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Volume: 101 No.133





Perry Christie making

recovery after severe

hypertension episode

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE PRIME Minister is
expected to a make full recov-
ery before the end of the week
after suffering an episode of
severe hypertension which
required him to be rushed to
Princess Margaret Hospital's
intensive care unit early yester-
day morning.
Cardiologist Dr Conville
Brown, part of the prime min-
ister's team of doctors, reas-
sured the public yesterday after-
noon that Prime Minister Perry
Christie has had a "99.5 per
cent" recovery and is expected

to be transferred from the
Princess Margaret Hospital's
intensive care unit to the pri-
vate ward as early as today.
"He is making an excellent
recovery in the short time that
he has been in hospital and has
responded very well to treat-
meni'," the prime ministers per-
sonal physician, Dr Perry
Gomez,. said.
Mr Christie was hospitalised
yesterday morning after awak-
ening at his Cable Beach home
around 4.30am experiencing
physical discomfort.
The prime minister's doctors
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Tribune Staff Reporter
YESTERDAY's episode of
severe hypertension should be
an eye-opener for Prime Minis-
ter Perry Christie, and encour-
age him to take some time off to
rest, doctors at Princess Mar-
garet Hospital yesterday told
members of the press.
Dr Conville Brown, a cardi-
ologist on the prime minister's
team of doctors, said he will be
advising Mr Christie to cut back
on his work load for a month.
"He can't stop working alto-
gether, things can't come to a
standstill, but he can cut back a
little, work less hours," said Dr
He said that as prime minis-
ter, Mr Christie cannot take any
significant time off from his
duties, but added that "you're
not much good to anyone if
you're disabled or dead." A
convalescent period of one
month will be needed, the doc-
tor said.
"We have to strongly advise
him that he is going to need
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Deputy PM to act

as prime minister
DURING Prime Minister Christie's illness, Deputy Prime Min-
ister Cynthia Pratt will act as prime minister.
Should for any reason the deputy prime minister, who is also the
minister of national security, be unable to carry on in the post, she
will be succeeded by Works and Utilities Minister Bradley Roberts.
According to precedent the other 13 ministers would succeed in
the following order:
Labour and Immigration Minister Vincent Peet;
Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe;
Foreign Affairs and Public Service Minister Fred Mitchell;
Attorney General and Minister of Education Alfred Sears;
Trade and Industry Minister Leslie Miller;
Agriculture, Fisheries and Local Government Minister V
Alfred Gray;
Youth, Sports and Culture Minister Neville Wisdom;
Social Services and Community Development Minister
Melanie Griffin;
Transport and Aviation Minister Glenys Hanna-Martin;
Financial Services and Investment Minister Allyson May-
Housing and National Insurance Minister Shane Gibson;
Health Minister Dr Marcus Bethel and
Minister of State for Finance James Smith.

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Children die in fire after

being left home alone

Tribune Staff Reporter
TWO small children per-
ished in a house fire on
Monday night after being
left alone for a short peri-
Authorities said that an
18-year-old was left to care
for his younger brother and
cousin while his parents
attended a function at
He had left the home,
situated at the corner
of Baldwin and Mertin
Avenue off Farrington
Road, to walk to a conve-
nience store to get some-
thing for the children to eat,
police said.
He returned to see a rag-
ing fire and panicking neigh-
bours, who had already
called for a fire engine.
Seven year-old Isaac
Prudhomme and two year-
old Lamar Francois died in
the fire; The incident marks
the fourth and fifth fire
deaths in the country this
After extinguishing the
blaze, firefighters said the
charred remains of the two
bodies were found on the
bed in an eastern bedroom.
Fire department detec-
tives were at the scene yes-
terday morning trying to
determine the source of the
blaze, which gutted the
home and left nothing sal-

The home is connected to
two other family units, one
of which is uninhabited.
The other suffered serious
structural damage.
Fire investigators did not
release their report on the
source of the fire before the
time of going to press, but
foul play has been ruled out.


Chief Fire Officer Inspec-
tor Walter Evans advised
the public that children or
adults who need special care
should not be left unattend-
ed at any period of time.
"We are seeing where
there are a number of inci-
dents occurring where per-
sons, particularly children,
are being left unattended."
So far for this year, there
have been five cases where
children were left at home
unattended were fire was
Mr Evans urged the pub-
lic that in every sleeping
area that they should be at
least one operable window
or bar, which will serve as
an escape for an emergency.
A man in his forties
collapsed and died while
walking on the street in
Nassau Village, heading
towards his home.
Joseph Brown, who is
said to have suffered from
epilepsy, is believed to have
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FNM delays rally out

of respect for Christie

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Free National 'Move-
ment yesterday postponed its
rally out of respect for the
prime minister, who was taken
to hospital yesterday because
of a case of severe high blood
On behalf of the party, leader
Tommy Turnquest expressed
deep concern for the health of
Perry Christie.
"As I'm sure with most
Bahamians, this has come as a
shock to all of us, and in respect
we have made the decision to
postpone our report card mass
rally which was scheduled tq be
held (last night) at the Prince
Charles Shopping Centre," Mr
Turnquest said.
Instead the rally will be held
next Tuesday, April 10, at the
same time and venue, pending
any further developments, he

The party leader also encour-,
aged people to put aside their
political ideologies for the time
being and pray for the full
recovery of Mr Christie
"We are sensitive to the fact
that although we engage in dai-
ly political activity, there indeed
is a time for everything.
"Now is the time for all
Bahamians, regardless of their
political affiliation, to offer our
prayers and well wishes," the
party leader said.
Mr Turnquest further said:
"Certainty the prayers of the
FNM as well as my family and I
are with the prime minister and
his family."
Issues expected to be
addressed during the rally next
week include the Caribbean
Single Market Economy
(CSME), the Baha Mar Cable
Beach deal, the prime minis-
ter's Code of Ethics, as well as
perceived conflicts of interest
within the government.

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Stubbs bankruptcy ruling overturned


Tribune Staff Reporter
HOLY Cross MP Sidney
Stubbs is expected to return to
the House of Assembly today
after the Judicial Committee of
the Privy Council determined that
the initial bankruptcy ruling
against him was invalid and had
to be overturned.
Mr Stubbs' legal team, consist-
ing of attorneys Brave Davis,
Thomas Evans and Keod Smith,
applied for and were granted spe-
cial leave yesterday morning.
According to Mr Stubbs, the Judi-
cial Committee then proceeded
to hear an appeal on the ques-
tion of the local Court of
Appeal's jurisdiction to hear the
"It found that the Court of
Appeal did, in fact, have jurisdic-
tion to hear the Appeal of the.
decision from the Supreme Court
by a person adjudged bankrupt,"
Mr Stubbs said, "and allowed the
appeal with respect to that ques-
According to lawyer Valentine
Grimes, also legal adviser to Mr
Stubbs, the committee heard the
appeal on its merits and deter-
mined that the bankruptcy was
invalid, ultimately finding that Mr
Stubbs had not been bankrupt
from the beginning.
Mr Grimes said that before Mr


Tribune Staff Reporter

AS PRIME Minster Perry Christie was being treated at the
Princess Margaret Hospital yesterday, motorists were enraged
by the police's decision to create a road block near the entrance
to the hospital.
The motorists say this action by police caused serious traffic
jams during the peak commuter hours yesterday morning.
According to Chief Superintendent of Police Hulan Hanna
Sands Lane and other approaches to the hospital was blocked
off in a "proactive" move to preempt the possibility of a crowd
pressing in on the hospital to inquire after Mr Christie's well-
"We anticipated that a number of persons would have flocked
to the area from all across the island. In a proactive way to deal
with crowds and traffic we made the wise decision and put that
in place," he said. ......
Mr Hanna explained that persons who had a need to le in the
area that was cordoned off where not obstructed once they
made themselves known to officers..
He said all persons who needed to see a doctor had free
access to the hospital.

Antonio Knowles, who works on Sands Lane, said that when
he informed the police he worked in the area, they removed the
barricade and let him through.
However, he said it seemed unnecessary to block of the road.
"When I listened to the news early this morning, I was under
the impression that the prime minister was already in hospital.
"If he had already been in hospital and being held for treat-
ment, then it would not be a need for the road to be blocked
off," Mr Knowles pointed out.
An employee of a downtown establishment who spoke to The
Tribune anonymously said she was late for work because of the
traffic back-up yesterday.
She claimed to have been on a bus that took an alternate
route to avoid the traffic.
"I usually arrive on time for work. I leave my house at 7.30am
to arrive for work at 8.30am.
"I usually arrive at work at 8.25am or 8.30am. This morning
traffic started from East Street at Audley Kemp's building and
went all away up to East Hill Street.
"Today I arrived at work at 8.35am because the bus took the
detour. If he did not take the detour, I probably would have
reached to work much later," she said.
The operator of a parking lot said her customers were affect-
ed by the road being blocked off.
"My customers, especially monthly customers who use the
parking lot were affected. The road was not made accessible to
them without a little hassle.
"My customers who go to the hospital, some of them had to
walk and some were even old persons who could hardly make
it," said the car parking operator.
Chief Superintendent Hanna said that from time to time,
police operations can cause traffic to be backed up.
He said that such operations are unusual, adding that he
would hope the public appreciates that when they do occur, it
happens in a controlled manner.


Stubbs can take his seat in par-
liament tomorrow, House Speak-
er Oswald Ingraham needs to be
formally advised of the decision.
This, he said, should not be a
problem since Dr Lloyd Barnett,
the Queen's Counsel in Jamaica,
is representing Attorney General
Alfred Sears in London on the
government's behalf.
Mr Stubbs expressed relief that
the ordeal was over and said that
although he is happy about the
verdict, the day was saddened by
the news that Prime Minister Per-
ry Christie is ill.

He said he had spent more
than a year suffering under the
status of bankruptcy, which neg-
atively overshadowed even the
simplest of tasks of life.
"I should wish to thank God
for sustaining me and bringing
me to see this day," Mr Stubbs
said. "This has been a very hum-
bling experience for me and I am
all the better because of it."
He also thanked his parents,
Rev. Dr Teuton and Helena
Stubbs, his family, PLP party
members, his legal team and
especially members of his con-
"In spite of the obstacles," he
said, "I continued to work with,

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Mr Munroe said he will await already been paid.

instructions from his client to see
if she wishes to avail herself of
the 30-day option.
Mr Grimes said he believes
that Ms Gonzales will not choose
to appeal the decision back to
Privy Council, as her debt has

PLP party chairman
Raynard Rigby said the PLP is
pleased that Mr Stubbs has been
given due process as well as with
the speed in which the court has
reviewed and analysed the mat-

represents Mr Stubbs' creditor
Gina Gonzales also responded to
the news of the Privy Council
Mr Munroe said he had been
notified by Stubbs' legal team of
their petition for special leave on
March 24.
He said his client had no inter-
est in the petition.
"On that occasion they indi-
cated the date was May 3rd,' said
Mr Munroe.
He added that on April 22, the
legal team sent him a supple-
mentary petition which explained
they were going to go beyond
seeking leave and planned to
refer back to the court of appeal
for a hearing of the appeal.

"I wrote them back on that and
told them I didn't think that
would be fair because it was com-
ing so close to the time," he said.
"My client had already deter-
mined not to participate in the
leave proceedings and she also
had some issues."
Mr Munroe said that on April
27, the legal team then sent him
another letter which indicated
they wanted to argue the appeal.
"It wasn't quite three clear days
before," he said, "and I wrote
them back I told them that it
wouldn't be reasonable."
Mr Munroe said he received
the speaking notes the legal team
used before the Privy Council on
Monday evening, and in response
faxed them a response telling
them he still had problems with
them hearing the appeal.
"This morning I understand the
Privy Council actually heard the
appeal which is somewhat sur-
prising because the appeal was
not even argued here in the Colrt
of Appeal," Mr Munroe said.
Although he was contacted and
informed that his letter had come
too late to be included in the
hearing of the appeal, he was still
allowed 30 days to enter a sub-
mission to any objections to the
"So that is the state of play as I
understand it," he said, "I will
now have to seek instruction
because my client's position cer-
tainly was that she took no issue
with, the Privy council dealing
with their leave application, but
she really hadn't taken anyposi-
tion yet on the actual appeal. It is
surprising, not that it is irregular,
but surprising."

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IT IS very likely that the
citrus canker infection which
forced the closure of BG
Harmon Farms in Abaco on
Monday was transported to
that property from the
Bahama Star Farm at Trea-
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Agriculture director Sime-
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Ahaconian: farm to be shut
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ing BG HIarmon Farms work-
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Tribune wishes PM.speedy recovery

IT WAS A shock to be wakened to the
news yesterday morning that the prime min-
ister had suffered what was being called at
that early hour a very "mild stroke."
However, after further diagnostic tests it
seems that Prime Minister Perry Christie is a
very lucky man providing he respects the
warning signs to slow down, get off the cam-
paign trail, lose weight and accept that he is
not an "iron man", he should fully recover
from this setback.
As his deputy prime minister now act-
ing prime minister told the press yesterday:
"I believe because of this... he is quite aware
that he is made of flesh and bone and he will
have to change his habits and he will have to
take some time for himself and his family."
It was obvious watching Mr Christie in the
House of Assembly every Wednesday that
with the weight he had gained and the obvi-
ous pressure he was under, he was headed for
a medical crisis.
It was fortunate that his family quickly
called for help in the early hours of yesterday
morning when he wakened complaining of
discomfort one of his hands was numb, he
was disoriented and had difficulty putting
words together. Doctors discovered that his
blood pressure had shot up and he was on the
verge of a stroke. He was quickly transferred
to the Intensive Care Unit of Princess Mar-
garet Hospital, where his condition was even-
tually stabilised. At all times he was con-
scious and aware of his surroundings.
Although his doctors realise that the busi-
ness of the country cannot come to a stand-
still, they advise that Mr Christie needs a
month's rest and the pressure must be
kept off.
This can only happen if his ministers close
ranks behind the acting prime minister and
give her their full support. This is no time
for anyone to be jockeying for position. We
are satisfied that there would be a strong
reaction from the Bahamian people if it were
felt that any member of the Cabinet or the
government's backbench had stepped out of
line to take advantage of the present situa-
The opposition is to be congratulated for
postponing last night's political rally, which
was designed to attack many of Mr Christie's
projects and decisions. It would have been
extremely poor taste if they had continued
their political attacks with their chief oppo-
nent flat on his back in a hospital bed.
We hope, for the sake of the country, that
both government and opposition will unite
behind Acting Prime Minister Cynthia Pratt
to see this nation through its temporary crisis.

