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- Store employee
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AN ATTEMPTED robbery,

was foiled when a would-be thief
was shot in the head and killed
early. yesterday morning in the
Blue Hill Road area.
According to a statement
released by Assistant Superin-
tendent Walter Evans, shortly
before 1 o’clock Sunday morn-
ing, an employee of Buy-4-Less
on Blue Hill Road south sur:
prised a shop breaker. The male
culprit had reportedly broken into
the discount store and was

descending from.the store’s attic _

when an employee bumped into
him.

The quick thinking employee
produced and discharged'a
firearm, according to the police
report, hitting the culprit in the
head. The man, whose identity
was not released by authorities
up to press time, reportedly died
at the scene.

As police investigations are in
the preliminary stages, Assistant
Superintendent Evans declined
to comment as to whether charges
would be filed against the
employee, or if the act would be
considered a justifiable homicide.

One of the store’s managers,
who was not at the store at the
time of the shooting, told The Tri-
bune that this was not the first
time Buy-4-Less had been bro-
ken into by thieves. According to
her, the store’s alarm system went
off shortly after the culprit

¥ forcibly entered, alerting author” ~

ities of the break-in.

In addition to this latest shoot-
ing death, police reported several
other armed robberies over the
weekend in New Providence. At
approximately lam on Saturday,
a 22-year-old male resident of St

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13 taken to hospital after crash

FREEPORT — An early
evening traffic accident in the
Seven Hills area on Saturday sent
13 people to the Rand Memorial
Hospital, suffering from various
injuries.

At about 6.50 pm Saturday Mr
Erick Stefanutti, 34, of Sunken
Treasure Drive, Xanadu Beach,
was driving his silver 2003 Toyota
Rav 4 Jeep No. 30408, south on
San Salvador Drive. He had three
passengers with him.

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Eight passengers were in his
truck.

As Mr Reckley neared a hill
on that road, he pulled out and
overtook another northbound
vehicle, but before he could
return to the left lane, he collided
head-on with Mr Stefanutti's jeep.

Both vehicles were demolished
as a result of the forceful impact
and passengers from the truck
were thrown into nearby bushes.

The police, EMS personnel
and fire fighters were sent to the
scene, where the “jaws-of-life”
had to be used to extricate Mr
Stefanutti from his mangled jeep.

All 13 persons were taken to
the trauma section at the Rand

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Homes, roads
and vehicles still
under water in
Long Island

& By BRENT DEAN
. Tribune Staff Reporter —_-
bdean@tribunemedia.net _

FLOOD WATERS have
not yet fully subsided in parts
of Long Island leaving homes,
roads and vehicles still under
water, after as much as 12 feet
of water settled in some parts
of the island.

Significant flooding still
remains in the community’s of
Gray’s and Millers, according
to MP for Long Island Larry
Cartwright. Mr Cartwright told
The Tribune yesterday from
Long Island, that at the time,
high trucks and large buses
were still the only vehicles that

held on Saturday for Permanent Secretary,

Helen Ebong, at Christ Church Cathedral.
Mrs Ebong, 53, was a career public ser-
vant who died last week after a short battle
with cancer.
Prime Minister Ingraham, who attended
the service with other members of the cab-

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inet and senior public officials, referred to
Mrs Ebong as “‘a skilled and accomplished
public officer” while offering condolences
to her family at the service.

“T want to use this occasion publicly to
recognize and acknowledge the good work
that Helen performed for the government

Felipé Major/Tribune staff

can manoeuvre through the
waters in these two communi-
ties.

Homes in the Hamilton,
Scrub Hill, Grays, Millers and
Burnt Ground areas were also

SEE page 12

Man dies of gun
shot wound

tigation” is underway to determine the iden- :
tity of the victim and motive behind the shoot- :

ing.

On Saturday around 2 am, while on patrol

of East Street and Ross Corner, officers from Muni SOT ,
: Ministry of Works were using two pumps to ? c eer
: alleviate the severe flooding. The water had ;. high, and low lying areas of Devil’s Point,

risen to such heights that it flowed through Hawk’s Nest and McQueens were cut off

the. Mobile Division saw a green coloured
vehicle speeding.

They gave chase, heading south on East }

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Residents still battling
flood waters on Exuma

: Mi By BRENT DEAN

AT,10 PM on Saturday a man was taken to :
hospital for treatment of a shot gun wound to }
- the chest. i
He'was detained, but later died of his :
injuries at about 4 am on Sunday. Police said :

Tribune Staff Reporter
bdean@tribunemedia.net

GOVERNMENT'S Red Land Acres sub-

that the circumstances surrounding the inci- : acon ote a weet ae and i
dent are unclear, however an “intensive inves- ! ocal schools on t Soe t remain:
: closed today, as residents are still battling :
with flood waters from Tropical Storm Noel. the water supply, and cut off several south-
Island Administrator Ivan Ferguson :

spoke te The Tribune yesterday evening :

from the subdivision, where crews from the ; from Tropical Storm Noel, flooding in the

: Old Bight settlement was reportedly waist

SEE page 12




Cat Island water
supply contaminated

? By TANEKA THOMPSON and

BRENT DEAN
Tribune Staff Reporters
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

BOTTLED water is being distributed

: throughout Cat Island as the extensive
: flooding. on the island has contaminated

ern communities.
After four days of continuous rainfall

SEE page nine

Christie: PM was out of control in the House

he said.

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

THE PLP leader was con-
cerned that the prime minister
would give himself a “heart
attack” last week in the House of
Assembly during the debate on
the Juries Act.

“He was clearly out of control
in what he was saying,” Perry
Christie said yesterday on Jones
and Company’s Love 97 radio.

Mr Christie’s remarks refer to
widely disseminated statements
angrily made in the House of
Assembly by Prime Minister

Ingraham in which’ Mr Ingraham
told Mr Christie that he was a
“failure”, and berated him for the
state of the judicial system, which
has left more than 200 individuals
accused of murder, rape and
armed robbery out on bail await-
ing trial.

Mr Christie said that the
actions of the prime minister were
a part of an effort to “diminish”
him in the event an election is
called and he is leader of the PLP.

“T think it is an unfair charac-
terisation; I think he is dead
wrong and as we move in to the
House of Assembly proceedings,
I will endeavour to show that,”

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Mr Christie added that Mr
Ingraham makes these attempts
to “belittle” him because the
prime minister knows he is a “for-
midable threat to him.”

“IT say this knowing him per-
sonally, and knowing what he
really thinks and how he thinks,”
said Mr Christie. “He knows that
Iam not a failure. He knows sit-
ting in the position that I sat in
these last five years, how very
successful I have been.”

Last week, the opposition held
a press conference demanding an

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CHRISTINE CAREY, HOPE’s relationship manager, distributes bottled water donated by Nautalis to a Devil’s

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: Re 7 aftermath of Tropical Storm

Noel, Humanitarian Opera-

tions distributed 1,820 pounds, | e @ @

of much needed drinking 1S distri uted
water to the residents of Cat

Island over the weekend.

Last week NEMA repre- e
sentatives contacted the to residents
Bahamian branch of the
international disaster relief
organization informing them
that Cat Island’s water plant
was severely flooded and
inoperable since Wednesday,

Christine Carey, HOPE’s
relationship manager told



Prime Minister Hubert Ingra- Over the course of three we

ham made a sizable bottled hours, Ms Carey, accompa-

water donation purchased _ nied by Mr Gilbert, met with

The Tribune durian iter. from a privately owned water HOPE’s disaster manage-

view at HOPE’s pad ce depot in New Bight that was ment centre located at the

ters on Saturday q distributed over the week- Million Air base in New
After hearing “the islands end. Providence. HOPE began
iain water linethed-beea On a guided tour led by operations in 2001. The
contaminated Sines October councilman Nathaniel Gilbert Bahamas sector of the orga-
and that many residents of through the most flooded nization is spearheaded by
he southern endothe ind. tee" Devil’s Point, HOPE Darren Adler, chief of
distributed bottled water Caribbean operations. HOPE

were unable to leave their throughout the settlement of | has extended relief efforts
homes to purchase food and

water due to impassable approximately 60 residents. after Hurricanes Jean,

flgaded touds HOPE off. Mr Gilbert said there was Frances, and Wilma the rep- i

cials desided to join tha ealiek “no easy access to water” for resentative said. :
residents of Devil’s Point. “We are very grateful to

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an route to Cat Island auth. Pump (drinking) water intoa body has access to food and
552 bottles of water donated Pevee sa ema ee TERS, | Wate: : ae
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Climate change
one of history's
‘greatest security.

challenges’

@ AMSTERDAM,
Netherlands

CLIMATE change could
be one of the greatest
national security challenges
ever faced by U.S. policy
makers, according to a new
joint study by two U.S. think
tanks, according to Associat-
ed Press.

The report, to be released
Monday, raises the threat of
dramatic population migra-
tions, wars over water and

"eod victims ‘vet
to be determined’

@ By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter

tthompson@tribunemedia.net

GOVERNMENT

is still
assessing the extent of the dam-

storm of the 2007 Atlantic hur-
ricane season. In his comments
to reporters during the three-
island tour, Mr. Ingraham said,
“We will give consideration to
the extent to which the govern-
ment needs to provide some

age on the family islands in the
aftermath of Tropical Storm

Noel, however, what, if any, |

assistance to persons affected — ;
negatively by the flooding. What:

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2007, PAGE 3



LORERS in custody as
police investigate
copper wire theft

FREEPORT — Three’

Grand Bahama men are in
police custody assisting offi-
cers with their investigation
into the theft of a large quan-
tity of copper wire at West
End.

Sometime around 9 am on
Friday, an employee of the
Old Bahama Bay Resort,
notified the police at the
West End Station that the
telephone service to that
resort had been disconnect-
ed. He said that he had
noticed, while travelling in

that sometime between
8.30pm on Thursday and
7.50am on Friday, a culprit
or culprits had cut and stolen
approximately 2,655 feet of
copper wire, valued at
$2,832.50, which was elevat-
ed on three wooden
utility poles, west of the Clin-
ic.

Officers from the West
End Division started an
investigation and later sepa-
rately arrested and took into
custody three West End
male residents, ages 21, 22

form that will take I can’t say

financial assistance the govern-
now, but we will certainly give

ment will provide for the flood and 24.

resources, and a realignment the vicinity of the Govern-

of power among nations.
During the last two
decades, climate scientists
have underestimated how
quickly the Earth is chang-
ing _ perhaps to avoid being
branded as '‘alarmists,'' the

victims has yet to be determined,

the Minister of State for Finance |

consideration to it.”

The prime minister also noted

said yesterday.

that Public Works employees
would be dispatched to the

, During a telephone interview
with The Tribune yesterday, Mr |

Zhirvago Laing declined to spec-

islands to pump out standing
flood water and make main

ment Clinic, that a long sec-,

tion of Batelco's fibre optic
overhead cable wire had
been cut and was missing.
Later, Mr Michael Laing,
a senior manager at Batel-

A quantity of burnt cop-
per wire was later recovered
in the Hanna Hill, Eight Mile
Rock area and seized for evi: |
dence, said Chief Supt. Basil
Rahming, press liaison offi-
cers.

roads accessible again. co, confirmed to the police

In CateIsland, flood waters
were reportedly “waist-high” in
the Old Bight settlement. Resi-
dents in Devil’s Point were

ulate on a possible dollar
amount for government assis-
tance to those who suffered loss-
es as Noel ripped through the
country’s chain of islands last

study said. But policy plan-
ners should count on cli-
mate-induced instability in
critical parts of the world

Zhivargo Laing



within 30 years.

The report was compiled
by a panel of security and
climate specialists, spon-
sored by the Center for
Strategic and International
Studies and the Center for a
New American Security.
The Associated Press
received an advance copy.

Climate change is likely to
breed new conflicts, but it
already is magnifying exist-
ing problems, from the
desertification of Darfur and
competition for water in the
Middle East to the disrup-
tive monsoons in Asia which
increase the pressure for
land, the report said.

It examined three scenar-
ios, ranging from the conse-
quences of an expected tem-
perature increase of 2.5
degrees Fahrenheit by 2040,
to the catastrophic implica-
tions of a 10-degree rise by
the end of the century.

At the very least, the
report said, the U.S. can
expect more population
migrations, both internally
and from across its borders;
a proliferation of diseases;
greater conflict in weak
states, especially in Africa
where climates will change
most drastically; and a

restructuring in global power

in line with the accessibility
of natural resources.

Left unchecked, ''the col-
lapse and chaos associated
with extreme climate change

futures would destabilize vir- :

tually every aspect of mod-
ern life,'' said the report,
comparing the potential out-

come with the Cold War ee ites $s :

doomsday scenarios of a constitutional sense of the was overlooked,” he said,

nuclear holocaust. word and I accepted that, and —_ adding that as the government .
"Climate change has the advised the prime minister of _ focuses on issues like invest-

potential to be one of the
greatest national security
challenges that this or any
other generation of policy
makers is likely to con-
front,'' said the report.
Among its contributors
were former CIA director
James Woolsey, Nobel lau- '
reate Thomas Schelling,

week.

“I’m in Freeport (and) we've e had no discus-
sions on this at the moment that I’m aware of.
That doesn’t suggest that the Prime Minister
and others may not have,” he said.

“We are not without some history in having
to deal with these matters, there’s always con-
tingency orders that the government can do.
There is a relief programme (in place). But
those always have to be developed in the con-
text of what the assessment suggests are the
needs of the persons on the ground.”

Minister Laing added that as early as today,
there would be more discussions on what fur-
ther assistance government can give those
islands severely affected by the tropical storm.

On Friday, Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham, with Minister of Works Earl Deveaux
toured Exuma, Long Island, and Cat Island

“trapped” because of a two-and-a-half mile
stretch of flooding on Deanwood that was
approximately four feet-deep, leaving the area
virtually impassable.

The island’s only government owned water
depot was left submerged under three feet of
water meaning residents would have to travel
through flood water to New Bight to purchase
water from private water depots.

Additionally, the island’s main water line
had been contaminated from October 11 after
three days of continuous rain that had yet to
dry before Noel hit.

Residents of Long Island were subject to a
reported 15 inches of rain. The island’s airport
and many homes remained underwater over
the weekend. According to Exuma adminis-
trator Ivan Ferguson, six of the island’s nine

schools were “extensively impacted” by flood-

— the islands most affected by the deadliest ing.

Christie:

it’s difficult for me

to say PLP were beaten fairly’

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

THE PLP leader has said
that it is difficult for him to
state that his party was beaten
“fairly” in the last general
election.

“It’s difficult for me to say
at this stage beaten fairly,”
Perry Christie said. Mr
Christie made his comment
as a guest of Jones and Com-
pany on radio Love 97 yester-
day.

“We were beaten in the

that as soon as I was able to
do so, during the course of
that evening,” he said.

In addition to reflecting on
his thoughts on the PLP’s
defeat, the PLP leader reiter-
ated yesterday that not only
is he confident of his leader-
ship, but also of the support
of his parliamentary col-

paign, the PLP leader lament-
ed the role that money played
in the process.

Wendal Jones, host of the
talk-show, pressed Mr Christie
on this point, asking why as
leader of the country for five
years, he did not implement
campaign finance reforms, but
is only. now criticising the elec-
tion financing process after his
defeat.

“At the same time, I must
admit that in my five years,
we were so pushed in our goy-
ernance, that it was a very
important issue I think that

ments, other important issues
may be overlooked.

The former prime minister
emphasized that in his 30
years in politics he has never
seen money play a role in an
election as it did in the May
2007 election.



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Clinton's former chief of
staff John Podesta and for-
mer Vice President Al
Gore's security adviser Leon
Fuerth.

The report listed 10 impli-
cations of climate change
that policy makers should

_ consider, including rising
tensions between rich and
poor nations, the backlash
resulting from massive
migrations, health problems

partly caused by water short-

ages and crop failures, and
concerns over nuclear prolif-
eration as nations increas-
ingly rely on nuclear energy.
The global balance of
power will shift unpre-
- dictably as trade patterns
change, it said. China's
importance in the climate
equation will grow as it

increases emissions of green- :

house gases, and Russia's

influence will increase along- :

side its exports of natural

gas, the report said.
Attention began to focus

earlier this year on the

strategic consequences of cli-

mate change.

But the latest report, more

than 100 pages long, is
among the most detailed
analyses published so far on
security aspects.

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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.,

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POLITICIANS seem to think that it is
their party that holds the key to the solution
of crime. There are those who believe that
smaller sized:juries will contribute to short-
ening the judicial process so that accused
persons can have earlier trials and, if found,

~ guilty, be secured behind prison bars sooner.

However, former attorney general Alfred
Sears believes that the system of justice will
only be speeded up if a judicial complex is
constructed. This is a complex for which his
government in 2005 had approved plans and
selected a contractor, but failed to start con-
struction. Mr Sears also wants the 2002 legal
aid commission report released. This is a
report that his government had for three
years, but also failed to release. He now
maintains that its non-release is one of the
components hampering the judicial process.

However, when it comes to former prime
minister Perry Christie, he is unwavering in
his belief that Urban Renewal is still the solu-
tion to crime.

Mr Christie is convinced that such pro-
grammes as Urban Renewal, school polic-
ing, and tourism policing are examples of
very effective crime fighting programmes
implemented under his watch, but which, he
claims, have since been threatened or undone
by the Ingraham Government.

The Urban Renewal programme looks
impressive on paper and sounds exciting as
expounded by Mr Christie, But on the ground
the concept, as announced to the public, was
never fully realised. It is for this reason that
it is now being remoulded in practical terms
by the Ingraham government.

When announcing his Urban Renewal pro-
gramme, Mr Christie emphasised the need
for the full cooperation of all government
agencies. “Urban Renewal requires numerous
branches of government for- its Suecess,
said. But early in the programme iCwas Obvi- *
ous that somehow Mr Christie’s plans had
gone awry. The first indicationmappeared in
September 2002
Christie government came to power — hen
he testily announced that he would not be
held hostage in his urban renewal plans by a
system that did not respond efficiently.



Recently we have been asking questions as .

to why Mr Christie’s, programme did not
make the overall dent on crime that was
expected. What went wrong with Urban
Renewal, and why was it necessary for the
Ingraham government-to redirect its focus?

The answers we got were interesting. It is
the firm belief of many that Mr Christie erred
when he put Urban Renewal under police
leadership. Many of the problems in the com-
munity were social problems, better handled
by social services.

“Many of the government agencies didn’t
like the idea of the police being in charge,”
we were told. “And so they paid no attention
to the prime minister’s directives. There were
occasions when the police would go to certain
government agencies for help and be bluntly
told by a Permanent Secretary that he had no

hes &

Reason for Urban Renewal’s problems

intention of sending a team down there. The
bad blood was never cleared.”

It was also claimed that the police were
working in various areas for two or three
years without ever knowing what their goal
was. It was also said that although an urban
renewal committee was appointed, it never
functioned. “If the police had been taken
out, nothing would have ever happened. It
was the police who came up with the ideas,”
we were told. .

In the end the building of homes, cleaning
of inner city properties, removal of aban-
doned buildings, distributing food in police
cars to the indigent and taking senior citi-
zens on tours, were all done by police officers.
These should have been the functions of
Social Services, Environmental Health and
Ministry of Works, but were taken over by a
police force whose attention had been divert-
ed from crime. The police were assured of the
support of these government ministries, but,
it is claimed, they never got that full sup-
port.

The police were running Christmas par-
ties for PLP politicians, distributing Christ-
mas gifts at the parties and even making
door-to-door deliveries of Christmas pack-
ages in constituencies in which the urban
renewal programme was in full swing. And
when it was time to distribute back-to-school
supplies for youngsters returning to school, it
was again the police who were handing out
the notebooks, pencils and other basic school
supplies.

It was said that the police had lost their
focus as officers of the law, committed to
keeping order in the community and arresting
those threatening the safety of citizens.

In the view of several officers, urban
renewal was a political expedient rather than
a criminal -deterrént: It:was:pointed out that

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“It was nothing to do with crime preven-
tion!” we were assured.

No wonder then that senior police offi-
cers cheered when new minister of National
Security Tommy Turnquest announced that
in future the police would do the work that
policemen were trained to do.

This is not to say that there were not some
officers who enjoyed working in the urban
renewal programme, but, the majority of offi-
cers believe that the place of a police officer
is in community policing, not social services.

“The neighbourhood police strategy will
work,” said one officer, “because we are now
focused. We are going after crime, making
arrests and creating confidence among the
communities that our presence and our police
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EDITOR, The Tribune.

THANKS again for
allowing me. space in your
newspaper. The Bahamian
people pride themselves as
a Christian nation but it
appears that in reading
about Christianity the peo-
ple of New Providence
seems to have missed the
portion that says cleanliness
is next to Godliness.

I notice the amount and
the cost of the equipment
that the Ministry of Health
just ordered for the clean
up programme in New
Providence. Dr. Minnis,
Minister of Health no doubt
will do a good
job in Health,. but he will
do well in cleaning up the
island,

Dr. Minnis comes from
the tidiest area of Andros;
that is the settlements from
Calabash Bay to Stafford
Creek.

As a boy the cleanest set-
tlements, and in my opin-
ion, in the whole of The
Bahamas was Stanyard
Creek which was known as
the “Garden of Eden”.

Minister Dr. Earle
Deveaux, Minister Byron
Woodside and Minister
Desmond Bannister are all
from the same tidy area.

Each Saturday morning
when I was a boy, the
women of Stanyard Creek
would not only clean but
polish their yards.

So, cleanliness should be
n the people’s genes who
come from this area. In
South Beach the greatest
problem is derelict cars.

If the Minister would
make examples out of those
who leave their yards and
the side of the road filled
with garbage and old cars,
then the Government
would not have to spend so
much of the tax payer’s
money on special clean up
campaigns.

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food vendors, especially the
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inspectors should be paying
attention, not only to the
high prices the food stores
are charging. There is a par-
ticular food store that is
dirty year round. The prop-
erty is really untidy with
dirty, stinking waste run-

ning around it. Children
walk in this area and when
we hear of all the new dis-
eases that the Public Health
Departments around the
world are fighting, we
should not allow those
responsible for these health
problems to get away math
it.

AUDLEY D. HANNA
SR. JP,

Nassau,

October 29, 2007.

Why is there
still overcrowding
at our school?

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I THANK you for allowing me to express myself in
your great paper.
It is with profound interest that I address this letter to

you. [am a concerned. parent of.a Grade 3 student attend- .

ing the Harbour Island All Age School.

The class has almost 50 students. The parents of stu-
dents in this class have:sent a letter (signatures of parents
included) to the Minister of Education and to date all we
have received is a note from the principal stating that the
District Education Officer has informed the District
Superintendent that a teacher will be sent in short order,
and this has been almost a month ago.

The parents of Grade 3 Harbour Island would be most
appreciative if the Minister would kindly treat this mat-
ter as urgent and send a teacher for our children.

Would he want his child to be taught in a crammed
class and uncomfortable?

The sad thing is that there is a class available but: there
is no teacher to put in the classroom with the children. I
feel that the situation is a serious one; especially given the
fact'that this is their G.L.A.T. exam year and they need
a teacher that can give each child one-on-one attention.

Why should our children be the least in this country
when it comes to receiving a proper education.

The Ministry of Education received an extremely large
sum of funds in the last budget so why is it that there is
still overcrowding and a lack of teachers for our Family
Island school?

I assume that Family Islands do not deserve the same
level of education as Nassau and Freeport according to
how we are treated.

The G.L.A.T. exams are fastly approaching and we are

pleading to the Minister of Education to please treat
this matter as urgent and send us a Primary School
teacher for grade 3.

GRADE 3 PARENTS,
Harbour Island,
All-Age School,
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release eight
Turkish soldiers
ahead of key
diplomatic talks

"MISTANBUL, Turkey

KURDISH rebels released
eight Turkish soldiers Sunday
on the eve of a meeting
between the Turkish prime
minister and President Bush
aimed at averting a cross-
border offensive against
guerrilla bases in northern
Iraq, according to Associated
Press.

The soldiers’ plight had
featured daily in Turkish
newspapers, and their release
remoyed a key source of
domestic pressure on Prime
Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo-
gan to send troops into
neighboring Iraq.

But Turkey was unlikely to
ease demands for tough
action against the rebel Kur-
distan Workers’ Party,
known as the PKK, which is

' believed to have several
mountain hideouts along the
Iraq-Turkey border.

Turkey wants Washington
to take specific measures to
stop the group from using the
ungoverned border region as
a staging area for attacks in
its decades-long war for
political autonomy for
Turkey’s Kurdish minority.

The PKK has killed more
than 40 Turks in cross-border
raids in the past month.

Turkey has ruled out talks

- with thé PKK, and has dis-
missed past overtures by the
rebels as attempts only to
improve their image or to
undercut the Turkish military
and political pressure.

“IT cannot see any kind of
link between the release of
the soldiers and the eradica-
tion of PKK in northern
Iraq” that Turkey is pressing
for, said Yalim Eralp, a for-
mer Turkish diplomat. “Nei-
ther will anyone in the state
institutions.”

Even as news of the

*. release spread, skirmishes

between the two sides contin-
ued, with a village guard

employed by the government
and two Kurdish rebels killed

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ilitation Centre seeks

to dispel the stigma of mental illness

@ By MATT MAURA
Bahamas Information
Services

A PSYCHIATRIC symposium
for church leaders, members and
workers, health-a-thon, fair and a
Junkanoo parade are among the
many activities planned for Sandi-
lands Month, which will be cele-
brated during the month of
November.

Officials at Sandilands Reha-
bilitation Centre (SRC) say the
activities should help to dispel the
stigma attached to mental illness in
The Bahamas by promoting inter-
action between patients and mem-
bers of the public.

The Health-a-thon and Fair will
honour the achievements of two of

the country’s statesmen, Sir
Arthur Foulkes and Sir Clifford
Darling, who will serve as patrons
with their wives, Lady Joan
Foulkes and Lady Ingrid Darling.

* The Sir Clifford and Lady
Ingrid Darling/Sandilands Fair will
be held on November 10 at the
Sandilands Fair Grounds, Fox Hill
Road.

The Sir Arthur and Lady Joan
Foulkes Health-a-Thon will be
held a week later, on Saturday,
November 17 beginning at 6.30am
and will be open to walkers,
cyclists and wheelchair competi-
tors.

The race for walkers will begin
at the SRC Compound turning
south onto Fox Hill Road, east to
Yamacraw Road, west onto Prince
Charles Drive and south onto Fox
Hill Road and ending at the SRC.

The cyclists will begin at the
SRC Compound, turn north onto
Fox Hill Road to the Fox Hill
round-a-bout, continue north on
Fox Hill Road before turning east
onto the Eastern Road, west onto
Yamacraw Road and north onto
Fox Hill Road, ending at the SRC
Compound.

The wheelchair race will begin
at the SRC Compound, turning
south onto Fox Hill Road, north
into Colony Village, west to Prince
Charles Drive and south onto Fox
Hill Road, ending at the SRC
Compound.

Mrs. Betsy Duyalier, Public
Relations Manager, says the Dar-
ling/Sandilands Fair will provide
mental health professionals with

1 an Opporttinity to promote inter-
action between patients and mem-

' bers ofthe public, in addition to

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removing the stigma attached to
mental illness.

“While persons outside of the
mental health arena take such
gatherings for granted, the mental
health professionals consider this

an assessment tool for the psychi- »

atric team,” Mrs. Duvalier said.

“The fair is a grand opportuni-
ty to observe patients interact with
strangers, develop socialization
skills and cope with the crowds.
The stigma about mental illness
has caused persons to shun the
Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre
even under normal circumstances.
It was therefore necessary to
devise a method by which persons
would not feel pressured into vis-
iting the Centre,” Mrs. Duvalier
added.

The Psychiatric Symposium will
be held Wednesday, November
14, at the Royal Bahamas Police
Force Conference Centre, East
Street and will focus on the
church’s role in the “sustained
rehabilitation of the mentally chal-
lenged.”

It is designed to equip pastors
and church workers with the skills
to successfully intervene prior to
the development of a crisis due to
the presence of mental illness and
to encourage church members to
accept and not reject individuals
who may become mentally ill.

The symposium will also
encourage church members and
workers to explore their own bias-
es, prejudices and fears about
mental illness that can render
them ineffective in assisting others
who may be mentally ill.

“Statistics show that 40 per cent
of the people who experience
mental illness first contact their
clergy,” Mrs. Duvalier said. “Most
often, they encounter little, if any,
help or guidance. The church has
to therefore train its people on
how to respond to mental illness
and that is what we hope to
accomplish at this symposium.

“The church should consider
learning about mental health and
illness because the Gospel has a
great contribution to make in the
area of ministeing to those with
personal and emotional concerns
and mental illnesses,” Mrs. Duva-
lier added.

Religious leaders, she said,
should consider organizing mental
health “Action Teams” in order
to assist members of their congre-
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MEMBERS OF the Organizing Com-
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planned a series of activities to
commemorate the month, includ-
ing a Psychiatric Symposium,
Health-a-Thon, fair, family day,
thanksgiving service, Junkanoo
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MLOS ANGELES

HOLLYWOOD writers and :
studio representatives began last-
ditch negotiations Sunday in an :
effort to prevent a strike, the writ-
‘ers union Said, according to Asso- }
ciated Press. :

A federal mediator called the :
meeting between the Writers :
Guild of America and the }
Alliance of, Motion Picture and }
Television producers at an undis- ;
closed location. i

The writers’ contract expired :
Oct. 31, and they plan to strike }
at’ 12:01 a.m. Monday if a deal :
cannot be reached. The first pick- :
et lines would be seen at New
York’s Rockefeller Center, fol-
lowed by picket lines at various :
locations in Los Angeles, the }
guild said. :

The writers want more money }
from the sale of DVDs and a :
share of revenue generated by }
the sale of TV shows and films :
over the Internet. The studios say :
the demands are unreasonable }
and would hamper attempts to }
experiment with new media. i

The last time writers went on :
strike was in 1988. The walkout :
lasted 22 weeks and cost the }
industry about $500 million. :

WGA board members voted :
unanimously Friday to begin the }
strike unless studios offered a }
more lucrative deal. The two sides
have been meeting since July.

“The studios made it clear that :
they would rather shut down this :
town than reach a fair and rea- }
sonable deal,” Patric Verrone, :
president of the western chapter :
of the guild, said at a news con- :
ference. :

‘J. Nicholas Counter, chief :
negotiator for producers, called :
the writers’ strike “precipitous }
and irresponsible” in a prepared
statement. :

Producers believe progress can :
be made on other issues but “it
makes absolutely no sense to }
increase the burden of this addi-
tional compensation” involving :
DVDs and the Internet, he said. :

The first casualty of the strike :
would be late-night talk shows, :
which are dependent on current :
events to fuel monologues and }
other entertainment. i

“The Tonight Show” on NBC :
will go into reruns starting Mon- :
day if last-ditch negotiations fail :
and a strike begins, according toa }
network official who spoke on :
condition of anonymity because :
the person was not authorized to :
comment publicly. i

Comedy Central has said “The :
Daily Show with Jon Stewart” :
and “The Colbert Report” would :
likely go into repeats as well. ;

Daytime TV, including live talk
shows such as “The View” and :
soap operas, which typically tape :
about a week’s worth of shows in }
advance, would be next to feel :
the impact. ;

The strike would not immedi- :
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of 24 — were under U.S. Navy
escort on Sunday, the American
military said, according to Associ-
ated Press.

AUS, Navy ship and helicopter
were guiding the Tanzanian-
flagged boats Mavuno 1 and 2 fur-
ther out: to sea, where naval per-
sonnel will later board the vessels
and treat crew members, said
Cmdr. Lydia Robertson of the U.S.
Fifth Fleet in Bahrain. The Navy is
in radio contact with pirates aboard
three other ships in the region,
encouraging them also to leave
those ships and sail back to Soma-

lia, she told The Associated Press.

“We're very happy with this
development and hope it happens
with the other ships off the coast,”
Robertson said. “We're very happy
for the crew and their families.”

Robertson said the pirates
boarded skiffs after they left the
hijacked ships, and headed back to
Somalia. No shots were fired dur-
ing the incident, she said. She gave
no more details.

The U.S. has now intervened
four times in one week to help
ships hijacked by Somali pirates.
Sailors boarded a North Korean
ship to give medical assistance to
crew members who overpowered
their hijackers, and a Naval vessel
fired on pirate skiffs tied to a
Japanese-owned ship.

Robertson said that ship was still
under control of pirates, although
the U.S. Navy was still working to
free that ship from pirates. There
were no details on the other two
seized ships. Hijackings in the vast
stretch of water frequently go unre-
ported.

In South Korea, the Foreign
Ministry said 24 sailors onboard
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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2007, PAGE 7



held for Helen Ebong



FROM page one

and people of The Bahamas
during 29 years of exemplary
service,” said Mr Ingraham.
‘Her life work is an example
for others to emulate.”

Mrs Ebong joined the public
service in 1978, and was a per-
manent secretary in the min-
istries of trade and industry and
finance.

Mrs Ebong was married to
Cyril Ebong, a senior project
manager at the Bahamas Elec-
tricity Corporation (BEC) and
had three children: Ima, Arit
and Aniebo Ebong.

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seen and read a copy of the
draft Economic Partnership
Agreement (EPA) between
the Cariforum States and the
European Union (EU) which
is not a secret document but
has, nonetheless, not'been
made public.

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benefit of this EPA to
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ringing in my head months
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text. The language appeared
to reflect vague promises
rather than implementable
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Having read the draft
EPA, I can now confirm that
in much of the document, the
development dimension is
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practical development mea-
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tion devoutly to be wished”.

The reported demands by
the EU for the Caribbean to
severely reduce tariffs on
imported European goods,
despite the crucial impor-
tance of tariffs to the govern-
ment revenues of countries
such as Antigua and Barbuda,
St Kitts-Nevis and Grenada,
were also worrying.

There also seemed to be
little interest in the capacity
of small companies in
Caribbean states to survive
against competition from

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European companies whose
similar products would be
able to enter Caribbean mar-
kets at a lower price than
before. Equally, the effect
-on employment as a conse-
quence of the shrinkage, if
not the collapse, of such
Caribbean companies
~ appeared to be brushed aside.

The Caribbean, we were
told, must learn not only to
live without preferential
access to the EU market, but
their businesses must become
competitive in their own
domestic jurisdictions against
larger and richer European
firms.

And, all of this is to hap-
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employment in their home
countries.

It appears that a huge dou-
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and what is sauce for the
goose is not sauce for the gan-
der.

Lest it be said that I am
preaching protectionism with
my head in the sand about
the reality of the world’s
political economy, I would
remind that the fortunes of
Europe’s rich were made on
the plantations and other
resources of Caribbean states.
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to their markets for the nar-
row range of products such
as sugar and bananas upon
which they made the
Caribbean dependent.

And while I do not sup-
port. governments propping
up inefficient companies, at
the same time IJ recognise that
even the most efficient of
Caribbean companies, except
in the service industries such
as banking, would be hard
pressed to compete with the
much larger and richer com-
panies of Europe. It is not so
much a matter of. giving
Caribbean companies pro-
tection as it is a matter of giy-
ing dwarfs space and time to
develop sufficiently to with-
stand the onslaught of giants.

Note should be taken that
in the service industries, such
as banking and, for that mat-
ter Internet gaming, where
small Caribbean countries
have proved beyond doubt
that, with the aid of modern
technology, they have the
capacity to compete success-
fully in the global market,
industrialised countries have
been in the vanguard of initi-
ating measures to strangle
them.

That was precisely what the
OECD’s “harmful tax com-
petition initiative” was about,
and so too were elements of
the Financial Action Task
Force’s (FATF) anti-money
laundering criteria which, to
this day, are ignored with
impunity in many OECD
countries while they are used
to penalise developing states.

