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Publication Date: June 24, 2005
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Volume: 101 No.175

FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2005


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Alvin Smith


$3m increase

PRIME Minister Perry
Christie has been asked to
explain why spending in his own
office has increased by 'ver $3
million in three years.
Opposition leader Alvin
Smith has queried what he
described as the "sudden $1.2
'million budgetary increase" for
the Prime Minister's Office this
Mr Smith told The Tribune:

Chief Reporter
SENATOR Cyprianna
McWeeney looks set to quit
the upper chamber, having
taken part in her last debate
on Wednesday evening.
Mrs McWeeney, howev-
er, strongly denied sugges-
tions that she was leaving
for a post in the Office of
the Prime Minister.
It was speculated that she
would take up the newly-
created post of project co-
ordinator at $54,200 a year.
Mrs McWeeney said this
SEE page nine

"There is a discrepancy
between the $2.2 million aver-
age at the Prime Minister's
-Office during Mr Ingraham's
term and Mr Christie's current
average of $4 million."
He questioned the hiring of
numerous consultants, a project
co-ordinator, project adminis-
trators and other personnel,
most of whom make over
$50,000 per year.
There are two posts, the
national planning co-ordinator
and a financial adviser, set to
make $95,000 and $80,000
He said: "No government
should have the authority to sat-
urate any ministry."
In this budgetary year
$400,000 was created in new
posts, including a head messen-
ger, a senior executive officer,
two chief clerks, a cook, house-
maid, gardener and a senior
executive officer.
In addition to overspending,
the government has been
accused in this budget of "con-
tinuing the pattern of PLP over-
estimation." (See page 2)
Former Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham, in his contri-
bution to the budget debate,
said the PLP had yet to produce
estimates of revenue that are
realised within any reasonable
limits with the possible excep-
tion of this year when extraor-
dinary, one-time events may
push their receipts to projection
and perhaps beyond.
SEE page nine

Blind visitor believed

to have drowned

Tribune Freeport
Bahama police believe that
alcohol may have contributed
to the apparent drowning of a
blind visitor, who was found at
the bottom of a swimming pool
Wednesday evening at a resort
in Freeport.
.Chief Supt Basil Rahming
said police are awaiting the
results of an autopsy on 38-
year-old John Irvin Thomas, of
Longview, Texas.
Thomas, who was on vaca-
tion with his wife in Freeport,
was 90 per cent blind. The cou-
ple were staying at the Island
Palm Resort.
According to the victim's
wife, she and her husband were

Relaxing poolside earlier before
she decided to retire to bed. At
about 11.21pm, a woman tele-
phoned police to report that a
man was lying underwater at
the resort's pool.
The man was not in
swimwear, but wearing casual
Emergency Medical Services
personnel and police were dis-
patched to the scene. The man,
identified as Mr Thomas, was
pulled from the water. CPR was
administered, but there was no
The victim was taken to
Rand Memorial Hospital,
where he was pronounced dead.
Mr Rahming said police do
not suspect foul play, but
believe that alcohol may have
contributed to Mr Thomas's

Action group
claims pastor's
remarks had
'negative impact'
on gay youth
A NASSAU pastor has been
criticised for remarks which an
action group says leave gay and
lesbian youth "very much at
The Rainbow Alliance of the
Bahamas said yesterday that it
was disturbed by Pastor Mattie
Nottage's comments, which had
a "negative impact" on gay
youth and left them without
"While we share her passion
for the serious nature of child
abuse and the need to continue
to find better ways of helping
SEE page nine

phone company AT and T
sent a warning out to its
Canadian customers yester-
day to refrain from return-
ing calls and e-mails origi-
nating in the Bahamas,
specifically those with 284
or 876 area codes.
According to The Nipaw-
in Journal, this "pay-per-call
scheme" tricks victims into
returning calls by "referring
[them] to a friend or family
member that is ill or in some
other emergency."
Once the call is returned,
"they keep you on the line
SEE page nine

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questions in

Cay Mills case

THE swearing-in of Abaco
councillor Cay Mills is creating
quite a problem for local gov-
ernment officials.
Under a court order imposed
earlier this month, Mr Mills is
not allowed to go anywhere
near the man whose job is to
perform the ceremony island
administrator Revis Rolle.


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.

Mr Mills, a representative for
Dundas Town, is on $50,000 bail
with two sureties, having been
charged with assaulting Mr
Rolle during an alleged fracas at
the local basketball court. He
is due to return to court on July


Under the court order, Mr
Mills is not only banned from
being in Mr Rolle's presence,
he is not allowed to attend any
meetings in which the adminis-
trator is involved.
An Abaco source told The
Tribune: "The local elections
take place on Monday, but Mr
Mills is already among those
nominated as a Dundas Town
representative and is certain to
be chosen as a councillor.
"The swearing-in will have to
take place soon after the elec-
tions, but the two men are not
allowed to come face-to-face.
This has created quit a stir. No-
one knows what's going to hap-



Flying in a substitute from
Nassau is not an option, accord-
ing to the source. "The admin-
istrator is the only person who
can swear in councillors. There
is no way that any replacement
can be brought in. It's against
the rules."
The impasse has bedn the
subject of debate on Radio


In the event of a conviction,
the problem will be solved
because Mr Mills would then
be barred automatically from
serving as a councillor.
If he is acquitted, the court
would have to decide whether
to lift the court order to allow
Mr Mills to claim his council
"If the two eventually appear
together at the swearing-in cer-
emony, there are unlikely to be
many pleasantries exchanged,".
said the source.
Meanwhile, Radio Abaco
boss Silbert Mills said it was up
to the government to facilitate
the people's will.
"The world doesn't come to
an end," he said, "The govern-
ment must seek to do the hon-
ourable thing, even if that
means the transfer of the

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* ABACO councillor Cay Mills

FNM leader criticises

Budget'lack of vision'

Tribune Staff Reporter,
THE 2005/2006 budget lacks
vision and a clear development
This is the verdict of FNM
Senate Leader Tommy Turn-
quest, who severely criticised
the government's financial plan
for the next year, saying it was.
totally flawed.
"It is unrealistic in its projec-
tions, particularly with regard
to revenue. The expenditure
estimates do not display fiscal
prudence, and sets the govern-
ment on a reckless spending
spree, padding it with jobs for
PLP favorites," Mr Turnquest
said during his contribution to
the Senate budget debate on
Mr Turnquest said it appears
as if each minister is only con-
cerned with getting as much
money allocated to his or her
ministry as possible, and that
no co-ordinated plans or pro-
grammes were budgeted for.
"And so I ask: where is the
vision, where is the plan and I
answer there is none. We will
all suffer."
Mr Turnquest says the budget
gives a false impression that the.
economy will perform so well
in the next 12 months that the
government can afford to pur-
sue a policy of unabated spend-
ing and increase the national
deficit without incurring signif-
icant negative financial or social
Calling the budget communi-
cation "disappointing", Mr Turn-
quest said it was more of the
same rhetoric, with little detail.
Mr Turnquest criticised the
government for not heading in
the right direction as far as

deficit spending is concerned,
and said the government has no
strategic approach to dealing
with national issues or pursuing
global opportunities.
"The proposed spending for
2005/2006 shows no creativity
or innovation. The projected
increase in spending of $64 mil-
lion taking recurrent expendi-
ture to $1.214 billion will go
toward swelling the bureaucra-
cy rather than creating mean-
ingful programmes to help those
continuously in need," he said.


Mr Turnquest described the
government's tax relief pro-
gramme as "shameful". He said
little relief will come to lower
and middle income Bahamians
- the broadest group in society.
"Rather, relief goes to a pre-
.cious few. Instead, revenue
enhancement measures propos-

es fees that will impact the low-
er and middle-income Bahami-
ans most, as the PLP proposes
to raise port fees and introduce
airport user fees.".
Mr Turnquest claimed that
the budget does not allow for
improvements in.critical areas
of government operations or in
the social crises plaguing the
nation, such as illegal immigra-
tion, crime, public health-care
or transportation.
While he acknowledged that
the government made provi-
sions for health-care and law
enforcement, "given their track
record of slow and indecisive
action, one will have to wait and
see if this actually materialises,"
he said:
Mr Turnquest said the PLP
government's record on revenue
projection and expenditure
management is so poor that
there is no basis to believe the
government will deliver what it
promises in this budget period.

PAGE 2, FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2005

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FNM figures play the

waiting game on race

FNM leadship Are remaining
guarded about their inten-
tions despite former Cabi-
net Minister Dion Foulkes'
announcement that he will
run for the position of FNM
Most said that they remain
undecided as to whether or
not they will run, and
implied that they still had a
lot of thinking to do on the
Some, however, such as
former minister of economic
development Zhivargo
Laing, dropped suggestive
After stating that he-is
undecided, Mr Laing coyly
added: "One never knows -
all things are possible."
Former attorney general
andtcurrent FNM chairman
Carl Bethel said that he is
still "deliberating with friends
and family as to what he will
do." -
Former prime minister
Hubert Ingraham declined to

comment on The Tribune's
Montagu MP Brent
Symonette, who some expect
to offer himself for leader-
ship, has yet to make his
intentions known.
There has been speculation
that these men and a few oth-
ers may be waiting in the
background to see who will
make their move first.
Current FNM deputy
leader Sydney Collie and for-
mer Cabinet minister in the
Ingrahram administration
Algernon Allen could not be
reached for comment.
On Thursday independent
MP for Bamboo Town Ten-
nyson Wells predicted that
the race for the FNM leader-
ship would be a "blood-
Mr Symonette suspects
that the next 60 to 90 days
will be extremely interesting
for the PLP and the FNM,
and pointed out that even
now, Prime Minister Perry
Christie remains guarded
about his own political

Tribune Freeport
FREEPORT A 14-year-
old female student was slashed
with a knife during an alter-
cation with two other students
at Jack Hayward High School
on Wednesday.
The girl sustained a serious
laceration to her left arm
in a fight with two male
students, one of whom pulled


out a six-inch blade knife.
The fight happened around
The girl was taken to hospi-
tal, treated for her injuries and
Chief Superintendent of
Police Basil Rahming said a
16-year-old and 17-year-old of
Bonito Street, Caravel Beach
are expected to be charged in
connection with the incident
at the next meeting of the
Juvenile Panel.


for all ages

U BRENT Symonette has enter the leadership race

Work begins to replace Moss

Town air terminal buildings

WORK is underway to provide a more
sturdy structure to replace the portion of the
Moss Town air terminal that was destroyed
by fire last month.
,i Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of
Transport and Aviation Archie Nairn told
"The Tribune that several structures loaned
by the Grand Bahama Port Authority
-would be set up to replace the Immigra-
tion and Customs facilities in Exuma.

The structures, which are similar to trail-
ers, will be placed together and equipped
with utilities, air conditioning and base
They will serve as a temporary fixture
before any long-term structure is con-
Mr Nairn said that architects from the
Ministry of Works are nearing completion
on drawings and specifications.
A bidding process will then take place
to identify a contractor to do the work.

The structures are expected to take three
to four weeks to completely set up and will
replace the makeshift arrangement which is
currently replacing the portion of the air
terminal which was destroyed.
It has been confirmed that an electrical
short circuit was the cause of a fire last
month which destroyed some six trailers
which housed the Customs and Immigration
Departments as well as Nassau Flight Ser-
vices at the Bahamas' second busiest air

Kerzner signs contract for

video and internet service

NXTV Incorporatedhas
signed a long-term contract with
Kerzner International to sup-
ply HD video-on-demand
entertainment and wireless
Internet services to the Atlantis
"Kerzner is delighted to
announce this agreement with
NXTV," said Howard Pickett,
chief marketing officer for
Kerzner International Resorts.
"We believe NXTV will help

Woman is


with stealing

from RBC

Tribune Staff Reporter
A 21-year-old woman
appeared in Magistrate's Court
yesterday to face seven counts
of stealing.
It was alleged that Keiliah
Florance Adderley of Ridge-
land Park West stole a total of
$4,990 belonging to Anita Dean
from the Royal Bank of Canada
with an ATM card.
The offences are alleged to
have occurred between May 11
and June 4.
According to the police pros-
ecution, Adderley is a lab tech-
nician supervisor at MJB Opti-
cal,owned by Ms Dean.
The defendant pleaded not
guilty to all charges and was
granted $3,500 bail with one
Adderley will reappear in
court on November 17.
0 In other court news, Elex-
is Taylor, 25, of Hospital Lane
pleaded not guilty to unlawful-
ly carrying arms.
It was alleged that on June
21 while on Patton Street, the
accused was carrying a knife on
his person.
Bail was set at $2,500 and the
case was adjourned until
November 17.

