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stabbed at home

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

A PEACEFUL morning in
the heart of idyllic old Nassau,
was shattered yesterday morn-
ing when police discovered the

_ = body of Harl Taylor, fashion
designer and nephew of Oppo-
sition leader Perry Christie, who
had been stabbed at his home
on West Hill Street. Mr Taylor’
was the second high profile

murder victim in three days.
Yesterday — as with the mur-
der of College of the Bahamas
professor Dr Thaddeus McDon-
ald less than a quarter of a mile
a away in his home on Queen
Street on Friday ~ assistant.
commissioner in charge of
crime Ellison Greenslade was
unwilling to respond to many
of the questions put to him by
the press about the details of



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the attack or the murder scene,
saying that to do so would
"compromise" investigations.

Police would only say that Mr
Taylor received "bodily
injuries" and was found in the
"upstairs section" of his Mount-
batten House residence. How-

SEE page six

Felipé Major/Tribune staff

Police set up ‘incident room’
and target high crime areas

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

SENIOR police convened an emergency meeting yester-
day afternoon in light of this week’s violence, resulting in the
creation of an “incident room” and a shifting of manpower to
allow for more patrols in high crime areas. -

‘This information was revealed yesterday at police head-
quarters by police press liaison officer Walter Evans,

SEE page six



GRIM TASK: The body of Har! Taylor is removed from his apartment. He is reported to have received multiple stab wounds.

Family awaits positive identity of body

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

FREEPORT - The family of Kenneth
Lightbourne is still awaiting word from
police as to the positive identity of the
decomposed body found in bushes in

Lucaya last week.

Up until Saturday, police had not yet
determined the identification of the body
discovered last Thursday off Caravel Road.

According to a relative of Mr, Light-
bourne, the family feels strongly that the
body could be that of their missing, loved

one and is just waiting for word from the
police.

It has béen over a week now since Ken-
neth Lightbourne, 45, of South Bahamia,
disappeared.

He was last seen leaving work at Port
Lucaya on November 10 around 11. 45pm.
His Mitsubishi Eclipse car was found in the
parking lot at RND cinema. .

In the meantime, police are also inyesti-
gating the murder of 32-year-old Freeport
businessman Gifford Martin Jr, who was
found shot dead on Friday at Extreme Auto
and Supplies on Yellow Pine Road.

Assistant Supt Loretta Mackey, press
officer, said officers from the plain clothes

and uniform sections have combined their
resources in an effort to bring closure to
these two latest homicides — the ninth and
10th - here on Grand Bahama.

“At this time the body found: during the

- afternoon of Thursday, November 15, has

not been positively identified,” she said on
Saturday.

“The residents of Grand Bahama-have
supported the Police Department over the
past years and again we are appealing to
them for their support in bringing closure to
these two matters. We (the Police) can be
contacted at 350-3107/8, 352-9774/5 or 911.”

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THE PLP expressed “grave
concerns” over government’s

“unwillingness” to recognize its.

error and accept responsibility
for the failure of its economic
policies to date and the harm

its “ill-advised” decisions have -

caused to the Bahamian econo-
my and the lives of thousands of
Bahamians.

The Opposition insists that
while government conceded
that the economic growth rate

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had declined: its denial that its
policies, decision-making
processes, and procedures had
anything to do with the current
economic decline are mislead-
ing.

“This demonstrated lack of
leadership is incredible as the
government is the legal
guardian. and driver of market
efficiency,” the PLP said.

However, Minister of State for
Finance Zhivargo Laing ‘has said
that this claim by the opposition is
“baseless”.

The minister of state said that
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first half of 2007 increased by
$72.6 million or 26 per cent com-
pared to the same period of the
previous year.

According to Central Bank sta-
tistics, foreign direct investment
inflows to the Bahamas in the first
six months of the last year totalled
$276.1 million compared to $351.7
million this year.

Mr Laing said that clearly then,
there is no decline in foreign
investment inflows that have con-
tributed to any economic slow

SEE page 13


















PAGE 2, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2007

THE TRIBUNE



Drug makers retreat from Puerto Rico hub

@ CIDRA, Puerto Rico

FIRST TO go was a factory
that produced generic drugs.
Next, a pharmaceutical supply
company said it would close.
Then, GlaxoSmithKline PLC said
last month it would shut its plant
in this central Puerto Rican city,
according to Associated Press.

Many people in Cidra now fear
their hillside city, which has
depended on pharmaceutical
manufacturing for more than 30
years, is terminally ill.

Cidra, a city of about 50,000, is

not alone its sense of looming
dread. The pharmaceutical indus-
try appears to be in retreat across
Puerto Rico — long a global hub of
drug manufacturing thanks to tax
breaks and the territory's unfet-
tered access to the U.S. market.
Over the past 18 months, five
major drug manufacturing plants
have either closed or announced
plans to do so, eliminating 3,000
relatively high paying jobs. The
closures are a largely a result of

higher energy costs, changing tax .

rules and industry consolidation.
Industry experts predict Puerto

Rico is in danger of losing its posi- :
tion as one of the top five global
drug-making centers unless the. ;
island offers better incentives and’ }
shifts more toward research as) }
companies seek more sophisti+
cated production methods. “i

The island's pharmaceutical:
industry, which still produces 13)
of the 20 best-selling drugs in the ;
United States, gained dominance, :
in the 1970s with the help of U.S,’ }
incentives. It accounts for a quar-., }
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product, with US$36.5 billion in’ :
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peaks to the press yesterday outside of the Graycliff. Allyson Maynard-

Perry Christie
speaks out on
murder rate

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

BAHAMIANS’ “entire
way of life could be signifi-
cantly damaged” should the
country gain a reputation
abroad for being a violent
country, said opposition leader
Perry Christie yesterday.

Mr Christie issued a short,
but heartfelt few words to the
press about the murder rate,
on the steps of Graycliff
restaurant yesterday, an hour
after he and other relatives of
designer Harl Taylor were
called to the scene upon hear-
ing that Mr Taylor, his
nephew, had been brutally
murdered.

Mr Taylor, who lived in
Mountbatten House on West

Hill Street, was found that
morning with multiple stab
wounds in his body.

Of his 37-year-old nephew’s
death, Mr Christie said: “This
is another very, very tragic
example of the need for us to
get our country back under
control.”

Understand

Flanked by a family friend
of Mr Taylor, Senator Allyson
Maynard Gibson, Mr Christie
said that the Bahamas “can-
not afford not to try to under-
stand what is happening” in
terms of rising crime.

He said that “immediate
action” must be taken by
every Bahamian to “come to
grips with this madness that is



taking place and prevent it
happening.”

“We have to examine very
carefully what is happening
with a view to trying to learn
lessons...to ensure that all of us
can walk about our country
feeling safe, secure,” he
said.

Mr Christie said that he is
not just talking about advanc-
ing policing, but also “from
the point of view of what's
going on in our heads in the
country, so we'll be able to
come to grips with it.”

“Tt is more than apprehend-
ing someone whose commit-
ted a crime,” he added.

“We need to as a country
come to understand it and
then to engage in whatever
levels of strategies that need to
take place.” 247 ten enoit

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Search for man
who brutally

attacked female
security officer

POLICE are searching
for a man who brutally
attacked and beat a.
female security officer at
the Government Complex

@ By DENISE MAYCOCK
Building in Freeport early

Tribune Freeport Reporter



“There is an across

Saturday morning. dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

The woman was taken the board lack of
to Rand Memorial Hospi- FREEPORT - Businessman discipline displayed
tal, where doctors Hee dncumiretete or ans by those who should
Sasa hers anaes National Youth Service “to instil be enforcing it —

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“Asst. Supt Loretta Pe Soe ae parents) guardians,
Mackey said police “T believe that the: time has eee
received a report of gnev- come for its implementation,” religious leaders, and
an oles around 5am on sae Mr Penn sue anaddress law enforcement

aturday. ; riday evening following a spe-

Officers went to the cial screening of the Bahamian rep resentatives,
Accident and Emergency documentary on National Youth and it is quite evident

Service at the Simpson C Penn jy) Our Children.”

Section of the hospital, Theatre.



Businessman calls for
ational Youth Service
to be implemented

where they interviewed

the injured woman. <
The woman, a 49-year-

old resident of Redwood

He believes that Dr Myles
Munroe or someone of his cali-
bre would be the ideal person to
act as a ledd consultant and

During the special screening Frank Penn

held at the Simpson C Penn The-



Lane, told officers that
she was on duty at the
Government Complex
Building at 4.34am, where
she is employed as a secu-
rity officer, when she was
attacked and beaten with
an instrument by a man
who she knows.

Ms Mackey said Police
inquiries are continuing
into this matter by officers
from the Central Detec-
tive Unit.

GRENADA: Govt
minister denies
accusations of
improperly issued
work permits

national youth service.

Leader

nently qualified world leader and
organizer. We need someone of
his calibre as a lead consultant
and adviser in developing the
rules, regulations, and format for
the establishment of a Bahamian
National Youth Service,” he said.

Mr Penn said that many social
problems in the country today
are the result of a lack of disci-
pline among Bahamians.

Today, the crime rate contin-
ues to escalate in the country and
the incarceration of young peo-
ple continues to climb at Fox Hill
Prison, which has a current pop-
ulation of 1,400.

According to the 2006 World
Prison Population List published
by the Centre for Prison Studies
‘at the University of London, the

@ ST. GEORGE'S, Bahamas has the fourth highest
Grenada incarceration rate in the
Caribbean, and the 11th of 204

GRENADA'S top labor countries and territories in the

official has disputed accusa- world.

tions that the southern
Caribbean island's govern-
ment improperly issued
work permits to Chinese
workers for private sector
projects, according to Asso-
ciated Press.

Labor Minister Claris
Charles said Chinese labor-
ers have only been autho-
rized to work on state pro-
jects, including a Beijing-
financed cricket stadium
completed earlier this year,
since Grenada switched
diplomatic allegiance from
Taiwan to China in 2005.

''T have to give approval
for all work permits since I
~ became minister for labor,
so I know what is going
on,'' Charles said Saturday.
''We have no Chinese
(workers) in the private
construction sector; those
that are here are for state
jobs."

Trade unions have
claimed that lower-paid
Chinese workers are taking
work away from small local
contractors and depriving
some unemployed Grenadi-
ans from getting jobs at pri-
vate sector construction :
sites. They have not provid- :
ed specifics. © nH

China has successfully
persuaded most Caribbean
governments to recognize
the mainland and drop
diplomatic relations with
Taiwan, which Beijing con-
siders a renegade province.
The Asian rivals have both
campaigned aggressively to
win the allegiance of small
Caribbean nations.

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vision Studios on Queens High-
way, the audience viewed tele-
vision clips of Sir Lynden Pin-
dling and Dr Emmett Weir
endorsing national youth service,
as well as an opposing interview
by Grand Bahama Human
Rights activist Joseph Darville,
who was opposed to it:

A high school debate was also
held on the topic: “Has The
Time Come For National Youth
Service,” by debaters Jameka
Farrington and Lance Darville

of Grand Bahama Catholic

High.

Mr Penn believes that disci-
pline must be displayed by lead-
ers and adults who must set an
example for the youth.

“There is an across the board
lack of discipline displayed by
those who should be enforcing
it — parents, guardians, teachers,
political and religious leaders,
and law enforcement represen-
tatives, and it is quite evident in
our children,” he said.

“Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up
a child in the way he should go
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Mr Penn also believes that
promiscuity is a big problem and
contributes to unwanted teenage
pregnancies, and the growing
problem of HIV/AIDS and sex-
ually transmitted diseases in the
Bahamas.

“If we are to be honest about
trying to better our Bahamas, we
have to acknowledge that we
have a promiscuity problem...in
our land...especially where
young men are concerned,” he
said.

Mr Penn continues to promote
his message of abstinence.

“We need people in leader-
ship positions, especially those
who work with our youth to not
only talk abstinence, but also to
have walked it and are still walk-
ing their talk,” he said.

Although Mr Penn was disap-
pointed with the turnout to Fri-
day’s screening, he was satisfied

with the feedback and reaction’

from those who attended.

Persons interested in a copy
of the screening may get one at
GBI Recording Studios.



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

SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt. O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G.,
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THE TRIBUNE

EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR



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Publisher/Editor 1972-

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Correcting a statement by Dr Nottage

TODAY SIR Arthur Foulkes goes to Gov-
ernment House until Thursday to serve as
deputy to the governor general in the absence
from the country of Governor General Arthur
Hanna and his wife.

During the no-confidence-in-the-Speaker
debate in the House of Assembly last week, an
annoyed Dr Bernard Nottage took a side swipe
at Sir Arthur, because, in’an interview on ZNS
a few days earlier, Sir Arthur had had the temer-
ity to add his voice to the House debate.

By his remarks in the House, Dr Nottage
appeared unclear about the position Sir Arthur
holds and seemed to suggest that Sir Arthur, as
a civil servant, was out of line for having had
anything to say on the issue.

Therefore, now is as good a time as any to
clarify Sir Arthur’s position.

“Don’t try to hide behind inane explana-
tions no matter who offers them, even Directors
of BIS, a public officer, who is also a Deputy to
the Governor General,” said Dr Nottage when
Speaker Smith had ruled that the word “wuth-
less” when used in the context in which it was
used by Prime Minister Ingraham — against a
group on a particular matter and not a person —
was not unparliamentary. Dr Nottage was refer-
ring to Sir Arthur who has acted in the past as
deputy to the governor general and now holds
the post of Director General of Bahamas Infor-
mation Services (BIS).

In this comment, Dr Nottage suggests that Sir
Arthur is a civil servant, bound by civil service
rules. This he is not. Ye

Nor is he a Deputy Governor General as
some persons insist.

For some reason there are persons, who
should know better, who persist in representing
to the public that the post of Deputy Governor
General is a constitutional position. It is not.

Article 34 of the Constitution provides for
someone to be appointed to act as Deputy to the
Governor General during the latter’s short
absences from the country. ;

Whoever is appointed deputy for these peri-
ods has to be sworn in on each occasion and is
not required to resign any substantive post he or
she might hold, nor give up his or her profession
or Occupation.

The Prime Minister has designated that Sir
Arthur act on these occasions. In the past oth-

‘er high profile political figures, such as former
attorney general Paul Adderley, and Lady Mar-
guerite, wife of the late Sir Lynden Pindling,
have acted from time to time.

Persons acting as deputy to the Governor
General do not receive a salary, but do receive
an honorarium of about $44 a day when they
act.

Sir Arthur is now on a three-year contract



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with government as Director General of BIS. As
such he is not bound by the rules governing the
conduct of senior civil servants with regard to
political pronouncements.

In fact, this department, which is really a
government news agency, does not even come
under the Civil Service Establishment. Its offi-
cers are appointed by the Minister responsible,
in this case the Prime Minister.

It was established in 1974 by Sir Lynden Pin-
dling by act of parliament within Article 127(c)
and specifically states that “offices in the
Department shall not be public offices for the
purposes of the Constitution.”

It will be recalled that during the Christie
administration Steve McKinney, who was under
contract with BIS, had a talk show on ZNS dur-
ing this year’s general election and was rabidly
anti-Hubert Ingraham and the FNM. Despite
this, Mr Ingraham retained his services at BIS,
and Sir Arthur as BIS Director General kept
him in his post. Sir Arthur is obviously satisfied
that he is performing his functions satisfactori-
I

As for the misinformation about Sir Arthur’s
salary, Sir Arthur is getting far less than a vast-
ly less qualified person who was on contract
with BIS under the PLP and who, it is reported,
spent more time doing work for the PLP as a
party than for the government.

Sir Arthur, a weekly columnist, has written

extensively in The Tribune about the rules and: ::

conventions of our system, and in all the public
offices he has-held he has served with distinction
and has stayed well within those conventions.

In fact , although he was not required to do
so, he dropped his column in this newspaper
for one week while he was only deputizing for
the governor general.

He has stopped writing his column altogeth-
er since he has been appointed Director General
at BIS, not because he was bound to, but
because he chose to. He didn’t even want a
suggestion of conflict of interest.

The comments that Sir Arthur made in the
ZNS interview, of which Dr Nottage com-
plained, in no way violated any convention.
MPs like Dr Nottage should be glad to have
Sir Arthur and other senior statesmen provide
historical and parliamentary context for what is
happening today.

If they would pay attention they would not

- make so many oy mistakes.

Sir Arthur lived through this period of polit-
ical change, covered it as a reporter, became a
part of it as a cabinet minister, walked out on it
in 1970 as one of the Dissident Eight when the
political vision was betrayed, and did not go
back to benefit from the very generous pen-
sions and benefits that some others now enjoy.






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EDITOR, The Tribune.

I FEEL compelled to write
this letter because I am so
angry and sad about the con-
dition of our beautiful
Bahamas. —

I live at Delaporte and
every day I walk along the
beach. There is not a day that
passes when I don't pick up a
couple of bags of trash that
have been washed up on the
beach overnight. However,
since the storm I am over-
whelmed at the amount of
garbage along the shore-
line. The seaweed is full of
pieces of broken plastic, sty-
rofoam, bottles, drink cans
and fishing line — you name
it, you'll find it on the
beach. Gone are the days
when one can search for shells
on the sea shore. Now there's
nothing to collect but trash,
and tons of it!

I can remember the days
when there was no such thing
as plastic and styrofoam. How,
did we manage _ back
then? Just fine to my recol-
lection! Something has to be
done about the wholesale use
of all the plastic and styrofoam
containers. There must be oth-
er alternatives. We are
destroying our country and
the planet because we are too



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lazy and too greedy to lift a
finger to help ourselves. We
seem to think that someone
else will fix it! Well, they
won't — only we as individu-

als can stop this
craziness. Each one of us cre-
ates tons of trash every year
and where is it all going? It
doesn't just vanish like magic
when the garbage truck takes
it away! It's going into land
fills and who knows where
else. The whole island is lit-
tered with trash! We cannot
blame the government for all
of the trash littering our
beaches and streets.

On a daily basis I see peo-
ple throwing garbage out of
their cars, or bags full of trash
on the side of the roads. It's a
national disgrace and every-
one is responsible either by
turning a blind eye or being a
culprit. There is literally
‘garbage everywhere.

Recently, a friend visited
me for the first time in over 20
years. She was shocked at the
condition of Nassau and com-
pared it to a slum. Although
the Nassau she remembered

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him to ask his principals to emphasise anti-litter in all their schools.
This emphasis is to do not just with the school grounds, but any-
where these students might go on this green fragile planet. Schools
must help to drill into students how to dispose of litter responsibly.

Students from at least three schools, Uriah McPhee, C I Gibson
and LW Young, go to and from school along my street, Kemp

Road. Most of them, on the way home especially, are eating or

drinking something. They let the packages, papers, cartoons, cans
drop as they empty them — as they walk. Many adults in our area,
unfortunately, show no more responsibility. They are equally nasty.

Tell these children to try out other words in their vocabularies.
Encourage them to expand their vocabularies. Along my street in
the afternoons, I hear students of every age, in uniforms, cussing the
filthiest words to the top of their lungs. These words they hurl, are
as filthy as the litter they drop, and bring down our communities,
their schools and themselves.

Let them know that they are being observed. We’d prefer to
admire them in their fine uniforms rather than needing to be
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was lacking in modern ameni-
ties, it held a certain charm
and was quite different from
the concrete jungle she
encountered on this visit. She
remembered Cable Beach as a
beautiful long sandy beach but
was disappointed to find that
it was now replaced with the
Crystal Palace and erosion,
warnings of Lion Fish and
dirty garbage strewn on the
sea floor.

What is to become of us?
Please tell me we can turn this
around as I grow more dis-
mayed every day. When will
we realise that we have so
much potential here to utilise
our natural God-given
resources? Abundant rain —
more than we would like at
times! How many of us have
rainwater tanks or gutters to
catch the rain and store it in
rainwater tanks? Sunshine 365
days of the year — yet hardly
any of us are utilising solar
energy! We have the wind
almost every day coming from
the ocean — this could be har-
nessed.

I just cannot believe how
much nature has given us
compared to other countries
and yet it's all being wasted. I
feel that in the future our
beaches, clear waters and
year-round sunshine will be

, the resources that are covet-

ed by the world outside of The
Bahamas — and we will have
wasted it all.

In other countries the gov-
ernment encourages the devel-

rt

opment of these eco-friendly —

sources
giving incentives and tax
breaks. Here, it costs an arm
and a leg to import any kind
of energy saving apparatus.
Shouldn't innovative products
that help conserve energy and
help the environment be duty
free? When are we going to
invest in recycling?

We shouldn't just sit by and

“rely on the government.

Everyone should make it
their duty to pick up some
garbage each day, and others
should stop throwing garbage
out of cars, or dumping it on
the streets. It's time we all put
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Guyana presses
for explanation
from Venezuela on
alleged destruction
of gold-mining
dredges

@ GEORGETOWN,
Guyana

GUYANA'S FOR-
EIGN minister on Sunday
accused Venezuelan troops
of entering his country's

.waters to blow up gold-

mining dredges on a river
near the. frontier, according
to Associated Press.

The minister, Rudy
Insanally, said a military
investigation showed the
boats destroyed in Thurs-
day's raid were clearly in
Guyanese territory and he
said Georgetown has not
received a sufficient expla-
nation from Caracas
despite diplomatic efforts.

Insanally told The Asso-
ciated Press he saw no jus-
tification for the Venezue-
lan soldiers' action on the
Cuyuni River. ‘

The Guyanese military
said 36 Venezuelan sol-
diers used helicopters and
C-4 explosives to destroy
the two gold-mining river
dredges. They were not in
operation and no one was
aboard.

Venezuela's ambas-
sador, Dario Morandy,
said Friday that his coun-
try's soldiers were remov-
ing about 200 families who
were mining illegally inside
Venezuelan territory. The
ambassador accused them
of polluting the river with —
mercury and said
Venezuela was protecting
its natural resources. He
said no force was used in
the operation and denied
the troops had anything to
do with destroying the

. dredges. San if

Venezuela's ‘military
periodically stages opera-
tions to flush miners from —
its territory.

E-passports to

be officially

~ Jaunched by December 5 —

Neve to ‘combat
illegal immigration’



GOVERNMENT is set to offi-
cially launch Machine Readable
Passports (MRP) or e-passports

by December 5 — a move to com- .

bat illegal immigration and other
security threats to this country,
Deputy Prime Minister and Min-
ister of Foreign Affairs Brent
Symonette announced.

And, by April 2010, all
Bahamian passport holders are
required to have such a high-tech
document, as mandated by the
International Civil Aviation
Organization (ICAO), of which
The Bahamas is a member,

The Minister of Foreign
Affairs explained the process and
displayed the varied features of
the e-passport to the Bahamas
Chamber of Commerce during a
briefing on Thursday November
15 at the British Colonial Hilton

The e-passport will contain
biometric features, such as fin-
gerprints, facial features and oth-
er data, using advanced comput-
erized recognition techniques.
These would be imprinted on a
silicone chip embedded in the
passport document.

There are approximately
255,000 Bahamian passport hold-
ers. All passport holders will be
required to obtain a National
Insurance number — a key com-
ponent in the security features.
Passport holders would collect
the new passport through finger-
print identification. Children
under age 14 would not be fin-
gerprinted.

“The e-passport will be a
secured document. We need to
ensure that our passports are
resistant to fraudulent use,
including the use of lost or stolen
passports,”

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ans can use their existing pass-
ports until they expire.

Talks about an e-passport
started in 1994 and, on December
22, 2006, the Government
entered into a contract with
Indusa Global; a Greenville,
South Carolina-based IT devel-
opment and consulting firm to
spearhead the project.

The contract calls for an e-
passport issuance system,
machine readable Visa system,
E-identification issuance — work
permit, spousal permit, perma-

‘iment residence, home owners res-
idence smart cards, and border:

control management system.

In addition to these systems, a
supporting Key Management
System (KMS) for the genera-
tion and management of digital
security keys for protecting and
accessing the data stored in the
passports and cards,. was
launched on Friday, November
9. %

The KMS is used to add secu-
tity to The Bahamas passport
chips and smart cards and forms
the basis of authenticating that
the e-passport and e-IDs are in
fact issued by The Bahamas Goy-
ernment.

The project is an integrated
one with the Ministry of Nation-
al Security - Department of
Immigration and the Data Pro-
cessing Unit of the Ministry of
Finance.

The implementation of the e-
passport system will continue in
four phases; Phases I and II
through June, 2008. Applications
would be received in Freeport,
the Family Islands and the
Bahamas Overseas Missions.

‘However, e-passports would only

be produced in New Providence,
at an affordable cost.

If a United States Visa in the:

expired passport extends beyond

DEPUTY PRIME Minister and
Minister of Foreign Affairs centre,
responds to questions from busi-
nesspersons as Sheila Carey, per-
manent secretary Ministry of For-
eign Affairs, and Dionisio
D'Aguilar, left, Bahamas Chamber
of Commerce president, look on,
during a meeting on the launch of

the e-passport at the Hilton hotel -

on Thursday, November 15.

2010, Bahamians were urged to
secure both documents; stapling
them together would be prohib-
ited to allow for uninterrupted

_ reading of the e-passport when

travelling.

“The e-passport project is of
significant national and interna-
tional importance and will lead to
the enhancement of the security
of our state and the easing of the
passage of our citizens
throughout the world,” Mr.
Symonette told the Chamber of
Commerce.

A slide presentation of the
process was conducted by Jill
Ram, chief operating officer and
vice president of product devel-
opment of Indusa.

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Police investigate murder of fashion designer

FROM page one

ever unconfirmed reports were

that the 37 year old was found,

with multiple stabs wounds
about the body, having been the
victim of a vicious attack. —
Like that of Dr McDonald,
who, according to his brother,
Madison, had been "beaten
beyond recognition" with a
clothing iron, the designer’s

body was in his bed, sources:

said.

Police arrived at the scene.

around 9am after “receiving
information”, according to press
liaison officer Walter Evans.
They did not reveal who had
found Mr Taylor or had pro-
vided this information.

Asked yesterday whether the
murders are thought to be con-

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whether these are connected or
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say every crime scene tells us a
story, a distinct story."

‘The police crime. chief
refused to state whether there
was any sign of forced entry into
the house, or any missing items
to indicate robbery as a motive.
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police would again not confirm
the information, sources claim
that Mr Taylor was thought to
have been dead for between 18
to 36 hours, which would place
the time of his murder even
more closely to that of his near-
neighbour.

Mr Greenslade said that the
investigations into these mat-
ters are "progressing very, very
well."

any particular suspects at this .

time, but added: “We are
putting all of our resources into
the investigation with a view to
moving forward quickly.”

Mr Taylor was well known
for his line of designer hand
bags, called the Harl Taylor
Bag, which were seen on the
arms of many of Nassau's best
dressed women.

Arriving at West Hill Street
at around 11.15am was his

accompanied by Mr Christie
and his wife, Bernadette. They
were escorted into the Graycliff
restaurant opposite Mr Taylor's
home at Mountbatten House to
meet with police, and were lat-
er joined by Mrs Allyson May-
nard Gibson and several other
friends and relatives.

At around 12.30pm the fami-
ly sent Archdeacon Ranfurly
Brown out to speak with the
press and confirm the identity of
the murder victim as being Mr
‘Taylor.

Father Brown said he had
known Mr Taylor "very well",
describing him as a "quiet per-
son, industrious (and) produc-
tive". He said that the family is
"strong so far."

Mr Christie then spoke
briefly with the media, stating

that the loss of Mr Taylor, who |

he "grew up", was ‘another
very, very tragic example of the
need for us to get our country
back under control."

Asked what advice he would
give to the public in light of
these most recent murders, Mr
Greenslade said that people

safe environment for them-
selves. However, Mr
Greenslade denied that persons
living in the vicinity of the’mur-
der scenes in particular should
have cause to be fearful.

"Not apart from the ordinary
you should secure your house
properly before you go to bed
and you should certainly be
aware of your surroundings at
all times,” he said.

This statement appeared to
be contradicted later when
assistant superintendent Wal-

’ ter Evans said that police con-—

vened an emergency meeting

that afternoon, which, among ,

other things, shifted manpow-
er to allow for extra police
patrols in the West Hill Street
area and around,

An anonymous individual
contacted The Tribune during
the afternoon to announce that
a candlelit vigil for Mr Taylor
and Dr McDonald will be held
on Thursday at 6pm. The vigil is
also intended to draw attention,
to the escalating murder rate.

According to police, Mr Tay-
lor is the 68th murder victim for

He did not say that there are

mother, Beverley Taylor,

should try to always maintain a

the year.

‘Incident room’ set up in wake of violence

FROM page one

Aside from the high profile killings of
Dr Thaddeus McDonald and designer Harl
Taylor, whose bodies were discovered in
their homes on Friday and Sunday respec-
tively, three other individuals were victims
of suspected serious violence — one dying
from his injuries — since Friday.

Meanwhile, over the course of 24 hours
from Thursday to Friday the nation had
already recorded four murders, two in
Grand Bahama and two in New Providence.

The new incident room at the Central
Detective Unit is designed to make it easi-
er for members of the public to provide
information relating to any of these, or oth-
er, attacks.

“Anyone with information is asked to
call the incident room at 502-9991, 502-
9938, or (the general police number) 919,”
said Asst. Supt. Evans.

He added: “Police are especially con-
cerned over the kinds of incidents we would
have seen taking place. We believe that
these crimes can be prevented oncé we have
full community involvement.”

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a pool of blood around his head.

He was taken to hospital where he died at
7am, about four hours after being found.
Police are treating the matter as a “suspi-
cious death” at this time, and have not stat-
ed whether his injuries were gunshot
wounds.

An autopsy and police investigation will
now be carried out.

Also on Saturday morning, at around
2am a man from the Bain Town area was
shot wher’a fight broke out in Eneas Street,
off Poinciana Drive.

The gunshot hit him in the right side of
his body. He was taken to hospital, where
he is now listed in critical condition.

Early Sunday morning, also at about 2am,
another man — said to be about 23 years of
age — was the victim of random gunfire in
Pinewood Gardens.

The man was said to be walking on But-
tonwood Avenue when he heard shots ring
out. He fled the area, but realised that he
had been hit by a bullet. He was assisted by
a resident of the area to get to hospital,
where his condition is now described as
serious, but not life threatening.

Asst Supt Evans said that police are tak-

ing action to try to reduce the fear of crime
in the country in the week of increased vio-
lence.

“Right now we believe that within the
Bahamas a number of persons are very
fearful because of what they see happening.
Police would like to reassure the public that
we would have done a number of things,”
said Mr Evans, adding: “Moreso for those
people who reside in the general vicinity
of West Hill Street.”

Mountbatten House on West Hill Street
was the scene of the country’s latest murder,
that of Mr Taylor, whose body was discov-
ered on Sunday.

“The commissioner of police (yesterday)
has ordered that an emergency initiative
be put in place whereby there’ll be addi-
tional patrols in that area,” said Mr Evans.

Extra patrols also will be introduced in
other “high crime” areas said the officer,
although he would not state which areas
have been identified as such.

Mr Evans said that if people find them-
selves “in a position where they feel
unsafe”, for examiple, if they believe they
are being followed, they should call the
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WITH almost 600 attending,
this year’s Red Ribbon Ball was
the largest ball organised by
Colinalmperial Insurance Com-
pany Ltd. According to Nicole
Henderson-Smith, Co-Chair-
man of The Red Ribbon Ball
Committee the ball met its tar-
get of raising $50,000 to assist
the AIDS Foundation of The
Bahamas with the purchase of a
home for orphaned children liv-
ing with HIV.

“We definitely met our tar-
get and we have enough money
to start again next year.

“Next year will be our 15th
year and so we intend to do it
bigger and better. We’re hoping
to do a weekend instead of just
a one night event so we can tar-
get an even wider audience,
including those who may not
like balls,” Mrs. Henderson-
Smith said.

She thanked all the organisa-
tions, sponsors and patrons who
attended the ball, especially
Kerzner International, which
earlier this month donated
$25,000 to the AIDS Founda-
tion and have sponsored the

ball for the past seven years.

ais Kerzner,has been an excel-

lent partner and they have giv-
en selflessly of their time, tal-
ent and treasure,” she said.

Held at the Atlantis Grand
Ballroom, the 14th annual Red
Ribbon Ball was a glamorous
and elegant affair that drew
hundreds of Bahamians in their
finest attire. Basking in tasteful
and creative décor by Sun-
bound, patrons danced to the
sounds of The Royal Bahamas
Police Force Band, Tino
Richardson and Company,
Count Bernadino, Ronnie But-
ler ‘and the Falcons. Some
patrons won fabulous prizes,
including exquisite jewellery by
David Yurman, an original Harl
Taylor bag, and trips to exotic
destinations donated by Amer-
ican Airlines/American.

Every guest also received a
perfume set from John Bull’s
Givenchy and a gift from Burns
House Groups’ Johnny Walk-
er. Camille Barnett, president
of The AIDS Foundation, said
she was very upbeat about this
year’s ball and the realization
of the children’s home.

“We're in the final stages of
purchasing the home and we’ve
had some inquiries from orga-
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to help us to pay that mortgage
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“T know certainly that we will

' be able to make our first pay-

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tants from throughout District 47 which encompasses The Bahamas and Florida: Mr Miller is shown
here with the second and third place winners of the contest. To the far left is Toastmasters’ Interna-
tional Director, DTM Margaret Wan and to the far right is District 47 Governor, DTM Wanda Brown.

Damien Miller
is all talk at
speech contest

DISTINGUISHED Toast-
master (DTM) Damien Miller
was recently declared cham-
pion of Toastmasters District
47’s speech evaluation contest
held in Lake Mary Florida,
beating 10 other contestants.

As a toastimaster for just
over five years, Mr Miller has
represented The Bahamas on
several occasions at the dis-
trict level.

He won the district’s Inter-
national Speech Contest in
2003 and in 2005 he made a
clean sweep; again winning the
International Speech Contest
along with the Table Topics
Contest. icraccannndernunent gl

A member of four toast
masters clubs, Mr Miller says
he hopes to one day become
the World Champion of Public
Speaking.

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organization that teaches pub-
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Questioned as to what he
thinks set him apart from the
other contestants, Mr Miller
said that his evaluation style
made a difference. ‘

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MINISTER OF WORKS and Transport Earl Deveaux makes a point during Friday night’s town meeting in

central Andros.

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port Earl Deveaux has confirmed.

And, badly needed repairs of
community roads in Conch Sound,
Stafford Creek, Staniard Creek and
Blanket Sound in northern Andros,
a seawall and other public works
have been contracted out, he told a
town meeting here Friday night.