Incidentally, the FATF cri-
teria is listed as one of the
“international standards” that
the EU wants the Caribbean
to accept in addition to agree-
ing to “exchange informa-
tion” in “illegal financing
activity” which is not defined.
This section was in square
brackets in the draft EPA I
saw, so at least, for now, it is
not yet agreed.

In previous commentaries
on the subject of the EPA
negotiations, I have raised the
issue that “competition” and
“government procurement”
have been introduced into the
EPA by the EU even though
these two matters were hotly
resisted in the wider trade
negotiations under the World
Trade Organisation (WTO).

Caribbean countries were

among those in the WTO
who resisted any right being
given to companies in indus-
trialised countries competing
with firms in developing
countries for government
contracts including construc-
tion. Yet, in the draft EPA
that is being negotiated
Caribbean countries have
conceded to the EU this prin-
ciple that they stoutly resisted
in the WTO.

If other developing coun-
tries now. accused: ‘the.
Caribbean of disloyalty in
their concession of this vital
point, they would not be
without some justification. In
time, Caribbean companies
that have to:face the offen-
sive of large European com-
panies might similarly feel
that their interests were over-
looked.

Then there is the question
of additional development
assistance. Reports had led
me to believe that additional
EU funding, while not earth
shattering, would be forth-
coming, but the draft EPA
makes no such commitment.
The absence of a commit-
ment suggests that any addi-
tionality will only come from ©
bilateral programmes of EU
member states. Yet, a recent
conversation with one EU
minister indicated that such
bilateral assistance, if forth-
coming at all, would be minis-
cule.

It has been stated publicly
that the Caribbean and the
EU will have their “final”
round of negotiations on the
EPA in the first week of
November.

But, there is to be a meet-
ing between EU ministers
and ministers of the African,
Caribbean and Pacific group
of countries in Brussels from
7 to 9 November, |...

That meeting provides a
chance — perhaps the last
chance — to get the ACP
countries to coalesce, and to
work out a way in which
these six separate negotia-
tions in which they have been
involved with the EU could
be collapsed into one grand
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from the rest of the island.

A two mile stretch of the
Dean’s Highway — connecting
the island — was under two to
five feet of water, with large
buses and trailers the only vehi-
cles able to move through the
floods. 4

The island’s sole govern-
ment-operated water depot still
remains submerged under
about three feet of water,
putting it “out of commission”
for at least another week, the
island’s police chief, Inspector
Philip Rolle, told The Tribune
yesterday.

“The waterline was contami-
nated from (early October) dur-
ing the ‘Back to the Island Fes-
tival’ ... around that time we
got three days of rain also and
that’s why it’s so bad down
there now because it hadn’t
dried up as yet,” Insp Rolle
explained.

However, as promised by
Prime Minister Ingraham on his
assessment trip to the island on
Friday with Public Works Min-
ister Earl Deveaux, drinking
water has been distributed to
residents, who have been told
by local health officials to boil
local supplies before consump-
tion.

Schools are scheduled to
open today, however over the
weekend many residents of
Devil’s Point were unsure if
school buses would be able to
manoeuvre through the flood-
ing. Nathaniel Rolle, whose
home was left submerged under
a foot and a half of water on
Saturday, doubts that his chil-
dren will return to school for at

AT LEAST ten homes in The Bluff, North Eleuthera, have suf-
fered significant water damage as result of the flooding from Trop-
ical Storm Noel.

Alvin Smith, MP for the area, told The Tribune last
night that along with these homes, some 30 others just
narrowly missed serious flooding, as the water levels rose to their
doors.

“Tf the rain had continued for another maybe half and hour or an
hour, you would have had at least 30 more houses that probably
would have had water inside of them,” he said.

The rains, he continued, were particularly heavy in North
Eleuthera from noon to 6pm last Thursday, leaving the roads in
The Bluff virtually impassible.

Mr Smith said that the Ministry of Works has a team on the
ground in North Eleuthera, and that there are now also concerns
about mosquito infestation as a result of all the stagnant water still
on the ground; while, he added that cesspit overflows are also a
problem in several North Eleuthera communities because of the
flooding.

Mr Smith said that he has already conveyed these concerns to the
minister of health directly, and he has been assured that a team
from this ministry will be on the island early this week to assist res-

idents.
\

least another week and a half.

Yesterday afternoon, Inspec-
tor Rolle said a worker had
been dispatched to pump the
flood waters blocking Devil’s
Point’s main road in an effort to
make it easier for the school
bus to pass through.

During the peak of the storm,
‘in which some 26 residents had
to be evacuated to shelters, a
large trailer had to be sent to
the Zonicle Hill area to rescue
the police, as their vehicle was
under water.

During a tour of the “most
submerged point” of Cat Island
on Saturday, with local council-
man for the settlement
Nathaniel Gilbert, The Tribune
spoke with many Devil’s Point
residents who said they felt
“trapped” by the extensive
flooding of the main road lead-
ing from the settlement.

The Tribune rode with Mr
Gilbert in his truck, one of the
few. vehicles onthe island able
to get through the two-and-a-
half mile stretch of three-foot
high water flooding Dean’s
Stretch. After 20 minutes of
creeping through the murky
water, the tour headed west
towards the settlements of Dev-
il’s Point and McQueens. Water
levels at approximately five feet
deep seeped into the cab of the
truck as Mr Gilbert drove
through the quarter mile stretch
of flooding.

Local government officials
are very involved with the relief
efforts in the aftermath of Trop-
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of water making it “virtually,
impossible” for planes to land,
Cat Island Administrator
Charles King said over the
weekend. The airport resumed
operations Friday morning.
However, when the plane The
Tribune was in landed on Sat-
urday, the runway and tarmac
were still under about a foot of
water.

However, pumping had
already started to move the
water to another low lying area
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Jensen Beach rocked to the
rhythm of the Bahamian beat
last weekend as Gregory

ter city in celebrating the
Pineapple Festival.

The three-day event which
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they love us,” said Clearez “ie
“Everybody is having a goods. oye:
time in an atmosphere of"!

peace and love.” 4
He released ’Brilanders”,
new album ‘Getting by on sun;
shine’ which featured new!
material and their two hits’
‘Party in the backyard’ and,
‘Harbour Island’. |
“It was quite a challenge |
after the storm, Noel, decided ,
to intervene but we made it,
and it has been great,” said,
Glenda Johnson of the Min-,
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Also representing the Min?) .
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ager Jackie Gibson, Donnaleé*
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Eleuthera has experience
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“This is a relationship that.
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Homes, roads and vehicles are




still under water in Long Island

FROM page one

still under water yesterday,
with significant damage to
appliances, floor tiles, carpets
and furniture, while sheet-rock
has reportedly been “dis-
solved” in several homes.

Mr Cartwright said that the
National Emergency Man-
agement Agency (NEMA)
sent supplies down to the
istand on Saturday, and water
and non-perishable items are
being distributed to residents
in need.

“NEMA has been very,
very. active,’. said: Mr
Cartwright, who added that

additional supplies from
groups in Nassau arrived on
Sunday and are also being dis-
tributed.

There is still significant

water in the streets of Scrub
Hill and Hamiltons, where
sports utility vehicles and
trucks are the only vehicles
that can drive through the
water. The roads from north-
ern Long Island communities,
such as Burnt Ground, which
connects the district with the
rest of the island, are still cut
off by water, Mr Cartwright
said.

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and Works Minister Earl
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in Stella Maris, while also tak-

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The immediate aftermath of
the storm left the Stella Maris
airport under water, with tele-
phone services off, and resi-
dents using boats to get
around in the four to six feet
of water settled on the roads.

“Yesterday afternoon, the }
water came in —it was so high ;

—it had to come from the hill,”

said an emotional Wellington :
Taylor, local council repre-
sentative who was using a }
small boat to ferry PPS 2
through the flooded streets of

Stella Maris.

Mr Taylor. said that some /
residents who tried to ride :
through the flooded streets on :
bicycles, ended up drifting :
across the waters, using their ;

bicycles as floats.

“T started about this morn- :
ing, but actually I was going ;
from Monday and I hardly :
Mr Tay- :
lor said of his efforts to ferry :
residents back and forth
through the streets, adding :
that the residents in the north ;
were virtually cut off from the :

had any sleep at all,”

rest of the island.

“We want to let the people :
know in the north, that we :
about :
* said Mr Taylor shed- :
ding tears in front of Mr Ingra- :

really are concerned
them,

ham and the media.

Mr Cartwright said yester-
day that BTC informed him }
that 90 per cent of the phones :

were working on the island,

and that the island’s power has_

been largely restored.

Mr Deveaux told The Tri-
bune yesterday that teams :
from: his ministry are current- :
ly on the ground in Long :
Island doing an assessment. :
He said he was expecting }
reports yesterday and today :
to determine the extent of :
-assistance.needed from his :

ministry...

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The teams sent, Mr Deveaux
said, are assessing the roads,
docks, clinics, schools and gov-
ernment buildings, while elec-
trical inspectors will go to indi-
vidual homes once all of the
water has subsided, to ensure
that they are safe for repow-
ering.

The government is also

FROM page one

Vincent Road was reportedly
leaving a function in that area
when he was approached by two
“short” men.

While the victim was walking
towards his vehicle, one of the
men pulled out a handgun and
shot him in his abdomen. The
assailants fled the scene in the
victim’s gold coloured Chevy
Inipala. The victim is currently in
hospital where he is listed in seri-

working with the US Agency
for International Development
, which has offered pumps for
the waterlogged island. Cur-
rently, Mr Deveaux said, ‘five
ministry pumps are in use in
Pinewood Gardens, and US
pumps may be in use in the
affected central islands in a day
OT so.

‘Thief shot

ous condition. i

On Saturday at around 9.30
pm, a woman was near an East
Street church when she was held
up by a gunman. The assailant
robbed her of an undetermined
amount of cash and fled the scene
in the victim’s silver coloured
Mercedes Benz, license number
77087. Police are currently inves-
tigating these crimes.

Man dies of gun shot wound

FROM page one

Street and ending i in the area of Lucky Heart Corner, police said. A
search of the vehicle revealed a 12 gauge shotgun with two live rounds

of ammunition.

A 25-year-old Okra Hill resident was arrested and is presently in

police custody.

m@ AN AMERICAN lawyer became the country’s latest traffic fatal-

ity over the weekend.

According to a police report issued by Assistant Supt Walter Evans,
45-year-old Eric Glatter of Florida died after losing control of his

rented scooter. Reportedly Glatter, with a female companion, was
travelling east on the Eastern Road when he lost control of the scoot-
er and hit a wall on the northern side of the road.

The tourists, who had arrived by cruiseship, were taken to the hos- ° :

pital where Glatter died a short time later. His female companion,
whose identity has not been released, is still in hospital.

FROM page one

Memorial Hospital, where they
received emergency medical
treatment.

Because of the extent of his .

injuries, Mr Reckley was rushed
into surgery, while Mr Ste-
fanutti, whose injuries were also
very serious, was later airlifted
to Jackson Memorial Hospital
in Miami, Fla.

The majority of the injured

13 injured

passengers, whose ages range
from six to 29 years were
detained in hospital with seri-
ous injuries.

Motorists using the pubis
roads are urged to drive with
care and attention at all times
and with reasonable consider-
ation for other persons using
the roads, Chief Supt. Basil
Rahming said.

Christie: PM was out of control

FROM page one

apology from the prime minister regarding his treatment of Mr Christie

in the House.

To this Mr Ingraham responded:

“It is Mr Christie and his colleagues who owe the Bahamian public
an apology, not I, Mr Christie, for the mess in which they left the
judicial system of the Bahamas insofar as the prosecution of serious
crimes, such as rape and armed robbery, is concerned. The facts on this

score speak for themselves,”

he said.

Police statistics from 2001 to the September of this year reveal that

.those on bail for rape armed robbery and murder significantly increased

during this period. In 2001, five people were on bail for these crimes,
six people in 2002 and five in 2003. However, in 2004, 47 were on
bail, 39 in 2005 and some 107 in 2006.

THE TRIBUNE



Floods on

_Exuma
FROM page one

the windows of homes in the
area, and left several cars .
completely submerged.

Mr Ferguson said that
work crews had recently
cleared a trench that had
been “closed-up”” over the
years, through which the set-
tled water was now being
directed to the southern part
of the community away from
the homes.

“So hopefully by tomor-
row, if the pump continues,
the water will recede,” said
Mr Ferguson. “But we are
having some challenges on
the Queen’s Highway. There
are still pockets of water:
which makes it almost
impassible for the smaller
vehicles. Large vehicles can
pass by,-but I wouldn’t
advise persons to use that
road today and possibly
tomorrow.”

When The Tribune visited
late Friday night, the areas
of Ocean Addition west and
Grog Pond were heavily
flooded with some apart-
ments nearly submerged,
and cars floating into build-
ings.

At that time in Grog
Pond, the yellow truck of
Kevin Milford, who
drowned after accidentally
stepping into a’ pond,
remained stalled on a’back
road near the radio station
where. he worked and died
during the storm.

While addressing the
media after a tour of the
island, having seen the area
where Mr Milford had died,
Prime Minister Ingraham
expressed his sympathy to
the family of the deceased.

Mr Ingraham also told the
media that the flooding from

: the storm illustrated a prob-

lem in the Bahamas with
indiscriminate construction
of homes in low-lying areas,
and the filling in of wet-
lands. His comments came
after he had already pledged
changes to the Town Plan-
ning Act, which would
potentially end, or regulate
these practices.

The entrance to the Mt -
Thompson settlement was
also impassible Friday night
by vehicle, with flood waters
rising above the windows of
the local school.

“Mt Thompson school is
still under water,” Mr Fer-
guson told The Tribune last
night, three days after the
storm had left the Bahamas.

With discussions still
underway as to whether
there will be school on the
island today, Mr Ferguson
also told The Tribune that
the flooding has also slowed
commercial activity signifi-
cantly on the island, as many
employees have been unable
to get to work.

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Tropical storm

death toll rises
o 143 across
the Caribbean

@ LES CAYES, Haiti

THOUSANDS of Haitians
sought shelter in schoolhouses
Saturday as the death toll from
Tropical Storm Noel rose to 143
across the Caribbean, accord-
ing to Associated Press.

Heavy rains continued to
pound Haiti, leaving U.N. and
Haitian officials temporarily
stranded as they toured Haiti's
flooded southern peninsula.

Noel, which was lashing the
northeastern United States with
high winds and rough surf Sat-
urday, is the deadliest storm of
the 2007 Atlantic hurricane sea-
son, with the greatest devasta-
tion on the waterlogged island
of Hispaniola, shared by the
Dominican Republic and Haiti.

Desperation set in at shelters
in the volatile Port-au-Prince
slum of Cite Soleil, with people
at one schoolhouse complain-
ing on Saturday that U.N.
guards abandoned the site
overnight, allowing for a group
of machete-wielding men to
enter and threaten to rape
young women.

Roseline Pierre, a 46-year-old
mother with four children, said
they had not received any food
since Friday afternoon, and that
shelter officials locked them out
of classrooms Friday night, fore-
ing everyone to sleep in the
yard.

"What they're doing to them
is terrible,'' said Laine Pierre
Raymond, an official with the
Ministry of Interior who toured
the shelter on Saturday and crit-
icized authorities for their inac-
ae

Maj. Gen. Carlos Alberto
Dos Santos Cruz, Brazilian
commander of the U.N. force,
also visited the shelter and
denied guards had lett their post
overnight. He said responsibili-
ty for the nearly 10,000 evac-
uees rests with Haitian author-
ities.

But the Haitian government,
still struggling to rebuild after
years of turmoil, has been
almost entirely dependent on

overtaxed international aid

groups and U.N. peacekeepers
to cope with the disaster.

In the southwestern town of
Les Cayes, residents demand-
ed government compensation
for cows, goats and even TV
sets they lost in the flood.

"It rained for two days with-
out stopping,'' said 44-year-old
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We feel abandoned."

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turned into lakes as water cas-
caded down eroded mountains,
pumping plumes of sediment
into the Caribbean Sea.

Rains let up in the neighbor-
ing Dominican Republic, how-
ever, allowing flights carrying
urgently needed relief supplies.
An estimated 67,000 Domini-
cans were left homeless.

Tropical Storm Noel killed at
least 57 people in Haiti and the
Dominican Republic has con-
firmed 84 deaths from the
storm. Noel killed at least one
person each in Jamaica and the
Bahamas, and prompted the
evacuation of 30,000 people in
Cuba, where 60 percent of
roads and highways were dam-
aged or flooded.

Cuban Vice President Carlos
Lage toured flooded areas on
Saturday and said he discussed
the storm's impact with the
island's ailing leader Fidel Cas-
tro. ''Comrade Fidel has been
kept abreast of all the dam-
ages,'' Lage said on state TV.



Impoverished Haiti, howev-
er, is particularly vulnerable to
flooding because people have
cut down most of the country's
trees to make charcoal, leaving
the hillsides barren and unable
to absorb heavy rain.

Before Noel hit, at least 37
people had died in floods last
month during a deluge that
wrecked a town north of Port-
au-Prince.

The Dominican Republic is
not as deforested but also suf-
fers from severe flooding
because of its steep mountains -
and people who live in simple
homes along its rivers.

U.S. Coast Guard crews
deployed to Dominican Repub-
lic rescued several people Fri-
day, including a man tangled in’
a barb-wire fence who was sub-
merged up to his neck in water.
Rescuers also saved a man in
his 70s or 80s trapped in a sec-
ond-story home with a 9-year-
old child. Crews delivered
15,900 food rations, according
to a statement pcos by the
agency.

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

2007 on track
to he deatiliest
of the war for
US, despite
recent drops
in deaths

m@ BAGHDAD

WITH just under. two
months left in the year, 2007 is
on course to be the deadliest
year on record for American
forces in Iraq, despite a recent
sharp drop in U.S.. deaths,
according to Associated Press.

At least 847 American mil-
itary personnel have died in
Iraq so far this year — the
second-highest annual toll
since the war began in March
2003, according to Associated
Press figures.

In 2004, the bloodiest year
of the war for the U.S. so far,
850 American troops died.
Most were killed in large, con-
ventional battles like the cam-

paign to cleanse Fallujah of ,

Sunni militants in November,
and U.S. clashes with Shiite
militiamen in the sect’s holy
city of Najaf in August.

But the American military
in Iraq has increased its expo-
sure this year, reaching
165,000 troops — the highest
levels yet. Moreover, the mil-
itary’s decision to send sol-
diers out of large bases and
into Iraqi communities means
more troops have seen more
“contact with enemy forces”
than ever before, said Maj.
Winfield Danielson, a U.S.

. military spokesman in Bagh-

dad.

“Tt’s due to the troop surge,
which allowed us to go into
areas that were previously
safe havens for insurgents,”
Danielson said. “Having more
soldiers, and having them out
in the communities, certainly
contributes to our casualties.”

Last spring, U.S. platoons
took up positions — often in
abandoned houses or in mud-
dy, half-collapsed police sta-
tions — in the heart of neigh-
borhoods across Baghdad and
nearby communities. The
move was part of President
Bush’s new strategy to drive
al-Qaida from the capital.

The idea was to fight the
“three-block war” — in the
words of the Pentagon coun-
terinsurgency manual written
in part by America’s com-
mander in Iraq, Gen. David
Petraeus — by embedding
US. forces inside Iraqi com-
munities in ordér to win the
trust and, crucially, the aid of
residents.

It was the first time many
residents had seen U.S. troops

- up close, rather than whizzing

by in armored convoys en
route to huge bases that house
thousands of troops. And it
was the first time many U.S.
troops went to bed each night
outside those fortresses, to the
sounds of. Iraqi life: gunfire,
the roar of helicopters over-
head and an occasional explo-
sion.

The move has worked, US.
officials say. Increasingly, the
sounds of Baghdad include
children playing in the streets.

“Tt’s allowed Iraqi civilians
to get-more comfortable with
U.S. forces — increasing the
number of tips we get from
Iraqi citizens,” Danielson said.
“That leads us to insurgent
leaders and cells, and cleaning
those up has led to a decline
in violence over the past cou-
ple months.”

Stationing U.S. troops in
communities, where they have
reduced the level of Iraqi-on-
Iraqi violence, also appears
to have helped win the trust
of the leaders of Shiite and
Sunni communities. And that
has helped the U.S. persuade
those leaders to join the fight
against radical groups, espe-
cially al-Qaida in Iraq.

The U.S. troop increase
also put pressure on anti-
American Shiite cleric Muq-
tada al-Sadr, who called a for-
mal cease-fire in August.
That, it appears, has slashed
the number of mutilated bod-
ies discovered on the banks
of the Tigris River and other
dump sites each day, the
apparent victims of sectarian
murders.

At least 1,023 Iraqi civil-
ians died in September, but
in October, that figure was
just 875.

On average, 56 Iraqis —
civilians and security forces
— have died each day in 2007.
Twenty were killed or found
dead on Sunday, including an
aide to the finance minister,
who was ambushed in Bagh-
dad. Twelve of the deaths
were in volatile “Diyala
province, including an Iraqi
soldier, a policeman and an

. 8-year-old child, all killed sep-

arately.

But the same strategy that
U.S. military officials say has
reduced violence so sharply
in recent months is what
made 2007 so deadly for
American forces.



Ben’Curtis/AP

THE SARCOPHAGUS of King Tut is placed back in his underground tomb in the famed Valley of the Kings in Luxor, Egypt Sunday, Nov. 4, 2007. The mummy of the 19-year-old
pharaoh, whose life and death has Captivated people for nearly a century, was placed in a climate-controlled glass box in the tomb, with only the face and feet showing under the
linen covering.

Egypt unveils King Tut’s face to public,
85 years after the discovery of tomb —

@ LUXOR, Egypt

KING TUT’S. buck-
toothed face was unveiled
Sunday for the first time in
public — more than 3,000
years after the youngest
and most famous pharaoh
to rule ancient Egypt was
shrouded in linen and
buried in his golden under-

‘ground tomb, according to

Associated Press.
Archeologists carefully
lifted the fragile mummy
out of a quartz sarcopha-
gus decorated with stone-
carved protective goddess-
es, momentarily pulling

aside a beige covering to

reveal a leathery black
body.

The linen was then
replaced over Tut’s narrow
body so only his face and
tiny feet were exposed, and
the 19-year-old king, whose
life and death has captivat-
ed people for nearly a cen-
tury, was moved to a sim-
ple glass climate-controlled
case to keep it from turn-
ing to dust.

“I can say for the first
time that the mummy is
safe and the mummy is well
preserved, and at the same
time, all the tourists who
will enter this tomb will be
able to see the face of
Tutankhamun for the first
time,” Egypt’s antiquities
chief Zahi Hawass said
from: inside the hot and
sticky tomb.

“The face of the golden
boy is amazing. It has mag-
ic and it has mystery,” he
added.

Hawass said scientists
began restoring the badly
damaged mummy more
than two years ago. Much
of the body is broken into
18 pieces — damage sus-
tained when British archae-
ologist. Howard Carter first
discovered it 85 years ago,
took it from its tomb and
tried to pull off the famous
golden mask, Hawass said.

But experts fear a more
recent phenomenon —
mass tourism — is further
deteriorating Tut’s mum-
my. Thousands of tourists
visit the underground
chamber every month, and
Hawass said within 50
years the mummy could
dissolve into dust.

“The humidity and heat
caused by ... people enter-
ing the tomb and their
breathing will change the
mummy to a powder. The
only good thing (left) in

‘this mummy is the face. We



Ben Curtis, Pool/AP

EGYPT’S ANTIQUITIES chief Dr. Zahi Hawass speaks to the media over the linen-wrapped mummy of King
Tut in his underground tomb in the famed Valley of the Kings in Luxor, Egypt Sunday, Nov. 4, 2007. The
mummy of the 19-year-old pharaoh, whose life and death has captivated people for nearly a century, was
placed in a climate-controlled glass box in the tomb, with only the face and feet showing under the linen cov-
ering.

need to preserve the face,”
said Hawass, who wore his
signature Indiana Jones-
style tan hat.

The mystery surrounding
King Tutankhamun — who
ruled during the 18th
dynasty and ascended to
the throne at age 8 — and
his glittering gold tomb has
entranced ancient Egypt
fans since Carter first dis-
covered the hidden tomb,
revealing a trove of fabu-
lous gold and precious
stone treasures and pro-
pelling the once-forgotten
pharaoh into global star-
dom.

He wasn’t Egypt’s most

powerful or important
king, but his staggering
treasures, rumors of a mys-
terious curse that plagued
Carter and his
debunked by experts long
ago — and several books
and TV documentaries
dedicated to Tut have
added to his intrigue.
Archeologists in recent
years have tried to resolve
lingering questions over
how he died and his pre-
cise royal lineage. In 2005,
scientists removed Tut’s
mummy from his tomb and
placed it into a portable
CT scanner for 15 minutes
to obtain a three-dimen-

team — :

sional image. The scans
were the first done on an
Egyptian mummy.

The results ruled out that
Tut was violently murdered
— but stopped short of
definitively concluding how
he died around 1323 B.C,
Experts, including Hawass,
suggested that days before
dying, Tut badly broke his
left thigh, an apparent acci-
dent that may have result-
ed in a fatal infection.

The CT scan also provid-
ed the most revealing
insight yet into Tut’s life
He was well-fed and
healthy, but slight, stand-
ing 5 feet, 6 inches tall at

the time of his death. The ©

scan also showed he had
the overbite characteristic
of other kings from his
family, large incisor teeth
and his lower teeth were
slightly misaligned.

The unveiling of Tut’s
mummy comes amid a
resurgence in, the frenzy
over the boy king. A high-
ly publicized museum
exhibit traveling the globe
drew more than 4 million
people during its initial
four-city American-leg of
the tour.

The exhibit will open
Noy. 15 in London and lat-
er will make a three-city
encore tour in the U.S.
beginning with the Dallas
Museum of Art.

The Egyptian tourism
industry is hoping to capi-
talize on that interest and
draw tourists to Luxor to
see something they could-
n’t in traveling exhibit —
the mummy itself.

The number of tourists
who visit Tut’s tomb is
expected to double to 700 a
day now that the mummy
will be on display indefi-
nitely, said Mostafa Waz-
ery, who heads the Valley
of the Kings for Egypt’s
Supreme Council of Antiq-
uities. Most of Egypt’s oth-
er identified mummies are
on display in museums in
Luxor and Cairo.

But not every tourist was
eager to find out that Tut’s
mummy was being moved
to a modern, see-through
case.

“T really think he should
be left alone in quiet, in
peace,” said British tourist
Bob Philpotts after view-
ing Tut’s tomb before the
mummy was moved on
Sunday. “This is his rest-
ing place, and he should be
left (there).”

Hawass said experts will
begin another project to
determine the pharaoh’s
precise royal lineage. It is
unclear if he is the son ora
half brother of Akhenaten,
the “heretic” pharaoh who
introduced a revolutionary
form of monotheism to
ancient Egypt and was the
son of Amenhotep III.

Sunday’s unveiling
ensured the boy pharaoh
would remain eternal, said
Hawass.

“IT can assure ‘you that
putting this mummy in this
case, this showcase, can
make the golden boy live
forever,” he said.



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@ EDWINSTOWE,
England

ROBIN HOOD might have
a hard time hiding out in the
Sherwood Forest of today,
according to Associated Press.

The forest once covered about
100,000 acres, a big chunk of pre-
sent-day Nottinghamshire Coun-
ty. Today its core is about 450
acres, with patches spread out
through the rest of the county.

Experts say urgent action is
needed to regenerate the forest
and save the rare and endan-
gered ancient oaks at its heart.

Some 15 organizations have
joined forces to draw up a rescue
plan, hoping to win a $100 mil-
lion grant through a TV compe-
tition in December.

“If you.ask someone to think
of something typically English
or British, they think of the Sher-
wood Forest and Robin Hood,”
said Austin Brady, the regional
director of the East Midlands
Conservancy Forestry Commis-
sion.

“They are part of our nation-

al identity ... but the Sherwood’

forest is a real place and the real
forest needs help too.”

The forest is beloved for its
connection to Robin Hood, the
legendary 13th century bandit

swho supposedly hid there from

his nemesis, the Sheriff of Not-
tingham, in between stealing
from the rich and giving to the
poor.

One of Sherwood’s oldest and
most celebrated trees is. Major
Oak near Edwinstowe, the town
where legend has Robin marry-
ing Maid Marion. Historians
believe it and other Sherwood:
oaks could have been saplings
back in Robin’s time.

Park rangers say the collec-
tion of ancient oaks is one of the

greatest in Europe. But they see.

an increase in the trees’ rate of
decline. ;

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was carved up for farms, mines,
towns and logging. Sherwood
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latest diplomatic mission to the
Mideast, Israel’s top negotiator
on Sunday acknowledged
problems trying to frame a
blueprint for a peace deal with
the Palestinians, according to
Associated Press.

The two sides are at odds
over whether a plan should
spell out ways to resc \. issues
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sovereignty over disputed
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Palestinians who became
refugees after Israel’s creation
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Israeli and Palestinian teams
have. been meeting in hopes
of reaching the outlines of an
agreement, which they hope
to present at a U.S.-hosted
Mideast conference expected
this year.

The Palestinians are push-
ing for a detailed agreement.
Israel wants a more vague doc-
ument that would give it flexi-
bility. The Palestinians also
want a deadline for establish-
ing a state, even though earli-
er deadlines have been set and
ignored.

“There is no tension in the
meetings, there is a good
atmosphere, in fact, but yes,
there are problems,” Foreign
Minister Tzipi Livni said
before meeting with Rice. The
chief U.S. diplomat is trying
to narrow gaps ahead of the
peace conference.

Livni, Israel’s lead « egotia-
tor, did not elaborate. But her
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timeline for an accord.

The Palestinians’ chief nego-
tiator, Ahmed Qureia, said the
two sides have yet to begin dis-
cussing the main issues. “We
are still in the beginning and
time is short,” he said.

Nabil Abu Rdeneh, an aide
to Palestinian President Mah-
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ference that President Bush
hopes will include major Arab
states, including some that de
not recognize Israel. The ini-
tial, outline agreement would
provide a springboard for full-
fledged negotiations on pro-
ducing a Palestinian state.

Rice said little about her
agenda for two days of closed-
door sessions with Israeli and
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she did not expect to produce
a written version of the out-
line on this trip.

Israel and the Palestinians
have not announced progress
on drafting a blueprint since
Rice last visited the area three
weeks ago. Her current trip is
her eighth this year.

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this, even though the situation
on the ground, especially in

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“They’re working on some
knotty issues,” Rice told
reporters Saturday on her way
to Israel. “I want to help make
sure they’re working in a
straight line ahead.”

She was also meeting Sun-
day with Prime Minister Ehud

Olmert and Defense Minister .

Ehud Barak, and with former
British Prime Minister Tony
Blair. Blair is now an interna-
tional envoy working to
improve Palestinian govern-
ment institutions.

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ings scheduled with Abbas,
Palestinian Prime Minister
Salam Fayyad and Qureia.

On Saturday, Fayyad told .

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U.S.-led Middle East peace
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SIX years after the Tal-
iban’s ouster, medical care
in Afghanistan has improved
such that nearly 90,000 chil-
dren. who would have died
before age 5 in 2001 will sur-
vive this year, Afghan Presi-

dent Hamid Karzai said Sun-

day.

Saddled for years with one
of the world’s worst records
on child health, Afghanistan
has seen access to health
care rise dramatically since
the U.S.-led invasion.

Thousands of health clinics
have been built across the
country, and the Afghan
government and aid agencies
have trained tens of thou-
sands of doctors, vaccinators
and health volunteers who

now reach into some of the}

country’s most remote areas.

Access to health care for
Afghans has jumped from 8
percent of the population in
the 1990s to close to 85 per-
cent today, thanks in large
part to efforts by USAID,
the World Bank and the
European Commission.

The under-S child mortal-
ity rate in Afghanistan has
declined from an estimated
257 deaths per 1,000 live
births in 2001 to about 191
per 1,000 in 2006, a 25-per-
cent drop, the Ministry of
Public Health said, relying
on a new study from Johns
Hopkins University.

“This is certainly very pos-
itive news,” said the U.N.
spokesman in Afghanistan,

from such low life expectan-
cy to see this improvement
does appear to be an indica-
tion that the work on the
health sector here is begin-
ning to pay off.”

President Hamid Karzai,
surrounded ‘by smiling
Afghan children at a news
conference in Kabul,
thanked aid organizations
and health workers for their
work. He said 89,000 chil-
dren will be saved each year
because of the improved
health care. i

Still, Afghanistan faces
severe problems. Even with
the improvements, almost
one in five Afghan children
will die before age 5, trans-
lating into 250,000 childhood
deaths a year, mostly from
malnutrition, diarrhea,
tuberculosis and malaria,
said Health Minister
Mohammad Amin Fatimi.

Childhood immunizations
have risen dramatically, but
Afghan infants make up the
bulk of the country’s high
child mortality rate, said
Tariq Ihsan of Save the Chil-
dren.

“Many newborns are
dying because they don’t
have access to immediate
health care. I think that’s a
real challenge for
Afghanistan. They need to
ask, ’Are we saving enough
newborns?”” [hsan said.

Still, deaths of Afghan
children who don’t reach
their first birthday have
dropped from 165 per 1,000
in 2001 to 129 per 1,000
today, a drop of some 22 per-
cent, Edwards said.

Afghanistan’s child mor-
tality rate, from birth to age
5, has been among the
world’s worst. Before recent
improvements, only Sierra
Leone, with 283 child deaths
per 1,000 live births, Angola
with 260 and Niger at 259
ranked below Afghanistan’s

257, UNICEF said in a 2006
report.

By comparison, the United
States has eight under-S child
deaths per 1,000 births. Sin-

gapore and Iceland, with.

three childhood deaths per
1,000, topped the rankings.

USAID has spent $309
million since 2002 to
improve health services in 13
of Afghanistan’s northern
provinces, said Julie Fossler,
a spokeswoman for USAID.

More than 670 clinics have
been constructed and 10,000
health care workers, trained
there, and more than 7 mil-
lion children have been vac-
cinated for polio, according
to USAID information.

The UNICEF report not-
ed that, like Afghanistan,
most of the countries with
the worst child mortality
rates have suffered from
armed conflict.

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PAKISTAN’S POLITICAL activists look from a police van after they have been arrested in Multan, Pakistan on Sunday, Nov 4, 2007. Police wielding assault rifles rounded up hun-
dreds of opposition leaders and activists Sunday after Pakistan’s military ruler suspended the constitution, ousted the top judge and deployed troops to fight what he called rising

Islamic extremism. ;

| Pakistani activists arrested; election

Adrian Edwards. “To come .

could be delayed for up to one year

@ ISLAMABAD, Pakistan

POLICE and soldiers emboid-
ened by state of emergency pow-
~ers swept up hundreds of activists
and opposition members on Sun-
day, dragged away protesters
shouting “Shame on you!”, and
turned government buildings into
barbed-wire compounds, accord-
ing to Associated Press.

Gen. Pervez Mushatrat’s gov-
ernment said parliamentary elec-
tions could be delayed up to.a
year as it tries to stamp out a
growing Islamic militant threat
— effectively linking two of the
greatest concerns of Pakistan’s
biggest international donors: the
United States and Britain.

Increasingly concerned about
the unfolding crisis, Secretary of
State Condoleezza Rice said
Washington was reviewing bil-
lions of dollars in aid to its close
terrorism-fighting ally. Britain is
also examining its assistance.

“Some of the aid that goes to
Pakistan is directly related to the
counterterrorism mission,” Rice
told reporters traveling with her.
“We just have to review the situ-
ation,”

But, she said, she did not
expect the U.S. “to ignore or set
aside our concerns about terror-
ism.”

Scores of paramilitary troops
blocked access to the Supreme
Court and parliament. Streets in
the capital appeared largely calm,

with only a handful of demon-.

strations. But one, attended by
40 people at the Marriott Hotel,
was broken up by baton-wield-
ing police,

“Shame on you! Go Musharraf
go!” the protesters shouted as
officers dragged some out of the
crowd and forced them to the
ground. Eight were taken away in
a van.

