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MP claims public


money to be used to pay


Royal Oasis employees


* By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
Senior Staff Reporter
GOVERNMENT may be
acting illegally in paying out
more than $8 million in redun-,
dancy benefit to laid-off Royal
Oasis e nployees, lfidependeint
MP Tennyson Wells told the
House of Assembly yesterday.
Mr Wells called on the Attor-
ney General Alfred Sears to
present an opinion on the legal-
ity of government's decision.
"Government is going to use
public money to pay off private
debt. This is unprecedented and
I can't see how the Cabinet of
this country can sit down and
do that," said Mr Wells.
The Independent MP made
the statement during a commu-
nication to parliament by
Works and Utilities Minister
Bradley Roberts on the dis-
placed Royal Oasis workers.
Mr Roberts is chair of the
sub-committee of Cabinet, look-
ing into the plight of the work-
ers.
The decision to advance pay-
ment to displaced workers is
based on the understanding that
the government will be reim-
bursed following the settlement
6f the insurance claim by the
Royal Oasis Insurers.
"It is disastrous when arl
investor does not meet its
responsibilities on a timely
basis. It is when the latter occurs
that a responsible government
must move to protect its work-
ing citizenry when those citi-


zens cannot meet their person-
al obligations because an invest-
ment has failed," said Mr
Roberts.
Government said that it is
willing to pay out some $8.4 mil-
lion in redundancy benefits
once it is concluded and agreed
as to how much each individ-
ual worker should be awarded.
This will happen on the con-
dition that employees assign
their redundancy benefits to
government, as it waits for the
outcome of the final decision as
to what will happen with the
property.
According to the Minister of
Works, there are less than 1,000
employees who appear to be
eligible for these benefits.
Mr Wells claimed that there
was something fundamentally
wrong with the decision gov-
ernment made.
"What they should do is place
them in liquidation, sell off the
assets and pay off all debt. You
cannot go into the consolidated
fund and pay off the debt of pri-
vate individuals particularly for-
eign owned operators," he said.
In a release yesterday, Leader
of the Bahamas Democratic
Movement Cassius Stewart also
spoke out against government's
decision.
He pointed out that Drift-
wood, the owners of the Royal
Oasis, owns and operates 90.
hotels in the US, the Caribbean
and Latin America with com-
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Man charged with latest murder


* By A FELICITY
INGRAHAM
Tribune Staff Reporter
A NINETEEN-YEAR-
OLD youth was arraigned
before Magistrate Linda Vir-
gill yesterday and charged with
the country's latest murder.
Kingsley Adderley, a resi-
dent of Pinewood Gardens, is
accused of stabbing 19-year-old
Brandon Pierre to death last
Saturday.
According to Chief Supt
Hulan Hanna, the youth was
leaving Galleria Cinemas at the
Mall at Marathon with a group
of friends around 8pm when
he was accosted by several
men.
One of the men is alleged to
have grabbed Mr Pierre's
neckchain before stabbing him
in the left side of the chest.
The victim was able to
escape his attacker, and ran to
the mall branch of Domino's
Pizza, which was open at the
time.
Reports are that he fell
through the glass of the store,
and collapsed and died.
Adderley was refused bail
and remanded to Her Majesty's
Prison at Fox Hill.


Sea tragedy

captains

are blamed
* By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
Senior Staff Reporter
A COMMISSION of Inquiry has
found that the captains of the ves-
sels, Sea Hauler and the United
Star, were to blame for the deadly
collision in 2003 which took the
lives of four people and injured 25
others, Transport and Aviation
Minister Glenys Hanna-Martin told
the House of Assembly yesterday.
"The handling of both vessels by
their respective captains has been
described as seriously negligent"
and the incident was described as
"a dark day in the history of the
Bahamas," Mrs Hanna-Martin said.
After more than a year of hear-
ings and deliberations, the report
from the inquiry concluded that the
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* By KILAH ROLLE
Tribune Staff
Reporter
THE young man shot
duringan attempted rob-
bery of a Village Road
convenience store last
week died yesterday from
his wounds in hospital.
According to police he
was 15 years old.
Last Thursday, Kalib
Rose of Palm Tree
Avenue, is alleged to have
entered Value Discount
Store with two other men,
one armed with a shot-
gun. It is reported that it
was a robbery attempt.
Owner William Wong
was manning the register
and pulled out his own
weapon, shooting one of
the culprits in the neck.
Police reported that the


KALIB ROSE
three men fled the scene
but the person shot col-
lapsed on Village Road,
near the store. A shotgun
was found near him,
police said.
Whether Kalib Rose
intended to rob the store
is a mystery only Kalib
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* By TIFFANY GRANT
Tribune Staff Reporter
REPRESENTATIVES in
the law enforcement field from
12 countries around the
Caribbean have convened in the
Bahamas for an advanced poli-
cy making seminar.
Over three days the partici-
pants from countries, including
Haiti, Barbados and Jamaica
will hear from professionals in
the field of defence and law
enforcement.
Under the theme, "Transfor-
mation, Defence and Security
Challenges in the Caribbean", a
range of topics from "The Inter-
national Security Environment
and the United States" to "The
Bahamian Security Perspective"
will be presented.
Deputy Prime Minister and
Minister of National Security
Cynthia Pratt noted that the
theme is both timely and topi-
cal.
"In the post 9/11 era our
countries have been called upon
to re-engineer, reconfigure and
re-tool our state security appa-
ratus. This is indeed a tremen-
dous and costly challenge, but
all of our countries have deter-



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mined that it must be done,"
said Mrs Pratt.
The seminar is being facili-
tated by the United States Cen-
tre For Hemispheric Defence
Studies (CHDS), a unii of the
National Defence University,
and co-hosted by the Bahamian
government under the Ministry
of National Security.-
"Where there was little inter-
agency co-operation and co-
ordination before, we expect to
see a great deal more of it.
Where we once considered our-
selves to be insular and thought,
with great folly, that the evil
reach of transnational crime and
terrorism would not reach us;
the recognition now is that we
in this hemisphere need to have
our systems rationalised and
, harmonised, to enable us to bet-.
fer respond 'to1Wour security.
threats," said Mrs Pratt.

Concepts
The Director of- CHDS
Richard Downie told The Tri-
bune that the primary issue will
be of defence transformation
and how the participants may
be able to implement the con-
cepts and apply them to situa-
tions in their country.
Under Secretary at the Min-
istry of National Security Peter
Deveaux-Isaacs said it is hoped
all delegates will have further
dialogue on security transfor-
mation in the region.
"All of our countries realise
that we have to re-engineer our-
selves to meet the new chal-
lenges. So once those challenges
are identified, which they have
been already, now we -have to
re-toolr organisations to deal
with them. This is only part of
that debate, part of that dia-
logue. So we thank the centre
for providing the opportunity
for our senior officials from the
Caribbean to come together to
discuss how they will met these
new challenges," said Mr
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TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
ABOUT two dozen taxi dri-
vers demonstrated yesterday
in Rawson Square alleging
harassment and mistreatment
at the hands of Defence Force
personnel at Prince George
Wharf.
Stopping the Minister of
Transport and Aviation and
the Minister of National Secu-
rity before they entered the
House of Assembly yesterday
morning, the crowd pleaded
with them to step in and do
something about the abuse
they claim they are suffering.
'!,Wethe firstto meet 'em,
o(tourists) and the last,to. see.
'em go. We are -ambassadors ;
of the country. We shouldn't
be treated like criminals," said
one taxi driver.
"What we is? Infants? We
don't need no more hope.
Hope gone down Bay Street
runnin'. We need to catch help.
That's what we need, help,"
yelled another.
Placards hung around the
necks of some of the demon-
strators read: "We are humans,
not animals", "Defence Force
in charge of the sea, not the
taxi drivers", "No more harass-
ment of Taxi-Cab drivers. Stop
it Now!" and "Mr PM, where is
the help and the hope?"
amongst many others.

Concerns
The Minister of National
Security Cynthia Pratt and the
Minister of Aviation and
Transport Glenys Hanna-Mar-
tin organised a meeting for lat-
er that evening for the cab dri-
vers to voice their concerns
with the Port Authority and
representatives of their respec-
tive ministries.
Defence Force personnel
said that they were aware of
some "contention" at the
wharf, and confirmed that as a
result of world and local events,
more stringent regulations have
been put in at the port. ; "
"From the PM down they,
have no respect for the taxi dri-
vers," said cab driver Mark
Sawyer outside the House of
Assembly yesterday morning
However, another cab dri-
ver Sam Williams said that he
has nothing against the
Defence Force, and that as far
as he is concerned, they are just
doing their job.
"I understand that the US
has to have forces out there to
protect their residents. But the
taxi drivers can't make it out
there. They can't make a liv-
ing with the way they are being
herded up and moved from
one area to the next. How do
they expect the fella over the
hill to feed his family? They
mussy want him to steal."
Yesterday evening, port
authority and other govern-
ment officials met in closed
meetings with representatives
from the Taxi Cab Union to
discuss possible solutions or
actions to calm the rising ten-
sion at the wharf.
However, as of press time
last night no word of the possi-
ble outcome of that meeting
was released.


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LC NEWS


Doctor: Williemae Pratt Centre fire


vic


survival chances were slim


* By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE TWO residents of the
Williemae Pratt Centre for Girls,
who died in a fire in 2003, only
had a small chance of survival due
to the extent of their injuries, it
was testified by a doctor before
the Coroner's Court yesterday.
The inquest into the deaths of
sixteen-year-olds Anastacia
Alexander and Deshawn Ingra-
ham, who were rescued from a
blaze in the dorms of the reha-
bilitation centre, but later died as
a result of their burns, continued
yesterday with the testimony of
Dr Srikanth Garikaparthi, a con-
sultant plastic surgeon at the
Princess Margaret Hospital.
Taking the stand, Dr Garika-
parthi told the seven jurors that


he was called to the intensive care that the victim had burns to 47
unit at 6am on October 26, 2003, per cent of her body, "nine per
to attend two burn victims of the cent of that to the face," and that
fire at the Williemae Pratt Centre. other areas included the back
"I was told that the victims' area and upper limbs. She also
burns were of a severe nature and had severe injuries to her lungs,
that my assistance was required," he added.
he said. Dr Garikaparthi said that a
Dr Garikaparthi said that upon bronscopy, a procedure involv-
his arrival at the intensive care ing a soft tube being introduced
unit, he examined the two girls. into the air passages, was imme-
diately ordered and carried out
Burns on both girls to determine the
extent of damage to their lungs.
Reading from his ng g He said that the procedure was
made that morning, he told the not invasive as the girls were
court that Anastacia had suffered already hooked up to a breath-
burns to 32 per cent of her body, ing machine by a tube, and that
including severe burns to the face, the bronscopy instrument had
both upper limbs and the back only to be inserted through that
area, as well as extensive inhala- tube.
tion injuries to the lungs. With Deshawn, the doctors saw
In the case of Deshawn, he said that her lungs had sustained
severe damage, "also large
amounts of soot, black combus-
tion deposits," he said.


