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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
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Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau Bahamas
Publication Date: September 9, 2005
Copyright Date: 2005
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* By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
AN AMERICAN in his late
20s, thought to be the father of
quadruplets, is feared dead after
his twin-engined plane crashed
in waters off Norman's Cay in
the Exumas yesterday evening.
Steven Fenner was reported-
ly returning to Norman's Cay
from New Providence in his
twin-engined Baron around
1pm when he crashed some 400
feet from the island.
Other reports claim that Fen-
ner had just taken off from Nor-
man's Cay, where he looked
after properties owned by his
mother, and was heading to
Staniel Cay to see friends.
Rescue workers estimated
that the plane went down in 12
feet of water. However,
unfavourable weather condi-
tions hindered attempts to find.
the plane. At press time rescue
workers were still searching.
Eyewitness accounts con-
firmed that the plane was smok-
ing before it plummeted into
the water. One resident, Earl
Wright, said he tried to reach
the plane after witnessing the
horrific crash, but had to return
to shore because of the intensi-
ty of the fire on the aircraft.
"Right now we can't locate
the plane because the water is
too choppy. I got one of the pas-
senger seats from the plane and
it's all burned up so that doesn't
look very hopeful. All the flight
documents are burned up as
well," Mr Wright said while try-
ing to catch his breath on the
shoreline.
Mr Wright had been on the
scene looking for the aircraft
along with a host of other con-
cerned residents. By 6pm, two


helicopters and several boats
were still circling the area in
search of the crash site.
"Not even the wing of the
plane or anything can be found.
I found the burnt-up seat and
three wheels but that's it. It's
really shocking. The choppers
are flying over and a few boats
are out here and I don't know
what to say but we can't find
it," he said.
Don Rolle of the Staniel Cay
Yacht Club said the crash was
almost certainly caused by a
mechanical malfunction.
"The last time we saw him
was on Saturday when he came
over here. He was a very ener-
getic and nice fellow who had
quite a few friends on Staniel
Cay. He used to fly back and
forth to the States and was over-
in Florida just last week.
"From what we heard this
looks like it was caused by some
mechanical problem. If he
crashed close to shore the plane
would be in shallow water. But
if it was more than 400 feet
from the beach he probably
would be down almost 1,000
feet," he said.
Mr Rolle said Mr Fenner was
thought to be the father of
young quadruplets. He appar-
ently educated the children him-
self on the small island, where
he was caretaker of his mother's
properties.
However, at the time of yes-
terday's crash, the children were
off the island in Florida, where
their grandmother lives.
Mr Rolle said Mr Fenner was,
as far as he knew, a competent
pilot. He had flown as passenger
in his plane and considered him
experienced.
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managers at BTC
* By CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Staff Reporter
MANAGERS at the Bahamas Telecom-
munications Company yesterday stormed
the executive management office after they
claimed one of their colleagues was unfairly
suspended.
Tempers ran high after word that Mark
Gilbert, an employee for over 18 years, had
been, suspended indefinitely for allegedly
not co-operating with executives and a team
of consultants.
As news of the suspension hit, managers
stormed on to the third floor of the compa-
ny's headquarters on John F Kennedy Drive
SEE page 11


By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
A GRAND Bahama businessman was shot
dead in the parking lot of a Nassau hotel early
yesterday morning.
The man, believed to have been in his late thir-
ties, was killed during a chase across the car park
at the Nassau Palm Resort on West Bay Street.
It was the 32nd murder of the year.
Press liaison officer Inspector Walter Evans
told The Tribune that the man was being pur-
sued on foot by another man before he was killed.
"The other man fired several shots at the vic-
tim. One of the shots was fatal," he said. The
I man died at the scene.
At press time last night police had not released
SEE page 11


allegedly

punished

for wearing

'gay shoes'
*By PAUL G
TURNQUEST and
KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporters
CONCERNS over height-
ened homophobia in the
Bahamas have arisen after stu-
dents of a New Providence high
school were reportedly disci-
plined for wearing "gay shoes."
More than 50 girls from C V
Bethel Senior High, grades 10
through 12, were allegedly pun-
ished this week for wearing uni-
sex shoes to school.
One of the school's teachers,
who wished to remain anony-
mous, told The Tribune that the
girls were made to stand out in
the sun for several hours as pun-
ishment for wearing shoes
which looked too masculine.
"They had them standing up
in the sun and I think it's. unfair.
In the heat these girls were
forced to stand outside. The
shoes are not boys' shoes, they
SEE page 11

Residents
claim corpses
are being
burned in pit
RESIDENTS living near a
Haitian settlement off Joe Far-
rington Road claim that corpses
of humans and dogs are being
burned in a pit which gives off
foul odours day and night.
One woman said the fire,
which burns constantly, is a dis-
posal site for all kinds of waste,
including human and animal
remains. She said it was becom-
ing a major health hazard.
Police said yesterday they
could not confirm the reports,
but admitted that the fires were
a problem for people living
nearby.
They said pit fires associated
with Haitian settlements on
New Providence had been the
cause of several complaints in
recent years, especially in the
Sea Breeze and Joe Farrington
Road areas.
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Elderly woman dies


in traffic accident


* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT A 94-year-old
woman has died of injuries she
suffered in a car accident on
East Sunrise Highway.
Armilda Laing became
Grand Bahama's 14th traffic
fatality for the year on Wednes-
day after the car in which she
was a passenger collided with
another vehicle.
She is the second person in
as many days to die on the
streets of Grand Bahama. A 37-
year-old man was killed in a


crash on Monday while driving
on wet roads in East Grand
Bahama.
According to police reports,
Mrs Laing was a passenger in a
Chevy Cavalier driven by 69-
year-old Eudeen Hield of 23
Woodcock Loop, Yeoman
Woods.
The accident is said to have
happened just before 8pm at
the intersection of East Sunrise
Highway and Balao Road.
Travis Wilmott, 25, of 50
Epsom Road, was travelling
east on Sunrise in a Ford Focus.
Ms Hield was travelling north
on Balao and attempted to cross
Sunrise when the two vehicles
collided.
Mr Wilmott was not hurt. Ms
Hield and her passenger were
injured and taken to Rand
Memorial Hospital.
Hield was treated and later
discharged, but Ms Laing died
of her injuries around 9.40pm.
Police are investigating.
Police are also concerned
about the numerous accidents
at other busy intersections, par-
ticularly at West Mall Drive and
Pioneer's Way, and at the new
roundabout near Kelly's.
The intersection of West Mall
Drive and Pioneer's Way was
made a four-way stop after hur-
ricane damage in 2004. It has


since been reverted, giving
motorists travelling along Pio-
neer's Way the right of way.
However, police say many
persons are not obeying road
signs.
Traffic at the newly built
roundabout at West Settler's
Way and West Atlantic Drive
near Kelly's is also a concern
to police.
He said that motorists need
to be made aware that:
There is a stop sign at the
southern end of Yellow Pine
Street.
Traffic travelling east from
the College of the Bahamas has
the right of way over persons
who travel south on Yellow
Pine or West on Settler's Way
who may wish to travel north
on Yellow Pine.
Traffic in the circle has the
right of way.
Persons seeking to enter the
circle must ascertain that the
way is clear before proceeding.
Traffic entering the circle
must enter and remain in the
lane they wish to travel through-
out the circle and signal to indi-
cate their intentions when leav-
ing the circle.
Police will be monitoring
these areas to ensure that
motorists are using them prop-
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(Photo: Mario Duncanson/ Tribune Staff)

Fire officers launch awareness

campaign in Haitian community

E NATARIO McKENZIE
IN an effort to raise awareness about fire
safety, 50 Fire Services officers participated
in a walkabout in several local Haitian set-
tlements yesterday.
The officers started at Hamster Road off
Faith Avenue, walking through bushes and
winding trails to distribute fire safety pam-
phlets written in Creole and install small
battery-operated smoke detectors in homes.
Leading the exercise, Constable 607 Adri-
an Edwards said that the walkabout was
merely the start of a long-term effort.
"Our intention this year is to reach the
Haitian community," he said. "This is the
first time that we have actually targeted the
Haitian community and we hope to contin-
ue," he said.
The officers also proceeded to a settle-
ment off Allen Drive where, they explained,
they had successfully prevented a blaze in
one Haitian home from consuming others in
the area. Sergeant 219 Audley Peters acted
as a liaison between the officers during the m
walkabout explaining the reason and impor-
tance of the exercise. M CONSTABLE Adrian Edwards puts up one
The group also plans to visit areas in Sea of the many fire alarms given out during the
Breeze and Joe Farrington Road. week


Search launched for two men

missing for three weeks


* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT Grand
Bahama police have launched
investigations into the disap-
pearance of two young men
reported missing last month.
Chief Supt Basil Rahming
said police are searching for
Deroun Edgecombe, 27, also
known as 'Sammy' of 10 East
Atlantic Drive, and DeAngelo
Cooper, 20, of 4 Trumpeter Dri-
ve in Grasmere, who disap-
peared on August 14 and 15,
respectively.
Neither man has been seen
or heard from since.
Ms Angela Cooper filed a
missing person's report with
police on August 18.
She said that her son, DeAn-
gelo, left home in a green mini-
van on August 15 and has not
been seen or heard from since.