He also urged Androsians to
guard against excessive flooding in
low-lying communities by utilizing
culverts to allow the free flow of
water rather than filling in creeks
and mangroves.

_ The three hour session also heard
from Senior Administrator Joseph
Ferguson, District Superintendent
of Education Harcourt Davis, the
officer in charge of Andros Police
Superintendent Nelson Burrows,
Chief Councilor Clyde Duncombe,
community physician Dr Akos
Tatar, and Cathy Martin of the
Department of Labour.

Earlier, accompanied by Deputy

: Director of Works George-Hutchen-

son and Local Government officials,
Mr Deveaux inspected community
roads, sea walls, bridges and public
buildings

He told the town meeting the
works he outlined are intended to
take the next three years.

‘With the traffic in Andros,” he
said, “if you build the roads right
they. will last for 25 years.

“We propose to build a more
secure road so that when the devel-
opment we all would like to see hap-
pen, we are not cramped with a 25-
foot carriage way.”

A 500-foot wide road reservation
in Andros is not unreasonable, he
said. -
“Tn-a hundred years you will need

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an eight-lane highway,” said Mr
Deveaux. “It is better while you have
the land and own it now to reserve it
now, than to buy ita hundred years
from-now.”

Repairs of the seawall in Lowe
Sound and the public dock in Fresh
Creek, he said, are part of a Euro-
pean Union-funded package that is
being worked on.

Government buildings were
inspected, he said, “‘and we are work-
ing methodically to repair them in
the same way we did the schools this
summer.’

A number of the issues impact-
ing central and north Andros affect
sea walls as a result of flooding and
drainage, he noted.

Severe flooding left by tropical
storm Noel exposed the vulnerabili-

ty of islands that were affected, he

said. Andros remains poorly drained.

“One of the big problems we face
in many parts of New Providence,
Abaco and Eleuthera,” he said, “is a
direct consequence of where we
have built and how we have built.

“The construction of homes and
sea walls is something I want to
encourage local government officials
to be infinitely more conscientious
about, particularly in Andros.”

The biggest resource of this island,
he said, is its contribution to the
marine life of the Great Bahama
Bank and the western Atlantic
Ocean.

“Because of the creeks, the man-
groves, the fresh water and the large
expansive land...this island is
responsible for the bounty of lob-
ster, mutton fish, grouper, conch,
sponge anid all things that we trea-
sure.

“When we build on wetlands and

we interrupt the flow of creeks, we »

disturb this huge contribution.
“There are ways to do it that allow
you to live in harmony with nature
and there are ways to do it that com-
pletely disturb and interrupt the

course of nature. We want to work °

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He urged home builders in coastal
communities to take note of where
the high water mark is.

“You should mark it and make it
your business not to build a foun-
dation lower than that otherwise you
would be like Coconut Grove,
Pinewood and Coral Harbour (all
in New Providence).

“When tide comes in you will
have water on your floor and when
tide goes you will have a dry floor.
You either build a higher founda-
tion or you build to allow the water
to go under,” said Mr Deveaux.

‘As the government presently does
not have all the funding to build all
the seawalls necessary, he encour-
aged the use of gabions with conch
shells.

“Tf you have gabions, the water
can flow through and baby fish and

crabs can hide in them and when
you decide to build your sea wall
they will be part of the structure that
will be there for you.

“Tf you are going to fill my island
up with quarry and destroy my man-
groves, I am not your friend,” said
Mr Deveaux, “because what makes
you famous, and wealthy is what
comes from the sea and the land.”



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ellar Service" on Saturday, November 17,

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the efforts and hard work over an
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: ORLANDO, Fla-— The Orlando chapter of Skal International,
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: tourism, has won “Club of the Year”.

: The award was given at Skal International’s annual congress in
:; Antalya, Turkey last Monday. Skal International is a professional
? organisation comprised of tourism leaders from around the world
: and has approximately 22,000 members in 500 clubs throughout 90
-: nations. The Orlando Chapter of Skal has more than 170 members
: and is the second largest club in the United States.

i “This award is a tribute to all of the efforts and hard work over
: an extended period from the previous leadership of Skal Orlando,”
: said current Orlando chapter president Bob Van Bergen. Van
Bergen, who has been a member of Skal International for 25 years,
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are Inspector Wendell Smith of the Royal Bahamas Police Force, Senior Director at the Ministry of Tourism Jer-
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FREEPORT -— _ Grand
Bahama welcomed two new
cruise ships this week when
Norwegian Cruise Lines and the
Sea Dreams II made their inau-
gural visits at Lucayan Harbour.

NCL, which announced its
return to Grand Bahama in

October, arrived in port around
sam on Friday — the first of 32
scheduled calls to the island.

Ministry of Tourism and port

officials in Freeport were on
hand for the arrival and pre-
sented:a plague to the NCL.

NCL is expected to bring
some 38,000 passengers to
Grand Bahama in the short
term and will call on Grand
Bahama again on December 27,
and on January 3.

The Sea Dreams II, a 110-
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Grand Bahama was the first
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Commonwealth suspension

of Pakistan: does it matter?

ll By SIR RONALD
SANDERS

(The writer is a business
executive and former
Caribbean diplomat).

IT LOOKS as if Pakistan
will again be’suspended from
the councils of the Common-
wealth, a group of 53 coun-
tries made up of Britain and
many of its former colonies,
including 11 from _ the
Caribbean.

President Perez Musharraf
has made it clear that he is
ignoring an ultimatum given

. to him by the Commonwealth
Ministerial Action Group
_(CMAG), a body set up in
1995 by Commonwealth

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Musharraf meets its demands
or “at its next meeting on 22
November if, after review of
progress, Pakistan has failed

to implement these necessary |

measures, it will suspend Pak-
istan from the Councils of the
Commonwealth”.

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restoration of the constitution
and the independence of the
judiciary; release of detainees,
including politicians, lawyers,
journalists and the Chief Jus-
tice; lifting curbs on the media;
and creating conditions to
hold parliamentary elections.

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CMAG ultimatum, the Pak-
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issues of vital importance will
be taken in accordance with
our national interests and
requirements, not in obser-
vance of any artificially set
timelines from outside.”

Come November 22nd,
then, the Pakistan government
should be told formally by
CMAG that it is suspended
from the councils of the Com-
monwealth.

In anticipation of that
announcement, the Pakistan
government will be making no
plans to send a delegation to a
Conference of Common-
wealth Heads of Government
which is to be held in Uganda
from 23rd to 25th November.

Of course, the Pakistan
government shouldn’t have
been part of the Common-
wealth councils since 1999
when it was suspended after
General Musharraf first seized
power in a coup.

But, it was allowed to
return to the Commonwealth
fold in 2004 even though, in
fact, nothing had: really
changed. Musharraf was then,
as he is now, both President
and Chief of the Army.

Then, as now, key opposi-
tion political players were
denied the right to campaign
against him. Some opposition
figures, such as Benazir Bhut-
to, were exiled and threatened
with imprisonment on a wide
range of charges, and others
like the popular former Pak-
istan cricket captain, Imran
Khan, were denied the right
to campaign.

What had changed in 2004
had little to do with adherence
to the Commonwealth princi-
ples; it had much more to do
with Musharraf tying-up with

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events as an ally to fight al-
Qaeda and Osama bin Laden.
To help cover Musharraf
in respectability, there was
nudging and winking to allow
his government back into
Commonwealth councils.
Over the last three years

conditions within Pakistan

deteriorated.

Those conditions reached
a new low this year when
Musharraf had the Chief Jus-
tice removed from office on
allegations of corruption and
was forced to see him rein-
stated until he dismissed
him and put him under house
arrest in early November
under his state of emer-
gency.

If further signals were
needed to show that Mushar-



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calls from the
US President,
Musharraf has
said that he
would step
down as army _
chief by the end
of November
and begin a new
presidential
term asa
civilian.”



taf would brook no opposi-
tion, the former Prime Minis-
ter Nawaz Sharif was forcibly
flown to Saudi Arabia when
he returned from exile fol-
lowing a Supreme Court rul-
ing that he had the inalienable
right to enter and live in Pak-
istan.

On the basis of these dete-
riorating conditions alone,
CMAG should have suspend-
ed the Pakistan government
when it met in New York in
September this year.

It didn’t. No doubt there
were members of the current
nine governments that make
up CMAG who were mindful
of the close relations that
Musharraf’s regime enjoyed

with the George W Bush |

administration in Washington.

They would have been con-
scious too that suspending
Pakistan from the councils of
the Commonwealth would do
little to hurt Musharraf if no
real sanctions were imposed
against him by the countries
that matter such as the US and

Established

Britain.
Before the November 12th

‘meeting, the CMAG Chair-

man, the Maltese foreign min-
ister Michael Frendo, indicat-
ed that the Commonwealth’s

credibility was now at stake ©

over Musharraf and he want-
ed CMAG to do what was
right. The ultimatum to
Musharraf was the result.

But, it is more to the US
than the Commonwealth that
the Pakistani President paid
attention.

In response to calls from
the US President, Musharraf
has said that he would step
down as army chief by the end
of November and begin a new
presidential term as a civilian.
This depends on a ruling by
justices of the Supreme Court
saying that he is legitimately
President following elections
earlier this year.

He will get that ruling. He
made sure of it on November
3rd, when he purged the
Supreme Court of the Chief
Justice and others because he
feared that they would rule
that he could not have run for
President while he was still
Chief of the Army.

Having appointed his own
people to the Court, he might
just as well have written the
script for their decision.

It is unlikely that Britain
would apply sanctions against
Musharraf’s government even
in the face of Pakistan’s sus-
pension from the councils of
the Commonwealth. Lon-
don’s links to Washington in
the so-called ‘war on terror’
would remain a primary con-
cern.

So, with its meaningful

bilateral relations and support -

still in place with the US,
Britain and other developed
countries, General Musharraf
may not give a damn about
the Commonwealth.

Suspension is inconvenient
but hardly threatening to his
survival.

His greater worry must be
whether or not the US and its
allies have decided to dump
him in favour of one of his
army colleagues who may be
willing to see a civilian gov-
ernment installed with the
veneer of democracy while the
Generals continue to pull the
strings of power.

But, even if suspension
from the Commonwealth does
little harm to Musharraf,
CMAG has done the right
thing and salvaged some cred-
ibility for the group as its lead-
ers meet to discuss conditions
that pose threats to the global
community.

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down that. might have occurred
this year compared to last year.

The government has also
pointed out that the economic
downturn on the performance
of the US economy has affected
the Bahamas.

Mr Laing, referred to the lat-
est International Monetary
Fund (IMF) report from the
Article IV Mission to the
Bahamas in support of his
claim.

While the report confirms a
decline in growth of the US
economy, the Opposition said
that the lagging decline of the
Bahamian economy is due
mainly to the adverse effects on
our tourism industry which has
not been the case for the past
four years.

“The record shows that
tourism expenditure in 2007
remains strong just as it was in
2004 at $1.9 billion, in 2005 at
$2.025, and 2006 at $1.9 billion;
this is due to sustained room
rates,” the party said.

The PLP also said that while

growth in the US economy
declined from 3.9 per cent in
2004 to 2.2 per cent in 2007,
growth in the Bahamian econo-
my steadily increased from 1.3
per cent to 4.5 per cent during
this same period.

“This was the result of prop-
er economic planning and the
successful execution of sound
fiscal and monetary policies.
The argument therefore being
advanced by the FNM is inher-
ently disingenuous as they seek
to intentionally mislead the
Bahamian public and deflect
from the failures of their poli-
cies and the subsequent baneful
effects its decisions are having
on the Bahamian economy,”
the opposition said.

The PLP said average rate of
growth as projected by the IMF
for Latin America and the
Caribbean for 2007 is 5 per cent.
At 3 per cent we are lagging far
behind our neighbours and giv-

‘en our growth rate on May 2nd,

at the very least the Bahamas
would have been within the
regional average. Thanks to the
FNM, we are at the bottom of
the region being trailed ool PY
Jamaica. gui ys

“Many,af these,nations, are i

economigally,.integrated with
the United States but will not
suffer any ill effects from the

US economy, much like a pre-
May 2nd Bahamas. This sud-
den turn of events over the last
four months point to the mis-
management of the Bahamian
economy by this incompetent
FNM government and they
must accept responsibility for it
and take immediate corrective
actions,” the opposition said.

The party said that the US
economy is no worse off today
than it was on May 2nd, and
Mr. Laing through his own bud-
get communication on page 8
and 9 accepted that he saw
nothing in the US economy that
would affect our growth or the
government’s budget.

“The record shows that dur-
ing the last quarter the US
economy grew and ours shrank.
Mr Laing has now back tracked
on his earlier assertion and he
and the FNM government owe
the Bahamian people a plausi-
ble explanation. In addition to
consistently strong tourism
expenditure, the PLP govern-
ment facilitated sustained capi-
tal inflows in record numbers
that expanded the construction
industry, created significant
employment opportunities, and
stimulated consumerism to
record levels.

Foreign Direct Investment
(FDI) amounted to $706 mil-
lion in 2006 alone and over $350
million during the first half of
2007. This government’s policy
of stop, review, and cancel has
caused a levelling off in FDI, a
slow down in the construction
industry, and.a critical credit
crunch as pressure on the mon-
ey supply has caused a spike in
the cost of capital in addition
to pressure to raise the prime
rate,” the PLP said.

The opposition said that the
slow down in the Bahamian
economy from 4.5 per cent to
3 per cent amounts to some
$100 million being taken out of
circulation in-the Bahamian
economy.

It said that the FNM govern-
ment’s failure to follow through
with the Albany, Bahamar,
South Ocean and Ritz-Carlton
projects is the principal reason
for this economic decline.

“Further, the government’s
decision to, change the terms
and conditions of these le gally

“binding agreements amotints to
‘Blackmail! TRE PNM ‘itust’
“accept full responsibility for this

condition and make the neces

sary corrections forthwith,” the
PLP said.

Despite comments made by the
PLP leader that the Bahamian
economy is experiencing a down-
turn, Mr Laing said that the econo-
my in fact continues on “a robust
three per cent growth path”; with
the International Monetary Fund
(IMF) predicting that an increase
of that rate to 4 per cent by next
year is “quite likely”.

Speaking to the media at PLP
headquarters opposition leader Per-
ry Christie accused Mr Laing of dis-
missing the fact that the downturn in
the economy is in any way related to
the poor decision-making of the
FNM government.

The PLP leader criticised Mr
Laing for attempting to shift respon-
sibility and blame to the apparent
softening of the US economy.
Referring to a recent report by the
Central Bank of the Bahamas,
which stated that the US GDP
experienced a significant increase
of 3.9 per cent during the third quar-
ter of 2007, Mr Christie concluded
that the American economy can-
not be blamed for the slow down
of the Bahamian economy.

Countering this statement, Mr
Laing pointed out that because
quarterly economic growth is not
measured in the Bahamas, it cannot
yet be known to what extent the
country’s economy has slowed

down in the first and second quarter ~

of 2007 — if indeed it has.

“We do not measure quarterly
economic growth in this country,
we don’t have the statistical instru-
ments to do that.

“No one knows what the
Bahamian economy is doing in the
second quarter and third quarter
(of 2007) as it-relates to what is hap-
pening in the US economy in the
second and third quarter,” he said.

On the issue of unemploy-
ment, Mr Laing has advanced
the argument that because the
Department of Statistics has not
released any employment sta-
tistics since November of 2006,
there is no evidence or support
to the claim that unemployment
is on the rise,

To this argument the PLP
said that there is a reduction in’
economic output of 1.5 per cent
and the removal of $100 million
from circulation in the Bahami-
an economy is sufficient evi-
dence that unemployment is on
the Tise.

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PRESIDENT of the Nurses Association of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas Prescola Rolle invited nurses to join the association to make it
stronger at serving their needs, during the 31st Annual Conference of the
Nurses Association of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

opment Minister Dr Hubert
Minnis told nurses that they are
the forefront of the team of
healthcare providers.

“You are that important link
between the patient and the
health and social systems with-
in the society, in many coun-
tries,” Dr. Minnis said at the
31st annual conference of the
Nurses Association of The
Commonwealth of The
Bahamas at the Royal Bahamas
Police Force Centre, Friday,
November 16.

He added, “Whatever situa-
tion you encounter, be it in a
healthcare facility or a home,
you intervene, sometimes at
great personal sacrifice.”

Dr Minnis said nurses have

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the 31st annual conference of the Nurses Association officially open at the
Royal Bahamas Police Force Conference Centre on Friday.

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taking advantage’ of all avail-
able resources to upgrade them-
selves.

“Clients of today,” he said,
“come to us armed with knowl-
edge about their conditions,
treatment and healthcare man-
agement. You therefore must
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high value on the nurse’s knowl-

edge, clinical skills, availability
and ability to provide a physi-
cally and emotionally healing
environment.

He explained that the role of
nurses is constantly expanding
as technology advances.
“Today, nurses are not the only
traditional bedside clinician, but
the role has expanded to
include education, research,
administration, law and practi-
tioner just fo name a few.”

Dr Minnis said government
has responded
increased roles
more training opportumtie
nurses to respond to:
ever changing demand.

He pointed out that the goy-
ernment is currently sponsor-
ing 163 nursing students in the
Registered Nursing Programme
at The College of The Bahamas.

“My Ministry has underwrit-
ten the cost of full tuition for
these students,” he said.

“Additionally, we provide a
stipend of $475 monthly for
each student who carries a full
load of 12 credits or more at
this level.”

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over the last two years, the min-
istry has sponsored a midwifery
programme for 21 registered
nurses at COB.

The Ministry has conducted a
Psychiatric Nursing Programme
for registered nurses and is in
the process of completing
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gramme for 21 registered nurs-
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In addition, the Ministry has:
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COB to conduct a Community
Health Nursing Diploma Pro-
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“These are all efforts that
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Prescola Rolle, Nurses Asso-
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“We need your assistance to
continue our efforts to strength-
en us. Indeed, the motto of the
NACB is that ‘in unity there is
strength’,” she said.

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Ahmadinejad: OPEC
members interested in
converting cash reserves
into non-dollar currency

@ RIYADH, Saudi Arabia

IRANIAN President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad said Sunday that
OPEC’s members have expressed
interest in converting their cash
reserves into a currency other than
the depreciating U.S. dollar, which
he called a “worthless piece of
paper.”

His comments at the end of a
rare summit of OPEC heads of
state exposed fissures within the
12-member cartel — especially
after U.S. ally Saudi Arabia was
reluctant to mention concerns
about the falling dollar in the sum-
mit’s final declaration, according to
Associated Press.

The hardline Iranian leader’s
comments also highlighted the
growing challenge that Saudi Ara-
bia, the world’s largest oil pro-
ducer, faces from Iran and its ally
Venezuela within the Organiza-
tion of Petroleum Exporting
Countries.

“They get our oil and give us a
worthless piece of paper,”
Ahmadinejad told reporters after
the close of the summit in the Sau-
di capital of Riyadh. He blamed
U.S. President George W. Bush’s
policies for the decline of the dol-
lar and its negative effect on other
countries.

“All participating leaders
showed an interest in changing
their hard currency reserves to a
credible hard currency,”
Ahmadinejad said. “Some said
producing countries should desig-
nate a single hard currency aside
from the U.S. dollar ... to form the
basis of our oil trade.”

Oil is priced in U.S. dollars on

\ the world market, and the curren-

cy’s depreciation has concerned
oil producers because it has con-
tributed to rising crude prices and
has eroded the value of their dol-
lar reserves.

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‘effect of the oil industry on the

environment, but he continuously
faced challenges from Ahmadine-
jad and Venezuelan President
Hugo Chavez.

Iran and Venezuela have pro-
posed trading oil in a basket of
currencies to replace the historic
link to the dollar, but they had not
been able to generate support
from enough fellow OPEC mem-
bers — many of whom, including
Saudi Arabia, are staunch U.S.
allies.

Both Iran and Venezuela have
antagonistic relationships with the
U.S., suggesting their proposals
may have a political motivation as
well. While Tehran has been in a
standoff with Washington over its
nuclear program, left-wing Chavez
is a bitter antagonist of Bush:

During Chavez’s opening
address to the summit on Satur-
day, the Venezuelan leader said
OPEC should “assert itself as an
active political agent.” But Abdul-
lah appeared to distance himself
from Chavez’s comments, saying
OPEC always acted moderately
and wisely.

A day earlier, Saudi Arabia
opposed a move by Iran on Friday
to have OPEC include concerns
over the falling dollar included in
the summit’s closing statement
after the weekend meeting. Saudi
Arabia’s foreign minister even
warned that even talking publicly
about the currency’s decline could
further hurt its value.

But by Sunday, it appeared that
Saudi Arabia had compromised.
Though the final declaration deliv-
ered Sunday did not specifically
mention concern over the weak
dollar, the organization directed
its finance ministers to study the
issue.

OPEC will “study ways and
means.of enhancing financial
cooperation among OPEC ...
including proposals by some of the
heads of state and governments
in their statements to the summit,”
OPEC Secretary General Abdal-
la Salem el-Badri said, reading the
statement.

Iran’s oil minister went a step
further and said OPEC will form a
committee to study the dollar’s
affect on oil prices and investigate
the possibility of a currency basket.

“We have agreed to set up a
committee consisting of oil and
finance ministers from OPEC
countries to study the impact of
the dollar on oil prices,” Gholam
Hussein Nozari told Dow Jones
Newswires.

Iraqi Oil Minister Hussein al-_

Shahristani said the committee
would “submit to OPEC its rec-
ommendation on a basket of cur-
rencies that OPEC members will
deal with.” He did not give a time-
line for the recommendation.

The meeting in Riyadh, with
heads of states and delegates from
12 of the world’s biggest oil-pro-
ducing nations, was the third full
OPEC summit since the organi-
zation was created in 1960.

The run-up to the meeting was
dominated by speculation over
whether OPEC would raise pro-
duction following recent oil price
increases that have approached
$100. But cartel officials have
resisted pressure to increase oil
production and said they will hold
off any decision until the group
meets next month in Abu Dhabi,
United Arab Emirates,

They have also cast doubt on
the effect any output hike would
have on oil prices, saying the
recent rise has been driven by the
falling dollar and financial specu-
lation by investment funds rather
than any supply shortage.

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GLOBAL warming is
“unequivocal” and carbon diox-
ide already in the atmosphere
commits the world to an eventu-
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feet, the world’s top climate
experts warned Saturday in their
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“Only urgent, global action will
do.” said U.N. Secretary-Gener-
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United States and China — the
world’s two biggest polluters —
to do more to slow global climate
change.

_ “I look forward to seeing the
U.S. and China playing a more
constructive role,” Ban told

reporters. “Both countries can

lead in their own way.”

Ban, however, advised against
assigning blame.

Climate change imperils “the
most precious treasures of our
planet,” he said, and the effects
are “so severe and so sweeping
that only urgent global action will
do. We are all in this together.
We must work together.”

According to the U.N. panel
of scientists, whose latest report is
a synthesis of three previous
ones, enough carbon dioxide
already has built up that it imper-
ils islands, coastlines and a fifth to
two-thirds of the world’s species.

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Americans will experience longer
and hotter heat waves and
greater competition for water,
says the report from the U.N.
Intergovernmental Panel on Cli-
mate Change, which shared the
Nobel Prize with Al-Gore this
year.

The panel portrays the Earth
hurtling toward a warmer climate
at.a quickening pace and warns
of inevitable human suffering. It
says emissions of carbon, mainly
from fossil fuels, must stabilize
by 2015 and go down after that.

In the best-case scenario, tem-
peratures will keep rising from
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phere, the report said. Even if
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average sea level will gradually
rise over the next 1,000 years to
reach as high as 4.6 feet above
that in the preindustrial period,
or about 1850.

“We have already committed
the world to sea level rise,” the
panel’s chairman, Rajendra
Pachauri, said. But if the Green-
land-ice sheet melts, the scien-
tists said, they could not predict
by how many feet the seas will
rise, drowning coastal cities.

Climate change is here, they
said, as witnessed by melting
snow and glaciers, higher aver-
age temperatures and rising sea
levels. If unchecked, global
warming will spread hunger and
disease, put further stress on
water resources, cause fiercer
storms and more frequent
droughts, and could drive up to

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species to extinction, according.

to the panel’s report.

The report was adopted after
five days of sometimes tense
negotiations among 140 national
delegations. It lays out blueprints

- for-avoiding the worst catastro-

phes — and various possible out-
comes, depending on how quick-
ly and decisively action is taken.

“The world’s scientists have
spoken clearly and with one
voice,” Ban said, looking ahead
to an important climate confer-
ence in Bali, Indonesia, next
month. “I expect the world’s pol-
icy makers to do the same.”

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world leaders will begin dis-
cussing a global climate change
treaty to succeed the 1997 Kyoto
Protocol.

That treaty, which expires in
2012, required industrial nations
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smooth transition to a new treaty
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India.

Chief U.S. delegate Sharon
Hays said doubts have been dis-
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untary emission cuts.

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measures for avoiding the worst
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of the global economy annually
until 2050. They ranged from
switching to nuclear and gas-fired
power stations, developing hybrid
cars, using more efficient electri-
cal appliances and managing
cropland to store more carbon.

Ban said a new agreement
should provide funding to help
poor countries develop clean
energy resources, adapt to cli-
mate conditions and give them
the technology to help them-
selves.

He said he witnessed the dev-
astation of climate change in dis-
appearing glaciers of Antarctica,
the deforested Amazon and
under the ozone hole in Chile.

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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2007, PAGE 19

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The LaMora Story:

Michigan’s Choir to be featured during

Public Officers Choir Anniversary Concert



PHOTO SHOTS OF THE LAMORA PARK ADULT

By Pauline Norris- The LaMora Park Adult Choir (ALUMNI)



CHOIR DURING A CONCERT HELD AT THE POLARIS
HALL, HOLIDAY INN, PARADISE ISLAND (1988).

unique, youthful blend
of vibrant harmonies
that invites excitement
is the signature of The LaMora
Park Adult Choir. Established
over 30 years ago, under the
dynamic directorship of
Pauline Norris, and the late

Bishop Alpheus Williams, the.

choir has expanded its horizons
to minister to the world.
Hailing from Battle Creek,
Michigan (home of Kellogg’s
Corporation), the group’s far-
reaching ministry has impacted
many venues, including New
York, Detroit, Philadelphia,



SPOS AOLOMMAAMS,

Bahamas, and Chicago, to
name a few.

Energetic, effervescent, and

exciting best describes The

LaMora Park Adult Choir, who

effectualizes its Mission, to
satisfy the basic needs of each
choir member _ through
Worship, Fellowship,
Encouragement and Outreach.
‘The Choir’s debut album,
recorded live in Toronto,
‘Wait on the Lord”’, soared to
number four (4) on_ the
Billboard Charts, remaining
for over thirty (30) weeks, an
accomplishment realized by

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the Church of God of Prophecy, Meadow St. during

the 11:00 a.m. morning worship service.

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very few debut Gospel artists.
With members dispersed

among the mid-west and the.

east coast, currently supporting
their own local Ministries, the
LaMora Park Choir, still re-
unite for special occasions.
Incorporating that deep-rooted-
spiritual cohesiveness, while
maintaining a unique Top-level



gospel fusion blend, the
Choir’s ministry encompasses
the entire gospel genre from
traditional and contemporary.

From the opening chords to
the final Amen, prepare for The
LaMora Park Adult Choir to
titillate your appetite, and cap-
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eNatasha Gilbert

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VILLAGERS ATTEND a funeral in Borguna, 176 kilometers
day, Nov. 18, 2007. Rescuers fough



(110 miles) south of Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sun-
t their way through blocked roads as thousands of cyclone survivors
relief aid Sunday amid their wrecked homes and flooded fields, while the storm's death toll

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College of The Bahamas Men
vs. Emery Riddle University Men

Friday 23â„¢4 November 2007
7.30 p.m.

Kendal GL Isaacs Gymnasium

THE INTERNATIONAL LANGU

and lecture

CHRISTMAS

EVENT
THE HOLOCAUST ~a movie presentation

CHINESE NEW YEAR

MERRY MULTI-CULTURAL

AGES AND CULTURES INSTITUTE - THE COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY OF THE BAHAMAS
EVENTS CALENDER 2007-2008 BY 1. MOSS

LECTURERS / PARTICIPANTS
Presentation by Mr. Absil — holocaust survivor

+ Munnings Room 2

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Death toll reaches

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2007, PAGE 21

2,300 in Bangladesh
cyclone as hundreds
of thousands await aid —

mâ„¢ BARGUNA, Bangladesh

THE death toll from
Bangladesh’s most devas-
tating storm in a decade
climbed to at least 2,300 on
Sunday) and relief officials
warned the figure could
jump sharply as rescuers
reach more isolated areas,
according to Associated
Press.

Teams from internation-
al aid organizations worked
with army troops in a mas-
sive rescue effort that drew

~ help from around the world.

Rescue workers cleared






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7PM







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Friday

May 6 MAIFEST

FRENCH FILM - ASTERIX

DRUMEEST - A drum summit regrouping
members from all the Junkanoo teams _

JUNKANOO ART - designing and pasting
costumes - WORKSHOP

Organization & musical direction: 1. Moss | Munnings Room 2
|__| ILCI, Foreign Lang. Dept. members and COB 7PM f
Presentation by Professor Xu Xianwen ; Munnings Room 2, 7PM
Video of Montreal TAM TAM JAM by I. Moss Band shell
Director: Chippie? Neil Symonette? Humblestone? 2PM
Presentation and demonstration by Henry Moss Jr.;" | Munnings Room 2
6-8



slide show by I. Moss



PANEL DISCUSSION: Tourism and

FRENCH FOLK SONG EVENING

Guests: The DICEY-DO SINGERS

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Panel members from Tourism, Immigration, COB
and private tourism businesses

Presentation on Roman history background by
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Slide show by I. Moss, F. Leger on guitar, J.
Mereus on vocals and other musical friends

Lecture and slide show by I. Moss

speakers in Nassau & ILCI students

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7PM
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The School of
Education will be
holding a General

Meeting for all
Education Majors

on Tuesday,
November 13, 2007
at 2:00 p.m. at the

Band Shell. |
All Education Majors
are asked to kindly
bring their current
Student Advisement
Form/Contract of

Study

as matters

relevant to their
programme will be
discussed.

Massive rescue effort
draws help from
around the world



roads of fallen trees and
twisted roofs to reach
remote villages, but tents,
rice, water and other relief
items were slow to arrive.
Hungry survivors, thou-
sands of whom were left
homeless, scrambled for
food.

The death toll rose as offi-
cials made contact with

coastal regions cut off by

the storm, said Selina
Shahid of the Ministry of
Food and Disaster Manage-
ment.

District officials compile
the figures, which are far
from precise, based on
reports from police, public
hospitals, military officials,
relief workers and aid agen-
cies, said Mohammad

Golam Mostafa of the Dis-

aster Management Ministry.

The Bangladesh Red
Crescent Society, the Islam-
ic equivalent of the Red
Cross, said that it believed
the toll could hit 10,000
once rescuers.reach islands
off the coast of the low-
lying river delta nation.

Mohammad Abdur Rob,
chairman of the society, said
the estimate came from the
assessments of thousands of
volunteers taking part in the
rescue operations across the
battered region.

“We have seen more bod-
ies floating in the sea,”
Zakir Hossain, a fisherman
from the country’s south-
west said, after reaching
shore with two decompos-
ing bodies he and other fish-
ermen had found.

Crushed

Squatting in a muddy field

with his wife, 45-year-old .

farmer Asad Ali said their
their 5-year-old daughter,
the couple’s only child, had
been fatally crushed
beneath their toppled
thatched hut in Barguna,
one of the hardest-hit dis-
tricts.

He said a helicopter had
dropped packages of food

. but he had received little

assistance. Mobs swarm
below the helicopters every
time one is spotted.

“I’ve been here waiting
for hours for something to
eat,” he said. “What I’ve got
so far are a few cookies. Not
enough.”

Government officials
defended the relief efforts
and expressed confidence
that authorities are up to
the task.

“We have enough food
and water,” said Shahidul
Islam, the top official in
Bagerhat, a battered district
close to Barguna. “We are
going to overcome the prob-
lem.”

Disaster Management
Secretary Aiyub Bhuiyan
met Sunday with represen-
tatives from the United
Nations and international
aid groups to discuss the
emergency response.

“We have briefed them
about what we need imme-
diately,” Bhuiyan told
reporters.

The government said it
has allocated $5.2 million in
emergency aid for rebuild-
ing houses. Many foreign
governments and interna-
tional groups have pledged
to help, including the Unit-
ed States, which offered
$2.1 million and the United
Nations, which promised $7
million.

A U.S. military medical
team is. already in
Bangladesh and two Navy



ships — the USS Essex and
USS Kearsarge — each car-
rying at least 20 helicopters
and tons of supplies, will be
made available if the
Bangladesh goverment
requests them, Secretary of
State Condoleezza Rice
said.

The German government
offered $731,000, the Euro-
pean Union with $2.2 mil-
lion and the British govern-
ment with $5 million.
France pledged $730,000 in
aid, while the Philippines
announced it would send a
medical team.

The Rome-based World
Food Program was rushing
in food, and the Bangladesh
Red Crescent Society was
sending thousands of work-
ers to stricken areas.

Blessing

Pope Benedict XVI called
for “every possible effort to
help our brothers who haye
been so sorely tested” dur-
ing his traditional Sunday
blessing from the Vatican.

Many evacuees crowded
onto ferries and trudged
down sludge-filled roads to
return home for the first
time since the storm hit
Thursday. 3

“J have had no news of
my family since Wednesday,
as the mobile phones are
down,” said Golam Rasul,
who was traveling to see his
mother and brother in
Bagerhat district.

Many survivors returned
to find their bamboo-and-
straw huts flattened, their
roofs missing, their crops
ruined. ;

“We tied the corners of
our tin roof to coconut trees
with ropes, so it wouldn’t
fly away but our kitchen
was destroyed and many
trees around fell,” said
Shafiqul Islam, who works
at a roadside gas station
near Madaridpur, another
hard-hit coastal district.

Thanks to an effective
early warning system, at
least 1.5 million coastal vil-
lagers fled to shelters before
the storm. But Islam and his
family chose to stay at
home.

“We didn’t think it would
be so bad, but when the
wind roared over us, it was
very scary. We huddled
together under the bed,” he
said.

Sidr’s 150-mph winds
smashed tens of thousands
of homes. in southwestern
Bangladesh and ruined
thousands of acres of crops.

