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to be replaced in
major shake-up

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

THE director of the National
Insurance Board is to be replaced
as part of a major shake-up, it
was revealed last night.

Lennox McCartney, who has
been in the job for more than 13
years, will go as the management

seeks-“fresh impetus” for.the.,

future.

Chairman Patrick Ward cori: ©

firmed yesterday that the process
of finding a permanent replace-
ment had already begun.

The move is in no way a “puni-
tive” measure, but designed to
give NIB a fresh face at the top,
he said.

Mr Ward said Mr McCartney
had been on leave since Thurs-
day of last week.

“The board is already engaged
in the process of finding a per-
manent replacement in the future.

That decision was only made
Thursday past,” he said.

However, NIB’s deputy chair-
man Archdeacon Etienne Bowleg
said he had no idea that such a
decision was made as he was off
the island on Thursday.

The archdeacon expressed sur-
prise, adding that normally such a
decision would have to be made
with a “consensus” vote, which

would have been impossible as

“he was not in Nassau.

“} have no knowledge of such a
move. I have no knowledge of
anything even brewing in that
direction. You're giving me the
news, actually,” he said.

Archdeacon Bowleg said he
intends to speak with Mr Ward
today about the decision.

Mr Ward said the removal of
Mr McCartney was in no way a
“punitive” move, but in line with
changes planned for the board.

SEE page 13

Russell under fire over reasons
for NIB management changes

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

THE Minister of Housing and National Insurance has been
accused of allegedly misleading the Bahamian people over reasons
why management at the National Insurance Board are to be

removed.

Members of staff and management level personnel claim Minister
Kenneth Russell, through his secretary Kenya Laing, tried to inter-
fere with an investigation pertaining to an NIB staff member — an
alleged direct violation of a minister’s authority under the NIB Act

as highlighted in Chapter 40.
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| Police
smash
crime
ring

@ By KARIN HERIG

Tribune Staff Reporter
kherig@tribunemedia.net

POLICE this weekend were
able to put a stop to a crime
ring whose members are sus-
pected of being responsible for
a number of armed robberies
in an inner city area.

Three men, aged 42, 26, 25, »

_ and one 17-year-old male juve-
nile, were arrested by police on
Saturday after officers turned
up a number of contraband
items while searching a home
on John Street.

Starting at around 3am on
Saturday, Southern Police Sta-
tion received complaints from
several persons claiming they
had been robbed at different
times while walking in the area

__ of Market and Fleming Streets.
~*Acting on information, offi-
cers from that station immedi-
ately executed a search warrant
at a home on John Street — just
south of where the armed rob-
beries reportedly took place.

SEE page 14

COLLEGE of the Bahamas Dean Dr Thaddeus McDonald was laid to rest on Saturday after a funeral service
at the Transfiguration Baptist Church on Market Street. During the service, friends, colleagues and, fami-
ly members of the deceased honoured Dr McDonald’s many academic and social achievements.

Plan to change

public mindset
@ By TANEKA THOMPSON

Photos: Felipé Major/Tribune staff



: ail iui: ara Tribune Staff Reporter
FRIENDS and family gathered at St Agnes Anglican Church on Saturday to bid their final farewells to tthompson@tribunemedia.net
the late designer Harl Taylor, who at the age of 37 was murdered in his home last month. ;

a oat MUM GAEM ULL Noo Bo 5c ash -is sa catdencdGeuatsduachaavesedédseypevdesnsdgasinsesdcoysbsenscsassstessseunectscaadhanestbasseisistaosstl liccdcidheanuatanaagesenne IN RESPONSE to the crime

wave and staggering homicide
count facing the nation, a local
civic group plans to launch a
number of initiatives in an effort
to change the public’s mindset
on crime.

The newly-formed Bahamas
Against Crime (BAC) plans to
host and sponsor a song com-
petition to allow the public to
“concentrate on the issue of
crime” through the universal
medium of music, the organi-
sation’s leaders told a press con-
ference held in Rawson Square.

Organisers are now in the
planning stage of the competi-
tion, which will be launched in

SEE page 14

' Hanna-Martin sets sights on
- national PLP chairmanship

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

Rigby: I don’t want to win

by election court process

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



PLP chairman Raynard Rigby declared yes- } MP for Englerston Glenys Hanna-Martin offi-
terday that he does not want to be part of a ; cially announced her candidacy for the national
political party that wins the government through ; PLP chairmanship at her constituency headquar-
the election court process. : ters yesterday. e

As the Pinewood election court case enters its : If elected, Mrs Hanna-Martin would be the first
eighth week today, Mr Rigby said that, while he: woman national chairman of the PLP when the
supports the decision of Senator Allyson May- ; party holds its convention in February next year.
nard-Gibson to pursue this route, he would pre- : Surrounded by a group of supporters at her Bal-
fer that the PLP regain government through a : four Avenue headquarters, Mrs Hanna-Martin
general election. : said she wanted to share the moment with residents

SEE page 14

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HAVING A BALL -

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Minister of Finance '
Hubert Ingraham (right)
shakes hands with Act-

ing Commissioner of :
Police Reginald Fergu- ’
son at the Royal :
Bahamas Police Force
Annual Ball on Friday in

the Imperial Ballroom,
Atlantis, Paradise

Island.



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Minister and Min-
ister of Foreign
Affairs Brent
Symonette (right)
and Minister of
National Security
Eee RS bee i Tommy Turnquest
; ; exchange words.



DEPUTY Prime Minister and Minis-

ter of Foreign Affairs Brent Symon-

ette (left) and Commissioner of

Police Paul Farquharson, who is on
pre-retirement leave. '



PRIME Minister and Minister of Finance Hubert GOVERNOR GENERAL Arthur D Hanna (left) talks
Ingraham (second from left) and Acting Commis- __ with Prime Minister and Minister of Finance
sioner of Police Reginald Ferguson, left, welcome Hubert Ingraham.

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2007, PAGE 3



FUNERAL OF THADDEUS MCDONALD

Bahamas is heading for
social collapse — Baptist

@ By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
kherig@tribunemedia.net_ _

WITH crime approaching
record highs and traditional
values deteriorating, the
Bahamas is heading for
social collapse, according to
the president of the National
Baptist Convention Rev Dr
William Thompson.

Paying tribute to the mur-
dered'Dr Thaddeus McDon-
ald At the College of the
Bahamas Dean’s funeral on
Saturday, Dr’Fhompson said

' there. is “absolutely no

doubt”
oe froma
disease.
“We ane witnessing too
many social dislocations in
our country,” he told the
congregation at Transfigura-
tion Baptist Church.
Dr:Thompson called out
for the “vicious, senseless
(fights) and killings” to stop

that the Bahamas is
“dreadful

and for Bahamians to return



“The traditional family struc-
ture and values taught, as we
once knew, are no longer
important or promoted.”



Rev Dr William Thompson

PAGES 6, 7: PHOTOS OF FUNERAL

to “the old traditional values
and remedies.”

“The traditional family
structure and values taught,
as we once knew, are no
longer important or promot-
ed. Crime has reached epi-
demic proportions, while
many criminals continue to
walk the streets because of
an obvious faulty and failing
justice system,” he said.

In remembering Dr
McDonald, who became one
of the country’s 73 murder

OVERCROWDING PROBLEMS



victims last month, Dr
Thompson said the deceased
was a “true son of the native
soil.”

Quoting from the poem
“The Measure of a Man” the
Baptist Convention president
indicated that people should
remember how Dr McDon-
ald lived, not how he died.

Dr Thompson recalled that
in addition to his profession-
al activities and academic
responsibilities, Dr McDon-
ald found time to serve his

Convention president

country in numerous civic
organisations.

He also spoke of Dr
McDonald’s avid love and
promotion of the Bahamas’
African heritage.

Giving an outline of Dr
McDonald’s life, his brother
Rawson McDonald

announced that his family, :

with the co-operation of the
College of the Bahamas, will
open a special scholarship
fund in the deceased’s name.

Dr McDonald, 59, Dean of
the Faculty of Social and
Educational Studies, was
found dead in his bed in his
Queen Street home. Accord-
ing to his brother Madison,
Dr McDonald had been
beaten “beyond recognition”
with a clothing iron.

At this time police have
no-one in custody in connec-
tion with the murder and are
investigating a possible con-
nection with the murder of
designer Har! Taylor.

Photographers put Maynard in picture

over;coverage of Junkanoo parades

AN ‘isi lee 40 to 50 pro-
fessional and amateur photg-
raphers met with Minister of
State for Culture Charles
»Maynard on Friday to discuss
iarra’ _-ments for media cov-
+érage of this year’s Junkanoo
parades.

» According to Anthony Mor-
ley, a professional photogra-
pher for 25 years, the ministry
gave a very positive response
to suggestions about how the
problems of overcrowding in
Rawson Square could be
solved and to requests for spe-
cial provisions to be made.

Mr Morley had told The
Tribune before the meeting
that while there is a legitimate
problem of media overcrowd-
ing on the routes, charging
photographers $300 per
parade for accreditation v ‘s
‘not the way to go about solv-
ing it.

However, he believes pho-
tographers would be willing

..to pay a small fee if the min-

-istry were to make some pro-
‘visions for them at events.’

He said he would like to see.

‘the ministry put up a tent and
provide electrical outlets for
charging of batteries.

During the meeting it was
agreed that photographers will
go on a walkabout with min-
istry officials on Wednesday,
when more issues about coy-

‘erage will be ironed out.

The government needs to

- recognise the role of photog-

raphers as recorders of histo-

ry, and make provisions for

them accordingly, Mr Morley.
said.

According to the photoga-
pher, Mr Maynard also said
he would like to further dis-
cuss the idea of creating a
photographic databank of
images of Junkanoo parades
past, in conjunction with pl] »-
tographers who have covered
the events.

The meeting came after a

“media outcry against a deci-

sion announced by the min-
istry last weck that they would
charge $50 for accreditation

.of all photographers and

videographers for each
parade, and an additional $300
per parade if those persons
wished to enter the parade
route, potentially putting a
.$3,000-plus price tag on

~junkanoo coverage per media

house or individual person
wishing cover the event.

In a statement the ministry
said they were “striving to

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Mr Maynard defended the
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would be necessary to defray

. the costs of a new, parade

management team who would

administer the accreditation
process more professionally
than before.

However, news editors and
publishers across the industry
expressed shock at the deci-
sion. Wendell Jones, CEO of

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eS SSS
EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

The Tribune Limited | FANS, SpOnsors
nee have helped
development of

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

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

Publisher/Editar 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-199] ©"

EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B.
Publisher/Editor 1972-

Published Daily Monday. - o Saturday

Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, ahem

Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485

, Freeport, Grand Bahama

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A ‘thank you’ from the publisher

’ B By Eileen Dupuch Carron

TODAY I AM going to break my rule
and write this column in the first person, as
did my father before me.

I must admit that the staff plotted and
planned behind my back for weeks to pro-
duce a splendid supplement in The Tribune
about a 50-year milestone that I was not
aware that I had made. | always prided
myself in the thought that with all the mod-
ern gadgetry, I could have my office at home
and know what my staff was doing most of
the time. Once again they have proved me
wrong. However, last Sunday Archbishop
Patrick Pinder almost let the cat out of the
bag when on coming out of Sacred Heart
Church, he heartily congratulated me on my

-apniversary. “What anniversary?” [ asked
in confusion. I thought awhile and then
recalled that on November 21'- just a few
days earlier — The Tribune was 104 years
old and I had forgotten to mention the fact in
this column. And so the conversation took
another tack as the Archbishop, realising his
mistake, quickly manoeuvred it in another
direction. And so for another week, their
anniversary secret still intact, the staff con-
tinued to talk and write about me behind
my back.

I have been praised for many things, but I
want it on the record that my family and I
could have done nothing, and The Tribune
could not have been the success that it is
today without a core of loyal staff — some of
whom have never worked anywhere else — at
our side. From the days of my grandmother,
who lined up the young T ribune paper boys
with her own children for their annual physic
(castor oil), our staff has always been an
extension of the family. Our success has been
a hands-on operation with staff and family
working shoulder-to-shoulder in every
department of the operation. At times we
laboured around the clock to produce the
best possible product that our resources
would allow as the business grew, often had
reverses, repaired the fences, soldiered on
and eventually started to flourish.

And so to the next generation, | want to
_Pass-on the secret — always remember that
you are nothing without a well-trained, ded-
icated and loyal staff at your side. Treat them
as you would want to be.treated yourselt if
the positions were réversed, and you will do
well.

And so to my staff, each and everyone of
them, especially to the stalwarts who have
been with me for all of their working years
--and many-of-mine-over the past 50.years, I .
want them to know how much we as a fami-
ly appreciate them.

felt we didn’t have breath enough for anoth-
er publication, Sammy Haven, would come
into my office. “Miss Eileen,” he would say,
“remember I have been here a long time. I
have seen worse days than this, and it has
never failed, The Tribune seems to have
more than a cat’s nine lives, it miraculously
always lands on its feet.
“Time has always proven,” he would say,
“that what seems bad today always works
out to have been the best thing that could

_haye happened to us.
‘he would laugh; “there is-a ---|-

“Remember,”
tomorrow. It can’t be worse than today. So
let’s look forward to tomorrow.”

Sammy was with us before I was born. He
started at age 10 as a paper boy, was per-
sonally trained by my father, Sir Etienne
Dupuch, and ended his career as Tribune
production. manager 65 years.later. .

And many members of our loyal ‘public

always seemed to know when we needed
encouragement during our darkest days. A
telephone call would come through at the
strategic moment, telling us how much the
paper was appreciated, and encouraging us to

“keep. up-the good-work:* And so with the >

help or our staff, our advertisers and our
readers we are still here at the helm, although
we are trying slowly to ease out and pass
the baton on.

However, there is one item I would like to
correct. My son insists that anyone who can
fly a plane and safely land is a licensed pilot.
It is true that I often took off and landed a
plane safely, the first Bahamian-born woman
to belong to the Nassau Flying Club — there
were at least two other women during that
time — but I was not a licensed pilot. I was
trained by the best, the World War II
Bahamian hero, Capt Leonard Thompson,
and the late Philip Farrington. During my
flying time my father was taken seriously ill.
That ended flying. I had to quickly get my
head out of the clouds, and my feet anchored

-under, my. desk at The Tribune. And so,
although, I flew the tiny Ercoup loaned to »

the club by the late Sir Sydney Oakes, I can
lay no claim to being a licensed pilot, because
I was unable to put in the number of flying
hours required to qualify.

My father always said that the only lulla-
by that would put me to sleep as a baby were

‘the clicking keys of a linotype. And so that is .

where | started, cradled in his arms as he

operated The Tribune’s linotype with his .

one free hand. And here I am today, 77 years

later, grateful for the contribution that this

institution has been able to make to this

beloved country, and to all the people —

Bahamians and non-Bahamians — who

helped make that contribution possible.
Thank you.

local cricket

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I WOULD be very grateful
if in the interest of cricket in
The Bahamas you would pub-
lish this letter in response to
an article in The Bahamas
Journal by Mr Fred Sturrup,
dated November 28, 2007 on
the topic.

Bahamas cricket teams have
been playing internationally
since the fifties when Mr Per-
cy Munnings took teams to
Jamaica annually for friendly
competition there. The Com-
monwealth Wanderers Club,
formed in the late sixties and
took teams abroad each year
until the late eighties. The club
with a cadre of great players,
such as Eddie Ford, Gary
Brathwaite, Fred Phillips,
Edmund Lewis, Irving Taylor,
Irving Armstrong, Francis
Scott, Fess Ingraham, George

. Ferguson, Horace Kingston
‘arid séveral others éstablished

The Bahamas to the cricket
world as a cricket playing
nation. The team played inter-
nationally in Canada, the
USA, the West Indies,
Bermuda and toured the UK
in 1976. It is in the UK that
Eddie Ford established him-
self as a great batsman with a
score of 98 against Lancashire
team of professionals and 190
against Finchley CC the cham-
pion team in London. Coach-
es came to watch this Bahami-
an and did approach him and
made offers to him to play in
the UK. As a result of these
tours and our successes we
had teams visiting The
Bahamas from Canada, the
USA the West Indies, the UK
and Australia. Cricket was
blooming while the media

Stated that it was a dying

sport.

The advent of Sidney
Deveaux as President of The
Bahamas Cricket Association
moved us into the recognised
International arena when The

-Bahamas became an affiliate

member of the International
Cricket Council (ICC), the
body that controls the sport
all over the world. The
Bahamas was invited to play

..in numerous ICC sponsored

tournaments worldwide. In
the nineties The Bahamas
toured the UK twice on the



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_first tour the team was suc-
cessful. On the second tour ~

the opponents provided by the
ICC were county teams with
professionals. We lost all of
the matches, but were com-
petitive. In 2002 The Bahamas
visited Argentina and played
in the ICC sponsored Tour-
nament of The Americas.
Other teams were Canada,
USA and Cayman Islands, all
of whom are Associate Teams
in the ICC; The Bahamas was
the only affiliate team. We

‘beat Argentina and won indi-

vidual prizes. In 2004 The
Bahamas participated and
won the ICC sponsored tour-
nament of The Americas for
affiliate teams, consisting of
Panama, Suriname and Belize.
This tournament. was played

in Panama. By winning the ~

tournament The Bahamas
qualified to play in the 2007
World Cup elimination in
Bermuda. The Bahamas did

~ not advance: Bermuda and

Canada did. It must be noted
here that The Bahamas has a
winning record in the ICC
sponsored tournaments.

The Bahamas has competed
in under 15 and under 19 tour-
naments in the Cayman
Islands and in Canada. The
ICC representatives in Cana-
da expressed their delight over
the progress made in our
Youth Programme under the
direction of John Welch, who
is not the National Team
Coach as suggested in the arti-
cle. Mr Welch is Director of
the BCA Youth Programme.
He has been responsible for
the advancement of some of
the young players on the
national team and the youth
tournaments organised in New
Providence. He has been able
to get 26 primary schools
involved in cricket and assist-
ed by training PE teachers. It





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NO new jitney or taxi licences
will be issued until government
can better sort out the problem
of inadequate public trans-
portation, Minister of Public
Works Earl Deveaux has
announced.

Speaking at the third annual
National Youth Road Safety
Symposium on Thursday, the
minister said that while crime
may be at the heart of the pub-
lic’s concern at the moment,
traffic congestion is one of the
“most vexing problems” facing
the country. _

To help his government get a
better a handle on the situation,
the minister said he will nof
issue licences to taxi or jitney
operators until a way is found
to take back some of the unused
licences already out there. How-
ever, because of pressure, Mr

. Deveaux said he does not know

how long he can hold on to this
conviction.

Poor jitney and taxi service,’

he said, is a major factor in New
Providence’s traffic congestion
and persons refuse to utilise

ublic transportation because it
is unreliable in getting them to
their destinations on time, he
said.

Mr Deveaux explained that
for many years franchising has
been given to jitney drivers and
now there are 790 franchises and
464 routes. But on the average
day only 280 jitneys drive the
streets.

Addressing New Providence’s
dire traffic problem, the minister
explained that if a two-lane
highway is planned and
designed properly, it should be
able to accommodate 2,000
vehicular movements per hour.

However, in Nassau today, he
said, the typical two-lane high-
way in Nassau today cannot
handle 700 vehicular move-
ments per hour.

“So we are facing a problem
of congestion, poor design and a
lot of friction,” Mr Deveaux
said.

“Friction comes about
because of vehicle numbers,
vehicle types, location of busi-
planning.”

The minister noted that
adjustments could improve
vehicular ‘movement so that
two-lane roads could hold up to
1,200 or 1,300 vehicles per hour.



nesses and poor or inadequate

Even the best of circumstances,
however, he explained that New
Providence is not likely to
achieve the 2,000 vehicle move-
ments per hour.

“We cannot solve the tratfic
problem in New Providence
with bigger and better roads.
We have already passed that.
We do not have the option any-
more of reducing traffic fatalities
by putting speed bumps on the
road. We are already past that.

“Our biggest weapon is public
education and enforcement,”
Mr Deveaux said.

Road improvement is also
one of the significant long-term
strategies.

The minister said his govern-
ment recognises the seriousness
of the traffic dilemma.

In 2000, the FNM administra-
tion completed a study for the
New Providence Road Improve-
ment Project.

Prior to that, going back as
early as 1992, a comprehensive
study was done, he said.

The study, he explained, doc-
uments what are the issues in
respect to road traffic. One of
the strategies that came out was
to improve the junctions,
acquire more land and to
improve some of the roads in
New Providence.

“We are close to seven years
close to that strategy and it was
only completed to the extent

RESERVE Assistant Superintendent of Police Richard Rahming speak
tribute to accidents for both passengers and drivers, during the 3rd Annual National Youth Road Safety Sym-
posium, at Workers Bank Hall, Harrold Road. The Ministry of Public Works and Transport, the Road Traf-
fic Department and Chevron Bahamas partnered for the event with the main goal of educating future dri-
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Highway, what you would have
known as Harrold Road, the
Milo Butler extension, the Blue
Hill extension and the C W
Saunders Highway.

“Those are the only portions
of 19 corridors that have been
completed to date. The rest of
them will take another two and
a half years to complete if we
get started next month,” Mr
Deveaux said.

The minister said that when
work on these roads is complet-
ed, it is hoped they would alle-
viate some of the traffic conges-
tion. Minister Deveaux also not-
ed that, for the most part,
Bahamians do not want to walk

anywhere.

To counteract this, he encour-
aged students attending the sym-
posium to be different from the
adults and learn to walk to some
of their destinations.

He also encouraged persons
to cut down on the number of
vehicles per family. Using him-
self as an example, Mr Deveaux
said his nine-member family, of
which four are adults, does not
need the five cars that they have
parked on the driveway.

The minister also encouraged
students and the public to obey
traffic laws and learn how to
properly use roundabouts,
which he said would also help
cut down traffic congestion.

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LOCAL NEWS )

Commemoration of the 30th
anniversary of Bahamas Ship Registry



Junkanoo ‘masterpiece’
unveiled at the airport



lm By GLADSTONE
THURSTON

MINISTER of Maritime
Affairs and Labour Dion
Foulkes unveiled a Junkanoo
“masterpiece” at the arrival
section of Lynden Pindling
International Airport, com-
memorating the 30th anniver-
sary of the Bahamas Ship Reg-
istry, the third largest in the
world.

“With this permanent dis-
play it is my hope that
Bahamians and visitors alike
will begin to appreciate our
maritime industry and those
who labour so hard in this
field,” he said.

Mr Foulkes emphasised that
prospects for employment in
the international maritime
industry exist, “and our young
people need to take advantage
of these opportunities.”



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Among those present for the
unveiling were representatives
from the Ministry of Maritime
Affairs and Labour, Customs,
Immigration, Bahamasair, Air-
port Authority, Bahamas Mar-
itime Authority and Bahamas
Electricity Corporation.

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right are Erma Mackey, deputy director, Bahamas Maritime Authority; Junkanoo artist Anthony Bain;
permanent secretary at the Ministry Thelma Beneby.

strategic planning will be
required,” said Mr Foulkes,
who is also the government’s
Senate leader.

“We must involve larger sec-
tors of the Bahamian popula-
tion and see to if that the insti-
tutional knowledge of the last
30 years does not dissipate.”

The minister said he would
also like to see more of the
country’s youth become
involved in maritime affairs in
general and the Bahamas Mar-
itime Authority in particular.

Training can begin here with
the Bahamas Maritime Cadet
Programme for students of
grades 10-12. he added.

There is also a course in
maritime studies sponsored by
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Walker Secondary School.

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2007, PAGE 9



LOCAL NEWS

@ By Clunis Devaney
Bahamas Information
Services _

LONG ISLAND, Bahamas

- The government is propos-

ing to spend substantial sums

of money in Long Island as it
moves to elevate roads and
improve drainage systems.
Scrub Hill, just outside
Clarence Town, still shows
‘-evidence of the massive flood-

3 ing caused by Tropical Storm

Noel in late October. Several
‘homes and businesses still
have water up to doorways.

Government officials, led by
Minister of Public Works and
Transport Earl Deveaux,
toured a number of settle-
ments from Seymour’s to
Clarence Town, where they
personally inspected broken
or corroded culverts, inade-
quate docks and damaged
bridges.

Mr Deveaux has assured
that drainage conduits will be
replaced with plastic pipes,
which would last longer and
are durable.

Also in the team were the
Minister of Lands and Local
Government Sidney Collie;
Minister of Agriculture and
Marine Resources and Mem-
ber of Parliament for Long
[sland Lawrence Cartwright;
permanent secretary in the
Ministry of Lands and Local
Government Mr Harrison
Thompson and Director of
Works Ms Melanie Roach.

At Seymout’s, the officials
assessed the condition of the
Newton Cay Bridge, which

-_+ allows access to farmlands.

Due to severe cracks in the
span, a barrier has been
placed to prevent vehicular
traffic venturing on the bridge.

According to Mr Deveaux,
the bridge is used by the com-
munity and is one of the path-
ways for the spawning fish and
fishing boats.

He believes the concrete
bridge should be replaced by a
wooden bridge that would be
environmentally sensitive and
sustainable.

“We can do it quicker and.

then we can get the elevation
that they need to get smaller
boats under it easier,” the
minister said.

Inspections were also con-
ducted of drains at Deals,
_ Bunches, Burnt Ground and
Benzie.

At Benzie, a 2,000-foot long
trench has been dug to chan-
nel the water from Scrub Hill
and Hamilton’s into the
ocean,

Mr Collie said he is very
pleased with the level of
recovery since the storm.

“T notice that there are
some houses where the water
damage was so severe the peo-
-ple have not yet returned to
‘those houses,” he said. “And
there is still a lot of water,
even though it is not on the
--road, most of it is on both

sides of the street.

“Essentially, people seemed
have gone back to their daily
ordinary life. The mailboat
was in, the dock was busy,
people were there getting
their freight and moving

- about, so I am pleased. I
expect it is going to be a long
time for the farmers, in par-
ticular, to recover.

“We have seen some of the







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LONG ISLAND — Government officials and stakeholders inspect a
deteriorated culvert in North Long Island. Pictured, from left, are
Bahamas Information Services senior information officer Clunis
Devaney, director of physical planning Michael Major; Minister of
Lands and Local Government Sidney Collie; permanent secretary in
the Ministry of Works and Transport Colin Higgs; local town com-
mittee member Wellington Taylor; permanent secretary in the Min-
istry of Lands and Local Government Harrison Thompson and Min-
ister of Agriculture and Marine Resources and Member of Parlia-
ment for Long Island Larry Cartwright.

4

farms, some of the banana
plantations, in particular, obvi-
ously very devastated.”

Mr Collie said the govern-
ment knows what is wrong,
“and we are happy with the
level of normalcy that has
returned.”

According to Mr Deveaux,
the goveriment has already
done an assessment following
Noel, “where we used GPS
(Global Positioning System)
instruments to measure the
flood plains. We recognise
that in building infrastructure
— particularly roads, sea walls
and approving sub-divisions —
we have to increase the ele-
vation aud improve. the
drainage.”

He said Long Island has an
abundance of natural drainage
systems. “Some areas the rock
is exceptionally hard so a com-
bination of strategies will be
necessary. In some areas we
may have to improve the per-
meability by putting in some
drainage wells and in other
areas by diverting around the
natural drainage areas.”

Mr Deveaux indicated that
in some parts of North Long
Island, culverts have collapsed
because of heavy traffic and
long use.

“We just have to replace
those,” he stated. “There are
other strategies which appear
to me to make more sustain-
able sense, with specific regard
to shoreline protection, utilis-
ing some of the naturally
occurring rocks that have been
mined on the island so that
we can accommodate the util-
isation of local material and
local labour. As a result of this
combination, we can achieve a
more desirable end.”

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and for audiences |in
Caribbean countries who want
to hear comprehensive world
news as well as a variety of
well produced programmes on
a wide range of issues.

Amongst the BBC’s trans-
missions from London are
programmes tailor-made for
the Caribbean by the BBC’s
Caribbean service.

The transmissions on the
FM band are high quality and
easy for the listener to tune.

Except for a brief period,
the BBC has consistently pro-
duced programmes designed
for the Caribbean for over
four decades.

Indeed, it is true to say that
the BBC’s Caribbean Service
on radio has made a substan-
tial contribution to knitting
countries of the Caribbean
into a single, distinct and iden-
tifiable region.

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bility and coverage of local
events, the BBC’s Caribbean
Service provided to each
country in the region cover-
age of events in the others.
Sensibly, many local radio
stations tuned in to the BBC’s
short-wave transmissions and
rebroadcast the BBC’s
Caribbean programmes on
their own frequencies.
Before the advent of the
Caribbean Broadcasting

Union (CBU) and the

Caribbean News Agency
(CANA) in the early 1970s,
the BBC’s Caribbean Service
was the only consistent and
reliable source of pan-
Caribbean events that was
available to Caribbean coun-
tries. In its early days, the
BBC’s Caribbean Service pro-
vided coverage of events in
the United Kingdom that
affected the Caribbean.
And, there were many,
beginning with political and
constitutional issues such as
the Independence talks at
Lancaster House for a succes-
sion of countries in the 1960s:
Jamaica, Trinidad and Toba-
go, Guyana and Barbados.
There was also coverage of

economic issues: discussion of °

market access and preferen-
tial pricing for sugar which
then provided employment for
a larger number of countries
than it does today.

And, Caribbean people at
home learned of the issues
facing their Diaspora in the
UK including riots provoked
by racial discrimination.

On the more pleasant side,
many families heard the voic-
es of their relatives, studying
in the UK, on a Caribbean
Christmas programme.

Many a tear was shed on
both sides of the Atlantic
when those programmes were
broadcast in the region.

It should be recalled that in
the late 1950’s and early
1960’s telephone calls from
the UK to the Caribbean was
problematic not only because
of cost, but also because few
homes had telephones.

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modern technology including
rapid telephone connections,
mobile telephones and the
Internet, the BBC’s Caribbean
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news providers it is free and
easily accessible to the listen-
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a vital source of information
for Caribbean countries even
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thankful to the BBC for main-
taining a sufficient interest in
the Caribbean to spend British °
taxpayers’ resources on pro-
viding news coverage and
analysis for the Caribbean.

hat the BBC is

doing should have:
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itself a long time ago.

It is almost incomprehensi-
ble that the 15-nations of the
Caribbean Community and
Common Market (CARI-
COM) are developing a Single
Market, and are engaged in
myriad common and joint
activities, yet they have no sin-
gle tool for informing and
educating the Caribbean peo-
ple.

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1970s — three decades ago —
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now that the CBU would have
developed a radio station that
produced and delivered pro-
grammes simultaneously
throughout the region as the
BBC is now doing.

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Secretariat are not to be
blamed. Each of them has
had a vision of the CBU play-
ing a key role in the integra- .
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barriers that continue the
notion of separateness among
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FLOOR AREA: 1,; 10 sq. ft.

LOCATION: East on Carmichael Road from
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APPRAISED VALUE: $232,000

SIR LYNDEN PINDLING ESTATES

LOT NO. 3018/19

PROPERTY: Single Farnily Residence
FLOOR AREA: 1,162 sq. ft.

PROPERTY SIZE: 6,000 sq. ft.

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LOT NO. 115
PROPERTY: Single Family Residence Land
PROPERTY SIZE: 8,000 sq. ft. :
LOCATION: Traveling East along Prince
Charles Drive from Culberts Hill take the 1st
corner on the right Jasmine Drive. Heading
South take the 2nd corner on the right Violett
Drive, the subject property is the 4th house
on the left

APPRAISED VALUE: $274,000

9. EASTERN DISTRICT

PROPERTY SIZE: Split Level Residential
Building
LAND: 19,960 sq. ft

* LOCATION: Western Side of John Evans
Road, South of Shirley Street.
APPRAISED VALUE: $190,000

10. ROCKY PINE ROAD

Property is 2nd house on the left, Light blue LOT NO.A
with white asphalt roof. PIROPERTY SIZE: Multi-Family Duplex
APPRAISED VALUE: $156,000 Apartment :

3._ CARMICHAEL VILLAGE

PROPERTY: Multi-Family Fourplex
Apartment

PROPERTY SIZE: 10,500 sq. ft.
LOCATION: East on Carmichael Road take
1st corner on right after Golden Isies Road.
Property is 2nd lot on left from the dead end.
APPRAISED VALUE: $340,000

. GAMBLE HEIGHTS SUBDIVISION

PROPEATY: Split Leval Triplex incomplete
FLOOR AREA: 2,444 sq. ft.

PROPERTY SIZE: 7,141 sq. ft.
LOCATIONS: Heading South on Blue Hill
Road from Faith United Way, take 1st corner
on left (Sunrise Road) Heading south on
Sunrise Road take the Sth corner on left then
first corner on right. Property is 7th lot on
the right.

APPRAISED VALUE: $200,000

STAR ESTATES EASTERN DISTRICT

LOT NO. 54

PROPERTY: Multi*Family Duplex
PROPERTY SIZE: 7,000 sq. ft.

LOCATION: Traveling East along Prince
Charies Drive take the 1st corner on the right
past Sea Grape Shopping Plaza. Heading
South on Jupiter Way take the Ist right then
the nd left to Venus Avenue. The property
is the 2nd building on the left.

APPRAISED VALUE: $348,000



LOT NO. 170 ;

PROPERTY: Multi-Family Triplex Apartment
*ROPEATY SIZE: 10, 000 sq. ft.
LOCATION: Traveling West on Marshall Road
frorn South Beach Road, take the first corner
on the vight (Tiao End) the subject. property

is the 4th building on jeft painted green with
white trim.

APPRAISED VALUE: $288 000

FAITH AVENUE
LOTNO. 5
PROPERTY SIZE: Multi-Family Triplex
Apartment

LAND: 11,187 sq. ft.

LOCATION: From Sir Milo Butler Highway
travel South on Faith Avenue, first paved
road on left then first left; property on right
side of street.

APPRAISED VALUE: $306,000



1, MALVARIC ESTATES SUBDIVISION.
EASTERN DISTRICT
LOT NO. 5 7
PROPERTY: Multi-Family Lot
PHOPERTY SIZE: 9.114 sq. ft.
LOCATION: Heading South along High Vista
Drive tram East Bay Street, take the first
corner on the left (Citrus Drive) then right
onto Mango Drive take the 4th corner on the
right Andy Tuft to the T Junction, turn lett
then cake the first corner on the right.
Property is 3rd lot on the left.
APPRAISED VALUE: $109,000






2, CORAL HARBOUR SUBDIVISION
LOT NO. 13

PROPERTY SIZE: Single Farnily Residential
wot - 12,113 sq. ft.

LOCATION: Hopkins Drive.
APPRAISED VALUE: $121,000

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LOCATION: Travel West on Rocky Pine Road
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APPRAISED VALUE: $275,000

11. GLENISTON GARDENS SUBDIVISION

LOT NO. 0 Block 7

PROPERTY SIZE: Single Storey Residence
PROPERTY SIZE: 10,875 sq. ft.
LOCATION: East Side of Jean Street off
Prince Charles Drive

APPRAISED VALUE: $210,000

12, BELLOT ROAD

LOT NO. D

PROPERTY SIZE: Single-Family Residence
Land 5,995 sq. ft.

LOCATION: Traveling West on Bellot Road
from Faith Avenue the subject property is
situated on the Southern side of the road
about 1,0156 feet West of Faith Avenue
painted green

APPRAISED VALUE: $140,000

13. POLHEMUS GARDENS

LOT NO. 17
PROPERTY SIZE: Single Family Residence
LAND: 7,700 sq. ft.

LOCATION: Traveling East on Boyd Road
from Providence Avenue take the 3rd corner
on the left. The property is the 3rd lot on the
left.

APPRAISED VALUE: $169,000



14. FLAMINGO GARDENS SUBDIVISION
LOT NO. Portion of Crown Grant A6
PROPERTY SIZE: Duplex Apartment
LAND: 5,500 sq. ft.

LOCATION: +: mile South of Carmichael

Road West of Faith Avenue in the Western
District :
APPRAISED VALUE: $240,000

15. PINEWOOD GARDENS

LOT NO. 1685

PROPERTY SIZE: Single Family Residence
LAND: 5,000 sq. ft.

LOCATION: Walnut Street.

APPRAISED VALUE: $230,000



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LAND: 6,905 sq. ft.
LOCATION: Heading East on Cowpen Road
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Stop ‘cooking’ your brains —
with alcohol, men urged

i By Matt Maura
Bahamas Information Services

UNHEALTHY lifestyle prac-
tices such as excessive alcohol
consumption, poor eating habits,
cigarette and marijuana smok-
ing and a lack of exercise are all
negatively impacting the health
of many Bahamian males,
according to under-secretary in
the Ministry of Health and Social
Development Mr Michael Turn-
er

‘Addressing the annual Male —

Health Initiative Conference,
held at the Activity Centre of
the Parish Church of the Most
Holy ‘Trinity, Mr Turner said it
would appear that the favourite
pastime for many Bahamian
males is to “frequent the numer-
ous liquor establishments” and
face the risk of becoming, in the
first instance social drinkers,
before graduating to alcoholism.

“L implore you brothers not to
allow any alcohol substance into
your bodies that will cook your
liver and/or your brain,” Mr
Turner said. “The men of this
nation should be aware that their
health is their personal responsi-
bility and as such must take
responsibility today, to ensure
that tomorrow will reflect how
seriously they took the chal-
lenge.”

Mr Turner said there have
been many factors that have con-
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UNDER-SECRETARY in the Min-
istry of Health and Social Develop-
ment Mr Michael Turner addresses
the Male Health Initiative Confer-
ence 2007.

over the years. He said statistics
from the Health Information
Research Unit at the Ministry of
Health and Social Development
revealed that in 2003, the leading
causes of death in men of all ages
were AIDS, heart disease and

rostate cancer, in that order,

ollowed “closely” by trauma due
to assaults. '

During the same period,
almost 6e per cent of deaths in
young males between the ages
of 15-24 were the result of exter-
nal causes, such as homicides and
injuries sustained in road traffic
crashes. In 2005, all deaths of
men between 25-44 were a result
of injuries sustained in road traf-
fic crashes and acts of violence.