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knife at high schoolI III

FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2005, PAGE 3



The Tribune Limited
Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

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

(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt.

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

Publisher/Editor 1972-

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Tourism: doing more with what we have

IN this column yesterday we commented
on a letter to the editor Written by Mike Hud-
son under the heading "Allowing tourism to
The main thrust of his letter was that more
should and could be done to spark the curios-
ity of thousands of tourists ,in a number of
interesting ways. And some suggestions were
made that would not cost the country an arm
and a leg.
For instance, he thought that the idea of
having members of the Defence Force stand-
ing guard outside the House of Assembly
dressed in period military uniforms could
lend a lot of atmosphere and pageantry to our
history for visitors.
This led us to thinking of various other
ways in which we could attract our visitors by
having junkanoo groups welcome cruise pas-
sengers at the dock as well as at the airport to
give them a taste of our cultural heritage.
We mentioned the Beefeater guards at the
famous Tower of London as an illustration of
what has been done in Britain. And other
countries, such as Greece, use soldiers in
ancient uniforms to guard their historic sites.
Why couldn't we, for instance, use securi-
ty guards in historic Redcoat uniforms to
staff our famous Fort Charlotte, which over-
looks Clifford Park?
A military display by such Redcoats twice
a day would no doubt draw a sizeable crowd
of visitors and residents to the area which
would give local vendors a bustling business
daily instead of just on weekends. The mili-
tary display could be a mock changing of the
guard, for instance.
Some 25 years or so ago, there used to be a
wonderful "Son et Lumiere" show staged
every evening (weather permitting) at Fort
Charlotte which told the story in sound and
light about the early history of these islands.
It was extremely well done and drew good
evening crowds. Why it was discontinued or
never renewed remains a mystery, although
growing crime in the area could have been a
Bahamians don't seem to appreciate the
treasures they have and do little, if anything,
to preserve them. The country suffered an
irreparable loss when the historic Royal Vic-
toria Hotel was allowed to decay until a fire
finally destroyed it.
That famous hotel of the US Civil War era
would have been a genuine landmark to
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er historic artifacts. Guides, dressed in period
costumes, could have staffed the premises.
Perhaps sites from our various Family Islands
could have been set up in the grounds to dis-
play the customs of the various islands as is
done in Hawaii at their magnificent Cultural
But let's hear what a leading Florida
archaeologist had to say recently in a letter to
The Tribune.
Robert Carr, executive director of the
Florida-based Archaeological and Historical
Conservancy said that "the Bahamas is miss-
ing out on a large percentage of the tourism
market by concentrating on the sea and surf
aspect of the country and largely ignoring its
Mr Carr said that beyond preserving such
sites as the settlements of the Lucayans, the
Eleutheran Adventurers and the Loyalists
for heritage reasons, the Bahamas could use
them to diversify their tourism product.
He named, as an example in his own coun-
try, the historical city of St Augustine in
Florida. "The Bahamas could do something
similar," he said.
"After Disney World, which of course is
huge, St Augustine is one of the highest focal
points of tourism in Florida." He said not
only does the Bahamas have "some spectac-
ular Lucayan sites, it also has one of the most
important sites in the world in Preacher's
Cave, the site of the Eleutheran Adventurers,
where the first European settlers arrived in
And he went on: "This site is so impor-
tant. While I was doing work there we dis-
covered over one thousand artifacts as well as
the graves of some of the Adventurers....and
yet the site is only sitting there at the end of
a dirt trail."
The archaelogist also named the Loyalist
settlement of Carleton, just outside Treasure
Cay, Abaco as another obvious site for her-
itage tourism.
"It has all the potential of being the
Bahamian Jamestown. Bahamians could
maybe reconstruct it and, like so many other
countries do, re-enact the era by having peo-
ple wear costumes and let visitors experience
the past," he said.
There is plenty of opportunity for Bahami-
ans in the tourism field to help build up and
utilise our historic sites and help dispel our
visitors' main complaint that there's nothing
much to see or do in our country.


display in

the House

EDITOR, The Tribune
ilege" once again, yesterday in
the session of the House of
Assembly was abused to an
extent that has never been,
as the abuse put into critical
ridicule the authority and judg-
ments of our Supreme Court.
Although Parliamentary priv-
ilege is secured under Article:
53 of the Constitution, I do not
see that any Member of Parlia-
ment or the Senate should have
any privilege where they can
make remarks against a com-
moner who is not in the Cham-
bers and is unable to respond
with total immunity.
Prime Minister Christie will
be very prudent to immediate-
ly on returning to his office take
steps to repeal all the laws that
provide for parliamentary priv-
ilege in both Houses, Assem-
bly and Senate.
The Speaker should agitate
for this, as retaining this fur-
ther lowers the presumed stan-
dards which should be main-
tained in our parliament which
most observers will describe as
pretty low anyway.
Why should 40 MPs and the
Senators have a right to make
comments which, if said in pub-
lic, would result in litigation and
probability of punitive finan-
cial damages and be above nat-
ural law?
Are they some superior
being? This is the people's par-
liament, not a pigs' trough
where anything goes.
In my opinion, Allyson May-
nard-Gibson misused her mem-
bership against Ms Thompson,
which was in my estimation a
direct attack on the authority
of our highest court and our
The judgment of the action
taken by Ms Thompson against
her dismissal was very clear that
all employers of record are
required to give reasons for dis-
missal. If what Mrs Maynard-
Gibson said under privilege was
an accurate account of Ms
Thompson's performance, then
why was the Attorney'General
so lacking in presenting legal
advice in how the dismissal let-
ter was drafted? Mrs Gibson is
supposed to be a learned attor-
ney, didn't she know the law?
It's obvious that everything is
far from well in this ministry
and we should take all her
superlatives and hyperbole with
a pinch of salt.
Mrs Gibson-Maynard's com-
ments in the security of the
House are uncalled for in
my opinion she tasked and

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ridiculed the authority of our
Supreme Court and the
esteemed learned judges and
the judicial judgments of the
institution d'f which she is a
member. She should be imme-
diately fired, I would add, with
no explanation as we all know
Hopefully the minister will
have her resignation on the

desk of Prime Minister Christie
before he returns so as to
remove the stress of his having
to duly do what has to be done
if the authority of our Supreme
Court and law and order is to
be maintained.
Yesterday was yet a further
shameful day in the history of
our parliament privilege
must be repealed as it is being
abused and abused without any
June 14 2005

EDITOR, The Tribune
MEMBERS of Parliament
should be encouraged to
keep the level of debate on
the highest level, because
children are watching and
would not hesitate to emu-
late them later.
Since Bahamians believe
Members of Parliament are
gods, they should not con-
ductthemselves in, a nega-
tive manner. Members of
Parliament .should no.t use
the House of Assembly to
destroy Bahamians, espe-
cially to satisfy their own
Recently, Bahamians have.
been forced to witness the
"sewer" type debates and the
lack of respect shown
between Members. Yet
members call the House of
Assembly "honourable" and
call themselves "hon-
Members of Parliament
are servants hired by the
Bahamian people, not the
other way around. They can
be fired by Bahamians. The
Bahamian people are the
employer and the MPs are
the employee.
MPs serve at the pleasure
of all Bahamians, therefore
any employee who disre-
spects an employer is guilty
of insubordination.

The recent disgraceful,
unwarranted attack on pro-
fessional woman Elizabeth
Thompson, Registrar of the
Bahamas, who was not pre-
sent. in the House of Assem-
bly, is the lowest I have seen
in recent memory.
There must be something
wrong with anyone who
could deliberately and inten-
tionally set out to disgrace
anyone from the floor of the
House of Assembly. The
lack bf courage'to cotifront a'
person outside of the House
of Assembly is proof that a
reasonable amount of fear
exists in the mind, of any
Member of Parliament who
attacks a defenseless person
inside the House.
The Minister of Financial
Services, Allyson Maynard-
Gibson, surprised me
because I expected more. I
cannot fathom how or why
this forum was used to
respond to a legal matter
that had been resolved
through the proper channels.
I hope that the Bahamian
taxpayer's money will not be
wasted on a high priced QC
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Russian cabaret nightclub

is criticised in the Senate

AS A part of a public
awareness initiative, the
Bahamas National Geo-
graphic Information Systems
(BNGIS) Centre are reach-
ing out to the country's
youth, beginning with Sadie
Curtis Primary yesterday.
Sadie Curtis was chosen
to be the premier school
within the Geographic Infor-
mation Systems club that the
BNGIS is implementing.
The school earned the
privilege after winning a
quiz held at the Ministry of
Education in March.
Sixth-graders and some
fifth-graders were welcomed
to the BNGIS Centre yester-
day to learn what the GIS is
and how it works.
The GIS system will help
teachers and students to dis-
cover the geography of the
Bahamas and the world at
the touch of a button.
The computers used in the
clubs were donated by
James Black, chief executive
officer at Destinations.

Eight other schools, some
on Andros, Abaco and
Inagua, will also host GIS
clubs in their schools start-
ing around November, said
Carol Albury, director at
The Bahamas gets its GIS
software from the Environ-
mental Systems Research
Institute in Redlands, Cali-
"The idea is to provide
our clients with strategic
information," said Ms
Albury. "The programme is
extremely user friendly and
has different levels to
accommodate users."
GIS systems are capable
of visualising maps of cities,
coastlines and other geo-
graphic features. The
National Emergency Man-
agement Agency, the
Bahamas Police and
Defence Force and hospitals
will-be able to benefit from
the mapping capabilities
GIS provides, explained
Danielle Hanek, the Cen-
tre's GIS analyst and public
awareness co-ordinator.
The BNGIS works along
with about 34 government
agencies including the Min-
istry of Tourism, the Min-
istry of Works and the
Department of Statistics to
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A RUSSIAN cabaret nightclub on
East Bay Street is continuing to attract
attention and public criticism yester-
day reaching as far as the discussion table
of the Senate.
During her contribution to the bud-
get debate, Senator Cyprianna
McWeeney highlighted a recent article
by The Tribune, in which a reporter told
of his visit to the Butterfly Club and out-
lined the atmosphere, attractions and
services available at the club.
"My question is how does one get a

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licence to operate such a place," she
Cedric Moss, the senior pastor of
Kingdom Life, has repeatedly and
adamantly criticised the failure of the
government to do something about the
club, which he referred to as a "social ill".

In a letter from the Ministry of Trade
and Industry to Mr Moss, Franklyn
Kemp, the controller of inland revenue,
said that Bahamas Cabaret Limited (the
Butterfly Club) is licenced to operate a
"propriety members club" only, and that

of New Providence and the
wider Caribbean region.
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"You can travel throughout
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"We believe it is critical for
what Freeport represents that
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of Freeport," he said.

