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Piricte receiving perks

PM says parliamentary

salary he was accused
of accepting now being
paid to PLP leader

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

THE perks Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham was accused
of “greedily accepting” as’a for-
mer prime minister are now
being enjoyed by former Prime
Minister Perry Christie, Mr
Ingraham pointed out during
his contribution to the govern-
ment’s resolution of confidence
in the Speaker.

“T find it not only interesting
but amusing that the parlia-
mentary salary I was accused of
accepting as a retired prime
minister was, in fact, paid in
respect of my predecessor in

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& By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
pturnquest@tribunemedia.net



THE absence of Elizabeth MP
Malcolm Adderley during yester-
day’s critical vote of no confidence
in the Speaker of the House has
raised eyebrows among many in the
top tier of the PLP.

While expressing growing frus-
tration in hushed tones, PLP insiders
confirm that opposition leader Per-

SEE page nine

otfice, indeed paid by them. It
was appropriate and correct for
my predecessor to receive such
payments but not me.

“We in the government are
not surprised that there is no
opposition to these payments
from those opposite; they
believe, and believe firmly, that
they are entitled,” Mr Ingraham
said.

The prime minister said he
found their resolution of no
confidence in the Speaker hyp-
ocritical when in government
the PLP used to berate and
ridicule the Member for North

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Some US businessmen accused of ‘taking |
-the bread’ out of Bahamians’ mouths

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

BAHAMIAN realtors and
advertisers are enraged over the
activities of some American busi-
nessmen who they say are “taking
the bread” out of Bahamians’
mouths. ,

As reported by The Tribune
previously, Department of Immi-
gration officials are investigating
the activities of an American
advertiser called Todd Walker,
vice-president of The Real Estate
Book, and his colleagues.

According to reports, repre-
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Pinewood election

_ court parties unable :

+ to reach consensus

| By BRENT DEAN

Tribune Staff Reporter
bdean@tribunemedia.net

: THE parties in the Pinewood :
: election court challenge were
? unable to reach consensus yes- ;
? terday on an agreement put for- }
: ward by the PLP, which would :
: acknowledge the voters who had }
: the right to vote in the con- :
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: that did not, leaving debate only :
: for the remainder in question.

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have sought

' meeting with
disgruntled
investors

7 @ By ALISON LOWE

Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

THE developer behind the

? controversial Stephen’s Close
: sub-division was yesterday alleged
: to have sought a meeting with
: disgruntled investors who accuse
i her of failing to. honour her oblig-
? ations to them.

Omar Archer, spokesman for

? the families involved’ - of which
? there are over 10 - said that the
: developer was attempting to meet
: with the investors, and a meeting
: was tentatively scheduled to take

SEE page nine
Union of Public

; Officers demands

reinstatement of
NIB employee

THE Union of Public Officers

? (UPO) is demanding the imme-
? diate reinstatement of a National
} Insurance Board employee, after
? an investigation has allegedly
:, proven the staff member inno-
: cent of all accusations levelled at
i her earlier this year.

The union yesterday com-

: plained that one of its members,
? who was falsely accused of an

“impropriety”, still has not been

reinstated even after an investi-
: gation cleared the employee of

SEE page nine

Witness protection
participant claims

living in programme

for any length of
time ‘impossible’
@ By KARIN HERIG

Tribune Staff Reporter
kherig@tribunemedia.net

THE question of sufficient fund-
ing for the witness protection pro-
gramme was raised this week after

: a participant claimed that living

: The agreement was raised on } within the programme for any

: Monday when attorney Philip :

: ‘Brave’ Davis told the court that :

| : his client Allyson Maynard-Gib- :
: ? ing in the programme for more

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LOCAL NEWS

Police end probe
into death of man
. killed by officer —

Commissioner Farquharson to rule ;
on what action - if any - to take )

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

The police investigation into
the death of an Andros man
shot by a police officer on Sep-
tember 3 is now complete and
in the hands of the commis-
sioner, it emerged yesterday.

Commissioner Paul Far-
quharson now has the responsi-
bility of making a determina-
tion on what action, if any,
should be taken against the offi-
cer involved.

Yesterday, Chief Supt Glen
Miller, based at the Central

Detective Unit, said that the »

family of the deceased — Ken-
neth “Kenny” Russel, a Conch
Sound resident in his mid-20s —
had been made aware of the
progress.

According to the victim’s

uncle, Bill Pratt, Kenny’s sister

was in Nassau on Monday to
meet with the commissioner,
however he could not say what
the substance of this meeting
may have been at that stage.

Whilst stressing that he would
not wish to speculate what Mr
Farquharson’s recommenda-
tions in relation to the case
would be, Chief Supt Miller not-
ed that-there are several
options.

These include recommending
charges be brought against the
officer, recommending a coro-
ner’s inquest, recommending
that the use of force was justi-
fied, or forwarding the file to
the Attorney General for her
to deliberate over.

The victim, Kenneth “Ken-.
ny” ‘Russell, was. killed in the: -:-

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Cabana in.Lowe Sound,
Andros, after a night out with
friends. He was shot in the
upper left chest by’a police offi-
cer and died.at the scene.

. In the wake of the shooting,
Chief. Superintendent Hulan

Hanna reported that officers
from the Fresh Creek station,
along with some from the Cen-
tral Detective Unit’s security
department, were sent in to
back up police already in the
area to ensure that there was
“uprising” by locals.
However, while admitting
that they and other locals were
in astate of shock and anger,
family members complained
that such statements had mis-
represented the general atmos-

phere in the aftermath of thé’

shooting.

The victim’s relatives later
met with Mr Farquharson and
were informed that an investi-
gation into'the incident would
be carried out “very transpar-

3 ently and professionally”.

The officer-involved was put
on administrative leave,
“according to the usual

process,’ % ‘The Tribune was
informed by Mr Farquharson.

Days after, Bill Pratt, Ken-
ny’s uncle, said that;the family
felt that they have a “pretty
“strong case”.

In his opinion, “the police
department at the time. didn’t
have no reason for any force.”

He added: “We feel that if
the people give a full account
of what they’ve seen or heard
there shouldn’t be any, diffi¢g!-
ties.”

In this vein, Mr Pratt hid yes-
terday that the family had been
concerned about alleged reports
that some witnesses had been
hampered in their efforts to give
evidence to Andros police.

It was not clear if this was as a
result of a deliberate attempt :
to bias the process, or thanks
to an order.from police :head-
quarters that Nassau officers
would undertake to interview

the witnesses.

Nassau-based officers were
latér. sent to the island to take
the evidence of those persons
so as to avoid any “conflict of

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Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net_

A BAHAMIAN woman is

: calling for justice for her elder-

: ly mother, an alleged victim of

a traffic accident two years ago,
: claiming the motorist inv olved

has not provided any financial

i help since the incident.

Roselin Lloyd, of Malcolm

i Park, told The Tribune that her
75-year-old mother Rosalee
: Lloyd was “knocked down” by

a motorist while walking beside

the road in Okra Hill ‘in
: November, 2005.

As a result, her mother was

: diagnosed with Complex
i Regional Pain Syndrome, sig-
i nificantly reducing her ability
: to perform everyday activities
? and diminishing her quality of
i life, Ms Lloyd said.

According to a medical

report dated September 20,
i 2007, issued by Dr May Hest-

mo, Rosalee was reportedly

i admitted to the Accident and
i: Emergency Department of

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My family are in a life and
death situation after road
accident, claims woman

Princess Margaret Hospital
complaining of pain to her arm
and abdomen.

sues ae X-rays and clini-
cal examinations revealed
superficial blunt chest and
abdominal trauma and a frac-
ture to her right forearm, the
report said.

Rosalee Lloyd alleged that,

-since the accident, the party

responsible had verbally agreed
to offer financial assistance to
her mother, but had since
reneged. While she has con-
tacted a lawyer, she does not
have the money to pay attor-
ney fees.

“Every time I see (my
lawyer) he looks like he wants
money. I wish a lawyer with a
heart would help us, instead of

taking the little money I have.”

Also, because of her low-pay-
ing se job, she is not
eligible fof assistance from the
Department of Social Services.

“(Social Services) say I (can’t
get assistance) because I work
for government, ‘they say both
of them get pension (and) oth-
er people is worse off than us.

‘“This time when the bank
take they money I leave with
about $93 (a month) and even
with their pension I could hard-
ly buy food,” Ms Lloyd said in
an interview with The Tribune
yesterday.

She said that she and her
family are in a “life and death
situation” and are living on a
39-foot boat docked in the east-
ern area.

almost 10 years — claim

Tearful woman, 46, pleads for
‘speedy resolution’ to matter



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By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
pturnquest@tribunemedia.net

A 46-year-old woman is
ae for attention to be paid
to her legal matter — which she

says has been languishing in the

courts for almost 10 years.

Ms Beryl Grant, in obvious
distress, made no effort to wipe
away tears as they streamed
down her face while sharing her

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feelings with The Tribune yes-
terday.

According to Ms Grant’s
spokesman Omar Archer, Ms
Grant has been unable to work
since 1998 since an altercation
with an officer from the Royal
Bahamas Police Force (RBPF),

and has survived off of stipends

from the National Insurance
Board and the Department of
Social Services.

Mr Archer said that Ms
Grant is seeking damages in the
hundreds of thousands of dol-
lars as a result of that alterca-
tion, which allegedly left her
with a broken arm.

Mr Archer used this oppor-
tunity to again call for an inde-
pendent oversight committee to
investigate with matters of
police brutality and corruption.

“I feel like Lam at my lowest
stage,” Ms Grant said yester-
day clutching her two-year-old
daughter Garinique.

“T really can’t take no more.
To ask someone for 25 cents — I
have to rehearse that.

“Everyone looking at me like
I’m a joneser.

“The money I had, [ had to
use for doctors and lawyers.”

Ms Grant said that her case
was last heard in September
2005 and she has now had to
resort to borrowing money to
keep the matter alive :

Currently, Ms Grant is tak-
ing a number of medications,
including morphine, for her
pain.

“A speedy resolution” to her
now almost 10-year-old case —
Ms Grant said this is all that she
is asking for.

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2007, PAGE 3



Dispute

resolution to
take place in
Supreme Court

A DISPUTE resolution
between Ann Rosen
Berco and OPAC
Bahamas Limited is set to
take place tomorrow
before Chief Justice Sir
Burton Hall.

The resolution confer-
ence is expected to begin
at 10.30am in the
Supreme Court.

The attorneys for the
plaintiff, Mrs Berco, are
Lockhart and Munroe.

_ Representing the defen-
dant is Harry B Sands
Lobosky Chambers.

Man is

reported

missing

m@ By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport

Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - A 45-
year-old Grand Bahama
man who has not been
seen since Saturday has
been reported missing to
police.

Kenneth Glen Light-
bourne, a resident of South
Bahamia, was reported
missing around 5.55pm on
Monday by concerned
family members.

Assistant Superinten-
dent of Police Loretta
Mackey, assistant press
liaison officer, reported
that Mr Lightbourne was
last seen by his wife at
1lam on Saturday at his
home.

He is described as being
five feet, seven inches tall,
and of slim built.

Supt Mackey asked any-
one with information
about Mr Lightbourne to
contact the police at 911,
350-3013-16 or 350-3107/8.

Ministry denies
Claims that reggae
group was allowed
to visit schools

THE Ministry of Edu-
cation, Youth, Sports and
Culture denied claims
reported in the local
media that a reggae group
was given permission to
visit Nassau high schools
on Friday.

The reports said that as
a result of this visit,
female students later -
gathered outside the
Hilton hotel.

Principal of H O Nash
Senior High School
Franklyn Lightbourne,
and Principal of L W
Young Senior High
School Telford Mullings
have confirmed that no
reggae artists visited their
campuses on Friday, the
ministry said in a state-
ment.

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LOCAL NEWS

@ By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
Chief Reporter

rmissick@tribunemedia.net

THE PLP has adopted a strate-
gy of “obstruction and disruption”
and intends to delay the proceed-
ings of both Houses of Parliament
as often as they can, Prime Minis-
ter Hubert Ingraham said.

He was speaking on Monday
night, when the government
moved a resolution following the
Opposition’s motion of
no confidence in Alvin Smith,
Speaker of the House of Assem-

-bly.

Mr Ingraham said that the PLP’s
“blatant disrespect for the chair”,
loud shouting and prolonged and
sustained pounding on the table
during the previous session of the
House, was all part of a carefully
orchestrated strategy. '

The debate on the conduct of
the speaker and on the comments

“It is clear that they have decided,
in my view, to harass the duly
elected government of the day and
to frustrate the advancement of th
people’s business.” |



Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham

made by Prime Minister Ingraham
in the House on October 22 raged
on all day Monday.

Last week, the opposition
vowed to bring the motion of no
confidence to the House after Mr
Smith ruled in favour of the gov-
ernment, saying that the context
in which Mr Ingraham used the
word “wutless” did not offend
House rule 30 (16) because the
word referred to a group not an
individual. It was therefore not

Ingraham claims some of
PLP’s staunchest supporters
are now disgusted with them

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

EVEN some of the PLP’s staunchest supporters
are now disgusted with them, Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham said during his contribution to the goy-
ernment’s resolution of confidence in the speaker.

He said that while the opposition party’s recent
actions have gained them some “cheap emotional
satisfaction”, this will get them nowhere — except
“deeper and deeper into the hole they are digging for

themselves”.

He said when the former governing party finally
comes to accept its fate at the polls, it may be
too late to save what used to be a great political

party.

The prime minister said that in their five years in
office, PLP members demonstrated that they had
learned nothing from their previous “mistakes, mis-
deeds and their rejection at the polls”.

“They have proven that they are incapable of
learning lessons from their past. They started to dig
themselves into a hole and the more they were
warned about what they were doing wrong, the
more they went on digging. One would have thought .
that a defeat after only one term in office would ©
have opened their eyes. But no; with all their mis-

deeds and scandals staring them in the face, they still
pretend that they were a good government.

“With all their mismanagement, bad decisions
and secret deals now coming to light, they seek to

he said.

electorate.

create diversions so the people will look the other
way. They still pretend that everybody is wrong and
they are right, and maybe one or two of them actu-
ally believe that. So they keep on digging that hole,”

Mr Ingraham said the PLPs behaviour since the
election may indulge “their childish anger and sense
of frustration” but it gains them no points with the

He said that the politics of “peevishness and tru-
culence” in which the PLP have indulged since the
election might appeal only to the “fanatical fringe”

of their support in the country.

deterred.

ham said.

“But that fringe is growing ever smaller, and they
are making a big mistake if they believe that that is
where the vast majority of the Bahamian people
are in this day and age. So let them keep on digging
that hole. We on this side of the House will not be

“We will get on with the people’s agenda. We
will carry out the mandate given to us by the people
—in spite of the politics of obstruction and hate and
disdain being practiced by the other side,” Mr Ingra-

Saving educational programme
is re-launched in Freeport

@ By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - Heritage Edu-
cation Funds International LLC,
which is based in Canada, has re-
launched a saving educational
programme in Freeport for par-
ents wishing to save money for
their children’s college education.

As the cost of higher educa-
tion continues to rise, many
Bahamian parents are unable, or
must struggle to send their chil-
dren off to college or university.

Heritage has been helping par-
ents save money for their chil-
dren’s future for the past 40 years
in Canada, and for the past
decade-and a half in the Bahamas.

Jason Maguire, Chairman of
Heritage Education Funds Inter-
national, was in Freeport on
Monday to announce the re-
launch of the programme.

Veteran insurance executive
Philip Franks has signed the con-
tract with Heritage as the official
representative for the distribu-
tion of the product in Grand
Bahama and Bimini.

Parents with children up to 13
years old can apply in Freeport by
contacting Mr Franks, who is an

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executive at Trinity Insurance.

Mr Maguire said Heritage has
paid out more than $40 million
over the years to help parents
send their children on to higher
education.

He also noted that the pro-
gramme has paid out $6.2 million
to parents in the Bahamas.

“We have helped to make a
difference in the lives of families
and children, the community, and
in general, the lives of the country
itself,” he said.

Mr Maguire said that repre-
sentatives in Freeport, such as Mr
Franks, will go out and meet with
parents and tell them about how
the plan works. He said parents
will have to determine what they
are comfortable paying into the
plan every month.

“The understanding is that this
is a long term saving plan. If you
start early, save'often, and stay
invested then it will pay off for

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According to its website
www.heritageresp.com, Heritage
Education Funds International
offers advantages no other schol-
arship plan, life insurance pro-
gramme, bank, mutual fund pro-
gramme, or financial planning
programme, can offer”.

The child may be awarded
scholarships to attend a recog-
nised post-secondary institution
anywhere in the world.

Scholarships are not awarded
based on exceptional grades. Stu-
dents only need to maintain pass-
ing grades at any recognised uni-
versity, community college, reli-
gious college, and technical insti-
tute.

All students will have the
opportunity to pursue their own
interests based on their own abil-
ities and choice, Heritage says.

unparliamentary in the context in
which it was used.

“Tt is clear that they have decid-
ed, in my view, to harass the duly
elected government of the day and
to frustrate the advancement of
the people’s business,” Mr Ingra-
ham said.

FNM defeated PLP 21 to 17 on
the no confidence motion," they
passed the amendment to the
motion in support of House Speak-
er Alvin Smith at 11.30pm.

Notably absent from the PLP
side was Elizabeth MP Malcolm
Adderley who has failed to debunk
rumours that he has disassociated
himself from his PLP colleges.
Clerks of the House checked the
whole the building to make sure no
one missed the vote.

Mr Smith walked in to cheers,
applauding and rapping on the
table by the FNM, he immediately
resumed the usual business, and
the House was adjourned until
Wednesday, November 14.

During his contribution, Mr
Ingraham asserted that the PLP’s
vote of no confidence in the Speak-





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in Houses of Parliament as often as they can

er had little to do with their con-
cern that the privilege of any of
the opposition members had been
breached.

Nor, in his estimation, did their
motion have anything to do with
the use of unparliamentary lan-
guage, preserving the dignity of
this House or about the validity of
any ruling made by the Speaker.

“Tt is about a deliberate strategy
adopted by members opposite ever
since the last election when the
people of the Bahamas removed

. them from office —.a strategy to

obstruct, to denigrate, to frustrate
and to derail. It is about their arro-
gant attitude of entitlement as the

' natural and only party to govern

the Bahamas.

“It is about their inability to
accept their defeat and the verdict
rendered by the people at the polls.
And it is about their immature
unwillingness, indeed their refusal
to accept their fate; to come to
terms with their new status and
station in political and social life
in the Bahamas and to move on,”
the prime minister said.

He said that it is clear that the
opposition has decided to do all in
its power to keep the country on
edge and to foment discontent.

Mr Ingraham said that while it is
true that the Bahamian and other
parliaments sometimes get carried
away in the heat of debate, he felt
what the opposition did last week
was a “deliberate and disgraceful
performance and one which will
never be forgotten by those who
watched it in this place or on tele-
vision”.



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THE TRIBUNE





Not the time
for ‘cry baby —







The Tribune Limited

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





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




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





Publisher/Editor 1919-1972



Contributing Editor 1972-199]

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THE PLP still don’t get it. They don’t under-
stand that although the Bahamian people don’t
want their legislators making hurried decisions
without reasonable consultation, they do want
them to know when it is time to stop talking
and start acting.

Even after the disgraceful fiasco in the
House in the past three sittings and the passing
of the controversial — controversial for the
PLP that is — amendment to the Juries Act,
Dr Nottage bemoaned the fact that the act
had been passed without wider consultation.

The passing of the amendment had been post-
poned earlier to accommodate Dr Nottage’s
request. November 5 was the date set for Dr
Nottage to produce more information to justi-
fy the Bill either being rejected or delayed.

Dr Nottage said the PLP wanted more time
for public education, consultation, and evalu-
ation. In the meantime, he recommended that
the Bill be left either in the committee stage or
sent to a House select committee. After five
years of talk and little to show for it, the last
thing most Bahamians wanted to hear was
more talk and no action from their govern-
ment. With crime escalating, and hardened
criminals out on bail because the courts are
overburdened, they want to see forward
motion.

However, when November 5 came around,
Opposition Leader Perry Christie, wanted the
people’s business suspended while the House
dealt with his and his colleagues’ injured feel-
ings. The Speaker agreed to hear him, but
asked that he wait the short time that it would
take the MP for Carmichael to complete his
contribution, Mr Christie dug his heels in. His
matter should take precedence, he declared.

Although, in their various speeches Oppo-
sition members said they expected equal treat-
ment for all members, there.were those who,
while espousing the equality rule, felt that
some rules should be bent for Mr Christie —
after all he was one of the “father’s of the
House” and had been in that place for 30 years.
However, if they sincerely wanted equal treat-
ment, then one would have expected Mr
Christie to have set the tone and led by exam-
ple.

But no, the decision as to whether “wutless”
was an.unparliamentary word had to be settled
immediately..

The Speaker thought otfisawise: ruled that
the House should proceed with business and
that Mr Christie should wait his turn. -

As government members continued to put
the amendment through its paces, the Oppo-
sition stood and pounded their desks.

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was passed, the House was adjourned and a
shocked Opposition was left in the uproar of
desk pounding. Dr Nottage had lost his chance
to make his recommendations and:a full day
was set aside to debate “wutless” “worthless”,
“shameful” and whether such an “unfair”
Speaker was worthy to remain in the chair. In
the end it proved to be an utterly “wutless”
exercise with Speaker Alvin Smith even more
securely anchored in the chair with the Speak-
er’s mace in its cradle before him.

The fact is that the jury system has been
debated from time to time over many years.
On July 1, 1966 — 41 years ago — writing in
this column under the heading... “What ...
And How?” the late Sir Etienne Dupuch, pub-
lisher/editor of this newspaper wrote:

“For some time now there has been a feeling
among people in the community that the jury
system is breaking down.

“It is felt — and there may be some truth in
the suspicion — that politics has crept into the
courts through the men who normally serve
on the common jury. People who should serve
on the jury are so busy that they try to dodge
this great responsibility.

“It has been suggested that the jury system
should be abolished but this is impossible. I do
not see anything to replace it. But there is
room for modification of the system.”

‘| He then goes on to discuss the corruption

and contamination of jurors, how the system

has not kept up with the better educated crim-
inal who has now proved that crime does pay.

He had just returned from Germany where
he discovered that a judge sits with a jury dur-
ing its deliberations. From what he had heard,
he thought that “a judge in the group would
tend to have a sobering influence on the men.”
In those days women did not serve on the jury.

We have already had 41 years of talk.

We now have a reduced number of jurors
from 12 to 9 in all but capital cases, which
should cut down on the time it takes to get a
case started. Others have tried it, particularly
in the Caribbean, and found it successful. Why
not the Bahamas? No one suggests that this
will solve crime, but at least it is a beginning.
At least we are now out of the committee room
with a small instrument that might help remove
many criminals from the streets. -

(In this column on Monday, November 12, in
reference to an incident in the House in 2003
when Mr Christie, as prime minister, dismissed
certain persons as “cockroaches”, we observed
that Speaker Sir Clifford Darling had not ruled
the word out of order. We apologise to Speak-
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sour lime’

EDITOR, The Tribune.

BACK when I was a child,
youngsters routinely occu-
pied themselves with games
such as “hop scotch”, “ring
play”, “marbles” and “spin-
ning tops”.

Children also delighted in
repeating classical nursery
rhymes such as “Humpty
Dumpty sat on the wall” and
“Mary, Mary quite con-
trary”.

A number of rhymes with
somewhat of a local flair
such as “cry baby sour lime”
and “penny worth of
sausage” were also thrown
in the mix. ©

I’m not quite sure why but
the behaviour of “Her
Majesty’s Loyal Opposition”

subsequent to the 2007 Gen- .

eral Elections routinely caus-
es the words “cry baby sour
lime” to come to mind.
These words have res-
onated even more loudly fol-
lowing the Opposition’s
quite delayed “formal”
response to use of the word
“wutless” by Prime Minister

Hubert Ingraham to describe -

the opposition’s crime fight-
ing performance.

The Prime Minister point-
ed to the 100 plus murder
accused presently on bail as
evidence of such wutless-
ness.

The Opposition's behav-
iour has been reminiscent of
advice given to young jurists
regarding case presentation,
ie argue the law when a case
has legal merits; argue the
facts When a case has factual
merits; hammer on the table
when a case has neither legal
nor factual merits.

The Opposition ham-
mered on the table.

Wutless, the Bahamian
version of worthless (though
with a strong emphasis)
means lacking value.

Perhaps the former Prime
Minister considers the huge
number of persons who have
been given bail because of
lack of prosecution of their
cases in a timely fashion as
being indicative of out-
standing, stellar performance
by his government.

If he does he should say
SO.

I have also reminisced on
how puerile the behaviour
of the Opposition has been
when compared to the
behaviour of the former













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Opposition Leader when
faced with similar circum-
stances.

For five years the PLP
Government had mercilessly
accused him of “double dip-
ping” even though they

knew their accusations were '

untrue.

In fact, in an effort to lend
some modicum of credence
to their double dipping con-
tention, the PLP: Govern-
ment had sought to surrepti-
tiously and underhandedly
sneak payments into the
PM’s bank account which he

both promptly returned and |

put an immediate stop to.

Double dipping connotes
taking twice though entitled
to take only once. To appro-
priate beyond one's entitled
share.

Stealing, if you will.

Most individuals would
have withered under such a
dysphoric attack.

Hubert Ingraham neither’

withered nor recoiled in the

face of the tendentious and
relentless attack but merely
sought to defend his integri-
ty, with facts, and in states-
manlike fashion. No cry
baby sour lime.

Yet the PLP continued
with their accusations know-
ing them to be false, ham-
mering on the table if you
will.