Ms Melony Webb also
reported her nephew, Deroun,
missing to police on August 19.
She told police that her
nephew had lived with her for a
year and half. He left home on
August 14 and has not been
seen or heard from since.
According to a credible
source, police say Edgecombe
was last seen at Ms Cooper's
residence on August 15. He and
DeAngelo drove off in separate
vehicles and did not say where
they were going.
Detectives have questioned
a number of persons in connec-
tion with their disappearance
with no positive results.
Police are appealing to any-
one knowing the whereabouts
of the men, or have informa-
tion regarding their disappear-
ance, to call the crime hotline at
352-1919 in Grand Bahama, or
328-8477 in New Providence.


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Third doctor comes forward to



back claims on Haitian births


* By PAUL G TURNOUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
A THIRD doctor from the
Princess Margaret Hospital
(PMH) has expressed concern
over the high number of Haitian
births at the public facility.
The doctor, who wished to
remain anonymous, said the
governments claims about
immigrant birth statistics is "fal-
libly wrong".
"The government continues
to play as if they don't know
what is going on. We are talking
about the 2005 statistics. Every-
one is talking about it, even the
foreign doctors. If you don't
work in the area you can't real-


ly comment, but I work in it. So
I can tell you, this is way out of
control.
"We are bothered by it. You
go to Carmichael Road clinic
and check, almost 90 per cent of
the people registered there are
Haitians. The ministry isn't
bothered by it. I have nothing
against Haitians but this is the
Bahamas. Very soon we will be
Haitianised and we will have
nowhere to live. Bahamran-s will
be the minority in their own
country very soon," the source
warned.
Yesterday The Tribune
revealed in another interview
with a doctor that Family Island
clinics are also being over-


whelmed by Haitians.

Denial

Last week Minister of Health
Dr Marcus Bethel refuted
claims that an alarming num-
ber of babies are being born to
immigrants at PMH, stating that
Bahamians accounted for more
than 73 per cent of all births at
the facility in August.
However, the source at
PMH said that the government
is trying to deny the actual
number of immigrant births at
the hospital, and that some
persons register themselves as
"Bahamian" although they


cannot speak English.
"I'm not talking about what I
hear, I work in the hospital,"
the doctor stated.
"Of the 17 beds in the mater-
nity room, three beds may be
filled by Bahamians. Three
Haitians there were from Aba-,
co who were HIV positive. For
one of those mothers, this was
her third baby.
"The other two babies were
HIV positive. This last one we
had to send her blood off to labs
for the tests to be done. Now
we have to find medication to
treat these babies and the
woman doesn't want to get tied
off."
According to the doctor, all


of the medical expenses
incurred from these births has
to be absorbed by the govern-
ment, placing an unnecessary
strain on our public health sys-
tem.
"All you have to do is go to
the clinics and see for yourself.
Go look at the registration lists
at the schools and see how
many names that are listed are
Haitian.
"There is a lot of us doctors
who had a meeting to talk about
this, because if someone doesn't
talk about this and bring this to
light our country will be over-
run. They need to say, 'yes we
have a problem' and face it,"
the source said.


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Former Miss Commonwealth

denies charges of assault


LAWYER Rhonda Hull pleaded
not guilty in Marsh Harbour's mag-
istrate's court Thursday morning to
five counts brought against her in
connection with an alleged incident
at the Hope Town home of Mr and
Mrs James Sullivan on Sunday,
August 28.
The former Miss Commonwealth
1985, of the Marsh Harbour law firm,
L C Hull and Co, was granted $1,000
bail with sureties. Trial date was set
for October 3.
Ms Hull was charged with entering
the home of the Sullivans at about
5.15pm on Sunday, August 28, with-
out their permission, harming Mr Sul-
livan by burning the left side of his
face with a cigarette, assaulting his
wife, Rebecca, behaving in a disor-
derly manner and throwing missiles
to the annoyance of the Sullivans.
She was arraigned in Marsh Har-


* RHONDA Hull pictured in 1985

bour before magistrate Crawford
McKee.


* INSPECTOR Moxey talks to a group of young men at the bus stops and makes them
put their shirts back in their pants. The police now has a new unit just for the schools.
(Photo: Mario Duncanson/Tribune Staff)


Claims that police

were bribed to free

Haitian gardener


A HAITIAN gardener
picked up in Nassau during a
police swoop on illegal immi-
grants. was set free three days
later after his family paid $250
to the arresting officers, it was
claimed yesterday.
The Bahamian woman who
employed the gardener said he
was rounded up during the lat-
est illegal immigration clamp-
down.
"Three days later he showed
up for work. He said his family
had paid $250 to get him
released," she told The Tribune.
She added: "So this latest
'sweep', it seems, must have
been for the financial gain of
some police and immigration
officers. So who do you report
this to? The same ones that are
robbing these Haitians?"
Her claim ties in with other
allegations of corruption among
some police and immigration
officers pursuing illegal Haitian
immigrants.
In Abaco, campaigners
against expanding Haitian influ-
ence on the island have alleged
repeatedly that some police offi-
cers have received regular 'pro-
tection money' from settlers.
One islander told The Tri-
bune: "Haitians have paid out a
proportion of their wages every
week to officers who then leave
them alone."


Campaigners claim corrup-
tion is a significant factor in the
growth of the immigrant prob-
lem. They add this is com-
pounded by the increasing num-
ber of marriages between
Haitians and Bahamians.
A Marsh Harbour resident
said Haitian men and women
were deliberately setting out to
marry Bahamians to achieve
residential status.
"Haitian men are marrying
Bahamian women every day,"
she said, "Boys from The Mud
settlement are marrying Mur-
phy Town girls.
"I know a Bahamian man
whose daughter has moved into
The Mud with a Haitian. It is a
worrying thing because it means
more and more of these people
are establishing their rights here."
In Nassau, Bahamians living
near a Haitian settlement off
Joe Farrington Road complain
about smoke from a burning pit.
One said: "I find it humor-
ous that Bahamians think
Haitians are so stupid, yet they
have outsmarted us. They can
do whatever they damned well
please and no-one stops them."
Press liaison officer Inspec-
tor Walter Evans said he was
not aware of any reports about
police officers accepting bribes
from Haitians, but that he
would look into the matter.


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sidering a massive strike in
response. to what they say is
the company's failure to com-
ply with industrial agree-
ments.
According to a statement
from the Bahamas Manufac-
turers and Allied Workers
Union (BIMAWU), 90 per
cent of Morton Bahamas
Limited's workers are expect-
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of taking strike action against
the company.
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The union added that a
new industrial agreement was
presented to the managers of
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the negotiation process again.
The BIMAWU has been in
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PAGE 4, FRIDAYOSEPTEMBERE9, 005 THE EDITOR


PUBLISHED ON this page today is a let-
ter from lawyer Peter Maynard deploring
Cable Bahamas' so-called "exciting changes"
in its programming. We couldn't agree with
him more.
Cable Bahamas has certainly done a good
job of dumbing down its programming. Their
programmes are now so run-of-the-mill that
if one has Direct TV, Cable is no longer need-
ed. The channels it offers and many more
- can be found elsewhere.
Cable's programmes in French, German
and Spanish were the three channels that
made Cable's service unique. As a tourist
area, Bahamians in the industry have been
encouraged to become fluid in these lan-
guages. Cable's programmes offered them
that opportunity and for those interested,
these channels had far more educational
worth than most of the others. With them
Cable offered a broadening experience.
As news programmes are our main interest,
Cable Bahamas gave a broad sweep Cana-


In re-reading the Commission of Inquiry
report on the Hotel Corporation of The
Bahamas, 1997, we were reminded of the so-
called "hand-out policy".
We bring this up today because lately we
have started to hear more and more sip-sip
about some of those who want to know:
"What's in it for me?"
This is a recurring nightmare that made
the Pindling administration so unique. It is
suggested that Prime Minister Christie should
have a talk with'some of his people to remind
them of the Code of Ethics, and jog their
memories about their election hype that
promised a "new" PLP. What we are now
hearing reminds us very much of the bad
ways of the old PLP.
In his evidence before the inquiry into the
hotel corporation, George Suhr, who was
hi hly respected for his expertise in the hos-
pitally industry and was the Ministry of
Tourism's General Manager (Marketing),
explained the many difficulties that poten-


da, the US, Great Britain and continental
Europe. Continental Europe has now been
removed.
But their new programme offering, writes
Mr Maynard, "with the notable exception of
the Discovery Channel, aims at the lowest
common denominator" -- mostly insipid soap
operas. In fact Cable is not even needed for
the Discovery Channel because that channel
is also available on Direct TV.
In a letter to subscribers Cable boasts about
its "exciting changes", starting September 5.
"On that day," said their letter, "you will dis-
cover your basic cable channels have been
arranged in a new order to make it easier for
you to find exactly what you want!"
Well when we switched on that Monday
evening we didn't find exactly what we want-
ed. In fact we found nothing that we wanted.
Our channel had been deleted and replaced
by something so inane that it was an intellec-
tual insult. As far as we are concerned Cable
in our home is now'ready for the trash heap.


tial investors had in the Bahamas when they
encountered "the hand-out policy".
He described that policy as those who when
dealing with potential investors, ask such
questions as: "What are you going to do for
me if you want me to do this for you?" and
"every time you wanted something, there
was somebody with his hand out."
"The witness made it clear," wrote the
commissioners in their report, "that many
hotel organisations and individuals had com-.
plained to him about this practice that it
appeared to extend to many departments and
institutions, and that it had constituted a frus-
tration to him (Mr Suhr) and the cause of
losing many potential investors. Finally he
was asked: 'What was the allegation?' His
reply: 'The allegation was that they had to
bribe people."'
That is what we hear is still happening in
certain quarters today. Let this be a wake up
call for the guilty. They know exactly who
they are.