Every year, storms batter
Bangladesh, a country of
150 million, often killing
large numbers of people.
The most deadly recent
storm was a tornado that
leveled 80 villages in north-
ern Bangladesh in 1996,
killing 621 people.

Only two people were
killed in Bangladesh by the
2004 Indian Ocean tsunami
was spawned off Indonesia’s
Sumatra island by a magni-
tude-9 earthquake, hitting
a dozen countries and
killing at least 216,858,
according to government
and aid agency figures con-
sidered the most reliable in
each country.

Hurricane Katrina, the
most destructive natural dis-
aster in U.S. history, killed
1,600 people across the Gulf
Coast, destroyed or severe-
ly damaged more than
200,000 homes and made
more than 800,000 people
homeless overnight.



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63 killed in mine explosion in

@ DONETSK, Ukraine



A METHANE blast ripped
through a coal mine in eastern
Ukraine early Sunday, killing at
least 63 miners in the ex-Soviet
nation’s worst mining accident in
years, emergency officials said,
according to Associated Press.

More than 360 miners were
rescued but 37 others remained
trapped inside the mine — one of
Ukraine’s largest and deepest —
with a raging fire hampering
efforts to save them, officials said.

The explosion occurred around
3 a.m. more than 3,300 feet deep
inside the Zasyadko mine in the
regional capital Donetsk, the
heart of the country’s coal mining
industry, the Emergency Situa-
tions Ministry said.

Authorities evacuated 367
miners. Twenty-eight were hos-
pitalized, the ministry said.

Vitaliy Kvitkovsky, a miner in



rescue efforts



his thirties, was among those
evacuated. He said he had to
walk over the bodies of his dead
colleagues in order to climb to
the surface, :

“The temperature increased’

sharply and there was so much
dust that I’couldn’t see anything,”
Kvitkovsky said in footage broad-
cast on Ukraine’s Channel 5 tele-
vision. “So I was moving by touch
over dead bodies along the rail
track.”

The accident — the worst in
Ukraine in seven years — high-
lighted the lack of attention to

safety in a.country with some of
the world’s most dangerous
mines.
‘President Viktor Yushchenko
blamed his Cabinet for not doing

enough to reform coal mining -

and ordered an official panel to
investigate the accident and bring
those responsible to account.

Local authorities declared
three days of mourning for the
dead miners.

Dozens of teary-eyed relatives
gathered at the mine’s head-
quarters in Donetsk waiting for
news on their loved ones. As

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grim-faced officials emerged to.
announce the names of the work-
ers found dead, the relatives
broke into sobs and cries, some
fainted. :

_ Natalia Piskun, a middle-aged
woman, who waited for news on
her husband believed trapped
inside the mine, said she would
never forgive the mine’s: direc-
tor, if her husband was found

‘killed:

‘“If, God forbid, he is lost, I
promise I will, if I manage, I will
bite this fat beast om his leg! I
promise, I swear to you,” Piskun,
her face distorted by anger and
pain, told AP Television News.

It was the deadliest mine acci-
dent in Ukraine since an explo-
sion at the Barakova mine in the
eastern Luhansk region killed 81
miners in March 2000.

Prime Minister Viktor

Yanukovych, a native of the min-
ing region, visited the site about

450 miles southeast: of Kiev,
pledging to help victims’ fami-

: Tres.

Yanukovych said a safety
watchdog had reported that min-
ers were working in accordance

with norms. “This accident has

proven once again that a human
is powerless before the nature,”
he said.

Experts say Ukraine’s. mines
are dangerous largely because
they are so deep, typically run-
ning more than 3,280 feet under-
ground. In comparison, most
European coal beds lie at a depth
of 1,640 to 1,970 feet.

Methane is a natural byproduct
of mining, and its concentration
increases with depth. More than
75 percent of Ukraine’s some 200
coal mines are classified as dan-
gerous due to high methane con-
centrations.

Mines must be ventilated to
prevent explosions, but some rely

on outdated ventilation equip-
ment, officials said. Safety viola-
tions and negligence add to the
problem.

_ Last year, a blast at the mine
killed 13. workers. In 2002, an
explosion killed 20 and 54 died in
a similar explosion in 2001. In
May 1999, 50 miners were killed
in a methane and coal dust blast
there.

Since the 1991 Soviet collapse,
more than 4,700 miners in
Ukraine have been killed.

For every 1 million tons of coal
brought to the surface in
Ukraine, three miners lose their
lives, according to official data.

Despite the dangers, there is
growing appetite for Ukraine’s
rich coal reserves, particularly
amid rising natural gas prices.

The government has called for
production to be increased by
a third to 80 million tons this
year.





_ eastern Ukraine, dozens missing |
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By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

he Bahamas could again ©

establish itself as a major
international insurance

jurisdiction if it “plays .

its cards right” and
exploits Bermuda’s high operating
cost environment to its advantage, a
leading insurance broker said.
Guilden Gilbert, of Andeaus Insur-
ance, a Bermuda national who is mar-
ried to a Bahamian, told The Tribune
he had previously informed the Reg-
istrar of Insurance’s Office that
Freeport would be an ideal location
for major international insurers, bro-
kers and reinsurers who were either

* ‘Certain things need to be in place’ for Bahamas to fulfill insurance potential
* Freeport’s US proximity, land mass and low construction costs
make it ideal alternative for major international insurers
“ Government ‘moving aggressively’ on External Insurance Bill

looking to leave Bermuda or establish
subsidiaries elsewhere to manage the
costs they were faced with in that
jurisdiction.

Describing Bermuda as “a very
expensive place to do business”, Mr
Gilbert said average home prices on
that island were now in excess of $1.5
million, while the average yearly

salary/income was close to $50,000.
Stripping out the millions earned
by top executives, Mr Gilbert said he
estimated the average salary paid to
employees in Bermuda’s insurance
industry was around $70,000 per
annum. Costs such as these, plus con-
cerns the insurance sector had about
the new Bermuda government’s six-

year term limits on work permits,
were causing a number of major
insurance players — such as ACE -

to cast their eyes around and look for —

alternative jurisdictions.
“From what I’ve been seeing, a lot

of companies are moving their back —

office operations out of Bermuda to
save costs,” Mr Gilbert said. ““Com-

panies are still looking to physically
grow, but they can’t grow because of
size limitations.

“When I spoke to the Registrar’s
Office about this, I said at the time

that Prepon) would: be the ideal loca-

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‘New Hope’ for resort?

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

NEW Hope Holdings, the company that acquired the Port
Lucaya Marina last June, has been involved in negotiations to pur-
chase the Port Lucaya Resort & Yacht Club, The Tribune can
reveal. While there has been no breakthrough yet, it is understood
prospects for a deal are not completely dead.

New Hope and its owner, Danish investor Preben Olsen, are
understood to view the Port Lucaya Resort & Yacht Club’s
acquisition as the final Piece of the jigsaw that is their plans for
the Bell Channel areain Freeport.

Apart from Port Lucaya Marina, New Hope and Mr Olsen also
last year broke ground on a $60
million condo-hotel called the

Grand Bahama Golf & Yacht SEE page 10

SS
AN INNOCENT MAN STANDS.
FOR JUSTICE

In 1998, Business entrepreneur ,. H.
GARLAND EVANS was investigated for
alleged “wire fraud of faxing inaccurate
financial statements”. The: RBI
investigated these charges and found

Government urged to finalise film incentives

a By NEIL HARTNELL

Tribune Business Editor

_ WITH four producers cur-
rently looking at the Bahamas
as a potential filming location,
this nation needs to better
“harness” its potential for the
TV and movie industries by
formalising an incentive regime
for such productions, the
potential Bahamas Film Stu-
dios buyer told The Tribune.

Owen Bethel, president of
the Nassau-based financial ser-

vices provider, the. Montaque® .

Group, said: “We are certainly

Four producers eyeing Bahamas”

talking with four producers
who are interested in the
Bahamas in one way or anoth-
er in terms of shooting and
filming. I think that out of the
three, only one is focused on
[using] the Film Studios.

“It just conveys what we’ve
been saying; the Bahamas has
a lot to offer if we would just
harness it.”

Among the areas that need

‘to be “harnessed”, Mr Bethel“
identified “solidifying or for-:

malising the inventives pro-

gramme” as key.

Under the former Christie
administration, an informal
incentive programme provid-

ed film and TV productions

that shot in the Bahamas with

a 17 per cent rebate on all their .

spending in the Bahamas. In

return, these productions were —

required to hire a minimum of

eight Bahafiians and have a ~ ae

minimum spendin this nation
of $1 million.

«the Jevel of investment incen-

Mr Bethel said: “The draft

_legislation [to formalize the
- incentive regime] has certainly

been put forward, but I’m not

sure where it rests with the x

new government.” 28
In.an address to a film work- :

_ shop in September, Branville
~ McCartney, minister of state

for tourism and aviation,
acknowledged that the Gov-
ernment needed to increase

tives offered to film and TV “& a





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_the Government could not charge Mr.
Evans with the wire fraud of financial
statement. The final ACTUAL charge
presented against Evans on June 4th,
2002 was “receiving a letter dated July
3rd, 1997 via facsimile from his supplier,
MM of PDI, regarding the status of Jagar’s
account receivable”. The term “lulling”
(Lulling meaning making someone “feel”
safe when they are not) was put forth
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Evans was summarily charged, one day ||
before the statute of limitations expired.

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Tribune Business Editor

A Bahamian
financial ser-
vices executive
is hoping a
mutual fund
for investing in

.the film indus-
-try will have &
$10 million in |*
seed capital
when it &
launches in the [© ~ %
2008 first quar- [AR si
ter, with aspir- aL cau
ing Bahamian
film producers among those it
is hoping to finance.

Owen Bethel, president of
the Nassau-based financial ser-
vices provider, the Montaque
Group, said the Diversity
Entertainment Fund, which he
is facilitating, had. originally

_been targeted for a 2007 fourth
quarter launch.

It had since been held back
to capture the potential expo-
sure opportunities afforded by
events such as the Cannes Film
Festival, and its structure had
been switched to that of a pri-



vate placement. The latter
move will enable it to target a
select group of film industry
investors.

Mr Bethel said: “We’ve
decided to shift it to a private
placement in terms of a cor-
porate structure and target it to
a select number of stakehold-
ers. Rather than a public offer-
ing from a public mutual fund,
it will be more select and pri-
vate,

“It’s launch is again for the
first quarter of the New Year,
the idea being that certain
things will be captured prior
to or at the Cannes Film Festi-

val.”
Mr Bethel said the Diversity jf

Entertainment Fund would
aim to start with $10 million

in seed capital, and he added of.

Bahamian filmmakers and pro-
ducers: “They will be encour-
aged to apply and be consid-
ered.”

The fund’s chief target is to
invest in independent film pro-
ductions by black and other
ethnic filmmakers that pro-
mote positive images.

“There’s no restrictions on
the genre of film types that will

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be looked at. Those that can

show the likelihood of'a good
return on investment, and
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Chicago and New York.

Reaction from potential,
investors, Mr Bethel said, had

been “very positive in terms |

of the novelty and the innova-

tion behind” the Diversity

Entertainment Fund.
“Where they are waiting is

“to 'See who are ‘the technical

persons We ‘are. putting on. to

‘the decision-making commit- :
tees the investment partes He

| _WONOAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2007, PAGE 3B

Bahamian filmmakers urged to apply to fund

and the committee of directors

‘to:make sure they have a com-'
fort with the whole process,” ne
‘Mr Bethel'said: nuke

He added: “One of the areas
.. that we will be targeting are a-
nuthber of hedge funds who -
‘have tried to move into this.
space, investing in films. A
number of them. have. Been
barn with’ it. Bits 28



: “What we are proposing to
do, certainly with the exper-

tise that is being brought to the
“table, is to look at or promote
_the fund as a conduit for hedge

funds who are interested in the

‘industry. They will be able top
“better direct their investment

through that vehicle, and the

2 financial ‘expertise in the indus-
x try i is etanly there.”



| thréugh all of the investigation and: allagation, “ evand ‘kent his public partons intact,

focusing on the growth of his many businesses, down |

allegations and unproven facts that were charged against! hi (
the Families’ successful businesses, operated by his children Tiffanievans, President
of Prime Bahamas which continues to. flourish ‘and 2
venture, Nautilus Water run by-his son, Jason. Evans, Pr





ng the false
la yedakey rolein

ped successful
hroughout all of

the decades of business, The Evans family continues. to bea successfully operated

Bahamian organization. This testimony, is; demonstrated through. their commitment

to each other’ and their continued ea: within Ane. business. community.

INDICTMENT a
On June 4th, 2002 he was 5 carged: with “Luling” on 3 counth. February 1st,
2003 a trial was entered ona discovery basis only. (A discovery. trial allows the
Defendant to cross-examine the prosecution’ s witness(es). Only, it does not allow
the Defense to give evidence,’ submit. evidence, present witness(es) or téstify). On
February 3rd, 2003 the verdict was returned, guilty, © ‘However the Judge did not
make a decision on whether or not to let the charges. stand as stated, to change
the Jury verdict or dismiss the case. The Judge on this case allowed Hi Garland
Evans to return to The. Bahamas and permitted’ him to travel around the world,
conducting his business. and personal. commitments. ‘Evans was ‘released on
bond, with his own integrity, which is highly unheard of in. Federal based cases.
This act was.a testimony of. faith: by ‘the Judge on behalf of Mr. Evans’ character

and integrity. On August 20, 2004, 28 months later, the Judge dismissed 2 of
these 3 counts ; only one “Luling” charge was. formally. presented due to the

response of the fax document by the company’s | comptroller. If there was no
response to this fax document, this count, would have also” ‘been dismissed.

Ye

TRIAL

Evans’ commitment to clear his r name. was demonstrated i meeting the guidelines
requested: by the Judge during the entire: trial and ‘continues to this date. During

| the trial, the Judge did caution ‘the owners: of the Company (PDI). alleging the

file a motion for. a new: trial. pending | the ‘decision of. she" apps Courts.

-On October ‘29, “2007 the “Supreme | ‘Court™ of.

charges ‘that their testimony could be used at another date on Insurance Fraud
charges and/or Perjury. There are also two. key items that the discovery. trial did not
address which relate to (1) the failure ‘of:the prosecutor to calla key. witness to give
evidence which may. have cleared Mr. Evans of culpability and, (2) itis alleged that
the company may have sought to obtain insufance coverage after ‘becoming aware
of Jagar’s financial Bsubies nich: may. Dok have. Deere: disclosed to the insurers.

VERDICT



After the verdict was handed’: ‘down. “oh: February ‘3rd, 2003,
immediately filed an. ‘appeal — to the Appellate - Court. On. ‘November
16, 2006 the Appellate ‘Court denied the appeal and. 3 motion was
filed by. Evans to the- Supreme Court’ of. “Appeals -in Washington, DC.
April 20th, 2007 the key witness that was not called by. the ‘Pro tion to testify
during the initial. trial, ‘signed an Affidavit ‘and. presented | evidence
that exonerates Mr. “Evans, this presented | ‘Evans the op







‘presented — trial.
ppeak
DC decided against hearing. the appeal, at. ‘which ‘time, Evans ‘was. told
that he had until the 16th ‘November, ‘ 2007 to- Surrender. tO. Maxwell AFB
in Montgomery, Alabama. to. start serving. ‘the sentence. fFolléwing the
announcement, on October. 29th, 2007 the Motion for a New Trial was filed

and recorded. the’ US. Government has until: December. a nee to respond.

The new evidence _ could only be.



SENTENCING

A maximum sentencing of 18 fhenehe was ‘neided sen. to. be. a uuned 11 months at —

an Air Force Base and 4 in home confinement, assuming. a new trial is not granted.
This AFB has no bars, fences or locks and all inmates live in barracks, like the military
personnel and have access for further education at college and recreational activities.

At a’ new. trial’ thes ‘evidence: contairied:, ‘in an’ Affidavit by a new
witness will seek to” ‘establish | that evidence was concealed _ that
the owners ere the. bompany. my ave. acomninittga ednearence fraud.

H. Garland. Evans will continue to pursue every means to. have: the: new: evidence
presented to the courts to clear his name. ‘entirely. After 9 years. ‘Of legal battle,
and a pending sentence to. serve, with. evidence at hand to clear his name, he
continues to hold the utmost integrity in the business community and will not stop

until his name is cleared from. this charge. His. innocence will be proven and his

attorney and the Judge hold legal: documentation. to this: fact, as they anxiously
await a new trial. Evans ‘is. supported by. his. family, friends ‘and ‘legal counsel
who await the news from the US Government if a new trial can be obtained
and if granted a request for immediate release during trial will be requested.
H. Garland Evans would liketothankall of his suppliers, clients, customers, associates,
staff/employees and friends for their kindness and support throughout and during
this long process. He wishes the very bes: fs & everyone SMHS: his. short absence

ae:

Washington,



PAGE 4B, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2007

THE TRIBUNE



Government: We will sign goods-only EPA

FROM page 1

of state for finance, who has
responsibility for trade issues
and the EPA, communicated
that to the Bahamas Chamber
of Commerce and other pri-
vate sector representatives dur-
ing a 3pm briefing at the Min-
istry of Finance on Friday.
Confirming Tribune Busi-
ness’s exclusive story on Fri-
day, which revealed that the
Bahamas was looking to sign a
goods-only EPA and deal sole-
ly with market access issues,
something the EU was said to
be amenable to, Mr Laing was
said by sources to have indi-

e

cated that Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham was deliver-
ing the same message to the
Caribbean Heads of Govern-
ment Conference.

“We will sign an-EPA to
protect goods, and the EPA
will only be about goods,” a
source told The Tribune. “For
the moment, Polymers Inter-
national and the fisheries
group should feel assured that
the Government is going to
sign something.”

The source said the message
delivered by Mr Laing at the
meeting was: “We are pre-
pared to sign a goods-only
agreement by December 31.
We are making efforts to get a

services offer in by then, just in
case it becomes necessary.”

The Bahamas will be attend-
ing this week’s meeting on the
EPA in Jamaica, and sources
toid The Tribune it would be
crucial for this nation to take a
market access offer with it.
Only once this nation presents
a formal offer for inclusion in
the wider CARIFORUM offer
will it be able to participate in
the negotiations fully, crafting
a final EPA agreement to fit
the needs of the Bahamas and
its economy.

Speed in conclusion of its
offers is therefore essential,
and the source said that at the
meeting Mr Laing revealed

IN THE MATTER OF SUISSE SECURITY BANK & TRUST LIMITED

(IN LIQUIDATION)
AND

IN THE MATTER OF THE BANKS & TRUST COMPANIES

REGULATIONS ACT, 2000

IN THE MATTER OF THE COMPANIES ACT 1992

- NOTICE TO CREDITORS

The creditors of the above-named Company are required, on or before 31st
January 2008 to send their names and addresses and particular of their
debts of claims, and the names and addresses of their attorneys (if any) to
Mr. Raymond L. Winder, the Official Liquidator of the said company at
2nd Terrace West, Centreville, PRO. Box N 7120, Nassau, Bahamas. The
creditors may be required by notice in writing from the said Official Liq-
uidator, by their Attorney or personally, to come in and prove their said
debts or claims at the office of the Official Liquidator at such time as shall
be specified in such notice. If in default thereof they will be excluded
from the benefit of any distribution made before such debts are proved.

Raymond L. Winder
Official Liquidator

me A ESN SOE ORR: ORL PERE: |) 3 IRIE RHEE TS NPS Se ae Sk

Resets

TEACHERS REAL ESTATE HOLDINGS LIMITED

NOTICE OF ANNUAL |
MEETING TO SHAREHOLDERS

Friday, December 7, 2007 at 6:00pm

TIME & DATE:
PLACE:

ITEMS OF BUSINESS:

Teachers & Salaried Workers Co-operative Credit Union
Head Office, East Street & Independence Drive.

(1) To announce the results of the examination of proxies;
declare a quorum present and proceed to business;

: (2) To receive and approve the Minutes of the last Annual
General Meeting held on December 8, 2006.

(3) To receive and consider the Chairman’s report;

(4) To receive and approve the financial statements and
the reports of the Directors and Auditors thereon;

(5) To elect Directors for the e

remuneration;

nsuing year and fix their

(6) To approve the appointment of Deloitte & Touche as
the Auditor of the Company, and authorise the Directors

to fix their remuneration; and °

(7) To transact such other business as may properly come |
before the meeting and any adjournment thereof.

RECORD DATE:

FINANCIAL STATEMENTS:
MAILING DATE:

be

PROXY VOTING:

October 9, 2007

Holders of 400,000 shares of record at the close of business
on October 25, 2007 are entitled to vote at the meeting.

The Company’s audited financial statements are included
in the Company’s 2006 annual report, which is enclosed
as part of the proxy soliciting material.

The Company will cause the accompanying materials to
delivered on November 8, 2007 to the last registered
address.

It is important that your shares be represented and voted
at the meeting. You can vote your shares by appearing in
person or by completing and returning the proxy form
enclosed. You can revoke a proxy at any time prior to its
exercise at the meeting by following the instructions in
the accompanying proxy statement.

By order of the Board of Directors:

Mrs Cheryl Bowe-Moss
Secretary





that the Government has
approved the creation of an
International Trade Unit with-
in the Ministry of Finance to
handle all trade matters facing
the Bahamas.

These do not just include the
EPA, but also involve acces-
sion to full membership in the
World Trade Organisation .
(WTO) and replacing the
Caribbean Basin Initiative

(CBI) and CaribCan one-way

trade preferences regimes that
the Caribbean enjoys with the
US and Canada, respectively,
with something that is WTO
compliant. :

Mr Laing is also understood

to have indicated that there

would be an opportunity to
create an “independent secre:

tariat” to serve the Trade
Commission, the body of rep-
resentatives named to repre-
sent the private sector on trade
matters. This would not hap-
pen for another three to six

_ months, though.

Signing on to the EPA by
the December 31, 2007, dead-
line will preserve duty-free
market access to the EU for
some $60 million in annual
fisheries exports from the
Bahamas, plus about 8-15 per
cent of Polymers Internation-
al’s annual sales. It would also
safeguard the final year of Bac-
ardi’s rum exports, the compa-
ny having decided to leave this
nation in January 2009.

With the EU not seeking a
waiver to allow the one-way

Legal Notice

NOTICE

Notice is hereby given that the winding up and
dissolution of CRESTFAIR LIMITED has been
completed in accordance with the Articles of Dis-

solution and that the Company has been struck
from the Register of Companies on the 28th day of

August, 2007.

Robert H. Kelly
Charles G. J. King
Joint Liquidators



Legal Notice

NOTICE

Notice is hereby given that the winding up and
dissolution of BROADGATE LIMITED has
been completed in accordance with the Articles of

Dissolution and that the Company has been struck
from the Register of Companies on the 25th day of
‘September, 2007.

Robert H. Kelly
Charles G. J. King
Joint Liquidators



Cotonou preferences regime
to continue, if the Bahamas

failed to sign the EPA by the,

December 31, 2007, deadline, it
would expose its export indus-
tries to the EU’s Most

Favoured Nation (MEN) tar-.

iffs.

price of Bahamian crawfish

and other seafoods, plus Poly-
mers’ polystyrene products and. °

Bacardi’s rum, making them
uncompetitive against rivals.
This, in turn, would cost
Bahamian companies market
share, revenues and profits.

In addition, because the
Bahamas is classified as a
‘developed country’, unlike
Haiti and many African and
Pacific nations in the 77-strong
African, Caribbean and Pacif-
ic (ACP) group negotiating the
EPA, it will be unable to
access the EU’s General Sys-
tem of Preferences (GSP) — a
more beneficial tariff regime.

Although excluding services
from the EPA is the best
option for the Bahamas as far
as the Government is con-
cerned, over CARIFORUM
countries have been pressing
for its inclusion. It is unclear
whether by excluding it the
Bahamas might be missing out
on opportunities, such as
access to the EU for its pro-
fessionals, such as attorneys
and accountants. ;

And while market access
may be the least problematic
for the Bahamas, it is the areas
causing most consternation in
talks between the EU and
CARIFORUM. This is
because the EU wants the pace
of tariff liberalization to pro-
ceed more rapidly, while CAR-
IFORUM wants sugar exports
included in the EPA. The EU,
though, wants sugar to be deal
with outside the EPA in the
Sugar Protocol.

Still, the Government deci-
sion to sign the EPA — albeit a
goods-only agreement ~ rep-
resents something of a policy

shift, given that Mr Laing had*
previously indicated it was not.

a priority and the Government
was prepared to let the
December 31 deadline slide as

it focused on the WI'©@ and

CBI replacement.

INSIGHT |

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behind the news,
read Insight
on Mondays



The Bahamas Conference of The Methodist Church

EBENEZER METHODIST CHURCH

Applicants should:

Established 1802

CHURCH STAFF POSITION FOR YOUTH WORKER

Methodist Church is seeking to employ a vibrant Christian to work with its children,

teens and young adults.



+ Be personable, creative, mature and passionate about young people.
+ Possess excellent communication skills.
+ Be familiar with youth cultures and trends.

Responsibilities include:

+ Implementation and oversight of all Youth Ministry programmes.
+ Planning and leading Youth Services and events.
+ Leading young persons to Christ and creating life-time disciples.

+ Building relationships between youth, congregation and the wider community.

Criteria for Employment

fied copy of certificate.



The Trust Secretary
Ebenezer Methodist Church
P.O. Box SS 6145
Nassau, Bahamas

+ A minimum of a Bachelor's Degree from a recognized university confirmed by a certi-

+ Names and contacts of at least two professional references must be submitted.

+ Willingness to support Church's programmes.

+ Successful applicants will be expected to make a commitment to work in harmony
with Christian principles and to support the emphasis of The Bahamas Conference of
the Methodist Church of which the church is a part.

Please send Resume together with a covering letter,
a statement of philosophy and a recent photograph to

Or fax to: (242) 393-8135, or e-mail to bemc@bahamas.net.bs

Candidates short listed will be contacted by telephone, fax or e-mail for an interview.

Shirley Street, Nassau Bahamas



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THE TRIBUNE

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2007, PAGE 5B



Government urged:
-Fast-track passport
applications by
regular business.

travellers —

EU ‘drops’ tax information
exchange as visa
waiver condition

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Government has been

* urged to consider fast-tracking

applications for machine read-
able passports by Bahamian
businessmen who travel fre-
quenily, the Bahamas Cham-
ber of Commerce’s president
expressing hope that these doc-
uments would enable this
nation to be placed on the
European Union’s (EU) visa
waiver list.

Dionisio D’ Aguilar,
responding to a briefing on the
machine-readable passports
that was given to. the private
sector last week by Brent
Symonette, Deputy Prime
Minister and Minister of For-
eign Affairs, said the minister
had replied that the Govern-
ment would ‘look into’ fast
tracking applications by busi-
nessmen who traveled fre-
quently when the issue was
raised.

Mr D’ Aguilar said: “I hope -

that, at least, Bahamians who
have frequent traveller pass-

ports now could be fast- :

tracked. It would be good for
the Government to fast-track
business people who travel fre-
quently and assist them in
making their travel plans.
They’re the ones that most
need it.

“T think it would put them

~ in good standing with the busi-

ness community to react to this
request, particularly for those
who travel to Europe and
throughout the United States.
It will speed up the way they
travel, and I think the Gov-
ernment should consider that.”
All Bahamians need to pos-
sess machine-readable pass-
ports by October 2010 for this
nation to be in compliance
with International Civil Avia-
tion Organisation (ICAO)

peerulesy

There are currently some

250,000 passports issued, and
the Passport Office issues some
70,000 per year.

This means it will feed to
increase the number of pass-
ports it.issues every year if the
Bahamas is to meet that 2010
deadline. Although Mr Symon-
ette did not reveal how much
the machine-readable pass-
ports would cost, Mr
D’ Aguilar said the minister
noted they would be cheaper
than US visas. He personally
estimated the cost would be
between $60-$80.

Passports

Mr D’ Aguilar said machine-
readable passports would
make it “much more conve-
nient” for Bahamian business-
people to travel abroad, par-
ticularly in avoiding the hold-
ups that could be caused by
the current passport version at
airline check-in desks.

“For those who travel fre-
quently, it will definitely be a
time-saving and convenient

CVE

event, and will demonstrate to
other countries we have a tech-
nologically-sound travel doc-
ument,” Mr D’Aguilar said.

“As they consider us for a
visa waiver from Europe, it will
put us in good stead with them.
We are on the list to be
approved by all the EU coun-
tries.”

The Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce president said the
EU had previously been
demanding that the Bahamas
show a willingness to enter into
tax information exchange
agreements (TIEAs) with its
member nations before this
nation was considered for visa
waiver status, but this condi-
tion now appeared to have
been dropped.

“I don’t know what they'll
require of us, but I don’t think
there will be some sort of
requirement to open up, com-
promise our banking laws. But
that was initially indicated as
an issue for us being on the

visa waiver list,” Mr D’ eae 4:

said.
i

MARINE STORE

LOOKING FOR

Experience Counter

Sales Person;

must be computer literate and have good
customer relations

PLEASE FAX RESUME TO 394-3885



The Bahamas Conference of The Methodist Church

EBENEZER METHODIST CHURCH



Established 1802



BAHA MAR

NASSAU, BAHAMAS

LEGAL CAREER
OPPORTUNITY

Baha Mar Development Company Ltd.
seeks to hire a talented

Commercial Attorney

to join its dynamic legal team.

The successful applicant must:

Have a minimum of 6 years experience in commercial

and corporate practice in The Bahamas.

Have the ability to draft and review documentation
in connection with complex commercial, real estate
and other transactions. 2

Be familiar with US and other international commercial
transactions.

Have the ability to work under pressure.

Possess exceptional communication and negotiating
skills.

Successful candidate will report to Baha Mar’s General
Counsel and work with other members of Baha Mar’s legal
team.

Please forward curriculum vitae with salary requirements
via e-mail to tgodet @tradeinvest.com or
fax to (242) 702-2018 no later than December, 1 2007.

All responses will be held in the strictest confidence.



Located next to Atlantis,
with 228 beautifully
appointed Junior Suites
and meeting facilities
to accommodate
‘up to. 70 people.

Our guests have
full use of the
exclusive facilities of
the fabulous Atlantis

- Just steps away.

~ In-room amenities
include: king size or
_ _ two double beds,
- sitting area
with sofa bed,
cable ty, refrigerator,







CHURCH STAFF POSITION FOR ADMINISTRATOR

The Business Administrator is responsible to the Church, supervised by the Pastor for

administering the business affairs of the Church.



Functions:- 1. Establish and operate a financial record keeping and operating good

bookkeeping procedures.

2. Prepare financial report for Financial & Budget Committee and
Church Treasurer.

3, Purchasing Agent, processing Purchase Orders.

4, Maintain records on Church Staff. Establish and maintain records of
Church properties and facilities,

5. Assist Property Board with Architect Contractors and others in build-
ing, remodeling and equipping church buildings.

6, Administer Church adopt policies and procedures concerning the use
of all Church properties and facilities.

7. Work with the Property and Congregational Boards in preparing an
Annual Budget of maintenance and equipment needs.

8. Supervise workers in the maintenance and repair of all physical proper-
ties. Establish and implement cleaning, painting, renovating schedules
including the grave yard and parking lots.

9. Supervise che operation of food services,
10.Supervise assigned ofhce personnel.

11. Perform other duties as assigned by Pastor.

Applicane needs to possess excellent verbal and written communication and computer'skills. Must

be a team player and willing to work flexible schedule.

Please send Resume together with a covering letter,
a statement of philosophy and a recent photograph to:

The Trust Secretary
Ebenezer Methodist Church
PO. Box SS 6145
Nassau, Bahamas










in-room safe,
coffee maker, hair dryer,
complimentary
_ deluxe continental
breakfast served daily,
pool with swim-up bar,
Crusoe’s garden
restaurant serving
. breakfast and lunch,
Barrio cocktail bar:
Guestrooms and
interior public facilities
' are designated
non-smoking areas.

Ask about our local
corporate, group and
wedding rates.

‘Contact our
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PAGE 6B, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2007

THE TRIBUNE

Pci ii I a
Costly Bermuda hands Bahamas
‘limitless’ insurance possibilities

costs of construction.

“The Bahamas would be a
significantly lower cost juris-
diction for these companies,
and if the Bahamas plays its
cards right, there’s no reason
why this nation would not be
looked at as a serious option if
these companies are looking
to leave or set up subsidiary

US, availability of land on
Grand Bahama, and lower

tion [as an insurance base]
because of its proximity to the

FROM page 1

JOB OPPORTUNITY FOR A
FINANCIAL CONTROLLER

An established Bahamian Company is seeking a Financial Controller.

tions.”
Themes

Themes such as exploiting
Bermuda’s high operating cost
environment to this nation’s
advantage were discussed by
Bahamian insurance industry
players at a recent Bahamas
Financial Services Board
(BFSB) seminar that hosted
key intermediaries from the
global financial services indus-
try, giving them an insight into
what this nation had to offer.

Qualifications for the position are:

¢ Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in Accounting or applied finance
from an accredited and reputable university.
Certified Public Account
3-5 year Audit experience
Proficiency in Accounting Software such as QuickBooks or Peachtree
Experience in preparing IFRS compliant financial statements
The individual will be responsible for directing the overall financial
plans and accounting practices of the organization.

Interested persons should send resumeés to: Mr Gilbert told The Tribune
w that when he was working in
P.O. Box CB-12707 Bermuda for Marsh & McLen-

Nassau, Bahamas

2

nan, the world’s largest insur-



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Family Island Resort Marina
Seeks General ie

Job Description:

A Family Island Resor : Marina seeks a General Mana per with a strony background in hog itality,
real estate development, property managemeni and construction management services. The ifosecta
candidate must have a solid track record of success and growth. The successful applicant should:

Create and execute project work plans as appropriate to meet changing needs and requirements.
Identify resources needed and assigns individual responsibilities.

Manage day-to-day operational aspects of the Marina Project

Effectively applies our methodology and enforces project standards.

Prepare for reviews and quality assurance Procedures. 3

Project Accounting

‘Determine appropriate revenue recognition, ensures timely and accurate invoicing, and monitors
receivables for the Marina.

Forecast basic revenue models, P/L, and cost-to-completion projections and makes decisions
pe),

Requirements:

, Amanagement and/or hospitality-related college degree
_ 10+ years of progressive experience in hospitality, operations and development
An entrepreneurial spirit and a willingness to roll up your sleeves and do what it takes to get the
job done
_ Strong knowledge of construction management and cost control policies and procedures
Solid communication and interpersonal skills, ability to get along with people at all levels of the
organization

We offer an excellent.compensation package with benefits.
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companies in other jurisdic-

ance broker, it was common

for him to have meetings and

. dinner with Fortune 1000 com-

pany clients three to four days
a week.

