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Publication Date: June 21, 2005
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Volume: 101 No.172

TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2005

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Former PM

refuses to withdraw

certain statements

-Tribune Staff Reporter
THE House of Assembly was
like a "war" zone as former
Prime Minister Hubert, Ingra-
ham found himself at t'ie centre
of several savage rows with gov-
ernment members yesterday.
I Mr Ingraham also had words
with both the speaker and
deputy speaker who asked him
toiwithdraw certain statements.
Mr Ingraham refused and
enjoined the deputy to "do what
you have to do."
The comments regarded the
pensions paid to former prime
'Earlier, Mr Ingraham was
pi-olved in "bust ups" with
* Mount Moriah MP Keod Smith
and Foreign Affairs Minister
Fred Mitchell.
I 'After his confrontation with
Mr Ingraham, the speaker, who
was visibly upset, turned the
proceedings over to the deputy
SActing Prime Minister Cyn-
thia Pratt was also visibly upset
bythe conduct of parliamen-
arians and called for calm, say-
ing that since become a member
Of Parliament in 1997, she had
never seen such conduct in the
;'"I have not seen anything like
this, it is a war," she said.
iubert Ingraham told Mrs
P.att that all that was taking
place was a civil exercise as
members voted to pass the 98
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heads contained in'. the
2005/2006 budget.
S.However, the scene was any-
tling but civil as Mr Ingraham
arid the government members
battled back and forth. At one
*point Mr Ingralham made a
scathing reference to the rape
accusations levelled against
Works Minister Bradley
Roberts earlier this year and at
another interval marvelled at
the level of ignorance possessed
by the Cabinet. He also made a
snide reference to the nation-
ality of Environment Ambas-
sador Keod Smith.
A heated exchange between
Mr Ingraham and House
Speaker Oswald Ingraham
resulted in the speaker leaving
the chamber.
Mr Ingraham, who had the
floor on the continuation of the
afternoon session, was respond-
ing to comments made by Ade-
laide MP Michael Halkitis
about him which had been with-
Mr Ingraham, in thanking Mr
Halkitis for withdrawing the
statement, said that before Mr
Halkitis made the "inconsistent
and incorrect attack" he had
had reason to hold him in high
regard. However, he assured
him that he still had that view.
Mr Ingraham claimed he was
making the remarks because he
still had influence in public.
In making his comments, Mr
SEE page 10

BT otatdpymns. usind

Tribune Staff Reporters
THE Bahamas Telecommunications Com-
pany (BTC former BaTelCo) came under fire
for the second time during this year's budget
debate yesterday, when former prime minister

Hubert Ingraham called into question the com-
pany's contracted payments to government.
Challenging aspects of the 2005/2006 budget,
the MP for North Abaco asked if BTC had
paid $10 million in dividends to the govern-
ment, as allotted in the 2003/2004 and 2004/2005
SEE page 10

$300m Bahamian-led

development to get

underway in Eleuthera

Tribune Staff Reporter
GROUND will broken next
week for the $300 million
Bahamian-led development
'Cotton Bay Villas' in
Eleuthera, which is expected
to have "a tremendous eco-
nomic impact" on the local
Speaking with The Tribune

yesterday, Wim Steenbakkers,
director of operations for the
development company
Eleuthera Properties Limited,
said the 1,500-acre resort com-
munity just outside of Rock
Sound will be a first for the
"It is unique because there
has never been a Bahamian-
led development on this scale,
it has always-been foreign

investors. This is very signifi-
cant," he said.
Phase one of the develop-
ment, scheduled to begin on
July 1, will create the project's
focal point, the Cotton Bay
Villas, a 73- room boutique
hotel. The first construction
phase will further include the
development of 114 estate lots
SEE page 10

of foreigners
on Bimini
Bay project
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Bimini Bay develop-
ment project yesterday came
under heavy scrutiny for its
alleged "questionable" stamp
tax exemption and "indecent"
employment of foreigners.
Former Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham told the
House of Assembly during the
budget debate that government
had allowed the project to be
built exempt of stamp tax.
He further claimed that gov-
ernment had granted more than
100 permits to employ an "inde-
cent" number of foreigners to
work the project.
"I was in Bimini this week-
end and I had a chance to see
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Prime Minister should put an

end to LNG embarrassment

T WO ministers of the PLP gov-
(T ernment have been taking a
public pummelling over two very impor-
tant issues, as much over their handling
of the issues as over the substance.
One has had the good sense to back
off even if he did not do so gracefully.
The other continues to gallop along,
seemingly unaware of the growing oppo-
sition to his cause.
Both ministers have made similar mis-
takes. Both became dismissive, even con-
temptuous of their opponents, got per-
sonal and then complained when the
favour was returned.
It is better not to indulge in ad
hominem attacks, especially when there
is such a broad array of opposition,
including some of one's own colleagues
and others who have previously demon-
strated no ill will.
Both ministers have also tried to bun-
dle their opponents and dispose of the lot
with sweeping characterisations and
That is also a bad strategy, since in
issues as complex and controversial as
CSME and LNG there is bound to be a
broad range of different approaches, dif-
ferent reference points and motives.

t would not be fair to take this
comparison of the behaviour of the
two ministers much further.
Fred Mitchell, the Minister of Foreign
Affairs and the government's lead
spokesman in the CSME debate, walks
away bruised and battered but perhaps
not fatally wounded.
His colleague, Leslie Miller, the Min-
ister of Trade and lead spokesman in
the LNG debate, is another kettle of fish
It is well to remember that "LNG"
has become shorthand for proposals to
build plants in the Bahamas to regasify
imported liquefied natural gas and pipe
it to Florida.
The debate is not about the merits of
LNG as opposed to other fuels. It is not
about whether LNG is safer than the
LPG which is transported through the
streets of Nassau to serve the heeds of
the people who live here.
It is not about a comparison with
the fuel installation at Clifton Pier which
is also there .to serve the needs of resi-
Neither is it about how many coun-
tries and states are building LNG ter-
minals to serve the needs of their people.

Nobody wants to believe ill of a
minister of government, but Mr
Miller fails to appreciate that
reasonable people can become
nervous and suspicious of his
motives precisely because of his
conduct throughout this affair.

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It is about whether we should take
the considerable risks associated with
these proposed projects, not for
ourselves but for the people of Florida,
who do not want them in their own back

This is the same Florida where
most politicians, according to an
Associated Press report, "oppose off-
shore drilling (for oil) because they are
afraid it would spoil the beaches that
are vital to the state's $50 billion annual
tourism industry"!
Says Florida's US Senator, Mel Mar-
tinez: "Any weakening of protections
currently in place offFloridals coasts is
Clever people, these Florida politi-
cians, standing up to their own powerful
oil companies to avoid damaging their
precious environment and putting their
lucrative tourism industry as risk.

It is better not to indulge in ad
hominem attacks, especially when
there is such a broad array of
opposition, including some of
one's own colleagues and others
who have previously demonstrated
no ill will.

But our Mr Miller and his colleagues
want to sell us out to the gas industry,
ignoring all the arguments about the risk
to our environment, safety and sover-
eignty, not to mention good old com-
mon sense.

All those who are opposed are
regarded as ignorant and mis-
guided and refusing to listen to the
experts the gas industry's experts, that
is. Mr Miller dismisses them all, including
two former PLP cabinet ministers,
George Smith and Loftus Roker, and
more than one PLP backbencher.
Mr Miller has taken particular aim
at environment advocate Sam Dun-
combe. The media, he claims, only pays
attention to Mrs Duncombe because she
is white.
Is that why Mr Miller wants Bahami-
ans to listen only to his foreign consul-
tants? Does he think we will pay more
attention to them because they are
Now he dismisses Mrs Duncombe on
the grounds that she is only a graphic
artist and, presumably, cannot be expect-
ed to know anything about LNG and
environmental matters!
Mr Miller has conducted himself in a
manner unbecoming a minister of gov-
ernment and has invited criticism of his
conduct as well as the cause to which he
is so passionately committed.
,He complains about perso.nal attacks
on him. Nobody wants to believe ill of a
minister of government, but Mr Miller
fails to appreciate that reasonable people
can become nervous and suspicious of his
motives precisely because of his conduct
throughout this affair.

Everybody but Mr Miller recog-
nises that he has been, as Col-
lege of the Bahamas student Adrian Gib-
son put it in a letter to The Tribune,
"aggressive... over-zealous... dictatori-
Not to mention erratic and contradic-
tory. One 'day he tells a Nassau
Guardian reporter that he sees no sense
in having a town meeting to discuss
LNG, that it is best to.approve the pro-
jects and then tell the Bahamian people
about it.
The next day he denies that and tells a
Tribune reporter that the Guardian
reporter had twisted his words.
But the Guardian reporter had kept

her tape of the interview and so that
newspaper was able to nail him.
This is what he said:
"I think it is best now for us to have
the meeting after we approve the project,
so that we just lay out to the Bahamian
people why we did what we did. That is
the essence of it now, because it makes
no sense to have a meeting before we
approve, because everything is ready, as
you know..."
Then he repeats it:
"I don't see the sense in having a town
meeting until we are done approving the
"You think that a government should
operate on the basis that you ga have a
town meeting to approve a project, for
Christ sake, you can't run a petty shop
like that, much less a country."
But it seems Mr Miller is incapable of
being embarrassed and has as yet to
exhaust his capacity to insult and offend
his colleagues and the Bahamian peo-

n that same interview with The
Guardian, Mr Miller made anoth-
er astonishing statement. Why The
Guardian did not publish this one in the
first place is a mystery. Perhaps it was so
outrageous that the editors could not
believe their ears!
But this is what this most prominent
black Bahamian minister of government
"Name me one black prominent
Bahamian who gat a brain in their head.
Name one, just one. No, I just said name
ma one"!
Now it is clear as day. Mr Miller does
not think that prominent black Bahami-
ans have any brains in their heads.
But there is nobody more prominent
than Mr Miller and his cabinet and par-
liamentary colleagues and so they must,
by Mr Miller's reckoning, be included
among the brainless.

Mr Miller's colleagues and
every other Bahamian must
be asking why it is that this man is still a
member of the cabinet of the Bahamas
and how much longer we must tolerate
this intolerable madness.
It is high time for Prime Minister Per-
ry Christie to end this national embar-
rassment and tell Mr Miller and his LNG
friends that we can do without them and
their projects.



The Tribune wants to hear
from people who are
making news in their
neighbourhoods. Perhaps
you are raising funds for a
good cause, campaigning
for improvements in the
area or have won an
If so, call us on 322-1986
and share your story.

Inspirational writer Maureen
Hawkins writes, "Before you
were conceived I wanted you.
Before you were born I loved
you. Before you were here for
an hour I would die for you."
Not only do Hawkins' words
capture what she calls "the
miracle of life" they speak
powerfully to the unique love
and bond between a mother
and her child.