Others were apathetic. Stand-
ing at on a dusty street corner in
Islamabad, Togul Khan, 38, said
he didn’t care about the emer-
gency declaration.

“For us, life stays the same,
even when politicians throw Pak-
istan into the sky, spin it around
and watch as it crashes back
down to earth,” the day laborer
said as he waited for work.

In an address to the nation late
Saturday, Musharraf said the
growth of a militant Islamic
movement and a court system
that hindered his powers forced
him to declare a state of emer-
gency, despite the urging of
Western allies against authori-
tarian measures.

Less than 24 hours after the
order was issued, militants in the
Afghan border freed 211. cap-
tured Pakistani soldiers in
exchange for the army’s decision
to free 28 insurgents, including
some allegedly connected to sui-
cide attacks, officials said.

Though they gave no explana-
tion for the decision, it appeared
to fly in the face of Musharraf’s



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kers in Lahore, Pakistan on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2007. Authorities rounded up opposition leaders Sunday after







K.M.Chaudary/AP

Gen. Pervez Musharraf suspended Pakistan's constitution, declaring rising Islamic extremism forced him to take emergency measures that includ-
ed replacing the nation’s chief judge and blacking out the independent media that refused to support him.

claims that emergency rule was
needed to make sure terrorists
— dozens of whom he says have
been freed by Pakistani courts
-— stay off the streets.

Critics say Musharrat, a 1999
coup leader who had promised
to give up his army post and
become a civilian president this
year, imposed emergency rule in
a last-ditch attempt to cling to
power,

His leadership is threatened by
the Islamic militant movement
that has spread from bordei
regions to the capital, the reemer-
gence of political rival and for:
mer prime minister, Benazir
Bhutto, and an increasingly defi-
ant Supreme Court, which was
expected to rule soon on the
validity of his recent presidential
election win. Hearings scheduled
for next week were postponed
indefinitely.

Attorney General Malik

Mohammed Qayyum denied
claims by Bhutto and others that
Musharraf had imposed martia!
law — direct rule by the army
under the guise of a state of
emergency.

He noted the prime minister
was still in place and that the leg-
islature would complete its term
next week.

Crucial parliamentary elections
had been scheduled for January,
but Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz
said the polls could be delayed
up to.a year,

e said the extraordinary meéa-
sures would be in place “as long
as it is necessary.”

In Islamabad, phone service
that-was cut Saturday evening
appeared to have been restored
by Sunday morning, but televi-
sion news networks other than
state-controlled Pakistan TV
remained off the air.

Aziz said up to 500 people

were detained nationwide in 24
hours.

Among them were Javed
Hashmi, the acting president of
the party of former Prime Minis-
tery Nawaz Sharif; cricket star-
turned politician, Imran Khan;
Asma Jehangir, chairman of the
independent Human Rights
Commission of Pakistan; and
Hamid Gul, former chief of the
main intelligence agency and a
critic of Musharraf.

Around 200 police with assault
rifles and sticks stormed the
rights commission’s office in the
eastern city of Lahore, breaking

‘up a meeting and arresting about

50 members, said Mehbood
Ahmed Khan, legal officer for
the activists.

“They dragged us out, includ-
ing the women,” he said from the
police station. “It’s inhuman,
undemocratic and a violation of
human rights to enter a room and

arrest people gathering peace-
fully there.”

Bhutto, who narrowly escaped
assassination in an Oct. 18 sui-
cide bombing that killed 145 oth-
ers, scoffed at claims that
Musharraf imposed the emer-
gency measures to fight Islamic
militants — even though Muslim
insurgents were widely blamed
for the attempt on her life.

“Many people in Pakistan
believe that it has nothing to do
with stopping terrorism, and it
has everything to do with stop-
ping a court verdict that was com-
ing against him,” she told the
weekend edition of ABC News’
“Good Morning America.”

Musharraf replaced the chief
justice, [ftikhar Mohammed
Chaudhry, who had emerged as
the main check on the his power.
Aitzaz Ahsan, a lawyer who rep-
resented the judge, also was
arrested.



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Interpol weighs
putting Iranians on
most-wanted list for

94 Argentina bombing

@ BUENOS AIRES,
Argentina

IRAN’S top diplomat says
the U.S. and Israel are pressur-
ing Interpol to put five Irani-
ans and one Lebanese on its
most wanted list next week for
the 1994 bombing of a Jewish
community center that killed 85
‘people, according to Associat-
ed Press.

But the lead prosecutor in

Argentina’s worst terror attack .

says the case is not political.
Prosecutors say they have
enough evidence for Interpol’s
186-member general assembly
to approve “red notices” for the
six suspects during a meeting
that opens Monday in Mar-
rakech, Morocco,

There have been no convic-
tions 13 years after an explo-
sives-laden van leveled the sev-
en-story Jewish community cen-
ter in Buenos Aires.

Argentine prosecutors allege
Iranian officials orchestrated
the bombing and entrusted the
Lebanon-based militant group
Hezbollah to carry it out.

Mohsen Baharvand, Iran’s
top diplomat in Argentina,
insisted the Iranians were not
involved in the attack and
accused the United States and
Israel of using the case as a
political weapon against Iran.

“They try to bother Iran for
many reasons,” Baharvand told
The Associated Press “They try
to politicize the technical orga-
nizations in every corner of the

- world against Iran.”

A red notice means a suspect
is wanted for possible extradi-
tion. While it does not force
countries to arrest or extradite
suspects, people with red-notice
status appear on Interpol’s
equivalent of a most-wanted list.

: Suffragan Bishop
Wilfred Mackey

Suffragan Bishop
Christopher Minnis |

The case poses one of the
toughest challenges for the
international police liaison
group based in Lyon, France,
which mostly deals with routine
police requests.

In Marrakech, Interpol is
expected to outline arguments
from both Argentina and Iran.
If a simple majority decides in
Argentina’s favor, the notices
will be issued. Iran has asked
that the issue be delayed until
next year, a request expected
to be voted on first.

“Iran has been permanently
trying to politicize this,” Argen-
tine prosecutor Alberto Nisman
said before flying to Marrakech.
“We are going to Morocco with
our truth and we are going to
explain why these persons are
being sought, as simple as that.”

The July 18, 1994 attack
struck hard at Argentina’s
200,000-member Jewish com-
munity, Latin America’s largest.
It came just two years after a
bombing that shattered Israel’s
embassy in Buenos Aires,
killing 29.

Many here remain indignant
that no one has been convicted
for the community center blast.
Several Argentine suspects —
civilians and former police offi-
cers accused of providing sup-
port to the bombers — were
cleared in a trial three years
ago.

Victims’ relatives have com-
plained for years that the inves-
tigation was: bungled. Amid
allegations he paid a key wit-
ness, the investigating judge on
the case was removed and later
impeached.

Now Argentine officials and
Jewish community leaders hope
Interpol can give a boost to the
country’s beleaguered justice
system.

. Saffragan Bishop

District Elder
_Lilymae Knowles

‘Ezekiel Munnings —

“Today the world is preoccu-
pied by terrorism,” said Aldo
Donzis, president of the Dele-
gation of Israeli-Argentine
Associations. “There are ever-
fewer countries who do not live
without worry for (terrorists’)
actions.”

Iran’s constitution does not
allow citizens to be extradited in
cases like the bombing, Bahar-
vand said.

Instead, Iranian officials have
proposed that Argentina agree
to legal and judicial coopera-
tion that would let Tehran share
information on the case.

Argentina has turned down
the proposal.

Among the suspects wanted
by Argentina are former Iran-
ian intelligence chief Ali Fal-
lahian, former leader of the elite
Revolutionary Guards Mohsen
Rezaei, and Hezbollah militant
Imad Moughnieh, one of the
world’s most sought-after ter-
ror suspects.

Moughnieh is wanted for his
alleged role in the kidnapping of
Westerners in Lebanon in the
1980s, and suicide attacks on
the U.S. Embassy and a Marine
base in Lebanon that killed
more than 260 Americans.

His whereabouts
unknown.

Interpol denied Argentina’s

are

request for red notices for for- .

mer Iranian President Hashe-
mi Rafsanjani, as well as the
country’s former foreign min-
ister and ambassador to Buenos
Aires.

“They should come and testi-
fy here if they say they are inno-
cent,” said Adriana Resfield,
whose 35-year-old sister was

killed in the bombing. “So far _

they have refused to come and
that raises even more suspi-
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SEVEN Europeans among 17
detained for over a week in an
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with French President Nicolas
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‘+ leader, Idriss Deby, trading
-' back slaps and cheek kisses,
. before leaving Chad on his offi-
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_ front Spain.

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*.° group’s center in eastern Chad.






in kidnapping

Speaking through translators, |
she demands neither details nor |
even the most basic documen-
tation or verification, j

Asked if she could be mis-'
taken om even the most basic.
facts — like whether the indi-,

vidual children were Chadian}

or Sudanese or whether they’
were indeed orphans — she
readily acknowledges she could
be wrong.

In other scenes, the charity
workers wrap the children’s
heads and limbs in gauzy ban-,
dages, dousing some of them
with iodine to make them look,
in the words of one worker, like
“war casualties.”

The footage comes to an
abrupt end when Chadian
authorities nab the charity
workers. -

Zoe’s Ark maintains its inten-
tions were purely humanitari-
an and that it had conducted
investigations over several
weeks to determine the children
it was taking were orphans.

However, France’s Foreign
Ministry and others have cast
doubt on the group’s claims that
the children were orphans from
Sudan’s western Darfur region,
where fighting since 2003 has
forced thousands to flee to
Chad and led directly or indi-
rectly to the deaths of more
than 200,000 people.

Aid workers who interviewed
the children said Thursday most
of them had been living with
adults they considered their
parents and came from villages
on the Chadian-Sudanese bor-
der region.

A report in Le Parisien daily
Sunday quoted men who iden- >
tified themselves as the fathers
of several of the:children as say-
ing the charity workers offered
to educate their children.

They “talked about a new

school that had. been:.built\... . ,
and (said)! our children could:

be educated there,” said'a man
quoted by the paper who was
identified only as Adberahim.

case,

He said three of his children
were among those taken by the:

group.

Those detained in the case
include the charity workers, the
journalists and the crew of the
plane the group planned to use
to take the children to France.
The crew included Spaniards
and a Belgian pilot.

In Brussels on Sunday, Bel-
gian Foreign Minister Karel De
Gucht said he would send a top
diplomat to Chad to learn
more about the Belgian pilot’s
record,

Crew

A turning point in the case
appeared to come on Thursday,
when Deby said on state televi-
sion that he hoped the journal-
ists and members of the flight
crew would be freed soon —
distinguishing between them
and the charity workers.

On Saturday, the head of
Zoe’s Ark, Eric Breteau, told
judicial officials in Chad that
the journalists and the Spanish
flight crew had nothing to do
with the group’s activities.

Earlier this week, Sarkozy
had harsh words for Breteau’s
group, saying its workers
“were wrong to do what they
did.”

The episode comes at a sen-
sitive time in Chad’s relations
with Europe. The European
Union is planning to deploy a
peacekeeping force in Chad and
Central African Republic com-
posed largely of French soldiers.
The 3,000-strong force is to help
refugees along the two nations’
borders with Darfur.

In July, Sarkozy’s then-wife,
Cecilia, helped broker the
release of five Bulgarian nurses
and a Palestinian doctor held
for more. than eight years in

Libya, where, they, were accused
of deliberately infecting hun-

dreds of children with the AIDS
virus.

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on hold if no EPA treaty

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

olymers Interna-

tional has warned

‘it will “put on

hold” plans to

expand the capac-

ity of its Freeport-based plant

by 20 per cent if the Bahamas

does not sign the Economic

Partnership Agreement (EPA

with the European Union

(EU), saying it “does not make

sense” at a time when it stands
to lose 8-10 per cent of sales.

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@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business
Editor

THE Government has “no
reason to believe” its 2007-
2008 fiscal and Budgetary tar-

minister of state for finance
told The Tribune, adding that
. it did not “anticipate anything
_ significant” in terms of rev-
- enue losses from Tropical

SEE page 7

‘No reason to believe’
fiscal targets not met

gets will not be achieved, the .

Zhivargo Laing

* Company says impact ‘felt all round’ in Freeport by the trucking
companies, MSC, Container Port if 8-10 per cent UK sales are lost

* But signs of government policy shift at 11th hour, as minister
denies reports Bahamas said it will ‘not sign’ EPA

styrene products manufactur-
er’s chief operating officer, said
the company’s position had not
changed since Tribune Busi-
ness first revealed on August
29 that it would suffer a 15 per
cent sales reduction if it lost

EPA offers crucial
for Brussels meet

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Bahamas must submit

its Economic Partnership ©
Tribune from Jamaica: “The

Agreement (EPA) offers on
market access and services by

the time trade ministers meet

in Brussels next week to agree
the treaty’s final wording, the
private sector’s leading adviser
saying this nation still had an
opportunity to participate “very
late in the day”.

-’ Hank Ferguson, who is advis-

ing the Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce and its globaliza-

~ tion/trade liberalization com-

mittee on the EPA, told The

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

’ MAKING the Bahamas a
“venture capital hub” is the
ambition for the general partner
of the only such fund operating

' .from these shores, in addition to

assisting Bahamian companies
with financing for their business
plans.

Dr Wolfgang Reichenberger
told a business survival seminar
organised by Mark Turnquest’s
Small Business Resource Cen-
tre that Inventages Venture
Capital Investments, which
operates with a staff of six from
a Cable Beach office, was “cur-

rently the only venture capital |

Bahamas can still
enter at 11th hour

challenge for the Bahamas
going forward is to get both the
‘market access and services
offers completed by the time
they get to Brussels. They still
have an opportunity to partici-
pate very late in the day. We’re
still at the table and going to
the meeting in Brussels.

' “While the Bahamas is very

SEE page 6 .

Making the Bahamas
‘venture capital hub’

fund here”.

He added: “What we want to
do is for the Bahamas to
become a venture capital hub.”

In doing so, Inventages also
wanted to “foster start-up and
venture capital funding for
Bahamian companies”, with
funds coming from both ven-
ture capital and ‘business angel’

_ SOUICES.

“We don’t do much business
in the Bahamas. We have no
businesses here in the
Bahamas,” Dr Reichenberger
said,

Apart from its Nassau office,

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duty-free access to EU mar-
kets if the Bahamas did not
sign on to the EPA.

Yet this may still be avert-
ed, with the Government deny-
ing reports that its representa-
tives told last week’s EPA
negotiations meeting in
Jamaica that the Bahamas
would not be signing the agree-
ment. There have also been
signs of a subtle policy shift,
and that this nation might be
preparing market access and
services offers on the EPA at
the 11th hour.

With negotiations between
the Caribbean and the EU
becoming ever-more intense as
talks on the EPA enter their
final phase before the Decem-
ber 31, 2007, deadline, Mr
Ebelhar said that if the
Bahamas failed to sign on the
corresponding drop in Poly-
mers International’s sales was
“going to hurt all the way
round” in the Freeport econo-
my.
Speaking to the direct
impact on the company if the
Bahamas did not sign the EPA,
Mr Ebelhar added: “The only

‘thing this does ‘do, is that up

until this came up, we had

_.. }okéd-at-an-expansion. That is ’







probably going to be put on
hold ;

“If I’m going to lose this
business, and not knowing
what is going to happen with
the rest, the work done on
putting in a budget for this
expansion will probably be
shelved.”

Mr Ebelhar added that Poly-
mers International’s proposed
expansion involved “purchas-
ing another reactor and down-
stream equipment, and a 20 per
cent increase in capacity”.

But he added: “It doesn’t
make any sense to increase

business when you’re going to .
y

lose business.”

Mr Ebelhar said the Most
Favoured Nation (MEN) tar-
iffs that would be imposed on
Polymers International’s EU
exports if the Bahamas did not
sign the EPA would likely be
around 6 per cent, although the
company was still assessing
this.

Such an increase in the cost
of its products would likely
induce its UK-based customer,
the Dart Corporation, to
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Tribune Business Editor

THE Government has sent a

letter to the Nassau Tourism |

Development Board’s (NTDB)
chairman indicating that it is.
“on board with most of the rec-
ommendations” made to revi-
talise downtown Nassau in the
’ short-term, The Tribune has
been told, including the creation
of a Business Improvement Dis-
trict (BID) and Nassau Port
Authority to manage Bay
Street.
Charles Klonaris, the NTD-

B’s chairman, said he had |

received a letter from Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham,
“and it looks like they’re on
board with most of the recom-
mendations”.

While he and the NTDB now _

had to respond and meet to
“detail how we go forward”, Mr
Klonaris said: “1 think in terms
of the Authority, the BID, he’s
all for that. They have no prob-
lem with that. They felt that’s a
positive approach to solving a
lot of the issues of the city.

“It was a very general letter.
It didn’t go into depth in terms
of how it’s [going to be done],
but he’s said: ‘Yes, my govern-

ment is for the Authority, and ©

also believes in local govern-

ment’. He felt the Joint Task

Force and the BID was an

excellent way to solve the prob-
lems of the city.”

Mr Klonaris added: “We real-

dy have to sit down and discuss

One family with many needs. For

PM’s letter agrees on —
BID and Authority to
manage downtown

in some detail the way to solve
the traffic issues. But in terms of

_ the main issues, the Authority

and the BID, they indicated
they are on board.”

The NTDB chair said Tropi-
cal Storm Noel had negatively -
impacted Bay Street and down-
town businesses with loss of rev-
enue, adding that he felt the .
city’s “closure” had been over-
extended.

The NTDB and private sector
had urged in their White Paper
recommendations that the Gov-
ernment create “an umbrella

“organisation” to manage and

develop downtown Nassau,
such as a Nassau Port Authori-
ty and a BID, and establish eco-
nomic enterprise zones to revi-
talise dilapidated parts of Bay
Street.

Such economic enterprise
zones would include the areas
east of the Bay Street/East
Street junction, plus Woodes
Rogers Wharf, with investment
incentives — such as real prop-
erty tax and business licence fee
exemptions — designed to fos-
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Noel’s ‘negative impact
to hurt Morton Salt

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Tribune Business Editor



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director told The Tribune there
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impact” on the company’s busi-
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by Tropical Storm Noel last
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rains, he expressed fears that
the downtime for workers as a
result of there being no salt to
harvest could be lengthened
beyond original estimates of the
2008 first quarter.

This, he explained, would
force the company to either lay-
off workers temporarily or
reduce the work week.

The Tribune previously
reported that as a result of the
five to six inches of rain that fell
in August, instead of seeing a
one-inch salt growth, which
would have translated into
300,000 tonnes for harvesting,
growth was only 1/5 of an inch.
Only 60,000 tonnes was grown
and harvested in August, a
shortfall of 240,000 tonnes.

When it came to the prospect
of a reduced work week or tem-
porary lay-offs, Mr Bannister
previously said Morton Salt
would have to meet with the

Bahamas Industrial, Manufac-
turing and Allied Workers
union, which represents about
85 of its 104 non-managerial
staff or line workers.

He pointed out that while the
company had wanted to include
terms relating to a reduced
work week in the recently-con-
cluded industrial agreement, the
union had successfully resisted
this.

“We will be discussing all the
options with them [the union] to
see what we can come up with,”
Mr Bannister said.

“From a company point of
view, we do not want to see
people leave the island and
going elsewhere. We want to
sustain the economy here, and
just hope the union will work
along with us.”

Morton Salt also employs 26
managerial staff, making its
total workforce complement
130-strong.

Storm hits the
fish supplies

@ By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter

SEAFOOD supplies are

rapidly depleting at major dis- |

tributors as Bahamian fisher-
men await calm waters to head
out to sea after Tropical Storm
Noel swept through the country.

It was predicted that the sea-
water will not be clear enough
for fishermen to fish and inspect

their traps for at least another.

day.

A salesperson at Tropic
Seafood said the fishermen’s
inability to go out has had a
tremendous impact on their
business.

“It has impacted us because
we are a processing facility, and
without a fresh supply we have
nothing to work with, so our
stock is very low at the
moment,” the salesperson said.

The employee said Bahamian
fishermen told her that because
the water is still so murky, they
do not think that they will be
able to go out until at least

+

tomorrow (Tuesday).

The Department of Fisheries
and Marine Resources is still
assessing the extent of damage
to the Bahamian fishing indus-
try in the aftermath of the
storm, which claimed the life
one Bahamian and left severe
flooding in much of the country.

Edision Deleveaux, deputy
director at the Department of
Marine Resources, said they
were in the process of attempt-
ing to contact their officials
throughout the Family islands. _.
to see just what - if any - dam-
age had been done to fishing
vessels or traps.

“Right now, we have not had
any reports about damage, but
we are still in the process of
talking to everyone. As far as-
New Providence is concerned,
the only thing that we have
heard that has impacted local
fishermen is the fact that
because of the weather, they
have not been able to actually
go out for a few days. We are
still contacting the Family
Islands,” he told Tribune Busi-
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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2007, PAGE 3B



Land supply, costs may impede
low-lying Town Plan Act reforms

* M@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor



THE scarcity of land in the
Bahamas, and its generally low-lying
nature, may defeat the Government’s
plans to prevent the construction of
homes and businesses in areas prone to
flooding, builders and other industry
professionals have told The Tribune.

Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, in
the wake of last week’s flooding caused
by Tropical Storm Noel, said the Gov-
ernment was considering amendments
to the Town Planning Act to prevent
homes and businesses from being build
in areas that were prone to flooding,
but several sources have questioned
how this would be achieved given the
practical obstacles in the way.

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was estimated that about 4,000 acres of
land remained in New Providence for
development for residential and com-
mercial use.

Given that lot sizes were traditionally
about ? of an acre, and many Bahami-
ans were against living in high rise or
condominium complexes, this left
space for about 16,000 homes on an
island where the population has been
forecast to rise by at least 100,000 in the
coming decades — from 200,000 to
300,000.

“It’s a noble gesture, but I don’t
know if it can work,” the source said,
suggesting that the Government opt
instead to decentralize the Bahamian
population from Nassau by properly.
planning the Family Islands with the
setting aside of green spaces and wet-
lands.

Asking that his organisation be able

to participate in any consultation exer-
cise on reforms to the Town Planning
Act, Stephen Wrinkle, the Bahamian
Contractors Association’s (BCA) pres-
ident, also questioned how practical
Mr Ingraham’s suggestion was and
whether it was workable in reality.

Problems

“One of the problems is the shortage
of land in general,” Mr Wrinkle said.
“Often, the low-lying land is the afford-
able land Bahamians can afford to pur-
chase. The average purchaser is now
aware of drainage problems, and buys
it on cost.

“Most of the areas that are vacant or
sparsely populated are now concen-
trated and built up, so the water has no
place to go.”

The BCA president added, though,

that even if the Government did not
amend the Town Planning Act, it
should at least ensure there were
“checks and balances” in the system
when it came.to development in low-
lying areas through the building permit
system.

Pointing out that much of the
Bahamas was only 12 inches above sea
level at high tide, often times when
water was pumped out or drained from
low-lying areas it was only recycled by
the sea.

“There is no immediate or easy solu-
tion,” Mr Wrinkle said. “I think it’s
commendable that the Government is
looking at the situation, but the prob-
lem is it can’t offer any ready solution.

“You have to raise the land and pro-
vide a drainage system. Our drainage is
a real problem, as wells get backed up
and everything leads to the sea. That’s

our only drainage. It needs careful
analysis and careful review.”
The BCA president pointed out that

" it costs “substantial sums of money to

bring a site up to grade level”, saying
this often went into the tens of thou-
sands of dollars, With the average cost
per acre in New Providence now stand-
ing at between $200,000 to $300,000,
and average lots costing $70-$80,000,
“the average Bahamian does not have
the kind of resources” to pay to raise
the land.

“In virtually every case where a
home is constructed, you have to build
the ground up from floor level,” Mr
Wrinkle said. “When a person pays
$80,000 for a lot, that takes all their
resources. That’s a hell of a lot of mon-
ey, and after purchasing, if they have to
crash in another $10-$15,000 to raise up
the land, it gets very difficult.”

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same way it did when Barclays
and CIBC merged to form First-
Caribbean International Bank.

Theresa Mortimer, the BFSU

full use of the president, said that “while we
exclusive facilities of recognise that globalisation is
the fabulous Atlantis happening every day - we

encourage the workers of the
sector to become cognizant of

- their-rights.and the need to unite. -

to ensure those rights, privileges
and benefits are preserved.”

She said the union represents
all workers in the financial sector
of the Bahamas.

“Today, we say to the employ-
ees of RBC, come together, join
the BFSU and have your voice
heard as the unionised territo-
ries in the Caribbean are mobi-
lizing to entrench in talks with
the bank as they entreat on this
acquisition with RBTT. Secure
your rights speak with one
voice,” Ms Mortimer said.

She added that throughout the
region, employees in the finan-
cial sector rely on unions as a
way to ensure that they are rep-
resented when big business pacts
are made.

The $2.2 billion deal will ulti-
mately see the two companies
combine their Caribbean retail
banking operations. The acqui-
sition is expected to close in nine
months time, in mid 2008, creat-
ing a retail bank operation that
covers 18 Caribbean territories,
with some 130 branches and
$13.7 billion in assets serving 1.6
million clients.

It will have 6,900 employees.

Royal Bank’s current region-

_al head office is in the Bahamas

with some 705 staff -50 per cent
of the bank’s current Caribbean
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here.

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than $30.5 million in salaries and
benefits, and purchased $10.874
million worth of goods and ser-
vices from Bahamas - based sup-
pliers.

RBTT has some 5,400
employees mostly based in
Trinidad and Tobago, and with
plans to move the combined
RBTT-Royal Bank retail bank
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the Bahamas and there could
be job loses here. At the time
of the announcement, Ross
McDonald, RBC’s head of
banking for the Caribbean
region dispelled that notion, say-
ing there were no plans to move
the regional headquarters from
the Bahamas.

“T do not anticipate job redun-
dancies in the Bahamas. It will
continue to be an important

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regional centre. There will prob-
ably be more jobs than less,” he
said.

He described the deal as a “ |

marriage made in heaven”, as
there were relatively few geo-
graphical overlaps between the
two companies operations and
branch networks.

On Friday, he declined to
comment on the possibility of
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or tract of land containing 9.033 acres being a
portion of Crown Grant A-337 granted to Simon
Whitehead and situate approximately 2400 feet
West of Millars Road and 822 feet South of
Adelaide Road in the Western District of the Island
of New Providence one of the Commonwealth of

The Bahamas

AND
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393

AND
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DARLING under The Quieting Titles Act, 1959

NOTICE

WILLIAM ROSCOE DARLING, the Petitioner claims to be —
the owner in fee simple in possession of the said piece
parcel or lot of land and had made application to the
Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas
under Section 3 of The Quieting Titles Act, 1959, to have
the said piece parcel or lot of land investigated and the
nature and extent thereof determined and declared in a
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recognized in the Petition shall within Thirty (30) days after
the appearance of Notice herein filed in the Registry of the
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Polymers ‘20% expansion’ on hold if no EPA

FROM page 1

tors who would be relatively
cheaper and. did not face the
imposition of MEN tariffs.

If that happened, Polymers
International’s annual sales
were likely to fall be between 8-
10 per cent, Mr Ebelhar said.

“With that in mind, it’s going
to hurt all the around. It will
mean 10 per cent less shipping
business for the trucking com-
panies that move our products
in Freeport, and there will be
less for Mediterranean Shipping
Company to ship,” Mr Ebelhar
said.

“It’s a snowball: effect; basic
economic theory. We’re not
operating in an economic vacu-
um, and our hands are tied. The
future here is in their [the Gov-
_ ermment’s} hands, and right now
it doesn’t look too good.

“We'll just have to see what
the fallout is when the end of
the year comes around. I’ve
been in talks with our customer

to let them know what I’ve been
trying to do about this, but basi-
cally our hands are tied,”

A Ministry of Foreign Affairs
briefing note submitted to the
former PLP Cabinet said that
apart from the direct impact on
Polymers International, which
employs 88 persons and 10-20
contractors, loss of its EU duty
free market access might also
impact Freeport Container Port
and the Grand Bahama Power
Company, the latter of which
generates 10 per cent of its rev-
enues from Polymers.

Apart from Polymers Inter-
national, the other major export
industries that would be nega-
tively impacted if the Bahamas
did not sign on to the EPA
would be the seafoods/fishing
industry, which sends $60 mil-
lion in exports per annum to
the EU, and Bacardi’s rum
exports. Although Bacardi is
closing its Bahamas-based oper-
ations by 2009, it still has “hun-
dreds of thousands of gallons

of rum products” that it can still
export to the EU throughout
2008.

The Government has been at
pains to deny reports that one
of its representatives at last
week’s Jamaica negotiations on
the EPA, Gary Russell from the
Ministry of Finance’s Compli-
ance Commission,-told the
meeting the Bahamas was “not”
going to sign the EPA.

Zhivargo Laing, minister of
state for finance, told The Tri-
bune: “He absolutely never said
it. It was never said by any rep-
resentative of the Government
of the Bahamas. It’s absolutely
not the case. That’s not the posi-

tion of the Government of the -

Bahamas.”

He added that the Govern-
ments position was that it was
still involved in the EPA nego-
tiations to determine whether
it would be in this ‘nation’s best
interests to sign, based on the
outcome, at “the appropriate
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As Mr Ebelhar said, it “does-
n’t come as a surprise” if the
Bahamas said it was not going
to sign the EPA, given the pol-
icy as previously articulated by
Mr Laing via Tribune Business.

However, inquiries by The
Tribune indicated that neither
Mr Russell nor the other
Bahamian representative at the
Jamaica meeting, Hugh Chase,
deputy director of economic
planning at the Ministry of
Finance, made any statements
to the effect that the Bahamas
was “not” signing the EPA.

What this newspaper under-
stands to have happened is that
during the technical negotiat-
ing committee (TNC) meeting
on services, all Caribbean
nations were asked whether
they had submitted offers. It is,
thought that the Bahamas
acknowledged that it did not
currently have an offer ready
to submit.

That prompted the meeting
chair; Ramesh Chaitoo, to state
that the Caribbean should write
its services offer in such a way
as to ensure that the Bahamas

ade

and Haiti would be able to join
the EPA at a later date with-
out any additional concessions
extracted from them,

It thus appears that the
Bahamas’ acknowledgement
that it did not have a services
offer ready may have been con-
fused with ‘not signing’ the
agreement altogether — a subtle,
but significant, difference.

The final texts on market
access, services and the whole
EPA agreement are due to be
finalised this week, and then
presented next week to a meet-
ing in Brussels that will feature
the trade ministers from the 77
African,. Pacific and Caribbean
(ACP) countries, and the EU.
Once they are in agreement, the
EPA agreement will be taken
home to receive Cabinet/Par-
liamentary approval.

The Tribune understands that
Mr Laing is likely to go to the
Brussels meeting, a sign that the
Bahamas is still in the game,
although very late in the day
and much remaining to be done

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shape the EPA to suit its eco-
nomic and social needs.

Further signs of a subtle shift
in government policy, sources
have told The Tribune, are that
the Bahamas has contacted Bar-
bados for consultation on the
EPA. The Canadian consultant
hired to work on the Bahamas’
accession to the World Trade |
Organisation (WTO), Mark
Sills, is also thought to be work-
ing on something related to the
EPA.

Up until now, Mr Laing had
told The. Tribune that WTO
accession and developing an all-
encompassing trade policy to
handle all eventualities were the
trade priorities, not the EPA.
While the Government would
do what it could to protect
impacted exporters, he had indi-
cated that developing the trade
policy might take eight to 12
months, and the Government
was prepared to miss: the
December 31, 2007, EPA dead-
line.

-Among the Government’s
concerns over the EPA’s wider
implications are the fact that it
could contain hidden provisions
exposing the Bahamian finan-
cial services industry to tax
information exchange, although
this has been discounted by the
CRNM, which said CARICOM
countries had successfully resist-
ed its inclusion in the EPA.

Mr Laing listed other con-
cerns as intellectual property
rights and competition policy.
To comply with WTO rules, the
EPA has to be a two-way sys-
tem of trade preferences involv-
ing reciprocity, where the con-
cessions offered to Bahamian
exporters by the EU have to be
given in kind to EU imports
coming into this nation.

Other areas that are likely to
be impacted by the EPA are
government procurement, the
investment approvals process

..and the National Investment

Policy that restricts certain areas
of the economy to Bahamian
ownership only and, potentially,
Immigration policy and the
movement of workers.

However, Mr Laing said the’
“overriding” concern was the
fiscal impact, and the effect: on
the Bahamian tax system, if the
Bahamas allowed in EU
imports duty-free to this nation.
This, he indicated, had poten-
tially wider ramifications down
the. line if the Bahamas had to
negotiate a replacement for the
Caribbean Basin Initiative
(CBI) with the US.

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Tragedy of the 100
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FROM page 3

He was declared dead at El
Paso's Eastwood Hospital. His
death, which involved a pain
killer and alcohol, was ruled
accidental or a suicide. Many
believed it was murder.

The inventor left no suicide
note but he did leave his
Patent Number - 4,177,779 -
the last gift of a young man
who died before his time.

After reopening the Tom
Ogle story I found Jack Tal-
bert of Manhattan, Kansas,
who had been photographed
and interviewed by the Topeka
Capital Journal. He said his
father had worked on a gas
vaporising unit and taken him

for drives when he was five

years old.

Talbert, 39, a contract elec-
tronics designer for Boeing
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around Kansas demonstrating
that his big 1981 Oldsmobile
Delta 88, with his: home-made
vaporised fuel injector, was
getting 75 miles per gallon of
gas.

He told me: “My. father
worked since the 1960s trying
to make a carburettor unknow-
ingly similar to Tom Ogle’s
and finally stopped working on
it when he died.”

Thirty years ago Tom Ogle
welcomed publicity and rou-
tinely turned down offers of
millions. Today, Jack Talbert
seeks publicity to attract
investors.

He laughs, saying: “If an oil
company came to me and
offered money to walk away
from my vapour invention I
would be ecstatic. It would
mean that someone was recog-



IN 1978, Tom Ogle (shown) created a device replacing the carburettor
that allowed his 4,000 pound car to travel 100 miles on one gallon of
gasoline. (42 kilometres on one litre).

thing Tom Ogle never had—a
direct connection to General
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for Jack Talbert. I’ve seen his
invention working. He really
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“I took Jack’s invention in
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White showed him paper-
work on Talbert’s invention.
But Cowger was not interest-
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late to the table, they still have
an Opportunity to participate
just before the December 31
deadline.......3.. By the meet-
ing in Brussels, the Bahamas
needs to be able to walk in with
both offers. They can make
minimalist offers. If there is any
area or sector they have con-
cerns about, put it in'a 20-year
basket for phased liberalization,

“The offers are a must. Every
country has an offer, and they
are creating language in the
agreement to reflect those
offers.”

Contrary to previous asser-
tions by Fred Mitchell, the for-
mer minister of foreign affairs,
the Bahamian delegation in
Jamaica was told by the CARI-
COM Regional Negotiating
Machinery (CRNM) that no
such offer had been received.

It is understood that while
Leonard Archer, the Ambas-
sador to CARICOM, had sub-

mitted something under the
previous administration, it was
not complete.

The Brussels meeting, to
which minister of state for
finance, Zhivargo Laing, is
understood to be travelling, is a
crucial meeting with the
December 31, 2007, deadline
for the EPA to be signed fast
approaching. If that agreement
is not signed, the fisheries indus-
try, Polymers International and
Bacardi’s rum exports are fear-
ful they will lose their prefer-
ential duty-free market access
to the EU, costing them mar-
ket share, revenues and profits
as their products become
uncompetitive on price.

The final text for the EPA
agreement is due to be finalised
this week, following last week’s
series of meetings in Jamaica,
at which Caribbean countries
submitted offers in various eco-
nomic areas such as market
access, and then negotiated with
the EU over the agreement’s
wording.