“In fact, the public hospitals
records reflect that the leading
causes for admissions among
males presenting for treatment
as a result of injuries, second only
to pregnancy-related illnesses,”
Mr Turner said. -

He added that chronic, non-
communicable diseases
(CNCDs) such as hypertension,
heart disease, diabetes, stroke
and cancer, also continue to be
major concerns for men and the
aa population, accounting

or almost 40 per cent of all
deaths in the country.

Recognising the trends and the
importance of male health in
society, Mr Turner said, health
officials have underscored the
need to bring “focused attention”
to male health issues. ;

He said traditionally, the role

of men globally has been that of
provider, protector and leader,
but more recently both medical
and social scientists have con-
cluded that in order for men to
reach and maximize their highest
potential and fulfil their purpose,
all of their various needs - includ-
ing their health needs - must be
met. “When the health needs of
men are met, then the environ- .
ment for increased productivity. -
and positive contribution to the —

‘development of a healthier

nation is significantly enhanced,”
Mr Turner said.

“To adequately assist you, it
is important that forums such as
this be consistently sought as we
all seek to promote healthy
lifestyles, deal with challenges
that would negatively impact
health and say a resounding ‘No’
to alcohol and drugs. Such
actions will ensure that the lives
of our men are more enriched
and our nation continues to pro-
duce responsible, healthy sons,
husbands and fathers, thus result-
ing in significant reductions in
healthcare costs,” Mr Turner
added.

Mr Turner said the Ministry
of Health and Social Develop-
ment would continue to expand
male health programmes through
the Male Health Initiative, which
is a component of the ministry’s
Family Planning and Reproduc-
tive Health Programme. *

The Male Health Initiative is
designed to address male health,
social and economic issues, in
addition to those issues related to
responsible family planning and
parenting.

“Tt was not in the too distant
past when the focus of many
public health professionals was
primarily in the areas of maternal
and child health with particular -
emphasis on healthy babies, pre-
and post-natal care and female
birth control,” Mr Turner said.

“However, aS we move
towards a new area in Family
Health, we have come to recog-
nise the importance of male
health and the need to bring
focused attention on male health
related issues,” under-secretary
Turner added.

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FROM page one

Part of a letter dated October
31, 2007, from Ms Laing, reads:
“I am directed to advise that the
Honourable Kenneth Russell,
Minister for Housing and
National Insurance, has request-
ed an investigation in the above
captioned matter.

‘It has been brought to our
attention that (name omitted for
legal reasons) has been sus-
pended from her duties for ten
days effective 24, October, 2007,
on the grounds of alleged impro-
prieties-‘with respect to veritica-
tion, issuing and cashing retire-
ment benefit cheques for (name
of pene omitted).”

e letter continued: “Please
note that the Ministry was also
given a copy of a Power of
Attorney that grants (name
omitted) approval to act on
deeds that includes collection of
monthly cheque(s) in order to
settle expenses. Based on the
aforementioned, the Ministry
wishes to ascertain whether
action has beén taken to have
(name omitted) reinstated and
outstanding benefits paid.”

_ However, an Internal Audit
report into the allegations
against the woman completed
on October 24 - which was
obtained by The Tribune -
appears to corroborate and jus-
tify actions taken by senior NIB
management.

The ae document said
that, in NIB’s investigation, six

sons were interviewed. These
included Dazelle Pearson (the

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original complainant); the live-in
housekeeper of the pone
involved; the son of the pen-
sioner; Manassa Smith, the man-
ager of Star Trek Meat on
Carmichael Road; Dr Prince
Bonamy, counsel and attorney-
at-law in the office of Vincent
Peet and Co., and the accused
woman.

The report indicates that the
woman had, in fact, hired an
attorney, Dr Bonamy, to pro-
duce an affidavit giving her
authorisation to collect the pen-
sioner’s retirement benefit
cheques in the amount of $602.

However, the document was
back-dated to February, 2006,
when the retirement benefit was
only $523.56. The amount of
$602 did not come into effect
until April, 2007.

When confronted with this
information, the report says, Ms
Nadine Duvalier, legal secretary,
and Dr Bonamy confirmed that
the power of attorney document
had been back-dated on the
request of the accused woman.

ormer Minister of Financial
Investment Vincent Peet con-
firmed that Dr Bonamy had
been working in his law firm for
three or four years. The Tribune
ae. to reach Dr Bonamy
directly, but his listed number
was said to be “not in service”.

The original complainant in
the investigation, Ms Pearson, is
reported in the document to
state that she wanted the inves-
tigation to be stopped as “she

2007 FORD

did not wish for any further fam-
ily problems”.

“Please sirs, | wish that you
have (accused woman’s) job
kept, because she is a woman
with a family and I would not
wish for anyone to be unem-
ployed,” Ms Pearson states in
her letter to NIB.

However, the report says, the
information provided by Dazelle
Pearson requesting a withdraw-
al of the complaint “does not
revoke the Internal Audit
Department’s obligation to
investigate any alleged wrong-
doing or misconduct by any staff
member”. Nonetheless, Mr Rus-
sell sought to use this case as jus-
tification for the shake-up at
NIB, where senior staff are set to
be terminated in the coming
months. Speaking to ZNS, Min-

ister Russell said: “The young

lady was helping an old woman
get her pension.

And someone came in, some
relative of the old lady, and
reported her, believing that she
was doing something untoward
to the old lady. She found out
later that what she said before
was not true. She went back to
NIB and said to them, look here
I was wrong, and I withdraw my
complaint. NIB still did an inves-
tigation on the woman and
found out that she did nothing
wrong. Nothing wrong! She is
still on suspension. This is the
third suspension now she is on.
So these kinds of practices have
to be corrected,” he said. The
minister could not be contacted
for comment last night.

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“It is just a question of he ts
under contract and we will nego-
tiate his exit under the terms of his
contract,” he said.

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to have a fresh face and a fresh
impetus behind the changes that
need to take place at NIB.

“He has been there for over LO
years. He has given a lot of valu-
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really a question of having a
change to keep in line with the

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directors, since its engagement in
July, had been actively involved in
assessing (he current operations of
NIB and what is needed for the
future.
“This is one of a series of
changes that are going to be made
from a management perspective,
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will be dismissals,” he said. Mr
Ward said Mr Anthony Curtis is
now acting as director until a per-
manent replacement is found.
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employees would be let go, Mr
Ward said this was simply
“rumour and speculation”.

“| don’t know where they came
from because all I can say is that I
can only speak on behalf of the
board, and the board is actually in
charge of the day-to-day man-
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FROM page one

“[ do not want to be part of a
party which wins a government
through the courts. | would pre-
fer the party to win through the
process of rebuilding, of retooling
its message, of refining its politi-
cal apparatus, to ensure that
when the time comes, as a politi-
cal organisation, we are ready to
meet the people,” Mr Rigby said
while speaking as a guest on Love
97’°s Jones and Co radio talk
show.

The PLP chairman said he
does not believe the country
could withstand another general
election at this time, but said he
feels the PLP could win by a

‘small margin if elections were

held one year from now.
Addressing mistakes made by
the party leading up to the May 2

FROM page one

Police officers searching the
house discovered cellular phones,
digital cameras, watches, several
pieces of jewellery, including
bracelets, hand chains, and rings
and over $1,000 in cash. Addi-
tionally, officers found a .38
handgun and a small quantity of
marijuana.

“This arrest was as a direct
result of the very good partner-

FROM page one

Activist Fred Munnings
explained how the contest is one
way BAC hopes to change
mindsets and curb the number of
violent crimes that are rocking
the nation.

“We want (participants) to
concentrate on this issue of
crime. We want them to use the
theme of love of brotherhood,
to think positively of how we
could address crime, because our
objective is to prevent crime. We
want this to be a consciousness

FROM page one

life. “Since its formation more
than 50 years ago, the PLP has
played an unrivalled and
unmatched role in the growth
and development of this coun-
try. Today we face new chal-
lenges. But the philosophical
underpinnings of this party are
timeless,” she said.

“T take this opportunity to
reaffirm my commitment to the

eat political organisation was
unded. [tis a gommitment to
national development in a clear,

fen ideals upon which this

OUR RATES

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Raynard Rigby

election, Mr Rigby said he regrets
that the PLP did not rid itself of
some individuals who had embar-
rassed the government and party.

“I firmly believe today that if
we had made some tough deci-
sions we would be the govern-
ment — tough decisions in terms
of our candidates, tough decisions
in terms of certain policy initia-
tives that the government could
have advanced sooner, rather
than later, tough decisions in
terms of marshalling the party
forces,” he said.

He also conceded that the for-
mer government failed to meet
certain expectations of some
strong party supporters.

Mr Rigby, who last month
announced that he will not renew
his bid for the party chairman-
ship at the next convention, said

Crime ring

ship and working relationship
stemming from the neighbour-
hood policing programme,”
police said yesterday.

In addition to the four arrests
on Saturday, police yesterday
arrested two men in connection
with the illegal possession of a
firearm.

Otficers attached to the
“Operation Quiet Storm” initia-

Public mindset

of the nation through the use of
the medium of music.”

The motivation behind the
anti-crime project is the alarming
murder rate of 73 classified
homicides for the year. Rising
incidents of armed robberies,
rape, and burglaries have
prompted BAC to join con-
cerned citizens who feel “enough
is enough.”

The song competition will not
be limited to strictly indigenous
music. Participants will be

Hanna-Martin

defined and purposeful fashion.

“A commitment to, the fun-
damental human rights that
each Bahamian man, woman
and child regardless of his cir-
cumstances is entitled to; includ-
ing the right not simply to an
education but a learning expe-
rience which imparts knowl-
edge, nurtures the concept of
citizenship and personal respon-
sibility and which taps rato the
rich potential of our children,
thereby preparing them for
their natural role to take this

that in his opinion, politics in the
Bahamas had changed signifi
cantly and that the “game plan”
of senior PLP members had to
be updated accordingly.

He believed politics is a sci-
ence and a party that refused to
recognise that would be on the
losing side.

It was important to understand
that it was not just how many
people a party got to fill a rally
hall, but the message that
emanated from the speakers that
counted. Any party that did not
listen, or respect those mecha-
nisms, would lose, he said.

Mr Rigby said he did not
believe that such a thing as a
“sure” constituency seat existed
anymore. He said in today’s polit-
ical climate, seats which typically
had been defined as PLP seats
would not automatically be won
by his party.

tive were on patrol on Melyerne
Road in the Yellow Elder Gar-
dens area shortly after noon yes-
terday, when they saw two male
occupants in a gold Nissan Alti-
ma, registration number 175941,
acting suspiciously. Police
searched the car and found a
.9mm handgun with six live
rounds of ammunition. The men
were arrested and are in police
custody. Both men, aged 21 and
30, are Yellow Elder residents.

allowed to enter songs spanning
various genres of music and cash
prizes will be awarded to the
winner, Mr Munnings said.
BAC’s first community initia-
tive is a Walk-A-Thon at Montel
Heights sub-division scheduled
for today. On Sunday the civic
group will meet with local
churches in the community as
well. In April, 2008, BAC will
organise a national “hand-hold-
ing” event commemorating the
20th anniversary of the now dis-
banded Hands Across the
Bahamas organisation.

country into the future.”

Mrs Hanna-Martin said she
fears that her only major oppo-
nent in the race for chairman.
ship would, in fact, be herself

She said the desire to be the
PLP’s national chairman is
something she feels deeply
about and one that she takes
very seriously.

Omar Archer and Paulette
Zonicle have also expressed
their desire to take over as PLP
chairman. The current chair-
mae, Raynard Rigby. has
announced that he will not be
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MIDDLE EAST: Israeli-Palestinian negotiations

Hamas shadow over peace talk





A PALESTINIAN MAN walks next to a section of Israel's separation barrier, with graffiti painted by an unknown
artist, between Jerusalem and the West Bank town of Bethlehem Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007. Israel says the bar-
rier is necessary for security, while Palestinians call it a land grab.

B GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip

HAMAS is casting a long
shadow over Israeli-Palestinian
peace talks, according to the
Associated Press.

Although weakened by harsh
economic sanctions and feeling
more isolated after last week’s
Mideast peace conference in the
U.S., the Islamic militants retain
a tight hold on Gaza and have
the power to disrupt future
negotiations with increasingly
deadly rocket attacks on Israel.

The Israeli, Palestinian and
U.S. leaders haven't let on

whether they'll confront, co-opt :

or try to ignore Hamas, while
deepening divisions between
ideologues and pragmatists
mat ‘e group more unpre-
dictav!:

For now, the hard-liners who
led the violent takeover of Gaza
in June are still in charge, block-
ing any move toward compro-
mise.

In an interview, their
spokesman, Sami Abu Zuhri,
~ dismissed the Mideast confer-
ence at Annapolis, Md., which
relaunched peace talks after
seven years of bloody deadlock,
as a meaningless ceremony.

He shrugged off the partici-
pation of more than a dozen
Arab states, including Hamas’
main Arab ally, Syria, as a sign
of Arab weakness under U.S.
pressure. Hamas is more piv-
otal than ever, he insisted.

“Simply, no party can dictate
its program on the region with-
out Hamas.” he said.

But another senior Hamas
official, representing the prag-
matic wing, said the group was
caught off guard by the heavy
Arab turnout at Annapolis and
feels increasingly sidelined. He
spoke on condition of anonymi-
ty because his views contradict
the official line. :

Hamas is already being
shunned by much of the world
because of its violent ideology,
rejection of peace talks and call
for the destruction of Israel. It
has had trouble providing even
basic services, mainly because
of the near complete closure of
Gaza’s borders by Israel and
Egypt. One Arab diplomat said
he expects Hamas to run out of
money by the summer.

For now, though, Hamas’ rule
over Gaza’s 1.5 million people
appéars unshaken.-

Hamas has disarmed its rivals:
in the Fatah movement of:

Palestinian President Mahmoud.
Abbas and silenced most dis-

sent. After a Fatah protest rally

of a quarter of a million people

in mid-November, Hamas...
arrested hundreds and threat- -.

ened others with retribution if
they demonstrate again.

Many have heeded the warn-
ing, including 34-year-old Alaa,
a member of Abbas’ once pow-
erful Preventive Security Ser-
vice. Alaa, who would not give
his last name, said his Hamas
jailers shaved his head after the
Fatah rally. He pointed to his
mark of humiliation — a light
fuzz just beginning to grow back
— and said he won’t criticize
Hamas in public anymore.

With Hamas showing no signs
of fading quietly, the U.S. has
tried to isolate the group as it
brokers a peace deal. Once a
Palestinian state is achieved,
“the Palestinians in Gaza are
going to have to make a choice”
whether to join, Stephen
Hadley, President Bush’s
national security adviser, said
recently, explaining the phased
approach.

Meanwhile, the internation-
al community is trying to boost
Abbas in the West Bank.
Donor countries are expected
to approve large sums of aid for
the Palestinian president to dis-

tribute, while Gazans face a fur-
ther slide into poverty. “What
the Americans will strive for in
this situation is real improve-
ment in the West Bank and real
deterioration in Gaza,” said
Mouin Rabbani of the Interna-
tional Crisis Group, an inde-
pendent think tank.

However, it may be impossi-
ble to ignore Hamas until the
Palestinians havé set up their
state.

At the Annapolis conference,
Israel and the Palestinians
renewed a promise to carry out
a series of steps outlined in the
“road map” plan, parallel to the
negotiations. In the first phase,
Israel must stop expanding
West Bank settlements and the
Palestinians must dismantle mil-
itant groups.

Abbas’ security forces made
progress in the West Bank, but

‘say that can’t take on Hamas in
Gaza. Israeli Prime Minister
Ehud Olmert says Gaza has to
be part of the equation if Israel
is to be expected to meet its
obligations.

That demand could torpedo
the entire process, since Abbas
has no say in Gaza. “If Israel
takes this point of view, then
phase one (of the road map) is
going nowhere,” said Israeli
‘analyst Yossi Alpher.

Much will depend on the
retired American general
appointed to judge road map

compliance, former NATO >

commander James L. Jones.
But it’s not clear what his
marching orders are.

Senior members of Abbas’
Fatah movement say it would
be a mistake to use force against
Hamas.

Hamas’ public support is
steadily eroding, said Kadoura
Fares, a Fatah official. A weak-
ened Hamas will eventually be
forced to abandon its hardline
ideology or be brought down in
a popular uprising, said Fares.

But for either scenario to
work, he said, Israel must
demonstrate that moderation
pays — releasing Palestinian
prisoners, for instance, or lift-
ing roadblocks.

“We believe that ... every step
forward in the peace process
will only increase the pressure
on Hamas,” Fares said.

Israel faces its own dilemmas.
. It could try to crush Hamas
and.reoccupy Gaza in response
to ongoing rocket fire. Howev-
er, previous offensives were

‘ineffective; an invasion would

likely claim many casualties and
Abbas’ public support would be
wiped out if he re-emergedias a
‘political power in Gaza with the
help of Israelitanks.)
. Yet Israel fears that the
longer Hamas is left alone, the
more Opportunity it will have
to turn its fighters into a quasi-
army, on par with Hezbollah
guerrillas in Lebanon who
fought Israel to a draw in a 2006
war.

Hamas has been boasting
about its military prowess.

A day before the Annapolis
conference, Ahmed Yousef, a
senior Hamas official, said that
his group was able to put more
lethal warheads on its rockets
“to create sufficient terror and
fear.”

Another Hamas leader,
speaking on condition of
anonymity because he was not
authorized to speak about the
group’s weapons development,
said at the time that Hamas has
extended the range of its rock-
ets, to reach the Israeli city of
Ashkelon, north of Gaza, and
not just the small border vil-
lages targeted so far.

Abu Zuhri said Hamas could
take on Israeli troops, and while
perhaps not defeat them,
extract a heavy price in casual-

ties. “We are ready for a con-
frontation,” said Abu Zuhri.
However, the Hamas official

‘from the pragmatic wing said

Israel could likely inflict seri-
ous damage on the group.

Also weighing on Hamas is
the possibility.of being aban-
doned by Syria, its main patron
along with Iran — although
that’s still a long way off.

Syria would have an incen-
tive to distance itself from
Hamas if Syrian-Israeli peace
talks were to resume, But cut-
ting ties with Hamas and other
militants would mean giving up
leverage against Israel, and Syr-
ia appears in no rush to do that.

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Barzak contributed to this report
from Gaza City.



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Somali human rights group says nearly 6,000 civilians killed in capital this year

@ By SALAD DUHUL

Associated Press Writer

MOGADISHU, Somalia
(AP) — Violence in Somalia’s
war-ravaged capital has killed
5,960 civilians this year, a

human rights group said yester- °

day.

Sudan Ali Ahmed, chairman
of Somalia’s Elman Human
Rights, also said 7,980 people
were wounded and more than
700,000 displaced from their
homes as the government has
struggled to contain a bloody
Islamic insurgency.

An accurate tally is nearly
impossible to come by in
Mogadishu, one of the most vio-
lent and lawless cities in the
world. During some of the
heaviest fighting this year, wit-
nesses said bodies were not
being picked up or even count-
ed. And the few aid groups
braving the capital do not have
the tools to perform a reliable
count.

Elman, the country’s oldest
human rights group, releases
monthly reports and has been
tallying the death toll in secret
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lects figures from hospitals, local
residents and its own recording
of burials in Mogadishu.

“Our staff members are col-
lecting figures and facts about
human rights abuses by visiting
residential areas and medical
centers,” Ahmed told The
Associated Press by telephone
Sunday from an undisclosed
location. Government officials,
who have accused Elman of
exaggerating death tolls, were
not immediately available for
comment.



Mogadishu Mayor Mohamed
Dheere ordered the indepen-
dent Somali group to close its
offices on October 8. Ahmed

said his group was accused of

spreading “exaggerated and
false information” about the
country’s fragile government.
Dheere could not immedi-
ately be reached for comment
as his cell phone went unan-
swered. Elman Human Rights
has 116 staff across the coun-

try. The group-has tracked the
killings of civilians during
Mogadishu’s near-daily violence
this year and has also reported
on violations in recent years.
Several human rights groups
have accused the government,
insurgents and Ethiopian troops
of committing abuses.
Ethiopia came to the aid of

Somalia’s government in

December to rout the Council
of Islamic Courts militia. The

Islamic group’s fighters then
threatened an Iraq-style insur-
gency, and thousands of
Mogadishu residents have been
killed this year in gunbattles,
grenade and mortar attacks.
Somalia has not had a func-
tioning government since a
group of warlords overthrew
dictator Mohamed Siad Barre
in 1991, then turned their heav-

ily armed supporters on each

other.



Earth’s tropics belt expands, may mean drier
weather for US Southwest, Mediterranean

@ By SETH BORENSTEIN
AP Science Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) —
Earth’s tropical belt seems to
have expanded a couple hun-
dred miles over the past quar-
ter century, which could mean
more arid weather for some
already dry subtropical
regions, new climate research
shows. ;

Geographically, the tropical
region is a wide swath around
Earth’s middle stretching from
the Tropic of Cancer, just
south of Miami, to the Tropic
of Capricorn, which cuts Aus-
tralia almost in half. It’s about
one-quarter of the globe and
generally thought of as hot,
steamy and damp, but it also
has areas of brutal desert.

To meteorologists, however,
the tropics region is defined by
long-term climate and what’s
happening in the atmosphere.
Recent studies show changes
that indicate an expansion of
the tropical atmosphere.

The newest study, published
Sunday in the new scientific
journal Nature Geoscience,
shows that by using the weath-
er definition, the tropics are
expanding toward Earth’s
poles more than predicted.
And that means more dry
weather is moving to the edges
of the tropics in places like the
US Southwest.

Independent teams using
four different meteorological
measurements found that the
tropical atmospheric belt has
grown by anywhere between
two and 4.8 degrees latitude

since 1979. That translates to a
total north and south expan-
sion of 140 to 330 miles.

One key determination of
the tropical belt is called the
Hadley circulation, which is
essentially prevailing rivers of
wind that move vertically as
well as horizontally, carrying
lots of moisture to rainy areas
while drying out arid regions
on the edges of the tropics.
That wind is circulating over a
larger area than a couple
decades ago. .

But that’s not the only type
of change meteorologists have
found that shows an expansion
of the tropics. They’ve seen
more tropical conditions by
measuring the amount of
ozone in the atmosphere, mea-
suring the depth of the lower
atmosphere, and the level of
dryness in the atmosphere at
the edges of the tropics. Cli-
mate scientists have long pre-
dicted a growing tropical belt
toward the end ofthe 21st cen-
tury because of man-made
global warming. But what has
happened in the past quarter
century is larger and more
puzzling than initially predict-
ed, said Dian Seidel, a
research meteorologist with
the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration
lab in Silver Spring, Md. She is
the author of the newest study.
“They are big changes,” she
said. “It’s a little puzzling.”

She said this expansion-may
only be temporary, but there’s
no way of knowing yet.

tropical belt widening. While a
leading suspect is global warm-
ing, other suspects include
depletion in the ozone layer
and changes in El Nino, the
periodic weather phenomenon
in the Pacific Ocean.

Other climate scientists are
split on the meaning of the
research because it shows such
a dramatic change — beyond
climate model predictions.
Some scientists, such as
Richard Seager at Columbia
University’s Lamont-Doherty
Earth Observatory, say
changes in El Nino since the
1970s probably are a big factor
and could make it hard to con-
clude there’s a dramatic
expansion of the tropical belt.

But climate scientists
Andrew Weaver of the Uni-

versity of Victoria and Richard -

Somerville of the Scripps Insti-
tution of Oceanography said
Seidel’s work makes sense and
that computer models have
consistently been underesti-
mating the ill effects of global
warming. “Every time you
look at what the world is doing
it’s always far more dramatic
than what climate models pre-
dict,” Weaver said.

Both Weaver and Seidel
said the big concern is that dry
areas on the edge of the trop-
ics — such as the US South-
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Shooting death: Fourth suspect in court

Bm By MATT SEDENSKY
Associated Press Writer

MIAMI (AP) — A fourth
man charged in the shooting
death of Washington Redskins
star Sean Taylor appeared in
court Sunday and, like his co-
defendants, was denied bond.

Jason Mitchell, 19, appeared
briefly via videoconference in
a Fort Myers courtroom, about
100 miles from here. Dressed
in an orange jumpsuit, he
responded quietly when asked if
he understood the charges.

“He looks like he’s in shock,”
said Sawyer Smith, one of his
attorneys.

Three others — Eric Rivera,
17; Charles Wardlow, 18; and
Venjah Hunte, 20 — made their
first court appearance Saturday.

All four have been charged
with unpremeditated murder,
armed burglary and home inva-
sion with a firearm or another
deadly weapon.

Probable cause affidavits for
Mitchell and Rivera obtained
by the Associated Press said the
two confessed to participating
in armed burglary. According
to the reports, Mitchell and
Rivera admitted entering the
home and said someone had a
gun and shot Taylor, but they
didn’t identify who.

Police and attorneys also
have said some of the young
men confessed, though they
wouldn’t elaborate.

The four suspects will be
transported to Miami, perhaps
as early as Sunday, when thou-
sands are expected to gather to

“mourn the 24-year-old Pro
-Bowl safety.

A public viewing was sched-
uled Sunday evening; a massive
funeral was set for Monday at a
Florida International Universi-
ty arena.

Taylor died Tuesday, one day
after being shot at his home in
an affluent Miami suburb.
Police said the suspects were
looking for a simple burglary,
but it turned bloody when they
were startled to find Taylor



A Washington Redskins fan holds
up a sign with a photo of the late
Redskins safety Sean Taylor prior
to an NFL football game against
the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, December
2, 2007, in Landover, Md.

(AP Photo: Nick Wass)

home.

The suspects all have prior
arrests, according to Lee Coun-
ty Sheriff’s Office records.

Wardlow was arrested twice
for selling marijuana and once
for grand theft of a vehicle, and
Hunte was arrested previously
this year on drug and trespass-
ing charges.

Mitchell has been arrested
twice, most recently in October
on charges of driving with a sus-
pended license and violation of
probation. Rivera was arrested
in October for trafficking
cocaine and methamphetamine,
and he previously was behind
bars for altering the identifica-
tion number on a firearm.

Those who know the young
suspects attempted to defend
them.

Cordaveous Brown, 16, who
said he was a close friend of
Rivera, described the suspect
as calm and quiet. “He’s not the
type of guy to do something like
this,” he said. A woman who
identified herself as Wardlow’s
grandmother called him “a
sweet young man,” and Jose
Ortiz, a 36-year-old neighbor of
Hunte, said he’d never heard
of any problems or trouble sur-
rounding the accused.

Smith, who represents
Mitchell and Rivera, simply said

the suspects were terrified.

Police remain tightlipped
about how the suspects wound
up at Taylor’s home. The Miami
Herald reported Mitchell cut
the player’s lawn and did other
chores at the house and that
Taylor’s sister Sasha dates
Wardlow’s cousin. The Naples
Daily News quoted a woman
who identified herself as Jason
Mitchell’s mother as saying her
son was at a birthday party at
Taylor’s home within the past
two months.

Taylor’s former attorney
Richard Sharpstein said Tay-
lor’s sister had a 21st birthday
party at her brother’s home on
Thanksgiving weekend. Bennie
Williams, a neighbor to Ward-
low’s cousin, said he had seen
Taylor’s sister Sasha in the area
recently. “She was here all last
week for the holidays,” he said.

Miami-Dade police wouldn’t
confirm any of the possible
links.

Police have said the four sus-
pects were intent on stealing,
not killing.

“Murder or shooting some-
one was not their initial
motive,” Miami-Dade County
police Director Robert Parker
said.

Early Monday, Taylor and his
longtime girlfriend, Jackie Gar-
cia, were awakened by loud
noises at his home. He grabbed
a machete for protection, but
within moments, someone
broke through the bedroom
door and fired two shots, one
hitting Taylor in the upper leg.

Neither the couple’s 18-
month-old daughter, also
named Jackie, nor Garcia were
injured.

The bullet damaged the
femoral artery in Taylor’s leg,
causing significant blood loss.
He never regained conscious-
ness and died early Tuesday.

Authorities haven’t said
whether they’ve linked the sus-
pects to a break-in at Taylor’s
home eight days before the
shooting. In that incident, some-
one pried open a front window,



Sudan’s president will meet British
delegation on pardon for jailed teacher

@ By ALFRED de
MONTESQUIOU
Associated Press Writer

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP)
— Sudan’s president will meet a
British delegation to discuss a
possible pardon for a teacher
imprisoned in Sudan for allow-
ing her students to name a ted-
dy bear Muhammad, a presi-
dential spokesman said Sunday.

Two Muslim members of
British parliament, Baroness
Sayeeda Warsi and Lord Nazir
Ahmed, have been in Sudan for
two days trying to set upa
meeting with Sudanese Presi-
dent Omar al-Bashir. He is the
only one who can pardon
Gillian Gibbons, the 54-year-
old British teacher who has
been imprisoned since Thurs-
day.
“The (Sudanese) president
will meet the British delegation
at 10:30 (Monday morning) at
the presidential palace,” Mah-
zoub Faidul told The Associat-
ed Press. “He will discuss the
case and a possible pardon.”

Al-Bashir’s decision to sit
down with the two politicians
could be a breakthrough in the
case.

Gibbons was sentenced
Thursday to 15 days in prison
and deportation for insulting
Islam because she. allowed her
students to give a teddy bear
the same name as Islam’s
revered prophet — a violation
under Sudan’s Islamic Sharia
law.

Concern for the teacher’s
safety grew Friday after thou-
sands of Sudanese, many armed
with clubs and swords and beat-
ing drums, burned pictures of
her and demanded her execu-
tion at a rally in Khartoum.

Gibbons was moved from the
Omdurman women’s prison to
a secret location on Friday after
the demonstrations.

The British Embassy said
they had not been officially
notified about the meeting with
al-Bashir. But spokesman Omar
Daair said it would be “a posi-
tive development.”

Earlier Sunday, Warsi said
she and Ahmed had “some
very, very difficult meetings”
with Sudanese officials but indi-
cated the two politicians had
canceled their return tickets to
Britain early Monday in hopes
of a breakthrough.

Ahmed said “progress has
been made” in their meetings.

“There is only one item on
the agenda and that is Gillian
and hopefully obtaining her par-
don,” said Ahmed.

He expressed hope that the
cultural background of the two
politicians would help bridge
the gap between Britain and
Sudan.

“That is very important, we
are British and we are Muslim,”
said Ahmed. “We understand
the sensitivity and culture of
this part of the world and also
our own culture and norms and
customs.”

The British Embassy said ear- -

lier that it was talking directly to
the Sudanese government at the
same time that the parliamen-
tarians were working for Gib-
bons’ release.

“We are working closely with
Lord Ahmed and Baroness
Warsi because we think their
initiative has the best chance of
success,” Daair, the embassy
spokesman, said earlier, adding
that the British government was
pressing for a meeting with al-
Bashir. :

Gibbons’ chief lawyer, Kamal

al-Gizouli, was optimistic on the

chances of the British delega-
tion to secure the teacher’s
release, in part because the
whole affair has become an
international embarrassment to
the government.

“They want to get rid of the
problem and the visit of the
British lords would be a good
opportunity,” he said. “This
case is a headache for the gov-

ernment. I would not be sur-

prised if Gibbons was released
today or tomorrow.”

Gibbons escaped harsher
punishment that could have
included up to 40 lashes, six
months in prison and a fine. Her
time in jail since her arrest Sun-
day counts toward the sentence.

During her trial, the weeping
teacher said she had intended
no harm. Her students, over-
whelmingly Muslim, chose the
‘name for the bear, and Muham-
mad is one of the most common
names for men in the Arab
world. Muslim scholars gener-
ally agree that intent is a key
factor in determining if some-
one has violated Islamic rules
against insulting the prophet.

But the case was caught up
in the ideology that al-Bashir’s
Islamic regime has long instilled
in Sudan, a mix of anti-colo-
nialism, religious fundamental-
ism and a sense that the West is

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The uproar comes as the
U.N. is accusing Sudan of drag-
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cent of vote in Russian election

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The two pro-Krenilin parties would have 45
and 42 seats respectively.
The Communists, the only opposition force,
MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir ey have 57 seats. according to the poll, which
Putin’s party won more than 60 per cent of i was based on tace-to-face interviews with
the vote in Russia’s parliamentary election Volare at 1,200 precincts across Russia. The
yesterday, an exit poll indicated. margin of error was about two percentage
United Russia was leading the field with 61 _ points.
per cent of the vote, with the Communists Another nationwide poll, conducted by the
trailing far behind with 11.5 per cent, accord- — Public Opinion Foundation, which is techni-
ing to the poll conducted by the state-owned cally independent but considered Kremlin-
All-Russia Opinion Research Center. friendly, showed United Russia winning with
Two other pro-Kremlin parties — Vladimir 62.3 per cent of the vote.
Zhirinovsky’s Liberal Democratic Party and The survey polled about 80,000 respon-
Just Russia — also made it into parliament dents and had a margin of error of one per-
with 8.8 and 8.4 per cent of the vote respec- _ centage point.
tively. The nationwide poll was commissioned Both polls were based on anonymous face-
by the state-controlled Channel One televi- _to-face interviews. The method is usually con-
sion. sidered less trustworthy than anonymous
Pollsters said United Russia’s performance —_ questionnaires, because people may be reluc-
would give it a crushing majority of 306 seats _ tant to state their true preferences knowing
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Lindsey marvels that her three-
year-old son Merrick doesn’t
need to take 10 different med-
icines anymore. He can safely
frolic on the playground
among the germs That lurk
there.

Two years ago, Merrick’s liv-
er suddenly shut down. Stan-
dard treatment would have
meant a full liver transplant
and a lifetime on drugs to keep
his body from rejecting the

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a rare and once virtually aban-
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partial donor liver was
attached temporarily to his fail-
ing liver.

His own liver regenerated,
and the transplanted liver is
shrinking and may eventually
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Miami/Jackson Memorial Eos-
pital — the only United States
facility believed to be regular
ly performing the surgery. Four
of them are now off anti-rejec
tion drugs and a filth is close.

The procedure was first tried
in the mid-1990s, but United
States doctors thought the
chance of death or complica:
tions was too high. One patient
who had the surgery at the
Miami hospital in 1998
remained hospitalized for three
months because of complica-
tions. Ultimately, his liver
recovered and he too was tak-

en off the anti-rejection drugs.

Surgeons in England, France
and-Japan continued to do the
procedure, and in several cases
had favourable results. Jack-
son’s Dr Tomoaki Kato was
encouraged by reports out of
Europe. Since 2005. he has
performed six partial trans
plants: all have survived.

It’s “time to revisit the pro-
said Kato. the hospi
tal’s director of pediatric liver
and gastrointestinal transplant
programme. “There's a great
benefit for the children and the
technology has developed so
much.”

Still, some surgeons say they
will stick with the traditional
transplant until they see more
proof that the partial trans-
plant is safe. The operation can
take more than LO hours, twice
as long as the standard trans-
plant surgery, and is'more
complicated, increasing risks
to the patient. After surgery, a
patient must have multiple

-biopsies to see if his own lives

is regenerating.

Dr Charles Miller, director
of liver transplantation af the
Cleveland Clinic, said that
what concerns surgeons “is
that you're taking a very sick
patient and, in most cases. you
would rather do the simplest
operation.”

The liver, which cleans toy
ins from the blood. is unique
among the body’s organs in its
ability to regenerate, making
the procedure possible. In
some cases, the liver can reco,
er from acute, or sudden, fail
ure on its own, But if the organ
doesmt recover fast enough,
patients can suffer brain dam
age from the toxins if they
dom't get a transplant

For Lindsey, choosing the
potentially riskier partial (rans-
plant for Merrick was easy.
Either road was going to by
difficult, she said. and at lens!
with the partial transplant. the
little boy had a chance to
regain the use of his own liver.

Little more than a vear aller
the operation. Merrick’s liver
had regenerated enough that
Kato took him off his anti
rejection drugs. THis trans-
planted liver is shrinking and
may eventually disappear. (fn
some patients, his surgically
removed. )

“Tecan sit here and say my
son is off. He's off everything,
Lindsey said. “What they cid
Was a true miracle.”

Because the operation ts so
rare, organisations like the
United Network for Qyean
Sharing and the American |

‘ation do not track the
number of partial transplants
performed or have specific
euldelines for it.

Kato has created his own
rough guidelines. He says chil-
dren fare better with the oper-
ation because their livers have
better rejuvenating abilities
than adults. and he’s only used
it lor cases of acute liver fail-
ure. Chronic liver problems,
like hepatitis or cancer, would
not be cured with this proce-
dure

Using this criteria, the num-
ber of people who could bene-
fit from this procedure is lim-

er Founs

ited’ Fewer than 400 people -

gol transpl: ints for acute liver
failure in 2006, about a fifth of
them children, according to
data from the Organ Procure-
ment and ‘Transplantation Net-
work

‘The procedure is covered by
lusurance companies. Kato
said the cost is roughly the
same as traditional transplants.
Mo also noted the long-term
savings: After
patients get off anti-rejection
drugs. they save thousands of
dollars a year.

And while the Miami
patients received livers from
deceased donors, the surgery

could be performed using a
live donor, such as a parent if
tests showed compatibility.

The University of C hicago’s
Dr. Donald Jensen said that
although the procedure is
promising, if his own child
were involved. he would still
a standard liver trans:

health care

choose
plant

Jensen, director of the uni-
versity’s Center for Liver Dis-
case, said some of the partial
transplant’s satety and other
issues, still need to be worked
Out

Some of Kato’s patients
have needed a second surgery
lo remove the transplanted
v because it became
Vict anti-rejection
drugs were halted. And a few
have vet to get off those drugs.

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patient fo have the partial liver
transplant at Miani. Of all the
pattents, his liver has shown
the Teast recovery more than
SO months later. even com.
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livers gotng Lo regenerate...
Its just taking a little longer,”
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\nd hit doesn’t, iUs okay...
We're given the chance and
lve met other moms who
werent given the chance.”