The era when hammering
on the table sufficed has
long past.

This is no time for churlish
behaviour.

This is not the time for cry
baby sour lime.

If there are facts to be
argued, the PLP should
argue the facts.

If there are legal argu-
ments to be made, they
should advance the argu-
ments.

Otherwise, they should
just serve in the role of Her
Majesty’s Loyal Opposition
and get on with the people’s
business.

MICHAEL R MOSS
Freeport,

Bahamas,
November 8, 2007.

Prefab homes

spark concern

on Eleuthera

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I COME from a strong PLP facnly, and a member of a con-

struction family.

We have been instrumental in the PLP success in 2002 and
worked feverishly to help win in South Eleuthera. We feel
liked someone has rubbed pepper in our eyes. We were

fooled.

The contractors on Eleuthera are livid. The tilly te calm
and peaceful people may have been taken advantage of. They
believe that they have being exploited.

Eleutherans, from Governor’s Harbour, Palmetto Point,
Tarpum Bay and Savannah Sound are complaining as to who
or how could anyone who pretended to have Bahamians’
interest at heart, give the authorisation to bring in prefabri-
cated homes into Governor’s Harbour that literally do not
need a contractor. This is wicked.

The prefab homes are presently sitting on the dock on
Cupid’s Cay and have been there for a while. No one seems
to know who ordered them, but they must have been ordered
many months ago which means that the PLP must be upfront
and explain who authorised the homes, what arrangements
were made and what concessions were given.

- The PLP must explain how the contractors in Eleuthera
would benefit from prefab homes being shipped to any island

in the Bahamas.

There are reasons to believe that some under the table

dealings may have happened.

The frustration that was expressed on Cupid’s Cay by well
known contractors must be taken serious. The deceit and
deception surrounding the homes only proves that Bahami-

ans first was only a cliché.

The homes came fully furnished with kitchen and bath-
room cabinets already installed, bathroom fixtures already
installed and stacked with mattresses and other furnishers.
These findings beg several questions. Since the cabinet work
has already been done, how the cabinet builders in Eleuthera

would benefit?

Since the bathroom has already been installed, how the
Bahamian plumbers would feed their families. Since the
homes are already constructed, how would the masons and

carpenters benefit?

I stand to be corregted but is there a moratorium on the
importation of mattresses? How would the Bahamian manu-
facturers make any money if all of these things are stacked up
to the ceiling in the prefab homes? Who authorised the
exemption for these things to happen? Who gave the permis-
sion to circumvent the tariff on mattresses? Someone must —
have a sensible explanation. for this.

This is a clear plan to destroy the construction business in

Eleuthera. Which island is next?

The PLP must now explain who has/is benefiting from this

act.

The beautiful people of Eleuthera should be told who
shafted them on the altar of greed. These good people of
Eleuthera, who would literally give you their heart, do not
deserve this kind of “backstabbing”.

From the pattern of how the PLP negotiated business with
other investors, how they gave away the Bahamas, it would
not be too far fetched to conclude that the previous govern-
ment had started to give away Eleuthera too. The PLP modus
operandi seems to be to give away everything, and, in my
opinion, especially if a big time PLP is reaping the spoils.

Shameless PLP could care less who complains, just as long

as they get “all for me baby”.

SR KNOWLES
Governor’s Harbour.
November, 2007.



THE TRIBUNE

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2007, PAGE 5





In brief

Students
present
stamps to
Minister
of State

MINISTER of State for
Youth and Sports Byran
Woodside was presented
with a set of Governor-
General’s Youth Award
20th Anniversary Com-
memorative stamps by
students who took part in
the award scheme.

The stamps highlight
each area of the award:

e Service —15¢

e Skills — 25¢

e Physical recreation — 50¢
¢ Adventurous journey —
55¢

¢ GGYA Logo -70¢

Making the presenta-
tion were Alan Pinto,
Government High School
GGYA unit leader; Glen-
roy Forbes, GGYA silver
participant and Denise:
Mortimer, GGYA nation- :
al executive director. ;

The Governor-Gener-
al’s Youth Award is
described as an exciting
self-development pro-
gramme available to all.
young people worldwide,
“equipping them with life
skills to make a differ-
ence to themselves, their
communities and the
world”.

To date more than five
million young people
from over 100 countries
have. been motivated to
undertake a variety of ;
voluntary and challenging :
activities. ;

Forty-four units are
located throughout the
Bahamas catering to
1,000 participants.

Since 1987 more than
8,000 young Bahamians,

-ages 14 to 25, have partic- :
ipated in the GGYA,

Manis .-
expected to
be charged
in connection
with drugs
seizure

FREEPORT - A male
resident of Eight Mile
Rock is expected to be
charged today at Freeport
Magistrate’s Court in con-
nection with the seizure of
a quantity of illegal drugs
at Hepburn Town.

According to reports,
DEU officers executed a
search warrant on a home
at Hepburn Town at 2pm
on Monday.

During a search of the
house, police allegedly dis-
covered three pounds of
cocaine and two and a half
pounds of a substance they
suspected was marijuana.

A 24-year-old man was
arrested and taken into
police in connection with
the find.

’ Police are continuing
their investigation into the
matter.

The Tribune wants to hear
from people who are
making news in their
neighbourhoods. Perhaps
you are raising funds for a
good cause, campaigning

| for improvements in the
area or have won an

) award.
If so, call us on 322-1986
and share your story.



BIVI officials deny

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

OFFICIALS at the
Bahamas Technical and
Vocational Institute are
denying claims made last

week by disgruntled staff
members that the institu-
tion lacks proper structure
and suffers from a declin-
ing student body.

A well informed source
at BTVI spoke with The
Tribune yesterday and con-
tended that the claims

made in an article pub-
lished last Saturday were
“untrue” and “half-
baked”.

The source provided a
copy of BTVI’s enrollment
list for 2007 which listed

1,237 students as being .

enrolled at the institution

BDM leader slams
behaviour in House

BAHAMAS Democrat-
ic Movement leader Cas- |
sius Stuart has hit out at
what he called the “intol-
erable behavior” that has
been displayed by members
of parliament over the
years. ;

He also criticised the
actions of MPs from both
parties in recent sittings of
the House of Assembly, |
calling them “a clear indi-
cation” that they are not fit
to sit in parliament.

“The members of the |
governing party, as well as
the opposition have dis-
graced our parliament as
well as our country by their
shameful and disorderly
conduct over the years,”
Mr Stuart said in a state-
ment issued yesterday. |

He added that from the
first sitting -of Parliament

in May 2007, “no bills or resolutions of a sig-
nificant value have been debated in the House”.
“This current sitting of parliament is an
absolute waste of time and resources,” he said.
Mr Stuart said the current parliament, which
he described as a “rump sitting” should be dis-
solved, because its a waste of tax payers’ mon-
ey.
~ “Our country is onthe brink of national
chaos; our educational system has failed, our

Cassius Stuart



crime dilemma has escalat-
} ed beyond control, our
social and moral fabric have
been torn, our family struc-
ture has been destroyed and
our economy is in a mone-
tary quicksand, with no
.clear plans or a rebound
any time soon,” Mr Stuart
said, :

“In the midst of these
crucial and vexing problems
facing our country today,

of parliament find them-
selves doing is bickering
and quarreling over insignif-
icant matters.”

The statement is one of
the first public utterances
from Mr Stuart since the
general election of May
2007, when despite high
hopes, his party failed to
secure a single seat.

Mr Stuart had expressed

disappointment at the results, and said the par-
ty would have to take a close look at what
might have gone wrong.

Since that time, former Bahamas Democrat-
ic Movement secretary general and candidate
Omar Archer has begun making waves — join-
ing the opposition Progressive Liberal Party

and announcing that he will run for party chair-

Farquharson calls
on GB officers to
support successor

@ By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter

dmaycock@tribunemedia.net_ »

FREEPORT -— Police Com-

missioner Paul Farquharson

called on officers in Grand
Bahama to support his succes-
sor and to continue to be united
in the fight against crime.

Mr Farquharson, who will
retire next year, was in Grand
Bahama as part of a hand-over
tour to announce his official
retirement from the Royal
Bahamas Police Force and to
introduce Deputy Commission-
er Reginald Ferguson as his suc-
cessor.

Mr Farquharson met with
Senator Kay Smith, parliamen-
tary secretary in the Prime Min-
ister’s Office in Freeport, Sir
Albert Miller, CEO of Grand
Bahama Port Authority, and
other officials.

Leave

Commissioner Farquharson
will demit office on January 18,
2008. Deputy Commissioner
Reginald Ferguson will serve as

. acting commissioner from

November 21 when Mr Far-
quharson goes on pre-retire-
ment leave, and until a com-
mission is appointed.

Both men are expected to
travel to Abaco and then on to
other islands.

“Tam pleased to come before
you once again as your com-
missioner to announce my
retirement after over 40 years of
service. Two months from now
I shall lay down my responsi-
bilities as commissioner of
police and the authority as com-
missioner will be vested in my
successor, Deputy Commis-
sioner Reginald Ferguson,” he
said.

Mr Farquharson said being
commissioner was not always
an easy task.

“I’ve had some good times
and I have had some challeng-
ing times throughout my career.
But I always endeavored to
embody our motto: courage,
integrity, and loyalty,” he said.



POLICE COMMISSIONER
Paul Farquharson

“These three words rever-
ently dictate what you want to
be, what you can be, and what
you will be.

“They are your rallying points
which build courage when
courage seems to fail, regain
faith when there seems to be
little cause for faith, and create
hope when hope becomes far-
fetched.”

Mr Farquharson noted that
the RBPF is responsible for
policing the entire country and
urged officers to continue to
work together in their fight
against crime.

“I want to encourage you to
be brave as you face the crimi-
nal element, and fair in the
administration of your duties,”
he said.

Mr Farquharson also thanked
Sir Albert Miller, a former
police commissioner, for his

support and advice over the

years.

Sir Albert commended
Commissioner Farquharson for
a job well done and pledged his
continued assistance to the
RBPF.

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in August — contradicting
allegations made by a
teacher last week.
According to the source,
over the last two weeks,
representatives from the
Public Service Union,
Bahamas Union of Teach-

-ers, and a BTVI human

resources Official, among
others met with teachers
individually at the tertiary
institution to hear concerns
and grievances. |

“The teachers met with a
high-powered group of
people.

“(They) didn’t have the
interview in a vacuum with
human resources, that
there speaks volumes.

“The teachers have their
concerns, some of them
being legitimate,
efforts are being made to
rectify the situation.”

The source added that
while one teacher and five
janitresses staged a demon-
stration on campus three
weeks ago, this was not a
complete representation of
staff morale and classes
were not disrupted during
the process.

“To say that there was a
demonstration that dis-
rupted classes was untrue.
We had one teacher (in the
protest) and a substitute

- was provided for his class.”

Last week, angry staff
members told The Tribune
that employee morale was



but -



“The teachers

‘met with a

high-powered
group of
people. (They)
didn’t have
the interview
in a vacuum
with human
resources, that



dangerously low due to the °

acts of a human resources

official, who they called --
to be removed from the

post. |
They also alleged that a

hostile climate existed - -

between teachers and

BTVI administration.

There were also asser- ~
tions that administration ~.
failed to carry out annual | -.

assessments that would
lead to salary increases and
that the institution’s enroll-

-ment had decreased from
1,200 — 1,500 to 300 — 400 +.

students in 2007.

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_ The Bahamas International Film
~ Festival programme announced

ThinkFilm’s Battle in Seattle
will open the 2007 event

*

*

FESTIVAL FOUNDER and executive
director Leslie Vanderpool announced the

- final programme details for the fourth edi-

tion of the Bahamas International Film Fes-
tival yesterday.

This year, the Festival will showcase 83
films from 26 different countries, including
54 features of which several are world or
international premieres and nearly all
Bahamian premieres.

The four competition categories at BIFF
are:

e Spirit of Freedom: Dramatic

e Spirit of Freedom: Documentary

e New Vision

e Short Film

BIFF 2007 will take place from Thurs-
day December 6 through Thursday, Decem-
ber 13.

Because of the enormous growth and
support in its first three years, the festival
has been extended to a full seven days,
beginning this year.

It was also announced that the festival’s
opening night film is ThinkFilm’s acclaimed
action/drama Battle in Seattle starring Acad-
emy Award winner Charlize Theron,
Woody Harrelson, Ray Liotta, Michelle



.





- Rodriguez, Joshua Jackson and Andre Ben-
jamin.

An audience favourite, the film is written
and directed by Stuart Townsend and pro-
duced by Townsend along with Mary Aloe,
Maxime Rémillard and Kirk Shaw.

In the film, activists arrive in Seattle,
Washington come together to protest a
meeting of the World Trade Organisation.
Riots and chaos ensue as demonstrators
successfully stop the WTO meetings. :

The festival’s closing night film is Juno —
the acclaimed coming-of-age comedy drama
from Fox Searchlight Pictures, directed by
Jason Reitman and starring Michael Cera,
‘Ellen Page, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bate-
man, Allison Janney, Rainn Wilson and J K
Simmons.

Academy Award winner Sir Sean Con-
nery will again be lending his full support at

Angeles.

The AFM is a world-class
film industry trade show
established by the Indepen-_
dent Film and Television

BIFF, attending as the festival’s patron.

Connery will be on hand to present BIF-
F’s Career Achievement Tribute Award on
Saturday, December 8.

Organisers said the full BIFF programme
is now available in print or online at
www.bintlfilmfest.com. Booking for the fes-
tival 2007 is now open.

The Bahamas International Film Festival
is a non-profit organisation committed to
providing the Bahamian community and
international festival goers with a diverse
presentation of films from the Bahamas
and around the world.

In addition to showcasing films that might
not otherwise be released theatrically,
organisers say BIFF provides unique cul-
tural experiences, educational programmes,
and forums for exploring the past, present
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CHARLIZE THERON stars in Battle in Seattle which will open

PICTURED (from left) at this year’s AFM are Eureka Glinton of the Bahamas Film Commission’s Los Angeles office,
Bahamian super model Janine Fox and Bahamas Film Commissioner Craig Woods.

Scotiabank purchases new mop-making

machine for Adult Blind Workshop

SCOTIABANK yesterday

fannouniced the donation of'a mop-

making machine to the Adult
Blind Workshop.

This is one of several donations
that the bank is making across the
country to charities and other
organisations that are in need.

“T am pleased to donate this
equipment to the Blind Centre,”
said Debra Wood, senior manager
for marketing and public relations.
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persons. We have had the oppor-
tunity to see the tremendous work
that they do and we are happy to
show our support by passing this
machine on to them to help them
become more self-sustaining.”

The Bahamas Division of the
Salvation Army runs the Adult
Blind Workshop.

Desmond Brown, one of the
staff demonstrated how the
machine will be used.

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Officials:
English bird
flu outbreak
is deadly
HSN1 virus

m@ LONDON

AN OUTBREAK of
bird flu in eastern Eng-
land is the deadly HSN1
strain of the disease,
the government said
Tuesday, according to
Associated Press.

The return of the dis-
ease in Britain, which
had its first mass out-
break of the strain ear-
lier this year, is yet
another blow to farmers
already struggling after
herds were hit this year
by foot-and-mouth dis-
ease and bluetongue.

Acting chief veteri-
narian Chief Veterinary
Officer Fred Landeg
said the source of the
outbreak had not yet
been identified. He said
it was closely related to
the strains found in the
Czech Republic and
Germany over the sum-

. mer.

Officials said earlier
that about 5,000 free-
range turkeys, 1,000
ducks and 500 geese on
the affected farm were
being culled.

Trade _

If the bird flu spreads,
it could devastate the.
hugely profitable
Christmas trade in
poultry.

A two-mile protection
zone and a six-mile, sur-
veillance zone were cre-
ated around the infect-
ed farm, and further
restrictions were
imposed throughout
Suffolk and much of the
neighboring county of
Norfolk.

‘The alarm was raised
- Sunday, after a rise in
death rates among the
birds, which are owned
- by poultry producer
Gressingham Foods,
based in Woodbridge.
Suffolk.

Landeg said Britain
had successfully eradi-
cated an outbreak of
HS5N1 in Suffolk earlier

' this year, which led to
the culling of 160,000
- turkeys.

“With respect to this
outbreak there is still
some uncertainty. We
are at a very early stage.
of the investigation, and
no two outbreaks of
disease are ever the
same,” he said.

Britain’s first case of
HSN1 was in a swan in
Scotland in 2006. In
April 2006, chickens on
a farm near Dereham
Common, Norfolk, test-
ed positive for the H7
subtype of the virus.

Tracks

“The more we look
for H5, the more we
will find,” said Juan
Lubroth, head of infec-
tious diseases, animal
services, at the United
Nations’ Food and
_Agriculture Organiza-
tion, which tracks the
disease in birds.

H5N1 has previously
been found elsewhere
in France, Switzerland,
and Germany. Human
cases.have been record-
ed in Turkey and Azer-
baijan.

Bird flu has killed or
prompted the culling of
millions of birds world-
wide since late 2003,
when it first began rav-
aging Asian poultry
stocks. :

It has killed at least
206 people worldwide
since 2003.

Experts believe most
victims were probably
infected through direct
contact with sick
birds.

Bird flu remains diffi-
cult for humans to
catch.

However, experts fear
it could mutate into a
form that spreads easily
among people, poten-
tially sparking a flu
pandemic.

THE Bahamas Dental Asso-
ciation plans to push for the
banning of high sugar foods in
and around schools.

BDA president Dr Andre
Rollins said this is one of four
initiatives the association plans
to lobby the government on.

“Firstly, we must encourage
both the Ministries of Health
and Education to prohibit the
sale of foods bigh in sugar, on
or just outside our school cam-
puses. Foods such as candies,
baggies, cups and tarts are car-
iogenic, and have very little if
any nutritive value,” he told
members.

“Dental decay. affects chil-
dren’s ability to thrive due to
dental pain, and also results in

‘untold numbers of missed

school days. Equally alarming
is the number of children in
our.country with malocclusions
caused by dental shifting and
crowding, secondary to the loss
of primary and permanent
teeth.

He said the preponderance
of sugar in our children’s diets
is not only worrisome because
of its relation to dental disease
and loss, “but also because it is

“Dental decay affects
children’s ability to thrive

due to dental

pain, and also
results in untold numbers

of missed school days.”



a primary factor in the short-
ened attention spans that affect
children’s ability to function
and learn in the classroom set-
ting.

“A policy must be imple-
mented and enforced to pro-
tect the health of our nation’s
children.” ‘

Education

Dr Rollins said that second-
ly, the dental community must
lobby to increase the Ministry
of Health’s budgetary alloca-
tion for oral health education
and services.

He said that far too many
Bahamians do not fully com-

‘Nassau Garden
Club visits Harrold
and Wilson Pond
National Park

THE Nassau Garden Club visited Harrold and Wilson Ponds
National Park earlier this month. Members of the club were intro-
duced to the national park, which was created in 2002 and has
been the BNT’s highest priority for the past three years

Lynn Gape, deputy executive director of the Trust told the
group: “This park is a haven for bird tiie and that is what first
attracted members of the BNT to promote the area as a national
park, and in 2002 it was designated an important Bird Area using
critevia developed by Birdlife laternational.

“Fjowever, the BNT values Harrold and Wilson Ponds not only
for the birds but also for the opportunities it affords to teach the
general public about the value of wetlands and to provide an
opportunity for New Providence residents to experience nature.”

Club members were introduced to the BNT’s conceptual plan of
boardwalks and trails for the park which will cost an estimated 1.3
million in total. Two initial boardwalks and viewing platforms
have been completed: one at the entrance to Island Gas and the sec-
ond, which was opened in August, at Pride Estates.

Two BNT wardens accompanied the ladies on their trip — new-
ly appointed warden Apollo Butler and Randolph Burrows.

Mr Burrows gave on-site explanations of how the boardwalks
were built and also explained the process used to evict a squatter
from park land in September of this year.

He also gave an overview of the training in invasive species
removal that they are receiving as a result of an NMBCA grant
funded through the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

The removal exercises at Harrold and Wilson Ponds have a par-
ticular emphasis on Brazilian Pepper and Casuarina.

“We were very impressed with the work that the BNT has done
at Harrold and Wilson Ponds. As a club we are particularly inter-
ested in the methods they are using to remove Casuarina: and
Brazilian Pepper from areas in the park,” said club president Car-
leton Robertson.

Vice president Dawn Davies said, “We hope to be able to support

: * the BNT’s work in the removal of invasive species and in replant-

ing the areas where they have been remoyed with native vegeta-

“tion.”

55 DBrKeee BRR.

SIGNS AT the Pride Estates Boardwalk





prehend the importance of
good oral health and preven-
tive dental treatment, as can
be seen by the “unacceptably
high” rates of dental and peri-

- odontal disease.

He called on Minister of
Health Dr Hubert Minnis to
commit resources to a public
health education campaign
designed to promote and
increase in oral health aware-
ness.

“T also call upon you to
ensure that those public den-
tal clinics which. currently lack
the equipment, tools and mate-
rials needed to provide these
services are permitted to
receive them.

“We cannot increase access

Wilson Ponds National Park:

BNT WARDEN Randolph Burrows explains

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2007, PAGE 7

DA to push for a ban of |

to treatment without the nec-
essary resources.”

The third issue the associa-
tion must promote, he said, is
the establishment of a “mod-
ern national oral health policy
that clearly defines and imple-
ments initiatives that will pro-
duce measured declines in the
levels of dental and periodontal
disease and edentulousness in

our population.”

-Dr Rollins said this effort
requires focused, committed
and passionate leadership.

Awareness

“Colleagues, there is much
work to be done to increase
awareness about the severe and
sometimes pernicious out-
comes of oral health neglect.
Until poor dental health is
measured in terms of its impact
on systemic health, we will con-
tinue to be marginalised within
the medical community,” he
said,

Dr Rollins pointed out that
current studies are looking at
the links between poor oral
health, particularly periodon-

high sugar foods in schools

tal disease, and the incidence of
cardiovascular disease, respi-
ratory disease, cancer, prema-
ture and low birth-weight
infants, and more severe type-
two diabetes.

He said the fourth and final
initiative that dentists must
push for is the appointment of
a chief dental officer and rep-
resentation on the board of the
Public Hospitals Authority.

He noted that throughout
the world there are presently

194 chief dental officers in 158

countries — but the Bahamas,
despite having one of the 30
highest per capita gross nation-
al products in the world, is no
among these.

“This is a disparaging anom-
aly. The BDA must aggres-
sively oppose any policy that :
marginalises dentistry as the
bastard child of medicine. It is
not realistic for us to expect a
physician to be as passionate
about advancing oral health in
our country as much as a den-
tist would be, but the time has
come for dentistry to be given
equal footing in the hierarchy
of the public health care sys-
tem,” Dr Rollins said.



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Bahamas strengthens
diplomatic ties with the
Kingdom of Swaziland |

Countries seek
co-operation,
understanding |

in tourism

@ By LINDSAY
THOMPSON






THE Kingdom of Swaziland
_is seeking to enter into a mem-
orandum of understanding and
co-operation with the Bahamas
in tourism and other areas of
mutual interests as both coun-
tries foster greater diplomatic
ties.

On Monday, Bahamas Govy-
ernor-General Arthur Hanna
accepted from Chief Sen-
zangkhona Phesheya Dlamini,
letters of commission signed
by King Mswati III, accrediting
the chief as high commissioner
to the Bahamas.

“You have with insight and
pragmatism touched on the i
fragility and threats, yet oppor- _ CHIEF SENZANGAKHONA Phesheya Dlamini, centre, High Commissioner Designate of the Kingdom of Swazi- :
tunities of today’s world. land walks with Andrew McKinney, chief of protocol, into Government House on Monday, i

“The challenge is to under- See eT ae
stand and sift the best from the
international environment for
national benefit and survival,”
the governor-general said to
the new high commissioner.

“We concur with your
approach and look forward to
the desired results for the
mutual benefit of both our
countries. We are, moreover,
confident that your status,

SANDRA FERGUSON and Andrea Sweeting, vice president and presi-
dent of Sister Sister respectively, are pictured speaking to Sandals team
members,

Breast cancer
SUIViVOrs give





advice to group



BREAST Cancer does not have to be a death sentence accord-
ing to two survivors of the disease, who shared their experi-
ences with the women at Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort
and Offshore Island. °

Sandra Ferguson and Andrea Sweeting, vice president and
president of Sister Sister respectively, conducted a breast cancer
awareness seminar as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Mrs Sweeting said good family support was very important
when faced with the prognosis of breast cancer. ;

“The moral support of loved
ones can make all the differ-



opportunity to develop strate- }
gies in a wide range of areas :
including education, technol- }
ogy and science. NS



training and exposure will go a : is. a ti

long way to ensuring the antic- “The Kingdom of Swaziland ; “Choose a ee ; agate a ae

ipated results,” the governor- will seek to participate fully to ; ° She added that stress should be

ecnctsl added gs share experiences ane tap ni healthier avoided and an emphasis should
igh Commissioner Dlamini new information and advances i ge i

underscored the importance of from her international part- ; lifestyle that een edo ig ratoan oe



ners, notably the Common-

relations between the Bahamas ioe 1 d it”
and Swaziland, stating that in wealth of the Bahamas,” he } includes regu- Mrs Ferguson, who is also a

the complex world of technol- THE Governor General Arthur Hanna, left, presents Chief Dlamini with said. ‘ nurse, encouraged the women

ogy, never before has such _ his letters of commission. “The Kingdom of Swaziland } lar €Xercise, to have an anaual physical, a :

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tional community is called many others that we are look- : that includes regular exercise;

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upon to address a conundrum
of issues from terrorism to cli-

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ar eee at which eeco The Kingdom of Swaziland, } etables. ; She acknowledged that while
located in southeast Africa, is : _ she was vegetarian she never-



fruitfully interact have given
us hope for the future,” he
said.