"I believe as result of those
factors, more and more inter-
national financial businesses
which are able to chose where
they locate, should they
become aware of what
Freeport really represents and
offers them, would prefer to
offer their Bahamian and
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it does not have permission, "expressed
or implied", to operate as a topless or
strip club.
Furthermore, Mr Kemp stated that
the "Butterfly Club" has not been regis-
tered as a trading name either with the
Licencing Authority or the Business
Licence Unit of the ministry.
"Please also be aware that there are no
agencies of the government of the
Bahamas that have the authority to grant
such a licence (for topless dancing) as
presently there are no laws which
would allow them to do so," the letter
Mr Moss said: "I'm in sheer amaze-

ment that the facts are as the business
licence unit states, and yet the Butterfly
Club has evidently been allowed to open-
ly and brazenly violate the terms of their
licence and break the law.
"And the authorities can't plead igno-
rance. So I'm forced to ask why there is
indifference to their very public illegal
and immoral operations," he said.

However, a well placed source within
the police force said they were not obliv-
ious to the activities taking place at the

Symonette apologises

for actions in House

Symonette apologised to the
nation after he rubbed the Rules
of the House of Assembly on
his "nether parts," before walk-
ing out of parliament.
Allyson Maynard-Gibson
requested an apology from Mr
Symonette on Wednesday.
Mr Symonette told The Tri-
bune yesterday that he apolo-
gised to the Speaker of the
House for his actions, which he
said were not supposed to be on
the record, as he was sitting
down and hadn't been recog-
nised by the Speaker.

"What I did was not in good
taste, but out of pure frustration
on a day when the Speaker
refused to recognise one of our
members and a day when the
government was being heavy-
handed and undemocratic about
the budget debate," said Mr

"Let's make it clear why we
walked out," said Mr Symonette
on Wednesday, "When we came
back from adjournment they
tried to move from heads 19 to
We felt as if the opposition

was being treated unfairly
under the Rules of the House
so we decided we would walk
out and express our concern in
that way, explained Mr Symon-

FNM Lucaya MP Neko Grant
also criticised the government
for trying to pass heads 19 to 69
of the budget at one time.
"To move that 50 heads be
agreed at one time was absurd
and reckless.
"We are not prepared to con-
tinue to participate in the cha-
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ON World Refugee
Day 2005, Amnesty
International turned its atten-
tion to the practice of arbitrary
detention and unlawful expul-
sion of refugees and asylum-
The Bahamas is one of the
many countries that Amnesty
International has serious con-
cerns about. These concerns arise
out of the rapid repatriation of
potential refugees, whose claims
for asylum may not be heard.
Refugees have special rights,
which ordinary immigrants do
not have, because their lives or
wellbeing could be at risk if they
are repatriated to their home
While Amnesty recognises
that every country, such as
the Bahamas, has the right to
protect its sovereign borders
from ordinary migrants,
refugees have special rights
which must be recognised.
The Bahamas is a state party
to the Convention Relating to
the Status of Refugees (1951)
and the Protocol Relating to the

Status of Refugees (1967). A
party to these, the Bahan
must live up to the legal obli
tions spelled out by the
June 20 was World Refug
Day, a day when the wo
should turn its attention to
plight of refugees. To mark t
anniversary, Amnesty Interi
tional is launching three repc
on detention and practices
While the reports focus
the situation in the Unit
Kingdom, Italy and Spain, pr
tices of arbitrary detention a
unlawful expulsion are not c
fined to these countries. Th
represent a sad reality in m
parts of the world.
In the absence of official s
tistics, the scale of the probl
remains unknown. What
known, however, is that-ma
of those detained are in sear
of asylum. Some- are detain
automatically as soon as th
arrive in a country of asylunm
they do not have proper do(
mentation or authorisatic
Others are put in detenti

Refugees have special rights,
which ordinary immigrants d(
not have, because their lives o
wellbeing could be at risk if
they are repatriated to their
home country.

s a
while their asylum claim is
ta- under consideration.
ny or many, detention is
rch used once their asylum
ed claims have been dismissed fol-
iey lowing asylum determination
n if procedures that fail to meet
cu- basic standards of fairness. In
on. some cases, detention for a
on short period of time is the pre-
lude to expulsion before some-
one has had the chance to apply
for asylum or have his/her claim
properly assessed.
Conditions of detention fail
0 to meet fundamental human
rights standards. Detainees are
or often held in unhygienic; over-
crowded conditions for pro-
longed periods of time, unable
to effectively challenge the
legality or necessity of their
detention or complaint about
In its report on Italy, for
example, Amnesty Internation-
al recorded allegations that peo-
Sple in temporary holding cen-
tres were subjected to physical
assaults by law enforcement
officers and supervisory staff,
and to excessive and abusive
administration of sedative and

a .

The absence of an independent
review mechanism to monitor
detention conditions creates a
climate of impunity that allows
for detention conditions and
the behaviour of authorities to
go unchecked.

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tranquillising drugs.
In most cases, access to legal
advice is limited or non-exis-
tent. Confined behind security
fences with no certainty about
their present or hope for the
future, some detainees suffer
from physical and mental health
problems in conditions which
at times have been identified as
amounting to cruel, inhuman or
degrading treatment.
Children and victims of tor-
ture are particularly vulnerable.
The absence of an independent
review mechanism to monitor
detention conditions creates a
climate of impunity that allows
for detention conditions and the
behaviour of authorities to go

'Governments have
sought to justify
detention practices on the
grounds that asylum seekers
and irregular migrants alleged-
ly constitute a "security threat".
However, far from being ter-
rorists, many of those detained
are the victims of human rights
violations themselves.
Expulsion practices also fail
to meet basic standards of
humane treatment and proce-
dural fairness. In its recent

research on conditions of deten-
tion in the UK, Amnesty Inter-
national heard several allega-
tions of the authorities using
excessive force during attempt-
ed forcible returns.
In its report on Spain, the
organisation recorded the plight
of persons risking their lives to
cross into Ceuta, the Canary
Islands or the Andalusian coast,
only to find themselves being
expelled back to Morocco with-
out an effective opportunity to
claim asylum or challenge the
decision to deport them.
Among those are included chil-
dren and pregnant women.

A rbitrary detention
and practices of
unlawful expulsion breach fun-
damental human rights. The
rights to liberty and to freedom
from arbitrary detention are
well enshrined in international
human rights law. Protection
from unlawful expulsion is an
essential prerequisite to guar-
anteeing the fundamental prin-
ciple of non-refoulement, which
prohibits return to a place
where there is a risk of human
rights violations.
On World Refugee Day,
Amnesty International calls on
governments across the globe
to stop detaining asylum seekers
and refugees unless it is in full
accordance with international
human rights law.
It also reminds governments
of their obligation to fully
respect the principle of non-
refoulement and ensure that no
one is sent to a country where
they are at risk of human rights
violations. To meet their com-
mitments, states must take mea-
sures that provide for an auto-
matic and regular review of all
decisions to detain.
They also need to ensure
access to fundamental proce-
dural safeguards for any person
subject to expulsion. This
includes access to legal advice
and an opportunity to appeal
against a decision to expel.
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Amnesty International's work
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Judiciary 'not to

blame for prison


Tribune Staff Reporter
RELIEVING prison over-
crowding depends on increased
infrastructure rather than the
actions of the judiciary, the
director of public prosecutions
said yesterday.
Bernard Turner was speaking
with The Tribune about com-
ments made by Prison Superin-
tendent Dr Elliston Rahming,
who said there is much the judi-
ciary can do to help relieve the
overcrowding problem.
On the contrary, Mr Turner
said, there is little that magis-
trates can do.
If magistrates were at liberty
to speak, he said, their com-
ments would probably reflect
quite the opposite of what Dr
Rahming suggested.
He said all magistrates can
do is give non-custodial sen-
tences, "and from time to time
they do that."
The population of the prison,
Mr Turner added, is a reflec-
tion of society's growth.
He said a building constructed
almost a century ago cannot be
expected to sustain the subse-
quent population changes a
new and larger facility is needed.
Dr Rahming regularly takes
the opportunity to state his
belief that there are too many
persons in jail for petty crimes.
He told an audience at St
Agnes Church: "There is some-
one in jail for selling guineps;
people are there for loitering,
obscene language and littering -
I wonder what they threw on
the ground!"
Dr Rahming also referred to
persons going to jail after being
caught with a small marijuana
joint for the first time.
However, Mr Turner said, it
would not be fair to say that the
courts send people to jail "willy-
Mr Turner said he has per-

* ELLISTON Rahming believes fewer people should be jailed

sonally sat in the drugs court,
and finds that a good amount
of young men who plead guilty
have been given the alternative
of being sent to the Community
Assessment Center on Market
He explained that after six
months of reporting to the cen-
ter, talking with psychiatrists,
gaining self-help lessons and
being subject to drug tests, the
men are given an absolute dis-
charge, meaning the offence is
wiped from their record.
"This is something very seri-
ous for a young man to consid-
er who has a future ahead of
him and would like to find a
job," he said.
He explained that if one were

to look at the number of per-
sons coming before the courts
and those actually going to jail,
a different opinion from Dr
Rahming's might be reached.
Sometimes a fine is imposed,
but if a person fails to pay the
fine, "they would be sent to jail
and there is little else that can
be done," Mr Turner said.
As the newly-appointed chief
of prisons, Dr Rahming has
made it his mandate to not only
reorganise the prison popula-
tion by re-classifying criminals,
but to re-create the institution
as a correctional facility. -
Dr Rahming told The Tri-
bune that meetings have begun
to plan the layout and design
of a new 300-cell facility.

COB president makes

plea for 'cohesion'

COLLEGE of the
Bahamas president Dr Rod-
ney Smith made a plea for
the Bahamas to become a
more cohesive and proac-
tive society.
Pointing to an increase in
the occurrence of disasters
in recent years, Dr Smith
said it is necessary to devel-
op plans that can be imple-
mented in the aftermath of
catastrophes before they
occur, so that we do not
"create programmes and
procedures that become
more destructive than con-
structive" due to a lack of
Dr Smith made the com-
ments in his keynote address
at the fourth annual Mar-
garet McDonald Policy
Management and Adminis-
tration Centre (MMPMAC)
He also pointed to Amer-
ica's immediate reaction to
the terrorist attack on Sep-
tember 11 2001 as behavior
worth emulating in order to
become a more cohesive
"When we examine what
happened on the day when
the Twin Towers were
attacked we saw people
helping people. We saw peo-
ple crying together, strug-
gling together; we saw peo-
ple risking and giving their
lives to help and save the
lives of others," he said.

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Tributes for Rolle

FORMER Cabinet minister
Algernon Allen has paid trib-
ute to his "dear friend" Alphon-
so Rolle, whose death has
deprived Nassau of one of its
most colourful characters.
Mr Allen described Mr Rolle
- whom he called Fonzerella -
as "an ordinary man of an
extraordinarily sensitive and
complex disposition".
Describing him as "a street
politician and master propa-
gandist", Mr Allen said his
friend roamed from the market
to the docks, the bars, the court-
yards and parliament with his
analysis of the state of the
His daily wanderings to and
from the offices and businesses
of high-profile political figures
and power-brokers enabled him
to glean news and propaganda.
"And yes, he was a master
propagandist, to the extent that
he sometimes believed his own
propaganda," he added.
Mr Allen said Mr Rolle's gut-
teral voice, sometimes unkempt
appearance and limited formal
education were but a disguise
for his "simply startling" pho-

tographic memory for names,
places and political facts and
"Throughout the islands he
travelled, canvassing all the
regattas, homecomings and fes-
tive occasions, with his cherubic
smile, loud voice and happy dis-
position gaining him easy access
to the conversations, homes and
generosity of all socio-econom-
ic groupings and races."
Mr Allen said Mr Rolle
boasted of being born an FNM
more than 45 years ago "and
the historical impossibility of
that never fazed him because
his love for and devotion to the
Free National Movement were
unconditional and uncompro-
He added: "His party appre-
ciated him to the extent that no
other officer ever was so con-
sistently re-elected by such an
overwhelming majority at suc-
cessive conventions.
"He loved his family par-
ticularly his brother James, and
cousin Whitney. No conversa-
tion ever occurred without their
name being proudly boasted

MEMBERS of the Free
National Movement, party sup-
porters and family members of
Alphonso Rolle gathered at
FNM headquarters on Mackey
Street yesterday for a special
farewell ceremony.
Mr Rolle passed away on
June 12 after battling kidney
disease for some time.
Among those in attendance
at the small ceremony yester-
day were NM leader Tommy
Turnquest, Montagu MP Brent
Symonette, party chairman Carl
Bethel and former deputy party
leader Dion Foulkes.
Mr Rolle was a member of
the FNM for 32 years, serving as
Sergeant-at-Arms of the party
since 1982.
Party leader Tommy Turn-
quest described Rolle as a sym-
bol of the FNM party.
"Alphonso was the consum-
mate politician, the consum-
mate campaigner and the con-
summate FNM," Turnquest
Mr Rolle's funeral will be
held this Saturday at St Grego-
ry's Anglican Church on
Carmichael Road.