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proving the toss-up goes in
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ACROSS: 1, Gross 6, Hi-n-ts 9, Champed 10, Score 11, Ala.-
Mo. 12,Seedy 13, Oddball 15, Mow 17, Mere 18, Sala-MI 19,
Al-lay 20, Grim-L-y 22, Dal-e 24, Ain 25, Snee-red 26, Copit
27, Straw 28, Cigar 29, Rec-it-al 30, Fr-I-ed 31, Terse
DOWN: 2, Recede 3, S-crib-e 4, She 5, |-MP-el 6, Headway 7,
Idly 8, TOM-TOM 12, Slily 13, O-mega 14, Drain 15, Manor 16,
Wi-p-ed 18, Saint 19, A-LL-owed 21, Rioter 22, Defile 23, Le
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Not far from the end of the play? (5)
The colonel, | see, has a complaint
(5)

Discrimination shown by the school
head in an art gallery (5)

Managed to get the right one (3)
Old men who look weary at certain
points (5)

Supports the idea of going into
reverse (5,2) :
She found Adonis heavenly (5)
Little Rock? (3)

Refer once more to something one
shouldn’t be (6)

Novel work? (7)

At the time of new development
around Hatch End (4)

In America, where many united
states are divided (4)

Given relaxing treatment; in a way,
old-fashioned (7)

Tradesman disturbed by some trad-
ing records (6)

A pile of canapés? (3)

Like a boom in aeronautics(5)

Yells as one goes off for a tour of
the East (7)

He wrote about Friday (5)

Mark’s the one I'm after (3)

Looked to go back when persuaded
(5)

The odd street light (5)
Allude to a palindrome (5)

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It’s pink and looks right in a black
setting (5)

When there's bad pinking to cure,
have a drink (7)

What lovers do when ready to take
the plunge? (4) /

Would Art enable him to start even?
(6)

Stand at ease — drill’s finished! (5)
Alcoholic drink at some state not
allowed (5)

It’s used in varnish, by all accounts
(3) :
Butlers, if shifty, are not so obvious
about it (7)

Thus, in Latin, doesn’t sound well
(3)

Invested with a title (5)
Determined to get the 1V working?
(3,2)

Love story from Cremona (7)

In a small way, they’re outstanding
in botany (5)

One in lifelong imprisonment? (5)
Pets are disturbed by the same old
stuff on telly (7)

Withdraw from a position and look

‘around for the keys (6)

A seaman on the road? (3)

A hooligan in outline (5)

For detectives, merely a halt of bee:
is a drink (5)

Some dream mansion abroad (5)
Possibly rose red? (4)

Music all about us (3)

Yesterday’s easy solutions

Inert 26, Sage 28, Spa

ACROSS: 1, Drama 6, Pride 9, Othello 10, Spare 11, Qvine 12,
Piste 13, Clasped 15, Wet 17, Asps 18, Desire 19, Hated 20,
Atonal 22, Peas 24, Tin 25, Incense 26, Signs 27, Kebab 28,
Staid 29, Guy rope 30, Asset 31, Armed

DOWN: 2, Repels 3, Morass 4, Ate 5, Fetid 6, Plotted 7, Rove
8, Danger 12, Petal 13, Carat 14, Apron 15, Widen 16, Tense
18, Deans 19, Halibut 21, Tigers 22, Pester 23, Aspire 25,

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3 Vault (5) 1 Asian country (5)
8 Deadly (5) 2 Fantastic (7)
10 Lawful (5) 4 — Track (4)
11 Farm animal (3) 5 Celestial body (6)
12 Italian city (5) 6 Singer (5)
13 Chief city (7) 7 Old-fashioned (5)
15 Famous (5) 9 Gratuity (3) ;
18 Sever (3) 12 Afternoon showing (7)
19 — Scold (6) 14 Bath (3)
21 Furniture item (7) 16° Weary (5)
22 Gemstone (4) 17 River-mouth (5)
23 Chair (4) 19 In base ten (7)
24 Determined (7) 20 Shapes (5)
26 Ripen (6) 21 Social group (5)
29 Floor covering (3) 23 Colonist (7)

Play section (5) 24 ~~ Dull (6)
32 Fit of anger (7) 25 Karate expert (3)
34 Man made waterway (5) 27 Behaved (5)
35 Record (3) 28 — In full (5)
36 ~~ Happen again (5) 30 = Musical form (5)
37 First performance (5) 32 Story (4)



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By Steve Becker

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Uncomfortable Finesses

South dealer.
Neither side vulnerable.
NORTH
@KQ752
VAK4
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SOUTH
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The bidding:
South West North East
1¢ Pass 3¢ Pass
4a

Opening lead — jack of hearts.

One of the first things the bud-
ding bridge player learns is how to
take a finesse. But as he becomes
familiar with the many different
types of finesses, it is equally impor-
tant for him to realize that overde-
pendence on the play can often do
more harm than good.

Consider today’s deal, which
contains one of the most common
finessing positions — A-Q opposite
x-x — and also a more advanced one
— J-9-x opposite Q-x-x.

The latter combination is nor-
mally best handled by first leading
low toward the queen. Assuming the
queen loses to the king or ace,
declarer later leads toward the J-9; if
the next player follows low, the nine
is inserted in hopes of forcing the
missing king or ace. If the ten is
favorably placed, this play limits
declarer’s losses to two tricks in the
suit.

However, it will be observed that
if, in the given deal, declarer first
tries the diamond finesse and subse-
quently plays the clubs in the pre-
scribed fashion, he will finish down
one. This could be attributed to bad
luck, but since declarer is 100 per-
cent certain to make the contract if he
goes about his business in a more
proper fashion, bad play would be a
more accurate description.

The correct approach is to win
the heart lead, draw trumps, cash twa
more hearts and then play the ace of
diamonds followed by the queen! It
does not matter to declarer whether
East or West wins this trick. A red-
suit return allows him to ruff in one
hand and discard a club from the
other, while a club return from either
opponent assures that declarer will
score a club trick.

In this case, the finesse turns out
to be a temptation declarer must
resist.

TARGET



The
Target
uses
words in
the main
body of
Chambers
21st
Century
Dictionary
(1999
edition)

HOW many words of four letters or
more can you make from the
letters shown here? In making a
word, each letter may be used once
only. Each must contain the centre
letter and there must be at least
one nine-letter word. No plurals.

TODAY'S TARGET
Good 25; very good 38; excellent 49
(or more). Solution tomorrow.






















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CHESS by Leonard Barden

Antanoeta Stefanova v Hou Yifan;
North Urals Cup 2007. China's Hou
Yifan, only 13 years old, is in
contention to rival Hungary's
legendary Judit Polgar as the best
female chessplayer ever. Her world
rating is already above 2500, the
level of a men's grandmaster, and
her style is strong in both strategy
and tactics. Here as Black (to play)
she met a former world women's
champion and already had a clear
advantage in the diagram due to
her passed e3 pawn and White's
cramped pieces. But how to make
further progress? Hou Yifan's next
turn was pleasing, logical and made
so rapidly that she had obviously
planned it several moves earlier.

Chess: 8503: 1...Ned! so that if 2 fxed Bxedt 3 Nxed

(else Black wins the queen) Qh2 mate. White tried 2
NET Nd2! 2 Qc3 £6 3 Nq3 Nxf3 4 Bxf3 Bxf3+ 5 Kh2 but
after 5...Qd?+ she had to resiqn the hopeless

position.



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hopeless. What was Black's winning
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ARIES — Mar 21/Apr 20
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cooler, you’re heating up everything’

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romance, you are unstoppable. Just be. * -* >

careful not to string too many along:

TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21
Your finances are a mess, Taurus. It’s
best to get them straightened out
before the months ahead when holiday. -
purchases will be on the horizon. Seek

gd

the level head of a Libra for help. -*~
GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21

An argument with someone close. to
you has been blown out of propor-
tion. Be the bigger person, Gemini, .
and make amends. You’ll be glad
you mended the fences. a

CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22.“
An ongoing condition has left you’
feeling hopeless, Cancer. But, it is’

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you'll find that the resolution is near.

LEO — Jul 23/Aug 23 7
Normally a leader, you’re growing
weary of other people telling you
what to do, Leo. Take a firm stand
on your opinions and make sure oth- .
ers know that you are serious. :

VIRGO -— Aug 24/Sept 22

This could be your week for a seri-
ous love match, Virgo. Make the:
most of the outdoors with a romantig* -
stroll for two or a night gazing at the”
stars. Scorpio is a key player.
LIBRA -— Sept 23/Oct 23
You've been acting scatterbrainéd,
Libra, and others can’t figure auft
why. Perhaps it’s just that you hav ;
too much on your mind. Slow dowa’ -
and sort through the confusion. [+"

SCORPIO — Oct 24/Nov 22 +2
‘There are many changes occurring ia
your life, Scorpio. Most are for the
betier. A nagging suspicion prevents
you from being fully content,
Aquarius helps calm your fears. wa

SAGITTARIUS — Nov 23/Dec 24,
Although you often like your head
in the clouds, Sagittarius, now’

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not the time to be a dream&p-_-
Loved ones need a stable suppeft. ~

through some trying times ahead?
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Known to be stable and _ serioys,.

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show off this week. Expect tho&e- .
around you to be surprised. Enjdy
your fun while it lasts. ws
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Your unpredictability is what ha§
people drawn to you, Aquarius.
Coworkers want your advice, and
friends want your company. You df -
need some space by the weekend.,*,
PISCES — Feb 19/Mar20_ °°

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when someone wrongs yop,
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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

-PM: Israel is not bound
by December ‘08 target
for peace agreement

"+1: By MARK LAVIE

*.* Associated Press Writer

JERUSALEM (AP) —

+’+! Prime Minister Ehud Olmert

*

‘said Sunday that Israel is not
bound by a December 2008

_ target for a peace agreement

“set at last week’s United
' States-hosted Mideast summit,
telling his Cabinet that

.°. progress will depend on the

*- Palestinians’ ability to rein in
‘militants.

The comments reflected
-: Olmert’ s internal political
~- weakness. Hard-liners have
‘threatened to bring down his

one coalition government if he

‘makes too many concessions
in peace talks with the Pales-
tinians.

Olmert spoke a day before

- Israel was set to release 429

Palestinian prisoners in a ges-
‘ture to moderate President

-’.’ Mahmoud Abbas, a step that

‘has drawn criticism from the
-Same hard-line members of
Imert’s Cabinet.

>.* #0 In a message that could fur-

ther anger Israeli hawks,
Olmert’s defense minister,
Ehud Barak, said he supports a

easure to give compensation

”-*-"t6 Jewish settlers in the West

Bank who leave their homes
voluntarily, according to the
Defense Ministry.

‘~:0The measure would apply to

-"séttlements outside Israel’s
separation barrier along the

. West Bank. The contentious

‘+ barrier is meant to enclose

‘.Jaain settlement blocs Israel

- plans to retain in a peace

‘agreement, where two-thirds

Of the settlers live. The others,

about 80,000, could claim com-
ensation if they leave.

:. *Settler leaders condemned

the proposal. They oppose any

building freeze or evacuation

of settlements, even unautho-

rized outposts that dot West
Bank hilltops.

The 2003 “road map” peace
plan, reaffirmed at the
Annapolis summit, requires
Israel to remove dozens of out-
posts and halt all construction
in the settlements.

Although Olmert’s coalition
is strong on paper, command-
ing 78 of parliament’s 120
seats, it threatens to collapse
over peace talks. ‘Two parties
in the five-party team oppose
almost all concessions to the
Palestinians, especially giving
up West Bank territory or con-
trol over any part of Jerusalem,

At the Mideast conference
sponsored by President Bush,
the leaders agreed that “an
effort will be made to hold
accelerated negotiations in the
hope that it will be possible to
conclude them in 2008,”
Olmert told his Cabinet,
according to a statement. He
added, “However, there is no
commitment to a specific
timetable regarding these
negotiations.” The target coin-
cides with the end of Bush’s
term.

“Israel will not have to carry
out any commitment stemming
from the agreement before all
of the road map commitments
are met,” Olmert told his Cab-
inet.

Under the plan, the Pales-
tinians must rein in militant
groups that attack Israe
task that will be hard for
Abbas to carry out so long as
Islamic Hamas militants rule
the Gaza Strip.

Hamas wrested control of
the territory from forces loyal
to Abbas in June, and remain
firmly in control there. While
Abbas claims to have authori-
ty over the territory, in practice
he does not.

Hamas spokesman Taher al-



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Nunu said Olmert’s statement
showed Israel has nothing to
offer the Palestinians. He
appealed to Abbas to join
forces with Hamas and fight
for a Palestinian state.

Rockets fired from Gaza
land in southern Israeli towns
almost daily, disrupting life
there. Hamas said militants
lobbed 34 mortar shells at
Israel on Sunday.

In Gaza Sunday, gas stations
closed down after owners
refused to accept the reduced
amounts of fuel offered by Dor
Alon, the Israeli fuel company
that supplies Gaza. Gas station
owners blamed an Israeli deci-
sion to cut back on fuel sup-
plies, but Dor Alon officials
said Thursday they were cut-
ting back because the Pales-
tinians have not paid their bills.

“We ask our Palestinian
people to be patient and not
to hurry to go the stations and
ask for fuel,” said Mahmoud
al-Khozondar, a representative
of the owners. “I think God

will help us first.”

Hamas officials blamed the
Abbas government for not
paying the fuel bills, warning
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extend the
Employment Act’s First
Schedule, which permits the
employment of children in cer-
tain work categories, until end-
2008 to give them, the Gov-
ernment and trade unions time
to develop a consensus on
whether it should be contin-
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and employment of children
were among three key issues
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customer service and delivery times in an area
Domino’s felt it was not serving properly.

Although Mr Watchorn declined to specify
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and now. technically illegal for
any Bahamian business to
employ child workers in any
category.

Mr Nutt said of TRIFOR’s
discussions on the First Sched-
ule: “We are still discussing
that. We’re hoping the Gov-

ernment will extend that
schedule to the end of 2008, in
order for us to come up with a
position on whether that
schedule remains intact and
remains part of the labour leg-

SEE page 2

Fleming, Hutchison
in rival Port offers

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

RIVALS bids to buy-out the
two feuding Grand Bahama
Port Authority (GBPA) share-
holders have been made by
Fleming Family & Partners
and Hutchison Whampoa, The
Tribune can reveal, with Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham

playing an increasingly active.

behind-the-scenes role in try-
ing to resolve the dispute.

Court documents have
alleged that Fleming, the asset
management and private
investment house, has reached
an agreement in principle to
acquire from Sir Jack Hay-
ward’s family trusts for $100
million their 50 per cent stake
in Intercontinental Diversified
Corporation (IDC), which
owns the GBPA and its Port
Group Ltd affiliate.

Geoffrey Richards, a direc-
tor of Fleming Family & Part-

ners, told The Tribune on Sep-
tember 12, 2007, that the Hay-
ward trusts had agreed in prin-
ciple to sell their interest in the
GBPA and Port Group Ltd to
a Fleming subsidiary for a pur-
chase price that was then
undisclosed.

But sources close to the sit-
uation have confirmed that
Fleming faces a rival in the
shape of Hong Kong-head-
quartered conglomerate
Hutchison Whampoa, the
GBPA and Port Group Ltd’s
50/50 partner in many of
Freeport’s productive assets.

Hutchison Whampoa is
understood to have offered
$125 million to both the par-
ties, a bid higher in value than
Fleming’s. Assuming that the
GBPA’s ownership is split
50/50 between'the Hayward
family trusts and the late

SEE page 8

Abaco Markets in
$5m bottom line
improvement

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

ABACO Markets, the
BISX- listed retail conglomer-
ate,“is focusing on “growing
the bottom line” and getting

. its earnings per share (EPS)

“where they need to be” to
reward loyal shareholders, hav-
ing seemingly turned the cor-
ner on five loss-making, years
by generating $1.522 million in
net income for the first three
quarters of its current fiscal
year.

That figure, for the year to
October 31, 2007, represents
an improvement of more than
$5 million on the prior year
comparative period’s $3.572
million loss, and with the
fourth quarter set to include
the Christmas shopping season
— the peak sales period for
most retailers, including Abaco
Markets — the company seems
set to generate its first annual
profit since fiscal 2002.

* Retailer focused on EPS
growth to reward investors

* Utility bills up 15-20 per cent
with similar rise likely in ‘08

* $270k preference share
repayment at year-end

Gavin Watchorn, Abaco
Markets’ president, said the
company had got “another
profitable quarter under our
belts”, four consecutive quar-
terly profits again indicating
that the company had success-
fully completed a five-year
turnaround battle, sparked by
a more-than $25 million loss
in its year-ending January 31,
2003.

“We've got a good platfor m
for growth next year,” Mr
Watchorn told The Tribune of
the third quarter and year-to-

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Employers seeking child labour schedule extension to end-2008

FROM page 1

islation, if any modifications
should be made, or if in fact
the employment of children
should be banned.”

With the First Schedule hav-
ing expired on January 1, 2007,
child workers in the categories
it previously permitted have
technically been illegally
employed for some 11 months.

Mr Nutt had previously said

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of the TRIFOR (Tripartite

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focused on the use of biometric
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employee recognition, plus an
International Labour Organi-
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On biometrics, Mr Nutt told
The Tribune: “There is oppo-
sition to it, but there is willing-
ness to explore the issue, so
it’s not completely shut down.”

He described biometrics and
the First Schedule as being
“two of the three major issues
we will be dealing with in the
next couple of months”.

Obie Ferguson, the Trades’

Union Congress (TUC) presi-
dent, confirmed this to The
Tribune, saying that the trade
unions in the form of the Joint

Labour Movement (JLM) |

were opposed to the use of bio-
metrics such as fingerprint
recognition.

He declined to comment fur-
ther, though, as he did not
have the JLM’s common posi-
tion on the issue available to
him.

Meanwhile, Mr Nutt said the
Bahamas was due to imple-
ment an ILO-sponsored initia-
tive called The Decent Worker
Country Programme.

He explained: “That
involves the coming togethef
of the tripartite partners, and
looking at ways to enhance the
employment situation in the
Bahamas. One of the things
that came out of the work was
the need to tie-in labour activ-
ities to education.

Providing

“It’s looking at providing
specific course contents and
things like that, so that gradu-
ates from secondary schools
have a more solid base when
they enter the workforce that
employers can build upon,
putting them to work and giv-
ing them specific jobs.”

-Mr Nutt added: “This is

something the ILO is doing

around the region and the
globe, and the Bahamas is
being fast-tracked on this pro-
ject because it already partici-
pated in a few of the regional
workshops.

“This is a programme where

the ILO is going to be provid- _ m

ing quite a bit of technical
assistance to the Bahamas in

- the coming months and years

to get this project going, and

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the short, medium and long-
term.”

Responding to claims by »
Bahamas Public Service Union
(BPSU) president John Pinder
that the minimum wage - and
all wages ~ in the private sector
would be impacted by a forth-

-coming rise in the annual min-
imum wage paid to civil ser- _ -

vants from $10,200 to $10,700,
Mr Nutt said that since there
was no direct link between the
two, one would not have any
impact on the other.

Agreed

_ Yet he agreed that the
increase in civil service wages

‘could lead to Bahamian

employers being pressured by
their staff for salary increases
of their own at a time when
the economy could least afford
it.
“There would probably be
some increased pressure, yes,”

Mr Nutt added. “It does pres-
sure to certain private sector
businesses when they are pres- -
sured by their employees to
give wage increases because of
what’s happening in the public
sector.

“Unfortunately, we are ina
time when we have a very soft
economy. So any increase in
wages will further exacerbate
our situation. We are in a situ-
ation where many employers
are not in a position to give
raises because. of the reality of -
the economy.”

Mr Nutt also pointed. out -
that wage increases could give
rise to inflation, is the demand
for goods and services went up
as a result.

Yet he added: “The Mini-
mum Wage Act established the. -
minimum wage for general
workers in the Bahamas. The
public sector has a higher min-
imum wage, which was initiat-
ed prior to the passage of the
Minimum Wage Act. Govern-

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likely to translate into busi-
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Acquisition confirms
‘confidence’ in nation’s

financial industry

lm@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Bahamas’ response to
the 2000 ‘blacklisting’ has
paved the way for one inter-
national bank’s expansion and
future growth, Credit Agricole
(Suisse) Bahamas managing
director telling The Tribune
that this nation was “a very
important | centre” for private
banking clients who wanted to
diversify the location and man-
agement of their assets.

Speaking in the wake of his
bank’s acquisition of National
Bank.of Canada’s Bahamian-
based operations, Ivanhoe
Sands said the Bahamas was,
for Credit Agricole (Suisse)
Bahamas, “the offshore centre
for the west, just like Singa-
pore is for the east”.

With Credit Agricole
(Suisse) looking to grow its
presence in the Bahamas via
acquisition, Mr Sands said the
purchase of National Bank of
Canada (International) con-
firmed the confidence his insti-
tution and its head office had
in this nation’s financial ser-
vices industry and its future
growth potential.

“Certainly, this confirms our
confidence in the future of the
industry, an! we feel very com-
fortalie in the ‘capability and
the ability of the regulators,
and their commitment to pro-
tecting tuc financial services
business,” Mr Sands said.

“We can offer any product
that is offered by our head

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“We've gone through the
difficult times in the Bahamas,
and it’s come out looking very
strong. It’s in a very strong
position. I think the reaction
at that time was absolutely the
correct one. It again confirmed
the commitment of the Gov-
ernment and, in our opinion, it
gives us some good years for
expansion going forward.”
Mr Sands pointed out that
while as a result of the 2000
regulatory regime changes
there were fewer banks and
trust companies based in the
Bahamas, many of them man-
aged banks who shut down or
relocated, client assets under
management in the industry

_ had,actually increased.

Instéad; there had been a

‘flight to quality’, with 'the larg-
er, better capitalized institu-
tions with stronger brand
names having seen their client
and asset bases grow in com-
parison to 2000 levels.

“The larger banks have got
larger, and the regulations
forced some activities to stop,
which was good. The larger
banks have grown by a lot, and
the assets have grown also,”
Mr Sands said.

Describing the Bahamas
future as “very bright”, given
its location in the Western
Hemisphere and proximity to
the US, “Mr Sands said he saw
“some growth potential” for
his institution in Latin Ameri-
ca, due to the wealth that was
being created by private indi-
viduals as a result of the com-
modities boom.

He added that Canada was
also a growing market, with

Credit Agricole (Suisse) ©

Bahamas possessing the Cana-
dian$ product specialist who
served the. entire worldwide
group.

“We don’t take on US tax-
payer clients as a matter of pol-
icy,” Mr Sands explained,
“because if you take on one
you will need to hire three peo-
ple to deal with all the
returns.”

Mr Sands said there was
“good potential to develop
products for Latin America”
from the Bahamas, and the
sector also had the ability to
attract more investment fund
administrators and asset man-
agers.

“T think we have to continue

TEACHERS REAL ESTATE HOLDINGS LIMITED

NOTICE OF ANNUAL
MEETING TO SHAREHOLDERS

Friday, December 7, 2007 at 6:00pm

TIME & DATE:
PLACE:

ITEMS OF BUSINESS:

RECORD DATE:

FINANCIAL STATEMENTS:

MAILING DATE:
be

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

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

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

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

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

(5) To elect Directors for the ensuing year and fix their

remuneration;

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

to fix their remuneration; and

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

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

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

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

address.

(Suisse) Bahamas managing

MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2007, PAGE 3B

BENCHMARK (BAHAMAS)
LTD. ANNOUNCES A SPECIAL
DIVIDEND FOR THE SECOND

HALF OF 2007

The Board of Directors Benchmark (Bahamas) Ltd.
declares a special dividend of two cents per share
based on the results of the company for
the Third Quarter 2007.

sources,” the Credit Agricole .
Payment of one cent will be made on 31st

December, 2007 and one cent on the 31st March,
. 2008 to shareholders of record
21st December, 2007.

director added, saying the
Bahamas should look to attract
“top calibre” investment advi-
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Students in the Loan Program will take place at Holy Trinity Activity
Centre, Stapledon Gardens, beginning December 3rd to December
7th, 2007 from 9:00a.m. to 3:00p.m. as follows:

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relevant identification (valid Passport and National Insurance Card).

¢ New Students and Guarantors should be present and bring relevant
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PROXY VOTING:

October 9, 2007

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

By order of the Board of Directors:

Mrs Cheryl Bowe-Moss
Secretary



¢ All accounts must be current and all necessary documentation completed ‘
before cheques. are released.

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Markets

THERE was moderate trad-
ing in the Bahamian stock mar-
ket this week, with 66,975
shares being traded. The mar-
ket saw eight out of its 19 list-
ed stocks trade, of which three
advanced, two declined and
three remained unchanged.

Volume leader for a second
week was Commonwealth
Bank (CBL), which continued
its upward soar after its stock
split a few weeks ago. Some
38,275 shares in CBL traded,
accounting for 57 per cent of
the total volume traded in the
week.

CBL’s share price increased
by a whopping $0.90 a share
during the week, or 14 per
‘cent, to close the week out at
$7.22 a share, a new 52-week
high. The other big advancer
for the week was. Cable
Bahamas (CAB), which rose
by $0.80 to close the week out
at $12, also a new 52-week
high.

On the down side, Consoli-
dated Water Company’s
(CWCB) share price fell by

‘$0.33 or 5,13 per cent to end
the week at $6.10.

The FINDEX continued its

upward climb last week,
increasing by 22,77 points or
2.6 per cent, week-over-week
to close at 913.58. Year- to-
date, the FINDEX is up 23.11
per cent.

COMPANY NEWS

Fidelity Bank (Bahamas)
Lid (BAB) - Fidelity Bank
(Bahamas) Ltd released third
quarter results last week,
reporting net income for the
nine months ended September
30, 2007, of $1.2 million. In
comparison to the same period
in the previous year, net
income declined by $236,000
or 15.9 per cent.

Total income ‘increased by
$723,000 or 9.5 per cent, while
total expenses were up by
$960,000 or 15.6 per cent from
the comparative periods.

The higher income in the

period was due to higher inter-
est margins, up by $862,000,
while general and administra-
tive expenses account for the
bulk of the increase in expens-
es, increasing by $735,000 or
29 per cent over the same peri-
od last year.

Total assets stood at. $182.5
million, an increase of $32.6
million or 22 per cent from

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and —

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December 31, 2006. The

increase was due to both high=--

er cash and mortgages/loans
balances at the end of the
quarter.

Total liabilities increased by
a similar amount of $31.4 mil-
lion during the nine months,
due primarily to higher cus-
tomer deposits.

FamGuard Corporation
(FAM) - FamGuard Corpora-
tion reported net income of
$6.5 million for the nine
months ended September 30,
2007. Net income increased by
$1.9 million or 42 per cent over
the eee in the prior
year.

The increase in income dur-
ing the period could be attrib-
uted to higher premium rev-

enue (up $2.5 million), lower

benefits paid (down $291,000),

and higher operating expense
and commissions (up by $1.4
million and $410,000 respec-
tively). Earnings per share
increased by $0.19 for the peri-
od ended September 30, 2007
compared to the prior year.

Total assets stood at $160
million, an increased of $15.5
million from the year-end
amount reported at December
31, 2006. Investment, assets
increased by $10.1 million,
while other assets accounted
for the remainder of the
increase.

Total policy liabilities of

$98.3 million, increased by $7.5

million, resulting in an increase
in overall liabilities to $105.8m
at September 30, 2007.






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BISX CLOSING CHANGE VOLUME YTD PRICE
SYMBOL PRICE CHANGE
AML $1.59 $- 0 160.66%
BAB. __.$2.61 _ $-. 0 108.80%
BBL $0.85 — $- “0° 11.84%
BOB $9.55 $e 2,800 8:93 %
BPF $11.65 $- 0 3.10%
BSL $14.60 $- 0 0.00%
BWL $3.74 $- 0 113.71%
CAB $12.00 $0.80 5,100 20.00%
CBL $7.22 $0.90 38,275 73.14%
CHL $3.15 $- 0 65.79%
CIB $14.60 $-0.06 1,300 3.18%
CWCB $6.10 $-0.33 0 16.41%
DHS $2.26 $- 9,000 -9.60%
FAM. - $6.85 $0.15 8,000 18.31%
FCC $0.74 $- 0 34.55%
FCL $5.96 $-0.08 1,500 89.96%
FIN $12.75 $- 1,000 6.07%
ICD $7.25 $- 0 1.40%
JSJ $10.05 $- 0 16.86%
PRE $10.00 $- 0 0.00%




DIVIDEND/AGM NOTES:








¢ CBL has declared an extraordinary dividend of $0.06 per
share, payable on November 30, 2007, to all shareholders of
record date November 23, 2007.







e ICD has declared dividends of $0.10 per share, payable on
December 14, 2007, to all shareholders of record date Decem-
ber 3, 2007.




e FCL has declared dividends of $0.02 per share, payable on
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MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2007, PAGE 5

‘No guarantee’ on level playing
field over United States passport

@ By NEIL HARTNELL

Tribune Business Editor

THERE is “no guarantee”.
when a level playing field
may be created for the
Bahamas on the Western
Hemisphere Travel Initiative
(WHTI), the minister of state
for tourism and aviation say-
ing it may come as early as
this summer.

The requirement for all air
travellers returning to the US
to possess a valid passport,
while land and sea returnees
could rely on other forms of
photo identification, had
“changed the face of our
business, if-only just for the
short term”, Branville
McCartney told the Bahamas
Hotel Association’s (BHA)
annual Christmas luncheon
last Friday.

Describing the challenges
from initiatives such as the
WHTI over the last 12
months as “extraordinary

“ones”, Mr McCartney said

the Bahamas could again
recover the impulse traveller
market — especially from
Florida — that was lost as a
result of the passport issue, if
all American citizens were
required to have them
regardless of monsponsuon
mode.

With some 18. 5 million
passports issued in the US
between September 2006 and
September 2007, and
Bahamian hotels reporting
high occupancies for Thanks-

_ giving and the winter season,

Mr McCartney said the
future seemed brighter.

Yet he pointed out that
Mexico benefited from US
motorists not requiring pass-
ports, while air travellers to
the Bahamas did, with esti-

“mated indicating that tourism

in Mexico rose by 20 per cent
during the 2007 first half
compared to last year.

Forward

“We look forward to more
favorable conditions when
the playing field is a bit more
level-concerning WHTI,” Mr
McCartney said. “As you
know, the passport initiative
is not yet in full force relating
to international travel by
land and sea to and from the
US. However, this is expect-
ed to gradually be phased in.

“Border guards of the US
are expected to begin requir-
ing documented proof of citi-
zenship for land and sea pas-
sengers by the end of Janu-
ary. Eventually, all US citi-
zens would have to present
valid passports for departure
and arrival to the US by land
and sea. No other forms of
identification will be accept-
ed.

“This should bring more of
a balance in our favour as US
residents plan vacations,

since passports would be
required no matter which
international destination in
this hemisphere is chosen.
“However, we do not know
exactly when the passport ini-
tiative will be brought fully
into force.While there is a
possibility that this may come
as early as this summer, there
simply is no guarantee.”

Cabinet

Mr McCartney said the
Cabinet was “very likely” to
“soon” authorise the Nassau
Airport Development Com-
pany (NAD) to move for-
ward with the reconstruction
of new terminal buildings at
Lynden Pindling Internation-
al Airport, with the Canadian
carrier, West Jet, due to start
another Nassau service — this
time from Halifax — in Febru-
ary 2008.

He added: “There are
many projects that are taking
place or about to take place
in our country. We must take
special care that we do not
introduce hotels, resorts and
mixed use properties that will
have only a short-term bene-
fit to their investors and to
the country.

“We must look at our
development from a national
level to ensure that we are
adding parts that fit well and -
work in tandem with the
entire developmental
machinery of the country. If
we do our job correctly, we
will be able to do business in
a healthy physical and eco-
nomic environment far into -
the future.

“I mention the physical
environment first because we
often speak about safeguard-
ing the environment. How-
ever, it is not clear that our
actions demonstrate what we
say. We must pay particular
attention to this now that
extensive building continues
in Nassau/Paradise Island,
and more projects are consid-
ered for our Family Islands,
which for the most part
remain pristine. Once a
wholesome environment is
damaged, you would appreci-
ate that it is extremely diffi-
cult to repair.”

Mr McCartney then said:
“Our surroundings are still
unattractive in far too many
areas. However, the physical
appearance may just be the
tip of the iceberg of the prob-
lem. Our environmental
issues go much deeper, but
we must take care of them to
sustain ourselves.”

He told BHA executives:
“We have our challenges, and
we must face them head-on.

“These are the times that
will test our mettle. We must
show that we have the busi-
ness acumen and the other
expertise required to rise
above difficult circumstances

BRANVILLE MCCARTNEY, minister of state for tourism and aviation.

in order to continue to
advance tourism.

Tourism

“Our tourism business is
indeed like a great puzzle. It
is not until we are able to
effectively interconnect the
individual pieces - such as
education, training, environ-
mental and beautification
matters, sustainable growth,
employee development and
recognition, law enforce-
ment, infrastructural
improvement, transportation
and accommodations - into
one cohesive whole are we
able to fully enjoy the bene-
fits of this industry we all
love.”

The Tribune wants to hear
from people who are
making news in their
neighbourhoods. Perhaps
you are raising funds for a
good cause, campaigning ”
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area or have won an
award.

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STAFF VACANCY

LIBRARIES & INSTRUCTIONAL
MEDIA SERVICES

Applications are invited from suitably qualified individuals for the following position:

1. LIBRARY ASSOCIATE Hl, LAW LIBRARY

The Law Library of The College requires a highly motivated, tactful, people-friendly,
innovative, detail-oriented person to provide paraprofessional, administrative and
basic reference assistance. Clientele will include students and faculty of the LL.B
Programme, as well as members of the legal profession and the general public.

The successful candidate will perform all duties with minimal supervision, assisting
with the overseeing of the day-today activities and programmes of the Branch in the
absence of the Branch head, so good judgment and professionalism is essential. In
addition, he/she will direct the activities oi library assistants and part-timers and will
assist with their training and appratsal. Regular written reports are required.

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

Under the direction of the Unit Supervisor, the position performs a variety of
paraprofessional duties with minima! supervision. These include supervision of library
assistant(s), preparation of written and oral reports/correspondence, planning and
organizing job activities, which demonstrate skills such as decision-making, good
judgment and knowledge of library and college policies and procedures. Further,
overseeing the maintenance of collections. participation in the development of policies,
services and programmes, and overseeing the day-to-day activities and programmes
of the Unit in the absence of the Unit |fead are to be undertaken. The position works
closely with all Units to ensure the delivery of a high standard of service to patrons.

‘SPECIFIC DUTIES: an

1. Provides evening and Saturday reference services.

2. Directs the activities of Library Assistants, and assists in their appraisal.

3. Assists in the Unit’s budget preparation.

4. Assists with the updating of policies and procedures manuals.

5. Responds to reference questions received {rom patrons by telephone and in
person.

6. Supervises part-time, evening and weekend staff.

7. Ensures the enforcement of library policies and procedures.

8. Assists with storage and access to all library resources, e.g. books, microfilm,

CD-ROM databases, microfiche and related equipment.
9. Conducts research in support of the Unit's work.
10.. Assists with the conduct of research and the compilation of bibliographies.
11. Assumes responsibility for depostt of tuads collected in the unit.

‘12. Issues library passes.

13. Organizes work schedules for library clearance.

14. Handles Inter-Library loan requests

15. Assists with the delivery of Bibliographic Instructional programmes.

16. Provides group and individual tours of the unit/library.

18. Assists patrons with the use of computers and other related electronic
services available.

19. Assists in the development of projects for the making of the library and its
resources.

20. Conducts training for L. ibrary Assistants on operational procedures.

21. Attends library meetings.

22. Serves on College wide committees

23. Participates in library projects.

24. Drafts letters, reports, proposals as requested.

25. Recommends-resources for acquisttions

- 26. Any other duties which may be assigned

LIBRARY ASSOCIATE II

QUALIFICATIONS:
Normally a Bachelor's Degree or the equivalent in relevant area, OR for a
technical/vocational or craft area, satisiuctory completion of a recognized or acceptable

| programme of training at the craft level, AND have at least ten (10) years of experience

working in the craft area, OR have 9 tramed Teacher’s Certificate with specialization
in the relevant craft arca, PLUS at feast six (6) years of teaching experience in the
area.

SALARY SCALE: SPS-5 $24,580 » $700 - $35,780

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest along with a completed
application form and an up-to-date resume to the address below by December 6, 2007:

Phe Director
‘Hunan Resources Department
Phe College ot The Bahamas
Oakes Field
PO) Box N-4912
Jussau, Bahamas
Or toh UpPpPTy tc cob.edu.bs

Please note that applications #”¢ available on The College’s website:
www cob.edu.bs

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9:00 a. m. — 7:00 p. m.

The College of The Bahamas \
Presents an International Conference

Abolition of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade}. |
Telling the Stor

Nassau, i Bahamas

rene 21-23, 2008



Come learn about and celebrate a part of Bahamian and world |
history that has profoundly influenced Africa, Europe and
the Americas. Register today.

Plenary Speakers

Dr. Joseph E. Harris, Howard University Distinguished Professor of
History emeritus, an expert on Africa and Director of the South African
Research and Archival Project. At the conference his topic center
around: “Global slave trade and the emergence of communities of
African descent around the world”.
Dr. Rosanne Adderley, Professor of History at Tulane University and
author. Her presentation will focus on “Freed Africans in The Bahamas”.

Mr. William Godfrey Davis Esq., Attorney at Law and Transformative
Mediator, his topic will be “Reparations for the peoples of the Maafa”.

Mr. Kojo Yankah, President of the Africa Institute of Journalistt’&”
Communications, educator and author, he'will speak ‘On the topic:
“Reconciliation for the peoples of the Maafa”.

For additional information contact the School of Social Sciences, Telephone
397-2606/7

Jessica Minnis, Assoc. Professor, School of Social Sciences
The College of The Bahamas

P O Box N4912 E-mail: abolitionconf@cob.edu.bs 4
Nassau, Bahamas : wt
Telephone: (242) 397-2608 ee

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Rehearsals:

Thursdays 2-4 p.m.

