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The Tribune.
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Tribune. (Nassau, Bahamas).
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Tribune
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PMH staff
speak out after
bed shortage

m@ By KARIN HERIG —
and ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporters

FOLLOWING yet another
bed shortage at Princess Mar-

}- garet Hospital, hospital staff

want to know-how the facility
will be able to cope with the
increasing number of patients
government’s National: Health
Insurance plan is expected to
bring. ‘

Nurses working at PMH
contacted The Tribune, urg-
ing government to rethink the
implementation of the pro-

Peet files defamation
writ naming Ingraham
and radio station

FNM leader Hubert Ingraham,
and Love97 radio have reported-
ly been named in a defamation
writ filed by Minister of Finan-
cial Services and Investment Vin-

“cent Peet.

In a statement released yester-
day, the PLP said the writ is in
connection with the recent FNM
rally, which was broadcast over
radio,

“T have been involved in front-

line politics for almost 25 years,”
Mr Peet is quoted as saying. “I
cherish my reputation and I owe a
duty to my family, my con-
stituents and myself to vigorous-
ly defend it.

“The courts will now deal with
the matter,” he said.

posed NHI scheme, stating
that it will “wreak havoc” if
extensive infrastructural
upgrades are not seen to done
before the launch of such a
plan.

According to reports by sev-
eral nurses, the emergency
room at PMH on Friday expe-
rienced a serious shortage of
beds, forcing staff to place
patients on army cots on the
ground,

Former registered nurse at
PMH, Jean Sands was visiting
the emergency room on Fri-

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Unconfirmed
reports of hit
and run involving
a young boy

A YOUNG boy was left
in what appeared to be an
unconscious state after a

hit-and-run incident near
Fox Hill prison at around
liam yesterday, according
to unconfirmed reports,

Though police were
aware of the incident, they
could not provide any fur-
ther details, and up until
press time yesterday no
confirmation of the boy's
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arrived in Nassau yesterday
morning.

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Tribune staff) .}

A LARGE group of illegal
immigrants apprehended in

i, Bahamian waters over the week-
# end brings the number of

Haitians captured by Defence }

Force officials to 1,000 for the 1%

year so far.

A:group of 96 undocumented
Haitians arrived in Nassau yes-
terday morning after being
apprehended in the southern
Bahamas in a joint effort
between the Defence Force and
the US Coast Guard.

On Saturday morning, shortly
afteri\6am, the US Coast Guard’s
cutter Reliant spotted a small
sloop carrying 96 Haitian
migrants in the waters off the
southern tip of Long Island.

The US Coast Guard imme-
diately alerted the Defence Force
to the presence of this over-
crowded vessel off Castle Cay.

The Defence Vessel HMBS ©

Bahamas, on routine patrol in
the area, was diverted to the
small cay, and was successful in
apprehending the immigrants.

Because of the unsanitary con-
dition of the sloop, the Haitians
—79 men, 14 women and three
children — were transferred from
the sloop on to the Defence
Force craft,

They were brought to Nassau,
where they arrived at Prince
George Dock yesterday morn-

ing.

According to reports, the 96
migrants were all in good health
at the time of their apprehension

The group is now waiting to
be processed while the sloop they
arrived on was destroyed by the
Defence Force,

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@ By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter

WITH the case of Hannes
Babak’s removal from all man-
agerial operations at the Grand
Bahama Port Authority expect-
ed to be heard before the
Supreme Court today, Tourism
Minister Obie Wilchcombe is
urging all parties involved to
resolve matters expediently
before investors are given the
impression of an unstable,
divided Freeport.

In an interview with The Tri-
bune last night, Minister Wilch-
combe, MP for West End,
Grand Bahama, said that he is
“deeply concerned” that the
longer the dispute over the
rightful ownership of the
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@ By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport

Reporter

FREEPORT - After official-
ly announcing the six FNM can-
didates to run in the upcoming
general elections on Grand
Bahama, FNM Leader Hubert
Ingraham implored all FNM
supporters on the island to
“man their battle stations and
get ready to do battle with the
PER:

Mr Ingraham told:support-
ers on Sunday at the FNM
Headquarters that he expects
the elections to take place ear-
ly in the New Year as he
announced plans for a mass ral-
ly in Freeport on Friday,
December 8,

He also announced that the
FNM Council has ratified Mrs
Vernae Grant as the candidate
for Eight Mile Rock; Kwasi
Thompson as the candidate for
Pineridge, Zhivargo Laing for
Marco City, and David Wallace
for West End and Bimini,

Mr Ingraham said MPs Neko

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Tribune Staff Reporter

MORE than 2,000 signa-
tures were collected Saturday
night to protest the proposed
Liquefied Natural Gas plant
at Ocean Cay, near Bimini, at ©
an awareness-raising concert
at Arawak Cay,

These 2,000 signatures will
now be added to others
already collected to make up
a total of well over 5,000 sig-
natures on a petition against
the controversial facility, said
Mrs Sam Duncombe, presi-
dent of reEarth, the environ-
mental organisation that
planned the event,

"There was great energy...it
was a star concert. Everything
went wonderfully and we're
very happy," said Mrs Dun-
combe yesterday.

"Even when we were
putting up flyers and posters,
people were not aware of
what LNG was...and so this is

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one of the reasons why we did
the concert in the first place,"
she said.

"(It was) for people who
aren't necessarily looking at the
paper or listening to the radio
shows so they will get the infor-
mation it's important. People
have to have that venue so that
they understand what is being
proposed for the country," she
added,

During the concert - which
saw performances by a number
of Bahamian artists - a power
point presentation was project-
ed continuously, and spoken
announcements about LNG
were made twice during the
evening's events.

Now Mrs Duncombe is
increasingly optimistic that gov-
ernment, which has been lam-
basted by a number of frustrat-
ed corporations in the last year
for their "indecision" over LNG
in the Bahamas, may move
against the project.

"T think that we have over-
whelmingly shown that when
people understand what this
issue is about they do not want
it here and I think that's very
plain.

"The thing that people need
to remember is, when we were
fighting Clifton (Cay develop-
ment), Perry Christie was then
the opposition leader and he
stepped in at 3;500 signatures
and basically said if the govern-
ment gave the Clifton Cay
developers the go-ahead that
when the PLP became the goy-
ernment they would rescind all
of the contracts that would have
allowed that project to pro-
ceed," she said.

"IT don't want to say that
3,500 is the magic number or
anything but you know the
point is, he came in and rescued
us from Clifton Cay develop-
ment at 3,500 signatures,"

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currently being considered by
government, which has down-
played the safety and environ-
mental implications, and
claimed that it will boost and
diversify the Bahamas’ econo-
my, creating 400 Bahamian
jobs, according to the minister
responsible for LNG, Leslie
Miller.

It will involve the storage of
LNG at the man-made Ocean
Cay island near Bimini, which
will then be transported to
Florida through a 100-mile long
pipeline, providing a cheap
energy source for that state,

In December 2005, Prime
Minister Perry Christie referred
to some misgivings he had
about the project in light of the
Bahamas as a tourist destina-
tion.

"I had a particular difficul-
ty...with the perception of what
the Bahamas actually is and that
there is an incredible amount
of money, I mean billions of
dollars I suppose now we spend
marketing ‘It’s better in The
Bahamas’ or ‘It just keeps get-
ting better’," he told The
Bahama Journal.

"I wasn’t sure when you jux-
tapose an LNG plant with that
perception that causes people
to come here and that really
reinforces what saves us the
cash flow into the country based
on tourism receipts. I wasn’t
sure that LNG plants in The
Bahamas were consistent with
that,"

However, Mr Christie added ~~

later that environmental impact

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_in the "very near future.”

However, opponents have
questioned why the Bahamas
should allow such a project to
go ahead in their territory when
Floridians have chosen not to
do so.

"People have a problem that

Florida or a US company wants
to dump their dirty energy in
our backyard," said Mrs Dun-
combe. "If you need the energy
then build the plant in your own
backyard, or better still, how
about going with some alterna-
tives and stop going down the
same old route that causes wars
and causes stress and strife for
the planet and for the people,"
said Mrs Duncombe.
_. She added that the next step
for reEarth in its movement to
inform the public about LNG
and articulate public opposition
to the plan is to create a one-
hour documentary, to be
accompanied by a telethon,
which they anticipate will be
aired on ZNS and Cable 12.

"We'll basically be doing a
telethon so people who, for
some reason didn't come to the
concert, will continue to have
an opportunity to understand
what the issue is about and if
they want to sign the petition
we'll give them another oppor-
tunity to sign the petition," said
Mrs Duncombe,

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0 In brief

Restaurant
employee is
shot during
robbery

AN employee of a local
restaurant was shot in the hand
during a robbery that went
wrong.

According to Inspector Wal-
ter Evans, Police Press Liaison,
two males robbers entered the
Grand Oriental Express
Restaurant located on Madeira
Street around 8pm last Wednes-
day while customers and
employees were present and
robbed the eatery of a “small
amount of cash.”

One of the perpetrators, car-
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employee in the right arm.

The robbers escaped heading
towards St Thomas More
School.

The injury to the employee,
who is in his mid-fifties, is “not
life threatening.”

Two are
accused of
robbery at
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TWO men were remanded to
jail Friday after being arraigned
in magistrate’s court on armed
robbery charges.

The accused, Steven Burrows,
33 of Victoria Boulevard and
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Street appeared before magis-
trate Susan Sylvester at Court
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alleged that the two on Tues-
day, November 29, while armed
with a handgun robbed
Kendrick Deveaux of $330 in
cash. It is further alleged that
the two at the same time robbed
Shavago James of $20. The inci-
dent reportedly took place at
Cambridge Street.

The men were not required
to plead to the charges and
were remanded to prison. A
preliminary inquiry has been set
for March 16, 2007.

Man faces
charge of
stealing
from church

A 20-YEAR-OLD man of
Marshall Road was arraigned
in magistrate's court on shop-
breaking and stealing charges.

It is alleged that Anthony
Meadows sometime around
12.30 am on Monday, Novem-
ber 27, broke into Mt Nebo
Baptist Church on Marshall
Road. It is alleged that he, being
concerned with others, stole a
replica church bus with cash in
the amount of $4,000, a 13-inch
television set along with an
assortment of food items, a!to-
gether valued at $4,250.

Meadows, who was
arraigned before Magistrate
Carolita Bethel Friday pleaded
not guilty to the charges and
was granted $3,500 bail. The
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m@ By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter

THE Tribune has now
passed on the contact details of
contractors who have given

this newspaper permission to ,

release their names to the
police so that they can help
them in their investigation into
allegations of corruption in the
Ministry of Housing. Housing
Minister Neville Wisdom
announced on Wednesday,
November 8th, that the alle-
gations would be investigated
by the police.

Several other contractors,
who did not wish to be named,
have expressed their intention

LOCAL NEWS

Contractors’ details
passed on to police
to help investigation

to go to the police in the com-
ing week to lay out their
claims.

These include allegations,
initially brought to light at the
beginning of November, that
there is a group of corrupt
individuals in the ministry who
are extorting money from con-
tractors, and pocketing hous-
ing funds — ultimately at the
expense of working class
Bahamian home buyers, who
have been left paying over-the-
odds for substandard work, it
is alleged.

The exchange of details fol-
lows an approach made by
Superintendent Keith Bell and
Detective Sergeant Harris

Cash to The Tribune on Thurs-
day, November 16th, to
request any information that
reporters might have that
would help their investigation.

While Tribune reporters
cannot give this information
to the police, because it was
given to them in confidence,
they went to their informants
for permission to release their
names.

While at The Tribune office,
the two senior officers request-

ed that any other contractors.

with any information that can

help police as they investigate

the Ministry of Housing con-
tact them on either 302-8158
(Bell) or 302-8073 (Cash).

Major cruise lines announce
expansion of their fleets

THE Bahamas may see a
significant increase in cruise
ship passengers next year as
several of the major cruise line
companies have announced
the launching of new vessels.

The Norwegian Cruise Line
will be launching yet another
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of next year.

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Meanwhile, the Royal
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EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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.

Publisher/Editor 1972-

Published Daily Monday to Saturday

Shirley Street, PO. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas
Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama

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IN DEBATING government’s proposed
National Health Insurance Bill now before
the House, St Margaret MP Pierre Dupuch
wanted to know if the many Haitians without
status in the country had been factored into

~ the estimated $250 million annual cost of the

insurance.

He said he understood that there were
from 40,000 to 100,000 illegal Haitians in the
country. He wanted to know who would take
care of their medical needs under the plan. He
believed that if they were included in gov-
ernment’s calculations, the proposal “would-
n’t look too good then.”

The illegal immigrant population — not
only Haitians, but those of other nationali-
ties— will have to receive medical care when-
ever they go to the clinics or the hospitals.

Recently Dr Marcus Bethel, rightly
refused the suggestion of those who wanted
the hospital to give government the names
of all illegal persons seeking medical help so
that the immigration department could deport
them. Not only can a medical facility not
refuse assistance, but if a sick person is afraid
to seek help in his illness, that untreated illness
could start an epidemic in the community.

So, if only for purely selfish reasons, no ill
person should be frightened into going under-
ground with his sickness.

Nor should the Haitians be blamed for the
dilemma now facing the country — we are
all to blame.

Those of us who lived through the early
forties should vividly remember what hap-
pens when a group of people in a society are
sidelined. We remember how.German Jews
— from the most brilliant to the poorest —
were blamed for all of Germany’s economic
and social ills after the First World War.
Everything that went wrong in Germany was
the fault of the Jew. Hitler ranted and raved
about these Germans, reducing them to an
object of scorn, stripping them of their human-
ity. And so the Jew was ostracised. Then he
was attacked and arrested. And then he was
gassed. The word Holocaust should mean
something to all of us, whether it was part of
our times, or whether we have only read about
it. The horrors of the Holocaust should be a
lesson we should all learn well.

Every time we hear Haitians being eed
and blamed for all of this country’s problems,

' we think of the hapless Jew.

The Haitian problem is a Bahamian prob-
lem, encouraged by Bahamians from way
back.

Bahamians were happy to welcome Haitian

Blame government for the problem

labour when Haitians arrived in small num-
bers and were absorbed by society. Today
these “old” Haitians resent the newcomers
as much as do Bahamians. Because Haitian
immigrants now arrive by the boatload, upset-
ting the social order, the spotlight on them
now includes those who consider the Bahamas
their home. We know “Bahamians” who came
from Haiti as small children, who live in fear
that the Haitian skeleton in their closet will be
“outed.” They have no reason to be ashamed
of their Haitian roots, but they are.

As a child we always thought of Haitians as
a well educated, cultured people — far more
educated and cultured than the. Bahamian.
That was because those were the only
Haitians we met in those days.

Today that perception has changed — not
because the high class Haitian is any less cul-
tured, but because all we now see are Haiti’s

’ poor being disgorged on our shores.

And so we have a problem. We have a
problem because we have jobs to do that
Bahamians refuse to do. We know of families
who would rather their young sons sit idly at
home rather than get a summer job to help
support the family doing what they consider
“Haitian work.” And so these, the very per-
sons who complain the loudest about the

Haitians, create the need for them to be here.

because of their attitude towards jobs that
have been reserved for Haitians.

But government should get most of the
blame.

If Haitians with jobs in this country were
regularised, then they would be contributing
to National Insurance and whatever insur-
ance would be introduced and would, there-
fore, be supporting themselves. Those who
do not have jobs, would not be needed, and
should be repatriated.

There are many Haitians today who have
jobs, but do not pay National Insurance,
because not given a work permit by govern-
ment, they are afraid of being detected by
going to National Insurance. Government
ministers have Haitian gardeners, obviously
because there is no Bahamian to tend their
gardens. On what grounds can they then jus-
tify rejecting applications for a Haitian from
Bahamian employers?

A Bahamian on a recent radio talk show

“revealed that Immigration Minister Shane

Gibson himself had a Haitian employee. So
how can Mr Gibson deny others?

Don’t blame the poor Haitian, rather
blame a confused government for our prob-
lems.



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Reply to senator's
criticism of article

EDITOR, The Tribune.

IN A letter to the editor pub-
lished on www.Bahamasuncen-
sored.com, Senator Philip Galanis
criticised an article written by
myself, claiming it misrepresented
the international coverage of the
Anna Nicole Smith issue. My arti-
cle explained that the issue has
been portrayed by more than 130
news organisations around the
world as a political liability for
the PLP.

Mr Galanis wrote: “On Mon-
day, November 13th, The Tri-
bune’s journalists have done their
very best once more to mislead
and misinform the Bahamian
public.” He asks how a reporter,
“supposedly part of the cadre of
journalists that are being so well-
trained by the eminent Mr Mar-
quis” can “attempt to mislead his
readers so blatantly by headlining
a story ‘international media’”.

In what is becoming a recur-
rent theme in his public com-
ments on journalism, Mr Galanis
seems to have confused his terms
and missed the point entirely.
There are, in fact, a number of
curious aspects to Mr Galanis’
letter — leaving aside the many
grammatical oddities, two exam-
ples of which are offered in the
paragraph above.

Mr Galanis’ complaint seems
to be that the stories published
by international media organisa-
tions referring to Anna Nicole
Smith as a political handicap for
his party had their origins in the
work of a few local stringers. He
says: “The fact that the story is
running in, as the article says,
‘Canada, Europe, Australia, Chi-
na and the US’, does not mean
that there are Canadian, Euro-
pean, Australian, Chinese and
American journalists camped out
here, each writing stories that
reflect negatively on our nation
and our government.”

The short answer to this is: of
course this is not what it means.
Nowhere in my article is it
claimed or even suggested that
the stories were the work of for-
eign journalists. Anyone
acquainted with the modus
operandi of international media
organisations would wonder
where the senator got such an
idea.

In yet another of his interesting
grammatical constructions, Mr
Galanis asserts: “The truth is, if
this reporter were to be honest,
that these stories he refers to are
actually written by local reporters
who are ‘stringers’ for these news
organisations, like Reuters and
the Associated Press.”

Absolutely correct . .. and?
One struggles to see his point.
The fact of the matter is that the
story WAS published — in Cana-
da, Europe, Australia, the US and
China.

Surely even someone as blind-
ed by partisan fervor as Mr Gala-
nis can appreciate that what mat-
ters is not who wrote a story that
portrays the Bahamas in a nega-
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Is he suggesting that the read-
ership of more than 100 news
houses from Washington to Bei-
jing did NOT read the story? Is
he saying that a news story read
by hundreds of thousands, per-
haps millions of potential tourists
and investors doesn’t matter
unless it is written by a journalist
born in the country where it is
published, who travelled to the
Bahamas in order to report back?
In that case, a good portion of all
modern journalism may as well
be disregarded.

The senator seems to have
become entangled in misconcep-
tions about the meaning of the
term “international media”,
assuming for some reason that it
applies to the individual writing
the news, rather than the body
which publishes it. This would be
easily remedied were Mr Gala-
nis to look up “international” and
“media” in any dictionary.

But perhaps the best way for
him to avoid becoming confused
in the future is not to speak about
journalism, a subject of which he
clearly has little understanding.
For his information, news organ-
isations that subscribe to interna-
tional wires like the Associated
Press and Reuters select only a
few from a multitude of stories
every day and hold their stringers
to the most rigorous standards of
accountability. Under these cir-
cumstances, would one not con-
sider it quite significant that so
many news organisations chose
to publish a story embarrassing
the PLP over thousands of other
options sent in from around the
world that day?

Mr Galanis’ argument is irrel-
evant in any case. Had his atten-
tion span held to the end of my
article, he would have found it
clearly explained that all the sto-
ries about Anna Nicole Smith I
referred to originated in a single
Associated Press article.

However there is another,
much more troubling sentiment
expressed in his closing state-
ments. Mr Galanis asks: “Why
are these ‘stringers’ or reporters
in the employ. of foreign news
agencies so determined to under-
mine the place they call home and
attempt to destroy what so many
have worked so hard to build
up?”

The answer, of course, is that
the truth cannot undermine or
destroy anything worth preserv-
ing. If the stringer’s story is not
the truth, I invite Mr Galanis to
outline the positive version of the
Anna Nicole Smith debacle for
the public.

Journalists understand that a
democratic society can only
endure if those in power are con-
stantly subjected to the most
intense scrutiny and made to earn
any respect they enjoy.

But it seems Mr Galanis
believes that rather than tell the
truth, our job is to erect a glossy

veneer around our national
image, regardless of the reality of
its contents. I would refer him to
any textbook definition of jour-
nalism or indeed parliamentary
democracy to ascertain which of
us is correct.

The senator goes on to ques-
tion whether The Tribune has
“the journalistic integrity they
profess to possess”.

I do not expect any politician to
appreciate the truism that there is
no integrity without honesty. And
true to the model, the senator evi-
dently thinks “the best interests of
the Bahamian people” means
putting a positive spin on things
regardless of the facts. But if the
senator were to overcome his
apparent aversion to reference
books, he might learn that behav-
ing with integrity is the antithesis
of blindly catering to interests,
and that ultimately, the best ser-
vice a journalist can render his
country is to “let justice be done,
though the heavens fall” as the
Romans used to say.

Of late, Tribune journalists who
have spoken out against corrup-
tion or hypocrisy have been
accused of acting as conduits for
the opinions of our superiors.
Lest the senator be tempted to
make the same error, I invite him
to contact me personally to judge
for himself the origin of the opin-
ions expressed above.

PACO NUNEZ
Tribune News Editor
Nassau,

December 4, 2006

I want my
right to live in
the Bahamas

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I AM writing to add my name
to the list of those who have
been mistreated, ignored, done
wrong by Immigration here in

- Nassau. I have been married 8

1/2 years to a Bahamian. I have
three Bahamian children who
were born here in Nassau. I
have been technically a tourist
for the last 31/2 years. I have
applied for the permanent resi-
dency (4 1/2 years ago) and the
yearly residency permits (ear-
lier this year) and still have
nothing. I refuse to pay for a
general work permit to be my
husband’s maid. I refuse to pay
anyone under the table to get
something that is my right. I -
refuse to fork out loads of mon-
ey to get a lawyer push this
along quicker. However, I do
want my right to live here, to
work if I wish, to come and go
without being hassled every
time about my status. Help me!

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allegation
of carrying.
handgun

A 28-YEAR-OLD Sunlight
Village man was taken into
police custody Friday after
allegedly being found in pos-
session of a loaded pistol.

The man was reportedly spot-
ted by officers from the mobile
division, who thought he was
acting suspiciously in the ‘Sun-
light Village area Friday night,
according to police press liai-
son officer Walter Evans.

Officers gave chase and in the
process saw the man pull an
object from his waist and throw
it to the ground.

The object was a loaded pis-

tol with five live rounds of
ammunition.

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admits
stealing from
workplace

A 34-YEAR-OLD woman of
Mount Royal Avenue pleaded
guilty in magistrate’s court Fri-
day to stealing from her place of
employment.

Court dockets stated that
Garnell Arnett on Wednesday,
November 22, stole $255 from
the Gucci store on Bay Street.
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Tribune Staff Reporter

THE opposition has ques-
tioned how government can
get National Health Insurance
right when it cannot "get the
small things right" and has sug-
gested that the current leader-
ship's record is proof that it
will not be able to deliver the
programme.

Meanwhile, the party
claimed that a successful pro-
gramme "must be built on the
twin pillars of compassion and
competence" if it is to "bring
genuine hope and help to our
people."

"Such a system must not be
allowed to go bankrupt quick-
ly because it was badly
designed by a Government
desperate for a perceived

accomplishment on the eve of
a general election," the party
said in a statement yesterday.

The FNM declared that it
does not disagree with the
"urgent need for a critical
response to the health care
needs of the Bahamian peo-
ple" but only with the ability of
the current government to cre-
ate and implement such a
response.

"While most Bahamians
enthusiastically support the
development of universal
health coverage, they know
that the leadership of a com-
petent Prime Minister is essen-
tial to make such momentous
progress take place in a timely

and effective manner, " said the

party.
"Comprehensive health
reform requires strong leader-

ship by Government...who will
study the details; engage all
stakeholders...then oversee
and push the government
bureaucracy to make sure our
people get what they are
. promised and what they
deserve.

"Based on its record, we do
not believe that the PLP can
offer this leadership," said the
party.

The party is critical of Prime
Minister Christie for, it claims,

delegating the task of moving.

the project forward to the min-
ister for health, Dr Bernard
Nottage.

"When it came time to
address the nation on this crit-
ical matter it was the Minister
of Health, not the Prime Min-
ister, who took to the air-
waves," said the. party.

FNM names candidates for Grand Bahama

FROM page one

Grant and Kenneth Russell
will return as the candidates
for Lucaya and High Rock,
respectively.

During his announcement of
candidates, thunderous
applause and cheers rang out
from among supporters gath-
ered at the party’s headquar-
ters on West Atlantic Drive
around 3pm on Sunday.

Mr Ingraham said.a number
of people sought nomination
for the seats in Grand Bahama.
He said after mature and care-
ful consideration the party set-
tled on the six persons named.

Mrs Grant, a business-
woman, and lawyer Kwasi
Thompson, are entering the
political arena for the first time.

“In a political family, like in

any family, there will always ,

be some differences of opin-
ion. What we do not have in
the FNM is division; we have
many people with. many
views,” he said.

uo) Mr Ingraham said the FNM |
and its supporters are united in
their resolve to recapture the _



@ HUBERT Ingraham

government of the Bahamas
once again to bring good gov-
ernance back to Grand
Bahama, and the Bahamas.

“T want to thank all those
who fought to become candi-
dates for us in Grand Bahama
and who were not successful.
The decision has now been
taken, and all FNMs and sup-
porters should man their battle
stations and get ready to do
battle with the PLP,” he said.

According to Mr Ingraham,
former MP and cabinet minis-
ter David Thonipson as: been
appointed to coordinate the

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Bahama and Abaco.

“He has served in parlia-
ment for 12 years...and is
someone in whom I have great
confidence, and I am assigning
him responsibility. for coordi-
nation of the election campaign
for Grand Bahama and Abaco,
which will mean responsibili-
ty for 20 per cent of the seats in
parliament,” he said.

The PLP government, said
‘Mr Ingraham, has provided
ineffective governance during
its tenure in office.

Mr Ingraham believes that
the handling of the Royal
Oasis situation is “only sys-
tematic of how the PLP has
misgoverned the Bahamas.”

“The different announce-
ments, I have never known of a
time when more announce-
ments were made. And this
pudding people can’t get any to
eat — they hear about it all the
time. The last word I heard was
that a sale would come by the
end of this month. [ will..

_ comment on this when I speak
in Grand Bahama on Friday

night,” he said.



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The statement further sug-
gested that the PLP are deliv-
ering promises to the people
which they will not be able to
follow through on, which, they
claim, is worse than making no

_ promises at all.

"The same administration
which often runs out of basic
medicines in hospitals and clin-
ics now tells us that they are
ready to overhaul the health
care system. That’s hard to
believe.

"The same administration
which cannot collect garbage
on time, keep our islands clean,

_ or open schools on time and in

good repair, now tells us that
they have figured out the details
of how to bring urgent help to
the uninsured, the sick, the
elderly and our poorer citizens.
We do not believe them," said

the party.
The statement criticised the
government — "which loudly

proclaimed its intention to con-
sult" _ for allegedly failing to
do so with regards to the NHI
initiative.

"If you had a serious illness
and your doctor went ahead
and decided on a treatment plan
for you and your family with-
out consulting you or other doc-
tors, what would you think?
Well that is what the PLP wants
to do with your health care.

"They propose a plan for you
without consulting you on all
the details. We all agree on
comprehensive health care.
“But, let’s get it right together,"
said the party.

Mr Ingraham is expected to
address the issue in the House
of Assembly on Wednesday.

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FREEPORT - Prime Minis-
ter Perry Christie is being called
on to step in as an arbitrator to

bring resolution to the stalled _

contract negotiations between
the Grand Bahama Power
Company and the union in
Freeport.

Pedro Edwards, president of
the Bahamas Industrial Engi-
neers Management Supervisory
Union, and Keith Knowles,

president of the Common--

wealth Electrical Workers
Union, expressed their frustra-
tion over the lingering state of
negotiations.

They said the situation has
dragged on for over a year, and
no progress has been made
since the matter was referred
by the government to the Indus-
trial Tribunal.

Mr Edwards was concerned
that the plight of workers in
Freeport is being ignored and
overshadowed in wake of the
controversy embroiling the
Grand Bahama Port Authori-
ty, and the Anna Nicole-Smith
matter in New Providence.

“We need the Prime Minis-
ter and (Minister of Labour)
Shane Gibson to step forward,
and be the arbitrators that they
are supposed to be in this tri-
partite arrangement,” said Mr
Edwards.

Negotiations on a new indus-
trial agreement began in April
2004. The Power Company
employs about 180 Bahamians.
The CEWU represents 135 of
those workers.

The union had: initiated
industrial action in September
by calling its members out on
strike when negotiations stalled’
in August. However, govern-
ment had intervened and
referred the matter to the

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Industrial Tribunal, and ordered
the union to call off the strike.

Mr Edwards said it appears
that the government is siding
with the company.

“This whole fiasco, we
believe, was created by the gov-
ernment...because it is absolute-
ly mind-boggling for govern-
ment to refer negotiations
between the union and the
Power Company to the Tri-
bunal, or to any court of this
land.

“The union has the right to
wage industrial action based on
the laws of this country. And if
the government is going to be
referring things that are non-

referable, it is saying to the peo-
ple that they are siding with the
company. I want to remind the
government that the election is
near and these people will keep
this in mind,” he said.

Mirant Corporation, which is
based in Atlanta, owns 50 per
cent shares in the Power Com-
pany. Mirant executive Dave
Dunbar, former CEO of the
Power Company, in August,
had accused the union of being
unreasonable and stalling nego-
tiations.

Although a new CEO has
been appointed to replace Mr
Dunbar, Mr Knowles said noth-
ing has changed and that man-

agement continues to stall the
negotiations.

“The bottom-line is that
Mirant Corporation wants to
sell its shares, and the workers
want their money,” said Mr
Knowles.

The union executives claim
that Port Authority officials and
directors of ICD will get rich
off profits earned during the
Christmas, while the workers’
morale continues to decline.

“The PM and Shane Gibson
must step in...we have had
enough of the Anna Nicole-
Smith thing. It is time to focus
on the plight of Bahamian
workers,” he said.

Grand Bahama Power Company
accused of union busting tactics

@ By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter

FREEPORT — CEWU exec-
utives are accusing management
at the Grand Bahama Power
Company of engaging in “union



busting tactics” by hiring local
contractors to complete work
initially started by linesmen in
the bargaining unit.

Keith Knowles, president of
the Commonwealth Electrical
Workers Union, said that the
first of a three phase extension
of the well field project for
Grand Bahama Utility Compa-
ny was started and completed
over six months ago by lines-
men.

Mr Knowles said that a con-
tractor was hired last Monday.

He said that neither the
union, nor the workers were
notified by management.

He said the action taken by
management undermines, and
demonstrates disrespect for the
workers, who worked diligently
during the first phase before the
work was put on hold.

“This is the very thing that
contributes to the low morale
at the work place as the
employees’ frustration contin-
ues to increase due to the hid-

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den agendas and unfair treat-
ment. This is only one of the
many hidden agendas why. the
union and the employees don’t
trust this company,” Mr
Knowles said.

Mr Knowles said that hiring -

of a contractor will be more
costly for the company. He not-
ed that the contractors are not
adequately equipped to carry
out the work.

“For some mysterious reason
the work was put on hold. And,
despite i inquiries made by work-
ing foreman Christly Smith,
who oversees the project, no
answer as to why work was
stopped or when the work
would'resume was given,” said
Mr Knowles.

The union executive claims
that contractors do not have
the necessary equipment to do
the work, such as a drill rig
truck to drill the holes for the
poles, or a derrick truck to step

.the poles.

Union shop steward Christly

Smith said that no one is over-
seeing the project being carried.
out by the contractors.

He believes that outsourcing
of work is being carried out by
someone in the company “who’
has special interest” in giving
projects to certain conitastors.

Mr Knowles said he m¢* "vith
the director of Hvuracn
Resources, and.the Plan). uz
and Protection manager, to dic -
cuss the matter, but both offi-
cials were unaware that a con-
tractor had been hired.

He said that director of Envi-
ronment, Health, Safety and
Security was also not aware that
contractors had been hired to
carry out the work.

Mr Knowles said union bust-
ing is against the law. He said
the union has repeatedly told
the company that workers are
willing to work with them once
there is healthy communica-
tions and honesty between
management, workers and the
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Workers Co-operative Credit Headquarters building located

on East Street and Independence Drive on Friday December 8,
2006 at 6:00p.m. when the following business will be

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of the Directors and Auditors, and any other documents required by
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transaction and proceedings of the Directors and Officers of the
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LOCAL NEWS

Junkanoo parade
details released

The routes have been announced for this year’s
junkanoo parades. Here we list the routes,

planned road closures and parking restrictions.

Boxing EN, Junkanoo

Annual Boxing Day Junkanoo parade on Tuesday 26th December will be held between the
hours of lam and 8am



The routes of the parade are as follows - Frederick Street to Bay Street, east along Bay
Street to Elizabeth Avenue, South along Elizabeth Avenue to Shirley Street, west along
Shirley Street to Frederick Street

No Parking

.From two hours before and until after the parade no vehicles will be allowed to park’on
either side of the following streets

h) East Street between Sands Lane and
Woodes Rodgers Walk

i) Parliament Street between Woodes
Rodgers Walk and East Hill Street

}) Market Street between Bay Street and
Duke Street

k) Trinity Place

1) King Street

m) Cumberland Street between Duke
Street and Marlborough Street

a) Bay Street between Navy Lion Road
and Victoria Avenue
b) Navy Lion Road
c) Shirley Street between Frederick Street
and Collins Avenue
d) Frederick Street between Shirley Strect
and Woodes Rodgers Walk
€) Charlotte Street between Woodes
Rodgers Walk and Shirley Street
f) Woodes Rodgers Walk
g) Elizabeth Avenue
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Closure of streets

From 5:30pm on Monday 25th December until after the parade the following streets will be
closed to vehicular traffic

Street and Bay Street

e) Charlotte street between Woodes
Rodgers Walk and Shirley Street

f) East Street between Shirley Street and
Bay Street

g) Elizabeth Avenue betwen Bay street
and Shirley Street

a) Bay Street between Navy Lion road and
Elizabeth Avenue
b) Shirley Street between Frederick street -
BS Collins avenue
) Parliament street peiveen East Hill
ee and Bay Street
d) Frederick street between East Hill

Diversion of traffic

Vehicular traffic travelling north on Blue
Hill Road will be diverted west on
Marlborough Street

Vehicular traffic travelling north on
Nassau Street will be diverted west along
West Bay Street

Vehicular traffic travelling west on Shirley
Street will be diverted south onto Collins
Avenue

Vehicular traffic travelling east on
Marlborough Street will be diverted south on
Blue Hill Road

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Junior Junkanoo

Annual Junior Junkanoo parade will be held on Thursday 14th December, 2006, beginning
at 6pm on Bay Street between East Street and Frederick Street .
Participants of parade will travel from Frederick Street east along Bay Street to East Street.

Road Closure

From 3pm until the completion parade the following streets will be closed to vehicular traffic:

a) Bay Street between Navy Lion Road and

East Street

b) East Street between Bay Street and

Shirley Street

c) Bank Lane between Bay and Shirley

Street

d) Parliament Street between Woodes
Rodgers Walk and Shirley Street

e) Charlotte Street between Woodes
Rodgers Walk and Shirley Street

f) Frederick Street betweeen Shirley street |

and Woodes Rodgers Walk

No Parking

From 1pm until the completion of the parade no vehicles will be permitted to park on the

following streets

a) Bay Street between Navy Lion road and
East Street

b) East Street between Bay and Shirley Street

c) Bank Lane between Bay Street and Shirley
Street

d) Parliament Street between Woodes
Rodgers Walk and Shirley Street

e) Charlotte Street between Woodes Rodgers
Walk and Shirley Street

f) Frederick Street between Shirley Street
and Woodes Rodgers Walk

g) Woodes Rodgers Walk between Navy
Lion Road and East Street

Traffic diversion

Vehicular traffic travelling north along Navy Lion Road will be diverted east along Woodes
Rodgers Walk to East Street, south on East Street to Bay Street and continue east on Bay Street.

the hours of 1am and 8am.

Street to Frederick Street.

either side on the following streets

a) Bay Street between Navy Lion Road
and Victoria Avenue

b) Navy Lion Road

c) Shirley Street between Frederick Street
and Collins Avenue

d) Frederick Street between Shirley Street
and Woodes Rodgers Walk

e) Charlotte Street between Woodes
Rodgers Walk and Shirley Street

f) Woodes Rodgers Walk

g) Elizabeth Avenue

closed to vehicular traffic

a) Bay Street between Navy Lion road and
Elizabeth Avenue
b) Shirley Street between Frederick street

-ARGeeollins avenue..

c) Parliament street between East Hill
street and Bay Street
d) Frederick street between East Hill

Vehicular traffic travelling west on Shirley
Street will be diverted south onto Collins
Avenue

Vehicular traffic travelling east on
Marlborough Street will be diverted south
on Blue Hill Road

New Year’s Day Junkanoo

The Annual New Year's Day Junkanoo will be held on Monday 1st January, 2007 between

The route of the parade is as follows: Frederick Street To Bay Street, east along Bay Street
to Elizabeth Avenue, South along Elizabeth Avenue to Shirley Street, west along Shirley

No parking

From two hours before and until after the parade no vehicles will be allowed to park on

Closure of streets

From 5:30pm on Sunday 31st December until after the parade the following streets will be

Diversion of traffic

Hill Road will be diverted west on
Marlborough street



h) East Street between Sands Lane and
Woodes Rodgers Walk

1) Parliament Street between Woodes
Rodgers Walk and East Hill Street

j) Market Street between Bay Street and
Duke Street

k) Trinity Place

1) King Street

m) Cumberland Street between Duke
Street and Marlborough Street

street and Bay Street

e) Charlotte street between Woodes
Rodgers Walk and Shirley Street

f) East Street between Shirley Street and
Bay Street

g) Elizabeth Avenue betwen Bay street and

Shirléy Street

Vehicular traffic travelling north on Blue

Vehicular traffic travelling north on

Nassau Street will be diverted west along
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Economic fears

about universal care
are not convincing

PERSPECTIVES

I: should be clear that The
Bahamas (thanks to its
location and political charac-
teristics) will never have a prob-
lem being, and staying, a rela-
tively wealthy country.

