :
be performed to:determine the :
cause of death, Chief Supt. Basil
Rahming reported. ;



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as they marched to govern-
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“We need td have a good
politicalenvironmentin
order to sustain our eco-
nomic development,” said
one of the participants, 51-
year-old businessman
Michael Hui. :

The former British colony
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wide degrée of autonomy
under a,*\One country, two
systems” formula. Beijing
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Kong residents. don’t have i
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chief executive. An 800-
member election committee,
considered partial to the
Chinese government, makes
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A FORMER employee of
Kerzner International plans to
take the resort before the Indus-
trial Tribunal claiming he was dis-
missed by the company after fil-
ing an internal complaint against
owner Sol Kerzner for verbally
abusing him.

Dwite Williams, a former
employee of the One and Only
Ocean Club, claimed that after
filing the complaint against Mr
Kerzner, managers at the com-
pany intentionally placed several
hurdles in his way to frustrate his
employment there.

However, both hotel union and
Kerzner International officials
said that Mr Williams was
relieved of his position for rea-
sons totally unrelated to the

interaction he had with Mr
Kerzner.

“IT spoke to Mr Williams but at
this point it must be said that he
was fired for something relating
to his attitude, but I cannot
answer something that is his opin-
ion. What Mr Williams has to
understand is that his conduct has
to be suitable whether he is in a
situation (that he feels is unfair)
or not. We have an industrial
agreement that speaks about
behaviour patterns and if you fail
to do those things, it will result
in these types of situations,” Roy
Colebrooke president of the
Hotel Catering and Allied Work-
ers Union said.

A release from Kerzner Inter-
national to The Tribune said that
while it does not, in general, dis-
cuss issues involving labour dis-
putes, Mr William’s dismissal
and the altercation with the
resort’s owner were totally unre-
lated.

“The individual in question was
terminated as a result of actions
completely unrelated to any inter-
action he may have had with Mr
Kerzner,” the statement said.

According to Mr Williams’
complaint on September 7 his
supervisor placed one of the land-
scaping golf carts in the pathway
by the landscaping shed that leads
to the tennis courts when Mr
Kerzner pulled up in another golf

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butler.

“My supervisors told me to
move the golf cart to the side so
that Mr Kerzner could pass. As I
approached the golf cart Mr
Kerzner started to use obscene
language towards me while I just
watched.

“At this time the butler started
to proceed and Mr Kerzner told
him to stop and Mr Kerzner told
me that my attitude does noth-
ing for the property or the guest.
I did not say anything to Mr
Kerzner because Iwas too
shocked,” Mr Williams said in his
complaint. :

According to the former
Kerzner employee, the owner had
asked him “What is your f_ prob-
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Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

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Straw vendors making demands

BAY STREET is in urgent need of an
imaginative designer who can raise it from its
crumbling pavements, and turn it into a cen-
tre that will attract crowds of enthusiastic
shoppers.

At the moment it is so depressing) that
even Bahamians avoid contact if they can
find the items they are shopping for in the
various malls. Bay Street’s once eye-catching
tourist attraction — the Straw Market — has
become the greatest blight on the scene. It is
no longer the straw market that poets once
wrote about, and visitors enjoyed strolling
through.

Tourists were always tempted by the local
souvenirs on the shelves to stop,. browse and
buy.

Many visitors were fascinated just to stand
and watch vendors, plaiting their own prod-

ucts at their stalls, happy to pause in their

work for an exchange of pleasantries.

The government now. wants to reinvigorate
Bay Street, not only for the good of all
Bahamians, but to lure visitors who are now
being tempted away by more attractive and
less expensive Caribbean resorts. To do this
it wants to temporarily remove the straw
market to a new site, preferably in the cheap-
est possible way so that it can use all funds
allocated for anew market for that purpose,
rather than spending too much of it on refur-
bishing a. temporary site. But the straw ven-
dors say no. Apparently, they have squatters
rights. It seems that the Bay Street project is
to be held to ransom by 605 vendors.

“We have every right ... every right by
law to remain where we are until the other
market is built,” declared Straw Vendors’
Coalition president Telator Strachan.

This is certainly news to us — as it will be
to most Bahamians. When did straw vendors
_ purchase and pay taxes for a piece of Bay
Street property? As far as we understand
they have always been subsidised by the
Bahamian public. No other Bahamian busi-
ness person has such favourable treatment.

These vendors have always been wooed

and pampered by politicians, especially PLP ©
politicians who courted them for their votes, "

and loud vocal support. In return the ven-
dors strutted their stuff as though they owned
~ the government, and when they whistled for
help, they expected the politicians to come
running from the Cabinet office to the market
place. And, the sorry fact is that many of
them did. So don’t blame the vendors. They



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were encouraged in their highfalutin’ notions
that not only did they own a Bay Street plot,
but that their MPs would dance and prance
and cater to their needs.

This is not to say that the vendors are to be
written off. They are born of a breed of hard
working women, who in their day played an
important role in contributing to the tourist
market.

Over the years they carved out a good — in
many cases a lucrative — living for them-
selves and their families. Many of today’s
leaders were educated from the proceeds of
products created by the busy, deft fingers of
mothers twisting plait.

Some of these women — the “old school”
— still exist in the market, but they are so few
that they are overshadowed by the crude
roughness of the new breed. These are the
ones who have lost public sympathy for their
plight. And what makes their case even
worse, they no longer make or sell Bahamian
products.

A recent study by the Nassau Institute
concluded: “The entrepreneurial skills of the
vendors are unquestionable, and many of
them are successful in their own right. How-
ever, one has to consider that their opera-
tions are subsidised by the government and
these benefits are not provided to all poss

- serving the tourist market.

“Selling ‘knock-off’ products and copies of

videos is illegal in most countries. We should
~ ask ourselves if tax dollars should be used

to support this activity.”

It has been suggested that government
locate a downtown site and sign over its own-
ership in fee simple to the vendors for $1.
The vendors would then raise the funds to
construct their own building. They would
quickly realise $23 million for a straw market
is out of the question. It would then be their
responsibility to pay their business taxes, pro-
vide their own utilities, provide their own
janitorial service and take on all the respon-
sibilities — including keeping the rats at bay
— that every Bahamian has to shoulder when
he goes into business.

These vendors, who are now making so
much noise, and holding up progress, would
then realise how much they have been pam-
pered. They would quickly yearn for the
“good old days.”

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EDITOR, The Tribune.

AGAIN thank you for allow-
ing me space in your invaluable
column. There are many com-
mentators asserting the position
that the government should
post police officers in our
schools. This is a topic which
unfortunately has the potential
to foster political sophistry.
However it is asserted here that
this move, putting police offi-
cers in school yards, should not
be taken lightly or politically.
Even with the current spate of
violent incidences, one cannot
find any justification for such a
move.

Police officers should not be
stationed in schools or school
yards. In fact they should not
even be specifically assigned to
a school. It should be made
specifically clear that police offi-
cers may increase their patrols
or presence in certain areas or
at certain times, if need be; but

no government should allow

itself to be placed in a position
whereby the police are assigned
to a specific classification of per-
sons. This is grossly contrary to
public policy.

We suggest that for the police
to be placed in this position
exposes the police force to a
responsibility that is primarily
parental and to a lesser extent
educational. There are just too
many negatives that flow from
decisions such as these. Even
the present excuse that this
would only be a short term
exercise fails to lessen the seri-
ousness of what is being sug-
gested by proponents.

Firstly decisions like this reek
of authoritarianism, there is no
need to usurp the powers of
school administrators and place
them into the hands of the
police department. Some
boundary lines should not be
crossed; I fear that this one is
about to be.

The question begs: Where’

does the police authority start
and end, where does the school
authority start and end? Where
does the police statutory duty
begin and end? Should the
police be responsible for all chil-
dren generally or will they be
responsible for each individual
child? Meaning, what recourse
would a parent have against the
police for falling to protect a
specific child, at a specific time
during a specific altercation? To
this writer it appears that this
can turn into a floodgate issue.

The second tier of this prob-
lem is finding out if the police
force owe a duty of care to

school teachers, administrations .





















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and/or students? As it stands it
is difficult to ascertain what clas-
sification of persons the police
will be mandated to protect.
Will it be the ‘good people’
against the ‘bad people’? Fur-
ther it is difficult to assess what
remedy the ‘good’ class of per-
sons have against the police for
failing to protect them? There-
fore, it is not just and reason-
able to impose this onerous bur-
den on the police.

Our society knows most of
the answers to our problems
concerning trouble making

‘reason why to this present day

writing bounce cheques is not
considered a crime.

In short we must enact laws
that punish parents of delin-
quent minor children. See
Parental Liability, California
Civil Code 1714.1 (2003) - Civ-
il liability of parents for minor's
acts of wilful misconduct result-
ing in death, personal injury or
property damage.

Agreeably there may be
some constitutional issues
regarding this form of Act but
at least the greater good will be
achieved when parents finally
realise that their neglect, negli-
gence, silence or acquiescence
towards their delinquent under
aged child will not go unpun-
ished.



school children but we lack the
will to solve these problems for
fear that our laws will condemn
those close to us. It is the same

A response to call
for gay lifestyle ban

EDITOR, The Tribune.

DWAYNE J HANNA
Nassau,
September, 2007.

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and every-
one who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not
love does not know God, for God is love.” — 1 John 4:7-8 (New King
James Version).

TO OUR fellow citizens of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas:

This is an open letter of love in response to the recent headlines
calling for an anti-gay lifestyle ban.

It is disappointing and hurtful that far too great a percentage of
our society continues to expend its collective energy on institu-
tionalising the marginalisation, dehumanisation, and ¢riminalisation
of some of our fellow human beings. The result,of this, institution-
alised negativism is causing the foundation, of our Socipt tg. crum-
ble. :

The Christian Council has proposed to form a committee to
advocate for anti-gay legislation. ‘The energy of the Cquncil would
be much better served if it ceased to divide its attention so that it
is distracted from the actual pervasive social ills that are terrorising
our society.

It cannot be gainsaid that we ought to be concerned about the
notoriously escalating murder rate and the apparent apathetic
attitude toward both our children's education and the high rate of
high school student violence. Additionally, we are vulnerable to high
incidences of incest, rape, domestic violence, and-broken fami-
lies. Anti-communal value systems, materialism, and the general
erosion of the “love thy neighbour” foundation that underscores
Christianity plague our nation now more than at any other time in
our history.

Mr Duncombe, Bishop Hughes, and Minister Bethel, where do
these issues fall in your list of priorities?

We stand united with our brothers and sisters who seek to live
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Ingraham stresses need [sep Ba

LOCAL NEWS

to reform civil service

m By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
Chief Reporter
rmissick@tribunemedia.net

BUREAUCRATIC delays in
an “encumbered civil service”
will not only stifle government
effectiveness and responsive-
ness and choke private sector
initiative, Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham said Saturday
at the eighth annual Public Ser-
vice Awards Banquet.

While congratulating those
receiving awards, the prime
minister highlighted his gov-

ernment’s commitment to

reforming the'public service.

Mr Ingraham pointed out
that change and improvement
in the delivery of public services
are essential and in many
instancés, overdue.

“But change is difficult, some-
times threatening to those who
take comfort from doing the
same thing in the same way
regardless of results. We have
more than our fair share of that
in the Public Service. And so,
while we have begun to make
some important changes in our
system of public administration
there is much to be done,” he
said.

While admitting that the slow
pace of modernisation in the
public service has been disap-
pointing to many persons he
said that if he and his colleagues
were committed to change in
1992, today, 15 years later, they
are “married to the idea”.

PM uses Public Service Awards to
criticise delay in modernisation



“Today, we live in an Infor-
mation Age; our economies are
described as information
based. It is clearer today than
ever before, if we are to keep
pace, compete and succeed in
today’s globalized economy we
must ensure that we use infor-
mation technologies efficiently

- and, very especially, we must

ensure that our public entities
adopt best practices in the use
of information and communi-
cation technologies,” Mr Ingra-
ham said.

Reform

While this will be no comfort
to those in the Public Service
married to the formulations,
practices and processes of the
last century, Mr Ingraham said
that the service will have to
“carry them along with us
because clearly, bureaucratic
delays in an encumbered civil
service will not only stifle gov-
ernment effectiveness and
responsiveness, it will choke pri-
vate sector initiative.”

“We have once again taken
up the charge for reform in the

public service and in doing so
we are determined to convince
all public officers that things do
not always have to remain the
way they are, or have been,” he
said.

The prime minister said he
was disappointed with the time
it has taken for the government
to introduce machine readable
passports to permit on-line
access by the public to a myriad
of government services, or to
remove once and for all the
multiple stickers on the wind-
shields of motor vehicles for
inspection and licensing pur-
poses.

“T bristle at the delay in
implementing modern archive
and retrieval systems so as to

introduce efficiencies into all :

government application
processes — for business
licences, for building permits,
for immigration permits and

certificates, for company for-’

mation, for land registration,
for the administration of a
deceased person’s estate, for
customs clearance and for that
matter, for the processing and
payment of gratuities and pen-
sions to retired persons such as

Land application problems
‘defy logic’, claims PM

@ By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
Chief Reporter
rmissick@tribunemedia.net

THERE are “significant hic-
cups” in the system application
processes for Crown Lands that
appear to “defy logic”, and a
system of environmental assess-
ment that has gone “seriously
amiss”, Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham said Saturday at the
eighth annual Public Service
Awards Banquet.

The prime minister told those
present that if the public service
is to become more efficient and
effective it must achieve and
maintain expected and required
standards of service. -

“When I last held this office I
recall businessmen commenting
on some of the negatives of
‘doing business’ in the
Bahamas. Leading the list of our
shortfalls were the following:
Inadequate use of computer
technologies, weak project time
management, deficient business
ethics and poor personal cus-
tomer service. And these, they
maintained, applied to service
in both the public and private
sectors at that time,” Mr Ingra-
ham said.

He said that he did not know
whether that list would be very
different if compiled today. ©

“Clearly we are not yet using
information and communication
technologies available to mea-
surably reduce processing time
for applications, or to speed up
response time to our clients —
the public,” the prime minister
said. |
Having spent the last five
years as a private sector practi-

ROSEMARY NIXON-MARTIN is named Public Officer of the Year at the



Peter Ramsey/BIS



8th Annual Public Service Week Awards Ceremony, held at the Royal
Bahamas Police Force Conference Centre in Nassau on Saturday night.
Pictured left to right are Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, Sir Arthur
Foulkes, Deputy to the Governor General, Mrs Nixon-Martin and
Minister of State for the Public Service, Zhivargo Laing.

tioner, Mr Ingraham said that
he can share his frustration in

» having fairly routine applica-

tions processed through a num-
ber of government offices
notwithstanding the fact that he
was a former Prime Minister
and sitting Member of Parlia-
ment and. most likely received

- preferential service.

“Tt might be useful when we
think of ‘Service in the Work
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Mr Ingraham said ‘that the
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“Each, individually, may be
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repeat visits to a single office
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DENISE MAYCOCK
ibune Freeport Reporter
ycock@tribunemedia.net

BEPORI The Save

Cay Reef Association is

inte ip its fight to stop the

Ray mega-res

uv Guana Cay, Abaco, and

inching a new Judicial

case against several pas
‘he Supreme Court.

Lt PLO

the second case being
the SGC ‘RA, which
; strongly opposed to the devel-
ypment of 150 acres of Crown
and on that-island by foreign
evelopers
1 Smith, a partner at Cal
oes and Co. is representing
ciatton which. is suing
mas government, Bak
r } Bay Development, andthe
Yown District Council,
viich are three of several parties
awed as defendants in the case
ining a press conference at
ho law firm in Freeport on
nesday, Mr Smith warned
small communities like
ina Cay are being severely
yoacted by large scale devel
ents such as Baker's Bay.
iana Cay residents Troy
ry and
: Supporter Sarah Kirkby
aiso present.

Anthony Robert



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ribune Freeport Reporter
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his is not yust about Guana
Cay. This is a fight for the future
of the Bahamas!” said Mr
Smith. “What is happening in
Guana Cay is one of the more
abusive examples of what is hap-
pening all over the Bahamas.”
Save Guana Cay is.an associ-
ation of Bahamians and foreign
residents who are dedicated to
preserving their unique heritage
and culture, the land and
marine €iivironment, promot-
ing respect for locals to be
responsible for their island and
saving Crown Land for future
generations of Bahamians.
Guana Cay is international-
iy recognised as a unique
marine and land environment.
It boasts one of the most. pic-
turesque and pristine tradition-
al old Bahamian communities
in the Abacos. About 150 resi-
dents live on the island.
in February 2005, the PLP
Cabinet signed'a Heads of
\egreement with Baker’s Bay
- a foreign real estate devel-

oper ——- allowing a tax free $500

million hotel, residential, golf-
ing, and marina project at Gua-
ha Cay.

In its first judicial review case,
SGCRA was able to obtain an
injunction — after several
appeals in the courts in the

long as it takes until the issue is
addressed.

The men are calling on exec-
utives in the Power Company,
and the Grand Bahama Port
Authority, and the Prime Min-
ister to assist in bringing about
some resolution in the matter.

On Thursday, a small group
ot workers led by union offi-
cials carried out a fourth
demonstration in front of the
Port Authority building in
downtown, Freeport.

The Power .Company
employs about 130 Bahamians.
It is now undey the new owner-
ship'ot MaeubS nA panese
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. THE SAVE Guana Cay Reef Association is launching a new Judicial

ttle against Baker’



AO GOLF ON GUANA

Review in the Supreme Court. Lawyer Fred Smith (far right) made the
announcement on Wednesday. Also seen from left are Sarah Kirkby of

Bahamas — from the Privy
Council in London, stopping the
development until the trial.

At the trial in October, 2006,

acting Supreme Court Justice
Norris Carroil ruled that the
Heads of Agreement were valid
and allowed the development
to continue. Save Guana Cay
appealed and is waiting for a
Court of Appeal decision.