“The onus in on us to use
the opportunities at our dis-
posal to put the wrongs right in

known for its mineral : theless got breast cancer, but
resources, manufacture of ; Said it is important that a healthy regime be followed as far as
clothing and light consumer : possible.

soods. : Mrs Ferguson further added that not only older women get
~ High Commissioner Dlamini : breast cancer; there have been cases in teenagers as well.

pS ican attorney, who has also ; . Remember that pain is not a symptom of breast cancer. When

our world. . ae vonhigk :
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Our two countries have col- GOVERNOR GENERAL Arthur Hanna, centre, chats with Chief Dlamini, left, studied leadership, diplomacy : spread. It is important that you talk to your doctor, nurse and

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is looking forward to fruitful _ Meeting (CHOGM) in Kam- The forum provides an_ ed States. : ’ PP Ves) tey : -
; al physicals. “Last year a man died from breast cancer. It is not

a women’s disease and self examination is the best early detec-
tion.”

The ladies discussed various treatment options and said that
persons who discover a lump no matter how small should see a
doctor immediately.

Mrs Ferguson told the
women that before they pur-

chase Christmas gifts this year “Last year a

they should get a complete e
physical examination. man died

Seminar attendee, Gail Rah-

ming said the session was not from breast
only very informative, but it cancer. It is

opened her eyes to how vigi-.

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process of understanding and accepting breast cancer and its
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Witness

FROM page one

ythan a year is appealing to
rauthorities to be allowed to
“leave the Bahamas to start a new
alife.

« The witness in a murder case
*- whose identity cannot be dis-
‘closed for security reasons — told
‘The Tribune that in his opinion
the programme as it exits now in
the Bahamas is inadequate and
‘imposes impossible living con-
ditions on participants.

The witness in this case was
‘expected to testify in a murder
trial last year. However, due to
egal technicalities, the case was
“postponed until next year.
"The witness entered into the
-protection programme together
‘with his family after he was shot
vat five times last year.

Despite living in a safe house

where security cameras are’ }

installed and police officers stop
by twice daily, the witness said
he fears that as long he remains
in the Bahamas his life will
always be in danger.

Speaking with The Tribune,
‘Assistant Commissioner Chris
McCoy, who has responsibility
for the witness protection pro-
‘gramme, said he was aware of
the witness’s fears and that his
concerns are being addressed.

Mr McCoy, however, empha-
sised that the witness is com-
pletely safe and that there 1s no
threat against his life.

The assistant commissioner
conceded that the witness pro-
tection programme is very new
to the Bahamas and is still evolv-
ing.

The major challenge for the
programme at this stage, he said,
is securing sufficient funding.

The participating witness who
contacted The Tribune explained
that, since entering the pro-
gramme, he has been unable to
go out to work to support his
wife and seven children.

Although his marriage has
failed due to the strain of living
within the programme, and his
wife and children no longer

reside at the safe house, the wit- - i

ness said he still has financial

obligations towards them that .

he needs to fulfil.
“This past year has been very

_-difficult for me. I’m used to
‘working and taking care of my

family, so it’s been very hard for
me,” he said.

The witness said he has fami-
ly members outside of the

- Bahamas who are willing to take;
him in. He'is now appealing to» +}

the authorities to give him
enough money to start a new life
somewhere else.

Abroad, he said, he could
work and once again provide for
his family.

The witness said that in his
opinion the Bahamas is too
small to successfully operate a
protection programme within
the country.

Businessmen
FROM page one

approached a number of high-
end realtors in New Provi-
dence, offering advertisement
space in print as well as online.

Tribune sources contend °:

that, while soliciting business
in the Bahamas, the business-
men in question discourage
realtors from advertising in
local dailies while simultane-
ously erecting display bins out-
side local eateries and estab-
lishments containing their real
estate publication.

Yesterday, Minister of }

Labour Dion Foulkes told The
Tribune that Mr Walker had
been operating in the country
without a valid permit or a
Bahamian business licence.

Attempts were made to con-
tact Todd Walker by phone
and e-mail but these were
unsuccessful up to press time.

“He’s taking bread out of the
mouths of locals who advertise
in real estate (but) this is more
than a real estate issue. This is
one of those annoying things
that happens in the Bahamas,”
Michael Lightbourn of the
Bahamas Real Estate Associa-
tion (BREA) said yesterday.

He said BREA had plans to
discuss the problem of Mr
Walker’s activities at its next
general meeting.

Earlier in the year, BREA
sent out a notice to members
alerting them not to advertise
with the publication because it
was unclear whether its sales-
persons were acting within
Bahamian law.

BREA hoped to rally its
members in an effort to drive
Mr Walker and his represen-
tatives out of the country, a
BREA board member said.

In spite of this, several
Bahamians have reportedly
entered into contracts, believ-
ing the solicitors of The Real
Estate Book possessed proper,
work permits. .

One local realtor said: “This

type of thing is happening with

greater frequency in various
sectors, including advertising,
real estate and in the building
trades, and the government
really needs to draw attention
to the detrimental impact it has
on local business. ”

Developer alleged to have sought meeting

FROM page one

place at the law office of Desmond Edwards and Co yesterday.

Up to press time, The Tribune could not confirm if the meeting
went ahead, however.

Families had claimed that since the stoppage of work on the
Stephen’s-Close development due to the developer's failure to procure
the necessary approvals from the Ministry of Works prior to pro-
ceeding with construction, the developer had become uncontactable,

In the meantime the families’ homes stood in a partial state of com-
pletion, and suffered serious vandalism.

Attorney Mr Edwards and Minister of Labour and Maritime Affairs

Dion Foulkes, in his former capacity as a lawyer, had been accused by
Mr Archer and the families involved of wrongdoing in their capacities
as lawyers for them, as they allegedly failed to point out to the bank or
the investors that the developer did not have final approvals from
the government or any of the necessary infrastructure in place to go
ahead with the sub-division before causing them to secure loans to
invest in the properties.

Mr Edwards was further accused of a conflict of interest in having act-
ed both on behalf of the investors who were seeking to procure loans
and for the realtor. However, he strongly denied that such an arrange-
ment was improper.

“Everybody knew that,” he said, “there was no difficulty in that as
long as everyone knew.”

Mr Foulkes, expressing his sympathy for the families involved last
week, denied that his former law firm had acted wrongfully, claiming
that he had done all that was required of him and was “totally blame-
less” in the matter.

He produced a letter from the Department of Physical Planning prov-
ing that the development did have “approval in principle” and that it
was “on the basis of that letter that the developers were able to pro-
ceed.”

Mr Edwards stated that loans being approved on such a basis was an
“everyday” occurrence. ‘

However, a bank source alleged that had the bank known that the
development did not have actual approval, loans would not have been
granted to the families involved as there was not sufficient security.

Yesterday, The Tribune spoke with former works minister Bradley
Roberts, who confirmed that he has taken an active interest in the mat-
ter since meeting with some of the families involved last week.

Those families are now in serious financial straits, after making
thousands of dollars of payments towards their loans for homes that
they are still unable to occupy after the Ministry of Works belatedly
stepped in and shut down construction in November, 2005, when it was
determined that the developer had gone ahead without approval.

The families continued to make payments on their loans until First
Caribbean Bank allowed them to:stop doing so in mid-2006. Howev-
er, all still have the loans in their names - most of over $100,000 - and
could be required to resume payments when given only 28 days notice.

Union of Public Officers



WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2007, PAGE 9



FROM page one

son was prepared to undertake the exercise, and
suggested that the FNM and second respondent .
Herbert Brown — returning officer for the con-
stituency — consider the same regarding the peti-
tioner’s list. This, Mr Davis said, would
speed up proceedings.

Michael Barnett, lead counsel for
the FNM, responded yesterday in a
written submission, declaring that the
allowance of such a process was in the
discretion of the court. However, he
raised questions concerning the dis-
enfranchisement of voters by the mere
agreement of the parties while also
maintaining that proof should be
required before such disallowances
occur.

“The issue is whether it is permissi-
ble in this case for the petitioner and
the first respondent,” argued Mr Bar-
nett, “to agree the fact that certain
voters were not ordinarily resident in the con-
stituency during the relevant period, thus obviat-
ing the need to establish that fact with respect to
these persons by other credible admissible evi-
dence.”

He accepted that the court had the discretion
under section 81 of the Evidence Act to allow
consensus on the issue. This section states that no
fact need be proved in any civil proceeding which
the parties or their agents agree to admit at the
hearing.

Notwithstanding a potential agreement disal-
lowing votes, Mr Barnett further argued on this
issue: “There is a cogent argument that the court
should in the exercise of its discretion, require
that fact to be proven otherwise than by the agree-
ment between the parties.” He said that the court
should require “credible evidence” to make the
determination on disallowances, as the court
should take into consideration that the petitioner
and first respondent “may be wrong in their infor-
mation.”

Mr Barnett acknowledged that there were “a
number of persons” on Mrs Maynard-Gibson’s
list his side agrees were not ordinary residents in

Election court

the constituency during the “relevant period.”
He said his side would not offer any evidence to
suggest the contrary, and they would not chal-
lenge admissible evidence to the effect that they
were not in the constituency.
Mr Barnett said this was also the
case for the PLP regarding the FNM’s
list of names in question.
When Senior Justice Anita Allen
raised the number 36 in relation to
the number both sides may agree on,
that were not ordinary residents, Mr
Barnett said that it is more than that.
Dawn Lewis, counsel representing
Mr Brown, argued that voters should
be heard before being disenfranchised.
She said the court’s role is not to be
completely adversarial, but also to
investigate in such matters.
Ms Lewis acknowledged that no
_ party wants drawn out proceedings,
but the greater interest was that voters be heard.
The disallowance of voters without their taput,
she told the court, can subvert the democratic

- process and do violence to the voter who has no
voice,

After hearing the arguments, Senior Justice
Allen said the agreement was between the parties,
and as there was not consensus, the proceedings
would continue as they had been.

“It’s your call,” Senior Justice Allen said, declar-
ing that however long it takes is however long it
will take.

Patrice Cleare, assistant in the Pinewood con-
stituency office, concluded her evidence-in-chief
yesterday after the debate, regarding another nine
voters she claimed were not ordinary residents of
the Pinewood constituency.

Mr Barnett’s cross-examination followed, as
he asked questions about 21 of the voters referred
to by Ms Cleare before the proceedings adjourned.

The first voters to testify will-take the witness
stand this morning. Ms Cleare will be called back
to the witness stand for the continuation of her
cross-examination tomorrow morning.
















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pension order from November 6,
FROM page one NIB management stated that the

investigation had not yet been
concluded.

Last month staff staged a walk-
out at NIB headquarters,
demanding that government
address their grievances, which
include several claims of sexual
harassment and alleged termina-
tions of two workers who spoke
out at meeting with Minister of
Housing and National Insurance
Kenneth Russell.

In July this year, Minister Rus-
sell held an open meeting with
staff and management of NIB in
an effort to ease tensions between
the two parties.

The minister told The Tribune
in an earlier interview that the
workers were promised that “NIB
will be a much. better place” in
future and that this is the goal he
and ministry are steadily work-
ing towards.

“We are continually moving in
that direction,” he said.

all charges.

In a meeting held by NIB’s
executive management yesterday,
employees were reportedly told
that all allegations against the sus-
pended union member have
proven to be untrue, the UPO
said.

Even with these allegations
now reportedly off the table, the
union said it is still trying to
understand why its members were
“harassed, humiliated and pun-
ished’ by the NIB management.

The staff member in. this case
was initially suspended for 10
working days without pay effec-
tive from October 24.

The union yesterday claimed
that although an investigation into
the case was reportedly conclud-
ed on October 25, the employee
was suspended for an additional
14 days at half pay on November
6.

However, in the second sus-

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Christie ‘receiving perks’
FROM page one

Eleuthera (Alvin Smith) when he had the difficult job of leading the
opposition. :
“In my view members opposite are in a state of shock because

‘they now find that they cannot intimidate and bend this gentleman

to their will. Let me remind them, too, how it was when I could
hardly open my mouth in this place, how they would heckle and hurl
abuse and insults at me.

“There were two of them in particular who were obviously
assigned to make it difficult for me to speak. I refer, of course, to
the former Member for Mount Moriah (Keod Smith) and the
Member for Holy Cross (Sidney Stubbs). I wouldn’t speak of the
abuse, the distortions and outright lies told on and about me by the
former Member for Bain and Grant’s Town (Bradley Roberts),” Mr
Ingraham said.

‘The prime minister said Mr Christie — “who claims to be so con-
cerned about the rights of members and the dignity of this place”

— made no effort to rebuke or restrain them.

“May I remind members and the Bahamian people how badly
they behaved in this place in their quest for office. Some of them
lied about me in broad daylight. They indulged in the worst kind of
character assassination ever seen in this place. And their leader nei-
ther rebuked nor restrained them. In my view, he choreographed

This Saturday, November 17th
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the whole affair,” Mr Ingraham said.

FROM page one

ry Christie will not outright chal-
lenge Mr Adderley on his actions
or political affiliation for fear of
him “walking across the floor”.

In doing so Mr Adderley would
officially join the FNM and essen-
tially quash all chances of the PLP
regaining the government through
their election petition.

Yesterday, snickering could be
heard in the House of Assembly
when the names were read aloud

and the votes tallied after the’

riotous debate as the answer of
“absent” rang clear for the Eliza-
beth constituency.

Mr Adderley, who ran‘and won
for the PLP in the May 2 general
election, has had his party alle-
giance questioned since then.

This was primarily because Mr

Adderley opted to remain as chair~

man of the Bahamas Gaming
Commission - despite alleged pres-
sure from his party colleagues to
vacate the post.

Also, Mr Adderley has been
rumoured to have felt “snubbed”
by the former Christie administra-
tion in the handing out of ministe-
rial positions as he failed to receive
any substantial posting during the
past five years when the PLP was
in office.

MP Adderley

A sitting member of parliament
of the PLP spoke with The Tri-
bune yesterday on condition of
anonymity to voice his/her disap-
pointment in Mr Adderley’s noted
absence yesterday.

“Malcolm’s away at the time,
and absolutely it was very conve-
nient.

“Malcolm is not enthused with
the leadership of the PLP, simple
as that.

“He does not support Perry
Christie.

“And right now he’s in the best
position in the world because the
PLP can’t say nothin’ much to him.

“Tf Christie touches him or ques-
tions him in the wrong way, he
could simply pick up and walk the
floor. And think about it, what
does he have to lose?” the source
asked.



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aster for the region and warned
that the 560,000 gallons of spilled :
fuel oil, which has killed an esti-_:
mated 30,000 birds, could cause :
long-lasting damage to marine
life.
Leading Russian environmen- }
talists, meanwhile, said the oil :
spill was triggered by years of :
official negligence that allowed :
oil transport ships to use outdat-
ed and inadequate equipment. :
“Tt’s a long-expected disaster,” :
environmentalist Sergei Gol- :
ubchikov told journalists in :
Moscow yesterday. “We could :
lose the Black Sea if we go on :
this way. ;
Russia has a lot riding on the
health of the Black Sea: Presi-
dent Vladimir Putin has pledged :
to spend $12 billion on develop- :
ing the port of Sochi as the site of :
the 2014 Winter Olympics. ;
Eleven ships sank or ran :
aground in Sunday’s gale, includ- :
ing the tanker that spilled the :
fuel and a freighter that carry- :
ing sulfur, officials said. The'bod- :
ies of three crew members from
the freighter have been found, } a
and crews were searching for five : oe are
missing crewmen, said Sergei . coe
Kozhemyaka, a spokesman for : ;
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' High winds have prevented
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NETWORKING: Pictured from left to right is Lisa Linden, newly appointed Resort and Commercial Recreation
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Kerch Strait, connecting the Sea :
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sia ships almost 25 percent of its ;
oil exports via the Black Sea. The
most important task now is to :
build a dam to prevent the slick :
from floating into the Sea of :
Azov, said Oleg Mitvol, deputy :
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Chester Elton addressed scores
of individuals attending the 27th
annual Resort and Commercial
Recreation | Association’s
national conference.

The conference focused on
Mr Elton’s leadership tech-
niques, known as: “The Carrot
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fessionals, educators and stu-
dents,

It also aims to increase the
profitability of commercial
enterprises which focus on
recreation.

Mr Elton, told the group,
comprised of visiting RCRA
delegates as well as employees
from both Atlantis and the
Cable Beach Resorts, that peo-
ple may forget what you say or
did for them, but they never for-
get the way you make them feel.

He stated that a major focus
in business involves, “finding
and engaging the best people.”

He encouraged the group to
keep their employees
“pumped”,

The guest speaker said that
managers have to work on more
than just paying their employees
well. He pointed out that
employees wish td be recog-
nised and celebrated, to affiliate
themselves with winning peo-
ple and with the company’s mis-
sion and vision.

“As leaders, I want you to
take away this one concept.
Recognition is the most power-
ful way that you can as a leader
communicate what you value
most in your employee,” Mr
Elton said.

He reinforced his principle of
“reward and recognition” by
engaging members of the audi-
ence with questions.

Individuals answering the
questions correctly were
rewarded with carrots as well
as copies of his books. +

Local attendee Renee McK-
inney, director of human
resources and training and
development for the Cable
Beach Resorts said, “There
were 45 managers from our var-
ious departments including the
casino and all of the various
departments represented here
this evening. I think:they thor-
oughly enjoyed it. I actually use
the Carrot Book in all of my
training, so actually being able
to now see that particular writer
here tonight, that was really
exceptional for all of us.”

Heidi Jewett travelled all the
way from New York for this
year’s conference.

Ms Jewett, a longstanding
member of the RCRA, said,
“You get a lot more with a little
bit of sugar or a carrot than you
do with whacking people with a
stick. So he was great, absolute-
ly great.”

Members of the RCRA hail
from key commercial recreation
circles including theme parks,





hotel/convention, centers, con-
cessionaires, travel/tourism
resorts, private industries, camp-
grounds, health clubs, cruise
ships and universities.

A total of 180 participants
attended this year’s conference.
They explored a number of top- ~
ics, including: teambuilding,

recipes for staging successful ~

events, spa management 101,
recreation super stars open
forum, implementing the Carrot .
Culture, tween activities and a
special job fair information ses-
sion. Sah

Atlantis’ vice president of
guest activities Amanda Felts
was presented with the presti-
gious Debbie Regnone Service
Award for her commitment and
excellence in service to the
RRA and its members.

A major highlight was the

-conference’s banquet and silent

auction, at which the new
RCRA board of directors'were
present. ¥

Atlantis” Lisa Linden, direc-
tor of guest activities, was
inducted as the association’s
new president.

“It is just a huge honour and
privilege to be in this position
and to guide the association into
the next phase of our exis-
tence,” she said.

ATTENTIVE: Pictured are local Bahamians listening in on Chester Elton during his presentation. Mr Elton:
told delegates about his leadership technique.



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@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

ivisions that have split the

seven-strong Hope Town

District Council down

the middle “have slowed

down” the processing of

ermit and approval applications for the
175 million Baker’s Bay Golf & Ocean

Club, The Tribune was told yesterday.

Three councillors want written central
government confirmation that they can
still deal with the developers’ submis-
sions amid the threat of litigation - and
possible liability - by the Save Guana
Cay Reef Association and its attorney,
‘Callenders & Co partner Fred Smith,
who have named the Hope Town Dis-
trict Council as the eighth defendant in
the second judicial review action
launched in the Supreme Court in a bid

to halt the project.

There are some 14 permit applications
by Baker’s Bay pending for the next
Hope Town District Council meeting on
November 29, 2007, and-there remains a
possibility that the split council could

serve to delay their approval.

Jeremy Sweeting, the Hope Town Dis-
trict Council’s chief councillor, said he
and three other council members had
taken the position that unless they were

ee

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

HOLDING real estate and
property prices on New Provi-
dence down “is not going to
happen”, a leading realtor told
The Tribune yesterday, due to
the increasing demand for
housing coupled with a limited
supply of land, which prompt-
ed hundreds to attend the open
house for the Coral Breeze
Estates development.

Mike Lightbourn, president
of Coldwell Banker Light-
bourn Realty, the exclusive
agents for the Coral Breezes
development, told The Tri-
bune that provided they were
priced correctly, “every time a
new subdivision comes on the
market, it will sale”.

Some 10 deposits were
received during the first open
house for Coral Breezes on
November 3, despite it being
cancelled due to Tropical
Storm Noel, an indication of
pent-up demand among
Bahamians for middle-class
housing.

WEDNESD






NOVEMBER



AY,

told otherwise by |
central government, |
or received a court

order telling them to
stop, the council
should continue to
review permit appli-
cations submitted by
Baker’s Bay, which
is being developed
by Arizona-based
Discovery Land

Company.

ernment Act.

Huge demand for Coral
Breezes subdivision

At the end of the sécond

open day, Coldwell Banker —

said only “a handful” of duplex
lots were left on the market,

and there were “multiple ©

names” on the reservations
lists for those properties,
meaning they will be sold to

whoever puts down a deposit

first.
- Mr Lightbourn said Coral
Breezes was located half-a-
mile to the west of the main
Coral Harbour roundabout,
and its property values were
likely to increase as a.result of
the development’s proximity
to the proposed $1.3 billion
Albany Golf & Beach and
$867 million South Ocean
development.

“Bahamians like to own
property. Not everyone can
afford it, unfortunately. I wish

SEE page 7

San Sal developer
in $4m loan facility

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor:

THE company behind a pro-
_ posed resort development on
San Salvador has obtained a
$4 million loan facility from a
US publicly quoted company,
- which earlier this year provid-
ed similar services to the devel-
- oper behind the $700 million
Rum Cay Resort Marina.
Integrated Data Corp, a
Delaware-based telecommu-
nications holding company,
. which is listed on the Nasdaq
pink sheets, confirmed in its
: latest filing with the Securities
& Exchange Commission
(SEC) that it had entered into
the $4 million loan facility
agreement with Montana Land
Resources on July 30, 2007.
gh, Montana Land Resources is
said to be independent of
Montana Holdings, the Rum
Cay Resort Marina developer,
although John Mittens, the lat-
ter’s principal, is also a major
shateholder in the San Sal-
vador project.

* US quoted firm gets
ability to take 20% stake
in Montana’s Snow Bay
project, with loan secured
by $1m land deposit and
Rum Cay marina’s equity
and cash flow

According to Integrated .

Data Corp’s SEC filing, the
loan facility, which already has
a balance plus interest of
$1.435 million, is secured or
collateralised by Montana
Land Resources’ $1 million
deposit for land at San Sal-
vador’s Snow Bay Peninsula.
Further collateral is provided
by the equity, or share capital,
in another Montana Holdings
affiliate, Montana Marine Ser-
vices, which is operating Rum
Cay’s Sumner Point Marina -
the controversial marina facil-

SEE page 5



Until either of
those events happened, Mr Sweeting said
he and those three councillors believed
they should uphold the responsibilities
and obligations they took on when
appointed as councillors, and continue
to deal with Baker’s Bay’s permit appli-
cations as mandated by the Local Gov-

Provided there were no “major dis-
crepancies” with any of the applications,
and they had been vetted and passed pre-
viously by central government agencies
such as the Department of Environmen-
tal Health Services and Ministry of
Works, Mr Sweeting said he saw no prob-
lem in approving them, although the
Hope Town District Council was not act-
ing as a mere ‘rubber stamp’.

However, he added that the three












2007°

14,

Council divisions hit
Baker’s Bay approvals |

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Fred San

tion.”

SEE page 6

@ By CARA BRENNEN-.... _.
BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter

PUBLIC transportation operators yes-
terday told The Tribune that fare and
price rises were almost unavoidable due to
skyrocketing gas and oil prices, one firm
having seen its monthly gas bill rise by
more than 15 per cent.

Speaking with The Tribune, Travis
Fowler, reservations manager at ground
transportation provider Bahamas Expe-
rience, said the company was definitely
feeling the effects of rising fuel costs, as the
gas bills for their limousines and buses
had jumped from $13,000 per month to

remaining councillors - Fred Sweeting
and Rory Russell from Man-O-War Cay,
and Fred Laing from Great Guana Cay -
had taken the position that until they
received written confirmation from cen-
tral government that Baker’s Bay had
full clearance to proceed, and there was
no risk of liability to them or the council
from the Save Guana Cay Reef Associa-
tion’s litigation, they did not want to deal
with the developers’ applications.

Jeremy Sweeting yesterday charged
that some of the trio were “playing poli-
tics” with the Baker’s Bay project, and
were unhappy that the previous PLP
administration had approved it.

He added: “At a time when the econ-
omy is showing signs of slowing, it is
unfortunate that three councillors are
playing games with the development.
People have to do the right thing.
“There are 200 persons employed by

this development, so it affects a lot of

citizens - 200 families. The economy of
late has shown signs of slowing and reces-
sion. I hope that’s not the case, and I
hope we don’t delay any progress as far
as this development is concerned, as we
want to keep it moving in the right direc-

successful.

-GRAND Bahama Port
Authority (GBPA) licensees
have secured a December 13,
2007, date for a Supreme
Court hearing on their sum-
mons to appoint a public
trustee for the GBPA and its
Port Group Ltd, a move that
would add a new twist to the
ongoing ownership battle if

Sources familiar with the sit-
uation yesterday told The Tri-
bune that the Freeport Prop-
erty Owners and Licensees
Association, which is being
represented by attorney Mau-
rice Glinton, had obtained
from the Chief Justice, Sir Bur-
ton Hall, that December 13
hearing date, which: will be
before Justice K Neville
Adderley. The Association
applied for a court order to
appoint a public trustee for the
GBPA and Port Group as a
means to safeguard its private,
for-profit assets for the benefits
of licensees and the wider |
Freeport community.

