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Volume: 101 No.149 MONDAY, MAY 23, 2005


Concerns on


Bimini project


* By KILAH ROLLE
Tribune Staff Reporter
MORE than 150 people liv-
ing in Bimini are expected to
block the entrance of the Bimi-
ni Bay development today in
an effort to demonstrate to the
developers several concerns the
people of Bimini have about the
project.
More than $25 million has
TIrrdaf een spent on the $75
million Bimini Bay Resort
which originally called for the
construction of a 930-room
hotel, 3,500 condos and 611 sin-
gle-family homes, among other
amenities..
In June last year, the govern-
ment approved the project after
it scaled back by as much as 50
per cent from its original pro-
posal, which was agreed to in
July, 1997, under the Free
National Movement adminis-
tration.
Chief Councilor of the Bimi-
ni District Council, Tasha
Bullard-Rolle, said her organi-
sation, along with about 150
Biminites, will congregate at the
entrance of the Bimini Bay
development project at 8am in
"a peaceful demonstration"
which aims to express to the
developers the concerns of the
community.
According to the Bimini Dis-
trict Council's spokesperson, a
tractor will be placed in front
of the gate of the project in the
morning, blocking all traffic in
and out of the development.
"Who goes in stays in," said
the spokesperson, "and who is
out stays out. We will make
them listen to us. If they won't


let us get to our crown land and
beaches, then we won't let them
out. This is the one time we are
coming together despite our
political beliefs. We are all dis-
appointed and angry about this
project and we will protest until
Jesus comes if necessary."
The morning part of the day-
long demonstration will be
devoted to praise and worship
* with church leaders leading the
ceremony, and thilatter part
of the day is allotted for those
who wish to speak out, includ-
ing former MP George Weech.
There are four main requests
that the demonstration will
focus on.
The first is the implementa-
tion of a public relations and
human resources director from
Bimini. The second is to remove
the large gate to the project
which denies access to the East
Wells wetland area and crown
land.
The third is to stop any and
all negotiations with the gov-
ernment to acquire that crown
land and the last request is to
hire Biminites at a pay scale
that is on par with the Bimini
Sands project, which is in South
Bimini.
A town meeting was held on
Friday, in Alice Town, Bimini,
where questions were raised
about road closures, the ratio
of expatriates to Bahamian
labour and the residents' rights
to crown land which is blocked
by the development.
The council extended invita-
tions to the community's MP, the
Ministry of Works, the Ministry
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$2m of marijuana seized


* By KILAH ROLLE
Tribune Staff Reporter
POLICE seized almost $2
million worth of suspected
marijuana in Coral Harbour
early yesterday morning and
arrested two men in connec-
tion with the discovery.
The two men, a 32-year-old
resident of Coconut Grove and
a 49-year-old resident of Yel-
low Elder Gardens, were spot-
ted driving very slowly in a


Chevy van and attracted the
attention of Drug Enforcement
Unit officers.
Inspector Walter Evans said
the officers, who had been
alerted to the suspicious
behaviour of the two men,
stopped and searched the van
around 3.30am.
Their search led to the dis-
covery of 28 crocus sacks and
three five-gallon containers of.
suspected marijuana with a
total weight of 1,535 pounds


and a street value of
$1,842,000.
Mr Evans said that police,
acting on warrants, conducted
several raids over the week-
end including: La-Pond
Restaurant on Mackey Street,
the Village Hub on Balfour
Avenue and Club Fantasy on
6th Terrace, Centreville.
The raids resulted in the
arrests of 47 people for illegal
SEE page fifteen


Missing woman report 'bogus'


* BY DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT Following
intense investigations, Grand
Bahama Police has concluded
that a missing mother/sister
report filed by Holmes Rock
resident Nicole Pinder was fab-
ricated.
And it turns out that Pinder is
actually the mother of a two-
week old infant, which is now in
the care of Social Services.


According to Chief Supt Basil
Rahming, Eight Mile Rock
Police was able to locate and
question Pinder, 23, who disap-
peared shortly after telling
police the story on May 17.
Ms Pinder had told police
that her sister Rosnell Pinder,
23, of Moore Island,.Abaco,
moved in with her on May 2 or
3 with her baby, Jasmine. She
told police that her sister left
the baby with her on May 10 to
keep a doctor's appointment


and never returned home since.
A missing person's report was
filed with Eight Mile Rock
police on May 17.
During their investigations,
police contacted the officer in
charge at Moore's Island who
conducted extensive inquiries
throughout the community, but
there was no-one who knew of
a Rosnell Russell being a resi-
dent there.
SEE page fifteen


* BY DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter
FREEPORT FNM
leader Tommy Turnquest on
Friday claimed that the gov-
ernment wants to keep
secret certain aspects of the
multi-million dollar Cable
Beach re-development deal
from Bahamians and has
incorporated "confidentiali-
ty clauses" in three agree-
ments for sale to Baha Mar.
Although government has
announced signing the heads
of agreement and the agree-
ments for sale for thousands
of acres of land in Cable
Beach, none of the docu-
ments have been made pub-
lic yet.
At an FNM rally on Fri-
day evening in Freeport, Mr
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* MINISTER of Transport and Aviation Glenys Hanna-Martin
announcing the appointment of Jack Thompson as Road Traffic
Controller. Mr Thompson vowed to operate a zero tolerance
approach on road safety. See page three for the story.
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models, The Loyalist, and
the Victorian Cottage,
which are based on the Cap-
tain John Bartlum House
and the Captain Richard
Tuggy, Roberts House.
Both homes were origi-
nally built in Green Turtle
Cay in the 18th century, dis-
mantled and carried in sec-
tions by boat, to then be
reassembled in Key West in
the mid-1800s.
"We call it a Key West-
style community with
Bahama influence," he
added.
As a Canadian who has
lived in Green Turtle Cay
for the past six years, Mr
Poland said he had some
concerns that the new yacht
club would evoke negative
reactions from the local
community.
However, so far locals
seem to have embraced the
project, he said.
"We've only received pos-
itive comments, and people
have been offering their
suggestions, some of which
we will be incorporating in
the project," Mr Poland
said.
He said he has received
special praise for using
plants indigenous to the
Bahamas.
"We,ve been getting a lot
of help from local landscap-
ing architect Leonard Lowe,
who has been using natural
plants and vegetation," he
said.


Mr Poland said he has
also been working closely
with Minister of Financial
Services and Investments
Allyson Maynard-Gibson,
and Minister of Works and
Utilities Bradley Roberts.

Documents
"We have received all the
necessary documents
together and the Environ-
mental Impact Assessment
report has been completed,
a representative from the
BEST Commission has been
here to oversee the project,
so we expect everything to
be finalised in the next cou-


ple of weeks. We have now
started some of the infra-
structure, and we expect to
start in earnest in August,"
he said.
Mr Poland, who has built
two successful second-home
developments in North Car-
olina, said the Leeward
Yacht Club was supposed to
be a retirement project,
"but has grown to be a bit
more than that."
"People come from Flori-
da to the Carolinas to cool
off in the summer, and
we're hoping to pick some
of those same people up to
come here and warm up in
the winter," he said.


u rJuvi uai s A NEW multi-million dol-
lar development for second-
home owners is expected to
have a "substantial" impact
on the economy of Abaco.
Speaking with The Tri-
bune at the weekend, Cana-
dian developer Doug A
Poland revealed that the
heads of the agreement for
S" $12 million Leeward Yacht
Club is expected to be
signed in the next few
weeks.
The project, to be built on
the northern end of Green
Turtle Cay, Abaco, will
include 18 second-home
sites, a park for -hiking and
jogging trails, a central
meeting place in form of a
giant gazebo, and a marina
P.1.4,15,16. with the capacity for 25-30
. lP4 100ft yachts.
P8,11,13 Impact
'"This project will have a
P1 2,3,4,5 substantial impact on Aba-
co, and calculations show
that offshoot benefits for
the Bahamas will be in
P8 10 excess of $30 million," said
Mr Poland.
He explained that the
12,3,5,6,7 design concept for the
homes is similar to the
architecture used in Green
t ....P8 Turtle Cay in the 18th cen-
tury.
Plans for the yacht club
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PAGE 2, MONDAY, MAY 23, 2005


ABACO is enjoying a busier-than-usual May, indicating that
the island's tourism boom is continuing at full tilt.
"May is not usually one of our busier months," said an
islander yesterday, "but there is hardly a room to be had on the
island."
Abaco has long been one of the Bahamas' success stories, but
indications are that demand for vacations on the island is
greater than ever.
"We're always full at Christmas, and northerners come to
Abaco during January and February," said the source.
"But May is an in-between month before the boaters from
Florida come in for the summer peak period in June, July and
August.
"However, this year May has been fantastic, showing that the
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lew road traffic controller





gives zero tolerance vow


Appointment of


Jack Thompson


announced


by minister

N By TIFFANY GRANT
Tribune Staff Reporter

NEWLY-appointed Road
Traffic Controller Jack
Thompson stressed that he
will continue to take the zero
tolerance approach to road
safety, even if it takes sus-
pending or revoking drivers'
licences.
Minister of Transport and
Aviation Glenys Hanna-Mar-
tin announced the new
appointment at the ministry
yesterday afternoon.
Mr Thompson has held sev-
eral senior positions. He was
former high commissioner
/consul general to Canada,
chief passport officer and
most recently he spearheaded
the hurricane relief effort and
restoration programme in
North Abaco, following hur-
ricanes Frances and Jeanne.
Mr Thompson said this
appointment to the Ministry
of Transport and Aviation
from the diplomatic service
will take a "little" adjustment
and "shifting" of gears, which
he said he is prepared to do.

Suspension
"We are going to take a
zero tolerance approach with
respect to those persons who
play Russian roulette on our
streets. Whether that calls for
the suspension or revoking of
licences, we might have to do
that. We have to do what we
have to do," said Mr Thomp-
son.
Mrs Hanna-Martin said
road fatalities for the year
indicated a disturbing trend.
She said already 24 persons
had lost their lives as a
result of road traffic acci-
dents.
She also indicated that the
road traffic department is
engaged in a number of
important projects.
The first National Road
Safety strategy for the
Bahamas was presented to
her and will soon be pub-
lished.
This strategy came as a
result of recommendations
emanating from a workshop,
held last year, which com-
prised representatives from
the government, the insur-
ance industry, corporate and
civic organisations.
"The task for the road traf-
fic department now is to over-
see the implementation of
this strategy. This will involve
a more comprehensive, visi-
ble, structured and purpose-
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MINISTER of Transport & Aviation Glenys Hanna-Martin held a press conference yesterday to
announce and present the new controller of the Road Traffic Dept., Mr. Jack Thompson.
(Photo: Mario Duncanson/Tribune staff)


Some of the strategies will
include testing drivers for
alcohol use, extensive educa-
tion and greater polabora-
tion from the;| W ov-
ernmental an n-
mental agencies.
A blueprint for a unifiedd
public transportation system
has been completed after
extensive research and will
soon be presented for discus-
sion to a steering committee,
the minister revealed.

Groundwork
She said her ministry, in the
shortest possible time, will
complete the necessary
groundwork for the imple-
mentation of a public trans-
portation system which is
safe', efficient, reliable and
will adequately service the
travelling public throughout
New Providence.
Mrs Hanna-Martin stressed
that steps are being taken to
review the Road Traffic Act
as it relates to the training,
certification and discipline of
public service drivers.
"The department is in the
process of implementing the
computerisation of the Road
Trafffic Department, which
will provide for more effec-
tive accounting of revenue
and reduce significantly
delays associated with the
processing of customers at the


Clarence Bain building," she vice over the past seven years.
said. Mr Rolle has taken up a
The minister thanked the position at the Ministry of
past traffic controller Brensil -WorksS.in the,& epartmnes of.
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THE identity of the driver of the
dump truck involved in Friday's
fatal traffic accident on John F
Kennedy Drive has been released.
Alton Wegner, a Jamaican
national, was driving the truck
which collided with a red Nissan
Sentra. Three people died.
Mr Wegner was not present at


the scene when officers arrived and,
according to police, left to attend to
his injuries and pick up immigration
documents.
Police identified the victims as
Clifton Lewis Grant, 25, Carla
Bethel, 36, and Paulette Davis, 36,
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Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

LEONE. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

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

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

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Bahamian youth need help


ST MARGARET MP Pierre Dupuch is
convinced that many of the juvenile gangs
the breeding ground for today's criminals
are made up of children who, without
parental guidance at home, gravitate to the
streets after school.
Gone are the days of the extended family
when grandma and grandpa were there to
help with the grandchildren. Gone are the
days when whole families lived in adjoining
yards and there was always someone in one of
the yards to keep a watchful eye on the chil-
dren.
Mr Dupuch is convinced that if the com-
munity would become more involved in after-
school programmes for young people, crime
would drop dramatically. The police agree.
As a result they also operate several suc-
cessful youth programmes.
"Children are just looking for role models,"
said Mr Dupuch. "They want guidance, they
want someone to pat them on the head and
tell them what a good job they are doing.
They don't get that today. A child goes home
after school, runs into a problem and there is
no one there to help him. So he takes to the
road."
He recalls the theory of the late Father
Frederic Frey, OSB, the first headmaster of St
Augustine's College. There was no sense,
said Fr. Frederic, in building a school of St
Augustine's standard if its students could not
keep up with their studies because too many
of them returned to homes without electric-
ity. This meant they had to do their home-
work either by candlelight, or lantern light -
often not at all.
He decided that St Augustine's would be
different. It would be the first school from
which a student would never take homework
home. The young boys went to school at 8
o'clock in the morning and returned home at
8 o'clock that night with their homework
having been done in the college's study hall
under the guidance of a priest. As for parents
who could not pick up their sons at that hour,
the youth were bundled into a large bus and
a priest drove them home house-to-house
delivery.
This always impressed Mr Dupuch, who
was himself a St Augustine's student.
Times have changed, the Bahamas is more
prosperous, and most homes now have elec-
tricity. But prosperity has its own drawbacks.
Children return from school to empty homes
with no grandma to fill in for the absent
mother. Many children are from single parent
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well as the desire.- no matter how poor the
family to keep up with the proverbial
"Joneses". Therefore, even in two-:parent
homes, the mother also has to work to help
pay the bills.
Sometime ago, taking a leaf out of Father
Frederic's book, Mr Dupuch turned his con-
stituency office into a place where a small
group of students could do their homework
under supervision. He was impressed by how
these students' grades improved at school.
He has now extended that programme by
working with Uriah McPhee Primary School's
after school programme. Mr Dupuch said
that when he approached the school, which is
in his Kemp Road constituency, he found
that Mrs Dean, the principal, and Mr
Williams whom he describes as a "live
wire" were discussing a similar idea. He,
therefore, decided to use his resources to
sponsor their programme, where more chil-
dren could be helped.
The twice-a-week after school programme
started in January. All 300 children partici-
pating were tested on entry. A graph was
kept of their progress to date. Improvement
in their grades was so impressive that Mr
Dupuch hopes to sponsor similar pro-
grammes in the other schools in his con-
stituency.
What is even more impressive is the dedi-
cation of the Uriah McPhee teachers. About
20 of them volunteered to give up two after-
noons a week without pay as their contri-
bution to the community to tutor the chil-
dren. The programme, with students from
grades three to six, were for those who were
two grades below where they should have
been academically. Emphasis was put on
third and sixth grade students preparing for
their Grade Level Assessment Tests this
month.
In a special programme at the school on
Thursday morning, Mr Dupuch presented
certificates to the teachers in recognition of
the time, skills and resources they con-
tributed in helping their students. And each
student in the programme also received a
certificate for their dedication to improving
their grades.
In addition he presented four laptops -
one to the best student in each of the four
groups.
The joy in the eyes of those children as
they run up to Mr Dupuch whenever they
see him to hug him for his help, makes him
feel that his efforts are more than worth-
while.


