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Insurance Board
seeking damages

A FORMER building
inspector at the National
Insurance Board has filed a
lawsuit in the Supreme Court,
claiming slander against five
of his former colleagues.

Filed on November 6, Mr
Donald Noel Nouguez, the
plaintiff, has named Esther
Scanter of Pride Estates, San-
dra Cooper of Jubilee Gar-
dens, Vernese Brown of Solid-
er Road, Margaret Nwankwo
of Dundas Drive, and Kareem
Hanna of Coral heights
Boulevard in the action.
--“Phe plaintiff's. claim.is for
slander published by the
defendants to and in the pres-
ence of senior management,
other employees of the
National Insurance Board and
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According to the document,
Mr Nouguez is seeking dam-
ages for libel contained in
speeches, and letters written
and published by the defen-
dants and circulated by the
defendants to other employ-
ees of NIB.

The writ seeks an injunction

to restrain the defendants...

“their servants and agents or
otherwise” from speaking,
publishing, or circulating any-
thing of a slanderous or
libelous nature concerning Mr
Nouguez.

. The writ also seeks costs,
and any further or alternate
relief that the court may deem
fit and proper under the cir-
cumstances of the case.

Mr Nouguez was formally
removed from the National
Insurance Board on Novem-
ber 2.

Former MP professional
misconduct allegation

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

FORMER PLP MP and
attorney Keod Smith has
been accused of professional
misconduct by a former client.

According to Garth
Bethel’s claim, Mr Smith to

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ments so that he could repre- ;
sent him, has, since March of :
. this year, refused to return }
them when he sought new :

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Mr Bethel, owner of the :
Flamingo bar/cafe which is |
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perimeter of the British Colo- ;
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The fun got underway on Wednesday and it will run til after the new year. :

PM warns over global warming
threat to small island states

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

IT IS not possible to over- -

estimate the threat global
warming and environmental
degradation pose to the sur-
vival of small island states
such as the Bahamas, Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham
said speaking at the
Caribbean-Central America
Action (CCAA) conference

employment and foreign
earnings are pinned, and
tourism is hostage to the

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tourism.

“Tourism is for many of
the small island states the
primary economic activity on
which their hopes for,

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pany over rental issues, but is ; Addressing the forum; Mr =
now denying him the paper- : Ingraham said “it is beyond s
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continuing case.

Mr Bethel claims that Mr :
Smith, who was defeated at :
the polls in this year’s general :
election, will not return his :
calls about the matter, and :
has repeatedly hung up on }

him. .

Mr Bethel reported Mr
Smith to the Bar Association :
four months ago for his con- }

SEE page 13

threat.”

The sustainability, the very
survival of small island states
in the Caribbean, he said, is
being directly affected by the
“serious deterioration to the
environment as a conse-
quence of global warming.”

“Climate change has the
potential to undermine the
most vibrant, and for many,
the largest economic sector
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PRIME MINISTER and Minister of Finance Hubert Ingraham, (second from
right) receives the Golden Star of the Caribbean 2007 award during the Ple-
nary Dinner at 31st Caribbean Basin Conference in Miami, Florida, on Wednes-
day, December 5, 2007. Pictured (from left) are Jose Perez Jones, Seaboard
Marine; Rick Murrell, Tropical Shipping; Prime Minister Ingraham; and Manuel
Rosales, Caribbean Central American Action.

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Central American Action at the 31st Miami Conference on the
Caribbean Basin on December 5.

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Activist calls for more
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ONE of the biggest concerns of

Bahamians with disabilities is the
need for more disabled parking
spaces,

“This we strongly call for as a
matter of national urgency, in light

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Bahamians becoming disabled in
recent years,’ ’ said activist Jerome
Thompson. “In addition, we make
a very loud cry for sensible and
effective laws to be put in place, sq

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as to give the police the authority
to arrest’persons who park in dis-
abled-parking spaces who are not
authorised to do so.”
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to rent their properties to this cat-
egory of Bahamians; not because
they could not pay the rent, but

‘simply because of the fact that they

are disabled.

“Also, in respect to the build-
ing code of the Bahamas, both gov-
ernment and privately owned
apartment complexes are still being
built without provisions for dis-
abled persons, particularly those

_ who are in wheelchairs,” Mr

Thompson said.

“Sidewalks are still being built
without ramps . . . the sidewalks
that have been in existence for

government has not seen fit to cor-
rect those deficiencies.”

Mr Thompson went on to note
that the now closed Cheshire
Home on Dolphin Drive was
designed and built to allow for
“independent living” for persons
with physical disabilities. The home
was closed by the former PLP gov-
ernment so the site could be used
for a childcare facility and the occu-
pants were all evicted. The child-
care.centre never materialised.

— The power of
The Tribune brings
Bear hack home



BEAR with five-year-old Jade.

TWO little girls got an early
Christmas present on Tuesday
when a good Samaritan showed
up with Bear, their jack russell
terrier, after reading a missing
dog bulletin in that morning's Tri-
bune.

The little dog with the big
name disappeared through a hole
in a fence on Saturday, leaving
behind the two heartbroken girls.

Their mother, through the
columns of The Tribune, appealed
to the public for information
about Bear.

That afternoon, Kenneth New-
bold telephoned to say he had
Bear. The terrier had picked up a
potcake pal on his journey
through Sandilands Village when
Mr Newbold spotted him Satur-
day afternoon.

Mr Newbold bought Bear a
new collar and took excellent care
of him, the girls' mother, Cindi
Scavella, said.

Fortunately, Mr Newbold saw
Bear's picture in. the newspaper,
along with the story about the
plight of the little girls and their
mum's telephone numbers.

Bear was reunited with an
excited Amber, aged one, and

. Jade, five, at their home Tuesday

afternoon.

- A former Tribune reporter,

Mrs Scavella had a big thank you

for Mr Newbold and The Tribune.
“The Tribune deserves a Bear

hug,” a co-worker said.

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2007, PAGE 3



© In brief

Bimini
councillors
likely to
face tough
questions

BIMINI councillors are
expected to face some tough

questions on Monday night : prime Minister Brent Symon-

when the island’s local gov- ; ette said yesterday.

| BAHAMAS REAL ESTATE ASSOCIATION: Christmas luncheon at Yacht Club

Symonette: We. have made a major
dent in Investment Board backlog

| mâ„¢ By TANEKA THOMPSON

Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net



THE government has created

ia significant dent in the
; “tremendous” backlog at the
: country’s Investment Board
: which accumulated prior to the
: FNM taking office, Deputy

ernment holds what locals i

claim is its first meeting for
two and a half years.

Chief councillor Tasha Rolle : Board approvals,”

and her colleagues are likely : noted yesterday during a speech

: at the Bahamas Real Estate ©

to confront a hostile audience
when the meeting convenes at
the public school, according to
Bimini sources.

including the council’s rela-
tionship with Bimini Bay
developer Gerardo Capo - are
set for an airing.

One islander told The Tri-
bune: “It will be a very inter-
esting, and very lively, meet-

things Biminites want to have
sorted out.”

-Government officials from
Nassau are expected to be at
the meeting as observers.

“We have made a major dent

: in the backlog and are keeping
: fairly current with Investment

the minister

i Association’s (BREA) annual
; Christmas luncheon at the
: Yacht Club.

Several important issues - -:

Mr Symonette highlighted a

: number of issues that he said
;} the Ingraham administration
: has addressed during its seven
; months in office — one of which
; was the abolition of the Min-
: istry of Financial Services and
: Investments (MFSI).

ing because there are so many

“One of the first steps we did

i in trying to streamline this
: whole issue was to transfer the
: responsibility (for approving
: applications) from the Ministry
: of Financial Services to the

Biminites have expressed }
dismay at what they allege is :
: Director of Investments.”

local government’s failure to

call a meeting in more than }
? or to the change, he toured the

two years.

fear intense public probing of
several key issues, especially :
the alleged influence of Mr :
Capo on local eoennen %

affairs.
An Alice Town source said:

“There is supposed to be at :
least one meeting per year. }

impression that the council is :
: they could move forward. -

afraid to face the voters.”

Biminites have expressed :

marine environment.

Two nen
arraigned on

armed robbery —

charges

TWO men were arraigned

in Magistrate’s Court yester- : |
’ day on armed robbery charges. }
Allan Knowles, 19, of Bel- }

lot Road, and Oneal Knowles,
24, of Sunset Park, appeared
before Magistrate Janet
‘Bullard in Court Five, Bank
Lane.

According to court dockets,

it is alleged that on Monday,
December 3, while armed with. :

Office of the Prime Minister
and the establishment of the

Mr Symonette noted that pri-

Some say the. councillors i MFSI offices at the Goodman’s

Bay Corporate Centre and was

surprised at the vast number of

files on each desk awaiting
attention. This, he said, is what

: held up the entire approval
? process.

He said that some pending
applications he reviewed sim-

People have formed the : ply needed to have an applica-

tion fee receipt written before

After a series of meetings of

concern over many years about : the Investment Board (of which

Mr Capo’s Bimini Bay resort ; Mr Symonette is a member), it
development, which they claim : Was decided that the chairman

has destroyed a large part of : of the Investment Board, Prime

the island’s landscape and : Minister Hubert Ingraham, be

: assigned the responsibility of

: approving applications for land
: acquisition permits that are part
: of an approved subdivision.

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a screwdriver, the accused }

robbed Lavardo Thompson of }

$70 cash.

It is further alleged that on :
the same day, while armed }
with a stick, the two men .
robbed Johnny Santil of a }
Playstation CD valued at $80. :

The two men were not :
required to enter pleas to the j-
charges and were remanded to }
Her Majesty’s Prison, Fox Hill.
been :

The matter has
adjourned to March 4, 2008.

Advisory for —
commercial
fishing licence
cantlidates

THE Department of Marine }
Resources has issued a public }
announcement to all persons :
seeking a commercial fishing ;

licence for 2008.

The statement said all }
licence candidates must pro- :

vide the following:

* Proof of ownership of :

commercial fishing vessel

° A copy of the Port ;~

Authority’s registration of the
vessel

_® A copy of a valid business : ,

licence
The statement said all docu-
ments should be forwarded to
‘the Department of Marine
Resources in New Providence
(telephone 393-1777, fax 393-
0238) or the local Department
of Marine Resources office on
each island.

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e¢DPM hails the abolition
of Ministry of Financial
Services and Investments

without reference to a general
meeting, he explained,

Previously this was the
responsibility of the secretariat
of the board, Mr Symonette
said.

“These applications are
referred to internally as the
‘short agenda’ and are circulat-
ed to members of the board on
a regular basis without the
necessity of actually meeting,”
he explained.

The last “non-meeting” in
November contained 37 agenda
items for developments such as
Winding Bay, Bimini Bay,
Emerald Bay, the residences at
Atlantis, Cat Cay and Treasure
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The total dollar value
approved on that “short agen-
da” was $40.5 million in regis-
tration certificates, $25.3 mil-
lion of that representing land
sales in New Providence.

The applications not consid-
ered on last month’s short agen-
da were forwarded to the “long
agenda” requiring board mem-
bers to physically meet.

There have been 12 of these
meetings in the last seven
months, Mr Symonette said.

On the “long agenda” meet-
ing held last week, there were
64 items amounting to $96.25
million; $2.5 million of which
represented New Providence
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Mr Symonette said that of
these 64, items some needed
conveyance validation so a dol-
lar value was not attributed to
the application.

The 60 persons employed at
the now defunct ministry were
transferred to various areas
throughout the civil service and
all MFSI operations were trans-
ferred to the Office of the Prime

_ Minister under the leadership

of the Director of Investments
David Davis, Mr Symonette
noted.

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MS MIM Ne on es
House members

following leader
instead of using
their brains ©

The Tribune Limited

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

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

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

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

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

Published Daily Monday to Saturday

Shirley Street, PRO. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas
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Sensible decision on junkanoo coverage



ON THURSDAY government arrived
at a commonsense decision — journalists
will not have to pay to do their job. Unfor-
‘tunately when everyone else has the option
of staying ir bed on a chilly Boxing Day or
New Year’s morning, reporters have no
choice but to role out and cover both
junkanoo events.

In the past few days we caught snatches
of a radio programme on junkanoo. A
woman — from the content of the little
bit we heard, we assume she had some-
thing to do with a ministry involved with
the parades — was asked what would be
the reaction if the newspapers refused to
cover the annual cultural event. She
laughed it off as something that would nev-
er happen.

She shouldn’t be so sure of that. It is
something that has been seriously dis-
cussed.

It is an option that has been left open
should the occasion arise to use it.

Years ago, someone who is still very
active in junkanoo, said that junkanoo
groups were seriously considering charging
newspapers for publishing photographs of
them as they “rushed” — and at any time
afterwards if any of the photos were used to
illustrate an article on junkanoo.

That would be the day, we told him. It

would be the day that The Tribune would.

refuse to publish any of their photographs.
Other than listing the winners and report-
ing their constant squabbling over “cheat-
ing” judges— a sideshow that junkanoo
participants are expert at — junkanoo
would just be dropped from our pages.

Few people realise what a brutal assign-
ment the coverage of junkanoo is. After a
busy year, it is not easy to end the year
and start the new year lugging heavy cam-
era equipment up and down an over-
crowded parade route for several hours.
But this is what our cameramen have to do.
It’s a part of their job.

When it was first announced that the
media companies would have to pay for
their reporters:and cameramen to cover
the event, the reason given was that this
decision was an attempt “to reduce the
number of persons on the parade route.”

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which seems to issue tickets, not just to
bona fide journalists, but on a buddy sys-
tem.

Our staff constantly complain.that they
can hardly do their job for persons who
call themselves “press”, but who hardly
know how to operate a camera, and cer-
tainly would not know how to write the
first paragraph of any report, who persist in
getting in the way.

They see people clogging the parade
route, proudly wearing press jackets, who
they never see at any other assignment
throughout the year.

If the working press sent two staff mem-
bers — reporter and photographer— from
each organisation, there would be no more
than eight persons on the route. The only
other press would be ZNS.

What would have probably happened if
the Ministry of Youth had persisted in its
plan to charge the press, would have been
that most of the working press would have
boycotted the event.

However, the route would have
remained congested with those, who, mas-
querading behind a press badge and a cam-
era, would pay the fees to roam up and

down the parade route getting in the way. ©

Only those who issue these badges can
control who is allowed on this route.
They know the members of the work-
ing press.
It is within their power to decide how far

_ they are willing to bend the rules to clutter

the parade ground with non-press.

In its announcement on Thursday gov-
ernment made it clear that it had no inten-
tion of charging accreditation fees for the
coverage of junkanoo or any other public
event at any time in the future.

“The government,” it said, “will not
approve of charging accreditation fees for
working members of the media covering
the upcoming junkanoo parades.”

It said government was “aware that .

there are outstanding issues relating to the
protection of. intellectual property and the
use of such property for private commercial

- purposes and for profit.

“These are issues that must be addressed
but they do not impinge upon the right of
the media to provide fair coverage of pub-
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EDITOR, The Tribune. |

I BELIEVE that the major
issue in our country is crime
and I also know that the one
major problem in the House
of Parliament is that the mem-
bers are inexperienced. They
are following the leader
instead of using their brains.
Can you imagine that with all
the controversy, name calling,
mud slinging and amendments
of the Bail Act was nothing
more than wasted time
because it was summed up in
three minutes? Sir Burton
Hall must have truly embar-
rassed PLP and FNM with his
press release. They should
have got Sir Burton’s input
before giving their output thus
the country would have saved
time, energy and money. Not
one of them thought of where
the extra Judges would use to
hear the cases whether we had
one or 20 Judges. Shame on
them. Maybe we need to let
Sir Burton run the country,
give the House and the Senate
building to hear the cases and
put those lawyers who are tak-
ing up space in the House and
Senate on the Bench and sit
back and see what happens
since they think that all it
takes is extra Judges.

. I must congratulate former
Deputy Prime Minister/
Deputy Leader.the Hon Cyn-
thia Pratt and the former Min-
ister of Tourism the Hon Obie
Wilchcombe for their contri-
butions. Mrs Pratt said that
the worst thing that the gov-
ernment did was the disman-
tlement of the Urban Renew-
al programme. Last year ona
visit to the US I was very
impressed with the group of
children that was travelling to
Atlanta to perform. It was also
heart warming to see this
group of young people
because they proved that the
programme was working.
Their parents did not have to
worry about them after school
because they were too busy
practising to qualify for the
Musical Performance in
Atlanta, gaining not only their
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the murderer was caught sure

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and women are travelling to
Santa Domingo and Cuba for
their spouses but what is the
background of some of these
people? They end up with
brown skinned children but
the “genes” of their ancestors
will carry on to the third and

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Congratulating
Ms Minna Israel

EDITOR, The Tribune

November 29, 2007.

WE NOTE with interest that Ms. Minna Israel, currently
the Managing Director of Scotiabank Bahamas Limited, is
nearing the end of her tour of duty here in The Bahamas. I
would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Ms. Israel
for her outstanding service during her three years here in The
Bahamas. There are many Bahamians who feel as I do that
she was an excellent Managing Director and that she will be
greatly missed.

However, I hope that Scotiabank will now follow the com-
mendable lead taken by other commercial banks in this coun-
try and choose a Bahamian for the leadership post soon to be
vacated by Ms. Israel. Like Nat Beneby at the Royal Bank of
Canada, Sharon Brown at First Caribbean International
Bank and Paul McWeeney at our own Bank of The Bahamas,
Bahamian bankers have demonstrated their ability and vision
as heads of major, multinational banking institutions. More-
over, they are clearly the beneficiaries of farsighted succes-
sion planning at those banks, insuring that exemplary
Bahamians will always be included in the highest levels of
management.

I acknowledge that a Bahamian once headed Scotiabank
for sixteen years, and trust that that bank will now demon-

’ strate that it has the vision and foresight to ensure that Ms.

Israel is succeeded by a Bahamian. .

The past several decades have seen Bahamian professionals
paving the way for other well educated and highly trained
Bahamians to take their rightful places as leaders in all kinds
of corporate structures here. Their task is not only to distin-
guish themselves in their jobs, but to prepare the way for oth-
er Bahamians to succeed them.

I, along with many other Bahamian professionals, look for-
ward to seeing Scotiabank demonstrate their solidarity with
The Bahamas and the Bahamian banking community by
naming a qualified Bahamian to the position of Managing
Director.

PHILIP C. GALANIS
Nassau,
December 2, 2007.

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2007, PAGE 5



INQUEST: Burns victim Christopher Esfakis
Esfakis had no ‘drugs of abuse’ in
his system, coroner’s court hears

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

THE former director of the
police forensic science labo-
ratory yesterday told the
‘coroner’s court that burns
patient Christopher Esfakis,
who died in hospital in 2002,
had no “drugs of abuse” pre-
sent in his system at that
time.

Continuing testimony in
the inquest into Mr Esfakis’
death, Assistant Commis-
sioner of Police James Carey
~—now in charge of the south-
ern Bahamas — told the court
that he was fulfilling a “rou-
tine request” by carrying out
a toxicological analysis of
samples of Mr Esfakis’ blood
and stomach contents on

Ex-director of police forensic
lab continues his testimony



May 26, 2002. The request
was made by forensic pathol-
ogist Dr Govinda Raju, who
carried out the autopsy on
Mr Esfakis’ body after he

died in Doctors Hospital on |

April 22,2002. °

Asked about the purpose
ofthe tests, Asst Commis-
sioner Carey said that it was
“to see if there were any
common drugs of abuse pre-
sent.”

He went on to say that “no
such thing was detected.”

Mr Carey said that there
had been Laudanosine and
Midazolam present in the

deceased’s sample. He said
that Midazolam is a benzo-
diazepine drug “used to
relieve anxiety before surgery
or in a hospital setting.”
Asked by an attorney for
Doctors Hospital whether he
had tested Mr Esfakis’ stom-
ach contents also, Mr Carey
said he had, and alcohol was
found in his stomach.
However, he said he would
question the “significance”
of this finding as research
carried out by his laboratory
had revealed that, in fact, fer-
mentation can occur in the
stomach after death.

The court has previously
heard how Mr Esfakis was
admitted to Doctors Hospital
on April 20 to be treated for
25 per cent burns he sus-
tained when his shirt caught
fire at a party on April 19.

He died three days later in
the hospital.

On Wednesday a US-based
burns expert told the court
that he attributed Mr Esfakis’
death to the failure of med-
ical staff to check if he had
sustained an inhalation
injury.

The inquest is being held
in court seven before Magis-
trate William Campbell.

Yesterday it was adjourned
until February 5.



Unionised Nassau Beach staff will be
‘redeployed’ by January closure - claim

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

ALL unionised workers at
' the Nassau Beach Hotel will
be employed at other proper-
ties by the time the historic
resort closes its doors in Jan-
uary, the president of the
Bahamas Hotel and Allied
Workers Union said yester-
day.

“Half of the remaining
employees will be redeployed
this week,” said Roy Cole-
brooke, adding that by closure
on January 6, all will be “tak-
en care of.”

He said that work has been
secured for these employees
at the Wyndham resort and
the Sheraton, thanks to a joint
effort between the union and
Baha Mar management.

Mr Colebrooke said that the
redeployment is evidence of
why it is “important that
workers understand the

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importance of joining.a
union.”

“Someone has to look out
for the workers’ interests,” he
said — pointing to the news
that 65 persons employed at
Cafe Johnny Canoe will be
out of a job when the proper-
ty closes. He said: this is an
example of how non-

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unionised: workers can lose
out. If they were in a union
they would have been taken
care of,” claimed Mr Cole-
brooke.

The Nassau Beach Hotel is
set to be demolished following
its closure to make way for
Baha Mar’s transformation of
the Cable Beach strip.

It was initially scheduled for
demolition in June, 2006, but
this was later pushed back.

In July, 2007, Robert Sands,
Baha Mart’s senior vice-presi-
dent, explained the resched-
uling as being partly a conse-
quence of the current tourism
climate, with the Bahamas in
desperate need of more hotel
rooms.

At that time, Mr Sands
anticipated that refurbishment
of the Wyndham and Shera-
ton properties would allow for
more rooms to be brought on
stream this month, going some
way towards making up for
the shortfall.

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tthompson@tribunemedia.net

THE retired police officers association will be
holding its annual general meeting and social for
members tonight at the Royal Bahamas Police Force
headquarters on East Street. :

The meeting starts at 7pm at the cafeteria
of the RBPF compound and is open to all
members of the association at no cost, consultant to
the association Cardinal Hutchinson told The Tri-
bune. '

Opening remarks will be given by the president
Errington Rahming and.the association’s treasurer .

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Arthur Yearwood will present the annual financiai
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The special guest speaker for the meeting will be
Acting Commissioner Reginald Ferguson and the
event will be moderated by Reverend Patrick Levar-
ity.

Views, suggestions and recommendations for the

advancement of the association are welcome during

the general meeting, Mr Hutchinson added.

In addition to the upcoming meeting and social.
the association plans to hold a number of island-wid«
bus tours for its retired police officers.

‘Last week four members, Sidney Sturrup, Irvin
Taylor, Alfred Williams and Ormond Briggs toured

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2007, PAGE 7









Nominations invited for Lady Sassoon Golden Heart Award

The Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas)
Heart Foundation is accepting nomi-
nations for the Lady Sassoon Golden
Heart Award. The Golden Heart
Award will be presented at the 44th
annual Heart Ball on February 16,
2008.

The award was initiated by the foun-

dation to applaud and give recogni-
tion to individuals who have selflessly
given of themselves to promote human
welfare and dignity, thus making life
better for their fellow man. Organisers
said nominations for the award should
be accompanied by reasons for sub-

the Golden Heart Award Committee,
P O Box N-8189 Nassau, Bahamas, or
delivered to EVES Cable Beach, Nas-
sau, which is the office of the Sir Victor
Sassoon (Bahamas) Heart Foundation.

The deadline for submission is Jan-
uary 21, 2008.

The annual Heart Ball will be held in

the Crown Ball Room on Paradise
Island. The ball is the major fundrais-
er for the Heart Foundation and the
proceeds help to underwrite medical
costs for children with heart disease.
Mrs Frances Ledee, a retired pro-
fessional social worker, planner and
administrator was presented with the

Lady Sassoon Golden Heart Award
last February for being a person with
a “true golden heart”.

“Mrs Ledee sees beyond what is nor-
mally expected of someone to provide
the love and support for many of the
aged in our community,” said R E
Barnes, chairman of the foundation.

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A’ 17-YEAR-OLD boy was among a group of men
arraigned in Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday on a number
of armed robbery and weapon possession charges.

- The juvenile from John Street along with Ronald Charles,
21,.of Rupert Dean Lane; Denero Lewis, 26, of John Street;
Alexander Lewis, 26, of John Street and Jeffrey Rolle, 42
also of John Street were arraigned before Magistrate Carolita
Bethel.

It is alleged that the 17-year-old, along with Charles,
-obbed Tamara Rolle of jewellery worth $950 while armed
with a handgun on Saturday October 1.

It is also alleged that the juvenile, while armed with hand-
gun on Saturday October 1, robbed Kevin Knowles of $20
cash and on Saturday, December 1 attempted to rob
Nathaniel Pinder.

Court dockets also allege that the 17-year-old and Denero
Lewis, while armed with a handgun on October 1, robbed
Preston McCoy of a Rolex watch and a cellular phone
together valued at $3,000.

Court dockets further claim that on the same day, they
robbed Barry Woodside of a $200 cellular phone as well as
$700 in cash:

It is also alleged that on October 1 while armed with a
handgun, the 17-year-old and Ronald Charles robbed Ken-
ay Kemp of a gold chain and an engagement ring worth
$950.

The accused were not required to plead to the armed rob-
very charges. The prosecution said it intends to proceed
with a Voluntary Bill of Indictment. All of these matters
nave been adjourned to January 21, 2008.

The juvenile, along with Denero Lewis, Alexander Lewis,
and Jeffrey Rolle, have all been charged with possession
of an unlicensed firearm.

It-is alleged that on Saturday, December 1, they were
found in possession of a black Smith and Wesson revolver.
The accused all pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Alexander Lewis and Jeffrey Rolle are expected to return
to court on Friday for a bail hearing in connection with the
firearm possession charge.

The 17-year-old also pleaded guilty to possession of two
grams of marijuana which he was found in possession of on
Saturday December 1.

He was ordered to attend the Detox Unit at the Sandilands
Rehabilitation Centre for two weeks. All of the accused
have been remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison, Fox Hill.

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to renovate the original convent building, which is considered to be
owe of Nassau’s important historical sites.

The building, which can be seen from Nassau Street, was con-
structed in the 1930s and has since fallen into disrepair and is no
longer in use.

‘The 11 Benedictine nuns now living at the convent said that
they are eager to restore the old building as “a legacy for future gen-
erations of Bahamian women desirous of dedicating their lives to
God as religious.”

Prioress Sister Mary Benedict Pratt told The Tribune that a
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Among the fundraising efforts is the “adopt a sister” programme,
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as a retreat centre, as well as a space to house the archives of the
monastery.

The building will also be used as a “formation house” for the
training of young women desirous of pursuing their religious voca-
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"HY ARE CELLULAR PHONE SERVICES IN JAMAICA MUCH CHEAPER?

BIC should be privatised immediately
YOUNG _MAN’s VIEW

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In changing its approach to
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For years now, the govern-
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stock and barrel — and truly pri-
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There is an urgent need for.a
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telecommunications sector.
BTC should no longer be
allowed to maintain an unjust
monopoly over the country’s
telecommunications network
and services.

In the 21st century, it is archa-
ic for BTC to continue to own
and control the telephone net-
work (landlines) and monopo-
lize cellular services.

Immediately, after the inter-
net service was liberalized,
hordes of internet users
switched to Cable Bahamas,
Coralwave, which offered sub-
scribers faster, less expensive
packages. :

BTC again lost throngs of
customers when fixed voice ser-
vices came on stream, as many
phone users chose Indigo’s
cheaper rates compared to the
national corporation’s exorbi-
tant charges.