On September 29, the Freeport
Supreme Court ordered that
Save Guana Cay and Aubrey

acquired the shares from
Mirant, the former owners.

Labour relations between the
union and the former owners
were somewhat strained over
the last two years after negotia-
tions for a new labour contract
stalled.

With the new change in own-
ership, Mr Edwards said that
the union is now concerned and
focused on seeking a reasonable
severance package for workers.

“Because of the number of
people involved and the kind
of dollars that are involved we
are talking about a substantial
amount of money between the
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Freeport, and Guana Cay. residents, Anthony Roberts and Troy Albury.

Clarke could issue a new judicial
review case to sue the Govern-
ment, and Hope Town District
Council, the local government
district for'Guana Cay, and the
Bakers Bay developers.

Mr Smith said that atthe
Court of Appeal hearing Govy-
ernment and the developers
argued that even if the Heads of
Agreement were invalid they
had received all necessary per-
mits from the government, and
were therefore not relying upon

the reason why the company
wants to resist,” he said.

He stated that a fair and rea-
sonable process must be engaged
to determine settlement and re-
engagement of employees.

“I think the way the company
has managed itself over the last
10 years has really made it a
sour grape in this community
with the employees.”

Mr Edwards said that labour
relations have deteriorated sig-
nificantly in the company since
the death of Mr Edward St
George, who was the first to
step in to mediate whenever cri-
sis and disputes arose between
workers and management in the



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the Heads of Agreeimeni as
authority to proceed

“After pressure from the
Court of the Appeals, the devel
opers two years later have pro-
vided copies of the permits they
say were necessary to proceed
with the development. For two

. years, the PLP and the FNM

have kept the details of this
development secret:from their
own Bahamian citizens, prefer-
ring instead to conspire with the
foreign developers, and permit-
ting the rape and destruction of
the environment, as they have
done in Bimini and elsewhere,”
he claimed. ,

Mr Smith said the new case.

challenges all of the so-called
permits that were issued to Bak-
er’s Bay.

The defendants in this action
are the Queen, the Director of
Physical Planning, the Prime
Minister, the Town Planning
Committee, the Minister of
Maritime Affairs and Labour,
the Minister of Public Works
and Transport, the Commis
sioner of Police, the Water and
Sewerage Corporation, the
Hope Town District Council,
the Attorney General, and the
Developers, Passerine at Abaco
Limited, Passerine at Abaco

Company.

Lawyer Fred Smith, the attor-
ney for the St George family
said that it is impossible for
Lady Henrietta St George to
intervene.

“It is not her role and it has
not been her role in the past.
And although she is a very char-
itable person and would like to
help, it is really a matter for the
new Japanese company to han-
dle,” he said.

Contrary to Mr Smith’s
comments, Mr: Edwards

thinks that Lady Henrietta.

has a very strong influence
and.can help bring a speedy

Bay

Limited, Bakers Bay HOA
Limited, Bakers Bay Marina
Limited, and Bakers Bay foun
dation Limited.

Claim

Save Guana Cay claims that
the defendants did not have law
ful authority to give the permits
that contrary to law the citizens
of Guana Cay were not consult
ed; and that in any event grant
ing the permits was irrational
and contrary to the Constitu-



. tion because they discriminate

against Bahamians and residents
who have to pay customs duties
while the developers and thei
buyers invest and. own tax fre
Save Guana Cay also claims
that Crown and Treasury land is
only for public purposes and for
Bahamians. It is not supposed to
be given away to foreign devel
opers, for their profit, tax free.
Mr Smith said the association
continues to ask for discovery
and will shortly. bi
another injunction
“We will go to the Privy
Council again if necessary
“The English seem to have a
little more respect for local and
environmental rights, than our
own country,” he said.

seeking



solution to the matter.

“The shares in ICD Utilities,
which is partly owned by
Mairubeni and the public, is
controlled by the St. Georges
estate. The chairman controls
those which give them the over-
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A DECADE after Princess
Diana and her boyfriend Dodi
Fayed were killed in a Paris car
crash, a British coroner’s jury
comes ts the French capital this
week to retrace the lovers’ fatal
path in an attempt to put to
rest the dark suspicions sur-
rounding their deaths, accord-
ing to Associated Press.

Although the events leading
up to the deaths have already
been dissected in two lengthy
investigations, the visit Mon-
day and Tuesday marks the
first time an inquest jury has
left Britain.

There are concerns over
swarming paparazzi similar to
those who pursued the couple
in their final moments. Where
the 11-member jury will stay is
top secret, and their exact itin-
erary while the court is “in ses-
sion” in Paris will not be
divulged in advance.

It is known, however, that.
they will visit the Place de l’Al-
ma by the underpass where the
Mercedes crashed and the Pitie
Salpetiere Hospital where
Diana died.

“Tt is very difficult to con-
duct this sort of visit where you
are leaving the protection ...
offered by your own legal sys-
tem,” said a spokesman for the
inquest, who asked not to be

_ named in keeping with British

procedure. “All of a sudden,
we are about to walk down
streets in Paris with no legal
authority over those people
around us.”

Under British law, inquests
are held when someone dies
unexpectedly, violently or of
unknown causes.

Diana, 36, and Fayed, 42,
were killed along with their dri-
ver, Henri Paul, when their
Mercedes crashed in the Pont
d’Alma tunnel shortly after
midnight on.Aug. 31, 1997.
Bodyguard Trevor Rees was
badly injured but survived.

The group was heading from
the Ritz Hotel to Fayed’s pri-
vate Paris home near the Arc
de Triomphe. Dodi Fayed’s
father, Egyptian-born billion-
aire Mohamed al Fayed, has
said it was their engagement
night.

Whether Diana and Fayed
planned to announce their
engagement the next day —
and whether she was pregnant
with Fayed’s child — are ques-
tions the jury must try to clear
up.

Mohanied al Fayed claims
the couple was murdered in a

plot directed by Prince Philip,

Queen Elizabeth II’s husband,
to keep a Muslim out of the
royal spheres.

The inquest, headed by Lord
Justice Scott Baker, is to deter-
mine when, where and how
they were killed. It opened last
Tuesday and was expected to
last no more than six months.

-A French investigation con-
cluded that the car was travel-
ing at an excessive speed and
the driver had a blood alcohol
level more than three times the
legal limit. Tests showed the
presence of two prescription
drugs, including the antide-
pressant Prozac, in his system.

A British investigation left
it to the coroner’s inquest to
assign blame. Neither the
French nor British investiga-
tions have blamed paparazzi
pursuing the speeding car for
the crash.

Some British press reports,
however, have seized on
footage showing the driver
waving in the direction of pho-
tographer Jacques Langevin,
who was at the back of the
hotel with several colleagues.
The reports have concluded

that Paul may have tipped off.

photographers about the cou-
ple’s plan to leave the hotel
from its service entrance.

The wave, captured on one

of the hotel’s 43 security cam-

eras, was among dozens shown
to the jury in London.

and physical



Cruise ships to make
new calls to Freeport

32 planned cruises to Grand Bahama

@ By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter

FREEPORT - Norwegian Cruise Lines
and the Ministry of Tourism announced
the return of the cruise ship to Grand
Bahama beginning next month with the
first of 32 planned cruises to the island.

The introduction of these new calls to
Freeport is expected to bring 84, 000 pas-
sengers and inject millions in visitor
spending in the economy here between
2007 through 2009.

Colin Murphy of NCL and Tourism
Minister Neko Grant made the announce-
ment on Saturday at the Ministry of
Tourism offices in the Fidelity Building in
Freeport.

Raymond Jones, the executive in
charge of port facilities, as well as various
stakeholders in the tourism industry,
including a senior police official, taxi and
tour bus operators were present.

December 27, and will return again on
January 3, 2008 to begin its scheduled
calls to the island.

Mr Murphy said NCL started planning
for the new deployment two months ago
following a visit to Grand Bahama by the
invitation of the Ministry of Tourism.

“Our decision to return (to Grand
Bahama) was based on the positive
response of the government, and the
Freeport Harbour Company as well as
the experience, the culture, the cuisine,
and most of all the people of Grand
Bahama who we came in contact with,”
he said.

It has been agreed that 32 calls will be
made at Nassau, Great Stirrup Cay, and
Grand Bahama Island. NCL’s newest
ship, the Norwegian Gem, will make 28 of

The new ship has a carrying capacity of
approximately 2,800 passengers and a
crew of 1,150. It offers 11 bars, 12
restaurants, and a four lane bowling
alley.

Mr Murphy said the deployment reaf-
firms NCL’s long standing commitment to
its relationship with the Bahamas which
began some 40 years ago.

He noted that NCL was the first major
cruise lines to call at the Bahamas, and
was the first in the industry to own and
include a private island experience in
their itineraries to Great Stirrup Cay in
the Berry Islands — something that other
cruise lines have since emulated.

Minister Grant said the return of NCL
to Grand Bahama is welcomed news for
the island, and the revitalization of

“It signals the beginning of a more

robust future for the cruise industry and .
related businesses on Grand Bahama,”
he said. Mr Grant said NCL is expected
to deliver 38,000 passengers in the short
term (first season) to GBI, Nassau, and
Great Stirrup Cay.
_ He indicated that revenue calculations
based on an estimated per passenger
spent of $58 with 73 per cent going on
shore is pegged at $101,616 in GBI alone
in 2007.

Mr Grant reported that estimated pas-
senger spending on GBI in 2008 from
Norwegian Gem is pegged at $1,541,176,
with a similar figure of $1,541,176 the fol-
lowing year (2009).

“This represents a significant direct
dollar injection into Grand Bahama’s
economy.

“Tt does not, however,-take into
account the potential for indirect eco-
nomic spin-off and or new job creation as



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NCL will call on Grand Bahama on

these calls sailing out of New York.

tourism in Freeport.

a result of NCL’s return,” he said.

BNCA looks out for interests of artisans and craftsmen

@ By LLONELLA GILBERT
Bahamas Information
Services

ARTISANS and craftsmen

‘ now have an opportunity to join a

national association that will look

- out for their best interests.

Dr Melanie Thompson, Presi-
dent of the Bahamas National
Crafts Association (BNCA), says
the aim of the body is to first and
foremost assist artisans and crafts-
men with finding resources to
produce Bahamian-made prod-
ucts.

“T do not know if you have
tried purchasing some of the
products from the local artisans,”
Dr Thompson says. “You proba-
bly questioned why it was so cost-
ly. It is costly because most of
them use local resources and the
prices for these resources are kind
of hefty.”

Dr Thompson says that the

association tries to help find raw

materials at cheaper prices.

“T think I have done a very
good job in finding resources
where we can get, for instance,
bag handles, the feet for the bags
and things like that,” Dr Thomp-
son said.

The Association, established in
2006 during the ninth annual
Bahamas Arts Festival, is the
brainchild of Donnalee Bowe,
Bahamas Agricultural and Indus-
trial Corporation’s (BAIC) hand-
icraft development and marketing
manager.

The Association will have its
second annual general meeting
just before the three-day Festi-

val, which will:be held October

26-28,

Dr Thompson says that during
the meeting, individuals will be
brought in to talk about trends
and designs. ,

“Bahamians have been labelled
as copycats,” she explains.
“When a Bahamian sees some-
body doing something, they love
to go and do the same thing. So
they flood the market. Hopefully,
we will get across the message
that we do not need to copy any-
one’s designs.”

Dr Thompson is vice president
of Atlantic College, and has been

interested in working with crafts —

since childhood.

This interest led her to com-
plete shell and straw craft courses
offered by BAIC. In addition to
her work her at the College, she is
also a practising artisan.

Dr Thompson says that while
there are other craft associations
throughout the Family Islands
and New Providence, BNCA acts
as the national association of The
Bahamas.

Many of the other craft associ-
ations have already joined the
BNCA and others are in the
process of coming under its lead-
ership.

Dr Thompson notes that once
more of the local associations are
on board, the BNCA will be
doing a lot of “interesting things”.

The Association is already
addressing problems artisans and
craftsmen experience in finding
raw materials.

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in Nassau. A supplier of shells
from one of the Family Islands is
sending them to New Providence.

In addition, during a recent trip
to Long Island, Dr Thompson
and Ms Bowe discovered addi-
tional sources of straw for plait-
ing.

Dr Thompson says that previ-
ously one person on that island
virtually had a monopoly on straw
resources, therefore one of the
benefits of being a member of the
BNCA is having access to new
innovations and/or solutions to
longstanding problems facing arti-
sans.

The BNCA has plans to agi-
tate for an outlet where artisans
can display authentic Bahamian
products.

“T think in all fairness to the
straw vendors, when we talk
about foreign made products, the
point we are missing here, is that
if you go back in time and back to
the old straw market, you will

remember that everything that
was sold, was basically made by
persons working in the straw mar-
ket.

“But some of the big business-
men who saw what was happen-
ing, went out and bought foreign
made products. They returned to
the straw market and sent out
fliers saying “listen here, you do
not have to go hurt yourself, and
you can sell these items instead.”

“So that is how these foreign
products got into the market.
Some of the big businessmen saw
that they could themselves make
some money. Now it is very diffi-
cult to get them out of there,” Dr
Thompson says.

She adds: “You will hear some
persons saying that this is what is
selling, but that is what is selling
because that is what you have to

present. But if you display prod-.

ucts that are made in the
Bahamas, that is what the tourists
will buy, because that is what you
have.”



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FREEPORT, GB - The
Department of Social Ser-
vices on Grand Bahama
announced several activities
in recognition of Older Per-
sons Month, which has as its
theme: “Addressing. the
Challenges and Opportuni-
ties of Aging: Empowering
Older. Persons.”

Assistant Director at the
Ministry of Social Service,
Mrs-Lilian Quant Forbes
pointed to recent UN statis-
tics cited. by Loretta R Turn-
er, Minister of State for
Sociak Development, which

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indicate that persons 60 a
nd over are the fastest
growing population in the

_ world.
Mrs Turner also pointed.

out that experts, policy mak-
ers, economists and health-
care providers are conjectur-
ing broadly about how this
demographic wave would
affect our society.

Quoting the Minister’s
recent remarks on Older Per-
son’s Month, Mrs Forbes
said, “Underlying these
opinions is the fact that

senior citizens deserve the.

best quality of life our nation
can afford because we reap
the benefits of their contin-
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She also pointed out that
the value on the security and
dignity of older persons is
promoted in the internation-
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Month.

According to Assistant
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this year’s activities are:

e. To make the public
aware of the challenge and
opportunities. individuals
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e To encourage the full
enjoyment of economic,
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older persons and the elimi-
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The activities started on
Friday with a Mass at the

-Pro-Cathedral of Christ the
King Anglican Church at.

9.30am.

Entertained

Following the Mass, the
gathering moved to the Fos-
ter B Pestaina Centre where
the elderly persons were
entertained with a cultural
show featuring Opie and
The Boys, the Quadrille
Dancers, and George and
The Boys.

During the week of Octo-
ber 8th to 11th with the assis-
tance of the various media
houses, the Committee has
planned a series of profiles
on Senior Citizens Homes in
Grand Bahama.

The objective there is to

bring public awareness to the’

existence of these homes.

and legal affairs.

On Wednesday, October
17, the Committee has
planned a Submarine Ride
and Movie Day for the senior
citizens.

On Friday, October 19, a
Gerontology Clinic with take
place at the Eight Mile Rock
Clinic where the elderly
would be educated on health
and hygiene and self-defence.
On Thursday, October 25,
that same programme
will be duplicated in High
Rock.

Ms Gomez also confirmed
that a high point of the
month long celebration will
be a Forum and Health Fair,
sponsored:‘in conjunction
with the National Insurance
Board.

The Fair, schedule for
October 30, will take place
at the Foster B Pestiana Cen-
tre and is designed to edu-
cate older persons concern-
ing health, finance, nutrition

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- Votes on US
_ free traile deal

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica

COSTA RICANS were
sharply divided over Sunday’s
referendum orf a free trade pact
with the United States — a
measure supporters say is key to
national prosperity, but critics
fear could hurt farmers and
small businesses, according to
Associated Press.

Costa Rica is the only one of
the six Latin American signa-
tories to the trade deal, known
as CAFTA, that has yet to rati-
fy it. The pact is in effect in the
Dominican Republic,
Guatemala, Honduras,
Nicaragua and EI Salvador.

With polls showing Costa
Rica is poised to be the first
country to reject the U.S.-Cen-
tral American free trade agree-
ment, U.S. officials and Costa
Rica’s president appealed for

? voters to back the deal.

i. On Saturday, the White

: . House said if Costa Ricans vote
against joining the agreement,
the Bush administration will not
renegotiate the deal and it urged
people to recognize the treaty’s
benefits.

The pact would “expand Cos-
ta Rica’s access to the U.S. mar-
ket, safeguard that access under
international law, attract U.S.
and other investment and link
Costa Rica to some of the most
dynamic economies of our
hemisphere,” White House
press secretary Dana Perino
said in a statement.

USS. officials also suggested
they may not extend trade pref-
erences now afforded to Costa
Rican products and set to expire
next September.

President Oscar Arias said a
‘no’ vote would affect industries
in this Central American nation
of 4.5 million people, and called
it an “important tool for gener-
ating wealth in the country.”

Arias, who won a Nobel
Peace Prize for helping end
Central America’s civil wars in
the 1980s, also said rejecting the
pact would threatened trade
benefits that help Costa Rica’s
textile and tuna industries.

But critics of the pact object
to its requirements that Costa
Rica open its telecommunica-
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SIRJRONALD
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ditbée the next Secretary-
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office after two terms.
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“prnionwealth official
cribéd as, “two and a
mténders” for the job:
sibothinee, Kamalesh
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gazto the United King-
alta’s’ nominee, Michael
dowhe is the country’s
_ Minister; and Mohan

Kaul, the Director-General of
the Commonwealth Business
Council.

Dr Kaul, a national of both
India and Britain, has proposed
himself and, at the time of writ-
ing, there is no information that
any government has put for-
ward his candidature.