A troop of macaque monkeys
in our position would have no
problem being in the top three
in our hemisphere in terms of
income per capita, and, if they
managed to steer clear of some
of our silly mistakes, would
probably be in the top two.

So instead of jockeying to
take credit for every miraculous
new investment and stopover
statistic, politicians should admit
this simple, overriding fact and
then move on to explain how
they propose to translate The
Bahamas’ virtually natural eco-
nomic success into higher
human development for all its
citizens.

Yet in the i-w cases that this
question has come into focus,
once-dormant voices have
sprung forth to warn that we
are putting our economic
prospects in dire risk by merely
thinking such things aloud.

And so it has been with the
NHI debate. Though there have
been many sound, genuine and
articulate voices opposing this
specific plan on account of its
specific faults, hidden among
them are many who seem to
genuinely favour the status quo
and to oppose any timely move
to implement universal cover-
age. Their arguments follow two
strands:-

1) Universal health care is a
good objective, But we simply
cannot afford it yet.

2) Since socialised healthcare
experiments in places like
Britain have ended in ‘failure’,
any genuinely universal health-

care plan is doomed to fail. So -

the status quo is the default
option.

| he first point is simply
too dim to engage. If
you compare the relative
incomes of the Bahamas and
many of the countries that have
universal health coverage and
which now (embarrassingly)
outpace us in terms of Human
Development, you will instant-
ly note the value of such argu-
ments. Eureka! i

The second point appears on
its face to carry some merit. But
it is based upon a highly. pre-
sumptive premise.

Anyone who suggests that
Britain’s National Health Ser-
vice has been a “failure” is
either unacquainted with its
original aims or is (like many
modern British politicians) sim-
ply expressing a difference of
values masked as a factual crit-
icism.

You see, it never was the aim
of any universal health care sys-
tem to make money, or even to
function without burdening the
state. The designers of Europe’s
social safety net were motivated
by a desire to bring human
development levels into line
with the economic development
of their countries. They thought
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broad consensus that such sys-
tems are no longer worth the
burden they have always been is
evidence not of failure, but of
their splendid success in achiey-
ing that aim.

Through bureaucratic, uneco-
nomic, but universal health sys-
tems, countries like Britain and
Canada (not to mention villain-
ous old Cuba) have achieved
infant mortality rates that put
the richer US to shame. Togeth-
er with France, Sweden and the
like, they routinely top the
world’s Human Development
Index. It is little wonder, in that
context, that political priorities
are not what they were in 1945,
and have now shifted away
from primary health concerns.

QO f course the search for
a third way, a health

care system that achieves both
universal access and efficiency is
both a noble aim and one that
we should follow, if we can, so



The
inescapable
fact is that for
there to be
genuinely
universal
coverage,
there must be
a distortion in
one or other

sector of the

economy.



as to avoid making all the mis-
takes of the old welfare states.
But it is a search that is by no
means over.

The difficulty is that, when-
ever insurers and private health-
care providers are faced with
either compulsion or govern-
ment funded competition, there
will be some distortion in the
market. This has happened
wherever government has pro-
vided direct public care or reg-
ulated pricing in the private sec-
tor (as in most of Europe).

On the other hand, in coun-
tries like Chile (and possibly
The Bahamas, if the present
proposals are adopted) non-
socialist alternatives like pub-
lic insurance and mandatory pri-
vate insurance have been
accused of constituting a tax (a
bad word to some people) by
employers and wage earners,
who share the burden.

The inescapable fact is that
for there to be genuinely uni-
versal coverage, there must be a
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because, in a free market envi-
ronment, coverage levels gen-
erally hover around 40 per cent
to 60 per cent in wealthy coun-
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Our 51 per cent is about as high
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B ut the fact is that not
only can we afford
such a minimal distortion when
it comes, but we can hardly
afford otherwise in the long run.
Universal coverage for Bahami-
ans is not some kind of charity
or act of populism. It is giving to
Bahamians what is theirs as of
right: a country that guarantees
a safety net in line with the lev-
els of wealth generated within it.
Against this there is simply no
legitimate argument.

The PLP has lain bare its
NHI plan, warts and all. This
column is not an endorsement
of it. Thinking Bahamians will
reserve judgment at least until
those on the front line of the
industry have had their oppor-
tunity to expose the warts to
scrutiny. Judged by the evolving
headlines, it seems the process is
not complete.

But it is to be hoped that,
along with the helpful criticism,
opponents of the NHI present
to the country some alternative
plan that also promises to
achieve genuinely universal
healthcare for Bahamians.

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stigma of HIV and the importance of getting tested

@ By US Ambassador
John Rood

THREE years have now
passed since President Bush
first announced his initiative to

fight HIV/AIDS around the
world. The U.S. commitment of
$15 billion is the largest mone-
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fight HIV and AIDS around the
world. Dealing with HIV/AIDS
is something that all nations
must do—it is everyone’s prob-
lem. Only by working together
can we hope to defeat the
scourge of HIV/AIDS. That is
why the United States is com-
mitted to supporting partner-
ships of committed nations,
NGOs, and communities to
build prevention and treatment
capabilities worldwide that will
allow us to defeat this scourge.

Here in The Bahamas, the
United States Embassy has
partnered with the Government
of the Commonwealth of the
Bahamas as well as several
prominent local organizations
in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
We are all working to fight the
stigma of HIV/AIDS and to
promote testing.

On November 21st we
unveiled the Junkanoo AIDS
Quilt. This quilt is a wonderful
example of the right response to
fight the stigma of AIDS. The
quilt does three things: it com-
memorates those Bahamians who
have died from AIDS, it moves us
to think of those Bahamians living
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HIV and AIDS.

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rounding HIV are staggering.
Approximately 40 million peo-
ple are living with HIV. An esti-
mated 15 million children have
lost one or both parents to
AIDS. Of the 3.1 million people
that die from AIDS every year,
570,000. of those are children
under the age of 15. That is one
child per minute.

Of the 40 million people liv-
ing with HIV, only 25 per cent
of those are aware they even
have it. Getting tested for HIV
can be a frightening thing, espe-







cially in an environment of fear
and ignorance of the disease.
However, knowing your status is
a personal responsibility — a
responsibility to yourself, your
family, and your community. To
emphasize the importance of
knowing your status, I was pub-
licly tested for HIV onFriday at
the HIV/AIDS Centre in Royal
Victoria's Garden. I hope my
example will inspire others to
overcome their fear of the stig-
ma of HIV and get tested.

Local efforts cannot be
overemphasized. The Ministry
of Health offers confidential
testing and, if the test is posi-
tive, there are medications to
combat the virus.

The National HIV/AIDS
Centre has built a strong part-
nership with the AIDS Founda-
tion on several initiatives. One
of the most effective of those
initiatives is the availability of
anti-retroviral medications to
HIV-positive pregnant women.
The success of that partnership
is reflected in the Mother-To-
Child-Transmission-Rate drop-
ping to below 2 per cent. The



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HIV infections is those ages 15-
24. Estimates show that HIV
prevention reaches only one out
of 10 of those at risk. These
young people are our future.

Because the human impact
of HIV is so devastating, the
economic impact is often over-
looked. Businesses and govern-
ments have a vital interest :in
getting actively involved ‘in
awareness and prevention of
HIV. Their future workforces
and the prosperity of their coun-
tries are at stake.

The Bahamas government
and local institutions have done
an exceptional job in creating
a climate of prevention, care
and treatment. But there is an
urgent need to build on the
work they've done.

Local people around the
world, in partnership with the
American people, are turning
the tide against HIV and AIDS
in their own nations and com-
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. Remember” a one day concert
‘and memorial held Friday at
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2, MONDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2006

THE TRIBUNE



ie ] LOCAL NEWS

Nurses’ fears over NHI scheme

FROM page one

day and claimed she had wit-
nessed one doctor refusing to
treat a patient lying on a cot
because he could not bend
down that far.

She also claimed that the
cardiac ward in the emer-
gency area had to be moved
to make room for the
“female medical unit”, leav-
ing hardly any space for
those persons needing emer-
gency treatment for their
heart conditions.

“There is an overflow from
all medical areas, wards have
to be converted, they have
no room to house that many
patients,” Mrs Sands said.

Another nurse, speaking
on terms of anonymity said

‘that it was a “disgrace” to

see how the patients had to
make do with cots as there
were no more beds to be
had.

A further PMH staff mem-
ber claimed that Friday’s bed
shortage is a common occur-
rence at the hospital.

Mrs Sands, a former nurse
at PMH and now working in
the pharmaceutical industry,
said that introducing the
NHI plan at this point in
time would have disastrous
consequences “on an already
ill-managed health system.”

“They can barely deal with
what they have now, I feel
the public needs to know

what’s going on in PMH.
How do you introduce a bill
of such magnitude and you
cannot deal adequately with
the load you have now?” she
asked.

The Blue Ribbon Com-
mission in its assessment esti-
mated that the NHI plan will
lead to a 20 per cent increase
of utilisation of the health
care system by the popula-
tion.

While the Commission’s
consultants say that this esti-
mate is generous, opponents
of the NHI plan in its cur-
rent form are projecting that
the country’s health care sys-
tem could see up to a 100 per
cent increase in utilisation by
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Mrs Sands yesterday told
The Tribune she agrees with
government that Bahamians
need to carry more of the
cost for health care so that
all members of the popula-
tion can have access to treat-
ment, but in her opinion gov-
ernment is going about it the
wrong way.

“And it’s not unpatriotic
to disagree with national
health insurance, it should-
n’t be like in the United
States with Republicans and
Democrats, where it’s ‘if
you’re not for us, you’re
against us.’ People should
voice their concerns,” the
former nurse said.

Mrs Sands said she felt it
her duty as a citizen and as a
former registered nurse com-
ing out of the system to
speak out against the man-
ner in which the NHI scheme
is being implemented and
urged other nurses to do the
same.

“Implementing the nation-
al health insurance is like
having children. Children are
the most wonderful thing on
Earth, but you have to be
ready to have them, certain
things have to be in place
first. It’s the same with the
national health insurance,
certain things have to be car-
ried out first,” she said.

Mrs Sands also strongly
criticised the government for
“disguising” the problems at
PMH.

She said that instead of
coming up with ways to
improve the facilities and
infrastructure of PMH, large
amounts of money is being
spent on decorating the hos-
pital for Christmas instead.

“The hospital is being
beautifully, and very expen-
sively decorated for the hol-
idays, but it’s like stuffing a
rotten turkey. The core is no
good,” she said.

On Sunday The Tribune
was not able to contact any
members of PMH’s admin-
istration for a comment on
reported bed
tagé*in the emergency

Minister calls for Port
Authority dispute to be

resolved expediently .
FROM page one

of former chairman Edward
St George in December, 2005
— with matters heating up in
the past six months with the
appointment of Hannes Babak
as chairman — Mr Wilchcombe
said he does not think that any
investors have been frightened
off as yet.

“I’ve spoken to people,

. investors, and no, they have
not been scared off. They still
have faith in Grand Bahama
and Freeport. In its 51-year
history there has been no evi-
dence of anything like this
happening in the past. These
things occur sometimes when
you are dealing with business
entities,” he said.

Mr Wilchcombe said he hopes all parties will remember that the
relationship between the former business partners, the late Edward
St George and Sir Jack Hayward, was one of “trust and respect” —
an example that should be followed.

“T hope the St George family and Sir Jack realise that this is not
what Edward St George would have wanted. He would have want-
ed everyone to concentrate, to focus on rebuilding Grand Bahama,”
he said.

Attorneys for the St George family hope that their motion to
have Mr Babak committed to Her Majesty’s Prison for being in
contempt of court will be heard today when Justice Anita Allen
hears Sir Jack’s summons to have the order of Mr Babak’s sus-
pension set aside.

A possible committal order by the Supreme Court could lead to
extradition back to the Bahamas of Mr Babak, who is reportedly
in Miami, Florida.

One of the lawyers for the St George family, former senator
Damian Gomez, told The Tribune that Mr Babak has failed to com-
ply with Justice John Lyons’ order from November 2 to hand over
documentation regarding the operations and business dealings of
the Port Authority and its affiliates to the law firm of Callenders
and Co.

The documents, he said, are needed in the various lawsuits
against Sir Jack, Mr Babak, and the Port Authority.

Last Sunday night Justice Thompson, in an emergency hearing,
ordered Mr Babak be placed under an injunction, restraining him
from acting as chairman or participating in the management of the
GBPA and Port Group Ltd.

Justice Thompson granted an order appointing joint receivers
and managers of the Port Group Ltd and the GBPA in the persons
of Clifford Culmer and Miles Culmer of the chartered accountant
firm BDO Mann Judd.

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WITH no major criminal
incidents to report between Fri-
day and Sunday, the police, on
behalf of Commissioner of
Police Paul Farquharson,
thanked the public for its "good
behaviour" over the weekend.

Expressing his pleasure at:

the uneventful weekend, police
press liaison officer Walter
Evans speculated that perhaps
the "spirit of Christmas" had
prevailed, and asked, on behalf
of Mr Farquharson, that The
Tribune request that the pub-
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FIDEL Castro was a no-show
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hirthday celebration, raising
questions about whether the ail-
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power as his public absence
begins taking on a tone of per-
manence, according to Associ-
ated Press.

Many Cubans had hoped for
at least a glimpse of the ailing
leader at Saturday’s parade,
where scores of olive-camou-
flaged tanks rumbled through

Havana’s Plaza of the Revolu-
tion and jet fighters soared
above.

But it was Defence Minis-
ter Raul Castro, who Fidel
Castro ceded his powers to
four months ago, standing at
the mahogany lectern review-
ing troops on the 50th anniver-
sary of Cuba’s Revolutionary

Armed Forces. The elder Cas- .

tro’s absence came after he
made no appearances all week
during celebrations that
he himself postponed from
his actual birthday on August
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Reading a half-hour speech
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dialogue with the US govern-
ment in the latest sign he has
consolidated his leadership dur-
ing his brother’s absence.

"We take this opportunity to
once again state that we are
willing to resolve at the negoti-

ating table the long-standing,

dispute between the United
States and Cuba,” as long as the
US respects Cuba’s sovereignty,
said Raul Castro, who turned
75 in June.

“After almost half a century,
we are willing to wait patiently
until the moment when com-
mon sense prevails in Washing-
ton power circles,” he added.

Meanwhile, the defence min-
ister said, the Cuban people
“shall continue to consolidate
our nation’s military invulnera-
bility” based on the island’s
“War of All the People” doc-

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citizens to take up arms in the
event of a foreign invasion.

US State Department spokes-
woman Janelle Hironimus said
it is incumbent on the Cuban
government to take democratic
steps first.

“The dialogue that needs to
take place is one between the
Cuban regime and the Cuban
people about the democratic
future of the island,” Hironimus
said on Saturday. “Any deep-
ening of our engagement with
Cuba depends on that dialogue
and the Cuban regime’s will-
ingness to take concrete steps
toward a political opening and a
transition to democracy.”

Since breaking diplomatic
relations in 1961, the US has

maintained a policy to under-.

mine Cuba’s one-party author-
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embargo and restrictions on
American travel to the
Caribbean country.

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HAITIAN-BORN hip-hop
star Wyclef Jean called on his
countrymen to reject violence
and work for a stable future
during a free concert aimed at
promoting development in the
impoverished nation, according
to Associated Press.

“Tt’s time to build a new Haiti,”
the Grammy-winning artist told
more than 20,000 cheering fans
Friday night at the waterfront
pier of this resort town.

Giving his first concert in
Haiti in eight years, Jean strode
onstage atop a white horse and
thrilled the crowd with a three-
hour set that included a fire-
works display, acrobatic dancers
and performances by several
top Haitian artists.

The concert capped off a
weeklong film and culture fes-
tival organised by Jean’s Yele
Haiti charity, which promotes
music and the arts as a way to
reduce poverty, create jobs and
improve Haiti’s image.

Haiti is the poorest country

in the Western Fewisphere and
most of its 8 million people live
on less than US$2 per day. The
Caribbean country is struggling
to recover from a bloody 2004
revolt that toppled former pres-
ident Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

Jean, a Haitian citizen who
lives in the United States, con-
demned the ongoing street vio-
lence that has followed the
revolt, especially a wave of kid-
nappings for ransom that have
plagued the capital, Port-au-
Prince.

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with a Haitian girl
during his concert in
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southeastern port city
S 110 miles from
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
on Friday, The
concert caps a
weeklong arts festival
sponsored by Jean’s
Yele Haiti charity,
which promotes
music and the arts as
a development tool
for the impoverished
Caribbean nation.
It was his first
performance in Haiti
in eight years.

(AP Photo/Ariana
Cubillos)

, pings, the country can’t devel-

op,” Jean said,
Also Friday, Jean held an

HIV/AIDS awareness seminar

to mark World AIDS Day. Ear-
lier this week, he donned a San-
ta Claus outfit and passed out
presents to 600 children in Port-
au-Prince and led a street
parade through Jacmel, on
Haiti’s south coast.

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She is survived by her daughters, Pauline "Cherry"

Illidge, Eartha "Pinky" Hanna; son-in-law, Dewitt
Hanna Sr.; (10) ten grandchildren, Andrew, Sybil
and Lenise Flowers, Lavaughn Roberts, Larry
Clarke, Joseph Illidge, Taimoon Jones, Irvin, Ninfa
and Dewitt Jr.; granddaughters-in-law, Eloise
Flowers and Gail Clarke; grandson-in-law, David
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Alethea, Lauren, Lydia, Joshua and Dante’; one
great-great-grandchild, Antoine; special friend,
Larry Forbes, her loyal and dedicated caretakers,

Mrs. Davis Espinoza and, Patrice Lawes; A host
of other relatives and friends including, Cecil
Flowers, Dr. Gertude Holder, Andrew Conliffe,
Constance Conliffe, Remelda Davis and family,
Judy Williams and family, The Rev. Canon Delano
Archer and Mrs. Archer, The Venerable E. Etienne
E. Bowleg, Fr. John Kabiga, Una Hanna and family,
Mrs, Allelia Adderley, Mary Whylly, Samantha
Bain, Pam and Ernest Fisher, Kenneth and Leleith
Hyde of New York and the Walker family of New

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His survivors include, wife, Chynella Scavalla-
Ferguson; son, Maurice J. Ferguson; daughters,
Amber Ferguson and Ghandesia Black; mother,
Willamae Ferguson; sister, Ghandi Knowles; mother-
in-law, Dorene White; adopted mothers, Eunice
Ferguson, Idell Newbold and Genetta Dean; nieces,
Karalee, Roxanna, Macarla, Tiffany, Malika,
Derishia, Teashanay and Teashaink; nephew,
Hanson, Timothy and Pietro; aunts, Cora McKenzie,
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and Philip King; numerous relatives and friends
including, Yen, Josey, Kevin, Mario, Cleo, Shanae,
Sherry, Anastascia, Aunt Rubie, Felicia, Shavanne,
Deanne, James, Clelia, Donnie, Cleopatra, Deon,
Levardo, Brian, Rickey, Shane, Philip Jr, Craig,
Edena, Dereck, Jenny Kita, Sharinda, Kevin,
Johnson, Kelcie Bridgewater, Officers Burrows and
Brown, Levin Wilson, Shian Rolle and Steve,
Bradley, Utah and Percie Taylor, Bishop Franklyn
Ferguson and family, Bishop Hulan Hanna and
family, Bishop Evans and family, Bishop Bowe and
family, Pastor Beneby and family, Pastor Maycock
and family, Pastor Simmons and family, Pastor
Timothy Johnson, William Pratt and family, Pastor
Wesley Ferguson and family, Pastor Christopher
Ferguson and family, Garren Ferguson and family,
Evangelist Clarence Armbrister and family, The
Hart, Nixon, Curry, Gibson, Roach, LLoyd, Hilton.
Mr. and Mrs. Shuttleworth, Peter and Kim Anderson,
Sasha, the Woodside and the Bowleg families,
Lanford Cox and family, Pastor Alexander Taylor
and family and Elizabeth Curtis and family.
ORGANISATIONS: The Church of God of
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Exuma, the Royal Bahamas Police Force especially
Mobile Division, RBC and Bank of The Bahamas,
American Ribbon, The Bikers Association, The
Principal and Staff of the Rolleville Primary School,
Phat Groves, Staff of Ultimate Production and
Ultimate Suppies, Bahamas Office and School
Supplies and many others too numerous to mention.

Friends may pay their last respects at Bethel Brothers
Morticians #44 Nassau Street on Saturday from
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., on Monday from 10:00
a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Tuesday at the church
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Pope calls trip to Turkey ‘unforgettable’, —

hopes it leads to dialogue with Muslims

W@ VATICAN CITY

POPE Benedict XVI said Sun-
day that his recent trip to Turkey
was an "unforgettable" experience
that will hopefully lead to useful
dialogue with Muslims. However,
some Islamic leaders said the pope
had not sufficiently made amends
for his September remarks on
Islam and violence, according to
Associated Press.

The pontiff, who returned Fri-
day from the four-day visit, made a
special mention of Turkey's
Catholic community during his tra-
ditional blessing from his window
in St. Peter's Square that also
marked the beginning of Advent,
which starts four Sundays before
Christmas and is the beginning of
the ecclesiastical year.

Benedict said his trip was "an
unforgettable spiritual and pastoral
experience, which I hope will pro-
duce the fruits for an increasingly
sincere cooperation between all of
Christ's disciples, and a useful dia-

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logue with Muslims."

"I would especially like to
remember with affection the dear
Catholic community that lives on
Turkish land," the pope added. "I
was able to celebrate Holy Mass
with our brothers and sisters, who
often find themselves in situations
that are not easy."

Benedict's trip was originally
envisioned as a pilgrimage to rein-
force Christian bonds and reach
out to Turkey's remaining Chris-
tians, including Catholics estimated
to number between 20,000 and
30,000.

But after the pope gave a speech
in September that angered many
Muslims, it became a test of the
Vatican's ability to mend ties with
the Islamic world.

Muslims throughout the world

reacted angrily — and in some cases
violently — to the speech, in which
Benedict quoted a Byzantine
emperor who characterized some
of the teachings of the Prophet
Muhammad as "evil and inhu-

man," particularly "his command
to spread by the sword the faith."

The pope sought to remake his
battered image among Muslims
during four days of speeches, ser-
mons .nd a moment of silent
prayer in a mosque while facing
Mecca.

Benedict's visit to a mosque was
only the second in papal history.
His predecessor Pope John Paul II
made a groundbreaking visit to the
Ummayad Mosque in Damascus,
Syria in May 2001.

Still, many religious leaders in
the Arab world said Sunday that
Benedict had yet to make amends
for his remarks before relations
could fully be restored.

A spokesman for Jordan's influ-
ential Muslim Brotherhood chapter
labeled the pope's visit to Turkey
as "futile," saying the Roman
Catholic pontiff had yet to apolo-
gize completely to Muslims.

In Kuwait, Shiite cleric Abdul-
Hussein Qazwini said he believed
the pope's visit would have been

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more meaningful "if had it been
made to a Muslim country such as
Saudi Arabia or Iran," rather than
to Turkey, Benedict's first visit
to a predominantly Muslim coun-
try.

rOsewini called Turkey "a secular
country, and said that the pope's
visit there "had no effect on any-
thing."

During his trip, the pope also
made some sensitive demands:
wider protection and rights for
Christian minorities in the Muslim
world, including Turkey's tiny com-
munities whose roots go back to
the apostles.

On Friday, he celebrated a Mass
for members of Turkey's Roman
Catholic community, which num-
bers no more than 30,000.

"I was able to meet and cele-
brate Holy Mass with these broth-

‘ers and sisters of ours, who live in

conditions that often aren't easy,"
Benedict said Sunday. "It is truly a
tiny, varied flock, rich with enthu-
siasm and faith."



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looking St. Peter's Square, during the Angelus address at the Vat-

ican, Sunday Dec. 3, 2006.

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ancient Luxor tombs will move

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agreed to move out and give
tourists and archaeologists
access to nearly 1,000
Pharaonic tombs that lie
beneath their homes, the gov-
ernment said Saturday,
according to Associated Press.

Officials said most of 3,200
families in the brightly paint-
ed, mud-brick houses have
agreed to pack up and move to
a $32 million residential com-
plex being built three miles
away. No deadline for moving
has been set and there is no
target date for finishing the
complex.

“Most of them want to leave
and they demand to leave,”
said Rania Yusuf, a spokes-
woman for Egypt’s Supreme
Council for Antiquities in Lux-
or.

Only a few families continue
to resist, “and they will leave,
believe me,” Yusuf said.

The government began try-
ing to get the families to leave
after World War II, but talks
repeatedly bogged down.
Many residents, who depend
on Luxor’s tourist business to
earn livings, argued that new
homes being offered were too
small and didn’t come with
new jobs.

Over time, though, many
grew tired of the standoff.

In an effort to preserve the
ancient tombs, authorities pro-
hibited the homeowners from
adding to their residences or
installing modern plumbing,
which forced people to bring
water uphill using donkeys.

Many people expressed hap-
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an early morning flight over the Valley of the Kings near Luxor in Egypt Saturday, Dec. 2, 2006. After *.
several years of planning, Egyptian authorities have begun to carry out plans to relocate the residents
of Qurna - to new houses or plots of land in a recently constructed multi-million dollar complex locat-
ed less than 5 kilometers away from the old town - giving archeologists full access to the expected loca-
tion of many tombs beneath the village.

“We are happy, but at the
same time we are not happy,
because we leave the best
place here,” said Nadia
Mohammad Qassem, who is
unsure of when she and her
family will move.

The area being vacated is
near the Valley of the Kings
and its famous collection of
well-preserved tombs that
draw thousands of tourists dai-
ly to Luxor. Egyptians moved
into the Theban hills after the
arrival of European antiquity
hiuiiters in the late 18th and
early 19th centuries, offering
jobs to help ‘excavate — and

(AP Photo/Mohammed AI-Sehety)

loot — artifacts.«

Elina Paulin-Grothe, an
archaeologist involved in tomb
excavation, said the best way
to preserve the artifacts below
is to move the residents.

“This cannot continue and
the population is growing too
fast,” she said.

Advocates for the residents
said many resisted moving
over the decades not because
they didn’t want to live in
more modern homes but
because they wanted to move
on their own terms.

- “F mean, nobody wants to

‘live in those conditions when

they know that most of Egypt
doesn’t live like that and the
world has moved on,” said
Caroline Simpson, a former
archaeologist who coordinates
a‘small cultural exhibition on
the hillside. :

Despite the agreement,
some people are bittersweet
about giving up their hillside
homes, no matter that
their living conditions are
poor.

“For me, I don’t want to

_ even imagine what it would

look like. Without houses, it’s

‘a dead place,” said Abdo

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more than 1,000
may have died in
Philippine typhoon

@ DARAGA, Philippines

PRESIDENT Gloria
‘Macapagal Arroyo declared
‘a state of national calamity
; Sunday as the top Red Cross
+ official estimated more than
"1,000 people have been
killed after a massive
typhoon unleashed walls of

* black mud on entire villages,
according to Associated
Press.

"We're estimating the
,casualties could reach 1,000,
. perhaps more," Sen. Richard

Gordon, who heads the local
‘Red Cross, told Radio
-}sDZBB.
» Gordon said at present the
* Red Cross has recorded a
* death toll of at least 406, with
“'>398 others missing, based on
figures provided by mayors
of devastaied towns in the
_-, eastern Philippines, where

‘» Typhoon Durian hit with of ~

'.* up to 265 kph (165 mph) and
.+ torrential rains on Thursday.
*.* Government figures placed
-the number of dead at 324,
with 302 missing and 438
injured.

Arroyo declared a state of
national calamity, allowing
the government to more

rapidly release funds need-
_ ed to bolster search and res-
« cue efforts. She was sched-
uled to fly for a second time
‘to worst-hit Albay province
‘on Tuesday, spokesman
Ignacio Bunye said.
Typhoon Durian was the
' fourth major storm to hit the
Philippines in four months.
‘It buffeted the Mayon vol-
~ cano with so much wind and
Tain that ash and boulders
“cascaded down in walls of
_ black mud that swamped
entire villages — a scene Gor-
don described as a "war
zone."

"There are many unidenti-
fied bodies. There could be a

lot more hidden below.
‘Whole families may have

" been wiped:-out," Gordon

» told The Associated Press by
telephone.

No survivors are known to

Guinobatan, swamped by
floodwaters in the foothills
of Mayon volcano southeast
of the capital, Manila.

Four other provinces
reported fatalities, but accu-
rate casualty figures were
hard to come by because
power lines and phone ser-
vices were down.

In some places, searchers
found only body parts.

In Albay's battered capi-
tal of Legazpi City, residents
lined up to buy drinking
water, gasoline and food.
Panic gripped one commu-
nity due to rumors of an
impending tsunami, but offi-
cials quickly reassured peo-
ple that no tsunami-trigger-
ing earthquake had occurred.

Glen Rabonza, an official
helping oversee disaster-
response efforts, said army
troops and miners were help-
ing search for missing vil-
lagers in Albay, where 52
tons of relief goods, medi-
cine, body bags and other aid
have been flown in by air
force C-130 cargo planes.

Houses along the Yawa
River in Padang, about 10
kilometers (7 miles) from
Legazpi, were buried under 1
1/2 meters (5 feet) of mud,
with only roofs protruding.
Some of the bodies had been
washed out to sea, then
swept by currents to
the shores of an adjacent
town.

Glenn Lorica, 22, said his
family's house in Albay's
Daraga town was wiped out
by a torrent of mud, uproot-
ed trees, rocks. and debris,
sweeping him and loved ones
away.

Lying badly bruised on a
..Legazpi.hospital bed, he
-recalled: the, nightmarish

ordeal that only he and a
younger sister survived. Sev-
en other members of his fam-
ily are still missing. —

"I told myself that if I
would die, so be it," Lorica
said, recalling how he strug-
gled to stay afloat in the ram-
paging mud flow by grabbing

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Figure you'll give the thing a prod (5)
How a thaw is welcomed after the
freeze-up? (6)

Part one is nearly all rewritten for the
sponsor (6)

Least upeet by on the exterior,
though it’s horrible (7)

“An insect”, the gin returns, “can
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Showing craft, put back the films (6)
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Contrivunce one has a phobia
about? (5)
Understood finesse would get one
through (5)

Does he go overboard to ensure
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declarer to finesse the queen,
because if he doesn’t, he is apt to lose
a spade trick and go down one.

There is theoretically an even
chance that West has the king of
hearts (assuming we disregard the
fact that West would be unlikely to
lead a heart from the king against a
grand slam).

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percent chance that West has the
king, the fact remains that there is
another method of play that offers a
much greater chance of success. It
depends essentially on the trumps
being divided 3-2, a 68 percent
proposition.

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the heart lead with the ace, mff a
heart high, lead the four of trumps to
the eight and ruff another heart high.
The nine of trumps is then led to the
ten, and dummy’s last heart is ruffed
with South’s last tump.

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allows declarer to cash the queen of
trumps — drawing the last opposing
trump — while at the same time dis-
posing of his spade loser. It is a little
difficult to visualize at the beginning
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«FURTHER BULLETINS
AS EVENTS WARRANT!

MONDAY, :
DECEMBER 4

ARIES — Mar 21/Apr 20 *-’
A rash move in the financial sector
leaves you with less cash than you
hoped, Aries — and all in time. for
your birthday. Watch purchases for
the next couple of days.

TAURUS -— Apr 21/May 21
Don’t think about heading out of
town for a while, Taurus. There’s
too much going on in your life at this
time for you to be away from the
homefront.

GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 »
This week, offer more compliments
to loved ones, otherwise you'll’ be
viewed as unlikable, Gemini.,*A
friend welcomes your advice -6n
Wednesday. ‘

CANCER -— Jun 22/Jul 22

It’s been an interesting year so far,
Cancer, and it’s bound to get that
much more exciting. There’s noth-
ing but good news coming in the
immediate future, so enjoy it. $
LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 e
If you can’t beat them, join them: is
the old adage. Take this advice when
your family ropes\you into’a’grotip
event later in*the’ week,’ Leo. Have
fun and let your hair down.
VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22

Stop pushing people away, Virgo.
Being alone isn’t always good for the
spirit. Surround yourself with those
who care and make a concerted effort
to socialize that much more.

LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23

4A fight with your romantic partner

leaves you at odds for a while, Libra.
Don’t worry, this isn’t the end of the
relationship, just a chance to make it
even stronger. ;

SCORPIO — Oct 24/Noy 22 -

|Your emotions are running wild,

Scorpio, which is not your normal
mode of operation. Don’t try 'to sup+
press them. Others will just have £6
adapt to this change of pace. ¢

SAGITTARIUS — Nov.23/Dec 21
A disagreement at work leaves you,as
the odd person out, Sagittarius. Be*a
diplomat and don’t let it get to you.
Things will smooth over and return to
normal by the weekend.

CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20
It’s good to budget purchases,
Capricorn, but lately you’ve taken
being thrifty to an extreme. Learn to
indulge once in a while — it will be



DOWN ia : ea : frivolous and fun. :
1 Respect you, when you keep your d AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18-
promise (6) "i wor oie out at a loved one a iS
ten | get transport back. He's a or she expresses an opinion will lea
2 a tes zal PF cerin, = | to trouble, Aquarius. Rather, listen
3 . OKso faras it goes but bad news for a E with an open mind, and chose your
doctors (3,4,4) ea ae et response carefully.
4 Cratty, later creeps into si a poetic name PISCES — Feb 19/Mar 20°
the plant (5,4) for Ireland It’s been an uphill struggle with a
. aa problem that has been plaguing you,
5 — Manis compassionate (7) 28 | Pisces. However, the end of tunnel
$5 Pepe eget Sie ul has finally arrived. PI
the vessel (5,5) zi
7 She was raised, having been taken in
by a fine gentleman (4) aR f
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ae es W | Guildford-ADC2 v Guildford-
1p Gives toa liens ietpeciert) ADC1, UK ANCL league 2006.
releases (7) aa Howell, 15, is Britain's best
21 Complains about, when teenager and close to the
one leaves (43) grandmastertitle, soreaching +l | | | | [MI | | .
24 Whatever you want with an this strong position against one giles x
exception? Not at alll (8,3) ACROSS of the national league's top .
26 Being one's own master? (4-6) 8 Booze (7) oe f scorers further boosted his 5 .
28 Are moved by the sad break-up and 9 — Give oneself up (9) 1 spidemic (6) chances. White (to move)isa .
show their sorrow (4,1,4) 13 Reasoned 2 Wizard or pawn ahead while his queen, i.
yc a 14 Browmedd magician (8) rook and bishop control useful!
re tee he Mae A — is Kenn 3 Infantryman (4,7) entry routes into the black
30 “Stald”is close (6) N Teh Peoaeh nea 4 Deduds (8)
F greeting (7) 5 Askto camp. A second pawn would ne
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pupil (3,2,3) oO ore) 6 — Teacner (10) while keeping the deficit at one _, caper a .
33 The lady with the battered > 20 One giving blood (5) 7 Shoe part (") pawn would enable = =
hat case (6) ” sea ace oe 10 Equabie (6) grandmaster King to resist. The 2
<_ legant (6) 11. Welsh rabbit (7) fiat an
34 They hand the money out to the 23 Plays for time (6) 12 Starsign (6) teenager's choice provo
snitches (7) uu 25 Corsairs (7 19 Cancel error and Black resigned two
38 Afiash back (6) 3 eee abandon (4,3) moves on from the diagram. Can
reathe out (6) 21. Not elther (7) finish? BARDEN
40 Change when you go to America (4) 31 Highly incendiary 24 Hotel worker (11) you spot the finis LEONARD
Rquic (6) 26 Physically strong and
YESTERDAY'S EASY SOLUTIONS 32 Sleeve ends (5) healthy (4-6)
| 5 hone 2 tele
INKS ;
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4, Roe 25, Overtax 26, State 27, ‘orbi \ bxc6 4 Qxb4 winning a rook. f Black had ‘
Steal 28, Pause 29, Leveret 30, As 43 Sardonic remark (9) 34 Make ready (7) chosen Qb8 ‘
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DOWN: 2, Reside 3, Scores 4, Sot 5, 40 Single entity Compensation. Take solution credit also for the ,
Steed 6, Exposed 7, Stow 8, Awning immediate 1 Qc3+ if you saw the tactic Qf6 2 Bxc6 a
12, Beret 13, Aller 14, Hedge 15, Qxc3 3 bxc3! gaining material. ‘
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Beetles 21, Aortas 22, Create 23,
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MONDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2006, PAGE 23



® SANTIAGO, Chile

1G E NewAyUEGaU Sal.©

PINOCHET, the Chilean

dictator whose regime was

responsible for widespread

. killings and other abuses,
‘-guffered a heart attack Sun-
day and underwent an emer-
gency angioplasty that his
son said “virtually rescued
him from death”, according
to Associated Press.

‘ A spokesman for Pinochet
said he received last rites,
and a doctor treating him
described the 91-year-old’s
heart attack as “life-threat-

‘gning.” A small group of

. Pinochet supporters, mainly
* women, arrived at the hos-

pital, some holding portraits
of the former ruler, who has
been under house arrest and
charged with human rights
abuses.

_ ‘Pinochet’s younger son,
‘Marco Antonio, said his
father had been “virtually

. rescued from death” with the

“- angioplasty, in which the

-_-doctors introduce a catheter
’-to a patient’s blocked artery
-.and inflate a small balloon
to enlarge it, thus restoring

blood flow to the heart.

*.’ “We are now in the hands
of God and of the doctors.
My father is in very bad con-

. dition,” Marco Antonio
,Pinochet said as he left the

~thospital.



