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‘Don't blame judicial system

Dame Joan Sawyer hits
out at ‘finger pointing’
over violent crime rise

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

BLAMING the increase in
violent crime in the country on
the judicial system is “stupidi-
ty’, Court of Appeal president
Dame Joan Sawyer said yester-
day during an appeal hearing.

Dealing with the case of
Frederick Francis — who was
convicted of killing two Austri-
an tourists in Bimini in 2005 —
Dame Joan sharply criticised
the Bahamian attitude of
“pointing fingers” and blaming
easy targets, such as the courts,
for serious and complex social
problems.

The Court of Appeal presi-

Dame Joan Sawyer



Bahamians who are blaming the
judicial system for the high
number of criminals walking the

dent yesterday took the oppor-
tunity to particularly hit out at
6

Foodstore employees
subdue armed robber

EMPLOYEES of a John Chea Number Two foodstore
attacked and subdued an armed robber who entered the store
on Wednesday evening.

According to police, two masked men, one of them armed
with a hand gun, had entered the store, located on Wulff Road,
shortly before 6pm.

They approached a cashier and demanded cash but when
other employees became aware of the criminals they attacked
the gunman, ultimately keeping him under control until police
arrived to make the arrest.

The weapon was a black .{mm handgun with four live rounds
of ammunition, according to assistant Police Superintendent
Walter Evans.

SEE page eight

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CLAUDE GRAY outside
of court yesterday.

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

CLAUDE Gray,
31, was arraigned in
Magistrate’s Court
yesterday afternoon
charged with the mur-
der of Theophilus
McKenzie.

Gray was escorted
under heavy police
guard to his-hearing
in front of Magistrate
Carolita Bethel, as
more than twenty
people stood at Bank
Lane to watch.

Family members
who stood outside the
court urged Gray to
“hold his head up” as
they were “praying”
for him, while also
reminding the
accused that “God
loves you.”

When in court,
Magistrate Bethel
read the charges to
the accused.

On November 6th

SEE page eight





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

DWIGHT and_ Keva
Major’s battle against extradi-
tion to the United States
received a major blow yester-
day as the Privy Council in
London denied the couple’s
request to have their case
appealed.

The ruling on the Majors’

final appeal on their habeas -

corpus application now clears
the way for Bahamian author-
ities to extradite the couple to
the US.

Director of Public Prosecu-
tions confirmed for members
of the press yesterday that the
Judicial Commission of the
Privy Council dismissed the

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battle against extradition to US




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Dwight Major

Majors’ petition for special
leave to appeal to the highest
court.

“(The Law Lords) did not
consider that the issues raised
were sufficient to give them
special leave to appeal. This



Tim Clarke/Tribune staff

Claim that man
‘in jail’ reported
to have voted
in Pinewood

| By PAUL G

TURNQUEST and
BRENT DEAN

Tribune Staff Reporters
pturnquest@
tribunemedia.net
bdean@tribunemedia.net

A MAN who is “in jail” is

: reported to have voted in the
: Pinewood constituency, as tes-
: timony in Election Court con-
; tinued yesterday.

According to 45-year-old

: Patrice Cleare, an assistant in
: the PLP Pinewood con-
: stituency office, her investiga-
: tions into persons who voted
: in the constituency deter-
: mined that one individual,
: Patrick Armbrister, was
: alleged to have been incarcer-
: ated.

Ms Cleare, who began her

: testimony yesterday in front
: of Senior Justice Anita Allen
and Justice Jon Isaacs, said
: that she was hired by former
: Pinewood MP Allyson May-
: nard-Gibson to find persons
: who did not live in the con-
: stituency, but voted in the
: May 2nd general elections.

Ms Cleare’s testimony

i began yesterday with her
: informing the court that she,
: with a team of others combed
i the Pinewood area and dis-

SEE page eight

Keva Major’s



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Keva Major

was their final appeal on their
habeas corpus application
which was a challenge to com-
mittal for them to be surren-
dered to the United States,”

- SEE page eight









PAGE 2, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2007

THE TRIBUNE



TROPICAL STORM NOEL: The aftermath

Ingraham: Noel flood victims have
the government’s full support

I ‘empathise’ with farmers, says Prime Minister



“I assure
those impact-
ed by the
storm that we
in govern- |
ment are sen-
sitive to your
difficulties.”









FARMERS and fishermen
who were severely impacted by
Tropical Storm Noel have the
government’s full support,
Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham said.

Speaking at the opening of
yesterday’s Agribusiness Expo,
Mr Ingraham said that he
empathises with farmers for the
losses they sustained as a result
of the “terrible flooding” asso-
ciated with the storm.

“Some farmers have lost not
only their crops, but also their
livestock and supplies; and of
course they continue to lose

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income. Mr Ingraham noted
that in the central Bahamas,
particularly in Long Island and
in Exuma, the fishing sector has
also suffered “significant loss at
a critical period of the year” —
just before the start of the
grouper season.

“I assure those impacted by
the storm that we in the goy-
ernment are sensitive to your
difficulties; we will do our part
to help you to restore your-
selves to your pre-Noel condi-
tion,” the prime minister said.

Mr Ingraham said he was
impressed with the quality of
the products offered at the expo
and looks forward to a day, “in
the not too distant future”,
when the products will become
more widely available, both
locally and internationally.

“Clearly our producers and
manufacturers can (and many
do) compete in all markets, par-
ticularly in aspects of price and
quality,” Mr Ingraham said.

He told those gathered that
the government is committed
to:

e Promoting’ effective link-
ages between the agricultural

and the tourism and retail sec-
tors in the Bahamas

e Facilitating the expansion
of inter-island freight service to
accommodate produce and crop
trade between islands

e Promoting the expansion of
modern and environmentally-
friendly agricultural practices

e Promoting the expansion of
agricultural export

e Causing the development
of modern, efficient food pro-
cessing plants

e Promoting and supporting
the establishment of farmers
associations

e Supporting the develop-
ment of co-operatives

e Establishing a farmers cred-
it programme

The prime minister said that
some 270,000 acres of arable
land form a “natural resource
base” for the further develop-
ment of agriculture.

“We must ensure that the
future of this sector is bright-
ened.

“Toward this end, we need
to know which products can be
grown in sufficient quantities
for domestic use and export.

“Although we know that
there are some 480 registered
farmers in the country, it is
believed that there are far more
farmers, who perhaps have min-
imal holdings and do not access



the benefits that accrue with
registration.

“This further complicates our
measurement of the contribu-
tion of agriculture to our nation-
al economy,” he noted.

... While PM claims agriculture and fisheries
have still to fully realise their potential

AGRICULTURE and fish-
eries in the Bahamas have not
achieved their full potential
according to Prime Minister

‘ Hubert Ingraham. -

“We have long recognised the
potential in both agriculture and
fisheries to create a substantial
link between our domestic
economy and our principal eco-
nomic activity, tourism,” he said
at the opening of the first
Bahamas Agricultural, Marine
Resources and Agribusiness
Exposition yesterday.

Mr Ingraham said this “vital










link” has the potential to raise
the level of domestic savings
and create a more sustainable,
job-creating economic activity.

“To this we may now add the
potential for improving the
quality of our health as we
become more conscious of the
health risks associated with
mass production and highly
processed methods by which we
now satisfy our agricultural
needs. It is altogether a poten-
tial which has.been too long left
undeveloped,” Mr Ingraham
said.

He said that for a variety of
reasons, successive governments
have been interested in pro-
moting and encouraging devel-
opment in the agricultural and
fisheries sectors.

These reasons, he said,
include:

e a désire to ensure food
security and safety

e a determination to raise
standards of living in all of the
islands

e a need to create employ-
ment in agricultural and marine
sciences for unskilled farm
hands as well as for the univer-
sity trained and other Bahami-
ans

e a desire to encourage Fam-

ily Island migration

e a desire to create viable and
sustainable diversification of the
Bahamian national economy

“Over the years, we have
invested heavily in professional
and skills training, and have
sought to improve the level and

»

standard of technology avail-
able to farmers in particular,
with a view to enhancing food
production, processing, mar-
keting and sale of Bahamian
produce — not always with the
successes for which we had
aimed. In many respects we
have not received value for
monies spent,” Mr Ingraham
said,

He noted that the Bahamas
continues to import far too
much of its food, and that agri-
cultural and marine products
make up far too small.a per-
centage of the country’s exports.

“This position will not
change, f believe, without first-
ly, a general recognition that
agriculture can play a vital role
in our national economic well-
being — particularly as a means
of combatting poverty and pro-
moting sustainable develop-
ment in our Family Islands; and
secondly, in the development
of a consensus for specific and
structured investment pro-
grammes for the further devel-
opment of these sectors of our
economy,” Mr Ingraham said.

“From what I see here today,
there ought to be no doubt that
the agribusiness sector can

become a more significant con- -

tributor to our country’s devel-
opment,” he told those gath-
ered at the expo.

“T believe that increased and
improved food production, pro-
cessing, marketing and sales can
help us realise a vision of pros-
perity, food security, and hence



“From what I
see here today
there ought to
be no doubt
that the |
agribusiness .

sector can =")
become a

more signifi-
cant contribu-
tor to our
country’s ,
development.”



sustainable development.”

“J trust that this exhibition
will help to build the relation-
ships required for each produc-
er to improve his product and
thereby the state of agriculture,

fisheries and food processing

industries in the Bahamas.”

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2007, PAGE 3



o mbriet Court of Appeal president hits out over
‘inexplicable differences’ in sentencing —

manslaughter

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

RAY Davis Jr, 18, was
charged with manslaughter yes- ;
terday in Magistrate’s Court at :

Bank Lane.

Davis, a resident of Anthrium }
“Avenue, was escorted to court ;
by officers of the Central Detec-
tive Unit (CDU) under heavy :
guard at 2.45pm, where Magis- :
trate Carolita Bethel read the :

‘charge to him,

By means of unlawful harm,

Davis is accused of intentional- :
ly causing the death of Stephano :
Stewart sometime between :

November 3rd and 4th. The :
accused was not required to :

enter a plea, and Magistrate :
Bethel explained to him that a :

preliminary inquiry would be :
necessary to determine if there ;

is sufficient evidence to establish ;

a prima facie case agaist him.

If the court deems that there

is enough evidence, Magistrate :

Bethel continued, the matter :
would be heard.in theSupreme }

Court.

Bail was denied to the

accused who was net required:
to enter a plea yesterday. ;

Davis was remanded to Her’:
Majesty’s Prison mtil Novem- :
ber 13: by Magistrate Bethel, at ;
which time his >reliminary :
inquiry will commence. Davis :
is represented ty lawyer lan }
Cargil. :

Funeral today

for slain police ©

corporal :

@ By DENIS= MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport

Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT — The military
funeral for slain Grand
Bahama police corporal 2683
Eddison bain will be held this

-morning at Community at
“Heart Tabernacle on Coral
Road.

Bain’: colleagues and senior
police dficials, including for-
mer ACP of Grand Bahama

’ Ellisonare expected to attend
‘the seriice, which will be held

at llan.

Corporal Bain, 28, was found
murdered near the Grand
Lucay:in Waterway on Octo-
ber 22

Two young men — Edwin
Oral Bauld Jr; 24, and Wilfred
Geraid McPhee, 24 — have

-_. been charged with Bain’s mur-
-* der, which was the ninth homi-
*.” cide for the year on Grand

Bahama.

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

THE country’s justice system
is being brought into disrepute
by the “inexplicable differences”
in the sentencing of serious crim-
inals, Court of Appeal president
Dame Joan Sawyer said yester-
day. °

Dame Joan made this state-
ment while hearing the case of
24-year-old Frederick Francis,
who was convicted of killing Aus-
trian tourists Barbara Frelin von
Perfall, 32, and Bernard von
Bolzano, 35, in Bimini two years
ago.

Francis had received bail for a
previous rape just nine days
before the double murder was
committed. He has since then also
been tried and sentenced for the
first rape.

The Court of Appeal’s presi-
dent yesterday expressed aston-
ishment over the fact that Francis
had only been given a sentence of
life in prison for the double mur-
der as opposed to the death sen-
tence.

Dame Joan Sawyer says
administration of justice
being brought into disrepute



She indicated that stiffer penal-
ties were given to many others
who committed serious crimes
under various extenuating cir-
cumstances not present in this
case.

In February of this year,
Supreme Court Justice Stephen
Isaacs sentenced Francis to three
life sentences for the double mur-
der of the Austrians and a 14-

year prison sentence for the rape |

of Ms Frelin Von Perfall.

Prior to the sentencing, Justice -

Isaacs heard arguments from both
sides why Francis should receive
either the death penalty or life
imprisonment.

In his ruling on the sentence,
the judge sided with Francis’
lawyer Carlson Shurland, who
had argued in favour of giving his

client life in prison because the
accused possibly had diminished
responsibility during the crime.

Yesterday, director of public
prosecutions Bernard Turner, on
behalf of the Attorney General,
argued before the Court of
Appeal that Justice Isaacs erred
in his sentencing, and due to the
nature of the crimes should have
sentenced Francis to death.

Wayne Munroe, appearing on
behalf of the appellant Francis,
in turn argued that Justice Isaacs
handed out the life sentence
because he accepted that there
was evidence which indicated
potential mitigating circum-
stances,

SEE page 8

Police operation causes dip
in crime in Carmichael area

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

A NEIGHBOURHOOD watch scheme in conjunc-
tion with greater police visibility has caused a significant
dip in criminal activity in the traditionally “high crime”
Carmichael area in recent months, according to Supt
Stephen Dean of the southeastern division.

He was reporting on the success of a joint operation
carried out by his division and the nearby Carmichael
division on Wednesday night.

The initiative saw officers flood the streets in the
Baillou Hill Road and Soldier Road area making arrests
and issuing traffic citations. Supt Dean said that newly-
focused efforts in terms of gathering and acting on
intelligence in the local community are paying off for
everyone involved.

“(The two divisions) are really now taking a proactive
approach. We’ve been meeting with residents over
recent months who have been giving a lot of suggestions
about how we can enhance our crime fighting strate-
gies,” said Supt Dean.

“We have seen crime take a dive in the Carmichael
area, particularly house break-ins,” he said, “This was a
high crime area; I've seen tremendous improvement,
measured by, our statistics.”

On Wednesday evening, officers cited 50 persons
for traffic violations, including some for driving unin-
sured, unlicensed or behaving illegally on the increas-
ingly popular “trail bikes” — rugged-looking motorcycles
on which young men are sometime seen engaging in so-
called “popping”, lifting the front wheel of the bike off
the ground and driving along on only the back wheel.

They also made a drug arrest and detained a for-
eign person who had allegedly overstayed his visa.

The operation lasted for two hours, from 5pm until

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7pm, and stoppages were made on the basis of “gener-
al profiling” informed by intelligence gathered from
within the community, said Supt Dean. é

Such exercises will be continuing in the area, he said,
adding that his division and that of Supt Stephen Adder-
ley in Carmichael are “pacesetters” in this method of
policing.

“We hope that it will be duplicated right across,” he
said.

Supt Dean said that the force is taking advantage of
local residents’ knowledge as the “eyes and ears” of the
community, and by successfully acting on that data has
been able to instil greater trust and foster greater co-
operation between locals and the police,

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EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

The Tribune Limited

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Speaker Alvin Smith acted correctly

THE OPPOSITION’S performance in the
House of Assembly on Monday was not only
disgraceful — “wutless” if you will — but out of
character for Opposition leader Perry Christie.
Mr Christie looked quite uncomfortable as the
centrepiece of such a riotous drama, especially
with all of his pious talk of law and order and
abiding by the-rules.

At last the House has a strict schoolmaster in
Speaker Alvin Smith who is prepared to ignore
their antics and proceed with the people’s busi-
ness with, or without them. They no longer
have a speaker who can be pushed around,
bamboozled and squeezed in and out of shape
like a piece of putty in their hands.

If they keep up their tactics — obviously an
undisguised attempt to obstruct the forward
movement of the people’s business — they will
soon be shouting, screaming, threatening, and
pounding desks from centre stage into irrele-
vance as an opposition party.

Their obnoxious behaviour was orchestrated
because, they claimed, Speaker Smith did not
give Mr Christie a chance to respond to what Mr
Christie felt were “unparliamentary” words
used against him and his former government
by Prime Minister Ingraham during the latter’s
speech in the House on October 22 on the
amendment to the Juries Bill.

This is not true. The Speaker tried to deter-

‘mine if Mr Christie’s complaint was that his
privilege had been breached. If so, the matter
would haye been dealt with immediately, How-

ever, Mr Christie seemed more ‘intent on read-

ing the prepared statement he had in his hand.
He never answered the question about privilege,
but rather complained about Mr Ingraham’s
unparliamentary language.

If this were so then Mr Christie should have
complained as soon as Mr Ingraham made his
“unparliamentary” remarks in the House on
October 22. After the shouting match between
them ended and tempers cooled that day, Mr
Ingraham resumed his speech and slowly and
deliberately repeated what he had said earlier.
Again Mr Christie should have objected. But
again, Mr Christie did nothing. In fact he had
completely missed the opportunity to lodge a
complaint at the first available opportunity.

Two days after the October 22 heated
exchange, Mr Ingraham and Mr Christie met
privately when they spent 45 minutes discussing
a number of things, including the Juries Act. Mr
Ingraham said that at no time during that meet-
ing did he get the impression that the Opposi-
- tion leader was “personally offended” by any
remarks made in the House.

So obviously; Monday’s show was just that —

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a show to obstruct the proceedings of the
House.

The Opposition was denied nothing. They
were not treated unfairly. They were.asked to let
the member for Carmichael, who was on the
floor, wind up the debate, and then Mr Christie
would be given an opportunity to address the
House.

Oh, no that was much too reasonable. They
forgot that they had lost the election. They for-
got that they were no longer in the driver’s seat.
Forgetting their place in the Assembly, they
insisted on being heard immediately — they
were prepared to accommodate no one.

The Speaker rightly demonstrated on Mon-
day that he was not put in the chair to play
childish tricks. As long as he was in the chair, the
debate would proceed and no further time
would be wasted. :

Mr Speaker Smith was not being unfair to
anyone, rather Opposition leader Christie and
his colleagues were being petulant and unrea-
sonable. Their intent, could not be disguised.

Mr Christie also objected to Mr Ingraham’s
use of the word “wutless.”” Mr Christie claimed
that Mr Ingraham used the word clearly to
offend him.

Mr Ingraham had told the House: “I submit,
Mr-Speaker, that we will clean up the mess, we
will increase efficiency and the effectiveness of
the system. We will cause the courts to have
what they require to do their job and at the
end of our term in office we will say, God will-
ing, very proudly we did far better than those
worthless crew who were in charge before. And
I say worthless (“wutless”) in the sense of say-
ing that they are not worth very much in terms
of what they did to the judicial system in the
Bahamas.”

“Quite apart from it being untrue,” retorted
Mr Christie, “these are personal attacks. They
are offensive and they offend the rules.”

Speaker Smith ruled that these words did
not offend House rule 30(16) as they were abu-
sive to no individual member of parliament.

According to rule 30(16) “A member shall
not use offensive, abusive or insulting words
about either House of Parliament or any mem-
ber thereof.”

It would be interesting to know how the
public would rate a government that watched
crime statistics for persons out on bail for mur-
der, rape and armed robbery climb rapidly —
from five in 2001, six in 2002, five in 2003, 47 in
2004, 39 in 2005, 107 in 2006 and more than
200 in 2007 — and did nothing about it.

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EDITOR, The Tribune. -

IF OUR employers were to
advise how much inventory
or merchandise is lost to
employee and consumer theft,
I honestly suggest the public
would be shocked.

Is $300 million a low figure?
I really doubt it because of
facts substantiated in the mar-
ket from the food store sector
very clearly indicate that that
is low.

Why do our people think
they can help themselves with
a divine right seemingly to
merchandise without paying,
but when they have taken a
very short air trip to Florida
they will not dare tief?

There is no doubt that our
retail costs, direct the cost of
living of The Bahamas, is
inflated by at least 18-22 per
cent simply because of
employee and customer theft
and the cost to prosecute.

. From time to time the ques-
tion as to the possible posi-
tive use of the polygraph test
has been raised and I suggest
under controlled provisions
supported by Statute Law and
solely carried out by the

police under certain circum--

stances polygraph testing
should be allowed as much as
fingerprinting and other tests
such as DNA are allowed.

Certainly I do not accept
that a polygraph should be
required for pre-employment
— the employer has the right
to ask for a police criminal
record and that should cer-
tainly suffice, however when
an employee is suspected to
be stealing through their
employment subject to cer-
tain requirements the employ-
er should be able to require
the police to carry out a poly-
graph on that employee or
customer.

I certainly suggest that a
polygraph will be of great
assistance to the police and
would most certainly give
them at least some advantage
over the restrictive 24 hours
for holding a suspect and
would totally eliminate the
allegations of police beating
or physical inducement and
there is enough scientific
proof that polygraph tests, ful-
filled by trained persons are
valid and accepted by courts
around the world.

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whopping 300 plus million
dollars a year employee and
consumer theft and lower our
living costs, I say why are we
waiting? If the 300 million
dollars is accurate, that is over
$937.00 per resident, man and
child.

There is an horrific amount
of employee theft through
various methods — the simple
misuse of the employer’s facil-
ities, copying or fax machines,

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telephones, etc, that would
economically improve the
business or cost of delivery of
services from a government

department.

We have to do something,
because. the rising ‘costs of
food every time we visit the
stores is unexplainable
firstly and very questionable
second, :

There is no reason why
Nassau’s food prices are more
than 100 per cent of the retail
prices oi Florida.
DESIREE MORRIS (Mrs)
Nassau:

October,25, 2007.

Tropical
Storm Noel

EDITOR, The Tribune.

THE approach of Tropical Storm Noel to the City of Nassau
in the island of New Providence in The Bahamas on the morn-
ing of November 1, 2007 seemingly was very unustal and what

occurred was as follows: -

The wind had been blowing about 20 to 25 miles pe: hour from
the east when it shifted to the southeast. At about ‘1.30 am it
became calm and there was an overcast sky with very little rain
and extremely warm. [ thought it was the centre and expected
strong winds would occur say 40 to 50 miles per hour ence it had
passed, but this did not happen. Finally the sky beganto hard-

en and clear somewhat in the south and west and the wind’ -.-.

came back from the east and southeast about 20 mph. {

The centre was extremely close to us according to the idvisory
at 2.00 pm — latitude 25.00 north and longitude 77.4 west(we are
lat. 25.00 north and long. 77.5 west).

I did telephone a friend at’ Spanish Wells during tle calm
and informed him of the condition and he said it was Howing
there about 20 to 25 mph from the east.

He telephoned me about two hours later and saidjit was
blowing about 50 to 60 mph and heavy rainfall. Subsequeatly on
the evening of November 1, 2007, I called him and was infrmed
that the aforesaid lasted two hours and they had about 14.00
inches of rain. We had 6.13 inches of rain in Blair Estates where

I live.’

This was an unusual storm, but thank God Nassau only expe-.-.

rienced winds of approximately 30 to 40 mph and we got off very -- |

lightly with very little damage.

DAVID N. KEMP
Nassau,
November 2, 2007.

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Long Island
residents,
appreciate
Minister's
visit — Bowe

DEPUTY administrator
for Long Island Rodrick
Bowe said residents
appreciate that Minister
of State for Works and
Utilities Phenton
Neymour and his
delegation came to their
‘island.

He said the gesture
showed that the govern-
ment is concerned about
the welfare of the people.

“That’s the kind of min-
ister we want,” Mr Bowe
said.

» “We want.one who is
about the people’s busi-
ness, who is a people’s
person.”

Water and Sewerage
“representative on Long
added: “It
‘shows us that the govern-
ment is concerned about
the island and it makes us
feel like we are impor-

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DEVIL’S POINT, CAT ISLAND: Minister of State for Public Utilities Phenton Neymour (right) listens to assistant general manager of the Water and Sewerage Corporation Robert Deal

(centre) near Devil’s Point, Cat Island, on November 7. Also pictured is Cat Island administrator Charles King, Pictured right, the delegation view first-hand the flooding.

NEW BIGHT, Cat Island - The government is
“proactively investigating and addressing” the water
needs of Cat Island residents in wake of flooding caused
by Tropical Storm Noel, Minister of State for Public
Utilities Phenton Neymour said.

“We decided that we were going to make this trip to
put together an action plan to address these problems
so that the residents themselves can have adequate
supplies of water, particularly during adverse weather,”
said Mr Neymour.

He led a delegation to Cat Island and Long Island.
Undersecretary at the Ministry of Public Works and
Transport Calvin Balfour, assistant general manager at
the Water and Sewerage Department Robert Deal and
consultant Dr Richard Cant made up the delegation.

They inspected areas affected by the storm and
observed flooded roads in the south of the island.

A reported four feet of flood water filled the well

°N eymour leads delegation
to see flood-affected areas

fields between New Bight and Deans, which were flood-
ed during the delegation’s visit.

“One of the problems on Cat Island, not unknown to
us, is that whenever there are heavy rains the well
fields, it floods, and we have to rely on bottled water
being supply to Cat Island,” Mr Neymour said.

“We have identified in Cat Island that more needs to
be done,” he noted.

“Cat Island is limited by the fact that it only has four
reasonable areas for the supply of potable water.”

In an effort to alleviate the situation, Mr Neymour
said they are examining the possibility of making use of
land that escaped the flooding.

“What we have identified is an area near the well field
where we plan to install some storage tanks because
during hurricane season, during the adverse weather, it
is. important that we build up an inventory (of potable
water) before the storms hit,” Mr Neymour said.

“We were successful in doing that in New Provi-
dence and other islands; but not yet in Cat Island.”

Mr Neymour said the second phase of their action
plan will include looking into the establishment of a well
field.in northern Cat Island.

He pointed out that this would assist the efficiency of
the Water and Sewerage Corporation.

“We just brought in a new tanker truck to Cat Island
which is used to transport water,” he added.

“Tt (a possible northern well field) would mean less
travel time for the truck and therefore, it would mean
the supply of more water to the residents.”

China dismisses reports of Olympics Bibles ban as ‘rumours’

China has rebuked reports
that it would ban foreign ath-
letes from bringing Bibles to the
Olympic village during the Bei-
jing Olympic Games next year,
dismissing them as "sheer
rumours".

Earlier this week, Bahamians
were urged to boycott the
games in the wake of claims
that the Bible was listed among
“forbidden” objects in the ath-
letes’ village.

“We have taken note of the
reports and checked with the
relevant authorities,

“The.facts prove that the
reports are sheer rumours,"

Foreign Ministry spokesman
Liu Jianchao told a press con-
ference.

“The Chinese government
has never ever issued such a
rule, nor any such statement,”
Liu said.

“China's religious affairs
authorities and the Beijing

-Olympic organising committee

have not — and could not — issue
a rule banning the Bible in the
Olympic village."

China has always respected
and protected the religious free-
dom of foreigners living in Chi-
na in line with laws and regula-
tions, he said.’

Ph: 325-3336

According to the Provisions
on the Administration of Reli-
gious Activities of Aliens With-
in the Territory of the People's
Republic of China, foreigners
are allowed to bring in religious
publications, audio-video mate-
rials or other objects for per-
sonal use, Liu said.

“We are suspicious of the ulti-
mate motivations of those who
spread such rumours. They
should be responsible, and not
do things that are not benefi-
cial for themselves and under-

. mine mutual understanding

between, China and the,world,"

he added.

On Tuesday, Peter T Carey,
manager of BAIC’s business
services department, called for
the Bahamas to stand up for its
Christian principles by with-
drawing from the Games.

“T am not a fundamentalist
Christian, but I think this is
something that goes against the
rights of people,” Mr Carey told
The Tribune after hearing the
rumours.

“T am calling for the Bahamas
to boycott the Olympics.

“As a small nation, we should
exercise our Christian princi-
ples and stand firm for our
beliefs.”

The Games, due to open in
August next year, are expected
to one of the best Olympics
ever.

The Bahamas, with several
star athletes, including the phe-
nomenal high-jumper Donald
Thomas, is expected to feature
prominently on track and field.

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With the Bahamas so far recording 63 homicides this year, and criminals realising
cases can become snagged in the courts, isn’t it time for an overhaul of the justice system?

Our judicial system is a mess

@ By ADRIAN GIBSON
ajbahama@hotmail.com

HE Bahamas’
judicial system is
an archaic mess
that has been
neglected to the point that
case backlogs have led to
vicious criminals roaming our
streets and salivating at the
chance to prey, yet again, on
another ill-fated victim.

Crime is ravaging our society,
as the criminal element is
wreaking havoc at nearly
every corner of our small
island nation.

Criminals are daily terrorizing
our frightened society, leaving
Bahamians to live as prisoners
in their own homes, caged
behind burglar bars and dead-
locks. In fact, Bahamians are
so fearful for their safety that
even landlords advertising in
the classifieds are including
security bars in their market-



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“As the Yuletide. season
approaches, the criminal ele-
ment will undoubtedly be out
in force. Since armed rob-
beries and other offences are
expected to increase, Bahami-
ans must be vigilant and wary
of their surroundings.”



ing approach to entice poten-
tial tenants.

The criminal justice system
has been mismanaged and >
neglected, for far too long, by
self-serving politicians.
Frankly, it is refreshing that -
the newly elected government

has kicked off their gover-
nance by choosing to fashion
and implement policies that
encourage the overhaul of our
sluggish, molasses-like justice
system.

At present, the Bahamas has
staggeringly recorded 63

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homicides for the year. Even
more, the Bahamas holds the
ignominious designation as
having the highest per capita
murder rate in this region —
higher than Jamaica! Alarm-
ingly, the Bahamas is also
among the world’s top 10 in
reported rapes per capita!
This is a travesty and we could
only imagine the actual num-
ber of rapes that-are not
reported and therefore not
added to the national statis-
tics,

n recent times, lawlessness

has become the order of
the day as criminals realize
that with the right attorney,
their cases would be stifled in
our higgledy-piggledy court
system and that they could be
granted bail to roam, without
restraint, in a matter of hours
or days.
Our judicial system is in a
state of crisis. It is unaccept-
able that cases are incessantly
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are continuously delayed.
Today, more than 200 individ-
uals accused of murders, rapes
and armed robberies, are out
on bail. I was awestruck to dis-
cover that of this number, 114
persons were charged with
murder. Police statistics com-
piled from 2001 to September
this year has revealed a signifi-
cant increase in the number of
persons that have been grant-
ed bail. In 2001, five people

‘were on bail for murder, rape

and armed robbery; six per-
sons were on bail in 2002; five
in 2003; 47 in 2004; 39 in 2005;
107 in 2006 and more than 200
in 2007. Well blow me down!
From these statistics, is there
any wonder why crime has
skyrocketed?

Just this week, a 15-year-old
high school student was shot
dead as he attempted to bur-
glarize a food store. Sadly, the
idea of a teenager creeping
through an attic to commit a
robbery is indicative of the

“ominous state of our society,

as even children are corrupted
into now thinking that crime
pays.

Thus far, persons on bail have
been accused of committing 22
of this year’s murders, numer-
ous armed robberies and vari-
ous other crimes.

Suspected criminals must be
speedily bought to trial, and if
convicted, promptly removed

. from our streets because many

persons on bail are hardened,
career criminals who are
intent on being societal men-
aces.

Three days ago, I spoke toa
reformed criminal.

Twenty years ago, he served
time at Her Majesty‘s Prison
for a drug offence.and.has ,
since become'a successful
businessman. BS

In addressing the surge in vio-
lent crime in our society, he
referred to our courts as a
“disgraceful theatre where
only the connected get jus-
tice.”