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Cable Bahamas dumbed down


are now restricted to British
(BBC), Canadian and Ameri-
can channels.
2) Bahamians are encouraged
to be multi-lingual. Now not
one basic channel (except per-
haps occasionally CBC Mon-
treal) carries any foreign lan-
guage programmes.
3) We have considerable His-
panic, French, German and oth-
er foreign language communi-
ties who can no longer expect to
find basic programmes in their
language.
I used to commend our cable
viewing to persons from abroad
because of its quality and broad
scope. But this new offering,


with the notable exception of
the Discovery Channel aims at
the lowest common denomina,
tor. Instead of taking the high
road, the basic package is what
a 21-year-old frankly explained
to me is "mainly music and
junk".
I hope you will reconsider
that approach. It does not seem
to reflect consumer demand,
nor an enlightened outlook, of
where we are and where we
ought to be. Those who cannot
afford the additional packages,
such as working class families
whose children study those lan-
guages, have fewer options and
the quality of Cable Bahamas
offerings on basic channels has
suffered.
PETER D MAYNARD
Nassau
September 5 2005


Problem of loud music


on the jitney system


EDITOR, The Tribune
THE music played on the
public transportation buses/jit-
neys is much too loud. And, as a
regular user of the system, I am
urging the Road Traffic Depart-
ment, the Public Transportation
Association and jitney franchise
owners to have this addressed
forthwith.
If music or the radio is to be
played on the jitneys, then it
should be as background so that
persons seated together can at
least converse without shouting.
Loud music is another rea-
son why the public transporta-
tion buses/jitneys does not get
the patronage that would make
that system a boon.to New
Providence's growing trans-
portation challenge.
Sure, passengers could request
drivers to turn the music down,
but that is a gamble. Some sim-
ply ignore you; some may turn it
down a bit; and others would
fire a volley of obscenities and
turn it up even louder.
It has got to the point that I
refuse to travel on loud music
(religious or secular) jitneys, if I
can help it. I remember when
the No 15 route used to be a
pleasure to ride: But like riding
routes 21, 21A, 16, 16A and oth-
ers, ear plugs have become
required equipment, virtually.
When school is opened, bus
drivers use loud, especially for-
eign, oftentimes obscene music


as a means of attracting students
to ride their buses. I shudder to
think what impact this act of
cultural terrorism may be hav-
ing on these impressionable
youqg minds, the future lead-
ers of the Bahamas.
According to the World
Health Organisation's Guide-
lines for Community Noise,
noise is aq increasing public
health problem. It is among the
most pervasive pollutants
impacting the Bahamas.
From boom. cars/boxes .to
road- traffic to;. construction
equipment to religious circus-
es, they all routinely litter the


public airwaves.
Research has clearly shown
that noise negatively affects
human health and well-being.
And noise generated by others
is akin to second-hand smoke.
Nobody has unlimited rights
to broadcast noise as they
please, as if the effects of hoise
were limited only to their'pri-
vate space. And this is especial-
ly so in confined spaces like the
jitneys. The paying public
deserves better.
GLADSTONE THURSTON
tNassata, '
September 4 2005


Thoughts on PetroCaribe


EDITOR, The Tribune
MUCH has been said
about gasoline prices and the
PetroCaribe "deal". Kindly
allow me to add a different
perspective.
The "deal" as communi-
cated by the minister will at
best save consumers a few
pennies on the gallon.
If the "deal" however,
results in the Venezuelan gov-
ernment, through PDVSA,
re-introducing refining activ-
ities at BORCO, the Bahami-
an economy in general and
Freeport's economy in par-
ticular, will be positively
impacted.


Such refining activities
should not be restricted to
uneconomic, atmospheric and
vacuum distillation processes
as occurred previously, but
ought to include down stream
processing activities (catalt-'
ic cracking, reforming, visc
breaking), yielding profitable,
high .end products, including
gasoline.
In addition to the billion
of dollars in construction
activities, 500 high end, per-
manent employment 6oppr-
tunities would result.
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Please publish this open letter
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Attention: Mr Tony Butler
President
Dear Sir,
I was appalled at the new
composition of the program-
ming on basic cable that comes
into effect on September 5th.
I say appalled for three rea-
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1) Cable Bahamas is how the
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Sister

Mary Rose

Hochanadel

dies aged 81

SISTER Mary Rose
Hochanadel, OP, who
was principal of St
Thomas More Primary
School, Madeira Street,
for nine years, died on
August 31 at the
Dominican Life Centre
in Adrian, Michigan.
She was 81 years old
and in the sixty-first
year of her religious
profession in the Adri-
an Dominican Congre-
gation.
Born Jean Rose
Hochanadel to Frank
and Rose (Brenot)
Hochandael in Toledo,
Ohio, she was graduat-
ed from Central
Catholic High School in
Toledo and received a
Bachelor of Science
degree in Mixed Sci-
.ence from Siena
Heights College (Uni-
versity) in Adrian and a
Master of Education
degree in Education
from the University of
Florida in Gainesville.

Education

Sister Mary Rose
spent 52 years in educa-
tion in Detroit, Michi-
gan, Pensacola, Miami
Shores, Miami Beach
and West Palm Beach,
Florida, Cleveland and
Toledo, Ohio, and Nas-
sau, Bahamas.
She was principal at
Presentation in Detroit
f6r'six years, St
Scholastica in Detroit
for .one year, Rosarian
Academy Elementary
.Sqhool in West Palm
Beach for nine years, St
Plus X in Toledo for
five, years and St
,Thomas More in Nas-
sau for nine years.
She was Admissions
Counselor from 1985 to
1988 at Barry Universi-
ty in Miami Shores.
From 1997 to 2002 she
volunteered her ser-
vices at Casa Maria in
West Palm Beach. She
became a resident of
the Dominican Life
Centre in Adrian in
2002.
Sister Mary Rose is.
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Teachers walk off the job at CW Sawyer primary


M By KARAN MINNIS
ALL classes at CW Sawyer primary
school were cancelled yesterday when
teachers walked off the job saying they
are concerned about student safety.
A concerned parent contacted The Tri-
bune yesterday, stating that he was noti-
fied around 10am that he would have to
pick up his children from the school.
"All I was told was that I was to pick
up my kids because all of the teachers at
CW Sawyer primary in Yellow Elder had
walked off the job," he said.
The parent said he inquired into the
matter but was not given an explanation.
According to Constance Saunders, the
vice principal of CW Sawyer, the walk
off was due to "safety concerns".
"The union advised them (the teachers)


to go home," she said. "Because the wall
of the campus on Harrold Road is not
completed and the teachers felt as though
it wasn't safe for the children to be here
with no barriers from the road among
other things."

Wall
According to Mrs Saunders, work on
the wall was to have been completed this
week but so far, no work on the wall has
been done.
"I don't know what will happen next,
but I do know that as of one o'clock, the
teachers left."
Mrs Saunders said an announcement
was made on the radio urging parents to
come and collect their children.


"Until they arrived the children were
kept in the auditorium. The ones that
were not picked up were dismissed at
three o'clock," she said.
On Wednesday, classes at Carlton
Francis primary were also cancelled due
to safety concerns.
It was reported that when parents and
children arrived at Carlton Francis, they
were told that classes were postponed
until next week Monday.
According to Jermaine Higgs, chair-
man of the Bahamas Democratic Move-
ment, parents were notified on Sunday
that Carlton Francis would not be open-
ing. However, no alternative arrange-
ments were organised until Monday night.
He said that during a Monday night
meeting between parents, Minister of
Education Alfred Sears, and the direc-


tor of Education, parents were told that
students would be sent to various loca-
tions for classes.
However, after inspecting those loca-
tions on Tuesday, teachers said they were
"unsanitary and unprepared" for class-
es.
Those locations included Carmichael
Road primary, Great Bethel Church and
the Southland Church of God.
CC- Sweeting junior high school
remains closed while repairs on the cam-
pus continue and AF Adderley opened
yesterday for the first time since the offi-
cial start of the school year on Monday.
Up to press time yesterday, no alter-
native location was announced for CW
Sawyer classes and no one at the Min-
istry of Education or at BUT was avail-
able for comment.