Eventually, BTC was forced
to reduce its overseas rates (per
minute) to compete with Indigo
—a Bahamian company oper-
ating fixed voice services since
2004 — that has rapidly gained
market share.

The widespread launch of
residential service by Indigo will
foster competition and better
quality product to customers.

Although Batelco has initi-
ated an internet phone service
called the Vibe — which offers
packages for customers to make
free calls to the Family Islands
or internationally — many cus-
tomers have migrated to other
voice over internet providers
such as Vonage, Cable
Bahamas, Indigo and Skype.

Competition in the cellular
‘mobile telephony market is
being demanded as it will lead
to improved services, reduced
tariffs and costs to the con-
sumer.

The telecoms laws must be
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market. Unless the telecom-
munications market is liberal-
ized, the Bahamas risks its
standing in the offshore finance
industry and in the booming e-
commerce market, as BTC has
become notorious for dropped
calls and flawed internet con-
nectivity.

Further liberalization will
benefit Bahamian consumers
and businesses by introducing
more competition, which in turn
should lower prices, enhance
service quality and provide
more choice.

Eileen Carron
- a giant!

Eileen Carron, the Bahamas’
very own “iron lady”, has been
a mentor, adviser and friend to
me. In 2005, I met Mrs Carron
as a 20-year-old cub reporter
when she came into The Tri-
bune’s offices, walked to my
cubicle and praised me for a
story I had written and contin-
ued to hotly pursue. I was elat-
ed. i

Since leaving The Tribune’s
newsroom, I’ve retained a col-
umn and built a relationship
with Mrs Carron and, in our
almost weekly conversations,
have been exposed to a side of
this journalist extraordinaire
that apparently escapes her
detractors.

ast summer, before I

travelled to Europe,
Mrs Carron advised me as to
what to expect, discussed the
Schengen visa and so on. When
I returned, as I began to tell her
about my trip, while laughing
she jokingly asked: “How was
the red light district (Amster-
dam)? I heard you called and
was very excited about being
there!”

I have come to know Mrs
Carron as a woman of principle
and substance, who relentlessly
pursues the truth in her quest
for justice. In the face of much
adversity, Mrs Carron has been
at the fore in the fight to protect
the democratic rights of
Bahamians.

Eileen Carron has come to
be known as the little lady who
uses a pen as her sword and
who seems to use words like
nuclear bombs. She has become
a thorn in the sides of unscrupu-
lous public figures, and her
name continues to send shivers
down the backs of straying
politicians.

When a political website
doubted my existence, its
writer/s claimed that I must be a
nom-de-plume for Mrs Carron.
For me, that assumption was a
backhanded compliment,
because it meant that my writ-
ing skills were outstanding and
that I, like Mrs Carron, had
pricked someone’s conscience.

The Tribune’s publisher is a
true champion of the people
and a nation builder, who has
done more for the Bahamas in
one day of her 50 year journal-
istic career than some politi-
cians have done in their life-
time.

I congratulate you, Mrs Car-
ron, on your 50 years at the van-
guard of the fight for social jus-
tice and the downtrodden!



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CHAPTER SEVENTEEN
Like a Real Coondog

July 19-25, 1828. East to the Blue Lick, Kentucky.

THE STORY SO FAR: The Widow Hop-
kins, who owns slaves, has offered the Damron
children a comfortable home and an education.
Jesse and Moses must decide whether to stay or
go on to their grandmother’s.

Before we can answer the widow, Solomon
and Louisa run toward us, chasing the puppy.
Sandy scrambles up the porch steps, and Solomon
and Louisa squeal as they try to catch him. “Calm
down,” the widow says, but she smiles and beck-
ons them over. Solomon and Louisa bounce on
their tiptoes beside her, panting for breath. Their
cheeks are pink, and Louisa even has some flesh
on her bones. They never looked this well, even
with Mama and Papa’s care. Is it right to make
them leave?

The widow puts one hand on Louisa’s shoulder,
the other on Solomon’s. “I was just asking your
brother and sister if the four of you could stay
here for good. Would you like that?”

Louisa’s face lights up like sunshine sparkling
on water. “Can we?” she asks, but then her
shoulders slump. “Would we be bound out?”

The widow shakes her head. “Of course not.
You'd be just like my own children.”

Solomon wiggles away from the widow. He
wraps one arm around my leg, his thumb in his
mouth. “I want Mama,” he whispers.

I feel myself leaning one way, then the other,
like prairie grass in a changing wind. Mama
might tell us to stay here. She’d say it was better
for us to be fed well and to have some book
learning. But Papa would never stand for us to
live where they keep slaves. And he told us to go
home to Grandma, no matter what.

I glance at Moses. He holds his head high. I
notice a dark line of hair above his lip. His eyes
are steady on mine, and I know what we have to
do.

“Thank you for your kindness, ma’am,” I tell
the widow, “but we must keep traveling to our
grandmother.” :

Moses clears his throat. “We promised our
father, on his deathbed—” His voice breaks, then
deepens, until he almost sounds like Papa. “We
swore on the Bible that we’d go home,” he says.

The Widow Hopkins stands. She’s almost as
tall as Moses, and her eyes flash. Louisa shies like
a colt and skitters over next to us. I stroke
Solomon’s curls to calm the shaking inside me.

“You children are foolish and ungrateful,” the

say

widow says. “Moses’s foot may never heal if you
keep traveling, and the roads are dangerous.
Think how sick you were when we found you.
And what about the little ones? Shouldn’t they
have a good home?”

Now she’s making me mad. My face and neck
feel hot. “They will have a good home,” I tell her,
although we don’t even know if Grandma is still
alive. “And we'll give everything back.” I bend
over to unlace my boots.

Louisa starts to cry. “Can’t I keep my new
doll?”

The widow puts out her hand. “Don’t be so
proud, Jesse. Keep your gifts. They’re useless to
me.” She stalks out of the room.

“Whew.” Moses lets out his breath with a sigh.
“We sure made her angry.”

“I don’t care.” I look up into his dark eyes, so
much like Papa’s. “You could have left us here

. and gone west. Did you think of that?”

He looks a little ashamed. “Only for a minute.
We’re still a family, Jess.” He reaches out his
arms and pulls us all into a tight circle. “Even
without Mama and Papa.”

The next morning we’re headed out again.
Louisa and Solomon settle in the wagonbed with
Sandy. The wagon is loaded with jugs of fresh
water and enough cornmeal, beans, and pork
rind to last us another week.

But the Widow Hopkins won’t come out to

see us off. Only Emmy is there to say goodbye. I
whisper in her ear. “I’ll come back for you, when
I’m grown.”

She crosses her arms over her chest. “Then I
hope your grandma gives you a passel of money,”
she says. “Or else you'd better show up on some-
thing faster than your pokey mule.”

“PH be riding a horse faster than Moses’s
Pearl,” I say. We’re both dreaming, but I can’t
help it. I wave to her until the widow’s brick
house disappears beyond the crest of the hill.

“Someday I’ll buy Emmy’s freedom,” I tell
Moses.

I expect him to scoff at me, but instead he
nods. “I'll help you if I can,” he says. “I still feel
bad we couldn’t bring George with us.” We lean

close together, our shoulders almost touching,

for a long time.

We follow the Licking River down to the Blue
Lick. The mule’s tongue rubs back and forth
over the salt. Animal tracks—deer, fox, and
bear—cover the lick. We follow the buffalo trace
over the mountains. The trail is steep, so some-
times Louisa and I walk beside the wagon. The air
is cooler up high, and the tight hills and shadowy
hollows remind me we’re almost home. °

Emmy’s uncle gave us good directions, and as
we come closer to the Big Sandy River, we stop
worrying about getting bound out. We tell
strangers our grandma is right down the road,





and no one bothers us.

One hot afternoon we come over the top of a
ridge. The. birds are still, and the leaves of the
sycamore trees hang heavy. Down below, a pale
brown river—the color of our puppy—twists
through a narrow valley. .We climb down from
the wagon and stand there, looking. _

Finally Solomon whispers, “Is that it?” When.
Moses nods, Solomon whoops. “Look, Sandy!
Your very own river.” Sandy howls like a real
coondog. Louisa laughs and tugs at his ears.

I smile, but Moses bites his lower lip. I can
guess what he’s thinking: What if we’ve come all
this way—and Grandma isn’t there to welcome
us?
. .. (Continued on Tuesday)

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ST. THOMAS SPARKS
proved why they are the
Catholic Diocesan Primary
Schools basketball champions.

Playing against their rivals
St. Cecilia’s Strikers, the Sparks
held on for a close 29-27 victo-
ry on day one of the 23rd
Father Marcian Peters Invita-
tional Basketball:-Tournament.

Yesterday’s clash of the
titans at the Kendal Isaacs
Gymnasium was one in which
both teams fought hard against
each other in a bid to avoid
falling in the losing bracket of
the double elimination format.
» “We thought we were going
to play their C’'team. I think he
(St. Thomas More’s coach Nko-
mo Ferguson), had it set up that
way,” said St. Cecilia’s coach
Leo Delaney in meeting the
Sparks’ A team and not their
second or third string team.

“When the game was able to

get started, it was too late for

me to change my team. They
caught us off guard. We just
wasn’t prepafed for them.”
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he wasn’t sure which team had °

to play, so he wanted to be safe
and let the A team play.

“It came down to a close fin-
ish because we got lackadaisical
in the last few minutes of the
game when we made some key
turnovers,” Ferguson stressed.

As for the rest of the tour-
nament, Ferguson said with
three teams entered, he was
looking forward to at least two
of them making the final with
the A team hopefully winning it
all.

Having fallen in the losing
bracket, Delaney said they

would now have to pull up their .

socks and try to win their next
game.

Talented point guard Yorick
Sands provided an up tempo

offence for St. Thomas, lead-

ing the way with 10 points.
Sebastian Gray added six, Dae-
jour Adderley chipped in with



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during his team’s 16-7 defeat to Galilee”

five and Pedro Dean con-
tributed three.

Theron Taylor canned a
game high 19 points in the loss.
Daniel Johnson added six.

Another Catholic Diocesan
school, St. Francis/Joseph
Shockers jumped out to an 8-0
lead and they surged to a com-

-fortable 25-12 win.

Coach Valerie Demeritte
said she was quite pleased with
the effort.

“They actually played ball
today,” she stressed. “I was a
little concerned in the second
half because we were not play-
ing defence at one point. But
we got it back together.”

Ahkeem Neilly scored a
game high 12 points, Michael
Knowles had six and Dario
Butler four in the win.

DeQuan Miller scored nine
in the loss.

In two other primary schools

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games, the Temple Christian
Suns outshone Mt. Carmel Cav-
aliers 27-13.

“The game was pretty good.
Our boys played an uptempo
game and they got their first
game jitters out the way,” said .
Suns’ coach Keno Demeritte.

“We have a small team this
year, but I’m hoping that their
momentum will be able to pro-
pel them into the champi-
onship.”

Dylan Peete came up with a
game high 10, while Denzel
Whylly had six and Denzel
Whylly added five.

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Kemp scored three. s

And Galilee blasted the Nas-
sau Christian Academy Cru-
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@ BASKETBALL
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

WHO would have thought that the
Bahamas would have its own profes-
sional basketball team with a Bahami-
an Owner/Chief Executive Officer and
Coach.and players?

Well,.the Bahama Pro Show, headed
by former basketball executive Ricardo
Smith and coached by James Price of
the Real Deal Shockers, made their
debut in the American Basketball
Association over the weekend.

Bahama Pro Show, featuring four
Bahamian players, pulled off a 109-89
decision over the Georgia Gwizzlies
on Friday before they lost 123-113 to
the same team on Saturday.

“Tt’s a good experience, but it’s
always a way. to open the doors for oth-
er Bahamians because some of the tal-
ent I see. over there, Bahamians have
better talent,” Price reflected. “We
could match them player for player.”

Price’s ind includes Carvin Cum-
mings, Kevint/Coakley, Steven ‘Stretch’
Culmer and Clayton ‘Smiley’ Miller,
who is now residing in Grand Bahama.
The others are Americans, who reside
either in Miami or Jacksonville,
Florida.

Bahama Pro Show is currently based
on Miami where they will play their
first home game on Saturday at 7:30
p.m. against the Orlando Aces and
again on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at the
Southwest Community Center on SW
58th Avenue and 66th Street.

On Sunday, December 16, they will
host the Georgia Gwizzlies at 3:30 p.m.
and on Friday, December 21, they host
the Orlando Aces again at 3:30 p.m.

|

After that, Bahama Pro Show will
take a break for Christmas, but return
to close out the year on the road as
they play the Orlando Aces on Friday
and Saturday, December 28-29 at 7:15
p.m. both nights.

Price said while they are delighted
to be making history, they have their
financial challenge in meeting their

as

THE Bahama Pro Show made their debut at the weekend.

financial obligations to practise and
play in the United States.

“Everybody tries to keep in shape,
but we practise as a unit on game day,”
Price pointed out.

For Price, to be coaching the team,
he said he knew what it took to get to
the top, having done that when he came
into the New Providence Basketball



TEMPLE CHRISTIAN’S Deel Whyllay looks tothe rim during his team’s 27-13 win over CRONE

Bahamas Pro Show win ren Basketball Association debut



Association.

“If this team can play together, we
can go far,” he projected.

“Man-to-man, we feel we have a
team that can overcome any obstacle
that come our way.”

When he opened the door for trials,
Price said there were many Bahamian
players who came out, but only four



Felipé Major/Tribune staff

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stood the test and survived the final
cut.

“If they don’t want to be a part of it,
there’s nothing we can do,” he insisted.
“We can’t force them to be a part of
something that they are not interested
in.”

Price said he was thrilled to witness
the performances of all four Bahamians
during their first two games. He said he
knew that the players had the ability to
play in the league and they proved it.

Miller, the prolific scorer who previ-
ously played in the NPBA with the
Commonwealth Bank Giants, led the
attack for Bahama Pro Show so far.

“After winning our first game, I
thought we would have won our second
game too,” Price noted. “In our second
game, we were down by 17 in the third
quarter and we brought it within three
points. ;

“Right there, it was the turning point,
but we just got some calls that didn’t go
our way.”

Price said they hoped to bounce back
and take their double header this week-
end.

While he’s the man running the show
on the sidelines, Price said it would not
have been possible without the efforts
of Smith, the owner/CEO.

“When he went to Indianapolis to
put in the team, that was a giant step,”
Price stated. “From what I gathered
after one trip, he had the hardest task in
the world because it was very expen-
sive,

“But you have to give him credit for
stepping out. That’s why I hope some
other people will step out with him so
that we can make this a success.”

Bahama Pro Show still have more
than 20 games to play. All games will be
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10 will be the Bahamas

ion of Athletic Asso-
.avions’ Athletes of the Year
ici the eighth annual awards
juet is held on Friday,

mber 28?

-sigent Mike Sands was
ught-lipped about the nomi-
nations, only saying that they
“-se narrowed the selection
is. 10 the top four in all cat-

is ycar’s banquet, which

be back at the Royal
ali Hotel, will be held
‘dvi the auspices of BAAA’s
2 ident Alpheus ‘Hawk’
von and his wife, Dawn.
son, Who came on

. the public relations

from 1977-1985, fol-

on the heels of Dr.
-inard Nottage and pro-
4 Desmond Bannister,
isirumental in the

a ton of the year-ending

ut: as president from

1997,
viteimpted to make a dif-
and I think on reflec-
executive team would
did that and
/iilayson pointed out.
ior his leadership, the
a5 won Its first Olympic
incdal through Frank Ruther-
ford, the men’s triple jump
medalist in Barcelona,

lowe

Spain in 2002. Finlayson, who
went on to become the first
Bahamian to be elected as a
member of the International
Amateur Athletic Federation’s
executive board in 1999, said
he and his wife are delighted

that they are going to be the

honorees this year.

He thanked Sands and his
executives for honoring him at
the highlight of the BAAA’s
calendar year.

Sands, who took over the
reins of the BAAA from Ban-
nister, said the banquet is a
time to recognize the achieve-
ments of all of their athletes
during the various interna-
tional teams as they crown

both the Junior and Senior

Male and Female Athletes of
the Year.

“We will also recognise the
sponsors for the past year and
we will have a Lifetime
Achievement award for Mr.
Keith Parker, a long-time
coach as well as Mr. Ronald
Cartwright, who is also a long-
time coach,” Sands disclosed.

“So the committee thought it
was appropriate to recognition
all of the persons behind the
scene, who helped to make this
one of the most successful
years for track and field in the
Bahamas.”

However, Sands declined to
announce the list of nominees.

He did point out that the sta-
tistics have been completed by



TOP TABLE: The Bahamas Association of Athletic Asso
mittee member Doris Wood, sponsor Harrison Petty, president Mike Sands, patron Alpheus ‘Hawk’ Finlayson and committee member Carrie Young.

the BAAA and they will be
submitted to an individual

committee, who will decide on

the eventual winners.

Sands said he’s pleased to
be at the helm of the associa-
tion at this particular time and
he credited their success to the
performances of the athletes.

Harrison Petty, the propri-
etor of the Colony Club, which
over the years has been one of
the BAAA’s major sponsors,
said ironically it was in 1998
under Finlayson that they were

ARK Knowles is back

or another year with

his Celebrity Tennis Invitational

at the Atlantis on Paradise Island.

The invitational is a welcome

treat for local tennis enthusiasts as

it took the place of the once popu-

lar Bahamas Open that used to be

staged on Paradise Island before
Atlantis was built.

Many locals looked forward to
the week-long spectacular event
that brought together some of the
top international stars in fierce
competition.

Knowles’ Invitational is not a
competitive one, but more a relax-
ing mood where the players get to
display their unique styles a little
more without the pressure of hav-
ing to compete for a lofty prize.

. The prize here is that they get to
put on a display and at the same
time help Knowles raise some
funds to assist the local charities.

‘This year’s event should be even
more interesting with the dream
doubles team — American twin
brothers Bob and Mike Bryan

coming to town.

What makes it interesting is
the fact that the dynamic duo

will get the opportunity to

showcase their skills on one
side of the court against

Knowles and rising young

star Ryan Sweeting.

Sweeting was considered

to be the heir replacement

for Knowles on the
Bahamian international

scene as he helped to push the
Bahamas back into the Ameri-
can Zone One Davis Cup tie. And
with Knowles making a pledge to
come back next year and play for
the Davis Cup team that has
moved from Zone III to II, it
would have been extra special if
Sweeting could have been called
upon_as well.

All things considered, Bahami-
ans will get to see Knowles and
Sweeting match up against the
Bryans.

Sweeting, as you recalled, won
the US Open junior championship
title two years ago before he relin-
quished his Bahamian citizenship
to become a full-fledge American.

The Knowles and Sweeting
combo won't be as entertaining as
it would have been if it was
Knowles and Canadian Daniel
Nestor.

But as you may recall, Nestor
abandoned their 11-year partner-
ship after they won their third

_Grand Slam title at the French



approached to become
involved in the BAAA’s.

Petty said they are pleased
that Finlayson is getting his
just reward this year.

He said the BAAA has cer-
tainly grown from strength. to
strength with many athletes
excelling on the international
scene, either in college or on
the professional circuit.

“Pm just very happy that the
Petty Group of Companies will
continue to be a part of it,”
Petty proclaimed.

~<

‘OPINION

ciations announced plans for their year-ending

Open in Roland Garros in August.

The duo did come back togeth-
er to complete their obligation to
play in the year-ending World
Doubles Cup in Shanghai, China
last month where they won the title
for the first time as well.

But wouldn’t it have been sweet
treat to have Knowles and Nestor
matched on the court right here
against the Bryans, whom they
have had some intense battles with
over the past few years to deter-
mine who was the best in the
world.

As fate would have it, their com-
mitment to continue playing
together didn’t stretch this far.

Nevertheless, I’m convinced that
the Knowles and Sweeting com-
bo will put on a good show. After
all, it’s just an exhibition, so I don’t
think the Bryans will be out to
completely wipe them off the court.

I think it’s good for the Bahami=

an public to get a good chance to
see the tennis legends in action.

So expect that there will be
standing room only when the invi-
tational get underway tomorrow
at4p.m.

SMITH FINALLY DID IT

| ET me one of the first to
ongratulate Ricardo

Smith for the formation of the



AS WE

Doris Wood, one of the
committee members, is urging
all athletes and any other per-
sons interested to purchase
their tickets from the BAAA’s
office at the Colony Club.

And Carrie Young, a mem-
ber of the Bahamas Associa-
tion of Certied Officers, who is
also on the committee, said
they want to invite all former
athletes to come forth and
show their support to their
great organization.



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Bahama Pro Show in the Ame
can Basketball Association. @
When it seemed as if all dod rs
were shut down in the Bahami@
for Smith to launch his professiogt
al league, he never gave up Ii

‘dream to become a Chief Exec

tive Officer of a pro team.
His persistence led him to
ABA where he was also to inti
duce a team, coached by Jamigs
Price and featuring a coup
Bahamians like Clayton ‘Smiléy
Miller, who now resides in Grafi
Bahama. -
The Bahama Pro Show madé@
debut over the weekend splitting?
double header with a team out
Georgia. a f
For Smith, the dream becaméz
reality on Friday when his Bahariig
Pro Show won their inaugurgi
game. They lost the second on S#t
urday. wy
But that didn’t matter. Smiff
can now boost of being a real CHG
of a real pro team.
Congratulations.

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FAREWELL STUART |)

T was another shocking bigwy
o the sports and indeed th

softball fraternity when the new
came down that veteran softb#
player Anthony Stuart pass
away while on a shopping trip i
Florida last Wednesday. o

Stuart wasn’t one of those play
ers who made the headlines, but
was one that you just loved to
on your team because of his trie”
display of sportsmanship. a

I had the opportunity to coagy

‘against him when he played for

Calvary Bible in the Baptist Sports
Council. a
He was a class act to watch as he
enjoyed playing the game. ‘
On behalf of The Tribune Sports

Department and the Baptist Sports

““Conficil, I wish to extend our con:

dolences to his family, his manager
Pat Knowles and team-mates at!
Calvary Bible, who relinquished:
their championship title on Satur-)
day when they got eliminated from
the playofts.: |

It was a dismal season for Cal-:
vary Bible this year and part of the,
reason was they didn’t have their!
inspirator playing first base for}
them.

May his soul rest in peace.

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recognise the
sponsors for the
past year and we
will have a Life-
time Achieve-
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duct and claims he was told
that the Association had in
turn asked Mr Smith to return
the documents, and would
bring him before the ethics
committee if he did not.
According to Mr Bethel, Mr
Smith still has not returned the
documents.

Mr Bethel says he paid Mr
Smith $8,000 in legal fees dur-

Keod Smith

ing the time he was acting for
him as owner of the Cuban-
themed bar/cafe.

Contacted about the matter
Bar Association president
Wayne Munroe told The Tri-
bune that any “disciplinary
matter” would be one over
which the Association’s ethics
committee would have author-
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are deeply saddened by the passing of our friend and

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man, lawyer Carol Lashley,
said that it was the commit-
tee’s policy not to reveal
whether a member is under
investigation.

Attempts over a period of
weeks by The Tribune to con-
tact Mr Smith at his law office
about the allegations were
unsuccessful, and numerous
messages were not returned.
Finally reaching Mr Smith on
his cell phone for comment on
the allegations yesterday, he
would only say that he had “no
comment.”

Meanwhile, Mr Bethel said
that his rental dispute with the
British Colonial Development
Company (BCDC), the land-
lord of the space from which
he currently operates his busi-
ness, is continuing.

Mr Bethel claims that the
company has been overcharg-
ing him by around 300 square
feet for the last six years, and,
for the last 18 months, has
accused him of missing rental
payments. Mr Bethel claims he
has “solid documentary evi-
dence” to prove his case —
although some of this is now
in the hands of Mr Smith.

He alleges that BCDC are
stalling on resolving the matter,
and refuse to accept data pro-
vided by surveyors and accoun-
tants.

Failure to reach a satisfacto-
ry conclusion over the rental
concerns, to which he claims
he is now owed around
$160,000, is causing his busi-
ness to suffer, he said. ~

Yesterday, Jurg Gassmann
of the BCDC said he was
“aware of (Mr Bethel’s) claims
and allegations” relating to his
rent, but, he said, the dispute

thas been “overplayed” by Mr

Bethel.

He claimed that the issue
centred around “different
interpretations of the agree-
ment” between the landlord
and the business owner.

He suggested that while
there are certain standards and
agreed interpretations of
agreements, “what (Mr Bethel)
says is, well if I take a yard
stick and I measure inside my
property, this is what I come
up with — but that’s not how
it’s done.” Mr Gassmann said
that the company has “really
done what it could” to resolve
the situation, but “it’s one step
forward and three steps back.”









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environment,”
said.

Mr Ingraham

CCAA Star of the Caribbean Award

FROM page one

According to the CCAA, the Star of the Caribbean Award is
given in recognition of “distinguished service and committed
efforts to improve the economic well being of the people of the
Caribbean Basin.”

The CCAA added that Prime Minister Ingraham has consis-
tently called for honest, open, transparent and accountable
government and his terms in government have been marked by
deliberate reductions in the size of government and. the pro-
motion of private sector led economic development, both local
and international.

He and his government were credited with the revitalisation
of The Bahamas economy since 1992, most particularly in its
tourism and financial services sectors.

Past recipients of the Star of the Caribbean Award include
President Ricardo Maduro of Honduras, Prime Minister Patrick
Manning of Trinidad & Tobago, Prime Minister Owen Arthur
of Barbados, President Leonel Fernandez of the Dominican
Republic, US Senator Robert Graham, as well as other influ-
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expires on December 31,
2007.

Mr Symonette si the
Government had made no
decision, and taken no
action, when asked by

BREA members whether it -

was considering increasing
the $500,000 real estate pur-
chase threshold for econom-
ic permanent residency.

He told Tribune Business
that he knew the permanent
residency threshold was of
some concern to realtors,
and said it was something
the Government would be
looking into as part of its
efforts to streamline the
entire investment approvals
process.

The Government will also
be examining the issue of the
stamp tax exemption for

first-time home buyers that_|

expires at the end of 2007,
although Mr Symonette said
he could not say whether it
would be a or
extended.

“We are looking into it,
but perhaps Minister Laing
would be a better person to
ask,” he added. |

It was estimated, though,
that some $157 million in
unpaid stamp tax remains
owing to the Government.

Meanwhile, Mr Symon-
ette said the Government
believed it had made j‘a dra-
matic impact” on the back-
log of applications before
the Investments Board, and
the time taken to process
these applications, after tak-
ing office on May 2, 2007..

He explained that the

SEE page 4B

-THE TRIBUNE





FRIDAY,

DECEMBER %

SECTION B ¢ business@tribunemedia.net

2007



Third wadicial action
against Baker’s Bay

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business’ Editor

OPPONENTS of the $175
million Baker’s Bay Golf &
Ocean Club have filed their
third Judicial Review applica-



”“{iGii iif & bid to halt the project,

this time seeking court orders to
quash all permits and approvals
issued by the Hope Town Dis-
trict Council and prevent them
from issuing or renewing any
more.

Fred Smith, a partner in Cal-
lender’s & Co and attorney for
the Save Guana Cay Reef
Association, yesterday said the
latest action was “challenging
the 13 building permits that
were just approved on Decem-
ber 3, 2007, by the Hope Town
District Council.

. “We seek to have those per-
mits quashed. We will be seek-

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ing an injunction immediately
to stop construction of those 13
buildings.”

In its judicial review applica-
tion, the Association alleged
that it understood “that eight

building permit applications for
the developers were approved
at the December 3, 2007, meet-
ing by the Council.

“The council members that
approved the building permit
applications stated that if the
Association had a petition
signed by 90 per cent of the reg-
istered voters at Guana Cay,
they would not approve the
applications but otherwise they
would.”