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GBPA was preserved “in
place” until the Association’s

. first Originating Summons,
seeking declaratory relief and
answers to several issues sur-
rounding events at the GBPA,
was heard.

The public trustee and cus-
todian, if appointed, would
take control of the GBPA,

Port Group Ltd, ICD Utilities
and any other assets divested
by the former.

The Association, in its orig-
inal application, asked the
court to give the public trustee
powers to take possession of
the three entities’ assets and
any income derived from them,

- and investigate the acquisition
and ownership of shares in
Grand Bahama Power Com-
pany by ICD Utilities, the
BISX-listed holding vehicle,
Seashells Investments, and
Intercontinental Diversified
Corporation (IDC).

The Association also wants
the court to order the public:
trustee to investigate the “ser-.
vices charges account and the
income generated therefrom,
and collected by the Port

from the licensees”.

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“We are trying to streamline the com-
pany in a number of ways to prevent hav-
ing to raise costs,” he said, but with such a
high monthly gas bill these increases may
be inevitable.

- The Bahamas Taxi Cab Union is also
desperately waiting for the Government to
approve its request for an increase in its
fixed-fare rates, in light of escalating gas
prices, which are depressing taxi driver
p;rofit margins.

“We have been in negotiations with ~
both the former administration and the

present government for over three years,
but nothing has happened yet,” Leon Grif-
fin, the union’s president, told The Tri-
bune.

He said that the union was only asking
for “a pittance” of an increase.

“It’s nothing much, just enough to
reflect the cost of living, nothing for the
public to be alarmed with,” Mr Griffin
said.

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WHAT we are seeing in
our society of late is an
increase in criminality that
has all of us concerned.
While the experts may say
otherwise, their actions indi-
cate a situation and environ-
ment that raises questions
about whether they even
believe what they are saying.

This is not to jump on the
police, as they have enough
problems. The focus must be
on the corporate community,
which moves ahead regard-
less, as business must go on.
This being the case, increased
efforts are necessary for the
safe delivery of services to
customers. By this time, com-
pany heads should now have
strategies to deal with the
crime situation.

A word of caution here,
because we are approaching
the time of year when crime
usually increases. All of us in
the corporate arena have
become accustomed to it, but

. We must not allow compla-

cency to override caution.
Especially considering the
reallocation of law enforce-
ment resources in the past 12
months.

Officers who would have
been doing regular front line
police duties are now
engaged in special assign-
ments that take them away
from this. Most recently, we
have also had a shift in
resources to assist in relief
efforts related to Tropical
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manpower because of the
potential for panic, but you
do the math and watch the
streets for the number of
patrol cars - not the ones
marked with 'Urban Renew-
al', just a good old blue patrol
car.

How does this impact
crime? Well, if you are not
monitoring I assure you the
criminal is, as the presence
and availability of the police
directly affects his profit mar-

gin.

What can the corporate
securily manager do to
reduce the risks as they per-
tain to crime, security and
loss issues? I will present
some proven strategies that
will increase the potential for
a crime-free environment.

Awareness

Called 'Zanshin' by the
Japanese Samurai, this state
of being was developed to
reduce the potential of being
killed when least expected. It
was not a skill developed pri-
marily for war time, as during
this period you knew you had
to be alert. It was a technique
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Often, the victim, be it the
person or the establishment,
is a result of not noticing sim-
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occurs in isolation, meaning
that one of the fundamental
theories of crime prevention
is to be aware of your sur-
roundings. The difficulty is in
recognising these indicators
and having enough time to
counter them.

For example, many of us
have bought into the idea of
Closed Circuit Television
Cameras (CCTV), but this
tool seems to only have value
after the loss event has
occurred, With great pride,
the security manager or per-
son assigned to the security
function hands over to the
police a recording of the
crime. But if the camera sys-
tem was properly used, there
would have been mandatory
reviews of the daily record-
ings in an effort to observe
the movement of people in
and out of the crime area.

Especially important are
recordings of the area imme-
diately outside the potential
critical area - the staging
area. This is where the crimi-
nal prepares him/herself for
the big event. They have
usually visited the area on
numerous occasions to gain
some type of comfort level
before engaging the target.
The security team, through
this method, now has a good
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the luxury of a CCTV system,
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pulse of the environment we
are living in by reading the
newspapers. Additionally, it
is not a bad idea to employ
the services, unofficially, of
the local bum who hangs
around your office area. You
can guarantee he will see
danger coming a mile away.
What about the janitress or
the mail room clerk? These
persons are regularly ignored
and not talked to, but they
listen and observe things that
we are too busy to appreci-
ate.

What we have fallen into is
the trap of being 'reactive'.
This has its merits, but’
demands that we become vic-
tims. As a result, we have
become numb or desensitised
to the signs and indicators
around us. This is an unac-
ceptable conclusion, especial-
ly for those of us who want to
live and be profitable. By
increasing our state of alert-
ness and awareness, we can
prevent the loss event. By
doing this, we reduce the cost
of having to recover damages
and the halt in productivity
caused by crime.

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Consumer credit growth
decline slows economy

@ By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter

A SUBSTANTIAL decline
in consumer credit growth,
which fell from an unsustain-
able 14 per cent rate in 2005
and 2006 to between 6-8 per

cent growth this year, has-

caused a significant reduction
in consumer spending and
moderated the economy’s
growth, the minister of state
for finance said.

Zhivargo Laing, responding
to claims by opposition leader
Perry Christie that the Gov-
ernment’s policies were
responsible for slowing down

the Bahamian economy’s:

growth, said the $97.16 million
overdraft left in place by the
former PLP administration,
coupled with a 2006-2007 fiscal
deficit of more than three per
cent and a devastated Grand
Bahamian economy, were
greater factors in any econom-
ic slowdown than the FNM’s
review of investment projects.

He said that instead of blam-
ing the FNM for any econom-

ic downturn, there were a_

number of things which Mr
Christie “could have said, but
didn’t.

Mr Laing said the Govern-
ment’s overdraft was $97.16
million in May 2007, some 9
per cent higher than what the
PLP met in place when they
came to office in 2002 - a time
when they claimed the econo-
my was in worse condition
than when they left office.

_He added that fiscal year
2006-2007 was likely to pro-
duce a deficit outturn of more
than 3 per cent, which is almost
twice the 1.6 per cent deficit
forecasted, a difference of
some $89 million.

Further, Mr Laing said the

_ Bahamas had been impacted

by a devastated Grand
Bahamian economy, with sub-
stantial unemploymentm cou-
pled with stagnant unemploy-
ment levels-in most Family
Islands.

Mr Laing pointed out that
the Bahamian economy was
likely to enjoy robust 3 per
cent growth in 2007, as indi-
cated by the Central Bank of
the Bahamas governor, Wendy
Craigg.

“Tt has likely moderated
compared to last year, a fact
which even the IMF also sup-

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MINISTER OF STATE FOR FINANCE Zhivargo Laing

by those who seek political
gain by some pretence of
decline of the Bahamian econ-
omy will change that reality,”
Mr Laing said.

“We in this administration
continue to be vigilant in
observing both international
and national events that influ-
ence our economic prospects,
and will continue to do so in
order to ensure the best-inter-
ests of our people.”

He added any economic
slowdown the Bahamas might
be experiencing could result
from several factors.

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Mr Christie had claimed that
external reserves were low,
there had been a slowdown in
bank lending, and bank com-
mitment fees had increased,
further impacting the con-

Central Bank’s interest to
watch what is happening in
relation to the domestic credit
expansion, and to see the
extent to which it could be neg-
atively influencing your for-

eign reserve levels because the. °.'.-
two go hand-in-hand. So it may :*
by moral persuasion or some -.
other means they curb that by
reducing the banks’ ability to
lend.”

struction industry and the
Bahamian economy’s expan-
sion.

However, Mr Laing said that
the former prime minister’s
remarks display “great igno-
rance” of the way the coun-
try’s economy works.

He explained that a number
of the issues affecting it were
external, and something the
Bahamas has little control
over, such as US sub-prime
mortgage woes and oil prices,
which are currently reaching
almost $100 a barrel.

One area the Bahamas does
have some control over is
domestic credit expansion,
which the Central Bank is
monitoring.

“We can have some control
over domestic credit expan-
sion, and any time you have
domestic credit expanding at
a rate that is unsustainable, it is
in your interest to curb that
rate because what is happening
is that people are borrowing,”
Mr Laing said.

“When they borrow, they
spend and they are purchasing
items that are essentially
imported from aboard. To pur-
chase those items, they need
foreign currency such as Unit-
ed States dollars. When they
use those United States dol-
lars to make that purchase,
they are draining your
reserves.

“So unless you have those
reserve levels being replaced
at a rate greater than the
amount being used, than you
will have the kind of decline
in those reserves that end up at
levels that could threaten your
US-Bahamian dollar parity.
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FINDEX 870.83 YTD 17.35%

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CHANGE.

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108.80%
11.84%
18.93%
2.65%
0.00%.
113.71%
10.00%
32.29%
65.79%
3.53%
20.80%
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12.26%
27.27%
94.10%
6.07%
1.40%
16.86%
0.00%

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$2.61
$0.85
$9.55
$11.60
$14.60
$3.74
$11.18
$5.52
$3.15
$14.65
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$2.25
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ICD $7.25
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meeting for November 15, 2007.

e FAM has declared dividends of $0.0 06 per share, payable
on November 13, 2007, to all shareholders of record date
November 6, 2007. ;

e BWL has declared dividends of $0.09 per share,’ payable
on November 23, 2007. to all shareholders of record date
November 14, 2007.

e BSL has declared dividends of $0.30 per share, ayable on |-

November 9, 2007, to all shareholders of record date Novem-
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ernment at $3 for the first
quarter mile, and 40 cents for
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Education:

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regardless of whether the taxi
is a regular sized cab, van or
stretch limo. In addition, there
are a number of fixed rate
zones. (Additional passengers
over two are $3 each).

According to the Ministry of
Consumer Affairs and Local
Government, motorists can
expect another hike in gaso-
line and diesel prices within
two weeks. However, it
remains unclear just how high
the increase might be.

Earlier this week, crude oil
for December delivery on the

New York Mercantile
Exchange fell 91 cents to
$95.46 a barrel.

Brent crude for December
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on the ICE Futures Europe
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been since trading began in
1988, when it hit $95.19 a bar-
rel on Wednesday, November

The most recent increase in
the Bahamas went into effect
on November 8, which saw an
increase of 21 cents a gallon
for gasoline at Esso stations,
and an actual decrease of one
cent for FOCOL in Grand
Bahama.

However, as that increase
was based on the “old” prices
of crude oil, an additional
increase is expected shortly,
possibly another 20-plus cents
on a price that wouldstill not
reflect today’s current global
highs.

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ity Mr Mittens and Montana
are in the process of closing
the purchase on from US ven-
dor Bobby Little.

The loan facility agreement
also contains a clause allowing
Integrated Data Corp “at any
time” to convert the debt owed
to it into a 20 per cent stake
in Montana Land Resources.

It ‘is unclear whether Mon-
tana Land Resources’ purchase
of San Salvador’s Snow bay
Peninsula, an area some 550
acres in size, has been con-
cluded, although the deal had
yet to close at July 30, 2007,
this year.

What is clear from the SEC
documents is that Bahamian
land and assets, whose pur-
chase is yet to close, are being:
used as collateral to obtain

-debt financing from interna-
tional companies. Arrange-
ments such as those between
Montana Land Resources and

_-. Integrated Data Corp would
_-_also have to be approved by
> the relevant government
'.*, authorities, such as the Cen-
-'tral Bank of the Bahamas,
‘-Investments

Board. and
National Economic Council

‘ (NEC).

Integrated Data Corp’s SEC
filing revealed: “On July 30,

’. 2007. we eniered into an agree-














SOUTH Riding Point, the Grand Bahama-
~ based bulk storage and terminal facilities, has
started construction on two additional tanks
that.will add an ‘extra 1.5 million barrels of
storage capacity when the project is completed

Interested



ment with Montana Land
Resources Ltd (an indepen-
dent company from MHL) to
provide Montana Land
Resources an ongoing loan
facility of up to US$4 million.

Equity

“This loan facility includes
an equity convertibility clause
and is secured by Montana
Land Resources' downpay-
ment for Snow Bay Peninsula
on the island of San Salvador
in the Bahamas, and by its
equity in Montana Marine Ser-
vices Ltd, operators of Sumner
Point Marina on the island of
Rum Cay in the Bahamas.

“The current loan balance
under this loan facility as of
November 1, 2007, including
interest, is approximately
$1.435 million.”

A copy of Integrated Data
Corp’s ‘offer letter’, outlining
the terms of the loan facility,
which was sent to a London

- address for Mr Mittens and an

Angela Bravo, named as
“directors and co-owners” of
Montana Land Resources, was
attached to the SEC filing.

The letter, dated July 30,
2007, said the $4 million loan
would be used “in defraying
the general costs of Montana
Land Resources (MLR) land
and resort development inter-
ests in the Bahamas”.

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An established Bahamian Company is seeking a Financial Controller.

Qualifications for the position are:
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from an accredited and reputable university.
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Proficiency in Accounting Software such as QuickBooks or Peachtree
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The individual will be responsible for directing the overall financial
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persons should send resumés to:

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storage by some 1.5m barrels |

Its parent, World Point Terminals, reported movements and rates at the Freeport Con-

that for the first nine months of 2007, South
Riding Point’s revenues increased by $4.845

‘million compared to 2006, reflecting the rate
increases put in place in the 2006 fourth quar-
ter and greater marine activity.

The loan facility is to ter-
minate one year after Montana
Land Resources started to
draw it down, a time when any
outstanding balance will
become repayable within 15
days.

Confirming the equity con-
version clause, the letter stated:
“At any time prior to the Ter-
mination Date, and at Inte-
grated Data Corp’s sole dis-
cretion, Integrated Data Corp
shall have the right to convert,
on a pro rata basis and after
acquisition of free and clear
ownership to the land identi-
fied as Snow Bay Peninsula,
and any access now owned or
under agreement by Montana
Land Resources to Snow Bay
Peninsula on the island of San
Salvador in the Bahamas,
through Montana Land
Resources’ wholly-owned sub-
sidiary, Columbus Island Ltd,
up to a 20 per cent equity inter-
est in Montana Land
Resources.

“Montana Land Resources
shall pledge the following as
security for any and all loans
through this loan facility:

* The refundable US$1 mil-
lion cash deposit for Snow Bay
Peninsular now in escrow

* The equity of Montana
Marine Services Ltd, operators
of Sumner Point Marina on the
island of Rum Cay in the
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The company also has a 50 per cent interest
in a joint venture that operates a fleet of tug-
_ boats around Grand Bahama called Freepoint.

Freepoint’s revenues increased by $528,000
for the first nine months compared to 2006.
This increase reflected an increase in ship

flow.”

The Tribune revealed earlier

this year how Integrated Data
Corp had taken a 20 per cent
stake in Montana Holdings for
$13 million, acquiring 1,120 of
its 5,600 outstanding shares, in
addition to providing the com-
pany with an unsecured $7 mil-
lion revolving credit facility.
The Rum Cay Resort Mari-
na had at that point been val-
ued at $65 million, with the
urchase price coming from
3.88 million in cash; $6.12 mil-
lion via the sale of 3,060,000
Integrated Data Corp shares;
and $3 million via an unse-
cured loan from Mr Mittens,
Montana Holdings’ chairman
and majority shareholder.
Integrated Data Corp repaid
$1 million to Mr Mittens on
April 3, 2007, leaving a $2.047
million balance as at Novem-

ber 1.
Filing

The SEC filing added: “We
also entered into an agreement
to provide Montana Holdings
an ongoing loan facility of up
to $6 million to be utilised in
defraying the general costs of
Montana Holdings' Rum Cay
development programme in
the Bahamas during the whole
of 2007.

“In addition, we agreed to
provide up.to $1 million in

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loans to be utilised in Montana
Holdings’ proposed develop-
ment of a semi-autonomous
Floor and Wall Tile Produc-
tion Facility.

“On July 30, 2007, both par-
ties agreed to reduce the max-

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products as an integral part of the wholesale
distribution system.



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San Sal developer in $4m loan facility

imum loan amount under this
loan facility from $7 million to
$5 million. The current loan
balance under this loan facility
as of November 1, 2007,
including interest, is approxi-
mately $4.030 million.”

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Benchmark sees
$0.06 EPS growth

BENCHMARK (Bahamas) yesterday
reported a $0.06 earnings per share (EPS)
increase for the nine months ending Sep-
tember 30, 2007, compared to last year,
attributing the increased net income lof

per share, a change of 17 cents upon the
comparative period ending 2006.
Benchmark said its investment portfolio
for the year-to-date had contributed equal-
ly with Alliance to the group’s net earning

folio contributed significantly to the over-
all performance during the period.
Alliance continued to earn strong com-
mission dollars from its business, fuelled by
its capital markets activities, and coupled

with the recovery of its investment port-

$1.485 million to gains in its affiliates’ performance.
investment portfolios. : folio.
Benchmark said net earnings for the Movement

nine months to Septembedr 30 totalled
$0.30 per share, and in the 2007 third quar-
ter net earnings were $1.115 million or
$0.23 per share.

For the nine months ending September
30, net assets for Benchmark stood at
$7.138 million, and book value was $1.44

Benchmark’s net movement in unreal-
isied appreciation of investments was
$76,850, and Alliance net earnings were
$721,79. Further the company reported
that strong performance from the financial
sector of Benchmark’s investment port-

Julian Brown, Benchmark’s president,

said: “Recovery in the performance of

Alliance’s investment portfolio, coupled
with the continued strong performance of
Benchmark’s investment portfolio during
the third quarter, helped Benchmark
report strong,net earnings for the quarter
and nine months period.”

THE TRIBUNE. :



BENCHMARK PRESIDENT Julian Brown

Council divisions hit Baker’s Bay approvals

input into meetings, but could
not vote, unless the other six
councillors were evenly split.
His casting vote had fre-
quently been required in

FROM page 1

Jeremy Sweeting said that as
chief councillor he could have

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recent months to push through
approved permit applications
by Baker’s Bay, but he pointed
out that in August - with one
council member away - he
could not use his vote.

As a result, the three coun-
cillors opposed to dealing with
the Baker’s. Bay applications
until they received the go-
ahead from the central gov-
ernment had been in the
majority, and the developers’
applications were “delayed for
a month”.

Jeremy Sweeting said the
Baker’s Bay project had made
“a great impact” on the Abaco

economy, adding that the
developers were concerned to
“do things the right way”.

Roy Russell, one of the
three councillors reluctant to
deal with the Baker’s Bay
applications, told The Tribune
that politics had nothing to do
with his position, it being more
to do with avoiding court
action and being sued by the
Save Guana Cay Reef Associ-
ation.

“Some of the members want
to get something in writing
from the Ministry [of Local
Government] saying they are
not going to be liable if they

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sign off on these plans,” Mr

Russell said, referring to the
litigation and a letter sent by
the Association threatening to
sue them if they approved per-
mit applications.

“I’m one that wouldn’t sign. .

There’s three of us. We’ve
asked the administration to get
us a letter from the Ministry
saying that everything the
developers have has been
approved, and we’re free to
decide on the plans presented
to us,” Mr Russell added. “Let
us know we can proceed with-
out fear, accept our responsi-
bilities and then we will deal

_with the plans. Get the focus

off us and put it where it
belongs

“We want to make sure
everything is on the up and up.
Whether we agree with the
project is not the issue. I want
to do my job without fear of
being sued and within the law.

“I would just take a letter
from someone in authority say-
ing we’re free to act, the devel-
opers have gone through all

the channels, it’s all approved,
and you can deal with the plans
before you.”
Mr Russell and the other
two councillors, he added,
were seeking written guaran-
tees that the Baker’s Bay pro-
ject had been fully approved.
Dr Livingstone Marshall,
Baker’s Bay’s vice-president
of environmental and commu-
nity affairs, told The Tribune
that the developers did not
believe the situation at the

Hope Town District Council-.-,
would unduly impact the pro-'-.-

ject or approval of the required
permits.
However, the situation had

been raised with the Prime. -

Minister and relevant govern-- ..

ment ministries.
“There is no court order or.

anything preventing Baker's...

Bay from moving ahead under.
our Heads of Agreement and

what we plan to do,” Dr Mar- -

shall said.
“We want to see the council

carry out their responsibilities °

as mandated by law.”

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that CECILIA ST. LEO FORBES -
OF BARTLETTE HILL, GENERAL DELIVERY, GRAND -
BAHAMA, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible ”
for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas; and that any person who
knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should:
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 7TH day of
NOVEMBER, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality

and Citizenship,

P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.

Legal Notice

NOTICE

MONOPOLY INVESTMENTS LIMITED

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) MONOPOLY INVESTMENTS 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 13th November, 2007 when the Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the

Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Credit Suisse
Trust Linited, Rue de Lausanne 17 bis, Geneva.

Dated this 14th day of November, A.D. 2007

Credit Suisse Trust Limited
Liquidator

Legal Notice

NOTICE

CLOVERDALE CORP.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named

Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the
. 12th day of November 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa

Corp. Inc., P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.

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fabrics, has launched an on-
line shopping cart on the its
website, featuring a wide selec-
tion of its exclusive clothing
line and accessories.

Jeff Birch, Androsia’s chief
executive, said in a statement:
“We're thrilled to be able to

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ble to all our customers, both
internationally and in th,
Bahamas.”



Any items ordered on the
shopping cart that are not in
stock, will be made to order,
which may take up to two
weeks to produce and a week

to reach Nassau. Orders .

shipped to other Family
Islands may take a little
longer.

The Androsia shopping cart
encrypts all personal informa-
tion, and is only used for pur-
chase processing and account
maintenance. Personal infor-

mation is not transferred to a
third party for any reason.
"The shopping cart is one
way we are trying to be innov-
ative - in the hopes of main-
taining our existence," Mr
Birch added, a reference to the
cheap Androsia imitations and
counterfeits appearing in the
Bahamian market.
Androsia now offers more
than 150 products and an array
of fabrics, available through
the online shopping cart and

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Holding real estate prices

at the company's factory outlet
store in Fresh Creek.

In Nassau, Androsia is fea-
tured at Commonwealth Fab-

_ Tics and Seagrape, the gift shop

at Traveller's Rest. In Freeport
and the Family islands,
Androsia is carried in several
retail outlets.

Androsia was started by the
Birch family in 1973 as a cot-
tage industry to provide mean-
ingful jobs in Andros.

Today, the company



employs more than 20 people.
All the fabric designs and gar-
ments are the original cre-
ations of Androsia.

Authentic Bahamian-made
Androsia products have the
‘Androsia’ name on the
design.

Baker's Bay

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The Bahamas

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with at least three (3) years international or off-shore experience.

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must be able to train others and execute ideas and standards.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work in a growing and
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standards of performance, and meet deadlines.

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everyone could,” Mr Light-
bourn added.

“The amount of vacant
property for sale is not that
great, so every time a new sub-
division comes on to the mar-
ket, if it’s priced right, it will
sell. Bahamians like to buy real
estate, and price-wise, these
[Coral Breezes].are reasonably
priced.”

Phase 1 of Coral Breeze
Estates features about 95 lots.
The starting price for $90,000
for single family lots has
already increased to $99,500,
while duplex lots started at
$95,000 and are now going for
$120,000.

Mr Lightbourn said Bahami-
an real estate purchasers “go
through hell” to find decent-
sized lots worth $100,000 or
less, adding that there were a

’ number of factors pushing up

real estate and property prices.

Land supply and demand
factors were driving prices,
along with the increased costs
facing developers when it came
to putting in infrastructure and
the utilities - the Bahamas
Telecommunications Compa-
ny (BTC), Bahamas Electrici-
ty Corporation (BEC), and
Water & Sewerage Corpora-
tion and Cable Bahamas - plus
obtaining performance bonds

ers, since “time is money”.

and 20 years,” Mr Lightbourn
said.

. “In the 1970s, I sold lots at
Coral Harbour for $2,500.
There’s a lot of factors pushing
the price of real estate up. I
don’t think people appreciate
what the developers’ costs are.

“Everything is going up in
price. The infrastructure costs
continue to go up; that’s a fac-
tor as well. What the Govern-
ment does is that it tries to do
these package deals where they
offer people lots with the
homes thrown in, and the pres-
sure is on the builders to keep
prices down.” :

“We have a limited supply
of land on this tiny island. New
Providence has a density of
2,600 people per square mile,”
Mr Lightbourn explained.”

This compared to a density
of about 20 people per square
mile in Abaco, 15 people per
square mile in the Exumas,
and 50 people per square mile
in Eleuthera.

Algernon Allen, the former
FNM housing minister who is a

director of Coral Dreams
Company, the developer, along
with his sister, former Bank of
the Bahamas managing direc-
tor Pauline Allen-Dean, spoke
about the land supply and
demand situation early in the
year.

He said there was less than
2,000 acres of ‘immediately
marketable land’ left in New
Providence, or about 9,000 plus
lots, excluding infrastructure.

Buyers were lured to the
Coral Breezes open house by
a $2,000 per lot discount offer.

“Our early investors are
very, very happy with their
investment, Prices are expect-
ed to continue to increase as
the infrastructure is complet-
ed,” said Carmen Massoni, a
“Coldwell Banker agent.

“T expect to have complet-
ed homes for re-sale in the
$600,000 bracket as the com-
munity is developed. We
already have plans for home
sales by independent contrac-
tors at a starting price of
$600,000.”

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ordinary dividend it paid to
shareholders by 50 per cent
year-over-year, paying $0.06
per share on its newly-split
stock.