Allowing





tourism to





flourish


gling during the US War of
Independence or rum running
during Prohibition? One could
have the latitude to bend the
truth a little!
The US visitors would lap up
being exposed to the stories of
the divorcee Mrs Wallace Simp-
son, the love-cause for the abdi-
cation of the King of England
Edward VIII? How many US
marines are there? The eastern
side of the British Colonial was
Fort Nassau, the location of the
first continental military action
of the US marines imagine
the potential.
No, we hide these obvious
assets which could brighten our
tourism product in an instance
and bring interest to our visi-
tors, teasing them into know-
ing more and more about our
past. If we only could convert
two per cent of the 2.4 million
cruise visitors to returning as a
'stay-over' visitor (staying at a
hotel).
All of the above remain a
National Top Secret, not to be
whispered even to Bahamians
while more and more visitors
complain there is nothing to Mr
Bahamas Tourism Product.
I suspect one of the problems
is that we do not have knowl-
edgeable people in positions to
shake and move people who
will argue strongly sometimes
against the tide, rather than
what we seem to have. "Yes"


EDITOR, The Tribune
THE recent letters by N Rus-
sell and Marshall Forbes on
Tourism certainly brought to
Sthe fore some of the obvious
problems besetting our tourism
product which I suggest is not
difficult to improve and make
more customer friendly but will
anything be done?.
Firstly we are extremely for-
tunate that we have the services
and brain' of Vincent Vander-
pool Wallace a product of
Resorts International.
Acclaimed rightly as an author-
ity on tourism, however, does
Mr Vanderpool Wallace have
the audience and the respect for
his suggestions?
The pathetic approach we
have followed as to how we
improve as simple a product as
Bay Street clearly sustains the
argument that those in the Nas-
sau Development and Promo-
tion Board are short-sighted
even when business is down and
the product heading if not head-
ed south (in other words aes-
thetically and financially down-
ward).
The potential of Bay Street
even without any foreshore
development is enormous -
just consider what can be done
from the heritage ttourism
aspect? Those with some under-
standing of the heritage of Bay
Street and its surrounds need
to be awake that what EDAW
might propose might not be aes-
thetically appropriate for his-
toric Bay Street.
When the cruise boats are in,
why isn't there an enactment of
what used to occur at Vendue
House: the selling of slaves
depicting one of the pillars in
time of The Bahamas? Imagine
the fun and excitement if visi-
tors were asked to be involved
in the Auction. Why aren't
there officers of the Defence
Force dressed in period 1700-
1800 military uniforms of the
region on guard duty in front
of The Senate Building, mus-
kets and all, giving all the cruise
visitors such a positive photo
opportunity to take home and
show off our heritage? Tourists
love having a photo with a
handsome, uniformed military
man.
I would challenge most to
identify where the first jail was
on Bay Street. Where the Exec-
utive Council met? Today how
many of us know anything
about the infamous history that
the gardens of the old Royal
Victoria Hotel could whisper?
Why are there no, storytellers
in the gardens telling the visitor
about the intrigue of gun smug-


' r I *I


people, or conveniently it
becomes a political issue.
Editor, you should send a
journalist to our competition
and come back with a photo-
essay and accounts of what the
competition is offering. Start
with the Bahamas' north Key
West, USA.
As Mr Russell and Forbes
said so well, our Tourism Prod-
uct needs radical improvement
and a scrutiny to upgrade it to
international levels rather than
what we usually do baptise
any new facility within hours of
opening as "Internationally
World Famous". You earn that.
We need to listen carefully to
the warnings of Director Gen-
eral Vincent Vanderpool Wal-
lace as we are extremely fortu-
nate that we have such a person
with such a good brain and fore-
sight.
As The Ministry of Tourism
moves into its new premises in
Bolam House, we need imme-
diately to change that name and
dedicate the building to the
Father of Bahamian Tourism -
The Sir Stafford Sands Tourism
Centre, a fitting memorial for
a great and foresighted man
whose concepts and ideas hold
well even almost 40 years after
his passing, we must take the
challenges that Sir Stafford took
as only with extrovert concepts
will our Tourism product be
interesting and will it bring the
financial return we must
achieve.
MIKE HUDSON
Nassau
May 1 2005


Need for an


investigation?


EDITOR, The Tribune
I RARELY read the annu-
al bank reports,, however the
one of S G Hambros (Trust)
Company interested me
owing to a family relative
being a past employee.
Under the heading "Post-
employment healthcare bene-
fits" and the auditor's com-
ment in quite small print the
following was stated ... "The
Bank cancelled this benefit
for current employees and sig-
nificantly reduced the benefit
offered retirees."
Such a statement has a con-
siderable amount of social and
ethical implications, as no
retiree would or should simply
accept to cancel health insur-
ance cover after retiring and
in the age bracket where
health cover is essential, espe-
cially where obviously by the


auditor's note health insur-
ance was part of a retirement
plan and therefore part of a
retirement package.
If employers are cancelling
as and how they wish such
essential assets of retirees, cer-
tainly the Ministry of Labour
and the Attorney General
must be pro-active to ensure
that the rights of these per-
sons in their golden years are
not being harassed, or worse
still, in any manner or way
threatened simply because the
retiree is now aging and would
shy away from litigation.
Hoping that the Ministry of
Labour and AG's Office will
investigate and ask the appro-
priate questions of this
employer.
J HUTCHINSON
Nassau
April 29 2005


PAGE 4, MONDAY, MAY 23, 2005


THE TRIBUNE













Is Fred Mitchell proposing a



general election over CSME issue?


WHILE Minister Fred
SMitchell continues
on his headlong rush to CSME,
his proxies continue to fight a
vicious but off-target rearguard
actionagainst the mounting list
of Bahamians who dare publicly
disagree.
This week, the minister sought
to justify his position that a ref-
erendum is not required on the
legal grounds that the revised
treaty of Chaguaramas would
not necessitate any amendments
to the Bahamian constitution.
Read the wrong way, this
could sound like precisely the
dangerous kind of thinking that
Dr Gilbert Morris referred to
when he warned that just
because a government can, do
something, dqes not mean that it
should.
But if we are fair to Minister
Mitchell and presume him inno-
cent of demagoguery, then one
can only imagine that in dis-
missing the notion of a referen-
dum (as echoed by the hapless
Mr Rigby), he is in fact advo-
cating the only alternative means
of legitimising a decision with
such huge consequences for the
country: a general election.
Orie wonders if his colleagues
in government are similarly
preparing themselves to go to
the polls on this issue two years
before schedule. Or is that shuf-
fling just the sound of knives
being unsheathed?

JUST'WHO IS GUILTY OF
'MISINFORMATION'?

While putting himself
forth as "educating"
the public, Minister Mitchell is
actually doing the whole CSME


PERSPECTIVES
"s :;:. ii7ii]1 .


N D R EW


debate a huge disservice by seek-
ing to characterise those who
disagree with him as political
opponents.
And while the minister ques-
tions the motivations of the
naysayers, Caricom Ambassador


ALLEN


have in common is that they are
primarily looking at the matter
from the viewpoint of its effects
(or non-effect) on the economy
of The Bahamas. All have, with
slightly different reasoning, con-
cluded that the case. for signing


A Leonard Archer goes after
their tactics taking the remark-
able position that the opponents
of CSME are somehow being
dishonest (though he never sat-
isfactorily explains how).
In fact, of the many who have
weighed in against joining
CSME now, intelligent Bahami-
ans will not have missed the
names of two former Governors
of the Central Bank of The
Bahamas as well as non-political
economist Dr Gilbert Morris
and PLP businessman Franklyn
Wilson.
What all of these individuals


on at this time, and without a
referendum, has simply not been
made by anyone.

t is insulting to all Bahami-
ans for Mr Archer, an edu-
cator and unionist by profession,
to suggest that such views (com-
ing, incidentally, from people
who understand economics a
good deal better than either he
or Mri Mitchell) represent a cam-
paign of "misinformation".
All in all, their reactions seem
suspiciously like an attempt to
stifle a debate that the minister


and ambassador would prefer
did not take place at all. By lash-
ing out so personally, sensitively
and defensively to anyone who
looks and sounds like an oppo-
nent, they demonstrate, what
many Bahamians have long
come to suspect that they them-
selves do not have so firm and
confident grasp of their case.
WHY NOT? IS NOT
GOOD ENOUGH
REASON TO JOIN AN
ECONOMIC UNION

B asically, the whole log-
ic of the no, side in this
debate comes down to one ques-
tion: why sign on to a self-
described "single economy"
under the condition that all of
the measures that would
make that description
meaningful are indefinitely sus-
pended?
Elsewhere in the region, a sim-
ilar question is being asked
already by economists. As if to
confirm the fears of those
Bahamians who say that our
partners in the CSME will soon-
er or later look for an end to our
special (exempted) status,
prominent voices are already
being raised in the region, ques-
tioning how an economic union
can ever live up to its name with-
out going even further than the
provisions of the revised Treaty
of Chaguaramas.
Last week, at the annual
William G. Demas Memorial
Lecture, the pre-eminent
Guyanese economist Dr Clive
Thomas, spoke of his under-
standing of a single economy,
and what Would be required to
achieve it.
Says Professor Thomas: "To
the extent that the issue of polit-


ical union remains off Caricom's
agenda, to that extent, we are
engaged in make-believe and
self-deception."

tating that political union
is an "inescapable" pre-
condition for economic union,
he continues: "A single eco-
nomic space can only be realis-
tically founded on the simulta-
neous mobility of all the pro-
ductive factors of the region,


including labour and the creatior
of a Caribbean public commons
of all resources (land anc
marine) that are not privately
held".
That speech would make pro-
ductive reading not only foi
Minister Mitchell, but for all the
sentamentalist politicians around
the region (most of them
lawyers) who seem not to under-
stand the economic realities ol
what they are getting themselves
into.


GIFT & BRIDAL REGISTRY


~,


CAMPAIGNERS who want to halt Haitian immigration into
Abaco have postponed a planned placard protest outside govern-
ment offices in Marsh Harbour.
The demonstration was to have gone ahead earlier this month,
but indications that government might have a plan to deal with the
problem have led to it being called off.
Campaigner Mrs Yvonne Key said yesterday that she had heard
a land sales plan was in the pipeline, with Haitians being allocated
lots in an attempt to clear slum sites on the island.
"We have decided to give it a few months before we go ahead
with our protest," said Mrs Key, who has been behind a long cam-
paign for action against Haitian shanty settlements.
Meanwhile, Haitian immigrants are funding their own clean-up
operation at The Mud and Pigeon Pea, the slum communities in
Marsh Harbour.
Old cars and other rubbish have been shifted from the sites fol-
lowing growing unrest among locals over health and hygiene fears.
Mrs Key said: "We have heard from local PLP sources that cer-
tain government agencies are drawing up plans to deal with the
Haitian communities.
"This, we are told, will involve selling land for development,
with Haitians being allocated certain lots. In this way, it is felt, we
can avoid the development of completely Haitian communities."
Mrs Key has been campaigning for years to level The Mud and
Pigeon Pea, which accommodate thousands of Haitians in con-
gested, unsanitary and unsightly conditions.
Hundreds of hurriedly constructed shacks fill the sites, most
housing several'people in filthy conditions.
Mr Jeffery Cooper, of Cooper's Town, has also been waging a
lone campaign against Haitian settlements, saying Abaco could be
"creolised" within ten years if nothing is done now.
Mrs Key said: "If nothing happens in a few months, we shall go
ahead with our demonstration plans."


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It is pat of what the Ministry
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Fallon also used weather trig-
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The Bahamas was also show-
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munity, who were invited to film in
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A BLEND of singing
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prolific composers.
At the National Theatre foi
the Performing Arts on Satur-
day, enthusiasts were treated to
a night filled with musical and
literary pieces composed by the
College of the Bahamas' senior
music lecturer, Audrey Dean-
Wright.
Proceeds of the concert, titled
"A gift of Music from Audrey",
under the patronage of COB's
president Dr Rodney Smith and
his wife Christina, will go
towards the new centre for the
performing arts at the college.
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the stage to sing a number of
Mrs Wright's original choral
music pieces. They captured




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the yard and everyone was out-
side underneath the big tree
telling old stories, especially
ghost stories," said Mrs Wright.
Mrs Wright read one of her
poems, Not Just Breast, which
she said was dedicated to the
.women in the audience.
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having to take on many roles
of life, including mother, lover
and provider.
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Lockhart-Edwards, the Boys
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ambassador to Cuba.
In an interview with The Tri-
bune, she said she tries not to
think about leaving. However,
she said that during the avail-
able breaks she will still assist in
any one of her music-oriented
organisations.
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Mrs Wright has been known
to influence all of her students
in a very positive way. Some
said she is like a mother to
them.
Latera Munroe, a music
major, told The Tribune was
devastated that Mrs Wright is
leaving, especially as she is about
to go on teaching practice.
"She has been there for all of
the other,music majors when
they did their teaching practice
and I am doing teaching practice
in January, and she is not going
to be here. "This crushed me,
because I want her to be here
and support me along the way."
Although Mrs Wright is leav-
ing COB, she has high hopes
for the future of the learning
institution, especially the school
of music. In the future she sees
the school developing to a point
where there will be different
sections dedicated to various
disciplines in music.
"I see the music department
in the future developing where
we would not only say the music
department, but the string
department of the music school,
the voice department and the
brass department etc," noted
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shores each year. We want to
put in each of their hands a
Bahamian-made product," said
Donnalee Bowe, manager of
BAIC's handicraft development
department and the marketing
and promotion department.


Ms Bowe also described a
reawakening in the attitude of
Bahamians towards straw and
sisal goods, especially women
products.
"Ten years ago hardly any of
the bags carried by Bahamian
women were made in the
Bahamas," she said. "Today,
almost half of them are Bahami-
an-made.",
Under pioneer straw vendor
Eloise Smith of Farmer's Cay,
Exuma, students ranging in ages
from their 20s to 70s, took to
the curriculum with enthusiasm.
To receive a certificate of pro-
ficiency, the women must pro-
duce two hand bags, a hat, a
portfolio,.a wallet, and must be
able to plait in at least four styles.
"This is a very ihexpensive
way to start a business," said
Ms Bowe. "They did not realize
that it was so easy to' produce
products from palm tops which
are all around us, at such an
inexpensive cost.
"We intend to train more and
more artisans throughout the
Bahamas, not only in the palm
top production, but in other
areas as well. We have looked
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are available and we are target-
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Seniors, especially those in
the urban renewal programmes,
are being attracted as trainers in
summer and after-school pro-
grammes where youngsters
learn the trade.
Plaits can sell for up to $50
per roll; designer straw and sisal
handbags fetch thousands of
dollars, especially in the inter-
national markets.
"Some 15 years ago they told
me the industry was dying," said
Ms Bowe. "I don't think any-
one would say that today.
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impact on our economy because
we won't have to import so
many of the products that we
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Residents' protest at




Bimini development


FROM page one
of Financial Services and Invest-
ment and the Ministry of Immi-
gration and Labour.
"Citizens are expressing feel-
ings of alienation and are now
demanding answers relative to
the Bimini Bay project," said
Ms Bullard-Rolle.
Although none of the min-
istries contacted sent represen-
tatives to the meeting, MP for
West End and Bimini, Mr Obie
Wilchcombe, sent his response
by letter and said he regretted
not being able to attend.
In his response, copied to
ministers of each ministry invit-
ed, Mr Wilchcombe wrote: "Be
advised that a community meet-
ing is being planned to discuss a
plethora of matters relating to


Bimini. Among the issues is the
Bimini Bay Project."
Mr Wilchcombe said the cur-
rent administration had com-
municated to the developers
about several concerns.
The letter added: "The gov-
ernment requested of the devel-
oper to, among other things,
reduce the size of the said pro-
ject. Whilst the developer has
in general complied with gov-
ernment's demands, there
remain several matters that
have caused me great concern.
These matters are being
addressed on a continual basis."
According to Mr Wilch-
combe, the "real villains" are
those who sat idly by and
allowed the invasion and
destruction of the unique envi-
ronmental features of Bimini.


Mr Wilchcombe ended the let-
ter by assuring Bimini District
Council that a "new day dawns
for Bimini, free of all that tar-
nished its beauty and its image."
Pastor Ellis from Alice
Town's local church said he is
supporting the people of Bimi-
ni and he feels the demonstra-
tion is important.
"There has to be some clo-
sure on these issues before it
comes to a boiling point," said
Mr Ellis. "We are very con-
cerned that they are trying to
make this a gated community,
blocking access to crown land
and public beaches. We specu-
late that this land might have
been sold right under our nose."
Another man from Bimini
who is planning to protest told
The Tribune yesterday claimed


Missing sister 'fictional'


FROM page one
Police were unable to locate Pinder
Friday for further questioning in the
matter.
After finally locating and questioning
the woman over the weekend, Mr Rah-
ming said police discovered that Pin-
der fabricated the entire story about a
missing sister, Rosnell Russell, who does
not exist.
He said that it has also been deter-
mined that Ms Pinder herself is the
mother of two-week-old Jasmine.
"The circumstances that led to her
conception has resulted in Ms Pinder
suffering severe emotional trauma," he
said. "It is believed that in her anxious
efforts to mentally divorce herself from
motherhood of the unwanted child, she
fabricated the 'Rosnell Russell' story,"
he added.
Mr Rahming said Pinder is presently
receiving treatment.In light of these
mitigating factors, he said the police
have decided not to bring criminal
charges against her but to referred the
case to the Department of Social Ser-
vices.