The judicial review sipBlica-
tion’s filing comes just days
before Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham is due to make a vis-
it tomorrow to his north Abaco
constituency, where he will
meet with members of the
Hope Town District Council to
discuss the Baker’s Bay project.

He will also tour the Baker’s
Bay construction site with the
councillors. It is understood that

... Hilton’s majority shareholder

“Bahamas First eyeing

‘best profit year ever’

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

BAHAMAS First Holdings, the parent com-
pany of general insurer Bahamas First, yesterday
said it was on target to enjoy the “best year
we’ve ever had from a bottom line perspec-
tive”, net income for the first nine months of
2007 ‘standing at “just a shade under $8 mil-
lion”.

In a conference call to discuss the sale of a 20
per cent stake in Bahamas First Holdings to a
Canadian insurer, Ian Fair and Patrick Ward,
thé ‘Bahamian firm”’s chairman and president
and chief executive respectively, said the deal
with The Economical Insurance Group would
give it the extra capital and resources to enable
it to expand outside the Bahamas into the
Caribbean.

Mr Ward said Bahamas First Holdings’s finan-
cial performance for 2007 was “trending to be
the best year we’ve ever had from a bottom
line perspective”.

“At the end of the third quarter, our bottom
line profit for the first nine months was just a

Lawsuit to have
‘no impact’ on
Hilton project

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE British. Colonial

yesterday said the lawsuit filed
over a proposed resort/marina
development on land adjacent
to the downtown Nassau
resort “won’t have an impact”
on its efforts to move that pro-
ject forward with another
partner. ,

Dr Jurg Gassmann, a non-
executive director of Aduri-
on Capital Management, said
of the lawsuit filed by Island
Global Yachting (IGY): “It
won’t have an impact on our
ability to move forward with
another partner. One way.or
another, the development is
going to happen.”

He pointed out that the
IGY lawsuit, which was filed
in New York - the jurisdiction
chosen as the venue for any
arbitration and legal action
related to the project - did not
affect the existing British
Colonial Hilton resort or the
land it sat on.

SEE page 5B

* [nsiirér’s net income for first nine
months ‘just a shade under $8m’
* Company says sale of 20% stake
to Canadian insurer will give it
capital, resources to target
Caribbean ¢xpansion

* Deal described as ‘win-win’ for
shareholder value, with EGM
approval ‘unanimous’

* Property premiums likely to
decrease in Bahamas in 2008

shade under $8 million,” he added.

Mr Fair said Bahamas First Holdings was
likely to this year pay $0.07 in total dividends. per
share to shareholders, compared to $0.04 per
share in 2006.

He added that A.M. Best, the international
insurance credit rating agency, had confirmed
Bahamas First’s A(-) financial strength and cap-

SEE page 6B

members of the Save Guana
Cay Reef Association may also
be on hand to ‘welcome’ the
Prime Minister, setting the stage
for the ‘irresistible force’ that
is Mr Ingraham to meet the
‘immovable object’ - seemingly
- that are the project’s oppo-
nents and Mr Smith.

He yesterday said that the
third judicial review application
was about “fairness, the right
to be heard and the participa-
tion of the community”.

Alleging that the Association
and its members had been
excluded from participating in
the planning process and having
their concerns heard when Bak-
er’s Bay’s permits came up for
approval, Mr Smith said: “The
developers will have to be
applying for permits for many
years, and the Local Govern-
ment Act requires the local

council to give approval. We
will fight for our rights to the

‘bitter end.

“We have made several
requests of the district council to
give us an opportunity to have
notice of the building permits,

‘so that our views can be con-

sidered.

“We have been kicked out
of the meetings, not given ade- .
quate warning, not been given
copies of the applications, not

- seen a copy of the master devel-

opment plan, and do not have a
copy of the Environmental
Impact Assessment or Envi-
ronmental Management Plan.

“Just as we have been
ignored by central government,
we have been excluded by local »
government. This is not accept-
able. It is against natural jus-
tice, due process and it is not

ar 27.

fair.

Council: We will
not be ‘intimidated’
over Baker’s Bay

Project’s developers reiterate
‘harassment’ accusations against
opponents over third Judicial Review

m@ By NEIL. HARTNELL.
Tribune Business Editor

THE Baker’s Bay Golf & Ocean Club developers yester-
day accused the $175 million project’s opponents of “harass-
ment” following the filing of a third Judicial Review application
challenging permits issued to the development, while Hope
Town’s-chief councillor said the council would not be “intimi-
dated” by the Save Guana Cay Reef Association.

Dr Livingstone Marshall, Baker’s Bay’s vice-president of
environmental and community affairs, responding the third
Judicial Review application filed against the development, this
time against the Hope Town District Council, told The Tribune:
“This is definitely harassment. This is going beyond any reason.

“All we are trying to do is build a great project, in accordance
with the laws of the Bahamas, and bring employment to the

country.”

SEE page 7B



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EU response awaited to
‘goods-only’ EPA offer

m@ By CARA
BRENNEN-BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter

THE Bahamas is still await-
ing.a response from the Euro-
pean Union (EU) to its
goods-only offer on the Eco-
nomic Partnership Agree-

ment (EPA), the minister of

state for finance, Zhivargo
Laing, saying yesterday that
this was the best the country
can give at this time.

Mr Laing was speaking at a

trade seminar luncheon host-’

ed by the Bahamas Financial
Services Board (BFSB). The
minister stressed that while
the EPA has been under
negotiation from 2002, no
region participating in the

Minister says this the ‘best’ Bahamas can cirrenth
offer, with government not wanting to sign any
more tax exchange deals despite pressure

negotiations was ready to
meet the December 31, 2007,
deadline set some five years
ago for its conclusion.
“Even CARIFORUM,

which seemed most likely to,

be in a position to sign on to
the EPA by the deadline, is

now unlikely to make the

deadline, notwithstanding last
minute efforts to do so,” Mr
Laing said.

“While CARIFORUM,
which is the grouping to
which the Bahamas belongs,
seeks to sign a comprehen-
sive agreement by the dead-
line, the Bahamas has offered
to the European Union to
sign a limited ‘goods only’
agreement and is now await-
ing the EU’s response to the
offer.

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‘at this time to preserve the
‘access that our companies,
‘such as the fisheries exporters
and Polymers International,
have to the EU market, on
‘favourable terms.”

Mr Laing added that any

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services-based negotiations

with the EU will have to
come later, and are likely to
take place within the broader
context of the Bahamas’

international trade policy,
which when developed within
the next six to 12 months will
ensure this nation is able to.
deliberate and comprehen-
sively negotiate any and all
trade agreements.

Mr Laing said: this policy
would include all trade appli- -
cations - from the WTO
application (which the gov-
ernment is actively pursuing)
to the now-stalled Free
Area ‘of the Ameri as

policy developed by an esta
lished, professionally staffed,
academic-research supported
International Trade Unit
within the Ministry ;:of-
Finance will ensure tha

. implications of such agfee-

ments for our financial ser-
vices sector are clearly
defined and addressed,” . he
added.

Mr Laing also addcoaae
the possibility of the country
signing additional Tax Infor-

-mation Exchange Agree-
_ ments (TIEAs). with‘ other

countries. He said that while
there have been “numerous
requests from nations across
the globe”, the Government
is not inclined to sign any
agreements unless it has full
input from the private sector.
“Certainly, for our part,
any agreements entered into
with other countries must
meet the basic requirement
of advancing the growth and
development of our econo-
my, with clearly defined
gains. There must be open
and frank dialogue with
industry on this issue because
it is not going away and deter-
minations will ultimately have
to be made,’ ? A pane sail

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Board of Trade

while soybeans,
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CHICAGO
Associated Press

FUTURES for grains a
beans finished in a mixed
range Thursday on the
Chicago Board of Trade.

. Wheat for March delive
rose’ 6.5 cents to $8.915:a °°
bushel; March corn rose 0.75
cent to $4.12 a bushel; March
oats shed 0.25 cent to $2.79 a
bushel; January soybeans fell
0.75 cent to $10.9875 a
bushel. :

Beef and pork futures rose
on the Chicago Mercantile |
Exchange.

February live cattle rose
0.22 cent to 96.17 cents a
pound; January feeder cattle
rose 0.1 cent to $1.0635 a
pound; February lean hogs:
gained 0.1 cent to 61.2 cents
a pound; February pork bel-
lies added 0.08 cent to 90. 25
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Baha

THE Bahamas’ 2007 oil
import bill may equal “one
third” of this nation’s total
merchandise imports for this
year, Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham said, requiring
Bahamians to be more energy
efficient and explore alterna-
tive energies.

Addressing the CCAA
Conference in Miami on
Wednesday, the Prime Minis-
ter illustrated how rising glob-
al oil prices had impacted the
cost of living in the Bahamas.

He explained that while the
Bahamas’ oil import bill in
2001 totalled $273 million or
15 per cent of total merchan-
dise imports, by 2006 this had
increased by 159 per cent to
$706 million or 27 per cent of
total merchandise imports,
showing why this nation and
the wider Caribbean needed
“a serious energy policy”.

Mr Ingrahfam said: “Just five
years ago in 2001, domestic oil
consumption in my country
amounted to some $273 mil-
lion or 15 per cent of total
merchandise imports of $1.856
billion. Last year, 2006, it
accounted for $706 million, or
27 per cent of total imports of
$2.621 billion.

“A reversal of this trend
seems unlikely, and by the end
of this year, the cost of domes-
tic consumption of oil may
well be at or close to one-third
of total merchandise imports.
This seems to be a level where
alternative sources of energy
make sense, and where it is
sound economic judgment to
revisit the energy efficiency of

St Minister Hubert Ingraham

our lifestyles generally.”

Mr Ingraham added that the
“phenomenal increase in ener-
gy costs” had “aggravated”
the widening trade imbalances
being experienced by the
Bahamas and other Caribbean
nations, as these increased as
their economies and tourism
industries grew.

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tourism spending is such that
the opportunity must exist for
expansion of the domestic
productive capacity of many
of these economies without

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petitiveness of the jurisdic-
tion,” Mr Ingraham said.
“This needs to be given care-
ful consideration.

“Reduction of the import
content of tourism can of itself
be a major economic policy
objective of the region.”

Mr Ingraham said the
Bahamas was involved in
aggregate trade amounting to
$7.6 billion in 2006, a sum that
was 20 per cent larger than
this nation’s gross domestic
product (GDP) for that year.

Total GDP for 2006
amounted to $6.1 billion, with
the Bahamas’ import bill for
goods and services standing at
$4.5 billion or 70 per cent of
GDP. Exports of goods and
services by the Bahamas stood
at $3.1 billion, some 50 per
cent of GDP.

However, Mr Ingraham said
the Bahamas could not just
remain content with past suc-
cesses, adding: “For some
time, our failure to increase
local value added in our pri-
mary economic activities has
meant that we have not max-
imised benefits from our ear-
lier successes for local busi-
nesses and for Bahamians.

“Only last year, a review of
regional tourism destinations
revealed that the Bahamas
was amongst the countries
with the highest leakage of
tourism revenues.”

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Estate of the late Preston Stuart, Jr. (the Estate)

Freeport Taxi Company Limited

First Atlantic Realty Limited

Bahamas Developers, Limited

PAW Distributing Company Limited

Tokyo Investments Limited

Commonwealth Group of Companies Limited

Remax Realty Limited

King O’ Beef Limited

Kensington International Management Company Limited

Stuart Travel Services Limited

Northern Transport Limited

Skate World Limited

Special Venture Associates Limited

Deep Blue Energy (Bahamas) Limited formerly
Nashumi International Limited

TAKE NOTICE that all persons having claims
against the Estate and or any of the Companies listed above.
as creditors, must, before close of business on Friday the
28" day of December; 2007, send to the Joint Receiver and
Manager at the address shown below, by letter, facsimile 01
electronically, full particulars of the amount and nature of
their claim together with invoices, or any other documents
evidencing the same and contact information of the creditor.
Failure to submit a claim by the 28" December, 2007 may
result in a loss of rights with respect to such a claim. The
Joint Receiver and Manager reserve the right to accept 01
reject any claim. The Joint Receiver and Manager reserve
the right to require further evidence in support of any claim
before accepting a claim. Creditors submitting claims
with sufficient and proper evidence thereof before the 28"
December, 2007 will be advised in writing of whether
their claim is accepted. Acceptance of claims by the Joint
Receiver and Manager does not impose any liability on the
Joint Receiver and Manager to pay such claim. Claims which

-are accepted in writing by the Joint Receiver and Manager

will be considered for payment depending upon the priorityot
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FROM page one

Board had decided that its
chairman, the Prime Minister,
would be granted authority,
subject to the normal due dili-
gence procedures carried out
by the Board’s Secretariat, to
approve applicants for permits
relating to land acquisitions in
‘Approved Subdivisions’.

Such applications were now
referred to as ‘the short agen-
da’, and Mr Symonette said
the reform meant that Invest-
ments Board members did
not all have to meet in one

place to vet and approve
these, instead the applications
being circulated to them.

The latest November meet-
ing on ‘short agenda’ applica-
tions considered some 37, Mr
Symonette said, for projects
such as Winding Bay, Bimini
Bay, Emerald Bay, the Resi-
dences at Atlantis, Cat Cay
and Treasure Cay.

The total dollar value of
applications approved at this
meeting, Mr Symonette said,
was $40.5 million, some $25.3
million of that being related
to New Providence land sales.

The Pilot House
Management Company Ltd.

is offering by virtue of liens against the hereafter
described condominium units and power of sale
vested in the Condominium Association pursuant to
the provisions contained in the Conveyancing and
Law of property (Condominium) Act 1965.

Two Bedroom/Two Bath
Two Bedroom/Two Bath
One Bedroom/One Bath
Two Bedroom/Two Bath
Two Bedroom/Two Bath
Two Bedroom/Two Bath
Two Bedroom/Two Bath
One Bedroom/One Bath
One Bedroom/One Bath

Unit#102
Unit#201
Unit#205
Unit#207
Unit#208
Unit#308
Unit#401
Unit#405
Unit#506

All offers should be in writing and tendered in
sealed envelopes by Monday December 24th, 2007
to the Pilot House Condominium Association
P.O. Box SS-19934, Nassau, Bahamas:

These sales are subject to a reserved price, and the’

right is reserved to reject any or all offers.



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Meanwhile, Mr Symonette
said the Investments Board
had held 12 meetings to-date
since the FNM came to office
to deal with applications, such
as real estate purchases, that
were not on the ‘short agen-
da’.

At the last such meeting,
some 64 items with a dollar
value of $96.25 million were
placed before it, some $2.5
million of that relating to New
Providence.

And the National Econom-
ic Council (NEC), which held
its 11th meeting under the
Ingraham administration in
November, at that meeting
dealt with projects on Grand
Bahama, Abaco, Exuma and
New Providence involving
some 5,400 acres of land.

Meanwhile, Mr Symonette
said that from January 1,
2008, new forms and support-
ing documents for a Certifi-
cate of Registration and appli-
cations for permits under the
International Persons Land-
holding Act will be put into
effect.

The deputy prime minister
said properties valued at
under $10,000 will not require
due diligence, but a $250 fee
will now be required for a
Certificate of Registration
and $500 fee for a permit once
the application is approved.

The application fee will be
abolished, Mr Symonette said,
adding: “By so doing, we
hope to dramatically impact
the timeframe from the date
of application to the date of

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consideration by removing the
fee from the front end, and
redefining the documents
required on application.”

The application process
would be linked to the Real
Property Tax department to
ensure real _ property
taxes were paid, and con-
veyances carried the correct
valuations.

Mr Symonette added that
the first phase of the $1.3 bil-
lion Albany Golf & Beach
Resort, involving the subdi-
vision, had been approved, as
well as the marina basin and
civil design for the roads. The
Ministry of Works was also
reviewing the design for new
roads in relation to the $2.4

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billion Baha Mar project at
Cable Beach.

Kerzner International was
also due to redevelop the area
around the Hurricane Hole
Marina in 2008, featuring a
revamped marina, town hous-

_ es and restaurants worth “sev-

eral hundred million dollars”.
The Government, Mr
Symonette said, was due to
revise the Town Planning Act,
Private Roads and Subdivi-
sion Act, and the Conserva-
tion and Protection of Physi-
cal Landscape Act, and was
set to appoint a new Ambas-
sador for the Environment.
and seven BEST Commission
officers with responsibility for

the Family Islands.

NOTICE is hereby given that VILANES FLEURISTIN of
WULFF ROAD, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the
Minister resposible for Nationality and Citizenship, for’
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 7TH day of December, 2007 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,

Nassau, Bahamas.

LEGAL NOTICE
NOTICE

Bahamas International Business Companies Act
(No.45 of 2000)

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 131 of the
Bahamas International Business Companies Act, (No. 45 of 2000),
WELLER MANAGEMENT LTD. is in dissolution. PANA- *
MERICAN MANAGEMENT SERVICES (BAHAMAS) LTD. is
the Liquidator and can be contacted at Marlborough & Queen Street,
P.O. Box N-10429, Nassau, Bahamas. All persons having claims
against the above-named company are required to send their names
addresses and particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidator
before 20th December, 2007.



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(a) MAUDE INVESTMENTS LIMITED is in dissolution under the
provisions of the International Business Companies Act 2000.

(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on December 5, 2007
when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by
the Registrar General.

(c) The liquidator of the said company is Lakeisha Collie of 2nd Terrace
West, Centreville, Nassau, Bahamas. :

(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are
required on or before the, 17th day.of January, 2008 to send their
names and addresses and particulars.of their debts-or claims to the
Liquidator of the company or, in default thereof, they may be
excluded from the benefit of any distribution made before such
debts are proved.

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2007, PAGE 5B



Lawsuit to have ‘no
impact’ on Hilton project

FROM page one

The Tribune understands
that Adurion and the Cana-
dian Commercial Workers
Industry Pension Plan
(CCWIPP), its partner in the
resort’s holding company, the
British Colonial Develop-
ment Company, have made
some progress in identifying
an alternative partner.

This newspaper was told
_ that the resort and its own-

ers were now talking to
Camper & Nicholson about
taking on the project and the
five-to-six acre site just to
the west of the British Colo-
nial Hilton, which is being
valued at between $20-$30
million.

On its website, Adurion
said that in relation to the
British Colonial Hilton it
would “develop the adjacent
land into a luxury mega-
yachts marina resort, includ-
ing condo and retail space”.

Meanwhile, Dr Gassmann
said Adurion and the British
Colonial Development Com-
pany were proceeding with
their refurbishment and ren-
ovation plans for the existing
hotel, a programme set to
enhance all 291 rooms.

The pair are also looking
to boost the management and
profitability of the British
Colonial Hilton’s Centre of
Commerce at No.l Bay
Street.

Dr Gassmann said of the
renovations: “It’s progressing
in an orderly way. There will
be a certain sequence to the
renovations, with the rooms
being renovated first.

“We're very close to get-
ting it finalised, and the inten-
tion is to start it next year.
We're on track with that.

“The refurbishment will,be
done by the end of next year.
Some things will have to be
done in 2009, and that will
take us into the development
next door.”

Adurion made a more-
than $30 million investment

-commitment to revitalise the
hotel, including a $15 mil-
lion refurbishment pro-
gramme, after taking control
of the British Colonial
Development Company
from its Canadian pension
fund partner in March 2007.

The Tribune revealed yes-
terday that IGY had initiated
legal action in New York
against the British Colonial
Development Company and
its two major shareholders
after its attempts to bring the
project to fruition collapsed
amid acrimony and finger-
pointing by both sides.

Also named as defendants
in the lawsuit are understood
to be Adurion’s parent com-

pany and Allen & Company,
the Florida-based firm that
has been acting as a broker
for CCWIPP in its efforts to
sell its Bahamas-based assets,

’ namely the British Colonial

Hilton and the South Ocean
Golf & Beach Resort.

Sources close to the situa-
tion said the defendants vig-
orously denied the allega-
tions in IGY’s lawsuit, which
would be defended, and they
were preparing to file a
counter-claim.

IGY’s chairman and chief
executive, Andrew Farkas,
previously told The Tribune
that the project ran into
trouble after Adurion
allegedly tried to alter the
terms of the original deal
after it bought into the
British-Colonial Develop-
ment Company.

He said then: “Right now,
it’s in limbo because Aduri-
on and the pension fund who
own the property, and have
a joint venture deal with
IGY, decided they wanted
to change the deal.”....

“The Government had
approved everything, and
our deal with the pension
fund was fine. Everything
was in great shape, but then
three weeks later the pen-




PUBLIC NOTICE

INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL



sion fund decided to take on
a new partner....”

Adurion became con-
cerned when IGY left it late
to supply it with financial
projections and details on a
project that would be hap-
pening next door to its latest
multi-million dollar invest-
ment, as it needed to know
what potential impact there
might be.

In addition, Adurion was
also said to have been
uncomfortable with the price
IGY was paying under the

original contract to acquire |

the land it needed from the
British Colonial Develop-
ment Company, and wanted
to increase it — something
Mr Farkas had previously
confirmed.

Adurion is also said to
have wanted to play a more
active role in the marina
project, participating as a co-
investor in the project

Talks were ongoing for
almost three years, The Tri-
bune understands, and the
initial contract allowed both
sides to walk away from the
deal if it was not concluded
within two years - an option
that Adurion, CCWIPP and
the Hilton ultimately exer-
cised. Effectively, the deal




The Public is hereby advised that |, CALSEY JAMES
McQUEEN of Freeport, Grand Bahama, intend to
change my name to KELSEY JAMES DORSETT If
there are any objections to this change of name
by Deed Poll, you may write such objections to
the Chief Passport Officer, P.O.Box N-742, Nassau,
Bahamas no later than thirty (80) days after the date
of publication of this notice.

NOTICE

Notice is hereby given of the loss of Bahamas Governmet
Registered Stock Certificate as follows:







Interest Certificate
Rate No.
0.28125% APR 77-365

Maturity
Date
05/04/2025

Amount
$3,000.00

Stock

2024-2026
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certificate If this certificate is found, please write to P.O.Box
N1881, Nassau, Bahamas.

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There is a time when all
deals are ‘hot’, but if the two
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VACANCY AS OF JANUARY 3, 2008
_A TEACHER OF MODERN LANGUAGES (FRENCH)

IN THE HIGH SCHOOL

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

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

Queen’s College was established in Nassau in 1890 by the Methodist Church and is amember
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The completed application together with a covering letter and a recent photograph must

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Bahamas First eyeing
‘best profit year ever’

FROM page one

italisation rating, and said The
Economical Insurance Group
deal was “a total win-win for
our shareholders. We see it as
a very substantial company to
have a strategic alliance with”.
Confirming Tribune Busi-
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VACANT COMMERCIAL PROPERTY

Lot #90-G comprising 18,926 sq.ft. and situated on the western
side of the main eleuthera highway and approximately 2,219 ft.
northerly of four-for-nothing road in the Settlement of Lower

Bogue, North,Eleuthera, Bahamas. ‘

Infrastructures are in place.

For conditions of the sale and any other information,
please contact: Credit Risk Management — Collection Unit
’ Phone: 356-1685 or 356-1608, Nassau, Bahamas

Interested persons should submit offers in writing addressed to:

The Manager, Credit Risk Management — Managing Director’s
Office P.O. Box N-7518, Nassau, Bahamas






~ MUST SELL
RUM

Lot #90-B comprising 22,376 sq.ft. and situated on the
western side of the main eleuthera highway and
approximately 2,219 ft. northerly of four-for-nothing road
in the Settlement of Lower Bogue,

North Eleuthera Bahamas.

Infrastructures are in place.
For conditions of the sale and any other information,
please contact: Credit Risk Management — Collection Unit
Phone: 356-1685 or 356-1608, Nassau, Bahamas

Interested persons should submit offers in writing addressed to:

The Manager, Credit Risk Management — Managing Director’s
Office P.O. Box N-7518, Nassau, Bahamas










lion, the Canadian company
paying a price between $1.49-
$1.50 per share to be a passive
shareholder - a position it is
said to be happy with.

Mr Fair said the price being
paid by The Economical Insur-

ance Group was much higher .

than recent trades in Bahamas
First’s shares, which had‘been
closer to a $1 per share price.
As a result, the purchase rep-
resented an “increase in value
to our shareholders”.

He added that the deal’s
announcement at Wednesday
night’s Extraordinary Gener-
al Meeting “EGM” had met
with “unanimous” approval
from Bahamas First Holdings
shareholders, more than 50 per
cent of whom attended in per-
son.

Mr Ward said “all the
important details” on the deal
had been agreed between the
two companies, and it was now
pending final regulatory
approval from all the supervi-
sory bodies - the Registrar of
Insurance, Central Bank of the
Bahamas, National Economic
Council (NEC) - really the
Cabinet - and the Securities
Commission.

Bahamas First was “well on
the way” to obtaining all the
required approvals, and Mr
Fair added: “The aim is to
complete before the end of the
year. We’re expecting to have
this completed, 100 per cent
done, and money in the bank



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

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

Share your news

by December 31.”

When asked why Bahamas
First had not sought additional
capital from its existing share-
holders, or tapped the capital
markets, Mr Ward said the
agreement with The Econom-
ical Insurance Group “was not
just about raising capital, but
positioning Bahamas First for
the future”.

“If you’re looking to expand

your business on a broader
base than Bahamas First has
at the moment, having a part-
ner like Economical gives us
an opportunity to think more
long-term than would have
ordinarily been the case,” Mr
Ward said.
' “There’s a lot more
resources at our disposal than
if we would have had a less
well-capitalised partner.

“We've got one-third of the
market [based on. premium
volume] as it is now, and I
don’t think there is any rea-
sonable scope to increase that
share for a number of reasons.
Any growth or expansion of
the company has to be outside
these borders.”

Mr Ward suggested that one
possible obstacle to Bahamas

First’s future expansion in this .

nation “might be the regulato-
ry scrutiny we would attract if
our market share increased
beyond what it is now”.

Mr Fair added that Bahamas
First had been looking at
potential acquisition opportu-













nities, both inside and outside
the Bahamas, for the past five
years, but had yet to find any-
thing attractive.

He added that the alliance
with The Economical Insur-
ance Group would give
Bahamas First the ability to_.
expand beyond this nation and
“spread ! 2 risk” associated |
with its business, as the Cana-
diar coinpany understood the.
Bahamian market and the
company’s future potential.

“There is a finite amount of
business here,” Mr Fair said.
“The alliance with Economi-
cal gives us the opportunity to
look elsewhere, and it
behooves us to do so.

“We have looked at a couple
of things outside the Bahamas,
but they’ve not really met our
criteria. We’re going to con-
tinue to look.”

The $10.75 million proceeds
from The Economical Insur-
ance Group buy-in, Mr Ward
and Mr Fair said, would be -
used to re-pay a $6 million loan
that Bahamas First Holdings
last year obtained from But-
terfield Bank, with the remain-
der used to enhance the com-
pany’s capital base. :

The Bahamas First chairman
acknowledged that with the
increase in insurance premi-
ums, coupled with a rise in the
volume of business the com-
pany was doing, the company
was “coming up on the posi-
tion of not being able to write
more business without extra
capital”.

However, Mr Ward added
that property premium rates
in the Bahamas were likely to
soften slightly in 2008, based
on initial discussions and con-
tacts with reinsurers.

He said: “I can safely say at
this point, on property busi-
ness there will be a reduction.
The extent to which the reduc-
tion manifests itself is uncer-
tain at this stage. |

“There will be some
easing on. property
premiums.” saan Deere

MUST SELL
VACANT COMMERCIAL PROPERTY

Lot #90-E comprising 16,521 sq.ft. and situated on the western side
of the main eleuthera highway and approximately 2,219 ft. northerly
of four-for-nothing road in the Settlement of Lower Bogue,

North Eleuthera, Bahamas.

Infrastructures are in place.