The extraordinary dividend,
which comes on the heels of
the bank’s three-for-one stock
split, will be paid on November
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2007.

Commonwealth Bank’s
move on the extraordinary div-
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25 per cent for the nine months
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Piricte receiving perks

PM says parliamentary

salary he was accused
of accepting now being
paid to PLP leader

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

THE perks Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham was accused
of “greedily accepting” as’a for-
mer prime minister are now
being enjoyed by former Prime
Minister Perry Christie, Mr
Ingraham pointed out during
his contribution to the govern-
ment’s resolution of confidence
in the Speaker.

“T find it not only interesting
but amusing that the parlia-
mentary salary I was accused of
accepting as a retired prime
minister was, in fact, paid in
respect of my predecessor in

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& By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
pturnquest@tribunemedia.net



THE absence of Elizabeth MP
Malcolm Adderley during yester-
day’s critical vote of no confidence
in the Speaker of the House has
raised eyebrows among many in the
top tier of the PLP.

While expressing growing frus-
tration in hushed tones, PLP insiders
confirm that opposition leader Per-

SEE page nine

otfice, indeed paid by them. It
was appropriate and correct for
my predecessor to receive such
payments but not me.

“We in the government are
not surprised that there is no
opposition to these payments
from those opposite; they
believe, and believe firmly, that
they are entitled,” Mr Ingraham
said.

The prime minister said he
found their resolution of no
confidence in the Speaker hyp-
ocritical when in government
the PLP used to berate and
ridicule the Member for North

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Some US businessmen accused of ‘taking |
-the bread’ out of Bahamians’ mouths

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

BAHAMIAN realtors and
advertisers are enraged over the
activities of some American busi-
nessmen who they say are “taking
the bread” out of Bahamians’
mouths. ,

As reported by The Tribune
previously, Department of Immi-
gration officials are investigating
the activities of an American
advertiser called Todd Walker,
vice-president of The Real Estate
Book, and his colleagues.

According to reports, repre-
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_ court parties unable :

+ to reach consensus

| By BRENT DEAN

Tribune Staff Reporter
bdean@tribunemedia.net

: THE parties in the Pinewood :
: election court challenge were
? unable to reach consensus yes- ;
? terday on an agreement put for- }
: ward by the PLP, which would :
: acknowledge the voters who had }
: the right to vote in the con- :
stituency on May 2, and those }
: that did not, leaving debate only :
: for the remainder in question.

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| Developer
alleged to
have sought

' meeting with
disgruntled
investors

7 @ By ALISON LOWE

Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

THE developer behind the

? controversial Stephen’s Close
: sub-division was yesterday alleged
: to have sought a meeting with
: disgruntled investors who accuse
i her of failing to. honour her oblig-
? ations to them.

Omar Archer, spokesman for

? the families involved’ - of which
? there are over 10 - said that the
: developer was attempting to meet
: with the investors, and a meeting
: was tentatively scheduled to take

SEE page nine
Union of Public

; Officers demands

reinstatement of
NIB employee

THE Union of Public Officers

? (UPO) is demanding the imme-
? diate reinstatement of a National
} Insurance Board employee, after
? an investigation has allegedly
:, proven the staff member inno-
: cent of all accusations levelled at
i her earlier this year.

The union yesterday com-

: plained that one of its members,
? who was falsely accused of an

“impropriety”, still has not been

reinstated even after an investi-
: gation cleared the employee of

SEE page nine

Witness protection
participant claims

living in programme

for any length of
time ‘impossible’
@ By KARIN HERIG

Tribune Staff Reporter
kherig@tribunemedia.net

THE question of sufficient fund-
ing for the witness protection pro-
gramme was raised this week after

: a participant claimed that living

: The agreement was raised on } within the programme for any

: Monday when attorney Philip :

: ‘Brave’ Davis told the court that :

| : his client Allyson Maynard-Gib- :
: ? ing in the programme for more

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LOCAL NEWS

Police end probe
into death of man
. killed by officer —

Commissioner Farquharson to rule ;
on what action - if any - to take )

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

The police investigation into
the death of an Andros man
shot by a police officer on Sep-
tember 3 is now complete and
in the hands of the commis-
sioner, it emerged yesterday.

Commissioner Paul Far-
quharson now has the responsi-
bility of making a determina-
tion on what action, if any,
should be taken against the offi-
cer involved.

Yesterday, Chief Supt Glen
Miller, based at the Central

Detective Unit, said that the »

family of the deceased — Ken-
neth “Kenny” Russel, a Conch
Sound resident in his mid-20s —
had been made aware of the
progress.

According to the victim’s

uncle, Bill Pratt, Kenny’s sister

was in Nassau on Monday to
meet with the commissioner,
however he could not say what
the substance of this meeting
may have been at that stage.

Whilst stressing that he would
not wish to speculate what Mr
Farquharson’s recommenda-
tions in relation to the case
would be, Chief Supt Miller not-
ed that-there are several
options.

These include recommending
charges be brought against the
officer, recommending a coro-
ner’s inquest, recommending
that the use of force was justi-
fied, or forwarding the file to
the Attorney General for her
to deliberate over.

The victim, Kenneth “Ken-.
ny” ‘Russell, was. killed in the: -:-

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Cabana in.Lowe Sound,
Andros, after a night out with
friends. He was shot in the
upper left chest by’a police offi-
cer and died.at the scene.

. In the wake of the shooting,
Chief. Superintendent Hulan

Hanna reported that officers
from the Fresh Creek station,
along with some from the Cen-
tral Detective Unit’s security
department, were sent in to
back up police already in the
area to ensure that there was
“uprising” by locals.
However, while admitting
that they and other locals were
in astate of shock and anger,
family members complained
that such statements had mis-
represented the general atmos-

phere in the aftermath of thé’

shooting.

The victim’s relatives later
met with Mr Farquharson and
were informed that an investi-
gation into'the incident would
be carried out “very transpar-

3 ently and professionally”.

The officer-involved was put
on administrative leave,
“according to the usual

process,’ % ‘The Tribune was
informed by Mr Farquharson.

Days after, Bill Pratt, Ken-
ny’s uncle, said that;the family
felt that they have a “pretty
“strong case”.

In his opinion, “the police
department at the time. didn’t
have no reason for any force.”

He added: “We feel that if
the people give a full account
of what they’ve seen or heard
there shouldn’t be any, diffi¢g!-
ties.”

In this vein, Mr Pratt hid yes-
terday that the family had been
concerned about alleged reports
that some witnesses had been
hampered in their efforts to give
evidence to Andros police.

It was not clear if this was as a
result of a deliberate attempt :
to bias the process, or thanks
to an order.from police :head-
quarters that Nassau officers
would undertake to interview

the witnesses.

Nassau-based officers were
latér. sent to the island to take
the evidence of those persons
so as to avoid any “conflict of

“interest”, said Mr Pratt.

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Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net_

A BAHAMIAN woman is

: calling for justice for her elder-

: ly mother, an alleged victim of

a traffic accident two years ago,
: claiming the motorist inv olved

has not provided any financial

i help since the incident.

Roselin Lloyd, of Malcolm

i Park, told The Tribune that her
75-year-old mother Rosalee
: Lloyd was “knocked down” by

a motorist while walking beside

the road in Okra Hill ‘in
: November, 2005.

As a result, her mother was

: diagnosed with Complex
i Regional Pain Syndrome, sig-
i nificantly reducing her ability
: to perform everyday activities
? and diminishing her quality of
i life, Ms Lloyd said.

According to a medical

report dated September 20,
i 2007, issued by Dr May Hest-

mo, Rosalee was reportedly

i admitted to the Accident and
i: Emergency Department of

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My family are in a life and
death situation after road
accident, claims woman

Princess Margaret Hospital
complaining of pain to her arm
and abdomen.

sues ae X-rays and clini-
cal examinations revealed
superficial blunt chest and
abdominal trauma and a frac-
ture to her right forearm, the
report said.

Rosalee Lloyd alleged that,

-since the accident, the party

responsible had verbally agreed
to offer financial assistance to
her mother, but had since
reneged. While she has con-
tacted a lawyer, she does not
have the money to pay attor-
ney fees.

“Every time I see (my
lawyer) he looks like he wants
money. I wish a lawyer with a
heart would help us, instead of

taking the little money I have.”

Also, because of her low-pay-
ing se job, she is not
eligible fof assistance from the
Department of Social Services.

“(Social Services) say I (can’t
get assistance) because I work
for government, ‘they say both
of them get pension (and) oth-
er people is worse off than us.

‘“This time when the bank
take they money I leave with
about $93 (a month) and even
with their pension I could hard-
ly buy food,” Ms Lloyd said in
an interview with The Tribune
yesterday.

She said that she and her
family are in a “life and death
situation” and are living on a
39-foot boat docked in the east-
ern area.

almost 10 years — claim

Tearful woman, 46, pleads for
‘speedy resolution’ to matter



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take no more.
To ask someone
| for 25 cents —I

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By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
pturnquest@tribunemedia.net

A 46-year-old woman is
ae for attention to be paid
to her legal matter — which she

says has been languishing in the

courts for almost 10 years.

Ms Beryl Grant, in obvious
distress, made no effort to wipe
away tears as they streamed
down her face while sharing her

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feelings with The Tribune yes-
terday.

According to Ms Grant’s
spokesman Omar Archer, Ms
Grant has been unable to work
since 1998 since an altercation
with an officer from the Royal
Bahamas Police Force (RBPF),

and has survived off of stipends

from the National Insurance
Board and the Department of
Social Services.

Mr Archer said that Ms
Grant is seeking damages in the
hundreds of thousands of dol-
lars as a result of that alterca-
tion, which allegedly left her
with a broken arm.

Mr Archer used this oppor-
tunity to again call for an inde-
pendent oversight committee to
investigate with matters of
police brutality and corruption.

“I feel like Lam at my lowest
stage,” Ms Grant said yester-
day clutching her two-year-old
daughter Garinique.

“T really can’t take no more.
To ask someone for 25 cents — I
have to rehearse that.

“Everyone looking at me like
I’m a joneser.

“The money I had, [ had to
use for doctors and lawyers.”

Ms Grant said that her case
was last heard in September
2005 and she has now had to
resort to borrowing money to
keep the matter alive :

Currently, Ms Grant is tak-
ing a number of medications,
including morphine, for her
pain.

“A speedy resolution” to her
now almost 10-year-old case —
Ms Grant said this is all that she
is asking for.

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Dispute

resolution to
take place in
Supreme Court

A DISPUTE resolution
between Ann Rosen
Berco and OPAC
Bahamas Limited is set to
take place tomorrow
before Chief Justice Sir
Burton Hall.

The resolution confer-
ence is expected to begin
at 10.30am in the
Supreme Court.

The attorneys for the
plaintiff, Mrs Berco, are
Lockhart and Munroe.

_ Representing the defen-
dant is Harry B Sands
Lobosky Chambers.

Man is

reported

missing

m@ By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport

Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - A 45-
year-old Grand Bahama
man who has not been
seen since Saturday has
been reported missing to
police.

Kenneth Glen Light-
bourne, a resident of South
Bahamia, was reported
missing around 5.55pm on
Monday by concerned
family members.

Assistant Superinten-
dent of Police Loretta
Mackey, assistant press
liaison officer, reported
that Mr Lightbourne was
last seen by his wife at
1lam on Saturday at his
home.

He is described as being
five feet, seven inches tall,
and of slim built.

Supt Mackey asked any-
one with information
about Mr Lightbourne to
contact the police at 911,
350-3013-16 or 350-3107/8.

Ministry denies
Claims that reggae
group was allowed
to visit schools

THE Ministry of Edu-
cation, Youth, Sports and
Culture denied claims
reported in the local
media that a reggae group
was given permission to
visit Nassau high schools
on Friday.

The reports said that as
a result of this visit,
female students later -
gathered outside the
Hilton hotel.

Principal of H O Nash
Senior High School
Franklyn Lightbourne,
and Principal of L W
Young Senior High
School Telford Mullings
have confirmed that no
reggae artists visited their
campuses on Friday, the
ministry said in a state-
ment.

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LOCAL NEWS

@ By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
Chief Reporter

rmissick@tribunemedia.net

THE PLP has adopted a strate-
gy of “obstruction and disruption”
and intends to delay the proceed-
ings of both Houses of Parliament
as often as they can, Prime Minis-
ter Hubert Ingraham said.

He was speaking on Monday
night, when the government
moved a resolution following the
Opposition’s motion of
no confidence in Alvin Smith,
Speaker of the House of Assem-

-bly.

Mr Ingraham said that the PLP’s
“blatant disrespect for the chair”,
loud shouting and prolonged and
sustained pounding on the table
during the previous session of the
House, was all part of a carefully
orchestrated strategy. '

The debate on the conduct of
the speaker and on the comments

“It is clear that they have decided,
in my view, to harass the duly
elected government of the day and
to frustrate the advancement of th
people’s business.” |



Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham

made by Prime Minister Ingraham
in the House on October 22 raged
on all day Monday.

Last week, the opposition
vowed to bring the motion of no
confidence to the House after Mr
Smith ruled in favour of the gov-
ernment, saying that the context
in which Mr Ingraham used the
word “wutless” did not offend
House rule 30 (16) because the
word referred to a group not an
individual. It was therefore not

Ingraham claims some of
PLP’s staunchest supporters
are now disgusted with them

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

EVEN some of the PLP’s staunchest supporters
are now disgusted with them, Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham said during his contribution to the goy-
ernment’s resolution of confidence in the speaker.

He said that while the opposition party’s recent
actions have gained them some “cheap emotional
satisfaction”, this will get them nowhere — except
“deeper and deeper into the hole they are digging for

themselves”.

He said when the former governing party finally
comes to accept its fate at the polls, it may be
too late to save what used to be a great political

party.

The prime minister said that in their five years in
office, PLP members demonstrated that they had
learned nothing from their previous “mistakes, mis-
deeds and their rejection at the polls”.

“They have proven that they are incapable of
learning lessons from their past. They started to dig
themselves into a hole and the more they were
warned about what they were doing wrong, the
more they went on digging. One would have thought .
that a defeat after only one term in office would ©
have opened their eyes. But no; with all their mis-

deeds and scandals staring them in the face, they still
pretend that they were a good government.

“With all their mismanagement, bad decisions
and secret deals now coming to light, they seek to

he said.

electorate.

create diversions so the people will look the other
way. They still pretend that everybody is wrong and
they are right, and maybe one or two of them actu-
ally believe that. So they keep on digging that hole,”

Mr Ingraham said the PLPs behaviour since the
election may indulge “their childish anger and sense
of frustration” but it gains them no points with the

He said that the politics of “peevishness and tru-
culence” in which the PLP have indulged since the
election might appeal only to the “fanatical fringe”

of their support in the country.

deterred.

ham said.

“But that fringe is growing ever smaller, and they
are making a big mistake if they believe that that is
where the vast majority of the Bahamian people
are in this day and age. So let them keep on digging
that hole. We on this side of the House will not be

“We will get on with the people’s agenda. We
will carry out the mandate given to us by the people
—in spite of the politics of obstruction and hate and
disdain being practiced by the other side,” Mr Ingra-

Saving educational programme
is re-launched in Freeport

@ By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - Heritage Edu-
cation Funds International LLC,
which is based in Canada, has re-
launched a saving educational
programme in Freeport for par-
ents wishing to save money for
their children’s college education.

As the cost of higher educa-
tion continues to rise, many
Bahamian parents are unable, or
must struggle to send their chil-
dren off to college or university.

Heritage has been helping par-
ents save money for their chil-
dren’s future for the past 40 years
in Canada, and for the past
decade-and a half in the Bahamas.

Jason Maguire, Chairman of
Heritage Education Funds Inter-
national, was in Freeport on
Monday to announce the re-
launch of the programme.

Veteran insurance executive
Philip Franks has signed the con-
tract with Heritage as the official
representative for the distribu-
tion of the product in Grand
Bahama and Bimini.

Parents with children up to 13
years old can apply in Freeport by
contacting Mr Franks, who is an

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Mr Maguire said Heritage has
paid out more than $40 million
over the years to help parents
send their children on to higher
education.

He also noted that the pro-
gramme has paid out $6.2 million
to parents in the Bahamas.

“We have helped to make a
difference in the lives of families
and children, the community, and
in general, the lives of the country
itself,” he said.

Mr Maguire said that repre-
sentatives in Freeport, such as Mr
Franks, will go out and meet with
parents and tell them about how
the plan works. He said parents
will have to determine what they
are comfortable paying into the
plan every month.

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The child may be awarded
scholarships to attend a recog-
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anywhere in the world.

Scholarships are not awarded
based on exceptional grades. Stu-
dents only need to maintain pass-
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versity, community college, reli-
gious college, and technical insti-
tute.

All students will have the
opportunity to pursue their own
interests based on their own abil-
ities and choice, Heritage says.

unparliamentary in the context in
which it was used.

“Tt is clear that they have decid-
ed, in my view, to harass the duly
elected government of the day and
to frustrate the advancement of
the people’s business,” Mr Ingra-
ham said.

FNM defeated PLP 21 to 17 on
the no confidence motion," they
passed the amendment to the
motion in support of House Speak-
er Alvin Smith at 11.30pm.

Notably absent from the PLP
side was Elizabeth MP Malcolm
Adderley who has failed to debunk
rumours that he has disassociated
himself from his PLP colleges.
Clerks of the House checked the
whole the building to make sure no
one missed the vote.

Mr Smith walked in to cheers,
applauding and rapping on the
table by the FNM, he immediately
resumed the usual business, and
the House was adjourned until
Wednesday, November 14.

During his contribution, Mr
Ingraham asserted that the PLP’s
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cern that the privilege of any of
the opposition members had been
breached.

Nor, in his estimation, did their
motion have anything to do with
the use of unparliamentary lan-
guage, preserving the dignity of
this House or about the validity of
any ruling made by the Speaker.

“Tt is about a deliberate strategy
adopted by members opposite ever
since the last election when the
people of the Bahamas removed

. them from office —.a strategy to

obstruct, to denigrate, to frustrate
and to derail. It is about their arro-
gant attitude of entitlement as the

' natural and only party to govern

the Bahamas.

“It is about their inability to
accept their defeat and the verdict
rendered by the people at the polls.
And it is about their immature
unwillingness, indeed their refusal
to accept their fate; to come to
terms with their new status and
station in political and social life
in the Bahamas and to move on,”
the prime minister said.

He said that it is clear that the
opposition has decided to do all in
its power to keep the country on
edge and to foment discontent.

Mr Ingraham said that while it is
true that the Bahamian and other
parliaments sometimes get carried
away in the heat of debate, he felt
what the opposition did last week
was a “deliberate and disgraceful
performance and one which will
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Not the time
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THE PLP still don’t get it. They don’t under-
stand that although the Bahamian people don’t
want their legislators making hurried decisions
without reasonable consultation, they do want
them to know when it is time to stop talking
and start acting.

Even after the disgraceful fiasco in the
House in the past three sittings and the passing
of the controversial — controversial for the
PLP that is — amendment to the Juries Act,
Dr Nottage bemoaned the fact that the act
had been passed without wider consultation.

The passing of the amendment had been post-
poned earlier to accommodate Dr Nottage’s
request. November 5 was the date set for Dr
Nottage to produce more information to justi-
fy the Bill either being rejected or delayed.

Dr Nottage said the PLP wanted more time
for public education, consultation, and evalu-
ation. In the meantime, he recommended that
the Bill be left either in the committee stage or
sent to a House select committee. After five
years of talk and little to show for it, the last
thing most Bahamians wanted to hear was
more talk and no action from their govern-
ment. With crime escalating, and hardened
criminals out on bail because the courts are
overburdened, they want to see forward
motion.

However, when November 5 came around,
Opposition Leader Perry Christie, wanted the
people’s business suspended while the House
dealt with his and his colleagues’ injured feel-
ings. The Speaker agreed to hear him, but
asked that he wait the short time that it would
take the MP for Carmichael to complete his
contribution, Mr Christie dug his heels in. His
matter should take precedence, he declared.

Although, in their various speeches Oppo-
sition members said they expected equal treat-
ment for all members, there.were those who,
while espousing the equality rule, felt that
some rules should be bent for Mr Christie —
after all he was one of the “father’s of the
House” and had been in that place for 30 years.
However, if they sincerely wanted equal treat-
ment, then one would have expected Mr
Christie to have set the tone and led by exam-
ple.

But no, the decision as to whether “wutless”
was an.unparliamentary word had to be settled
immediately..

The Speaker thought otfisawise: ruled that
the House should proceed with business and
that Mr Christie should wait his turn. -

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the amendment through its paces, the Oppo-
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was passed, the House was adjourned and a
shocked Opposition was left in the uproar of
desk pounding. Dr Nottage had lost his chance
to make his recommendations and:a full day
was set aside to debate “wutless” “worthless”,
“shameful” and whether such an “unfair”
Speaker was worthy to remain in the chair. In
the end it proved to be an utterly “wutless”
exercise with Speaker Alvin Smith even more
securely anchored in the chair with the Speak-
er’s mace in its cradle before him.

The fact is that the jury system has been
debated from time to time over many years.
On July 1, 1966 — 41 years ago — writing in
this column under the heading... “What ...
And How?” the late Sir Etienne Dupuch, pub-
lisher/editor of this newspaper wrote:

“For some time now there has been a feeling
among people in the community that the jury
system is breaking down.

“It is felt — and there may be some truth in
the suspicion — that politics has crept into the
courts through the men who normally serve
on the common jury. People who should serve
on the jury are so busy that they try to dodge
this great responsibility.

“It has been suggested that the jury system
should be abolished but this is impossible. I do
not see anything to replace it. But there is
room for modification of the system.”

‘| He then goes on to discuss the corruption

and contamination of jurors, how the system

has not kept up with the better educated crim-
inal who has now proved that crime does pay.

He had just returned from Germany where
he discovered that a judge sits with a jury dur-
ing its deliberations. From what he had heard,
he thought that “a judge in the group would
tend to have a sobering influence on the men.”
In those days women did not serve on the jury.

We have already had 41 years of talk.

We now have a reduced number of jurors
from 12 to 9 in all but capital cases, which
should cut down on the time it takes to get a
case started. Others have tried it, particularly
in the Caribbean, and found it successful. Why
not the Bahamas? No one suggests that this
will solve crime, but at least it is a beginning.
At least we are now out of the committee room
with a small instrument that might help remove
many criminals from the streets. -

(In this column on Monday, November 12, in
reference to an incident in the House in 2003
when Mr Christie, as prime minister, dismissed
certain persons as “cockroaches”, we observed
that Speaker Sir Clifford Darling had not ruled
the word out of order. We apologise to Speak-
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sour lime’

EDITOR, The Tribune.

BACK when I was a child,
youngsters routinely occu-
pied themselves with games
such as “hop scotch”, “ring
play”, “marbles” and “spin-
ning tops”.

Children also delighted in
repeating classical nursery
rhymes such as “Humpty
Dumpty sat on the wall” and
“Mary, Mary quite con-
trary”.

A number of rhymes with
somewhat of a local flair
such as “cry baby sour lime”
and “penny worth of
sausage” were also thrown
in the mix. ©

I’m not quite sure why but
the behaviour of “Her
Majesty’s Loyal Opposition”

subsequent to the 2007 Gen- .

eral Elections routinely caus-
es the words “cry baby sour
lime” to come to mind.
These words have res-
onated even more loudly fol-
lowing the Opposition’s
quite delayed “formal”
response to use of the word
“wutless” by Prime Minister

Hubert Ingraham to describe -

the opposition’s crime fight-
ing performance.

The Prime Minister point-
ed to the 100 plus murder
accused presently on bail as
evidence of such wutless-
ness.

The Opposition's behav-
iour has been reminiscent of
advice given to young jurists
regarding case presentation,
ie argue the law when a case
has legal merits; argue the
facts When a case has factual
merits; hammer on the table
when a case has neither legal
nor factual merits.

The Opposition ham-
mered on the table.

Wutless, the Bahamian
version of worthless (though
with a strong emphasis)
means lacking value.

Perhaps the former Prime
Minister considers the huge
number of persons who have
been given bail because of
lack of prosecution of their
cases in a timely fashion as
being indicative of out-
standing, stellar performance
by his government.

If he does he should say
SO.

I have also reminisced on
how puerile the behaviour
of the Opposition has been
when compared to the
behaviour of the former













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Opposition Leader when
faced with similar circum-
stances.

For five years the PLP
Government had mercilessly
accused him of “double dip-
ping” even though they

knew their accusations were '

untrue.

In fact, in an effort to lend
some modicum of credence
to their double dipping con-
tention, the PLP: Govern-
ment had sought to surrepti-
tiously and underhandedly
sneak payments into the
PM’s bank account which he

both promptly returned and |

put an immediate stop to.

Double dipping connotes
taking twice though entitled
to take only once. To appro-
priate beyond one's entitled
share.

Stealing, if you will.

Most individuals would
have withered under such a
dysphoric attack.

Hubert Ingraham neither’

withered nor recoiled in the

face of the tendentious and
relentless attack but merely
sought to defend his integri-
ty, with facts, and in states-
manlike fashion. No cry
baby sour lime.

Yet the PLP continued
with their accusations know-
ing them to be false, ham-
mering on the table if you
will.

The era when hammering
on the table sufficed has
long past.

This is no time for churlish
behaviour.

This is not the time for cry
baby sour lime.

If there are facts to be
argued, the PLP should
argue the facts.

If there are legal argu-
ments to be made, they
should advance the argu-
ments.

Otherwise, they should
just serve in the role of Her
Majesty’s Loyal Opposition
and get on with the people’s
business.

MICHAEL R MOSS
Freeport,

Bahamas,
November 8, 2007.

