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Volume: 101 No.187 FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2005 PRICE 500

Bahamas office

evacuated after

terror explosion

Chief Reporter
IN the aftermath of the ter-
rorist attacks on London yes-
terday, the Bahamas expressed
in a note, to the Foreign Com-
monwealth Office its sorrow
over the tragic loss of life calling
it "an attack on the very heart
and core of our values."
The Bahamas Maritime
Authority, located near one of.
the principal sites of the explo-
sions, had to be evacuated and
Bahamians in and around Lon-
don were affected by the blasts.
The Tribune yesterday spoke
to Bahamians and friends of
Bahamians who recounted their
experience and explained how
the attacks disrupted their lives.
As of yesterday, the series of
bomb attacks on London's
transport network killed more
than 30 people and injured
about 700 others.
Three explosions on the
Underground left 35 dead. Two
iore died in a blast on a dou-
ble-decker bus.
There were no reported
injuries or casualties of Bahami-
ans as of yesterday. In addition,
of three offices representing the
Bahamas government in Lon-
don there were no reports of
injuries and all staff were
accounted for.
Sasha Lightbourne, a law stu-
-dent at the University of Buck-
inghafi who was near London's
Victoria station where most of
the traffic and passengers were
being directed at the time of the
attack, said that she was "tired
and shaken."
"I'm just grateful that, my
country does not have such acts
of violence," she said.
Ms Lightbourne said she did
not realize what was going on
until a friend texed her and
asked if she was okay.
"It's like London is in a state
Sof shock. It's possibly similar to

what I believe was the same
mood after 9/11. I don't feel
comfortable and I'm very
afraid," she said.
A Bahamian teacher living in
the Midlands, 100 miles outside
of London, said that while she
was not surprised by the attack,
she was dismayed.
"It is a bit shocking many
people suspected that some-
thing like this would happen but
killing innocent people on the
way to work has everyone con-
cerned. It's just all really shock-
ing," she said.
She said as a result of the
explosions transportation, was
severely hindered.
"In the city where I live a
package was found on a bus and
that caused the bus system to
be shut down. The major roads
were closed so that affected
traffic getting home and people
were trying their best not to get
caught in the backlog," she said.
While traffic going into Lon-
don was backed up, she said
persons were being discouraged
from going there.
Rachel Barlow, who works at
the Royal Free Hospital in Lon-
don, told The Tribune that the
incident had essentially shut the
hospital down.
"It is crazy here. Our hospital
has basically been shut except
for emergency work and every-
one is sitting around in shock
and wondering how they can
get home.
"All our theatres are full and
we have had 55 emergency
admissions and the Middlesex
and St Mary's and the London
(hospitals) are taking most of
the casualties so the numbers
on the news are pretty conserv-
ative," said Ms Barlow.
Piers Marquis, son of The Tri-
bune's managing editor John
Marquis, made a lucky decision
on the eve of the blasts.
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Regatta back on track

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE North Andros Regat-
ta will be held as planned next
weekend as a postponement
to September would be too
much of an economic blow to
residents still reeling from the
effects of last week's fire at
the San Andros airport.

On Wednesday, the Min-
istry of Youth, Sports and Cul-
ture. announced that the annu-
al event would be postponed
to September 8 to 11 because
of the travel difficulties caused
by the fire.
The fire, which police con-
firmed was arson, destroyed
SEE page 9

Bahamas torn on UN vote

Tribune Staff Reporter
itself in a difficult position -
whether to support Japan or
China in a UN security council
vote. The Bahamas has friend-
ly relations with both nations.
The dilemma for the
Bahamas arises from the deci-

sion to expand the permanent
membership of the Security
Addressing members of the
media on his return from the
26th CARICOM Heads of
Government meeting yester-
day, Foreign Affairs Minister
Fred Mitchell said the G4
SEE page 9

New vandalism claim

Tribune Staff Reporter
WHILE police continue to
investigate a major case of
vandalism at a local church,
new claims surfaced yesterday
linking the destruction to
"feuding homosexuals within
and outside the congregation."
A few disgruntled members

of the New Covenant Baptist
Church on Independence Dri-
ve have lashed out, claiming
"the real reason the vandal-
ism occurred at the church on
Saturday morning is not being
revealed and it is sad and hyp-
One member, who spoke on
SEE page 9

Special meeting on RG

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Bahamas Bar Associ-
ation has had a special meet-
ing to discuss concerns about
the validity of marriage
licences, certificates of registry
for companies, and other doc-

uments that were signed by
Acting Registrar General
Shane Miller.
After Supreme Court Jus-
tice Hugh Small's ruling vali-
dating and reinstating embat-
tled Registrar General Eliza-
beth Thompson, questions
SEE page 9

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I-AGE 2, FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2005

Liquefied natural gas

defended by minister

Dr Marcus Bethel

speaks at forum

MARCUS Bethel defend-
ed liquified natural gas as
"non-reactive and non-explo-
sive" shortly before talking
about past LNG-related
The Minister of Health was
talking at a Bahamas Forum
meeting on Tuesday night,
during which the proponents
and critics faced off about the
controversial proposed devel-
opment at Ocean Cay.
Addressing the forum, Dr
Bethel pointed out that there
have only been four LNG-
related accidents since 1944.
The recent accidents occurred
at the Cleveland LNG termi-
nal in 1944, the Staten Island
terminal in 1973, the Cave
Point terminal in 1979 and the
Skikda LNG Liquefaction
Plant in 2004.

According to Dr Bethel,
over 61 years only 193 people
have been killed and 57 have
been wounded. With each
explosion, he said, design stan-
dards and operating proce-
dures have been improved.
; Dr Bethel said that LNG
activity is increasing in the US
as five terminals already exist,
seven have been approved
and 18 more have been pro-
, The recent debates sur-
rounding LNG stem from a
$650 million proposal by AES

to construct a re-gasification
plant at Ocean Cay that would
convert LNG to gas for trans-
port to Florida.
Tuesday's meeting was rid-
dled with intense arguments
and outbursts between oppo-
nents Sam and Tony Dun-
combe and panel members Dr
Bethel and Mr Coulson. This
heated atmosphere serves as
an indication of what is to
come during future town
Mr Bethel pointed out that
the Environmental Impact
Assessment (EIA) of AES
Corp was submitted to a six-
month technical review that
was undertaken by 25 special-'
ists from the BEST commis-
sion, government ministries,
and local and international
The minister said: "The
EIA meets or exceeds inter-
national standards for large
scale energy projects, meets
or exceeds environmental
standards and considers the
unique and fragile nature of
the Bahamian environment."
He added: "Key improve-
ments from the technical
review are replacing sea water
warming with ambient air
warming vaporisation tech-
nology; pipeline routing to
avoid critical marine habitats
and spawning periods; and
burying the pipeline in water
depths of 100ft or less and
blanketing it in concrete in,
deep waters." I
Further improvements

include monitoring and mea-
suring systems to produce less
waste, a full containment tank
design and an isolated project
Contrary to anti-LN C ''
paigners' statements r
Bethel said that the publiCit
consulted and given amfipl6
time to review the Environ-
mental Impact Assessment.

He said that although the
public was given mote than 30
days to review the EIA, only
20 persons did so and less than
80 attendees came to the Nas-
sau and Bimini meetings.
"The public can still locate
the EIA on the internet," he
There has been further rec-
ommendations to the EIA,
such as the assignment of lia-
bility for damages and injuries
to the public, technical train-
ing for Bahamians and real-
time remote monitoring.

SkAii IANS immigrants are escorted from the Defence Force patrol craft HMBS P-43
water being apprehended in the Exuma chains Wednesday evening.

HAITIAN immigrants being detained at the Defence Force Base, before heading to the
Carmichael Road Detention Centre.
(RBDF Photos: Leading Seaman Mark Armbrister)

immigrants were apprehend-
ed by the Royal Bahamas
Defence Force while trying
to make landfall late Wednes-
day evening.
The immigrants were
detained at 6pm, when the.
Defence Force patrol craft,
HMBS P-43, intercepted a 25-

ft Haitian sloop four and a
half miles west of Sampson
Cay, Exuma.
A search of the vessel
uncoveredl9 Haitian males
and six females who were
allegedly not in possession of
the proper documents needed
to enter the country.
They were brought into the

Defence Force Coral Har-
bour Base, and turned over
to Immigration authorities for
further processing.
This brings .the total
number of Haitian immi-
grants apprehended by
the Defence Force in Bahami-
an waters this year to over

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hopes for


in Haiti
Tribune Staff Reporter
DESPITE the unstable situa-
tion in Haiti and minimal voter
registration levels, the Bahamas
continues to hope it will able to
provide experts to organise the
country's elections slated for
November, Minister of Foreign
Affairs Fred Mitchell said yes-
Splaikig at the Nassau Inter-
national' Airport VIP Lounge
afte his' return from the 26th
CARICOM Heads of Govern-
ment-Meting, Mr Mitchell said
that 0yirone is trying to press
onwgd t, oget the security situ-
atio"nluider control to allow the
registration to take place, and
then-. he elections to take
placq. '.g
The Minister explained that
because of the ongoing violence
in the streets of Haiti, only
150,000 of, the 4.3 million poten-
tial voters had registered so far.
"Despite the fact that elec-
tions are coming up, a very
small .percentage of residents
are actually registering to vote.
Only 150,000 have in fact been
registered, that's a very small
fraction," he added.
Earlier this week an appeal
went out from the council
charged with organising the
poll, to postpone the vote
because preparations are not speed, and the situation in
the country is too violent and
unstable, the BBC reported.
Local government elections
are set for October 9, 2005
while legislative and presiden-
tial elections have been sched-
uled for November 13, 2005.
"People just believe that if
we are unable to get these elec-
tiofis through; then the situa-
tiolwvbould disintegrate even
further," Mr Mitchell said.

The minister said the head of
the CARICOM team stationed
in Hmaiti,,who is also the chief

iss ied,he
no b 1f'in comiplethg the
registration process.
"But of course that is a big
'if'," Mr Mitchell noted.
The report, he went on to say,
also stated that "the numbers
are not daunting, the problem is
that the CEP (Provisional Elec-
toral Council) in Haiti itself
doesn't have any electoral expe-
The minister reiterated that
as result of the United
oN ,~ ~ resolution, CARI-
C iis pledged to support the
el ral process.
itchell said it is hoped
th he Bahamas can provide
H with the Bahamian Par-
intary Registrar, as well as
wivh other election experts.
"We would like to make
them available to assist in help-
ing to organise, run, and
observe the elections," he said.
Minister Mitchell added that
there are no plans for any mili-
tary support.
"Services of all of the mili-
tary operations in the region do
not have offensive capabilities.
They really are designed to deal
with civilian kinds of insurrec-
"For the difficulties in Haiti
we just don't have the capabili-
ties' and no prime minister in
those circumstances is willing
to put service men in that situa-
tion," he said.


crime proposals

under review

Sby the Bahamas

* MINISTER of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitt
(BIS Photo

nis bore down on the island of
Jamaica yesterday, Bahamas
Honourary Consul Keva
Hilton was unable to report
that all the Bahamians study-
ing there were safe.
At a press conference yes-
terday, Minister of Foreign
Affairs Fred Mitchell said
that while most Bahamians
who study in Jamaica are
back at home for summer
break, those studying medi-
cine did not return before the
storm hit the island.
"She has spoken to' one of
the Bahamian doctors in
training's and is trying to get
some idea of what the situa-
tion is with the Bahamian
medical students," said Mr
However, she has said that
officials expect both Kingston
and country to survive with-
out much damage.
Mr Mitchell said he had
spoken with the Jamaican
Foreign Minister Katie
Knight, who said the country

was experiencing,, consid--
able amounts of raini ';
He added that the parts
are now closed inm '`ington
and in Montego PBay'i.?*
"The Honourar' Consul
says that while. the'- gaican
government e&ts4te er
to be disconiiecfed': he
course of stfrm, !: ipt
expect that po0 ? n- tele-
phones will be discorineited.
"Once that is able to hold

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE BAHAMAS is review-
ing two CARICOM proposals
intended to combat crime and
ensure improved security in the
Minister Foreign Affairs Fred
Mitchell said yesterday the

upsurge of crime in the
Caribbean was the topic of
extensive discussion at the 26th
CARICOM Heads of Govern-
ment Meeting in St Lucia this
The discussions, he said,
resulted in two proposals a
proposal for a mutual legal
assistance treaty, as well as a
proposal for an extension of the
Regional Security System

"There is now a Caribbean-
wide mutual legal assistance
treaty which will be brought
back to the Bahamas for our
people to study. The foreign
affairs ministry thinks it a useful
agreement, but the government
will have to be advised on it by
the attorney general's office,"
he said.
Mr Mitchell, addressing the
media at the airport's VIP
Lounge after his return to the
country yesterday, said that
there is also a proposal
"through the Ministries of
National Security throughout
the region for the extension of
the Regional Security System."
The minister explained that
the RSS has up until now large-
ly operated in the southern part.
of the Caribbean and has been
responsible for keeping law and
order in Grenada after the
country experienced a civil col-
lpse folf6wing last year's'hur-
'There are for example still
231 Trinidadian troops on



media after

return from


Grenadian soil helping to bring;.-
order to the country," het,
added. ,;
Mr Mitchell said that RRS,
mechanism provides help when.,
a country experiences situations
of catastrophic collapse and"
needs assistance in civilian
control and the restoration of

"It's so that you have some'-
kind of rapid response through'+
exchanges of various countries;$
and in the same way on then
civilian side, people from-
Jamaica and the Turks and
Caicos and Bermuda (will"
mobilise and come) to the.r
Bahamas and help restore pow-,
er and so forth," he said. ,
Mr Mitchell said the propose.
al is something that may be of
interest to the country.
but which has to be studied fur-.

up, Bahamian families will be
able to contact their relatives
and loved ones by tele-
phone." he said.
Mr Mitchell said that he
does not know how many
Bahamian students are cur-
rently in Jamaica.
He said that Ms Hilton was
seeking to determine this
information and communi-
cate it to him when they next


Govrnen oficalEmgain

huma rihts lais 'ufouded


GOVERNMENT director of informa-
tion Al Dillette responded to an maga-
.zine article claiming that the Bahamas is
guilty of human rights abuses and lives in
fear of Cuban leader Fidel Castro, by say-
ing: "The Bahamas rigorously abides by
international law."
Mr Dillette was commenting on an arti-
cle that appeared this month in the promi-
nent conservative US magazine, The
National Review.
He said the human rights claims in the
article were unfounded, as all of the issues
raised in the piece, by National Review
managing editor Jay Nordlinger, were
investigated when Amnesty International
made similar claims in October 2004.
Mr Nordlinger claimed in the article
that refugees in the Bahamas continue to
suffer "malnutrition, disease, rape, mock
executions, beatings [and] random acts of

sadism" while at the Carmichael Road
Detention Centre.
. He further alleged that Bahamas has "a
very cozy relationship with Castro" and
that the country "fears him, works with
him, submits to him."

Speaking with The Tribune yesterday,
Mr Dillette said the article is a reflection of
the fact that "the right wing in America is.
fighting for the hearts and minds of.the
American people."
According to the 2005 Amnesty Inter-
national Report on the Bahamas: "Asy-
lum-seekers from countries including Haiti
and Cuba were forcibly returned without
access to a full and fair refugee determi-
nation procedure, in violation of interna-
tional law. There were reports of inade-
quate medical attention, food and water at
the Carmichael Road Detention Centre.

At least five children were detained in
violation of international standards."
Complaints raised by Amnesty Inter-
national in November 2003 about detainee
treatment in the Bahamas were renewed in
October 2004, when Amnesty issued a
report alleging that instances of torture
were taking place at the Carmichael Road
Detention Centre.
The organisation called for "an imme-
diate, thorough and independent investi-
An inquiry carried out by Bahamian
officials found that was no evidence of
physical abuse at the centre, prompting
Labour and Immigration Minister Vin-
cent Peet to call the allegations "unfound-
ed" and "exaggerated".
According to former Superintendent of
Prisons Edwin Culmer, since he was
named head of the Detention Centre in
February, there have been no complaints
of mistreatment from detainees.

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WAR OF THE WORLDS T 2:10 N/A 4:50 N/A 7:30 10:45
LAND OF THE DEAD C 1:20 3:20 N/A 6:15 8:25 10:55
BEWITCHED T 1:05 3:40 N/A 6:05 8:20 10:45
HERBIE: FULLY LOADED A 1:15 3:25 N/A 6:10 8:15 10:40
BATMAN BEGINS B 1:00 3:45 N/A 6:45 N/A 10:30
MR. & MRS. SMITH C N/A N/A N/A N/A 8:15 10:40
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DARK WATERS NEW 1:15 3:40 I6: 8:30 10:3
REBOUND A 1:30 3:45 6:10 8:25 10:30
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E HURRICANE'Dennis escalated into a category three
hurricane yesterday as it blasted Jamiaca with winds of around
Cuba and the Cayman Islands can also expect to feel the
affects of Dennis, which became a major hurricane when it
broke the 111mph mark around 5pm yesterday.
According to reports, the Bahamas will not be significant-
ly impacted by Dennis but islands in the south east of the
country are already experiencing some showers as a result of
the storm.
Over the weekend, showers are expected all over the
Bahamas. Some are expected to be heavy and accompanied
by winds up to between 20 and 30 knots.
Andros is expected to be the Bahamian island most impact-
ed as Dennis travels into the Gulf of Mexico and up near the
Southern United States.



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A secretary

is not what

is needed

EDITOR, The Tribune
ONE of our Freeport news-
papers ran an announcement of
the appointment of a person
who actually hails from Grand
Bahama to some executive
capacity at the Ministry of
Financial Services and Invest-
ment to "manage !Grand
I am holding back my com-
ment to be polite to the person,
but secretarial skills are not
what are needed for Grand
Bahama, Madam Minister May-
Firstly, and I stand to be cor-
rected, under the Hawksbill
Agreement whatever the Grand
Bahama Port Authority
approves basically is rubber
stamped by Cabinet/Govern-
ment of the Bahamas. Unfor-
tunately over the years seem-
ingly this has been intruded on
to the extent that it seems that
at least this current Minister for
Financial Services and Invest-
ments thinks that the Port has
virtually no powers under the
Hawksbill Agreement and
everything must cross her min-
isterial desk.
Secondly, there is no doubt
that subsequent to the 2004 hur-
ricanes there should have been
the appointment of a joint pri-
vate/public economic promo-
tional group set up between
government and GBPA to re-
focus Grand Bahama to creat-
ing urgently new employment.
What is the Grand Bahama
work force? We lost 1,200 jobs
through the closing of Royal
Oasis and other businesses
which were negatively affected
by the storms. -
SWhat did we do? In my esti-
mate riothing correctly.
The promising Gold Creek
Movie Studio is not proceeding
strongly enough that Disney has
had to delay their film shoot.
Possibly already Disney has
been contacted by the other
film tank people around who
would die for two back-to-back
full length movies. Has Gold
Creek enough financing for
The second-home Grand
Bahama Development Co pro-
ject for east of the Lucayan
Canal, which does not come
under Minister Maynard-Gib-
son, why isn't that going ahead?
Simply seemingly because gov-
ernment is delaying on West
End and the Ginn proposal as
Ginn also is a joint venture
partner in this proposal for
within GBPA area.
The appointment respectful-
ly of a very junior person who

1 .7'HEWEla

six to eight months ago was a
secretary in the Nassau Min-
istry's office, is in my opinion
window dressing to the fullest.
and shows the total lack of seri-
ousness as to the latent serious
socio-economic problems of
Grand Bahama.
Why not assign Basil Albury,
a trusted officer with a lot of
experience who with an execu-
tive from GBPA should over-
look Grand Bahama for at least
the next two to three years
hopefully until there is some
economic development to sat-
isfy the high unemployment of
the island as a whole? I would
even assign one of, the Parlia-
mentary Secretaries to be
directly responsible for devel-
opment on Grand Bahama
because I see the pain and dan-
gers lurking everywhere.
Government must abide with
all the terms of The Hawksbill
Agreement and stop its intru-
sion. The Port Authority in 1955
was assigned specific powers and

no Government should meddle.
Freeport went through tens
of years simply because of the
infamous "bend and break"
speech and not until 1994 was
there a single positive new
development on the island. If
the new investors are unable to
achieve their projected returns
on their investments doesn't the
Minister understand they might
Tokenism is just that and
hopefully this letter might
nudge the Prime Minister that
something 'real' had better be
done for us.
Grand Bahama has never had
such a high crime rate, serious
crime as we have now never
has there been so many serious
traffic accidents and I regret
unless we put positive qualified
people in place to extract our-
selves it is going to get worse.
Hoping Prime Minister
Christie will see that we espe-
cially need that "hope and help"
that the majority of the country
saw in his capabilities in May,

Freeport, Grand Bahama
July 5 2005

Minister must

surely resign

EDITOR, The Tribune'
ON THIS evenings' ZNS
TV-13 news incredibly Vin-
cent Peet, Minister of Labour
and Immigration, seems to
have disqualified himself
totally as the minister respon-
sible for upholding the labour
laws by his direct encourage-
ment of non-union workers
to enrol and become mem-
bers of a union.
The minister cannot be any
more unbiased.
Minister, your letter of res-
ignation, unfortunately for
Prime Minister Christie as
you are an excellent mminis-
ter, should be on his desk
without any delay.
The content of your com-
ment was most interesting and
raises an important matter as
to who represents those
employees who do not wish
to be union members.
Now, by the minister's
admittance, the majority of
the Bahamian work force,
118,000 plus are employed
and the Minister indicates
only 23-24,000 are union
members less than 50 per

cent, so should the unions .
continue to have the continu-'
al ear of Government oni
Labour policy?
The comment from
BCPOU official Mr. Symon-
ette Sir, The Broadcasting
Corporation of the Bahamas
belongs to every Bahamian -
the union, the employees.
have no right to any share of-
the Broadcasting Corpora-
tion, period.
Hubert Ingraham made the
mistake with putting the goy-,,
ernment's shares in4 Cable
Bahamas in BaTelCo which
had to be reversed towhere
NIB now owns the shares but
even there it 'is 'qu't]ionfiW
as really the sharpe 0hodlje1
invested in. the hands' of :ti
Treasurer of The Bahai
period. '
Ministerpeet, ple.sde.
cause public indignatiooa
scandal. You said what you
said youp createdth,e situa-.
tign, now do what has to lhap
pen, or shame on you, si .!