For conditions of the sale and any other information,
please contact: Credit Risk Management — Collection Unit
Phone: 356-1685 or 356-1608, Nassau, Bahamas

_ Interested persons should submit offers in writing addressed to:
The Manager, Credit Risk Management — Managing Director’s Office

P.O. Box N-7518, Nassau, Bahamas



MUST SELL

VACANT COMMERCIAL PROPERTY

Lot #90-C comprising 21,430 sq.ft. and situated on the western
side of the main eleuthera highway and approximately 2,219 ft.
northerly of four-for-nothing road in the Settlement of Lower Bogue,

North Eleuthera, Bahamas.

Infrastructures are in place.

For conditions of the sale and any other information,
please contact: Credit Risk Management — Collection Unit
Phone: 356-1685 or 356-1608, Nassau, Bahamas

Interested persons should submit offers in writing addressed to:

The Manager, Credit Risk Management — Managing Director’s
Office P.O. Box N-7518, Nassau, Bahamas



THE TRIBUNE

BUSINESS

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2007, PAGE 7B



Council: We will not be.
intimidated’ over Baker’s Bay

FROM page one

He »dded that the Associa-
tion seemed to be targeting
anyone involved or connected
with the Baker’s Bay project,
reiterating that the developers,
Arizona-based Discovery Land
*Company, had obtained all nec-
es ary permits and approvals
in :ll compliance with the
“law, rules and regulations”.

“We’ve done what we were
suppesed to have done, and

taken extra steps to make sure |

‘ve’re in full compliance with
_verything,” Dr Marshall said.

He added that all the permits
]saket’s Bay had applied to the
Hope own District Council
“or to date had been for “tech-
nical items, not discretionary
items”; and said it was unfortu-
ne’e that the council should be
ta. geted when it was “trying to
ca:ry out its responsibilities to
the best of its ability”.

In its Judicial Review appli-
cation, the Save Guana Cay
Reef Association is seeking a
court order to “quash” all the
permits issued by the Hope
Town District Council to Bak-
er’s Bay to date, and an inter-
locutory order to prevent it

from issuing or renewing any |

more permits and approvals.

Jeremy Sweeting, Hope
Town’s chief councillor,
responding to the Judicial
Review application, said yes-
terday: “We’re not going to be
intimidated by the Association;
we’re going to continue to car-
ry out our duties.

“This is a free country and
they have a right to voice their
opinion, but as far as a Judicial
Review application, that’s
absurd. The council will not be
intimidated by this group.”

’ Mr Sweeting said no one was
allowed to review and look at
someone’s building plans apart
from the district council, which
put up notices on when it was
holding a planning meeting,
who was applying, what type of



Apply in writing to

structure it was for, and the
square footage covered, so per-
sons objecting could challenge

it.

He added that until the coun-
cil received a court order or
notification from central gov-

ernment telling it to stop, it
would continue to treat Bak-
er’s Bay’s planning applications
“like we treat anyone else’s”
and assess them on their merits.

Describing the Association
as “a small but vocal group”,

ACCOUNTS CLERK

A progressive organization seeks to hire an
Accounts Clerk. The successful candidate
will be responsible for recording various

business

transactions and generating

monthly financial statements and reports for

management.

Qualifications
Candidate must have at least an associate



degree in accounting with a minimum of five
(5) years experience or a bachelor degree
with a minimum of (3) years experience.
Knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Quick

Books would be an advantage.
Salary range: $16,200 -— $25,000 per Annum.

Qualified and interested applicants should
forward a copy of their curriculum vitae to:-

c/o The Tribune

DA Number 5405
P.O. Box N-3207
Nassau, Bahamas

All responses should be received by
December 18, 2007.



SALES
PERSONS

e Excellent opportunity
for you to control your
income.

e You are limited only to
‘your potential
e Flexible hours available
e Excellent commissions
and benefits

Must have a proven track record in sales
Professional appearance a must

Must have reliable transportation

Ability to meet and adhere to strict deadlines
Excellent written and communication skills.

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C/O The Nassau Guardian
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Mr Sweeting said all Abaconi-
ans knew the Baker’s Bay pro-
ject was
were
that”.

Over the past couple of

“

a done deal” and
“ready to move on with

Hope Town District Council
had dealt with an average of 15
planning applications per
meeting, pxcludine Baker’s

- Bay.

But over the last two months,

with “only two or three plans
other than Baker’s Bay’s”.

“If at all possible, we want
to keep Baker’s Bay on the
move to keep the economy
going forward,” Mr Sweeting

Mr Sweeting said the — the planning meetings had dealt said. “It’s kind of slow.”

years,



Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports & Culture
Department of Youth & Sports

VACANCIES FOR SECURITY FIRMS TO PROVIDE
SECURITY SERVICESAT VARIOUS SPORTING FACILITIES.



















Tenders bids are invited from suitable qualified security firms to pro-
vide security services at the following sporting facilities with effect
from January Ist, 2008.

____ Schedule for Secarity Services

The security firm will provide:

| One (1) 8 hours shift from 10:00 pm to
| 6:00 am daily Sunday to Saturday with
} one (1) person per shift.

Facilities

Thomas A. Robinson & Core sports
Building

| The Security Firm will provide:

| One (1) 8 hours shift from 12 midnight
to 8:00 am daily Sunday to » Saturday
with one (1) pe

| Betty Kelly Kenning National swim
Complex

The Security Firm will provide:

| Two (2) duty shifts constituting sixteen
(16) hours daily Sunday through
Saturday. The shift will commence at
4:00 pm to midnight and from
midnight to 8:00 am daily Monday
through Sunday with one security

uard per shift.

Sir Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium

The Security Firm will provide:
Two (2) 8,hours duty shifts from 4:00
} pm to midnight ‘and from midnight to
‘| 8:00 am daily Sunday through
Saturday with one security guard per
shift.



The Security Firm will provide:

Two (2) 8 hours shifts from 4:00 pm to
midnight and from midnight to 8:00
am daily Sunday through Saturday

with one security guard and dog per
a occ shi ee

Companies interested in providing the security services may contact
Mr. Bruce Walker Deputy, Permanent Secretary, at the Department
of Youth & Sports (502-0600 or 502-0613/22) for further informa-

tion and arrangement of site visits.

Blue Hills Sporting Complex
(Facility House, Welding Shop, Boxing
Centre and Lighted Softball Field)

All tender bids include the following:

e Proposal cost (Outline the fees, they will expect the Ministry
of Education, Youth, Sports & Culture to pay the company per
month)

¢ Copy of Business License
e National Insurance Board letter of good standing
¢ Employee and Public liability insurances

The successful companies will be expected to provide adequate
communication system and uniformed guards.

Sealed tenders are to be submitted no later than 5:00pm, on Friday,
December 21st, 2007 and addressed to:

Permanent Secretary

Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports & Culture
P.O. Box N-4891

Nassau, The Bahamas

Attention: Mr. Bruce Walker, Deputy Permanent Secretary
Tender for Security Service

The Permanent Secretary reserves the night to reject any and all
tenders.

Permanent Secretary
oe of Education, Youth, Sports & Culture





PAGE 8B, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2007







i . m@ By CARA BRENNEN The ministry is also commit-
sk Pega Notte BETHEL ted to establishing a compre: ;,;
NOTICE NOTICE Tribune Business hensive, internationally recog. , ;
Reporter nised anti-money laundering , ;
, and counter terrorism financ- , ,
THE Ministry of Finance will ing (AML/CFT) regime. ‘ii

CKL COMPANY LIMITED

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with section

LAVENDER INVESTMENTS LIMITED “This effort is being led by ,,
the Financial Intelligence Unit , ,
(FIV), and one we expect to be
complete within 12 months,” ,;;
he said. id
Additionally, the minister ,,,
said that there will be a refine- .,,

ment of immigration policies as ,;; ,

be aggressively marketing the
financial services industry to
international clients as part of
its effort to increase the coun-
try’s presence within the global
marketplace.

Minister of state for finance,
Zhivargo Laing, told persons

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with section

138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act

| Change - Change in closing price from day to day

| DIV $ - Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months

138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of LAVENDER INVESTMENTS
LIMITED has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolu-
tion has been issued and the Company has therefore been

struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE

GRANATINA CORP.

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with section
138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of GRANATINA CORP. has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued
and the Company has therefore been struck off the

Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC. .....
(Liquidator)



Legal Notice

NOTICE

GLADIOLA INVESTMENTS LIMITED

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with section
138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of GLADIOLA INVESTMENTS
LIMITED has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolu-
tion has been issued and the Company has therefore been

struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

BIS

Pricing Information As Of:

‘Abaco Markets
Bahamas Property Fund
Bank of Bahamas
Benchmark
Bahamas Waste
Fidelity Bank
Cable Bahamas
Colina Holdings
Commonwealth Bank (S1)
Consolidated Water BDRs
Doctor's Hospital
Famguard
Finco
FirstCaribbean
Focol (S)
Freeport Concrete
ICD Utilities
J. S. Johnson

Real Estate

Bahamas Supermarkets
Caribbean Crossings (Pref)

AB
Bahamas Supermarkets
RND Holdings

Colina Money Market Fund
Fidelity Bahamas G & | Fund
Colina MSI Preferred Fund
Colina Bond Fund

1.366332"
3.5388***
2.938214***

52wk-Hi - Highest closing price in last 52 weeks

52wk-Low - Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks

Previous Close - Previous day's weighted price for daily volume
Today's Close - Current day's weighted price for daily volume

Daily Vol. - Number of total shares traded today

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

AOS TEAK





2000, the dissolution of CKL COMPANY LIMITED. has
been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been
issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the

Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.

(Liquidator)



Legal Notice

NOTICE

BEATLE HOLDINGS LIMITED

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with section
138.(8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of BEATLE HOLDINGS LIMITED
has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been
issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the

Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



Legal Notice

NOTICE

DESSAU INVESTMENTS LIMITED

‘si Q—
Notice is hereby given that in accordance with section
138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of DESSAU INVESTMENTS
LIMITED has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolu-
tion has been issued and the Company has therefore beet

struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Sy asune

' Last Price Weekly Vol.

ivid



Bid $ - Buying price of Colina and Fidelity

Ask $ - Selling price of Colina and fidelity

Last Price - Last traded over-the-counter price

Weekly Vol. - Trading volume of the prior week

EPS $ - A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
NAV - Net Asset Value

N/M - Not Meaningful

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

* - 30 November 2007
** - 30 June 2007
*** - 31 October 2007
sees. 31 July 2007



attending a Bahamas Financial
Services Board luncheon yes-
terday that the Government
was committed to increasing
the. Bahamas profile and pres-
ence within the global market.

“In this regard there will be
increased marketing of the
jurisdiction, and increased par-
ticipation and visibility by the
Government in conjunction
with the BSFB in strategic inter-
national events,” Mr Laing said.

He also indicated that there
will be an increased commit-
ment to public-private part-
nership, as evidenced in the
funding increase given to the

BFSB from $250,000 to.

$500,000, and the commitment
of $25,000 in training for the
Bahamas Association of Com-
pliance Officers (BACO) for
training in the upcoming fiscal
budget.

they relate to international

services such as financial ser- ,,;

vices.

seek to more clearly define the -

“Ultimately the policies will ;

parameters for the granting of \'/

work permits in the sector, and ,
provide some reasonable assur- ,
ances for the receipt, review

and determination of work per- ;;
mit and permanent residency

Laing rs

applications,’ Mr
explained.

fil

Further, he said that there .,.
will be established standards ; ;
and benchmarks for document ;}

tracking and processing within

the government agencies to;
ensure more timely delivery of ;
services to clients. These stan- ;
dards will be established,

oA

it
i

through a process of collabora- ~}

tion between regulators that
will ensure the standards can
be met.

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NOTICE

NOTICEis pee Pay that ERICK PIERRE of MARSH
HARBOUR, ABACO, BAHAMAS is applying to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should
send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 7TH day of DECEMBER
2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that TAMARA GUILLAUME
of MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO, BAHAMAS is
applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a_ citizen
of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any
reason why registration/ naturalization should not be
granted, should send a written and signed statement of

the facts within twenty-eight days from the 30TH day of -

NOVEMBER 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

PUBLIC NOTICE
INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL

The Public is hereby advised that |, WILLY LA FRANCE
of the Island of New Providence, Golden Gates,
Nassau,Bahamas, intend to change my name to WILLY
DEE ALCINDOR. If there are any objections to this change
of name by Deed Poll, you may write such objections
to the Chief Passport Officer, RO.Box N-742, Nassau,
Bahamas no later than thirty (80) days after the date of
publication of this notice.



NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that ELINE FLEURISTIN of
WULFF ROAD, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the
Minister resposible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 7TH day of December, 2007 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that HAZEL BURKE of
MONTGOMERY AVE., P.O. BOX CR-54957, NASSAU,
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister resposible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a‘ citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who
knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 7TH day of
December, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that ELIZEA ALFRED of #%-!4
FAUCETT LANE, P.O.Box F60410, FREEFQRT, GRAND
BAHAMA, BAHAMAS is applying to the Minister re. wnsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturai tion
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person vho
knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 30TH day of
NOVEMBER, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.










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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2007, PAGE 9B



@ By CARA BRENNEN
BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter



THE Government is hop-
ing that it can consolidate

the financial services regu-.,

latory regime into just one
or two regulators within 18
months, the minister of state
for finance, Zhivargo Laing
said yesterday.

Speaking to members of
the industry, Mr Laing said
he hoped substantial
progress on regulatory con-
solidation would be made by
the end of 2008.

“It is something that needs
to be done ASAP. We are
working aggressively and it
is something that I shall fol-
low with significant interest.
We hope to get it done as
quickly as possible,” the
minister said.

Mr Laing explained that
currently all new clients of
the financial services sector
must report to, apply and
interact with five financial
services regulators, namely
the Central Bank of the
Bahamas, the Securities
Commission, the Inspector
of Financial and Corporate
Services Provider, Office of
the Register Insurance Com-
panies (ORIC) and the
Compliance Commission.

He explained that in many
instances each of these reg-
ulators has exacting

demands that represent a
duplication or replication of
requirements for clients.
Mr Laing said this was not
an ideal operating environ-
ment for clients, and
although the regulators have

established a Memorandum

of Understanding among
themselves to help them
cope with certain cross-sec-
tor issues, this was not suffi-
cient.

The minister said the FNM
administration has vowed to
move with “deliberate
haste” to amalgamate the
regulators in a phased fash-
ion. This could lead either
to the establishment of a sin-
gle ‘super-regulator’ or at
most two regulators for the
entire financial services sec-
tor.

“We have already engaged
an international consultant
to assist us with this endeav-
or, and agreed a special com-
mittee of public and private
sector experts to lead this
process,” Mr Laing noted.

Further steps taken to
reduce the regulatory
process have been to trans-
fer the Inspectorate of
Financial and Corporate Ser-
vices Providers from the
Registrar General’s Depart-
ment to the Securities
Exchange Commission,
something that will take

_ effect on January 1, 2008.

Additionally, the chair-
manship of both the Securi-

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BUSINESS

Eighteen-month target for _
consolidating financial regulation

ties Commission as well as
the Compliance Commis-
sion, two related regulatory
functions, will fall under the
leadership of Philip Stubbs,
retired managing partner of
Ernst and Young.

“TY should note that while
the Registrar of Insurance
will be included in the con-
solidated regulatory regime,
we are paying particular
attention to its modernisa-
tion to the extent that we
will bring into effect the new
insurance legislation passed
in Parliament and the new
regulations, which are still
being finalised either before

or in conjunction with the
first phase of the consolida-
tion process,” Mr Laing said.

“Therefore, we fully
expect to have a substantial-
ly upgraded insurance regu-
lator. I might note that our
efforts also include the
bringing into force of new
external insurance legisla-
tion that will give us the
opportunity to make a seri-
ous effort to re-establish
ourselves in this significant
economic business.”

He also vowed that there
would be improvements in
the functioning of the Reg-
istrar General’s Department.

Legal Notice
NOTICE

INGLESIDE LIMITED

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

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

(b) The dissolution of the said com
the 6th December, 2007 when

ny commenced on
e Articles of

Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the

Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Verduro
Associated Ltd., Pasea Estate, Road Town, Tortola,

BVI

Dated this 7th day of December, A.D. 2007

Verduro Associated Ltd.
Liquidator



NOTICE

WORLD WIDE LIMITED

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and share your story.



NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that NATHALIE PAUL of ROBERT
STREET, P.O. BOX SS-2599, NASSAU, BAHAMAS,
is applying to the Minister resposible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should



send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 7TH day of December, 2007
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas. ‘

NOTICE

International Business Companies Act
(No. 45 of 2000)

MARINA INVESTMENTS INC.
Registration Number 35,974B
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 132 (2) of the
International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of 2000) MARINA
INVESTMENTS INC. is in Dissolution.

Any person having any claim against MARINA INVESTMENTS
INC. is required on or before the 2nd day of January, 2008 to
send their name, address and particulars of the debt or claim to the
Liquidator of the company, or in default thereof they may have excluded
from the benefit of any distribution made before such claim
is approved. :

GSO Corporate Services Ltd., of 303 Shirley Street, Nassau, The
Bahamas is the Liquidator ofp MARINA INVESTMENTS INC.

G50 Corporate Services. =—=S=*~S~*~<“‘<=~S*S
Liquidator. ©










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.

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.



Pursuant to the Provisions of Section 138 (8) of the
International Business Companies Act 2000 notice
is hereby given that the above-named Company has
been dissolved and struck off the Register pursuant
to a Certificate of Dissolution issued by the Registrar
General on the 15th day of November, 2007.

e

Michael W. Taylor
Liquidator
of
WORLD WIDE LIMITED

NEEDED FOR
KINGSWAY CAFETERIA

FOR JANUARY, 2008.

Kingsway Academy is seeking the serivces
of a cook to prepare meals in the Cafeteria _
as of January, 2008. Interested applicants
should collect applications from the Busi-
ness office on Bernard Road from 8:00 - 4:
00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Successful applicants must:

¢ Be participating, commited born-again
Christian

e Have a minimum of at least five (5)
years experience in food handling and
preparation.

¢ Have a valid Health Certificate

e Have a genuine love for children and
young people, etc.

For further information please contact the
following:

Ms. Kelcine Hamilton
Academy Affairs Manager
Telephone: 324-6269 or 324-6887

Deadline for applications - Friday, Decem-
ber 28, 2007

Company Administrator needed
to work in downtown office:

‘ Applicants must possess the following qualifications:

e Associate degree in law or business.

e Must be conversant with all aspects of company
incorporation and administration, including
liquidation and redomiciliation of International
Business Companies

¢ Excellent written and oral communication skills.

¢ Computer literate, including a working knowledge
of Lynx 4 Series, Microsoft Word, Excel, Power
Point.

e At least two years work experience with a trust
company or law firm.

Please write to: Company Administrator
P.O. Box N-10697
Nassau, Bahamas
E-mail:smith @experta.bs



RESTAURANT MANAGER
RETAIL MANAGER

Market leading, highly successful Restaurant seeks
applications from qualified individuals for position of
Restaurant and Retail Manager .

Sales and performance driven expertise is required,
combined with strong customer service oriented back
grund and successful track record in man-management, is
an essential quality desired.

Salary is commensurate with experience and market
comparable. Further benefits and bonuses provide an
extremely attractive package to the right individual.

Interested persons may apply via email ONLY to:
nassau_gm@hardrock.com.bs

SERVERS, HOSTS, LINE COOKS, CLEANERS,
RETAIL SALES ASSOCIATES

It must suck not working here,

Hard Rock Cafe is hiring people like you who live without
limits and appreciate good music and great food!
Apply in person to the host stand.

No Phone calls please.

Hard Rock Cafe’
Charlotte Street North,
Downtown Nassau °:



Julius Bar

Julius Baer Group, the leading dedicated Wealth Management
is seeking candidates for the position of:

RELATIONSHIP MANAGER

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES

e Client retention and servicing of existing client, relationships with
focus on Italian speaking European Countries
(Italy and Switzerland).
Acquisition of new clients.
Promote Nassau as financial centre and JB Nassau as booking
centre for offshore clients.

REQUIRED SKILLS:

e¢ Excellent Italian verbal and written communication skill

° PC literate with strong Excel, Word, PowerPoint
(ability to learn new applications quickly)

e A commitment to service excellence

EXPERIENCE:

e¢ Minimum 10 years experience in Swiss Banking or related field

EDUCATION:
¢ A Bachelor’s degree with concentration in Economic, Business
Administration or equivalent.

FOREIGN LANGUAGES

e Must speak English and Italian a third language would be an asset

We offer a very competitive and benefits package, a stimulating work
environment and the opportunity to make a significant contribution to
our business while expanding your career.

Interested candidates should forward a copy of their resume
by December 28th, 2007 to the attention of:

Personal & Confidential
Human Resources
P.O.Box N-4890
Nassau, Bahamas

Personal & Confidential

Human Resources

Ocean Centre, Montague Foreshore
East Bay Street

P.O.Box N-4890

Nassau, Bahamas





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ner.

3. Three notrump. This is not a

pleasant rebid, considering your

You are the dealer and open One
Diamond. Partner responds Three
Diamonds (forcing). What would
you bid now with each of the follow-
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1. Four notrump. Partner will

normally have 13 to 15 points in high

cards and distribution, which puts
you in the vicinity of the 33 points
generally required to make 12 tricks.
A small slam is therefore virtually
certain, and even a grand slam is pos-
sible?

Blackwood is by far the best way
of estimating how many tricks you
can take. If partner shows two aces
by bidding five hearts, you quit at six
diamonds. If he shows three aces by
bidding five spades, you bid five
notrump, asking, for kings. If the
response to this is six diamonds,
showing one king, you bid seven.

2. Four diamonds. After partner’s
forcing raise, the four-diamond bid
shows no extra values. If partner next
bids five diamonds, you pass.

But if partner evinces slam interest
by bidding four hearts or spades, you
will next bid five clubs. This cannot

spade weakness, but it offers the best
chance for game, and that is the main
consideration.

Five diamonds could be a better
contract, but there is no sensible way
of finding out. If you were to bid four
clubs, you would go past three
notrump. The 4-4-3-2 distribution
strongly suggests notrump despite
the danger in spades. If partner
passes three notrump, the od
strongly favor making it, :

4, Four clubs. With your excellent
controls in the side suits, a slam is
possible despite your minimum high.
card values. Partner may have some-
thing like # 72 ¥ AJ4 @ AK93
& Q875, which would give you
roughly a 90 percent chance for six.

If partner’s response to four clubs
is four diamonds, you are entitled to
make still another slam try by bid-
ding four spades. If partner then bids
five diamonds, declining both of
your invitations, you would have to
respect his wishes and throw in the
towel. .

Note that Blackwood is not
employed here. Learning whether
partner has one or two aces does not

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Cooler weather has put you ia 4
mood. You might want to spent
some time at home, Aries, until
you’re in better spirits. Post-summid
blues are expected. “4
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Financial concerns leave you feelinp
nervous this week, Taurus. It’s bef-
ter to pinch some pennies fore
while until you get back on cousgi
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could lead to interesting things. Kéap
your agenda open for Wednesdah
when love is in your stars.
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member on Tuesday, Canceg.
This person is just feeling a littl
stir crazy and really doesn’t meg
all the the things he/she sayg.
Focus on a home project instead
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A distant family member isn’t visiting
as much as usual, Leo. Somethinp
could be wrong. Drop this person #
line or give him/her a call. It may help

AT LEAST be regarded as a particularly strong _resolve the question of whether there

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many Ane dos some quality time with your mate.
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NIB libel lawsuit

Former building

inspector at National |

Insurance Board
seeking damages

A FORMER building
inspector at the National
Insurance Board has filed a
lawsuit in the Supreme Court,
claiming slander against five
of his former colleagues.

Filed on November 6, Mr
Donald Noel Nouguez, the
plaintiff, has named Esther
Scanter of Pride Estates, San-
dra Cooper of Jubilee Gar-
dens, Vernese Brown of Solid-
er Road, Margaret Nwankwo
of Dundas Drive, and Kareem
Hanna of Coral heights
Boulevard in the action.
--“Phe plaintiff's. claim.is for
slander published by the
defendants to and in the pres-
ence of senior management,
other employees of the
National Insurance Board and
others on July 13, July 16, and
August 8, 2007,” according to
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According to the document,
Mr Nouguez is seeking dam-
ages for libel contained in
speeches, and letters written
and published by the defen-
dants and circulated by the
defendants to other employ-
ees of NIB.

The writ seeks an injunction

to restrain the defendants...

“their servants and agents or
otherwise” from speaking,
publishing, or circulating any-
thing of a slanderous or
libelous nature concerning Mr
Nouguez.

. The writ also seeks costs,
and any further or alternate
relief that the court may deem
fit and proper under the cir-
cumstances of the case.

Mr Nouguez was formally
removed from the National
Insurance Board on Novem-
ber 2.

Former MP professional
misconduct allegation

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

FORMER PLP MP and
attorney Keod Smith has
been accused of professional
misconduct by a former client.

According to Garth
Bethel’s claim, Mr Smith to

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THE CARNIVAL is back in the Bahamas for the festive season with the ferris wheel dominating the skyline at the Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre.
The fun got underway on Wednesday and it will run til after the new year. :

PM warns over global warming
threat to small island states

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

IT IS not possible to over- -

estimate the threat global
warming and environmental
degradation pose to the sur-
vival of small island states
such as the Bahamas, Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham
said speaking at the
Caribbean-Central America
Action (CCAA) conference

employment and foreign
earnings are pinned, and
tourism is hostage to the

SEE page 14

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tourism.

“Tourism is for many of
the small island states the
primary economic activity on
which their hopes for,

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Colonial Development'Com- } in Miami on Wednesday. na
pany over rental issues, but is ; Addressing the forum; Mr =
now denying him the paper- : Ingraham said “it is beyond s
work which is crucial to his ; Gebate now that the =<

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continuing case.

Mr Bethel claims that Mr :
Smith, who was defeated at :
the polls in this year’s general :
election, will not return his :
calls about the matter, and :
has repeatedly hung up on }

him. .

Mr Bethel reported Mr
Smith to the Bar Association :
four months ago for his con- }

SEE page 13

threat.”

The sustainability, the very
survival of small island states
in the Caribbean, he said, is
being directly affected by the
“serious deterioration to the
environment as a conse-
quence of global warming.”

“Climate change has the
potential to undermine the
most vibrant, and for many,
the largest economic sector
in the region — that is






PRIME MINISTER and Minister of Finance Hubert Ingraham, (second from
right) receives the Golden Star of the Caribbean 2007 award during the Ple-
nary Dinner at 31st Caribbean Basin Conference in Miami, Florida, on Wednes-
day, December 5, 2007. Pictured (from left) are Jose Perez Jones, Seaboard
Marine; Rick Murrell, Tropical Shipping; Prime Minister Ingraham; and Manuel
Rosales, Caribbean Central American Action.

MIAMI, Florida - Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham was pre-
sented the Star of the Caribbean Award from the Caribbean
Central American Action at the 31st Miami Conference on the
Caribbean Basin on December 5.

SEE page 14






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Activist calls for more
disabled parking spaces

ONE of the biggest concerns of

Bahamians with disabilities is the
need for more disabled parking
spaces,

“This we strongly call for as a
matter of national urgency, in light

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Bahamians becoming disabled in
recent years,’ ’ said activist Jerome
Thompson. “In addition, we make
a very loud cry for sensible and
effective laws to be put in place, sq

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as to give the police the authority
to arrest’persons who park in dis-
abled-parking spaces who are not
authorised to do so.”
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to rent their properties to this cat-
egory of Bahamians; not because
they could not pay the rent, but

‘simply because of the fact that they

are disabled.

“Also, in respect to the build-
ing code of the Bahamas, both gov-
ernment and privately owned
apartment complexes are still being
built without provisions for dis-
abled persons, particularly those

_ who are in wheelchairs,” Mr

Thompson said.

“Sidewalks are still being built
without ramps . . . the sidewalks
that have been in existence for

government has not seen fit to cor-
rect those deficiencies.”