Both the Indian and Maltese
candidates have been lobbying
governments for their support.
At the moment, it looks like a
two-horse race with the edge
in favour of Mr Sharma who
has reportedly been assured of
the support of Asia, the larger
and more influential states in
Africa; such as South Africa,
and the United Kingdom.

Malta has a special place in
the hearts of small states. It was
one of the leading countries in
the fotmulation of the Law of
the Sea which extended the
exclusive economic zone for
island territories and it boasts
an Islands and Small States
Institute at the University of
Malta. ;

But while these national cre-
dentials recommend a Maltese
candidate to other small states,
more is necessary. Both the
candidate and the competition
will bear analysis before a final
decision is made.

Dr Frendo is presently the
Chairman of the Common-

‘wealth Ministerial Action
Group (CMAG) - a Commit-
tee of nine Commonwealth
countries, formed in 1995 at the
level of foreign ministers, to
police the implementation of
common Commonwealth com-
mitments to democracy and
human rights.

He holds this position, in
which he has been active over
last six months, by virtue of
Malta’s position as Chairman-
in-Office of the Common-
wealth, a role that falls to the
host government of the last
heads of government meeting. :

In his career, Dr Frendo has
been oriented to the European
Union (EU) of which Malta is a

member state. He specialised ;

in European Community Law;
represented the Maltese
National Parliament as a mem-
ber of the European group that
formulated the text of a Treaty
on a Constitution for Europe;
and chaired the Maltese parlia-
mentary delegation to the
European Parliament.

His published writings have
also predominantly been about
European Affairs.

On the other hand, there is a
widespread view that it is “Asi-
a’s turn” to be Secretary-Gen-

eral. So far, the post has been
held by a Canadian, Arnold
Smith; a Caribbean, Sir Shri-
dath Ramphal; an African,
Emeka Anayaoku; and a Pacif-
ic representative, Don McKin-
non.

This view gives the Indian
candidate Kamalesh Sharma a
head start which is strength-
ened by his previous jobs as
India’s Permanent Representa-
tive to the UN offices in Gene-
va where he was the spokesper-
son for developing countries in
UNCTAD, and as Permanent
Representative to UN in New
York, where he chaired the
Working Group on Financing
for Development.

India itself has emerged in |

the last few years as a new eco-
nomic power-house. Having
long played a leading role in
the non-aligned movement, it
is now a force to be reckoned



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@ SIR Ronald Sanders

with in the World Trade Organ-
isation (WTO).

India’s position is also now
significant in other Asian coun-
tries and Africa, and it has
become a donor to countries in
the Caribbean and the Pacific.
This is a role that is likely to
grow in the coming years as
both the Indian government
and Indian entrepreneurs
explore global economic oppor-
tunities.

The Commonwealth’s future
in world affairs will rest on the
choice that. heads of govern-
ment make next month. For the
Secretary-General will need to
give the Commonwealth intel-
lectual leadership, purposeful
vision and a will to continue to
help the world negotiate the
myriad challenges it now faces
of global warming, terrorism,
and a widening divide between
rich and poor.

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critic of education reform

Response to

QO N September 26 Larry
Smith in his “Tough
Call” column wrote about
“Reversing the decline of edu-
cation.” He reported on a pre-
liminary second report of the
Coalition for Education Reform;
and posted his column on
bahamapundit.com. Gordon
Mills, the Editor, Office of Com-
munication, College of the
‘Bahamas, responded to Mr.
Smith's article and criticized the
Coalition's ideas. His full
response is posted on “bahama-
pundit”, but his major points
appear as follows: .

Point 1. The Coalition for
Education Reform advocates an
elitist solution by suggesting the
restoration of “Old” Govern-
ment High. Their proposal is “an
old chestnut”, “a mirror of old
stuff or privilege”, “a love affair

with the way things used to be.”
Response. This is simply an



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erroneous statement. The pro-
posed All Male Primary and Sec-

ondary School is described in
detail in Appendix C, pages 18-
19, of the June 2005 Bahamian
Youth: The Untapped Resource
report as posted on bahamasem-
ployers.org. It is based on the
Knowledge Is Power “Pro-
gramme, a national network of
57 free, open-enrolment, college-
preparatory public schools in
under-resourced communities
throughout the United States.
More than 80 per cent of KIPP
students are low-income and
more than 90 per cent are
African American or Hispan-
ic/Latino. Nationally, nearly 80
per cent of KIPP alumni have
matriculated to college.
Attendance at the proposed
All Male Lab School would be
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Student. Failure to fulfil those
commitments would mean a
return of the student to another
public school. The objectives are
high expectations, much more
study time, a positive and coop-
erative attitude and respect for
both teachers and other stu-
dents. — .

Prin 2. The real core of
. the problem is the out-
dated and unsuitable curriculum
that is a relic from old grammar
schools and is relevant to only 25
per cent of the population.
Today's failing students need a
curriculum based on today's
technological world, a world of
CDs, DVDs, cell phones and
other hand held

devices...physics could come. ,

alive with a study of electronics.

Response. This is another
erroneous statement. The Coali-
tion contends that “the prob-
lem” is very basic. The forth-
coming Coalition report will
show that “56 per cent of stu-
dents from public schools who
take the (BGCSE) English lan-
guage exam “fail”, and 82 per
cent of public school students
who take the (BGCSE) math
exam “fail.” This level of acade-
mic achievement produces grad-
uates who are unprepared to
learn job skills.

The Bill and Melinda Gates
Foundation is a very large fun-
der of education reform in the
U.S. For instance, it has given
$130 million to New York City
alone. Bill Gates states —

“If you don't know how to
read, it doesn't matter how cre-
ative youare. More than a third
of the people with high school
diplomas have no employable
skills.” He and his Foundation
would like to push technology;
but he feels that schools are
flunking the basics. He states
“When we gave up on phonics,
we destroyed the reading ability
of those kids.” (Parade Maga-
zine, Miami Herald, September
23, 2007.)

Pa 3. “Of course, stu-
dents do need to learn
accurate writing, reading and
numerical skills.”

Response. This Point is not a

criticism but an “understated
assumption” that alludes to an



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quote of Bill Gates. Such a com-
ment is the by-product of the
heated conflict over the best
method of reading instruction
that arose in the 1980s and
1990s.

The English language is
indeed complex and is based on
the idea that letters represent
sounds. Some words are com-
posed of single letters that alone
represent specific sounds and
togethér comprise a single word.
However, the same letter may
represent different sounds when
preceded or followed by other
letters. There are “literally
dozens of rules that are 75 per
cent or more reliable.” This
body of knowledge is referred
to as “phonics” or “language
skills”. However, single words
have limited meaning; and whole
sentences, paragraphs and sto-



Retraining teachers
and the constructing
an education model
that is relevant and
meaningful to
students can take
them and the

country forward.

ries can have great meaning.
“Whole Language” is an

instructional philosophy that .

became very popular in the
1980s and 1990s being actively
promoted by the Education
Departments of virtually all
major universities. It was based
on the theory that one did not
learn from small chunks of
knowledge but by “experiment-
ing with stimuli and respons-
es”.,.by frequent reading, inde-
pendent reading, free interpre-
tation of text and free expres-
sion in journals. Whole language
considered grammar, spelling,
capitalization and punctuation
as not being linked directly to
understanding and “true litera-
cy”; and these skills were at best
relegated to mini-lessons embed-
ded in other lessons.

The problem with the Whole
Language movement was the
statistically significant drop in
reading scores on the National
Assessments of Educational

Progress in the U.S in the 1990
This drop occurred at a tir
when huge investments wer
being made to improve the qu:
ity of education for everyon:
Two large scale national studic
in 1998 and 2000 found thi
“phonics instruction of varyir
kinds...contributed positively
students’ ability to read. Bot
panels also found that embe:
ded phonics and no phonics coi
tributed to lower rates ¢
achievement from most popul:
tions of students.”

Mr. Mills appears in Point
as a Whole Language advocat
making a reluctant and perha)
even a dismissive concession
the importance of language ski
in the early years of schooling

oint' 4. The BGCS

Pe Exams tests st’

dents at a “C” grade le

el or lower; and these studen

are precluded from taking tl

Extended Exams that test at tl
“A” and “B” level.

Response. This Point fails
separate two distinct issues.

a.) Is the two test syste
valid? The “Core” exam tes
skill levels of “C” through “LC
on the eight point scale, and tt
“Extended” exam tests skill le
els “A” and “B”. One cann
answer the validity questic
without an informed evaluatic
of the system.

b.) Is the system proper
administered? Clearly a scho
administrator that does n
encourage students to aim hig
er and take the Extended Exai
as the critic suggests, is fail
in his/her duty. It is not a te
design problem but an admin.
tration problem.

Point 5. Retraining teache
and the constructing an educ
tion model that is relevant a
meaningful to students can ta
them and the country forwarc

This is the one point raised |
Mr. Mills that is truly comm«
ground.

Ralph Massey
The Nassau Institute

Mission:

The Nassau Institute ts an inc
pendent, a-political, non-pro,
institute that promotes econon
growth in a free market econo.
with limited government, in
society that embraces the rule
law and the right to private pro

erty.

Vision:

To see The Bahamas becor
the first small; developed, sov«
eign country in the region, r
ognized as a model for the wor.

Web Site: www.nassauins
tute.org

2006 Audit: anecdota
evidence of alleged
corruption in ministr

FROM page one

reputational or anecdotal evi-
dence of questionable behaviour
among build control technical
officers, suggesting that they are
seeking payment for issuing
licences. This is potentially
extremely damaging to MOW’s
(the Ministry of Works) image
and credibility.”
Despite “blowing the whistle”
on this alleged activity, the report
does not list the number of offi-
cers who may be involved in this
practice, or the amount of “pay-
ment” they may have sought
from citizens or contractors.

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This alleged corruption in t
Ministry of Works, comes
there is a reinvigorated inves
gation into the Ministry of Ho:
ing. A series of articles by, T
Tribune in which contractc
alleged bribery and influen
peddling — among other qui
tionable activities — in this m
istry, has already led police
investigate these claims.

To offset the inspection prc
lems in the Ministry of Put
Works (MOPW), the report si
gested that authorities imp
ment the following recomme
dations:

- ¢ Introduce a written appoi
ment book with clear record
time requests received, to avi
disputes about delay.

e Produce duplicate copies
the sign-off by BCO (buildi
control office) with homeow:
given a copy.

e Maintain a permane
record trail to identify insp
tors who attempt to raise n
issues on each site.

The report further critici:
the current fee structure by |
building control office, wh
has not changed in 15 years, a
is currently based on the squi
footage of a building.

"There has been talk }
some time of revisiting the
system to one based on esti
ed value or one utilising ti
based extra inspections as ac
tional fees,” the reports sta
“However, there has been
analysis of whether fees
appropriate and proportion
to the cost (man hours of effi
of carrying out the service
even whether they are cove
their costs.”

The department of bui
control, the report note:
three managers who sup
the activities of 14 b
inspectors; 10 electrica’
tors; 10 mechanical, p
and volatiles inspect
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; Members of the Toastmasters organ-
* jsation on Grand Bahama paid a courtesy call on Parliamentary
2M: Secretary at the Office of the Prime Minister in Freeport Sen-

ator Katherine Forbes-Smith on Thursday morning.
The month of October is being observed as Toastmasters

". Month in the Bahamas. Senator Smith used the occasion to
_, touch on her youthful involvement with the organisation and
.., how it helped her in the field of journalism,

Pictured from left to right are: TM Vincent | Marshall, Vice
, President, Members Club #1425; TM Allison Levarity, Area
- Treasurer; TM Glen Rolle, Atea Governor; Senator Forbes-
Smith; TM. Shamine Johnson, Assistant Area Governor; TM

Domek Rolle, Vice President, Education Club #602485; IM

Edris Wilson, Member Club 1425; and Khambrel Farrington,
2" Vice President, Public Relations Club # 1425.

State TV: 28 neople killed in crash

@ HAVANA

A BUS collided with a train

~ in eastern Cuba, killing at least

- 28 people and injuring anoth-
ei 73, including 15 in critical
condition, state media report-
ed Sunday, according to Asso-
ciated Press.

Authorities were still inves-
tigating the cause of the crash,
which occurred around mid-
day Saturday in the proyince

. of Granma, about 500 miles
" east of Havana, according to a .
’’ statement read on state tele-

vision.

Cuba’s State media, which
typically shy away trom
reporting extensively about
any kind of bloodshed, pro-
. vided only sketchy details and
not even Granma Province’s

d 3 digital newspaper, La Dema-
) jagua, carried news of the acci-
2 dent.

The Communist Youth
newspaper Juventud Rebelde
had only a short story Sunday
reporting that the collision
took j ylace at a railroad cross

‘involving train, bus in eastern Cuba

ing near a bridge in the small
town of Veguita, in Yara
municipality.

It said a train trav eling from
the eastern city of Santiago to
the coastal city of Manzanillo
collided with a bus traveling
from Bayamo to the
coastal c community of
Campechueia.

The train dragged the bus
to the bridge, where the bus
fell below.

Buses are scarce and often
overloaded with passengers ii
rural Cuba, where large trucks
are also often commonly used
as public transportation.

In June, a truck transporting
passengers in the same region
flipped over, killing 11.

Railroad crossings in rural
areas commonly suffer from
visibility problems, are often
marked only. with a small sign
and do not have. automated
gates and signals.

State media said dozens of
local residents assisted with
rescue efforts or donated
blood for the injured



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lhe club has many projects going on in the inner city of New Providence and continues to assist
both young, and elderly people throughout the community.

Pictured ‘from left-to-right: President: Harry Kemp, Project Chairman: Brendon eee
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countries, showcased,” he said.

The International Cultural
Weekend set for October 21-22
at the Botanical Gardens, Chip-
pingham, between 10am and
5.30pm, will feature nationals
from 33 countries. A special
African Village comprising
Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal
and Tanzania will be on display.

For the first time, St Kitts
and Nevis will be participating.
The Greek and Danish com-
munities are returning after a
few years’ absence.

A Booth Decorating Com-
petition will be held on the Sat-'
urday, during which the acting
Minister of Foreign Affairs will
declare the Cultural Weekend
opened at noon. A colourful
parade of nations and presen-
tations of awards to the region-
al booth competition winners



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DEPUTY PRIME Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent Symonette, who serves as National Chair-
man for the International Cultural Committee, second from right, speaks at the International Cultural Com-
mittee’s press conference on Thursday, October 4. Shown from left committee members Janice Miller;
James Catalyn, chairman; Mr Symonette; High Commissioner to Caricom Leonard Archer.

will also take place. Overall

booth competition winners will
be presented during the clos-
ing ceremonies on Sunday.
The annual event was first
held on October 24, 1995, in
commemoration of the 50th
anniversary of the founding of
the United Nations. The
Bahamas’ contribution to the

celebrations was the formation
of the International Cultural
Committee and the staging of
the first cultural weekend Octo-
ber 21-22, 1995.
Entertainment will be pro-
vided by the Royal Bahamas
Police Force and. Royal
Bahamas Defence Force bands,
followed by cultural presenta-

tions by various countries.
Over the years the committee
has staged successful art shows
at the Central Bank of The
Bahamas and other cultural
events, including food-tasting
fetes at residences of the Amer-
ican Ambassador, the British
High Commissioner and at the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs.



Turtles hatch successfully at Baker’s Bay

Sea turtle nesting season has
come and gone this year, with
turtle nests on the Atlantic
Beach of Baker's Bay Golf and
Ocean Club reportedly faring
well once again.

The resort said that this nest-
ing season, consistent monitor-
ing efforts by on-site environ-
mental staff and security con-
firmed that turtles hatched from
three nests along the beaches
of its property.

On September 20, around 97
loggerhead turtles hatched from
a turtle nest, marking the first
documented successful turtle
nesting and hatching at Baker's
Bay for the 2007 nesting season.

Days later, 84 loggerhead turtles
and 58 green turtles hatched from
the remaining two turtle nests.

“This was a joyous occasion
for the environmental team to

once again experience the emer-
gence of these unique and mag-
nificent creatures and their jour-
ney to the sea,” said Dr Liv-
ingston Marshall, senior vice pres-
ident of environmental and com-
munity affairs for Baker's Bay.
During the turtle nesting sea-
son in 2006, turtle hatchling

tracks observed in the vicinity of

a known turtle nest were a clear
indication that turtles had
hatched the night before.
However, this year due to fre-
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tracks had already washed away
by the time daily surveys ofthe
beaches were carried out. This
meant the only indicators of tur-
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tent efforts to protect sea turtles
and their nesting habitats at
Baker's Bay were paying off”.

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also revealed that there were a
few remaining turtle hatchlings
still struggling to make their
way to the sea. These hatchlings
were removed from the nests
and released.

Historically, beaches on Great
Guana Cay, including that of
Baker's Bay, have been utilised
as nesting grounds by female: sea
turtles. In the event that nesting
and hatching of turtle eggs does
prove successful, sea turtle hatch-
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predation and susceptibility to

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shoreline pollution, these incred-
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maintenance such as removal
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THE Bahamas Agricultural
and Industrial Corporation
(BAIC) and The College of The
Bahamas will present a five-
week business empowerment
lecture series beginning Oct
ber 11. th

Edison Key, MP for South

Abaco and Chairman of BAIC,
said at a press conference on
Friday that the lecture series
is a part of the Corporation’s
mandate to promote, encour-
age and facilitate business
development in The Bahamas.

“The purpose of these semi-
nars, which are free of charge to
the public, is to provide poten-
tial, budding and existing entre-

preneurs and businesspersons ~

with broad exposure to proven
successful business strategies,
best practices and real life busi-

_ ness experiences.

“These interactive seminars
will give entrepreneurs and

business persons tools that will
enhance their knowledge and
elevate their business acumen,
as well as create a sustaining,
dynamic and successful cadre
of individuals equipped for the
global arena,” said Mr Key.