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West Nile virus creates

'no cause for concern'

Tribune Staff Reporter
DESPITE new concerns expressed by
US federal health officials about the West
Nile virus, Bahamian authorities say "there
is no cause for concern here."
Experts in the US have now said the
virus, which is spread by mosquitos, may be
more dangerous and have longer lasting
health implications than previously sus-
Before officials at the US Center for Dis-
ease Control and Prevention sounded the
alarm, it was thought that the risk of serious
illness from West Nile was mostly a problem
for the elderly, or those who are already
But researchers are warning that even
young, previously healthy people can get
very sick and suffer long-term effects from
the virus.
The warning comes just as the mosquito

season is getting under way.
Although it's too early to tell what impact
the disease will have this year, US officials
say the message of prevention is more
important than ever in light of the new rev-
However, Evaneth McPhee, epidemiol-
ogist at the Department of Environmental
Health claims "there is no West Nile virus in
the Bahamas, and Bahamians should have
no cause for concern" if they were to
become victims of a mosquito bite.


Parliamentary secretary at the Depart-
ment of Environmental Health, Ron Pinder,
told The Tribune yesterday that there has
been a continued increase of mosquito vec-
tor control initiatives on the islands over
the past year-and-a-half.
"We have increased vector control and

we have heightened our fogging treatment
which targets the adult population of the
mosquito, and we have also increased our
surveillance at the larva stage of mosquito
breeding," he said.
Mr Pinder said his department has
heightened its public awareness campaign
and continues to encourage home own-
ers to routinely clean gutters and drain
standing water from areas around their
home, and other places where mosqui-
toes breed.
Despite awareness campaigns, Mr Pin-
der said, "Bahamians continue to engage in
activities that are counter-productive to
what his department is trying to accom-
"When Bahamians feel that mosquitoes
are a nuisance, they call the department,
but they can do things to remedy these
issues before they even happen, but instead
many are contributing to the breeding of
mosquitoes," said Mr Pinder.

Tribune Staff Reporter

THE president of Western
Air has refuted claims that he
offered charted flights as an
election gift to Immigration
Minister Vincent Peet.

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Rex Rolle yesterday issued a
statement to The Tribune
through his attorney Desmond
Bannister, saying that although
he did fly persons to Andros to
vote in the 2002 general elec-
tion, this did not constitute a
campaign donation to Mr Peet,
who at the time was contesting
the North Andros and the
Berry Islands seat.
Mr Rolle claimed that Mr
Peet agreed to reimburse him
for transporting 200 to 240 vot-
ers from Nassau once the PLP
released campaign funds to Mr
Although he maintains that
Mr Peet owes him in excess of

$95,000, the minister and Mr
Alphonso Smith, the PLP cam-
paign manager, claim that the
flights were election gifts and
no payments were ever dis-
The controversy arose after
the Department of Immigration
declined to grant work permits
to six Western Air pilots.
According to Mr Peet and
director of Immigration Ver-
non Burrows, the pilots had
been working in the country
However Western Air main-
tains that the pilots had been
on valid work permits for at
least two years, and have pro-

duced documents they say sup-
port that claim.
Western Air said the decision
not to grant the permits has
crippled the company.
It has been suggested that
the work permits were denied
as an act of political victimisa-
tion, as Mr Rolle's wife Shan-
drice had recently announced
that she would contest Mr
Peet's seat in the 2007 election.
The Tribune spoke with Mr
Peet yesterday who said he
would have nothing further to
say on the issue.
He said that he has already
made a statement and he stands
by it.

Man charged with shooting

A FOX Hill man has been
charged with the February 2002
shooting death of Warren Kirk
The 30-year-old was report-
edly gunned down in broad day-
light outside Sandilands Prima-
ry School after a car chase.
Richard Yelton Fowler, 33,
has beep charged with the mur-
Fowler was also charged with
possession of a firearm and
intending to endanger the life
of Kendal Knowles.
He appeared before Magis-
trate Roger Gomez yesterday
and was represented by lawyer
Langton Hilton.
He was not required to plea
and was remanded to Fox Hill

Prison until July 19 when the
matter will resume before Mag-
istrate Linda Virgill.
Two women pleaded not
guilty to the charge of conspir-
acy to export $20,000 worth of
Sheryl Rosie Russell, 31,
along with 23-year-old Venterra
Ingraham allegedly committed
the offence on Tuesday July .5.
The women also pleaded not
guilty to conspiring to posses
the drugs.
According to the prosecutor,
the drugs in question 'lihdd' a
weight of one and a half
Both women were granted
$20,000 conditional bail with
two sureties.
Magistrate Carolitta Bethel
ruled that the women must sur-

New music experience

A RARE night of dance
music is heing held at the
Bahama Boom nightclub
tomorrow night.
Three DJs from San Francis-
co, as well as two Bahamians,
will be holding a night of house
and trance music at the club
from 9pm.
Mark Reynolds, also known
as "DJ Rinsa", told The Tribune:
"House and trance is something
we've not really encountered a
lot of here in the Bahamas.

"It's played more in America
and it's huge in Europe, so
we're hoping that this might be
the next step in welcoming
some different forms of music
over here.
"At any rate, we're expect-
ing a lively crowd and it should
be a good night for anyone who
enjoys music and going a bit
There will be a cover charge
for the event, which will be
under $10

render their travel documents
and report to the East Street
South police station twice a
The matter was adjourned to
January 30, 2006.

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Minister of Trade and
Industry Leslie Miller yester-
day lashed out at the. former
minister of economic devel-
opment Zhivargo Laing for
questioning the signing of the
PetroCaribe Alliance in
Venezuela last week.
In an interview with The
Tribune Mr Laing said that
he found it "very curious"
that the Bahamas would sign-
the agreement after two of its
CARICOM allies (Trinidad
and Tobago, and Barbados)
opted not to.
"One would expect more
from a former minister that
at least he can speak the truth
or pretend to speak the truth
especially when he professes
to be such a Christian.
"Trinidad and Tobago
decided and this is known
to everyone that they need-
ed more time to look at it
because they felt that it was
going to take away some of
their market share in the
Eastern Caribbean.
"And because of that they
felt that they needed a little
more time to look at the
"It had nothing to do with
time, but with the countries
in the Eastern Caribbean.
Because now these countries
could get cheaper fuel than
they were getting from
Trinidad and Tobago from
Venezuela," he explained.
Mr Miller said that the
statements made by Mr Laing
were underhanded because
they attempt to create the illu-
sion of division in the
Caribbean region.
"Thirteen countries signed
the accord, and two didn't,
but it is my mind that they
will. Now he is saying that
Leslie Miller is in Venezuela

signing on his own accord?
He should stick to trying to
be an expert on FTAA and
CSME," the minister said.
Mr Miller went as far as to
say that since he has taken
office, he has been struggling
to fix "the excessive margins"
of profit enjoyed by Shell,
Esso, and Texaco.
The minister claimed it was
Mr Laing who raised the mar-
gins just before the 2002 gen-
eral elections.
"Perhaps what the former
minister should explain is why
fie put that excessive burden
on all our backs when he
increased the margins even
when the government consul-
tants strenuously opposed it.
Why did he impose that bur-
den just before the general
elections?" Mr Miller asked.
"He knew it was wrong
then, and I'm fighting like hell
to fix it. He has no conscience
when it comes to the people
of the Bahamas.
The people need to ask him
why he imposed that $0.77
margin on the Bahamian peo-
ple. Ask him to explain that,"
Mr Miller said.
Regarding the long-term
implications of the Petro-
Caribe Alliance and the con-
tract signed, Mr Miller said
that there was nothing in the
accord that limited or
obstructed the Bahamas'
negotiations with other coun-
tries for petroleum products.
"The Bahamas has no
obligations under PetroCaribe
other than getting the eco-
nomic benefits from this
accord. Every country under
this agreement are not limited
to purchasing fuel from
Venezuela. We can purchase
from anywhere else in the
"So believe me, the con-
tract I signed is a win-win sit-
uation," Mr Miller said.

Miller condemns

former minister's

criticism on fuel

DPM's husband has surgery

JOSEPH Pratt, husband of
Deputy Prime Minister Cyn-
thia Pratt, underwent angio-
plasty at the Cleveland Clinic
in Fort Lauderdale yesterday
to open a blocked heart
Mr Pratt was flown to the
Clinic at 6am yesterday and
underwent the operation at
noon. He was accompanied
to the hospital by his wife,
and his physician Dr Conville
Further tests will be under-
takenwhile he is in hospital.
The Tribune reported yes-
terday that Mr Pratt was to
be admitted to Mount Sinai
Hospital in Miami. However,
plans were changed.
The DeputyPrime Minis-.
ter is expected to return to
Nassau on Monday.

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Crimes against tourists

prompt ministry concern

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is concerned that crimes
committed against tourists
are giving the Bahamas the
international reputation of
being unsafe, The Tribune
learned yesterday.
* The ministry says it plans
to take action to reverse the
' A tourist who was robbed

at the Wyndham Nassau
Resort and Crystal Palace
Casino in April attracted
international attention when

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she complained about her tickets, credit cards and
experience on extra cash in hotel safes.
Nancy Miller, a Florida Crimes committed at
resident, was on vacation in hotels and tourist areas have
the Bahamas with a friend become a serious concern,
when on the second night of Ministry of Tourism Perma-
her visit, her hotel room was nent Secretary Colin Higgs
robbed of $640, jewellery told The Tribune yesterday.
and a mobile phone. ...... .......
- The slidiiig glass door of--- Issue
Ms Miller's seventh-floor
room was found open after Mr Higgs attended a meet-
the robbery. ing yesterday morning to
According to Robert address this issue and a task

Sands, vice president of
administration at the Wynd-
ham, hotel guests are
warned to keep all doors

Ms Miller's exper:
was posted on the T
Troubles portion and recei
response from Christ(
Elliot, an American c(
nist specialising in sc
travel problems.
Mr Elliot warned to
visiting the Bahamas to
heed of warnings and i
mation issued by the
ed States State Depart
to visitors of the Baha:
On the State Depart
t's website, there is inf<
tion warning hotel gue
the Bahamas to always
doors locked and "r
leave valuables unatte
especially on beaches."
are also, advi.ed4 to,
passports and other i
fication,-along .with a

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torce was created to deter-
mine the best course of
"A combination of people
will be looking at the edu-
cation. security resence and

public and private sectors to
place more security in areas
frequented by visitors.
Accounts like that 'of Ms
Miller give the Bahamas a
negative image, said Mr Hig-
"The Bahamas is viewed
as a safe destination and any
international exposure that
counteracts that gives us an
unsafe reputation," he said.. is just one of
hundreds of websites that
offer travellers an opportu-
nity to share both good and
bad experiences.

The ministry has a visitor
relations unit that deals with
tourist complaints and
issues. Staff at the unit talk
to tourists who are involved
in crimes, accidents or who
become ill while in the coun-
Bahamascom the Min-

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Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT Haitians on Grand Bahama
will celebrate 201 years of independence
from France during the second annual Hait-
ian Heritage Festival from July 29 to August
Festival chairperson Margarette Raymond-
Ferguson announced that two renowned
Haitian bands out of New York and Haiti
are expected perform live in Freeport.
She said persons from Miami are also
expected to travel to Grand Bahama for the
Mrs Raymond-Ferguson said last year's
festival was very successful and helped
- strengthen the eati6ionshipibetween Haiitians
arid Baliamians.

This year's objective is to assist four Hait-
ian-Bahamian student athletes: Cordero
Charles, Cordero Lightbourne, Castello Bain,
and Alan Petitcompere with airfare payments
so they can attend colleges overseas.
The boys, who are members of the Golden
Eagle track team at Eight Mile Rock high
school, have received scholarships from col-
leges in the United States.

rism's website,
n area where
n e-mail their
and receive a
m individuals in
ce has received

numerous e-mails since it
was established most
of which recounted com-
"When people have a
problem or are mistreated
they are usually more
inclined to respond," Mr
Higgs said.
"If there is not a training
programme in the hotels to
teach hotel staff how to deal
with these situations then
there should be," he
Mr Elliot and did some
inve stig ating -before
responding to Ms Miller's
They contacted vice presi-
dent of operations at the
Wyndham, Andrew HeLal.
In Ms Miller's account,
after sitting through three
hours of questioning by
hotel security and local
police, all she got was a
breakfast voucher and a taxi
ride to the airport.
After being contacted by
Mr Elliot, Mr HeLal offered
Ms Miller two free nights at
the Wyndham as recom-
pense and a gesture of good-


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201 years of


from France

Ms Ferguson said the activities will begin
on Friday, July 29, with a live Haitian Com-
pras Band concert at the Taxi Union Hall
from 9pm, until.
A Cultural Expo is planned for Saturday,
July 30, at Sunset Village, Eight Mile
Rock, where there will be various cultural
displays, such as Haitian art and craft, cuisine,
theatre, drama, dance, plaiting of the
may pole, and a gospel concert from 5 to
The event will climax with a junkanoo
"rush out" and live band performance by the
B-Nice Band from Haiti.
A thanksgiving service will be held on Sun-
day, July 31 at the St Vincent de Paul
Catholic Church.
On Monday, August 1, a "beach bash" will
take place at Taino Beach.



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*THE first ever
Bahamas Independence
celebrations in Miami will
be held this weekend.
Under the patronage of
the Bahamas Consulate
general, Bahamian-
Americans in Palm Beach
,County, Delray Beach,
Boynton Beach, and
West Palm Beach will
host a number of
activities at Delray
On Sunday July 10,
2005, the celebrations will
start with a ecumenical
church service at the
Ebenezer Methodist
Church at noon, to wor-
ship and reflect on the
national birthday of the
700 "Isles of June".

Following the service,
the congregation will be
invited to a "family style"
picnic on the church
grounds, where compli-
mentary Bahamian dishes
will be served.
For entertainment,
event co-ordinators Carol
Betty Howard and rev-
erend Michael Brennen
have organised dominoes,
Chinese checkers, and
backgammon tourna-
"We are planning for
the full involvement of
our young people. Chil-
dren's games will be
organised and the local
streets will be blocked off
to ensure safety.
"The highlight of the
day will be the announce-
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winner of the poetry con-
test for school-aged chil-
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Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Public Transit Associa-
tion is set to install a new state-
of-the-art communication
system in all its members' vehi-
According to association
president Rueben Rahming, the
new system will revolutionise
the service provided by jitney
Mr Rueben Rahming told
The Tribune that he expects the
service to be in place by the end
of the summer.
The cost of the system is esti-
mated at more than $150,000,
and each franchise owner will
be responsible for paying a por-
tion of it.
The system is comparable to

The Bahamas

stars at film

trade show

BAHAMAS film officials teamed up
with Florida Film Commissioners recent-
ly to make an impressive showing at the
Association of Film Commissioners
International (AFCI) Trade Show in
Santa Monica, California. The trade
show is a major event each year for
showcasing locations that could be used
for film productions. The Bahamas'
attentandance was a joint film initiative
with Film Florida, the marketing agency
charged with promoting the state of
Florida for filming. The Bahamas,
through the Bahamas Film and Televi-
sion Commission is the only country that
holds associate membership in Film
Florida. The partnership was created 15
years ago to capitalise on production
business that can shoot in both Florida
and The Bahamas.

Central operator will be

able to reach any driver

that used by the Royal
Bahamas Police Force, said Mr
Once installed, a central oper-
ator will be able to reach any
bus driver, and drivers will be
able to communicate with each
Mr Rahming said the new
system will be of tremendous
help in ensuring that drivers
safety and effectively transport
their passengers.

He said the system is sure to
cut out "the rat race" between
competing drivers, because the
operators will be able to space
the drivers evenly along the

"The driver can be assured
that no one will be cutting in
the front of him, but the great-
est benefit is that we will be able

to run the routes the way we
The system will ensure that
should a bus break down, or
suffer other problems, a backup
vehicle can immediately be
called to pick up passengers so
they are not overly inconve-
Noting that violence has been
known to happen on buses, Mr
Rahming said the system pro-
vides a first line of defence, as

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drivers will immediately be able
to notify authorities in the event
of an incident.
In addition, he said the
new system will allow the
association to expand its ser-
"Right now we have an arte-
rial route system, which means
that we only go on the main
streets, but that means that
many of our passengers some
elderly and some with health
problems are inconvenienced
because they have to walk quite
a distance to catch a bus," he
With this communication sys-
tem, the association can look
into designating buses to go into
side streets in areas such as Sea
Breeze and Fox Hill, Mr Rah-
ming said.

Passengers will also be able
to call into the central system
and inquire about a specific bus.
"For example if it is raining,
then you can call the operator
and ask how far away a bus is
from your stop so you know
when you have to be there,
rather than standing in the rain
for 30 minutes because you just
missed the bus."
Mr Rahming said that
because traffic and road works
are so unpredictable in the
country, it would be almost
impossible to have scheduled
However, he said this new
equipment ensures that the
level of regularity will
The communications system
is one of many initiatives the
association plans to implement'
in the next several months.
Pension and insurance bene-
fits for drivers, the launch of a
co-operative league, and the
implementation of a "cashless"
fare box are also in the.