Thus attracting the major
global insurance players to
base themselves in the
Bahamas could also provide
spin-off benefits for the airline,
ground transportation and

hotel industries, Mr Gilbert’

adding that the cost of airlift

_ and hotel rooms was cheaper

in this nation than in Bermuda.

He described as “limitless”
the opportunities for the
Bahamas if it were to once
again target the global insur-
ance industry. All the major
operators wanted to employ
nationals from the countries in
which they were based, which
would provide countless
employment opportunities for
Bahamians in lucrative, pro-
fessionally satisfying posts.

“There’s spin-offs for attor-
neys, accountants, and the
banks will benefit‘as well,” Mr
Gilbert said. “It would solidify
the Bahamian economy,
bécause insurance is not a
volatile, passive vehicle.

“In insurance, you do not
have the hills and valleys that
you have in tourism. If the
Bahamas could attract this
business, you might also see an
improvement in the Moody’s
and Standard & Poor’s credit
ratings, because we have a sta-
ble economy.”

Yet to make itself attractive
to international insurance pow-
erhouses, the Bahamas has
some significant work to do on
enhancing its infrastructure —
regulatory, physical and human
capital.

Apart from enhancing the
regulatory capabilities of the
Registrar of Insurance, other
issues that the Bahamas has
long known and acknowledged
that it must do something

about — but has yet to move

_ on;+! include, remoying bureau-

Pr

-eracy, and red ‘tape) in the
,approwals,.ands;licensing .

process.
Potential

Then there is the potential
new External Insurance Act,
long talked about, and a Bill
upon much work has been
done. Noted US attorney Joel
Karp, along with Bahamas-
based industry executives,
helped draft the Bill, but it has
yet to begin its move along the
legislative pipeline.

Zhivargo Laing, minister of
state for finance, last week told
The Tribune that the Govern-
ment was “moving aggressive-
ly to get it [the Act] passed”,
and had hired an external con-
sultant to finish work on the
Bill.

“There’s still a fair amount
of work to be done in tidying
up the Bill to ensure it achieves
the end objectives we want it
to achieve,” Mr Laing said,
adding that the captive insur-
ance industry held tremendous
potential for the Bahamas.

Meanwhile, Mr Gilbert
pointed out that Bermuda’s
insurers. reinsurers and bro-
kers gained a comfort level

_ from the international market

knowledge, involvement and

history of the island’s regula-
tor, Jeremy Cox, who is a
Bermuda native.

“I see no reason why the
Bahamas could not establish
itself again as a competitive
domicile. I think the market is
big enough, whether it be
international insurance, rein-
surance or captive insurance,”
Mr Gilbert said.

“The Bahamas is in a very
good position. It has the land
mass, the cost of construction is
relatively low when compared ~
to Bermuda, the salary levels
are low when compared to
Bermuda, so the cost of oper-
ations is reduced in the
Bahamas. If the Bahamas does
it right, it could be extremely
successful.”

On captives, Mr Gilbert
described this sector as a
“chicken and egg” situation,
revealing that Mash had told
him years ago that they would
open an office in the Bahamas
if one captive was to domicile
itself here.

. Promote

“The Bahamas needs to pro-
mote itself,” Mr Gilbert said.
“In my view, it could be as sim-
ple as the minister responsible
saying in the most widely-read
industry publication, Insurance
Business, that the Bahamas is
intending to offer itself again as
a captive domicile. If the mar-
ket doesn’t know what the
Bahamas is planning, the busi-
ness won’t come to the
Bahamas.

“The potential is there for
the Bahamas, and there are
certain things that need to be
in place to make it happen.”

The Bahamas already has an
advantage if it chooses to go
after the captive insurance
industry, especially if it targets
medium and small-sized cap-
tives, rather than the larger
ones that ace has cap-
tured.

« Captive feesi in n the Bahamas
are currently $2,500 per

* annum, much lower than the

$7,000 charged in the Cayman
Islands. A BFSB study in 2004
projected that if the Bahamas
could capture 600 captives, the
size of Cayman’s industry,
some $1.5 million in fees would
be generated for the Registrar
of Insurance’s Office. ©
Annual spending on
Bahamian professional services

per captive were projected to.

be more than $20,000, and
banking and tourism would
benefit from captives having
to hold annual general meet-
ings (AGMs) in this nation.

South Carolina has also’’

shown the potential benefits
the Bahamas could earn from
captive insurance, having
increased the number of cap-.
tives domiciled there from two
in 2000 to 85: in 2003, and 114
in 2004. Some $4 million in rev-
enues were generated for the
state, with its captives pong
$61 million in cash and $66 mil
lion in managed investments.

' There are 4,000 captives
around the world, with more
than $250 billion in assets, gen-
erating collective premium vol-
ume of more than $50 billion
per annum.

PROVOST
MARSHALL SALE

An auction will be held on 28th Noveme-
ber, 2007 at 10:00 0’ clock at the Supreme
Court Building, Bank Lane, Nassau, The
Bahamas. On auction will be a number of
Locman Watches in a variety of styles and

colours.

For more information please contact Miss
Cordell Frazier at Gibson & Company at
323-1234 or Mr. Jack Davis a the Supreme

Court at 356-9101.





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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2007, PAGE 7B



E-passport transfer
to start December 1

@ By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter

THE ‘transfer to machine read-
able or e-passports and e-identifica-
tion documents is expected to begin
by December 1, 2007, an exercise

that will cost the Government $12.7 ©

million.
Brent Symonette, Deputy Prime
Minister and Minister of Foreign

Affairs, told a group of businessmen
- that all the equipment and passport —

books are in Nassau, and all the pre-
liminary testing has been done with
excellent results. He said it was vir-
tually impossible to counter the
security features inside the pass-
ports.

The passports will only be manu-
factured in Nassau for security con-
trol reasons, although they will be
mailed to Family Island residents to
prevent them having to travel to’
Nassau.

Mr Symonette said Cabinet has

determined what the cost of the new _

passports will be. Although he said
he was not at liberty to disclose the
price at this time, he did say that the
price “would be cheaper tha’. ‘he
US visa application”.

He explained that it will be quite
an undertaking for the Passport
Office to issue the 200,000-250,000

‘ passports that will be required, and

to try to streamline the process, they
will begin with those passports

- which expire by 2008 year-end.
. Then they will address the remain-

ing passports. ,
| Frequent

Mr Symonette said a special fre-

' quent traveller passport with 64
- pages will be issued to those pérsons

who travel frequently. One of the
requirements of the new system will

- be that every single passport holder

will have to have a valid National
Insurance Board (NIB) number,
even children whose passports will
only be valid for Sfive years.

The new identification documents
will feature these five categories:

Brent Symonette



work permits, residents, permanent
resident, visas and spousal permits.
Rather than the current single page
documents, these documents will be
in book form similar to the current
passport book.

Mr Symonette explained that the
new system involves checks at all
steps of the process, which will vir-
tually eliminate the possibility of
forged documents.

Safety mechanisms are also in
place to prevent the system failing
entirely and not being able to read
the document.

It will also reduce much of the
actual paperwork associated with
the passports, and once every one
has received their initial e-passports,
it will be much easier process to
continue the renewal process.

Mr Symonette explained that the
one drawback will be that any cur-
rent visas to the US or other coun-
tries will not be able to be trans-
ferred to the new document without
going through the application
process over again.

Bahamians will also not be able to

staple two passports together, as the
staple could damage the ability to
read the document.

Therefore, Mr Symonette said
persons will just have to be pre-
pared to carry the two documents or
pay the relevant fees.

Affairs

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs
signed the $12.7 million contract
with Indusa LLC and its partners,
Malaysian global security solutions
provider IRJS Berhad, and British
security provider and papermaker,
De La Rue, at the end of last year.

The idea of the new passports is
to update the security features on
Bahamian identity documents and
bring them into compliance with the
standards mandated by the Interna-
tional Civil Aviation Organisation
(ICSAO) before May 2010.

The new machine readable pass-
ports will feature a “chip based bio-
metic authentication for finger-
prints, facial characteristics and sig-
nature capture”.

@ By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business

’ Reporter

A POTENTIAL merger
between Bahamas-based finan-
cial services providers may be
on the cards, after Banca Del
Gottardo, the Swiss financial
institution that this weekend
celebrated 50 years in opera-
tion, said a sale to BSI SA

Lugano. was soon cael to tt
cd) : that Banca ‘Del Gottardo has

be completed. sins

scissse Atia gala cobkesil party to

“celebrate the occasion, the
bank’s chief executive, Rolf
Aeberli said it was a bitter-
sweet occasion in that while it

. was.a celebration of a mile-

stone, it was also the end of an
era..

-“The bank will be better
served under new ownership,”
he said.

Banca Del Gottardo will fall
under the BSI umbrella when
the sale is completed next year,
but Mr Aberli said the institu-

’ tion will remain true to its core

values and retain a presence
in the Bahamas, having estab-
lished itself here i in 1975.

The Swiss Ambassador to
the Bahamas, Werner Bau-
man, said Switzerland and the
Bahamas werw very similar in
that they both have economies
driven by tourism and finan-
cial services.

In both countries, financial
services account for about 15
per'cent of GDP. In the years

maintained’ a presence here,
he said, it has done much in
the promotion of the Bahamas.

In congratulating the bank,
acting Prime Minister and Min-
ister of Foreign Affairs, Brent
Symonette, noted that Banca
Del Gottardo was one of the

leading asset managers in the.

world.and one of the most
recognised .

“Yet notwithstanding its
size, it is small enough to meet
its clients individual needs,” he
added.

QUANTITY SURVEYOR
eS

Positions available at Bimini Sands Resort & Marina:
Sushi Chef
Diesel/Gasoline Mechanic

. Acompetitive salary and benefit package will be offered to the
successful candidates. If you are interested in being part of a
dynamic, growing company, please email, mall or fax

Resume to:

Human Resources Manager
Bimini Sands Resort & Marina —
~ PO Box 24020
South Bimini
Bahamas
Tel: 242-347-3500
Fax: 242-347-3501
fcooney @biminisands.com -

Gottardo in BSI sale

$20,000 to the College of the
Banca Del Gottardo donated . Bahamas endowment fund.

To mark the anniversary,

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

is now located at

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

All telephone numbers remain the same.

K.Miles Parker
(Managing Partner)



Vacancy
Announcement |

Blue Shark Golf Course is currently
accepting applications for the position of

EXECUTIVE CHEF/
RESTAURANT MANAGER

Applicants should have a minimum of an |

Associate degree in Management and a
Chef Certificate from an accredited Culinary
Institute locally in the Bahamas or in the
USA or Canada along with 3 years expeeri-
ence as a Chef and Manager.

Specific experience with an upscale restau-
rant in cooking, menu preparations, devel-
opment and design for American, Canadian
and European tourists, the highest interna-
tional service stanards, proper health and
cleanliness practices, meal presentation,
purchasing and stocking of products and
supplies. Knowledge of golf course res-
taurant service and food preparation is a
must. Leadership and supervisory skills are
required.

To apply call 424-6932

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that JEAN PIERRE of
CARMICHEAL ROAD, P.O. BOX CR-54802, NASSAU, |
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for

Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization

as. a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who
knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 12th day of
November, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



KING'S
REAL ESTATE

King’s Real Estate Company Limited is.a Bahamian Real
Estate and Development Company. We are currently
looking for applicants for the below positions:

CIVIL ENGINEER

Bachelor Degree or higher in the field of Civil
Engineering.

3-5 years experience in Civil Engineering and ©
Construction related fields.

Registered with the Bahamas Professional Engineers’
Board.

Experience in the design of Subdivisions, Roads,
Airports, Drainage and Water & Sewerage Systems.
Ability to use engineering software such as Auto
CAD 2004.

Proficient in implementing site quality assurance
measures and overseeing site supervision.
Hardworking and able to handle a number of projects
simultaneously.

REAL ESTATE AGENT

3 —5 years experience in the Real Estate Industry.
e Licensed with the Bahamas Real Estate Association.
¢ Motivated.

King’s Real Estate is a team orientated company and
potential employees should be capable of adapting to
this philosophy.

All interested candidates should e-mail there resumes to:
kingsley@kingsrealty.com



FML Group of Companies Ltd.

is seeking to employ a

Marketing
Manager

Must be young, aggressive and energentic

with experience in marketing
relations.

and public

Interested persons may fax their resumes
to 394-2193. |







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Government urged to finalise film incentives

FROM page 1

productions and formalize the
structure.

Adding that the Bahamas
Film Commission had been
constantly encouraging the
Government to do this, Mr
McCartney said the Ministry

toms and stamp duty exemp-
tions as movie industry incen-
tives.

Mr Bethel said that increas-
ingly film and TV producers
were looking for natural film-
ing locations, rather than con-
trived studio sets, which again

‘increased the Bahamas’ attrac-

of Tourism wanted to use cus-

NOTICE

Notice is hereby given that GAIL BRIDGET TAYLOR
of Oakes Field, Nassau, Bahamas, is not employed by
Woodlawn Gardens Limited nor is she associated
with or is any in any way connected with Woodlawn
Gardens Limited.
Notice is hereby: said

Further, given that the

GAIL BRIDGET TAYLOR has no authority to
represent Woodlawn Gardens Limited or to transact any
business wahtsoever for or on behalf of Woodlawn
Gardens Limited. Any person, business, vendor, trader, |
supplier or their agents and/or servants or otherwise |



who hereafter transact any business whatever with
the said GAIL BRIDGET TAYLOR using the name
Woodlawn Gardens Limited does so in breach of this
Notice and shall save harmless Woodlawn Gardens
Limited from and against all obligations, commite-
ments or liabilities or claims against Woodlawn Gardens
Limited whether absolute, contingent or accrued and
whether arising out of or in any way connected to any
transaction by the said GAIL BRIDGET TAYLOR.

SIGNED

WOODLAWN GARDENS LIMITED
Nassau, Bahamas

November 9th, 2007










COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS 2007
IN THE SUPREME COURT CLE/QUI/No.01274
Common Law and Equity Division

NOTICE

THE QUIETING TITLE ACT, 1959
(Chapter 393) 7

The Petition of Godfrey Turnquest of the Eastern —
District of the Island of New Providence one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas in >
respect of:-




IN THE MATTER OF ALL THAT piece parcel or |
lot of land containing by admeasurement (77.714)
acres situate at the southeastern end of the Deadman’s
Cay Airport in the Settlement of Deadman’s Cay,
Long Island one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas which piece parcel or lot of land has
such position shape marks boundaries and dimensions
as shown and described on Registered Plan 246 L. I.
AND ALSO ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land
containing by admeasurement (11.073) acres situate
on the southern junction of Queen’s Highway near
and adjoining Junky Landing Road also within the
Settlement of Deadman’s Cay in the Island of Long
Island aforesaid which piece parcel or lot of land has
such position shape boundaries marks and dimensions
as shown and described on Registered Plan 260 L.I.










































The Petitioner, Godfrey Turnquest claims to be the
owner of the fee simple estate in possession of the
piece parcels or lots of land hereinbefore described
and the Petitioner has made application to the Supreme
Court of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas under
Section 3 of the Quieting Title Act, 1959, to have his
title to the said land investigated and the nature and
extent thereof determined and declared in a Certificate
of Title to be granted by the Court in accordance with
the provision.of the said Act.

Copies of the filed Plans may be inspected during
normal office hours at:-



‘(a) The Registry of the Supreme Court, Ansbacher

House, East Street North, Nassau, Bahamas |

(b) The Office of the Island Administrator situate
at Clarence Town, Long Island, The Bahamas;
and

(c) The Chambers of Pyfrom, Wells & Co. No. 9

Dunmore Lane, Nassau, The Bahamas.




NOTICE is hereby given that any person or persons

having Dower or right to Dower or any Adverse
Claim not.recognized in the Petition shall before the
22nd day of January 2008 file in the Registry of the
Supreme Court and serve on the Petitioner or the
undersigned a Statement of Claim in the prescribed
form verified by an Affidavit to be filed therewith.
Failure of any such person or persons to file and serve
a Statement of Claim and the requisite documents on
or before the 22nd day of January 2008 will operate
as a bar of such claim.



Pyfrom, Wells & Co.
Attorney for the Petitioner
Chambers,

#9 Dunmore Lane
Nassau, Bahamas

tiveness given its proximity to



the US, tropical climate and
scenery, and the availability of
a variety of waterborne set-
tings.

“If you look at the location
of the Bahamas compared to
other islands outside Los
Angeles and the US, the
Bahamas is ideally located, and
more directors are looking for
a natural environment to shoot
in as opposed to a studio envi-
ronment,” Mr Bethel said.

Only one of the four pro-
ductions he was talking to
wanted to use the still-closed

ela

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Bahamas Film Studios at Gold
Rock Creek, Grand Bahama,
he added.

“There are three looking at
other locations outside the Stu-
dios, Eleuthera and Nassau
specifically, to shoot those
films. Other locations will cer-
tainly benefit,” Mr Bethel said,
if the Bahamas can bring them
here. a

While blockbusters such a
the Pirates of the Caribbean
Il and III movies had injected
millions into the Bahamian
economty, and helped to revive
— at least temporarily — a mori-
bund Freeport economy, Mr
Bethel said the economic
impact and money multiplier
effect was likely to be greater
from TV productions that shot
multiple series in this nation,

Apart from the direct impact
from their spending and pur-
chasing of Bahamian-made
good, Mr Bethel said. movies
such as the Pirates of the
Caribbean and Casino Royale
generated publicity for the
Bahamas that it could not pay

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The Bahamas

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for by being filmed here.,As a
result, the potential spin-off
benefits for tourism by placing
the Bahamas on the worldwide
map were immense.

“The classic was Casino

Royale,” Mr Bethel said. “The.
Czech Republic certainly’

gained an increase in tourism
given that it was one of the
locations for Casino Royale.
We can certainly piggyback on
that type of publicity. To pay
for it — the publicity given toa
country once it is known that is
where ‘X’ production was done

_- would be significant, if you

look at the exposure it gets to
different audiences around the
world.”

' In addition, films and TV
productions shot in the
Bahamas would not be impact-
ed by any union or industrial
unrest, Mr Bethel said, point-
ing to the strike by the Writers
Guild in the US.

. The Bahamas Film Com-
mission previously revealed

HARBOUR





SIDE MARINE -
LOOKING FOR

that the Pirates of the
Caribbean sequels pumped $43
million into the Grand
Bahama economy over 160
days of filming, some 10 per »

cent of the $430 million it gen-

erated in US box office sales
alone.

Casino Royale, the James
Bond movie, spent $8.1 mil-
lion in the Bahamas through
45 days’ filming, while After
the Sunset generated $8 mil-
lion and Three some $505,000.

Among other movie pro-
ductions said to have been eye-
ing the Bahamas were Free
Willie, Pirates of the
Caribbean IV, and Shadows of
the Foll, a production involving
James Bond actor Daniel
Craig.

Meanwhile, Mr Bethel’s
Montaque Group has been
contracted to act as payroll
agent for the Live with Regis
and Kelly TV show when it

- films at The Cove, Atlantis, for.

a week.

CARPENTER.

PLEASE FAX RESUME 394-3885
OR CALL 393-0262



NOTICE

HSBC PURCHASING (ASIA) LIMITED

Y Establish culinary standard
Y Create menus-and recipes for high-end and casual dining to include
international and Bahamian cuisine
Maintain food safety standard
Recruit and train culinary team
Manage and develop culinary team -°
Control food cost
Determine market list and vendors
Design special events
Qualifications Subs ap OMS
Â¥ Bachelor's degree in Culinary Arts or related subject; professional
certifications . :
Y Minimum ten (10) years experience at a five-star club, resort or restaurant
with at least three (3) years international or off-shore experience.
Y Must be innovative, demonstrate strong leadership and culinary skills,
must be able to train others and execute ideas and standards.

TL

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work ina growing and
dynamic organization and must be a self-starter, team player, work at the highest
standards of performance, and meet deadlines.

If you are progressive and prepared to advance your career, submit your resume
to the attention of the Director of HR & Training, sbowe@bakersbayciub.com or
by fax at 242-367-0804.



“Becoming the Employer of Choice in The Bahamas!”
UBS (Bahamas) Ltd. is one of the world's leading
financial institutions in the Caribbean. Through our
Business Area Wealth Management International, we
look after wealthy private clients by providing them
with comprehensive, value enhancing services. Our
client advisors combine strong personal relationships
with the resources that are available from across UBS,

helping them provide a full range of wealth management
services. ;

In order to strengthen our team in Nassau, we are
looking for a candidate in the following position:

Senior Client Advisor -
European Desk :

in this challenging position you will be responsible for:

e Supervising a team of Client Advisors

e Advising and setvicing existing clients including .
travelling Bee

e Acquisition of new clients

° Proposing of investment solutions

We are searching for a personality with a minimum 5
years experience and a proven successful track record
in Wealth Management, specialized in the fields of
customer relations, investment advice and portfolio
management. Excellent sales and advisory skills as
well as solid knowledge of investment products are
key requirements. A proven track record in a
comparable position with a leading global financial
institution as well as fluency in French and German is
required.

Interested? Written applications should be sent to:

hrbahamas@ubs.com or UBS (Bahamas) ktd.
Human Resources
P.O. Box N-7757
Nassau, Bahamas ...





Notice is hereby given that HSBC (Asia) Limited
Company registered under The International
Business Companies Act, 2000 has been dissolved
and struck off the Register as of the 7th day of
November 2007.

Sit

Liquidetor










NOTICE
NOTICE OL: DISSOLUTION

OF











ACAUA GLOBAL INVESTMENTS LTD.

Notice is hereby given that liquidation of the above
company commenced on the 15 day of November,
2007, Credit Suisse Trust Limited of Bahamas Fi-
nancial Centre, Shirley & Charlotte Streets, P.O.Box
N-3023, Nassau, The Bahamas has been appointed
Liquidator of the Company. cae

Credit Suisse Trust Limited
Liquidator

position
available

The Cove @ Atlantis Resorts
Registered Nurse — Full Time

Responsibilities:

e Provide primary and minor emergency medical
care ,

e Administration of medication, oxygen,
intravenous fluids as indicated and outlined in the

» clinical Protocol Manual

e Provide accurate and comprehensive medical
reports as required

Requirements:
e Holder of current Bahamian licence
e Must have at least three years experience post
graduation
e have current BLS & ALS Certification
e Must be responsible, have good communication °
skills and independent.
‘THE
CV should be sent via MEDICLINIC
e-mail to mary.epcotmedical
@coralwave.com by
November 31", 2007.





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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2007, PAGE 9B



Abuses s
Family Islan
=~ incentiv =

Customs officer, told a small

® By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL business survival seminar
Tribune Business organised by Mark A Turn-
Reporter | ~ quest & Associates, that the

THE Government is review-
ing provisions for Family
Island Economic Development
Zones, two Customs Depart-
ment officers said at the week-
end, after businesses had
exploited the investment incen-
tives offered to stimulate eco-

_ nomic growth in these islands.

Bernadette Knowles, from
Customs’ aided industry divi-
sion, said provisions for the
Family Island Economic
Zones, which waived customs
duties on building supplies sent

to qualifying islands, were.
‘’ fund’s administrators from: the

presently being reviewed.

These zones were ndenided :

to facilitate Family Island
development, but had to be
suspended by the Government
following abuse of the exemp-
tions.

Ms Knowles explained that
in one instance, one Family
Island company was selling
building supplies at a much
higher price than counterparts
in Nassau, and was able to
make substantially more prof-
it because of the higher mar-
gins resulting from the tax
exemption.

“So the concessions are’

being reviewed, and we are not

sure if they will be granted in

the future," Ms Knowles said.
Anthony Cleare, a senior’

department exists solely to aid
business in clearing their
goods, particularly in areas

‘ where they might be eligible
- for duty concessions under var-
. lous encouragement acts, such

as the Hotel Encouragement
Act and the Industry Encour-
agement Act.

Meanwhile, the Bahamas
Entrepreneurial Venture Fund
— the Government-sponsored

‘venture capital fund - has

granted 34 loans out of the

- more than 400 funding appli-

cations which Were received.
Edward Rolle, one of the

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Tilly, explained that the main
reason why so many applica-
tions were denied was the lack
of a cohesive plan or the fact
that the idea was for a busi-
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as beauty salons or women’s
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COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS 2007
{N THE SUPREME COURT No. 01153




(common Law and Equity Division




IN THE MATTER of The Quieting Titles Act, 1959
AND




IN THE MATTER OF ALL THAT piece parcel or tract of land being
part of John Drudge Grant (D-52) comprising an area of Sixteen and
Sixty-seven Hundredths (16.67) acres situate near the Settlement of The
Bight on Long Island one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas and bounded on the NORTH partly by another portion of land
originally granted to John Drudge and running thereon Nine Hundred
and One and Ninety-three Hundredths (901.93) Feet on the EAST by
another portion of land granted originally to John Drudge and running

_ thereon Seven Hundred and Eighty-Two and Sixty-two Hundredths
(782.62) Feet on the SOUTH by another portion of land originally
granted to John Drudge and running thereon Eight Hundred and Ninety-
two and Sixty-three Hundredths (892.63) Feet and on the WEST by The -
Queen’s Highway and running thereon Eight Hundred and Seventy-one
and Forty Hundredths (871.40) Feet.














AND




IN THE MATTER OF the Petition of
DELTON RANDOLPH MOREE






; NOTICE



THE PETITION OF Delton Randolph Moree in respect of:-
“ALL THAT piece parcel or tract of land being part of John Drudge
Grant (D-52) comprising an area of Sixteen and Sixty-seven Hundredths
(16.67) acres situate near the Settlement of The Bight on Long Island
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and bounded
on the NORTH partly by another portion of land originally granted to
John Drudge and running thereon Nine Hundred and One and Ninety-
three Hundredths (901.93) Feet on the EAST by another portion of land
granted originally to John Drudge and running thereon Seven Hundred
and Eighty-Two and Sixty-two Hundredths (782.62) Feet on the SOUTH
by another portion of land originally granted to John Drudge and running
thereon Eight Hundred and Ninety-two and Sixty-three Hundredths,
(892.63) Feet and on the WEST by The Queen’s Highway and running
thereon Eight Hundred and Seventy-one and Forty Hundredths (871.40)
Feet.














Delton Randolph Moree claims to be the owner of the unincumbered fee simple
estate in possession of the said land and has made application to the Supreme
Court of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas under Section Three (3) of the
Quieting Titles Act, 1959 to have his title to the said land investigated and the
nature and extent thereof determined and declared in a Certificate of Title to be
granted by the Court in accordance with the provisions of the said Act.







Copies of the Petition and the Plan of the said land may be inspected during
normal office hours in the following places:




1. The Registry of the Supreme Court, East Street North in the City of Nassau,
Bahamas; and



2. The Chambers of Lockhart & Munroe, #35 Buen Retiro Road, off Shirley
Street, Nassau, Bahamas.




NOTICE is hereby given that any person having dower or right to dower or an
Adverse Claim or a claim not recognized in the Petition shall on or before the
expiration of Thirty (30) days after the final publication of these presents, file
in the Supreme Court and serve on the Petitioner or the undersigned a Statement
of his claim in the prescribed form verified by an affidavit to be filed therewith.






Failure of any such person to file and serve a Statement of his Claim on or
_ before the expiration of Thirty (30) days after the final publication of these
presents will operate as bar to such claim.





LOCKHART & MUNROE
Chambers

#35 Buen Retiro Road

Off Shirley Street

Nassau, Bahamas






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PAGE 10B, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2007

THE TRIBUNE





CARICOM to discuss

social security portab

m@ By CARA BRENNEN-
‘BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter -

. REGIONAL National

Insurance Board (NIB) coun-
terparts will be in Nassau this
week: to discuss whether NIB

or other social security pay-

ments should be transferred .

via CARICOM countries
when Caribbean nationals
move to another state.
Pandora Butler, the Bahami-
an NIB’s director of public
relations, explained at a busi-
ness seminar hosted by Mark

NOTICE

Mrs. Carol D. Misiewicz

A Turnquest & Associates at
the weekend, that the issue of
allowing Caribbean nationals
who work in other CARICOM
countries to have their contri-
butions count on other islands
was very much at the fore.
This week, there will be a
CARICOM meeting that deals
with the issue here in Nassau.
“The countries are still not in
agreement as to how this
should be applied. The initial
understanding of that agree-

ment was that if persons
worked for short periods of
time in CARICOM countries,
and were not in any of those
countries qualified for a pen-
sion, then all the CARICOM
countries where they worked
would put those contributions
together, so that the person
could get the benefit; that was
the mutual understanding,” Ms

‘Butler said.

However, that is no longer
the case, she explained.

Now, Ms Butler said it has
evolved to the point where, if

you worked in a CARICOM |

country over the course of
your life, if your contribution
says that your benefits are paid
to you wherever you pay your
contributions, it will be treated
as though you never moved.
What that means, she
explained, is that even if you
qualify for a social security
benefit in the Bahamas, you
can then still qualify for one



in Antigua, or Trinidad or Bar-
bados.

“If you cannot qualify for
one in Trinidad or Barbados,
you can still qualify for a par-
tial payment, and that is what
people are having difficulty
with,“ Ms Butler said.

i ‘They are saying that if you
qualify in the Bahamas, there
is no need for us to pay you a

partial benefit, but the agree-
ment says that we have to and

that is where the problem lies."



(Munnings)
is pleased to announce
the opening of her law chambers

COUNSEL AND ATTORN 2
NOTARY PUBLI

Suite No. 7 Grosvenor Close

Grosvenor Close and Shirley Street

P.O. Box SS-5467
Nassau, Bahamas

Tel. 328-0396 Fax. 328-1388

‘New Hope’ for resort?

FROM page 1

Club. The development, which will take
place on a 55-acre site at the Bell Channel,
just across from the golf course, will fea-
ture 62 suites and 240 rooms. That project
will complement New Hope Holdings’
plans for the Port Lucaya Marina, as the
condo hotel’s target market will be golfers
and mega yacht owners and their guests.

The Port Lucaya Resort & Yacht Club
‘is jointly owned in a 50/S0 arrangement

between Port Group Ltd, the Grand

Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) affili-

ate, and Vacation Break USA.
Sources familiar with the situation told

The Tribune that one aspect of the poten-

tial deal involved Port Group Ltd buying
out its Vacation Break USA partner, then
selling 100 per cent of the Port Lucaya
Resort & Yacht Club to New pees Hold-
ings.

Major

It is understood that a major factor
behind why no deal has been concluded is
that the resort’s owners felt that New
Hope Holdings and Mr Olsen were
attempting to ‘low ball’ the purchase,
meaning that it was perceived they were
offering a price well below the true value
of Port Lucaya Resort & Yacht Club and
its assets. However, sources said the

pire deal was not completely dead

yet

Rembert Albury, Port Lucaya Resort
& Yacht Club’s general manager, when -
contacted by The Tribune about the dis-
cussions, replied: “I’m not privy to that
information. You'll have to contact the

- Port Group Ltd itself.”

Mr Albury directed The Tribune to
Graham Torode, head of the Grand
Bahama Development Company (Dev-
co). Mr Torode was said to be in meetings
late Friday, and despite The Tribune leav-
ing a detailed message on the nature of its
inquiry, the call was not returned before
press time.

Similarly, Mr Olsen could not be con-

tacted for comment either.

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E-mail: carol.misiewicz@ gmail.com



Legal Notice

NOTICE

DAMASCUS LIMITED

IN VOLUNTARY LIQUIDATION

Legal Notice

NOTICE

ss STARFRUIT HOLDINGS LID. |

Rie acres

2004:
-CLE/QUI/No.1120.

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS.
i. IN THE SUPREME COURT ....
COMMON LAW and EQUITY DIVISION

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with section 137 of the
International Business Companies Act 2000 DAMASCUS
LIMITED is in dissolution.

‘Notice is hereby given that in accordance with section 137 of the
International Business Companies Act 2000 STARFRUIT HOLD-
INGS LTD. is in dissolution.

IN THE MATTER OF ALL THAT piece, parcel,

or tract of land containing 9.033 acres being a
portion of Crown Grant A-337 granted to Simon
Whitehead and situate approximately 2400 feet
West of Millars Road and 822 feet South of
Adelaide Road in the Western District of the Island
of New Providence one of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas

-

The Date of the Commencement of dissolution was 16th November:
2007. David Thain of Arner Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Ltd., Building
2 Caves Village, RO. Box N-3917 is the Liquidator of DAMASCUS
LIMITED. All persons having claims against the above-named com-
pany are required to send their address and particulars of their debts
tothe Liquidator before the 16th December 2007.

The Date of the Commencement of dissolution was 15th November’
2007. David Thain of Arner Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Ltd., Building
2 Caves Village, RO. Box N-3917 is the Liquidator of STARFRUIT
HOLDINGS LTD. All persons having claims against the above-

named company are required to send their address and particulars of

AND their debts to the Liquidator before the 15th December 2007.

IN THE MATTER OF The Quieting Titles Act, 1959, Chapter
393

AND
IN THE MATTER.-of the Petition of WILLIAM ROSCOE. -
DARLING under: The Quieting Titles Act, 1959

NOTICE

WILLIAM ROSCOE DARLING, the Petitioner claims to be
the owner in fee simple in possession of the said piece -
parcel or lot of land and had made application to the
Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas
under Section 3 of The Quieting Titles Act, 1959, to have
the said piece parcel or lot of land investigated and the
nature and extent thereof determined and declared in a
Certificate of Title to be granted by the Court in accordance
with the provisions of the said Act.

NOTICE

VCO INVESTMENT FUND LTD.

IN VOLUNTARY LIQUIDATION

Legal Notice

NOTICE

BLUE SPOT FUND LTD.
VOLUNTARILY LIQUIDATED
Notice is hereby given that in accordance with section 137 of the

International Business Companies Act 2000 VCO INVESTMENT
FUND LTD. is in dissolution.

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with section 137 (8) of the
International Business Companies Act 2000 the Dissolution of BLUE
SPOT FUND LTD. has been completed, a Certificate of Dissolution has

been issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the Register of
Companies.