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* By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
Senior Staff Reporter
RECOMMENDATIONS for the first change of House of
Assembly rules in 40 years were tabled in parliament yesterday
by Attorney General Alfred Sears, who said that the changes
would bring the proceedings into the 21st century.
The report was compiled by a special committee comprised
of opposition, government and independent members of the
House.
The House Rules Committee was appointed by authority of
a resolution passed in the House of Assembly on July 18, 2002
and empowered by the Speaker to examine the rules of the
House, to draft new rules and procedures for the conduct of the
business of the House and to report its recommendations to the
House.
"It has been a long and arduous road to get to this point. You
will also be aware that the rules of the House had not been
revised since 1964 not even to take into consideration the Inde-
pendence Constitution of 1973," said Mr Sears.

Procedures
The committee did not attempt to make wholesale changes to
the existing rules but introduced procedures that were intend-
ed to modernise the rules and bring them up to a "standard that
is acceptable to a 21st century parliament".
The primary areas of the current rules for which changes
have been recommended-include theiso4m4itteyst ..,.t
time-limit on speeches, the. orallquestioi time/oppositiQonday,,
and 0tlebudget process | > ,,
The committee could notreachcommon ground on reforms
to the committee system however. The proposed rules make
provision for three types of parliamentary committees, ses-
sional committees, select committees, and joint select commit-
tees...
Recommendations included several changes to the sessional
committees, which are appointed at. the commencement of
each new session of parliament. It was further proposed to
change the name for the 'Rules and Orders Committee' to the
'Statutory Instruments Committee,' in order to reflect more
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Dr Garikaparthi testified that
when the procedure was per-
formed on Anastacia, it was dis-
covered that the inhalation
injuries to her lungs were more
extensive than those of Deshawn.

Unstable
"It was also during the
bronscopy that the patient
became unstable and the proce-
dure had to be curtailed," he
added.
Thedconsultant plastic surgeon
said that the burn injuries of both
girls were "extreme," ranging
from second to third degree burnms
(with third degree being the most
severe).
Dr Garikaparthi said that with
the kind of burns Anastacia and
Deshawn had sustained the
chances of survival were slim.
"Anything above 30 per cent
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He also told the jurors that the
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"Rarely do we have successful
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Following the question as to


what kind of treatment the girls
had received after they were
admitted to PMH, Dr Garika-
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subjected to "an early ventila-
tion therapy, to clear the air pas-
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* By DENISE
MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter
FREEPORT A 52-
year-old man was on
Wednesday charged with
murder in Freeport Mag-
istrate's Court in con-
nection with the brutal
death of a 48-year-old
man last weekend.
Rudolph Joseph
Smith, a resident of
Kings Inn Staff Quar-
ters, West Atlantic Dri-
ve, appeared before
Magistrate Franklyn
Williams in Court One at
10am.
He was charged with
the murder of 48-year-
old Charles Martin, a
resident also of Kings
Inn Staff Quarters, on
Saturday, February 19.
According to reports,
Martin was discovered
around 9.45pm lying in a
pool of blood in front of
the Salvation Army
Building. He was taken
to hospital, where he lat-
er died of his injuries.
Smith, who is repre-
sented by Brian Hanna,
was not required to
enter a plea to the
charge. He was remand-
ed in custody at Fox Hill
Prison until May 30,
2005 for a preliminary
inquiry.
BODY IDENTIFIED
Grand Bahama Police
have positively identi-
fied the body of a man,
which was discovered
partially decomposed at
Blair Circle, South
Bahamia on Saturday.
The man has been
identified as 26-year-old
JermainePrattiaka, a.;i, !
Joshua Jermaine Ewing,
alias "Mad Ball",of No;.
109 East Sunrise High-
way.
Chief Supt Hendrick
Nairn reported that an
autopsy revealed that
the man died as a result
of gunshot wounds.
He said officers at the
Central Detective Unit
have launched intensive
inquiries into the matter.
ABDUCTION
& BEATING
Police are also investi-
gating the abduction and
beating of a 31-year-old
man, who was forced
into a vehicle by two
men and woman on
Tuesday evening.
Lewis Yard resident
Fenel Louis reported to
police that around 9pm
on February 22, while at
Eight Mile Rock, he was
forced into a vehicle. He
/was taken to the area of
Barberry Beach, where
the three individuals
beat him about the body
,with a baseball bat and a
cutlass. .
Louis was taken to
Rand Memorial Hospi-
tal, where he was treated
a&d detained in the Male
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Haitian boat captains

U By A FELICITY thy vessel on February 5, and people it is not good to come


INGRAHAM
Tribune Staff Reporter


TWO Haitian boat captains
were sentenced to two years
imprisonment and a $5,000
fine each for smuggling ille-
gal immigrants to the
Bahamas earlier this n.onth.
Captain Paul Remy, who
brought 28 Haitians packed
into the hold of his unseawor-.



Robberies


investigated

By KILAH ROLLE
Tribune Staff Reporter
POLICE are investigating
two separate robberies on
Tuesday in which the sus-
pects made off with more
than four thousand dollars.
According to the investi-
gator's report, the first inci-
dent happened around 3pm
at the Geneva Brass Store
on East Street South. A
man, pretending to be a cus-
tomer, asked an employee
if he could use the phone.
He was given permission
to use the telephone but
instead of using it he pushed
the female cashier out of the
way and announced to her
that it was a robbery.
He demanded that the
cashier open the cash regis-
ter, and in fear for her
life, she complied, police
said.
The man cleared the cash
register of $193, but was not
satisfied with the amount.

Cashier,,
Police report -that at this
point, the cashier handed
over an envelope of cash
belonging to the establish-
ment which contained
$638.92.
The cashier described the
suspect of having a dark
complexion and said after
taking the envelope he fled
on foot.
Later that evening,
around 8pm, two unmasked
gunmen entered Robinson
Road Liquor Store and
approached the manager on
duty.
They robbed the estab-
lishment of $3,217 and also
robbed three customers who
were in the store at the time.
They stole $600 from
Donald Thompson, $480
from Berchenal Martin and
$68 from James Lewis. The
culprits then ran from the
store.
Inspector Walter
Evans said both matters are
under active police investi-
gation.


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Risking
"You can drive across the
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You are risking lives to come
here and it is not fair to us."
Magistrate Virgill said
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was round near Porgy RocK,
will have to spend an addi-
tional two years in jail if he
fails to pay the fine.
Magistrate Linda Virgill
delivered the same sentence
to Captain Lubin Perdieu,
who manoeuvered the vessel
"Trust in Jesus" into Nassau's
Harbour with 19 Haitians on
board before being caught at
Arawak Cay on February 9.
Remy's "Miss Rose" crew,
who also pleaded guilty in ear-
lier proceedings, also
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tencing.
Mesider Antoine was sen-
tenced to two years with an
additional $3,000 fine or an
extra year imprisonment if he
cannot pay the fine. Crew
members Dorle Apredieu and
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Majesty's Prison along with a
$3,000 fine, or an additional
year if they cannot pay the
fine.

Deported
However, Magistrate Vir-
gill, taking into consideration
the age of the youngest crew
member, 22 year-old Philo-
gene Lorude, ordered that he
be taken to the detention cen-
tre and deported.
"Someone has to tell the
tale," she told Lorude,
through an interpreter. "Tell
them not to come back here.
Bahamian people are fed up
with their arrogant and bold
behaviour, and total disregard
for out immigration laws."
She warned him not to
attempt to return to this coun-
try.
The same judgment was
delivered to the youngest crew
member of the "Trust in
Jesus",, 25,year-old Jean-Louis
Loussant. ; .; : ;;u 1
"I will give you the oppor-
tunity to go back to tell your




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THE man behind a big anti-
Bahamas internet campaign
wants to present Prime Minis-
ter Perry Christie with a per-


sonal copy of his latest "block-
buster" website.
He is keen to hand over a
. diskette called Gangsters of


"It is crazy that American
public relations people should
be producing stuff about the
Bahamas that leads their own
people into trouble ... There
are people here who are look-
ing for an opportunity to treat
foreigners badly."


the Bahamas which, he claims,
lists all the lawyers and politi-
cians he considers corrupt.
German campaigner Har-
ald Fuhrmann says he has
spent four months producing
the website, which depicts his
targets in ghostly form rising
from the ground.
"It is by far the biggest web-
site I have prepared so far,"
Mr Fuhrmann said yesterday


as he began preparations for a
"battlebus" campaign across
the United States, where he
will spread his message of hate
against Bahamian attorneys.
The website, he says, names
politicians and others, includ-
ing at least one media figure,
who he considers "gangsters"
mixed up in lying and corrup-
tion.
"It is a very beautiful web-


site and will attract a lot of
attention," said Mr Fuhrmann,
who wants to present Mr
Christie with a copy as soon as
possible.
"I consider this to be a com-
pulsory guide for serious
investors," said Mr Fuhrmann,
whose campaign has spread
to European travel fairs,
where he urges people to stay
away from the Bahamas.

Onslaught
The website is not yet avail-
able for viewing, but will even-
tually join 80 others that Mr
Fuhrmann has set up to sup-
port his international
onslaught on this country.
The former journalist, who
now considers his anti-
Bahamas activities a full-time
job, claims he was denied jus-
tice in a property matter ten
years ago and has been fight-
ing the country's legal profes-
sion ever since.