He also said that these days,
many youngsters would not
have a problem doing a stint
or two at Her Majesty’s prison
because “they now see it as a
hotel, where they don’t have
to pay rent, they eat three
meals a day and there is no
capital punishment.”

This interviewee also said:

“It is tragic that bail is given
to suspected murderers while
innocent families suffer the
heart wrenching blow of see-
ing the person that may have
killed their loved one out
practically scot-free.” I could-
n’t agree more!

This year, I was involved in a
traffic accident. Although the
police seemingly botched the
investigation and were duped
by the persons that struck me,
I have tried my utmost to
track down these individuals. I
am aware that while suing:
these persons would be my
only recourse at recouping my
money, I will have to wait for
a court date and, even with
the court ruling in my favour,
I am not guaranteed repay-
ment.

The price of justice in this
country is high, prolonged and
simply Third World!

s the Yuletide season

approaches, the crim-
inal element will undoubtedly
be out in full force. Since
armed robberies and other
offences are expected to
increase, Bahamians must be
vigilant and wary of their sur-
roundings.
An effective judicial system is
also essential to our economy
as investors pursuing business
ventures here must be confi-
dent that the justice system is
functional.
To curb crime, the socializa-
tion of the nation’s youth must
become a priority, the illegal
immigration crisis must be

confronted and curtailed, legal ee

status must be granted to
immigrants (and their off-
spring) that qualify, our edu-

cational system must be

improved and there must be
more Opportunities for mean-
ingful employment.

In order to fix the nation’s
defunct judicial system and in
turn alleviate the log jam it
faces, more judges — local or
foreign — must be appointed to-*
the bench, better court rooms -
must be constructed and com-
petent court staff (eg clerks,
stenographers) must be hired.
If the judicial process is not
expedited, our country will
become an anarchic state —
sailing up a creek to absolute
chaos, without a paddle!

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0 [In brief

Trinidad's
PM vows to
diversify
fuel-driven
economy
and bridge
racial divide

@ PORT-OF-SPAIN,
Trinidad

PRIME Minister
Patrick Manning was
sworn in Wednesday for a
new term leading Trinidad
and Tobago, ushering in a
government he said would
bridge racial divides and
diversify the Caribbean
country’s thriving oil- and
gas-driven economy,
according to Associated
Press.

Manning, who brought
his black-dominated Peo-
ple’s National Movement
back to power in Monday
elections, took the oath of
office before an audience
of supporters, politicians,
and diplomats in a central
Port-of-Spain square.
Steel drums pulsed and
choirs sang spirituals.

The 61-year-old Man-
ning, who is black,
pledged to bring unity to
the country, where the 1.3
million inhabitants remain
deeply divided in politics.
Those of African descent
largely cheered Manning’s
win while many of East
Indian origin backed the
main opposition party.

“The rivalries of the
election campaign have
been intense, but the fam-
ily of Trinidad and Toba-
go remains intact. We
have to put aside our divi-
sions,” Manning told the
crowd of mostly black
supporters wearing crim-
son flowers that are the
symbol of the ruling party.

‘The prime minister’s
térm runs five years,
although Manning was
first appointed to the post
in 2001, then won elec-
tions in 2002. He took the
oath in the city square
instead of the traditional
government office setting,
a move he said indicated
his aim of bringing the
government closer to the
people.

Manning, a trained
geologist, vowed to spur .
manufacturing and other
non-energy ventures to
further diversify the coun-
try’s strong economy.

Trinidad and Tobago
relies on vast oil and nat-
ural gas deposits for 25
percent of its gross
domestic product. The
two-island nation is the
leading supplier of liquid
natural gas to the United
States.

Gunmen spray.
bullets at Haitian
TV-ratio station,
injuring bystander

@ PORT-AU-PRINCE,
Haiti

GUNMEN fired automat-
ic weapons on a TV and
radio station in Haiti’s capi-
tal, injuring a street vendor,
police said Wednesday,
according to Associated
Press.

Radio-Tele Ginen’s Port-
au-Prince building was rid-
dled with bullets as journal-
ists delivered a newscast ear-
ly Tuesday evening, Haitian
police spokesman Frantz
Lerebours said.

Rounds ricocheted off a
jeep belonging to the station
and hit a nearby street ven-
dor, station owner Jean
Lucien Borges said. The ven-
dor was being treated at a
local hospital.

No one was injured inside
the station, which kept
broadcasting throughout the
attack. “We thought it was
just regular shooting,”
Borges said.

The private station, which
beams a broad array of tele-
vision and radio coverage
across the restive Caribbean
country, is not aligned with
any political party. No arrests
have been made.

HIGH school and college stu-
dents from throughout New
Providence flocked to the Col-
lege of the Bahamas’ annual
Career and Job Fair this year.

Taking advantage of the
opportunity, the hundreds of
young people attending the
event took time out to get
career advice from professionals
in fields such as banking,
accounting, medicine and envi-
ronmental science.

They also heard lectures from
various professionals on topics
such as excellence in customer
service, appearance on the job,
attitude and character building.

The COB Careers and Job
Fair is an annual event and

‘opportunity for employers to

conduct first line interviews with
potential employees and an
opportunity for students to
explore employment options.

The Career and Job Fair,
held on Wednesday, not only
catered to school and current
COB students, but also to grad-
uates who are seeking employ-
ment or a career change.

Students were encouraged to
bring well-prepared copies of
their resumes as a means of net-
working with employers.

The Careers and: Placement
Office of the College of the

LOCAL NEWS
COLLEGE OF BAHAMAS ANNUAL CAREER AND JOB FAIR

Hundreds of job-
hungry students
get career advice



“We were
pleased to see
how many
students took
advantage of
the opportuni-

ty. 99

Bahamas was responsible for
organising and planning the
event and deemed it a thorough
success.

Norma Turnquest, co-ordi-
nator for the event said, “We
were pleased to see how so
many students took advantage
of the opportunity. We also
thank the many businesses and
companies who came out to
speak to the young people.”

Presenters at the event were
Dave Burrows, Dwight Bur-
rows, Tymeka Griffin, Anne
Lightbourn, lonie Diggiss,
Philip Gray, Tim Hauber, Mar-
ilyn Zonicle, Philip Simon,
Sonya Arthur and Linda Rus-
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for Girls celebrated its Reha-
bilitation of Offenders Week
yesterday with a tour of its facil-
ityon Fox Hill Road.

The rehabilitative centre for
troubled girls was established
in 1961 and occupies 11.5 acres
of land in the eastern district of
New Providence.

On this property sits a main
building which houses five dor-
mitories, each capable of
accommodating eight residents
“comfortably”.

Adjacent to the main building
is a smaller one which houses
the kitchen, dining room, and
a laundry room. This structure
is currently being refurbished
and has recently been renovat-
ed.

. The new réfurbished build-
ing will also house a doctor’s
office, a dormitory for those
waiting medical clearance, and a

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can sit and listen to the advice
and recommendations of
mature professionals,” he
added.

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e Family Guardian

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e Heaven Sent Pharmacy

¢ Lucayan Tropical Produce

¢ Royal Bank of Canada

¢ Scotiabank

e National Museum of the
Bahamas

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ration
e Pricewaterhousecoopers.

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The Willie Mae Pratt Centre for Girls and the Simpson Penn’s School for boys facil-
ities was recently ungraded for the comfort and safety of the residents.

dormitory for new admissions.

In addition to this, two dor-
mitories will house those requir-
ing a more secure environment
that the cottages currently in
place.

Also, a “quiet room” will be
available for those requiring
“time out”.

Three additional rooms will
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taught. A library and a recre-
ation room are also available
for those housed at the facility.

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end of the compound will house
residents who are students of
the co-educational unit, and for
residents in the pre-release pro-

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opening ceremony of the Bahamas Dental Association Scientific Confer-
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Minister pledges dental
health for all Bahamians

Minister of Health Dr Hubert Minnis promised to make dental
health available to Bahamians throughout the country.

He was speaking at the Bahamas Dental Association’s 2007
Scientific Conference, which opened at the British Colonial Hilton
on Wednesday night under the theme: “Modern dentistry: merging
an old science with emerging technology”.

Dr Minnis lauded the dental profession’s initiative in keeping
abreast of new procedures, diagnostic equipment and modern
technology.

This; he said, has strengthened the industry’s ability to offer
quality oral health services..

Dr Minnis encouraged the country’s dentists to continue suc-
cessfully integrating fundamental practices with prevailing tech-
nology, and to become proficient in its use to the advantage of
patients.

He also encouraged private practitioners to join as strategic
partners with the government in an effort to reduce oral health dis-
eases in adults and children.

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PAGE 8, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2007

| Man is
charged —

with murder

FROM page one

McKenzie is charged
with, by means of unlaw-
ful harm, intentionally
causing the death of Mr
McKenzie.

The 43-year-old
deceased was stabbed to
death in front of his res-
idence on the corner of
East and Fowler Streets,
opposite Lucky Food-
store No 3, last Tuesday.
His body was found on
his neighbour’s porch to

which he_ staggered
‘ before his death.
: Magistrate Bethel told

&

‘the accused that the mat-
‘ter could not be tried in
: Magistrate’s Court, but
‘rather in Supreme Court.

A preliminary inquiry
will be held to determine
if there .is enough evi-
dence for the case to
proceed, the magistrate
said. If it is determined
that there is enough evi-
dence to proceed, Mag-
istrate Bethel told Gray,
the matter would
advance to supreme
court; and if not, she
continued, he would be
released.

Bail was denied to
Gray who. was represent-
ed by Ian Cargill. Magis-
trate Bethel remanded
the accused to Fox Hill
Prison until November
15 at which time his pre-
liminary inquiry will be
held at Court 11 on Nas-
sau Street.

Blow to Dwight —
and Keva Major's
hattle against
extradition to US

‘FROM page one 2

‘Mr Turner said.

| The public prosecutions
‘director explained that
‘although a warrant for the
tMajors’ .surrender to the
tUS was signed last year, the
‘Supreme Court also put a
stay in place pending the
*outcome of the case at the
*Privy Council level.

* However, once the stay
tis lifted, steps can be tak-
fen to extradite the couple.
* Mr Turner indicated that
*the Majors still have other
‘matters before the Magis-

- ttrate’s Courts which need ~

‘to be resolved, but said the
‘extradition would move
‘forward in due course.
' The couple is wanted by
ithe US government to face
‘drug charges relating to an
‘international conspiracy
involving hundreds of
‘pounds of cocaine and mar-_ :
‘juana. %
They have appeared in
‘local courts on several occa-
‘sions over the past several
‘years while fighting the
‘extradition.

Foodstore
employees
subdue robber
FROM page one

t
; The gunman’s accom-
iplice managed to flee on
foot before officers
arrived.

' Police now have a 33-

‘for questioning in connec-
‘tion with the incident.
‘ Three hours later on the
same evening, a 25-year-
(old woman reported her
car siolen after she had left
it running with a juvenile
‘inside.
| The incident is reported
‘to have taken place after
tthe woman left her car to
visit Someone on Prince
‘Charles Drive.
' The girl left in the run-
ing car — a green 2000
Wovots Corolla — was
forced out of the vehicle .
by a gunman who then
sped away from the scene.

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Claim that man ‘in jail’ reported
to have voted in Pinewood |

FROM page one

covered in most cases that persons
were either not at home, at work or
off the island.

Some homes, she said, were sim-
ply vacant at the time. Also, she said,
after the 266 names of persons who
reportedly were not entitled to vote
in the constituency was printed in the
local dailies, many were not “too will-
ing” to come forward and give infor-
mation.

Ms Cleare said that in her search
on July 25th for one alleged voter,

Patrick Armbrister, she met a man
who identified himself as Keith
Major, Mr Major, she said, informed
her that the Patrick Armbrister that
he knows who lives in that area, “was
in jail”.

Searching the register, Ms Cleare
said that she found another Patrick
Armbrister, the father of the first
Armbrister, who lived on North
Brazilita Street. Mr Armbrister
senior, said that his son lived with his
mother on North Sequoia Street, Ms
Cleare said.

Additionally, the court heard that a
Nikeya Deandra Cleare, whom the

witness reports she knows personally,
had not lived in the constituency for
at least two years.

Ms Cleare told the court that
Nikeya is married to her nephew, but
the pair have been separated for
more than two years. Nikeya, who
reportedly gave the address of her
parent’s home on the voter’s registry,
now lives in Misty Gardens, and has
been there now for more than a year,
Ms Cleare said.

Ms Cleare also told the court of
instances where she met and spoke
with voters who allegedly live out-
side of the Pinewood constituency

boundaries, but voted in the con-
stituency.

Ms Cleare said she saw and spoke
with Adrian Miller on August 27th
-at a residence north of Sapodilla Blvd
and west of Baygeranium ‘Ave. Mr
Miller acknowledged his identity and
address, according to Ms Cleare.
And, she told the court that he lives
within the Bamboo Town con-
stituency, rather than Pinewood.

Yesterday’s testimony by Ms
Cleare covered more than 20 voters.
The case has been adjourned to Mon-
day at 10am when she is expected to
continue her testimony.

Dame Joan Sawye

hits out at ‘finger
pointing’ over
violent crime rise

FROM page one

country’s streets.

(Apparently) the increase in
crime is due to the break down
of the judicial system. Our judi-
cial system apparently bears
these people’s children, houses
them, raises them, educates
them and then sénds them out
to do crime, that’s the stupidity
of what they’re saying,” she
said.

Dame Joan said that it is time
for people to stop blaming the
judicial system and take respon-
sibility for their children and
how they turn out.

“Parents have to be account-
able for how they bring up their

children, They bring them into

the' world, they are responsible

for how they behave, they are
responsible until the children
are able to take responsibility
for themselves,” she said.

The Court of Appeal presi-
dent said she and her colleagues
only come into the picture when
an individual commits a crime,
and not before then.

“We can’t go out and be the
police and be the lawyer and
prosecutors and everything else,
we are judges,” she said.

“I refuse to be charged with
the responsibility of other peo-
ple’s children, I have erfough of
problems within my own life, I
deal with the crime when it
comes before me — nothing
more, nothing less.”

Up to September 2007, there

~were over 144 people out on

bail, who were charged with

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murder, Minister of National
Security Tommy Turnquest told
parliament two weeks ago.

With statistics like these,
members of the government
and the public have been calling
for an improvement of the
country’s judicial system in
order to speed up the process of
justice.

As a first step in the direc-
tion of updating the judicial sys-
tem, government last month
introduced an amendment to
the Juries Act, which seeks to
reduce the number of jurors
from 12 to nine in all criminal
matters in the Supreme Court
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r : Court of Appeal |
president hits out

FROM page three

The possible mitigating cir-
cumstances which the judge
recognised, Mr Munroe said,
included the fact that Francis
had previously been diagnosed
with a conduct disorder. This
diagnosis was made four years
before the double murder
when Francis was 17 years old.

Mr Munroe said that Justice
Isaacs made the decision that
during the sentencing stage the
prosecution had failed to dis-
prove that Francis possibly had
diminished responsibility in this
case.

Dame Joan, however, point-
ed out that this was impossible
for the prosecution to disprove

"as there was no evidence on

record that Francis did indeed
have diminished responsibili-
ty.

Dame Joan said that the psy-
chiatrist who testified during
the murder trial determined
that Francis is fond of general
knowledge, can recall a lot of
basic facts about his country,
can name all the present and
past prime ministers and dis-
played average calculating
skills. She said that the psychi-



atrist also determined that
Francis’ thoughts were “free
flowing and logical” and that
he understood the nature of his
convictions and the possible
consequences.

Dame Joan further said that
using Francis’ long history of
criminal acts as mitigating fac-
tors in order to give him a
more lenient punishment is
sending the wrong message to
Bahamian society.

“(It is saying) it is okay to
do it when you have a bad
record for breaking the law and
you will get treated better than
the persons who had no previ-
ous record for breaking the
law, who had no previous expe-
rience of prison. ‘

“That cannot be right. That
is not making the sentence fit
the crime, that is not any of the
things that the Privy Council
said in Trono Davis and For-
rester Bowe,” she said.

In the cases of Davis and
Bowe, Privy Council last year
ruled the mandatory death sen-
tence in the Bahamas is uncon-
stitutional.

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terday adjourned the Francis
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PICTURED (L-R) are: former Links national president Gladys Vaughn, Links safe house chairperson and past
chapter president Sharon Wilson, southern area director Mary Currie, former southern area director Margaret
Johnson, president of the Nassau Chapter, Veronica Duncanson, and protocol chair Patrice McDonald.

Links branches out
to celebrate retiring
of safe house loan

LINKS southern area direc-
tor Mary Currie planted a
Poincianna Tree to commem-
orate the retiring of a loan for
the construction for the organ-
isation’s $1million safe house
for women in crisis.

She was assisted by past
national president Gladys
Vaughn and past southern
area director, Margaret John-
son.

The safe house, the first of
its kind in the Bahamas, pro-
vides shelter for two cate-
gories of women — those who
are in immediate crisis and

who may or may not be

accompanied by children; and
those who are required by the
age to leave institutions of
child care but who in need of
long term shelter.

For the first group, the
length of the programme is six
months. For the second, the

£ Ths h

safe house provides a sup-
portive environment in which
they can work towards becom-
ing productive citizens. The
maximum length of stay is two
years

“The philosophy behind the
safe house is one of empow-
erment, and its purpose goes
beyond basic housing needs,”
said the organisers in a state-
ment.

“It responds to two cate-
gories of females in Bahamian
society and provides for the
first time in the Bahamas an
organised and sustained holis-
tic programme that addresses
the needs of these persons.”

The safe house was official-
ly opened on October 17, 2003
by the former prime minister
Perry Christie and over the
past four years; with the assis-
tance of public and private cit-
izens, the Nassau Chapier of

the Links Inc has able to suc-
cessfully complete the facili-
ty, and retire the bank loan
associated with it.

As the named corporate
sponsor, British American
Financial has contributed
$100,000 to the effort.

The tree planting ceremo-
ny included remarks by Links
president Veronica Duncan-
son, president of British
American Financial Chester
Cooper, safe house board
member Dr Sandra Dean Pat-
terson and Links-southern
area director Mary Currie.

Archbishop Drexel Gomez
offered prayers for the organ-
isation and its work, and Pas-
tor Jason Graham prayed for
the safe house and its occu-
pants. ~

Sharon Wilson, chairman of

the safe house, gave the vote

‘of thanks.

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CHAPTER TEN
“Tetched in the Head”

June 25-26, 1828. Outside of Shawneetown,
Illinois.

THE STORY SO FAR: Headed for Ken-
tucky, the Damron children pay for a room ina

boardinghouse. But when Jesse finds a coffin in

the parlor, she wonders if it’s safe to stay.

“Who died?” Iask. My voice squeaks like a
rusty hinge.

George laughs. “Nobody. Mr. Cottland built
it for himself. He’s crazy; ‘tetched in the head,’
as my mama says. Keeps that whisky jug in case
he gets thirsty on the way to heaven.” :

“Whew,” I say. “That is crazy.” I wipe my
hands on my dress. This place is even spookier
than [ thought. :

I don’t tell the others what I’ve seen, but 'm
testy all through dinner. I can’t get Moses alone;
he’s too busy eating second portions of roast
pork and turnips. And when Mr. Cottland sug-
gests we all have a bath, Moses agrees before I
can protest. “Saturday is bath night at our house,
too,” he adds. “Right, Jess?”

Our house. Moses talks as if Mama and Papa
were still alive! Is he pretending we're not
orphans? I keep.an eye on that closed parlor
door while we help George and Mr. Cottland
draw and heat the water.

Louisa and I have the first bath in the tin tub.
When my sister strips off her clothes, her ribs
look as bumpy as Mama’s old washboard. She
smells like curdled milk. We haven’t had a bath
since we left Illinois.

“Don’t stare at me!” she complains. ;

“T’m not. Turn around and [ll scrub your
back.” For a minute I’m furious with Mama for
leaving me. Mama would know how to make our
sack of cornmeal last, how to cook soups and
stews to help the little ones grow right. ’'m not
even twelve! How will I feed everyone?

When I climb into the tub, wearing nothing but
Papa’s ring on its leather strap, it’s Louisa’s turn
to stare. “You have bumps on your chest,” she
says.

“Go away,” I snap.

Her eyes fill. “I want Mama,” she says.

“So do I.” I pull her into a slippery hug.

I bathe and dry off as fast as I can. My dress
feels shabby when I button it, and my feet still
look dirty. I try to comb the snarls from Louisa’s
hair, but she yelps like the puppy. “You don’t do
it right!” she wails.

I give up. I'll never be able to do things the

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way Mama did.

Moses. and Solomon bathe next. When it’s ,
Mr. Cottland’s turn, I hurry everyone out to the P
barn. “We’re leaving,” I tell them.

“But it’s dark,” Louisa whines. “I want to
sleep here.” :

Moses pulls me aside. “What are you talking
about? We paid good money to stay.”

“Listen.” I keep my voice low so the little
ones won't hear me. “Mr. Cottland keeps an
empty coffin,in his parlor. What if he puts one of
us in there?”

Moses moves so fast, you’d think another pan-
ther was after us. In a few minutes we’ve bun-
dled Louisa and Solomon into the wagon, set
the mule in her traces, and saddled Pearl. “Why
are we leaving?” Solomon whispers.

“Hush,” I tell. him. “Do you want to be bound
out, like George?”

Moses and I walk the animals slowly across the
yard. Every squeak of the wheels makes my
heart thump. As Moses opens the gate, we hear
footsteps in the yard. 1 freeze, but it’s George.
He pops out of the shadows, a bundle under his
arm. “Take me with you,” he begs.

“We can’t,” | whisper.

Solomon tugs my arm. “Why not? George is

nice.”

“Ofcourse he is.” I lean close to George.
“We’re headed for Kentucky,” I tell him.

“A slave state?” George drops his bundle on
the ground. “I thought y’all were better than

sponsored by

that.” He melts. back into the dark without say-
ing good-bye.
I want to explain, but Moses grabs my arm.

“Get in,” he says. “He might tell the old man.” ©

I climb into the wagon and turn-Sadie toward
the rising moon. George’s words make my
cheeks burn, but what else can we do? We
promised Papa we’d find our way home.

It’s not so easy. The next night, long after
we've crossed the Ohio River into Kentucky,
Moses discovers the money is missing from his
left boot. Even worse, I’ve left Papa’s letter on
Mr. Cottland’s puncheon floor.

“How could you?” Moses shouts. “That letter
was the most important thing Papa gave us!”

“What about the money!” Lery. “How could
you leave your boots where crazy Mr. Cottland
could find them?”

“What was I supposed to do?” Moses’s voice
breaks. “Take them into the tub with me?” We
both laugh, even though it’s not funny. Moses
sighs. “At least he only robbed one boot—and |

have some money in my pocket.” He jingles his

coins. “We were both spooked by that coffin.”

“IT sure was. Thank goodness Mr. Cottland
didn’t chase after us.”

Moses counts out the rest of our money.
“Twenty-nine dollars—plus two Spanish piasters.
We have to make it last. I'll try to shoot more
game.” :

“We could always sell the silver stock on
Grandpa’s gun.”

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Moses shakes his head. “Not yet. Papa would
never forgive us. We'll just have to be extra care-
ful. And no more staying with strangers, espe-
cially without the letter.”

I wave my hand around the dark clearing.
“No one will bother us here.” Giant oaks tower
over us, and the woods are full of spooky sounds:
branches snapping, coyotes yipping, and an owl
hooting.

Moses grips the rifle. “I don’t like this place.”
He leans close to me. “I’m scared, Jesse. What
if we never make it to Grandma’s?” :

Now it’s my turn to pretend I’m brave. “Don’t
talk that way! Of course we will.” But I’m just
as worried as he is. I remember what Moses
said: We haven’t heard from Grandma in
months. What if she’s gone, too?

(Continued on Tuesday)

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negotiating a swap of rebel-
held hostages for jailed

‘ guerrillas, according to
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“We are here trying to put
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an agreement, Chavez told
state television as Marin
Arango, better known by his
nom de ‘cueite Ivan Mar-
quez, stood next to him on
the steps of Venezuela’s
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is thought to be hiding out,
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Venezuela and Brazil.

Marquez said he thought a
Chavez-Marulanda meeting
in El Yari could remove the
main obstacles to a swap
involving about 50 hostages
and as many as 500 jailed
rebels. ; ‘

Colombian Peace Com-

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Betancourt, a former

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proof that Betancourt is
alive. Chavez said he hopes
to-bring such evidence to
French officials during an
upcoming trip to Paris.

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authorized Chavez to bro-
ker'a deal with the leftist

~ rebels.

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BUSINESS |







Accounting
firms urged
locontract =—
senior workers

By CARA
BRENNEN-BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter

ACCOUNTING firms
were yesterday encouraged
to contract their senior staff as

a way to retain them, a for- :

mer PLP Senator saying dif-
ficulties experienced in retain-
ing experienced accountants
were créating a tremendous
need for more Bahamians in
the profession/

Philip Galanis, managing
partner of Galanis and Co, ;

told a seminar at the

Bahamas Institute of Char-

tered Accountants (BICA)

week that Bahamian accéunt-

ing firms often found it hard
to keep their more qualified
staff because they are aggres-
sively recruited by companies
for posts such as chief finan- .
cial officer and financial con-
troller. 2

This staff turnover rate, Mr _
Galanis suggested, had
prompted many firms to indi-
cate an unwillingness to invest
in extensive training of their
employees, since they were
leaving as soon as a better
offer came along.

He said this was often why
some Bahamian accounting
firms sought to employ expa-
triates, as their terms of
employment were more
defined. They were eligible
for employment over a spe-
cific timeframe, during which -
it was very difficult for them



@ By NEIL HARTNELL

Tribune Business Editor

OPPONENTS of the $175
million Baker’s Bay Golf &
Ocean Club development have
filed a summons seeking a court
injunction to prevent the devel-
opers from continuing work on
the project until their second
judicial review application is
heard, marking the latest salvo
in a long-running legal battle
that shows no sign of ending.

Fred Smith, a partner in Cal-
lender’s & Co and attorney for
the Save Guana Cay Reef Asso-
ciation, confirmed yesterday to
The Tribune that the Associa-
tion had filed the injunction

Guana Cay Association’s attorney
threatens third judicial review
proceeding against Hope Town
District council over permits

application with the Supreme
Court in a bid to prevent Dis-
covery Land Company and its
subsidiaries from proceeding
with their work.

The injunction application
asks the Supreme Court to

given Discovery Land Company —

’ make an order to prevent

Passerine at Abaco, Passerine
at Abaco Holdings, Baker’s Bay
Ltd, Baker’s Bay HOA Ltd,
Baker’s Bay Marina Ltd and
Baker’s Bay Foundation Ltd
“from. proceeding with or con-



Prices to rise due to
energy cost increase

-* Chamber president says his
business’s propane costs have
almost doubled since New Year, with
Superwash spending $130,000 on gas
and $60,000 on BEC per month
* Warns cost of living and demand for
wage rises set to increase, with hotels
warily watching effect on air fares








Fred Smith



tinuing to undertake the works
contemplated by the permits
and approvals purportedly
granted”.

The application asks for the
restraining order to be made on

’ the grounds that the develop-

ers had not obtained “the nec-
essary’permits and approvals”
from the correct government
agency.

_ The Association’s application

also seeks a court order to pre-
vent the Discovery Land Com-
pany affiliates from working on
the Treasury and Crown Land
that forms part of the develop-
ment site, and wants a further

order to prevent the Govern-

ment, its departments and agen-
cies from issuing or renewing
permits and approvals to the
developers.

The crux of the second appli-
cation for judicial review is that
the permits and approvals
granted to Discovery Land
Company for the Baker’s Bay
project were not issued through
the correct government agen-
cies and processes.

The Association is seeking
the court orders to prevent any
more work being carried out on
Guana Cay until the second
judicial review application is
heard on its substantive merits.

Mr Smith told The Tribune:
“We have filed an application
for an interlocutory injunction

SEE page 4B

COB chief wants funding
based on student numbers
Eyes tuition fee increase

@ By CARA BRENNEN-BETHEL

Tribune Business Reporter



_Baker’s Bay Club opponents ©
_ seek new ‘stop work’ order —

‘@ By NEIL HARTNELL* =:
Tribune Business Editor




THE College of the Bahamas (COB) needs to move from a flat
government grant model to an admission grant model based on stu-
dent enrollment numbers, its president said yesterday, as this
would ensure its finances keeps pace with admissions and it can
develop programmes in the sciences fields. : =

Janyne Hodder said she had asked the Government to consider
changing the way it supports COB to ensure the institution can
effectively address the needs of students. .

She said that as COB moves towards university status, and as the
Bahamas develops, it was-essential the college could offer relevant
and diverse degrees that adequately meet the economy’s needs. »

“When you have a flat grant system, then what happens is that
you are diverting your tertiary funds to the social sciences, with ae
grames such as law and history, which are the cheapest.to run,” Mrs
Hodder said. :

“But what happens then is that you do not grow the technical pro- ~.
grammes, such as chemistry engineering or science-based, which are

SEE page 4B ;

ny, and were earning a spe-
cific salary.

Therefore, Mr Galanis sug-
gested that if accounting firms
were to enter into contractu-
al agreements with their:
senior Bahamian staff, it
might mitigate some of the
retention challenges.

“There are a plethora of
opportunities not being filled
by. Bahamians,” he added.

Mr Galanis said that most
audit clients dislike frequent
turnovers of accounting staff
that they may have built rela-
tionships with.



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"PRICES and the cost of living in the Bahamas
will have to increase as a result of spiralling glob-
al oil and energy costs, the Bahamas Chamber of .
Commerce’s president warned yesterday, as the
Bahamas Electricity Corporation’s (BEC) fuel
surcharge moves through the $0.13 per kilowatt
hour mark. ze
With BEC’s basic rate set at $0.17 per kilowatt -
hour, the fuel surcharge is moving slowly but
inevitably towards matching that mark, raising
production costs for many Bahamian businesses to
levels where they have no choice but to pass at
least a fraction of those costs on to consumers if
’ they are to remain profitable. :
With the price per barrel of crude oil, as mea-
sured by the NYMEX and Brent indexes, closing











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yesterday at $96.37 and $93.24 respectively, just
shy of the psychologically-important $100 thresh-
old, Chamber president Dionisio D’ Aguilar
warned that BEC’s higher electricity costs - a

- SEE page 9B





Nia. —

SEE page 4B



Act changes and

new regulations
for bank audits |

i@ By NEIL HARTNELL

Tribune Business Editor

THE Central Bank of the

Bahamas is proposing to amend .
‘the Banks and Trust Compa-

nies Regulation Act 2000 to
“bring it into line” with inter-
national standards when it
comes to external auditors and
their examinations of its bank

‘and trust company licensees,

with a new set of regulations
also planned.

Apart from amending the
existing Act, the Central Bank
is also seeking consultation on
the Banks and Trust Compa-
nies (Auditors) (Facts and Mat-
ters of Material Significance)
Regulations 2007, as it moves
to establish a regulatory frame-
work for auditors of its bank
and trust company licensees
that is “in line with compara-
ble provisions that have been
in place in many countries
around the world for some
time”.

The Act amendments include
what is described in some quar-
ters as a ‘whistleblower protec-
tion’ clause, protecting the
external auditors - Bahamian
accountants - from liability if
they disclose information on
Bahamas-based banks and trust
companies that they audit to the
Central Bank.