Copies- of the Petition and Plan showing the position
boundaries shape marks and dimensions of said piece
parcel or lot of land filed in this matter may be inspected
during normal working office hours at the following places;

The Date of the Commencement of dissolution was 13th November
2007. David Thain of Arner Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Ltd., Build-

ing 2 Caves Village, RO. Box N-3917 is the Liquidator of VCO
INVESTMENT FUND LTD. All persons having claims against the
above-named company are required to send their address and particu-
lars of their debts to the Liquidator before the 13th December 2007.

The Date of the Completion of dissolution was the 13th November

1. The Registry of The Supreme Court, Ansbacher House,

East Street, Nassau Bahamas

2. The Chambers of Clarita V. Lockhart & Co. 90 Shirley
Street, Corner of Shirley Street and Elizabeth Avenue in
the City of Nassau, The Bahamas, attorneys for the
Petitioner.

NOTICE is hereby given that any person having Dower

or a right to Dower or an Adverse Claimor a claim not
recognized in the Petition shall within Thirty (30) days after
the appearance of Notice herein filed in the Registry of the
Supreme Court in the City of Nassau aforesaid and serve
on the Petitioner or the undersigned a statement of his, her
or its claim in the peed form verified by the Affidavit
to be filed

therewith.

Legal Notice
‘NOTICE

LANDSKHRONA LTD.

PRISM RESOURCES INC.

‘dn Voluntary Liquidation) (In Voluntary Liquidation)

Failure of any such person to file and serve a Statement of
his, her or its claim on or f
before the said Thirty ©) days herein will operate as a bar
to such claim.

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the
25th day of September 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa
Corp. Inc., RO.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the
15th day of October 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa |
Corp. Inc., RO.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.

CLARITA V. LOCKHART & CO.
Attorney for the Petitioner
Chambers

90 Shirley Street & Elizabeth Ave.

Nassau, Bahmas
ARGOSA CORP. INC.

(Liquidator)

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)





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Christie nephew
stabbed at home

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

A PEACEFUL morning in
the heart of idyllic old Nassau,
was shattered yesterday morn-
ing when police discovered the

_ = body of Harl Taylor, fashion
designer and nephew of Oppo-
sition leader Perry Christie, who
had been stabbed at his home
on West Hill Street. Mr Taylor’
was the second high profile

murder victim in three days.
Yesterday — as with the mur-
der of College of the Bahamas
professor Dr Thaddeus McDon-
ald less than a quarter of a mile
a away in his home on Queen
Street on Friday ~ assistant.
commissioner in charge of
crime Ellison Greenslade was
unwilling to respond to many
of the questions put to him by
the press about the details of



Harl Tenet

the attack or the murder scene,
saying that to do so would
"compromise" investigations.

Police would only say that Mr
Taylor received "bodily
injuries" and was found in the
"upstairs section" of his Mount-
batten House residence. How-

SEE page six

Felipé Major/Tribune staff

Police set up ‘incident room’
and target high crime areas

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

SENIOR police convened an emergency meeting yester-
day afternoon in light of this week’s violence, resulting in the
creation of an “incident room” and a shifting of manpower to
allow for more patrols in high crime areas. -

‘This information was revealed yesterday at police head-
quarters by police press liaison officer Walter Evans,

SEE page six



GRIM TASK: The body of Har! Taylor is removed from his apartment. He is reported to have received multiple stab wounds.

Family awaits positive identity of body

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

FREEPORT - The family of Kenneth
Lightbourne is still awaiting word from
police as to the positive identity of the
decomposed body found in bushes in

Lucaya last week.

Up until Saturday, police had not yet
determined the identification of the body
discovered last Thursday off Caravel Road.

According to a relative of Mr, Light-
bourne, the family feels strongly that the
body could be that of their missing, loved

one and is just waiting for word from the
police.

It has béen over a week now since Ken-
neth Lightbourne, 45, of South Bahamia,
disappeared.

He was last seen leaving work at Port
Lucaya on November 10 around 11. 45pm.
His Mitsubishi Eclipse car was found in the
parking lot at RND cinema. .

In the meantime, police are also inyesti-
gating the murder of 32-year-old Freeport
businessman Gifford Martin Jr, who was
found shot dead on Friday at Extreme Auto
and Supplies on Yellow Pine Road.

Assistant Supt Loretta Mackey, press
officer, said officers from the plain clothes

and uniform sections have combined their
resources in an effort to bring closure to
these two latest homicides — the ninth and
10th - here on Grand Bahama.

“At this time the body found: during the

- afternoon of Thursday, November 15, has

not been positively identified,” she said on
Saturday.

“The residents of Grand Bahama-have
supported the Police Department over the
past years and again we are appealing to
them for their support in bringing closure to
these two matters. We (the Police) can be
contacted at 350-3107/8, 352-9774/5 or 911.”

PLP: Govt in denial over economic ills

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THE PLP expressed “grave
concerns” over government’s

“unwillingness” to recognize its.

error and accept responsibility
for the failure of its economic
policies to date and the harm

its “ill-advised” decisions have -

caused to the Bahamian econo-
my and the lives of thousands of
Bahamians.

The Opposition insists that
while government conceded
that the economic growth rate

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had declined: its denial that its
policies, decision-making
processes, and procedures had
anything to do with the current
economic decline are mislead-
ing.

“This demonstrated lack of
leadership is incredible as the
government is the legal
guardian. and driver of market
efficiency,” the PLP said.

However, Minister of State for
Finance Zhivargo Laing ‘has said
that this claim by the opposition is
“baseless”.

The minister of state said that
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previous year.

According to Central Bank sta-
tistics, foreign direct investment
inflows to the Bahamas in the first
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$276.1 million compared to $351.7
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Mr Laing said that clearly then,
there is no decline in foreign
investment inflows that have con-
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Drug makers retreat from Puerto Rico hub

@ CIDRA, Puerto Rico

FIRST TO go was a factory
that produced generic drugs.
Next, a pharmaceutical supply
company said it would close.
Then, GlaxoSmithKline PLC said
last month it would shut its plant
in this central Puerto Rican city,
according to Associated Press.

Many people in Cidra now fear
their hillside city, which has
depended on pharmaceutical
manufacturing for more than 30
years, is terminally ill.

Cidra, a city of about 50,000, is

not alone its sense of looming
dread. The pharmaceutical indus-
try appears to be in retreat across
Puerto Rico — long a global hub of
drug manufacturing thanks to tax
breaks and the territory's unfet-
tered access to the U.S. market.
Over the past 18 months, five
major drug manufacturing plants
have either closed or announced
plans to do so, eliminating 3,000
relatively high paying jobs. The
closures are a largely a result of

higher energy costs, changing tax .

rules and industry consolidation.
Industry experts predict Puerto

Rico is in danger of losing its posi- :
tion as one of the top five global
drug-making centers unless the. ;
island offers better incentives and’ }
shifts more toward research as) }
companies seek more sophisti+
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The island's pharmaceutical:
industry, which still produces 13)
of the 20 best-selling drugs in the ;
United States, gained dominance, :
in the 1970s with the help of U.S,’ }
incentives. It accounts for a quar-., }
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Perry Christie
speaks out on
murder rate

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

BAHAMIANS’ “entire
way of life could be signifi-
cantly damaged” should the
country gain a reputation
abroad for being a violent
country, said opposition leader
Perry Christie yesterday.

Mr Christie issued a short,
but heartfelt few words to the
press about the murder rate,
on the steps of Graycliff
restaurant yesterday, an hour
after he and other relatives of
designer Harl Taylor were
called to the scene upon hear-
ing that Mr Taylor, his
nephew, had been brutally
murdered.

Mr Taylor, who lived in
Mountbatten House on West

Hill Street, was found that
morning with multiple stab
wounds in his body.

Of his 37-year-old nephew’s
death, Mr Christie said: “This
is another very, very tragic
example of the need for us to
get our country back under
control.”

Understand

Flanked by a family friend
of Mr Taylor, Senator Allyson
Maynard Gibson, Mr Christie
said that the Bahamas “can-
not afford not to try to under-
stand what is happening” in
terms of rising crime.

He said that “immediate
action” must be taken by
every Bahamian to “come to
grips with this madness that is



taking place and prevent it
happening.”

“We have to examine very
carefully what is happening
with a view to trying to learn
lessons...to ensure that all of us
can walk about our country
feeling safe, secure,” he
said.

Mr Christie said that he is
not just talking about advanc-
ing policing, but also “from
the point of view of what's
going on in our heads in the
country, so we'll be able to
come to grips with it.”

“Tt is more than apprehend-
ing someone whose commit-
ted a crime,” he added.

“We need to as a country
come to understand it and
then to engage in whatever
levels of strategies that need to
take place.” 247 ten enoit

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Search for man
who brutally

attacked female
security officer

POLICE are searching
for a man who brutally
attacked and beat a.
female security officer at
the Government Complex

@ By DENISE MAYCOCK
Building in Freeport early

Tribune Freeport Reporter



“There is an across

Saturday morning. dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

The woman was taken the board lack of
to Rand Memorial Hospi- FREEPORT - Businessman discipline displayed
tal, where doctors Hee dncumiretete or ans by those who should
Sasa hers anaes National Youth Service “to instil be enforcing it —

‘ “aiscSitne y ‘

“Asst. Supt Loretta Pe Soe ae parents) guardians,
Mackey said police “T believe that the: time has eee
received a report of gnev- come for its implementation,” religious leaders, and
an oles around 5am on sae Mr Penn sue anaddress law enforcement

aturday. ; riday evening following a spe-

Officers went to the cial screening of the Bahamian rep resentatives,
Accident and Emergency documentary on National Youth and it is quite evident

Service at the Simpson C Penn jy) Our Children.”

Section of the hospital, Theatre.



Businessman calls for
ational Youth Service
to be implemented

where they interviewed

the injured woman. <
The woman, a 49-year-

old resident of Redwood

He believes that Dr Myles
Munroe or someone of his cali-
bre would be the ideal person to
act as a ledd consultant and

During the special screening Frank Penn

held at the Simpson C Penn The-



Lane, told officers that
she was on duty at the
Government Complex
Building at 4.34am, where
she is employed as a secu-
rity officer, when she was
attacked and beaten with
an instrument by a man
who she knows.

Ms Mackey said Police
inquiries are continuing
into this matter by officers
from the Central Detec-
tive Unit.

GRENADA: Govt
minister denies
accusations of
improperly issued
work permits

national youth service.

Leader

nently qualified world leader and
organizer. We need someone of
his calibre as a lead consultant
and adviser in developing the
rules, regulations, and format for
the establishment of a Bahamian
National Youth Service,” he said.

Mr Penn said that many social
problems in the country today
are the result of a lack of disci-
pline among Bahamians.

Today, the crime rate contin-
ues to escalate in the country and
the incarceration of young peo-
ple continues to climb at Fox Hill
Prison, which has a current pop-
ulation of 1,400.

According to the 2006 World
Prison Population List published
by the Centre for Prison Studies
‘at the University of London, the

@ ST. GEORGE'S, Bahamas has the fourth highest
Grenada incarceration rate in the
Caribbean, and the 11th of 204

GRENADA'S top labor countries and territories in the

official has disputed accusa- world.

tions that the southern
Caribbean island's govern-
ment improperly issued
work permits to Chinese
workers for private sector
projects, according to Asso-
ciated Press.

Labor Minister Claris
Charles said Chinese labor-
ers have only been autho-
rized to work on state pro-
jects, including a Beijing-
financed cricket stadium
completed earlier this year,
since Grenada switched
diplomatic allegiance from
Taiwan to China in 2005.

''T have to give approval
for all work permits since I
~ became minister for labor,
so I know what is going
on,'' Charles said Saturday.
''We have no Chinese
(workers) in the private
construction sector; those
that are here are for state
jobs."

Trade unions have
claimed that lower-paid
Chinese workers are taking
work away from small local
contractors and depriving
some unemployed Grenadi-
ans from getting jobs at pri-
vate sector construction :
sites. They have not provid- :
ed specifics. © nH

China has successfully
persuaded most Caribbean
governments to recognize
the mainland and drop
diplomatic relations with
Taiwan, which Beijing con-
siders a renegade province.
The Asian rivals have both
campaigned aggressively to
win the allegiance of small
Caribbean nations.

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atre at GBI Recording & Tele-
vision Studios on Queens High-
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vision clips of Sir Lynden Pin-
dling and Dr Emmett Weir
endorsing national youth service,
as well as an opposing interview
by Grand Bahama Human
Rights activist Joseph Darville,
who was opposed to it:

A high school debate was also
held on the topic: “Has The
Time Come For National Youth
Service,” by debaters Jameka
Farrington and Lance Darville

of Grand Bahama Catholic

High.

Mr Penn believes that disci-
pline must be displayed by lead-
ers and adults who must set an
example for the youth.

“There is an across the board
lack of discipline displayed by
those who should be enforcing
it — parents, guardians, teachers,
political and religious leaders,
and law enforcement represen-
tatives, and it is quite evident in
our children,” he said.

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Mr Penn also believes that
promiscuity is a big problem and
contributes to unwanted teenage
pregnancies, and the growing
problem of HIV/AIDS and sex-
ually transmitted diseases in the
Bahamas.

“If we are to be honest about
trying to better our Bahamas, we
have to acknowledge that we
have a promiscuity problem...in
our land...especially where
young men are concerned,” he
said.

Mr Penn continues to promote
his message of abstinence.

“We need people in leader-
ship positions, especially those
who work with our youth to not
only talk abstinence, but also to
have walked it and are still walk-
ing their talk,” he said.

Although Mr Penn was disap-
pointed with the turnout to Fri-
day’s screening, he was satisfied

with the feedback and reaction’

from those who attended.

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Correcting a statement by Dr Nottage

TODAY SIR Arthur Foulkes goes to Gov-
ernment House until Thursday to serve as
deputy to the governor general in the absence
from the country of Governor General Arthur
Hanna and his wife.

During the no-confidence-in-the-Speaker
debate in the House of Assembly last week, an
annoyed Dr Bernard Nottage took a side swipe
at Sir Arthur, because, in’an interview on ZNS
a few days earlier, Sir Arthur had had the temer-
ity to add his voice to the House debate.

By his remarks in the House, Dr Nottage
appeared unclear about the position Sir Arthur
holds and seemed to suggest that Sir Arthur, as
a civil servant, was out of line for having had
anything to say on the issue.

Therefore, now is as good a time as any to
clarify Sir Arthur’s position.

“Don’t try to hide behind inane explana-
tions no matter who offers them, even Directors
of BIS, a public officer, who is also a Deputy to
the Governor General,” said Dr Nottage when
Speaker Smith had ruled that the word “wuth-
less” when used in the context in which it was
used by Prime Minister Ingraham — against a
group on a particular matter and not a person —
was not unparliamentary. Dr Nottage was refer-
ring to Sir Arthur who has acted in the past as
deputy to the governor general and now holds
the post of Director General of Bahamas Infor-
mation Services (BIS).

In this comment, Dr Nottage suggests that Sir
Arthur is a civil servant, bound by civil service
rules. This he is not. Ye

Nor is he a Deputy Governor General as
some persons insist.

For some reason there are persons, who
should know better, who persist in representing
to the public that the post of Deputy Governor
General is a constitutional position. It is not.

Article 34 of the Constitution provides for
someone to be appointed to act as Deputy to the
Governor General during the latter’s short
absences from the country. ;

Whoever is appointed deputy for these peri-
ods has to be sworn in on each occasion and is
not required to resign any substantive post he or
she might hold, nor give up his or her profession
or Occupation.

The Prime Minister has designated that Sir
Arthur act on these occasions. In the past oth-

‘er high profile political figures, such as former
attorney general Paul Adderley, and Lady Mar-
guerite, wife of the late Sir Lynden Pindling,
have acted from time to time.

Persons acting as deputy to the Governor
General do not receive a salary, but do receive
an honorarium of about $44 a day when they
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with government as Director General of BIS. As
such he is not bound by the rules governing the
conduct of senior civil servants with regard to
political pronouncements.

In fact, this department, which is really a
government news agency, does not even come
under the Civil Service Establishment. Its offi-
cers are appointed by the Minister responsible,
in this case the Prime Minister.

It was established in 1974 by Sir Lynden Pin-
dling by act of parliament within Article 127(c)
and specifically states that “offices in the
Department shall not be public offices for the
purposes of the Constitution.”

It will be recalled that during the Christie
administration Steve McKinney, who was under
contract with BIS, had a talk show on ZNS dur-
ing this year’s general election and was rabidly
anti-Hubert Ingraham and the FNM. Despite
this, Mr Ingraham retained his services at BIS,
and Sir Arthur as BIS Director General kept
him in his post. Sir Arthur is obviously satisfied
that he is performing his functions satisfactori-
I

As for the misinformation about Sir Arthur’s
salary, Sir Arthur is getting far less than a vast-
ly less qualified person who was on contract
with BIS under the PLP and who, it is reported,
spent more time doing work for the PLP as a
party than for the government.

Sir Arthur, a weekly columnist, has written

extensively in The Tribune about the rules and: ::

conventions of our system, and in all the public
offices he has-held he has served with distinction
and has stayed well within those conventions.

In fact , although he was not required to do
so, he dropped his column in this newspaper
for one week while he was only deputizing for
the governor general.

He has stopped writing his column altogeth-
er since he has been appointed Director General
at BIS, not because he was bound to, but
because he chose to. He didn’t even want a
suggestion of conflict of interest.

The comments that Sir Arthur made in the
ZNS interview, of which Dr Nottage com-
plained, in no way violated any convention.
MPs like Dr Nottage should be glad to have
Sir Arthur and other senior statesmen provide
historical and parliamentary context for what is
happening today.

If they would pay attention they would not

- make so many oy mistakes.

Sir Arthur lived through this period of polit-
ical change, covered it as a reporter, became a
part of it as a cabinet minister, walked out on it
in 1970 as one of the Dissident Eight when the
political vision was betrayed, and did not go
back to benefit from the very generous pen-
sions and benefits that some others now enjoy.






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EDITOR, The Tribune.

I FEEL compelled to write
this letter because I am so
angry and sad about the con-
dition of our beautiful
Bahamas. —

I live at Delaporte and
every day I walk along the
beach. There is not a day that
passes when I don't pick up a
couple of bags of trash that
have been washed up on the
beach overnight. However,
since the storm I am over-
whelmed at the amount of
garbage along the shore-
line. The seaweed is full of
pieces of broken plastic, sty-
rofoam, bottles, drink cans
and fishing line — you name
it, you'll find it on the
beach. Gone are the days
when one can search for shells
on the sea shore. Now there's
nothing to collect but trash,
and tons of it!

I can remember the days
when there was no such thing
as plastic and styrofoam. How,
did we manage _ back
then? Just fine to my recol-
lection! Something has to be
done about the wholesale use
of all the plastic and styrofoam
containers. There must be oth-
er alternatives. We are
destroying our country and
the planet because we are too



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lazy and too greedy to lift a
finger to help ourselves. We
seem to think that someone
else will fix it! Well, they
won't — only we as individu-

als can stop this
craziness. Each one of us cre-
ates tons of trash every year
and where is it all going? It
doesn't just vanish like magic
when the garbage truck takes
it away! It's going into land
fills and who knows where
else. The whole island is lit-
tered with trash! We cannot
blame the government for all
of the trash littering our
beaches and streets.

On a daily basis I see peo-
ple throwing garbage out of
their cars, or bags full of trash
on the side of the roads. It's a
national disgrace and every-
one is responsible either by
turning a blind eye or being a
culprit. There is literally
‘garbage everywhere.

Recently, a friend visited
me for the first time in over 20
years. She was shocked at the
condition of Nassau and com-
pared it to a slum. Although
the Nassau she remembered

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him to ask his principals to emphasise anti-litter in all their schools.
This emphasis is to do not just with the school grounds, but any-
where these students might go on this green fragile planet. Schools
must help to drill into students how to dispose of litter responsibly.

Students from at least three schools, Uriah McPhee, C I Gibson
and LW Young, go to and from school along my street, Kemp

Road. Most of them, on the way home especially, are eating or

drinking something. They let the packages, papers, cartoons, cans
drop as they empty them — as they walk. Many adults in our area,
unfortunately, show no more responsibility. They are equally nasty.

Tell these children to try out other words in their vocabularies.
Encourage them to expand their vocabularies. Along my street in
the afternoons, I hear students of every age, in uniforms, cussing the
filthiest words to the top of their lungs. These words they hurl, are
as filthy as the litter they drop, and bring down our communities,
their schools and themselves.

Let them know that they are being observed. We’d prefer to
admire them in their fine uniforms rather than needing to be
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was lacking in modern ameni-
ties, it held a certain charm
and was quite different from
the concrete jungle she
encountered on this visit. She
remembered Cable Beach as a
beautiful long sandy beach but
was disappointed to find that
it was now replaced with the
Crystal Palace and erosion,
warnings of Lion Fish and
dirty garbage strewn on the
sea floor.

What is to become of us?
Please tell me we can turn this
around as I grow more dis-
mayed every day. When will
we realise that we have so
much potential here to utilise
our natural God-given
resources? Abundant rain —
more than we would like at
times! How many of us have
rainwater tanks or gutters to
catch the rain and store it in
rainwater tanks? Sunshine 365
days of the year — yet hardly
any of us are utilising solar
energy! We have the wind
almost every day coming from
the ocean — this could be har-
nessed.

I just cannot believe how
much nature has given us
compared to other countries
and yet it's all being wasted. I
feel that in the future our
beaches, clear waters and
year-round sunshine will be

, the resources that are covet-

ed by the world outside of The
Bahamas — and we will have
wasted it all.

In other countries the gov-
ernment encourages the devel-

rt

opment of these eco-friendly —

sources
giving incentives and tax
breaks. Here, it costs an arm
and a leg to import any kind
of energy saving apparatus.
Shouldn't innovative products
that help conserve energy and
help the environment be duty
free? When are we going to
invest in recycling?

We shouldn't just sit by and

“rely on the government.

Everyone should make it
their duty to pick up some
garbage each day, and others
should stop throwing garbage
out of cars, or dumping it on
the streets. It's time we all put
our heads together to save
The Bahamas. We can do this
together — Now! |

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Guyana presses
for explanation
from Venezuela on
alleged destruction
of gold-mining
dredges

@ GEORGETOWN,
Guyana

GUYANA'S FOR-
EIGN minister on Sunday
accused Venezuelan troops
of entering his country's

.waters to blow up gold-

mining dredges on a river
near the. frontier, according
to Associated Press.

The minister, Rudy
Insanally, said a military
investigation showed the
boats destroyed in Thurs-
day's raid were clearly in
Guyanese territory and he
said Georgetown has not
received a sufficient expla-
nation from Caracas
despite diplomatic efforts.

Insanally told The Asso-
ciated Press he saw no jus-
tification for the Venezue-
lan soldiers' action on the
Cuyuni River. ‘

The Guyanese military
said 36 Venezuelan sol-
diers used helicopters and
C-4 explosives to destroy
the two gold-mining river
dredges. They were not in
operation and no one was
aboard.

Venezuela's ambas-
sador, Dario Morandy,
said Friday that his coun-
try's soldiers were remov-
ing about 200 families who
were mining illegally inside
Venezuelan territory. The
ambassador accused them
of polluting the river with —
mercury and said
Venezuela was protecting
its natural resources. He
said no force was used in
the operation and denied
the troops had anything to
do with destroying the

. dredges. San if

Venezuela's ‘military
periodically stages opera-
tions to flush miners from —
its territory.

E-passports to

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illegal immigration’



GOVERNMENT is set to offi-
cially launch Machine Readable
Passports (MRP) or e-passports

by December 5 — a move to com- .

bat illegal immigration and other
security threats to this country,
Deputy Prime Minister and Min-
ister of Foreign Affairs Brent
Symonette announced.

And, by April 2010, all
Bahamian passport holders are
required to have such a high-tech
document, as mandated by the
International Civil Aviation
Organization (ICAO), of which
The Bahamas is a member,

The Minister of Foreign
Affairs explained the process and
displayed the varied features of
the e-passport to the Bahamas
Chamber of Commerce during a
briefing on Thursday November
15 at the British Colonial Hilton

The e-passport will contain
biometric features, such as fin-
gerprints, facial features and oth-
er data, using advanced comput-
erized recognition techniques.
These would be imprinted on a
silicone chip embedded in the
passport document.

There are approximately
255,000 Bahamian passport hold-
ers. All passport holders will be
required to obtain a National
Insurance number — a key com-
ponent in the security features.
Passport holders would collect
the new passport through finger-
print identification. Children
under age 14 would not be fin-
gerprinted.

“The e-passport will be a
secured document. We need to
ensure that our passports are
resistant to fraudulent use,
including the use of lost or stolen
passports,”

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Talks about an e-passport
started in 1994 and, on December
22, 2006, the Government
entered into a contract with
Indusa Global; a Greenville,
South Carolina-based IT devel-
opment and consulting firm to
spearhead the project.

The contract calls for an e-
passport issuance system,
machine readable Visa system,
E-identification issuance — work
permit, spousal permit, perma-

‘iment residence, home owners res-
idence smart cards, and border:

control management system.

In addition to these systems, a
supporting Key Management
System (KMS) for the genera-
tion and management of digital
security keys for protecting and
accessing the data stored in the
passports and cards,. was
launched on Friday, November
9. %

The KMS is used to add secu-
tity to The Bahamas passport
chips and smart cards and forms
the basis of authenticating that
the e-passport and e-IDs are in
fact issued by The Bahamas Goy-
ernment.

The project is an integrated
one with the Ministry of Nation-
al Security - Department of
Immigration and the Data Pro-
cessing Unit of the Ministry of
Finance.

The implementation of the e-
passport system will continue in
four phases; Phases I and II
through June, 2008. Applications
would be received in Freeport,
the Family Islands and the
Bahamas Overseas Missions.

‘However, e-passports would only

be produced in New Providence,
at an affordable cost.

If a United States Visa in the:

expired passport extends beyond

DEPUTY PRIME Minister and
Minister of Foreign Affairs centre,
responds to questions from busi-
nesspersons as Sheila Carey, per-
manent secretary Ministry of For-
eign Affairs, and Dionisio
D'Aguilar, left, Bahamas Chamber
of Commerce president, look on,
during a meeting on the launch of

the e-passport at the Hilton hotel -

on Thursday, November 15.

2010, Bahamians were urged to
secure both documents; stapling
them together would be prohib-
ited to allow for uninterrupted

_ reading of the e-passport when

travelling.

“The e-passport project is of
significant national and interna-
tional importance and will lead to
the enhancement of the security
of our state and the easing of the
passage of our citizens
throughout the world,” Mr.
Symonette told the Chamber of
Commerce.

A slide presentation of the
process was conducted by Jill
Ram, chief operating officer and
vice president of product devel-
opment of Indusa.

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with senior Government officials;:
personnel in‘various government)

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Police investigate murder of fashion designer

FROM page one

ever unconfirmed reports were

that the 37 year old was found,

with multiple stabs wounds
about the body, having been the
victim of a vicious attack. —
Like that of Dr McDonald,
who, according to his brother,
Madison, had been "beaten
beyond recognition" with a
clothing iron, the designer’s

body was in his bed, sources:

said.

Police arrived at the scene.

around 9am after “receiving
information”, according to press
liaison officer Walter Evans.
They did not reveal who had
found Mr Taylor or had pro-
vided this information.

Asked yesterday whether the
murders are thought to be con-

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whether these are connected or
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say every crime scene tells us a
story, a distinct story."

‘The police crime. chief
refused to state whether there
was any sign of forced entry into
the house, or any missing items
to indicate robbery as a motive.
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to invite into his home, While
police would again not confirm
the information, sources claim
that Mr Taylor was thought to
have been dead for between 18
to 36 hours, which would place
the time of his murder even
more closely to that of his near-
neighbour.

Mr Greenslade said that the
investigations into these mat-
ters are "progressing very, very
well."

any particular suspects at this .

time, but added: “We are
putting all of our resources into
the investigation with a view to
moving forward quickly.”

Mr Taylor was well known
for his line of designer hand
bags, called the Harl Taylor
Bag, which were seen on the
arms of many of Nassau's best
dressed women.

Arriving at West Hill Street
at around 11.15am was his

accompanied by Mr Christie
and his wife, Bernadette. They
were escorted into the Graycliff
restaurant opposite Mr Taylor's
home at Mountbatten House to
meet with police, and were lat-
er joined by Mrs Allyson May-
nard Gibson and several other
friends and relatives.

At around 12.30pm the fami-
ly sent Archdeacon Ranfurly
Brown out to speak with the
press and confirm the identity of
the murder victim as being Mr
‘Taylor.

Father Brown said he had
known Mr Taylor "very well",
describing him as a "quiet per-
son, industrious (and) produc-
tive". He said that the family is
"strong so far."

Mr Christie then spoke
briefly with the media, stating

that the loss of Mr Taylor, who |

he "grew up", was ‘another
very, very tragic example of the
need for us to get our country
back under control."

Asked what advice he would
give to the public in light of
these most recent murders, Mr
Greenslade said that people

safe environment for them-
selves. However, Mr
Greenslade denied that persons
living in the vicinity of the’mur-
der scenes in particular should
have cause to be fearful.

"Not apart from the ordinary
you should secure your house
properly before you go to bed
and you should certainly be
aware of your surroundings at
all times,” he said.

This statement appeared to
be contradicted later when
assistant superintendent Wal-

’ ter Evans said that police con-—

vened an emergency meeting

that afternoon, which, among ,

other things, shifted manpow-
er to allow for extra police
patrols in the West Hill Street
area and around,

An anonymous individual
contacted The Tribune during
the afternoon to announce that
a candlelit vigil for Mr Taylor
and Dr McDonald will be held
on Thursday at 6pm. The vigil is
also intended to draw attention,
to the escalating murder rate.

According to police, Mr Tay-
lor is the 68th murder victim for

He did not say that there are

mother, Beverley Taylor,

should try to always maintain a

the year.

‘Incident room’ set up in wake of violence

FROM page one

Aside from the high profile killings of
Dr Thaddeus McDonald and designer Harl
Taylor, whose bodies were discovered in
their homes on Friday and Sunday respec-
tively, three other individuals were victims
of suspected serious violence — one dying
from his injuries — since Friday.

Meanwhile, over the course of 24 hours
from Thursday to Friday the nation had
already recorded four murders, two in
Grand Bahama and two in New Providence.

The new incident room at the Central
Detective Unit is designed to make it easi-
er for members of the public to provide
information relating to any of these, or oth-
er, attacks.

“Anyone with information is asked to
call the incident room at 502-9991, 502-
9938, or (the general police number) 919,”
said Asst. Supt. Evans.

He added: “Police are especially con-
cerned over the kinds of incidents we would
have seen taking place. We believe that
these crimes can be prevented oncé we have
full community involvement.”

During the early hours of Saturday morn-
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a pool of blood around his head.

He was taken to hospital where he died at
7am, about four hours after being found.
Police are treating the matter as a “suspi-
cious death” at this time, and have not stat-
ed whether his injuries were gunshot
wounds.

An autopsy and police investigation will
now be carried out.

Also on Saturday morning, at around
2am a man from the Bain Town area was
shot wher’a fight broke out in Eneas Street,
off Poinciana Drive.

The gunshot hit him in the right side of
his body. He was taken to hospital, where
he is now listed in critical condition.

Early Sunday morning, also at about 2am,
another man — said to be about 23 years of
age — was the victim of random gunfire in
Pinewood Gardens.

The man was said to be walking on But-
tonwood Avenue when he heard shots ring
out. He fled the area, but realised that he
had been hit by a bullet. He was assisted by
a resident of the area to get to hospital,
where his condition is now described as
serious, but not life threatening.

Asst Supt Evans said that police are tak-

ing action to try to reduce the fear of crime
in the country in the week of increased vio-
lence.

“Right now we believe that within the
Bahamas a number of persons are very
fearful because of what they see happening.
Police would like to reassure the public that
we would have done a number of things,”
said Mr Evans, adding: “Moreso for those
people who reside in the general vicinity
of West Hill Street.”

Mountbatten House on West Hill Street
was the scene of the country’s latest murder,
that of Mr Taylor, whose body was discov-
ered on Sunday.

“The commissioner of police (yesterday)
has ordered that an emergency initiative
be put in place whereby there’ll be addi-
tional patrols in that area,” said Mr Evans.

Extra patrols also will be introduced in
other “high crime” areas said the officer,
although he would not state which areas
have been identified as such.

Mr Evans said that if people find them-
selves “in a position where they feel
unsafe”, for examiple, if they believe they
are being followed, they should call the
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WITH almost 600 attending,
this year’s Red Ribbon Ball was
the largest ball organised by
Colinalmperial Insurance Com-
pany Ltd. According to Nicole
Henderson-Smith, Co-Chair-
man of The Red Ribbon Ball
Committee the ball met its tar-
get of raising $50,000 to assist
the AIDS Foundation of The
Bahamas with the purchase of a
home for orphaned children liv-
ing with HIV.

“We definitely met our tar-
get and we have enough money
to start again next year.

“Next year will be our 15th
year and so we intend to do it
bigger and better. We’re hoping
to do a weekend instead of just
a one night event so we can tar-
get an even wider audience,
including those who may not
like balls,” Mrs. Henderson-
Smith said.

She thanked all the organisa-
tions, sponsors and patrons who
attended the ball, especially
Kerzner International, which
earlier this month donated
$25,000 to the AIDS Founda-
tion and have sponsored the

ball for the past seven years.

ais Kerzner,has been an excel-

lent partner and they have giv-
en selflessly of their time, tal-
ent and treasure,” she said.

Held at the Atlantis Grand
Ballroom, the 14th annual Red
Ribbon Ball was a glamorous
and elegant affair that drew
hundreds of Bahamians in their
finest attire. Basking in tasteful
and creative décor by Sun-
bound, patrons danced to the
sounds of The Royal Bahamas
Police Force Band, Tino
Richardson and Company,
Count Bernadino, Ronnie But-
ler ‘and the Falcons. Some
patrons won fabulous prizes,
including exquisite jewellery by
David Yurman, an original Harl
Taylor bag, and trips to exotic
destinations donated by Amer-
ican Airlines/American.

Every guest also received a
perfume set from John Bull’s
Givenchy and a gift from Burns
House Groups’ Johnny Walk-
er. Camille Barnett, president
of The AIDS Foundation, said
she was very upbeat about this
year’s ball and the realization
of the children’s home.

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Colinalmperial President
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here with the second and third place winners of the contest. To the far left is Toastmasters’ Interna-
tional Director, DTM Margaret Wan and to the far right is District 47 Governor, DTM Wanda Brown.

