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possible attempt to gain.

access to injured man

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

POLICE officers at Princess :

Margaret Hospital yesterday

helped thwart an attempt by a_

possible suspect to gain access
to the victim of yet another
shooting.

A 26-year-old man was shot

in his leg-and-ds-in serious can-....

dition in hospital after being
attacked shortly after 1 am. yes-
terday on Nassau Street.

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MORE than a dozen per-
sons whose vote in the
Pinewood Gardens con-
stituency is being challenged
were called to testify in the
Pinewood Gardens election
court case yesterday.
Latanya Ferguson, a resi-
dent of Sequoia Street, told
the court yesterday she lives
behind the Sadie Curtis
school. When asked by lawyer
Michael Barnett as to whether
she had ever heard of private

SEE page eight
































voters testify:

sister to get information from
Princess Margaret Hospital staff
about his condition.

Assistant Supt Walter Evans
told The Tribune that police are
investigating the possibility that
the woman was attempting “to
get to” the victim.

Police now have the woman
and a man in custody in con-
nection with this case.

According to reports, the 26-
year-old man was about to dri-
ve away from the Superwash
laundromat on Nassau Street in
the early hours of yesterday
morning when two men — one
of them known to him -
approached his car.

SEE page eight

Man is charged —
with the murder of
Kenneth Lightbourne

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

FREEPORT - Grand Bahama
resident Jermaine Williams was
charged with murder in Freeport
Magistrate’s Court on Monday in
the death of 45-year-old Kenneth
Lightbourne, whose decomposed
body was discovered two weeks
ago in Lucaya.

Williams, 25, appeared before
Deputy Chief Magistrate Helen
Jones in Court Two. He was rep-
resented by lawyer Jameko
Greene.

It is alleged that between
November 10 and November 15
at Freeport, Grand Bahama,

SEE page eight

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Police Staff
Association chief
‘offended’ by
Cynthia Pratt claim

il By PAUL G TURNQUEST

Tribune Staff Reporter

pturnquest@tribunemedia.net

BRADLEY Sands, Police :

Staff Association’s executive

mer minister of National Secu- :
rity Cynthia Pratt’s claim that :

his association did all that it

could to “frustrate” the work }

of her government.

Mr Sands said that the Royal

Bahamas Police Force has

always been a “neutral” orga- }

nization, from the years of the
“old PLP” and the former FNM
government.

SEE page eight



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son.

_ Minister secures well known
. lawyer for legal action regarding
comments on subdivision

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

i LABOUR and Maritime
: Affairs Minister Dion Foulkes
: has secured well known lawyer

: ‘ _? Michael Scott to take legal . i
chairman, is offended by for-' :

? action against what he described
as “serious defamatory com-
ments” made against him
: regarding the Stephen Close
subdivision.

Last week former Works and
Utilities Minister Bradley
: Roberts and PLP chairman-con-
: tender Omar Archer, held a
: press conference calling on Mr
: Foulkes to resign from his post.
: At the press conference Mr
: Roberts pointed out that the
: “unapproved” subdivision
: known as Stephen’s Close was



“doomed from the start.”
“This project was started in

2004 and was doomed from the

start as the developer (Denise

SEE page 10



Latest murder
Victim named
by the police

@ By TANEKA THOMPSON —

Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

POLICE released the name
of Rodriguez Francis yesterday
as the country’s latest murder
victim after his body was posi-
tively identified by his family.

Francis, 31, a father of three,
was gunned down outside his
home on Coleman Lane off
East Street just before midnight
on Saturday, police said. It is
reported that he was engaged
to be married.

According to reports Francis’

family members are angry that
police searched his home while
his dead body still lay in the
front yard. It is also claimed that
Francis’ fiancée, Yolanda
Neely, plans to file an official
report with the Complaints and
Corruptions Unit against the
police who, she claims, “ran-
sacked” their home.

Police report that they were
conducting a legal search of the
home following Francis’ mur-
der and that a large amount of
cash and contraband was seized
during their inspection. °

Francis was shot in his front

SEE page 10

Police awaiting
decision from AG’s
office on Bishop

Randy Fraser

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

POLICE prosecutors are still
awaiting a decision from the
office of the Attorney General
about whether that office will
go ahead with their request to
reinstate charges against Bishop
Randy Fraser.. ;

Mr Fraser was accused of
having unlawful sexual inter-
course with a minor dependent
in April 2006. He was dis-
charged, but not acquitted of
the charges, by Magistrate Mar-
ilyn Meers on October 23.

The magistrate cited the pros-
ecution’s failure to produce evi-
dence to establish a sexual rela;
tionship between him and the
virtual complainant, claiming
he had “no case to answer” in
this instance.

“As far as I’m aware the mat-
ter is under review (by the

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- for completed

census forms to
be returned by
November 30

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

THE MINISTRY of Edu-
cation has begun conducting
its National Education Cen-
sus for 2007/2008 and is
encouraging all schools to
return completed forms by the
November 3() deadline.

The annual exercise, which
has been conducted since
2003, aims to provide the gov-
ernment with a detailed analy-
sis of all aspects of the coun-
try’s educational system
including all public, private
and special learning institu-
tions.

“The purpose of the exer-
cise is to collect information
on the number of students
enrolled in schools by age, by
grade, by sex, as well as the
number of teachers employed
and the number of students
enrolled in various education-
al programmes,” a represen-
tative from the Department
of Educational Planning told
The Tribune yesterday.

Questionnaires were report-
edly issued to all of the
nation’s education institutions
during the first week of
November.

The data amassed will be
used to prepare the Ministry



of Education’s Bahamas Edu-
cation Statistical Digest,
Director of Educational Plan-
ning Marcelus Taylor said dur-
ing a telephone interview yes-
terday.

The information gleaned
from these questionnaires is
also expected to improve the
nation’s educational system,
Taylor explained.

“(The questionnaires) give
the ministry a status on edu-
cation and from the informa-
tion we can look for areas to
make changes as well as plan-
ning for infrastructure
changes.

“For instance if the student

-population in a Family Island

is growing faster than we pre-
dicted, we will plan to build
more classrooms and hire
additional teachers.”

While the ministry has pub-
lished the digest for the
2005/2006 academic year, it
has yet to release a publica-
tion for 2006/2007.

Mr Taylor said the delay in
publishing the data is due to
“tardy reporting” by some
institutions.

Educators completing ques-
tionnaires should ensure they
are filled in accurately and if
there are any concerns, con-
tact the Department of Edu-
cational Planning for clarifi-
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ACTING PRIME Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent

Symonette addresses the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Band Treaty
Organisation (CTBTO) workshop opening session yesterday.

The Bahamas to ratify nuclear
test-ban treaty, says Acting PM

THE Bahamas is set to ratify its position as a-signatory to the
Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty, designed to rid the
world of nuclear weapons, Acting Prime Minister Brent

Symonette announced yesterday.

He was addressing a regional workshop co-hosted by the
Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-
Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO) and the Ministry of For-
eign Affairs. It is being held November 26 to 28 at the Wynd-
ham Nassau Resort and Crystal Palace Casino on Cable Beach.

The workshop is intended to build upon previous regional
and sub-regional international co-operation workshops held in
Peru in 2000, Jamaica in 2002, Guatemala in 2005 and Mexico.

in 2006.

It reportedly seeks to enhance understanding of the Compre-

hensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) among the states in
the region, promote its signing and ratification and facilitate

the establishment of a verification regime.

The Bahamas signed the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban

Treaty on February 4, 2005.

“The Bahamas would further welcome any guarantees of
partnership to benefit from best practice and technical assis-
tance to establish a national data centre in order to be in a
position to benefit from the International Data Centre and the
civil and scientific applications it distills from the treaty’s verifi-
cation technologies,” said Mr Symonette, who is also the
deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs.

The year 2006 marked the 10th anniversary of the CTBT
being open for signature. Since then, the treaty has been con-
sidered a cornerstone of the efforts for nuclear non-prolifera-

tion.

The treaty was signed by 177 states and 140 countries have

ratified.

Mr Symonette noted that, with the Bahamas virtually on the
opposite side of the world from Hiroshima and Nagasaki and
from regions currently engulfed in armed conflict, it is difficult
for Bahamians to understand the horror and depth of human.
loss and suffering, as well as environmental devastation caused

by atomic weapons.

He said he hopes the workshop, taking place in a region
which is a comparative haven of peace, will come to be regard-
ed as a significant turning point in expelling once and for all the
contradictions between national political policies and human

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Junkanoo §=with murder of businessman =

parades
honorees

_ THE Ministry of Education,
Youth, Sports and Culture yes-

terday announced the
junkanoo honorees for this
‘year.

“<"- The 2007 Boxing Day
* parade will be named in hon-
our of Brian “Boldie” Gibson
and the 2008 New Year’s Day
parade will be named in hon-
-’. our of the late Anthony
“Tony” Carroll.

Assistant director of Culture
Edison Dames made the
announcement, adding that the
2007 Junior Junkanoo parade
would be named in honour of
Veronica Ingraham Thomp-
son.

Mr Dames also announced

*. the holding of a National
- > Awards Presentation Ceremo-

_> hy at Government House on

Thursday to honour a number
of persons who have made s
significant contribution to
junkanoo.

Mr Gibson and a represen-
tative from Mr Carroll’s fami-
ly will receive a specially
designed jacket.

The event is scheduled to
begin at 7pm.

Mr Gibson founded the
Vikings Junkanoo group in
1964, served as the grand mar-
shal for the National Junkanoo

-‘Committee (NJC) and for

"-,7/many years announced the

winners and losers of the
parades.

He was also chairman of the
NJC.

Mr Carroll has been dubbed
as the “Individual King”
because he entered the
parades for over 55 years
sporting individual pieces.

Mr Carroll, who died earlier
this year, was also a founding
member and chairman of the
Individual Junkanoo Associa-
tion.

Mrs Ingraham Thompson, a
former acting director of cul-
ture, was instrumental in the
formation of the first Junior
Junkanoo parade in 1988.

- “All of those persons whom

“parades were named after
since 2002 will be receiving the
jackets,” said Mr Dames.

Acting PM

~ speaks on
hazardous |

ACTING Prime Minister
Brent Symonette said the trans-
shipment of hazardous waste
through Caribbean waters is an
issue of overriding importance
to the region.

He was speaking at a region-
al workshop on the Compre-
hensive Nuclear Test-Ban

- Treaty in Nassau yesterday.

“This waste composed of

radioactive materials raises seri-



-_- ous concerns for human health

‘and development, given fragile
_ marine and island eco-systems,

- and by extension, the liveli-

hoods of many persons derived
there from,” Mr Symonette
said.

“Thus, it bears re-stating that
the important link between an
effective non-proliferation
regime, and the attainment of
an enduring global-peace and
stability cannot be over-empha-
sised in relation, also, to the
viability of global, economic
and social development.”







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

FREEPORT - Two men have
been charged in connection with
the murder of Grand Bahama
businessman Gifford Martin Jr
in Freeport Magistrate’s Court.

An angry crowd yelled insults,
and grief-stricken family mem-
bers cried and collapsed in each
others arms outside the court-
house yesterday as Dwight Turn-
quest and Hulio Smith were
quickly taken away in a police
van around noon.

Turnquest, 38, a former resi-
dent of Bootle Bay who now
lives in Exuma, and Hulio Smith,
28, of Pinta Avenue, South
Bahamia and New Providence,
appeared before Deputy Chief
Magistrate Helen Jones.

The men were brought to the
courthouse around 9.30am, but
were not arraigned until
11.30am. They were heavily

guarded. Armed police officers

and iron barricades were posi-
tioned around the Garnet Levar-
ity Justice Centre.

A number of police detectives
also stood guard inside the
packed courtroom, where the
victim’s immediate family and
close relatives were seated.

Gifford Martin Jr, 32, owner
of Xtreme Auto and Supplies,
was shot and killed at his busi-
ness establishment on Yellow
Pine Street. His body was found
lying on the ground outside the
rear of the premises on Novem-
ber 16.

Nassau lawyer Michael Kemp,
assisted by Jameko Greene of
Freeport, represented Mr Turn-
quest. Nassau lawyer Craig But-

‘No further cases
of tuberculosis’
at CC Sweeting

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

QUELLING fears of a tuber-
culosis epidemic, Chief Medical
Officer Merceline Dahl Regis
yesterday revealed that according
to test results, there are no fur-
ther cases of the disease among
the 537 students and staff tested
at C C Sweeting High School.

Dr Dahl Regis said that the
surveillance unit at the Depart-
ment of Health would continue
to monitor the situation, howev-
er.

This follows news last week
that one student at the school
had been admitted to hospital
with the bacterial infection, the
symptoms of which can include a
bad cough which may contain
blood or mucus, weakness or
fatigue, night sweats, and weight
loss.

Yesterday, permanent
secretary in the Ministry of Edu-
cation Elma Garraway said that
health officials had not given any

" mew advice in response to the

scare.

The Chief Medical Officer said
that in her opinion, parents have
no more cause for serious con-
cern, explaining that the 537 per-
sons tested included the entire
tenth grade, as previously publi-

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Hulio Smith

ler represented Smith.

The prosecution is alleging
that between November 15 and
November 16, the men, being
concerned together, intention-
ally caused the death of Mr Mar-
tin. The men were not required
to enter.a plea to the murder
charge, which is an indictable
offence,

Following the hour-and-a-half
wait for the arraignment because
Magistrate Jones was dealing
with juvenile matters in another
court, Mr Kemp said that it is
unheard of that a one magistrate
should be responsible for four
courts.

He said he wanted to know
whether the matter could pro-
ceed by way of Circuit Magis-
trate in New Providence.

“If the Attorney General is
adamant about the matter being
tried in Grand Bahama they can
do it, but there is of course some
anxiety in the island of Grand
Bahama,” he said.

However, the prosecution
indicated that it intends to file a

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Voluntary Bill of Indictment to
have the matter go directly to
the Supreme Court.

Mr Kemp also pointed out
that his client was not living in
Grand Bahama and was now a
resident of Exuma.

Magistrate Jones asked Turn-
quest if he was a former resident
of Bootle Bay, Grand Bahama.
He responded that he was, but
that he had moved nine months
ago to Exuma.

Bail was denied and the men
were remanded to Her Majesty’s
Prison, Fox Hill until March 4,
2008.

Mr Butler expressed concern
for his client’s safety in prison
and made a request that Hulio
Smith be “kept isolated in a
cell.”

“T understand that informa-
tion coming by Smith is that

* threats were made against life,”

the attorney said.

Magistrate Jones said that she
would make a note of it, so that
the prison superintendent could
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support staff. Of this number,
who were all given the mantoux
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This does not necessarily mean
that they have the disease how-
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These 32 people then under-
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None was found to have the
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“As a precautionary measure
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EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

The Tribune Limited

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MORE than 300 persons accused of mur-

der, robbery and rape, have been released |

from prison and returned to the community
on bail — 114 for murder, 189 for armed rob-
bery, and 39 for rape.

The reason given for this buildup of
accused awaiting trial was that the overbur-
dened courts could not hear their cases in a
timely fashion. And so they had to be
released.

If this were the only problem then the obvi-
ous solution would be to hire more judges,
and devote a court exclusively to criminal
matters. But even to this seemingly common-
sense solution, there were roadblocks.

During the House of Assembly debate on
the amendment to the Juries Act last month,
former attorney general Alfred Sears said
that the establishment of a judicial complex
was key to speeding up the administration of
justice. He then said that in late 2005 his gov-
ernment had not only awarded a contract for
the construction of a new 12-courtroom com-
plex, but it had also “agreed a plan” for the
construction of that complex. Obviously, his
government knew how urgent it was to have
this complex up and operating, but for the
next two years of its term, it did nothing. It
appears that it made no attempt to even have
construction started. i

Only after reading the Chief Justice’s

speech to the Chamber of Commerce’s crime
seminar last week, did we fully appreciate
how vital that complex was to getting crimi-
nals off the streets. And how even more rep-
rehensible was the inaction of the PLP gov-
ernment in not getting the job done as a mat-
ter of top priority. .
’ The Chief Justice pointed out that the cen-
tral court building in downtown Nassau out-
gtew its facilities decades ago. It now “occu-
pies five different buildings between East
Street and Marlborough Street,” he said.
“Two of these are rental accommodations for
which $748,000 is paid annually. In addition,
the support service of court reporting is
housed in privately owned premises for which
additional rent must be paid. The inefficien-
cies in terms of management of staff and
movement of files occasioned by this separa-
tion of facilities are obvious.”

Of the 11 Supreme Court judges, one sits in
Freeport, which has its own unique problems.

Returning to the limitation of court facili-
ties, Sir Burton said that there is no provision
for the separation of jurors from witnesses in
the precincts of the present court building
where there are only two jury deliberation
rooms. There are no bathrooms available for
the use of witnesses, attorneys or the public in

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two of the three buildings which can accom-
modate jury trials.”

This lack of facilities was yet another prac-
tical argument to support the Bill to reduce
the number of jurors.

“Accordingly, published demands to make
more judges available for criminal trials can-
not be met because it is simply impractical to
run more than three criminal courts simulta-
neously, previous attempts to run four courts
were not successful and it would be wholly
irrational to attempt anything beyond this
number given our present limitations,” said
the Chief Justice.

Because of the demand on the judges’ time
to deal with other judicial matters in the
court’s seven divisions, “only a small portion
of judicial time is dedicated to criminal mat-
ters.”

This must be changed. Obviously, more
judges are needed. Obviously more tempo-
rary facilities are also needed until a new com-
plex can be built. And obviously an efficient
support staff is needed to plan the court cal-
endar, marshal all the witness, get the jury
pool together, and take care of all of the myr-
iad other functions necessary to keep a busy
criminal court operating smoothly.

If we can have a traffic court, we can have
a criminal court. It is true that the traffic court
is not only important to entorce the law and
help to make our streets safer, but it is also a
good money-spinner for the pubic treasury.

A criminal court should sit from 9am to
Spm, Monday through Friday throughout the
year. It should have no term breaks other
than national holidays, and holidays for the
judges to be taken at different times during a
year so that at no time will the whole court
system close down for a recess.

Of course, the building of a suitable court
complex should start as soon as possible, and
be pushed to early completion, so that tax-
payers’ money can be saved on the present
rents and channeled into staff and equipment
for the new courts.

It’s not a matter of it can’t be done. This
country is now at a stage that it has to be
done. In the meantime the list of those per-
sons on bail with the worst criminal records
should be rounded up, returned to jail and the
criminal court should start immediately work-
ing on their cases.

Samuel McKenzie, 35, the “terror of East
Street”, would have been alive today if he had
not been granted bail. With his notorious
criminal record and reputation, it is still our
opinion that no responsible court system
should have released him into this communi-

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Saving our

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is essential

EDITOR, The Tribune. ‘

As a politician you are judged,
not by your own personal suc-
cess, but by how successful you
are in improving the lives and
state of the people and country
you are entrusted to serve. Many
of our former and current politi-
cians have been very successful
at providing excellent .educa-
tional opportunitics for their
children, who in turn have
rewarded their parents — by
achieving, personal success in
their chosen careers and fields of
endeavour. What about the rest
of our nation’s children though,
particularly those in the lower

economic strata of our society?’

People like Nikki from Podoleo
Street; Marco from Hay Street;
Dion from Montell Heights?
How successful have our politi-
cians been at elevating this
nation’s less fortunate and pro-
viding them with the proper
school environment to empower
themselves? Suffice it to say that
our public school system is dete-
riorating, and if there is not a
rebirth of knowledge, or a
renaissance in education, we
cannot expect to tackle the
increased criminality in The
Bahamas.

Of course the primary respon-
sibility for nurturing and devel-
oping the character and ambi-
tion of our nation’s youth rests
squarely on the shoulders of our
nation’s parents. Politicians are
not elected to be baby sitters.
The role of parents in imbuing
their children with the morals
and work ethics necessary to
propel them to personal success
is critical. Many of the ills we
now suffer from in our country
are due to the inability of par-
ents to fulfil their roles and
responsibilities. What is con-
founding though, is that par-
ents/guardians who have given
everything they had without suc-
cess and who are inclined to
look to others in our society for
help, will now look sceptically at
persons in the community nor-
mally seen as_ trustworthy,
because of the recent undenied
allegations of egregious impro-
priety involving a "counsellor"
and one of our nation’s youth,

Where these voids in parent-
ing exist, children look else-
Where to have them filled.
Gangs give love to needy boys
and girls who live in homes
devoid of love; gangs give refuge
and protection to young boys
and girls who are violated in
abusive and sometimes incestu-
ous familial — relationships;
teenage girls look for love and
affirmation of their human value
by engaging in premature sexual
relationships with boys and
sometimes grown men, leading
to teenage pregnancy and HIV
transmission; young boys with a
warped sense of self worth now
wear clothing with the labels and
price tags still attached to show
that it is authentic and of value.

No, politiciahs cannot con-
trol the choices people chaose to
make. They cannot force par-
ents to be good parents, any
more than they can force citi-
zens to be good citizens. In a
democracy, people are endowed
with the right of self determina-

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tion. What we choose to do with
this freedom is our choice, gov-

ernment can only hold us
accountable should we decide to
violate the laws of acceptable
behaviour in the decisions we
make. Politicians can and must,

however, provide the frame- -

work for people to escape the
clutches of hardship and despair,
poverty and pessimism.
Occasional handouts can pacify
perpetual pessimism, but not
overcome it. Education and
knowledge are the surest ways
to fight and escape poverty, and
it is upon this foundation and
framework that we must rebuild
and give rebirth to our
nation. Who among us believes
that the majority of persons
responsible for the surge in
criminality are those who are
academically accomplished, or
who’ve acquired useful technical
or vocational skills?

In today’s Bahamas, no par-
ent who can afford to send their
child to private school opts to
send them to public school. Not
the politicians, the doctors, the
lawyers, the ministers of reli-
gion,none of them. .

They want their children to be
equally as, if not more successful
than themselves, and one of
their primary reasons for putting
up with the frustrations of their
work, is the hope that they hold
for their children’s future.

The affluent among us must
not be the only ones with hope
for their children’s future, we
must keep hope alive for all
well-meaning parents in our
society, especially those less for-
tunate who look to the govern-
ment to provide an educational
environment that enables their
children to provide a better
quality of life for their future
children.

I and many other Bahamians
share concern about the state of
our public schools. They more
closely resemble battlefields
than bastions of learning, where
boys act more like IED’s
(improvised explosive devices)
rather than individuals interest-
ed in BGCSE’s. Those who say
it’s really not that bad know that
teachers ‘and innocent students
daily traverse a minetield where
one wrong step, look or word
taken offensively could cause a
catastrophic violent explosion.
Students in the public school
system are forced to have vio-
lence and self preservation
against it at the forefront of their
minds, instead of the search for
knowledge and self advance-
ment. It’s not cool to be smart or
a. good student, and the risk of
causing resentment by upstaging
other students is anathema to
such preservation of one’s safe-
ty. With this reality, why would
parents want their children to be
subjected to this kind of
enslaved environment?

A public school education
must not be code for substan-
dard education. Those among us
who have the means to send

their children to the more pro-
tected enclaves of private
schools, should be no less con-
cerned with the state and wel-
fare of the children in our public
schools. Our country’s future is
inextricably linked to the state
and prospects for advancement
of our nation’s less fortunate.
Their rights and interests must
be protected and safeguarded if
we are to enjoy peace in our
society.

They must rightly believe that
they have an opportunity to
improve their condition and that
they too can reap personal suc-
cess through education rather
than criminality. If .our schools
continue to produce dysfunc-
tional youth, we are destined to
live in an increasingly more dys-
functional and violent society. It
is here where the Minister of
Education, The Hon. Carl

. Bethel is blessed with the oppor-
- tunity to transform our nation.

Mr. Bethel cannot make stu-
dents excel if they choose not to.
However, he can rid our schools
of the intractable and incorrigi-
ble young men and women who
stifle learning by making tHe
lives of teachers and students on
campus a living hell.

Only those interested in the
pursuit of learning should be
privileged to go to high school,
while all others are placed in
reform school, paid for by their
parents and not the government.

People don’t value things that
are free, unless it comes with a
price.

The freedom of peoples and
lands came at the price of
human life and sacrifice; the
freedom of the press came with
the price of imprisonment and
the loss of the lives of those who
fought for it; the freedom to vote
came with great struggle and
bloodshed. Even though they
are all now free, doesn’t mean
that they are any less valuable.
We do, however, appreciate all
of these freedoms less’ than do
others*in countries around this
world where such freedoms do
not exist. Just because Sir
Lynden Pindling made educa-
tion in our public school system
free, doesn’t mean that it should
be valued any less.

Children and their parents,
who by their actions or lack
thereof show no appreciation for
education by impairing learning
in our schools, forfeit the privi-
lege to attend these schools or to
receive free public education.
We cannot allow the vices of a
few to harm the interests of the
greater good.

The role of our schools in
building our country is immense.
Knowledge and education are
the surest way to fight poverty,
mental enslavement and incar-
ceration.

There is nothing more com-
pelling than this in recognizing
that something must be done to
save our publfc schools, and that
something must be done NOW.
Minister Bethel, this nation's
children are now your children,
too. The renaissance begins with
you.

S. Andre Rollins, D.M.D.
Nassau,
November 25, 2007

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Venezuela's Hugo’
Chavez says
reconciliation
impossible with
Colombian leader

@ CARACAS, Venezuela

VENEZUELAN President
Hugo Chavez said Monday
that reconciliation is impossi-
ble with Colombia’s president
. as the two leaders traded stern
warnings in an escalating
diplomatic crisis that threatens
trade ties between the South
American neighbors, accord- ,
ing to Associated Press.

Chavez said Sunday he is
putting relations “in the freez-
er” after President Alvaro
Uribe ended the Venezuelan
leader’s role mediating with
Colombia’s leftist rebels. That
announcement drew a strong
rebuke from Uribe, who said
Chavez’s actions suggest he
wants to see a “terrorist gov-
ernment” run by leftist rebels
in Bogota.

The spat is the bitterest yet
between Chavez and the U.S.-
allied Uribe, who in the past
have sought to cultivate cor-
dial ties despite their deep ide-
ological differences.

It could have serious eco-
nomic consequences. The two
countries are major commer-
cial partners, with $4.1 billion
in trade last year, about two-
thirds of that in Colombian
exports to Venezuela.