A husband and wife of Freeport
were taken into custody after police
seized $250,000 worth of cocaine, a
firearm, ammunition, and $14,000 in
US currency at a house in Coral Reef
Estates on Friday afternoon.
The couple a 34-year-old man and
39- year-old woman was flown into
New Providence, where they will be
arraigned Monday morning before the
Drug Court.
According to reports, the drug bust
occurred around 4.15pm when a team of
officers from Drug Enforcement Unit
executed a search warrant on a house at
Coral Reef Lane.
While searching the premises, offi-
cers discovered 11 rectangular pack-
ages containing suspected cocaine
weighing a total of 25 pounds in a white
water cooler.
They also found a ziplock plastic bag
with 19 live rounds of .357 ammunition
and a home-made firearm.
Police also discovered and seized
$14,000 in US currency, which is sus-
pected of being the proceeds from the
sale of dangerous drugs, along with a
navy blue 2004 Nissan Marano.


there are 200 Mexican workers
on the Bimini Bay Develop-
ment Project, and only five
Biminites.
"Government in Nassau is
not concerned about what's
going on in Bimini," he said,
"from the prime minster down."
The man claimed that the
development was first turned
down by local government in
Bimini, but when developers
took the plans to Nassau,
"friends in Nassau" stamped
their approval on the deal with-
out consulting the local district.
Officials claim the 700-acre
development has been deemed
"economically viable and envi-
ronmentally sustainable," and
expects the first 323 units should
be completed by late this year
or early in 2006.


Drugs seized

FROM page one
gambling, prostitution and solicitation.
In other crime news over the weekend, police
reported an accident yesterday morning on
Bernard Road in which a van collided with a util-
ity pole.
The driver was reported to be in stable condi-
tion, but the 1991 Honda Vigor vehicle he was dri-
ving split in two on impact.
Shortly after midnight yesterday a 23-year
old man was sleeping in his home on Infant View
Road when a shot was fired through his northern
door, hitting his right leg.
Mr Evans said the man was taken to hospital
for treatment. His injuries are not life threatening.
Half an hour after the shooting, an armed
robbery took place in a home off the Charles
Saunders Highway.
Mr Evans reported that a 29-year-old man and
his wife had just arrived home when they were
approached by two masked gunmen.
"The men held them at bay and took a cell-
phone, a bag and wallet among other personal
items," said Mr Evans."In addition they took a
champagne coloured Honda Civic licence number
132613. The culprits made good their escape in
the car and travelled east on to Charles Saun-
ders Highway. No shots were fired."


'Secrecy claim'


FROM page one
Turnquest held up copies of
the four documents, which he
says the government has
refused to provide to Bahami-
ans. In them, he said, land is
practically being "given away".
Expressing concerns over
the Cable Beach deal, he not-
ed that there is a heads of
agreement between Baha Mar
and the government, an
agreement for sale between
Baha Mar and the Hotel Cor-
poration; agreement for sale
between Baha Mar and the
Treasurer; and an agreement
for sale between Baha Mar
and the minister responsible
for Crown Lands.
"We requested them. They
said no. But we now have
them, and we will continue to
share details with the Bahami-
an people," Mr Turnquest
said, waving the documents
to the crowd of supporters
gathered at FNM headquar-
ters at West Atlantic Drive.
Mr Turnquest said the doc-
uments give more concessions
to developers than those given
by the FNM government to
Kerzner International for
Atlantis Resort on Paradise
Island.
He said that in addition to
selling the Radisson Cable
Beach Hotel, they practically
gave away:
* The leased land on which
the Nassau Beach Hotel and
the Wyndham Nassau Resort
and Crystal Palace Casino
stand;
* The existing West Bay
Street roadways and the land-
scaped median;
* The old Hobby Horse Hall
Race Track;
* The site of the Bahamas
Development Bank, the Gam-
ing Board, and Bahamas
Information Services, straight
down to the sea;
* Cable Beach police station;
* The two straw markets on
Cable'Beach;
* The sporting complex;
* Land owned by BEC;
* Land owned by the Water
and Sewerage Corporation;
* The well fields;
The government, he
claimed, had also sold the Sir
Cecil Wallace Whitfield Cen-


tre "named for the great
founder of our great FNM, a
man and a memory we must
never allow them to erase" -
and agreed to give the devel-
opers 400 acres around Lake
Killarney to develop a second
golf course.
"How much public proper-
ty will be handed over? What
about public roadways? What
about wetlands? What about
public inconvenience? What
are we saving and protecting
for our children and future
generations of Bahamians?"
Mr Turnquest asked.
In addition to the land, Mr
Turnquest disclosed that the
casino tax concessions includ-
ed in the Cable Beach deal
gives a reduction of two-thirds
of the casino licence fee.
He also said section 3.1 of
the heads of agreement gives
the developer a "freebie" until
at least 2007, in that "all fees
currently being accrued in
favour of HCB relating to the
Crystal Palace Casino shall
cease upon Baha Mar taking
freehold title to the Crystal
Palace property until the date
of the opening of the new
casino."
No casino fees would be
paid from May 6 until the new
casino is completed, he said.
Another area of concern,
he said, is in, addition to
exemption on custom duties
there is also an exemption of
stamp duty to be paid on land
transactions sold by the
government according to Sec-
tion 16 agreement with the
Treasurer.
"In fact, under the heads of
agreement (Section 4.3) they
are agreeing to amend legis-
lation to provide exemptions
where the law does not now
allow. We seem to be giving
away everything just to con-
clude the deal," Mr Turnquest
said.
Mr Turnquest said the fact
that confidentiality clauses are
contained in the three agree-
ments for sale is an indication
that they want to keep the
agreements secret.
"This is public business and
public land. Why is there a
need for a confidentiality
clause? What are they trying
to hide?"


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0 By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
COLINA Insurance Com-
pany faces "a rough road
ahead" despite Friday's oust-
ing of president James Camp-
bell, a subsequent company
name change and the appar-
ent purge of some employees
loyal to him, The Tribune was
told, as a period of "guerilla
warfare" between those forced
out and the remaining princi-
pals was likely.
Insurance and capital mar-
kets sources who have
watched the unfolding battle
between Mr Campbell and his
former Colina Financial
Group (CFG) colleagues,
Emanuel Alexiou and Antho-
ny. Ferguson, said the latter
duo and the new management
team now faced the task of
restoring policyholder,
employee and shareholder
confidence that has been bat-
tered following the bitter
boardroom dispute.
"I think they have a rough
road ahead of them," one
source said. "They are going
to have to spend the next cou-
ple of years recovering."
"This is a long drawn-out
battle, that's my view," added
another.
Colina Insurance Company
will now be known as Coli-
nalmperial Insurance, in
recognition of the acquisition
of Imperial Life Financial
(Bahamas) earlier this year.
In a press statement issued
over the weekend, Mr Alex-
iou said: ""We are excited
about our new name, leader-
ship and direction. The name


a By YOLANDA
DELEVEAUX
Senior Business
Reporter
A former MP has pointed
out the irony of the Bahamas
signing on to a Caribbean Sin-
gle Market & Economy
(CSME) treaty that first had
to be "gutted" to remove what


could arguably be described
as the essence of the agree-
ment.
Zhivargo Laing, a former
minister in the FNM admin-
istration, was critical of the
government's handling of the
CSME process, questioning
whether signing on to the
SEE page five


Bank plans branches

for Abaco, Eleuthera


M By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
BANK of the Bahamas Inter-
national has told The Tribune
that if all its plans come to
fruition it could expand its
branch network to 16 by the
end of 2006, through the addi-
tion of five locations over the
next 19 months.
Paul McWeeney, the bank's
managing director, said the
bank intended to open its Exu-
ma branch by the end of June,
having been pleased by the
progress made towards its
launch when he visited it during
the recent Regatta.
Mr McWeeney told The Tri-


bune: "We expect it to be open
by the end of June, early July at
the latest. It will be a full-service
branch."
He added that Bank of the
Bahamas International was aim-
ing to open new branches on
Abaco and Eleuthera next year,
and "possibly" Cat Island. The
bank had "been working" on
the latter "for some time",
although Mr McWeeney indi-
cated it was the least certain of
the three ventures.
The Abaco branch will be
located in Marsh Harbour, and
Bank of the Bahamas Interna-
tional was also looking at a new
SEE page two


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MI[ WRAP


* By FIDELITY CAPITAL
MARKETS
IT was a short and quiet week


in the Bahamian market, with
11,501 shares changing hands.
For the week, the market
saw nine out of its 19 listed


stocks trade, of which three
advanced and six remained
unchanged.
The big advancers for the
week were Kerzner Interna-
tional (KZLB) and Cable
Bahamas (CAB), whose share
prices rose by $0.25 and $0.18
respectively to close at $6.11
and $8.50.
The volume leader for the
week with 4,000 shares trading
was CAB, which accounted for
35 per cent of total shares trad-
ed.
Also, advancing last week by
$0.11 to post a new 52-week
high of $8.60 was Common-
wealth Bank (CBL).

* COMPANY NEWS
Colina Holdings Limited
At an EGM held on Friday,
shareholders of CHL passed a
resolution to remove Jimmy
Campbell as a director of the
company. Ravi Jesubatham,
who was also scheduled for
forcible removal as a director,
resigned from his position
before the EGM.
Shareholders at the EGM
were assured by Colina's offi-
cials that a press release would
be issued in short order to
update them of any further
developments within the com-
pany, which may arise from the
removal of Mr Campbell and
Mr Jesubatham from CHL's
board.
In related news, three new
directors were appointed to
CHL's Board of Directors.
They are Macgregor Robert-
son, Zhivargo Laing and Ednol
Farquharson.


Bank of the Bahamas Ltd
For the quarter ending March
31, 2005, BOB posted net
income of $1.4 million, up 16
per cent over the equivalent
period in 2004. Net interest
income declined by $400,000 to
total $3.6 million, while non-
interest expenses rose by
$690,000 to total $3.9 million.
The drop in interest income
can be attributed to the reduc-
tion in the Prime Rate, which
took effect on February 15,
2005. Earnings per share (EPS)
increased by $0.02 to total $0.12.
It should be noted that this
quarter's $0.02 increase in EPS
was due to the $628,000 decline
in loan loss provisions and the
$665,000 increase in non-inter-
est income, and not from Net
Interest Income growth.

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The Local Stock Market

FINDEX 435.63 YTD 1.321%

BISX CLOSING CHANGE VOLUME YTD PRICE
SYMBOL PRICE CHANGE
AML $0.95 $- 0 -13.64%
BAB $1.05 $- 0 9.38%
BBL $0.85 $- 0 0.00%
BOB $6.32 $- 1000 9.91%
BPF $ 8.50 $- 0 6.25%
BSL $12.25 $- 0 -5.77%
BWL $1.50 $- 0 -16.67%
CAB $8.50 $0.18 4000 19.72%
CBL $8.60 $0.11 1340 21.13%
CHL $2.20 $ 2461 0.00%
CIB $8.46 $- 1000 12.95%
DHS $1.79 $- 400 19.33%
FAM $4.02 $ 0 1.52%
FCC $1.27 $ 0 -36.18%
FCL $8.35 $ 0 4.38%
FIN $10.46 $0.15 200 7.84%
ICD $9.60 $ 1100 -2.93%
JSJ $8.22 $ 0 0.00%
KZLB $6.11 $0.25 0 0.83%
PRE $10.00 $*- 0 0.00%

DIVIDEND/AGM NOTES:
JSJ has declared a dividend of $0.14 per share payable
on May 25, 2005, to all common shareholders as at record date
May 19,2005.

BWL will hold its Annual General Meeting on May 24,
2005, at 6pm at The National Tennis Centre, Queen Elizabeth
Sports Centre, Oakes Field, Nassau, Bahamas.

CAB will hold its Annual General Meeting on May 26,
2005, at 6pm at Nassau Beach Hotel, West Bay Street, Cable
Beach, Nassau, Bahamas.



International Markets

FOREX Rates
Weekly % Change
CAD$ 1.2659 0.07
GBP 1.8269 -1.28
EUR 1.2558 -0.52

Commodities
Weekly % Change
Crude Oil $46.80 -3.84
Gold $417.70 -0.71

International Stock Market Indexes
Weekly % Change
DJIA 10,471.91 3.27.
S&P500 1,189.28 3.05
NASDAQ 2,046.42 3.52
Nikkei 11,037.29 -0.11


Bank expansion to 16 branches


FROM page one
branch for Carmichael Road in
New Providence.
Mr McWeeney said the bank
was looking at other areas in
' New Providence that were "not
adequately banked at this point
in time", but declined to identi-
fy them.
The bank's managing director
said the bank's strategy was to
grow with the Bahamian econ-
omy, establishing branches in
Family Island and New Provi-
dence communities that were
becoming bigger as their
economies expanded.
For instance, the banking
needs on Exuma have increased
considerably since the Four Sea-
sons Emerald Bay resort opened,
which sparked other economic
developments on that island and
increased its population.
Mr McWeeney said that
although he could not go into
detail, "we're looking at creative
ways of penetrating Family
Islands that don't have a bank-
ing presence right now. As they
grow, we will grow with them."
Mr McWeeney was speaking
after Bank of the Bahamas
International had unveiled a
16.2 per cent rise in net income


BS Financial Advisors Ltd. i
Pricing Information As Of:

52wk-HI 52wk-Low Symbol Previous Close Today's Close Change Dally Vol. EPS $ D $ PIE Yield
1.20 0.95 Abaco Markets 0.95 0.95 0.00 -0.208 0.000 N1M 0.00%
8.50 8.00 Bahamas Property Fund 8.50 8.50 0.00 1.328 0.320 6.4 3.76%
6.32 5.55 Bank of Bahamas 6.32 6.32 0.00 0.561 0.330 11.3 5.23%
0.85 0.82 Benchmark 0.85 0.85 0.00 0.187 0.000 4.5 0.00%
1.80 1.40 Bahamas Waste 1.50 1.50 0.00 0.122 .0.000 12.3 0.00%
1.05 0.87 Fidelity Bank 1.05 1.05 0.00 .0.007 0.040 14.2 3.81%
8.50 6.76 Cable Bahamas 8.50 8.50 0.00 0.589 0.240 14.4 2.82%
2.20 1.54 Colina Holdings 2.20 2.20 0.00 0.259 0.060 8.5 2.73%
8.60 6.75 Commonwealth Bank 8.49 8.60 0.11 .1,340 0.673 0.410 12.8 4.77%
1.79 0.39 Doctor's Hospital 1.79 1.79 0.00 0.452 0.000 4.0 0.00%
4.02 3.40 Famguard 4.02 4.02 0.00 0.406 0.240 9.9 5.97%
10.46 8.55 Firlco 10.46 10.46 0.00 0.662 0.490 15.8 4.68%
8.46 6.60 FirstCaribbean 8.46 8.46 0.00 1.000 0.591 0.330 14.3 3.90%
8.60 8.31 Focol 8.35 8.35 0.00 0.710 0.500 11.7 5.99%
1.99 1.27 Freeport Concrete 1.27 1.27 0.00 0.082 0.000 15.5 0.00%
10.38 9.50 ICD Utilities 9.60 9.60 0.00 0.818 0.405 11.7 4.20%
8.25 8.10 J. S. Johnson 8.22 8.22 0.00 0.561 0.550 14.7 6.81%
6.69 4:36 Kerzner International BDRs 6.11 6.14 0.03 0.184 0.000 33.2 0.00%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 1.979 0.350 5.1 3.50%
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Weekly Vol. EPS $ Div $ PIE Yield
13.00 12.50 Bahamas Supermarkets 12.25 13.25 11.00 1.488 0.960 9.1 7.25%
10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 10.00 10.35 10.00 0.000 0.800 NM 7.80%
0.60 0.40 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.00 -0.103 0.000 NM 0.00%
43.00 28.00 ABDAB 41.00 43.00 41.00 2.220 0.000 19.4 0.00%
16.00 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 13.00 14.00 13.00 1.105 0.810 14.6 6.93%
0.60 0.35 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.35 -0.103 0.000 N/M 0.00%
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Fund Name NAV YTD% Last 12 Months Div $ Yield %
1.2164 1.1609 Colina Money Market Fund 1.216402"
2.2420 1.9423 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.2420 *"
10.3539 10.0000 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 10.3539*""*.
2.2214 2.0941 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.221401*
1.0931 1.0320 Colina Bond Fund 1.093141 ".

BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00 YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price
S2wk-HI Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fideitj
52wk-Low Lowest closing price In last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for dally volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for dally volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week
Change Change in closing price from day to dl, EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
Dally Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DIV $ Dividends per share paid In the last 12 months NIM Not Meaningful
PIE Closing price divided by the last 12 month earning FINDEX- The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100
AS AT MAR. 31, 2005/1 AS AT FEB. 28, 2005
* AS AT MAR. 24, 2005/* AS AT APR. 30, 2005/ ** AS AT APR. 30, 2005


for the three months to March
31, 2005 of $1.449 million, up
from the year-before compara-
tive of $1.247 million.
Interest income was down,
though, by 5.4 per cent at $6.363
million, largely due to the reduc-
tion in the Bahamian prime rate,
which lowered the interest
payable on loans linked to it.
Instead, the main drivers of
the bank's performance in its
2005, third quarter were a
decline in loan -loss provisions
from $700,000 in 2004 to
$72,019 this year, and a 50.9 per
cent rise in non-interestincome
to $1.183 million from $784,292.
Income from investments also
rose to $687,975 from $421,170,
while earnings per share (EPS)
were up from $0.10 to $0.12.
For the three months to
March 31, 2005, interest
expense remained relatively flat
at $2.76 million, although non-
interest expenses were up by
21.1 per cent at $3.952 million
compared to $3.263 million.


The third quarter perfor-
mance mirrored that of Bank of
the Bahamas International for,
the first nine months of the year,
with interest income down slight-
ly by 0.18 per cent at $19.87 mil-
lion. Interest expense was essen-
tially unchanged, having risen
by just 0.95 per cent, creating a
0.96 per cent decline in net inter-
est income to $11.678 million.
In his report to shareholders,
Mr McWeeney said the 14.97
per cent increase in non-interest
revenue for the nine months to
March 31 was driven by "sub-
stantial gains" in foreign
exchange earnings and new loan
fees. The arrival of new prod-
ucts was set to improve revenues
from this category further.
Mr McWeeney said total non-
interest expenses, which had
risen by 9.44 per cent in the first
nine months, were set to be
above prior levels in "the short
term" as the bank positioned
itself to service new credit and
related growth.


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* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
ABACO Markets said its pri-
ority during 2005 is to increase
like-for-like sales at its
Solomon's SuperCentre retail
format through the introduc-
tion of its own HyTop brand,
improved merchandising and
enhancing the produce, meat
and deli departments in its flag-
ship store.
In its annual report to share-
holders for the year to January
31, 2005, the BISX-listed retail-
er conglomerate said it was cur-
rently introducing the HyTop
label into its Nassau-based
stores, following a successful tri-
al in Freeport and Abaco. The
company believes its own-brand
will generate improved margins
and lower costs for consumers.
Abaco Markets said: "We are
also re-evaluating our mer-
chandise a weakness for our
group to drive average ticket
sales for all departments. We
have begun the first phase of
this by introducing much-need-
ed signage and resetting our
departments for greater visibil-
ity and customer draw.
Capital expenditure this year


is being restricted to under $2
million, excluding repair and
reconstruction work in
Freeport, as the company seeks
to pay down its bank and pref-
erence share debt through oper-
ational cash flow.
Meanwhile, Abaco Markets
said it was converting its
Freeport-based Thompson
Wholesale and the Abaco
Wholesale businesses into cash
and carry models, because the
cost of providing services to
wholesale customers, "and poor
credit experience on receiv-
ables", had made the wholesale
sections of both businesses
unprofitable.
Abaco Markets said: "We
expect the Abaco Wholesale
business to continue to be
unprofitable until we are able
to transition fully to a cash and
carry model.
"In Freeport, Thompson
Wholesale suffered a loss of
wholesale customers after the
storm as a number of business
customers did not re-open.
However, since this portion was
not profitable, the Cash and
Carry store's bottom line has
continued to track positively."
Abaco Markets also plans to


open a second Freeport-based
Domino's Pizza store in the
Grand Bahama Windows Build-
ing next month, and also hopes
to divest the Sawyer's Market
property in Abaco by the end
of the second quarter, having
written down its value by a fur-
ther $0.1 million in the past year.
Improved "labour productiv-
ity and reduced operating costs"
were needed for Cost Right,
which is being repositioned as a
discount warehouse chain based
primarily on cash sales.

Deficit

Focusing on balance sheet
issues, Abaco Markets' Board
of Directors decided on Decem-
ber 10 2004, to wipe out the
company's $25.099 million accu-
mulated deficit by using its con-
tributed capital surplus, with
shareholder equity having
decreased by a further $3.3 mil-
lion in the last fiscal year to
$11.514 million.
Abaco Markets also received
a "waiver" from its bankers,
Royal Bank of Canada, on fail-
ing to meet one of its banking
covenants, the 2.5x minimum


debt service ratio, which was at
1.28x due to the $3.3 million net
loss suffered that year. The oth-
er covenants were all attained.
In addition, the $14.7 million
of bank debt still on the books
as at January 31, 2005, including
a bank overdraft, was below the
$19 million target level set by
the Royal Bank of Canada.
Debt servicing costs were down,
with interest payments dropping
by 26 per cent to $1.8 million.
As a percentage of sales,
interest costs fell to 1.16 per
cent, down from 1.73 per cent.
Abaco Markets said increases
in electricity costs in its past fis-
cal year outweighed energy
usage reductions of up to 8 per
cent at some of its stores, help-
ing to produce a $0.2 million rise
in rent and facility expenses.
The Dunkin' Donuts busi-
ness, which the company hopes
to divest within 60 days follow-
ing a sales agreement complet-
ed last month, suffered a
$704,000 net loss during the
year to January 312005, despite
a rise in sales from $1.402 mil-
lion to $1.564 million.
Dunkin' Donuts liabilities
exceeded its assets by $216,000
at year-end.


London office opened by Bahamian law firm


ANOTHER Bahamian law firm has
opened an office in London, in a bid to
improve the service to overseas clients.
The Halsbury Chambers office is being
headed by Bahamian-born barrister Lisa
Bethl-Davis, who has been practicing in
London for three years.
A Keele University graduate in Law
(LLB Hons) and English with a Masters
Degree in'Corporate and Commercial Law
from the University of London, Mrs Davis
has been called to the English Bar and
The Bahamian Bar.
"Our decision to open the London office


is in response to an increasing demand to
satisfy the needs of clients abroad, many
of whom have shared interests with the
Bahamas," explained Branville McCartney,
founding partner.
"As borders continue to collapse and
globalisation becomes the new reality of
doing business, we want to be positioned to
serve the changing economy with legal and
financial services. By being prepared and
building our firm, we are also able to carry
out our broader goals of fair representa-
tion for the less advantaged, community
outreach and education.


"We are very enthused about the growing
international role for the Bahamas and for
Halsbury Chambers," Mr McCartney
added; "We realise that growth and expan-
sion also means increased responsibility to
an ever more demanding sophisticated and
worldly client base. We are excited and
ready for the challenge and honoured to
have Mrs Davis represent Halsbury Cham-
bers in London."
. The office is located at 116-118, Chancery
Lane, London, WC2A IP.
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firm with a London office.


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PAGE 4B, MONDAY, MAY 23, 2005 THE TRIBUNE


Chief executive says that ethics




is a real high stakes business


a poor ethical choice that caused
disaster for a company.
One decision, Mr Major said,
may impact hundreds or thou-
sands of people, and with the
result of an ethical decision
impacting so many, it is better
to conduct business as ethically
as possible in every situation.
Addressing the Bahamas


Legal Notice


NOTICE

KALAFIA LIMITED
(In Voluntary Liquidation)


Creditors having debts or claims against the above-named Company
are required to send particulars thereof to the undersigned at
Sandringham House, 83 Shirley Street, Nassau, Bahamas, as sole
Liquidator on or before the 31st day of May, 2005. In default
thereof they will be excluded from the benefit of any distribution
made by the Liquidator.

Dated the 19th day of May, 2005

Lynden Maycock
LIQUIDATOR


NOTICE OF SALE

Caves Point Management Limited (hereafter "the
Company") invites offers for the purchase of ALL
THAT Unit Number 7F of "Caves Point Phase IV"
Condominium situate on West Bay Street in the Western
District of the Island of New Providence being a three
(3) bedroom/three (3) bath apartment unit together
with ALL THAT 3.125% share in the common property
of the Condominiums.

The Company makes no representations or warranties
with resped c8th siate.6 ofepair of the building situate
th ere o n .......... ... .. .... .... .. . ..........

The Company will sell under Power of Sale contained
in a Declaration of Condominium dated the 3rd day
of November, A.D., 1999 which is recorded in Volume
77 at pages 299 to 428.

TERMS: Ten percent (10%) of the purchase price at
the time of contract and the balance upon completion
whithin Thirty (30) days of contract.

The sale is subject to a reserve price. The Company
reserves the right to reject any and all offers.

Interested persons may submit written offers., addressed
to the Attorney c/o da 4019 P.O.Box N-3207, Nassau
Bahamas to be received no later than the close of
business on the 13th day of June A.D. 2005.


Institute of Financial Services
Annual Week of Seminars, Mr
Major said business ethics is con-
cerned with the moral discipline
of dignity in trade and com-
merce, and the decency in how
the parties involved conduct
themselves in the transaction.
He told the seminar atten-
dants that the three "Rs" of
business ethics were respect,
responsibility and results.
Respect, Mr Major said, is an


attitude that must be applied to
people, organisational resources
and the environment. It involves
treating others with dignity and
courtesy, using company sup-
plies, equipment, time and mon-
ey efficiently and for business
purposes only. It also involves
the protection and improvement
of the work environment and
abiding by laws, rules and regu-
lations that exist to protect the
Bahamas and way of life.


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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 23rd day of MAY,
2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



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ROYALPALM BLVD #8 CORAL SPRINGS, FL 33065, 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 23rd day ofMAY,
2005 to the; Minister.raspansible for Nationality and Citizenship,
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REGULATED BY THE SECURITIES COMMISSION OF
THE BAHAMAS

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

SABACO INVESTMENTS ADVISORY LIMITED
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Pursuant to the provisions of Sections 137 (4) (a), (b)
and (c) of the International Business Companies Act,
2000 notice is hereby given that:

SABACO INVESTMENTS ADVISORS LIMITED
is in liquidation.

The date of commencement of the liquidation is the
19th day of April A.D. 2005.

The Liquidator is Anthony Appleyard, Cumberland
Street, Nassau, N.P. Bahamas.


Liquidator


Mr Major said individuals
have a responsibility to their
customers, co-workers, the
organisation and themselves to
provide timely, high quality
goods and services. Responsi-
bility also requires individuals
to sometimes work collabora-
tively and carry an appropriate
load, plus meet all performance
expectations and adding value
where possible.
An important factor essential
in retaining results is having an
understanding that the way
results are attained, or the
"means", are every bit as impor-
tant as the ultimate "end".
The phrase, "the end justifies
the means", Mr Major said, is
too often used to explain an
emotional response, or action
that was not well-planned or
carefully thought out.
"Obviously you are expected
to obtain those results for your
organisation. However, you are
expected to get those results
legally and morally by being eth-
ical. If you lose site of this most


important distinction, you jeop-
ardise your job, your business
and your career," Mr Major said.
"By considering respect,
responsibility and results before
taking action, you will avoid the
common rationalisations of,
'everyone else does it', 'they'll
never miss it', 'nobody will care',
'no one will know', 'it's not my
job', for not doing what's right."
Mr Major told the seminar
that a key point to remember
is that in spite of the codes of
ethics, ethics programmes,and
special departments, corpora-
tions did not always make ethi-
cal decisions.
Listing six principles of
actions that will help individuals
take action that is always ethi-
cal, Mr Major said: "Is the
action considered legal, does it
follow rules and procedures, is it
in accordance with the spirit of
the law, can the action be justi-
fied to the conscience, will the
action build trust and does it
line up with what a mentor
might do in a similar situation."


NOTICE

Will anyone having information about a Hector Tinker, born in
or about the Year 1948 in the City of New York, New York, U.SA.
to the late Herman Tinker formerly of the City of New York
aforesaid but since 1964 a resident of Hospital Lane in the City
of Nassau, Bahamas until his death in 1992, please contact the
undersigned at Tel. 322-1490, fax: 322-3364 or P.O.Box N-4206.

James M. Thompson
Attorney-at-Law


LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE
PAPA CADEAU LIMITED

NOTICERIS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:... :
(a), PAPA CADEAU LIMITED is in. voluntary dissolution under the-
provisions of Section 137 (4) of the International Business Companies.
Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on May 19,
2005 when the Articles of Dissolution were submitted to and
registered by the Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Credit Suisse Trust Ltd.,
Rue de Lausanne 17 bis, 1211 Geneva 70.

Dated this 23rd day of May, A.D. 2005.


Credit Suisse Trust Ltd.
Liquidator



Legal Notice


NOTICE

MESIN LIMITED

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:
(a) MESIN LIMITED is in voluntary dissolution under the'provisions
of Section 137 (4) of the International Business Companies Act
2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on May 19,
2005 when the Articles of Dissolution were submitted to and
registered by the Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Credit Suisse Trust Ltd.,
Rue de Lausanne 17 bis, 1211 Geneva 70.

Dated this 23rd day of May, A.D. 2005.

Credit Suisse Trust Ltd.
Liquidator



Legal Notice

NOTICE

KALAFIA LIMITED
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:
(a) KALAFIA LIMITED is in dissolution under the
provisions of the International Business Companies
Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said Company commenced on the
17th May, 2005 when its Articles of Dissolution
were submitted to and registered by the Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said Company is Mr. Lynden
Maycock of Sandringham House, 83 Shirley Street, Nassau,
Bahamas as sole Liquidator.
Dated the 19th day of May, 2005.
H & J Corporate Services Ltd.
Registered Agent
for the above-named Company


* By YOLANDA DELEVEAUX
Senior Tribune Reporter
THE stakes involved in ethical
business behaviour are very high,
said Gershan Major, chief exec-
utive of Mailboxes Etc, adding
that on a weekly and even daily
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TIBN Y M


'Guerilla warfare' likely


FROM page one
Ravi Jesubatham, Colina Finan-
cial Group's chief financial offi-
cer, was also voted off the Coli-
na Holdings Board despite hav-
ing tendered his resignation from
that post on April 11. Mr
Jesubatham had already made
clear his opposition to Mr Camp-
bell's removal, and several
sources have suggested his days
at CFG may be "numbered".
Three new directors were
appointed to Colina Holdings'
Board Zhivargo Laing, the
former FNM MP and minister
of economic development;
Deloitte and Touche partner
MacGregor Robertson, and
Ednol Farquharson. All three
appointments have to be
approved by the regulators.
After the EGM, sources on
Friday said a subsequent Board
of Directors meeting selected
Guy Richard, Imperial Life
Financial's former head, to
replace Mr Campbell as presi-
dent and chief executive.
Two other former Imperial
Life executives who had faced


moves to Colina Financial
Advisors following the compa-
ny's acquisition, Michael Cun-
ningham and Keith Major, were
likely to be brought back to join
Mr Richard.
There was speculation that
the return of the former Imper-
ial Life management team could
also herald a possible rebrand-
ing of Colina Insurance Com-
pany into Imperial Life, sources
suggested to The Tribune.
All this was confirmed in Col-
ina's weekend press release,
which said Mr Cunningham
would be vice-president of
finance and Mr Major senior
vice-president and general man-
ager. Joining them on the Coli-
nalmperial executive team will
be Glen Ritchie as vice-presi-
dent of operations; Dashwell
Flowers as vice-president of
sales; and Linda Jarret, vice-
president of group benefits.
Mr Alexiou said: "Our acqui-
sitions have created synergy
opportunities to utilise the best
practices and best people from
the companies that now form
Colinalmperial.


"New skill sets with broad and
proven experience in our areas
of business are also required in
the day-today management and
leadership of the company, so
that we can focus internally on
those areas that will allow us to
meet increased client expecta-
tions and, in the process,
increase shareholder value."
The key to Colinalmperial
Insurance Company's future
performance could thus be how
well the former Imperial Life
executives can work with Mr
Alexiou and Mr Ferguson.
They will also have to boost
employee confidence, as one
source told The Tribune: "The.
morale is very low. People are
without hope at this point."