Mr Thompson went on to note
that the now closed Cheshire
Home on Dolphin Drive was
designed and built to allow for
“independent living” for persons
with physical disabilities. The home
was closed by the former PLP gov-
ernment so the site could be used
for a childcare facility and the occu-
pants were all evicted. The child-
care.centre never materialised.

— The power of
The Tribune brings
Bear hack home



BEAR with five-year-old Jade.

TWO little girls got an early
Christmas present on Tuesday
when a good Samaritan showed
up with Bear, their jack russell
terrier, after reading a missing
dog bulletin in that morning's Tri-
bune.

The little dog with the big
name disappeared through a hole
in a fence on Saturday, leaving
behind the two heartbroken girls.

Their mother, through the
columns of The Tribune, appealed
to the public for information
about Bear.

That afternoon, Kenneth New-
bold telephoned to say he had
Bear. The terrier had picked up a
potcake pal on his journey
through Sandilands Village when
Mr Newbold spotted him Satur-
day afternoon.

Mr Newbold bought Bear a
new collar and took excellent care
of him, the girls' mother, Cindi
Scavella, said.

Fortunately, Mr Newbold saw
Bear's picture in. the newspaper,
along with the story about the
plight of the little girls and their
mum's telephone numbers.

Bear was reunited with an
excited Amber, aged one, and

. Jade, five, at their home Tuesday

afternoon.

- A former Tribune reporter,

Mrs Scavella had a big thank you

for Mr Newbold and The Tribune.
“The Tribune deserves a Bear

hug,” a co-worker said.

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2007, PAGE 3



© In brief

Bimini
councillors
likely to
face tough
questions

BIMINI councillors are
expected to face some tough

questions on Monday night : prime Minister Brent Symon-

when the island’s local gov- ; ette said yesterday.

| BAHAMAS REAL ESTATE ASSOCIATION: Christmas luncheon at Yacht Club

Symonette: We. have made a major
dent in Investment Board backlog

| mâ„¢ By TANEKA THOMPSON

Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net



THE government has created

ia significant dent in the
; “tremendous” backlog at the
: country’s Investment Board
: which accumulated prior to the
: FNM taking office, Deputy

ernment holds what locals i

claim is its first meeting for
two and a half years.

Chief councillor Tasha Rolle : Board approvals,”

and her colleagues are likely : noted yesterday during a speech

: at the Bahamas Real Estate ©

to confront a hostile audience
when the meeting convenes at
the public school, according to
Bimini sources.

including the council’s rela-
tionship with Bimini Bay
developer Gerardo Capo - are
set for an airing.

One islander told The Tri-
bune: “It will be a very inter-
esting, and very lively, meet-

things Biminites want to have
sorted out.”

-Government officials from
Nassau are expected to be at
the meeting as observers.

“We have made a major dent

: in the backlog and are keeping
: fairly current with Investment

the minister

i Association’s (BREA) annual
; Christmas luncheon at the
: Yacht Club.

Several important issues - -:

Mr Symonette highlighted a

: number of issues that he said
;} the Ingraham administration
: has addressed during its seven
; months in office — one of which
; was the abolition of the Min-
: istry of Financial Services and
: Investments (MFSI).

ing because there are so many

“One of the first steps we did

i in trying to streamline this
: whole issue was to transfer the
: responsibility (for approving
: applications) from the Ministry
: of Financial Services to the

Biminites have expressed }
dismay at what they allege is :
: Director of Investments.”

local government’s failure to

call a meeting in more than }
? or to the change, he toured the

two years.

fear intense public probing of
several key issues, especially :
the alleged influence of Mr :
Capo on local eoennen %

affairs.
An Alice Town source said:

“There is supposed to be at :
least one meeting per year. }

impression that the council is :
: they could move forward. -

afraid to face the voters.”

Biminites have expressed :

marine environment.

Two nen
arraigned on

armed robbery —

charges

TWO men were arraigned

in Magistrate’s Court yester- : |
’ day on armed robbery charges. }
Allan Knowles, 19, of Bel- }

lot Road, and Oneal Knowles,
24, of Sunset Park, appeared
before Magistrate Janet
‘Bullard in Court Five, Bank
Lane.

According to court dockets,

it is alleged that on Monday,
December 3, while armed with. :

Office of the Prime Minister
and the establishment of the

Mr Symonette noted that pri-

Some say the. councillors i MFSI offices at the Goodman’s

Bay Corporate Centre and was

surprised at the vast number of

files on each desk awaiting
attention. This, he said, is what

: held up the entire approval
? process.

He said that some pending
applications he reviewed sim-

People have formed the : ply needed to have an applica-

tion fee receipt written before

After a series of meetings of

concern over many years about : the Investment Board (of which

Mr Capo’s Bimini Bay resort ; Mr Symonette is a member), it
development, which they claim : Was decided that the chairman

has destroyed a large part of : of the Investment Board, Prime

the island’s landscape and : Minister Hubert Ingraham, be

: assigned the responsibility of

: approving applications for land
: acquisition permits that are part
: of an approved subdivision.

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a screwdriver, the accused }

robbed Lavardo Thompson of }

$70 cash.

It is further alleged that on :
the same day, while armed }
with a stick, the two men .
robbed Johnny Santil of a }
Playstation CD valued at $80. :

The two men were not :
required to enter pleas to the j-
charges and were remanded to }
Her Majesty’s Prison, Fox Hill.
been :

The matter has
adjourned to March 4, 2008.

Advisory for —
commercial
fishing licence
cantlidates

THE Department of Marine }
Resources has issued a public }
announcement to all persons :
seeking a commercial fishing ;

licence for 2008.

The statement said all }
licence candidates must pro- :

vide the following:

* Proof of ownership of :

commercial fishing vessel

° A copy of the Port ;~

Authority’s registration of the
vessel

_® A copy of a valid business : ,

licence
The statement said all docu-
ments should be forwarded to
‘the Department of Marine
Resources in New Providence
(telephone 393-1777, fax 393-
0238) or the local Department
of Marine Resources office on
each island.

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of Ministry of Financial
Services and Investments

without reference to a general
meeting, he explained,

Previously this was the
responsibility of the secretariat
of the board, Mr Symonette
said.

“These applications are
referred to internally as the
‘short agenda’ and are circulat-
ed to members of the board on
a regular basis without the
necessity of actually meeting,”
he explained.

The last “non-meeting” in
November contained 37 agenda
items for developments such as
Winding Bay, Bimini Bay,
Emerald Bay, the residences at
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approved on that “short agen-
da” was $40.5 million in regis-
tration certificates, $25.3 mil-
lion of that representing land
sales in New Providence.

The applications not consid-
ered on last month’s short agen-
da were forwarded to the “long
agenda” requiring board mem-
bers to physically meet.

There have been 12 of these
meetings in the last seven
months, Mr Symonette said.

On the “long agenda” meet-
ing held last week, there were
64 items amounting to $96.25
million; $2.5 million of which
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Mr Symonette said that of
these 64, items some needed
conveyance validation so a dol-
lar value was not attributed to
the application.

The 60 persons employed at
the now defunct ministry were
transferred to various areas
throughout the civil service and
all MFSI operations were trans-
ferred to the Office of the Prime

_ Minister under the leadership

of the Director of Investments
David Davis, Mr Symonette
noted.

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House members

following leader
instead of using
their brains ©

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Sensible decision on junkanoo coverage



ON THURSDAY government arrived
at a commonsense decision — journalists
will not have to pay to do their job. Unfor-
‘tunately when everyone else has the option
of staying ir bed on a chilly Boxing Day or
New Year’s morning, reporters have no
choice but to role out and cover both
junkanoo events.

In the past few days we caught snatches
of a radio programme on junkanoo. A
woman — from the content of the little
bit we heard, we assume she had some-
thing to do with a ministry involved with
the parades — was asked what would be
the reaction if the newspapers refused to
cover the annual cultural event. She
laughed it off as something that would nev-
er happen.

She shouldn’t be so sure of that. It is
something that has been seriously dis-
cussed.

It is an option that has been left open
should the occasion arise to use it.

Years ago, someone who is still very
active in junkanoo, said that junkanoo
groups were seriously considering charging
newspapers for publishing photographs of
them as they “rushed” — and at any time
afterwards if any of the photos were used to
illustrate an article on junkanoo.

That would be the day, we told him. It

would be the day that The Tribune would.

refuse to publish any of their photographs.
Other than listing the winners and report-
ing their constant squabbling over “cheat-
ing” judges— a sideshow that junkanoo
participants are expert at — junkanoo
would just be dropped from our pages.

Few people realise what a brutal assign-
ment the coverage of junkanoo is. After a
busy year, it is not easy to end the year
and start the new year lugging heavy cam-
era equipment up and down an over-
crowded parade route for several hours.
But this is what our cameramen have to do.
It’s a part of their job.

When it was first announced that the
media companies would have to pay for
their reporters:and cameramen to cover
the event, the reason given was that this
decision was an attempt “to reduce the
number of persons on the parade route.”

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bona fide journalists, but on a buddy sys-
tem.

Our staff constantly complain.that they
can hardly do their job for persons who
call themselves “press”, but who hardly
know how to operate a camera, and cer-
tainly would not know how to write the
first paragraph of any report, who persist in
getting in the way.

They see people clogging the parade
route, proudly wearing press jackets, who
they never see at any other assignment
throughout the year.

If the working press sent two staff mem-
bers — reporter and photographer— from
each organisation, there would be no more
than eight persons on the route. The only
other press would be ZNS.

What would have probably happened if
the Ministry of Youth had persisted in its
plan to charge the press, would have been
that most of the working press would have
boycotted the event.

However, the route would have
remained congested with those, who, mas-
querading behind a press badge and a cam-
era, would pay the fees to roam up and

down the parade route getting in the way. ©

Only those who issue these badges can
control who is allowed on this route.
They know the members of the work-
ing press.
It is within their power to decide how far

_ they are willing to bend the rules to clutter

the parade ground with non-press.

In its announcement on Thursday gov-
ernment made it clear that it had no inten-
tion of charging accreditation fees for the
coverage of junkanoo or any other public
event at any time in the future.

“The government,” it said, “will not
approve of charging accreditation fees for
working members of the media covering
the upcoming junkanoo parades.”

It said government was “aware that .

there are outstanding issues relating to the
protection of. intellectual property and the
use of such property for private commercial

- purposes and for profit.

“These are issues that must be addressed
but they do not impinge upon the right of
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EDITOR, The Tribune. |

I BELIEVE that the major
issue in our country is crime
and I also know that the one
major problem in the House
of Parliament is that the mem-
bers are inexperienced. They
are following the leader
instead of using their brains.
Can you imagine that with all
the controversy, name calling,
mud slinging and amendments
of the Bail Act was nothing
more than wasted time
because it was summed up in
three minutes? Sir Burton
Hall must have truly embar-
rassed PLP and FNM with his
press release. They should
have got Sir Burton’s input
before giving their output thus
the country would have saved
time, energy and money. Not
one of them thought of where
the extra Judges would use to
hear the cases whether we had
one or 20 Judges. Shame on
them. Maybe we need to let
Sir Burton run the country,
give the House and the Senate
building to hear the cases and
put those lawyers who are tak-
ing up space in the House and
Senate on the Bench and sit
back and see what happens
since they think that all it
takes is extra Judges.

. I must congratulate former
Deputy Prime Minister/
Deputy Leader.the Hon Cyn-
thia Pratt and the former Min-
ister of Tourism the Hon Obie
Wilchcombe for their contri-
butions. Mrs Pratt said that
the worst thing that the gov-
ernment did was the disman-
tlement of the Urban Renew-
al programme. Last year ona
visit to the US I was very
impressed with the group of
children that was travelling to
Atlanta to perform. It was also
heart warming to see this
group of young people
because they proved that the
programme was working.
Their parents did not have to
worry about them after school
because they were too busy
practising to qualify for the
Musical Performance in
Atlanta, gaining not only their
community, but the country’s
respect and admiration.

Many years ago when

’ Desiree Darville’s murder was

being discussed, I openly said
that in my opinion Bahami-
ans are not saints but they do
not get involved in certain
types of crimes and that kind

of murder was one that they

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the murderer was caught sure

‘enough he was a foreigner.

Fifteen years from now we
would see the class of crimi-
nals change; they would be
more sophisticated and edu-
cated. A lot of Bahamian men
and women are travelling to
Santa Domingo and Cuba for
their spouses but what is the
background of some of these
people? They end up with
brown skinned children but
the “genes” of their ancestors
will carry on to the third and

tion was that we have for-
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were here legally and illegally
who had children and grand-
children born here and that
we should take some kind of
action then or situations will
arise that would come back to
haunt us. Well, it’s back.
Check the election court case
Haitians, Jamaicans and even
a bold Turks Island woman
bragging that she came “back
to vote them out”. Those
appearing on Jeff Lloyd’s talk
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EDITOR, The Tribune

November 29, 2007.

WE NOTE with interest that Ms. Minna Israel, currently
the Managing Director of Scotiabank Bahamas Limited, is
nearing the end of her tour of duty here in The Bahamas. I
would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Ms. Israel
for her outstanding service during her three years here in The
Bahamas. There are many Bahamians who feel as I do that
she was an excellent Managing Director and that she will be
greatly missed.

However, I hope that Scotiabank will now follow the com-
mendable lead taken by other commercial banks in this coun-
try and choose a Bahamian for the leadership post soon to be
vacated by Ms. Israel. Like Nat Beneby at the Royal Bank of
Canada, Sharon Brown at First Caribbean International
Bank and Paul McWeeney at our own Bank of The Bahamas,
Bahamian bankers have demonstrated their ability and vision
as heads of major, multinational banking institutions. More-
over, they are clearly the beneficiaries of farsighted succes-
sion planning at those banks, insuring that exemplary
Bahamians will always be included in the highest levels of
management.

I acknowledge that a Bahamian once headed Scotiabank
for sixteen years, and trust that that bank will now demon-

’ strate that it has the vision and foresight to ensure that Ms.

Israel is succeeded by a Bahamian. .

The past several decades have seen Bahamian professionals
paving the way for other well educated and highly trained
Bahamians to take their rightful places as leaders in all kinds
of corporate structures here. Their task is not only to distin-
guish themselves in their jobs, but to prepare the way for oth-
er Bahamians to succeed them.

I, along with many other Bahamian professionals, look for-
ward to seeing Scotiabank demonstrate their solidarity with
The Bahamas and the Bahamian banking community by
naming a qualified Bahamian to the position of Managing
Director.

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December 2, 2007.

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INQUEST: Burns victim Christopher Esfakis
Esfakis had no ‘drugs of abuse’ in
his system, coroner’s court hears

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

THE former director of the
police forensic science labo-
ratory yesterday told the
‘coroner’s court that burns
patient Christopher Esfakis,
who died in hospital in 2002,
had no “drugs of abuse” pre-
sent in his system at that
time.

Continuing testimony in
the inquest into Mr Esfakis’
death, Assistant Commis-
sioner of Police James Carey
~—now in charge of the south-
ern Bahamas — told the court
that he was fulfilling a “rou-
tine request” by carrying out
a toxicological analysis of
samples of Mr Esfakis’ blood
and stomach contents on

Ex-director of police forensic
lab continues his testimony



May 26, 2002. The request
was made by forensic pathol-
ogist Dr Govinda Raju, who
carried out the autopsy on
Mr Esfakis’ body after he

died in Doctors Hospital on |

April 22,2002. °

Asked about the purpose
ofthe tests, Asst Commis-
sioner Carey said that it was
“to see if there were any
common drugs of abuse pre-
sent.”

He went on to say that “no
such thing was detected.”

Mr Carey said that there
had been Laudanosine and
Midazolam present in the

deceased’s sample. He said
that Midazolam is a benzo-
diazepine drug “used to
relieve anxiety before surgery
or in a hospital setting.”
Asked by an attorney for
Doctors Hospital whether he
had tested Mr Esfakis’ stom-
ach contents also, Mr Carey
said he had, and alcohol was
found in his stomach.
However, he said he would
question the “significance”
of this finding as research
carried out by his laboratory
had revealed that, in fact, fer-
mentation can occur in the
stomach after death.

The court has previously
heard how Mr Esfakis was
admitted to Doctors Hospital
on April 20 to be treated for
25 per cent burns he sus-
tained when his shirt caught
fire at a party on April 19.

He died three days later in
the hospital.

On Wednesday a US-based
burns expert told the court
that he attributed Mr Esfakis’
death to the failure of med-
ical staff to check if he had
sustained an inhalation
injury.

The inquest is being held
in court seven before Magis-
trate William Campbell.

Yesterday it was adjourned
until February 5.



Unionised Nassau Beach staff will be
‘redeployed’ by January closure - claim

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

ALL unionised workers at
' the Nassau Beach Hotel will
be employed at other proper-
ties by the time the historic
resort closes its doors in Jan-
uary, the president of the
Bahamas Hotel and Allied
Workers Union said yester-
day.

“Half of the remaining
employees will be redeployed
this week,” said Roy Cole-
brooke, adding that by closure
on January 6, all will be “tak-
en care of.”

He said that work has been
secured for these employees
at the Wyndham resort and
the Sheraton, thanks to a joint
effort between the union and
Baha Mar management.

Mr Colebrooke said that the
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why it is “important that
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importance of joining.a
union.”

“Someone has to look out
for the workers’ interests,” he
said — pointing to the news
that 65 persons employed at
Cafe Johnny Canoe will be
out of a job when the proper-
ty closes. He said: this is an
example of how non-

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unionised: workers can lose
out. If they were in a union
they would have been taken
care of,” claimed Mr Cole-
brooke.

The Nassau Beach Hotel is
set to be demolished following
its closure to make way for
Baha Mar’s transformation of
the Cable Beach strip.

It was initially scheduled for
demolition in June, 2006, but
this was later pushed back.

In July, 2007, Robert Sands,
Baha Mart’s senior vice-presi-
dent, explained the resched-
uling as being partly a conse-
quence of the current tourism
climate, with the Bahamas in
desperate need of more hotel
rooms.

At that time, Mr Sands
anticipated that refurbishment
of the Wyndham and Shera-
ton properties would allow for
more rooms to be brought on
stream this month, going some
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representative for Kalik, Michelle Lewis. The donation came from the proceeds of the very successful launch
of the 2007 Kalik Calendar at Compass Point-on November 16.











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Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

THE retired police officers association will be
holding its annual general meeting and social for
members tonight at the Royal Bahamas Police Force
headquarters on East Street. :

The meeting starts at 7pm at the cafeteria
of the RBPF compound and is open to all
members of the association at no cost, consultant to
the association Cardinal Hutchinson told The Tri-
bune. '

Opening remarks will be given by the president
Errington Rahming and.the association’s treasurer .

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Annual event for retired police officers association

Arthur Yearwood will present the annual financiai
report.

The special guest speaker for the meeting will be
Acting Commissioner Reginald Ferguson and the
event will be moderated by Reverend Patrick Levar-
ity.

Views, suggestions and recommendations for the

advancement of the association are welcome during

the general meeting, Mr Hutchinson added.

In addition to the upcoming meeting and social.
the association plans to hold a number of island-wid«
bus tours for its retired police officers.

‘Last week four members, Sidney Sturrup, Irvin
Taylor, Alfred Williams and Ormond Briggs toured

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2007, PAGE 7









Nominations invited for Lady Sassoon Golden Heart Award

The Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas)
Heart Foundation is accepting nomi-
nations for the Lady Sassoon Golden
Heart Award. The Golden Heart
Award will be presented at the 44th
annual Heart Ball on February 16,
2008.

The award was initiated by the foun-

dation to applaud and give recogni-
tion to individuals who have selflessly
given of themselves to promote human
welfare and dignity, thus making life
better for their fellow man. Organisers
said nominations for the award should
be accompanied by reasons for sub-

the Golden Heart Award Committee,
P O Box N-8189 Nassau, Bahamas, or
delivered to EVES Cable Beach, Nas-
sau, which is the office of the Sir Victor
Sassoon (Bahamas) Heart Foundation.

The deadline for submission is Jan-
uary 21, 2008.

The annual Heart Ball will be held in

the Crown Ball Room on Paradise
Island. The ball is the major fundrais-
er for the Heart Foundation and the
proceeds help to underwrite medical
costs for children with heart disease.
Mrs Frances Ledee, a retired pro-
fessional social worker, planner and
administrator was presented with the

Lady Sassoon Golden Heart Award
last February for being a person with
a “true golden heart”.

“Mrs Ledee sees beyond what is nor-
mally expected of someone to provide
the love and support for many of the
aged in our community,” said R E
Barnes, chairman of the foundation.

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A’ 17-YEAR-OLD boy was among a group of men
arraigned in Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday on a number
of armed robbery and weapon possession charges.

- The juvenile from John Street along with Ronald Charles,
21,.of Rupert Dean Lane; Denero Lewis, 26, of John Street;
Alexander Lewis, 26, of John Street and Jeffrey Rolle, 42
also of John Street were arraigned before Magistrate Carolita
Bethel.

It is alleged that the 17-year-old, along with Charles,
-obbed Tamara Rolle of jewellery worth $950 while armed
with a handgun on Saturday October 1.

It is also alleged that the juvenile, while armed with hand-
gun on Saturday October 1, robbed Kevin Knowles of $20
cash and on Saturday, December 1 attempted to rob
Nathaniel Pinder.

Court dockets also allege that the 17-year-old and Denero
Lewis, while armed with a handgun on October 1, robbed
Preston McCoy of a Rolex watch and a cellular phone
together valued at $3,000.

Court dockets further claim that on the same day, they
robbed Barry Woodside of a $200 cellular phone as well as
$700 in cash:

It is also alleged that on October 1 while armed with a
handgun, the 17-year-old and Ronald Charles robbed Ken-
ay Kemp of a gold chain and an engagement ring worth
$950.

The accused were not required to plead to the armed rob-
very charges. The prosecution said it intends to proceed
with a Voluntary Bill of Indictment. All of these matters
nave been adjourned to January 21, 2008.

The juvenile, along with Denero Lewis, Alexander Lewis,
and Jeffrey Rolle, have all been charged with possession
of an unlicensed firearm.

It-is alleged that on Saturday, December 1, they were
found in possession of a black Smith and Wesson revolver.
The accused all pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Alexander Lewis and Jeffrey Rolle are expected to return
to court on Friday for a bail hearing in connection with the
firearm possession charge.

The 17-year-old also pleaded guilty to possession of two
grams of marijuana which he was found in possession of on
Saturday December 1.

He was ordered to attend the Detox Unit at the Sandilands
Rehabilitation Centre for two weeks. All of the accused
have been remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison, Fox Hill.

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THE Sisters of St Martin Monastery are seeking to raise $513,000
to renovate the original convent building, which is considered to be
owe of Nassau’s important historical sites.

The building, which can be seen from Nassau Street, was con-
structed in the 1930s and has since fallen into disrepair and is no
longer in use.

‘The 11 Benedictine nuns now living at the convent said that
they are eager to restore the old building as “a legacy for future gen-
erations of Bahamian women desirous of dedicating their lives to
God as religious.”

Prioress Sister Mary Benedict Pratt told The Tribune that a
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as a retreat centre, as well as a space to house the archives of the
monastery.

The building will also be used as a “formation house” for the
training of young women desirous of pursuing their religious voca-
tion as Benedictine Sisters.

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became an independent “daughter monastery” of St Benedict’s
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"HY ARE CELLULAR PHONE SERVICES IN JAMAICA MUCH CHEAPER?

BIC should be privatised immediately
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tm By ADRIAN GIBSON

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although it appears to have
been a hindrance to BTC’s pri-
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competition.

The quality of service pro-
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ceptable.

In changing its approach to
service, BTC must first teach
its customer representatives to
appreciate and value their cus-
tomers, how to be courteous
and polite and, even more satir-
ical, to answer consumers
phone calls. ae

For years now, the govern-
ment has attempted to sell 49
per cent of the company to a
strategic partner, while retaining
a controlling (51 per cent) equi-
ty interest.

This approach has seemingly
failed as the government’s best
option now appears to be to sell
this telecom dinosaur — lock,
stock and barrel — and truly pri-
vatize.

There is an urgent need for.a
more modern, liberalized
telecommunications sector.
BTC should no longer be
allowed to maintain an unjust
monopoly over the country’s
telecommunications network
and services.

In the 21st century, it is archa-
ic for BTC to continue to own
and control the telephone net-
work (landlines) and monopo-
lize cellular services.

Immediately, after the inter-
net service was liberalized,
hordes of internet users
switched to Cable Bahamas,
Coralwave, which offered sub-
scribers faster, less expensive
packages. :

BTC again lost throngs of
customers when fixed voice ser-
vices came on stream, as many
phone users chose Indigo’s
cheaper rates compared to the
national corporation’s exorbi-
tant charges.

Eventually, BTC was forced
to reduce its overseas rates (per
minute) to compete with Indigo
—a Bahamian company oper-
ating fixed voice services since
2004 — that has rapidly gained
market share.

The widespread launch of
residential service by Indigo will
foster competition and better
quality product to customers.

Although Batelco has initi-
ated an internet phone service
called the Vibe — which offers
packages for customers to make
free calls to the Family Islands
or internationally — many cus-
tomers have migrated to other
voice over internet providers
such as Vonage, Cable
Bahamas, Indigo and Skype.

Competition in the cellular
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market. Unless the telecom-
munications market is liberal-
ized, the Bahamas risks its
standing in the offshore finance
industry and in the booming e-
commerce market, as BTC has
become notorious for dropped
calls and flawed internet con-
nectivity.

Further liberalization will
benefit Bahamian consumers
and businesses by introducing
more competition, which in turn
should lower prices, enhance
service quality and provide
more choice.

Eileen Carron
- a giant!

Eileen Carron, the Bahamas’
very own “iron lady”, has been
a mentor, adviser and friend to
me. In 2005, I met Mrs Carron
as a 20-year-old cub reporter
when she came into The Tri-
bune’s offices, walked to my
cubicle and praised me for a
story I had written and contin-
ued to hotly pursue. I was elat-
ed. i

Since leaving The Tribune’s
newsroom, I’ve retained a col-
umn and built a relationship
with Mrs Carron and, in our
almost weekly conversations,
have been exposed to a side of
this journalist extraordinaire
that apparently escapes her
detractors.

ast summer, before I

travelled to Europe,
Mrs Carron advised me as to
what to expect, discussed the
Schengen visa and so on. When
I returned, as I began to tell her
about my trip, while laughing
she jokingly asked: “How was
the red light district (Amster-
dam)? I heard you called and
was very excited about being
there!”

I have come to know Mrs
Carron as a woman of principle
and substance, who relentlessly
pursues the truth in her quest
for justice. In the face of much
adversity, Mrs Carron has been
at the fore in the fight to protect
the democratic rights of
Bahamians.

Eileen Carron has come to
be known as the little lady who
uses a pen as her sword and
who seems to use words like
nuclear bombs. She has become
a thorn in the sides of unscrupu-
lous public figures, and her
name continues to send shivers
down the backs of straying
politicians.

When a political website
doubted my existence, its
writer/s claimed that I must be a
nom-de-plume for Mrs Carron.
For me, that assumption was a
backhanded compliment,
because it meant that my writ-
ing skills were outstanding and
that I, like Mrs Carron, had
pricked someone’s conscience.

The Tribune’s publisher is a
true champion of the people
and a nation builder, who has
done more for the Bahamas in
one day of her 50 year journal-
istic career than some politi-
cians have done in their life-
time.

I congratulate you, Mrs Car-
ron, on your 50 years at the van-
guard of the fight for social jus-
tice and the downtrodden!



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CHAPTER SEVENTEEN
Like a Real Coondog

July 19-25, 1828. East to the Blue Lick, Kentucky.

THE STORY SO FAR: The Widow Hop-
kins, who owns slaves, has offered the Damron
children a comfortable home and an education.
Jesse and Moses must decide whether to stay or
go on to their grandmother’s.