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Bahamas' quandry

on UN security vote

FROM page one
group now has a draft framework resolution to
refo=n the Security Council and broaden the 15-nation
The proposed reform would be the largest expansion
of the UN in its 60-year history.
Presently the Security Council has 15 members five
of whom are permanent members China, France,
Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.
These five nations have the power of veto. The other
10 age elected by the General Assembly for two-year
Germany, Brazil, India and Japan, known as the 'G4
nations', support each others candidate to the Council,
firmly based on the shared recognition that they are
legitimate candidates for permanent membership in an
expanded Security Council.
The reform also envisages a permanent seat for
Africa and an expansion of the non-permanent coun-
cil membership.
"A vote is expected on this matter in 10 days, per-
haps as early as next week," said Mr Mitchell.
The foreign affairs'minister explained that the
CARICOM heads of government were asked what,
the position of the region would be with regard to the
S "The Bahamas Cabinet has made no decision on.
. whether it will support the G4 framework resolution,
the prime minister's view is that the Bahamas should
remain with the CARICOM consensus on the matter,".
."- -he said. . "
Mr Mitchell pointed out, however, that the resolution
is strongly resisted by China.
"The Chinese government has sent several envoys to,
the Bahamas and they indicated that they are res-
olutely opposed to Japan becoming a member of the
permanent council, and that they would go to the
extent of vetoing such an ultimate resolution," he said.
Mr Mitchell said that this firm stance poses a diffi-
culty for the Caribbean countries, as the region enjoys
good relations with both China and Japan.
However, in the question of a Security Council
expansion, the African vote might be the decisive one
as the 54-member African Union is in a position to play
a deciding role in the debate.
It is expected that in the coming weeks, the African
bloc may sway the balance either in favour or against
the proposed expansion.
Mr Mitchell said that CARICOM members decided
on Wednesday to make certain suggestions for amend-
ments to the G4 resolution, amendments which would
"reflect the concerns of the African Union."
"The thinking is, if those concerns are addressed,
including a commitment by the G4 nations to provide
certain support for key matters of interest to this region
and to Africa, that the countries would then be in a
position to support that resolution," he explained.
The United States, he said, has indicated it does not
support the expansion of the Security Council for a
number as high as 25, in case of the model 'A' arrange-.
ment, or 26 as the African Union now wants.
"..It appears that the main country that has their sup-
port is Japan, so it appears that these permanent five
members are diametrically opposed on this issue. We
have awatching brief at the moment," said Mr

Bar Association holds meeting

FROM page one
began coming in from members of the public
who said they are in possession of documents
signed by Mr Miller.
The Bar Association met yesterday, just
two weeks after electing new officers and two
weeks ahead of their scheduled monthly meet-
ing, to discuss the issue and decide how they
will approach the situation, which they say
directly affects them.
Association officers plan to meet with Attor-
ney General Alfred Sears today to address
the issue.
Mr Munroe said that if Mr Miller is indeed
still signing documents, there could be seri-
ous implications for persons who were married
under Mr Miller, or had birth or death certifi-
cates signed by him after Justice Small's ruling.
Mr Munroe explained that from the associ-
ation's perspective, if a lawyer accepts a cer-

tificate of good standing from the Registrar
General's office for a client, and the docu-
ment is not valid, the lawyer is liable.
"It is unfortunate for this even to be taking
place. It's disconcerting," he said.
Some lawyers have refused to accept any
documents signed by Mr Miller, which cre-
ates a delay in their affairs.
Ms Thompson told The Tribune that the
situation puts her in a bind.
"If I go to work, I am being harassed, but if
I don't go it's considered as abandoning your
post and then they can fire me," she said.
Lawyer Paul Moss commented: "It's embar-
rassing, particularly for a country just trying to
find its way in the financial services sector.
"This is an easily solvable problem.
"It makes no sense for this situation to be
perpetuated having regard to the work being
done to build the financial services sector.
This damages its reputation internationally

and is to the disadvantage of locals who
depend on those documents."
The Tribune, after visiting the Registrar
General's office Monday, learned that the
Registrar General has no fixed office.
Also, it is understood that Ms Thompson
has not been paid since returning to the office.
although Justice Small ruled for damages in
her favour.
Ms Thompson, as a public servant of her
stature, is said not to be able to perform her
duties in her private practice as an attorney.
Therefore, while she also awaits the resolu-
tion of her situation in light of her court order,
she is not to appear before the courts. It is
reported that her private clients have been
passed on to other lawyers.
Financial Services Minister Allyson May-
nard Gibson is reported to have said that Mr
Miller is justified in signing the documents and
that his acts were never contested in the courts.

North Andros regattaback on next weekend

FROM page one thABerry Islands, said the decisionto postpone
: : -: as changed yesterday because the community
the police station, customs office, immigra- has already.suffered too crippling a blow to its
tion office, Western Airlines desk,: and the economy
airport snack bar, which were all housed in "It would not be fair to the residents or the
the terminal building ..: .:.. : ': i vendors to postpone the event until September
..However a postponement of the regatta to and so I approached theminister (Sports Miin-
September, woldhave meant a tremendous i ter Neville Wisdom) and we decided. that
loss ofincome for residents. we would hold the event next weekend," Mr
According to Donna Pickstock, chairper- Peet said.
son of the North Andros Regatta Commit- This ensures that the regatta will not conflict
tee, there are more than 40 vendors who with the Colinalmperial CAC games which
expected to make more than $100,000 dur- are scheduled as a part of this weekend's inde-
ing the event. pendence celebrations. This was another rea-
Vincent Peet, MP for North Andros and son for the suggested postponement.

Mr Peet said he has spoken with Trans
portation and Aviation Minister Glenys Han
na-Martin to decide what temporary measures
can be put in place to accommodate the hun-
dreds of Bahamians expected to flock to the
island for the regatta.
He said government is working to bring
some normalcy back to the island's air travel as
quickly as possible because the airport's
destruction has forced residents to drive 30
to 40 miles between settlements to reach the
nearest operational airports.
"This has been costly and inconvenient, and
every effort is being made to reduce the pres-
sure they are already under," he said.

Homosexuality claim in 'church feud'

FROM page one
condition of anonymity, said one group of les-
bians was determined to show up others
"because they come in the house of the Lord.
praying and lifting up Holy hands when they
are so guilt-ridden."
Bishop Hall had earlier suggested that his
church's sanctuary was the target of "a drug-
addicted and demented vandal." .
He said the church, througlIits various out-
reach programmes, had offered assistance in
the past to the man he believes is the culprit.
However; sources are now claiming that the
early morning window smashingfiatthe chiuch
was the work of "an outsider who is in protest
over the contradictory principles practised at
the church."

When he and members of his congregation
arrived at the church for early morning prayers
on Saturday, Bishop Hall said they met a "dev-
astating scene."
Eight of the church's large, windows -four
of which were stained glass and cost $4,500
each were shattered, along with a double-
door and several smaller window panes.
Bishop Hall said the smaller windows had
already been repaired, but it will be a while
before they can have the more expensive
stained glass replaced.
As for the claims of homosexuality within
the church, Bishop Hall said yesterday that
he "cann9t categorically deny" that there are
lesbians because "nowadays you can only
swear for yourself."
However, Bishop Hall said: "I don't imagine

that homosexuality would be acceptable in any
church, and I don't care whether a homosexu-
al or heterosexual did it, I just want to find the
person responsible for breaking my windows."
Bishop Hall added that if someone in his
congregation were to have a direct link to the
vandalism, "I would like to think that the indi-
vidual would come to me and explain his or hei
situation, or at least speak to one of the eleven
elders we have here at the church."
Supt Glenr Miller of the Central Detective
Unit told The Tribune yesterday that officers ot
the south eastern division are investigating
the incident. However, he was unable to give
Mr Miller confirmed that police have pin-
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Largest ever officer class

races towards graduation

THE largest and most qual-
ified squad in the history of
Her Majesty's Prison in Fox
Hill is expected to graduate
from the rigorous recruit
training programme within
the next four weeks.
Training personnel are
heralding the 50 recruits as
possibly "the most exception-
al class ever."
"A lot of work has gone
into getting this squad ready
by both the training officers
and the recruit officers, and
it has turned out very well,"
said prison principal officer
Noel Russell, who serves as
chief instructor.
The class, now in its eighth
week of training, is expected
to complete the programme
in a total of 12 weeks four
weeks ahead of the usual
Graduation ceremonies are
to be held in early August.
The recruits will help to
meet some of the demand for
additional officers at Her
Majesty's Prison.
A second group of recruits
are expected to begin their
training programme within
weeks of the graduation of
this group.

"Academically, this squad
is the most qualified one we
have had in prison history.
They are exceptional.
"The recruit officers recent-
ly completed their mid-term
exam and every one of them
passed with flying colours.
That is something that I con-
sider to be very significant,"
officer Russell said.
He said the recruits are
asked to be at the compound
by 4.15am five days a week
for the start of the physical
wellness programme that con-
sists of cardiovascular work
and weight training to "ensure
that they are as physically fit
as possible to work around
The remainder of the day
is spent in the classroom,
which is just as vigorous as
some of the 'roadwork' and
performing drills.
"The drills are a very
important aspect of what we
do because it teaches them
discipline and that's what they
will need to become good
officers. They will take the
discipline they learn from
drilling, into the classroom,
into their roles as prison offi-
cers when they graduate and

- C ORPORAL Alvin Rolle addresses the prison recruit
class on penology during a classroom session at the Correc-
tional Training Institute

* MEMBERS of the prison recruit class parade in front of the maximum security section of
Fox Hill Prison. The drills are a part of the recruit officers daily regimen, which begins at
4.15am with cardiovascular conditioning and includes intensive classroom studies.
(BIS photo: Raymond Bethel)

into their everyday lives," offi-
cer Russell said.
The recruits will also under-
go three days of in-depth
training in the use of small-
arms and automatic weapons
at HMBS Coral Harbour
Base, under the guidance of
the Royal Bahamas Defence
The training will cover
proper use of the general pur-
pose machine gun (GPMG),
M-16 assault rifle, M-1 rifle
and side-arms.
"At the end of the day, the
recruits will be proficient in
all aspects of the above-men-
tioned weaponry," said offi-
cer Russell.
The class is the first to be
selected during the tenure of
recently-appointed Prison
Superintendent, Dr Elliston
Rahming, who has made edu-

cation and training for staff
and inmates a priority.
Education Officer Mrs Ani-
ta Dillet, a 26-year
the prison, said the new focus
on education is paramount to
the future success of the
recruit officers, who have
been provided daily instruc-
tion in areas such as conflict
resolution, anger and stress
management, suicide watch
and all aspects of penology.


Facilitators at Her
Majesty's Prison have part-
nered with representatives
from numerous government
and non-government agen-
cies, including psychological
personnel from Sandilands -
Rehabilitation Centre in

training the recruits.
"These courses are very
vital for incoming officers
because we have quite a num-
ber of angry young men, and
women to a certain extent,
incarcerated here at Her
Majesty's Prison, and the new
training will go a long way in
helping these recruit officers
to get a better handle on a
difficult situation, if one aris-
es," said Mrs Dillet.
"Sometimes when someone
is angry, it's really a cry for
help and if you react to them
the way they react to you,
then you can miss out on an
opportunity to help someone.
Of course, there are some
inmates who may be natural-
ly unruly, but the training will
alsoTfully equip them to take
"care of those situations should
thieyarise," she added.

Bahamas Information Services':
THE partnership of Success Training
College and Holborn College in Lon-
don is a positive development for the
country, it was claimed yesterday.
During a meeting with Dr Cedric
Bell, principal of. Holborn College,
Education Minister Alfred Sears said
the relationship will further expand
opportunities for tertiary education in
the Bahamas.
"Success Training College is one of
those institutions which have answered
the national call and, in my opinion,
has distinguished itself in the range of
offering people to tool and retool them-
selves for the demands of the market
place," Mr Sears said.
Holborn College, based in London, is
one of the younger independent col-
leges in the United Kingdom, and has
been awarded the Queen's Merit
Award for export achievements.
Holborn offers both business and
law degrees and is working towards
offering postgraduate studies in busi-
ness, law and accounting.
Dr Forbes said one of the best ways
Success Training College felt it could
provide education to the Bahamas is
through partnering with established
institutions in the UK, US and Canada,
providing programmes at minimum
"Holborn College has been very
good in responding to our request with
respect to what we need in this partid-
ular market," said Dr Forbes.
Dr Bell said Holborn and Success
had produced a new LLB programme.
He said it was clear from his initial vis-
it in 2003 that there was a consider-
able demand for legal education in the
Bahamas among older students, who
for a variety of reasons would be
unable to travel to London.
The two colleges worked for about a
year devising a new more flexible pro-
gramme to fit the needs of mature peo-
ple. The colleges launched the pro-
gramme in autumn last year.

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Parties, Nightclubs
i & Restaurants

Bahamas' 32nd Independence Celebrations:
Friday, July 8 (National Pride Day): All-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 featuring
a performance by Prophet Lawrence Rolle, followed by
an Ecumenical service, inspection of uniformed 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.

Oliver in Ras Noah & the Hawk @ Our Lucaya in
Freeport on Friday, July 15, 7pm, and @ The Rainforest
Theatre, Cable Beach on Saturday, July 16, 7pm and
10pm. General admission $40 and VIP $50. Buy tickets at
the Jukebox, Marathon Mall; The Seventeen Shop,
Freeport; Original Patties, Harrold Rd; and online,

Wild Jungle, each and every Wednesday night @ Club
Trappers, Nassau's "upscale" gentleman's club. Featuring
a female body painting extravaganza. Free body painting
@ 8 pm. Ladies always welcome. Admission: Men free
before,10 pm. Females free. There will'e free fobd 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 llpm.

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

Fever @ Bahama Boom, Elizabeth St, downtown, every
Friday night. Admission $10 before midnight. First 50
women get free champagne. First 50 men get a free Grey-
cliff cigar. Dress to impress. For VIP reservations call

Cool Runnings is back with a Conscious Party @ Hard
Rock Cafe, Charlotte St North every Friday. Classic reg-
gae style music. Admission $10.

Mellow Moods every Sunday @ Fluid Lounge and Night-
club, Bay St, featuring hits from yesterday old school
reggae and rockers downstairs, and golden oldies upstairs.
Admission: Free. Doors open 9pm.

Karaoke Music Mondaze @ Topshotters Sports Bar.
Drink specials all night long, including karaoke warm-up
drink to get you started. Party from 8pm-until.

Karaoke Nights @ Fluid Lounge and Nightclub. Begins
10pm every Tuesday. Weekly winners selected as Vocal-
ist of the Week $250 cash prize. Winner selected at
end of month from finalists cash prize $1,000. Admission
$10 with one free drink.

Reggae Tuesdays @ Bahama Boom. Cover charge
includes a free Guinness and there should be lots of
prizes and surprises. Admission: Ladies $10 and Men

Hump Day Happy Hour @ Topshotters Sports Bar every
Wednesday 5pm-8pm. Free appetizers and numerous
drink specials.

Flash Nights @ Club Fluid every Thursday. The ultimate
Ladies Night. Join Nassau's and Miami Beach's finest
men. Ladies only before 11.30pm with free champagne.
Guys allowed after 11.30pm with $20 cover.

The Pit @ Bahama Boom, every Thursday. Doors open at
9pm, showtime 11.30pm. Cover charge $15. $10 with fly-

Fantasy Fridays @ Fluid Lounge, featuring late '80s music
in the VIP Lounge, Top of the Charts in the Main Lounge,
Steo"lgiht apdi.Go iGo dancers. Glow sticks for all in
before. midnight.Adriiisi6i Lhadies'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.

Twisted Boodah Lounge @ Cafe Segafredo, Charlotte
St kicks off Fridays at 6pm with deep house to hard house
music, featuring CraigBOO, Unkle Funky and Swor-
l'wide on the decks.

Chill Out Sundays @ Coco Loco, Sandyport, from 4pm-
until, playing deep, funky chill moods with world beats.

Sweet Sunday Chill Out Soiree Lounge, every Sunday,
4pm-midnight @ Patio Grille, British Colonial Hotel.

Wet Sundays, every Sunday, noon-midnight @ Crystal
Cay Beach. Admission $10, ladies free.

Carib Scene @ Club Fluid every Sunday. A night of
Caribbean, Latin and Reggae flavours for all audiences.
Latin Flair in the VIP Lounge; Old School Reggae and
Soca in the Main Lounge. Ladies in free before llpm. $10
after 11pm. Men, $15 cover charge.

TooLooSe @ Indigo Restaurant on West Bay St and Sky-
line Drive. Singer/songwriter Steven Holden performs
solo with special guests on Thursday from 9pm.- midnight.

The Graham Holden Deal @ The Green Parrot....David
Graham, Steve Holden, Tim Deal and Friends perform
Sunday, 7pm 10pm @ Hurricane Hole on Paradise,

Jay Mitchell and Hot KC @ Palm Court Lounge, British
Colonial Hilton, Wednesday-Thursday 8pm-12am.

Sunday Night Interlude @ Briteley's Restaurant &
Lounge, Eneas St off Poinciana Drive. Featuring Frankie
Victory at the key board in the After Dark Room every
Sunday, 8.30pm to midnight. Fine food and drinks.

Paul Hanna, Tabatha and Gernie, and the Caribbean
Express perform at Traveller's Rest, West Bay St, every
Sunday, 6.30pm-9.30pm.

Fe WThe Arts

Free Week @ the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas.

NAGB is celebrating its second birthday by offering free'
admission to the general public during the week of July 5-
9. Take this great opportunity to.bring your family and
friends to experience this important and unique space.
Gallery hours: Tue, We, Fr, Sa 10am-4pm; Th l0am-

Summer Cloudburst and Retrospective featuring pho-
tographer Roland Rose at the Central Bank of the
Bahamas. This exhibition is being held on the occasion of
the 32nd Anniversay of independence of the Bahamas.
Da Spot, a weekly comedy show, features skits and spoofs
on Bahamian life, with improv by a talented young cast.
The show is held Tuesdays @ The Dundas at 8pm.
Admission is $10, and tickets are sold at the door.

Bold, an exhibition of paintings by JeRome Harris Miller
at Azure Spa, British Colonial Hilton, runs through July
30. Spa hours Monday-Saturday, 9am-6pm and Sunday,

The Playground Project, an opportunity for small groups
of students and/or professional artists to collaborate on
site-specific installations on the NAGB grounds, contin-
ues on Saturday, July 9 @ the NAGB. The installation will
be done in the style of contemporary Korean artist Do-Ho
Suh, best known for his intricate sculptures that defy
conventional notions of scale and site-specificity. Instruc-
tor: John Cox. Age group: 14 years and older. Cost: $24
(members) / $30 (non-members) Prize includes 3 ses-
sions (June 25, July 2 and July 9) Time: 10am 2pm each

The National Collection @ the National Art Gallery of the
Bahamas, an exhibition that takes the viewer on a journey
through the history of fine art in the Bahamas. It features
signature pieces from the national collection, including
recent acquisitions by Blue Curry, Antonius Roberts and
Dionne Benjamin-Smith. Call 328-5800 to book tours.
This exhibition closes February 28, 2006.

Past, Present and Personal: The Dawn Davies Collection
@ the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, Villa Doyle,
West and West Hill Streets. The exhibition is part of the
NAGB's Collector's Series. Call 328-5800 to book tours.
This exhibition closes August 31, 2005.

The Awakening Landscape: The Nassau Watercolours of
Gaspard Le Marchand Tupper, from the collection of
Orjan and Amanda Lindroth @ the National Art Gallery
of the Bahamas. The mid-nineteenth century paintings
that make up the exhibition are part of one of the earliest
suites of paintings of Nassau and its environs. Tupper
was a British military officer stationed at Fort Charlotte
in the 1850s. The works show a pre-modern Bahamas
through the decidely British medium of watercolour. Call
328-5800 to book tours. This exhibition closes August

MENE&Health .!lMl

Doctors Hospital Distinguished Lecture Series: Dr Willard
Thompson will talk about sports medicine injury, pre-
vention/teatment, drug use/abuse, and more on Thurs-
day,,July 21, 6pm in the conference room.

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 info.

MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Bahamas meets the third Monday
every month, 6pm @ Doctors Hospital conference room.

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

Doctors Hospital, the official training centre of the Amer-
ican 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 chil-
dren. CPR and First Aid classes are offered every third
Saturday of the month from 9am-lpm. Contact a Doctors
Hospital Community Training Representative at 302-
4732 for more information and learn to save a life today.

REACH Resources & Education for Autism and relat-
ed Challenges meets from 7pm 9pm the second Thurs-
day of each month in the cafeteria of the BEC building,
Blue Hill Road.

. Civic Clubs

Rainbow Community Day Cookout @ Zemi House,
Dowdeswell St, just west of JOY FM, on Monday, July 11,
beginning at noon, featurinngthe famous "Rainbow Cake".

Toastmasters Club 1095 meets Tuesday, 7:30pmm @ C C
Sweeting Senior School's Dining Room, college Avenue
off Moss Road. Club 9477 meets Friday, 7pm @ Bahamas
Baptist Community College Rm A19, Jean St. Club 3956
meets Thursday, 7.30pm @ British Colonial Hilton. Club
1600 meets Thursday, 8.30pm @ SuperClubs Breezes.
Club 7178 meets Tuesday, 6pm @ The J WhitneyPinder
Building, Collins Ave. Club 2437 meets every second,
fourth and fifth Wednesday at the J Whitney Pinder
Building, Collins Ave at 6pm. Club 612315 meets Monday
6pm @ Wyndham Nassau Resort, Cable Beach. Club
753494 meets every Wednesday, 6pm-8pm rin'the,1
Solomon's Building, East-West Highway. Club Cousteau
7343 meets every Tuesday night at 7.30 in the Chickchar- '
ney Hotel, Fresh Creek, Central Andros. All are wel-'_

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Eta Psi Omega chapter.,
meets every second Tuesday, 6.30pm @ the Eleuthefa.;
Room in the Wyndham Nassau Resort, Cable Beachl. \

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity meets every first Tuesday,
7pm @ Gaylord's Restaurant, Dowdeswell St. Please call
502-4842/377-4589 for more info.

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity meets every second Tuesday,
6.30pm @ Atlantic House, IBM Office, 4thfloor meeting

The Nassau, Bahamas Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)
meets every third Monday of the month in the Board
Room of the British Colonial Hilton Hotel, Bay St.

Nassau Council 10415 Knights of Columbus meets the sec-
ond and fourth Wednesday of the month, 8pm @ St
Augustine's Monestary.

Nassau Bahamas Koinonia meets every second Friday
of each month, 7.30pm at Emmaus Centre at St
Augustine's Monestary. For more info call 325-1947 after

International Association of Administrative Profession-
als, Bahamas Chapter meets the third Thursday of every
month @ Superclubs Breezes, Cable Beach, 6pm.