Octavia Thurston is such a
mother. Her young daughter,
Tyiece, was born with spinal
bifida and suffers from a
related debilitating condition
that affects her bladder and
bowels, making a normal
childhood virtually impossible
and a healthy future uncertain.
Octavia has worked tirelessly
to get the medical attention
Tyiece needs and raise the
substantial funds required for
surgery at Miami Children's
Hospital- all the while holding
down a full-time job and
meeting the demands and
responsibilities of raising a

Although her efforts have been
heroic, Octavia has yet to raise
all the monies needed. Like
many mothers Octavia would
lay down her life for her child
and it is more than ironic to
know that that would not be
good enough. What. Octavia
and her daughter truly need is

Tyiece is only 4 years old, yet
already she has gone through
more challenges than most of
us face in a lifetime. Her
condition recently became
more dire, making the
operation urgent. Without all
the funds in place, Octavia has
moved forward on faith that
somehow she will be able to
make ends meet.

The Father Pat Fund is happy
to donate $2,000 to Tyiece's
medical fund and urges
Tribune readers to help. If
each reader sent in even $1 the
combined donation would be
more than $15,000. Send
donations to Acct # 7021785
at the Royal Bank of Canada.



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Panel set up to assess

COB president issue

Tribune Staff Reporter
A SPECIAL advisory panel includ-
ing international experts has been con-
vened to determine if action should
be taken against College of the
Bahamas president Rodney Smith
after he admitted to plagiarism.
College chairman Franklyn Wilson
said in a release yesterday: "Some
have chosen to interpret, in their own
way, the lack of a public statement
from the council until now and that is
their right.
"Given that some very sensitive
matters are the focus of our attention,
the council has approached the issue
with great deliberation and discretion,
bringing to bear all of the expertise
represented on the council," .
The advisory panel is made up of:
Anglican Archbishop Drexel Gomez;
Bahamas ambassador to the United
Nations Paulette Bethel; Vice-Chan-
cellor Emeritus of the University of
the West Indies, Professor Rex Net-
tieford; president-elect of John Carroll
University in Clevand, Ohio,.Father
Robert Niehoff; and retired justice
Joseph Strachan, who chairs the pan-
Mr Wilson said that Dr Smith
has not tendered his resigpation,
nor has anyone with the relevant

authority requested it.
"One thing has been clear almost
from the beginning: Dr Smith has
already acknowledged to the college
community and the wider public that
he has breached the protocols of intel-
lectual property," he said.
Following Mr Smith's admittance
of plagiarism, and an emergency meet-
ing of the council on June 6, Mr Wil-
son said, several things were conclud-
ed, including that the college should
address the acknowledged fact of pla-
giarism forthrightly and honestly, that
the matter is one of great sensitivity,
and that there is more at stake than
He pointed out that it was to Mr
Smith's credit that he made a public
admission of his actions.
According to Mr Wilson said the
incident actually provides the college
with an incredible opportunity..
"If we all handle this challenge
maturely, we can contribute signifi-
cantly to transforming the College of
the Bahamas into a credible and cred-
itable University of the Bahamas."
He said the challenge has forced
the college to adjust priorities "and
reflect on the means and methods of
inculcating the philosophy and values
we wish to shape and underpin an
institution that must form one of the
pillars of national development."


Pastor calls for government

action to stop cabaret club

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE senior pastor at King-
dom Life Church is waging a
moral battle against the gov-
ernment's "casual indifference"
to a Russian cabaret club on
East Bay Street.
According to Cedric Moss,
this indifference is building
towards "a very serious issue" as
the Butterfly Club continues to
attract attention and patronage.

"I'm at a loss after a very
elaborate piece in The Tribune
that absolutely nothing has been
"The commissioner of police
has graciously given me an audi-
ence and assured me that they
have it in hand. But still I feel
that more can be done on the
part of the government," he
Mr Moss, in a letter to Min-
ister of Trade and Industry
Leslie Miller, questioned

whether the ministry has
approved a licence for topless
dancing at the club; a question
he says has yet to be answered,
despite being asked repeatedly
for weeks.
"If they did not receive a
licence then they should forth-
with be shut down or comply
with' the licence that they have
"But the unfortunate thing is
that our country is drifting.
There is literal indifference.

"If you think about the water
table, and someone takes a pol-
lutant and pours it in the ground
it's going to leak in and effect all
of us. The same is with immoral
"I don't see why it takes so
long to investigate these
licences, '.
"The church needs tobe on
top of this. We have churches
on literally every single corner,
and yet there has been no
response," he said.

$1,000 fine for

a fake permit

Tribune Staff Reporter
pleaded guilty yesterday to
possessing a false work per-
Jeffrey Michener, 34, of St
Thomas, Canada was charged
with possession of a forged
Bahamian immigration work
permit and uttering the
forged document.
Sergeant Daxon told the
court that the accused arrived
on an Air Canada flight from
Toronto on June 15.
He said that Michener pre-
sented his Canadian passport
and a Bahamian work permit
to immigration officer Lillian
Daxon said officer Brennen
suspected that the document
was forged, and that upon fur-
ther investigation it was con-
firmed to be false.
Daxon further told the
court that the defendant said
he purchased the forged per-
mit from a Christine Arm-
brister, at a cost of $1,000.

Immigration officer Kendal
Rahming confirmed for the
court that the defendant has
no immigration status in the
Michener was sentenced to
$1,000 or two months in
prison by Magistrate Marily
Alvin Renardo Morley
of Lincoln Boulevard South
pleaded not guilty to charges
'of causing harm, causing dam-
age and resisting arrest.
It was alleged that on June
12, while at Montel Heights,
Morley intentionally and
unlawfully caused harm to
Michelle Outten.
It was further alleged that
on June 16, while on
East-West Highway, the
accused intentionally and
unlawfully caused damaged
to a police car valued at just
over $4,000.
He was further accused of
resisting arrest by PC 1847
Morley was denied bail and
was remanded in custody
until the July 4.

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Tribune Staff Reporter
POLICE are hunting for two
men in a white Nissan Sentra
in connection with three armed
robberies which left two peo-
ple seriously wounded.
Two of the three victims were
walking when they were
approached on the street by the
two men in a car.
Police Inspector Walter
Evans said that the first rob-
bery happened on Sunday
around 11am.
A 26-year-old man of Camp-
bell Avenue was walking in that
area when the two men pulled
up next to him on the street,
"held him at bay" and robbed
him of his wallet and other per-
sonal items.
The man watched the car flee
the scene heading west on to
Shirley Street.
Much later on, around
1.35am yesterday morning, a 40-
year-old man of Palm Tree

Avenue was approached by two
men in a white Nissan Sentra.
The passenger of the car
snatched the man's two gold
chains off his neck and shot him
in the stomach before driving off.
Just before 2am, a 24-year-
old female was attending a
dance on Crooked Island Street
when a white Nissan Sentra
with four occupants was
observed entering the area.
One of the occupants had a
mask over his face and a silver
He demanded cash and,
before leaving, also shot the
woman in the stomach.
Police believe all three inci-
dents are connected.
"If anyone observes a white

Nissan Sentra occupied by
males, involved in any type of
suspicious behaviour, they are
asked to contact the police
immediately," said Inspector
He said that both the shoot-
ing victims were seriously
wounded, but said their condi-
tion is now stable.
Police are also investigating
a shooting that took place on
Sunday shortly before 3am.

A 40-year-old resident of
Sandilands Village Road was in
his home when a stranger came
to inquire about the where-
abouts of another person.
Inspector Evans reported that
the resident denied knowledge
of the person in question, and
was shot in the face by the man.
A blue vehicle was observed
leaving the scene.
Police 'are investigating the


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Andros camp rescuing young men

ON JULY 1 th'e pilot initiative of the
National Youth Service programme will end
with a graduation ceremony at the Andros
This camp is a part of the Youth Ministry's
social programme, designed to rescue young
men from themselves -young men who
because of their academic deficiency, behav-
ioural problems, or unstable homes take to
the streets unprepared for life, but with fists
clenched in anger to snatch what they can
from society. Most of them end in jail or an
early grave.
The Ministry's objective is to work with
young men between the ages of 12 to 24.
These at-risk males are removed from their
poor environments and sent to the Andros
camp where, Youth, Sports and Culture Min-
ister Neville Wisdom told the House during
the Budget debate, they enter special pro-
Mr Wisdom said they are provided with the
"necessary social, psychological and educa-
tional services to help them significantly mod-
ify their behaviour, become better decision
makers and assume responsibility and account-
ability for their actions" in short to become
better human beings and more responsible
citizens. One of their counsellors is Dr Tiffany
North, a. Bahamian, who is .a senior pro-
,grammespeciaihst with;the Children's Ser-
vices Council of Palm Beach County.
We were told of two young men hard,
loud-mouthed bullies who quietly confessed
that they could not read. Their tough-guy act
was to cover up this embarrassment. By
putting others in fear they squeezed from
them the respect they craved for themselves.
In the House, acting Prime Minister Cynthia
Pratt told of her first encounter with more
than 60 of these young men when the camp
opened in January.
"When I spoke to them that initial day,"
she said, "if you had seen the anger and bit-
terness on the faces of those young men. I
said, 'My God, we're in trouble'."
What she saw before her were many young
Jean Valjeans, the hero in Victor Hugo's "Les
Miserables", who spent 19 harsh years as a
galley slave for stealing a loaf of bread to feed
his starving family.
Valjean, wrote Hugo, "had for his motives
habitual indignation, bitterness of soul, the
profound feeling of iniquities endured, and
reaction even against the good, the innocent,
and the just, if such exist. The starting point,

like the goal of all his thoughts was hatred of
human law; that hatred, which, if it be not
arrested in its development by some provi-
dential incident, becomes within a given time
a hatred of society, then a hatred of the human
race, next a hatred of creation, and is
expressed by a vague, incessant, and brutal
desire to injure someone, no matter whom."
"Year by year," wrote Hugo, "this soul
had become more and more withered, slowly
but fatally. A dry soul must have a dry eye,
and, on leaving the bagne, 19 years had
elapsed since he had shed-a tear."
What Mrs Pratt saw were young men, who,
like Valjean, no longer shed tears.
Mrs Pratt said she was talking to them, but
nothing happened there was no reaction.
"And so," she said, "I decided that I would
wait around and I would hug everyone of
them. And I did that.
"And some people," she said, "might won-
der why 'Mother' Pratt hugs so much. You
know why? Because as a child I was longing for
someone to hug me. That's something I didn't
get. You know why? I grew up in an environ-
ment where dog eats dog and a lot of children,
thousands of them today are in that same hole
- the dog-eat-dog world who cares?
"They are becoming bitter because they
feel the environment I live in is not conducive
for' learning and I even don't Wanit them to
know whereI live because When I come home :
from school I get off the bus at the end of the
corner so my friends won't see the house I
live in.
"I've been there." she said, "and the bitter-
ness just continues to grow and when they
realised that somebody loved them enough to
hug them no it might not be money, but a
hug is more it goes further
because it is encouragement to that young boy
to. say you are somebody you can make it."
The acting prime minister said that when
she went back to the Andros camp in April no
one would believe that these were the same
young men.
Seventeen of a group of 22, she said, were
not ready to return to Nassau. They wanted to
stay in Andros. "Suddenly they felt that they
were somebody; that they were worth some-
thing. They were involved in building lives -
at last somebody recognised them. That's what
it's all about."
For them the Andros camp was the "prov-
idential incident" that had interrupted their
downward spiral into nothingness.