Questions

At the EGM, Colina Hold-
ings shareholders did not
receive any answers to their
questions about the reasons
behind the falling out involving
Mr Campbell, which are ulti-
mately understood to boil down


to a dispute over whether he or
Mr Alexiou was really running
the insurance company.
The Colina Financial Group
controls Colinalmperial Insur-
ance Company through a 67 per
cent shareholding in its Colina
Holdings parent. Together, Mr
Alexiou and Mr Ferguson con-
trol a majority stake in Colina
Financial Group, enough to
ensure Mr Campbell's removal.
Sources alleged that a purge
of Colinalmperial Insurance
Company executives loyal to
Mr Campbell had begun almost
immediately after Friday's 9am
EGM and subsequent board of
directors meeting at 10.30am,
with several outside observers
saying that a "swift house clear-
ing" was not a surprise.
Sources said that on the way
out of Colina were Michael
Adderley, director of sales and
marketing; Nadine Bain,per-
sonnel trainer; Ann Smith, head
of human resources; Barbara
Cartwright, corporate secretary
and office manager; and Dario
Lundy-Mortimer, the financial
controller.


Signing CSME treaty is 'questionable'


FROM page one
revised Treaty with all its reservations
would help the Bahamas attain its economic
and developmental goals.
Mr Laing said the government's position
was that to be a member of the CSME,
they had to "gut" the Treaty and remove
certain sections that are the essence of the
document. He added that the benefits being
promised should the Bahamas sign on to the
agreement will come anyway, and do not
require membership in a trade regime for
the country to access them.
Instead of the CSME, Mr Laing suggest-
ed the establishment of a bilateral agree-
ment with CARICOM or becoming an
associate member as an alternative, saying
that there was no compelling argument to
sign on to the CSME during a heated
debate at the Bahamas Institute of Financial
Services annual week of seminars.
Leonard Archer, the Bahamas ambas-
sador to CARICOM and one of the leading
proponents for membership within the
CSME, said that contrary to opinioinsthat
have been voiced, the reservations put for-
ward by the Bahamas as it looks to become


a signatory to the CSME will last as long as
this nation wishes them to.
The CSME regime will address the issues
of trade, investments, tax policy,and geo-
political concerns.
Signing on to the revised Treaty of Cha-
gauramas will have only marginal impact on
current trading routes between the Bahamas
and the US, Mr Archer said, but would like-
ly increase trade between the Bahamas the
other signatories to the CSME. He added
that as a signatory to the revised treaty, the
Bahamas would also become a signatory to
the Caribbean Court of Justice.
Mr Archer said the implications for the
Bahamas regarding its tax policy are based
on the fact that customs or import duties are
a major source of revenue for the govern-
ment. Under the CSME, goods from mem-
ber countries can be imported duty free.
The loss of revenue from goods imported
from the Caribbean is expected to be less
than $10 million per annum.
Mr Archer said;further that signing on to
the treaty would obligate the Bahamas to
accept the common external tariff (CET)
being put forward by the body.
Hillary Deveaux, executive director of


the Securities Commission of the Bahamas,
said the government's unwillingness to pro-
vide sufficient resources for trade officials to
understand the implications of joining the
CSME reflected how serious they were.
He said the Bahamas had to be sure in
which direction it was headed and clearly
understand what the benefits of joining the
CSME were. If these points were not fully
addressed and answers not provided, the
Bahamas should not join, he said.
Mr Deveaux said reservations regarding
the common external tariff would seem to
present the government with a challenge, as
it represents the cornerstone of a single
market.
It would mean a loss of revenues from
imports, and if the Bahamas was able to
maintain the.reservation it could create a
level of frustration for foreign businesses
trying to operate in this jurisdiction.
The question that should be looked at,
Mr Deveaux said, was should the Bahamas
join something that requires these reserva-
tions, would the.-@SME want the Bahamas'
participation.considering the amount of
frustration created as a result of the reser-
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NOTICE

TO: OWNERS OF LAND IN THE NUMBER 1
SUBDIVISION OF LYFORD CAY situate in the Western
District of the Island of New Providence.

Re: Gufo Limited v El Mirador Limited
Supreme Court Action No. 1529 of 2004

TAKE NOTICE that the above-mentioned action has
been commenced by Originating Summons in the Supreme
Court of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas in which
Gufo Limited a company incorporated under the laws of
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas has made application
to the Court for declarations to the following effect:


(1) that the purported rights of way or basements
granted to purchasers of lots in the Number 1
Subdivision of Lyford Cay over the road
reservations (hereinafter referred to as "the said
roadways") in a 44 acre tract owned by the Plaintiff
and lying immediately South of the Lyford Cay
Boundary Fence and North of West Bay Street
which formed part of the original Plan of the
Number 1 Subdivision of Lyford Cay recorded in
the Crown Lands Office as 335 NP are not
enforceable.
(2) that the restrictive covenants pertaining to
setbacks from the said roadways are not
enforceable.

AND THAT pursuant to the Order of the Court made
the 10th day of May, 2005 this advertisement constitutes
service on you of the said Originating SUmmons and any
amendment thereof
AND THAT the hearing of the said Originating Summons
has been adjourned to Friday, July 1st, 2005 at 10:30am
before Hon. Watkins, J.
AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE that you must within
14 days from the publication of this advertisement inclusive
of the day of such publication acknowledge service of the
said Originating Summons on you by completing a
prescribed form of Acknowledgment of- Service which
may be obtained at cost from the Attorneysi.whose name
and address appear below. In default of such
acknowledgement such Order will be- made and
proceedings taken as the Judge may think just.


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MONDAY, MAY 23,


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2005, PAGE 5B


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In observance of

Adult Education

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TOPIC:
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The Physical Plant Department seeks applicants who will be responsible for the aspects of Technical
Services in the Physical Plant and will act at all times to ensure the highest level of professionalism
and performance possible in the execution of duties and will work enthusiastically to meet all goals
set by the College. This individual must be goal oriented, organized and a team player. Specific
responsibilities include but are not limited to:
* Managing all tools, parts, general equipment and supplies designated for the technical maintenance
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* Periodically carrying out inventory checks.
* Maintaining accurate records of the Plant's monthly maintenance costs and assets
recommending cost reductions where possible.
* Developing preventive maintenance programmes for all technical personnel.
* Developing General Maintenance Schedules ensuring that all College equipments are kept
in sound condition and ensuring thai all planned repairs and maintenance are carried out
efficiently and effectively and in a timely manner.
* Enforcing strict safety practices in accordance with the College's safety standards.
* Assisting with the preparation of the annual budget.
* Supervising all technical staff assigned to the portfolio.
A Bachelor's Degree preferably in Management or a related area or an equivalent professional
qualification is required and at least 8 -10 years experience with at least 5 years of supervisory
responsibility. Additionally, the successful candidate should possess the following:
* Strong Supervisory skills
* Ability to work unsupervised
* Excellent oral and written communication skills.
* Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel
This position requires a discreet, mature and tactful individual with excellent oral and written
communication skills who is able to work with minimum supervision.

Interested candidatssh6ild imt a COB Ap'ication Form, a detailed curriculum vitae and a cover
letter of interest, giving full particulars of qualifications and experience along with three work references
no later than May 31, 2005.

CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER (CIO)
The College/University of The Bahamas seeks a dynamic and creative individual to provide leadership
In the newly-created position of Chief Information Qfficer (CIO). The CIO leads, coordinates, and
manages the College/University's IT strategy and operations. This is a highly visible position on the
senior leadership team with responsibility for overall coordination of the campus information technology
resources. In the execution of the responsibilities of the Office of Institutional Technology, the CIO
reports directly to the College/University President with liaising function with VP Academic Affairs
and VP Finance & Administration.
Education and/or Experience
Master's Degree required, a doctorate is highly desirable, with eight to ten years of experience in the
Information technology field; or equivalent combination of education and technology related experience,
preferably as a CIO or equivalent in higher education and working closely with College/University
faculty. A varied and strong technical background that would include implementation of higher
education administrative system (e.g. SCT) would be advantageous. Specific understanding of
industry trends and standards required. Exceptional communication skills, outstanding management
capabilities, and proven capacity to work effectively with individuals at all levels.
To ensure full consideration, interested candidates should submit a cover letter, a College/University
of The Bahamas Employment Application, a curriculum vitae, up-to-date transcripts and 5 references.
To expedite the appointment procedure, applicants are advised to have three referees send references
under confidential pover directly to:
Director, Human Resources
The College of The Bahamas
Oakes Field Campus
P. 0. Box N-4912
Nassau, Bahamas
Facsimile: (242) 302-4539
E-mail: hrapply@cob.edu.bs
Web Site: www.cob.edu.bs


GRADUATES DINNER 4

s& AWARDS CEREMONY

Friday; May 27, 2005
Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort
Cocktails 6:30 pm
Dinner 7:30 pm

COB will honour graduates for stellar performances in
academics, colle e life and civic involvement.

Come and celebrate with our graduates!
Enjo]yfine'peopIle, fine food and fine music!

Tickets: $50.00 (Graduates) $65.00 (Guests)
Box Office: COB's Business Office
To secure your tickets, call!:
Cheryl Carey 302-4368, Claire Patton 302-4381


CENTRE FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION &
EXTENSION SERVICES
Personal Development Summer 022005


COURSE SEC COURSE
NO. NO. DESCRIPTION
CUST900 01 SUPERIOR CUSTOMER
SERVICE W/S


COMPUTERS
COMP941 01


QUICKBOOKS


COMP960 01 MICROSOFT
POWERPOINT W/S


COMP930 01
ENGLISH
ESL 900 01

HEALTH
& FITNESS
MASG900 01
MASG901 01


MANAGEMENT
MGMT902 01


TIME


DAY START
DATE


9:30am-4:30pm Thur


6:00-9:30pm Tue
9:30am-4:30pm Thur


WEB PAGE DESIGN W/S 9:30am-4:30pm Thur/Fri


ENGLISH AS A
SECOND LANGUAGE


MASSAGE THERAPY
ESSENTIALS I
MASSAGE THERAPY
ESSENTIALS II

HUMAN RESOURCE
MANAG. WORKSHOP


DUR. FEE


2 June 1 day $170


24 May 6 weeks $330


2-Jun


1 day $160


19 May 2 days $550


6:00-7:30pm Mon/Fri 23-May 8 weeks $250


6:00-9:00pm Mon 23-May 10 weeks $465
6:00-9:00pm Thur 19-May 10 weeks $620


9:30am-4:30pm Thur/Fri


9 June 2 days $350


PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS
SUPERIOR CUSTOMER SERVICE
This workshop is designed to provide participants with an overview of the fundamentals of
superior customer service. It focuses on customer value, retention and relationship building and
employee motivation.


Date:
Time:
Venue:
Tuition:


2 June 2005
9:30am 4:30pm
Choices Restaurant, Bahamas Tourism and Training Centre
$170.00


EFFECTIVE POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS
This workshop is designed to provide participants with an overview of the fundamentals of
Microsoft PowerPoint. It focuses on developing effective and dynamic PowerPoint presentations.


Date:
Time:
Venue:'
Tuitipn:


2 June 2005
9:30am 4:30pm
CEES Computer Lab, Moss Road
$160.00


WEB PAGE DESIGN
This course will cover Web Page Creation, Web Site Management and HTML. Persons who enjoy
fiddling with computers and would like to create their own web pages are encouraged to attend.
Specific topics will include Formatting, Graphics, Multimedia, Forms and Tables and hosting of
web pages.


Date:
Time:
Venue:
Tuition:


Thursday, 19h & Friday 20th May, 2005
9:30am 4:30pm
CEES Computer Lab, Moss Road
$550.00


HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP
This two-day workshop is designed to equip managers and leaders in organizations and enhance
the skills of current Human Resource professionals with the theory, tools and techniques required
for effective human resource management practices in today's workplace.


Date:
Time:
Venue:
Tuition:


June 9th & Oth' 2005
9:30am 4:30pm
Choices Restaurant, Bahamas Tourism and Training Centre
$350.00


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ENQUIRIES: Contact the Co-ordinator at Tel: (242) 325-5714 / (242) 328-0093/ 328-1936 or email
nlacroix@cob.edu.bs All fees are included with the exception of the application fee of $40.00'
(one time). When submitting application, kindly provide copies of the first four pages of your
passport. CEES reserves the right to change Tuition, Fees, Course Content, Course Schedule
and Course Materials.


UNIVERSITY OF n
SOUTH FLORIDA


The College of The Bahamas
Graduate Programmes Office

in collaboration with

The University of South Florida
School of Library and Information Science

will offer the

MASTER OF ARTS DEGREE
IN LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCE

Applications for the programme are now available at
The College of The Bahamas Graduate Programmes Office,
The School of Hospitality & Tourism Studies,
Thompson Blvd.

Application Deadline extended to May 27, 2005


Fax: 325-8175


Please direct enquiries to:
Mrs. Sonya Wisdom
Graduate Programmes Officer
Phone: 323-5804, 323-6804 or 325-0271 Ext. 6604'
E-mail: swisdom@cob.edu.bs ,


Ms. Juliet Collie
Secretary, Graduate Programmes Office 4
Fax: 325-8175 Phone: 323-5804, 323-6804 or 325-0271 Ext. 6607t.
E-mail: jcollie@cob.edu.bs 1


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THEME:
"Overcoming Obstacles, Rising to the Challenge"]

The public's participation is invited during The College's week
of graduation activities.


EVENT


3:00 pm Eastern Grounds,
Oakes Field Campus


Tuesday, May 24 10:00ai m



Thursday, May 26 7:00 pm


F day, May 27 6:30 pm



nday, May 29 3:00 pm
Sunday, May 29 3:00 pm


Eastern Grounds,g
Oakes FieldCampus


Bahamas Faith
MinistriesInt'l

Sandals Royal,
Bahamian Resort


Eastern Gioundcs,
Oakes Field Campus
\: hs


Baccalaureate Service


Graduation Dinner &
Award Ceremony'
Graduates $55.0W.
Guests -$65.00


Grad ation Exercise


CONTACT

Dr. Shane
Neely-Smith
325-5551

Camille Smith
302-4309
Karen Lockhart
302-4424

Lionel Johnson
302-4333

Cheryl Carey
302-4368
Claire Patton
302-4381

Colyn Major
302-4342


Other Graduation Notes:

* May 17 27 Collection of graduation packages from the Student
Activities Department; 9:00 am 5:00 pm
*;May 25 @ 6:30 pm Graduation Rehearsal and final meeting,
Eastern Grounds, Oakes Field Campus. All participants in the ceremon
are expected to attend the rehearsal in graduation attire.
All persons participating in the graduation exercise must attend the
meetings and rehearsal. Please call Student Activities at 302-4525/4591
concerning any graduation matters.


COB Alumni Peunion


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Saturday, May 28, 2005 from 8pm until

Courtaopd, COB's School of Hospitality & Tourism Studies


ENTERTAINMENT:
The Xtra Band, Dr. Lutz and all the 70's hits, 70's alumni fashion show, Karaoke & much more...

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Tickets $35.00, includes hors d'oeuvres
Box Offices: COB's Business Office & Prescription Parlour Pharmacy
Dress: Smart Caisual


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Sunday, May 22


TIME VENUE


Deadline: June 20, 2005

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

The normal entrance qualification for the UWI LLB DEGREE is the basic
UWI Matriculation standards of:

(a) Five subjects, at least two of which must be at "A" Level and the
remainder at CXC general or BGCSE (Bahamas General Certificate of
Secondary Education);

(b) ASSOCIATE OR BACHELOR'S degree with a CUMULATIVE GPA
OF 2.5 OR HIGHER. There are no special subject requirements in
addition to those necessary for Matriculation at the UWI. The competition
for places in the programme is very high "A" Level grades and very high
averages in undergraduate degrees (AT LEAST 3.0) are required for an
application to stand a reasonable chance of gaining admission.

The College of The Bahamas is prepared to consider a limited
number of applications from persons who do not strictly satisfy
Matriculation standards but who have equivalent academic
qualifications. In particular, MATURE APPLICANTS OVER 30 WHO
HAVE SHOWN EVIDENCE OF ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL
ACHIEVEMENT CAN BE CONSIDERED. This is an opportunity to read
for a law degree for those who have already been associated with the
practice of law in some way. A resume must be submitted with your
COB and UWI applications. Please note that the programme is only
offered on a full-time basis.

All LLB applicants are required to sit a Proficiency Exam. The date
of this exam will be communicated to you, but is expected to take
place during third week in June. An application must be in the Office
of Admissions in order to be allowed to sit the exam.