AMISTAD, a Spanish club meets the third Friday of the
month at COB's Tourism Training Centre at 7pm in
Room 144 during the academic year. The group pro-
motes the Spanish language and culture in the community.

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2005 at 3:00pm Burial will be in
Southern Cemetry Cowpen Road
Pastor Joy Simms officiating.

She is survived by one son, Michael
Perce; one brother, Edison Albury; three
brothers-in-law, Rollan and Albert Perce
and Steve Arms; four sisters-in-law, Bill
Albury, Edna Pearce, Barbara, Arms,
Sheila Pearce, mary nieces & nephews
other relatives and friends.

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a resident Of Sisal Road
West, Golden Gates #1
and formerly of
Mangrove Cay, Andros,
will be held at The
Church of God of
Prophecy, Seven Hill, on
Saturday at 2:00 p.m.
Officiating will be Bishop Pastor Clarence N.
Williams, assisted by Rev. Pastor Julian A.
Johnson and Rev. Pastor Talbot W. Collie.
Interment follows in Southern Cemetery,
Cowpen and Spikenard Roads.

Left to cherish her memory are her mother,
Princess Burrows; 3 sons, Gerard Smith, Sean
Hunter, Everette Hunter II1; 3 daughters, Indy,
Shanique and Ginay; grandchildren,
LaShawnya Hunter, Gerard Smith Jr., Xavier
Wilson, Everette Hunterill, Wayde Clarke Jr.,
Brandon Smith, Justin Hunter and Sandra
Hunter; aunts, Dorothy Taylor, Beatrice Stubbs
and Victoria Missick; uncles, Wilfred and Vernal
Strachan; daughter-in-law, Antoinette Smith;
sister-in-law, Lauriette Cartwright; cousins,
Cynthia Barr, Sylvia Rolle, Esther, Telcene,
Joel Stubbs, Andrew, Dwayne Stubbs, Adrian,
Terryann Moxey and Junior Missick, Freddimae,
Hansel, Lloyd, Matthew, Glenroy, Samuel, Tony,
Susan Davis, Loreen Stubbs, Alfred, Brenetta,
Shirley, Shanda, Permell, Clara Morgan, Rose
Strachan, Ezekiel Strachan, Roston Strachan
and Arlene Strachan; a host of other relatives
and friends too numerous to mention.

Special thanks to the staff of Golden Gates
Clinic, Dr. Raleigh Butler of P.M.H., and the
staff of Super Value Head Office.

Friends may pay their last respects at
Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from
10-6:00 p.m. on Friday and on Saturday from
9:00 a.m. -12:00 noon and at the church from
1:00 p.m. until service time.


a resident of Inagua Way-
of Carmichael Road, will
be held at Shaw Temple
African Methodist
Episcopal Zion Church,
Blaillou Hill Road, on
Satuday at 11:00 a.m.
Officiating will be Rev. Madeline 0. Wells,
assisted by Rev. Kendal Mackey and Rev.
Jacob Hanna. Interment follows in Southemrn
Cemetery, Cowpen and Spikenard Roads.

Left to cherish her memory are her seven
daughters, Mrs. Queenie Thompson, Mrs.
Barbara Hunt, Mrs. Cheryl Loach Dottin and
McQuella Cartwright of Brooklyn, New York
and Ms. Christine Cartwright of Tarpum Bay,
Eleuthera, Mrs Carlene Tucker of Bronx New
York and Mrs. Dorothy Gibson; two sons,
Samuel and George Cartwright; eighteen
grandchildren Tamara, Antonia, Margo, Tessa,
Kesna, Kara, De'Edra, Eddira, Andrea, Abigail,
Lamont, Gerad, Mark, Glenwood, Ivano,
George, Larenzo, and Edney Jr.; ten great
grand children; two sisters, OliveThomas of
Jamaica and Mrytella Bernard of Florida; five
sons-in-law, Anthony Thompson, Edney Gibson
Sr.,George Hunt, Stephen Ash and Hugh Dottin
of Brooklyn, New York; four sisters-in-law; Mrs.
Florence Morley, Mrs. Vrea Carey and Iris
Cartwright of Tarpum Bay, Eleuthera and Alma
Cartwright; two brothers-in-law, Mr John
Cartwright and Mr. Kenneth Carey of Tarpmn
Bay, Eleuthera. a host of other relatives and
friends including; Julia Gardiner, Dorothy Bethel
and family, Basil, Howard Sweeting J.P.,
Gladstone Curry, Dorothy Roberts and family,
Cleveland Nixon and family, Mrs. Fredrica
Scavella and family, Mrs Knowles and family,
Ms Elaine Brice and family, Mrs. Daphine,
Arlene Stewart and the entire family of Holy
Trinity A.M.E. Zion.

Friends may pay their last respects at
Demeritte's Funeral Home Market Street
from10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. on Friday and on
Saturday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until
service time.

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A nation in shock

FROM page one
The 31-year-old barrister took
two days off from his London
chambers to join demonstrators
at the G8 summit in Gleneagles,
Had he gone into work, he
would have been travelling by
tube between Russell Square
and Kings Cross at about the
time the bombs went off.
"I am very fortunate," he said
yesterday, "Had I been at work
there's a very good chance I
could have been on that train.
"However, I had no cases in
court so I decided to join the
anti-Bush demonstrations in
The Bahamas Maritime Office
in London sent an e-mail to their
home office in New Providence
saying that everyone was
accounted for and unhurt.
Because the Maritime
Authority is near one of the
principal blast sites at Aldgate
East Station, the building had
to be evacuated by the police.
Officials in London said they
had to relocate their operation
for security reasons and cellu-
lar and phone lines were down.
Foreign Affairs Minister Fred
,Mitchell said yesterday that he
expects an upgrade of security at
the authority.
"I will be in touch with the
Ministry of Transport and Min-
ister of Tourism to find out what

additional measures need to be
taken," said Mr Mitchell.
Employees of the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs staff in the High
Commission in London and the
Ministry of Tourism office in
London, which occupies the
same building, are accounted for.
In addition, no students were
reported injured in the blast.
Although he did not have any
exact numbers, Mr Mitchell said
he believed the majority of
Bahamian students were con-
centrated at the University of
Buckingham, which is several
miles outside of the city.
The High Commission has, on
instructions from Nassau, sent
a note to the Foreign Com-
monwealth Office with regard
to yesterday's incidents in Lon-
don and it says that the govern-
ment and the people of the
Bahamas share in the sorrow of
the government and the people
of the United Kingdom, and the
families of the innocent victims.
"The government of the
Bahamas joins in solidarity with
the government and people of
the UK in its determination to
combat terrorism in all its forms,
whether national or interna-
tional, in all its dimensions."
The United States, along with
several European countries,
raised their security level. In
New Providence the US
Embassy also increased its secu-

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Miami Herald Business, Stocks, Analysis, Wall Street

'Bankruptcy" claims

are 'nonsense', says

Minister of Finance

::||Senior Business Reporter
.HBAHA Mar's vice-president of administra-
Stln yesterday confirmed that the $1.2 billion
resort developer had been turned down by the
Government in its bid for an extra 80 acres of
land along JFK Drive to developing a second
g1lf course.
The Government was said to have denied the
request in April, saying the land was not avail-
able and was possibly reserved for future airport
:iRobert Sands said Baha Mar was always look-
ing for any potential land that will enhance its
resort, and which will raise its vision and profile
as a sought -fter destination.
:While declining to specify whether they would
reconsider the land along JFK Drive if it were to
-become available, Mr Sands said that if the
company identified an attractive land comple-
ment that will go along with its long-term vision,
it will pursue that piece of property.

,Senior Business Reporter
THE committee in charge of
BAhamasair's privatisation is
seeking to complete its work
within the next four to five
weeks, with the national flag
carrier's Board expressing dis-
appointment over the "many

.Tribune Business Editor
:THE Bahamas held $24.651
billion in US security holdings
-.equities and debt at June
30, 2004, for both Bahamians
ajid on behalf of non-resident
clients of its international
financial services centre, a sur-
vey by the US Treasury
-epartment has found.

Land reserved for

possible airport


The Tribune understands that the Govern-
ment has approached a number of land owners
in the area near the junction of JFK Drive and
Gladestone Road to sell their land, in exchange
for Crown Land 'Over the Hill'.
The Government reportedly approached the
land owners on behalf of Baha Mar, because the
developer was concerned about the type of enti-
ties that might build along the major route to its
resort, which will run along eastern Lake Cun-
ningham once development gets underway.

factual inaccuracies and mis-
leading information" released
by airline's four unions in their
opposition to the process.
A release from Bahamasair's
Board said it was not surprised
by the union's opposition to
privatisation and management
requests for them to accept
salary and benefit cust for their

Data released in the report
on Foreign Portfolio Holdings
of US Securities, published this
month, found that the total val-
ue of US-issued debt and equi-
ty instruments held on behalf
of clients by Bahamian finan-
cial institutions and invest-
ments funds remained rela-
tively flat in comparison to the
June 30 2003 figures.
Bahamian holdings of long-

.members, adding: "The focus
of their position is clearly to
resist concessions and staff lay-
Achieving new industrial
agreements is -seen as vital by
the Government to the suc-
cessful privatisation of
SEE page 4B

term US securities were about
$23 billion for June 30, 2004,
and June 30, 2003, while this
nation's holdings of short-term
US-issued debt instruments
had declined from $2.281 bil-
lion to $1.745 billion.
The Bahamas' $24.651 bil-
lion in US security holdings
was broken down in the US
SEE page. 4B

Senior Business Reporter
JAMES Smith, minister of
state for finance, yesterday
described claims by an eco-
nomic think-tank that the
Bahamas was nearing bank-
ruptcy due to its $2.5 billion
national debt and recurring fis-
cal deficits as "nonsense; it's
He added that he was unim-
pressed with the Nassau Insti-
tute's analytical interpretation
of the Bahamas' fiscal position,
based on the level of govern-
ment spending and recurrent
Mr Smith said the think-tank,
like other would-be analysts,
tended to start its analysis with
a conclusion and, in this case,
sought to selectively go,through
the points of the Budget,
extracting information which
would seem to support their
already arrived-upon conclu-
"Any analysis of debt has to
take into account the country's
growth in gross domestic prod-
uct (GDP), because some of the
debt incurred is not all for
recurrent expenditure," Mr
Smith said... "And then there
is the investment component in
most government expenditure.
Any real, true analysis that
doesn't start off with this is too
far gone.
"One has to desegregate
whether it is from associated
agencies. Our foreign debt is
extremely small in relation to
the region and the ability to, in
a worse case scenario, negoti-
ate debt depends on who's han-
dling it. I'm not impressed with
their analytical application."
Annoyed by the Nassau Insti-
tute's claims in the media earli-
er this week that the Bahamas
"is heading towards bankrupt-
cy", Mr Smith said that in com-
parison to other Caribbean
countries that have significantly
higher debt to GDP ratios, but

* MINISTER of Finance James Smith

are far from bankrupt, the that might require additional
Bahamas' performance was borrowing or expenditure.
sound. He said those behind the
He told The Tribune that the Institute's position seem to have
Government had. made it forgotten that debt analysis
known in every Budget it pre- should include a review of pre-
sented since coming to power vious years, and examine suc-
in May 2002 that debt manage- cessive administrations and how
ment was a priority. Mr Smith they attempted to manage the
said it was the administration's debt, keeping in mind that the
intent to bring down the debt level of debt was not totally in a
to GDP ratio, creating more government's hands.
"head room" and providing a
cushion for unforeseen events SEE page 3B

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utive director of the Landfall
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ment rejected union proposals
on how the airline could cut
costs in fiscal 2004-2005 for
either being unrealistic or
already factored into budgeting
calculations, although it gained
$2 million from its projected US
Airways code share rather than
the projected $3 million
Most of the suggestions were
considered by the national flag
carrier's management and
Board to be of "no material
However, it is unclear how
seriously Bahamasair manage-

ment took the union sugges-
tions, madd on December 10,
2004, given that the reply from
Paul Major to Elton Gibson,
president of the Public Man-
agers Union, had a date of
March 31, 2005, almost four
months after the meeting. That
last date was also only three
months before Bahamasair's
June 30 year-end.
However, a number of union
suggestions as outlined in Mr
Major's letter did appear wide
of the mark, particularly the
suggestion that part-time
Bahamasair staff handle the air-
line's security rather than pay-
ing Jones Security Services
$720,000 per annum.

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Union proposals 'no material impact'

Mr Major responded by say-
ing that Bahamasair could not
provide such services, as US
Customs had "dictated"-this
must be handled externally
"due to security breaches
observed in the past".


The union suggestion that
Bahamasair hire six to eight
part-time staff to do its cleaning

at a cost of $75,000, rather than
pay the Frank Hanna Cleaning
company $162,000 per annum.
Mr Major said the latter
arrangement "costs Bahamasair
significantly less than the previ-
ous in-house related' costs and
the job was not getting done".
The Bahamasair managing
director also denied that man-
agement made an "unsound"
decision to wet lease aircraft
between 2002-2004 that ended
up costing the airline $14 mil-




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lion, saying independent audits
had shown this was profitable
when used.
On union criticism of the
Sabre reservations system, Mr
Major responded: Sabre at $13
million over 10 years is no more
expensive than the alternatives,
has wider market acceptance
and is state of the art.
"We currently utilise appli-
cations suitable to our needs
and continue to explore the use
of unused features helpful to
Bahamasair and embrace sys-
tem enhancements."
Mr Major's letter also.
revealed that Bahamasair is
embroiled in a legal dispute
over $1.5 million in pilot bene-
fits that are alleged to be out-
standing. The unions also
claimed that managers' salary
increases, worth $210,000, had
been withheld for three years,
although this was not the sub-
ject of court action.
Mr Major described union
suggestions that Bahamasair
could generate an extra $5 mil-
lion in Internet sales and
through air/car/hotel packages
as "unrealistic", saying that $2
million was more realistic and
was already included in the rev-
enue forecast.


Bahamasair also rejected
claims that Nassau to New York
and Philadelphia charters were
priced too low and could earn
an extra $2 million, while it was
unrealistic to expect a further
$3.4 million to come from align-
ing Bahamasair's schedule bet-
ter with US Airways on Family
Island connections.
As for union claims that

"proper accounting and recon-
ciliation" on Bahamasair cargo
could generate an extra $2 mil-
lion, .Mr Major said this would
be revisited post-privatisation.
However, cargo had generated
just $1 million revenue at a cost
of $2 million.
Mr Major added that the sug-
gestion to trade in the airline's
Dash8 300s for Dash8 400s to
cut fuel costs and give more
speed, capacity and flexibility
would again be considered post-
He said: "Existing Dash-8s
are fully depreciated, therefore
now may not be the time to dis-
pose of them for expensive
400s. The overall cash and
financial impact of the recom-
mendation in the near term
would be negative. This is the
.mistake BWIA and Air
Jamaica made. This requires
tremendous capital, which we
do not have at this time."
Sabre's five-year restructur-
ing plan for Bahamasair, devel-
oped in 2000, relied on the air-
line expanding its international
routes through the addition of
new aircraft and heavy capital
outlays, but even this forecast
annual losses of $20 million and
had been disregarded in the
low-cost carrier environment.
The Santo Domingb charter
route, which the unibns had said
could save the airline $737,568 if
it was eliminated, was now on a
twice-monthly schedule, boast-
ing acceptable loads and
"steadily building demand".

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52wk-HI 52wk-Low Symbol Previous Close Today's Close Change Dally Vol. EPS $ Div $ P/E Yield
1.10 0.89 Abaco Markets 0.89 0.89 0.00 -0.208 0.000 N/M 0.00%
8.70 8.00 Bahamas Property Fund 8.70 8.70 0.00 68 1.452 0.340 6.0 3.91%
6.44 5.55 Bank of Bahamas 6.44 6.44 0.00 0.561 0.330 11.5 5.12%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.70 0.70 0.00 0.187 0.000 3.7 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 1.05 1.05 0.00 0.062 0.050 16.9 4.76%
8.65 6.76 Cable Bahamas 8.00. 8.00 0.00 '0.589 0.240 13.6 3.00%
2.20 1.72 Colina Holdings 2.20 2.20 0.00 0.259 0.060 8.5 2.73%
9.08 6.75 Commonwealth Bank 9.08 8.85 -0.23 10,170 0.673 0.410 13.2 4.63%
2.50 0.58 Doctor's Hospital 2.50 2.50 0.00 0.452 0.000 5.5 0.00%
4.12 3.85 Famguard 4.12 4.12 0.00 0.428 0.240 9.6 5.83%
10.50 9.12 FInco 10.50 10.50 0.00 0.662 0.500 15.7 4.76%
8.75 7.00 FirstCaribbean 8.75 8.75 0.00 100 0.591 0.380 12.6 4.34%
8.60 8.31 Focol 8.46 8.46 0.00 0.708 0.500 11.9 5.91%
1.99 1.27 Freeport Concrete 1.15 1.15 0.00 0.082 0.000 14.0 0.00%
10.20 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 5.91 5.85 -0.06 0.184 0.000 32.1 0.00%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 2.010 0.565 5.0 5.65%
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Weekly Vol. EPS $ Div $ P/E Yield
13.00 12.50 Bahamas Supermarkets 12.25 13.25 11.00 1.488 0.960 9.1 7.25%
10.14 10.00 Ca'ribbean Crossings (Pref) 10.00 10.35 10.00 0.000 0.800 NM 7.80%
0.60 0.40 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.00 -0.066 0.000 NM 0.00%
43.00 28.00 ABDAB 41.00 43.00 41.00 2.220 0.000 19.4 0.00%
16.00 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 13.00 14.00 13.00 1.105 0.810 14.6 6.93%
0.60 0.35 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.35 -0.103 0.000 N/M 0.00%
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Fund Name NAV YTD% Last 12 Months Div $ Yield %
1.2339 1.1710 Colina Money Market Fund 1.233938*
2.3329 12.0018. Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.3329 ***
10.3837 10.0000 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 10.3837*****
2.2487 2.0985 Colina'MSI Preferred Fund 2.248725**
1.1200 1.0510 Colina Bond Fund 1.120044****
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52wk-Low Lowest closing price In last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week
Change Change in closing price from day to da) BPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
Dally Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DIV $ Dividends per share pdid in the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful
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The board of Directors Benchmark
(Bahamas) Ltd., Announced at it Annual
General Meeting the declaration of a
special dividend of one cent per share
based on the results of the company for
the first half 2005.

Payment will be made on 29th July to
shareholders of record 15th July 2005.

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Economist approves three-year

timetable for LNG construction

Tribune Business Editor
THE three-year construction
timetable to construct the $650
million AES Ocean Express liq-
uefied natural gas (LNG) ter-
minal and pipeline near Bimini
will give the Bahamas enough
time to develop an environ-
mental management plan and
regulatory regime for the facil-
ity, a Bahamian economic ana-
lyst said.
Addressing the Bahamian
Forum meeting on LNG,
Richard Coulson, managing
director of RC Capital Markets,
said that although no laws or
regulatory structure presently
existed for LNG, the three-year
construction period would give

the Government time "to set
up a licensing and supervisory
system, just as it has for other
industries such as telecommu-
This also promised employ-
ment opportunities, Mr Coul-
son pointed out, as an inspec-
tion team would be required to
ensure "safe and proper" oper-
ation of the AES Ocean Express
plant. That team would also
receive new technical training.
Dealing with concerns raised
by environmentalists about the
Bahamas becoming a site for
LNG terminals, Mr Coulson
said there was "virtually zero
possibility" of a terror attack
on the AES Ocean Express
plant or a loaded LNG tanker
docked there.

The Bahamian financial ana-
lyst said there was far "more
juicy and politically tempting
targets" in the world than an
isolated cay in the Bahamas,
adding that the most obvious
target in a nation reliant on its
tourism industry would be Par-
adise Island's Atlantis resort.
And if there was an attack on
the AES plant on Ocean Cay,
Mr Coulson said that any result-
ing fire or explosion would not
release the equivalent of 55.
atomic bombs or extend out-
wards 50 miles.
He described these as
"absurdly exaggerated scare
claims". Any damage would
come nowhere near the closest
inhabited island, Cat Cay which
was nine miles to the north.

And the exclusionary zone
enforced around US-based
LNG terminals was only two
miles, Mr Coulson said.
Ocean Cay was a man-made
island used for aragonite min-
ing, and there was no flora or
fauns that would be displaced
by construction of an LNG ter-
minal or pipeline.