Neither leader announced
any concrete plan, but Chavez
said economic relations will be
hurt as a result of Uribe’s
actions, which he called “‘a spit
in the face.”

Relations with Colombia
have reached their “most seri-
ous crisis,” Chavez said in a
televised interview early Mon-
day. While diplomatic chan-
nels may remain open, he said,
“not reconciliation because
it’s impossible now. When it
reaches these levels between
two heads of state, it’s impos-
sible.” ;

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Nassau will be transformed into a
sea of red this week when hun-
dreds of volunteers assemble in
Rawson Square to form a human
red ribbon in observance of World
AIDS Day.

Organisers say the red ribbon is
an international symbol of solidar-
ity for people living with
HIV/AIDS, and a beacon of hope
in the fight against AIDS.

This will be the second year ina
row that the AIDS Foundation of
the Bahamas has staged such an
event.

World AIDS Day will be
observed on December 1 under
the theme: “Take the Lead .
Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise.”

According to United Nations
AIDS estimates, there are now 39.5
million people living with HIV,
including 2.3 million children.

During 2006, 4.3 million people
became newly infected with the
virus. Around half of all people
who become infected with HIV do
so before they are 25 and die from
AIDS related complications before
they are 35. World AIDS Day got
started on December 1, 1988 and
has increased in popularity over
the years.

According to president of the
AIDS Foundation Camille Bar-
nett, the purpose of the ribbon is to
remember those who have died,

. those who are living with HIV and

AIDS and to recommit to the fight
to stop AIDS.

She said the Bahamas continues
to make strides when it comes to
HIV/AIDS awareness and pre-
vention. However, Ms Barnett said
much remains to be done.

“Because the medications are
working so well for most HIV pos-
itive persons, people tend to think
that HIV is not a problem anymore

_or that there is a cure. For example

students that I teach at the College
of the Bahamas have asked me if
Magic Johnson is cured because he
looks so healthy,” she said.

“The message needs to get out
there as often as possible and be
reinforced over and over again that
prevention is the only answer, con-
doms are the safest barrier method
and everyone who is sexually active
needs to know their HIV status.”

Ms Barnett encouraged Bahami-
ans to know their HIV status and, if
HIV positive, to take advantage of
free medical treatments which
enable HIV positive persons to live
much longer, healthier lives.

According to Ms Barnett, a
series of HIV/AIDS awareness
activities were held at COB over
the last four weeks, which included

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free testing.

“Tam happy to report that over
200 students were tested and all of
them were negative. As a result,
testing will be done at COB more
often and February is the next
scheduled date.”

In spite of the persistent dan-
gers, Ms Barnett admits that many
Bahamians are still reluctant to get
tested.

“There are many reasons why
they don’t want to get tested, but
the two main ones appear to be
their fear of finding out that they
are HIV positive and their fear of
how they will be treated by friends,
family and coworkers. Stigma and
discrimination are alive and well. It
is very real. Another reason why
some persons are afraid to get test-
ed is their fear of needles,” she said.

Vulnerable

According to health officials,
females between the ages of 15 and
29 are one of the most vulnerable
groups in terms of new HIV infec-
tions. However, based on recent
statements by director of the
National AIDS Programme, Dr
Perry Gomez, all sexually active
persons are of great concern
because after years of seeing a
decline in new HIV cases the num-
bers have started to rise.

Health officials are hoping that
the Human Red Ribbon will create
awareness for the plight of persons
living with HIV/AIDS.

“This event generated a lot of
excitement last year when it was
executed. Colinalmperial, our
major corporate sponsor, brought
out scores of their employees to
participate. The ribbon stretched
from Queen Victoria’s statue in
the south to Sir Milo Butler’s bust

. in the north in Rawson Square,”

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joined in. This is an awareness
activity generated to keep
HIV/AIDS in the minds of peo-
ple. People, especially young peo-
ple, become complacent about the
need to practice safer sex so it is
imperative that we keep
HIV/AIDS awareness out there.”

The AIDS Foundation also
plans to display an HIV/AIDS
awareness junkanoo quilt in the
Portia Smith Building at the COB

Oakes Field Campus.

The quilt was created under the
direction of artist Lillian Blades,
and is made of wood panels that
were painted by 250 Bahamian
children from throughout the coun-
try.

HIV/AIDS quilts are made
around the world to honour, recog-
nise and remember persons who
have died and those who are living
with HIV/AIDS.

“These memorial quilts usually
travel around the world and so far
our quilt has travelled to several
venues in New Providence, Grand
Bahama and we hope to take it to
Abaco and Exuma,” she said.

“Our quilt, like junkanoo, was
a collaborative effort. The children
who participated worked side by
side, socialised with each other and
can now marvel at the finished
product and know that they had a
part in it.

The making of the junkanoo
quilt also served to provide
HIV/AIDS education to children
and young people. Participants
were placed into workshops where
they discussed HIV/AIDS related
issues, for example, stigma and dis-
crimination. Lillian Blades then
guided their art work. Each per-
son who participated has at least
one of their art pieces in the quilt.

The final event planned by the
foundation includes an exhibition

at Ladders Gallery in the New
Providence Community Church
from November 28 to December 6.
The theme is: “Emerging from the
Shadows , .. A Celebration of
Hope”, and features recent works
by Antonius Roberts as part of a
fundraising effort for the founda-
tion.

“The exhibition will show 22 sil-
houettes of persons living with HIV
in the Bahamas. The event was
designed to put a face on
HIV/AIDS without revealing a real
face in public.

“For too long, persons living
with HIV have lived in the shadows

of society due to stigma and dis-
crimination. It is time for society
to allow them to step out of the
shadows into the light,” Ms Bar-
nett said.

The AIDS Foundation of the
Bahamas was established in 1992
by the Zonta Club of Nassau.

Free HIV testing is done at the

’ National HIV/AIDS Centre in the

Royal Victoria Gardens, the
Princess Margaret Hospital and the
South Beach Clinic on East Street
South.

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LOCAL NEWS



INTERNATIONAL MARITIME ORGANISATION: Biennial general conference

Bahamas elected
o IMO council







ONE FOR THE CAMERA: Minister of Maritime Affairs and Labour Dion A. Foulkes, while in London

attending the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Biennial General Conference, on Friday,
November 23, met with the Director and senior members of the Bahamas Maritime Authority. Pictured,
from left, are Captain Dwain Hutchinson, Carolyn Moree, Debbie Lou Carey, Director Kenneth McClean,
Minister Foulkes, Permanent Secretary Thelma Beneby, Christine Scavella (New York Office), Leon
Hepburn, Erma Mackey (Nassau office) and Arthur Barnett, Jr. The Bahamas was also successful in its

bid for re-election to the IMO governing body.

ON his return from London Saturday,
Maritime Affairs and Labour Minister Dion
Foulkes announced that the Bahamas was
successful in its bid for re-election to the
governing body of the International
Maritime Organization at its Biennial
General Conference in London on
Friday.

Minister Foulkes headed a delegation at
the week-long conference, which included
Mrs. Thelma Beneby, Permanent Secretary
in the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and
Labour; Mr. Basil O'Brien, High
Commissioner and Bahamas Permanent
Representative to the International
Maritime Organization (IMO); and Mrs.
Erma Mackey and Ms. Christine Scavella,

Deputy Directors of The Bahamas Maritime
Authority.

Minister Foulkes said he was very pleased
with the outcome of the election in
Category C of the IMO Council as The
Bahamas placed second out of 27 countries
that contested 20 places on the Council.

The IMO is the United Nations governing .
and regulatory body for international ship-
ping.

The Bahamas has the third largest ship-
ping registry which is managed by the
Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA).
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the staff, of BMA and was updated on cur-
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_ UNESCO: 34th session in Paris

Education
Minister leads
delegation to

UN conference





MINISTER Carl Bethel, Minister of Education, Youth, Sidns and Cutture,
and UNESCO Director General Koichiro Matsuura.

EDUCATION Minister
Carl Bethel led a delegation of
senior Bahamian officials to
the 34th session of the General
Conference of United Nations
Educational, Scientific and
Cultural Organisation
(UNESCO), held in Paris on
October l6th to November
3rd. The General Conference,
which is attended by ministers,
ambassadors and other repre-
sentatives of the 193-Member

_States of UNESCO, meets
‘. every two years to discuss

major policy directions and
programme initiatives of the
Organisation. _
Accompanying the Minister
to the General Conference
were Charles Maynard, MP,
Minister of State for Culture;
Theresa Moxey-Ingraham,
Chairman, Bahamas National
Commission for UNESCO
and Bahamas Representative
to the Executive Board of
UNESCO: Mr Haldane Chase,
Secretary General. Bahamas
National Commission — for
UNESCO; Dr _ Davidson
Hepburn, Chairman,
Antiquities, Monuments and

Museums’ Corporation; Dr
Keith ‘Tinker, Executive
Director, AMMC and Mrs

Ruth Forbes. UNESCO liai-
son officer at the AMMC. Ms
Tanya McFall and Mr
Kristophor Lee Higgs\ stu-
dents of the College of The
Bahamas, also participated in

_the UNESCO Youth Forum, a

major event preceding the
General Conference.

While at the General
Conference, Ministers Bethel
and Maynard familiarised
with major issues
affecting education and cul-
ture at the international level
and to promote the interests of
The Bahamas through direct
discussions with UNESCO
officials including the Director
General of the

- Organisation,Koichiro

Matsuura...

In his address to the Plenary
of the General Conference
Minister Bethel re-stated the
commitment of The

~ Commonwealth of The

Bahamas to provide quality
education to all its inhabitants
in order to assist them in
reaching their fullest potential.
Explaining that, for the past
forty years, the priority area of
education has _ consistently
received the single largest allo-
cation in our national budget,
Minister Bethel expressed his
satisfaction that, as a result,
The Bahamas enjoys a gross
enrolment ratio of 94 per cent
overall and 100 per cent in the
primary schools. He also indi-
cated that the Government of
The Bahamas had increased
the number of. scholarship
grants available to students for
study at the tertiary level and
had increased funds to support
needy students attending the
College of The Bahamas.

Acknowledging that educa-
tion must be consistently
reviewed in order to remain
relevant, the Minister applaud-
ed UNESCO for its outstand-
ing efforts to improve literacy
levels worldwide and informed
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of the holidays is giving.

On Saturday, the official season of giving
got underway in a ceremony punctuated by
the singing of the Bahamas National Youth
Choir singing and the playing of the Royal
Bahamas Police Force Band.

Former governor general Sir Orville
Turnquest slipped in the first donation.

Sir Orville pointed out that the red kettles
are a signal to others to share and care in an
effort to bring happiness to local communi-
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and entreat as many residents as possible to
reach out, not only at Christmas time, but
throughout the year — to help, in what the
Army is quietly but effectively doing,” said
Sir Orville.

“TL invite and beg the whole community to
give generously to this 2007 drive.

“The funds collected go to provide special
meals for needy individuals and families,
toys and clothing for disadvantaged chil-
dren, personal care products for the elderly
and institutionalised and much,
more.”

“1 will begin the process now by making
my own donation on behalf of myself and
my wife, with the added promise of ensuring
as far as possible that my children and other
family members will do likewise.”

Within minutes, the bells were ringing on
the north and south sides of Rawson Square
and shoppers paused to give thanks and dol-
lars.

Said the Salvation Army in a statement:
Over the next month, volunteers will ring
bells all over the islands, reminding passers-

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TUNING UP FOR CHRISTMAS: The National Youth Choir under the direction of eibophas
Adderley helped ring in the Christmas season with yuletide selections during the launch of
the Salvation Army Kettle Drive. On the right, former governor-general and Salvation Army
life member Sir Orville Turnquest (centre) makes the first donation to the Salvation Army’s
Christmas Kettle Drive as the organisation’s Divisional Commander Major Lester Ferguson
(left) and chairman of the advisory board Judy Munroe (right) wait their turn.

fretting over cooking and seating and invita-
tions and wrapping, there are thousands of
others less fortunate - lonely, forgotten,
neglected, often the elderly, the unem-
ployed who cannot put a full meal on the
table for their family, injured, homeless,
those too poor to have any Christmas at all
except for what the Salvation Army pro-
vides with the donations that the more for-
tunate offer.”

For many of the bell ringers, the call for
giving turns into serious competition as civic
and social clubs vie to raise the most.

Every year, those clubs that ‘win’ are hon-
oured.

Last year, donations helped to serve hot
meals to 500 persons at a festive Christmas
lunch under tents at the Citadel, next to the
Army’s Mackey Street headquarters.

Along with food came “spiritual guid-
ance, comfort and hope,” the Army’s state-
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“With money collected during the Kettle
Drive, staff and volunteers called on the
elderly, the forgotten, shut-ins, in many
cases delivering wrapped packages that
were the only gifts they would receive.
Going house to house or room to room, they
presented more than 3,300 packages of prac-
tical presents including toiletries for adults
and the elderly, books for young readers and
toys for little ones,” said the statement.

It said that along with the hot meals, vol-
unteers distributed 1,225 vouchers for ham,
turkey and other food and grocery items and
more than 900 care packages for persons in
hospitals and special care centres, senior cit-
izens’ homes and children’s homes.

“Giving to others, sharing in spirit and
hope and prayer, and remembering the real
reason for Christmas are what make the sea-
son so special and every year we are thank-
ful to be part of it and do our part in it,” said
Major Ferguson.





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FROM page one

Man is charged with murder

Williams intentionally caused the death of Lightbourne,



FROM page one

However, said Mr Sands,
the level of political influence

in the force under the former -

Christie administration, was
“disgusting.”

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Association
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Lightbourne, a resident of South Bahamia, was reported missing on
November 12. He had left work in Port Lucaya on November 10, His
vehicle was later discovered in the parking lot at RND cinema, and his
decomposed remains several days later in bushes off Caravel Road.

Williams was not required to enter a plea to the murder charge
which is an indictable offence.

He was denied bail and remanded to Fox Hill Prison until March 31,

by Cynthia
Pratt claim

want an apology. [don’t want

On Sunday, the former min-
ister, WhO was a guest on a
radio show, said that there
were police officers in the
force who “did their best” to

2008.

A Voluntary Bill of Indictment is expected to be filed by the pros-
ecution so the matter can go straight to the Supreme Court.

FROM page one

The man he knew asked him
for money. However, he could
not give his acquaintance the
amount he had demanded.

He attempted to get away
from the two men by jumping
over the passenger seat of his
car and fleeing.

His escape, however, was
blocked by the second man who
fired at him, hitting him in his
right leg.

Following the shooting, the
26-year-old escaped to a nearby
bar. Staff.and patrons helped
him and took him to Princess
Margaret Hospital.

The two suspects fled the
area in a silver Sentry Buick
Pontiac.

Shortly after the wounded
man had been admitted to hos-
pital, a woman turned up pre-
tending to be his sister, Mr
Evans reported.

The woman, who made
inquiries about the victim’s con-
dition, drove away from the
hospital in a silver Sentry Buick
Pontiac -- raising the suspicions
of police.

The police’s mobile division
was put on alert and officers
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This attempt to gain infor-
mation and possible access to a
patient came as the hospital
issued two “lockdowns” within
three days to ensure the safety
of its staff and patients.

On Saturday two gunshot vic-
tims — one shot in the face —
were admitted to hospital. It
was last Thursday that hospital
personnel first called for a lock-
down after Samuel McKenzie,
who was facing several charges,
including murder, and Keith
Woodside were admitted to
hospital. McKenzie died short-
ly after arrival. However,
Woodside is still in the Intensive
Care Unit.

Chief Supt Hulan Hanna told
The Tribune last week that as
long as Woodside, who is
“known to police”, remains a
patient at the hospital, police
will be stationed there.

Yesterday, hospital staff said
that although the lockdown has
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Attorney General’s office),” said Inspector Don Bannister, who
had prosecuted the case.

Mr Bannister said yesterday that he had received no infor-
mation “whaisoever” from the AG’s office in relation to the case.

The prosecutor originally appealed the ruling,on October 24,
filing a request for the reinstatement of charges against the well
known Bishop

It was: pointed out that Mr Fraser, represented by lawyer
Wayne Munroe, was not acquitted of the charges by Justice
Meers. A window, therefore, was left open for a re-trial.

Several days later prosecutors expressed optimism that the
Attorney General's Office would return with a verdict on the
matter by the following Monday — October 29.

Yesterday Mr Bannister said that there is “no exact period” of
time within which the Attorney General’s office must decide
whether to go ahead with a retrial. Prosecutors have expressed
a desire to be heard in the Supreme court before a jury, rather
than in the magistrate s court.

Mr Bannister had previously said that he was “not happy” with
the ruling. He said he believed sufficient evidence was provided.

Concerned citizens, who called The Tribune to weigh in on the
trial, expressed disappointment that such a high-profile case
was not handled by a more “seasoned” prosecutor.

However, sources said that notwithstanding the fact that the
defendant was a high-profile person, it was “normal” proce-
dure for such a case to be tried by police prosecutors.

Attempts to reach deputy director of public prosecutions,
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FROM page one

investigator John Henry
Munroe, Mrs Ferguson replied,
“No.” Mrs Ferguson told the
court that she recalled speaking
to someone over the phone and
was asked where she lived. She
said, however, that when the
person proceeded to ask further
questions she told the caller she
did not have anything to say.
She told the court that the same
day someone visited one of her
tenants inquiring about her, but
the tenant had told the inquirer
that they could not tell them
anything unless Mrs Ferguson
had said so.

Karen Miller Capron, another
one of the voters in question,
testified that she has been liv-
ing at Village Road, since
November 17 last year. During
questioning by lawyer Philip
Davis, Mrs Capron testified she
was married on October 28, 2006
when she had been living at
Maple Street, Pinewood Gar-
dens. She told the court that she
had resided there since 1984.
Mrs Capron told the court that
after getting married she moved
with her husband Philip Capron
to an apartment in Garden Hills
#2, but they left that residence
because the apartment was too
small. When questioned by Mr
Davis, Mrs Capron also admit-
ted that the landlord had asked
her and her husband to move.

Philip Capron was also called
to the witness stand. He told the
court that before he got married
he had been residing at an apart-
ment in Garden Hills and his
wife at Maple Street. ©

He told the court that some-
time in September or October
2006 — before they got married
— his landlord gave him notice
that he had to move because of
renovations. Mr Capron told the
court he began looking for a
new residence around Novem-
ber 5.

Pamela King. another
Pinewood Gardens voter told
the court that she presently
resides at Fourth Street, the
Grove. She told the court that
while registering to vote she had
given her address as Button-
wood Avenue, however the

address on the counterfoil was
listed as East Pinecone Avenue,
South Pinewood Drive. She told
the court that she had moved to
Pinewood in 2005 but left in
August of this year. She also told
the court that prior to residing in
Pinewood, she had also lived in
South Beach, although she could
not recall when she moved there
or when she left. ;

Samuel Higgs told the court:
that had resided at Saffron
Street, Pinewood Gardens, with
his ex-wife Angela Higgs, but
left in February of this year. He

told the court that he revisits .*-*

Pinewood occasionally to see his
daughter who resides with his
ex-wife. Mr Higgs, during ques-
tioning by Mr Davis, said that
he had resided at no other
address prior to February of this
year although admitted that used -
to go to Palm Beach Street to
see a female friend. He told the
court that the female friend’
moved to Fire Trail Road where
he also was staying for a while
although they had a lot of argu-

ments which caused him to ree
move back and forth between .-. -

Pinewood Gardens and that res-
idence. Mr Higgs told the court '
that he just settled at the Fire
Trail Road residence in Febru-
ary of this year. Mr Higgs denied
that he paid any bills there or
that his name was on the lease,
however, Mr Davis confirmed
to him that his name was on the
lease. Mr Higgs’ response was
that he couldn’t believe it.
Lionel Sands, Director of
Education, was called yesterday
morning to give evidence in rela-
tion to Pamela Moss, one of the- |
voters in question. He said that’.

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Antoinette Bowe Deputy
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called yesterday and was ques-
tioned in relation to voter Betty
Charles Joseph. She said that
Joseph was born November 1,
1961. She said that the record
stated that she was a Haitian
national by birth. She also testi-
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day event showcased a wie
variety of Bahanuan products
jewellery, handbags, hats,
utensils, wood carvings, deco-
rations, jams, jellies and bath
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Tourists over tor the
Vhanksgiving holiday flocked
the stalls. Many of the actisans
are graduates of courses in
Bahamian souvenir creation
ottered by BAIC’s Handicraft
and Marketing Development
Department.

“This is a clear demonstra
tion of the great potential that
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said Mr Pinnock.

“What we are celebrating ts
proot positive that our natural
resources are virtually
untapped and have the poten-
tial to provide opportunities
tor many Bahamuans.

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want something authentically
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“So. there you have i. A
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With quality as the watchword,
L encourage artisans to plug up
that unnecessary outflow of
capital. BATC has been man-
dated to create and’ develop
commerce and industry and to
expand and create opportuni-
ties for Bahamians to partici-
pate in the economy. he said.

‘The corporation does this by
facilitating the creation and
expansion of small and medi-
um-size enterprises, and by
promoting and encouraging
business development.

Rudy Sawyer, BAIC’s assis-
tant veneral manager for the
northern region, lauded “the
most impressive trade show
‘representing things Bahamian
we have ever put on in Grand
Bahama”.

..- dors to “plug up” the estimat-
ed $150 million spent each
year to import souvenirs for
tourists.

“I am convinced _ that
Bahamian souvenir creation ts
a multi-milhon dollar industry
just waiting for us to take
advantage of it,” he said.

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souvenirs, for our tourists. Our
tourists tell us they don’t want
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Michelle Burrows) failed to com-
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compliance with the Ministry of
Works Building Control Regula-
tions,” he said.

However, Mr Foulkes’ firm,
which was retained to finalize the
documentation of the mortgage,
including ensuring that the terms
of the mortgage approval were
met did not fulfil its obligations,
Mr Roberts alleged. This he said
could not be done because there
was and remains no sub-division
approval and/or building permit
for the sub-division.

At the time of the press con-
ference Mr Foulkes. was out of
the country for the week attend-
ing the International Maritime
Organization Conference in Lon-
don.

The minister said upon his
return, he was told that “certain
defamatory comments” had been
made about him.

“I understand that Shaaron
Davis, a purchaser of.a lot who
was represented by my former
law firm has suggested that the
law firm has failed to account for
the sum of $50,000 received by
the firm in connection with the
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This is completely untrue and
defamatory,” Mr Foulkes said.
The minister said that the Bank
financed the purchase of a lot for
Mr Davis in the amount of
$50,350 and a conveyance was
“duly executed” by the seller to
Mr Davis on June 7, 2005.
“Mr Davis has good and legal
title to the lot,” Mr Foulkes said.
According to Mr Foulkes, Mr
Davis secured a mortgage on
June 15 of that same year and
$50,350 was forwarded to Mr
Foulkes’ former firm by the bank.
“The firm paid the purchase
price to the seller of the lot. The
bank is in possession of the orig-
inal conveyance and mortgage.
My former law firm is not holding
any funds on behalf of Mr Davis,”
Mr Foulkes said.

Responding to Mr Foulkes’
statement Mr Roberts said that
his statement fails to address
many of the key points made at
the press conference last week.

“He chooses to ignore so much
of what was said. Furthermore
Senator Foulkes needs to under-
stand that this is not a game. Peo-
ple who placed their trust in him
are hurting and seek more from
him than a promise of legal
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Tribune Business Editor

he Bahamas is “hoping to make

great strides” on consolidating

its financial services regulatory

regime by year-end 2008, the

minister of state for finance told The Tri-
bune yesterday.

Zhivargo Laing said the Government was

_in the process of forming a joint public/pri-

vate sector committee to “marshall” the
process, with all key financial services pri-
vate sector organisations - the likes of the
Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB)
and the Association of International Bank
and Trust Companies (AIBT) - represent-
ed on it.

“All the relevant bodies will have a rep-
resentative on this committee. It’s in the
process of being formed,” Mr Laing said.

“We are working aggressively to get the
consolidation done. We certainly will make
tremendous headway on that next year.”

In addition, the Government has hired a
foreign consultant, Lawrie Savage, to help
manage the process of consolidating all the
Bahamian financial services regulators and
regimes into a more manageable structure,
something the sector has been crying out
for.

Mr Laing said regulatory consolidation

was likely to happen through a phased

approach, with the committee and Mr Say-
age ultimately deciding what model the
consolidation would take. .

Among the favoured regulatory struc-

* Government aims to ‘make great headway’ on financial

_ services regulation by year-end 2008

* Private/public sector committee being formed,
consultant hired, to chart way forward

tures that have long been mooted are a sin-
gle ‘super regulator’, like the UK’s Finan-
cial Services Authority (FSA), or the ‘twin
peaks’ model where the Central Bank of
the Bahamas was on its own and all other
regulators merged.

Through a phased approach, Mr Laing
said initial consolidation was likely to
involve those agencies or structures that
could be brought together most easily, with
more larger and complex institutions, such
as the Central Bank of the Bahamas, left till
later on.

As an example, one initial consolidation
that could be achieved relatively more eas-
ily than others was to combine the Financial
and Corporate Services Providers regula-
tory function, currently administered by
the Registrar General’s Department, with
the Securities Commission and Registrar
of Insurance.

“There are examples of consolidation
that could be achieved more readily, rather
than consolidating the larger, more estab-
lished regulatory agencies,” Mr Laing said.

“We're hoping to make great strides in
that regard by the end of next year.”

Senior financial industry executives have
argued that the regulatory consolidation
process needs to happen “sooner rather
than later”, and that the Bahamas needs
to get on with it rather than simply keep
talking about it.

Brian Moree, senior partner at McKin-
ney, Bancroft & Hughes, told The Tri-
bune previously that the Bahamas finan-
cial services industry “desperately needs”
the long-promised regulatory consolida-
tion, adding that this needed to happen
“as soon as possible” to eliminate exces-
sive costs and bureaucracy that are hin-
dering the sector’s growth.

Mr Moree told The Tribune that both
the current and former governments had
been reviewing the financial services
industry’s regulatory structure for some
time, the Christie administration having
engaged Crown Agents from the UK to
aid them, “on the basis we have too many
regulators, too much bureaucracy and too
high a cost base”.