Membership: Staff, Faculty, Students & Alumni
Performances: Annual Christmas Concert on December 8
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International Conference and Art Exhibition

| Abolition of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade: Telling the Story
| February 21-23, 2008 Nassau, The Bahamas
|
|

Art Exhibition

February 15-24, 2008
| Guidelines for Artists

| The Conference on the Abolition of the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade: Teiling The Story, invites all artists to submit up to three (3) artworks
| executed in any medium for showing at the conference February 21-23, 2008.

| The exhibition will open on Friday, 15 February, 2008 at 6.30 in the evening at the Performing Arts Centre at The College of the Bahamas
| Oakes Field Campus.

| All artwork should be sent or brought to the Pro Gallery which is located in the S Block at The Coliege of the Bahamas Oakes Field
Campus one (1) week prior to the opening of the exhibition. Please address all artworks to Mrs. Joann Behagg or Mr. John Cox.

All artists should give an indication »f how they would wish their 3D pieces to be displayed. Photographic images would assist us in
determining your display needs.

Foreign artists are welcome. However, all related costs will be the responsibility of the artists (packing, shipping, and customs duty,
etc.) to and from The. Bahamas. :

| The Conference Committee wili select the works to be exhibited and all decisions are final.

' Contacts ~ ——
, Joann Behagg John Cox
| email: jbehagg@cob.edu.bs jcox@cob.edu.bs



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1 {DATE | EVENT OU ECTURERS / PARTICIPANTS Ot VENUE
December 6th THE HOLOCAUST ~ a movie presentation | Presentation by Mr. Absil — holocaust survivor “Munnings Room 2 |
Thursday aire 6 MAT ale tae MT ed
December 13 MERRY MULTI-CULTURAL Organization & musical direction: 1. Moss Mannings Room 2
Thursday =| CHRISTMAS __LILCI, Foreign Lang. Dept. members and COB = L7PM |
| January 9-Wed | CHINESENEW YEAR | Presentation by Professor Xu Xianwen | Mumnings Room 2, 7PM
| January 19 DRUMFEST - A drum summit regrouping Video of Montreal TAM TAM JAM by I. Moss Band shell
| Saturday | members from all the Junkanoo teams ____| Director: Chippie” Neil Symonette’ Humblestone? | 2PM
January 30" JUNKANOO ART -- designing and pasting | Presentation and demonstration by Henry Mass Jr, | Munnings Room 2
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explains
decision to —
not bid on
Alaska

pipeline

ANCHORAGE, Alaska
(AP) — A major Midwest
energy company said it did
not submit an application to
build a natural gas pipeline
tapping Alaska North Slope
reserves because of criminal
investigations of state politi-
cians, performance lapses by

a major ou producer and oth-—

er factors.

In a letter Friday to Gover-
nor Sarah Palin, the chief
executive of MidAmerican
Energy Holdings Co.
explained why his company
did not apply.

“As you are paintully
aware the ongoing corruption
investigations coupled with
previous indictments, guilty
pleas and convictions draw
into question virtually every
major Alaskan project partic-
ipant and governmental ley-
els from State to Federal,”
said the letter from
MidAmerican CEO David
Sokol.

“Obviously your adminis-
tration had no involvement in
these previous shenanigans
nor did we; however, you and
we alone cannot develop the
pipeline project through.
AGIA’s expected process.”

MidAmerican was expect-
ed to be among the compa-
nies applying by the deadline
Friday tor a package of finan-
cial and other pipeline incen-
tives under Palin’s Alaska
Gasline Inducement Act.

Palin is the latest governor
to try to spur construction of
a multibitlion-dollar gas line.

Such a project would be a
tax and jobs boon to Alaska,

but the cost and risk of laying .

pipe as far as Chicago have
for decades sidelined the pro-
ject. Three oil companies,
BP, Conoco Phillips and
Exxon Mobil, hold the rights
to most of the North Slope’s
enormous gas reserves.

Palin on Friday announced
the state had received five |
pipeline bids, plus a proposal
trom Conoco that did not
meet minimum application
requirements.

* The bids carne amid a ted-
eral investigation that has
resulted in criminal charges
against four former state leg-
islators. Two have been con-
victed of taking bribes from
executives of oil field services
firm VECO Corp., who were
trying to influence debate last
year on raising oil taxes, Oth-
er state and federal lawmak-
ers have been named but not
charged in the probe.

State tax rates factor heavi-
ly into political efforts to
encourage either the oil com-
panies or an independent
pipeline company to builda
gas line.

In his letter, Sokol said that
while gas demand makes a
pipeline costing up to $30 bil-
lion a compelling project,

MidAmerican declined to, bid
due to problems in Alaska.

Aside from ongoing crimi- .
nal investigations, Sokol cites
“performance issues” of one
major oil company. That’s an
apparent reference to BP, »
which last week pleaded
guilty in Anchorage to a fed-
eral environmental crime for
allowing oil to spill last year
from a neglected pipeline in
the giant Prudhoe Bay oil
field.

Sokol also mentioned a
legal battle in which the state
is trying to take away leases
in the rich Point Thomson oil
and gas field for lack of
development by Exxon and
others.

MidAmerican, based in
Des Moines, Iowa, is a sub-
sidiary of billionaire investor
Warren Buffett’s Berkshire
Hathaway Inc. MidAmerican
runs pas and electric power
utilities, and says its pipelines
carried about eight per cent
of the natural gas consumed
in the United States in 2006.

The letter is not the first
time Sokol has withdrawn.
from Alaska’s natural gas
pipeline derby.

In 2004, after Palin’s prede-
cessor, former Governor
Frank Murkowski, refused to
grant MidAmerican exclusive
rights for five years to pursue
a gas line, Sokol openly criti-
cized Murkowski and
declared his company was
withdrawing from negotia-'
tions. RY

“On one hand your leadet=
ship and that of your admin-
istration has been outstand- *
ing and your integrity and
transparent style are a breath
of fresh air in what has
proven to bea rather shady
and smoke filled past in

_ regard to energy issues in

Alaska,” Sokol wrote Palin.
“On the other hand the
deepening and ongoing inves-
tigations into political and
corporate corruption in Alas-
ka make’a thorough and
thoughtful proposal in com-
pliance with AGIA an unre-

_ alistic exercise for our organi-

zation. For a project of this
magnitude to proceed,
integrity must be the founda-
tion upon which all project
elements are based.”

Sokol suggested the Alaska
and US governments will
need to team with “a proven
and nonconflicted project
development partner” to
deliver Alaska gas to the
nation.

The five pipeline bids
received Friday came from
TransCanada Corp., Chinese
energy giant Sinopec, a little-
known California firm called
AEnergia, the Alaska
Gasline Port Authority and
the Alaska Natural Gas
Development Authority.

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Edward St George’s estate,
and the Supreme Court ver-
dict backing that ownership is
due to be appealed, the Flem-
ing otfer in total would value
the company and its assets at
$200 million, while the Hutchi-
son bid places its value at $250
million. i

While Fleming may have
agreed a purchase in principle,
the trustees of the Hayward
family trusts saying in court-
filed affidavits that the institu-
tion had merely “expressed an
interest” in purchasing their
GBPA stake, it has yet to
agree a deal with the St
George estate.

It is understood that the St
George estate still views Flem-
ing, its offer and role in the
now-protracted Port owner-
ship battle with a great deal of
suspicion, fearing that it may
be acting on behalf of ousted
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Babak and Sir Jack’s son, Rick.

That suggestion has been
vehemently denied by Mr
Richards, who dismissed alle-
gations that either man was
involved with the Fleming
acquisition, saying neither had
a financial stake in the project.

Yet ‘this suspicion still
remains an obstacle to Flem-
ing’s progress, sources have
told The Tribune, with the St

George estate seemingly more.

favourably disposed to Hutchi-
son Whampoa’s proposal and
offer.

It has been sugpested that
the St George estate is hoping
that, with Sir Jack having ‘set
his price’ through allegedly
agreeing to Fleming’s $100 mil-
lion offer, the Supreme Court
will order that he instead be
compelled to sell to them.

And the Hutchison Wham-
poa offer also faces some
obstacles. Having invested
some $1 billion in equity into
Freeport, the company holds
a 50 per cent interest in the

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1g, Hutchison

offers |

Grand Bahama Development
Company (Devco),- and
Freeport Harbour Company
(the holding entity for the
Grand Bahama International
Airport Company and the
Sea/Air Business Centre.

It also has majority owner-
ship of the Freeport Container
Port, and owns 100 per cent
the Our Lucaya Resort and Sil-
ver Point upscale condomini-
um development.

Hutchison Whampoa’s posi-
tion as the joint owner of
Freeport’s productive assets

would make it seem like a nat-:

ural purchaser of the GBPA. It
is also understood to be dan-
gling in front of the Govern-
ment the carrot that, if its bid
was successful, it would acti-
vate Clause 4 (2) in the 1960
amendment to the Hawksbill
‘Creek Agreement, which
allows for the GBPA’s quasi-
governmental, regulatory,
licensing and governance pow-
ers to be devolved to an unde-
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backing from 80 per cent of
GBPA licensees.

This would in effect leave
Hutchison with ownership of
Freeport’s productive assets,
but divest itself of all regulato-
ry functions. However, it is
unclear how a ‘devolved’
GBPA would function, who
would run it, who would sit on
its Board, and how it would be
made financially self-sustain-
able.

Apart from Freeport becom-
ing a ‘one company’ town if its
bid ultimately succeeded,
another issue if Hutchison
Whampoa was ultimately suc-
cessful would be the US reac-
tion. Washington is already
understood to be extremely

. nervous over the existing Chi-

nese ownership and presence
on Grand Bahama.

Fleming has been far more
transparent with its plans for
the GBPA if it succeeds, Rod-
die Fleming, its principal
investor, telling The,Tribune |
that it would target financial
services, medical services and
the latter’s links to education
and research as industries to
drive Freeport’s future.

The Prime Minister met with
one of the GBPA bidders in
London last week, and is
becoming increasingly involved
in efforts to resolve the own-
ership battle, which at the
moment is tied-up in a slew of
seemingly never-ending court
actions and litigation launched
by both the Hayward and St
George sides.

Given that Grand Bahama’s
election of five FNM MPs was

. critical to the party’s return to

government, Mr Ingraham is
likely to be especially keen to

_.Teward the island by. getting

and Bahama’s economy

_~ moving. The GBPA situation
“is a major obstacle towards

doing this.

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ABACOMARKETS

FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
FOR THE QUARTER ENDED OCTOBER 31, 2007 ;

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CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET

(Expressed in Bahamian $000) (unaudited)

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS









October 31, January 31,

2007 2007 F

Assets $ 25,454 29,232 &

- Liabilities (16,326) (21,626) fF
Shareholders’ equity $ 9,128 7,606

(B$000) (unaudited)
3 months ended 3 months ended
October 31, 2007 October 31, 2006
Sales $ 21,752 19,323 f
Cost of sales (15,453) (13,741)
Gross profit 6,299 5,582
Selling, general and administration expenses (5,892) (5,901) p
Other income 83 77
Net operating profit/(loss) 490 (242)
Interest expense (44) (168) &
Dividends on preference shares (200) (200) &
Net profit/(loss) from continuing operations 246 (610)
Net loss from discontinued operations - (143) F
Net profit/(loss) for the period $ - 246 (753) &
Income/(loss) per share $0.015 ($0.047)
(B$000) (unaudited)
9 months ended 9 months ended
: October 31, 2007 October 31, 2006
Sales $ 64,288 57,993
Cost of sales (45,160) (41,344)
Gross profit 19,128 16,649
Selling, general and administration expenses (17,565) (17,215)
Other income 282 162
Net operating profit/(loss) 1,845 | (404)
Gain on disposal of investment (note 5) 150 -
Pre-opening costs (note 6) (112) -
Interest expense (167) (467)
Dividends on preference shares (618) (601)
Net profit/(loss) from continuing operations 1,098 (1,472)
Net profit/(loss) from discontinued operations 35 (600)
Gain on disposal of subsidiary (note 2) 39 -
Restructuring charge 350 (1,500)
Net profit/(loss) for the period $ 1,522 (3,572)
Income/(loss) per share $0.096 ($0.225)



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Development Campany

Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) is seeking bids for Fire

Alarm services from suitably qualified individuals to carry out a project

to design and install a new Fire’Alarm system at the Lynden Pindling
‘International Airport.

Qualified contractors must:-
- Demonstrate an ability to obtain $1,000,000.00 liability insurance
- Provide evidence that all Government tax payments are current
- Provide references from three (3) owners of projects in excess of
$50,000.00

Bid packages can be obtained from the corporate offices of Nassau
Airport Development Company from December 3" - 7" between the
hours of 9am - Spm.

A site visit has been arranged for 10:30am on Thursday, December
13%, 2007. Contractors wishing to participate are asked to notify NAD
of their intention no later than 4:00 pm on Wednesday, December 12",
2007 at telephone number 702-1000.

The Deadline for submission of bids is 4:00pm on Friday, December
21*t, 2007. Bid packages should be delivered to the NAD offices no
later than 4:00pm on Friday 21*t December, 2007. All packages
received after this time will be returned unopened.

NAD reserves the right to reject any or all bids.





. EXPLANATORY NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED INTERIM FINANCIAL
STATEMENTS
Nine months ended October 31, 2007

1.. DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS

"On April 30, 2007, the Company completed the sale of Cost Right Turks and its
associated property for $2,700,000 plus $211,000 roprescuting the value of net current
assets. $2.5m of the proceeds were received on closing and $200,000 will be payable
over 3 years. This note earns interest of 8.5% per annum.

2. PREFERENCE SHARES

On June 30, 2007, the Company made a redemption of $268,000 of the Class A
preference shares. This represents a partial paymet on the redemption due on December
31, 2007.

On September 30, 2007, the Company made a redemption of $535,000 of the Class A
preference shares and a further redemption of $267,000 will be made on December 31,
2007.

3. SALE OF INVESTMENT

On March 31, 2007, the Company completed the sale of its investment in BSL Holdings
Limited for $2,650,000. $2,500,000 of the proceeds was used to repay the bank debt
taken up to finance the investinent.

4. PRE-OPENING COSTS

Pre-opening costs represent costs incurred in the relocation of Cost Right Freeport from
its former location on Milton Street to The Mall, which were not capital in nature,

Copies of a full set of the unaudited financial statements can be obtained from Brendalee
J

Gibson, at Abaco Markets Corporate Offices at Town Centre Mall, Blue Hill Road, Nassau,
The Bahamas, tel. 1 242 325 21 22.

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= 9 months ended 9 months ended
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-FIGURES ARE SILHOUETTED through a state seal-etched window of Governor Jennifer Granholm’s office CHES ye 4 Came
in the state Capitol, Friday, November 30, 2007, in Lansing, Mich. With the House and Senate in dis- Cash flows from operations
agreement on how to replace lost revenue, much of the negotiations to repeal a tax on business services
took place behind closed doors. Lawmakers and Democratic Governor Jennifer Granholm found a way Net profit/(loss) for period $ 1,522 (3,572)
to replace the service tax with another source of revenue just as the tax was taking effect around mid-
night Friday. The revenue will come from a surcharge on the new Michigan Business Tax, which takes Net cash provided by/(used in) operating activities ge (87)
effect January 1. :
Net cash provided by investing activities 3,789 575
Net cash used in financing activities (4,760) (3,713)
Decrease in cash . $ (883) (3,225) &

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THE TRIBUNE





—- Abaco Markets in $5m_
bottom line improvement

date financial results.

FROM page 1

2004
CLE/QUI/No.1120

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

.

IN THE MATTER OF ALL THAT piece, parcel,

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

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

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

NOTICE.

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

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

1. The Registry of The Supreme Court, Ansbacher House,
East Street, Nassau Bahamas

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

NOTICE is hereby given that any person having Dower

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

therewith.

Failure of any such person to file and serve a Statement of
his, her or its claim on or

“We've got to grow the bot-

tom line. While profitable,
earnings per share is not where
it needs to be. That’s where
the focus is now, getting a
return for our shareholders.”

Mr Watchorn said the com-
pany’s sales for the fourth
quarter-to-date, were running
“at the same type of growth
we’ve seen this year” heading
into the Christmas shopping
season.

“We’re very well prepared
for Christmas, as well, perhaps,
as we ever have been. We’re
expecting a good Christmas,”
he added. “We’re now running
the same sort of sales growth
we’ve had all year, and we feel
we can continue that sales
growth into next year.”

For the first three quarters of
the fiscal year that ends on Jan-
uary 31, 2007, Abaco Markets
saw its sales increase by 10.9
per cent to $64.288 million,
compared to $57.993 million
for the same period in 2006.
Gross margin dollars rose by
14.9 per cent to $19,128 mil-
lion.

Over the same period, net
profit on continuing operations
stood at $1.098 million, com-
pared to a $1.472 million loss
incurred over the same period
in 2006.

Gross margins stood at 29.8
per cent, compared to 28.7 per
cent during the first three quar-
ters in 2006, while expenses
remained well-managed, falling
as a percentage of sales to 27.3
per cent or $17.565 million,
eounpared te?! ‘ol
sales or $17.215 muiton.

Mr Watchorn told The Tri-
bune that Abaco Markets’ util-
ity bills, chiefly electricity, were
likely to increase by between
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with another similar rise likely
in 2008 due to world oil prices.

“Untortunately, we're prob-
ably staring at that next year,
judging by where the price of
oll is going to, but we’ve been
able to offset that by reducing
costs in other areas,” Mr
Watchorn said.

For the third quarter to
October 31, 2007, Abaco Mar-
kets generated net profits of
$246,000, compared to a
$610,000 loss on continuing
operations and a total $753,000
loss in the same quarter in
2006.

Sales during the quarter
increased by 12.6 per cent to
$21.752 million, compared to
$19.323 million during the
same period in 2006, with gross
margin dollars up 12.8 per cent
to $6.299 million.

Gross margins remained flat
at 29 per cent, while actual
expenses — flat against 2006
comparatives — decreased as a
percentage of sales to 27.1 per
cent against 30.5 per cent the
previous year,

Meanwhile, Mr Watchorn
said Abaco Markets was due
to make its next quarterly
repayment, of about $270,000,
to the company’s preference
shareholders at the end of
December.

Although the agreement
with Class A preference share-
holders provides for the prin-
cipal repayments to be made
annually, Mr Watchorn said
the comneny was likely to con-
tu “4 quarterly repay-
ments and was placing $95,000
per month on fixed deposit to
facilitate this.

He added that Abaco Mar-
kets’ retail formats —
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Cost Right — had seen sales
growth in all categories, bet-
ter buying being one factor dri-
ving this, which had allowed
the company to pass savings
and lower prices on to cus-
tomers.

The BISX-listed entity was
also looking forward to “good
sales growth” at its Cost Right
Abaco store, which is being
converted to a full club model
away form the old Abaco
Wholesale store. Mr Watchorn
told The Tribune that only the
“finishing touches” remained
to be done on this conversion.

He added: “I think we laid
the ground work for this year
in divesting the Abaco and
Turks & Caicos businesses.
They were operations that
were incurring losses and eat-
ing up a lot of management
time. We’re now focused on
what we do best.”

Of the turnaround pro-
gramme, Mr Watchorn said:
“It’s been a long road. We
thought we were there a cou-
ple of times, and hurricanes
and other events put us back a
little bit.

“We’ve brought stability to
the company. For many years

there was a lot of instability
going on around us, and in the
last year or so we’ve created
an air of stability around the
company.

“We have moved from the
significant instability of the
past and have been focused on
rebuilding our Company by
improving our customer's
experience and increasing sales
and, of course, gross margin
dollars.

“We have focused on strate-
gically increasing inventory
and enhancing our product
offering in recent months to
ensure that we meet the
demands of our customers this
Christmas.”

“Our results now reflect con-
sistent positive performance
and a distinct change from pre-
vious years when our third
quarter was always tradition-
ally much weaker,” said Craig
Symonette, Abaco Markets’
chief executive and chairman.

“This is clearly a new era for
our group and we are commit-
ted to remaining focused on
continued growth in our bot-
tom line and on maintaining
the progress we have made to
date.”

Domino’s Pizza
plans expansion

FROM page 1

new outlet, The Tribune
understands that a likely can-
didate is the Seagrapes Shop-
ping Centre on Prince Charles
Drive.

“We hope to have an open-
ing on that [Carmichael Road]
probably in mid-February,” Mr
Watchorn told The Tribune.
“After that, we will be focusing
on a store out east. We’ve
made a decision to move out
east. We’re just looking for
something in that area.”

He added: “The Domino’s
business is doing very well for

us, and this marketplace is dri-
ven by fast food. There’s a
plethora of Bahamian local
brands and international
brands, and out east is an area
we feel is not a location we are
servicing as we should be.”
When the expansion to east-

ern Nassau became reality...
Mr Watchorn said there Would:

be a realignment of delivery
driver schedules and improve-
ment in customer service.”

“We obviously feel we're
going to drive sales at the same
time,” Mr Watchorn added.

“We feel we can drive sales
again by increasing our pres-
ence in the market.”



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THE Association of Char-
tered Certified Accountants
(ACCA) has named Bahamian
chartered accountant, John S.
Bain, as the winner of the 2007
ACCA Achievement Award
for the Americas.

“This has been a very hum-
bling experience for me” said
Mr. Bain, when he was noti-

- fied that he was selected as the

winner for the ACCA’s highest
prize.

“When I reflect upon the -

struggles I endured to obtain
the ACCA qualification, the
sacrifice of leaving my family
to live in London and the
hand-to- mouth existence dur-
ing my studies, it makes the
whole effort worthwhile.”
The award was presented at
the International Federation
of Accountants (IFAC) 30th
anniversary celebrations, held
at the Foundling Museum in
London on Thursday, Novem-

_ ber 22, 2007.

Allen Blewitt, ACCA’s chief
executive, said: “John Bain has

single-handedly taken the lead.

in raising ACCA’s profile in

‘the Bahamas, both through a

very personal commitment to

education and training, and by

taking the initiative in what has

become an emerging issue in

the offshore profession in

recent years — that of anti mon-
ey-laundering.

“Since gaining his ACCA
qualification in 1987, Mr. Bain
has become the point person
and mouth-piece for ACCA in

- the Bahamas. In addition to

his work promoting ACCA,

‘John plays a very active role

within BICA and raises
ACCA’s profile by being
acknowledged for his anti
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IFAG PRESIDENT Fermin Del Valle and ACCA President Gill Ball (right) present John Bain (centre) with his award.

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arrivals to the Bahamas —- a __ lar impact on the Out Islands”. _ cations upgrades took place at
mainstay for many Family For Abaco, some 12 percent the 19 Family Island :airports
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updated via the air traffic con-
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B SAILING
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

THERE was some good news
in the Blue Note Night Club on
Saturday night as Lee Armbrister
carted off $12,000 of the $33,700
prize money presented to the
local sloops in the first Baha Mar
Boat of the Year awards banquet.

Armbrister needed an escort as
he left with $7,000 for his victory
on the Good News in the A Class
and $5,000 for his triumph on
Ants Nest in the B Class as a
result of the major regattas sailed
this year throughout the country.

“I’m quite pleased, I must say.
It was a very good year and the
competition was keen,” said
Armbrister, after he topped the
three other boats in contention
for the awards in two of the three
classes honored.

“Lundy and Courageous, King
and Anna Nicole and the Thun-
derbird and others, they really .
put up a fight. But I give the
almighty God thanks, the Good
News came out victorious in the
A Class and Ants Nest came out
in the B Class.”

With the crew of sailors that he
has to work with, Armbrister said
they will definitely try to repeat
as champions, especially after
hearing Robert ‘Sandy’ Sands of
Baha Mar announce that they
will be back to sponsor the
awards next year.

Baha Mar came on board this
year through the assistance of
King Eric Gibson after Burns
House decided not to renew their
five-year million-dollar sponsor-
ship.

In the A Class, which had the
largest share with $16,500, the
Silent Partner came in second
and collected $5,000, the Red Hot
Thunderbird got $3,000 for third
and Anna Nicole was awarded
$1,500 for fourth place.

In the B Class, Eudeva picked
up $3,000 for second; Ansbacher
Queen $1,500 for third and the
Heathcliff $1,000 for fourth. A
total of $10,500 was up for grabs.

And in the C Class where
$6,700 was presented, Lady
Eunice earned $3,000 for first
place, followed by the Red Hot
Thunderbird with $2,000 for sec-
ond, Queen Brigette with $1,000
for third and Barbarian with $700
for fourth.

Vince Wright, owner of the
Lady Eunice, said he was delight-
ed to join Armbrister as a cham-
pion this year.

“My boat is three years old. It
was launched in 2004 and this is
my second Boat of the Year in
three years,” he pointed out. “I
should have won it last year, but
the sponsors didn’t do it, so I
would have won it three years in
a row.”

Wright said to all their chal-
lengers, Lady Eunice said if they
didn’t stop them now; don’t
expect to do it next year as they
intend to be back in better shape
to continue their winning streak.

Before a packed audience,
which was treated to some live
music from entertainer Jay
Mitchell, Minister of State for
Sports Byran Woodside, said they
were pleased with the level of
enthusiasm that the local sailors
performed this year.

Hailed as the “Minister of
Regattas,” Woodside said while
there are four organizations that
are currently involved, it’s his
hope that they come together as
one to continue to help with the
economic boost for the Family
Islands.

“Money aside, compensation
aside, the time you invest, we
cannot pay you,” he stressed.
“It’s not about the money, but
it’s about the love for the sport.”

Woodside reiterated that when
he opened the National Conclave
for sailing, he told the members
of the Bahamas Boat Owners
Association, the Commonwealth
Sailing Association, the National

CAPTAIN LEE ARMBRISTER (white) is presented with his cheque from Leah Davis and Robert ‘Sandy’ Sands, both from Bahamar and Minister of State for Sports, Bryan Wood-.
side, for winning the A Class Boat of the Year honours on Saturday night at the Blue Notes. Next to Armbirster is organiser King Eric Gibson.

Sailing Association and the
Bahamas Sailing Association that
they must not just consider their
personal agenda, but what is best
for the sport in general.

Following on the heels of
Sands’ announcement that they
will be back for another year with
the hefty cash incentives, Wood-
side revealed that his ministry
would be looking at the possibili-
ty of ensuring that the govern-
ment further compensates the
boat owners.

“T have given direction to the
regatta desk to communicate with
Bahamas Customs and the Min-
istry of Finance to look into the
possibility of seeking duty free
status for you for building mater-
ial needed to assist with the
building of Bahamian native
sloops,” he proclaimed.

Woodside further noted that
for those boat owners who have
not been paid from participating
in some of the regattas on time or
had their food money cut short
and the barge companies who
were not paid for transporting
the sloops, his ministry will be
looking at putting in the neces-
sary measures to ensure that it
doesn’t continue that way under
his watch.

He congratulated all of the win-
ners and wished those who fell
short every success next year.

Special plaques were also pre-
sented to Tommy Thompson and
Edward Lockhart, both boat
builders; Jacob Williams for
transportation; Bernadette Davis-
Smith for the role she played at
the Regatta Desk and Stephano
Kemp for assisting the CV Bethel
Secondary High and coordinator
Sheldon Gibson for their partici-
pation in the youth movement of
the sport.

During the night, master of cer-
emony Julian Gibson offered a
moment of silence for the late
captain Hezron Moxey, who
recently passed away. Gibson
said Moxey was certainly an icon
who will be missed in the sailing
fraternity.

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VINCE WRIGHT (left) of Lady Eunice collects his cheque from Michael Cooper (right) of Baha Mar for winning the C Class Boat of
the Year honours on Saturday night at the Blue Notes. In the middle is King Eric Gibson of the national regatta committee.

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Liverpool win
4-0 to move
to third place

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LIVERPOOL moved up to
third place in the Premier
League on Sunday with a 4-0
win over Bolton.

Sami Hyypia, Fernando Tor-
res, Steven Gerrard and Ryan
Babel scored at Anfield to main-
tain the Reds’ unbeaten start to
the league season.

Liverpool has scored 25 goals
in its past four matches and has
30 points, the same as United
and Manchester City, who trail
on goal differential. Chelsea is
one point ahead, while Arsenal
leads with 36.

“The team is playing well,” :
Liverpool manager Rafa Ben- :
itez said. “We are making plen- —
ty of chances and scored four,
but it could have been many
more. I must be pleased with
form like this.”

_ Benitez paired Torres and
Peter Crouch up front for the
first time and started with Harry
Kewell on the wing, but it was
central defender Hyypia who

* put Liverpool ahead in the’17th
from Gerrard’s free kick.

- Torres made it 2-0 just before

halftime when he collected a

* long-range through ball from

Gerrard and clipped it over

goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen

for his 12th goal of the season.
Gerrard scored a penalty kick
in the 54th after Crouch had
been fouled, and substitute
= Babel rounded off the scoring

with six minutes remaining.

Manchester United can move
into second place Monday if it

beats Fulham. °

‘ Birmingham won 3-2 at Tot-

tenham to give Alex McLeish a
win in his first game as Blues
manager. -

“ Spurs striker Robbie Keane

scored twice before being sent

_ off as Tottenham conceded in

+ injury time for the sixth time this

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TWO of the final pictures in the Baptist
Sports Council's Deacon Lennox Greene
Softball League's best-of-three champi-
onships have been decided over the week-
end at the Baillou Hills Sporting Com-
plex.

The other picture will get cleared up on
Saturday when the post-season continues.

In the co-ed division, Transfiguration
nipped Golden Gates 7-6 in two extra
innings, while Macedonia routed St. Paul's
17-6.

In the 17-and-under division, Transfig-
uration will meet Temple Fellowship.

And in the men's division, four teams
remain - pennant winning Calvary Deliv-
erance and Temple Fellowship, along with
Golden Gates and Transfiguration. Their
final spots will be decided when Calvary
Deliverance play Golden Gates for the
Chairman divisional title and Temple Fel-
lowship take on Transfiguration for the
Commissioner's pennant.

Here's a summary of the games played
on Saturday:

Macedonia 17, St. Paul's 6: Tim Clarke
just missed the cycle with a single triple
and in-the-park home run with two RBIs
and three runs scored to lead Macedonia's
co-ed,

Rosemary Greene was 3-for-4 with a
RBI and two runs scored; Lynden Gaitor
3-for-3 with two runs; Willard Elliott 3-
tor-4 with three runs; Karen Deveaux 2-
for-4 with two RBIs and three runs and
Brian Capron 2-for-3 with three RBIs and
two runs.

Harold 'Banker' Fritzgerald got the win
over Peter Morris.

Olympia Morris was 2-for-3 with two
RBIs and a run and Arnold Wilson was
2-for-3 with a RBI for St. Paul's.

Transfiguration 7, Golden Gates 6:
Denise Sears singled and scored the win-
ning run on Stephen Sands' RBI double in
the seventh to send Transfiguration into
the co-ed final.

Charlie Gaitor Sr. had three triples with
a RBI, scoring three times; Theresa Miller
had one hit with a RBI, scoring twice and
Nelson Farrington 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

Farrington got the win over Jeffrey
Woodside.

Glenn Minus was 2-for-4 with a RBI and
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was 2-for-4 with a run.

Temple Fellowship 9, Transfiguration 2:
Ricardo Major went 3-for-3 with two
RBIs, scoring three times: Rodney Tay-
lor was 2-for-3 with a RBI and run and
Fred Tapia had a three-run homer as Tem-
ple Fellowship won the men’s commis:
sioner pennant.

Alfred 'Skeeter' Munnings got the win
over Nelson Farrington.

Dennis Johnson scored Transtiguration's
first run on David Brown's RBI single and
Brown scored the second run on Charlie
Gaitor Sr's RBI double in the third.

Temple Fellowship 7, Golden Gates 2:
Tameko Culmer had a pair of hits, scoring
three times to lead: Temple Fellowship
into the 17-and-under championship.

Adam Deveaux got the win over Delano
Miller.

Temple Fellowship 10, Calvary Bible 2:
Ricardo Major (1 RBI. two runs). Rod-
ney Taylor (1 run); Wayde Bain: Gino
Campbell (1 RBI.and | run) and Kevin
Dames

(1 RBI and | run) all had two hits to
lead Temple Fellowship into the division-
al final.

Vernon Bowles got the win over Basil
Miller.

A moment of silence was offered for the
late Anthony Stuart, a member of Calvary
Bible, who passed away last week.

Transfiguration &, Macedonia 3: Dennis
Johnson had two hits, scoring three times
and Charlie Gaitor Sr had one with two
runs scored to lead Transfiguration into
the divisional final.

David Brown got the win over Harold
'Banker' Fritzge rald

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Complex. On field one at 10 a.m. pennant
winning Temple Fellowship will play
Transfiguration to determine the Com
missioner's champions and on field two,
pennant winning Calvary Deliverance will
play Golden Gates to determine the
Chairman's champions. The two winners
will meet in the best-of-three final, start-
ing at noon. At Ll a.m. Macedonia and
Transfiguration will play in the co-ed final
and Transfiguration and Temple Fellow
ship will play in the 17-and-under final.

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Bryans give the
United States its
first Davis Cup

title since 1995

B TENNIS
PORTLAND, Ore.
Associated Press

ANDY RODDICK was
loud, proud and reflective
after helping the United;States
win its first Davis Cup title
since 1995S.

“To be here and to bring
the Cup back to the States is
just an amazing feeling,” he
said. “But more importantly,

just to share the journey with .

these guys, it’s been so much
fun.”

Roddick got the U.S. off to
a fast start and brothers Bob
and Mike Bryan finished the
job Saturday, beating Russi-
a’s Nikolay Davydenko and
Igor Andreev 7-6 (4), 6-4, 6-2
for the Americans’ third
straight win in the best-of-five
final.

Roddick and Blake each
won their singles matches Fri-
day on the indoor hard court
at Portland’s Memorial Coli-
seum.

The once-dominant United
States had not won the Davis
Cup in 12 years, the longest
span without an American vic-
tory. Pete Sampras last led the
team to victory over Russia
on clay in Moscow.

The United States now has
32 titles in the international
team competition, dating to
1900.

After the victory, team cap-
tain Patrick McEnroe was
asked if it was his best
moment ever in tennis.

McEnroe started his reply:
“It’s not about me, it’s about
this whole group of guys ... “
But he was interrupted by a
jubilant Roddick.

“Say yes!” he shouted.

The U.S. had not taken the
first three matches of a Davis
Cup final since 1990 against
Australia.

With Roddick and Blake
looking on, both doubles
teams held serve through the
first set, forcing the tiebreaker.
When the United States took
a 5-3 lead, Andreev slammed
his racket to the court.

Andreev double-faulted on
the twins’ second set point.
and the top-ranked duo cele-
brated with theit familiar chest
bump.

Andreev and Davydenko
had only been partnered once
before as a doubles team in
Davis Cup play, and often
conferred over strategy. Davy-
denko, who came to the Davis
Cup mired in an investigation
into unusual betting patterns
during a match in August, had
played a doubles match only
twice before this year.

When Bob Bryan’s winning
forehand at the net bounced
over the heads of the Rus-
sians, Roddick and Blake
poured onto the court and
piled into a group embrace.
The crowd chanted “U-S-A!
U-S-AP

The four players then ran a
victory lap around the court
with an American flag.

“No words can explain how
we feel right now, except
Woooooo000!” Mike Bryan
exclaimed.

Andreev said it was the sec-
ond set before he got a chance
to return a second serve.

“So you can imagine if the
guy’s always serving first
serve, it makes it so difficult
because you cannot control
the ball,” he said. “You cannot
do anything on the return.”

Bob Bryan admitted after-
ward to feeling some pressure.

“I had a circus of monkeys
in my stomach just playing
tambourine in there,” he said.

On Friday, sixth-ranked
Roddick beat Dmitry Tur-
sunov 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 in the open-

_ing match and 13th-ranked
Blake outlasted Mikhail
Youzhny 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-7 (3),
7-6 (3).

No. 34 Tursunov was the
lowest-ranked member of the
Russian team, following
fourth-ranked Davydenko,
No. 19 Youzhny and No. 33
Andreev.

The final was the culmina-
tion of a year’s worth of inter-
national competition.

Sunday’s reverse singles will
be shortened to best-of-
three sets because the U.S.
has already clinched the
ule.

m SOCCER
LUCERNE, Switzerland
Associated Press ;
WORLD CUP champion
Italy, France and the Nether-
lands got the 2008 European

Championship draw none of:

them wanted. Each other.

The three former European
champions were drawn Sun-
day in Group C with Romania
for next year’s tournament in
Austria and Switzerland.

It could have been even
worse — they could have also
drawn three-time champion
Germany instead of Romania.
But the three coaches looked
grim as they came out of the
Culture and Convention Cen-
ter:

“We didn't have an easy
qualification and now we have
a very difficult group,” said
Italy coach Roberto Don-
adoni, whose team also played
France in qualifying. “We
were unfortunate in the draw,
but I had a gut feeling this
morning that it would turn out
like this.”

The tournament opens June
7 when Switzerland plays the
Czech Republic in Basel.

The final is at the Ernst
Happel stadium in Vienna on
June 29.

Italy beat France on penalty
kicks in last year’s World Cup
final in Berlin. In Euro 2008
qualifying, the French beat
Italy 3-1 at Stade de France
and drew 0-0 in Milan. They
will meet again in Zurich in
their final Group C match on
June 17.

“] think there are coaches
who are happier today than
the four here,” said France
coach Raymond Domenech,
whose team also plays Roma-
nia in 2010 World Cup quali-
fying. “I would have preferred
to avoid all of the other three
teams in the group, but that’s
what we got and we have to
live with it.”

Netherlands coach Marco
van Basten, whose team fin-
ished behind Romania in
qualifying and is struggling for
form, said it was not the draw
he wanted

“A very tough group. ‘Two



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2008 in Lucerne, Switzerland, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007.

World Cup finalists,” he said
of Italv and France. “These
are great teams. great players,
teams with a lot of experience.
It's going to be very difficult

fter the dr.

for us, we have to play Italy
first, then France.”

Italy and the Netherlands
met in the Euro 2000 semiti-
nals, with the Italians winning

g the draw for the final round of the soccer Euro



Frank Augstein/AP

a penalty shootout after a 0-0
draw. The French rallied to
beat Italy 2-1 in overtime in
the final.