Mr Coulson said dredging an
approach channel and turning
basin for the deep-draught
LNG vessels would take more
than six million cubic metres of
fill to expand Ocean Cay from
76 acres to 295 acres, which
would temporarily affect any

Minister is 'unimpressed by

institute's economic analysis

FROM page one
Events such as a hurricane,
plus the performance of the
world and domestic economies,
also impacted the level of gov-
ernment spending.
A real analysis would have
rendered a very fluid and very
dynamic process, neither of
which was demonstrated in the
Nassau Institute's report, Mr
Smith said.
The minister of state for
finance said he was always sur-
prised to the Central Bank of
the Bahamas publish data that
included figures on the national
Mr Smith said that while the
Central Bank reports were fac-
tual, they lacked a correspond-
ing analysis of the data and
failed to provide an historical

context through which the read-
er should review the informa-
tion. That failure was in part
identified as the reason for the
Nassau Institute "clearly coming
to a conclusion without consid-
ering all the factors supporting
the debt".
Mr Smith also blasted the
economic think-tank for not
using internationally recognised
practices, such as those
employed by the International
Monetary Fund (IMF), in its
The Institute's analysis, he
said, failed to take into account
that some of the debt incurred
was a result of the issuing of
government bonds and loans to
government agencies, such as
the Bahamas Electricity Cor-
poration (BEC), which he
pointed out had a stronger bal-

ance sheet than the Govern-
ment. As a result, this was not
considered a direct debt.
Mr Smith said the Institute's
analysis also made a misstep
when it included the Govern-
ment's contingent liabilities as
part of its conclusions, and it
failed to take out the Govern-
ment's debt repayments.
"I've seen better analysis that,
have shown clearly a better
understanding of the local econ-
omy. I don't know the purpose
of it; maybe it was to make us
feel we're doing something
wrong and they could do it bet-
ter," Mr Smith said.
"I don't find it helpful when
people put themselves out as
experts and then give a dis-
torted analysis that doesn't
even meet international stan-

Statistics included in the 2005-
2006 Budget presentation
showed that the Bahamag'
national debt stood at just over
$2.5 billion at the end of 2004,
with total gross domestic prod-
uct (GDP) standing at $5.375
The direct debt charge on the
Government was 37 per cent of
GDP, while government guar-
anteed debt of $422 million
amounted to 7 per cent of GDP.
Taken together, the total
national debt was 44 per cent
of GDP at the end of 2004.
The Budget projections
showed that at the end of the
2005-2006 fiscal year that the
Government's direct debt as a
pecentage of GDP would be
37.5 per cent, and at the end of
2006-2007 would be 37.8 per

marine-bottom growth in the
dredged area.
On the pipeline that would
take the LNG from Ocean Cay
to Florida, Mr Coulson said it
would only extend for 2.5 miles
in Bahamian waters before
reaching those in US territory,
and had a "maximum footprint
of 100 feet in width".
He added that this "is the
only place in the entire Bahama

Islands where the LNG opera-
tion will have any contact with
our waters or marine life.
"It is miles from any of our
tourist centres, frequented
beaches or popular sport-div-
ing areas, and cannot possibly
have any effect on the contin-
ued beauty of such distant loca-
tions. Once the pipe is laid, it
will have no more effect than a
buried undersea cable".

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Placing of security trades.
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reviews and client reporting.
Administration of Scotiabank Mutual Fund-trading
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Provide marketing support to facilitate continued
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Applicants are expected to have:-
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and University or College Diploma.
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Interested persons should submit applications by July 15,
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1. The Water & Sewerage Corporation (WSC) has embarked
on a programme to improve and expand the water supply
in Central Eleuthera by the award of a contract for the
provision of desalinated water using proven technologies
under a Build, Own, Operate (BOO) agreement. The
contract will be for a production capacity of 400,000
imperial gallons per day (igpd).

2. Interested parties may enter into the bidding process as
single entities or as Joint Ventures. Potential contractors
must demonstrate to WSC's satisfaction that they possess
the experience and the financial and technical capability
to execute the works. Qualifications, as well as Bid Price,
will be evaluated.

3. Bidding documents are available by 13th July 2005 from
the Engineering & Planning Division at 87 Thompson
Boulevard for a nominal fee of $100.00. Completed
documents must be returned no later than 12:00 Noon.
on July 27, 2005 to:

General Manager
Water & Sewerage Corporation
87 Thompson Blvd.
P.O. Box N-3905
Nassau, Bahamas

Attn: Assistant General Manager
Engineering & Planning

Telephone: (242) 302-5511
Facsimile: (242) 356-9602


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Bahamasair privatisation coming soon

how long and to what extent
the Government can afford to
subsidise the bankrupt national
flag carrier at the expense of
the Bahamian public."
Bahamasair's Board and man-
agement are still hopeful that if
the "right partner comes forward
at the right price" and conces-
sions are negotiated with the
unions, an agreement on the way
forward by the end of summer
2005 deadline is still possible.
Responsing to union allega-
tions about the privatisation




Pursuant to the Provisions of Section 137(8) of the
International Business Companies Act 2000 notice is
hereby given that the above-named Company has been
dissolved and struck off the Register pursuant to a
Certificate of Dissolution issued by the Registrar General
on the 7th June, 2005.

Lynden Maycock


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), AJM LTD., is in Dissolution.

The date of commencement of dissolution is 13th day
of June, 2005. .. .

Roger Frick,
Aeulestrasse 5,
P.O. Box 83, 9490,
Vaduz, Liechtenstein




Pursuant to the Provisions of Section 137(8) of the
International Business Companies Act 2000 notice is
hereby given that the above-named Company has been
dissolved and struck off the Register pursuant to a
Certificate of Dissolution issued by the Registrar General
on the 7th June, 2005.

Lynden Maycock

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process, the Board said the air-
line industry globally was fac-
ing tough economic and com-
petitive challenges, and
Bahamasair was no exception.
The airline had already
reduced its fares to compete
with Spirit and other low-cost
airlines, bringing them down
from $135 to $99 on some Flori-
da destinations. While this
allowed Bahamasir to compete,
it had diluted its revenue stream
and eroded the customer base.
The Board said Bahamasair
would not be viable without pri-
vatising the airline and inject-
ing new capital; cleaning-up the
balance sheet; improving staff
productivity, operational effi-
ciency and customer service; the
securing of new industrial
agreements with its unions; and
making changes to its fleet.
"The number of low cost-car-
rier new entrants to our mar-
ket at bargain fares ,and the lev-
el of competition from local and
international commuter small

FROM page one
Treasury report to $12.348
billion in equities, meaning that
almost half the US-bound
investment channelled through
this nation goes into stocks and
Out of this amount, some
$10.173 billion was invested in
common stock, with the remain-
ing $2.265 billion classified as
being in 'other equities'.

operators, have mushroomed
since 2000," the Bahamasair
Board said.
The consultancy firm, McK-
insey and Co, had been hired
to prepare Bahamasair for pri-
vatisation and assist in devel-
oping a model for the carrier to
exist as a low-cost airline. Fol-
lowing their initial presentation,
the consultants were asked to
modify their initial proposal to
minimise staff redundancies,
night flying and fuel availability.
McKinsey indicated that its
research had revealed no mate-
rial disparity in compensation
for management and line staff,
though it did point to a need
for greater productivity across
the board.
"In today's competitive envi-
ronment, the low-cost carriers
and legacy carriers' crews are
flying more for less. In order
for Bahamasair to compete in
this reduced fares environment,
we must increase our produc-
tivity and lower our cost. It is

A further $3.174 billion in the
Bahamas' US securities hold-
ings portfolio was tied up in
long-term Treasury bonds, with
a further $4.528 billion and
$2.226 billion invested in long-
term corporate bonds and gov-
ernment agency bonds respec-
Of the corporate and agency
bonds, just over $1 billion of the
Bahamas' holdings in those
instruments were in asset

NOTICE is hereby given that WESLEY MAREUS, P.O.BOX N-
356, HUTCHINSON ST., NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that
any person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed
statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 8TH
day of JULY, 2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


NOTICE is hereby given that JOANES JEAN LOUIS, P.O.BOX F
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 29TH day of
APRIL, 2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box F-41085, Grand Bahama, Bahamas.

The Public is hereby advised that I, RICARDO
HAMILTON, intend to change my name to AERILIUS
objections to this change of name by Deed Poll, you
may write such objections to the Chief Passport Officer,
P.O.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty
(30) days after the date of publication of this notice.

NOTICE is hereby given that COREY JAMES ENGLE,
HOPETOWN, ABACO, 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 1ST day of JULY, 2005 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,

NOTICE is hereby given that RUTH JOSEPH, EAST STREET,
N 3331, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
-registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that
any person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed
statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 1ST
day of JULY, 2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that CAROLYN GEORGE, 1120 N.W.
112 STREET, MIAMI, FLORIDA 33168, 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 1ST day of JULY,
2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

that simple," the Board said.
"If it means re-negotiating
the existing union contracts
and/or amending the aviation
regulations then that is what
needs to happen in order to ren-
der the airline competitive and
economically viable.
"It is indisputable that cer-
tain of our pilots, like those of
our sister Caribbean airlines,
enjoy salary ranges that are
above today's industry averages.
Most pilots in the Caribbean
and the United States have
already undergone one and
even two waves of salary and
benefits cuts."
McKinsey's final report is
expected in a few weeks, after it
has interviewed several institu-
tions interested in investing in
Addressing a concern raised
by the union over alleged con-
fusion on how large a stake the
Government would retain, the
Board said the majority of
shares will be held by Bahami-

backed securities. The agency
ones are most likely to be
backed by home mortgages,
while the corporate variety uses
car loans and credit card receiv-
ables as collateral.
The US Treasury report
showed that Bahamian-held
holdings of US equities had
increased from $11 billion at
June 30, 2003, to more than $12
billion by June 30, 2004, an
increase of more than $1 bil-
However, the Bahamas' total
holdings of long-term debt US
securities had declined from $12
billion in 2003 to $10 billion by
June 30, 2004.
The US Treasury survey
again highlighted the impor-
tance of the Bahamas and other
Caribbean financial centres in
serving as intermediaries for
foreigners to invest in US secu-
Describing the Bahamas,

ans, including the Government;
together with institutional and
individual Bahamian investors.
The union had also expressed
reservations over the hiring, of
McKinsey and Co, and took the
Government to task for instead
failing to give more serious con-
sideration to the two proposals
submitted by Lufthansa last
year, one of which included a
five-year business plan and the
other a proposed plan for a new
airline. The report allegedly cost
$1.3 million to produce.
The Board, however, said
that there was never a
Lufthansa report on the.pri-
vatisation of Bahamasair. It
explained that Lufthansa had
been one of McKinsey's com-
petitors on the privatisation
consultancy tender, and when
the German airline was award-
ed a maintenance consultancy
contract in 2001, Bahamasair's
management was dissatisfied
with their approach and effec-
tiveness in some instances.

Cayman Islands, British Virgin
Islands, Netherlands Antilles,
Panama and Bermuda as
"major financial centres through
which investments of residents
from other countries are chan-
nelled", the survey said they col-
lectively accounted for $628 bil-
lion or 62 per cent of the Amer-
icas' region's investments in the
US capital markets. The Amer-
icas is counted as North, South
and Central-America, plus the
The US Treasury survey:
found that the Caribbean finan-
cial centres' holdings of US
equities had increased from
$212 billion to $240 billion
between June 30, 2003, and
June 30,2004.
Their holdings of long-term
debt securities had risen from
$260 billion to $388 billion, while
short-term securities holdings
had risen from $30 billion to $54
billion between those two dates.


NOTICE is hereby given that IPHOXSA JEAN-LOUIS, P.O. BOX F-
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 8TH day of
JULY, 2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
RO.Box F-41085, Grand Bahama, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that MORGAN THOMAS ENGLE,
HOPETOWN, ABACO, 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 1ST day of JULY, 2005 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, RO.Box N- 7147, Nassau,

The Public is hereby advised that I, JUDITH McDANIEL,
of 675 N.W. 56 ST. #104 Miami Fl, 33127, intend to change
If there are any objections to this change of name by Deed
Poll, you may write such objections to the Chief Passport
Officer, P.O.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty
(30) days after the date of publication of this notice.

NOTICE is hereby given that RONALD THOMAS ENGLE,
HOPETOWN, ABACO, 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 1ST day of JULY, 2005 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,

BAHAMA, 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 8th day of JULY, 2005 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

FROM page one
Bahamasair, with the airline's
Board warning that it "is not
possible" for the carrier to be
"viable and profitable" without
that and other restructuring
The Board said: "The reality,
however, is that unless the air-
line makes structural changes, it
will continue to be a financial
burden to the Bahamian peo-
ple. In the final analysis, the
Government will have to decide

$24.65bn in US holdings

Becoming a supplier to Florida

'would provide negotiating power'

FROM page one
around the table on questions of
energy provision but also on
issues of American national
Rejecting the arguments that
the LNG projects were being
"dumped" in the Bahamas, Dr
Morris told the Bahamian
Forum meeting that it was
instead the relatively inexpen-
sive cost of land in the
Bahamas, near the population
from which the greatest demand
for LNG arises, that caused
AES, Tractebel, FPL Resources
and El Paso to consider the
placement of LNG terminals
and pipelines.
"There may be genuine
opposition in Florida, but the
real reason is that land costs are
too high nearest the population
from which the greatest demand
for LNG arises. You cannot
build an LNG plant in Florida
for the same reason that you
cannot build a convenience
store in Lyford Cay; the land is
too expensive," Dr Morris said.
"It only makes sense to find a
less expensive location. We are
a less expensive location. This is
the same principle on which
Wal-Mart chooses to set up in
one community over another.
They want to be able to buy
land at $3 a square foot or the
same multiple per dollar of
profit for expensive land. I
therefore reject as utter non-
sense that somehow the reason
that they are here is to take
advantage of us because we
don't know any better."
Dr Morris said Florida's

demand for energy means that
LNG will have important down
stream effects on the cost of liv-
ing for an increasingly retired
population that is living on sav-
ings. He said that LNG has
become a viable option as an
alternative energy source, as the
price of oil continued to escalate
on the world market.
He said the question that
must be looked at is whether
LNG provision can be done
safely in the Bahamas. Point-
ing to the industrial sector of
Freeport, Grand Bahama, Dr
Morris said that many Bahami-
ans have worked at companies
such as the Bahamas Oil Refin-
ery Company (BORCO) and
SYNTEX, maintaining global
safety standards for years.
Dr Morris suggested that
another reason the Government
considers allowing construction
of an LNG terminal and
pipeline in the Bahamas is its
ability to help diversify the
He said he would like to see
tourism reduced to about 25 per
cent of GDP, where there is 50
per cent fewer tourists spend-
ing 100 per cent more money.
Dr Morris added that he
would also like to see a financial
services sector, contributing
around 20 per cent of GDP,
directed towards national infra-
structure projects, which would
have a disciplining effect not
only on banking and credit in
the Bahamas but also on pro-
fessional services professions,
such as law and accounting.
The balance of the Bahamian
gross domestic product (GDP

Legal Notice



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


Legal Notice



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


Legal Notice



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


should be in service and indus-
tries such as medical services
Dr Morris noted that there
are opportunities for the
Bahamas to use its financial ser-
vices sector to build out a med-
ical services platform, serviced
by alternative energy resources
such as LNG, but also including
wind and solar power genera-
tion that would offer the
Bahamas a competitive advan-
tage such as it has never had
He pointed out that in Flori-
da, hip replacement was set to

increase by 1500 per cent, there
was a 100,000 nursing shortage
and medical costs were set to
rise by 28 per cent.
Dr Morris also advised offi-
cials in Grand Bahama to
demand from Tractebel and its
partners the establishment of a
world class research institute
for monitoring an LNG facility
and pipeline, and mastering all
the technologies involved.
He added that the same tech-
nologies would also be useful
in monitoring the Bahamas'
borders for immigration pur-
poses as well as internal securi-



(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the 6th
day of July, 2005. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp. Inc., of
P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.


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(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the 6th
day of July, 2005. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp. Inc., of
P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.


Legal Notice



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


Legal Notice



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


ty initiatives.
"This is how a matured civil-
isation negotiates its position.
Additionally, such a research
centre would be as beneficial to
them as it serves their needs, as
it would be to us. But imagine
the impact of forcing the world's
leading scholars on pipeline
safety to have to come to Eight
Mile Rock in the Bahamas.
Think about what that says
about our commitment to our
interest," Dr Morris said.
Agreeing with the Minister
of Health, Dr Marcus Bethel,
that the LNG project was an

acceptable risk when weighed
against the.benefits, Dr Morris
also accepted Richard Coul-
son's arguments concerning the
safety aspects, while at the same
time welcoming Sam Dun-
combe's call for caution.
He, however, rejected the
idea that a tourism economy
was inconsistent with the ener-
gy industry, saying that "the
Cubans found one hundred mil-
.lion barrels of oil between Cuba
and the Bahamas, if LNG or oil
were discovered in our waters
would we still say we are a
tourist destination".

Legal Notice



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


SLegal Notice



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


Legal Notice



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


Legal Notice



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





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The Government of The Bahamas has received a loan from the Inter-
American Development Bank (IDB) towards the cost of the Bahamas
Solid Waste Management Programme, and it intends to apply part of
the loan towards the provision on an on-going technical assistance to
the Project Execution Unit (PEU) of the Department of Environmental
Health Services (DEHS). The Contracting of Engineering/Construction
Supervision Services will include:
1. Construction supervision of new solid waste
management facilitieson seven 7) Family Islands;
2. Construction supervision of a hazardous and storage
waste facility on New Providence;
3. Construction supervision of a leachate and storm water
management system also on New Providence; and
4. Advisory assistance to the PEU Environmental issues.
The Project Execution Unit, under the auspices of the Department of
Environmental Health Services and The Ministry of Health, now invites
local and international firms, and joint ventures to participate in this
bidding process by presenting sealed bids for Engineering/Construction
Supervision Services. The procedures for the contracting for the provision
of service, financed by this program, will be subject to the provisions
of this loan Contract.
Interested parties may obtain further information, including eligibility
to participate, and may collect a copy of the bidding document from
the office of the:
Project Execution Unit
Farrington Road
P.O. Box SS-19048
Nassau, The Bahamas
Tel: (242) 322-8087
Fax: (242) 322-8074
Interested Tenderers may purchase a complete set of tender documents
by submitting a written application to the Department of Environmental
Health Services and upon payment of a non-refundable fee of one
hundred ($100.00) dollars. The method of payment will be certified
cheque or cash. The documents would be ready for review as of
Wednesday, June 29th, 2005.
Tenders are to be submitted in sealed envelope(s) marked "Tenders for
Engineering/Construction Supervision Services", and sent to:

The Tenders Board
c/o The Financial Secretary
Ministry of Finance
P.O. Box N-3017
Nassau, The Bahamas
All tenders must reach the Tender's Board no later than 4:00p.m. on
Monday, August 8th, 2005. All tenders must be submitted in triplicate.
Tenders will be opened at 10:00a.m,. on Tuesday, August 9th, 2005,
at the office of the Tenders Board, Ministry of Finance. The Government
reserves the right to reject any or all Tenders.

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teams arriving for CAC

Senior Sports
MORE than 60 athletes
from Cuba arrived in town
yesterday as the numbers
started to swell for the Col-
inalmperial Senior Central
American and Caribbean
Championships this week-
The Cuban delegation
was led by their Sports
Minister, Alberto Juan-
torena, the championships'
champion in the 400 metres
in 1973 and the 800 in 1981.
World record holder and
Olympic champion Oslei-
dys Menedez won't be
here, but the Cubans have
brought in a team that they
are confident will prevail
at the end of the three-day
meet that starts on Satur-
day morning at the Thomas
A Robinson Track and
Field Stadium and con-
cludes on Monday night.

Cuba, one of the
founders of the CAC
Championships in Athlet-
ics in 1967 in Xalapa, Mex-
ico, hosted the event twice
in 1969 and 1983. They
captured all of the team
titles, except in 1991 and
1999 in Xalapa and
Bridgetown, Barbados,
both of which they
In Guatemala in 2001,
Cuba recaptured the title.
But at the last champi-
onships in St. George's,
Grenada in 2003, they had
to settle for third with a
small team behind defend-
ing champions Jamaica and
+ Mexico.
The Cubans are expect-
ed to be led by Yoel Her-
nandez in the sprints, Gey-
man Lopez in the 400,
Maury Castillo in the 800-
1,500 and Sergio Hier-
rezuelo and Yacnier in the
One of the things that
has made it so exciting for
the Cubans is the fact that
cash prizes are being
offered for the first time in
the 38-year history of the
And it will serve as the
last chance for many of the
athletes to tune up for the
IAAF World Champi-
onships in Athletics in
Helsinki, Finland in
While the Cubans just
arrived yesterday and were
trying to settle in, most of
the other countries have
already gotten acclimatized
to the conditions at the,
Games Village at the Nas-
sau Beach Hotel.