Aiming to enhance co-opera-
tion between the Central
Bank’s banking supervisors and
external auditors, the amend-
ments to the existing Act will

“expand” auditor access to a °
banking licensee’s books and

Proposals include
safeguards for
‘whistleblowers’



accounts. As proposed, it will
also give the external auditors
the right to receive information
and explanations from the audit
client as it considers necessary
to perform its function. —

The Central Bank said the
Banks and Trust Companiés
Regulation Act 2000 amend-
ments will also “impose obliga-
tions” on auditors or former
auditors to notify the Inspector
of Banks and Trust Companies
if they plan to resign before
their term as auditor expires, or
not seek reappointment.

Other amendments include

‘notifying the regulator if they
plan “to include a modification
on the licensee’s financial state-
ment”, and if the auditor uncov-
ers an issue during an audit that
“is of material significance” to
the Inspector of Banks and
Trust Companies performing
his/her duties.

The amendments propose a_

$25,000 fine for auditors who
fail to comply with the require-
ment for communicating with
the Inspector of Banks and
Trust Companies.

The Banks and Trust Com-
panies (Auditors) (Facts and
Matters of Material Signifi-

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|: YOU have your own
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ing way to generate income
for yourself. It is estimated
that nearly 55 per cent of
online marketers have some
sort of an affiliate pro-
gramme, capable of making
them and. their affiliates mon-
ey.
Affiliate marketing is where
there is a business partnership
between a vendor who has a
product for sale, and an affil-
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uct. He sends the customer,
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the vendor’s site, or to the
vendors merchant’s product
order page, in the hope that
this customer will buy the.

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the product, the affiliate gets a
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There are many products

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ellery, software and eBooks
to insurance. I recently went
on a website that promoted
child Internet safety, and on
the homepage they had a ban-
ner for a book they were pro-
moting. When I clicked on the
banner I was taken to the sec-
tion in-amazon.com where I
could buy the book. Had I
bought the book, the website
owner would have gotten a
commission from Amazon for
driving me to their site — a
classic example of an affiliate
partnership.
.. The advantages of affiliate
programmes are:

* The affiliate can poten-
tially earn a high income 24/7

* The affiliate can choose
whatever product they wish
to represent, ideally one that
is relevant to their website
content and appeals to their
audience

* The affiliate can learn a
lot from vendors, who often
tell them their secret online
marketing techniques to help
promote their product. The
vendor will get more traffic
from the visitors that come
from the affiliates, and that
helps the vendor’s search
engine rankings.

There are two ways the
affiliate gets paid. He can
either be paid by the Pay Per
Lead (PPL) method, where
the affiliate gets paid a com-
mission for every lead that it
sends to the vendor’s website,
or by the Pay Per Conversion
(PPC) method, where the
affiliate gets paid a commis-
sion for every referral that
buys the vendor’s product. It
is normally more rewarding
to be paid in the PPC method,
as the potential for earning
revenue is higher.

Many vendors offer one or
two-tier affiliate programmes.
If the vendor has a one-tier
programme, you only get paid
for your own referrals that
convert to a sale. In a two-tier
system, you can also sign up

other affiliates to promote the
same product, and when they

. send traffic to the vendor’s

site and it converts into a sale,
you get a percentage of that
commission as well.



“Affiliate marketing
is where there

is a business
partnership between
a vendor who has a
product for sale, and
an affiliate, who

‘has a website or
newsletter through
which they promote
that product to their
own list of customers

in exchange for a
commission.”



You need to also consider
the sales tracking system at
the heart of affiliate pro-
grammes. This is what tracks
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gramme, where the vendor
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tracks the sales. There is the
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vendor outsources his affili-
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the network an annual com-
mission, and a percentage
commission for every prod-
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have a good reputation for
being fair and making sure
affiliates get paid.

Both tracking systems store
‘cookies’ on the visitor’s com-
puter to identify them. So,
when the affiliate sends a vis-
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and purchase, the affiliate will
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house way, make sure you
check the vendor’s affiliate
programme is bona fide.

Both tracking systems use
affiliate codes. When the affil-
iate signs up to a vendor’s
programme, he downloads his
unique affiliate code and
imbeds them into his links and
banners that drive the visitor
to the vendor’s site. This
allows the vendor to link the
visitor to the affiliate, and
makes sure the affiliate gets
paid in the event of a pur-
chase. Read AffiliateInsider
by Gordon Penza, which is
the definitive resource on the
steps you need to take to
becoming an affiliate:

The first step is to Decide
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which product would be rele-
vant to your website and your
visitors. The more relevant it
is, the more likely it will gen-
erate sales. And test the prod-
uct, so you don’t sell some-
thing of low quality.

The second step is to Check
Affiliate Networks. When you
have found the right product
to promote, sign up to a ven-
dor’s affiliate programme and
get your affiliate code.

The third step is to Promote
the Vendor’s Product. You
can do this in several ways.
You can insert the vendor’s
banners and text links (with
your tracking code) into your
e-mail mailings that you make
to your customers, advising
them of this special offer. You
can insert the banner or text
links into newsletters, or put
them on your website pages
- anywhere where your visi-

Creat
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tors or subscribers can see
them. The other way of pro-
moting the vendor’s products
is by advertising them in
search engines such as Yahoo
and Google, with the hope
that when people see your ad,
they will click on it and order
the product.

Remember, with affiliate
marketing, if you don’t pro-
mote the product and don’t
drive traffic to the vendor’s
site, you won’t get an income.
Your hard work, persistence
and determination is what it
will take to become success-
ful.

Whether you become a
vendor and sell your product
through affiliates, or become
an affiliate to promote a ven-
dor’s product, affiliate mar-
keting is here to stay. Don’t

be an antipreneur.and make

the mistake of missing this
glorious opportunity. Take

advantage of it if you have -

your own website. So, in order
to avoid the trap. of
antipreneurship, make sure
that you spend sufficient time
on this area, as it will pay
large dividends for your
future business success.

NB: Adapted from his
eBook The 10 Deadly Sins of
Antipreneurship, available at
www.antipreneurship.com

Mark draws on 20 years of
top level business, marketing
and communications experi-
ence in London and the
Bahamas. He is chief operat-
ing officer of www.ezpze-
mail.com, currently lives in
Nassau, and can be contact-
ed at:

markalexpalmer@mac.com

© Mark Palmer.
All rights reserved

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Bahamas must exploit
270k arable acres

THE Bahamas must exploit
its 270,000 acres of arable land
to build an agriculture industry,
Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham said yesterday, adding that
while there were 480 registered
farmers in this nation, many
more were not and failing to
access the benefits of this sta-
tus.

Speaking at the opening of
the first Bahamas Agricultural,
Marine Resources and Agribusi-
ness Exposition, Mr Ingraham
said the Government was com-
mitted to establishing a Farmers

Credit Programme, and sup-
porting linkages between agri-
culture and tourism.

He said: “Some 270,000 acres”
of arable land form a natural
resource base for the further
development of agriculture. We
must ensure that the future of.
this sector is brightened.

“The Bahamas continues to
import far too much of its food.
And agricultural and marine
products form far too small a
percentage of our exports.

“This position will not change,
I believe, without firstly, a gen-

COB shortlists Dean
of Business applicants

m@ By CARA BRENNEN-BETHEL
Tribune Business Reporter

THE College of the

Bahamas (COB) is down to a “short short”

list of applicants for the new Dean of Business post, a position
where the incumbent will be charged with setting a new course for
the institution over the next two years.
COB’s president, Janyne Hodder, said the college was in the final
rounds of interviewing potential candidates after a long process.’
She added that COB’s plans include the start of Master Degree
programmes in Accounting and Management, both likely to start

next year.
place by next year.

The Dean’s Advisory Council is also expected to be in

Further, Mrs Hodder said COB was in the final stages of nego-
tiating financing for two major infrastructural projects, a $20 mil-
lion furnishing and creation of a library, and an $8 million campus

enhancement on Grand Bahama.

She said the drawings are completed, and the contractors ready

to move forward.

As COB moves towards university status, Mrs Hodder said it was
looking at ensuring there was excellence in everything they do.
Over the next 10 years, COB hopes to double the current enroll-

ment of about 10,000 students.

Dr Hodder said COB was currently on a drive to redesign their
registration process, so it was scientifically accurate.
She explained that the college had hired a consultant to look at

the registration process.

It was discovered that the problem was not the inability to han-
dle the registration of long lines of students, but rather that there
was no scientific data in place to ensure there were adequate

course offerings to meet demand
Mrs Hodder said, the process should

Once this was completed,
be able to go more smoothly.

COB was also completing an extensive inventory of all of their
buildings, something which had never been done before.

In an effort to retain more students for the entire Bachelor
degree programme, Dr Hodder said COB may request the Union
of Tertiary Educators of the Bahamas (UTEB) - COB’S faculty
union - to consider accommodating more students in core classes so
that it was financially feasible to offer small high level courses at the

400 level.



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eral recognition that agriculture
can play a vital role in our
national economic wellbeing -
particularly as a means of com-
bating poverty, and promoting
sustainable development in our
Family Islands - and secondly, in
the development of a consen-
sus for specific and structured
investment programmes for the
further development of these
sectors of our economy.”

He added: “I am-certain that
few of you will disagree with the
assertion that agriculture and
fisheries have not achieved full
potential in our country.

“We have long recognised the
potential in both agriculture and
fisheries to create a substantial
link between our domestic econ-
omy and our principal econom-
ic activity, tourism. This vital
link has the potential to raise
our level of domestic savings, to
improve our balance of pay-
ments and to create a more sus-
tainable, job-creating economic
activity.

“Over the years, we have
invested heavily in professional
and skills training, and have
sought to improve the level and
standard of technology available
to farmers in particular, with a
view to enhancing food produc-
tion, processing, marketing and
sale of Bahamian produce — not
always with the successes for
which we had aimed. In many
respects we have not received
value for monies spent.

“For a variety of reasons suc-
cessive Governments have been
interested in promoting and
encouraging development in the
agricultural and fisheries sec-
tors: a desire to ensure food
security for the nation, a need to
ensure food safety; a determi-
nation to raise standards of liv-
ing’in all of our islands; a need
to create employment in agri-
cultural and marine sciences for
unskilled farm hands as well as
for university trained and other

Bahamians; a means of discour-
aging Family Island migration
to the capital thereby ensuring
the economic viability of Fami-
ly Island communities, and final-
ly, providing for the viable
and sustainable diversification
of the Bahamian national econ-
omy.”

* Receive product orders from internal and external international

report problems or delays

¢ Maintain cordial relations with suppliers and customers to ensure
cooperation when unexpected events require rush delivery of orders or

documents associated with

Qualified and interested candidates should submit their resume with salary

history to Ronald Atkinson & Co. attention Bennet Atkinson, P.O. Box N-8326,

Augusta & Virginia Streets, Nassau, Bahamas, fax 242-326-5602, e-mail
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BAHAMAS NATIONAL TRUST JOB OPPORTUNITIES

2A YLIN ie

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2007, PAGE 3B

Join the Leading Environmental Conservation
Organization in The Bahamas

EEE SESE

The Bahamas National Trust invites qualified and interested persons to
apply for the following positions:

Director of Development

Context , 4
The Bahamas National Trust needs an individual who will manage donor relations

and a multifaceted fundraising strategy aimed at engaging a broad range of corpo-
rate, foundation and individual donors and prospects.

Primary Responsibilities: :

The Director of Development reports to the Executive Director and coordinates
the BNT’s fundraising, membership programmes, and strategic development
activities to achieve sustainable financial goals for the organization. Further, the
individual will develop and manage a major donor programme and annual giving
programme for the Trust. The Individual will be charged with the creation of a
“strong Development Team and coordinating training for its staff.

Duties and Responsibilities:

1. To develop and implement the BNT’s fundraising strategy — targeting
individuals, Foundations, other NGO’s and the corporate sector.

2, To design and implement a Major Donor Development Programme. Lead the
process of donor identification, prospect research, and personal cultivation,
appropriate requests for support, thanking and recognition.

3, Prepare and manage budgets for fundraising programmes.

Required Skills:

> At least a Bachelors Degree with five years work experience, ideally in the fund-
raising arena.

> Strong background in project management and programme administration.

> Warm interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate and involve people at
all levels.

> Experience in the financial sector - client relationships and an understanding of
funds and foundations an asset.

> Exceptional writing and interpersonal communications skills.

> Demonstrated ability to organize time, manage diverse activities, meet deadlines
and pay attention to details.

> Good computer literacy including word processing, databases, presentations and
spreadsheets. Working knowledge of Sage fundraising software a plus.

> Willingness to work long hours to meet firm deadlines.

> Willingness to travel throughout The Bahamas and abroad.

a ee
Abaco Park Warden

Context
The national parks in Abaco face threats from invasive species. In particular the
nesting parrots in the Abaco National Park suffer greatly from increasing numbers
of feral cats and expanding raccoons populations. It is vitally important that the
BNT has a presence on this island to ensure we fulfill the mandate and meet the

objectives of the Trust.

Primary Responsibilities:

Provide day to day and long term management and administration of all of the
Abaco Parks and act as a liaison with partners and the general public of Abaco in
all facets of park work.

Duties:

1. Serve as the Liaison between the Abaco Parks and the BNT headquarters in
Nassau. Will be responsible for overall supervision and oversight of all activi-
ties that occur in the district.

2. Develop in collaboration with the Director of Parks applicable policies, proce-
dures, systems, and proposals to further the goals of the Abaco Parks and the
Bahamas National Trust. .

3. Plan and execute activities in the approved General Management Plans,
Strategic Plans, and operating plans to achieve the goals of the Abaco Parks

4. Supervise park staff members and volunteers engaging in conservation and
maintenance activities ensuring that biodiversity in the park are not negatively
impacted by the work.

5. Lead the development and implementation of community outreach programmes,
education and public relations initiatives to promote the goals of the BNT.

6. Enforce rules and regulations of Abaco National parks laws and policies of the
Bahamas as they relate to the safety of individuals in the national parks, of Abaco.

7, Assist with other tasks as assigned by the Director of Parks and Science

Required Skills:

> Bachelor’s degree; or a minimum of seven years related experience and/or train-
ing in Environmental Conservation; or equivalent combination of education
and experience

> Computer literate (Word Processing, Spreadsheet and PowerPoint)

> Familiarity with conservation issues in general and as it directly relates to Abaco

> Pleasant personality ;

> Willing to work under demanding conditions

TT
Marine Park Project Coordinator

Context :
It is vitally important that the marine resources of New Providence are maintained

ina healthy balance for future generations. This project will heighten the aware-
ness of marine users about sustainable use of marine resources.

Primary Responsibilities: _

This job will be focused on the creation of a marine park and implementing a dive
tag program aimed at raising awareness within the dive community with regards to
sustainable use of the marine park; responsibilities for identification and outreach to
existing and potential resource user groups and other community members

Duties:

1. Develop and implement Dive Tag program to promote and encourage users of
the Marine Park.

2. Coordinate and effectively administer all activities for the South West Marine Park

3. Serve as a conduit for communication between BNT, stakeholder groups and
community members with environmental concerns or ideas for the area.

4, Write press releases and other documentation for distribution to internal and
external audiences

5, Speak publicly about BNT’s environmental / sustainable initiatives.

6. Compile news and event announcements into bi-weekly report to be submitted
to direct supervisor

7. Perform administrative tasks and any other tasks that support the overall con-
servation goals and work plan for the Bahamas National Trust

Required Skills:

> Bachelor’s degree; a minimum five years related experience and/or training
in Environmental Conservation; or equivalent combination of education and
experience.

> Strong interpersonal and communications skills.

> Willingness to carry-out organizational mission with little day-to-day supervision

> Proficiency with Windows, Microsoft Office.

> A strategic thinker with sound technical skills, analytical ability, good judgment
and strong operational focus.

> Ability to produce clear written documentation for reporting

> Ability to speak persuasively and confidently to large and diverse audiences.

Interested persons qualified in any of the above positions should provide a cover
letter, resume and three references by November 16, 2007 to:

Human Resources Manager

Bahamas National Trust

P.O. Box N-4105

Nassau, Bahamas

or E-mail: bnt@bahamasnationaltrust.org

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PAGE 4B, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2007

THE TRIBUNE



BUSINESS

Baker's Bay Club opponents
. seek new ‘stop work’ order

FROM page one

and discovery. Now that
Freeport has a sitting judge, we
are very'keen to have the inter-
locutory injunction application
heard and to move on with our
judicial review.”

He described the second
judicial review as “a very sim-
, hamely whether the
permits and approvals given to
Discovery Land Company, as
alleged by its own attorneys in
discovery made to the Court
of Appeal as part of another
judicial review case initiated
by the Association, were given
to them by government agen-
cies who had the “lawful
authority” to do so.

“It is a matter for the court
to decide whether these per-
mits were given to the devel-
opers by the lawful authority.
It is a matter that can be heard
very quickly,” Mr Smith
added.

‘‘Whichever side loses can
appeal, and we’re confident
the second case can proceed
very quickly. The Save Guana
Cay Reef Association’s posi-
tion is that we are very keen to
hear the second case. We note
that the developers are work-
ing 24/7 to dredge the marina
in an effort to create the per-
ception that [the development]
is a fait accompli and there is
nothing to litigate.”

Meanwhile, Mr Smith said
the Association was still await-

Legal Notice
NOTICE

TAXIDEVO LIMITED

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) TAXIDEVO LIMITED is in voluntary
dissolution under the provisions of Section 137(4)
of the International Business Companies Act 2000,

(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on

the 6th November,

2007 when the Articles of

Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the

Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Michael Low
of c/o | Raffles Link #05-02, Singapore 039393

Dated this 07th day of November, A.D. 2007

Michael Low
Liquidator

The Chambers of
CEDRIC L. PARKER & CO.
Counsel & Attorneys-at-law

is now located at

#9 Rusty Bethel Drive
(3rd Terrace East)
Nassau, Bahamas

All telephone numbers remain the same.

K.Miles Parker
(Managing Partner)









Pricing Information As Of:
Thursday, 8 Novembet 200 7

Abaco Markets





11.00





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J. S. Johnson



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Bahamas Property Fund

7.86 Bank of Bahamas

0.70 Benchmark

1.65 Bahamas Waste

1.20 Fidelity Bank

9.81 Cable: Bahamas

1.83 Colina Holdings

4.03 Commonwealth Bank (S1)
4.70 Consolidated Water BDRs
2.20 Doctor's Hospital

5.54 Famguard

12.00 Finco

13.85 FirstCaribbean

5.18 Focol (S)

0.54 Freeport Concrete

Symbol
Bahamas Supermarkets
Caribbean Crossings (Pref)

Bahamas Supermarkets

Fund Name

CAN E

: : Skin Care

°Microdermabrasion «Chemical Peels « Botox Facial
* Sclerotherapy to remove, ugly leg veins

° Weight lost management. «

* Bahama Spa Skin Care Products:


















1.3130 Colina Money Market Fund 1.362272"
3.3829 2.9449 Fidelity Bahamas G & | Fund 3.3829***
2.9382 2.4829 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.938214***
1.2741 1.1970 Colina Bond Fund 1.274052***
11. Meant ” ALE goco ! weet Prime Income Fund 11.8192***





BISX ALL SHARE INDEX -
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 daily volume Last Price
Today's Close - Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol.
Change - Change in closing price from day to day

Daily Vol Number of total shares traded today

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

P/E ~ Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings
(S) - 4-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 8/8/2007
i 1/2007





ing the Court of Appeal ver-
dict on the merits of its first
application for a judicial
review of the Baker’s Bay pro-
ject.

He also threatened that the
Association would launch a
third judicial review applica-

tion relating to the Guana Cay

project, this time involving per-
mits and approvals granted to
the developers by the Hope
Town District Council.

“We understand the District

Council has recently approved

several applications for con-
struction despite our objec-
tions, and we’re preparing a

~ third Guana Cay case for judi-

cial review to quash the deci-
sions on those specific per-
mits,” Mr Smith said.

“The district council said
they were obliged to give those
permits because the develop-
ment had been approved by
the central government in Nas-
sau. We consider it be a com-
plete abdication of their statu-
tory authority, and that mat-

’ ter will shortly be before the

court.”

The injunction application
for a ‘stop work’ order is also
asking the Supreme Court to
order that the Government
and Discovery Land Compa-
ny defendants provide copies
of all documents submitted by
the developers in relation to
licence, permit, grant, exemp-

tion and approval applications-

The Association is also seek-
ing a court order requiring the
defendants to provide copies
of all permits, licences and
approvals given to the devel-
opers, and all documents relat-
ed to the decision-making and
consultation process for these
approvals.

Act changes and new regulations

FROM page one

cance) Regulations 2007 set out the facts and issues defined as
being “of material significance” to the Inspector of Bank and

Trust Companies in carrying out his/her duties, and which an
external auditor may uncover during an audit.

These issues include:

* Material misstatements in a bank and trust company

licensee’s financial statements

* Concerns about a Central Bank licensee’s ability to contin-

ue as “a going concern”

* Material weaknesses or significant deficiencies in a licensee’s

internal controls

* Major concerns about the integrity of a licensee’s senior #

executives

* A licensee’s failure to comply with prudential standards,
statutory requirements, terms and conditions of its licence, and

correct major deficiencies

* Any other issues that may “materially prejudice the interests
of depositors, creditors or other clients of the licensee”.

Accounting firms
urged to contract

- senior workers

FROM page one

He added that compensation
was also a major factor in staff
retainment. The expected salary.
for entry level professionals in
the Bahamian accounting pro-
fession was $25,000-$28,000.

Mr Galanis said that most
firms expect their staff mem-
bers to pass their certification
exams within two years or three
attempts, while these workers
expect firms to provide train-
ing opportunities and competi-
tive salaries.

COB chief wants funding
based on student numbers

FROM page one

much more expensive to offer.
We need to convince the pub-
lic that funding in science is
the key to prosperity.”
Otherwise, Mrs Hodder said
this nation will have the prob-
lem of qualified Bahamians
not returning home because
those employment areas are
not developed. An admission-
based grant system would
recognise the needs of students
based on the programmes they
are entering, she explained.

Dr Hodder said COB is now

looking at ways to determine
the actual cost of offering a
degree in each programme/
study area, which would help it

ALL POSITIONS WANTED

Contemporary Asian
Multi-Outlet Dining Concept

* Junior Sous Chef, line and pastry cook
with high-end cuisine experience.

* Wait/bar staff. Previous experience in high-end
dining establishments a must.

‘Dining Room Supervisor/ Wine Steward with
previous high-end restaurant experience
» Extensive knowledge of Asian cuisine and

wines a definite asset.

Fax resumes to 328-8381 or email to
info@shogunrevolver.com



9.55 0.00 10,500

0.00 ' 810
0.00 10,935

6.50
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Last Price Weekly Vol.



Last 12 Months

Bid $ - Buying price of Colina and Fidelity
Ask $ - Selling price of Colina and fidelity

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

- Last traded over-the-counter price

- Trading volume of the prior week

NAV - Net Asset Value

N/M - Not Meaningful
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* - 2 November 2007

** ~ 30 June 2007
*-31 October 2007
"= 31 July 2007



to effectively plan the best use
of funding.

She added said that while
this may not be popular with
students, they will be making
the case against low tuition
fees, as it is a form of regres-
sive taxation that benefits
those from both low and high
income backgrounds,
decreases the level of quality
courses and studies that can be
offered.

Mrs Hodder said COB want-
ed to increase tuition fees,
while putting in place a robust
financial aid programme to

assist those students who need-'

ed it.

In addition, Dr Hodder said
COB was working hard to get
the Government to provide
more funding to students who

but

attend college in the Bahamas,
rather than invest in higher
scholarships for those who
study abroad.

She said COB was working
to increase opportunities in a
number of vital professions,
such as engineering and allied
health industries such as phar-

' macology. COB is also look-

ing at creating an agro-busi-
ness degree, she said.

Mrs Hodder said a straight
agriculture degree would be a
hard-sell among new students,
but a combination of business
and agriculture courses may be
more successful.

Mrs Hodder was speaking
on the closing day of the

‘Bahamas Institute of Char-

tered Accountants (BICA)
week of events.

LEGAL NOTICE

_ NOTICE

GEOSERVICES INTERCONTINENTAL -
HOLDING INC.

‘In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with
Section 138 (4) of the International Business

Companies Act,

2000, GEOSERVICES

INTERCONTINENTAL HOLDING INC. is in
dissolution as of November 6, 2007.

Philippe Bayet of 8 Chaussee de la Muette, 75116 _
Paris, France is the Liquidator.

LIQUIDATOR

Position Available:

HEAVY EQUIPMENT |
MAINTENANCE MANAGER

Job Description:

Responsible for the management of all’
maintenance activities in Nassau ensuring
all preventative maintenance and heavy
equipment repairs are conducted as per com-
pany standards. Conducts on-site audits and
evaluations of port equipment, coordinates
repair activities and preventative procedures.

Education:

High school diploma or equivalent. Trade

Maintenance.

Experience:



or Technical certificate in Heavy Equipment

Five years experience in heavy equip-
ment maintenance with at least two years
in management of equipment maintenance.

Container Terminals offers a highly competi-
tive package of benefits. Salary is commen-

surate with qualifications and experience.





THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2007, PAGE 5B



Ministry of Public Works & Transport

NS
:
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_ “Information For Effective -
Private-Public Sector Interaction”

Saturday, 10th November, 2007
8:30 am—3:00 pm
Police Conference Centre, East Street North
Nassau, Bahamas



“This informative seminar is for all local contractors
and will address these important topics:

a The Contractors Bill
a The Construction Process

=» Construction Finance
and insurance

Participants | in panel discussions include staff from the
Dept. of Public Works
Dept. of Physical Planning
Office of the Attorney General
Dept. of Immigration
and representatives from
The Construction Industry |
The Banking Industry
The Insurance Industry

Registration: $30
(in cludes Ministry’s Contractors’ Manual, draft Contractors Bill and lunch.
_ (Registration Fee waived for Family Island based contractors.)

"Payable at the Accounts Section, 3 Floor, Min. of Public Works & Transport Bldg., JFK Drive.
_ Registration Forms available at the Ministry's Info Desk or online at www.bahamas.gov.bs.
_ Completed Registration Forms to be returned to the Office of the Director of Public Works.

For further information contact the Director’s Office at

= 1-242-302-9528 or 322-4830-9 Fax: 326-7907


















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_ HEATH BANK & TRUST LIMITED
(Formerly Barrington Bank International Limited)

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2007, PAGE 7B _

g. Fair value of financial instruments - All of the Bank’s financial instruments are carried
at fair value or contracted amounts which approximate fair value. Financial instruments
recorded at contracted amounts consist of cash, prepaid and other assets, accounts
payable and accrued liabilities. The value of these instruments approximates fair value,
ax the instruments: have short-term maturities, variable interest rates and are not
materially affected by changes in interest rates. 4

BALANCE SHEET eee f
‘AS OF JUNE 30, 2007 : h. Related parties - Related pesties include officers and directors who are related through
in United States dollars) having authority and responsibility for directing and controlling the activities of the
t Bank and companies related through common directors and/or shareholders.
2007 2006
Cash and cash equivalents (Note 5) $ 2,384,133. $ 1,805,304 4. CRITICAL RECOUNTING JUDGMENTS AND KEY SOURCES OF ESTIMATION
Investments (Note 6) 299,010 pce
Loans, net (Notes 7 and 11) 22,137,519 24,479, 98 Certain amounts included in or affecting the Bank’s balance sheet and related disclosure must
‘Accrued interest on investments Aas 5,394 ees be estimated, requiring the Bank to make assumptions with respect to values or conditions
Prepaid and other assets (Note 8) 17,900 __ 14,350 which cannot be known with certainty at the time the balance sheet is prepared. A “‘critical
: 56 $28,351,044 accounting estimate’’ is one which is both important to the portrayal of the Bank’s financial
_ TOTAL an $2483990 condition and results and requires management’s most difficult, subjective or complex
judgments, often as a result of the need to make estimates about the effect of matters that are
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY 8 inherently uncertain. The Bank evaluates such estimates on an ongoing basis, based upon
7 43 4 historical results and experience, consultation with experts, trends and other methods
Collateral deposits (Notes 9 and 11) $ 4,380,170 $ 10,466,441 tiie fervonee 8 to tele thee
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities (Note 10) ' 32,382. «68,547 ; .
Deferred revenue 13,521 __17,696 a. Impairment - The Bank has made significant investments in loans receivable and
Total liabilities 4,426,073 __ 10,552,684 investments. These loans and investments are tested for impairment when
\ circumstances indicate there may be a potential impairment. Factors considered
EQUITY: ; important which could trigger an impairment review include the following: significant
Share capital (Note 12 10,000,000 10,000,000 fall in market values; significant underperformance relative to historical or projected
General reserve (Note 7) 221,419 * future operating results; significant changes in the use of the assets or the strategy for the
Retained eamin 10,196,464 7,798,360 overall business, including assets that are decided to be phased out or replaced and
_ es 20,417 883 17,798,360 assets that are damaged or taken out of use, significant negative industry or economic
Total equity ST ee trends; and significant cost overruns in the development of assets.
$ 24,843,956 $ 28,351,044
TOTAL LOAM 2 Estimating recoverable amounts of assets must in part be based on management
; evaluations, including estimates of future performance, revenue generating capacity of
See notes to balance sheet. the assets, assumptions of the future market conditions and the success in marketing of
: ‘ new products and services, Changes in circumstances and in management’s evaluations
Te ee sheet was approved by the Board of Directors on October 17, 2007 end ia signed on He and assumptions may give rise to impairment losses in the relevant periods.
behalf by:
b. Legel proceedings, claims and regulatory discussions - The Bank may be subject to
various legal proceedings, claims and regulatory discussions, the outcomes of which are
subject to significant uncertainty. The Bank evaluates, among other factors, the degree
of probability of an unfavorable outcome and the ability to make a reasonable estimate
: ; ; of the amount of loss. Unanticipated events or changes in these factors may require the
Mb Bank to increase or decrease the amount the Bank has accrued for any matter or accrue
Director for a matter that has not been previously accrued because it was not considered
probable, or a reasonable estimate could not be made. However, no such legal.
proceedings have been noted in the current year.
cena c, Valuation of investments - The fair value of the unlisted investments has been estimated
using a valuation technique based on management’s assumptions. Management believes
the estimated fair values resulting from the valuation technique which are recorded in
re the statement of assets and liabilities and the related changes in fair value are reasonable
NOTES TO BALANCE SHEET and the most appropriate at the statement of assets and liabilities date. However, no
JUNE 30, pay Sa : unlisted investments have been noted in the current year.
1. GENERAL . 5. CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS

Heath Bank & Trust Limited (formerly Barrington Bank International Limited) (the “Bank”)
was incorporated on December 21, 1999, under the laws of The Commonwealth of The

Cash and cash equivalents consist of the following:

Bahamas. The Bank is licensed under the Banks and Trust Companies Regulations Act, 2000 - 2007 2006
to carry on banking and trust business. The parent company is Gimel Holdings Limited. The
Cash on hand em $ 355 $ 702

So: registered office is located at Cumberland House, 27 Cumberland Street, Nassau, Bahamas.
7 EFehie ROU Pi "S eS 2,383,778 1,804,602

$_2,384,133 $1,805,304

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2. ADOPTION OF NEW INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL REPORTING. STANDARDS

(IFRSs) AND INTERNATIONAL ACCOUNTING STANDARDS (IASs)

During the year, the Intemational Accounting Standards Board (IASB) and the International a added wath
Financial Reporting Interpretations Committee (IFRIC) have issued the following standards
and interpretations which are relevant to the Bank’s operations with an effective date after the —
date of this balance sheet:

Investments comprise the following:

2007
Intemational Accounting Standards (JAS/IFRSs) Effective date Nominal
ee, ; a Value of
IFRS 7 Financial Instruments: Disclosures Annual periods beginning on Bonds Original Market
or after January 1, 2007 Bond Issue Held Cost Value
IAS 1 Amendment - Presentation of Financial Statements: 3 USD Treasury note 01/31/08 300,000, $__26230, Smo
Capital Disclosures Annual periods beginning on 2
or after January 1, 2007 HASSE SOO NOE Ut Seo seta OOS BARI e ee, Gears, yee
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een ee eer es ee aan eden ions will Value of
ve a material impact on the balance sheet in the period of initial application. Upon adoption :
of IFRS 7, the Bank will disclose additional information about its financial instruments, their ai Baal va
significance and the nature and extent’ of risks to which they give rise. More specifically, the EES . : :
Bank will be required to disclose the fair value of its financial instruments and its risk USD Treasyry note 03/08/06: 700,000 $ 693,556 $ 697,221
exposure in greater detail. There will be no effect on reported income or net assets. CAD Treasury note 10/08/06 895,000 852,435 889,448
CAD UK Sweden 12/01/08 -. 268,500 280,882 - 282,395
3. _ SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES oe wa Noaetennen mie ek ene ou
; ' } or > . 5
The balance sheet has been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting CAD Euro Fima 01/30/09 67,125 ___64,919 6,038

Standards as promulgated by the IASB and the interpretations issued by the IFRIC of the 1,989,525 $ 2,038,256
IASB. This balance sheet is prepared under the historical cost convention, as modified by the S_1,989,525, $2,008,258
revaluation of certain financial assets and liabilities that are required to be remeasured at

estimated fair value. The preparation of the balance sheet in conformity with International

Financial Reporting Standards requires management to make estimates and assumptions that 7
affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, disclosure of contingent assets and sae
liabilities at the date of the balance sheet. Actual results could differ from those estimates.