The Dutch will play both of



PORTS THREE FORMER CHAMPIONS DRAWN TOGETHER IN GROUP STAGE

Italy get France and Holland
in tough Euro 2008 draw



its big rivals in Bern. They
face Italy on June 9 and
France four days later.

Defending European cham-
pion Greece was drawn in
Group D with Russia, Spain
and Sweden. It will start its
defense against Sweden in
Salzburg on June 10 before
playing Russia and Spain in
the same Austrian city.

At Euro 2004 in Portugal,
the Greeks drew 1-1 with
Spain and lost 2-1 to Russia
in group play, but beat all its
other opponents on the way
to a surprise title triumph
under coach Otto Rehhagel.

“It is certainly not an casy
group,” Rehhagel said. “We
must be careful against Swe-
den, which has one of the
world’s best forwards in Zla-
tan Ibrahimovic.

“There’s always lots of talk
before games. I am a man of
action. The most important
thing is to have all players in
good condition. As defending
champions, we have an oblig-
ation to do well in the tour-
nament.”

Switzerland, which plays all
its group games in Basel, is in
Group A with Turkey, Portu-
gal and the Czech Republic.
The Portuguese and the
Czechs will be strongly
favored to advance to the
quarterfinals.

Austria, whose home games
are in Vienna, is making its
Euro debut and is in Group
B with Germany, Poland and
Croatia. There has been fan
violence at previous matches
between Germany and
Poland, and the Union of
European Football Assacia-
tions has warned Croatia it
could be kicked out if there
were any repeats of racist
chanting and misbehaviér by
its fans... bene eae

“T wouldn’t necessarily say
that we had a lucky draw,”
Germany coach Joachim
Loew said. “Austria will be
playing with the entire nation
behind it, that shouldn't be
underestimated. Croatia elim-
inated England and how
tough is to play against Poland
we found out at the World
Cup.”

Michael Probst/AP

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Loew, 3rd row from left, France's Raymond Domenech, Netherlands’ Marco van Basten, Italy's Roberto Donadoni.

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

THE director of the National
Insurance Board is to be replaced
as part of a major shake-up, it
was revealed last night.

Lennox McCartney, who has
been in the job for more than 13
years, will go as the management

seeks-“fresh impetus” for.the.,

future.

Chairman Patrick Ward cori: ©

firmed yesterday that the process
of finding a permanent replace-
ment had already begun.

The move is in no way a “puni-
tive” measure, but designed to
give NIB a fresh face at the top,
he said.

Mr Ward said Mr McCartney
had been on leave since Thurs-
day of last week.

“The board is already engaged
in the process of finding a per-
manent replacement in the future.

That decision was only made
Thursday past,” he said.

However, NIB’s deputy chair-
man Archdeacon Etienne Bowleg
said he had no idea that such a
decision was made as he was off
the island on Thursday.

The archdeacon expressed sur-
prise, adding that normally such a
decision would have to be made
with a “consensus” vote, which

would have been impossible as

“he was not in Nassau.

“} have no knowledge of such a
move. I have no knowledge of
anything even brewing in that
direction. You're giving me the
news, actually,” he said.

Archdeacon Bowleg said he
intends to speak with Mr Ward
today about the decision.

Mr Ward said the removal of
Mr McCartney was in no way a
“punitive” move, but in line with
changes planned for the board.

SEE page 13

Russell under fire over reasons
for NIB management changes

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

THE Minister of Housing and National Insurance has been
accused of allegedly misleading the Bahamian people over reasons
why management at the National Insurance Board are to be

removed.

Members of staff and management level personnel claim Minister
Kenneth Russell, through his secretary Kenya Laing, tried to inter-
fere with an investigation pertaining to an NIB staff member — an
alleged direct violation of a minister’s authority under the NIB Act

as highlighted in Chapter 40.
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kherig@tribunemedia.net

POLICE this weekend were
able to put a stop to a crime
ring whose members are sus-
pected of being responsible for
a number of armed robberies
in an inner city area.

Three men, aged 42, 26, 25, »

_ and one 17-year-old male juve-
nile, were arrested by police on
Saturday after officers turned
up a number of contraband
items while searching a home
on John Street.

Starting at around 3am on
Saturday, Southern Police Sta-
tion received complaints from
several persons claiming they
had been robbed at different
times while walking in the area

__ of Market and Fleming Streets.
~*Acting on information, offi-
cers from that station immedi-
ately executed a search warrant
at a home on John Street — just
south of where the armed rob-
beries reportedly took place.

SEE page 14

COLLEGE of the Bahamas Dean Dr Thaddeus McDonald was laid to rest on Saturday after a funeral service
at the Transfiguration Baptist Church on Market Street. During the service, friends, colleagues and, fami-
ly members of the deceased honoured Dr McDonald’s many academic and social achievements.

Plan to change

public mindset
@ By TANEKA THOMPSON

Photos: Felipé Major/Tribune staff



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FRIENDS and family gathered at St Agnes Anglican Church on Saturday to bid their final farewells to tthompson@tribunemedia.net
the late designer Harl Taylor, who at the age of 37 was murdered in his home last month. ;

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wave and staggering homicide
count facing the nation, a local
civic group plans to launch a
number of initiatives in an effort
to change the public’s mindset
on crime.

The newly-formed Bahamas
Against Crime (BAC) plans to
host and sponsor a song com-
petition to allow the public to
“concentrate on the issue of
crime” through the universal
medium of music, the organi-
sation’s leaders told a press con-
ference held in Rawson Square.

Organisers are now in the
planning stage of the competi-
tion, which will be launched in

SEE page 14

' Hanna-Martin sets sights on
- national PLP chairmanship

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

Rigby: I don’t want to win

by election court process

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



PLP chairman Raynard Rigby declared yes- } MP for Englerston Glenys Hanna-Martin offi-
terday that he does not want to be part of a ; cially announced her candidacy for the national
political party that wins the government through ; PLP chairmanship at her constituency headquar-
the election court process. : ters yesterday. e

As the Pinewood election court case enters its : If elected, Mrs Hanna-Martin would be the first
eighth week today, Mr Rigby said that, while he: woman national chairman of the PLP when the
supports the decision of Senator Allyson May- ; party holds its convention in February next year.
nard-Gibson to pursue this route, he would pre- : Surrounded by a group of supporters at her Bal-
fer that the PLP regain government through a : four Avenue headquarters, Mrs Hanna-Martin
general election. : said she wanted to share the moment with residents

SEE page 14

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HAVING A BALL -

PRIME MINISTER and
Minister of Finance '
Hubert Ingraham (right)
shakes hands with Act-

ing Commissioner of :
Police Reginald Fergu- ’
son at the Royal :
Bahamas Police Force
Annual Ball on Friday in

the Imperial Ballroom,
Atlantis, Paradise

Island.



DEPUTY Prime
Minister and Min-
ister of Foreign
Affairs Brent
Symonette (right)
and Minister of
National Security
Eee RS bee i Tommy Turnquest
; ; exchange words.



DEPUTY Prime Minister and Minis-

ter of Foreign Affairs Brent Symon-

ette (left) and Commissioner of

Police Paul Farquharson, who is on
pre-retirement leave. '



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Ingraham (second from left) and Acting Commis- __ with Prime Minister and Minister of Finance
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MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2007, PAGE 3



FUNERAL OF THADDEUS MCDONALD

Bahamas is heading for
social collapse — Baptist

@ By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
kherig@tribunemedia.net_ _

WITH crime approaching
record highs and traditional
values deteriorating, the
Bahamas is heading for
social collapse, according to
the president of the National
Baptist Convention Rev Dr
William Thompson.

Paying tribute to the mur-
dered'Dr Thaddeus McDon-
ald At the College of the
Bahamas Dean’s funeral on
Saturday, Dr’Fhompson said

' there. is “absolutely no

doubt”
oe froma
disease.
“We ane witnessing too
many social dislocations in
our country,” he told the
congregation at Transfigura-
tion Baptist Church.
Dr:Thompson called out
for the “vicious, senseless
(fights) and killings” to stop

that the Bahamas is
“dreadful

and for Bahamians to return



“The traditional family struc-
ture and values taught, as we
once knew, are no longer
important or promoted.”



Rev Dr William Thompson

PAGES 6, 7: PHOTOS OF FUNERAL

to “the old traditional values
and remedies.”

“The traditional family
structure and values taught,
as we once knew, are no
longer important or promot-
ed. Crime has reached epi-
demic proportions, while
many criminals continue to
walk the streets because of
an obvious faulty and failing
justice system,” he said.

In remembering Dr
McDonald, who became one
of the country’s 73 murder

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victims last month, Dr
Thompson said the deceased
was a “true son of the native
soil.”

Quoting from the poem
“The Measure of a Man” the
Baptist Convention president
indicated that people should
remember how Dr McDon-
ald lived, not how he died.

Dr Thompson recalled that
in addition to his profession-
al activities and academic
responsibilities, Dr McDon-
ald found time to serve his

Convention president

country in numerous civic
organisations.

He also spoke of Dr
McDonald’s avid love and
promotion of the Bahamas’
African heritage.

Giving an outline of Dr
McDonald’s life, his brother
Rawson McDonald

announced that his family, :

with the co-operation of the
College of the Bahamas, will
open a special scholarship
fund in the deceased’s name.

Dr McDonald, 59, Dean of
the Faculty of Social and
Educational Studies, was
found dead in his bed in his
Queen Street home. Accord-
ing to his brother Madison,
Dr McDonald had been
beaten “beyond recognition”
with a clothing iron.

At this time police have
no-one in custody in connec-
tion with the murder and are
investigating a possible con-
nection with the murder of
designer Har! Taylor.

Photographers put Maynard in picture

over;coverage of Junkanoo parades

AN ‘isi lee 40 to 50 pro-
fessional and amateur photg-
raphers met with Minister of
State for Culture Charles
»Maynard on Friday to discuss
iarra’ _-ments for media cov-
+érage of this year’s Junkanoo
parades.

» According to Anthony Mor-
ley, a professional photogra-
pher for 25 years, the ministry
gave a very positive response
to suggestions about how the
problems of overcrowding in
Rawson Square could be
solved and to requests for spe-
cial provisions to be made.

Mr Morley had told The
Tribune before the meeting
that while there is a legitimate
problem of media overcrowd-
ing on the routes, charging
photographers $300 per
parade for accreditation v ‘s
‘not the way to go about solv-
ing it.

However, he believes pho-
tographers would be willing

..to pay a small fee if the min-

-istry were to make some pro-
‘visions for them at events.’

He said he would like to see.

‘the ministry put up a tent and
provide electrical outlets for
charging of batteries.

During the meeting it was
agreed that photographers will
go on a walkabout with min-
istry officials on Wednesday,
when more issues about coy-

‘erage will be ironed out.

The government needs to

- recognise the role of photog-

raphers as recorders of histo-

ry, and make provisions for

them accordingly, Mr Morley.
said.

According to the photoga-
pher, Mr Maynard also said
he would like to further dis-
cuss the idea of creating a
photographic databank of
images of Junkanoo parades
past, in conjunction with pl] »-
tographers who have covered
the events.

The meeting came after a

“media outcry against a deci-

sion announced by the min-
istry last weck that they would
charge $50 for accreditation

.of all photographers and

videographers for each
parade, and an additional $300
per parade if those persons
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route, potentially putting a
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EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

The Tribune Limited | FANS, SpOnsors
nee have helped
development of

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

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

Publisher/Editar 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-199] ©"

EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B.
Publisher/Editor 1972-

Published Daily Monday. - o Saturday

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A ‘thank you’ from the publisher

’ B By Eileen Dupuch Carron

TODAY I AM going to break my rule
and write this column in the first person, as
did my father before me.

I must admit that the staff plotted and
planned behind my back for weeks to pro-
duce a splendid supplement in The Tribune
about a 50-year milestone that I was not
aware that I had made. | always prided
myself in the thought that with all the mod-
ern gadgetry, I could have my office at home
and know what my staff was doing most of
the time. Once again they have proved me
wrong. However, last Sunday Archbishop
Patrick Pinder almost let the cat out of the
bag when on coming out of Sacred Heart
Church, he heartily congratulated me on my

-apniversary. “What anniversary?” [ asked
in confusion. I thought awhile and then
recalled that on November 21'- just a few
days earlier — The Tribune was 104 years
old and I had forgotten to mention the fact in
this column. And so the conversation took
another tack as the Archbishop, realising his
mistake, quickly manoeuvred it in another
direction. And so for another week, their
anniversary secret still intact, the staff con-
tinued to talk and write about me behind
my back.

I have been praised for many things, but I
want it on the record that my family and I
could have done nothing, and The Tribune
could not have been the success that it is
today without a core of loyal staff — some of
whom have never worked anywhere else — at
our side. From the days of my grandmother,
who lined up the young T ribune paper boys
with her own children for their annual physic
(castor oil), our staff has always been an
extension of the family. Our success has been
a hands-on operation with staff and family
working shoulder-to-shoulder in every
department of the operation. At times we
laboured around the clock to produce the
best possible product that our resources
would allow as the business grew, often had
reverses, repaired the fences, soldiered on
and eventually started to flourish.

And so to the next generation, | want to
_Pass-on the secret — always remember that
you are nothing without a well-trained, ded-
icated and loyal staff at your side. Treat them
as you would want to be.treated yourselt if
the positions were réversed, and you will do
well.

And so to my staff, each and everyone of
them, especially to the stalwarts who have
been with me for all of their working years
--and many-of-mine-over the past 50.years, I .
want them to know how much we as a fami-
ly appreciate them.

felt we didn’t have breath enough for anoth-
er publication, Sammy Haven, would come
into my office. “Miss Eileen,” he would say,
“remember I have been here a long time. I
have seen worse days than this, and it has
never failed, The Tribune seems to have
more than a cat’s nine lives, it miraculously
always lands on its feet.
“Time has always proven,” he would say,
“that what seems bad today always works
out to have been the best thing that could

_haye happened to us.
‘he would laugh; “there is-a ---|-

“Remember,”
tomorrow. It can’t be worse than today. So
let’s look forward to tomorrow.”

Sammy was with us before I was born. He
started at age 10 as a paper boy, was per-
sonally trained by my father, Sir Etienne
Dupuch, and ended his career as Tribune
production. manager 65 years.later. .

And many members of our loyal ‘public

always seemed to know when we needed
encouragement during our darkest days. A
telephone call would come through at the
strategic moment, telling us how much the
paper was appreciated, and encouraging us to

“keep. up-the good-work:* And so with the >

help or our staff, our advertisers and our
readers we are still here at the helm, although
we are trying slowly to ease out and pass
the baton on.

However, there is one item I would like to
correct. My son insists that anyone who can
fly a plane and safely land is a licensed pilot.
It is true that I often took off and landed a
plane safely, the first Bahamian-born woman
to belong to the Nassau Flying Club — there
were at least two other women during that
time — but I was not a licensed pilot. I was
trained by the best, the World War II
Bahamian hero, Capt Leonard Thompson,
and the late Philip Farrington. During my
flying time my father was taken seriously ill.
That ended flying. I had to quickly get my
head out of the clouds, and my feet anchored

-under, my. desk at The Tribune. And so,
although, I flew the tiny Ercoup loaned to »

the club by the late Sir Sydney Oakes, I can
lay no claim to being a licensed pilot, because
I was unable to put in the number of flying
hours required to qualify.

My father always said that the only lulla-
by that would put me to sleep as a baby were

‘the clicking keys of a linotype. And so that is .

where | started, cradled in his arms as he

operated The Tribune’s linotype with his .

one free hand. And here I am today, 77 years

later, grateful for the contribution that this

institution has been able to make to this

beloved country, and to all the people —

Bahamians and non-Bahamians — who

helped make that contribution possible.
Thank you.

local cricket

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I WOULD be very grateful
if in the interest of cricket in
The Bahamas you would pub-
lish this letter in response to
an article in The Bahamas
Journal by Mr Fred Sturrup,
dated November 28, 2007 on
the topic.

Bahamas cricket teams have
been playing internationally
since the fifties when Mr Per-
cy Munnings took teams to
Jamaica annually for friendly
competition there. The Com-
monwealth Wanderers Club,
formed in the late sixties and
took teams abroad each year
until the late eighties. The club
with a cadre of great players,
such as Eddie Ford, Gary
Brathwaite, Fred Phillips,
Edmund Lewis, Irving Taylor,
Irving Armstrong, Francis
Scott, Fess Ingraham, George

. Ferguson, Horace Kingston
‘arid séveral others éstablished

The Bahamas to the cricket
world as a cricket playing
nation. The team played inter-
nationally in Canada, the
USA, the West Indies,
Bermuda and toured the UK
in 1976. It is in the UK that
Eddie Ford established him-
self as a great batsman with a
score of 98 against Lancashire
team of professionals and 190
against Finchley CC the cham-
pion team in London. Coach-
es came to watch this Bahami-
an and did approach him and
made offers to him to play in
the UK. As a result of these
tours and our successes we
had teams visiting The
Bahamas from Canada, the
USA the West Indies, the UK
and Australia. Cricket was
blooming while the media

Stated that it was a dying

sport.

The advent of Sidney
Deveaux as President of The
Bahamas Cricket Association
moved us into the recognised
International arena when The

-Bahamas became an affiliate

member of the International
Cricket Council (ICC), the
body that controls the sport
all over the world. The
Bahamas was invited to play

..in numerous ICC sponsored

tournaments worldwide. In
the nineties The Bahamas
toured the UK twice on the



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_first tour the team was suc-
cessful. On the second tour ~

the opponents provided by the
ICC were county teams with
professionals. We lost all of
the matches, but were com-
petitive. In 2002 The Bahamas
visited Argentina and played
in the ICC sponsored Tour-
nament of The Americas.
Other teams were Canada,
USA and Cayman Islands, all
of whom are Associate Teams
in the ICC; The Bahamas was
the only affiliate team. We

‘beat Argentina and won indi-

vidual prizes. In 2004 The
Bahamas participated and
won the ICC sponsored tour-
nament of The Americas for
affiliate teams, consisting of
Panama, Suriname and Belize.
This tournament. was played

in Panama. By winning the ~

tournament The Bahamas
qualified to play in the 2007
World Cup elimination in
Bermuda. The Bahamas did

~ not advance: Bermuda and

Canada did. It must be noted
here that The Bahamas has a
winning record in the ICC
sponsored tournaments.

The Bahamas has competed
in under 15 and under 19 tour-
naments in the Cayman
Islands and in Canada. The
ICC representatives in Cana-
da expressed their delight over
the progress made in our
Youth Programme under the
direction of John Welch, who
is not the National Team
Coach as suggested in the arti-
cle. Mr Welch is Director of
the BCA Youth Programme.
He has been responsible for
the advancement of some of
the young players on the
national team and the youth
tournaments organised in New
Providence. He has been able
to get 26 primary schools
involved in cricket and assist-
ed by training PE teachers. It





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Caymans had three teams of
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The Bahamas was the fourth
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Our local fans and valuable
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Bahamas.

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will be issued until government
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Speaking at the third annual
National Youth Road Safety
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ublic transportation because it
is unreliable in getting them to
their destinations on time, he
said.

Mr Deveaux explained that
for many years franchising has
been given to jitney drivers and
now there are 790 franchises and
464 routes. But on the average
day only 280 jitneys drive the
streets.

Addressing New Providence’s
dire traffic problem, the minister
explained that if a two-lane
highway is planned and
designed properly, it should be
able to accommodate 2,000
vehicular movements per hour.

However, in Nassau today, he
said, the typical two-lane high-
way in Nassau today cannot
handle 700 vehicular move-
ments per hour.

“So we are facing a problem
of congestion, poor design and a
lot of friction,” Mr Deveaux
said.

“Friction comes about
because of vehicle numbers,
vehicle types, location of busi-
planning.”

The minister noted that
adjustments could improve
vehicular ‘movement so that
two-lane roads could hold up to
1,200 or 1,300 vehicles per hour.



nesses and poor or inadequate

Even the best of circumstances,
however, he explained that New
Providence is not likely to
achieve the 2,000 vehicle move-
ments per hour.

“We cannot solve the tratfic
problem in New Providence
with bigger and better roads.
We have already passed that.
We do not have the option any-
more of reducing traffic fatalities
by putting speed bumps on the
road. We are already past that.

“Our biggest weapon is public
education and enforcement,”
Mr Deveaux said.

Road improvement is also
one of the significant long-term
strategies.

The minister said his govern-
ment recognises the seriousness
of the traffic dilemma.

In 2000, the FNM administra-
tion completed a study for the
New Providence Road Improve-
ment Project.

Prior to that, going back as
early as 1992, a comprehensive
study was done, he said.

The study, he explained, doc-
uments what are the issues in
respect to road traffic. One of
the strategies that came out was
to improve the junctions,
acquire more land and to
improve some of the roads in
New Providence.

“We are close to seven years
close to that strategy and it was
only completed to the extent

RESERVE Assistant Superintendent of Police Richard Rahming speak
tribute to accidents for both passengers and drivers, during the 3rd Annual National Youth Road Safety Sym-
posium, at Workers Bank Hall, Harrold Road. The Ministry of Public Works and Transport, the Road Traf-
fic Department and Chevron Bahamas partnered for the event with the main goal of educating future dri-
vers on the dangers on the streets and how to be a responsible road-user.



that Tonique Williams-Darling
Highway, what you would have
known as Harrold Road, the
Milo Butler extension, the Blue
Hill extension and the C W
Saunders Highway.

“Those are the only portions
of 19 corridors that have been
completed to date. The rest of
them will take another two and
a half years to complete if we
get started next month,” Mr
Deveaux said.

The minister said that when
work on these roads is complet-
ed, it is hoped they would alle-
viate some of the traffic conges-
tion. Minister Deveaux also not-
ed that, for the most part,
Bahamians do not want to walk

anywhere.

To counteract this, he encour-
aged students attending the sym-
posium to be different from the
adults and learn to walk to some
of their destinations.

He also encouraged persons
to cut down on the number of
vehicles per family. Using him-
self as an example, Mr Deveaux
said his nine-member family, of
which four are adults, does not
need the five cars that they have
parked on the driveway.

The minister also encouraged
students and the public to obey
traffic laws and learn how to
properly use roundabouts,
which he said would also help
cut down traffic congestion.

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LOCAL NEWS )

Commemoration of the 30th
anniversary of Bahamas Ship Registry



Junkanoo ‘masterpiece’
unveiled at the airport



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THURSTON

MINISTER of Maritime
Affairs and Labour Dion
Foulkes unveiled a Junkanoo
“masterpiece” at the arrival
section of Lynden Pindling
International Airport, com-
memorating the 30th anniver-
sary of the Bahamas Ship Reg-
istry, the third largest in the
world.

“With this permanent dis-
play it is my hope that
Bahamians and visitors alike
will begin to appreciate our
maritime industry and those
who labour so hard in this
field,” he said.

Mr Foulkes emphasised that
prospects for employment in
the international maritime
industry exist, “and our young
people need to take advantage
of these opportunities.”



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Among those present for the
unveiling were representatives
from the Ministry of Maritime
Affairs and Labour, Customs,
Immigration, Bahamasair, Air-
port Authority, Bahamas Mar-
itime Authority and Bahamas
Electricity Corporation.

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permanent secretary at the Ministry Thelma Beneby.

strategic planning will be
required,” said Mr Foulkes,
who is also the government’s
Senate leader.

“We must involve larger sec-
tors of the Bahamian popula-
tion and see to if that the insti-
tutional knowledge of the last
30 years does not dissipate.”

The minister said he would
also like to see more of the
country’s youth become
involved in maritime affairs in
general and the Bahamas Mar-
itime Authority in particular.

Training can begin here with
the Bahamas Maritime Cadet
Programme for students of
grades 10-12. he added.

There is also a course in
maritime studies sponsored by
the Ministry of Education for
10th and Llth graders at CR
Walker Secondary School.

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LOCAL NEWS

@ By Clunis Devaney
Bahamas Information
Services _

LONG ISLAND, Bahamas

- The government is propos-

ing to spend substantial sums

of money in Long Island as it
moves to elevate roads and
improve drainage systems.
Scrub Hill, just outside
Clarence Town, still shows
‘-evidence of the massive flood-

3 ing caused by Tropical Storm

Noel in late October. Several
‘homes and businesses still
have water up to doorways.

Government officials, led by
Minister of Public Works and
Transport Earl Deveaux,
toured a number of settle-
ments from Seymour’s to
Clarence Town, where they
personally inspected broken
or corroded culverts, inade-
quate docks and damaged
bridges.

Mr Deveaux has assured
that drainage conduits will be
replaced with plastic pipes,
which would last longer and
are durable.

Also in the team were the
Minister of Lands and Local
Government Sidney Collie;
Minister of Agriculture and
Marine Resources and Mem-
ber of Parliament for Long
[sland Lawrence Cartwright;
permanent secretary in the
Ministry of Lands and Local
Government Mr Harrison
Thompson and Director of
Works Ms Melanie Roach.

At Seymout’s, the officials
assessed the condition of the
Newton Cay Bridge, which

-_+ allows access to farmlands.

Due to severe cracks in the
span, a barrier has been
placed to prevent vehicular
traffic venturing on the bridge.

According to Mr Deveaux,
the bridge is used by the com-
munity and is one of the path-
ways for the spawning fish and
fishing boats.

He believes the concrete
bridge should be replaced by a
wooden bridge that would be
environmentally sensitive and
sustainable.

“We can do it quicker and.

then we can get the elevation
that they need to get smaller
boats under it easier,” the
minister said.

Inspections were also con-
ducted of drains at Deals,
_ Bunches, Burnt Ground and
Benzie.

At Benzie, a 2,000-foot long
trench has been dug to chan-
nel the water from Scrub Hill
and Hamilton’s into the
ocean,

Mr Collie said he is very
pleased with the level of
recovery since the storm.

“T notice that there are
some houses where the water
damage was so severe the peo-
-ple have not yet returned to
‘those houses,” he said. “And
there is still a lot of water,
even though it is not on the
--road, most of it is on both

sides of the street.

“Essentially, people seemed
have gone back to their daily
ordinary life. The mailboat
was in, the dock was busy,
people were there getting
their freight and moving

- about, so I am pleased. I
expect it is going to be a long
time for the farmers, in par-
ticular, to recover.

“We have seen some of the







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deteriorated culvert in North Long Island. Pictured, from left, are
Bahamas Information Services senior information officer Clunis
Devaney, director of physical planning Michael Major; Minister of
Lands and Local Government Sidney Collie; permanent secretary in
the Ministry of Works and Transport Colin Higgs; local town com-
mittee member Wellington Taylor; permanent secretary in the Min-
istry of Lands and Local Government Harrison Thompson and Min-
ister of Agriculture and Marine Resources and Member of Parlia-
ment for Long Island Larry Cartwright.

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farms, some of the banana
plantations, in particular, obvi-
ously very devastated.”

Mr Collie said the govern-
ment knows what is wrong,
“and we are happy with the
level of normalcy that has
returned.”

According to Mr Deveaux,
the goveriment has already
done an assessment following
Noel, “where we used GPS
(Global Positioning System)
instruments to measure the
flood plains. We recognise
that in building infrastructure
— particularly roads, sea walls
and approving sub-divisions —
we have to increase the ele-
vation aud improve. the
drainage.”

He said Long Island has an
abundance of natural drainage
systems. “Some areas the rock
is exceptionally hard so a com-
bination of strategies will be
necessary. In some areas we
may have to improve the per-
meability by putting in some
drainage wells and in other
areas by diverting around the
natural drainage areas.”

Mr Deveaux indicated that
in some parts of North Long
Island, culverts have collapsed
because of heavy traffic and
long use.

“We just have to replace
those,” he stated. “There are
other strategies which appear
to me to make more sustain-
able sense, with specific regard
to shoreline protection, utilis-
ing some of the naturally
occurring rocks that have been
mined on the island so that
we can accommodate the util-
isation of local material and
local labour. As a result of this
combination, we can achieve a
more desirable end.”

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HE British Broad-

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This is good for the BBC
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to hear comprehensive world
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programmes tailor-made for
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Caribbean service.

The transmissions on the
FM band are high quality and
easy for the listener to tune.

Except for a brief period,
the BBC has consistently pro-
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Indeed, it is true to say that
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stations tuned in to the BBC’s
short-wave transmissions and
rebroadcast the BBC’s
Caribbean programmes on
their own frequencies.
Before the advent of the
Caribbean Broadcasting

Union (CBU) and the

Caribbean News Agency
(CANA) in the early 1970s,
the BBC’s Caribbean Service
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reliable source of pan-
Caribbean events that was
available to Caribbean coun-
tries. In its early days, the
BBC’s Caribbean Service pro-
vided coverage of events in
the United Kingdom that
affected the Caribbean.
And, there were many,
beginning with political and
constitutional issues such as
the Independence talks at
Lancaster House for a succes-
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market access and preferen-
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facing their Diaspora in the
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by racial discrimination.

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a vital source of information
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So, the region has to be
thankful to the BBC for main-
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the Caribbean to spend British °
taxpayers’ resources on pro-
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analysis for the Caribbean.

hat the BBC is

doing should have:
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one would have expected by
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produced and delivered pro-
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This has not happened.

Those who led the CBU
Secretariat are not to be
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had a vision of the CBU play-
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about, take the second corner on the right,
then the 1st paved corner on the left then
the 2nd corner on the left, Pear Tree Avenue,

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8. WINTON MEADOWS SECTION NO.1

LOT NO. 115
PROPERTY: Single Family Residence Land
PROPERTY SIZE: 8,000 sq. ft. :
LOCATION: Traveling East along Prince
Charles Drive from Culberts Hill take the 1st
corner on the right Jasmine Drive. Heading
South take the 2nd corner on the right Violett
Drive, the subject property is the 4th house
on the left

APPRAISED VALUE: $274,000

9. EASTERN DISTRICT

PROPERTY SIZE: Split Level Residential
Building
LAND: 19,960 sq. ft

* LOCATION: Western Side of John Evans
Road, South of Shirley Street.
APPRAISED VALUE: $190,000

10. ROCKY PINE ROAD

Property is 2nd house on the left, Light blue LOT NO.A
with white asphalt roof. PIROPERTY SIZE: Multi-Family Duplex
APPRAISED VALUE: $156,000 Apartment :

3._ CARMICHAEL VILLAGE

PROPERTY: Multi-Family Fourplex
Apartment

PROPERTY SIZE: 10,500 sq. ft.
LOCATION: East on Carmichael Road take
1st corner on right after Golden Isies Road.
Property is 2nd lot on left from the dead end.
APPRAISED VALUE: $340,000

. GAMBLE HEIGHTS SUBDIVISION

PROPEATY: Split Leval Triplex incomplete
FLOOR AREA: 2,444 sq. ft.

PROPERTY SIZE: 7,141 sq. ft.
LOCATIONS: Heading South on Blue Hill
Road from Faith United Way, take 1st corner
on left (Sunrise Road) Heading south on
Sunrise Road take the Sth corner on left then
first corner on right. Property is 7th lot on
the right.

APPRAISED VALUE: $200,000

STAR ESTATES EASTERN DISTRICT

LOT NO. 54

PROPERTY: Multi*Family Duplex
PROPERTY SIZE: 7,000 sq. ft.

LOCATION: Traveling East along Prince
Charies Drive take the 1st corner on the right
past Sea Grape Shopping Plaza. Heading
South on Jupiter Way take the Ist right then
the nd left to Venus Avenue. The property
is the 2nd building on the left.

APPRAISED VALUE: $348,000



LOT NO. 170 ;

PROPERTY: Multi-Family Triplex Apartment
*ROPEATY SIZE: 10, 000 sq. ft.
LOCATION: Traveling West on Marshall Road
frorn South Beach Road, take the first corner
on the vight (Tiao End) the subject. property

is the 4th building on jeft painted green with
white trim.

APPRAISED VALUE: $288 000

FAITH AVENUE
LOTNO. 5
PROPERTY SIZE: Multi-Family Triplex
Apartment

LAND: 11,187 sq. ft.

LOCATION: From Sir Milo Butler Highway
travel South on Faith Avenue, first paved
road on left then first left; property on right
side of street.

APPRAISED VALUE: $306,000



1, MALVARIC ESTATES SUBDIVISION.
EASTERN DISTRICT
LOT NO. 5 7
PROPERTY: Multi-Family Lot
PHOPERTY SIZE: 9.114 sq. ft.
LOCATION: Heading South along High Vista
Drive tram East Bay Street, take the first
corner on the left (Citrus Drive) then right
onto Mango Drive take the 4th corner on the
right Andy Tuft to the T Junction, turn lett
then cake the first corner on the right.
Property is 3rd lot on the left.
APPRAISED VALUE: $109,000






2, CORAL HARBOUR SUBDIVISION
LOT NO. 13

PROPERTY SIZE: Single Farnily Residential
wot - 12,113 sq. ft.

LOCATION: Hopkins Drive.
APPRAISED VALUE: $121,000

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LAND: 7,288 sq. ft.

LOCATION: Travel West on Rocky Pine Road
property is midway on the 3rd corner on left.
APPRAISED VALUE: $275,000

11. GLENISTON GARDENS SUBDIVISION

LOT NO. 0 Block 7

PROPERTY SIZE: Single Storey Residence
PROPERTY SIZE: 10,875 sq. ft.
LOCATION: East Side of Jean Street off
Prince Charles Drive

APPRAISED VALUE: $210,000

12, BELLOT ROAD

LOT NO. D

PROPERTY SIZE: Single-Family Residence
Land 5,995 sq. ft.

LOCATION: Traveling West on Bellot Road
from Faith Avenue the subject property is
situated on the Southern side of the road
about 1,0156 feet West of Faith Avenue
painted green

APPRAISED VALUE: $140,000

13. POLHEMUS GARDENS

LOT NO. 17
PROPERTY SIZE: Single Family Residence
LAND: 7,700 sq. ft.

LOCATION: Traveling East on Boyd Road
from Providence Avenue take the 3rd corner
on the left. The property is the 3rd lot on the
left.

APPRAISED VALUE: $169,000



14. FLAMINGO GARDENS SUBDIVISION
LOT NO. Portion of Crown Grant A6
PROPERTY SIZE: Duplex Apartment
LAND: 5,500 sq. ft.

LOCATION: +: mile South of Carmichael

Road West of Faith Avenue in the Western
District :
APPRAISED VALUE: $240,000

15. PINEWOOD GARDENS

LOT NO. 1685

PROPERTY SIZE: Single Family Residence
LAND: 5,000 sq. ft.

LOCATION: Walnut Street.

APPRAISED VALUE: $230,000



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LOT NO. 13 :
PROPERTY SIZE: Duplex Building under

» construction (at foundation)

LAND: 6,905 sq. ft.
LOCATION: Heading East on Cowpen Road
from Spinkard Road, paved road on right,

lot is the 13th property on left.
APPRAISED VALUE: $92,000




4, SOUTHERN SHORES SUBDIVISION

LOT NO. 26

PROPERTY SIZE: Multi-Family Residential
Lot - 11,183 sq. ft.

LOCATION: 800 feet North of Marshall Road
APPRAISED VAL.UE: $89,000







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MALE HEALTH INITIATIVE CONFERENCE

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Stop ‘cooking’ your brains —
with alcohol, men urged

i By Matt Maura
Bahamas Information Services

UNHEALTHY lifestyle prac-
tices such as excessive alcohol
consumption, poor eating habits,
cigarette and marijuana smok-
ing and a lack of exercise are all
negatively impacting the health
of many Bahamian males,
according to under-secretary in
the Ministry of Health and Social
Development Mr Michael Turn-
er

‘Addressing the annual Male —

Health Initiative Conference,
held at the Activity Centre of
the Parish Church of the Most
Holy ‘Trinity, Mr Turner said it
would appear that the favourite
pastime for many Bahamian
males is to “frequent the numer-
ous liquor establishments” and
face the risk of becoming, in the
first instance social drinkers,
before graduating to alcoholism.

“L implore you brothers not to
allow any alcohol substance into
your bodies that will cook your
liver and/or your brain,” Mr
Turner said. “The men of this
nation should be aware that their
health is their personal responsi-
bility and as such must take
responsibility today, to ensure
that tomorrow will reflect how
seriously they took the chal-
lenge.”

Mr Turner said there have
been many factors that have con-
tributed to poor men’s health








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UNDER-SECRETARY in the Min-
istry of Health and Social Develop-
ment Mr Michael Turner addresses
the Male Health Initiative Confer-
ence 2007.

over the years. He said statistics
from the Health Information
Research Unit at the Ministry of
Health and Social Development
revealed that in 2003, the leading
causes of death in men of all ages
were AIDS, heart disease and

rostate cancer, in that order,

ollowed “closely” by trauma due
to assaults. '

During the same period,
almost 6e per cent of deaths in
young males between the ages
of 15-24 were the result of exter-
nal causes, such as homicides and
injuries sustained in road traffic
crashes. In 2005, all deaths of
men between 25-44 were a result
of injuries sustained in road traf-
fic crashes and acts of violence.

“In fact, the public hospitals
records reflect that the leading
causes for admissions among
males presenting for treatment
as a result of injuries, second only
to pregnancy-related illnesses,”
Mr Turner said. -

He added that chronic, non-
communicable diseases
(CNCDs) such as hypertension,
heart disease, diabetes, stroke
and cancer, also continue to be
major concerns for men and the
aa population, accounting

or almost 40 per cent of all
deaths in the country.

Recognising the trends and the
importance of male health in
society, Mr Turner said, health
officials have underscored the
need to bring “focused attention”
to male health issues. ;

He said traditionally, the role

of men globally has been that of
provider, protector and leader,
but more recently both medical
and social scientists have con-
cluded that in order for men to
reach and maximize their highest
potential and fulfil their purpose,
all of their various needs - includ-
ing their health needs - must be
met. “When the health needs of
men are met, then the environ- .
ment for increased productivity. -
and positive contribution to the —

‘development of a healthier

nation is significantly enhanced,”
Mr Turner said.

“To adequately assist you, it
is important that forums such as
this be consistently sought as we
all seek to promote healthy
lifestyles, deal with challenges
that would negatively impact
health and say a resounding ‘No’
to alcohol and drugs. Such
actions will ensure that the lives
of our men are more enriched
and our nation continues to pro-
duce responsible, healthy sons,
husbands and fathers, thus result-
ing in significant reductions in
healthcare costs,” Mr Turner
added.