Prefab homes

spark concern

on Eleuthera

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I COME from a strong PLP facnly, and a member of a con-

struction family.

We have been instrumental in the PLP success in 2002 and
worked feverishly to help win in South Eleuthera. We feel
liked someone has rubbed pepper in our eyes. We were

fooled.

The contractors on Eleuthera are livid. The tilly te calm
and peaceful people may have been taken advantage of. They
believe that they have being exploited.

Eleutherans, from Governor’s Harbour, Palmetto Point,
Tarpum Bay and Savannah Sound are complaining as to who
or how could anyone who pretended to have Bahamians’
interest at heart, give the authorisation to bring in prefabri-
cated homes into Governor’s Harbour that literally do not
need a contractor. This is wicked.

The prefab homes are presently sitting on the dock on
Cupid’s Cay and have been there for a while. No one seems
to know who ordered them, but they must have been ordered
many months ago which means that the PLP must be upfront
and explain who authorised the homes, what arrangements
were made and what concessions were given.

- The PLP must explain how the contractors in Eleuthera
would benefit from prefab homes being shipped to any island

in the Bahamas.

There are reasons to believe that some under the table

dealings may have happened.

The frustration that was expressed on Cupid’s Cay by well
known contractors must be taken serious. The deceit and
deception surrounding the homes only proves that Bahami-

ans first was only a cliché.

The homes came fully furnished with kitchen and bath-
room cabinets already installed, bathroom fixtures already
installed and stacked with mattresses and other furnishers.
These findings beg several questions. Since the cabinet work
has already been done, how the cabinet builders in Eleuthera

would benefit?

Since the bathroom has already been installed, how the
Bahamian plumbers would feed their families. Since the
homes are already constructed, how would the masons and

carpenters benefit?

I stand to be corregted but is there a moratorium on the
importation of mattresses? How would the Bahamian manu-
facturers make any money if all of these things are stacked up
to the ceiling in the prefab homes? Who authorised the
exemption for these things to happen? Who gave the permis-
sion to circumvent the tariff on mattresses? Someone must —
have a sensible explanation. for this.

This is a clear plan to destroy the construction business in

Eleuthera. Which island is next?

The PLP must now explain who has/is benefiting from this

act.

The beautiful people of Eleuthera should be told who
shafted them on the altar of greed. These good people of
Eleuthera, who would literally give you their heart, do not
deserve this kind of “backstabbing”.

From the pattern of how the PLP negotiated business with
other investors, how they gave away the Bahamas, it would
not be too far fetched to conclude that the previous govern-
ment had started to give away Eleuthera too. The PLP modus
operandi seems to be to give away everything, and, in my
opinion, especially if a big time PLP is reaping the spoils.

Shameless PLP could care less who complains, just as long

as they get “all for me baby”.

SR KNOWLES
Governor’s Harbour.
November, 2007.
THE TRIBUNE

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2007, PAGE 5





In brief

Students
present
stamps to
Minister
of State

MINISTER of State for
Youth and Sports Byran
Woodside was presented
with a set of Governor-
General’s Youth Award
20th Anniversary Com-
memorative stamps by
students who took part in
the award scheme.

The stamps highlight
each area of the award:

e Service —15¢

e Skills — 25¢

e Physical recreation — 50¢
¢ Adventurous journey —
55¢

¢ GGYA Logo -70¢

Making the presenta-
tion were Alan Pinto,
Government High School
GGYA unit leader; Glen-
roy Forbes, GGYA silver
participant and Denise:
Mortimer, GGYA nation- :
al executive director. ;

The Governor-Gener-
al’s Youth Award is
described as an exciting
self-development pro-
gramme available to all.
young people worldwide,
“equipping them with life
skills to make a differ-
ence to themselves, their
communities and the
world”.

To date more than five
million young people
from over 100 countries
have. been motivated to
undertake a variety of ;
voluntary and challenging :
activities. ;

Forty-four units are
located throughout the
Bahamas catering to
1,000 participants.

Since 1987 more than
8,000 young Bahamians,

-ages 14 to 25, have partic- :
ipated in the GGYA,

Manis .-
expected to
be charged
in connection
with drugs
seizure

FREEPORT - A male
resident of Eight Mile
Rock is expected to be
charged today at Freeport
Magistrate’s Court in con-
nection with the seizure of
a quantity of illegal drugs
at Hepburn Town.

According to reports,
DEU officers executed a
search warrant on a home
at Hepburn Town at 2pm
on Monday.

During a search of the
house, police allegedly dis-
covered three pounds of
cocaine and two and a half
pounds of a substance they
suspected was marijuana.

A 24-year-old man was
arrested and taken into
police in connection with
the find.

’ Police are continuing
their investigation into the
matter.

The Tribune wants to hear
from people who are
making news in their
neighbourhoods. Perhaps
you are raising funds for a
good cause, campaigning

| for improvements in the
area or have won an

) award.
If so, call us on 322-1986
and share your story.



BIVI officials deny

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

OFFICIALS at the
Bahamas Technical and
Vocational Institute are
denying claims made last

week by disgruntled staff
members that the institu-
tion lacks proper structure
and suffers from a declin-
ing student body.

A well informed source
at BTVI spoke with The
Tribune yesterday and con-
tended that the claims

made in an article pub-
lished last Saturday were
“untrue” and “half-
baked”.

The source provided a
copy of BTVI’s enrollment
list for 2007 which listed

1,237 students as being .

enrolled at the institution

BDM leader slams
behaviour in House

BAHAMAS Democrat-
ic Movement leader Cas- |
sius Stuart has hit out at
what he called the “intol-
erable behavior” that has
been displayed by members
of parliament over the
years. ;

He also criticised the
actions of MPs from both
parties in recent sittings of
the House of Assembly, |
calling them “a clear indi-
cation” that they are not fit
to sit in parliament.

“The members of the |
governing party, as well as
the opposition have dis-
graced our parliament as
well as our country by their
shameful and disorderly
conduct over the years,”
Mr Stuart said in a state-
ment issued yesterday. |

He added that from the
first sitting -of Parliament

in May 2007, “no bills or resolutions of a sig-
nificant value have been debated in the House”.
“This current sitting of parliament is an
absolute waste of time and resources,” he said.
Mr Stuart said the current parliament, which
he described as a “rump sitting” should be dis-
solved, because its a waste of tax payers’ mon-
ey.
~ “Our country is onthe brink of national
chaos; our educational system has failed, our

Cassius Stuart



crime dilemma has escalat-
} ed beyond control, our
social and moral fabric have
been torn, our family struc-
ture has been destroyed and
our economy is in a mone-
tary quicksand, with no
.clear plans or a rebound
any time soon,” Mr Stuart
said, :

“In the midst of these
crucial and vexing problems
facing our country today,

of parliament find them-
selves doing is bickering
and quarreling over insignif-
icant matters.”

The statement is one of
the first public utterances
from Mr Stuart since the
general election of May
2007, when despite high
hopes, his party failed to
secure a single seat.

Mr Stuart had expressed

disappointment at the results, and said the par-
ty would have to take a close look at what
might have gone wrong.

Since that time, former Bahamas Democrat-
ic Movement secretary general and candidate
Omar Archer has begun making waves — join-
ing the opposition Progressive Liberal Party

and announcing that he will run for party chair-

Farquharson calls
on GB officers to
support successor

@ By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter

dmaycock@tribunemedia.net_ »

FREEPORT -— Police Com-

missioner Paul Farquharson

called on officers in Grand
Bahama to support his succes-
sor and to continue to be united
in the fight against crime.

Mr Farquharson, who will
retire next year, was in Grand
Bahama as part of a hand-over
tour to announce his official
retirement from the Royal
Bahamas Police Force and to
introduce Deputy Commission-
er Reginald Ferguson as his suc-
cessor.

Mr Farquharson met with
Senator Kay Smith, parliamen-
tary secretary in the Prime Min-
ister’s Office in Freeport, Sir
Albert Miller, CEO of Grand
Bahama Port Authority, and
other officials.

Leave

Commissioner Farquharson
will demit office on January 18,
2008. Deputy Commissioner
Reginald Ferguson will serve as

. acting commissioner from

November 21 when Mr Far-
quharson goes on pre-retire-
ment leave, and until a com-
mission is appointed.

Both men are expected to
travel to Abaco and then on to
other islands.

“Tam pleased to come before
you once again as your com-
missioner to announce my
retirement after over 40 years of
service. Two months from now
I shall lay down my responsi-
bilities as commissioner of
police and the authority as com-
missioner will be vested in my
successor, Deputy Commis-
sioner Reginald Ferguson,” he
said.

Mr Farquharson said being
commissioner was not always
an easy task.

“I’ve had some good times
and I have had some challeng-
ing times throughout my career.
But I always endeavored to
embody our motto: courage,
integrity, and loyalty,” he said.



POLICE COMMISSIONER
Paul Farquharson

“These three words rever-
ently dictate what you want to
be, what you can be, and what
you will be.

“They are your rallying points
which build courage when
courage seems to fail, regain
faith when there seems to be
little cause for faith, and create
hope when hope becomes far-
fetched.”

Mr Farquharson noted that
the RBPF is responsible for
policing the entire country and
urged officers to continue to
work together in their fight
against crime.

“I want to encourage you to
be brave as you face the crimi-
nal element, and fair in the
administration of your duties,”
he said.

Mr Farquharson also thanked
Sir Albert Miller, a former
police commissioner, for his

support and advice over the

years.

Sir Albert commended
Commissioner Farquharson for
a job well done and pledged his
continued assistance to the
RBPF.

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in August — contradicting
allegations made by a
teacher last week.
According to the source,
over the last two weeks,
representatives from the
Public Service Union,
Bahamas Union of Teach-

-ers, and a BTVI human

resources Official, among
others met with teachers
individually at the tertiary
institution to hear concerns
and grievances. |

“The teachers met with a
high-powered group of
people.

“(They) didn’t have the
interview in a vacuum with
human resources, that
there speaks volumes.

“The teachers have their
concerns, some of them
being legitimate,
efforts are being made to
rectify the situation.”

The source added that
while one teacher and five
janitresses staged a demon-
stration on campus three
weeks ago, this was not a
complete representation of
staff morale and classes
were not disrupted during
the process.

“To say that there was a
demonstration that dis-
rupted classes was untrue.
We had one teacher (in the
protest) and a substitute

- was provided for his class.”

Last week, angry staff
members told The Tribune
that employee morale was



but -



“The teachers

‘met with a

high-powered
group of
people. (They)
didn’t have
the interview
in a vacuum
with human
resources, that



dangerously low due to the °

acts of a human resources

official, who they called --
to be removed from the

post. |
They also alleged that a

hostile climate existed - -

between teachers and

BTVI administration.

There were also asser- ~
tions that administration ~.
failed to carry out annual | -.

assessments that would
lead to salary increases and
that the institution’s enroll-

-ment had decreased from
1,200 — 1,500 to 300 — 400 +.

students in 2007.

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_ The Bahamas International Film
~ Festival programme announced

ThinkFilm’s Battle in Seattle
will open the 2007 event

*

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FESTIVAL FOUNDER and executive
director Leslie Vanderpool announced the

- final programme details for the fourth edi-

tion of the Bahamas International Film Fes-
tival yesterday.

This year, the Festival will showcase 83
films from 26 different countries, including
54 features of which several are world or
international premieres and nearly all
Bahamian premieres.

The four competition categories at BIFF
are:

e Spirit of Freedom: Dramatic

e Spirit of Freedom: Documentary

e New Vision

e Short Film

BIFF 2007 will take place from Thurs-
day December 6 through Thursday, Decem-
ber 13.

Because of the enormous growth and
support in its first three years, the festival
has been extended to a full seven days,
beginning this year.

It was also announced that the festival’s
opening night film is ThinkFilm’s acclaimed
action/drama Battle in Seattle starring Acad-
emy Award winner Charlize Theron,
Woody Harrelson, Ray Liotta, Michelle



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- Rodriguez, Joshua Jackson and Andre Ben-
jamin.

An audience favourite, the film is written
and directed by Stuart Townsend and pro-
duced by Townsend along with Mary Aloe,
Maxime Rémillard and Kirk Shaw.

In the film, activists arrive in Seattle,
Washington come together to protest a
meeting of the World Trade Organisation.
Riots and chaos ensue as demonstrators
successfully stop the WTO meetings. :

The festival’s closing night film is Juno —
the acclaimed coming-of-age comedy drama
from Fox Searchlight Pictures, directed by
Jason Reitman and starring Michael Cera,
‘Ellen Page, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bate-
man, Allison Janney, Rainn Wilson and J K
Simmons.

Academy Award winner Sir Sean Con-
nery will again be lending his full support at

Angeles.

The AFM is a world-class
film industry trade show
established by the Indepen-_
dent Film and Television

BIFF, attending as the festival’s patron.

Connery will be on hand to present BIF-
F’s Career Achievement Tribute Award on
Saturday, December 8.

Organisers said the full BIFF programme
is now available in print or online at
www.bintlfilmfest.com. Booking for the fes-
tival 2007 is now open.

The Bahamas International Film Festival
is a non-profit organisation committed to
providing the Bahamian community and
international festival goers with a diverse
presentation of films from the Bahamas
and around the world.

In addition to showcasing films that might
not otherwise be released theatrically,
organisers say BIFF provides unique cul-
tural experiences, educational programmes,
and forums for exploring the past, present
and future of cinema.

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CHARLIZE THERON stars in Battle in Seattle which will open

PICTURED (from left) at this year’s AFM are Eureka Glinton of the Bahamas Film Commission’s Los Angeles office,
Bahamian super model Janine Fox and Bahamas Film Commissioner Craig Woods.

Scotiabank purchases new mop-making

machine for Adult Blind Workshop

SCOTIABANK yesterday

fannouniced the donation of'a mop-

making machine to the Adult
Blind Workshop.

This is one of several donations
that the bank is making across the
country to charities and other
organisations that are in need.

“T am pleased to donate this
equipment to the Blind Centre,”
said Debra Wood, senior manager
for marketing and public relations.
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chase the mops made by this out-
standing group of visually-impaired
persons. We have had the oppor-
tunity to see the tremendous work
that they do and we are happy to
show our support by passing this
machine on to them to help them
become more self-sustaining.”

The Bahamas Division of the
Salvation Army runs the Adult
Blind Workshop.

Desmond Brown, one of the
staff demonstrated how the
machine will be used.

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Officials:
English bird
flu outbreak
is deadly
HSN1 virus

m@ LONDON

AN OUTBREAK of
bird flu in eastern Eng-
land is the deadly HSN1
strain of the disease,
the government said
Tuesday, according to
Associated Press.

The return of the dis-
ease in Britain, which
had its first mass out-
break of the strain ear-
lier this year, is yet
another blow to farmers
already struggling after
herds were hit this year
by foot-and-mouth dis-
ease and bluetongue.

Acting chief veteri-
narian Chief Veterinary
Officer Fred Landeg
said the source of the
outbreak had not yet
been identified. He said
it was closely related to
the strains found in the
Czech Republic and
Germany over the sum-

. mer.

Officials said earlier
that about 5,000 free-
range turkeys, 1,000
ducks and 500 geese on
the affected farm were
being culled.

Trade _

If the bird flu spreads,
it could devastate the.
hugely profitable
Christmas trade in
poultry.

A two-mile protection
zone and a six-mile, sur-
veillance zone were cre-
ated around the infect-
ed farm, and further
restrictions were
imposed throughout
Suffolk and much of the
neighboring county of
Norfolk.

‘The alarm was raised
- Sunday, after a rise in
death rates among the
birds, which are owned
- by poultry producer
Gressingham Foods,
based in Woodbridge.
Suffolk.

Landeg said Britain
had successfully eradi-
cated an outbreak of
HS5N1 in Suffolk earlier

' this year, which led to
the culling of 160,000
- turkeys.

“With respect to this
outbreak there is still
some uncertainty. We
are at a very early stage.
of the investigation, and
no two outbreaks of
disease are ever the
same,” he said.

Britain’s first case of
HSN1 was in a swan in
Scotland in 2006. In
April 2006, chickens on
a farm near Dereham
Common, Norfolk, test-
ed positive for the H7
subtype of the virus.

Tracks

“The more we look
for H5, the more we
will find,” said Juan
Lubroth, head of infec-
tious diseases, animal
services, at the United
Nations’ Food and
_Agriculture Organiza-
tion, which tracks the
disease in birds.

H5N1 has previously
been found elsewhere
in France, Switzerland,
and Germany. Human
cases.have been record-
ed in Turkey and Azer-
baijan.

Bird flu has killed or
prompted the culling of
millions of birds world-
wide since late 2003,
when it first began rav-
aging Asian poultry
stocks. :

It has killed at least
206 people worldwide
since 2003.

Experts believe most
victims were probably
infected through direct
contact with sick
birds.

Bird flu remains diffi-
cult for humans to
catch.

However, experts fear
it could mutate into a
form that spreads easily
among people, poten-
tially sparking a flu
pandemic.

THE Bahamas Dental Asso-
ciation plans to push for the
banning of high sugar foods in
and around schools.

BDA president Dr Andre
Rollins said this is one of four
initiatives the association plans
to lobby the government on.

“Firstly, we must encourage
both the Ministries of Health
and Education to prohibit the
sale of foods bigh in sugar, on
or just outside our school cam-
puses. Foods such as candies,
baggies, cups and tarts are car-
iogenic, and have very little if
any nutritive value,” he told
members.

“Dental decay. affects chil-
dren’s ability to thrive due to
dental pain, and also results in

‘untold numbers of missed

school days. Equally alarming
is the number of children in
our.country with malocclusions
caused by dental shifting and
crowding, secondary to the loss
of primary and permanent
teeth.

He said the preponderance
of sugar in our children’s diets
is not only worrisome because
of its relation to dental disease
and loss, “but also because it is

“Dental decay affects
children’s ability to thrive

due to dental

pain, and also
results in untold numbers

of missed school days.”



a primary factor in the short-
ened attention spans that affect
children’s ability to function
and learn in the classroom set-
ting.

“A policy must be imple-
mented and enforced to pro-
tect the health of our nation’s
children.” ‘

Education

Dr Rollins said that second-
ly, the dental community must
lobby to increase the Ministry
of Health’s budgetary alloca-
tion for oral health education
and services.

He said that far too many
Bahamians do not fully com-

‘Nassau Garden
Club visits Harrold
and Wilson Pond
National Park

THE Nassau Garden Club visited Harrold and Wilson Ponds
National Park earlier this month. Members of the club were intro-
duced to the national park, which was created in 2002 and has
been the BNT’s highest priority for the past three years

Lynn Gape, deputy executive director of the Trust told the
group: “This park is a haven for bird tiie and that is what first
attracted members of the BNT to promote the area as a national
park, and in 2002 it was designated an important Bird Area using
critevia developed by Birdlife laternational.

“Fjowever, the BNT values Harrold and Wilson Ponds not only
for the birds but also for the opportunities it affords to teach the
general public about the value of wetlands and to provide an
opportunity for New Providence residents to experience nature.”

Club members were introduced to the BNT’s conceptual plan of
boardwalks and trails for the park which will cost an estimated 1.3
million in total. Two initial boardwalks and viewing platforms
have been completed: one at the entrance to Island Gas and the sec-
ond, which was opened in August, at Pride Estates.

Two BNT wardens accompanied the ladies on their trip — new-
ly appointed warden Apollo Butler and Randolph Burrows.

Mr Burrows gave on-site explanations of how the boardwalks
were built and also explained the process used to evict a squatter
from park land in September of this year.

He also gave an overview of the training in invasive species
removal that they are receiving as a result of an NMBCA grant
funded through the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

The removal exercises at Harrold and Wilson Ponds have a par-
ticular emphasis on Brazilian Pepper and Casuarina.

“We were very impressed with the work that the BNT has done
at Harrold and Wilson Ponds. As a club we are particularly inter-
ested in the methods they are using to remove Casuarina: and
Brazilian Pepper from areas in the park,” said club president Car-
leton Robertson.

Vice president Dawn Davies said, “We hope to be able to support

: * the BNT’s work in the removal of invasive species and in replant-

ing the areas where they have been remoyed with native vegeta-

“tion.”

55 DBrKeee BRR.

SIGNS AT the Pride Estates Boardwalk





prehend the importance of
good oral health and preven-
tive dental treatment, as can
be seen by the “unacceptably
high” rates of dental and peri-

- odontal disease.

He called on Minister of
Health Dr Hubert Minnis to
commit resources to a public
health education campaign
designed to promote and
increase in oral health aware-
ness.

“T also call upon you to
ensure that those public den-
tal clinics which. currently lack
the equipment, tools and mate-
rials needed to provide these
services are permitted to
receive them.

“We cannot increase access

Wilson Ponds National Park:

BNT WARDEN Randolph Burrows explains

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2007, PAGE 7

DA to push for a ban of |

to treatment without the nec-
essary resources.”

The third issue the associa-
tion must promote, he said, is
the establishment of a “mod-
ern national oral health policy
that clearly defines and imple-
ments initiatives that will pro-
duce measured declines in the
levels of dental and periodontal
disease and edentulousness in

our population.”

-Dr Rollins said this effort
requires focused, committed
and passionate leadership.

Awareness

“Colleagues, there is much
work to be done to increase
awareness about the severe and
sometimes pernicious out-
comes of oral health neglect.
Until poor dental health is
measured in terms of its impact
on systemic health, we will con-
tinue to be marginalised within
the medical community,” he
said,

Dr Rollins pointed out that
current studies are looking at
the links between poor oral
health, particularly periodon-

high sugar foods in schools

tal disease, and the incidence of
cardiovascular disease, respi-
ratory disease, cancer, prema-
ture and low birth-weight
infants, and more severe type-
two diabetes.

He said the fourth and final
initiative that dentists must
push for is the appointment of
a chief dental officer and rep-
resentation on the board of the
Public Hospitals Authority.

He noted that throughout
the world there are presently

194 chief dental officers in 158

countries — but the Bahamas,
despite having one of the 30
highest per capita gross nation-
al products in the world, is no
among these.

“This is a disparaging anom-
aly. The BDA must aggres-
sively oppose any policy that :
marginalises dentistry as the
bastard child of medicine. It is
not realistic for us to expect a
physician to be as passionate
about advancing oral health in
our country as much as a den-
tist would be, but the time has
come for dentistry to be given
equal footing in the hierarchy
of the public health care sys-
tem,” Dr Rollins said.



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Bahamas strengthens
diplomatic ties with the
Kingdom of Swaziland |

Countries seek
co-operation,
understanding |

in tourism

@ By LINDSAY
THOMPSON






THE Kingdom of Swaziland
_is seeking to enter into a mem-
orandum of understanding and
co-operation with the Bahamas
in tourism and other areas of
mutual interests as both coun-
tries foster greater diplomatic
ties.

On Monday, Bahamas Govy-
ernor-General Arthur Hanna
accepted from Chief Sen-
zangkhona Phesheya Dlamini,
letters of commission signed
by King Mswati III, accrediting
the chief as high commissioner
to the Bahamas.

“You have with insight and
pragmatism touched on the i
fragility and threats, yet oppor- _ CHIEF SENZANGAKHONA Phesheya Dlamini, centre, High Commissioner Designate of the Kingdom of Swazi- :
tunities of today’s world. land walks with Andrew McKinney, chief of protocol, into Government House on Monday, i

“The challenge is to under- See eT ae
stand and sift the best from the
international environment for
national benefit and survival,”
the governor-general said to
the new high commissioner.

“We concur with your
approach and look forward to
the desired results for the
mutual benefit of both our
countries. We are, moreover,
confident that your status,

SANDRA FERGUSON and Andrea Sweeting, vice president and presi-
dent of Sister Sister respectively, are pictured speaking to Sandals team
members,

Breast cancer
SUIViVOrs give





advice to group



BREAST Cancer does not have to be a death sentence accord-
ing to two survivors of the disease, who shared their experi-
ences with the women at Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort
and Offshore Island. °

Sandra Ferguson and Andrea Sweeting, vice president and
president of Sister Sister respectively, conducted a breast cancer
awareness seminar as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Mrs Sweeting said good family support was very important
when faced with the prognosis of breast cancer. ;

“The moral support of loved
ones can make all the differ-



opportunity to develop strate- }
gies in a wide range of areas :
including education, technol- }
ogy and science. NS



training and exposure will go a : is. a ti

long way to ensuring the antic- “The Kingdom of Swaziland ; “Choose a ee ; agate a ae

ipated results,” the governor- will seek to participate fully to ; ° She added that stress should be

ecnctsl added gs share experiences ane tap ni healthier avoided and an emphasis should
igh Commissioner Dlamini new information and advances i ge i

underscored the importance of from her international part- ; lifestyle that een edo ig ratoan oe



ners, notably the Common-

relations between the Bahamas ioe 1 d it”
and Swaziland, stating that in wealth of the Bahamas,” he } includes regu- Mrs Ferguson, who is also a

the complex world of technol- THE Governor General Arthur Hanna, left, presents Chief Dlamini with said. ‘ nurse, encouraged the women

ogy, never before has such _ his letters of commission. “The Kingdom of Swaziland } lar €Xercise, to have an anaual physical, a :

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upon to address a conundrum
of issues from terrorism to cli-

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located in southeast Africa, is : _ she was vegetarian she never-



fruitfully interact have given
us hope for the future,” he
said.