LOANS, NET

The geographical distribution and utilization by economic sector are detailed as follows:

The following is a summary of the significant accounting policies. These policies have been 2007 2006
consistently applied to the years presented, unless otherwise stated.
i Country:
a. Cash and cash equivalents - Cash and cash equivalents comprise cash in hand, demand Canada
deposits with banks and other short term highly liquid investments that are readily Mortgages $ 4,220,147 $ 195,017
convertible to a known amount of cash and are subject to an insignificant risk of changes Cominercial loans 16,300,352 20,557,969 |

in value.

(1,800,223) __ (895,000)

Less: allowance for Joan losses
18,720,276 19,857,986

b. Loans - Loans originated by the Bank include loans where money is provided directly to .
the borrower and are recognized when cash is advanced to the borrower. They are
initially recorded at cost, which is fair value of cash originated by the Bank, including
any transaction costs. All loans pay interest only until the maturity date, when the
principal is repaid.

United States
Mortgages
Commercial loans

202,957 506,303
__ 1,500,000 __ 1,500,000

. 1,702,957 2,006,303
c. Investments - Investments are recognized on a trade date basis and are classified as fair

value through profit or loss. Investments are initially measured at cost and are Caribbean
subsequently remeasured at fair value based on quoted bid prices. Mortgages - 671,295
i 9

-d. Provisions - Provisions are recognized when the Bank has a present obligation as a Somimercial Jone L486 _L Otho?

result of a past event, and it is probable that the Bank will be required to settle that seule aes in 2,615 247

obligation. Provisions are measured at managements best estimate of the expenditure Sdath Aimerica

required to settle the obligation at the balance shect date, and are discounted to present :

_ value when the effect is material. Commercial loans * 159,634
Less: allowance for loan losses wee aso aee ts 545634)

€. Translation of foreign currencies - The Bank's functional currency is United States :
Dollar. At each balance sheet date, monetary items denominated in foreign currencies
are retranslated at the rates prevailing on the balance sheet date. Non-monetary items $22,137,519 $24,479,536
carried at fair value that are denominated in foreign currencies are retranslated at the

rates prevailing on the date when the fair value was determined. Non-monetary items Analysis of loans by currency:

that are measured in terms of historical cost in a foreign currency are not retranslated. United States dollars (USD) $14,143,849 $15,009,194

i Canadian dollars (CAD) 9,793,893 10,519,976
f. Assets under management - Assets under management which are held in a fiduciary Less: allowance for loan losses (1,800,223) _ (1,049,634)
capacity for clients are excluded from the balance sheet, other than those assets and $22,137,519 $24,479,536

liabilities which relate to banking services provided by the Bank to these clients. . SoS heseel ene | eel



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Concentration of loans is as follows:

2007
Interest Number of
rates accounts Amount
Less than $1,000,000 6.5% - 12% 3 $ 315,589
$1,000,000 - $5,000,000 5% - 12% 7 14,768,426
Greater than $5,000,000 6% ] 8,853,727
Less: allowance for loan losses (1,800,223)
$22,137,519
2006
Interest Number of
rates accounts Amount
Less than $1,000,000 6.5% - 11.75% 1] $° 3,550,860
$1,000,000 - $5,000,000 5% -12% 7 13,335,106
Greater than $5,000,000 6% 1 8,643,204
Less: allowance for loan losses (1,049,634)
$24,479,536

The following table summarizes certain information concerning non-accrual loans

outstanding:

2007 2006
Non-accrual loans $_ 1,800,223 $ 2,148,000
Non-recognised interest on non-accrual loans $334,382 $ 200,493

Interest collected on non-accrual loans $485,243 $ 176,782

The non-accrual loans are fully provided for.
During the year, management allocated $221,419 from retained earnings to general reserve as

a’ general provision to comply with The Central Bank of Bahamas Guidelines for the
Management of Credit.

PREPAID AND OTHER ASSETS

Prepaid and other assets are comprised of the following:

2007 2006
Security deposits $ 14,050'$ 14,350
Staff advance 3,850 -
$17,900 $14,350
COLLATERAL DEPOSITS

Loens totaling $4,380,170 (2006: $10,466,441) are secured by cash collateral from customers’
deposits. These deposits are blocked as security against the loans.

Collateral deposits analyzed by geographical area, based on the domicile of the depositor, are.

as follows:

2007 2006
The Caribbean $ 4,209,930 $ 4,883,974
Canada 170,240 233,042
Europe - 5,349,425

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ACCOUNTS PAYABLE AND ACCRUED LIABILITIES

2007 2006
Audit fees $ 25,000 $ 15,000
Provision for staff benefits 5,962 1,762
Accounts payable - other 1,420 8,666
Accounts payable - clients : 43,119

$___ 32,382 $68,547

BALANCES WITH RELATED PARTIES
Related parties include all entities which are related through common directors and

shareholders. All balances and transactions with shareholders, directors and entities in which
either the Bank or its shareholders have effective control or exercise significant influence over

making financial and operating decisions are shown in this balance sheet and accompanying

notes as being with related parties.

2007 2006
x
Balances:
Loans $10,839,239 $10,615,728
Collateral deposits $413,244 $ 572,545
SHARE CAPITAL

2007 2006

Authorised, issued and fully paid:

10,000,000 shares of $1.00 each $10,000,000 $10,000,000

The above issued shares were fully paid for in cash.

FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS - RISK POSITION

This section presents information about the Bank’s exposure to and its management’s control.
of risks, in particular primary risks associated with its use of financial instruments,

e Market risk is exposure to observable market variables such as interest rates, exchange
rates and equity markets.

e Credit risk is the risk of loss resulting from client or counterparty default and arises on
credit exposure in all forms, including settlement risk.

¢. Liquidity and funding risk is the risk that the Bank is unable to fund assets or meet
obligations at a reasonable price, or in extreme situation, at any price.

e Fiduciary risk is the risk that the Bank’s relationship with their clients is not properly

defined and exposes the Bank to financial liabilities for balance sheet holdings.

Market risk

Market risk is the risk of loss arising from movements in observable market variables such as
interest rates and exchange rates. Market risk arises on financial instruments which are valued
at current market prices (mark-to-market basis) and those valued at cost plus accrued interest
(accruals basis).

a. — Interest rate risk - Interest rate risk represents exposures the Bank has to instruments
whose values vary with the level of interest rates. These instruments include, but are not
limited to, loans, debt securities and deposits. Interest rate risk is managed by matching
deposit liabilities with deposit assets,

$..4,380,170 $10,466,441. |.

14.

15.

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b, Foreign exchange risk - is the risk of loss resulting from foreign currency translation.
Currency risk is managed by matching deposit liabilities with deposit assets within the
same currency whenever possible.

Exposure in foreign currency:

2006
USS US$

Canadian $ Equivalent Canadian $ Equivalent

2007

Assets $ 8,849,179 $ 8,305,802 $12,828,210 $11,481,248
Liabilities 2,520,000 2,365,272 8,583,069 7,681,847

3,799,401

Coverage (exposure) $ 6,329,179 $ 5,940,530 $ 4,245,141. $ ;

Credit risk

Credit risk represents the loss which the Bank would suffer if a client or counterparty failed to
meet its contractual obligations. It is inherent in traditional banking products - loans,
commitments to lend and other contingent liabilities. To ensure a consistent and unified
approach, with appropriate checks and balances, all loans are approved by the Board of
Directors.

¢

The Bank restricts its credit exposure to both individual counterparties and counterparty
groups by credit limits. The size of the limit depends on the assessment of their financial
strength, particularly the sustainable free cash flow to service obligations, and on the economic
environment, industry position and qualitative factors such as management strength.
Exposures against limits are measured on a continuous basis and are subject to standard

exception reporting.

Liquidity risk

The Bank’s approach to liquidity management is to ensure, as far as possible, that it will
always have sufficient liquidity to meets its liabilities when due, without compromising its
ability to respond quickly to strategic market opportunities. The Bank’s approach is based on
framework incorporating the assessment of expected cash flows and the availability of high
grade collateral which could be used to secure additional funding if required. The liquidity
position is assessed and managed under a variety of scenarios, Scenarios encompass both
normal market conditions and stressed conditions. The impact on both trading and client
businesses is considered, taking account of potential collateral with which funds might be
raised, and a possibility that a customer might seek to withdraw funds or draw down unutilized
committed credit lines.

Fiduciary risk

The Bank holds accounts for clients in a fiduciary capacity. The Bank mitigates this risk by -
obtaining legal advice in drafting Fiduciary Agreements, which are signed by all clients with
fiduciary accounts.

The Bank acts as a trustee. In this, if the Bank were to fail in its fiduciary duties, it could be
exposed to potential liabilities. The Bank mitigates this risk by obtaining the Trust
Instruments and other necessary documents to ensure that it performs its duties in accordance
with the Trust Instrument. :

MATURITY OF ASSETS AND LIABILITIES

The maturity profile of assets and liabilities as of June 30, 2007 have been determined based
on the remaining period at the balance sheet date to the contractual maturity dates as follows:





Due Due
Due Between Between
Without Within 3 3-12 1 and 5
Maturity Months Months Year Total
ASSETS:

Cash and cash equivalents $ - $2,384,133 $ - $. - $ 2,384,133
Loans - - 753,602 21,383,917. 22,137,519
nolnvestnentss : fan eegandos bee anmgcmusee -rnstreces bs 299,010 tee ere So Saar 299,010 ;

Accrued interest on investments - 5,394 - = £5,394.2)
Prepaid and other assets ANT IO0 es as: = : - ____17,900
Total at June 30, 2007 See] 7,900 $2,389,527 $ 1,052,612 $21,383,917 $24,843,956
LIABILITIES: © ¥
Collateral deposits $ - §$ - $ 550,645 -$ 3,829,525 $ 4,380,170
Acgounts payable and 3 -
accrued liabilities - 32,382 - - 32,382
Deferred revenue Sr Se sce = Sd Say 4 13,521
Total at June 30, 2007 _§$ - $32,382 $550,645 $_3,843,046 $ 4,426,073
NET LIQUIDITY $__17,900 $2,357,145 $ 501,967 $ 17,540,871 $20,417,883

FAIR VALUE OF FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS

Fair value is the amount at which an asset could be exchanged or a liability settled between .
knowledgeable, willing parties in an arm’s length transaction. Market price is used to
determine fair value, where active markets exist, as it is the best evidence of the fair value of a
financial instrument, Market prices are not, however, available for a significant portion of the
financial assets and liabilities held by the Bank. Therefore, for financial instruments where no
market price is available, the fair values presented in the following table have been estimated
using present value or other estimation and valuation techniques based on market conditions
existing on the balance sheet date. ‘ :

The values derived from applying these techniques are significantly affected by the underlying
assumptions made concerning both the amounts and timing of future cash flow.

The following methods and assumptions have been used:
a. The carrying amount of liquid assets and other assets maturing within twelve months is

assumed to approximate their fair value. This assumption is applied to liquid assets and
the short term elements of all other financial assets and financial liabilities.

‘b. The fair value of collateral deposits with no specific maturity is assumed to be the

amount payable on demand on the balance sheet date.

c, The fair value of fixed-rate loans and mortgages is estimated by comparing market
interest rates when the loans were granted with current market rates offered on similar
loans. Changes in credit quality of loans within the portfolio are not taken into account
in determining gross fair values, as the impact of credit risk is recognized separately by
deducting the amount of provision for credit losses from both book and fair values.

The fair value of each class of financial assets and liabilities is as follows:



2007 2006
Canying Fair Gain/ Carrying Fair Gain/
. Value Value Loss Value Value Loss
ASSETS: ‘
Cash and cash equivalents $ 2,384,133 $ 2,384,133 $ - $ 1,805,304 $ 1,805,304 §$ -
Investments 299,010 299,010 2,038,256 2,038,256 .
Loans 22,137,519 22,137,519 24,479,536 24,479;536 -*
Accrued interest on :
Investments 5,394 5,394 - 13,598 13,598 -
Other assets 17,900 17,900 - 14,350 + 14,350 :
$24,843,956 $24,843,956 $ - $28,351,044 $28,351,044 $ .
LIABILITIES: :
Collateral deposits $ 4,380,170 $ 4,380,170 $ - $10,466,441. $10,466,441 $ -
Accounts payable and
accrued liabilities 32,382 32,382 - 68,547 68,547 -
Deferred revenue ; 13,521 13,521 - 17,696 17,696 :
$_4,426,073 $ 4,426,073 $ : $10,552,684 $10,552,684 $ :

Where applicable, interest accrued to date on financial instruments is included, for the
purpose of the above fair value disclosure, in the carrying value of the financial
instruments. %

Substantially, the Bank’s commitments to extend credit are at variable rates.
Accordingly, the Bank has no significant exposure to fair value fluctuations resulting
from interest rate movements related to financial instruments, SONS





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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2007, PAGE 9B



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COMMITMENTS

The Bank also enters into commitments to extend credit in the form of credit lines which are
available to secure the liquidity needs of the customers, but not yet drawn upon by them, the
majority of which range in the maturity from one month to five years. Irrevocable undrawn
loan commitments to customers as at the balance sheet date amounted to $898,000 (2006:
$898,000).

ASSETS UNDER MANAGEMENT

Total assets under administration in fiduciary capacity is $21.11 million (2006: $19.012
million).

COMPARATIVE FIGURES

Certain prior year’s figures have been reclassified to conform with the current year’s
ion. On the balance sheet, the credit balance in other asscts was moved to accounts
payable and accrued liabilities. ;

On the statement of income, where applicable some of the foreign exchange gain was
reallocated to unrealized gain on investments and realized gain on investments. In addition, on
the statement of cash flows the effect of foreign exchange rate change was allocated to cash
and cash equivalents.

Deloitte

Deloitte & Touche

Chartered Accountants

and Management Consultants
2nd Terrace, Centreville

P.O. Box N-7120

Nassau, Bahamas

Tel: + 1 (242) 302-4800
Fax: +1 (242) 322-3101
hittp://www.deloitte.com.bs

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INDEPENDENT AUDITORS’ REPORT

To the Shareholders of
Heath Bank & Trust Limited (formerly Barrington Bank International Limited):

We have audited the balance sheet of Heath Bank & Trust Limited (formerly Barrington Bank
International Limited) (the “Bank”) as at June 30, 2007. This balance sheet is the responsibility of
the Bank’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on this balance sheet based on
our audit.

We conducted our audit in accordance with Intemational Standards on Auditing. Those Standards
require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the balance
sheet is free of. material misstatement. An audit includes examining, on a test basis, evidence
supporting the amounts and disclosures in the balance sheet. An audit also includes assessing the
accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the
overall presentation of the balance sheet. We believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis for
our opinion.

In our opinion, the balance sheet presents fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the
Bank as at June 30, 2007, in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards.

Without qualifying our opinion, we emphasize that the balance sheet does not comprise a complete
set of financial statements in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards.
Information on results of operations, cash flows and changes in equity is necessary to obtain a
complett: understanding of the’ financial position, performance and changes in financial»position of
the’Ba Ak ns PLES siaortcsyni.as treretal

October 17, 2007

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A member firm of
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ueen's College

has an immediate vacancy for

A FEMALE TEACHER OF
‘PHYSICAL EDUCATION

(with the ability to teach swimming)

VACANCY AS OF JANUARY 3, 2008
A TEACHER OF MODERN LANGUAGES (FRENCH)
IN THE HIGH SCHOOL

Applicants for the above mentioned posts must have a minimum of a
Bachelor’s degree from a recognized University in the relevant subject
area and a Post-graduate Certificate in Education, or teacher certificate.
In the case of the Modern Languages Teacher, the ability to teach Advanced
Placement courses, a second language or a second subject would be an
asset. A certified copy of the relevant degree and teacher certificate must
accompany the application. The names and relevant contact information
of at least two professional references should also be listed. Applications
from unqualified persons and or incomplete applications will not be
processed.

The persons offered an appointment will be expected to make a commitment
to work in harmony with Christian principles and to support the emphases
of the Bahamas Conference of The Methodist Church of which the school
1s a part.

Queen’s College was established in Nassau in 1890 by the Methodist
Church and is a member of the International Association of Methodist
Schools, Colleges and Universities (AMSCU)

The completed application together with a covering letter and a recent
photograph must be sent to:

The Principal
Queen’s College
P.O. Box N 7127

Nassau, Bahamas

Or faxed to 242 393 3248 or emailed to: dlynch@qchenceforth.com



aaa
Prices to rise due to

energy cost increase

FROM page one

derivative of global oil prices,
since the public corporation
purchases fuel for its turbines
from the global market - would
have a “ripple effect” through-
out the Bahamian economy.

One likely. impact, he
explained, from the inflation-
ary impact of higher electricity
costs, higher business costs and
higher consumer prices, was
that it would likely lead to
demands for increased wages
among Bahamian workers to
maintain living standards.

The increased operating cost
base would also further impair
the Bahamian economy’s inter-
national competitiveness.

Mr D’ Aguilar, president of
laundromat chain Superwash,
a big consumer of electricity
and propane gas, said he him-
self was looking at increasing
prices in the New Year
because there were not effi-
ciencies in his business to
absorb the additional energy
costs.

He explained: “I’m the sec-
ond largest consumer of
propane on this island to
Atlantis. Propane on the spot
market was $0.85 per gallon in
January, and is. now $1.60 per
gallon in November.

“The price has gone up by
almost 100 per cent on the spot
market, and you have to add
about $1 per gallon to the cost
of landing it here in New Prov-
idence.”

As a result, Superwash’s

propane costs had increased.

from $1.85 per gallon in Janu-
ary 2007 to $2.60 per gallon
this month.

Mr D’ Aguilar said: “That is
a substantial increase in energy
costs. There’s no doubt in my
mind that prices are going up
on January 1.

“On January 1, my prices are

) going\tp2T can’t find. endugh
i efficiencies in my business to
* offset sucha huge increase in a

major cost component of my
business. It’s a vexing issue for
businesses.”

He explained that Super-
wash’s monthly propane bill
was about $130,000, and BEC’s
electricity accounted for anoth-
er $60,000. Between the two,
they accounted for about 30
per cent - almost one third -
of Superwash’s cost base, and
if their prices increased to raise
that proportion to 40 per cent,
the company had no choice but
to increase its consumer prices.

On BEC’s rising fuel sur-
charge and increased electrici-
ty prices, Mr D’Aguilar said:
“Unfortunately, it’s going to
affect every business that uses
power, and every business is
going to struggle with the
problem of whether to increase
or not to increase their prices.
Is this a temporary bulge [in
oil prices], or something that is
going to sustain itself over the
long-term?

“Prices are going to have to
go up, and it’s going to have a
ripple effect through the econ-
omy and cause the demand for
wage increases to go up.”

Mr D’Aguilar said heavy
consumers of electricity, such
as food stores, the hotels and
firms involved in manufactur-
ing would be impacted most,
saying BEC’s rising prices
would “have a substantial
effect on them, no doubt about
it, and they will have to put up
their prices or increase their
volumes”.

With the Bahamas too small
to have any impact on the
global oil and fuel markets, Mr
D’ Aguilar said businesses
should first focus on energy
efficiency and conservation,
then look at forms of alterna-
tive energy such as wind and
solar power.

The Chamber president said:
“The Government should
encourage people to become
a lot more energy efficient, and
therefore eliminate customs
duties on all products related
to energy conservation.

“Solar and wind are the two
big ones we could take advan-
tage of. The Government
should encourage people to
utilise those two different

products.”

Mr D’ Aguilar said that at
one point he had “looked seri-
ously” at solar power for
Superwash, but decided
against it, one reason being
that the business would have
required so many solar panels,
he would have needed more
real estate to make it work,
meaning it would not'result ir.

_cost savings and efficiencies.

There were also concerns
about whether the solar panels
would leak water, and could
be exposed to vandalism.

Mr D’ Aguilar added that the
Government would also need
to clarify the Electricity Act
for users of alternative ener-
gy, since the current legisla-
tion prohibits consumers in
areas where BEC’s power sup-
ply is available from generat-
ing their own electricity except
in the event of power outages.

This, he added, could
penalise alternative energy
users.

Frank Comito, the Bahamas
Hotel Association’s executive
vice-president, said there were
“some jitters” in the industry
over the impact rising global
oil prices would have on the
airline industry and the price
of airlift - effectively a major
cost of accessing Bahamian

tourism - into this nation if the’.

airlines imposed fuel sur-
charges on ticket prices.

In addition, while the hotels
tried to absorb as much of
BEC’s costs themselves, they
often had no choice but to pass
some on to the consumer.

Mr Comito said the hotel
industry had several years ago
presented a list of products to
the Government that it
recommended should be
exempt from customs duties,
as this would encourage
greater energy efficiency by

“reducing the pay back time” .

from the likes of solar and
wind power.

As a result, an “increasing ?
number of businesses and res- *

idences” were importing solar
panels, due to the measures
subsequently put in place.

MINISTRY OF LANDS AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT

THE PRICE CONTROL ACT, 1971
CHAPTER 339

THE PRICE CONTROL (GASOLINE & DIESEL OIL)

(AMENDMENT) ( _) REGULATIONS, 2002

The public is advised that prices as shown in the Schedule for LEAD FREE GASOLINE and
DIESEL OIL sold by ESSO STANDARD OIL S, A. LIMITED and FREEPORT OIL COMPANY
LTD. will become effective on Thursday, November 8, 2007,

GASOLINE SCHEDULE

MAXIMUM WHOLESALE SELLING PRICE
PER U.S. GALLON SELLING PRICE PER

ARTICLE

PART A
NEW PROVIDENCE

Esso Standard Oil S.A.
Limited

PART B
FREEPORT

FREEPORT OIL COMPANY
LTD.

PART.C
GRAND BAHAMA
(NOT FREEP,)

Esso Standard Oil S.A.
Limited

PARTD
ABACO, ANDROS
ELEUTHERA

Esso Standard Oil S.A.
Limited

PARTE
ALL OTHER FAMILY
ISLAND

Esso Standard Oil §,A.
Limited

MAXIMUM
SUPPLIERS’ PRICE

MAXIMUM RETAIL

U.S. GALLON

MAXIMUM
DISTRIBUTORS’

§ PRICE

INCLUDING

: LEAD FREE 4.07
DIESEL OIL

3.16

INC LeU DING

INCLUDING

LEAD FREE
DIESEL OIL

NOT

LEAD FREE
DIESEL OIL

NOT

LEAD FREE
DIESEL OU

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PERMANENT SECRETARY

SEA

INCLUDING

INCLUDING

FREIGHT

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15 OurmeninKerachi, Intercede to get a garment (4,2)
maybe (3) Sumame for a saint—a

17 She males come man idiots (4) German one (5)

18 Smoky city? (6) Saucy old diva? (5)

19 Its better to finish off in Grieve endiesely, perhaps, for the
royal style (5) donor (5)

20 French alien In Bmo, possibly (6) Well-wom attire? (5)

22 Where to wear a bikini or cover He's lees important with a drum (5)
nothing (4) Pumping centre (5)

24 Abreezy mien? (3) Did he start to sink? (7)

25 Reactor designer? (7) Piece of witling exposed as vulgar (6)

26 Points out the front end (5) _ Lash out for a gid In ganerous

27 Food for days (5) style (8)

28 Very djeplensed with the Being amenable, figures in sharing
figures (5) out the dole (6)

29 Cate with poselity effin Marie, It seems, produced a remedy
ways (7) round the medical centre (5)

30 Does R augment the fauna? (5) Like a keeper of clean sheets (4)

31 One who tends to take things the Allow to go half a mile to the end of
wrong wary (5) the street (3)

§

Yesterday's cryptic solutions
ACROSS: 3, Ralph 8, Pl-lo-t 10, Ruler 11, Go-O 12, A-aron
13, Shortly 15, Pawns 18, MA-p 19, Be-nign 21, M-a-Gl-
cal 22, Oven 23, Fend 24, M-EN-tore 26, Grades 29, lo-e
31, Holed (hold) 82, Co-here-d 34, Ninon 35, Mug 36,
L-0.9.-1C 37, Ta-N.G.-y 38, SO-UL-S Ae
DOWN: 1, Night 2, Do-ormen 4, A-way 5, PR-opel 6,
H-Una-n 7, Be-in-g 9, Loo 12, Al-pines 14, Tag 16, Wi-nes
17, Snide (Denia) 19, Bastion 20, Tough 21, Me-d-al 23,
Free-man 24, Me-Di-Co, 26, O-o-h 27, Ro-tor 28, Denis
30, P-egg-y 32, Cool 83, Run



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EASY PUZZLE

Yesterday's easy solutions

ACROSS: 3, Crave 8, Wager 10, Elder 11, Mar12, Scarf 13,
Absence 15, Miner 18, Too 19, Minute 21, Bitumen 22,
Epic 23, User 24, Testate 26, Killed 29, Ire 31, Ocean 32,
enna eplon ween ama
DOWN: 1, Lambe 2, Heretic 4, Race 5, Vermin 6, Elfin 7,
Beret 9, Gas 12, Scouted 14, Not 16, Nurse 17, Rears 19,
Mention 20, Gecko 21, Bibla 23, Utensil 24, Tenure 25,
pe ener earls



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North dealer,
Neither side vulnerable.
NORTH
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The bidding:
North East South West
1 Pass 2NT Pass
34 Pass 3 NT

Opening lead — three of spades.
Notrump contracts generally fea-
ture a race between the defenders and
declarer for the establishment of
tricks. That is why the opening
leader so often starts with his long
suit. e
The defenders, having the open-
ing lead, thus get the jump on
declarer in the race to build up tricks.
This advantage is usually offset by
the fact that the declaring side has
more high cards, but if the defenders
have enough high cards and a long-
enough suit, the tempo they gain will
often make the difference between
the success and failure of a contract.
The battle is often touch-and-go
because of the timing factor. Also,

The Timing Factor

THE TRIBUNE



MEEK AND MILD-MANNERED

CANIN DUCKS INTO A
NEARBY CLOSET AND
TRANSFORMS HIMSELF INTO...

YOU HAD:

the declarer may have a choice of
which of two suits to establish, and if
he chooses the wrong one, he may
lose the race,

Today’s hand features just such a
situation. South got a spade lead and
won East’s king: with the ace. He

played a club to the jack, and East.

took his ace and returned a spade.
The ten lost to the jack, and a spade
continuation established West’s suit.

Declarer now could cash only
eight tricks. When he. later led a
heart, West grabbed the ace and
cashed two spades to defeat the con-
tract one trick.

Actually, the contract was a cer-
tainty from the outset with correct
play. South should have attacked
hearts before he touched the clubs.

At trick two,,he should enter
dummy with a diamond and lead a
low heart toward his hand. If East
has the ace, he cannot afford to play
it because that would give South his
ninth trick (three hearts, four dia-
monds and two spades). East would
therefore have to play low, allowing
declarer to win with the queen. South
can then force out the ace of clubs to
assure nine tricks.

If West has the ace of hearts (the
actual situation), the queen would
lose, but West could not make a dam-
aging spade retum since declarer’s
Q-10 would be in full command of
the suit. Regardless of what West
returned, South would have ample
time to tackle the clubs and make at
least four notrump.

TARGET

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Target
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words in



HOW many words of four letters

‘ or more can you make from the
letters shown here? In making

_ aword, each letter may be used

once only. Each must contain the
centre letter and there must be
at least one nine-letter word.
No plurals. :
TODAY'S TARGET
Good 21; very good 31; excellent
41 (or more). Solution tomorrow.



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maneuver that
moves the ball

forward

Xie Jun v Ketevan
Arakhamia-Grant, women's
world championship candidates,
Groningen 1997. Material is

_ level, but White's game looks
close to strategic defeat. The 3
knight is attacked, while after 1
Nb1 or 1 Nd1 Black simply
captures Qxe4+ exchanging
queens with an extra pawn and
the superior position. China's
Xie Jun, who went onto win the;
world title, found a subtle and
imaginative move in the
diagram which turned the tables
and led to rapid victory for
White. What happened?

LEONARD BARDEN





















ENDOWED WITH SUPERY!
POWERS, HEGUIGaN





FRIDAY,

NOVO
ARIES — March 21/April 20

You may be feeling the urge to
splurge this week, Aries. In fact, you -
could spend so much that you’ll have
to look around for extra income,
which could be a blessing in disguise.

‘TAURUS - April 21/May 21.

You’re affectionate and approach- -

able, making this a good week for °.’

affairs of the heart. However, not all
loves are true; you’ll have to be a
little more discerning than usual.

GEMINI — May 22/June 21

This is a festive time for you. Party
on, but don’t doubt for a minute
that you’ll have to pay for it down
the line. By the weekend; you’ll
realize the need to find balance in
your life.

CANCER - June 22/July 22

You’re feeling quite the charmer
this week, and those around you
are noticing. This is one of the

| best times of year for you, and

things will only get better by the
end _of the week. =
LEO — July 23/August 23
You'll pay almost.any price to keep
the peace this week, Leo. In this
case, being a little too forgiving is
better than holding a hurtful grudge.
VIRGO -— Aug 24/Sept:22
This week, you’ll feel torn between
telling the truth and saying some-
thing nicer. It may be a good idea to
tell a little white lie to calm a love
one’s fears, but just this once.

LIBRA -— Sept 23/Oct 23

It would appear that you’re very
attached to something, and have a
terrible fear of losing it. The best
way to hold on to things you hold
dear is to handle them gently, Libra.
SCORPIO — Oct 24/Nov 22
Past disappointments fade into the
background this week. Your confi-
dence may have suffered one or two
blows lately, but the tide has now
tured in your favor.

SAGITTARIUS- Nov 23/Dec 21
You’ve always been among the most
outgoing, Sagittarius, but it is impor-
tant that you take time for yourself
this week to resolve something that’s
been on your mind. Don’t worry,
your friends will understand. .
CAPRICORN -— Dec 22/Jan 20
What exactly are you after,
Capricorn? This is the question on
your mind this week. Forget about the
power and the profit. Instead, strive
to make the world a better place.