Both COB and UWI applications must be completed and are available
in the Office of Admissions, COB.

The completed applications, original certificates (which will be returned
to the applicant), copies of these original certificates, transcripts sent
directly from universities or colleges previously attended to the Director
of Admissions at COB, and proof of payment of the forty-dollar
application fee (paid at the BUSINESS OFFICE AT COB), must be
submitted by the deadline, June 20, 2005.


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THE TRIBUNE BUSINESS


MONDAY, MAY 23, 2005, PAGE 9B


The Bahamas Environment Science and Technology (BEST) Commission
Ministry of Health and Environment
invites public comment on

THE DRAFT
NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY
FOR THE
COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS

INTRODUCTION

The Bahamas comprises an archipelago of over 700 low-lying islands plus more than 200 cays,
islets and rocks, covering approximately 100,000 mi2 (260, 000 kmin) mostly comprised of the
country's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in the Atlantic Ocean. The total land area is small,
approximately 5,380 mi2 (13, 934 km2), and only a very small number, approximately 30, of the
islands are inhabited. Coastal areas, holding the vast majority of the population and economic
activity, ate vital to the prosperity of these islands.

The archipelagic nature of The Bahamas creates a unique natural environment. However, The
Bahamas natural resources are limited and its size, complexity and ecological isolation have
important implications for biodiversity, and human development. With some 80% of The
Bahamas landmass within 5 ft (1.5 m) of mean sea level, its fragile coastal ecosystems are
extremely vulnerable to the effects of global climate change and sea level rise. In addition, water
pollution, land degradation, destruction of wetlands and introduction of invasive species are all
issues of growing concern for The Bahamas. Addressing these environmental issues together
with growing developmental pressures on the limited land base, declining populations on several
of the inhabited islands and the need for a more diversified economy, requires a comprehensive
integrated long-term planning and management strategy that is consistent with the goal of
sustainable development.
The Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas (GOB) recognizes that a healthy and
safe environment reflected in biological diversity and functioning ecosystems, clean water,
cleim air and productive soils is essential to the economic and social well-being and health of
its citizens and that its citizens influence and are influenced by their environment. It also
recognizes that its citizens must live in an environment of a quality that permits a life of dignity
and allows the attainment of the highest possible level of health and well-being; and that this can
only be achieved if economic and social development is in harmony with ecological principles.

Chapter V of The Bahamas 1973 Constitution grants the Parliament of The Bahamas the
authority to make laws and policies with a view to maintaining a safe, productive and healthy
environment that will enhance the health and well-being of its citizens and sustain a high quality
of life.

Vision

The Government envisions a Bahamas in which all people and institutions treasure its unique
natural environment and voluntarily choose to act in a manner that contributes to its
conservation, protection and enhancement. We foresee a time when' all our people, rich and
poor, young and old, show respect and appreciation for their natural environment, and share in
the benefits that maintenance of a healthy, safe and productive environment provides to present
and future generations.

Policy Goal and Objectives

The Government of The Bahamas recognizes the fundamental rights of its people to a healthy
and safe environment that is essential to sustaining the quality of life to which all its citizens are
entitled. The GOB is committed to the sustainable use of the environment and consequently the
promotion of economic and social development that fully integrates the environment in a manner
consistent with the goal of sustainable development. However, the fundamental rights of the
people are accompanied by certain responsibilities -a solemn duty of all who reside in The
Bahamas to share in the stewardship of its unique natural environment and resources so that
these are sustained and available for the benefits of future generations.

The goal of the GOB is the sustainable use of the environment of The Bahamas to meet the
needs of present and future generations.

Government's approach to attaining this goal is to pursue a strategy of sustainable development,
meaning improving the quality of human life while living within the carrying capacity of
supporting ecosystems. Its specific objectives are to:

prevent, reduce or eliminate various forms of pollution to ensure adequate protection of
the .environment and the health of its citizens;
conserve the biological diversity of the country and the stability, integrity, resilience and
productivity of ecosystems; and
provide for environment to be fully integrated in policies, plans, programs and
development project decisions that might be "detrimental to the continued health, safety
and productivity of the country's environment.

BASIC PRINCIPLES

The Government of The Bahamas' environmental policy will be guided by the following basic
principles:

Respect and Care for the Community of Life

An ethic based on respect and care for each other and for nature is the foundation of sustainable
development. Development ought not to be at the expense of other groups or future generations,
nor significantly threaten the survival of other species. The benefits and costs of resource use
and environmental protection, conservation and enhancement should be shared fairly among
different communities, among men, women and children, among people who are poor and those
who are affluent and between our generation and those who will come after us.

All life, with soil, water and air, constitutes a great, interdependent system the ecosystem.
Disturbing one component can affect the whole. Our survival depends on the use of other
species, but it is a matter of ethics, as well as practicality, that we act as stewards to ensure their
survival and safeguard their habitats. Implementation of this principle requires that:

all sector of society (industry, citizens' groups, non-governmental organizations)
incorporate the ethic of stewardship and sustainability into their own policies and
practices; and
people in all walks of life incorporate the ethic of stewardship and sustainability into their
personal behaviour and conduct.

Improve the Quality of Human Life

The aim of development is to improve the quality of human life. It should enable people to
realize their potential and lead lives of dignity and fulfillment. Economic growth is an essential
part of development, but it cannot be a goal in itself.

Development should result in long and healthy human lives, improved education, access to


decent housing, adequate nutrition and safe water, political freedom, guaranteed human rights,

cultural and religious freedoms, and freedom from violence. Development is only real if it
makes our lives better in all these respects.


Conserve the Diversity, Integrity and Productivity of Natural Resources

Development must strive to:

a) Conserve life-support systems, i.e. the ecological systems that cleanse air and water,
regulate water flow, recycle essential elements, create and regenerate soil and enable
ecosystems to renew themselves.
b) Conserve Biodiversity. This includes not only species of plants, animals and other
organisms but also the range of genetic stocks within each species, and the variety of
different ecosystems, including those in protected areas. This may also include national
parks and conservation areas.
c) Use renewable resources sustainably. These resources include soil, wild and
domesticated organisms, forests, agricultural land, and the marine and freshwater
ecosystems.
d) Conserve non-renewable resources. The use of these resources will be optimized to
obtain the best possible benefit for all citizens and without impairing the value of other
resources.
e) Utilize alternative technologies. The use of alternative, less harmful technologies for
exploiting natural resources.

Keep within the Country's Carrying Capacity

There are finite limits to the carrying capacity of The Bahamas' ecosystems so its renewable
resources must be used sustainably. This must be linked to a humane, proactive population
policy, which seeks to stabilize the population. We must also recognize the special role of
Bahamian youth and that the need for their empowerment is integral to success in attaining
sustainable development. In order to keep growth within the nation's carrying capacity, the
following are required:

National physical development and planning policies must address in a realistic way the
need to stabilize population growth, reduce poverty, promote equal access to all national
services and engender sustainable tourism. An.ecological approach to human settlements
planning must be implemented in order to make our settlements, towns and cities clean
and safe. Strategies and plans must also be introduced to use land and water optimally.
Resource conservation, waste minimization and recycling must be promoted as a way of
life. Economic incentives, environmental taxes and use of environmentally-preferred
products and services must become an accepted part of our environmental management
strategy.
Family planning services must be strengthened and linked to improved care and
education for mothers and children.
Change Peisonal Attitudes and Practices

If the ethic for sustainable development is to be widely adopted, people must re-examine their
values and alter their behaviour. Information must be widely disseminated through formal and
informal education campaigns so that stewardship of the environment and the required actions
are widely understood.

-Environmental education for children-and adults must be integrated in education at all levels.
Extension services must also be available to help farmers, fishermen, contractors/builders,
artisans, the urban and rural populations and other groups to use natural resources more
productively and sustainably.

Empower Communities to care for their own Environments

Local communities, non-governmental organizations and community-based organizations
provide the easiest channels for people to express their concerns and take action to create
sustainable societies. However, such groups need the power to act. Communities should be
given an opportunity to share in managing their local resources and the right to participate in
decisions. Local government bodies, communities, businesses, non-governmental and
..community-based organizations and other interest groups should become partners with the
Government of The Bahamas and its agents in decisions about policies, plans, programs and
projects that affect them, their environment, and the resources on which they depend.

A national forum for Government, business and the environmental movement to have ongoing
dialogue in achieving environmental sustainability will help build confidence by discussion of
objectives, processes and practices and the open disclosure of the results of monitoring. It will
be adaptive, continually re-directing its course in response to experience and to new needs.

Written comments are to be forwarded to the offices of the Commission by 30 June 2005.
BEST Commission
Nassau Court, P.O. Box N 3730
Nassau, The Bahamas
Fax: 242-326-3509 E-mail: smoultrie@best.bs or bestnbs@hotmail.com







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By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports
Reporter

AMERICAN Ali
Mohammed probably won't
forget the name Meacher
'Pain' Major any time soon.
In his debut in the
Bahamas Friday night at the
Wyndham Nassau Resort &
Crystal Palace Casino,
Mohammed got caught with
a quick right hook from
Major that floored him two
minutes and 52 seconds into
the second round.
Mohammed knelt on one
knee as referee Gregory
Storr issued the mandatory
eight count. But he came up
spitting from the mouth and
bleeding from the nose
before Storr was finished.
He was able to continue
fighting until his corner
stopped the fight in the co-
main event of First Class
Promotions' Bahamas super
middleweight title show.

Southpaw
"I studied the fighter. I
thought he was a southpaw,
so I just went in there and
did what I was told to do,"
said Major.
With both Ray Minus Sr
and Jr. working his corner,
Major said he couldn't go
wrong, even though he
should have put
Mohammed away from the
first round.
"After the bell in the first
round, I felt I wasn't loos-
ened up enough, so I just
decided to wait until the
second round," Major stat-
ed.
He wasted little time in
the second as he took away
Mohammed's height and
T reach advantage by going
inside and working on his
body to pull off the easy vic-
tory.
Major will now prepare
for another fight here on
June 18 at First Down.
Sports Bar parking lot.
After that, he said he will
be working on a shot at the
North American boxing
Organisation's lightweight
title.
While he's not prepared
for any title fight yet, Jerry
'Big Daddy' Butler is just
trying to build up his pro
r6sum6.
On the undercard, he
improved his record to 2-1


* MEACHER 'Pain' Major and American Ali Mohammed in action during their lightweight title on Friday night. Looking on is referee Gregory Storr.
(Photo: Mario Duncanson/Tribune staff)'


when he stopped American
Eddie Smith 49 seconds into
the second round.
Butler was all over Smith,
who hardly threw a punch
in the first round and was
stunned with a Tight in the
second before he went
down on the canvas with
another shot to the head.
After the eight count
from referee Matthew
Rolle, Smith got up and his
legs buckled and when he
wobbled in the ring, his cor-
ner threw in the towel.


"I really was supposed to
put him away in the third. I
wanted to get some work
tonight," Butler reflected.
"My corner wanted me to
get some work, but I saw
that he was weak.

Thinking
"And they didn't want me
to look bad, thinking that
they brought a bum for me,
so I had to put him down."
Butler said he's looking
forward to fighting again on


June 18 and he hopes to
continue his winning streak.
In his professional debut,
Kato 'Red Lion' Ferguson
was a little too much for
Earnest 'Pocket Rocket"
Ellis to handle. After land-
ing the first blow a jab -
to begin his debut, Ellis was
hit with a flurry of punches
from Ferguson that sent him
to the canvas.
"I promised all my friends
and family one round. I
couldn't go home unless I
won in one round," said a


delighted Ferguson. "I came
in there confident to do my
best. But I wanted that one
round and I got it."

Ring
Ferguson said he will take
on any and every feather-
weight who wants to step in
the ring with him and he
will do the same thing to
them that he did to Ellis.
The only other fight on
the show was stopped in the
second round after Eric


'Iceberg' Minus couldn't
take any more punishment
from Raymond 'Smoking'
Rolle in their heavyweight
bout.
"In the first round, I was
trying to work with my jab,
but I noticed that he was
getting tired," Ferguson
said.
"The referee asked him a
couple times in the second
round if he wanted to quit.
But I don't know why the
referee allowed it to contin-
ue."


M By KELSIE JOHNSON
Junior Sports Reporter
THE ball is in motion for the hosting of the biggest track field meet in
the region.
The Central American and Caribbean (CAC) games, will be held July
7th-11th, but the CAC committee has a lot of work to do before the
event takes place.
The Thomas A Robinson stadium will undergo massive work before the
flames of the games are lit.
One of the main areas focussed on will be the parking area and the flow
of traffic coming in and out of the Queen Elizabeth Sports Center.
This has been placed on the committee's "major concerns" list.
Bernard Nottage, chairman of the committee, declared the area around
the front entrance of the stadium as a no parking zone for spectators.
The committee may utilise three parking areas for the general public,
the Carnival site, the Balliou Hills playing field and the Bahamas Hot Rod
Association's field.
Only transportation vehicles for the athletes will be allowed to use
the parking grounds in front of the stadium. Space will also be made for
medical teams and persons assisting with the hosting of the games.
Nottage said: "If we are looking to avoid the heavy flow of traffic
around the stadium we will have to barricade the entrance to the arena.
"Only transportation vehicles, medical teams and some people who will
assist with the games will be allowed to park close to the stadium.
"We are making other arrangements for general parking, so far, we have
designated three sites for parking."Nottage reassured the public that the
sites the committee has mapped out as parking areas will be well lit,
with police patrolling the area.
The closest site on the committee's map is the carnival grounds, which
are located across from the stadium. The Balliou Hills Complex is the fur-
thest.
However, Nottage confirmed that all persons using the parking areas
that are not in close proximity of the stadium will have access to the sta-
dium via shuttle buses.
"We are making the necessary arrangements for persons who will
have to park far away from the stadium," said Nottage. "We are hoping
persons or companies step forward, volunteering their buses for this pur-
pose."
Nottage did make plea to companies and persons wishing to assist in the
transportation of athletes.
Admitting to the limited funding, he added: "We are willing to give a
small stipend to persons who wish to render their services to the games and
some of the athletes. But we can't pay everyone, so if we can get some per-
sons to just volunteer out of the goodness of their hearts that would be
nice."
The committee has budgeted a little over a million dollars for the
games. Athletes will be staying at the Nassau Beach Hotel and are
expected to arrive in the capital on July 5th.


Victory for Amertil





in Grand Prix meet


* By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
AFTER warming up with three 200
metre races, quarter-miler Christine
Amertil made her debut in her speciali-
ty 400 over the weekend.
And it turned out to be a fast one.
As one of two Bahamians competing
at the Grande Premio Brazil CAIXA
de Atletismo, an IAAF Grand Prix I
meet in Belem, Brazil, Amertil clocked
an impressive 50.65 seconds to pull off a
huge victory in the women's 400.
Her nearest rival was Aliann Pompey
from Guyana in 51.43.
Former national record holder, Gold-
en Girl Pauline Davis-Thompson said
this is going to be AmertiFs year to real-
ly shine and she's proving it so far.

Coaching
"At this time of the season. That's
very fast for Christine. She doesn't nor-
mally open up this good," said Davis-
Thompson, who has been coaching
Amertil for the past four years in
Atlanta, Georgia.
"She normally doesn't open up with 50
point, so it was a very good run for her.
She's been training very hard. So I expect
for her to keep improving and getting
better and better."
Amertil, who ran a personal best of
50.17 in the semifinals of the Olympic
Games last year, ran three 200s prior to
going to Brazil where she clocked times
of 22.88, 22.91 and 22.94 in Martinique,
Guatemala and Qatar respectively.
Davis-Thompson said Amertil is def-
initely on course to become the third


CHRISTINE AMERTIL

Bahamian to run under 50-seconds in
the 400. While Davis-Thompson was the
first, Tonique Williams-Darling became
the second last year when she shattered
Davis-Thompson's national record and
lowered it to 49.07.
Williams-Darling, the Olympic gold
medallist, is scheduled to open up with
her first 400 in Mexico next month when
she clashes with Ana Guevera.
Also at the meet, sprinter Dominic


Demeritte raced to a fourth place finish
in a time of 20.63 seconds.
He was able to improve on his sev-
enth place finish in his first race in Brazil
on Sunday, May 15 when he ran 21.07 at
the Grande Premio Rio de Atletismo in
Rio de Janeiro.