Back to school next week Monday for CC Sweeting


* By CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Staff Reporter
INDUSTRIAL consultants
for the government's contract
with the Bahamas Public Ser-
vice Union (BPSU) Keith
Archer and Frank Carter say
they would like to set the
record straight on the current
state of negotiations.
Yesterday, the BPSU reject-
ed a $1,300 lump sum offer for
employees from the govern-
ment, saying they had asked
for an overall increase of
$1,800.
According to Mr Archer, it
was BPSU president John Pin-
der who originally approached
the government and asked for
an upfront advance on the con-
tract before the formal negoti-
ations commenced.
"Mr Pinder's request, which
was not in keeping with proto-
col, was sent to the prime min-
ister, who promptly referred
the matter to the minister for
the Public Service (Fred
Mitchell)," said Mr Archer.
It was Mr Mitchell who
directed the advisory commit-
tee to meet with the union on
the matter, he said.
The committee of experts
was appointed several months
ago to aid government in expe-
ditiously concluding the con-
tract negotiations, and includ-
ed representatives of various
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tration over the state of disrepair at the school to
Minister of Education Alfred Sears.
After the first delay, school was scheduled to open
on Thursday.
However, due to the renovations still not having
been completed, new students will begin school on
Monday and returning students will be in class on
Tuesday of next week.
"We are more than happy that the minister is giv-
ing us the full support that is needed for the comfort
of teachers aid our kids," said Mr Rolle.


Former Miss Teen Bahamas: being

stripped of crown was no shock


* By KARAN MINNIS
FORMER teen queen Gari
McDonald says that being stripped
of her crown was not a shock.
Speaking to The Tribune yester-
day, Ms McDonald said that she
has been preparing for this moment
since March.
"I knew that it was only a matter
of time until it happened so I was-
n't shocked," she said.
On Thursday a press statement
released by the Miss Teen
Bahamas Committee stated that
Ms McDonald "no longer holds
the title as Miss Teen Bahamas."
"Gari McDonald will no longer
represent and is no longer autho-
rised to conduct any business on
behalf of the Miss Teen Bahamas
Committee," it said.
The committee announced that
14-year-old Kandra Knowles is the
new Miss Teen Bahamas
200412005.
Last week, Ms McDonald held a,
press conference where she made it
public that she was a lesbian and
claimed the committee asked her to


resign her crown because of her
sexual orientation.
The committee held a press con-
ference the following day to refute
Ms McDonald's claims and stated
that Ms McDonald was not being
stripped of her crown because she
was a lesbian, but rather because of
failure to attend planned functions
and for breaking pageant rules by
holding a press conference with-
out the committee's knowledge or
consent and without a committee
member present.


According to Mr Archer, the
meeting took place on August
19, at which time union mem-
bers asked for additional mon-
ey to be paid at the end of the
month.
He said this was an imprac-
tical request given the short
notice, but the negotiating
team recommended a lump
sum amount.

Agreement
He added that an agreement
was reached to the effect that
the lump sum would be paid
during the first year of the new
contract and the negotiating
team recommended the
amount of $1,300 ($600 in Sep-
tember and $700 in June,
2006).
Mr Archer claimed that the
union requested the sum be
increased to $1,400 which was
not accepted. The $1,300
agreement was communicated
in writing, he said.
He added, "It should be not-
ed that that it was the union
who wanted 'full' proposals for
an industrial agreement, which
is a departure from the past
negotiations where only
salaries and wages were dis-
cussed.
He said the government
looks forward to maintaining a
cordial working relationship
with the union through fair
negotiations.


STUDENTS of CC Sweeting will not return to the
classroom until next week Monday.
Parent Teacher Association (PTA) president
Dwight Rolle said the opening of the junior high
school has been further delayed in order to complete
necessary renovations.
School did not start as scheduled on Monday
of this week for the students of the junior school,
because of what parents said were unacceptable con-
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Life of the ruthless Sante Kimes




immortalised in movie again


* By JOHN MARQUIS
EVIL killer Sante Kimes,
who is suspected of drowning a
banker in her bathtub at her
Cable Beach home, is to be por-
trayed in a second movie about
her life as a murderess and con
artist.
The film, called Dead End
and due for release next year,
stars Judy Davis, who is said
to be "dazzling" in her role
as the sinister mother who
lures her weak-minded son


into her life of crime.
Mrs Kimes, 71, who is now in
a New York prison for life, hav-
ing been found guilty of two cal-
lous murders, lived in Nassau
for five years during the 1990s.
For her entire Bahamas
sojourn, she was seen by asso-
ciates as the overdressed, slight-
ly dotty wife of a slick-talking
but hen-pecked American
motelier.
In reality she was a ruthless
schemer who preyed on the old
and wealthy, and was prepared


to kill to separate them from
their money.
The oddball family includ-
ing the gangling, mother-domi-
nated son Kenneth, Sante's
partner in crime lived in a now
derelict house alongside Sul-
grave Manor.
During her time there, she
targeted several elderly resi-
dents of the luxury condomini-
um, thankfully without success.
Mrs Kimes' 'husband' (they
were never formally married)
died in 1994, and in the late


summer of 1996, she and her
son are thought to have mur-
dered Indian banker Sayed
Bilal Ahmed in their Cable
Beach home.
Ahmed, based in the Cayman
Islands, had arrived in Nassau
to investigate banking irregu-
larities. Mrs Kimes was sus-
pected of milking her late part-
ner's account to keep his money
away from his relatives.

Drowning

After a quiet meal together
at the Androsia Restaurant on
Cable Beach, Sante and Ken-
neth are thought to have lured
Ahmed to their home, laced his
drink with a date-rape drug and
then drowned him in the bath-
tub.
In fact, Kenneth gave this
account of Ahmed's demise
when he testified against his
mother in a murder trial last
year. He said he then took
Ahmed's body out to sea and
dumped it.
The strange lifestyle of Mrs
Kimes and her impressionable
son has gone down in the annals
of American crime as one of
the most extraordinary stories
of the age.
In Nassau, Mrs Kimes aped
her heroine Elizabeth Taylor -
wearing outrageous wigs and
garish dresses and even signed
pictures of herself 'Liz Taylor'
when fans mistook her for their
Hollywood idol.
Kenneth, then in the final
years of high school, attended St
Andrew's, where he arrived for
lessons in a red Corvette.
Apart from the fact that he
was obsessed with wealth, girl-
friends he dated found him rea-
sonably normal until his mother
came into view.
Then the tall, dome-headed
teenager would sink into a deep
*silence, powerless in the pres-
'ence of his mother's overpow-
iering personality.
Incredibly, few of the Kimes'


* SANTE Kimes


Nassau friends suspected any-
thing untoward about them,
even though Sante had by then
already served five years for
enslaving Mexican maids-in Cal-
ifornia.


* KENNETH Kimes


However, it was after they
left Nassau in 1996 that,the con-
and-kill team really got to work.
They scammed and bilked their
way across America, leaving a


trail of credit card fraud in their
wake.
Sante was said by her eider
son, Kent, to be incapabIl of
going into a restaurant without
walking off with someone else's
fur coat. And she specialise$t in
stealing the most expensive
looking luggage off airport
carousels.
In 1998, she and Kenneth not
only killed a family friend,
David Kazdin, when he stum-
bled upon one of their scams,
they also dispatched a New
York socialite, Irene Silvertian,
while trying to steal her $7 mil-
lion Manhattan mansion.
It is for these two crimes'that
Mrs Kimes and her son3are
serving life terms with' no
chance of parole.
Mrs Kimes has been por-
trayed in a movie before. Mary
Tyler Moore played her in the
TV production Like Mother,
Like Son. ,
Though convicted of onlytwo
killings, Mrs Kimes is thought to
have been responsible fdr at
least three more deaths, inblud-
ing that of Ahmed the banker.
In 1990, she is suspected of
killing her attorney. And her
'husband', also called Kennieth,
believed she was poisoning his
food before he wasted away and
died 11 years ago. o
The question critics are 'ask-
ing is whether the new movie
can possibly do justice to a
woman whose evil was so
extreme.
The family of victim avid
Kazdin think not. "No-ong can
get close to understanding'ust
how vile this woman is," 'sid a
relative. "She is beyond p-
tion, beyond portrayal." |
Judy Davis, who tackle ne
of the most testing roles o. her
career for this film, is a rated
actress whose co-stars have
included Kevin Spacey, star of
American Beauty. t
Among her most notable
movies are A Passagelto India,
My Brilliant Career and Hus-
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Christian council criticism 'regrettable'


.M By KARAN MINNIS
BISHOP Simeon Hall's criti-
cism of the Bahamas Christian
;Council (BCC) for its response
to hurricane Katrina has been
called "most unfortunate and
very regrettable."
ey On September 6 former
cpuncil president Bishop Hall
lashed out at the BCC's calls
for prayers for hurricane vic-
,tims.
.? "Let's do more than pray,".
.Bishop Hall said, adding that if
the BCC can do nothing more it
reflects very poorly on the
Bahamas as a Christian nation.
. BCC advisor Reverend CB
I'Moss yesterday responded: "It
is unfortunate that Bishop Hall
,did not contact the council pri-
or to his statement, for he
would have discovered that
immediately following the dis-
aster the Bahamas Christian
Council began formulating


plans to provide assistance to
the affected people."
"Bishop Hall is reported to
have said 'let's do more than
pray', a position with which the
council absolutely agrees."