“The onus in on us to use
the opportunities at our dis-
posal to put the wrongs right in

known for its mineral : theless got breast cancer, but
resources, manufacture of ; Said it is important that a healthy regime be followed as far as
clothing and light consumer : possible.

soods. : Mrs Ferguson further added that not only older women get
~ High Commissioner Dlamini : breast cancer; there have been cases in teenagers as well.

pS ican attorney, who has also ; . Remember that pain is not a symptom of breast cancer. When

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Our two countries have col- GOVERNOR GENERAL Arthur Hanna, centre, chats with Chief Dlamini, left, studied leadership, diplomacy : spread. It is important that you talk to your doctor, nurse and

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is looking forward to fruitful _ Meeting (CHOGM) in Kam- The forum provides an_ ed States. : ’ PP Ves) tey : -
; al physicals. “Last year a man died from breast cancer. It is not

a women’s disease and self examination is the best early detec-
tion.”

The ladies discussed various treatment options and said that
persons who discover a lump no matter how small should see a
doctor immediately.

Mrs Ferguson told the
women that before they pur-

chase Christmas gifts this year “Last year a

they should get a complete e
physical examination. man died

Seminar attendee, Gail Rah-

ming said the session was not from breast
only very informative, but it cancer. It is

opened her eyes to how vigi-.

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“When Ms Ferguson passed 4
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The Sister Sister Organisa-
tion is a local support group that aids women going through the
process of understanding and accepting breast cancer and its
treatment.

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Witness

FROM page one

ythan a year is appealing to
rauthorities to be allowed to
“leave the Bahamas to start a new
alife.

« The witness in a murder case
*- whose identity cannot be dis-
‘closed for security reasons — told
‘The Tribune that in his opinion
the programme as it exits now in
the Bahamas is inadequate and
‘imposes impossible living con-
ditions on participants.

The witness in this case was
‘expected to testify in a murder
trial last year. However, due to
egal technicalities, the case was
“postponed until next year.
"The witness entered into the
-protection programme together
‘with his family after he was shot
vat five times last year.

Despite living in a safe house

where security cameras are’ }

installed and police officers stop
by twice daily, the witness said
he fears that as long he remains
in the Bahamas his life will
always be in danger.

Speaking with The Tribune,
‘Assistant Commissioner Chris
McCoy, who has responsibility
for the witness protection pro-
‘gramme, said he was aware of
the witness’s fears and that his
concerns are being addressed.

Mr McCoy, however, empha-
sised that the witness is com-
pletely safe and that there 1s no
threat against his life.

The assistant commissioner
conceded that the witness pro-
tection programme is very new
to the Bahamas and is still evolv-
ing.

The major challenge for the
programme at this stage, he said,
is securing sufficient funding.

The participating witness who
contacted The Tribune explained
that, since entering the pro-
gramme, he has been unable to
go out to work to support his
wife and seven children.

Although his marriage has
failed due to the strain of living
within the programme, and his
wife and children no longer

reside at the safe house, the wit- - i

ness said he still has financial

obligations towards them that .

he needs to fulfil.
“This past year has been very

_-difficult for me. I’m used to
‘working and taking care of my

family, so it’s been very hard for
me,” he said.

The witness said he has fami-
ly members outside of the

- Bahamas who are willing to take;
him in. He'is now appealing to» +}

the authorities to give him
enough money to start a new life
somewhere else.

Abroad, he said, he could
work and once again provide for
his family.

The witness said that in his
opinion the Bahamas is too
small to successfully operate a
protection programme within
the country.

Businessmen
FROM page one

approached a number of high-
end realtors in New Provi-
dence, offering advertisement
space in print as well as online.

Tribune sources contend °:

that, while soliciting business
in the Bahamas, the business-
men in question discourage
realtors from advertising in
local dailies while simultane-
ously erecting display bins out-
side local eateries and estab-
lishments containing their real
estate publication.

Yesterday, Minister of }

Labour Dion Foulkes told The
Tribune that Mr Walker had
been operating in the country
without a valid permit or a
Bahamian business licence.

Attempts were made to con-
tact Todd Walker by phone
and e-mail but these were
unsuccessful up to press time.

“He’s taking bread out of the
mouths of locals who advertise
in real estate (but) this is more
than a real estate issue. This is
one of those annoying things
that happens in the Bahamas,”
Michael Lightbourn of the
Bahamas Real Estate Associa-
tion (BREA) said yesterday.

He said BREA had plans to
discuss the problem of Mr
Walker’s activities at its next
general meeting.

Earlier in the year, BREA
sent out a notice to members
alerting them not to advertise
with the publication because it
was unclear whether its sales-
persons were acting within
Bahamian law.

BREA hoped to rally its
members in an effort to drive
Mr Walker and his represen-
tatives out of the country, a
BREA board member said.

In spite of this, several
Bahamians have reportedly
entered into contracts, believ-
ing the solicitors of The Real
Estate Book possessed proper,
work permits. .

One local realtor said: “This

type of thing is happening with

greater frequency in various
sectors, including advertising,
real estate and in the building
trades, and the government
really needs to draw attention
to the detrimental impact it has
on local business. ”

Developer alleged to have sought meeting

FROM page one

place at the law office of Desmond Edwards and Co yesterday.

Up to press time, The Tribune could not confirm if the meeting
went ahead, however.

Families had claimed that since the stoppage of work on the
Stephen’s-Close development due to the developer's failure to procure
the necessary approvals from the Ministry of Works prior to pro-
ceeding with construction, the developer had become uncontactable,

In the meantime the families’ homes stood in a partial state of com-
pletion, and suffered serious vandalism.

Attorney Mr Edwards and Minister of Labour and Maritime Affairs

Dion Foulkes, in his former capacity as a lawyer, had been accused by
Mr Archer and the families involved of wrongdoing in their capacities
as lawyers for them, as they allegedly failed to point out to the bank or
the investors that the developer did not have final approvals from
the government or any of the necessary infrastructure in place to go
ahead with the sub-division before causing them to secure loans to
invest in the properties.

Mr Edwards was further accused of a conflict of interest in having act-
ed both on behalf of the investors who were seeking to procure loans
and for the realtor. However, he strongly denied that such an arrange-
ment was improper.

“Everybody knew that,” he said, “there was no difficulty in that as
long as everyone knew.”

Mr Foulkes, expressing his sympathy for the families involved last
week, denied that his former law firm had acted wrongfully, claiming
that he had done all that was required of him and was “totally blame-
less” in the matter.

He produced a letter from the Department of Physical Planning prov-
ing that the development did have “approval in principle” and that it
was “on the basis of that letter that the developers were able to pro-
ceed.”

Mr Edwards stated that loans being approved on such a basis was an
“everyday” occurrence. ‘

However, a bank source alleged that had the bank known that the
development did not have actual approval, loans would not have been
granted to the families involved as there was not sufficient security.

Yesterday, The Tribune spoke with former works minister Bradley
Roberts, who confirmed that he has taken an active interest in the mat-
ter since meeting with some of the families involved last week.

Those families are now in serious financial straits, after making
thousands of dollars of payments towards their loans for homes that
they are still unable to occupy after the Ministry of Works belatedly
stepped in and shut down construction in November, 2005, when it was
determined that the developer had gone ahead without approval.

The families continued to make payments on their loans until First
Caribbean Bank allowed them to:stop doing so in mid-2006. Howev-
er, all still have the loans in their names - most of over $100,000 - and
could be required to resume payments when given only 28 days notice.

Union of Public Officers



WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2007, PAGE 9



FROM page one

son was prepared to undertake the exercise, and
suggested that the FNM and second respondent .
Herbert Brown — returning officer for the con-
stituency — consider the same regarding the peti-
tioner’s list. This, Mr Davis said, would
speed up proceedings.

Michael Barnett, lead counsel for
the FNM, responded yesterday in a
written submission, declaring that the
allowance of such a process was in the
discretion of the court. However, he
raised questions concerning the dis-
enfranchisement of voters by the mere
agreement of the parties while also
maintaining that proof should be
required before such disallowances
occur.

“The issue is whether it is permissi-
ble in this case for the petitioner and
the first respondent,” argued Mr Bar-
nett, “to agree the fact that certain
voters were not ordinarily resident in the con-
stituency during the relevant period, thus obviat-
ing the need to establish that fact with respect to
these persons by other credible admissible evi-
dence.”

He accepted that the court had the discretion
under section 81 of the Evidence Act to allow
consensus on the issue. This section states that no
fact need be proved in any civil proceeding which
the parties or their agents agree to admit at the
hearing.

Notwithstanding a potential agreement disal-
lowing votes, Mr Barnett further argued on this
issue: “There is a cogent argument that the court
should in the exercise of its discretion, require
that fact to be proven otherwise than by the agree-
ment between the parties.” He said that the court
should require “credible evidence” to make the
determination on disallowances, as the court
should take into consideration that the petitioner
and first respondent “may be wrong in their infor-
mation.”

Mr Barnett acknowledged that there were “a
number of persons” on Mrs Maynard-Gibson’s
list his side agrees were not ordinary residents in

Election court

the constituency during the “relevant period.”
He said his side would not offer any evidence to
suggest the contrary, and they would not chal-
lenge admissible evidence to the effect that they
were not in the constituency.
Mr Barnett said this was also the
case for the PLP regarding the FNM’s
list of names in question.
When Senior Justice Anita Allen
raised the number 36 in relation to
the number both sides may agree on,
that were not ordinary residents, Mr
Barnett said that it is more than that.
Dawn Lewis, counsel representing
Mr Brown, argued that voters should
be heard before being disenfranchised.
She said the court’s role is not to be
completely adversarial, but also to
investigate in such matters.
Ms Lewis acknowledged that no
_ party wants drawn out proceedings,
but the greater interest was that voters be heard.
The disallowance of voters without their taput,
she told the court, can subvert the democratic

- process and do violence to the voter who has no
voice,

After hearing the arguments, Senior Justice
Allen said the agreement was between the parties,
and as there was not consensus, the proceedings
would continue as they had been.

“It’s your call,” Senior Justice Allen said, declar-
ing that however long it takes is however long it
will take.

Patrice Cleare, assistant in the Pinewood con-
stituency office, concluded her evidence-in-chief
yesterday after the debate, regarding another nine
voters she claimed were not ordinary residents of
the Pinewood constituency.

Mr Barnett’s cross-examination followed, as
he asked questions about 21 of the voters referred
to by Ms Cleare before the proceedings adjourned.

The first voters to testify will-take the witness
stand this morning. Ms Cleare will be called back
to the witness stand for the continuation of her
cross-examination tomorrow morning.
















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pension order from November 6,
FROM page one NIB management stated that the

investigation had not yet been
concluded.

Last month staff staged a walk-
out at NIB headquarters,
demanding that government
address their grievances, which
include several claims of sexual
harassment and alleged termina-
tions of two workers who spoke
out at meeting with Minister of
Housing and National Insurance
Kenneth Russell.

In July this year, Minister Rus-
sell held an open meeting with
staff and management of NIB in
an effort to ease tensions between
the two parties.

The minister told The Tribune
in an earlier interview that the
workers were promised that “NIB
will be a much. better place” in
future and that this is the goal he
and ministry are steadily work-
ing towards.

“We are continually moving in
that direction,” he said.

all charges.

In a meeting held by NIB’s
executive management yesterday,
employees were reportedly told
that all allegations against the sus-
pended union member have
proven to be untrue, the UPO
said.

Even with these allegations
now reportedly off the table, the
union said it is still trying to
understand why its members were
“harassed, humiliated and pun-
ished’ by the NIB management.

The staff member in. this case
was initially suspended for 10
working days without pay effec-
tive from October 24.

The union yesterday claimed
that although an investigation into
the case was reportedly conclud-
ed on October 25, the employee
was suspended for an additional
14 days at half pay on November
6.

However, in the second sus-

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Christie ‘receiving perks’
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Eleuthera (Alvin Smith) when he had the difficult job of leading the
opposition. :
“In my view members opposite are in a state of shock because

‘they now find that they cannot intimidate and bend this gentleman

to their will. Let me remind them, too, how it was when I could
hardly open my mouth in this place, how they would heckle and hurl
abuse and insults at me.

“There were two of them in particular who were obviously
assigned to make it difficult for me to speak. I refer, of course, to
the former Member for Mount Moriah (Keod Smith) and the
Member for Holy Cross (Sidney Stubbs). I wouldn’t speak of the
abuse, the distortions and outright lies told on and about me by the
former Member for Bain and Grant’s Town (Bradley Roberts),” Mr
Ingraham said.

‘The prime minister said Mr Christie — “who claims to be so con-
cerned about the rights of members and the dignity of this place”

— made no effort to rebuke or restrain them.

“May I remind members and the Bahamian people how badly
they behaved in this place in their quest for office. Some of them
lied about me in broad daylight. They indulged in the worst kind of
character assassination ever seen in this place. And their leader nei-
ther rebuked nor restrained them. In my view, he choreographed

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the whole affair,” Mr Ingraham said.

FROM page one

ry Christie will not outright chal-
lenge Mr Adderley on his actions
or political affiliation for fear of
him “walking across the floor”.

In doing so Mr Adderley would
officially join the FNM and essen-
tially quash all chances of the PLP
regaining the government through
their election petition.

Yesterday, snickering could be
heard in the House of Assembly
when the names were read aloud

and the votes tallied after the’

riotous debate as the answer of
“absent” rang clear for the Eliza-
beth constituency.

Mr Adderley, who ran‘and won
for the PLP in the May 2 general
election, has had his party alle-
giance questioned since then.

This was primarily because Mr

Adderley opted to remain as chair~

man of the Bahamas Gaming
Commission - despite alleged pres-
sure from his party colleagues to
vacate the post.

Also, Mr Adderley has been
rumoured to have felt “snubbed”
by the former Christie administra-
tion in the handing out of ministe-
rial positions as he failed to receive
any substantial posting during the
past five years when the PLP was
in office.

MP Adderley

A sitting member of parliament
of the PLP spoke with The Tri-
bune yesterday on condition of
anonymity to voice his/her disap-
pointment in Mr Adderley’s noted
absence yesterday.

“Malcolm’s away at the time,
and absolutely it was very conve-
nient.

“Malcolm is not enthused with
the leadership of the PLP, simple
as that.

“He does not support Perry
Christie.

“And right now he’s in the best
position in the world because the
PLP can’t say nothin’ much to him.

“Tf Christie touches him or ques-
tions him in the wrong way, he
could simply pick up and walk the
floor. And think about it, what
does he have to lose?” the source
asked.



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that the 560,000 gallons of spilled :
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talists, meanwhile, said the oil :
spill was triggered by years of :
official negligence that allowed :
oil transport ships to use outdat-
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“Tt’s a long-expected disaster,” :
environmentalist Sergei Gol- :
ubchikov told journalists in :
Moscow yesterday. “We could :
lose the Black Sea if we go on :
this way. ;
Russia has a lot riding on the
health of the Black Sea: Presi-
dent Vladimir Putin has pledged :
to spend $12 billion on develop- :
ing the port of Sochi as the site of :
the 2014 Winter Olympics. ;
Eleven ships sank or ran :
aground in Sunday’s gale, includ- :
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fuel and a freighter that carry- :
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INTERNATIONALLY
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Chester Elton addressed scores
of individuals attending the 27th
annual Resort and Commercial
Recreation | Association’s
national conference.

The conference focused on
Mr Elton’s leadership tech-
niques, known as: “The Carrot
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fessionals, educators and stu-
dents,

It also aims to increase the
profitability of commercial
enterprises which focus on
recreation.

Mr Elton, told the group,
comprised of visiting RCRA
delegates as well as employees
from both Atlantis and the
Cable Beach Resorts, that peo-
ple may forget what you say or
did for them, but they never for-
get the way you make them feel.

He stated that a major focus
in business involves, “finding
and engaging the best people.”

He encouraged the group to
keep their employees
“pumped”,

The guest speaker said that
managers have to work on more
than just paying their employees
well. He pointed out that
employees wish td be recog-
nised and celebrated, to affiliate
themselves with winning peo-
ple and with the company’s mis-
sion and vision.

“As leaders, I want you to
take away this one concept.
Recognition is the most power-
ful way that you can as a leader
communicate what you value
most in your employee,” Mr
Elton said.

He reinforced his principle of
“reward and recognition” by
engaging members of the audi-
ence with questions.

Individuals answering the
questions correctly were
rewarded with carrots as well
as copies of his books. +

Local attendee Renee McK-
inney, director of human
resources and training and
development for the Cable
Beach Resorts said, “There
were 45 managers from our var-
ious departments including the
casino and all of the various
departments represented here
this evening. I think:they thor-
oughly enjoyed it. I actually use
the Carrot Book in all of my
training, so actually being able
to now see that particular writer
here tonight, that was really
exceptional for all of us.”

Heidi Jewett travelled all the
way from New York for this
year’s conference.

Ms Jewett, a longstanding
member of the RCRA, said,
“You get a lot more with a little
bit of sugar or a carrot than you
do with whacking people with a
stick. So he was great, absolute-
ly great.”

Members of the RCRA hail
from key commercial recreation
circles including theme parks,





hotel/convention, centers, con-
cessionaires, travel/tourism
resorts, private industries, camp-
grounds, health clubs, cruise
ships and universities.

A total of 180 participants
attended this year’s conference.
They explored a number of top- ~
ics, including: teambuilding,

recipes for staging successful ~

events, spa management 101,
recreation super stars open
forum, implementing the Carrot .
Culture, tween activities and a
special job fair information ses-
sion. Sah

Atlantis’ vice president of
guest activities Amanda Felts
was presented with the presti-
gious Debbie Regnone Service
Award for her commitment and
excellence in service to the
RRA and its members.

A major highlight was the

-conference’s banquet and silent

auction, at which the new
RCRA board of directors'were
present. ¥

Atlantis” Lisa Linden, direc-
tor of guest activities, was
inducted as the association’s
new president.

“It is just a huge honour and
privilege to be in this position
and to guide the association into
the next phase of our exis-
tence,” she said.

ATTENTIVE: Pictured are local Bahamians listening in on Chester Elton during his presentation. Mr Elton:
told delegates about his leadership technique.
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@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

ivisions that have split the

seven-strong Hope Town

District Council down

the middle “have slowed

down” the processing of

ermit and approval applications for the
175 million Baker’s Bay Golf & Ocean

Club, The Tribune was told yesterday.

Three councillors want written central
government confirmation that they can
still deal with the developers’ submis-
sions amid the threat of litigation - and
possible liability - by the Save Guana
Cay Reef Association and its attorney,
‘Callenders & Co partner Fred Smith,
who have named the Hope Town Dis-
trict Council as the eighth defendant in
the second judicial review action
launched in the Supreme Court in a bid

to halt the project.

There are some 14 permit applications
by Baker’s Bay pending for the next
Hope Town District Council meeting on
November 29, 2007, and-there remains a
possibility that the split council could

serve to delay their approval.

Jeremy Sweeting, the Hope Town Dis-
trict Council’s chief councillor, said he
and three other council members had
taken the position that unless they were

ee

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

HOLDING real estate and
property prices on New Provi-
dence down “is not going to
happen”, a leading realtor told
The Tribune yesterday, due to
the increasing demand for
housing coupled with a limited
supply of land, which prompt-
ed hundreds to attend the open
house for the Coral Breeze
Estates development.

Mike Lightbourn, president
of Coldwell Banker Light-
bourn Realty, the exclusive
agents for the Coral Breezes
development, told The Tri-
bune that provided they were
priced correctly, “every time a
new subdivision comes on the
market, it will sale”.

Some 10 deposits were
received during the first open
house for Coral Breezes on
November 3, despite it being
cancelled due to Tropical
Storm Noel, an indication of
pent-up demand among
Bahamians for middle-class
housing.

WEDNESD






NOVEMBER



AY,

told otherwise by |
central government, |
or received a court

order telling them to
stop, the council
should continue to
review permit appli-
cations submitted by
Baker’s Bay, which
is being developed
by Arizona-based
Discovery Land

Company.

ernment Act.

Huge demand for Coral
Breezes subdivision

At the end of the sécond

open day, Coldwell Banker —

said only “a handful” of duplex
lots were left on the market,

and there were “multiple ©

names” on the reservations
lists for those properties,
meaning they will be sold to

whoever puts down a deposit

first.
- Mr Lightbourn said Coral
Breezes was located half-a-
mile to the west of the main
Coral Harbour roundabout,
and its property values were
likely to increase as a.result of
the development’s proximity
to the proposed $1.3 billion
Albany Golf & Beach and
$867 million South Ocean
development.

“Bahamians like to own
property. Not everyone can
afford it, unfortunately. I wish

SEE page 7

San Sal developer
in $4m loan facility

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor:

THE company behind a pro-
_ posed resort development on
San Salvador has obtained a
$4 million loan facility from a
US publicly quoted company,
- which earlier this year provid-
ed similar services to the devel-
- oper behind the $700 million
Rum Cay Resort Marina.
Integrated Data Corp, a
Delaware-based telecommu-
nications holding company,
. which is listed on the Nasdaq
pink sheets, confirmed in its
: latest filing with the Securities
& Exchange Commission
(SEC) that it had entered into
the $4 million loan facility
agreement with Montana Land
Resources on July 30, 2007.
gh, Montana Land Resources is
said to be independent of
Montana Holdings, the Rum
Cay Resort Marina developer,
although John Mittens, the lat-
ter’s principal, is also a major
shateholder in the San Sal-
vador project.

* US quoted firm gets
ability to take 20% stake
in Montana’s Snow Bay
project, with loan secured
by $1m land deposit and
Rum Cay marina’s equity
and cash flow

According to Integrated .

Data Corp’s SEC filing, the
loan facility, which already has
a balance plus interest of
$1.435 million, is secured or
collateralised by Montana
Land Resources’ $1 million
deposit for land at San Sal-
vador’s Snow Bay Peninsula.
Further collateral is provided
by the equity, or share capital,
in another Montana Holdings
affiliate, Montana Marine Ser-
vices, which is operating Rum
Cay’s Sumner Point Marina -
the controversial marina facil-

SEE page 5



Until either of
those events happened, Mr Sweeting said
he and those three councillors believed
they should uphold the responsibilities
and obligations they took on when
appointed as councillors, and continue
to deal with Baker’s Bay’s permit appli-
cations as mandated by the Local Gov-

Provided there were no “major dis-
crepancies” with any of the applications,
and they had been vetted and passed pre-
viously by central government agencies
such as the Department of Environmen-
tal Health Services and Ministry of
Works, Mr Sweeting said he saw no prob-
lem in approving them, although the
Hope Town District Council was not act-
ing as a mere ‘rubber stamp’.

However, he added that the three












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SEE page 6

@ By CARA BRENNEN-.... _.
BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter

PUBLIC transportation operators yes-
terday told The Tribune that fare and
price rises were almost unavoidable due to
skyrocketing gas and oil prices, one firm
having seen its monthly gas bill rise by
more than 15 per cent.

Speaking with The Tribune, Travis
Fowler, reservations manager at ground
transportation provider Bahamas Expe-
rience, said the company was definitely
feeling the effects of rising fuel costs, as the
gas bills for their limousines and buses
had jumped from $13,000 per month to

remaining councillors - Fred Sweeting
and Rory Russell from Man-O-War Cay,
and Fred Laing from Great Guana Cay -
had taken the position that until they
received written confirmation from cen-
tral government that Baker’s Bay had
full clearance to proceed, and there was
no risk of liability to them or the council
from the Save Guana Cay Reef Associa-
tion’s litigation, they did not want to deal
with the developers’ applications.

Jeremy Sweeting yesterday charged
that some of the trio were “playing poli-
tics” with the Baker’s Bay project, and
were unhappy that the previous PLP
administration had approved it.

He added: “At a time when the econ-
omy is showing signs of slowing, it is
unfortunate that three councillors are
playing games with the development.
People have to do the right thing.
“There are 200 persons employed by

this development, so it affects a lot of

citizens - 200 families. The economy of
late has shown signs of slowing and reces-
sion. I hope that’s not the case, and I
hope we don’t delay any progress as far
as this development is concerned, as we
want to keep it moving in the right direc-

successful.

-GRAND Bahama Port
Authority (GBPA) licensees
have secured a December 13,
2007, date for a Supreme
Court hearing on their sum-
mons to appoint a public
trustee for the GBPA and its
Port Group Ltd, a move that
would add a new twist to the
ongoing ownership battle if

Sources familiar with the sit-
uation yesterday told The Tri-
bune that the Freeport Prop-
erty Owners and Licensees
Association, which is being
represented by attorney Mau-
rice Glinton, had obtained
from the Chief Justice, Sir Bur-
ton Hall, that December 13
hearing date, which: will be
before Justice K Neville
Adderley. The Association
applied for a court order to
appoint a public trustee for the
GBPA and Port Group as a
means to safeguard its private,
for-profit assets for the benefits
of licensees and the wider |
Freeport community.

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GBPA was preserved “in
place” until the Association’s

. first Originating Summons,
seeking declaratory relief and
answers to several issues sur-
rounding events at the GBPA,
was heard.

The public trustee and cus-
todian, if appointed, would
take control of the GBPA,

Port Group Ltd, ICD Utilities
and any other assets divested
by the former.

The Association, in its orig-
inal application, asked the
court to give the public trustee
powers to take possession of
the three entities’ assets and
any income derived from them,

- and investigate the acquisition
and ownership of shares in
Grand Bahama Power Com-
pany by ICD Utilities, the
BISX-listed holding vehicle,
Seashells Investments, and
Intercontinental Diversified
Corporation (IDC).

The Association also wants
the court to order the public:
trustee to investigate the “ser-.
vices charges account and the
income generated therefrom,
and collected by the Port

from the licensees”.

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union again pleads with government for fare increase as oil prices peak

$15,000 a month.

“We are trying to streamline the com-
pany in a number of ways to prevent hav-
ing to raise costs,” he said, but with such a
high monthly gas bill these increases may
be inevitable.

- The Bahamas Taxi Cab Union is also
desperately waiting for the Government to
approve its request for an increase in its
fixed-fare rates, in light of escalating gas
prices, which are depressing taxi driver
p;rofit margins.