SEE page 5

‘Material change’ disclosure
woes prompt guidelines



@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor.

SOME Bahamian public
companies have previously “not
reported material changes on a
timely basis” to the Securities
Commission or the investing
public, the regulator’s executive
director told The ‘Tribune yes-
terday, prompting it to issue
guidelines on the reporting of
such information to the invest-
ment funds and capital markets

industry.

Hillary Deveaux said that
while the issue “hasnt been a
major problem for the Com-
mission”, there had been
enough concerns surrounding
the timely disclosure of materi-
al information to justify the
guidelines’ issuance.

While the guidelines have no
statutory basis, and are not
enforceable in law, Mr Deveaux
said: “We think these are the
kinds of guidelines that need to

go out there. It’s important for
them [the Commission’s
licensees and registrants] to
understand exactly what is
required of them, even though
they can get it from reading the
legislation.

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‘not a consideration’

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business
Editor

REDUC-
ING import
and stamp
duties on fuel
imports is
“not a consid-
eration at the
moment” as a
way to reduce
the rising cost
of living, the
minister of
state for finance said yester-
day, given the Government’s
revenue needs.

Zhivargo Laing said that
while the Government sym-
pathised with, and shared
Bahamian society’s concerns
on rising prices in key areas
such as food, it had to balance
this with raising revenues to
meet spending needs on a
variety of social and infra-
structure projects.

Taxes on fuel and auto
industry imports account for
about 40 per cent of: per
annum government revenues,
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plus 7 per cent stamp duty on
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With gas prices at the pump
pushing up towards $5 per
gallon, currently averaging
about $4.51 per gallon, Mr
Laing said that even if the rev-
enue loss from a reduction in
government duties on fuel

was not significant, it was °

questionable whether this
would make a large enough
dent to benefit consumers.
The minister said that, for
example, a 10 per cent cut in
government duties on import-
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into marginal relief” for
Bahamian consumers, who
may not recognise this. At the
same time, the Government
would be losing revenues.
“As to whether the Gov-
ernment is even considering
it or not, I couldn’t say it’s
anything being actively con-
sidered at the moment. That’s
not a consideration at the
moment,” Mr Laing said in

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ernment would look at cut-
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Whether we like it or not, on
a per capita basis our murder
rate, thus far, puts us squarely in
the company of the most dan-
gerous places in the world. In
the upcoming year, when inter-
national surveys are published,
citing statistics such as ‘murders
per capita’, the Bahamas will
begin to feature more promi-
nently than it has ever done in
the past.

Lest we forget, the Bahamian
economy is totally dependent
on tourism and financial ser-
vices. If it becomes widely
accepted that we are an unsafe

destination, what becomes of

our tourism industry? If tourism
suffers, it is not long before the
financial services sector also suf-
fers. Remember, the wealthy
can transfer their trusts, foun-
dations, mutual funds and man-
aged companies to other ‘wel-
coming’ jurisdictions, where the
real or perceived crime rate is
lower - much lower. In fact, as
our main competitors embark
upon their marketing trips, what
do you think they are quietly
saying to potential or existing
clients and investors who do
business in the Bahamas?

Travel Advisory

We should be reminded that
the bulk of our tourists come
from ‘next door’, the United
States. I was also surprised to
learn that the US Embassy in
the Bahamas ranks in the top
10 of all US Embassies in the
world in terms of the number
of agencies and personnel
attached to it. Therefore, the
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Police Force

In the midst of the current
‘crime wave’ we recently had
the announcement of the retire-
ment of the Commissioner of
Police, and the appointment of
anew, acting Commissioner. It
is not necessary to read any-
thing special into that move per
se, as police officers are enti-
tled to retire after qualifying
through age and/or completed
years of service.

What has caught many per-
sons by surprise, however, was
the almost immediate
announcement that two rising
stars on the police force, from
among whom the next Com-
missioner of Police was widely
expected to emerge, will both
be sent to Canada in January
for one year of advanced train-
ing.
Nobody in their right mind
would question the benefits and
appropriateness of advanced
training. However, one might
question the timing. For the

sake of balance, let me say that |

I certainly have absolutely no
expertise in the management of
a modern police force, and I am
certainly not privy to the fac-
tors that would contribute to
such decisions.

From the outside looking in,
you have a serious crime wave
in progress, a new man has been
placed at the top, and concur-
rently the next most senior stra-
ta of leadership has been sec-
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2007, I will be the luncheon
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The Bahamas has signed
an agreement with Boston-
based advertising agency
Arnold Worldwide to han-
dle its tourism advertising
business, it was revealed
yesterday.

US media reported that
Arnold was selected after a
competitive tendering
process that involved other
advertising agencies, as the
Ministry of Tourism sought
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@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Government is “‘active-
ly working on” the consolida-
tion of its business licensing pro-
cedures to make it easier to do
business in the Bahamas, the
minister of state for finance said
yesterday.

Having pledged in the Speech
from the Throne to introduce
an omnibus business licence
that would cover most indus-
tries and economic sectors
under its umbrella, insurance
being one that was excepted,
Zhivargo Laing said the Gov-

ernment had been reviewing,

existing procedures to see to
what extent consolidation could
take place.

“We are actively working on
that,” the minister said yester-
day. “We are looking around in
the region and North America
to see what exists out there.

“We have been inventorying
our processes to detail the busi-
ness procedures and processes
that exist to determine whether
consolidation can take place.”

Mr Laing said the Govern-

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Pictet Bank & Trust Ltd.

PO Box N-4873, Nassau Bahamas

Ph: (242) 302 2222 Fax: (242) 327 6614
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Geneen Riviere

Pearl Investment Management Limited
PO Box N 4930, Nassau, Bahamas

Ph: (242) 502 8022 Fax: (242) 502 8008
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David Slatter, CFA

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PO Box N-123, Nassau, Bahamas
Ph: (242) 393 2007

Email: dslatter@kpmg.com.bs

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*Prepayment required through one of the Board Members

Larry R. Gibson, a Chartered Financial Analyst charter holder, is Vice President -
Pensions, Colonial Pensions Services (Bahamas) Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary
of Colonial Group International Ltd, which owns Atlantic Medical Insurance Ltd and
is a major shareholder of Security & General Insurance Company in The Bahamas.

He is a veteran executive within The Bahamas’ financial services sector, having held
senior executive positions in both international and domestic organizations.

Mr. Gibson has served on numerous public and private sector boards throughout his
career and currently serves as a Director of Commonwealth Bank Limited; Chairman
of the Finance Committee of St. Andrew’s School; and a member of the Anglican
Church Diocesan Finance Committee.

He is a regular speaker on financial and economic matters and authors the weekly
column ‘Financial Insight’ ina local newspaper.

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Tenders are to be on special forms obtainable from the
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Tenders must state the net price percent (in multiples of one
cent) and should be marked “Tender”. The Central Bank of
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N-624, Nassau, Bahamas on or before [4th
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made by the Liquidator.

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anyone at the rising cost of liv-
ing, but the country wants the
Government to be able to meet
public expenditure considera-
tions.”

Mr Laing pointed’ out that
while concerns over the rising
cost of living persisted, an Inter-
national Monetary Fund (IMF)
report had projected that out
of a sample of Caribbean coun-
tries, the Bahamas would enjoy
the lowest inflation rate of 2.6
per cent for 2007.

Other countries in the sam-
ple included Jamaica, Barba-
dos, Trinidad & Tobago,
Guyana, the Dominican Repub-
lic and Haiti.

The minister said the
Bahamas had done a better job
than its Caribbean counterparts
in achieving the “internal bal-
ance” of economic growth, with
no or minimal inflation. The
former created jobs and

‘not a consideration’

employment for Bahamians,
while controlling the latter
meant that jobs and salary
increases earned by residents
were not eroded by sustained
price increases.

“We have certainly had that
combination better than other
countries tend to do, when you
look at inflation and growth
rates,” Mr Laing said.

Pointing out that the
Bahamas was largely an infla-
tion importer due to its eco-
nomic openness and import
dependency, Mr Laing said that
with inflation forecast to be “in
the 2 per cent range”, there was
nothing requiring any policy
adjustment on the Governmen-
t’s part, although it was moni-
toring the situation.

“We’re not at the moment in
a position that suggests we need
to make any policy adjust-
ments,” he added. “We certain-
ly share society’s concerns on
the rising cost of food.”





It still had to be determined
whether rising food prices were .
a function of the ‘pass-through’
effects from oil price rises, the
minister said, pointing out that
many foods were either price
controlled or imported into the
Bahamas import and stamp
duty-free.

Mr Laing said the Govern-
ment was likely to give consid-
eration in forthcoming Budget
cycles to reducing duties on fruit
and vegetable imports to pro-
mote healthier eating and
lifestyle habits among Bahami- .
ans.

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TENDER FOR THE SUPPLY OF DRUGS
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Tenders are invited for the Supply of Drugs and
Related Items for the Public Hospitals
Authority and the Ministry of Health,
The Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

The Tender Document, which includes instruction to

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2007, PAGE 5B



age SETS
‘Great strides’ are

— sought on regulatory
— consolidation

FROM page 1

“It is, in my view, impera-
tive that we bring this process
to a conclusion as soon as pos-
sible, so that we can implement
the final decision on whether
we have a ‘super regulator’ of a
‘twin peaks’ regulator,” Mr
Moree said.

“We just have to do it. After
the Government makes the
decision, it’s going to take a
considerable amount of time
to migrate to the new model
once it is operational. I would
guess this transition period
would take a year to complete.
That is all the more reason to
start sooner rather than later to
maintain our competitiveness
and rationalize what at the
moment is an over-costly, over-
ly-bureaucratic regulatory
framework.”

International agencies such
as the International Monetary
Fund (IMF) have long urged
the Government to streamline
the Bahamian financial ser-
vices regulatory structure,
which is seen as involving too
many agencies and too many

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overlaps, involving time-con-
suming and costly duplication.

Apart from the Central
Bank of the Bahamas, there is
the Securities Commission,
Registrar of Insurance, Com-
pliance Commission, and
Inspector of Financial and Cor-

‘ porate Services Providers.

Addressing the impact this
was having on the Bahamian
financial services industry, Mr
Moree said: “I think it is hin-
dering business in the sense
that while we know the local

regulators signed a Memoran-

dum of Understanding, and
put in place efforts to minimize
duplication, the bottom line is
that it has only enjoyed minor
success.

“So new market entrants in
the Bahamas are having to put
up with this crowded regula-
tory landscape, which slows
everything down, and is a dis-
incentive rather than an
encouragement to do business.

“We desperately need the
new regulatory framework.”

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that ELOTES LEJUSTE of
SOLDIER RD., NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the
Minister resposible 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 27TH day of November, 2007 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,

Nassau, Bahamas.

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Senior Accountant

An Asian based banking group (“Metrobank”) is currently recruiting for a Senior
Accountant. This person will be one of a small team working for the Metrobank
subsidiary in Nassau. The Bank has a full banking license in the Bahamas and is
expanding it Nassau based operations.

The qualified applicant should have the following Qualifications:

A college degree (or equivalent) from a recognized four year program in
accounting or business related topics or qualification as a Chartered Accountant
/ Certified Public Accountant or other similar qualification.

Have 3- 5 years of prior work experience in the areas of banking and or

accounting

An advanced understanding of accounting and accounting applications (CPA
preferred but not required)
Strong analytical skills

Possess a good understanding of investments and securities

Exceptional written and verbal communication skills

An advanced understanding of Excel & Word applications
Fluency in Tagalog (written and verbal) is not a requirement but is a “plus”

for this post.

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Handle all aspects of the accounting matters of the Bank as they pertain to

the record keeping of the Nassau based operations. «

Prepare the monthly financial statements of the Bank and report on these to

Senior Management

Assist with the day to day operations of the Bank

Be the Bank’s contact person for Head Office Treasury and other Head Office
points of contact as it relates to accounting matters

Assist with ensuring that the Bank is in compliance with the requirements of
the Central Bank of The Bahamas

Assist with coordinating monthly management meetings with officers of the
Bank

Draft procedural documents as considered necessary

Prepare an annual budget forecast for the Bank and monitor actual versus
budget results

Coordinate the external audit of the Bank

Assist with coordinating inspections of the Bank by the Central Bank of The
Bahamas and other regulators as required

This Company offers a competitive compensation package and salary will be
consummate to experience of the applicant.

Qualified and interested candidates should submit their resume with salary history to Metropolitan
Bank (Bahamas) Limited attention Ms. Jacqueline Bain, P.O. Box CR-56766, Suite 700, New
Providence Financial Center, East Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas, fax 242-394-2142, e-mail
jacquie@ metrobankbahainas.com

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is seeking the services of:

Managing Director, Scotiabank (Bahamas) Ltd.

With over 55,000 employees in over 50 countries, Scotiabank places great
importance on recognizing and rewarding strong performance. We offer room
for advancement, a stimulating work environment and the resources to help
you make the most of your career. Together, we continue to make Scotiabank
a great place to work.

POSITION SUMMARY:

Reporting to the Senior Vice-President Caribbean, as well as to a Board of
Directors, the Managing Director is directly responsible for the profitable
development and maintenance of the commercial and retail banking business
of an assigned group of branches/units, and the maximization of profits. To
do this, the incumbent researches the market and develops strategic objectives
and tactics, ensures the readiness of his or her people, and executes those
tactics.

The incumbent is also responsible for the quality of the retail and commercial
asset and liability portfolios, ensuring adequate controls and procedures are in
place to safeguard the Bank from loss. He or she is also responsible for
providing strong support for the growth of ancillary businesses such as Wealth
Management. The incumbent has responsibility for planning, organization,
and staffing in the assigned group of branches/units, and is the prime provider
of direction, coaching, advice and other support to the Unit Heads. The
incumbent relates closely with government officials and agencies and regulatory
bodies, and is the Bank's ambassador in The Bahamas.

Qualifications:

¢ MBA or work experience equivalent required

e Experience in a senior role within a large financial institution is an asset

¢ Proven experience managing people in particular, senior level direct reports.

¢ Excellent and proven negotiation and conflict resolution skills are essential.

° Ability to learn quickly, adapt:to an ever changing environment and adapt to
ever changing priorities are essential.

OTHER INFORMATION:

¢ Frequent travel to the Family Islands & internationally.
¢ Spanish Language is a bonus in an organization that is expanding rapidly in
Spanish-speaking countries.

The Scotiabank Group is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes
applications from all interested parties. We thank you for your interest, however,
only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Qualified candidates only should submit application in writing, marked Private
and Confidential, by Friday, December 07, 2007 to: Sr. Manager, Human
Resources, Scotiabank (Bahamas) Ltd., Main Branch, P.O. Box N-7518,
Nassau, Bahamas or e-mail: scotiabank.bs@scotiabank.com



The American Embassy is presently considering applications for the following
position:

AIR CONDITIONING TECHNICIAN

Serves as the Air Conditioning Technician and is responsible for a variety of
functions including plumbing, electrical and welding maintenance, repair,
diagnosis, installation and testing of a variety of industrial and commercial
grade air conditioning systems.

This position is open to candidates with the following qualifications:

- A minimum of two years vocational training resulting in a certificate as an A/C
refrigeration technician and one year of vocational training and certificate in
electrical craft skills.

- Two years as an Air Conditioning Technician and a minimum of one year
apprentice level or the equivalent in electrical maintenance and/or installation
required.

- Must have a familiarity with National Electric, or Canadian Electric codes
and NFPA guidelines for A/C required.

- Must be able to read and comprehend blue prints and have knowledge of
material safety data sheets and books.

- Must have a valid Bahamian driver’s license and the ability to drive a
passenger vehicles and forklift, stake body and pickup trucks with manual and
automatic transmissions.

BENEFITS PROVIDED INCLUDE:

The successful candidate will be offered an excellent compensation
package including performance-based incentives, medical and dental insurance,
life insurance, pension and opportunities for training and development.

Applicants must be Bahamian citizens or U.S. citizens who are eligible for
employment under Bahamian laws and regulations.

Applications forms are available from 8:00a.m. to 5:00p.m.. Monday through
Friday at security area of the American Embassy, Queen Street. Completed
applications should be returned to the Embassy: addressed to the Human
Resources Office no later than Thursday, November 29, 2007





PAGE 6B, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27. 2007

THE TRIBUNE



NOTICE
CAIRN SEA HOLDING LIMITED

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows

is in dissolution under the

(a) x

provisions of the International Business Companies Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said Company commenced on the
23rd day of November, 2007 when its Articles of Dissolution
were submitted to and registered by the Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said Company is Michael Ellis of 1, Rue
de La Gare, 1260 Nyon 1, Switzerland
Dated the 23rd day of November, A.D., 2007.

HARRY B. SANDS, LOBOSKY
MANAGEMENT CO. LTD.

Attorneys for the above-named Company

THE COLLEGE



NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that KATHIA GEDEON of PINE
BARREN ROAD OFF PRINCE CHARLES DR., NASSAU,
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister resposible 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 27TH day of
November, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that PHILLIP A. NATHAN of
SUNSET PARK, CARMICHAEL RD., P.O. BOX CR-56778,
NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister resposible
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 27TH day of
November, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P-O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

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‘Material change’

FROM page 1

ance to our inensec and regis-
trants with regard to these sorts
of things, because sometimes
they are not quite aware of
what a material change is.”
The guidetines state that both
the Securities Industry Act 1999
and the Investment Funds Act
2003, the main pieces of legisla-

tion regulating the Bahamian -

capital markets and investment
funds industries, were “very
broad”.

They add: “Interpretations of
these definitions, therefore, may
differ between licensees and
registrants, resulting in varying
standards being applied.

“In recognition of the princi-
ple that regulatory standards
ought to be both transparent
and consistently applied, it is
proposed that guidelines are
established to elaborate on

these definitions of material

change.”

The guidelines are intended
to give guidance on the statuto-
ry reporting requirements and
statutory obligations to report
material changes that are con-
tained in both the Investment
Funs Act and Securities Indus-

try Act.

“It’s really the public compa-
nies that have had some diffi-
culty,” Mr Deveaux said yes-
terday. “We’ve had situations
in the past where public com-
panies have not reported mate-

rial changes to the Commission |

on a timely basis.

“Statutorily, they have to
advise the Commission imme-
diately that they occur or are
known.”

He gave as examples of mate-
rial changes a change in the
membership of a public com-
pany’s Board of ‘Directors, and
the acquisition of other compa-
nies and assets that could
impact bottom line profitability
and the firm’s share price.

Mr Deveaux said the Securi-
ties Commission was especially
keen to maintain an orderly
market and avoid information
asymmetries, which resulted
when some invéstors and share-
holders held information on a
public company that others did
not know about.

They were able to exploit this
knowledge by purchasing shares

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reports as required

Requirements:

e Holder of current Bahamian licence
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ye 41. 41.00 ABDAB : 43.00 41.00 4.450 2.750
fo . 14.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 4 15.60 14.00 1.160 1.125

0.40 RND Holdings 45 oss, 0.45 -0.030 0.000 In addition, the ideal candidate must possess strong

analytical skills and efficient functioning, be a highly
motivated team player, willing to adapt to a dynamic work
environment and able to multi-task, while working
independently and meeting tight deadlines.

YTD% Last 12 Months Div $ Yield %
Colina Money Market Fund
Fidelity Bahamas G & | Fund
Colina MSI Preferred Fund
Colina Bond Fund

1.364794"
3.5388""*
2.938214***
1.279370"**
8192



& 890.81 / YTD 20.04% / 2006 34.47%

Written applications should be addressed, until December

BISX ALL SHARE INDEX - 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00 MARKET TERMS YIELD - last 12 month dividends divided by Closing price NAV KEY. 7 | 2007 5

52wk-Hi - Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ - Buying price of Colina and Fidelity t 1, to:

52wk-Low - Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ - Selling price of Colina and fidelity 16 November 2007

Previous Close - Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price - Last traded over-the-counter price - 30 June 2007

Today's Close - Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. - Trading volume of the prior week - 31 October 2007 hrbahamas@ubs.com or UBS (Bahamas) Ltd.

Human Resources
P.O. Box N-7757
Nassau, Bahamas

Change - Change in closing price from day to day

Daily Vol. - Number of total shares traded today

DIV $ - Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months
P/E - Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings
(S) - 4-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 8/8/2007

(S1) - 3-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 7/11/2007

EPS $ - Acompany’s reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
NAV - Net Asset Value

N/M - Not Meaningful

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

eee* 31 July 2007



2866-7764 / POR MORE DATA & INFORMATION CALL (242) 304-2808



THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2007, PAGE 7B



FIDELITY BANK (BAHAMAS) LTD.
Consolidated Balance Sheet (Unaudited)
As of September 30, 2007
(Expressed in Bahamian dollars)



disclosure woes prompt guide

FROM page 6

at a lower price, or selling at a
higher price, than what the pre-
-_ -vailing market price should be il

~. the information was know by

all the investing public. Diffi-



ASSETS
Cash on hand and at banks

30-Sep-07

$ 18,270,003

$ 34,293,603

31-Dec-06

$ 7,177,963

culties in this respect have been Investment in securities 21,930,195 19,600,151
relatively few in the context of Mortgages, consumer and other loans 130,539,490 113,197,712
the Bahamian capital markets, .
given that many stocks do not Property, plant and equipment 10,797,282 9,297,438
trade on fundamentals. Receivables and prepayments 971,261 593,010
Mr Deveaux said that one $ 182,508,231. $149,866,274
issue that had arisen was where —————— ——
public companies were regulat-
ed by supervisors other than the LIABILITIES
Securities Commission. Often, ao
when it inquired why it had not Customer deposits $ 147,216,659 $113,711,450
been informed of a material Long-term loans 200,000 | 300,000
merit ao ae elie Other liabilities and accrued expenses ° 797,969 2,809,076
said it had reported the event to ; eke 1k LO m1 ON IE
its other financial services reg- TET! Mey) : $ 148,214,628 - _$116,820,526 |
ulator. ;
“We tell them they have a have an obligation to disclose stand what a material change EQUITY
statutory obligation that is the information, either imme- or material event is. It is not Canicland ibutabl h
required under the Securities diately to the Commission, or __ necessarily in the vernacular of apital and reserve attributable to the
Industry Act, so they have to concurrently to the Commission the accounting profession. It Bank's equity holders:
abide by those provisions as and the investing public. really has to do with impacting Share capital - ordinary shares $ 20,000,001 $ 20,000,001
well,” Mr Deveaux said. “We've had some situations — the value of the shares that are : : , : ,
“We advise them that they where people do not under- _ publicly traded.” Share capital - preference shares = -
Revaluation surplus 2,577,640 2,621,619
Retained earnings 11,715,962 10,424,128

$ 33,045,748

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

New retail business seeks male and female sales

$182,508,231

FIDELITY BANK (BAHAMAS) LTD.
Consolidated Statement of Income (Unaudited)

ersons for immediate employment. An attractive ;
P Ploy _— —— For the Nine Months Ended September 30, 2007
base salary plus a weekly commission and uniform (Expressed in Bahamian dollars)
are provided. Interested persons should contact .
: 9 Months Ending
Mr. McIntosh by telephoning 454-6380 to make an 30-Sep-07 30-Sep-06
appointment for an interview. Applicants should oe
a Interest income $ 9,101,337 $ 7,613,600
bring the following documents to the interview: Interest expense 3,408,319 2,783,492
. , Net Interest Income 5,693,018 4,830,108
a) Valid P assport Non-Interest Income 2,685,845 2,825,295
c) National Insurance Card Expenses
° Salary and staff benefits 3,364,908 2,976,076
d) Health Certificate General and administrative 3,245,580 2,510,463
‘ i rhe Depreciation woe 445,559 364,390
Total Non-Interest expense i ie 7,056,047 =. 5,850,929
Provision for credit losses - 74,961 319,794
Total Expenses 7,131,008 6,170,723
Net income before minority interest $1,247,855 $ 1,484,680
Attributable to:
Equity holders of the bank $ 1,247,855 $ 1,453,333
Minority interest - 31,347
} Net income $ 1,247,855 $ 1,484,680
B JX IH A M A R Weighted average number of 29,666,670 17,666,670
eee teens common shares outstanding
Earnings per share $ 0.04 $ 0.08

Legal Career Opportunit | |
FIDELITY BANK (BAHAMAS) LTD. |
Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity (Unaudited).
For the Nine Months Ended September 30, 2007
(Expressed in Bahamian dollars)

Baha Mar Development Company Ltd. seeks to hire a
talented Commercial Attorney to join its dynamic
legal team.

The successful applicant-must:

"Share Capital Share Capital



Have a minimum of 6 years experience in commercial eee a ee
" . : igs ot
and corporate practice in The Bahamas. :
Atat | January 2006 $5,000,001 $10,000,000 $1,695,320 $10,289,639 $26,984,960
Have the ability to draft and review documentation in ek
connection with complex commercial, real estate and ordinary shares 15,000,000 : ; 15,000,000
other transactions. Redemption of
preference shares - (10,000,000) (10,000,000)
i : : ; . Property, plant and
Be familiar with US and other international commercial equipment revaluation 926,299 45,110 971,409
transactions. Net Income ° - 1,662,713 1,662,713.
Dividends paid
_ , ordinary shares (1,073,334) (1,073,334)
Have the ability to work under pressure. Dividends paid/payable
preference shares - - (500,000) —_ (500,000) _
Possess exceptional communication and negotiating ES. a ee
Skills. As at I January 2007 20,000,001 2,621,619 10,424,128 33,045,748
Successful candidate will report to Baha Mar’s General oe
Counsel and work with other members of Baha Mar’s Redemption of ,
legal team. preference shares
Property, plant and
: . . : equipment revaluation (43,979) 43,979 z
Please forward curriculum vitae with salary requirements Net Income : 1,247,855 1,247,855
via e-mail to tgodet @tradeinvest.com or fax to (242) 702- Dividends paid
2018 no later than December, 1 2007. All responses will oa “a
‘ : os ividends paid/payable
be held in the strictest confidence. preference shares ee ee ee ee - ee ee
As at 30 September 2007 $20,000,001 $ : $2,577,640 $11,715,962 $34,295,603





_ PAGE 8B, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2007

| Notice is hereby given that such applications 7
will be heard by the said Court at the expiration :

{ No. 2007/PRO/npr/00597



SUPREME
COURT |

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS

THE SUPREME COURT :
PROBATE DIVISION |

29TH NOVEMBER, 2007
No. 2007/PRO/npr/00596

Whereas LOLITA MAE JOHNSON of |
| Wentworth Street in the Island of New |
Providence, one of the Islands of the |
Commonwealth of The Bahamas has made |
application to the Supreme Court of The |
Bahamas, for letters of administration of the :
Real and Personal Estate of WHITNEY :
JOHNSON late of Wentworth Street in the |
} Island of New Providence, one of the Islands :
4 of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, :
| deceased. -

of 14 days from the date hereof.