Planning

Rev Moss said the council is
currently planning to co-sponsor
a religious musical extravagan-
za in October for the victims
and "a major nationwide
fundraising project" that will be
announced shortly.
In reference to Bishop Hall's
statement "the council seems
content to remain in a ceremo-
nial and perfunctory mode
rather than participate in old,
creative concrete outreach,"
Rev Moss said: "It is ironic that
Bishop Hall would make such a
statement as the council co-
sponsored a major and very suc-


cessful HIV/AIDS Workshop
in July this year and recently
launched a programme in con-
nection with the AIDS centre
to sponsor regional seminars
throughout the nation. The
third such seminar will be held
in two weeks."
Rev Moss said: "The
strangest aspect of Bishop Hall's
statement is when .he says 'the
fact that the majority of the
churches destroyed in the Gulf
States are in fact Baptist
Churches makes Dr William
Thompson's statements even
more interesting."
"Firstly no proof is presented
to substantiate the claim, and
secondly even if the majority of
destroyed churches were from
the Baptist denomination, the
president of the Bahamas Chris-
tian Council would be equally
concerned about ALL denomi-
nations, not only Baptist," said
Rev Moss.


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BAHAMAS' OLDEST MORTUARY
MARKET STREET
P.O. BOX GT-2097 TEL: 323-5782


MARIE
MATILA
MERTILE, 55


a resident of Fowler
Street and formerly of
Mofitrius La Tortue,
Haiti, will be held at
Bereau Evangelical
Baptist Church, #56 Poinciana Avenue, on
Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Officiating will be
Pastor Jean Paul Charles, assisted by
Evangelist Paul Derilus and Deacon
Dieujuste Rigueur. Interment follows in
Southern Cemetery, Cowpen and Spikenard
Roads.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband,
Nazaire Fenelus; mother, Loucine Louis; 4
grand sons and 3 grand daughters all of
Haiti; brother, Dieujuste Mertile of Nassau;
sister, Prince Estinfils; sister-in-law,
Lamercie Pascale; nieces, Linda, Mimose
and Chantale; friends, Louange, Jacson,
Mirtile, Jonas Mirtile, Josiane, Mercila,
Rosette and Mme Mathieu.

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




ANISKA
FERGUSON, 31

a resident of Young
Street, will be held at
E vangelI isticc
Pentecostal Church,
Pentecostal Drive, on Saturday at 11:00
a.m. Officiating will be Bishop Stanley M.
Seymour, assisted by Pastor Stanley W.
Seymour and Pastor Javis Pratt. Interment
follows in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier
Road.
Left to cherish her memory are her 4 sisters,
Laverne Rolle of Orlando, FI., Nyoka
Seymour, Melanie and Bernadette Ferguson;
4 brothers, Kevin Sands, Aaron, Franz and
Dwight Ferguson; uncle, Bobby Jones;
aunts, Betty Jones Poitier of San Salvador,
Deborah Jones, Dorothy Myrick of Miami;
nieces, Kayla Sands, Keva Sands of
Freeport, Grand Bahama, Anasika Delson,
Alethia Cunningham, Brea, Ladia, Petra
and Krtstal Ferguson; nephews, Jenton,
Jeremy, Dirici, Donovan, Delgano, Torinfo,
Dwight Jr., Deron and Kenvano Ferguson,
Dwight Rolle, Stanley.Asher and Cody
Seymour; grandnieces, Wilsonique Delson,
Ashique Davis and Althea Rolle;
grandnephew, Arthur Wilson; brothers-in-
law, Stanley Seymour and Kevin Ferguson;
sisters-in-law, Antoinette Ferguson and
Deborah Ferguson; other relatives and
friends including, Rachelle Lightbourn,
June Campbell, Olurin Pyfrom, Quentin
Ferguson, Mary Seymour, Kiesha Davis,
Melvina Moore and Sherry Stevenson, The
E.P.C. Family, the Security and General
Family, and New Victory Temple Church
Family.

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


* MAKING the draw for a Ford Explore Sports Trac XLS are
Alcourt McIntosh of EWE, Sarah Kirkby of Barefoot Market-
ing, Larry Albury of Freeport Jet Wash and Derek King of the
Grand Bahama Power Company.
(Photo: Denise Maycock)


Lucky winner


in Freeport car


competition


* BY DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT Electrical
Wholesale Enterprises (EWE)
and Freeport Jet Wash ended
their year-long promotion on
Grand Bahama on Wednesday
afternoon with the ticket draw-
ing for a brand new 2005 Ford
Explore Sports Trac XLS.
The drawing was held 1pm at
EWE on Queens Highway
under the supervision of Derek
King of the Grand Bahama
Power Company. EWE branch
manager Alcourt McIntosh and
Larry McIntosh of Freeport Jet
Wash were also present.
Dennis Colebrooke of Our
Lucaya was the lucky winner.
. The promotion began' last
September following hurricanes
Frances and Jeanne.
In light of the hardship
caused by the storms, Mr
McIntosh said .that EWE want-
ed to give something back to


their valued customers.
"This is a first for us and we
wanted to do something really
grand, so we decided to give
away a car. And so we got
together with Jet Wash to launch
a year-long campaign," Mr
McIntosh said.
Any customer that made a
$500 purchase at EWE qualified
for a ticket in the drawing.
"We have been in existence
since 1996 and we thought this
was an appropriate way to show
our appreciation to those cus-
tomers who have supported us
over the years," Mr McIntosh
said.
Larry Albury of Jet Wash said
the Ford Explorer Sports Trac
XLS is one of the popular vehi-
cles in the Freeport market.
The vehicle has' four full size
doors, a b'ed on the back with
lockable hard top. It has keyless
entry and other feature such as a
CD player, air conditioning and
power windows.


BERTRAM
CHARLES CAREY,
78


a resident of Ridgeland Park
east will be held on Saturday
September 10th 2005 at the
St. Cecilia's Parish Third and
4th St. Coconut Groove at
9:45 a.m. Interment will
follow in the Catholic
Cemetery officiating will be
Fr. Simeon Roberts. Services
have been entrusted to
Gateway Memorial Funeral Chapel Wulff Rd. and Primrose
Street.

He is survived by his wife, Geneva; four sons, Godfrey,
Patrick, Stephen and PC 1401 Bertram Carey; two daughters,
Christine and Sherry Carey; four daughters-in law, Miriam,
Jennifer, Julese and Gina Carey; two sisters, Leo and Joyce
Carey of New York; five brothers-in-law, Hubert Adderley
of Miami Fl., John Adderley of Freeport, Dr. Calvin Adderley
of New York, Patrick and Daniel Adderley; seven sisters-in-
law, Merlene Dean, Myrtle Scavella, Lillymae Sawyer, Pst.
Lilymae Knowles, Beverley Saunders and Patricia Adderley;
one nephew, Terry Carey; 15 grandchildren, Dwayne Ferguson,
Allistair, Angelo, Amaeleo, Anejo, Patrick Jr., Cavashna,
Christopher, Andrew, Stephan, Michael, Malik, Mia Carey,
Brittany Strachan and Sasha Humes; one great grand, Deja
Ferguson; numerous nieces and nephews and a host of relatives
and friends including Franz Humes, Brenville Strachan, Mr.
and Mrs. Edward George, Edris Bethel, Viola Rolle, Es Carey,
James Carey, Charles Carey, Sandra Mckenzie, Sherry Butler
and family, Stephen Parotti, James Knowles, St. Cecelia
Church family, the family of Ridgeland Park Montell Heights
family and the Good Samaritain Lodge.
Friends may pay their last respects at the funeral home on
Friday between the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and at
the church on Saturday until service time.


THE miracle water craze has gripped the attention of
some Bahamians.
During my 21 years on earth, I have heard of many reli-
gious escapades, from Jim and Tammy Faye Baker to more
recent televangelist forays, but the "miracle water" capti-
vated me for other reasons.
My first encounter with the "miracle water" shindig
occurred in the newsroom of The Tribune when we received
a press release from Bishop Ross Davis of Golden Gates
Assembly World Outreach Ministries touting the resurrec-
tion and subsequent recuperation of a man who had been
pronounced dead until he was sprinkled by Bishop "Singing
Prophet" Lawrence Rolle's blessed miracle water. Imme-
diately, I became sceptical.
In the ensuing weeks, we discovered that Bahamians had
been congregating in droves for the "God working through
the water" services of Bishop Rolle. And then came word of
the testimonials peddling the powers of the "miracle water"
as providing healing for paralysis, transforming noncha-
lant husbands, approving three-bedroom two-bathroom
homes and leading to the receipt of a bill of sale for a
$27,000 Mercedes Benz.
What is more perplexing is the notion that these people
were claiming that these events were consequences of their
$1 purchase of a 12-ounce bottle of Crystal Select drinking
water.
Following a press conference, the reporter pursuing the
"miracle water" story bought two bottles and displayed
them in the newsroom, challenging anybody to drink.
Although our news editor indulged, I scurried away
quicker than a bolt of lightning. The reporter, sprinkled
some of the 'blessed" water on her wallet, optimistic that it
would bring good fortune.
But, is it just me do I read a different type of Bible? At
no point are there accounts of Jesus selling miracles -
water or otherwise!
Shouldn't genuine miracles exist without price tags? If this
is not the case, it seems this "miracle water" phenomenon
may soon become available for retail in the water aisles of
local foodstores.
It is ironic that the "miracle water" accounts have gar-
nered no response from the persistently vocal Bahamas
Christian Council.
According to The Tribune, all council members and many
other prominent religious leaders have refused to com-
ment on the "miracle water", or the testimonials given.
Yet it claimed to accomplish a feat that hadn't occurred
in nearly 2,000 years raising a man from the dead. Only
later was it discovered that the dead man had never died,
nor was his body bound for the mortuary.
Internationally, some "church leaders" have exploited
Christianity for decades. Stories range from prayer cloths
that promise to bring about a desired result, holy oil, anoint-
ed dollar bills, miracle pictures of Jesus, rubber bands to help
stretch their faith, anointed water and miracle oils, among
others. All promised healings and financial blessings.
Following Biblical teachings, I guess the question today is:
What would Jesus do? I have read the story of Jesus enter-
ing the synagogue, angrily tossing over sales .stands and
whipping the people for making money opt of God's name.
'Could that be applicable'to certain ~religious leaders
today? From my perspective, religion seems to be the busi-
ness of choice in 2005,
ADRIAN GIBSON
ajbahama@hotmail.com


KEMP'S FUNERAL HOME LIMITED
Established 1950
P.O. Box N-1222, 22 Palmdale Avenue, Palmdale
Nassau, N.P., The Bahamas


MRS. BARBARA
ELOISE FOX, 82

who died at Marsh Harbour,
Abaco, The Bahamas on 7th
September, 2005 will be held
at the Chapel of Love,
Kemp's Funeral Home
Limited, Palmdale Avenue
and Bradley Street, Nassau,
on Saturday, 10th
September, 2005 at


Pastor David Cartwright will officiate and interment
will follow in Woodlawn Gardens Cemetery, Soldier
Road, Nassau.