Before we can answer the widow, Solomon
and Louisa run toward us, chasing the puppy.
Sandy scrambles up the porch steps, and Solomon
and Louisa squeal as they try to catch him. “Calm
down,” the widow says, but she smiles and beck-
ons them over. Solomon and Louisa bounce on
their tiptoes beside her, panting for breath. Their
cheeks are pink, and Louisa even has some flesh
on her bones. They never looked this well, even
with Mama and Papa’s care. Is it right to make
them leave?

The widow puts one hand on Louisa’s shoulder,
the other on Solomon’s. “I was just asking your
brother and sister if the four of you could stay
here for good. Would you like that?”

Louisa’s face lights up like sunshine sparkling
on water. “Can we?” she asks, but then her
shoulders slump. “Would we be bound out?”

The widow shakes her head. “Of course not.
You'd be just like my own children.”

Solomon wiggles away from the widow. He
wraps one arm around my leg, his thumb in his
mouth. “I want Mama,” he whispers.

I feel myself leaning one way, then the other,
like prairie grass in a changing wind. Mama
might tell us to stay here. She’d say it was better
for us to be fed well and to have some book
learning. But Papa would never stand for us to
live where they keep slaves. And he told us to go
home to Grandma, no matter what.

I glance at Moses. He holds his head high. I
notice a dark line of hair above his lip. His eyes
are steady on mine, and I know what we have to
do.

“Thank you for your kindness, ma’am,” I tell
the widow, “but we must keep traveling to our
grandmother.” :

Moses clears his throat. “We promised our
father, on his deathbed—” His voice breaks, then
deepens, until he almost sounds like Papa. “We
swore on the Bible that we’d go home,” he says.

The Widow Hopkins stands. She’s almost as
tall as Moses, and her eyes flash. Louisa shies like
a colt and skitters over next to us. I stroke
Solomon’s curls to calm the shaking inside me.

“You children are foolish and ungrateful,” the

say

widow says. “Moses’s foot may never heal if you
keep traveling, and the roads are dangerous.
Think how sick you were when we found you.
And what about the little ones? Shouldn’t they
have a good home?”

Now she’s making me mad. My face and neck
feel hot. “They will have a good home,” I tell her,
although we don’t even know if Grandma is still
alive. “And we'll give everything back.” I bend
over to unlace my boots.

Louisa starts to cry. “Can’t I keep my new
doll?”

The widow puts out her hand. “Don’t be so
proud, Jesse. Keep your gifts. They’re useless to
me.” She stalks out of the room.

“Whew.” Moses lets out his breath with a sigh.
“We sure made her angry.”

“I don’t care.” I look up into his dark eyes, so
much like Papa’s. “You could have left us here

. and gone west. Did you think of that?”

He looks a little ashamed. “Only for a minute.
We’re still a family, Jess.” He reaches out his
arms and pulls us all into a tight circle. “Even
without Mama and Papa.”

The next morning we’re headed out again.
Louisa and Solomon settle in the wagonbed with
Sandy. The wagon is loaded with jugs of fresh
water and enough cornmeal, beans, and pork
rind to last us another week.

But the Widow Hopkins won’t come out to

see us off. Only Emmy is there to say goodbye. I
whisper in her ear. “I’ll come back for you, when
I’m grown.”

She crosses her arms over her chest. “Then I
hope your grandma gives you a passel of money,”
she says. “Or else you'd better show up on some-
thing faster than your pokey mule.”

“PH be riding a horse faster than Moses’s
Pearl,” I say. We’re both dreaming, but I can’t
help it. I wave to her until the widow’s brick
house disappears beyond the crest of the hill.

“Someday I’ll buy Emmy’s freedom,” I tell
Moses.

I expect him to scoff at me, but instead he
nods. “I'll help you if I can,” he says. “I still feel
bad we couldn’t bring George with us.” We lean

close together, our shoulders almost touching,

for a long time.

We follow the Licking River down to the Blue
Lick. The mule’s tongue rubs back and forth
over the salt. Animal tracks—deer, fox, and
bear—cover the lick. We follow the buffalo trace
over the mountains. The trail is steep, so some-
times Louisa and I walk beside the wagon. The air
is cooler up high, and the tight hills and shadowy
hollows remind me we’re almost home. °

Emmy’s uncle gave us good directions, and as
we come closer to the Big Sandy River, we stop
worrying about getting bound out. We tell
strangers our grandma is right down the road,





and no one bothers us.

One hot afternoon we come over the top of a
ridge. The. birds are still, and the leaves of the
sycamore trees hang heavy. Down below, a pale
brown river—the color of our puppy—twists
through a narrow valley. .We climb down from
the wagon and stand there, looking. _

Finally Solomon whispers, “Is that it?” When.
Moses nods, Solomon whoops. “Look, Sandy!
Your very own river.” Sandy howls like a real
coondog. Louisa laughs and tugs at his ears.

I smile, but Moses bites his lower lip. I can
guess what he’s thinking: What if we’ve come all
this way—and Grandma isn’t there to welcome
us?
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ST. THOMAS SPARKS
proved why they are the
Catholic Diocesan Primary
Schools basketball champions.

Playing against their rivals
St. Cecilia’s Strikers, the Sparks
held on for a close 29-27 victo-
ry on day one of the 23rd
Father Marcian Peters Invita-
tional Basketball:-Tournament.

Yesterday’s clash of the
titans at the Kendal Isaacs
Gymnasium was one in which
both teams fought hard against
each other in a bid to avoid
falling in the losing bracket of
the double elimination format.
» “We thought we were going
to play their C’'team. I think he
(St. Thomas More’s coach Nko-
mo Ferguson), had it set up that
way,” said St. Cecilia’s coach
Leo Delaney in meeting the
Sparks’ A team and not their
second or third string team.

“When the game was able to

get started, it was too late for

me to change my team. They
caught us off guard. We just
wasn’t prepafed for them.”
Ferguson Said-Be hat
teams in théesbouttfamenty



he wasn’t sure which team had °

to play, so he wanted to be safe
and let the A team play.

“It came down to a close fin-
ish because we got lackadaisical
in the last few minutes of the
game when we made some key
turnovers,” Ferguson stressed.

As for the rest of the tour-
nament, Ferguson said with
three teams entered, he was
looking forward to at least two
of them making the final with
the A team hopefully winning it
all.

Having fallen in the losing
bracket, Delaney said they

would now have to pull up their .

socks and try to win their next
game.

Talented point guard Yorick
Sands provided an up tempo

offence for St. Thomas, lead-

ing the way with 10 points.
Sebastian Gray added six, Dae-
jour Adderley chipped in with



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NASSAU CHRISTIAN Academy’s Brandon Smith controlls the fast break

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during his team’s 16-7 defeat to Galilee”

five and Pedro Dean con-
tributed three.

Theron Taylor canned a
game high 19 points in the loss.
Daniel Johnson added six.

Another Catholic Diocesan
school, St. Francis/Joseph
Shockers jumped out to an 8-0
lead and they surged to a com-

-fortable 25-12 win.

Coach Valerie Demeritte
said she was quite pleased with
the effort.

“They actually played ball
today,” she stressed. “I was a
little concerned in the second
half because we were not play-
ing defence at one point. But
we got it back together.”

Ahkeem Neilly scored a
game high 12 points, Michael
Knowles had six and Dario
Butler four in the win.

DeQuan Miller scored nine
in the loss.

In two other primary schools

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2007











games, the Temple Christian
Suns outshone Mt. Carmel Cav-
aliers 27-13.

“The game was pretty good.
Our boys played an uptempo
game and they got their first
game jitters out the way,” said .
Suns’ coach Keno Demeritte.

“We have a small team this
year, but I’m hoping that their
momentum will be able to pro-
pel them into the champi-
onship.”

Dylan Peete came up with a
game high 10, while Denzel
Whylly had six and Denzel
Whylly added five.

For the Cavaliers, Deniro
Kemp scored three. s

And Galilee blasted the Nas-
sau Christian Academy Cru-
saders 16-7.

Alvin Morrison and Alvin
Josey scored six and four points
respectively for Galilee. Dar-
rold Collie had four in the loss.

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By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

WHO would have thought that the
Bahamas would have its own profes-
sional basketball team with a Bahami-
an Owner/Chief Executive Officer and
Coach.and players?

Well,.the Bahama Pro Show, headed
by former basketball executive Ricardo
Smith and coached by James Price of
the Real Deal Shockers, made their
debut in the American Basketball
Association over the weekend.

Bahama Pro Show, featuring four
Bahamian players, pulled off a 109-89
decision over the Georgia Gwizzlies
on Friday before they lost 123-113 to
the same team on Saturday.

“Tt’s a good experience, but it’s
always a way. to open the doors for oth-
er Bahamians because some of the tal-
ent I see. over there, Bahamians have
better talent,” Price reflected. “We
could match them player for player.”

Price’s ind includes Carvin Cum-
mings, Kevint/Coakley, Steven ‘Stretch’
Culmer and Clayton ‘Smiley’ Miller,
who is now residing in Grand Bahama.
The others are Americans, who reside
either in Miami or Jacksonville,
Florida.

Bahama Pro Show is currently based
on Miami where they will play their
first home game on Saturday at 7:30
p.m. against the Orlando Aces and
again on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at the
Southwest Community Center on SW
58th Avenue and 66th Street.

On Sunday, December 16, they will
host the Georgia Gwizzlies at 3:30 p.m.
and on Friday, December 21, they host
the Orlando Aces again at 3:30 p.m.

|

After that, Bahama Pro Show will
take a break for Christmas, but return
to close out the year on the road as
they play the Orlando Aces on Friday
and Saturday, December 28-29 at 7:15
p.m. both nights.

Price said while they are delighted
to be making history, they have their
financial challenge in meeting their

as

THE Bahama Pro Show made their debut at the weekend.

financial obligations to practise and
play in the United States.

“Everybody tries to keep in shape,
but we practise as a unit on game day,”
Price pointed out.

For Price, to be coaching the team,
he said he knew what it took to get to
the top, having done that when he came
into the New Providence Basketball



TEMPLE CHRISTIAN’S Deel Whyllay looks tothe rim during his team’s 27-13 win over CRONE

Bahamas Pro Show win ren Basketball Association debut



Association.

“If this team can play together, we
can go far,” he projected.

“Man-to-man, we feel we have a
team that can overcome any obstacle
that come our way.”

When he opened the door for trials,
Price said there were many Bahamian
players who came out, but only four



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stood the test and survived the final
cut.

“If they don’t want to be a part of it,
there’s nothing we can do,” he insisted.
“We can’t force them to be a part of
something that they are not interested
in.”

Price said he was thrilled to witness
the performances of all four Bahamians
during their first two games. He said he
knew that the players had the ability to
play in the league and they proved it.

Miller, the prolific scorer who previ-
ously played in the NPBA with the
Commonwealth Bank Giants, led the
attack for Bahama Pro Show so far.

“After winning our first game, I
thought we would have won our second
game too,” Price noted. “In our second
game, we were down by 17 in the third
quarter and we brought it within three
points. ;

“Right there, it was the turning point,
but we just got some calls that didn’t go
our way.”

Price said they hoped to bounce back
and take their double header this week-
end.

While he’s the man running the show
on the sidelines, Price said it would not
have been possible without the efforts
of Smith, the owner/CEO.

“When he went to Indianapolis to
put in the team, that was a giant step,”
Price stated. “From what I gathered
after one trip, he had the hardest task in
the world because it was very expen-
sive,

“But you have to give him credit for
stepping out. That’s why I hope some
other people will step out with him so
that we can make this a success.”

Bahama Pro Show still have more
than 20 games to play. All games will be
played over the weekend.
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nations, only saying that they
“-se narrowed the selection
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be back at the Royal
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Spain in 2002. Finlayson, who
went on to become the first
Bahamian to be elected as a
member of the International
Amateur Athletic Federation’s
executive board in 1999, said
he and his wife are delighted

that they are going to be the

honorees this year.

He thanked Sands and his
executives for honoring him at
the highlight of the BAAA’s
calendar year.

Sands, who took over the
reins of the BAAA from Ban-
nister, said the banquet is a
time to recognize the achieve-
ments of all of their athletes
during the various interna-
tional teams as they crown

both the Junior and Senior

Male and Female Athletes of
the Year.

“We will also recognise the
sponsors for the past year and
we will have a Lifetime
Achievement award for Mr.
Keith Parker, a long-time
coach as well as Mr. Ronald
Cartwright, who is also a long-
time coach,” Sands disclosed.

“So the committee thought it
was appropriate to recognition
all of the persons behind the
scene, who helped to make this
one of the most successful
years for track and field in the
Bahamas.”

However, Sands declined to
announce the list of nominees.

He did point out that the sta-
tistics have been completed by



TOP TABLE: The Bahamas Association of Athletic Asso
mittee member Doris Wood, sponsor Harrison Petty, president Mike Sands, patron Alpheus ‘Hawk’ Finlayson and committee member Carrie Young.

the BAAA and they will be
submitted to an individual

committee, who will decide on

the eventual winners.

Sands said he’s pleased to
be at the helm of the associa-
tion at this particular time and
he credited their success to the
performances of the athletes.

Harrison Petty, the propri-
etor of the Colony Club, which
over the years has been one of
the BAAA’s major sponsors,
said ironically it was in 1998
under Finlayson that they were

ARK Knowles is back

or another year with

his Celebrity Tennis Invitational

at the Atlantis on Paradise Island.

The invitational is a welcome

treat for local tennis enthusiasts as

it took the place of the once popu-

lar Bahamas Open that used to be

staged on Paradise Island before
Atlantis was built.

Many locals looked forward to
the week-long spectacular event
that brought together some of the
top international stars in fierce
competition.

Knowles’ Invitational is not a
competitive one, but more a relax-
ing mood where the players get to
display their unique styles a little
more without the pressure of hav-
ing to compete for a lofty prize.

. The prize here is that they get to
put on a display and at the same
time help Knowles raise some
funds to assist the local charities.

‘This year’s event should be even
more interesting with the dream
doubles team — American twin
brothers Bob and Mike Bryan

coming to town.

What makes it interesting is
the fact that the dynamic duo

will get the opportunity to

showcase their skills on one
side of the court against

Knowles and rising young

star Ryan Sweeting.

Sweeting was considered

to be the heir replacement

for Knowles on the
Bahamian international

scene as he helped to push the
Bahamas back into the Ameri-
can Zone One Davis Cup tie. And
with Knowles making a pledge to
come back next year and play for
the Davis Cup team that has
moved from Zone III to II, it
would have been extra special if
Sweeting could have been called
upon_as well.

All things considered, Bahami-
ans will get to see Knowles and
Sweeting match up against the
Bryans.

Sweeting, as you recalled, won
the US Open junior championship
title two years ago before he relin-
quished his Bahamian citizenship
to become a full-fledge American.

The Knowles and Sweeting
combo won't be as entertaining as
it would have been if it was
Knowles and Canadian Daniel
Nestor.

But as you may recall, Nestor
abandoned their 11-year partner-
ship after they won their third

_Grand Slam title at the French



approached to become
involved in the BAAA’s.

Petty said they are pleased
that Finlayson is getting his
just reward this year.

He said the BAAA has cer-
tainly grown from strength. to
strength with many athletes
excelling on the international
scene, either in college or on
the professional circuit.

“Pm just very happy that the
Petty Group of Companies will
continue to be a part of it,”
Petty proclaimed.

~<

‘OPINION

ciations announced plans for their year-ending

Open in Roland Garros in August.

The duo did come back togeth-
er to complete their obligation to
play in the year-ending World
Doubles Cup in Shanghai, China
last month where they won the title
for the first time as well.

But wouldn’t it have been sweet
treat to have Knowles and Nestor
matched on the court right here
against the Bryans, whom they
have had some intense battles with
over the past few years to deter-
mine who was the best in the
world.

As fate would have it, their com-
mitment to continue playing
together didn’t stretch this far.

Nevertheless, I’m convinced that
the Knowles and Sweeting com-
bo will put on a good show. After
all, it’s just an exhibition, so I don’t
think the Bryans will be out to
completely wipe them off the court.

I think it’s good for the Bahami=

an public to get a good chance to
see the tennis legends in action.

So expect that there will be
standing room only when the invi-
tational get underway tomorrow
at4p.m.

SMITH FINALLY DID IT

| ET me one of the first to
ongratulate Ricardo

Smith for the formation of the



AS WE

Doris Wood, one of the
committee members, is urging
all athletes and any other per-
sons interested to purchase
their tickets from the BAAA’s
office at the Colony Club.

And Carrie Young, a mem-
ber of the Bahamas Associa-
tion of Certied Officers, who is
also on the committee, said
they want to invite all former
athletes to come forth and
show their support to their
great organization.



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reality on Friday when his Bahariig
Pro Show won their inaugurgi
game. They lost the second on S#t
urday. wy
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T was another shocking bigwy
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softball fraternity when the new
came down that veteran softb#
player Anthony Stuart pass
away while on a shopping trip i
Florida last Wednesday. o

Stuart wasn’t one of those play
ers who made the headlines, but
was one that you just loved to
on your team because of his trie”
display of sportsmanship. a

I had the opportunity to coagy

‘against him when he played for

Calvary Bible in the Baptist Sports
Council. a
He was a class act to watch as he
enjoyed playing the game. ‘
On behalf of The Tribune Sports

Department and the Baptist Sports

““Conficil, I wish to extend our con:

dolences to his family, his manager
Pat Knowles and team-mates at!
Calvary Bible, who relinquished:
their championship title on Satur-)
day when they got eliminated from
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inspirator playing first base for}
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duct and claims he was told
that the Association had in
turn asked Mr Smith to return
the documents, and would
bring him before the ethics
committee if he did not.
According to Mr Bethel, Mr
Smith still has not returned the
documents.

Mr Bethel says he paid Mr
Smith $8,000 in legal fees dur-

Keod Smith

ing the time he was acting for
him as owner of the Cuban-
themed bar/cafe.

Contacted about the matter
Bar Association president
Wayne Munroe told The Tri-
bune that any “disciplinary
matter” would be one over
which the Association’s ethics
committee would have author-
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man, lawyer Carol Lashley,
said that it was the commit-
tee’s policy not to reveal
whether a member is under
investigation.

Attempts over a period of
weeks by The Tribune to con-
tact Mr Smith at his law office
about the allegations were
unsuccessful, and numerous
messages were not returned.
Finally reaching Mr Smith on
his cell phone for comment on
the allegations yesterday, he
would only say that he had “no
comment.”

Meanwhile, Mr Bethel said
that his rental dispute with the
British Colonial Development
Company (BCDC), the land-
lord of the space from which
he currently operates his busi-
ness, is continuing.

Mr Bethel claims that the
company has been overcharg-
ing him by around 300 square
feet for the last six years, and,
for the last 18 months, has
accused him of missing rental
payments. Mr Bethel claims he
has “solid documentary evi-
dence” to prove his case —
although some of this is now
in the hands of Mr Smith.

He alleges that BCDC are
stalling on resolving the matter,
and refuse to accept data pro-
vided by surveyors and accoun-
tants.

Failure to reach a satisfacto-
ry conclusion over the rental
concerns, to which he claims
he is now owed around
$160,000, is causing his busi-
ness to suffer, he said. ~

Yesterday, Jurg Gassmann
of the BCDC said he was
“aware of (Mr Bethel’s) claims
and allegations” relating to his
rent, but, he said, the dispute

thas been “overplayed” by Mr

Bethel.

He claimed that the issue
centred around “different
interpretations of the agree-
ment” between the landlord
and the business owner.

He suggested that while
there are certain standards and
agreed interpretations of
agreements, “what (Mr Bethel)
says is, well if I take a yard
stick and I measure inside my
property, this is what I come
up with — but that’s not how
it’s done.” Mr Gassmann said
that the company has “really
done what it could” to resolve
the situation, but “it’s one step
forward and three steps back.”






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Mr Ingraham

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given in recognition of “distinguished service and committed
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government and his terms in government have been marked by
deliberate reductions in the size of government and. the pro-
motion of private sector led economic development, both local
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- Editor

THE Government has yet
to decide whether it will
extend the stamp tax exemp-
tion for first-time home buy-
ers, whose property’s
appraisal value is $250,000



or less, beyond the year-end .

date at which it is due to
expire, Deputy Prime Min-
ister Brent Symonette told
a Bahamas Real Estate
Association (BREA): lun-
cheon yesterday.

The stamp tax exemption,
introduced by the former
Christie administration to
alleviate the tax burden fac-
ing young Bahamian first-

time property and real estate |’

buyers, and stimulate eco-
nomic activity in the hous-
ing and mortgage markets,
expires on December 31,
2007.

Mr Symonette si the
Government had made no
decision, and taken no
action, when asked by

BREA members whether it -

was considering increasing
the $500,000 real estate pur-
chase threshold for econom-
ic permanent residency.

He told Tribune Business
that he knew the permanent
residency threshold was of
some concern to realtors,
and said it was something
the Government would be
looking into as part of its
efforts to streamline the
entire investment approvals
process.

The Government will also
be examining the issue of the
stamp tax exemption for

first-time home buyers that_|

expires at the end of 2007,
although Mr Symonette said
he could not say whether it
would be a or
extended.

“We are looking into it,
but perhaps Minister Laing
would be a better person to
ask,” he added. |

It was estimated, though,
that some $157 million in
unpaid stamp tax remains
owing to the Government.

Meanwhile, Mr Symon-
ette said the Government
believed it had made j‘a dra-
matic impact” on the back-
log of applications before
the Investments Board, and
the time taken to process
these applications, after tak-
ing office on May 2, 2007..

He explained that the

SEE page 4B

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DECEMBER %

SECTION B ¢ business@tribunemedia.net

2007



Third wadicial action
against Baker’s Bay

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business’ Editor

OPPONENTS of the $175
million Baker’s Bay Golf &
Ocean Club have filed their
third Judicial Review applica-



”“{iGii iif & bid to halt the project,

this time seeking court orders to
quash all permits and approvals
issued by the Hope Town Dis-
trict Council and prevent them
from issuing or renewing any
more.

Fred Smith, a partner in Cal-
lender’s & Co and attorney for
the Save Guana Cay Reef
Association, yesterday said the
latest action was “challenging
the 13 building permits that
were just approved on Decem-
ber 3, 2007, by the Hope Town
District Council.

. “We seek to have those per-
mits quashed. We will be seek-

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ing an injunction immediately
to stop construction of those 13
buildings.”

In its judicial review applica-
tion, the Association alleged
that it understood “that eight

building permit applications for
the developers were approved
at the December 3, 2007, meet-
ing by the Council.

“The council members that
approved the building permit
applications stated that if the
Association had a petition
signed by 90 per cent of the reg-
istered voters at Guana Cay,
they would not approve the
applications but otherwise they
would.”

The judicial review sipBlica-
tion’s filing comes just days
before Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham is due to make a vis-
it tomorrow to his north Abaco
constituency, where he will
meet with members of the
Hope Town District Council to
discuss the Baker’s Bay project.

He will also tour the Baker’s
Bay construction site with the
councillors. It is understood that

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“Bahamas First eyeing

‘best profit year ever’

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

BAHAMAS First Holdings, the parent com-
pany of general insurer Bahamas First, yesterday
said it was on target to enjoy the “best year
we’ve ever had from a bottom line perspec-
tive”, net income for the first nine months of
2007 ‘standing at “just a shade under $8 mil-
lion”.

In a conference call to discuss the sale of a 20
per cent stake in Bahamas First Holdings to a
Canadian insurer, Ian Fair and Patrick Ward,
thé ‘Bahamian firm”’s chairman and president
and chief executive respectively, said the deal
with The Economical Insurance Group would
give it the extra capital and resources to enable
it to expand outside the Bahamas into the
Caribbean.

Mr Ward said Bahamas First Holdings’s finan-
cial performance for 2007 was “trending to be
the best year we’ve ever had from a bottom
line perspective”.

“At the end of the third quarter, our bottom
line profit for the first nine months was just a

Lawsuit to have
‘no impact’ on
Hilton project

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE British. Colonial

yesterday said the lawsuit filed
over a proposed resort/marina
development on land adjacent
to the downtown Nassau
resort “won’t have an impact”
on its efforts to move that pro-
ject forward with another
partner. ,

Dr Jurg Gassmann, a non-
executive director of Aduri-
on Capital Management, said
of the lawsuit filed by Island
Global Yachting (IGY): “It
won’t have an impact on our
ability to move forward with
another partner. One way.or
another, the development is
going to happen.”

He pointed out that the
IGY lawsuit, which was filed
in New York - the jurisdiction
chosen as the venue for any
arbitration and legal action
related to the project - did not
affect the existing British
Colonial Hilton resort or the
land it sat on.

SEE page 5B

* [nsiirér’s net income for first nine
months ‘just a shade under $8m’
* Company says sale of 20% stake
to Canadian insurer will give it
capital, resources to target
Caribbean ¢xpansion

* Deal described as ‘win-win’ for
shareholder value, with EGM
approval ‘unanimous’

* Property premiums likely to
decrease in Bahamas in 2008

shade under $8 million,” he added.

Mr Fair said Bahamas First Holdings was
likely to this year pay $0.07 in total dividends. per
share to shareholders, compared to $0.04 per
share in 2006.

He added that A.M. Best, the international
insurance credit rating agency, had confirmed
Bahamas First’s A(-) financial strength and cap-

SEE page 6B

members of the Save Guana
Cay Reef Association may also
be on hand to ‘welcome’ the
Prime Minister, setting the stage
for the ‘irresistible force’ that
is Mr Ingraham to meet the
‘immovable object’ - seemingly
- that are the project’s oppo-
nents and Mr Smith.

He yesterday said that the
third judicial review application
was about “fairness, the right
to be heard and the participa-
tion of the community”.

Alleging that the Association
and its members had been
excluded from participating in
the planning process and having
their concerns heard when Bak-
er’s Bay’s permits came up for
approval, Mr Smith said: “The
developers will have to be
applying for permits for many
years, and the Local Govern-
ment Act requires the local

council to give approval. We
will fight for our rights to the

‘bitter end.

“We have made several
requests of the district council to
give us an opportunity to have
notice of the building permits,

‘so that our views can be con-

sidered.

“We have been kicked out
of the meetings, not given ade- .
quate warning, not been given
copies of the applications, not

- seen a copy of the master devel-

opment plan, and do not have a
copy of the Environmental
Impact Assessment or Envi-
ronmental Management Plan.

“Just as we have been
ignored by central government,
we have been excluded by local »
government. This is not accept-
able. It is against natural jus-
tice, due process and it is not

ar 27.

fair.

Council: We will
not be ‘intimidated’
over Baker’s Bay

Project’s developers reiterate
‘harassment’ accusations against
opponents over third Judicial Review

m@ By NEIL. HARTNELL.
Tribune Business Editor

THE Baker’s Bay Golf & Ocean Club developers yester-
day accused the $175 million project’s opponents of “harass-
ment” following the filing of a third Judicial Review application
challenging permits issued to the development, while Hope
Town’s-chief councillor said the council would not be “intimi-
dated” by the Save Guana Cay Reef Association.

Dr Livingstone Marshall, Baker’s Bay’s vice-president of
environmental and community affairs, responding the third
Judicial Review application filed against the development, this
time against the Hope Town District Council, told The Tribune:
“This is definitely harassment. This is going beyond any reason.

“All we are trying to do is build a great project, in accordance
with the laws of the Bahamas, and bring employment to the

country.”

SEE page 7B



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EU response awaited to
‘goods-only’ EPA offer

m@ By CARA
BRENNEN-BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter

THE Bahamas is still await-
ing.a response from the Euro-
pean Union (EU) to its
goods-only offer on the Eco-
nomic Partnership Agree-

ment (EPA), the minister of

state for finance, Zhivargo
Laing, saying yesterday that
this was the best the country
can give at this time.