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar

THE SUPREME COURT

PROBATE DIVISION :

29TH NOVEMBER, 2007

= OW eit IMlODs

Whereas

4 THOMPSON (nee) POITIER of 1985

| Thatch Palm Avenue, Pinewood Gardens in :
the Southern District of the Island of New |
Providence, one of the Islands of the |
| Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made :

application to the Supreme Court of The :
Bahamas, for letters of administration of the
Real and Personal Estate of RONNIE :
OSCAR THOMPSON late of 1985 Thatch |

| Palm Avenue, Pinewood Gardens in the

| Notice is hereby given that such applications :
| will be heard by the said Court at the expiration :
| of 14 days from the date hereof.

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS |
THE SUPREME COURT :

PROBATE DIVISION |

: IN THE ESTATE OF EUGENE J. WEISS, |
: late of 11111 Biscayne Boulevard, Apartment :
' No. 301 in Dade County in the State of Florida, |
: one of the States of the United States of |
: MURPHY JR., late of Carmel in the State of
: California, one of the States of the United

29TH NOVEMBER, 2007
No. 2007/PRO/npr/00598

Whereas ADA VIRGINIA MILLER of |
Hillside Park off Bernard Road in the Eastern :
- District of the Island of New Providence, one

of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, has made application to the Supreme

Court of The Bahamas, for letters of |
administration of the Real and Personal Estate :
of ST. CLAIR ALPHONSO MILLER a.k.a. |
ST. CLARE ALPHONSO MILLER a.k.a. |

SINCLAIR ALPHONSO MILLER late of
Hillside Park off Bernard Road in the Eastern

District of the Island of New Providence, one :
of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The |

Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications
will be heard by the said Court at the expiration
of 14 days from the date hereof.

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar

CAROL NELLANIE |:

: COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS |
THE SUPREME COURT :

PROBATE DIVISION |
29TH NOVEMBER, 2007 :

_ No. 2007/PRO/npr/00599

| Whereas LEANNA ROLLE-BROWN of |
: 412 Australia Avenue, Elizabeth Estates in the :
: Eastern District of the Island of New :
: Providence, one of the Islands of the |
' Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made |
: application to the Supreme Court of The :
: Bahamas, for letters of administration of the |
' Real and Personal Estate of WILLIAM :
: BROWN late of 412 Australia Avenue, |
Elizabeth Estates in the Eastern District of the :
Island of New Providence, one of the Islands :
' of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, |
: deceased.

: Notice is hereby given that such applications :
will be heard by the said Court at the expiration |
| personal representative) in the above estate
: granted to VICTORIA E. HEULER, the
: Personal Representative of the Estate, by the
' Circuit Court for Leon County, Florida, Probate
| Division, on the 6th day of June 2003.

of 14 days from the date hereof.

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar

| COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS |
THE SUPREME COURT :

PROBATE DIVISION :
29TH NOVEMBER, 2007 |

_ No. 2007/PRO/npr/00600

| IN THE ESTATE OF PHILIP L. QUINN, |
: late of 1645 West Turtle Creek South Bend |
: in the State of Indiana, one of the States of |
? the United States of America, deceased :
COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS :
: Notice is hereby given that after the expiration :
: of fourteen days from the date hereof, :
: application will be made to the Supreme Court :
' of The Bahamas in the Probate Division by :
: E. TERRY NORTH of the Eastern District :
: of the Island of New Providence, one of-the |.
i Islands of the Commonwealth of The :
: Bahamas, Attorney-At- Law, the Authorized |
Attorney in The Bahamas for obtaining the :
Resealed Letters of Administration or :
Testamentary in the above estate granted to :
: PAUL JUDE WEITHMAN and MARY |
LOUISE SOLOMON, the Personal :
Representatives of the Estate, by the State of :
Indiana, St Joseph County in the St. Joseph |
' Probate Court, on the 18th day of November :
: 2004.
} Southern District of the Island of New : |
Providence, one of the Islands. of the :
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased :

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar

» COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS :
THE SUPREME COURT |

PROBATE DIVISION :
29TH NOVEMBER, 2007 |

No. 2007/PRO/npr/00601

America, deceased

' Notice is hereby given that after the expiration |
: of fourteen days from the date hereof, :
: application will be made to the Supreme Court :
of The Bahamas in the Probate Division by |
E. TERRY NORTH of the Eastern District :
of the Island of New Providence, one of the ;
' Islands of the Commonwealth of The :
| Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized |
| Attorney in The Bahamas for obtaining the |
Resealed Letters of Administration (single :
personal representative) in the above estate |
: granted to ROBERTA L. WEISS, the |
| Personal Representative of the Estate, by the |
: Circuit Court for Dade County, Florida, on |
: the 3d day of August 1993.

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar

THE TRIBUNE

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT

PROBATE DIVISION

29TH NOVEMBER, 2007

_ No. 2007/PRO/npr/00602

IN THE ESTATE OF MAGDALENE
SNYDER O’CONNOR, late of 100 John
Knox Road, Tallahassee in the State of Florida,
one of the States of the United States of
America, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that after the expiration
of fourteen days from the date hereof,
application will be made to the Supreme Court
of The Bahamas in the Probate Division by
JAMES LENNOX MOXEY of Shirley Street
in the Island of New Providence, one of the

| Islands of the Commonwealth of, The
: Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized

Attorney in The Bahamas for obtaining the
Resealed Letters of Administration (single

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar

| COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS

THE SUPREME COURT
- PROBATE DIVISION
29TH NOVEMBER, 2007

No. 2007/PRO/npr/00603

IN THE ESTATE OF BILLIE SCHOLZ
KIRTLEY, late of 2023 dahlia Avenue,
Jefferson County, Louisville in the State of
Kentucky, one of the States of the United
States of America, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that after the expiration
of fourteen days from the date hereof,
application will be made to the Supreme Court
of The Bahamas in the Probate Division by
JAMES LENNOX MOXEY of Shirley Street
in the Island of New Providence, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized
Attorney in The Bahamas for obtaining the
Resealed Certificate of Qualification in the

: above estate granted to ELIZABETH
: MUELLER, the Executrix of the Estate, by
: the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Court of
| Justice, on the 20th day of March, 2000.

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT

_ PROBATE DIVISION

29TH NOVEMBER, 2007

No. 2007/PRO/npr/00604
IN THE ESTATE OF CHARLES E.

States of America, deceased

Notice is hereby given that after the expiration
of fourteen days from the date hereof,
application will be made to the Supreme Court
of The Bahamas in the Probate Division by
JAMES LENNOX MOXEY of Shirley Street
in the Island of New Providence, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized
Attorney in The Bahamas for obtaining the
Resealed Order for Probate in the above estate
granted to CHARLES E. MURPHY III, the
Executor of the Estate, by the Superior Court

' of California, County of Monterey, on the [3th
| day of July 2007.

Nicoya Neilly
~ (for) Registrar



THE TRIBUNE

GN-618

SUPREME
COURT

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT

PROBATE DIVISION

29TH NOVEMBER, 2007



No. 2007/PRO/npr/00608

IN THE ESTATE OF THOMAS ROY HOLBIRD, SR., late of
Cherokee County in the State of Georgia, one of the States of the
United States of America, deceased

Notice is hereby given that after the expiration of fourteen days from
the date hereof, application will be made to the Supreme Court of
The Bahamas in the Probate Division by KHALILA W. DORSETT
of the Eastern District, New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized
Attorney in The Bahamas for obtaining the Resealed Grant of Letters
Testamentary in the above estate granted to THOMAS ROY
HOLBIRD, JR., the Executor of the Estate, by the Probate Court
of Cherokee County in the State of Georgia one of the States of the
United States of America on the 12th day of June 2007.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar



COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT

PROBATE DIVISION

29TH NOVEMBER, 2007

No. 2007/PRO/npr/00611

Whereas GEORGE ANDRE WHITE of East Bay, Eastern District,
New Providence one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, has made application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas,
for letters of administration of the Real and Person Estate of GEORGE
ADDINGTON WHITE a.k.a. GEORGE A WHITE a.k.a.
GEORGE WHITE, late of the Eastern District, New Providence,
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard by the
said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar



COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT

PROBATE DIVISION

29TH NOVEMBER, 2007

No. 2007/PRO/npr/00612

Whereas DANIEL JOHNSON of White’s Subdivision, Eastern
. District, New Providence one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas of The Bahamas, has made application to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for letters of administration of the
Real and Personal Estate of FLORA JOHNSON, late of the Eastern
District, New Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, deceased

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard by the
said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar



COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
. THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION

29TH NOVEMBER, 2007

No. 2007/PRO/npr/006 13

Whereas JOYANN MICHELLE GRIFFIN of No.16 East Coral
Estates Subdivision in the City of Freeport, Grand Bahama one of
the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made
application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for letters of
administration of the Real and Personal Estate of CASTROMER
LASHLERUE GRIFFIN a.k.a. CASTROMER L. GRIFFIN, late
of No. 16 East Coral Estate Subdivision in the City of Freeport,
Grand Bahama, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, deceased |

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard by the
said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

FROM page 1

document on last Friday -
November 23.

Mr Ferguson explained: “The
Tribunal refused to register the
July 11 agreement and pro-
posed amendments to bring the
document in line with what the
Tribunal considered necessary
for registration.

“We received the draft of the
amended tndustrial agreement
on November 23. The request
by Morton Salt to put in an
irrevocable clause to deal with
the question of lay-offs, that was
a non-starter. They said the
union has until December 21 to
sign an irrevocable supplemen-
tal agreement giving them the
right to lay-off as required.”

Mr Ferguson said “irrevoca-
ble” meant that the clause relat-
ed to lay-offs at Morton Salt
would be set in stone, and could
not be changed during negotia-
tions on future industrial agree-
ments.

“What we are saying is at
least register the industrial
agreement first, so we have
something to amend. We can-
not amend an industrial agree-
ment that is not registered,” Mr
Ferguson said.

“If you are asking the union
to agree to an irrevocabie
amendment to that industrial
agreement, that first must be
registered.”

The issue of lay-offs - tempo-
rary or otherwise - is a ‘hot’ one
at Morton Salt currently, given
that the unusually heavy rainfall
experienced by Inagua this year,
even prior to Tropical Storm
Noel, had melted the salt cake
in the company’s pans and left it
looking at running out of salt
to harvest by the end of this
month.

Glenn Bannister, Morton

Tacos
FLEXIBILITY

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2007, PAGE 9B

Ee eT Oa ae eee
Morton woes

on ‘irrevocable’ _
lay-off clause |

Salt’s managing director, said
last week that while the com-
pany has completed its assess-
ment of Tropical Storm Noel’s
impact on its operations, he
would not disclose any details
until a press statement was
issued.

However, he had previously
said that Morton Salt’s:2007
production was likely to be just
500,000 tonnes, some 40 per
cent of the normal 1.2 million
tonnes, “a tremendous loss”.

Asa result, Mr Bannister said
the company was looking at
reduced work weeks or tempo-
rary lay-offs that could last until
March 2008.

Managing ©

The Morton Salt managing
director had previously said the
union had refused to include a
clause in the July 11 industrial
agreement that would have
dealt with the issue of tempo-
rary lay-ofts and reduced work
weeks.

Yet Mr Ferguson yesterday
said that Morton Salt had.
through the union was being
“unreasonable” in pushing for
certain issues to be included in
that agreement, and accused the
company of trying to make the
union look bad to the Bahami-
an public.

He said: “The union is not
adverse to entering into an
agreement with the company to
deal with lay-offs. It is my rec-
ommendation that they do so
with or without an industrial
agreement.

“It is in the best interests of
the union, the best interests of
the worker, and the best inter-
ests of the company to make an
agreement in that regard
because of the rainfall impact
on the company.

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union right from the beginning
was that it should sit down and
look at the situation objective-
ly.” Mr Ferguson said.

“They work there and know
the rainfall has impacted the
harvesting of salt. That’s a fact.
having established the facts, it’s
proper to for the union to sign
something that is a win-win sit-
uation for both parties - enter-
ing into an arrangement to
accommodate these situations
that is in the best interests of
all parties.”

Mr Ferguson said Morton
Salt and the union had already
discussed the prospect of
reduced work weeks or tempo-
rary lay-offs, “and given the
union an ultimatum that they
must get back to them by
December 21”.

He added that the situation
was likely to affect “the whole”
line staff, which numbers
around 105, of which the union
represents 85. Morton Salt also
employs 26 managerial staff,
making its total workforce com-
plement 130-strong.

Mr Ferguson said the com-
pany had also advised staff to
take their vacations in January
and February of next year,

while the salt cake and salt in

the pans hopefully recovered
from the heavy rainfall.

The Tribune previously
reported that as a result of the
five to six inches of rain that fell
in August, instead of seeing a
one-inch salt growth, which
would have translated into
300,000 tonnes for harvesting,
Morton Salt saw growth of only
1/5 of an inch.

Only 60,000 tonnes was
grown and harvested in August,
a shortfall of 240,000 tonnes.

Inagua’s economy is heavily
dependent on Morton Salt,
which employs 60 per cent of

its workforce.





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states (5)

6 Obviously it will go round
the wearer (5)

9 — Don'tlet out that Nat may be in the
money (7) ‘

10 Discover you have to work for your

j money (5)

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something caught in it (5)

12 Cartback to East End area (5)

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15 Joined me at opening time (3)

17 Uncle's out of breath, if only in
pretence (4)

18 Caok something from Serbia (6)

19 Lamp spirit? (5)

20 Executive possibly tired out around
mid-October? (6)

22 In Ireland, the girl to love (4)

24 Inasewer, it provides a degree of
filtration (3)

25 Worker to see getting slimmer (7)

Boozy worker on the railroad (5)

27 Somebody else may pass on what he
knows! (5)

28 Pleasant piece pf tribal mythology (5)

29 Displeased with anyone wandering

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Ditto 13, Cop-l-lot 15, T-owns 18, Me-W 19, Al-leg-e 21,
Ratable 22, Idol 23, Aged 24, Mediate 26, Keeper 29, Nit
31, Sisal 32, S-e-rried 34, Stows 35, A-DD 36, Photo 37,

DOWN: 1, De-Mon 2, Decimal 4, Whit 5, Bottle 6, Spool 7,
Being 9, Lap 12, Do-wager 14, L-E-t 16, W-edge 17,
See-d-y 19, A-L-pines 20, Picks 21, R-oles 23, A-TT-rac-T
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Cry out that one’s self-starter is the
very best! (6) .

The only time? But it takes many
years (3)

A stiff back! (5)

Frank or Ernest, we hear (7)
Banknote engravers’ union (4)
Plants in haste? (6)

We rot, possibly, in a place of
incarceration (5)

In the Hoosier State, a

basket maker (5)

Chewed up in mastication without a
word (5)

Man touring the Italian city (5)
What a baronet could mostly rise to
be? (5)

He has his own can (5)

Rules that a vehicle should not go too
fast? (7)

Blue water? (6)

Making mother a respectable woman
means trouble! (6)
They all agree (3,3)

One bent on crime (5)

Big-headed rower, the swine! (4)
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ACROSS

1 Cold dish (5)

6 — Anxious (5)

9 Tree (7)

10 Location (5)

11 Savoury jelly (5)
12 Cut (6)

13 Hair (7)

15 Wager (3)

Hire (4)

18 Enjoy (6)

19 Fossil

resin (5)

20 Flashing light (6)
22 Mislay (4)

24 Pronoun (3)

25 Protection (7)

EASY PUZZLE

26 Step (5)

27 Leg bone (5)

28 Mortal (5)
Yesterday's easy solutions 29 Sketch (7)
ACROSS: 3, Dream 8, Cited 10, Piste 11, Tip 12, Tapas 13, 30 MEast
Created 15, Tepid 18, Sex 19, Shrine 21, Stately 22, Pots country (5)
23, Boss 24, Rampart 26, Rental 29, Pie 31, Edges 32, 31. Principle (5)

38, Slump

Berated 34, Actor 35, Top 36, Accra 37, Wheel

DOWN: 1, Mitre 2, Repasts 4, Road 5, Apathy 6, Miser 7,

Stain 9, Tie 12, Textual 14, Tea 16, Pilot 17, Dense 19,

Boom 33, Toe

Slipper 20, Spare 21, Sting 23; Breathe 24, Rascal
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South West
1& Pass 2¢ 4%
5¢ Pass 6%
Opening lead — five of hearts.

If you examine all four hands, it
seems impossible to make six clubs
even if West doesn’t find the killing
spade lead at trick one. Declarer
seems certain to lose two spade tricks
eventually, no matter what West
leads. But the fact is that South made.
the slam after a heart lead, and did so
in a perfectly reasonable manner.

The declarer was Swiss star Jean
Besse, and the hand was played
many years ago in the annual Euro-
pean championship. Besse realized,
when dummy came down, that East

North East

(1999

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2 Fascination (6)
3 Attack (6)

4 Female deer (3)
5 Heading (5)

6 — Master (7)

7 Gaelic (4)

8 — Radiates (6)
12 Mud (5)

13 Alloy (5)

14 Habituate (5)
15 Buffalo (5)

16 Numbor (5)
18 Alludo (5)

19 Withhold vote (7)
21 Flourish (6)

22 Vogatable (6)
23 Abrade (6)

25 Lament (5)

26 Team (4)

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edition).

CANIN DUCKS INTO A
NEARBY CLOSET AND

almost surely had the ace of spades
for his four-heart bid, and that there
was consequently little chance of
making the slam by leading a spade
toward the king in the hope that West
held the ace.

Instead, after winning the heart
lead with the ace, Besse cashed the
A-K-Q of clubs and four diamond
tricks. He then crossed to dummy
with a trump, producing this posi-
tion:

North
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West East
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South
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When Besse next cashed

dummy’s nine of clubs, East found
himself hard-pressed for a discard.
He clearly could not afford to part
with a heart, which would automati-
cally hand declarer an extra heart
trick, so he discarded the queen of :
spades.

Besse replied by discarding his ten
of hearts and leading the ten of
spades from dummy. East won with
the ace but then had to yield the last
two tricks to the king of hearts and
king of spades.

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Bu Xiangzhi v Daniel Rensch,
Canadian Open, Ottawa 2007. China
already dominates women's chess
and is in the top three in men's
team events. The winner of today's
puzzle is being groomed to be
Beijing's first serious contender for
the world individual title. Bu, 22,
was among the youngest ever to
become a grandmaster when 14,
and his victory ahead of Nigel Short
at Ottawa this summer puts him
among the top 50 elite GMs. He's
good all round, witha
knowledgeable opening repertoire,
accurate endgame technique, and
an eye for tactical opportunities
such as occurred in today's puzzle.
The obvious play for White is 1
Rxf7+ exchanging two rooks for
Black's queen and following up by

Qd5
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TUESDAY,
NOV 27

ARIES — March 21/April 20
While you don’t want to have a dis-
cussion with a family member, you
have to early in the week. Listen to
what he or she says to you.

‘TAURUS — April 21/May 21

comes to something that you really
want, Taurus. A loved one gets you
involved in a family argument. Try to
help everyone come to an agreement.

GEMINI - May 22/June 21

You have to be patient this week
while waiting for a close friend to
answer an important question. Don’t
force the issue or you may not get

CANCER - June 22/July 22

associate is in the spotlight instead
of you this week. He or she really
does deserve the praise. A close
friend needs help with a family
matter. Don’t get involved.

LEO - July 23/August 23
Keep your eyes and ears open at
work. There is something strange
going on. Colleagues are counting
on you to find out what it is. Don’t
worry — it isn’t anything serious.
VIRGO — Aug 24/Sept 22

You struggle with your perfectionist
nature early in the week, Virgo. Do
the best that you can. Scorpio plays
an important role.

LIBRA — Sept 23/Oct 23
An acquaintance tries to pull the
wool over your eyes early in the
week; don’t let it happen. If you
really listen to what is being said,
you’ll see that it can’t be true.

SCORPIO -— Oct 24/Nov 22
A close friend confides in you this
week, Scorpio. Even though he or
she reveals some important informa-
tion, don’t betray this person’s trust.
He or she wouldn’t do that to you.

SAGITTARIUS — Noy 23/Dec 21
A coworker gets into trouble and
asks you to lie for him or her. Don’t
do it; it’s not worth it. Besides, no
one will believe you anyway. You
can’t lie. Blow off some steam this
weekend, you deserve it.

CAPRICORN -— Dec 22/Jan 20
Don’t try to take control of a situa-
tion that you can’t handle early in
the week, Capricorn. You know
your limitations; don’t ignore them.
Let someone else take the lead.

AQUARIUS -— Jan 21/Feb 18
Don’t make a hasty decision when it
comes to your personal finances this
week. An old friend whom you
haven't seen in a while calls you.
Find out what he or she really wants.
PISCES — Feb 19/March 20
You have several things to do this
week, Pisces, and a lot of people
are counting on you. Avoid dis-
tractions whenever you can.

SMM meen

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+ winning the a8 rook. Why is
plan distinctly second-best, and

can you spot the right move which
forced Rensch's resignation?

LEONARD BARDEN

EER

Chess: 8498: 1 Rxt7+? Qxf7 2 Rxf7+

Kxf7 3 Qd5+ Beb

and Black can fight on. Bu played 1 Qd6! Resigns. If

Qxd6 2 Rxf7 mate, or Rxe7 2 Rxt7+

Qxt7 3 Rxf7+ Kxf?

and now the black rook pair no longer mutually

support each other so 4Qd5+ wins

the a8 rook.

Don’t give up too easily when it .°-~.

the response that you’re hoping for. .

Try not to get upset when a business



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Bahamas to serve on UN tourism bodies

THE Bahamas was yesterday
elected to serve on two key
committees of the United
Nations’ World Tourism Organ-
tisation (UNWTO), during
meetings at the General Assem-
bly now ongoing in Cartagena,
Colombia.

The tourism and aviation
minister, Neko Grant, said that:
“during the 47th Meeting of the
Regional Commission for the
Americas, the Bahamas was
elected to serve on two very
important committees: the
Committee on Statistics and the
Tourism Satellite Account and
the Committee on Sustainable
Development in Tourism.”

“These elections,” he added,
“are certainly an historic first
for the Bahamas, as never
before have we participated in




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November 27, 2004

* "Jesus said, I am the resurrection, and I am the life;
he who believes in me, though he die, yet shalt he
live, and who ever lives and believes in me

shall never die."

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the UNTWO at this level. It
means for us, more hands on
involvement in the decision-
making process of the UNWTO
in these areas, and also that we

will now be an integral part of

the process that determines
both regional and global prior-
ities, at least until 2011 when
our term on these committees
will expire.”

The Bahamas and Jamaica,

[Executive Council of the Com-
mission and Committee on
Market and Competitiveness]
are the only members of the
English-speaking Caribbean
serving at these levels of the
UNWTO.

The tourism director-gener-
al, Vernice Walkine, explained:
“The Bahamas has certainly
been a regional leader as far as




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all economy.

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as to comprehensively assess its
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kherig@tribunemedia.net

POLICE officers at Princess :

Margaret Hospital yesterday

helped thwart an attempt by a_

possible suspect to gain access
to the victim of yet another
shooting.

A 26-year-old man was shot

in his leg-and-ds-in serious can-....

dition in hospital after being
attacked shortly after 1 am. yes-
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MORE than a dozen per-
sons whose vote in the
Pinewood Gardens con-
stituency is being challenged
were called to testify in the
Pinewood Gardens election
court case yesterday.
Latanya Ferguson, a resi-
dent of Sequoia Street, told
the court yesterday she lives
behind the Sadie Curtis
school. When asked by lawyer
Michael Barnett as to whether
she had ever heard of private

SEE page eight
































voters testify:

sister to get information from
Princess Margaret Hospital staff
about his condition.

Assistant Supt Walter Evans
told The Tribune that police are
investigating the possibility that
the woman was attempting “to
get to” the victim.

Police now have the woman
and a man in custody in con-
nection with this case.

According to reports, the 26-
year-old man was about to dri-
ve away from the Superwash
laundromat on Nassau Street in
the early hours of yesterday
morning when two men — one
of them known to him -
approached his car.

SEE page eight

Man is charged —
with the murder of
Kenneth Lightbourne

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

FREEPORT - Grand Bahama
resident Jermaine Williams was
charged with murder in Freeport
Magistrate’s Court on Monday in
the death of 45-year-old Kenneth
Lightbourne, whose decomposed
body was discovered two weeks
ago in Lucaya.

Williams, 25, appeared before
Deputy Chief Magistrate Helen
Jones in Court Two. He was rep-
resented by lawyer Jameko
Greene.

It is alleged that between
November 10 and November 15
at Freeport, Grand Bahama,

SEE page eight

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Police Staff
Association chief
‘offended’ by
Cynthia Pratt claim

il By PAUL G TURNQUEST

Tribune Staff Reporter

pturnquest@tribunemedia.net

BRADLEY Sands, Police :

Staff Association’s executive

mer minister of National Secu- :
rity Cynthia Pratt’s claim that :

his association did all that it

could to “frustrate” the work }

of her government.

Mr Sands said that the Royal

Bahamas Police Force has

always been a “neutral” orga- }

nization, from the years of the
“old PLP” and the former FNM
government.

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_ Minister secures well known
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comments on subdivision

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

i LABOUR and Maritime
: Affairs Minister Dion Foulkes
: has secured well known lawyer

: ‘ _? Michael Scott to take legal . i
chairman, is offended by for-' :

? action against what he described
as “serious defamatory com-
ments” made against him
: regarding the Stephen Close
subdivision.