He says leading politicians
have repeatedly failed to meet
him to discuss his problems
and that the legal profession
has deliberately turned its
back on him. "I feel these peo-
ple have spoiled my life. In
this website, I name all those I
regard as gangsters. It
describes the mentality of the
country," said Mr Fuhrmann.
Mr Fuhrmann has also
approached US ambassador
John Rood, claiming Wash-
ington should issue an invest-
ment warning about the
Bahamas in the same way it
sometimes issues travel warn-
ings.
"It is crazy that American
public relations people should
be producing stuff about the
Bahamas that leads their own
people into trouble," he
said.
"There are people here who
are looking for an opportuni-
ty to treat foreigners badly,"
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Exercise is part of a national training

programme that is spreading across

the islands of the Bahamas


The Family Islands have, in
the past, suffered from a short-
age of doctors and nurses.
The Volunteer First Respon-
der Deployment Programme
will teach fifteen volunteers in
Harbour Island the ability to
assess the seriousness of a per-.
son's condition and to use
appropriate emergency care
techniques to stabilize the
patient until formal medical
care can be provided.
Progranime
The training programme will
move on to Spanish Wells in
May and plans to also include
volunteers in North Eleuthera.
Paul Newbold, the Field
Director of National Emer-
gency Medical Services
(NEMS) explained that as a
part of the National Health
Services Strategic Plan, the goal
is to have at least 40 First
Responders on every island
and to station instructors on
each island to take over' the
training process.
"The core of .the Emergency
Medical Services (EMS) suc-
cess is training," said Mr New-
bold. "Although these islands
rarely have accidents, we want
to be able to cut down on the
definitive care response time if
and when they do happen."


Since the Public Hospitals
Authority (PHA) took over
the responsibility of providing
accessible EMS services in the
country from the Ministry of
Health in 1999, more than 200
people have been trained as
First Responders in the islands
of Abaco, Andros, Exuma, and
Grand Bahama.
Three persons from every
island were also brought to
New Providence to be trained
even further as Medical First
Responders, specialising in a
wide variety of potential emer-
gencies including: Airway con-
trol, motor vehicle accidents,
falls, chest pain, cardiac arrests,
difficulty breathing, abdominal
problems, uncontrolled bleed-
ing, paediatric emergencies,
and childbirth.
Expenses
This training, explained Mr
Newbold, is not cheap. He
worked it out to be about $166
per person, not including the
lodging and travel expenses for
the instructors.
In Harbour Island, the local
government contributed $2,500
towards the upcoming training,
and Mr Newbold said it is
through such donations, from
both the public and private sec-
tor, that will help NEMS meet


its objective to provide acces-
sible and effective emergency
services throughout the
Bahamas.
Another priority for NEMS
is to cut down on EMS
response time in emergency sit-
uations on the Family Islands.
In New Providence, with
eight ambulances, and Grand
Bahama, with six ambulances,
the EMS response time is cur-
rently less than 30 minutes.
However, although the islands
of Abaco, Andros, Eleuthera
and Long Island all have one
ambulance, there is no hospital,
Hospital
Currently, if a person living
on a Family Island is seriously
injured, it usually takes about
six hours before they arrive at a
hospital. The goal is to cut that
time down by three hours.
Mr Newbold said that inter-
island transport of emergency
cases has been significantly
improved with the contracting
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LTD, a private company
equipped with trained person-
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any medical emergency.
Other cases, which are not
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Minister Sears

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* By NATARIO
McKENZIE
MINISTRY of Educa-
tion officials met yester-
day to announce new ini-
tiatives they hoped to
implement with the co-
operation of retired
Bahamian educators.
In attendance at the
conference, which was
held at the Ministry of
Education complex on
Thompson Boulevard,
were Minister of Educa-
tion Alfred Sears, Direc-
tor of Communication in
the Ministry of Education
Heloise Newbold, Deputy
Director of Education for
Development Patricia
Collins, Deputy Director
of Education for Manage-
ment Cecil Longley and
Permanent Secretary in
the Ministry of Education
Creswell Sturrup.
At the conference, Mr
Sears announced that a
reception for retired
Bahamian educators is
scheduled to be held on
March 3 at the British
Colonial Hotel.
Invited
He added that former
teachers and administra-
tors from both the public
and private educational
sector of the Bahamas
were invited to attend the
reception. Mr Sears noted
that it was his hope that
dialogues at the session
would bring about the
implementation of an
Association of Retired
Educators (ARE) in the
Bahamas. This association
as he noted would allow
his ministry to utilise the
services of these individ-
uals and foster further
relations with them.
"I should hope that as
a result of this confer-
ence, the retired educa-
tors of the Bahamas will
see the need to organise
themselves as an associa-
tion of retired educators."
He added that this
would allow the former
educators the ability to
have regular consultation
and involvement with the
ministry's initiatives. Min-
ister Sears noted that
those who wished to be a
part of the initiative
would have a "direct link"
to the Ministry of Educa-
tion.
Mr Sears added that
these individuals would
also become mentors for
the younger educators in
the country and serve as
substitute teachers on a
contractual basis whenev-
er necessary. He noted
that several retired edu-
cators had already been
placed in various areas of
his ministry as consul-
tants. He further made a
plea for all retired teach-
ers and administrators to
join him at the reception
and allow him to convey
the plans of his ministry.
"Sometimes teachers
resign without notice but
if we have a bank of
teachers who have retired
we can go to the president
of that organisation and
immediately identify indi-
viduals who can replace
them," said Cecil Long-
ley.
"We do have an OAS
sponsored project


Teacher Cadet pro-
gramme was one of sev-
eral initiatives created to
attract young individuals
to the tedching'p irfes-
sion.
"We are trying to cap-
ture those even from the
junior high school level,
those who show an apti-
tude and interest," she
said.


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Collins noted.
Ms Collins gave a spe-
cial plea for more
Bahamian males to enter
into the teaching profes-
sion as a career option.
She noted that the Min-
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PAGE 8, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2005


PM challenges male students


* By KRYSTAL KNOWLES
Bahamas Information
Services
PRIME Minister and Minis-
ter of Finance the Perry G
Christie on Monday urged male
students of S C McPherson
Junior High School to match


their exceptional sporting per-
formance with academic excel-
lence.
The Prime Minister addressed
the annual academic and athlet-
ic awards ceremony and also
toured the Teachers Resource
Centre and Deaf Unit of the
school located on Baillou Hill


Road.
The ceremony honoured 158
students who achieved a grade
point average (GPA) of 3.0 or
above and those who made
exceptional performances in
sports.
The Prime Minister was
accompanied by Attorney-Gen-


eral and Minister of Education
Alfred Sears. Senior officials at
the Ministry of Education and
parents were also in attendance.
"I am here especially to speak
to the young men and those of
you not on the honour roll,"
Prime Minister Christie said.
The Prime Minister recalled
being expelled from the Gov-
ernment High School at the age
of 14 because his priority was on
sports.and not academics.
"My mother enrolled me at
Donald Davis, where I did my
Bahamas Junior Certificates
(BJC's), later getting a job as an
internal messenger," he said.
"God gave each and everyone
of us a gift but he also gave us a
brain to help us to discover what
our gift is. Getting to a two-point
grade point average is not what
you are all about. You.cannot
continue to embarrass your par-
ents in that way. Your teachers
are here to help you and make
you understand that it all
depends on you.
"All throughout our country
and the Caribbean at large young
men need to wake-up," the
Prime Minister added.
Prime Minister Christie said
he addressed a law graduation
class in the Republic of Trinidad
and Tobago several weeks ago


and 80 per cent of the class was
made up of women.
"Our young women are work-
ing much harder than you are
and it is showing," he said.
Prime Minister Christie noted
that only three out of 18 students
named to the principal's honour
list during the summer and
Christmas terms are boys.
"You can do much better. It
is not good enough to be a good
runner or a good basketball play-
er. You have to be able to bal-
ance your academics as well as
sports. That is what being disci-
plined is all about," Prime Min-
ister Christie said.

Excellent
He referred to Minister Sears,
life as an "excellent success story"
to help students recognise that
anything is possible if they
believe in themselves.
"The Minister of Education
was a bad boy and was placed in
the Boys Industrial School by our
system. He fought his way out
by believing in himself and, of
course, had adults that did not
give up on him.
"Minister Sears was able to
overcome and became an attor-
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schooling in the United States


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and Minister of two posts in the
Bahamas," the Prime Minister
said. "The person sitting in your
class is not smarter than you but
he or she may just be better than
you in a particular subject." it.
The Prime Minister also reaf-y-
firmed his commitment to the
country's special children. r,
"I have a special child and Ira
truly believe that I have been!.
placed in this position before L1
leave to ensure that these spe-ni
cial children have a right to shares
'in the resources of this country.
Whether they are deaf, dumbk
and autistic or have down syn-J.
drome they are children that are,c
deserving of better opportunities
in this country," he said. ,
Prime Minister Christiei,
encouraged the school's Principle ,
Antoinette Storr to notify therc
Ministry of Education of anyo.
child/children that is "physically
challenged" and held hostage to-,
their circumstances by the inabil--
ity of their parents to provide there
necessary help, whether surgi-'
cally or financially.
"Parents and children need tor
know that the system cares about,
them and physical disability can;
be improved," he said. -
Minister Sears reminded the, t
students that "a vision is a guide:i
that is not achieved by suddenr-
flight but by sacrifice."
"Teachers believe that you area
capable of making this country
great so continue to strive for. ,
excellence," he said.
Prime Minister Christie pre-
sented Glathonya Sands with the
most outstanding academic stu-
dent award for maintaining a 4.0l,
grade point average (GPA) for),
the past two school terms.
Shane Gibson, Minister of1
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computer for her achievement.
Miss Sands has also received
scholarships to attend two pri-
vate high schools Queens Col-,'
lege and St Andrews.
The Prime Minister also pre-
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Cartwright, Sherzel Smith,r
Drameca Glinton, Jazz Hill, Basil.
Miller, Jacey Hart, Reychellet
Nicholas, Danielle Miller, Richae
Brain, Lynette Smith, Shauntea
Lewis and Doulesia Fergusonc,
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THE TRIBUNE


Our nation seems less sure of itself


O UR nation is feeling
the frustration of
drift. We are uncertain of our
direction and unsure of our
reason for being.
In an increasingly globalised
world with enormous human
dilemmas, pushing greater lib-
eralisation in trade and inter-
national standards of compli-
ance, we seem fearful, clumsy
and stunned.
The nation itself is growing
older but it seems less sure of
itself. It appears aimless and
purposeless.
Aimlessness and purpose-
lessness promote uncertainty
and confusion. This, coupled
with economic difficulty,
encourages panic, which leads
to acts of desperation.
It might be that some of the
social ills we observe today
represent the onset of this
panic. Such ills include the riot
in Nassau Village, shocking
acts of violence, the highly
intensified frustration with the
illegal immigration problem,
increased tensions in labour
relations, the accident-prone
driving on the streets,
increased levels of post-trau-
matic stress disorder, untime-
ly deaths from stress-related
factors, and the general
malaise throughout Bahamian
society.