Mr Turner said the Ministry
of Health and Social Develop-
ment would continue to expand
male health programmes through
the Male Health Initiative, which
is a component of the ministry’s
Family Planning and Reproduc-
tive Health Programme. *

The Male Health Initiative is
designed to address male health,
social and economic issues, in
addition to those issues related to
responsible family planning and
parenting.

“Tt was not in the too distant
past when the focus of many
public health professionals was
primarily in the areas of maternal
and child health with particular -
emphasis on healthy babies, pre-
and post-natal care and female
birth control,” Mr Turner said.

“However, aS we move
towards a new area in Family
Health, we have come to recog-
nise the importance of male
health and the need to bring
focused attention on male health
related issues,” under-secretary
Turner added.

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FROM page one

Part of a letter dated October
31, 2007, from Ms Laing, reads:
“I am directed to advise that the
Honourable Kenneth Russell,
Minister for Housing and
National Insurance, has request-
ed an investigation in the above
captioned matter.

‘It has been brought to our
attention that (name omitted for
legal reasons) has been sus-
pended from her duties for ten
days effective 24, October, 2007,
on the grounds of alleged impro-
prieties-‘with respect to veritica-
tion, issuing and cashing retire-
ment benefit cheques for (name
of pene omitted).”

e letter continued: “Please
note that the Ministry was also
given a copy of a Power of
Attorney that grants (name
omitted) approval to act on
deeds that includes collection of
monthly cheque(s) in order to
settle expenses. Based on the
aforementioned, the Ministry
wishes to ascertain whether
action has beén taken to have
(name omitted) reinstated and
outstanding benefits paid.”

_ However, an Internal Audit
report into the allegations
against the woman completed
on October 24 - which was
obtained by The Tribune -
appears to corroborate and jus-
tify actions taken by senior NIB
management.

The ae document said
that, in NIB’s investigation, six

sons were interviewed. These
included Dazelle Pearson (the

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original complainant); the live-in
housekeeper of the pone
involved; the son of the pen-
sioner; Manassa Smith, the man-
ager of Star Trek Meat on
Carmichael Road; Dr Prince
Bonamy, counsel and attorney-
at-law in the office of Vincent
Peet and Co., and the accused
woman.

The report indicates that the
woman had, in fact, hired an
attorney, Dr Bonamy, to pro-
duce an affidavit giving her
authorisation to collect the pen-
sioner’s retirement benefit
cheques in the amount of $602.

However, the document was
back-dated to February, 2006,
when the retirement benefit was
only $523.56. The amount of
$602 did not come into effect
until April, 2007.

When confronted with this
information, the report says, Ms
Nadine Duvalier, legal secretary,
and Dr Bonamy confirmed that
the power of attorney document
had been back-dated on the
request of the accused woman.

ormer Minister of Financial
Investment Vincent Peet con-
firmed that Dr Bonamy had
been working in his law firm for
three or four years. The Tribune
ae. to reach Dr Bonamy
directly, but his listed number
was said to be “not in service”.

The original complainant in
the investigation, Ms Pearson, is
reported in the document to
state that she wanted the inves-
tigation to be stopped as “she

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did not wish for any further fam-
ily problems”.

“Please sirs, | wish that you
have (accused woman’s) job
kept, because she is a woman
with a family and I would not
wish for anyone to be unem-
ployed,” Ms Pearson states in
her letter to NIB.

However, the report says, the
information provided by Dazelle
Pearson requesting a withdraw-
al of the complaint “does not
revoke the Internal Audit
Department’s obligation to
investigate any alleged wrong-
doing or misconduct by any staff
member”. Nonetheless, Mr Rus-
sell sought to use this case as jus-
tification for the shake-up at
NIB, where senior staff are set to
be terminated in the coming
months. Speaking to ZNS, Min-

ister Russell said: “The young

lady was helping an old woman
get her pension.

And someone came in, some
relative of the old lady, and
reported her, believing that she
was doing something untoward
to the old lady. She found out
later that what she said before
was not true. She went back to
NIB and said to them, look here
I was wrong, and I withdraw my
complaint. NIB still did an inves-
tigation on the woman and
found out that she did nothing
wrong. Nothing wrong! She is
still on suspension. This is the
third suspension now she is on.
So these kinds of practices have
to be corrected,” he said. The
minister could not be contacted
for comment last night.

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“It is just a question of he ts
under contract and we will nego-
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contract,” he said.

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to have a fresh face and a fresh
impetus behind the changes that
need to take place at NIB.

“He has been there for over LO
years. He has given a lot of valu-
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really a question of having a
change to keep in line with the

‘changes that we want to make for

the future,” he said.

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directors, since its engagement in
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NIB and what is needed for the
future.
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changes that are going to be made
from a management perspective,
although not all of the changes
will be dismissals,” he said. Mr
Ward said Mr Anthony Curtis is
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manent replacement is found.
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can only speak on behalf of the
board, and the board is actually in
charge of the day-to-day man-
agement of NIB and no such deci-
sion has been taken,” he said.

The current National Insurance
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deputy chairman Archdeacon
Bowleg, Harold Watson, Van
Diah, Brian Nutt, Winston Rolle,
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FROM page one

“[ do not want to be part of a
party which wins a government
through the courts. | would pre-
fer the party to win through the
process of rebuilding, of retooling
its message, of refining its politi-
cal apparatus, to ensure that
when the time comes, as a politi-
cal organisation, we are ready to
meet the people,” Mr Rigby said
while speaking as a guest on Love
97’°s Jones and Co radio talk
show.

The PLP chairman said he
does not believe the country
could withstand another general
election at this time, but said he
feels the PLP could win by a

‘small margin if elections were

held one year from now.
Addressing mistakes made by
the party leading up to the May 2

FROM page one

Police officers searching the
house discovered cellular phones,
digital cameras, watches, several
pieces of jewellery, including
bracelets, hand chains, and rings
and over $1,000 in cash. Addi-
tionally, officers found a .38
handgun and a small quantity of
marijuana.

“This arrest was as a direct
result of the very good partner-

FROM page one

Activist Fred Munnings
explained how the contest is one
way BAC hopes to change
mindsets and curb the number of
violent crimes that are rocking
the nation.

“We want (participants) to
concentrate on this issue of
crime. We want them to use the
theme of love of brotherhood,
to think positively of how we
could address crime, because our
objective is to prevent crime. We
want this to be a consciousness

FROM page one

life. “Since its formation more
than 50 years ago, the PLP has
played an unrivalled and
unmatched role in the growth
and development of this coun-
try. Today we face new chal-
lenges. But the philosophical
underpinnings of this party are
timeless,” she said.

“T take this opportunity to
reaffirm my commitment to the

eat political organisation was
unded. [tis a gommitment to
national development in a clear,

fen ideals upon which this

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Raynard Rigby

election, Mr Rigby said he regrets
that the PLP did not rid itself of
some individuals who had embar-
rassed the government and party.

“I firmly believe today that if
we had made some tough deci-
sions we would be the govern-
ment — tough decisions in terms
of our candidates, tough decisions
in terms of certain policy initia-
tives that the government could
have advanced sooner, rather
than later, tough decisions in
terms of marshalling the party
forces,” he said.

He also conceded that the for-
mer government failed to meet
certain expectations of some
strong party supporters.

Mr Rigby, who last month
announced that he will not renew
his bid for the party chairman-
ship at the next convention, said

Crime ring

ship and working relationship
stemming from the neighbour-
hood policing programme,”
police said yesterday.

In addition to the four arrests
on Saturday, police yesterday
arrested two men in connection
with the illegal possession of a
firearm.

Otficers attached to the
“Operation Quiet Storm” initia-

Public mindset

of the nation through the use of
the medium of music.”

The motivation behind the
anti-crime project is the alarming
murder rate of 73 classified
homicides for the year. Rising
incidents of armed robberies,
rape, and burglaries have
prompted BAC to join con-
cerned citizens who feel “enough
is enough.”

The song competition will not
be limited to strictly indigenous
music. Participants will be

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defined and purposeful fashion.

“A commitment to, the fun-
damental human rights that
each Bahamian man, woman
and child regardless of his cir-
cumstances is entitled to; includ-
ing the right not simply to an
education but a learning expe-
rience which imparts knowl-
edge, nurtures the concept of
citizenship and personal respon-
sibility and which taps rato the
rich potential of our children,
thereby preparing them for
their natural role to take this

that in his opinion, politics in the
Bahamas had changed signifi
cantly and that the “game plan”
of senior PLP members had to
be updated accordingly.

He believed politics is a sci-
ence and a party that refused to
recognise that would be on the
losing side.

It was important to understand
that it was not just how many
people a party got to fill a rally
hall, but the message that
emanated from the speakers that
counted. Any party that did not
listen, or respect those mecha-
nisms, would lose, he said.

Mr Rigby said he did not
believe that such a thing as a
“sure” constituency seat existed
anymore. He said in today’s polit-
ical climate, seats which typically
had been defined as PLP seats
would not automatically be won
by his party.

tive were on patrol on Melyerne
Road in the Yellow Elder Gar-
dens area shortly after noon yes-
terday, when they saw two male
occupants in a gold Nissan Alti-
ma, registration number 175941,
acting suspiciously. Police
searched the car and found a
.9mm handgun with six live
rounds of ammunition. The men
were arrested and are in police
custody. Both men, aged 21 and
30, are Yellow Elder residents.

allowed to enter songs spanning
various genres of music and cash
prizes will be awarded to the
winner, Mr Munnings said.
BAC’s first community initia-
tive is a Walk-A-Thon at Montel
Heights sub-division scheduled
for today. On Sunday the civic
group will meet with local
churches in the community as
well. In April, 2008, BAC will
organise a national “hand-hold-
ing” event commemorating the
20th anniversary of the now dis-
banded Hands Across the
Bahamas organisation.

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very seriously.

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Zonicle have also expressed
their desire to take over as PLP
chairman. The current chair-
mae, Raynard Rigby. has
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MIDDLE EAST: Israeli-Palestinian negotiations

Hamas shadow over peace talk





A PALESTINIAN MAN walks next to a section of Israel's separation barrier, with graffiti painted by an unknown
artist, between Jerusalem and the West Bank town of Bethlehem Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007. Israel says the bar-
rier is necessary for security, while Palestinians call it a land grab.

B GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip

HAMAS is casting a long
shadow over Israeli-Palestinian
peace talks, according to the
Associated Press.

Although weakened by harsh
economic sanctions and feeling
more isolated after last week’s
Mideast peace conference in the
U.S., the Islamic militants retain
a tight hold on Gaza and have
the power to disrupt future
negotiations with increasingly
deadly rocket attacks on Israel.

The Israeli, Palestinian and
U.S. leaders haven't let on

whether they'll confront, co-opt :

or try to ignore Hamas, while
deepening divisions between
ideologues and pragmatists
mat ‘e group more unpre-
dictav!:

For now, the hard-liners who
led the violent takeover of Gaza
in June are still in charge, block-
ing any move toward compro-
mise.

In an interview, their
spokesman, Sami Abu Zuhri,
~ dismissed the Mideast confer-
ence at Annapolis, Md., which
relaunched peace talks after
seven years of bloody deadlock,
as a meaningless ceremony.

He shrugged off the partici-
pation of more than a dozen
Arab states, including Hamas’
main Arab ally, Syria, as a sign
of Arab weakness under U.S.
pressure. Hamas is more piv-
otal than ever, he insisted.

“Simply, no party can dictate
its program on the region with-
out Hamas.” he said.

But another senior Hamas
official, representing the prag-
matic wing, said the group was
caught off guard by the heavy
Arab turnout at Annapolis and
feels increasingly sidelined. He
spoke on condition of anonymi-
ty because his views contradict
the official line. :

Hamas is already being
shunned by much of the world
because of its violent ideology,
rejection of peace talks and call
for the destruction of Israel. It
has had trouble providing even
basic services, mainly because
of the near complete closure of
Gaza’s borders by Israel and
Egypt. One Arab diplomat said
he expects Hamas to run out of
money by the summer.

For now, though, Hamas’ rule
over Gaza’s 1.5 million people
appéars unshaken.-

Hamas has disarmed its rivals:
in the Fatah movement of:

Palestinian President Mahmoud.
Abbas and silenced most dis-

sent. After a Fatah protest rally

of a quarter of a million people

in mid-November, Hamas...
arrested hundreds and threat- -.

ened others with retribution if
they demonstrate again.

Many have heeded the warn-
ing, including 34-year-old Alaa,
a member of Abbas’ once pow-
erful Preventive Security Ser-
vice. Alaa, who would not give
his last name, said his Hamas
jailers shaved his head after the
Fatah rally. He pointed to his
mark of humiliation — a light
fuzz just beginning to grow back
— and said he won’t criticize
Hamas in public anymore.

With Hamas showing no signs
of fading quietly, the U.S. has
tried to isolate the group as it
brokers a peace deal. Once a
Palestinian state is achieved,
“the Palestinians in Gaza are
going to have to make a choice”
whether to join, Stephen
Hadley, President Bush’s
national security adviser, said
recently, explaining the phased
approach.

Meanwhile, the internation-
al community is trying to boost
Abbas in the West Bank.
Donor countries are expected
to approve large sums of aid for
the Palestinian president to dis-

tribute, while Gazans face a fur-
ther slide into poverty. “What
the Americans will strive for in
this situation is real improve-
ment in the West Bank and real
deterioration in Gaza,” said
Mouin Rabbani of the Interna-
tional Crisis Group, an inde-
pendent think tank.

However, it may be impossi-
ble to ignore Hamas until the
Palestinians havé set up their
state.

At the Annapolis conference,
Israel and the Palestinians
renewed a promise to carry out
a series of steps outlined in the
“road map” plan, parallel to the
negotiations. In the first phase,
Israel must stop expanding
West Bank settlements and the
Palestinians must dismantle mil-
itant groups.

Abbas’ security forces made
progress in the West Bank, but

‘say that can’t take on Hamas in
Gaza. Israeli Prime Minister
Ehud Olmert says Gaza has to
be part of the equation if Israel
is to be expected to meet its
obligations.

That demand could torpedo
the entire process, since Abbas
has no say in Gaza. “If Israel
takes this point of view, then
phase one (of the road map) is
going nowhere,” said Israeli
‘analyst Yossi Alpher.

Much will depend on the
retired American general
appointed to judge road map

compliance, former NATO >

commander James L. Jones.
But it’s not clear what his
marching orders are.

Senior members of Abbas’
Fatah movement say it would
be a mistake to use force against
Hamas.

Hamas’ public support is
steadily eroding, said Kadoura
Fares, a Fatah official. A weak-
ened Hamas will eventually be
forced to abandon its hardline
ideology or be brought down in
a popular uprising, said Fares.

But for either scenario to
work, he said, Israel must
demonstrate that moderation
pays — releasing Palestinian
prisoners, for instance, or lift-
ing roadblocks.

“We believe that ... every step
forward in the peace process
will only increase the pressure
on Hamas,” Fares said.

Israel faces its own dilemmas.
. It could try to crush Hamas
and.reoccupy Gaza in response
to ongoing rocket fire. Howev-
er, previous offensives were

‘ineffective; an invasion would

likely claim many casualties and
Abbas’ public support would be
wiped out if he re-emergedias a
‘political power in Gaza with the
help of Israelitanks.)
. Yet Israel fears that the
longer Hamas is left alone, the
more Opportunity it will have
to turn its fighters into a quasi-
army, on par with Hezbollah
guerrillas in Lebanon who
fought Israel to a draw in a 2006
war.

Hamas has been boasting
about its military prowess.

A day before the Annapolis
conference, Ahmed Yousef, a
senior Hamas official, said that
his group was able to put more
lethal warheads on its rockets
“to create sufficient terror and
fear.”

Another Hamas leader,
speaking on condition of
anonymity because he was not
authorized to speak about the
group’s weapons development,
said at the time that Hamas has
extended the range of its rock-
ets, to reach the Israeli city of
Ashkelon, north of Gaza, and
not just the small border vil-
lages targeted so far.

Abu Zuhri said Hamas could
take on Israeli troops, and while
perhaps not defeat them,
extract a heavy price in casual-

ties. “We are ready for a con-
frontation,” said Abu Zuhri.
However, the Hamas official

‘from the pragmatic wing said

Israel could likely inflict seri-
ous damage on the group.

Also weighing on Hamas is
the possibility.of being aban-
doned by Syria, its main patron
along with Iran — although
that’s still a long way off.

Syria would have an incen-
tive to distance itself from
Hamas if Syrian-Israeli peace
talks were to resume, But cut-
ting ties with Hamas and other
militants would mean giving up
leverage against Israel, and Syr-
ia appears in no rush to do that.

e AP reporter Ibrahim
Barzak contributed to this report
from Gaza City.



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Somali human rights group says nearly 6,000 civilians killed in capital this year

@ By SALAD DUHUL

Associated Press Writer

MOGADISHU, Somalia
(AP) — Violence in Somalia’s
war-ravaged capital has killed
5,960 civilians this year, a

human rights group said yester- °

day.

Sudan Ali Ahmed, chairman
of Somalia’s Elman Human
Rights, also said 7,980 people
were wounded and more than
700,000 displaced from their
homes as the government has
struggled to contain a bloody
Islamic insurgency.

An accurate tally is nearly
impossible to come by in
Mogadishu, one of the most vio-
lent and lawless cities in the
world. During some of the
heaviest fighting this year, wit-
nesses said bodies were not
being picked up or even count-
ed. And the few aid groups
braving the capital do not have
the tools to perform a reliable
count.

Elman, the country’s oldest
human rights group, releases
monthly reports and has been
tallying the death toll in secret
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lects figures from hospitals, local
residents and its own recording
of burials in Mogadishu.

“Our staff members are col-
lecting figures and facts about
human rights abuses by visiting
residential areas and medical
centers,” Ahmed told The
Associated Press by telephone
Sunday from an undisclosed
location. Government officials,
who have accused Elman of
exaggerating death tolls, were
not immediately available for
comment.



Mogadishu Mayor Mohamed
Dheere ordered the indepen-
dent Somali group to close its
offices on October 8. Ahmed

said his group was accused of

spreading “exaggerated and
false information” about the
country’s fragile government.
Dheere could not immedi-
ately be reached for comment
as his cell phone went unan-
swered. Elman Human Rights
has 116 staff across the coun-

try. The group-has tracked the
killings of civilians during
Mogadishu’s near-daily violence
this year and has also reported
on violations in recent years.
Several human rights groups
have accused the government,
insurgents and Ethiopian troops
of committing abuses.
Ethiopia came to the aid of

Somalia’s government in

December to rout the Council
of Islamic Courts militia. The

Islamic group’s fighters then
threatened an Iraq-style insur-
gency, and thousands of
Mogadishu residents have been
killed this year in gunbattles,
grenade and mortar attacks.
Somalia has not had a func-
tioning government since a
group of warlords overthrew
dictator Mohamed Siad Barre
in 1991, then turned their heav-

ily armed supporters on each

other.



Earth’s tropics belt expands, may mean drier
weather for US Southwest, Mediterranean

@ By SETH BORENSTEIN
AP Science Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) —
Earth’s tropical belt seems to
have expanded a couple hun-
dred miles over the past quar-
ter century, which could mean
more arid weather for some
already dry subtropical
regions, new climate research
shows. ;

Geographically, the tropical
region is a wide swath around
Earth’s middle stretching from
the Tropic of Cancer, just
south of Miami, to the Tropic
of Capricorn, which cuts Aus-
tralia almost in half. It’s about
one-quarter of the globe and
generally thought of as hot,
steamy and damp, but it also
has areas of brutal desert.

To meteorologists, however,
the tropics region is defined by
long-term climate and what’s
happening in the atmosphere.
Recent studies show changes
that indicate an expansion of
the tropical atmosphere.

The newest study, published
Sunday in the new scientific
journal Nature Geoscience,
shows that by using the weath-
er definition, the tropics are
expanding toward Earth’s
poles more than predicted.
And that means more dry
weather is moving to the edges
of the tropics in places like the
US Southwest.

Independent teams using
four different meteorological
measurements found that the
tropical atmospheric belt has
grown by anywhere between
two and 4.8 degrees latitude

since 1979. That translates to a
total north and south expan-
sion of 140 to 330 miles.

One key determination of
the tropical belt is called the
Hadley circulation, which is
essentially prevailing rivers of
wind that move vertically as
well as horizontally, carrying
lots of moisture to rainy areas
while drying out arid regions
on the edges of the tropics.
That wind is circulating over a
larger area than a couple
decades ago. .

But that’s not the only type
of change meteorologists have
found that shows an expansion
of the tropics. They’ve seen
more tropical conditions by
measuring the amount of
ozone in the atmosphere, mea-
suring the depth of the lower
atmosphere, and the level of
dryness in the atmosphere at
the edges of the tropics. Cli-
mate scientists have long pre-
dicted a growing tropical belt
toward the end ofthe 21st cen-
tury because of man-made
global warming. But what has
happened in the past quarter
century is larger and more
puzzling than initially predict-
ed, said Dian Seidel, a
research meteorologist with
the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration
lab in Silver Spring, Md. She is
the author of the newest study.
“They are big changes,” she
said. “It’s a little puzzling.”

She said this expansion-may
only be temporary, but there’s
no way of knowing yet.

tropical belt widening. While a
leading suspect is global warm-
ing, other suspects include
depletion in the ozone layer
and changes in El Nino, the
periodic weather phenomenon
in the Pacific Ocean.

Other climate scientists are
split on the meaning of the
research because it shows such
a dramatic change — beyond
climate model predictions.
Some scientists, such as
Richard Seager at Columbia
University’s Lamont-Doherty
Earth Observatory, say
changes in El Nino since the
1970s probably are a big factor
and could make it hard to con-
clude there’s a dramatic
expansion of the tropical belt.

But climate scientists
Andrew Weaver of the Uni-

versity of Victoria and Richard -

Somerville of the Scripps Insti-
tution of Oceanography said
Seidel’s work makes sense and
that computer models have
consistently been underesti-
mating the ill effects of global
warming. “Every time you
look at what the world is doing
it’s always far more dramatic
than what climate models pre-
dict,” Weaver said.

Both Weaver and Seidel
said the big concern is that dry
areas on the edge of the trop-
ics — such as the US South-
west, parts of the Mediter-
ranean and southern Australia
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Shooting death: Fourth suspect in court

Bm By MATT SEDENSKY
Associated Press Writer

MIAMI (AP) — A fourth
man charged in the shooting
death of Washington Redskins
star Sean Taylor appeared in
court Sunday and, like his co-
defendants, was denied bond.

Jason Mitchell, 19, appeared
briefly via videoconference in
a Fort Myers courtroom, about
100 miles from here. Dressed
in an orange jumpsuit, he
responded quietly when asked if
he understood the charges.

“He looks like he’s in shock,”
said Sawyer Smith, one of his
attorneys.

Three others — Eric Rivera,
17; Charles Wardlow, 18; and
Venjah Hunte, 20 — made their
first court appearance Saturday.

All four have been charged
with unpremeditated murder,
armed burglary and home inva-
sion with a firearm or another
deadly weapon.

Probable cause affidavits for
Mitchell and Rivera obtained
by the Associated Press said the
two confessed to participating
in armed burglary. According
to the reports, Mitchell and
Rivera admitted entering the
home and said someone had a
gun and shot Taylor, but they
didn’t identify who.

Police and attorneys also
have said some of the young
men confessed, though they
wouldn’t elaborate.

The four suspects will be
transported to Miami, perhaps
as early as Sunday, when thou-
sands are expected to gather to

“mourn the 24-year-old Pro
-Bowl safety.

A public viewing was sched-
uled Sunday evening; a massive
funeral was set for Monday at a
Florida International Universi-
ty arena.

Taylor died Tuesday, one day
after being shot at his home in
an affluent Miami suburb.
Police said the suspects were
looking for a simple burglary,
but it turned bloody when they
were startled to find Taylor



A Washington Redskins fan holds
up a sign with a photo of the late
Redskins safety Sean Taylor prior
to an NFL football game against
the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, December
2, 2007, in Landover, Md.

(AP Photo: Nick Wass)

home.

The suspects all have prior
arrests, according to Lee Coun-
ty Sheriff’s Office records.

Wardlow was arrested twice
for selling marijuana and once
for grand theft of a vehicle, and
Hunte was arrested previously
this year on drug and trespass-
ing charges.

Mitchell has been arrested
twice, most recently in October
on charges of driving with a sus-
pended license and violation of
probation. Rivera was arrested
in October for trafficking
cocaine and methamphetamine,
and he previously was behind
bars for altering the identifica-
tion number on a firearm.

Those who know the young
suspects attempted to defend
them.

Cordaveous Brown, 16, who
said he was a close friend of
Rivera, described the suspect
as calm and quiet. “He’s not the
type of guy to do something like
this,” he said. A woman who
identified herself as Wardlow’s
grandmother called him “a
sweet young man,” and Jose
Ortiz, a 36-year-old neighbor of
Hunte, said he’d never heard
of any problems or trouble sur-
rounding the accused.

Smith, who represents
Mitchell and Rivera, simply said

the suspects were terrified.

Police remain tightlipped
about how the suspects wound
up at Taylor’s home. The Miami
Herald reported Mitchell cut
the player’s lawn and did other
chores at the house and that
Taylor’s sister Sasha dates
Wardlow’s cousin. The Naples
Daily News quoted a woman
who identified herself as Jason
Mitchell’s mother as saying her
son was at a birthday party at
Taylor’s home within the past
two months.

Taylor’s former attorney
Richard Sharpstein said Tay-
lor’s sister had a 21st birthday
party at her brother’s home on
Thanksgiving weekend. Bennie
Williams, a neighbor to Ward-
low’s cousin, said he had seen
Taylor’s sister Sasha in the area
recently. “She was here all last
week for the holidays,” he said.

Miami-Dade police wouldn’t
confirm any of the possible
links.

Police have said the four sus-
pects were intent on stealing,
not killing.

“Murder or shooting some-
one was not their initial
motive,” Miami-Dade County
police Director Robert Parker
said.

Early Monday, Taylor and his
longtime girlfriend, Jackie Gar-
cia, were awakened by loud
noises at his home. He grabbed
a machete for protection, but
within moments, someone
broke through the bedroom
door and fired two shots, one
hitting Taylor in the upper leg.

Neither the couple’s 18-
month-old daughter, also
named Jackie, nor Garcia were
injured.

The bullet damaged the
femoral artery in Taylor’s leg,
causing significant blood loss.
He never regained conscious-
ness and died early Tuesday.

Authorities haven’t said
whether they’ve linked the sus-
pects to a break-in at Taylor’s
home eight days before the
shooting. In that incident, some-
one pried open a front window,



Sudan’s president will meet British
delegation on pardon for jailed teacher

@ By ALFRED de
MONTESQUIOU
Associated Press Writer

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP)
— Sudan’s president will meet a
British delegation to discuss a
possible pardon for a teacher
imprisoned in Sudan for allow-
ing her students to name a ted-
dy bear Muhammad, a presi-
dential spokesman said Sunday.

Two Muslim members of
British parliament, Baroness
Sayeeda Warsi and Lord Nazir
Ahmed, have been in Sudan for
two days trying to set upa
meeting with Sudanese Presi-
dent Omar al-Bashir. He is the
only one who can pardon
Gillian Gibbons, the 54-year-
old British teacher who has
been imprisoned since Thurs-
day.
“The (Sudanese) president
will meet the British delegation
at 10:30 (Monday morning) at
the presidential palace,” Mah-
zoub Faidul told The Associat-
ed Press. “He will discuss the
case and a possible pardon.”

Al-Bashir’s decision to sit
down with the two politicians
could be a breakthrough in the
case.

Gibbons was sentenced
Thursday to 15 days in prison
and deportation for insulting
Islam because she. allowed her
students to give a teddy bear
the same name as Islam’s
revered prophet — a violation
under Sudan’s Islamic Sharia
law.

Concern for the teacher’s
safety grew Friday after thou-
sands of Sudanese, many armed
with clubs and swords and beat-
ing drums, burned pictures of
her and demanded her execu-
tion at a rally in Khartoum.

Gibbons was moved from the
Omdurman women’s prison to
a secret location on Friday after
the demonstrations.

The British Embassy said
they had not been officially
notified about the meeting with
al-Bashir. But spokesman Omar
Daair said it would be “a posi-
tive development.”

Earlier Sunday, Warsi said
she and Ahmed had “some
very, very difficult meetings”
with Sudanese officials but indi-
cated the two politicians had
canceled their return tickets to
Britain early Monday in hopes
of a breakthrough.

Ahmed said “progress has
been made” in their meetings.

“There is only one item on
the agenda and that is Gillian
and hopefully obtaining her par-
don,” said Ahmed.

He expressed hope that the
cultural background of the two
politicians would help bridge
the gap between Britain and
Sudan.

“That is very important, we
are British and we are Muslim,”
said Ahmed. “We understand
the sensitivity and culture of
this part of the world and also
our own culture and norms and
customs.”

The British Embassy said ear- -

lier that it was talking directly to
the Sudanese government at the
same time that the parliamen-
tarians were working for Gib-
bons’ release.

“We are working closely with
Lord Ahmed and Baroness
Warsi because we think their
initiative has the best chance of
success,” Daair, the embassy
spokesman, said earlier, adding
that the British government was
pressing for a meeting with al-
Bashir. :

Gibbons’ chief lawyer, Kamal

al-Gizouli, was optimistic on the

chances of the British delega-
tion to secure the teacher’s
release, in part because the
whole affair has become an
international embarrassment to
the government.

“They want to get rid of the
problem and the visit of the
British lords would be a good
opportunity,” he said. “This
case is a headache for the gov-

ernment. I would not be sur-

prised if Gibbons was released
today or tomorrow.”

Gibbons escaped harsher
punishment that could have
included up to 40 lashes, six
months in prison and a fine. Her
time in jail since her arrest Sun-
day counts toward the sentence.

During her trial, the weeping
teacher said she had intended
no harm. Her students, over-
whelmingly Muslim, chose the
‘name for the bear, and Muham-
mad is one of the most common
names for men in the Arab
world. Muslim scholars gener-
ally agree that intent is a key
factor in determining if some-
one has violated Islamic rules
against insulting the prophet.

But the case was caught up
in the ideology that al-Bashir’s
Islamic regime has long instilled
in Sudan, a mix of anti-colo-
nialism, religious fundamental-
ism and a sense that the West is

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The two pro-Krenilin parties would have 45
and 42 seats respectively.
The Communists, the only opposition force,
MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir ey have 57 seats. according to the poll, which
Putin’s party won more than 60 per cent of i was based on tace-to-face interviews with
the vote in Russia’s parliamentary election Volare at 1,200 precincts across Russia. The
yesterday, an exit poll indicated. margin of error was about two percentage
United Russia was leading the field with 61 _ points.
per cent of the vote, with the Communists Another nationwide poll, conducted by the
trailing far behind with 11.5 per cent, accord- — Public Opinion Foundation, which is techni-
ing to the poll conducted by the state-owned cally independent but considered Kremlin-
All-Russia Opinion Research Center. friendly, showed United Russia winning with
Two other pro-Kremlin parties — Vladimir 62.3 per cent of the vote.
Zhirinovsky’s Liberal Democratic Party and The survey polled about 80,000 respon-
Just Russia — also made it into parliament dents and had a margin of error of one per-
with 8.8 and 8.4 per cent of the vote respec- _ centage point.
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Lindsey marvels that her three-
year-old son Merrick doesn’t
need to take 10 different med-
icines anymore. He can safely
frolic on the playground
among the germs That lurk
there.

Two years ago, Merrick’s liv-
er suddenly shut down. Stan-
dard treatment would have
meant a full liver transplant
and a lifetime on drugs to keep
his body from rejecting the

mew ore

‘fem ‘Would h have raised, his. tisk
for infection and possibly dam-
aged his kidneys.

Instead, Merrick underwent
a rare and once virtually aban-
doned operation in which a
partial donor liver was
attached temporarily to his fail-
ing liver.

His own liver regenerated,
and the transplanted liver is
shrinking and may eventually
waste away. He has been taken
off the anti-rejection medica-
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cedure,”

Miami/Jackson Memorial Eos-
pital — the only United States
facility believed to be regular
ly performing the surgery. Four
of them are now off anti-rejec
tion drugs and a filth is close.

The procedure was first tried
in the mid-1990s, but United
States doctors thought the
chance of death or complica:
tions was too high. One patient
who had the surgery at the
Miami hospital in 1998
remained hospitalized for three
months because of complica-
tions. Ultimately, his liver
recovered and he too was tak-

en off the anti-rejection drugs.

Surgeons in England, France
and-Japan continued to do the
procedure, and in several cases
had favourable results. Jack-
son’s Dr Tomoaki Kato was
encouraged by reports out of
Europe. Since 2005. he has
performed six partial trans
plants: all have survived.

It’s “time to revisit the pro-
said Kato. the hospi
tal’s director of pediatric liver
and gastrointestinal transplant
programme. “There's a great
benefit for the children and the
technology has developed so
much.”

Still, some surgeons say they
will stick with the traditional
transplant until they see more
proof that the partial trans-
plant is safe. The operation can
take more than LO hours, twice
as long as the standard trans-
plant surgery, and is'more
complicated, increasing risks
to the patient. After surgery, a
patient must have multiple

-biopsies to see if his own lives

is regenerating.

Dr Charles Miller, director
of liver transplantation af the
Cleveland Clinic, said that
what concerns surgeons “is
that you're taking a very sick
patient and, in most cases. you
would rather do the simplest
operation.”

The liver, which cleans toy
ins from the blood. is unique
among the body’s organs in its
ability to regenerate, making
the procedure possible. In
some cases, the liver can reco,
er from acute, or sudden, fail
ure on its own, But if the organ
doesmt recover fast enough,
patients can suffer brain dam
age from the toxins if they
dom't get a transplant

For Lindsey, choosing the
potentially riskier partial (rans-
plant for Merrick was easy.
Either road was going to by
difficult, she said. and at lens!
with the partial transplant. the
little boy had a chance to
regain the use of his own liver.

Little more than a vear aller
the operation. Merrick’s liver
had regenerated enough that
Kato took him off his anti
rejection drugs. THis trans-
planted liver is shrinking and
may eventually disappear. (fn
some patients, his surgically
removed. )

“Tecan sit here and say my
son is off. He's off everything,
Lindsey said. “What they cid
Was a true miracle.”

Because the operation ts so
rare, organisations like the
United Network for Qyean
Sharing and the American |

‘ation do not track the
number of partial transplants
performed or have specific
euldelines for it.

Kato has created his own
rough guidelines. He says chil-
dren fare better with the oper-
ation because their livers have
better rejuvenating abilities
than adults. and he’s only used
it lor cases of acute liver fail-
ure. Chronic liver problems,
like hepatitis or cancer, would
not be cured with this proce-
dure

Using this criteria, the num-
ber of people who could bene-
fit from this procedure is lim-

er Founs

ited’ Fewer than 400 people -

gol transpl: ints for acute liver
failure in 2006, about a fifth of
them children, according to
data from the Organ Procure-
ment and ‘Transplantation Net-
work

‘The procedure is covered by
lusurance companies. Kato
said the cost is roughly the
same as traditional transplants.
Mo also noted the long-term
savings: After
patients get off anti-rejection
drugs. they save thousands of
dollars a year.

And while the Miami
patients received livers from
deceased donors, the surgery

could be performed using a
live donor, such as a parent if
tests showed compatibility.

The University of C hicago’s
Dr. Donald Jensen said that
although the procedure is
promising, if his own child
were involved. he would still
a standard liver trans:

health care

choose
plant

Jensen, director of the uni-
versity’s Center for Liver Dis-
case, said some of the partial
transplant’s satety and other
issues, still need to be worked
Out

Some of Kato’s patients
have needed a second surgery
lo remove the transplanted
v because it became
Vict anti-rejection
drugs were halted. And a few
have vet to get off those drugs.

Yatlin Nunez’s tvo-vear-old
lonathan was the sixth
patient fo have the partial liver
transplant at Miani. Of all the
pattents, his liver has shown
the Teast recovery more than
SO months later. even com.
pared fo a boy who had the
yPeration this summer

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livers gotng Lo regenerate...
Its just taking a little longer,”
Nt said through tears

\nd hit doesn’t, iUs okay...
We're given the chance and
lve met other moms who
werent given the chance.”

Bienner Logan’s parents are
proving the toss-up goes in
In August, the
Iwo-vear-old became the most
recent to have the surgery.