The Bahamas was represent-

ed at the meeting by Ministry of

Finance officials Hugh Chase
and Gary Russell, but as the
Bahamas has not yet submitted
any offers over the EPA, they
did not participate in the nego-
tiations, instead holding a
watching and information-gath-
ering brief.

Pointing out that many other
Caribbean states had submitted
EPA offers a year ago, with the
Bahamas now having two to
three weeks to “get it togeth-
er”, Mr Ferguson said that sub-
mitting market access and ser-
vices offers post-Brussels would
be irrelevant, as the EPA agree-
ment would have already been
crafted.

To have an influence on the
final EPA agreement, and
achieve an agreement that
reflected its economic and social
needs, the Bahamas needed to
have its offers ready in time for
Brussels.

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periphery,” Mr Ferguson told

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The Tribune. “We’re not active-
ly involved; we’re not negotiat-
ing and participating in the way
we need to do. We should be
actively participating in, shaping
and writing the agreement.

“Right now it’s already late,
and much of the text is com-
pleted. The services text from
CARIFORUM is now com-
plete.”

The EPA contemplates open-
ing up 65 per cent of services
areas and 85 per cent of mar-
kets in Caribbean nations, giv-

. ing the Bahamas plenty of

opportunity to reserve its posi-
tion and protect certain areas,
or otherwise open them up in
phased liberalization over a cer-
tain period of time.

Compared to many nations
in the Organisation of Eastern
Caribbean States (OECS) and
the likes of Barbados and
Trinidad, Mr Ferguson said the
Bahamas had a relatively open
economy already, and needed
to ensure these aspects of its
economic and trade regimes

were codified in the final EPA -

agreement.
A major concern for the Gov-
ernment has been that if it

signed on to the EPA it could
expose the Bahamian financial
services industry to Europe’s
demands for tax information
exchange, but Mr Ferguson said
the industry was “totally out”
of the negotiations and there

would be no adverse conse-.

quences for the Bahamas if it
did sign on.

“People are saying this is the .

wrong context in which to dis-
cuss financial services,” Mr Fer-

‘guson said. “They are telling

the Europeans we can discuss
this in the WTO context of
GATS.

“It used to be on the table,
but the language is out. Finan-
cial services is of no major con-

cern. There is no language relat-. -

ed to tax information exchange,
no language related to new reg-
ulations. There is nothing that
can affect the financial sector.”

Ironically, the Bahamas
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might be able to impose some
onerous accession terms.

Mr Ferguson added that late.

membership after December 1.7
could lose duty-free market
access for Bacardi, Polymers
and the fisheries industry for an

extended period of time, putting

more than $66 million in export ~
earnings at risk because once a
market is lost it is very difficult,

if not impossible, towinit back -
as this nation’s experience with. °--

captive insurance has shown.

The Chamber adviser said
that any accession process could
take three to six months from.
the time the Bahamas decided .
to sign the EPA, putting
exporters at a further disadvan-
tage.

Mr Ferguson said the ..

Bahamas investment incentives

regime, under legislation such
as the Hotels Encouragement
Act, was also more generous
than in many other Caribbean
countries, the main issue for this
nation being transparency.

He explained: “It’s in terms
of the rules of who gets what
and how they go about getting |
it. It’s almost discretionary and
you don’t have an exact process.
If you got to the ‘National Eco-
nomic Council and they say
‘no’, you have no way of finding
out why and have no option of
going back to them or ques-
tioning their decision.”

Signing on to the EPA, Mr
Ferguson said, would also give
the Bahamas an advantage
when negotiating its accession
to full membership in the World
Trade Organisation (WTO), as
this nation would not be ©
required to provide any more .
trade benefits to other nations -
than it had to the EU via the
EPA. :

“As far as international ©

‘agreements go, there’s nothing

more flexible than this, and we
have to realise that we can't
always sit on the fence,” Mr:
Ferguson said. “We’re here to
try and support the Chamber's
members and assist the Gov-
ernment in making the best pos-

sible decision for the Bahamas. -
“There’s a lot of cause for

concern for the private sector.”
The EU, as part of the EPA,
is offering assistance to
Caribbean countries in areas '
such as competition policy and "—
government procurement, and |
apart from providing trade
capacity support, is also mulling
whether to compensate nations
for loss of revenue in certain
areas as a result of trade liber-
alization. :
The EU also remains the
Bahamas sole source of.
grant/development funding for
infrastructure projects, espe-
cially in the Family Islands.

PEPSI-COLA BAHAMAS
BOTTLING COMPANY

Pepsi Cola Bahamas, an affiliate of Pepsi Americas, Inc., is
searching for a qualified individual to supervise its evening
Warehouse functions

The incumbent will be responsible to:

Effectively lead and develop the evening Warehouse team:

to enhance efficiency, productivity and waste control.
Check loads for accuracy and report discrepancies.

Ensure that delivery trucks are properly loaded.

Ensure that products are stacked and stored in appropriate

areas.

Ideal candidate must be able to demonstrate knowledge of good
manufacturing and warehousing practices and ensure that
housekeeping guidelines are followed.

A competitive salary and benefits package will be offered to
the successful candidate. If you are interested in being part of
a dynamic, growing international company, please mail or fax
resume to: |

Human Resources Manager
Pepsi Cola Bahamas Bottling Co., Ltd.

P. O. Box N-3004

Prince Charles Drive

Nassau, Bahamas
Fax: 364-2123





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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2007, PAGE 7B



‘No reason to believe’

fiscal targets not met

FROM page 1

Storm Noel. E

Zhivargo Laing said in rela-
tion to the storm: “It’s a little
early, and assessments have to
be made, but we don’t antici-
pate anything significant given
that the major economic cen-
tres — New Providence, Grand
Bahama and Abaco — were not
disrupted in:any significant
way.”

Other factors mitigating
against any short-term revenue
loss from last week, Mr Laing
added, were that the storm
came ‘through during a relative-
ly quiet period in the tourism
season, minimizing any nega-
tive impact on taxes obtained
from that sector.

‘The minister said there was
also not too much disruption in
the two-way economic and ship-
ping flow between south Florida
and the Bahamas, again mini-

mizing the impact on revenues
earned from imports — customs
duties and Stamp Taxes.

“At the moment, we don’t
think there’s any great cause for
concern in terms of [Noel],” the
minister said. “But we still have
to do our assessment.”

Assessing the public finances
for the first four months of the
2007-2008 fiscal year, Mr Laing
said: “Overall, when you look at
revenues in relation to last year,
it’s kind of an ‘up and down’
scenario. Sometimes it’s ahead,
sometimes it’s behind.

“Up to a few days ago we
were ahead, then we fell behind.
But it’s nothing dramatic in
relation to last year.”

On the recurrent revenue
front, the Government is seek-
ing to generate $1.49 billion in
fiscal 2007-2008, holding expen-
diture to just $1.465 million and
thus producing a recurrent Bud-
get surplus of almost $25 mil-
lion.

Mr Laing said the Govern-

ment was slightly behind on its
Budget, fiscal forecasts, possi-
bly by around $10 million the
last time he assessed the situa-
tion, although he did not have

exact figures in front of him.
Yet revenues were ahead of

COUNCIL OF LEGAL EDUCATION

ENTRANGE EXAMINATION FOR ADMISSION
IN 2008 TO:

NORMAN MANLEY LAW SCHOOL. (Jamaica)
HUGH WOODING LAW SCHOOL (Trinidad & Tobago)
EUGENE DUPUCH LAW SCHOOL (Bahamas)

Leqal Education Certificate - Two Year Programme

Applications are invited from holders of a first degree in Law obtdined in a common law

?

jurisdiction or the Common Professional Examination Certificate (UK) together with
vocational training, and who wish to be considered for selection for the Two-Year Legal
Education Certificate Programme. Persons who will attain this qualification by

forecasts, Mr Laing added,
pointing out that areas behind
Budget projections were room
taxes and associated tourism
taxes, due to the industry’s rel-
ative sluggishness, while in some
areas revenue due had not been
collected or posted.

“So you have to net all that
off,” Mr Laing said. “Expendi-
ture is moving right on target, so
there are no surprises there.

“Overall, even though it is
early in the fiscal period, we
have no reason to believe our
targets will not be met

“We watch with great vigi-
lance what is happening on both
sides of the ledger, as it is a
dynamic situation globally. Yet
so far, so good. There’s no cause
for concern on our part.”

Making the Bahamas
‘venture capital hub’

FROM page 1 .

which it opened in 2004, Inven-
tages also has offices in Geneva
and Auckland. Founded in

1999, it has more than one bil-
lion Euros in assets under man-
agement, and financed by “top-
tier” pharmaceutical and food

companies, it invests in the
health, nutrition and wellness
sectors.

Among the companies it
finances are Accera, which is

September 1, 2008, may also apply and sit the examination. ALL APPLICANTS will be
required to sit an entrance examination which will be in July 2008;

The following persons are exempt from taking the Entrance Examinations:

holders of the University of the West Indies LL.B. degree;

holders of the University of Guyana LL.B. degree issued from 1998, who qualify
under the terms of the Collaborative Agreement between University of Guyana,
University of the West Indies and the Council of Legal Education,

This examination will serve to provide priority placing to the Law Schools.and is subject
to the availability of spaces.

The examination will consist of testing in basic core courses. The courses are:

Contract, Tort, Property, Equity and Criminalilaw.

The Convenor, Admissions Board
Council of Legal Education
Norman Mantey Law School

P.O, Box 234

Kingston 7

Jamaica

The application form, information sheet and how to download the forms are available
from the website:

nmls.edu.jm
Or

The Registrar
Council of Legal Education
Hugh Wooding Law Schoo!
P.O. Bag 323, Tunapuna
Trinidad

The Registrar

Council of Legal Education
Eugene Dupuch Law School
P.Q. Box SS 6394

Nassau

The Bahamas

All applications must be submitted to the Convenor, Admissions Board, Council of
Legal Education, Norman Manley Law School, Mona, Jamaiba along with a non-
refundable fee of US$150.00 and one recent passport size picture no Jater than
January 31, 2008.

developing a product to com-
bat Alzheimer’s disease; the
Jeading organic tea manufac-
turer in the US, Honest Tea,
and a manufacturer of yoghurt
without milk for the 20 per cent
of people who are lactose intol-
OF erant.

Dr Reichenberger said ven-
ture capitalists typically invest-
ed in firms where they could
outlay between $1-2 million and
$15-$20 million, but typically 40
per cent of those companies
they invested in went bankrupt.

NOTICE

LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

Legal Education Certificate - Six-Month Programme

Professionally trained persons who have been admitted to practise law in a common
law jurisdiction should contact the Registrar of the respective Law School for
application forms, ; :

SANTA FE CONSULTING LIMITED

aasie of 2oitta oo naadding}

bas yotlog moiticern

Notices: hereby: given that “liquidation: “of “the
above’ ‘coimpany ‘commenced on: the 31. day of-
October, 2007, Credit Suisse Trust
Limited of Bahamas Financial Centre, Shirley &
Charlotte Streets, PO.Box N-3023, Nassau, The
Bahamas has been appointed Liquidator of the
Company.



Legal Notice

NOTICE —

RENDEZVOUS HOLDINGS LTD.

Legal Notice

NOTICE

KOTTAREL S.A.

_ Credit Suisse Trust Limited (In Voluntary Liquidation)

(In Voluntary Liquidation)
Liquidator

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the
18th day of October 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa
Corp. Inc., PRO.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the
18th day of October 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa
Corp. Inc., RO.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.

Legal Notice

NOTICE

PIXEL VALLEY INC. .

i (In Voluntary Liquidation)
i ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Pricing Information As Of:
, 2 November 200,7

Notice is hereby given that the above-named |

Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the |
22nd day of October 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa
Corp. Inc., P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.

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52wk-Low Securit Previous Close Today's Close Change EPS $ Div $ P/E Yield
0.54 Abaco Markets 1.59 1.59 7 0.094 0.000 16.9 0.009
11.00 Bahamas Property Fund 11.60 11.60 fe 1.502 0.400 1G 3.45%
7.80 Bank of Bahamas 9.55 9.55 : 0.733 0.260 13.0 2.72%)
0.70 Benchmark ’ 0.85 0.85 0.048 0.020 17.7 2.35%
1.65 Bahamas Waste 3.74 3.74 A 0.275 0.060 13.6 1.60%
1.20 Fidelity Bank 2.61 2.61 y 7 0.051 0.040 §1.2 1.53%
9.81 Cable Bahamas 11.00 11.00 : 1.030 0.240 10.7 2.17%)
1.83 Colina Holdings 3.15 3.15 f 0.208 0.080 15.1 2.54%)
11.99 Commonwealth Bank 16.56 16.56 . 1.190 0.680 13.0 4.11%
4.70 Consolidated Water BDRs 6.63 6.38 : 0.112 0.050 55.9 0.80%
2.20 Doctor's Hospital 2.25 2.25 ls 0.284 0.020 7.9 0.89%
5.54 Famguard 6.50 6.50 : 0.804 0.240 8.41 3.69%
11.75 Finco 12.75 12.75 3 0.768 0.570 16.6 4.47%
13.85 FirstCaribbean 14.65 14.65 " . 0.934 0.470 15.7 3.21%
5.18 Focol (S) 6.09 6.09 : 0.364 0.133 16.7 2.18%)
0.54 Freeport Concrete 0.70 0.70 -0.415 0.000 N/M 0.00%)
7.10 ICD Utilities 7.25 7.25 i 0.411 0.200 17.6 2.76%)
8.52 J. S. Johnson 10.05 10.05 3 0.991 0.590 10.1 5.87%)
Premier Real Estate 10.00 els pl 0:00 ee sad Oi cana eee so 0.600 ee 8.6 : 6.00%!
ast Price ‘ee ol. /E Yiel
14.25 Bahamas Supermarkets . x 16.00 : 1.125 13.4
6.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) : i 6.00 i 0.480 NM
sig BO 0.030, 0.000 NM 50.
: Sawiitives LO CES SIs
41.00 ABDAB 41.00 2.750 9.0 6.
14.00 Bahamas Supermarkets : F 14.00 : 1.485 13.9
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Fund Name Last 12 Months
Colina Money Market Fund
Fidelity Bahamas G & | Fund
Colina MSI Preferred Fund
Colina Bond Fund
Fidelity Prime Income Fund
Po
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX - 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00
52wk-Hi - Highest closing price in last 52 weeks
52wk-Low - Lowest closing price In last 52 weeks
Previous Close - Previous day's weighted price for dally volume
Today's Close - Current day's welghted price for dally volume
Change - Change in closing price from day to day
Daily Vol. - Number of total shares traded today
DIV $ - Dividends per share pald in the last 12 months
P/E - Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings
(S) - 4-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 8/8/2007

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE

PIXEL VALLEY INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

if

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Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the
22nd day of October 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa
Corp. Inc., P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.

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Bid § - Buying price of Colina and Fidelity

Ask $ - Selling price of Colina and fidelity

Last Price - Last traded over-the-counter price

Weekly Vol, - Trading volume of the prior week

EPS $ - Acompany's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths

NAV - Net Asset Value

N/M - Not Meaningful

FINDEX - The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index, January 1, 1994 = 100

* ~ 26 October 2007

** = 30 June 2007

*** ~ 30 September 2007
sees 31 July 2007

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Thursday, January 3rd,.2008,
9:00 a.m.— 7:00 p.m

Dates and Times

New Student Orientation
Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008
8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Venue: Band Shell

1. Your acceptance letter

2. Acopy of your past BGCSE results
Friday, January 4th, 2008 iy
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School of English Studies

2nd Annual Anatol Rodgers Memorial Lecture 2007

Enjoy a brilliant, love ber 23, 2007 at 12:30 p.m
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The School of Social Sciences of The College of The Bahamas in-
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University community as ‘change agents’ of the Twenty-first Century,
working in partnership for national development.

Individuals: This is your chance to ready your thinking and skills to
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LECTURERS / PARTICIPANTS










VENUE
Munnings Room 2
6:30 PM

Munnings Roam 2






Slide show by Dr. Irene Moss, Director, ILCI






















September |4 GERMAN FILM
Frida
September 28
Frida
October 26
Frida
October 6
Saturday
November 8
Thursday
November 14
Wednesday
December 4 JUNKANOO ART ~ designing and pasting
Tuesday costumes - WORKSHOP

December 13 MERRY MULTI-CULTURAL
Thursday CHRISTMAS
January 9 - Wed CHINESE NEW YEAR

January 19 DRUMFEST - A drum summit regrouping
Saturday members from all the Junkanoo teams

February 19

April 10 - HAITIAN FILM
‘TAprilié AN EVENING OF BAHAMIAN MUSIC
Frida Guests: The DICEY-DO SINGERS
May 6 : MAIFEST
Tuesday

May 23,
Frida S3






CHINESE FILM Presented by Professor Xian Xianwen

































Presentation: Foreign Lang, Dept, Assistant Munnings Rom 2
Professor Guadalupe del Hierro Higueras
Organized by I, Moss with all relevant COB
Departments: Communications, Securi
Slide show by I. Moss, F. Leger on guitar, J.
Mereus on vocals and other musical friends

Mr. Absil ~ holocaust survivor

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6-11

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7PM

UWI Dining Room
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FRENCH FOLK SONG EVENING



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slide show by 1. Moss

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Video of Montreal TAM TAM JAM by 1. Moss
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Panel members from Tourism, Immigration, COB
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The College of The Bahamas
Counselling and Health Services

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NOVEMBER 5, 2007, PAGE 9B



Government
‘on board’
with Bay -

Street plans

FROM page 1

BIDs, which are common in
the US and Canada, are mainly
private sector-driven organisa-
tions developed to oversee
issues such as security and
cleanliness in major commer-
cial areas.

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

The White Paper presented
to the Government also recom-
mended the creation of a call-up
system for taxis, jitney depots
on the eastern, western and
southern ends of the downtown
Nassau area, and the introduc-
tion of parking meters to man-
age traffic and parking on Bay
Street.

Revitalising Nassau’s city cen-
tre is crucial for thousands of
Bahamians’ long-term jobs, as
well as ensuring Bahamian-
owned businesses benefit, thrive
and prosper on the revenues
spent by cruise visitors and
tourists at the major multi-mil-
lion dollar development pro-
jects expected to come on
stream.

Yet the cornerstone of Bay
Street’s long-term revival
remains the removal of the con-
tainer and shipping facilities
from downtown Nassau, allevi-
ating the traffic congestion and
industrial feel of the area, to a
new purpose-built port facility
somewhere'else on New Provi-
dence.

The Dutch consulting firm
Ecorys, which was hired to
assess the feasibility of a pro-
posed port in southwestern New
Providence, between Com-
monwealth Brewery and the
BEC plant.at Clifton Pier, are
understood to have presented
a preliminary report to the Gov-
ernment and certain private sec-
tor officials on the plan. Their
final report and recommenda-
tions are expected imminently.

Yet the Government and
some of the shipping companies
are also eyeing proposals to
move the shipping facilities to
Arawak Cay,.a number of those



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FOREIGN LANGUAGES

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Personal & Confidential

Human Resources Manager

Ocean Centre, Montague Foreshore |
East Bay Street
P.O. Box N-4890
Nassau, Bahamas

Julius Bar
Julius Baer Group, the leading dedicated Wealth
Manager is seeking candidates for the position of:

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES:

firms being opposed to the
southwest New Previdence
location.

It is also unclear what the
Government intends to do with
the plans submitted by the
urban planning consultants, .
EDAW, after consultation with
some 200 Bahamian profes-
sionals, to the former Christie
government.

That plan suggested that up
to.4,000 new jobs could be cre-
ated through the revitalisation
of harbourfront Nassau, the
project’s master plan has pro-
jected, with an extra $264 mil-
lion spent in the area per
annum and a rise in “tourism
stays” of 98,000 annually. = ©

It added that the enhanced
attractions, improved retail
experience and variety of actiy-
ities for tourists, cruise visitors
and Bahamians would also
boost cruise visitations by two
million hours per year. ;

Acknowledging that it was
the first step towards reviving
the Nassau Harbourfront, the
EDAW plan said: “Nassau can-
not afford to delay moving for-
ward given the estimated bil-
lions of dollars that could be
generated in the economy and
the improved quality of life that

' will come as a result of imple-

menting this plan.

“The renaissance of Nassau
is imperative and cannot be left
to decline.......... It is time to

' manage, enforce codes, clean

up and revitalise as a world class
destination and liveable tropical
urban model.” Nt

Among the leading goals set
out by the EDAW blueprint
was to reclaim the waterfront,
with the plan saying that about
55 per cent is currently inacces-
sible to the public due to the
proliferation of commercial
shipping facilities, including
warehouses. Other buildings are
underused or abandoned... ~

To reinforce the sense of
Bahamian and Nassauvian cul-
ture, the master plan recom-
mended focusing on projects
such as the Junkanoo Cultural
Centre, Performing Arts Cen:
tre, Farmer’s Market and Fish
Fry at Potter’s Cay.:The mas-
ter plan said it was critical for
private property owners in the
downtown area to see the Goy-
ernment enhance its own build-
ings, such as those in Rawson
Square, as this would give them
confidence to upgrade their
own.





















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- Managing business relations with more than 30 External Asset
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- Advisory of the Bank’s products

- Coordinating with the Head Office for marketing (travels and

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- Managing any projects for the External Asset Manager business

- Very strong knowledge of structured products

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invention that should have solved the
oil problems we face today.
In 1978, Tom Ogle created a device
replacing the carburettor that allowed
his 4,000 pound car to travel 100 miles
on one gallon of gasoline. (42 kilo-
metres on one litre).
Tom Ogle should have gone on to
change history and become a house-
hold name. He was young, confident
and feared nothing. But he was wrong
— dead wrong.
Back in 1978, I stood outside a
restaurant in El Paso, Texas, where
I’d just interviewed Tom Ogle, 21,
then considered one of America’s
greatest inventors.
He was leaning against the ‘Ogle-
mobile’, a 250 horsepower, eight-
cylinder 1970 Ford Galaxie fitted with
Tom Ogle’s black box ‘filter’.
We’d just eaten hamburgers in his
favourite eating spot, El Paso’s
Smuggler’s Inn. Ogle, flush with mon-
ey and success, had left a $50 tip on
the $4.60 bill. Tom was being pur-
sued with offers of millions from oil
and car companies and could afford to
be generous.
That’s when I told him: “Tom, I
think you are one of the most impor-
tant people on earth right now.
Smoking a cigarette, flashing a $1,200
watch and a 3.5 carat diamond ring,
Tom replied confidently: “I hope so.
My invention will save the world.”
“Are you afraid of oil companies
or the Arabs coming after you?” I
asked.
_ “No. Not any more. I've had too
much publicity. If I'd kept my inven-
tion a secret J might be worrying. But
there’s nothing to worry about any
more.”
But this would be the last time I’d
see Tom Ogle alive. In just three years
he would survive a shooting assassi-
nation attempt and then die mysteri-
ously three months later.

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In our interview, Tom said
the 100 mpg returns he was
seeing on his big American car
was the tip of fuel efficiency.
Ogle felt that on the smaller,
lighter cars, then popular in
Europe, he could get nine
times as much.

That means in today’s light-
weight automobiles we could
be getting up to 900 miles per
gallon or 380 kilometres per
litre. And even gas-guzzling
Humvees and giant SUVs Tom
never lived to see might be
more efficient than today’s best
hybrid cars.

Ogle did away with the car-
burettor and fuel pump, replac-
ing them with a black box he
called a ‘filter’. The super
mileage, he said, was due to
his pressurised, vaporised fuel
system that injected gasoline
fumes, not liquid, directly into
the engine's firing chambers.

The modified.car was exten-

sively tested and engineers
found no evidence of fraud. [n
one test Ogle drove his Galax-
ie — which, unmodified, got
about 13 miles per gallon’ —
200 miles on two gallons of
gasoline.
The results were so aston-
ishing that the car was inspect-
ed for hidden fuel tanks. None
was found and the official ‘pas-
sengers’ reported they never
stopped to refuel.

Doubters became believers.
Scientists were convinced his
invention would soon reach

world markets and earn mil-
lions,

‘Yom Ogle was checked out
by corporate and college engi-
neers and also by the US goy-
ernment. [hey were astounded
to'discover the invention actu-
ally worked.

At the time I had talked with
the late Senator Gaylord Nel-
son (Dem. Wis.), a long’ time
contact of mine and a pioneer
for US fuel economy stan-
dards.

“The potential benefits are
too great for it to be ignored,”

-said the Senator and asked the

US Department of Trans-
portation to make a thorough
investigation of Ogle’s system.

Another big supporter of
Ogle’s invention was Profes-
sor Gerald Hawkins of Texas
A and M University, holder of
a doctorate in mechanical engi-
neering with a background in
gas dynamics and aerospace
study.

“This is no hoax,” said Dr
Hawkins, “Ogle eliminated the
carburettor and achieved what
the gasoline internal combus-
tion engine was supposed to
do. all along — to operate off
fumes. I don't know why some-
body didn't try this before.”

But they did!

Tom Ogle was one of a num-
ber of inventors who vainly
tried to cut into the profits of
big business. After our inter-
view Tom introduced me to
Frank Read of Fort Worth,
Texas, who said that he per-
fected a system to improve gas
mileage but that fights with
auto manufacturers almost
broke him.

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with an agreement he never
build another. Although there
were many newspaper
accounts of him, Frank Read
disappeared over the years. I
have not been able to find him
since,

Seventy years ago Canadian
Charles Nelson Pogue made
headlines when he drove a
1932 Ford V8 200 miles on a
single gallon of gas. He proved
his invention in a test for The
Ford Motor Car Company in
Winnipeg, Manitoba. When
news of his successful ‘super-
carb’ system broke, oil stock
prices fell and caused a finan-
cial scare. ‘

Pogue’s system used ‘white’
gasoline that contained no
additives. But then oil compa-
nies added lead to fuel in an
attempt, they said, to reduce
knocking in engines. This not
only filled the air with toxins
until the 1980s when it was
stopped, but rendered Pogue’s
invention useless and the
‘Super Carb’ soon vanished
along with Pogue himself.

Tom Ogle’s invention has
vanished, too. But, 30 years lat-
er I can hear his voice on my
tape recorder promising a bet-
ter future.

While we ate, the inyentor
revealed he discovered his fuel
system by accident. “I was
messing around with a lawn-
mower when J accidentally
knocked a hole in its fuel tank.
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carburettor inlet.” The lawn mower
kept running.

“T just let it run and it kept running
and running but the fuel level stayed
the same, I got excited. The lawn-
mower Was running without a carbu-
rettor and getting tremendous effi-
ciency.”

The little engine got so hot Ogle
used a fan to cool it and was amazed
when it ran four days'on the fuel in
the mower's small tank.

He went from the lawn-mower to
the automobile, converting a car in
the same manner. Its engine started
immediately, but the gas tank col-
lapsed inwards. It took months of
reinforcing gas tanks before he solved
the vacuum problem.

But the car, without its carburet-
tor and fuel pump, still had no accel-
eration. It couldn't run faster than 20
mph. And the modified engine aver-
aged only eight miles to the gallon,
and stalled after ten miles.

One day Ogle crawled under the
stalled car to examine its gas tank and
found “it was freezing cold, like an
ice-cube. As I was sucking vapour
out, it was acting like a refrigerator
with liquid on the bottom and fumes
on top.”

When he warmed the gas tank with
heater coils, the miles per gallon sky-
rocketed to over 100 and Tom Ogle
never looked back again.

He believed his system was the
answer to the world's pollution prob-



lems and demonstrated virtually zero »

pollutant emissions coming from his
engine exhaust.

Soon Tom Ogle was courted by oil
companies and financiers. Everyone
predicted he would become a billion-
aire.

But Ogle soon lost his confidence.
He feared his invention would never
get to market, that he might indeed be
kidnapped by oil interests. But his
biggest problem, he said, was choos-
ing the right people to back him.

In 1977, he was contacted by C.
Frank Ramsey, an ‘international
financier’ who wanted to buy Tom’s
patent and the marketing rights to

- the Ogiemebdile.
Ramsey told-me by phone: “We

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"TOM OGLE

signed a preliminary agreement with:

Tom Ogle the very next day after we
saw the invention, All kinds of people
were in town, J.C. Penny, Transamer-
ica, General Motors, Ford and others.
Shell Oil offered Tom $25 million.
Everybody was after him.

“But in almost every case they
wanted controlling interest in Tom’s
patent. They wanted to stick Tom off
in a laboratory. Well, that would have
been the end of Tom Ogle and his
fuel system.”

And it was. That is ‘exactly what
happened. And it cost Tom Ogle his

home for work. The Tribune is

my newspaper.”

INSURANCE EXECUTIVE

HAROLD ANTOR

life,

Ramsey signed a contract which let
Ogle work on his device with financ-
ing from Ramsey, who would take
over the patent, distribution ‘and
development rights of the Oglemo-
bile.

With thousands flowing in, Tom
Ogle quickly built a life of luxury and
extravagance.

But then Ramsey sold out to Seat-
tle’s Advance Fuel Systems Inc in
June, 1978. Tom was nervous, but all
seemed well. He would continue
receiving $5,000 a menth and funds

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for research and development. He’d
also get six per cent royalties when
the device came to market. Advance
Fuel’s own engineers would develop
the Oglemobile for marketing.

In April, 1979, Tom Ogle opened
the first of-a planned 1,000 nation-
wide diagnostic car centres in which
he would install his black box on cars.

But Ogle's first and only car centre
soon closed and his monthly cheques
stopped, Ogle was told he’d get no
royalties because AFS was working

on a device that got similar ‘results’

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Early in 1981, Tom’s wife, Moni-
ca, frightened by threatening phone
calls, left him and took along their
five-year-old daughter, Sherry.

Then, on April 14, Tom Ogle was
shot in the street by someone who
‘got away’. Still, Tom survived.

But on the evening of August 18,
Tom Ogle drank at The Smuggler's
Inn, where Id first met him. He left
and went to a friend's apartment and
collapsed.

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‘Tragedy of the
100 miles per

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tesy. I think he should have
gotten more interested because
GM was grabbing at straws,
trying to change their structure
and everything else to get high
mileage cars.”

White said that if GM had
taken Talbert’s idea and gone
with it they could be on top
now. “Anybody can do this
vapour injector and probably
foreigners will. Chinese, Japan-
ese or anybody in Europe
could run with this. Gary is still
my friend... It’s not Gary’s
fault. It’s the fault of General
Motors.”

Fred honestly explained the
reluctance of big business.
“Billions are being spent get-
ting hybrids ready. If someone
came up with an idea like that
(the vapour fuel injector) and
made it known — then nobody
would buy new cars, until they
all get 100 miles per gallon. Big
business will not welcome such
an invention,” admits Fred
White. “It would be bad busi-

ness to come out with such a>

carburettor.”

But what if big business
could reap the benefits with-
out facing the risks? The only
way to do that would be to
release Ogle tech in pieces.

Bit, by bit, we would see

“advances” that would keep
auto sales coming before the
full transition.

That may, indeed, be the
strategy of General Motors.
Two years after retired GM
executive Fred White showed
Talbert’s fuel ignition system
to the head of General Motors,
the big auto company
announced on August 27, 2007,
that it will be releasing a new
technology that could cut fuel
consumption by up to IS per
cent. :

The “new” technology is
being called “homogeneous
charge compression ignition”
(HCCI) and it works by infus-
ing more air into the gasoline
to create a vapour, a process
similar to Ogle's vapour-based
super carburettor. GM says the
combustion process is the
“most awaited advanced com-,
bustion technology of the past
30 years.”

“Past 30 years indeed,”
scoffed Jack Talbert. “That's
when Tom Ogle.and my father
showed this vapour ignition
breakthrough. Today’s auto-
motive industry is 30 years
behind where it should be.”

It may be that Tom Ogle's
long wait is over, Perhaps
GM's limited release of a kind
of Ogle tech will be the begin-
ning of a world we desperately
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THE HIPPOS had fled to
other islands in the White
Nile, driven away by, one of
the few forces that can dis-
lodge a large herd of these
fierce beasts — an even larger
herd of elephants, according
to Associated Press. |

And there they were: some
50 elephants, massive black
figures peacefully grazing on
their newly reclaimed territo-
ry on the Nile island of
Opekoloe.

“To anyone who) thought
they’ d disappeared forever,
it’s like magic,” said Lt. Col.
Charles Joseph, deputy war-
den of south Sudan’s Nimule
national park near the border
with Uganda, barely contain-
ing his excitément as he wad-
ed knee-deep through reed-
filled water to approach the
herd: i

Sudan’s 22hyear north-south
civil war — Africa’s longest
and bloodiest conflict, killed
some two million people. It
also drove out large numbers

of animals. |

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Now after' two years of rel-
ative peace,'they’re dramati-
cally back. Wildlife services
estimate 7,000 elephants have
returned, along with some

1,500 giraffes and about 500.
oryx antelopes, both thought .

to have left Sudan forever.
Lions, leopards and a wide
variety of gazelles, some of

them unique to Sudan, are

being spotted, too.

In a February aerial survey, -

the U.S.-based Wildlife Con-
servation Society estimated

. herds of antelope and gazelle
numbered 1:3 million.

“Tt could well be the largest

mammal migration on Earth,” :

said Paul Elkan, the society’s
south Sudan country director.
The reappearance of the
elephants i is one ie the great-

est symbols of southern
Sudanese hopes for peace — a
source of pride and national
identity for the ethnic African

‘ southerners dreaming of inde-

pendence from the north.
But .the elephants are
returning to a fragile region.

The 2005 peace deal between
the southerners, mostly Chris- ,

tians and animists, and the
Arab-dominated Khartoum
government in the north, is
tottering — and if it collapses,

» war could return.

But for now, all was peace-
ful at Opekoloe island. Ele-

phants cooled themselves
.neck-deep in the marshy

waters, occasionally lifting
their trunks to catch the scent
of approaching park officials
and an Associated Press

reporter, the first internation-

al journalist to see the ele-
phants since their return.

A small group of fishermen
from the Madi tribe native to
this region had set up camp
on the island’s edge. They said
the herd had returned to
Sudan about a year ago, cross-
ing from Uganda. “We’re at
peace with them, and they
don’t mind us,” said Charles
Molini, the group’s chief.

Wardens in Nimule park say —

about 350 elephants have
arrived from Uganda. Earth’s
largest land mammals, ele-
phants can live for decades
and migrate in herds through
vast territories.

The southerners’ pride in
the majestic animals, and their
fabled memory, is clear. The
wardens insist that only the

area’s native herds have_

returned. They say there is no

threat of violence chasing the

elephants out of neighboring

‘Uganda or Kenya; they just
_ want to come home.

“Tf they’re coming back, it’s

“because they know where

their homeland is,” said Maj.
Gen. Alfred Akwoch, the
undersecretary of south
Sudan’s Ministry of Environ-
ment, Wildlife Conservation

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and Tourism.

Lone elephant elders were
first spotted exploring their
old territories, and, Akwoch
noted, “When they see the

. region is at peace and that no

oné shoots them, they bring
back their whole family.”

The north-south war, which
is separate from the blood-
shed in Sudan’s western
region of Darfur, ended with a
peace agreement which gave
southerners a role in a nation-
al unity government, created
an autonomous southern gov-
ernment and promised a 2011
referendum on the South’s
independence.

Dramatic
However, southerners

accuse Khartoum of violating
the peace deal and — in a dra-
matic step — the former
rebels of the Sudan People’s
Liberation Movement quit the
government last month

‘to demand the pact’s fulfill-

ment. .

Pagan Amum, the SPLM’s
secretary general, said the
south is tired of fighting and
will work to avert a new clash.
“We want this land to re-flour-
ish, and people to be able to
enjoy it at last,” he said.