Race
Winning Sunday's race was American
Jimmie Hackley in 20.49. Hometown
team-mate Andre Domingos da Silva
was second in 20.55 and Bruno Nasci-
mento Pacheco got third in 20.57 and a
reaction time of 0.155.
Meanwhile, in Halle, Germany at the
Hallesche Werfertage Throws Meeting,
Laverne Eve was third with 59.37 metres.
She had a series of throws that included
58.08; 64.59; 60.82; 61.24, a scratch and
60.07.
The event was won by Steffi Nerius
with 65.49 on her second throw.
In the United States a number of
Bahamians competed, including Andrew
Tynes, who made his return in both the
100 and 200 metres at the 2005 Tucson
Elite Classic.
Competing unattached, Tynes was
clocked in 10.69 for sixth in the century.
The winner of the straight away race
was Ryan Shields in 10.34.
Tynes also competed in the 200, com-
ing in fourth in 21.39. That race was won
by Jairo Duzant in 20.98.
At the 2005 Baldwin-Wallace College
Twilight Meet at the George Finnie Sta-
dium, Petra Munroe, competing for
Notre Dame Ohio, won her heat of the
women's 100 in 12.29. She came back
and clocked 12.27 to take the final.


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MONDAY, MAY 23, 2005


The stories behind the news


A leading government lawyer has
lodged an official complaint against
Attorney General Alfred Sears (pic-
tured at left) following what one
source has called "a massive cussing
match" between them. Cheryl Grant
Bethell, a senior attorney who works
alongside Director of Prosecutions
Bernard Turner, has reportedly
accused Mr Sears of using bad lan-
guage in a row over the new Chinese-
sponsored sports stadium in New
Providence.


. .. A.. .


Hundreds of homes were
damaged last Tuesday when
waters from a freak flood
rose in South Andros, send-
ing furniture floating down
the streets. Due to a severe
thunderstorm, which lasted ||
more than 16 hours, homes |j
of more than 500 residents
of High Rock, Congo Town,
Driggs Hill and Mangrove
Cay were threatened.


A Bahamian mother's worst nightmare came true last
Thursday morning when police knocked on her door and
informed her that her only son was the country's sev-
enteenth murder victim for the year. Tyronne Babbs, 23,
was stabbed multiple times about the body after return-
ing home following a game of pool. According to Chief
Fire Inspector, Walter Evans, the stabbing occurred in
the Glendale Subdivision last Wednesday evening. When
police arrived at the scene at 10 pm, they discovered him
lying in a pool of blood dressed in a red and white
striped shirt and blue jeans. Tyronne's mother, Andrea
Penn, said the shocking news came as a blow to her
close knit family.


Can


Christie


carry


on?


Bahamas could face leadership crisis


ong before he suffered
a stroke, Prime Minister
Perry Christie was under
close scrutiny by his
political critics.
"Having followed two "maximum
leaders" into the premiership, both
proactive and charismatic in their dif-
ferent ways, he was being assessed
o'i substance and style. In neither area
was he being judged a spectacular
success story.
Mr Christie's first three years as
prime minister were riot marked by
substantial achievements or momen-
tous decisions. There was no evidence
of leadership bravura or irrepressible
dynamism.
In fact, inertia has been the domi-
nant feature of his administration,
sprinkled with a number of unre-
solved scandals and a growing per-
ception that things rarely if ever get
done to anyone's satisfaction.
Approach
This government will not be
remembered on its performance to
date for a vigorous approach to
resolving the country's problems, or
for having anything even remotely
resembling a national strategy.
On the contrary, its most lasting
impression so far has been one of
almost wilful paralysis, as though it
has been fearful of making contro-
versial and binding decisions. Now
the prime minister's health seems like-
ly to add to the government's woes,
slowing down its deliberations even
more. Potential investors, in particu-
lar, will be looking on from the side-
lines resignedly.
Mr Christie's mini-stroke, while not
a disabling affliction in itself, does
pose questions about his long-term
future as a front-rank politician. The
first five years following such an
attack are crucial in determining
whether it was a one-off with little
. likelihood of repetition, or part of a
life-threatening pattern.
Crucial
For him, the next five years are also
crucial for another reason. They will
embrace not only the demanding and
stressful business of getting himself
re-elected in 2007, but also the two or
three years when he will have to get
the country on a firm footing for the
future, assuming he is triumphant at
the polls.
Given concerns about his health,


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Which one can lead the n' U nP


* LESLIE MILLER U CYNTHIA PRATT


M OBIE WILCHCOMBE M BRADLEY ROBERTS


* FRED MITCHELL


0 ALLYSON MAYNARD-GIBSON


will he be up to the job? More criti-
cally, would it be fair for the country
to ask him to carry on? At a purely
personal level, can Mr Christie him-
self afford to take the risk?
Strokes are the products of many
things, but stress and pressure of work
are undoubtedly among the primary
components. Diet, lifestyle and genet-
ics add poison to the brew. And once
a blood clot has hit the brain, there is
forever a possibility that a bigger and
more destructive one is on its way.
Discussions
Politicians being what they are, Mr
Christie's vulnerability will become
part of the PLP's leadership discus-
sions in the coming months. Those
who had doubts about him anyway
will play on this fragility to press
home their case. But even his own
supporters will have to balance their
personal preferences against his wel-
fare. The prime minister's health will
now be an issue, whether he likes it or
not.
Some party observers already half-
expect Mr Christie to go. And that
means the membership is already con-
sidering his possible successor.
Who are the candidates?
The first consideration has to be
the deputy prime minister, Cynthia
'Mother' Pratt. Nominally, at least,
she is the stand-in, the substitute. In
every other sense, however, she was
not considered an acceptable replace-
ment, even by those who revere her as
a remarkable woman of sincerity,
integrity and compassion.
A community activist with a heavy
reliance on her religious faith, Mrs
Pratt was not seen by many in the
party as having the intellectual clout
or political gravitas to carry the day in
the top job.
Absence
However, her performance in Mr
Christie's absence has been a revela-
tion for some doubters. She has,
according to well-placed sources,
imposed discipline in the Cabinet and
risen to her role with aplomb.
Whether she could succeed him in
the long term remains the big impon-
derable.
Like Britain's deputy prime minis-
ter, John Prescott, she has always
been viewed as fine for the relatively
undemanding number two role, but a

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potential disaster as number
one. However, some heavy-hit-
ters have been pleasantly sur-
prised by her sure-footedness
as stand-in.
If one counts out Mrs Pratt
for the premier role, the party
finds itself in something of a
succession crisis. The Cabinet,
considered in leadership terms,
is not an inspiring collection
of talents.
Bradley Roberts, the Minis-
ter of Works and Utilities, was
a tiger in opposition, but has
proved a pussycat in govern-


ment. He is seen as lacking the
intellectual weight for a higher
role, and the pristine resume
usually demanded of a nation-
al leader. At best, he is an
extreme outside bet for the
leadership, which he almost
certainly doesn't want anyway.
Fred Mitchell, the Minister
of Foreign Affairs, is by com-
mon consent one of the more
intelligent members of gov-
ernment. Also, he has made
his mark on the international
political and diplomatic com-
munity, carrying the Bahamas'


name to all corners of the
earth.
But will the ambitious Mr
Mitchell's Machiavellian
manoeuvrings ever endear him
to the party at large? The
smart money says a resounding
no.

Regime

Allyson Maynard-Gibson,
Minister of Financial Services,
like Brent Symonette in the
FNM bears the burden of a
former regime. While Mr


Symonette carries the cross of
the Bay Street Boys, Mrs May-
nard-Gibson's family roots
delve back into what a local
tabloid calls The Evil Pingdom.
If Mr Christie's administra-
tion has achieved anything, it is
to distance itself, to some
extent, from the now thor-
oughly discredited Pindling
government. Mrs Maynard-
Gibson may have to shake off
the taint of the party's past if
she is to have any chance of
leading the PLP in future. And
she may also have to change


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last week's
INSIGHT article
about race. While I
do not question The
Tribune's right to raise the
issue that's what newspa-
pers are for I am sad that
such attitudes still exist.
However, I feel Long
Island far from displaying
racial prejudice is leading
the way in Bahamas race rela-
tions. I have never felt there
were any negative racial feel-
ings there and I think the two
communities get on very well
indeed.
I can honestly say I have
never seen a racial argument
on Long Island, or any prob-
lem between blacks and
whites. In fact, the whites
there regard the blacks as the
loveliest people you could
ever imagine.
I want a Bahamas for all.
Let's have done with these
racial feelings.
Long Island Visitor



UNFORTUNATELY, last
week's INSIGHT article was
true and I'm grateful that the
writer felt able to express the
feelings of many ..,
:, J.;,V lwiithessed, .theincident
"outside the yacht club .arid it,.
was, indeed, disgusting and
disgraceful.
While I accept that open
tension is rarely seen, there
are still racial attitudes just
beneath the surface. When
people get angry, it spills
forth in bitter words.
I hope the day dawns when
these feelings can be put
behind us forever.
JKG
Nassau
******

QUITE rightly, you casti-
gate racism but the incidents
you relate are 100 per cent
black racism against whites.
Leslie Miller was wrong to
use the race card in the LNG
case and I suspect he knows
that. But I think the racism
expressed by whites against
blacks is by far the more
nefarious and insidious.
A Canadian visitor tells me
that he has attended many
white-only dinners, old
Bahamian families, and "the
racism against blacks is open,
casual and mutually accept-
ed. It's never expressed open-
ly. But there is a constant ref-
erence to 'the good old days'
when the whites were in
charge and things ran much
smoother than they do
today."
It's unfair to castigate the
black-white racism and not
the white-black, in my opin-
ion. Both sides have a long
way to go.
Angelica Roberts
Nassau



YOUR article about race


relations was excellent and
made the telling point that
Bahamians need to discuss
this matter publicly to get it
out of their systems once and
for all.
The FNM does need to
look into itself over the Brent
Symonette issue. To discount
his leadership credentials
simply because he is white is
unacceptable. The PLP does
not need to bother itself with
such issues. Firstly, it doesn't
have any white MPs who
want to be leader. Secondly,
the party gained a lot of white
votes last time around.
Colour blind
Nassau
OO******O

EXCUSE me for referring
to your second piece on capi-
tal punishment in the same e-
mail. I very much disagree
with you when you wrote:
"What the argument over
the death penalty boils down
to is this: is the survival, wel-
fare and possible rehabilita-
tion of offenders more impor-
tant than the protection of
innocents?"
This is an inaccurate way
to posit the question, in my
view. It boils down to a puch
different thing. I; mention
,three arguments,: in.reverse
order of importance (others
would disagree with my
order).
1. Did God say "'Thou shalt
not kill" and that, if there was
vengeance to wreak, it would
be his to wreak? And please,
no esoteric arguments about
the Aramaic and Greek verbs
rendered in English as "kill."
To kill means then as it does
now, to take away life on pur-
pose. My comment: .There is
no more purposeful killing
than a state execution -
dozens of conspirators.
2. The system of justice
here, or the United States, or
Britain, or anywhere is imper-
fect. We know it is so. It is
demonstrated quite often that
it was in serious error, in spite
of great care being taken. We
know that innocent men have
been convicted and hung or
otherwise killed by the state
on what looked like, but was
not, incontrovertible evi-
dence. How does the state
rectify a mistake of this mag-
nitude?
,3. Could it be fairly said
that, when the state executes
a killer, .it descends to his
ethics, his morality and his
view of the world? Speaking
personally, I would prefer
that the finest' bloom of
mankind, civilization, would
not descend to these depths.
Most sincerely,
Angelica Roberts
******

I AGREE with
INSIGHT'S "take" on capital
punishment. Those who
argue that the death penalty
is "state murder" might also
argue that imprisonment is


"state denial of freedom".
The acts of killing another
and holding a person against
their will are both against the
law, so state sanction of
killing (ie the death penalty)
is no worse than state sanc-
tion of incarceration.
Abolitionists always speak
of those who have been
wrongfully executed when
they state their case against
the death penalty. They nev-
er, ever, mention the inno-
cents who have been raped
and butchered by freed pris-
oners whose liberty was con-
sidered more important than
the safety of those of us who
live blameless lives.
There is something per-
verse and evil about this
approach to the problem.
Yes, protection of innocents
is the over-riding question.
Everything else, and that
includes rehabilitation- of
offenders, comes second to
that. If the law isn't about
protecting law-abiding mem-
bers of society, then it has no
purpose.
J H Leopald
Nassau


their black cousins back home
when they come to Nassau.
Don't ask me to explain that.
I don't know the answer.
Observer.
Nassau

******

I WAS very surprised to
read the comment in Insight's
May 9 article about Long
Islanders ("white prejudice
against blacks is still consid-
ered strong"). Where on
earth did the writer of this
article get that idea from?!
Long Islanders live in contin-
ual racial harmony and are
known to be some of the
friendliest islanders in the
Bahamas.
Reader
Cable Beach

INSIGHT note: That para-
graph was supposed to have
been attributed to a reader
who, we believe, probably
meant to refer to another
island. However, it is accepted
that Long Island is recognised
for its harmonious racial rela-
tions.


******


i HAVE always been firm-
l,,y against the death penalty,
but recent events are making
me think again. However, I
cannot ignore the executions
of Errol Dean in 1976 and
Charles Dickenson in 1981,
both of whom I feel were
innocent. I believe our police
have relied too much in the
past on confessions and inno-
cent men have gone to the
gallows. That is troubling.
Disturbed Reader
Bain Town
******

THE recent stabbing of
MP Frank Smith highlights
once again the need to get the
filth off our streets.
We are now living in a soci-
ety which is virtually lawless.
It is a situation made worse
by the fact that no-one has
any faith in the courts system.
There is widespread cor-
ruption in the police force,
the customs department, the
immigration and the civil ser-
vice. And there is a strong
suspicion borne out again
by recent events that the
courts are not all they should
be.
Hanging killers does have
one advantage over all other
options. Once the bad man is
in the noose, he ain't coming
back, ever!
G Lisle
Nassau
******

REGARDING your arti-
cle on race, I disagree that
Long Islanders have anti-
black feelings, at least while
they're all together on Long
Island. However, light-
skinned Long Islanders tend
to adopt superior airs towards


Sometime ago, INSIGHT
published an article on free-
dom of speech, pointing out
that Bahamians were afraid
to express themselves.
The treatment handed out
to Mr Brent Symonette by
Mr Raynard Rigby over his
supposed remarks about Mr
Perry Christie's illness shows
why.
It is quite clear that Mr
Rigby is now trying to capi-
talise on this speech to cruci-
fy Mr Symonette.
It is all part of a concerted
effort to discredit him, prob-
ably because the PLP fears
him as a possible future
leader of the FNM.
Mr Rigby's remarks on this
issue are immature and petty,
but he is obviously hoping
that the non-thinking section
of the electorate will remem-
ber them at voting time.
I personally don't think Mr
Symonette has any bad inten-
tions against anyone, but the
treatment he is getting shows
why so many us will not go
on the record with our feel-
ings.
Lynden Pindling, through
intimidation, kept people qui-
et for a quarter of a century.
He made it clear he would
victimise anyone who spoke
their minds.
It was only when Mr Ingra-
ham came along and opened
up the airwaves that Bahami-
ans felt more relaxed in
speaking their minds.
However, I would never
put my name to anything
published in the newspapers
because I would expect to get
slaughtered for it.
Even so, I feel readers
should know what Mr Rigby
is up to.
New Providence Reader


her personal style, for many
perceive her to be "abrasive
and off-putting", to use the
words of one critic.

Success

Obie Wilchcombe, Minister
of Tourism, is seen even by his
critics as one of the govern-
ment's success stories. After a
shaky start, he has kept the
country's tourism business on
track and appeared to have
been a conscientious and effec-
tive custodian of this most
important element of the econ-
omy.
But does he have what it
takes to be the main man?
Response to that question is
mixed, though some see him
as a reasonable long-term
prospect. At the moment,
though, he seems too light-
weight for the kind of heavy-
lifting a prime minister is
expected to undertake.
Shane Gibson, Minister of
Housing, is a former trade
union leader who is on record
as saying he has no great fond-
ness for politics. However, he
has managed to get things
moving on the housing front
and some see him as one to
watch for the future. However,
that future is likely to be a long
way off.
Leslie Miller, Minister of
Trade and Industry, is proba-
bly the noisiest and most con-
troverial Cabinet member, a
man whose appointment was
generally seen as a defensive
tactic by Mr Christie to keep
him out of harm's way. Far
better to have this troublesome
maverick reined in by collec-
tive Cabinet responsibility than
risk him ranting on the back
benches to the embarrassment
of all. Prime minister? The
odds against were estimated at
more than 1,000 to one at the
last count and still rising, which
is probably the best news the
country has heard since Sol
Kerzner first hit town.