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sof recovery,

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ACROSS: 1, Gross 6, Hi-n-ts 9, Champed 10, Score 11, Ala.-
Mo. 12,Seedy 13, Oddball 15, Mow 17, Mere 18, Sala-MI 19,
Al-lay 20, Grim-L-y 22, Dal-e 24, Ain 25, Snee-red 26, Copit
27, Straw 28, Cigar 29, Rec-it-al 30, Fr-I-ed 31, Terse
DOWN: 2, Recede 3, S-crib-e 4, She 5, |-MP-el 6, Headway 7,
Idly 8, TOM-TOM 12, Slily 13, O-mega 14, Drain 15, Manor 16,
Wi-p-ed 18, Saint 19, A-LL-owed 21, Rioter 22, Defile 23, Le
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Not far from the end of the play? (5)
The colonel, | see, has a complaint
(5)

Discrimination shown by the school
head in an art gallery (5)

Managed to get the right one (3)
Old men who look weary at certain
points (5)

Supports the idea of going into
reverse (5,2) :
She found Adonis heavenly (5)
Little Rock? (3)

Refer once more to something one
shouldn’t be (6)

Novel work? (7)

At the time of new development
around Hatch End (4)

In America, where many united
states are divided (4)

Given relaxing treatment; in a way,
old-fashioned (7)

Tradesman disturbed by some trad-
ing records (6)

A pile of canapés? (3)

Like a boom in aeronautics(5)

Yells as one goes off for a tour of
the East (7)

He wrote about Friday (5)

Mark’s the one I'm after (3)

Looked to go back when persuaded
(5)

The odd street light (5)
Allude to a palindrome (5)

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It’s pink and looks right in a black
setting (5)

When there's bad pinking to cure,
have a drink (7)

What lovers do when ready to take
the plunge? (4) /

Would Art enable him to start even?
(6)

Stand at ease — drill’s finished! (5)
Alcoholic drink at some state not
allowed (5)

It’s used in varnish, by all accounts
(3) :
Butlers, if shifty, are not so obvious
about it (7)

Thus, in Latin, doesn’t sound well
(3)

Invested with a title (5)
Determined to get the 1V working?
(3,2)

Love story from Cremona (7)

In a small way, they’re outstanding
in botany (5)

One in lifelong imprisonment? (5)
Pets are disturbed by the same old
stuff on telly (7)

Withdraw from a position and look

‘around for the keys (6)

A seaman on the road? (3)

A hooligan in outline (5)

For detectives, merely a halt of bee:
is a drink (5)

Some dream mansion abroad (5)
Possibly rose red? (4)

Music all about us (3)

Yesterday’s easy solutions

Inert 26, Sage 28, Spa

ACROSS: 1, Drama 6, Pride 9, Othello 10, Spare 11, Qvine 12,
Piste 13, Clasped 15, Wet 17, Asps 18, Desire 19, Hated 20,
Atonal 22, Peas 24, Tin 25, Incense 26, Signs 27, Kebab 28,
Staid 29, Guy rope 30, Asset 31, Armed

DOWN: 2, Repels 3, Morass 4, Ate 5, Fetid 6, Plotted 7, Rove
8, Danger 12, Petal 13, Carat 14, Apron 15, Widen 16, Tense
18, Deans 19, Halibut 21, Tigers 22, Pester 23, Aspire 25,

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3 Vault (5) 1 Asian country (5)
8 Deadly (5) 2 Fantastic (7)
10 Lawful (5) 4 — Track (4)
11 Farm animal (3) 5 Celestial body (6)
12 Italian city (5) 6 Singer (5)
13 Chief city (7) 7 Old-fashioned (5)
15 Famous (5) 9 Gratuity (3) ;
18 Sever (3) 12 Afternoon showing (7)
19 — Scold (6) 14 Bath (3)
21 Furniture item (7) 16° Weary (5)
22 Gemstone (4) 17 River-mouth (5)
23 Chair (4) 19 In base ten (7)
24 Determined (7) 20 Shapes (5)
26 Ripen (6) 21 Social group (5)
29 Floor covering (3) 23 Colonist (7)

Play section (5) 24 ~~ Dull (6)
32 Fit of anger (7) 25 Karate expert (3)
34 Man made waterway (5) 27 Behaved (5)
35 Record (3) 28 — In full (5)
36 ~~ Happen again (5) 30 = Musical form (5)
37 First performance (5) 32 Story (4)



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Uncomfortable Finesses

South dealer.
Neither side vulnerable.
NORTH
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The bidding:
South West North East
1¢ Pass 3¢ Pass
4a

Opening lead — jack of hearts.

One of the first things the bud-
ding bridge player learns is how to
take a finesse. But as he becomes
familiar with the many different
types of finesses, it is equally impor-
tant for him to realize that overde-
pendence on the play can often do
more harm than good.

Consider today’s deal, which
contains one of the most common
finessing positions — A-Q opposite
x-x — and also a more advanced one
— J-9-x opposite Q-x-x.

The latter combination is nor-
mally best handled by first leading
low toward the queen. Assuming the
queen loses to the king or ace,
declarer later leads toward the J-9; if
the next player follows low, the nine
is inserted in hopes of forcing the
missing king or ace. If the ten is
favorably placed, this play limits
declarer’s losses to two tricks in the
suit.

However, it will be observed that
if, in the given deal, declarer first
tries the diamond finesse and subse-
quently plays the clubs in the pre-
scribed fashion, he will finish down
one. This could be attributed to bad
luck, but since declarer is 100 per-
cent certain to make the contract if he
goes about his business in a more
proper fashion, bad play would be a
more accurate description.

The correct approach is to win
the heart lead, draw trumps, cash twa
more hearts and then play the ace of
diamonds followed by the queen! It
does not matter to declarer whether
East or West wins this trick. A red-
suit return allows him to ruff in one
hand and discard a club from the
other, while a club return from either
opponent assures that declarer will
score a club trick.

In this case, the finesse turns out
to be a temptation declarer must
resist.

TARGET



The
Target
uses
words in
the main
body of
Chambers
21st
Century
Dictionary
(1999
edition)

HOW many words of four letters or
more can you make from the
letters shown here? In making a
word, each letter may be used once
only. Each must contain the centre
letter and there must be at least
one nine-letter word. No plurals.

TODAY'S TARGET
Good 25; very good 38; excellent 49
(or more). Solution tomorrow.






















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CHESS by Leonard Barden

Antanoeta Stefanova v Hou Yifan;
North Urals Cup 2007. China's Hou
Yifan, only 13 years old, is in
contention to rival Hungary's
legendary Judit Polgar as the best
female chessplayer ever. Her world
rating is already above 2500, the
level of a men's grandmaster, and
her style is strong in both strategy
and tactics. Here as Black (to play)
she met a former world women's
champion and already had a clear
advantage in the diagram due to
her passed e3 pawn and White's
cramped pieces. But how to make
further progress? Hou Yifan's next
turn was pleasing, logical and made
so rapidly that she had obviously
planned it several moves earlier.

Chess: 8503: 1...Ned! so that if 2 fxed Bxedt 3 Nxed

(else Black wins the queen) Qh2 mate. White tried 2
NET Nd2! 2 Qc3 £6 3 Nq3 Nxf3 4 Bxf3 Bxf3+ 5 Kh2 but
after 5...Qd?+ she had to resiqn the hopeless

position.



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LISTEN, L SUPPOSE
YOU'RE WONDERING
WHY IT CALLED...

MONDAY, =
DEC 3 "

ARIES — Mar 21/Apr 20
Even though the weather is getting
cooler, you’re heating up everything’

HOW'S WORK GOING? coos

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around you. When it comes cle

romance, you are unstoppable. Just be. * -* >

careful not to string too many along:

TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21
Your finances are a mess, Taurus. It’s
best to get them straightened out
before the months ahead when holiday. -
purchases will be on the horizon. Seek

gd

the level head of a Libra for help. -*~
GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21

An argument with someone close. to
you has been blown out of propor-
tion. Be the bigger person, Gemini, .
and make amends. You’ll be glad
you mended the fences. a

CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22.“
An ongoing condition has left you’
feeling hopeless, Cancer. But, it is’

+

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not in your nature to give up too east _ -

ily. Continue to stick it out ‘and.~

you'll find that the resolution is near.

LEO — Jul 23/Aug 23 7
Normally a leader, you’re growing
weary of other people telling you
what to do, Leo. Take a firm stand
on your opinions and make sure oth- .
ers know that you are serious. :

VIRGO -— Aug 24/Sept 22

This could be your week for a seri-
ous love match, Virgo. Make the:
most of the outdoors with a romantig* -
stroll for two or a night gazing at the”
stars. Scorpio is a key player.
LIBRA -— Sept 23/Oct 23
You've been acting scatterbrainéd,
Libra, and others can’t figure auft
why. Perhaps it’s just that you hav ;
too much on your mind. Slow dowa’ -
and sort through the confusion. [+"

SCORPIO — Oct 24/Nov 22 +2
‘There are many changes occurring ia
your life, Scorpio. Most are for the
betier. A nagging suspicion prevents
you from being fully content,
Aquarius helps calm your fears. wa

SAGITTARIUS — Nov 23/Dec 24,
Although you often like your head
in the clouds, Sagittarius, now’

-
~ 4

not the time to be a dream&p-_-
Loved ones need a stable suppeft. ~

through some trying times ahead?
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Known to be stable and _ serioys,.

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show off this week. Expect tho&e- .
around you to be surprised. Enjdy
your fun while it lasts. ws
AQUARIUS — Jan 21/Feb 18"
Your unpredictability is what ha§
people drawn to you, Aquarius.
Coworkers want your advice, and
friends want your company. You df -
need some space by the weekend.,*,
PISCES — Feb 19/Mar20_ °°

Your patient nature is challenged

when someone wrongs yop,
Pisces. This is a major event and .
not easily overlooked. °°

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

-PM: Israel is not bound
by December ‘08 target
for peace agreement

"+1: By MARK LAVIE

*.* Associated Press Writer

JERUSALEM (AP) —

+’+! Prime Minister Ehud Olmert

*

‘said Sunday that Israel is not
bound by a December 2008

_ target for a peace agreement

“set at last week’s United
' States-hosted Mideast summit,
telling his Cabinet that

.°. progress will depend on the

*- Palestinians’ ability to rein in
‘militants.

The comments reflected
-: Olmert’ s internal political
~- weakness. Hard-liners have
‘threatened to bring down his

one coalition government if he

‘makes too many concessions
in peace talks with the Pales-
tinians.

Olmert spoke a day before

- Israel was set to release 429

Palestinian prisoners in a ges-
‘ture to moderate President

-’.’ Mahmoud Abbas, a step that

‘has drawn criticism from the
-Same hard-line members of
Imert’s Cabinet.

>.* #0 In a message that could fur-

ther anger Israeli hawks,
Olmert’s defense minister,
Ehud Barak, said he supports a

easure to give compensation

”-*-"t6 Jewish settlers in the West

Bank who leave their homes
voluntarily, according to the
Defense Ministry.

‘~:0The measure would apply to

-"séttlements outside Israel’s
separation barrier along the

. West Bank. The contentious

‘+ barrier is meant to enclose

‘.Jaain settlement blocs Israel

- plans to retain in a peace

‘agreement, where two-thirds

Of the settlers live. The others,

about 80,000, could claim com-
ensation if they leave.

:. *Settler leaders condemned

the proposal. They oppose any

building freeze or evacuation

of settlements, even unautho-

rized outposts that dot West
Bank hilltops.

The 2003 “road map” peace
plan, reaffirmed at the
Annapolis summit, requires
Israel to remove dozens of out-
posts and halt all construction
in the settlements.

Although Olmert’s coalition
is strong on paper, command-
ing 78 of parliament’s 120
seats, it threatens to collapse
over peace talks. ‘Two parties
in the five-party team oppose
almost all concessions to the
Palestinians, especially giving
up West Bank territory or con-
trol over any part of Jerusalem,

At the Mideast conference
sponsored by President Bush,
the leaders agreed that “an
effort will be made to hold
accelerated negotiations in the
hope that it will be possible to
conclude them in 2008,”
Olmert told his Cabinet,
according to a statement. He
added, “However, there is no
commitment to a specific
timetable regarding these
negotiations.” The target coin-
cides with the end of Bush’s
term.

“Israel will not have to carry
out any commitment stemming
from the agreement before all
of the road map commitments
are met,” Olmert told his Cab-
inet.

Under the plan, the Pales-
tinians must rein in militant
groups that attack Israe
task that will be hard for
Abbas to carry out so long as
Islamic Hamas militants rule
the Gaza Strip.

Hamas wrested control of
the territory from forces loyal
to Abbas in June, and remain
firmly in control there. While
Abbas claims to have authori-
ty over the territory, in practice
he does not.

Hamas spokesman Taher al-



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Nunu said Olmert’s statement
showed Israel has nothing to
offer the Palestinians. He
appealed to Abbas to join
forces with Hamas and fight
for a Palestinian state.

Rockets fired from Gaza
land in southern Israeli towns
almost daily, disrupting life
there. Hamas said militants
lobbed 34 mortar shells at
Israel on Sunday.

In Gaza Sunday, gas stations
closed down after owners
refused to accept the reduced
amounts of fuel offered by Dor
Alon, the Israeli fuel company
that supplies Gaza. Gas station
owners blamed an Israeli deci-
sion to cut back on fuel sup-
plies, but Dor Alon officials
said Thursday they were cut-
ting back because the Pales-
tinians have not paid their bills.

“We ask our Palestinian
people to be patient and not
to hurry to go the stations and
ask for fuel,” said Mahmoud
al-Khozondar, a representative
of the owners. “I think God

will help us first.”

Hamas officials blamed the
Abbas government for not
paying the fuel bills, warning
that the reduction could trigger
a health crisis.




















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exceptional telephone presence, be highly motivated and demor
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Handle business transactions in connection with account activations
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Communicate with customers using web-based tools ;

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_ Employers seeking child labour

@ By NEIL HARTNELL

Tribune Business Editor

ahamian
employers are
hoping the Goy-
ernment will
extend the
Employment Act’s First
Schedule, which permits the
employment of children in cer-
tain work categories, until end-
2008 to give them, the Gov-
ernment and trade unions time
to develop a consensus on
whether it should be contin-
ued or child labour banned.
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schedule extension to end-2008

* Concern public sector wage rise will fuel private sector demands
“ Bahamas to implement ILO-sponsored Decent Worker programme
* Opposition to biometric recognition, but issue not totally dead

Employers Confederation’s
(BECon) president, told The
Tribune that the First Schedule
and employment of children
were among three key issues
being discussed at fortnightly
meetings featuring employers,
trade unions and the Govern-
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glomerate was “focusing” on a location “out
east” for its Domino’s Pizza franchise.

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customer service and delivery times in an area
Domino’s felt it was not serving properly.

Although Mr Watchorn declined to specify
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Yet the schedule began with
the words “for a period of five
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and now. technically illegal for
any Bahamian business to
employ child workers in any
category.

Mr Nutt said of TRIFOR’s
discussions on the First Sched-
ule: “We are still discussing
that. We’re hoping the Gov-

ernment will extend that
schedule to the end of 2008, in
order for us to come up with a
position on whether that
schedule remains intact and
remains part of the labour leg-

SEE page 2

Fleming, Hutchison
in rival Port offers

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

RIVALS bids to buy-out the
two feuding Grand Bahama
Port Authority (GBPA) share-
holders have been made by
Fleming Family & Partners
and Hutchison Whampoa, The
Tribune can reveal, with Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham

playing an increasingly active.

behind-the-scenes role in try-
ing to resolve the dispute.

Court documents have
alleged that Fleming, the asset
management and private
investment house, has reached
an agreement in principle to
acquire from Sir Jack Hay-
ward’s family trusts for $100
million their 50 per cent stake
in Intercontinental Diversified
Corporation (IDC), which
owns the GBPA and its Port
Group Ltd affiliate.

Geoffrey Richards, a direc-
tor of Fleming Family & Part-

ners, told The Tribune on Sep-
tember 12, 2007, that the Hay-
ward trusts had agreed in prin-
ciple to sell their interest in the
GBPA and Port Group Ltd to
a Fleming subsidiary for a pur-
chase price that was then
undisclosed.

But sources close to the sit-
uation have confirmed that
Fleming faces a rival in the
shape of Hong Kong-head-
quartered conglomerate
Hutchison Whampoa, the
GBPA and Port Group Ltd’s
50/50 partner in many of
Freeport’s productive assets.

Hutchison Whampoa is
understood to have offered
$125 million to both the par-
ties, a bid higher in value than
Fleming’s. Assuming that the
GBPA’s ownership is split
50/50 between'the Hayward
family trusts and the late

SEE page 8

Abaco Markets in
$5m bottom line
improvement

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

ABACO Markets, the
BISX- listed retail conglomer-
ate,“is focusing on “growing
the bottom line” and getting

. its earnings per share (EPS)

“where they need to be” to
reward loyal shareholders, hav-
ing seemingly turned the cor-
ner on five loss-making, years
by generating $1.522 million in
net income for the first three
quarters of its current fiscal
year.

That figure, for the year to
October 31, 2007, represents
an improvement of more than
$5 million on the prior year
comparative period’s $3.572
million loss, and with the
fourth quarter set to include
the Christmas shopping season
— the peak sales period for
most retailers, including Abaco
Markets — the company seems
set to generate its first annual
profit since fiscal 2002.

* Retailer focused on EPS
growth to reward investors

* Utility bills up 15-20 per cent
with similar rise likely in ‘08

* $270k preference share
repayment at year-end

Gavin Watchorn, Abaco
Markets’ president, said the
company had got “another
profitable quarter under our
belts”, four consecutive quar-
terly profits again indicating
that the company had success-
fully completed a five-year
turnaround battle, sparked by
a more-than $25 million loss
in its year-ending January 31,
2003.

“We've got a good platfor m
for growth next year,” Mr
Watchorn told The Tribune of
the third quarter and year-to-

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Employers seeking child labour schedule extension to end-2008

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islation, if any modifications
should be made, or if in fact
the employment of children
should be banned.”

With the First Schedule hav-
ing expired on January 1, 2007,
child workers in the categories
it previously permitted have
technically been illegally
employed for some 11 months.

Mr Nutt had previously said

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he felt a “blind eye” was being
turned to the First Schedule’s
fate and what to do with it -
extend it, amend it, or scrap it.

The discussions, held at the
Department of Labour as part
of the TRIFOR (Tripartite

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focused on the use of biometric
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On biometrics, Mr Nutt told
The Tribune: “There is oppo-
sition to it, but there is willing-
ness to explore the issue, so
it’s not completely shut down.”

He described biometrics and
the First Schedule as being
“two of the three major issues
we will be dealing with in the
next couple of months”.

Obie Ferguson, the Trades’

Union Congress (TUC) presi-
dent, confirmed this to The
Tribune, saying that the trade
unions in the form of the Joint

Labour Movement (JLM) |

were opposed to the use of bio-
metrics such as fingerprint
recognition.

He declined to comment fur-
ther, though, as he did not
have the JLM’s common posi-
tion on the issue available to
him.

Meanwhile, Mr Nutt said the
Bahamas was due to imple-
ment an ILO-sponsored initia-
tive called The Decent Worker
Country Programme.

He explained: “That
involves the coming togethef
of the tripartite partners, and
looking at ways to enhance the
employment situation in the
Bahamas. One of the things
that came out of the work was
the need to tie-in labour activ-
ities to education.

Providing

“It’s looking at providing
specific course contents and
things like that, so that gradu-
ates from secondary schools
have a more solid base when
they enter the workforce that
employers can build upon,
putting them to work and giv-
ing them specific jobs.”

-Mr Nutt added: “This is

something the ILO is doing

around the region and the
globe, and the Bahamas is
being fast-tracked on this pro-
ject because it already partici-
pated in a few of the regional
workshops.

“This is a programme where

the ILO is going to be provid- _ m

ing quite a bit of technical
assistance to the Bahamas in

- the coming months and years

to get this project going, and

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the short, medium and long-
term.”

Responding to claims by »
Bahamas Public Service Union
(BPSU) president John Pinder
that the minimum wage - and
all wages ~ in the private sector
would be impacted by a forth-

-coming rise in the annual min-
imum wage paid to civil ser- _ -

vants from $10,200 to $10,700,
Mr Nutt said that since there
was no direct link between the
two, one would not have any
impact on the other.

Agreed

_ Yet he agreed that the
increase in civil service wages

‘could lead to Bahamian

employers being pressured by
their staff for salary increases
of their own at a time when
the economy could least afford
it.
“There would probably be
some increased pressure, yes,”

Mr Nutt added. “It does pres-
sure to certain private sector
businesses when they are pres- -
sured by their employees to
give wage increases because of
what’s happening in the public
sector.

“Unfortunately, we are ina
time when we have a very soft
economy. So any increase in
wages will further exacerbate
our situation. We are in a situ-
ation where many employers
are not in a position to give
raises because. of the reality of -
the economy.”

Mr Nutt also pointed. out -
that wage increases could give
rise to inflation, is the demand
for goods and services went up
as a result.

Yet he added: “The Mini-
mum Wage Act established the. -
minimum wage for general
workers in the Bahamas. The
public sector has a higher min-
imum wage, which was initiat-
ed prior to the passage of the
Minimum Wage Act. Govern-

ment workers are being paid -

a wage that exceeds the Mini-
um Wage Act, but that is not’
likely to translate into busi-
nesses increasing their mini-

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Acquisition confirms
‘confidence’ in nation’s

financial industry

lm@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Bahamas’ response to
the 2000 ‘blacklisting’ has
paved the way for one inter-
national bank’s expansion and
future growth, Credit Agricole
(Suisse) Bahamas managing
director telling The Tribune
that this nation was “a very
important | centre” for private
banking clients who wanted to
diversify the location and man-
agement of their assets.

Speaking in the wake of his
bank’s acquisition of National
Bank.of Canada’s Bahamian-
based operations, Ivanhoe
Sands said the Bahamas was,
for Credit Agricole (Suisse)
Bahamas, “the offshore centre
for the west, just like Singa-
pore is for the east”.

With Credit Agricole
(Suisse) looking to grow its
presence in the Bahamas via
acquisition, Mr Sands said the
purchase of National Bank of
Canada (International) con-
firmed the confidence his insti-
tution and its head office had
in this nation’s financial ser-
vices industry and its future
growth potential.

“Certainly, this confirms our
confidence in the future of the
industry, an! we feel very com-
fortalie in the ‘capability and
the ability of the regulators,
and their commitment to pro-
tecting tuc financial services
business,” Mr Sands said.

“We can offer any product
that is offered by our head

.office in Switzerland. We can

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ture at Credit Agricole.
“We've gone through the
difficult times in the Bahamas,
and it’s come out looking very
strong. It’s in a very strong
position. I think the reaction
at that time was absolutely the
correct one. It again confirmed
the commitment of the Gov-
ernment and, in our opinion, it
gives us some good years for
expansion going forward.”
Mr Sands pointed out that
while as a result of the 2000
regulatory regime changes
there were fewer banks and
trust companies based in the
Bahamas, many of them man-
aged banks who shut down or
relocated, client assets under
management in the industry

_ had,actually increased.

Instéad; there had been a

‘flight to quality’, with 'the larg-
er, better capitalized institu-
tions with stronger brand
names having seen their client
and asset bases grow in com-
parison to 2000 levels.

“The larger banks have got
larger, and the regulations
forced some activities to stop,
which was good. The larger
banks have grown by a lot, and
the assets have grown also,”
Mr Sands said.

Describing the Bahamas
future as “very bright”, given
its location in the Western
Hemisphere and proximity to
the US, “Mr Sands said he saw
“some growth potential” for
his institution in Latin Ameri-
ca, due to the wealth that was
being created by private indi-
viduals as a result of the com-
modities boom.

He added that Canada was
also a growing market, with

Credit Agricole (Suisse) ©

Bahamas possessing the Cana-
dian$ product specialist who
served the. entire worldwide
group.

“We don’t take on US tax-
payer clients as a matter of pol-
icy,” Mr Sands explained,
“because if you take on one
you will need to hire three peo-
ple to deal with all the
returns.”

Mr Sands said there was
“good potential to develop
products for Latin America”
from the Bahamas, and the
sector also had the ability to
attract more investment fund
administrators and asset man-
agers.

“T think we have to continue

TEACHERS REAL ESTATE HOLDINGS LIMITED

NOTICE OF ANNUAL
MEETING TO SHAREHOLDERS

Friday, December 7, 2007 at 6:00pm

TIME & DATE:
PLACE:

ITEMS OF BUSINESS:

RECORD DATE:

FINANCIAL STATEMENTS:

MAILING DATE:
be

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

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

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

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

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

(5) To elect Directors for the ensuing year and fix their

remuneration;

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

to fix their remuneration; and

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

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

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

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

address.

(Suisse) Bahamas managing

MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2007, PAGE 3B

BENCHMARK (BAHAMAS)
LTD. ANNOUNCES A SPECIAL
DIVIDEND FOR THE SECOND

HALF OF 2007

The Board of Directors Benchmark (Bahamas) Ltd.
declares a special dividend of two cents per share
based on the results of the company for
the Third Quarter 2007.

sources,” the Credit Agricole .
Payment of one cent will be made on 31st

December, 2007 and one cent on the 31st March,
. 2008 to shareholders of record
21st December, 2007.

director added, saying the
Bahamas should look to attract
“top calibre” investment advi-
sory specialists.

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program of the Ministry of Education, the Bank of the Bahamas
Limited is pleased that to advise that the cheque disbursement for ALL
Students in the Loan Program will take place at Holy Trinity Activity
Centre, Stapledon Gardens, beginning December 3rd to December
7th, 2007 from 9:00a.m. to 3:00p.m. as follows:

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TIME: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
- Place: Holy Trinity Ke, Centre
Stapledon Gardens

¢ Returning Students and/or Guarantors should be present and must bring
relevant identification (valid Passport and National Insurance Card).

¢ New Students and Guarantors should be present and bring relevant
identification, (valid Passport, valid Marriage Certificate (where relevant),
National Insurance Card, Current job letter and copy of a utility bill).



PROXY VOTING:

October 9, 2007

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

By order of the Board of Directors:

Mrs Cheryl Bowe-Moss
Secretary



¢ All accounts must be current and all necessary documentation completed ‘
before cheques. are released.

NO DISBURSEMENT WILL BE MADE AT THE BANK
(Without a penalty)
PAGE 4B, MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2007

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@ By Fidelity Capital
Markets

THERE was moderate trad-
ing in the Bahamian stock mar-
ket this week, with 66,975
shares being traded. The mar-
ket saw eight out of its 19 list-
ed stocks trade, of which three
advanced, two declined and
three remained unchanged.

Volume leader for a second
week was Commonwealth
Bank (CBL), which continued
its upward soar after its stock
split a few weeks ago. Some
38,275 shares in CBL traded,
accounting for 57 per cent of
the total volume traded in the
week.

CBL’s share price increased
by a whopping $0.90 a share
during the week, or 14 per
‘cent, to close the week out at
$7.22 a share, a new 52-week
high. The other big advancer
for the week was. Cable
Bahamas (CAB), which rose
by $0.80 to close the week out
at $12, also a new 52-week
high.

On the down side, Consoli-
dated Water Company’s
(CWCB) share price fell by

‘$0.33 or 5,13 per cent to end
the week at $6.10.

The FINDEX continued its

upward climb last week,
increasing by 22,77 points or
2.6 per cent, week-over-week
to close at 913.58. Year- to-
date, the FINDEX is up 23.11
per cent.

COMPANY NEWS

Fidelity Bank (Bahamas)
Lid (BAB) - Fidelity Bank
(Bahamas) Ltd released third
quarter results last week,
reporting net income for the
nine months ended September
30, 2007, of $1.2 million. In
comparison to the same period
in the previous year, net
income declined by $236,000
or 15.9 per cent.

Total income ‘increased by
$723,000 or 9.5 per cent, while
total expenses were up by
$960,000 or 15.6 per cent from
the comparative periods.

The higher income in the

period was due to higher inter-
est margins, up by $862,000,
while general and administra-
tive expenses account for the
bulk of the increase in expens-
es, increasing by $735,000 or
29 per cent over the same peri-
od last year.

Total assets stood at. $182.5
million, an increase of $32.6
million or 22 per cent from

Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort & Offshore Island

Invite application for the position of:

STRUCTURAL
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* Strong Architectural engineering background

“| .s Applicant will be responsible for the deploying
and supporting a wide range of refurbishing staff

¢ Must display good interpersonal and
organizational skills ability to work as part of a
-larger corporate.team is essential.

¢ Must be prepared to travel to offshore properties
and work weekends when required.

Qualifications a Bachelors Degree in one of the __}.

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GIBSON, RIGBY: & CO.

Counsel and Attorneys-at-Law Notaries Public
Notaries Public

NOTICE

Please be advised. that our office
will be closed on

Thursday, December 6th 2007
and —

Friday, December 7th 2007.

We will re-open
Monday, December 10th 2007
at our new location
(The former Gay Lord’s Restaurant Site)

Ki-Malex House
Dowdeswell Street
Nassau, Bahamas

Tel: 393-6000 or 302-6100
Fax: 302-6106/302-6107



December 31, 2006. The

increase was due to both high=--

er cash and mortgages/loans
balances at the end of the
quarter.

Total liabilities increased by
a similar amount of $31.4 mil-
lion during the nine months,
due primarily to higher cus-
tomer deposits.

FamGuard Corporation
(FAM) - FamGuard Corpora-
tion reported net income of
$6.5 million for the nine
months ended September 30,
2007. Net income increased by
$1.9 million or 42 per cent over
the eee in the prior
year.

The increase in income dur-
ing the period could be attrib-
uted to higher premium rev-

enue (up $2.5 million), lower

benefits paid (down $291,000),

and higher operating expense
and commissions (up by $1.4
million and $410,000 respec-
tively). Earnings per share
increased by $0.19 for the peri-
od ended September 30, 2007
compared to the prior year.

Total assets stood at $160
million, an increased of $15.5
million from the year-end
amount reported at December
31, 2006. Investment, assets
increased by $10.1 million,
while other assets accounted
for the remainder of the
increase.

Total policy liabilities of

$98.3 million, increased by $7.5

million, resulting in an increase
in overall liabilities to $105.8m
at September 30, 2007.






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MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2007, PAGE 5

‘No guarantee’ on level playing
field over United States passport

@ By NEIL HARTNELL

Tribune Business Editor

THERE is “no guarantee”.
when a level playing field
may be created for the
Bahamas on the Western
Hemisphere Travel Initiative
(WHTI), the minister of state
for tourism and aviation say-
ing it may come as early as
this summer.

The requirement for all air
travellers returning to the US
to possess a valid passport,
while land and sea returnees
could rely on other forms of
photo identification, had
“changed the face of our
business, if-only just for the
short term”, Branville
McCartney told the Bahamas
Hotel Association’s (BHA)
annual Christmas luncheon
last Friday.

Describing the challenges
from initiatives such as the
WHTI over the last 12
months as “extraordinary

“ones”, Mr McCartney said

the Bahamas could again
recover the impulse traveller
market — especially from
Florida — that was lost as a
result of the passport issue, if
all American citizens were
required to have them
regardless of monsponsuon
mode.

With some 18. 5 million
passports issued in the US
between September 2006 and
September 2007, and
Bahamian hotels reporting
high occupancies for Thanks-

_ giving and the winter season,

Mr McCartney said the
future seemed brighter.

Yet he pointed out that
Mexico benefited from US
motorists not requiring pass-
ports, while air travellers to
the Bahamas did, with esti-

“mated indicating that tourism

in Mexico rose by 20 per cent
during the 2007 first half
compared to last year.

Forward

“We look forward to more
favorable conditions when
the playing field is a bit more
level-concerning WHTI,” Mr
McCartney said. “As you
know, the passport initiative
is not yet in full force relating
to international travel by
land and sea to and from the
US. However, this is expect-
ed to gradually be phased in.

“Border guards of the US
are expected to begin requir-
ing documented proof of citi-
zenship for land and sea pas-
sengers by the end of Janu-
ary. Eventually, all US citi-
zens would have to present
valid passports for departure
and arrival to the US by land
and sea. No other forms of
identification will be accept-
ed.

“This should bring more of
a balance in our favour as US
residents plan vacations,

since passports would be
required no matter which
international destination in
this hemisphere is chosen.
“However, we do not know
exactly when the passport ini-
tiative will be brought fully
into force.While there is a
possibility that this may come
as early as this summer, there
simply is no guarantee.”

Cabinet

Mr McCartney said the
Cabinet was “very likely” to
“soon” authorise the Nassau
Airport Development Com-
pany (NAD) to move for-
ward with the reconstruction
of new terminal buildings at
Lynden Pindling Internation-
al Airport, with the Canadian
carrier, West Jet, due to start
another Nassau service — this
time from Halifax — in Febru-
ary 2008.

He added: “There are
many projects that are taking
place or about to take place
in our country. We must take
special care that we do not
introduce hotels, resorts and
mixed use properties that will
have only a short-term bene-
fit to their investors and to
the country.

“We must look at our
development from a national
level to ensure that we are
adding parts that fit well and -
work in tandem with the
entire developmental
machinery of the country. If
we do our job correctly, we
will be able to do business in
a healthy physical and eco-
nomic environment far into -
the future.

“I mention the physical
environment first because we
often speak about safeguard-
ing the environment. How-
ever, it is not clear that our
actions demonstrate what we
say. We must pay particular
attention to this now that
extensive building continues
in Nassau/Paradise Island,
and more projects are consid-
ered for our Family Islands,
which for the most part
remain pristine. Once a
wholesome environment is
damaged, you would appreci-
ate that it is extremely diffi-
cult to repair.”

Mr McCartney then said:
“Our surroundings are still
unattractive in far too many
areas. However, the physical
appearance may just be the
tip of the iceberg of the prob-
lem. Our environmental
issues go much deeper, but
we must take care of them to
sustain ourselves.”

He told BHA executives:
“We have our challenges, and
we must face them head-on.

“These are the times that
will test our mettle. We must
show that we have the busi-
ness acumen and the other
expertise required to rise
above difficult circumstances

BRANVILLE MCCARTNEY, minister of state for tourism and aviation.

in order to continue to
advance tourism.

Tourism

“Our tourism business is
indeed like a great puzzle. It
is not until we are able to
effectively interconnect the
individual pieces - such as
education, training, environ-
mental and beautification
matters, sustainable growth,
employee development and
recognition, law enforce-
ment, infrastructural
improvement, transportation
and accommodations - into
one cohesive whole are we
able to fully enjoy the bene-
fits of this industry we all
love.”

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Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008 9:00 a.m.— 7:00 p.m : 1. Your acceptance letter
8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m : 2. Acopy of your past BGCSE results



STAFF VACANCY

LIBRARIES & INSTRUCTIONAL
MEDIA SERVICES

Applications are invited from suitably qualified individuals for the following position:

1. LIBRARY ASSOCIATE Hl, LAW LIBRARY

The Law Library of The College requires a highly motivated, tactful, people-friendly,
innovative, detail-oriented person to provide paraprofessional, administrative and
basic reference assistance. Clientele will include students and faculty of the LL.B
Programme, as well as members of the legal profession and the general public.

The successful candidate will perform all duties with minimal supervision, assisting
with the overseeing of the day-today activities and programmes of the Branch in the
absence of the Branch head, so good judgment and professionalism is essential. In
addition, he/she will direct the activities oi library assistants and part-timers and will
assist with their training and appratsal. Regular written reports are required.

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

Under the direction of the Unit Supervisor, the position performs a variety of
paraprofessional duties with minima! supervision. These include supervision of library
assistant(s), preparation of written and oral reports/correspondence, planning and
organizing job activities, which demonstrate skills such as decision-making, good
judgment and knowledge of library and college policies and procedures. Further,
overseeing the maintenance of collections. participation in the development of policies,
services and programmes, and overseeing the day-to-day activities and programmes
of the Unit in the absence of the Unit |fead are to be undertaken. The position works
closely with all Units to ensure the delivery of a high standard of service to patrons.

‘SPECIFIC DUTIES: an

1. Provides evening and Saturday reference services.

2. Directs the activities of Library Assistants, and assists in their appraisal.

3. Assists in the Unit’s budget preparation.

4. Assists with the updating of policies and procedures manuals.

5. Responds to reference questions received {rom patrons by telephone and in
person.

6. Supervises part-time, evening and weekend staff.

7. Ensures the enforcement of library policies and procedures.

8. Assists with storage and access to all library resources, e.g. books, microfilm,

CD-ROM databases, microfiche and related equipment.
9. Conducts research in support of the Unit's work.
10.. Assists with the conduct of research and the compilation of bibliographies.
11. Assumes responsibility for depostt of tuads collected in the unit.

‘12. Issues library passes.

13. Organizes work schedules for library clearance.

14. Handles Inter-Library loan requests

15. Assists with the delivery of Bibliographic Instructional programmes.

16. Provides group and individual tours of the unit/library.

18. Assists patrons with the use of computers and other related electronic
services available.

19. Assists in the development of projects for the making of the library and its
resources.

20. Conducts training for L. ibrary Assistants on operational procedures.

21. Attends library meetings.

22. Serves on College wide committees

23. Participates in library projects.

24. Drafts letters, reports, proposals as requested.

25. Recommends-resources for acquisttions

- 26. Any other duties which may be assigned

LIBRARY ASSOCIATE II

QUALIFICATIONS:
Normally a Bachelor's Degree or the equivalent in relevant area, OR for a
technical/vocational or craft area, satisiuctory completion of a recognized or acceptable

| programme of training at the craft level, AND have at least ten (10) years of experience

working in the craft area, OR have 9 tramed Teacher’s Certificate with specialization
in the relevant craft arca, PLUS at feast six (6) years of teaching experience in the
area.

SALARY SCALE: SPS-5 $24,580 » $700 - $35,780

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest along with a completed
application form and an up-to-date resume to the address below by December 6, 2007:

Phe Director
‘Hunan Resources Department
Phe College ot The Bahamas
Oakes Field
PO) Box N-4912
Jussau, Bahamas
Or toh UpPpPTy tc cob.edu.bs

Please note that applications #”¢ available on The College’s website:
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9:00 a. m. — 7:00 p. m.

The College of The Bahamas \
Presents an International Conference

Abolition of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade}. |
Telling the Stor

Nassau, i Bahamas

rene 21-23, 2008



Come learn about and celebrate a part of Bahamian and world |
history that has profoundly influenced Africa, Europe and
the Americas. Register today.

Plenary Speakers

Dr. Joseph E. Harris, Howard University Distinguished Professor of
History emeritus, an expert on Africa and Director of the South African
Research and Archival Project. At the conference his topic center
around: “Global slave trade and the emergence of communities of
African descent around the world”.
Dr. Rosanne Adderley, Professor of History at Tulane University and
author. Her presentation will focus on “Freed Africans in The Bahamas”.

Mr. William Godfrey Davis Esq., Attorney at Law and Transformative
Mediator, his topic will be “Reparations for the peoples of the Maafa”.

Mr. Kojo Yankah, President of the Africa Institute of Journalistt’&”
Communications, educator and author, he'will speak ‘On the topic:
“Reconciliation for the peoples of the Maafa”.

For additional information contact the School of Social Sciences, Telephone
397-2606/7

Jessica Minnis, Assoc. Professor, School of Social Sciences
The College of The Bahamas

P O Box N4912 E-mail: abolitionconf@cob.edu.bs 4
Nassau, Bahamas : wt
Telephone: (242) 397-2608 ee

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International Conference and Art Exhibition

| Abolition of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade: Telling the Story
| February 21-23, 2008 Nassau, The Bahamas
|
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Art Exhibition

February 15-24, 2008
| Guidelines for Artists

| The Conference on the Abolition of the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade: Teiling The Story, invites all artists to submit up to three (3) artworks
| executed in any medium for showing at the conference February 21-23, 2008.

| The exhibition will open on Friday, 15 February, 2008 at 6.30 in the evening at the Performing Arts Centre at The College of the Bahamas
| Oakes Field Campus.

| All artwork should be sent or brought to the Pro Gallery which is located in the S Block at The Coliege of the Bahamas Oakes Field
Campus one (1) week prior to the opening of the exhibition. Please address all artworks to Mrs. Joann Behagg or Mr. John Cox.