Will a white

man lead

the country?

EDITOR, The Tribune
YOUR' June 10th editorial
has inspired me to briefly
Your headline, "All white
men are not racists." True
indeed! And equally true is the
fact that all of them never were.
In the long ago and far away,
I wrote a column for both The
Tribune and the Guardian
titled, "As I See It." A goodly
number of them were harshly
critical of the UBP and what
they stood for, which included
discrimination. Indeed, at what
was the last UBP Convention
ever (although it wasn't intend-
ed to be) the gathering for the
first time heard from people
whose presence was in the main
designed to darken the image.
Thus they heard Janet Bost-
wick in full oratorical flight. She
was a wonderful orator. She still
is. And it was on that same
evening at the then British
Colonial Hotel, that I addressed
the standing room only crowd.
In the course of my remarks I
told the hall packed with ardent
UBP-ites that, and I quote, "the
UBP has one foot in the grave
and the other on a banana
peel.". This was not a well-
received observation, but I was
correct as the passage of time
proved. -
In 1962 I ran for the House as
an Independent and came with-
in about 12 votes of beating one
of the three UBP's namely
Alvin Braynen, Foster Clark
and Joe Albury. I lost. But I
also learned.
It became obvious after some
thoughtful meditation that the
UBP fortress would be far eas-
ier to conquer from the inside
th:an from the out. Think 'of
Troy arid the wooden horse!'
So when the 1967 election
hove into view I was running in
search of finding a painless end
to the UBP.
Then one day I got a phone
call from Sir Roland Symon-
ette, the then leader of the
UBP, asking me to come see
him in his office in the Churchill
Building. This I did.
To his credit he was frank
and honest. He told me he did-
n't want me to run for the UBP,
he didn't want me at all. He
wanted Alvin Braynen instead.
I replied to the effect that it
made no difference to me
because I knew that the five
year's investment of time would
win me a seat-whether I ran for
the UBP or not.
So Sir Roland phoned Mr
Braynen in my presence and did
all but bribe him to get him to

get him to replace me. It did no
good. Alvin, now Sir Alvin,
stood firm. So Sir Roland said,
"I guess it is you." I departed.
And as matters turned out, I
won and Joe Albury lost.
If my recall is intact-and it is
except for short term-the late
great Basil "Lord Nelson" Kel-
ly and I did as much, if not
more, to retire the UBP than
anyone else. But on this point I
am open to correction.
Sadly, "Lord Nelson" is no
longer with us to go over old
times, and I won't be here too
much longer myself. So some-
one must write the history. One
who must not write it is Michael
As the PLP continues to
aggravate more and more peo-
ple, a number of interested per-
sons have asked me if I think a
white man could lead a political.
party to victory. My honest
belief is that the right white man
could. The Bahamian people
are not stupid and they no
longer, en masse, willing to
swallow the delusion that the

PLP is the greatest thing since
sliced bread. Shouting "all the
way" is not good enough to
mean much these days when
more than ever money talks. '
Following political slogans
which are all froth and no sub-
stance will not beat an adver-
sary with brains, a clean record
and a compassionate heart. This
electorate of ours is a very sharp
bunch of people. Especially the
women! But both sexes know
and understand that you can-
not feed children on slogans and
the banks don't put them on
fixed deposit.
In these days, which at very
best are fraught with dangers
and uncertainty, we need com-
petence with a capital "C."
What he (or she) looks like
should be the last thing to wor-
ry about.
Some time ago, the Hon Paul
Adderley met me on the cor-
ner of Frederick and Bay
Streets. Said he to me, referring
to some national issue I had
commented on: "You were
always a rebel!" That is quite a
compliment: I hope I never
June 15 2005

EDITOR, The Tribune
DESPITE the Pan Ameri-
can Health Organisation's
recent radio commercials
about second hand smoke
being hazardous to your
health, it is still difficult to
find a non-smoking restau-
rant in Nassau. I think I can
count them on the fingers of
my two hands.
As for downtown Nassau,
it's almost impossible to find
a non-smoking restaurant or
even one with separate
smoking and non-smoking
I don't know what our
non-smoking tourists must
think when they search in
vain for an eaterie where
they can breathe clean and
healthy air.
However, today (eureka!)
my husband and I found a
delightful non-smoking cafe
on Market Street, coinciden-
tally just around the corner
from the "Pipe of Peace"!
It's called "The Central
Perk" and not only does it
serve delicious cakes, sand-

wiches and coffee, but
the manager, Christina
Thurston-Lowe, is the '
essence of all the Ministry of
Tourism has been trying to
get across to those in the hos-
pitality industry. She is
charming, efficient and help-
ful. Also, "The Central
Perk", which just opened in
January of this year, is spot-
lessly clean, with a cheerful
I asked the name of. the
owner and Christina told ine
"Purity Bakery"! Hats off to
Purity Bakery! Congratula-
tions on providing such a
pleasant and healthy envi-
ronment for your customers.
We will definitely come back
In the meantime, when is
the Bahamas going to wake
up and join First World '"
countries in providing a
healthier environment for
restaurant customers and
staff alike?
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Ingraham calls for conclusion

to Registrar General debate

Tribune Staff Reporter
FORMER Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham yesterday
questioned the competence of
the Attorney General's Office
because it has failed to resolve
the ongoing controversy at the
office of the registrar-general.
"In reading and listening to
the reports of the media, I
believe that a competent office
of the Attorney General would
have had the matter resolved
by now," said Mr Ingraham.
In speaking to MPs during
the budget debate in the
House of Assembly on Mon-
day, Mr Ingraham referred to
the ongoing dispute as "unbe-
"Hopefully the whole ques-
tion of who the Registrar Gen-
eral is will be resolved quickly,
so as to allow the work of the
department to continue," he
Mr Ingraham also raised the

issue of the future home of the
Registrar General's office.
He said there has been much
talk about it being removed
to its own building, as opposed
to continuing in its current
location, where it shares a
space with other agencies.


He claimed that a new loca-
tion for the office in the old
City Market Food Store on
Market Street was approved
under the former FNM admin-
istration, but said construction
had to be postponed after the
FNM lost the 2002 general
Mr Ingraham said that when
the current PLP administra-
tion took office, the same plan
was approved by Cabinet, but
was reportedly suspended on
the directive of Prime Minister
Perry Christie.
Mr Ingraham asked that a

copy of the contract tendered
for the Registrar's building on
Market Street be laid on the
table of the House, so as to
fully reveal details regarding
the contract and to allow MPs
to properly debate the issue.
However, Attorney General
Alfred Sears rose to defend
the government's position, as it
relates to the Registrar Gen-
eral controversy, claiming that
Mr Ingraham "is well aware of
the rules of the House.
"When I listen to someone
who calls himself the father of
the house, I expect that there
would be a level of respect and
adherence to rules," said Mr
He told MP's that the matter
of the Registrar General is
presently "before the courts,"
and cannot be discussed fur-
He added that, "Every effort
is being made to resolve all
outstanding matters in a man-
ner that is fair."

* ALFRED Sears defended the government

Educator condemns policy on

immigration and education

Two are


with drug


TWO foreign nationals were
charged in court with drug
offences yesterday.
South African Steven Prid-
geon and Canadian Lauchlin
Lyons were separately appre-
hended by police and arraigned
on charges of possession of mar-
ijuana and possession of mari-
juana with intent to supply
Both pleaded not guilty.
Mr Pridgeon's bail was set at
$5,000 and his trial was
adjourned until June 28, 2005.
Mr Lyon's bail was set at
$10,000, and his court date was
scheduled for December 8.

New judges

are sought

being sought for two retiring-
Court of Appeal justices.
Justice Maurice A Churaman
and Justice Mustapha Ibrahim
have both reached the manda-
tory retirement age this year,
and will resign from their posts.
They were appointed in
March and September of 2000
Their retirement follows that
of Supreme Court Justice Ricar-
do Marques, who retired last
year to take up the office of
Law Reform Commissioner for
the Attorney General's Office.


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Tribune Staff Reporter
A SENIOR educator is
opposing some of the recom-
mendations from the Ministry
of Education, and is offering
some insight into the "social
jungle" that is the Bahamian
education system.
Six senior educators were
recently appointed by the Per-
manent Secretary in the Min-
istry of Education to assess the
schooling of non-Bahamian
children and make recommen-
dations for changes.
The committee has suggested
the following policy: "No school
shall deny entry to any child
resident in the Bahamas who
is between the ages of 5 and 16
years, regardless of his or her
citizenship or place of origin."

But in a letter to the commit-
tee and executive management
of the ministry, one educator
challenged this conclusion.
"I am baffled by the commit-
tee's conclusions; and its sug-
gested policy and procedures,"
stated the letter. "Both the
'Education Act' (Revised 1996)
and the 'Convention on Rights
of the Child'- Articles 2 and 28
- failed to support the commit-
tee's position. Furthermore its
conclusion is inconsistent with
our immigration policies; and
ultimately our right to sover-
The educator insisted that
although children between the
ages of 5 and 16 years old have
the right to education, the
admission of undocumented
children into public schools
should be carried out within the

context of immigration policies.
"If the government through
the Ministry of Education is in
the business of breaking the
immigration laws, then why
should Bahamians be law-abid-
ing citizens?" the letter contin-


In the committee's draft
report, the need to address
issues of immigration, assimila-
tion and multiculturalism was
"This is causing concern in
some quarters because there is a
growing suspicion and concern
that immigrants, particularly
undocumented immigrants, are
contributing to social decay,"
said the report.

Man is charged with

possession of goods

Since the student admission
policy allows any student of
compulsory school age to be
admitted into any govern-
ment-maintained school -
including undocumented chil-
dren- the committee pointed
out the need for provisions
for Haitian students, such as
instruction in English as a sec-
ond language.
According to the concerned
educator, it is not the children
who are to blame, but the par-
ents or legal guardians.