The lecture series will start
Thursday, October 11, at The
College of The Bahamas at
7pm. All sessions will be held
Thursdays at the lecture theatre
and the Michael Eldon Centre
at the College.

Mr Key said some of the top-
ics to be covered are business
planning and forecasting, fund-
ing and venture capital,
accounting and marketing,
information technology, cus-
tomer service, government reg-
ulations and leadership.

“There will be a segment dur-
ing each session for testimonials
from successful business per-
sons,” he said. “These semi-
nars will enhance the capacity of
entrepreneurs and business per-
sons to benefit from the many

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BAIC and COB to host business lecture series

investment projects throughout
The Bahamas.”

There also will be two round-
table discussions for farmers
and other agri-business entre-
preneurs and experts.

Mr Key said the roundtable
sessions will facilitate a window
through which agri-business
participants can enter the glob-
al arena. was

“At these roundtable ses-
sions, we will discuss and
attempt to enhance linkages
between agri-business and oth-
er sectors, like tourism, the
export markets, and the like,”
Mr Key said.

“Farmers and other agri-busi-
ness personnel,” he added, “will
also be able to meet policy mak-
ers, wholesalers and other
stakeholders who will help to
forge a new direction in agri-
culture in ‘The Bahamas, as we
promote sustainable local agri-
culture and marine production
and consumption: strengthen-
ing agri-business.”

BNT welcomes back warblers

EACH year in the Fall mil-
lions of neotropical migrants
leave their northern breeding
grounds and fly south for the
winter. These neotropical
migrants are birds that breed in
North America during the spring
and early summer and spend the
winter in Mexico, the Caribbean
and Central and South America.
There are more than 200 species
of neotropical migrants, includ-
ing some of our most beautiful
songbirds, as well as shorebirds,
waterfowl and some raptors such
as hawks and vultures.

Many species of neotropical
warblers are experiencing pop-
ulation declines mainly because
of the loss and fragmentation
of breeding, wintering and

migratory stopover habitats.

Research on neotropical win-
tering grounds has revealed that
as with breeding habitat, many
species require specific habitat
types during winter months.
Males and females of many
species, individually, defend
their own winter foraging ter-
ritories and return to these same
territories year after year, this is

“called “site fidelity”. The con-

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neotropics has a grave impact
on over winter survival of birds

and decreases the probability

of successful migration and

breeding the following spring.

The Bahamas is important for
a number of neotropical
migrants, but the most impor-
tant winter visitor we have is the
Kirtland's Warbler. The endan-
gered Kirtland's warbler (Den-
droica kirtlandii) breeds exclu-
sively in small areas of Michi-
gan, and winters almost exclu-
sively in the Bahamas from
October to May, frequently in
short bush vegetation. However,
little has been known about the
bird's wintering habitat require-
ments or needs. In 2001, The
Kirtland's Warbler Training and
Research Project was estab-
lished on Andros to provide
field experience and training for
Bahamian biologists, while
examining the winter habitat
requirements of the bird.

In 2002, the project was moved
to Eleuthera. Although more

than 200 bird species have been

recorded on the island, only 200
Kirtland's warblers—which are
secretive and difficult to see —

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/e Able to manage a team of Sales Accociates
‘e Good working knowledge of computers

¢ Available to travel abroad 3
e Experience in the Retail Luxury Field
¢ Able to work under pressure

e Willing to work flexible hours
¢ Must be punctual and precise on task

If you think you meet the above requirements,
please send C/V to Mr. Constantino Fusca at
the following adsress:

or

call (305) 877-6577 or (305) 373-1800 from
9:00 am - 7:00 pm to arrange a meeting.

of the Bahamas in the last 150
years. Prior to this project, only
98 had been seen on the island;
afterward, more than 30 warblers
in 12 new locations were found.

Through dedicated research
and conservation efforts on the
birds' breeding grounds, popu-
lations have increased from
approximately 170 pairs in the
1970s to more than 1,400 breed-
ing pairs in 2005. However, if
the success on the breeding
erounds is to continue then habi-
tat protection for this endan-
gered species needs to become a
priority in the Bahamas.

On Saturday, October 6, the
BNT celebrated Migratory Bird
Day to celebrate the safe arrival
of our winter visitors when mem-
bers of the BNT’s Ornithology
group, and those who wanted to
learn more about these first “fre-
quent flyers” to the Bahamas,
took a walk to look for migrato-
ry birds in The Retreat Garden.
A short talk was also given on

some of the warblers that spend

the winter on our islands.

For more information call
The Retreat, BNT headquar-
ters at 393-1317 or email
bnt@bahamasnationaltrust.org




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He said that in his “wildest
dreams” he could not imagine why
anyone would have taken the life
of the mother of six. “We don’t
know where to put ourselves real-
ly,” he said.

Mr Miller said that at this junc-
ture it is not certain what the
motive was for the country’s 59th

FROM page one

The force of the impact resulted
in the motorcycle becoming
embedded in the Toyota, smashing

out the front windshield and the

rider being catapulted into the air,
landing some distance away on the
road.

Both vehicles were extensively
damaged.

Police and Emergency Medical
Services personnel were called to

crowd had gathered.

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murder, but it is suspected that
Mrs Cates was killed during the
robbery of her home.

At this point police are keeping
the details of their investigation
close to their chests, but the fact
that this killing occurred on an
island that has no violent crime
has not escaped them.

Man dies

Memorial Hospital, where he

received emergency medical treat-
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‘4:30am Sunday he died of his

injuries.
Mr Timothee escaped without

injury.

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FROM page one

Nottage, Fred Mitchell, Melanie
Griffin and Philip Davis.

He said that often, because of
the massive “economic expan-
sion” under the Christie govern-
ment, big contractors simply did
not offer bids for government
jobs as their hands were already
full.

“Yet still the government had
to get its agenda across and get
the various projects underway,
that is a reality, and the present
administration is enjoying the
fruits of the Christie administra-
tion and I’m sure they’re find-
ing the same thing as well.”

He was strongly supported by
Mr Christie, who said that in all

instances where contracts were
not put out to bid the govern-
ment would be able to “explain
(why) and conclude that people
got value for money.”

During the conference the
party members called into ques-
tion the audit made public -by
Works Minister Earl Deveaux
in the House last week and
accused the minister of “guerril-


























its contents.
Dr Bernard Nottage said that
the party intends to call upon the








review the audit so that an
“objective” overview of its con-
tents can be ascertained.

The audit, done on behalf of





la tactics” in his presentation of

Public Accounts Committee to .

Former ministe

the Auditor General by the
British Crown Agents before the
FNM came to power found that
three quarters of all “high val-
ue” contracts issued by the for-
mer government were not put
out to bid.

It said “serious concerns” are
raised by its findings, which
determined that as a general rule
“contractor selection (was) not
being done in an open, transpar-
ent or fair manner.”

Mr Roberts, however, denied
that there was any impropriety
involved in the manner in which

contracts were awarded, claiming

that he “did the public’s work
with the utmost integrity.”

Mr Roberts sought to play
down the significance of the
report as a whole. “(It) is at best
an internal administrative docu-
ment done by contracted agents
and I am advised does not hold
thé same weight or stature” as
the “sacred” Auditor General’s
annual report, he said.

What he described as defi-
ciencies in the manner in which
the audit was conducted were
also noted.

The former works minister
emphasised that it is. particularly
“hypocritical” of the government
to criticise the method of con-
tractor selection used by the PLP
in the instances referred to in the





report as the FNM government
also failed to put contracts out
to bid when it issued “over 23
million dollars worth of school
related contracts...without com-
petitive bidding.”

He said that the Christie
administration “did not invent
the practice of negotiated con-
tracts” but that in fact it also took
place under the previous gov-
ernment.

Mr Roberts, Mr Christie and
Dr Nottage pointed out that
there is a defined “process” fol-
lowed even when competitive
bidding does not occur which
requires deliberation by senior
ministry officials, and — for con-
tracts of over $250,000 — a deci-
sion from the Cabinet.

’ The former works minister
claimed that the “selective and
tendentious” quoting by Mr
Deveaux from the report is part
of an
effort to justify the cancellation
of contracts “legally entered into
by” the former administration,
and “to paint the previous
administration in a negative
light.”

In doing so, Mr Deveaux has
“deepened disunity in the coun-
try, disrupted the lives of con-
tractors and their dependents,
and retarded progress,” he
alleged.

““inwise and destructive”,



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| Police ‘raid’

FROM page one

rogated her for two hours,
refusing to let her put her
clothes on, the patron claimed,’
Immigration officers were
‘also called in to investigate the »
. immigration status of the
dancer. K
During the course of the
incident more officers arrived
until there were 30 in total. :
“Generally it was an effort ©
to harass and menace the peo-
ple rather than investigate.
anything,” the patron told ne
Tribune.
Approximately 600 gay and.
lesbian tourists arrived on the ©
ship. At the time of the inci- 4
dent, eyewitnesses said, there»
were 200 of them in the club.
Chief Superintendent Glen”
Miller told The Tribune yes-
terday that while he was
unaware of the actual inci-
dent, there are many police
units monitoring the various
night spots in Nassau on
weekends.
“During the nights there
are units doing occasional
checks of night spots so it .
would not be unusual (if offi-
cers suspect something unto-
ward) for something like this
to occur,” he said.

FROM page one

to allow for the project was significantly
impacted by the fact that the Christie admin-
istration had also anticipated the removal of
the downtown shipping facilities to that area.

This fact would have required a 300-foot
canal to be cut through the road in any case,

“said Mr Christie, therefore making a diversion

inevitable whether it was desired by the devel-
opers or not.

“Tt was a difficulty for me, the same diffi-
culty that I had with respect to people’s tra-
ditional rights in the case of Bahamar, but it
became easier for me once we, based on
advice (from town planning company EDAW)
made that decision (to move the port).

“So once we decided that we had no choice,
whether you like it or you don’t like it...the
road would be closed to allow for that,” he
explained.

With the implementation of this plan for
the port now less of a certainty, Mr Christie
said that the road issue is now a “difficult

~ decision” that Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-

ham will have to bear. :

Responding to allegations made by Mr
Ingraham in the House of Assembly that not
all concessions and incentives granted to

Perry Christie

“written advice that I got (was that) we were
conforming with law and policy as it exist-
ed.”

Additionally, he said that the “tremendous
social benefits” that he felt his government
got the developers to agree to providing —
such as beach re-nourishment, and the cre-
ation of an “environmental park” — as well as
the overall anticipated economic impact jus-
tified such financial perks.

“T also knew that there could be a philo-
sophical challenge to a gated community
attracting exemptions — Ingraham is making
a philosophical challenge — he said: “That’s a
Lyford Cay, you don’t give a Lyford Cay con-
cessions, people can afford to build their
homes on their own’.

“What I’m saying is that where I depart
from him is that we were having a one-of-a-

kind connection: South Ocean never worked, : .

his government tried, Pindling’s government

. tried, my government tried — this time we

had a ...chance.of making it work out there.”

With “stars” like Tiger Woods, Joe Lewis
and Ernie Els “calling Albany their home”,
Mr Christie said the intention is to make “this
island like the South of France”.

has now been able to reduce the concessions
made available to the developers at this stage
because the developers began investing large
amounts of money in the project from the
point when the former government signed
the agreement.

“The successive government came and
blackmailed them,” he said. fo RR ee

Mr Christie took issue with statements >
made by Mr Ingraham in the House last weeks se
which indicated that he was concerned about ©
the environmental impact of the develE
ments.

He declared that being aware of the envi-
ronmental assessment and environmental
management plan ensured by the previous
government, Mr Ingraham’s statements were.
“disingenuous.”

Mr Christie added that the Albany and
South Ocean developments must be seen also .
in terms of being part of the “overarching -
plans for the country to move forward” that*
have informed the decision on the part oth
YVRAS, the Canadian company which now °
manages the airport to plough “$300-400 mie f
lion” into upgrading the airport. \

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Month on Friday, October 5, at his Ministry headquarters on Meeting Street. From left are Dr Minnis,
Vinnette Gaitor, business manager, Thompson Trading Co; Candice Minott, business account manager,
Cola, -Palmolive Caribbean, and Dr Mitchell Lockart, director of oral health.

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Tribune Business Editor

BAHAMIAN employers

have recommended that the

Exceptions Order to the Fair
Labour Standards Act be rein-~
stated as part of the Employ-
ment Act, a move that if
approved would exempt specif:
ic worker: categories from cer-
tain provisions in the Act, such
as the standard hours of ‘work
and overtime pay.

As part of their proposed
package of amendments to the
Employment Act, which will be
discussed at the upcoming

October 22 conference that also.

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@ By NEIL HARTNELL
. Tribune Business Editor

_ The absence of transparency:

and competitive tendering for

; government works contracts is a

“recipe for disaster”, the

Bahamian Contractors Associ-
ation’s ( BCA) ‘president
warned, as it could result in sub-
standard work, defective build-
ings and cost overruns that ulti-
mately bled the Bahamian tax-
payer. ony



MONDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2007

Employers try to ‘reinstate
worker Exceptions Order

The Tribune

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managerial/supervisory staff from standard hours and overtime pay provisions —
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on problems with government works bid and ten-
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Tribune Business Editor

THE ‘merchant banking tie-
up between Fidelity Bank &
Trust International and Royal

Bank of Canada is “very close”

to obtaining all the required
regulatory approvals from
Caribbean supervisors, Royal

~ Bank’s head of banking for the _

Caribbean region told The Tri-

’ -bune.

Ross McDonald said: “We’re
still working hard to come to

an arrangement with them.We ||

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Tribune Business Editor -

The Government last week
reaffirmed the approvals in
principle given by the former
Christie administration to the
developer behind the $867
million project to revitalise
the still-closed South Ocean
Golf and Beach resort, bring-
ing that project closer to
fruition.

- Sources familiar with the sit-
uation confirmed to The Tri-

bune that Cabinet last Tuesday —



reaffirmed thet ‘April 30
approval in principle that RHS-
Ventures and its principal,
Roger Stein, had received from
the PLP government just before
it demitted office,

~The approvals deal with
issues such as the diversion of

_ the existing south-west Bay
Street road that runs through |

the South Ocean'site away from.
the proposed resort and resi-
dential complex, plus the devel-

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Exceptions Order that is similar
to the Exceptions Order that
existed under the Fair Labour
Standards Act.

“We have made that recom-
mendation, and although we’ve

made a few minor changes in

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SENIOR management i in

the Department of Public
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cent of public construction

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Bahamian market, with 99,987 months ended June 30,.2007,
shares changing hands. The was $1.2 million compared to
market saw 12 out of its 19 list- $1.3 million for the same period
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advanced, three declined and —_ $182,000. So
‘six remained unchanged... . Rental income for the peri-
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was Freeport Oil Holdings "parison to the prior year, while _
Company (FCL), with 30,000 bank interest increased by
shares being traded and . $72,000.
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Building Control
urged to increase
its permit fees

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

PERMIT and _ building
inspection fees charged by the
Buildings Control Department
need to be revised to reflect ser-
vice costs, external auditors
have recommended, as during
the 2006 first half it earned just
$612,547 in fees from just over
$343 million worth of building
applications. submitted and
approved.

The report, by UK-based
Crown Agents, found: “Fees are
unchanged in 15 years and cur-
rently based on square footage.
However, this does not neces-
sarily reflect the true complexi-
ty or cost of the service.”

The audit report pointed out
that a 5,000 square foot, single-
storey building would require
five inspections by the Building
Control Departmert, but a three-
storey building of the same size
would need at least a minimum
of four additional inspections,
meaning that square footage was
not reflective of costs.

During the 2006 first half, the
Building Control Department

Department earns just $612,547.
in fees from construction
applications worth $343m

in 2006 first half



dealt with 1,753 building appli-
cations that were submitted and
another 1,008 that were
approved. The total value of
applications received was just

over $343 million, but the .

Department earned only
$612,547 in permit fees.
During the same time peri-
od, some 798 new buildings
worth a collective $105,297 mil-
lion were completed, while 761

properties valued at $126.146 >

million were started.

The audit report said: “There
has been talk for some time of
revising the fee system to one
based on estimated value or one
utilising time-based extra inspec-
tions as additional fees: How-
ever, there has been no analysis

of whether fees are appropriate
and proportionate to the cost
(man hours of effort) of carrying
out the service or even whether
they are covering their costs.
“It is recommended that the
department conducts an analysis
of the cost of its service, and
ensures that in the medium term
an appropriate and proportion-
ate fee structure is put in place.”
Crown Agents suggested that
the Government might want the
Building Control Department

to-operate as a standalone, qua-

si-governmental agency, with
the objective of maximising effi-
ciency, delivering better public
service and “providing the
appropriate return to the Goy-
ernment in terms of revenue”.

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Bay Street

@ By CARA BRENNEN- BETHEL
Tribune Business Reporter

BAY Street merchants say
they are braving the tradition-
ally slow period between the
summer and start of the Christ-
mas season, pointing out that
initial fig_res are suggesting
sales and profits will be similar
to that of last year.

Speaking for the John Bull
Group or Companies, Inga
Bowleg said the trend they are
currentlv seeing is pretty much
in line with expectations) they”
had for this time of year.

She added that while the state
of downtown Nassau was always
a concern each individual store
was doing what it could to ensure
their property wasup to standard.

Collectively, the stores under
the umbrella of the Nassau
Tourism and Development
Board (NTDB) are working
with the Government to address
concerns about the area.

Ms Bowleg said John Bull
used the traditionally slower
pre-Christmas season to plan a
special reward for their loyal
Bahamian customers. The first
annual Girl’s Night Out event

last month was considered a
success as it allowed invited
guests a fun evening of fashion
show prizes, as well as a pre-
view of new merchandise.

The Seventeen Shop also
reported that while there was a
slowdown, they expected similar
results.

However Billy Lee, the pro-
prietor of a souvenir based store,
noted that they were seeing less
tourists, particularly cruise pas-
sengers, than in the past year.