In the meantime, The Tribune wishes Mr
Christie a speedy recovery.
* *
MINISTER of Youth and Sports Neville
Wisdom has assured us that he is on the
"same page" with the strong stand we took in
this column yesterday against government
ministers asking for discounts to enter public
Mr Wisdom was referring to the distur-
bance created when he and his wife decided
to play golf at the .Four Seasons resort at
Exuma on Saturday. What was to have been
a nine-hole golf game ended in an unpleasant
exchange of words with the resort's golf direc-
tor, and Mr and Mrs Wisdom leaving the
course, embarrassed and disgusted.
According to eye-witnesses Mr Wisdom
asked for a discount, which was agreed by
the general manager, but cancelled by the
golf director, who was later ordered to apol-
ogise to Mr Wisdom.
Mr Wisdom assures us that at no time did
he ask for a discount. He said that for the very
same reasons that we gave in this column
yesterday it would have been wrong for him
to have done so.
He said he remarked to the attendant that
he only had time for a nine-hole game and
could not cover the 18-hole course. She asked
him to wait while she found out from her
boss what she was to charge him for only
half a game. Mr Wisdom insists that he nei-
ther asked for, nor expected a discount. He
said the attendant was away for so long that
he paid the full $385 fee, which included a $35
service charge.
He said he never asked the golf director
whether he knew who he was the Hon.
Neville Wisdom, Minister of Youth, Sports
and Culture, nor did he ever threaten to have
the director removed from the Bahamas with-
in a week. After the unpleasant disagree-
ment over payment, he was refunded his
money and left the course. Management apol-
Mr Wisdom said that although he has been
given a complimentary pass to one of New
Providence's exclusive golf courses, he has
never used it, because he is only too aware
that in his position it could be interpreted as
a conflict of interest to accept such courtesies.
And the only time he has ever contacted a
golf course was to try to arrange a tee-time at
the Ocean Club for former US Ambassador
Sidney Williams who was here on vacation.
He agrees that it is wrong for a minister to
flaunt his rank and abuse his position. He
says he has never done so, nor would he ever
do so.

Minister responds

to William C Alien

EDITOR, The Tribune.
YOU published a letter on
Monday, May 2, under the name
of William C Allen, whom I take
to be the former Minister of
Finance. The former Minister
was responding to the public
debate on the issue of The
Bahamas' participation in the
CARICOM Single Market and
Economy (CSME). I thank him
for his thoughtful comments.
His position is that he is
opposed to the participation in
the CSME because "the potential
risk is worrisome". Nowhere in
his statement does he tell us what
the potential risk is and what is
particularly worrisome about it. If
The Bahamas were to sign on
with the reservations that have
been advanced publicly, there
would be absolutely no change
in the status quo of the Bahami-
an economic situation. There will
be none whatsoever.
That is the reason why both
the major political parties take
the position that with the reser-
vations on the free movement of
people, the monetary union, the
Caribbean Court of Justice and
the Common External Tariff,
there is no difficulty in signing
What signing will do is com-
plete the process of The Bahamas
joining CARICOM, which we
are a part of for sensible geopo-
litical reasons. The former Min-
ister agrees at least with that part.
The revised Treaty of
CLaguaramas anticipates that all
countries that are a part of
CARICOM will have signed on
to it by the year 2005. That is this
year. The Bahamas is still not in
a position to accede to the full
provisions of the Treaty but the
present Treaty does not allow
non-participation in the Common
Market provisions as the previous
Treaty did. Thus there is the need
to complete the process with the
reservations, making us fully a
part of CARICOM but with the
stated reservations in advance.
The Government does not
hang its participation in CARI-
COM and the Single Market and
Economy on "the presumption
that CSME Membership will
somehow benefit The Bahamas
application for membership
process in the World Trade
What is a fact is that if you
have become a member of a
regional body with certain
arrangements with regard to tar-
iffs, you have a stronger position
from which to argue the tariff
arrangements upon entry in the
That is not a reason for joining
CSME, but it is a benefit of doing
The former Minister concedes
that the removal of the Exchange
Control mechanism on the capi-
tal account is a desirable public
policy that would not only allow
freer access by Bahamians to
Caribbean markets and to the
outside world but also facilitate
foreign enterprises to access our
markets. Once he concedes that;
what then is his argument against

CSME since, as he suggests, we
are headed in that direction any-
way? That is a zero sum argu-
ment then. In fact, he never states
what is so otherwise worrisome
about CSME but presumably he
must be thinking of the competi-
tion issues that would arise with a
relaxed capital account regime.
Well, to use the logic of his argu-
ment, if the removal of Exchange
Control on the capital side is
desirable, and can be done with-
out CSME, then, whether we
remove it as a result of CSME
or without CSME, we will still
have to face the question of com-
petition for previously protected
The former Minister raises the
issue of trade with the Caribbean,
which is less than one per cent
of the total volume of trade. He
would know this based on the
fact of his being the former Min-
ister responsible for Customs. He
would also know that this is con-
tained in the Persaud and Dav-
enport Report commissioned in
1997 when he was the Minister
of Finance for the country. He
would also know, then, that the
revenue impacts of joining
CSME would be negligible if any
at all. So what, pray tell us, is his
argument there?
The public policy issue today is
not so much what trade we do
today, it is a question of oppor-
tunities, both real and potential,
which might arise for Bahamians
who are looking for expanding
markets; for non-regional com-
panies which wish to invest here
to access the Caribbean markets;
for a company that is here that
can access the Caribbean as a
result of our signing on to the
CSME; and for additional oppor-
tunities to invest here, hassle free.
Again, there is no negative effect
and while the benefit is not
immediately huge, the fact is that
there is a benefit. So that seems
to cancel that argument. ,
The former Minister is not cor-
rect when he asserts that the
Caribbean economies are differ-
ent from The Bahamas econo-
my; there were certainly vast dif-
ferences some 40 years ago but
certainly not today. The vast
majority of Caribbean economies
today are dominated by services,
more particularly tourism, even
Jamaica. The notable exception
to this is Trinidad and Tobago,
which has an oil industry; and
even in this case, the economy
of Tobago itself is largely
tourism. It is only Guyana and
Suriname that are now princi-
pally involved in primary pro-
duction in agriculture, forestry
and mining. So clearly, his argu-
ment about there being no con-
vergence does not hold water at
all. There is no significant diver-
As a matter of fact, they look
to emulate our success.
No one is overwhelmed by the
idea of CSME. It is the critics

who have chosen to make this a
huge issue. In the life of the coun-
try, this agreement is not a life
or death issue. There is no special
drama in it. There is nothing wor-
risome about it. With due respect
to the former Minister and his
former colleague Zhivargo Laing,
one has to begin to look to other
reasons why these arguments are
being advanced, since the ones
now being advanced simply do
not add up. I will not seek at this
time to speculate about the
I wish only to say that there
ought really be no political dif-
ference on this matter. The two
parliamentary parties ought to
be united on this one.
I remind them both that it was
the Ingraham administration in
which they served that commit-
ted the country to pay for its
share of the costs of the
Caribbean Court of Justice, even
though they agreed and we agree
that we will not participate in the
appellate side of court. There
were sensible reasons for doing
so which they are in a good posi-
tion to explain.
There is one further red her-
ring that needs to be dispensed
with and that is the question of
why the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs has been dealing with this
This is a similar argument to
his former colleague in the Cab-
inet who at first claimed that the
Minister of Foreign Affairs was
on a frolic of his own with:regard
to the decisions on this matter.
It is passing strange that two men,
both of whom are members of a
party that used to be known for
and used to believe in trade lib-
eralisation now stand saying we
must not liberalise trade, at least
that is the effect of the smoke-
screen that is now being created
in their public arguments on what
is quite a simple and straightfor-
ward decision. Relations with
CARICOM are the responsibili-
ty of the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs and it is in that light that
.the decision was made on
December 21, 2004 to give car-
riage of this matter to the, Min-
istry. The Government's position
is clear that unless and until the
four pre-conditions adverted to
above are in place, The Bahamas
cannot sign.
Your readers will note that this
is quite a more measured and
cautious position than that adopt-
ed by the former Finance Minis-
ter's former colleague, the for-
mer Minister of Economic Devel-
opment, who, adopting Prime
Minister Owen Arthur's argu-
ment, writes in his book "Who
Moved My Conch?" that we
"cannot opt out of CSME". The
Bahamas government and myself
do not go that far, we simply
believe that the benefits outweigh
the risks and are proceeding ever
so cautiously.
Minister of Foreign Affairs
& The Public Service
May 2, 2005.


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TWO police officers testified that Brian Pierre
admitted to stabbing Lucas Forbes with a brown
handled knife when they questioned him shortly
after the murder.
Pierre's trial continued yesterday before Justice
Anita Allen. He is charged with the March 16,
2002 murder of Mr Forbes, who was stabbed mul-
tiple times in the chest outside of a local night club
in Andros.
According to officer Lavardo Sherman, when
asked if he could identify two knives, Pierre said,
"the brown knife is the knife I jook Lucas with."
Mr Sherman said that he was only a witness at the
interview and did not make any written reports of
the statement.
He testified that he submitted a number of pho-
tos to the forsenic lab.
Detective Michael Merinard testified after he
was cautioned, the accused said: "I did not kill him,
I stabbed him."
According to Mr Merinard, Pierre told the offi-
cers that he and several friends had gone to the
nightclub, where he lost his cell phone.
Pierre told police that Mr Forbes claimed to
have the phone, and that the two men went outside,

o stabbing'

where a fight ensued between Pierre and several
other men.
Detective Merinard testified that Pierre told
him he stabbed Mr Forbes in the chest.
On cross examination by defence lawyer Murrio
Ducille, detective Merinard maintained that he
had allowed Pierre to consult a lawyer, but said the
defendant told him this was unnecessary.

He claimed that throughout the interview, Pier-
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said he was in a fight and had nothing to lose.
He claimed Pierre read the statement and signed
it and that two officers signed it as well.
Detective Merinard stressed that Pierre was not
forced, threatened or in any way made to sign the
Also testifying was clinical pathologist Dr Gio-
vander Raju who performed the autopsy on Mr
He said the cause of death was multiple
wounds to the left side of the chest, which had to
have been caused by a sharp object, "like a
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welcomed the election of
new Organisation of Amer-
ican States (OAS) secretary
general Jos6 Miguel Insulza,
saying that Mr Insulza is a
good and decent man.
"We are looking forward
to working with him on a
number of issues of concern
to the Bahamas and CARI-
COM," said Mr Mitchell.
Of special interest to the
Bahamas, he said, is the con-
tinued work of the OAS in
response to the continuing
problems in Haiti.
CARICOM's choice for
secretary general of the
OAS yesterday clinched an
amazing 31 out of 34 votes
to secure the top post.
Mexico and Bolivia
abstained and Peru cast a
blank ballot.
Mr Insulza, who is Chile's
Interior Minister, was elect-
ed to the helm of the organ-
isation after a deadlock dur-
ing last month's failed elec-
tion left him tied 17-17 with
Mexico's Foreign Minister,
Luis Ernesto Derbez.
He will serve for the next
five years and has pledged
to strengthen the organisa-
tion's political relevance and
its capacity for action.
Last week the Bahamas
decided to officially back Mr
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learned that Mr Derbez
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The United States first
backed Francisco Flores, the
former president of El Sal-
vador, but he left the race
because of lack of support.
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Rodriguez, the former Costa
Rican president, served less
than a month before being
forced to resign over allega-
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Discovering the truth about our

ancestry with the DNA project

ARE the Long Island
Deans descended
from the Queen of Sheba?
Do the Sweetings of Green
Turtle Cay trace their heritage
to a Roman soldier?
Are the Eleuthera Neelys
related to the tall "blue men" of
the Sahara?
Do the Hope Town Malones
descend from Irish royals?
These and other fascinating
questions are now being
answered by the Bahamas
DNA Project (
na.html), which is slowly filling
in the gaps of Bahamian family
Whether black, white or inbe-
tween, if you have ever won-
dered who your most ancient
ancestors were, this research
will lead you to them.
Launched last summer, the
project is the brainchild of Peter
Roberts, a Bahamian professor
at Georgia State University,
where he has worked as an
archivist for the past 18 years.
Professor Roberts interned at
the Smithsonian's National
Museum of African Art, and
part of his studies focused on
African retentions in Bahamian
culture. He is the brother of
local realtor, Larry Roberts.
"I thought many Bahamians
would be interested in discov-

ering family members separated
by slavery or by the adoption
of different surnames," Mr
Roberts told Tough Call recent-
ly. "We have a rich heritage
with origins from various eth-
nic groups. And one remark-
able feature of genetic testing
is that it is possible to deter-
mine ethnic origin prior to the
The Bahamas DNA Project is
similar to a much larger study
aimed at mapping how
humankind populated the earth.
That global project is a five-year
research partnership between
National Geographic and IBM,
with public participation
through Family Tree DNA, the
same testing company used by
the Bahamas Project.

The worldwide Geno-
graphic Project
html) was launched just last
month and aims to analyse
DNA contributed by hundreds
of thousands of people, in order
to report on the genetic roots
of modern humans.
It is expected to reveal "rich
details about global human
migratory history and to drive'
new understanding about the
connections and differences that
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according to a spokesman for
National Geographic.
"Our DNA carries a story
that is shared by everyone. The
more we can improve our
understanding of the common
origin and journey of
humankind, the greater the pos-
sibility for all of us to see each
other as members of the same
With fewer than 50 partici-
pants so far, the Bahamas DNA
Project is on a much smaller
scale, but the results can be no
less interesting.' According to
Mr Roberts, more participants
are needed for the project to
provide a clearer understand-
ing of our Bahamian heritage.
Anyone joining the Baharias
DNA Project will be able to add'
their results to the larger geno-
graphic database. And those
with direct Bahamian ancestry,
who order one of the National
Geographic test kits, will be
able to have their results added
to the Bahamas DNA Project.