"It is imperative, therefore,
for us to apply our immigra-
tion laws to the parent or
legal guardian of any or all
undocumented children seek-
ing admission to our schools,"
the educator said.
"Failure to do so renders
our immigration laws null and
void; puts undue strain on our
very limited resources; robs
the treasury of revenue;
weakens government and ulti-
mately threatens our sover-

Tribune Staff Reporter
A MAN accused of unlawful
possession of thousands of dol-
lars worth of goods pleaded not
guilty in a Nassau Street court
on Monday.
Jared Major, 22 of Antigua
Street, was allegedly found in

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possession of a number of goods
on June 14.
Police said Major had several
cellular phones and adapters,
four DVD-players, 2 X-Box
games, a PlayStation game box,
and several items of jewelry,
including a Gucci link necklace
and matching hand-chain.
Magistrate Guillemina
Archer set bail for Major at
$3,000 with one surety.
His preliminary inquiry will
begin on November 8.
0 Jameiko Knowles was also
brought before Magistrate
Police alleged that he was

found in possession of goods
including electronics and jew-
He was officially charged with
stealing, and pleaded not guilty.
Bail was set at $3,000.
Shakera Curry also faced a
charge of stealing on Monday.
The Tobago Crest resident
allegedly stole a cellular phone
belonging to Darren Dames
from his 2003 Ford Explorer.
She was also charged with
receiving after police said they
found her with the $275 phone.
Bail was set at $800 with one
surety. She is to return to court
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THE Department of Road
Traffic is moving steadily
towards the implementation
of several initiatives to
increase road safety aware-
ness according to the new
Traffic Controller Jack
Mr Thompson told The Tri-
bune yesterday that the erec-
tion of speed signs through-
out New Providence is merely
the beginning of a new steady,
and systematic approach to
road safety.
He said that enforcement is
perhaps the most crucial part
of the process, and that the
Department of Road Traffic
will begin to work even more
closely with the Road Traffic
division of the Royal Bahamas
Police Force to uphold traffic
"We know the hot-spots
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will be established through
series of advertising cam
paigns in the coming months
According to the controller
the appointment of a road
safety co-ordinator and a road
safety committee sometime
this week is one of the depart
ment's short-term goals
towards a concentrated road
safety awareness effort.

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WALTER "Gumps"
of Eastern Road, Nassau,
The Bahamas, will be held at
St. Paul's Catholic Church,
Lyford Cay, Nassau, on
Wednesday, 22nd June,
2005 at 3:00 p.m.
Father Bob LeFevbre will
Family and friends of Marcel Waugh "Gumps" are today
mourning his passing. He died on June 16th, 2005 after
battling a long illness. Marcel was an avid hunter who
lived life to the fullest. He had a wonderful sense of
humor and loved to laugh. His passion for traveling took
him to many places around the world sometimes hunting
with his brother, Sonny, son, Jeffrey and nephews,
Godfrey and Brian. He will be missed by many and.
leaves behind a host of relatives, brothers, Harold
"Sonny" Waugh and Douglas Prudden; sister, Cecile
Prudden-Shephard; children, Jeffery Waugh and Dawn
Waugh-Elder; daughter-in-law, Judy Waugh; son-in-law,
Bobby Elder; grandchildren, Paige and Patrick Waugh,
Skylar and Holden Elder; former wife, Joyce Waugh;
aunt, Dorothea Dupuch and many other loved ones.
In lieu of flowers the family request that donations be
sent to the Bahamas Kidney Foundation, RO. Box N-
8202, c/o Dr. Ada Thompson in memory of Marcel W.


These, he noted, would
tro ller on l include stiffer penalties on
those who violate traffic laws
as well as rerouting some
p p ro ach streets if necessary.
"Right now we are averag-
"One of the biggest chal- ing five traffic fatalities per
t lenges is that people are con- month and with that statistic,
stantly in a rush to get where we still have a number of per-
n they are going but initially sons being involved in various
t they have not given them- traffic accidents daily," he
y selves enough time to get said.
a where it is they need to be, "When we talk about traffic
- creating a mad rush on the fatalities we have to consider
streets," he said. the far-reaching implications.
Mr Thompson said the The deceased would have left
department is also in the behind dependencies and then
process of making recom- there are persons who may
, mendations for amendments have been left traumatised by
d to the Road Safety Act. the ordeal," he said.


Man charged in connection
with stone throwing incident
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT Cecil Dario Sweeting, 21, was charged in
connection with a stone throwing incident last Thursday
that left a two-year-old girl seriously injured.
The girl was airlifted to Nassau with a fractured skull.
Sweeting, of 201 Watergate Apartments, appeared before
Magistrate Helen Jones and was accused of throwing stones
on June 16 and injuring two-year-old Kenita Nottage.
He was charged with causing grievous harm to Kenita,
causing harm to Leona Williams, 23, and stealing money
belonging to Ms Williams from a house.
According to reports, a confrontation took place between
Williams and a man involving some money that was alleged-
ly stolen from her purse.
The man became angry and started throwing stones, hitting
Williams and Nottage.
Sweeting informed the magistrate that he wished for the
matter to be tried in the Supreme Court.
He was remanded to Fox Hill Prison until August 9 for a
preliminary inquiry.

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* GABRIELLE Misiewicz

BAHAMIAN Gabrielle
Misiewicz is one of only a'
handful of students from
around the world who have
been selected to attend the
People to People Future
Leaders Summit.
The summit offers a "once-
in-a-lifetime learning oppor-
tunity to the leaders who are
poised to make a difference
in tomorrow's world."
Students are chosen based
on their academic achieve-
Fifteen-year-old Ms
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Apology for PM comment

ATTORNEY Craig Butler
has apologised for suggesting
that the Prime Minister's recent
stroke may have affected his
brain's mathematical ability and
thereby be a cause for an early
Mr Butler told the The Tri-
bune that his comments were
"basically irresponsible, because
no fact was given that the math-
ematical part of the Prime Min-
ister's ceased to function".
In an article in the June 17
edition of the Nassau Guardian,
Mr Butler wrote: "It is nice to
see that the Prime Minister is
back from his check-up at John
Hopkins Medical Center. I am
disturbed that as a result of the
stroke his brain is apparently
unable to function mathemati-
cally." Butler added: "It raises
the question, however, on
whether we need to explore the
option of appointing someone

else to the Office of the Prime
Although Mr Butler offers
his apologies, he says "that what
is clear is that there is a problem
with the Prime Minister and
efforts to move the discussion
away from this is apparent".
This was in response to a piece
on the pro-government website which
pointed out Butler's faults in a
weekend release.
In a statement to The Tri-
bune, Butler claims that "we are
close to having a crisis in the
Bahamas and the average
Bahamian appears to be com-
pletely unconcerned".
Questions arose about the
Prime Minister's health after
local doctors said that the Prime
Minister would be off for 30
days to recuperate. Then, after
travelling to John Hopkins
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that a leader of a country has a
medical difficulty and full and
frank disclosure is not given as
to the extent of the medical dif-
ficulty, it rises more questions
that had the information been
released in the first place".
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the Bahamian public".
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Tribune Freeport Reporter

FREEPORT Two compa-
nies have presented donations
to the Grand Bahama Home
for the Aged for much-needed
materials for hurricane repairs.
The geriatric care facility
caters to 20 elderly residents in
Freeport, and suffered about
$79,000 in damages last year.
Home administrator Agatha
Thompson said she was very
grateful for the generous dona-
tions from Discovery Cruises
and Kelly's Limited Freeport.
But she also called for more
businesses to come forward and

offer assistance to the elderly.
Geriatric care is costly, and
operational expenses at the
Home are in excess of $200,000
yearly. The government pro-
vides the home with a $30,000
annual grant.
"Every year the cost of liv-
ing goes up and we hope that
the government and the Grand
Bahama community can come
forward with greater assis-
tance," she said.
Ms Thompson said that more
care facilities for the elderly are
greatly needed, especially in
Eight Mile Rock and the other
outlying settlements.
"We are so grateful that Cen-

tral Church of God Freeport,
has now taken up a challenge,
by opening a new home and we
hope that other churches would,
see the need to open additional,
facilities," she said.
Discovery Cruises represen-
tative Yanick Toussaint said the,
company has been assisting the'
Home for the past five years.
, "We need a much greater,
community involvement in)
looking after the elderly in our
society, and we are happy inr
conjunction with Discovery to
be supplying them with building
materials for repairs," said Kel-
ly's operation manager Chris-

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that women, particularly the Providence will meet on June Ms Paul believes that "a con-
young, are too concerned with 30 to July 2 to hear from tributor to our social problems
outer appearances. "Women women who have broken the in the Bahamas is young women
need to know that beauty is not barriers and "overcome life's who do not know how to lovely
limited to physical appear- obstacles"., themselves and are taken,
ances," she said. The seminars will end with a advantage of by predatory men.

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Tribune Freeport
Bahama economy is in a "bad
state" and unemployment num-
bers on the island are startling,
Lucaya MP Neko Grant said.
He said Grand Bahama resi-
dents are being forced to look
elsewhere for work while the
PLP continues to create false
hope about the situation.
"Things are bad and tough
and the Grand Bahama econo-
my is in shambles," said Mr
Grant, who reported that jobs
and economic activity on the
island are at an all-time low.
He was speaking at the FNM
women's convention in Freeport
on Friday.
Mr Grant said the former
FNM government restored the

Grant says unemployment numbers on island are startling

Bahamian economy, created
40,000 jobs and significantly
reduced the unemployment rate
to 3.5 per cent during their two
terms in office.
Under the PLP government,
he said, the economy is bad, jobs
are low and Bahamians are hurt-
ing while investors are going,
elsewhere to do business.
He noted that the Harcourt
Group, a potential investor,
pulled out of negotiations with
the government for the purchase
of the Royal Oasis Resort.
He added that the Ginn Cor-
poration project at West End is
also in jeopardy.
"Cabinet ministers continue
to appear at events bragging
about how things are on Grand
Bahama: But, it must be anoth-
er Grand Bahama that you and I

do not know.
"They are on the television
talking about the great jobs they
are doing and how well people
are doing in their dream-world
Grand Bahama," Mr Grant said.
He criticised the PLP for its
failure to update Bahamians on
the state of the economy, point-
ing out that the former govern-
ment did so frequently.
Mr Grant said that the
Department of Labour publicly
announced that Grand Bahama
residents are now being forced
to look elsewhere for work.
Many people, Mr Grant said,
have lost their homes, had their
vehicles repossessed, and are
struggling to pay bills.