He said that while the state of
downtown may "be'a ‘factor, there’ e

might be a number of reasons:

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BUSINESS

THE TRIBUNE



Lack of planning hits small business

| = CARA BRENNEN- BETHEL
Tribune Business Re;



SMALL Bahamian business-

’ es are suffering from a compre-

hensive lack of planning in all
areas of their operations, a con-
sultant told The Tribune. Mark
Turnquest, head of Mark Turn-
quest and Associate Companies
and the

Small Business Resource
Centre, told The Tribune that

there are several areas which,
in his role as a business advi-
sor, he has seen persons struggie
with.

A lot of times, he said, per-
sons create valid plans in a sin-
gle area of business, but lack
the synergy and coordination
of having a comprehensive plan
to address all aspects of their
companies.

“I feel that there are three
goals when people enter into

business that prove difficult,
including human resources and
training of employees. This is
most particularly when it comes
to the role of succession into
higher positions," Mr Tunrquest
said.

Another area where there is a
lack of planning is in the area of
marketing, with many compa-
nies not taking the time to prop-
erly promote their services and
products.

Another major area of con-
cern is financial planning, Mr
Turnquest said, because a lot
of companies often find they do
not have significant cash flow
to meet their business obliga-
tions or deal with their emer-
gencies.

Mr Turnquest said: “Busi-
ness owners must participate
in the development of their
business plans because, at
the end of the day, they will

be solely responsible for

implementing their business

strategies in an effective and
efficient manner.”

He also highlighted a grow-
ing need for companies to
take the social responsibility
of providing some financial
security for their employees
seriously.

‘He said that as a method of
growth and employee incentive,
some sort of pension plan and

or retirement savings mittst be
enforced.

“I do think that we Kave to
move towards pensions, partic
ularly once an employee has
reached a certain maturity with
the company - for example,
after five years a certain
amount is set aside," Mr Turn
quest said.

He added that employees and
employers should facilitate sav
ings plans.



China focusing on product safety, says Ambassador

fi By CARA BRENNEN- BETHEL
Tribune Business Reporter

The People’s Republic of
China is committed to ensuring
the products it manufactures
are of high safety and quality
standards, its ambassador to the
Bahamas said in the aftermath
of a recent massive recall of toys
in the US.

Li Yuanming explained at a
special forum on doing business
in China that its economy was

growing at a rapid pace, with

foreign trade totaling US $1.7
trillion last year.

With all of this taking place,
Mr Yuanming said that the
country’s challenge wasto
ensure its products were up to
standard and remain at low
prices. :

His comments come in the
aftermath of the recall of more
than one million Mattel toys
manufactured in China, which
had been discovered to contain
lead.

The increase in manufactur-

ing has also led to an obvious
increase in the amount of ener-
gy which is used, something
Chuina is seeking ways to min-
ismise, the ambassador said.
Also speaking at the Forum
was Jingshen Chen, the eco-

‘nomic officer in the Embassy

of China.

Mr Chen reminded the audi-
ence that the most important
piece of advice in conducting
business with Chinese distribu-
tors is to have the contract in
writing.

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' He explained that while most

“merchants will request a full

payment at the time of the
order, this is something that is
not recommended.

Deposit

Rather, he said persons
should be prepared to place a
deposit of around 30 per cent
of the total order.

Mr Chen further said that
there werea number of miscon-
ceptions that persons have
regarding business in China,
namely that dealing with the
manufacturer is always the
cheapest route to take.

He said this may not be the

case, and that Chinese prices
are automatically always cheap-
er. He explained that the price
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MONDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2007, PAGE 5B



Let's look forward, not back

SAYING it is time to look
forward, not back Fleming
Family & Partners, the prospec-
tive investor in the Grand
Bahama Port Authority
(GBPA), said yesterday it was
time to look forward in
Freeport, not back, and was
excited about the opportunity
to work with Bahamian patt-
ners in developing the city into
a thriving community.

“We are excited about the
future of Grand Bahama, and
fully believe that no other island
in the region can compare to it
for the untapped potential it has
for-complete and economically
diverse development,” said
Geoff Richards, of Fleming
Family & Partners.

Mr Richards, speaking from a
conference room in Vaduz
where he had been attending a
meeting with European finance
ministers, spoke after the late
Edward St George’s estate
offered an olive branch from in
the battle for ownership and
control of the Grand Bahama

Port Authority to Sir Jack Hay-
ward and his family. Some
observers said the ‘branch’
came with thorns.

Mr Richards refused com-
ment on those articles, saying:
“The court will decide what it
will decide. We do not feel it is
appropriate for us to comment
on those matters at all. Legal

matters are meant to be decided -

ina court of law, not the court
of public opinion. Fleming Fam-
ily & Partners is actively sup-
porting the resolution of all the
litigation in a fair, equitable and
reasonable manner in the inter-
ests of Freeport and its stake-
holders because our interest lies
in the future of Grand Bahama,
which we believe has the great-
est untapped potential in the
region. It is time to look for-
ward, not back.”
Fleming Family & Partners,
an asset management firm that
focuses on emerging markets,
has a record of successful part-
nerships investing in 44 coun-
tries. In each case, it aims to



develop strong communities
with a diversified economic
base, and its reputation for
working in partnership with
governments to promote local
interests is strong.

Mr Richards said he saw
Hutchison Whampoa’s con-
tainer port and transhtpment
facilities in Freeport as central
to trade opportunitids poet
waits to expand the economic
base and lifestyle beyond ship-
ping and tourism, while extend-
ing ownership to Bahamians
through a share offering and

sustaining the interest and
investment ol GBPA
licensees.

“We believe the landscape,
infrastructure, political and
social climate are ideal for true
partnership that will benefit
Grand Bahama and. the
Bahamas,” said Mr Richards.
Looking forward to success in
their bid to acquire GBPA
shares, Fleming Family & Part-
ners proposes to transform the
Grand Bahama economy,
bringing in financial services

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from others is a city built
around a university and
research centre; a heart-of-the-
neighbourhood portrait they
paint. And they plan to work:
closely. with existing licensees
in all they do.

Fleming Family & Partners
is looking at establishing a uni-
versity, medical research cen-
tre and hospital with the acade-
mic and research environment
encouraging an influx of per-
sons who want to make Grand
Bahama their home

and fund managers. A
spokesman said five of the
world’s leading banks have
expressed an interest.

They plan to re-affirm and
help re-develop ‘active and
sports ‘tourism, touting Grand
Bahama’s golf courses, diving,
boating, tennis, jogging, biking
and other attractions that could
mushroom with*¢apital invest-

tion.
One proposed project that
distinguishes their vision most

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The government of Malta requires its Nationals to register their
residence in The Commonwealth of The Bahamas as soon as possible
with the Honorary Consulate of Malta, P.O. Box N-8652, Nassau or
Fax: 242-327-7391 or email: maltaconsul.nassau@gov.mt

The purpose of this registry is for use at times of Emergencys so.that
the Consulate will be able to ensure that all Citizens residing in The
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THE TRIBUNE





Royal Bank/Fidelity tie-up ‘very
close’ to gaining all approvals

FROM pake one.

still have some minor regulate
ry approvals. in Barbados [to

get].

“We have substantially \ banking atm, which will be
received all the approvals ftom: i; renamed . Royal: Fidelity. Mer: ,
the Bahamas, ane
think we’re very close.” »

Bday ana avur Bank -
. jannotineed j in April that, the lat-
‘ter had acquired a 50 per cent
“stake in Fidelity’s | Fidelity Mer- |
-chant Bank & Trust investment:

“chant Bank &. Trust, creating'a : balance sheet.

at this stage I.
joint venture’ between the two.

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Grand Bahama is ‘seeking persons with the following
Re sis aes Ce and ‘expertise:

¢ Must have a minimum of five years sales experience. but yun to learn from an
industry leader 5. une

ye ae

¢ Must have two years experience sellitig high- end homes
e Knowledge of thes Caribbean, United Kingdom and United States markets very

useful

e Computer skills necessary to operate 8 a customer relation management system

required



e Needs to possess beetiniveual ane written n skills and professional appearance

¢ Individual must be a team player and able to work with all levels of management

° Two years of successful. eet ey, courses required

Interested persons should submit their resume to:

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Email: eknowles@hll-bs.com
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COMMONWEALTH SCHOLARSHIP AND FELLOWSHIP PLAN

UNITED KINGDOM AWARDS 2008

Applications are invited froma: suitably qualified persons for scholarships tenable in the United Kingdom
under the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan RO enr ie October 2008.

The scholarships are ‘intended for Post-graduate study ¥ the Master’ sand Doctoral levels; i.e. a one
(1) year Master’s or equivalent degree, or a three. Q) yean doctoral or equivalent degree.

Men and Women of intellectual ; and academic excellence who have a degree or equivalent qualification
with at least. upper Second, class” honours (or above) are encouraged to apply.

Candidates who wish to undertake post-graduate study i in ilkiness, management, economics, and other
related fields should have taken, before applying for the scholarship, the Graduate Management
Admission ne (ONAp? Or Efe este noon ‘Examination ee

The scholarships are intended to cover the expenses of travel, pane and study and include:

(a)

approved air fare to the United Kingdom by the most diteas and economical route and return
on expiry of the scholarship (a scholat’ s Speen, are: pe eligible),



a perso mainiatines atau ence of £73 ber month; rer per month fot those studying

at institutions 1 in a the London b Mecenlien. ae

approved tuition anid ex



a gant towards the pens of preparing a thesis or dissertation where aaplicable:

an initial atrival allowance, incorporating an intial clothing Sant for scholars from tropical
countries;

a grant for expenses for sppoved sadly travel within the UK 0 or overseas;
a grant to



ards Hedvorcn costs for those sehiolatg ee Whom case has been made for fieldwork
to the fieldwork |

tow
. outsidé the United oe This shall not ite exceed one ony class return airfare



a paid mid- -term fare toi their fase couritty forse chars on pianos! year doctoral awards. Scholars

for whom fieldwork fares are provided to their home country shall not be entitled to a mid
term fare horhe,nor'scholars who have claimed (or intend to ae spouse or child allowances
for more than 12 months during their award;

for married scholars selected for awards exceeding one academic year, a marriage allowance

- of £209 per month is payable provided that the husband and wife are residing together at the

same address in the United Kingdom. It is not paid when a husband or wife of the scholar
is also a recipient, of an award. For such martied couples accompanied by their children, a
child allowance is payable at the rate of £123 per month for the first child and £97 for the
second and third child under the age of 16, provided they are fesiging with their parents;

Irrespective of the length of the award, a scholar who is widowed, divotted or a lone parent,
will receive an allowance in respect of the first accompanying child and child allowances for
the second and third acornpanying children.

Further details, application forms wail Prospectus may be obtained from the Scholarship and Educational
Loan Division of the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture or Commonwealth Scholarship
and Fellowship Plan intetnational website www.csfp- -online.org. Applications should be returned to
reach the Scholarship: and Educational ‘Loan Division, Ministry:of Education, P.O. Box N-3913, no
later than 23 November 2007. Application forms received after this date will not be considered.

Scholarship and Educational Loan Division
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‘The deal is an attempt to
“marry Fidelity’s investment
products, regional knowledge
and presence in markets such
-as the Bahamas and the Cay-
man Islands, with Royal Bank’s
.Pegional reach, client base and

That client base and balance

sheet is ultimately likely to.

become much larger following
last week’s announcement that

Royal Bank is poised to acquire '

the Royal Bank of Trinidad &
Tobago (RBTT) Group in'a
$2.2 billion deal that will ulti-

_ mately see the two combine
their Caribbean retail banking.

operations.

The acquisition is expected
to close in nine’ months’ time,
in mid-2008, creating a retail
banking operation that covers
18 Caribbean territories, with
some 130. branches and $13.7
billion in assets setving 1.6 mil-
lion clients: It will have 6;900
employees.

Mr McDonald said it was”

“too early to say” what role

Royal Fidelity would have to.

play in the enlargement of Roy-
al Bank’s Caribbean footprint
and how it might integrate with
the RBTT deal, adding that
Royal Bank had to talk to both
parties once the respective
arrangements were finalised to
see “how do we make these
things work for everybody”.

Royal Bank’s current region=":

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salaries and benefits, and saw
them purchase $10. 874 million
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RBTT. ‘has’ some 5,400
employees, mostly based in

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plans to move the combined
RBTT-Royal Bank retail oper-
ations headquarters there once
the ‘acquisition was consum-
matéd;, there had been fears that
Royal Bank would switch its
regional headquarters from the
Bahamas and there could be job
losses here.

Mr McDonald, though, dis-
pelled such speculation, saying
theré were no plans to move
the regional headquarters from
the Bahamas. He added: “I
don’t anticipate job redundan-
cies in the Bahamas. It will con-
tinue to be an important region-
al centre. There will probably
be more jobs.than less.”

Prior to the RBTT deal, some
40 per cent. of Royal Bank’s
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resided in the Bahamas.

Mr McDonald said the RBTT
acquisition would be described
by some as “a marriage made in
heaven”, as there were rela-
tively few geographical over-
laps between the two compa- .
nies’ operations and branch net-
works

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give the enlarged group a pres-
ence in all the English-speak-
ing Caribbean markets, with
only one or two minor overlaps
in the eastern Caribbean and
Barbados to be eliminated.
Rather than refer certain things
to Canada, as they had in the
past, Mr McDonald said Royal
Bank’s Bahamian — and
Caribbean operations would
now be able to refer them to
RBTT’s Port-of-Spain head-
quarters, which had “a whole
bunch of functions” they did
not.

Rather than trying to cut
costs and make the business
more efficient by eliminating
overlaps and streamlining, Mr
McDonald said the absence
of such overlaps meant the
focus of the RBTT acquisi-
tion, once completed, would
be to grow revenues and the
business.

“This is not about getting
costs out of the business,” Mr
McDonald said. “There’s none
to get out. It’s about how to
drive the revenues and make
the business more efficient,
more successful going forward.
It’s a once-in-a-lifetime trans-
action, and all stakeholders
benefit.

“Whether it’s customers,
shareholders, employees or the
companies, they are absolutely

_ thrilled by the whole opportu-

nity going forward.”

He added that the RBTT
acquisition was expected to
close in nine months, once all
regulatory approvals from
Canadian and Caribbean bank-
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for government works and
building construction contracts
when they met Earl Deveaux,
the minister for works and
transport, last week.

He added that Mr Deveaux
and the. Ministry of Works were
planning to hold a one-day sem-

inar on October 20 for con-
struction industry professionals
“to discuss issues relating pri-
marily to government bid work,
how the bid process should be
handled from the Government
perspective, and how contrac-
tors should pre-qualify and
bid”.

The extent of the problems
relating to the bid process for
government works contracts,
although no surprise to anyone
in industry or the Government,
were highlighted last week

-when Mr Deveaux read the

summary from an audit report —

of the Ministry of Works that
was performed by the UK-
based Crown Agents.

The Crown Agents audit
“raises some serious concerns”
on the contracting process, with
an analysis finding that “more
than three quarters” or 75 per
cent of the Ministry of Works’
high-value contracts were being
awarded without any competi-
tive bidding by multiple con-
struction firms.

As a result, Crown Agents
said contracts were being
awarded other than on com-
petitiveness and merit, and the
“quality, timeliness and value
for money of contracted works
has been compromised”. As a
result, the auditors concluded
the Ministry of Works “cannot
credibly claim to be managing

" public finances correctly”,

Mr Wrinkle told The Tribune
that during last week’s meeting
with Mr Deveaux, he had
informed BCA representatives
that “his goal is to get the Gov-
ernment bid process to a trans-
parent level and equal playing

field”, although no details were ©

provided on the strategy for
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required licence or expertise,
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The Crown Agents audit
pointed out that the absence of
a competitive tendering and
bidding process meant that it
was difficult to obtain value for
money when using the Bahami-
an people’s funds.

Among the problems likely
to result were that a contractor
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age a contract and procurement
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Bahamian contractors and their
competenee/abilities, helping it
to match these with the require-
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“The BCA and the Ministry
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extreme deficiency in the regu-
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tendering process.

The Bill, as currently draft-'

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contractors seeking and con-
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valid licence, safeguarding resi-
dents and businesses from dis-
reputable, unqualified compa-
nies who may perform shoddy
workmanship. Consumers
would be provided with an
avenue of recourse, and the Bill

proposes to create three tiers .

for licensing - small, medium
and large contractors.

There will also be specialised
licences for the likes of electri-
cians and plumbers, and the sys-
tem in the Bill’s existing draft is
designed to give contractors
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and complexity of buildings and
structures they previously con-
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Mr Wrinkle said the licens-

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in-hand” with Mr Deveaux’s
aims, adding: “They will have
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“The capability of the con-
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Auditors: Just one contract given ‘open competition’

FROM page one

September 25, 2006, and Octo-
ber 20, 2006, assessed active
public works projects that had a
value of $250,000 or above.
Some 193 projects existed at the
audit date, and Crown Agents
focused on a sample size of 67
or 35 per cent of the total, as
the margin for error was rela-
tively small. -

Out of these, Crown Agents
found that seven contracts were
tendered according to Inter-
American Development Bank
(IDB) procedures; 13 were
issued “using limited competi-
tive tendering”; just one was

tendered on an “open competi-
tion basis”; and 46 were negoti-
ated with just one firm.

In a footnote to their main
report, Crown Agents found
that out of all projects worth
more than $250,000 that were
active, some 68.6 per cent were
contracted via negotiations
with just one company, rather
than through competitive ten-
dering. It added that if the IDB
contracts were removed, as
these were issued according to
IDB procedures that were
monitored by the bank, the
percentage rose to 75. 6 per
cent.

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of Public Works did not cen-
trally record tender and con-
tract award information, Crown
Agents said more open tender-
ing should occur for projects
worth over $250,000.

They added: “Logic would
dictate that the proportion of
negotiated contracts would only
increase for lower value con-
tracts.