In an environment like
.this, leadership must
offer cause to believe in the
possibility that better will
come. It does this not by emp-
ty rhetoric but by actions that
reveal a genuine understand-
ing of the problems and strate-
gic approaches to their reso-
lution.
In an environment like this,
the people need to be moti-
vated by the passion of their
leaders, which passion stems
from their orderly and defini-
tive pursuit of the nation's best
interest and the improvement
of the lives of its people.
In an environment like this,
leaders must elevate their
example and demonstrate an
)-impeccable level of moral
authority.
Bahamians today are justifi-


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ably concerned about the state
of affairs in their nation. While
they can rightly point to the
government as contributing to
that state of affairs and appro-
priately call on it to do some-
thing about that state, they
must also recognise the enor-
mous power they have to
improve the situation. By their
own personal genius, commit-
ted energy and persistence,
they can lend significant iner-
tia to correcting our ills.
As a people, we need a new
vision for ourselves and a new
mindset toward our place in
the world. We must be bold
and courageous now, aban-
doning the fears that limit our
approach to living.
We must take a page out of
the books of Kerzner Interna-
tional's Atlantis and the Coli-
na Financial Group. Like them
we must look to own and dom-
inate our areas of endeavour.
W -
e must see our-
selves as partici-
pating in the world and not
merely surviving on an island.
Today's technology can com-
pensate for our size, if we have.
value that is highly sought in
the global marketplace.
Parochialism is a dagger and
fear is a lethal injection in
today's global community. We
must be courageous and know
that we are more than what
we have become and can do
more than we have done thus
far.
It is time for our leaders to
step up to the plate and offer
us new hope, new vision and
new demonstrable ways of
advancing the cause of our
nation. Nothing else will do.
We live by trust. What is
trust? It is placing what you
value into the care of others
for your benefit. The things
we value include our health,
emqtions money,. thoughts,_
hu niagand d'ignity.


Every day we trust some-
thing or someone. When trust
is honoured we experience
tremendous happiness. How-
ever, when it is violated, the
hurt is enormous. Self-hate,
emotional instability, separa-
tion, divorce, hate, murder and
many other ills arise from
failed trust.
WE MUST SAFEGUARD
THE PUBLIC TRUST

All trusts are impor-
tant. However,
almost every other trust
depends upon public trust for
successful execution. Public
trust involves the transfer of
our community wealth into the
care of the officials of the
state, be they legislators, judi-
cial officers, cabinet ministers
or civil servants.
We place in their hands the
peace of the state, its legal
framework, economic direc-
tion, social policies and inter-
national relations, among oth-
er things.
Our expectation is that they
will manage these valuables
for our benefit and not their
own. What benefits they
derive from performing their
duties should be part and par-
cel of the benefits they get
from being citizens of the
state, just as we are.
When public servants hon-
our the trust given them, the
society enjoys peace. Peace is
essential for the successful
pursuit of all other endeav-
ours. Personal development,
Wholesome family life, educa-
tion, good health, business cre-
ation and growth as well as
sound international relations
all need peace to flourish.
In a real sense employment,
prosperity, and democracy are
at their highest where public
trust is honoured. Where pub-
lic trust is: corroded, corrup-
tion abouids:,ad corr. lPon.


puts every good thing and
everyone in the society at risk.
The first duty of leaders in
public life is to guard the pub-
lic trust. Everything else they
do is secondary to this and
indeed dependent upon it.
When leaders sugarcoat vio-
lations of public trust they
commit the most egregious
breach of public confidence
and do not deserve to hold
office. Indeed, they jeopardise
the very health of the nation.
Those violating the public
trust must stop now. A word
to the wise is sufficient.
LET US NOT GO BACK

I have said it before and I
will say it again; we must
not go back to the days when
this nation became a pariah in
the eyes of the world because
corruption reigned supreme.
We must not permit, as was


the case in the 1980s, any gov-
ernment to allow slack and
unscrupulous public officials
to pursue personal enrichment
at the expense of public
integrity. This will not be good
for us at all.
The world is a far more
open place than it was back in
the '80s. Then we suffered
tremendous international
shame and lost much pride as
a people. The consequences
of being perceived as a cor-
rupt society will be far more
dire today.
We worked hard in the
years between 1992 to 2002 to
clean up our national act. We
regained our credibility in the
world. We reversed the sad
commentary about being "a
nation for sale".
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pride and new hope. Let us
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For the sake of our children,


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THE TRIBUNE


L*cAL NEWS


Nominees announced for 'Salute to Greatness'


54 EDUCATORS were
nominated to receive the
2005 Salute to Greatness
Award during a nominees
luncheon held on Sunday,
February 20, 2005 at the
Radisson Cable Beach
Convention Centre. The
purpose of the Salute to
Greatness Award is to
derionstrate total commu-
nit!y involvement, global
respect for all humanity
and its commitment to
diversity by heralding the
accomplishments of men
and women who have sig-
nificantly contributed to
enhancing the quality of
life; for all. In line with this
purpose, the King Human-
itarian and Global Foun-
dation identifies some
of the country's pre-emi-
ne#t educators who,
through consistency and
longevity, have achieved
success in their chosen pro-
fesion.
Host
Among the attendees
wete Dr Bobby Jones of
Black Entertainment Tele-
vision and host of 'Bobby
Jones Gospel' along with
Ms4Shantell Steed, Corpo-
rate Secretary of the Foun-
dation, who presented each
edUcator with an official
nomination certificate; spe-
cial guest, Dr Thomas
DaVis, Professor at Ten-
ne see State University;
2003 past honourees and
74(finvited guests. Musical
entertainment was provid-
f.


MS CHERYL CAREY, College of The Bahamas Director
of Financial Aid and Housing, responded on behalf of the College.


ed by Ambessa.
Dr Rudolph King, Chair-
man of the Foundation pre-
sented 20 academic schol-
arship awards to deserving
Bahamian students
enrolled in tertiary level
institutions in the Bahamas
and abroad, namely: Alli-
son Basden, Sophia Han-
na, Jennifer Symonette,


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Renetha James, Samuel
Adderley, Marianne Cadet,
Arinka Swain, Shakerra
Wilchcombe, Andrea
Moultrie, Shammond
Knowles, Adrian Plakaris,
Alphaeus Grant College
of The Bahamas; Candice
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PAGE 12. THURSDAY. FEBRUARY 24, 2005


LOA NW


FROM page one

Sea Hauler had on board eight
times more than the number of
passengers authorised by the
Port Authority, carrying proba-
bly as many as 191 passengers
and the United Star as many as
31 without approval of any kind.
The report concluded that
both vessels were undermanned
which impacted the ability to
keep a proper navigational
watch.
The collision resulted from the
failure of the captain of each ship
to maintain a navigational watch
at all material times.
Both captains failing to dis-
charge their duties also con-
tributed to the collision, the
report further stated.
In addition it was said, that
with greater experience, skill and
responsiveness, the collision
could have been avoided alto-
gether or could have "been ren-
dered substantially less forceful."
The inquiry was formed to
look into the circumstances sur-
rounding the collision of the Sea
Hauler and the United Star on


Sea tragedy

August 2, 2003 near Highbourne
Cay, Exuma and Whymms Bight,
Eleuthera.
Four people died as a result of
the accident, Brunell Smith Ellis,
Brenda Smith Leslie, Livingstone
Seymour, and Lynden Riley.
Retired Supreme Court Jus-
tice Joseph Strachan was appoint-
ed Wreck Commissioner and Sir
Durward Knowles and Leon
Smith, a former marine pilot and
commodore of the Royal
Bahamas Defence Force, were
selected as assessors to oversee
the inquiry into the facts sur-
rounding this event.
The inquiry lasted more than
one year, although it was intend-
ed to last for just six months.
The commission found that the
collision occurred partially
because of omissions by the Port
Department which had responsi-
bility for establishing a system to
ensure safety at sea.
"That system failed in that it
permitted an unsafe number of
passengers to board the Sea


Hauler and allowed the United
Star to depart with passengers
without approval of any kind,"
said Mrs Hanna-Martin.
It was also said that the Port
Department failed to adequately
consider all factors affecting a
realistic determination of the
numbers of passengers for whom
approval should have been given,
failed to obtain vital information
from passengers and other per-
sons before boarding them, failed
to ensure that only the approved
number boarded, failed to obtain
an accurate count of the number
of persons boarding and failed
to carry out stipulations con-
tained in the approval letter by
port officials and that no fire and
emergency drills were conduct-
ed by port officials.
The report included a number
of recommendations which
included fixing the mandatory
minimum and maximum number
of crew members and their
required competences which
must be sufficient and efficient
for the voyage; obtaining vital
information sufficient to identify
each passenger; no voyage should
be approved in the absence of
adequate personal injury insur-
ance coverage by the carrier;
changing the system of assessing
the adequacy of the number of
passengers; mandatory fire and
emergency drills; putting in prac-
tice a reformed system for the
dispatch of vessels, including the
booking of passengers with-pre-
paid tickets only and the prepa-
ration of passenger list containing
prescribed vital information.