He said that in the Interna-
tional Bazaar, all but a few
major stores have closed their
doors. "Some shopkeepers are
holding on to dear life hanging
by strings but are nobly keep-
ing their doors open as a good-
will gesture to their loyal
employees," he said.
According to Mr Grant: "The
economy is bad because we have
elected a bad government. I hear
from taxi drivers, straw vendors,
store owners, and now even doc-
tors and lawyers that things are
"The PLP members of parlia-
ment are still jumping around
anid selling false hope and pro-
viding help for selected groups
and individuals. We need the
FNM back to the rescue," he

"h B Andro 'be1ThITng e[let i,

Tribune Freeport
FREEPORT Andros busi-
nesswoman Shandice Woodside-
Rolle said that North Andros is
being neglected by the PLP gov-
Ms Rolle said the quality of
life in North Andros and the
condition of health care and
public education is unacceptable.
She also claimed that there is a
lack of jobs and business oppor-
tunities for Androsians.
"Those representing Andros
is impeding our progress and
putting our dreams on hold," she
said Friday while speaking in
Freeport at the FNM women's

Ms Rolle, the operator of
Western Air in Andros, said res-
idents of North Andros are con-
,cerned about job security and
job creation.
"There is a need for better
conditions in the workplace, pro-
motion of entrepenureship, and
job .development..We want an
enhanced quality of life, as well
as job security, and more jobs
in Andros. I don't want you to
put me in Chub Cay or Exuma."
Ms Rolle reported that the
health care system is in urgent
need of improvements and
upgrading. She said major
repairs and proper equipment
are needed at the clinic, adding
that there is no ambulance in

the area to transport patients
during emergency situations.
Patients, she said, are some-
times taken to the clinic or air-
port in the back of a truck.
"Can you imagine that in this
day and time in North Andros?
This is unacceptable. We are liv-
ing in 2005," Ms Rolle said.
She also called for a new
school, with a library and com-
puter lab, cafeteria and more
teachers. "We want more. Gone
are the days when we in the
Family Island would get excit-
ed over the construction of a
wall and mandatory routine gov-
ernment repairs. We want more
and we are demanding more
now..We must eradicate the looming in North

Andros: We are living in the
Bahamas, not North Korea," she
Ms Rolle said the FNM
women in North Andros have
embarked on a mission to get
the PLP out of office.
"I believe that women will
have a significant impact on the
next general elections.
"For me, this is more than just
a campaign; it is mission. And I
can assure you that FNM
women in North Andros are
united and focused with one
common goal: To restore hon-
esty, dignity, and integrity back
to the Bahamas and House of
Assembly by electing the FNM
as the next government of the
Bahamas," she said.

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FROM page one

Ingraham was interrupted by
Mount Moriah MP and Envi-
ronmental Ambassador Keod
Smith at least seven or eight
Mr Smith said as Mr Halki-
tis had withdrawn his com-
ments, there was no need for
Mr Ingraham to continue with
his comments.
However, Mr Ingraham
refused to stop talking and
said he was not satisfied that
Mr Halkitis's comments had
been withdrawn.
When the speaker told him
it was time to move forward,
and that he would have to
check with Hansard to ascer-
tain whether the remarks
actually had been withdrawn,
Mr Ingraham flared up at the
speaker, telling him that it
was the speaker's job to pro-
tect him and allow him to
state his case.
He accused the speaker of
not doing his job. Members
of the government side got
into the fray, claiming that Mr
Ingraham's behaviour was
reprehensible and disrespect-
ful and suggested that he was

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When he was asked to apol- regarding the expansion of r
ogise to the speaker, Mr the overseas missions.
Ingraham refused, saying that However, Mr Ingraham a
he stood by every word he rose on a point of order and a
said. At that point, Speaker claimed that it was unbeliev- b
Ingraham left the chamber able that a minister of the g
and the deputy speaker government would not be s
Anthony Moss took the chair. aware of funds which he f
Tempers flared again as would have approved ii his
members tried to pass the ministry's budget. e
heads which dealt with the Mr Mitchell's response was i]
Ministry of Foreign Affairs. that the line item was techni- in
At one point Mr Mitchell told cal in nature and he preferred u
Montagu MP Brent Symon- to consult with his staff seated
ette that he was not sure of in the gallery rather than t.
the details of a line item make an estimate or "guesti- c

FROM page one

on 200 acres of property, Mr


The architecture of the villas borrows
from Caribbean style, part Colonial, but
with an indigenous island character.
"The project is very high-end, it is in
keeping with the One and Only Ocean Club,
Winding Bay in Abaco and the Four Sea-
sons in Exuma," he noted.
In terms of the resort's impact on
Eleuthera, the operations director said that
the development is expected to revitalise
the island's economy.
"This will lead to spin-off opportunities in
the form of other entrepreneurial compa-

in House row

Mr Ingraham would not
accept that argument and
accused Mr Mitchell of not
being aware of what was
going on in his ministry. He
aid the question was straight-
orward and basic.
A shouting match then
ensued, with Mr Mitchell call-
ng Mr Ingraham a "boorish
ndividual" who had "yucked
up his vexation."
Mr Ingraham suggested
hat Mr Mitchell was unaware
if his ministry's operations


nies. There will also be employment, ini-
tially there be 100 construction jobs in the
first three months, of which there will be
more at later stages and then, of course,
there will be hotel jobs.
"This will have a tremendous impact on
the community," he said.
When construction is completed in Janu-
ary, 2007, the resort community will also
include such features as a restaurant, retail
space, and a business centre.
In addition, owners and guests will have
preferred use of the developers' private
marina at Davis Harbour.

FROM page one Bimini Bayproiect

the Bimini Bay development,
and I understand that no
stamp tax was issued, and I am
questioning the legality of this
exemption," said Mr Ingra-
Although he agreed that the
plan for the Bimini-Bay devel-
opment was carried over from
his former FNM administra-
tion, Mr Ingraham claimed he
had in the past asked Fianan-
cial Services Minister Allyson
Maynard-Gibson to table'the
heads of agreement on the
project, "but this has not yet
been done."
Mr Ingraham said Works
and Utilities Minister Bradley
Roberts had stated outside the
House of Assembly that the
resort had beei &ed i y 50
per cent: *r :: r
However, s ,tAe y iard-

Gibson claimed: "The resort
has continued in earnest full
steam ahead with a reduced
She stated that "an official
record is kept of what is said
within the House of
Assembly, but no-one can con-
trol what is said on the out-
Mrs Maynard-Gibson said
"there is a difference in
amending an agreement" and
bringing into fruition a new
agreement. .
As it relates to the employ-
ment of foreigners, Mr Ingra-
ham said: "There have been a
large number of permits, 106
to be exact, that have been
issued for the project."
He said: "There is clearly no
need in the Bahamas to have

100-plus Mexicans working on
Bimini Bay."
Mr Ingraham told MPs that
he already had a copy of the
heads of agreement for the
project in his possession, which
was why he could speak "with
such authority".
He demanded that goveri-
ment confirm the number of
permits served, as well as the
amount of money spent for
work permit fees.
Responding to the protests
of government ministers, Mr
Ingraham said: "The only time
throughout the course of -the
year, the one time, that par-
liament is expected to be
accountable is during the bud-
get debate, and there is no rule
to abridge my Aight toict'css
the budget debate.?,i.i.i

because he was always off the
island involved with other's
people concerns.
"Why don't you shut up
and sit down and stop show-
ing off," said Mr Mitchell,
pointing at Mr Ingraham, who
pointed and shouted back.
Other members joined in the
row from their seats although
there was too much noise for
most of the comments to be
heard clearly.
Their exchange continued
when Mr Mitchell, respond-.
ing to a concern raised by

Bamboo Town MP Tennysoif
Wells, said the country was
committed to paying fees to
the Caribbean Court by thle
Ingraham administration, a
claim that Mr Ingraham said
was a lie.
Both men accused the other
of having an agenda and Mt
Ingraham told Mr Mitchell:
"You will never be the prime

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FROM page one
Last Thursday, Mr Ingraham also raised the issue of a multi-.
million dollar fee paid by BTC to a consulting company.
However, Minister of Works and Utilities with responsibili-,
ty for BTC Bradley Roberts told The Tribune yesterday that all,
outstanding dividends had been paid to the government, and:
that this data is easily accessible.
"The current PLP government has always tabled all the-
heads of agreement in the House, something that the FNM
has never done," Mr Roberts said.
In parliament, Mr Ingraham said that BTC is obligated to
annually pay a $4 million franchise fee and a $5 million dividend
fee, which has been increased to $6 million in this year's budget,
to the government.
"My question is, has BaTelCo paid the $5 million for 03/04
and 04/05, and if it did not, why should we expect them to pay
the $6 million for 05/06? That's a total of $16 million that
should have come from BaTelCo as a dividend to the govern-.
ment on the basis of the government's own calculations," he
He further asked: "Has BaTelCo been paying and if it hasn't
been paying, why not, and why should we expect to receive in
05/06 when we didn't in the last two years?"
Addressing the issue of a consultancy fee paid by BTC in its
transformation process, Mr Ingraham said last week:
"I wanted to raise and discuss the alleged payment of more
than $4 million to some consultants for a time period of June 14,
2004, to April, 2005, where one person got $500,000."
The North Abaco MP, however, did not elaborate on the issue.-
as it would have taken time away from his allotted speaking'
Minister Roberts confirmed that $4.075 million had been
paid to the consultant firm JPJ Coursemark LLC, which is:
helping BTC along with its re-engineering, and added that the
"money was well spent."
He further explained that JPJ had recently been granted a 90-
day extension and upon completion "all their information will-
be revealed to the general public."
Responding to The Tribune's inquiry as to why JPJ is not reg-.
istered in the Bahamas, Mr Roberts said that it is a foreign con-'
sultancy firm and has no need to be registered in the country.

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TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2005


Miami Herald Business, Stocks, Analysis, Wall Street

Bahamas trust

caught in $3m

'fraud' probe

Tribune Business Editor
RECEIVERS are investigat-
ipg whether an alleged $3 mil-
lion transfer to a Bahamas-reg-
;tered trust was a "fraudulent
conveyance and/or a fraudulent
preference" that was made
when a Canadian-based invest-
ment firm was "insolvent".
Court documents allege that
'the Officers and Directors of
Portus Trust, which was created
to pay legal expenses incurred
by the officers and directors of
-Portus Asset Management, part
of the Portus Group, "was fund-
ed" when both entities were
insolvent and in receivership.
>^KPMG Canada, the receiver,
-Said in its report to the Canadi-
courts that the trust received
a $3 million payment by wire
transfer from the Royal Bank
bf Canada on February 1, 2005.
i The receiver alleged that the
Ontario Securities Commission
had entered Portus's offices on
January 2, 2005, to investigate
the firm and obtained its first
order against the company on
February 2 one day after the

funds were allegedly transferred
to the Bahamian trust.
The case has only come to
light after documents relating
to it were made public by the
receiver on its website to update
investors. Out of some $52.5
million allegedly invested with
Portus and its investment funds
by international investors, the
receiver has so far only secured
$35 million.

KPMG Canada added that it
had been attempting to obtain
control over the funds in the
Officers and Directors of Portus
Trust, having received informa-
tion that Boaz Manor, the
Israeli co-founder of the Por-
tus Group, had allegedly been
trying to have the remaining
$1.2 million transferred to him
or for his benefit.
The trustees for the Officers
and Directors of Portus Trust
obtained a Bahamian Supreme
Court order on May 20 allowing
them to provide the Canadian
receiver with a copy of the trust
deed and a statement of all fund

Two local bids

for Bahamasair

Senior Business Reporter
PAUL MAJOR, Bahamasair's managing director, confirmed
yesterday that the Government has received two bids from Bahami-
an groups wishing to partner with the Government in the airline's
privatisation, taking over its majority ownership and operation.
In an interview with The Tribune, Mr Major said the Government
had received two local responses to the Government's invitation for
expressions of interest by last Friday's deadline.
He indicated that there were no international submissions because
McKinsey and Co, the management consultancy firm hired by the
Government for $1 million earlier this year to prepare the airline for
privatisation, were still floating the notion of a sale in the interna-
tional market.