Last week former Works and
Utilities Minister Bradley
: Roberts and PLP chairman-con-
: tender Omar Archer, held a
: press conference calling on Mr
: Foulkes to resign from his post.
: At the press conference Mr
: Roberts pointed out that the
: “unapproved” subdivision
: known as Stephen’s Close was



“doomed from the start.”
“This project was started in

2004 and was doomed from the

start as the developer (Denise

SEE page 10



Latest murder
Victim named
by the police

@ By TANEKA THOMPSON —

Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

POLICE released the name
of Rodriguez Francis yesterday
as the country’s latest murder
victim after his body was posi-
tively identified by his family.

Francis, 31, a father of three,
was gunned down outside his
home on Coleman Lane off
East Street just before midnight
on Saturday, police said. It is
reported that he was engaged
to be married.

According to reports Francis’

family members are angry that
police searched his home while
his dead body still lay in the
front yard. It is also claimed that
Francis’ fiancée, Yolanda
Neely, plans to file an official
report with the Complaints and
Corruptions Unit against the
police who, she claims, “ran-
sacked” their home.

Police report that they were
conducting a legal search of the
home following Francis’ mur-
der and that a large amount of
cash and contraband was seized
during their inspection. °

Francis was shot in his front

SEE page 10

Police awaiting
decision from AG’s
office on Bishop

Randy Fraser

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

POLICE prosecutors are still
awaiting a decision from the
office of the Attorney General
about whether that office will
go ahead with their request to
reinstate charges against Bishop
Randy Fraser.. ;

Mr Fraser was accused of
having unlawful sexual inter-
course with a minor dependent
in April 2006. He was dis-
charged, but not acquitted of
the charges, by Magistrate Mar-
ilyn Meers on October 23.

The magistrate cited the pros-
ecution’s failure to produce evi-
dence to establish a sexual rela;
tionship between him and the
virtual complainant, claiming
he had “no case to answer” in
this instance.

“As far as I’m aware the mat-
ter is under review (by the

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census forms to
be returned by
November 30

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

THE MINISTRY of Edu-
cation has begun conducting
its National Education Cen-
sus for 2007/2008 and is
encouraging all schools to
return completed forms by the
November 3() deadline.

The annual exercise, which
has been conducted since
2003, aims to provide the gov-
ernment with a detailed analy-
sis of all aspects of the coun-
try’s educational system
including all public, private
and special learning institu-
tions.

“The purpose of the exer-
cise is to collect information
on the number of students
enrolled in schools by age, by
grade, by sex, as well as the
number of teachers employed
and the number of students
enrolled in various education-
al programmes,” a represen-
tative from the Department
of Educational Planning told
The Tribune yesterday.

Questionnaires were report-
edly issued to all of the
nation’s education institutions
during the first week of
November.

The data amassed will be
used to prepare the Ministry



of Education’s Bahamas Edu-
cation Statistical Digest,
Director of Educational Plan-
ning Marcelus Taylor said dur-
ing a telephone interview yes-
terday.

The information gleaned
from these questionnaires is
also expected to improve the
nation’s educational system,
Taylor explained.

“(The questionnaires) give
the ministry a status on edu-
cation and from the informa-
tion we can look for areas to
make changes as well as plan-
ning for infrastructure
changes.

“For instance if the student

-population in a Family Island

is growing faster than we pre-
dicted, we will plan to build
more classrooms and hire
additional teachers.”

While the ministry has pub-
lished the digest for the
2005/2006 academic year, it
has yet to release a publica-
tion for 2006/2007.

Mr Taylor said the delay in
publishing the data is due to
“tardy reporting” by some
institutions.

Educators completing ques-
tionnaires should ensure they
are filled in accurately and if
there are any concerns, con-
tact the Department of Edu-
cational Planning for clarifi-
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ACTING PRIME Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent

Symonette addresses the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Band Treaty
Organisation (CTBTO) workshop opening session yesterday.

The Bahamas to ratify nuclear
test-ban treaty, says Acting PM

THE Bahamas is set to ratify its position as a-signatory to the
Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty, designed to rid the
world of nuclear weapons, Acting Prime Minister Brent

Symonette announced yesterday.

He was addressing a regional workshop co-hosted by the
Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-
Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO) and the Ministry of For-
eign Affairs. It is being held November 26 to 28 at the Wynd-
ham Nassau Resort and Crystal Palace Casino on Cable Beach.

The workshop is intended to build upon previous regional
and sub-regional international co-operation workshops held in
Peru in 2000, Jamaica in 2002, Guatemala in 2005 and Mexico.

in 2006.

It reportedly seeks to enhance understanding of the Compre-

hensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) among the states in
the region, promote its signing and ratification and facilitate

the establishment of a verification regime.

The Bahamas signed the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban

Treaty on February 4, 2005.

“The Bahamas would further welcome any guarantees of
partnership to benefit from best practice and technical assis-
tance to establish a national data centre in order to be in a
position to benefit from the International Data Centre and the
civil and scientific applications it distills from the treaty’s verifi-
cation technologies,” said Mr Symonette, who is also the
deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs.

The year 2006 marked the 10th anniversary of the CTBT
being open for signature. Since then, the treaty has been con-
sidered a cornerstone of the efforts for nuclear non-prolifera-

tion.

The treaty was signed by 177 states and 140 countries have

ratified.

Mr Symonette noted that, with the Bahamas virtually on the
opposite side of the world from Hiroshima and Nagasaki and
from regions currently engulfed in armed conflict, it is difficult
for Bahamians to understand the horror and depth of human.
loss and suffering, as well as environmental devastation caused

by atomic weapons.

He said he hopes the workshop, taking place in a region
which is a comparative haven of peace, will come to be regard-
ed as a significant turning point in expelling once and for all the
contradictions between national political policies and human

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Junkanoo §=with murder of businessman =

parades
honorees

_ THE Ministry of Education,
Youth, Sports and Culture yes-

terday announced the
junkanoo honorees for this
‘year.

“<"- The 2007 Boxing Day
* parade will be named in hon-
our of Brian “Boldie” Gibson
and the 2008 New Year’s Day
parade will be named in hon-
-’. our of the late Anthony
“Tony” Carroll.

Assistant director of Culture
Edison Dames made the
announcement, adding that the
2007 Junior Junkanoo parade
would be named in honour of
Veronica Ingraham Thomp-
son.

Mr Dames also announced

*. the holding of a National
- > Awards Presentation Ceremo-

_> hy at Government House on

Thursday to honour a number
of persons who have made s
significant contribution to
junkanoo.

Mr Gibson and a represen-
tative from Mr Carroll’s fami-
ly will receive a specially
designed jacket.

The event is scheduled to
begin at 7pm.

Mr Gibson founded the
Vikings Junkanoo group in
1964, served as the grand mar-
shal for the National Junkanoo

-‘Committee (NJC) and for

"-,7/many years announced the

winners and losers of the
parades.

He was also chairman of the
NJC.

Mr Carroll has been dubbed
as the “Individual King”
because he entered the
parades for over 55 years
sporting individual pieces.

Mr Carroll, who died earlier
this year, was also a founding
member and chairman of the
Individual Junkanoo Associa-
tion.

Mrs Ingraham Thompson, a
former acting director of cul-
ture, was instrumental in the
formation of the first Junior
Junkanoo parade in 1988.

- “All of those persons whom

“parades were named after
since 2002 will be receiving the
jackets,” said Mr Dames.

Acting PM

~ speaks on
hazardous |

ACTING Prime Minister
Brent Symonette said the trans-
shipment of hazardous waste
through Caribbean waters is an
issue of overriding importance
to the region.

He was speaking at a region-
al workshop on the Compre-
hensive Nuclear Test-Ban

- Treaty in Nassau yesterday.

“This waste composed of

radioactive materials raises seri-



-_- ous concerns for human health

‘and development, given fragile
_ marine and island eco-systems,

- and by extension, the liveli-

hoods of many persons derived
there from,” Mr Symonette
said.

“Thus, it bears re-stating that
the important link between an
effective non-proliferation
regime, and the attainment of
an enduring global-peace and
stability cannot be over-empha-
sised in relation, also, to the
viability of global, economic
and social development.”







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

FREEPORT - Two men have
been charged in connection with
the murder of Grand Bahama
businessman Gifford Martin Jr
in Freeport Magistrate’s Court.

An angry crowd yelled insults,
and grief-stricken family mem-
bers cried and collapsed in each
others arms outside the court-
house yesterday as Dwight Turn-
quest and Hulio Smith were
quickly taken away in a police
van around noon.

Turnquest, 38, a former resi-
dent of Bootle Bay who now
lives in Exuma, and Hulio Smith,
28, of Pinta Avenue, South
Bahamia and New Providence,
appeared before Deputy Chief
Magistrate Helen Jones.

The men were brought to the
courthouse around 9.30am, but
were not arraigned until
11.30am. They were heavily

guarded. Armed police officers

and iron barricades were posi-
tioned around the Garnet Levar-
ity Justice Centre.

A number of police detectives
also stood guard inside the
packed courtroom, where the
victim’s immediate family and
close relatives were seated.

Gifford Martin Jr, 32, owner
of Xtreme Auto and Supplies,
was shot and killed at his busi-
ness establishment on Yellow
Pine Street. His body was found
lying on the ground outside the
rear of the premises on Novem-
ber 16.

Nassau lawyer Michael Kemp,
assisted by Jameko Greene of
Freeport, represented Mr Turn-
quest. Nassau lawyer Craig But-

‘No further cases
of tuberculosis’
at CC Sweeting

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

QUELLING fears of a tuber-
culosis epidemic, Chief Medical
Officer Merceline Dahl Regis
yesterday revealed that according
to test results, there are no fur-
ther cases of the disease among
the 537 students and staff tested
at C C Sweeting High School.

Dr Dahl Regis said that the
surveillance unit at the Depart-
ment of Health would continue
to monitor the situation, howev-
er.

This follows news last week
that one student at the school
had been admitted to hospital
with the bacterial infection, the
symptoms of which can include a
bad cough which may contain
blood or mucus, weakness or
fatigue, night sweats, and weight
loss.

Yesterday, permanent
secretary in the Ministry of Edu-
cation Elma Garraway said that
health officials had not given any

" mew advice in response to the

scare.

The Chief Medical Officer said
that in her opinion, parents have
no more cause for serious con-
cern, explaining that the 537 per-
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Hulio Smith

ler represented Smith.

The prosecution is alleging
that between November 15 and
November 16, the men, being
concerned together, intention-
ally caused the death of Mr Mar-
tin. The men were not required
to enter.a plea to the murder
charge, which is an indictable
offence,

Following the hour-and-a-half
wait for the arraignment because
Magistrate Jones was dealing
with juvenile matters in another
court, Mr Kemp said that it is
unheard of that a one magistrate
should be responsible for four
courts.

He said he wanted to know
whether the matter could pro-
ceed by way of Circuit Magis-
trate in New Providence.

“If the Attorney General is
adamant about the matter being
tried in Grand Bahama they can
do it, but there is of course some
anxiety in the island of Grand
Bahama,” he said.

However, the prosecution
indicated that it intends to file a

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Voluntary Bill of Indictment to
have the matter go directly to
the Supreme Court.

Mr Kemp also pointed out
that his client was not living in
Grand Bahama and was now a
resident of Exuma.

Magistrate Jones asked Turn-
quest if he was a former resident
of Bootle Bay, Grand Bahama.
He responded that he was, but
that he had moved nine months
ago to Exuma.

Bail was denied and the men
were remanded to Her Majesty’s
Prison, Fox Hill until March 4,
2008.

Mr Butler expressed concern
for his client’s safety in prison
and made a request that Hulio
Smith be “kept isolated in a
cell.”

“T understand that informa-
tion coming by Smith is that

* threats were made against life,”

the attorney said.

Magistrate Jones said that she
would make a note of it, so that
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support staff. Of this number,
who were all given the mantoux
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This does not necessarily mean
that they have the disease how-
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MORE than 300 persons accused of mur-

der, robbery and rape, have been released |

from prison and returned to the community
on bail — 114 for murder, 189 for armed rob-
bery, and 39 for rape.

The reason given for this buildup of
accused awaiting trial was that the overbur-
dened courts could not hear their cases in a
timely fashion. And so they had to be
released.

If this were the only problem then the obvi-
ous solution would be to hire more judges,
and devote a court exclusively to criminal
matters. But even to this seemingly common-
sense solution, there were roadblocks.

During the House of Assembly debate on
the amendment to the Juries Act last month,
former attorney general Alfred Sears said
that the establishment of a judicial complex
was key to speeding up the administration of
justice. He then said that in late 2005 his gov-
ernment had not only awarded a contract for
the construction of a new 12-courtroom com-
plex, but it had also “agreed a plan” for the
construction of that complex. Obviously, his
government knew how urgent it was to have
this complex up and operating, but for the
next two years of its term, it did nothing. It
appears that it made no attempt to even have
construction started. i

Only after reading the Chief Justice’s

speech to the Chamber of Commerce’s crime
seminar last week, did we fully appreciate
how vital that complex was to getting crimi-
nals off the streets. And how even more rep-
rehensible was the inaction of the PLP gov-
ernment in not getting the job done as a mat-
ter of top priority. .
’ The Chief Justice pointed out that the cen-
tral court building in downtown Nassau out-
gtew its facilities decades ago. It now “occu-
pies five different buildings between East
Street and Marlborough Street,” he said.
“Two of these are rental accommodations for
which $748,000 is paid annually. In addition,
the support service of court reporting is
housed in privately owned premises for which
additional rent must be paid. The inefficien-
cies in terms of management of staff and
movement of files occasioned by this separa-
tion of facilities are obvious.”

Of the 11 Supreme Court judges, one sits in
Freeport, which has its own unique problems.

Returning to the limitation of court facili-
ties, Sir Burton said that there is no provision
for the separation of jurors from witnesses in
the precincts of the present court building
where there are only two jury deliberation
rooms. There are no bathrooms available for
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modate jury trials.”

This lack of facilities was yet another prac-
tical argument to support the Bill to reduce
the number of jurors.

“Accordingly, published demands to make
more judges available for criminal trials can-
not be met because it is simply impractical to
run more than three criminal courts simulta-
neously, previous attempts to run four courts
were not successful and it would be wholly
irrational to attempt anything beyond this
number given our present limitations,” said
the Chief Justice.

Because of the demand on the judges’ time
to deal with other judicial matters in the
court’s seven divisions, “only a small portion
of judicial time is dedicated to criminal mat-
ters.”

This must be changed. Obviously, more
judges are needed. Obviously more tempo-
rary facilities are also needed until a new com-
plex can be built. And obviously an efficient
support staff is needed to plan the court cal-
endar, marshal all the witness, get the jury
pool together, and take care of all of the myr-
iad other functions necessary to keep a busy
criminal court operating smoothly.

If we can have a traffic court, we can have
a criminal court. It is true that the traffic court
is not only important to entorce the law and
help to make our streets safer, but it is also a
good money-spinner for the pubic treasury.

A criminal court should sit from 9am to
Spm, Monday through Friday throughout the
year. It should have no term breaks other
than national holidays, and holidays for the
judges to be taken at different times during a
year so that at no time will the whole court
system close down for a recess.

Of course, the building of a suitable court
complex should start as soon as possible, and
be pushed to early completion, so that tax-
payers’ money can be saved on the present
rents and channeled into staff and equipment
for the new courts.

It’s not a matter of it can’t be done. This
country is now at a stage that it has to be
done. In the meantime the list of those per-
sons on bail with the worst criminal records
should be rounded up, returned to jail and the
criminal court should start immediately work-
ing on their cases.

Samuel McKenzie, 35, the “terror of East
Street”, would have been alive today if he had
not been granted bail. With his notorious
criminal record and reputation, it is still our
opinion that no responsible court system
should have released him into this communi-

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Saving our

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is essential

EDITOR, The Tribune. ‘

As a politician you are judged,
not by your own personal suc-
cess, but by how successful you
are in improving the lives and
state of the people and country
you are entrusted to serve. Many
of our former and current politi-
cians have been very successful
at providing excellent .educa-
tional opportunitics for their
children, who in turn have
rewarded their parents — by
achieving, personal success in
their chosen careers and fields of
endeavour. What about the rest
of our nation’s children though,
particularly those in the lower

economic strata of our society?’

People like Nikki from Podoleo
Street; Marco from Hay Street;
Dion from Montell Heights?
How successful have our politi-
cians been at elevating this
nation’s less fortunate and pro-
viding them with the proper
school environment to empower
themselves? Suffice it to say that
our public school system is dete-
riorating, and if there is not a
rebirth of knowledge, or a
renaissance in education, we
cannot expect to tackle the
increased criminality in The
Bahamas.

Of course the primary respon-
sibility for nurturing and devel-
oping the character and ambi-
tion of our nation’s youth rests
squarely on the shoulders of our
nation’s parents. Politicians are
not elected to be baby sitters.
The role of parents in imbuing
their children with the morals
and work ethics necessary to
propel them to personal success
is critical. Many of the ills we
now suffer from in our country
are due to the inability of par-
ents to fulfil their roles and
responsibilities. What is con-
founding though, is that par-
ents/guardians who have given
everything they had without suc-
cess and who are inclined to
look to others in our society for
help, will now look sceptically at
persons in the community nor-
mally seen as_ trustworthy,
because of the recent undenied
allegations of egregious impro-
priety involving a "counsellor"
and one of our nation’s youth,

Where these voids in parent-
ing exist, children look else-
Where to have them filled.
Gangs give love to needy boys
and girls who live in homes
devoid of love; gangs give refuge
and protection to young boys
and girls who are violated in
abusive and sometimes incestu-
ous familial — relationships;
teenage girls look for love and
affirmation of their human value
by engaging in premature sexual
relationships with boys and
sometimes grown men, leading
to teenage pregnancy and HIV
transmission; young boys with a
warped sense of self worth now
wear clothing with the labels and
price tags still attached to show
that it is authentic and of value.

No, politiciahs cannot con-
trol the choices people chaose to
make. They cannot force par-
ents to be good parents, any
more than they can force citi-
zens to be good citizens. In a
democracy, people are endowed
with the right of self determina-

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tion. What we choose to do with
this freedom is our choice, gov-

ernment can only hold us
accountable should we decide to
violate the laws of acceptable
behaviour in the decisions we
make. Politicians can and must,

however, provide the frame- -

work for people to escape the
clutches of hardship and despair,
poverty and pessimism.
Occasional handouts can pacify
perpetual pessimism, but not
overcome it. Education and
knowledge are the surest ways
to fight and escape poverty, and
it is upon this foundation and
framework that we must rebuild
and give rebirth to our
nation. Who among us believes
that the majority of persons
responsible for the surge in
criminality are those who are
academically accomplished, or
who’ve acquired useful technical
or vocational skills?

In today’s Bahamas, no par-
ent who can afford to send their
child to private school opts to
send them to public school. Not
the politicians, the doctors, the
lawyers, the ministers of reli-
gion,none of them. .

They want their children to be
equally as, if not more successful
than themselves, and one of
their primary reasons for putting
up with the frustrations of their
work, is the hope that they hold
for their children’s future.

The affluent among us must
not be the only ones with hope
for their children’s future, we
must keep hope alive for all
well-meaning parents in our
society, especially those less for-
tunate who look to the govern-
ment to provide an educational
environment that enables their
children to provide a better
quality of life for their future
children.

I and many other Bahamians
share concern about the state of
our public schools. They more
closely resemble battlefields
than bastions of learning, where
boys act more like IED’s
(improvised explosive devices)
rather than individuals interest-
ed in BGCSE’s. Those who say
it’s really not that bad know that
teachers ‘and innocent students
daily traverse a minetield where
one wrong step, look or word
taken offensively could cause a
catastrophic violent explosion.
Students in the public school
system are forced to have vio-
lence and self preservation
against it at the forefront of their
minds, instead of the search for
knowledge and self advance-
ment. It’s not cool to be smart or
a. good student, and the risk of
causing resentment by upstaging
other students is anathema to
such preservation of one’s safe-
ty. With this reality, why would
parents want their children to be
subjected to this kind of
enslaved environment?

A public school education
must not be code for substan-
dard education. Those among us
who have the means to send

their children to the more pro-
tected enclaves of private
schools, should be no less con-
cerned with the state and wel-
fare of the children in our public
schools. Our country’s future is
inextricably linked to the state
and prospects for advancement
of our nation’s less fortunate.
Their rights and interests must
be protected and safeguarded if
we are to enjoy peace in our
society.

They must rightly believe that
they have an opportunity to
improve their condition and that
they too can reap personal suc-
cess through education rather
than criminality. If .our schools
continue to produce dysfunc-
tional youth, we are destined to
live in an increasingly more dys-
functional and violent society. It
is here where the Minister of
Education, The Hon. Carl

. Bethel is blessed with the oppor-
- tunity to transform our nation.

Mr. Bethel cannot make stu-
dents excel if they choose not to.
However, he can rid our schools
of the intractable and incorrigi-
ble young men and women who
stifle learning by making tHe
lives of teachers and students on
campus a living hell.

Only those interested in the
pursuit of learning should be
privileged to go to high school,
while all others are placed in
reform school, paid for by their
parents and not the government.

People don’t value things that
are free, unless it comes with a
price.

The freedom of peoples and
lands came at the price of
human life and sacrifice; the
freedom of the press came with
the price of imprisonment and
the loss of the lives of those who
fought for it; the freedom to vote
came with great struggle and
bloodshed. Even though they
are all now free, doesn’t mean
that they are any less valuable.
We do, however, appreciate all
of these freedoms less’ than do
others*in countries around this
world where such freedoms do
not exist. Just because Sir
Lynden Pindling made educa-
tion in our public school system
free, doesn’t mean that it should
be valued any less.

Children and their parents,
who by their actions or lack
thereof show no appreciation for
education by impairing learning
in our schools, forfeit the privi-
lege to attend these schools or to
receive free public education.
We cannot allow the vices of a
few to harm the interests of the
greater good.

The role of our schools in
building our country is immense.
Knowledge and education are
the surest way to fight poverty,
mental enslavement and incar-
ceration.

There is nothing more com-
pelling than this in recognizing
that something must be done to
save our publfc schools, and that
something must be done NOW.
Minister Bethel, this nation's
children are now your children,
too. The renaissance begins with
you.

S. Andre Rollins, D.M.D.
Nassau,
November 25, 2007

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Venezuela's Hugo’
Chavez says
reconciliation
impossible with
Colombian leader

@ CARACAS, Venezuela

VENEZUELAN President
Hugo Chavez said Monday
that reconciliation is impossi-
ble with Colombia’s president
. as the two leaders traded stern
warnings in an escalating
diplomatic crisis that threatens
trade ties between the South
American neighbors, accord- ,
ing to Associated Press.

Chavez said Sunday he is
putting relations “in the freez-
er” after President Alvaro
Uribe ended the Venezuelan
leader’s role mediating with
Colombia’s leftist rebels. That
announcement drew a strong
rebuke from Uribe, who said
Chavez’s actions suggest he
wants to see a “terrorist gov-
ernment” run by leftist rebels
in Bogota.

The spat is the bitterest yet
between Chavez and the U.S.-
allied Uribe, who in the past
have sought to cultivate cor-
dial ties despite their deep ide-
ological differences.

It could have serious eco-
nomic consequences. The two
countries are major commer-
cial partners, with $4.1 billion
in trade last year, about two-
thirds of that in Colombian
exports to Venezuela.

Neither leader announced
any concrete plan, but Chavez
said economic relations will be
hurt as a result of Uribe’s
actions, which he called “‘a spit
in the face.”

Relations with Colombia
have reached their “most seri-
ous crisis,” Chavez said in a
televised interview early Mon-
day. While diplomatic chan-
nels may remain open, he said,
“not reconciliation because
it’s impossible now. When it
reaches these levels between
two heads of state, it’s impos-
sible.” ;

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Nassau will be transformed into a
sea of red this week when hun-
dreds of volunteers assemble in
Rawson Square to form a human
red ribbon in observance of World
AIDS Day.

Organisers say the red ribbon is
an international symbol of solidar-
ity for people living with
HIV/AIDS, and a beacon of hope
in the fight against AIDS.

This will be the second year ina
row that the AIDS Foundation of
the Bahamas has staged such an
event.

World AIDS Day will be
observed on December 1 under
the theme: “Take the Lead .
Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise.”

According to United Nations
AIDS estimates, there are now 39.5
million people living with HIV,
including 2.3 million children.

During 2006, 4.3 million people
became newly infected with the
virus. Around half of all people
who become infected with HIV do
so before they are 25 and die from
AIDS related complications before
they are 35. World AIDS Day got
started on December 1, 1988 and
has increased in popularity over
the years.

According to president of the
AIDS Foundation Camille Bar-
nett, the purpose of the ribbon is to
remember those who have died,

. those who are living with HIV and

AIDS and to recommit to the fight
to stop AIDS.

She said the Bahamas continues
to make strides when it comes to
HIV/AIDS awareness and pre-
vention. However, Ms Barnett said
much remains to be done.

“Because the medications are
working so well for most HIV pos-
itive persons, people tend to think
that HIV is not a problem anymore

_or that there is a cure. For example

students that I teach at the College
of the Bahamas have asked me if
Magic Johnson is cured because he
looks so healthy,” she said.

“The message needs to get out
there as often as possible and be
reinforced over and over again that
prevention is the only answer, con-
doms are the safest barrier method
and everyone who is sexually active
needs to know their HIV status.”

Ms Barnett encouraged Bahami-
ans to know their HIV status and, if
HIV positive, to take advantage of
free medical treatments which
enable HIV positive persons to live
much longer, healthier lives.

According to Ms Barnett, a
series of HIV/AIDS awareness
activities were held at COB over
the last four weeks, which included

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free testing.

“Tam happy to report that over
200 students were tested and all of
them were negative. As a result,
testing will be done at COB more
often and February is the next
scheduled date.”

In spite of the persistent dan-
gers, Ms Barnett admits that many
Bahamians are still reluctant to get
tested.

“There are many reasons why
they don’t want to get tested, but
the two main ones appear to be
their fear of finding out that they
are HIV positive and their fear of
how they will be treated by friends,
family and coworkers. Stigma and
discrimination are alive and well. It
is very real. Another reason why
some persons are afraid to get test-
ed is their fear of needles,” she said.