Damien Miller
is all talk at
speech contest

DISTINGUISHED Toast-
master (DTM) Damien Miller
was recently declared cham-
pion of Toastmasters District
47’s speech evaluation contest
held in Lake Mary Florida,
beating 10 other contestants.

As a toastimaster for just
over five years, Mr Miller has
represented The Bahamas on
several occasions at the dis-
trict level.

He won the district’s Inter-
national Speech Contest in
2003 and in 2005 he made a
clean sweep; again winning the
International Speech Contest
along with the Table Topics
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A member of four toast
masters clubs, Mr Miller says
he hopes to one day become
the World Champion of Public
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Questioned as to what he
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other contestants, Mr Miller
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made a difference. ‘

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MINISTER OF WORKS and Transport Earl Deveaux makes a point during Friday night’s town meeting in

central Andros.

Work to be done on 54
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And, badly needed repairs of
community roads in Conch Sound,
Stafford Creek, Staniard Creek and
Blanket Sound in northern Andros,
a seawall and other public works
have been contracted out, he told a
town meeting here Friday night.

He also urged Androsians to
guard against excessive flooding in
low-lying communities by utilizing
culverts to allow the free flow of
water rather than filling in creeks
and mangroves.

_ The three hour session also heard
from Senior Administrator Joseph
Ferguson, District Superintendent
of Education Harcourt Davis, the
officer in charge of Andros Police
Superintendent Nelson Burrows,
Chief Councilor Clyde Duncombe,
community physician Dr Akos
Tatar, and Cathy Martin of the
Department of Labour.

Earlier, accompanied by Deputy

: Director of Works George-Hutchen-

son and Local Government officials,
Mr Deveaux inspected community
roads, sea walls, bridges and public
buildings

He told the town meeting the
works he outlined are intended to
take the next three years.

‘With the traffic in Andros,” he
said, “if you build the roads right
they. will last for 25 years.

“We propose to build a more
secure road so that when the devel-
opment we all would like to see hap-
pen, we are not cramped with a 25-
foot carriage way.”

A 500-foot wide road reservation
in Andros is not unreasonable, he
said. -
“Tn-a hundred years you will need

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an eight-lane highway,” said Mr
Deveaux. “It is better while you have
the land and own it now to reserve it
now, than to buy ita hundred years
from-now.”

Repairs of the seawall in Lowe
Sound and the public dock in Fresh
Creek, he said, are part of a Euro-
pean Union-funded package that is
being worked on.

Government buildings were
inspected, he said, “‘and we are work-
ing methodically to repair them in
the same way we did the schools this
summer.’

A number of the issues impact-
ing central and north Andros affect
sea walls as a result of flooding and
drainage, he noted.

Severe flooding left by tropical
storm Noel exposed the vulnerabili-

ty of islands that were affected, he

said. Andros remains poorly drained.

“One of the big problems we face
in many parts of New Providence,
Abaco and Eleuthera,” he said, “is a
direct consequence of where we
have built and how we have built.

“The construction of homes and
sea walls is something I want to
encourage local government officials
to be infinitely more conscientious
about, particularly in Andros.”

The biggest resource of this island,
he said, is its contribution to the
marine life of the Great Bahama
Bank and the western Atlantic
Ocean.

“Because of the creeks, the man-
groves, the fresh water and the large
expansive land...this island is
responsible for the bounty of lob-
ster, mutton fish, grouper, conch,
sponge anid all things that we trea-
sure.

“When we build on wetlands and

we interrupt the flow of creeks, we »

disturb this huge contribution.
“There are ways to do it that allow
you to live in harmony with nature
and there are ways to do it that com-
pletely disturb and interrupt the

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He urged home builders in coastal
communities to take note of where
the high water mark is.

“You should mark it and make it
your business not to build a foun-
dation lower than that otherwise you
would be like Coconut Grove,
Pinewood and Coral Harbour (all
in New Providence).

“When tide comes in you will
have water on your floor and when
tide goes you will have a dry floor.
You either build a higher founda-
tion or you build to allow the water
to go under,” said Mr Deveaux.

‘As the government presently does
not have all the funding to build all
the seawalls necessary, he encour-
aged the use of gabions with conch
shells.

“Tf you have gabions, the water
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“Tf you are going to fill my island
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ellar Service" on Saturday, November 17,

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“This award is a tribute to all of
the efforts and hard work over an
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Anna Turnquest-
Cooper, Anna
Hall, Mary John-
son, Joy Horton-
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? organisation comprised of tourism leaders from around the world
: and has approximately 22,000 members in 500 clubs throughout 90
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: an extended period from the previous leadership of Skal Orlando,”
: said current Orlando chapter president Bob Van Bergen. Van
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Bahama welcomed two new
cruise ships this week when
Norwegian Cruise Lines and the
Sea Dreams II made their inau-
gural visits at Lucayan Harbour.

NCL, which announced its
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October, arrived in port around
sam on Friday — the first of 32
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Ministry of Tourism and port

officials in Freeport were on
hand for the arrival and pre-
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some 38,000 passengers to
Grand Bahama in the short
term and will call on Grand
Bahama again on December 27,
and on January 3.

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of several stops in the Bahamas
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at Grand Bahama sometime
early next year.

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Commonwealth suspension

of Pakistan: does it matter?

ll By SIR RONALD
SANDERS

(The writer is a business
executive and former
Caribbean diplomat).

IT LOOKS as if Pakistan
will again be’suspended from
the councils of the Common-
wealth, a group of 53 coun-
tries made up of Britain and
many of its former colonies,
including 11 from _ the
Caribbean.

President Perez Musharraf
has made it clear that he is
ignoring an ultimatum given

. to him by the Commonwealth
Ministerial Action Group
_(CMAG), a body set up in
1995 by Commonwealth

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Musharraf meets its demands
or “at its next meeting on 22
November if, after review of
progress, Pakistan has failed

to implement these necessary |

measures, it will suspend Pak-
istan from the Councils of the
Commonwealth”.

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repeal of the state of emer-
gency he has imposed and
restoration of the constitution
and the independence of the
judiciary; release of detainees,
including politicians, lawyers,
journalists and the Chief Jus-
tice; lifting curbs on the media;
and creating conditions to
hold parliamentary elections.

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CMAG ultimatum, the Pak-
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democracy as outlined by the
President, and decisions on
issues of vital importance will
be taken in accordance with
our national interests and
requirements, not in obser-
vance of any artificially set
timelines from outside.”

Come November 22nd,
then, the Pakistan government
should be told formally by
CMAG that it is suspended
from the councils of the Com-
monwealth.

In anticipation of that
announcement, the Pakistan
government will be making no
plans to send a delegation to a
Conference of Common-
wealth Heads of Government
which is to be held in Uganda
from 23rd to 25th November.

Of course, the Pakistan
government shouldn’t have
been part of the Common-
wealth councils since 1999
when it was suspended after
General Musharraf first seized
power in a coup.

But, it was allowed to
return to the Commonwealth
fold in 2004 even though, in
fact, nothing had: really
changed. Musharraf was then,
as he is now, both President
and Chief of the Army.

Then, as now, key opposi-
tion political players were
denied the right to campaign
against him. Some opposition
figures, such as Benazir Bhut-
to, were exiled and threatened
with imprisonment on a wide
range of charges, and others
like the popular former Pak-
istan cricket captain, Imran
Khan, were denied the right
to campaign.

What had changed in 2004
had little to do with adherence
to the Commonwealth princi-
ples; it had much more to do
with Musharraf tying-up with

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ister Tony Blair after the 9/11
events as an ally to fight al-
Qaeda and Osama bin Laden.
To help cover Musharraf
in respectability, there was
nudging and winking to allow
his government back into
Commonwealth councils.
Over the last three years

conditions within Pakistan

deteriorated.

Those conditions reached
a new low this year when
Musharraf had the Chief Jus-
tice removed from office on
allegations of corruption and
was forced to see him rein-
stated until he dismissed
him and put him under house
arrest in early November
under his state of emer-
gency.

If further signals were
needed to show that Mushar-



“In response to.

calls from the
US President,
Musharraf has
said that he
would step
down as army _
chief by the end
of November
and begin a new
presidential
term asa
civilian.”



taf would brook no opposi-
tion, the former Prime Minis-
ter Nawaz Sharif was forcibly
flown to Saudi Arabia when
he returned from exile fol-
lowing a Supreme Court rul-
ing that he had the inalienable
right to enter and live in Pak-
istan.

On the basis of these dete-
riorating conditions alone,
CMAG should have suspend-
ed the Pakistan government
when it met in New York in
September this year.

It didn’t. No doubt there
were members of the current
nine governments that make
up CMAG who were mindful
of the close relations that
Musharraf’s regime enjoyed

with the George W Bush |

administration in Washington.

They would have been con-
scious too that suspending
Pakistan from the councils of
the Commonwealth would do
little to hurt Musharraf if no
real sanctions were imposed
against him by the countries
that matter such as the US and

Established

Britain.
Before the November 12th

‘meeting, the CMAG Chair-

man, the Maltese foreign min-
ister Michael Frendo, indicat-
ed that the Commonwealth’s

credibility was now at stake ©

over Musharraf and he want-
ed CMAG to do what was
right. The ultimatum to
Musharraf was the result.

But, it is more to the US
than the Commonwealth that
the Pakistani President paid
attention.

In response to calls from
the US President, Musharraf
has said that he would step
down as army chief by the end
of November and begin a new
presidential term as a civilian.
This depends on a ruling by
justices of the Supreme Court
saying that he is legitimately
President following elections
earlier this year.

He will get that ruling. He
made sure of it on November
3rd, when he purged the
Supreme Court of the Chief
Justice and others because he
feared that they would rule
that he could not have run for
President while he was still
Chief of the Army.

Having appointed his own
people to the Court, he might
just as well have written the
script for their decision.

It is unlikely that Britain
would apply sanctions against
Musharraf’s government even
in the face of Pakistan’s sus-
pension from the councils of
the Commonwealth. Lon-
don’s links to Washington in
the so-called ‘war on terror’
would remain a primary con-
cern.

So, with its meaningful

bilateral relations and support -

still in place with the US,
Britain and other developed
countries, General Musharraf
may not give a damn about
the Commonwealth.

Suspension is inconvenient
but hardly threatening to his
survival.

His greater worry must be
whether or not the US and its
allies have decided to dump
him in favour of one of his
army colleagues who may be
willing to see a civilian gov-
ernment installed with the
veneer of democracy while the
Generals continue to pull the
strings of power.

But, even if suspension
from the Commonwealth does
little harm to Musharraf,
CMAG has done the right
thing and salvaged some cred-
ibility for the group as its lead-
ers meet to discuss conditions
that pose threats to the global
community.

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down that. might have occurred
this year compared to last year.

The government has also
pointed out that the economic
downturn on the performance
of the US economy has affected
the Bahamas.

Mr Laing, referred to the lat-
est International Monetary
Fund (IMF) report from the
Article IV Mission to the
Bahamas in support of his
claim.

While the report confirms a
decline in growth of the US
economy, the Opposition said
that the lagging decline of the
Bahamian economy is due
mainly to the adverse effects on
our tourism industry which has
not been the case for the past
four years.

“The record shows that
tourism expenditure in 2007
remains strong just as it was in
2004 at $1.9 billion, in 2005 at
$2.025, and 2006 at $1.9 billion;
this is due to sustained room
rates,” the party said.

The PLP also said that while

growth in the US economy
declined from 3.9 per cent in
2004 to 2.2 per cent in 2007,
growth in the Bahamian econo-
my steadily increased from 1.3
per cent to 4.5 per cent during
this same period.

“This was the result of prop-
er economic planning and the
successful execution of sound
fiscal and monetary policies.
The argument therefore being
advanced by the FNM is inher-
ently disingenuous as they seek
to intentionally mislead the
Bahamian public and deflect
from the failures of their poli-
cies and the subsequent baneful
effects its decisions are having
on the Bahamian economy,”
the opposition said.

The PLP said average rate of
growth as projected by the IMF
for Latin America and the
Caribbean for 2007 is 5 per cent.
At 3 per cent we are lagging far
behind our neighbours and giv-

‘en our growth rate on May 2nd,

at the very least the Bahamas
would have been within the
regional average. Thanks to the
FNM, we are at the bottom of
the region being trailed ool PY
Jamaica. gui ys

“Many,af these,nations, are i

economigally,.integrated with
the United States but will not
suffer any ill effects from the

US economy, much like a pre-
May 2nd Bahamas. This sud-
den turn of events over the last
four months point to the mis-
management of the Bahamian
economy by this incompetent
FNM government and they
must accept responsibility for it
and take immediate corrective
actions,” the opposition said.

The party said that the US
economy is no worse off today
than it was on May 2nd, and
Mr. Laing through his own bud-
get communication on page 8
and 9 accepted that he saw
nothing in the US economy that
would affect our growth or the
government’s budget.

“The record shows that dur-
ing the last quarter the US
economy grew and ours shrank.
Mr Laing has now back tracked
on his earlier assertion and he
and the FNM government owe
the Bahamian people a plausi-
ble explanation. In addition to
consistently strong tourism
expenditure, the PLP govern-
ment facilitated sustained capi-
tal inflows in record numbers
that expanded the construction
industry, created significant
employment opportunities, and
stimulated consumerism to
record levels.

Foreign Direct Investment
(FDI) amounted to $706 mil-
lion in 2006 alone and over $350
million during the first half of
2007. This government’s policy
of stop, review, and cancel has
caused a levelling off in FDI, a
slow down in the construction
industry, and.a critical credit
crunch as pressure on the mon-
ey supply has caused a spike in
the cost of capital in addition
to pressure to raise the prime
rate,” the PLP said.

The opposition said that the
slow down in the Bahamian
economy from 4.5 per cent to
3 per cent amounts to some
$100 million being taken out of
circulation in-the Bahamian
economy.

It said that the FNM govern-
ment’s failure to follow through
with the Albany, Bahamar,
South Ocean and Ritz-Carlton
projects is the principal reason
for this economic decline.

“Further, the government’s
decision to, change the terms
and conditions of these le gally

“binding agreements amotints to
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“accept full responsibility for this

condition and make the neces

sary corrections forthwith,” the
PLP said.

Despite comments made by the
PLP leader that the Bahamian
economy is experiencing a down-
turn, Mr Laing said that the econo-
my in fact continues on “a robust
three per cent growth path”; with
the International Monetary Fund
(IMF) predicting that an increase
of that rate to 4 per cent by next
year is “quite likely”.

Speaking to the media at PLP
headquarters opposition leader Per-
ry Christie accused Mr Laing of dis-
missing the fact that the downturn in
the economy is in any way related to
the poor decision-making of the
FNM government.

The PLP leader criticised Mr
Laing for attempting to shift respon-
sibility and blame to the apparent
softening of the US economy.
Referring to a recent report by the
Central Bank of the Bahamas,
which stated that the US GDP
experienced a significant increase
of 3.9 per cent during the third quar-
ter of 2007, Mr Christie concluded
that the American economy can-
not be blamed for the slow down
of the Bahamian economy.

Countering this statement, Mr
Laing pointed out that because
quarterly economic growth is not
measured in the Bahamas, it cannot
yet be known to what extent the
country’s economy has slowed

down in the first and second quarter ~

of 2007 — if indeed it has.

“We do not measure quarterly
economic growth in this country,
we don’t have the statistical instru-
ments to do that.

“No one knows what the
Bahamian economy is doing in the
second quarter and third quarter
(of 2007) as it-relates to what is hap-
pening in the US economy in the
second and third quarter,” he said.

On the issue of unemploy-
ment, Mr Laing has advanced
the argument that because the
Department of Statistics has not
released any employment sta-
tistics since November of 2006,
there is no evidence or support
to the claim that unemployment
is on the rise,

To this argument the PLP
said that there is a reduction in’
economic output of 1.5 per cent
and the removal of $100 million
from circulation in the Bahami-
an economy is sufficient evi-
dence that unemployment is on
the Tise.

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Bahamas Prescola Rolle invited nurses to join the association to make it
stronger at serving their needs, during the 31st Annual Conference of the
Nurses Association of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

opment Minister Dr Hubert
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taking advantage’ of all avail-
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ten the cost of full tuition for
these students,” he said.

“Additionally, we provide a
stipend of $475 monthly for
each student who carries a full
load of 12 credits or more at
this level.”

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Dr Minnis explained that
over the last two years, the min-
istry has sponsored a midwifery
programme for 21 registered
nurses at COB.

The Ministry has conducted a
Psychiatric Nursing Programme
for registered nurses and is in
the process of completing
another psychiatric nursing pro-
gramme for 21 registered nurs-
es in December 2007.

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In addition, the Ministry has:
entered into discussions with
COB to conduct a Community
Health Nursing Diploma Pro-
gramme hopefully by mid-2008.

“These are all efforts that
my Ministry has undertaken to
empower nurses and enable
them to deal with the unex-
pected,” he said.

Prescola Rolle, Nurses Asso-
ciation president, invited both
registered and trained clinical
nurses, who are not yet mem-

‘bers, to seriously consider

becoming, not only financial,

but active members of the Asso- _

ciation.

“We need your assistance to
continue our efforts to strength-
en us. Indeed, the motto of the
NACB is that ‘in unity there is
strength’,” she said.

Some of the topics tackled
during the conference are the
role of the nurse in preparing
the community for the unex-

pected, nurses prepared to deal .

with the unexpected in the
acute care environment, natur-
al disasters: a private perspec-
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of the unexpected and Hurri-
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Pictured, from left, are Minister of State for Finance Zhivar-
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Baumann, Acting Prime-Minister and Minister of Foreign
Affairs Brent Symonette, Chief Executive Officer of Banca
del Gottardo Rolf Aeberli, Head of Branch a.i. for Banca del
Gottardo Fabrizio Tuletta and Minister of State for Legal

Affairs Desmond Bannister.

Ahmadinejad: OPEC
members interested in
converting cash reserves
into non-dollar currency

@ RIYADH, Saudi Arabia

IRANIAN President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad said Sunday that
OPEC’s members have expressed
interest in converting their cash
reserves into a currency other than
the depreciating U.S. dollar, which
he called a “worthless piece of
paper.”

His comments at the end of a
rare summit of OPEC heads of
state exposed fissures within the
12-member cartel — especially
after U.S. ally Saudi Arabia was
reluctant to mention concerns
about the falling dollar in the sum-
mit’s final declaration, according to
Associated Press.

The hardline Iranian leader’s
comments also highlighted the
growing challenge that Saudi Ara-
bia, the world’s largest oil pro-
ducer, faces from Iran and its ally
Venezuela within the Organiza-
tion of Petroleum Exporting
Countries.

“They get our oil and give us a
worthless piece of paper,”
Ahmadinejad told reporters after
the close of the summit in the Sau-
di capital of Riyadh. He blamed
U.S. President George W. Bush’s
policies for the decline of the dol-
lar and its negative effect on other
countries.

“All participating leaders
showed an interest in changing
their hard currency reserves to a
credible hard currency,”
Ahmadinejad said. “Some said
producing countries should desig-
nate a single hard currency aside
from the U.S. dollar ... to form the
basis of our oil trade.”

Oil is priced in U.S. dollars on

\ the world market, and the curren-

cy’s depreciation has concerned
oil producers because it has con-
tributed to rising crude prices and
has eroded the value of their dol-
lar reserves.

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah
had tried to direct the focus of the
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‘effect of the oil industry on the

environment, but he continuously
faced challenges from Ahmadine-
jad and Venezuelan President
Hugo Chavez.

Iran and Venezuela have pro-
posed trading oil in a basket of
currencies to replace the historic
link to the dollar, but they had not
been able to generate support
from enough fellow OPEC mem-
bers — many of whom, including
Saudi Arabia, are staunch U.S.
allies.

Both Iran and Venezuela have
antagonistic relationships with the
U.S., suggesting their proposals
may have a political motivation as
well. While Tehran has been in a
standoff with Washington over its
nuclear program, left-wing Chavez
is a bitter antagonist of Bush:

During Chavez’s opening
address to the summit on Satur-
day, the Venezuelan leader said
OPEC should “assert itself as an
active political agent.” But Abdul-
lah appeared to distance himself
from Chavez’s comments, saying
OPEC always acted moderately
and wisely.

A day earlier, Saudi Arabia
opposed a move by Iran on Friday
to have OPEC include concerns
over the falling dollar included in
the summit’s closing statement
after the weekend meeting. Saudi
Arabia’s foreign minister even
warned that even talking publicly
about the currency’s decline could
further hurt its value.

But by Sunday, it appeared that
Saudi Arabia had compromised.
Though the final declaration deliv-
ered Sunday did not specifically
mention concern over the weak
dollar, the organization directed
its finance ministers to study the
issue.

OPEC will “study ways and
means.of enhancing financial
cooperation among OPEC ...
including proposals by some of the
heads of state and governments
in their statements to the summit,”
OPEC Secretary General Abdal-
la Salem el-Badri said, reading the
statement.

Iran’s oil minister went a step
further and said OPEC will form a
committee to study the dollar’s
affect on oil prices and investigate
the possibility of a currency basket.

“We have agreed to set up a
committee consisting of oil and
finance ministers from OPEC
countries to study the impact of
the dollar on oil prices,” Gholam
Hussein Nozari told Dow Jones
Newswires.

Iraqi Oil Minister Hussein al-_

Shahristani said the committee
would “submit to OPEC its rec-
ommendation on a basket of cur-
rencies that OPEC members will
deal with.” He did not give a time-
line for the recommendation.

The meeting in Riyadh, with
heads of states and delegates from
12 of the world’s biggest oil-pro-
ducing nations, was the third full
OPEC summit since the organi-
zation was created in 1960.

The run-up to the meeting was
dominated by speculation over
whether OPEC would raise pro-
duction following recent oil price
increases that have approached
$100. But cartel officials have
resisted pressure to increase oil
production and said they will hold
off any decision until the group
meets next month in Abu Dhabi,
United Arab Emirates,

They have also cast doubt on
the effect any output hike would
have on oil prices, saying the
recent rise has been driven by the
falling dollar and financial specu-
lation by investment funds rather
than any supply shortage.

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

UN panel warns of human suffering,



~ ‘species extinction due to climate change

@ VALENCIA, Spain

GLOBAL warming is
“unequivocal” and carbon diox-
ide already in the atmosphere
commits the world to an eventu-
al rise in sea levels of up to 4.6
feet, the world’s top climate
experts warned Saturday in their
‘most authoritative report to date,

‘according to Associated Press.

“Only urgent, global action will
do.” said U.N. Secretary-Gener-
al Ban Ki-moon, calling on the
United States and China — the
world’s two biggest polluters —
to do more to slow global climate
change.

_ “I look forward to seeing the
U.S. and China playing a more
constructive role,” Ban told

reporters. “Both countries can

lead in their own way.”

Ban, however, advised against
assigning blame.

Climate change imperils “the
most precious treasures of our
planet,” he said, and the effects
are “so severe and so sweeping
that only urgent global action will
do. We are all in this together.
We must work together.”

According to the U.N. panel
of scientists, whose latest report is
a synthesis of three previous
ones, enough carbon dioxide
already has built up that it imper-
ils islands, coastlines and a fifth to
two-thirds of the world’s species.

As early as 2020, 75 million to
250 million people in Africa will
suffer water shortages, residents
of Asia’s large cities will be at
great risk. of river and coastal
flooding, according to the report.

Europeans can ‘expect exten-
sive species loss, and North
Americans will experience longer
and hotter heat waves and
greater competition for water,
says the report from the U.N.
Intergovernmental Panel on Cli-
mate Change, which shared the
Nobel Prize with Al-Gore this
year.

The panel portrays the Earth
hurtling toward a warmer climate
at.a quickening pace and warns
of inevitable human suffering. It
says emissions of carbon, mainly
from fossil fuels, must stabilize
by 2015 and go down after that.

In the best-case scenario, tem-
peratures will keep rising from
carbon already in the atmos-
phere, the report said. Even if
factories were shut down today
and cars taken off the roads, the













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average sea level will gradually
rise over the next 1,000 years to
reach as high as 4.6 feet above
that in the preindustrial period,
or about 1850.

“We have already committed
the world to sea level rise,” the
panel’s chairman, Rajendra
Pachauri, said. But if the Green-
land-ice sheet melts, the scien-
tists said, they could not predict
by how many feet the seas will
rise, drowning coastal cities.

Climate change is here, they
said, as witnessed by melting
snow and glaciers, higher aver-
age temperatures and rising sea
levels. If unchecked, global
warming will spread hunger and
disease, put further stress on
water resources, cause fiercer
storms and more frequent
droughts, and could drive up to

70 percent of plant and animal -
species to extinction, according.

to the panel’s report.

The report was adopted after
five days of sometimes tense
negotiations among 140 national
delegations. It lays out blueprints

- for-avoiding the worst catastro-

phes — and various possible out-
comes, depending on how quick-
ly and decisively action is taken.

“The world’s scientists have
spoken clearly and with one
voice,” Ban said, looking ahead
to an important climate confer-
ence in Bali, Indonesia, next
month. “I expect the world’s pol-
icy makers to do the same.”

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world leaders will begin dis-
cussing a global climate change
treaty to succeed the 1997 Kyoto
Protocol.

That treaty, which expires in
2012, required industrial nations
to reduce greenhouse gases and a
smooth transition to a new treaty
is needed to avoid upsetting the
fledgling carbon markets.

“This report will have an
incredible political impact,” Yvo

_de Boer, the U.N.’s top climate

change official, told The Associ-
ated Press. “It’s a signal that
politicians cannot afford to
ignore.”

The United States opted out
of Kyoto in 2001, arguing that
the science was unproven and
that the burden of mandatory
emission cuts was unfair since it
excluded fast-growing China and
India.

Chief U.S. delegate Sharon
Hays said doubts have been dis-
pelled. “What’s changed since
2001 is the scientific certainty that
this is happening,” she said in a
conference call late Friday. She
did not indicate that Washington
would abandon its policy of vol-
untary emission cuts.

China and India have said any
measures impinging on their
development and efforts to lift
their people from poverty were
unacceptable — a point likely to
be heeded at the Bali talks.

The report offered dozens of
measures for avoiding the worst
catastrophes if taken together —
at a cost.of less than 0.12 percent
of the global economy annually
until 2050. They ranged from
switching to nuclear and gas-fired
power stations, developing hybrid
cars, using more efficient electri-
cal appliances and managing
cropland to store more carbon.

Ban said a new agreement
should provide funding to help
poor countries develop clean
energy resources, adapt to cli-
mate conditions and give them
the technology to help them-
selves.

He said he witnessed the dev-
astation of climate change in dis-
appearing glaciers of Antarctica,
the deforested Amazon and
under the ozone hole in Chile.

“These scenes are as frighten-
ing as a science fiction movie,”
said Ban. “But they are even
more terrifying because they are
real.”

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CHOIR DURING A CONCERT HELD AT THE POLARIS
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eJames Ferguson *Derek Forbes

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eLolita Johnson
Patricia Whitfield
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_ eNikita Brown
_ eColette Machaliwa
eSharlean Sturrup eNadia Young
eNatasha Gilbert

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eDonahue Arnett ¢Xaviera Todd
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relief aid Sunday amid their wrecked homes and flooded fields, while the storm's death toll

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Death toll reaches

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2007, PAGE 21

2,300 in Bangladesh
cyclone as hundreds
of thousands await aid —

mâ„¢ BARGUNA, Bangladesh

THE death toll from
Bangladesh’s most devas-
tating storm in a decade
climbed to at least 2,300 on
Sunday) and relief officials
warned the figure could
jump sharply as rescuers
reach more isolated areas,
according to Associated
Press.

Teams from internation-
al aid organizations worked
with army troops in a mas-
sive rescue effort that drew

~ help from around the world.

Rescue workers cleared






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holding a General

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Education Majors

on Tuesday,
November 13, 2007
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Massive rescue effort
draws help from
around the world



roads of fallen trees and
twisted roofs to reach
remote villages, but tents,
rice, water and other relief
items were slow to arrive.
Hungry survivors, thou-
sands of whom were left
homeless, scrambled for
food.

The death toll rose as offi-
cials made contact with

coastal regions cut off by

the storm, said Selina
Shahid of the Ministry of
Food and Disaster Manage-
ment.

District officials compile
the figures, which are far
from precise, based on
reports from police, public
hospitals, military officials,
relief workers and aid agen-
cies, said Mohammad

Golam Mostafa of the Dis-

aster Management Ministry.

The Bangladesh Red
Crescent Society, the Islam-
ic equivalent of the Red
Cross, said that it believed
the toll could hit 10,000
once rescuers.reach islands
off the coast of the low-
lying river delta nation.

Mohammad Abdur Rob,
chairman of the society, said
the estimate came from the
assessments of thousands of
volunteers taking part in the
rescue operations across the
battered region.

“We have seen more bod-
ies floating in the sea,”
Zakir Hossain, a fisherman
from the country’s south-
west said, after reaching
shore with two decompos-
ing bodies he and other fish-
ermen had found.

Crushed

Squatting in a muddy field

with his wife, 45-year-old .

farmer Asad Ali said their
their 5-year-old daughter,
the couple’s only child, had
been fatally crushed
beneath their toppled
thatched hut in Barguna,
one of the hardest-hit dis-
tricts.

He said a helicopter had
dropped packages of food

. but he had received little

assistance. Mobs swarm
below the helicopters every
time one is spotted.

“I’ve been here waiting
for hours for something to
eat,” he said. “What I’ve got
so far are a few cookies. Not
enough.”

Government officials
defended the relief efforts
and expressed confidence
that authorities are up to
the task.

“We have enough food
and water,” said Shahidul
Islam, the top official in
Bagerhat, a battered district
close to Barguna. “We are
going to overcome the prob-
lem.”

Disaster Management
Secretary Aiyub Bhuiyan
met Sunday with represen-
tatives from the United
Nations and international
aid groups to discuss the
emergency response.

“We have briefed them
about what we need imme-
diately,” Bhuiyan told
reporters.

The government said it
has allocated $5.2 million in
emergency aid for rebuild-
ing houses. Many foreign
governments and interna-
tional groups have pledged
to help, including the Unit-
ed States, which offered
$2.1 million and the United
Nations, which promised $7
million.

A U.S. military medical
team is. already in
Bangladesh and two Navy



ships — the USS Essex and
USS Kearsarge — each car-
rying at least 20 helicopters
and tons of supplies, will be
made available if the
Bangladesh goverment
requests them, Secretary of
State Condoleezza Rice
said.

The German government
offered $731,000, the Euro-
pean Union with $2.2 mil-
lion and the British govern-
ment with $5 million.
France pledged $730,000 in
aid, while the Philippines
announced it would send a
medical team.

The Rome-based World
Food Program was rushing
in food, and the Bangladesh
Red Crescent Society was
sending thousands of work-
ers to stricken areas.

Blessing

Pope Benedict XVI called
for “every possible effort to
help our brothers who haye
been so sorely tested” dur-
ing his traditional Sunday
blessing from the Vatican.

Many evacuees crowded
onto ferries and trudged
down sludge-filled roads to
return home for the first
time since the storm hit
Thursday. 3

“J have had no news of
my family since Wednesday,
as the mobile phones are
down,” said Golam Rasul,
who was traveling to see his
mother and brother in
Bagerhat district.

Many survivors returned
to find their bamboo-and-
straw huts flattened, their
roofs missing, their crops
ruined. ;

“We tied the corners of
our tin roof to coconut trees
with ropes, so it wouldn’t
fly away but our kitchen
was destroyed and many
trees around fell,” said
Shafiqul Islam, who works
at a roadside gas station
near Madaridpur, another
hard-hit coastal district.

Thanks to an effective
early warning system, at
least 1.5 million coastal vil-
lagers fled to shelters before
the storm. But Islam and his
family chose to stay at
home.

“We didn’t think it would
be so bad, but when the
wind roared over us, it was
very scary. We huddled
together under the bed,” he
said.

Sidr’s 150-mph winds
smashed tens of thousands
of homes. in southwestern
Bangladesh and ruined
thousands of acres of crops.

Every year, storms batter
Bangladesh, a country of
150 million, often killing
large numbers of people.
The most deadly recent
storm was a tornado that
leveled 80 villages in north-
ern Bangladesh in 1996,
killing 621 people.

Only two people were
killed in Bangladesh by the
2004 Indian Ocean tsunami
was spawned off Indonesia’s
Sumatra island by a magni-
tude-9 earthquake, hitting
a dozen countries and
killing at least 216,858,
according to government
and aid agency figures con-
sidered the most reliable in
each country.

Hurricane Katrina, the
most destructive natural dis-
aster in U.S. history, killed
1,600 people across the Gulf
Coast, destroyed or severe-
ly damaged more than
200,000 homes and made
more than 800,000 people
homeless overnight.
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63 killed in mine explosion in

@ DONETSK, Ukraine



A METHANE blast ripped
through a coal mine in eastern
Ukraine early Sunday, killing at
least 63 miners in the ex-Soviet
nation’s worst mining accident in
years, emergency officials said,
according to Associated Press.

More than 360 miners were
rescued but 37 others remained
trapped inside the mine — one of
Ukraine’s largest and deepest —
with a raging fire hampering
efforts to save them, officials said.

The explosion occurred around
3 a.m. more than 3,300 feet deep
inside the Zasyadko mine in the
regional capital Donetsk, the
heart of the country’s coal mining
industry, the Emergency Situa-
tions Ministry said.

Authorities evacuated 367
miners. Twenty-eight were hos-
pitalized, the ministry said.

Vitaliy Kvitkovsky, a miner in



rescue efforts



his thirties, was among those
evacuated. He said he had to
walk over the bodies of his dead
colleagues in order to climb to
the surface, :

“The temperature increased’

sharply and there was so much
dust that I’couldn’t see anything,”
Kvitkovsky said in footage broad-
cast on Ukraine’s Channel 5 tele-
vision. “So I was moving by touch
over dead bodies along the rail
track.”

The accident — the worst in
Ukraine in seven years — high-
lighted the lack of attention to

safety in a.country with some of
the world’s most dangerous
mines.
‘President Viktor Yushchenko
blamed his Cabinet for not doing

enough to reform coal mining -

and ordered an official panel to
investigate the accident and bring
those responsible to account.

Local authorities declared
three days of mourning for the
dead miners.

Dozens of teary-eyed relatives
gathered at the mine’s head-
quarters in Donetsk waiting for
news on their loved ones. As

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grim-faced officials emerged to.
announce the names of the work-
ers found dead, the relatives
broke into sobs and cries, some
fainted. :

_ Natalia Piskun, a middle-aged
woman, who waited for news on
her husband believed trapped
inside the mine, said she would
never forgive the mine’s: direc-
tor, if her husband was found

‘killed:

‘“If, God forbid, he is lost, I
promise I will, if I manage, I will
bite this fat beast om his leg! I
promise, I swear to you,” Piskun,
her face distorted by anger and
pain, told AP Television News.