She is survived by her husband, Charles H. Fox;
three sons, Anthony (Tony), Reginald and Doyle; one
sister, Sheila Alvarez; daughters-in-law, Bea Sands
and Sandra Sands; grandchildren, Lynn and Welton
Fox, Randy and Stephanie Sands, Wendy and Troy.
Sims, Becky and Robert Tedeschi, Rhonda and
Christopher Albury, Tara and Craig Armbrister Sr.,
Sean and Nadia Sands, Jonathan Chee-a-tow,
Cameron and Gina Knowles; great-grandchildren,
Michael, Christopher and lan Fox, Andrea and Alec
Sands, Craig, Jr., Tiara, Adam and Ayden Armbrister,
Kate and Emily Sims, Peter Tedeschi, Noah Albury,
Zachary and Connor Knowles; brothers-in-law, Wayde
Sands, Donald Sands, William (Billy) Sands, Robert
Sands; sisters-in-law, Faye Kemp, Enis Albury,
Marguerite Sands, Vadie Sands and Margaret Fox;
nephews Pastor David Cartwright of Marsh Harbour,
Abaco, K.C. Cartwright and Paul Cartwright and a
host of other relatives and friends.

Instead of flowers donations may be made to The
Salvation Army, P.O.Box N-205, Nassau, The
Bahamas, in Memory of MRS. BARBARA E. FOX.

Friends may pay their resects at Kemp's Funeral
Home Limited, 22 Palmdale Avenue, Nassau on
Friday, 9th September, 2005 from 5:00 p.m. to
6:00p.m.


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The Late Mrs. Mamie Enola Linda Astwood A.C.P.(London),B.Ed.,MBE


THE TRIBAL


Co m m e morat


ed by Students


rs. Astwood was a woman of valor, character, strength and
dgent ,-he was dedicated to God and His purpose for her in this life
on earth. Faithful, loving, caring, intelligent, elegant and a strong motivator,
are just a few of the components that were woven into the fabric of her glowing
personality. Mrs. Astwood not only desired the best for her students, she
exemplified what it meant to be the best. Her wisdom and knowledge was well
complemented by her humility and amicable persona. Mrs. Astwood always
maintained good relations with her students and taught beyond the boundaries
of the classroom. She taught us about life and what it meant to live
for God. She was like an orange diamond: rare, beautiful and
invaluable. I am happy to have known and been tutored by Mrs.
Astwood. I only hope that I will live up to all she has taught."
Reverend Father Mario Conliffe, B.A., Dip P.S., Dip.
Ed., Rector St Andrew's Anglican Parish, George Town Exuma, The Bahamas.
Former student of Mrs. Astwood in 1994 at D.W. Davis Secondary School.

remember so vividly, Mrs. Astwood a woman
of Lcelnt poise and sophistication. Whenever I think of
her, I remember her eloquent speech and how involved she
was with the debating club and other activities in the drama
department. It is because of her influence and guidance during
my years in secondary school that I have become the young
professional I am today."
Mrs. Kim W. Bodie, Executive Administrator, The Bahamas Institute
of Financial Services, The Bahamas. Former Student at Pyfrom Secondary School
(now C. I. Gibson Senior High School).

~~s. Astwood was a Bahamian teacher who took on her students
a he j r /She really cared. Her diction was always in tact and she insisted
that we spoke properly. We didn't have to struggle with the English language
she taught us how to use it fluently. Decorum and proper dress codes were
always in order."
Mrs. Lynda Gibson Executive Vice President, Atlantic Medical Insurance Ltd. Former
student at Eastern Senior School.

rs. Astwood believed that students could not learn on a empty
simn se who did not have breakfast or lunch, she took the liberty of
fee ing us with food purchased out of her own money. Those days were many
and there were many of us students that did not have. She applied the same
principal if her students did not have books, pencils, toiletries and school
uniforms. She did not wait for the Board of Education or Government to give
her the funds. She saw the need and fulfilled it barring, nothing. A true ,:
humanitarian and champion of the poor...She was a gem. She loved to dress
up. She made me to be strong. Mrs. Astwood found time to help me. Her
legacy will live on as one of my mentors. I will never forget her."
Ms. Janet Mortimer, Health Inspector, Department of Environmental Health in the
Ministry of Health, The Bahamas. Former Student at Eastern Senior School.


I/hien I think of Mamie E.L. Astwood I think of excellence! I
thin o/rtjtulation, enunciation, and proper deportment. You knew tha t
in her presence you spoke well, and you behaved like a lady or she would correct
you.
When I think of Mamie E.L. Astwood I think of her love for her family and
the children whose lives she had affected. I saw her as my mentor, my teacher,
my counselor and my friend. I try to emulate her lifestyle.
I remember when I was in primary school and she was my fourth& fifth grade
teacher, I thought she was so pretty and I can still remember her reciting
those beautiful old poems. She is probably the teacher that affected
me most because I don't remember my other primary teachers.
May her soul. rest in peace!7
Mrs. Keturah F. Wright Principal L. W. Young High School,
Nassau, Bahamas. Former student of Mrs. Astwood at Eastern Primary School.

/Z. eay / teacher my role model was a Matron of a
B i| i oman. A woman of virtue! Charming but
strict! No nonsense, but beautiful! She was the quintessence
of the essence of womanhood. When Mamie Astwood entered
a room you could not have heard a pin drop. Story time was
the highpoint of our class when we sat in our seats in anxious
anticipation. She wooed and charmed us ( students) into her
net like the spider did the fly. We were mesmerized, by her mere
diction...This Matron of a Bahamian teacher caused me to have
oa self confidence, finesse, charm, need I go on....I am lost for words!"
Mrs. Audrey P. Sturrup Thompson, LLB. Counseland Attorney-
ai-law. Former Student of Mrs. Astwood at Eastern Senior School.

{ each for the Stars, at the very least you'll get to the Moon..." I
m hTn hrd it a million times from Mrs. Mamie Astwood, My Teacher,
My Mentor, y Friend. No other Teacher has impacted my life more than her.
Her influence live with me daily as I continue to "Reach for the Stars"
Mr. Andrew AD Wilson, President, Quality Business Center Ltd.. Former Student at
Pyfrom Road

ne could not helped but be impressed by Mrs. Astwood's bearing,
her v er manner and her enthusiasm. As a teacher, she gave so much of
herself to her students and was tireless in her effort to see them develop their
potential and to succeed. She was a great humanitarian-and a credit to her
profession. I shall always remember her with much fondness and admiration."
VThe Very Reverend Patrick L. Adderley, D.D., J.P., Dean, Vicar General and
Rediorof ihris't Church CathedArl (Anglican), Nassau, N.P. Bahamas. Former Stident at Eastsern
Senior School. '



Mrs. Mamie E.L. Astwood was a noble educator,administrator,
church woman and community leader who was committed to high
standards.


Mrs. Astwood is respected, remembered and honoured as the epitome of quiet excellence. An extraordinary role model for education and humanity in the
20d centuries. She admonished her former students to "reach for the stars." No matter where you came from Kemp Road, St James Road, Mackey Street,
the Valley, Masons Addition, Over the Hill and the Family Islands; She prepared her students who were in the public school system for higher education
at the private Government High School, St. Johns College and other private institutions in the fifties, sixties, seventies, eighties, and nineties. She went
beyond the call of duty. Sears of the past were trivia and she encouraged them to go beyond despite economic shortfalls. She told them "you are somebody,
you can do it. It doesn 't matter where you come from if you have the ability you can achieve. AND MANY OF US ACHIEVED!