@ FORMER Chilean dictator
Gen. Augusto Pinochet attends
a mass in Vina del Mar, Chile,
in this Aug. 30, 2000 file photo.

(AP Photo/
Santiago Llanquin, FILE)

Dr. Juan Ignacio Vergara,
a member of the team
attending Pinochet, said the
angioplasty was successful,
but that he remained in seri-
ous condition. The heart
attack was “indeed life
threatening,” especially
because of Pinochet’s age.

Pinochet’s spokesman,

retired Gen. Guillermo

Garin, said the former ruler
was administered the last
rites.

The former Gictator! who

we

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

[he TLE Fae nS 1 STENTS NTS See mer nee S|
Pinochet suffers life threatening
heart attack, receives last rites

ruled from 1973 until 1990,
uses a pacemaker and was
diagnosed with mild demen-
tia caused by several strokes.
He also suffers from diabetes
and arthritis.

His failing health has
helped him escape punish-
ment for human rights.abus-
€s committed during his
regime, with courts ruling his
condition prevented from
standing trial at least twice
in recent years. ©

Indicted

But last week, Pinochet
was indicted and ordered to
remain under house arrest
for the execution of two
bodyguards of Salvador
Allende, the freely elected
Marxist president who was
toppled in the 1973 coup
in which Pinochet took pow-
ex

The indictment came after
Pinochet’s 91st birthday on
Nov. 25, which he marked by
issuing a statement for the
first time taking full politi-
cal — though not explicitly
legal — responsibility for
abuses committed by his
regime.

“Today, near the end of
my days, I want to say that I
harbor no rancor against
anybody, that I love my
fatherland above all and that
I take political responsibility

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which had no other goal than
making Chile greater and
avoiding its disintegration,”
he said at the time.
_ The recent house arrest is
the fifth such action taken
against Pinochet on charges
stemming from human rights
violations during his dicta-
torship.

The indictment alleges kid-

napping and homicide in °

connection with the deaths
of two Allende bodyguards
who were arrested the day
of the coup, Sept. 11, 1973.
Both were executed by fir-
ing squad four weeks later,
the military regime
announced at the time.
Pinochet faces two other
indictments — another in

connection to human rights

abuses and one on tax
charges.

According to an official
report prepared by an inde-
pendent commission
appointed by the first civilian
government after Pinochet’s
tule, 3,197 people were’killed
for political reasons during
his regime and more
than 1,000 of them “disap-
peared.”

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Q. WE ARE CELEBRATING WITH YOU TWENTY YEARS OF SERVICE; Q. WHAT HAVE YOU ENJOYED MOST OVER THE YEARS?

WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO COME AND JOIN THE CBL TEAM 20 A. What I have enjoyed was the opportunity to travel from
YEARS AGO? Atlanta, California, Holland, Indiana, St. Lucia and Vietnam. The
A. Being a recent graduate of the College of The Bahamas in the main purpose for these trips was for training; however, it gave me

engineering field, I was looking for a challenging career working the opportunity to experience different cultures which most
in the industrial environment. I must admit that the choices were certainly was an enjoyable experience.

limited to B.E.C., the hotel industry or light manufacturing. Then

an opportunity presented itself to learn something new; they were — Q, WouLb You RECOMMEND COMMONWEALTH BREWERY TO UP
building a brewery and looking for technical personnel. This was ann COMING HIGH POTENTIALS FOR EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY?
what I was looking at as an avenue to break away from the status Whyat 1s CBL’s STRONGEST SELLING POINT FROM YOUR PERSPEC-
quo, to step into new industry as far as The Bahamas was — TIVE?

concerned. And as the saying goes “the rest is history." A. Yes I would. CBL is the type of company that if you are willing,

: dedicated and have a level of flexibility, you can experience great
Q. WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOTIVATION YEAR AFTER YEAR? opportunities.

A. The question for me can be answered very simply; it is the

constant change in technology which leads to the change and Q. WHERE DO YOU ENVISION THE COMPANY GOING IN THE YEARS
upgrade of equipment. I find the training, installing and repairing —-44a7 Lie AMEAD?

these new equipments challenging and rewarding. A. I envision the company being run entirely by Bahamians,

maintaining world class brewing standards. In addition to taking its

Q. COMMONWEALTH BREWERY HAS GROWN OVER THE YEARS, DO products not only to a few U.S. states, but to all and to all the
YOU FEEL THAT YOU WERE AFFORDED THE OPPORTUNITY TO | iplande in the Caribbean,

GROW WITH THE COMPANY? IF YES, IN WHICH WAYS?

A. For me this answer has to be yes. I joined CBL as a Jr. Q. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO YOUR COLLEAGUES THAT
Electrician and today 1 am the Engineering Manager. This is quite WOULD FURTHER ENHANCE THEIR CBL EXPERIENCE?

an opportunity to grow. A. Like life, you get out what you put in; 15% in 15% out, 80% in

; 80% out, need I say more.
Q. COMMONWEALTH BREWERY HAS GONE THROUGH MANY

MANAGEMENT TEAM. CHANGES OVER THE YEARS. WHAT HAS BEEN Q. HINDSIGHT BEING 20/20, WOULD YOU DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN?

YOUR EXPERIENCE IN DEALING WITH THE DIFFERENT CULTURES A. Life is never perfect and of course if I had the opportunity to do
AND PERSONALITIES THAT HAVE BEEN REPRESENTED OVER THE it again I would change a few things...but then again perhaps not.
PAST 20 YEARS? WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST FAVORABLE EXPERI-- OK, it was not all perfect but the imperfection is what has made my ne

ENCE? experience unique, I wouldn’t change anything, and I would do it 4
A. My experience is you have to be flexible not ridged. Open all over again.

minded and willing to see things in a different or should I say.
non-conventional a is key, ; eo) CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR PERSEVERANCE,

a ; FORTITUDE, FORTHRIGHTNESS AND A POSITIVE ATTITUDE
Q. Wun HAs BEEN yoUR CAREER PATH WHILE at CBL? DETAU. —_qy 20 Years at CBL.

KEEP REACHING FOR THE Hae Jos WELL DONE. fe

terview with a 20 year weteran

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Q. We ARE CELEBRATING WITH YOU TWENTY YEARS OF SERVICE; WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO COME AND JOIN
THE CBL TEAM 20 YEARS AGO?

A. The new technology that was going to be a part of the Brewery and the opportunity to work with people
of different cultures and personalities.








Q. WHat HAS BEEN YOUR MOTIVATION YEAR AFTER YEAR?
A. My motivation year after year has been the challenging projects, new machinery and a love for my
profession.

Q. COMMONWEALTH BREWERY HAS GROWN OVER THE YEARS, DO YOU FEEL THAT YOU WERE AFFORDED THE
OPPORTUNITY TO GROW WITH THE COMPANY? IF YES, IN WHICH WAYS?
A. Yes because I have had the opportunity to travel abroad for training and also receive training on the job,

Q. COMMONWEALTH BREWERY HAS GONE THROUGH MANY : Q. WHERE DO YOU ENVISION THE COMPANY GOING IN THE

3 MANAGEMENT TEAM CHANGES OVER THE YEARS, Wuat HAS BEEN YEARS THAT LIE AHEAD?
YOUR EXPERIENCE IN DEALING WITH THE DIFFERENT CULTURES A. Being the only Brewery in the Bahamas at this time, I think
AND PERSONALITIES THAT HAVE BEEN REPRESENTED OVER THE Commonwealth Brewery will experience some competition in
PAST 20 YEARS? WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST FAVORABLE the years that lie ahead. Competition is the name of the game
EXPERIENCE? today, and competitors are rising up.

A. The days when GM- Mr. Veersteg used to have staff General ‘ ;

Meetings at South Ocean because in those days'we did not have — Q. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO YOUR COLLEAGUES

a meeting facility! Our GMs always did what was necessary to THAT WOULD FURTHER ENHANCE THEIR CBL EXPERIENCE?

make our lives comfortable, they still do today. A. To further enhance my colleagues experience, I would
advise them to really have a love for his/her job: get facts in

Q. WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR CAREER PATH WHILE AT CBL? Detatt — order to execute a task rather than relying on assumptions and

YOUR JOURNEY. to always be to work on time.

A. [Industrial Mechanic] My career path journey at CBL has



been challenging as an Industrial Mechanic, and now Mechanic Q. HINpSIGHT BEING 20/20, WOULD YOU DO IT ALL OVER ; | 4
Supervisor; throughout the years, I decided to try my best to deal AGAIN? i} fey. ,
with and overcome those challenges, by keeping my head tothe A. Yes I would because my experience has been and continues if sg
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Q. WHAT HAVE YOU ENJOYED MOST OVER THE YEARS? CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR PERSEVERANCE, pe if
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along with training and the opportunity to work for a Brewery. 20 YEARS AT CBL. iy oA fii:
KEEP REACHING FOR THE STARS! JOB WELL DONE. fi MG Le SS

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Q. WE ARE CELEBRATING WITH YOU TWENTY YEARS OF SERVICE; WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO
COME AND JOIN THE CBL TEAM 20 YEARS AGO?
A. The new technology that the Brewery twas bringing to The Bahamas.

Q. WaT HAS BEEN YOUR MOTIVATION YEAR AFTER YEAR?
A. The mindset of improving myself along with the technological changes of better equipment.

Q. COMMONWEALTH BREWERY HAS GROWN OVER THE YEARS, DO YOU FEEL THAT YOU WERE
' AFFORDED THE OPPORTUNITY TO GROW WITH THE COMPANY? IF YES, IN WHICH WAYS?
A. Yes. The training to enhance my mechanical and welding skills in order to perform at a

An interview with a 20 year veteran

professional standard.

Q. COMMONWEALTH BREWERY HAS GONE THROUGH
MANY MANAGEMENT TEAM CHANGES OVER THE YEARS.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR EXPERIENCE IN DEALING WITH THE
DIFFERENT CULTURES AND PERSONALITIES THAT HAVE
BEEN REPRESENTED OVER THE PAST 20 YEARS? WHAT HAS
BEEN YOUR MOST FAVORABLE EXPERIENCE?

A. In general, my experience has been good in interact-
ing with the different cultural personalities. My most
favorable experience was being afforded the opportunity
to train at the G.T.I Welding Plant in The Netherlands.

-Q. WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR CAREER PATH WHILE AT CBL?
DETAIL YOUR JOURNEY.

A. Semi-skilled Welder to Welder; Mechanical Fitter,
Pipe Fitter, Fabricator, Certified Tig Welding, Stainless
Steel Specialist, ].C.C Representative and now Union
Shop Steward. ,
Q. WHAT HAVE YOU ENJOYED MOST OVER THE YEARS?
A. The opportunities to grow to your fullest potential.
The challenges of new [Engineering] projects. My fellow
colleagues and the peu that CBL offers.

c Q Wourp YOU RECOMMEND Dou oN Waatri BREw-
uP AND COMING HIGH POTENTIALS FOR EMPLOY-
Wauar Is CBL’s STRONGEST =

Q. WHERE DO YOU ENVISION THE Seana GOING IN
THE YEARS THAT LIE AHEAD?

A. Diversifying its product line to include soft drinks
complementing Vitamalt and Vitamalt Plus.

Q. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO YOUR
COLLEAGUES THAT WOULD FURTHER ENHANCE THEIR
CBL EXPERIENCE?
A. To appreciate the now CBL experience; embrace the
challenges that promote growth; develop a positive

. mental attitude toward your work; whatever your
hands find to do, do it as unto the Lord.

Q. HINDSIGHT BEING 20/20, WOULD YOU DO IT ALL
OVER AGAIN?
A. Yes I would.

. CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR PERSEVERANCE,
FORTITUDE, FORTHRIGHTNESS AND A POSITIVE
ATTITUDE IN 20 YEARS aT CBL.
KEEP REACHING FOR THE STARS! JOB WELL DONE.

4

Q. We ARE CELEBRATING WITH YOU TWENTY YEARS OF SERVICE; WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO
COME AND JOIN THE CBL TEAM 20 YEARS AGO?

A. My dear departed father put me in his place here and I try my best to walk in bis
footsteps and learn different things from CBL everyday.

Q. WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOTIVATION YEAR AFTER YEAR?
A. My motivation year after year was interacting with new team members and managers.
It was a joy meeting different people and learning different things.

Q. COMMONWEALTH BREWERY HAS GROWN OVER THE YEARS, DO YOU FEEL THAT YOU WERE
AFFORDED THE OPPORTUNITY TO GROW WITH THE COMPANY? IF YES, IN WHICH WAYS?
A. Yes, my time was well spent with the company. I learned and grew very strong within

An interview with a 20 year veteran

a my department.
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Q. COMMONWEALTH BREWERY HAS GONE THROUGH
MANY MANAGEMENT TEAM CHANGES OVER THE YEARS.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR EXPERIENCE IN DEALING WITH THE
DIFFERENT CULTURES AND PERSONALITIES THAT HAVE BEEN
REPRESENTED OVER THE PAST 20 YEARS? WHAT HAS BEEN
YOUR MOST FAVORABLE EXPERIENCE?

A. My most favorable experience was learning we are all
different people and we came to learn and respect each
others cultures and personalities.

Q. WHat HAS BEEN YOUR CAREER PATH WHILE AT CBL?
DETAIL YOUR JOURNEY.

A. I have always wanted to become an Engineer and I
hope to become Chief Engineer one day at CBL. Iam
presently and have been a line technician.

Q. WHAT HAVE YOU ENJOYED MOST OVER THE YEARS?

A. Over the years I enjoyed the seminars, the events and

the hard work. I enjoy meeting new members of staff and 1
enjoy were here at CBL for 20 years.

: Q. Wout: you RECOMMEND COMMONWEALTH BREWERY



beblbe heme

edlvantage of everything

Q. WHERE DO YOU ENVISION THE COMPANY GOING IN
THE YEARS THAT LIE AHEAD?

A. I [Malachi Reckley] envision this company in the
years that lie ahead with even more success.

Q. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO YOUR
COLLEAGUES THAT WOULD FURTHER ENHANCE THEIR CBL
EXPERIENCE? .

A. My advice would be to learn and take advantage of
everything that you can learn and achieve at CBL. Hard
work here pays off in the end for you and your family.

Q. HINDSIGHT BEING 20/20, WOULD YOU DO IT ALL
OVER AGAIN?

A. Yes I would and I wouldn't change anything because
it was a blessing being here.

CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR PERSEVERANCE,

FORTITUDE, FORTHRIGHTNESS AND A POSITIVE ATTITUDE ~
IN 20 YEARS AT CBL.

KEEP REACHING FOR THE STARS! JOB WELL DONE,



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@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor



' ahamian compa-
nies are increas-

ingly connecting

Voice over Inter-

net — Protocol
(VoIP) phones to their Internet
services to bypass. the Bahamas
Telecémmunications Company’s
(BTC) expensive long-distance
prices, a move encouraged by

the fact that this nation’s Internet

prices equal those found in
Noith America.

A report prepared for the

CARICOM Regional Negotiat-

- ing Machinery (CRNM) on the

fegion’s telecommunications:

industry said VoIP providers,
such as Skype and Vonage, were
becoming increasingly popular
in the Bahamas, dite to the avail-
ability of Internet access at com-
petitive prices.

The report, authored by Peter
Stern, found: “VoIP such as
Skype and Vonage presents a

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a By CARA BRENNEN:

Tribune Business

Reporter

Force is targeting large suppli-
ets atid wholesalers who supply
counterfeit goods to retailers
and straw vendors, in the hope
this will deter others from sell-
ing ‘knock-off’ designer goods.

Last week’s raid of a ware-

designer items was designed to
place small businesses on alert
that the Royal Bahamas Police
Force will not tolerate the sale
of such items.

Assistant Superintendent
Drexel Cartwright, who heads

Police targeting
large counterfeit
goods suppliers |

THE Royal Bahamas Police ~

house filled with counterfeit

not have such recourse.

the Commercial Crime Unit,

particularly attractive alternative
to long distance and internation- -
_al calling, especially where prices

on the public switched network
continue to be high, and where
access to high speed Internet at
reasonable prices is becoming
more readily-available,

“This is the case in the
Bahamas, where the incumbent’s
[Bahamas Telecommunications

’ Company] rates are still very

high even after substantial dis-
counts, and where competition
in high speed Internet access is
available to most homes at prices
which are equal to those in North
America,

“The cable TV operator in the
Bahamas [Cable Bahamas] is not
allowed to offer voice services;
however, this does not prevent

_its Internet customers from con-

necting hard and/or soft VoIP
telephones to bypassthe expen-
sive services of the incumbent.”
. BTC had long kept its inter-

- National and inter-island long dis-
tance rates artificially high as a






sald. the sale of counterfeit
items was widespread in the |
Bahamas, and has been a prob-
lem for some time.

He said that m addition to
being illegal, such transactions
take away from the profits of
legitimate Be and
brands.

“Also, if you. ‘buy a legiti-
mate product, then if some-
thing happens, you can take it
back to the store and have it
repaired or replaced,” he
added, But with counterfeit or
fake products, consumers do |















Assistant Superintendent |
Cartwright said the police are |






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Bahamas | ne re gion
on cost of Internet

f@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor:

THE Bahamas is.one of only
two Caribbean nations that has
Internet prices comparable to
those charged in North America
and Europe, a study of this
region’s telecoms market has
found.

Noting that the cost of high
speed Internet access was a key

. factor for small and mid-sized
businesses, especially as an entry
cost and cost of doing business, a
research report by Peter Stern
on telecommunications setvices
in the Caribbean praised the
price competitiveness of. Cable
Bahamas’ Internet services.

He wrote: “In the Caribbean,
only in Barbados and the
Bahamas can one find prices
which are comparable with those
charged in North America,
Europe and other competitive
markets.

‘ “In the Bahamas, Coralwave,

the subsidiary, of Cable Bahamas,
the cable TV operator, offers its
Jazz service with download
speeds of up to one megabyte
per second for $21.70 per

“month,” .

The report also pointed out
that the absence of a harmonised
Caribbean approach to regula-
tion and telecoms policies was
also holding back the investment
plans of Columbus Communica-
tions, the largest sole sharehold-

er in Cable Bahamas with a 30,

per cent stake.

Mt Stern said: “If laws, regu-
lations, procedures and condi-
tions were harmonised in the
region, and if there wete good
co-ordination aniong authorities
in the different countries and ter-
ritoriés to grant authorisation for
such a Caribbean-wide system,
their business decisions would
be greatly simplified, theit trans-
action costs reduced and the
chancés of their projects being
successful would e iticreased.”

way to subsidise free local calls.
This had been its main source of
revenue, but due to a dramatic
loss of long distance market
share to the likes of VoIP and
callback, and the entry of legal
competitor IndiGo Networks,
the state-owned carrier has been
forced to cut these rates drasti-
cally.

BTC has 1 now evolved into an
operator now reliant on its cel-
lular monopoly, as opposed to
long-distance revenues, to keep it
going. Yet it has not been forced
to launch its own VoIP product,
VIBE, with unlimited calls to
Canada or the US costing $19.99
per month, and service to both
countries to costing $24.99 per
month.

BTC has reduced its long dis-
tance rates by up to 75 per cent
internationally, and up to 50 pet
cent on inter-island calls.

In his analysis, Mr Stern found
that despite reducing its cost per
minute to call other states in the
Caribbean from $2.25 to $0.70

for Anguilla, St Lucia and ©

Trinidad & Tobago, and to $0.60
for Jamaica, BTC’s prices were
still about the most expensive
for calls in the region, apart from
the peak prices offered by the

- incumbent in Belize.

The costs to call the UK,
Brazil and France from the

Bahaimas had been reduced from ,

$2.75 to $0.89 by BTC, but these
remained relatively high in com-
parison with other Caribbean
and first world states, as were
the SPO for calls pee to the

‘

US and Canada. This was despite
their reduction from $0.99 for
the US and $1.25 for Canada to
$0.51 and $0.54 respectively.

“In the Bahamas, calls to sub-
scribers on the same island are
free,” Mr Stern wrote, “Howev-
er, inter-island charges are quite
high even after BTC’s reduced
rates are taken into account.

“It is cheaper for a subscriber
in Nassau to use Skype (US$0.09
per minute) and Vonage
(US$0.10 per minute) to make a
call to someone in Grand
Bahama or Abaco.”

' Mr Stern said high telecoms
prices in the Bahamas had acted
as a baitier to growth and invest-
ment in the industry, prevented
the development of an informa-
tion-literate society and impact-
ed the cost of doing business for
this nation’s key industries,
tourism and financial services,

Out of all the region’s major:

international financial centres,
the Bahamas is the only nation
with a monopoly on cellular pro-
vision in BTC, putting it along-
side the likes of Montserrat, Suri-
name and Turks & Caicos.
And only in the Bahamas,
Haiti and Suriname are telecom-
munications operators still 100
per cent owned by the Govern-
tment. In 2004, the Bahamas had
43.9 fixed telephone lines and
58.4 cell phones per 100 people,
ranking this country favourably
with its Caribbean contempo-
raries in this réspect, and with
31.9 Internet users per 100 peo-

ple.

k Casino’s loss

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l By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor



ISLE of Capri’s Grand
Bahama casino saw its adjusted
operating loss more than quadru-
ple to $1.28 million in the sec-
ond quarter of its current finan-
cial year, up from a $309,000 loss .
sustained in the same period last
year.

Unveiling its financial results
for the three months to October
29, 2006, Isle of Capri said net
revenues earned by its Isle-Our
Lucaya operation plunged by
43,3 per cent, to $2.591 million,
compared to $4.572 million a
year earlier.

For the current period, the
Isle-Our Lucaya saw its net oper-
ating loss margin increase to 49.4
per cent, compared to 6.8 per
cent the year before.

Isle of Capri’s results
arinouncement made no mention
of the fate of its Grand Bahama
operation, which the US-based
gaming operator intends to with-
draw from by June 2007.

The Government had recently
hinted that Isle of Capri might
be reconsidering its pull-out, but
there has been no announcement
from the company to that effect.
It has been talking with other
casino operators to find a
replacement, as the company’s
departure could impact some 270
jobs.

For the six months ended on

October 29, ae Aste of mee

tee gke

20m

said its Isle-Our Lucaya opera-
tion had sustained an adjusted
operating loss of $4.124 million
compared to $1.003 million in
income the previous year, when
it was boosted by insurance

recoveries relating to the 2004

hurricane season.

For the first half of fiscal 2007,
Isle-Our Lucaya’s net revenues
fell by 37.1 per cent to $7.251
million, compared to $11.527 mil-
lion. Indeed, the operating loss
for the second quarter was $1.359
million, but a positive $79,000
charge relating to depreciation
and amortisation took the net
operating loss to $1.28 million.

And for the first six months .
of fiscal 2007, a positive $159,000
charge relating to depreciation
and amortisation took the oper-
ating loss from $4.283 million to
a net $4.124 million.

- Isle of Capri, before announc-
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seeking further investment incen-
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chiefly a reduction in the casino
tax rate levied upon it from 17
per cent to 9 per cent; arid an
increase in marketing support.

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trading activity took place in
the Bahamian market this
week, as 43,710 shares changed
hands. The market saw 12 out
of its 19 listed stocks trade, of
which four advanced, five
declined and three remained
unchanged.

Volume leader for the week
was Cable Bahamas (CAB)
with 8,110 shares changing
hands, and accounting for
18.55 per cent of the total
shares traded. The big
advancer for the week was
Famguard Corporation
(FAM), up $0.25 to end the
week at $5.79. On the down
side, ICD Utilities (ICD)
dropped significantly by $0.80
to close at its new 52-week low
of $7.20.

The FINDEX declined 0.93
points-for the week, to close
at 728.39.

COMPANY NEWS
Cable Bahamas (CAB) -

CAB produced another
quarter of solid perfor-
mance. For the 2006 third
quarter, CAB recorded net
income of $4.6 million, repre-
senting an increase of $1.1 mil-
lion or 31.47 per cent over
2005.

Revenues rose by $2.3 mil-
lion or 16.43 per cent to total

‘$16.6 million, while interest

expenses increased by $150,000
or 43.99 per cent to total
$491,000. .

Operating income for the
2006 third quarter was $8.3
million compared to $6,8 mil-
lion in the 2005 third quarter,
while earnings pet share rose
by $0.05 to total $0.23 as at

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AML‘ $0.65 -$0.07 1,000 -10.96%
BAB $1.30 $0.09 1,000 18.18%
BBL $0.70 -$0.10 5,000 0.00%
BOB $7.88 $- 550 12.57%
BPF $11.00 $- 0 5.77%
BSL $14.60 $- 0 14.51%
BWL:. $1.65 $- 0 30.95%
CAB $9.89 $0.04 8,110 3.56%
CBL $12.30 $0.01 1,000 35.02% .
CHL $1.90 $- 4,750 15.85%
CIB $14.14 $- 0 29.96%
CWCB-) $ 4.75 -$0.06 0 -1.25%
DHS $2.65 < 3,000 22.12%
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FCC $0.50 -$0.50 8,000 -56.52%
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DIVIDEND/AGM NOTES:




© Commonwealth Bank (CBL) has declared a special div-
idend of $0.08 per share, payable on November 30, 2006, to all
shareholders of record date November 15, 2006.




* FOCOL has declared a special dividend of $0.06 per
share, payable on December 12, 2006, to all shareholders of
record date November 30, 2006.



¢ FINCO has declared dividends of $0.13 per share, payable
on December 12, 2006, to all shareholders of record date
December 3; 2006.




¢ FINCO has declared a special dividend of $0.05 per share,
payable on December 12, 2006, to all shareholders of record
date December 5, 2006.

* CWCO has declared dividends of $0. 012 per BDR,
payable on February 7, 2007, to all shareholders of record date
December 31, 2006. —






e Bank of the Bahamas will hold its Annual General Meet-
ing on December 22, 2006, at 6pm at the British Colonial
Hilton Hotel, Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas.

September 30, 2006.

Bahamas Property

Fund (BPF) -
Weekly % Change

FOR the nine months end-
1.1446 0.80 ing September 30, 2006, BPF
1.9796 2.49 | posted net income of $1.9 mil-
1.3334 1.83 | lion, representing an increase

of $290,000 or 17.02 per cent.

Total income increased

by$30,800 or 0.98 per cent to

Weekly % Change total $3.1 million, while oper-

ating expenses declined by

$63.52 Tae $178,000 or 13.95 per cent to
$645.70 9.66 total $1.1 million.

For the period, funds from
|} operations stood at $2 million
| or $0.86 per share versus $1.8
| million or $0.78 per share for

Weekly %Change | the equivalent period in 2005.

At its present share price of

12,194.13 -0.70 $11, BPF is trading at a dis-
1,396.72 -0.30 | count of $0.78 or 7.09 per cent
2,413.21 1.91 | to its net asset value (NAV)
16,321.78 3.73 | of $11.78.

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

HALF OF 2006

The Board of Directors of Benchmark
(Bahamas) Ltd. at its Board Meeting 1st
_ December declared a special dividend of

one cent pet share based on the continued
positive performance of the
company year to date.

Payment of the special dividend will be made
on 15th December 2006 to shareholders of
record 11th December 2006



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MONDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2006, PAGE 3B



VACANCY
NOTICE

PUC seeks data to
judge whether licencees
meet all obligations

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Public Utilities Com-
mission (PUC) is proposing
- that all telecoms licencees sub-
mit quarterly reports on their

operations and full financial -

statements within 120 days of
their fiscal year end, as part of
an exercise to help the regula-
tor “assess the extent to which
licensees are fulfilling their
licensing requirements”.

The PUC’s draft guidelines
on the collection of telecom-
munications market informa-
tion and data, which have been
issued for consultation, propose
requiring all Bahamas-based
licensed telecoms operators to
provide it with “all financial
and operational reports” at the
end of each calendar quarter —
March, June, May and Decem-
ber.

These reports, the PUC is
proposing, are to be submitted
six weeks after the end of each
calendar quarter, on or around
May 15, August 15, November
15, and February 15 respec-
tively.

As for financial statements,
the PUC is requiring that all its
telecoms licencees — the
Bahamas Telecommunications
Company (BTC), Cable
Bahamas and IndiGo Networks
being the main three, along
with a number of smaller Inter-
net Service Providers (ISPs) —
submit income statements, bal-
ance sheets, cash flow state-
ments and notes to their annu-

_ al financial statements.

The telecoms sector regulator
-added: “Until the PUC has
| decided otherwise, each

| licencee whose annual revenue

exceeds $500,000 is hereby
required to submit financial
statements audited in accor-
dance with International
Accounting Standards to the
Commission within 120 days
after the end of the licencee’s
financial year.”

The 120-day deadline, not to
mention those for submitting
quarterly financial and opera-
tional reports to the PUC, is
likely to be problematic for
BTC, given its track record,
which has usually involved pro-
viding its annual financial state-
ments more than a year after
the year-end.

In addition, several sources
suggested that the PUC’s
requirements on submission of
annual and quarterly financial
statements could conflict with
the stipulation that BTC’s
accounts be tabled in the House
of Assembly first.

The PUC said that under the
Telecommunications Act 1999,
it had the power to set licence
fees to recover from licencees
funds necessary to finance its
regulation of the telecommu-
nications industry.

A licencee’s annual revenues
were a key factor in determin-
ing their licence fee, and the
PUC said: “A simple statement,
by the licencees, of the amount
of recvenue earned in a speci-
fied period will not suffice in
most cases. The PUC must be
in a position to directly verify
the figures submitted or request
the submission of audited finan-
cial statements.

“Additionally, the PUC must
be able to compile and publish
information as necessary on
revenue and investment in dif-
ferent segments of the telecom-

munications sector.”

Explaining the rationale
behind its information gather-
ing drive, the PUC said it would
also help the regulator “deter-
mine if licencees are supplying
the services specified in their
licences”.

“Concerning the adequacy of
the licencee’s information gath-
ering tools and record keeping
systems, the PUC does not con-
sider the requirements as stated
herein to be onerous,” the reg-
ulator added. “In fact, the infor-
mation requested is considered
to be basic information that
should be produced by any
licencee that is desirous of
maintaining or improving its
position in any given telecom-
munications market.

“The PUC will also publish
data and information on
licencees’quality of service per-
formance and on their compli-
ance with their own published
terms and conditions of service
in a way that allows comparison
among all relevant licencees,
and with the quality of service
standards established by the
Commission and/or the licensee
concerned.”

The PUC said the informa-
tion sought included prices,
quantity of supply, revenues
earned and the quality of ser-
vices provided.

Among the areas it is
focusing on are:

e Fixed access, including
installation and the monthly
rental of phones lines for busi-
ness and residential customers.

e Fixed service, including
calls originating from fixedslines
and public pay phones.

FINANCIAL INTELLIGENCE UNIT (the’’FIU”’)

PUBLI

Tl

lu

Pursuant to Section 16(1)(b) of The Financial
Intelligence Unit Act, 2000, the Public is hereby
notified that the FIU intends to issue its Revised
Suspicious Transaction Guidelines Relating to
the Prevention of Money Laundering and the
Financing of Terrorism.

Financial institutions,

industry organizations,

that

are representative of those financial institutions and
interested parties, that are likely to be affected by
the proposed Guidelines, are invited to express their

interest in being consulted in the

course of the

development of the Guidelines to the FIU no later
than 31st January, 2007

Copies of

may

the

draft

Director

proposed Guidelines
be obtained from the FIU, Third Floor,
Norfolk House, Frederick Street, P.O.Box SB-50086,
Nassau, Bahamas,Telephone Numbers: 356-6327;

356-9808; or 326-3814.

Financial Intelligence Unit

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proposing to publish reports on
the information it collected
from its licencees at half yearly
intervals — June and December
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It said the data would be
published in aggregate form,
and information considered
confidential by a licencee would
only be published publicly if
the request for privacy could
not be supported, or if the pub-
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ALL may be calm for the
moment, but for Freeport and
the Grand Bahama Port Author-
ity (GBPA), all is not bright as
we head towards the festive sea-
son. The island’s economy is still
struggling, and attention this
morning will focus on the
11.30am hearing before Supreme
Court Justice Anita Allen, at
which Sir Jack Hayward will
attempt to overturn the receiver-
ship of the GBPA and Port
Group Ltd, and have his man,
Hannes Babak, reinstated as
chairman. Yet to focus solely on
the court proceedings would be a
mistake, and that goes for both
parties concerned.

To be sure, the appointment
of receivers Clifford and Myles
Culmer is probably the best thing
for all concerned in the short-
term. It removes the thorny issue
of Mr Babak’s chairmanship
from the equation, leaving Sir
Jack and the late Edward St
George’s estate free to dispute
Sir Jack’s claim to 75 per cent
ownership of GBPA and Port
Group Ltd without having to
come to blows over the hapless
Austrian’s role, now he has - for
the minute - been barred from
participating in any managerial
or executive role.

The Culmers, probably the
best people for the job, will be

BUSINESS

Look for the cheque books,
not just courts, in Port fight

TRIBUNE BUSINESS OPINION



able to safeguard the assets and
ensure the GBPA and Port
Group Ltd continue to run as
normal while the shareholder
dispute plays out. A strong man-
agement team is in place to help
them, and hopefully those exec-
utives will now be able to con-
centrate on their jobs and keep
things ticking over without wor-
rying about being dragged into
the mess.

For those sitting outside the
fray, namely the residents,
licencees and businesses of
Freeport, and the Government,
these are troubling and puzzling
times. The shareholder dispute
at the Port erupted with amazing
speed, and the two sides between
them have been able to unravel
the GBPA set-up less than six
months after Julian Francis, and
fellow executives Willie Moss
and Barry Malcolm were oust-
ed. Truly, it happened with
astonishing speed, unleashing a
destructive power that only
George W. Bush and his neo-
conservative backers have shown
the ability to match in Iraq.

That may be a little harsh, but
there is no denying things can-
not go back to the way they were



NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT. 2000

at the GBPA. The two sides are
largely perceived as acting like
schoolchildren squabbling over
the sweets in the candy store,
engaged in a selfish all-for-me
fight regardless of the conse-
quences and harm it is doing to
Freeport and the wider
Bahamas.

The legal guerrilla warfare
over Sir Jack’s ownership claim is
likely to take some time to
resolve, but it would be a mis-
take for both himself and the St
George estate to become so
bogged down in the courts to the
point of ignoring all other
options.

For now is the time for some-
one to get the cheque book
ready, assemble an army of equi-
ty investors, get the financing in
order and offer an irresistible
price to the other side to buy
them out. Failing that, either Sir
Jack or the St George estate
could find a third party, accept-
able to both the other side, the
Government and Freeport, to be
the buyer.

Encouragingly, Tribune Busi-
ness has heard that both sides
would like to do this. The prob-
lem is that both sides are under-
stood to want to play the role of
purchaser, neither wanting to be
seen as the one to back down
and accept an exit with grace.

Setting aside the buyout
option, it is also clear that Mr
Babak’s position as regards the
GBPA chairmanship is current-
ly pretty untenable. Reduced to
the outside looking in, and with
the St George estate attempting
to have him committed to prison

THE TRIBUNE





and doubtless looking to mount
more attacks on him, he would
probably be best advised to
resign and safeguard his reputa-
tion.

Yet the man is said by col-
leagues and associates not to be
a quitter, and he is likely to hold
on to the bitter end when many
might regard it as hopeless.

As to the view from Nassau,
both the Government and the
FNM Opposition are understood
to be playing a game of hunt the
7.5 per cent stake. The GBPA,
Sir Jack and Mr Babak are con- .
vinced the Government still
holds that amount of shares in
the Port Authority, although the
Prime Minister says he is not
sure and is having the Attorney
General and Minister of Finance
look into it.

That stake could be very valu-
able if the courts ever decide that
the GBPA’s majority ownership
is split 50/50 between Sir Jack
and the St George estate, as it
would give government the con-
trolling power to back one side
or the other.

And, even more interestingly,
the 1970 Royal Commission of
Inquiry report on Freeport states
that a condition attached when
Sir Jack’s father, Sir Charles,
bought into the Port Authority,
was that the Government would
have a 90-day option of first
refusal if he ever decided to sell
his shares.

Does the same stipulation still
apply to Sir Jack’s stake? It
might not be the two parties to
the litigation who ultimately
reach for the cheque book.

No. 45 of 2000

KEDMA OVERSEAS CORP.

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section138 (8)
of the International Business Companies Act, No. 45 of 2000,
the Dissolution of KEDMA OVERSEAS CORP. has been
completed, a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and the
company has therefore been struck off the Registrar. The date
of the completion of the dissolution was November 23, 2006. ,

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2006, PAGE 5B





Cabinet reviews
energy report

@ By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business Reporter

THE Cabinet is now reviewing
the report on the country’s ener-
gy usage compiled by the Inter-
American Development Bank
(IDB), a document viewed as a
key stepping-stone towards
devising a national energy policy
for the Bahamas.

Speaking with The Tribune,
Gilles Deal, an energy analyst at
the Ministry of Energy and the
Environment, said IDB consul-
tant Herbert Philip had com-
pleted his research and submit-
ted his findings to Cabinet for
their deliberations.

Mr Deal said the report is
quite extensive, and gives a com-
prehensive overview of the coun-
try’s energy usage as well as Mr
Philip’s recommendations.

“He assisted us in starting the

path and strategy for an energy
policy,” said Mr Deal.

He added that once Cabinet
has finished reviewing the report
and signed off on it, it will be
sent back to the ministry for
implementation.

In particular, the report focus-
es on fuel usage by the Bahamas
Electricity Corporation (BEC),
and the impact electricity prices
have on homes and businesses. It
also examines the conservation

_ and efficiency of gasoline, tak-

ing a look at the Bahamas’ entire
transportation system.

This includes recommenda-
tions on how the country can
reduce pollution and focuses on
renewable energy sources such
as solar power, wind and hydro
power.

“He also looked at the diver-
sification and security of the
country’s supply, as well as look-
ing at the pricing methods of

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said.

He added that he could not

say when the report’s content
would be released by Cabinet,
or when it would be made public.