Southern officials are hop-
ing for tourism to help fund
their cash-strapped state. The
autonomous government
plans to open a safari lodge at
Nimule next year and hopes
to draw 1,000 tourists in the
first year. ©

Authorities then plan to

‘ reopen a dozen national parks

or game reserves throughout
south Sudan, a vast, subtropi-
cal region nearly the size of
France whose human popula-
tion of 8 million is vastly out-
numbered by wild animals.
Not all animals were killed
or chased out by the war.
Large herds took refuge from
the battles and from poachers
in an impenetrable zone of

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Oct. 12, 2007.

swamps in south Sudan’s
heartland known as the Sudd.

Col. Paul Adot, Nimule’s
chief warden, vows to protect

the elephant herds from
poachers in the 400 square-
mile park. The 190 wardens
— many of them former
SPLM soldiers — share 20
automatic rifles, one jeep and
two motorcycles.

Adot is staunchly Christian
and complains about decades
of efforts by Khartoum to
impose Arab and Islamic ways
on the south. He said he was
an SPLM officer and his
father was tortured to death
in the war.

Wildlife, he said, has been
his passion since childhood,
listening to village elders tell
stories of the animals.

“Thére was the elephant,
the hare, and nasty mister hye-
na,” he chuckled. “We have
always lived side by side with
the animals.”

Overlooking Nimule Park’s
vast savannah, he pointed
toward the bend in the
river where the elephants
grazed.

“We want to make sure
they stay,” he said.

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ASTRONAUTS aboard
the shuttle Discovery and the
international space station
reveled Sunday in their suc-
cessful solar wing repair, and
prepared to close the hatches
between their linked space-
craft and part ways, accord-
ing.to Associated Press.

Crew members were trans-
ferring supplies and equip-
ment between Discovery and
the station Sunday morning
and then planned to some
enjoy time off. t

They earned it after Satur-
day’s history-making space-
walk.

Astronaut Scott Parazynski
performed emergency
surgery on the wing as it
coursed with more than 100
volts of electricity. He did it
while perched at the end of a
90-foot robotic arm and
boom extension, farther from
the safety of the station than
any spacewalker had ever
been.

Repairs

The repairs allowed the
crew to unfurl the wing to its
full 115-foot length, making it
possible for NASA to move
ahead with plans to expand

the station in the coming.

months. ©

“This one will go down as
one of our biggest successes
in (spacewalking) history,”
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er successfully

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“This one will go down as one
of our biggest successes in
(spacewalking) history. Words
can not express how proud
you made everyone with the
execution by the entire team.”



Flight controllers to crew

uments. “Words can not
express how proud you made
everyone with the execution
by the entire team.”

The spacewalk — the
fourth for Discovery’s space
station visit — wrapped up
station construction work for
the seven shuttle astronauts.

The crews planned to close
the hatches on Sunday after-
noon, and the shuttle is set
to pull away Monday. Dis-
covery is scheduled to land
on Wednesday.

Astronaut Clayton Ander-
son, who has lived on the

space station since June, was.

spending his last day there.
He thanked flight controllers,
other NASA workers and his
wife, Susan.

“Part of me is ready to go
and part.of me wants to
stay,” he said.

The space station’s three
occupants have a lot of work
to do after Discovery leaves.

They need to move the
pressurized compartment
that was delivered and
installed by the Discovery
crew — and conduct three
spacewalks — before the
planned December launch of
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samples of those shavings
back to Earth to help pin-
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AN ATTEMPTED robbery,

was foiled when a would-be thief
was shot in the head and killed
early. yesterday morning in the
Blue Hill Road area.
According to a statement
released by Assistant Superin-
tendent Walter Evans, shortly
before 1 o’clock Sunday morn-
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on Blue Hill Road south sur:
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culprit had reportedly broken into
the discount store and was

descending from.the store’s attic _

when an employee bumped into
him.

The quick thinking employee
produced and discharged'a
firearm, according to the police
report, hitting the culprit in the
head. The man, whose identity
was not released by authorities
up to press time, reportedly died
at the scene.

As police investigations are in
the preliminary stages, Assistant
Superintendent Evans declined
to comment as to whether charges
would be filed against the
employee, or if the act would be
considered a justifiable homicide.

One of the store’s managers,
who was not at the store at the
time of the shooting, told The Tri-
bune that this was not the first
time Buy-4-Less had been bro-
ken into by thieves. According to
her, the store’s alarm system went
off shortly after the culprit

¥ forcibly entered, alerting author” ~

ities of the break-in.

In addition to this latest shoot-
ing death, police reported several
other armed robberies over the
weekend in New Providence. At
approximately lam on Saturday,
a 22-year-old male resident of St

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13 taken to hospital after crash

FREEPORT — An early
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At about 6.50 pm Saturday Mr
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FLOOD WATERS have
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water, after as much as 12 feet
of water settled in some parts
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Significant flooding still
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The Tribune yesterday from
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held on Saturday for Permanent Secretary,

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tigation” is underway to determine the iden- :
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the. Mobile Division saw a green coloured
vehicle speeding.

They gave chase, heading south on East }

SEE page 12




SEE page seven



Residents still battling
flood waters on Exuma

: Mi By BRENT DEAN

AT,10 PM on Saturday a man was taken to :
hospital for treatment of a shot gun wound to }
- the chest. i
He'was detained, but later died of his :
injuries at about 4 am on Sunday. Police said :

Tribune Staff Reporter
bdean@tribunemedia.net

GOVERNMENT'S Red Land Acres sub-

that the circumstances surrounding the inci- : acon ote a weet ae and i
dent are unclear, however an “intensive inves- ! ocal schools on t Soe t remain:
: closed today, as residents are still battling :
with flood waters from Tropical Storm Noel. the water supply, and cut off several south-
Island Administrator Ivan Ferguson :

spoke te The Tribune yesterday evening :

from the subdivision, where crews from the ; from Tropical Storm Noel, flooding in the

: Old Bight settlement was reportedly waist

SEE page 12




Cat Island water
supply contaminated

? By TANEKA THOMPSON and

BRENT DEAN
Tribune Staff Reporters
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

BOTTLED water is being distributed

: throughout Cat Island as the extensive
: flooding. on the island has contaminated

ern communities.
After four days of continuous rainfall

SEE page nine

Christie: PM was out of control in the House

he said.

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

THE PLP leader was con-
cerned that the prime minister
would give himself a “heart
attack” last week in the House of
Assembly during the debate on
the Juries Act.

“He was clearly out of control
in what he was saying,” Perry
Christie said yesterday on Jones
and Company’s Love 97 radio.

Mr Christie’s remarks refer to
widely disseminated statements
angrily made in the House of
Assembly by Prime Minister

Ingraham in which’ Mr Ingraham
told Mr Christie that he was a
“failure”, and berated him for the
state of the judicial system, which
has left more than 200 individuals
accused of murder, rape and
armed robbery out on bail await-
ing trial.

Mr Christie said that the
actions of the prime minister were
a part of an effort to “diminish”
him in the event an election is
called and he is leader of the PLP.

“T think it is an unfair charac-
terisation; I think he is dead
wrong and as we move in to the
House of Assembly proceedings,
I will endeavour to show that,”

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Mr Christie added that Mr
Ingraham makes these attempts
to “belittle” him because the
prime minister knows he is a “for-
midable threat to him.”

“IT say this knowing him per-
sonally, and knowing what he
really thinks and how he thinks,”
said Mr Christie. “He knows that
Iam not a failure. He knows sit-
ting in the position that I sat in
these last five years, how very
successful I have been.”

Last week, the opposition held
a press conference demanding an

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challenges’

@ AMSTERDAM,
Netherlands

CLIMATE change could
be one of the greatest
national security challenges
ever faced by U.S. policy
makers, according to a new
joint study by two U.S. think
tanks, according to Associat-
ed Press.

The report, to be released
Monday, raises the threat of
dramatic population migra-
tions, wars over water and

"eod victims ‘vet
to be determined’

@ By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter

tthompson@tribunemedia.net

GOVERNMENT

is still
assessing the extent of the dam-

storm of the 2007 Atlantic hur-
ricane season. In his comments
to reporters during the three-
island tour, Mr. Ingraham said,
“We will give consideration to
the extent to which the govern-
ment needs to provide some

age on the family islands in the
aftermath of Tropical Storm

Noel, however, what, if any, |

assistance to persons affected — ;
negatively by the flooding. What:

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2007, PAGE 3



LORERS in custody as
police investigate
copper wire theft

FREEPORT — Three’

Grand Bahama men are in
police custody assisting offi-
cers with their investigation
into the theft of a large quan-
tity of copper wire at West
End.

Sometime around 9 am on
Friday, an employee of the
Old Bahama Bay Resort,
notified the police at the
West End Station that the
telephone service to that
resort had been disconnect-
ed. He said that he had
noticed, while travelling in

that sometime between
8.30pm on Thursday and
7.50am on Friday, a culprit
or culprits had cut and stolen
approximately 2,655 feet of
copper wire, valued at
$2,832.50, which was elevat-
ed on three wooden
utility poles, west of the Clin-
ic.

Officers from the West
End Division started an
investigation and later sepa-
rately arrested and took into
custody three West End
male residents, ages 21, 22

form that will take I can’t say

financial assistance the govern-
now, but we will certainly give

ment will provide for the flood and 24.

resources, and a realignment the vicinity of the Govern-

of power among nations.
During the last two
decades, climate scientists
have underestimated how
quickly the Earth is chang-
ing _ perhaps to avoid being
branded as '‘alarmists,'' the

victims has yet to be determined,

the Minister of State for Finance |

consideration to it.”

The prime minister also noted

said yesterday.

that Public Works employees
would be dispatched to the

, During a telephone interview
with The Tribune yesterday, Mr |

Zhirvago Laing declined to spec-

islands to pump out standing
flood water and make main

ment Clinic, that a long sec-,

tion of Batelco's fibre optic
overhead cable wire had
been cut and was missing.
Later, Mr Michael Laing,
a senior manager at Batel-

A quantity of burnt cop-
per wire was later recovered
in the Hanna Hill, Eight Mile
Rock area and seized for evi: |
dence, said Chief Supt. Basil
Rahming, press liaison offi-
cers.

roads accessible again. co, confirmed to the police

In CateIsland, flood waters
were reportedly “waist-high” in
the Old Bight settlement. Resi-
dents in Devil’s Point were

ulate on a possible dollar
amount for government assis-
tance to those who suffered loss-
es as Noel ripped through the
country’s chain of islands last

study said. But policy plan-
ners should count on cli-
mate-induced instability in
critical parts of the world

Zhivargo Laing



within 30 years.

The report was compiled
by a panel of security and
climate specialists, spon-
sored by the Center for
Strategic and International
Studies and the Center for a
New American Security.
The Associated Press
received an advance copy.

Climate change is likely to
breed new conflicts, but it
already is magnifying exist-
ing problems, from the
desertification of Darfur and
competition for water in the
Middle East to the disrup-
tive monsoons in Asia which
increase the pressure for
land, the report said.

It examined three scenar-
ios, ranging from the conse-
quences of an expected tem-
perature increase of 2.5
degrees Fahrenheit by 2040,
to the catastrophic implica-
tions of a 10-degree rise by
the end of the century.

At the very least, the
report said, the U.S. can
expect more population
migrations, both internally
and from across its borders;
a proliferation of diseases;
greater conflict in weak
states, especially in Africa
where climates will change
most drastically; and a

restructuring in global power

in line with the accessibility
of natural resources.

Left unchecked, ''the col-
lapse and chaos associated
with extreme climate change

futures would destabilize vir- :

tually every aspect of mod-
ern life,'' said the report,
comparing the potential out-

come with the Cold War ee ites $s :

doomsday scenarios of a constitutional sense of the was overlooked,” he said,

nuclear holocaust. word and I accepted that, and —_ adding that as the government .
"Climate change has the advised the prime minister of _ focuses on issues like invest-

potential to be one of the
greatest national security
challenges that this or any
other generation of policy
makers is likely to con-
front,'' said the report.
Among its contributors
were former CIA director
James Woolsey, Nobel lau- '
reate Thomas Schelling,

week.

“I’m in Freeport (and) we've e had no discus-
sions on this at the moment that I’m aware of.
That doesn’t suggest that the Prime Minister
and others may not have,” he said.

“We are not without some history in having
to deal with these matters, there’s always con-
tingency orders that the government can do.
There is a relief programme (in place). But
those always have to be developed in the con-
text of what the assessment suggests are the
needs of the persons on the ground.”

Minister Laing added that as early as today,
there would be more discussions on what fur-
ther assistance government can give those
islands severely affected by the tropical storm.

On Friday, Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham, with Minister of Works Earl Deveaux
toured Exuma, Long Island, and Cat Island

“trapped” because of a two-and-a-half mile
stretch of flooding on Deanwood that was
approximately four feet-deep, leaving the area
virtually impassable.

The island’s only government owned water
depot was left submerged under three feet of
water meaning residents would have to travel
through flood water to New Bight to purchase
water from private water depots.

Additionally, the island’s main water line
had been contaminated from October 11 after
three days of continuous rain that had yet to
dry before Noel hit.

Residents of Long Island were subject to a
reported 15 inches of rain. The island’s airport
and many homes remained underwater over
the weekend. According to Exuma adminis-
trator Ivan Ferguson, six of the island’s nine

schools were “extensively impacted” by flood-

— the islands most affected by the deadliest ing.

Christie:

it’s difficult for me

to say PLP were beaten fairly’

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

THE PLP leader has said
that it is difficult for him to
state that his party was beaten
“fairly” in the last general
election.

“It’s difficult for me to say
at this stage beaten fairly,”
Perry Christie said. Mr
Christie made his comment
as a guest of Jones and Com-
pany on radio Love 97 yester-
day.

“We were beaten in the

that as soon as I was able to
do so, during the course of
that evening,” he said.

In addition to reflecting on
his thoughts on the PLP’s
defeat, the PLP leader reiter-
ated yesterday that not only
is he confident of his leader-
ship, but also of the support
of his parliamentary col-

paign, the PLP leader lament-
ed the role that money played
in the process.

Wendal Jones, host of the
talk-show, pressed Mr Christie
on this point, asking why as
leader of the country for five
years, he did not implement
campaign finance reforms, but
is only. now criticising the elec-
tion financing process after his
defeat.

“At the same time, I must
admit that in my five years,
we were so pushed in our goy-
ernance, that it was a very
important issue I think that

ments, other important issues
may be overlooked.

The former prime minister
emphasized that in his 30
years in politics he has never
seen money play a role in an
election as it did in the May
2007 election.



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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:) EL.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, RO. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas
Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485; Freeport, Grand Bahama



POLITICIANS seem to think that it is
their party that holds the key to the solution
of crime. There are those who believe that
smaller sized:juries will contribute to short-
ening the judicial process so that accused
persons can have earlier trials and, if found,

~ guilty, be secured behind prison bars sooner.

However, former attorney general Alfred
Sears believes that the system of justice will
only be speeded up if a judicial complex is
constructed. This is a complex for which his
government in 2005 had approved plans and
selected a contractor, but failed to start con-
struction. Mr Sears also wants the 2002 legal
aid commission report released. This is a
report that his government had for three
years, but also failed to release. He now
maintains that its non-release is one of the
components hampering the judicial process.

However, when it comes to former prime
minister Perry Christie, he is unwavering in
his belief that Urban Renewal is still the solu-
tion to crime.

Mr Christie is convinced that such pro-
grammes as Urban Renewal, school polic-
ing, and tourism policing are examples of
very effective crime fighting programmes
implemented under his watch, but which, he
claims, have since been threatened or undone
by the Ingraham Government.

The Urban Renewal programme looks
impressive on paper and sounds exciting as
expounded by Mr Christie, But on the ground
the concept, as announced to the public, was
never fully realised. It is for this reason that
it is now being remoulded in practical terms
by the Ingraham government.

When announcing his Urban Renewal pro-
gramme, Mr Christie emphasised the need
for the full cooperation of all government
agencies. “Urban Renewal requires numerous
branches of government for- its Suecess,
said. But early in the programme iCwas Obvi- *
ous that somehow Mr Christie’s plans had
gone awry. The first indicationmappeared in
September 2002
Christie government came to power — hen
he testily announced that he would not be
held hostage in his urban renewal plans by a
system that did not respond efficiently.



Recently we have been asking questions as .

to why Mr Christie’s, programme did not
make the overall dent on crime that was
expected. What went wrong with Urban
Renewal, and why was it necessary for the
Ingraham government-to redirect its focus?

The answers we got were interesting. It is
the firm belief of many that Mr Christie erred
when he put Urban Renewal under police
leadership. Many of the problems in the com-
munity were social problems, better handled
by social services.

“Many of the government agencies didn’t
like the idea of the police being in charge,”
we were told. “And so they paid no attention
to the prime minister’s directives. There were
occasions when the police would go to certain
government agencies for help and be bluntly
told by a Permanent Secretary that he had no

hes &

Reason for Urban Renewal’s problems

intention of sending a team down there. The
bad blood was never cleared.”

It was also claimed that the police were
working in various areas for two or three
years without ever knowing what their goal
was. It was also said that although an urban
renewal committee was appointed, it never
functioned. “If the police had been taken
out, nothing would have ever happened. It
was the police who came up with the ideas,”
we were told. .

In the end the building of homes, cleaning
of inner city properties, removal of aban-
doned buildings, distributing food in police
cars to the indigent and taking senior citi-
zens on tours, were all done by police officers.
These should have been the functions of
Social Services, Environmental Health and
Ministry of Works, but were taken over by a
police force whose attention had been divert-
ed from crime. The police were assured of the
support of these government ministries, but,
it is claimed, they never got that full sup-
port.

The police were running Christmas par-
ties for PLP politicians, distributing Christ-
mas gifts at the parties and even making
door-to-door deliveries of Christmas pack-
ages in constituencies in which the urban
renewal programme was in full swing. And
when it was time to distribute back-to-school
supplies for youngsters returning to school, it
was again the police who were handing out
the notebooks, pencils and other basic school
supplies.

It was said that the police had lost their
focus as officers of the law, committed to
keeping order in the community and arresting
those threatening the safety of citizens.

In the view of several officers, urban
renewal was a political expedient rather than
a criminal -deterrént: It:was:pointed out that

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“It was nothing to do with crime preven-
tion!” we were assured.

No wonder then that senior police offi-
cers cheered when new minister of National
Security Tommy Turnquest announced that
in future the police would do the work that
policemen were trained to do.

This is not to say that there were not some
officers who enjoyed working in the urban
renewal programme, but, the majority of offi-
cers believe that the place of a police officer
is in community policing, not social services.

“The neighbourhood police strategy will
work,” said one officer, “because we are now
focused. We are going after crime, making
arrests and creating confidence among the
communities that our presence and our police
work will give them safer communities.”

Mr Turnquest made it clear that the urban
renewal programme would not be aban-
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Cleanliness
is next to
Godliness

EDITOR, The Tribune.

THANKS again for
allowing me. space in your
newspaper. The Bahamian
people pride themselves as
a Christian nation but it
appears that in reading
about Christianity the peo-
ple of New Providence
seems to have missed the
portion that says cleanliness
is next to Godliness.

I notice the amount and
the cost of the equipment
that the Ministry of Health
just ordered for the clean
up programme in New
Providence. Dr. Minnis,
Minister of Health no doubt
will do a good
job in Health,. but he will
do well in cleaning up the
island,

Dr. Minnis comes from
the tidiest area of Andros;
that is the settlements from
Calabash Bay to Stafford
Creek.

As a boy the cleanest set-
tlements, and in my opin-
ion, in the whole of The
Bahamas was Stanyard
Creek which was known as
the “Garden of Eden”.

Minister Dr. Earle
Deveaux, Minister Byron
Woodside and Minister
Desmond Bannister are all
from the same tidy area.

Each Saturday morning
when I was a boy, the
women of Stanyard Creek
would not only clean but
polish their yards.

So, cleanliness should be
n the people’s genes who
come from this area. In
South Beach the greatest
problem is derelict cars.

If the Minister would
make examples out of those
who leave their yards and
the side of the road filled
with garbage and old cars,
then the Government
would not have to spend so
much of the tax payer’s
money on special clean up
campaigns.

They should also make
food vendors, especially the
99 cents breakfast vendors
who do not have sanitary
facilities to put the required
ones in place.

There are too many dis-
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These places are where
inspectors should be paying
attention, not only to the
high prices the food stores
are charging. There is a par-
ticular food store that is
dirty year round. The prop-
erty is really untidy with
dirty, stinking waste run-

ning around it. Children
walk in this area and when
we hear of all the new dis-
eases that the Public Health
Departments around the
world are fighting, we
should not allow those
responsible for these health
problems to get away math
it.

AUDLEY D. HANNA
SR. JP,

Nassau,

October 29, 2007.

Why is there
still overcrowding
at our school?

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I THANK you for allowing me to express myself in
your great paper.
It is with profound interest that I address this letter to

you. [am a concerned. parent of.a Grade 3 student attend- .

ing the Harbour Island All Age School.

The class has almost 50 students. The parents of stu-
dents in this class have:sent a letter (signatures of parents
included) to the Minister of Education and to date all we
have received is a note from the principal stating that the
District Education Officer has informed the District
Superintendent that a teacher will be sent in short order,
and this has been almost a month ago.

The parents of Grade 3 Harbour Island would be most
appreciative if the Minister would kindly treat this mat-
ter as urgent and send a teacher for our children.

Would he want his child to be taught in a crammed
class and uncomfortable?

The sad thing is that there is a class available but: there
is no teacher to put in the classroom with the children. I
feel that the situation is a serious one; especially given the
fact'that this is their G.L.A.T. exam year and they need
a teacher that can give each child one-on-one attention.

Why should our children be the least in this country
when it comes to receiving a proper education.

The Ministry of Education received an extremely large
sum of funds in the last budget so why is it that there is
still overcrowding and a lack of teachers for our Family
Island school?

I assume that Family Islands do not deserve the same
level of education as Nassau and Freeport according to
how we are treated.

The G.L.A.T. exams are fastly approaching and we are

pleading to the Minister of Education to please treat
this matter as urgent and send us a Primary School
teacher for grade 3.

GRADE 3 PARENTS,
Harbour Island,
All-Age School,
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ahead of key
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"MISTANBUL, Turkey

KURDISH rebels released
eight Turkish soldiers Sunday
on the eve of a meeting
between the Turkish prime
minister and President Bush
aimed at averting a cross-
border offensive against
guerrilla bases in northern
Iraq, according to Associated
Press.

The soldiers’ plight had
featured daily in Turkish
newspapers, and their release
remoyed a key source of
domestic pressure on Prime
Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo-
gan to send troops into
neighboring Iraq.

But Turkey was unlikely to
ease demands for tough
action against the rebel Kur-
distan Workers’ Party,
known as the PKK, which is

' believed to have several
mountain hideouts along the
Iraq-Turkey border.

Turkey wants Washington
to take specific measures to
stop the group from using the
ungoverned border region as
a staging area for attacks in
its decades-long war for
political autonomy for
Turkey’s Kurdish minority.

The PKK has killed more
than 40 Turks in cross-border
raids in the past month.

Turkey has ruled out talks

- with thé PKK, and has dis-
missed past overtures by the
rebels as attempts only to
improve their image or to
undercut the Turkish military
and political pressure.

“IT cannot see any kind of
link between the release of
the soldiers and the eradica-
tion of PKK in northern
Iraq” that Turkey is pressing
for, said Yalim Eralp, a for-
mer Turkish diplomat. “Nei-
ther will anyone in the state
institutions.”

Even as news of the

*. release spread, skirmishes

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to dispel the stigma of mental illness

@ By MATT MAURA
Bahamas Information
Services

A PSYCHIATRIC symposium
for church leaders, members and
workers, health-a-thon, fair and a
Junkanoo parade are among the
many activities planned for Sandi-
lands Month, which will be cele-
brated during the month of
November.

Officials at Sandilands Reha-
bilitation Centre (SRC) say the
activities should help to dispel the
stigma attached to mental illness in
The Bahamas by promoting inter-
action between patients and mem-
bers of the public.

The Health-a-thon and Fair will
honour the achievements of two of

the country’s statesmen, Sir
Arthur Foulkes and Sir Clifford
Darling, who will serve as patrons
with their wives, Lady Joan
Foulkes and Lady Ingrid Darling.

* The Sir Clifford and Lady
Ingrid Darling/Sandilands Fair will
be held on November 10 at the
Sandilands Fair Grounds, Fox Hill
Road.

The Sir Arthur and Lady Joan
Foulkes Health-a-Thon will be
held a week later, on Saturday,
November 17 beginning at 6.30am
and will be open to walkers,
cyclists and wheelchair competi-
tors.

The race for walkers will begin
at the SRC Compound turning
south onto Fox Hill Road, east to
Yamacraw Road, west onto Prince
Charles Drive and south onto Fox
Hill Road and ending at the SRC.

The cyclists will begin at the
SRC Compound, turn north onto
Fox Hill Road to the Fox Hill
round-a-bout, continue north on
Fox Hill Road before turning east
onto the Eastern Road, west onto
Yamacraw Road and north onto
Fox Hill Road, ending at the SRC
Compound.

The wheelchair race will begin
at the SRC Compound, turning
south onto Fox Hill Road, north
into Colony Village, west to Prince
Charles Drive and south onto Fox
Hill Road, ending at the SRC
Compound.

Mrs. Betsy Duyalier, Public
Relations Manager, says the Dar-
ling/Sandilands Fair will provide
mental health professionals with

1 an Opporttinity to promote inter-
action between patients and mem-

' bers ofthe public, in addition to

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removing the stigma attached to
mental illness.

“While persons outside of the
mental health arena take such
gatherings for granted, the mental
health professionals consider this

an assessment tool for the psychi- »

atric team,” Mrs. Duvalier said.

“The fair is a grand opportuni-
ty to observe patients interact with
strangers, develop socialization
skills and cope with the crowds.
The stigma about mental illness
has caused persons to shun the
Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre
even under normal circumstances.
It was therefore necessary to
devise a method by which persons
would not feel pressured into vis-
iting the Centre,” Mrs. Duvalier
added.

The Psychiatric Symposium will
be held Wednesday, November
14, at the Royal Bahamas Police
Force Conference Centre, East
Street and will focus on the
church’s role in the “sustained
rehabilitation of the mentally chal-
lenged.”

It is designed to equip pastors
and church workers with the skills
to successfully intervene prior to
the development of a crisis due to
the presence of mental illness and
to encourage church members to
accept and not reject individuals
who may become mentally ill.

The symposium will also
encourage church members and
workers to explore their own bias-
es, prejudices and fears about
mental illness that can render
them ineffective in assisting others
who may be mentally ill.

“Statistics show that 40 per cent
of the people who experience
mental illness first contact their
clergy,” Mrs. Duvalier said. “Most
often, they encounter little, if any,
help or guidance. The church has
to therefore train its people on
how to respond to mental illness
and that is what we hope to
accomplish at this symposium.

“The church should consider
learning about mental health and
illness because the Gospel has a
great contribution to make in the
area of ministeing to those with
personal and emotional concerns
and mental illnesses,” Mrs. Duva-
lier added.

Religious leaders, she said,
should consider organizing mental
health “Action Teams” in order
to assist members of their congre-
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MEMBERS OF the Organizing Com-
mittee of Sandilands Month have
planned a series of activities to
commemorate the month, includ-
ing a Psychiatric Symposium,
Health-a-Thon, fair, family day,
thanksgiving service, Junkanoo
parade and retirement luncheon.
Pictured from left are Mrs. Lorraine
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that mental disorders are a result
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“They can also help to remove
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MLOS ANGELES

HOLLYWOOD writers and :
studio representatives began last-
ditch negotiations Sunday in an :
effort to prevent a strike, the writ-
‘ers union Said, according to Asso- }
ciated Press. :

A federal mediator called the :
meeting between the Writers :
Guild of America and the }
Alliance of, Motion Picture and }
Television producers at an undis- ;
closed location. i

The writers’ contract expired :
Oct. 31, and they plan to strike }
at’ 12:01 a.m. Monday if a deal :
cannot be reached. The first pick- :
et lines would be seen at New
York’s Rockefeller Center, fol-
lowed by picket lines at various :
locations in Los Angeles, the }
guild said. :

The writers want more money }
from the sale of DVDs and a :
share of revenue generated by }
the sale of TV shows and films :
over the Internet. The studios say :
the demands are unreasonable }
and would hamper attempts to }
experiment with new media. i

The last time writers went on :
strike was in 1988. The walkout :
lasted 22 weeks and cost the }
industry about $500 million. :

WGA board members voted :
unanimously Friday to begin the }
strike unless studios offered a }
more lucrative deal. The two sides
have been meeting since July.

“The studios made it clear that :
they would rather shut down this :
town than reach a fair and rea- }
sonable deal,” Patric Verrone, :
president of the western chapter :
of the guild, said at a news con- :
ference. :

‘J. Nicholas Counter, chief :
negotiator for producers, called :
the writers’ strike “precipitous }
and irresponsible” in a prepared
statement. :

Producers believe progress can :
be made on other issues but “it
makes absolutely no sense to }
increase the burden of this addi-
tional compensation” involving :
DVDs and the Internet, he said. :

The first casualty of the strike :
would be late-night talk shows, :
which are dependent on current :
events to fuel monologues and }
other entertainment. i

“The Tonight Show” on NBC :
will go into reruns starting Mon- :
day if last-ditch negotiations fail :
and a strike begins, according toa }
network official who spoke on :
condition of anonymity because :
the person was not authorized to :
comment publicly. i

Comedy Central has said “The :
Daily Show with Jon Stewart” :
and “The Colbert Report” would :
likely go into repeats as well. ;

Daytime TV, including live talk
shows such as “The View” and :
soap operas, which typically tape :
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The strike would not immedi- :
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Robertson said the pirates
boarded skiffs after they left the
hijacked ships, and headed back to
Somalia. No shots were fired dur-
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no more details.

The U.S. has now intervened
four times in one week to help
ships hijacked by Somali pirates.
Sailors boarded a North Korean
ship to give medical assistance to
crew members who overpowered
their hijackers, and a Naval vessel
fired on pirate skiffs tied to a
Japanese-owned ship.

Robertson said that ship was still
under control of pirates, although
the U.S. Navy was still working to
free that ship from pirates. There
were no details on the other two
seized ships. Hijackings in the vast
stretch of water frequently go unre-
ported.

In South Korea, the Foreign
Ministry said 24 sailors onboard
the two Korean-owned ships seized
May 15 off Somalia were safe.
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and people of The Bahamas
during 29 years of exemplary
service,” said Mr Ingraham.
‘Her life work is an example
for others to emulate.”

Mrs Ebong joined the public
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Mrs Ebong was married to
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consultant and former

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the Cariforum States and the
European Union (EU) which
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The reported demands by
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imported European goods,
despite the crucial impor-
tance of tariffs to the govern-
ment revenues of countries
such as Antigua and Barbuda,
St Kitts-Nevis and Grenada,
were also worrying.

There also seemed to be
little interest in the capacity
of small companies in
Caribbean states to survive
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European companies whose
similar products would be
able to enter Caribbean mar-
kets at a lower price than
before. Equally, the effect
-on employment as a conse-
quence of the shrinkage, if
not the collapse, of such
Caribbean companies
~ appeared to be brushed aside.

The Caribbean, we were
told, must learn not only to
live without preferential
access to the EU market, but
their businesses must become
competitive in their own
domestic jurisdictions against
larger and richer European
firms.

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the same time IJ recognise that
even the most efficient of
Caribbean companies, except
in the service industries such
as banking, would be hard
pressed to compete with the
much larger and richer com-
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in the service industries, such
as banking and, for that mat-
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small Caribbean countries
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technology, they have the
capacity to compete success-
fully in the global market,
industrialised countries have
been in the vanguard of initi-
ating measures to strangle
them.

That was precisely what the
OECD’s “harmful tax com-
petition initiative” was about,
and so too were elements of
the Financial Action Task
Force’s (FATF) anti-money
laundering criteria which, to
this day, are ignored with
impunity in many OECD
countries while they are used
to penalise developing states.

Incidentally, the FATF cri-
teria is listed as one of the
“international standards” that
the EU wants the Caribbean
to accept in addition to agree-
ing to “exchange informa-
tion” in “illegal financing
activity” which is not defined.
This section was in square
brackets in the draft EPA I
saw, so at least, for now, it is
not yet agreed.

In previous commentaries
on the subject of the EPA
negotiations, I have raised the
issue that “competition” and
“government procurement”
have been introduced into the
EPA by the EU even though
these two matters were hotly
resisted in the wider trade
negotiations under the World
Trade Organisation (WTO).

Caribbean countries were

among those in the WTO
who resisted any right being
given to companies in indus-
trialised countries competing
with firms in developing
countries for government
contracts including construc-
tion. Yet, in the draft EPA
that is being negotiated
Caribbean countries have
conceded to the EU this prin-
ciple that they stoutly resisted
in the WTO.

If other developing coun-
tries now. accused: ‘the.
Caribbean of disloyalty in
their concession of this vital
point, they would not be
without some justification. In
time, Caribbean companies
that have to:face the offen-
sive of large European com-
panies might similarly feel
that their interests were over-
looked.

Then there is the question
of additional development
assistance. Reports had led
me to believe that additional
EU funding, while not earth
shattering, would be forth-
coming, but the draft EPA
makes no such commitment.
The absence of a commit-
ment suggests that any addi-
tionality will only come from ©
bilateral programmes of EU
member states. Yet, a recent
conversation with one EU
minister indicated that such
bilateral assistance, if forth-
coming at all, would be minis-
cule.

It has been stated publicly
that the Caribbean and the
EU will have their “final”
round of negotiations on the
EPA in the first week of
November.

But, there is to be a meet-
ing between EU ministers
and ministers of the African,
Caribbean and Pacific group
of countries in Brussels from
7 to 9 November, |...

That meeting provides a
chance — perhaps the last
chance — to get the ACP
countries to coalesce, and to
work out a way in which
these six separate negotia-
tions in which they have been
involved with the EU could
be collapsed into one grand
play off in which the
ACP plays as a single team
using its collective strength
to bargain a good result from
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Homes in The Bluff,
North Eleuthera suffer
severe water damage



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FROM page one

from the rest of the island.

A two mile stretch of the
Dean’s Highway — connecting
the island — was under two to
five feet of water, with large
buses and trailers the only vehi-
cles able to move through the
floods. 4

The island’s sole govern-
ment-operated water depot still
remains submerged under
about three feet of water,
putting it “out of commission”
for at least another week, the
island’s police chief, Inspector
Philip Rolle, told The Tribune
yesterday.

“The waterline was contami-
nated from (early October) dur-
ing the ‘Back to the Island Fes-
tival’ ... around that time we
got three days of rain also and
that’s why it’s so bad down
there now because it hadn’t
dried up as yet,” Insp Rolle
explained.

However, as promised by
Prime Minister Ingraham on his
assessment trip to the island on
Friday with Public Works Min-
ister Earl Deveaux, drinking
water has been distributed to
residents, who have been told
by local health officials to boil
local supplies before consump-
tion.

Schools are scheduled to
open today, however over the
weekend many residents of
Devil’s Point were unsure if
school buses would be able to
manoeuvre through the flood-
ing. Nathaniel Rolle, whose
home was left submerged under
a foot and a half of water on
Saturday, doubts that his chil-
dren will return to school for at

AT LEAST ten homes in The Bluff, North Eleuthera, have suf-
fered significant water damage as result of the flooding from Trop-
ical Storm Noel.

Alvin Smith, MP for the area, told The Tribune last
night that along with these homes, some 30 others just
narrowly missed serious flooding, as the water levels rose to their
doors.

“Tf the rain had continued for another maybe half and hour or an
hour, you would have had at least 30 more houses that probably
would have had water inside of them,” he said.

The rains, he continued, were particularly heavy in North
Eleuthera from noon to 6pm last Thursday, leaving the roads in
The Bluff virtually impassible.