~~e$er J~eei~i


95tegpu~


"The memorial of thine abundant kindness shall be showed; and men shall sing of thy rightenousness." Paslm.145 verse 7
May she rest in peace.
September 8, 1928 March 8, 2005
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With fondest memories, love and the highest respect on the occasion of her birth date
QUALITY BUSINESS CENTER
is pleased to announce,

The Mamie E.L. Astwood Memorial Scholarship

Five scholarships will be awarded to deserving Bahamian students to attend The College of The Bahamas,
Nassau and or Freeport Campus for the 2005 2006 school year. Two of the scholarships will be for Teacher Education.


he Criteria: Interested persons may apply in writing to:
The Mamie E.L. Astwood Scholarship Committee
~P.O. Box N-4159
Nassau, Bahamas

Application forms may be collected from The Student
1j,@, Aid Department at The College of The Bahamas,
Oakes Field Campus and from Quality Business
Center, Marathon Mall.


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11m11111M PARTIES, NIGHTCLUS ~.
ageIs &RESTAlRlANTS iiiifla

Yellow Fever @ Pirates of Nassau, Saturday,
September 10. Prizes from Solomon's Mines
go out to the sexiest lady in yellow and the lady
wearing the most yellow. Admission: ladies,
$10 and gents, $15. An additional $5 to persons
not wearing yellow. Drink special: Bacardi
"Sunshine". Security provided by Knights of
the Round Table.

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 be free food and hors d'oeuvres between
9 and 10 pm. Open until 4 am.

Ladies Night @ Fluid Lounge, this and every
Thursday night. Doors open at 10pm. Ladies
free before lam, $10 after. Guys: $15 all
night. Drink special: 3 @ $10 (Bacardi) Give-
aways and door prizes every week.

Smirnoff Party Experience every Friday at
Dicky Mo's. Pure party pleasure Bahamas
style.

Saturday Night Live every Saturday night
@ Club Fluid, Bay St. The biggest party of
the week, pumping all your favourite hits
all night long. Ladies in free before 11pm.
Strict security enforced.

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

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

Reggae Tuesdays @ Bahama Boom. Cover
charge includes a free Guiinness and there
should be lots of prizes and surprises.
Admission: Ladies $10 and Men $15.

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

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

Fantasy Fridays @ Fluid Lounge, featuring
late '80s music in the VIP Lounge, Top of
the charts in the Main Lounge, neon lights
and Go Go dancers. Admission: Ladies free
before ll1pm, $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 8pm to
midnight, $1 shots and dinner specials all
night long.

Twisted Boodah Lounge @ Cafe Segafre-
do, Charlotte St kicks off Fridays at 6pm
with deep house to hard house music, fea-
turing CraigBOO, Unkle Funky and Swor-
I'wide on the decks.
Chill Out Sundays @ Coco Loco's, Sandy-
port, 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.


themin-eIvI


writer Steven Holden performs solo with
special guests on Thursday from 9pm mid-
night.
The Graham Holden Deal @ The Green
Parrot....David Graham, Steve Holden, Tim
Deal and Friends perform Sunday, 7pm -
10pm @ Hurricane Hole on Paradise Island.

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

Sunday Night Interlude @ Briteley's Restau-
rant & Lounge, Eneas St off Poinciana Dri-
ve. Featuring Frankie Victory at the key
board in the After Dark Room every Sun-
day, 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.

NO THE ARTS


jamin-Smith. Call 328-5800 to book tours.
This exhibition closes February 28, 2006.

111 HEALTH IMM

Doctors Hospital Distinguished Lecture Series:
Distinguished pediatrician
Dr Percival McNeil, will discuss Children's
Health on Thursday, September 15 at 6pm in
the Doctors Hospital conference room. The
lecture
will focus on children's health issues and is
free to the general public. Free blood pres-
sure, cholesterol and glucose screenings will be
performed between 5pm and 6pm. To ensure
available seating RSVP 302-4603.

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

Diabetes Directions a FREE diabetic sup-
port group meets the first Monday of each
month at 6.30pm at New Providence Com-
munity Centre, Blake Road. Dinner is pro-


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

Doctors Hospital, the official training centre
of the American Heart Association offers
CFR classes certified by the AHA. The
course defines the warning signs of respira-
tory arrest and gives prevention strategies to
avoid sudden death syndrome and the most
common serious injuries and choking that
can occur in adults, infants and children.
CPR and First Aid classes are offered every
third Saturday of the month from 9am-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 related Challenges meets from
7pm 9pm the second Thursday of each
month in the cafeteria of the BEC building,
Blue Hill Road.
S11 Pi, CIVIC CLUBS .

Toastmasters Club 1095 meets Tuesday,
7.30pm @ C C Sweeting Senior School's Din-
ing 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
Whitney Pinder 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 in the
Solomon's Building, East-West Highway.
Club Cousteau 7343 meets every Tuesday
night. at 7.30 in the Chickcharney Hotel,
Fresh Creek, Central Andros. All are wel-
come.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Eta Psi
Omega chapter meets every second Tues-
day, 6.30pm @ the Eleuthera Room in the
Wyndham Nassau Resort, Cable Beach.

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, 4th floor meeting room.

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 second and fourth Wednesday of
the month, 8pm @ St Augustine's Mones-
tary.

Nassau Bahamas Koinonia meets every sec-
ond Friday of each month, 7.30pm at
Emmaus Centre at St Augustine's Mones-
tary. For more info call 325-1947 after 4pm.

International Association of Administrative
Professionals, Bahamas Chapter meets the
third Thursday of every month @ Super-
clubs 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 National Collection @ the National Art vided and free blood sugar, blood pressure the academic year. The group promotes the
Wet Sundays, every Sunday, noon-midnight Gallery of the Bahamas, an exhibition that and cholesterol testing is available. For more Spanish language and culture in the com-
@ Crystal Cay Beach. Admission $10, ladies takes the viewer on a journey through the info call 702-4646 or 327-2878 munity.
free. history of fine art in the Bahamas. It features
signature pieces from the national collec- MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Bahamas meets the
TooLooSe @ Indigo Restaurant on West tion, including recent acquisitions by Blue third Monday every month, 6pm @ Doctors
Bay St and Skyline Drive. Singer/song- Curry, Antonius Roberts and Dionne Ben- Hospital conference room. Send all your civic and social events to The
Tribune via fax: 328-2398 or e-mail:
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E A RUSSIAN heavy transport AN-124 Antonov aircraft paid New Providence a rare visit yesterday,
dwarfing a Bahamasair plane. The aircraft has the largest payload and the largest accessible dimen-
sions of any production airplane in the world. However attempts to reach officials from the Ministry
of Transport and Aviation before presstime to ascertain why the super-cargo aircraft was in the coun-
try were unsuccessful.
(Photo: Mario Duncanson/Tribune staff)
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FROM page one

"I know that we have had com-
plaints from residents concerning
these'types of fires but we have
never been able to apprehend
anyone to bring charges against
them;' said fire officer Sergeant
1060 Knowles yesterday.
Sg( Knowles said the stench
was a common complaint by most
residents. He said, however, that
he wals unaware that corpses were
being burned in these pits.
One fire officer admitted that
pit fires had been a problem for
several years, but had not been as
prevalent recently.
Last week the fire department
had to respond to a blaze in an
area not far from Joe Farrington
Road, but it was not related to-
pit fires. He said the fire was
extinguished and a bulldozer
brought in to remove remaining
debris.
The officer said, however, that


Residents

garbage and other waste was
thrown into these pits, which were
mostly in areas excavated for fill.
One Sea Breeze resident yes-
terday called for immediate
action by the Ministry of Envi-
ronmental Health.
"As far as I can tell they are
burning garbage but I wouldn't
put it past them to burn bodies.
You never hear much about Hait-
ian funerals and there are a lot
of Haitians."
The man said the Department
of Health should move in on the
settlements as it was uncertain
what was being burnt.
However, another resident said
categorically: "They burn dead
animals as well as dead people
along with garbage and sewage.
The stink is unbearable. I have
to keep my windows closed at
night or we can't sleep."


The resident said her family
was now suffering respiratory ail-
ments, sore throats, sore eyes and
headaches.
"I believe there are other ways
to extinguish a fire besides using
water. There are chemicals, there
is smothering, they could bull-
doze this pit. But they choose to
do nothing and we must suffer.
"I find it humorous that
Bahamians think Haitians are so
stupid, but yet they have out-
smarted us. They can do whatev-
er they damned well please and
no-one stops them."
Parliamentary secretary at the
Ministry of Health, Ron Pinder,
said he was not aware of the latest
pit fires but said they had been
an issue in the past.
Mr Pinder said the ministry had
been trying to distribute garbage
bins and other disposal containers
in all residential communities.
Heavy duty equipment was also
provided to collect them.


Cregedashpunishment
Alleged punishment FROM page one


FROM page one
are unisex shoes. They look like boys' shoes but they are unisex,"
the teacher added.
A concerned caller to The Tribune said the shoes, which were allegedly
called "gay shoes" by the school's authorities, were of the well-known
'Clarks' brand.
"In the Bahamas we have a history of buying Clarks for our children
because of their durability," she said.
The caller said some parents of the girls were furious and planning to con-
tact authorities to report the matter.
Erin Greene, spokesperson for the gay rights organisation Rainbow
Alliance, said the group's members are distressed over this incident.
"At the present moment we are shocked to see this level of hysteria oper-
atingin the public education system. We are certain that the Ministry of Edu-
catioti is aware of its obligation to the bisexual, gay, lesbian and transgender
youth in the country, and we are certain they are actively investigating this
seemingly inappropriate act of conduct," she said.
MS Greene said the Rainbow Alliance will launch its own investigation and
respond further once they have gathered sufficient information.
The C V Bethel teacher, however, said she does not believe the question
of girls' sexual orientation was the reason for the disciplinary action. The
teacher said this may be an effort to crack down on violations of the school's
uniform rules. i :, .... .. , ,...... ... .
Permanent secretary at the Ministry of Education CreswellSturrup said he
was not familiar with the incident and declined to comment until he knew
more.
Up until press time last night the principal of C V Bethel, Eulease Bene-
by, did not return The Tribune's calls.