For both bidders, the opportunity to sit down and discuss in
detail the possibility of taking part-ownership in the national flag
carrier will have to wait until a business plan has been finalised.
Mr Major said members of the privatisation committee would be
meeting with union and management officials later this week.
'It's a slow process. You have to work it until you make some
progress. Everything is going very well for the summer bookings
are up, our on-time is up," Mr Majpor said.
S'We're looking forward to wrapping up negotiations with man-
agement and union officials by the end of July, which is what the
chairman had said, that it would be wrapped up within 60 days."
Mr Major said the invitation was made to gauge potential inter-
est in Bahamasair, and to provide potential bidders with the oppor-
tunity to introduce themselves to the Government, outlining their
financial background and managerial and administrative experiences
Meanwhile, Bradley Roberts, minister of public works and util-
SEE page three

transfers in and out of the trust.
The trust deed was executed on
December 29,2004, and amend-
ed on February 28, 2005.
Two of the three trustees are
Nassau residents, Boris Stein
and Gilbert Ward, with the oth-
er, Canadian Joseph Carlen,
allegedly a "friend and business
associate" of Mr Manor. Cor-
respondence for Mr Stein and
Mr Ward in relation to the Offi-
cers and Directors of Portus
Trust is to be addressed to
Valdy Administration, a com-
pany based at, the British Colo-
nial Centre of Commerce.
There is nothing to suggest
that Mr Stein, Mr Ward or
Valdy Administration have
done anything wrong in rela-
tion to the Officers and Direc-
SEE page two

S IS *

amount, o value' s

fiesi Bahmasair^

Tribune Business Editor
THE principal of a group
that has expressed interest in
Bahamasair's privatisation yes-
terday told The Tribune that
his group would explore cre-
ating a business model for the
national flag carrier where
ticket prices would be based
on length of flight.
Alan Guinn, chief executive
and managing director of the
Guinn Consultancy, which
submitted its expression of
interest to the Ministry of
Works and Public Utilities last
Friday, said the key to mak-
ing Bahamasair profitable lay
in keeping its aircraft fleet in
the air and minimising down-
time as much as possible.
Mr Guinn added: "I'd actu-
ally like to see a business mod-
el [for Bahamasair] where we
set the prices based on length
of flight.

"There would be a little dif-
ferent co-efficient for a long
hop as opposed to a short hop
that would give an advantage
to folks that live in the
Bahamas and do short haul
inter-island flights."

Mr Guinn's company has
partnered with Bahamian
Kent Knowles, of Bahamas-
based Mirage Investments;
Donald Schenk and Frank
Rothenberg of Airline Capi-
tal; and Christian Roith, man-
aging director of German-
based Intelligence Manage-
He described Mr Roith as
ideally suited to working on
the privatisation process, hav-
ing spent "eight to 10 years
focused on specifically taking
companies that are in trouble
and moving them out of that
into profit".

Bahamasair has never
turned a, profit in its inglori-
ous 30-plus year history, hav-
ing been a constant drain on
the Public Treasury and
Bahamian taxpayer. At the
end of the 2004-2005 fiscal
year on June 30, its accumu-
lated losses will exceed $360
million and the amount of tax-
payer subsidies pumped in to
keep it afloat will be greater
than $270 million.

However, Mr Guinn yester-
day told The Tribune that
there was "a tremendous
amount of value" in Bahama-
sair that could still be unlocked
due to this nation's position as
a tourist destination and the
brand strength inherent in its
name, once the. balance sheet
was cleaned up.
SEE page two

Businesses are urged to avoid

'complacency' over CSME 'bak o:

Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce's president yesterday urged the
business community to seize the initiative
by preparing to meet international com-
petition, and not be "lulled back into com-
placency" after the Government's deci-
sion to "back off" from the Caribbean Sin-
gle Market & Economy (CSME).
Tanya Wright warned that the issue of
the Bahamas signing on to the CSME had
yet to be resolved finally, and said this
country "seems to be the only nation or
one of the few standing still" on globali-
sation in both the Caribbean and world
Urging Bahamian companies to "pre-
pare for every eventuality", Mrs Wright
said: "My biggest fear is that businesses
in....... industries which have enjoyed

decades of trade preferences will be lulled
back into complacency, thinking that talks
on CSME have gone away.
"With CSME and other multilateral
trade agreements at the fore, our business
would be forced to look for ways to adapt
and diversify to better equip themselves to
face global competition."
The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce's
president added: "Businesses should take
advantage of the Government's position to
back off from joining the CSME to get
ready to compete.........
"Our small and domestic businesses
must start now to improve productivity,
avail themselves of the advances in tech-
nology to help create systems or better
the existing ones."
Mrs Wright backed up concerns
expressed by her predecessor, Winston
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will Bahamasair grow and pros-
Mr Guinn and his consor-
tium "anticipate" that their bid,
if accepted, would be financed
by "at least two" unnamed US
investment banks; and are also
seeking backing from two
Bahamian investment groups.
He added that his group was
set to work with the Bahama-
sair unions the pilots union
and the Airport, Airline and
Allied Workers Union
(AAAWU) to determine the
airline's future.
Arguing that the unions were
likely to be "great supporters
of what we'll try to achieve, Mr
Guinn said that while there was
likely to be "some give and
take", his group would work in
the context of existing union
agreements. It was in the inter-
ests of all parties, though, to
keep Bahamasair flying.
Mr Guinn acknowledged
that given Bahamasair's role in
the Bahamas infrastructure,
particularly the part it plays in
bringing tourists to this nation,
meant there have to be a "bal-
ance" or trade off between the
longer-haul international
routes making profits to offset
loss-making inter-island routes.
The latter, he added, would be
linked to larger population cen-
tres serviced by other carriers.
Although he was "a little bit
surprised" that Bahamasair did
not hedge its fuel purchases in
the current high oil price cli-

mate, Mr Guinn said: "The key'
is to keep the planes in the air
and the percentage of passein-
ger load where it needs to be to'
keep the airline flying. '-
"The challenge that you'face
is balancing how you get the
folks there at a reasonable'
price versus what the costs of"'
operations are. I'm looking at it
from the perspective of always
keeping the planes in the air
with the maximum passenger
load possible."
An admirer of the low-cost
carrier models epitomised by
the likes of Jet Blue, which
have driven down Bahama-
sair's revenues and prices, Mr
Guinn said some parts of their
business structure would not
adapt easily to the Bahamian
The Airline Capital execu-
tives bring a wealth of experi-
ence to Mr Guinn's consor-
Mr Rosenberg, who once
served as British Airways as its
chief financial officer for North
America, has 25 years' experi-
ence in the airline industry, his
CV detailing consultancy work
for Alitalia and advising Sri
Lanka on privatising its nation-
al airline.
Mr Schenk, who has over 20
years' experience, has worked
for airline and aerospace com-
panies on issues such as capital
structure, fund raising and the
structuring of employee stock
option plans (ESOPs).

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52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Symbol Previous Close Today's Close Change Daily Vol. EPS $ Div $ PIE Yield
1.10 0.95 Abaco Markets 0.95 0.95 0.00 -0.208 0.000 N/M 0.00%
8.50 8.00 Bahamas Property Fund 8.50 8.50 0.00 1.445 0.320 5.9 3.76%
6.40 5.55 Bank of Bahamas 6.40 6.40 0.00 0.561 0.330 11.4 5.16%
0.85 0.77 Benchmark 0.77 0.77 0.00 0.187 0.000 4.1 0.00%
1.80 1.40 Bahamas Waste 1.50 1.50 0.00 0.122 0.000 12.3 0.00%
1.06 0.87 Fidelity Bank 1.06 1.06 0.00 0.007 0.050 14.3 4.72%
8.65 6.76 Cable Bahamas 8.55 8.55 0.00 0.589 0.240 14.5 2.81%
2.20 1.55 Colina Holdings 2.20 2.20 0.00 0.259 0.060 8.5 2.73%
9.00 6.75 Commonwealth Bank 9.00 9.00 0.00 0.673 0.410 13.4 4.56%
2.50 0.54 Doctor's Hospital 2.50 2.50 0.00 0.452 0.000 5.5 0.00%
4.02 3.75 Famguard 4.02 4.02 0.00 0.406 0.240 9.9 5.97%
10.50 8.55 Finco 10.50 10.50 0.00 0.662 0.500 15.7 4.76%
8.60 6.69 FirstCaribbean 8.60 8.60 0.00 0.591 0.330 12.4 3.84%
8.60 8.31 Focol 8.42 8.42 0.00 0.708 0.500 11.9 5.94%
1.99 1.27 Freeport Concrete 1.27 1.27 0.00 0.082 0.000 15.5 0.00%
10.14 9.50 ICD Utilities 9.60 9.60 0.00 0.818 0.405 11.7 4.20%
8.25 8.20 J. S. Johnson 8.30 8.30 0.00 0.561 0.550 14.8 6.75%
6.69 4.36 Kerzner International BDRs 5.90 5.88 -0.02 1,270 0.184 0.000 32.1 0.00%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 2.010 0.565 5.0 5.65%
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Symbol B d$ Ask $ Last Price Weekly Vol. EPS $ Div $ P/E 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 -0.066 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 05400.35 -0.103 0.000 N/M 0.00%

1.2323 1.1703 Colina Money Market Fund 1.232656*
2.3329 1.9423 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.3329*
10.3837 10.0000 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 10.3837"*..
2.2072 2.0985 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.207174**
1.1080 1.0435 Colina Bond Fund 1.107989****

BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00 YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price
52wk-HI Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelit)
52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily 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 day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful
P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100
* AS AT MAR. 31, 2005/ 1 AS AT APR. 29, 2005
* AS AT MAY.20, 2005/ AS AT MAY. 31, 2005/ **** AS AT MAY. 31, 2005

FROM page one

tors of Portus Trust;
A May 24 letter sent to KPMG Canada's attorneys by Lennox
Paton, the Bahamian law firm acting for the trustees, said the
remaining $1.2 million contained in the Officers and Directrs
of Portus Trust was effectively frozen and would not be dis-
bursed without further court order.
The Lennox Paton letter said: "Please note that the, trustees
will abide by any order of the Bahamian Supreme Court in
relation to your clients' claim. Further, the trustees will make no
further distributions from the trust until this matter is resolved
or until they are ordered to do so by the Bahamian court.' .' i
KPMG Canada's report said it had located $910,000 of the $3
million transferred into the Officers and Directors of Portus,.
Trust in the trust account of Teplitsky Colson, a Canadian law.
firm that previously acted for Portus and a senior company
executive, Michael Mendelson. Those funds are now frozen,
pending the outcome of the case.
A further $800,000 from the Bahamian trust was also found
by the receiver to have been paid to Bennett Jones, the Cana-
dian law firm now acting for Mendelson. It still holds $297,243
and the receiver has "requested an accounting of the Officers
and Directors of Portus Trust funds with Bennett Jones".
The receiver's prime concern, though, is to secure the funds
in the Bahamian trust and prevent them from falling into Mr
Manor's hands, alleging that he was not a beneficiary of the
Mr Manor, who is citing illness as his reason for not going
back to Canada to be quizzed by investigators, was alleged to be
"attempting to misappropriate" funds from the Officers and
Directors of Portus Trust.
A letter from the receiver's attorneys, filed with the courts,
alleged: 'The receiver has been further informed that Mr manor
has been in discussions with Mr Carlen in an attempt to have the
proceeds of the trust transferred to Mr Manor. This would
constitute a misappropriation of the trust funds in violation of
Canadian law and would be prejudicial to the Portus investors."
However, Mr Manor's Israeli attorney, Yehuda Weinstein,
alleged that his client was a beneficiary of the Bahamian trust.
In his reply, Mr Weinstein said the Bahamian trust "was
established before any investigation of any securities authority
was initiated, and at that time the company was solvent. There-
fore, your claims regarding the trust and transfer of funds to it
are misinformed".