The Bahamas Project
will perform a genetic
test on anyone with direct
Bahamian ancestry. A mater-
nal test can reveal deep ancestry
while a paternal test is more
suited for genealogy purpos-
es. The cost for a mail order test
from Family Tree DNA is less
than $170 (http://www.fami- Collecting a
DNA sample requires only a
simple mouth swab; no blood
or pain is involved, and privacy
is strictly maintained.
Early results for the Bahamas
Project show that sharing the
same surname is no guarantee
of being related. But tests can
also help identify an unknown
ancestor, or provide clues of
early ancestral origin. So far,
Celtic, Anglo-Saxon, Slavic,
Berber, Abyssinian and West
African origins have been iden-
tified for Bahamian participants.
One of the most famous
examples of the use of DNA
analysis proved that the third
American president, Thomas
Jefferson, fathered children with
an African slave named Sally
Hemings, who worked in the
Jefferson home. In this case,
DNA tests confirmed the oral
history of the descendants of
Sally Hemings.
For the past two decades sci-
entists have been solving the
mystery of human origins by
DNA analysis. These studies
suggest that all humans are
descended from a single African
woman who lived some 150,000
years ago. Every non-African
has a genetic marker that
appeared in eastern Africa
around that time giving rise
to the so-called Mitochondrihl
Eve theory.
Eve is the most recent com-
mon ancestor of all humans

alive on Earth today with
respect to matrilineal descent.
As many as 10,000 individuals
of her group may have lived at
the same time she did, but only
Eve produced an unbroken line
of daughters that persists today.
Researchers therefore reason
that all living humans descend
from Africans some of whom
migrated out of Africa to pop-
ulate the rest of the world.
This is believed to have hap-
pened about 80,000 years ago,
when an ice age lowered sea
levels and turned much of
Africa into desert. Genetic evi-
dence says this was about the
time that one group of Africans

S o what does all this
mean for the more
recent past, and for Bahamians
in particular?
Well, Tough Call's Bahamian
roots go back to Wyannie Mal-
one, a loyalist who settled in
Hope Town, Abaco, in 1785,
and to other English immigrants
from Bermuda who came here
in the 1650s. A detailed geneal-
ogy of Wyannie's descendants
has been produced by
researchers at the Hope Town
Museum, but little is known of
her antecedents.
Now, recent results from the
Bahamas DNA Project are
shedding new light on the Hope
Town Malones. A direct
Bahamian descendant of Wyan-
nie's son, David Malone, is a
perfect DNA match with an
American Malone who traces
his genealogy to North Carolina
and Virginia, with origin in
Westmeath, Ireland.

"One of the most famous
examples of the use of DNA
analysis proved that the third
American president, Thomas
Jefferson, fathered children
with an African slave named
Sally Hemings."

crossed into Arabia and headed
toward India and south-east
Later, when climate changes
permitted, they moved into
Europe. Other migrations out
of Africa occurred before this,
but those populations died with-
out leaving any genetic imprint
on present-day humans.
Our genetic code is derived
from our parents, each of whom;
contributes half of a child's
DNA, which combines with the
other parent's DNA to form a
new genetic combination. This
produces a unique set of attrib-
utes: hair, eye, and skin colour;
athleticism or lack thereof; sus-
ceptibility to certain diseases,
and so on.
However, the chunk of DNA
known as the Y chromosome,
which only males possess, is
passed from father to son with-
out recombining. The Y chro-
mosome, therefore, remains
basically unchanged through
generations, except for random
Similarly, women pass mito-
chondrial DNA, which also
does not recombine, on to both
their sons and daughters.
Random mutations to DNA,
which happen naturally and are
usually harmless, are called
markers. Once a marker has
been identified, geneticists can
go back in time and trace it to
the point at which it first
In this way, they are able to
determine when and where a
new lineage began. These lin-
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Interestingly, this Malone's
family history says they came
to the American colonies by
way of the Bahamas, but that
an ancestor named Daniel Mal-
one was "in the colonies" by
And it is certainly feasible
that the Hope Town Malones
descend from the Malone

who died m 9. The1ione
name comes from the Irish 6
Maoil Eoin- Maol being Irish
for bald.

The reference to the so-
called "blue men" of
the Sahara at the
beginning of this article is to
members of the Taureg tribe of
Mali, in north-west Africa, who
dye their robes a distinctive
indigo blue. In the 15th century
the Tuareg traded slaves with
the Portuguese in west Africa.
They controlled trade routes
across the Sahara until the 20th
Mike Nealy, an insurance
executive in California, is a
descendent of William Neely,
who was born on Eleuthera
about 1820. William's children
were born at The Bluff, and
Mike's family history speculates
that he is descended from the
slaves of John Murray, the Earl
of Dunmore, who came here
from Virginia after the Ameri-
can Revolution to become gov-
ernor. Mike's great grandpar-
ents moved to Key West from
Eleuthera about 1879, and from
there went to Harlem in New
"My aunts have been to the
Bahamas several times and
have often commented on the
striking resemblance of some
of the men on Eleuthera to my
grandfather. My grandfather

(and all of his five brothers)
were very tall men, slender and
with dark skin... I've always
been interested in genealogy,
and my grandmother made it a
point that we knew that grand-
pa's people were from the
"I've never been there
myself, but last year I began
calling Neelys on Eleuthera. A
friend copied the local tele-
phone directory for all the
Neelys he could find. I called
every one of them, inquiring as
to whether we might be related.
Several believed we were. Per-
haps sometime soon, I'll be able
to make a trip down there."

Other results from the
Bahamas DNA Prod-i
ject include the following,,, :;
A descendant of'Pompeyd
Adderley is of Bantu origin.-
The Bantus are an ancient tribe
in central Africa. '.
A Hanna descendant' from-
Andros (and earlier Acklins on
Crooked Island) is of Europeami
origin. '
A descendant of Cuffee Joha'!
son, born in the 1820s in'Hatchni
et Bay, Eleuthera, shares ances!-
try with the Mende ethnic groups
of Sierra Leone in west Africa'.
A direct paternal descendant
of John Henry Sweeting (born.
1843 in Green'Turtle Cay)acan'
trace, his lineage to, a.Roman
soldier of Balkan origin Who
was stationed in what is now
England. That line is rare in the
British Isles but is commonly
found in the Balkans.
A direct maternal line
descendant of Paulina Ann
Dean (born about 1820 on Long
Island) shows matches with
Ashkenazi Jews of Europe.
Some Ashkenazis are geneti-
cally related to the Bassa of the
And the Bassa are believed
02' t "paoftheAbyesiia
due'en 61f eba, whd s:sad to
have had a son by King
Solomon of Israel. Sheba was
the ancient name for Abyssinia,
which is now known as

A nd there are other
interesting if less
pregnant questions:
Do the Bethells share a com-
mon direct paternal ancestor
with the Bethels? Do the Light-
bournes share a common direct
paternal ancestor with the
Lightbourns? (Or are the Light-
bournes of African or European
ancestry?) Where do the
Pyfroms originate? Do the
Bowlegs have Native American
According to Professor
Roberts, the worldwide Geno-
graphic Project may also be
interested in analysing samples
of Lucayan DNA from ancient
remains found here. The Puer-
to Rican DNA Project has
already identified Tafno Indian
genetic markers in participants
from that island.
Some 40,000 Lucayan Indi-
ans were deported from the
Bahamas by the Spanish in the
16th century. It would be inter-
esting to see if there were any
survivors whose descendants
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-A RETIRED consultant in
liquefied natural gas (LNG)
shipping said the industry could
be-good for the Bahamas if it is
properly managed.
*In;an exclusive interview with
The Tribune, Bill Bardelmeier
revealed yesterday that LNG is
not an industry that is entirely
new to the country.
He said the "hugely success-
fum and fast growing global LNG
industry" ,was in fact fathered
by William Woodprince, who
married into the Bahamian
Higgs family.
1:Mr Woodprince was the head
of the Chicago Union Stock-
yards, and after a series of barge
experiments, converted a small
6,000 ton ship into the world's
first cryogenic LNG tanker.
The industry took off shortly
after with the first successful
transport of LNG from the US
to Britain.
Mr Bardelmeier admitted
that LNG poses risks, and that
anyone who tried to dismiss that
fact was risking a "Bohpal atti-
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bide pesticide plant in Bhopal,
Central India, killing 2,000 and
injuring as many as 300,000.
"In my humble opinion, the
best course is not to simply
reject LNG, but to manage the
risks with a high degree of pro-
fessionalism under vigilant secu-
rity at sites of low population
density where it won't conflict
with long term land use plans.
"The risks are quite manage-
able. I believe about 45,000 car-
goes over 45 years have now
moved with 100 per cent safe-
ty," Mr Bardelmeier said.
"There are risks," he said,
"but we can manage the risks.
We must not permit the LNG
matter to become a divisive
issue in the society.
. "Fortunately we have envi-
ronmentally sensitive persons
alert to factors that will pollute
or degrade our land, sea, or air.
"Equally important, we have
persons and organisations that
want to seek new ways in which
technology can improve lives
and enrich the economy," Mr
Bardelmeier said.

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Tribune Staff Reporter
TIM Riley, an American con-
sumer protection attorney and
co-host of the short film the
Risks and Dangers of LNG, has
brought his "David against
Goliath" campaign to the
Mr Riley told The Tribune

O' that
authorities and LNG advo-
cates are using "sleight of hand"
to deal with the Bahamian pub-
Reading from a study initial
prepared for the US Pentagon
by Brittle Power, Mr Riley
described the possible "cata-
strophic" effect of even a small
spill by an LNG tanker.
"About nine per cent of such
a tanker load of LNG will prob-

flow inably, if
along the surface u spilled
plume might extend at least
large tanker spill er, be so
haps up tothat it will
Mr Riley adbeded tr than
h azard models ar herefore
flow in a cloud or plume
along the surface until it reach-
es an igtnd source. Such am
plume might extend at least
three may les downwind from ag
large tanker spill, or even per- 11
haps up to 12 miles.
Mr Riley added that LNG
hazard models are extremely
complex and inherently uncer-
tain because they rely on "cal-
culations and input assumptions
about which fair-minded ana-
lysts may legitimately disagree."
"After the September 11
attacks, one of the first orders


that came out of the White
House was to stop any LNG
tanker coming into the coast.
"Richard Clark the former
national co-ordinator for
National Security, said that they
knew if one of those tankers
had got into Boston harbour, it
could wipe out downtown
Boston," Mr Riley said.
Mr Riley added: "LNG is
predominately made up of
methane, and what these advo-
cates would tell you is that the
methane only has a flammable
range of five to 15 per cent.
"What they fail to mention is
that that flammable or explo-
sive window is larger than that
of unleaded gasoline or jet fuel.
"These are not Tim Riley's
findings. I just quote these from
their sources."


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stint at Atlantis.
Melanie Roach the first
Bahamian woman to gain a
degree in civil engineering -
first joined the Ministry of
Public Works and Utilities in
She left in 2002, saying she
was looking for a "change of
Ms Roach said that while
larger infrastructure develop-
ments, such as resorts and
major roadwork, grab the
headlines in the media, all of
the work that her department
undertakes is important.
"They all deserve the high-
est priority," she said. "There

are so many large and small
developments we must not get
lost in the glamour of the
major developments. We also
'have to realise that we have
schools, roads, and clinics.
"We have a whole myriad
of projects that need our top-
priority attention. We do not
undertake the large projects
to the exclusion of the smaller
ones. There are still potholes
to be fixed, sidewalks to be
built. That is what is so exciting
about being in the Ministry of
Public Works. Everyday is dif-
Ms Roach studied for her
degree in Melbourne, Aus-
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scholarship from the Aus-
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Event on diving

and environment

A NEWevent will focus onprotecting
how protecting the environment Seminar on protecting
can translate into improved cus-
tomer satisfaction for local
marine tourism. B a n i c
This will be one of the themes Bahamasreso r eSU .
of a two-day seminar, "Diving
and sustainable tourism: How
the islands of the Bahamas can
remain competitive in the learn techniques to help make ment and balance, and the
world's tourism market". customers more competent impact of today's tourism.
The seminar is being hosted divers, learn how to make your On Friday, the discussion will
by the Bahamas Diving Associ- diver training course more "eco- turn to global dive destinations
ation and will feature sustain- sensitive," and learn how to and the impact of eco-sensitive
able tourism expert Dr Alex develop specialty courses in marketing on tourism eco-
Brylske. coral reef conservation and low- nomies.
"This entire seminar is very impact diving. The focus of the morning ses-
timely given the pressures on sion will be on marketing desti-
our island chain by develop- Reefs nations as 'eco-friendly' while
ment, and the need for clear maintaining their competitive
protection of The Bahamas nat- status.
ural resources," said an associ- They will also be educated on This session will also deal
ation spokesman, the global dangers to coral reefs with marine parks and the need
The event is scheduled for and what local a organisations to get the Bahamas diving
May 5 and 6 at the British Colo- can do to stem the tide of industry involved in decision
nial Hilton in Nassau and is free destruction, making.
and open to all diving industry The agenda is scheduled as Friday's afternoon session
personnel, and fisheries and follows, starting at 9am each will deal with best practice
tourism officials. day: and case studies of success-
Participants will learn about The Thursday May 5 session ful attempts to balance ecolog-
resource management issues will feature an overview of the ical concerns and develop-
facing the diving community, coral reef system, its develop- ment.

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attitude towards individuals
with autism.
The PM's wife said that
there needed to be more
acceptance of the condition,
as it was something that
could affect any family.
"This change in attitude
should be reflected in the way
we nature and care for those
who through no faults of their
own are affected by autism,
but have a right to the fullest
of life that they could enjoy,"
Mrs Christie said.
"The second change is that
society has to recognise that
persons with autism require
special and individualise
Mrs Christie was address-
ing the fourth annual autism
awareness special assembly
under the theme, "Make a
Change," at Garvin Tynes
Primary School on
Carmichael Road.
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son, is a student at the school.

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AES and BEST meet to discuss the project review process
With participation from BEST staff, AES commences field
surveys, including geophysical, geotechnical, hydrographic,
biological and archaeological surveys.
AES submits Draft EIA scope outline to BEST.
BEST staff submits comments on EIA draft scoping document to
AES responds to BEST comments on draft EIA scope.