Exclusive Boutique
Resort & Spa

Recruiting

Passionate, Personable and Honest

Individuals who have at least 3 years experience in
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Boutique Manager
Room Division Manager
Spa Manager
Spa Therapist
Maintenance Supervisor
Entertainment Coordinator
Concierge
Receptionist
Maitre D
Bartenders
Waiters
Housekeeping
Bellman
Security Personnel
Beach/Pool Attendant

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individuals will be considered. Applications must

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address is stephmresort@ yahoo.com or you can
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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 27TH day of
NOVEMBER, 2006 to the: Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, RO.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



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TECHNICIAN

Head Equipment Technician/Mechanic required to work on
a full time basis for a golf company. The ideal candidate would
possess the following attributes:

SUMMARY

Responsible for all equipment maintenance and repairs of all
golf course and all non-guest carrying vehicles. Responsible
for making major and minor repairs on a variety of gasoline,
diesel and electric powered equipment.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

Coordinate and schedule all equipment for repairs and/or
maintenance.

¢ Inspect, diagnose and repair mechanical defects in golf
-course maintenance and construction equipment. Grind,
backlap, set and adjust mowers.

Overhaul and repair automotive and other powered
equipment including engines, brakes, transmissions,
differentials, springs, and mufflers; secure and replace
tools and parts.

Assist Superintendent by making recommendations for
capital equipment purchase.

Maintain shop in orderly condition, cleaning working
areas after repairs are completed.

Education and/or Experience:

High school degree or equivalent required. Minimum two
years experience as head mechanic or shop manager of golf
course operation. Additional two years minimum for general
maintenance equipment, engines, diesel and gas cycle engines.
General understanding of golf course maintenance operation.
Working knowledge of general operation of gasoline, diesel
and electric equipment; knowledge of proper methods of
servicing golf course equipment; knowledge of the repair and
adjustment of power mowing equipment. Computer and office
administrative duties, must have valid driver’s license.
Candidate must also have excellent oral and written
communication skills.

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INSIGHT

For the stories Pye tht the news,
read Insight on Mondays

Applications are invited tor the
Administrative \ssistunt to provide clerical and
administrauve support to management.
Qualifications & Experience

* Minimum of at least five BGCSE including English
Language and Mathematics; and at least five (5) years“
experience

e An Associate Degree in Human Resource or Business
Administration and at least three (3) years experience.

Knowledge & Abilities

Basic human resources functions and procedures
Communication skills, oral and written
Business correspondence
¢ Researching files and the internet
e Basic report preparation and writing
¢ Proofreading and editing correspondence and reports
¢ Modern office procedures, Methods and equipment
e Computer applications such Microsoft Word, Excel
and Powerpoint
¢ Record keeping and filing
¢ Requisitioning and distributing supplies

Application Deadline

Applications should be submitted no later than
December 15, 2006 email to Quichaw@gmail.com
or by post to P.O. Box CB 12707



position — of

Police targeting
large counterfeit
goods suppliers

FROM page 1B

aware that there are persons who
want the look of a designer bag
or other item, but simply cannot
afford it, who see buying a coun-
terfeit as their only alternative.

“However, we are engaging in
a massive public relations cam-
paign to inform persons that this
is wrong and illegal,” he added.

In doing this, Assistant Super-
intendent Cartwright said the
police had to be sensitive, which
is why they were trying to edu-
cate persons, particularly straw
vendors, before they conduct
large-scale swoops.

He said police were targeting
the larger supplies who served
smaller companies first, in the
hope everyone got the message.

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Cartwright added that the sale
of counterfeit items damaged the
Bahamas’ reputation interna-
tionally.

This would particularly be the
case if tourists acquired these
items and they either failed to
work, or broke, soon afterwards.

Apart from taking away from
the profits of vendors who sell
legitimate luxury goods and
designer brands, counterfeiting
and fake products also under-
mines the value of these labels.

Counterfeiting has, in the past,
been used extensively by organ-

ised crime and drug trafficking

gangs as a means to earn illegal
profits and launder funds. In
addition, terror groups, such as
the first World Trade Centre
bombers in 1993, sold counterfeit
designer labels to fund their
activities.

The Bahamas has in the past
come under heavy pressure, par-
ticularly from the US govern-
ment and organisations such as
the International Intellectual
Property Alliance (IIPA), to
tighten its copyright laws and
enforcement. The US has regu-

larly placed the Bahamas on its
Special 301 watch list, at one
time placing it on the ‘priority’
copyright watchlist.

They have focused chiefly on
the protection of television and
movie rights holders, who are
harmed by the selling of prod-
ucts such as pirated CDs and

DVDs.
Selling

Yet the selling of fake design-
er and luxury goods again has
the potential to focus unwanted
attention on the Bahamas.

June Hall, manager at the Fen-
di boutique in downtown Nas-
sau, told The Tribune she was
delighted by last week’s raid on
an East Street south warehouse.

“It is illegal, the same way it’s
illegal to sell movie and music
copies, and we aren’t allowed to
do that, so why should they be
allowed to do that,” Ms Hall
said.

She added that persons who
truly wanted the quality of the
Fendi product will purchase it
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ensure it is authentic, but added
that the sale of fake goods, par-
ticularly of bad quality, was dis-
couraging.

“This is a good thing that cus-
toms and the police are doing,”
Ms Hall said.

“Vast amounts” of counterfeit
items were seized in a joint Cus-
toms/police raid on a warehouse
in East Street South on Thursday
morning.

A number of fake designer
items, including Fendi, Coach
and Gucci bags, even fake
Michael Jordan tennis shoes,
were confiscated from Shan Ma,
owner and operator of the ware-
house.

In the presence of police and
Customs officials, Mr Ma said he
had no idea the items were coun-
terfeit.

“T didn’t know that was coun-
terfeit, but they find now that it’s
counterfeit. But I really don’t
know that. Because I just get
them on the Internet and they
telling me that what I buy from
that they are real,” he said.

When asked if he thought it
was possible to buy a Fendi or
Gucci bag for $15, Mr Ma said he
had no idea.

“T don’t know because I’m not
into this business not too long.
you see. I don’ t know what the
real price is,” he said.

Police said it was possible that
Mr Ma could face fines ranging
from $10,000 up to $100,000, or
up to five years in prison. More-
over, they said, he could face
penalties from Customs if
breeches are discovered.

Inspector Michael Moxey said
the fake products will be
destroyed.

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- Position will be responsible for supervising/overseeing Maintenance Engineering and Landscaping.

- Requires Hotel Engineering supervisory experience.

- Requires a minimum of 5 year(s) of supervisory experience and a minimum of 5 year(s) of hotel maintenance
engineering experience.

- Must have experience at properties of similar size and quality.

- Position will be required to work a varied schedule that may include evenings, nights, and weekends.

Technical Requirements

- Create and implement preventive maintenance program.

- Strong technical skills in HVAC, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, carpentry, etc.

- Familiar with chillers, cooling towers, chemical treatments, pneumatics, control systems, water systems, boilers,
- refrigeration, compressors, etc.

- Pool chemical testing must be completed and recorded once a day.

- Create and up keep civil, mechanical and structural as built drawings.

Managerial Requirements

- Ability to clearly and concisely present technical subjects.

- Demonstrate team building experience.

- Demonstrate ability to lead by example.

- Experience communicating, training, and managing multi-lingual staffs.

- Experience in training and cross-training employees.

- Experience in training and developing employees with limited education/experience.

Business Skills

- Strong technical skills

- Excellent time management skills.
- Strong organizational skills.

- Good knowledge of computers.

- Exceptional detail in follow-up.

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2006, PAGE 7B



Bush may lift drilling ban

@ By JOHN HEILPRIN

Associated Press Writer _

WASHINGTON (AP) —
President Bush is deciding
whether to lift a ban on oil and

as drilling in federal waters off
g g

Alaska’s Bristol Bay, home to
endangered whales and sea
lions and the world’s largest
sockeye salmon run.

Leasing in a portion of: the
area rich in oil and natural gas
ended nearly two decades ago
— while Bush’s father was pres-
ident — in the outcry after the
Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989.

But with natural gas prices
higher, the Interior Depart-
ment’s Minerals Management
Service proposed reopening up
the North Aleutian Basin. That
includes Bristol Bay and part

of southeastern Bering Sea.

White House spokesman
Scott Stanzel confirmed Satur-
day the president was consid-

ering taking that step.

Environmentalists oppose
drilling there because of the
potential for oil spills and harm
to wildlife. They have speculat-
ed in recent days that Bush

~ might allow such &rilling before
_ Democrats regain control of

Congress in January.

“If the & sh administration
decides to a....w drilling in Bris-
tol Bay, it wiil simply illustrate

* the level to which they will sink

to satisfy Big Oil,” Carl Pope,
the Sierra Club’s executive
director, said Saturday. “They

. are willing to risk a valuable,

renewable resource like Bristol
Bay’s salmon fisheries for lim-
ited, shortsighted drilling plans.”

Rep. Edward Markey, D-

i. Mass, a senior member of the
« House Resources Committee,
‘" said opening up Bristol Bay and

expanding drilling off Florida’s

' coast — a goal of House
“ Republicans before losing pow-
“. er to Democrats — would

amount to “a last minute give-
away of public lands as an early
Christmas present to the big oil
companies.

The Minerals Management
Service said in its August pro-

-' posal that reopening energy

development in the basin’s fed-
eral waters, extending between
three miles and 200 miles off-

"shore, could produce. $7.7 bil-

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lion in oil and gas production
and up to 11,500 jobs.

Some 200 million barrels of
crude oil, about what the U.S.
imports every 16 days, are
thought to be there. The agency
estimates the region could yield
5 trillion cubic feet of natural
gas — a quarter of all U.S.
annual production.

Fourteen companies are said

to be interested. The agency cit-
ed support among more than a
dozen local and tribal govern-
ments nearby who believe the
drilling would boost their econ-
omy. Lease payments go to the
government.

Despite its fame among fish-

ermen for its rich stocks of

salmon, king crab and other
seafood, the Bristol Bay fishing
region has lost hundreds of mil-
lions of dollars over the past
decade because of competition
from less expensive farmed
salmon.

Alaska Native villages also
depend on the annual sockeye
and chinook salmon runs for
protein in their diet.

The commercial fishing
industry has plunged into a
depression, giving more support
to Royal Dutch Shell PLC and
other oil companies that have
lobbied the White House to lift
the oftshore drilling ban.

Environmentalists worry

about the large populations of

migratory seabirds and crab, the
imperiled Steller’s sea lions and
northern sea otters, or the
North Pacific right whales — a
population so decimated only
about 100 are thought to still
exist.

The Minerals Management
Service said accidental spills
could foul coastal water quality,
and the noise and pollution
from more ship traffic could dis-
turb or kill seagoing creatures.
It said even a large spill proba-
bly would harm only a small
portion of the fish populations,
but could pose a serious threat
to marine mammals.

The Bering Sea Fishermen’s
Association raised alarms about
protecting the region, as did the
Yukon River Drainage Fish-
eries Association, which said
the drilling would threaten the
salmon runs.

On Friday, more than 30 peo-
ple representing fishermen,
native Alaskans and conserva-
tionists wrote Bush urging him
not to lift the ban.

“These protections have been
in place because of the great
risk to Bristol Bay posed by oil
and gas development,” wrote
representatives of the Alaska
Longline Fishermen’s Associa-
tion, Alaska Wilderness
League, Sierra Club, World
Wildlife Fund and others. “The
presidential withdrawal now
stands as the last line of defense
for this irreplaceable resource.”

The southwest segment of
Bristol Bay was last open for

" lease sales in 1988 when the fed-

eral government collected more
than $95 million. The govern-
ment bought back the leases
after the Exxon Valdez coated
Prince William Sound and the
waters of south-central Alaska
with 11 million gallons of crude.

Congressional protections put
on the area in 1989 were lifted
in 2003 at the behest of Sen.
Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, who
said he had been acting at the
request of constituents in the
region.

Environmental groups said
they are confident the new
Democratic-controlled Con-
gress would work to restore
congressional protections on
Bristol Bay.

OPERATIONS
ASSISTANT

International Offshore Bank is seeking an
OPERATIONS ASSISTANT.
Familiar with general office duties, loan

documentation, filing. Applicant must be
fluent in SPANISH, written and spoken.
Proven knowledge of MS Office products.

Please submit your resume to
HR Manager
P.O. Box N-4444 Nassau, NP.



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Administrative Assistant

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Are you.an energetic, organized, hardworking individual who
seeks a career-oriented position with an established company?

Lita this might be the position for you!

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Exceptional customer service skills

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The Nassau Airport Development Co. Ltd. (NAD) has recently been
incorporate to manage, operate, maintain and develop the
Lynden Pindling International Airport.








NAD is transitioning to take over most airport operations in January
2007, and we invite qualified Bahamians to apply for the following
management positions:





Controller






The responsibilities of this position include management of the
accounting department, preparation of financial statements and budgets

and forecasts. The successful applicant must possess a Bachelor’s Degree
in business or commerce with an accounting designation and at least three
years experience in a similar position.

M Retail Servi

The successful candidate will have proven skills in negotiating retail lease
and concession agreements and amendments. You will exhibit creativity
and innovation when working with concessionaires to develop strategies
and programs to maximize revenue. A Bachelor’s Degree in business or
equivalent and five years management or supervisory experience in a
retail mall or shopping centre environment would be a definite asset.










This position will actively manage the airport’s customer and employee
car parking facilities and the ground transportation services with a goal
to increase customer service and maximize efficiency. At least five years
management or supervisory experience in the Parking and/or the Ground
Transportation industry would be a definite asset. The successful candi-

date should possess a Bachelor’s Degree in business or a combination of
related experience and education.










Please drop off a resume to the Airport Authority Executive Offices,
Concourse 2. Lynden Pindling International Airport, no later than
December 15, 2006, attention:







Ms. Lori Chambers
Vice President Operations
Nassau pert peeve Cpiens Co. Ltd.

Bank of The Bahamas

INTERNATIONAL








GOVERNMENT GUARANTEED ADVANCED
EDUCATION LOAN SCHEME

In collaboration with the Education Guaranteed Fund Loan Program of the
Ministry of Education, Bank of The Bahamas International is pleased to advise
that the cheque disbursement for ALL students in the Loan Program will take
place at Holy Trinity Activity Centre, Stapledon Gardens, beginning December
4 to December 8, 2006, from 9:00am to 3:00pm as follows:









NEW AND RETURNING STUDENTS




Se ETS
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Monday, December 4, 2006
Tuesday, December 5, 2006
Wednesday, December 6, 2006
Thursday, December 7, 2006

Friday, December 8, 2006










TIME: 9:00AM - 3:00PM
PLACE: Holy Trinity Activity Centre
Stapledon Gardens




Returning Students and/or Guarantors should be present and must

bring relevant identification, (valid Passport and National Insurance

Card).

¢ New Students and Guarantors should be present and bring relevant
identification, (valid Passport, National Insurance Card, current
job letter and copy of a utility bill).

¢ Cheques will not be released until all necessary documentation

has been completed.








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THE TRIBUNE



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Pricing Information As Of:
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Abaco Markets
Bahamas Property Fund
Bank of Bahamas
Benchmark
Bahamas Waste
Fidelity Bank
Cable Bahamas

' Colina Holdings
Commonwealth Bank
Consolidated Water BDRs
Doctor's Hospital
Famguard
Finco
FirstCaribbean
Focol
Freeport Concrete
ICD Utilities
J. S. Johnson
Premier Real Estate

12.25 Bahamas Supermarkets
10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref)

28.00 ABDAB
Bahamas Supermarkets

1.314929*
3.0017***
2.482888**

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

BISX ALL SHARE INDEX - 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00
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
Change - Change in closing price from day to day

Daily Vol. - Number of total shares traded today

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

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FRANK Crothers, the vice-
chairman of Abaco Markets
and IndiGo Networks, has
been appointed to the Board
of Directors at a Canadian
investment bank, C. A. Ban-
corp.

Mr Crothers, who is chair-

man and chief executive of
Island Corporate Holdings,
his private Bahamian-domi-
ciled investment vehicle, is
also a director of Templeton
Funds, Caribbean Utilities
Company and Fidelity Mer-
chant Bank & Trust (Cay-

man).

He is a former vice-chair-
man of Boschendal Wine
Estates, and served a three-
year term as chairman of
CARILEC, the Caribbean
Association of Electrical Util-
ities.

C. A. Bancorp aims to pro-

vide investors with access to
private equity and other alter-
native investments, targeting
high net worth and institu-
tional clients.

It chiefly targets invest-
ments in the industrials, real
estate, infrastructure and
financial services sectors.

Zlib

YIELD - last 12 month dividends divided by closing price

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 $ - Acompany's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths

NAV - Net Asset Value

N/M - Not Meaningful

FINDEX< - The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100
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RBC Dominion Securities (Global) Limited
is seeking an experienced

INVESTMENT
ADVISOR

Our Investment Advisors actively advise clients on their
investment portfolios and often provide other wealth
management services in conjunction with our global
network. Therefore, depending on the target market,
experience, education and training in international
equity, fixed income, derivatives and alternative
investments is essential.

Our Investment Advisors are responsible for developing
their client base. Therefore, the successful candidate
will have prior success in developing a substantial book
of securities business. The ability to succeed at this
task requires an existing network of relevant contacts
and proven business development strategies. Equally
important is experience formulating detailed and complex
business plans and a proven ability to execute.

In addition, the position requires:

e 5-10 years of Investment Industry experience in a
senior position
The Canadian Securities Course, Series 7 or equivalent
Strong organizational and administrative skills
Effective communications skills
Experience executing large, complex financial
transactions under strict time constraints and ,
otherwise performing in a high stress environment
Computer literacy and ability to learn proprietary
computer systems
The ability to speak a second language would be a
benefit
Experience with issues unique to providing wealth
management services from a global platform
Willingness to meet continuing education
requirements

During the recruiting process, candidates should be
prepared to demonstrate the ability to succeed in a
similar role and the ability to meet the requirements
contained herein.

Remuneration is comprised entirely of variable
performance-based commission and includes a complete
benefits package. Interim salary assistance may be
hegotiated based on the candidate’s ability to meet the
requirements stated herein. Once established and
depending on individual performance, annual
compensation in the USD six figure range is achievable.

Please apply in writing only to:
The Managing Principal,
RBC Dominion Securities (Global) Limited,
P O Box N-3234; Nassau, Bahamas
or by fax to 362-6744.

All applications will be treated
with the strictest confidence.

RBC
Dominion Securities
C} (Global) Limited









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PUBLIC NOTICE
INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL

The Public is hereby advised that |, KILIA EL
JEANNIE BAIN of Sunset Park, PO. Box N-4770,
Nassau, Bahamas, intend to change my name to

KILIA JOEL JEANNIE STRACHAN. 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 (30)
days after the date of publication of this notice.









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WE ARE SEEKING vibrant, vivacious
and enthusiastic persons to employ in
our hospitality department of Bimini
Sands. The positions available are
bartenders, waiters, bus boys, cooks,
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COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS 2005/CLE/GEN/01227

IN THE SUPREME COURT
BETWEEN
MARY MICHELLE MAJOR
JUDY ATHENE KEMP-HIGGS
Plaintiffs
’ AND
KAIVON ELDON
Defendant
NOTICE
To: Kaivon Eldon

Nassau, Bahamas

TAKE NOTICE that by an Order of

Mr. Justice Faizool Mohammed in
chambers made on the 9th October 2006
IT WAS ORDERED that you do forthwith
remove and pull down the building shown
on the plan attached to the said Order and
marked “1 Storey Concrete” situate between
the Plaintiffs lots on Wulff Road, Nassau,
Bahamas which lots are coloured Yellow
on the said plan AND TAKE NOTICE
that by further Order of Mr. Justice Faizool
Mohammed made on the 9th November 2006
it was ordered that service of the said Order
dated 9th October 2006 by the publication

| of an advertisement in this form on three
occasions be deemed good service of said
Order upon you and that should you fail to
remove the building within 14 days of last
such publication the same may be done by the
Plaintiffs at your cost.

ALEXIOU, KNOWLES & CO.
Attorneys for the Plaintiffs
Chambers
Frederick Street Step



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MONDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2006, PAGE 9B



FIDELITY BANK (BAHAMAS) LTD.

Consolidated Balance Sheet (Unaudited)

As of September 30, 2006
(Expressed in Bahamian dollars)

30-Sep-06

ASSETS

Cash on hand and at banks
Investment in securities

Mortgages, consumer and other loans
Property, plant and equipment

Other assets

17,647,284
19,181,685
106,608,258
6,774,156
5,387,699

$155,599,082

LIABILITIES

Customer deposits 121,767,189
Mortgage-backed bonds ; -
Long-term loans 366,202
Other liabilities and accrued expenses 1,027,398

$123,160,789

EQUITY

Capital and reserve attributable to the

Bank's equity holders:

Share capital - ordinary shares 20,000,001

Share capital - preference shares -

Revaluation surplus 1,664,869

Retained earnings
32,438,293

Minority interest . -

32,438,293
_$155,599,082_

10,773,423

FIDELITY BANK (BAHAMAS) LTD.



Consolidated Statement of Income (Unaudited)
For the Nine Months Ended September 30, 2006

(Expressed in Bahamian dollars)





31-Dec-05

10,098,542
22,128,439
101,766,790
7,051,337
1,092,719

$142,137,828_

109,774,426

500,000
3,990,087

$114,264,513_

5,000,001
10,000,000
1,695,320

10,289,639

26,984,960
888,355

27,873,315
$142,137,828_

INCOME

Interest income
Interest expense
Net Interest Income

Non-Interest Income
Total Income

EXPENSES

Salary and staff benefits

General and administrative
Depreciation

Total Non-Interest expense
Provision for credit losses

Total Expenses

Net income before minority interest

ATTRIBUTABLE TO:
Equity holders of the bank
Minority interest

Net income

Weighted average number of
common shares outstanding

Earnings per share

FIDELITY BANK (BAHAMAS) LTD.
Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity (Unaudited)

For the Nine Months Ended September 30, 2006
(Expressed in Bahamian dollars)



9 Months Ending

30-Sep-06

$7,613,600
2,783,492

4,830,107

2,825,295

7,655,402

2,976,076
2,510,463

364,390

5,850,929
319,794

6,170,723
$1,484,680

1,453,332
31,347

$1,484,680

17,666,670

$0.08

30-Sep-05

$7,687,528
2,814,541
4,872,987

2,119,054
6,992,041

2,595,867
2,233,480
357,304
5,186,651
194,772
5,381,423
$1,610,618

1,581,223
29395
$1,610,618

16,666,670

$0.10





Share Capital Share Capital









Ordinary Preference Revaluation Retained
Shares Shares Surplus Earnings Total
As at 1 January 2005 5,000,001 10,000,000 1,735,925 7,996,358 24,732,284
Property, plant and equipment revaluation - - (40,605) 40,605 -
Net Income - - - 3,669,343 3,669,343
Dividends paid ordinary shares - - - (666,667) (666,667)
_ Dividends paid/payable preference shares 4a oo - - (750,000) (750,000)
As at 31 December.2005,._. $5,000,001 $10,000,000 $1,695,320 $10,289,639 $26,984,960
As at | January 2006 5,000,001 10,000,000 1,695,320 10,289,639 26,984,960
Issuance of ordinary shares 15,000,000 15,000,000
Redemption of preference shares (10,000,000) (10,000,000)
Property, plant and equipment revaluation - - (30,451) 30,451 -
Net Income : s eae 1,453,332 1,453,332
Dividends paid ordinary shares - - - (500,000) (500,000)
Dividends paid/payable preference shares - - - (500,000) (500,000)
As at 30 September 2006 $20,000,001 $ - $1,664,870 $10,773,422 $32,438,293



FIDELITY BANK (BAHAMAS) LTD.

Consolidated Statement of Cash Flow (Unaudited)

(Expressed in Bahamian dollars)







For the For the
nine months ended nine months ended
30-Sep-06 30-Sep-05

Cash flow from operating activities
Net income (before minority interest) $1,484,680 1,610,618
Adjustments for:

Net change in provision for credit losses (95,894) (412,876)

Depreciation’ 364,390 357,304

Net change in unrealized appreciation in financial assets at fair value through profit or loss. 217,947 -

Realized gains on sale of financial assets at fair value through profit or loss (232,251) . -
Operating income before changes in operating

assets and liabilities 1,738,872 1,555,046
Increase in mortgages, consumer and other loans (4,745,574) (6,453,495)
Increase in other assets (4,294,980) (158,031)
Increase in customer deposits 11,992,763 8,610,670
Decrease in other liabilities and acrrued expenses (2,962,689) (1,332,826)
Net cash flows provided by operating activities 1,728,392 2,221,364
Cash flows from investing activities
Investment in Subsidiary (919,700)
Purchase of government securities (381,800) (1,786,300)
Purchase of financial assets at fair value through profit and loss (65,822) -
Sale of government securities 1,758,800 -
Sale of financial assets at fair value through profit and loss 1,649,879 tee
Purchases of property, plant & equipment - (87,209) (380,858)
Net cash flows provided by (used in) investing actitivies 1,954,148 (2,167,158)
Cash flows from financing activities.
Maturity of mortgage-backed bonds = (58)
Ordinary dividends paid (500,000) (333,333)
Preference dividends paid (500,000) (562,500)
Repayment of long-term loans (133,798) (100,000)
Issuance of ordinary shares 15,000,000
Redemption of preference shares (10,000,000) -
Net cash flows provided by (used in) financing actitivies 3,866,202 (995,891)
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 7,548,742 (941,685)

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the year
Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period



15,689,298

10,098,542 689,

$17,647,284 $14,747,613





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SPORTS

TRIBUNE SPORTS



Howard helps Everton to beat
West Ham 2-0 in Premier League

Bi SOCCER
LONDON
Associated Press

U.S. GOALKEEPER Tim
Howard made two saves on shots
from Carlos Tevez, and Everton
went on to beat West Ham 2-0
Sunday in the English Premier
League.

Howard, on loan from Man-
chester United, made both saves
on Tevez in the first half. The
Argentina international has yet
to score for West Ham since
arriving from Brazil.

“You can’t fault the applica-
tion or effort, but when you don’t
get anything away it puts pres-
sure on at home,” West Ham
manager Alan Pardew said.

Tevez also set up attempts for
Lee Bowyer and Hayden
Mullins.

Leon Osman gave Everton the
lead in the.51st minute after
intercepting a headed clearance
from American defender
Jonathan Spector. James Vaugh-
an made it 2-0 in injury time.

“For us, that is an unbeliev-
able result,” Everton manager
David Moyes said. “Big credit to
all the lads. We had people play-
ing out of position and that epit-
omizes the spirit we have here.”

Everton moved up two places
to seventh and has 24 poifts.
West Ham remains without an
away win and is 17th with 14
points, two points clear of the
relegation zone.

& ROME — Palermo was held
to a 0-0 tie at Parma in the Italian
league, dropping the Sicilian
team further behind leaders Inter
Milan and AS Roma.

Palermo hasn’t won in five
games in any competition. Inter
leads the league with 36 points,
followed by Roma with 32 and
Palermo with 28.

Injury-depleted AC Milan
struggled again, tying 2-2 at
Cagliari. Milan played the last 15,
minutes with, 10.men after
Andrea Pirlo received a straight
red card for taking down David
Suazo from behind.

Cagliari dominated the first

half, but Milan went ahead three
minutes into the second half with
a header from Alberto Gilardino.
Suazo tied the score in the 53rd
with a penalty kick, and Andrea
Capone made it 2-1 for Cagliari
in the 65th before Marco Bor-
riéllo scored for Milan in the
70th.

Milan, which played without |

Kaka and eight other injured
players, is in 15th place with 12
points. The team started the sea-
son with an eight-point penalty
for its role in the Italian match-
fixing scandal.

Fiorentina beat Lazio 1-0 on

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record with its 11th consecutive
win in all competitions. Second-
place AS Roma beat Atalanta 2-
1 for its sixth straight league win.



@ MADRID, Spain — Brazil-
ian stars Ronaldo and Roberto
Carlos scored a goal each to give
Real Madrid a 2-1 win over Ath-
letic Bilbao in the Spanish league.

Ronaldo raced through the
opposing defense in the 65th
minute and scored with a great
solo effort to make it 1-1>'The
Brazil striker also had three oth-
er solid chances to score. Rober-

to Carlos the scored the winning.

goal in the 82nd minute with a
carefully placed shot off a back-
pass from Michel Salgado.
Bilbao took the lead in the
35th off a free kick by defender

@ REAL MADRID player Roberto Carlos, second right, celebrates his
David Beckham, right, Alvaro Mejia, second left, and Michel Salgado, left, agaimst Athletic Bilbao dur- *.
ing his Spanish league soccer match at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid, Semday, Dec. 3, 2006: ¢ 2
Real Madrid won the match with 2-1.



Luis Prieto, though replays
showed the last player to touch
the ball was midfielder Igor
Gabilondo.

Ronaldo and David Beckham
came on as second-half substi-
tutes for Madrid, and Ruud van
Nistelrooy nearly scored off a
long header from Beckham in the
55th. The Dutchman later had a
goal disallowed for offsides.

The win was Madrid’s fourth
straight and put the team in sec-
ond place with 29 points, one less
than Barcelona. Sevilla, which
lost to Espanyol 2-f but could
have taken over first place with a
win, is next with 28 points.

Raul Tamudo and Luis Gar-
cia scored a goal for Espanyol
each after Frederic Kanoute had
given Sevilla the lead in the 27th
minute on a penalty kick. Tamu-
do tied the score in the 68th, and



@ WEST HAM United's
Carlos Tevez, left, turns away
from Andy van der Meyde of
Everton during their English
Premier League soccer match
at Goodison Park Stadium, Liy-
erpool, England, Sunday Dec. 3,
2006.

(AP Photo/
Dave Thompson)

Luis Garcia added the winner in «
80th off a cross from Ivan de la °
Pena.

@ BERLIN — Schalke failed
to regain the lead in the Bun-
desliga when it was held to a 0-0
tie at FC Nuremberg.

Schalke, which had been in
first place for two weeks, fell .
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winning streak ended. Bremen .
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three days ago.

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chances,” Takahara said. “Today
I had to show how I could play.”

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hoven.

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Martial artists
make the grade
at tournament

@ KARATE
By KELSIE JOHNSON
Junior Sports Reporter

NINE enthused martial
artists training under the Four
Winds International Martial
Arts Association, also known
as the Bai Sung Institution,
showed they have all the right
moves recently.

In a tournament in Freeport
Grand Bahama, which
brought some of the country’s
top martial artists together,
nine prevailed with top hon-
ours, advancing to the next
degree level. Among the nine
were two martial artists that
competed in the divisional sec-
tion only.

Receiving top honours in
the Black Belt division at the
competition were Julian Sey-
mour, Gino Bowe and Kermit
Miller. In the junior black belt
division Anton Loon and
Olympia Ferguson were hon-
oured.

Honours

While Seymour took first
place in the kumite (sparring),
category, Bowe was reward-
ed top honours in the kata,
pre-arranged forms, and
Miller in weapons.

Loon walked away with
both the kumite and kata hon-
ours while Ferguson, top
female, took home the kata
and weapons top honours.

Miller said: “I became inter-
ested in martial arts because
of the forms, the movement. I
always liked the way martial



artists moved, how they con-

ducted themselves. There is a
lot of discipline involved in
martial arts. Martial arts trains
in more than one aspect, but

,what really captured my atten-

tion was the forms.

“Kung Fu is not as popular
as karate is, it varies a whole
lot. The styles are the main
difference. While Kung Fu
uses animal styles karate does-
n’t. Persons involved in Kung
Fu can use any style from the
tiger, monkey, dragon, and
leopard. These are just a few
animals because the style is
taken from nature.

Founder

“The recently held weekend
tournament was held under
our leader Si Fu Kenneth
Lewis, he is the founder and
the creator of Four Winds
International Martial Arts
Association,

‘He is a Bahamian and the
styles we use are all Bahami-
ans and so we are recognised
by' the World Independent
Chinese Martial Arts Associ-
ation, as being an authentic
style.”

Even though the nine mem-
bers were all black belts, there
were some improvements to
their ranks. Although martial
artists have earned their black
belts, it can range in different
degrees, from one to 10.

Miller, who has earned his
first degree, a Dai Gor, said:
“Well it is an honour for me to
move up the ranks like this. I
enjoy martial arts, it teaches

me discipline and improves
my level of commitment. Yes
there has been a steady
increase in numbers and J will
encourage more persons to
cote out and partake in mar-
tial arts.

“We are supposed to be
hosting the World Cup, some-
time in August of next year.
This is going to be an event
that is highly anticipated by
all martial artists here in New
Providence. We train daily,
this is a way of life for many of
us who strongly believe in the
art. We do a lot of stretches
and exercise so we can do
kata, which is the life of the
art.

“While doing kata you want
to concentrate so you can sus-
tain the art’s life more than
anything else. Fighting is
enjoyable to but for me I do
more kata than anything else.”

B® Also being honoured were:
Cedric Miller, Master -

6th degree

Nick Jones, junior master -
5th degree

Leonard Major,

junior master - 5th degree
Lynden French,

senior instructor -

3rd degree

Bip Taylor, instructor -
3rd degree

Adam Bowling,

junior instructor -

2nd degree

Olympia Ferguson,

Dai Mui - 1st degree
Anton Loon, Dai Gor -

Ist degree ;



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Auto shine
against the
Wreckers

@ BASKETBALL
By KELSIE JOHNSON
Junior Sports Reporter



THE Bahamas Basketball
Federation (BBF) affiliated
league, the New Providence
Basketball Association
(NPBA), got things started on
Saturday night at the Sir
Kendal Isaacs gymnasium.
The season premiered with
top teams the Sunshine Auto
taking on the Y-Care Wreck-
ers.

Even though the game
started off close in the first
two quarters, when the final
whistle was blown it was the
Sunshine Auto’s who
destroyed the Wreckers 70-42.

It was an easy win for the
team, who finished up with
three men in double figures,
William Russell, Cordero Sey-
mour and Kevin Smith. Rus-
sell led all players with 18
points while teammates Sey-
mour and Smith chipped in
with 14 points each. Top scor-
er for the Wreckers was big
man Jan ‘Wire’ Pinder with 14
points.

There was a good turnout
for the league, which joined
hands with the New Provi-
dence Women’s Basketball
Association (NPWBA) when
they hosted their annual All-
Star game.

Although the NPBA has
lost some of its teams to the
semi-professional league, pub-
lic relations officer Mario
Bowleg is confident the level
of play and commitment by all
involved will not drop.

An optimistic Bowleg is
already calling the league a
success, revealing that league
will produce better games
especially ds the vision from
the executive board has
changed.

He said: “Tonight we are
proud to host this game, we
were getting a lot of talk com-
ing to us since the other
league has started but we are
proud to reveal that tonight’s
showing and level of play by
the players and coaches
involved is still there.

“I must say that tonight’s
game was very well played,
the only difference was that
Sunshine Auto outmatched
and played the Wreckers in
the last half.

“But you could see that the
players were giving it their all
in the game and that both
teams came with the mind
frame to win.

“They both played hard on
defence, but Sunshine Auto
were able to outmatch the
Wreckers who oniy had one
big guy scoring for them. Sun-
shine had a combination that
the Wreckers were unable to
stop.”

Russell, Seymour and Smith
had dominated the game up
until the final point.

They had taken control of
the game on both the offen-
sive and defensive ends, while
the Wreckers depended on
Pinder.

Even though Pinder was
giving the much needed sec-
ond shot opportunities, it was
Sunshine Auto’s defence that
gave them the upper hand.

With Pinder in a shooting
slump, and the guards from
the Sunshine Auto tracking
the ball, the close game the
Wreckers were hoping to hold
onto slowly faded away.



@ BOXING

Canada.

said Mackey,

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter

JERMAINE ‘Choo Choo’
Mackey waited for the perfect
time to unleash a flurry of punch-
es that forced Jamaican Anthony
‘the Destroyer’ Osbourne to call —
it quits in the sixth round,

In a Bahamas versus Jamaica
super middleweight showdown
on Saturday night at Nirvana
Beach, Mackey was able to
redeem himself with an impres-
sive showing after losing a unan-
imous decision two weeks ago in

“Tt was excellent. This has put
me at a. next level in boxing,”
said Mackey, about his perfor-
mance against a veteran com-
petitor, who doubled up on the
amount of fights and victories
that he posted.

Fighting in the main event of
First Class Promotions’ final pro-
‘fessional boxing show for the
year, Mackey. took the fight to
Osbourne and made him pay
dearly for it as he used height to
out-jab his opponent.

“T knew he was a tough fighter,
having fought some 25 fights,”
who improved to
11-1. “T just "taelded to go after
him, make him niiss and just be
poised and wait on my opportu-
nity.” Throughout the early





rounds, Mackey felt he had
Osbourne beaten, but the
Jamaican just stood there, fight
absorbed the blows and beck-
oned the Bahamian to bring it
on as he smiled occasionally as if

he wasn’t hurt at all.

in there composed.”

in his performance.

and jabbing.

a whole lot,

“He really was playing a chess
game in there because I know I
was hurting him,” Mackey
stressed. “He tried to force me
into a slug-fest, but I just stayed

Mackey said the loss in Cana-
da was a “wake up call” for him
because he came into the fight
against Osbourne as a complete-
ly different fighter and it showed

Not only did he use his jab,
but Mackey missed it up with a
series of right hooks that sort of
deflated Osbourne, forcing him
to settle down and fight flat-foot-
ed, as opposed to just sticking

“Although I lost, I know the
unanimous decision helped me
* he proclaimed. “I
now know where it is I want to
go and whoever steps in the ring
with me, they better come pre-
pared because I’m going to be
110 per cent prepared to fight.”

Osbourne, one of three
Jamaicans to appear on the card,
admitted that he wasn’t as pre-
pared for the fight as he should
have been. But he said that was-

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n’t any excuse because Mackey
was that much better in the

“T fought out of my weight.
I’m not a super middleweight,”
said Osbourne, who noted that
he only fought for the title
because it was vacant. “But
because I won the title, they had
this set up as a Caribbean elimi-
nation bout, so I was obligated to
fight.