AQUARIUS- Jan 21/Feb 18

Watch your back, but don’t become

so paranoid that you miss all the
wonderful people who are trying to
get your attention. You have more
friends than enemies out there.

PISCES — Feb. 19/March 20
Most things will come easily to you
this week. Don’t sweat the small
stuff, Because the waters are so calm,
you’ll have plenty of time to expand
your understanding of life. :

CHESS by Leonard Barden pists



Chess solution 8480: 1 Rh6! bxc3 2 Qh7+ Kf7 3



Rxf6+! when if Kxf6 4 Qg6 mate. The defence 3..Ke8
also fails to 4 Rxf8+ Kxf8 (Kd7 5 b3 wins a rook up) 5
Qh8+ Kf7 6 Rxg7+ Kf6 7 Qh6 mate.





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‘Don't blame judicial system

Dame Joan Sawyer hits
out at ‘finger pointing’
over violent crime rise

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

BLAMING the increase in
violent crime in the country on
the judicial system is “stupidi-
ty’, Court of Appeal president
Dame Joan Sawyer said yester-
day during an appeal hearing.

Dealing with the case of
Frederick Francis — who was
convicted of killing two Austri-
an tourists in Bimini in 2005 —
Dame Joan sharply criticised
the Bahamian attitude of
“pointing fingers” and blaming
easy targets, such as the courts,
for serious and complex social
problems.

The Court of Appeal presi-

Dame Joan Sawyer



Bahamians who are blaming the
judicial system for the high
number of criminals walking the

dent yesterday took the oppor-
tunity to particularly hit out at
6

Foodstore employees
subdue armed robber

EMPLOYEES of a John Chea Number Two foodstore
attacked and subdued an armed robber who entered the store
on Wednesday evening.

According to police, two masked men, one of them armed
with a hand gun, had entered the store, located on Wulff Road,
shortly before 6pm.

They approached a cashier and demanded cash but when
other employees became aware of the criminals they attacked
the gunman, ultimately keeping him under control until police
arrived to make the arrest.

The weapon was a black .{mm handgun with four live rounds
of ammunition, according to assistant Police Superintendent
Walter Evans.

SEE page eight

SEE page eight
































CLAUDE GRAY outside
of court yesterday.

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

CLAUDE Gray,
31, was arraigned in
Magistrate’s Court
yesterday afternoon
charged with the mur-
der of Theophilus
McKenzie.

Gray was escorted
under heavy police
guard to his-hearing
in front of Magistrate
Carolita Bethel, as
more than twenty
people stood at Bank
Lane to watch.

Family members
who stood outside the
court urged Gray to
“hold his head up” as
they were “praying”
for him, while also
reminding the
accused that “God
loves you.”

When in court,
Magistrate Bethel
read the charges to
the accused.

On November 6th

SEE page eight





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

DWIGHT and_ Keva
Major’s battle against extradi-
tion to the United States
received a major blow yester-
day as the Privy Council in
London denied the couple’s
request to have their case
appealed.

The ruling on the Majors’

final appeal on their habeas -

corpus application now clears
the way for Bahamian author-
ities to extradite the couple to
the US.

Director of Public Prosecu-
tions confirmed for members
of the press yesterday that the
Judicial Commission of the
Privy Council dismissed the

Blow to Dwight and
battle against extradition to US




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Dwight Major

Majors’ petition for special
leave to appeal to the highest
court.

“(The Law Lords) did not
consider that the issues raised
were sufficient to give them
special leave to appeal. This



Tim Clarke/Tribune staff

Claim that man
‘in jail’ reported
to have voted
in Pinewood

| By PAUL G

TURNQUEST and
BRENT DEAN

Tribune Staff Reporters
pturnquest@
tribunemedia.net
bdean@tribunemedia.net

A MAN who is “in jail” is

: reported to have voted in the
: Pinewood constituency, as tes-
: timony in Election Court con-
; tinued yesterday.

According to 45-year-old

: Patrice Cleare, an assistant in
: the PLP Pinewood con-
: stituency office, her investiga-
: tions into persons who voted
: in the constituency deter-
: mined that one individual,
: Patrick Armbrister, was
: alleged to have been incarcer-
: ated.

Ms Cleare, who began her

: testimony yesterday in front
: of Senior Justice Anita Allen
and Justice Jon Isaacs, said
: that she was hired by former
: Pinewood MP Allyson May-
: nard-Gibson to find persons
: who did not live in the con-
: stituency, but voted in the
: May 2nd general elections.

Ms Cleare’s testimony

i began yesterday with her
: informing the court that she,
: with a team of others combed
i the Pinewood area and dis-

SEE page eight

Keva Major’s



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Keva Major

was their final appeal on their
habeas corpus application
which was a challenge to com-
mittal for them to be surren-
dered to the United States,”

- SEE page eight






PAGE 2, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2007

THE TRIBUNE



TROPICAL STORM NOEL: The aftermath

Ingraham: Noel flood victims have
the government’s full support

I ‘empathise’ with farmers, says Prime Minister



“I assure
those impact-
ed by the
storm that we
in govern- |
ment are sen-
sitive to your
difficulties.”









FARMERS and fishermen
who were severely impacted by
Tropical Storm Noel have the
government’s full support,
Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham said.

Speaking at the opening of
yesterday’s Agribusiness Expo,
Mr Ingraham said that he
empathises with farmers for the
losses they sustained as a result
of the “terrible flooding” asso-
ciated with the storm.

“Some farmers have lost not
only their crops, but also their
livestock and supplies; and of
course they continue to lose

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income. Mr Ingraham noted
that in the central Bahamas,
particularly in Long Island and
in Exuma, the fishing sector has
also suffered “significant loss at
a critical period of the year” —
just before the start of the
grouper season.

“I assure those impacted by
the storm that we in the goy-
ernment are sensitive to your
difficulties; we will do our part
to help you to restore your-
selves to your pre-Noel condi-
tion,” the prime minister said.

Mr Ingraham said he was
impressed with the quality of
the products offered at the expo
and looks forward to a day, “in
the not too distant future”,
when the products will become
more widely available, both
locally and internationally.

“Clearly our producers and
manufacturers can (and many
do) compete in all markets, par-
ticularly in aspects of price and
quality,” Mr Ingraham said.

He told those gathered that
the government is committed
to:

e Promoting’ effective link-
ages between the agricultural

and the tourism and retail sec-
tors in the Bahamas

e Facilitating the expansion
of inter-island freight service to
accommodate produce and crop
trade between islands

e Promoting the expansion of
modern and environmentally-
friendly agricultural practices

e Promoting the expansion of
agricultural export

e Causing the development
of modern, efficient food pro-
cessing plants

e Promoting and supporting
the establishment of farmers
associations

e Supporting the develop-
ment of co-operatives

e Establishing a farmers cred-
it programme

The prime minister said that
some 270,000 acres of arable
land form a “natural resource
base” for the further develop-
ment of agriculture.

“We must ensure that the
future of this sector is bright-
ened.

“Toward this end, we need
to know which products can be
grown in sufficient quantities
for domestic use and export.

“Although we know that
there are some 480 registered
farmers in the country, it is
believed that there are far more
farmers, who perhaps have min-
imal holdings and do not access



the benefits that accrue with
registration.

“This further complicates our
measurement of the contribu-
tion of agriculture to our nation-
al economy,” he noted.

... While PM claims agriculture and fisheries
have still to fully realise their potential

AGRICULTURE and fish-
eries in the Bahamas have not
achieved their full potential
according to Prime Minister

‘ Hubert Ingraham. -

“We have long recognised the
potential in both agriculture and
fisheries to create a substantial
link between our domestic
economy and our principal eco-
nomic activity, tourism,” he said
at the opening of the first
Bahamas Agricultural, Marine
Resources and Agribusiness
Exposition yesterday.

Mr Ingraham said this “vital










link” has the potential to raise
the level of domestic savings
and create a more sustainable,
job-creating economic activity.

“To this we may now add the
potential for improving the
quality of our health as we
become more conscious of the
health risks associated with
mass production and highly
processed methods by which we
now satisfy our agricultural
needs. It is altogether a poten-
tial which has.been too long left
undeveloped,” Mr Ingraham
said.

He said that for a variety of
reasons, successive governments
have been interested in pro-
moting and encouraging devel-
opment in the agricultural and
fisheries sectors.

These reasons, he said,
include:

e a désire to ensure food
security and safety

e a determination to raise
standards of living in all of the
islands

e a need to create employ-
ment in agricultural and marine
sciences for unskilled farm
hands as well as for the univer-
sity trained and other Bahami-
ans

e a desire to encourage Fam-

ily Island migration

e a desire to create viable and
sustainable diversification of the
Bahamian national economy

“Over the years, we have
invested heavily in professional
and skills training, and have
sought to improve the level and

»

standard of technology avail-
able to farmers in particular,
with a view to enhancing food
production, processing, mar-
keting and sale of Bahamian
produce — not always with the
successes for which we had
aimed. In many respects we
have not received value for
monies spent,” Mr Ingraham
said,

He noted that the Bahamas
continues to import far too
much of its food, and that agri-
cultural and marine products
make up far too small.a per-
centage of the country’s exports.

“This position will not
change, f believe, without first-
ly, a general recognition that
agriculture can play a vital role
in our national economic well-
being — particularly as a means
of combatting poverty and pro-
moting sustainable develop-
ment in our Family Islands; and
secondly, in the development
of a consensus for specific and
structured investment pro-
grammes for the further devel-
opment of these sectors of our
economy,” Mr Ingraham said.

“From what I see here today,
there ought to be no doubt that
the agribusiness sector can

become a more significant con- -

tributor to our country’s devel-
opment,” he told those gath-
ered at the expo.

“T believe that increased and
improved food production, pro-
cessing, marketing and sales can
help us realise a vision of pros-
perity, food security, and hence



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see here today
there ought to
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become a

more signifi-
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sustainable development.”

“J trust that this exhibition
will help to build the relation-
ships required for each produc-
er to improve his product and
thereby the state of agriculture,

fisheries and food processing

industries in the Bahamas.”

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2007, PAGE 3



o mbriet Court of Appeal president hits out over
‘inexplicable differences’ in sentencing —

manslaughter

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

RAY Davis Jr, 18, was
charged with manslaughter yes- ;
terday in Magistrate’s Court at :

Bank Lane.

Davis, a resident of Anthrium }
“Avenue, was escorted to court ;
by officers of the Central Detec-
tive Unit (CDU) under heavy :
guard at 2.45pm, where Magis- :
trate Carolita Bethel read the :

‘charge to him,

By means of unlawful harm,

Davis is accused of intentional- :
ly causing the death of Stephano :
Stewart sometime between :

November 3rd and 4th. The :
accused was not required to :

enter a plea, and Magistrate :
Bethel explained to him that a :

preliminary inquiry would be :
necessary to determine if there ;

is sufficient evidence to establish ;

a prima facie case agaist him.

If the court deems that there

is enough evidence, Magistrate :

Bethel continued, the matter :
would be heard.in theSupreme }

Court.

Bail was denied to the

accused who was net required:
to enter a plea yesterday. ;

Davis was remanded to Her’:
Majesty’s Prison mtil Novem- :
ber 13: by Magistrate Bethel, at ;
which time his >reliminary :
inquiry will commence. Davis :
is represented ty lawyer lan }
Cargil. :

Funeral today

for slain police ©

corporal :

@ By DENIS= MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport

Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT — The military
funeral for slain Grand
Bahama police corporal 2683
Eddison bain will be held this

-morning at Community at
“Heart Tabernacle on Coral
Road.

Bain’: colleagues and senior
police dficials, including for-
mer ACP of Grand Bahama

’ Ellisonare expected to attend
‘the seriice, which will be held

at llan.

Corporal Bain, 28, was found
murdered near the Grand
Lucay:in Waterway on Octo-
ber 22

Two young men — Edwin
Oral Bauld Jr; 24, and Wilfred
Geraid McPhee, 24 — have

-_. been charged with Bain’s mur-
-* der, which was the ninth homi-
*.” cide for the year on Grand

Bahama.

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

THE country’s justice system
is being brought into disrepute
by the “inexplicable differences”
in the sentencing of serious crim-
inals, Court of Appeal president
Dame Joan Sawyer said yester-
day. °

Dame Joan made this state-
ment while hearing the case of
24-year-old Frederick Francis,
who was convicted of killing Aus-
trian tourists Barbara Frelin von
Perfall, 32, and Bernard von
Bolzano, 35, in Bimini two years
ago.

Francis had received bail for a
previous rape just nine days
before the double murder was
committed. He has since then also
been tried and sentenced for the
first rape.

The Court of Appeal’s presi-
dent yesterday expressed aston-
ishment over the fact that Francis
had only been given a sentence of
life in prison for the double mur-
der as opposed to the death sen-
tence.

Dame Joan Sawyer says
administration of justice
being brought into disrepute



She indicated that stiffer penal-
ties were given to many others
who committed serious crimes
under various extenuating cir-
cumstances not present in this
case.

In February of this year,
Supreme Court Justice Stephen
Isaacs sentenced Francis to three
life sentences for the double mur-
der of the Austrians and a 14-

year prison sentence for the rape |

of Ms Frelin Von Perfall.

Prior to the sentencing, Justice -

Isaacs heard arguments from both
sides why Francis should receive
either the death penalty or life
imprisonment.

In his ruling on the sentence,
the judge sided with Francis’
lawyer Carlson Shurland, who
had argued in favour of giving his

client life in prison because the
accused possibly had diminished
responsibility during the crime.

Yesterday, director of public
prosecutions Bernard Turner, on
behalf of the Attorney General,
argued before the Court of
Appeal that Justice Isaacs erred
in his sentencing, and due to the
nature of the crimes should have
sentenced Francis to death.

Wayne Munroe, appearing on
behalf of the appellant Francis,
in turn argued that Justice Isaacs
handed out the life sentence
because he accepted that there
was evidence which indicated
potential mitigating circum-
stances,

SEE page 8

Police operation causes dip
in crime in Carmichael area

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

A NEIGHBOURHOOD watch scheme in conjunc-
tion with greater police visibility has caused a significant
dip in criminal activity in the traditionally “high crime”
Carmichael area in recent months, according to Supt
Stephen Dean of the southeastern division.

He was reporting on the success of a joint operation
carried out by his division and the nearby Carmichael
division on Wednesday night.

The initiative saw officers flood the streets in the
Baillou Hill Road and Soldier Road area making arrests
and issuing traffic citations. Supt Dean said that newly-
focused efforts in terms of gathering and acting on
intelligence in the local community are paying off for
everyone involved.

“(The two divisions) are really now taking a proactive
approach. We’ve been meeting with residents over
recent months who have been giving a lot of suggestions
about how we can enhance our crime fighting strate-
gies,” said Supt Dean.

“We have seen crime take a dive in the Carmichael
area, particularly house break-ins,” he said, “This was a
high crime area; I've seen tremendous improvement,
measured by, our statistics.”

On Wednesday evening, officers cited 50 persons
for traffic violations, including some for driving unin-
sured, unlicensed or behaving illegally on the increas-
ingly popular “trail bikes” — rugged-looking motorcycles
on which young men are sometime seen engaging in so-
called “popping”, lifting the front wheel of the bike off
the ground and driving along on only the back wheel.

They also made a drug arrest and detained a for-
eign person who had allegedly overstayed his visa.

The operation lasted for two hours, from 5pm until

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7pm, and stoppages were made on the basis of “gener-
al profiling” informed by intelligence gathered from
within the community, said Supt Dean. é

Such exercises will be continuing in the area, he said,
adding that his division and that of Supt Stephen Adder-
ley in Carmichael are “pacesetters” in this method of
policing.

“We hope that it will be duplicated right across,” he
said.

Supt Dean said that the force is taking advantage of
local residents’ knowledge as the “eyes and ears” of the
community, and by successfully acting on that data has
been able to instil greater trust and foster greater co-
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Speaker Alvin Smith acted correctly

THE OPPOSITION’S performance in the
House of Assembly on Monday was not only
disgraceful — “wutless” if you will — but out of
character for Opposition leader Perry Christie.
Mr Christie looked quite uncomfortable as the
centrepiece of such a riotous drama, especially
with all of his pious talk of law and order and
abiding by the-rules.

At last the House has a strict schoolmaster in
Speaker Alvin Smith who is prepared to ignore
their antics and proceed with the people’s busi-
ness with, or without them. They no longer
have a speaker who can be pushed around,
bamboozled and squeezed in and out of shape
like a piece of putty in their hands.

If they keep up their tactics — obviously an
undisguised attempt to obstruct the forward
movement of the people’s business — they will
soon be shouting, screaming, threatening, and
pounding desks from centre stage into irrele-
vance as an opposition party.

Their obnoxious behaviour was orchestrated
because, they claimed, Speaker Smith did not
give Mr Christie a chance to respond to what Mr
Christie felt were “unparliamentary” words
used against him and his former government
by Prime Minister Ingraham during the latter’s
speech in the House on October 22 on the
amendment to the Juries Bill.

This is not true. The Speaker tried to deter-

‘mine if Mr Christie’s complaint was that his
privilege had been breached. If so, the matter
would haye been dealt with immediately, How-

ever, Mr Christie seemed more ‘intent on read-

ing the prepared statement he had in his hand.
He never answered the question about privilege,
but rather complained about Mr Ingraham’s
unparliamentary language.

If this were so then Mr Christie should have
complained as soon as Mr Ingraham made his
“unparliamentary” remarks in the House on
October 22. After the shouting match between
them ended and tempers cooled that day, Mr
Ingraham resumed his speech and slowly and
deliberately repeated what he had said earlier.
Again Mr Christie should have objected. But
again, Mr Christie did nothing. In fact he had
completely missed the opportunity to lodge a
complaint at the first available opportunity.

Two days after the October 22 heated
exchange, Mr Ingraham and Mr Christie met
privately when they spent 45 minutes discussing
a number of things, including the Juries Act. Mr
Ingraham said that at no time during that meet-
ing did he get the impression that the Opposi-
- tion leader was “personally offended” by any
remarks made in the House.

So obviously; Monday’s show was just that —

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a show to obstruct the proceedings of the
House.

The Opposition was denied nothing. They
were not treated unfairly. They were.asked to let
the member for Carmichael, who was on the
floor, wind up the debate, and then Mr Christie
would be given an opportunity to address the
House.

Oh, no that was much too reasonable. They
forgot that they had lost the election. They for-
got that they were no longer in the driver’s seat.
Forgetting their place in the Assembly, they
insisted on being heard immediately — they
were prepared to accommodate no one.

The Speaker rightly demonstrated on Mon-
day that he was not put in the chair to play
childish tricks. As long as he was in the chair, the
debate would proceed and no further time
would be wasted. :

Mr Speaker Smith was not being unfair to
anyone, rather Opposition leader Christie and
his colleagues were being petulant and unrea-
sonable. Their intent, could not be disguised.

Mr Christie also objected to Mr Ingraham’s
use of the word “wutless.”” Mr Christie claimed
that Mr Ingraham used the word clearly to
offend him.

Mr Ingraham had told the House: “I submit,
Mr-Speaker, that we will clean up the mess, we
will increase efficiency and the effectiveness of
the system. We will cause the courts to have
what they require to do their job and at the
end of our term in office we will say, God will-
ing, very proudly we did far better than those
worthless crew who were in charge before. And
I say worthless (“wutless”) in the sense of say-
ing that they are not worth very much in terms
of what they did to the judicial system in the
Bahamas.”

“Quite apart from it being untrue,” retorted
Mr Christie, “these are personal attacks. They
are offensive and they offend the rules.”

Speaker Smith ruled that these words did
not offend House rule 30(16) as they were abu-
sive to no individual member of parliament.

According to rule 30(16) “A member shall
not use offensive, abusive or insulting words
about either House of Parliament or any mem-
ber thereof.”

It would be interesting to know how the
public would rate a government that watched
crime statistics for persons out on bail for mur-
der, rape and armed robbery climb rapidly —
from five in 2001, six in 2002, five in 2003, 47 in
2004, 39 in 2005, 107 in 2006 and more than
200 in 2007 — and did nothing about it.

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EDITOR, The Tribune. -

IF OUR employers were to
advise how much inventory
or merchandise is lost to
employee and consumer theft,
I honestly suggest the public
would be shocked.

Is $300 million a low figure?
I really doubt it because of
facts substantiated in the mar-
ket from the food store sector
very clearly indicate that that
is low.

Why do our people think
they can help themselves with
a divine right seemingly to
merchandise without paying,
but when they have taken a
very short air trip to Florida
they will not dare tief?

There is no doubt that our
retail costs, direct the cost of
living of The Bahamas, is
inflated by at least 18-22 per
cent simply because of
employee and customer theft
and the cost to prosecute.

. From time to time the ques-
tion as to the possible posi-
tive use of the polygraph test
has been raised and I suggest
under controlled provisions
supported by Statute Law and
solely carried out by the

police under certain circum--

stances polygraph testing
should be allowed as much as
fingerprinting and other tests
such as DNA are allowed.

Certainly I do not accept
that a polygraph should be
required for pre-employment
— the employer has the right
to ask for a police criminal
record and that should cer-
tainly suffice, however when
an employee is suspected to
be stealing through their
employment subject to cer-
tain requirements the employ-
er should be able to require
the police to carry out a poly-
graph on that employee or
customer.

I certainly suggest that a
polygraph will be of great
assistance to the police and
would most certainly give
them at least some advantage
over the restrictive 24 hours
for holding a suspect and
would totally eliminate the
allegations of police beating
or physical inducement and
there is enough scientific
proof that polygraph tests, ful-
filled by trained persons are
valid and accepted by courts
around the world.

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whopping 300 plus million
dollars a year employee and
consumer theft and lower our
living costs, I say why are we
waiting? If the 300 million
dollars is accurate, that is over
$937.00 per resident, man and
child.

There is an horrific amount
of employee theft through
various methods — the simple
misuse of the employer’s facil-
ities, copying or fax machines,

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telephones, etc, that would
economically improve the
business or cost of delivery of
services from a government

department.

We have to do something,
because. the rising ‘costs of
food every time we visit the
stores is unexplainable
firstly and very questionable
second, :

There is no reason why
Nassau’s food prices are more
than 100 per cent of the retail
prices oi Florida.
DESIREE MORRIS (Mrs)
Nassau:

October,25, 2007.

Tropical
Storm Noel

EDITOR, The Tribune.

THE approach of Tropical Storm Noel to the City of Nassau
in the island of New Providence in The Bahamas on the morn-
ing of November 1, 2007 seemingly was very unustal and what

occurred was as follows: -

The wind had been blowing about 20 to 25 miles pe: hour from
the east when it shifted to the southeast. At about ‘1.30 am it
became calm and there was an overcast sky with very little rain
and extremely warm. [ thought it was the centre and expected
strong winds would occur say 40 to 50 miles per hour ence it had
passed, but this did not happen. Finally the sky beganto hard-

en and clear somewhat in the south and west and the wind’ -.-.

came back from the east and southeast about 20 mph. {

The centre was extremely close to us according to the idvisory
at 2.00 pm — latitude 25.00 north and longitude 77.4 west(we are
lat. 25.00 north and long. 77.5 west).

I did telephone a friend at’ Spanish Wells during tle calm
and informed him of the condition and he said it was Howing
there about 20 to 25 mph from the east.

He telephoned me about two hours later and saidjit was
blowing about 50 to 60 mph and heavy rainfall. Subsequeatly on
the evening of November 1, 2007, I called him and was infrmed
that the aforesaid lasted two hours and they had about 14.00
inches of rain. We had 6.13 inches of rain in Blair Estates where

I live.’

This was an unusual storm, but thank God Nassau only expe-.-.

rienced winds of approximately 30 to 40 mph and we got off very -- |

lightly with very little damage.

DAVID N. KEMP
Nassau,
November 2, 2007.

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Long Island
residents,
appreciate
Minister's
visit — Bowe

DEPUTY administrator
for Long Island Rodrick
Bowe said residents
appreciate that Minister
of State for Works and
Utilities Phenton
Neymour and his
delegation came to their
‘island.

He said the gesture
showed that the govern-
ment is concerned about
the welfare of the people.

“That’s the kind of min-
ister we want,” Mr Bowe
said.

» “We want.one who is
about the people’s busi-
ness, who is a people’s
person.”

Water and Sewerage
“representative on Long
added: “It
‘shows us that the govern-
ment is concerned about
the island and it makes us
feel like we are impor-

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DEVIL’S POINT, CAT ISLAND: Minister of State for Public Utilities Phenton Neymour (right) listens to assistant general manager of the Water and Sewerage Corporation Robert Deal

(centre) near Devil’s Point, Cat Island, on November 7. Also pictured is Cat Island administrator Charles King, Pictured right, the delegation view first-hand the flooding.

NEW BIGHT, Cat Island - The government is
“proactively investigating and addressing” the water
needs of Cat Island residents in wake of flooding caused
by Tropical Storm Noel, Minister of State for Public
Utilities Phenton Neymour said.

“We decided that we were going to make this trip to
put together an action plan to address these problems
so that the residents themselves can have adequate
supplies of water, particularly during adverse weather,”
said Mr Neymour.

He led a delegation to Cat Island and Long Island.
Undersecretary at the Ministry of Public Works and
Transport Calvin Balfour, assistant general manager at
the Water and Sewerage Department Robert Deal and
consultant Dr Richard Cant made up the delegation.

They inspected areas affected by the storm and
observed flooded roads in the south of the island.

A reported four feet of flood water filled the well

°N eymour leads delegation
to see flood-affected areas

fields between New Bight and Deans, which were flood-
ed during the delegation’s visit.

“One of the problems on Cat Island, not unknown to
us, is that whenever there are heavy rains the well
fields, it floods, and we have to rely on bottled water
being supply to Cat Island,” Mr Neymour said.

“We have identified in Cat Island that more needs to
be done,” he noted.

“Cat Island is limited by the fact that it only has four
reasonable areas for the supply of potable water.”

In an effort to alleviate the situation, Mr Neymour
said they are examining the possibility of making use of
land that escaped the flooding.

“What we have identified is an area near the well field
where we plan to install some storage tanks because
during hurricane season, during the adverse weather, it
is. important that we build up an inventory (of potable
water) before the storms hit,” Mr Neymour said.

“We were successful in doing that in New Provi-
dence and other islands; but not yet in Cat Island.”

Mr Neymour said the second phase of their action
plan will include looking into the establishment of a well
field.in northern Cat Island.

He pointed out that this would assist the efficiency of
the Water and Sewerage Corporation.

“We just brought in a new tanker truck to Cat Island
which is used to transport water,” he added.

“Tt (a possible northern well field) would mean less
travel time for the truck and therefore, it would mean
the supply of more water to the residents.”

China dismisses reports of Olympics Bibles ban as ‘rumours’

China has rebuked reports
that it would ban foreign ath-
letes from bringing Bibles to the
Olympic village during the Bei-
jing Olympic Games next year,
dismissing them as "sheer
rumours".

Earlier this week, Bahamians
were urged to boycott the
games in the wake of claims
that the Bible was listed among
“forbidden” objects in the ath-
letes’ village.

“We have taken note of the
reports and checked with the
relevant authorities,

“The.facts prove that the
reports are sheer rumours,"

Foreign Ministry spokesman
Liu Jianchao told a press con-
ference.

“The Chinese government
has never ever issued such a
rule, nor any such statement,”
Liu said.

“China's religious affairs
authorities and the Beijing

-Olympic organising committee

have not — and could not — issue
a rule banning the Bible in the
Olympic village."

China has always respected
and protected the religious free-
dom of foreigners living in Chi-
na in line with laws and regula-
tions, he said.’

Ph: 325-3336

According to the Provisions
on the Administration of Reli-
gious Activities of Aliens With-
in the Territory of the People's
Republic of China, foreigners
are allowed to bring in religious
publications, audio-video mate-
rials or other objects for per-
sonal use, Liu said.

“We are suspicious of the ulti-
mate motivations of those who
spread such rumours. They
should be responsible, and not
do things that are not benefi-
cial for themselves and under-

. mine mutual understanding

between, China and the,world,"

he added.

On Tuesday, Peter T Carey,
manager of BAIC’s business
services department, called for
the Bahamas to stand up for its
Christian principles by with-
drawing from the Games.

“T am not a fundamentalist
Christian, but I think this is
something that goes against the
rights of people,” Mr Carey told
The Tribune after hearing the
rumours.

“T am calling for the Bahamas
to boycott the Olympics.

“As a small nation, we should
exercise our Christian princi-
ples and stand firm for our
beliefs.”

The Games, due to open in
August next year, are expected
to one of the best Olympics
ever.

The Bahamas, with several
star athletes, including the phe-
nomenal high-jumper Donald
Thomas, is expected to feature
prominently on track and field.

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With the Bahamas so far recording 63 homicides this year, and criminals realising
cases can become snagged in the courts, isn’t it time for an overhaul of the justice system?

Our judicial system is a mess

@ By ADRIAN GIBSON
ajbahama@hotmail.com

HE Bahamas’
judicial system is
an archaic mess
that has been
neglected to the point that
case backlogs have led to
vicious criminals roaming our
streets and salivating at the
chance to prey, yet again, on
another ill-fated victim.

Crime is ravaging our society,
as the criminal element is
wreaking havoc at nearly
every corner of our small
island nation.

Criminals are daily terrorizing
our frightened society, leaving
Bahamians to live as prisoners
in their own homes, caged
behind burglar bars and dead-
locks. In fact, Bahamians are
so fearful for their safety that
even landlords advertising in
the classifieds are including
security bars in their market-



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“As the Yuletide. season
approaches, the criminal ele-
ment will undoubtedly be out
in force. Since armed rob-
beries and other offences are
expected to increase, Bahami-
ans must be vigilant and wary
of their surroundings.”



ing approach to entice poten-
tial tenants.

The criminal justice system
has been mismanaged and >
neglected, for far too long, by
self-serving politicians.
Frankly, it is refreshing that -
the newly elected government

has kicked off their gover-
nance by choosing to fashion
and implement policies that
encourage the overhaul of our
sluggish, molasses-like justice
system.

At present, the Bahamas has
staggeringly recorded 63

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homicides for the year. Even
more, the Bahamas holds the
ignominious designation as
having the highest per capita
murder rate in this region —
higher than Jamaica! Alarm-
ingly, the Bahamas is also
among the world’s top 10 in
reported rapes per capita!
This is a travesty and we could
only imagine the actual num-
ber of rapes that-are not
reported and therefore not
added to the national statis-
tics,

n recent times, lawlessness

has become the order of
the day as criminals realize
that with the right attorney,
their cases would be stifled in
our higgledy-piggledy court
system and that they could be
granted bail to roam, without
restraint, in a matter of hours
or days.
Our judicial system is in a
state of crisis. It is unaccept-
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are continuously delayed.
Today, more than 200 individ-
uals accused of murders, rapes
and armed robberies, are out
on bail. I was awestruck to dis-
cover that of this number, 114
persons were charged with
murder. Police statistics com-
piled from 2001 to September
this year has revealed a signifi-
cant increase in the number of
persons that have been grant-
ed bail. In 2001, five people

‘were on bail for murder, rape

and armed robbery; six per-
sons were on bail in 2002; five
in 2003; 47 in 2004; 39 in 2005;
107 in 2006 and more than 200
in 2007. Well blow me down!
From these statistics, is there
any wonder why crime has
skyrocketed?