AES submits EIA draft sections to BEST staff for review and
BEST staff provide comments on draft EIA sections to AES
AES submits completed EIA document to BEST staff.
AES makes presentation of EIA to Ministry of Health, the BEST
Commission, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Department of

The BEST Commission engages ICF to support the EIA review
BEST staff reviews EIA, section by section, and submit questions'to
AES responds to BEST staff questions and attend multiple working
group meetings to clarify responses and amendments to the EIA.
Minister of Health and the Environment, Dr. Marcus Bethel holds
national press conference to announce public participation
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Union leaders voice grave concerns

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT Union lead-
:ers for several major entities
operated by the Grand Bahama
Port Authority have expressed
grave concerns over the hiring
practices and termination of
some benefits for workers.
Harold Grey, president of the
Grand Bahama Port Authority
Workers Union, Keith
Knowles, president of the Com-
monwealth Electrical Workers
Union, and Pedro Edwards,
president of Bahamas Industri-
al Engineers Managerial Super-
visory Union, met with the press
Tuesday to express their con-
Together the men represent
1,000 employees of the power
company, container port, ship-
yard, and the harbour and air-
port companies.
The unions are presently in
negotiations for a new industri-
al contract for workers.
The union chiefs say took
grave exception to the way in
which part-time workers have
been hired.
They also oppose a counter-
proposal by the company that

. UK leisure airline First
Choice Airways made its first
service flight to New Provi-
dence yesterday afternoon.
Around 300 passengers were
onboard the carrier's inaugural
service flight from Manchester,
According to Ministry of
Tourism flight director Tyrone
Sawyer, First Choice is a wel-
come addition to the list of car-
riers that service New Provi-
"We want to balance where
our visitors come from and see-
ing that we now have airlift
from Europe this will give us
some strength in the event of

tain insurance, school fee and
other benefits to full-time work-
ers at the Port Authority.
At the shipyard, Mr Grey
said expatriates are being hired
for jobs that can be filled by
Keith Knowles stressed that
employee morale at the power
company has been low since the
death of Port Authority chair-
man Edward St George.
"We noticed that a trend had
developed ever since the pass-
ing of the late Edward St

* UNION leaders Keith Knowles, Pedro Smith and Harold
Grey speak to members of the press.
(Photo: Denise Maycock)

seeks to terminate certain ben-
efits extended to workers near-
ly a decade ago.
Mr Grey claims that workers
at the container port are being
terminated and then rehired as
part-time workers with no ben-
"These part time workers
work four to five hours then
sent home, and they are not
called in for another three to
five days," he said.
According Mr Grey, this has

any economic crisis elsewhere,"
Mr Sawyer told The Tribune.
He said the addition of First
Choice flight services will pro-
vide greater access to the Euro-
pean market, where the
Bahamas is already a strong
"There is obviously a great
demand for airlift to the
Bahamas, seeing that we are
attracting so many carriers,"
said Mr Sawyer, who con-
firmed that all 13 of First
:Choice's scheduled round trip
flights to Nassau this summer
were already sold out.
Mr Sawyer noted that Vir-

been the practice for the past
five years at the container port,
which is partly owned by the
Hutchison Group of Hong
"They are now trying to force
the same conditions at the har-
bour and airport and are now
transferring workers from the
container port to those facili-
ties. And this is of great con-
cern to us in the union," he said.
Mr Grey said company offi-
cials are also seeking to cut cer-

gin Atlantic was also scheduled
to begin service between
Europe and the Bahamas in
First Choice Airways is a
division of First Choice Holi-
days PLC and currently has a
fleet of 32 aircraft servicing
over 60 destinations worldwide.
According to Mike Price
overseas director at First
Choice Holiday and Flights
Limited, the 325 seat 767 jet
which would be used to pro-
vide service between Man-
chester Nassau was completely
reconfigured to accommodate
its first passengers.
"It's a new product on the
ground and a new product in
the air;,"said Mr Price.

"He respected the union and
was more labour-friendly with
workers. And anytime it got to
a point where things escalated
he would step in, but that is not
happening and the issues are
escalating every day," he said.
Mr Edwards said that the
unions, which are affiliates of
the Trade Union Congress
northern branch, are expected
to meet with workers Friday
evening at Workers House.
He said the meeting will serve

to educate and inform workers
about what is happening at the
various companies in question.
Willie Moss, president of the
Grand Bahama Port Authori-
ty, said that Albert Gray, who is
responsible for labour relations,
is working closely with the
unions in the culmination of an
industrial agreement that would
benefit both sides.
"I am confident that the
issues would be satisfactorily
resolved in the interest of both
parties," she said.

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FROM page one

also said that there has been no
need to have someone take
over Mr Christie's responsibili-
ties at this time.
"That decision will be made
by the Cabinet, but we have
not done so because the prime
minister is fully alert. He is
just resting and still with us,
he is just at Princess Margaret
Hospital," she said.

The prime minister, said
Mrs Pratt will still be consult-
ed on certain matters during
his recuperation.
"He will be abreast of what
is going on as it relates to the
government and, of course,
the country but at the same
time we want to give him a
period of time to rest and
recuperate," she said.
The deputy prime minister
pointed out that Mr Christie

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has not had a vacation in four
"I keep saying to him 'you
are not invincible, everyone
must take a break' and I think
he realises now that he must
take a break. He is concerned
about the country and he
loves his people, he wants to
make sure that everything
goes right at the same time we
must know when to take a
"I believe because of this,
this morning he is quite aware
that he is made of flesh and
bone and he will have to
change his habits and he will
have to take some time for
himself and his family."
There are no plans at the
moment, however, for a vaca-
tion for Mr Christie.
The Cabinet met as usual
yesterday morning at 9 am
and dealt with several matters

on the agenda, including sev-
eral items that will be on the
House of Assembly's agenda
Yesterday, all ministers of
government were in the capi-
tal but are expected to travel
in connection with their
respective Cabinet responsi-
bilities during the course of
the week.
"I wish to assure the peo-
ple of the Bahamas that the
collective responsibility of the
Cabinet is still intact and gov-
ernment is functioning as
intended in such instances,"
said Mrs Pratt.
Also on Tuesday govern-
ment signed a heads of agree-
ment for the expansion and
redevelopment of Cape
Eleuthera Resorts.
At 3.30pm today members
of government will be present
at the Radisson Hotel for the

signing of the sale agreement
between Philip Ruffin and
Baha Mar, the Izmirlian
group, for the sale of Mr
Ruffin's Cable Beach proper-
ties the Wyndham Cable
Beach and the Nassau Beach
- to Baha Mar.
Mrs Pratt thanked the
Bahamian people for the kind
outpouring of concern and
prayers offered for the recov-
ery and well being of Mr
This incident, she said, has
made Cabinet realise that they
are not super men and
"At the same time the work
of the country must proceed.
As ministers we are responsi-
ble for the advancement of
this country. What we will do
now is show why the people
have elected us," said the
deputy prime minister.

PM in hospital scare

FROM page one
reported that Mr Christie's blood pressure sud-
denly shot up and he experienced a numbness in
one of his hands. He also had difficulty speak-
"His blood pressure went up potentially quite
high', somewhat out of control, accelerated for
some reason and he experienced some degree of
neurological compromise, meaning he had some
deficits," said Dr Brown, speaking at a press
conference held yesterday afternoon at Princess
Margaret Hospital's administrative building.
These are symptoms normally associated with
the onset of a stroke. However Mr Christie's
team of doctors emphasised that the prime min-
ister did not suffer a stroke, but was hospi-
talised for severe hypertension.
During the afternoon, after Mr Christie's
condition had been stabilised, doctors con-
ducted several tests to investigate the cause of
the severe high blood pressure, including a
Computed Axial Tomography (CAT) Scan and
heart tests. The results of all tests were within
normal parameters.
"His heart is functioning well, muscle strength
is where we would like to see it," Dr Brown
He also said that doctors have eliminated all
factors that could lead to further.risks.

Minister of Health Dr Marcus Bethel said
that the prime minister was also able to get
some much needed sleep during the afternoon
and that the doctors were pleased with his
Sometime today the prime minister is also
expected to undergo a cerebral angiogram, a
procedure which will take a closer look at the
brain to determine if any blood vessels are
Dr Gomez said that the immediate care that
Mr Christie received made the quick recovery
"The prime minister immediately came to us
when he experienced discomfort; this speed in
seeking medical attention is what has allowed us
to offer him a good chance of recovery," Dr
Brown added.
Dr Gomez noted that the prime minister had
no history of high blood pressure before yes-
terday's incident, and that he had just received
a physical check-up two months ago.
"He had a full evaluation, including the full-
scale of blood tests and screening tests, they
all returned normal; he'was in good condition,"
he said.
Dr Marcus Bethel said there is no constitu-
tional requirement for prime minis p0 oji.ave
annual physical check-ups. Howevej;i-~ead ed,
this issue might be reviewed at this- tm-t

FROM page one

some time for himself, and
have downtime in which
people are allowed to reju-
venate themselves.
"This is an eye-opener
for him, his colleagues
and the country," he said.
The cardiologist
explained that key fac-
tors in preventing a
repeat of yesterday's
incident, as well as to
avert future complica-
tions, such as a heart
attack or a stroke, means
that the prime minister
must make some adjust-
ments to his lifestyle. ,
"We will be giving
advice on adjustments he
needs to make, including
dietary and exercise pro-i
grammes, and of conq
at this point we will.edP
him on medication to' 2
make sure there are; o
acute increases in: is>
blood pressure, whkih
can have detrimenital
effects," he said.
Dr Brown explained
that the prime minihiW
had suffered from pnMa-
ry or essential hyperten-2
sion, the most common
form of high blood pres-
More than 90 per cent
of people suffer from pri-
mary hypertension.
The cause for this form
of hypertension is:
unknown, however fac-
tors such as obesity, lack
of exercise and high
intake of alcohol, as well
as hereditary traits, can
contribute to the high
In the case of the
prime minister, Dr
Brown said, the com-
plaint runs in Mr
Christie's family. His
mother also suffered
from hypseaensioB, hl






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The Government of The Bahamas-issues AES an Agreement In
Principle to construct a Liquefied Natural Gas plant on Ocean
Cay in The Bahamas,
AES and BEST meet to discuss the project review process
With participation from BEST staff, AES commences field
surveys, including geophysical, geotechnical, hydrographic,
biological and archaeological surveys.
AES submits Draft EIA scope outline to BEST,
BEST staff submits comments on EIA draft scoping document to
AES responds to BEST comments on draft EIA scope,

AES submits EIA draft sections to BEST staff for review and
BEST staff provide comments on draft EIA sections to AES
AES submits completed EIA document to BEST staff,
AES makes presentation of EIA to Ministry of Health, the BEST
Commission, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Department of
The BEST Commission engages ICF to support the EIA review
BEST staff reviews ElA, section by section, and submit questions to
AES responds to BEST staff questions and attend multiple working
group meetings to clarify responses and amendments to the EIA,
Minister of Health and the Environment, Dr, Marcus Bethel holds
national press conference to announce public participation
process, including EIA comment period and schedule for Town

The Bahamas Gets:
* More than $20 million revenue
to the Public Treasury per year,
* $9 Million License Fee
* High paying technical jobs
* 400 construction jobs -






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* WINNING students Alexia Rolle and Runako Aranha-Minnis of Our Lady's Catholic School
and Alecia McQueen and Denzil Wells of Stephen Dillet Primary School, with Chris Pinder,
director of operations at Creative Edge Advertising; Assistant Superintendent of Police Stephen
Dean, co-ordinator of the Farm Road Project; Renea Beneby of the Department of Social
Services; and members of the Farm Road Project Team

TWO students from Our
Lady's Catholic Primary School
and Stephen Dillet Primary
School were recognised as the
first recipients of the Farm
Road Project Students of the
Month Award.
The students received their
awards during the launch of the
programme at the office of
Prime Minister Perry Christie.
Receiving the honours were
Alecia McQueen and Denzil

Wells of Stephen Dillet Prima-
ry, and Runako Aranha-Min-
nis and Alexia Rolle of Our
Lady's Catholic School.
The winning students are
chosen by their principals and
teachers, with prizes awarded
monthly to the boy and girl
from each school who is judged
the best student.
Teachers look at who has
the most positive attitude,
best behaviour, punctuality and

attendance record; follows
school rules and the dress
code; shows willingness to
help other students and staff;
and is diligent in meeting dead-
lines with projects and assign-
The award is a joint effort by
the Farm Road Urban Renew-
al Project Team and the two
schools, and is sponsored by
Creative Edge Advertising and
Galleria Cinemas.

PLP branch to meet Taking to the stage

THE PLP Carmichael branch meeting will
be held on Tuesday May 17 at 7pm at Gerald
Cash Primary School.
There will be a nomination of officers for
branch executive positions. Registration of
members will also take place at the meeting.
The future development of Carmichael will be
discussed, and the guest presenter will be an
urban planner from the Ministry of Works and
Utilities. Carmichael MP John Carey will be
there, and Andrew Knowles will chair the meet-
ing.. Refreshments will be provided.

A SERIES of play readings will kick off this
Sunday at the Dundas Centre for the Performing
Arts on Mackey Street.
The readings, which begin at 4pm, are for plays
intended for eventual stage and television produc-
This Sunday will focus on poetry dedicated to
fathers. Organisers are looking for actors, back-
stage crew, set designers, directors and poets in
For further information call 325-0005 or fax 325-

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In lSeptember 2002. AES
suabied the EIA for review to
The Bahamas Enviromment,
Science and Technology
Conmaission (BEST).
0 The BEST Commission
completed its review and
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KERZNER International's
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cent rise in operating income to
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Butch Kerzner, Kerzner
International's chief executive,
yesterday described the 2005
first quarter as "the best we've
had earnings wise", adding that
the performance by the compa-
ny's Atlantis and One & Only
Ocean Club resorts had been
"really outstanding and strong".

The first quarter adjusted
earnings per share (EPS) figure
of $1.30, compared to last year's.
$1.26, came in $0.11 above Wall
Street's consensus forecast, Mr
Kerzner said.
Paradise Island's first quar-
ter operating income repre-
sented a marked improvement
upon the 2004 comparative of
$55.45 million, with Atlantis's
net revenues up 5.8 per cent at
$157,4 million. The resort's
operating income increased
from $49.768 million in 2004 to

Company says 2005 first quarter 'best

we've ever had earnings wise', as

Atlantis RevPAR rises 7% and Ocean

Club breaks $1,000 ADR barrier

$56.99 this time around.
Howard Karawan, Kerzner
International's president of des-
tination resorts, said the
RevPAR increase at Atlantis
would have been 8 per cent for
the first quarter if the company
had included 'no show' revenue
in its accounts.
As it was, Atlantis experi-
enced a 7 per cent increase, with
RevPAR growing to $269 as
opposed to $251 the year
before. The resort's average
occupancy levels increased to
87 per cent against the 2004 first
quarter's 84 per cent, while
average daily room rates
(ADRs) rose by 4 per cent to
$310 from $298.
At the One & Only Ocean
Club, Mr Kerzner touted the
fact that the resort had achieved
its first quarterly ADR rate of
more than $1,000, coming in at
$1,023 compared to last year's

$906. The resort's RevPAR
increased by 20.6 per cent dur-
ing the 2005 first quarter, rising
from $739 to $891.