“But normally I’m 154 and I
didn’t get to do as much train-
ing as I should for this fight.” «

Osbourne also indicated that
he wasn’t expecting Mackey to
be such an explosive southpaw:

Had he known, he said he would
have gotten some sparring té
help him counter-attack Mack-
ey. Despite the loss, Osbourne
gave a good account of himself a$
he “adjusted” his style during the
fight. He went toe-to-toe with
Mackey on numerous occasions
and he had the fans cheering for
both competitors for the first five
rounds.

unleashed a series of blows to
the body and the head of
Osbourne and his only defence
as he was pinned in the corner on
the ropes was to kneel down
That forced referee Matthew
Rolle to step in and call an end to
the fight with one minute and 40
seconds left on the clock.

@ WEEKEND VICTORY: Jermaine ‘Choo Choo’ Mackey

Victory sets up Saunders for

possible clash with Smith —

a BOXING
By BRENT STUBBS
. Senior Sports Reporter

IT WAS the type of fight that Elkana
‘the Punisher’ Saunders wanted as he
looks ahead to a possible showdown
with ‘Marvelous’ Marvin Smith for the
Bahamas light-heavyweight title.

Fighting in the ¢o-main event of First
Class Promotions’ final professional



boxing show for the year, Saunders:

scored enough points to win his Nau-
tilus Water sponsored fight on’Saturday
night at Nitvana Beach.

“IT want to let Marvin Smith know
that he better be training because I’m
coming after him so we can fought for
the light-heavyweight belt,” Saunders
said. “I’m going to be sure that I punish
Marvin as I go for the light-heavyweight
belt.”

As for the sixth round decision over
Jamaican Patrick ‘Cutlass’ Miller, Saun-
ders said he wasn’t as sharp as he would
have liked to be and it showed in his
performance.

“It was more than I expected. I was
working on my jab in the ring, but it
wasn’t effective enough,” he stated.

“Unfortunately, due to the sand in
the ring, I wasn’t able to plant my feet
that well in the ring, but it was still good

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enough for me to win.” Saunders, who
improved to 5-2-1 with the win, con-
trolled the fight for the first five rounds.
But he got a little careless in the sixth

and Miller dropped him to the canvas

for a standing eight count from referee
Gregory Storr.

Strong

“He caught me while I was slipping, .

but it was still ruled as a knockdown,”
Saunders pointed out. However, he
managed to come right back and
redeem himself when he floored Miller
with a right hook. “He Was a good fight-
er. He’s very strong,” said Saunders,
who had a difficult time trying to get
past Miller, who tefused to give up.

“I was able to stand up to him and
give it me best, move around and stall
time.”

Miller, one of four Jamaicans fighting
on the card, said he was pleased with his
performance because this was his first
one in three years.

“Everytime I tried to get a fight, there
was no opponent,” said Miller, who
decided to concentrate on his job as a
crane operator in Jamaica. “But when
they fight came up, I decided to go for
it.” Miller said he would like to come

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back to the Bahamas and fight again.

On the undercard, Alpachino-

‘Banger’ Allen made it 2-0 in his young
pro career as he stopped Jamaican
Lloyd ‘Hanger’ Smith 59 seconds into
the second round. “I trained excellent,
but I’m a honest guy, I wasn’t 100. per
cent in shape,” Allen said.

“I just had the experience in the ring:

and I just put it all together to represent
my country.”

After he cut Smith’s nose in the first
round, Allen said he saw the fear in his
opponent’s face and he knew it was
only going to be a matter of time before
he put him out of his misery.

“I could have taken him out in the
first round, but I’m an experienced
fighter, so I just waited for him in the
second round,” Allen stressed.

In the other Bahamian versus
Jamaica showdown, Shimon ‘Too
Sweet’ Bain was on his way to polishing
off Rudolf ‘Cutting Hedge’ Hedge
when the fight was stopped 1:55 in the
third. Bain was the victim of a.head
butt. The fight was ruled a technical
draw.

Hensly ‘Bruser’ Strachan toyed
around with a relentless Derrick ‘Cas-
tor’ Sawyer and was awarded an unan-
imous decision. Sawyer refused to give
up, even when ring doctor Munir

Rashad tuled that he couldn’t becatise
of the constant blood pouring from his.
nose and mouth. >

“It was a tough opponent because’
when we were out of the ring, he was
looking at me like he was going to kill
me,” Strachan said.

“But when we got in the ring, I saw
the fear in his eyes, so I just decided to
give the fans something that I thought
they would like.”

Ryan ‘Big Youth’ McKenzie, now 3-.

But in the sixth, Mackey -

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0, stopped Ricardo ‘One Shot’ Bethel -

1:39 in the fourth. Dr. Rashad had to
check on Bethel’s puffed-up face twice >
.- the last coming in the fourth when he |

called it off. “The fight was great. I
fought how I wanted to,” he said. “I

tried to keep him off me because he’s a

little shorter. So I just stick the jabs
and tried to keep him out with the right.
I’m not surprised at the outcome.”
, And in the other fight on the night,
Anthony ‘Kid’ Durrent, battling the
case of the flu, managed to out-slug
Drexel ‘Hard Mouth’ McIntosh for four
rounds for the victory. “Thank God
first of all, my people who were there
backing me, my family and my coach
Steve Larrimore,” he said. “I could
have done better.

“He gave me a good fight, but I still
managed to win.”

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PMH staff
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bed shortage

m@ By KARIN HERIG —
and ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporters

FOLLOWING yet another
bed shortage at Princess Mar-

}- garet Hospital, hospital staff

want to know-how the facility
will be able to cope with the
increasing number of patients
government’s National: Health
Insurance plan is expected to
bring. ‘

Nurses working at PMH
contacted The Tribune, urg-
ing government to rethink the
implementation of the pro-

Peet files defamation
writ naming Ingraham
and radio station

FNM leader Hubert Ingraham,
and Love97 radio have reported-
ly been named in a defamation
writ filed by Minister of Finan-
cial Services and Investment Vin-

“cent Peet.

In a statement released yester-
day, the PLP said the writ is in
connection with the recent FNM
rally, which was broadcast over
radio,

“T have been involved in front-

line politics for almost 25 years,”
Mr Peet is quoted as saying. “I
cherish my reputation and I owe a
duty to my family, my con-
stituents and myself to vigorous-
ly defend it.

“The courts will now deal with
the matter,” he said.

posed NHI scheme, stating
that it will “wreak havoc” if
extensive infrastructural
upgrades are not seen to done
before the launch of such a
plan.

According to reports by sev-
eral nurses, the emergency
room at PMH on Friday expe-
rienced a serious shortage of
beds, forcing staff to place
patients on army cots on the
ground,

Former registered nurse at
PMH, Jean Sands was visiting
the emergency room on Fri-

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in what appeared to be an
unconscious state after a

hit-and-run incident near
Fox Hill prison at around
liam yesterday, according
to unconfirmed reports,

Though police were
aware of the incident, they
could not provide any fur-
ther details, and up until
press time yesterday no
confirmation of the boy's
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A LARGE group of illegal
immigrants apprehended in

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Haitians captured by Defence }

Force officials to 1,000 for the 1%

year so far.

A:group of 96 undocumented
Haitians arrived in Nassau yes-
terday morning after being
apprehended in the southern
Bahamas in a joint effort
between the Defence Force and
the US Coast Guard.

On Saturday morning, shortly
afteri\6am, the US Coast Guard’s
cutter Reliant spotted a small
sloop carrying 96 Haitian
migrants in the waters off the
southern tip of Long Island.

The US Coast Guard imme-
diately alerted the Defence Force
to the presence of this over-
crowded vessel off Castle Cay.

The Defence Vessel HMBS ©

Bahamas, on routine patrol in
the area, was diverted to the
small cay, and was successful in
apprehending the immigrants.

Because of the unsanitary con-
dition of the sloop, the Haitians
—79 men, 14 women and three
children — were transferred from
the sloop on to the Defence
Force craft,

They were brought to Nassau,
where they arrived at Prince
George Dock yesterday morn-

ing.

According to reports, the 96
migrants were all in good health
at the time of their apprehension

The group is now waiting to
be processed while the sloop they
arrived on was destroyed by the
Defence Force,

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@ By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter

WITH the case of Hannes
Babak’s removal from all man-
agerial operations at the Grand
Bahama Port Authority expect-
ed to be heard before the
Supreme Court today, Tourism
Minister Obie Wilchcombe is
urging all parties involved to
resolve matters expediently
before investors are given the
impression of an unstable,
divided Freeport.

In an interview with The Tri-
bune last night, Minister Wilch-
combe, MP for West End,
Grand Bahama, said that he is
“deeply concerned” that the
longer the dispute over the
rightful ownership of the
GBPA and its affiliates rages
on, “there is a danger that a sig-
nal of instability could:be sent
to the world,”

However, although the dis-
pute surrounding the owner-
ship of the Port Authority has
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@ By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport

Reporter

FREEPORT - After official-
ly announcing the six FNM can-
didates to run in the upcoming
general elections on Grand
Bahama, FNM Leader Hubert
Ingraham implored all FNM
supporters on the island to
“man their battle stations and
get ready to do battle with the
PER:

Mr Ingraham told:support-
ers on Sunday at the FNM
Headquarters that he expects
the elections to take place ear-
ly in the New Year as he
announced plans for a mass ral-
ly in Freeport on Friday,
December 8,

He also announced that the
FNM Council has ratified Mrs
Vernae Grant as the candidate
for Eight Mile Rock; Kwasi
Thompson as the candidate for
Pineridge, Zhivargo Laing for
Marco City, and David Wallace
for West End and Bimini,

Mr Ingraham said MPs Neko

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Tribune Staff Reporter

MORE than 2,000 signa-
tures were collected Saturday
night to protest the proposed
Liquefied Natural Gas plant
at Ocean Cay, near Bimini, at ©
an awareness-raising concert
at Arawak Cay,

These 2,000 signatures will
now be added to others
already collected to make up
a total of well over 5,000 sig-
natures on a petition against
the controversial facility, said
Mrs Sam Duncombe, presi-
dent of reEarth, the environ-
mental organisation that
planned the event,

"There was great energy...it
was a star concert. Everything
went wonderfully and we're
very happy," said Mrs Dun-
combe yesterday.

"Even when we were
putting up flyers and posters,
people were not aware of
what LNG was...and so this is

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one of the reasons why we did
the concert in the first place,"
she said.

"(It was) for people who
aren't necessarily looking at the
paper or listening to the radio
shows so they will get the infor-
mation it's important. People
have to have that venue so that
they understand what is being
proposed for the country," she
added,

During the concert - which
saw performances by a number
of Bahamian artists - a power
point presentation was project-
ed continuously, and spoken
announcements about LNG
were made twice during the
evening's events.

Now Mrs Duncombe is
increasingly optimistic that gov-
ernment, which has been lam-
basted by a number of frustrat-
ed corporations in the last year
for their "indecision" over LNG
in the Bahamas, may move
against the project.

"T think that we have over-
whelmingly shown that when
people understand what this
issue is about they do not want
it here and I think that's very
plain.

"The thing that people need
to remember is, when we were
fighting Clifton (Cay develop-
ment), Perry Christie was then
the opposition leader and he
stepped in at 3;500 signatures
and basically said if the govern-
ment gave the Clifton Cay
developers the go-ahead that
when the PLP became the goy-
ernment they would rescind all
of the contracts that would have
allowed that project to pro-
ceed," she said.

"IT don't want to say that
3,500 is the magic number or
anything but you know the
point is, he came in and rescued
us from Clifton Cay develop-
ment at 3,500 signatures,"

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by US company AES corps - is
currently being considered by
government, which has down-
played the safety and environ-
mental implications, and
claimed that it will boost and
diversify the Bahamas’ econo-
my, creating 400 Bahamian
jobs, according to the minister
responsible for LNG, Leslie
Miller.

It will involve the storage of
LNG at the man-made Ocean
Cay island near Bimini, which
will then be transported to
Florida through a 100-mile long
pipeline, providing a cheap
energy source for that state,

In December 2005, Prime
Minister Perry Christie referred
to some misgivings he had
about the project in light of the
Bahamas as a tourist destina-
tion.

"I had a particular difficul-
ty...with the perception of what
the Bahamas actually is and that
there is an incredible amount
of money, I mean billions of
dollars I suppose now we spend
marketing ‘It’s better in The
Bahamas’ or ‘It just keeps get-
ting better’," he told The
Bahama Journal.

"I wasn’t sure when you jux-
tapose an LNG plant with that
perception that causes people
to come here and that really
reinforces what saves us the
cash flow into the country based
on tourism receipts. I wasn’t
sure that LNG plants in The
Bahamas were consistent with
that,"

However, Mr Christie added ~~

later that environmental impact

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assessments had determined the
project to be safe and in light of
this that he anticipated the pro-
ject to be given the "go-ahead"

_in the "very near future.”

However, opponents have
questioned why the Bahamas
should allow such a project to
go ahead in their territory when
Floridians have chosen not to
do so.

"People have a problem that

Florida or a US company wants
to dump their dirty energy in
our backyard," said Mrs Dun-
combe. "If you need the energy
then build the plant in your own
backyard, or better still, how
about going with some alterna-
tives and stop going down the
same old route that causes wars
and causes stress and strife for
the planet and for the people,"
said Mrs Duncombe.
_. She added that the next step
for reEarth in its movement to
inform the public about LNG
and articulate public opposition
to the plan is to create a one-
hour documentary, to be
accompanied by a telethon,
which they anticipate will be
aired on ZNS and Cable 12.

"We'll basically be doing a
telethon so people who, for
some reason didn't come to the
concert, will continue to have
an opportunity to understand
what the issue is about and if
they want to sign the petition
we'll give them another oppor-
tunity to sign the petition," said
Mrs Duncombe,

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0 In brief

Restaurant
employee is
shot during
robbery

AN employee of a local
restaurant was shot in the hand
during a robbery that went
wrong.

According to Inspector Wal-
ter Evans, Police Press Liaison,
two males robbers entered the
Grand Oriental Express
Restaurant located on Madeira
Street around 8pm last Wednes-
day while customers and
employees were present and
robbed the eatery of a “small
amount of cash.”

One of the perpetrators, car-
rying a handgun, shot an
employee in the right arm.

The robbers escaped heading
towards St Thomas More
School.

The injury to the employee,
who is in his mid-fifties, is “not
life threatening.”

Two are
accused of
robbery at
gunpoint

TWO men were remanded to
jail Friday after being arraigned
in magistrate’s court on armed
robbery charges.

The accused, Steven Burrows,
33 of Victoria Boulevard and
William Morris, 19, of Taylor
Street appeared before magis-
trate Susan Sylvester at Court
11, Nassau Street Friday. It is
alleged that the two on Tues-
day, November 29, while armed
with a handgun robbed
Kendrick Deveaux of $330 in
cash. It is further alleged that
the two at the same time robbed
Shavago James of $20. The inci-
dent reportedly took place at
Cambridge Street.

The men were not required
to plead to the charges and
were remanded to prison. A
preliminary inquiry has been set
for March 16, 2007.

Man faces
charge of
stealing
from church

A 20-YEAR-OLD man of
Marshall Road was arraigned
in magistrate's court on shop-
breaking and stealing charges.

It is alleged that Anthony
Meadows sometime around
12.30 am on Monday, Novem-
ber 27, broke into Mt Nebo
Baptist Church on Marshall
Road. It is alleged that he, being
concerned with others, stole a
replica church bus with cash in
the amount of $4,000, a 13-inch
television set along with an
assortment of food items, a!to-
gether valued at $4,250.

Meadows, who was
arraigned before Magistrate
Carolita Bethel Friday pleaded
not guilty to the charges and
was granted $3,500 bail. The
matter was adjourned to April
5, 2007.

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m@ By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter

THE Tribune has now
passed on the contact details of
contractors who have given

this newspaper permission to ,

release their names to the
police so that they can help
them in their investigation into
allegations of corruption in the
Ministry of Housing. Housing
Minister Neville Wisdom
announced on Wednesday,
November 8th, that the alle-
gations would be investigated
by the police.

Several other contractors,
who did not wish to be named,
have expressed their intention

LOCAL NEWS

Contractors’ details
passed on to police
to help investigation

to go to the police in the com-
ing week to lay out their
claims.

These include allegations,
initially brought to light at the
beginning of November, that
there is a group of corrupt
individuals in the ministry who
are extorting money from con-
tractors, and pocketing hous-
ing funds — ultimately at the
expense of working class
Bahamian home buyers, who
have been left paying over-the-
odds for substandard work, it
is alleged.

The exchange of details fol-
lows an approach made by
Superintendent Keith Bell and
Detective Sergeant Harris

Cash to The Tribune on Thurs-
day, November 16th, to
request any information that
reporters might have that
would help their investigation.

While Tribune reporters
cannot give this information
to the police, because it was
given to them in confidence,
they went to their informants
for permission to release their
names.

While at The Tribune office,
the two senior officers request-

ed that any other contractors.

with any information that can

help police as they investigate

the Ministry of Housing con-
tact them on either 302-8158
(Bell) or 302-8073 (Cash).

Major cruise lines announce
expansion of their fleets

THE Bahamas may see a
significant increase in cruise
ship passengers next year as
several of the major cruise line
companies have announced
the launching of new vessels.

The Norwegian Cruise Line
will be launching yet another
addition to its fleet at the end
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EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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.

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IN DEBATING government’s proposed
National Health Insurance Bill now before
the House, St Margaret MP Pierre Dupuch
wanted to know if the many Haitians without
status in the country had been factored into

~ the estimated $250 million annual cost of the

insurance.

He said he understood that there were
from 40,000 to 100,000 illegal Haitians in the
country. He wanted to know who would take
care of their medical needs under the plan. He
believed that if they were included in gov-
ernment’s calculations, the proposal “would-
n’t look too good then.”

The illegal immigrant population — not
only Haitians, but those of other nationali-
ties— will have to receive medical care when-
ever they go to the clinics or the hospitals.

Recently Dr Marcus Bethel, rightly
refused the suggestion of those who wanted
the hospital to give government the names
of all illegal persons seeking medical help so
that the immigration department could deport
them. Not only can a medical facility not
refuse assistance, but if a sick person is afraid
to seek help in his illness, that untreated illness
could start an epidemic in the community.

So, if only for purely selfish reasons, no ill
person should be frightened into going under-
ground with his sickness.

Nor should the Haitians be blamed for the
dilemma now facing the country — we are
all to blame.

Those of us who lived through the early
forties should vividly remember what hap-
pens when a group of people in a society are
sidelined. We remember how.German Jews
— from the most brilliant to the poorest —
were blamed for all of Germany’s economic
and social ills after the First World War.
Everything that went wrong in Germany was
the fault of the Jew. Hitler ranted and raved
about these Germans, reducing them to an
object of scorn, stripping them of their human-
ity. And so the Jew was ostracised. Then he
was attacked and arrested. And then he was
gassed. The word Holocaust should mean
something to all of us, whether it was part of
our times, or whether we have only read about
it. The horrors of the Holocaust should be a
lesson we should all learn well.

Every time we hear Haitians being eed
and blamed for all of this country’s problems,

' we think of the hapless Jew.

The Haitian problem is a Bahamian prob-
lem, encouraged by Bahamians from way
back.

Bahamians were happy to welcome Haitian

Blame government for the problem

labour when Haitians arrived in small num-
bers and were absorbed by society. Today
these “old” Haitians resent the newcomers
as much as do Bahamians. Because Haitian
immigrants now arrive by the boatload, upset-
ting the social order, the spotlight on them
now includes those who consider the Bahamas
their home. We know “Bahamians” who came
from Haiti as small children, who live in fear
that the Haitian skeleton in their closet will be
“outed.” They have no reason to be ashamed
of their Haitian roots, but they are.

As a child we always thought of Haitians as
a well educated, cultured people — far more
educated and cultured than the. Bahamian.
That was because those were the only
Haitians we met in those days.

Today that perception has changed — not
because the high class Haitian is any less cul-
tured, but because all we now see are Haiti’s

’ poor being disgorged on our shores.

And so we have a problem. We have a
problem because we have jobs to do that
Bahamians refuse to do. We know of families
who would rather their young sons sit idly at
home rather than get a summer job to help
support the family doing what they consider
“Haitian work.” And so these, the very per-
sons who complain the loudest about the

Haitians, create the need for them to be here.

because of their attitude towards jobs that
have been reserved for Haitians.

But government should get most of the
blame.

If Haitians with jobs in this country were
regularised, then they would be contributing
to National Insurance and whatever insur-
ance would be introduced and would, there-
fore, be supporting themselves. Those who
do not have jobs, would not be needed, and
should be repatriated.

There are many Haitians today who have
jobs, but do not pay National Insurance,
because not given a work permit by govern-
ment, they are afraid of being detected by
going to National Insurance. Government
ministers have Haitian gardeners, obviously
because there is no Bahamian to tend their
gardens. On what grounds can they then jus-
tify rejecting applications for a Haitian from
Bahamian employers?

A Bahamian on a recent radio talk show

“revealed that Immigration Minister Shane

Gibson himself had a Haitian employee. So
how can Mr Gibson deny others?

Don’t blame the poor Haitian, rather
blame a confused government for our prob-
lems.



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Reply to senator's
criticism of article

EDITOR, The Tribune.

IN A letter to the editor pub-
lished on www.Bahamasuncen-
sored.com, Senator Philip Galanis
criticised an article written by
myself, claiming it misrepresented
the international coverage of the
Anna Nicole Smith issue. My arti-
cle explained that the issue has
been portrayed by more than 130
news organisations around the
world as a political liability for
the PLP.

Mr Galanis wrote: “On Mon-
day, November 13th, The Tri-
bune’s journalists have done their
very best once more to mislead
and misinform the Bahamian
public.” He asks how a reporter,
“supposedly part of the cadre of
journalists that are being so well-
trained by the eminent Mr Mar-
quis” can “attempt to mislead his
readers so blatantly by headlining
a story ‘international media’”.

In what is becoming a recur-
rent theme in his public com-
ments on journalism, Mr Galanis
seems to have confused his terms
and missed the point entirely.
There are, in fact, a number of
curious aspects to Mr Galanis’
letter — leaving aside the many
grammatical oddities, two exam-
ples of which are offered in the
paragraph above.

Mr Galanis’ complaint seems
to be that the stories published
by international media organisa-
tions referring to Anna Nicole
Smith as a political handicap for
his party had their origins in the
work of a few local stringers. He
says: “The fact that the story is
running in, as the article says,
‘Canada, Europe, Australia, Chi-
na and the US’, does not mean
that there are Canadian, Euro-
pean, Australian, Chinese and
American journalists camped out
here, each writing stories that
reflect negatively on our nation
and our government.”

The short answer to this is: of
course this is not what it means.
Nowhere in my article is it
claimed or even suggested that
the stories were the work of for-
eign journalists. Anyone
acquainted with the modus
operandi of international media
organisations would wonder
where the senator got such an
idea.

In yet another of his interesting
grammatical constructions, Mr
Galanis asserts: “The truth is, if
this reporter were to be honest,
that these stories he refers to are
actually written by local reporters
who are ‘stringers’ for these news
organisations, like Reuters and
the Associated Press.”

Absolutely correct . .. and?
One struggles to see his point.
The fact of the matter is that the
story WAS published — in Cana-
da, Europe, Australia, the US and
China.

Surely even someone as blind-
ed by partisan fervor as Mr Gala-
nis can appreciate that what mat-
ters is not who wrote a story that
portrays the Bahamas in a nega-
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Is he suggesting that the read-
ership of more than 100 news
houses from Washington to Bei-
jing did NOT read the story? Is
he saying that a news story read
by hundreds of thousands, per-
haps millions of potential tourists
and investors doesn’t matter
unless it is written by a journalist
born in the country where it is
published, who travelled to the
Bahamas in order to report back?
In that case, a good portion of all
modern journalism may as well
be disregarded.

The senator seems to have
become entangled in misconcep-
tions about the meaning of the
term “international media”,
assuming for some reason that it
applies to the individual writing
the news, rather than the body
which publishes it. This would be
easily remedied were Mr Gala-
nis to look up “international” and
“media” in any dictionary.

But perhaps the best way for
him to avoid becoming confused
in the future is not to speak about
journalism, a subject of which he
clearly has little understanding.
For his information, news organ-
isations that subscribe to interna-
tional wires like the Associated
Press and Reuters select only a
few from a multitude of stories
every day and hold their stringers
to the most rigorous standards of
accountability. Under these cir-
cumstances, would one not con-
sider it quite significant that so
many news organisations chose
to publish a story embarrassing
the PLP over thousands of other
options sent in from around the
world that day?

Mr Galanis’ argument is irrel-
evant in any case. Had his atten-
tion span held to the end of my
article, he would have found it
clearly explained that all the sto-
ries about Anna Nicole Smith I
referred to originated in a single
Associated Press article.

However there is another,
much more troubling sentiment
expressed in his closing state-
ments. Mr Galanis asks: “Why
are these ‘stringers’ or reporters
in the employ. of foreign news
agencies so determined to under-
mine the place they call home and
attempt to destroy what so many
have worked so hard to build
up?”

The answer, of course, is that
the truth cannot undermine or
destroy anything worth preserv-
ing. If the stringer’s story is not
the truth, I invite Mr Galanis to
outline the positive version of the
Anna Nicole Smith debacle for
the public.

Journalists understand that a
democratic society can only
endure if those in power are con-
stantly subjected to the most
intense scrutiny and made to earn
any respect they enjoy.

But it seems Mr Galanis
believes that rather than tell the
truth, our job is to erect a glossy

veneer around our national
image, regardless of the reality of
its contents. I would refer him to
any textbook definition of jour-
nalism or indeed parliamentary
democracy to ascertain which of
us is correct.

The senator goes on to ques-
tion whether The Tribune has
“the journalistic integrity they
profess to possess”.

I do not expect any politician to
appreciate the truism that there is
no integrity without honesty. And
true to the model, the senator evi-
dently thinks “the best interests of
the Bahamian people” means
putting a positive spin on things
regardless of the facts. But if the
senator were to overcome his
apparent aversion to reference
books, he might learn that behav-
ing with integrity is the antithesis
of blindly catering to interests,
and that ultimately, the best ser-
vice a journalist can render his
country is to “let justice be done,
though the heavens fall” as the
Romans used to say.

Of late, Tribune journalists who
have spoken out against corrup-
tion or hypocrisy have been
accused of acting as conduits for
the opinions of our superiors.
Lest the senator be tempted to
make the same error, I invite him
to contact me personally to judge
for himself the origin of the opin-
ions expressed above.

PACO NUNEZ
Tribune News Editor
Nassau,

December 4, 2006

I want my
right to live in
the Bahamas

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I AM writing to add my name
to the list of those who have
been mistreated, ignored, done
wrong by Immigration here in

- Nassau. I have been married 8

1/2 years to a Bahamian. I have
three Bahamian children who
were born here in Nassau. I
have been technically a tourist
for the last 31/2 years. I have
applied for the permanent resi-
dency (4 1/2 years ago) and the
yearly residency permits (ear-
lier this year) and still have
nothing. I refuse to pay for a
general work permit to be my
husband’s maid. I refuse to pay
anyone under the table to get
something that is my right. I -
refuse to fork out loads of mon-
ey to get a lawyer push this
along quicker. However, I do
want my right to live here, to
work if I wish, to come and go
without being hassled every
time about my status. Help me!

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Tribune Staff Reporter

THE opposition has ques-
tioned how government can
get National Health Insurance
right when it cannot "get the
small things right" and has sug-
gested that the current leader-
ship's record is proof that it
will not be able to deliver the
programme.

Meanwhile, the party
claimed that a successful pro-
gramme "must be built on the
twin pillars of compassion and
competence" if it is to "bring
genuine hope and help to our
people."

"Such a system must not be
allowed to go bankrupt quick-
ly because it was badly
designed by a Government
desperate for a perceived

accomplishment on the eve of
a general election," the party
said in a statement yesterday.

The FNM declared that it
does not disagree with the
"urgent need for a critical
response to the health care
needs of the Bahamian peo-
ple" but only with the ability of
the current government to cre-
ate and implement such a
response.

"While most Bahamians
enthusiastically support the
development of universal
health coverage, they know
that the leadership of a com-
petent Prime Minister is essen-
tial to make such momentous
progress take place in a timely

and effective manner, " said the

party.
"Comprehensive health
reform requires strong leader-

ship by Government...who will
study the details; engage all
stakeholders...then oversee
and push the government
bureaucracy to make sure our
people get what they are
. promised and what they
deserve.

"Based on its record, we do
not believe that the PLP can
offer this leadership," said the
party.

The party is critical of Prime
Minister Christie for, it claims,

delegating the task of moving.

the project forward to the min-
ister for health, Dr Bernard
Nottage.

"When it came time to
address the nation on this crit-
ical matter it was the Minister
of Health, not the Prime Min-
ister, who took to the air-
waves," said the. party.

FNM names candidates for Grand Bahama

FROM page one

Grant and Kenneth Russell
will return as the candidates
for Lucaya and High Rock,
respectively.

During his announcement of
candidates, thunderous
applause and cheers rang out
from among supporters gath-
ered at the party’s headquar-
ters on West Atlantic Drive
around 3pm on Sunday.

Mr Ingraham said.a number
of people sought nomination
for the seats in Grand Bahama.
He said after mature and care-
ful consideration the party set-
tled on the six persons named.

Mrs Grant, a business-
woman, and lawyer Kwasi
Thompson, are entering the
political arena for the first time.

“In a political family, like in

any family, there will always ,

be some differences of opin-
ion. What we do not have in
the FNM is division; we have
many people with. many
views,” he said.

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their resolve to recapture the _



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government of the Bahamas
once again to bring good gov-
ernance back to Grand
Bahama, and the Bahamas.

“T want to thank all those
who fought to become candi-
dates for us in Grand Bahama
and who were not successful.
The decision has now been
taken, and all FNMs and sup-
porters should man their battle
stations and get ready to do
battle with the PLP,” he said.

According to Mr Ingraham,
former MP and cabinet minis-
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appointed to coordinate the

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“He has served in parlia-
ment for 12 years...and is
someone in whom I have great
confidence, and I am assigning
him responsibility. for coordi-
nation of the election campaign
for Grand Bahama and Abaco,
which will mean responsibili-
ty for 20 per cent of the seats in
parliament,” he said.

The PLP government, said
‘Mr Ingraham, has provided
ineffective governance during
its tenure in office.

Mr Ingraham believes that
the handling of the Royal
Oasis situation is “only sys-
tematic of how the PLP has
misgoverned the Bahamas.”

“The different announce-
ments, I have never known of a
time when more announce-
ments were made. And this
pudding people can’t get any to
eat — they hear about it all the
time. The last word I heard was
that a sale would come by the
end of this month. [ will..

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in Grand Bahama on Friday

night,” he said.



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The statement further sug-
gested that the PLP are deliv-
ering promises to the people
which they will not be able to
follow through on, which, they
claim, is worse than making no

_ promises at all.

"The same administration
which often runs out of basic
medicines in hospitals and clin-
ics now tells us that they are
ready to overhaul the health
care system. That’s hard to
believe.

"The same administration
which cannot collect garbage
on time, keep our islands clean,

_ or open schools on time and in

good repair, now tells us that
they have figured out the details
of how to bring urgent help to
the uninsured, the sick, the
elderly and our poorer citizens.
We do not believe them," said

the party.
The statement criticised the
government — "which loudly

proclaimed its intention to con-
sult" _ for allegedly failing to
do so with regards to the NHI
initiative.

"If you had a serious illness
and your doctor went ahead
and decided on a treatment plan
for you and your family with-
out consulting you or other doc-
tors, what would you think?
Well that is what the PLP wants
to do with your health care.

"They propose a plan for you
without consulting you on all
the details. We all agree on
comprehensive health care.
“But, let’s get it right together,"
said the party.

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address the issue in the House
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FREEPORT - Prime Minis-
ter Perry Christie is being called
on to step in as an arbitrator to

bring resolution to the stalled _

contract negotiations between
the Grand Bahama Power
Company and the union in
Freeport.

Pedro Edwards, president of
the Bahamas Industrial Engi-
neers Management Supervisory
Union, and Keith Knowles,

president of the Common--

wealth Electrical Workers
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negotiations.

They said the situation has
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no progress has been made
since the matter was referred
by the government to the Indus-
trial Tribunal.

Mr Edwards was concerned
that the plight of workers in
Freeport is being ignored and
overshadowed in wake of the
controversy embroiling the
Grand Bahama Port Authori-
ty, and the Anna Nicole-Smith
matter in New Providence.

“We need the Prime Minis-
ter and (Minister of Labour)
Shane Gibson to step forward,
and be the arbitrators that they
are supposed to be in this tri-
partite arrangement,” said Mr
Edwards.

Negotiations on a new indus-
trial agreement began in April
2004. The Power Company
employs about 180 Bahamians.
The CEWU represents 135 of
those workers.

The union had: initiated
industrial action in September
by calling its members out on
strike when negotiations stalled’
in August. However, govern-
ment had intervened and
referred the matter to the

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Industrial Tribunal, and ordered
the union to call off the strike.

Mr Edwards said it appears
that the government is siding
with the company.

“This whole fiasco, we
believe, was created by the gov-
ernment...because it is absolute-
ly mind-boggling for govern-
ment to refer negotiations
between the union and the
Power Company to the Tri-
bunal, or to any court of this
land.

“The union has the right to
wage industrial action based on
the laws of this country. And if
the government is going to be
referring things that are non-

referable, it is saying to the peo-
ple that they are siding with the
company. I want to remind the
government that the election is
near and these people will keep
this in mind,” he said.

Mirant Corporation, which is
based in Atlanta, owns 50 per
cent shares in the Power Com-
pany. Mirant executive Dave
Dunbar, former CEO of the
Power Company, in August,
had accused the union of being
unreasonable and stalling nego-
tiations.

Although a new CEO has
been appointed to replace Mr
Dunbar, Mr Knowles said noth-
ing has changed and that man-

agement continues to stall the
negotiations.

“The bottom-line is that
Mirant Corporation wants to
sell its shares, and the workers
want their money,” said Mr
Knowles.

The union executives claim
that Port Authority officials and
directors of ICD will get rich
off profits earned during the
Christmas, while the workers’
morale continues to decline.

“The PM and Shane Gibson
must step in...we have had
enough of the Anna Nicole-
Smith thing. It is time to focus
on the plight of Bahamian
workers,” he said.

Grand Bahama Power Company
accused of union busting tactics

@ By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter

FREEPORT — CEWU exec-
utives are accusing management
at the Grand Bahama Power
Company of engaging in “union



busting tactics” by hiring local
contractors to complete work
initially started by linesmen in
the bargaining unit.

Keith Knowles, president of
the Commonwealth Electrical
Workers Union, said that the
first of a three phase extension
of the well field project for
Grand Bahama Utility Compa-
ny was started and completed
over six months ago by lines-
men.

Mr Knowles said that a con-
tractor was hired last Monday.

He said that neither the
union, nor the workers were
notified by management.

He said the action taken by
management undermines, and
demonstrates disrespect for the
workers, who worked diligently
during the first phase before the
work was put on hold.

“This is the very thing that
contributes to the low morale
at the work place as the
employees’ frustration contin-
ues to increase due to the hid-

MONTAGU

den agendas and unfair treat-
ment. This is only one of the
many hidden agendas why. the
union and the employees don’t
trust this company,” Mr
Knowles said.

Mr Knowles said that hiring -

of a contractor will be more
costly for the company. He not-
ed that the contractors are not
adequately equipped to carry
out the work.

“For some mysterious reason
the work was put on hold. And,
despite i inquiries made by work-
ing foreman Christly Smith,
who oversees the project, no
answer as to why work was
stopped or when the work
would'resume was given,” said
Mr Knowles.

The union executive claims
that contractors do not have
the necessary equipment to do
the work, such as a drill rig
truck to drill the holes for the
poles, or a derrick truck to step

.the poles.

Union shop steward Christly

Smith said that no one is over-
seeing the project being carried.
out by the contractors.

He believes that outsourcing
of work is being carried out by
someone in the company “who’
has special interest” in giving
projects to certain conitastors.

Mr Knowles said he m¢* "vith
the director of Hvuracn
Resources, and.the Plan). uz
and Protection manager, to dic -
cuss the matter, but both offi-
cials were unaware that a con-
tractor had been hired.

He said that director of Envi-
ronment, Health, Safety and
Security was also not aware that
contractors had been hired to
carry out the work.

Mr Knowles said union bust-
ing is against the law. He said
the union has repeatedly told
the company that workers are
willing to work with them once
there is healthy communica-
tions and honesty between
management, workers and the
union.

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the statutory meeting of ||
the above Company required to be held by Section 70(2) of the } |
Companies Act 1992 will be held at the Teachers and Salaried
Workers Co-operative Credit Headquarters building located

on East Street and Independence Drive on Friday December 8,
2006 at 6:00p.m. when the following business will be

transacted, viz:



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of the Directors and Auditors, and any other documents required by
law to be attached or annexed to the balance sheets.

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attitude, ability to work independently or as team; with a minimum type
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transaction and proceedings of the Directors and Officers of the
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LOCAL NEWS

Junkanoo parade
details released

The routes have been announced for this year’s
junkanoo parades. Here we list the routes,

planned road closures and parking restrictions.