“The major finding when

looking at contracting was the
high incidence of negotiated
contracts in contravention of

thé préstimption contained

within government financial
regulation and instructions that
contracts should only be let
after a competitive procurement
exercise.

“This competitive approach
is no longer being followed, and
negotiated contracts have
become the norm rather than
the exception. Department of
Public Works senior manage-
ment put the use of negotiated
contracts at 85 per cent. Our
own analysis suggests a figure
of a minimum 76 per cent nego-
tiated contracts.”

The Crown Agents said the
ultimate result of relying on
negotiations with just one. com-
pany was the failure to obtain
value for the Bahamian peo-
ple’s money and taxpayer dol-
lars. Often, such talks resulted
in reducing initial bids to val-

ues close to the Ministry of
Works’ own estimates, but
“many files show agreements
on a contractual figure signifi-
cantly higher than the estimate
without an explanation for the
higher costs”.

Pressures

Often, the main justification
for negotiating contracts with
just one firm and avoiding com-
petitive tendering, were time
pressures and the need for work
to be completed as rapidly as
possible, but Crown Agents said

such a process would “not nec- .

essarily add a significant
delay” when drawings, scope of
works and estimates were also
needed.

“We accept that there are

examples of projects in the
Family Islands where the norm
of competitive tendering might
not be optimum for reasons of
lack of effective competition
(on a less populated island),”
Crown Agents found.

“We also acknowledge that
some contracts are directly

awarded in the Family Islands .

for ‘social’ reasons, which is a
political argument beyond the
remit of this audit. However,
we believe these cases should
be the exception and, in any
event, the evidence shows that

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negotiated contracts are just as
likely on New Providence,
where these considerations
would not apply.

“Instead, the reason for
negotiating an award or other-
wise making changes to the list
of bidders selected is on the
basis of directives, often over-
ruling the recommendations of
staff and senior management at
the Department of Public
Works/Ministry of Works. This
we have termed as interference
with the expected procurement
process for other considerations
than the competitiveness or
merit of the contractor.”

The strong hint from the
Crown Agents report, unsur-
prisingly, is that many public

- works contracts have been

awarded on the basis of politi-
cal, family and friendship con-
nections, the Bahamian taxpay-
er losing out in many cases.

The use of Letters of Intent
when awarding contracts also
came in for criticism, Crown
Agents finding that many such
documents contained wording
that indemnified the contractor
against costs for the work exe-
cuted, and materials purchased
for the project.

The audit report concluded:
“This indemnification is far too
wide and, potentially, could
leave the Department of Public
Works liable for all costs arising
from execution, including those
costs for which the contractor
would have liability under a
contract.

“The risk is that this would

apply regardless of whether the.

contractor is negligent or in the
event of incidents for which the
contractor should be insured,

_such as accidents or death.”

When it came to mobiliza-
tion payments, which are pay-
ments made to contractors to
enable them to hire workers
and equipment to start the job,
Crown Agents found that the
standard procedure for such
payments — 10 per cent of the
contract value for New Provi-
dence, and 20 per cent for the
Family Islands — was being
applied “erratically” and did
not reflect the size of the com-
pany.

“We saw evidence of 20 per
cent payments for New Provi-
dence projects with no justifi-
cation for the higher percent-
age other than perhaps the
contractor had requested,” the
audit report said, saying such
advances should be more
closely related to the scope of
work, bills of quantity and cash
flows anticipated from the con-
tract.

In addition, the audit report

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said mobilization payments
were not being secured with
bank guarantees, something
“normally considered unac-
ceptable with public funds.”

Crown Agents noted work at
the Thomas A Robinson Stadi-
um for the CAC Games, which
was started by a company called
Electro-Telecom even before it
had a contract, since “they
clearly were aware they were
going to receive a contract and
thus saw little value in waiting
for official permission to pro-
ceed.”

Mayaguana

The audit report also referred
to the Government’s efforts to
recoup a $104,000 mobilisation
payment for a project in
Mayaguana that was never car-
ried out by the company that
won the contract, and the 2006
school repair contract for Yel-
low Elder Primary School.

This contract was awarded
to TTC Construction, the report
said,-on a negotiated basis
despite the company’s initial
estimate for the works being
$711,000, some 70 per cent high-
er than the Ministry of Works
estimate of $415,000.

Work commenced after an
agreement was reached at the
Ministry’s price, and TTC
received a 20 per cent mobi-
lization payment, despite, the —
report said not having worked .
for the Ministry for more than a
year — and possible never — and
the project being on New Prov-
idence.

The audit report questioned -
why TTC was awarded a con-
tract without competitive bid-
ding, supposedly because of
time pressures, when a smaller
contract for repairs at the
same school-in the same time-
frame went through a tender
process. #

Crown Agents said the

- Ministry’s contractor registra-

tion system had lapsed, mean-
ing selection was less stringent
and assessment of a contrac-

’ .tor’s financial capability “rudi-

mentary”, often being left to
technical officers who formed
impressions based on infor-.
mal discussions with col-
leagues.

Companies were Otten
inserted into bid lists as ten-
ders “go up the management
chain”, the audit report found.
It added: “This lack of trans-
parency is unacceptable for
public procurement and can
lead to inappropriate or unfair
selection, and possibly. even
abuse.”

Bere

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THE INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGES AND CULTURES INSTITUTE (LCI) - THE COLLEGE OF THE BAHAMAS

EVENTS CALENDER 2007-2008

DATE EVENT LECTURERS / PARTICIPANTS VENUE

September 14 GERMAN FILM Slide show by Dr. Irene Moss, Director, [LCI Munnings Room 2

Friday 6:30 PM
September 28 CHINESE FILM Munnings Room 2
Friday

October 26 SPANISH FILM

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INTERNATIONAL
LANGUAGES AND

CULTURES INSTITUTE |
THE COLLEGE OF THE BAHAMAS -



















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Presentation: Foreign Lang, Dept. Assistant ‘Mannings Rom 2

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October 6 OKTOBERFEST Organized by I. Moss with all relevant COB Band Shell ;

Saturda} Departments: Communications, Securit 6-11 a 3 %

Roventes 8 FRENCH FOLK SONG EVENING a show pe Moe, ‘i Leger Savas avid Room 2 Communication:

urs : ereus on vocals and other musical friends ; ede

November 14 THE HOLOCAUST —a movie presentation | Mr. Absil — holocaust survivor * UWI Dining Room The Key to Global Understanding

Wednesda and lecture : 7PM | :

December 4 JUNKANOO ART — designing and pasting | Presentation and demonstration by Henry Moss Jr.; | Mannings Room 2
costumes'- WORKSHOP slide show by I. Moss 6-8 COURSE OFFERING:

December 13 MERRY MULTI-CULTURAL Organization & musical direction: I. Moss Munnings Room 2 Ba ot .
CHRISTMAS ILCL, Foreign Lang. Dept. members and COB [47 PM Sete FALL 2007 — Beginning September 24th
CHINESE NEW YEAR Presentation by Professor Xu Xianwen Munnings Room 2, 77M ;

January 19 DRUMFEST - A drum summit regrouping Video of Montreal TAM TAM JAM by I. Moss Band shell CONVERSATIONAL HAITIAN CREOLE I:

Saturday members fromall the Junkanoo teams‘ Director: TBA 22M Mon/Wed: 6 — 7:30 PM

February 7 PANEL DISCUSSION: Tourism and Panel members from Tourism, Immigration, COB | Munnings Room 2 or BTC

Thursday Lan ean eae and private courte RUSHERS. Se eter secure. ie EM oN a | CONVERSATIONAL HAITIAN CREOLE II:

February 19 FRENCH FILM - iR) Presentation on Roman history background by ones oom 2 Tues/Thurs: 7:30 —-9 PM a

Tuesda Professor Stephen B. Arana (0 Pm









UWI Dining Room
Munnings Room 2
Munnings Room 2

With Montreal Band SWIFT YEARS
Lecture and slide show by |. Moss

Slide presentation: Assistant Professor Frenand
Leger, Foreign Languages Department

March 1-15 IRISH PUB NITE — to be announced

March 21 - Fri VICTOR HUGO — Beyond LES MIZ

April 10 HAITIAN FILM \

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE I:
Mon/Wed: 5 — 6:30 PM








































April 16 AN EVENING OF BAHAMIAN MUSIC Slide show on Bahamian Musicians and. TBA E AL
Frida: Guests: The DICEY-DO SINGERS Entertainers by 1. Moss : Nene een eae 0 abe I:
May 6 MAIFEST Slide Show by I.Moss; participation of German- Munnings Room 2 ESO 7s

Tuesda: speakers in Nassau & IL'CI students AS Riek head poe






ADVANCED FRENCH CONVERSATION GROUP:
Tuesdays: 1 -2 PM

ADVANCED SPANISH CONVERSATION GROUP:
Thursdays: 1 —2 PM



Piano solos by |.Moss; Cello / piano duets by H. Munnings Room 2

Peloquin & I.Moss; guests TBA














May 23 CLASSICAL MUSIC EVENING
Frida’

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These are directed conversation and practice “brown bag”

sessions - bring yourownlunch! —
10 consecutive sessions: $100 ($50 for COB Students)







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CONVERSATIONAL GERMAN I:
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Tine: €Q0on- £000 : Rast 12 weeks Venue: BHTC Comair ae . . Fees: $600.00 i :
oo QuickBooks || CONVERSATIONAL MANDARIN II:
+ MIGROSOFT EXCEL ~ ours Description: This courses designed to tain new andexsing |. J | Tues/Thurs: 6 — 7:30


















SANS ye ; small business entrepreneurs (fewer than 20 employees} how to fo
Course: Description: This course: covers the findamentals of the — organize and manage thelr accounting activities using QuickBooks [~
icrogoft Excel spreadsheet. Tools thal are needed fo basic entry Pro. software. Studants will eam how to set-up their company’ files,
“manipulation of cells and worksheets are presented. chart of accounts, budget, customers, vendors and employees,

CONVERSATIONAL SPANISH I:
Mon/Wed: 6 — 7:30 PM







SES Pre-requisite: None
S NONE: ins: Tuesday, 25 Say , 2007,
tray, 29 Septet, 207 Te ba oo Ge eee roR CONVERSATIONAL SPANISH II:
: Duration: 8 weeks Venue: CEES ComputerLab << © Fees: $900.08 | -"Fues/Thurs: 6 7:30PM -
Fees: $250.00 SAK Niwoees FAG) HROLOO Ot AG aS eho i

Course Description: Thi COUTSE, which targets persons who feild f DELE ELE SPAN ISH PROFICIENCY TESTING: :
lke to create their persone! web pages, will cover Web Page Creation, Registration: Sept 3 — Oct. 12
Web Sita. Managament, and HTML. Specific topics will indude

Formatting, Graphics, Multimedia, Forms and Tables and hosting. of












web pages. : ‘LOCATION:
Pre-requisite: Participants must be computer iterate and have a Munnings Building (next to KFC at COB Roundabout):
basic knowledge of word-processing WS : ; R 1 6
Begins: Thursday & Friday, 18th Oclober, 2007 oom
> Duration: 8 weaks Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm Duration: 2 days. DURATION:
; Venue: CEES ter Lab Fees! $550.00 page, :
Foes: $250.00 ee cs = 3 hours per week for 10 weeks, total course hours: 30 hours
5-57 14 / (242) 328-0093/ 328-1936 or email perdev@cob.edu.bs fees are includ- PRICE:

$ 250.00 per course (except for Advanced French and

time). When submitting application, kindly provide copies of the first four pages
Spanish Conversation Group)

jon. Fees, Course Content, Course Schedule and Course.





TELEPHONE: 302-4584 or 302-4587
E-MAIL: ilci@cob.edu.bs

TIMES MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

DATE CHANGE

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

The College of The Bahamas
Counselling and Health Services

CAREERS/JOB FAIR

is coming your way
















Employers, bright young students and other
interested persons have the opportunity to
: meet for mutual benefit.




Individual Booths Available for Organization
Displays











Benefits to employers/organizations:

» Exposure to hundreds of the best-trained college
students in The Bahamas/Access to prospective
employees

.
Date: Thursday, 4 October, 2007

This workshop is designed to provide participants with an Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm

overview of the fundamentals of superior customer service. | Venue: CEES Computer Lab, Moss Road

It focuses or customer value, retention and relationship — Tuition: $160.00































building and employee motivation. _ Web Pace Design

A direct rtunity i i i
Date: Thursday, 11 October, 2007 This course will cover Web Page Creation, Website. prepaiing COB or nt mine a sae ee
Time: 9:30am = 4:30pm uy Management and HTML. Persons who enjoy fiddling with

ig School pis computers and would like to create their own web pages are

encouraged to attend. Specific topics will include Formatting,

y Graphics, Multimedia, Forms and Tables and hosting of web
pages.

Venue: Grovenor Close Nursin

Tuition: $170.00 > Exposure to high school students seeking career

information











A complete 8’ x 10’ booth for display purposes

t \ ReOtN IALIONS

. This workshop ‘sho is designed fo provide participants with an —_ Date: Thursday & Friday , 18th & 19th October, 2007
overview of the fundamentals of Microsoft PowerPoint. It Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm
focuses on developing effective and dynamic PowerPoint Venue: CEES Computer Lab, Moss Road
presentations. Tuition: $550.00



Signage on all print advertisements
















Contact:
Ms. Norma Turnquest, Advisory Committee
Executive Secretary
Career & Placement Counsellor, COB
at Tel: 242-302-4445
Fax: 242-302-4448, nturnquest@cob.edu.bs





ENQUIRIES: Contact the Co-ordinator at Tel: (242) 325-5714 / (242) 328-0093/ 328-1936. or email
perdev@cob.edu.bs. All fees are included with the exception of the application fee of $40.00 (one time) . When
submitting application, kindly provide copies of the first four pages of your passport. CEES reserves the right to
change Tuition, Fees, Course Content, Course Schedule and Course Materials.






THE TRIBUNE BUSINESS



Office of Academic Affairs
Faculty Advertisements 2008

School of Communication and Creative Arts
Assistant Professor in Music (Vew Providence Campus,

© successful candidate must be able to teach traditional; theory and harmony, piano skills, music history and analysis
up to the bachelor level and must possess skills in choral work. The ideal candidate will have a doctoral degree in the
subject area and tertiary level teaching experience. However, candidates with at least a Master’s degree in the subject area,



a minimum of five years’ teaching experience at the tertiary level and choral work experience will be considered.

Assistant Professor in Journalism and Communication ee Providence Campus)
andidate must be able to teach courses in all or most of the following areas: reporting, photojournalism, video production,
communication and business writing and should have experience with curriculum and programme development. The ideal
candidate will have a doctoral degree in the subject area, tertiary-level teaching experience and some professional experience.
However, candidates with at least a Master’s degree in the subject area, a minimum of five years’ teaching experience at

the tertiary level and some professional experience will be considered.

Assistant Professor in Foreign Langues (Spanish) (New Providence Co ;

‘andidate must be able to teach Spanish at the beginners, intermediate and advanced levels. The ideal candidate will have
a doctoral degree in the subject or a related area, native speaker competence, tertiary-level teaching experience and the
ability to teach language, literature and culture courses up to the bachelor degree level. However, candidates with at least
a Master's degree in the subject or a related area, a minimum of five years’ teaching experience at the tertiary level, native
speaker competence and the ability to teach language, literature and culture courses up to the bachelor degree level will

be considered. A teaching certificate or equivalent and experience in teacher training are desirable,




Assistant Professor in Foreign Languages (French) (New Providence Campus,
andidate must be able to teach French at the beginners, intermediate and advanced levels. The ideal candidate will have
a doctoral degree in the subject or related area, native speaker competence, tertiary-level teaching experience and the ability
to teach language, literature and culture courses up to the bachelor degree level. However, candidates with at least a
Master’s degree in the subject or a related area, a minimum of five years’ teaching experience at the tertiary level, native
speaker competence and the ability to teach language, literature and culture courses up to the bachelor degree level will
be considered. A teaching certificate or equivalent and experience in teacher training are desirable.

Assistant Professor in Foreign Languages (Haitian Creole) (New Providence at t ett
andidate must be able to teach Haitian Creole at the beginners and intermediate levels, The ideal candidate must have
at least a Master’s degree in the subject or a related area, a minimum of five years’ teaching experience at the tertiary level,

native speaker competence and should be able to develop courses in Haitian culture. A teaching certificate or equivalent
and the ability to teach French language and literature courses are desirable.

School of English Studies

Assistant Professor College Composition and Literature (New Providence Campus)

The ideal candidate will have a doctoral degree in English, tertiary-level teaching experience and the ability to teach college
composition and literature courses up to the bachelor degree level. However, candidates with at least a Master of Arts
degree in English, a minimum of five years’ teaching experience at the tertiary level and the ability to teach college
composition and literature up to the bachelor degree level will be considered. The ideal candidate will have a background
in Composition and Rhetoric as well as in Post-colonial literature and/or literary theory. A background in creative writing
or experience in a writing lab setting would be an asset. Teacher training is preferred. f



School of Social Sciences

Assistant Professor in History (New Providence Coes REN tart Aue na he, A ech

Candidate should display competence in the field of African and African Diaspora History and should also expect to teach
courses in Caribbean History, United States History generally, African American and Atlantic History. Familiarity with
the historical experience of persons of African descent in Latin American Societies would be an asset. The successful
‘candidate should anticipate working as a team player with colleagues who are committed to expanding the consciousness
of students with particular, although not exclusive, reference to the historical experience of peoples of African descent.
Applicants should possess an earned Doctoral Degree in History. A relevant Master’s Degree candidate will be considered,
provided the applicant is committed to pursuing a Doctoral degree.

Duties and Responsibilities include:

" Student advisement

a Programme and course development ;

a Providing services to the College/University of the Bahamas and the wider Bahamian society; and
a

On-going research and a commitment to publication.