Mr Kerzner attributed the
ADR and RevPar increases to
the addition of three luxury vil-
las, with rates of between $5500-
$6500 per night, at the One &
Only Ocean Club as part of the
Phase III expansion.
Average occupancy at the
One & Only Ocean Club
increased from 82 per cent in
the 2004 first quarter to 87 per
cent this time around.

Mr Karawan, though,
acknowledged that Paradise
Island's performance was aid-
ed by the fact Easter fell in
March and the first quarter th s,
year, as opposed to 2004, when,
it was in may and fell in the se
ond quarter.
Headded that bookings for
March 2005 were up by 130 '
"basis points" or 1.3 per cent
over the prior year.
In the Atlantis casino, Mr
Karawan said "slot trends were
very strong" during the first
quarter, with slot win up by 12
SEE page tWO BUTCH KERZNER, Kerzner International's chief executive

Phase III costs could

increase by up to 10%
Tribune Business Editor
KERZNER International yesterday said the c6st of its Phase
III expansion on Paradise Island could increase to as much as
$715 million, although the Marina Village component is sched-
uled to open this July some two months ahead of schedule.
In a conference call with Wall Street analysts to discuss the
company's first quarter results, Butch Kerzner, Kerzner Inter-
national's chief executive, acknowledged that Phase III costs
could be "slightly ahead" of the $650 million estimate it had pre-
viously given, although the final figure would be "not more
than 10 per cent of that number".
Kerzner International had indicated that the cost increase
SEE page six

* By NEIL HARTNELL i a h "
Tribune Business Editor Ma euphoric' that hotel purchase

feverishly to complete the Baha Mar 6 rm ig
Development Company's purchase of the
three Cable Beach hotels and seal the
strip's $1.2 billion redevelopment, with was "euphoric" that the "almost three- Wyndham Nassau Resort and Crystal
the prospective new owners set to meet year wait" to bring the project to fruition Palace Casino, and Nassau Beach Hotel,
their staff for the first time tomorrow. was in sight. are scheduled to be completed today.
Michael Sansbury, Baha Mar's executive The purchases of the Radisson Cable J3aha Mar is paying $45 million for the
vice-president of operations, yesterday Beach Resort from the Government's
told The Tribune that the Baha Mar team Hotel Corporation and Philip Ruffin's SEE page three

US has 'serious


on copyright

Tribune Business
THE US continues to
have "serious concern" that
the Bahamas has "not yet
enacted or implemented"
amendments to the Copy-
right Act that were passed
by Parliament last year, even
though this nation was
removed from its Priority
Watch List to Watch List.
In its Special 301 report
for this year, which moni-
tors states that allegedly vio-
late copyright and intellec-
tual properties, the US
Trade Representative's
Office gave the Bahamas
some credit for the amend-
ment, which narrows the
scope of the compulsory
licensing regime for the
reception and transmission
of TV programmes and
movies "broadcast free
Acknowledging that this
was a "positive step towards
compliance" with an agree-
ment the Bahamas struck
with Washington through an
exchange of letters on Octo-
ber 26 and November 9,
2000, the US Trade Repre-
SEE page five


signs deal

at Chinese

Trade Fair
Senior Business Reporter
THE president of the
Bahamas-China Friendship
Association, Joe Curry, said one
contract was signed between a
Bahamian business and Chinese
counterpart after an eight-mem-
ber delegation from the Asso-
ciation attended the Chinese
Export Commodities Fair, or
the Canton Fair.
The fair is a trade and invest-
ments opportunity for buyers,
retaIlers and entrepreneurs, and
the Bahamians were able to
forge closer ties by speaking
directly to producers and man-
ufacturers. The Chinese were
also able to negotiate the goods
they wanted to export to the
Calling it a very successful
trip, Mr Curry said that while
there already exists a strong
relationship at the government-
to-government level, the trip
allowed members of the
Bahamas business community
to create closer ties at the peo-
ple-to-people level.
He said: "We want them to
know the Bahamas as a place
of investment opportunity. The
idea was to make initial con-
tract and one member did sign a
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FROM page one

per cent over 2004's comparatives, and slot volume up by 20 per
He explained that the casino was benefiting from a combi-
nation of new slot machines installed last year, which now
accounted for 90 per cent of the floor, and a ticket-in ticket-out
system. Table win was also ahead by 5 per cent, although volume
was lower.
Mr Karawan described Atlantis's operating margins as "very
strong", having increased by "100 basis points" or 1 per cent
over last year to 38.2 per cent. Room margins were up by 0.6 per
cent, while food and beverage margins were ahead by 0.9 per
cent, with Kerzner executives attributing this to pricing improve-
ments and increased operational efficiency.
Mr Karawan said the margin improvements were achieved
despite a 4 per cent salary increase to its employees who were
members of the hotel union, due to the industrial agreement
signed last year.
Mr Karawan said that despite scaling back advertising and
marketing by 36 per cent, the Atlantis call centre had experi-
enced a "marginal" 3 per cent increase in call volumes during the
2005 first quarter.
While call volumes had been down by 11 per cent in January,
Mr Karawan said they had increased by 8 per cent in February
and were up by 15 per cent for March.
Kerzner International incurred $29.5 million in capital expen-
ditures during the 2005 first quarter, which were mainly relat-
ed to Paradise Island.


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KERZNER International
yesterday revealed that net
income for its 2005 first quar-
ter had fallen by 6.9 per cent
to $38 million, compared to
last year's $40.8 million, large-
ly due to the $10.5 million hit
it incurred from plans to enter
the UK casino market.
Butch Kerzner, Kerzner
International's chief executive,
said the company was "very
disappointed" with the final
Gambling Bill that was passed
in the UK, which reduced the
hoped-for number of regional
casinos from around four-
eight to just one.
This has effectively stymied
Kerzner International's plans
for its three proposed UK
regional casinos at London's
Millennium Dome, Glasgow
and Manchester, with the
company taking a $10.5 mil-
lion charge for expenses asso-
ciated with planning and
development of its UK pro-
However, Mr Kerzner said
the company would continue
to be active in the UK, plan-
ning for its Millennium Dome
project and hoping that there
might be an opportunity to
reinstate the higher number
of regional casinos, which is
provided for in the legislation
that was passed.
The fall in net income saw
Kerzner International's dilut-
ed earnings per share (EPS)
fall from $1.28 last year to
$1.01 this time around.
However, adjusted net
income, which excludes the
impact of the $10.5 million or
$0.28 charge, rose to $49 mil-
lion from $40.5 million last
year. Adjusted EPS was $1.30
compared to $1.26.
Elsewhere, Mr Kerzner said
the company hoped to begin
construction of its Atlantis,
The Palm resort in Dubai at
the end of the second quar-
A $700 million bank credit

facility was in place, and
Dubai was estimating that it
could soon see 70 million vis-
itor arrivals per year.
Kerzner International also
expected to sign a "definitive
agreement" later this month
with its two Moroccan gov-
ernment-owned partners for
the $230 million resort and
casino complex in that coun-
try. Construction was expect-
ed to begin early next year,
and last for 24 months.
Mr Kerzner said the com-
pany was "very well qualified"
given its experience in devel-
oping Atlantis on Paradise
Island to be selected as the
company that build an
integrated resort and casino
on Sentosa Island in Singa-

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Lawyers working 'furiously'

to finish Cable Beach deal

FROM page one
Radisson and associated government assets on the Cable Beach
strip, including the 55-acre former Hobby Horse race track, and
about $147.5 million for Mr Ruffin's properties.
On the latter deal, Mr Ruffin's Crystal Cay property is exclud-
ed, and its is still unknown whether the Government has writ-
ten-off at least partially the $15 million his properties owe in
casino taxes, and payments to agencies such as the Bahamas
Electricity Corporation (BEC) and Bahamas Telecommuni-
cations Company (BTC).
Meanwhile, Mr Sansbury told The Tribune that the Baha
Mar tea has scheduled three meetings with its new employees
from all three hotels for tomorrow and Friday. The first one will
be held at 2pm tomorrow, with another one at 11pm for night
shift workers. The final meeting will be at 2pm on Friday.
"It might be the first time they've all been asked to be in the
same room at the same time," Mr Sansbury said.
He added of the Baha Mar team: "We're euphoric. Some peo-
ple have been working for almost three years to get to this
Asked whether they were still on schedule to complete the
hotel transactions by tomorrow's deadline, Mr Sansbury said:
"There is a roomful of very experienced lawyers working furi-
ously here.
"There'll be a few hiccups, but we will be cured of them
before the day is over."
He added that Baha Mar had scheduled the upgrade of the
three Cable Beach hotels to begin almost immediately once the
transactions were closed, with cleaning teams set to arrive on the





Call for fororm of 'ineffective'

Bill on Minimum Wage

- Senior Business
02 PAT BAIN, president of
4he National Congress of
-Trade Unions (NCTU), is
-firging the Government to
'jfimp start labour reform in
'the Bahamas by revisiting
'what he termed as "the inef-
fective Minimum Wage
-'J Mr Bain said it was
"shameful" that there were
thousands of Bahamians
still earning only $7,020 a
year in the Bahamas. He
'elt that all social partners
4ad to re-double their efforts
|tp meet on a regular basis to
.ensure that the workers got
the the attention they

Mr Bain said: "After three
years in office for this new
PLP administration, despite
the cries from labour about
unfair treatment of workers,
unfair dismissals, discrimi-
nation and the like, nothing
has changed.

"The Government has
been most ineffective in
making it better for work-
ers. Our government knows
the problems. Either they
don't have the will to stand
firm on behalf of the peo-
ple, or they simply don't
Mr Bain said the NCTU
does "not wish to rain on the
Government's parade" as it

Common Law and Equity Division
IN THE MATTER of ALLTHAT piece parcel or tract of land
comprising Eleven and Fifty-four hundredths (11.54) acres
more or less originally granted to John Crown Grant
B-219 which said John Cash Grant is stuate on the Southern
edges of the Township of Marsh Harbour on the Island of Great
Abaco one of the islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas
and runs from the Sea on the East Westwards between the
Northern edge of the Nathan Key Grant (Grant K-145) on the
South and a Road Reservation to the North and bounded
westwardly by a Road Reservation sometimes called "Pole
Line Road" or "Nathan Key Drive"
IN THE MATTER of The Quieting Titles Act, 1959
IN THE MATTER of the Petition of Roy Carlisle Newbold,

Th Petfi~6t'of ROY CARLISLE NEWBOLD Sr. of Stede
Bonnett Road in the Township 1 'Marsh Harbour in the IEland
of Great Abaco one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas in respect of:-
ALL THAT piece parcel or part of a tract of land comprising
Eleven and Fifty-four hundredths (11.54) acres originally
granted to John Cash (Grant B-219) which said John Cash
Grant is situate on the Southern edges of the Township of
Marsh Harbour and runs from the Sea on the East Westwards
between the Northern edge of the Nathan Key Grant (Grant
K-145) and a Road Reservation to the North and bounded
Westwardly by a Road Reservation sometimes called "Pole
Line Road" or "Nathan Key Drive" and generally having the
position shape boundaries marks and dimensions as shown for
Grant B-219 on Bahamas Registred Plan 436 ABACO and
which said hereditaments is bounded ON THE WEST by the
said Road Reservation sometimes called "Pole Line Road" or
"Nathan Key Drive and running thereon Four hundred and
Thirty-three and Five hundredths (433.05') feet more or less,
ON THE SOUTH by the aforementioned Nathan Key Grant
(Grant K-145 and running thereon One thousand Sevenhundred
and Forty-four and Three hundredths (1744.03) feet more or
less ON THE NORTH by the aformentioned Road Reservation
to the North and running thereon One Thousand Seven hundred
and Fourteen and sixty-one hundredths (1714.61) feet more or
less AND ON THE EAST by the High Water Mark of the Sea
and running thereon by .straight transect One hundred and Fifty
and Eighy-three hundredths (150.83) feet but following the
configurations of the coast running thereon one hundred and
Seventy and Ninety two hundredths (170.92) feet more or
less and which said piece parcel or part of a tract of land has
the position shape boundaries and dimensions as are shown on
plan filed in the above Action and thereon coloured Pink.
Roy Carlisle Newbold Sr. claims to be the owner in fee simple
in possession of the said land free from encumbrances and has
made application to the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth
or The Bahamas under Section 3 of the Quieting Titles Act,
1959 to have his title to the said land investigated and the
nature and extent thereof determined and declared in a Certificate
of Title to granted by the Court in accordance with the said
Act. A Plan of the said land may be inspected during normal
business hours at the following places:-
1. The Registry of the Supreme Court, Ansbacher Building,
East Street, Nassau, Bahamas.
2. The Office of Administrator, Local Government, Central.
Abaco District, Dove Plaza, Don Mackay Boulevard, Marsh
Harbour, Abaco.
3. The Chambers of the Petitioner's attorneys, Messrs. Maillis
and Maillis, Chambers, Fort Nassau House, Marlborough
Street, Nassau, Bahamas
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that any person having dower
or right of dower or an adverse claim or a claim not recognized
in the Petition shall on or before the 31st day of July A.D. 2005
file in the Supreme Court and serve on the Petitioner or the
undersigned a Statement of his claim in the prescribed form
verified by an Affidavit and other prescribed papers to be filed
therewith. Failure of any person to file and serve a Statement
of his claim within the prescribed time operate as a bar to such
DATED the 26th day of April, A.D. 2005
Fort Nassau House
Marlborough Street
Nassau, Bahamas
Attorneys for the petitioner

celebrates three years in
office, but questioned what
there was to celebrate as a
worker when all their con-
cerns seemingly remained on
the back burner of the Gov-
ernment's agenda.
Calling on the Govern-
ment to stop paying lip ser-
vices to crucial labour-relat-
ed issues, Mr Bain said it
must get busy implementing
new legislation that will
effectively bring reform to
labour laws in the Bahamas.
"The PLP party and their
die-hard supporters may feel
that they have much to cele-
brate after three years in
office, supposedly on the
people's business, but the
labour force really doesn't
have much to dance about.
There are many employers
who continue to take our
present labour laws for a
joke. In fact, many of them
make a mockery of the inef-
fective laws and penalties,
and quite frankly unions are
tired of being handicapped
by such outdated methods.
We need to see some real
and meaningful action from
the government," Mr Bain

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 rot be granted, should send
a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-
eight days from the 27TH day of APRIL, 2005 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