Boxing EN, Junkanoo

Annual Boxing Day Junkanoo parade on Tuesday 26th December will be held between the
hours of lam and 8am



The routes of the parade are as follows - Frederick Street to Bay Street, east along Bay
Street to Elizabeth Avenue, South along Elizabeth Avenue to Shirley Street, west along
Shirley Street to Frederick Street

No Parking

.From two hours before and until after the parade no vehicles will be allowed to park’on
either side of the following streets

h) East Street between Sands Lane and
Woodes Rodgers Walk

i) Parliament Street between Woodes
Rodgers Walk and East Hill Street

}) Market Street between Bay Street and
Duke Street

k) Trinity Place

1) King Street

m) Cumberland Street between Duke
Street and Marlborough Street

a) Bay Street between Navy Lion Road
and Victoria Avenue
b) Navy Lion Road
c) Shirley Street between Frederick Street
and Collins Avenue
d) Frederick Street between Shirley Strect
and Woodes Rodgers Walk
€) Charlotte Street between Woodes
Rodgers Walk and Shirley Street
f) Woodes Rodgers Walk
g) Elizabeth Avenue
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Closure of streets

From 5:30pm on Monday 25th December until after the parade the following streets will be
closed to vehicular traffic

Street and Bay Street

e) Charlotte street between Woodes
Rodgers Walk and Shirley Street

f) East Street between Shirley Street and
Bay Street

g) Elizabeth Avenue betwen Bay street
and Shirley Street

a) Bay Street between Navy Lion road and
Elizabeth Avenue
b) Shirley Street between Frederick street -
BS Collins avenue
) Parliament street peiveen East Hill
ee and Bay Street
d) Frederick street between East Hill

Diversion of traffic

Vehicular traffic travelling north on Blue
Hill Road will be diverted west on
Marlborough Street

Vehicular traffic travelling north on
Nassau Street will be diverted west along
West Bay Street

Vehicular traffic travelling west on Shirley
Street will be diverted south onto Collins
Avenue

Vehicular traffic travelling east on
Marlborough Street will be diverted south on
Blue Hill Road

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Junior Junkanoo

Annual Junior Junkanoo parade will be held on Thursday 14th December, 2006, beginning
at 6pm on Bay Street between East Street and Frederick Street .
Participants of parade will travel from Frederick Street east along Bay Street to East Street.

Road Closure

From 3pm until the completion parade the following streets will be closed to vehicular traffic:

a) Bay Street between Navy Lion Road and

East Street

b) East Street between Bay Street and

Shirley Street

c) Bank Lane between Bay and Shirley

Street

d) Parliament Street between Woodes
Rodgers Walk and Shirley Street

e) Charlotte Street between Woodes
Rodgers Walk and Shirley Street

f) Frederick Street betweeen Shirley street |

and Woodes Rodgers Walk

No Parking

From 1pm until the completion of the parade no vehicles will be permitted to park on the

following streets

a) Bay Street between Navy Lion road and
East Street

b) East Street between Bay and Shirley Street

c) Bank Lane between Bay Street and Shirley
Street

d) Parliament Street between Woodes
Rodgers Walk and Shirley Street

e) Charlotte Street between Woodes Rodgers
Walk and Shirley Street

f) Frederick Street between Shirley Street
and Woodes Rodgers Walk

g) Woodes Rodgers Walk between Navy
Lion Road and East Street

Traffic diversion

Vehicular traffic travelling north along Navy Lion Road will be diverted east along Woodes
Rodgers Walk to East Street, south on East Street to Bay Street and continue east on Bay Street.

the hours of 1am and 8am.

Street to Frederick Street.

either side on the following streets

a) Bay Street between Navy Lion Road
and Victoria Avenue

b) Navy Lion Road

c) Shirley Street between Frederick Street
and Collins Avenue

d) Frederick Street between Shirley Street
and Woodes Rodgers Walk

e) Charlotte Street between Woodes
Rodgers Walk and Shirley Street

f) Woodes Rodgers Walk

g) Elizabeth Avenue

closed to vehicular traffic

a) Bay Street between Navy Lion road and
Elizabeth Avenue
b) Shirley Street between Frederick street

-ARGeeollins avenue..

c) Parliament street between East Hill
street and Bay Street
d) Frederick street between East Hill

Vehicular traffic travelling west on Shirley
Street will be diverted south onto Collins
Avenue

Vehicular traffic travelling east on
Marlborough Street will be diverted south
on Blue Hill Road

New Year’s Day Junkanoo

The Annual New Year's Day Junkanoo will be held on Monday 1st January, 2007 between

The route of the parade is as follows: Frederick Street To Bay Street, east along Bay Street
to Elizabeth Avenue, South along Elizabeth Avenue to Shirley Street, west along Shirley

No parking

From two hours before and until after the parade no vehicles will be allowed to park on

Closure of streets

From 5:30pm on Sunday 31st December until after the parade the following streets will be

Diversion of traffic

Hill Road will be diverted west on
Marlborough street



h) East Street between Sands Lane and
Woodes Rodgers Walk

1) Parliament Street between Woodes
Rodgers Walk and East Hill Street

j) Market Street between Bay Street and
Duke Street

k) Trinity Place

1) King Street

m) Cumberland Street between Duke
Street and Marlborough Street

street and Bay Street

e) Charlotte street between Woodes
Rodgers Walk and Shirley Street

f) East Street between Shirley Street and
Bay Street

g) Elizabeth Avenue betwen Bay street and

Shirléy Street

Vehicular traffic travelling north on Blue

Vehicular traffic travelling north on

Nassau Street will be diverted west along
West Bay Street

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Economic fears

about universal care
are not convincing

PERSPECTIVES

I: should be clear that The
Bahamas (thanks to its
location and political charac-
teristics) will never have a prob-
lem being, and staying, a rela-
tively wealthy country.

A troop of macaque monkeys
in our position would have no
problem being in the top three
in our hemisphere in terms of
income per capita, and, if they
managed to steer clear of some
of our silly mistakes, would
probably be in the top two.

So instead of jockeying to
take credit for every miraculous
new investment and stopover
statistic, politicians should admit
this simple, overriding fact and
then move on to explain how
they propose to translate The
Bahamas’ virtually natural eco-
nomic success into higher
human development for all its
citizens.

Yet in the i-w cases that this
question has come into focus,
once-dormant voices have
sprung forth to warn that we
are putting our economic
prospects in dire risk by merely
thinking such things aloud.

And so it has been with the
NHI debate. Though there have
been many sound, genuine and
articulate voices opposing this
specific plan on account of its
specific faults, hidden among
them are many who seem to
genuinely favour the status quo
and to oppose any timely move
to implement universal cover-
age. Their arguments follow two
strands:-

1) Universal health care is a
good objective, But we simply
cannot afford it yet.

2) Since socialised healthcare
experiments in places like
Britain have ended in ‘failure’,
any genuinely universal health-

care plan is doomed to fail. So -

the status quo is the default
option.

| he first point is simply
too dim to engage. If
you compare the relative
incomes of the Bahamas and
many of the countries that have
universal health coverage and
which now (embarrassingly)
outpace us in terms of Human
Development, you will instant-
ly note the value of such argu-
ments. Eureka! i

The second point appears on
its face to carry some merit. But
it is based upon a highly. pre-
sumptive premise.

Anyone who suggests that
Britain’s National Health Ser-
vice has been a “failure” is
either unacquainted with its
original aims or is (like many
modern British politicians) sim-
ply expressing a difference of
values masked as a factual crit-
icism.

You see, it never was the aim
of any universal health care sys-
tem to make money, or even to
function without burdening the
state. The designers of Europe’s
social safety net were motivated
by a desire to bring human
development levels into line
with the economic development
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broad consensus that such sys-
tems are no longer worth the
burden they have always been is
evidence not of failure, but of
their splendid success in achiey-
ing that aim.

Through bureaucratic, uneco-
nomic, but universal health sys-
tems, countries like Britain and
Canada (not to mention villain-
ous old Cuba) have achieved
infant mortality rates that put
the richer US to shame. Togeth-
er with France, Sweden and the
like, they routinely top the
world’s Human Development
Index. It is little wonder, in that
context, that political priorities
are not what they were in 1945,
and have now shifted away
from primary health concerns.

QO f course the search for
a third way, a health

care system that achieves both
universal access and efficiency is
both a noble aim and one that
we should follow, if we can, so



The
inescapable
fact is that for
there to be
genuinely
universal
coverage,
there must be
a distortion in
one or other

sector of the

economy.



as to avoid making all the mis-
takes of the old welfare states.
But it is a search that is by no
means over.

The difficulty is that, when-
ever insurers and private health-
care providers are faced with
either compulsion or govern-
ment funded competition, there
will be some distortion in the
market. This has happened
wherever government has pro-
vided direct public care or reg-
ulated pricing in the private sec-
tor (as in most of Europe).

On the other hand, in coun-
tries like Chile (and possibly
The Bahamas, if the present
proposals are adopted) non-
socialist alternatives like pub-
lic insurance and mandatory pri-
vate insurance have been
accused of constituting a tax (a
bad word to some people) by
employers and wage earners,
who share the burden.

The inescapable fact is that
for there to be genuinely uni-
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because, in a free market envi-
ronment, coverage levels gen-
erally hover around 40 per cent
to 60 per cent in wealthy coun-
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B ut the fact is that not
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Universal coverage for Bahami-
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or act of populism. It is giving to
Bahamians what is theirs as of
right: a country that guarantees
a safety net in line with the lev-
els of wealth generated within it.
Against this there is simply no
legitimate argument.

The PLP has lain bare its
NHI plan, warts and all. This
column is not an endorsement
of it. Thinking Bahamians will
reserve judgment at least until
those on the front line of the
industry have had their oppor-
tunity to expose the warts to
scrutiny. Judged by the evolving
headlines, it seems the process is
not complete.

But it is to be hoped that,
along with the helpful criticism,
opponents of the NHI present
to the country some alternative
plan that also promises to
achieve genuinely universal
healthcare for Bahamians.

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US Ambassador John Rood writes about tackling the
stigma of HIV and the importance of getting tested

@ By US Ambassador
John Rood

THREE years have now
passed since President Bush
first announced his initiative to

fight HIV/AIDS around the
world. The U.S. commitment of
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fight HIV and AIDS around the
world. Dealing with HIV/AIDS
is something that all nations
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lem. Only by working together
can we hope to defeat the
scourge of HIV/AIDS. That is
why the United States is com-
mitted to supporting partner-
ships of committed nations,
NGOs, and communities to
build prevention and treatment
capabilities worldwide that will
allow us to defeat this scourge.

Here in The Bahamas, the
United States Embassy has
partnered with the Government
of the Commonwealth of the
Bahamas as well as several
prominent local organizations
in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
We are all working to fight the
stigma of HIV/AIDS and to
promote testing.

On November 21st we
unveiled the Junkanoo AIDS
Quilt. This quilt is a wonderful
example of the right response to
fight the stigma of AIDS. The
quilt does three things: it com-
memorates those Bahamians who
have died from AIDS, it moves us
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us that the fight is still on against
HIV and AIDS.

The global statistics sur-
rounding HIV are staggering.
Approximately 40 million peo-
ple are living with HIV. An esti-
mated 15 million children have
lost one or both parents to
AIDS. Of the 3.1 million people
that die from AIDS every year,
570,000. of those are children
under the age of 15. That is one
child per minute.

Of the 40 million people liv-
ing with HIV, only 25 per cent
of those are aware they even
have it. Getting tested for HIV
can be a frightening thing, espe-







cially in an environment of fear
and ignorance of the disease.
However, knowing your status is
a personal responsibility — a
responsibility to yourself, your
family, and your community. To
emphasize the importance of
knowing your status, I was pub-
licly tested for HIV onFriday at
the HIV/AIDS Centre in Royal
Victoria's Garden. I hope my
example will inspire others to
overcome their fear of the stig-
ma of HIV and get tested.

Local efforts cannot be
overemphasized. The Ministry
of Health offers confidential
testing and, if the test is posi-
tive, there are medications to
combat the virus.

The National HIV/AIDS
Centre has built a strong part-
nership with the AIDS Founda-
tion on several initiatives. One
of the most effective of those
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‘and memorial held Friday at
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', Adelaide Primary School, Gam-
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‘Lyford Cay School recently
completed a large, eight panel
mural in preparation of World:
AIDS Day that depicts theit
‘ emotions and messages of hope
regarding AIDS. The students
have been meeting at. New.
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the mural which was on display:

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ie ] LOCAL NEWS

Nurses’ fears over NHI scheme

FROM page one

day and claimed she had wit-
nessed one doctor refusing to
treat a patient lying on a cot
because he could not bend
down that far.

She also claimed that the
cardiac ward in the emer-
gency area had to be moved
to make room for the
“female medical unit”, leav-
ing hardly any space for
those persons needing emer-
gency treatment for their
heart conditions.

“There is an overflow from
all medical areas, wards have
to be converted, they have
no room to house that many
patients,” Mrs Sands said.

Another nurse, speaking
on terms of anonymity said

‘that it was a “disgrace” to

see how the patients had to
make do with cots as there
were no more beds to be
had.

A further PMH staff mem-
ber claimed that Friday’s bed
shortage is a common occur-
rence at the hospital.

Mrs Sands, a former nurse
at PMH and now working in
the pharmaceutical industry,
said that introducing the
NHI plan at this point in
time would have disastrous
consequences “on an already
ill-managed health system.”

“They can barely deal with
what they have now, I feel
the public needs to know

what’s going on in PMH.
How do you introduce a bill
of such magnitude and you
cannot deal adequately with
the load you have now?” she
asked.

The Blue Ribbon Com-
mission in its assessment esti-
mated that the NHI plan will
lead to a 20 per cent increase
of utilisation of the health
care system by the popula-
tion.

While the Commission’s
consultants say that this esti-
mate is generous, opponents
of the NHI plan in its cur-
rent form are projecting that
the country’s health care sys-
tem could see up to a 100 per
cent increase in utilisation by
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The Tribune she agrees with
government that Bahamians
need to carry more of the
cost for health care so that
all members of the popula-
tion can have access to treat-
ment, but in her opinion gov-
ernment is going about it the
wrong way.

“And it’s not unpatriotic
to disagree with national
health insurance, it should-
n’t be like in the United
States with Republicans and
Democrats, where it’s ‘if
you’re not for us, you’re
against us.’ People should
voice their concerns,” the
former nurse said.

Mrs Sands said she felt it
her duty as a citizen and as a
former registered nurse com-
ing out of the system to
speak out against the man-
ner in which the NHI scheme
is being implemented and
urged other nurses to do the
same.

“Implementing the nation-
al health insurance is like
having children. Children are
the most wonderful thing on
Earth, but you have to be
ready to have them, certain
things have to be in place
first. It’s the same with the
national health insurance,
certain things have to be car-
ried out first,” she said.

Mrs Sands also strongly
criticised the government for
“disguising” the problems at
PMH.

She said that instead of
coming up with ways to
improve the facilities and
infrastructure of PMH, large
amounts of money is being
spent on decorating the hos-
pital for Christmas instead.

“The hospital is being
beautifully, and very expen-
sively decorated for the hol-
idays, but it’s like stuffing a
rotten turkey. The core is no
good,” she said.

On Sunday The Tribune
was not able to contact any
members of PMH’s admin-
istration for a comment on
reported bed
tagé*in the emergency

Minister calls for Port
Authority dispute to be

resolved expediently .
FROM page one

of former chairman Edward
St George in December, 2005
— with matters heating up in
the past six months with the
appointment of Hannes Babak
as chairman — Mr Wilchcombe
said he does not think that any
investors have been frightened
off as yet.

“I’ve spoken to people,

. investors, and no, they have
not been scared off. They still
have faith in Grand Bahama
and Freeport. In its 51-year
history there has been no evi-
dence of anything like this
happening in the past. These
things occur sometimes when
you are dealing with business
entities,” he said.

Mr Wilchcombe said he hopes all parties will remember that the
relationship between the former business partners, the late Edward
St George and Sir Jack Hayward, was one of “trust and respect” —
an example that should be followed.

“T hope the St George family and Sir Jack realise that this is not
what Edward St George would have wanted. He would have want-
ed everyone to concentrate, to focus on rebuilding Grand Bahama,”
he said.

Attorneys for the St George family hope that their motion to
have Mr Babak committed to Her Majesty’s Prison for being in
contempt of court will be heard today when Justice Anita Allen
hears Sir Jack’s summons to have the order of Mr Babak’s sus-
pension set aside.

A possible committal order by the Supreme Court could lead to
extradition back to the Bahamas of Mr Babak, who is reportedly
in Miami, Florida.

One of the lawyers for the St George family, former senator
Damian Gomez, told The Tribune that Mr Babak has failed to com-
ply with Justice John Lyons’ order from November 2 to hand over
documentation regarding the operations and business dealings of
the Port Authority and its affiliates to the law firm of Callenders
and Co.

The documents, he said, are needed in the various lawsuits
against Sir Jack, Mr Babak, and the Port Authority.

Last Sunday night Justice Thompson, in an emergency hearing,
ordered Mr Babak be placed under an injunction, restraining him
from acting as chairman or participating in the management of the
GBPA and Port Group Ltd.

Justice Thompson granted an order appointing joint receivers
and managers of the Port Group Ltd and the GBPA in the persons
of Clifford Culmer and Miles Culmer of the chartered accountant
firm BDO Mann Judd.

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WITH no major criminal
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day and Sunday, the police, on
behalf of Commissioner of
Police Paul Farquharson,
thanked the public for its "good
behaviour" over the weekend.

Expressing his pleasure at:

the uneventful weekend, police
press liaison officer Walter
Evans speculated that perhaps
the "spirit of Christmas" had
prevailed, and asked, on behalf
of Mr Farquharson, that The
Tribune request that the pub-
lic "let it remain" so.

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Many Cubans had hoped for
at least a glimpse of the ailing
leader at Saturday’s parade,
where scores of olive-camou-
flaged tanks rumbled through

Havana’s Plaza of the Revolu-
tion and jet fighters soared
above.

But it was Defence Minis-
ter Raul Castro, who Fidel
Castro ceded his powers to
four months ago, standing at
the mahogany lectern review-
ing troops on the 50th anniver-
sary of Cuba’s Revolutionary

Armed Forces. The elder Cas- .

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made no appearances all week
during celebrations that
he himself postponed from
his actual birthday on August
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Reading a half-hour speech
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ical flourishes, the uniformed
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ment in the latest sign he has
consolidated his leadership dur-
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willing to resolve at the negoti-

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said Raul Castro, who turned
75 in June.

“After almost half a century,
we are willing to wait patiently
until the moment when com-
mon sense prevails in Washing-
ton power circles,” he added.

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ister said, the Cuban people
“shall continue to consolidate
our nation’s military invulnera-
bility” based on the island’s
“War of All the People” doc-

trine calling on.all able-bodied ~

citizens to take up arms in the
event of a foreign invasion.

US State Department spokes-
woman Janelle Hironimus said
it is incumbent on the Cuban
government to take democratic
steps first.

“The dialogue that needs to
take place is one between the
Cuban regime and the Cuban
people about the democratic
future of the island,” Hironimus
said on Saturday. “Any deep-
ening of our engagement with
Cuba depends on that dialogue
and the Cuban regime’s will-
ingness to take concrete steps
toward a political opening and a
transition to democracy.”

Since breaking diplomatic
relations in 1961, the US has

maintained a policy to under-.

mine Cuba’s one-party author-
itarian rule through a trade
embargo and restrictions on
American travel to the
Caribbean country.

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in Havana, Cuba on Saturday

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open to normalised relations
with the US as long as there are
no threats or pressure.

Many longtime Cuba watch-
ers consider Raul the more
pragmatic of the Castros, and
likely to communicate better
with the US government.

“The military is Cuba’s most _

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United States,’ Cuba military
expert Hal Klepak of the Royal

‘Military College of Canada said

on the éve of the parade. “They
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but US officials say they believe
he suffers from some kind of
inoperable cancer and won’t
live through the end of 2007.

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lutionary struggle sat near the

_ podium.

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piloted from Mexico to Cuba
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@ HAITI
Jacmel

HAITIAN-BORN hip-hop
star Wyclef Jean called on his
countrymen to reject violence
and work for a stable future
during a free concert aimed at
promoting development in the
impoverished nation, according
to Associated Press.

“Tt’s time to build a new Haiti,”
the Grammy-winning artist told
more than 20,000 cheering fans
Friday night at the waterfront
pier of this resort town.

Giving his first concert in
Haiti in eight years, Jean strode
onstage atop a white horse and
thrilled the crowd with a three-
hour set that included a fire-
works display, acrobatic dancers
and performances by several
top Haitian artists.

The concert capped off a
weeklong film and culture fes-
tival organised by Jean’s Yele
Haiti charity, which promotes
music and the arts as a way to
reduce poverty, create jobs and
improve Haiti’s image.

Haiti is the poorest country

in the Western Fewisphere and
most of its 8 million people live
on less than US$2 per day. The
Caribbean country is struggling
to recover from a bloody 2004
revolt that toppled former pres-
ident Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

Jean, a Haitian citizen who
lives in the United States, con-
demned the ongoing street vio-
lence that has followed the
revolt, especially a wave of kid-
nappings for ransom that have
plagued the capital, Port-au-
Prince.

“If we don’t stop kidnap-

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yclef Jean performs
with a Haitian girl
during his concert in
Jacmel a small
southeastern port city
S 110 miles from
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
on Friday, The
concert caps a
weeklong arts festival
sponsored by Jean’s
Yele Haiti charity,
which promotes
music and the arts as
a development tool
for the impoverished
Caribbean nation.
It was his first
performance in Haiti
in eight years.

(AP Photo/Ariana
Cubillos)

, pings, the country can’t devel-

op,” Jean said,
Also Friday, Jean held an

HIV/AIDS awareness seminar

to mark World AIDS Day. Ear-
lier this week, he donned a San-
ta Claus outfit and passed out
presents to 600 children in Port-
au-Prince and led a street
parade through Jacmel, on
Haiti’s south coast.

Jean was born in Haiti but
left for the United States with
his family at age nine. He later
achieved world fame through
his hip-hop band, The Fugees.

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| on Wednesday at 11 :00 a.m.

‘ “at Epiphany Anglican
Church Prince Charles Drive. The Rev 'd Canon
Delano Archer will officiate. Interment will be
made in the Lakeview Gardens, J.F.K. Drive.






She is survived by her daughters, Pauline "Cherry"

Illidge, Eartha "Pinky" Hanna; son-in-law, Dewitt
Hanna Sr.; (10) ten grandchildren, Andrew, Sybil
and Lenise Flowers, Lavaughn Roberts, Larry
Clarke, Joseph Illidge, Taimoon Jones, Irvin, Ninfa
and Dewitt Jr.; granddaughters-in-law, Eloise
Flowers and Gail Clarke; grandson-in-law, David
Jones. (12) twelve great-grandchildren, Basil,
Ashley, Erin, Destiny, Trevon, Kya, Lau’ kai,
Alethea, Lauren, Lydia, Joshua and Dante’; one
great-great-grandchild, Antoine; special friend,
Larry Forbes, her loyal and dedicated caretakers,

Mrs. Davis Espinoza and, Patrice Lawes; A host
of other relatives and friends including, Cecil
Flowers, Dr. Gertude Holder, Andrew Conliffe,
Constance Conliffe, Remelda Davis and family,
Judy Williams and family, The Rev. Canon Delano
Archer and Mrs. Archer, The Venerable E. Etienne
E. Bowleg, Fr. John Kabiga, Una Hanna and family,
Mrs, Allelia Adderley, Mary Whylly, Samantha
Bain, Pam and Ernest Fisher, Kenneth and Leleith
Hyde of New York and the Walker family of New

| York.

Friends may pay their last respects at Bethel Brothers
Morticians #44 Nassau Street on Tuesday from
10:00 am to 6:00 pm and at the church from 10:00

am until service time.

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His survivors include, wife, Chynella Scavalla-
Ferguson; son, Maurice J. Ferguson; daughters,
Amber Ferguson and Ghandesia Black; mother,
Willamae Ferguson; sister, Ghandi Knowles; mother-
in-law, Dorene White; adopted mothers, Eunice
Ferguson, Idell Newbold and Genetta Dean; nieces,
Karalee, Roxanna, Macarla, Tiffany, Malika,
Derishia, Teashanay and Teashaink; nephew,
Hanson, Timothy and Pietro; aunts, Cora McKenzie,
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Sherry, Anastascia, Aunt Rubie, Felicia, Shavanne,
Deanne, James, Clelia, Donnie, Cleopatra, Deon,
Levardo, Brian, Rickey, Shane, Philip Jr, Craig,
Edena, Dereck, Jenny Kita, Sharinda, Kevin,
Johnson, Kelcie Bridgewater, Officers Burrows and
Brown, Levin Wilson, Shian Rolle and Steve,
Bradley, Utah and Percie Taylor, Bishop Franklyn
Ferguson and family, Bishop Hulan Hanna and
family, Bishop Evans and family, Bishop Bowe and
family, Pastor Beneby and family, Pastor Maycock
and family, Pastor Simmons and family, Pastor
Timothy Johnson, William Pratt and family, Pastor
Wesley Ferguson and family, Pastor Christopher
Ferguson and family, Garren Ferguson and family,
Evangelist Clarence Armbrister and family, The
Hart, Nixon, Curry, Gibson, Roach, LLoyd, Hilton.
Mr. and Mrs. Shuttleworth, Peter and Kim Anderson,
Sasha, the Woodside and the Bowleg families,
Lanford Cox and family, Pastor Alexander Taylor
and family and Elizabeth Curtis and family.
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Phat Groves, Staff of Ultimate Production and
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Pope calls trip to Turkey ‘unforgettable’, —

hopes it leads to dialogue with Muslims

W@ VATICAN CITY

POPE Benedict XVI said Sun-
day that his recent trip to Turkey
was an "unforgettable" experience
that will hopefully lead to useful
dialogue with Muslims. However,
some Islamic leaders said the pope
had not sufficiently made amends
for his September remarks on
Islam and violence, according to
Associated Press.

The pontiff, who returned Fri-
day from the four-day visit, made a
special mention of Turkey's
Catholic community during his tra-
ditional blessing from his window
in St. Peter's Square that also
marked the beginning of Advent,
which starts four Sundays before
Christmas and is the beginning of
the ecclesiastical year.

Benedict said his trip was "an
unforgettable spiritual and pastoral
experience, which I hope will pro-
duce the fruits for an increasingly
sincere cooperation between all of
Christ's disciples, and a useful dia-

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logue with Muslims."

"I would especially like to
remember with affection the dear
Catholic community that lives on
Turkish land," the pope added. "I
was able to celebrate Holy Mass
with our brothers and sisters, who
often find themselves in situations
that are not easy."

Benedict's trip was originally
envisioned as a pilgrimage to rein-
force Christian bonds and reach
out to Turkey's remaining Chris-
tians, including Catholics estimated
to number between 20,000 and
30,000.

But after the pope gave a speech
in September that angered many
Muslims, it became a test of the
Vatican's ability to mend ties with
the Islamic world.

Muslims throughout the world

reacted angrily — and in some cases
violently — to the speech, in which
Benedict quoted a Byzantine
emperor who characterized some
of the teachings of the Prophet
Muhammad as "evil and inhu-

man," particularly "his command
to spread by the sword the faith."

The pope sought to remake his
battered image among Muslims
during four days of speeches, ser-
mons .nd a moment of silent
prayer in a mosque while facing
Mecca.

Benedict's visit to a mosque was
only the second in papal history.
His predecessor Pope John Paul II
made a groundbreaking visit to the
Ummayad Mosque in Damascus,
Syria in May 2001.

Still, many religious leaders in
the Arab world said Sunday that
Benedict had yet to make amends
for his remarks before relations
could fully be restored.

A spokesman for Jordan's influ-
ential Muslim Brotherhood chapter
labeled the pope's visit to Turkey
as "futile," saying the Roman
Catholic pontiff had yet to apolo-
gize completely to Muslims.

In Kuwait, Shiite cleric Abdul-
Hussein Qazwini said he believed
the pope's visit would have been

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more meaningful "if had it been
made to a Muslim country such as
Saudi Arabia or Iran," rather than
to Turkey, Benedict's first visit
to a predominantly Muslim coun-
try.

rOsewini called Turkey "a secular
country, and said that the pope's
visit there "had no effect on any-
thing."

During his trip, the pope also
made some sensitive demands:
wider protection and rights for
Christian minorities in the Muslim
world, including Turkey's tiny com-
munities whose roots go back to
the apostles.

On Friday, he celebrated a Mass
for members of Turkey's Roman
Catholic community, which num-
bers no more than 30,000.

"I was able to meet and cele-
brate Holy Mass with these broth-

‘ers and sisters of ours, who live in

conditions that often aren't easy,"
Benedict said Sunday. "It is truly a
tiny, varied flock, rich with enthu-
siasm and faith."



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the hills near Luxor have
agreed to move out and give
tourists and archaeologists
access to nearly 1,000
Pharaonic tombs that lie
beneath their homes, the gov-
ernment said Saturday,
according to Associated Press.

Officials said most of 3,200
families in the brightly paint-
ed, mud-brick houses have
agreed to pack up and move to
a $32 million residential com-
plex being built three miles
away. No deadline for moving
has been set and there is no
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complex.

“Most of them want to leave
and they demand to leave,”
said Rania Yusuf, a spokes-
woman for Egypt’s Supreme
Council for Antiquities in Lux-
or.

Only a few families continue
to resist, “and they will leave,
believe me,” Yusuf said.

The government began try-
ing to get the families to leave
after World War II, but talks
repeatedly bogged down.
Many residents, who depend
on Luxor’s tourist business to
earn livings, argued that new
homes being offered were too
small and didn’t come with
new jobs.

Over time, though, many
grew tired of the standoff.

In an effort to preserve the
ancient tombs, authorities pro-
hibited the homeowners from
adding to their residences or
installing modern plumbing,
which forced people to bring
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an early morning flight over the Valley of the Kings near Luxor in Egypt Saturday, Dec. 2, 2006. After *.
several years of planning, Egyptian authorities have begun to carry out plans to relocate the residents
of Qurna - to new houses or plots of land in a recently constructed multi-million dollar complex locat-
ed less than 5 kilometers away from the old town - giving archeologists full access to the expected loca-
tion of many tombs beneath the village.

“We are happy, but at the
same time we are not happy,
because we leave the best
place here,” said Nadia
Mohammad Qassem, who is
unsure of when she and her
family will move.

The area being vacated is
near the Valley of the Kings
and its famous collection of
well-preserved tombs that
draw thousands of tourists dai-
ly to Luxor. Egyptians moved
into the Theban hills after the
arrival of European antiquity
hiuiiters in the late 18th and
early 19th centuries, offering
jobs to help ‘excavate — and

(AP Photo/Mohammed AI-Sehety)

loot — artifacts.«

Elina Paulin-Grothe, an
archaeologist involved in tomb
excavation, said the best way
to preserve the artifacts below
is to move the residents.

“This cannot continue and
the population is growing too
fast,” she said.

Advocates for the residents
said many resisted moving
over the decades not because
they didn’t want to live in
more modern homes but
because they wanted to move
on their own terms.

- “F mean, nobody wants to

‘live in those conditions when

they know that most of Egypt
doesn’t live like that and the
world has moved on,” said
Caroline Simpson, a former
archaeologist who coordinates
a‘small cultural exhibition on
the hillside. :

Despite the agreement,
some people are bittersweet
about giving up their hillside
homes, no matter that
their living conditions are
poor.

“For me, I don’t want to

_ even imagine what it would

look like. Without houses, it’s

‘a dead place,” said Abdo

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may have died in
Philippine typhoon

@ DARAGA, Philippines

PRESIDENT Gloria
‘Macapagal Arroyo declared
‘a state of national calamity
; Sunday as the top Red Cross
+ official estimated more than
"1,000 people have been
killed after a massive
typhoon unleashed walls of

* black mud on entire villages,
according to Associated
Press.

"We're estimating the
,casualties could reach 1,000,
. perhaps more," Sen. Richard

Gordon, who heads the local
‘Red Cross, told Radio
-}sDZBB.
» Gordon said at present the
* Red Cross has recorded a
* death toll of at least 406, with
“'>398 others missing, based on
figures provided by mayors
of devastaied towns in the
_-, eastern Philippines, where

‘» Typhoon Durian hit with of ~

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.+ torrential rains on Thursday.
*.* Government figures placed
-the number of dead at 324,
with 302 missing and 438
injured.

Arroyo declared a state of
national calamity, allowing
the government to more

rapidly release funds need-
_ ed to bolster search and res-
« cue efforts. She was sched-
uled to fly for a second time
‘to worst-hit Albay province
‘on Tuesday, spokesman
Ignacio Bunye said.
Typhoon Durian was the
' fourth major storm to hit the
Philippines in four months.
‘It buffeted the Mayon vol-
~ cano with so much wind and
Tain that ash and boulders
“cascaded down in walls of
_ black mud that swamped
entire villages — a scene Gor-
don described as a "war
zone."

"There are many unidenti-
fied bodies. There could be a

lot more hidden below.
‘Whole families may have

" been wiped:-out," Gordon

» told The Associated Press by
telephone.

No survivors are known to

Guinobatan, swamped by
floodwaters in the foothills
of Mayon volcano southeast
of the capital, Manila.

Four other provinces
reported fatalities, but accu-
rate casualty figures were
hard to come by because
power lines and phone ser-
vices were down.

In some places, searchers
found only body parts.

In Albay's battered capi-
tal of Legazpi City, residents
lined up to buy drinking
water, gasoline and food.
Panic gripped one commu-
nity due to rumors of an
impending tsunami, but offi-
cials quickly reassured peo-
ple that no tsunami-trigger-
ing earthquake had occurred.

Glen Rabonza, an official
helping oversee disaster-
response efforts, said army
troops and miners were help-
ing search for missing vil-
lagers in Albay, where 52
tons of relief goods, medi-
cine, body bags and other aid
have been flown in by air
force C-130 cargo planes.

Houses along the Yawa
River in Padang, about 10
kilometers (7 miles) from
Legazpi, were buried under 1
1/2 meters (5 feet) of mud,
with only roofs protruding.
Some of the bodies had been
washed out to sea, then
swept by currents to
the shores of an adjacent
town.

Glenn Lorica, 22, said his
family's house in Albay's
Daraga town was wiped out
by a torrent of mud, uproot-
ed trees, rocks. and debris,
sweeping him and loved ones
away.

Lying badly bruised on a
..Legazpi.hospital bed, he
-recalled: the, nightmarish

ordeal that only he and a
younger sister survived. Sev-
en other members of his fam-
ily are still missing. —

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would die, so be it," Lorica
said, recalling how he strug-
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The Reception for the Re-Launch of Gillette was held
at the Nassau Yacht Club on Tuesday, November
21st. Over 80 supermarket, convenience and
pharmacy store owners, managers and employees
attended along with lawyers, dentists and Lowe's

Wholesale employees.

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Lowe's Wholesale thanks Designs by Greg for
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hold of trees while being bat-
tered by rocks and other
debris.

have been pulled from farm-
lands buried by volcanic
,»mud, debris and boulders

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Lowe's Wholesale Drug Agencies Limited is a major
distributor for Pharmaceuticals and Health and

and hopes for finding any

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After surveying the black-

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He said he struggled to
remove his clothes, appar-
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shave gels for women in Melon Splash and Vanilla.
Having the entire Orat-B line available is also a first

for The Bahamas.

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products in the above categories. Lowe's supply to

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missing.

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dolences through Ambas-
sador Tony Hely, and made
an initial pledge of
US$780,000 in immediate
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ACROSS

Famous, unlike the seaman (7)
The season, soon over, will not come
up to expectations (4,5)
“Nearly”, with the first two letters
deleted (5)

Speak to the deputy
about a vacancy (5)
Unfortunately, drive back, having had
wine (7) ‘
Are ini trouble when caught by Mr
Jack (7)

Not a screw to hold — a large nail (5)
It's a rope, see, to catch an animal
with (5)

Figure you'll give the thing a prod (5)
How a thaw is welcomed after the
freeze-up? (6)

Part one is nearly all rewritten for the
sponsor (6)

Least upeet by on the exterior,
though it’s horrible (7)

“An insect”, the gin returns, “can
sense without seeing’ (7)

Showing craft, put back the films (6)
He omitted the

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#88 2B BB SS

Not suitable, being in poor
condition (5)

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| have gone out of style; it's an
ineurmountable difficulty (7)
Aloud “The very one. It’s true” (7)
Contrivunce one has a phobia
about? (5)
Understood finesse would get one
through (5)

Does he go overboard to ensure
programmes don't drift? (9)
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31, A-side

DOWN: 2, Hind-ER 3, Chilly (Chile) 4,
Ho.-t 5, Medes 6, Just-ice 7, Itch 8,
Full up 12, Dr W-h-o 13, Steps 14,
Laker 15, H-a-bit 16, Meter 18, Spe-
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declarer to finesse the queen,
because if he doesn’t, he is apt to lose
a spade trick and go down one.

There is theoretically an even
chance that West has the king of
hearts (assuming we disregard the
fact that West would be unlikely to
lead a heart from the king against a
grand slam).

But even if we assume there’s a 50
percent chance that West has the
king, the fact remains that there is
another method of play that offers a
much greater chance of success. It
depends essentially on the trumps
being divided 3-2, a 68 percent
proposition.

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the heart lead with the ace, mff a
heart high, lead the four of trumps to
the eight and ruff another heart high.
The nine of trumps is then led to the
ten, and dummy’s last heart is ruffed
with South’s last tump.

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allows declarer to cash the queen of
trumps — drawing the last opposing
trump — while at the same time dis-
posing of his spade loser. It is a little
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«FURTHER BULLETINS
AS EVENTS WARRANT!

MONDAY, :
DECEMBER 4

ARIES — Mar 21/Apr 20 *-’
A rash move in the financial sector
leaves you with less cash than you
hoped, Aries — and all in time. for
your birthday. Watch purchases for
the next couple of days.

TAURUS -— Apr 21/May 21
Don’t think about heading out of
town for a while, Taurus. There’s
too much going on in your life at this
time for you to be away from the
homefront.

GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 »
This week, offer more compliments
to loved ones, otherwise you'll’ be
viewed as unlikable, Gemini.,*A
friend welcomes your advice -6n
Wednesday. ‘

CANCER -— Jun 22/Jul 22

It’s been an interesting year so far,
Cancer, and it’s bound to get that
much more exciting. There’s noth-
ing but good news coming in the
immediate future, so enjoy it. $
LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 e
If you can’t beat them, join them: is
the old adage. Take this advice when
your family ropes\you into’a’grotip
event later in*the’ week,’ Leo. Have
fun and let your hair down.
VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22

Stop pushing people away, Virgo.
Being alone isn’t always good for the
spirit. Surround yourself with those
who care and make a concerted effort
to socialize that much more.

LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23

4A fight with your romantic partner

leaves you at odds for a while, Libra.
Don’t worry, this isn’t the end of the
relationship, just a chance to make it
even stronger. ;

SCORPIO — Oct 24/Noy 22 -

|Your emotions are running wild,

Scorpio, which is not your normal
mode of operation. Don’t try 'to sup+
press them. Others will just have £6
adapt to this change of pace. ¢

SAGITTARIUS — Nov.23/Dec 21
A disagreement at work leaves you,as
the odd person out, Sagittarius. Be*a
diplomat and don’t let it get to you.
Things will smooth over and return to
normal by the weekend.

CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20
It’s good to budget purchases,
Capricorn, but lately you’ve taken
being thrifty to an extreme. Learn to
indulge once in a while — it will be



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promise (6) "i wor oie out at a loved one a iS
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2 a tes zal PF cerin, = | to trouble, Aquarius. Rather, listen
3 . OKso faras it goes but bad news for a E with an open mind, and chose your
doctors (3,4,4) ea ae et response carefully.
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the plant (5,4) for Ireland It’s been an uphill struggle with a
. aa problem that has been plaguing you,
5 — Manis compassionate (7) 28 | Pisces. However, the end of tunnel
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by a fine gentleman (4) aR f
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releases (7) aa Howell, 15, is Britain's best
21 Complains about, when teenager and close to the
one leaves (43) grandmastertitle, soreaching +l | | | | [MI | | .
24 Whatever you want with an this strong position against one giles x
exception? Not at alll (8,3) ACROSS of the national league's top .
26 Being one's own master? (4-6) 8 Booze (7) oe f scorers further boosted his 5 .
28 Are moved by the sad break-up and 9 — Give oneself up (9) 1 spidemic (6) chances. White (to move)isa .
show their sorrow (4,1,4) 13 Reasoned 2 Wizard or pawn ahead while his queen, i.
yc a 14 Browmedd magician (8) rook and bishop control useful!
re tee he Mae A — is Kenn 3 Infantryman (4,7) entry routes into the black
30 “Stald”is close (6) N Teh Peoaeh nea 4 Deduds (8)
F greeting (7) 5 Askto camp. A second pawn would ne
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pupil (3,2,3) oO ore) 6 — Teacner (10) while keeping the deficit at one _, caper a .
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hat case (6) ” sea ace oe 10 Equabie (6) grandmaster King to resist. The 2
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34 They hand the money out to the 23 Plays for time (6) 12 Starsign (6) teenager's choice provo
snitches (7) uu 25 Corsairs (7 19 Cancel error and Black resigned two
38 Afiash back (6) 3 eee abandon (4,3) moves on from the diagram. Can
reathe out (6) 21. Not elther (7) finish? BARDEN
40 Change when you go to America (4) 31 Highly incendiary 24 Hotel worker (11) you spot the finis LEONARD
Rquic (6) 26 Physically strong and
YESTERDAY'S EASY SOLUTIONS 32 Sleeve ends (5) healthy (4-6)
| 5 hone 2 tele
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4, Roe 25, Overtax 26, State 27, ‘orbi \ bxc6 4 Qxb4 winning a rook. f Black had ‘
Steal 28, Pause 29, Leveret 30, As 43 Sardonic remark (9) 34 Make ready (7) chosen Qb8 ‘
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DOWN: 2, Reside 3, Scores 4, Sot 5, 40 Single entity Compensation. Take solution credit also for the ,
Steed 6, Exposed 7, Stow 8, Awning immediate 1 Qc3+ if you saw the tactic Qf6 2 Bxc6 a
12, Beret 13, Aller 14, Hedge 15, Qxc3 3 bxc3! gaining material. ‘
Onset 16, Essex 18, Brave 19, Mensa quiz: : Swirl. ,



Beetles 21, Aortas 22, Create 23,
Damsel 25, Otter 26, Sale 28, Pet

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2006, PAGE 23



® SANTIAGO, Chile

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PINOCHET, the Chilean

dictator whose regime was

responsible for widespread

. killings and other abuses,
‘-guffered a heart attack Sun-
day and underwent an emer-
gency angioplasty that his
son said “virtually rescued
him from death”, according
to Associated Press.

‘ A spokesman for Pinochet
said he received last rites,
and a doctor treating him
described the 91-year-old’s
heart attack as “life-threat-

‘gning.” A small group of

. Pinochet supporters, mainly
* women, arrived at the hos-

pital, some holding portraits
of the former ruler, who has
been under house arrest and
charged with human rights
abuses.

_ ‘Pinochet’s younger son,
‘Marco Antonio, said his
father had been “virtually

. rescued from death” with the

“- angioplasty, in which the

-_-doctors introduce a catheter
’-to a patient’s blocked artery
-.and inflate a small balloon
to enlarge it, thus restoring

blood flow to the heart.

*.’ “We are now in the hands
of God and of the doctors.
My father is in very bad con-

. dition,” Marco Antonio
,Pinochet said as he left the

~thospital.



@ FORMER Chilean dictator
Gen. Augusto Pinochet attends
a mass in Vina del Mar, Chile,
in this Aug. 30, 2000 file photo.

(AP Photo/
Santiago Llanquin, FILE)

Dr. Juan Ignacio Vergara,
a member of the team
attending Pinochet, said the
angioplasty was successful,
but that he remained in seri-
ous condition. The heart
attack was “indeed life
threatening,” especially
because of Pinochet’s age.

Pinochet’s spokesman,

retired Gen. Guillermo

Garin, said the former ruler
was administered the last
rites.

The former Gictator! who

we

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

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Pinochet suffers life threatening
heart attack, receives last rites

ruled from 1973 until 1990,
uses a pacemaker and was
diagnosed with mild demen-
tia caused by several strokes.
He also suffers from diabetes
and arthritis.

His failing health has
helped him escape punish-
ment for human rights.abus-
€s committed during his
regime, with courts ruling his
condition prevented from
standing trial at least twice
in recent years. ©

Indicted

But last week, Pinochet
was indicted and ordered to
remain under house arrest
for the execution of two
bodyguards of Salvador
Allende, the freely elected
Marxist president who was
toppled in the 1973 coup
in which Pinochet took pow-
ex

The indictment came after
Pinochet’s 91st birthday on
Nov. 25, which he marked by
issuing a statement for the
first time taking full politi-
cal — though not explicitly
legal — responsibility for
abuses committed by his
regime.

“Today, near the end of
my days, I want to say that I
harbor no rancor against
anybody, that I love my
fatherland above all and that
I take political responsibility

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he said at the time.
_ The recent house arrest is
the fifth such action taken
against Pinochet on charges
stemming from human rights
violations during his dicta-
torship.

The indictment alleges kid-

napping and homicide in °

connection with the deaths
of two Allende bodyguards
who were arrested the day
of the coup, Sept. 11, 1973.
Both were executed by fir-
ing squad four weeks later,
the military regime
announced at the time.
Pinochet faces two other
indictments — another in

connection to human rights

abuses and one on tax
charges.

According to an official
report prepared by an inde-
pendent commission
appointed by the first civilian
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what I was looking at as an avenue to break away from the status Whyat 1s CBL’s STRONGEST SELLING POINT FROM YOUR PERSPEC-
quo, to step into new industry as far as The Bahamas was — TIVE?

concerned. And as the saying goes “the rest is history." A. Yes I would. CBL is the type of company that if you are willing,

: dedicated and have a level of flexibility, you can experience great
Q. WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOTIVATION YEAR AFTER YEAR? opportunities.

A. The question for me can be answered very simply; it is the

constant change in technology which leads to the change and Q. WHERE DO YOU ENVISION THE COMPANY GOING IN THE YEARS
upgrade of equipment. I find the training, installing and repairing —-44a7 Lie AMEAD?

these new equipments challenging and rewarding. A. I envision the company being run entirely by Bahamians,

maintaining world class brewing standards. In addition to taking its

Q. COMMONWEALTH BREWERY HAS GROWN OVER THE YEARS, DO products not only to a few U.S. states, but to all and to all the
YOU FEEL THAT YOU WERE AFFORDED THE OPPORTUNITY TO | iplande in the Caribbean,

GROW WITH THE COMPANY? IF YES, IN WHICH WAYS?

A. For me this answer has to be yes. I joined CBL as a Jr. Q. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO YOUR COLLEAGUES THAT
Electrician and today 1 am the Engineering Manager. This is quite WOULD FURTHER ENHANCE THEIR CBL EXPERIENCE?

an opportunity to grow. A. Like life, you get out what you put in; 15% in 15% out, 80% in

; 80% out, need I say more.
Q. COMMONWEALTH BREWERY HAS GONE THROUGH MANY

MANAGEMENT TEAM. CHANGES OVER THE YEARS. WHAT HAS BEEN Q. HINDSIGHT BEING 20/20, WOULD YOU DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN?

YOUR EXPERIENCE IN DEALING WITH THE DIFFERENT CULTURES A. Life is never perfect and of course if I had the opportunity to do
AND PERSONALITIES THAT HAVE BEEN REPRESENTED OVER THE it again I would change a few things...but then again perhaps not.
PAST 20 YEARS? WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST FAVORABLE EXPERI-- OK, it was not all perfect but the imperfection is what has made my ne

ENCE? experience unique, I wouldn’t change anything, and I would do it 4
A. My experience is you have to be flexible not ridged. Open all over again.

minded and willing to see things in a different or should I say.
non-conventional a is key, ; eo) CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR PERSEVERANCE,

a ; FORTITUDE, FORTHRIGHTNESS AND A POSITIVE ATTITUDE
Q. Wun HAs BEEN yoUR CAREER PATH WHILE at CBL? DETAU. —_qy 20 Years at CBL.

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Q. We ARE CELEBRATING WITH YOU TWENTY YEARS OF SERVICE; WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO COME AND JOIN
THE CBL TEAM 20 YEARS AGO?

A. The new technology that was going to be a part of the Brewery and the opportunity to work with people
of different cultures and personalities.








Q. WHat HAS BEEN YOUR MOTIVATION YEAR AFTER YEAR?
A. My motivation year after year has been the challenging projects, new machinery and a love for my
profession.

Q. COMMONWEALTH BREWERY HAS GROWN OVER THE YEARS, DO YOU FEEL THAT YOU WERE AFFORDED THE
OPPORTUNITY TO GROW WITH THE COMPANY? IF YES, IN WHICH WAYS?
A. Yes because I have had the opportunity to travel abroad for training and also receive training on the job,

Q. COMMONWEALTH BREWERY HAS GONE THROUGH MANY : Q. WHERE DO YOU ENVISION THE COMPANY GOING IN THE

3 MANAGEMENT TEAM CHANGES OVER THE YEARS, Wuat HAS BEEN YEARS THAT LIE AHEAD?
YOUR EXPERIENCE IN DEALING WITH THE DIFFERENT CULTURES A. Being the only Brewery in the Bahamas at this time, I think
AND PERSONALITIES THAT HAVE BEEN REPRESENTED OVER THE Commonwealth Brewery will experience some competition in
PAST 20 YEARS? WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST FAVORABLE the years that lie ahead. Competition is the name of the game
EXPERIENCE? today, and competitors are rising up.

A. The days when GM- Mr. Veersteg used to have staff General ‘ ;

Meetings at South Ocean because in those days'we did not have — Q. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO YOUR COLLEAGUES

a meeting facility! Our GMs always did what was necessary to THAT WOULD FURTHER ENHANCE THEIR CBL EXPERIENCE?

make our lives comfortable, they still do today. A. To further enhance my colleagues experience, I would
advise them to really have a love for his/her job: get facts in

Q. WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR CAREER PATH WHILE AT CBL? Detatt — order to execute a task rather than relying on assumptions and

YOUR JOURNEY. to always be to work on time.

A. [Industrial Mechanic] My career path journey at CBL has



been challenging as an Industrial Mechanic, and now Mechanic Q. HINpSIGHT BEING 20/20, WOULD YOU DO IT ALL OVER ; | 4
Supervisor; throughout the years, I decided to try my best to deal AGAIN? i} fey. ,
with and overcome those challenges, by keeping my head tothe A. Yes I would because my experience has been and continues if sg
ground and moving. to be a good one. { be

beg Ve
Q. WHAT HAVE YOU ENJOYED MOST OVER THE YEARS? CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR PERSEVERANCE, pe if
A. Over the years, I have enjoyed the challenges that come FORTITUDE, FORTHRIGHTNESS AND A POSITIVE ATTITUDE IN dé! i?
along with training and the opportunity to work for a Brewery. 20 YEARS AT CBL. iy oA fii:
KEEP REACHING FOR THE STARS! JOB WELL DONE. fi MG Le SS

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Q. WE ARE CELEBRATING WITH YOU TWENTY YEARS OF SERVICE; WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO
COME AND JOIN THE CBL TEAM 20 YEARS AGO?
A. The new technology that the Brewery twas bringing to The Bahamas.

Q. WaT HAS BEEN YOUR MOTIVATION YEAR AFTER YEAR?
A. The mindset of improving myself along with the technological changes of better equipment.

Q. COMMONWEALTH BREWERY HAS GROWN OVER THE YEARS, DO YOU FEEL THAT YOU WERE
' AFFORDED THE OPPORTUNITY TO GROW WITH THE COMPANY? IF YES, IN WHICH WAYS?
A. Yes. The training to enhance my mechanical and welding skills in order to perform at a

An interview with a 20 year veteran

professional standard.

Q. COMMONWEALTH BREWERY HAS GONE THROUGH
MANY MANAGEMENT TEAM CHANGES OVER THE YEARS.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR EXPERIENCE IN DEALING WITH THE
DIFFERENT CULTURES AND PERSONALITIES THAT HAVE
BEEN REPRESENTED OVER THE PAST 20 YEARS? WHAT HAS
BEEN YOUR MOST FAVORABLE EXPERIENCE?

A. In general, my experience has been good in interact-
ing with the different cultural personalities. My most
favorable experience was being afforded the opportunity
to train at the G.T.I Welding Plant in The Netherlands.

-Q. WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR CAREER PATH WHILE AT CBL?
DETAIL YOUR JOURNEY.

A. Semi-skilled Welder to Welder; Mechanical Fitter,
Pipe Fitter, Fabricator, Certified Tig Welding, Stainless
Steel Specialist, ].C.C Representative and now Union
Shop Steward. ,
Q. WHAT HAVE YOU ENJOYED MOST OVER THE YEARS?
A. The opportunities to grow to your fullest potential.
The challenges of new [Engineering] projects. My fellow
colleagues and the peu that CBL offers.

c Q Wourp YOU RECOMMEND Dou oN Waatri BREw-
uP AND COMING HIGH POTENTIALS FOR EMPLOY-
Wauar Is CBL’s STRONGEST =

Q. WHERE DO YOU ENVISION THE Seana GOING IN
THE YEARS THAT LIE AHEAD?

A. Diversifying its product line to include soft drinks
complementing Vitamalt and Vitamalt Plus.

Q. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO YOUR
COLLEAGUES THAT WOULD FURTHER ENHANCE THEIR
CBL EXPERIENCE?
A. To appreciate the now CBL experience; embrace the
challenges that promote growth; develop a positive

. mental attitude toward your work; whatever your
hands find to do, do it as unto the Lord.

Q. HINDSIGHT BEING 20/20, WOULD YOU DO IT ALL
OVER AGAIN?
A. Yes I would.

. CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR PERSEVERANCE,
FORTITUDE, FORTHRIGHTNESS AND A POSITIVE
ATTITUDE IN 20 YEARS aT CBL.
KEEP REACHING FOR THE STARS! JOB WELL DONE.

4

Q. We ARE CELEBRATING WITH YOU TWENTY YEARS OF SERVICE; WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO
COME AND JOIN THE CBL TEAM 20 YEARS AGO?

A. My dear departed father put me in his place here and I try my best to walk in bis
footsteps and learn different things from CBL everyday.

Q. WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOTIVATION YEAR AFTER YEAR?
A. My motivation year after year was interacting with new team members and managers.
It was a joy meeting different people and learning different things.

Q. COMMONWEALTH BREWERY HAS GROWN OVER THE YEARS, DO YOU FEEL THAT YOU WERE
AFFORDED THE OPPORTUNITY TO GROW WITH THE COMPANY? IF YES, IN WHICH WAYS?
A. Yes, my time was well spent with the company. I learned and grew very strong within

An interview with a 20 year veteran

a my department.
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Q. COMMONWEALTH BREWERY HAS GONE THROUGH
MANY MANAGEMENT TEAM CHANGES OVER THE YEARS.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR EXPERIENCE IN DEALING WITH THE
DIFFERENT CULTURES AND PERSONALITIES THAT HAVE BEEN
REPRESENTED OVER THE PAST 20 YEARS? WHAT HAS BEEN
YOUR MOST FAVORABLE EXPERIENCE?

A. My most favorable experience was learning we are all
different people and we came to learn and respect each
others cultures and personalities.

Q. WHat HAS BEEN YOUR CAREER PATH WHILE AT CBL?
DETAIL YOUR JOURNEY.

A. I have always wanted to become an Engineer and I
hope to become Chief Engineer one day at CBL. Iam
presently and have been a line technician.

Q. WHAT HAVE YOU ENJOYED MOST OVER THE YEARS?

A. Over the years I enjoyed the seminars, the events and

the hard work. I enjoy meeting new members of staff and 1
enjoy were here at CBL for 20 years.

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edlvantage of everything

Q. WHERE DO YOU ENVISION THE COMPANY GOING IN
THE YEARS THAT LIE AHEAD?

A. I [Malachi Reckley] envision this company in the
years that lie ahead with even more success.

Q. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO YOUR
COLLEAGUES THAT WOULD FURTHER ENHANCE THEIR CBL
EXPERIENCE? .

A. My advice would be to learn and take advantage of
everything that you can learn and achieve at CBL. Hard
work here pays off in the end for you and your family.

Q. HINDSIGHT BEING 20/20, WOULD YOU DO IT ALL
OVER AGAIN?

A. Yes I would and I wouldn't change anything because
it was a blessing being here.

CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR PERSEVERANCE,

FORTITUDE, FORTHRIGHTNESS AND A POSITIVE ATTITUDE ~
IN 20 YEARS AT CBL.

KEEP REACHING FOR THE STARS! JOB WELL DONE,
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' ahamian compa-
nies are increas-

ingly connecting

Voice over Inter-

net — Protocol
(VoIP) phones to their Internet
services to bypass. the Bahamas
Telecémmunications Company’s
(BTC) expensive long-distance
prices, a move encouraged by

the fact that this nation’s Internet

prices equal those found in
Noith America.

A report prepared for the

CARICOM Regional Negotiat-

- ing Machinery (CRNM) on the

fegion’s telecommunications:

industry said VoIP providers,
such as Skype and Vonage, were
becoming increasingly popular
in the Bahamas, dite to the avail-
ability of Internet access at com-
petitive prices.

The report, authored by Peter
Stern, found: “VoIP such as
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a By CARA BRENNEN:

Tribune Business

Reporter

Force is targeting large suppli-
ets atid wholesalers who supply
counterfeit goods to retailers
and straw vendors, in the hope
this will deter others from sell-
ing ‘knock-off’ designer goods.

Last week’s raid of a ware-

designer items was designed to
place small businesses on alert
that the Royal Bahamas Police
Force will not tolerate the sale
of such items.

Assistant Superintendent
Drexel Cartwright, who heads

Police targeting
large counterfeit
goods suppliers |

THE Royal Bahamas Police ~

house filled with counterfeit

not have such recourse.

the Commercial Crime Unit,

particularly attractive alternative
to long distance and internation- -
_al calling, especially where prices

on the public switched network
continue to be high, and where
access to high speed Internet at
reasonable prices is becoming
more readily-available,

“This is the case in the
Bahamas, where the incumbent’s
[Bahamas Telecommunications

’ Company] rates are still very

high even after substantial dis-
counts, and where competition
in high speed Internet access is
available to most homes at prices
which are equal to those in North
America,

“The cable TV operator in the
Bahamas [Cable Bahamas] is not
allowed to offer voice services;
however, this does not prevent

_its Internet customers from con-

necting hard and/or soft VoIP
telephones to bypassthe expen-
sive services of the incumbent.”
. BTC had long kept its inter-

- National and inter-island long dis-
tance rates artificially high as a






sald. the sale of counterfeit
items was widespread in the |
Bahamas, and has been a prob-
lem for some time.

He said that m addition to
being illegal, such transactions
take away from the profits of
legitimate Be and
brands.

“Also, if you. ‘buy a legiti-
mate product, then if some-
thing happens, you can take it
back to the store and have it
repaired or replaced,” he
added, But with counterfeit or
fake products, consumers do |















Assistant Superintendent |
Cartwright said the police are |






_ SEE page 6B




Bahamas | ne re gion
on cost of Internet

f@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor:

THE Bahamas is.one of only
two Caribbean nations that has
Internet prices comparable to
those charged in North America
and Europe, a study of this
region’s telecoms market has
found.

Noting that the cost of high
speed Internet access was a key

. factor for small and mid-sized
businesses, especially as an entry
cost and cost of doing business, a
research report by Peter Stern
on telecommunications setvices
in the Caribbean praised the
price competitiveness of. Cable
Bahamas’ Internet services.

He wrote: “In the Caribbean,
only in Barbados and the
Bahamas can one find prices
which are comparable with those
charged in North America,
Europe and other competitive
markets.

‘ “In the Bahamas, Coralwave,

the subsidiary, of Cable Bahamas,
the cable TV operator, offers its
Jazz service with download
speeds of up to one megabyte
per second for $21.70 per

“month,” .

The report also pointed out
that the absence of a harmonised
Caribbean approach to regula-
tion and telecoms policies was
also holding back the investment
plans of Columbus Communica-
tions, the largest sole sharehold-

er in Cable Bahamas with a 30,

per cent stake.

Mt Stern said: “If laws, regu-
lations, procedures and condi-
tions were harmonised in the
region, and if there wete good
co-ordination aniong authorities
in the different countries and ter-
ritoriés to grant authorisation for
such a Caribbean-wide system,
their business decisions would
be greatly simplified, theit trans-
action costs reduced and the
chancés of their projects being
successful would e iticreased.”

way to subsidise free local calls.
This had been its main source of
revenue, but due to a dramatic
loss of long distance market
share to the likes of VoIP and
callback, and the entry of legal
competitor IndiGo Networks,
the state-owned carrier has been
forced to cut these rates drasti-
cally.

BTC has 1 now evolved into an
operator now reliant on its cel-
lular monopoly, as opposed to
long-distance revenues, to keep it
going. Yet it has not been forced
to launch its own VoIP product,
VIBE, with unlimited calls to
Canada or the US costing $19.99
per month, and service to both
countries to costing $24.99 per
month.

BTC has reduced its long dis-
tance rates by up to 75 per cent
internationally, and up to 50 pet
cent on inter-island calls.

In his analysis, Mr Stern found
that despite reducing its cost per
minute to call other states in the
Caribbean from $2.25 to $0.70

for Anguilla, St Lucia and ©

Trinidad & Tobago, and to $0.60
for Jamaica, BTC’s prices were
still about the most expensive
for calls in the region, apart from
the peak prices offered by the

- incumbent in Belize.

The costs to call the UK,
Brazil and France from the

Bahaimas had been reduced from ,

$2.75 to $0.89 by BTC, but these
remained relatively high in com-
parison with other Caribbean
and first world states, as were
the SPO for calls pee to the

‘

US and Canada. This was despite
their reduction from $0.99 for
the US and $1.25 for Canada to
$0.51 and $0.54 respectively.

“In the Bahamas, calls to sub-
scribers on the same island are
free,” Mr Stern wrote, “Howev-
er, inter-island charges are quite
high even after BTC’s reduced
rates are taken into account.

“It is cheaper for a subscriber
in Nassau to use Skype (US$0.09
per minute) and Vonage
(US$0.10 per minute) to make a
call to someone in Grand
Bahama or Abaco.”

' Mr Stern said high telecoms
prices in the Bahamas had acted
as a baitier to growth and invest-
ment in the industry, prevented
the development of an informa-
tion-literate society and impact-
ed the cost of doing business for
this nation’s key industries,
tourism and financial services,

Out of all the region’s major:

international financial centres,
the Bahamas is the only nation
with a monopoly on cellular pro-
vision in BTC, putting it along-
side the likes of Montserrat, Suri-
name and Turks & Caicos.
And only in the Bahamas,
Haiti and Suriname are telecom-
munications operators still 100
per cent owned by the Govern-
tment. In 2004, the Bahamas had
43.9 fixed telephone lines and
58.4 cell phones per 100 people,
ranking this country favourably
with its Caribbean contempo-
raries in this réspect, and with
31.9 Internet users per 100 peo-

ple.

k Casino’s loss

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l By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor



ISLE of Capri’s Grand
Bahama casino saw its adjusted
operating loss more than quadru-
ple to $1.28 million in the sec-
ond quarter of its current finan-
cial year, up from a $309,000 loss .
sustained in the same period last
year.

Unveiling its financial results
for the three months to October
29, 2006, Isle of Capri said net
revenues earned by its Isle-Our
Lucaya operation plunged by
43,3 per cent, to $2.591 million,
compared to $4.572 million a
year earlier.

For the current period, the
Isle-Our Lucaya saw its net oper-
ating loss margin increase to 49.4
per cent, compared to 6.8 per
cent the year before.

Isle of Capri’s results
arinouncement made no mention
of the fate of its Grand Bahama
operation, which the US-based
gaming operator intends to with-
draw from by June 2007.

The Government had recently
hinted that Isle of Capri might
be reconsidering its pull-out, but
there has been no announcement
from the company to that effect.
It has been talking with other
casino operators to find a
replacement, as the company’s
departure could impact some 270
jobs.

For the six months ended on

October 29, ae Aste of mee

tee gke

20m

said its Isle-Our Lucaya opera-
tion had sustained an adjusted
operating loss of $4.124 million
compared to $1.003 million in
income the previous year, when
it was boosted by insurance

recoveries relating to the 2004

hurricane season.

For the first half of fiscal 2007,
Isle-Our Lucaya’s net revenues
fell by 37.1 per cent to $7.251
million, compared to $11.527 mil-
lion. Indeed, the operating loss
for the second quarter was $1.359
million, but a positive $79,000
charge relating to depreciation
and amortisation took the net
operating loss to $1.28 million.

And for the first six months .
of fiscal 2007, a positive $159,000
charge relating to depreciation
and amortisation took the oper-
ating loss from $4.283 million to
a net $4.124 million.

- Isle of Capri, before announc-
ing its pull-out decision, had been
seeking further investment incen-
tives from the Government,
chiefly a reduction in the casino
tax rate levied upon it from 17
per cent to 9 per cent; arid an
increase in marketing support.

Grand Bahama’s tourism

industry has been hit hard by the
-Royal Oasis closure, taking out

about a third of the,island’s room
inventory, and.leaving the island
lacking critical tourist mass. This
has reduced the attractiveness of
facilities such as the Isle of Capri
casino, with fewer patrons walk-

ing through its doors.

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trading activity took place in
the Bahamian market this
week, as 43,710 shares changed
hands. The market saw 12 out
of its 19 listed stocks trade, of
which four advanced, five
declined and three remained
unchanged.

Volume leader for the week
was Cable Bahamas (CAB)
with 8,110 shares changing
hands, and accounting for
18.55 per cent of the total
shares traded. The big
advancer for the week was
Famguard Corporation
(FAM), up $0.25 to end the
week at $5.79. On the down
side, ICD Utilities (ICD)
dropped significantly by $0.80
to close at its new 52-week low
of $7.20.

The FINDEX declined 0.93
points-for the week, to close
at 728.39.

COMPANY NEWS
Cable Bahamas (CAB) -

CAB produced another
quarter of solid perfor-
mance. For the 2006 third
quarter, CAB recorded net
income of $4.6 million, repre-
senting an increase of $1.1 mil-
lion or 31.47 per cent over
2005.

Revenues rose by $2.3 mil-
lion or 16.43 per cent to total

‘$16.6 million, while interest

expenses increased by $150,000
or 43.99 per cent to total
$491,000. .

Operating income for the
2006 third quarter was $8.3
million compared to $6,8 mil-
lion in the 2005 third quarter,
while earnings pet share rose
by $0.05 to total $0.23 as at

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BAB $1.30 $0.09 1,000 18.18%
BBL $0.70 -$0.10 5,000 0.00%
BOB $7.88 $- 550 12.57%
BPF $11.00 $- 0 5.77%
BSL $14.60 $- 0 14.51%
BWL:. $1.65 $- 0 30.95%
CAB $9.89 $0.04 8,110 3.56%
CBL $12.30 $0.01 1,000 35.02% .
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DIVIDEND/AGM NOTES:




© Commonwealth Bank (CBL) has declared a special div-
idend of $0.08 per share, payable on November 30, 2006, to all
shareholders of record date November 15, 2006.




* FOCOL has declared a special dividend of $0.06 per
share, payable on December 12, 2006, to all shareholders of
record date November 30, 2006.



¢ FINCO has declared dividends of $0.13 per share, payable
on December 12, 2006, to all shareholders of record date
December 3; 2006.




¢ FINCO has declared a special dividend of $0.05 per share,
payable on December 12, 2006, to all shareholders of record
date December 5, 2006.

* CWCO has declared dividends of $0. 012 per BDR,
payable on February 7, 2007, to all shareholders of record date
December 31, 2006. —






e Bank of the Bahamas will hold its Annual General Meet-
ing on December 22, 2006, at 6pm at the British Colonial
Hilton Hotel, Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas.

September 30, 2006.

Bahamas Property

Fund (BPF) -
Weekly % Change

FOR the nine months end-
1.1446 0.80 ing September 30, 2006, BPF
1.9796 2.49 | posted net income of $1.9 mil-
1.3334 1.83 | lion, representing an increase

of $290,000 or 17.02 per cent.

Total income increased

by$30,800 or 0.98 per cent to

Weekly % Change total $3.1 million, while oper-

ating expenses declined by

$63.52 Tae $178,000 or 13.95 per cent to
$645.70 9.66 total $1.1 million.

For the period, funds from
|} operations stood at $2 million
| or $0.86 per share versus $1.8
| million or $0.78 per share for

Weekly %Change | the equivalent period in 2005.

At its present share price of

12,194.13 -0.70 $11, BPF is trading at a dis-
1,396.72 -0.30 | count of $0.78 or 7.09 per cent
2,413.21 1.91 | to its net asset value (NAV)
16,321.78 3.73 | of $11.78.

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

HALF OF 2006

The Board of Directors of Benchmark
(Bahamas) Ltd. at its Board Meeting 1st
_ December declared a special dividend of

one cent pet share based on the continued
positive performance of the
company year to date.

Payment of the special dividend will be made
on 15th December 2006 to shareholders of
record 11th December 2006



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VACANCY
NOTICE

PUC seeks data to
judge whether licencees
meet all obligations

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Public Utilities Com-
mission (PUC) is proposing
- that all telecoms licencees sub-
mit quarterly reports on their

operations and full financial -

statements within 120 days of
their fiscal year end, as part of
an exercise to help the regula-
tor “assess the extent to which
licensees are fulfilling their
licensing requirements”.

The PUC’s draft guidelines
on the collection of telecom-
munications market informa-
tion and data, which have been
issued for consultation, propose
requiring all Bahamas-based
licensed telecoms operators to
provide it with “all financial
and operational reports” at the
end of each calendar quarter —
March, June, May and Decem-
ber.

These reports, the PUC is
proposing, are to be submitted
six weeks after the end of each
calendar quarter, on or around
May 15, August 15, November
15, and February 15 respec-
tively.

As for financial statements,
the PUC is requiring that all its
telecoms licencees — the
Bahamas Telecommunications
Company (BTC), Cable
Bahamas and IndiGo Networks
being the main three, along
with a number of smaller Inter-
net Service Providers (ISPs) —
submit income statements, bal-
ance sheets, cash flow state-
ments and notes to their annu-

_ al financial statements.

The telecoms sector regulator
-added: “Until the PUC has
| decided otherwise, each

| licencee whose annual revenue

exceeds $500,000 is hereby
required to submit financial
statements audited in accor-
dance with International
Accounting Standards to the
Commission within 120 days
after the end of the licencee’s
financial year.”

The 120-day deadline, not to
mention those for submitting
quarterly financial and opera-
tional reports to the PUC, is
likely to be problematic for
BTC, given its track record,
which has usually involved pro-
viding its annual financial state-
ments more than a year after
the year-end.

In addition, several sources
suggested that the PUC’s
requirements on submission of
annual and quarterly financial
statements could conflict with
the stipulation that BTC’s
accounts be tabled in the House
of Assembly first.

The PUC said that under the
Telecommunications Act 1999,
it had the power to set licence
fees to recover from licencees
funds necessary to finance its
regulation of the telecommu-
nications industry.

A licencee’s annual revenues
were a key factor in determin-
ing their licence fee, and the
PUC said: “A simple statement,
by the licencees, of the amount
of recvenue earned in a speci-
fied period will not suffice in
most cases. The PUC must be
in a position to directly verify
the figures submitted or request
the submission of audited finan-
cial statements.

“Additionally, the PUC must
be able to compile and publish
information as necessary on
revenue and investment in dif-
ferent segments of the telecom-

munications sector.”

Explaining the rationale
behind its information gather-
ing drive, the PUC said it would
also help the regulator “deter-
mine if licencees are supplying
the services specified in their
licences”.

“Concerning the adequacy of
the licencee’s information gath-
ering tools and record keeping
systems, the PUC does not con-
sider the requirements as stated
herein to be onerous,” the reg-
ulator added. “In fact, the infor-
mation requested is considered
to be basic information that
should be produced by any
licencee that is desirous of
maintaining or improving its
position in any given telecom-
munications market.

“The PUC will also publish
data and information on
licencees’quality of service per-
formance and on their compli-
ance with their own published
terms and conditions of service
in a way that allows comparison
among all relevant licencees,
and with the quality of service
standards established by the
Commission and/or the licensee
concerned.”

The PUC said the informa-
tion sought included prices,
quantity of supply, revenues
earned and the quality of ser-
vices provided.

Among the areas it is
focusing on are:

e Fixed access, including
installation and the monthly
rental of phones lines for busi-
ness and residential customers.

e Fixed service, including
calls originating from fixedslines
and public pay phones.

FINANCIAL INTELLIGENCE UNIT (the’’FIU”’)

PUBLI

Tl

lu

Pursuant to Section 16(1)(b) of The Financial
Intelligence Unit Act, 2000, the Public is hereby
notified that the FIU intends to issue its Revised
Suspicious Transaction Guidelines Relating to
the Prevention of Money Laundering and the
Financing of Terrorism.

Financial institutions,

industry organizations,

that

are representative of those financial institutions and
interested parties, that are likely to be affected by
the proposed Guidelines, are invited to express their

interest in being consulted in the

course of the

development of the Guidelines to the FIU no later
than 31st January, 2007

Copies of

may

the

draft

Director

proposed Guidelines
be obtained from the FIU, Third Floor,
Norfolk House, Frederick Street, P.O.Box SB-50086,
Nassau, Bahamas,Telephone Numbers: 356-6327;

356-9808; or 326-3814.

Financial Intelligence Unit

P.O.Box SB-50086
Nassau, Bahamas



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e Inter-island service, for -
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e International services

e Cellular services

e Internet services

e Paging services

e Trunking services

Directory inquiries

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The PUC added that it was
proposing to publish reports on
the information it collected
from its licencees at half yearly
intervals — June and December
— some 90 days after the report-
ing deadlines.

It said the data would be
published in aggregate form,
and information considered
confidential by a licencee would
only be published publicly if
the request for privacy could
not be supported, or if the pub-
lic interest was deemed to out-
weigh the need to maintain
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However, the PUC pointed
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ALL may be calm for the
moment, but for Freeport and
the Grand Bahama Port Author-
ity (GBPA), all is not bright as
we head towards the festive sea-
son. The island’s economy is still
struggling, and attention this
morning will focus on the
11.30am hearing before Supreme
Court Justice Anita Allen, at
which Sir Jack Hayward will
attempt to overturn the receiver-
ship of the GBPA and Port
Group Ltd, and have his man,
Hannes Babak, reinstated as
chairman. Yet to focus solely on
the court proceedings would be a
mistake, and that goes for both
parties concerned.

To be sure, the appointment
of receivers Clifford and Myles
Culmer is probably the best thing
for all concerned in the short-
term. It removes the thorny issue
of Mr Babak’s chairmanship
from the equation, leaving Sir
Jack and the late Edward St
George’s estate free to dispute
Sir Jack’s claim to 75 per cent
ownership of GBPA and Port
Group Ltd without having to
come to blows over the hapless
Austrian’s role, now he has - for
the minute - been barred from
participating in any managerial
or executive role.

The Culmers, probably the
best people for the job, will be

BUSINESS

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not just courts, in Port fight

TRIBUNE BUSINESS OPINION



able to safeguard the assets and
ensure the GBPA and Port
Group Ltd continue to run as
normal while the shareholder
dispute plays out. A strong man-
agement team is in place to help
them, and hopefully those exec-
utives will now be able to con-
centrate on their jobs and keep
things ticking over without wor-
rying about being dragged into
the mess.

For those sitting outside the
fray, namely the residents,
licencees and businesses of
Freeport, and the Government,
these are troubling and puzzling
times. The shareholder dispute
at the Port erupted with amazing
speed, and the two sides between
them have been able to unravel
the GBPA set-up less than six
months after Julian Francis, and
fellow executives Willie Moss
and Barry Malcolm were oust-
ed. Truly, it happened with
astonishing speed, unleashing a
destructive power that only
George W. Bush and his neo-
conservative backers have shown
the ability to match in Iraq.

That may be a little harsh, but
there is no denying things can-
not go back to the way they were



NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT. 2000

at the GBPA. The two sides are
largely perceived as acting like
schoolchildren squabbling over
the sweets in the candy store,
engaged in a selfish all-for-me
fight regardless of the conse-
quences and harm it is doing to
Freeport and the wider
Bahamas.