Entertainers in campaign

to revive Bahamian music

to reinvigorate interest in
Bahamian music before it disp-
pears altogether.
According to the Bahamas
Musician and Entertainers
Union (BMEU), Bahamian
music is losing its appeal as the
country moves from one gen-
eration to the next.
The union said that because
Bahamian music doesn't get as
much air time"as music from
countries such as Jamaica and
the United States, natives find it
harder to relate to.
Cyril "Dry Bread" Ferguson,
BMEU northern vice-president,
said the union is working with
the Ministry of Education to
have music departments in major
high schools develop five and six-

piece bands to play at weekends.
The music, he said, would
entertain both locals and visitors
in a happy and fun-filled sur-
rounding and would give young
people a better appreciation of
Bahamian entertainment.


The BMEU is also planning a
training programme for musi-
cians, performers and enter-
tainers on Grand Bahama that
will bring about a new sound to
local music and a new look to
native shows.
The BMEU will also be dis-
cussing with the hotels on
Grand Bahama the possibility
a system where local musicians

and entertainers can come in
and perform for live audiences.
"The Bahamas Musician and
Entertainers Union will begin
to re-establish the nightclub
scene outside of the hotels, so
that visitors coming to Grand
Bahama can have a choice of
places to go, from McLean's
Town to West End including
Freeport, and these are expect-
ed to be in place by the end of
2005," Mr Ferguson said.
The BMEU is also trying to
negotiate for Grand Bahamian
musicians to perform at nation-
al events in Nassau.
The union has also began
petitioning the Ministry of
Transport and Aviation to have
Bahamian music played on air-
planes in and out of the country.

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a resident of Palmetto
Avenue, will be held at
Shawn Temple AME
Zion Church, Peter
Street and Blue Hill
Road, on Saturday at
10:00 am. Officiating
d will be Rev Kendal
Mackey, assisted by the
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Mackey. Interment follows in the Old Trail Cemetery,
Old Trail Road.

Left to cherish his percious memories are his wife,
Donna; one son, Neil Brown; two stepchildren,
Freddie and Reagan Mackey; one granddaughter,
Daniel Brown; step mother, Florence Brown; six
sisters, Betty Trotman, Hellena Hart, Mary, Paula,
Christine and Carmen Brown of Ocala, Fla; seven
brothers, William "Bill" Rolle, Hartley, Elgar "Boy",
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nieces and 22 nephews; three sisters-in-law,
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John Mackey, Cola, Tanya Davis, the staff of Property
Owners, Lyford Cay, the Shaw Temple AME Zion
Church family and the communities of Peter Street
and Palmetto Avenue.

Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's
Funeral Home, Market Street from 10:00 am to 6:00
pm on Friday and on Saturday at the church from
9:00 am until service time.


a resident of South
Beach and formerly of
Arthurs Town, Cat
Island, will be held at St
Agnes Anglican Church,
Baillou Hill Road, on
Sunday at 2:30 pm,
June 26th, 2005.
Officiating will be Fr S
Patrick Johnson, assisted by Fr Rodney Burrows,
Fr Mervin Johnson and Canon Warren Rolle.
Interment follows in Lakeview Memorial Gardens,
JFK Drive.

Predeceased by her husband and two children, Vera
will be fondly remembered by her children, Carmen
McPhee, Cecil, Frank and Christopher Miller; step
children, Wehdell and Persis Miller; two daughters-
in-law, Trudy and Betty Miller; 36 grandchildren,
David "Chippie" McPhee, Heddy Hepburn, Tracey
Delancy, Carolyn Neely, Monique and Peggy
McPhee, Barry, Paul, lan and Brent McPhee,
Altamese Richardson, Debbie Armstrong, Judy
Richardson, Margo Rose, Portia Miller, Katie
Gresham, Berkley, Franz, Val and Mickey Miller;
Arlene Martin, Herbert Miller, Paulette Mortimer,
Anthony and Daron Miller; Larry and Gregory Miller,
Gail Duncombe, Michelle Barker, Yvette Lewis,
Ricardo, Tyrone, Dion and Anthony Miler, Claudine
Stubbs and Christpher Miller, Kenja and Erica
Delancy and Robin McPhee; six step grandchildren,
Don, Sean, Marvette, Crystal and Shavon Bain; two
nephews, Balder Campbell and Arville Smith; five
nieces, Marina Forbes, Marina Pratt, Helen Smith,
Verleen Nottage and Barbara Bain; 129 great
grandchildren, 60 great great grandchildren and a
host of other relatives and friends including, Ralph
and Ernest Woods, Mildred Woods, Althea
Ramsey,Ruth Ramsey, Mr and Mrs Samuel Williams,
Mercinanna Albury and family, Olive Neely, Patsy
Wring and family, Nicolette Bethel, Cannon Warren
Rolle and the entire Rolle family; the Whyms family,
Sonia Knowles, Agatha Delancy, Rev Gregory Minnis,
Yvonne Stuart, Father Patrick Johnson, Father
Rodney Burrows, St Agnes ACW, St Agnes Church
family, St Barnabas Church family, St Barnabas
Church family, St Barnabas Choir, Courtney and
Marilyn Strachan, Patricia Mitchell, Maryann Mackey,

Natasha Collie and family, Jenny Fernander,
Daughter Missick, Dorris and Marguerite Collie,
Elvamae Forbes, Patrick and Patrice Smith, Cleomi
Whyms and family, Edris Rolle, Joanna McKinney,
Mr and Mrs Frank Bethel, Bloneva Adderley and
family, Marina Hepburn, Shirley Strachan, Turna
Major, Mrs Eunice Heastie and the Ferguson family.

Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's
Funearl Home, Market Street from 10:00 am to 6:00
pm on Saturday and on Sunday from 10:00 am to
12:30 pm and at the church from 1:30 pm until
service time.

11-A East Coral Road, P.O. Box F-42312
Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas
Tel: (242) 373-1471 Fax: (242) 373-3005
Keith: 9242) 340-8043


of Compton, California and formerly of West End, Grand
Bahama, will be held on Saturday, June 25, 2005 at
11:00 a.m. at St. Mary Magdalene Anglican Church,
West End, Grand Bahama. Officiating will be Rev. Fr.
Stephen Grant. Interment will follow in the West End
Public Cemetery.

She is survived by her husband, Nat Brown; four
children, Stephon Brown, Alitha Brown-Lightbourne,
Nathamier and Nathalie Brown, two adopted daughters,
Jasma Pinder and Vivica Green; seven grandchildren,
Stephanique, Shaniqua, Tajh and Mathan Brown, Devon
and Deajahnae Lightbourne and Jason Petty Jr.; three adopted grandchildren, Tania
Green, Ron White Jr. and Monica Musgrove; one sister, Coramae Thomas; three
brothers, Dudrick, Charles and Pedro Edwards; two step grandchildren, Nathaniel and
Solomon Martin of Compton, California; six sisters-in-law, Judy, Caroland Barthalee
Edwards, Jerroldine Johnson and Veronica of New Providence, Lucy Jones of Fort
Lauderdale; five brothers-in-law, Dennis Thomas, Rumba and Alda of New Providence,
Hilton and Carol Brown of Andros; one son-in-law, Derek Lightboume and one daughter-
in-law, Vera Brown of Campton California and numerous nieces and nephews.

Other relatives and friends including the following and their families, Harold
and Mavis Rolle, Madalene Pinder, Sherrick Smith, Hermas Pinder, Joe Hield, Bone
Fish Foley and Dianne Brown and also Desiree Russell, Cindy Wilchombe, Susan
Grant, Elijah Humes, Marlene Pinder, Delarese Chipman, Marie, Drew Poitier, Jason,
Petty Sr., Tiffany Ambrister, Juan Pratt, The Appolean family of Nassau, Sheron Garvey,
Attis Neely, Daniel Moxey, Verna Nesbitt, Veronica Johnson and their families.

Special thanks to Nurse Mary Lou and Rick the technician of the Compton
Dialysis Centre, Dr. Aler, Sister Peoples and Mother Gamier of Greater Open Door
Church of God in Christ, Long Beach, California and the entire community of West
End, Grand Bahama.
Viewing will be held in the "Perpetual Suite" of Restview Memorial Mortuary
and Crematorium Limited, 11-A East Coral Road, Freeport, Grand Bahama on Friday
from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and at the church on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to service


of Freeport, Grand Bahama and formerly of Nicholl's
Town, Andros,.will be held at Mizpah Baptist Church,
Nicholl's Town, Andros on Saturday, June 25, 2005
at 1:00 p.m. Officiating will be Rev. B, A. Newton, Rev.
Weehaza Cooper and Rev. Ifill Russell. Interment will
follow in the Nicholl's Town Public Cemetery.

She is survived by three daughters, Sylvia Bethel of
New Jersey, Beatrice Adderley and Deaconess Margaret
Rolle; four sons, George, Harold, Fletcher and P.C.
60 Edwin Rolle; four daughters-in-law, Sheila, Judy, Sylvia and Prescola Rolle; one
son-in-law, Kelley Adderley, 25 grandchildren, Donna Ferguson, Benjamin Scott, Dr.
Wendy Cleare of New Jersey, Nathan Pearson, Francine Farquharson, Ernest and
Ernesta Tynes, Linda Gaitor, Sharon Mallita, Anthony, Andrew, Harold, Elvis, Craig,
Keith, Kevin, Beacher, Chrystal, Hansel, Sylvia, Jasmine, Natico, Shorinique, Cutell
and Natassia Rolle; grandchildren-in-law, Alfonso Ferguson, Levi Cleare, Gary
Farquharson, Kimberly Person, Vandike Stuart, Wendell Gaitor, John Mallita, Zina
Pinder, Lorie, Ladera, Portia and Tracey Rolle; 26 great grandchildren; one niece,
Florida Cooper; two sisters-in-law, Mertis Colebrooke and Carmetta Rolle; one brother-
in-law, Harem Rolle of Rolle Town, Exuma.

Other relatives and friends including James Russell, Evangelist Alberta Dames,
Rev. Wheehaza Cooper, Wayne Curry, Everette Marshall, Althea Wallace, Mary,
Zachariah, Hayward, Allen and George Dorsett, Minitia Simms, Burcil Williams, Nurse
Dames, Sonia Russell, Irene Rolle, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Curry, Ralph Cooper, the
Hutchinson family, Bennett Knowles and family, Julia Hanna, Deborah Wilson, Welma
Adderley, Helen Lord, Naomi Brown and Mizpah Baptist Church family.

Viewing will be held at the "Halcyon Suite" of Restview Memorial Mortuary and
Crematorium Limited, 11-A East Coral Road, Freeport, Grand Bahama on Friday from
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and at the church in Andros from 4:00 p.m. to service time on


of #176 Hawkins Drive, Hudson Estate and
formerly of Mathew Town, Inagua, will be held
on Saturday, June 25, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. at
Church of God of Prophecy, Coral Road, Freeport,
Grand Bahama. Officiating will be Bishop Lonford
Bethel and Bishop Ricardo Grant. Interment will
follow in The Grand Bahama Memorial Park,
Forbisher Drive, Freeport, Grand Bahama.