All artists should give an indication »f how they would wish their 3D pieces to be displayed. Photographic images would assist us in
determining your display needs.

Foreign artists are welcome. However, all related costs will be the responsibility of the artists (packing, shipping, and customs duty,
etc.) to and from The. Bahamas. :

| The Conference Committee wili select the works to be exhibited and all decisions are final.

' Contacts ~ ——
, Joann Behagg John Cox
| email: jbehagg@cob.edu.bs jcox@cob.edu.bs



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Deadline for applications, February 28, 2008 at 4:00 p.m.

For further information or to pick up an application please contact the Industry Training department of the Culinary &
Hospitality Management Institute, 323-5804, 323-6804 or fax 325-8175.

All fees are included with the exception of the application fee of $40.00 (one time).

CHMI reserves the right to change Tuition, Fees, Course Content, Course Schedule and Course Materials.

THE INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGES AND CULTURES INSTT’ THE COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY OF THE BAHAMAS
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1 {DATE | EVENT OU ECTURERS / PARTICIPANTS Ot VENUE
December 6th THE HOLOCAUST ~ a movie presentation | Presentation by Mr. Absil — holocaust survivor “Munnings Room 2 |
Thursday aire 6 MAT ale tae MT ed
December 13 MERRY MULTI-CULTURAL Organization & musical direction: 1. Moss Mannings Room 2
Thursday =| CHRISTMAS __LILCI, Foreign Lang. Dept. members and COB = L7PM |
| January 9-Wed | CHINESENEW YEAR | Presentation by Professor Xu Xianwen | Mumnings Room 2, 7PM
| January 19 DRUMFEST - A drum summit regrouping Video of Montreal TAM TAM JAM by I. Moss Band shell
| Saturday | members from all the Junkanoo teams ____| Director: Chippie” Neil Symonette’ Humblestone? | 2PM
January 30" JUNKANOO ART -- designing and pasting | Presentation and demonstration by Henry Mass Jr, | Munnings Room 2
| Wednesday ___| costumes- WORKSHOP slide show by .Moss 0
i February 7 PANEL DISCUSSION: Tourism and Panel members from Tourism, Immigration, COB | Munnings Room 2 or BTC

















i Thursday | Languages and private tourism businesses | Lecture Hall? 7PM

| February 19 FRENCH FILM - ASTERIX Presentation: on Roman history background by Munnings Room 2

[a ta a tc eto aa | Pro a il ape teeth tle I cach lacy,

i March 14 FRENCH FOLK SONG EVENING Ss y 1. Moss, F. Leger on guitar. J. unnings Room 2

| Friday bac ; _____| Mereus on vocals and other musical friends | 7PM

_March2i-Fri | VICTOR HUGO ~ Beyond LES MIZ_____| Lecture and slide show by I. Moss | Munnings Room 2

pAprillO HAITIANFILM | Slide presentation: Leger, SCCA | Munnings Room 2a

i April 16 AN EVENING OF BAHAMIAN MUSIC | Slide show on Bahamian Musicians and New Performance Center?
_____| Guests: The DICEY-DO SINGERS | Entertainers by 1. Moss

Slide Show by | Moss; participation of German- Munnings Room 2

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Piano solos by 1.Moss; Cello / piano duets by H. ~| Munnings Room 20
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MidAmerican |
explains
decision to —
not bid on
Alaska

pipeline

ANCHORAGE, Alaska
(AP) — A major Midwest
energy company said it did
not submit an application to
build a natural gas pipeline
tapping Alaska North Slope
reserves because of criminal
investigations of state politi-
cians, performance lapses by

a major ou producer and oth-—

er factors.

In a letter Friday to Gover-
nor Sarah Palin, the chief
executive of MidAmerican
Energy Holdings Co.
explained why his company
did not apply.

“As you are paintully
aware the ongoing corruption
investigations coupled with
previous indictments, guilty
pleas and convictions draw
into question virtually every
major Alaskan project partic-
ipant and governmental ley-
els from State to Federal,”
said the letter from
MidAmerican CEO David
Sokol.

“Obviously your adminis-
tration had no involvement in
these previous shenanigans
nor did we; however, you and
we alone cannot develop the
pipeline project through.
AGIA’s expected process.”

MidAmerican was expect-
ed to be among the compa-
nies applying by the deadline
Friday tor a package of finan-
cial and other pipeline incen-
tives under Palin’s Alaska
Gasline Inducement Act.

Palin is the latest governor
to try to spur construction of
a multibitlion-dollar gas line.

Such a project would be a
tax and jobs boon to Alaska,

but the cost and risk of laying .

pipe as far as Chicago have
for decades sidelined the pro-
ject. Three oil companies,
BP, Conoco Phillips and
Exxon Mobil, hold the rights
to most of the North Slope’s
enormous gas reserves.

Palin on Friday announced
the state had received five |
pipeline bids, plus a proposal
trom Conoco that did not
meet minimum application
requirements.

* The bids carne amid a ted-
eral investigation that has
resulted in criminal charges
against four former state leg-
islators. Two have been con-
victed of taking bribes from
executives of oil field services
firm VECO Corp., who were
trying to influence debate last
year on raising oil taxes, Oth-
er state and federal lawmak-
ers have been named but not
charged in the probe.

State tax rates factor heavi-
ly into political efforts to
encourage either the oil com-
panies or an independent
pipeline company to builda
gas line.

In his letter, Sokol said that
while gas demand makes a
pipeline costing up to $30 bil-
lion a compelling project,

MidAmerican declined to, bid
due to problems in Alaska.

Aside from ongoing crimi- .
nal investigations, Sokol cites
“performance issues” of one
major oil company. That’s an
apparent reference to BP, »
which last week pleaded
guilty in Anchorage to a fed-
eral environmental crime for
allowing oil to spill last year
from a neglected pipeline in
the giant Prudhoe Bay oil
field.

Sokol also mentioned a
legal battle in which the state
is trying to take away leases
in the rich Point Thomson oil
and gas field for lack of
development by Exxon and
others.

MidAmerican, based in
Des Moines, Iowa, is a sub-
sidiary of billionaire investor
Warren Buffett’s Berkshire
Hathaway Inc. MidAmerican
runs pas and electric power
utilities, and says its pipelines
carried about eight per cent
of the natural gas consumed
in the United States in 2006.

The letter is not the first
time Sokol has withdrawn.
from Alaska’s natural gas
pipeline derby.

In 2004, after Palin’s prede-
cessor, former Governor
Frank Murkowski, refused to
grant MidAmerican exclusive
rights for five years to pursue
a gas line, Sokol openly criti-
cized Murkowski and
declared his company was
withdrawing from negotia-'
tions. RY

“On one hand your leadet=
ship and that of your admin-
istration has been outstand- *
ing and your integrity and
transparent style are a breath
of fresh air in what has
proven to bea rather shady
and smoke filled past in

_ regard to energy issues in

Alaska,” Sokol wrote Palin.
“On the other hand the
deepening and ongoing inves-
tigations into political and
corporate corruption in Alas-
ka make’a thorough and
thoughtful proposal in com-
pliance with AGIA an unre-

_ alistic exercise for our organi-

zation. For a project of this
magnitude to proceed,
integrity must be the founda-
tion upon which all project
elements are based.”

Sokol suggested the Alaska
and US governments will
need to team with “a proven
and nonconflicted project
development partner” to
deliver Alaska gas to the
nation.

The five pipeline bids
received Friday came from
TransCanada Corp., Chinese
energy giant Sinopec, a little-
known California firm called
AEnergia, the Alaska
Gasline Port Authority and
the Alaska Natural Gas
Development Authority.

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Edward St George’s estate,
and the Supreme Court ver-
dict backing that ownership is
due to be appealed, the Flem-
ing otfer in total would value
the company and its assets at
$200 million, while the Hutchi-
son bid places its value at $250
million. i

While Fleming may have
agreed a purchase in principle,
the trustees of the Hayward
family trusts saying in court-
filed affidavits that the institu-
tion had merely “expressed an
interest” in purchasing their
GBPA stake, it has yet to
agree a deal with the St
George estate.

It is understood that the St
George estate still views Flem-
ing, its offer and role in the
now-protracted Port owner-
ship battle with a great deal of
suspicion, fearing that it may
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Babak and Sir Jack’s son, Rick.

That suggestion has been
vehemently denied by Mr
Richards, who dismissed alle-
gations that either man was
involved with the Fleming
acquisition, saying neither had
a financial stake in the project.

Yet ‘this suspicion still
remains an obstacle to Flem-
ing’s progress, sources have
told The Tribune, with the St

George estate seemingly more.

favourably disposed to Hutchi-
son Whampoa’s proposal and
offer.

It has been sugpested that
the St George estate is hoping
that, with Sir Jack having ‘set
his price’ through allegedly
agreeing to Fleming’s $100 mil-
lion offer, the Supreme Court
will order that he instead be
compelled to sell to them.

And the Hutchison Wham-
poa offer also faces some
obstacles. Having invested
some $1 billion in equity into
Freeport, the company holds
a 50 per cent interest in the

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Grand Bahama Development
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Freeport Harbour Company
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Grand Bahama International
Airport Company and the
Sea/Air Business Centre.

It also has majority owner-
ship of the Freeport Container
Port, and owns 100 per cent
the Our Lucaya Resort and Sil-
ver Point upscale condomini-
um development.

Hutchison Whampoa’s posi-
tion as the joint owner of
Freeport’s productive assets

would make it seem like a nat-:

ural purchaser of the GBPA. It
is also understood to be dan-
gling in front of the Govern-
ment the carrot that, if its bid
was successful, it would acti-
vate Clause 4 (2) in the 1960
amendment to the Hawksbill
‘Creek Agreement, which
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GBPA licensees.

This would in effect leave
Hutchison with ownership of
Freeport’s productive assets,
but divest itself of all regulato-
ry functions. However, it is
unclear how a ‘devolved’
GBPA would function, who
would run it, who would sit on
its Board, and how it would be
made financially self-sustain-
able.

Apart from Freeport becom-
ing a ‘one company’ town if its
bid ultimately succeeded,
another issue if Hutchison
Whampoa was ultimately suc-
cessful would be the US reac-
tion. Washington is already
understood to be extremely

. nervous over the existing Chi-

nese ownership and presence
on Grand Bahama.

Fleming has been far more
transparent with its plans for
the GBPA if it succeeds, Rod-
die Fleming, its principal
investor, telling The,Tribune |
that it would target financial
services, medical services and
the latter’s links to education
and research as industries to
drive Freeport’s future.

The Prime Minister met with
one of the GBPA bidders in
London last week, and is
becoming increasingly involved
in efforts to resolve the own-
ership battle, which at the
moment is tied-up in a slew of
seemingly never-ending court
actions and litigation launched
by both the Hayward and St
George sides.

Given that Grand Bahama’s
election of five FNM MPs was

. critical to the party’s return to

government, Mr Ingraham is
likely to be especially keen to

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CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET

(Expressed in Bahamian $000) (unaudited)

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS









October 31, January 31,

2007 2007 F

Assets $ 25,454 29,232 &

- Liabilities (16,326) (21,626) fF
Shareholders’ equity $ 9,128 7,606

(B$000) (unaudited)
3 months ended 3 months ended
October 31, 2007 October 31, 2006
Sales $ 21,752 19,323 f
Cost of sales (15,453) (13,741)
Gross profit 6,299 5,582
Selling, general and administration expenses (5,892) (5,901) p
Other income 83 77
Net operating profit/(loss) 490 (242)
Interest expense (44) (168) &
Dividends on preference shares (200) (200) &
Net profit/(loss) from continuing operations 246 (610)
Net loss from discontinued operations - (143) F
Net profit/(loss) for the period $ - 246 (753) &
Income/(loss) per share $0.015 ($0.047)
(B$000) (unaudited)
9 months ended 9 months ended
: October 31, 2007 October 31, 2006
Sales $ 64,288 57,993
Cost of sales (45,160) (41,344)
Gross profit 19,128 16,649
Selling, general and administration expenses (17,565) (17,215)
Other income 282 162
Net operating profit/(loss) 1,845 | (404)
Gain on disposal of investment (note 5) 150 -
Pre-opening costs (note 6) (112) -
Interest expense (167) (467)
Dividends on preference shares (618) (601)
Net profit/(loss) from continuing operations 1,098 (1,472)
Net profit/(loss) from discontinued operations 35 (600)
Gain on disposal of subsidiary (note 2) 39 -
Restructuring charge 350 (1,500)
Net profit/(loss) for the period $ 1,522 (3,572)
Income/(loss) per share $0.096 ($0.225)



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. EXPLANATORY NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED INTERIM FINANCIAL
STATEMENTS
Nine months ended October 31, 2007

1.. DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS

"On April 30, 2007, the Company completed the sale of Cost Right Turks and its
associated property for $2,700,000 plus $211,000 roprescuting the value of net current
assets. $2.5m of the proceeds were received on closing and $200,000 will be payable
over 3 years. This note earns interest of 8.5% per annum.

2. PREFERENCE SHARES

On June 30, 2007, the Company made a redemption of $268,000 of the Class A
preference shares. This represents a partial paymet on the redemption due on December
31, 2007.

On September 30, 2007, the Company made a redemption of $535,000 of the Class A
preference shares and a further redemption of $267,000 will be made on December 31,
2007.

3. SALE OF INVESTMENT

On March 31, 2007, the Company completed the sale of its investment in BSL Holdings
Limited for $2,650,000. $2,500,000 of the proceeds was used to repay the bank debt
taken up to finance the investinent.

4. PRE-OPENING COSTS

Pre-opening costs represent costs incurred in the relocation of Cost Right Freeport from
its former location on Milton Street to The Mall, which were not capital in nature,

Copies of a full set of the unaudited financial statements can be obtained from Brendalee
J

Gibson, at Abaco Markets Corporate Offices at Town Centre Mall, Blue Hill Road, Nassau,
The Bahamas, tel. 1 242 325 21 22.

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agreement on how to replace lost revenue, much of the negotiations to repeal a tax on business services
took place behind closed doors. Lawmakers and Democratic Governor Jennifer Granholm found a way Net profit/(loss) for period $ 1,522 (3,572)
to replace the service tax with another source of revenue just as the tax was taking effect around mid-
night Friday. The revenue will come from a surcharge on the new Michigan Business Tax, which takes Net cash provided by/(used in) operating activities ge (87)
effect January 1. :
Net cash provided by investing activities 3,789 575
Net cash used in financing activities (4,760) (3,713)
Decrease in cash . $ (883) (3,225) &

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date financial results.

FROM page 1

2004
CLE/QUI/No.1120

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

.

IN THE MATTER OF ALL THAT piece, parcel,

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

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

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

NOTICE.

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

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

1. The Registry of The Supreme Court, Ansbacher House,
East Street, Nassau Bahamas

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

NOTICE is hereby given that any person having Dower

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

therewith.

Failure of any such person to file and serve a Statement of
his, her or its claim on or

“We've got to grow the bot-

tom line. While profitable,
earnings per share is not where
it needs to be. That’s where
the focus is now, getting a
return for our shareholders.”

Mr Watchorn said the com-
pany’s sales for the fourth
quarter-to-date, were running
“at the same type of growth
we’ve seen this year” heading
into the Christmas shopping
season.

“We’re very well prepared
for Christmas, as well, perhaps,
as we ever have been. We’re
expecting a good Christmas,”
he added. “We’re now running
the same sort of sales growth
we’ve had all year, and we feel
we can continue that sales
growth into next year.”

For the first three quarters of
the fiscal year that ends on Jan-
uary 31, 2007, Abaco Markets
saw its sales increase by 10.9
per cent to $64.288 million,
compared to $57.993 million
for the same period in 2006.
Gross margin dollars rose by
14.9 per cent to $19,128 mil-
lion.

Over the same period, net
profit on continuing operations
stood at $1.098 million, com-
pared to a $1.472 million loss
incurred over the same period
in 2006.

Gross margins stood at 29.8
per cent, compared to 28.7 per
cent during the first three quar-
ters in 2006, while expenses
remained well-managed, falling
as a percentage of sales to 27.3
per cent or $17.565 million,
eounpared te?! ‘ol
sales or $17.215 muiton.

Mr Watchorn told The Tri-
bune that Abaco Markets’ util-
ity bills, chiefly electricity, were
likely to increase by between
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with another similar rise likely
in 2008 due to world oil prices.

“Untortunately, we're prob-
ably staring at that next year,
judging by where the price of
oll is going to, but we’ve been
able to offset that by reducing
costs in other areas,” Mr
Watchorn said.

For the third quarter to
October 31, 2007, Abaco Mar-
kets generated net profits of
$246,000, compared to a
$610,000 loss on continuing
operations and a total $753,000
loss in the same quarter in
2006.

Sales during the quarter
increased by 12.6 per cent to
$21.752 million, compared to
$19.323 million during the
same period in 2006, with gross
margin dollars up 12.8 per cent
to $6.299 million.

Gross margins remained flat
at 29 per cent, while actual
expenses — flat against 2006
comparatives — decreased as a
percentage of sales to 27.1 per
cent against 30.5 per cent the
previous year,

Meanwhile, Mr Watchorn
said Abaco Markets was due
to make its next quarterly
repayment, of about $270,000,
to the company’s preference
shareholders at the end of
December.

Although the agreement
with Class A preference share-
holders provides for the prin-
cipal repayments to be made
annually, Mr Watchorn said
the comneny was likely to con-
tu “4 quarterly repay-
ments and was placing $95,000
per month on fixed deposit to
facilitate this.

He added that Abaco Mar-
kets’ retail formats —
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Cost Right — had seen sales
growth in all categories, bet-
ter buying being one factor dri-
ving this, which had allowed
the company to pass savings
and lower prices on to cus-
tomers.

The BISX-listed entity was
also looking forward to “good
sales growth” at its Cost Right
Abaco store, which is being
converted to a full club model
away form the old Abaco
Wholesale store. Mr Watchorn
told The Tribune that only the
“finishing touches” remained
to be done on this conversion.

He added: “I think we laid
the ground work for this year
in divesting the Abaco and
Turks & Caicos businesses.
They were operations that
were incurring losses and eat-
ing up a lot of management
time. We’re now focused on
what we do best.”

Of the turnaround pro-
gramme, Mr Watchorn said:
“It’s been a long road. We
thought we were there a cou-
ple of times, and hurricanes
and other events put us back a
little bit.

“We’ve brought stability to
the company. For many years

there was a lot of instability
going on around us, and in the
last year or so we’ve created
an air of stability around the
company.

“We have moved from the
significant instability of the
past and have been focused on
rebuilding our Company by
improving our customer's
experience and increasing sales
and, of course, gross margin
dollars.

“We have focused on strate-
gically increasing inventory
and enhancing our product
offering in recent months to
ensure that we meet the
demands of our customers this
Christmas.”

“Our results now reflect con-
sistent positive performance
and a distinct change from pre-
vious years when our third
quarter was always tradition-
ally much weaker,” said Craig
Symonette, Abaco Markets’
chief executive and chairman.

“This is clearly a new era for
our group and we are commit-
ted to remaining focused on
continued growth in our bot-
tom line and on maintaining
the progress we have made to
date.”

Domino’s Pizza
plans expansion

FROM page 1

new outlet, The Tribune
understands that a likely can-
didate is the Seagrapes Shop-
ping Centre on Prince Charles
Drive.

“We hope to have an open-
ing on that [Carmichael Road]
probably in mid-February,” Mr
Watchorn told The Tribune.
“After that, we will be focusing
on a store out east. We’ve
made a decision to move out
east. We’re just looking for
something in that area.”

He added: “The Domino’s
business is doing very well for

us, and this marketplace is dri-
ven by fast food. There’s a
plethora of Bahamian local
brands and international
brands, and out east is an area
we feel is not a location we are
servicing as we should be.”
When the expansion to east-

ern Nassau became reality...
Mr Watchorn said there Would:

be a realignment of delivery
driver schedules and improve-
ment in customer service.”

“We obviously feel we're
going to drive sales at the same
time,” Mr Watchorn added.

“We feel we can drive sales
again by increasing our pres-
ence in the market.”



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B SAILING
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

THERE was some good news
in the Blue Note Night Club on
Saturday night as Lee Armbrister
carted off $12,000 of the $33,700
prize money presented to the
local sloops in the first Baha Mar
Boat of the Year awards banquet.

Armbrister needed an escort as
he left with $7,000 for his victory
on the Good News in the A Class
and $5,000 for his triumph on
Ants Nest in the B Class as a
result of the major regattas sailed
this year throughout the country.

“I’m quite pleased, I must say.
It was a very good year and the
competition was keen,” said
Armbrister, after he topped the
three other boats in contention
for the awards in two of the three
classes honored.

“Lundy and Courageous, King
and Anna Nicole and the Thun-
derbird and others, they really .
put up a fight. But I give the
almighty God thanks, the Good
News came out victorious in the
A Class and Ants Nest came out
in the B Class.”

With the crew of sailors that he
has to work with, Armbrister said
they will definitely try to repeat
as champions, especially after
hearing Robert ‘Sandy’ Sands of
Baha Mar announce that they
will be back to sponsor the
awards next year.

Baha Mar came on board this
year through the assistance of
King Eric Gibson after Burns
House decided not to renew their
five-year million-dollar sponsor-
ship.

In the A Class, which had the
largest share with $16,500, the
Silent Partner came in second
and collected $5,000, the Red Hot
Thunderbird got $3,000 for third
and Anna Nicole was awarded
$1,500 for fourth place.

In the B Class, Eudeva picked
up $3,000 for second; Ansbacher
Queen $1,500 for third and the
Heathcliff $1,000 for fourth. A
total of $10,500 was up for grabs.

And in the C Class where
$6,700 was presented, Lady
Eunice earned $3,000 for first
place, followed by the Red Hot
Thunderbird with $2,000 for sec-
ond, Queen Brigette with $1,000
for third and Barbarian with $700
for fourth.

Vince Wright, owner of the
Lady Eunice, said he was delight-
ed to join Armbrister as a cham-
pion this year.

“My boat is three years old. It
was launched in 2004 and this is
my second Boat of the Year in
three years,” he pointed out. “I
should have won it last year, but
the sponsors didn’t do it, so I
would have won it three years in
a row.”

Wright said to all their chal-
lengers, Lady Eunice said if they
didn’t stop them now; don’t
expect to do it next year as they
intend to be back in better shape
to continue their winning streak.

Before a packed audience,
which was treated to some live
music from entertainer Jay
Mitchell, Minister of State for
Sports Byran Woodside, said they
were pleased with the level of
enthusiasm that the local sailors
performed this year.

Hailed as the “Minister of
Regattas,” Woodside said while
there are four organizations that
are currently involved, it’s his
hope that they come together as
one to continue to help with the
economic boost for the Family
Islands.

“Money aside, compensation
aside, the time you invest, we
cannot pay you,” he stressed.
“It’s not about the money, but
it’s about the love for the sport.”

Woodside reiterated that when
he opened the National Conclave
for sailing, he told the members
of the Bahamas Boat Owners
Association, the Commonwealth
Sailing Association, the National

CAPTAIN LEE ARMBRISTER (white) is presented with his cheque from Leah Davis and Robert ‘Sandy’ Sands, both from Bahamar and Minister of State for Sports, Bryan Wood-.
side, for winning the A Class Boat of the Year honours on Saturday night at the Blue Notes. Next to Armbirster is organiser King Eric Gibson.

Sailing Association and the
Bahamas Sailing Association that
they must not just consider their
personal agenda, but what is best
for the sport in general.

Following on the heels of
Sands’ announcement that they
will be back for another year with
the hefty cash incentives, Wood-
side revealed that his ministry
would be looking at the possibili-
ty of ensuring that the govern-
ment further compensates the
boat owners.

“T have given direction to the
regatta desk to communicate with
Bahamas Customs and the Min-
istry of Finance to look into the
possibility of seeking duty free
status for you for building mater-
ial needed to assist with the
building of Bahamian native
sloops,” he proclaimed.

Woodside further noted that
for those boat owners who have
not been paid from participating
in some of the regattas on time or
had their food money cut short
and the barge companies who
were not paid for transporting
the sloops, his ministry will be
looking at putting in the neces-
sary measures to ensure that it
doesn’t continue that way under
his watch.

He congratulated all of the win-
ners and wished those who fell
short every success next year.

Special plaques were also pre-
sented to Tommy Thompson and
Edward Lockhart, both boat
builders; Jacob Williams for
transportation; Bernadette Davis-
Smith for the role she played at
the Regatta Desk and Stephano
Kemp for assisting the CV Bethel
Secondary High and coordinator
Sheldon Gibson for their partici-
pation in the youth movement of
the sport.

During the night, master of cer-
emony Julian Gibson offered a
moment of silence for the late
captain Hezron Moxey, who
recently passed away. Gibson
said Moxey was certainly an icon
who will be missed in the sailing
fraternity.

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VINCE WRIGHT (left) of Lady Eunice collects his cheque from Michael Cooper (right) of Baha Mar for winning the C Class Boat of
the Year honours on Saturday night at the Blue Notes. In the middle is King Eric Gibson of the national regatta committee.

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Liverpool win
4-0 to move
to third place

@ SOCCER
LONDON
Associated Press



LIVERPOOL moved up to
third place in the Premier
League on Sunday with a 4-0
win over Bolton.

Sami Hyypia, Fernando Tor-
res, Steven Gerrard and Ryan
Babel scored at Anfield to main-
tain the Reds’ unbeaten start to
the league season.

Liverpool has scored 25 goals
in its past four matches and has
30 points, the same as United
and Manchester City, who trail
on goal differential. Chelsea is
one point ahead, while Arsenal
leads with 36.

“The team is playing well,” :
Liverpool manager Rafa Ben- :
itez said. “We are making plen- —
ty of chances and scored four,
but it could have been many
more. I must be pleased with
form like this.”

_ Benitez paired Torres and
Peter Crouch up front for the
first time and started with Harry
Kewell on the wing, but it was
central defender Hyypia who

* put Liverpool ahead in the’17th
from Gerrard’s free kick.

- Torres made it 2-0 just before

halftime when he collected a

* long-range through ball from

Gerrard and clipped it over

goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen

for his 12th goal of the season.
Gerrard scored a penalty kick
in the 54th after Crouch had
been fouled, and substitute
= Babel rounded off the scoring

with six minutes remaining.

Manchester United can move
into second place Monday if it

beats Fulham. °

‘ Birmingham won 3-2 at Tot-

tenham to give Alex McLeish a
win in his first game as Blues
manager. -

“ Spurs striker Robbie Keane

scored twice before being sent

_ off as Tottenham conceded in

+ injury time for the sixth time this

‘ “season, this time to former Arse-

- . pal player Sebastian Larsson.

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TWO of the final pictures in the Baptist
Sports Council's Deacon Lennox Greene
Softball League's best-of-three champi-
onships have been decided over the week-
end at the Baillou Hills Sporting Com-
plex.

The other picture will get cleared up on
Saturday when the post-season continues.

In the co-ed division, Transfiguration
nipped Golden Gates 7-6 in two extra
innings, while Macedonia routed St. Paul's
17-6.

In the 17-and-under division, Transfig-
uration will meet Temple Fellowship.

And in the men's division, four teams
remain - pennant winning Calvary Deliv-
erance and Temple Fellowship, along with
Golden Gates and Transfiguration. Their
final spots will be decided when Calvary
Deliverance play Golden Gates for the
Chairman divisional title and Temple Fel-
lowship take on Transfiguration for the
Commissioner's pennant.

Here's a summary of the games played
on Saturday:

Macedonia 17, St. Paul's 6: Tim Clarke
just missed the cycle with a single triple
and in-the-park home run with two RBIs
and three runs scored to lead Macedonia's
co-ed,

Rosemary Greene was 3-for-4 with a
RBI and two runs scored; Lynden Gaitor
3-for-3 with two runs; Willard Elliott 3-
tor-4 with three runs; Karen Deveaux 2-
for-4 with two RBIs and three runs and
Brian Capron 2-for-3 with three RBIs and
two runs.

Harold 'Banker' Fritzgerald got the win
over Peter Morris.

Olympia Morris was 2-for-3 with two
RBIs and a run and Arnold Wilson was
2-for-3 with a RBI for St. Paul's.

Transfiguration 7, Golden Gates 6:
Denise Sears singled and scored the win-
ning run on Stephen Sands' RBI double in
the seventh to send Transfiguration into
the co-ed final.

Charlie Gaitor Sr. had three triples with
a RBI, scoring three times; Theresa Miller
had one hit with a RBI, scoring twice and
Nelson Farrington 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

Farrington got the win over Jeffrey
Woodside.

Glenn Minus was 2-for-4 with a RBI and
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was 2-for-4 with a run.

Temple Fellowship 9, Transfiguration 2:
Ricardo Major went 3-for-3 with two
RBIs, scoring three times: Rodney Tay-
lor was 2-for-3 with a RBI and run and
Fred Tapia had a three-run homer as Tem-
ple Fellowship won the men’s commis:
sioner pennant.

Alfred 'Skeeter' Munnings got the win
over Nelson Farrington.

Dennis Johnson scored Transtiguration's
first run on David Brown's RBI single and
Brown scored the second run on Charlie
Gaitor Sr's RBI double in the third.

Temple Fellowship 7, Golden Gates 2:
Tameko Culmer had a pair of hits, scoring
three times to lead: Temple Fellowship
into the 17-and-under championship.

Adam Deveaux got the win over Delano
Miller.

Temple Fellowship 10, Calvary Bible 2:
Ricardo Major (1 RBI. two runs). Rod-
ney Taylor (1 run); Wayde Bain: Gino
Campbell (1 RBI.and | run) and Kevin
Dames

(1 RBI and | run) all had two hits to
lead Temple Fellowship into the division-
al final.

Vernon Bowles got the win over Basil
Miller.

A moment of silence was offered for the
late Anthony Stuart, a member of Calvary
Bible, who passed away last week.

Transfiguration &, Macedonia 3: Dennis
Johnson had two hits, scoring three times
and Charlie Gaitor Sr had one with two
runs scored to lead Transfiguration into
the divisional final.

David Brown got the win over Harold
'Banker' Fritzge rald

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two ficlds at the Baillou Hills Sporting
Complex. On field one at 10 a.m. pennant
winning Temple Fellowship will play
Transfiguration to determine the Com
missioner's champions and on field two,
pennant winning Calvary Deliverance will
play Golden Gates to determine the
Chairman's champions. The two winners
will meet in the best-of-three final, start-
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Transfiguration will play in the co-ed final
and Transfiguration and Temple Fellow
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Bryans give the
United States its
first Davis Cup

title since 1995

B TENNIS
PORTLAND, Ore.
Associated Press

ANDY RODDICK was
loud, proud and reflective
after helping the United;States
win its first Davis Cup title
since 1995S.

“To be here and to bring
the Cup back to the States is
just an amazing feeling,” he
said. “But more importantly,

just to share the journey with .

these guys, it’s been so much
fun.”

Roddick got the U.S. off to
a fast start and brothers Bob
and Mike Bryan finished the
job Saturday, beating Russi-
a’s Nikolay Davydenko and
Igor Andreev 7-6 (4), 6-4, 6-2
for the Americans’ third
straight win in the best-of-five
final.

Roddick and Blake each
won their singles matches Fri-
day on the indoor hard court
at Portland’s Memorial Coli-
seum.

The once-dominant United
States had not won the Davis
Cup in 12 years, the longest
span without an American vic-
tory. Pete Sampras last led the
team to victory over Russia
on clay in Moscow.

The United States now has
32 titles in the international
team competition, dating to
1900.

After the victory, team cap-
tain Patrick McEnroe was
asked if it was his best
moment ever in tennis.

McEnroe started his reply:
“It’s not about me, it’s about
this whole group of guys ... “
But he was interrupted by a
jubilant Roddick.

“Say yes!” he shouted.

The U.S. had not taken the
first three matches of a Davis
Cup final since 1990 against
Australia.

With Roddick and Blake
looking on, both doubles
teams held serve through the
first set, forcing the tiebreaker.
When the United States took
a 5-3 lead, Andreev slammed
his racket to the court.

Andreev double-faulted on
the twins’ second set point.
and the top-ranked duo cele-
brated with theit familiar chest
bump.

Andreev and Davydenko
had only been partnered once
before as a doubles team in
Davis Cup play, and often
conferred over strategy. Davy-
denko, who came to the Davis
Cup mired in an investigation
into unusual betting patterns
during a match in August, had
played a doubles match only
twice before this year.

When Bob Bryan’s winning
forehand at the net bounced
over the heads of the Rus-
sians, Roddick and Blake
poured onto the court and
piled into a group embrace.
The crowd chanted “U-S-A!
U-S-AP

The four players then ran a
victory lap around the court
with an American flag.

“No words can explain how
we feel right now, except
Woooooo000!” Mike Bryan
exclaimed.

Andreev said it was the sec-
ond set before he got a chance
to return a second serve.

“So you can imagine if the
guy’s always serving first
serve, it makes it so difficult
because you cannot control
the ball,” he said. “You cannot
do anything on the return.”

Bob Bryan admitted after-
ward to feeling some pressure.

“I had a circus of monkeys
in my stomach just playing
tambourine in there,” he said.

On Friday, sixth-ranked
Roddick beat Dmitry Tur-
sunov 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 in the open-

_ing match and 13th-ranked
Blake outlasted Mikhail
Youzhny 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-7 (3),
7-6 (3).

No. 34 Tursunov was the
lowest-ranked member of the
Russian team, following
fourth-ranked Davydenko,
No. 19 Youzhny and No. 33
Andreev.

The final was the culmina-
tion of a year’s worth of inter-
national competition.

Sunday’s reverse singles will
be shortened to best-of-
three sets because the U.S.
has already clinched the
ule.

m SOCCER
LUCERNE, Switzerland
Associated Press ;
WORLD CUP champion
Italy, France and the Nether-
lands got the 2008 European

Championship draw none of:

them wanted. Each other.

The three former European
champions were drawn Sun-
day in Group C with Romania
for next year’s tournament in
Austria and Switzerland.

It could have been even
worse — they could have also
drawn three-time champion
Germany instead of Romania.
But the three coaches looked
grim as they came out of the
Culture and Convention Cen-
ter:

“We didn't have an easy
qualification and now we have
a very difficult group,” said
Italy coach Roberto Don-
adoni, whose team also played
France in qualifying. “We
were unfortunate in the draw,
but I had a gut feeling this
morning that it would turn out
like this.”

The tournament opens June
7 when Switzerland plays the
Czech Republic in Basel.

The final is at the Ernst
Happel stadium in Vienna on
June 29.

Italy beat France on penalty
kicks in last year’s World Cup
final in Berlin. In Euro 2008
qualifying, the French beat
Italy 3-1 at Stade de France
and drew 0-0 in Milan. They
will meet again in Zurich in
their final Group C match on
June 17.

“] think there are coaches
who are happier today than
the four here,” said France
coach Raymond Domenech,
whose team also plays Roma-
nia in 2010 World Cup quali-
fying. “I would have preferred
to avoid all of the other three
teams in the group, but that’s
what we got and we have to
live with it.”

Netherlands coach Marco
van Basten, whose team fin-
ished behind Romania in
qualifying and is struggling for
form, said it was not the draw
he wanted

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2008 in Lucerne, Switzerland, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007.

World Cup finalists,” he said
of Italv and France. “These
are great teams. great players,
teams with a lot of experience.
It's going to be very difficult

fter the dr.

for us, we have to play Italy
first, then France.”

Italy and the Netherlands
met in the Euro 2000 semiti-
nals, with the Italians winning

g the draw for the final round of the soccer Euro



Frank Augstein/AP

a penalty shootout after a 0-0
draw. The French rallied to
beat Italy 2-1 in overtime in
the final.

The Dutch will play both of



PORTS THREE FORMER CHAMPIONS DRAWN TOGETHER IN GROUP STAGE

Italy get France and Holland
in tough Euro 2008 draw



its big rivals in Bern. They
face Italy on June 9 and
France four days later.

Defending European cham-
pion Greece was drawn in
Group D with Russia, Spain
and Sweden. It will start its
defense against Sweden in
Salzburg on June 10 before
playing Russia and Spain in
the same Austrian city.

At Euro 2004 in Portugal,
the Greeks drew 1-1 with
Spain and lost 2-1 to Russia
in group play, but beat all its
other opponents on the way
to a surprise title triumph
under coach Otto Rehhagel.

“It is certainly not an casy
group,” Rehhagel said. “We
must be careful against Swe-
den, which has one of the
world’s best forwards in Zla-
tan Ibrahimovic.

“There’s always lots of talk
before games. I am a man of
action. The most important
thing is to have all players in
good condition. As defending
champions, we have an oblig-
ation to do well in the tour-
nament.”

Switzerland, which plays all
its group games in Basel, is in
Group A with Turkey, Portu-
gal and the Czech Republic.
The Portuguese and the
Czechs will be strongly
favored to advance to the
quarterfinals.

Austria, whose home games
are in Vienna, is making its
Euro debut and is in Group
B with Germany, Poland and
Croatia. There has been fan
violence at previous matches
between Germany and
Poland, and the Union of
European Football Assacia-
tions has warned Croatia it
could be kicked out if there
were any repeats of racist
chanting and misbehaviér by
its fans... bene eae

“T wouldn’t necessarily say
that we had a lucky draw,”
Germany coach Joachim
Loew said. “Austria will be
playing with the entire nation
behind it, that shouldn't be
underestimated. Croatia elim-
inated England and how
tough is to play against Poland
we found out at the World
Cup.”

Michael Probst/AP

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Loew, 3rd row from left, France's Raymond Domenech, Netherlands’ Marco van Basten, Italy's Roberto Donadoni.

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