House rule recommendations


FROM page three

accurately the functions of
that committee.
It is also recommended to
add two new sessional com-
mittees, namely the Broad-
casting Committee and the
House Rules and Business
Committee.
Select committees remain
the same as provided for in
the current rules. Members
will request permission from
the House to investigate spe-
cific matters.
The only change now being
proposed, is that select com-
mittees will be appointed for a
defined period within which
to report and will have to
request permission from the
House for any additional peri-
od.
It is also suggested that
there be a change in the time
period speeches are given.
The current rules provide
for the mover of a motion to
speak for 30 minutes and
every other member is limited
to 15 minutes.
"The current rule govern-
ing time limit on speeches has
not been enforced for a very
long time in this House and
in fact there are traditional
and popular political reasons
for this. The absence of any
enforcement of the rule how-
ever has led to abuse by some


members over the years," said
Mr Sears.
T'ie committee recom-
mended that for ordinary
debates the mover of a motion
be given one hour to debate
and other members 30 min-
utes.
For the Budget debate it
has been proposed that the
Minister of Finance be given
three hours, ministers two
hours, the lead spokesperson
for the opposition two hours
and all other members will be
given one hour.
It is also proposed that
every second Wednesday in
the month an oral question
time be instituted to last for 30
minutes. Members will ask
oral questions and the minis-
ters will be expected to
respond in kind.
A period for statements by
members is expect to allow
* members to make a statement
to the House on any matter


in their constituency that they
feel ought to be brought to
the attention of the House.
On the same Wednesday the
opposition will be able to
move any motion to debate
any matter they would have
placed on the House agenda.
The committee recom-
mends that the date for the
budget communication be
moved to the last Wednesday
in the month of May of each
year.
It is also proposed that reg-
ular meeting days will now
include Fridays and passage
of a resolution will be
required for Saturday or Sun-
day meetings.
Recommendations have
also been made to eliminate
the requirement of dark
colours in the dress code. Men
will be required to wear busi-
ness suits with a tie and
women will be required to
wear a business suit or a dress.


Williemae Pratt


Centre fire victims

FROM page three

area with saline, as well as supportive intensive care.
When asked by counsel for the victim's families, Edward
Turner, if the girls had shown any signs of injuries not related to
the fire, Dr Garikaparthi said that he had only seen burn injuries
on the girls'bodies.
He further said that the inhalation injuries to Anastacia's and
Deshawn's lungs were the result of being "enclosed in a envi-
ronment for a long period of time and exposed to smoke."
Dr Garikaparthi yesterday also told the court that he has
-beefftreating the third girl, Shantia Minus, who was left seriously
injured during the fire at the Williemae Pratt Centre for Girls.
"I have operated on her several times this last year and have
done skin grafts on her head," he said.
Following Dr Garikaparthi's testimony the inquest was
adjourned, as the court was not yet in possession of an final
piece of evidence needed in the hearing: Deshawn's forensic
report.
The inquest is set to continue to 10am today.
Coroner Campbell said that he expects to be able to finally
bring the inquest to a close today.
During the inquest, which began in January 2004, the court
heard testimony that suggested that the fire was deliberately
set by someone in a dormitory as part of an elaborate escape plot.
Witnesses also testified that there was a breakdown in safety
at the Williemae Pratt Centre.



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FROM page one

can reveal, said his mother Con-
nie Smith during an exclusive
interview with The Tribune yes-
terday evening.
Family members surrounded
her in her Palm Tree Avenue
home yesterday as she grieved
for her young son, who she said
had given no signs of any crim-
inal behaviour before the inci-
dent.
"I don't know what happened
that day," Ms Smith said, "I was
not there. The last time my son
spoke to me was 7.40 that
morning when he stood in my
doorway in his school uniform,
and went off to school. I never
thought that those words would
be the last my son spoke to
m e "
Ms Smith, at first hesitant to
add to what she called the
"media hype" surrounding her
son, eventually revealed her
feelings about the alleged rob-
bery.
"I can't say he was involved,
and I can't say he wasn't. All I
know is what I hear from the
media, and from negative peo-
ple who are saying all kinds of
things. I do not want my son's
death to be made a mockery -
he was not some criminal. He
was a fifteen-year-old boy who
was well loved, well cared for
and had everything he ever
wanted or needed."
Kalib attended Kingsway
Academy, and Ms Smith said
counsellors had to be called to
the school yesterday to console
shocked and saddened students.
"He was a leader," she said,
"he was well liked and a bright
person. I am not saying he was
perfect, he was an adolescent
and that meant he had normal
adolescent problems, but noth-
ing like what they say he was
involved in that day, there was
never any sign."
Ms Smith was at work when
she got the call that her son had
been admitted to the Intensive
Care Unit of Princess Margaret
Hospital. She said the person
told her "he looks like he is
going to die."
"I couldn't even understand
how or why he was there," she


Redundancy

payout

FROM page one

bined revenues which
exceed a quarter of a billion
dollars.
"Why are we paying the
bills of a multi-million dollar
corporation? The govern-
ment is using taxpayer's
funds to do that which
should not be done," said
Mr Stewart.
He added: "The Bahamas
Democratic Movement is
outraged over the fact that
the government has agreed
to pay a private debt with
public funds. We must set a
precedent for all companies
which operate in our juris-
diction, letting them know
that we will punish busi-
nesses which violate our
laws, not pay their bills."
Government is also mov-
ing to find another investor
for the Royal Oasis Hotel.
Government has four poten-
tial and proven investors
willing to take up the task
of making the hotel industry
in Freeport prosperous
again.
Mr Roberts said that
there are hotels and casino
operators around the coun-
try who have pledged to
take on some of the employ-
ees, including Emerald Bay
in Exuma and Fortune Bay.
The Isle of Capri Casino
has agreed to absorb six
casino workers. Carnival
cruises have agreed to
engage casino workers who
may wish to be employed
on their ships.
"Contrary to what has
been asserted by some, the
investors in this instance did
not close the hotel; the real-
ities of the hurricane did.
The reality is that it is unfor-
tunate that the circumstance
of the Royal Oasis Hotel has
left citizens of the Bahamas
displaced as workers.
"I am persuaded that


said, "I had just seen him that
morning. When I got to the hos-
pital my son was so critical that
he couldn't even speak. He
couldn't tell me what happened,
and now I will never know."
Ms Smith was adamant that
her son's death not be blown
out of proportion. She said
instead of focusing on negative
rumours about her son that he
can no longer defend, she hopes
instead people will learn from
his death.
"Let this be a lesson to all
young boys, who might one day
have to make a choice, and it
may be the wrong choice. Learn
from my son's death, now he
has to deal with God about
whatever choice he may have
made. Let this be a lesson to all
parents who have children who
don't give them any problems
and have everything they need
- there still might be some-
thing on their mind that you
don't know. Don't take any- .
thing for granted, you never
know what they are thinking."
She said her son, with her
other four children, had never
wanted for anything.
"I am a secretary," she con-
tinued, "my husband is a
welder, we may not be rich, but
Kalib had everything he ever
needed or wanted. We worked
hard to give him the best. He
has shoes of every colour. There
was nothing he could have got
from that Chinese store that he
didn't already have. He was well
educated, very confident, a
good athlete and very mature
for his age."
Kalib's sisters and other fam-
ily members silently agreed and
consoled each other as Ms
Smith described their relative.
"We are just shocked," said
one of his sisters, "no one
expected this at all."
Kalib's father, still recover-
ing from the loss, was over-
whelmed by his son's death, and
was unable to comment.
His picture on the wall with
Kalib, illustrated a close resem-
blance, and Ms Smith said they
shared the same rugged hand-
some looks.
"He is very mature looking,"
she said, "people always took
him the wrong way because he
looks older and he always had a
very serious way about him..
Some people got.thewrong ,;;
idea, and a teacher of his was ,
actually frightened by his
intense expression until she got
to know him. After a while she
fell in love with him. That is just
how he was, a serious person,
an aggressive person, but he was
a good person."
She said her son was at times,
defiant, but only when he was
sure he was right about some-
thing.
"If he knew he was right,"


lies

she said with a smile, "you
couldn't tell him otherwise."
Ms Smith also explained that
her son and the person now in
police custody in connection
with the incident, were in fact
first cousins.
Her nephew, twenty-year-old
Cyshae Strachan of Montagu
Village appeared in Magistrate's
Court on Monday in connec-
tion with the robbery, and was
charged with attempted armed
robbery, possession of an unli-
censed shotgun and conspiracy
to commit armed robbery while
concerned with others.
"My nephew's parents are
professionals," Ms Smith said.
"His mother is a lawyer, his
daddy is a doctor. He is a col-
lege graduate, these are chil-
dren that come from good peo-
ple."
Adrian White, Strachan's
lawyer requested that Strachan
be admitted to Sandilands
Rehabilitation Centre, however
Magistrate Maralyn Meers said
that decision would be up to
doctors in the prison.
"I can't speak for either of
them," she continued. "What I
do know is that every action has
a consequence, and if my son
made a wrong choice, then he is
paying dearly for it now, we are
paying for it now. What actual-
ly happened, only he knows,
and he is dead. Now for the
next couple of weeks I have to
deal with the burden of insensi-
tive Bahamian people, and I am
praying every day for God to
ease this burden afid to give me
the strength to deal with their
ignorance."
Ms Smith said she went to
Value Discount personally to
confront Mr Wong and hear his
side of the story.
"It took all my strength," she
explained, "but I went to him,
introduced myself and I can't
say all that was said but he did
say he thought he shot a big
black man. When I told him he
shot a, 15 year old, he took off
his glasses and became very
emotional, repeating to himself
'I shot a kid,' he couldn't
believe it."
Mr Wong was unavailable for
comment up to press time.
Family friends said Kalib had
always been polite, quiet and
reserved A close friend of the
ji )ai she.was,often
ie" by Kalib, said
there was no indication at all
that he would be involved in a
robbery.
She noted that Strachan,
Kalib's cousin, had in the past
shown signs of mental instabili-
ty, and had even been treated
for it in the United States.
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large and an All Points Bulletin
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Kerzner donates $165,000 to local charities


IN ITS continuing effort to
assist with the tremendous work
being performed by non-profit
local charities; Kerzner Interna-
tional donated $165,000 to 30
non-profit local charities at its


sixth annual Kerzner Interna-
tional Community Services
Awards held in the Coral Ball-
room recently.
Since its inception, Kerzner
International's total contribution


to local charities and social organ-
isations has been approximately
$1 million, representing the
largest donation by any private
local company.
The Nazareth Centre was this
year's recipient of the Kerzner
International Outstanding Com-
munity Service Award and was
presented with $20,000.
Located in Millennium Gar-
dens, the Nazareth Centre, hous-
es 41 children from new
born infants to children 12 years
of age.