Assistant Professor in Psychology (New Providence Campus)

Candidate should demonstrate a commitment to promoting cultural diversity and international education; the ability to
teach a broad range of psychology courses; expertise in social and industrial/organizational psychology, statistics and
research methods (qualitative and quantitative methods), and/or biological (physiological) psychology is preferred:
demonstrated strength and/or potential for excellence in teaching; strong evidence of professional psychology engagement:
capacity to contribute to the development of a nationally relevant line of scholarship; ability to create and enhance
partnerships with community agencies and organizations.

Duties and responsibilities will include:

" Teaching courses across the curriculum, along with specialty courses in the applicant’s area of expertise
" Student advising, supervision of service-learning experiences and coordinating senior capstone practicum
. Assisting with programme administration, curricular development and evaluation

. Providing services to the programme, the university and wider communities

. Scholarship that is consistent with the programme and institution’s focus

Candidates must have an earned Ph.D. in Psychology however strong Master’s Degree candidates will be considered.

Lecturers in Law et Providence (tis icag aS
Candidates should have at a least a first degree in Law, with no less than an Upper Second Class Honours or equivalent.

Possession of a postgraduate degree and some experience as a legal practitioner is desirable. The curriculum includes all

_ branches of Common Law and courses pay special attention to the place of Law in Commonwealth Caribbean jurisdictions.

The ideal candidates should be competent in at least three of the basic or core Common Law subjects including, but not
limited to, Law and Legal Systems of the Commonwealth Caribbean; Criminal Law; Legal Writing and Research; Law

of Torts; Commonwealth Caribbean Constitutional Law; and Law of Contract. Experience in teaching in a semester system
_ would be an asset. The successful candidates will be expected to pursue individual and departmental research interests

and to publish in reputable law journals.

School of Business

Associate/Assistant Professors — Accounting chet Bahamas Cuibiss

Candidate must be able to teach Financial and Intermediate Accounting, Business Mathematics, Advanced Accounting,
Accounting Theory, Management, Cost, Fund and Tax Accounting up to the bachelor’s degree level: Knowledge of

computerised accounting would be an asset. Professional certification or experience is desirable. The successful candidates
should have an advanced degree (Ph.D. preferred). i ;

Assistant Professor in Maniagement fats Providence Campus)
Candidates must be able to teach a full range of Management courses both at the introductory and Masters Degree level.
A minor concentration in Marketing would be an advantage and knowledge of the Bahamian economy is desirable. Teaching
Experience in College / University. The ideal candidate will have a doctoral degree in the subject area, tertiary-level
teaching experience and some professional experience. However, candidates with at least a Master’s degree in the subject

area, a minimum of five years’ teaching experience at the tertiary level and some professional experience will be considered.

Assistant Professor in Computer Information Science_(New. Providence Campus)
andidates must be specialize in Networking, Programming and have a strong Programming background ( VB.Net, C#,
C+t, ASP, PHP, Java ) MS certification background, teaching experience in College / University. Background as Consultant
or System Analyst would be an asset. The ideal candidate will have a doctoral degree in the subject area, tertiary-level

teaching experience and some professional experience. However, candidates with at least a Master’s degree in the subject

- area, a minimum of five years’ teaching experience at the tertiary level and some professional experience will be considered.

Assistant Professor — Accounting (New Providence Campus

andidate must be able to teach Financial and Intermediate Accounting, Business Mathematics, Advanced Accounting,
Accounting Theory, Management, Cost and Fund Accounting, Individual and Corporate Taxation, at the Bachelors'and
Masters Levels. Knowledge of computerized accounting would be an asset. The ideal candidate will have a doctoral
degree in the subject area, tertiary-level teaching experience and some professional experience. However, candidates with
at least a Master’s degree in the subject area, a minimum‘of five years’ teaching experience at the tertiary level and some
professional experience will be considered. ;

School of Sciences & Technolo:
School of Sciences and Technolo
Mathematics (New Providence Campus & Northern Bahamas Campu:

andidates must be able to teach Mathematics at introductory through final year levels. The ideal candidate will have a
doctoral degree in the subject area, tertiary-level teaching experience and some professional experience. However, candidates
with at least a Master’s degree in the subject area, a minimum of five years’ teaching experience at the tertiary level and
some professional experience will be considered. wait i

Assistant Professor - Biology (New Providence _& Northern Bahamas Counts)

Ideal candidates must have at least a PhD. in Biology with specialization in Marine Science or Zoology or Botany and
must be able to teach biology at introductory through final year levels. However, candidates with at least a Master's degree
in the subject area, a minimum of five years’ teaching experience at the tertiary level and some professional experience

will be considered,

{

Assistant Professor - Chemistry (New Providence & Northern Bahamas Campus )

Ideal candidates must have at least a in Chemistry with a specialization in Organic Chemistry. He/she must also be
able to teach Chemistry at introductory through final year levels. However, candidates with at least a Master’s degree in
the subject area, a minimum of five years’ teaching experience at the tertiary level and some professional experience will

be considered.

Assistant Professor - Physics a Providence Campus )

Ideal candidates must have a in Physics. He/she must be able to teach Physics at introductory through final year levels.
However, candidates with at least a Master’s degree in the subject area, a minimum of five years’ teaching experience
at the tertiary level and some professional experience will be considered.

Assistant Professor - Pharmaceutical Sciences ti Providence Campus)
Ideal candidates must have at least a in Pharmacy and professional experience, as a pharmacist. The candidate will

be expected to coordinate a new pharmacy programme and to teach content area as well as professional courses at the
Bachelor’s Degree level.

School of Education



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Assistant Professor ~ Science Education (New Providence Campus,
Candidate should have a PD. in Science Education with a minimum of 3 years of schoo! teaching; however, consideration
will also be given for persons with a Master’s Degree in Science Education or Biology or Chemistry or Physics plus 5
years of teaching experience along with a Teacher’s Certification or Diploma in Education, Candidates will be expected
to teach elementary science methodology to prospective teachers, assist with teaching General Science courses, assist with
supervision of siudent-teachers and assist with curriculum development of science education courses/programmes.



Assistaiii Professor — Art Education (New Providence Campus
Candidate should have a Ph.D. in Art Education with a minimum of 3 years of school teaching; however, consideration
will also be given for persons with a Master’s Degree in Art Education plus 5 years of teaching experience along with a
Teacher's Certification or Diploma in Education. Candidates will be expected to assist with teaching Art courses, assist
with supervision of student-teachers and assist with curriculum development of art education courses/programmes.

School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions

Assistant Professors. Nursing (New Providence Campus) :

The success candidates will be required to‘teach in the bachelor degree programme. Responsibilities will include
classroom as Well as clinical supervision of students. Applicants should have strong interpersonal skills and a commitment
to excellence in integrating teaching, clinical practice and research. Applicants should have a well-rounded clinical nursing
experience aud should be able to teach at least three of the following areas: Fundamentals of Nursing, Medical-Surgical
Nursing, Psychiatric Nursing, Maternal and Child Health Nursing, Community Health Nursing, Management/Leadership,
Health Assessment, Nursing Theories, Transcultural Nursing and Nursing Research. The successful candidates must be
registered with the Nursing Council of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas. A doctoral degree in the subject area is
preferred, however, candidates with at least a Master’s degree in Nursing and teaching experience at the tertiary level will
be considered .







In ALL cases, preference will be given to candidates with strong academic backgrounds, teaching and research
experience,

Salary Scale For Assistant Professors
Master’s Degree -
Doctorate Degree. ~-

$39,460x $900 - $ 61,960 ps
$42,160 x $900 - $ 69,160 )



Culinary & Hospitality Management Institute
Chef (Vew Providence Campus)

Applicants should be able to teach a variety of cooking and culinary courses to future Chefs and should master the culinary

. fundamental, and possess a passion for cooking and teaching:as well as a love to share their knowledge and experience.

The minimum requirement for this position is a Bachelor’s degree in culinary or hospitality management. Additionally,
the successful applicant should have at least three of the following designations: C.C.E., C.C.A., C.E.C. or C.M.C.; and
National Restaurant Association (NRA) Sanitation Certification (ServSafe®). Individuals with a minimum of ten (10)
years experience in’ progressive responsibilities and teaching experience will be considered.



Salary Scale: Instructor $27,110 x $650 - $40,110

Library and Instructional Media Services -
Librarians (New Frovidence Campus,

The positions are in the areas of Public Services.and the Law. The incumbents should be dynamic, innovative individuals

with a strong commitment to service within a diverse community. The Librarians will demonstrate successful administrative
experience in a library, sound understanding of emerging technologies and the ability to use them within the library setting
and commitment to developing a strong integrated library service within the academic environment.

The duties of each Librarian will include: management of his / her Unit / Branch, leadership in short and long-range
planning to expand and diversify library services, development and promotion of library resources and services, budget
and personne! management, initiation and management of appropriate emerging technologies, and liaison with relevant
internal and external groups. :

The Librarians must possess Masters Degrees in Library and Information Science from accredited institutions, and a
minimum of (wo years post-Masters professional library experience. The position of Law Librarian also requires that the
Librarian be the holder of a law degree. All incumbents will demonstrate strong communication and interpersonal skills
that engender an excellent customer- friendly environment and professionalism. Evening and weekend reference service
(on rotation), lib research, service to the community and library instruction will also be required.
$32,710 x $750- $47,710

Salary Scale: Master’s Degree

To eusure consideration, application materials must be received by October 31, 2007.'A complete application packet
consists of : i : : ce
° An application letter

College of The Bahamas’ Application Form
° A detailed curriculum vita
e Copies of all transcripts (original transcripts required upon employment)
° Phe names and contact information for three references

The Director
Human Resources
The College of The Bahamas
Oakes Field Campus
Thompson Boulevard & Poincianna Drive
P. O. Box N-4912
Nassau, Bahamas

The College of The Bahamas is the national institution of tertiary general education of The Commonwealth of The
Bahamas. The institution grants certificates, diplomas, associate degrees, and a growing number of Bachelor's degrees
to nearly 4,000 students located around the Bahamian archipelago. It has extensive links with tertiary institutions in
the Caribbean and North America and its credits are accepted by more than 200 colleges and universities in those
regions and in Great Britain. It is poised to embark aggressively upon a major expansion of its programme offerings,
its research activities, and its physical facilities, and to incorporate distance teaching methodologies into its repertoire
of strategies for delivering instruction, all with a view to seeking a charter as a university.

Please visit the College’s website at. www.cob.edu.bs for more information about the institution and to access the College’s
Employment Application Form,

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THE COLLEGE OF THE BAHAMAS



The 2007 Meet the Writer Series




Brings you

MARION BETHEL
Reading her Poetry







At Chapter One Bookstore, 16th October 2:00-3:00 pm



Marion Bethel, a Bahamian, is an attorney-at-aw and a noted
poet. In 1993 , her collection of poems, Guanahani My Love, was




published by Casa de las Americas and won that year’s prize. Her
work has appeared in The Massachusetts Review, The Caribbean
Writer, Moving Beyond Boundaries and other noted literary jour-





nals. Ms Bethel is teaching Creative Writing part-time at




The College of The Bahamas this semester.





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known as the Village Road.

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south of Wemyss Bight, Eleuthera.

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MUST SELL

PAGE 12B, MONDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2007

THE TRIBUNE

Employers try to ‘reinstate’
worker Exceptions Order

FROM page one

The Fair Labour Standards
Act was repealed in 2001 when
the Employment Act was
passed by Parliament during the
former Ingraham administra-
tion. Yet the Exceptions Order
that had been attached to it
appeared to disappear into a
‘black hole’, as it was dropped
completely from the new
Employment Act.

Mr Nutt told The Tribune
that “a great deal of confusion”
existed over whether the Excep-
tions Order was still in effect,
some saying it still stood until
placed under the Employment
Act, while others argued that it
must have been repealed when
the Fair Labour Standards Act
was repealed.

* Mr Nutt said he agreed with

VACANT RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY |

North Eleuthera Bahamas.

For conditions of the sale and any other
please contact: Credit Risk Management -

Lot #30 comprising 8,237 sq.ft. and situated 186 ft. eastwardly from
the Main Eleuthera Highway in the Settlement of Lower Bogue,

Utilities: Electricity, Water and Telephone

information,
Collection Unit

Phone: 356-1685 or 356-1608, Nassau, Bahamas

Interested persons should submit
offers in writing addressed to:

_ The Manager, Credit Risk Management - Managing Director’s
x Office P.O. Box N-7518, Nassau, Bahamas

fers should-reach-our-office on-or before November 16, 2007

Utilities: Electricity, Water and Tdephone

Interested




North Eleuthera Bahamas.

Lot of land with a combined area of 11,500 sq.ft. being Lots #22 & 23 Kim Crescent in Baillou Dale
Sub-division off Baillou Hill Road. The property is comprised of an 18yr old single family residence
‘ consisting of 2,000 sq.ft. with 3 bedrooms 2 bathrooms, living, family, dining; kitchen and laundry
rooms. The building is enclosed and landscaped with a grass lawn, flowering plants and fruit trees.

For conditions of the sale and any other information, plecse aontad:
Credit Risk Management — Managing Director’s Office at:

356-1685 or 356-1608

persons should submit offers in writing addressed to:
The Manager, Credit Risk Management — Managing Director’ s Office,
P.O. Box N-7518, Nassau, Bahamas
Offers should reach our office on or before November 16, 2007

MUST SELL
[VACANT COMMERCIAL PROPERTY ]

Lot #90-B comprising 22,376 sq.ft. and situated on the
western side of the main eleuthera highway and
approximately 2,219 ft. northerly of four-for-nothing road
in the Settlement of Lower Bogue,

Infrastructures are in place.
For conditions of the sale and any other information,
please contact: Credit Risk Management — Collection Unit
Phone: 356-1685 or 356-1608, Nassau, Bahamas

Interested persons should submit offers in writing addressed to:

‘The Manager, Credit Risk Management -- Managing Director’s
Office P.O. Box N-7518, Nassau, Bahamas

Offers should reach our office on or before November 16, 2007.






























the second take, adding: “My
personal feeling is that if there is
no Fair Labour Standards Act,
how can the Fair Labour Stan-
dards Exceptions Order still
exist?”

Explaining how the Excep-
tions Order had worked under
the previous statute, Mr Nutt
said: “The order basically
excepted certain categories of
workers from certain aspects of
the Fair Labour Standards
Act.”

As before, BECon and
Bahamian employers are rec-
ommending that any Excep-
tions Order to the Employment
Act exclude supervisory and
managerial staff from the stan-
dard hours of work and over-
time pay aspects, since they are
expected to be on call and work
as and when required by their
companies.

Mr Nutt, though, said one
difference between the current
recommendation as it applied
to supervisory and managerial
staff was that it did not-deal
with minimum wages, unlike
the Fair Labour Standards
Act. This was because mini-
mum wages were now dealt
with separately under the Min-
imum Wage Act, unlike previ-
ously.

A second group of employ-
ees who employers are recom-
mending be included under an
Exceptions Order, and be
excepted from the standard
hours of work, day off and over-
time pay provisions in the
Employment Act, are the
spouses of employers, charity
workers, seamen and commer-

cial fishermen, farm workers,
ministers of religion and
Defence Force and police offi-
cers.

Mr Nutt said. “Our recom-
mended Exceptions Order for
the Employment Act does not
have any effect on the minimum
wage. It covers managers and
supervisors and exceptions from
overtime.

“In essence, we’re looking’ at
two scheduled of employment.

One is exemptions from the

standard hours of work and
overtime for managers and
supervisors in the first sched-
ule. The second schedule is for
exemptions from the standard
hours of work, day off and over-
time.”

Commission

Bahamian employers had
also previously sought to
include a third category of
employees under the proposed
Employment Act Exceptions
Order, namely salesmen,
agents and representatives and
contract workers who received
their wages as commission pay-
ments.

However, Mr Nutt said
BECon took this out because
it was felt such persons were
actually self-employed, and that
no employer/employee rela-
tionship existed.

The BECon president said:
“We have made submissions.
We are waiting for the unions to
present us with their complete
package. We got a few things
yesterday, but they promised to

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of property known as
“Maxwell House”

Nassau, Bahamas
21 May, 2007

Interested persons should submit offers in writing addressed to:
The Manager, Credit Risk Management-Collection Unit

P.O. Box N-7518, Nassau, Bahamas
To reach us before November 9, 2007

Serious Enquires Only

- complete their package of rec-

ommendations and responses
by Tuesday morning [this
week].

“The Employer Working
Group meets weekly on Tues-
day. We are meeting on Tues-

.day afternoon, and that will give

us an opportunity to go over
that [package from the
unions].”

Among other Employment
Act amendments being pro-
posed by employers are that
fundamental breaches of an
employment contract now
occur when a worker's guilty of
fighting of physical violence;
being in possession or under
the influence of illegal drugs;
drinking alcohol or being drunk
on the job; sexually harassing
people.

Employers are also seeking
to reform the standard hours
of work definition, arguing that
averaging irregular hours of
work over a four-week period
is too limiting for companies
and industries competing at a
global level, and that instead
they should be averaged over a
period not greater than 13
weeks. E

‘The Employment Act cur-
rently requires employers to
inform employees about their
name and place or origin, infor-
mation that would be known
only to the workers and should

. be passed from them to employ-

ers.

BECon wants to amend the
Employment Act so that job
applicants provide employers,
by law, with their name, Nation-
al Insurance Board (NIB) num-
ber, nationality and other iden-
tification document. The cur-
rent Act, while requiring
employers to provide informa-
tion to employees, makes no
statutory provision for the
reverse.

Employers are also under-
stood to be concerned that
including redundancy as.a
ground for unfair dismissal
encourages trade disputes by
encouraging workers who are
made redundant to go to the
Industrial Tribunal and court
system in the hope of obtain-
ing more compensation.

Among the suggestions put
forward by the trade unions,
although none have yet to be
finalised, are that commissions
be reflected in basic pay to
increase worker vacation pay;
that sick pay of seven days per
yéar be given to all Bahamian
workers whether they are full
or part-time; and the definition
of ‘basic pay’ remain open-end-
ed.