Cherished memory of Rose's life will always linger
in the hearts of her husband Sgt. 1323 Andrew Jones; five daughters, Samantha
Grant, Deandra, Neutra, Valarie and Shawanda Jones; one son-in-law, Siegfried
(Ziggy) Grant; parents, Edward Sr and Mable Adderley; sisters, Gloria Taylor
of Inagua and Miriam Knowles; brothers, Brian (Big O) and Kirklyn Adderley
of Inagua, Edward Jr., Steven and Darren Adderley; sisters-in-law, Neccva
Adderley, Traina Hanna, Delores Rolle, Paula Ward, Rosemary, Minera and
Portia Jones; brothers-in-law, Willis and Emmerson Jones of Nassau and
Winston Jones; aunts, Adriana Bootle, Clothilda Bowleg, Victoria Burrows,
Savelita Minnis, Phylis Taylor, Eula Kemp, Ingrid Bethel, Icelyn Sweeting and
Gwendolyn Hammerton of Nassau, Beatrice Taylor of Long Island, Helena
Pratt, Sylvia Bethel and Ethelean Murray of New York and Lenny Bethel of
New Jersey; uncles, Ted Minnis of Long Island, Pastor Lonford Bethel, Samuel

Taylor, Pastor Hensel Kemp, Sidney Sweeting, John Hammerton, William and
Errol Bethel of Nassau and Earnie Bethel of New Jersey and numerous nieces
and nephews.

A host of relatives and friends including the following and their families, Sylvano
(Pun) Williams, Helen Scott, Diane Marcos, the entire family of Inagua, The
Church of God Temple, Martha Pinder, The Royal Oasis staff, Bishop Ricardo
Grant, Winky Butler, Eutah Neely, Maxine, Patarri Daley, Deana Stubbs and
Nicole Laing.

Viewing will be held in the "Celestial Suite", Restview Memorial Mortuary and
Crematorium Limited, 11-A East Coral Road, Freeport, Grand Bahama, on
Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and at the church on Saturday from 9:30
a.m. to service time.

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young people who are in crisis,"
said Helen Klonaris, a
spokesperson for the Alliance,
"we also feel her misunder-
standing of the nature of sexu-
ality, particularly same gender
loving orientations (gay and les-
bian) is as dangerous as any oth-
er form of abuse."
Ms Klonaris said that cultur-
al attitudes which foster fear
and hatred of this minority are
perpetuating a social environ-
ment in which "emotional and
physical abuses against this
minority are justified".
"This means that gay and les-
bian teens have no-one to turn
to, not teachers, not guidance
counsellors, who may just see
them as sick or needing to be

FROM page one

as long as possible..." and
charge about $2,400 per
The fraudulent charges
cannot be revoked as the
scam victim willingly dialled
the phone number that
imposed the charges.
The article did not specify
whether countries outside of
Canada were reporting sim-
ilar incidents.
Assistant Superintendent
Bernard Cartwright, of the
Commercial Crimes Divi-
sion, said he was unaware of
the scam and had not been
contacted by Canadian offi-
He said it was customary
for officials to contact the
country in which these scams
originated so that investiga-
tions might determine an
address from the phone
numbers in question.

cured," said Ms Klonaris.
She said it was grossly dis-
honest and misleading to imply
that dysfunction caused homo-
"This is simply untrue and
based on the faulty premise that
homosexuality is an illness," she
said. "It isn't an illness, it is a
real way of being in the world.".
This misunderstanding also
prohibits caretakers and social
workers from giving authentic
care to gay and lesbian youth
who may also be suffering from
issues of physical and sexual
abuse, compounding their suf-
fering and confusion, said The
The group said child sexual
abuse is a critical problem and
Pastor Nottage was not the first
to point out its devastating
effects on people's lives. But
her analysis was severely dis-
"To equate lesbianism with
illness or perversion as a result
of being sexually abused is at
best misguided, at worst pro-
fessionally irresponsible, cruel
and inhumane," said another
spokesperson for the group,'

PM's office

FROM page one

"Over-estimating revenue
leads to the sustained high
GFS (Government Finance
Statistics) deficits, since
spending is oftentimes relat-
ed to revenue projections.
Same thing that the former
PLP administration used to
do," Mr Ingraham said.
He said the government
could collect more revenue
if it did not work against
itself by giving away or fore-
going stamp tax revenue and
real property tax revenue
from certain persons.

Erin Greene.
The Alliance appealed to
society in general to engage in a
more thorough and thoughtful
examination of human sexuali-
ty, as the lives of young people
.are most definitely at stake.
"Pastor Nottage said that
among females there are high
rates of attempted suicide under
the age of 25, but what she does
not acknowledge is that homo-
phobia, the cultural attitude that
oppresses gays and lesbians, is a
primary cause of the depression
and despair leading to attempt-
cd suicides amongst homosexu-
al youth," the Alliance said.
Another spokesperson for the
group, Vicky Sawyer, said: "We


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was a "complete lie".
"There is absolutely no
truth to the rumour that I
am going to resign from the
Senate so that I can take up
a consultancy or job in the
prime minister's office or
indeed any other part of the
government for that mat-
ter," she added.
The senator did admit,
however, -that there was a
"wonderful opportunity that
is about to present itself"
and that it will have a very
"definite bearing" on her
senatorial career.
"It's just that it has noth-
ing whatever to do with any
government job or consul-
"So let me state here and
now as categorically as I can
that I am not going to work
for the government either
as consultant or as an
employee of any kind. I
have absolutely no interest
in that," she said.

must not forget the transgen-
der youth, many of whom are
rejected by their own parents.
Many transgender youth are
forced on to the streets and end
up turning to prostitution just
to have shelter and food.
"While it is not always easy to
identify gay or lesbian youth,
transgender youth are more
visual and so can be easy tar-
gets of violence.
"We know the stories of a
few transgender youth who
have been put out on to the
street to fend for themselves,
one of whom is dying of AIDS
at age 15. This is very poor that
the youth of our country have
no place to turn for help just
because they are different."
The Alliance said it was cer-
tain that social authorities,
including the Ministry of Youth,
Sports and Cultural Affairs, are
aware of their obligation to the
healthy development of all chil-
"This includes an obligation
to the healthy physical, emo-
tional and social development
of gay, lesbian, bisexual and
transgender youth," said Ms
"To ignore or demonise their
existence only contributes to
the rejection and despair that
so many young people in this
society are already experienc-

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MillIa Parties, Nightclubs .
"*> & Restaurants *

Bahamas' 32nd Independence Celebrations:
* Tuesday, July 5: National Arts Festival Gospel Extrav-
aganza, Golden Gates Assembly, Carmichael Road @
* Wednesday, July 6: National Arts Festival Dance and
Drama at COB. Time: 7:30pm
* Friday, July 8 (National Pride Day): AH-Bahamian
Concert @ Arawak Cay. Featuring top Bahamian artists
like KB, Ronnie Butler, Gino D, Terez Hepburn and
more. Time: 9:30pm. The concert will be preceded by a 1-
hour Junkanoo parade.
* Saturday, July 9 (Independence Eve): All roads lead to
Clifford Park for the Independence Celebration @ 8pm.
Featuring: performances by the National Liturgical
Dancers; and a Youth Band Explosion, featuring the
Pathfinders Band, Bain and Grants Town Band and
the Church of God of Prophecy Youth Band. Also fea-
turing a performance by Prophet Lawrence Rolle, fol-
lowed by an Ecumenical service, inspection of uni-
formed officers, flag raising ceremony and fireworks.
* Sunday, July 10 (Independence Day): Concert in Raw-
sons Square @ 4pm. Featuring: The National Youth
Orchestra; the Bahamas Boys Band; The National
Dance Company; The National Children's Choir; C V
Bethel High School's Pop Band; the National Dance
School; and National Youth Choir
* Monday, July 11: People's Rush-out, from Paradise
Island Bridge to Arawak Cay, beginning at 4am.

Junkanoo In June, every Saturday @ Arawak Cay. Fea-
turing: performances by local Bahamian artists and a
Junkanoo group comprised of several local groups.
Admission: free. The festival will be held every Saturday
until July 2 ,

fild Jungle, ,pthhd every Wednesday night @ Club
Trappers,' "upscale" gentleman's club. Fea-'
turing a female body painting extravaganza. Free body
painting @ 8 pm. Ladies always welcome. Admission:
Men free before 10 pm. Females free. There will be
free food and hors d'oeuvres between 9 and 10 pm.
Open until 4 am.

Exotic Saturdays @ Fridays Soon Come starts with 3 for
$10 drink specials. Admission: $10 before midnight and
$15 after. Ladies free before 11pm.

Rave Saturdays @ Club Eclipse. DJ Scoobz spinning
the best in Old Skool. Admission $35, all inclusive food
nn e i .

The Pit @ Bahama Boom,.every Thursday. Doors open
at 9pm, showtime ll30pm.:Cover charge $15. $10 with

Fantasy Fridays @ Fluid Lounge, featuring late '80s
music in the VIP Lounge, Top of the Charts in the Main
Lounge, neon lights and Go Go dancers. Glow sticks for
all in before midnight. Admission: Ladies free before
11pm, $15 after; Guys $20 all night.

Dicky Mo's @ Cable Beach. Happy Hour every Friday
- 3 for $10 mixed drinks and $1 shots. Bahamian Night
(Free admission) every Saturday with live music from 8
pm to midnight. Karaoke Sundays from 8 pm to mid-
night, $1 shots and dinner specials all night long.

an ulink. Twisted Boodah Lounge @ Cafe Segafredo, Charlotte St
kicks off Fridays at 6pm with deep house to hard house
Fever @ Bahama Boom, Elizabeth St, downtown, every music, featuring CraigBOO, Unkle Funky and Swor-
Friday night. Admission $10 before midnight. First 50 l'wide on the decks.
women get free champagne. First 50 men get a free
Greycliff cigar. Dress to impress. For VIP reservations Chill Out Sundays @ Coco Loco, Sandyport, from 4pm-
call 356-4612. until, playing deep, funky chill moods with world beats.

Cool Runnings is back with a Conscious Party @ Hard Sweet Sunday Chill Out Soiree Lounge, every Sunday,
Rock Cafe, Charlotte St North every Friday. Classic 4pm-midnight @ Patio Grille, British Colonial Hotel.
reggae style music. Admission $10.
Wet Sundays, every Sunday, noon-midnight @ Crystal
Mellow Moods every Sunday @ Fluid Lounge and Cay Beach. Admission $10, ladies free.
Nightclub, Bay St, featuring hits from yesterday old
school reggae and rockers downstairs, and golden oldies Carib Scene @ Club Fluid every Sunday. A night of
upstairs. Admission: Free. Doors open 9pm. Caribbean, Latin and Reggae flavours for all audiences.
Latin Flair in the VIP Lounge; Old School Reggae and
Karaoke Music Mondaze @ Topshotters Sports Bar. Soca in the Main Lounge. Ladies in free before 11pm.
Drink specials all night long, including karaoke warm- $10 after 11pm. Men, $15 cover charge.
up drink to get you started. Party from 8pm-until.
TooLooSe @ Indigo Restaurant on West Bay St and
Karaoke Nights @ Fluid Lounge and Nightclub. Begins Skyline Drive. Singer/songwriter Steven Holden per-
10pro every Tuesday. Weekly winners selected as Vocal- g S D S S Hd per-
10pm every Tuesday. Weekly winners selected as Vocal- forms solo with special guests on Thursday from 9pm -
ist of the Week $250 cash prize. Winner selected at end midnight.
of month from finalists cash prize $1,000. Admission
$10 with one free drink. The Graham Holden Deal @ The Green Parrot....David
Graham, Steve Holden, Tim Deal and Friends perform
Reggae Tuesdays @ Bahama Boom. Cover charge Sunday, 7pm 10pm @ Hurricane Hole on Paradise
includes a free Guinness and there should be lots of Island.
prizes and surprises. Admission: Ladies $10 and Men
$15. Jay Mitchell and Hot KC @ Palm Court Lounge, British
Colonial Hilton, Wednesday-Thursday 8pm-12am.
Hump Day Happy Hour @ Topshotters Sports Bar
every Wednesday 5pm-8pm. Free appetizers and numer- Sunday Night Interlude @ Briteley's Restaurant &
ous drink specials. Lounge, Eneas St off Poinciana Drive. Featuring Frankie
Victory at the key board in the After Dark Room every
Flash .Nghts @ Club Fluid every Thursday. The ultimate Sunday, 8.30pm to midnight. Fine food and drinks.
Ladies Night. Join Nassau's and Miami Beach's finest
men. Ladies only before 11.30pm with free champagne. Paul Hanna, Tabatha and Gernie, and the Caribbean
Guys allowed after 11.30pm with $20 cover. Express perform at Traveller's Rest, West Bay St, every

Sunday, 6.30pm-9.30pm.