As the defending cham-
pions, the Jamaicans are
here with a team that will
be minus world record
holder Asafa Powell and
Olympic champion Veron-
ica Campbell.
But they are excited
about the possibilities
ahead of them with world
junior record holder Usain
Bolt and Olympic bronze
medallist Tanya Lawrence
as the leaders of the team.
While only half of the
team had arrived up to
presstime, those that were
here were eager to get to
the TAR Stadium for a
light workout session. Two
of their young members
expressed the sentiments
of the team.
Andrea Bliss, a 100 hur-
dler making her debut
here, said she liked what
she's seen so far.
"I like the island and the
beaches," she said. "I think
I should perform very well
And high jumper Sheree
Francis, also making her
debut, said the Bahamas is
a lovely place.
"I think the view and the
beaches are very nice," she
"The accommodations

have been very nice. I real-
ly like it here."
Puerto Rico, with a 20-

* MEMBERS of the St. Kitts and Nevis track and field team pose above at the Games Village at the Nassau Beach Hotel yesterday.
(Photo: Mario Duncanson/Tribune staff)

member team of athletes,
are having a good time,
according to head coach
Miguel Aguirrichu, who
anticipates nothing but
good performances at the
"We have come to this
high level competition with
a lot of expectations, espe-
cially the steeplechase for
boys. .
"Our goal is to win it and
possibly set a new record,"
Aguirrichu stated.

St Kitts & Nevis is one
of the smaller teams with
just 11 athletes. But head
coach Eric Francis said
they are convinced that
they will have a very good
"We expect very good
performances from our
athletes," he stressed. "We
have a competitor ranked
in the women's 400, Tian-
dre Ponteen, and our men
and women's 4 x 100 relay
teams should perform very
well. Hopefully we will
have a very good champi-
Francis said apart from
the air-conditioning prob-
lem they experienced
Wednesday night, they are
having a good time.
But he said it's extreme-
ly hot, considering that the
Bahamas is surrounded by

Neville Hodge, head
coach of a seven-member
team from US Virgin
Islands, said they're look-
ing to use this meet to pro-
pel their athletes into the
world championships.
"It's a great experience
for us and we hope that it
will pay off for us in
the medal stand," he stat-
Rodney Cox, coach of a
young seven-member team
from the Turks & Caicos,
said they are hoping to use
this championship as a
springboard for their host-
ing of the Carifta Games
next year.
"Most of the team is
based on high school guys,
so we are looking for some
of our guys to cut down on
their times," said Cox,
whose team had just
arrived and were unable to
view the facilities at the
time of the interview.

* MEMBERS of the Turks & Caicos team, headed by coach Rodney Cox (left) ,arrived in town yesterday.
(Photo: Mario Duncanson/Tribune staff)

* SOME members of the Puerto Rican team pose outside of the Games Village at the Nassau Beach Hotel
(Photo: Mario Duncanson/Tribune sports)




Full steam ahead as the

athletes make their arrival

Senior Sports Reporter E WORKMEN make the final repairs to the new press centre at the
e te Thomas A. Robinson Track and Field Stadium yesterday.
THE Games Village at the Mario Duncanson/Tribune...or...
Nassau Beach Hotel was
buzzing yesterday as athletes
started to arrive for the Coli-
nalmperial Senior Central
American and Caribbean
The Thomas A. Robinson
Track and Field Stadium was
just as busy with workmen
putting the final touches in
place for tonight's openifig.
At the Games Village, Liv-
ingstone Bostwick, who is in
charge of the secretariat, said
things are going just as they had
"There are some small minor
things that we have to iron out, .
but there's a lot of excitement ".
because a lot of the athletes are ,
finally coming in," Bostwick ..
"They are all trying to get ,.
accredited at the same time,
which is impossible. But we're
trying our best to get them in N
and out as quickly as we can." .......

Just as quickly as they
processed one team, another
one arrived. When it wasn't a ..
complete team, there were one E stage is being set for the official opeig ceremonies of the
of two athletes that showed up Colinmperial Senior Central American and CaribbeanChampionships this
from some of the countries. % weekend at the Thomas A RobinsonTrack and Field Stditm.
However, Bostwick said they (Phoo: Mario ~D ncanson)
couldn't give any indication as
to how many athletes or coun-
tries had registered up to '
presstime. He indicated that a
better assessment will be made games get started on Saturday
after the scratch meeting today. morning.
Over at the TAR Stadium, "All of the serious work and
workmen were busy with on the all of the signs have been com-
perimeter of the track and pleted," said Burrows, who 2
Doyle Burrows, who volun- drove around in a golf cart
teered his services to help with checking all of the areas of con-
the renovations, said everything c ern.
is coming on stream. "It's been a hard three weeks
"I think we're on schedule, with some long hours," said
A month ago, about ten of Burrows, who noted that they
us came together and we tar- have been working up to7
geted yesterday to have every- 11-12 midnight every night this
thing completed," Burrows stat- .week.
ed. "But the finished product is .
"So as far as we're concerned, almost complete and I'm sure
the only things left for us to do that the Bahamian people will
is to put up the countries' flags like what they see when they
and all of the banners of come out."
the sponsors around the stadi- At the stadium, workmen
um." were still busy making final
With the official opening cer- repairs to the announcer's and
emonies set for tonight, Bur-' press booth.
rows said once all of the equip- There was also some work
ment is taken down from that being done around the shot
event, they will quickly put up put and the long/triple jump
the other items before the pits.


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FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2005


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* By BRENT STUBBS g g 'fsi
SeniorSportsReporer Golden giranticipates festive atmosphere
AFTER suffering her first loss -

BY CLOCKING the world's fastest time and low-
ering her national record on Tuesday, Chandra Stur-
rup will be the female sprinter to watch this year,
according to the injured Debbie Ferguson.
"Coming from one year, it's amazing how one year
can make a difference," Ferguson declared. "I'm very
excited, very excited about her."
Sturrup's time of 10.84 erased her previous nation-
al record of 10.86 that she set back in 2000 at the
Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations'
National Open Track and Field Championships.
It also surpassed the previous world leading mark
of 10.96 that Jamaican Veronica Campbell clocked on
May 22 in Carson, California.
"The way she's been competing, running 11.13 or
11.14, it was just a matter of time before she low-
ered her time the way she did."
It was such a fast race that two other athletes
dipped under the 11 second barrier with American
Lauryn Williams coming in second in 10.91 and
Frenchwoman Christine Aaron third in 10.94.
Ferguson said it was good to see her do it on the
track in Lausanne.
"It's such a fast track, but it was good to see her run
such a fast time," Ferguson noted.
And based on the time she produced, Ferguson
said Sturrup has set-herself up as the favourite for the
Colinalmperial Senior Central American and
Caribbean Championships this weekend and the
IAAF World Championships in Helsinki, Finland in
"She's the woman to beat, no disrespect to the
other women," Ferguson stated. "With a time like
that, if she stays consistent or runs better, she will def-
initely be the woman to beat."

Ferguson said Sturrup has come back from a very
turbulent year and now she's back on top.
"My money is on Chandra," Ferguson projected.
Although she's not competing, Ferguson has visit-'
ed the Games Village at the Nassau Beach Hotel
where she's seen some of the athletes already in town.
"I think if everybody in the Caribbean who should
be here for their respective countries, I think it will be
a really good showdown," Ferguson noted.

"I think we can expect to see some nice clean show-
downs with a lot of the CAC records going, as well as
some national records and possible a world record or
Ferguson, who is assisting the organising committee
with the promotion of the championships, said she
will definitely miss not being able to run this
"I'm just thankful to be here," she said.

p Now that she's back, Williams-
Darling wants to focus on the task
e ahead and that is competing in the
e championships, although she's not
r certain yet if she will be out to win
c her first gold medal at the biannual
meet after getting a bronze in 1997
t and a silver in 1999.
"At this point, I don't know. I've
been discussing it with my coach for
a while and right now, I have a lot of
soreness and, physically, I just don't
know if I can do it right now," she
"I will hold out for as long as I
can before I make that decision. But
I have to be in the best condition to
be able to go out there and run the
Williams-Darling, who missed the
last two championships, said she's
really fatigued, having travelled to
Paris right after the BAAA's Nation-
als in Grand Bahama and she's been
on the road competing.
"So I'm physically tired and prob-
ably track tired," she stated. "I know
it's going to play on me mentally,
but I'm just trying to stay in good
spirits because ift's a big meet for us
here at home."
However, Williams-Darling said
she's really impressed with the large
number of athletes who have come
in from the various countries to com-
pete in the championships.
"Even when I'm in Europe, a lot
of the athletes who won't be coming
here were saying that they know it's
going to be a lot of fun," Williams-
Darling noted. "That's the kind of
reputation that we have.
"They are not just thinking about
the track side of it, but they're also
thinking about the fun side of it peri-
od. We just have that reputation on
and off the track. So I'm sure when I
go back on the circuit, I will have a
lot of stories to pass on to those who
missed it."
Whether she runs the 400 or not,
Williams-Darling said she's definitely
looking forward to being a part of
the 4 x 400 relay team that will
include Christine Amertil.
"That should be interesting," said
Williams-Darling, who competed on
the last women's 4 x 400 relay team
that participated for the Bahamas
back in the 1990s.



* DEBBIE FERGUSON (left) said she's 'very, very excited' about Chandra Sturrup's prospects.

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AS THE Bahamas
celebrates its 32nd
birthday as an independent
nation, political speculation
dominates the national
mood. And it centres on two
parliamentary veterans,
Prime Minister Perry
Christie and his predecessor
Hubert Ingraham.
In Mr Christie's case, the conjec-
ture is about his health. The stroke
which laid him low in May led to
temporary slurring of speech
and to "rehab" on one
of his hands. The ill-

* Speculation centres on Perry Christie and Hubert Ingraham

ness led to obvious genuine con-
However you interpret these
symptoms, things don't look good
for the PM, who faces a strenuous
general election campaign in 2007 at
a time when he ought to be taking
things easy.

Nonetheless, his closest support-
ers insist he's fine and say he is look-
ing trimmer and fitter than at any
time in his political career.
Even so, PLP stalwarts
are now wondering

whether the party will have to start
looking at the younger generation
for a leader as it gears up for what
could be a ferocious campaign. And
FNM insiders are already seeing the
likeliest PLP leader at the election as
Tourism Minister Obie Wilch-
The speculation surrounding Mr
Ingraham is of a different order. At
the time of writing, he was emerging
as a likely contender in an FNM
leadership battle, though success for
him is far from assured.
Mr Ingraham himself was saying
nothing about possible participa-
tion, but influential lobbyists were
certainly working hard behind the
scenes to swing events his way.
However, despite calls for his
return from sections of the party,
there are equally fervent cries of
resistance from elsewhere. Accord-
ing to FNM insiders, support for Mr
Ingraham is far from unanimous.
The decision by former education
minister Dion Foulkes to declare
himself a leadership candidate com-
plicated matters for Mr Ingraham.

For Mr Foulkes, a 48-year-old
attorney, is said to have significant
rank-and-file support which would
make him a powerful foe in the con-
test for the party crown. And he
also has admirers on the party coun-
It is, therefore, clear that Mr
Ingraham now faces tough opposi-
tion from the younger set while his
own protege, Tommy Turnquest,
appears to be under siege from the
ambitious young bloods who seek
to unseat him.
Apart from Mr Foulkes, no fewer
than five others are possible con-
tenders in an FNM leadership elec-
Former Attorney General Carl
Bethel, former Cabinet minister
Zhivargo Laing, MP Kenneth Rus-
sell, and the party's "white hope"
Brent Symonette are all in the mix
with Mr Turnquest.
Former senior FNM Tennyson
Wells, now an independent MP,
predicted a "leadership bloodbath."
The PLP will obviously be watch-
ing the FNM's progress closely, for
the man who emerges as leader will

be a potent factor in the party's
prospects for success at the polls.

Conjecture over Mr Christie, and
the tussle for power in the FNM,
have enlivened what for three years
had been a fairly stagnant political
Since taking power in 2002, the
PLP has been characterised as a "do
nothing" government with few ideas
presiding over a long period of rel-
ative political calm.
However, Mr Christie's
stroke put paid to all that, and

the FNM's leadership struggle
added a frisson of excitement to
what had otherwise been
one of the dullest periods in
Bahamian political history since
As the PLP and FNM approach
their party conventions in Novem-
ber, political observers are specu-
lating on the likeliest match in 2007.
Will it be Christie v Ingraham,
Foulkes v Wilchcombe or some oth-
er unsuspected combination when
the voters go to the polls?
"Whatever happens, the run-up
to the election is likely to be
enthralling for everyone with an
interest in politics,"
said a media

* SPECULATION: Prime Minister Perry Christie and former prime minister Hubert Ingraham




W ith a church mission
right in the middle of
Bain Town, the Rev C
B Moss is in a better
position than most to
assess the Bahamas' rising crime statis-
His opinion is not encouraging. He
believes the Bahamas could become
"another Jamaica or Trinidad" within 10 to
15 years, with criminals controlling the
Rev Moss's feelings were revealed in

has attracted many knives and guns into
the country, and these are now being used
in pursuit of other criminal activities.
Over-the-hill areas are now infested with
young bandits who stop at nothing to
impose their power and settle scores.
In Rev Moss's eyes, the pattern is very
much on Jamaican lines. There, Yardie
gangs rule entire neighbourhoods, with
police powerless in their attempts to
impose order.
However, he refuses to be pessimistic. In
fact, he says, the 10 or 15 years in which

The Tribune's INSIGHT section, when he
said the Bahamas was now at a crossroads.
It was time, he said, for the country to get
to grips with rising crime or take the con-
At the time of his interview, Rev Moss
had just attended the funeral of one young
stabbing victim and was about to attend
another. The toll of young murder victims
is unacceptable, he said.
There is no doubt that the drug culture

the Bahamas could descend into chaos
could also be used to turn the situation
The key, he believes, is to get young
Bahamian men back on track. At the
moment, with dysfunctional, fatherless
families spawning a new generation of vil-
lains, prospects are bleak.
But giving youths a sense of worth and
direction would go some way to restoring
order to inner city areas, he says.


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PRIME Minister
Perry Christie's
stroke, and the uncertainty
about his general health
that followed, provided the
only true focus in a politi-
cal year which one young
Bahamian journalist
described as "absolutely
"I'm actually hoping Hubert
Ingraham will make. a comeback
just so things will start happen-
ing again," she said.
There is no doubt that Mr
Christie's medical well-being
will be right at the heart of the

U Leadership crises in both the PLP and FNM

2007 election campaign.
And the PLP will have
trouble finding an alternative
leader if, for whatever reason,
the prime minister stands

In fact, both the PLP and
FNM have leadership crises at
the moment, which is why Mr
Ingraham rejected in 2002 as
too arrogant and too tyrannical
- is back, in the public con-
sciousness at least, as the only

credible alternative to Mr
It is a sad state of affairs when
neither of the country's major
parties can devise a system
which nurtures leaders to take
their places in the forefront of
politics when the time is right.
But the FNM's backward
glance at Mr Ingraham, who has
yet to formally declare an inter-
est in leading the party again,
and the PLP's apparent lack of
an alternative for Mr Christie,
highlight the dire paucity of tal-
ent in the leadership stakes, and

the deficiencies in the process
of succession.
However, with only two years
left before the next general elec-
tion, both parties need to get
behind the person they see as
most likely to carry the day at
the polls.

It will not be an easy choice
for either of them.
If Mr Christie stands down,
and some observers still expect
him to do so, despite protesta-

tions to the contrary from with-
in the PLP, his replacement is
far from ready-made.
The deputy prime minister,
Cynthia Pratt, did a commend-
able job during Mr Christie's
enforced absence, and surprised
many. with her sure-footedness
in tricky situations, but there are
still doubts as to whether she
has the wherewithal to do the
job on a permanent basis.
Though extremely popular
within the party, and a true
community activist over many
years, Mrs Pratt is not seen as
having that unusual combina-

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* PRIME MINISTER Perry Christie gets back to work with US Ambassador John Rood.


PM's health main focus of


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FROM previous page
tion of talents required to give
the party election-winning
Moreover, none of the PLP's
other leadership contenders -
notably Foreign Affairs Minister
Fred Mitchell and Financial Ser-
vices Minister Allyson Maynard-
Gibson carries sufficient grass-
roots support to be seen as nat-
ural choices.
Minus Mr Christie, therefore,
the PLP looks shorn of its only
dominant figure, with no-one
among the parliamentary new-
comers appearing to have the
gravitas or talent to make a sig-
nificant surge from behind.
However, FNM insiders see
Tourism Minister Obie Wilch-
combe as a possibility, with
Immigration Minister Vincent
Peet a credible second choice.

The FNM has leadership trou-
bles of its own. The rumblings
about a Hubert Ingraham come-
back have arisen primarily
because of the perceived defi-
ciencies of Mr Tommy Turn-
quest. The electorate still feels,
with some justification, that Mr
Turnquest was foisted on them,
and there are serious doubts
about whether the party under
his leadership can dislodge the
Mr Ingraham has re-emerged
as a possible leader largely
because certain FNM elements
are rooting hard for him. There
is no question, for instance, that
big money on the Eastern Road
would be firmly in his corner.
However, others within the par-
ty are resolute in resisting any
hint at a comeback, having been
thoroughly alienated by his abra-
sive leadership style.
In Brent Symonette, the party
has a man some see as a viable
alternative. But his whiteness is
viewed as an obstacle. Is a rich

white man with Bay Street Boys
connections electable? That is
the question hanging over his

In fact, an Ingraham-Symon-
ette "dream team" is probably
the FNM's best hope of victory,
according to analysts. But, at the
time of writing, there is still no
word on whether Mr Ingraham
wants to go back on his earlier
promise to limit his premiership
to two terms.
By early next year, both the
PLP and FNM will be easing
into election mode, so big deci-
sions will, have to be made
between now and Christmas.
The likeliest scenario, as things
stand, is a reprise of the 2002

line-up, Ingraham versus
Christie, unless the PM opts
for a less stressful life and bows
Whatever happens, political
observers will be seeking more
action from the next govern-
They feel, understandably,
that inertia has been the domi-
nant characteristic of the
Christie regime what this news-
paper termed "wilful paralysis"
among politicians who evidently
have trouble making decisions
on anything.
The young journalist's cry that
"nothing is happening" is shared
by many. The general view is
that a national mission needs to
be identified and pursued, with
clear recognition of the
Bahamas' role in international
and regional affairs.

In this context, deferring a
decision on CSME entry until
the next election is one of the
most tangible moves made by
the government since it came to


Hence, deciding not to make a
decision will go down as one of
its most telling achievements,
alongside approval of the Cable
Beach redevelopment project,
which received the nod only
after protracted talks which
looked like coming to nought
many times.
It is the government's indeci-
siveness that will probably
become its most memorable
characteristic, and the major rea-
son for a substantial loss of sup-

port. Whether the FNM can cap-
italise on that remains to be
Politically, then, there will be
much uncertainty in the months
ahead. The 2007.election could,
it seems, go either way, depend-
ing on which party lays the
firmest foundations for victory
during the remainder of this year
and the whole of 2006.
As we write, there is little sign
of activity. That, presumably,
will change when the two major
party conventions are held in
By Christmas, we should have
a clearer idea of where the PLP
and FNM are heading, and who
will be leading them there.
That's when the electorate will
begin to formulate their deci-
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time around.

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THE continuing decline of
Haiti into chaos and con-
fusion has significant
long-term implications for the
The departure of President
Jean-Bertrand Aristide last year
has plunged the country into its
worst-ever crisis.
And the fall-out lawlessness
on the streets and an ever-rising
death toll is expected to be a
new exodus of refugees, most of
them heading in our direction.
The scale of the looming prob-
lem was outlined in a Tribune

ers, is being accused of breaking
international laws on refugees,
repatriating fleeing Haitians with-
out due process.
INSIGHT noted: "It seems
incredible that, only 60 miles or so
from.the southernmost tip of the
Bahamas chain, there lies a nation
so off its head that innocents are
being slaughtered in the streets
as United Nations peacekeepers
try desperately but unsuccessful-
ly to live up to their name.