The legal guerrilla warfare
over Sir Jack’s ownership claim is
likely to take some time to
resolve, but it would be a mis-
take for both himself and the St
George estate to become so
bogged down in the courts to the
point of ignoring all other
options.

For now is the time for some-
one to get the cheque book
ready, assemble an army of equi-
ty investors, get the financing in
order and offer an irresistible
price to the other side to buy
them out. Failing that, either Sir
Jack or the St George estate
could find a third party, accept-
able to both the other side, the
Government and Freeport, to be
the buyer.

Encouragingly, Tribune Busi-
ness has heard that both sides
would like to do this. The prob-
lem is that both sides are under-
stood to want to play the role of
purchaser, neither wanting to be
seen as the one to back down
and accept an exit with grace.

Setting aside the buyout
option, it is also clear that Mr
Babak’s position as regards the
GBPA chairmanship is current-
ly pretty untenable. Reduced to
the outside looking in, and with
the St George estate attempting
to have him committed to prison

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and doubtless looking to mount
more attacks on him, he would
probably be best advised to
resign and safeguard his reputa-
tion.

Yet the man is said by col-
leagues and associates not to be
a quitter, and he is likely to hold
on to the bitter end when many
might regard it as hopeless.

As to the view from Nassau,
both the Government and the
FNM Opposition are understood
to be playing a game of hunt the
7.5 per cent stake. The GBPA,
Sir Jack and Mr Babak are con- .
vinced the Government still
holds that amount of shares in
the Port Authority, although the
Prime Minister says he is not
sure and is having the Attorney
General and Minister of Finance
look into it.

That stake could be very valu-
able if the courts ever decide that
the GBPA’s majority ownership
is split 50/50 between Sir Jack
and the St George estate, as it
would give government the con-
trolling power to back one side
or the other.

And, even more interestingly,
the 1970 Royal Commission of
Inquiry report on Freeport states
that a condition attached when
Sir Jack’s father, Sir Charles,
bought into the Port Authority,
was that the Government would
have a 90-day option of first
refusal if he ever decided to sell
his shares.

Does the same stipulation still
apply to Sir Jack’s stake? It
might not be the two parties to
the litigation who ultimately
reach for the cheque book.

No. 45 of 2000

KEDMA OVERSEAS CORP.

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section138 (8)
of the International Business Companies Act, No. 45 of 2000,
the Dissolution of KEDMA OVERSEAS CORP. has been
completed, a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and the
company has therefore been struck off the Registrar. The date
of the completion of the dissolution was November 23, 2006. ,

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within the unit.

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Cabinet reviews
energy report

@ By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business Reporter

THE Cabinet is now reviewing
the report on the country’s ener-
gy usage compiled by the Inter-
American Development Bank
(IDB), a document viewed as a
key stepping-stone towards
devising a national energy policy
for the Bahamas.

Speaking with The Tribune,
Gilles Deal, an energy analyst at
the Ministry of Energy and the
Environment, said IDB consul-
tant Herbert Philip had com-
pleted his research and submit-
ted his findings to Cabinet for
their deliberations.

Mr Deal said the report is
quite extensive, and gives a com-
prehensive overview of the coun-
try’s energy usage as well as Mr
Philip’s recommendations.

“He assisted us in starting the

path and strategy for an energy
policy,” said Mr Deal.

He added that once Cabinet
has finished reviewing the report
and signed off on it, it will be
sent back to the ministry for
implementation.

In particular, the report focus-
es on fuel usage by the Bahamas
Electricity Corporation (BEC),
and the impact electricity prices
have on homes and businesses. It
also examines the conservation

_ and efficiency of gasoline, tak-

ing a look at the Bahamas’ entire
transportation system.

This includes recommenda-
tions on how the country can
reduce pollution and focuses on
renewable energy sources such
as solar power, wind and hydro
power.

“He also looked at the diver-
sification and security of the
country’s supply, as well as look-
ing at the pricing methods of

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He added that he could not

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golf course and all non-guest carrying vehicles. Responsible
for making major and minor repairs on a variety of gasoline,
diesel and electric powered equipment.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

Coordinate and schedule all equipment for repairs and/or
maintenance.

¢ Inspect, diagnose and repair mechanical defects in golf
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Overhaul and repair automotive and other powered
equipment including engines, brakes, transmissions,
differentials, springs, and mufflers; secure and replace
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Assist Superintendent by making recommendations for
capital equipment purchase.

Maintain shop in orderly condition, cleaning working
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course operation. Additional two years minimum for general
maintenance equipment, engines, diesel and gas cycle engines.
General understanding of golf course maintenance operation.
Working knowledge of general operation of gasoline, diesel
and electric equipment; knowledge of proper methods of
servicing golf course equipment; knowledge of the repair and
adjustment of power mowing equipment. Computer and office
administrative duties, must have valid driver’s license.
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read Insight on Mondays

Applications are invited tor the
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administrauve support to management.
Qualifications & Experience

* Minimum of at least five BGCSE including English
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Administration and at least three (3) years experience.

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Communication skills, oral and written
Business correspondence
¢ Researching files and the internet
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¢ Modern office procedures, Methods and equipment
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position — of

Police targeting
large counterfeit
goods suppliers

FROM page 1B

aware that there are persons who
want the look of a designer bag
or other item, but simply cannot
afford it, who see buying a coun-
terfeit as their only alternative.

“However, we are engaging in
a massive public relations cam-
paign to inform persons that this
is wrong and illegal,” he added.

In doing this, Assistant Super-
intendent Cartwright said the
police had to be sensitive, which
is why they were trying to edu-
cate persons, particularly straw
vendors, before they conduct
large-scale swoops.

He said police were targeting
the larger supplies who served
smaller companies first, in the
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of counterfeit items damaged the
Bahamas’ reputation interna-
tionally.

This would particularly be the
case if tourists acquired these
items and they either failed to
work, or broke, soon afterwards.

Apart from taking away from
the profits of vendors who sell
legitimate luxury goods and
designer brands, counterfeiting
and fake products also under-
mines the value of these labels.

Counterfeiting has, in the past,
been used extensively by organ-

ised crime and drug trafficking

gangs as a means to earn illegal
profits and launder funds. In
addition, terror groups, such as
the first World Trade Centre
bombers in 1993, sold counterfeit
designer labels to fund their
activities.

The Bahamas has in the past
come under heavy pressure, par-
ticularly from the US govern-
ment and organisations such as
the International Intellectual
Property Alliance (IIPA), to
tighten its copyright laws and
enforcement. The US has regu-

larly placed the Bahamas on its
Special 301 watch list, at one
time placing it on the ‘priority’
copyright watchlist.

They have focused chiefly on
the protection of television and
movie rights holders, who are
harmed by the selling of prod-
ucts such as pirated CDs and

DVDs.
Selling

Yet the selling of fake design-
er and luxury goods again has
the potential to focus unwanted
attention on the Bahamas.

June Hall, manager at the Fen-
di boutique in downtown Nas-
sau, told The Tribune she was
delighted by last week’s raid on
an East Street south warehouse.

“It is illegal, the same way it’s
illegal to sell movie and music
copies, and we aren’t allowed to
do that, so why should they be
allowed to do that,” Ms Hall
said.

She added that persons who
truly wanted the quality of the
Fendi product will purchase it
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ensure it is authentic, but added
that the sale of fake goods, par-
ticularly of bad quality, was dis-
couraging.

“This is a good thing that cus-
toms and the police are doing,”
Ms Hall said.

“Vast amounts” of counterfeit
items were seized in a joint Cus-
toms/police raid on a warehouse
in East Street South on Thursday
morning.

A number of fake designer
items, including Fendi, Coach
and Gucci bags, even fake
Michael Jordan tennis shoes,
were confiscated from Shan Ma,
owner and operator of the ware-
house.

In the presence of police and
Customs officials, Mr Ma said he
had no idea the items were coun-
terfeit.

“T didn’t know that was coun-
terfeit, but they find now that it’s
counterfeit. But I really don’t
know that. Because I just get
them on the Internet and they
telling me that what I buy from
that they are real,” he said.

When asked if he thought it
was possible to buy a Fendi or
Gucci bag for $15, Mr Ma said he
had no idea.

“T don’t know because I’m not
into this business not too long.
you see. I don’ t know what the
real price is,” he said.

Police said it was possible that
Mr Ma could face fines ranging
from $10,000 up to $100,000, or
up to five years in prison. More-
over, they said, he could face
penalties from Customs if
breeches are discovered.

Inspector Michael Moxey said
the fake products will be
destroyed.

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- Good knowledge of computers.

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Bush may lift drilling ban

@ By JOHN HEILPRIN

Associated Press Writer _

WASHINGTON (AP) —
President Bush is deciding
whether to lift a ban on oil and

as drilling in federal waters off
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Alaska’s Bristol Bay, home to
endangered whales and sea
lions and the world’s largest
sockeye salmon run.

Leasing in a portion of: the
area rich in oil and natural gas
ended nearly two decades ago
— while Bush’s father was pres-
ident — in the outcry after the
Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989.

But with natural gas prices
higher, the Interior Depart-
ment’s Minerals Management
Service proposed reopening up
the North Aleutian Basin. That
includes Bristol Bay and part

of southeastern Bering Sea.

White House spokesman
Scott Stanzel confirmed Satur-
day the president was consid-

ering taking that step.

Environmentalists oppose
drilling there because of the
potential for oil spills and harm
to wildlife. They have speculat-
ed in recent days that Bush

~ might allow such &rilling before
_ Democrats regain control of

Congress in January.

“If the & sh administration
decides to a....w drilling in Bris-
tol Bay, it wiil simply illustrate

* the level to which they will sink

to satisfy Big Oil,” Carl Pope,
the Sierra Club’s executive
director, said Saturday. “They

. are willing to risk a valuable,

renewable resource like Bristol
Bay’s salmon fisheries for lim-
ited, shortsighted drilling plans.”

Rep. Edward Markey, D-

i. Mass, a senior member of the
« House Resources Committee,
‘" said opening up Bristol Bay and

expanding drilling off Florida’s

' coast — a goal of House
“ Republicans before losing pow-
“. er to Democrats — would

amount to “a last minute give-
away of public lands as an early
Christmas present to the big oil
companies.

The Minerals Management
Service said in its August pro-

-' posal that reopening energy

development in the basin’s fed-
eral waters, extending between
three miles and 200 miles off-

"shore, could produce. $7.7 bil-

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lion in oil and gas production
and up to 11,500 jobs.

Some 200 million barrels of
crude oil, about what the U.S.
imports every 16 days, are
thought to be there. The agency
estimates the region could yield
5 trillion cubic feet of natural
gas — a quarter of all U.S.
annual production.

Fourteen companies are said

to be interested. The agency cit-
ed support among more than a
dozen local and tribal govern-
ments nearby who believe the
drilling would boost their econ-
omy. Lease payments go to the
government.

Despite its fame among fish-

ermen for its rich stocks of

salmon, king crab and other
seafood, the Bristol Bay fishing
region has lost hundreds of mil-
lions of dollars over the past
decade because of competition
from less expensive farmed
salmon.

Alaska Native villages also
depend on the annual sockeye
and chinook salmon runs for
protein in their diet.

The commercial fishing
industry has plunged into a
depression, giving more support
to Royal Dutch Shell PLC and
other oil companies that have
lobbied the White House to lift
the oftshore drilling ban.

Environmentalists worry

about the large populations of

migratory seabirds and crab, the
imperiled Steller’s sea lions and
northern sea otters, or the
North Pacific right whales — a
population so decimated only
about 100 are thought to still
exist.

The Minerals Management
Service said accidental spills
could foul coastal water quality,
and the noise and pollution
from more ship traffic could dis-
turb or kill seagoing creatures.
It said even a large spill proba-
bly would harm only a small
portion of the fish populations,
but could pose a serious threat
to marine mammals.

The Bering Sea Fishermen’s
Association raised alarms about
protecting the region, as did the
Yukon River Drainage Fish-
eries Association, which said
the drilling would threaten the
salmon runs.

On Friday, more than 30 peo-
ple representing fishermen,
native Alaskans and conserva-
tionists wrote Bush urging him
not to lift the ban.

“These protections have been
in place because of the great
risk to Bristol Bay posed by oil
and gas development,” wrote
representatives of the Alaska
Longline Fishermen’s Associa-
tion, Alaska Wilderness
League, Sierra Club, World
Wildlife Fund and others. “The
presidential withdrawal now
stands as the last line of defense
for this irreplaceable resource.”

The southwest segment of
Bristol Bay was last open for

" lease sales in 1988 when the fed-

eral government collected more
than $95 million. The govern-
ment bought back the leases
after the Exxon Valdez coated
Prince William Sound and the
waters of south-central Alaska
with 11 million gallons of crude.

Congressional protections put
on the area in 1989 were lifted
in 2003 at the behest of Sen.
Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, who
said he had been acting at the
request of constituents in the
region.

Environmental groups said
they are confident the new
Democratic-controlled Con-
gress would work to restore
congressional protections on
Bristol Bay.

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The Nassau Airport Development Co. Ltd. (NAD) has recently been
incorporate to manage, operate, maintain and develop the
Lynden Pindling International Airport.








NAD is transitioning to take over most airport operations in January
2007, and we invite qualified Bahamians to apply for the following
management positions:





Controller






The responsibilities of this position include management of the
accounting department, preparation of financial statements and budgets

and forecasts. The successful applicant must possess a Bachelor’s Degree
in business or commerce with an accounting designation and at least three
years experience in a similar position.

M Retail Servi

The successful candidate will have proven skills in negotiating retail lease
and concession agreements and amendments. You will exhibit creativity
and innovation when working with concessionaires to develop strategies
and programs to maximize revenue. A Bachelor’s Degree in business or
equivalent and five years management or supervisory experience in a
retail mall or shopping centre environment would be a definite asset.










This position will actively manage the airport’s customer and employee
car parking facilities and the ground transportation services with a goal
to increase customer service and maximize efficiency. At least five years
management or supervisory experience in the Parking and/or the Ground
Transportation industry would be a definite asset. The successful candi-

date should possess a Bachelor’s Degree in business or a combination of
related experience and education.










Please drop off a resume to the Airport Authority Executive Offices,
Concourse 2. Lynden Pindling International Airport, no later than
December 15, 2006, attention:







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Vice President Operations
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IN THE SUPREME COURT
BETWEEN
MARY MICHELLE MAJOR
JUDY ATHENE KEMP-HIGGS
Plaintiffs
’ AND
KAIVON ELDON
Defendant
NOTICE
To: Kaivon Eldon

Nassau, Bahamas

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on the plan attached to the said Order and
marked “1 Storey Concrete” situate between
the Plaintiffs lots on Wulff Road, Nassau,
Bahamas which lots are coloured Yellow
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that by further Order of Mr. Justice Faizool
Mohammed made on the 9th November 2006
it was ordered that service of the said Order
dated 9th October 2006 by the publication

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occasions be deemed good service of said
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Attorneys for the Plaintiffs
Chambers
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FIDELITY BANK (BAHAMAS) LTD.

Consolidated Balance Sheet (Unaudited)

As of September 30, 2006
(Expressed in Bahamian dollars)

30-Sep-06

ASSETS

Cash on hand and at banks
Investment in securities

Mortgages, consumer and other loans
Property, plant and equipment

Other assets

17,647,284
19,181,685
106,608,258
6,774,156
5,387,699

$155,599,082

LIABILITIES

Customer deposits 121,767,189
Mortgage-backed bonds ; -
Long-term loans 366,202
Other liabilities and accrued expenses 1,027,398

$123,160,789

EQUITY

Capital and reserve attributable to the

Bank's equity holders:

Share capital - ordinary shares 20,000,001

Share capital - preference shares -

Revaluation surplus 1,664,869

Retained earnings
32,438,293

Minority interest . -

32,438,293
_$155,599,082_

10,773,423

FIDELITY BANK (BAHAMAS) LTD.



Consolidated Statement of Income (Unaudited)
For the Nine Months Ended September 30, 2006

(Expressed in Bahamian dollars)





31-Dec-05

10,098,542
22,128,439
101,766,790
7,051,337
1,092,719

$142,137,828_

109,774,426

500,000
3,990,087

$114,264,513_

5,000,001
10,000,000
1,695,320

10,289,639

26,984,960
888,355

27,873,315
$142,137,828_

INCOME

Interest income
Interest expense
Net Interest Income

Non-Interest Income
Total Income

EXPENSES

Salary and staff benefits

General and administrative
Depreciation

Total Non-Interest expense
Provision for credit losses

Total Expenses

Net income before minority interest

ATTRIBUTABLE TO:
Equity holders of the bank
Minority interest

Net income

Weighted average number of
common shares outstanding

Earnings per share

FIDELITY BANK (BAHAMAS) LTD.
Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity (Unaudited)

For the Nine Months Ended September 30, 2006
(Expressed in Bahamian dollars)



9 Months Ending

30-Sep-06

$7,613,600
2,783,492

4,830,107

2,825,295

7,655,402

2,976,076
2,510,463

364,390

5,850,929
319,794

6,170,723
$1,484,680

1,453,332
31,347

$1,484,680

17,666,670

$0.08

30-Sep-05

$7,687,528
2,814,541
4,872,987

2,119,054
6,992,041

2,595,867
2,233,480
357,304
5,186,651
194,772
5,381,423
$1,610,618

1,581,223
29395
$1,610,618

16,666,670

$0.10





Share Capital Share Capital









Ordinary Preference Revaluation Retained
Shares Shares Surplus Earnings Total
As at 1 January 2005 5,000,001 10,000,000 1,735,925 7,996,358 24,732,284
Property, plant and equipment revaluation - - (40,605) 40,605 -
Net Income - - - 3,669,343 3,669,343
Dividends paid ordinary shares - - - (666,667) (666,667)
_ Dividends paid/payable preference shares 4a oo - - (750,000) (750,000)
As at 31 December.2005,._. $5,000,001 $10,000,000 $1,695,320 $10,289,639 $26,984,960
As at | January 2006 5,000,001 10,000,000 1,695,320 10,289,639 26,984,960
Issuance of ordinary shares 15,000,000 15,000,000
Redemption of preference shares (10,000,000) (10,000,000)
Property, plant and equipment revaluation - - (30,451) 30,451 -
Net Income : s eae 1,453,332 1,453,332
Dividends paid ordinary shares - - - (500,000) (500,000)
Dividends paid/payable preference shares - - - (500,000) (500,000)
As at 30 September 2006 $20,000,001 $ - $1,664,870 $10,773,422 $32,438,293



FIDELITY BANK (BAHAMAS) LTD.

Consolidated Statement of Cash Flow (Unaudited)

(Expressed in Bahamian dollars)







For the For the
nine months ended nine months ended
30-Sep-06 30-Sep-05

Cash flow from operating activities
Net income (before minority interest) $1,484,680 1,610,618
Adjustments for:

Net change in provision for credit losses (95,894) (412,876)

Depreciation’ 364,390 357,304

Net change in unrealized appreciation in financial assets at fair value through profit or loss. 217,947 -

Realized gains on sale of financial assets at fair value through profit or loss (232,251) . -
Operating income before changes in operating

assets and liabilities 1,738,872 1,555,046
Increase in mortgages, consumer and other loans (4,745,574) (6,453,495)
Increase in other assets (4,294,980) (158,031)
Increase in customer deposits 11,992,763 8,610,670
Decrease in other liabilities and acrrued expenses (2,962,689) (1,332,826)
Net cash flows provided by operating activities 1,728,392 2,221,364
Cash flows from investing activities
Investment in Subsidiary (919,700)
Purchase of government securities (381,800) (1,786,300)
Purchase of financial assets at fair value through profit and loss (65,822) -
Sale of government securities 1,758,800 -
Sale of financial assets at fair value through profit and loss 1,649,879 tee
Purchases of property, plant & equipment - (87,209) (380,858)
Net cash flows provided by (used in) investing actitivies 1,954,148 (2,167,158)
Cash flows from financing activities.
Maturity of mortgage-backed bonds = (58)
Ordinary dividends paid (500,000) (333,333)
Preference dividends paid (500,000) (562,500)
Repayment of long-term loans (133,798) (100,000)
Issuance of ordinary shares 15,000,000
Redemption of preference shares (10,000,000) -
Net cash flows provided by (used in) financing actitivies 3,866,202 (995,891)
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 7,548,742 (941,685)

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the year
Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period



15,689,298

10,098,542 689,

$17,647,284 $14,747,613


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Howard helps Everton to beat
West Ham 2-0 in Premier League

Bi SOCCER
LONDON
Associated Press

U.S. GOALKEEPER Tim
Howard made two saves on shots
from Carlos Tevez, and Everton
went on to beat West Ham 2-0
Sunday in the English Premier
League.

Howard, on loan from Man-
chester United, made both saves
on Tevez in the first half. The
Argentina international has yet
to score for West Ham since
arriving from Brazil.

“You can’t fault the applica-
tion or effort, but when you don’t
get anything away it puts pres-
sure on at home,” West Ham
manager Alan Pardew said.

Tevez also set up attempts for
Lee Bowyer and Hayden
Mullins.

Leon Osman gave Everton the
lead in the.51st minute after
intercepting a headed clearance
from American defender
Jonathan Spector. James Vaugh-
an made it 2-0 in injury time.

“For us, that is an unbeliev-
able result,” Everton manager
David Moyes said. “Big credit to
all the lads. We had people play-
ing out of position and that epit-
omizes the spirit we have here.”

Everton moved up two places
to seventh and has 24 poifts.
West Ham remains without an
away win and is 17th with 14
points, two points clear of the
relegation zone.

& ROME — Palermo was held
to a 0-0 tie at Parma in the Italian
league, dropping the Sicilian
team further behind leaders Inter
Milan and AS Roma.

Palermo hasn’t won in five
games in any competition. Inter
leads the league with 36 points,
followed by Roma with 32 and
Palermo with 28.

Injury-depleted AC Milan
struggled again, tying 2-2 at
Cagliari. Milan played the last 15,
minutes with, 10.men after
Andrea Pirlo received a straight
red card for taking down David
Suazo from behind.

Cagliari dominated the first

half, but Milan went ahead three
minutes into the second half with
a header from Alberto Gilardino.
Suazo tied the score in the 53rd
with a penalty kick, and Andrea
Capone made it 2-1 for Cagliari
in the 65th before Marco Bor-
riéllo scored for Milan in the
70th.

Milan, which played without |

Kaka and eight other injured
players, is in 15th place with 12
points. The team started the sea-
son with an eight-point penalty
for its role in the Italian match-
fixing scandal.

Fiorentina beat Lazio 1-0 on

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win in all competitions. Second-
place AS Roma beat Atalanta 2-
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ian stars Ronaldo and Roberto
Carlos scored a goal each to give
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letic Bilbao in the Spanish league.

Ronaldo raced through the
opposing defense in the 65th
minute and scored with a great
solo effort to make it 1-1>'The
Brazil striker also had three oth-
er solid chances to score. Rober-

to Carlos the scored the winning.

goal in the 82nd minute with a
carefully placed shot off a back-
pass from Michel Salgado.
Bilbao took the lead in the
35th off a free kick by defender

@ REAL MADRID player Roberto Carlos, second right, celebrates his
David Beckham, right, Alvaro Mejia, second left, and Michel Salgado, left, agaimst Athletic Bilbao dur- *.
ing his Spanish league soccer match at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid, Semday, Dec. 3, 2006: ¢ 2
Real Madrid won the match with 2-1.



Luis Prieto, though replays
showed the last player to touch
the ball was midfielder Igor
Gabilondo.

Ronaldo and David Beckham
came on as second-half substi-
tutes for Madrid, and Ruud van
Nistelrooy nearly scored off a
long header from Beckham in the
55th. The Dutchman later had a
goal disallowed for offsides.

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straight and put the team in sec-
ond place with 29 points, one less
than Barcelona. Sevilla, which
lost to Espanyol 2-f but could
have taken over first place with a
win, is next with 28 points.

Raul Tamudo and Luis Gar-
cia scored a goal for Espanyol
each after Frederic Kanoute had
given Sevilla the lead in the 27th
minute on a penalty kick. Tamu-
do tied the score in the 68th, and



@ WEST HAM United's
Carlos Tevez, left, turns away
from Andy van der Meyde of
Everton during their English
Premier League soccer match
at Goodison Park Stadium, Liy-
erpool, England, Sunday Dec. 3,
2006.

(AP Photo/
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Luis Garcia added the winner in «
80th off a cross from Ivan de la °
Pena.

@ BERLIN — Schalke failed
to regain the lead in the Bun-
desliga when it was held to a 0-0
tie at FC Nuremberg.

Schalke, which had been in
first place for two weeks, fell .
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winning streak ended. Bremen .
beat Hertha Berlin 3-1 Saturday.

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furt edged Alemannia Aachen 3-
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14th and 62nd minutes and
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the 43rd.

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three days ago.

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chances,” Takahara said. “Today
I had to show how I could play.”

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hoven.

Third-place Ajax beat Willem
II Tilburg 6-0, with Klaas Jan
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make the grade
at tournament

@ KARATE
By KELSIE JOHNSON
Junior Sports Reporter

NINE enthused martial
artists training under the Four
Winds International Martial
Arts Association, also known
as the Bai Sung Institution,
showed they have all the right
moves recently.

In a tournament in Freeport
Grand Bahama, which
brought some of the country’s
top martial artists together,
nine prevailed with top hon-
ours, advancing to the next
degree level. Among the nine
were two martial artists that
competed in the divisional sec-
tion only.

Receiving top honours in
the Black Belt division at the
competition were Julian Sey-
mour, Gino Bowe and Kermit
Miller. In the junior black belt
division Anton Loon and
Olympia Ferguson were hon-
oured.

Honours

While Seymour took first
place in the kumite (sparring),
category, Bowe was reward-
ed top honours in the kata,
pre-arranged forms, and
Miller in weapons.

Loon walked away with
both the kumite and kata hon-
ours while Ferguson, top
female, took home the kata
and weapons top honours.

Miller said: “I became inter-
ested in martial arts because
of the forms, the movement. I
always liked the way martial



artists moved, how they con-

ducted themselves. There is a
lot of discipline involved in
martial arts. Martial arts trains
in more than one aspect, but

,what really captured my atten-

tion was the forms.

“Kung Fu is not as popular
as karate is, it varies a whole
lot. The styles are the main
difference. While Kung Fu
uses animal styles karate does-
n’t. Persons involved in Kung
Fu can use any style from the
tiger, monkey, dragon, and
leopard. These are just a few
animals because the style is
taken from nature.

Founder

“The recently held weekend
tournament was held under
our leader Si Fu Kenneth
Lewis, he is the founder and
the creator of Four Winds
International Martial Arts
Association,

‘He is a Bahamian and the
styles we use are all Bahami-
ans and so we are recognised
by' the World Independent
Chinese Martial Arts Associ-
ation, as being an authentic
style.”

Even though the nine mem-
bers were all black belts, there
were some improvements to
their ranks. Although martial
artists have earned their black
belts, it can range in different
degrees, from one to 10.

Miller, who has earned his
first degree, a Dai Gor, said:
“Well it is an honour for me to
move up the ranks like this. I
enjoy martial arts, it teaches

me discipline and improves
my level of commitment. Yes
there has been a steady
increase in numbers and J will
encourage more persons to
cote out and partake in mar-
tial arts.

“We are supposed to be
hosting the World Cup, some-
time in August of next year.
This is going to be an event
that is highly anticipated by
all martial artists here in New
Providence. We train daily,
this is a way of life for many of
us who strongly believe in the
art. We do a lot of stretches
and exercise so we can do
kata, which is the life of the
art.

“While doing kata you want
to concentrate so you can sus-
tain the art’s life more than
anything else. Fighting is
enjoyable to but for me I do
more kata than anything else.”

B® Also being honoured were:
Cedric Miller, Master -

6th degree

Nick Jones, junior master -
5th degree

Leonard Major,

junior master - 5th degree
Lynden French,

senior instructor -

3rd degree

Bip Taylor, instructor -
3rd degree

Adam Bowling,

junior instructor -

2nd degree

Olympia Ferguson,

Dai Mui - 1st degree
Anton Loon, Dai Gor -

Ist degree ;



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Auto shine
against the
Wreckers

@ BASKETBALL
By KELSIE JOHNSON
Junior Sports Reporter



THE Bahamas Basketball
Federation (BBF) affiliated
league, the New Providence
Basketball Association
(NPBA), got things started on
Saturday night at the Sir
Kendal Isaacs gymnasium.
The season premiered with
top teams the Sunshine Auto
taking on the Y-Care Wreck-
ers.

Even though the game
started off close in the first
two quarters, when the final
whistle was blown it was the
Sunshine Auto’s who
destroyed the Wreckers 70-42.

It was an easy win for the
team, who finished up with
three men in double figures,
William Russell, Cordero Sey-
mour and Kevin Smith. Rus-
sell led all players with 18
points while teammates Sey-
mour and Smith chipped in
with 14 points each. Top scor-
er for the Wreckers was big
man Jan ‘Wire’ Pinder with 14
points.

There was a good turnout
for the league, which joined
hands with the New Provi-
dence Women’s Basketball
Association (NPWBA) when
they hosted their annual All-
Star game.

Although the NPBA has
lost some of its teams to the
semi-professional league, pub-
lic relations officer Mario
Bowleg is confident the level
of play and commitment by all
involved will not drop.

An optimistic Bowleg is
already calling the league a
success, revealing that league
will produce better games
especially ds the vision from
the executive board has
changed.

He said: “Tonight we are
proud to host this game, we
were getting a lot of talk com-
ing to us since the other
league has started but we are
proud to reveal that tonight’s
showing and level of play by
the players and coaches
involved is still there.

“I must say that tonight’s
game was very well played,
the only difference was that
Sunshine Auto outmatched
and played the Wreckers in
the last half.

“But you could see that the
players were giving it their all
in the game and that both
teams came with the mind
frame to win.

“They both played hard on
defence, but Sunshine Auto
were able to outmatch the
Wreckers who oniy had one
big guy scoring for them. Sun-
shine had a combination that
the Wreckers were unable to
stop.”

Russell, Seymour and Smith
had dominated the game up
until the final point.

They had taken control of
the game on both the offen-
sive and defensive ends, while
the Wreckers depended on
Pinder.

Even though Pinder was
giving the much needed sec-
ond shot opportunities, it was
Sunshine Auto’s defence that
gave them the upper hand.

With Pinder in a shooting
slump, and the guards from
the Sunshine Auto tracking
the ball, the close game the
Wreckers were hoping to hold
onto slowly faded away.



@ BOXING

Canada.

said Mackey,

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter

JERMAINE ‘Choo Choo’
Mackey waited for the perfect
time to unleash a flurry of punch-
es that forced Jamaican Anthony
‘the Destroyer’ Osbourne to call —
it quits in the sixth round,

In a Bahamas versus Jamaica
super middleweight showdown
on Saturday night at Nirvana
Beach, Mackey was able to
redeem himself with an impres-
sive showing after losing a unan-
imous decision two weeks ago in

“Tt was excellent. This has put
me at a. next level in boxing,”
said Mackey, about his perfor-
mance against a veteran com-
petitor, who doubled up on the
amount of fights and victories
that he posted.

Fighting in the main event of
First Class Promotions’ final pro-
‘fessional boxing show for the
year, Mackey. took the fight to
Osbourne and made him pay
dearly for it as he used height to
out-jab his opponent.

“T knew he was a tough fighter,
having fought some 25 fights,”
who improved to
11-1. “T just "taelded to go after
him, make him niiss and just be
poised and wait on my opportu-
nity.” Throughout the early





rounds, Mackey felt he had
Osbourne beaten, but the
Jamaican just stood there, fight
absorbed the blows and beck-
oned the Bahamian to bring it
on as he smiled occasionally as if

he wasn’t hurt at all.

in there composed.”

in his performance.

and jabbing.

a whole lot,

“He really was playing a chess
game in there because I know I
was hurting him,” Mackey
stressed. “He tried to force me
into a slug-fest, but I just stayed

Mackey said the loss in Cana-
da was a “wake up call” for him
because he came into the fight
against Osbourne as a complete-
ly different fighter and it showed

Not only did he use his jab,
but Mackey missed it up with a
series of right hooks that sort of
deflated Osbourne, forcing him
to settle down and fight flat-foot-
ed, as opposed to just sticking

“Although I lost, I know the
unanimous decision helped me
* he proclaimed. “I
now know where it is I want to
go and whoever steps in the ring
with me, they better come pre-
pared because I’m going to be
110 per cent prepared to fight.”

Osbourne, one of three
Jamaicans to appear on the card,
admitted that he wasn’t as pre-
pared for the fight as he should
have been. But he said that was-

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artists make

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n’t any excuse because Mackey
was that much better in the

“T fought out of my weight.
I’m not a super middleweight,”
said Osbourne, who noted that
he only fought for the title
because it was vacant. “But
because I won the title, they had
this set up as a Caribbean elimi-
nation bout, so I was obligated to
fight.

“But normally I’m 154 and I
didn’t get to do as much train-
ing as I should for this fight.” «

Osbourne also indicated that
he wasn’t expecting Mackey to
be such an explosive southpaw:

Had he known, he said he would
have gotten some sparring té
help him counter-attack Mack-
ey. Despite the loss, Osbourne
gave a good account of himself a$
he “adjusted” his style during the
fight. He went toe-to-toe with
Mackey on numerous occasions
and he had the fans cheering for
both competitors for the first five
rounds.

unleashed a series of blows to
the body and the head of
Osbourne and his only defence
as he was pinned in the corner on
the ropes was to kneel down
That forced referee Matthew
Rolle to step in and call an end to
the fight with one minute and 40
seconds left on the clock.

@ WEEKEND VICTORY: Jermaine ‘Choo Choo’ Mackey

Victory sets up Saunders for

possible clash with Smith —

a BOXING
By BRENT STUBBS
. Senior Sports Reporter

IT WAS the type of fight that Elkana
‘the Punisher’ Saunders wanted as he
looks ahead to a possible showdown
with ‘Marvelous’ Marvin Smith for the
Bahamas light-heavyweight title.

Fighting in the ¢o-main event of First
Class Promotions’ final professional



boxing show for the year, Saunders:

scored enough points to win his Nau-
tilus Water sponsored fight on’Saturday
night at Nitvana Beach.

“IT want to let Marvin Smith know
that he better be training because I’m
coming after him so we can fought for
the light-heavyweight belt,” Saunders
said. “I’m going to be sure that I punish
Marvin as I go for the light-heavyweight
belt.”

As for the sixth round decision over
Jamaican Patrick ‘Cutlass’ Miller, Saun-
ders said he wasn’t as sharp as he would
have liked to be and it showed in his
performance.

“It was more than I expected. I was
working on my jab in the ring, but it
wasn’t effective enough,” he stated.

“Unfortunately, due to the sand in
the ring, I wasn’t able to plant my feet
that well in the ring, but it was still good

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enough for me to win.” Saunders, who
improved to 5-2-1 with the win, con-
trolled the fight for the first five rounds.
But he got a little careless in the sixth

and Miller dropped him to the canvas

for a standing eight count from referee
Gregory Storr.

Strong

“He caught me while I was slipping, .

but it was still ruled as a knockdown,”
Saunders pointed out. However, he
managed to come right back and
redeem himself when he floored Miller
with a right hook. “He Was a good fight-
er. He’s very strong,” said Saunders,
who had a difficult time trying to get
past Miller, who tefused to give up.

“I was able to stand up to him and
give it me best, move around and stall
time.”

Miller, one of four Jamaicans fighting
on the card, said he was pleased with his
performance because this was his first
one in three years.

“Everytime I tried to get a fight, there
was no opponent,” said Miller, who
decided to concentrate on his job as a
crane operator in Jamaica. “But when
they fight came up, I decided to go for
it.” Miller said he would like to come

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back to the Bahamas and fight again.

On the undercard, Alpachino-

‘Banger’ Allen made it 2-0 in his young
pro career as he stopped Jamaican
Lloyd ‘Hanger’ Smith 59 seconds into
the second round. “I trained excellent,
but I’m a honest guy, I wasn’t 100. per
cent in shape,” Allen said.

“I just had the experience in the ring:

and I just put it all together to represent
my country.”

After he cut Smith’s nose in the first
round, Allen said he saw the fear in his
opponent’s face and he knew it was
only going to be a matter of time before
he put him out of his misery.

“I could have taken him out in the
first round, but I’m an experienced
fighter, so I just waited for him in the
second round,” Allen stressed.

In the other Bahamian versus
Jamaica showdown, Shimon ‘Too
Sweet’ Bain was on his way to polishing
off Rudolf ‘Cutting Hedge’ Hedge
when the fight was stopped 1:55 in the
third. Bain was the victim of a.head
butt. The fight was ruled a technical
draw.

Hensly ‘Bruser’ Strachan toyed
around with a relentless Derrick ‘Cas-
tor’ Sawyer and was awarded an unan-
imous decision. Sawyer refused to give
up, even when ring doctor Munir

Rashad tuled that he couldn’t becatise
of the constant blood pouring from his.
nose and mouth. >

“It was a tough opponent because’
when we were out of the ring, he was
looking at me like he was going to kill
me,” Strachan said.

“But when we got in the ring, I saw
the fear in his eyes, so I just decided to
give the fans something that I thought
they would like.”

Ryan ‘Big Youth’ McKenzie, now 3-.

But in the sixth, Mackey -

Be

0, stopped Ricardo ‘One Shot’ Bethel -

1:39 in the fourth. Dr. Rashad had to
check on Bethel’s puffed-up face twice >
.- the last coming in the fourth when he |

called it off. “The fight was great. I
fought how I wanted to,” he said. “I

tried to keep him off me because he’s a

little shorter. So I just stick the jabs
and tried to keep him out with the right.
I’m not surprised at the outcome.”
, And in the other fight on the night,
Anthony ‘Kid’ Durrent, battling the
case of the flu, managed to out-slug
Drexel ‘Hard Mouth’ McIntosh for four
rounds for the victory. “Thank God
first of all, my people who were there
backing me, my family and my coach
Steve Larrimore,” he said. “I could
have done better.

“He gave me a good fight, but I still
managed to win.”

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