Just this week, a 15-year-old
high school student was shot
dead as he attempted to bur-
glarize a food store. Sadly, the
idea of a teenager creeping
through an attic to commit a
robbery is indicative of the

“ominous state of our society,

as even children are corrupted
into now thinking that crime
pays.

Thus far, persons on bail have
been accused of committing 22
of this year’s murders, numer-
ous armed robberies and vari-
ous other crimes.

Suspected criminals must be
speedily bought to trial, and if
convicted, promptly removed

. from our streets because many

persons on bail are hardened,
career criminals who are
intent on being societal men-
aces.

Three days ago, I spoke toa
reformed criminal.

Twenty years ago, he served
time at Her Majesty‘s Prison
for a drug offence.and.has ,
since become'a successful
businessman. BS

In addressing the surge in vio-
lent crime in our society, he
referred to our courts as a
“disgraceful theatre where
only the connected get jus-
tice.”

He also said that these days,
many youngsters would not
have a problem doing a stint
or two at Her Majesty’s prison
because “they now see it as a
hotel, where they don’t have
to pay rent, they eat three
meals a day and there is no
capital punishment.”

This interviewee also said:

“It is tragic that bail is given
to suspected murderers while
innocent families suffer the
heart wrenching blow of see-
ing the person that may have
killed their loved one out
practically scot-free.” I could-
n’t agree more!

This year, I was involved in a
traffic accident. Although the
police seemingly botched the
investigation and were duped
by the persons that struck me,
I have tried my utmost to
track down these individuals. I
am aware that while suing:
these persons would be my
only recourse at recouping my
money, I will have to wait for
a court date and, even with
the court ruling in my favour,
I am not guaranteed repay-
ment.

The price of justice in this
country is high, prolonged and
simply Third World!

s the Yuletide season

approaches, the crim-
inal element will undoubtedly
be out in full force. Since
armed robberies and other
offences are expected to
increase, Bahamians must be
vigilant and wary of their sur-
roundings.
An effective judicial system is
also essential to our economy
as investors pursuing business
ventures here must be confi-
dent that the justice system is
functional.
To curb crime, the socializa-
tion of the nation’s youth must
become a priority, the illegal
immigration crisis must be

confronted and curtailed, legal ee

status must be granted to
immigrants (and their off-
spring) that qualify, our edu-

cational system must be

improved and there must be
more Opportunities for mean-
ingful employment.

In order to fix the nation’s
defunct judicial system and in
turn alleviate the log jam it
faces, more judges — local or
foreign — must be appointed to-*
the bench, better court rooms -
must be constructed and com-
petent court staff (eg clerks,
stenographers) must be hired.
If the judicial process is not
expedited, our country will
become an anarchic state —
sailing up a creek to absolute
chaos, without a paddle!

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0 [In brief

Trinidad's
PM vows to
diversify
fuel-driven
economy
and bridge
racial divide

@ PORT-OF-SPAIN,
Trinidad

PRIME Minister
Patrick Manning was
sworn in Wednesday for a
new term leading Trinidad
and Tobago, ushering in a
government he said would
bridge racial divides and
diversify the Caribbean
country’s thriving oil- and
gas-driven economy,
according to Associated
Press.

Manning, who brought
his black-dominated Peo-
ple’s National Movement
back to power in Monday
elections, took the oath of
office before an audience
of supporters, politicians,
and diplomats in a central
Port-of-Spain square.
Steel drums pulsed and
choirs sang spirituals.

The 61-year-old Man-
ning, who is black,
pledged to bring unity to
the country, where the 1.3
million inhabitants remain
deeply divided in politics.
Those of African descent
largely cheered Manning’s
win while many of East
Indian origin backed the
main opposition party.

“The rivalries of the
election campaign have
been intense, but the fam-
ily of Trinidad and Toba-
go remains intact. We
have to put aside our divi-
sions,” Manning told the
crowd of mostly black
supporters wearing crim-
son flowers that are the
symbol of the ruling party.

‘The prime minister’s
térm runs five years,
although Manning was
first appointed to the post
in 2001, then won elec-
tions in 2002. He took the
oath in the city square
instead of the traditional
government office setting,
a move he said indicated
his aim of bringing the
government closer to the
people.

Manning, a trained
geologist, vowed to spur .
manufacturing and other
non-energy ventures to
further diversify the coun-
try’s strong economy.

Trinidad and Tobago
relies on vast oil and nat-
ural gas deposits for 25
percent of its gross
domestic product. The
two-island nation is the
leading supplier of liquid
natural gas to the United
States.

Gunmen spray.
bullets at Haitian
TV-ratio station,
injuring bystander

@ PORT-AU-PRINCE,
Haiti

GUNMEN fired automat-
ic weapons on a TV and
radio station in Haiti’s capi-
tal, injuring a street vendor,
police said Wednesday,
according to Associated
Press.

Radio-Tele Ginen’s Port-
au-Prince building was rid-
dled with bullets as journal-
ists delivered a newscast ear-
ly Tuesday evening, Haitian
police spokesman Frantz
Lerebours said.

Rounds ricocheted off a
jeep belonging to the station
and hit a nearby street ven-
dor, station owner Jean
Lucien Borges said. The ven-
dor was being treated at a
local hospital.

No one was injured inside
the station, which kept
broadcasting throughout the
attack. “We thought it was
just regular shooting,”
Borges said.

The private station, which
beams a broad array of tele-
vision and radio coverage
across the restive Caribbean
country, is not aligned with
any political party. No arrests
have been made.

HIGH school and college stu-
dents from throughout New
Providence flocked to the Col-
lege of the Bahamas’ annual
Career and Job Fair this year.

Taking advantage of the
opportunity, the hundreds of
young people attending the
event took time out to get
career advice from professionals
in fields such as banking,
accounting, medicine and envi-
ronmental science.

They also heard lectures from
various professionals on topics
such as excellence in customer
service, appearance on the job,
attitude and character building.

The COB Careers and Job
Fair is an annual event and

‘opportunity for employers to

conduct first line interviews with
potential employees and an
opportunity for students to
explore employment options.

The Career and Job Fair,
held on Wednesday, not only
catered to school and current
COB students, but also to grad-
uates who are seeking employ-
ment or a career change.

Students were encouraged to
bring well-prepared copies of
their resumes as a means of net-
working with employers.

The Careers and: Placement
Office of the College of the

LOCAL NEWS
COLLEGE OF BAHAMAS ANNUAL CAREER AND JOB FAIR

Hundreds of job-
hungry students
get career advice



“We were
pleased to see
how many
students took
advantage of
the opportuni-

ty. 99

Bahamas was responsible for
organising and planning the
event and deemed it a thorough
success.

Norma Turnquest, co-ordi-
nator for the event said, “We
were pleased to see how so
many students took advantage
of the opportunity. We also
thank the many businesses and
companies who came out to
speak to the young people.”

Presenters at the event were
Dave Burrows, Dwight Bur-
rows, Tymeka Griffin, Anne
Lightbourn, lonie Diggiss,
Philip Gray, Tim Hauber, Mar-
ilyn Zonicle, Philip Simon,
Sonya Arthur and Linda Rus-
sell.



WILLIE MAE PRATT CENTRE FOR GIRLS

Tour of
rehab
centre
following
upgrade

THE Willie Mae Pratt Centre
for Girls celebrated its Reha-
bilitation of Offenders Week
yesterday with a tour of its facil-
ityon Fox Hill Road.

The rehabilitative centre for
troubled girls was established
in 1961 and occupies 11.5 acres
of land in the eastern district of
New Providence.

On this property sits a main
building which houses five dor-
mitories, each capable of
accommodating eight residents
“comfortably”.

Adjacent to the main building
is a smaller one which houses
the kitchen, dining room, and
a laundry room. This structure
is currently being refurbished
and has recently been renovat-
ed.

. The new réfurbished build-
ing will also house a doctor’s
office, a dormitory for those
waiting medical clearance, and a

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young people’s overall prepa-
ration and it is good when they
can sit and listen to the advice
and recommendations of
mature professionals,” he
added.

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ed in the Career and Job Fair 07
were:

e Bahamas Ferries

e Bahamas First General
Insurance

e Caribbean Bottling Com-
pany

e Commonwealth Bank

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e Deloitte

e The Department of Labour

e Ernst & Young

e Family Guardian

e First Caribbean Bank

¢ Harborside Resort

e Heaven Sent Pharmacy

¢ Lucayan Tropical Produce

¢ Royal Bank of Canada

¢ Scotiabank

e National Museum of the
Bahamas

e Water and Sewage Corpo-.

ration
e Pricewaterhousecoopers.

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The Willie Mae Pratt Centre for Girls and the Simpson Penn’s School for boys facil-
ities was recently ungraded for the comfort and safety of the residents.

dormitory for new admissions.

In addition to this, two dor-
mitories will house those requir-
ing a more secure environment
that the cottages currently in
place.

Also, a “quiet room” will be
available for those requiring
“time out”.

Three additional rooms will
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taught. A library and a recre-
ation room are also available
for those housed at the facility.

Two cottages at the northern
end of the compound will house
residents who are students of
the co-educational unit, and for
residents in the pre-release pro-

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opening ceremony of the Bahamas Dental Association Scientific Confer-
ence

Minister pledges dental
health for all Bahamians

Minister of Health Dr Hubert Minnis promised to make dental
health available to Bahamians throughout the country.

He was speaking at the Bahamas Dental Association’s 2007
Scientific Conference, which opened at the British Colonial Hilton
on Wednesday night under the theme: “Modern dentistry: merging
an old science with emerging technology”.

Dr Minnis lauded the dental profession’s initiative in keeping
abreast of new procedures, diagnostic equipment and modern
technology.

This; he said, has strengthened the industry’s ability to offer
quality oral health services..

Dr Minnis encouraged the country’s dentists to continue suc-
cessfully integrating fundamental practices with prevailing tech-
nology, and to become proficient in its use to the advantage of
patients.

He also encouraged private practitioners to join as strategic
partners with the government in an effort to reduce oral health dis-
eases in adults and children.

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PAGE 8, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2007

| Man is
charged —

with murder

FROM page one

McKenzie is charged
with, by means of unlaw-
ful harm, intentionally
causing the death of Mr
McKenzie.

The 43-year-old
deceased was stabbed to
death in front of his res-
idence on the corner of
East and Fowler Streets,
opposite Lucky Food-
store No 3, last Tuesday.
His body was found on
his neighbour’s porch to

which he_ staggered
‘ before his death.
: Magistrate Bethel told

&

‘the accused that the mat-
‘ter could not be tried in
: Magistrate’s Court, but
‘rather in Supreme Court.

A preliminary inquiry
will be held to determine
if there .is enough evi-
dence for the case to
proceed, the magistrate
said. If it is determined
that there is enough evi-
dence to proceed, Mag-
istrate Bethel told Gray,
the matter would
advance to supreme
court; and if not, she
continued, he would be
released.

Bail was denied to
Gray who. was represent-
ed by Ian Cargill. Magis-
trate Bethel remanded
the accused to Fox Hill
Prison until November
15 at which time his pre-
liminary inquiry will be
held at Court 11 on Nas-
sau Street.

Blow to Dwight —
and Keva Major's
hattle against
extradition to US

‘FROM page one 2

‘Mr Turner said.

| The public prosecutions
‘director explained that
‘although a warrant for the
tMajors’ .surrender to the
tUS was signed last year, the
‘Supreme Court also put a
stay in place pending the
*outcome of the case at the
*Privy Council level.

* However, once the stay
tis lifted, steps can be tak-
fen to extradite the couple.
* Mr Turner indicated that
*the Majors still have other
‘matters before the Magis-

- ttrate’s Courts which need ~

‘to be resolved, but said the
‘extradition would move
‘forward in due course.
' The couple is wanted by
ithe US government to face
‘drug charges relating to an
‘international conspiracy
involving hundreds of
‘pounds of cocaine and mar-_ :
‘juana. %
They have appeared in
‘local courts on several occa-
‘sions over the past several
‘years while fighting the
‘extradition.

Foodstore
employees
subdue robber
FROM page one

t
; The gunman’s accom-
iplice managed to flee on
foot before officers
arrived.

' Police now have a 33-

‘for questioning in connec-
‘tion with the incident.
‘ Three hours later on the
same evening, a 25-year-
(old woman reported her
car siolen after she had left
it running with a juvenile
‘inside.
| The incident is reported
‘to have taken place after
tthe woman left her car to
visit Someone on Prince
‘Charles Drive.
' The girl left in the run-
ing car — a green 2000
Wovots Corolla — was
forced out of the vehicle .
by a gunman who then
sped away from the scene.

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Claim that man ‘in jail’ reported
to have voted in Pinewood |

FROM page one

covered in most cases that persons
were either not at home, at work or
off the island.

Some homes, she said, were sim-
ply vacant at the time. Also, she said,
after the 266 names of persons who
reportedly were not entitled to vote
in the constituency was printed in the
local dailies, many were not “too will-
ing” to come forward and give infor-
mation.

Ms Cleare said that in her search
on July 25th for one alleged voter,

Patrick Armbrister, she met a man
who identified himself as Keith
Major, Mr Major, she said, informed
her that the Patrick Armbrister that
he knows who lives in that area, “was
in jail”.

Searching the register, Ms Cleare
said that she found another Patrick
Armbrister, the father of the first
Armbrister, who lived on North
Brazilita Street. Mr Armbrister
senior, said that his son lived with his
mother on North Sequoia Street, Ms
Cleare said.

Additionally, the court heard that a
Nikeya Deandra Cleare, whom the

witness reports she knows personally,
had not lived in the constituency for
at least two years.

Ms Cleare told the court that
Nikeya is married to her nephew, but
the pair have been separated for
more than two years. Nikeya, who
reportedly gave the address of her
parent’s home on the voter’s registry,
now lives in Misty Gardens, and has
been there now for more than a year,
Ms Cleare said.

Ms Cleare also told the court of
instances where she met and spoke
with voters who allegedly live out-
side of the Pinewood constituency

boundaries, but voted in the con-
stituency.

Ms Cleare said she saw and spoke
with Adrian Miller on August 27th
-at a residence north of Sapodilla Blvd
and west of Baygeranium ‘Ave. Mr
Miller acknowledged his identity and
address, according to Ms Cleare.
And, she told the court that he lives
within the Bamboo Town con-
stituency, rather than Pinewood.

Yesterday’s testimony by Ms
Cleare covered more than 20 voters.
The case has been adjourned to Mon-
day at 10am when she is expected to
continue her testimony.

Dame Joan Sawye

hits out at ‘finger
pointing’ over
violent crime rise

FROM page one

country’s streets.

(Apparently) the increase in
crime is due to the break down
of the judicial system. Our judi-
cial system apparently bears
these people’s children, houses
them, raises them, educates
them and then sénds them out
to do crime, that’s the stupidity
of what they’re saying,” she
said.

Dame Joan said that it is time
for people to stop blaming the
judicial system and take respon-
sibility for their children and
how they turn out.

“Parents have to be account-
able for how they bring up their

children, They bring them into

the' world, they are responsible

for how they behave, they are
responsible until the children
are able to take responsibility
for themselves,” she said.

The Court of Appeal presi-
dent said she and her colleagues
only come into the picture when
an individual commits a crime,
and not before then.

“We can’t go out and be the
police and be the lawyer and
prosecutors and everything else,
we are judges,” she said.

“I refuse to be charged with
the responsibility of other peo-
ple’s children, I have erfough of
problems within my own life, I
deal with the crime when it
comes before me — nothing
more, nothing less.”

Up to September 2007, there

~were over 144 people out on

bail, who were charged with

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murder, Minister of National
Security Tommy Turnquest told
parliament two weeks ago.

With statistics like these,
members of the government
and the public have been calling
for an improvement of the
country’s judicial system in
order to speed up the process of
justice.

As a first step in the direc-
tion of updating the judicial sys-
tem, government last month
introduced an amendment to
the Juries Act, which seeks to
reduce the number of jurors
from 12 to nine in all criminal
matters in the Supreme Court
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r : Court of Appeal |
president hits out

FROM page three

The possible mitigating cir-
cumstances which the judge
recognised, Mr Munroe said,
included the fact that Francis
had previously been diagnosed
with a conduct disorder. This
diagnosis was made four years
before the double murder
when Francis was 17 years old.

Mr Munroe said that Justice
Isaacs made the decision that
during the sentencing stage the
prosecution had failed to dis-
prove that Francis possibly had
diminished responsibility in this
case.

Dame Joan, however, point-
ed out that this was impossible
for the prosecution to disprove

"as there was no evidence on

record that Francis did indeed
have diminished responsibili-
ty.

Dame Joan said that the psy-
chiatrist who testified during
the murder trial determined
that Francis is fond of general
knowledge, can recall a lot of
basic facts about his country,
can name all the present and
past prime ministers and dis-
played average calculating
skills. She said that the psychi-



atrist also determined that
Francis’ thoughts were “free
flowing and logical” and that
he understood the nature of his
convictions and the possible
consequences.

Dame Joan further said that
using Francis’ long history of
criminal acts as mitigating fac-
tors in order to give him a
more lenient punishment is
sending the wrong message to
Bahamian society.

“(It is saying) it is okay to
do it when you have a bad
record for breaking the law and
you will get treated better than
the persons who had no previ-
ous record for breaking the
law, who had no previous expe-
rience of prison. ‘

“That cannot be right. That
is not making the sentence fit
the crime, that is not any of the
things that the Privy Council
said in Trono Davis and For-
rester Bowe,” she said.

In the cases of Davis and
Bowe, Privy Council last year
ruled the mandatory death sen-
tence in the Bahamas is uncon-
stitutional.

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terday adjourned the Francis
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PICTURED (L-R) are: former Links national president Gladys Vaughn, Links safe house chairperson and past
chapter president Sharon Wilson, southern area director Mary Currie, former southern area director Margaret
Johnson, president of the Nassau Chapter, Veronica Duncanson, and protocol chair Patrice McDonald.

Links branches out
to celebrate retiring
of safe house loan

LINKS southern area direc-
tor Mary Currie planted a
Poincianna Tree to commem-
orate the retiring of a loan for
the construction for the organ-
isation’s $1million safe house
for women in crisis.

She was assisted by past
national president Gladys
Vaughn and past southern
area director, Margaret John-
son.

The safe house, the first of
its kind in the Bahamas, pro-
vides shelter for two cate-
gories of women — those who
are in immediate crisis and

who may or may not be

accompanied by children; and
those who are required by the
age to leave institutions of
child care but who in need of
long term shelter.

For the first group, the
length of the programme is six
months. For the second, the

£ Ths h

safe house provides a sup-
portive environment in which
they can work towards becom-
ing productive citizens. The
maximum length of stay is two
years

“The philosophy behind the
safe house is one of empow-
erment, and its purpose goes
beyond basic housing needs,”
said the organisers in a state-
ment.

“It responds to two cate-
gories of females in Bahamian
society and provides for the
first time in the Bahamas an
organised and sustained holis-
tic programme that addresses
the needs of these persons.”

The safe house was official-
ly opened on October 17, 2003
by the former prime minister
Perry Christie and over the
past four years; with the assis-
tance of public and private cit-
izens, the Nassau Chapier of

the Links Inc has able to suc-
cessfully complete the facili-
ty, and retire the bank loan
associated with it.

As the named corporate
sponsor, British American
Financial has contributed
$100,000 to the effort.

The tree planting ceremo-
ny included remarks by Links
president Veronica Duncan-
son, president of British
American Financial Chester
Cooper, safe house board
member Dr Sandra Dean Pat-
terson and Links-southern
area director Mary Currie.

Archbishop Drexel Gomez
offered prayers for the organ-
isation and its work, and Pas-
tor Jason Graham prayed for
the safe house and its occu-
pants. ~

Sharon Wilson, chairman of

the safe house, gave the vote

‘of thanks.

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CHAPTER TEN
“Tetched in the Head”

June 25-26, 1828. Outside of Shawneetown,
Illinois.

THE STORY SO FAR: Headed for Ken-
tucky, the Damron children pay for a room ina

boardinghouse. But when Jesse finds a coffin in

the parlor, she wonders if it’s safe to stay.

“Who died?” Iask. My voice squeaks like a
rusty hinge.

George laughs. “Nobody. Mr. Cottland built
it for himself. He’s crazy; ‘tetched in the head,’
as my mama says. Keeps that whisky jug in case
he gets thirsty on the way to heaven.” :

“Whew,” I say. “That is crazy.” I wipe my
hands on my dress. This place is even spookier
than [ thought. :

I don’t tell the others what I’ve seen, but 'm
testy all through dinner. I can’t get Moses alone;
he’s too busy eating second portions of roast
pork and turnips. And when Mr. Cottland sug-
gests we all have a bath, Moses agrees before I
can protest. “Saturday is bath night at our house,
too,” he adds. “Right, Jess?”

Our house. Moses talks as if Mama and Papa
were still alive! Is he pretending we're not
orphans? I keep.an eye on that closed parlor
door while we help George and Mr. Cottland
draw and heat the water.

Louisa and I have the first bath in the tin tub.
When my sister strips off her clothes, her ribs
look as bumpy as Mama’s old washboard. She
smells like curdled milk. We haven’t had a bath
since we left Illinois.

“Don’t stare at me!” she complains. ;

“T’m not. Turn around and [ll scrub your
back.” For a minute I’m furious with Mama for
leaving me. Mama would know how to make our
sack of cornmeal last, how to cook soups and
stews to help the little ones grow right. ’'m not
even twelve! How will I feed everyone?

When I climb into the tub, wearing nothing but
Papa’s ring on its leather strap, it’s Louisa’s turn
to stare. “You have bumps on your chest,” she
says.

“Go away,” I snap.

Her eyes fill. “I want Mama,” she says.

“So do I.” I pull her into a slippery hug.

I bathe and dry off as fast as I can. My dress
feels shabby when I button it, and my feet still
look dirty. I try to comb the snarls from Louisa’s
hair, but she yelps like the puppy. “You don’t do
it right!” she wails.

I give up. I'll never be able to do things the

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way Mama did.

Moses. and Solomon bathe next. When it’s ,
Mr. Cottland’s turn, I hurry everyone out to the P
barn. “We’re leaving,” I tell them.

“But it’s dark,” Louisa whines. “I want to
sleep here.” :

Moses pulls me aside. “What are you talking
about? We paid good money to stay.”

“Listen.” I keep my voice low so the little
ones won't hear me. “Mr. Cottland keeps an
empty coffin,in his parlor. What if he puts one of
us in there?”

Moses moves so fast, you’d think another pan-
ther was after us. In a few minutes we’ve bun-
dled Louisa and Solomon into the wagon, set
the mule in her traces, and saddled Pearl. “Why
are we leaving?” Solomon whispers.

“Hush,” I tell. him. “Do you want to be bound
out, like George?”

Moses and I walk the animals slowly across the
yard. Every squeak of the wheels makes my
heart thump. As Moses opens the gate, we hear
footsteps in the yard. 1 freeze, but it’s George.
He pops out of the shadows, a bundle under his
arm. “Take me with you,” he begs.

“We can’t,” | whisper.

Solomon tugs my arm. “Why not? George is

nice.”

“Ofcourse he is.” I lean close to George.
“We’re headed for Kentucky,” I tell him.

“A slave state?” George drops his bundle on
the ground. “I thought y’all were better than

sponsored by

that.” He melts. back into the dark without say-
ing good-bye.
I want to explain, but Moses grabs my arm.

“Get in,” he says. “He might tell the old man.” ©

I climb into the wagon and turn-Sadie toward
the rising moon. George’s words make my
cheeks burn, but what else can we do? We
promised Papa we’d find our way home.

It’s not so easy. The next night, long after
we've crossed the Ohio River into Kentucky,
Moses discovers the money is missing from his
left boot. Even worse, I’ve left Papa’s letter on
Mr. Cottland’s puncheon floor.

“How could you?” Moses shouts. “That letter
was the most important thing Papa gave us!”

“What about the money!” Lery. “How could
you leave your boots where crazy Mr. Cottland
could find them?”

“What was I supposed to do?” Moses’s voice
breaks. “Take them into the tub with me?” We
both laugh, even though it’s not funny. Moses
sighs. “At least he only robbed one boot—and |

have some money in my pocket.” He jingles his

coins. “We were both spooked by that coffin.”

“IT sure was. Thank goodness Mr. Cottland
didn’t chase after us.”

Moses counts out the rest of our money.
“Twenty-nine dollars—plus two Spanish piasters.
We have to make it last. I'll try to shoot more
game.” :

“We could always sell the silver stock on
Grandpa’s gun.”

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Moses shakes his head. “Not yet. Papa would
never forgive us. We'll just have to be extra care-
ful. And no more staying with strangers, espe-
cially without the letter.”

I wave my hand around the dark clearing.
“No one will bother us here.” Giant oaks tower
over us, and the woods are full of spooky sounds:
branches snapping, coyotes yipping, and an owl
hooting.

Moses grips the rifle. “I don’t like this place.”
He leans close to me. “I’m scared, Jesse. What
if we never make it to Grandma’s?” :

Now it’s my turn to pretend I’m brave. “Don’t
talk that way! Of course we will.” But I’m just
as worried as he is. I remember what Moses
said: We haven’t heard from Grandma in
months. What if she’s gone, too?

(Continued on Tuesday)

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negotiating a swap of rebel-
held hostages for jailed

‘ guerrillas, according to
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“We are here trying to put
the pieces to together” for
an agreement, Chavez told
state television as Marin
Arango, better known by his
nom de ‘cueite Ivan Mar-
quez, stood next to him on
the steps of Venezuela’s
presidential palace.

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is thought to be hiding out,
is located in the jungle
province of Vichada near
Colombia’s borders with
Venezuela and Brazil.

Marquez said he thought a
Chavez-Marulanda meeting
in El Yari could remove the
main obstacles to a swap
involving about 50 hostages
and as many as 500 jailed
rebels. ; ‘

Colombian Peace Com-

_. missioner Luis Carlos

» Restrepo has said that
‘Colombia’s government has
‘not authorized a meeting
between Chavez and FARC
leaders on Colombian soil.

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Betancourt, a former

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Sarkozy, which backs

_Chavez’s negotiation
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‘to provide mediators with
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alive. Chavez said he hopes
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BUSINESS |







Accounting
firms urged
locontract =—
senior workers

By CARA
BRENNEN-BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter

ACCOUNTING firms
were yesterday encouraged
to contract their senior staff as

a way to retain them, a for- :

mer PLP Senator saying dif-
ficulties experienced in retain-
ing experienced accountants
were créating a tremendous
need for more Bahamians in
the profession/

Philip Galanis, managing
partner of Galanis and Co, ;

told a seminar at the

Bahamas Institute of Char-

tered Accountants (BICA)

week that Bahamian accéunt-

ing firms often found it hard
to keep their more qualified
staff because they are aggres-
sively recruited by companies
for posts such as chief finan- .
cial officer and financial con-
troller. 2

This staff turnover rate, Mr _
Galanis suggested, had
prompted many firms to indi-
cate an unwillingness to invest
in extensive training of their
employees, since they were
leaving as soon as a better
offer came along.

He said this was often why
some Bahamian accounting
firms sought to employ expa-
triates, as their terms of
employment were more
defined. They were eligible
for employment over a spe-
cific timeframe, during which -
it was very difficult for them



@ By NEIL HARTNELL

Tribune Business Editor

OPPONENTS of the $175
million Baker’s Bay Golf &
Ocean Club development have
filed a summons seeking a court
injunction to prevent the devel-
opers from continuing work on
the project until their second
judicial review application is
heard, marking the latest salvo
in a long-running legal battle
that shows no sign of ending.

Fred Smith, a partner in Cal-
lender’s & Co and attorney for
the Save Guana Cay Reef Asso-
ciation, confirmed yesterday to
The Tribune that the Associa-
tion had filed the injunction

Guana Cay Association’s attorney
threatens third judicial review
proceeding against Hope Town
District council over permits

application with the Supreme
Court in a bid to prevent Dis-
covery Land Company and its
subsidiaries from proceeding
with their work.

The injunction application
asks the Supreme Court to

given Discovery Land Company —

’ make an order to prevent

Passerine at Abaco, Passerine
at Abaco Holdings, Baker’s Bay
Ltd, Baker’s Bay HOA Ltd,
Baker’s Bay Marina Ltd and
Baker’s Bay Foundation Ltd
“from. proceeding with or con-



Prices to rise due to
energy cost increase

-* Chamber president says his
business’s propane costs have
almost doubled since New Year, with
Superwash spending $130,000 on gas
and $60,000 on BEC per month
* Warns cost of living and demand for
wage rises set to increase, with hotels
warily watching effect on air fares








Fred Smith



tinuing to undertake the works
contemplated by the permits
and approvals purportedly
granted”.

The application asks for the
restraining order to be made on

’ the grounds that the develop-

ers had not obtained “the nec-
essary’permits and approvals”
from the correct government
agency.

_ The Association’s application

also seeks a court order to pre-
vent the Discovery Land Com-
pany affiliates from working on
the Treasury and Crown Land
that forms part of the develop-
ment site, and wants a further

order to prevent the Govern-

ment, its departments and agen-
cies from issuing or renewing
permits and approvals to the
developers.

The crux of the second appli-
cation for judicial review is that
the permits and approvals
granted to Discovery Land
Company for the Baker’s Bay
project were not issued through
the correct government agen-
cies and processes.

The Association is seeking
the court orders to prevent any
more work being carried out on
Guana Cay until the second
judicial review application is
heard on its substantive merits.

Mr Smith told The Tribune:
“We have filed an application
for an interlocutory injunction

SEE page 4B

COB chief wants funding
based on student numbers
Eyes tuition fee increase

@ By CARA BRENNEN-BETHEL

Tribune Business Reporter



_Baker’s Bay Club opponents ©
_ seek new ‘stop work’ order —

‘@ By NEIL HARTNELL* =:
Tribune Business Editor




THE College of the Bahamas (COB) needs to move from a flat
government grant model to an admission grant model based on stu-
dent enrollment numbers, its president said yesterday, as this
would ensure its finances keeps pace with admissions and it can
develop programmes in the sciences fields. : =

Janyne Hodder said she had asked the Government to consider
changing the way it supports COB to ensure the institution can
effectively address the needs of students. .

She said that as COB moves towards university status, and as the
Bahamas develops, it was-essential the college could offer relevant
and diverse degrees that adequately meet the economy’s needs. »

“When you have a flat grant system, then what happens is that
you are diverting your tertiary funds to the social sciences, with ae
grames such as law and history, which are the cheapest.to run,” Mrs
Hodder said. :

“But what happens then is that you do not grow the technical pro- ~.
grammes, such as chemistry engineering or science-based, which are

SEE page 4B ;

ny, and were earning a spe-
cific salary.

Therefore, Mr Galanis sug-
gested that if accounting firms
were to enter into contractu-
al agreements with their:
senior Bahamian staff, it
might mitigate some of the
retention challenges.

“There are a plethora of
opportunities not being filled
by. Bahamians,” he added.

Mr Galanis said that most
audit clients dislike frequent
turnovers of accounting staff
that they may have built rela-
tionships with.