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declared a Dividend for Ordinary
Shares, to all shareholders of
record as at May 13th, 2005 of
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and telecommunication systems to UBS in the Bahamas. Our main
technological environment consists of a W2K Network with about
130 users, Netscreen Firewalls, MS-Exchange, Meridian PBX,
Sybase, MS SQL and Oracle database systems, IBM WebSphere
and Veritas NetBackup.
In this challenging position you will be responsible for:
* Leading the local IT Team (five professionals);
* Ensuring an ongoing high quality of all Information Technology
services provided;
* Budgeting, planning and coordinating all changes to the existing
IT environment;
* Reporting to local and global Management on a regular basis;
* Coordinating with local, regional arid global Providers all
planned changes;
* Participating in local Management and Risk Committees
The successful candidate meets the following requirements:
* Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or Information Technology;
* At least 5 years of work experience in a similar position and
environment (proven track record);
* Expert knowledge of most of the above mentioned technologies;
* Several years of experience in managing a team of IT professionals;
* Strong Project Management, Leadership and Communication
* Banking knowledge desirable.
Interested candidates who meet the above criteria are asked to
apply in writing, enclosing a full resume with cover letter to:
UBS (Bahamas) Ltd,
Human Resources
P.O.Box N-7757
Nassau, Bahamas






'Serous concerns' on

copyright enactment

FROM page one

sentative's Office claimed that
"the amendment and pro-
posed implementing regula-
tions contain certain deficien-
cies that we urge the Bahamas
to address in the near term".
It added that until the
amendment was given
effect, there were going to
be continued problems on
copyright protection for US
cable television pro-
grammes and motion pic-
Without implementation,
the US Trade Representa-
tive's Office said: "The
compulsory licensing plan
contains provisions that
allow Bahamian cable oper-
ators [meaning Cable
Bahamas] to retransmit any
copyrighted television pro-
gramming, including for-
pay programming, whether
or not transmitted from the
Bahamas or outside of the
Bahamas, and whether or
not encrypted.
"Moreover, until existing
regulations are changed,
the remuneration system
for copyright works under
the compulsory licensing
programme remains inade-
quate and arbitrarily
includes even lower, special
rates for hotels and other
commercial enterprises."
However, the US Trade
Representative's Office said
it would "continue to
encourage" US cable oper-
ators and copyright holders
to "seek commercial solu-
tions" that would allow the
legal transmission of cable
programming in this nation.
Under the terms of the

November 2000 agreement,
the Motion Picture Associ-
ation of America (MPAA)
and its members were sup-
posed to enter into good
faith talks with Cable
Bahamas to reach an agree-
ment for providing volun-
tary programme licensing
on commercial terms. Any
deal would allow Cable
Bahamas to provide Eng-
lish-speaking programming
but pay royalty and licence
fees to the copyright hold-
But Allyson Maynard-
Gibson, minister of finan-
cial services and invest-
ments, told The Tribune
earlier this year that the
MPAA had not made any
moves to initiate talks with
Cable Bahamas.
Currently, the "footprint"
from much US satellite
television programming
covers North America and
the Caribbean, allowing
nations in the latter region
to pick up these satellite
However, the programme
distribution and royalty
rights contracts held by net-
works such as HBO often
do not allow them to broad-
cast outside the US. The
MPAA and its members
are reluctant to enter talks
with Cable Bahamas
because changing these dis-
tribution agreements to
allow programmes to be
screened in the Caribbean
will cost more in legal fees
that exceed the revenues
gained, because the
Bahamas is too small a
market to generate a

4,800 sq. ft. at $6,000 per month or
2,400 sq. ft. at $3,000 per month

Summerwinds Plaza, Harrold Road
Phone: 424-3889 364-0753

Gregory C. Neil, M.D.
Board certified
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon
Surgery of the Hand
The regularly scheduled Plastic Surgery Clinic will be held in FREEPORT
on Saturday May 21st, 2005, 9:00am until 11:00am
at Quantum-Physicians Plus
West Atlantic & Poinciana Dr.
12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m.
Sunrise Medical Center
East Sunrise Highway.
Please Call (242) 356-3189 or (242) 322-5766 to schedule
or confirm appointmentss.

Legal Notice



Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (8) of the International
Business Companies Act 2000, notice is hereby given that the
above-named Company has been dissolved and struck off the
Register pursuant to a Certificate of Dissolution issued by the
Registrar General on the 15th day of April, 2005.

Dated the 2nd day of May, A.D., 2005.

G.R. Huff

Bahamian signs deal

FROM page one

The delegation, which trav-
elled from April 15-30, visited
a trade show with 7,300
"We were able to look at
prices, a range of products, and
see what each company offers
and the competitiveness
between companies. Then we
looked at placing orders, ship-
ping, storage and how to deal
with disputes," Mr Curry
Mr Curry, who is also presi-
dent of ITICS (Bahamas),
(International Trade and
Investment Consultancy Ser-
vices), said persons attending
the fair are looking for items
they can price competitively
in the Bahamas.
He said that with the
Freeport container port and
direct routes from Hong Kong
and China to the Bahamas, the
relative ease of shipping elim-
inates third party transactions
because it removes the barriers
to dealing directly with the
manufacturer or producer.
The end result of the increased
opportunities for trade was
that operators can now bring
in goods more cheaply and
provide consumers with more
competitive prices, while at the
same time enjoying greater
According to Mr Curry,
trading with China could mean
that there will be an increasing
levelling off or reduction in
trade and imports with other
He added that with the
potential for importing goods
at substantially lower costs
when compared with goods
currently being landed in the

Bahamas, the Government
will have to look at trade dif-
Increased trade with China
will necessitate membership in
any number of trade regimes
to protect the rights and inter-
ests of Bahamians as they look
to do business with companies
half a world away.
Mr Curry said membership
in international trade organi-
sations, such as the World
Trade Organization (WTO),
the Free Trade Area of the
Americas (FTAA) and the
Caribbean Single Market &
Economy (CSME), will be
essential because the interna-
tional bodies will provide a
forum through which trade dis-
putes can be settled.
Meanwhile, the 1,300
exhibitors offered a wide range
of products, including gift
items, toys, heavy equipment,
agricultural goods, decorating
items, sporting goods, office
equipment, footwear, clothing,
garments, furniture and hand-
bags, said Mr Curry,
He added: "The Canton Fair
represented such a great
opportunity that the Associa-
tion will be inviting persons
who are interested in attending
the fair in October, because
the same fair will be offered
again. Persons who are look-
ing for business opportunities
will want to attend the fair.
What we found from the Fair
is a lot of items we now
import. When we look at
prices from the manufacturer
compared to the landed price,
the disparity in price is tremen-
According to its website, the
Canton Fair is held twice a
year in spring and autumn.
China's largest trade fair, it has


one of the largest business
turnovers and is a comprehen-
sive and multi-functional event
of international importance.
Mr Curry said one advan-
tage that China offers is a low
cost of production. With an
abundance of raw materials
and a large labour force, there
is no country that can produce
the same or similar products
as inexpensively as China.
What happens now is that
most major countries import
from China and then export
the same product to develop-
ing countries, like the
Mr Curry said the delega-
tion spent two weeks in China
at the invitation of the Chi-
nese People's Association for
Friendship with Foreign Coun-
tries (CPAFFC). The Chinese
group enabled the Bahamian
delegation to visit several cities

in China, including Beijing,
Shanghai, Shenzhen and
Guangzhou, where the fair was
Mr Curry said that in each
city, the Bahamas delegation
was able to establish positive
relationships with City Asso-
ciation members and was also
able to engage in discussions
on economic investment
opportunities, travel and cul-
tural exchanges.
The Bahamas-China Friend-
ship Association is hoping to
receive a Chinese cultural
group, and also hoped to take
a Bahamian group to China.
There was also talk of student
exchanges at both the tertiary
and high school level. Thp
Chinese People's Association
for Friendship with Foreign
Countries are also expected to
visit the Bahamas in Novem-

Bahamas Supermarkets Limited, operators of City Markets, Nassau has
openings for the position of Management Trainee.
The successful applicant will have at least 2 years experience in retail
management and 2 years experience in merchandising, buying or marketing.
The applicant will have strong inter-personal skills, is a self-motivator and
has effective supervisory skills. The completion of secondary school with
a minimum of 3 BGCSE and some computer literacy is required. The position
requires the ability to work a flexible schedule including weekends and
Salary and benefits will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Please send a covering letter and resume together with references from past
employers, a picture and police background check to the Human Resources
Manager, P.O. Box N-3738, Nassau, Bahamas.

Only qualified applicants will be contacted.



(No. 45 of 2000)

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137(4)
of the International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of 2000),

The date of commencement of dissolution is 24th day of
February, 2005.

Alexander Ruiz Cubillo,
domiciled at Terraforte Building,
Escazu, San Jose, Costa Rica.




NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an Extraordinary General Meeting of
the Shareholders of CALTEX INTERNATIONAL LIMITED is hereby
called to be held at Chevron Texaco House, Church Street, Hamilton, Bermuda
on the Sixth day of June, 2005 at 11:00 o'clock in the forenoon. The object
and purpose of said meeting is to have laid before the Shareholders of the
company the accounts of the Liquidator, GARY R. PITMAN, showing the
manner in which the winding up of the Company has been conducted, the
property of the company distributed and the debts and obligations of the
company discharged, and also to hear any explanation that may be given by
said Liquidator.
Dated the Second day of May, 2005.




(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Creditors having debts or claims against the above-named
Company are required to send particulars thereof to the undersigned
c/o P.O. Box SS-19084, Nassau, Bahamas on or before the
Twenty-seventh day of May, 2005. In default thereof they will
be excluded from of any distribution made by the Liquidator.
Dated the Second day of May, 2005.


I -

5 Bedroom, 4 bathroom, split level,
partly furnished.
Nassau East Blvd.,
$2,500.00 per month
($2,000.00 down)
Summerwinds Plaza, Harrold Road
Phone: 424-3889 364-0753



The Abaco Club on Winding Bay, a spectacular 520 acre
International Members Golf & Sporting Estate on Abaco,
is seeking a senior-level REAL ESTATE SALES
REPRESENTATIVE. Candidates must have a minimum
of 2 years sales experience with a track record of success.
Real estate license is preferred. Successful candidate
must have exceptional communication skills, both verbal
and written. Must be personable, professional and willing
to commute or relocate to Abaco. The Abaco Club's
estate lots range from $875,00 to over $4 million. A
handsome package is available. Please email cover letter
and resume to or fax to 242-
'367-2930, Attn.: Sales & Marketing.

Legal Notice



Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (8) of the International
Business Companies Act 2000, notice is hereby given that the
above-named Company has been dissolved and struck off the
Register pursuant to a Certificate of Dissolution issued by the
Registrar General on the 15th day of April, 2005.

Dated the 2nd day of May, A.D., 2005.

G.R. Huff

New Office Space for Rent

III I I Li %a I M L



Phase III

costs could


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described the Marina Village
as adding "a whole new dif-
ferent product" to Atlantis,
providing adults with multi-
ple choices in terms of night-
time dining experiences.
He added that the second
phase of expansion at Har-
borside, which involves the
construction of 116 two and
three-bedroom timeshare
units, was "ahead of sched-
ule" and should be open by
the end of July.




Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company is
in dissolution, which commenced on the 20th day of April,
2005. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp. Inc., of P.O.Box N-
7757 Nassau, Bahamas





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

Cheryl Rolle

Elvira Lowe




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





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


Mr Kerzner unveiled a
vision of having "acres and
acres of timeshare" along
Paradise Island's Nassau har-
bourfront, saying that Kerzn-
er International had "seen
really great trends" in the
Harborside business, which
is a 50/50 joint venture with
Some 20 per cent of the
Phase II Harborside units
had already been sold at
higher price points than
Phase I, with the average
selling having risen by 27.6
per cent from $29,000 to
Mr Kerzner said the com-
pany had just "broken
ground on" the high-end
Ocean Club Residences and
Marina, which feature 88
units targeted at the "ultra
high end" of the market. Out
of the 44 units involved in
the first phase, some 40
deposits had already been
Both the Ocean Club Res-
idences and 550-room condo
hotel are set to be, financed
from pre-sales, which will
allow Kerzner International
"to start monetising real
estate value on Paradise
Island", effectively enabling
the company to leverage the
value of its landholdings
without any capital invest-
Pre-selling of the 550 con-

dos, which is a joint venture
with Turnberry Associates,
is set to start next week.
Elsewhere, Howard
Karawan, Kerzner Interna-
tional's president for desti-
nation resorts, revealed that
the company was "in final
negotiations' with low-cost
carrier JetBlue for the air-
line to begin non-stop ser-
vice between Nassau and
Boston from January 2006.
Mr Karawan described the
airline service to Nassau as
"sitting where we want it to
be", with American Eagle's
regional jets having begun
flights from Chicago, "an
important gateway" on April
9. Spirit and Delta were fly-
ing a combined four flights
per day between Fort Laud-
erdale and Nassau, while
American Airlines had
begun service from Dallas in
the first quarter and Virgin
Atlantic was set to begin
flights from the UK in June.
Looking ahead to second
quarter 2005 forecasts, Mr
Karawan said the perfor-
mance of Kerzner Interna-
tional's Paradise Island
resorts Atlantis and the
One & Only Ocean Club -
would be impacted by the
timing of Easter, which last
year fell in the second quar-
ter and not the first.
As a result, the company
would be up against tough



(In Voluntary Liquidation)

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the 21st day
of April, 2005. The Liquidator is Agrosa Corp. Inc., of P.O.Box
N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas




(In Voluntary Liquidation)

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the 21st
day of April, 2005. The Liquidator is Agrosa Corp. Inc., of
P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas





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


comparatives. In addition,
Mr Karawan said that
Atlantis enjoyed a group
booking of 9,000 room nights
in May 2004 which was not
being repeated this year.
As a result, Kerzner Inter-
national was forecasting rel-
atively flat revenue per avail-
able room RevPAR figures
for Atlantis in the 2005 sec-
ond quarter, with April and
Easter likely to be slightly
down due to the Easter and
group booking issues respec-
However, forecasts for
June had RevPAR ahead by
7 per cent, with combined
leisure and group bookings
for May/June up 11 per cent.
Kerzner International was
also set to add an all-in-one
hotel and
function to its website this

year; along with a facility
that would allow potential
guests to book and plan out
their whole Atlantis itiner-
ary from room and restau-
rant reservations to activi-
"We see this as a great
opportunity to increase rev-
enues and improve distribu-
tion efficiency," Mr Karawan
John Allison, Kerzner
International's chief finan-
cial officer, said the company
was comfortable with the
"bottom end" of analysts'
earnings per share (EPS)
estimates for the 2005 sec-
ond quarter, which were
around the $09 range.
He added that the compa-
ny expected operating
income to be "relatively

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NOTICE is hereby given that ORPHANIE JOSEPH, PINE
GARDEN, 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"% K3 'I
the 4TH day of MAY, 2005 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship,,,.PQio N-; N7A19 ssau B.hamas.