FROM page one

"When you look at where
the Bahamas is located, it's a
natural travel destination and
location," he added. Apart
from the US market, a priva-
tised Bahamasair could also
look to bring in visitors from
Latin America and the
"There's a tremendous
opportunity there that to my
mind hasn't been exploited,"
Mr Guinn said. Even longer-
haul flights to European
tourism markets, such as the
UK, would not be off-limits to
a privatised Bahamasair with
many aircraft coming off leases
with other airlines.
He added that the privatised
airline's profits would be
dependent on the tourist indus-
try, saying: "Only by moving
Bahamasair to a model where
the demographics of its current
and future customer base are
addressed, the frequency of
service and flight connections
are interwoven, and contractu-
al rationalisations are realised,



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'Seven-point plan' to clean up Guana Cay

RESTORATION of natural
sand dunes, the restoration and
management of wetlands in the
area and contamination cleanup
are among a 7-point plan that
Discovery Land Company plans
to implement on Baker's Bay
on the northern end of Guana
Cay, says its senior vice-presi-
dent of the Environment &
Community Affairs, Dr Liv-
ingston Marshall.
Is his recent address to mem-
bers of the Rotary Club of New
Providence, Dr Marshall who
is one of, if not the only,
Bahamian to hold a Bachelor's
degree and Ph.D. in Marine
Science, said that in the current
climate of increasing concerns
for the environment, outlining
the Baker's Bay approach to
ensuring proper environmental
management is absolutely nec-
Discovery Land Company's
7-point.plan includes: the
cleanup of contaminants on the
90-acre former Premier Cruise
line site, formally known as
Treasure Island which is cur-
rently underway; restoration of
natural sand dune systems and

Discovery Land

Company project

native vegetation in coastal
buffer zones of the Treasure
Island complex; removal and
management of invasive plants,
such as the Australian Pine and
Hawaiian Inkberry along the
coastal zone of the entire pro-
ject site; restoration and man-
agement of wetlands adjacent
to the marina area; manage-
ment of wildlife habitats, includ-
ing turtle nesting beaches, white
crown pigeon foraging areas,
and neo-tropical migratory bird
habitats; dissemination of the
project status and documenta-
tion of impacts through a pro-
ject website and the creation of
an independent foundation for
the management of preserved
areas, environmental outreach
education and ongoing site
Dr Marshall's many years of

professional research experi-
ence in marine and estuarine
systems have focused on
applied fisheries, habitat
restoration, ecosystem moni-
toring, conservation and envi-
ronmental policy.
Considering it an honour to
speak to the topic, "A Case
Study In Sustainable Develop-
ment The Baker's Bay Golf
and Ocean Club," Dr Marshall
said, "As a Bahamian, I am
extremely pleased to be profes-
sionally associated with the Dis-
covery Land Company and join
the dozens of other Bahamians,
recently and soon to be,
employed on the project."
Calling Baker's Bay Golf &
Ocean Club "a unique" devel-

Regulator issues

new bank warning

THE Central Bank has warned potential
depositors and investors from doing business
with Century Bank & Trust on the grounds
that it may be operating in breach of the Banks
and Trust Companies Regulation Act
The Central Bank said in its warning notice
that Century Bank & Trust was "not licensed
under the Banks and Trust Companies Regu-
lation Act 2000 to conduct banking and/or trust
business in or from the Bahamas.



"Members of the public who transact busi-
ness with this person do so at their own risk.
"Prudence should be exercised when dealing
with this person."
The Central Bank added that there was "no
apparent connection" between the entity that
was the subject of the warning and the Centu-
ry Bank & Trust that was licensed in the
Bahamas on September 1, 1994.
That licence was revoked by Order on
November 17, 1995.




FROM page one
ities, with responsibility for
Bahamasair, said the privatisa-
tion process involving the
national flag carrier was pro-
gressing as expected.
Mr Roberts said the
McKinsey and Co were still
in dialogue with executive
management and the unions
as to how to best achieve a
low-cost national flag car-
rier business plan .
"As you would expect
there are differing views,
but in the end reasonable
conclusions will be drawn
and I am confident that a
saleable business plan will
result," Mr Roberts said.
At the time, the Minister
said the Government had
agreed in principle to
cleansing Bahamasair's bal-
ance sheet of debt unrelat-
ed to revenue generation
and dormant government-
related payables, all of
which resulted from with-
held or deferred capital.
During his contribution
to the Budget debate, Mr

Roberts told MPs that
Bahamasair will close the
current fiscal year with a
net loss of $12 million.
He sadded that while fuel
surcharges had been
imposed to partially offset
the growing cost of fuel,
much of the impact from
those surcharges had been
eroded by fare compression
triggered by the low cost
carriers. Bahamasair's rev-
enue in 2004-2005grew by
$4 million while expenses
grew by $5 million, mostly
driven by the cost of fuel.
"Had it not been for the
[disruption] in service
caused by Hurricanes
Frances and Jeanne in the
fall last year, the airline
would have been better by
$1.8 million resulting in a
net loss of $10.2 million,"
Mr Roberts said.
He argued that this was a
major achievement, given
the $13 million reduction in
losses achieved over the
previous year.

Mr Roberts used the
occasion of the opening of
the new Bahamasair domes-
tic terminal to announce
that the Government had
agreed in principle to rid
Bahamasair's balance
sheets of unproductive debt
and dormant intra-govern-
ment payables.
The government was said
to be increasing its annual
subsidy to Bahamasair by
$1 million for the 2005-2006
fiscal year, a move that
raised questions whether
the airline would be'priva-
tised by the end of summer,
as the administration had

opment, Dr Marshall stated that
it is a dynamic, industry lead-
ing, environmentally friendly
and economically rewarding
opportunity for The Bahamas
that will inject millions of dol-
lars into the Bahamian econo-
my during the construction
phase and long after the prop-
erty becomes fully operational.
He told Rotarians that there
is ample evidence that The
Bahamas was in an "unprece-
dented economic cycle," and
that Baker's Bay is not only a
major pillar of these economic
opportunities, but also, "it is
clearly a catalyst for a new and
superior standard in resort.
development for The Bahamas,
and likely the region."
When completed, the 585-
acre Baker's -Bay Club will fea-
ture approximately 400 resi-
dential units, a mixture of
oceanfront homes, golf villas
and marina village homes; a
championship-calibre tropical
links style 18-hole golf course; a
180-slip deep water marina, up

to 100-bed villa-style Inn for
rent; a quaint and lively marina
village open to the public and a
highly-amenitized equity club
with approximately 400 mem-
Dr Marshall outlined the
Baker's Bay design philosophy
that utilizes the best available
technologies to construct resi-
dential resort communities with

the highest environmental stan-
dards and management prac-
tices. Discovery Land Compa-
ny's core philosophy is to pro-
vide good environmental stew-
ardship that adds value to the
community, as well as protect
property from both natural and
anthropogenic disturbances.
Dr Marshall addressed
several questions posed by
Rotarians and facilitated
numerous one-on-one conver-

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This is a newly created position in which the jobholder will assume
responsibility for all aspects of financial control and banking operational
matters at Ansbacher (Bahamas) Limited (ABL).

Reporting to the managing director of ABL and functionally to the group
finance director in London, the jobholder will work within the group
guidelines to prepare, implement and control budgets for the company's
business activities as well as developing financial plans and forecasts.
Operational matters will be supervised to extract maximum efficiency
and minimal risk in support of the company's business objectives and
activities.. .

The jobholder has responsibility for safe custody and the insurance of
funds, securities and other assets and will control and oversee capital
expenditure, credit and collection activities.

To improve financial and business accounting, it is expected that
business process re engineering and other initiatives designed to
improve cash flow and efficient operations will occur at the jobholder's
instigation. There will be regular contact with group finance in London
and other finance and operations management throughout the ansbacher
group. The jobholder will be a board member of ABL.

Adhering to Financial Services Authority (FSA) standards for Approved
Persons applicants for this position must be professionally qualified
(CPA/ACA/CA) and have ten years or more of relevant experience
gained within the financial sector.

Salary and benefits are commensurate with this senior appointment
and there will be an opportunity to participate in the group's incentive

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P.O. Box N-7768
Nassau, Bahamas
Fax: 325-0524


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Send resume to:
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Tourism trainers seek best practices

FOLLOWING the appoint-
ment of its new director, the Min-
istry of Tourism's newly-created
education and trading unit has
begun exposing its trainers to
industry best practices with a day at'
the Atlantis University.
With Samuel Gardiner now
installed, the Ministry of Tourism
said training has become its latest
Industry trainers throughout the
Bahamas from Bahamahost to
staff orientation trainers spent a
day at Kerzner International,
where they were exposed to the
Atlantis University as part of an
initiative to gain exposure to the

best practices of corporate trainers.
During the one-day session, the
Ministry o'f Tourism staff were giv-
en an overview of the concepts
used in the corporate university
model of the Atlantis resort. The
group also got the chance to ques-
tion the trainers at Atlantis Uni-
versity, gleaning best practices and
tips for motivating employees.

According to Beverley Saun-
ders, vice-president of organisa-
tional development and training
at Atlantis, Paradise Island, the
Atlantis University concept grew

out of a need by the company to
provide managers with tools to 0 BEVERLY SAUNDERS,
help them perform more effec- vice-president of organisational
tively. The need was revealed development and training at
through the twice-yearly employee Atlantis, shares some of the
satisfaction index performed by training initiatives of the famed
the company. Atlantis U ity th th
Mr Gardiner said that while the Atlantis University wth the
various training divisions within Ministry of Tourism.
the ministry were performing (Photo by Derek Smith)
effectively before, the revamped
department will be more co-ordi-
"We thought it was important .;": ..
to bring together all the training
departments within the ministry,
especially those on the Out
Islands," he said. "It's important
for all of us to have the same
knowledge and maintain the same
The new Education and Train-
ing department has also been chal-
lenged to roll out, over the next
30 days, new initiatives for all its
"We Want to be the new heart
and soul of the ministry," Mr Gar-
diner said.