IM UMIE The Arts

The Agronomist (2003) will be showing at the NAGB on
Thursday, June 23 @7:45pm. The 90-minute PG-13 rat-
ed film is produced by Jonathan Demme. It is an inspir-
ing yet heartbreaking documentary about a Haitian
journalist hero who in trying to uphold democratic val-
ues in his country, fell victim to an assasination. He was
Jean Dominique whose broadcasting station Radio Haiti
Inter has been a controversial beacon earning many
supporters as well as bitter enemies. The Agronomist was
released in the wake of the recent upheaval in Haiti.
Discussants to follow the screening are: Dr Ian Strachan,
Chair of COB's School of English; Dr Eugene Newry,
Bahamas Ambassador to Haiti; and Antoine Ferrier,
Haitian-Bahamian photographer. The screening is free to
the public.

Health .

The Cancer Society of the Bahamas meets at 5.30pm on
the second Tuesday of each month at their Headquarters.
at East Terrace, Centreville. Call 323-4482 for more

MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Bahamas meets the third Mon-
day every month, 6pm @ Doctors Hospital conference

The Bahamas Diabetic Association meets every third
Saturday, 2.30pm (except August and December) @
the Nursing School, Grosvenor Close, Shirley Street.

Doctors Hospital, the official training centre of the
American Heart Association offers CPR classes certified
by the AHA. The course defines the warning signs of
respiratory arrest and gives prevention strategies to
avoid sudden death syndrome and the most common
serious injuries and choking that can occur in adults,
infants and children. CPR and First Aid classes are..
offered every third Saturday of the month from 9am-
1pm. Contact a Doctors Hospital Community Training
Representative at 302-4732 for more information ahd
learn to save a life today.

REACH Resources & Education for Autism and
related Challenges meets from 7pm 9pm the second
Thursday of each month in the cafeteria of the BEC
building, Blue Hill Road.

-i-- ll-IIM Civic Clubs

The Bahamas Historical Society will meet Thursday
June 30, 6pm at the museum on Elizabeth Ave and Ba
St. Dr John Burton of DePaul University, Chicago.wi4l
be the guest speealtei.He will deliver a presefltatio.0
with slides, entitl d6'"Sioruments in Search of Meaniig.
Bahamian Images0f 'hristopher Columbus". The pub-
lic is invited.

Toastmasters Club 1095 meets Tuesday, 7:30pm @ C C
Sweeting Senior School's Dining Room, college Avenue
off Moss Road. Club 9477 meets Friday, 7pi @
Bahamas Baptist Community College Rm A19, Jean
St. Club 3956 meets Thursday, 7.30pm @ British Coldnial
Hilton. Club 1600 meets Thursday, 8.30pm @ Super-
Clubs Breezes. Club 7178 meets Tuesday, 6pm @ The J
Whitney Pinder Building, Collins Ave. Club 2437 meets
every second, fourth and fifth Wednesday at the J Whit-
ney Pinder Building, Collins Ave at 6pm. Club 612315
meets Monday 6pm @ Wyndham Nassau Resort, Cable
Beach. Club 753494 meets every Wednesday, 6pm-8pm
in the Solomon's Building, East-West Highway. Club
Cousteau 7343 meets every Tuesday night at 7.30 in

The Playground Project, an opportunity for small groups the Cfickclarney Hotel, Fesn hreek, Central Anaros.
of students and/or professional artists to collaborate on All are welcome.
site-specific installations on the NAGB grounds, begins
on Saturday, June 25 @ the NAGB. The installation Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Eta Psi Omega chapter
will be done in the style of contemporary Korean artist meets every second Tuesday, 6.30pm @ the Eleuthera
Do-Ho Suh, best known for his intricate sculptures that Room in the Wyndham Nassau Resort, Cable Beach.
defy conventional notions of scale and site-specificity.
Instructor: John Cox. Age group: 14 years and older. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity meets every first Tuesday,
Cost: $24 (members) / $30 (non-members) Prize includes 7pm @ Gaylord's Restaurant, Dowdeswell St. Please
3 sessions (June 25, July 2 and July 9) Time: 10am call 502-4842/377-4589 for more info.
2pm each day.
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity meets every second Tues-
Self Expressions, an exhibition of mixed media works by day, 6.30pnm @ Atlantic House, IBM Office, 4th floor
artist Desmond Darville is open for viewing, 6pm-9pm meeting room.
at Segafredo Cafe, Charlotte St North.
The Nassau, Bahamas Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)
The National Collection @ the National Art Gallery of meets every third Monday of the month in the Board
the Bahamas, an exhibition that takes the viewer on a Room of the British Colonial Hilton Hotel, Bay St.
journey through the history of fine art in the Bahamas.
It features signature pieces from the national collec- Nassau Council 10415 Knights of Columbus meets the
tion, including recent acquisitions by Blue Curry, Anto- second and fourth Wednesday of the month, 8pm @ St
nius Roberts and Dionne Benjamin-Smith. Call 328- Augustine's Monestary.
5800 to book tours.
Nassau Bahamas Koinonia meets every second Friday of
Past, Present and Personal: The Dawn Davies Collection each month, 7.30pm at Emmaus Centre at St Augustine's
@ the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, Villa Doyle, Monestary. For more info call 325-1947 after 4pm.
West and West Hill Streets. The exhibition is part of the
NAGB's Collector's Series. Call 328-5800 to book tours. International Association of Administrative Profes-
sionals, Bahamas Chapter meets the third Thursday of
The Awakening Landscape: The Nassau Watercolours every month @ Superclubs Breezes, Cable Beach, 6pm.
of Gaspard Le Marchand Tupper, from the collection of
Orjan and Amanda Lindroth @ the National Art Gallery AMISTAD, a Spanish club meets the third Friday of the
of the Bahamas. The mid-nineteenth century paintings month at COB's Tourism Training Centre at 7pm in
that make up the exhibition are part of one of the earliest Room 144 during the academic year. The group pro-
suites of paintings of Nassau .nd its environs. Tupper motes the Spanish language and culture in the commu-
was a British military officer stationed at Fort Char- nity.
lotte in the 1850s. The works show a pre-modern
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Celebrating the

Bahamian life

ORGANISERS plan that the
32nd Independence celebration
will highlight the essence of
what it really means to be a
At a press conference on
Monday at the Ministry of
Youth, Sports and Culture on
Thompson Boulevard, Neville
Wisdom said that the celebra-
tion would be bigger and better
than ever before.
The festivities will begin on
Saturday July 2 with the Sir
Lynden Pindling Legacy Ball.
Other scheduled events
include the official opening of
the 18th Educational Confer-
ence at the Wyndham Nassau
Resort and Crystal Palace Casi-
no on Sunday July 3; a Nation-
al Arts Festival gospel extrava-
ganza at Golden Gates Assem-
bly on July 5; and a National
Arts Festival dance and drama
show on July 6.
Friday July 8 will be National
Pride Day, and Bahamians from
all walks of life are being asked
to do something distinctly
Bahamian as a symbol of their
A grand Bahamian concert is
schedule at Arawak Cay on the
night of July 8, beginning at
7pm. .
Performers will include Ron-
nie Butler, KB, Elon Moxey,
Nita, Xtra Band, Geno D, the
Long Island Rake and Scrape
Band and the Brilanders Band.
The CAC Games will also
open on Friday July 8 at 7pm at
the Thomas A Robinson Stadi-
The festivities will continue
in Clifford Park on Saturday
July 9. A festival is scheduled to
begin at 8pm with a perfor-

* MINISTER of Youth, Sports and Culture Neville Wisdom

mance by the National Liturgi-
cal Dancers, followed at 8.20pm
by performances from Pathfind-
ers Youth Band, the Bain and
Grants Town Youth Band and
the Church of God of Prophecy
Youth Band.
At 9.20pm, there will be an
ecumenical service by the

Bahamas Christian Council, and
at midnight a prayer is sched-
uled for the nation, followed by
a flag raising ceremony and a
fireworks display.
The celebration will end on
Monday July 11 with the Peo-
ple's Rush-out starting at 4.30
am at East Street.

* OFFICIALS of Del Sol, suppliers of Independence paraphernalia, present the first set of items
to Neville Wisdom and independence committee chairman Winston Saunders



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FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2005


Miami Herald Business, Stocks, Analysis, Wall Street

$2m insurance

recovery boosts.

Isle's Grand

Bahama casino

Tribune Business Editor
A "STRONG peak season"
and receipt of $2 million in hur-
ricane business interruption
insurance claims helped Isle of
Capri's Our Lucaya casino to
post a fourth quarter 2005 oper-
ating profit, although it still
made a $573,000 loss for the
In announcing its fourth quar-
ter and full-year results for the
year to April 24, 2005, Isle of
Capri said of its Grand Bahama
casino: "Isle-Our Lucaya expe-
rienced an increase in net rev-
enues and adjusted operating
income [during the final quar-
ter] due to a strong peak season
and the recording of $2 million
of business interruption pro-
ceeds, which was included in
adjusted operating income."

The $2 million in business'
interruption proceeds was
related to Hurricane Frances,
which struck Isle-Our Lucaya
in September 2004, forcing it
to close its doors temporarily
during its parent's fiscal sec-
ond quarter.


The $2 million insurance
recovery gave Isle of Capri's
fourth quarter and full year
results an inflated look, help-
ing it to $3.838 million in adjust-
ed operating income for the
three months to April 24, 2005.
The adjusted operating income
margin was 40.9 per cent, com-
pared to the previous year's
negative 29.6 per cent loss mar-
gin, with an operating loss of
$1.627 million.

Isle-Our Lucaya did show
good top line growth during the
peak tourism season, with net
revenues from the casino
increasing by 70.6 per cent to
$9.381 million, compared to $5.5
For the full year, Isle of
Capri's Grand Bahama opera-
tions posted a $573,000 adjusted
operating loss and net operating
loss margin of 2.5 per cent.
This compared favourably to
the previous year's adjusted
operating loss of $2.149 million
and 28.5 per cent loss margin.
But without the $2 million
insurance recovery, the fiscal
2005 loss would have exceeded
the previous year.
Net revenues for Isle-Our
Lucaya had increased threefold
to $23.259 million for fiscal
2005, compared to $7.54 million
for the year before.

'Stealth' Stamp Taxes

'bludgeon' businesses

Tribune Business Editor
BUSINESS and financial
executives expressed concerns
yesterday over the "stealth tax-
es" the government was intro-
ducing through the Stamp Tax
Act amendments, with some
describing the changes as "blud-
geoning" the corporate sector
and consumers..