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 4TH day of MAY, 2005 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,



(In Voluntary Liquidation)

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the 21st
day of April, 2005. The Liquidator is Agrosa Corp. Inc., of
P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas




(In Voluntary Liquidation)

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the 21st
day of April, 2005. The Liquidator is Agrosa Corp. Inc., of
P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas

Liquidator ; ,,, e ;,

FROM page one
would result from the finalising
of its Phase III plans, in partic-
ular the budget for its proposed
600-room all-suite hotel. The
current $650 million figure
excludes the costs of the Har-
borside timeshare expansion,
Ocean Club Residences &
Marina, Athol Island golf
course and 500-room condo
Mr Kerzner, meanwhile,





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certificates of indebtedness
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Auditors' Statement to the Directors of
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited ("the Bank")
(Incorporated in the Hong Kong SAR with limited liability)

We have audited the financial statements of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited
for the year ended 31 December 2004, from which the summarised financial information set out above
has been derived, in accordance with Statements of Auditing Standards issued by the Hong Kong Institute
of Certified Public Accountants. In our report dated 28 February 2005 we expressed an unqualified
opinion on those financial statements;
In our opinion, the summarised financial information above is consistent, in all material respects, with the
financial statements from which it was derived.

Te Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited
Office: 1 Queen's Road Central, Hong Kong

Consolidated Profit and Loss Account for the Year Ended 31 December 2004


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investments properties
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The summarised financial information does not constitute the Bank's statutory financial statements for the
year ended 31 December 2004. For a better understanding of the Bank's financial position and the results
of its operations for the year and of the scope of our audit, the summarised financial information should
be read in conjunction with the financial statements from which the summarised financial information
was derived and our audit report thereon.

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set of financial statements can be obtained from The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation
Limited, Suite 306, Centre of Commerce, One Bay Street, P.O. Box N-4917, Nassau, N.P., Bahamas.


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The National Insurance Board invites proposals from eligible
insurance companies and/ or brokers for the coverage of its Life
and Medical Insurance Plan for the employees of the National
Insurance Board.

The new policy will be for a year, commencing on July 1, 2005,
following the selection of the successful tender.

Parties interested in submitting a proposal may collect an
information package from the Director's Office of the National
Insurance Board Headquarters, Baillou Hill Road.

All proposals should be sealed, marked "Proposals for Life
and Medical Insurance" and must be delivered no later than
4:30p.m. on Friday, May 6, 2005, to:

The Director
Headquarters Building
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1.0 -You are hereby invited to submita tender FOR THE ACQUISITION OF
COMPUTERS for the Department of Education by the given specifications.
2.0 Interested Bidders may inspect/collect the bidding documents from the Supplies
Section of the Ministry of Education, Headquarters, Thompson Boulevard.
3.0 Bids must be in English and should be enclosed in a sealed envelope bearing no
identity of the bidder and endorsed with the subject title (Computer Acquisition).
4.0 Bids must be deposited in the tender box provided at the address shown below, on
or before Friday 13th May, 2005 at 4:00 p.m. (local time). Late bids will be rejected
and returned unopened.
5.0 The Ministry reserves the right to reject any or all tenders.
6.0 Bids will be opened at a public ceremony, in the presence of those Bidders or their
Representative who choose to attend, at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, 17th May, 2005 at the
address below.
The Chairman Tender
Ministry of Finance
Cecil Wallace Whitfield
Cable Beach
P.O. Box N-3017
Nassau, The Bahamas
Tele: (242) 327-1530
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,512 MB 333 MHz DDR
PS2 Keyboard
17" CRT Monitor
40 GB 7200 rpm Hard Drive
3.5" 1.44 MB Floppy Drive
Integrated Video Card
-Integrated 10/100/1000 NIC
48x CD-ROM Drive
WLAN Adapter
Integrated Sound Blaster
USB Optical Mouse
Small Mini Tower Case
Windows XP Professional
MS Office 2003 Pro
Symantec Norton Antivirus 2005
(90 day trial)
02 50 HP 5650 Colour Printer 6 feet
USB Cable included

DELIV ERY TIM E: .................. ..................
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It is hereby notified pursuant to Section Seven (7) of the Industries Encouragement Act that
the Minister is about to consider whether the following products should be declared "APPROVED
PRODUCTS" for the purposes of that Act.


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On a mission to improve

junior sailing in Bahamas

Junior sports reporter
WHILE Godfrey Ellis is
looking forward to playing
in the Canadian Football
League (CFL) he will also
be looking forward to
cashing in.
Ellis became the first
Bahamian to be drafted
into the CFL on last
Thursday evening, the
10th pick in the second
round to the Calgary
Late yesterday evening
the CFL disclosed the pay
roles of professional
athletes, having hiked up
their fees handsomely to
attract younger football
For a quarterback in the
league rated at eight-plus -
the highest rating in the
CFL salary starts
between $60,000 and
increases on the
negotiation between the
player and association. A
five-rated quarterback's
pay starts at $30,000.
Ellis who plays the
offensive linesman
position, will receive
anywhere between $20,000
to $25,000.
Stampeders Camp starts
in two weeks with the
pre-season set for June.
Ellis is in training with
his college coaches every
day before reporting to

GEORGE Town, Exuma -
When Harcourt Rolle Jr, and
his team from here sailed Fugi-
tive to top honours in the junior
championship of the Family
Island Regatta here last week-
end, it represented an infusion
of new blood into competitive
sloop racing as the national
junior sailing programme takes
Rolle outsailed Garret
Knowles of Buckley's, Long
Island in Sacrifice and Black
Point's Herby Culmer in Lady
Eunice to take the title for the
first time. His team was Ricardo
Rolle, Adessa Rolle and Rickie
He comes from a family well-
known in sloop building and
racing. His uncle Buzzy Rolle,
was skipper of last year's 'C'
class champ and this year's sec-
ond-place finisher, Bull Reg.
"Our father was a master in
sailing and he brought us up
from when we were children in
boat sailing," said Harcourt, Sr,
manager of the team. "When
he died, we did the same thing
with our childreli.
"Buzzy is an A-1 boat builder
and all of us are always around
him. The youngsters get in-
volved in boat because we are
always into boating and they
see whatever we do and they
do it too.
"These young guys want to
sail every day. Buzzy has a sun-
fish programme every Sunday.
If you don't tell them go to
church, from 9am they will be
out there sailing."
It is all part of the national
junior programme aimed at
involving more Bahamian

youngsters in sailing and sloop
The Optimist class dinghy has
been secured as the teaching
model as the Bahamas Sailing
Association reach out to inner-
city youngsters.
"We started a junior pro-
gramme about 12 years ago
because we realised that the
future was beginning to look
sort of dim," said Clyde Rolle,
vice-commodore of the Nation-
al Family Island Regatta, race
co-ordinator, and chairman of
the National Junior Champi-
"The great sailors of the
Bahamas Rollie Gray, Ed
Moxey, Hezron Moxey,
Clement Fox were getting on
in age and fading out. Right
now all of them are just about
off the scene.
"You have only a few like
Ivan Stuart (Cobra), Emmett
Munro (New Courageous),
Lundy Robinson (Red Stripe)
who are younger and can go on
for a while longer."
Fifteen sloops participated in
the junior championship this
year, engaging youngsters
between the ages of eight and
18. Non-Bahamian juniors are
invited to participate and many
visitors take advantage of that
opportunity to sail.
Stephan Knowles of Man-
grove Bush, Long Island, and
Nioshi and Megan Rolle of
Staniel Cay are well-known
graduates of the programme.
"As far as the infusion of new
blood in sailing is concerned,
we are in excellent condition,"
said Rolle. "I feel very proud
of the junior programme. We

* GEORGE Town's Harcourt Rolle Jr, who won the Family
Island Regatta junior title sailing Fugitive

are really now reaping the ben-
In bringing sailing to young
Bahamians, styles other than
the native sloop are being
More Bahamian are sailing
the Optimist, the Sunfish and
Star Class and participating in
the Olympics, world champi-
onships, international and
regional competition in those

"Learning the skills of sailing
is easier now than when we
were coming up," said Rolle,
pointing to regular competition
in the Exuma Cays and Mon-
tagu Bay in New Providence.
"We are now implementing-
the international sailing rules
so that if our sailors want to go
abroad and sail they would be
able to sail and know the rules."

Veteran international camn-
paigner Jimmy Lowe, a keeni
junior programme supporter,
backs a summer programme for
inner-city youths.
The Bahamas Sailing Asso-
ciation (BSA), he said, is the
governing body of sailing in the
Bahamas, recognised by thai
International Sailing Federatiod
The BSA recently bought 18"
Optimist dinghies which arc
used worldwide for training.
The Nassau Yacht Club has 12,
and the Royal Nassau Sailing
Club has 15.
Some 85 per cent of Olympic
sailors and 65 per cent of medal
winners started out in the Opti-
mist, he aid. It accepts children
from eight to 15 years.
"We are working very closely
with the Ministry of Sports.
Minister Neville Wisdom facili-
tated us in bringing the Opti-
mists in duty free," said Lowe,.*
"With the Optimists that wee
have in the BSA, we are going
after all the kids from the publy
lic schools with an eight-week'
programme in Nassau to start-
in the last week of June.
"This is going to be really,
big," he added. "Eventually:l
would like to see, possibly, the
kids come here to this regatta or
we have an Optimist national
championship in Nassau witf
60 or 70 boats from all over the
Added Rolle, himself a hard.
competitor in the Bahamian
sloops: "Everybody is on board
now assisting the juniors so that
when we come off the scene
sailing would be in good hands.
going on to higher heights."



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SOFTBALL fans will
see some added softball
action this weekend as two
associations initiate inter-
island play at the Churchill
Tener-Knowles National
Stephen 'Garbo' Coak-
ley, president of the New
Providence Softball Asso-
ciation, said that two teams
from Grand Bahama
would compete on Friday
and Saturday against teams
from the NPSA, thus
launching play between
two Bahamas Softball Fed-
eration member associa-
tions. The Grand Bahama
Amateur Softball Associa-
tion and the Abaco Asso-
ciation have been playing
inter-island competition for
several years.
The action opens on Fri-
day evening with the visit-
ing BaTelCo Communica-
tors ladies fast pitch team,
managed by former
national team manager and
coach Godfrey Pinder, tak-
ing on a ladies team from
the NPSA at 7.30pm.
This will be followed by
a men's contest between
the visiting Kanoo Pacers,
managed by Alonzo
'Champy' Pratt, an NPSA
men's team.
Action opens on Satur-
day at 4pm following the
junior league competition
a men's game between the
visiting Kanoo Pacers and
an NPSA team; followed
by a ladies contest between
the BaTelCo Communica-
tors and a NPSA Ladies
team at 5pm, and then
another men's contest at
The NPSA's regular
schedule will pick up fol-
lowing the completion of
the contests with two more
"This is an added feature
for NPSA players and fans,
and we are happy to have
worked this series out with
the administration of the
Grand Bahama Associa-
tion. Inter-island play is

something our fans anad
teams wanted to see and
I'm happy that we are able
to provide them with this
series," said Coakley.
The NPSA president
said that with the Eleuthera
Softball Association now
underway for the first time
in two years, he hopes to
encourage them with inter-
island games between the
two associations.
Mr Coakley said that the
Abaco Softball Associa-
tion, under the presidency
of Gary Smith, would also
joiini the friendly inter-
island playwhen two teams
from New Providence trav-
el in June to play teams in
the Abaco Association.
Abaco in turn will visit
New Providence in August
to continue the three-island
friendly series of games.


Coakley said that teams
from the NPSA could now
look forward to traveling
to not only to Grand
Bahama and Abaco, but
also to Eleuthera, Long
Island, Bimini, Andros and
Exuma as a means of
affording teams that may
not have the chance to be
in the Bahamas Softball
Federation National
Round-Robin Champi-
onships the opportunity to
compete against teams
from other member asso-
ciations. This, he feels, will
help to strengthen the local
associations and foster the
growth of softball in all the
member associations.
GBASA president Dar-
ryl Weir views inter-island
play as the way forward for
"The addition of New
Providence adds a degree
of excitement for the teams
on Grand Bahama as they
now have another level of
competition to experience
as a part of their regular
season," said Weir.