Portfolios

Alfred Sears, Minister of
Education and Attorney Gen-
eral, would probably have
fared better in Cabinet had he
not been given two important
portfolios to juggle with at the
same time. With government
schools in a shambolic state,
and the court system an ongo-
ing disgrace, he has little to
point to by way of achievement
over the last 36 months. Few
will be looking his way if and
when the leadership issue
comes up for debate' especial-
ly as the Attorney General's
Office is currently on a civil
war footing, with Sears at log-
gerheads with some of his
senior lieutenants.
Mr Christie's situation now
shares several parallels with
that of Tony Blair, the British
prime minister who has just
been re-elected without much
enthusiasm from the electorate
- for an historic third term.
Mr Blair had a health scare -
a previously unsuspected heart
problem while in office, and is
now seen as more of a liability
than an asset to his party,
though that's primarily the
result of his stand on the Iraq
War.
Also, mainly because of his
presidential style, Mr Blair has
tended to get mixed up in
every area of government,
poking his nose into other peo-
ple's portfolios. Mr Christie
has done the same thing for
different reasons, increasing
pressure on himself in the
process.

Besotted

Blair and Christie also
appear to have been besotted
by the job itself. There is some-
thing incredibly seductive
about being given preferential
treatment worldwide as a
national leader, with flunkeys
bowing and scraping to do
your will. Being swept from
conference to banquet in


upscale limos is a hard habit
to kick.
For anyone who is even
remotely ego-driven, and most
politicians are, the star treat-
ment becomes intoxicating. Mr
Christie has enjoyed it so much
that he is known to some party
followers as "Hollywood" a
nickname which recognises his
penchant for glamorous occa-
sions. Tux-and-tie events have
become so much part of his life
that he will find it hard to let
them go.
However, the pair's most
striking similarity is that both
have stood to benefit from the
ineffectiveness of the opposi-
tion.
In Britain's case, voters re-
elected a prime minister
nobody liked primarily
because the alternatives were
too painful to contemplate.
The Tories are now seen not so
much as lame ducks but dead
ducks, while the Liberal
Democrats have yet to estab-
lish themselves as a credible
second force.
In the Bahamas, Mr Christie
and the PLP look forward to a
possible second term not
because they are a formidable
government that everybody
likes and believes in, but
because the FNM is so lack-
lustre and unconvincing with
major leadership issues of its
own.

Resurgence

Unless the opposition can
engineer a real resurgence over
the next two years, it's con-
ceivable that Mr Christie like
Mr Blair could retain his posi-
tion with a substantially
reduced majority, hanging on
for another term without a
resounding or even a reassur-
ing mandate from the voters.
Like his British counterpart
before the recent UK election,
Mr Christie's parliamentary
majority is such that he can
afford to offload quite a few
seats without surrendering
power.
In those circumstances, Mr
Christie could find himself
under the same pressures from
within his own party as Mr
Blair.. Despite winning at the
polls, he could be seen as hav-
ing lost his gloss and be given a
gentle nudge towards retire-
ment.
The big difference between
the two is that Mr Blair has a
natural successor, a man who
has always considered himself
the better man for the job any-
way. That is the Chancellor of
the Exchequer, Gordon
Brown, an unloveable but
highly competent politician
whose hangdog countenance
camouflages soaring self-con-
fidence and a fair measure of
conceit.

Successor

In Mr Christie's case, there is
no natural successor. All those
who might see themselves as
possible heirs apparent are
flawed and defective in their
different ways. There is no-one
within a couple of million light
years of Mr Brown's ability, or
with anything like his com-
pelling leadership credentials.
And none, so far as is known,
commands anything like a sub-
stantial body of party support.
If the FNM fails to recon-
struct itself before 2007, and
unite behind a leader every-
one believes can win the day,
the Bahamas could face an
unprecedented political crisis.
A re-elected Mr Christie,
with a serious health scare
behind him, might not be able
or willing to carry the burden
alone. What then? Given the
leadership vacuum now taking
shape, it's the question all
Bahamians should be asking
themselves, because the dead-
line for an answer is drawing
near.

What do you think? Fax
328-2398 or e-mail jmar-
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It's


now


or never


Bahamas must turn back the rising tide of crime


By JOHN MARQUIS
Violence and dis-
honesty are now
so much part of.
Bahamian life
that they have
lost their capacity to shock. Every
weekend brings lurid stories of
killings and mayhem. And thiev-
ing is now so commonplace that
it's hardly news anymore.
Only when relatively promi-
nent people like the MP Frank
Smith are attacked and wound-
ed do the public take much
notice. Even then the news is a
two-day wonder. It's soon for-
gotten.
It's as though crime has now
become woven into the fabric of
Bahamian society, like conch
chowder, junkanoo parades and
rake 'n' scrape. It's ever-present,
like the Queen Victoria statue on
Parliament Square. It's as familiar
to us as potcakes and preachers.
The Tribune is frequently crit-
icised for giving it so much
prominence. Far better to rele-
gate it to the back pages, where
no-one can see it, say the critics.
"Why do you want to draw atten-
tion to the unpleasant things in
life?" they ask. "It upsets the
tourists."
Being in denial of anything
unpleasant is, of course, a well-
known Bahamian trait. It's also
part and parcel of the nation's
fervent religiosity. "Relax, God
is in control," means we take no
responsibility for what's going on
around us. "Lean on Him, for he
will bear our burdens" is another
way of saying count me out of the
tough decisions.
The Rev C B Moss, who sees
the rougher side of life in his Bain
Town mission, believes the
Bahamas has now reached a point
where it must make a choice:
straighten up, or descend into the
kind of chaos Jamaica is experi-
encing 600 murders a year and
still rising, with the army on the
streets alongside police in an
attempt to keep the marauders
) at bay.
Rev Moss told INSIGHT last
week: "I think we are all down-
playing what is happening in our
society. This is something that
needs to be kept on the front
pages because it challenges every-
one, and especially parents and
the church.

Destroying

"Crime is destroying us. Last
Saturday in Bain Town we buried
a young man who was the victim
of murder. This Saturday we are
burying another one. Yet I see
no kind of concern. The media
must use its power to say this is
not acceptable.
"I have been trying to keep
people aware of the deterioration
of society in our inner city areas.
It is now worse than it has ever
*been in my lifetime. But what
troubles me as much as the crime
itself is people's attitude towards
it.
"There was a time when one
murder in New Providence would
leave people upset for weeks.
Now, it seems, people are becom-
ing numb to it all. We are not
responding appropriately. There
is a breakdown in respect for law
and order, and we must do some-


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thing about it."
Rev Moss focused particularly
on over-the-hill attitudes to law
enforcement. He said there was
no respect for the law because
people believed that "who you
know and what you can get away
with" were now the criteria for
success in the courts.
The pastor said there was an
urgent need for swift justice to
be fairly applied. But even a cur-
sory appraisal of the Bahamas
court system suggests that justice
here, all too often, is neither swift-
ly nor fairly applied. In fact, the
evidence of selective justice is all
around, and it's extremely dis-
turbing, he says.

Justified

"Because of this, people feel
justified in fighting back. They
see themselves as being targeted
by the police, but they also know
of businessmen and politicians
who are getting away with all
kinds of stuff."
Rev Moss said it's hard to
enforce laws among ordinary peo-
ple when prominent figures are
blatantly receiving preferential
treatment. Governments cannot
impose respect on society when
they don't warrant it themselves.
"We don't seem to do the hon-
ourable thing any longer. People
over-the-hill have little confidence
in the system, or the establish-
ment, so they become a law unto
themslves," he said.
"There are double standards .
at work and anybody who tried to
deny it would be laughed to W
scorn. People over-the-hill feel
that the full weight of the law is
brought down upon them unfair-
ly, while others go free."
Politicians, and especially
lawyer-politicians, have been try-
ing hard for years now to down-
play the inconvenient ourbursts
of the German investor Harald
Fuhrmann, who believes the
Bahamas is sinking in a mire of
corruption.
This man was so aggrieved in
his dealings with the Bahamas
court system that he has mounted
an international campaign of vil-
ification against the Bahamas and
its legal fraternity.
More than 60 websites are now
up and running, drawing attention
to every known example of mal-
practice here. And this summer
he is driving his "battlebus" all
the way down America's east
coast to tell potential investors
that Nassau's court system and
legal profession are corrupt and
unreliable.
His sustained assault on the
Bahamas' reputation has been
studiously ignored by those in
power. But there is clear evidence
that many in Bahamian society -
and this includes some attorneys


- firmly believe that most things
he says are true.
An American investor who lost
a court case in Nassau was told
later by a friend of an extraordi-
nary occurrence a few days after
the hearing.
The prosecutor who was sup-
posed to be presenting his case
in court was having a meal in a
restaurant with the defendant and
his attorney. All were laughing
about the way the case had been
set up from the beginning against
the plaintiff. And all were clearly
delighted that the judicial system
had been manipulated to the for-
eigner's detriment.
The investor said he suspected
the case was corrupted from the
start, but persisted with it in the
faint hope that he might achieve
justice. However, hp left with the
distinct impression that the pros-
ecution was in cahoots with the
defence, a far from unfamiliar sto-
ry. "How can law enforcement
be so blatant about the corrup-
tion here and then look you in
the face and say we are working
on this?" he asked.
This kind of behaviour, judged
alongside known corruption in
customs, immigration, the police
and Defence Force, reinforces
what Rev Moss says about the
rot at the core of Bahamian soci-
ety. Standards have slipped
alarmingly over the last 35 years,
and the question now being asked
is. whether the trend,can ever be
reversed.

Dishonesty

When INSIGHT wrote some
months ago about dishonesty in
local banks, there was not a single
word of dissent from the banks
themselves, only an unofficial
comment by a senior bank exec-
utive who passed on his views
through an intermediary.
"There is no doubt The Tri-
bune is absolutely right," he said,
citing several instances where
employees had been dismissed
for malfeasance of one kind or
another. "But, of course, no-one
is going to admit it."
Rev Moss said the flaws in
Bahamian society began to man-
ifest themselves after the British
left in 1973.
Whatever their faults, the
British were good colonisers, he
said, who were orderly and effi-
cient. "Their attitude was 'don't
break the law and we will take
care of everything, including a
good education and good law and
order system'.
"After independence, the
natives tried to follow the same
model, but the infrastructure, the
conventions and the history were
not there.
"The French were not as good
organisers as the British, so things


in their colonies were out of con-
trol all along. The British believed
in organisation and structure. But
those left behind were not trained
in maintaining the system. We
should have put in checks and
balances."
Instead, what Bahamians
received from the first Pindling
government over 25 dismal years
was an ingrained belief that mate-
rial wealth could be achieved with
minimal effort if you knew the
right people.

Enriching

Instead of enriching Bahami-
ans culturally and intellectually,
by emphasising the importance
of good reading and the need to
appreciate the finer things in life,
the government encouraged an
entire generation to believe that
Rolex watches and gold neck-
chains were life's ultimate ideals.
Worse still, the drug culture
was introduced to the islands, an
industry which traditionally
attracts the filth of society and
pollutes everything in its path.
Entire island communities have
been cruelly undermined by
cocaine, and it maintains a hold
on many people even today.
The Square Deal on offer to
the people in 1967 reached only a
few. Many of those who didn't
receive their due now believe the
way to achieve it is by turning to
violence and dishonesty as a way
of life. It's a poor template on
which to build a nation, but it's an
attitude which is becoming more
entrenched with every year that
passes.' ' 1 '
In fact, Rev Moss believes
many poor Bahamians have a real
affinity with drug dealers, seeing
them as folk heroes who buck an
unjust system by taking risks, and
then righting past wrongs by
spreading largesse in the ghettoes
with their ill-gotten gains.
Even many who do not break
the law themselves refuse to co-
operate with police in turning
druggies in because they have
detected an "us and them"
approach to law 'enforcement
which favours some at the
expense of others.
"The truth is," said Rev Moss,
"that many people who do not
go out and commit crime have
lost confidence in the establish-
ment. There is a disconnect
between themselves and their
political leaders.
"Many decision-makers feel
removed from street crime
because they live in better pro-
tected areas. But that will not last.
In Trinidad, the crooks are kid-
napping and murdering people
from families who can pay ran-
soms. No-one is immune.
"We have to find a way of pre-
venting crime from getting out of


control. Once the criminals have
control, it is going to be difficult
to get them out."
In the Bahamas, the divide
between haves and have-nots is
exacerbated by extremely high
living costs. Thousands of families
are living virtually from hand-to-
mouth, with incomes that barely
cover 'their bills. Some resort to
.crime to make up the shortfall
between earnings and outgoings.
Rev Moss believes many busi-
nessmen exploit the people by
overcharging for goods, and
under-paying for services. He cit-
ed security men earning a measly
pittance of $200 per week for pro-
tecting $2 or $3 million business-
es, leaving them open to tempta-
tion from dishonest employees.
When people are underpaid in
a high-priced society, they will
find other means of making ends
meet, he said. Crime in all its
forms is the easiest option.
Meanwhile, the national lead-
ership is concerned only with its
own narrow objectives, becom-
ing concerned with crime only
when it happens in their own
neighbourhood, he claimed.
The knifing of Frank Smith MP
outside his home was such an inci-
dent, but it was by no means par-
ticularly unusual. The middle
class is increasingly being target-
ed by criminals, but many of the
stories are being suppressed.
A few months ago, there was a
spate of robberies along Cable
Beach, but repeated inquiries by
The Tribune brought forth no
information from police. Friends
of victims were insisting the sto-
ries were true, but a curtain of
silence had descended.
In fact, a senior police officer
has told INSIGHT that certain.
types of crime story are consid-
ered off-limits. There is an agen-
da to protect tourism at all costs,
but the losers are ordinary citi-
zens who are being denied the
right to know what is happening
in their midst.
Meanwhile, in the alleyways of
Bain Town and Grants Town,
dysfunctional families are spawn-
ing a new generation of criminals
who will spend their lives preying
on society at large.

Environment

Rev Moss said: "We are turn-
ing out children without any
focus. They are being brought up
in a 'kill or be killed' environ-
ment and we have to show there
is another way.
"I refuse to be pessimistic
about it because I believe we can
turn things around. In fact, in the
ten or 15 years it would take us to
become another Jamaica we
could also reverse the process and
make things better."
But, he admits, it will take an


almighty shift in attitudes, a com-
plete realignment of the national
psyche. And the church? It has a
role, naturally, but even Rev
Moss ackowledges that the spiri-
tual approach is not the way to
achieve practical solutions.
I often reflect on my own
upbringing in the English Mid-
lands and wonder whether my
family's tactics in dealing with
moral issues would have worked
in the modern Bahamas.
My home life was strictly secu-
lar, the prevailing belief being
that one's own behavioural code
comes from within. My four head-
strong, highly individualistic
brothers and I were allowed no
assistance from on high.
Discipline was enforced by my
mother, a short, stout, strong-
minded woman with arms like
tree roots. She did not accept the
church view that we are all born
sinners. For her, sin original or
otherwise was not on the agen-
da. Her right hand, known affec-
tionately as The Howitzer
because its power and precision
were renowned, had an incredible
capacity for knocking sense into
those who took a different view.
There were two unchallenge-
able messages which dominated
our thinking: that dishonest and
workshy people are trash, what-
ever their status in life; and that
all must suffer the consequences
of their own actions.

Transgressed

Those who transgressed, even
in comparatively minor ways,
were rewarded with rockets to
the head from Mum's howitzer.
As a six-foot 12-year-old I was
actually felled by one after push-
ing a broom-handle through a
window-pane during a spirited
spat with my cousin.
I salute her memory because
the foundations she laid were
unshakeable. Her lessons on how
to behave were unequivocal and
unwavering. To challenge her
standards was to take your life in
your hands. My four brothers are
the most honest, honouiable and- -
trustworthy men: I know, utterly
steadfast in their dealings with
others and proud reflections of
my mother's strength.
Had modem Bahamians been
able to carry those thoughts in
their heads that dishonest, work-
shy people are trash, and that
everyone must suffer the conse-
quences of their own actions -
how different this society might
have been. And with mum's how-
itzer cocked ready to reinforce
the point, how few gunslinging
losers there would be now to
haunt the byways of Bain Town.
As a society, the Bahamas has
lost its way, according to. those
like Rev Moss who have wit-
nessed its decline over many
years. Morally, it is decadent to a
point where people have lost faith
and trust in each other, and see
no role models among their lead-
ers.
As Rev Moss says, now is the
time for the country to alter
course. If it doesn't, the conse-
quences are unthinkable.

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