Mr Smith said that the Ministry of Works has a team on the
ground in North Eleuthera, and that there are now also concerns
about mosquito infestation as a result of all the stagnant water still
on the ground; while, he added that cesspit overflows are also a
problem in several North Eleuthera communities because of the
flooding.

Mr Smith said that he has already conveyed these concerns to the
minister of health directly, and he has been assured that a team
from this ministry will be on the island early this week to assist res-

idents.
\

least another week and a half.

Yesterday afternoon, Inspec-
tor Rolle said a worker had
been dispatched to pump the
flood waters blocking Devil’s
Point’s main road in an effort to
make it easier for the school
bus to pass through.

During the peak of the storm,
‘in which some 26 residents had
to be evacuated to shelters, a
large trailer had to be sent to
the Zonicle Hill area to rescue
the police, as their vehicle was
under water.

During a tour of the “most
submerged point” of Cat Island
on Saturday, with local council-
man for the settlement
Nathaniel Gilbert, The Tribune
spoke with many Devil’s Point
residents who said they felt
“trapped” by the extensive
flooding of the main road lead-
ing from the settlement.

The Tribune rode with Mr
Gilbert in his truck, one of the
few. vehicles onthe island able
to get through the two-and-a-
half mile stretch of three-foot
high water flooding Dean’s
Stretch. After 20 minutes of
creeping through the murky
water, the tour headed west
towards the settlements of Dev-
il’s Point and McQueens. Water
levels at approximately five feet
deep seeped into the cab of the
truck as Mr Gilbert drove
through the quarter mile stretch
of flooding.

Local government officials
are very involved with the relief
efforts in the aftermath of Trop-
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of meetings planned over the
past few days to assess and

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weekend. The airport resumed
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were still under about a foot of
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last weekend as Gregory

ter city in celebrating the
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time in an atmosphere of"!

peace and love.” 4
He released ’Brilanders”,
new album ‘Getting by on sun;
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material and their two hits’
‘Party in the backyard’ and,
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“It was quite a challenge |
after the storm, Noel, decided ,
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and it has been great,” said,
Glenda Johnson of the Min-,
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the community, the Bahamas. I feel certai

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Also representing the Min?) .
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“Tt is just great being here,”
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LOCAL NEWS

Homes, roads and vehicles are




still under water in Long Island

FROM page one

still under water yesterday,
with significant damage to
appliances, floor tiles, carpets
and furniture, while sheet-rock
has reportedly been “dis-
solved” in several homes.

Mr Cartwright said that the
National Emergency Man-
agement Agency (NEMA)
sent supplies down to the
istand on Saturday, and water
and non-perishable items are
being distributed to residents
in need.

“NEMA has been very,
very. active,’. said: Mr
Cartwright, who added that

additional supplies from
groups in Nassau arrived on
Sunday and are also being dis-
tributed.

There is still significant

water in the streets of Scrub
Hill and Hamiltons, where
sports utility vehicles and
trucks are the only vehicles
that can drive through the
water. The roads from north-
ern Long Island communities,
such as Burnt Ground, which
connects the district with the
rest of the island, are still cut
off by water, Mr Cartwright
said.

Prime Minister Ingraham
and Works Minister Earl
Deveaux visited the island on



Friday making a limited tour
of the largely impassible roads
in Stella Maris, while also tak-

ing an aerial tour of southern °

Long Island.

The immediate aftermath of
the storm left the Stella Maris
airport under water, with tele-
phone services off, and resi-
dents using boats to get
around in the four to six feet
of water settled on the roads.

“Yesterday afternoon, the }
water came in —it was so high ;

—it had to come from the hill,”

said an emotional Wellington :
Taylor, local council repre-
sentative who was using a }
small boat to ferry PPS 2
through the flooded streets of

Stella Maris.

Mr Taylor. said that some /
residents who tried to ride :
through the flooded streets on :
bicycles, ended up drifting :
across the waters, using their ;

bicycles as floats.

“T started about this morn- :
ing, but actually I was going ;
from Monday and I hardly :
Mr Tay- :
lor said of his efforts to ferry :
residents back and forth
through the streets, adding :
that the residents in the north ;
were virtually cut off from the :

had any sleep at all,”

rest of the island.

“We want to let the people :
know in the north, that we :
about :
* said Mr Taylor shed- :
ding tears in front of Mr Ingra- :

really are concerned
them,

ham and the media.

Mr Cartwright said yester-
day that BTC informed him }
that 90 per cent of the phones :

were working on the island,

and that the island’s power has_

been largely restored.

Mr Deveaux told The Tri-
bune yesterday that teams :
from: his ministry are current- :
ly on the ground in Long :
Island doing an assessment. :
He said he was expecting }
reports yesterday and today :
to determine the extent of :
-assistance.needed from his :

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The teams sent, Mr Deveaux
said, are assessing the roads,
docks, clinics, schools and gov-
ernment buildings, while elec-
trical inspectors will go to indi-
vidual homes once all of the
water has subsided, to ensure
that they are safe for repow-
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The government is also

FROM page one

Vincent Road was reportedly
leaving a function in that area
when he was approached by two
“short” men.

While the victim was walking
towards his vehicle, one of the
men pulled out a handgun and
shot him in his abdomen. The
assailants fled the scene in the
victim’s gold coloured Chevy
Inipala. The victim is currently in
hospital where he is listed in seri-

working with the US Agency
for International Development
, which has offered pumps for
the waterlogged island. Cur-
rently, Mr Deveaux said, ‘five
ministry pumps are in use in
Pinewood Gardens, and US
pumps may be in use in the
affected central islands in a day
OT so.

‘Thief shot

ous condition. i

On Saturday at around 9.30
pm, a woman was near an East
Street church when she was held
up by a gunman. The assailant
robbed her of an undetermined
amount of cash and fled the scene
in the victim’s silver coloured
Mercedes Benz, license number
77087. Police are currently inves-
tigating these crimes.

Man dies of gun shot wound

FROM page one

Street and ending i in the area of Lucky Heart Corner, police said. A
search of the vehicle revealed a 12 gauge shotgun with two live rounds

of ammunition.

A 25-year-old Okra Hill resident was arrested and is presently in

police custody.

m@ AN AMERICAN lawyer became the country’s latest traffic fatal-

ity over the weekend.

According to a police report issued by Assistant Supt Walter Evans,
45-year-old Eric Glatter of Florida died after losing control of his

rented scooter. Reportedly Glatter, with a female companion, was
travelling east on the Eastern Road when he lost control of the scoot-
er and hit a wall on the northern side of the road.

The tourists, who had arrived by cruiseship, were taken to the hos- ° :

pital where Glatter died a short time later. His female companion,
whose identity has not been released, is still in hospital.

FROM page one

Memorial Hospital, where they
received emergency medical
treatment.

Because of the extent of his .

injuries, Mr Reckley was rushed
into surgery, while Mr Ste-
fanutti, whose injuries were also
very serious, was later airlifted
to Jackson Memorial Hospital
in Miami, Fla.

The majority of the injured

13 injured

passengers, whose ages range
from six to 29 years were
detained in hospital with seri-
ous injuries.

Motorists using the pubis
roads are urged to drive with
care and attention at all times
and with reasonable consider-
ation for other persons using
the roads, Chief Supt. Basil
Rahming said.

Christie: PM was out of control

FROM page one

apology from the prime minister regarding his treatment of Mr Christie

in the House.

To this Mr Ingraham responded:

“It is Mr Christie and his colleagues who owe the Bahamian public
an apology, not I, Mr Christie, for the mess in which they left the
judicial system of the Bahamas insofar as the prosecution of serious
crimes, such as rape and armed robbery, is concerned. The facts on this

score speak for themselves,”

he said.

Police statistics from 2001 to the September of this year reveal that

.those on bail for rape armed robbery and murder significantly increased

during this period. In 2001, five people were on bail for these crimes,
six people in 2002 and five in 2003. However, in 2004, 47 were on
bail, 39 in 2005 and some 107 in 2006.

THE TRIBUNE



Floods on

_Exuma
FROM page one

the windows of homes in the
area, and left several cars .
completely submerged.

Mr Ferguson said that
work crews had recently
cleared a trench that had
been “closed-up”” over the
years, through which the set-
tled water was now being
directed to the southern part
of the community away from
the homes.

“So hopefully by tomor-
row, if the pump continues,
the water will recede,” said
Mr Ferguson. “But we are
having some challenges on
the Queen’s Highway. There
are still pockets of water:
which makes it almost
impassible for the smaller
vehicles. Large vehicles can
pass by,-but I wouldn’t
advise persons to use that
road today and possibly
tomorrow.”

When The Tribune visited
late Friday night, the areas
of Ocean Addition west and
Grog Pond were heavily
flooded with some apart-
ments nearly submerged,
and cars floating into build-
ings.

At that time in Grog
Pond, the yellow truck of
Kevin Milford, who
drowned after accidentally
stepping into a’ pond,
remained stalled on a’back
road near the radio station
where. he worked and died
during the storm.

While addressing the
media after a tour of the
island, having seen the area
where Mr Milford had died,
Prime Minister Ingraham
expressed his sympathy to
the family of the deceased.

Mr Ingraham also told the
media that the flooding from

: the storm illustrated a prob-

lem in the Bahamas with
indiscriminate construction
of homes in low-lying areas,
and the filling in of wet-
lands. His comments came
after he had already pledged
changes to the Town Plan-
ning Act, which would
potentially end, or regulate
these practices.

The entrance to the Mt -
Thompson settlement was
also impassible Friday night
by vehicle, with flood waters
rising above the windows of
the local school.

“Mt Thompson school is
still under water,” Mr Fer-
guson told The Tribune last
night, three days after the
storm had left the Bahamas.

With discussions still
underway as to whether
there will be school on the
island today, Mr Ferguson
also told The Tribune that
the flooding has also slowed
commercial activity signifi-
cantly on the island, as many
employees have been unable
to get to work.

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Tropical storm

death toll rises
o 143 across
the Caribbean

@ LES CAYES, Haiti

THOUSANDS of Haitians
sought shelter in schoolhouses
Saturday as the death toll from
Tropical Storm Noel rose to 143
across the Caribbean, accord-
ing to Associated Press.

Heavy rains continued to
pound Haiti, leaving U.N. and
Haitian officials temporarily
stranded as they toured Haiti's
flooded southern peninsula.

Noel, which was lashing the
northeastern United States with
high winds and rough surf Sat-
urday, is the deadliest storm of
the 2007 Atlantic hurricane sea-
son, with the greatest devasta-
tion on the waterlogged island
of Hispaniola, shared by the
Dominican Republic and Haiti.

Desperation set in at shelters
in the volatile Port-au-Prince
slum of Cite Soleil, with people
at one schoolhouse complain-
ing on Saturday that U.N.
guards abandoned the site
overnight, allowing for a group
of machete-wielding men to
enter and threaten to rape
young women.

Roseline Pierre, a 46-year-old
mother with four children, said
they had not received any food
since Friday afternoon, and that
shelter officials locked them out
of classrooms Friday night, fore-
ing everyone to sleep in the
yard.

"What they're doing to them
is terrible,'' said Laine Pierre
Raymond, an official with the
Ministry of Interior who toured
the shelter on Saturday and crit-
icized authorities for their inac-
ae

Maj. Gen. Carlos Alberto
Dos Santos Cruz, Brazilian
commander of the U.N. force,
also visited the shelter and
denied guards had lett their post
overnight. He said responsibili-
ty for the nearly 10,000 evac-
uees rests with Haitian author-
ities.

But the Haitian government,
still struggling to rebuild after
years of turmoil, has been
almost entirely dependent on

overtaxed international aid

groups and U.N. peacekeepers
to cope with the disaster.

In the southwestern town of
Les Cayes, residents demand-
ed government compensation
for cows, goats and even TV
sets they lost in the flood.

"It rained for two days with-
out stopping,'' said 44-year-old
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turned into lakes as water cas-
caded down eroded mountains,
pumping plumes of sediment
into the Caribbean Sea.

Rains let up in the neighbor-
ing Dominican Republic, how-
ever, allowing flights carrying
urgently needed relief supplies.
An estimated 67,000 Domini-
cans were left homeless.

Tropical Storm Noel killed at
least 57 people in Haiti and the
Dominican Republic has con-
firmed 84 deaths from the
storm. Noel killed at least one
person each in Jamaica and the
Bahamas, and prompted the
evacuation of 30,000 people in
Cuba, where 60 percent of
roads and highways were dam-
aged or flooded.

Cuban Vice President Carlos
Lage toured flooded areas on
Saturday and said he discussed
the storm's impact with the
island's ailing leader Fidel Cas-
tro. ''Comrade Fidel has been
kept abreast of all the dam-
ages,'' Lage said on state TV.



Impoverished Haiti, howev-
er, is particularly vulnerable to
flooding because people have
cut down most of the country's
trees to make charcoal, leaving
the hillsides barren and unable
to absorb heavy rain.

Before Noel hit, at least 37
people had died in floods last
month during a deluge that
wrecked a town north of Port-
au-Prince.

The Dominican Republic is
not as deforested but also suf-
fers from severe flooding
because of its steep mountains -
and people who live in simple
homes along its rivers.

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deployed to Dominican Repub-
lic rescued several people Fri-
day, including a man tangled in’
a barb-wire fence who was sub-
merged up to his neck in water.
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to a statement pcos by the
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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

2007 on track
to he deatiliest
of the war for
US, despite
recent drops
in deaths

m@ BAGHDAD

WITH just under. two
months left in the year, 2007 is
on course to be the deadliest
year on record for American
forces in Iraq, despite a recent
sharp drop in U.S.. deaths,
according to Associated Press.

At least 847 American mil-
itary personnel have died in
Iraq so far this year — the
second-highest annual toll
since the war began in March
2003, according to Associated
Press figures.

In 2004, the bloodiest year
of the war for the U.S. so far,
850 American troops died.
Most were killed in large, con-
ventional battles like the cam-

paign to cleanse Fallujah of ,

Sunni militants in November,
and U.S. clashes with Shiite
militiamen in the sect’s holy
city of Najaf in August.

But the American military
in Iraq has increased its expo-
sure this year, reaching
165,000 troops — the highest
levels yet. Moreover, the mil-
itary’s decision to send sol-
diers out of large bases and
into Iraqi communities means
more troops have seen more
“contact with enemy forces”
than ever before, said Maj.
Winfield Danielson, a U.S.

. military spokesman in Bagh-

dad.

“Tt’s due to the troop surge,
which allowed us to go into
areas that were previously
safe havens for insurgents,”
Danielson said. “Having more
soldiers, and having them out
in the communities, certainly
contributes to our casualties.”

Last spring, U.S. platoons
took up positions — often in
abandoned houses or in mud-
dy, half-collapsed police sta-
tions — in the heart of neigh-
borhoods across Baghdad and
nearby communities. The
move was part of President
Bush’s new strategy to drive
al-Qaida from the capital.

The idea was to fight the
“three-block war” — in the
words of the Pentagon coun-
terinsurgency manual written
in part by America’s com-
mander in Iraq, Gen. David
Petraeus — by embedding
US. forces inside Iraqi com-
munities in ordér to win the
trust and, crucially, the aid of
residents.

It was the first time many
residents had seen U.S. troops

- up close, rather than whizzing

by in armored convoys en
route to huge bases that house
thousands of troops. And it
was the first time many U.S.
troops went to bed each night
outside those fortresses, to the
sounds of. Iraqi life: gunfire,
the roar of helicopters over-
head and an occasional explo-
sion.

The move has worked, US.
officials say. Increasingly, the
sounds of Baghdad include
children playing in the streets.

“Tt’s allowed Iraqi civilians
to get-more comfortable with
U.S. forces — increasing the
number of tips we get from
Iraqi citizens,” Danielson said.
“That leads us to insurgent
leaders and cells, and cleaning
those up has led to a decline
in violence over the past cou-
ple months.”

Stationing U.S. troops in
communities, where they have
reduced the level of Iraqi-on-
Iraqi violence, also appears
to have helped win the trust
of the leaders of Shiite and
Sunni communities. And that
has helped the U.S. persuade
those leaders to join the fight
against radical groups, espe-
cially al-Qaida in Iraq.

The U.S. troop increase
also put pressure on anti-
American Shiite cleric Muq-
tada al-Sadr, who called a for-
mal cease-fire in August.
That, it appears, has slashed
the number of mutilated bod-
ies discovered on the banks
of the Tigris River and other
dump sites each day, the
apparent victims of sectarian
murders.

At least 1,023 Iraqi civil-
ians died in September, but
in October, that figure was
just 875.

On average, 56 Iraqis —
civilians and security forces
— have died each day in 2007.
Twenty were killed or found
dead on Sunday, including an
aide to the finance minister,
who was ambushed in Bagh-
dad. Twelve of the deaths
were in volatile “Diyala
province, including an Iraqi
soldier, a policeman and an

. 8-year-old child, all killed sep-

arately.

But the same strategy that
U.S. military officials say has
reduced violence so sharply
in recent months is what
made 2007 so deadly for
American forces.



Ben’Curtis/AP

THE SARCOPHAGUS of King Tut is placed back in his underground tomb in the famed Valley of the Kings in Luxor, Egypt Sunday, Nov. 4, 2007. The mummy of the 19-year-old
pharaoh, whose life and death has Captivated people for nearly a century, was placed in a climate-controlled glass box in the tomb, with only the face and feet showing under the
linen covering.

Egypt unveils King Tut’s face to public,
85 years after the discovery of tomb —

@ LUXOR, Egypt

KING TUT’S. buck-
toothed face was unveiled
Sunday for the first time in
public — more than 3,000
years after the youngest
and most famous pharaoh
to rule ancient Egypt was
shrouded in linen and
buried in his golden under-

‘ground tomb, according to

Associated Press.
Archeologists carefully
lifted the fragile mummy
out of a quartz sarcopha-
gus decorated with stone-
carved protective goddess-
es, momentarily pulling

aside a beige covering to

reveal a leathery black
body.

The linen was then
replaced over Tut’s narrow
body so only his face and
tiny feet were exposed, and
the 19-year-old king, whose
life and death has captivat-
ed people for nearly a cen-
tury, was moved to a sim-
ple glass climate-controlled
case to keep it from turn-
ing to dust.

“I can say for the first
time that the mummy is
safe and the mummy is well
preserved, and at the same
time, all the tourists who
will enter this tomb will be
able to see the face of
Tutankhamun for the first
time,” Egypt’s antiquities
chief Zahi Hawass said
from: inside the hot and
sticky tomb.

“The face of the golden
boy is amazing. It has mag-
ic and it has mystery,” he
added.

Hawass said scientists
began restoring the badly
damaged mummy more
than two years ago. Much
of the body is broken into
18 pieces — damage sus-
tained when British archae-
ologist. Howard Carter first
discovered it 85 years ago,
took it from its tomb and
tried to pull off the famous
golden mask, Hawass said.

But experts fear a more
recent phenomenon —
mass tourism — is further
deteriorating Tut’s mum-
my. Thousands of tourists
visit the underground
chamber every month, and
Hawass said within 50
years the mummy could
dissolve into dust.

“The humidity and heat
caused by ... people enter-
ing the tomb and their
breathing will change the
mummy to a powder. The
only good thing (left) in

‘this mummy is the face. We



Ben Curtis, Pool/AP

EGYPT’S ANTIQUITIES chief Dr. Zahi Hawass speaks to the media over the linen-wrapped mummy of King
Tut in his underground tomb in the famed Valley of the Kings in Luxor, Egypt Sunday, Nov. 4, 2007. The
mummy of the 19-year-old pharaoh, whose life and death has captivated people for nearly a century, was
placed in a climate-controlled glass box in the tomb, with only the face and feet showing under the linen cov-
ering.

need to preserve the face,”
said Hawass, who wore his
signature Indiana Jones-
style tan hat.

The mystery surrounding
King Tutankhamun — who
ruled during the 18th
dynasty and ascended to
the throne at age 8 — and
his glittering gold tomb has
entranced ancient Egypt
fans since Carter first dis-
covered the hidden tomb,
revealing a trove of fabu-
lous gold and precious
stone treasures and pro-
pelling the once-forgotten
pharaoh into global star-
dom.

He wasn’t Egypt’s most

powerful or important
king, but his staggering
treasures, rumors of a mys-
terious curse that plagued
Carter and his
debunked by experts long
ago — and several books
and TV documentaries
dedicated to Tut have
added to his intrigue.
Archeologists in recent
years have tried to resolve
lingering questions over
how he died and his pre-
cise royal lineage. In 2005,
scientists removed Tut’s
mummy from his tomb and
placed it into a portable
CT scanner for 15 minutes
to obtain a three-dimen-

team — :

sional image. The scans
were the first done on an
Egyptian mummy.

The results ruled out that
Tut was violently murdered
— but stopped short of
definitively concluding how
he died around 1323 B.C,
Experts, including Hawass,
suggested that days before
dying, Tut badly broke his
left thigh, an apparent acci-
dent that may have result-
ed in a fatal infection.

The CT scan also provid-
ed the most revealing
insight yet into Tut’s life
He was well-fed and
healthy, but slight, stand-
ing 5 feet, 6 inches tall at

the time of his death. The ©

scan also showed he had
the overbite characteristic
of other kings from his
family, large incisor teeth
and his lower teeth were
slightly misaligned.

The unveiling of Tut’s
mummy comes amid a
resurgence in, the frenzy
over the boy king. A high-
ly publicized museum
exhibit traveling the globe
drew more than 4 million
people during its initial
four-city American-leg of
the tour.

The exhibit will open
Noy. 15 in London and lat-
er will make a three-city
encore tour in the U.S.
beginning with the Dallas
Museum of Art.

The Egyptian tourism
industry is hoping to capi-
talize on that interest and
draw tourists to Luxor to
see something they could-
n’t in traveling exhibit —
the mummy itself.

The number of tourists
who visit Tut’s tomb is
expected to double to 700 a
day now that the mummy
will be on display indefi-
nitely, said Mostafa Waz-
ery, who heads the Valley
of the Kings for Egypt’s
Supreme Council of Antiq-
uities. Most of Egypt’s oth-
er identified mummies are
on display in museums in
Luxor and Cairo.

But not every tourist was
eager to find out that Tut’s
mummy was being moved
to a modern, see-through
case.

“T really think he should
be left alone in quiet, in
peace,” said British tourist
Bob Philpotts after view-
ing Tut’s tomb before the
mummy was moved on
Sunday. “This is his rest-
ing place, and he should be
left (there).”

Hawass said experts will
begin another project to
determine the pharaoh’s
precise royal lineage. It is
unclear if he is the son ora
half brother of Akhenaten,
the “heretic” pharaoh who
introduced a revolutionary
form of monotheism to
ancient Egypt and was the
son of Amenhotep III.

Sunday’s unveiling
ensured the boy pharaoh
would remain eternal, said
Hawass.

“IT can assure ‘you that
putting this mummy in this
case, this showcase, can
make the golden boy live
forever,” he said.
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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

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Robin Hood's
shrinking
home forest
heeds massive
rescue plan

@ EDWINSTOWE,
England

ROBIN HOOD might have
a hard time hiding out in the
Sherwood Forest of today,
according to Associated Press.

The forest once covered about
100,000 acres, a big chunk of pre-
sent-day Nottinghamshire Coun-
ty. Today its core is about 450
acres, with patches spread out
through the rest of the county.

Experts say urgent action is
needed to regenerate the forest
and save the rare and endan-
gered ancient oaks at its heart.

Some 15 organizations have
joined forces to draw up a rescue
plan, hoping to win a $100 mil-
lion grant through a TV compe-
tition in December.

“If you.ask someone to think
of something typically English
or British, they think of the Sher-
wood Forest and Robin Hood,”
said Austin Brady, the regional
director of the East Midlands
Conservancy Forestry Commis-
sion.

“They are part of our nation-

al identity ... but the Sherwood’

forest is a real place and the real
forest needs help too.”

The forest is beloved for its
connection to Robin Hood, the
legendary 13th century bandit

swho supposedly hid there from

his nemesis, the Sheriff of Not-
tingham, in between stealing
from the rich and giving to the
poor.

One of Sherwood’s oldest and
most celebrated trees is. Major
Oak near Edwinstowe, the town
where legend has Robin marry-
ing Maid Marion. Historians
believe it and other Sherwood:
oaks could have been saplings
back in Robin’s time.

Park rangers say the collec-
tion of ancient oaks is one of the

greatest in Europe. But they see.

an increase in the trees’ rate of
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states, including some that de
not recognize Israel. The ini-
tial, outline agreement would
provide a springboard for full-
fledged negotiations on pro-
ducing a Palestinian state.

Rice said little about her
agenda for two days of closed-
door sessions with Israeli and
Palestinian leaders, although
she had said beforehand that




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she did not expect to produce
a written version of the out-
line on this trip.

Israel and the Palestinians
have not announced progress
on drafting a blueprint since
Rice last visited the area three
weeks ago. Her current trip is
her eighth this year.

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conference has been set
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Israel and the United States

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in the West Bank, freezing out °

Islamic Hamas militants who

seized control of the Gaza ”

Strip in June.

“There is a willingness to do
this, even though the situation
on the ground, especially in

Gaza Strip, is complicated,” :

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“They’re working on some
knotty issues,” Rice told
reporters Saturday on her way
to Israel. “I want to help make
sure they’re working in a
straight line ahead.”

She was also meeting Sun-
day with Prime Minister Ehud

Olmert and Defense Minister .

Ehud Barak, and with former
British Prime Minister Tony
Blair. Blair is now an interna-
tional envoy working to
improve Palestinian govern-
ment institutions.

On Monday she has meet-
ings scheduled with Abbas,
Palestinian Prime Minister
Salam Fayyad and Qureia.

On Saturday, Fayyad told .

The Associated Press that
Palestinians will not regard
U.S.-led Middle East peace
efforts as credible unless a
deadline is set for a deal.
Israel has rejected a time-

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@ KABUL, Afghanistan

SIX years after the Tal-
iban’s ouster, medical care
in Afghanistan has improved
such that nearly 90,000 chil-
dren. who would have died
before age 5 in 2001 will sur-
vive this year, Afghan Presi-

dent Hamid Karzai said Sun-

day.

Saddled for years with one
of the world’s worst records
on child health, Afghanistan
has seen access to health
care rise dramatically since
the U.S.-led invasion.

Thousands of health clinics
have been built across the
country, and the Afghan
government and aid agencies
have trained tens of thou-
sands of doctors, vaccinators
and health volunteers who

now reach into some of the}

country’s most remote areas.

Access to health care for
Afghans has jumped from 8
percent of the population in
the 1990s to close to 85 per-
cent today, thanks in large
part to efforts by USAID,
the World Bank and the
European Commission.

The under-S child mortal-
ity rate in Afghanistan has
declined from an estimated
257 deaths per 1,000 live
births in 2001 to about 191
per 1,000 in 2006, a 25-per-
cent drop, the Ministry of
Public Health said, relying
on a new study from Johns
Hopkins University.

“This is certainly very pos-
itive news,” said the U.N.
spokesman in Afghanistan,

from such low life expectan-
cy to see this improvement
does appear to be an indica-
tion that the work on the
health sector here is begin-
ning to pay off.”

President Hamid Karzai,
surrounded ‘by smiling
Afghan children at a news
conference in Kabul,
thanked aid organizations
and health workers for their
work. He said 89,000 chil-
dren will be saved each year
because of the improved
health care. i

Still, Afghanistan faces
severe problems. Even with
the improvements, almost
one in five Afghan children
will die before age 5, trans-
lating into 250,000 childhood
deaths a year, mostly from
malnutrition, diarrhea,
tuberculosis and malaria,
said Health Minister
Mohammad Amin Fatimi.

Childhood immunizations
have risen dramatically, but
Afghan infants make up the
bulk of the country’s high
child mortality rate, said
Tariq Ihsan of Save the Chil-
dren.

“Many newborns are
dying because they don’t
have access to immediate
health care. I think that’s a
real challenge for
Afghanistan. They need to
ask, ’Are we saving enough
newborns?”” [hsan said.

Still, deaths of Afghan
children who don’t reach
their first birthday have
dropped from 165 per 1,000
in 2001 to 129 per 1,000
today, a drop of some 22 per-
cent, Edwards said.

Afghanistan’s child mor-
tality rate, from birth to age
5, has been among the
world’s worst. Before recent
improvements, only Sierra
Leone, with 283 child deaths
per 1,000 live births, Angola
with 260 and Niger at 259
ranked below Afghanistan’s

257, UNICEF said in a 2006
report.

By comparison, the United
States has eight under-S child
deaths per 1,000 births. Sin-

gapore and Iceland, with.

three childhood deaths per
1,000, topped the rankings.

USAID has spent $309
million since 2002 to
improve health services in 13
of Afghanistan’s northern
provinces, said Julie Fossler,
a spokeswoman for USAID.

More than 670 clinics have
been constructed and 10,000
health care workers, trained
there, and more than 7 mil-
lion children have been vac-
cinated for polio, according
to USAID information.

The UNICEF report not-
ed that, like Afghanistan,
most of the countries with
the worst child mortality
rates have suffered from
armed conflict.

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PAKISTAN’S POLITICAL activists look from a police van after they have been arrested in Multan, Pakistan on Sunday, Nov 4, 2007. Police wielding assault rifles rounded up hun-
dreds of opposition leaders and activists Sunday after Pakistan’s military ruler suspended the constitution, ousted the top judge and deployed troops to fight what he called rising

Islamic extremism. ;

| Pakistani activists arrested; election

Adrian Edwards. “To come .

could be delayed for up to one year

@ ISLAMABAD, Pakistan

POLICE and soldiers emboid-
ened by state of emergency pow-
~ers swept up hundreds of activists
and opposition members on Sun-
day, dragged away protesters
shouting “Shame on you!”, and
turned government buildings into
barbed-wire compounds, accord-
ing to Associated Press.

Gen. Pervez Mushatrat’s gov-
ernment said parliamentary elec-
tions could be delayed up to.a
year as it tries to stamp out a
growing Islamic militant threat
— effectively linking two of the
greatest concerns of Pakistan’s
biggest international donors: the
United States and Britain.

Increasingly concerned about
the unfolding crisis, Secretary of
State Condoleezza Rice said
Washington was reviewing bil-
lions of dollars in aid to its close
terrorism-fighting ally. Britain is
also examining its assistance.

“Some of the aid that goes to
Pakistan is directly related to the
counterterrorism mission,” Rice
told reporters traveling with her.
“We just have to review the situ-
ation,”

But, she said, she did not
expect the U.S. “to ignore or set
aside our concerns about terror-
ism.”

Scores of paramilitary troops
blocked access to the Supreme
Court and parliament. Streets in
the capital appeared largely calm,

with only a handful of demon-.

strations. But one, attended by
40 people at the Marriott Hotel,
was broken up by baton-wield-
ing police,

“Shame on you! Go Musharraf
go!” the protesters shouted as
officers dragged some out of the
crowd and forced them to the
ground. Eight were taken away in
a van.

Others were apathetic. Stand-
ing at on a dusty street corner in
Islamabad, Togul Khan, 38, said
he didn’t care about the emer-
gency declaration.

“For us, life stays the same,
even when politicians throw Pak-
istan into the sky, spin it around
and watch as it crashes back
down to earth,” the day laborer
said as he waited for work.

In an address to the nation late
Saturday, Musharraf said the
growth of a militant Islamic
movement and a court system
that hindered his powers forced
him to declare a state of emer-
gency, despite the urging of
Western allies against authori-
tarian measures.

Less than 24 hours after the
order was issued, militants in the
Afghan border freed 211. cap-
tured Pakistani soldiers in
exchange for the army’s decision
to free 28 insurgents, including
some allegedly connected to sui-
cide attacks, officials said.

Though they gave no explana-
tion for the decision, it appeared
to fly in the face of Musharraf’s



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kers in Lahore, Pakistan on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2007. Authorities rounded up opposition leaders Sunday after







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Gen. Pervez Musharraf suspended Pakistan's constitution, declaring rising Islamic extremism forced him to take emergency measures that includ-
ed replacing the nation’s chief judge and blacking out the independent media that refused to support him.

claims that emergency rule was
needed to make sure terrorists
— dozens of whom he says have
been freed by Pakistani courts
-— stay off the streets.

Critics say Musharrat, a 1999
coup leader who had promised
to give up his army post and
become a civilian president this
year, imposed emergency rule in
a last-ditch attempt to cling to
power,

His leadership is threatened by
the Islamic militant movement
that has spread from bordei
regions to the capital, the reemer-
gence of political rival and for:
mer prime minister, Benazir
Bhutto, and an increasingly defi-
ant Supreme Court, which was
expected to rule soon on the
validity of his recent presidential
election win. Hearings scheduled
for next week were postponed
indefinitely.

Attorney General Malik

Mohammed Qayyum denied
claims by Bhutto and others that
Musharraf had imposed martia!
law — direct rule by the army
under the guise of a state of
emergency.

He noted the prime minister
was still in place and that the leg-
islature would complete its term
next week.

Crucial parliamentary elections
had been scheduled for January,
but Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz
said the polls could be delayed
up to.a year,

e said the extraordinary meéa-
sures would be in place “as long
as it is necessary.”

In Islamabad, phone service
that-was cut Saturday evening
appeared to have been restored
by Sunday morning, but televi-
sion news networks other than
state-controlled Pakistan TV
remained off the air.

Aziz said up to 500 people

were detained nationwide in 24
hours.

Among them were Javed
Hashmi, the acting president of
the party of former Prime Minis-
tery Nawaz Sharif; cricket star-
turned politician, Imran Khan;
Asma Jehangir, chairman of the
independent Human Rights
Commission of Pakistan; and
Hamid Gul, former chief of the
main intelligence agency and a
critic of Musharraf.

Around 200 police with assault
rifles and sticks stormed the
rights commission’s office in the
eastern city of Lahore, breaking

‘up a meeting and arresting about

50 members, said Mehbood
Ahmed Khan, legal officer for
the activists.

“They dragged us out, includ-
ing the women,” he said from the
police station. “It’s inhuman,
undemocratic and a violation of
human rights to enter a room and

arrest people gathering peace-
fully there.”

Bhutto, who narrowly escaped
assassination in an Oct. 18 sui-
cide bombing that killed 145 oth-
ers, scoffed at claims that
Musharraf imposed the emer-
gency measures to fight Islamic
militants — even though Muslim
insurgents were widely blamed
for the attempt on her life.

“Many people in Pakistan
believe that it has nothing to do
with stopping terrorism, and it
has everything to do with stop-
ping a court verdict that was com-
ing against him,” she told the
weekend edition of ABC News’
“Good Morning America.”

Musharraf replaced the chief
justice, [ftikhar Mohammed
Chaudhry, who had emerged as
the main check on the his power.
Aitzaz Ahsan, a lawyer who rep-
resented the judge, also was
arrested.
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Interpol weighs
putting Iranians on
most-wanted list for

94 Argentina bombing

@ BUENOS AIRES,
Argentina

IRAN’S top diplomat says
the U.S. and Israel are pressur-
ing Interpol to put five Irani-
ans and one Lebanese on its
most wanted list next week for
the 1994 bombing of a Jewish
community center that killed 85
‘people, according to Associat-
ed Press.

But the lead prosecutor in

Argentina’s worst terror attack .

says the case is not political.
Prosecutors say they have
enough evidence for Interpol’s
186-member general assembly
to approve “red notices” for the
six suspects during a meeting
that opens Monday in Mar-
rakech, Morocco,

There have been no convic-
tions 13 years after an explo-
sives-laden van leveled the sev-
en-story Jewish community cen-
ter in Buenos Aires.

Argentine prosecutors allege
Iranian officials orchestrated
the bombing and entrusted the
Lebanon-based militant group
Hezbollah to carry it out.

Mohsen Baharvand, Iran’s
top diplomat in Argentina,
insisted the Iranians were not
involved in the attack and
accused the United States and
Israel of using the case as a
political weapon against Iran.

“They try to bother Iran for
many reasons,” Baharvand told
The Associated Press “They try
to politicize the technical orga-
nizations in every corner of the

- world against Iran.”