Vulnerable

According to health officials,
females between the ages of 15 and
29 are one of the most vulnerable
groups in terms of new HIV infec-
tions. However, based on recent
statements by director of the
National AIDS Programme, Dr
Perry Gomez, all sexually active
persons are of great concern
because after years of seeing a
decline in new HIV cases the num-
bers have started to rise.

Health officials are hoping that
the Human Red Ribbon will create
awareness for the plight of persons
living with HIV/AIDS.

“This event generated a lot of
excitement last year when it was
executed. Colinalmperial, our
major corporate sponsor, brought
out scores of their employees to
participate. The ribbon stretched
from Queen Victoria’s statue in
the south to Sir Milo Butler’s bust

. in the north in Rawson Square,”

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joined in. This is an awareness
activity generated to keep
HIV/AIDS in the minds of peo-
ple. People, especially young peo-
ple, become complacent about the
need to practice safer sex so it is
imperative that we keep
HIV/AIDS awareness out there.”

The AIDS Foundation also
plans to display an HIV/AIDS
awareness junkanoo quilt in the
Portia Smith Building at the COB

Oakes Field Campus.

The quilt was created under the
direction of artist Lillian Blades,
and is made of wood panels that
were painted by 250 Bahamian
children from throughout the coun-
try.

HIV/AIDS quilts are made
around the world to honour, recog-
nise and remember persons who
have died and those who are living
with HIV/AIDS.

“These memorial quilts usually
travel around the world and so far
our quilt has travelled to several
venues in New Providence, Grand
Bahama and we hope to take it to
Abaco and Exuma,” she said.

“Our quilt, like junkanoo, was
a collaborative effort. The children
who participated worked side by
side, socialised with each other and
can now marvel at the finished
product and know that they had a
part in it.

The making of the junkanoo
quilt also served to provide
HIV/AIDS education to children
and young people. Participants
were placed into workshops where
they discussed HIV/AIDS related
issues, for example, stigma and dis-
crimination. Lillian Blades then
guided their art work. Each per-
son who participated has at least
one of their art pieces in the quilt.

The final event planned by the
foundation includes an exhibition

at Ladders Gallery in the New
Providence Community Church
from November 28 to December 6.
The theme is: “Emerging from the
Shadows , .. A Celebration of
Hope”, and features recent works
by Antonius Roberts as part of a
fundraising effort for the founda-
tion.

“The exhibition will show 22 sil-
houettes of persons living with HIV
in the Bahamas. The event was
designed to put a face on
HIV/AIDS without revealing a real
face in public.

“For too long, persons living
with HIV have lived in the shadows

of society due to stigma and dis-
crimination. It is time for society
to allow them to step out of the
shadows into the light,” Ms Bar-
nett said.

The AIDS Foundation of the
Bahamas was established in 1992
by the Zonta Club of Nassau.

Free HIV testing is done at the

’ National HIV/AIDS Centre in the

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Princess Margaret Hospital and the
South Beach Clinic on East Street
South.

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LOCAL NEWS



INTERNATIONAL MARITIME ORGANISATION: Biennial general conference

Bahamas elected
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ONE FOR THE CAMERA: Minister of Maritime Affairs and Labour Dion A. Foulkes, while in London

attending the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Biennial General Conference, on Friday,
November 23, met with the Director and senior members of the Bahamas Maritime Authority. Pictured,
from left, are Captain Dwain Hutchinson, Carolyn Moree, Debbie Lou Carey, Director Kenneth McClean,
Minister Foulkes, Permanent Secretary Thelma Beneby, Christine Scavella (New York Office), Leon
Hepburn, Erma Mackey (Nassau office) and Arthur Barnett, Jr. The Bahamas was also successful in its

bid for re-election to the IMO governing body.

ON his return from London Saturday,
Maritime Affairs and Labour Minister Dion
Foulkes announced that the Bahamas was
successful in its bid for re-election to the
governing body of the International
Maritime Organization at its Biennial
General Conference in London on
Friday.

Minister Foulkes headed a delegation at
the week-long conference, which included
Mrs. Thelma Beneby, Permanent Secretary
in the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and
Labour; Mr. Basil O'Brien, High
Commissioner and Bahamas Permanent
Representative to the International
Maritime Organization (IMO); and Mrs.
Erma Mackey and Ms. Christine Scavella,

Deputy Directors of The Bahamas Maritime
Authority.

Minister Foulkes said he was very pleased
with the outcome of the election in
Category C of the IMO Council as The
Bahamas placed second out of 27 countries
that contested 20 places on the Council.

The IMO is the United Nations governing .
and regulatory body for international ship-
ping.

The Bahamas has the third largest ship-
ping registry which is managed by the
Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA).
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the staff, of BMA and was updated on cur-
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_ UNESCO: 34th session in Paris

Education
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delegation to

UN conference





MINISTER Carl Bethel, Minister of Education, Youth, Sidns and Cutture,
and UNESCO Director General Koichiro Matsuura.

EDUCATION Minister
Carl Bethel led a delegation of
senior Bahamian officials to
the 34th session of the General
Conference of United Nations
Educational, Scientific and
Cultural Organisation
(UNESCO), held in Paris on
October l6th to November
3rd. The General Conference,
which is attended by ministers,
ambassadors and other repre-
sentatives of the 193-Member

_States of UNESCO, meets
‘. every two years to discuss

major policy directions and
programme initiatives of the
Organisation. _
Accompanying the Minister
to the General Conference
were Charles Maynard, MP,
Minister of State for Culture;
Theresa Moxey-Ingraham,
Chairman, Bahamas National
Commission for UNESCO
and Bahamas Representative
to the Executive Board of
UNESCO: Mr Haldane Chase,
Secretary General. Bahamas
National Commission — for
UNESCO; Dr _ Davidson
Hepburn, Chairman,
Antiquities, Monuments and

Museums’ Corporation; Dr
Keith ‘Tinker, Executive
Director, AMMC and Mrs

Ruth Forbes. UNESCO liai-
son officer at the AMMC. Ms
Tanya McFall and Mr
Kristophor Lee Higgs\ stu-
dents of the College of The
Bahamas, also participated in

_the UNESCO Youth Forum, a

major event preceding the
General Conference.

While at the General
Conference, Ministers Bethel
and Maynard familiarised
with major issues
affecting education and cul-
ture at the international level
and to promote the interests of
The Bahamas through direct
discussions with UNESCO
officials including the Director
General of the

- Organisation,Koichiro

Matsuura...

In his address to the Plenary
of the General Conference
Minister Bethel re-stated the
commitment of The

~ Commonwealth of The

Bahamas to provide quality
education to all its inhabitants
in order to assist them in
reaching their fullest potential.
Explaining that, for the past
forty years, the priority area of
education has _ consistently
received the single largest allo-
cation in our national budget,
Minister Bethel expressed his
satisfaction that, as a result,
The Bahamas enjoys a gross
enrolment ratio of 94 per cent
overall and 100 per cent in the
primary schools. He also indi-
cated that the Government of
The Bahamas had increased
the number of. scholarship
grants available to students for
study at the tertiary level and
had increased funds to support
needy students attending the
College of The Bahamas.

Acknowledging that educa-
tion must be consistently
reviewed in order to remain
relevant, the Minister applaud-
ed UNESCO for its outstand-
ing efforts to improve literacy
levels worldwide and informed
his audience that The
Bahamas had embarked on its
own strategic plan of action to
raise the literacy levels of the
youth and adults of our coun-
try. He said that the Bahamas’
national curriculum, in addi-
tion to providing for academic
studies and technical and voca-
tional training, also focuses on
imparting values such as disci-
pline, diligence, honesty and
service to country and human-
ity.

In closing, Minister Bethel
took the opportunity to draw
the attention of those present
to the advantages and chal-
lenges of globalisation, point-
ing out the need to continue to

strengthen intercultural dia-
logue as a means to promoting ;
a culture of peace within :
nations and among peoples. In ;
closing, he reiterated the com- ;
mitment of The Bahamas to :
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bright red Salvation Army kettle — a combi-
nation which reminds us that the true spirit
of the holidays is giving.

On Saturday, the official season of giving
got underway in a ceremony punctuated by
the singing of the Bahamas National Youth
Choir singing and the playing of the Royal
Bahamas Police Force Band.

Former governor general Sir Orville
Turnquest slipped in the first donation.

Sir Orville pointed out that the red kettles
are a signal to others to share and care in an
effort to bring happiness to local communi-
ties. “I am personally proud to be a life
member of the Army’s advisory board here
in the Bahamas, and in that capacity I invite
and entreat as many residents as possible to
reach out, not only at Christmas time, but
throughout the year — to help, in what the
Army is quietly but effectively doing,” said
Sir Orville.

“TL invite and beg the whole community to
give generously to this 2007 drive.

“The funds collected go to provide special
meals for needy individuals and families,
toys and clothing for disadvantaged chil-
dren, personal care products for the elderly
and institutionalised and much,
more.”

“1 will begin the process now by making
my own donation on behalf of myself and
my wife, with the added promise of ensuring
as far as possible that my children and other
family members will do likewise.”

Within minutes, the bells were ringing on
the north and south sides of Rawson Square
and shoppers paused to give thanks and dol-
lars.

Said the Salvation Army in a statement:
Over the next month, volunteers will ring
bells all over the islands, reminding passers-

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Photos by Roland Rose

TUNING UP FOR CHRISTMAS: The National Youth Choir under the direction of eibophas
Adderley helped ring in the Christmas season with yuletide selections during the launch of
the Salvation Army Kettle Drive. On the right, former governor-general and Salvation Army
life member Sir Orville Turnquest (centre) makes the first donation to the Salvation Army’s
Christmas Kettle Drive as the organisation’s Divisional Commander Major Lester Ferguson
(left) and chairman of the advisory board Judy Munroe (right) wait their turn.

fretting over cooking and seating and invita-
tions and wrapping, there are thousands of
others less fortunate - lonely, forgotten,
neglected, often the elderly, the unem-
ployed who cannot put a full meal on the
table for their family, injured, homeless,
those too poor to have any Christmas at all
except for what the Salvation Army pro-
vides with the donations that the more for-
tunate offer.”

For many of the bell ringers, the call for
giving turns into serious competition as civic
and social clubs vie to raise the most.

Every year, those clubs that ‘win’ are hon-
oured.

Last year, donations helped to serve hot
meals to 500 persons at a festive Christmas
lunch under tents at the Citadel, next to the
Army’s Mackey Street headquarters.

Along with food came “spiritual guid-
ance, comfort and hope,” the Army’s state-
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“With money collected during the Kettle
Drive, staff and volunteers called on the
elderly, the forgotten, shut-ins, in many
cases delivering wrapped packages that
were the only gifts they would receive.
Going house to house or room to room, they
presented more than 3,300 packages of prac-
tical presents including toiletries for adults
and the elderly, books for young readers and
toys for little ones,” said the statement.

It said that along with the hot meals, vol-
unteers distributed 1,225 vouchers for ham,
turkey and other food and grocery items and
more than 900 care packages for persons in
hospitals and special care centres, senior cit-
izens’ homes and children’s homes.

“Giving to others, sharing in spirit and
hope and prayer, and remembering the real
reason for Christmas are what make the sea-
son so special and every year we are thank-
ful to be part of it and do our part in it,” said
Major Ferguson.


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FROM page one

Man is charged with murder

Williams intentionally caused the death of Lightbourne,



FROM page one

However, said Mr Sands,
the level of political influence

in the force under the former -

Christie administration, was
“disgusting.”

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Police Staff
Association
chief ‘offended’

Lightbourne, a resident of South Bahamia, was reported missing on
November 12. He had left work in Port Lucaya on November 10, His
vehicle was later discovered in the parking lot at RND cinema, and his
decomposed remains several days later in bushes off Caravel Road.

Williams was not required to enter a plea to the murder charge
which is an indictable offence.

He was denied bail and remanded to Fox Hill Prison until March 31,

by Cynthia
Pratt claim

want an apology. [don’t want

On Sunday, the former min-
ister, WhO was a guest on a
radio show, said that there
were police officers in the
force who “did their best” to

2008.

A Voluntary Bill of Indictment is expected to be filed by the pros-
ecution so the matter can go straight to the Supreme Court.

FROM page one

The man he knew asked him
for money. However, he could
not give his acquaintance the
amount he had demanded.

He attempted to get away
from the two men by jumping
over the passenger seat of his
car and fleeing.

His escape, however, was
blocked by the second man who
fired at him, hitting him in his
right leg.

Following the shooting, the
26-year-old escaped to a nearby
bar. Staff.and patrons helped
him and took him to Princess
Margaret Hospital.

The two suspects fled the
area in a silver Sentry Buick
Pontiac.

Shortly after the wounded
man had been admitted to hos-
pital, a woman turned up pre-
tending to be his sister, Mr
Evans reported.

The woman, who made
inquiries about the victim’s con-
dition, drove away from the
hospital in a silver Sentry Buick
Pontiac -- raising the suspicions
of police.

The police’s mobile division
was put on alert and officers
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The two occupants of the
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questioning by the police.

This attempt to gain infor-
mation and possible access to a
patient came as the hospital
issued two “lockdowns” within
three days to ensure the safety
of its staff and patients.

On Saturday two gunshot vic-
tims — one shot in the face —
were admitted to hospital. It
was last Thursday that hospital
personnel first called for a lock-
down after Samuel McKenzie,
who was facing several charges,
including murder, and Keith
Woodside were admitted to
hospital. McKenzie died short-
ly after arrival. However,
Woodside is still in the Intensive
Care Unit.

Chief Supt Hulan Hanna told
The Tribune last week that as
long as Woodside, who is
“known to police”, remains a
patient at the hospital, police
will be stationed there.

Yesterday, hospital staff said
that although the lockdown has
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Attorney General’s office),” said Inspector Don Bannister, who
had prosecuted the case.

Mr Bannister said yesterday that he had received no infor-
mation “whaisoever” from the AG’s office in relation to the case.

The prosecutor originally appealed the ruling,on October 24,
filing a request for the reinstatement of charges against the well
known Bishop

It was: pointed out that Mr Fraser, represented by lawyer
Wayne Munroe, was not acquitted of the charges by Justice
Meers. A window, therefore, was left open for a re-trial.

Several days later prosecutors expressed optimism that the
Attorney General's Office would return with a verdict on the
matter by the following Monday — October 29.

Yesterday Mr Bannister said that there is “no exact period” of
time within which the Attorney General’s office must decide
whether to go ahead with a retrial. Prosecutors have expressed
a desire to be heard in the Supreme court before a jury, rather
than in the magistrate s court.

Mr Bannister had previously said that he was “not happy” with
the ruling. He said he believed sufficient evidence was provided.

Concerned citizens, who called The Tribune to weigh in on the
trial, expressed disappointment that such a high-profile case
was not handled by a more “seasoned” prosecutor.

However, sources said that notwithstanding the fact that the
defendant was a high-profile person, it was “normal” proce-
dure for such a case to be tried by police prosecutors.

Attempts to reach deputy director of public prosecutions,
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FROM page one

investigator John Henry
Munroe, Mrs Ferguson replied,
“No.” Mrs Ferguson told the
court that she recalled speaking
to someone over the phone and
was asked where she lived. She
said, however, that when the
person proceeded to ask further
questions she told the caller she
did not have anything to say.
She told the court that the same
day someone visited one of her
tenants inquiring about her, but
the tenant had told the inquirer
that they could not tell them
anything unless Mrs Ferguson
had said so.

Karen Miller Capron, another
one of the voters in question,
testified that she has been liv-
ing at Village Road, since
November 17 last year. During
questioning by lawyer Philip
Davis, Mrs Capron testified she
was married on October 28, 2006
when she had been living at
Maple Street, Pinewood Gar-
dens. She told the court that she
had resided there since 1984.
Mrs Capron told the court that
after getting married she moved
with her husband Philip Capron
to an apartment in Garden Hills
#2, but they left that residence
because the apartment was too
small. When questioned by Mr
Davis, Mrs Capron also admit-
ted that the landlord had asked
her and her husband to move.

Philip Capron was also called
to the witness stand. He told the
court that before he got married
he had been residing at an apart-
ment in Garden Hills and his
wife at Maple Street. ©

He told the court that some-
time in September or October
2006 — before they got married
— his landlord gave him notice
that he had to move because of
renovations. Mr Capron told the
court he began looking for a
new residence around Novem-
ber 5.

Pamela King. another
Pinewood Gardens voter told
the court that she presently
resides at Fourth Street, the
Grove. She told the court that
while registering to vote she had
given her address as Button-
wood Avenue, however the

address on the counterfoil was
listed as East Pinecone Avenue,
South Pinewood Drive. She told
the court that she had moved to
Pinewood in 2005 but left in
August of this year. She also told
the court that prior to residing in
Pinewood, she had also lived in
South Beach, although she could
not recall when she moved there
or when she left. ;

Samuel Higgs told the court:
that had resided at Saffron
Street, Pinewood Gardens, with
his ex-wife Angela Higgs, but
left in February of this year. He

told the court that he revisits .*-*

Pinewood occasionally to see his
daughter who resides with his
ex-wife. Mr Higgs, during ques-
tioning by Mr Davis, said that
he had resided at no other
address prior to February of this
year although admitted that used -
to go to Palm Beach Street to
see a female friend. He told the
court that the female friend’
moved to Fire Trail Road where
he also was staying for a while
although they had a lot of argu-

ments which caused him to ree
move back and forth between .-. -

Pinewood Gardens and that res-
idence. Mr Higgs told the court '
that he just settled at the Fire
Trail Road residence in Febru-
ary of this year. Mr Higgs denied
that he paid any bills there or
that his name was on the lease,
however, Mr Davis confirmed
to him that his name was on the
lease. Mr Higgs’ response was
that he couldn’t believe it.
Lionel Sands, Director of
Education, was called yesterday
morning to give evidence in rela-
tion to Pamela Moss, one of the- |
voters in question. He said that’.

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called yesterday and was ques-
tioned in relation to voter Betty
Charles Joseph. She said that
Joseph was born November 1,
1961. She said that the record
stated that she was a Haitian
national by birth. She also testi-
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lishing a craft centre on Grind
Bahama dedicated to the cic
ation of Bahamian products
deputy chairman Wiuston
Pinnock said,

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iry which do not. primarily

depend on imipoited products
tor manutacturing, he told
artisans at BAIC’s

Authentically Baheiuiuan Wade

show, which ended of Sundey.

Held at the entrance to the
Our Lucaya Resort. the tice
day event showcased a wie
variety of Bahanuan products
jewellery, handbags, hats,
utensils, wood carvings, deco-
rations, jams, jellies and bath
°-_- “and body products.

Tourists over tor the
Vhanksgiving holiday flocked
the stalls. Many of the actisans
are graduates of courses in
Bahamian souvenir creation
ottered by BAIC’s Handicraft
and Marketing Development
Department.

“This is a clear demonstra
tion of the great potential that
lies In OUuY natural resources,”
said Mr Pinnock.

“What we are celebrating ts
proot positive that our natural
resources are virtually
untapped and have the poten-
tial to provide opportunities
tor many Bahamuans.

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want something authentically
Bahanuan,

“So. there you have i. A
captive market waiting on you
With quality as the watchword,
L encourage artisans to plug up
that unnecessary outflow of
capital. BATC has been man-
dated to create and’ develop
commerce and industry and to
expand and create opportuni-
ties for Bahamians to partici-
pate in the economy. he said.

‘The corporation does this by
facilitating the creation and
expansion of small and medi-
um-size enterprises, and by
promoting and encouraging
business development.

Rudy Sawyer, BAIC’s assis-
tant veneral manager for the
northern region, lauded “the
most impressive trade show
‘representing things Bahamian
we have ever put on in Grand
Bahama”.

..- dors to “plug up” the estimat-
ed $150 million spent each
year to import souvenirs for
tourists.

“I am convinced _ that
Bahamian souvenir creation ts
a multi-milhon dollar industry
just waiting for us to take
advantage of it,” he said.

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souvenirs, for our tourists. Our
tourists tell us they don’t want
any cheap, ‘made in some
other country” souvenir. They

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Michelle Burrows) failed to com-
ply with the Private Roads and
Subdivision Act, failed to apply
‘for Building Permits by the sub-
mission of Plans by approved
qualified Architects/Assistants in
compliance with the Ministry of
Works Building Control Regula-
tions,” he said.

However, Mr Foulkes’ firm,
which was retained to finalize the
documentation of the mortgage,
including ensuring that the terms
of the mortgage approval were
met did not fulfil its obligations,
Mr Roberts alleged. This he said
could not be done because there
was and remains no sub-division
approval and/or building permit
for the sub-division.

At the time of the press con-
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Tribune Business Editor

he Bahamas is “hoping to make

great strides” on consolidating

its financial services regulatory

regime by year-end 2008, the

minister of state for finance told The Tri-
bune yesterday.

Zhivargo Laing said the Government was

_in the process of forming a joint public/pri-

vate sector committee to “marshall” the
process, with all key financial services pri-
vate sector organisations - the likes of the
Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB)
and the Association of International Bank
and Trust Companies (AIBT) - represent-
ed on it.

“All the relevant bodies will have a rep-
resentative on this committee. It’s in the
process of being formed,” Mr Laing said.

“We are working aggressively to get the
consolidation done. We certainly will make
tremendous headway on that next year.”

In addition, the Government has hired a
foreign consultant, Lawrie Savage, to help
manage the process of consolidating all the
Bahamian financial services regulators and
regimes into a more manageable structure,
something the sector has been crying out
for.

Mr Laing said regulatory consolidation

was likely to happen through a phased

approach, with the committee and Mr Say-
age ultimately deciding what model the
consolidation would take. .

Among the favoured regulatory struc-

* Government aims to ‘make great headway’ on financial

_ services regulation by year-end 2008

* Private/public sector committee being formed,
consultant hired, to chart way forward

tures that have long been mooted are a sin-
gle ‘super regulator’, like the UK’s Finan-
cial Services Authority (FSA), or the ‘twin
peaks’ model where the Central Bank of
the Bahamas was on its own and all other
regulators merged.

Through a phased approach, Mr Laing
said initial consolidation was likely to
involve those agencies or structures that
could be brought together most easily, with
more larger and complex institutions, such
as the Central Bank of the Bahamas, left till
later on.

As an example, one initial consolidation
that could be achieved relatively more eas-
ily than others was to combine the Financial
and Corporate Services Providers regula-
tory function, currently administered by
the Registrar General’s Department, with
the Securities Commission and Registrar
of Insurance.

“There are examples of consolidation
that could be achieved more readily, rather
than consolidating the larger, more estab-
lished regulatory agencies,” Mr Laing said.

“We're hoping to make great strides in
that regard by the end of next year.”

Senior financial industry executives have
argued that the regulatory consolidation
process needs to happen “sooner rather
than later”, and that the Bahamas needs
to get on with it rather than simply keep
talking about it.

Brian Moree, senior partner at McKin-
ney, Bancroft & Hughes, told The Tri-
bune previously that the Bahamas finan-
cial services industry “desperately needs”
the long-promised regulatory consolida-
tion, adding that this needed to happen
“as soon as possible” to eliminate exces-
sive costs and bureaucracy that are hin-
dering the sector’s growth.

Mr Moree told The Tribune that both
the current and former governments had
been reviewing the financial services
industry’s regulatory structure for some
time, the Christie administration having
engaged Crown Agents from the UK to
aid them, “on the basis we have too many
regulators, too much bureaucracy and too
high a cost base”.

SEE page 5

‘Material change’ disclosure
woes prompt guidelines



@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor.

SOME Bahamian public
companies have previously “not
reported material changes on a
timely basis” to the Securities
Commission or the investing
public, the regulator’s executive
director told The ‘Tribune yes-
terday, prompting it to issue
guidelines on the reporting of
such information to the invest-
ment funds and capital markets

industry.

Hillary Deveaux said that
while the issue “hasnt been a
major problem for the Com-
mission”, there had been
enough concerns surrounding
the timely disclosure of materi-
al information to justify the
guidelines’ issuance.

While the guidelines have no
statutory basis, and are not
enforceable in law, Mr Deveaux
said: “We think these are the
kinds of guidelines that need to

go out there. It’s important for
them [the Commission’s
licensees and registrants] to
understand exactly what is
required of them, even though
they can get it from reading the
legislation.

“We thought is a lot more
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‘not a consideration’

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business
Editor

REDUC-
ING import
and stamp
duties on fuel
imports is
“not a consid-
eration at the
moment” as a
way to reduce
the rising cost
of living, the
minister of
state for finance said yester-
day, given the Government’s
revenue needs.

Zhivargo Laing said that
while the Government sym-
pathised with, and shared
Bahamian society’s concerns
on rising prices in key areas
such as food, it had to balance
this with raising revenues to
meet spending needs on a
variety of social and infra-
structure projects.

Taxes on fuel and auto
industry imports account for
about 40 per cent of: per
annum government revenues,
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plus 7 per cent stamp duty on
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With gas prices at the pump
pushing up towards $5 per
gallon, currently averaging
about $4.51 per gallon, Mr
Laing said that even if the rev-
enue loss from a reduction in
government duties on fuel

was not significant, it was °

questionable whether this
would make a large enough
dent to benefit consumers.
The minister said that, for
example, a 10 per cent cut in
government duties on import-
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into marginal relief” for
Bahamian consumers, who
may not recognise this. At the
same time, the Government
would be losing revenues.
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ernment is even considering
it or not, I couldn’t say it’s
anything being actively con-
sidered at the moment. That’s
not a consideration at the
moment,” Mr Laing said in

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ernment would look at cut-
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Whether we like it or not, on
a per capita basis our murder
rate, thus far, puts us squarely in
the company of the most dan-
gerous places in the world. In
the upcoming year, when inter-
national surveys are published,
citing statistics such as ‘murders
per capita’, the Bahamas will
begin to feature more promi-
nently than it has ever done in
the past.

Lest we forget, the Bahamian
economy is totally dependent
on tourism and financial ser-
vices. If it becomes widely
accepted that we are an unsafe

destination, what becomes of

our tourism industry? If tourism
suffers, it is not long before the
financial services sector also suf-
fers. Remember, the wealthy
can transfer their trusts, foun-
dations, mutual funds and man-
aged companies to other ‘wel-
coming’ jurisdictions, where the
real or perceived crime rate is
lower - much lower. In fact, as
our main competitors embark
upon their marketing trips, what
do you think they are quietly
saying to potential or existing
clients and investors who do
business in the Bahamas?