Mr Laing was speaking at a

trade seminar luncheon host-’

ed by the Bahamas Financial
Services Board (BFSB). The
minister stressed that while
the EPA has been under
negotiation from 2002, no
region participating in the

Minister says this the ‘best’ Bahamas can cirrenth
offer, with government not wanting to sign any
more tax exchange deals despite pressure

negotiations was ready to
meet the December 31, 2007,
deadline set some five years
ago for its conclusion.
“Even CARIFORUM,

which seemed most likely to,

be in a position to sign on to
the EPA by the deadline, is

now unlikely to make the

deadline, notwithstanding last
minute efforts to do so,” Mr
Laing said.

“While CARIFORUM,
which is the grouping to
which the Bahamas belongs,
seeks to sign a comprehen-
sive agreement by the dead-
line, the Bahamas has offered
to the European Union to
sign a limited ‘goods only’
agreement and is now await-
ing the EU’s response to the
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take place within the broader
context of the Bahamas’

international trade policy,
which when developed within
the next six to 12 months will
ensure this nation is able to.
deliberate and comprehen-
sively negotiate any and all
trade agreements.

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countries. He said that while
there have been “numerous
requests from nations across
the globe”, the Government
is not inclined to sign any
agreements unless it has full
input from the private sector.
“Certainly, for our part,
any agreements entered into
with other countries must
meet the basic requirement
of advancing the growth and
development of our econo-
my, with clearly defined
gains. There must be open
and frank dialogue with
industry on this issue because
it is not going away and deter-
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bushel; January soybeans fell
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on the Chicago Mercantile |
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February live cattle rose
0.22 cent to 96.17 cents a
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Baha

THE Bahamas’ 2007 oil
import bill may equal “one
third” of this nation’s total
merchandise imports for this
year, Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham said, requiring
Bahamians to be more energy
efficient and explore alterna-
tive energies.

Addressing the CCAA
Conference in Miami on
Wednesday, the Prime Minis-
ter illustrated how rising glob-
al oil prices had impacted the
cost of living in the Bahamas.

He explained that while the
Bahamas’ oil import bill in
2001 totalled $273 million or
15 per cent of total merchan-
dise imports, by 2006 this had
increased by 159 per cent to
$706 million or 27 per cent of
total merchandise imports,
showing why this nation and
the wider Caribbean needed
“a serious energy policy”.

Mr Ingrahfam said: “Just five
years ago in 2001, domestic oil
consumption in my country
amounted to some $273 mil-
lion or 15 per cent of total
merchandise imports of $1.856
billion. Last year, 2006, it
accounted for $706 million, or
27 per cent of total imports of
$2.621 billion.

“A reversal of this trend
seems unlikely, and by the end
of this year, the cost of domes-
tic consumption of oil may
well be at or close to one-third
of total merchandise imports.
This seems to be a level where
alternative sources of energy
make sense, and where it is
sound economic judgment to
revisit the energy efficiency of

St Minister Hubert Ingraham

our lifestyles generally.”

Mr Ingraham added that the
“phenomenal increase in ener-
gy costs” had “aggravated”
the widening trade imbalances
being experienced by the
Bahamas and other Caribbean
nations, as these increased as
their economies and tourism
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ful consideration.

“Reduction of the import
content of tourism can of itself
be a major economic policy
objective of the region.”

Mr Ingraham said the
Bahamas was involved in
aggregate trade amounting to
$7.6 billion in 2006, a sum that
was 20 per cent larger than
this nation’s gross domestic
product (GDP) for that year.

Total GDP for 2006
amounted to $6.1 billion, with
the Bahamas’ import bill for
goods and services standing at
$4.5 billion or 70 per cent of
GDP. Exports of goods and
services by the Bahamas stood
at $3.1 billion, some 50 per
cent of GDP.

However, Mr Ingraham said
the Bahamas could not just
remain content with past suc-
cesses, adding: “For some
time, our failure to increase
local value added in our pri-
mary economic activities has
meant that we have not max-
imised benefits from our ear-
lier successes for local busi-
nesses and for Bahamians.

“Only last year, a review of
regional tourism destinations
revealed that the Bahamas
was amongst the countries
with the highest leakage of
tourism revenues.”

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NOTICE TO CREDITORS



Estate of the late Preston Stuart, Jr. (the Estate)

Freeport Taxi Company Limited

First Atlantic Realty Limited

Bahamas Developers, Limited

PAW Distributing Company Limited

Tokyo Investments Limited

Commonwealth Group of Companies Limited

Remax Realty Limited

King O’ Beef Limited

Kensington International Management Company Limited

Stuart Travel Services Limited

Northern Transport Limited

Skate World Limited

Special Venture Associates Limited

Deep Blue Energy (Bahamas) Limited formerly
Nashumi International Limited

TAKE NOTICE that all persons having claims
against the Estate and or any of the Companies listed above.
as creditors, must, before close of business on Friday the
28" day of December; 2007, send to the Joint Receiver and
Manager at the address shown below, by letter, facsimile 01
electronically, full particulars of the amount and nature of
their claim together with invoices, or any other documents
evidencing the same and contact information of the creditor.
Failure to submit a claim by the 28" December, 2007 may
result in a loss of rights with respect to such a claim. The
Joint Receiver and Manager reserve the right to accept 01
reject any claim. The Joint Receiver and Manager reserve
the right to require further evidence in support of any claim
before accepting a claim. Creditors submitting claims
with sufficient and proper evidence thereof before the 28"
December, 2007 will be advised in writing of whether
their claim is accepted. Acceptance of claims by the Joint
Receiver and Manager does not impose any liability on the
Joint Receiver and Manager to pay such claim. Claims which

-are accepted in writing by the Joint Receiver and Manager

will be considered for payment depending upon the priorityot
such claim and the availability of funds to meet such claim.

Dated this 5" day of December A.D., 2007

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Joint Receiver and Manager
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P.O. Box F-42682

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Board had decided that its
chairman, the Prime Minister,
would be granted authority,
subject to the normal due dili-
gence procedures carried out
by the Board’s Secretariat, to
approve applicants for permits
relating to land acquisitions in
‘Approved Subdivisions’.

Such applications were now
referred to as ‘the short agen-
da’, and Mr Symonette said
the reform meant that Invest-
ments Board members did
not all have to meet in one

place to vet and approve
these, instead the applications
being circulated to them.

The latest November meet-
ing on ‘short agenda’ applica-
tions considered some 37, Mr
Symonette said, for projects
such as Winding Bay, Bimini
Bay, Emerald Bay, the Resi-
dences at Atlantis, Cat Cay
and Treasure Cay.

The total dollar value of
applications approved at this
meeting, Mr Symonette said,
was $40.5 million, some $25.3
million of that being related
to New Providence land sales.

The Pilot House
Management Company Ltd.

is offering by virtue of liens against the hereafter
described condominium units and power of sale
vested in the Condominium Association pursuant to
the provisions contained in the Conveyancing and
Law of property (Condominium) Act 1965.

Two Bedroom/Two Bath
Two Bedroom/Two Bath
One Bedroom/One Bath
Two Bedroom/Two Bath
Two Bedroom/Two Bath
Two Bedroom/Two Bath
Two Bedroom/Two Bath
One Bedroom/One Bath
One Bedroom/One Bath

Unit#102
Unit#201
Unit#205
Unit#207
Unit#208
Unit#308
Unit#401
Unit#405
Unit#506

All offers should be in writing and tendered in
sealed envelopes by Monday December 24th, 2007
to the Pilot House Condominium Association
P.O. Box SS-19934, Nassau, Bahamas:

These sales are subject to a reserved price, and the’

right is reserved to reject any or all offers.



TRUST OFFICER

LEADING TRUST COMPANY is seeking a candidate for the
position of Trust Officer

Responsibilities include:

° Liaising with senior management in the provision of
information/execution of transactions and problem -
resolution
Managing all associated risks and escalating as appropriate
Preparing periodic administrative reviews of trusts and
companies
Liaising with Compliance/Business Risk ikoemeies
external auditors and regulators as required to ensure
adherence to all internal policies/procedures and regulatory
requirements
Ongoing updating and maintenance of trust administration
system as it relates to account management

e Projects as assigned from time to time.

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS REQUIRED:

¢ Bachelors degree in law, business administration,
accounting or related field

¢ Minimum 3-5 years experience in trust and company
administration or related experience
Strong oral and written communication skills
STEP qualification is desirable ,

- Sound knowledge of fundamental trust and company laws

and related administrative practice
Basic knowledge of banking and investment products and
their application in overall management and administration
‘of wealth
Basic understanding and working knowledge of
accounting concepts and their aplications
Ability to identify potential risk issues and solutions and
to communicate these effectively to senior management
Excellent time management, organization and
administrative skills
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
Strong PC skills; knowledge of 4Series an asset
Strong interpersonal skills and excellent team player

BENEFITS INCLUDE EXCELLENT SALARY,
PERFORMANCE BASED BONUS PAYMENTS, PENSION
BENEFITS AND MEDICAL COVERAGE.

Interested Bahamian candidates should forward a copy of
their resume to:

Human Resources
P.O.Box N-10697
Nassau, Bahamas or
Fax:(242) 325-0911 or
E-mail:smith @experta.bs

Meanwhile, Mr Symonette
said the Investments Board
had held 12 meetings to-date
since the FNM came to office
to deal with applications, such
as real estate purchases, that
were not on the ‘short agen-
da’.

At the last such meeting,
some 64 items with a dollar
value of $96.25 million were
placed before it, some $2.5
million of that relating to New
Providence.

And the National Econom-
ic Council (NEC), which held
its 11th meeting under the
Ingraham administration in
November, at that meeting
dealt with projects on Grand
Bahama, Abaco, Exuma and
New Providence involving
some 5,400 acres of land.

Meanwhile, Mr Symonette
said that from January 1,
2008, new forms and support-
ing documents for a Certifi-
cate of Registration and appli-
cations for permits under the
International Persons Land-
holding Act will be put into
effect.

The deputy prime minister
said properties valued at
under $10,000 will not require
due diligence, but a $250 fee
will now be required for a
Certificate of Registration
and $500 fee for a permit once
the application is approved.

The application fee will be
abolished, Mr Symonette said,
adding: “By so doing, we
hope to dramatically impact
the timeframe from the date
of application to the date of

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VACANCIES

The Anglican Central Education Authority invites
applications from qualified Teachers for positions
available at St. John’s College, St. Anne’s School
and Bishop Michael Eldon School in Freeport.

Primary
Computer/Primary
Spanish
English

Only qualified Teachers, with Bachelor of Master
Degrees from an accredited University or College
and Teaching Certificate need apply.

For further details and application form, please
contact the Anglican Central Education Authority
on Sands Road at telephone (242) 322-3015/6/7.

Letters of application and/or completed application
forms with copies of required documents must be
sent by Friday, December 14th, 2007 to the
“Anglican Education Department addressed to:-

The Director of Education
Anglican Central Education Authority
P. O. Box N-656
Nassau, Bahamas

Kingsway Academy

ENTRANCE
EXAMINATION

FOR SEPTEMBER 2008.

The

Entrance

Examination

will be held at the school on
Bernard Road on _ Thursday,
January 12,2008 from 8:00 a.m. -_
1:30 p.m. for students wishing to
enter grades seven through ten.

Deadline for applications will be
Thursday,January 10.Aplications
can be collected at the Business
Office from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For more information please
| call telephone numbers
324-8811: 324-3409: or 324-6269



consideration by removing the
fee from the front end, and
redefining the documents
required on application.”

The application process
would be linked to the Real
Property Tax department to
ensure real _ property
taxes were paid, and con-
veyances carried the correct
valuations.

Mr Symonette added that
the first phase of the $1.3 bil-
lion Albany Golf & Beach
Resort, involving the subdi-
vision, had been approved, as
well as the marina basin and
civil design for the roads. The
Ministry of Works was also
reviewing the design for new
roads in relation to the $2.4

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billion Baha Mar project at
Cable Beach.

Kerzner International was
also due to redevelop the area
around the Hurricane Hole
Marina in 2008, featuring a
revamped marina, town hous-

_ es and restaurants worth “sev-

eral hundred million dollars”.
The Government, Mr
Symonette said, was due to
revise the Town Planning Act,
Private Roads and Subdivi-
sion Act, and the Conserva-
tion and Protection of Physi-
cal Landscape Act, and was
set to appoint a new Ambas-
sador for the Environment.
and seven BEST Commission
officers with responsibility for

the Family Islands.

NOTICE is hereby given that VILANES FLEURISTIN of
WULFF ROAD, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the
Minister resposible for Nationality and Citizenship, for’
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 7TH day of December, 2007 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,

Nassau, Bahamas.

LEGAL NOTICE
NOTICE

Bahamas International Business Companies Act
(No.45 of 2000)

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 131 of the
Bahamas International Business Companies Act, (No. 45 of 2000),
WELLER MANAGEMENT LTD. is in dissolution. PANA- *
MERICAN MANAGEMENT SERVICES (BAHAMAS) LTD. is
the Liquidator and can be contacted at Marlborough & Queen Street,
P.O. Box N-10429, Nassau, Bahamas. All persons having claims
against the above-named company are required to send their names
addresses and particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidator
before 20th December, 2007.



Legal Notice

NOTICE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) MAUDE INVESTMENTS LIMITED is in dissolution under the
provisions of the International Business Companies Act 2000.

(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on December 5, 2007
when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by
the Registrar General.

(c) The liquidator of the said company is Lakeisha Collie of 2nd Terrace
West, Centreville, Nassau, Bahamas. :

(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are
required on or before the, 17th day.of January, 2008 to send their
names and addresses and particulars.of their debts-or claims to the
Liquidator of the company or, in default thereof, they may be
excluded from the benefit of any distribution made before such
debts are proved.

December 6, 2007

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2007, PAGE 5B



Lawsuit to have ‘no
impact’ on Hilton project

FROM page one

The Tribune understands
that Adurion and the Cana-
dian Commercial Workers
Industry Pension Plan
(CCWIPP), its partner in the
resort’s holding company, the
British Colonial Develop-
ment Company, have made
some progress in identifying
an alternative partner.

This newspaper was told
_ that the resort and its own-

ers were now talking to
Camper & Nicholson about
taking on the project and the
five-to-six acre site just to
the west of the British Colo-
nial Hilton, which is being
valued at between $20-$30
million.

On its website, Adurion
said that in relation to the
British Colonial Hilton it
would “develop the adjacent
land into a luxury mega-
yachts marina resort, includ-
ing condo and retail space”.

Meanwhile, Dr Gassmann
said Adurion and the British
Colonial Development Com-
pany were proceeding with
their refurbishment and ren-
ovation plans for the existing
hotel, a programme set to
enhance all 291 rooms.

The pair are also looking
to boost the management and
profitability of the British
Colonial Hilton’s Centre of
Commerce at No.l Bay
Street.

Dr Gassmann said of the
renovations: “It’s progressing
in an orderly way. There will
be a certain sequence to the
renovations, with the rooms
being renovated first.

“We're very close to get-
ting it finalised, and the inten-
tion is to start it next year.
We're on track with that.

“The refurbishment will,be
done by the end of next year.
Some things will have to be
done in 2009, and that will
take us into the development
next door.”

Adurion made a more-
than $30 million investment

-commitment to revitalise the
hotel, including a $15 mil-
lion refurbishment pro-
gramme, after taking control
of the British Colonial
Development Company
from its Canadian pension
fund partner in March 2007.

The Tribune revealed yes-
terday that IGY had initiated
legal action in New York
against the British Colonial
Development Company and
its two major shareholders
after its attempts to bring the
project to fruition collapsed
amid acrimony and finger-
pointing by both sides.

Also named as defendants
in the lawsuit are understood
to be Adurion’s parent com-

pany and Allen & Company,
the Florida-based firm that
has been acting as a broker
for CCWIPP in its efforts to
sell its Bahamas-based assets,

’ namely the British Colonial

Hilton and the South Ocean
Golf & Beach Resort.

Sources close to the situa-
tion said the defendants vig-
orously denied the allega-
tions in IGY’s lawsuit, which
would be defended, and they
were preparing to file a
counter-claim.

IGY’s chairman and chief
executive, Andrew Farkas,
previously told The Tribune
that the project ran into
trouble after Adurion
allegedly tried to alter the
terms of the original deal
after it bought into the
British-Colonial Develop-
ment Company.

He said then: “Right now,
it’s in limbo because Aduri-
on and the pension fund who
own the property, and have
a joint venture deal with
IGY, decided they wanted
to change the deal.”....

“The Government had
approved everything, and
our deal with the pension
fund was fine. Everything
was in great shape, but then
three weeks later the pen-




PUBLIC NOTICE

INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL



sion fund decided to take on
a new partner....”

Adurion became con-
cerned when IGY left it late
to supply it with financial
projections and details on a
project that would be hap-
pening next door to its latest
multi-million dollar invest-
ment, as it needed to know
what potential impact there
might be.

In addition, Adurion was
also said to have been
uncomfortable with the price
IGY was paying under the

original contract to acquire |

the land it needed from the
British Colonial Develop-
ment Company, and wanted
to increase it — something
Mr Farkas had previously
confirmed.

Adurion is also said to
have wanted to play a more
active role in the marina
project, participating as a co-
investor in the project

Talks were ongoing for
almost three years, The Tri-
bune understands, and the
initial contract allowed both
sides to walk away from the
deal if it was not concluded
within two years - an option
that Adurion, CCWIPP and
the Hilton ultimately exer-
cised. Effectively, the deal




The Public is hereby advised that |, CALSEY JAMES
McQUEEN of Freeport, Grand Bahama, intend to
change my name to KELSEY JAMES DORSETT If
there are any objections to this change of name
by Deed Poll, you may write such objections to
the Chief Passport Officer, P.O.Box N-742, Nassau,
Bahamas no later than thirty (80) days after the date
of publication of this notice.

NOTICE

Notice is hereby given of the loss of Bahamas Governmet
Registered Stock Certificate as follows:







Interest Certificate
Rate No.
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Maturity
Date
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Amount
$3,000.00

Stock

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certificate If this certificate is found, please write to P.O.Box
N1881, Nassau, Bahamas.

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took too long to consum-
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There is a time when all
deals are ‘hot’, but if the two
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VACANCY AS OF JANUARY 3, 2008
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Applicants for the above mentioned posts must have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree
from a recognized University in the relevant subject area and a Post-graduate Certificate in
Education, or teacher certificate. The ability to teach Advanced Placement courses, a second
language or a second subject would be an asset. A certified copy of the relevant degree
and teacher certificate must accompany the application. The names and relevant contact
information of at least two professional references should also be listed. Applications from
unqualified persons and or incomplete applications will not be processed..

The persons offered an appointment will be expected to. make a commitment to
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Bahamas First eyeing
‘best profit year ever’

FROM page one

italisation rating, and said The
Economical Insurance Group
deal was “a total win-win for
our shareholders. We see it as
a very substantial company to
have a strategic alliance with”.
Confirming Tribune Busi-
hess’s exclusive story on the
deal, the pair said the agree-
ment will see The Economical
Insurance Group acquire
_ about seven million ordinary
shares in Bahamas First Hold-

_ ings in a deal worth $10.75 mil-

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VACANT COMMERCIAL PROPERTY

Lot #90-G comprising 18,926 sq.ft. and situated on the western
side of the main eleuthera highway and approximately 2,219 ft.
northerly of four-for-nothing road in the Settlement of Lower

Bogue, North,Eleuthera, Bahamas. ‘

Infrastructures are in place.

For conditions of the sale and any other information,
please contact: Credit Risk Management — Collection Unit
’ Phone: 356-1685 or 356-1608, Nassau, Bahamas

Interested persons should submit offers in writing addressed to:

The Manager, Credit Risk Management — Managing Director’s
Office P.O. Box N-7518, Nassau, Bahamas






~ MUST SELL
RUM

Lot #90-B comprising 22,376 sq.ft. and situated on the
western side of the main eleuthera highway and
approximately 2,219 ft. northerly of four-for-nothing road
in the Settlement of Lower Bogue,

North Eleuthera Bahamas.

Infrastructures are in place.
For conditions of the sale and any other information,
please contact: Credit Risk Management — Collection Unit
Phone: 356-1685 or 356-1608, Nassau, Bahamas

Interested persons should submit offers in writing addressed to:

The Manager, Credit Risk Management — Managing Director’s
Office P.O. Box N-7518, Nassau, Bahamas










lion, the Canadian company
paying a price between $1.49-
$1.50 per share to be a passive
shareholder - a position it is
said to be happy with.

Mr Fair said the price being
paid by The Economical Insur-

ance Group was much higher .

than recent trades in Bahamas
First’s shares, which had‘been
closer to a $1 per share price.
As a result, the purchase rep-
resented an “increase in value
to our shareholders”.

He added that the deal’s
announcement at Wednesday
night’s Extraordinary Gener-
al Meeting “EGM” had met
with “unanimous” approval
from Bahamas First Holdings
shareholders, more than 50 per
cent of whom attended in per-
son.

Mr Ward said “all the
important details” on the deal
had been agreed between the
two companies, and it was now
pending final regulatory
approval from all the supervi-
sory bodies - the Registrar of
Insurance, Central Bank of the
Bahamas, National Economic
Council (NEC) - really the
Cabinet - and the Securities
Commission.

Bahamas First was “well on
the way” to obtaining all the
required approvals, and Mr
Fair added: “The aim is to
complete before the end of the
year. We’re expecting to have
this completed, 100 per cent
done, and money in the bank



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by December 31.”

When asked why Bahamas
First had not sought additional
capital from its existing share-
holders, or tapped the capital
markets, Mr Ward said the
agreement with The Econom-
ical Insurance Group “was not
just about raising capital, but
positioning Bahamas First for
the future”.

“If you’re looking to expand

your business on a broader
base than Bahamas First has
at the moment, having a part-
ner like Economical gives us
an opportunity to think more
long-term than would have
ordinarily been the case,” Mr
Ward said.
' “There’s a lot more
resources at our disposal than
if we would have had a less
well-capitalised partner.

“We've got one-third of the
market [based on. premium
volume] as it is now, and I
don’t think there is any rea-
sonable scope to increase that
share for a number of reasons.
Any growth or expansion of
the company has to be outside
these borders.”

Mr Ward suggested that one
possible obstacle to Bahamas

First’s future expansion in this .

nation “might be the regulato-
ry scrutiny we would attract if
our market share increased
beyond what it is now”.

Mr Fair added that Bahamas
First had been looking at
potential acquisition opportu-













nities, both inside and outside
the Bahamas, for the past five
years, but had yet to find any-
thing attractive.

He added that the alliance
with The Economical Insur-
ance Group would give
Bahamas First the ability to_.
expand beyond this nation and
“spread ! 2 risk” associated |
with its business, as the Cana-
diar coinpany understood the.
Bahamian market and the
company’s future potential.

“There is a finite amount of
business here,” Mr Fair said.
“The alliance with Economi-
cal gives us the opportunity to
look elsewhere, and it
behooves us to do so.

“We have looked at a couple
of things outside the Bahamas,
but they’ve not really met our
criteria. We’re going to con-
tinue to look.”

The $10.75 million proceeds
from The Economical Insur-
ance Group buy-in, Mr Ward
and Mr Fair said, would be -
used to re-pay a $6 million loan
that Bahamas First Holdings
last year obtained from But-
terfield Bank, with the remain-
der used to enhance the com-
pany’s capital base. :

The Bahamas First chairman
acknowledged that with the
increase in insurance premi-
ums, coupled with a rise in the
volume of business the com-
pany was doing, the company
was “coming up on the posi-
tion of not being able to write
more business without extra
capital”.

However, Mr Ward added
that property premium rates
in the Bahamas were likely to
soften slightly in 2008, based
on initial discussions and con-
tacts with reinsurers.

He said: “I can safely say at
this point, on property busi-
ness there will be a reduction.
The extent to which the reduc-
tion manifests itself is uncer-
tain at this stage. |

“There will be some
easing on. property
premiums.” saan Deere

MUST SELL
VACANT COMMERCIAL PROPERTY

Lot #90-E comprising 16,521 sq.ft. and situated on the western side
of the main eleuthera highway and approximately 2,219 ft. northerly
of four-for-nothing road in the Settlement of Lower Bogue,

North Eleuthera, Bahamas.

Infrastructures are in place.

For conditions of the sale and any other information,
please contact: Credit Risk Management — Collection Unit
Phone: 356-1685 or 356-1608, Nassau, Bahamas

_ Interested persons should submit offers in writing addressed to:
The Manager, Credit Risk Management — Managing Director’s Office

P.O. Box N-7518, Nassau, Bahamas



MUST SELL

VACANT COMMERCIAL PROPERTY

Lot #90-C comprising 21,430 sq.ft. and situated on the western
side of the main eleuthera highway and approximately 2,219 ft.
northerly of four-for-nothing road in the Settlement of Lower Bogue,

North Eleuthera, Bahamas.

Infrastructures are in place.

For conditions of the sale and any other information,
please contact: Credit Risk Management — Collection Unit
Phone: 356-1685 or 356-1608, Nassau, Bahamas

Interested persons should submit offers in writing addressed to:

The Manager, Credit Risk Management — Managing Director’s
Office P.O. Box N-7518, Nassau, Bahamas
THE TRIBUNE

BUSINESS

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2007, PAGE 7B



Council: We will not be.
intimidated’ over Baker’s Bay

FROM page one

He »dded that the Associa-
tion seemed to be targeting
anyone involved or connected
with the Baker’s Bay project,
reiterating that the developers,
Arizona-based Discovery Land
*Company, had obtained all nec-
es ary permits and approvals
in :ll compliance with the
“law, rules and regulations”.

“We’ve done what we were
suppesed to have done, and

taken extra steps to make sure |

‘ve’re in full compliance with
_verything,” Dr Marshall said.

He added that all the permits
]saket’s Bay had applied to the
Hope own District Council
“or to date had been for “tech-
nical items, not discretionary
items”; and said it was unfortu-
ne’e that the council should be
ta. geted when it was “trying to
ca:ry out its responsibilities to
the best of its ability”.

In its Judicial Review appli-
cation, the Save Guana Cay
Reef Association is seeking a
court order to “quash” all the
permits issued by the Hope
Town District Council to Bak-
er’s Bay to date, and an inter-
locutory order to prevent it

from issuing or renewing any |

more permits and approvals.

Jeremy Sweeting, Hope
Town’s chief councillor,
responding to the Judicial
Review application, said yes-
terday: “We’re not going to be
intimidated by the Association;
we’re going to continue to car-
ry out our duties.

“This is a free country and
they have a right to voice their
opinion, but as far as a Judicial
Review application, that’s
absurd. The council will not be
intimidated by this group.”

’ Mr Sweeting said no one was
allowed to review and look at
someone’s building plans apart
from the district council, which
put up notices on when it was
holding a planning meeting,
who was applying, what type of



Apply in writing to

structure it was for, and the
square footage covered, so per-
sons objecting could challenge

it.

He added that until the coun-
cil received a court order or
notification from central gov-

ernment telling it to stop, it
would continue to treat Bak-
er’s Bay’s planning applications
“like we treat anyone else’s”
and assess them on their merits.

Describing the Association
as “a small but vocal group”,

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(5) years experience or a bachelor degree
with a minimum of (3) years experience.
Knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Quick

Books would be an advantage.
Salary range: $16,200 -— $25,000 per Annum.

Qualified and interested applicants should
forward a copy of their curriculum vitae to:-

c/o The Tribune

DA Number 5405
P.O. Box N-3207
Nassau, Bahamas

All responses should be received by
December 18, 2007.



SALES
PERSONS

e Excellent opportunity
for you to control your
income.

e You are limited only to
‘your potential
e Flexible hours available
e Excellent commissions
and benefits

Must have a proven track record in sales
Professional appearance a must

Must have reliable transportation

Ability to meet and adhere to strict deadlines
Excellent written and communication skills.

- Sales Representatives

Box PM-1

Nassau
Bahamas

C/O The Nassau Guardian
P.O. Box N-3011

Mr Sweeting said all Abaconi-
ans knew the Baker’s Bay pro-
ject was
were
that”.