Rick Lowe, a Nassau Insti-
tute director, told The Tribune
that the government was focus-
ing on the wrong issue, ques-
tioning why it was focusing on
tax increases as opposed to
reducing recurrent expenditures
with the national debt already
over $2.5 billion.
Mr Lowe said: "Shouldn't the
government be trying to cut
costs rather than bludgeoning

the Bahamian business com-
munity and the consumer?
"Here again, it's the govern-
ment putting the gun to the
head and raising taxes without
any consideration as to whether
to cut spending."
The Stamp Tax Act amend-
ments, which came into effect
when the Bill was laid in the
SEE page three

Senior Business Reporter
REAL estate stakeholders
yesterday said they were tak-
ing a 'wait and see' approach
following the government's
announcement that it was
expanding the stamp duty
regime to include both land
and property involved in
home/lot packages worth
more than $250,000.
Some, though, are fearful
that potential investors will

opt for a less costly nation to
build a second home.
Speaking to The Tribune on
condition of anonymity, a
source involved in the second
home buyers market called
the new tax, which essentially
adds an additional 10 per cent
cost up front, onerous.
He said it remains to be
seen if the market can bear
the new tax. If there is little
opposition from investors,
then the tax will be seen as a
SEE page three

Share buy-back could

aid minor shareholders

Tribune Business Editor
Bahamian analysts have sug-
gested that a share buy back by
RND Holdings' main share-
holders could benefit both them
and minority investors
"fatigued" by the company's
consistent losses and poor per-
In its latest edition of Fidelity
Forum, Fidelity Capital Mar-
kets described RND Holdings
as "an enigma", with very little
information being provided on
its current business performance
and its future growth plans.
Fidelity Capital Markets
wrote: "This may be a security
where a share buy back may
work well for the principal

shareholders and provide wel-
come relief to fatigued share-
holders who have long since giv-
en up any hope of recovery."
Share buy backs can often
lead to companies being taken
private and delisted from stock
exchanges by a majority share-
holder or acquiring company.
Such a move typically happens
when a quoted company is
being bought by a private firm,
or when a majority shareholder
believes there are no material
benefits being realised from a
stock market presence.
RND Holdings, which sold its
cinema operations to Galleria
Cinemas in December 2003 for
$4.7 million, is now effectively a
SEE page four

Real estate will
wait a n'd see I' on

stamp tax change

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1.10 0.95 Abaco Markets 0.95 0.95 0.00 -0.208 0.000 N/M 0.00%
8.70 8.00 Bahamas Property Fund 8.70 8.70 0.00 1.445 0.320 6.0 3.68%
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 1.40 1.40 0.00 0.122 0.000 11.5 4.29%
1.06 0.87 Fidelity Bank 1.06 1.06 0.00 2,500 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 1.58 Colina Holdings 2.20 2.20 0.00 0.259 0.060 8.5 2.73%
9.08 6.75 Commonwealth Bank 9.08 9.08 0.00 450 0.673 0.410 13.5 4.52%
2.50 0.54 Doctor's Hospital 2.50 2.50 0.00 0.452 0.000 5.5 0.00%
4.12 3.80 Famguard 4.12 4.12 0.00 0.406 0.240 10.1 5.83%
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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 5.75 5.72 -0.03 0.184 0.000 31.3 0.00%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 2.010 0.565 5.0 5.65%
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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%
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great move by the government, but it
was likely that it will have the opposite
effect, with potential investors shying
away from the extra fees.
"I've got some clients who are debat-
ing not investing further in the
Bahamas because of some of the
amendments, in particular putting a
stamp tax on construction contracts,"
the source said.
"I question whether this is a smart
move. My gut says it's not a good
move, and there are probably other
ways to raise revenue, such as enforc-
ing the real property tax, which people
expect to pay. I wish they would recon-
sider this particular tax.
"When a developer carves up a piece
of land, runs the utilities through and
then homes are built, the Government
gets paid stamp duty on all materials
for that house. They get paid business
licence fees from the contractor and
real property tax on the value of the
house once it's completed, so they get
paid from three different sources from
the efforts of the developer to create

that structure. So for the government
to want 10 per cent on the cost of the
building, that includes material, labour
and contractors profits, that seems


Earlier this week, James Smith, min-
ister of state for finance, said that going
forward, stamp duty will be payable
on both the land sold and fair market
value of the property constructed on it
when dealing with package deals where
home buyers acquire empty land, then
have their home build on it.
Mr Smith said such moves were pro-
jected to gain the government an extra
$10 million in revenues, beginning in
the 2005/2006 fiscal year.
When contacted, an industry source
said many Bahamian business persons
involved in real estate and land acqui-
sitions by foreign investors wish the
government would understand that
developers are adding value to a prop-
erty when they develop the land and
build the houses.

He said rather than viewing those
circumstances as a loophole, they
should view it as an incentive to build
a house.
Referring to the situation surround-
ing the Ginn Corporation and its nego-
tiations with the government over pos-
sible stamp tax abatement, it was
argued that like Ginn, these investors
were adding value to the land.
Where there is an empty lot, the gov-
ernment is not receiving any revenue,
but Ginn and other investors were
coming in and increasing the value of
the real estate at their own expense.
The source said: "Why should they
be taxed on top of that? This argu-
ment has merit in that you don't want
to provide a disincentive and this tax
will be a disincentive. It very well may
have a negative effect and lead to a
slow down in development".
As it stands, there continues to be a
tremendous amount of interest in real
estate development in the Bahamas, a
situation that is likely to remain for
some time, which made the Govern-
ment's move even more important. It
remained to be seen whether the new

tax will be an extra cost the market
can bear or whether it will slow down
The impact of the new tax on
Bahamian developers was also called
into question. .
While many who sell land and home
packages do so for prices under
$250,000, the tax may have the effect of
keeping Bahamian developers out of
that market.


In contrast to the US, the purchase
of a land/house packages, while
increasing in popularity, is not the
prevalent way of real estate develop-
ment in this nation. In the Bahamas,
developers usually cut up land parcels
and individual buyers find their own
Some developments, such as the
Cotton Bay Club, which looked to cre-
ate single family residential lots that
would have homes built on them by
the developer is likely to be impacted
by the new tax.

Looking at other developments com-
ing down the pipeline, the Bimini Bay
project, Winding Bay, Emerald Bay,
February Point and Rum Cay, where
investors might be building $2 -$3 mil-
lion houses, the level of stamp tax
would be between $200,000 and
$300,000, a figure that is likely to chase
away some people.
"This has sent tremors through the
industry, especially for existing devel-
opers who have already created busi-
ness plans around what the old taxes
where. This creates a substantial hike
in profit margins and costs," the source
"Politically, this is a group.without a
voice that you can put some more bur-
den on, which may work, but it may
also be a very bad move if develop-
ment doesn't happen and people don't
have jobs and we dry up our market.
"The government gets its tax when
the first home buyer sells. It makes
sense to encourage them to build, don't
tax them and then get the value when
the property is sold. If you discourage
people to build then you don't get the

Business criticism of 'stealth measure'

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FROM page one
House of Assembly on Budget
Day, now require duty at 4 per
cent to be levied on "all assets"
of Bahamian businesses that are
'eing sold, apart from cash,
bank deposits and held invest-
ment securities.
Another amendment requires
:stamp duty to be levied on both
the land and property involved
in; home/lot packages worth
more than $250,000, as the Gov-
ernment attempts to plug a
,loophole previously exploited
.by homebuyers where they
escaped by just paying stamp
duty on the land.
Mr Lowe described the intro-
-duction of the Stamp Tax
amendments, carried out with-
:out any prior discussion, as
"quite dramatic". Other busi-
ness sources described them as
"stealth taxes" and a "bolt from

the blue".
The Nassau Institute director
likened them to the 15 per cent
minimum equity requirement
for consumer loans that was
imposed without warning by the
Central Bank of the Bahamas
last August, when it removed
the lending restrictions in place
since September 11.
As an executive for Nassau
Motor Company, part of the
Bahamas Motor Dealers asso-
ciation (BMDA), Mr Lowe said
his experience had been that
the minimum downpayment
guideline had a negative impact
on the Bahamian new car mar-
ket for at least 'the first six
months, until consumers made
the appropriate adjustments.
Another example of busi-
nesses being taken by surprise
by tax increases was the
increase in the premium tax
levied on the insurance industry,

which was increased from 2 per
cent to 3 per cent in the 2003-
2004 Budget. The industry was
only informed about this the
day before the Budget was
Opinions were divided on,
whether the 4 per cent stamp
duty rate on the assets of busi-
nesses being sold would damp-
en activity in the Bahamian
mergers and acquisitions mar-
Corporate finance and acqui-
sition advisory specialists spo-
ken to The Tribune sided with
James Smith, minister of state,
for finance, arguing that the
amount of stamp duty involved
was relatively small and that
mergers took place for differ-
ent reasons.
Others, though, were not so
sure, questioning whether the
amendment could impose an
unfair burden on small Bahami-

an businesses, such as 'Mom
and Pop' stores, and whether it
would even apply to them.
There were also concerns that
some Bahamian companies,
which had balance sheets rich
with assets but were not doing
well from an income and oper-
ational viewpoint, could be dis-
couraged from seeking buyers
to rescue the business.
It is likely that the Govern-
ment will also be called upon
to clarify how the amendments
will work, although some pre-
dicted that the amount of stamp
duty paid will be determined by
the net asset value (NAV) of
companies that are being sold.
Among the. questions posed
to The Tribune by business
executives yesterday were how
the assets of a business were to
be valued; how negative good-
will was to be treated would a
rebate be involved?; and

whether an audited balance
sheet listing all the sold compa-
ny's assets would have to be
submitted to the Government
for every business acquisition.
The latter move was seen as
introducing more bureaucracy,
red tape and costs for the
Bahamian business communi-

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HENNESSEY also known as MONICA
late of the Eastern Road in the Island of
New Providence in the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, Widow

NOTICE is hereby given that all persons having
any claims against the above-named Estate are
required, on or before the 30th day of Juie, 2005.
to send their names and addresses, and particulars
of their debts or claims, to the undersigned, and if
so required by notice in writing from the
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claims, or in default thereof they will be excluded
from the benefit of any distribution made AND all
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Attn: Mr Ritchie W. Sawyer
One Millars Court
P. 0. Box N-7117
Nassau, Bahamas
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national Bank partnered with
the Caribbean Export Devel-
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help Bahamian craft and gift
artisans prepare for the
Caribbean Gift and Craft Show
in September.

handicraft at the Bahamas Agri-
cultural and Industrial Corpo-
ration (BAIC), and a CDEA
board member, said the seminar
aimed to encourage small and
medium enterprises to focus
much more on increased busi-
ness and strategic planning to
better prepare themselves for
the show and other opportuni-
Ms Bowe said: "This, along
with the programme of paral-
lel activities, will help us guar-
antee to visitors from all over
the region to show new and
exciting products and cultural
The show will be held in Bar-
bados from September 22-25,
and the seminar was held for
all prospective exhibitors.
This year's Caribbean Gift
and Craft Show has set goals of
attracting 200 exhibitors, 300
buyers, generating on-site sales
of $300,000 and $6 million in
orders, and welcoming some
11,000 visitors over the three
days of the show.
At the seminar with the
Bahamian artisans, Lisa Cal-
lendar, one of CEDA's consul-
tants, discussed topics ranging
from understanding market
requirements, how to do quick
market research, successful
product planning, building a
company image and brand for
export, building buyer relation-
ships through trade shows and

RND buy-back could

benefit shareholders

FROM page one
real estate investment trust
(REIT) with an online ticket
booking and hotel call centre
subsidiary, TicketXpress,
bolted on.
The company's accumulat-
ed deficit at February 28,
2005, was $2.006 million, fol-
lowing a net loss of $588,782
for that fiscal year.
RND Holdings has also
been impacted in -recent
months by the ongoing feud
between its two founding
shareholders, chairman
Jerome Fitzgerald and former
president Brent Dean, who
between them control over 62
per cent of the issued stock.
Mr Fitzgerald. said Mr Dean
had rejected his offer to buy
out his 31.2 per cent stake at

"net book value", and his sub-
sequent offer to sell his stake
to Mr Dean.
Meanwhile, in its analysis
of the prospects for publicly-
listed Bahamian companies in
2005, Fidelity Capital Markets
said the outlook for Freeport
Oil Company was "still uncer-
tain" following the hurricane
damage in Grand Bahama
and the fact that a petroleum
dealer had effectively broken
the company's wholesale
monopoly in Freeport, after
a court ruled he could pur-
chase products from other
Fidelity Capital Markets
said the ruling was "expected
to have continued ramifica-
tions", although the bottom
line impact was impossible to

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"Please be advised that the following offices
will be closed on Friday June 24, 2005
and will re-open on Monday, June 27,
2005 at the usual business hours.