Recognise
Ed Fields, Kerzner Interna-
tional's Vice President of Retail
Services and Public Affairs,
explained that in selecting this
year's Kerzner International Out-
standing Community Service
Award, the company "thought
that we should recognise an
organisation that went above and
beyond both in action and also
in need."
Sister Joan Anderson of the
Nazareth Centre said: "The com-
munity has reached out to us in a
very special way, meeting our
needs both physically, psycho-
logically and medically...So we
are very grateful to Kerzner Inter-


national for choosing us. I assure
you that this award will be put to
good use."
J Barrie Farrington, Kerzner
International's Senior Vice Pres-
ident of Administration, com-
mended representatives of the
various charities for the work
which they are doing to assist the
community and pledged Kerzn-
er International's continued assis-
tance.
"You represent the core and
the heart and the soul of this
country. The work that you do in


itself is invaluable and contributes
so much to the moral fiber of our
whole Bahamian communi-
ty... And, for our company to be
able to do its little part, in some
measure to assist in the great
work that you are doing makes
us feel honoured that we could
participate in that way," said Mr
Farrington.
The remaining 29 local chari-
ties which positively impact the
youth, elderly, mentally and phys-
ically challenged, arts and culture
and sports were each presented


KERZNER International
gives back to community Sister
Joan Anderson of the Nazareth
Centre proudly displays her
plaque moments after receiving
the Kerzner International Out-
standing Community Service
Awards. Pictured from left to
right are Sandra Eneas, Kerzn-
er International's Senior Direc-
tor of Public Relations; J. Barrie
Farrington, Kerzner Interna-
tional's Senior Vice President
of Administration; Sister Joan
and Ed Fields, Kerzner Inter-
national's Vice President of
Retail Services and Public
Affairs.
(Photo: Joshua Yentis/
BlueWave Imaging)

with $5,000.
Out of the 29 awards, Harbor-
side at Atlantis, represented by
its Vice President and General
Manager, Gene Albury, funded,
The Crisis Centre and the
Bahamas Special Olympics.
Harborside, a joint
venture between Kerzner Inter-
national and Starwood, has com-,
mitted itself to these two
organisations for the next three
years.


The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Ltd. is pleased to invite
tenders from suitably qualified firms for a Market Survey to provide
feedback on BTC's Products and Services and Customer Satisfaction.

Interest d firms may collect a Tender Specification from BTC's security,
desk lo.ited in the Administrative Building, JFK Drive, Between the
hours of 9:00 am and 5:30 pm, Monday through/ Friday.

Proposals marked "QUANTATIVE MARKET SURVEY & FOCUS
GROUPS TENDER" should be sealed and delivered on or bi12:00
pm on Friday, Febru-ary 25th, 2005 to the attention of:

Mr. Michael J. Syonette
President & CEO
The Bahamas Telecoliunications Co. Ltd.
211 John F Kennedy Drive
Nassau, The Bahamas

BTC reserves the right to reject any or al tenders.


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INFORMATION

TECHNOLOGY AND

CONSERVATION

EDUCATION OFFICER:

BLACK POINT, EXUMA
Bahamas National Trust
Responsible to the BNT Director of Education and Communications for
implementing educational programs which support BNT environmental initiatives.
Primary Tasks:
Management of Black Point Community Computer Center and Library
Teach basic computer skills to both students and adults
Design teaching units that integrate computer skills into environmental
education activities and incorporate basic environmental components contained
in the Ministry of Education Science Syllabus
Prepare monthly lesson plans for teaching units
Prepare quarterly reports that provide an overview of program activities with
sample materials used.
Provide and plan activities that provide students with skills and knowledge
tf o'em, effectircommunity stewards pf the Exuma Cays Land and

Primary Skills Required:
Computer literate (Word Processing, Internet technology and communications)
Four year college degree or greater
Teaching Certification an asset
W riting and interpersonal communications skills
Ability to multi-task
Demonstrated ability to organize time, manage diverse activities, meet deadlines
Comirirment to natural resource conservation The Bahamas
Positive attitude
Applicants will be required to live at Black Point, Exuma, and to travel to and
from The Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park headquarters at Warderick Wells to
assist with community outreach activities. This person will also be required to
undergo a training period in Nassau before taking up their position in Black
Point.
To apply for the position, send cover letter, resume, three references including
telephone numbers and email address to bnt@batelnet.bs or
P.O. Box N 4105, Nassau, Bahamas
by March 17, 2005.



Public Utilities Commission





Senior Regulatory Economist
The rapid evolution of the telecommunications sector combined with novel approachesto
regulating the sector has made it mandatory for the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to
strengthen its capacity in regulatory economic analyses.

The Job
The successful applicant for the position will provide specialist advice on the economic
and financial performance of regulated utilities. He will also work as an integral part of a
multi-disciplinary team of professionals to ensure effective oversight by the PUC of the
various providers of utility services in The Bahamas. The candidate will perform market
research and other economic studies relevant to the current and future development'of
the telecommunications, electricity, and water and sewerage sectors in The Bahamas.

Training >
The candidate will be trained to carry out economic and financial analyses involving
market research, and changes in price setting methodologies. This specialist training will
be offered principally via short courses and seminars in The Bahamas and overseas.

Qualifications>
(a) Bachelor's Degree in Economics orEconomics and Accounfing; and
(b) Master's Degree in Economics, or Finance; and
(c) Minimum of five (5) years relevant experience.

Remuneration>
The PUC offers a very attractive benefits package and excellent opportunities for further'
development. Starting salary will be commensurate with relevant experience. Further
information about the PUC could be obtained from our website
at. www.PUCBahamas.gov.bs.


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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2005, PAGE 15


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BHRDA to host dinner for



newly elected executives


THE Bahamas Human
Resources Development
Association (BHRDA) in
its commitment to bring
human resources profes-
sionals and others from
related areas together to
offer support and technical
assistance to each other in
the development of the
nation's workforce, will be
hosting an installation din-
ner for its newly elected
executives and members at
Sandals Royals Bahamian
on Friday February 25 at
7.30pm.
Standards
Its mission is to consoli-
date human resources pro-
fessionals in a national
organisation with the aim
to promote the develop-
ment of the nation's human
resources and maintain high
standards of professional-
ism by: Providing and pro-
moting educational pro-
grammes and services, dis-
seminating information and
knowledge, and encourag-
ing research related to the
advancement of human
resources as well as enhanc-
ing the professional growth,
competence, and effective-
ness of its members.


BHRDA has been in
existence since 1989, being
the solid foundation behind
many successful HR pro-
fessionals in the Bahamas.
During this Gala event,
Corporate Excellence
awards for HR will be
bestowed upon Bahamas
Telecommunication Com-
pany (BTC) and Butterfield
Bank for 2004 for their out-
standing contribution to
BHRDA and to the HR
community as a whole.
Also, Ricardo Thompson
and Rochelle Lightbourne
of BTC will also be hon-
oured for their contribution
to the HR profession and
BHRDA. The guest speak-
er for the evening will be
Vincent Vanderpool-Wal-
lace, Director-General of
the Ministry of Tourism.

THE executives are:
Simone Cartwright-presi-
dent, Rochelle Light-
bourne-president elect,
Jacquelyn Beneby UP of
education, Nadine Albury-
Charlton-director of pro-
Sgrammes, Sandra Suther-
land-director of member-
ship, Gwen Adderley-direc-
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Dame Ivy'


junior ,
meets wt



achievers 4
GOVERNOR-GENERAL
Dame Ivy Dumont (right of
centre) posing with students and
stakeholders in Junior Achieve-
ment Bahamas during a cour-
tesy call on February 14. Pic-
tured, from left, are New Prov-
idence Programme Manager
Delano Munroe, Riel Heastie
of the C R Walker Senior High
School, Avia Beckford of the
Jordan Prince William High
School,
Andero Astwood of Queen's
College, Deangria Carey of the
Jordan Prince Willihm School
and president of the Achievers
Association, the Governor-
General, Executive Director of
Junior Achievement Bahamas
Lionel Elliott, Antholisa John-
son of the Government High
School and Centre Manager
Karen Davies.
(BIS photo:
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TCI SkyKing Limited (SkyKing), one familiarisation session. Mr Ian Mortimer of
of the Turks & Caicos' leading airlines, is Nassau Flight Services and some of the
scheduled to start regular service between local ramp managers inspected the 19-seat
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vice, which includes four flights a week, ments in preparation for the regular flights.
airline Chief Operating Officer, Brian K The Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and
Lightbourne & Director of Operations, Friday flights are scheduled to depart
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on CSME by




end of 2005

High Commissioner to CARICOM backs

Financial Services Forum's Immigration

Report; says Bahamians must accept income

and living standards differences with rest of

Caribbean will continue to narrow


By YOLANDA
DELEVEAUX
Tribune Business Reporter
he Bahamas High
Commissioner to
CARICOM yes-
terday said differ-
ences between this
nation's per capita income and
living standards and those in
other Caribbean states were
likely to narrow even further,
as he urged Bahamians to
accept the reality that such dis-
parities were not as great as in
,he past.
i Leonard Archer, who also
serves as the Bahamas Ambas-
sador to Suriname, said the
Government was expected to
make a decision on the
Bahamas' involvement with the