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We should be reminded that
the bulk of our tourists come
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world in terms of the number
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In the midst of the current
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the announcement of the retire-
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Police, and the appointment of
anew, acting Commissioner. It
is not necessary to read any-
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se, as police officers are enti-
tled to retire after qualifying
through age and/or completed
years of service.

What has caught many per-
sons by surprise, however, was
the almost immediate
announcement that two rising
stars on the police force, from
among whom the next Com-
missioner of Police was widely
expected to emerge, will both
be sent to Canada in January
for one year of advanced train-
ing.
Nobody in their right mind
would question the benefits and
appropriateness of advanced
training. However, one might
question the timing. For the

sake of balance, let me say that |

I certainly have absolutely no
expertise in the management of
a modern police force, and I am
certainly not privy to the fac-
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such decisions.

From the outside looking in,
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The Bahamas has signed
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business, it was revealed
yesterday.

US media reported that
Arnold was selected after a
competitive tendering
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Ministry of Tourism sought
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@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Government is “‘active-
ly working on” the consolida-
tion of its business licensing pro-
cedures to make it easier to do
business in the Bahamas, the
minister of state for finance said
yesterday.

Having pledged in the Speech
from the Throne to introduce
an omnibus business licence
that would cover most indus-
tries and economic sectors
under its umbrella, insurance
being one that was excepted,
Zhivargo Laing said the Gov-

ernment had been reviewing,

existing procedures to see to
what extent consolidation could
take place.

“We are actively working on
that,” the minister said yester-
day. “We are looking around in
the region and North America
to see what exists out there.

“We have been inventorying
our processes to detail the busi-
ness procedures and processes
that exist to determine whether
consolidation can take place.”

Mr Laing said the Govern-

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“The idea is to achieve a con-
solidation in the process of
licensing businesses in this coun-
try that makes it easier to do
business in the Bahamas,” Mr
Laing said.

“The whole aim is to make it
easier to do business in the
Bahamas.”

Currently, businesses that
earn less than $50,000 per
annum in gross turnover are
exempt from paying business
licence fees.

As the volume of revenues
earned per annum increases, the
rate paid on the gross turnover
rises in line with this.

In addition, companies in
industries such as banking, and
insurance are required to pay a
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2007/2008 Officers & Directors.

President

Kristina M. Fox, CFA

CIT Holdings Ltd

PO Box SS-19140, Nassau, Bahamas
Ph: (242) 363 1501.Fax: (242) 363 1502

Email: kf@cit.co.uk

Vice-President

David Ramirez, CFA

Pictet Bank & Trust Ltd.

PO Box N-4873, Nassau Bahamas

Ph: (242) 302 2217 Fax: (242) 327 6610
Email:dramirez@pictet.com

Treasurer

Christopher Dorsett, CFA

Citigroup Corporate & Investment Bank

PO Box N 8158, Nassau, Bahamas

Ph: (242) 302 8668 Fax: (242) 302 8569
Email: Christopher.a.dorsett(@citigroup.com

Secretary

Sonia Beneby, CFA

ScotiaTrust

PO Box N 3016, Nassau, Bahamas

Ph: (242) 502 5700 Fax: (242) 326 0991
Email: sonia.bencby@scotiatrust.com

Programming

Karen Pinder, CFA

EFG Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Ltd.

PO Box SS 6289, Nassau, Bahamas

Ph: (242) 502 5400 Fax: (242) 502 5428
Email: karen.pinder@efgbank.com

Education

Pamela Musgrove, CFA

Colina Financial Advisors, Ltd.

PO Box CB 12407, Nassau, Bahamas
Ph: (242) 502 7008 Fax: (242) 356 3677
Email: pmusgrove@efal.com

Warren Pustam, CFA

Pictet Bank & Trust Ltd.

PO Box N-4873, Nassau Bahamas

Ph: (242) 302 2222 Fax: (242) 327 6614
Email: w_pustam@hotmail.com

Membership

Geneen Riviere

Pearl Investment Management Limited
PO Box N 4930, Nassau, Bahamas

Ph: (242) 502 8022 Fax: (242) 502 8008
Email: gencen.rivierewpearl-investment-
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Past President

David Slatter, CFA

KPMG

PO Box N-123, Nassau, Bahamas
Ph: (242) 393 2007

Email: dslatter@kpmg.com.bs

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*Prepayment required through one of the Board Members

Larry R. Gibson, a Chartered Financial Analyst charter holder, is Vice President -
Pensions, Colonial Pensions Services (Bahamas) Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary
of Colonial Group International Ltd, which owns Atlantic Medical Insurance Ltd and
is a major shareholder of Security & General Insurance Company in The Bahamas.

He is a veteran executive within The Bahamas’ financial services sector, having held
senior executive positions in both international and domestic organizations.

Mr. Gibson has served on numerous public and private sector boards throughout his
career and currently serves as a Director of Commonwealth Bank Limited; Chairman
of the Finance Committee of St. Andrew’s School; and a member of the Anglican
Church Diocesan Finance Committee.

He is a regular speaker on financial and economic matters and authors the weekly
column ‘Financial Insight’ ina local newspaper.

Mr. Larry R. Gibson, CFA, is a founding member of the CFA Society of The
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Tenders must state the net price percent (in multiples of one
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anyone at the rising cost of liv-
ing, but the country wants the
Government to be able to meet
public expenditure considera-
tions.”

Mr Laing pointed’ out that
while concerns over the rising
cost of living persisted, an Inter-
national Monetary Fund (IMF)
report had projected that out
of a sample of Caribbean coun-
tries, the Bahamas would enjoy
the lowest inflation rate of 2.6
per cent for 2007.

Other countries in the sam-
ple included Jamaica, Barba-
dos, Trinidad & Tobago,
Guyana, the Dominican Repub-
lic and Haiti.

The minister said the
Bahamas had done a better job
than its Caribbean counterparts
in achieving the “internal bal-
ance” of economic growth, with
no or minimal inflation. The
former created jobs and

‘not a consideration’

employment for Bahamians,
while controlling the latter
meant that jobs and salary
increases earned by residents
were not eroded by sustained
price increases.

“We have certainly had that
combination better than other
countries tend to do, when you
look at inflation and growth
rates,” Mr Laing said.

Pointing out that the
Bahamas was largely an infla-
tion importer due to its eco-
nomic openness and import
dependency, Mr Laing said that
with inflation forecast to be “in
the 2 per cent range”, there was
nothing requiring any policy
adjustment on the Governmen-
t’s part, although it was moni-
toring the situation.

“We’re not at the moment in
a position that suggests we need
to make any policy adjust-
ments,” he added. “We certain-
ly share society’s concerns on
the rising cost of food.”





It still had to be determined
whether rising food prices were .
a function of the ‘pass-through’
effects from oil price rises, the
minister said, pointing out that
many foods were either price
controlled or imported into the
Bahamas import and stamp
duty-free.

Mr Laing said the Govern-
ment was likely to give consid-
eration in forthcoming Budget
cycles to reducing duties on fruit
and vegetable imports to pro-
mote healthier eating and
lifestyle habits among Bahami- .
ans.

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TENDER FOR THE SUPPLY OF DRUGS
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Tenders are invited for the Supply of Drugs and
Related Items for the Public Hospitals
Authority and the Ministry of Health,
The Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

The Tender Document, which includes instruction to

the Tenderers along with other relevant information,
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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2007, PAGE 5B



age SETS
‘Great strides’ are

— sought on regulatory
— consolidation

FROM page 1

“It is, in my view, impera-
tive that we bring this process
to a conclusion as soon as pos-
sible, so that we can implement
the final decision on whether
we have a ‘super regulator’ of a
‘twin peaks’ regulator,” Mr
Moree said.

“We just have to do it. After
the Government makes the
decision, it’s going to take a
considerable amount of time
to migrate to the new model
once it is operational. I would
guess this transition period
would take a year to complete.
That is all the more reason to
start sooner rather than later to
maintain our competitiveness
and rationalize what at the
moment is an over-costly, over-
ly-bureaucratic regulatory
framework.”

International agencies such
as the International Monetary
Fund (IMF) have long urged
the Government to streamline
the Bahamian financial ser-
vices regulatory structure,
which is seen as involving too
many agencies and too many

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Apart from the Central
Bank of the Bahamas, there is
the Securities Commission,
Registrar of Insurance, Com-
pliance Commission, and
Inspector of Financial and Cor-

‘ porate Services Providers.

Addressing the impact this
was having on the Bahamian
financial services industry, Mr
Moree said: “I think it is hin-
dering business in the sense
that while we know the local

regulators signed a Memoran-

dum of Understanding, and
put in place efforts to minimize
duplication, the bottom line is
that it has only enjoyed minor
success.

“So new market entrants in
the Bahamas are having to put
up with this crowded regula-
tory landscape, which slows
everything down, and is a dis-
incentive rather than an
encouragement to do business.

“We desperately need the
new regulatory framework.”

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that ELOTES LEJUSTE of
SOLDIER RD., NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the
Minister resposible 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 27TH day of November, 2007 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,

Nassau, Bahamas.

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An Asian based banking group (“Metrobank”) is currently recruiting for a Senior
Accountant. This person will be one of a small team working for the Metrobank
subsidiary in Nassau. The Bank has a full banking license in the Bahamas and is
expanding it Nassau based operations.

The qualified applicant should have the following Qualifications:

A college degree (or equivalent) from a recognized four year program in
accounting or business related topics or qualification as a Chartered Accountant
/ Certified Public Accountant or other similar qualification.

Have 3- 5 years of prior work experience in the areas of banking and or

accounting

An advanced understanding of accounting and accounting applications (CPA
preferred but not required)
Strong analytical skills

Possess a good understanding of investments and securities

Exceptional written and verbal communication skills

An advanced understanding of Excel & Word applications
Fluency in Tagalog (written and verbal) is not a requirement but is a “plus”

for this post.

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Handle all aspects of the accounting matters of the Bank as they pertain to

the record keeping of the Nassau based operations. «

Prepare the monthly financial statements of the Bank and report on these to

Senior Management

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Be the Bank’s contact person for Head Office Treasury and other Head Office
points of contact as it relates to accounting matters

Assist with ensuring that the Bank is in compliance with the requirements of
the Central Bank of The Bahamas

Assist with coordinating monthly management meetings with officers of the
Bank

Draft procedural documents as considered necessary

Prepare an annual budget forecast for the Bank and monitor actual versus
budget results

Coordinate the external audit of the Bank

Assist with coordinating inspections of the Bank by the Central Bank of The
Bahamas and other regulators as required

This Company offers a competitive compensation package and salary will be
consummate to experience of the applicant.

Qualified and interested candidates should submit their resume with salary history to Metropolitan
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Providence Financial Center, East Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas, fax 242-394-2142, e-mail
jacquie@ metrobankbahainas.com

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With over 55,000 employees in over 50 countries, Scotiabank places great
importance on recognizing and rewarding strong performance. We offer room
for advancement, a stimulating work environment and the resources to help
you make the most of your career. Together, we continue to make Scotiabank
a great place to work.

POSITION SUMMARY:

Reporting to the Senior Vice-President Caribbean, as well as to a Board of
Directors, the Managing Director is directly responsible for the profitable
development and maintenance of the commercial and retail banking business
of an assigned group of branches/units, and the maximization of profits. To
do this, the incumbent researches the market and develops strategic objectives
and tactics, ensures the readiness of his or her people, and executes those
tactics.

The incumbent is also responsible for the quality of the retail and commercial
asset and liability portfolios, ensuring adequate controls and procedures are in
place to safeguard the Bank from loss. He or she is also responsible for
providing strong support for the growth of ancillary businesses such as Wealth
Management. The incumbent has responsibility for planning, organization,
and staffing in the assigned group of branches/units, and is the prime provider
of direction, coaching, advice and other support to the Unit Heads. The
incumbent relates closely with government officials and agencies and regulatory
bodies, and is the Bank's ambassador in The Bahamas.

Qualifications:

¢ MBA or work experience equivalent required

e Experience in a senior role within a large financial institution is an asset

¢ Proven experience managing people in particular, senior level direct reports.

¢ Excellent and proven negotiation and conflict resolution skills are essential.

° Ability to learn quickly, adapt:to an ever changing environment and adapt to
ever changing priorities are essential.

OTHER INFORMATION:

¢ Frequent travel to the Family Islands & internationally.
¢ Spanish Language is a bonus in an organization that is expanding rapidly in
Spanish-speaking countries.

The Scotiabank Group is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes
applications from all interested parties. We thank you for your interest, however,
only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Qualified candidates only should submit application in writing, marked Private
and Confidential, by Friday, December 07, 2007 to: Sr. Manager, Human
Resources, Scotiabank (Bahamas) Ltd., Main Branch, P.O. Box N-7518,
Nassau, Bahamas or e-mail: scotiabank.bs@scotiabank.com



The American Embassy is presently considering applications for the following
position:

AIR CONDITIONING TECHNICIAN

Serves as the Air Conditioning Technician and is responsible for a variety of
functions including plumbing, electrical and welding maintenance, repair,
diagnosis, installation and testing of a variety of industrial and commercial
grade air conditioning systems.

This position is open to candidates with the following qualifications:

- A minimum of two years vocational training resulting in a certificate as an A/C
refrigeration technician and one year of vocational training and certificate in
electrical craft skills.

- Two years as an Air Conditioning Technician and a minimum of one year
apprentice level or the equivalent in electrical maintenance and/or installation
required.

- Must have a familiarity with National Electric, or Canadian Electric codes
and NFPA guidelines for A/C required.

- Must be able to read and comprehend blue prints and have knowledge of
material safety data sheets and books.

- Must have a valid Bahamian driver’s license and the ability to drive a
passenger vehicles and forklift, stake body and pickup trucks with manual and
automatic transmissions.

BENEFITS PROVIDED INCLUDE:

The successful candidate will be offered an excellent compensation
package including performance-based incentives, medical and dental insurance,
life insurance, pension and opportunities for training and development.

Applicants must be Bahamian citizens or U.S. citizens who are eligible for
employment under Bahamian laws and regulations.

Applications forms are available from 8:00a.m. to 5:00p.m.. Monday through
Friday at security area of the American Embassy, Queen Street. Completed
applications should be returned to the Embassy: addressed to the Human
Resources Office no later than Thursday, November 29, 2007


PAGE 6B, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27. 2007

THE TRIBUNE



NOTICE
CAIRN SEA HOLDING LIMITED

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows

is in dissolution under the

(a) x

provisions of the International Business Companies Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said Company commenced on the
23rd day of November, 2007 when its Articles of Dissolution
were submitted to and registered by the Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said Company is Michael Ellis of 1, Rue
de La Gare, 1260 Nyon 1, Switzerland
Dated the 23rd day of November, A.D., 2007.

HARRY B. SANDS, LOBOSKY
MANAGEMENT CO. LTD.

Attorneys for the above-named Company

THE COLLEGE



NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that KATHIA GEDEON of PINE
BARREN ROAD OFF PRINCE CHARLES DR., NASSAU,
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister resposible 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 27TH day of
November, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that PHILLIP A. NATHAN of
SUNSET PARK, CARMICHAEL RD., P.O. BOX CR-56778,
NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister resposible
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 27TH day of
November, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P-O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

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‘Material change’

FROM page 1

ance to our inensec and regis-
trants with regard to these sorts
of things, because sometimes
they are not quite aware of
what a material change is.”
The guidetines state that both
the Securities Industry Act 1999
and the Investment Funds Act
2003, the main pieces of legisla-

tion regulating the Bahamian -

capital markets and investment
funds industries, were “very
broad”.

They add: “Interpretations of
these definitions, therefore, may
differ between licensees and
registrants, resulting in varying
standards being applied.

“In recognition of the princi-
ple that regulatory standards
ought to be both transparent
and consistently applied, it is
proposed that guidelines are
established to elaborate on

these definitions of material

change.”

The guidelines are intended
to give guidance on the statuto-
ry reporting requirements and
statutory obligations to report
material changes that are con-
tained in both the Investment
Funs Act and Securities Indus-

try Act.

“It’s really the public compa-
nies that have had some diffi-
culty,” Mr Deveaux said yes-
terday. “We’ve had situations
in the past where public com-
panies have not reported mate-

rial changes to the Commission |

on a timely basis.

“Statutorily, they have to
advise the Commission imme-
diately that they occur or are
known.”

He gave as examples of mate-
rial changes a change in the
membership of a public com-
pany’s Board of ‘Directors, and
the acquisition of other compa-
nies and assets that could
impact bottom line profitability
and the firm’s share price.

Mr Deveaux said the Securi-
ties Commission was especially
keen to maintain an orderly
market and avoid information
asymmetries, which resulted
when some invéstors and share-
holders held information on a
public company that others did
not know about.

They were able to exploit this
knowledge by purchasing shares

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reports as required

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available from across UBS, helping them provide a full
range of wealth management services.



Genuine Academic, Good Friend, Passiona

and Nation Builder. ° In order to strengthen our accounting team in Nassau, we

are looking to fill the following position:



Accountant

Eg/[G& ge - Essential Duties and responsibilities

Pricing Information.As Of:
Monday, 26 November 200 .7

Ensure the quality, accuracy and completeness of all
financial data according to IFRS standards
Ensure monthly closing process and correct allocation
of costs and revenues

Perform high quality reporting to head office and local
management

Ensure reconciliation of bank accounts

CcCFAL"

AT ee NE NEORI RMIATION

S2wk-Hi 52wk-Low Securit
E Abaco Markets
Bahamas Property Fund
Bank of Bahamas

‘Benchmark
Bahamas Waste : : :
Fidelity Bank - dl 0.00 se 2
Cable Bahamas : ; 0.00 1.030 0.240 Minimum Requirements
Colina Holdings ‘i ‘ 0.00 0.208 0.080 :
‘i Commonwealth Bank (S1) : : 0.25 6,000 0.426 0.260 i 1
iv Consolidated Water BDRs : , -0.22 0.129 0.050 CPA /CFA designation
Doctor's Hospital ‘2 0.00 0.284 0.020 Sound working knowledge of IFRS.
: camguard ooo 0.804 0.240 Extensive knowledge of MS Office and related
. Finco ‘ ‘ 0.00 0.768 0.570 + age 5
FirstCaribbean ; 0.00 0.934 0.470 Application Software products. Knowledge of SAP
Focol (S) 0.00 0.359 0.133 based accounting applications is a plus.
7 Freeport Concrete % : 0.00 -0.415 0.000 Mi : f3 . : A . Pre 7
ICD Utilities 25 , “ 0.00 0.411 0.200 InimuM OF 3 years experience in Accounting. Previous
a vohnson.. ms 0.00 0.991 0.590 work in an international financial institution or
remier Real Estate : oa _, 10. x ‘ 1.167 0.600 : :
HTHBBBLiRIar Sacuittles accounting firm is a plus.
Last Price Weekly Vol. _EPS$ _Div$ Preference will also be given to applicants having
. ; 14.25 Bahamas Supermarkets : d i 1.160 1.185 itional
i. 6.00 Carbboan Crossings (Prof to aac obtained or in the process of earning additio

certification such as an MBA, Series 7 or other related
proficiency requirement.

"0.20 -0.030 0.000
varcthe-Counter Securities
ye 41. 41.00 ABDAB : 43.00 41.00 4.450 2.750
fo . 14.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 4 15.60 14.00 1.160 1.125

0.40 RND Holdings 45 oss, 0.45 -0.030 0.000 In addition, the ideal candidate must possess strong

analytical skills and efficient functioning, be a highly
motivated team player, willing to adapt to a dynamic work
environment and able to multi-task, while working
independently and meeting tight deadlines.

YTD% Last 12 Months Div $ Yield %
Colina Money Market Fund
Fidelity Bahamas G & | Fund
Colina MSI Preferred Fund
Colina Bond Fund

1.364794"
3.5388""*
2.938214***
1.279370"**
8192



& 890.81 / YTD 20.04% / 2006 34.47%

Written applications should be addressed, until December

BISX ALL SHARE INDEX - 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00 MARKET TERMS YIELD - last 12 month dividends divided by Closing price NAV KEY. 7 | 2007 5

52wk-Hi - Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ - Buying price of Colina and Fidelity t 1, to:

52wk-Low - Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ - Selling price of Colina and fidelity 16 November 2007

Previous Close - Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price - Last traded over-the-counter price - 30 June 2007

Today's Close - Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. - Trading volume of the prior week - 31 October 2007 hrbahamas@ubs.com or UBS (Bahamas) Ltd.

Human Resources
P.O. Box N-7757
Nassau, Bahamas

Change - Change in closing price from day to day

Daily Vol. - Number of total shares traded today

DIV $ - Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months
P/E - Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings
(S) - 4-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 8/8/2007

(S1) - 3-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 7/11/2007

EPS $ - Acompany’s reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
NAV - Net Asset Value

N/M - Not Meaningful

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

eee* 31 July 2007



2866-7764 / POR MORE DATA & INFORMATION CALL (242) 304-2808
THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2007, PAGE 7B



FIDELITY BANK (BAHAMAS) LTD.
Consolidated Balance Sheet (Unaudited)
As of September 30, 2007
(Expressed in Bahamian dollars)



disclosure woes prompt guide

FROM page 6

at a lower price, or selling at a
higher price, than what the pre-
-_ -vailing market price should be il

~. the information was know by

all the investing public. Diffi-



ASSETS
Cash on hand and at banks

30-Sep-07

$ 18,270,003

$ 34,293,603

31-Dec-06

$ 7,177,963

culties in this respect have been Investment in securities 21,930,195 19,600,151
relatively few in the context of Mortgages, consumer and other loans 130,539,490 113,197,712
the Bahamian capital markets, .
given that many stocks do not Property, plant and equipment 10,797,282 9,297,438
trade on fundamentals. Receivables and prepayments 971,261 593,010
Mr Deveaux said that one $ 182,508,231. $149,866,274
issue that had arisen was where —————— ——
public companies were regulat-
ed by supervisors other than the LIABILITIES
Securities Commission. Often, ao
when it inquired why it had not Customer deposits $ 147,216,659 $113,711,450
been informed of a material Long-term loans 200,000 | 300,000
merit ao ae elie Other liabilities and accrued expenses ° 797,969 2,809,076
said it had reported the event to ; eke 1k LO m1 ON IE
its other financial services reg- TET! Mey) : $ 148,214,628 - _$116,820,526 |
ulator. ;
“We tell them they have a have an obligation to disclose stand what a material change EQUITY
statutory obligation that is the information, either imme- or material event is. It is not Canicland ibutabl h
required under the Securities diately to the Commission, or __ necessarily in the vernacular of apital and reserve attributable to the
Industry Act, so they have to concurrently to the Commission the accounting profession. It Bank's equity holders:
abide by those provisions as and the investing public. really has to do with impacting Share capital - ordinary shares $ 20,000,001 $ 20,000,001
well,” Mr Deveaux said. “We've had some situations — the value of the shares that are : : , : ,
“We advise them that they where people do not under- _ publicly traded.” Share capital - preference shares = -
Revaluation surplus 2,577,640 2,621,619
Retained earnings 11,715,962 10,424,128

$ 33,045,748

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

New retail business seeks male and female sales

$182,508,231

FIDELITY BANK (BAHAMAS) LTD.
Consolidated Statement of Income (Unaudited)

ersons for immediate employment. An attractive ;
P Ploy _— —— For the Nine Months Ended September 30, 2007
base salary plus a weekly commission and uniform (Expressed in Bahamian dollars)
are provided. Interested persons should contact .
: 9 Months Ending
Mr. McIntosh by telephoning 454-6380 to make an 30-Sep-07 30-Sep-06
appointment for an interview. Applicants should oe
a Interest income $ 9,101,337 $ 7,613,600
bring the following documents to the interview: Interest expense 3,408,319 2,783,492
. , Net Interest Income 5,693,018 4,830,108
a) Valid P assport Non-Interest Income 2,685,845 2,825,295
c) National Insurance Card Expenses
° Salary and staff benefits 3,364,908 2,976,076
d) Health Certificate General and administrative 3,245,580 2,510,463
‘ i rhe Depreciation woe 445,559 364,390
Total Non-Interest expense i ie 7,056,047 =. 5,850,929
Provision for credit losses - 74,961 319,794
Total Expenses 7,131,008 6,170,723
Net income before minority interest $1,247,855 $ 1,484,680
Attributable to:
Equity holders of the bank $ 1,247,855 $ 1,453,333
Minority interest - 31,347
} Net income $ 1,247,855 $ 1,484,680
B JX IH A M A R Weighted average number of 29,666,670 17,666,670
eee teens common shares outstanding
Earnings per share $ 0.04 $ 0.08

Legal Career Opportunit | |
FIDELITY BANK (BAHAMAS) LTD. |
Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity (Unaudited).
For the Nine Months Ended September 30, 2007
(Expressed in Bahamian dollars)

Baha Mar Development Company Ltd. seeks to hire a
talented Commercial Attorney to join its dynamic
legal team.

The successful applicant-must:

"Share Capital Share Capital



Have a minimum of 6 years experience in commercial eee a ee
" . : igs ot
and corporate practice in The Bahamas. :
Atat | January 2006 $5,000,001 $10,000,000 $1,695,320 $10,289,639 $26,984,960
Have the ability to draft and review documentation in ek
connection with complex commercial, real estate and ordinary shares 15,000,000 : ; 15,000,000
other transactions. Redemption of
preference shares - (10,000,000) (10,000,000)
i : : ; . Property, plant and
Be familiar with US and other international commercial equipment revaluation 926,299 45,110 971,409
transactions. Net Income ° - 1,662,713 1,662,713.
Dividends paid
_ , ordinary shares (1,073,334) (1,073,334)
Have the ability to work under pressure. Dividends paid/payable
preference shares - - (500,000) —_ (500,000) _
Possess exceptional communication and negotiating ES. a ee
Skills. As at I January 2007 20,000,001 2,621,619 10,424,128 33,045,748
Successful candidate will report to Baha Mar’s General oe
Counsel and work with other members of Baha Mar’s Redemption of ,
legal team. preference shares
Property, plant and
: . . : equipment revaluation (43,979) 43,979 z
Please forward curriculum vitae with salary requirements Net Income : 1,247,855 1,247,855
via e-mail to tgodet @tradeinvest.com or fax to (242) 702- Dividends paid
2018 no later than December, 1 2007. All responses will oa “a
‘ : os ividends paid/payable
be held in the strictest confidence. preference shares ee ee ee ee - ee ee
As at 30 September 2007 $20,000,001 $ : $2,577,640 $11,715,962 $34,295,603


_ PAGE 8B, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2007

| Notice is hereby given that such applications 7
will be heard by the said Court at the expiration :

{ No. 2007/PRO/npr/00597



SUPREME
COURT |

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS

THE SUPREME COURT :
PROBATE DIVISION |

29TH NOVEMBER, 2007
No. 2007/PRO/npr/00596

Whereas LOLITA MAE JOHNSON of |
| Wentworth Street in the Island of New |
Providence, one of the Islands of the |
Commonwealth of The Bahamas has made |
application to the Supreme Court of The |
Bahamas, for letters of administration of the :
Real and Personal Estate of WHITNEY :
JOHNSON late of Wentworth Street in the |
} Island of New Providence, one of the Islands :
4 of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, :
| deceased. -

of 14 days from the date hereof.