Over the past couple of

“

a done deal” and
“ready to move on with

Hope Town District Council
had dealt with an average of 15
planning applications per
meeting, pxcludine Baker’s

- Bay.

But over the last two months,

with “only two or three plans
other than Baker’s Bay’s”.

“If at all possible, we want
to keep Baker’s Bay on the
move to keep the economy
going forward,” Mr Sweeting

Mr Sweeting said the — the planning meetings had dealt said. “It’s kind of slow.”

years,



Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports & Culture
Department of Youth & Sports

VACANCIES FOR SECURITY FIRMS TO PROVIDE
SECURITY SERVICESAT VARIOUS SPORTING FACILITIES.



















Tenders bids are invited from suitable qualified security firms to pro-
vide security services at the following sporting facilities with effect
from January Ist, 2008.

____ Schedule for Secarity Services

The security firm will provide:

| One (1) 8 hours shift from 10:00 pm to
| 6:00 am daily Sunday to Saturday with
} one (1) person per shift.

Facilities

Thomas A. Robinson & Core sports
Building

| The Security Firm will provide:

| One (1) 8 hours shift from 12 midnight
to 8:00 am daily Sunday to » Saturday
with one (1) pe

| Betty Kelly Kenning National swim
Complex

The Security Firm will provide:

| Two (2) duty shifts constituting sixteen
(16) hours daily Sunday through
Saturday. The shift will commence at
4:00 pm to midnight and from
midnight to 8:00 am daily Monday
through Sunday with one security

uard per shift.

Sir Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium

The Security Firm will provide:
Two (2) 8,hours duty shifts from 4:00
} pm to midnight ‘and from midnight to
‘| 8:00 am daily Sunday through
Saturday with one security guard per
shift.



The Security Firm will provide:

Two (2) 8 hours shifts from 4:00 pm to
midnight and from midnight to 8:00
am daily Sunday through Saturday

with one security guard and dog per
a occ shi ee

Companies interested in providing the security services may contact
Mr. Bruce Walker Deputy, Permanent Secretary, at the Department
of Youth & Sports (502-0600 or 502-0613/22) for further informa-

tion and arrangement of site visits.

Blue Hills Sporting Complex
(Facility House, Welding Shop, Boxing
Centre and Lighted Softball Field)

All tender bids include the following:

e Proposal cost (Outline the fees, they will expect the Ministry
of Education, Youth, Sports & Culture to pay the company per
month)

¢ Copy of Business License
e National Insurance Board letter of good standing
¢ Employee and Public liability insurances

The successful companies will be expected to provide adequate
communication system and uniformed guards.

Sealed tenders are to be submitted no later than 5:00pm, on Friday,
December 21st, 2007 and addressed to:

Permanent Secretary

Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports & Culture
P.O. Box N-4891

Nassau, The Bahamas

Attention: Mr. Bruce Walker, Deputy Permanent Secretary
Tender for Security Service

The Permanent Secretary reserves the night to reject any and all
tenders.

Permanent Secretary
oe of Education, Youth, Sports & Culture


PAGE 8B, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2007







i . m@ By CARA BRENNEN The ministry is also commit-
sk Pega Notte BETHEL ted to establishing a compre: ;,;
NOTICE NOTICE Tribune Business hensive, internationally recog. , ;
Reporter nised anti-money laundering , ;
, and counter terrorism financ- , ,
THE Ministry of Finance will ing (AML/CFT) regime. ‘ii

CKL COMPANY LIMITED

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with section

LAVENDER INVESTMENTS LIMITED “This effort is being led by ,,
the Financial Intelligence Unit , ,
(FIV), and one we expect to be
complete within 12 months,” ,;;
he said. id
Additionally, the minister ,,,
said that there will be a refine- .,,

ment of immigration policies as ,;; ,

be aggressively marketing the
financial services industry to
international clients as part of
its effort to increase the coun-
try’s presence within the global
marketplace.

Minister of state for finance,
Zhivargo Laing, told persons

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with section

138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act

| Change - Change in closing price from day to day

| DIV $ - Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months

138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of LAVENDER INVESTMENTS
LIMITED has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolu-
tion has been issued and the Company has therefore been

struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE

GRANATINA CORP.

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with section
138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of GRANATINA CORP. has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued
and the Company has therefore been struck off the

Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC. .....
(Liquidator)



Legal Notice

NOTICE

GLADIOLA INVESTMENTS LIMITED

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with section
138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of GLADIOLA INVESTMENTS
LIMITED has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolu-
tion has been issued and the Company has therefore been

struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

BIS

Pricing Information As Of:

‘Abaco Markets
Bahamas Property Fund
Bank of Bahamas
Benchmark
Bahamas Waste
Fidelity Bank
Cable Bahamas
Colina Holdings
Commonwealth Bank (S1)
Consolidated Water BDRs
Doctor's Hospital
Famguard
Finco
FirstCaribbean
Focol (S)
Freeport Concrete
ICD Utilities
J. S. Johnson

Real Estate

Bahamas Supermarkets
Caribbean Crossings (Pref)

AB
Bahamas Supermarkets
RND Holdings

Colina Money Market Fund
Fidelity Bahamas G & | Fund
Colina MSI Preferred Fund
Colina Bond Fund

1.366332"
3.5388***
2.938214***

52wk-Hi - Highest closing price in last 52 weeks

52wk-Low - Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks

Previous Close - Previous day's weighted price for daily volume
Today's Close - Current day's weighted price for daily volume

Daily Vol. - Number of total shares traded today

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

AOS TEAK





2000, the dissolution of CKL COMPANY LIMITED. has
been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been
issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the

Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.

(Liquidator)



Legal Notice

NOTICE

BEATLE HOLDINGS LIMITED

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with section
138.(8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of BEATLE HOLDINGS LIMITED
has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been
issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the

Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



Legal Notice

NOTICE

DESSAU INVESTMENTS LIMITED

‘si Q—
Notice is hereby given that in accordance with section
138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of DESSAU INVESTMENTS
LIMITED has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolu-
tion has been issued and the Company has therefore beet

struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Sy asune

' Last Price Weekly Vol.

ivid



Bid $ - Buying price of Colina and Fidelity

Ask $ - Selling price of Colina and fidelity

Last Price - Last traded over-the-counter price

Weekly Vol. - Trading volume of the prior week

EPS $ - A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
NAV - Net Asset Value

N/M - Not Meaningful

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

* - 30 November 2007
** - 30 June 2007
*** - 31 October 2007
sees. 31 July 2007



attending a Bahamas Financial
Services Board luncheon yes-
terday that the Government
was committed to increasing
the. Bahamas profile and pres-
ence within the global market.

“In this regard there will be
increased marketing of the
jurisdiction, and increased par-
ticipation and visibility by the
Government in conjunction
with the BSFB in strategic inter-
national events,” Mr Laing said.

He also indicated that there
will be an increased commit-
ment to public-private part-
nership, as evidenced in the
funding increase given to the

BFSB from $250,000 to.

$500,000, and the commitment
of $25,000 in training for the
Bahamas Association of Com-
pliance Officers (BACO) for
training in the upcoming fiscal
budget.

they relate to international

services such as financial ser- ,,;

vices.

seek to more clearly define the -

“Ultimately the policies will ;

parameters for the granting of \'/

work permits in the sector, and ,
provide some reasonable assur- ,
ances for the receipt, review

and determination of work per- ;;
mit and permanent residency

Laing rs

applications,’ Mr
explained.

fil

Further, he said that there .,.
will be established standards ; ;
and benchmarks for document ;}

tracking and processing within

the government agencies to;
ensure more timely delivery of ;
services to clients. These stan- ;
dards will be established,

oA

it
i

through a process of collabora- ~}

tion between regulators that
will ensure the standards can
be met.

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NOTICE

NOTICEis pee Pay that ERICK PIERRE of MARSH
HARBOUR, ABACO, BAHAMAS is applying to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should
send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 7TH day of DECEMBER
2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that TAMARA GUILLAUME
of MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO, BAHAMAS is
applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a_ citizen
of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any
reason why registration/ naturalization should not be
granted, should send a written and signed statement of

the facts within twenty-eight days from the 30TH day of -

NOVEMBER 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

PUBLIC NOTICE
INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL

The Public is hereby advised that |, WILLY LA FRANCE
of the Island of New Providence, Golden Gates,
Nassau,Bahamas, intend to change my name to WILLY
DEE ALCINDOR. If there are any objections to this change
of name by Deed Poll, you may write such objections
to the Chief Passport Officer, RO.Box N-742, Nassau,
Bahamas no later than thirty (80) days after the date of
publication of this notice.



NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that ELINE FLEURISTIN of
WULFF ROAD, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the
Minister resposible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 7TH day of December, 2007 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that HAZEL BURKE of
MONTGOMERY AVE., P.O. BOX CR-54957, NASSAU,
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister resposible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a‘ citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who
knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 7TH day of
December, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that ELIZEA ALFRED of #%-!4
FAUCETT LANE, P.O.Box F60410, FREEFQRT, GRAND
BAHAMA, BAHAMAS is applying to the Minister re. wnsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturai tion
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person vho
knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 30TH day of
NOVEMBER, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.










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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2007, PAGE 9B



@ By CARA BRENNEN
BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter



THE Government is hop-
ing that it can consolidate

the financial services regu-.,

latory regime into just one
or two regulators within 18
months, the minister of state
for finance, Zhivargo Laing
said yesterday.

Speaking to members of
the industry, Mr Laing said
he hoped substantial
progress on regulatory con-
solidation would be made by
the end of 2008.

“It is something that needs
to be done ASAP. We are
working aggressively and it
is something that I shall fol-
low with significant interest.
We hope to get it done as
quickly as possible,” the
minister said.

Mr Laing explained that
currently all new clients of
the financial services sector
must report to, apply and
interact with five financial
services regulators, namely
the Central Bank of the
Bahamas, the Securities
Commission, the Inspector
of Financial and Corporate
Services Provider, Office of
the Register Insurance Com-
panies (ORIC) and the
Compliance Commission.

He explained that in many
instances each of these reg-
ulators has exacting

demands that represent a
duplication or replication of
requirements for clients.
Mr Laing said this was not
an ideal operating environ-
ment for clients, and
although the regulators have

established a Memorandum

of Understanding among
themselves to help them
cope with certain cross-sec-
tor issues, this was not suffi-
cient.

The minister said the FNM
administration has vowed to
move with “deliberate
haste” to amalgamate the
regulators in a phased fash-
ion. This could lead either
to the establishment of a sin-
gle ‘super-regulator’ or at
most two regulators for the
entire financial services sec-
tor.

“We have already engaged
an international consultant
to assist us with this endeav-
or, and agreed a special com-
mittee of public and private
sector experts to lead this
process,” Mr Laing noted.

Further steps taken to
reduce the regulatory
process have been to trans-
fer the Inspectorate of
Financial and Corporate Ser-
vices Providers from the
Registrar General’s Depart-
ment to the Securities
Exchange Commission,
something that will take

_ effect on January 1, 2008.

Additionally, the chair-
manship of both the Securi-

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Eighteen-month target for _
consolidating financial regulation

ties Commission as well as
the Compliance Commis-
sion, two related regulatory
functions, will fall under the
leadership of Philip Stubbs,
retired managing partner of
Ernst and Young.

“TY should note that while
the Registrar of Insurance
will be included in the con-
solidated regulatory regime,
we are paying particular
attention to its modernisa-
tion to the extent that we
will bring into effect the new
insurance legislation passed
in Parliament and the new
regulations, which are still
being finalised either before

or in conjunction with the
first phase of the consolida-
tion process,” Mr Laing said.

“Therefore, we fully
expect to have a substantial-
ly upgraded insurance regu-
lator. I might note that our
efforts also include the
bringing into force of new
external insurance legisla-
tion that will give us the
opportunity to make a seri-
ous effort to re-establish
ourselves in this significant
economic business.”

He also vowed that there
would be improvements in
the functioning of the Reg-
istrar General’s Department.

Legal Notice
NOTICE

INGLESIDE LIMITED

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

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

(b) The dissolution of the said com
the 6th December, 2007 when

ny commenced on
e Articles of

Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the

Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Verduro
Associated Ltd., Pasea Estate, Road Town, Tortola,

BVI

Dated this 7th day of December, A.D. 2007

Verduro Associated Ltd.
Liquidator



NOTICE

WORLD WIDE LIMITED

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



NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that NATHALIE PAUL of ROBERT
STREET, P.O. BOX SS-2599, NASSAU, BAHAMAS,
is applying to the Minister resposible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should



send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 7TH day of December, 2007
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas. ‘

NOTICE

International Business Companies Act
(No. 45 of 2000)

MARINA INVESTMENTS INC.
Registration Number 35,974B
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 132 (2) of the
International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of 2000) MARINA
INVESTMENTS INC. is in Dissolution.

Any person having any claim against MARINA INVESTMENTS
INC. is required on or before the 2nd day of January, 2008 to
send their name, address and particulars of the debt or claim to the
Liquidator of the company, or in default thereof they may have excluded
from the benefit of any distribution made before such claim
is approved. :

GSO Corporate Services Ltd., of 303 Shirley Street, Nassau, The
Bahamas is the Liquidator ofp MARINA INVESTMENTS INC.

G50 Corporate Services. =—=S=*~S~*~<“‘<=~S*S
Liquidator. ©










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.

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.



Pursuant to the Provisions of Section 138 (8) of the
International Business Companies Act 2000 notice
is hereby given that the above-named Company has
been dissolved and struck off the Register pursuant
to a Certificate of Dissolution issued by the Registrar
General on the 15th day of November, 2007.

e

Michael W. Taylor
Liquidator
of
WORLD WIDE LIMITED

NEEDED FOR
KINGSWAY CAFETERIA

FOR JANUARY, 2008.

Kingsway Academy is seeking the serivces
of a cook to prepare meals in the Cafeteria _
as of January, 2008. Interested applicants
should collect applications from the Busi-
ness office on Bernard Road from 8:00 - 4:
00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Successful applicants must:

¢ Be participating, commited born-again
Christian

e Have a minimum of at least five (5)
years experience in food handling and
preparation.

¢ Have a valid Health Certificate

e Have a genuine love for children and
young people, etc.

For further information please contact the
following:

Ms. Kelcine Hamilton
Academy Affairs Manager
Telephone: 324-6269 or 324-6887

Deadline for applications - Friday, Decem-
ber 28, 2007

Company Administrator needed
to work in downtown office:

‘ Applicants must possess the following qualifications:

e Associate degree in law or business.

e Must be conversant with all aspects of company
incorporation and administration, including
liquidation and redomiciliation of International
Business Companies

¢ Excellent written and oral communication skills.

¢ Computer literate, including a working knowledge
of Lynx 4 Series, Microsoft Word, Excel, Power
Point.

e At least two years work experience with a trust
company or law firm.

Please write to: Company Administrator
P.O. Box N-10697
Nassau, Bahamas
E-mail:smith @experta.bs



RESTAURANT MANAGER
RETAIL MANAGER

Market leading, highly successful Restaurant seeks
applications from qualified individuals for position of
Restaurant and Retail Manager .

Sales and performance driven expertise is required,
combined with strong customer service oriented back
grund and successful track record in man-management, is
an essential quality desired.

Salary is commensurate with experience and market
comparable. Further benefits and bonuses provide an
extremely attractive package to the right individual.

Interested persons may apply via email ONLY to:
nassau_gm@hardrock.com.bs

SERVERS, HOSTS, LINE COOKS, CLEANERS,
RETAIL SALES ASSOCIATES

It must suck not working here,

Hard Rock Cafe is hiring people like you who live without
limits and appreciate good music and great food!
Apply in person to the host stand.

No Phone calls please.

Hard Rock Cafe’
Charlotte Street North,
Downtown Nassau °:



Julius Bar

Julius Baer Group, the leading dedicated Wealth Management
is seeking candidates for the position of:

RELATIONSHIP MANAGER

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES

e Client retention and servicing of existing client, relationships with
focus on Italian speaking European Countries
(Italy and Switzerland).
Acquisition of new clients.
Promote Nassau as financial centre and JB Nassau as booking
centre for offshore clients.

REQUIRED SKILLS:

e¢ Excellent Italian verbal and written communication skill

° PC literate with strong Excel, Word, PowerPoint
(ability to learn new applications quickly)

e A commitment to service excellence

EXPERIENCE:

e¢ Minimum 10 years experience in Swiss Banking or related field

EDUCATION:
¢ A Bachelor’s degree with concentration in Economic, Business
Administration or equivalent.

FOREIGN LANGUAGES

e Must speak English and Italian a third language would be an asset

We offer a very competitive and benefits package, a stimulating work
environment and the opportunity to make a significant contribution to
our business while expanding your career.

Interested candidates should forward a copy of their resume
by December 28th, 2007 to the attention of:

Personal & Confidential
Human Resources
P.O.Box N-4890
Nassau, Bahamas

Personal & Confidential

Human Resources

Ocean Centre, Montague Foreshore
East Bay Street

P.O.Box N-4890

Nassau, Bahamas


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Over five clubs, the rest is up to part-
ner.

3. Three notrump. This is not a

pleasant rebid, considering your

You are the dealer and open One
Diamond. Partner responds Three
Diamonds (forcing). What would
you bid now with each of the follow-
ing four hands?

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RUN OUT OF MONEY

BEFORE I RETIRE



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1. Four notrump. Partner will

normally have 13 to 15 points in high

cards and distribution, which puts
you in the vicinity of the 33 points
generally required to make 12 tricks.
A small slam is therefore virtually
certain, and even a grand slam is pos-
sible?

Blackwood is by far the best way
of estimating how many tricks you
can take. If partner shows two aces
by bidding five hearts, you quit at six
diamonds. If he shows three aces by
bidding five spades, you bid five
notrump, asking, for kings. If the
response to this is six diamonds,
showing one king, you bid seven.

2. Four diamonds. After partner’s
forcing raise, the four-diamond bid
shows no extra values. If partner next
bids five diamonds, you pass.

But if partner evinces slam interest
by bidding four hearts or spades, you
will next bid five clubs. This cannot

spade weakness, but it offers the best
chance for game, and that is the main
consideration.

Five diamonds could be a better
contract, but there is no sensible way
of finding out. If you were to bid four
clubs, you would go past three
notrump. The 4-4-3-2 distribution
strongly suggests notrump despite
the danger in spades. If partner
passes three notrump, the od
strongly favor making it, :

4, Four clubs. With your excellent
controls in the side suits, a slam is
possible despite your minimum high.
card values. Partner may have some-
thing like # 72 ¥ AJ4 @ AK93
& Q875, which would give you
roughly a 90 percent chance for six.

If partner’s response to four clubs
is four diamonds, you are entitled to
make still another slam try by bid-
ding four spades. If partner then bids
five diamonds, declining both of
your invitations, you would have to
respect his wishes and throw in the
towel. .

Note that Blackwood is not
employed here. Learning whether
partner has one or two aces does not

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ARIES - March 21/April 20)
Cooler weather has put you ia 4
mood. You might want to spent
some time at home, Aries, until
you’re in better spirits. Post-summid
blues are expected. “4
TAURUS - April 21/May 28
Financial concerns leave you feelinp
nervous this week, Taurus. It’s bef-
ter to pinch some pennies fore
while until you get back on cousgi
Seek help from Virgo. zi
GEMINI- May 22/June 21"
A special friend from your page
comes back for a visit, Gemini! ]t
could lead to interesting things. Kéap
your agenda open for Wednesdah
when love is in your stars.
CANCER - June 22/July 22
Keep your patience-with a fami}}
member on Tuesday, Canceg.
This person is just feeling a littl
stir crazy and really doesn’t meg
all the the things he/she sayg.
Focus on a home project instead
LEO - July 23/August 23

A distant family member isn’t visiting
as much as usual, Leo. Somethinp
could be wrong. Drop this person #
line or give him/her a call. It may help

AT LEAST be regarded as a particularly strong _resolve the question of whether there

RG NEVER bid, - you have aren limited your _ will be a good play for 12 tricks. See concems

RAN FoR - GO — Aug 24/Sept 22
Stop doing so much for others a

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® close friend really needs your hel;
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ZockS VONT DOESNT AAAICH edition) eeEnew your schedule is open so that you cs
exe sicaeue ails s3be>s § lend a hand. Put work on hold fo
many Ane dos some quality time with your mate.
gener Ot tnoke ane oe gs E 8 3 7 SAGITTARIUS Nov 23/Dec 21
mm She setters Shown here: OS BRRaY Have you been spending too muc!
be ued chee cay, setter ’ a5? 8 EBS time at work, Sagittarius? It could b
must contain the centre letter BERS H F vo because you are avoiding a situatio
and there must be at least one 83 2725 : at home. That’s not like you. Fac
nine-letter word. No plurals. Bonk up to the situation. It’s far better
TODAY'S TARGET $8 $§ g be honest with yourself.
Good 17; very good 25; Sa BBSE CAPRICORN - 22/Jan



CRYPTIC
Oss

ACROSS: 9, T-her-eupon 10, Per-sonage 12, Trap (rev) 13, (Le)Arn--
ca(n) 14, Largi-sh 15, H-and-ed out 17, Success-n(the)r 18, Primers
19, O-+dain 20, 0-S-1-0 23, P(ops)+esented 25, C-ognis-an’t 26, Late
27, Clare-t(ipsy) 29, Chatt-eD 32, Streaking 34, Clearance 35, Pa-
stin-g 36, Loof-ah (rev) 37, O-pus (rev) 38, Res-train-t 39, Dispenser
DOWN: 1, St-itch up 2, Remain sent 3, Spar-row-s 4, I-nsis-t 5,
U-praised 6, Fro-licking 7, Boarded 8, Net-hermost 11, A-miss 16,
Eleven (11) 19, Odd 21, Starting post 22, M4-dair 23, Pulls apart
24, Talking big 25, C{he)at 28, R-egul-ate 29, Crevasse 30,
Dressers 31, RA-piers 33, Rests 34, Cloud-s

PUZZLE

Tasteless 39, Daredevil.

Pioneer 33, Rings 34, Hounds.

Tarnishes 34, Head start 35, Run into 36, Erupts



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ACROSS: 9, Relay race 10, Talkative 12, Clog 13, Crater 14, Operate
15, On average 17, Insincere 18, Stubble 19, Bigtop 20, Aura 23,

Endurance 25, Take place 26, Erne 27, Grudge 29, Thistle 32,
37, Eton 38,

DOWN: 1, Precious 2, All of asudden 3, Marriage 4, Centre 5,
Sterling 6, Bloodstock 7, Taverna B, Decelerate 11, Inane 16,
Embers 19, Bye 21, Unattractive 22, Splits 23, Electorate 24,
North Korea 25, Toe 28, Disperse 29, Traitors 30, Entangle 31,

33 Slime (3)



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pamper yourself a little” bit th
week, Virgo. Go to-a Spa, take.

,}Â¥acation or just stay.bome: from
"work for a day. -

LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23
You’ve been feeling véry anxioi¥
Libra, and it’s partially because yo
are experiencing low self-esteem
You have to exert more confidence;
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change, Capricom. You are far too ed

you've been doing so far. Have som
confidence and go for your dreamg

AQUARIUS — Jan 21/Feb 18





ACR DOWN Your confidence continues to ri
3 Give half the team exercise, [J 1 Posh as a northwest Lonaon Aguarius. It could be because of thd
not to bore them (5) park buenil d (ood news at work. Consult with Le
8 Nominallya Christmas card 9 2 A note name of very little Wor for some good advice on how
decorator (5) 4 On the tap (7), lbwiteth improve your financial future.
10 Is the little man insular? (5) ’n the map, is it low to the | chips PISCES - Feb 19/March 20
11 A Scottish one (3 5 none! (4) st anvak Be the life of the party on Frida
12 Magnetic people? (5) subd pgs ela aca Py Pisces and you just may hook u
13 Might he take care to organ- 6 Atry at composition (5) TTT ey aaa) with a winning romance. Look t
ise a January riot? (7) 7 Short cut fon Battersea for French- Scorpio for some inspiration an
15 A lass crazy for a dance (5) Park (5) fried potatoes companionship and sparks will fly.
18 The little woman (3) 9° Asacontainer, it’s been mis-
19 Bit of é nasty lesson in man- ronounced (3
ners ‘
21 Not a day to be wandering 2 by ma ey vy eae
on the beach (7) 14 Do your best to get direc- CHESS by Leonard Barden
22. Fearless nobleman (4) tions from a sentr B)
23 Stained by a swirling eddy 16 A surname for Dolly? (5) y
4 ac 17 Saying it, was Sadie less ‘
24 Fred won, mye but didn’t than straightforward? (5) fa Sudeia v teh 4 :
look neehy (7) 19 No downs, perhaps, but a Smirin v Teimour Radjabov, i
26 It eos a waning small there’s still a mountain (7) tir tellaaty pote oak oe In 8 4
reptile to us 20 Fruity beauty (5) on, ,
oat whehtote the doctor for ah operation i poeble, Blak ts mows) ork 4
31 Escape with a sprained ( ) ee down, but in compensation he has s
ankle? (3,2) 23 Hates half dead cricket a pecans areca three extra pawns plus a nasty- 4
32 Sub-editor move no higher! matches (7) 8 Mature (). ; tone weed looking passer on the seventh. x
7 24 It’s no use apiling fuel out of ¥0 Motorbike (5) 4 Sharpen (4) Black's rook can eat another pawn ‘
34 Giant tinned potato centre! some tins (6) _ J Go on at (3) 5 Unprincipled (6) or two but White can also hope to Mi
5 25 Immediately won over (3) LL! . TRE (5) 6 aE sneak ina tactic like Bh4-£6 and Rg8
35 Seem sorry to be so bull- 27 Italian capitalist in a right * can 15 Quick (5) i Tuitee 0) mate. Radjabov, 19, ranks in the K
headed (3 state! (5) ; N 18 Twitch (3) 12 inbase ten (7) world top 20 grandmasters and the q
4 36 The beast turned up for - 28 Quoted the wrong edict (5) =~) 19 Salty (6) Azeri teen found a clever two-move
lunch, initially (5) 30 Rise up and stagger roure o. . oe o : oats sequence to induce his Israeli
37 Absolute and true distress olding a battte opé BS iver opponent's resignation. What
about trouble starting (5) 32 Keep going to sprinkle the on 24 Railing I : ca happened?
% a a parote mate! 33 Almost torn up, being rub- —< Oban gn a ec LEONARD BARDEN
. I te;
bish (3) ; I a TE ian (5 23° ilar (7)
2 ped” ey een)
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AE ETE ER BS SIE SE PIGS Ty ; 27 Recess (5) EE IE EL
7 Cel 28 Thaws (5)
pa 37 Traitor (5) 30 Type of element (5)
. Cryptic solutions easy solutions 38 Shabby (5) 32 Type of grass (4)

Chess: 8487: 1...f5 2 ReS e1Q+! and White resigned.
If 3 Rxe1 Rxf2 4 Reg! Rxg2with a won pawn ending.

If 3 Bxe1 Rxg2 followed
' check.

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Anchorage 27/-2 23/-5 sf 30/-1 23/-5 sf Jacksonville 74/23 53/11 pc 80/26 57/13 s Phoenix 69/20 51/10 r 62/16 48/8 sh CROOKED OLA Zz
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55/12 41/5 sh
ABT =—32/0 sh
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63/17 60/15 r
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87/30 74/23 S FREEPORT Today: E at 5-10 Knots 0-1 Feet 4-7 Miles 78° F
Ads 37/2 + Saturday: E at 6-12 Knots 0-1 Feet 5-7 Miles
AST 30/-1 pe = ABACO ‘Today: ESE at 5-10 Knots 1-2 Feet 4-7 Miles 78° F
61/16 50/10 pc Saturday: _E at 6-12 Knots 1-3 Feet 5-7 Miles 78°F
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