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AFTER a bronze med
ish for the Bahamas i
4x400m at the recentI
Relays, Avard Moncur is
mistic heading into the re
der of the track season.,
The team of Chris B
Alexis Roberts, Tim Mui
and Moncur ran a til
3:03.11 seconds for the Ib
with the Jamaican squad
turing the gold medal in
off 3:02.63 seconds.
That was the first tim
team had competed i|topg
and Moncur is suire th.
team's time will drop :dr:
cally with a little more ~
Moncur ruled the super
formance as a spring boar
the entire team is willing t
off, despite not having all
bers present.
He said: "We had a fan
showing at the relays. I
race to basically get the
webs out and get afeel of
siveness between the guy
haven't competed with
other for a while, especial
I haven't competed at a
year with them so the r
were a great showing
motivational boaster.
"I believe we have a p
strong team and the:tim
great so, we can only hop

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ter. to remain healthy and those Tr
who aren't we are praying for a we
al fin- speedy recovery." wit
n the The original members of the
Penn team, Moncur, Brown, and fo:
iopti- Munnings will be joined by sh<
'main- Nathaniel McKinney, Dennis US
: Darling and Andrea Williams ha
brown, later in the year. Us
nnings Darling is recovering at home of
nmeof from a minor injury and is lot
!ronze expected to return to the track sur
d cap- next month. h'
a time the
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at the competed at the Penn Relays, si
amti but for their colleges. McKin- th
mpe : ".ney's St Augustine's College the
b per- (Falcbns), ran to a seventh place th
d, one finishing in a time of 3:08.99 sec- i
o leap onds. Williams, who attends gel
memi- Texas Tech captured the silver tog
: medal in a time of 3:03.43 sec-
tastic .onds.
t was. Their splits were 44.40 sec-
P cob- onds for Williams and 47.10
cohei- seconds for McKinney.
S. We' ",We are really excited about
each .the whole experience, knowing
lyIme, that we have other members to
11 last add to the squad," added Mon-
relays cur. ho
and a "I am expecting some very ha
fast times when we all get un
pretty together.
e was "You have Andrea who ran his
ie and an awesome leg for Texas Tech in

so it
be fea-
w looking for-
ward to running
with the guys at
the CAC games,
peful by that time we can
ve at least two more races
der our belts."
Moncur will be opening up
season this coming Saturday
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Junior Sports Reporter
THE postponement of the Nightmare Box-
ing show has Jermaine 'Chu-Chu' Mackey
anxious to step into the ring with title holder
Marvin 'Marvellous' Smith on May 20th.
However, Smith warned Mackey that his
eagerness will not pay off;
The clash between the two boxers, which
was the main card event, was originally set for
April 29th, in George Town, Exuma but
as the date approached other boxers fighting
on the card pulled out forcing the First Class
Promotion boxing club to host the title fight
in. the capital. .. .
"The postponement in the fight is a great
opportunity for Marvin to train and get
focussed, strengthen up a little more. I hope
that he is in the gym working very hard,"
said Mackey, "I hope he is ready because I

"I was very disappointed when I heard the
news about the fight being cancelled because
he was bragging about how he was going to
beat me down in front of the Exuma crowd.
"He was under the impression that he was
the only person who had family members in
Exuma, but I have family there to. Beating
him down in front of them would have been
great, stripping him from his title.
"This is a title I've been longing for and
going after for a lo'g time. In all actuality, this
is why I continued on in boxing. I want that
title afind I 'arii g wget i iti' -i'trainiig
very hard, runnifig the sands, working out in
the gym on a regular basis. I am hungry for
this fight and if he don't come ready he is
going to get knocked .out."
Mackey is predicting a three round knock-
out, although the fight is Scheduled for 12

rounds. At the first meeting with Smith,
Mackey predicted that he would take him
out in ten, but he said the training he's under-
gone has not only boosted his confidence but
reassures him about the feat.
He added: "I told him that I was going to
take him out in round ten, but right now I am
feeling it. I feel very good, he may be able to
only hear the second round bell ring saying
the round officially starts, but that's all. He
won't last more than three rounds with me I
am telling the Bahamian public that he won't.
"If the Bahamian public want to see histo-
ry in the making in boxing., then I invite you
all out to see a man who's been in the sport
for more than ten years get knocked out from
someone he calls a rookie."
Smith, the Bahamian super middleweight
title holder for more than five years told The
Tribune that his experience will pull him
through the fight and boasting on Mackey's
part won't count.
He said: "I don't want to be the one run-
ning to the newspapers and bragging about
what I am going to do. I will let my fist do the
talking in this case.
"Jermaine,! he could do what he wants to
do, but when it comes to the fight in the ring
I am going to be the last man standing.
"I was a little disappointed when they can-
celled the fight, the Exuma fans were all excit-
ed, this was my opportunity to showcase to
those who can't afford to come down and
watch me fight what it is all about. When
they cancelled it I was heartbroken, but the
longer they want to put it off for just makes
the beating I'm delivering better."
Both fighters are in the gym training using
the last days to strengthen up before the big
The fight is set for the Wyndham Resort.


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* PICTURED above and below are two untitled pieces by Rev Mervin Thompson. He is believed to have died in the late 1980s, early 1990s.

Rev Mervin Thompson life

as a painter comes to light
t I h

I WHO is Rev Mervin
He was known as a minister
and an "expert" in bush med-
,icine, but more recently his
life as a painter has come to
light as more and more local
-collectors are taking an inter-
'est in his simple, colourful folk
,paintings of city life in Nas-
Thompson's paintings start-
jed to resurface in Nassau a
'few years ago, and last year,
when The Dawn Davies Col-
NIection opened at the Nation-
1al Art Gallery of the
Bahamas, an untitled piece by
Thompson was exposed to
what probably amounted to
'his largest audience to date.
The most information about
IThompson was found in a Tri-
ibune article by Rod Attrill on
Bush Tea. Attrill visited
Thompson's shop on Mead-
ow Street in the mid-1980s,
where he talked to him solely
about bush medicine, but he
told The Arts that he did
remember seeing "a couple of
paintings in the back of the
shop, but paid little attention
to them".
Visits to the Meadow Street
area and interviews with well-
established residents of the

Little known about

minister and bush

medicine 'expert'

community turned up no
information on Thompson,
who is believed to have died in
the late 1980s, early 1990s.
Churches in the area could not
recall his name, nor did local
doctor& at clinics in the area
know of him.
In his column "Man and
Nature", Mr Attrill describes
Thompson as a signwriter,
associate pastor and herbal-
ist. His most popular bush tea
was a decoction of vine roots,
including Strongback, Five
Finger, Love Vine and others,
according to the article. Dur-
ing his plant collecting expe-
ditions with Thompson, Attrill
never met his family or even
knew where he lived. They
always met at this shop on
Meadow Street.
Thomspon's reputation as
an expert in bush medicine
was apparently well known,
but very little is known about
Mervin Thompson the

painter. In the Dawn Davies
Collection catalogue among
the artists' biographies,
Thompson's lacks a date of
birth and the usual details of
background, leaving many to
wonder, who exactly is Mervin
Both Vincent D'Aguliar
and Dawn Davies, the coun-
try's most noted collectors of
Bahamian art, have Thomp-
sons in their collections.
What attracted Dawn
Davies to Thompson's work
was its simple nature. She pur-
chased her first Thompson
through art and antiques deal-
er Jay Koment. She has three
paintings by Rev Mervin
Thompson, one of which bears
the name Mervyn Thompson
Reginald Thompson, and
Davies is interested in pur-
chasing more, if she could find

them. Her last Thompson pur-
chase was at the National
Black Fine Art Show in SoHo,
New York, in February.
"I first heard of (Thomp-

son) when I saw the works
(Koment) had for sale. I liked
their simplicity and the small
scale of the subject matter,"
Mrs Davies told The Arts.

The curator for the Dawn
Davies Collection exhibition,
Dr Petrine Archer-Straw, says
SEE page two





voice in search

of something

On The Hinges
of This Town
Christmas Lights
Poems To Sit On
To Shell Peas
(All published by Verse
Place Press, Nassau,

THE problem with poet-
ry, for an ardent prose-lover
like me, is that it too often
appears contrived. It's hard
to read or write verse, other
than amusing doggerel for
fhe hell of it, without feeling
exceedingly self-concious
about the process.
, In the wrong hands, poetry
is a self-indulgent affectation,
an ego trip for the excessive-
ly self-aware. While clarity
is the aim of all good prose,

in my view, this is by far the
best collection of the
Whatever the reservations,
however, Mr Smith emerges
as a true poet, someone who
enjoys pushing words around
for effect and using them to
plumb the inner reaches of
his own soul.
There is something attrac-
tively crisp about his style,
but failure to track thoughts
to anything resembling a
conclusion often leaves the
reader high and dry. I found
that "So what?" was a recur-
rent response to much of
what he had to say.
There is a lyrical gift at
work here, though it would
be interesting to see it
employed on broader
At the moment, introspec-
tion is the dominant dynam-

confusion and obfuscation
seem to be the realm of the
ardent versifier, who too
pften sees accessibility and
readability as faults to avoid.
Having said all that, poet-
ry in the right hands offers
,depths of illumination that
prose can't. Shakespeare said
more about love in one verse
than Barbara Cartland did
in more than 500 novels. It is
an exact and demanding art,
'and its successful practition-
ers are rare indeed.
What Obediah' Michael
Smith seeks to achieve are
insights through tiny prisms
of life, couplets and stanzas
written on the hoof that cap-
ture the emotions of the
moment. For him, it is a
process of intense self-exam-
ination and, inevitably, the
resultant angst.

In his On The Hinges of
This Town, he bombards the
.reader with a succession of
'short poems which, on their
,own, seem largely inconse-
'quential. It's only when
they're read one after the
,other that the poet's appar-
ent intention is revealed.
Here is a voice in search
*of something: love, content-
Sment, fulfilment, the mean-
ing of life, perhaps. The lines
'are clean, fresh and pure I
-;was going to say "like dew-
: drops", but that would sound
,too much like poetic affec-
tation. See what I mean?
His intention is much less
clear in Christmas Lights.
Try as I may, I could discern theme in these meagre
'lines. Written in three days
over a single festive season,
,the 120-odd poems many
of them two and three-liners
attempt to say something
.profound, but I'm still won-
dering what exactly.
In Poems To Sit On To
'Shell Peas Mr Smith is on
Fsurer ground, though the
emphasis is still on self-
,exploration and his own
,place in the wider world.
,'However, there are some
interesting poems here and,

ic when, in truth, there is
much out there deserving of
poetic examination. I would
like to see him get to work
on issues of the day: crime,
the Haitian problem, life in
Grants Town, materialism,
He certainly has the word-
. power to make powerful
points in unusual ways.......
Good poets need to set us
thinking. Mr Smith, in these
three pleasantly designed
volumes, leaves us with too
little to chew on but his poet-
ic potential. But I'll still await
his next offering with inter-
est. JM

COVER TO COVER: pictured clockwise from top The Hinges of This Town; Poems to Sit on to Shell Peas and
Christmas lights, all by Obediah Michael Smith.

FROM page one

that Thompson offers incredible
details about life in the city, in a
minimal style.
Mr Koment bought his first
Thompson from an ex-pat who
lived on Paradise Island. She had
purchased a number of his paint-
ings, but did not know much about
Thompson, only that she "went
somewhere over the hill" to see
While researching an Amos Fer-
guson painting, Mr Koment came
across some information on
Thompson, but it was about his
bush medicine.
Well-known taxi-driver, the late
Dutch Dean, took scores of ex-
pats to see Ferguson's work at his
home/studio on Exuma Street
(now Amos Ferguson Street), and
it has been said that Dean also
took a few to Thompson's shop on
Meadow Street.
His work has been compared to
other intuitive artists, like Amos
Ferguson and Wellington Bridge-
water, but is not believed to be as
NAGB curator Erica James first
heard of Mervin Thompson in
2003. Although she describes his
imagery as sharing a relationship
with those produced by Ferguson
and Bridgewater, she says that
Thompson's imagery "is not as
strong as those artists and I am
not sure if he was an intuitive".
"I find Rev Thompson's paint-
ings sometimes interesting to look
at," says Ms James. "They appear
to be based on narrative and some-
times have lots of activity, but for-
mally they are very distilled little
modelling, with the narrative com-
municated through shapes of
colour and a reductive or visual
interpretation of space. No one
point perspective there."
Ms James feels strongly that
there are hundreds of other little-
known artists in the Bahamas, like
Thompson, "but they may not
come in the way we expect paint-
ing in hand".
Ms James notes that well-known
Bahamian artist Max Taylor has
asked her to follow up on another
Bahamian artist who is largely
unknown, and points to people like
the late Vasquez Nordeleus, the
man who used to live and work
between Montagu and Village
Road, putting together garbage
and stone in what he called art.
"I got to talk to him a few times
before he died and found that he
was an amazing individual with a
fascinating story. He had a clear
philosophy about his work that
would bring more established
artists to shame but of course he
would not be considered by every-
day people as an artist," says Ms
These little-known artists and
the problem of accessing informa-
tion about them, is an inidication
of the lack of documentation and
preservation of local artists' work.
And it's a problem that needs to
be addressed.
While the National Art Gallery
has made and is making a differ-
ence when it comes to recording
and preserving visual art, to uncov-
er the wealth of art that is in the
Bahamas, Ms James feels that it
will take serious interest, research
and scholarship.
In an effort to begin to do some-
thing about the need, Ms James
would like to mentor at least 12
interns interested in this kind of
art history and have them work
directly with the NAGB for six
weeks through their bachelor's or
master's degrees. But like a lot of
programmes in the arts, there is a
need for funding to get this venture
off the ground.
"To begin to address the prob-
lem we need more art historians
and researchers."

Anyone with information on
Rev Mervin Thompson is asked
to contact Erica Wells at 502-
2360 or

i "What Obediah Michael
Smith seeks to achieve are
insights through tiny
prisms of life, couplets and
stanzas written on the hoof
that capture the emotions
bf the moment."




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* By C. E. Huggins
IT'S said that elephants for-
get nothing. As you look at Sue
Sargent's exhibition held over
the weekend at Atlantis' Apol-
lo Room, and in aid of elephant
research, you begin to under-
stand why.
Working in an unforgiving
medium watercolour Ms Sar-
gent displays a skill and mas-
tery over her medium that lives
solely for the subject.
Whether it is The Bachelor
Herd at The Watering Hole or
Daybreak in The Delta, Ms Sar-
gent's art shows us why this
planet's land-based leviathans
continue to intrigue and cap-
ture our imagination.
In the Bachelor Herd, Ms
Sargent is faithful to the souls of
these creatures.
To look at and into the eyes
of these bachelors is to read a
lifetime of travail; of battles
won, generations created; the
aggravations of relentless
poaching that has seen over
three million of these majestic
animals decimated to just over
300,000 in 70 years, according
to researcher Kate Evans.
Fifty per cent of the proceeds
from the exhibition will go
toward Ms Evans' research in
Botswana's Okavango Delta,
home of the world's largest pop-
ulation of elephants.
As one gazes at and enters
their world, one senses that
these animals are more much
more than mammoths created
to delight children in movies,
as part of a circus act or as cap-
tives in confined quarters.
Daybreak in The Delta and
Big Bull in the Clearing demon-
strate Ms Sargent mastery. With
a palette both, bold and subtle,
the largely self-taught artist pre-
sents her subjects not just as
animals in their natural home
but something of their person-
And this she does with an
informed skill that shows the
massive bull's coiled power
without sacrificing telling details
such as the shadow cast by his
battered ear.
In both of these paintings Ms
Sargent manipulates her medi-
um with the deft touch of some-
one who is well up on her game.
In the Clearing the dominant
hues of yellows and a subdued
green in the foreground provide
a contrast to a background of
dark greens and brooding
browns provide the circumfer-
ence of the clearing in which
stands the majestic bull exud-
ing both confidence and time-
lessness monarch of all he sur-
Daybreak is a symphony of
colours in which every element,
including composition, results
in a formidable work in praise
of daybreak. Ms Sargent shows
her mastery of her palette.
The subject is as much about
the herd of female elephants
and their babies greeting the
day in a tranquil pool as it is
about the magical light that
informs the colours that herald
the day.
That the scene can be so
described is evidence of Ms Sar-
gent's ability to convey the
essential elements of her sub-
Ms Sargent, who describes
herself as someone "committed
to continuing this journey to
helping preserve the natural
way of life for our four-legged,

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