It was the deadliest mine acci-
dent in Ukraine since an explo-
sion at the Barakova mine in the
eastern Luhansk region killed 81
miners in March 2000.

Prime Minister Viktor

Yanukovych, a native of the min-
ing region, visited the site about

450 miles southeast: of Kiev,
pledging to help victims’ fami-

: Tres.

Yanukovych said a safety
watchdog had reported that min-
ers were working in accordance

with norms. “This accident has

proven once again that a human
is powerless before the nature,”
he said.

Experts say Ukraine’s. mines
are dangerous largely because
they are so deep, typically run-
ning more than 3,280 feet under-
ground. In comparison, most
European coal beds lie at a depth
of 1,640 to 1,970 feet.

Methane is a natural byproduct
of mining, and its concentration
increases with depth. More than
75 percent of Ukraine’s some 200
coal mines are classified as dan-
gerous due to high methane con-
centrations.

Mines must be ventilated to
prevent explosions, but some rely

on outdated ventilation equip-
ment, officials said. Safety viola-
tions and negligence add to the
problem.

_ Last year, a blast at the mine
killed 13. workers. In 2002, an
explosion killed 20 and 54 died in
a similar explosion in 2001. In
May 1999, 50 miners were killed
in a methane and coal dust blast
there.

Since the 1991 Soviet collapse,
more than 4,700 miners in
Ukraine have been killed.

For every 1 million tons of coal
brought to the surface in
Ukraine, three miners lose their
lives, according to official data.

Despite the dangers, there is
growing appetite for Ukraine’s
rich coal reserves, particularly
amid rising natural gas prices.

The government has called for
production to be increased by
a third to 80 million tons this
year.





_ eastern Ukraine, dozens missing |
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By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

he Bahamas could again ©

establish itself as a major
international insurance

jurisdiction if it “plays .

its cards right” and
exploits Bermuda’s high operating
cost environment to its advantage, a
leading insurance broker said.
Guilden Gilbert, of Andeaus Insur-
ance, a Bermuda national who is mar-
ried to a Bahamian, told The Tribune
he had previously informed the Reg-
istrar of Insurance’s Office that
Freeport would be an ideal location
for major international insurers, bro-
kers and reinsurers who were either

* ‘Certain things need to be in place’ for Bahamas to fulfill insurance potential
* Freeport’s US proximity, land mass and low construction costs
make it ideal alternative for major international insurers
“ Government ‘moving aggressively’ on External Insurance Bill

looking to leave Bermuda or establish
subsidiaries elsewhere to manage the
costs they were faced with in that
jurisdiction.

Describing Bermuda as “a very
expensive place to do business”, Mr
Gilbert said average home prices on
that island were now in excess of $1.5
million, while the average yearly

salary/income was close to $50,000.
Stripping out the millions earned
by top executives, Mr Gilbert said he
estimated the average salary paid to
employees in Bermuda’s insurance
industry was around $70,000 per
annum. Costs such as these, plus con-
cerns the insurance sector had about
the new Bermuda government’s six-

year term limits on work permits,
were causing a number of major
insurance players — such as ACE -

to cast their eyes around and look for —

alternative jurisdictions.
“From what I’ve been seeing, a lot

of companies are moving their back —

office operations out of Bermuda to
save costs,” Mr Gilbert said. ““Com-

panies are still looking to physically
grow, but they can’t grow because of
size limitations.

“When I spoke to the Registrar’s
Office about this, I said at the time

that Prepon) would: be the ideal loca-

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‘New Hope’ for resort?

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

NEW Hope Holdings, the company that acquired the Port
Lucaya Marina last June, has been involved in negotiations to pur-
chase the Port Lucaya Resort & Yacht Club, The Tribune can
reveal. While there has been no breakthrough yet, it is understood
prospects for a deal are not completely dead.

New Hope and its owner, Danish investor Preben Olsen, are
understood to view the Port Lucaya Resort & Yacht Club’s
acquisition as the final Piece of the jigsaw that is their plans for
the Bell Channel areain Freeport.

Apart from Port Lucaya Marina, New Hope and Mr Olsen also
last year broke ground on a $60
million condo-hotel called the

Grand Bahama Golf & Yacht SEE page 10

SS
AN INNOCENT MAN STANDS.
FOR JUSTICE

In 1998, Business entrepreneur ,. H.
GARLAND EVANS was investigated for
alleged “wire fraud of faxing inaccurate
financial statements”. The: RBI
investigated these charges and found

Government urged to finalise film incentives

a By NEIL HARTNELL

Tribune Business Editor

_ WITH four producers cur-
rently looking at the Bahamas
as a potential filming location,
this nation needs to better
“harness” its potential for the
TV and movie industries by
formalising an incentive regime
for such productions, the
potential Bahamas Film Stu-
dios buyer told The Tribune.

Owen Bethel, president of
the Nassau-based financial ser-

vices provider, the. Montaque® .

Group, said: “We are certainly

Four producers eyeing Bahamas”

talking with four producers
who are interested in the
Bahamas in one way or anoth-
er in terms of shooting and
filming. I think that out of the
three, only one is focused on
[using] the Film Studios.

“It just conveys what we’ve
been saying; the Bahamas has
a lot to offer if we would just
harness it.”

Among the areas that need

‘to be “harnessed”, Mr Bethel“
identified “solidifying or for-:

malising the inventives pro-

gramme” as key.

Under the former Christie
administration, an informal
incentive programme provid-

ed film and TV productions

that shot in the Bahamas with

a 17 per cent rebate on all their .

spending in the Bahamas. In

return, these productions were —

required to hire a minimum of

eight Bahafiians and have a ~ ae

minimum spendin this nation
of $1 million.

«the Jevel of investment incen-

Mr Bethel said: “The draft

_legislation [to formalize the
- incentive regime] has certainly

been put forward, but I’m not

sure where it rests with the x

new government.” 28
In.an address to a film work- :

_ shop in September, Branville
~ McCartney, minister of state

for tourism and aviation,
acknowledged that the Gov-
ernment needed to increase

tives offered to film and TV “& a





One family with many needs. For
a solid financial foundation and
customized advice, thelr choice Is
ne :

_the Government could not charge Mr.
Evans with the wire fraud of financial
statement. The final ACTUAL charge
presented against Evans on June 4th,
2002 was “receiving a letter dated July
3rd, 1997 via facsimile from his supplier,
MM of PDI, regarding the status of Jagar’s
account receivable”. The term “lulling”
(Lulling meaning making someone “feel”
safe when they are not) was put forth
to the District Court of Dade County and
Evans was summarily charged, one day ||
before the statute of limitations expired.

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' PF : and accounting for 50,2 per » CHL $3.15 . : a ae %
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} week was Commonwealth CWCB $6.55 $0.22 379 26.15%
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f ; ’ COMPANY NEWS November 14, 2007.
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@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

A Bahamian
financial ser-
vices executive
is hoping a
mutual fund
for investing in

.the film indus-
-try will have &
$10 million in |*
seed capital
when it &
launches in the [© ~ %
2008 first quar- [AR si
ter, with aspir- aL cau
ing Bahamian
film producers among those it
is hoping to finance.

Owen Bethel, president of
the Nassau-based financial ser-
vices provider, the Montaque
Group, said the Diversity
Entertainment Fund, which he
is facilitating, had. originally

_been targeted for a 2007 fourth
quarter launch.

It had since been held back
to capture the potential expo-
sure opportunities afforded by
events such as the Cannes Film
Festival, and its structure had
been switched to that of a pri-



vate placement. The latter
move will enable it to target a
select group of film industry
investors.

Mr Bethel said: “We’ve
decided to shift it to a private
placement in terms of a cor-
porate structure and target it to
a select number of stakehold-
ers. Rather than a public offer-
ing from a public mutual fund,
it will be more select and pri-
vate,

“It’s launch is again for the
first quarter of the New Year,
the idea being that certain
things will be captured prior
to or at the Cannes Film Festi-

val.”
Mr Bethel said the Diversity jf

Entertainment Fund would
aim to start with $10 million

in seed capital, and he added of.

Bahamian filmmakers and pro-
ducers: “They will be encour-
aged to apply and be consid-
ered.”

The fund’s chief target is to
invest in independent film pro-
ductions by black and other
ethnic filmmakers that pro-
mote positive images.

“There’s no restrictions on
the genre of film types that will

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be looked at. Those that can

show the likelihood of'a good
return on investment, and
where the ‘green light’ com-
mittee decides it’s worthwhile
to support” will be backed
financially, Mr Bethel said.
He has already been pro-

moting the mutual fund in ..

cities that include Los Angeles,
Chicago and New York.

Reaction from potential,
investors, Mr Bethel said, had

been “very positive in terms |

of the novelty and the innova-

tion behind” the Diversity

Entertainment Fund.
“Where they are waiting is

“to 'See who are ‘the technical

persons We ‘are. putting on. to

‘the decision-making commit- :
tees the investment partes He

| _WONOAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2007, PAGE 3B

Bahamian filmmakers urged to apply to fund

and the committee of directors

‘to:make sure they have a com-'
fort with the whole process,” ne
‘Mr Bethel'said: nuke

He added: “One of the areas
.. that we will be targeting are a-
nuthber of hedge funds who -
‘have tried to move into this.
space, investing in films. A
number of them. have. Been
barn with’ it. Bits 28



: “What we are proposing to
do, certainly with the exper-

tise that is being brought to the
“table, is to look at or promote
_the fund as a conduit for hedge

funds who are interested in the

‘industry. They will be able top
“better direct their investment

through that vehicle, and the

2 financial ‘expertise in the indus-
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| thréugh all of the investigation and: allagation, “ evand ‘kent his public partons intact,

focusing on the growth of his many businesses, down |

allegations and unproven facts that were charged against! hi (
the Families’ successful businesses, operated by his children Tiffanievans, President
of Prime Bahamas which continues to. flourish ‘and 2
venture, Nautilus Water run by-his son, Jason. Evans, Pr





ng the false
la yedakey rolein

ped successful
hroughout all of

the decades of business, The Evans family continues. to bea successfully operated

Bahamian organization. This testimony, is; demonstrated through. their commitment

to each other’ and their continued ea: within Ane. business. community.

INDICTMENT a
On June 4th, 2002 he was 5 carged: with “Luling” on 3 counth. February 1st,
2003 a trial was entered ona discovery basis only. (A discovery. trial allows the
Defendant to cross-examine the prosecution’ s witness(es). Only, it does not allow
the Defense to give evidence,’ submit. evidence, present witness(es) or téstify). On
February 3rd, 2003 the verdict was returned, guilty, © ‘However the Judge did not
make a decision on whether or not to let the charges. stand as stated, to change
the Jury verdict or dismiss the case. The Judge on this case allowed Hi Garland
Evans to return to The. Bahamas and permitted’ him to travel around the world,
conducting his business. and personal. commitments. ‘Evans was ‘released on
bond, with his own integrity, which is highly unheard of in. Federal based cases.
This act was.a testimony of. faith: by ‘the Judge on behalf of Mr. Evans’ character

and integrity. On August 20, 2004, 28 months later, the Judge dismissed 2 of
these 3 counts ; only one “Luling” charge was. formally. presented due to the

response of the fax document by the company’s | comptroller. If there was no
response to this fax document, this count, would have also” ‘been dismissed.

Ye

TRIAL

Evans’ commitment to clear his r name. was demonstrated i meeting the guidelines
requested: by the Judge during the entire: trial and ‘continues to this date. During

| the trial, the Judge did caution ‘the owners: of the Company (PDI). alleging the

file a motion for. a new: trial. pending | the ‘decision of. she" apps Courts.

-On October ‘29, “2007 the “Supreme | ‘Court™ of.

charges ‘that their testimony could be used at another date on Insurance Fraud
charges and/or Perjury. There are also two. key items that the discovery. trial did not
address which relate to (1) the failure ‘of:the prosecutor to calla key. witness to give
evidence which may. have cleared Mr. Evans of culpability and, (2) itis alleged that
the company may have sought to obtain insufance coverage after ‘becoming aware
of Jagar’s financial Bsubies nich: may. Dok have. Deere: disclosed to the insurers.

VERDICT



After the verdict was handed’: ‘down. “oh: February ‘3rd, 2003,
immediately filed an. ‘appeal — to the Appellate - Court. On. ‘November
16, 2006 the Appellate ‘Court denied the appeal and. 3 motion was
filed by. Evans to the- Supreme Court’ of. “Appeals -in Washington, DC.
April 20th, 2007 the key witness that was not called by. the ‘Pro tion to testify
during the initial. trial, ‘signed an Affidavit ‘and. presented | evidence
that exonerates Mr. “Evans, this presented | ‘Evans the op







‘presented — trial.
ppeak
DC decided against hearing. the appeal, at. ‘which ‘time, Evans ‘was. told
that he had until the 16th ‘November, ‘ 2007 to- Surrender. tO. Maxwell AFB
in Montgomery, Alabama. to. start serving. ‘the sentence. fFolléwing the
announcement, on October. 29th, 2007 the Motion for a New Trial was filed

and recorded. the’ US. Government has until: December. a nee to respond.

The new evidence _ could only be.



SENTENCING

A maximum sentencing of 18 fhenehe was ‘neided sen. to. be. a uuned 11 months at —

an Air Force Base and 4 in home confinement, assuming. a new trial is not granted.
This AFB has no bars, fences or locks and all inmates live in barracks, like the military
personnel and have access for further education at college and recreational activities.

At a’ new. trial’ thes ‘evidence: contairied:, ‘in an’ Affidavit by a new
witness will seek to” ‘establish | that evidence was concealed _ that
the owners ere the. bompany. my ave. acomninittga ednearence fraud.

H. Garland. Evans will continue to pursue every means to. have: the: new: evidence
presented to the courts to clear his name. ‘entirely. After 9 years. ‘Of legal battle,
and a pending sentence to. serve, with. evidence at hand to clear his name, he
continues to hold the utmost integrity in the business community and will not stop

until his name is cleared from. this charge. His. innocence will be proven and his

attorney and the Judge hold legal: documentation. to this: fact, as they anxiously
await a new trial. Evans ‘is. supported by. his. family, friends ‘and ‘legal counsel
who await the news from the US Government if a new trial can be obtained
and if granted a request for immediate release during trial will be requested.
H. Garland Evans would liketothankall of his suppliers, clients, customers, associates,
staff/employees and friends for their kindness and support throughout and during
this long process. He wishes the very bes: fs & everyone SMHS: his. short absence

ae:

Washington,
PAGE 4B, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2007

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Government: We will sign goods-only EPA

FROM page 1

of state for finance, who has
responsibility for trade issues
and the EPA, communicated
that to the Bahamas Chamber
of Commerce and other pri-
vate sector representatives dur-
ing a 3pm briefing at the Min-
istry of Finance on Friday.
Confirming Tribune Busi-
ness’s exclusive story on Fri-
day, which revealed that the
Bahamas was looking to sign a
goods-only EPA and deal sole-
ly with market access issues,
something the EU was said to
be amenable to, Mr Laing was
said by sources to have indi-

e

cated that Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham was deliver-
ing the same message to the
Caribbean Heads of Govern-
ment Conference.

“We will sign an-EPA to
protect goods, and the EPA
will only be about goods,” a
source told The Tribune. “For
the moment, Polymers Inter-
national and the fisheries
group should feel assured that
the Government is going to
sign something.”

The source said the message
delivered by Mr Laing at the
meeting was: “We are pre-
pared to sign a goods-only
agreement by December 31.
We are making efforts to get a

services offer in by then, just in
case it becomes necessary.”

The Bahamas will be attend-
ing this week’s meeting on the
EPA in Jamaica, and sources
toid The Tribune it would be
crucial for this nation to take a
market access offer with it.
Only once this nation presents
a formal offer for inclusion in
the wider CARIFORUM offer
will it be able to participate in
the negotiations fully, crafting
a final EPA agreement to fit
the needs of the Bahamas and
its economy.

Speed in conclusion of its
offers is therefore essential,
and the source said that at the
meeting Mr Laing revealed

IN THE MATTER OF SUISSE SECURITY BANK & TRUST LIMITED

(IN LIQUIDATION)
AND

IN THE MATTER OF THE BANKS & TRUST COMPANIES

REGULATIONS ACT, 2000

IN THE MATTER OF THE COMPANIES ACT 1992

- NOTICE TO CREDITORS

The creditors of the above-named Company are required, on or before 31st
January 2008 to send their names and addresses and particular of their
debts of claims, and the names and addresses of their attorneys (if any) to
Mr. Raymond L. Winder, the Official Liquidator of the said company at
2nd Terrace West, Centreville, PRO. Box N 7120, Nassau, Bahamas. The
creditors may be required by notice in writing from the said Official Liq-
uidator, by their Attorney or personally, to come in and prove their said
debts or claims at the office of the Official Liquidator at such time as shall
be specified in such notice. If in default thereof they will be excluded
from the benefit of any distribution made before such debts are proved.

Raymond L. Winder
Official Liquidator

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Resets

TEACHERS REAL ESTATE HOLDINGS LIMITED

NOTICE OF ANNUAL |
MEETING TO SHAREHOLDERS

Friday, December 7, 2007 at 6:00pm

TIME & DATE:
PLACE:

ITEMS OF BUSINESS:

Teachers & Salaried Workers Co-operative Credit Union
Head Office, East Street & Independence Drive.

(1) To announce the results of the examination of proxies;
declare a quorum present and proceed to business;

: (2) To receive and approve the Minutes of the last Annual
General Meeting held on December 8, 2006.

(3) To receive and consider the Chairman’s report;

(4) To receive and approve the financial statements and
the reports of the Directors and Auditors thereon;

(5) To elect Directors for the e

remuneration;

nsuing year and fix their

(6) To approve the appointment of Deloitte & Touche as
the Auditor of the Company, and authorise the Directors

to fix their remuneration; and °

(7) To transact such other business as may properly come |
before the meeting and any adjournment thereof.

RECORD DATE:

FINANCIAL STATEMENTS:
MAILING DATE:

be

PROXY VOTING:

October 9, 2007

Holders of 400,000 shares of record at the close of business
on October 25, 2007 are entitled to vote at the meeting.

The Company’s audited financial statements are included
in the Company’s 2006 annual report, which is enclosed
as part of the proxy soliciting material.

The Company will cause the accompanying materials to
delivered on November 8, 2007 to the last registered
address.

It is important that your shares be represented and voted
at the meeting. You can vote your shares by appearing in
person or by completing and returning the proxy form
enclosed. You can revoke a proxy at any time prior to its
exercise at the meeting by following the instructions in
the accompanying proxy statement.

By order of the Board of Directors:

Mrs Cheryl Bowe-Moss
Secretary





that the Government has
approved the creation of an
International Trade Unit with-
in the Ministry of Finance to
handle all trade matters facing
the Bahamas.

These do not just include the
EPA, but also involve acces-
sion to full membership in the
World Trade Organisation .
(WTO) and replacing the
Caribbean Basin Initiative

(CBI) and CaribCan one-way

trade preferences regimes that
the Caribbean enjoys with the
US and Canada, respectively,
with something that is WTO
compliant. :

Mr Laing is also understood

to have indicated that there

would be an opportunity to
create an “independent secre:

tariat” to serve the Trade
Commission, the body of rep-
resentatives named to repre-
sent the private sector on trade
matters. This would not hap-
pen for another three to six

_ months, though.

Signing on to the EPA by
the December 31, 2007, dead-
line will preserve duty-free
market access to the EU for
some $60 million in annual
fisheries exports from the
Bahamas, plus about 8-15 per
cent of Polymers Internation-
al’s annual sales. It would also
safeguard the final year of Bac-
ardi’s rum exports, the compa-
ny having decided to leave this
nation in January 2009.

With the EU not seeking a
waiver to allow the one-way

Legal Notice

NOTICE

Notice is hereby given that the winding up and
dissolution of CRESTFAIR LIMITED has been
completed in accordance with the Articles of Dis-

solution and that the Company has been struck
from the Register of Companies on the 28th day of

August, 2007.

Robert H. Kelly
Charles G. J. King
Joint Liquidators



Legal Notice

NOTICE

Notice is hereby given that the winding up and
dissolution of BROADGATE LIMITED has
been completed in accordance with the Articles of

Dissolution and that the Company has been struck
from the Register of Companies on the 25th day of
‘September, 2007.

Robert H. Kelly
Charles G. J. King
Joint Liquidators



Cotonou preferences regime
to continue, if the Bahamas

failed to sign the EPA by the,

December 31, 2007, deadline, it
would expose its export indus-
tries to the EU’s Most

Favoured Nation (MEN) tar-.

iffs.

price of Bahamian crawfish

and other seafoods, plus Poly-
mers’ polystyrene products and. °

Bacardi’s rum, making them
uncompetitive against rivals.
This, in turn, would cost
Bahamian companies market
share, revenues and profits.

In addition, because the
Bahamas is classified as a
‘developed country’, unlike
Haiti and many African and
Pacific nations in the 77-strong
African, Caribbean and Pacif-
ic (ACP) group negotiating the
EPA, it will be unable to
access the EU’s General Sys-
tem of Preferences (GSP) — a
more beneficial tariff regime.

Although excluding services
from the EPA is the best
option for the Bahamas as far
as the Government is con-
cerned, over CARIFORUM
countries have been pressing
for its inclusion. It is unclear
whether by excluding it the
Bahamas might be missing out
on opportunities, such as
access to the EU for its pro-
fessionals, such as attorneys
and accountants. ;

And while market access
may be the least problematic
for the Bahamas, it is the areas
causing most consternation in
talks between the EU and
CARIFORUM. This is
because the EU wants the pace
of tariff liberalization to pro-
ceed more rapidly, while CAR-
IFORUM wants sugar exports
included in the EPA. The EU,
though, wants sugar to be deal
with outside the EPA in the
Sugar Protocol.

Still, the Government deci-
sion to sign the EPA — albeit a
goods-only agreement ~ rep-
resents something of a policy

shift, given that Mr Laing had*
previously indicated it was not.

a priority and the Government
was prepared to let the
December 31 deadline slide as

it focused on the WI'©@ and

CBI replacement.

INSIGHT |

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behind the news,
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The Bahamas Conference of The Methodist Church

EBENEZER METHODIST CHURCH

Applicants should:

Established 1802

CHURCH STAFF POSITION FOR YOUTH WORKER

Methodist Church is seeking to employ a vibrant Christian to work with its children,

teens and young adults.



+ Be personable, creative, mature and passionate about young people.
+ Possess excellent communication skills.
+ Be familiar with youth cultures and trends.

Responsibilities include:

+ Implementation and oversight of all Youth Ministry programmes.
+ Planning and leading Youth Services and events.
+ Leading young persons to Christ and creating life-time disciples.

+ Building relationships between youth, congregation and the wider community.

Criteria for Employment

fied copy of certificate.



The Trust Secretary
Ebenezer Methodist Church
P.O. Box SS 6145
Nassau, Bahamas

+ A minimum of a Bachelor's Degree from a recognized university confirmed by a certi-

+ Names and contacts of at least two professional references must be submitted.

+ Willingness to support Church's programmes.

+ Successful applicants will be expected to make a commitment to work in harmony
with Christian principles and to support the emphasis of The Bahamas Conference of
the Methodist Church of which the church is a part.

Please send Resume together with a covering letter,
a statement of philosophy and a recent photograph to

Or fax to: (242) 393-8135, or e-mail to bemc@bahamas.net.bs

Candidates short listed will be contacted by telephone, fax or e-mail for an interview.

Shirley Street, Nassau Bahamas



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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2007, PAGE 5B



Government urged:
-Fast-track passport
applications by
regular business.

travellers —

EU ‘drops’ tax information
exchange as visa
waiver condition

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Government has been

* urged to consider fast-tracking

applications for machine read-
able passports by Bahamian
businessmen who travel fre-
quenily, the Bahamas Cham-
ber of Commerce’s president
expressing hope that these doc-
uments would enable this
nation to be placed on the
European Union’s (EU) visa
waiver list.

Dionisio D’ Aguilar,
responding to a briefing on the
machine-readable passports
that was given to. the private
sector last week by Brent
Symonette, Deputy Prime
Minister and Minister of For-
eign Affairs, said the minister
had replied that the Govern-
ment would ‘look into’ fast
tracking applications by busi-
nessmen who traveled fre-
quently when the issue was
raised.

Mr D’ Aguilar said: “I hope -

that, at least, Bahamians who
have frequent traveller pass-

ports now could be fast- :

tracked. It would be good for
the Government to fast-track
business people who travel fre-
quently and assist them in
making their travel plans.
They’re the ones that most
need it.

“T think it would put them

~ in good standing with the busi-

ness community to react to this
request, particularly for those
who travel to Europe and
throughout the United States.
It will speed up the way they
travel, and I think the Gov-
ernment should consider that.”
All Bahamians need to pos-
sess machine-readable pass-
ports by October 2010 for this
nation to be in compliance
with International Civil Avia-
tion Organisation (ICAO)

peerulesy

There are currently some

250,000 passports issued, and
the Passport Office issues some
70,000 per year.

This means it will feed to
increase the number of pass-
ports it.issues every year if the
Bahamas is to meet that 2010
deadline. Although Mr Symon-
ette did not reveal how much
the machine-readable pass-
ports would cost, Mr
D’ Aguilar said the minister
noted they would be cheaper
than US visas. He personally
estimated the cost would be
between $60-$80.

Passports

Mr D’ Aguilar said machine-
readable passports would
make it “much more conve-
nient” for Bahamian business-
people to travel abroad, par-
ticularly in avoiding the hold-
ups that could be caused by
the current passport version at
airline check-in desks.

“For those who travel fre-
quently, it will definitely be a
time-saving and convenient

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event, and will demonstrate to
other countries we have a tech-
nologically-sound travel doc-
ument,” Mr D’Aguilar said.

“As they consider us for a
visa waiver from Europe, it will
put us in good stead with them.
We are on the list to be
approved by all the EU coun-
tries.”

The Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce president said the
EU had previously been
demanding that the Bahamas
show a willingness to enter into
tax information exchange
agreements (TIEAs) with its
member nations before this
nation was considered for visa
waiver status, but this condi-
tion now appeared to have
been dropped.

“I don’t know what they'll
require of us, but I don’t think
there will be some sort of
requirement to open up, com-
promise our banking laws. But
that was initially indicated as
an issue for us being on the

visa waiver list,” Mr D’ eae 4:

said.
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Established 1802



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NASSAU, BAHAMAS

LEGAL CAREER
OPPORTUNITY

Baha Mar Development Company Ltd.
seeks to hire a talented

Commercial Attorney

to join its dynamic legal team.

The successful applicant must:

Have a minimum of 6 years experience in commercial

and corporate practice in The Bahamas.

Have the ability to draft and review documentation
in connection with complex commercial, real estate
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Be familiar with US and other international commercial
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The Business Administrator is responsible to the Church, supervised by the Pastor for

administering the business affairs of the Church.



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bookkeeping procedures.

2. Prepare financial report for Financial & Budget Committee and
Church Treasurer.

3, Purchasing Agent, processing Purchase Orders.

4, Maintain records on Church Staff. Establish and maintain records of
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5. Assist Property Board with Architect Contractors and others in build-
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6, Administer Church adopt policies and procedures concerning the use
of all Church properties and facilities.

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Costly Bermuda hands Bahamas
‘limitless’ insurance possibilities

costs of construction.

“The Bahamas would be a
significantly lower cost juris-
diction for these companies,
and if the Bahamas plays its
cards right, there’s no reason
why this nation would not be
looked at as a serious option if
these companies are looking
to leave or set up subsidiary

US, availability of land on
Grand Bahama, and lower

tion [as an insurance base]
because of its proximity to the

FROM page 1

JOB OPPORTUNITY FOR A
FINANCIAL CONTROLLER

An established Bahamian Company is seeking a Financial Controller.

tions.”
Themes

Themes such as exploiting
Bermuda’s high operating cost
environment to this nation’s
advantage were discussed by
Bahamian insurance industry
players at a recent Bahamas
Financial Services Board
(BFSB) seminar that hosted
key intermediaries from the
global financial services indus-
try, giving them an insight into
what this nation had to offer.

Qualifications for the position are:

¢ Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in Accounting or applied finance
from an accredited and reputable university.
Certified Public Account
3-5 year Audit experience
Proficiency in Accounting Software such as QuickBooks or Peachtree
Experience in preparing IFRS compliant financial statements
The individual will be responsible for directing the overall financial
plans and accounting practices of the organization.

Interested persons should send resumeés to: Mr Gilbert told The Tribune
w that when he was working in
P.O. Box CB-12707 Bermuda for Marsh & McLen-

Nassau, Bahamas

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Bahamas Property Fund
Bank of Bahamas
Benchmark
Bahamas Waste

. Fidelity Bank
Cable Bahamas
Colina, Holdings
Commonwealth Bank (31)
Consolidated Water BDRs
Doctor's Hospital
Famguard
Finco
FirstCaribbean
Focol (S)
Freeport Concrete
ICD Utilities.
J. S. Johnson
Premier Real Estate

14.25 Bahamas Supermarkets

6.00 Sw Ciessings (Pref)

“41.00 ABDAB. >
14.00 Bahamas Supermarkets
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Last 12 Months
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Fidelity Bahamas G & | Fund
Colina MSI Preferred Fund
Colina Bond Fund
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~~ Ask’$ = Sélling price of Colina and fidelity
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EPS $ - A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
NAV - Net Asset Value
N/M - Not Meaningful
FINDEX - The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100

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

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Seeks General ie

Job Description:

A Family Island Resor : Marina seeks a General Mana per with a strony background in hog itality,
real estate development, property managemeni and construction management services. The ifosecta
candidate must have a solid track record of success and growth. The successful applicant should:

Create and execute project work plans as appropriate to meet changing needs and requirements.
Identify resources needed and assigns individual responsibilities.

Manage day-to-day operational aspects of the Marina Project

Effectively applies our methodology and enforces project standards.

Prepare for reviews and quality assurance Procedures. 3

Project Accounting

‘Determine appropriate revenue recognition, ensures timely and accurate invoicing, and monitors
receivables for the Marina.

Forecast basic revenue models, P/L, and cost-to-completion projections and makes decisions
pe),

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, Amanagement and/or hospitality-related college degree
_ 10+ years of progressive experience in hospitality, operations and development
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organization

We offer an excellent.compensation package with benefits.
For a confidential interview, please submit your resume to island_developmentI @yahoo.com.

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companies in other jurisdic-

ance broker, it was common

for him to have meetings and

. dinner with Fortune 1000 com-

pany clients three to four days
a week.

Thus attracting the major
global insurance players to
base themselves in the
Bahamas could also provide
spin-off benefits for the airline,
ground transportation and

hotel industries, Mr Gilbert’

adding that the cost of airlift

_ and hotel rooms was cheaper

in this nation than in Bermuda.

He described as “limitless”
the opportunities for the
Bahamas if it were to once
again target the global insur-
ance industry. All the major
operators wanted to employ
nationals from the countries in
which they were based, which
would provide countless
employment opportunities for
Bahamians in lucrative, pro-
fessionally satisfying posts.

“There’s spin-offs for attor-
neys, accountants, and the
banks will benefit‘as well,” Mr
Gilbert said. “It would solidify
the Bahamian economy,
bécause insurance is not a
volatile, passive vehicle.

“In insurance, you do not
have the hills and valleys that
you have in tourism. If the
Bahamas could attract this
business, you might also see an
improvement in the Moody’s
and Standard & Poor’s credit
ratings, because we have a sta-
ble economy.”

Yet to make itself attractive
to international insurance pow-
erhouses, the Bahamas has
some significant work to do on
enhancing its infrastructure —
regulatory, physical and human
capital.

Apart from enhancing the
regulatory capabilities of the
Registrar of Insurance, other
issues that the Bahamas has
long known and acknowledged
that it must do something

about — but has yet to move

_ on;+! include, remoying bureau-

Pr

-eracy, and red ‘tape) in the
,approwals,.ands;licensing .

process.
Potential

Then there is the potential
new External Insurance Act,
long talked about, and a Bill
upon much work has been
done. Noted US attorney Joel
Karp, along with Bahamas-
based industry executives,
helped draft the Bill, but it has
yet to begin its move along the
legislative pipeline.

Zhivargo Laing, minister of
state for finance, last week told
The Tribune that the Govern-
ment was “moving aggressive-
ly to get it [the Act] passed”,
and had hired an external con-
sultant to finish work on the
Bill.

“There’s still a fair amount
of work to be done in tidying
up the Bill to ensure it achieves
the end objectives we want it
to achieve,” Mr Laing said,
adding that the captive insur-
ance industry held tremendous
potential for the Bahamas.

Meanwhile, Mr Gilbert
pointed out that Bermuda’s
insurers. reinsurers and bro-
kers gained a comfort level

_ from the international market

knowledge, involvement and

history of the island’s regula-
tor, Jeremy Cox, who is a
Bermuda native.

“I see no reason why the
Bahamas could not establish
itself again as a competitive
domicile. I think the market is
big enough, whether it be
international insurance, rein-
surance or captive insurance,”
Mr Gilbert said.

“The Bahamas is in a very
good position. It has the land
mass, the cost of construction is
relatively low when compared ~
to Bermuda, the salary levels
are low when compared to
Bermuda, so the cost of oper-
ations is reduced in the
Bahamas. If the Bahamas does
it right, it could be extremely
successful.”

On captives, Mr Gilbert
described this sector as a
“chicken and egg” situation,
revealing that Mash had told
him years ago that they would
open an office in the Bahamas
if one captive was to domicile
itself here.

. Promote

“The Bahamas needs to pro-
mote itself,” Mr Gilbert said.
“In my view, it could be as sim-
ple as the minister responsible
saying in the most widely-read
industry publication, Insurance
Business, that the Bahamas is
intending to offer itself again as
a captive domicile. If the mar-
ket doesn’t know what the
Bahamas is planning, the busi-
ness won’t come to the
Bahamas.

“The potential is there for
the Bahamas, and there are
certain things that need to be
in place to make it happen.”

The Bahamas already has an
advantage if it chooses to go
after the captive insurance
industry, especially if it targets
medium and small-sized cap-
tives, rather than the larger
ones that ace has cap-
tured.