Bahamas First General Ins. Co. Ltd.
Nassau Underwriters Cole Albury Agency Ltd.
Moseley Burnside Insurance Agency Ltd."

export, price worksheet and
cash flow forecasts.
Teresa Williams, senior man-
ager in FirstCaribbean's man-
aging director's office, said:,
"The bank's investment in
Bahamians and the uplifting of
our people is the driving force

behind the bank's strategic
alliances with Caribbean Export
and similar organisations like
the University of the West
Indies, the Caribbean Disaster
Emergency Response Agency,
and the Caribbean Hotel Asso-

Wright concern

about four per

cent stamp tax

FROM page one
service or product that a tax was
being paid on.
Meanwhile, with the Budget
communication ofgoing' in the
House of Assembly, Ms Wright
said that what stood out for her
was the climate of trade and
investment opportunities being
brought forward.
In regard to the Trade Com-
mission, a body that the Cham-
ber has been invited to be a part
of, she said that despite promis-
es of support and adequate
funding, there was no focus on
funding it or any other special
body that might review and
examine any trade initiatives,
and help clarify the Bahamas'
position in that regard. She said

no significant inroads had beetI
made in support of the trade
Chamber board members
were also expected to meet f6r
a one-day retreat at the B'ritish
Colonial Hilton Hotel to dis-
cuss a diumber of issues impor-
tant to the organisation's devel-
Among the issues expected
to be on the agenda is the struc-
ture of the organisation and
how the Chamber might
enhance it membership through
increased benefits.
There was also to be a review
of the Chamber's fiscal matters
and a look at various initiatives
and programmes expected to
be put forward during Ms
Wright's term of office.

NOTICE is hereby given that SHIRLEY DANIEL, 5745 N.W.
27TH COURT, LAUDERHILL, FL 33313, 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-eightdays
from the 17TH day of JUNE, 2005 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,

STREET SOUTH, NASSAU, N.P., 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 24TH day of JUNE,
2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of 2000)

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

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

The date of commencement of dissolution is 9th
day of June, 2005.

Ms. Ong Beng Hui Patricia,
c/o 101 Thomson Road #33-00,
United Square Singapore 307591

other marketing activities, and
planning production and
reviewing critical areas of sav-
ings'to increase profits.
Ms Callendar advised on how
best to finance an export initia-
tive and covered issues relating
to costing and pricing for

a FROM left: CEDA's consultant, Lisa Callendar;, Teresa Williams; CEDA's board member,
Donnalee Bowe; and manager at the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation, Natasha


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RYAN Sweeting's impressive
run through the LTA Interna-
tional Junior Championships
came to a screeching halt in the
semifinal yesterday.
The Davis Cupper suffered
his first set loss in the week-
long tournament when he was
ousted 2-6, 7-6, 6-1 by Croatian
Marin Cilic.
World fourth ranked player
Cilic, who had also yet to lose a
set in the first three rounds, suf-
fered his first set loss to Sweet-
ing in the Grade A tournament.
Although he lost, No.24
world ranked Sweeting enjoyed
a fantastic tournament, which
serves as a launch pad for the
prestigious Wimbledon tourna-
ment that gets underway for
juniors on Monday.

He stunned the field of 20 of
the world's top ranked players
by eliminating No.1 Donald
Young of the United States in
the second round.
Sweeting, 19, advanced to the
semifinal with a 6-4, 6-4 win
over Canadian Philip Bester,
while Cilic clinched his berth
with a 6-4, 6-2 decision over
11th seed Andreas Haider-
Former Bahamas Lawn Ten-
nis Association's president Kit
Spencer, who was on hand to
watch the match, said he felt
Sweeting performed exception-
ally well against Cilic, the
French Open junior champion.

"It was a great performance.
It showed that he's right up
there with the best junior play-
ers in the world," said Spencer,
who, along with current BLTA
president Mary Shelley, gave
support to Sweeting on the side-
Spencer said Sweeting was
obviously disappointed with the
"I don't think he played as
well as he played earlier in the
week," Spencer noted. "But the
guy didn't let him play that well
either. The guy was very strong,
"Although he was disap-
pointed, I still think he had a
great week, beating Donald
Young and the other guys. So
he should be proud of himself."
As a result of his perfor-
mance, Sweeting should move
up in the standings when the
new rankings are released on
Monday. It should also boost
his confidence going into Wim-
Grand Bahamians Timothy
Neilly and Jessica Sweeting also
played in the tournament. But
they both bowed out in the first
round of the boys and girls sin-
gles respectively.
Neilly could be remembered
his stunning victory over Young
in the final of the boys final at
the Orange Bowl in Florida in
The trio will be participating
in Wimbledon with Jessica
Sweeting making history as the
first Bahamian female to quali-


Futsal league gets underway

Junior Sports Reporter
THE second round of the Gatorade
Futsal Bahamas League got underway
Wednesday at the DW Davis gymnasi-
um, with three fierce matches on the
The over-35 league, which kicked off
two weeks ago, also held its opening
Playing in the featured match were
United Football Club and the Bears,
other matches saw the Bahamas Foot-
ball Association (BFA) select team take
on the Cavaliers and Union Peru Foot-

ball Club challenge Superior Warriors.
United Football Club defeated the
Bears 11-3, while the Cavaliers edged
out the BFA; Superior Warriors beat
Union Peru 6-3.
For United, goals were scored by
Trevor McKenzie (six); Granton Innis
(3); Reynold Appoleaon and Ricardo
Bowe both chipped in with one goal.

The standout for the Bears was Craig
Knowles, leading all team scores with
The much anticipated game of the

night saw BFA executives and federa- with the Warriors coming out on top 6-
tion coaches fall to the hands of the 3.
Cavaliers. Stepping up big for the Warriors were
The tense game went down to the Steve Jones and Keith Cargill, scoring
wire, with Cavaliers running out 11-10 three and two goals respectively.
winners. Union Peru got their goals from Mar-
Top goal scorers in that game were co Vidales (three) and Alejandro Gam-
Kevin Davies with five goals and Pierre- -birazie-(one)-. ..-.......
Lafleur with three. Action will continue on Wednesday
Both Lionel Haven and Anton Sealy at 6.30pm at the DW Davis gymnasi-
scored four goals for the losing side. um.
The final match of the night saw the E MATCHES NEXT WEEK
winners from the first round, Union 6.30pm Bears FC vs United FC
Peru Football Club met the Superior 7.20pm BFA Select vs Cavalier FC
Warriors, a match-up which some were 8.10pm Team Peru vs Superior
calling a preview of the championships Warriors


Junior Sports
A GAME that was built
up to be a hotly contested
one, turned out'to be a
lopsided massacre.
In the championship
game of the Kerzner
Bahamas International
Basketball League the
JEI Soldiers repeated as
champions by blowing out
the Royal Towers Falcons
The Falcons made a
grand entrance into the
Kendal Issacs Gym, part
of which included a
junkanoo rush out, but
the Soldiers proved to be
the aggressors on the
Led by team Captain
Jeremy Hutchinson, who
had a fantastic game, the
Soldiers jumped out to a
quick 8-2 lead within the
first two minutes of the
game and never looked
Hutchinson led the Sol-
diers' effective fast break
attack by grabbing
rebounds and pushing the
ball up the court leading
to easy baskets for him
and his teammates.
The Falcons were able
to keep the lead manage-
able by penetrating each
time down court, drawing"
fouls and getting easy
points from the free throw
The Soldiers held a sev-
en point at the end of the
first quarter and increased
the defensive pressure in
the second, as two Maiiny
Adderley throws, both
coming off steals,
increased the lead to 131
The Falcons switchedto
a smaller and faster lineup
which did wonders for
them on the defensive

They went to a quick
three guard lineup which
disrupted the Soldiers'
offence and created a
number of steals by jump-
ing into the passing lanes
and picking up deflec-
However, the defensive
improvements could not
lead to baskets on the oth-
er end of the floor as the
Falcons guards struggled
to get their big men
The Soldiers broke
their way to a 15 point
lead at the half.
The third quarter pro-
duced much of the same
for the Soldiers as
Hutchinson continued his
With a 21 point lead in
full effect, the Soldiers
deflated any hopes of a
Falcons comeback by get-
ting the crowd involved
with a number of alley-
oops and electrifying
dunks coming off fast-
The fourth quarter was
a simple formality as the
Soldiers' lead ballooned
to almost 30.
The wind was obviously
knocked out of the Fal-
cons and the Soldiers'
heavy fan support, now
became more loud and
boisterous as the game
neared a conclusion.
Soldiers' guard Dannon
Carter finished on a high
note with just under a
minute left as he drove
down the middle of the
lane and beat the entire
Falcons defence.
The versatile Hutchin-
son worked his way to a
near triple double leading
his team in three statisti-
cal categories.
He finished with 18
points, nine rebounds, and
five assists.
Earnest Saunders also

chipped in with 12 points
and four assists.
For the losing Falcons,
Will Delancy finished ,
with 11 points and four
assists and Kirk Neely fin-
ished with seven points.
In other games played
on the day, the Ocean
Club Managers defeated
the Atlantis Managers 39-
35. !:
In the Day League ver-
sus Night League All-Star
Game, The Night League
won in a nailbiter,


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MARK Knowles and his
replacement partner continue
to impress on the world's
biggest tennis stage at Wim-
bledon 2005.
'- Knowles and Michael Llo-
dra have advanced to the third
round of the men's doubles
"with a 6-4, 7-6 (1), 6-4 win
over Robert Lindstedt of Swe-
den and Alexander Peya of
Austria yesterday.
Then, when the mixed dou-
bles competition gets under-
way, Knowles will partner
with American Venus
Williams. They are listed as
the No.8 seeds.
The duo have been matched
togethe r other first time and
have been given a bye in the
first round, but will play the
winner of the match between
Justin Gimelstob and Tina
Krizan versus Todd Perry and
Els Callens.
Williams, a native of Flori-
da, is the 14th seed in the
women's singles, but she's not
entered in the doubles. Nor-
mally she plays with her
younger sister, Serena
Williams, the No.4 seed.
In his men's doubles match,
Knowles and Llodra struggled
a little but managed to claim a
three set triumph over Linst-
edt and Peya.
Llodra, playing in his fifth
Wimbledon, was also entered

Mark set

to team up

with tennis

star Venus_

in the men's singles, but he
was eliminated in the first
round by his compatriot
Sebastian Grosjean 3-6, 7-5,
4-6, 7-6 (5).
This is Knowles' 13tih
appearance at Wimbledon. He
had his best showing in dou-
bles in 2002 when he and his
regular partner Daniel Nestor
made it to the final.
Nestor is recovering a wrist
injury he sustained at the
French Open.
His injury forced Knowles
to seek another partner.
Knowles was able to pick up
Llodra after his regular part-
ner, Fabrice Santoro was also
injured prior to Wimbledon.
Llodra and Santoro were
named the Team of the
Month for May after they won
their first tournament of the
year at the Telecom Italia
Masters in Roma over Amer-
ican twin brothers Bob and
Mike Bryan with a 6-4, 6-2 vic-
Ironically the pair knocked
Knowles and Nestor; the No.,
seeds at the tournament, out
in the second round.

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