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"PRICES and the cost of living in the Bahamas
will have to increase as a result of spiralling glob-
al oil and energy costs, the Bahamas Chamber of .
Commerce’s president warned yesterday, as the
Bahamas Electricity Corporation’s (BEC) fuel
surcharge moves through the $0.13 per kilowatt
hour mark. ze
With BEC’s basic rate set at $0.17 per kilowatt -
hour, the fuel surcharge is moving slowly but
inevitably towards matching that mark, raising
production costs for many Bahamian businesses to
levels where they have no choice but to pass at
least a fraction of those costs on to consumers if
’ they are to remain profitable. :
With the price per barrel of crude oil, as mea-
sured by the NYMEX and Brent indexes, closing











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yesterday at $96.37 and $93.24 respectively, just
shy of the psychologically-important $100 thresh-
old, Chamber president Dionisio D’ Aguilar
warned that BEC’s higher electricity costs - a

- SEE page 9B





Nia. —

SEE page 4B



Act changes and

new regulations
for bank audits |

i@ By NEIL HARTNELL

Tribune Business Editor

THE Central Bank of the

Bahamas is proposing to amend .
‘the Banks and Trust Compa-

nies Regulation Act 2000 to
“bring it into line” with inter-
national standards when it
comes to external auditors and
their examinations of its bank

‘and trust company licensees,

with a new set of regulations
also planned.

Apart from amending the
existing Act, the Central Bank
is also seeking consultation on
the Banks and Trust Compa-
nies (Auditors) (Facts and Mat-
ters of Material Significance)
Regulations 2007, as it moves
to establish a regulatory frame-
work for auditors of its bank
and trust company licensees
that is “in line with compara-
ble provisions that have been
in place in many countries
around the world for some
time”.

The Act amendments include
what is described in some quar-
ters as a ‘whistleblower protec-
tion’ clause, protecting the
external auditors - Bahamian
accountants - from liability if
they disclose information on
Bahamas-based banks and trust
companies that they audit to the
Central Bank.

Aiming to enhance co-opera-
tion between the Central
Bank’s banking supervisors and
external auditors, the amend-
ments to the existing Act will

“expand” auditor access to a °
banking licensee’s books and

Proposals include
safeguards for
‘whistleblowers’



accounts. As proposed, it will
also give the external auditors
the right to receive information
and explanations from the audit
client as it considers necessary
to perform its function. —

The Central Bank said the
Banks and Trust Companiés
Regulation Act 2000 amend-
ments will also “impose obliga-
tions” on auditors or former
auditors to notify the Inspector
of Banks and Trust Companies
if they plan to resign before
their term as auditor expires, or
not seek reappointment.

Other amendments include

‘notifying the regulator if they
plan “to include a modification
on the licensee’s financial state-
ment”, and if the auditor uncov-
ers an issue during an audit that
“is of material significance” to
the Inspector of Banks and
Trust Companies performing
his/her duties.

The amendments propose a_

$25,000 fine for auditors who
fail to comply with the require-
ment for communicating with
the Inspector of Banks and
Trust Companies.

The Banks and Trust Com-
panies (Auditors) (Facts and
Matters of Material Signifi-

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sort of an affiliate pro-
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Affiliate marketing is where
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vendors merchant’s product
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ellery, software and eBooks
to insurance. I recently went
on a website that promoted
child Internet safety, and on
the homepage they had a ban-
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moting. When I clicked on the
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tion in-amazon.com where I
could buy the book. Had I
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owner would have gotten a
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.. The advantages of affiliate
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* The affiliate can poten-
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* The affiliate can choose
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to represent, ideally one that
is relevant to their website
content and appeals to their
audience

* The affiliate can learn a
lot from vendors, who often
tell them their secret online
marketing techniques to help
promote their product. The
vendor will get more traffic
from the visitors that come
from the affiliates, and that
helps the vendor’s search
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There are two ways the
affiliate gets paid. He can
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the affiliate gets paid a com-
mission for every lead that it
sends to the vendor’s website,
or by the Pay Per Conversion
(PPC) method, where the
affiliate gets paid a commis-
sion for every referral that
buys the vendor’s product. It
is normally more rewarding
to be paid in the PPC method,
as the potential for earning
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Many vendors offer one or
two-tier affiliate programmes.
If the vendor has a one-tier
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for your own referrals that
convert to a sale. In a two-tier
system, you can also sign up

other affiliates to promote the
same product, and when they

. send traffic to the vendor’s

site and it converts into a sale,
you get a percentage of that
commission as well.



“Affiliate marketing
is where there

is a business
partnership between
a vendor who has a
product for sale, and
an affiliate, who

‘has a website or
newsletter through
which they promote
that product to their
own list of customers

in exchange for a
commission.”



You need to also consider
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Both tracking systems store
‘cookies’ on the visitor’s com-
puter to identify them. So,
when the affiliate sends a vis-
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programme is bona fide.

Both tracking systems use
affiliate codes. When the affil-
iate signs up to a vendor’s
programme, he downloads his
unique affiliate code and
imbeds them into his links and
banners that drive the visitor
to the vendor’s site. This
allows the vendor to link the
visitor to the affiliate, and
makes sure the affiliate gets
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steps you need to take to
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is, the more likely it will gen-
erate sales. And test the prod-
uct, so you don’t sell some-
thing of low quality.

The second step is to Check
Affiliate Networks. When you
have found the right product
to promote, sign up to a ven-
dor’s affiliate programme and
get your affiliate code.

The third step is to Promote
the Vendor’s Product. You
can do this in several ways.
You can insert the vendor’s
banners and text links (with
your tracking code) into your
e-mail mailings that you make
to your customers, advising
them of this special offer. You
can insert the banner or text
links into newsletters, or put
them on your website pages
- anywhere where your visi-

Creat
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tors or subscribers can see
them. The other way of pro-
moting the vendor’s products
is by advertising them in
search engines such as Yahoo
and Google, with the hope
that when people see your ad,
they will click on it and order
the product.

Remember, with affiliate
marketing, if you don’t pro-
mote the product and don’t
drive traffic to the vendor’s
site, you won’t get an income.
Your hard work, persistence
and determination is what it
will take to become success-
ful.

Whether you become a
vendor and sell your product
through affiliates, or become
an affiliate to promote a ven-
dor’s product, affiliate mar-
keting is here to stay. Don’t

be an antipreneur.and make

the mistake of missing this
glorious opportunity. Take

advantage of it if you have -

your own website. So, in order
to avoid the trap. of
antipreneurship, make sure
that you spend sufficient time
on this area, as it will pay
large dividends for your
future business success.

NB: Adapted from his
eBook The 10 Deadly Sins of
Antipreneurship, available at
www.antipreneurship.com

Mark draws on 20 years of
top level business, marketing
and communications experi-
ence in London and the
Bahamas. He is chief operat-
ing officer of www.ezpze-
mail.com, currently lives in
Nassau, and can be contact-
ed at:

markalexpalmer@mac.com

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Bahamas must exploit
270k arable acres

THE Bahamas must exploit
its 270,000 acres of arable land
to build an agriculture industry,
Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham said yesterday, adding that
while there were 480 registered
farmers in this nation, many
more were not and failing to
access the benefits of this sta-
tus.

Speaking at the opening of
the first Bahamas Agricultural,
Marine Resources and Agribusi-
ness Exposition, Mr Ingraham
said the Government was com-
mitted to establishing a Farmers

Credit Programme, and sup-
porting linkages between agri-
culture and tourism.

He said: “Some 270,000 acres”
of arable land form a natural
resource base for the further
development of agriculture. We
must ensure that the future of.
this sector is brightened.

“The Bahamas continues to
import far too much of its food.
And agricultural and marine
products form far too small a
percentage of our exports.

“This position will not change,
I believe, without firstly, a gen-

COB shortlists Dean
of Business applicants

m@ By CARA BRENNEN-BETHEL
Tribune Business Reporter

THE College of the

Bahamas (COB) is down to a “short short”

list of applicants for the new Dean of Business post, a position
where the incumbent will be charged with setting a new course for
the institution over the next two years.
COB’s president, Janyne Hodder, said the college was in the final
rounds of interviewing potential candidates after a long process.’
She added that COB’s plans include the start of Master Degree
programmes in Accounting and Management, both likely to start

next year.
place by next year.

The Dean’s Advisory Council is also expected to be in

Further, Mrs Hodder said COB was in the final stages of nego-
tiating financing for two major infrastructural projects, a $20 mil-
lion furnishing and creation of a library, and an $8 million campus

enhancement on Grand Bahama.

She said the drawings are completed, and the contractors ready

to move forward.

As COB moves towards university status, Mrs Hodder said it was
looking at ensuring there was excellence in everything they do.
Over the next 10 years, COB hopes to double the current enroll-

ment of about 10,000 students.

Dr Hodder said COB was currently on a drive to redesign their
registration process, so it was scientifically accurate.
She explained that the college had hired a consultant to look at

the registration process.

It was discovered that the problem was not the inability to han-
dle the registration of long lines of students, but rather that there
was no scientific data in place to ensure there were adequate

course offerings to meet demand
Mrs Hodder said, the process should

Once this was completed,
be able to go more smoothly.

COB was also completing an extensive inventory of all of their
buildings, something which had never been done before.

In an effort to retain more students for the entire Bachelor
degree programme, Dr Hodder said COB may request the Union
of Tertiary Educators of the Bahamas (UTEB) - COB’S faculty
union - to consider accommodating more students in core classes so
that it was financially feasible to offer small high level courses at the

400 level.



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eral recognition that agriculture
can play a vital role in our
national economic wellbeing -
particularly as a means of com-
bating poverty, and promoting
sustainable development in our
Family Islands - and secondly, in
the development of a consen-
sus for specific and structured
investment programmes for the
further development of these
sectors of our economy.”

He added: “I am-certain that
few of you will disagree with the
assertion that agriculture and
fisheries have not achieved full
potential in our country.

“We have long recognised the
potential in both agriculture and
fisheries to create a substantial
link between our domestic econ-
omy and our principal econom-
ic activity, tourism. This vital
link has the potential to raise
our level of domestic savings, to
improve our balance of pay-
ments and to create a more sus-
tainable, job-creating economic
activity.

“Over the years, we have
invested heavily in professional
and skills training, and have
sought to improve the level and
standard of technology available
to farmers in particular, with a
view to enhancing food produc-
tion, processing, marketing and
sale of Bahamian produce — not
always with the successes for
which we had aimed. In many
respects we have not received
value for monies spent.

“For a variety of reasons suc-
cessive Governments have been
interested in promoting and
encouraging development in the
agricultural and fisheries sec-
tors: a desire to ensure food
security for the nation, a need to
ensure food safety; a determi-
nation to raise standards of liv-
ing’in all of our islands; a need
to create employment in agri-
cultural and marine sciences for
unskilled farm hands as well as
for university trained and other

Bahamians; a means of discour-
aging Family Island migration
to the capital thereby ensuring
the economic viability of Fami-
ly Island communities, and final-
ly, providing for the viable
and sustainable diversification
of the Bahamian national econ-
omy.”

* Receive product orders from internal and external international

report problems or delays

¢ Maintain cordial relations with suppliers and customers to ensure
cooperation when unexpected events require rush delivery of orders or

documents associated with

Qualified and interested candidates should submit their resume with salary

history to Ronald Atkinson & Co. attention Bennet Atkinson, P.O. Box N-8326,

Augusta & Virginia Streets, Nassau, Bahamas, fax 242-326-5602, e-mail
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BAHAMAS NATIONAL TRUST JOB OPPORTUNITIES

2A YLIN ie

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2007, PAGE 3B

Join the Leading Environmental Conservation
Organization in The Bahamas

EEE SESE

The Bahamas National Trust invites qualified and interested persons to
apply for the following positions:

Director of Development

Context , 4
The Bahamas National Trust needs an individual who will manage donor relations

and a multifaceted fundraising strategy aimed at engaging a broad range of corpo-
rate, foundation and individual donors and prospects.

Primary Responsibilities: :

The Director of Development reports to the Executive Director and coordinates
the BNT’s fundraising, membership programmes, and strategic development
activities to achieve sustainable financial goals for the organization. Further, the
individual will develop and manage a major donor programme and annual giving
programme for the Trust. The Individual will be charged with the creation of a
“strong Development Team and coordinating training for its staff.

Duties and Responsibilities:

1. To develop and implement the BNT’s fundraising strategy — targeting
individuals, Foundations, other NGO’s and the corporate sector.

2, To design and implement a Major Donor Development Programme. Lead the
process of donor identification, prospect research, and personal cultivation,
appropriate requests for support, thanking and recognition.

3, Prepare and manage budgets for fundraising programmes.

Required Skills:

> At least a Bachelors Degree with five years work experience, ideally in the fund-
raising arena.

> Strong background in project management and programme administration.

> Warm interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate and involve people at
all levels.

> Experience in the financial sector - client relationships and an understanding of
funds and foundations an asset.

> Exceptional writing and interpersonal communications skills.

> Demonstrated ability to organize time, manage diverse activities, meet deadlines
and pay attention to details.

> Good computer literacy including word processing, databases, presentations and
spreadsheets. Working knowledge of Sage fundraising software a plus.

> Willingness to work long hours to meet firm deadlines.

> Willingness to travel throughout The Bahamas and abroad.

a ee
Abaco Park Warden

Context
The national parks in Abaco face threats from invasive species. In particular the
nesting parrots in the Abaco National Park suffer greatly from increasing numbers
of feral cats and expanding raccoons populations. It is vitally important that the
BNT has a presence on this island to ensure we fulfill the mandate and meet the

objectives of the Trust.

Primary Responsibilities:

Provide day to day and long term management and administration of all of the
Abaco Parks and act as a liaison with partners and the general public of Abaco in
all facets of park work.

Duties:

1. Serve as the Liaison between the Abaco Parks and the BNT headquarters in
Nassau. Will be responsible for overall supervision and oversight of all activi-
ties that occur in the district.

2. Develop in collaboration with the Director of Parks applicable policies, proce-
dures, systems, and proposals to further the goals of the Abaco Parks and the
Bahamas National Trust. .

3. Plan and execute activities in the approved General Management Plans,
Strategic Plans, and operating plans to achieve the goals of the Abaco Parks

4. Supervise park staff members and volunteers engaging in conservation and
maintenance activities ensuring that biodiversity in the park are not negatively
impacted by the work.

5. Lead the development and implementation of community outreach programmes,
education and public relations initiatives to promote the goals of the BNT.

6. Enforce rules and regulations of Abaco National parks laws and policies of the
Bahamas as they relate to the safety of individuals in the national parks, of Abaco.

7, Assist with other tasks as assigned by the Director of Parks and Science

Required Skills:

> Bachelor’s degree; or a minimum of seven years related experience and/or train-
ing in Environmental Conservation; or equivalent combination of education
and experience

> Computer literate (Word Processing, Spreadsheet and PowerPoint)

> Familiarity with conservation issues in general and as it directly relates to Abaco

> Pleasant personality ;

> Willing to work under demanding conditions

TT
Marine Park Project Coordinator

Context :
It is vitally important that the marine resources of New Providence are maintained

ina healthy balance for future generations. This project will heighten the aware-
ness of marine users about sustainable use of marine resources.

Primary Responsibilities: _

This job will be focused on the creation of a marine park and implementing a dive
tag program aimed at raising awareness within the dive community with regards to
sustainable use of the marine park; responsibilities for identification and outreach to
existing and potential resource user groups and other community members

Duties:

1. Develop and implement Dive Tag program to promote and encourage users of
the Marine Park.

2. Coordinate and effectively administer all activities for the South West Marine Park

3. Serve as a conduit for communication between BNT, stakeholder groups and
community members with environmental concerns or ideas for the area.

4, Write press releases and other documentation for distribution to internal and
external audiences

5, Speak publicly about BNT’s environmental / sustainable initiatives.

6. Compile news and event announcements into bi-weekly report to be submitted
to direct supervisor

7. Perform administrative tasks and any other tasks that support the overall con-
servation goals and work plan for the Bahamas National Trust

Required Skills:

> Bachelor’s degree; a minimum five years related experience and/or training
in Environmental Conservation; or equivalent combination of education and
experience.

> Strong interpersonal and communications skills.

> Willingness to carry-out organizational mission with little day-to-day supervision

> Proficiency with Windows, Microsoft Office.

> A strategic thinker with sound technical skills, analytical ability, good judgment
and strong operational focus.

> Ability to produce clear written documentation for reporting

> Ability to speak persuasively and confidently to large and diverse audiences.

Interested persons qualified in any of the above positions should provide a cover
letter, resume and three references by November 16, 2007 to:

Human Resources Manager

Bahamas National Trust

P.O. Box N-4105

Nassau, Bahamas

or E-mail: bnt@bahamasnationaltrust.org

\
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PAGE 4B, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2007

THE TRIBUNE



BUSINESS

Baker's Bay Club opponents
. seek new ‘stop work’ order

FROM page one

and discovery. Now that
Freeport has a sitting judge, we
are very'keen to have the inter-
locutory injunction application
heard and to move on with our
judicial review.”

He described the second
judicial review as “a very sim-
, hamely whether the
permits and approvals given to
Discovery Land Company, as
alleged by its own attorneys in
discovery made to the Court
of Appeal as part of another
judicial review case initiated
by the Association, were given
to them by government agen-
cies who had the “lawful
authority” to do so.

“It is a matter for the court
to decide whether these per-
mits were given to the devel-
opers by the lawful authority.
It is a matter that can be heard
very quickly,” Mr Smith
added.

‘‘Whichever side loses can
appeal, and we’re confident
the second case can proceed
very quickly. The Save Guana
Cay Reef Association’s posi-
tion is that we are very keen to
hear the second case. We note
that the developers are work-
ing 24/7 to dredge the marina
in an effort to create the per-
ception that [the development]
is a fait accompli and there is
nothing to litigate.”

Meanwhile, Mr Smith said
the Association was still await-

Legal Notice
NOTICE

TAXIDEVO LIMITED

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) TAXIDEVO LIMITED is in voluntary
dissolution under the provisions of Section 137(4)
of the International Business Companies Act 2000,

(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on

the 6th November,

2007 when the Articles of

Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the

Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Michael Low
of c/o | Raffles Link #05-02, Singapore 039393

Dated this 07th day of November, A.D. 2007

Michael Low
Liquidator

The Chambers of
CEDRIC L. PARKER & CO.
Counsel & Attorneys-at-law

is now located at

#9 Rusty Bethel Drive
(3rd Terrace East)
Nassau, Bahamas

All telephone numbers remain the same.

K.Miles Parker
(Managing Partner)









Pricing Information As Of:
Thursday, 8 Novembet 200 7

Abaco Markets





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7.86 Bank of Bahamas

0.70 Benchmark

1.65 Bahamas Waste

1.20 Fidelity Bank

9.81 Cable: Bahamas

1.83 Colina Holdings

4.03 Commonwealth Bank (S1)
4.70 Consolidated Water BDRs
2.20 Doctor's Hospital

5.54 Famguard

12.00 Finco

13.85 FirstCaribbean

5.18 Focol (S)

0.54 Freeport Concrete

Symbol
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Caribbean Crossings (Pref)

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3.3829 2.9449 Fidelity Bahamas G & | Fund 3.3829***
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1.2741 1.1970 Colina Bond Fund 1.274052***
11. Meant ” ALE goco ! weet Prime Income Fund 11.8192***





BISX ALL SHARE INDEX -
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 daily volume Last Price
Today's Close - Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol.
Change - Change in closing price from day to day

Daily Vol Number of total shares traded today

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

P/E ~ Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings
(S) - 4-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 8/8/2007
i 1/2007





ing the Court of Appeal ver-
dict on the merits of its first
application for a judicial
review of the Baker’s Bay pro-
ject.

He also threatened that the
Association would launch a
third judicial review applica-

tion relating to the Guana Cay

project, this time involving per-
mits and approvals granted to
the developers by the Hope
Town District Council.

“We understand the District

Council has recently approved

several applications for con-
struction despite our objec-
tions, and we’re preparing a

~ third Guana Cay case for judi-

cial review to quash the deci-
sions on those specific per-
mits,” Mr Smith said.

“The district council said
they were obliged to give those
permits because the develop-
ment had been approved by
the central government in Nas-
sau. We consider it be a com-
plete abdication of their statu-
tory authority, and that mat-

’ ter will shortly be before the

court.”

The injunction application
for a ‘stop work’ order is also
asking the Supreme Court to
order that the Government
and Discovery Land Compa-
ny defendants provide copies
of all documents submitted by
the developers in relation to
licence, permit, grant, exemp-

tion and approval applications-

The Association is also seek-
ing a court order requiring the
defendants to provide copies
of all permits, licences and
approvals given to the devel-
opers, and all documents relat-
ed to the decision-making and
consultation process for these
approvals.

Act changes and new regulations

FROM page one

cance) Regulations 2007 set out the facts and issues defined as
being “of material significance” to the Inspector of Bank and

Trust Companies in carrying out his/her duties, and which an
external auditor may uncover during an audit.

These issues include:

* Material misstatements in a bank and trust company

licensee’s financial statements

* Concerns about a Central Bank licensee’s ability to contin-

ue as “a going concern”

* Material weaknesses or significant deficiencies in a licensee’s

internal controls

* Major concerns about the integrity of a licensee’s senior #

executives

* A licensee’s failure to comply with prudential standards,
statutory requirements, terms and conditions of its licence, and

correct major deficiencies

* Any other issues that may “materially prejudice the interests
of depositors, creditors or other clients of the licensee”.

Accounting firms
urged to contract

- senior workers

FROM page one

He added that compensation
was also a major factor in staff
retainment. The expected salary.
for entry level professionals in
the Bahamian accounting pro-
fession was $25,000-$28,000.

Mr Galanis said that most
firms expect their staff mem-
bers to pass their certification
exams within two years or three
attempts, while these workers
expect firms to provide train-
ing opportunities and competi-
tive salaries.

COB chief wants funding
based on student numbers

FROM page one

much more expensive to offer.
We need to convince the pub-
lic that funding in science is
the key to prosperity.”
Otherwise, Mrs Hodder said
this nation will have the prob-
lem of qualified Bahamians
not returning home because
those employment areas are
not developed. An admission-
based grant system would
recognise the needs of students
based on the programmes they
are entering, she explained.

Dr Hodder said COB is now

looking at ways to determine
the actual cost of offering a
degree in each programme/
study area, which would help it

ALL POSITIONS WANTED

Contemporary Asian
Multi-Outlet Dining Concept

* Junior Sous Chef, line and pastry cook
with high-end cuisine experience.

* Wait/bar staff. Previous experience in high-end
dining establishments a must.

‘Dining Room Supervisor/ Wine Steward with
previous high-end restaurant experience
» Extensive knowledge of Asian cuisine and

wines a definite asset.

Fax resumes to 328-8381 or email to
info@shogunrevolver.com



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6.50
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Last Price Weekly Vol.



Last 12 Months

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

- Last traded over-the-counter price

- Trading volume of the prior week

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** ~ 30 June 2007
*-31 October 2007
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to effectively plan the best use
of funding.

She added said that while
this may not be popular with
students, they will be making
the case against low tuition
fees, as it is a form of regres-
sive taxation that benefits
those from both low and high
income backgrounds,
decreases the level of quality
courses and studies that can be
offered.

Mrs Hodder said COB want-
ed to increase tuition fees,
while putting in place a robust
financial aid programme to

assist those students who need-'

ed it.

In addition, Dr Hodder said
COB was working hard to get
the Government to provide
more funding to students who

but

attend college in the Bahamas,
rather than invest in higher
scholarships for those who
study abroad.

She said COB was working
to increase opportunities in a
number of vital professions,
such as engineering and allied
health industries such as phar-

' macology. COB is also look-

ing at creating an agro-busi-
ness degree, she said.

Mrs Hodder said a straight
agriculture degree would be a
hard-sell among new students,
but a combination of business
and agriculture courses may be
more successful.

Mrs Hodder was speaking
on the closing day of the

‘Bahamas Institute of Char-

tered Accountants (BICA)
week of events.

LEGAL NOTICE

_ NOTICE

GEOSERVICES INTERCONTINENTAL -
HOLDING INC.

‘In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with
Section 138 (4) of the International Business

Companies Act,

2000, GEOSERVICES

INTERCONTINENTAL HOLDING INC. is in
dissolution as of November 6, 2007.

Philippe Bayet of 8 Chaussee de la Muette, 75116 _
Paris, France is the Liquidator.

LIQUIDATOR

Position Available:

HEAVY EQUIPMENT |
MAINTENANCE MANAGER

Job Description:

Responsible for the management of all’
maintenance activities in Nassau ensuring
all preventative maintenance and heavy
equipment repairs are conducted as per com-
pany standards. Conducts on-site audits and
evaluations of port equipment, coordinates
repair activities and preventative procedures.

Education:

High school diploma or equivalent. Trade

Maintenance.

Experience:



or Technical certificate in Heavy Equipment

Five years experience in heavy equip-
ment maintenance with at least two years
in management of equipment maintenance.

Container Terminals offers a highly competi-
tive package of benefits. Salary is commen-

surate with qualifications and experience.


THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2007, PAGE 5B



Ministry of Public Works & Transport

NS
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_ “Information For Effective -
Private-Public Sector Interaction”

Saturday, 10th November, 2007
8:30 am—3:00 pm
Police Conference Centre, East Street North
Nassau, Bahamas



“This informative seminar is for all local contractors
and will address these important topics:

a The Contractors Bill
a The Construction Process

=» Construction Finance
and insurance

Participants | in panel discussions include staff from the
Dept. of Public Works
Dept. of Physical Planning
Office of the Attorney General
Dept. of Immigration
and representatives from
The Construction Industry |
The Banking Industry
The Insurance Industry

Registration: $30
(in cludes Ministry’s Contractors’ Manual, draft Contractors Bill and lunch.
_ (Registration Fee waived for Family Island based contractors.)

"Payable at the Accounts Section, 3 Floor, Min. of Public Works & Transport Bldg., JFK Drive.
_ Registration Forms available at the Ministry's Info Desk or online at www.bahamas.gov.bs.
_ Completed Registration Forms to be returned to the Office of the Director of Public Works.

For further information contact the Director’s Office at

= 1-242-302-9528 or 322-4830-9 Fax: 326-7907















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_ HEATH BANK & TRUST LIMITED
(Formerly Barrington Bank International Limited)

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2007, PAGE 7B _

g. Fair value of financial instruments - All of the Bank’s financial instruments are carried
at fair value or contracted amounts which approximate fair value. Financial instruments
recorded at contracted amounts consist of cash, prepaid and other assets, accounts
payable and accrued liabilities. The value of these instruments approximates fair value,
ax the instruments: have short-term maturities, variable interest rates and are not
materially affected by changes in interest rates. 4

BALANCE SHEET eee f
‘AS OF JUNE 30, 2007 : h. Related parties - Related pesties include officers and directors who are related through
in United States dollars) having authority and responsibility for directing and controlling the activities of the
t Bank and companies related through common directors and/or shareholders.
2007 2006
Cash and cash equivalents (Note 5) $ 2,384,133. $ 1,805,304 4. CRITICAL RECOUNTING JUDGMENTS AND KEY SOURCES OF ESTIMATION
Investments (Note 6) 299,010 pce
Loans, net (Notes 7 and 11) 22,137,519 24,479, 98 Certain amounts included in or affecting the Bank’s balance sheet and related disclosure must
‘Accrued interest on investments Aas 5,394 ees be estimated, requiring the Bank to make assumptions with respect to values or conditions
Prepaid and other assets (Note 8) 17,900 __ 14,350 which cannot be known with certainty at the time the balance sheet is prepared. A “‘critical
: 56 $28,351,044 accounting estimate’’ is one which is both important to the portrayal of the Bank’s financial
_ TOTAL an $2483990 condition and results and requires management’s most difficult, subjective or complex
judgments, often as a result of the need to make estimates about the effect of matters that are
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY 8 inherently uncertain. The Bank evaluates such estimates on an ongoing basis, based upon
7 43 4 historical results and experience, consultation with experts, trends and other methods
Collateral deposits (Notes 9 and 11) $ 4,380,170 $ 10,466,441 tiie fervonee 8 to tele thee
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities (Note 10) ' 32,382. «68,547 ; .
Deferred revenue 13,521 __17,696 a. Impairment - The Bank has made significant investments in loans receivable and
Total liabilities 4,426,073 __ 10,552,684 investments. These loans and investments are tested for impairment when
\ circumstances indicate there may be a potential impairment. Factors considered
EQUITY: ; important which could trigger an impairment review include the following: significant
Share capital (Note 12 10,000,000 10,000,000 fall in market values; significant underperformance relative to historical or projected
General reserve (Note 7) 221,419 * future operating results; significant changes in the use of the assets or the strategy for the
Retained eamin 10,196,464 7,798,360 overall business, including assets that are decided to be phased out or replaced and
_ es 20,417 883 17,798,360 assets that are damaged or taken out of use, significant negative industry or economic
Total equity ST ee trends; and significant cost overruns in the development of assets.
$ 24,843,956 $ 28,351,044
TOTAL LOAM 2 Estimating recoverable amounts of assets must in part be based on management
; evaluations, including estimates of future performance, revenue generating capacity of
See notes to balance sheet. the assets, assumptions of the future market conditions and the success in marketing of
: ‘ new products and services, Changes in circumstances and in management’s evaluations
Te ee sheet was approved by the Board of Directors on October 17, 2007 end ia signed on He and assumptions may give rise to impairment losses in the relevant periods.
behalf by:
b. Legel proceedings, claims and regulatory discussions - The Bank may be subject to
various legal proceedings, claims and regulatory discussions, the outcomes of which are
subject to significant uncertainty. The Bank evaluates, among other factors, the degree
of probability of an unfavorable outcome and the ability to make a reasonable estimate
: ; ; of the amount of loss. Unanticipated events or changes in these factors may require the
Mb Bank to increase or decrease the amount the Bank has accrued for any matter or accrue
Director for a matter that has not been previously accrued because it was not considered
probable, or a reasonable estimate could not be made. However, no such legal.
proceedings have been noted in the current year.
cena c, Valuation of investments - The fair value of the unlisted investments has been estimated
using a valuation technique based on management’s assumptions. Management believes
the estimated fair values resulting from the valuation technique which are recorded in
re the statement of assets and liabilities and the related changes in fair value are reasonable
NOTES TO BALANCE SHEET and the most appropriate at the statement of assets and liabilities date. However, no
JUNE 30, pay Sa : unlisted investments have been noted in the current year.
1. GENERAL . 5. CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS

Heath Bank & Trust Limited (formerly Barrington Bank International Limited) (the “Bank”)
was incorporated on December 21, 1999, under the laws of The Commonwealth of The

Cash and cash equivalents consist of the following:

Bahamas. The Bank is licensed under the Banks and Trust Companies Regulations Act, 2000 - 2007 2006
to carry on banking and trust business. The parent company is Gimel Holdings Limited. The
Cash on hand em $ 355 $ 702

So: registered office is located at Cumberland House, 27 Cumberland Street, Nassau, Bahamas.
7 EFehie ROU Pi "S eS 2,383,778 1,804,602

$_2,384,133 $1,805,304

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2. ADOPTION OF NEW INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL REPORTING. STANDARDS

(IFRSs) AND INTERNATIONAL ACCOUNTING STANDARDS (IASs)

During the year, the Intemational Accounting Standards Board (IASB) and the International a added wath
Financial Reporting Interpretations Committee (IFRIC) have issued the following standards
and interpretations which are relevant to the Bank’s operations with an effective date after the —
date of this balance sheet:

Investments comprise the following:

2007
Intemational Accounting Standards (JAS/IFRSs) Effective date Nominal
ee, ; a Value of
IFRS 7 Financial Instruments: Disclosures Annual periods beginning on Bonds Original Market
or after January 1, 2007 Bond Issue Held Cost Value
IAS 1 Amendment - Presentation of Financial Statements: 3 USD Treasury note 01/31/08 300,000, $__26230, Smo
Capital Disclosures Annual periods beginning on 2
or after January 1, 2007 HASSE SOO NOE Ut Seo seta OOS BARI e ee, Gears, yee
- a : ran Nominal
een ee eer es ee aan eden ions will Value of
ve a material impact on the balance sheet in the period of initial application. Upon adoption :
of IFRS 7, the Bank will disclose additional information about its financial instruments, their ai Baal va
significance and the nature and extent’ of risks to which they give rise. More specifically, the EES . : :
Bank will be required to disclose the fair value of its financial instruments and its risk USD Treasyry note 03/08/06: 700,000 $ 693,556 $ 697,221
exposure in greater detail. There will be no effect on reported income or net assets. CAD Treasury note 10/08/06 895,000 852,435 889,448
CAD UK Sweden 12/01/08 -. 268,500 280,882 - 282,395
3. _ SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES oe wa Noaetennen mie ek ene ou
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The balance sheet has been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting CAD Euro Fima 01/30/09 67,125 ___64,919 6,038

Standards as promulgated by the IASB and the interpretations issued by the IFRIC of the 1,989,525 $ 2,038,256
IASB. This balance sheet is prepared under the historical cost convention, as modified by the S_1,989,525, $2,008,258
revaluation of certain financial assets and liabilities that are required to be remeasured at

estimated fair value. The preparation of the balance sheet in conformity with International

Financial Reporting Standards requires management to make estimates and assumptions that 7
affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, disclosure of contingent assets and sae
liabilities at the date of the balance sheet. Actual results could differ from those estimates.