A red notice means a suspect
is wanted for possible extradi-
tion. While it does not force
countries to arrest or extradite
suspects, people with red-notice
status appear on Interpol’s
equivalent of a most-wanted list.

: Suffragan Bishop
Wilfred Mackey

Suffragan Bishop
Christopher Minnis |

The case poses one of the
toughest challenges for the
international police liaison
group based in Lyon, France,
which mostly deals with routine
police requests.

In Marrakech, Interpol is
expected to outline arguments
from both Argentina and Iran.
If a simple majority decides in
Argentina’s favor, the notices
will be issued. Iran has asked
that the issue be delayed until
next year, a request expected
to be voted on first.

“Iran has been permanently
trying to politicize this,” Argen-
tine prosecutor Alberto Nisman
said before flying to Marrakech.
“We are going to Morocco with
our truth and we are going to
explain why these persons are
being sought, as simple as that.”

The July 18, 1994 attack
struck hard at Argentina’s
200,000-member Jewish com-
munity, Latin America’s largest.
It came just two years after a
bombing that shattered Israel’s
embassy in Buenos Aires,
killing 29.

Many here remain indignant
that no one has been convicted
for the community center blast.
Several Argentine suspects —
civilians and former police offi-
cers accused of providing sup-
port to the bombers — were
cleared in a trial three years
ago.

Victims’ relatives have com-
plained for years that the inves-
tigation was: bungled. Amid
allegations he paid a key wit-
ness, the investigating judge on
the case was removed and later
impeached.

Now Argentine officials and
Jewish community leaders hope
Interpol can give a boost to the
country’s beleaguered justice
system.

. Saffragan Bishop

District Elder
_Lilymae Knowles

‘Ezekiel Munnings —

“Today the world is preoccu-
pied by terrorism,” said Aldo
Donzis, president of the Dele-
gation of Israeli-Argentine
Associations. “There are ever-
fewer countries who do not live
without worry for (terrorists’)
actions.”

Iran’s constitution does not
allow citizens to be extradited in
cases like the bombing, Bahar-
vand said.

Instead, Iranian officials have
proposed that Argentina agree
to legal and judicial coopera-
tion that would let Tehran share
information on the case.

Argentina has turned down
the proposal.

Among the suspects wanted
by Argentina are former Iran-
ian intelligence chief Ali Fal-
lahian, former leader of the elite
Revolutionary Guards Mohsen
Rezaei, and Hezbollah militant
Imad Moughnieh, one of the
world’s most sought-after ter-
ror suspects.

Moughnieh is wanted for his
alleged role in the kidnapping of
Westerners in Lebanon in the
1980s, and suicide attacks on
the U.S. Embassy and a Marine
base in Lebanon that killed
more than 260 Americans.

His whereabouts
unknown.

Interpol denied Argentina’s

are

request for red notices for for- .

mer Iranian President Hashe-
mi Rafsanjani, as well as the
country’s former foreign min-
ister and ambassador to Buenos
Aires.

“They should come and testi-
fy here if they say they are inno-
cent,” said Adriana Resfield,
whose 35-year-old sister was

killed in the bombing. “So far _

they have refused to come and
that raises even more suspi-
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national police agency’s “most wanted” list for the bombing.

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‘. BE N’?DJAMENA, Chad

SEVEN Europeans among 17
detained for over a week in an
, alleged attempt to kidnap 103
|. African children were released
.’, om Sunday and left the country
with French President Nicolas
_ Sarkozy, according to Associat-
ed Press:
+>: +t was the second time since
*.!-taking office in May that the
.~. ‘French leader has intervened in
_. a major international legal dis-
".* pute. :
“>i+' The Europeans — among
them nine French citizens —
*. were arrested Oct. 25 when a
.:.charity calling itself Zoe’s Ark
*.-was stopped from flying the
i> children to Europe. The group
.’ Said the children were from.
'-' Sudan’s Darfur region and that
'. ‘itintended to place them with
: + host families. ,

“Journalists

2+: Sarkozy, met with Chad’s
‘+ leader, Idriss Deby, trading
-' back slaps and cheek kisses,
. before leaving Chad on his offi-
- cial jet with three French jour-
* sialists and four flight attendants
_ front Spain.

7,7. “They are free. It’s over. It’s

,' the end,” said Jean-Bernard
‘+ | Padare, a lawyer for the group.
'.*. ‘Deby said he-acted in his own
.' Volition: “There is no pressure
en Chad, nor on President
és_-Deby.”

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mentary raising further suspi-
_-ctens about how the charity
“,1.gfoup operated, made mostly
_-_- with footage shot by one of the
.*. journalists who flew home with

Sarkozy.
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“eon: man Mare Garmirian of the

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“shows one: charity, worker hap- ,,

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..°. brought by tribal elders to the
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in kidnapping

Speaking through translators, |
she demands neither details nor |
even the most basic documen-
tation or verification, j

Asked if she could be mis-'
taken om even the most basic.
facts — like whether the indi-,

vidual children were Chadian}

or Sudanese or whether they’
were indeed orphans — she
readily acknowledges she could
be wrong.

In other scenes, the charity
workers wrap the children’s
heads and limbs in gauzy ban-,
dages, dousing some of them
with iodine to make them look,
in the words of one worker, like
“war casualties.”

The footage comes to an
abrupt end when Chadian
authorities nab the charity
workers. -

Zoe’s Ark maintains its inten-
tions were purely humanitari-
an and that it had conducted
investigations over several
weeks to determine the children
it was taking were orphans.

However, France’s Foreign
Ministry and others have cast
doubt on the group’s claims that
the children were orphans from
Sudan’s western Darfur region,
where fighting since 2003 has
forced thousands to flee to
Chad and led directly or indi-
rectly to the deaths of more
than 200,000 people.

Aid workers who interviewed
the children said Thursday most
of them had been living with
adults they considered their
parents and came from villages
on the Chadian-Sudanese bor-
der region.

A report in Le Parisien daily
Sunday quoted men who iden- >
tified themselves as the fathers
of several of the:children as say-
ing the charity workers offered
to educate their children.

They “talked about a new

school that had. been:.built\... . ,
and (said)! our children could:

be educated there,” said'a man
quoted by the paper who was
identified only as Adberahim.

case,

He said three of his children
were among those taken by the:

group.

Those detained in the case
include the charity workers, the
journalists and the crew of the
plane the group planned to use
to take the children to France.
The crew included Spaniards
and a Belgian pilot.

In Brussels on Sunday, Bel-
gian Foreign Minister Karel De
Gucht said he would send a top
diplomat to Chad to learn
more about the Belgian pilot’s
record,

Crew

A turning point in the case
appeared to come on Thursday,
when Deby said on state televi-
sion that he hoped the journal-
ists and members of the flight
crew would be freed soon —
distinguishing between them
and the charity workers.

On Saturday, the head of
Zoe’s Ark, Eric Breteau, told
judicial officials in Chad that
the journalists and the Spanish
flight crew had nothing to do
with the group’s activities.

Earlier this week, Sarkozy
had harsh words for Breteau’s
group, saying its workers
“were wrong to do what they
did.”

The episode comes at a sen-
sitive time in Chad’s relations
with Europe. The European
Union is planning to deploy a
peacekeeping force in Chad and
Central African Republic com-
posed largely of French soldiers.
The 3,000-strong force is to help
refugees along the two nations’
borders with Darfur.

In July, Sarkozy’s then-wife,
Cecilia, helped broker the
release of five Bulgarian nurses
and a Palestinian doctor held
for more. than eight years in

Libya, where, they, were accused
of deliberately infecting hun-

dreds of children with the AIDS
virus.

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TWO carloads of gunmen
ambushed a top aide to Iraq’s
Finance Ministry on Sunday in
Baghdad, killing him and his driver,
police said. The two were among 15
people killed or found dead in Iraq,
according to Assocaited Press.

The Finance Ministry had no
immediate comment about the
attack on Qutaiba Badir al-Din
Mohammed, .a Sunni adviser to
Iraq’s finance minister.

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iraqi Finance Ministry aide killed with driver:

| Violence claimed the lives of 10

Iraqis in Diyala, the troubled
' province northeast of Baghdad.
' Police said the victims included an
, Iraqi soldier, a policeman and an 8-
| year-old child, all killed separately.
The soldier died when gunmen
attacked his patrol in Khalis, a most-
‘ly Shiite town 50 miles north of the
capital, police said. Three other sol-
‘diers were wounded in the attack,
‘they said.
The child died after seven mor-
- tar rounds landed on a residential

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area in the same’ town at sunrise; . ‘ .

police said. A woman was also.

wounded by the barrage, And thé at

policeman was killed in a drive-by

_shooting in nearby Muqdadiyah, 60

miles north of Baghdad, police said.

Meanwhile, police said clashes’
broke out in Buhriz, a suburb of* »* ."'
Diyala’s provincial capital, Baqouba: ~~ -
Policemen backed by members of -~-"

|

the 1920s Revolution Brigades, a
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on hold if no EPA treaty

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

olymers Interna-

tional has warned

‘it will “put on

hold” plans to

expand the capac-

ity of its Freeport-based plant

by 20 per cent if the Bahamas

does not sign the Economic

Partnership Agreement (EPA

with the European Union

(EU), saying it “does not make

sense” at a time when it stands
to lose 8-10 per cent of sales.

Greg Ebelhar, the poly-











@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business
Editor

THE Government has “no
reason to believe” its 2007-
2008 fiscal and Budgetary tar-

minister of state for finance
told The Tribune, adding that
. it did not “anticipate anything
_ significant” in terms of rev-
- enue losses from Tropical

SEE page 7

‘No reason to believe’
fiscal targets not met

gets will not be achieved, the .

Zhivargo Laing

* Company says impact ‘felt all round’ in Freeport by the trucking
companies, MSC, Container Port if 8-10 per cent UK sales are lost

* But signs of government policy shift at 11th hour, as minister
denies reports Bahamas said it will ‘not sign’ EPA

styrene products manufactur-
er’s chief operating officer, said
the company’s position had not
changed since Tribune Busi-
ness first revealed on August
29 that it would suffer a 15 per
cent sales reduction if it lost

EPA offers crucial
for Brussels meet

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Bahamas must submit

its Economic Partnership ©
Tribune from Jamaica: “The

Agreement (EPA) offers on
market access and services by

the time trade ministers meet

in Brussels next week to agree
the treaty’s final wording, the
private sector’s leading adviser
saying this nation still had an
opportunity to participate “very
late in the day”.

-’ Hank Ferguson, who is advis-

ing the Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce and its globaliza-

~ tion/trade liberalization com-

mittee on the EPA, told The

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

’ MAKING the Bahamas a
“venture capital hub” is the
ambition for the general partner
of the only such fund operating

' .from these shores, in addition to

assisting Bahamian companies
with financing for their business
plans.

Dr Wolfgang Reichenberger
told a business survival seminar
organised by Mark Turnquest’s
Small Business Resource Cen-
tre that Inventages Venture
Capital Investments, which
operates with a staff of six from
a Cable Beach office, was “cur-

rently the only venture capital |

Bahamas can still
enter at 11th hour

challenge for the Bahamas
going forward is to get both the
‘market access and services
offers completed by the time
they get to Brussels. They still
have an opportunity to partici-
pate very late in the day. We’re
still at the table and going to
the meeting in Brussels.

' “While the Bahamas is very

SEE page 6 .

Making the Bahamas
‘venture capital hub’

fund here”.

He added: “What we want to
do is for the Bahamas to
become a venture capital hub.”

In doing so, Inventages also
wanted to “foster start-up and
venture capital funding for
Bahamian companies”, with
funds coming from both ven-
ture capital and ‘business angel’

_ SOUICES.

“We don’t do much business
in the Bahamas. We have no
businesses here in the
Bahamas,” Dr Reichenberger
said,

Apart from its Nassau office,

SEE page 7

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duty-free access to EU mar-
kets if the Bahamas did not
sign on to the EPA.

Yet this may still be avert-
ed, with the Government deny-
ing reports that its representa-
tives told last week’s EPA
negotiations meeting in
Jamaica that the Bahamas
would not be signing the agree-
ment. There have also been
signs of a subtle policy shift,
and that this nation might be
preparing market access and
services offers on the EPA at
the 11th hour.

With negotiations between
the Caribbean and the EU
becoming ever-more intense as
talks on the EPA enter their
final phase before the Decem-
ber 31, 2007, deadline, Mr
Ebelhar said that if the
Bahamas failed to sign on the
corresponding drop in Poly-
mers International’s sales was
“going to hurt all the way
round” in the Freeport econo-
my.
Speaking to the direct
impact on the company if the
Bahamas did not sign the EPA,
Mr Ebelhar added: “The only

‘thing this does ‘do, is that up

until this came up, we had

_.. }okéd-at-an-expansion. That is ’







probably going to be put on
hold ;

“If I’m going to lose this
business, and not knowing
what is going to happen with
the rest, the work done on
putting in a budget for this
expansion will probably be
shelved.”

Mr Ebelhar added that Poly-
mers International’s proposed
expansion involved “purchas-
ing another reactor and down-
stream equipment, and a 20 per
cent increase in capacity”.

But he added: “It doesn’t
make any sense to increase

business when you’re going to .
y

lose business.”

Mr Ebelhar said the Most
Favoured Nation (MEN) tar-
iffs that would be imposed on
Polymers International’s EU
exports if the Bahamas did not
sign the EPA would likely be
around 6 per cent, although the
company was still assessing
this.

Such an increase in the cost
of its products would likely
induce its UK-based customer,
the Dart Corporation, to
source material from competi-

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Bay Street plans

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Government has sent a

letter to the Nassau Tourism |

Development Board’s (NTDB)
chairman indicating that it is.
“on board with most of the rec-
ommendations” made to revi-
talise downtown Nassau in the
’ short-term, The Tribune has
been told, including the creation
of a Business Improvement Dis-
trict (BID) and Nassau Port
Authority to manage Bay
Street.
Charles Klonaris, the NTD-

B’s chairman, said he had |

received a letter from Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham,
“and it looks like they’re on
board with most of the recom-
mendations”.

While he and the NTDB now _

had to respond and meet to
“detail how we go forward”, Mr
Klonaris said: “1 think in terms
of the Authority, the BID, he’s
all for that. They have no prob-
lem with that. They felt that’s a
positive approach to solving a
lot of the issues of the city.

“It was a very general letter.
It didn’t go into depth in terms
of how it’s [going to be done],
but he’s said: ‘Yes, my govern-

ment is for the Authority, and ©

also believes in local govern-

ment’. He felt the Joint Task

Force and the BID was an

excellent way to solve the prob-
lems of the city.”

Mr Klonaris added: “We real-

dy have to sit down and discuss

One family with many needs. For

PM’s letter agrees on —
BID and Authority to
manage downtown

in some detail the way to solve
the traffic issues. But in terms of

_ the main issues, the Authority

and the BID, they indicated
they are on board.”

The NTDB chair said Tropi-
cal Storm Noel had negatively -
impacted Bay Street and down-
town businesses with loss of rev-
enue, adding that he felt the .
city’s “closure” had been over-
extended.

The NTDB and private sector
had urged in their White Paper
recommendations that the Gov-
ernment create “an umbrella

“organisation” to manage and

develop downtown Nassau,
such as a Nassau Port Authori-
ty and a BID, and establish eco-
nomic enterprise zones to revi-
talise dilapidated parts of Bay
Street.

Such economic enterprise
zones would include the areas
east of the Bay Street/East
Street junction, plus Woodes
Rogers Wharf, with investment
incentives — such as real prop-
erty tax and business licence fee
exemptions — designed to fos-
ter economic growth and activ-

ity.

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director told The Tribune there
has “definitely been a negative
impact” on the company’s busi-
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by Tropical Storm Noel last
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rains, he expressed fears that
the downtime for workers as a
result of there being no salt to
harvest could be lengthened
beyond original estimates of the
2008 first quarter.

This, he explained, would
force the company to either lay-
off workers temporarily or
reduce the work week.

The Tribune previously
reported that as a result of the
five to six inches of rain that fell
in August, instead of seeing a
one-inch salt growth, which
would have translated into
300,000 tonnes for harvesting,
growth was only 1/5 of an inch.
Only 60,000 tonnes was grown
and harvested in August, a
shortfall of 240,000 tonnes.

When it came to the prospect
of a reduced work week or tem-
porary lay-offs, Mr Bannister
previously said Morton Salt
would have to meet with the

Bahamas Industrial, Manufac-
turing and Allied Workers
union, which represents about
85 of its 104 non-managerial
staff or line workers.

He pointed out that while the
company had wanted to include
terms relating to a reduced
work week in the recently-con-
cluded industrial agreement, the
union had successfully resisted
this.

“We will be discussing all the
options with them [the union] to
see what we can come up with,”
Mr Bannister said.

“From a company point of
view, we do not want to see
people leave the island and
going elsewhere. We want to
sustain the economy here, and
just hope the union will work
along with us.”

Morton Salt also employs 26
managerial staff, making its
total workforce complement
130-strong.

Storm hits the
fish supplies

@ By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter

SEAFOOD supplies are

rapidly depleting at major dis- |

tributors as Bahamian fisher-
men await calm waters to head
out to sea after Tropical Storm
Noel swept through the country.

It was predicted that the sea-
water will not be clear enough
for fishermen to fish and inspect

their traps for at least another.

day.

A salesperson at Tropic
Seafood said the fishermen’s
inability to go out has had a
tremendous impact on their
business.

“It has impacted us because
we are a processing facility, and
without a fresh supply we have
nothing to work with, so our
stock is very low at the
moment,” the salesperson said.

The employee said Bahamian
fishermen told her that because
the water is still so murky, they
do not think that they will be
able to go out until at least

+

tomorrow (Tuesday).

The Department of Fisheries
and Marine Resources is still
assessing the extent of damage
to the Bahamian fishing indus-
try in the aftermath of the
storm, which claimed the life
one Bahamian and left severe
flooding in much of the country.

Edision Deleveaux, deputy
director at the Department of
Marine Resources, said they
were in the process of attempt-
ing to contact their officials
throughout the Family islands. _.
to see just what - if any - dam-
age had been done to fishing
vessels or traps.

“Right now, we have not had
any reports about damage, but
we are still in the process of
talking to everyone. As far as-
New Providence is concerned,
the only thing that we have
heard that has impacted local
fishermen is the fact that
because of the weather, they
have not been able to actually
go out for a few days. We are
still contacting the Family
Islands,” he told Tribune Busi-
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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2007, PAGE 3B



Land supply, costs may impede
low-lying Town Plan Act reforms

* M@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor



THE scarcity of land in the
Bahamas, and its generally low-lying
nature, may defeat the Government’s
plans to prevent the construction of
homes and businesses in areas prone to
flooding, builders and other industry
professionals have told The Tribune.

Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, in
the wake of last week’s flooding caused
by Tropical Storm Noel, said the Gov-
ernment was considering amendments
to the Town Planning Act to prevent
homes and businesses from being build
in areas that were prone to flooding,
but several sources have questioned
how this would be achieved given the
practical obstacles in the way.

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was estimated that about 4,000 acres of
land remained in New Providence for
development for residential and com-
mercial use.

Given that lot sizes were traditionally
about ? of an acre, and many Bahami-
ans were against living in high rise or
condominium complexes, this left
space for about 16,000 homes on an
island where the population has been
forecast to rise by at least 100,000 in the
coming decades — from 200,000 to
300,000.

“It’s a noble gesture, but I don’t
know if it can work,” the source said,
suggesting that the Government opt
instead to decentralize the Bahamian
population from Nassau by properly.
planning the Family Islands with the
setting aside of green spaces and wet-
lands.

Asking that his organisation be able

to participate in any consultation exer-
cise on reforms to the Town Planning
Act, Stephen Wrinkle, the Bahamian
Contractors Association’s (BCA) pres-
ident, also questioned how practical
Mr Ingraham’s suggestion was and
whether it was workable in reality.

Problems

“One of the problems is the shortage
of land in general,” Mr Wrinkle said.
“Often, the low-lying land is the afford-
able land Bahamians can afford to pur-
chase. The average purchaser is now
aware of drainage problems, and buys
it on cost.

“Most of the areas that are vacant or
sparsely populated are now concen-
trated and built up, so the water has no
place to go.”

The BCA president added, though,

that even if the Government did not
amend the Town Planning Act, it
should at least ensure there were
“checks and balances” in the system
when it came.to development in low-
lying areas through the building permit
system.

Pointing out that much of the
Bahamas was only 12 inches above sea
level at high tide, often times when
water was pumped out or drained from
low-lying areas it was only recycled by
the sea.

“There is no immediate or easy solu-
tion,” Mr Wrinkle said. “I think it’s
commendable that the Government is
looking at the situation, but the prob-
lem is it can’t offer any ready solution.

“You have to raise the land and pro-
vide a drainage system. Our drainage is
a real problem, as wells get backed up
and everything leads to the sea. That’s

our only drainage. It needs careful
analysis and careful review.”
The BCA president pointed out that

" it costs “substantial sums of money to

bring a site up to grade level”, saying
this often went into the tens of thou-
sands of dollars, With the average cost
per acre in New Providence now stand-
ing at between $200,000 to $300,000,
and average lots costing $70-$80,000,
“the average Bahamian does not have
the kind of resources” to pay to raise
the land.

“In virtually every case where a
home is constructed, you have to build
the ground up from floor level,” Mr
Wrinkle said. “When a person pays
$80,000 for a lot, that takes all their
resources. That’s a hell of a lot of mon-
ey, and after purchasing, if they have to
crash in another $10-$15,000 to raise up
the land, it gets very difficult.”

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Tribune Business
Reporter

THE Bahamas Financial Ser-
vices Union (BFSU) is seeking
to exploit the $2.2 billion
Caribbean merger between Roy-
al Bank of Canada and the Roy-
al Bank of Trinidad and Tobago
(RBTT) to recruit new members
from the former, in much the
same way it did when Barclays
and CIBC merged to form First-
Caribbean International Bank.

Theresa Mortimer, the BFSU

full use of the president, said that “while we
exclusive facilities of recognise that globalisation is
the fabulous Atlantis happening every day - we

encourage the workers of the
sector to become cognizant of

- their-rights.and the need to unite. -

to ensure those rights, privileges
and benefits are preserved.”

She said the union represents
all workers in the financial sector
of the Bahamas.

“Today, we say to the employ-
ees of RBC, come together, join
the BFSU and have your voice
heard as the unionised territo-
ries in the Caribbean are mobi-
lizing to entrench in talks with
the bank as they entreat on this
acquisition with RBTT. Secure
your rights speak with one
voice,” Ms Mortimer said.

She added that throughout the
region, employees in the finan-
cial sector rely on unions as a
way to ensure that they are rep-
resented when big business pacts
are made.

The $2.2 billion deal will ulti-
mately see the two companies
combine their Caribbean retail
banking operations. The acqui-
sition is expected to close in nine
months time, in mid 2008, creat-
ing a retail bank operation that
covers 18 Caribbean territories,
with some 130 branches and
$13.7 billion in assets serving 1.6
million clients.

It will have 6,900 employees.

Royal Bank’s current region-

_al head office is in the Bahamas

with some 705 staff -50 per cent
of the bank’s current Caribbean
wide workforce of 1400 - based
here.

The bank’s Bahamian opera-
tions generated in 2006 more
than $30.5 million in salaries and
benefits, and purchased $10.874
million worth of goods and ser-
vices from Bahamas - based sup-
pliers.

RBTT has some 5,400
employees mostly based in
Trinidad and Tobago, and with
plans to move the combined
RBTT-Royal Bank retail bank
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be job loses here. At the time
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McDonald, RBC’s head of
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He described the deal as a “ |

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graphical overlaps between the
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branch networks.

On Friday, he declined to
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unionised. , -

2004
CLE/QUI/No.1120

COMMON LAW and EQUITY DIVISION



INFHE MATTER'OF ALL THAT piece, parcel,

or tract of land containing 9.033 acres being a
portion of Crown Grant A-337 granted to Simon
Whitehead and situate approximately 2400 feet
West of Millars Road and 822 feet South of
Adelaide Road in the Western District of the Island
of New Providence one of the Commonwealth of

The Bahamas

AND
IN THE MATTER OF The Quieting Titles Act, 1959, Chapter
393

AND
IN THE MATTER of the Petition of WILLIAM ROSCOE ~
DARLING under The Quieting Titles Act, 1959

NOTICE

WILLIAM ROSCOE DARLING, the Petitioner claims to be —
the owner in fee simple in possession of the said piece
parcel or lot of land and had made application to the
Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas
under Section 3 of The Quieting Titles Act, 1959, to have
the said piece parcel or lot of land investigated and the
nature and extent thereof determined and declared in a
Certificate of Title to be granted by the Court in accordance
with the provisions of the said Act. :

t

Copies- of the Petition and Plan showing the position _
boundaries shape marks and dimensions of said piece
parcel or lot of land filed in this matter may be inspected
during normal working office hours at the following places;

_1. The Registry of The Supreme Court, Ansbacher House,
East Street, Nassau Bahamas

2. The Chambers of Clarita V. Lockhart & Co. 90 Shirley
Street, Corner of Shirley Street and Elizabeth Avenue in
the City of Nassau, The Bahamas, attorneys for the

Petitioner.

NOTICE. is hereby given that any person having Dower

or a right to Dower or an Adverse Claim or a claim not
recognized in the Petition shall within Thirty (30) days after
the appearance of Notice herein filed in the Registry of the
Supreme Court in the City of Nassau aforesaid and serve
on the Petitioner or the undersigned a statement of his, her
or its claim in the prescribed form verified by the Affidavit

to be filed
therewith.

Failure of any such person to file and serve a Statement of

his, her or its claim on or

before the said Thirty (30) days herein will operate as a bar

to such claim.

CLARITA V. LOCKHART & CO.
Attorney for the Petitioner
Chambers,

90 Shirley Street & Elizabeth Ave.
Nassau, Bahmas

.


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Polymers ‘20% expansion’ on hold if no EPA

FROM page 1

tors who would be relatively
cheaper and. did not face the
imposition of MEN tariffs.

If that happened, Polymers
International’s annual sales
were likely to fall be between 8-
10 per cent, Mr Ebelhar said.

“With that in mind, it’s going
to hurt all the around. It will
mean 10 per cent less shipping
business for the trucking com-
panies that move our products
in Freeport, and there will be
less for Mediterranean Shipping
Company to ship,” Mr Ebelhar
said.

“It’s a snowball: effect; basic
economic theory. We’re not
operating in an economic vacu-
um, and our hands are tied. The
future here is in their [the Gov-
_ ermment’s} hands, and right now
it doesn’t look too good.

“We'll just have to see what
the fallout is when the end of
the year comes around. I’ve
been in talks with our customer

to let them know what I’ve been
trying to do about this, but basi-
cally our hands are tied,”

A Ministry of Foreign Affairs
briefing note submitted to the
former PLP Cabinet said that
apart from the direct impact on
Polymers International, which
employs 88 persons and 10-20
contractors, loss of its EU duty
free market access might also
impact Freeport Container Port
and the Grand Bahama Power
Company, the latter of which
generates 10 per cent of its rev-
enues from Polymers.

Apart from Polymers Inter-
national, the other major export
industries that would be nega-
tively impacted if the Bahamas
did not sign on to the EPA
would be the seafoods/fishing
industry, which sends $60 mil-
lion in exports per annum to
the EU, and Bacardi’s rum
exports. Although Bacardi is
closing its Bahamas-based oper-
ations by 2009, it still has “hun-
dreds of thousands of gallons

of rum products” that it can still
export to the EU throughout
2008.

The Government has been at
pains to deny reports that one
of its representatives at last
week’s Jamaica negotiations on
the EPA, Gary Russell from the
Ministry of Finance’s Compli-
ance Commission,-told the
meeting the Bahamas was “not”
going to sign the EPA.

Zhivargo Laing, minister of
state for finance, told The Tri-
bune: “He absolutely never said
it. It was never said by any rep-
resentative of the Government
of the Bahamas. It’s absolutely
not the case. That’s not the posi-

tion of the Government of the -

Bahamas.”

He added that the Govern-
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still involved in the EPA nego-
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it would be in this ‘nation’s best
interests to sign, based on the
outcome, at “the appropriate
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As Mr Ebelhar said, it “does-
n’t come as a surprise” if the
Bahamas said it was not going
to sign the EPA, given the pol-
icy as previously articulated by
Mr Laing via Tribune Business.

However, inquiries by The
Tribune indicated that neither
Mr Russell nor the other
Bahamian representative at the
Jamaica meeting, Hugh Chase,
deputy director of economic
planning at the Ministry of
Finance, made any statements
to the effect that the Bahamas
was “not” signing the EPA.

What this newspaper under-
stands to have happened is that
during the technical negotiat-
ing committee (TNC) meeting
on services, all Caribbean
nations were asked whether
they had submitted offers. It is,
thought that the Bahamas
acknowledged that it did not
currently have an offer ready
to submit.

That prompted the meeting
chair; Ramesh Chaitoo, to state
that the Caribbean should write
its services offer in such a way
as to ensure that the Bahamas

ade

and Haiti would be able to join
the EPA at a later date with-
out any additional concessions
extracted from them,

It thus appears that the
Bahamas’ acknowledgement
that it did not have a services
offer ready may have been con-
fused with ‘not signing’ the
agreement altogether — a subtle,
but significant, difference.

The final texts on market
access, services and the whole
EPA agreement are due to be
finalised this week, and then
presented next week to a meet-
ing in Brussels that will feature
the trade ministers from the 77
African,. Pacific and Caribbean
(ACP) countries, and the EU.
Once they are in agreement, the
EPA agreement will be taken
home to receive Cabinet/Par-
liamentary approval.

The Tribune understands that
Mr Laing is likely to go to the
Brussels meeting, a sign that the
Bahamas is still in the game,
although very late in the day
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shape the EPA to suit its eco-
nomic and social needs.

Further signs of a subtle shift
in government policy, sources
have told The Tribune, are that
the Bahamas has contacted Bar-
bados for consultation on the
EPA. The Canadian consultant
hired to work on the Bahamas’
accession to the World Trade |
Organisation (WTO), Mark
Sills, is also thought to be work-
ing on something related to the
EPA.

Up until now, Mr Laing had
told The. Tribune that WTO
accession and developing an all-
encompassing trade policy to
handle all eventualities were the
trade priorities, not the EPA.
While the Government would
do what it could to protect
impacted exporters, he had indi-
cated that developing the trade
policy might take eight to 12
months, and the Government
was prepared to miss: the
December 31, 2007, EPA dead-
line.

-Among the Government’s
concerns over the EPA’s wider
implications are the fact that it
could contain hidden provisions
exposing the Bahamian finan-
cial services industry to tax
information exchange, although
this has been discounted by the
CRNM, which said CARICOM
countries had successfully resist-
ed its inclusion in the EPA.

Mr Laing listed other con-
cerns as intellectual property
rights and competition policy.
To comply with WTO rules, the
EPA has to be a two-way sys-
tem of trade preferences involv-
ing reciprocity, where the con-
cessions offered to Bahamian
exporters by the EU have to be
given in kind to EU imports
coming into this nation.

Other areas that are likely to
be impacted by the EPA are
government procurement, the
investment approvals process

..and the National Investment

Policy that restricts certain areas
of the economy to Bahamian
ownership only and, potentially,
Immigration policy and the
movement of workers.

However, Mr Laing said the’
“overriding” concern was the
fiscal impact, and the effect: on
the Bahamian tax system, if the
Bahamas allowed in EU
imports duty-free to this nation.
This, he indicated, had poten-
tially wider ramifications down
the. line if the Bahamas had to
negotiate a replacement for the
Caribbean Basin Initiative
(CBI) with the US.

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Tragedy of the 100
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FROM page 3

He was declared dead at El
Paso's Eastwood Hospital. His
death, which involved a pain
killer and alcohol, was ruled
accidental or a suicide. Many
believed it was murder.

The inventor left no suicide
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After reopening the Tom
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Thirty years ago Tom Ogle
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seeks publicity to attract
investors.

He laughs, saying: “If an oil
company came to me and
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from my vapour invention I
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IN 1978, Tom Ogle (shown) created a device replacing the carburettor
that allowed his 4,000 pound car to travel 100 miles on one gallon of
gasoline. (42 kilometres on one litre).

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“I took Jack’s invention in
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White showed him paper-
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But Cowger was not interest-
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late to the table, they still have
an Opportunity to participate
just before the December 31
deadline.......3.. By the meet-
ing in Brussels, the Bahamas
needs to be able to walk in with
both offers. They can make
minimalist offers. If there is any
area or sector they have con-
cerns about, put it in'a 20-year
basket for phased liberalization,

“The offers are a must. Every
country has an offer, and they
are creating language in the
agreement to reflect those
offers.”

Contrary to previous asser-
tions by Fred Mitchell, the for-
mer minister of foreign affairs,
the Bahamian delegation in
Jamaica was told by the CARI-
COM Regional Negotiating
Machinery (CRNM) that no
such offer had been received.

It is understood that while
Leonard Archer, the Ambas-
sador to CARICOM, had sub-

mitted something under the
previous administration, it was
not complete.

The Brussels meeting, to
which minister of state for
finance, Zhivargo Laing, is
understood to be travelling, is a
crucial meeting with the
December 31, 2007, deadline
for the EPA to be signed fast
approaching. If that agreement
is not signed, the fisheries indus-
try, Polymers International and
Bacardi’s rum exports are fear-
ful they will lose their prefer-
ential duty-free market access
to the EU, costing them mar-
ket share, revenues and profits
as their products become
uncompetitive on price.

The final text for the EPA
agreement is due to be finalised
this week, following last week’s
series of meetings in Jamaica,
at which Caribbean countries
submitted offers in various eco-
nomic areas such as market
access, and then negotiated with
the EU over the agreement’s
wording.

The Bahamas was represent-

ed at the meeting by Ministry of

Finance officials Hugh Chase
and Gary Russell, but as the
Bahamas has not yet submitted
any offers over the EPA, they
did not participate in the nego-
tiations, instead holding a
watching and information-gath-
ering brief.

Pointing out that many other
Caribbean states had submitted
EPA offers a year ago, with the
Bahamas now having two to
three weeks to “get it togeth-
er”, Mr Ferguson said that sub-
mitting market access and ser-
vices offers post-Brussels would
be irrelevant, as the EPA agree-
ment would have already been
crafted.

To have an influence on the
final EPA agreement, and
achieve an agreement that
reflected its economic and social
needs, the Bahamas needed to
have its offers ready in time for
Brussels.

“We're here, but we're on the
periphery,” Mr Ferguson told

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The Tribune. “We’re not active-
ly involved; we’re not negotiat-
ing and participating in the way
we need to do. We should be
actively participating in, shaping
and writing the agreement.

“Right now it’s already late,
and much of the text is com-
pleted. The services text from
CARIFORUM is now com-
plete.”

The EPA contemplates open-
ing up 65 per cent of services
areas and 85 per cent of mar-
kets in Caribbean nations, giv-

. ing the Bahamas plenty of

opportunity to reserve its posi-
tion and protect certain areas,
or otherwise open them up in
phased liberalization over a cer-
tain period of time.

Compared to many nations
in the Organisation of Eastern
Caribbean States (OECS) and
the likes of Barbados and
Trinidad, Mr Ferguson said the
Bahamas had a relatively open
economy already, and needed
to ensure these aspects of its
economic and trade regimes

were codified in the final EPA -

agreement.
A major concern for the Gov-
ernment has been that if it

signed on to the EPA it could
expose the Bahamian financial
services industry to Europe’s
demands for tax information
exchange, but Mr Ferguson said
the industry was “totally out”
of the negotiations and there

would be no adverse conse-.

quences for the Bahamas if it
did sign on.

“People are saying this is the .

wrong context in which to dis-
cuss financial services,” Mr Fer-

‘guson said. “They are telling

the Europeans we can discuss
this in the WTO context of
GATS.