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar

THE SUPREME COURT

PROBATE DIVISION :

29TH NOVEMBER, 2007

= OW eit IMlODs

Whereas

4 THOMPSON (nee) POITIER of 1985

| Thatch Palm Avenue, Pinewood Gardens in :
the Southern District of the Island of New |
Providence, one of the Islands of the |
| Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made :

application to the Supreme Court of The :
Bahamas, for letters of administration of the
Real and Personal Estate of RONNIE :
OSCAR THOMPSON late of 1985 Thatch |

| Palm Avenue, Pinewood Gardens in the

| Notice is hereby given that such applications :
| will be heard by the said Court at the expiration :
| of 14 days from the date hereof.

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS |
THE SUPREME COURT :

PROBATE DIVISION |

: IN THE ESTATE OF EUGENE J. WEISS, |
: late of 11111 Biscayne Boulevard, Apartment :
' No. 301 in Dade County in the State of Florida, |
: one of the States of the United States of |
: MURPHY JR., late of Carmel in the State of
: California, one of the States of the United

29TH NOVEMBER, 2007
No. 2007/PRO/npr/00598

Whereas ADA VIRGINIA MILLER of |
Hillside Park off Bernard Road in the Eastern :
- District of the Island of New Providence, one

of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, has made application to the Supreme

Court of The Bahamas, for letters of |
administration of the Real and Personal Estate :
of ST. CLAIR ALPHONSO MILLER a.k.a. |
ST. CLARE ALPHONSO MILLER a.k.a. |

SINCLAIR ALPHONSO MILLER late of
Hillside Park off Bernard Road in the Eastern

District of the Island of New Providence, one :
of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The |

Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications
will be heard by the said Court at the expiration
of 14 days from the date hereof.

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar

CAROL NELLANIE |:

: COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS |
THE SUPREME COURT :

PROBATE DIVISION |
29TH NOVEMBER, 2007 :

_ No. 2007/PRO/npr/00599

| Whereas LEANNA ROLLE-BROWN of |
: 412 Australia Avenue, Elizabeth Estates in the :
: Eastern District of the Island of New :
: Providence, one of the Islands of the |
' Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made |
: application to the Supreme Court of The :
: Bahamas, for letters of administration of the |
' Real and Personal Estate of WILLIAM :
: BROWN late of 412 Australia Avenue, |
Elizabeth Estates in the Eastern District of the :
Island of New Providence, one of the Islands :
' of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, |
: deceased.

: Notice is hereby given that such applications :
will be heard by the said Court at the expiration |
| personal representative) in the above estate
: granted to VICTORIA E. HEULER, the
: Personal Representative of the Estate, by the
' Circuit Court for Leon County, Florida, Probate
| Division, on the 6th day of June 2003.

of 14 days from the date hereof.

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar

| COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS |
THE SUPREME COURT :

PROBATE DIVISION :
29TH NOVEMBER, 2007 |

_ No. 2007/PRO/npr/00600

| IN THE ESTATE OF PHILIP L. QUINN, |
: late of 1645 West Turtle Creek South Bend |
: in the State of Indiana, one of the States of |
? the United States of America, deceased :
COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS :
: Notice is hereby given that after the expiration :
: of fourteen days from the date hereof, :
: application will be made to the Supreme Court :
' of The Bahamas in the Probate Division by :
: E. TERRY NORTH of the Eastern District :
: of the Island of New Providence, one of-the |.
i Islands of the Commonwealth of The :
: Bahamas, Attorney-At- Law, the Authorized |
Attorney in The Bahamas for obtaining the :
Resealed Letters of Administration or :
Testamentary in the above estate granted to :
: PAUL JUDE WEITHMAN and MARY |
LOUISE SOLOMON, the Personal :
Representatives of the Estate, by the State of :
Indiana, St Joseph County in the St. Joseph |
' Probate Court, on the 18th day of November :
: 2004.
} Southern District of the Island of New : |
Providence, one of the Islands. of the :
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased :

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar

» COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS :
THE SUPREME COURT |

PROBATE DIVISION :
29TH NOVEMBER, 2007 |

No. 2007/PRO/npr/00601

America, deceased

' Notice is hereby given that after the expiration |
: of fourteen days from the date hereof, :
: application will be made to the Supreme Court :
of The Bahamas in the Probate Division by |
E. TERRY NORTH of the Eastern District :
of the Island of New Providence, one of the ;
' Islands of the Commonwealth of The :
| Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized |
| Attorney in The Bahamas for obtaining the |
Resealed Letters of Administration (single :
personal representative) in the above estate |
: granted to ROBERTA L. WEISS, the |
| Personal Representative of the Estate, by the |
: Circuit Court for Dade County, Florida, on |
: the 3d day of August 1993.

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar

THE TRIBUNE

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT

PROBATE DIVISION

29TH NOVEMBER, 2007

_ No. 2007/PRO/npr/00602

IN THE ESTATE OF MAGDALENE
SNYDER O’CONNOR, late of 100 John
Knox Road, Tallahassee in the State of Florida,
one of the States of the United States of
America, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that after the expiration
of fourteen days from the date hereof,
application will be made to the Supreme Court
of The Bahamas in the Probate Division by
JAMES LENNOX MOXEY of Shirley Street
in the Island of New Providence, one of the

| Islands of the Commonwealth of, The
: Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized

Attorney in The Bahamas for obtaining the
Resealed Letters of Administration (single

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar

| COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS

THE SUPREME COURT
- PROBATE DIVISION
29TH NOVEMBER, 2007

No. 2007/PRO/npr/00603

IN THE ESTATE OF BILLIE SCHOLZ
KIRTLEY, late of 2023 dahlia Avenue,
Jefferson County, Louisville in the State of
Kentucky, one of the States of the United
States of America, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that after the expiration
of fourteen days from the date hereof,
application will be made to the Supreme Court
of The Bahamas in the Probate Division by
JAMES LENNOX MOXEY of Shirley Street
in the Island of New Providence, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized
Attorney in The Bahamas for obtaining the
Resealed Certificate of Qualification in the

: above estate granted to ELIZABETH
: MUELLER, the Executrix of the Estate, by
: the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Court of
| Justice, on the 20th day of March, 2000.

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT

_ PROBATE DIVISION

29TH NOVEMBER, 2007

No. 2007/PRO/npr/00604
IN THE ESTATE OF CHARLES E.

States of America, deceased

Notice is hereby given that after the expiration
of fourteen days from the date hereof,
application will be made to the Supreme Court
of The Bahamas in the Probate Division by
JAMES LENNOX MOXEY of Shirley Street
in the Island of New Providence, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized
Attorney in The Bahamas for obtaining the
Resealed Order for Probate in the above estate
granted to CHARLES E. MURPHY III, the
Executor of the Estate, by the Superior Court

' of California, County of Monterey, on the [3th
| day of July 2007.

Nicoya Neilly
~ (for) Registrar
THE TRIBUNE

GN-618

SUPREME
COURT

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT

PROBATE DIVISION

29TH NOVEMBER, 2007



No. 2007/PRO/npr/00608

IN THE ESTATE OF THOMAS ROY HOLBIRD, SR., late of
Cherokee County in the State of Georgia, one of the States of the
United States of America, deceased

Notice is hereby given that after the expiration of fourteen days from
the date hereof, application will be made to the Supreme Court of
The Bahamas in the Probate Division by KHALILA W. DORSETT
of the Eastern District, New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized
Attorney in The Bahamas for obtaining the Resealed Grant of Letters
Testamentary in the above estate granted to THOMAS ROY
HOLBIRD, JR., the Executor of the Estate, by the Probate Court
of Cherokee County in the State of Georgia one of the States of the
United States of America on the 12th day of June 2007.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar



COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT

PROBATE DIVISION

29TH NOVEMBER, 2007

No. 2007/PRO/npr/00611

Whereas GEORGE ANDRE WHITE of East Bay, Eastern District,
New Providence one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, has made application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas,
for letters of administration of the Real and Person Estate of GEORGE
ADDINGTON WHITE a.k.a. GEORGE A WHITE a.k.a.
GEORGE WHITE, late of the Eastern District, New Providence,
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard by the
said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar



COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT

PROBATE DIVISION

29TH NOVEMBER, 2007

No. 2007/PRO/npr/00612

Whereas DANIEL JOHNSON of White’s Subdivision, Eastern
. District, New Providence one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas of The Bahamas, has made application to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for letters of administration of the
Real and Personal Estate of FLORA JOHNSON, late of the Eastern
District, New Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, deceased

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard by the
said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar



COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
. THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION

29TH NOVEMBER, 2007

No. 2007/PRO/npr/006 13

Whereas JOYANN MICHELLE GRIFFIN of No.16 East Coral
Estates Subdivision in the City of Freeport, Grand Bahama one of
the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made
application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for letters of
administration of the Real and Personal Estate of CASTROMER
LASHLERUE GRIFFIN a.k.a. CASTROMER L. GRIFFIN, late
of No. 16 East Coral Estate Subdivision in the City of Freeport,
Grand Bahama, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, deceased |

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard by the
said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

FROM page 1

document on last Friday -
November 23.

Mr Ferguson explained: “The
Tribunal refused to register the
July 11 agreement and pro-
posed amendments to bring the
document in line with what the
Tribunal considered necessary
for registration.

“We received the draft of the
amended tndustrial agreement
on November 23. The request
by Morton Salt to put in an
irrevocable clause to deal with
the question of lay-offs, that was
a non-starter. They said the
union has until December 21 to
sign an irrevocable supplemen-
tal agreement giving them the
right to lay-off as required.”

Mr Ferguson said “irrevoca-
ble” meant that the clause relat-
ed to lay-offs at Morton Salt
would be set in stone, and could
not be changed during negotia-
tions on future industrial agree-
ments.

“What we are saying is at
least register the industrial
agreement first, so we have
something to amend. We can-
not amend an industrial agree-
ment that is not registered,” Mr
Ferguson said.

“If you are asking the union
to agree to an irrevocabie
amendment to that industrial
agreement, that first must be
registered.”

The issue of lay-offs - tempo-
rary or otherwise - is a ‘hot’ one
at Morton Salt currently, given
that the unusually heavy rainfall
experienced by Inagua this year,
even prior to Tropical Storm
Noel, had melted the salt cake
in the company’s pans and left it
looking at running out of salt
to harvest by the end of this
month.

Glenn Bannister, Morton

Tacos
FLEXIBILITY

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2007, PAGE 9B

Ee eT Oa ae eee
Morton woes

on ‘irrevocable’ _
lay-off clause |

Salt’s managing director, said
last week that while the com-
pany has completed its assess-
ment of Tropical Storm Noel’s
impact on its operations, he
would not disclose any details
until a press statement was
issued.

However, he had previously
said that Morton Salt’s:2007
production was likely to be just
500,000 tonnes, some 40 per
cent of the normal 1.2 million
tonnes, “a tremendous loss”.

Asa result, Mr Bannister said
the company was looking at
reduced work weeks or tempo-
rary lay-offs that could last until
March 2008.

Managing ©

The Morton Salt managing
director had previously said the
union had refused to include a
clause in the July 11 industrial
agreement that would have
dealt with the issue of tempo-
rary lay-ofts and reduced work
weeks.

Yet Mr Ferguson yesterday
said that Morton Salt had.
through the union was being
“unreasonable” in pushing for
certain issues to be included in
that agreement, and accused the
company of trying to make the
union look bad to the Bahami-
an public.

He said: “The union is not
adverse to entering into an
agreement with the company to
deal with lay-offs. It is my rec-
ommendation that they do so
with or without an industrial
agreement.

“It is in the best interests of
the union, the best interests of
the worker, and the best inter-
ests of the company to make an
agreement in that regard
because of the rainfall impact
on the company.

“My recommendation to the

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union right from the beginning
was that it should sit down and
look at the situation objective-
ly.” Mr Ferguson said.

“They work there and know
the rainfall has impacted the
harvesting of salt. That’s a fact.
having established the facts, it’s
proper to for the union to sign
something that is a win-win sit-
uation for both parties - enter-
ing into an arrangement to
accommodate these situations
that is in the best interests of
all parties.”

Mr Ferguson said Morton
Salt and the union had already
discussed the prospect of
reduced work weeks or tempo-
rary lay-offs, “and given the
union an ultimatum that they
must get back to them by
December 21”.

He added that the situation
was likely to affect “the whole”
line staff, which numbers
around 105, of which the union
represents 85. Morton Salt also
employs 26 managerial staff,
making its total workforce com-
plement 130-strong.

Mr Ferguson said the com-
pany had also advised staff to
take their vacations in January
and February of next year,

while the salt cake and salt in

the pans hopefully recovered
from the heavy rainfall.

The Tribune previously
reported that as a result of the
five to six inches of rain that fell
in August, instead of seeing a
one-inch salt growth, which
would have translated into
300,000 tonnes for harvesting,
Morton Salt saw growth of only
1/5 of an inch.

Only 60,000 tonnes was
grown and harvested in August,
a shortfall of 240,000 tonnes.

Inagua’s economy is heavily
dependent on Morton Salt,
which employs 60 per cent of

its workforce.





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ACROSS

1 Revilement of Mr. Lincoln touring the
states (5)

6 Obviously it will go round
the wearer (5)

9 — Don'tlet out that Nat may be in the
money (7) ‘

10 Discover you have to work for your

j money (5)

7 11 Aringin the nose can have
something caught in it (5)

12 Cartback to East End area (5)

13 Having a number of angles makes no
act go wrang (7)

15 Joined me at opening time (3)

17 Uncle's out of breath, if only in
pretence (4)

18 Caok something from Serbia (6)

19 Lamp spirit? (5)

20 Executive possibly tired out around
mid-October? (6)

22 In Ireland, the girl to love (4)

24 Inasewer, it provides a degree of
filtration (3)

25 Worker to see getting slimmer (7)

Boozy worker on the railroad (5)

27 Somebody else may pass on what he
knows! (5)

28 Pleasant piece pf tribal mythology (5)

29 Displeased with anyone wandering

j on the quarterdeck (7)

“.30 Damage leading to weeping (5)
+31 Fading, turning dingy (5)






































Yesterday’s cryptic solutions

Scare 38, En-em-y

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—- CRYPTIC PUZZLE

DOWN

2
3

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ACROSS: 3, SW-ABs 8, Hel-en 10, Opted 11, MA-C 12,
Ditto 13, Cop-l-lot 15, T-owns 18, Me-W 19, Al-leg-e 21,
Ratable 22, Idol 23, Aged 24, Mediate 26, Keeper 29, Nit
31, Sisal 32, S-e-rried 34, Stows 35, A-DD 36, Photo 37,

DOWN: 1, De-Mon 2, Decimal 4, Whit 5, Bottle 6, Spool 7,
Being 9, Lap 12, Do-wager 14, L-E-t 16, W-edge 17,
See-d-y 19, A-L-pines 20, Picks 21, R-oles 23, A-TT-rac-T
24, Melton 25, Al-r 27, Eight 28, Past-e 30, P-E-dro 32,

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Cry out that one’s self-starter is the
very best! (6) .

The only time? But it takes many
years (3)

A stiff back! (5)

Frank or Ernest, we hear (7)
Banknote engravers’ union (4)
Plants in haste? (6)

We rot, possibly, in a place of
incarceration (5)

In the Hoosier State, a

basket maker (5)

Chewed up in mastication without a
word (5)

Man touring the Italian city (5)
What a baronet could mostly rise to
be? (5)

He has his own can (5)

Rules that a vehicle should not go too
fast? (7)

Blue water? (6)

Making mother a respectable woman
means trouble! (6)
They all agree (3,3)

One bent on crime (5)

Big-headed rower, the swine! (4)
Bunk out in the garden! (3)


















ACROSS

1 Cold dish (5)

6 — Anxious (5)

9 Tree (7)

10 Location (5)

11 Savoury jelly (5)
12 Cut (6)

13 Hair (7)

15 Wager (3)

Hire (4)

18 Enjoy (6)

19 Fossil

resin (5)

20 Flashing light (6)
22 Mislay (4)

24 Pronoun (3)

25 Protection (7)

EASY PUZZLE

26 Step (5)

27 Leg bone (5)

28 Mortal (5)
Yesterday's easy solutions 29 Sketch (7)
ACROSS: 3, Dream 8, Cited 10, Piste 11, Tip 12, Tapas 13, 30 MEast
Created 15, Tepid 18, Sex 19, Shrine 21, Stately 22, Pots country (5)
23, Boss 24, Rampart 26, Rental 29, Pie 31, Edges 32, 31. Principle (5)

38, Slump

Berated 34, Actor 35, Top 36, Accra 37, Wheel

DOWN: 1, Mitre 2, Repasts 4, Road 5, Apathy 6, Miser 7,

Stain 9, Tie 12, Textual 14, Tea 16, Pilot 17, Dense 19,

Boom 33, Toe

Slipper 20, Spare 21, Sting 23; Breathe 24, Rascal
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South West
1& Pass 2¢ 4%
5¢ Pass 6%
Opening lead — five of hearts.

If you examine all four hands, it
seems impossible to make six clubs
even if West doesn’t find the killing
spade lead at trick one. Declarer
seems certain to lose two spade tricks
eventually, no matter what West
leads. But the fact is that South made.
the slam after a heart lead, and did so
in a perfectly reasonable manner.

The declarer was Swiss star Jean
Besse, and the hand was played
many years ago in the annual Euro-
pean championship. Besse realized,
when dummy came down, that East

North East

(1999

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DOWN

2 Fascination (6)
3 Attack (6)

4 Female deer (3)
5 Heading (5)

6 — Master (7)

7 Gaelic (4)

8 — Radiates (6)
12 Mud (5)

13 Alloy (5)

14 Habituate (5)
15 Buffalo (5)

16 Numbor (5)
18 Alludo (5)

19 Withhold vote (7)
21 Flourish (6)

22 Vogatable (6)
23 Abrade (6)

25 Lament (5)

26 Team (4)

28 Headwear item






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edition).

CANIN DUCKS INTO A
NEARBY CLOSET AND

almost surely had the ace of spades
for his four-heart bid, and that there
was consequently little chance of
making the slam by leading a spade
toward the king in the hope that West
held the ace.

Instead, after winning the heart
lead with the ace, Besse cashed the
A-K-Q of clubs and four diamond
tricks. He then crossed to dummy
with a trump, producing this posi-
tion:

North
#K 10
v4
h9
West East
985 AQ
49 ¥QJ
South
42
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When Besse next cashed

dummy’s nine of clubs, East found
himself hard-pressed for a discard.
He clearly could not afford to part
with a heart, which would automati-
cally hand declarer an extra heart
trick, so he discarded the queen of :
spades.

Besse replied by discarding his ten
of hearts and leading the ten of
spades from dummy. East won with
the ace but then had to yield the last
two tricks to the king of hearts and
king of spades.

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Bu Xiangzhi v Daniel Rensch,
Canadian Open, Ottawa 2007. China
already dominates women's chess
and is in the top three in men's
team events. The winner of today's
puzzle is being groomed to be
Beijing's first serious contender for
the world individual title. Bu, 22,
was among the youngest ever to
become a grandmaster when 14,
and his victory ahead of Nigel Short
at Ottawa this summer puts him
among the top 50 elite GMs. He's
good all round, witha
knowledgeable opening repertoire,
accurate endgame technique, and
an eye for tactical opportunities
such as occurred in today's puzzle.
The obvious play for White is 1
Rxf7+ exchanging two rooks for
Black's queen and following up by

Qd5
that

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TUESDAY,
NOV 27

ARIES — March 21/April 20
While you don’t want to have a dis-
cussion with a family member, you
have to early in the week. Listen to
what he or she says to you.

‘TAURUS — April 21/May 21

comes to something that you really
want, Taurus. A loved one gets you
involved in a family argument. Try to
help everyone come to an agreement.

GEMINI - May 22/June 21

You have to be patient this week
while waiting for a close friend to
answer an important question. Don’t
force the issue or you may not get

CANCER - June 22/July 22

associate is in the spotlight instead
of you this week. He or she really
does deserve the praise. A close
friend needs help with a family
matter. Don’t get involved.

LEO - July 23/August 23
Keep your eyes and ears open at
work. There is something strange
going on. Colleagues are counting
on you to find out what it is. Don’t
worry — it isn’t anything serious.
VIRGO — Aug 24/Sept 22

You struggle with your perfectionist
nature early in the week, Virgo. Do
the best that you can. Scorpio plays
an important role.

LIBRA — Sept 23/Oct 23
An acquaintance tries to pull the
wool over your eyes early in the
week; don’t let it happen. If you
really listen to what is being said,
you’ll see that it can’t be true.

SCORPIO -— Oct 24/Nov 22
A close friend confides in you this
week, Scorpio. Even though he or
she reveals some important informa-
tion, don’t betray this person’s trust.
He or she wouldn’t do that to you.

SAGITTARIUS — Noy 23/Dec 21
A coworker gets into trouble and
asks you to lie for him or her. Don’t
do it; it’s not worth it. Besides, no
one will believe you anyway. You
can’t lie. Blow off some steam this
weekend, you deserve it.

CAPRICORN -— Dec 22/Jan 20
Don’t try to take control of a situa-
tion that you can’t handle early in
the week, Capricorn. You know
your limitations; don’t ignore them.
Let someone else take the lead.

AQUARIUS -— Jan 21/Feb 18
Don’t make a hasty decision when it
comes to your personal finances this
week. An old friend whom you
haven't seen in a while calls you.
Find out what he or she really wants.
PISCES — Feb 19/March 20
You have several things to do this
week, Pisces, and a lot of people
are counting on you. Avoid dis-
tractions whenever you can.

SMM meen

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+ winning the a8 rook. Why is
plan distinctly second-best, and

can you spot the right move which
forced Rensch's resignation?

LEONARD BARDEN

EER

Chess: 8498: 1 Rxt7+? Qxf7 2 Rxf7+

Kxf7 3 Qd5+ Beb

and Black can fight on. Bu played 1 Qd6! Resigns. If

Qxd6 2 Rxf7 mate, or Rxe7 2 Rxt7+

Qxt7 3 Rxf7+ Kxf?

and now the black rook pair no longer mutually

support each other so 4Qd5+ wins

the a8 rook.

Don’t give up too easily when it .°-~.

the response that you’re hoping for. .

Try not to get upset when a business
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PAGE 12B, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2007 THE TRIBUNE -

Bahamas to serve on UN tourism bodies

THE Bahamas was yesterday
elected to serve on two key
committees of the United
Nations’ World Tourism Organ-
tisation (UNWTO), during
meetings at the General Assem-
bly now ongoing in Cartagena,
Colombia.

The tourism and aviation
minister, Neko Grant, said that:
“during the 47th Meeting of the
Regional Commission for the
Americas, the Bahamas was
elected to serve on two very
important committees: the
Committee on Statistics and the
Tourism Satellite Account and
the Committee on Sustainable
Development in Tourism.”

“These elections,” he added,
“are certainly an historic first
for the Bahamas, as never
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the UNTWO at this level. It
means for us, more hands on
involvement in the decision-
making process of the UNWTO
in these areas, and also that we

will now be an integral part of

the process that determines
both regional and global prior-
ities, at least until 2011 when
our term on these committees
will expire.”

The Bahamas and Jamaica,

[Executive Council of the Com-
mission and Committee on
Market and Competitiveness]
are the only members of the
English-speaking Caribbean
serving at these levels of the
UNWTO.

The tourism director-gener-
al, Vernice Walkine, explained:
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our advances in the assessment
of the economic impact of the
tourism industry on our over-
all economy.

“In fact, we’ve made
advances that have exceeded
the work of a number of our
global counterparts, and as you
would imagine, it is imperative
for tourism-dependent
economies such as ours to be
able to accurately measure the
industry’s contribution as well
as to comprehensively assess its
impact.”

She ‘added: “We see election
to the Statistics and Tourism
Satellite Account Committee
as, on the one hand, recogni-
tion of the important strides the
Bahamas has made in these
areas and, on the other, the
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riences of the other countries,”
“Most importantly,” she said,
“We now sit in a position that
will allow us to play a specific
role in the determination of
global standards and method-
ologies moving forward.”
Earlston McPhee, the Min-
istry’s director for sustainable
tourism development, said: “Cli-
mate change is particularly
important, especially as it has
in a sense gone somewhat under
the radar as far as our regional
and country focus. Climate
change, and likewise natural dis-
asters, are of particular rele-
vance to the Bahamas and our
place on the Committee of Sus-
tainable Development in
Tourism, which has placed spe-
cial emphasis on these issues,
underscores the need to bring
these issues to the forefront.”
Mr McPhee added: “Our

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The Bahamas is the current
chair of the Association of
Caribbean States (ACS) special
Committee on Sustainable
Tourism, and in December Mr
Grant will host his regional col-
leagues at meetings on Grand
Bahama, It will be the group’s
second meeting for the year,
having first convened in
Trinidad in June this past sum-
mer.

Minister Grant said: “This
has certainly been a very good
day for the Bahamas. Lots of
work has gone into our prepa-
rations for these deliberations,
and we stand poised to continue
our efforts with the same dili-
gence and enthusiasm that has
brought us to this point. We cer-
tainly embrace these new roles
of global leadership.”

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