LOANS, NET

The geographical distribution and utilization by economic sector are detailed as follows:

The following is a summary of the significant accounting policies. These policies have been 2007 2006
consistently applied to the years presented, unless otherwise stated.
i Country:
a. Cash and cash equivalents - Cash and cash equivalents comprise cash in hand, demand Canada
deposits with banks and other short term highly liquid investments that are readily Mortgages $ 4,220,147 $ 195,017
convertible to a known amount of cash and are subject to an insignificant risk of changes Cominercial loans 16,300,352 20,557,969 |

in value.

(1,800,223) __ (895,000)

Less: allowance for Joan losses
18,720,276 19,857,986

b. Loans - Loans originated by the Bank include loans where money is provided directly to .
the borrower and are recognized when cash is advanced to the borrower. They are
initially recorded at cost, which is fair value of cash originated by the Bank, including
any transaction costs. All loans pay interest only until the maturity date, when the
principal is repaid.

United States
Mortgages
Commercial loans

202,957 506,303
__ 1,500,000 __ 1,500,000

. 1,702,957 2,006,303
c. Investments - Investments are recognized on a trade date basis and are classified as fair

value through profit or loss. Investments are initially measured at cost and are Caribbean
subsequently remeasured at fair value based on quoted bid prices. Mortgages - 671,295
i 9

-d. Provisions - Provisions are recognized when the Bank has a present obligation as a Somimercial Jone L486 _L Otho?

result of a past event, and it is probable that the Bank will be required to settle that seule aes in 2,615 247

obligation. Provisions are measured at managements best estimate of the expenditure Sdath Aimerica

required to settle the obligation at the balance shect date, and are discounted to present :

_ value when the effect is material. Commercial loans * 159,634
Less: allowance for loan losses wee aso aee ts 545634)

€. Translation of foreign currencies - The Bank's functional currency is United States :
Dollar. At each balance sheet date, monetary items denominated in foreign currencies
are retranslated at the rates prevailing on the balance sheet date. Non-monetary items $22,137,519 $24,479,536
carried at fair value that are denominated in foreign currencies are retranslated at the

rates prevailing on the date when the fair value was determined. Non-monetary items Analysis of loans by currency:

that are measured in terms of historical cost in a foreign currency are not retranslated. United States dollars (USD) $14,143,849 $15,009,194

i Canadian dollars (CAD) 9,793,893 10,519,976
f. Assets under management - Assets under management which are held in a fiduciary Less: allowance for loan losses (1,800,223) _ (1,049,634)
capacity for clients are excluded from the balance sheet, other than those assets and $22,137,519 $24,479,536

liabilities which relate to banking services provided by the Bank to these clients. . SoS heseel ene | eel
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Concentration of loans is as follows:

2007
Interest Number of
rates accounts Amount
Less than $1,000,000 6.5% - 12% 3 $ 315,589
$1,000,000 - $5,000,000 5% - 12% 7 14,768,426
Greater than $5,000,000 6% ] 8,853,727
Less: allowance for loan losses (1,800,223)
$22,137,519
2006
Interest Number of
rates accounts Amount
Less than $1,000,000 6.5% - 11.75% 1] $° 3,550,860
$1,000,000 - $5,000,000 5% -12% 7 13,335,106
Greater than $5,000,000 6% 1 8,643,204
Less: allowance for loan losses (1,049,634)
$24,479,536

The following table summarizes certain information concerning non-accrual loans

outstanding:

2007 2006
Non-accrual loans $_ 1,800,223 $ 2,148,000
Non-recognised interest on non-accrual loans $334,382 $ 200,493

Interest collected on non-accrual loans $485,243 $ 176,782

The non-accrual loans are fully provided for.
During the year, management allocated $221,419 from retained earnings to general reserve as

a’ general provision to comply with The Central Bank of Bahamas Guidelines for the
Management of Credit.

PREPAID AND OTHER ASSETS

Prepaid and other assets are comprised of the following:

2007 2006
Security deposits $ 14,050'$ 14,350
Staff advance 3,850 -
$17,900 $14,350
COLLATERAL DEPOSITS

Loens totaling $4,380,170 (2006: $10,466,441) are secured by cash collateral from customers’
deposits. These deposits are blocked as security against the loans.

Collateral deposits analyzed by geographical area, based on the domicile of the depositor, are.

as follows:

2007 2006
The Caribbean $ 4,209,930 $ 4,883,974
Canada 170,240 233,042
Europe - 5,349,425

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ACCOUNTS PAYABLE AND ACCRUED LIABILITIES

2007 2006
Audit fees $ 25,000 $ 15,000
Provision for staff benefits 5,962 1,762
Accounts payable - other 1,420 8,666
Accounts payable - clients : 43,119

$___ 32,382 $68,547

BALANCES WITH RELATED PARTIES
Related parties include all entities which are related through common directors and

shareholders. All balances and transactions with shareholders, directors and entities in which
either the Bank or its shareholders have effective control or exercise significant influence over

making financial and operating decisions are shown in this balance sheet and accompanying

notes as being with related parties.

2007 2006
x
Balances:
Loans $10,839,239 $10,615,728
Collateral deposits $413,244 $ 572,545
SHARE CAPITAL

2007 2006

Authorised, issued and fully paid:

10,000,000 shares of $1.00 each $10,000,000 $10,000,000

The above issued shares were fully paid for in cash.

FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS - RISK POSITION

This section presents information about the Bank’s exposure to and its management’s control.
of risks, in particular primary risks associated with its use of financial instruments,

e Market risk is exposure to observable market variables such as interest rates, exchange
rates and equity markets.

e Credit risk is the risk of loss resulting from client or counterparty default and arises on
credit exposure in all forms, including settlement risk.

¢. Liquidity and funding risk is the risk that the Bank is unable to fund assets or meet
obligations at a reasonable price, or in extreme situation, at any price.

e Fiduciary risk is the risk that the Bank’s relationship with their clients is not properly

defined and exposes the Bank to financial liabilities for balance sheet holdings.

Market risk

Market risk is the risk of loss arising from movements in observable market variables such as
interest rates and exchange rates. Market risk arises on financial instruments which are valued
at current market prices (mark-to-market basis) and those valued at cost plus accrued interest
(accruals basis).

a. — Interest rate risk - Interest rate risk represents exposures the Bank has to instruments
whose values vary with the level of interest rates. These instruments include, but are not
limited to, loans, debt securities and deposits. Interest rate risk is managed by matching
deposit liabilities with deposit assets,

$..4,380,170 $10,466,441. |.

14.

15.

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b, Foreign exchange risk - is the risk of loss resulting from foreign currency translation.
Currency risk is managed by matching deposit liabilities with deposit assets within the
same currency whenever possible.

Exposure in foreign currency:

2006
USS US$

Canadian $ Equivalent Canadian $ Equivalent

2007

Assets $ 8,849,179 $ 8,305,802 $12,828,210 $11,481,248
Liabilities 2,520,000 2,365,272 8,583,069 7,681,847

3,799,401

Coverage (exposure) $ 6,329,179 $ 5,940,530 $ 4,245,141. $ ;

Credit risk

Credit risk represents the loss which the Bank would suffer if a client or counterparty failed to
meet its contractual obligations. It is inherent in traditional banking products - loans,
commitments to lend and other contingent liabilities. To ensure a consistent and unified
approach, with appropriate checks and balances, all loans are approved by the Board of
Directors.

¢

The Bank restricts its credit exposure to both individual counterparties and counterparty
groups by credit limits. The size of the limit depends on the assessment of their financial
strength, particularly the sustainable free cash flow to service obligations, and on the economic
environment, industry position and qualitative factors such as management strength.
Exposures against limits are measured on a continuous basis and are subject to standard

exception reporting.

Liquidity risk

The Bank’s approach to liquidity management is to ensure, as far as possible, that it will
always have sufficient liquidity to meets its liabilities when due, without compromising its
ability to respond quickly to strategic market opportunities. The Bank’s approach is based on
framework incorporating the assessment of expected cash flows and the availability of high
grade collateral which could be used to secure additional funding if required. The liquidity
position is assessed and managed under a variety of scenarios, Scenarios encompass both
normal market conditions and stressed conditions. The impact on both trading and client
businesses is considered, taking account of potential collateral with which funds might be
raised, and a possibility that a customer might seek to withdraw funds or draw down unutilized
committed credit lines.

Fiduciary risk

The Bank holds accounts for clients in a fiduciary capacity. The Bank mitigates this risk by -
obtaining legal advice in drafting Fiduciary Agreements, which are signed by all clients with
fiduciary accounts.

The Bank acts as a trustee. In this, if the Bank were to fail in its fiduciary duties, it could be
exposed to potential liabilities. The Bank mitigates this risk by obtaining the Trust
Instruments and other necessary documents to ensure that it performs its duties in accordance
with the Trust Instrument. :

MATURITY OF ASSETS AND LIABILITIES

The maturity profile of assets and liabilities as of June 30, 2007 have been determined based
on the remaining period at the balance sheet date to the contractual maturity dates as follows:





Due Due
Due Between Between
Without Within 3 3-12 1 and 5
Maturity Months Months Year Total
ASSETS:

Cash and cash equivalents $ - $2,384,133 $ - $. - $ 2,384,133
Loans - - 753,602 21,383,917. 22,137,519
nolnvestnentss : fan eegandos bee anmgcmusee -rnstreces bs 299,010 tee ere So Saar 299,010 ;

Accrued interest on investments - 5,394 - = £5,394.2)
Prepaid and other assets ANT IO0 es as: = : - ____17,900
Total at June 30, 2007 See] 7,900 $2,389,527 $ 1,052,612 $21,383,917 $24,843,956
LIABILITIES: © ¥
Collateral deposits $ - §$ - $ 550,645 -$ 3,829,525 $ 4,380,170
Acgounts payable and 3 -
accrued liabilities - 32,382 - - 32,382
Deferred revenue Sr Se sce = Sd Say 4 13,521
Total at June 30, 2007 _§$ - $32,382 $550,645 $_3,843,046 $ 4,426,073
NET LIQUIDITY $__17,900 $2,357,145 $ 501,967 $ 17,540,871 $20,417,883

FAIR VALUE OF FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS

Fair value is the amount at which an asset could be exchanged or a liability settled between .
knowledgeable, willing parties in an arm’s length transaction. Market price is used to
determine fair value, where active markets exist, as it is the best evidence of the fair value of a
financial instrument, Market prices are not, however, available for a significant portion of the
financial assets and liabilities held by the Bank. Therefore, for financial instruments where no
market price is available, the fair values presented in the following table have been estimated
using present value or other estimation and valuation techniques based on market conditions
existing on the balance sheet date. ‘ :

The values derived from applying these techniques are significantly affected by the underlying
assumptions made concerning both the amounts and timing of future cash flow.

The following methods and assumptions have been used:
a. The carrying amount of liquid assets and other assets maturing within twelve months is

assumed to approximate their fair value. This assumption is applied to liquid assets and
the short term elements of all other financial assets and financial liabilities.

‘b. The fair value of collateral deposits with no specific maturity is assumed to be the

amount payable on demand on the balance sheet date.

c, The fair value of fixed-rate loans and mortgages is estimated by comparing market
interest rates when the loans were granted with current market rates offered on similar
loans. Changes in credit quality of loans within the portfolio are not taken into account
in determining gross fair values, as the impact of credit risk is recognized separately by
deducting the amount of provision for credit losses from both book and fair values.

The fair value of each class of financial assets and liabilities is as follows:



2007 2006
Canying Fair Gain/ Carrying Fair Gain/
. Value Value Loss Value Value Loss
ASSETS: ‘
Cash and cash equivalents $ 2,384,133 $ 2,384,133 $ - $ 1,805,304 $ 1,805,304 §$ -
Investments 299,010 299,010 2,038,256 2,038,256 .
Loans 22,137,519 22,137,519 24,479,536 24,479;536 -*
Accrued interest on :
Investments 5,394 5,394 - 13,598 13,598 -
Other assets 17,900 17,900 - 14,350 + 14,350 :
$24,843,956 $24,843,956 $ - $28,351,044 $28,351,044 $ .
LIABILITIES: :
Collateral deposits $ 4,380,170 $ 4,380,170 $ - $10,466,441. $10,466,441 $ -
Accounts payable and
accrued liabilities 32,382 32,382 - 68,547 68,547 -
Deferred revenue ; 13,521 13,521 - 17,696 17,696 :
$_4,426,073 $ 4,426,073 $ : $10,552,684 $10,552,684 $ :

Where applicable, interest accrued to date on financial instruments is included, for the
purpose of the above fair value disclosure, in the carrying value of the financial
instruments. %

Substantially, the Bank’s commitments to extend credit are at variable rates.
Accordingly, the Bank has no significant exposure to fair value fluctuations resulting
from interest rate movements related to financial instruments, SONS


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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2007, PAGE 9B



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COMMITMENTS

The Bank also enters into commitments to extend credit in the form of credit lines which are
available to secure the liquidity needs of the customers, but not yet drawn upon by them, the
majority of which range in the maturity from one month to five years. Irrevocable undrawn
loan commitments to customers as at the balance sheet date amounted to $898,000 (2006:
$898,000).

ASSETS UNDER MANAGEMENT

Total assets under administration in fiduciary capacity is $21.11 million (2006: $19.012
million).

COMPARATIVE FIGURES

Certain prior year’s figures have been reclassified to conform with the current year’s
ion. On the balance sheet, the credit balance in other asscts was moved to accounts
payable and accrued liabilities. ;

On the statement of income, where applicable some of the foreign exchange gain was
reallocated to unrealized gain on investments and realized gain on investments. In addition, on
the statement of cash flows the effect of foreign exchange rate change was allocated to cash
and cash equivalents.

Deloitte

Deloitte & Touche

Chartered Accountants

and Management Consultants
2nd Terrace, Centreville

P.O. Box N-7120

Nassau, Bahamas

Tel: + 1 (242) 302-4800
Fax: +1 (242) 322-3101
hittp://www.deloitte.com.bs

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INDEPENDENT AUDITORS’ REPORT

To the Shareholders of
Heath Bank & Trust Limited (formerly Barrington Bank International Limited):

We have audited the balance sheet of Heath Bank & Trust Limited (formerly Barrington Bank
International Limited) (the “Bank”) as at June 30, 2007. This balance sheet is the responsibility of
the Bank’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on this balance sheet based on
our audit.

We conducted our audit in accordance with Intemational Standards on Auditing. Those Standards
require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the balance
sheet is free of. material misstatement. An audit includes examining, on a test basis, evidence
supporting the amounts and disclosures in the balance sheet. An audit also includes assessing the
accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the
overall presentation of the balance sheet. We believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis for
our opinion.

In our opinion, the balance sheet presents fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the
Bank as at June 30, 2007, in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards.

Without qualifying our opinion, we emphasize that the balance sheet does not comprise a complete
set of financial statements in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards.
Information on results of operations, cash flows and changes in equity is necessary to obtain a
complett: understanding of the’ financial position, performance and changes in financial»position of
the’Ba Ak ns PLES siaortcsyni.as treretal

October 17, 2007

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A member firm of
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
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ueen's College

has an immediate vacancy for

A FEMALE TEACHER OF
‘PHYSICAL EDUCATION

(with the ability to teach swimming)

VACANCY AS OF JANUARY 3, 2008
A TEACHER OF MODERN LANGUAGES (FRENCH)
IN THE HIGH SCHOOL

Applicants for the above mentioned posts must have a minimum of a
Bachelor’s degree from a recognized University in the relevant subject
area and a Post-graduate Certificate in Education, or teacher certificate.
In the case of the Modern Languages Teacher, the ability to teach Advanced
Placement courses, a second language or a second subject would be an
asset. A certified copy of the relevant degree and teacher certificate must
accompany the application. The names and relevant contact information
of at least two professional references should also be listed. Applications
from unqualified persons and or incomplete applications will not be
processed.

The persons offered an appointment will be expected to make a commitment
to work in harmony with Christian principles and to support the emphases
of the Bahamas Conference of The Methodist Church of which the school
1s a part.

Queen’s College was established in Nassau in 1890 by the Methodist
Church and is a member of the International Association of Methodist
Schools, Colleges and Universities (AMSCU)

The completed application together with a covering letter and a recent
photograph must be sent to:

The Principal
Queen’s College
P.O. Box N 7127

Nassau, Bahamas

Or faxed to 242 393 3248 or emailed to: dlynch@qchenceforth.com



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Prices to rise due to

energy cost increase

FROM page one

derivative of global oil prices,
since the public corporation
purchases fuel for its turbines
from the global market - would
have a “ripple effect” through-
out the Bahamian economy.

One likely. impact, he
explained, from the inflation-
ary impact of higher electricity
costs, higher business costs and
higher consumer prices, was
that it would likely lead to
demands for increased wages
among Bahamian workers to
maintain living standards.

The increased operating cost
base would also further impair
the Bahamian economy’s inter-
national competitiveness.

Mr D’ Aguilar, president of
laundromat chain Superwash,
a big consumer of electricity
and propane gas, said he him-
self was looking at increasing
prices in the New Year
because there were not effi-
ciencies in his business to
absorb the additional energy
costs.

He explained: “I’m the sec-
ond largest consumer of
propane on this island to
Atlantis. Propane on the spot
market was $0.85 per gallon in
January, and is. now $1.60 per
gallon in November.

“The price has gone up by
almost 100 per cent on the spot
market, and you have to add
about $1 per gallon to the cost
of landing it here in New Prov-
idence.”

As a result, Superwash’s

propane costs had increased.

from $1.85 per gallon in Janu-
ary 2007 to $2.60 per gallon
this month.

Mr D’ Aguilar said: “That is
a substantial increase in energy
costs. There’s no doubt in my
mind that prices are going up
on January 1.

“On January 1, my prices are

) going\tp2T can’t find. endugh
i efficiencies in my business to
* offset sucha huge increase in a

major cost component of my
business. It’s a vexing issue for
businesses.”

He explained that Super-
wash’s monthly propane bill
was about $130,000, and BEC’s
electricity accounted for anoth-
er $60,000. Between the two,
they accounted for about 30
per cent - almost one third -
of Superwash’s cost base, and
if their prices increased to raise
that proportion to 40 per cent,
the company had no choice but
to increase its consumer prices.

On BEC’s rising fuel sur-
charge and increased electrici-
ty prices, Mr D’Aguilar said:
“Unfortunately, it’s going to
affect every business that uses
power, and every business is
going to struggle with the
problem of whether to increase
or not to increase their prices.
Is this a temporary bulge [in
oil prices], or something that is
going to sustain itself over the
long-term?

“Prices are going to have to
go up, and it’s going to have a
ripple effect through the econ-
omy and cause the demand for
wage increases to go up.”

Mr D’Aguilar said heavy
consumers of electricity, such
as food stores, the hotels and
firms involved in manufactur-
ing would be impacted most,
saying BEC’s rising prices
would “have a substantial
effect on them, no doubt about
it, and they will have to put up
their prices or increase their
volumes”.

With the Bahamas too small
to have any impact on the
global oil and fuel markets, Mr
D’ Aguilar said businesses
should first focus on energy
efficiency and conservation,
then look at forms of alterna-
tive energy such as wind and
solar power.

The Chamber president said:
“The Government should
encourage people to become
a lot more energy efficient, and
therefore eliminate customs
duties on all products related
to energy conservation.

“Solar and wind are the two
big ones we could take advan-
tage of. The Government
should encourage people to
utilise those two different

products.”

Mr D’ Aguilar said that at
one point he had “looked seri-
ously” at solar power for
Superwash, but decided
against it, one reason being
that the business would have
required so many solar panels,
he would have needed more
real estate to make it work,
meaning it would not'result ir.

_cost savings and efficiencies.

There were also concerns
about whether the solar panels
would leak water, and could
be exposed to vandalism.

Mr D’ Aguilar added that the
Government would also need
to clarify the Electricity Act
for users of alternative ener-
gy, since the current legisla-
tion prohibits consumers in
areas where BEC’s power sup-
ply is available from generat-
ing their own electricity except
in the event of power outages.

This, he added, could
penalise alternative energy
users.

Frank Comito, the Bahamas
Hotel Association’s executive
vice-president, said there were
“some jitters” in the industry
over the impact rising global
oil prices would have on the
airline industry and the price
of airlift - effectively a major
cost of accessing Bahamian

tourism - into this nation if the’.

airlines imposed fuel sur-
charges on ticket prices.

In addition, while the hotels
tried to absorb as much of
BEC’s costs themselves, they
often had no choice but to pass
some on to the consumer.

Mr Comito said the hotel
industry had several years ago
presented a list of products to
the Government that it
recommended should be
exempt from customs duties,
as this would encourage
greater energy efficiency by

“reducing the pay back time” .

from the likes of solar and
wind power.

As a result, an “increasing ?
number of businesses and res- *

idences” were importing solar
panels, due to the measures
subsequently put in place.

MINISTRY OF LANDS AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT

THE PRICE CONTROL ACT, 1971
CHAPTER 339

THE PRICE CONTROL (GASOLINE & DIESEL OIL)

(AMENDMENT) ( _) REGULATIONS, 2002

The public is advised that prices as shown in the Schedule for LEAD FREE GASOLINE and
DIESEL OIL sold by ESSO STANDARD OIL S, A. LIMITED and FREEPORT OIL COMPANY
LTD. will become effective on Thursday, November 8, 2007,

GASOLINE SCHEDULE

MAXIMUM WHOLESALE SELLING PRICE
PER U.S. GALLON SELLING PRICE PER

ARTICLE

PART A
NEW PROVIDENCE

Esso Standard Oil S.A.
Limited

PART B
FREEPORT

FREEPORT OIL COMPANY
LTD.

PART.C
GRAND BAHAMA
(NOT FREEP,)

Esso Standard Oil S.A.
Limited

PARTD
ABACO, ANDROS
ELEUTHERA

Esso Standard Oil S.A.
Limited

PARTE
ALL OTHER FAMILY
ISLAND

Esso Standard Oil §,A.
Limited

MAXIMUM
SUPPLIERS’ PRICE

MAXIMUM RETAIL

U.S. GALLON

MAXIMUM
DISTRIBUTORS’

§ PRICE

INCLUDING

: LEAD FREE 4.07
DIESEL OIL

3.16

INC LeU DING

INCLUDING

LEAD FREE
DIESEL OIL

NOT

LEAD FREE
DIESEL OIL

NOT

LEAD FREE
DIESEL OU

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PERMANENT SECRETARY

SEA

INCLUDING

INCLUDING

FREIGHT

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FREIGHT

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24 Abreezy mien? (3) Did he start to sink? (7)

25 Reactor designer? (7) Piece of witling exposed as vulgar (6)

26 Points out the front end (5) _ Lash out for a gid In ganerous

27 Food for days (5) style (8)

28 Very djeplensed with the Being amenable, figures in sharing
figures (5) out the dole (6)

29 Cate with poselity effin Marie, It seems, produced a remedy
ways (7) round the medical centre (5)

30 Does R augment the fauna? (5) Like a keeper of clean sheets (4)

31 One who tends to take things the Allow to go half a mile to the end of
wrong wary (5) the street (3)

§

Yesterday's cryptic solutions
ACROSS: 3, Ralph 8, Pl-lo-t 10, Ruler 11, Go-O 12, A-aron
13, Shortly 15, Pawns 18, MA-p 19, Be-nign 21, M-a-Gl-
cal 22, Oven 23, Fend 24, M-EN-tore 26, Grades 29, lo-e
31, Holed (hold) 82, Co-here-d 34, Ninon 35, Mug 36,
L-0.9.-1C 37, Ta-N.G.-y 38, SO-UL-S Ae
DOWN: 1, Night 2, Do-ormen 4, A-way 5, PR-opel 6,
H-Una-n 7, Be-in-g 9, Loo 12, Al-pines 14, Tag 16, Wi-nes
17, Snide (Denia) 19, Bastion 20, Tough 21, Me-d-al 23,
Free-man 24, Me-Di-Co, 26, O-o-h 27, Ro-tor 28, Denis
30, P-egg-y 32, Cool 83, Run



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EASY PUZZLE

Yesterday's easy solutions

ACROSS: 3, Crave 8, Wager 10, Elder 11, Mar12, Scarf 13,
Absence 15, Miner 18, Too 19, Minute 21, Bitumen 22,
Epic 23, User 24, Testate 26, Killed 29, Ire 31, Ocean 32,
enna eplon ween ama
DOWN: 1, Lambe 2, Heretic 4, Race 5, Vermin 6, Elfin 7,
Beret 9, Gas 12, Scouted 14, Not 16, Nurse 17, Rears 19,
Mention 20, Gecko 21, Bibla 23, Utensil 24, Tenure 25,
pe ener earls



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North dealer,
Neither side vulnerable.
NORTH
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The bidding:
North East South West
1 Pass 2NT Pass
34 Pass 3 NT

Opening lead — three of spades.
Notrump contracts generally fea-
ture a race between the defenders and
declarer for the establishment of
tricks. That is why the opening
leader so often starts with his long
suit. e
The defenders, having the open-
ing lead, thus get the jump on
declarer in the race to build up tricks.
This advantage is usually offset by
the fact that the declaring side has
more high cards, but if the defenders
have enough high cards and a long-
enough suit, the tempo they gain will
often make the difference between
the success and failure of a contract.
The battle is often touch-and-go
because of the timing factor. Also,

The Timing Factor

THE TRIBUNE



MEEK AND MILD-MANNERED

CANIN DUCKS INTO A
NEARBY CLOSET AND
TRANSFORMS HIMSELF INTO...

YOU HAD:

the declarer may have a choice of
which of two suits to establish, and if
he chooses the wrong one, he may
lose the race,

Today’s hand features just such a
situation. South got a spade lead and
won East’s king: with the ace. He

played a club to the jack, and East.

took his ace and returned a spade.
The ten lost to the jack, and a spade
continuation established West’s suit.

Declarer now could cash only
eight tricks. When he. later led a
heart, West grabbed the ace and
cashed two spades to defeat the con-
tract one trick.

Actually, the contract was a cer-
tainty from the outset with correct
play. South should have attacked
hearts before he touched the clubs.

At trick two,,he should enter
dummy with a diamond and lead a
low heart toward his hand. If East
has the ace, he cannot afford to play
it because that would give South his
ninth trick (three hearts, four dia-
monds and two spades). East would
therefore have to play low, allowing
declarer to win with the queen. South
can then force out the ace of clubs to
assure nine tricks.

If West has the ace of hearts (the
actual situation), the queen would
lose, but West could not make a dam-
aging spade retum since declarer’s
Q-10 would be in full command of
the suit. Regardless of what West
returned, South would have ample
time to tackle the clubs and make at
least four notrump.

TARGET

The
Target
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words in



HOW many words of four letters

‘ or more can you make from the
letters shown here? In making

_ aword, each letter may be used

once only. Each must contain the
centre letter and there must be
at least one nine-letter word.
No plurals. :
TODAY'S TARGET
Good 21; very good 31; excellent
41 (or more). Solution tomorrow.



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void voted

A football
maneuver that
moves the ball

forward

Xie Jun v Ketevan
Arakhamia-Grant, women's
world championship candidates,
Groningen 1997. Material is

_ level, but White's game looks
close to strategic defeat. The 3
knight is attacked, while after 1
Nb1 or 1 Nd1 Black simply
captures Qxe4+ exchanging
queens with an extra pawn and
the superior position. China's
Xie Jun, who went onto win the;
world title, found a subtle and
imaginative move in the
diagram which turned the tables
and led to rapid victory for
White. What happened?

LEONARD BARDEN





















ENDOWED WITH SUPERY!
POWERS, HEGUIGaN





FRIDAY,

NOVO
ARIES — March 21/April 20

You may be feeling the urge to
splurge this week, Aries. In fact, you -
could spend so much that you’ll have
to look around for extra income,
which could be a blessing in disguise.

‘TAURUS - April 21/May 21.

You’re affectionate and approach- -

able, making this a good week for °.’

affairs of the heart. However, not all
loves are true; you’ll have to be a
little more discerning than usual.

GEMINI — May 22/June 21

This is a festive time for you. Party
on, but don’t doubt for a minute
that you’ll have to pay for it down
the line. By the weekend; you’ll
realize the need to find balance in
your life.

CANCER - June 22/July 22

You’re feeling quite the charmer
this week, and those around you
are noticing. This is one of the

| best times of year for you, and

things will only get better by the
end _of the week. =
LEO — July 23/August 23
You'll pay almost.any price to keep
the peace this week, Leo. In this
case, being a little too forgiving is
better than holding a hurtful grudge.
VIRGO -— Aug 24/Sept:22
This week, you’ll feel torn between
telling the truth and saying some-
thing nicer. It may be a good idea to
tell a little white lie to calm a love
one’s fears, but just this once.

LIBRA -— Sept 23/Oct 23

It would appear that you’re very
attached to something, and have a
terrible fear of losing it. The best
way to hold on to things you hold
dear is to handle them gently, Libra.
SCORPIO — Oct 24/Nov 22
Past disappointments fade into the
background this week. Your confi-
dence may have suffered one or two
blows lately, but the tide has now
tured in your favor.

SAGITTARIUS- Nov 23/Dec 21
You’ve always been among the most
outgoing, Sagittarius, but it is impor-
tant that you take time for yourself
this week to resolve something that’s
been on your mind. Don’t worry,
your friends will understand. .
CAPRICORN -— Dec 22/Jan 20
What exactly are you after,
Capricorn? This is the question on
your mind this week. Forget about the
power and the profit. Instead, strive
to make the world a better place.

AQUARIUS- Jan 21/Feb 18

Watch your back, but don’t become

so paranoid that you miss all the
wonderful people who are trying to
get your attention. You have more
friends than enemies out there.

PISCES — Feb. 19/March 20
Most things will come easily to you
this week. Don’t sweat the small
stuff, Because the waters are so calm,
you’ll have plenty of time to expand
your understanding of life. :

CHESS by Leonard Barden pists



Chess solution 8480: 1 Rh6! bxc3 2 Qh7+ Kf7 3



Rxf6+! when if Kxf6 4 Qg6 mate. The defence 3..Ke8
also fails to 4 Rxf8+ Kxf8 (Kd7 5 b3 wins a rook up) 5
Qh8+ Kf7 6 Rxg7+ Kf6 7 Qh6 mate.


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