“It used to be on the table,
but the language is out. Finan-
cial services is of no major con-

cern. There is no language relat-. -

ed to tax information exchange,
no language related to new reg-
ulations. There is nothing that
can affect the financial sector.”

Ironically, the Bahamas
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might be able to impose some
onerous accession terms.

Mr Ferguson added that late.

membership after December 1.7
could lose duty-free market
access for Bacardi, Polymers
and the fisheries industry for an

extended period of time, putting

more than $66 million in export ~
earnings at risk because once a
market is lost it is very difficult,

if not impossible, towinit back -
as this nation’s experience with. °--

captive insurance has shown.

The Chamber adviser said
that any accession process could
take three to six months from.
the time the Bahamas decided .
to sign the EPA, putting
exporters at a further disadvan-
tage.

Mr Ferguson said the ..

Bahamas investment incentives

regime, under legislation such
as the Hotels Encouragement
Act, was also more generous
than in many other Caribbean
countries, the main issue for this
nation being transparency.

He explained: “It’s in terms
of the rules of who gets what
and how they go about getting |
it. It’s almost discretionary and
you don’t have an exact process.
If you got to the ‘National Eco-
nomic Council and they say
‘no’, you have no way of finding
out why and have no option of
going back to them or ques-
tioning their decision.”

Signing on to the EPA, Mr
Ferguson said, would also give
the Bahamas an advantage
when negotiating its accession
to full membership in the World
Trade Organisation (WTO), as
this nation would not be ©
required to provide any more .
trade benefits to other nations -
than it had to the EU via the
EPA. :

“As far as international ©

‘agreements go, there’s nothing

more flexible than this, and we
have to realise that we can't
always sit on the fence,” Mr:
Ferguson said. “We’re here to
try and support the Chamber's
members and assist the Gov-
ernment in making the best pos-

sible decision for the Bahamas. -
“There’s a lot of cause for

concern for the private sector.”
The EU, as part of the EPA,
is offering assistance to
Caribbean countries in areas '
such as competition policy and "—
government procurement, and |
apart from providing trade
capacity support, is also mulling
whether to compensate nations
for loss of revenue in certain
areas as a result of trade liber-
alization. :
The EU also remains the
Bahamas sole source of.
grant/development funding for
infrastructure projects, espe-
cially in the Family Islands.

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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2007, PAGE 7B



‘No reason to believe’

fiscal targets not met

FROM page 1

Storm Noel. E

Zhivargo Laing said in rela-
tion to the storm: “It’s a little
early, and assessments have to
be made, but we don’t antici-
pate anything significant given
that the major economic cen-
tres — New Providence, Grand
Bahama and Abaco — were not
disrupted in:any significant
way.”

Other factors mitigating
against any short-term revenue
loss from last week, Mr Laing
added, were that the storm
came ‘through during a relative-
ly quiet period in the tourism
season, minimizing any nega-
tive impact on taxes obtained
from that sector.

‘The minister said there was
also not too much disruption in
the two-way economic and ship-
ping flow between south Florida
and the Bahamas, again mini-

mizing the impact on revenues
earned from imports — customs
duties and Stamp Taxes.

“At the moment, we don’t
think there’s any great cause for
concern in terms of [Noel],” the
minister said. “But we still have
to do our assessment.”

Assessing the public finances
for the first four months of the
2007-2008 fiscal year, Mr Laing
said: “Overall, when you look at
revenues in relation to last year,
it’s kind of an ‘up and down’
scenario. Sometimes it’s ahead,
sometimes it’s behind.

“Up to a few days ago we
were ahead, then we fell behind.
But it’s nothing dramatic in
relation to last year.”

On the recurrent revenue
front, the Government is seek-
ing to generate $1.49 billion in
fiscal 2007-2008, holding expen-
diture to just $1.465 million and
thus producing a recurrent Bud-
get surplus of almost $25 mil-
lion.

Mr Laing said the Govern-

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Budget, fiscal forecasts, possi-
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last time he assessed the situa-
tion, although he did not have

exact figures in front of him.
Yet revenues were ahead of

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“So you have to net all that
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Making the Bahamas
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FROM page 1 .

which it opened in 2004, Inven-
tages also has offices in Geneva
and Auckland. Founded in

1999, it has more than one bil-
lion Euros in assets under man-
agement, and financed by “top-
tier” pharmaceutical and food

companies, it invests in the
health, nutrition and wellness
sectors.

Among the companies it
finances are Accera, which is

September 1, 2008, may also apply and sit the examination. ALL APPLICANTS will be
required to sit an entrance examination which will be in July 2008;

The following persons are exempt from taking the Entrance Examinations:

holders of the University of the West Indies LL.B. degree;

holders of the University of Guyana LL.B. degree issued from 1998, who qualify
under the terms of the Collaborative Agreement between University of Guyana,
University of the West Indies and the Council of Legal Education,

This examination will serve to provide priority placing to the Law Schools.and is subject
to the availability of spaces.

The examination will consist of testing in basic core courses. The courses are:

Contract, Tort, Property, Equity and Criminalilaw.

The Convenor, Admissions Board
Council of Legal Education
Norman Mantey Law School

P.O, Box 234

Kingston 7

Jamaica

The application form, information sheet and how to download the forms are available
from the website:

nmls.edu.jm
Or

The Registrar
Council of Legal Education
Hugh Wooding Law Schoo!
P.O. Bag 323, Tunapuna
Trinidad

The Registrar

Council of Legal Education
Eugene Dupuch Law School
P.Q. Box SS 6394

Nassau

The Bahamas

All applications must be submitted to the Convenor, Admissions Board, Council of
Legal Education, Norman Manley Law School, Mona, Jamaiba along with a non-
refundable fee of US$150.00 and one recent passport size picture no Jater than
January 31, 2008.

developing a product to com-
bat Alzheimer’s disease; the
Jeading organic tea manufac-
turer in the US, Honest Tea,
and a manufacturer of yoghurt
without milk for the 20 per cent
of people who are lactose intol-
OF erant.

Dr Reichenberger said ven-
ture capitalists typically invest-
ed in firms where they could
outlay between $1-2 million and
$15-$20 million, but typically 40
per cent of those companies
they invested in went bankrupt.

NOTICE

LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

Legal Education Certificate - Six-Month Programme

Professionally trained persons who have been admitted to practise law in a common
law jurisdiction should contact the Registrar of the respective Law School for
application forms, ; :

SANTA FE CONSULTING LIMITED

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Notices: hereby: given that “liquidation: “of “the
above’ ‘coimpany ‘commenced on: the 31. day of-
October, 2007, Credit Suisse Trust
Limited of Bahamas Financial Centre, Shirley &
Charlotte Streets, PO.Box N-3023, Nassau, The
Bahamas has been appointed Liquidator of the
Company.



Legal Notice

NOTICE —

RENDEZVOUS HOLDINGS LTD.

Legal Notice

NOTICE

KOTTAREL S.A.

_ Credit Suisse Trust Limited (In Voluntary Liquidation)

(In Voluntary Liquidation)
Liquidator

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the
18th day of October 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa
Corp. Inc., PRO.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the
18th day of October 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa
Corp. Inc., RO.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.

Legal Notice

NOTICE

PIXEL VALLEY INC. .

i (In Voluntary Liquidation)
i ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Pricing Information As Of:
, 2 November 200,7

Notice is hereby given that the above-named |

Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the |
22nd day of October 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa
Corp. Inc., P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.

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7.80 Bank of Bahamas 9.55 9.55 : 0.733 0.260 13.0 2.72%)
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1.83 Colina Holdings 3.15 3.15 f 0.208 0.080 15.1 2.54%)
11.99 Commonwealth Bank 16.56 16.56 . 1.190 0.680 13.0 4.11%
4.70 Consolidated Water BDRs 6.63 6.38 : 0.112 0.050 55.9 0.80%
2.20 Doctor's Hospital 2.25 2.25 ls 0.284 0.020 7.9 0.89%
5.54 Famguard 6.50 6.50 : 0.804 0.240 8.41 3.69%
11.75 Finco 12.75 12.75 3 0.768 0.570 16.6 4.47%
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0.54 Freeport Concrete 0.70 0.70 -0.415 0.000 N/M 0.00%)
7.10 ICD Utilities 7.25 7.25 i 0.411 0.200 17.6 2.76%)
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Today's Close - Current day's welghted price for dally volume
Change - Change in closing price from day to day
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DIV $ - Dividends per share pald in the last 12 months
P/E - Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings
(S) - 4-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 8/8/2007

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

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NOTICE

PIXEL VALLEY INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

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22nd day of October 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa
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Advisement, Registration
& Bill Payment
Thursday, January 3rd,.2008,
9:00 a.m.— 7:00 p.m

Dates and Times

New Student Orientation
Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008
8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Venue: Band Shell

1. Your acceptance letter

2. Acopy of your past BGCSE results
Friday, January 4th, 2008 iy
9:00 a. m. — 7:00 p. m.















The College of The Bahamas

School of English Studies

2nd Annual Anatol Rodgers Memorial Lecture 2007

Enjoy a brilliant, love ber 23, 2007 at 12:30 p.m
rewarding evening with | | lonial Hilton, No. 1 Bay Street
a renowned Caribbean . vaSSau The Bahamas. [

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subject. Contact the Alumni Relations & Development Off

"Tel (242) 302-4359 :

Lecture: "'No Matter Where You Come From’: Pan-Africanist
Consciousness in Caribbean Popular Culture"

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idqiofacbhshed tno, baaksy- -Sajvad clin aang Paneshall Gulture at Large, (New York:
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Body of Jamaican Popular Culturé (Loudon; Macmillan Caribbean, 1992), Dr Cooper
has contributed numerous chapters to scholarly publications and many of her
articles appear in peer-reviewed journals, The quality of her scholarship has led to
awards and visiting scholarships at distinguished institutions of higher learning.



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Nassau, Bahamas

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PROGRAMMES IN














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A Contemporary Approach to Administration for Productivity and
Effective Management in Public and Private Entities

The School of Social Sciences of The College of The Bahamas in-
vites members of the public and private sectors to join our College/
University community as ‘change agents’ of the Twenty-first Century,
working in partnership for national development.

Individuals: This is your chance to ready your thinking and skills to
seize 21st century opportunities and be someone who is proactive
and makes things happen.

Employers: Discover ways of creating first class resources to in-
crease your organization's ability to compete in a rapidly changing For details, contact:
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School of Sociat Sciences

Prospective students and participants have th ions: " a i eo.
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Programmes are conducted in a progressive environment which

takes into consideration: \

* Needs of individuals through small group interaction

¢ ‘Bottom line’ of organizations through exposure to planning:
strategic and long-range and total quality management

* Major contemporary issues of organizations; e.g. training needs
occasioned by the challenges of globalization

e Issues relating to sustainable development

Public/Private Sector Partnerships [PPPs]











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or
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EVENTS CALENDER 2007-2008
LECTURERS / PARTICIPANTS










VENUE
Munnings Room 2
6:30 PM

Munnings Roam 2






Slide show by Dr. Irene Moss, Director, ILCI






















September |4 GERMAN FILM
Frida
September 28
Frida
October 26
Frida
October 6
Saturday
November 8
Thursday
November 14
Wednesday
December 4 JUNKANOO ART ~ designing and pasting
Tuesday costumes - WORKSHOP

December 13 MERRY MULTI-CULTURAL
Thursday CHRISTMAS
January 9 - Wed CHINESE NEW YEAR

January 19 DRUMFEST - A drum summit regrouping
Saturday members from all the Junkanoo teams

February 19

April 10 - HAITIAN FILM
‘TAprilié AN EVENING OF BAHAMIAN MUSIC
Frida Guests: The DICEY-DO SINGERS
May 6 : MAIFEST
Tuesday

May 23,
Frida S3






CHINESE FILM Presented by Professor Xian Xianwen

































Presentation: Foreign Lang, Dept, Assistant Munnings Rom 2
Professor Guadalupe del Hierro Higueras
Organized by I, Moss with all relevant COB
Departments: Communications, Securi
Slide show by I. Moss, F. Leger on guitar, J.
Mereus on vocals and other musical friends

Mr. Absil ~ holocaust survivor

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6-11

Munnings Room 2
7PM

UWI Dining Room
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6-8

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7PM

Munnings Room 2, 7PM
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2PM

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UWI Dining Room
Munnings Room 2

Munnings Room 2

TBA

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FRENCH FOLK SONG EVENING



THE HOLOCAUST ~ a movie presentation
and lecture















Presentation and demonstration by Henry Moss Jr.
slide show by 1. Moss

Organization & musical direction: I. Moss
ILCl, Foreign Lang. Dept. members and COB
Presentation by Professor Xu Xianwen

Video of Montreal TAM TAM JAM by 1. Moss
Director: TBA et

Panel members from Tourism, Immigration, COB
and private tourism businesses
Presentation on Roman history background by
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With Montreal Band SWIFT YEARS
Lecture and slide show by I. Moss
Slide presentation: Assistant Professor Frenand
Leger, Foreign Languages Department
Slide show on Bahamian Musicians and
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Slide Show by 1.Moss; participation of German-
speakers in Nassau & ILCI students

Piano solos by I,.Moss; Cello / piano duets by H.
Peloguin & 1.Moss; guests TBA

MARK THE DATE

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

















































































Munnings Room 2











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> — Signage on all print advertisements



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NOVEMBER 5, 2007, PAGE 9B



Government
‘on board’
with Bay -

Street plans

FROM page 1

BIDs, which are common in
the US and Canada, are mainly
private sector-driven organisa-
tions developed to oversee
issues such as security and
cleanliness in major commer-
cial areas.

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

The White Paper presented
to the Government also recom-
mended the creation of a call-up
system for taxis, jitney depots
on the eastern, western and
southern ends of the downtown
Nassau area, and the introduc-
tion of parking meters to man-
age traffic and parking on Bay
Street.

Revitalising Nassau’s city cen-
tre is crucial for thousands of
Bahamians’ long-term jobs, as
well as ensuring Bahamian-
owned businesses benefit, thrive
and prosper on the revenues
spent by cruise visitors and
tourists at the major multi-mil-
lion dollar development pro-
jects expected to come on
stream.

Yet the cornerstone of Bay
Street’s long-term revival
remains the removal of the con-
tainer and shipping facilities
from downtown Nassau, allevi-
ating the traffic congestion and
industrial feel of the area, to a
new purpose-built port facility
somewhere'else on New Provi-
dence.

The Dutch consulting firm
Ecorys, which was hired to
assess the feasibility of a pro-
posed port in southwestern New
Providence, between Com-
monwealth Brewery and the
BEC plant.at Clifton Pier, are
understood to have presented
a preliminary report to the Gov-
ernment and certain private sec-
tor officials on the plan. Their
final report and recommenda-
tions are expected imminently.

Yet the Government and
some of the shipping companies
are also eyeing proposals to
move the shipping facilities to
Arawak Cay,.a number of those



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KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS

EXPERIENCE

position

EDUCATION

equivalent

FOREIGN LANGUAGES

BY HAND

Personal & Confidential

Human Resources Manager

Ocean Centre, Montague Foreshore |
East Bay Street
P.O. Box N-4890
Nassau, Bahamas

Julius Bar
Julius Baer Group, the leading dedicated Wealth
Manager is seeking candidates for the position of:

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES:

firms being opposed to the
southwest New Previdence
location.

It is also unclear what the
Government intends to do with
the plans submitted by the
urban planning consultants, .
EDAW, after consultation with
some 200 Bahamian profes-
sionals, to the former Christie
government.

That plan suggested that up
to.4,000 new jobs could be cre-
ated through the revitalisation
of harbourfront Nassau, the
project’s master plan has pro-
jected, with an extra $264 mil-
lion spent in the area per
annum and a rise in “tourism
stays” of 98,000 annually. = ©

It added that the enhanced
attractions, improved retail
experience and variety of actiy-
ities for tourists, cruise visitors
and Bahamians would also
boost cruise visitations by two
million hours per year. ;

Acknowledging that it was
the first step towards reviving
the Nassau Harbourfront, the
EDAW plan said: “Nassau can-
not afford to delay moving for-
ward given the estimated bil-
lions of dollars that could be
generated in the economy and
the improved quality of life that

' will come as a result of imple-

menting this plan.

“The renaissance of Nassau
is imperative and cannot be left
to decline.......... It is time to

' manage, enforce codes, clean

up and revitalise as a world class
destination and liveable tropical
urban model.” Nt

Among the leading goals set
out by the EDAW blueprint
was to reclaim the waterfront,
with the plan saying that about
55 per cent is currently inacces-
sible to the public due to the
proliferation of commercial
shipping facilities, including
warehouses. Other buildings are
underused or abandoned... ~

To reinforce the sense of
Bahamian and Nassauvian cul-
ture, the master plan recom-
mended focusing on projects
such as the Junkanoo Cultural
Centre, Performing Arts Cen:
tre, Farmer’s Market and Fish
Fry at Potter’s Cay.:The mas-
ter plan said it was critical for
private property owners in the
downtown area to see the Goy-
ernment enhance its own build-
ings, such as those in Rawson
Square, as this would give them
confidence to upgrade their
own.





















EXPERIENCED RELATIONSHIP MANAGER FOR |
‘EXTERNAL ASSET MANAGERS’ BUSINESS

- Managing business relations with more than 30 External Asset
Managers, mainly based in Europe’

- Advisory of the Bank’s products

- Coordinating with the Head Office for marketing (travels and

- Managing the team of assistants
- Managing any projects for the External Asset Manager business

- Very strong knowledge of structured products

- Ability to work in team environment

- Understanding of the clientele base

~ Excellent French spoken and written is mandatory

- Minimum 5-10 years experience in Private Banking in a similar

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- The ability to speak a third language would be an asset

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November 9th, 2007 to the attention of:

BY MAIL

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P.O. Box N-4890

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his 4,000 pound car to travel 100 miles
on one gallon of gasoline. (42 kilo-
metres on one litre).
Tom Ogle should have gone on to
change history and become a house-
hold name. He was young, confident
and feared nothing. But he was wrong
— dead wrong.
Back in 1978, I stood outside a
restaurant in El Paso, Texas, where
I’d just interviewed Tom Ogle, 21,
then considered one of America’s
greatest inventors.
He was leaning against the ‘Ogle-
mobile’, a 250 horsepower, eight-
cylinder 1970 Ford Galaxie fitted with
Tom Ogle’s black box ‘filter’.
We’d just eaten hamburgers in his
favourite eating spot, El Paso’s
Smuggler’s Inn. Ogle, flush with mon-
ey and success, had left a $50 tip on
the $4.60 bill. Tom was being pur-
sued with offers of millions from oil
and car companies and could afford to
be generous.
That’s when I told him: “Tom, I
think you are one of the most impor-
tant people on earth right now.
Smoking a cigarette, flashing a $1,200
watch and a 3.5 carat diamond ring,
Tom replied confidently: “I hope so.
My invention will save the world.”
“Are you afraid of oil companies
or the Arabs coming after you?” I
asked.
_ “No. Not any more. I've had too
much publicity. If I'd kept my inven-
tion a secret J might be worrying. But
there’s nothing to worry about any
more.”
But this would be the last time I’d
see Tom Ogle alive. In just three years
he would survive a shooting assassi-
nation attempt and then die mysteri-
ously three months later.

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In our interview, Tom said
the 100 mpg returns he was
seeing on his big American car
was the tip of fuel efficiency.
Ogle felt that on the smaller,
lighter cars, then popular in
Europe, he could get nine
times as much.

That means in today’s light-
weight automobiles we could
be getting up to 900 miles per
gallon or 380 kilometres per
litre. And even gas-guzzling
Humvees and giant SUVs Tom
never lived to see might be
more efficient than today’s best
hybrid cars.

Ogle did away with the car-
burettor and fuel pump, replac-
ing them with a black box he
called a ‘filter’. The super
mileage, he said, was due to
his pressurised, vaporised fuel
system that injected gasoline
fumes, not liquid, directly into
the engine's firing chambers.

The modified.car was exten-

sively tested and engineers
found no evidence of fraud. [n
one test Ogle drove his Galax-
ie — which, unmodified, got
about 13 miles per gallon’ —
200 miles on two gallons of
gasoline.
The results were so aston-
ishing that the car was inspect-
ed for hidden fuel tanks. None
was found and the official ‘pas-
sengers’ reported they never
stopped to refuel.

Doubters became believers.
Scientists were convinced his
invention would soon reach

world markets and earn mil-
lions,

‘Yom Ogle was checked out
by corporate and college engi-
neers and also by the US goy-
ernment. [hey were astounded
to'discover the invention actu-
ally worked.

At the time I had talked with
the late Senator Gaylord Nel-
son (Dem. Wis.), a long’ time
contact of mine and a pioneer
for US fuel economy stan-
dards.

“The potential benefits are
too great for it to be ignored,”

-said the Senator and asked the

US Department of Trans-
portation to make a thorough
investigation of Ogle’s system.

Another big supporter of
Ogle’s invention was Profes-
sor Gerald Hawkins of Texas
A and M University, holder of
a doctorate in mechanical engi-
neering with a background in
gas dynamics and aerospace
study.

“This is no hoax,” said Dr
Hawkins, “Ogle eliminated the
carburettor and achieved what
the gasoline internal combus-
tion engine was supposed to
do. all along — to operate off
fumes. I don't know why some-
body didn't try this before.”

But they did!

Tom Ogle was one of a num-
ber of inventors who vainly
tried to cut into the profits of
big business. After our inter-
view Tom introduced me to
Frank Read of Fort Worth,
Texas, who said that he per-
fected a system to improve gas
mileage but that fights with
auto manufacturers almost
broke him.

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nies trying to buy off his unit
with an agreement he never
build another. Although there
were many newspaper
accounts of him, Frank Read
disappeared over the years. I
have not been able to find him
since,

Seventy years ago Canadian
Charles Nelson Pogue made
headlines when he drove a
1932 Ford V8 200 miles on a
single gallon of gas. He proved
his invention in a test for The
Ford Motor Car Company in
Winnipeg, Manitoba. When
news of his successful ‘super-
carb’ system broke, oil stock
prices fell and caused a finan-
cial scare. ‘

Pogue’s system used ‘white’
gasoline that contained no
additives. But then oil compa-
nies added lead to fuel in an
attempt, they said, to reduce
knocking in engines. This not
only filled the air with toxins
until the 1980s when it was
stopped, but rendered Pogue’s
invention useless and the
‘Super Carb’ soon vanished
along with Pogue himself.

Tom Ogle’s invention has
vanished, too. But, 30 years lat-
er I can hear his voice on my
tape recorder promising a bet-
ter future.

While we ate, the inyentor
revealed he discovered his fuel
system by accident. “I was
messing around with a lawn-
mower when J accidentally
knocked a hole in its fuel tank.
I put a vacuum line running
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carburettor inlet.” The lawn mower
kept running.

“T just let it run and it kept running
and running but the fuel level stayed
the same, I got excited. The lawn-
mower Was running without a carbu-
rettor and getting tremendous effi-
ciency.”

The little engine got so hot Ogle
used a fan to cool it and was amazed
when it ran four days'on the fuel in
the mower's small tank.

He went from the lawn-mower to
the automobile, converting a car in
the same manner. Its engine started
immediately, but the gas tank col-
lapsed inwards. It took months of
reinforcing gas tanks before he solved
the vacuum problem.

But the car, without its carburet-
tor and fuel pump, still had no accel-
eration. It couldn't run faster than 20
mph. And the modified engine aver-
aged only eight miles to the gallon,
and stalled after ten miles.

One day Ogle crawled under the
stalled car to examine its gas tank and
found “it was freezing cold, like an
ice-cube. As I was sucking vapour
out, it was acting like a refrigerator
with liquid on the bottom and fumes
on top.”

When he warmed the gas tank with
heater coils, the miles per gallon sky-
rocketed to over 100 and Tom Ogle
never looked back again.

He believed his system was the
answer to the world's pollution prob-



lems and demonstrated virtually zero »

pollutant emissions coming from his
engine exhaust.

Soon Tom Ogle was courted by oil
companies and financiers. Everyone
predicted he would become a billion-
aire.

But Ogle soon lost his confidence.
He feared his invention would never
get to market, that he might indeed be
kidnapped by oil interests. But his
biggest problem, he said, was choos-
ing the right people to back him.

In 1977, he was contacted by C.
Frank Ramsey, an ‘international
financier’ who wanted to buy Tom’s
patent and the marketing rights to

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Ramsey told-me by phone: “We

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"TOM OGLE

signed a preliminary agreement with:

Tom Ogle the very next day after we
saw the invention, All kinds of people
were in town, J.C. Penny, Transamer-
ica, General Motors, Ford and others.
Shell Oil offered Tom $25 million.
Everybody was after him.

“But in almost every case they
wanted controlling interest in Tom’s
patent. They wanted to stick Tom off
in a laboratory. Well, that would have
been the end of Tom Ogle and his
fuel system.”

And it was. That is ‘exactly what
happened. And it cost Tom Ogle his

home for work. The Tribune is

my newspaper.”

INSURANCE EXECUTIVE

HAROLD ANTOR

life,

Ramsey signed a contract which let
Ogle work on his device with financ-
ing from Ramsey, who would take
over the patent, distribution ‘and
development rights of the Oglemo-
bile.

With thousands flowing in, Tom
Ogle quickly built a life of luxury and
extravagance.

But then Ramsey sold out to Seat-
tle’s Advance Fuel Systems Inc in
June, 1978. Tom was nervous, but all
seemed well. He would continue
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for research and development. He’d
also get six per cent royalties when
the device came to market. Advance
Fuel’s own engineers would develop
the Oglemobile for marketing.

In April, 1979, Tom Ogle opened
the first of-a planned 1,000 nation-
wide diagnostic car centres in which
he would install his black box on cars.

But Ogle's first and only car centre
soon closed and his monthly cheques
stopped, Ogle was told he’d get no
royalties because AFS was working

on a device that got similar ‘results’

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calls, left him and took along their
five-year-old daughter, Sherry.

Then, on April 14, Tom Ogle was
shot in the street by someone who
‘got away’. Still, Tom survived.

But on the evening of August 18,
Tom Ogle drank at The Smuggler's
Inn, where Id first met him. He left
and went to a friend's apartment and
collapsed.

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100 miles per

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tesy. I think he should have
gotten more interested because
GM was grabbing at straws,
trying to change their structure
and everything else to get high
mileage cars.”

White said that if GM had
taken Talbert’s idea and gone
with it they could be on top
now. “Anybody can do this
vapour injector and probably
foreigners will. Chinese, Japan-
ese or anybody in Europe
could run with this. Gary is still
my friend... It’s not Gary’s
fault. It’s the fault of General
Motors.”

Fred honestly explained the
reluctance of big business.
“Billions are being spent get-
ting hybrids ready. If someone
came up with an idea like that
(the vapour fuel injector) and
made it known — then nobody
would buy new cars, until they
all get 100 miles per gallon. Big
business will not welcome such
an invention,” admits Fred
White. “It would be bad busi-

ness to come out with such a>

carburettor.”

But what if big business
could reap the benefits with-
out facing the risks? The only
way to do that would be to
release Ogle tech in pieces.

Bit, by bit, we would see

“advances” that would keep
auto sales coming before the
full transition.

That may, indeed, be the
strategy of General Motors.
Two years after retired GM
executive Fred White showed
Talbert’s fuel ignition system
to the head of General Motors,
the big auto company
announced on August 27, 2007,
that it will be releasing a new
technology that could cut fuel
consumption by up to IS per
cent. :

The “new” technology is
being called “homogeneous
charge compression ignition”
(HCCI) and it works by infus-
ing more air into the gasoline
to create a vapour, a process
similar to Ogle's vapour-based
super carburettor. GM says the
combustion process is the
“most awaited advanced com-,
bustion technology of the past
30 years.”

“Past 30 years indeed,”
scoffed Jack Talbert. “That's
when Tom Ogle.and my father
showed this vapour ignition
breakthrough. Today’s auto-
motive industry is 30 years
behind where it should be.”

It may be that Tom Ogle's
long wait is over, Perhaps
GM's limited release of a kind
of Ogle tech will be the begin-
ning of a world we desperately
want and Tom Ogle never
lived to see...





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â„¢ OPEKOLOE, Sudan

THE HIPPOS had fled to
other islands in the White
Nile, driven away by, one of
the few forces that can dis-
lodge a large herd of these
fierce beasts — an even larger
herd of elephants, according
to Associated Press. |

And there they were: some
50 elephants, massive black
figures peacefully grazing on
their newly reclaimed territo-
ry on the Nile island of
Opekoloe.

“To anyone who) thought
they’ d disappeared forever,
it’s like magic,” said Lt. Col.
Charles Joseph, deputy war-
den of south Sudan’s Nimule
national park near the border
with Uganda, barely contain-
ing his excitément as he wad-
ed knee-deep through reed-
filled water to approach the
herd: i

Sudan’s 22hyear north-south
civil war — Africa’s longest
and bloodiest conflict, killed
some two million people. It
also drove out large numbers

of animals. |

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Now after' two years of rel-
ative peace,'they’re dramati-
cally back. Wildlife services
estimate 7,000 elephants have
returned, along with some

1,500 giraffes and about 500.
oryx antelopes, both thought .

to have left Sudan forever.
Lions, leopards and a wide
variety of gazelles, some of

them unique to Sudan, are

being spotted, too.

In a February aerial survey, -

the U.S.-based Wildlife Con-
servation Society estimated

. herds of antelope and gazelle
numbered 1:3 million.

“Tt could well be the largest

mammal migration on Earth,” :

said Paul Elkan, the society’s
south Sudan country director.
The reappearance of the
elephants i is one ie the great-

est symbols of southern
Sudanese hopes for peace — a
source of pride and national
identity for the ethnic African

‘ southerners dreaming of inde-

pendence from the north.
But .the elephants are
returning to a fragile region.

The 2005 peace deal between
the southerners, mostly Chris- ,

tians and animists, and the
Arab-dominated Khartoum
government in the north, is
tottering — and if it collapses,

» war could return.

But for now, all was peace-
ful at Opekoloe island. Ele-

phants cooled themselves
.neck-deep in the marshy

waters, occasionally lifting
their trunks to catch the scent
of approaching park officials
and an Associated Press

reporter, the first internation-

al journalist to see the ele-
phants since their return.

A small group of fishermen
from the Madi tribe native to
this region had set up camp
on the island’s edge. They said
the herd had returned to
Sudan about a year ago, cross-
ing from Uganda. “We’re at
peace with them, and they
don’t mind us,” said Charles
Molini, the group’s chief.

Wardens in Nimule park say —

about 350 elephants have
arrived from Uganda. Earth’s
largest land mammals, ele-
phants can live for decades
and migrate in herds through
vast territories.

The southerners’ pride in
the majestic animals, and their
fabled memory, is clear. The
wardens insist that only the

area’s native herds have_

returned. They say there is no

threat of violence chasing the

elephants out of neighboring

‘Uganda or Kenya; they just
_ want to come home.

“Tf they’re coming back, it’s

“because they know where

their homeland is,” said Maj.
Gen. Alfred Akwoch, the
undersecretary of south
Sudan’s Ministry of Environ-
ment, Wildlife Conservation

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and Tourism.

Lone elephant elders were
first spotted exploring their
old territories, and, Akwoch
noted, “When they see the

. region is at peace and that no

oné shoots them, they bring
back their whole family.”

The north-south war, which
is separate from the blood-
shed in Sudan’s western
region of Darfur, ended with a
peace agreement which gave
southerners a role in a nation-
al unity government, created
an autonomous southern gov-
ernment and promised a 2011
referendum on the South’s
independence.

Dramatic
However, southerners

accuse Khartoum of violating
the peace deal and — in a dra-
matic step — the former
rebels of the Sudan People’s
Liberation Movement quit the
government last month

‘to demand the pact’s fulfill-

ment. .

Pagan Amum, the SPLM’s
secretary general, said the
south is tired of fighting and
will work to avert a new clash.
“We want this land to re-flour-
ish, and people to be able to
enjoy it at last,” he said.

Southern officials are hop-
ing for tourism to help fund
their cash-strapped state. The
autonomous government
plans to open a safari lodge at
Nimule next year and hopes
to draw 1,000 tourists in the
first year. ©

Authorities then plan to

‘ reopen a dozen national parks

or game reserves throughout
south Sudan, a vast, subtropi-
cal region nearly the size of
France whose human popula-
tion of 8 million is vastly out-
numbered by wild animals.
Not all animals were killed
or chased out by the war.
Large herds took refuge from
the battles and from poachers
in an impenetrable zone of

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A HERD of elephants grazes at the Soakolos isfind in the White Nile river, southern Sudan, Friday,

Oct. 12, 2007.

swamps in south Sudan’s
heartland known as the Sudd.

Col. Paul Adot, Nimule’s
chief warden, vows to protect

the elephant herds from
poachers in the 400 square-
mile park. The 190 wardens
— many of them former
SPLM soldiers — share 20
automatic rifles, one jeep and
two motorcycles.

Adot is staunchly Christian
and complains about decades
of efforts by Khartoum to
impose Arab and Islamic ways
on the south. He said he was
an SPLM officer and his
father was tortured to death
in the war.

Wildlife, he said, has been
his passion since childhood,
listening to village elders tell
stories of the animals.

“Thére was the elephant,
the hare, and nasty mister hye-
na,” he chuckled. “We have
always lived side by side with
the animals.”

Overlooking Nimule Park’s
vast savannah, he pointed
toward the bend in the
river where the elephants
grazed.

“We want to make sure
they stay,” he said.

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INTERNATIONA

Astronauts

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ASTRONAUTS aboard
the shuttle Discovery and the
international space station
reveled Sunday in their suc-
cessful solar wing repair, and
prepared to close the hatches
between their linked space-
craft and part ways, accord-
ing.to Associated Press.

Crew members were trans-
ferring supplies and equip-
ment between Discovery and
the station Sunday morning
and then planned to some
enjoy time off. t

They earned it after Satur-
day’s history-making space-
walk.

Astronaut Scott Parazynski
performed emergency
surgery on the wing as it
coursed with more than 100
volts of electricity. He did it
while perched at the end of a
90-foot robotic arm and
boom extension, farther from
the safety of the station than
any spacewalker had ever
been.

Repairs

The repairs allowed the
crew to unfurl the wing to its
full 115-foot length, making it
possible for NASA to move
ahead with plans to expand

the station in the coming.

months. ©

“This one will go down as
one of our biggest successes
in (spacewalking) history,”
flight controllers told the
crew in morning briefing doc-

er successfully

solar panel



“This one will go down as one
of our biggest successes in
(spacewalking) history. Words
can not express how proud
you made everyone with the
execution by the entire team.”



Flight controllers to crew

uments. “Words can not
express how proud you made
everyone with the execution
by the entire team.”

The spacewalk — the
fourth for Discovery’s space
station visit — wrapped up
station construction work for
the seven shuttle astronauts.

The crews planned to close
the hatches on Sunday after-
noon, and the shuttle is set
to pull away Monday. Dis-
covery is scheduled to land
on Wednesday.

Astronaut Clayton Ander-
son, who has lived on the

space station since June, was.

spending his last day there.
He thanked flight controllers,
other NASA workers and his
wife, Susan.

“Part of me is ready to go
and part.of me wants to
stay,” he said.

The space station’s three
occupants have a lot of work
to do after Discovery leaves.

They need to move the
pressurized compartment
that was delivered and
installed by the Discovery
crew — and conduct three
spacewalks — before the
planned December launch of
shuttle Atlantis carrying
the first of two new labora-
tories. o

Wings

NASA still has to figure
out what to do about a mal-
functioning rotary joint that
turns another set of the sta-
tion’s solar power wings
toward the sun. Last week-
end, a spacewalker found
steel shavings inside the joint,
apparently the result of
grinding parts.

Discovery’s crew will bring
samples of those shavings
back to Earth to help pin-
point the source of the trou-
ble.



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