Caribbean Single Market &
Economy (CSME) by the end
of this year.
Addressing a seminar hosted
by the Bahamas Institute of
Chartered Accountants
(BICA), Mr Archer said that in
order for Bahamians to be bet-
ter prepared for trade liberali-
sation as a precondition they
had to understand some impor-
tant elements of this nation's
economic structure. He added
that Bahamians must also begin
serious study of the regional,
hemispheric and global econo-
my, understanding how each
part interacted with the other
and how events iri one area
induced corresponding events
elsewhere.
Mr Archer said the differ-
ences in income levels and living


standards that once existed
between the Bahamas and oth-
er CARICOM member states
were are not as great as they
once were, and seemed set to
narrow even further as those
countries modernized their
economies by expanding their
services and financial sectors.
In making decisions about the
Bahamas' CSME involvement,
Mr Archer suggested this nation
seek to conclude its negotiations
with CARICOM member states
as soon as possible, with the aim
of signing the revised treaty
before 2005 ends.
The main issues to be negoti-
ated, he said;, 'c61ldbp reser-
vations that the Bahamas would
require to enable it to sign the
See CHOOSE, Page 5B


Regulators developing



handbook to help with



international relations


By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor


ABACO MARKETS yesterday told The Tri-
bune that it was in talks with three potential
buyers for its Dunkin' Donuts franchise, and
was not closing the three stores down next
week.
David Thurlow, president of the Bahamas
International Securities Exchange (BISX) list-
ed retail group, said that while no definitive
agreement had been struck yet, the company
was reasonably confident it could reach a deal
with one of the three interested parties.
Mr Thurlow told The Tribune- "The board
made a decision to sell or close it [Dunkin'
Donuts] down.
"We're in conversations at the moment with
three different groups about a deal, so we're not
dosing it down next week, that's for certain, and
we're likely to come to an arrangement with
one of those parties."
See SELL, Page 6B


David Thurlow


MP hits out at $8.4m


Royal Oasis payment
By NEIL HARTNELL communication on its plans to "unprecedented", Mr Wells
Tribune Business Editor ease the employees' plight, Mr said: "I cannot see how the Cab-


INDEPENDENT MP Ten-
nyson Wells yesterday urged
the Attorney General to give a
legal opinion on whether the
Government could pay 1,000
displaced Royal Oasis workers
some $8.4 million in severance
pay, arguing that it was
"unprecedented" for public
funds to be used to pay off
debts incurred by a private
investor.
Responding to a Government


Wells echoed the opinions
expressed by other businessmen
in a Tribune Business article this
Tuesday, where they warned
that the administration was set-
ting a "dangerous precedent"
whereby it might have to give
severance pay to the employ-
ees of other companies that
went bankrupt or fled this
nation.
Describing the Government's
decision to "use public money
to pay off private debts"as


inet of this country can sit down'
and do that."
, He added that this could
potentially leave the door open
to all workers who were laid-
off by their employer receiving
severance pay or some form of
compensation from taxpayer
monies.
Saying that "something is fun-
damentally wrong", Mr Wells
also agreed with something that
See HOTEL, Page 4B


Document to be produced within
a year and detail process for
overseas regulators to submit
i information requests to Bahamas


y YOLANDA
!DELEVEAUX
Tribune Business Repltter
FACED with ongoing inter-
national pressure, the Bahami-
an financial services regulatory
regime must be seen as in com-
gliance with international super-
yisory mandates and open to
communication and interaction
with home country regulators,
the Central Bank's Inspector of
Banks and Trust Companies
. said.
", In an interview with The Tri-
tune, Michael Foot said his role
going forward was to help cre-
ate a blueprint for greater co-
operation among the financial
services industry's regulatory
bodies. He emphasised, howev-
,er, that it was important that
*ny solution arrived upon be
Bahamian-developed and
owned.
Declining to give a specific
Itimeframe within which a new
regulatory environment would
'be created, Mr Foot said prac-
tical changes should be seen
within the year, with plans tor
the publication of a regulatory
handbook to be made available
to regulators around the world.
The handbook will outline
the role of relevant Bahamian
agencies and what their portfo-
flio covers. It will also detail the
,process through which they
must go to correctly submit
applications requesting infor-
mation. Mr Foot added that he
was brought into the Bahamas
to improve relations with home
country regulators.
To date, high level discussions
,have already begun among
,Bahamian regulators on what


form the supervisory regime will
take in the future, but no deci-
sions have been taken. Mr Foot
said that in some instances
changes in statute and legisla-
tion will be required before any
material change can be made,
and he suggested that a greater
level of cooperation was also
needed with the Financial Intel-
ligence Unit and the Royal
Bahamas Police Force.
Some of the more practical
areas of concern will be getting
the Government to consider
what role the private and public
sectors will take in implement-
ing a new regime. If there is to
be a single body or any consol-
idation of the existing five reg-
ulators, decisions have to be
taken on where it will be locat-
ed, how it will be financed and
who will staff it.
"At least initially, there could
be simple changes, such as mov-
ing the insurance regulator
under the Ministry of Finance
or having a joint examination
team," Mr Foot said. "The cur-
rent system is not as efficient
and as cost effective as it could
be, and the private sector wants
the regulators to exchange
information, they want to see
cohesiveness. This is a big dri-
ver for change. Industry has said
the regulators are too frag-
mented, too slow."
While there are some exam-
ples of jurisdictions whose reg-
ulatory units act cohesively as a
single body, or where separate
entities have formed close ties
and engage in regular and auto-
matic sharing of information,
there is no single model for all
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Tribune Business has been
advocating for some time,
namely that the Government -
as an unsecured creditor place
the Royal Oasis' holding com-
pany, Driftwood Freeport, into
administrative receivership
through the Supreme Court.
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Maintaining network architecture documentation.
Repairing Personal Computers and peripheral equipment.
Monitoring, and maintaining computer equipment inventory/supplies.
Identifying and recommending Information Technology solutions
Job minimum requirements include:
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The individual will be responsible for all securities and foreign
exchange trading for the bank. To place deposits and manage
liquidity with correspondent banks on a daily basis to maximize
use of the banks assets. To ensure at all times, the bank operates
within bank placement limits as set by the Group.

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pay off the debts."
He added that the Govern-
ment could not go into the Con-
solidated Fund to find the $8.4
million in severance pay that it
believes around 1,000 of the
1200-1300 Royal Oasis employ-
ees may be entitled to.
Mr Wells said this was effec-
tively transferring monies paid
by one set of taxpayers into the
hands of another set, something
that might be open to legal chal-
lenge.
Rick Lowe, a director of the
Nassau Institute, earlier this
week said he felt "really sorry"
for the Royal Oasis staff, who
had been out of work since the
resort closed after Hurricane
Frances struck in September
2004, acknowledging their "suf-
fering".
While understanding why the
Government might feel com-
pelled to ease the personal,
social and economic conse-
quences of the resort's closure
on Grand Bahama, Mr Lowe
said: "I'm shocked and very,
very surprised. It sets a prece-
dent that the country will rue
for the rest of its existence.
"What happens when other
companies go bankrupt or out
of business? Do you take mon-
ey from other taxpayers to give
to the employees?"
Although expressing deep
sympathy with the plight of


NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that JOHNSON JEAN BAPTISTE
BLANC, BERNARD ROAD, FOX HILL, P.O. BOX EE-16948,
NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows
any reason why registration/ naturalization should not be
granted, should send a written and signed statement of the
facts within twenty-eight days from the 17th day of
FEBRUARY, 2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that CHERLINE CHERUBIN OF
WASHINGTON STREET, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 17TH day of FEBRUARY, 2005 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas. ,


employees, business executives
and employers also questioned
whether the Government could
afford the unplanned $8.4 mil-
lion expenditure given the cur-
rent fiscal deficit and state of
the public finances, even though
revenue collections are improv-
ing.


'The

Government
should place
the company
in liquidation.'


An unplanned expenditure of
$24 million in fiscal 2003-2004 to
the civil servants' union threw
the Government's Budgetary
calculations for that year off
track.
There are also concerns that
the Government's decision to
pay severance pay to the Royal
Oasis workers could send the
wrong message to Lehman
Brothers' private equity arm,
the leading secured creditor and
ultimate owner of the hotel, and
be interpreted as a sign of weak-


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P.O. Box N-1576,
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Fax: (242) 302-8732 OR
Email: gieselle.campbell@citigroup.com

Deadline for application is February 23, 2005.


ness in New York.
The Royal Oasis owes
between $20-$30 million to var-
ious creditors, including $13 mil-
lion in casino taxes, $2.5 million
in National Insurance Board
(NIB) contributions, $4.1 mil-
lion to the hotel union pension
fund and $2.7 million to the
Grand Bahama Port Authori-
ty.
Several sources have told The
Tribune that the Government,
as an unsecured creditor, ought
to play "hardball" and apply to
the Supreme Court to have
Driftwood Freeport, the resort's
holding company, placed into
receivership.
However, the Government is
unlikely to do this because of
concerns that there might be
repercussions for the other
Bahamas properties Lehman
Brothers owns and Driftwood
operates.
These are the two Holiday
Inn properties in Nassau one
on West Bay Street and the oth-
er on Paradise Island and the
Hurricane Hole marina.
Bradley Roberts, minister of
public works and utilities, who is
heading the Cabinet sub-com-
mittee dealing with the Royal
Oasis situation, yesterday said
other hotel and casino opera-
tors, including the Four Seasons
Emerald Bay resort and For-
tune Bay had promised to hire
some Royal Oasis employees.
He tabled a list of 55 vacan-
cies at Emerald Bay, and said
the Isle of Capri had agree to
take on six former Royal Oasis
employees. Carnival Cruise
Lines had agreed to hire casino
workers willing to work on their
ships.
Mr Roberts said the Govern-
ment would be refunded the
$8.4 million it is paying put once
the Royal Oasis insurers had
settled the claim for damages
resulting from Hurricane
Frances. However, this is by no
means certain.
The minister added that four
potential buyers understood
to include the Radisson, and
Spanish hotel chains Barcelo
and RIU Resorts had looked
at the Royal Oasis. The resort's
properties include The Towers,
the Country Club and associat-
ed timeshare facilities, two golf
courses, the casino, Caribbean
Utility Company and the rights
to use a beach club that has yet
to be built.