INSIGHT article in May, when "Armed gangs now rule the
comparisons were drawn between grisly slums and the poor are, as
today's mayhem and the.dark usual, on the receiving end of the
days of the Duvaliers. violence as political factions fight
On balance, it concluded, things for ascendancy in a country
have got far worse since Jean- whose future now looks even
Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier bleaker than its past.
flew into exile ir, 1986, having "Always erratic, always insane,
suceeded his odious father, Papa Haiti has now somehow sunk
Doc, in 1971. even deeper into a morass of its
Haiti's democratic experiment, own making, with the prospect
with the election of the "human- of death a daily reality for the
itarian" priest Aristide, disinte- poor people of the Port-au-Prince
grated in failure when a rebellion shanty districts of Cite Soleil and
forced him out soon after the Bel Air."
nation's 200th birthday in 2004. Observers would like to think
"According to those who know that a general election later this
the country best, life is far worse year might restore some stability
than during even the grimmest to Haiti. But conditions are far
days of the Duvalier family's 29- from acceptable for an organised
year reign," said INSIGHT. poll to be held.
"Bad as Papa Doc and his fat Also, an election might provide
playboy son Jean-Claude were, a flashpoint for more violence
their torture and intimidation among rival factions.
were nothing alongside what's Two ex-presidents, Aristide
happening now. and Duvalier, have already shown
an interest in returning to Port-
Chaotic au-Prince on. missions to recue
Haiti from its plight.
"In their day, there was a sinis- International analysts, however,
ter but real sense of order in this see their presence as just another
traditionally chaotic country. highly combustible element in a
Today, the chaos is almost total, situation which is already aflame.
with few redeeming features. Aristide, once seen as a poten-
Haiti is among the world's true tial reformer and champion of the
tragedies, a perilous place wheri- --poor, _is accused by his opponents
bullets fly day and night." of being a corrupt despot with
As more and more illegal fingers in the drug trade.
Haitians enter the Bahamas, the Duvalier, having looted the
backlash of the locals is treasury and continued his
inevitable. father's murderous practices, is
But the international commu- reviled by many, yet supported
nity, including the Bahamas, is by others.
being blamed by human rights For both to be in a presiden-
activists for failing to appreciate tial battle together would not
the scale of the problem. augur well for continuing peace.
And the Bahamas, among oth- In fact, such a conjunction of

* AS more and more Haitians enter the Bahamas illegally,
'the backlash of the locals is inevitable'.
(The Tribune archive photo)

forces would deepen the nation's
woes, observers believe.
As INSIGHT pointed out:
"Guns are everywhere, with the

worst elements of Haitian soci-
ety now running loose. As civil
disorder worsens, kidnappers, car-
jackers and rapists are hastening
the process.
"Invariably, it's the poor-
est who suffer most, thou-
sands of defenceless fami-
lies trapped in a madhouse
where irrational forces
exert power without mer-
"Moreover, Haiti's crum-
bling judicial system offers
no answers to the mount-
ing problems. Judges live
in fear of reprisals and

courts in some of the dangerous
areas have been forced to close.
The rule of law is virtually non-
existent. The aggrieved and suf-
fering have no redress."


According to Nassau attorney
Eliezer Regnier, who is of Haitian
descent, the only chance for Haiti
is another strongarm dictator,
only this time with a genuine
national mission.

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p g Pprospect of revival in the foreseeable

Haitians, he said, respond to maximum
leaders, and prefer a firm hand on the
tiller. At the moment, though, there is no
prospect of such a figure emerging.
The interim leader, Gerard Latortue,
has made no impression on the crumbling
fortunes of Haiti, presiding over a rapid
downward lurch towards utter hopeless-
In fact, the country can now be regarded

Meanwhile, the Bahamas braces itself
for another refugee invasion.

. INSIGHT said: "As the mayhem and
bloodletting, continue, more and more
Haitians will seek peace and quiet in a
promised land, wherever that happens to

"The Bahamas, which Haitians see as a
yellowbrick road to safety and sanity, looks
destined to suffer the immigrant onslaught
for a long time to come."
The contrasting fortunes of the Bahamas
and Haiti are hard to countenance, espe-
cially among those who have never ven-
tured into that benighted land to the south.
While history has been kind to Bahami-
ans, enabling them to build a prosperous
society on firm governmental foundations;
it has done Haiti no favours.
When the French were ejected in 1804,

Haiti was left with nothing resembling a
democratic framework.
For more than two centuries, it has been
obliged to endure a long succession of dic-
tators and military juntas interspersed with
periods of US occupation.


The result has been catastrophic.
It is not only the western world's poorest
nation, it is also among the most perilous
places on earth outside official war zones.

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Stark warnings about the "creolisation" of
Abaco brought the Haitian immigrant prob-
lem back into the news this year.
Lone campaigner Jeffery Cooper, the man
who began dismantling Haitian homes to
draw attention to the situation, claims that
Abaco could be overwhelmed within a
decade if action is not taken now.
He was particularly concerned at the
social, economic and health implications of
a Haitian "takeover" in Abaco, where the
immigrant community is entrenched in scat-
tered shanty settlements.
Mr Cooper believes the island's water
table could become degraded by the dump-
ing of human waste in holes in the ground.
And he said local schools could soon be
swamped by creole-speaking Haitians who
show little inclination to become fully assim-
ilated Bahamians.
Mr Cooper's concerns sparked some gov-
ernment concern, and further thought is
now being given to the fate of The Mud and
Pigeon Pea communities in Marsh Harbour,
where hundreds of Haitian families live in
tumbledown shacks and hastily-built lean-
While there is general agreement that the
Haitians pose a health hazard, there is lack
of unity on how to tackle the problem.
Mr Cooper himself showed no desire to
join in a white demonstration in Marsh Har-
bour, while the whites themselves are divid-
ed on the Haitian issue.
While some want urgent controls, and
possible repatriation of illegal immigrants,
others see the refugees as a key component
of the local economy.
However, politicians recognise that the
deteriorating political situtation in Haiti
itself is bound to stimulate the flow of
refugees to the Bahamas in the years to
And they feel determined measures are
imperative if the country is not to be swal-

lowed up as an outpost of Haitian culture.
At the moment, the Bahamas is seen as a
refuge for those fleeing political unrest and
grinding poverty in Haiti.
The country's long string of islands are
also viewed as stepping stones to Florida,
where most Haitians would rather be.
While Haiti continues to ferment as the
Caribbean's poorest and most volatile.
nation, the northward flight of refugees is
seen as inevitable.
Unfortunately for the Bahamas, mathe-
matics are not on its side. While this island
nation has a population of around 330,000,

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* THIS aeriel shot shows the full extent of Pigeon Pea and the Mud, an
unplanned maze of wooden shacks where hundreds of Haitian families live.
Residents fear the squatters will eventually undermine their way of life.

* A HAITIAN boy stands with a paddle in t)Ie
flood waters of the Mud following Hurricane
Jeanne last year.
(Photo: Felipe Major/Tribune stf0)
Haiti has nearly seven million people many
of them desperate to escape the growing
difficulties there.
In Abaco itself, Mr Cooper claims the,
Haitian population is already close to out-
numbering Bahamians.
While this has not officially been con-
firmed, other Abaconians do not d ubt it.
One said: "The Haitian presence is ngow
very noticeable and getting bigger all the
"There is no doubt that Haitians see Aba-
co as a legitimate settlement for them. They
can get work and set up their shacks all over
the place. It is a very serious problem for the
Bahamas in the long-term."
Outspoken crusader Mrs Yvonne Key
says Abaconians must make a.stand ,or
watch their island become a colony;of Haiti;
She said the lack of sanitation in the Haitian
settlements had enormous health implica-
tions for everyone on the island.

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i4riage and their 36 years of happiness at
tir waterside homeinLyford-Cay ...
Mr Hailey, born in Luton, England, retired
from writing at the age of 77 and was 84
when he died in his sleep last November.
Eight of his novels had been bought by Hol-
lywood and some of the earlier works, includ-
fiig Hotel and Airport, were reissued for a
new generation of readers only four years
before his death.
Although his books were carefully crafted
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and meticulously researched, Mr Hailey
always said sheer good luck was at least part
of his fortune.
Rarely a favourite of the critics, he devel-
oped an enormous global readership who
fell under the spell of his storytelling powers.
Having first arrived in Nassau in 1969 to

'Eight of his novels
had been bought by
Hollywood, and
some of the earlier
works were reissued
for a new generation
of readers.

protect his vast earnings from the taxman, Mr
Hailey liked the place so much that he decid-
ed to stay.
Lyford Cay became the hub of his life a
far cry from the Lutori backstreet where he
was born in 1920.

:Crooked Island gets

its first major resort

Crooked Island, one of the most back-
"ward of the southern islands of the
'Bahamas, is to get its first major hotel and
marinaa development.
:' The $35 million scheme at Pittsdown will
provide an employment boost for an island
which has suffered the ravages of depopu-
lation over many years.
) Canadian resident Donald McMillan, 74,

said: "Places like this are the real Bahamas.
"The beaches here are like powder and
you can drop a quarter in 30 feet of water
and still see whether it shows heads or
He and his wife June, 73, have lived on
the island since 1969. "We both love it here
and can't imagine being anywhere else,"
he said.

ALLEGATIONS of abuse at
Carmichael Road Detention Centre were
levelled by incarcerated British business-
man David Bright.
The Cubans, he said, were special tar-
gets, a situation which led to a fire in the
compound, allegedly set by disgruntled
Meanwhile, at Fox Hill Prison, the appoin-
ment of criminolgist Dr Elliston Rahming

as superintendent was seen by observers as a
move towards better times.
For years, the prison has been severely
criticised by international human rights
organisation Amnesty International for poor
conditions and callous treatment.
Dr Rahming, however, is a known advo-
cate of restorative justice and he is hoping to
place much great emphasis on rehabilita-

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WITHIN five years, Cable Beach could .
be unrecognisable from the collection of run-
down hotels it has become in recent times.
Completion of deals to sell the existing
hotels to a development consortium looks
set to change the appearance of the area for-
The familiar Cable Beach strip, .with the
Radisson, Wyndham-Crystal Palace and Nas-
sau Beach hotels on one side and the Cecil
Wallace-Whitfield building and smaller prop-
erties on the other, will be transformed into
Sa Las Vegas style casino resort.
This will mean not only realignment of the
main road, but also expansion and develop-
ment of the popular median, where hundreds
of Bahamians take exercise.
And a series of inland lakes will become
prime features of a project which, it is hoped,
will help make Nassau one of the gaming
meccas of the world.
With work due to begin in 2007, and the
Ii third phase of Atlantis already underway,
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Ragged Island ready to party despite

resentment at 'neglect' from Nassau
OF all the Bahama islands, none feels more "out of it" be celebrating independence this weekend as the Bahamas quite a thing of independence."
than tiny Ragged Island, a necklace of cays lying 60 or so marks 32 years of nationhood. Due homage will be paid to Ragged Island makes its living mainly through fishing
miles off Cuba's north coast. a nation which, some residents believe, frequently over- nowadays, though in days gone by it was a lively littletrad-
On some maps of the Bahamas, the group doesn't appear looks its existence. .ing centre.
at all. On others, it is a fleck which could easily be mistaken And islanders will be singing the national anthem in front Sailboats once arrived from Haiti and Cuba en route to
for a misprint. of the flag at the airport or administrator's office in the Nassau, where all kinds of produce was bought and sold.
Not surprisingly, Ragged Islanders have felt resentful only settlement, Duncan Town. Today, island men catch crawfish and grouper and keep
and neglected over the years. It's been a case of "out of sight, An islander told The Tribune: "We'll have a church ser- livestock on off-shore cays.
out of mind" as far as the Nassau-based government has vice, a flag-raising ceremony and a little party with fire- Though life is simple, they prefer it to the "bi g'dity"'
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The Oakes family and .

one of the century's

greatest mysteries

The death of Nancy Oakes in
January this year was the last
gasp in one of the 20th century's
greatest court dramas.
As a headstrong teenage
bride, Nancy Oakes endured an
extraordinary double trauma
during the summer and fall of
Not only was her beloved
father, Sir Harry Oakes, mur-
dered in his Nassau home, her
husband Count Alfred de
Marigny emerged as the chief
It was a harsh, harrowing
time for the young heiress and
she never really got over it.
During de Marigny's trial at
the Bahamas Supreme Court,
Nancy Oakes was a star witness,
insisting that her husband was
incapable of being the killer.
When he was subsequently
acquitted and deported, she
went with him to Cuba, which
proved to be the start of a long,
gruelling period of unrest for
the suave Mauritian nobleman.
Within a short time, their
marriage fizzled out and was
annulled, and de Marigny was
left to wander the world, virtu-
ally stateless, until finally find-
ing a haven in Houston, Texas.
Although Nancy Oakes
remarried, the plight of de
Marigny remained lodged in
her mind. As late as 1960 17

years after the murder she was
calling publicly for a re-exami-
nation of the case, insisting jus-
tice had not been served.
Nancy Oakes, like her broth-
er Pitt, always suspected that
Nassau's white rulers and the
Governor of the day, the Duke
of Windsor had failed to carry
out a proper investigation, leav-
ing her family to endure long
years of uncertainty.
Count de Marigny eventually
returned to Nassau in 1990 to
promote his book about the
case, A Conspiracy of Crowns.
The Bahamas government gave
him a favourable welcome; in
spite of the blacklisting during
the war years. He died in Texas
in the late 1990s.
The death of Nancy Oakes in
London removes the last of the
major characters involved in the
case. Only "bit players" now
But the Oakes case contin-
ues to intrigue Bahamians six
decades on, with the possible
killer .or killers still subject to
endless conjecture.


However, new disclosures
were made only a few days ago
when the Oakes lawyer Walter
Foskett was official

police files in London.
The FBI had given New Scot-
land Yard information from a
wealthy American art dealer,
Fred Maloof, suggesting that
Foskett had swindled Sir Harry
in a deal involving two paint-
ings, one of them a Rembrandt.
Sir Harry, enraged at his
attorney's deceit, vowed to
"straighten him out", a warn-

ing which might have cost him
his life.
Maloof suggested that Fos-
kett, confronted by his client,
plotted to kill Sir Harry and lay
hands on the family fortune.
The revelations have added a
new edge to a mystery with the
power to excite and enthral,
even more than-60 years after
the murder.


Society's drive

to promote

good reading

In the past year, the Bahami-
an American Cultural Society
has been striving to extend-the
reading of good books in the
People with the country's
intellectual interests at heart
have been encouraged to donate
books to local libraries, particu-
larly those in the Family Islands.
Beryl Edgecombe, the soci-
ety's secretary, says the cam-
paign centred on New York
and Nassau is using the inter-
net, bumper stickers, displays

and public appearances to help
the cause.
"It helps bring people
together, it makes them feel
part of their community, it
reconnects people to their her-
itage," said Ms Edgecombe.
"A Bahamian living in Chica-
go, London or Hong Kong can
donate a book to the library in
or near the settlement where
he or she was born. It could
even be in honour of a great
grandparent buried in the local

CSME, Chaguaramas and the

next stage in our history

N 1973 it was about going it
alone. More than 30 years later,
the subject is still the same, although
the focus has changed to whether the
Bahamas would be better off as part
of a larger grouping to meet the chal-
lenges of a world without borders.
Funny thing, globalisation. The
Bahamas decided to shrug off Great
Britain's embrace,, but is divided on
whether it should throw itself into the
arms of its fellow Caribbean nations.
The government, in particular Fred
Mitchell, minister of foreign affairs,
may have been convinced-on the geo-
political advantages to be gained from
the Caribbean Single Market and
Economy (CSME), but the business
community was not so sure about the
economic merits.
Ultimately, the opposition pre-
vailed, forcing Mr Mitchell to back
down and declare that. the Bahamas
could sign on to the revised Treaty
of Chaguaramas "in the present cir-
cumstances", although he left the
door open for the Government to
revisit the issue after the next gener-
al election, which has to be called by
The CSME and issues it raises have
not gone away, and in the absence of
a true cost-benefit analysis, it will be
difficult for the Bahamas to reach a
final decision with any certainty. For-
mer Bahamas Chamber of Commerce
president Winston Rolle was spot on
when he said this nation had effec-
tively wasted two years by doing noth-.
ing to prepare following the Trade
Commission's 2003 report (never pub-
licly released by the Government),
which recommended deferring a deci-
sion to join the CSME.
The government may now be rely-
ing on the Trade Commission to get it
off the hook, so to speak, having
charged it with the task of reviewing
the CSME. But concerns remain
about whether the Bahamas is really
serious about the whole subject of
free trade negotiations.
Tribune business columnist Larry
Gibson pointed out that while the
ade Commission was staffed by
l competent private and public
Itives, all had full-time
jobs in wiich they were immersed,
duty with the Commission being only
a part-time occupation.

he CSME debate to some
extent highlighted how ill-
informed:'.the Bahamas is on free
trade matters. The opponents were a
mixed bag: a few, admittedly, had
political and opportunistic motiva-
tions; a minority, unfortunately, relied
on xenophobia; but most objected on
the grounds that the implications of
joining the regional grouping had not
been properly thought through, espe-
cially on the economic side, and the
Bahamian people were totally unpre-
pared for this.
Mr Mitchell and A Leonard
Archer, the Bahamas' Ambassador
to CARICOM, were the Govern-
ment's chief advocates of signing on

What does the future hold for

the Bahamas' relationship with

our Caribbean neighbours?

* FRED Mitchell

to the CSME, arguing that this coun-
try would have more clout on the
world stage as part of a larger group-
ing. They added that being part of
the CSME would help smooth the
Bahamas' entrance into the World
Trade Organisation (WTO), ensur-
ing it received the same benefits and
concessions as other Caribbean
nations, and that it would not be treat-
ed as a high per capita income coun-
But Mr Mitchell and his ministry
were chiefly long on the geopolitical
benefits and short on the economic.
They said that in signing the revised
Treaty, the four reservations the
Bahamas was seeking on the free
movement of people, the Common
External Tariff (CET), Caribbean
Court of Justice (CCJ) on the appel-
late side, and monetary union would
ensure this nation would enjoy the
political benefits, while being exempt
from the economic aspects.
. Not so fast, said the critics. And
the government did not help its cause
by the muddled and confused infor-
mation it' put out into the public
domain, which led many to believe it
was being economical with the truth
on the CSME and had something to
hide. Case in point: Mr Mitchell
acknowledging that the reservation
on the CCJ would only apply on the
appellate side, and it would have juris-
diction over the Bahamas on treaty-
related matters, just two days after
attorney Brian Moree publicly point-
ed this out.

o there are no economic ben-
efits to be gained from join-
ing the CSME. Or are there? All the
debate on the Right of Establishment
centred on the fact that self-employed
CARICOM nationals would be able
to come to the Bahamas and establish
businesses here, receiving the same
treatment as Bahamian entrepre-
neurs, with no discrimination and
access to capital, land and property on
the same terms. Yes, it might not be
f )od for Bahamian businesses, espe-
cially those protected in sectors
reserved for Bahamians, but what
about the long-suffering consumer?
Yes, those poor, downtrodden cus-

tomers who have frequently had to
put up with high prices and lousy ser-
vice from far too many employees
and staff. At the very least, the arrival
of CARICOM competition might
force some to sharpen up their act,
shed the fat and inefficient practices,
and pay some attention to those they
serve. Yes, there may be some advan-
tages from the CSME after all.
Mr Mitchell may have lost the argu-
ment, but he may have had a point
when he said the reservation of some
industries' for Bahamian ownership
only, such as retail and wholesale,
had effectively allowed them to be
dominated by oligopolies with little
incentive to change their long-estab-
lished business practices.
These companies had relatively lit-
tle to fear from new entrants, who
'were often stymied by problems of
access to capital at decent interest
rates (yes, the commercial banking
sector is an oligopoly, too, just read
the Central Bank report), red tape
and a lack of technical support and
CSME, and the promise of access
to overseas capital and the cross-


border flow of factors of production,
might just break this cycle.

Having played devil's advo-
cate by advancing some
pro-CSME arguments, the concerns
have to be recognised. And legitimate
they are, because it is hard to see a
compelling economic reason for the
Bahamas to join the CSME, espe-
cially when doing so would be the



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There is little doubt that 'its
future, both. economically and
politically, lies chiefly with its
large neighbour to the north,
but that does not mean it
should avoid seeking out other
friends and trading partners,
such as the Caribbean and Chi-
na, provided that it manages
such relationships with care.
There is no escaping the geopo-
litical reality, which means that
while the Bahamas should feel
free to disagree with the United
States, it must tread warily and
j take care not to antagonise
Washington too much.
With its accession to mem-
bership in the WTO still pend-
ing, the Bahamas must seek out
bilateral trade agreements in
E LEONARD Archer the meantime with those coun-
tries with whom it trades. The
benefits it derives need to out-
firit step towards political union weigh the costs, but such agree-
and a loss of sovereignty. Even ments will ensure this country
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs does not become isolated as
acknowledged that the some fear. Besides, the
Bahamas would have to "har- Bahamas will still be able to
monise" some of its trade and work within the CSME group-
commercial laws. ing, but have the freedom to
Whichever way you cut it, move away from this alignment
joining the CSME would erode, when it is in its interests a to do
at least partially, the sovereign- so.
ty that the Bahamian people
celebrated on July 10, 1973. Par-
liament would no longer be A bove :all, 'the
totally in charge of the people's Bahamas must, get
affairs, with power having been real and establish a ful-time
transferred to unelected secretariat todealwith'a. trade
bureaucrats, unaccountable to matters,e not just tIhe SME.
-the iBahamian people at a gen-, 'The eta wof partti: m ia-
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the price. consultants from overseas* on
Look at what has happened long-term contracts to look
in Europe, with both the French after its interests.
and Dutch rejecting the Euro- Then there is the final, ele-
pean Union (EU) constitution. ment that has been. soely
Their choices have effectively missed in all policyareas. What
ensured plans to create a Euro- is the government's vision for
pean superstate to rival the the Bahamas? Where os it
United States will not take want to take the country, ow
effect in their present form. It is will it get there and h0w "l it
difficult to see the Bahamian impact the lives ofo ry,
people doing otherwise, and for working Bahami aO
the moment they have forced A clear statement, f egy
the CSME to become a provi- has never been arficulatdi ce
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office. Withoutit, ha for
a sometimes r6 ky. ride~ ore
he government did the than 30 years ,ter in f4en-
right thing in backing dence. It will certi er-
away from the CSME, but what esting, though.,"\kf
should the Bahamas do now?