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FROM page one

While last Tuesday’s events
remove a major potential obsta-
cle to the South Ocean project's
go-ahead, it is less clear what
will happen with the $1.3 bil-
lion Albany Golf & Beach
Resort, its proposed neighbour.
‘The two projects are designed
to be complementary, and many
fcel that if Albany does not go
ahead, the proposed South
Ocean project will have trou-
ble succeeding with a resort des-
ination that has had its prob-

ms in the past.

Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham last week indicated
that the Government had
problems with Albany receiv-
ing the stamp duty and cus
toms duty exemptions under
the Hotels Encouragement
Act for its boutique resort, 200
condos that may be placed in
the hotel rental pool, and asso-
ciated resort facilities because
it was a ‘private members
club’.

~The Hotels Encouras We
Act incentives, Mr Ingsalia

said, only applied to resoris and!

facilities that will be open ‘0 |!
general public, such as 5
Ocean, while indicating that (lic
Government also had conce: |
about the south-west Bay St
re-routing for Albany anc
proposed marina

Letter

The Tribune has since been
told that the Government se! 2
letter to the Albany develop
ers, Who are headed by
Orlando-based Tavistoc!
Group, the holding company
for worldwide investmen!
made by Lyford Cay-based bi!
lionaire Joe Lewis, to see to
what extent they were prepared

to open up the project’s hotel.

component to the public The
developers had also been «11!
ing a government position
paper on Albany that was being
compiled by the Attorney Wie;

vel

stood that, Albany’s

re still secking the
hnacouragement Act

i chito, the Moin

the dyece \ 6 Peads of
ened with the tor
bere Christie administration,
wnel t! (otks with the Govern-
i he ata temporary

However with Mr Ingraham’

ne that the Govern-
ving ahead with

mpous

ment ass

plans top inches 320 acres of
land from the. Tavistock
Croup Hiliate, New Provi
lence evelopment Company,

for-use in the construction of
low-cost housing for Bahami-
ns. the differences bety ‘en the
s mfar tt msur-
untabl
Che tand purchase is part of
the Athany Heads ol \eree-
ment rOovernment has
Vid iM honour all agree
ened by the Christie
rotion. Hlowever, this
Qes tomean it will not

ndihe<

verity

inf law oy

- BUSINESS

South Ocean : es are reaffirmed

jected that out of the total $738

leimpt tomodily or renegoti-
ate certain aspects of them,
eSpn cially uf some Components
are Not in compliance with exist-
policy

On the South Ocean front, in
a previous Tribune interview,
Mr Stein pledged that that con-
struction work would start some
60 days after the last permits,
licences and approvals. were
received from the Government.

Lodgings

Out of South Ocean’s total
capital investment budget of
$867 million, its Environmen-
tal Impact Assessment (EIA)
said: some $399 million or 46 per
cent would be spent on the
lodging parts of the project,
such as hotels, timeshares and
illas

Forecasting on the potential
econonne impact by consultan-
\ Tourism Economics had pro-

MONDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2007, PAGE 13B



million construction costs,
spread over nine years, some
$541 million would go on hard
construction, while the remain-
ing 27 per cent or $179 million
would be earned trom architec-
tural, engineering and planning
services.

Some 29 per cent of the total
construction spend, or $158 mil-
lion, would be earned by

Bahamian contractors, the
Tourism Economics study pro-

jected.

Indirect spending by con-
struction companies as a result
of South Ocean contracts would
be worth $23 million, the study
projected, while spending by
construction employees would
inject another $36 million into
the Bahamian economy. Total
construction wages are project-
ed to be $81.7 million.

Over 20 years, the EIA noted
that total visitor spending was
set to reach $5.3 billion once



the résort became Operational,
with total person visits to South
Ocean striking 100,000 per year
by 2014. Visitor spending on
rooms, other accommodation,
transport and casino revenues
was projected to be $172 mil-
lion in 2011, the first year the
resort is fully operational.

The South Ocean project is °
projected to create 2,235 jobs,
some 61 per cent or 2,235 of
which would be full-time
employees once South Ocean
became fully operational.

The proposed plan for the
$867 million South Ocean rede-
velopment would include a 500-
room four-star hotel, 100-room
five-star hotel, 48 fractional vil-
la units, 180 timeshare units, 73
second home lots, a 40,000
square-foot casino, 18-hole
Greg Norman golf course, 130
slip marina, about 35,000 square
feet of meeting space, a racquet
club, commercial space, spa and
other AMEHINCS:

MUST SELL ©

VACAN i} COMMERCIAL Ruan tne

Lot #90-E comprising 16,521 sq.ft. and situated on
of the main eleuthera highway and ie lye 2.219
of four-for-nothing road in the Settlement © |
North Eleuthera, Bahamas



jesten n side
t. northerly
Bogue,

Infrastructures are in place.

For conditions of the sale and any othe: information,
please contact: Credit Risk Management — (ollection Unit
Phone: 356-1685 or 356-1608, Nassav. | mas
/nterested persons Should submit offers in wriies addressed to:
The Manager, Credit Risk Management... Ofc

P.O. Box NeF5 ER Nees H142 13 wala one

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Lot #90-H comprising 15,751 sq.ft. and situated on the western side of the
main eleuthera highway and approximately 2,219 {i yortherly of tour-for:
nothing road in the Settlement of Lower Bogue, North Pheauthera. Bahamas,
Infrastructures are in place
For conditions of the sale and any other information, please contect:

Credit Risk Management
Phone: 356-1685 or 356-1608

Collection Unit
Raha

Nassau MAS

Interested persons should submit offers in writing addressed to:

The Manager, Credit Risk Management — Manaying Oi ector’s Office
P.O. Box N-7518, Nassau, Bahama:

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VACANT COMMERCIAL PROPERTY.

Lot #90-G comprising 18,926 sq.ft. and situa western
side of the main eleuthera highway and approximately 2.2.19 ft.
northerly of four-for-nothing road in the Sctile) of Lowel
Bogue, North Eleuthera, Bah:



my CR

‘Infrastructures are in plac :

For conditions of the sale and any other taformation,
please contact: Credit Risk Management ( ollection Unit
. Phone: 356-1685 or 356-1608. Nassai

Bahan

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Offers should reach our office on or before November 16.2007








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VACANT COMMERCIAL PROPERTY

Lot #90-C comprising 21,430 sq.ft. and situated on the western
side of the main eleuthera highway and approximately 2,219 ft.
northerly of four-for-nothing road in the Settlement of Lower Posuer

North Eleuthera, Bahamas.








,



Infrastructures are in place.



For conditions of the sale and any other information,
please contact: Credit Risk Management — Collection Unit
Phone: 356-1685 or 356-1608, Nassau, Bahamas





Interested persons should submit offers in writing addressed to:



(he Manager, Credit Risk Management — Managing Director’s
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Bidding Quiz

1, You are South, and the bidding
has gone:






























something like:
4 AQ92 ¥I OAKI84 & AQ4

South West North East 2. Seven hearts. Partner is trying
Pass 1v Dble Pass for a grand slam, since he could have MONDAY,
14 Pass 34 Pass ended the auction by bidding six OCT 8

2 4

hearts over five diamonds; therefore,
his five-notrump bid, asking for
kings, guarantees your side has all
four aces. There is no good reason to .
respond six hearts, announcing two
kings, since partner might pass and

What would you now bid with:

47653 Wane ya & ie ARIES — March 21/April 20

Although you may have your suspi-
cions, it would be wise not to voice
them. Old friends stop by to say hello,
and bring a new business opportunity.

2. You are South, and the bidding
has gone:

North East South West easily wind up with 13 tricks. : eae :
1Â¥ Pass 3 & Pass Instead, you should reason that he Dee Foe eee aA
39 Pass 4” Pass will almost surely take all the tricks worker, Taurus. You have nothing to
KEEP 4NT Pass 5¢@ Pass with the aid of your solid club suit. rove this ‘week: Take some thine 40
5NT- P ? Partner’s hand might look something | P: Ger een ne
HAVING itr en MING ae yonnow binath? LE & | kick back and relax with friends or
: at wou : : family later in the week; oe
m RINGING e a 4 Q74 ¥ KQ2 ¢ 85 # AKQIO #A9 ¥ AJ7653 # A]4 & 73 cnbydecervei eee oe

3. Four diamonds. Partner’s dou-
ble is for takeout, and, considering
your previous pass, you have a far

BLUETOOTH
K)

GEMINI - May 22/June 21
You’ve always known what you
want, Gemini. Others may try to stop

3. You are South, and the bidding
has gone: :

North East South West better hand than he has a right to : ;
1*& 2¢* | Pass 3¢ expect. You should therefore feel The Sore Mcrae thie
Dble Pass confident that there’s a game some-

week — just pick one and go for it
with all of your might.

CANCER - June 22/July 22
Don’t be scared, Cancer. Risk is a
good thing, and this week is a good
time for you take some. Opportu-
nities abound if you look.

* pre-emptive jump-overcall
What would you now bid with:
# K742 ¥ Q852 @ 8 # J1053

“ee

where (possibly even a slam), but
you’re not in position to judge
whether the. best contract lies in
hearts, spades or clubs.

Instead of trying to guess which
Suit is most likely to produce the best
game contract, you can force your -



1. Four spades. You don’t have
much of a hand, and partner’s three-



oi

















C spade bid is not forcing, but you’ partner to make the choice by cue- LEO - July 23/August 23 :
Boe lens (= os should nevertheless bid four spades. bidding the opponent’s suit. This | Others will notice, and appreciate
SE & THE = Essentially, partner is saying that all. asks him to bid a four-card major if { YOur courage this week, so you’ll

finally get the chance to show off-
your leadership chops. Do so judi- -
ciously, avoid showing off, Rae

VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22
There will be a lot of talk going on
around you this week. Try not to let it
distract you from your main objec-
tives. It’s only gossip, anyway.
LIBRA — Sept’23/Oct 23

It’s one thing to. have negative
thoughts, but it’s quite another to let
everyone know what they are. Such

he needs from you for a game in
spades is one trick or a bit of distri-
bution: Your five spades to the king,
doubleton diamond and jack of clubs
are more than enough to justify a
four-spade bid. Partner may have

he has one (he almost certainly: has),
but even if he lacks a four-card
major, he will then have a sufficient’
number of clubs to enable him to
rebid that suit, and you can then raise
him to game.

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Yesterday's easy solutions










Revise (4)
Greek letter (4)
Wife (5)

Fleet (6)












- nine-letter word. No plurals.



there must be at least one










Church seat (3)
Negative (3)
Dreaded (6)
Offer (3)











TODAY'S TARGET 3 Se i
: 36: lent # Negativity can only harm you in the
: TIGER. 5 Saree anaes Soot one end. Think positively.
a peepee STN . = Solution tomorrow. SCORPIO — Oct 24/Nov 22
SuZY , IM You'ee * YouR cLoTHes * YouR HAIR THANK GOODNESS : Be PRO ARS We wae fonger,
U 5 “Oo : aes ' corpio. After Wednesday, others ,
YOUR BEST FAT. wc ARE OUT ISAMESS YOU'RE Nor YESTERDAY'S SOLUTION will be more interested in hearing
FRIENY so OF STYLE... 4 YOU SAY MWY ENEMY! ardent attend dare darn your ideas. Don’t take this as an
I CAN TELL mo 4 oo) >) VUMB ea ae a dean insult, they've just been busy. You’ll
YOU... Vy). (a HINES Clear scent drat errant get your tum in the spotlight. :
A _ J h); ranted rated read rend retard | SAGITTARIUS —Nov 23/Dec 2h
eA} Ae | SIH uN BOW many words Of four RETARDANT tarred tend Have fun this week, Sagittarius.
ING «| RANA Homie eters showneretin | “ate MA4er wend tend | Cuting loose wil lead to some
Ad. xp SINEMA} Be Hal 3 making a word, each letter may ‘ ra eae romantic, and perhaps
: be ait \_ e used once only. -Each must even business opportunities.
o~ CER ow LEcrwas) contain the cents letter and ‘| Carpe diem! ae
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ACROSS DOWN VV ra | Call your relatives and talk it out,
4 — Conflict in making the first mine 1 Banter with very little subetance (5) Co] af AQUARIUS ~— Jan 21/Feb 18
closure (6) 2. The crime of a hard-hearted lad (5) All you want to do is go home this





Not easy money (4,4) 3 Experts able to crack a case (4) | obligations prevent you from doing
Motor no good in ona German 4 _ She joined a bachelor in an ancient sending and so. Try to enjoy yourself anyway.
setting! (6). land (5) Sorin ae BReES Bree 19/March 20.
) ay and music by is is a g time for networking,
10 Frozen water flows, we're told! (5) 5 _ Isitfashionable to be angry? (4) po electric waves Pisces. Get out there and meet peo-
13 Instrument, nothing more than a bow, 6 Legendary cave man who ple. It’s a big world out there, and
Te aie you never know who’s looking for
in a way (4) 23 you, too.
14° Do they ensura their ido! is cool? (4) ~ 9 It's usual for a woman to have PC Q : y
15 Box of spare parts! (4) money (6) ae
16 Godof all? (3) 11 | Drink doggedly? (3) ee CHESS OV] Leonard Barden
17 Clothes or unifoiin to sit around in (4) 12. Points to convey in writing (5) SOS:
19 Send mother only one pound (4) 13 Choose one for mother — the best! (7) ec :
21 Chewa line in catsmeat (9) 15 One may do so in lassitude (3) a Bete Fritz y vied somnke
I. , Manv ;
23 Tax apeysonal assistant for the half 16 Acrusly letter from Greece by new pare Sane igeia'e wond
year,(4) ve pen Pe champion Kramnik was 2-3
. 18 . Less than a houseful, but handy (6) down to the computer program -
24 She gets a bit moody when ; Aerie ae i ig
20 Titanic book? (5 after losing gam a
4 Ne eGa 14) : horrible blunder but holding his
26 Communication from a machine (3) 21 Does he live life to the full? (3) own in the other four
27 Streaming effect making you cross 22! Helin stam postion (3) encounters, So in the final game
23 Villa man? (6) lu he decided to go for broke with
when you've got flu (4) many? ( ol the unfavourable black pieces
29 Absent playing football (4) 25. Crazy about a piece from N because “the difference
32 A gum product in a Pacific island (4) “Amadeus” (3) = between 3.5-2.5 and 4-2 is not
~ 28 Sort of key for the kid? (5) Qa. 16 (3) Everything (3) great, and this was my last
33 One teany never in forefront (5) y > 17 Slightly open (4) chance to tie the series”,
/ i ~at). 30 She has her charms but is A Conscious (5) However, Fritz got in first with a
34 Anasty clout when Wiehe acan iauee Nis @ be Ome (9) Largest ape (7) surprise when 2 speedily endgame to avoid worse. The .
opener can be mystifying! (6) ; nf iui 23 Sense (4) Batrrier (3) developed its rook in front of its puzzle is (a) to find the program's
35 Ensures an electrifying inusical 31 Cause of a rising (5) 24 Yearn (4) Humour (3) pawns to h3 where it eyes next tum and (b) to work out its
performarice? (8) 32 Amajor division (4) 28 Damn a an (6) Kramnik’s h8 king. Black still oe eoiueres ee a
aa an iol nee age looks solid, but Deep Fritz's next © n s
36 Notar animal'skeleton (6) 33. Chap joining Norm in France (4) ‘ :

white move proved strong and
forced Kramnik into a lost



‘| CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20
The holidays are approaching,
-| Capricorn, but something’s been on
your: mind that’s causing you to
-| dread the upcoming get-together.

week, Aquarius, but a host of social



second plays.

LEONARD BARDEN



Yesterday's cryptic solutions
f ACROSS: 1, Pro-p up 7, Old-timer 8, W-asp 10, T-Hanks
11, Off-ice 14, Key 16, Fat-Ed 17, Leas 19, PO-ser 21,
(in)\Valid 22, Games 23, Blew 26, Pen-a-| 28, PO-E 29,
Unused 30, Ban-ne-1 31, Orbs (Bros)32, Spe-cime-n 33,
pa Kinder

mm OOWN: |, Pa's-tel 2, Plan-ES 3, Pops 4, Staf-led 5, AM-bit
6, B-reed 8, W-ak-e 9, Sky 12, FAR 13, C-a-ase

15, Poles 18, Eaten 19, P-a-M 20, Sis 21, Valerie
22, Gas 23, Bonbon 24, L-ENS 25, Warder 26, Purse
27, Nudes 28, Par 30, B-on-k

European country (5)
Journal (5)

Nurses (5)
Indonesian island (4)
Chew (4)

35 Lingered (8)





ACROSS: 1, Douses 7, Peculiar 8, Rope 10, Ironed 11, 36
Straps 14, Vet 16, Oasis 17, Leas 19, Giddy 21,
Relay 22, Catly 23, Moor 26, Stead 28, Tom 29, Metric 30,
Ruling 31, Abet 32, Clematis 33, |
Hatred
DOWN: 1, Denial 2, Stones 3, Sped 4, Custody 5, Midas
6, Cross 8, Rove 9, Pet 12, Ray 13, Piano 15, Filth 18,
Elite 19, Get 20, Day 21, Radical 22, Car 23, Molest
‘| 24, Omit 25, Rugged 26, Smack 27, Ether 28, Tub 30,
Rash

Strange thing (6)






Chess solution 8320: 1 e5! dxe5 2 Rxe5! and if Bxe
Qxe5+ £6 4 Rxh7+! Kxh7 5 Qh5+ Kg7 6 Qxg6+ Kh8 7
Qh7 mate.







4 Seldom seen (6) 1 Peruses (5)
7 Wind instrument (8) 2 Lariat (5)
8 Panics (6) 3 > Tablet (4)
10 Of the nose (5) . . 4 — Look fixedly (5)
13 Gloomy (4) 5 First man (4)
14 Sluggish (4) 6 — Force (6)
15 Female deer (4) 9 - Hear (6)
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