THE TRIBUNE


PAGE 4B, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2005









THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2005, PAGE 5B


THE TRIBUNE


Choose (From page 1B)


revised CSME treaty. At a min-
imum, the reservations would
cover the free movement of
people, the use of a common
currency, the establishment of a
common external tariff (CET)
and the appellate jurisdiction
of the Caribbean Court of Jus-
tice.
Mr Archer said the Bahamas
should move with deliberate
speed to introduce a modern
progressive tax structure. He
added: "Whether the Bahamas
joins any of the new trading
blocs, there is the need for the
jurisdiction to adopt a new tax
structure, because the present
tax system is not generating the
quantum of revenue that the
country needs for its own devel-
opment. "
He suggested, however, that
changing the tax structure in the
Bahamas will be difficult to do
because Bahamians "love the
current system" of import
duties. It had been advanced by
some, he added, that the ease
with which persons avoid or
evade the payment of import
duties is the underlying basis
for this position.
A number of countries,
including Barbados and Malta,
both of which have similar
economies to the Bahamas, had
successfully changed their tax


Prime Minister Perry Christie
faces a choice on the Caribbean
Single Market & Economy


structures and adopted a value
added tax (VAT) system to
replace a multi-tax system, con-
sisting of tariffs, income tax, and
other forms of corporate taxes.
It would be to the advantage
of the Bahamas tax authorities,
Mr Archer said, to study the
changes that were made in
those countries and use the
lessons learned from them to
determine the measures that
will be used to introduce a new
tax system in the Bahamas.
A third measure the Govern-
ment must undertake, he added,
is an aggressive educatipnal and
informational campaign to
inform all residents on the pos-
sible changes that would occur
in the Bahamas on joining the
CSME.
Mr Archer said it was impor-
tant that Bahamians make a
concerted effort to upgrade
their technical and professional
skills because the globalisation
process puts a premium on
information, knowledge, science
and technology, research and
innovation.
"The extent to which we in
the Bahamas also put a premi-
um on these things and encour-
age the people to excel in them,
is the extent to which the
Bahamas will succeed in a glob-
alising world," Mr Archer


added.
Due to relative economic
prosperity and the belief that a
single degree would satisfy the
demands of the market, the
Bahamas now finds itself in a
position where, as a percentage,
Bahamians possess fewer sec-
ond degrees than many other
nationals in the region.
Mr Archer said that in the
public service in particular, per-
sons were elevated to senior
positions simply as a result of
tenure. He pointed out that
many senior civil servants have
- and will continue to face -
competitive pressures, not from
foreigners, but from better-edu-
cated young Bahamians.
Saying that he does not fear
the competition that many
believe will come if the
Bahamas opens its doors to the
free movement of labour, Mr
Archer said the Immigration
Report published by the Finan-
cial Services Forum was correct.
Greater benefits were to be
gained by all if the economy
was allowed to grow through
the utilisation of foreign exper-
tise.
The Ambassador said the
process of change needed to
prepare the Bahamas for its role
in a new global era has already
begun.


Control (From page 1B)


countries.
Mr Foot said Bahamian reg-
ulators must look to develop a
pattern of co-operation that
works best within the paticular
parameters of this jurisdiction.
Bahamas-based private sec-
tor operators have perhaps a
more significant stake in the
outcome of an overhauled
industry. The willingness of
companies to not only do busi-
ness in the Bahamas, but to
invest significant resources in
substantial operations, played
a vital role in the development
of the country's economy. For
businesses considering entering
the jurisdiction, the regulatory
regime must be seen to be of
high standing but also to be
business-friendly and quick to
respond to industry problems.
Mr Foot said: "If we do it
right, the cost will be more effi-
ciently spread. The test for the
# private sector is: does it make it
/ easier and quicker to do busi-
ness in the Bahamas>"
Mr Foot, who worked for the
Financial Services Authority
(FSA) in Britain before signing
a five-year contract with the
Central Bank, was selected for
his ability to help the industry
get better value out of and bet-
ter consolidation of its regula-
tory regime, and to bring about
improved oversight and coop-
eration.
In the UK, streamlining the
regulatory bodies took some
four years, while in the US the
regulatory environment remains
-highly fragmented, with agen-
cies acting independently of
each other and seemingly no


real process established for dia-
logue between any two bodies.
Comparative jurisdictions, such
as the Cayman Islands, Bermu-
da or Guernsey and Jersey,
each have an integrated regu-
latory regime, Mr Foot said.
In comparison with other
jurisdictions, the current regu-
latory environment offers a
number of examples of co-oper-
ation among Bahamian regula-
tors, but with the evolution of
the way business is done, with
Colina as an example of a mini
financial conglomerate with a
bank, insurance company and
securities arm, Mr Foot said it
was critical that the level of co-
operation be improved. Many
of the current companies in the
jurisdiction have both banking
and securities operations, and
are therefore overseen by both
the Central Bank and the Secu-
rities Commission.
Since 2000, when the Finan-
cial Action Task Force (FATF)
blacklisted the Bahamas, the
Central Bank has worked with
its licencees to ensure compli-
ance with international man-


dates. With ongoing changes in
regulatory requirements how-
ever, smaller jurisdictions such
as the Bahamas are forced into
the position of "catch up",
where the bar is constantly
being moved.
In the long term, the
Bahamas will be made stronger
if measures and processes are
implemented that will make the
regulatory experience as pleas-
ant as possible for licencees.
Mr Foot said there remained
a number of areas, such as the
Basel Capital Accord, where
the Bahamas must catch up.
Companies must also be confi-
dent that Bahamian regulators
will give high priority to pro-
tecting the confidentiality of
depositor information.
While a level of co-operation
already exists among Bahamian
regulators, for the Bahamas to
remain a viable choice for com-
panies, Mr Foot said it was
essential that its regulatory
regime be congruent with those
practices found in the home
country. With an emerging
economy that sees a greater lev-


el of business mergers, acquisi-
tions and consolidations, it is
unlikely that big firms will want
to have firms in several small,
similar jurisdictions, such as Jer-
sey and the Bahamas.
The Government had to
work at creating legislation and
products that will attract and
maintain these companies, and
it must also make sure that its
regulatory authorities keep up
with changes taking place in the
international arena.
According to Mr Foot, the
Bahamas must continue to be
regarded as of high interna-
tional standing. In recent years
that has required a lot of legis-
lation to be passed, as well as
continuing regulatory develop-
ment at home and with over-
seas regulators, too.
Ultimately, the creation of
-the right regulatory environ-
ment will develop an industry
where operators see doing busi-
ness in the Bahamas as "the
natural choice".


_ _


NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that NERLY JEAN BAPTISTE
BLANC, BERNARD ROAD, FOX HILL, P.O. BOX EE-16948,
NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows
any reason why registration/ naturalization should not be
granted, should send a written and signed statement of the
facts within twenty-eight days from the 17th day of
FEBRUARY, 2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


BAHAMAS ELECTRICITY CORPORATION

TENDER FOR THE PROVISION OF
EXTERNAL AUDITING SERVICES


TENDER No. 578/05


The Bahamas Electricity Corporation invites tenders from eligible bidders for
the provision of external auditing services.

Bidders are required to collect packages from the Administration Office, Blue
Hill & Tucker Roads by contacting:-

Mrs Delmeta Seymour
Administrative Officer
Blue Hill & Tucker Roads
Nassau, Bahamas
Phone No. 302-1158
Fax No. 323-6852

Tenders are to be hand-delivered on or before 11 March 2005 by 4:00pm and
addressed as follows:
The General Manager
Bahamas Electricity Corporation
Blue Hill & Tucker Roads
Nassau, Bahamas

Attention: Mrs Delmeta Seymour
Marked: Tender No. 578/05

"EXTERNAL AUDITING SERVICES"

The Corporation reserves the right to accept or reject any or all tenders.


P.O. Box AP-59222
Nassau International Airport
Nassau, Bahamas

The Airport Authority invites Tenders for the provision of seventy-five
(75) standard size Sanitary Disposal Units on the following premises at
Nassau International Airport: (A) All public ladies restrooms within
Terminal 1 & 2; (B) General Aviation Centre; (C) the Authority's
Executive Offices; (D) Air Traffic Services Centre; (E) the Airport Car
Parking Booths

The Contracts will run for a period of twenty-four months beginning
April 1, 2005. It is required that all units are replaced on a weekly basis
or as necessary, with clean, sterilized units.

Interested Companies will be required to demonstrate their experience
and ability to carry out the contract, including financial capability and
staffing.

The Authority will arrange for a familiarization tour of areas comprising
the contract immediately following a briefing session from all interested
parties, which will be held at the Board Room of the Executive Offices
of the Authority on Thursday 24th February, 2005 at 2:30 p.m. Companies
wishing to submit tenders should contact the Authority prior to the date
so that arrangements can be made for participation in the briefing.

Tenders must be submitted in sealed envelopes marked "TENDER
FOR SANITARY DISPOSAL UNIT SERVICES" and addressed to
the undersigned:

The General Manager,
The Airport Authority,
Nassau, Bahamas

All Tenders must be hand delivered to the Executive Offices of the
Airport Authority not later than 4:00 p.m. on the 4th March, 2005.

Companies who have submitted Tenders will be invited to attend the
Tender Opening process on Tuesday 8th March, 2005 at 10:30 a.m.

The Authority reserves the right to reject any or all Tenders.


BUSINESS


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LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

UNIONVILLE INVESTMENTS
PTE. LTD

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with
Section 137(8) of the International Business Companies Act,
2000, the dissolution of UNIONVILLE INVESTMENTS
PTE. LTD., has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution
has been issued and the Company has therefore been struck
off the Register.
Ingrid Davis
(Liquidator)



Cordelia Fernander
(Liquidator)


LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE


WALBOSQUE INC.

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with
Section 137(8) of the International Business Companies Act,
2000, the dissolution of WALBOSQUE INC., has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and
the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.


Ingrid Davis
(Liquidator)



Cordelia Fernander
(Liquidator)




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