Tsunami focus

Nassau nvl

LAST December's
killer tsunami gave
extra topicality to the
latest novel of Nassau
writer James Frew.
His book, Volcano
Santorini, tells of the
destruction of an entire
civilisation by a single
eruption of world-
shattering force.
Volcano Santorini,
in the Aegean Sea,
wiped out the entire
Minoan civilisation
and Mr Frew's book
tells a modern story
against the backdrop
of the tragedy.

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Independence Day message from

Prime Minister Perry Christie

S extend congratulations
|and best wishes to my fel-
low citizens throughout
the Bahamas on this our national
The 32nd anniversary of our inde-
pendence might appear to those of a
younger generation as just another
event in our national life. But for
those of us who were witnesses to
this momentous occasion the birth
of a nation the enthusiasm, pride
and reverence for this day will for-
ever remain fresh in our minds.
If is important, therefore, that we
seek to pass on these same senti-
ments to the many who view July 10
1973 as merely a historical date, so
that the sense of patriotism and
national pride will forever burn bright
in the hearts and minds of all
I believe that it is important in
every nation's life that it attaches sig-
nificance to the founding of the
nation. This is because nationhood

Out with

the old

and in

with the


embodies, among other attributes,
the culture, the ethnicity, the values,
the history and the collective strength
of a people.
This is what makes every nation
unique. Some nations were forged
out of war, revolution and bloodshed.
Thankfully our nation, the Com-
monwealth of the Bahamas, emerged
out of a peaceful transition from colo-
nial rule to an independent state.
But yet in this. transition, we too
have heroes whose contribution to
the Bahamas is the stuff of history.
They are too numerous to be recited
at this time, but I would encourage
Bahamians of all walks of life and
from every strata of society to recall
with much gratitude the lives, sacri-
fices and contribution of our own
heroes which has now made Inde-
pendence Day possible.
Independence Day has always
been a time of great festivity through-
out our country. I would therefore
encourage all citizens and visitors

alike to join with one another and
make this July 10 a special one.
We can do so through games, fes-
tivals, cultural events, religious obser-
vances and many other forms of cel-
ebrations, all aimed at commemo-
rating, with thanksgiving, this day.
As we celebrate with much pride
and honour and as we remember the
32nd anniversary of the indepen-
dence of the Bahamas, may God con-
tinue to bless one and all and guide us
as we continue to chart our journey,
in the words of the National Anthem
"...amidst the treacherous shoals" of
All would agree that we as a peo-
ple have done a remarkable job over
the last 32 years and with God's guid-
ance, we will continue to achieve
even greater things in the years to
Happy Birthday Bahamas!"
Perry G Christie
Prime Minister

* THE lowering of the
Union Flag and the raising of
the new Bahamian flag
marked the end of an era in
the Bahamas as 300 years of
colonial rule were formally
concluded in a touching
ceremony at Clifford Park. A
young Prince Charles was on
hand to preside over the
proceedings, which were
witnessed by a jubilant
crowd. July 10 1973, was
the day the Bahamas moved
from colonial status to

I S -I T

We have reason to lift our heads high, Bahama Land.
In just 32 years of independence, we have indeed
done ourselves proud. We set out to achieve goals and
we have done more. We have produced world-class athletes,
intrigued the world with our hypnotic musical rhythms and
built a strong and striving society filled with future leaders
who will continue to steer us on a path to greatness.

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JOHN COX prepares for the opening of -the 3 Views art exhibition
featuring himself and artists John McCormack and Toby Dutkiewicz.

National gallery places new

emphasis on creativity

JULY 10 marks the
32nd Anniversary of
Independence for the.
Bahamas, and the sec-
ond anniversary of the
National Art Gallery, an
important national institution
that has already done much
to help advance artistic devel-
opment in the country.
When the National Art
Gallery of the Bahamas
opened two years ago it was a
milestone for the country and
a long-awaited moment for
Bahamian artists and art
enthusiasts. Never before was
there an institution dedicated
solely to the visual arts and its
development. And never
before was there a space to
show, document and celebrate
the country's national artistic
treasures and their creators.
The NAGB is helping to"
show how import art is in the
development of any country,
in a society that appears to
place little value in the arts
and culture.
And while things won't
change overnight, the recent
active art calendar indicates
that the art scene is expanding,
in more ways than one.
Along with a healthy string
of exhibitions and perfor-
mances by local artists of dif-
ferent styles and traditions,
there have been a number of
significant developments over
the past year which appear to
signal a revival in the arts, par-
ticularly the visual arts.
In what is being seen as an
important shift in the percep-
tion of art by the community,
some artists are now looking
beyond just selling their work
and toward the bigger picture,
where art is a way of life and
not something reserved for the
privileged few.
Sacred Space, the Clifton
Cay environmental project
featuring the sculpture of
Antonius Roberts and Tyrone
Ferguson, serves as one exam-
ple of how art is changing in
the Bahamas.
As part of the New Provi-
dence Community Centre's
environmental justice pro-
gramme, Roberts and Fergu-

son used the power of art to
help transform what was once
a dumpsite into something
The project, is among those
representing a maturing art
scene in the Bahamas, where
the exhibitions featuring pret-
ty, romantic pictures in sterile
galleries are slowly fading.
Another example can be

seen in the work of a small
but growing number of
abstract and conceptual artists
who are more concerned
about provoking a reaction
and effecting social change,
than about selling a painting.
They are hoping that sup-

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THE Bahamas National Youth Choir performs at the People's
Theatre during the Seventh Chinese International Chorus Festival
held in Wuxi, China. (Photo: National Youth Choir)

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CLIVE STUART puts the finishing touches on a painting for his solo exhibition, "Collage".
(Photo: Felipg Major/Tribune Staff)

Funding the key to artistic development
>ort does not come only by allow a local artist to live and way Bahamians think about The simultaneous exhibi-
way of purchases, but by a work for one year away from and value art is sorely needed, tioils by the National Art
lew way of funding the arts the worries of day-to-day life. However, perception and Gallery of the Bahamas,
a the Bahamas funding that Fundraising for the arts is value of Bahamian arts and Popopstudios Gallery, Post
epresents more long-term always a challenge, seen in the culture is also slowly chang- Hose Gallery, New Provi-
upport and allows artists to difficulty of finding funds to ing and for the better as dence Art and Antiques, Stin-
te artists. inject into the Dundas Centre more and more art events are grae Studio and TYF Studio
While a local exhibition's for the Performing Arts, artist made accessible to a wider was another important move
uccess is still measured by the in residence programmes, last audience. in the effort to involve the
lumber of sales, the idea of year's International Profes- Transforming Spaces, a sig- community, and by extension
unding the arts is beginning sional Artists Symposium and nificant art event that took change the perception of
o change. Exchange, and many other place earlier this year aimed at Bahamian art, locally and
The National Art Gallery performing and fine arts pro- reaching more people, opened abroad.
)f the Bahamas hopes to jects. The Endowment for the the eyes of the wider public More and more Bahamian
aunch its Brent Malone Arts and a number of private to private and commercial artists are working abroad
krtist-in-Residence fund in and corporate sponsors give gallery spaces that relatively
he near future;, which will generously, but a shift in the .few knew about. SalE next nage

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BLUE CURRY stands in front of one of his
pieces, "David quiere ver las flores", at the open-
ing of his exhibition, which was held at the Central
Bank Art Gallery, Market Street.
Photo: Felipd Major


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* ERICA JAMES is chief curator at the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas. She is pictured in front of three paintings by Bahamian artist
John Beadle, featured in the gallery's National Collection. Photo: Felip Major/Tribune Staff

FROM previous page
many more than people
realise, and many are making
their mark.
Lillian Blades, based in
Atlanta, has secured gallery
representation and has just
finished working on a "monu-
mental" piece for the Fulton
County Library. She will be
in Nassau next month to talk
about her work at the gallery.
Also working abroad is
Tavares Strachan, who is
about to enter his second year
of graduate school at Yale
University; and Jason Bennett
who makes paintings in Seat-
tle and sends them home for
regular exhibitions at Popop-
In the spring, artists Anto-
nius Roberts and John Cox
got the chance to spend one
month in Italy, learning the
challenges and joys of working
in marble. The month-long
experience was part of the
International Professional
Artists Symposium and
Exchange Programme organ-
ised by Canadian, Eleanor
Whitely, a trained artist who
has been living in the
Bahamas for about seven
years and wanted to do some-
thing for an art community
that she can so closely identi-
fy with.
Also in February the works

Gallery adds


dimension to

local scene

of 14 Bahamian artists were
exhibited at the National
Black Fine Art Show in SoHo,
New York.
The local art community -
creators and observers is
obviously growing, if the
response to the NAGB's pub-
lic programing is anything to
go by.
The gallery offers the com-
munity a number of ways to
interact with artists from the
Bahamas and the region.
Its Artist and Critic series
has provided presentations by
two well-known and well-
respected Trinidadian artists
who have been able to share
their work with a Bahamian

audience and interact with
artists during in-studio visits.
Ventures like these help open
up a whole new world and one
that Bahamians can identify
with and appreciate.
Along with the gallery's
Artist's Talks, Medium Spe-
cialist Series and Education
programmes, perhaps its most
popular has been this sum-
mer's Wide Angle series
which features the types of
issue-based films you won't
find at the local cinema here.
Through a collaboration
with the School of English

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* THIS untitled
piece by Rev
Mervin Thompson
was one of the
itinerant works
featured in the
Past, Present and
Personal: The
Dawn Davies
exhibition at the
National Art
Gallery of the







FROM previous page

Studies at the College of the
Bahamas, the NAGB is also
exposing the community of
another art medium that is
also beginning to take off
,Dr Ian Strachan's Track
Road Theatre is branching out
into film, and expects to
release a documentary on ring
iplay later this year. Strachan's
thought-provoking Diary of
.Souls, a play about the plight
of Haitians in the Bahamas,
drew large crowds in its sec-.
ond staging, a positive indica-
tor based on the response to
the first staging a few years
When The Tribune

launched The Arts last fall, the
question of whether there was
enough happening locally to
sustain the section came up
often. But after almost nine
months, the issue has never
really raised its head some-
times it's difficult to decide
what to lead on, given the
number of things happening
at any given week.
To celebrate its second
anniversary, the National Art
Gallery of the Bahamas is
offering free admission to the
general public until July 9, a
fitting celebration of the insti-
tution, the people of the
Bahamas and the artistic pos-

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Book brought back memories

for many older Bahamians

wartime Nassau
came flooding
back for many
older Bahamians
this year with the publication of
The Unforgiving Minute by David
Sanctuary Howard, a book recall-
ing the temporary transplantation
of an English prep school to the
Bahamas away from the dangers
of conflict.
Belmont School's natural home
was in a valley deep in the Sussex
countryside, though it later moved
to a new base in Cheshire. How-
ever, for a time some of its pupils
were installed in Clerihew House,
on Nassau's waterfront, far from
the perils of Hitler's bombs.
The arrangement came about
thanks to ex-prospector Sir Harry
Oakes, who offered the property
rent-free for the duration, so long
as the school could persuade fam-
ilies to allow their children to
make the ocean crossing.
Mr Howard's vivid recollections
of the adventure make for fasci-
nating reading, for the youngsters
involved seemed oblivious of the
danger as they boarded the RMS
Orduna 'in Liverpool for the voy-

age southwards to the sun. There
was a buzz of excitement aboard
as the ship moved down the
Mersey into the open sea. As the
English coast faded into the dark-
ness, the children did not realise
that they. would not see it again
for three and a half years.
The holiday atmosphere per-
sisted as the ship joined 50 others
in convoy and headed towards Ice-
land on the first stage of its long
journey to Nassau. On arrival in
the Bahamas, the children were
given a warm welcome, joining a
reception party on Paradise Beach
and later being entertained at
Cable Beach as guests of Arthur
Vernay, a golfing partner of the
Duke of Windsor. It was to be the
start of a fantastic adventure for all
of them, an existence far removed
from the grim privation of life
back home.
For Mr Howard himself, then a
wide-eyed schoolboy with an
inquisitive streak, Nassau was a
colourful contrast to grey old
Britain. And the school itself
boasted some interesting students,
including Tommy Sopwith, son of
the aircraft designer, and Jimmy
solsmit l1'ater'to ecOffme a coIn-

troversial right-wing multi-mil-
lionaire in post-war London. Some
of the. Oakes children were also
enrolled, along with Bahamian
businessman and politician Nor-
man Solomon, whose uncle Sir
Kenneth Solomon was a noted
Speaker of the Bahamas House of
Assembly. The Duke visited the
school in its early days in Nassau
and later gave Christmas parties
every year at Government
House. During their first Christ-
mas in Nassau, a carefully script-
ed film was made of the children
and sent back to their parents in
Britain to show them what a fine
time they were having.
Accomplished singers among
the students were co-opted into
the Cathedral choir and every
week a "crocodile" of Belmont
boys in boaters could be seen
wending its way through the
streets of Nassau to choir prac-
Belmont's Bahamas sojourn
ended in 1944, but the friend-
ships laid down during those
three momentous years were to
last forever. Mr Howard's book
is a lasting record-of a memo-~
rable time.


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Prince Charles

here in 1973

* PRINCE CHARLES and the last British Governor of the
Bahamas, Sir John Paul, decked out in formal finery during the
five-day Independence Celebrations in 1973.




A golden

year for

THE golden run by quar-
ter-miler Tonique Williams-
Darling propelled the
Bahamas into another
realm of glory at the
Olympic Games that
sparked last
year's biggest
sporting cele-
ling's capture of
the women's 400 metres in Athens,
Greece in August was the first
individual gold medal achieved
by the Bahamas in the games.
The Olympics, returning to
its original birthplace, turned
out to be another good one
for the Bahamas as Debbie
Ferguson came up with a
bronze in the women's 200.
Although there was a
projection of at least five
medals, the gold and
bronze were more than
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track fanatic.
The Bahamas was hit by Hurri-
cane Frances in September and
Jeanne in October, prolonging the
much anticipated return of the
When they eventually came
home to a fanfare at Nassau's
International Airport, they were
hosted at Government House and
in the House of Assembly.
And there was a poignant
moment for the Olympians when
they were invited by the Ministry
of Youth, Sports and Culture to
tour the hurricane-ravaged islands,
bringing some relief to the stricken
There were more celebrations
for the Bahamas after the
Olympics, as tennis ace Mark
Knowles teamed up with Canadian
Daniel Nestor to win their second
Grand Slam title at the US Open,
in Flushing Meadows, New York.
Then Williams-Darling went
back on the circuit and concluded
her fantastic year by Winning all
six Grand Prix events to share the
$1 million jackpot with Sweden's
triple jumper Christian Olson.
As the focus switched to the new
year, the $30 million donation by
the Chinese Government for the
construction of the new Olympic-
style track and field stadium made
the news.
Prime Minister Perry Christie
and Minister of Youth, Sports and
Culture, Neville Wisdom, 'along
with the Chinese Ambassador,
showed off what is expected to be
the most spectacular stadium in
the Caribbean.
The stadium, when completed,
would transform the Queen Eliz-
abeth Sports Centre and there are
plans to reconstruct new venues :
for baseball and softball, in addi-
tion to a multipurpose indoor are- .
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pendence celebrations, the Min-
istry of Youth, Sports and Culture
has had to spend more than $1.3
million on the repairs of the
Thomas A. Robinson Track and
Field Stadium, which will be the
site of the Colinalmperial Senior
Central American and Caribbean
The championships will play host
to more than 35 countries and 500
athletes in the biannual event,
which will highlight the Indepen-
dence celebrations.
The championships will come
under a change in leadership for
the BAAA after Desmond Ban-
nister resigned as president in May
for personal reasons, turning over
the reigns to his first vice presi-
dent, Mike Sands.
In rugby, the Bahamas national
team clinched qualification from
the northern Caribbean Rugby
World Cup tournament.
The Bahamas beat long-time
nemeses the Cayman Islands and
Bermuda before losing the final to
Jamaica, but ended up with a world
ranking of 88 and a 35:87 rating.
In doing so, the Bahamas earned
the right to play against the winner
of the southern region. From that
tournament in August, the winner
will get to play either the United
States or Canada on the road to
the 2007 World Cup series in
Meantime, First Class Promo-
tions got into the spotlight by host-
ing two successful professional box-
ing title shows in the space of four
The first came in February when
Jerome "Bahamian Bronze
Bomber" Ellis fractured undefeat-
ed Wilson "Kid Wonder"
Theophile's jaw to win the vacant
Bahamas Junior Middleweight
The title was last held by Elisha
Obed, the former world boxing
.champion, who was honoured dur-
ing the show at the Wyndham Nas-
sau Resort & Crystal Palace Casino
where he also received a replica of
his WBC title.
Then in May, in a highly publi-
cised. showdown in the same venue,
Jermaine "Choo-Choo" Mackey
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"Marvellous" Marvin Smith as the
Bahamas super middleweight
In the amateur ranks, the Ama-
teur Boxing Federation of the
Bahamas took a 10-member team

to the Caribbean Amateur Boxing
Association's Championships and
everyone returned with a medal.
Taureano "Reno" Johnson
emerged as the most outstanding
boxer of the championships for the

third consecutive year as he won
the gold in the welterweight divi-
The Bahamas also collected a
total of six gold, two silver and two
bronze medals.

It was a performance that head
coach Andre Seymour said they
didn't expect, but one they will def-
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Remembering a young nation.

Images taken from the

anniversary celebrations

of the Bahamas in 1978

and 1983

* PRIME Minister Sir Lynden Pindling chatting with guests at an
Independence Day reception at Government House on July 111983,
which was the culmination of a weekend of special celebrations.


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shots from the fifth and
tenth anniversaries, in 1978
and 1983, when the
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DURING a year when daily newspa-
pers worldwide continued to suffer at the
hands of the electronic media, The Tri-
bune maintained its relentless climb as
the Bahamas' dominant news outlet.
A third of the world's traditional broad-
sheets including the once-staid Times
of London have now adopted the "corn-
pact" format in a desperate attempt to
revive their fortunes.
But circulation figures for most dailies
in the US and UK even those which
are not in direct competition with other
newspapers are generally discouraging.
Massive promotional budgets have
failed to stop the decline, which experts.
say is driven primarily by competition
from the Internet and television.
The Tribune, however, continues to
record healthy sales growth a trend that
has been underway, since the newspaper
became a morning publication in the sum-
mer of 1998.
In the last seven years, circulation has
grown by nearly 70 per cent, with new
sales outlets opening all the time and
household subscriptions mounting by the
"We are still gradually improving the
product," said managing editor John Mar-
quis, "but we are encouraged by the fact.
that more and more people are turning to
The Tribune as their newspaper of choice.
"I was heartened when one lady reader
described The Tribune as one of her three
favourite newspapers the others being
the New York Times and the Daily
Express of London.
"Considering the NYT has 1,000 pro-
fessional journalists, and the Express
around 400 at the last count, I regard that
as a real tribute because The Tribune has
a very small, young staff who are mainly
"In relative terms, therefore, I reckon
we stand out as the best of the three, but

* TRIBUNE managing editor
John Marquis
we are still in the business of ironing out
our imperfections and making the paper
even better."
By contrast, The Tribune's old rival,
The Nassau Guardian, continues to strug-
gle, its new owners having failed to turn
round its fortunes.
Last fall, the Guardian recorded a 12
per cent year-on-year circulation decline.
In seven years, it has lost nearly half its
While The Tribune has climbed
relentlessly, the Guardian has slid
alarmingly since the turn of the centu-
ry, with sweeping management
changes at every level and a succes-
sion of design changes in attempts to
stop the rot.
Meanwhile, The Bahama Journal-
the smallest of the three dailies -
has secured a niche for itself, fre-
quently being bought as a "second
paper" to The Tribune. And The
Punch, the twice-weekly tabloid, contin-
ues to hold its own as a purveyor of gossip
and scandal.


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