Businesses are urged to avoid

'complacency' over CSME 'back off'

FROM page one

Rolle, and the Chamber's exec-
utive director, Phillip Simon, by
agreeing that the Bahamas
Trade Commission was under-
funded in relation to the tasks it
was being asked to undertake.
While the Government had
requested that the Commis-
sion assess whether the
Bahamas should sign on to the
CSME, it "does not have the
resources to operate with the
level of efficiency required for
an issue of such national
Mrs Wright said creating
and maintaining customer loy-
alty would be key to how
Bahamian businesses were

able to compete.
She added: "Even if we are
not to join CSME, Bahamian
businesses would be advised
to prepare. Preparation for
competition is not CSME spe-
cific; it is global savvy.
"Although business will
struggle if the nation in which
it operates fails to catch up
with global competition and
progress in technology, it
would be worse if they were
not ready when the nation is."
The Chamber president said
companies needed to look at
what was happening in the
Bahamian insurance industry,
where companies were
responding to globalisation.
through mergers and acquisi-
tions, diverse products and

Bahamas Property

Fund Limited

Bahamas Property Fund Limited hereby notifies
all its shareholders that the Board of Directors
has declared a dividend of eighteen cents (18)
per Class A Ordinary Sha9re to be paid June 30,
2005, to all shareholders of record as of June 27,

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Notice is hereby given that the Governor,
pursuant to Section 18(1)(a)(iii) ofThe Banks and
Trust Companies Regulation Act, 2000, has revoked
by Order dated 13th June, 2005 the batik and trust
licence granted to Equator Bank Limited on 10th
February, 1975 and amended from time to time, on
the grounds that the company has been placed in

Wendy Craigg
The Central Bank of The Bahamas

new legislation.
She also cited the banking
industry for its mergers and
acquisitions, and the institu-
tion for which she works,
Bank of the Bahamas Inter-
national, for increasing its
product base and expanding
into new markets.
Urging that it "not be busi-
ness as usual", Mrs Wright
said that while the focus had
for now shifted from the
CSME, it was "not resolved".
"CARICOM made it clear
that all of its members must
participate in CSME. The
Government's position is also
clear that we will remain in
CARICOM, so until this gov-
ernment or the next takes a
firm and categorical position
against joining CSME, we
have to prepare for every
eventuality," Mrs Wright said.
"More resources need to be
invested in the education of
our workforce about CSME,
WTO and FTAA to under-
stand the broader issues which
shape and define those trade
agreements, so that we can
identify any potential for good
within these agreements and
how to apply them in the con-
text of the unique facet of the
Bahamas as a whole."
Mrs Wright said the

Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce had begun talks with
the Ministry of Trade and
Industry and Ministry of For-
eign Affairs about holding an
autumn conference "on all
aspects of globalisation", such
as trends, technology progress,
trade agreements, laws, taxa-
tion and administration.
But she added: "The Gov-
ernment's agenda is very
crowded. Businesses cannot
expect that all business con-
cerns in these talks will
receive the same priorities.
Businesses must realise that
their fate is in their own

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NOTICE is hereby given that ROBBINETTE THOMPSON, P.O.
BOX N-10067, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that
any person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 21ST day of JUNE,
2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

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
14TH day of JUNE, 2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

RE: Study of the Process to Establish a Small Business
in the Bahamas.

In keeping with the mandate to encourage Bahamian
entrepreneurship, the Government has appointed a task force
with a mandate to present to Government recommendations on
how to simplify the process for the establishment of legitimate
business especially small to medium enterprises. In order to
attain a full understanding of the difficulties encountered by
small to medium enterprises, the Task Force is seeking comments
from small to medium enterprises in the following sectors:

1) Agriculture and Fisheries
2) Legal Services
3) Medical Services
4) Financial Services
5) Dry Good (Retail & Wholesale)
6) Construction Services
(Including, Architectural, Plumbing and Electrical Services)
7) Tourism Related
(Which include Small Hotels, Souvenir Manufacturing, Jet
Ski & Pleasure Craft Operators)
8) All other goods and service providers.
Responses may be sent to:

Mr Michael Halkitis
Chairman of the Task Force for the Simplification of the Process
to Establish Small Business
Ministry of Finance
3rd Floor
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Community Development in a sealed envelope marked
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June, 2005.

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AS a tune-up for his appearance in
the prestigious Wimbledon tennis tour-
nament, Davis Cup player Ryan Sweet-
ing pulled off a stunning two-set victo-
ry against the world's number one seed
Donald Young. .
Playing in the LTA~International
Junior day,
Sweeting knocked out Young613, 6-2 in
the second round of the tournament at
the Bank of England Sports Ground in
Roehampton, London.
"It was a tremendous victory for
Ryan," said Bahamas Lawn Tennis
Association's president Mary Shelley,
who watched the match along with for-
mer president Kit Spencer.
"He played exceptionally well. I think
it was good to watch him play. To me,
he played 20 times better than he did
when he played Davis Cup.",
It was the second time that Young
has lost to a Bahamian. In December,
he lost to Timothy Neilly in the finals of
the Orange Bowl Tournament in Flori-
While Young is ranked No 1 in the
world, Neilly is pegged at 16 and Sweet-
ing at 24.
Spencer said it was watching a junior
player emerge on the senior level.
"That was how well he played,"
Spencer said.
He said that many of the players who
were on hand to watch the match were
not really surprised, because they all
knew that Sweeting was capable of
playing at that level.
"He had all of the tools working for
him today," Spencer said. "He really
looked like a solid player out there. I
was, really impressed with what I saw."
The tournament will run until Satur-
day. Sweeting is scheduled to play his
third round .match today. His opponent
will be the winner of the match between
Kellen Damico of the United States
and David Navarrete of Venezuela.


"It was great for us as Bahamians
watch him play," Spencer said. "We're
looking forward to him playing even
better now that he has beaten the num-
ber one player in the world."
Sweeting, one of three Bahamians
playing, started the tournament with a
7-6 (3), 6-4 win in the first round over
Antal Van Der Duim of the Nether-
Van Der Duim was a finalist in the
French Open at Roland Garros, where
Sweeting was eliminated in the first
Neilly, the Bahamian playing under
the United States banner, was eliminat-
ed in the first round by Ruben Bemel-
mans of Belgium, 7-5, 6-7 (7), 8-6.
The other player, Grand Bahamian
Jessica Sweeting, lost in the first round
of the girls' singles 6-1, 6-0 to Aude
Vermoezen of Belgium.
All three players will be playing in
the junior division of Wimbledon, which
started yesterday.

* RYAN Sweeting, who beat the world's number one Donald Young

While Ryan Sweeting and Timothy
Neilly will continue a string of Bahami-
ans who have participated in the tour-

nament on the boys' side, Jessica Sweet-
ing will be the first in the girls' side.
Jessica Sweeting is also the first

Bahamian female to ever play in the
tournament, the world's biggest tennis


Assistant Coach
- Anthony Forbes

Ladies' Roster
Natasha Bain
Sherry Beneby
Mary Edgecombe
Christine Hanna
Latoya Humes
Thelia Johnson
Linda K Knowles
Nerissa Lockhart
Rita Mackey
Dorothy Marshall
Theresa Miller
Alexia Moss
Chryshan Percentie
Beatrice Riley
Lakesha Robinson
Monique Sears
Nerissa Seymour
Candice Smith
Lena Symonette
Shavette Taylor
Head Coach
- Ali Culmer
Assistant Coach
- Gary Johnson
Assistant Coach
- Lenny Newton

Klanoris beats Robinson to go through

Junior sports reporter
TOP-RANKED tennis player
Kalontina Klanoris served herself into
the next round yesterday in the T-Rex
junior national tournament.
Klanoris' powerful strokes from
behind the service line brought
chaos in Rashida Robinson's game
plan, eventually causing her to fall 6-2,
According to Klanoris, her perfor-
mance was below par, and she is hop-
ing to improve in her next game.

But Robinson claimed that nerves
were her downfall.
Klanoris said: "I really wanted to
perfect my services on her today, but I
had some problems with it. Unlike her,
when I faulted, I was able to regroup.
This helped me to pull away from her
in the first set.
In the warm-up Robinson tried to
work on her service and backhand
attack, but the short time did not allow
her to fine tune the errors.
Robinson double-faulted three times
in the first set and four times in the
second. She was able to strike up some

good groundstrokes on several hard-hit
volleys sent by Klanoris, but errors of
the service returns compounded her


A frustrated Robinson tried to
respond and regain composure, but hit
the ball into the net.
She said: "I really have to work on
my services. I tried to correct the errors
made on the first serve, but I ended
up double-faulting.

"This was very frustrating to me,
because when I am in practice I am
able to serve very well, but the minute
I step on the court the errors roll in.
"I need to learn how to put the
points lost behind me, but instead I
tend to let it carry over to the next
point. As soon I learn how to correct
the errors, I'll be able to strengthen
my game."
The boys' early morning match saw
Fountain take on Fountain in the boys'
18 division.
Playing to advance into the quarter-
finals were Jacob Fountain and

William Fountain, with Jacob getting
the upper hand.
Jacob defeated William 6-4, 6-1 to
play later on in the evening,
For him, the game was a polishing
act, as he awaits Ceron Rolle.
He said: "There are a lot of things I'll
have to work on, hopefully I can do
so in the next game. There were a lot of
shots that went outside because of the
power I hit them with.
"Most of the shots were open, so I
have to put them down in that game."
The tournament continues today
with competition in the semi-finals.

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THE Bahamas Softball Fed-
eration is hoping that a youth
movement will reinvigorate a
dissipated national team pro-
The BSF has released the
names of the coaches and mem-
bers of its newest men's and
ladies' national teams that will
compete in the upcoming CAC
The qualifying rounds for the
CAC tournament in the ladies'
division will take place from July
23 to August 9 in Cartegena,
The ladies' team will predom-
inantly feature newcomers, as
12 of the 20 team members will
be competing internationally for
the first time.
The men's qualifying round
will take place from August 23
to September 4, also in Carte-
gena, Colombia.
The men's team will also be
primarily made up of newcom-
ers with 11 of their 17 members
experiencing international com-
petition for the first time.
After months of vigorous
workout sessions, the teams
were ratified by the BSF over
the weekend.
The teams will also represent
the Bahamas at the Pan Am
Games qualifier will be held in
The men's qualifier will be
held from July 1 to 4 and the
women's qualifier will be
November 13 to 23.
Men's Roster
Adney Bethell
Windsor Bethell Jr
Godfrey Burnside Jr
Julian Collie
Fred Cornish
Philip Culmer
Anthon Gibson
Cardinal Gilbert
Jamal Johnson ;
Van Johnson
Pedro Marcellas
Lynden Richardson
Renaldo Rolle
Charles Rolle
Julian Pratt
Ramone Storr
Marvin Wood
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