« Captive feesi in n the Bahamas
are currently $2,500 per

* annum, much lower than the

$7,000 charged in the Cayman
Islands. A BFSB study in 2004
projected that if the Bahamas
could capture 600 captives, the
size of Cayman’s industry,
some $1.5 million in fees would
be generated for the Registrar
of Insurance’s Office. ©
Annual spending on
Bahamian professional services

per captive were projected to.

be more than $20,000, and
banking and tourism would
benefit from captives having
to hold annual general meet-
ings (AGMs) in this nation.

South Carolina has also’’

shown the potential benefits
the Bahamas could earn from
captive insurance, having
increased the number of cap-.
tives domiciled there from two
in 2000 to 85: in 2003, and 114
in 2004. Some $4 million in rev-
enues were generated for the
state, with its captives pong
$61 million in cash and $66 mil
lion in managed investments.

' There are 4,000 captives
around the world, with more
than $250 billion in assets, gen-
erating collective premium vol-
ume of more than $50 billion
per annum.

PROVOST
MARSHALL SALE

An auction will be held on 28th Noveme-
ber, 2007 at 10:00 0’ clock at the Supreme
Court Building, Bank Lane, Nassau, The
Bahamas. On auction will be a number of
Locman Watches in a variety of styles and

colours.

For more information please contact Miss
Cordell Frazier at Gibson & Company at
323-1234 or Mr. Jack Davis a the Supreme

Court at 356-9101.


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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2007, PAGE 7B



E-passport transfer
to start December 1

@ By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter

THE ‘transfer to machine read-
able or e-passports and e-identifica-
tion documents is expected to begin
by December 1, 2007, an exercise

that will cost the Government $12.7 ©

million.
Brent Symonette, Deputy Prime
Minister and Minister of Foreign

Affairs, told a group of businessmen
- that all the equipment and passport —

books are in Nassau, and all the pre-
liminary testing has been done with
excellent results. He said it was vir-
tually impossible to counter the
security features inside the pass-
ports.

The passports will only be manu-
factured in Nassau for security con-
trol reasons, although they will be
mailed to Family Island residents to
prevent them having to travel to’
Nassau.

Mr Symonette said Cabinet has

determined what the cost of the new _

passports will be. Although he said
he was not at liberty to disclose the
price at this time, he did say that the
price “would be cheaper tha’. ‘he
US visa application”.

He explained that it will be quite
an undertaking for the Passport
Office to issue the 200,000-250,000

‘ passports that will be required, and

to try to streamline the process, they
will begin with those passports

- which expire by 2008 year-end.
. Then they will address the remain-

ing passports. ,
| Frequent

Mr Symonette said a special fre-

' quent traveller passport with 64
- pages will be issued to those pérsons

who travel frequently. One of the
requirements of the new system will

- be that every single passport holder

will have to have a valid National
Insurance Board (NIB) number,
even children whose passports will
only be valid for Sfive years.

The new identification documents
will feature these five categories:

Brent Symonette



work permits, residents, permanent
resident, visas and spousal permits.
Rather than the current single page
documents, these documents will be
in book form similar to the current
passport book.

Mr Symonette explained that the
new system involves checks at all
steps of the process, which will vir-
tually eliminate the possibility of
forged documents.

Safety mechanisms are also in
place to prevent the system failing
entirely and not being able to read
the document.

It will also reduce much of the
actual paperwork associated with
the passports, and once every one
has received their initial e-passports,
it will be much easier process to
continue the renewal process.

Mr Symonette explained that the
one drawback will be that any cur-
rent visas to the US or other coun-
tries will not be able to be trans-
ferred to the new document without
going through the application
process over again.

Bahamians will also not be able to

staple two passports together, as the
staple could damage the ability to
read the document.

Therefore, Mr Symonette said
persons will just have to be pre-
pared to carry the two documents or
pay the relevant fees.

Affairs

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs
signed the $12.7 million contract
with Indusa LLC and its partners,
Malaysian global security solutions
provider IRJS Berhad, and British
security provider and papermaker,
De La Rue, at the end of last year.

The idea of the new passports is
to update the security features on
Bahamian identity documents and
bring them into compliance with the
standards mandated by the Interna-
tional Civil Aviation Organisation
(ICSAO) before May 2010.

The new machine readable pass-
ports will feature a “chip based bio-
metic authentication for finger-
prints, facial characteristics and sig-
nature capture”.

@ By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business

’ Reporter

A POTENTIAL merger
between Bahamas-based finan-
cial services providers may be
on the cards, after Banca Del
Gottardo, the Swiss financial
institution that this weekend
celebrated 50 years in opera-
tion, said a sale to BSI SA

Lugano. was soon cael to tt
cd) : that Banca ‘Del Gottardo has

be completed. sins

scissse Atia gala cobkesil party to

“celebrate the occasion, the
bank’s chief executive, Rolf
Aeberli said it was a bitter-
sweet occasion in that while it

. was.a celebration of a mile-

stone, it was also the end of an
era..

-“The bank will be better
served under new ownership,”
he said.

Banca Del Gottardo will fall
under the BSI umbrella when
the sale is completed next year,
but Mr Aberli said the institu-

’ tion will remain true to its core

values and retain a presence
in the Bahamas, having estab-
lished itself here i in 1975.

The Swiss Ambassador to
the Bahamas, Werner Bau-
man, said Switzerland and the
Bahamas werw very similar in
that they both have economies
driven by tourism and finan-
cial services.

In both countries, financial
services account for about 15
per'cent of GDP. In the years

maintained’ a presence here,
he said, it has done much in
the promotion of the Bahamas.

In congratulating the bank,
acting Prime Minister and Min-
ister of Foreign Affairs, Brent
Symonette, noted that Banca
Del Gottardo was one of the

leading asset managers in the.

world.and one of the most
recognised .

“Yet notwithstanding its
size, it is small enough to meet
its clients individual needs,” he
added.

QUANTITY SURVEYOR
eS

Positions available at Bimini Sands Resort & Marina:
Sushi Chef
Diesel/Gasoline Mechanic

. Acompetitive salary and benefit package will be offered to the
successful candidates. If you are interested in being part of a
dynamic, growing company, please email, mall or fax

Resume to:

Human Resources Manager
Bimini Sands Resort & Marina —
~ PO Box 24020
South Bimini
Bahamas
Tel: 242-347-3500
Fax: 242-347-3501
fcooney @biminisands.com -

Gottardo in BSI sale

$20,000 to the College of the
Banca Del Gottardo donated . Bahamas endowment fund.

To mark the anniversary,

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

is now located at

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

All telephone numbers remain the same.

K.Miles Parker
(Managing Partner)



Vacancy
Announcement |

Blue Shark Golf Course is currently
accepting applications for the position of

EXECUTIVE CHEF/
RESTAURANT MANAGER

Applicants should have a minimum of an |

Associate degree in Management and a
Chef Certificate from an accredited Culinary
Institute locally in the Bahamas or in the
USA or Canada along with 3 years expeeri-
ence as a Chef and Manager.

Specific experience with an upscale restau-
rant in cooking, menu preparations, devel-
opment and design for American, Canadian
and European tourists, the highest interna-
tional service stanards, proper health and
cleanliness practices, meal presentation,
purchasing and stocking of products and
supplies. Knowledge of golf course res-
taurant service and food preparation is a
must. Leadership and supervisory skills are
required.

To apply call 424-6932

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that JEAN PIERRE of
CARMICHEAL ROAD, P.O. BOX CR-54802, NASSAU, |
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for

Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization

as. a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who
knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 12th day of
November, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



KING'S
REAL ESTATE

King’s Real Estate Company Limited is.a Bahamian Real
Estate and Development Company. We are currently
looking for applicants for the below positions:

CIVIL ENGINEER

Bachelor Degree or higher in the field of Civil
Engineering.

3-5 years experience in Civil Engineering and ©
Construction related fields.

Registered with the Bahamas Professional Engineers’
Board.

Experience in the design of Subdivisions, Roads,
Airports, Drainage and Water & Sewerage Systems.
Ability to use engineering software such as Auto
CAD 2004.

Proficient in implementing site quality assurance
measures and overseeing site supervision.
Hardworking and able to handle a number of projects
simultaneously.

REAL ESTATE AGENT

3 —5 years experience in the Real Estate Industry.
e Licensed with the Bahamas Real Estate Association.
¢ Motivated.

King’s Real Estate is a team orientated company and
potential employees should be capable of adapting to
this philosophy.

All interested candidates should e-mail there resumes to:
kingsley@kingsrealty.com



FML Group of Companies Ltd.

is seeking to employ a

Marketing
Manager

Must be young, aggressive and energentic

with experience in marketing
relations.

and public

Interested persons may fax their resumes
to 394-2193. |




PAGE 8B, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2007

THE TRIBUNE



Government urged to finalise film incentives

FROM page 1

productions and formalize the
structure.

Adding that the Bahamas
Film Commission had been
constantly encouraging the
Government to do this, Mr
McCartney said the Ministry

toms and stamp duty exemp-
tions as movie industry incen-
tives.

Mr Bethel said that increas-
ingly film and TV producers
were looking for natural film-
ing locations, rather than con-
trived studio sets, which again

‘increased the Bahamas’ attrac-

of Tourism wanted to use cus-

NOTICE

Notice is hereby given that GAIL BRIDGET TAYLOR
of Oakes Field, Nassau, Bahamas, is not employed by
Woodlawn Gardens Limited nor is she associated
with or is any in any way connected with Woodlawn
Gardens Limited.
Notice is hereby: said

Further, given that the

GAIL BRIDGET TAYLOR has no authority to
represent Woodlawn Gardens Limited or to transact any
business wahtsoever for or on behalf of Woodlawn
Gardens Limited. Any person, business, vendor, trader, |
supplier or their agents and/or servants or otherwise |



who hereafter transact any business whatever with
the said GAIL BRIDGET TAYLOR using the name
Woodlawn Gardens Limited does so in breach of this
Notice and shall save harmless Woodlawn Gardens
Limited from and against all obligations, commite-
ments or liabilities or claims against Woodlawn Gardens
Limited whether absolute, contingent or accrued and
whether arising out of or in any way connected to any
transaction by the said GAIL BRIDGET TAYLOR.

SIGNED

WOODLAWN GARDENS LIMITED
Nassau, Bahamas

November 9th, 2007










COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS 2007
IN THE SUPREME COURT CLE/QUI/No.01274
Common Law and Equity Division

NOTICE

THE QUIETING TITLE ACT, 1959
(Chapter 393) 7

The Petition of Godfrey Turnquest of the Eastern —
District of the Island of New Providence one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas in >
respect of:-




IN THE MATTER OF ALL THAT piece parcel or |
lot of land containing by admeasurement (77.714)
acres situate at the southeastern end of the Deadman’s
Cay Airport in the Settlement of Deadman’s Cay,
Long Island one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas which piece parcel or lot of land has
such position shape marks boundaries and dimensions
as shown and described on Registered Plan 246 L. I.
AND ALSO ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land
containing by admeasurement (11.073) acres situate
on the southern junction of Queen’s Highway near
and adjoining Junky Landing Road also within the
Settlement of Deadman’s Cay in the Island of Long
Island aforesaid which piece parcel or lot of land has
such position shape boundaries marks and dimensions
as shown and described on Registered Plan 260 L.I.










































The Petitioner, Godfrey Turnquest claims to be the
owner of the fee simple estate in possession of the
piece parcels or lots of land hereinbefore described
and the Petitioner has made application to the Supreme
Court of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas under
Section 3 of the Quieting Title Act, 1959, to have his
title to the said land investigated and the nature and
extent thereof determined and declared in a Certificate
of Title to be granted by the Court in accordance with
the provision.of the said Act.

Copies of the filed Plans may be inspected during
normal office hours at:-



‘(a) The Registry of the Supreme Court, Ansbacher

House, East Street North, Nassau, Bahamas |

(b) The Office of the Island Administrator situate
at Clarence Town, Long Island, The Bahamas;
and

(c) The Chambers of Pyfrom, Wells & Co. No. 9

Dunmore Lane, Nassau, The Bahamas.




NOTICE is hereby given that any person or persons

having Dower or right to Dower or any Adverse
Claim not.recognized in the Petition shall before the
22nd day of January 2008 file in the Registry of the
Supreme Court and serve on the Petitioner or the
undersigned a Statement of Claim in the prescribed
form verified by an Affidavit to be filed therewith.
Failure of any such person or persons to file and serve
a Statement of Claim and the requisite documents on
or before the 22nd day of January 2008 will operate
as a bar of such claim.



Pyfrom, Wells & Co.
Attorney for the Petitioner
Chambers,

#9 Dunmore Lane
Nassau, Bahamas

tiveness given its proximity to



the US, tropical climate and
scenery, and the availability of
a variety of waterborne set-
tings.

“If you look at the location
of the Bahamas compared to
other islands outside Los
Angeles and the US, the
Bahamas is ideally located, and
more directors are looking for
a natural environment to shoot
in as opposed to a studio envi-
ronment,” Mr Bethel said.

Only one of the four pro-
ductions he was talking to
wanted to use the still-closed

ela

For the ela

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on Mondays



Bahamas Film Studios at Gold
Rock Creek, Grand Bahama,
he added.

“There are three looking at
other locations outside the Stu-
dios, Eleuthera and Nassau
specifically, to shoot those
films. Other locations will cer-
tainly benefit,” Mr Bethel said,
if the Bahamas can bring them
here. a

While blockbusters such a
the Pirates of the Caribbean
Il and III movies had injected
millions into the Bahamian
economty, and helped to revive
— at least temporarily — a mori-
bund Freeport economy, Mr
Bethel said the economic
impact and money multiplier
effect was likely to be greater
from TV productions that shot
multiple series in this nation,

Apart from the direct impact
from their spending and pur-
chasing of Bahamian-made
good, Mr Bethel said. movies
such as the Pirates of the
Caribbean and Casino Royale
generated publicity for the
Bahamas that it could not pay

Baker's Dap

GOLF & OCRAM CLUB

Great Guana Cay, Abaco
The Bahamas

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
You are invited to apply for the following position currently available.

Executive Chef

Key Responsibilities

for by being filmed here.,As a
result, the potential spin-off
benefits for tourism by placing
the Bahamas on the worldwide
map were immense.

“The classic was Casino

Royale,” Mr Bethel said. “The.
Czech Republic certainly’

gained an increase in tourism
given that it was one of the
locations for Casino Royale.
We can certainly piggyback on
that type of publicity. To pay
for it — the publicity given toa
country once it is known that is
where ‘X’ production was done

_- would be significant, if you

look at the exposure it gets to
different audiences around the
world.”

' In addition, films and TV
productions shot in the
Bahamas would not be impact-
ed by any union or industrial
unrest, Mr Bethel said, point-
ing to the strike by the Writers
Guild in the US.

. The Bahamas Film Com-
mission previously revealed

HARBOUR





SIDE MARINE -
LOOKING FOR

that the Pirates of the
Caribbean sequels pumped $43
million into the Grand
Bahama economy over 160
days of filming, some 10 per »

cent of the $430 million it gen-

erated in US box office sales
alone.

Casino Royale, the James
Bond movie, spent $8.1 mil-
lion in the Bahamas through
45 days’ filming, while After
the Sunset generated $8 mil-
lion and Three some $505,000.

Among other movie pro-
ductions said to have been eye-
ing the Bahamas were Free
Willie, Pirates of the
Caribbean IV, and Shadows of
the Foll, a production involving
James Bond actor Daniel
Craig.

Meanwhile, Mr Bethel’s
Montaque Group has been
contracted to act as payroll
agent for the Live with Regis
and Kelly TV show when it

- films at The Cove, Atlantis, for.

a week.

CARPENTER.

PLEASE FAX RESUME 394-3885
OR CALL 393-0262



NOTICE

HSBC PURCHASING (ASIA) LIMITED

Y Establish culinary standard
Y Create menus-and recipes for high-end and casual dining to include
international and Bahamian cuisine
Maintain food safety standard
Recruit and train culinary team
Manage and develop culinary team -°
Control food cost
Determine market list and vendors
Design special events
Qualifications Subs ap OMS
Â¥ Bachelor's degree in Culinary Arts or related subject; professional
certifications . :
Y Minimum ten (10) years experience at a five-star club, resort or restaurant
with at least three (3) years international or off-shore experience.
Y Must be innovative, demonstrate strong leadership and culinary skills,
must be able to train others and execute ideas and standards.

TL

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work ina growing and
dynamic organization and must be a self-starter, team player, work at the highest
standards of performance, and meet deadlines.

If you are progressive and prepared to advance your career, submit your resume
to the attention of the Director of HR & Training, sbowe@bakersbayciub.com or
by fax at 242-367-0804.



“Becoming the Employer of Choice in The Bahamas!”
UBS (Bahamas) Ltd. is one of the world's leading
financial institutions in the Caribbean. Through our
Business Area Wealth Management International, we
look after wealthy private clients by providing them
with comprehensive, value enhancing services. Our
client advisors combine strong personal relationships
with the resources that are available from across UBS,

helping them provide a full range of wealth management
services. ;

In order to strengthen our team in Nassau, we are
looking for a candidate in the following position:

Senior Client Advisor -
European Desk :

in this challenging position you will be responsible for:

e Supervising a team of Client Advisors

e Advising and setvicing existing clients including .
travelling Bee

e Acquisition of new clients

° Proposing of investment solutions

We are searching for a personality with a minimum 5
years experience and a proven successful track record
in Wealth Management, specialized in the fields of
customer relations, investment advice and portfolio
management. Excellent sales and advisory skills as
well as solid knowledge of investment products are
key requirements. A proven track record in a
comparable position with a leading global financial
institution as well as fluency in French and German is
required.

Interested? Written applications should be sent to:

hrbahamas@ubs.com or UBS (Bahamas) ktd.
Human Resources
P.O. Box N-7757
Nassau, Bahamas ...





Notice is hereby given that HSBC (Asia) Limited
Company registered under The International
Business Companies Act, 2000 has been dissolved
and struck off the Register as of the 7th day of
November 2007.

Sit

Liquidetor










NOTICE
NOTICE OL: DISSOLUTION

OF











ACAUA GLOBAL INVESTMENTS LTD.

Notice is hereby given that liquidation of the above
company commenced on the 15 day of November,
2007, Credit Suisse Trust Limited of Bahamas Fi-
nancial Centre, Shirley & Charlotte Streets, P.O.Box
N-3023, Nassau, The Bahamas has been appointed
Liquidator of the Company. cae

Credit Suisse Trust Limited
Liquidator

position
available

The Cove @ Atlantis Resorts
Registered Nurse — Full Time

Responsibilities:

e Provide primary and minor emergency medical
care ,

e Administration of medication, oxygen,
intravenous fluids as indicated and outlined in the

» clinical Protocol Manual

e Provide accurate and comprehensive medical
reports as required

Requirements:
e Holder of current Bahamian licence
e Must have at least three years experience post
graduation
e have current BLS & ALS Certification
e Must be responsible, have good communication °
skills and independent.
‘THE
CV should be sent via MEDICLINIC
e-mail to mary.epcotmedical
@coralwave.com by
November 31", 2007.


THE TRIBUNE —

EYE st

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2007, PAGE 9B



Abuses s
Family Islan
=~ incentiv =

Customs officer, told a small

® By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL business survival seminar
Tribune Business organised by Mark A Turn-
Reporter | ~ quest & Associates, that the

THE Government is review-
ing provisions for Family
Island Economic Development
Zones, two Customs Depart-
ment officers said at the week-
end, after businesses had
exploited the investment incen-
tives offered to stimulate eco-

_ nomic growth in these islands.

Bernadette Knowles, from
Customs’ aided industry divi-
sion, said provisions for the
Family Island Economic
Zones, which waived customs
duties on building supplies sent

to qualifying islands, were.
‘’ fund’s administrators from: the

presently being reviewed.

These zones were ndenided :

to facilitate Family Island
development, but had to be
suspended by the Government
following abuse of the exemp-
tions.

Ms Knowles explained that
in one instance, one Family
Island company was selling
building supplies at a much
higher price than counterparts
in Nassau, and was able to
make substantially more prof-
it because of the higher mar-
gins resulting from the tax
exemption.

“So the concessions are’

being reviewed, and we are not

sure if they will be granted in

the future," Ms Knowles said.
Anthony Cleare, a senior’

department exists solely to aid
business in clearing their
goods, particularly in areas

‘ where they might be eligible
- for duty concessions under var-
. lous encouragement acts, such

as the Hotel Encouragement
Act and the Industry Encour-
agement Act.

Meanwhile, the Bahamas
Entrepreneurial Venture Fund
— the Government-sponsored

‘venture capital fund - has

granted 34 loans out of the

- more than 400 funding appli-

cations which Were received.
Edward Rolle, one of the

firm of Baker, Gomez and
Tilly, explained that the main
reason why so many applica-
tions were denied was the lack
of a cohesive plan or the fact
that the idea was for a busi-
ness in sectors where the mar-
ket was already saturated, such
as beauty salons or women’s
apparel storea.

The fund continues to seek
out innovative ideas, which will
also contribute to employment.

The approved projects are for.

a cross section of businesses
including pharmaceuticals,
bonefish lodge, furniture/ bath-

tub makers, storage facilities, a_
document destruction compa-.

ny and an Internet Service}
Provider. }
4

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i

tRitatabatne ‘sec
INNES sy

BAHAMAS FIRST

FIRST IN INSURANCE. TODAY. TOMORROW.

Career opportunity for an ambitious
career oriented individual

Claims Advisor

Role & Responsibilities:

Provide Customer service, advice and assistance to walk-

in customers and over the telephone
Deal with agencies and other insurance companies
Complete reports and input data
Assist with subrogation _
Maintain Claims Bordereaux

Assist with on-scene accident investigations

Assistance with special projects

Qualifications:

A.A. Degree in business or related subject

Experience useful but not essential
On the job training will be provided

Computer proficiency required
Strong customer service, communication and interpersonal
skills required

The Bahamas First Group is the largest property and casualty
insurance company in The Bahamas and has an A- (Excellent)
Rating from A. M. Best, reflecting the company’s financial
stability and sound risk management practices. Compensation
commensurate with relevant experience and qualifications.

Please apply before November 28th, 2007 to:

Group HR & Training Manager
Bahamas First Corporate Services
32 Collins Avenue
P.O. Box SS-6268

Nassau, Bahamas »

or email to: careers@bahamasfirst.com



2? palglar te ah Veo







COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS 2007
{N THE SUPREME COURT No. 01153




(common Law and Equity Division




IN THE MATTER of The Quieting Titles Act, 1959
AND




IN THE MATTER OF ALL THAT piece parcel or tract of land being
part of John Drudge Grant (D-52) comprising an area of Sixteen and
Sixty-seven Hundredths (16.67) acres situate near the Settlement of The
Bight on Long Island one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas and bounded on the NORTH partly by another portion of land
originally granted to John Drudge and running thereon Nine Hundred
and One and Ninety-three Hundredths (901.93) Feet on the EAST by
another portion of land granted originally to John Drudge and running

_ thereon Seven Hundred and Eighty-Two and Sixty-two Hundredths
(782.62) Feet on the SOUTH by another portion of land originally
granted to John Drudge and running thereon Eight Hundred and Ninety-
two and Sixty-three Hundredths (892.63) Feet and on the WEST by The -
Queen’s Highway and running thereon Eight Hundred and Seventy-one
and Forty Hundredths (871.40) Feet.














AND




IN THE MATTER OF the Petition of
DELTON RANDOLPH MOREE






; NOTICE



THE PETITION OF Delton Randolph Moree in respect of:-
“ALL THAT piece parcel or tract of land being part of John Drudge
Grant (D-52) comprising an area of Sixteen and Sixty-seven Hundredths
(16.67) acres situate near the Settlement of The Bight on Long Island
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and bounded
on the NORTH partly by another portion of land originally granted to
John Drudge and running thereon Nine Hundred and One and Ninety-
three Hundredths (901.93) Feet on the EAST by another portion of land
granted originally to John Drudge and running thereon Seven Hundred
and Eighty-Two and Sixty-two Hundredths (782.62) Feet on the SOUTH
by another portion of land originally granted to John Drudge and running
thereon Eight Hundred and Ninety-two and Sixty-three Hundredths,
(892.63) Feet and on the WEST by The Queen’s Highway and running
thereon Eight Hundred and Seventy-one and Forty Hundredths (871.40)
Feet.














Delton Randolph Moree claims to be the owner of the unincumbered fee simple
estate in possession of the said land and has made application to the Supreme
Court of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas under Section Three (3) of the
Quieting Titles Act, 1959 to have his title to the said land investigated and the
nature and extent thereof determined and declared in a Certificate of Title to be
granted by the Court in accordance with the provisions of the said Act.







Copies of the Petition and the Plan of the said land may be inspected during
normal office hours in the following places:




1. The Registry of the Supreme Court, East Street North in the City of Nassau,
Bahamas; and



2. The Chambers of Lockhart & Munroe, #35 Buen Retiro Road, off Shirley
Street, Nassau, Bahamas.




NOTICE is hereby given that any person having dower or right to dower or an
Adverse Claim or a claim not recognized in the Petition shall on or before the
expiration of Thirty (30) days after the final publication of these presents, file
in the Supreme Court and serve on the Petitioner or the undersigned a Statement
of his claim in the prescribed form verified by an affidavit to be filed therewith.






Failure of any such person to file and serve a Statement of his Claim on or
_ before the expiration of Thirty (30) days after the final publication of these
presents will operate as bar to such claim.





LOCKHART & MUNROE
Chambers

#35 Buen Retiro Road

Off Shirley Street

Nassau, Bahamas






*} Attorpers for the Petitioner



KEDED

e Excellent opportunity
for you to control your
income.

e You are limited only to
your potential
e Flexible hours available
© Excellent commissions
and benefits

* Must have a proven track record in sales

» Professional appearance a must
° Must have reliable transportation

¢ Ability to meet and adhere to strict deadlines
* Excellent written and communication skills

Apply in writing to
Sales Representatives
Box PM-1
C/O The Nassau Guardian
P.O. Box N-3011
Nassau
Bahamas


PAGE 10B, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2007

THE TRIBUNE





CARICOM to discuss

social security portab

m@ By CARA BRENNEN-
‘BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter -

. REGIONAL National

Insurance Board (NIB) coun-
terparts will be in Nassau this
week: to discuss whether NIB

or other social security pay-

ments should be transferred .

via CARICOM countries
when Caribbean nationals
move to another state.
Pandora Butler, the Bahami-
an NIB’s director of public
relations, explained at a busi-
ness seminar hosted by Mark

NOTICE

Mrs. Carol D. Misiewicz

A Turnquest & Associates at
the weekend, that the issue of
allowing Caribbean nationals
who work in other CARICOM
countries to have their contri-
butions count on other islands
was very much at the fore.
This week, there will be a
CARICOM meeting that deals
with the issue here in Nassau.
“The countries are still not in
agreement as to how this
should be applied. The initial
understanding of that agree-

ment was that if persons
worked for short periods of
time in CARICOM countries,
and were not in any of those
countries qualified for a pen-
sion, then all the CARICOM
countries where they worked
would put those contributions
together, so that the person
could get the benefit; that was
the mutual understanding,” Ms

‘Butler said.

However, that is no longer
the case, she explained.

Now, Ms Butler said it has
evolved to the point where, if

you worked in a CARICOM |

country over the course of
your life, if your contribution
says that your benefits are paid
to you wherever you pay your
contributions, it will be treated
as though you never moved.
What that means, she
explained, is that even if you
qualify for a social security
benefit in the Bahamas, you
can then still qualify for one



in Antigua, or Trinidad or Bar-
bados.

“If you cannot qualify for
one in Trinidad or Barbados,
you can still qualify for a par-
tial payment, and that is what
people are having difficulty
with,“ Ms Butler said.

i ‘They are saying that if you
qualify in the Bahamas, there
is no need for us to pay you a

partial benefit, but the agree-
ment says that we have to and

that is where the problem lies."



(Munnings)
is pleased to announce
the opening of her law chambers

COUNSEL AND ATTORN 2
NOTARY PUBLI

Suite No. 7 Grosvenor Close

Grosvenor Close and Shirley Street

P.O. Box SS-5467
Nassau, Bahamas

Tel. 328-0396 Fax. 328-1388

‘New Hope’ for resort?

FROM page 1

Club. The development, which will take
place on a 55-acre site at the Bell Channel,
just across from the golf course, will fea-
ture 62 suites and 240 rooms. That project
will complement New Hope Holdings’
plans for the Port Lucaya Marina, as the
condo hotel’s target market will be golfers
and mega yacht owners and their guests.

The Port Lucaya Resort & Yacht Club
‘is jointly owned in a 50/S0 arrangement

between Port Group Ltd, the Grand

Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) affili-

ate, and Vacation Break USA.
Sources familiar with the situation told

The Tribune that one aspect of the poten-

tial deal involved Port Group Ltd buying
out its Vacation Break USA partner, then
selling 100 per cent of the Port Lucaya
Resort & Yacht Club to New pees Hold-
ings.

Major

It is understood that a major factor
behind why no deal has been concluded is
that the resort’s owners felt that New
Hope Holdings and Mr Olsen were
attempting to ‘low ball’ the purchase,
meaning that it was perceived they were
offering a price well below the true value
of Port Lucaya Resort & Yacht Club and
its assets. However, sources said the

pire deal was not completely dead

yet

Rembert Albury, Port Lucaya Resort
& Yacht Club’s general manager, when -
contacted by The Tribune about the dis-
cussions, replied: “I’m not privy to that
information. You'll have to contact the

- Port Group Ltd itself.”

Mr Albury directed The Tribune to
Graham Torode, head of the Grand
Bahama Development Company (Dev-
co). Mr Torode was said to be in meetings
late Friday, and despite The Tribune leav-
ing a detailed message on the nature of its
inquiry, the call was not returned before
press time.

Similarly, Mr Olsen could not be con-

tacted for comment either.

WWw.misiewiczlaw.com
E-mail: carol.misiewicz@ gmail.com



Legal Notice

NOTICE

DAMASCUS LIMITED

IN VOLUNTARY LIQUIDATION

Legal Notice

NOTICE

ss STARFRUIT HOLDINGS LID. |

Rie acres

2004:
-CLE/QUI/No.1120.

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS.
i. IN THE SUPREME COURT ....
COMMON LAW and EQUITY DIVISION

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with section 137 of the
International Business Companies Act 2000 DAMASCUS
LIMITED is in dissolution.

‘Notice is hereby given that in accordance with section 137 of the
International Business Companies Act 2000 STARFRUIT HOLD-
INGS LTD. is in dissolution.

IN THE MATTER OF ALL THAT piece, parcel,

or tract of land containing 9.033 acres being a
portion of Crown Grant A-337 granted to Simon
Whitehead and situate approximately 2400 feet
West of Millars Road and 822 feet South of
Adelaide Road in the Western District of the Island
of New Providence one of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas

-

The Date of the Commencement of dissolution was 16th November:
2007. David Thain of Arner Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Ltd., Building
2 Caves Village, RO. Box N-3917 is the Liquidator of DAMASCUS
LIMITED. All persons having claims against the above-named com-
pany are required to send their address and particulars of their debts
tothe Liquidator before the 16th December 2007.

The Date of the Commencement of dissolution was 15th November’
2007. David Thain of Arner Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Ltd., Building
2 Caves Village, RO. Box N-3917 is the Liquidator of STARFRUIT
HOLDINGS LTD. All persons having claims against the above-

named company are required to send their address and particulars of

AND their debts to the Liquidator before the 15th December 2007.

IN THE MATTER OF The Quieting Titles Act, 1959, Chapter
393

AND
IN THE MATTER.-of the Petition of WILLIAM ROSCOE. -
DARLING under: The Quieting Titles Act, 1959

NOTICE

WILLIAM ROSCOE DARLING, the Petitioner claims to be
the owner in fee simple in possession of the said piece -
parcel or lot of land and had made application to the
Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas
under Section 3 of The Quieting Titles Act, 1959, to have
the said piece parcel or lot of land investigated and the
nature and extent thereof determined and declared in a
Certificate of Title to be granted by the Court in accordance
with the provisions of the said Act.

NOTICE

VCO INVESTMENT FUND LTD.

IN VOLUNTARY LIQUIDATION

Legal Notice

NOTICE

BLUE SPOT FUND LTD.
VOLUNTARILY LIQUIDATED
Notice is hereby given that in accordance with section 137 of the

International Business Companies Act 2000 VCO INVESTMENT
FUND LTD. is in dissolution.

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with section 137 (8) of the
International Business Companies Act 2000 the Dissolution of BLUE
SPOT FUND LTD. has been completed, a Certificate of Dissolution has

been issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the Register of
Companies.

Copies- of the Petition and Plan showing the position
boundaries shape marks and dimensions of said piece
parcel or lot of land filed in this matter may be inspected
during normal working office hours at the following places;

The Date of the Commencement of dissolution was 13th November
2007. David Thain of Arner Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Ltd., Build-

ing 2 Caves Village, RO. Box N-3917 is the Liquidator of VCO
INVESTMENT FUND LTD. All persons having claims against the
above-named company are required to send their address and particu-
lars of their debts to the Liquidator before the 13th December 2007.

The Date of the Completion of dissolution was the 13th November

1. The Registry of The Supreme Court, Ansbacher House,

East Street, Nassau Bahamas

2. The Chambers of Clarita V. Lockhart & Co. 90 Shirley
Street, Corner of Shirley Street and Elizabeth Avenue in
the City of Nassau, The Bahamas, attorneys for the
Petitioner.

NOTICE is hereby given that any person having Dower

or a right to Dower or an Adverse Claimor a claim not
recognized in the Petition shall within Thirty (30) days after
the appearance of Notice herein filed in the Registry of the
Supreme Court in the City of Nassau aforesaid and serve
on the Petitioner or the undersigned a statement of his, her
or its claim in the peed form verified by the Affidavit
to be filed

therewith.

Legal Notice
‘NOTICE

LANDSKHRONA LTD.

PRISM RESOURCES INC.

‘dn Voluntary Liquidation) (In Voluntary Liquidation)

Failure of any such person to file and serve a Statement of
his, her or its claim on or f
before the said Thirty ©) days herein will operate as a bar
to such claim.

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the
25th day of September 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa
Corp. Inc., RO.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the
15th day of October 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa |
Corp. Inc., RO.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.

CLARITA V. LOCKHART & CO.
Attorney for the Petitioner
Chambers

90 Shirley Street & Elizabeth Ave.

Nassau, Bahmas
ARGOSA CORP. INC.

(Liquidator)

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


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