“We have been in negotiations with ~
both the former administration and the

present government for over three years,
but nothing has happened yet,” Leon Grif-
fin, the union’s president, told The Tri-
bune.

He said that the union was only asking
for “a pittance” of an increase.

“It’s nothing much, just enough to
reflect the cost of living, nothing for the
public to be alarmed with,” Mr Griffin
said.

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WHAT we are seeing in
our society of late is an
increase in criminality that
has all of us concerned.
While the experts may say
otherwise, their actions indi-
cate a situation and environ-
ment that raises questions
about whether they even
believe what they are saying.

This is not to jump on the
police, as they have enough
problems. The focus must be
on the corporate community,
which moves ahead regard-
less, as business must go on.
This being the case, increased
efforts are necessary for the
safe delivery of services to
customers. By this time, com-
pany heads should now have
strategies to deal with the
crime situation.

A word of caution here,
because we are approaching
the time of year when crime
usually increases. All of us in
the corporate arena have
become accustomed to it, but

. We must not allow compla-

cency to override caution.
Especially considering the
reallocation of law enforce-
ment resources in the past 12
months.

Officers who would have
been doing regular front line
police duties are now
engaged in special assign-
ments that take them away
from this. Most recently, we
have also had a shift in
resources to assist in relief
efforts related to Tropical
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manpower because of the
potential for panic, but you
do the math and watch the
streets for the number of
patrol cars - not the ones
marked with 'Urban Renew-
al', just a good old blue patrol
car.

How does this impact
crime? Well, if you are not
monitoring I assure you the
criminal is, as the presence
and availability of the police
directly affects his profit mar-

gin.

What can the corporate
securily manager do to
reduce the risks as they per-
tain to crime, security and
loss issues? I will present
some proven strategies that
will increase the potential for
a crime-free environment.

Awareness

Called 'Zanshin' by the
Japanese Samurai, this state
of being was developed to
reduce the potential of being
killed when least expected. It
was not a skill developed pri-
marily for war time, as during
this period you knew you had
to be alert. It was a technique
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Often, the victim, be it the
person or the establishment,
is a result of not noticing sim-
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occurs in isolation, meaning
that one of the fundamental
theories of crime prevention
is to be aware of your sur-
roundings. The difficulty is in
recognising these indicators
and having enough time to
counter them.

For example, many of us
have bought into the idea of
Closed Circuit Television
Cameras (CCTV), but this
tool seems to only have value
after the loss event has
occurred, With great pride,
the security manager or per-
son assigned to the security
function hands over to the
police a recording of the
crime. But if the camera sys-
tem was properly used, there
would have been mandatory
reviews of the daily record-
ings in an effort to observe
the movement of people in
and out of the crime area.

Especially important are
recordings of the area imme-
diately outside the potential
critical area - the staging
area. This is where the crimi-
nal prepares him/herself for
the big event. They have
usually visited the area on
numerous occasions to gain
some type of comfort level
before engaging the target.
The security team, through
this method, now has a good
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. What if you do not have
the luxury of a CCTV system,
then what? Well, take the
pulse of the environment we
are living in by reading the
newspapers. Additionally, it
is not a bad idea to employ
the services, unofficially, of
the local bum who hangs
around your office area. You
can guarantee he will see
danger coming a mile away.
What about the janitress or
the mail room clerk? These
persons are regularly ignored
and not talked to, but they
listen and observe things that
we are too busy to appreci-
ate.

What we have fallen into is
the trap of being 'reactive'.
This has its merits, but’
demands that we become vic-
tims. As a result, we have
become numb or desensitised
to the signs and indicators
around us. This is an unac-
ceptable conclusion, especial-
ly for those of us who want to
live and be profitable. By
increasing our state of alert-
ness and awareness, we can
prevent the loss event. By
doing this, we reduce the cost
of having to recover damages
and the halt in productivity
caused by crime.

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Consumer credit growth
decline slows economy

@ By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter

A SUBSTANTIAL decline
in consumer credit growth,
which fell from an unsustain-
able 14 per cent rate in 2005
and 2006 to between 6-8 per

cent growth this year, has-

caused a significant reduction
in consumer spending and
moderated the economy’s
growth, the minister of state
for finance said.

Zhivargo Laing, responding
to claims by opposition leader
Perry Christie that the Gov-
ernment’s policies were
responsible for slowing down

the Bahamian economy’s:

growth, said the $97.16 million
overdraft left in place by the
former PLP administration,
coupled with a 2006-2007 fiscal
deficit of more than three per
cent and a devastated Grand
Bahamian economy, were
greater factors in any econom-
ic slowdown than the FNM’s
review of investment projects.

He said that instead of blam-
ing the FNM for any econom-

ic downturn, there were a_

number of things which Mr
Christie “could have said, but
didn’t.

Mr Laing said the Govern-
ment’s overdraft was $97.16
million in May 2007, some 9
per cent higher than what the
PLP met in place when they
came to office in 2002 - a time
when they claimed the econo-
my was in worse condition
than when they left office.

_He added that fiscal year
2006-2007 was likely to pro-
duce a deficit outturn of more
than 3 per cent, which is almost
twice the 1.6 per cent deficit
forecasted, a difference of
some $89 million.

Further, Mr Laing said the

_ Bahamas had been impacted

by a devastated Grand
Bahamian economy, with sub-
stantial unemploymentm cou-
pled with stagnant unemploy-
ment levels-in most Family
Islands.

Mr Laing pointed out that
the Bahamian economy was
likely to enjoy robust 3 per
cent growth in 2007, as indi-
cated by the Central Bank of
the Bahamas governor, Wendy
Craigg.

“Tt has likely moderated
compared to last year, a fact
which even the IMF also sup-

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MINISTER OF STATE FOR FINANCE Zhivargo Laing

by those who seek political
gain by some pretence of
decline of the Bahamian econ-
omy will change that reality,”
Mr Laing said.

“We in this administration
continue to be vigilant in
observing both international
and national events that influ-
ence our economic prospects,
and will continue to do so in
order to ensure the best-inter-
ests of our people.”

He added any economic
slowdown the Bahamas might
be experiencing could result
from several factors.

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Mr Christie had claimed that
external reserves were low,
there had been a slowdown in
bank lending, and bank com-
mitment fees had increased,
further impacting the con-

Central Bank’s interest to
watch what is happening in
relation to the domestic credit
expansion, and to see the
extent to which it could be neg-
atively influencing your for-

eign reserve levels because the. °.'.-
two go hand-in-hand. So it may :*
by moral persuasion or some -.
other means they curb that by
reducing the banks’ ability to
lend.”

struction industry and the
Bahamian economy’s expan-
sion.

However, Mr Laing said that
the former prime minister’s
remarks display “great igno-
rance” of the way the coun-
try’s economy works.

He explained that a number
of the issues affecting it were
external, and something the
Bahamas has little control
over, such as US sub-prime
mortgage woes and oil prices,
which are currently reaching
almost $100 a barrel.

One area the Bahamas does
have some control over is
domestic credit expansion,
which the Central Bank is
monitoring.

“We can have some control
over domestic credit expan-
sion, and any time you have
domestic credit expanding at
a rate that is unsustainable, it is
in your interest to curb that
rate because what is happening
is that people are borrowing,”
Mr Laing said.

“When they borrow, they
spend and they are purchasing
items that are essentially
imported from aboard. To pur-
chase those items, they need
foreign currency such as Unit-
ed States dollars. When they
use those United States dol-
lars to make that purchase,
they are draining your
reserves.

“So unless you have those
reserve levels being replaced
at a rate greater than the
amount being used, than you
will have the kind of decline
in those reserves that end up at
levels that could threaten your
US-Bahamian dollar parity.
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FINDEX 870.83 YTD 17.35%

CLOSING CHANGE VOLUME YTD PRICE -
CHANGE.

160.66%.
108.80%
11.84%
18.93%
2.65%
0.00%.
113.71%
10.00%
32.29%
65.79%
3.53%
20.80%
-10.00%
12.26%
27.27%
94.10%
6.07%
1.40%
16.86%
0.00%

BISX
SYMBOL PRICE

$1.59
$2.61
$0.85
$9.55
$11.60
$14.60
$3.74
$11.18
$5.52
$3.15
$14.65
$6.33
$2.25
$6.50
$0.70
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ICD $7.25
JSJ $10.05
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meeting for November 15, 2007.

e FAM has declared dividends of $0.0 06 per share, payable
on November 13, 2007, to all shareholders of record date
November 6, 2007. ;

e BWL has declared dividends of $0.09 per share,’ payable
on November 23, 2007. to all shareholders of record date
November 14, 2007.

e BSL has declared dividends of $0.30 per share, ayable on |-

November 9, 2007, to all shareholders of record date Novem-
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stretch limo. In addition, there
are a number of fixed rate
zones. (Additional passengers
over two are $3 each).

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line and diesel prices within
two weeks. However, it
remains unclear just how high
the increase might be.

Earlier this week, crude oil
for December delivery on the

New York Mercantile
Exchange fell 91 cents to
$95.46 a barrel.

Brent crude for December
slid 45 cents to $92.79 a barrel
on the ICE Futures Europe
exchange in London. Brent
reached the highest level it has
been since trading began in
1988, when it hit $95.19 a bar-
rel on Wednesday, November

The most recent increase in
the Bahamas went into effect
on November 8, which saw an
increase of 21 cents a gallon
for gasoline at Esso stations,
and an actual decrease of one
cent for FOCOL in Grand
Bahama.

However, as that increase
was based on the “old” prices
of crude oil, an additional
increase is expected shortly,
possibly another 20-plus cents
on a price that wouldstill not
reflect today’s current global
highs.

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ity Mr Mittens and Montana
are in the process of closing
the purchase on from US ven-
dor Bobby Little.

The loan facility agreement
also contains a clause allowing
Integrated Data Corp “at any
time” to convert the debt owed
to it into a 20 per cent stake
in Montana Land Resources.

It ‘is unclear whether Mon-
tana Land Resources’ purchase
of San Salvador’s Snow bay
Peninsula, an area some 550
acres in size, has been con-
cluded, although the deal had
yet to close at July 30, 2007,
this year.

What is clear from the SEC
documents is that Bahamian
land and assets, whose pur-
chase is yet to close, are being:
used as collateral to obtain

-debt financing from interna-
tional companies. Arrange-
ments such as those between
Montana Land Resources and

_-. Integrated Data Corp would
_-_also have to be approved by
> the relevant government
'.*, authorities, such as the Cen-
-'tral Bank of the Bahamas,
‘-Investments

Board. and
National Economic Council

‘ (NEC).

Integrated Data Corp’s SEC
filing revealed: “On July 30,

’. 2007. we eniered into an agree-














SOUTH Riding Point, the Grand Bahama-
~ based bulk storage and terminal facilities, has
started construction on two additional tanks
that.will add an ‘extra 1.5 million barrels of
storage capacity when the project is completed

Interested



ment with Montana Land
Resources Ltd (an indepen-
dent company from MHL) to
provide Montana Land
Resources an ongoing loan
facility of up to US$4 million.

Equity

“This loan facility includes
an equity convertibility clause
and is secured by Montana
Land Resources' downpay-
ment for Snow Bay Peninsula
on the island of San Salvador
in the Bahamas, and by its
equity in Montana Marine Ser-
vices Ltd, operators of Sumner
Point Marina on the island of
Rum Cay in the Bahamas.

“The current loan balance
under this loan facility as of
November 1, 2007, including
interest, is approximately
$1.435 million.”

A copy of Integrated Data
Corp’s ‘offer letter’, outlining
the terms of the loan facility,
which was sent to a London

- address for Mr Mittens and an

Angela Bravo, named as
“directors and co-owners” of
Montana Land Resources, was
attached to the SEC filing.

The letter, dated July 30,
2007, said the $4 million loan
would be used “in defraying
the general costs of Montana
Land Resources (MLR) land
and resort development inter-
ests in the Bahamas”.

JOB OPPORTUNITY FOR A
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An established Bahamian Company is seeking a Financial Controller.

Qualifications for the position are:
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from an accredited and reputable university.
Certified Public Account

3-5 year Audit experience

Proficiency in Accounting Software such as QuickBooks or Peachtree
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The individual will be responsible for directing the overall financial
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and Bahama fac
storage by some 1.5m barrels |

Its parent, World Point Terminals, reported movements and rates at the Freeport Con-

that for the first nine months of 2007, South
Riding Point’s revenues increased by $4.845

‘million compared to 2006, reflecting the rate
increases put in place in the 2006 fourth quar-
ter and greater marine activity.

The loan facility is to ter-
minate one year after Montana
Land Resources started to
draw it down, a time when any
outstanding balance will
become repayable within 15
days.

Confirming the equity con-
version clause, the letter stated:
“At any time prior to the Ter-
mination Date, and at Inte-
grated Data Corp’s sole dis-
cretion, Integrated Data Corp
shall have the right to convert,
on a pro rata basis and after
acquisition of free and clear
ownership to the land identi-
fied as Snow Bay Peninsula,
and any access now owned or
under agreement by Montana
Land Resources to Snow Bay
Peninsula on the island of San
Salvador in the Bahamas,
through Montana Land
Resources’ wholly-owned sub-
sidiary, Columbus Island Ltd,
up to a 20 per cent equity inter-
est in Montana Land
Resources.

“Montana Land Resources
shall pledge the following as
security for any and all loans
through this loan facility:

* The refundable US$1 mil-
lion cash deposit for Snow Bay
Peninsular now in escrow

* The equity of Montana
Marine Services Ltd, operators
of Sumner Point Marina on the
island of Rum Cay in the
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The company also has a 50 per cent interest
in a joint venture that operates a fleet of tug-
_ boats around Grand Bahama called Freepoint.

Freepoint’s revenues increased by $528,000
for the first nine months compared to 2006.
This increase reflected an increase in ship

flow.”

The Tribune revealed earlier

this year how Integrated Data
Corp had taken a 20 per cent
stake in Montana Holdings for
$13 million, acquiring 1,120 of
its 5,600 outstanding shares, in
addition to providing the com-
pany with an unsecured $7 mil-
lion revolving credit facility.
The Rum Cay Resort Mari-
na had at that point been val-
ued at $65 million, with the
urchase price coming from
3.88 million in cash; $6.12 mil-
lion via the sale of 3,060,000
Integrated Data Corp shares;
and $3 million via an unse-
cured loan from Mr Mittens,
Montana Holdings’ chairman
and majority shareholder.
Integrated Data Corp repaid
$1 million to Mr Mittens on
April 3, 2007, leaving a $2.047
million balance as at Novem-

ber 1.
Filing

The SEC filing added: “We
also entered into an agreement
to provide Montana Holdings
an ongoing loan facility of up
to $6 million to be utilised in
defraying the general costs of
Montana Holdings' Rum Cay
development programme in
the Bahamas during the whole
of 2007.

“In addition, we agreed to
provide up.to $1 million in

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2007, PAGE 5B

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loans to be utilised in Montana
Holdings’ proposed develop-
ment of a semi-autonomous
Floor and Wall Tile Produc-
tion Facility.

“On July 30, 2007, both par-
ties agreed to reduce the max-

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San Sal developer in $4m loan facility

imum loan amount under this
loan facility from $7 million to
$5 million. The current loan
balance under this loan facility
as of November 1, 2007,
including interest, is approxi-
mately $4.030 million.”

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Benchmark sees
$0.06 EPS growth

BENCHMARK (Bahamas) yesterday
reported a $0.06 earnings per share (EPS)
increase for the nine months ending Sep-
tember 30, 2007, compared to last year,
attributing the increased net income lof

per share, a change of 17 cents upon the
comparative period ending 2006.
Benchmark said its investment portfolio
for the year-to-date had contributed equal-
ly with Alliance to the group’s net earning

folio contributed significantly to the over-
all performance during the period.
Alliance continued to earn strong com-
mission dollars from its business, fuelled by
its capital markets activities, and coupled

with the recovery of its investment port-

$1.485 million to gains in its affiliates’ performance.
investment portfolios. : folio.
Benchmark said net earnings for the Movement

nine months to Septembedr 30 totalled
$0.30 per share, and in the 2007 third quar-
ter net earnings were $1.115 million or
$0.23 per share.

For the nine months ending September
30, net assets for Benchmark stood at
$7.138 million, and book value was $1.44

Benchmark’s net movement in unreal-
isied appreciation of investments was
$76,850, and Alliance net earnings were
$721,79. Further the company reported
that strong performance from the financial
sector of Benchmark’s investment port-

Julian Brown, Benchmark’s president,

said: “Recovery in the performance of

Alliance’s investment portfolio, coupled
with the continued strong performance of
Benchmark’s investment portfolio during
the third quarter, helped Benchmark
report strong,net earnings for the quarter
and nine months period.”

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BENCHMARK PRESIDENT Julian Brown

Council divisions hit Baker’s Bay approvals

input into meetings, but could
not vote, unless the other six
councillors were evenly split.
His casting vote had fre-
quently been required in

FROM page 1

Jeremy Sweeting said that as
chief councillor he could have

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3.74 1.65 Bahamas Waste 3.74
12.62 1.21. Fidelity Bank 2.61
11.20 9.81 Cable Bahamas 11.18
3.15 1.83 Colina’ Holdings 3.15
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recent months to push through
approved permit applications
by Baker’s Bay, but he pointed
out that in August - with one
council member away - he
could not use his vote.

As a result, the three coun-
cillors opposed to dealing with
the Baker’s. Bay applications
until they received the go-
ahead from the central gov-
ernment had been in the
majority, and the developers’
applications were “delayed for
a month”.

Jeremy Sweeting said the
Baker’s Bay project had made
“a great impact” on the Abaco

economy, adding that the
developers were concerned to
“do things the right way”.

Roy Russell, one of the
three councillors reluctant to
deal with the Baker’s Bay
applications, told The Tribune
that politics had nothing to do
with his position, it being more
to do with avoiding court
action and being sued by the
Save Guana Cay Reef Associ-
ation.

“Some of the members want
to get something in writing
from the Ministry [of Local
Government] saying they are
not going to be liable if they

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sign off on these plans,” Mr

Russell said, referring to the
litigation and a letter sent by
the Association threatening to
sue them if they approved per-
mit applications.

“I’m one that wouldn’t sign. .

There’s three of us. We’ve
asked the administration to get
us a letter from the Ministry
saying that everything the
developers have has been
approved, and we’re free to
decide on the plans presented
to us,” Mr Russell added. “Let
us know we can proceed with-
out fear, accept our responsi-
bilities and then we will deal

_with the plans. Get the focus

off us and put it where it
belongs

“We want to make sure
everything is on the up and up.
Whether we agree with the
project is not the issue. I want
to do my job without fear of
being sued and within the law.

“I would just take a letter
from someone in authority say-
ing we’re free to act, the devel-
opers have gone through all

the channels, it’s all approved,
and you can deal with the plans
before you.”
Mr Russell and the other
two councillors, he added,
were seeking written guaran-
tees that the Baker’s Bay pro-
ject had been fully approved.
Dr Livingstone Marshall,
Baker’s Bay’s vice-president
of environmental and commu-
nity affairs, told The Tribune
that the developers did not
believe the situation at the

Hope Town District Council-.-,
would unduly impact the pro-'-.-

ject or approval of the required
permits.
However, the situation had

been raised with the Prime. -

Minister and relevant govern-- ..

ment ministries.
“There is no court order or.

anything preventing Baker's...

Bay from moving ahead under.
our Heads of Agreement and

what we plan to do,” Dr Mar- -

shall said.
“We want to see the council

carry out their responsibilities °

as mandated by law.”

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that CECILIA ST. LEO FORBES -
OF BARTLETTE HILL, GENERAL DELIVERY, GRAND -
BAHAMA, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible ”
for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas; and that any person who
knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should:
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 7TH day of
NOVEMBER, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality

and Citizenship,

P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.

Legal Notice

NOTICE

MONOPOLY INVESTMENTS LIMITED

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) MONOPOLY INVESTMENTS 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 13th November, 2007 when the Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the

Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Credit Suisse
Trust Linited, Rue de Lausanne 17 bis, Geneva.

Dated this 14th day of November, A.D. 2007

Credit Suisse Trust Limited
Liquidator

Legal Notice

NOTICE

CLOVERDALE CORP.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named

Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the
. 12th day of November 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa

Corp. Inc., P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.

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website, featuring a wide selec-
tion of its exclusive clothing
line and accessories.

Jeff Birch, Androsia’s chief
executive, said in a statement:
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internationally and in th,
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Any items ordered on the
shopping cart that are not in
stock, will be made to order,
which may take up to two
weeks to produce and a week

to reach Nassau. Orders .

shipped to other Family
Islands may take a little
longer.

The Androsia shopping cart
encrypts all personal informa-
tion, and is only used for pur-
chase processing and account
maintenance. Personal infor-

mation is not transferred to a
third party for any reason.
"The shopping cart is one
way we are trying to be innov-
ative - in the hopes of main-
taining our existence," Mr
Birch added, a reference to the
cheap Androsia imitations and
counterfeits appearing in the
Bahamian market.
Androsia now offers more
than 150 products and an array
of fabrics, available through
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at Traveller's Rest. In Freeport
and the Family islands,
Androsia is carried in several
retail outlets.

Androsia was started by the
Birch family in 1973 as a cot-
tage industry to provide mean-
ingful jobs in Andros.

Today, the company



employs more than 20 people.
All the fabric designs and gar-
ments are the original cre-
ations of Androsia.

Authentic Bahamian-made
Androsia products have the
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design.

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everyone could,” Mr Light-
bourn added.

“The amount of vacant
property for sale is not that
great, so every time a new sub-
division comes on to the mar-
ket, if it’s priced right, it will
sell. Bahamians like to buy real
estate, and price-wise, these
[Coral Breezes].are reasonably
priced.”

Phase 1 of Coral Breeze
Estates features about 95 lots.
The starting price for $90,000
for single family lots has
already increased to $99,500,
while duplex lots started at
$95,000 and are now going for
$120,000.

Mr Lightbourn said Bahami-
an real estate purchasers “go
through hell” to find decent-
sized lots worth $100,000 or
less, adding that there were a

’ number of factors pushing up

real estate and property prices.

Land supply and demand
factors were driving prices,
along with the increased costs
facing developers when it came
to putting in infrastructure and
the utilities - the Bahamas
Telecommunications Compa-
ny (BTC), Bahamas Electrici-
ty Corporation (BEC), and
Water & Sewerage Corpora-
tion and Cable Bahamas - plus
obtaining performance bonds

ers, since “time is money”.

and 20 years,” Mr Lightbourn
said.

. “In the 1970s, I sold lots at
Coral Harbour for $2,500.
There’s a lot of factors pushing
the price of real estate up. I
don’t think people appreciate
what the developers’ costs are.

“Everything is going up in
price. The infrastructure costs
continue to go up; that’s a fac-
tor as well. What the Govern-
ment does is that it tries to do
these package deals where they
offer people lots with the
homes thrown in, and the pres-
sure is on the builders to keep
prices down.” :

“We have a limited supply
of land on this tiny island. New
Providence has a density of
2,600 people per square mile,”
Mr Lightbourn explained.”

This compared to a density
of about 20 people per square
mile in Abaco, 15 people per
square mile in the Exumas,
and 50 people per square mile
in Eleuthera.

Algernon Allen, the former
FNM housing minister who is a

director of Coral Dreams
Company, the developer, along
with his sister, former Bank of
the Bahamas managing direc-
tor Pauline Allen-Dean, spoke
about the land supply and
demand situation early in the
year.

He said there was less than
2,000 acres of ‘immediately
marketable land’ left in New
Providence, or about 9,000 plus
lots, excluding infrastructure.

Buyers were lured to the
Coral Breezes open house by
a $2,000 per lot discount offer.

“Our early investors are
very, very happy with their
investment, Prices are expect-
ed to continue to increase as
the infrastructure is complet-
ed,” said Carmen Massoni, a
“Coldwell Banker agent.

“T expect to have complet-
ed homes for re-sale in the
$600,000 bracket as the com-
munity is developed. We
already have plans for home
sales by independent contrac-
tors at a starting price of
$600,000.”

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ank unveils :
new dividend
payment

COMMONWEALTH Bank
yesterday announced it would
increase the November extra-
ordinary dividend it paid to
shareholders by 50 per cent
year-over-year, paying $0.06
per share on its newly-split
stock.

The extraordinary dividend,
which comes on the heels of
the bank’s three-for-one stock
split, will be paid on November
30, 2007, to shareholders of
record date November 23,
2007.

Commonwealth Bank’s
move on the extraordinary div-
idend comes just: after it
reported a net income rise of
25 per cent for the nine months
to September 30, 2007. It is the
second extraordinary dividend
payment this year.

“Our performance in 2007
is outstanding by any measure,
and we are rewarding our loy-
al shareholders as a result,”
said Commonwealth Bank
chairman TB Donaldson.

“We believe we are well-
positioned to enjoy robust
returns through the end of this
fiscal year and into 2008.”

With three months left to go
in fiscal 2007 when it
announced its September 30
figures, Commonwealth Bank
was already closing in on 2006
earnings, The bank’s fiscal year
ends on December 31, 2007.

“Payment of the extraordi-
nary dividend brings dividend
yield on shares to around 4.7
per cent, a very attractive
return,” Mr Donaldson said.

“On top of this, we recorded
a capital appreciation through

the first nine months of the
year of over 30 per cent.”
Commonwealth Bank was
trading at $5.52 this week after
the share split, a far cry from
what is now an equivalent $2
per share in the year 2000

Donaldson

when it went public.
“The success of the bank, a7
Mr Donaldson said, “rests

solidly on the support of our .*.*;
shareholders, the loyalty of our - °
customers and the dedication .
and commitment of our staff.” -






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