FROM page one

the name of the victim as he
had: not been officially identi-
fied:
However, a Tribune source
claimed the murder victim was
concert promoter and entrepre-
neur Roland "Too Tall" Julmis,
owrger of Too Tall Enterprises
and the clothing stores Strictly
Urban and First Choice Elegance
in Freeporti.
The source further alleged that
the murder may have been drug-
related.
Reportedly, Mr Julmis had pre-
vioUsly been shot three times in
the arm when he became the vic-
tim, of a shooting in Grand
Bahama earlier this year.
It is believed the earlier shoot-
ing and yesterday's murder were
both connected with the death of


Businessman
a man who went by the. alias of
"KV", who was also murdered in
Grand Bahama.
Police could not confirm this
information, stating that the
investigation is still in the early
stages.
"Right now we have launched
an investigation to determine the
circumstances (of the murder)
and will release more informa-
tion as we get it," he said.
Police are also investigating the
stabbing of a 23-year-old
Pinewood Gardens man. The
man was reportedly engaged in
a heated verbal exchange when
he was attacked by three men.
The victim received several
stab wounds to his lower back
and was taken to Princess Mar-
garet Hospital where his condi-
tion is listed as "serious."


Suspension sparks anger

FROM page one
to demand answers.
Prior to the news, they had been preparing to meet with union executives
to receive an update on contract negotiations during a lunchtime meeting to
which members of the press had been invited.
The meeting was not a form of industrial action. Issues being discussed for
the contract included salary increase, overtime bonus and staff appointments.
However, when The Tribune arrived on the third floor, it was met with a
sea 'of employees spilling out into the hallway as executives spoke with
BTC chairman Michael Symonette.
As reporters attempted to speak with Claude Hanna, president of the
Bahamas Public Communications Managers Union, and Robert Farquhar-
son, president of the Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union,
security and police officers claimed the press had no right to be in the
building and demanded that they leave.
However, the men said the press had been invited by them, claiming
that two media organisations belonged to the union which guaranteed them
a right to be there.
Mr Farquharson told the security officers: "These are my friends. What
do you mean my friends can't talk to me?" Finally, Mr Hanna decided to fin-
ish the interview outside.
Mr Hanna explained that before the meeting they were advised that Mr
Kemp had been suspended based on the advice and a report by one of the
expatriate consultants. The consultants are reportedly in the country in an
advisory capacity and no managers had an obligation to them.
"There is a process before suspension takes place in the company which
is to involve the union and conduct an investigation that was not followed.
"Now that is an issue and it has blown up because management has
refused to address the situation in accordance with the industrial relations
contract we have enforced."
He said a very sore point is that the company has hired a number of expa-
triates.
"The board seems to be of the view, as of late, that every time a vacancy
comes up for an executive position in this company, they find it necessary to
fill the position with foreign persons,"
He claimed that at present there are adverts in a number of foreign
newspapers for positions, a move the union is opposed to. The union claims
the consultants are making twice as much in salary and concessions, includ-
ing their children's school fees, than their Bahamian counterparts.
"We had a Bahamian holding the position of vice-president of sales,
marketing and customer service. The consultant came in and told the board
that they are three separate jobs.
"They removed the Bahamian from the job and went out and advertised
for three persons to do the one job the Bahamian was doing," he claimed.


"He was not the kind of guy
to take risks," he said, "He just
knew his plane. When we last
saw him at the weekend, he was
in Staniel Cay socialising, hav-
ing flown in from Florida on
Saturday.
"My understanding is that all
they have found so far is a back-
pack and three tyres. It's a
tragedy because he was a real
nice guy.
"My information is that he
had just taken off to fly the 30
miles to Staniel Cay and was
turning at about 600 to 700 feet
when the plane dived into the.
sea. Apparently, there was
smoke coming from the air-
craft."


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Back to school



with junkanoo


* By GLADSTONE THURSTON
Bahamas Information Ser-
vices
THE One Family junkanoo
group and the Farm Road Urban
Renewal project combined
resources to give students an
encouraging send-off to school.
Their "Back to School Rush-
Out" on Saturday climaxed at Hay
Street Park where students were
treated to a party, given safety tips
by police, and supplied with school
equipment.
At the end of this term, students'
academic performances will be eval-
uated and achievers awarded.
"This is One Family giving back
to the community," said ASP
Stephen Dean, co-ordinator and
officer in charge of the Farm Road
Urban Renewal programme
(FRUR). "This is good news. We
want to empower the community."
Officer Ricardo Richardson of
urged students to be careful on their
way to and from school.
"Take no rides from strangers. If
for any reason someone approach-
es you who you don't know, go to
the nearest police station or the
nearest adult in the area and let
them know what is going on so they
could contact in the police.
"While in the community, if
you see any irregularities or any-
thing that you think is out of line,
please feel free to report it to the
Urban Renewal Project office


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investment for two years


* By YOLANDA
DELEVEAUX
Senior Business
Reporter
PROGRESS on a $3.6 mil-
lion eco-tourism resort in
Inagua has been stalled for two
years, The Tribune was told
yesterday, with the developers
saying the Department of
Lands and Surveys had failed
to determine whether the pro-
ject had met the requirements
of its leasing contract. If it had,
the developers would be able
to purchase the Crown Land
outright.


Developers pinpoint lack of co-ordination and problems with

Lands and Surveys for holding back eco-tourism resort


American Kristin Mory, one
of the owners of the Flamingo
Nest Development Corpora-
tion, said the project was on
hold indefinitely following a
number of problems with vari-
ous government departments.
Ms Mory said the develop-
ers had waited for four years
for an official from the Depart-
ment of Lands and Surveys to


come and survey the resort
development, but no official
had ever came.
In August, Allyson May-
nard-Gibson, minister of finan-
cial services and investments,
identified the eco-tourism
resort as having received ini-
tial approval from the Govern-
ment.
She said the developers were


in the process of completing a
feasibility study on the island,
and it was the only type of
development the Government
would have agreed to for
Inagua, known for its flocks of
Flamingos, wild donkeys and
exotic flora.
The difficulties being experi-
enced by the potential devel-
opers arose, in part, because


their Bahamian partner, Henry
Kipling Nixon, passed away in
early 2004.
Mr Nixon was said to have
taken out a three-year perfor-
mance-based lease on a section
of crown land in Inagua, two
miles north of Matthew Town,
with the requirement that the
developers obtain a work per-
mit and invest a certain amount


of money in the project, fol-
lowing which they would be
able to purchase the land for a
nominal fee.
The four principal partners
involved in the Flamingo Nest
Development Corporation
were Henry Kipling Nixon, and
Americans Craig Morse, Ms
Mory and Patrick Morse.
Following Mr Nixon's death,
however, the lease expired
before Lands and Surveys had
been able to make a determi-
nation on whether the devel-

SEE page 3B


July visitor arrivals


in 8% decline
Increase in bigger-spending air arrivals
fails to offset 12% cruise drop
0 By YOLANDA DELEVEAUX
Senior Business Reporter
TOTAL visitor arrivals to the Bahamas for July fell by 8 per
'centii to 466,737, a 1.7per cent rise in air arrivals failking to coun-
teract a 12 per cent drop in cruise passengers.
Year-to-date figures for the Bahamas, encompassing the first
seven months of the year, showed that cruise arrivals were down
by 8 per cent, when compared to the same period in 2004.
For Nassau/Paradise Island,
cruise arrivals were up 8.3 per SEE page 2B
cent for July because Royal


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5.2% of holding


MINISTERS Leslie Miller and Bradley Roberts were tight-
S lipped yesterday on the outcome of the PetroCaribe summit in
Jamaica, both saying only that they wanted to discuss the issue with
their Cabinet colleagues before speaking publicly.
It is understood, however, that a decision on whether the
Bahamas signs on to the accord with Venezuela is much closer than
it was several weeks ago, but the two ministers, and their Cabinet
colleague Fred Mitchell, want to have more in-depth discussions on
the issue in Cabinet.
Mr Roberts was said to have gained a much better understand-
ing of the impact PetroCaribe might have for the Bahamas Elec-
tricity Corporation (BEC) and Bahamasair.
It is also understood that previously, the Dominican Republic and
Guyana would *not sign on to the accord, but the two nations have
Assigned onto it in its entirety after seeing the supposed benefits.
Several sources have indicated to The Tribune that the Gov-
ernment was leaning towards allowing just BEC to participate in the
PetroCaribe initiative, making that the de facto National Energy
Corporation (NEC) and allowing it to lift fuel from Venezuela
directly. However, the administration was said to be shying away
from applying PetroCaribe to anything else, leaving the petroleum
supply chain untouched.
BEC spends about $120 million per year to purchase the fuels
that drive its turbines and generators. Given that it has its own
berthing and oil storage tanks at Clifton Pier, some of which it leas-
es to the three major oil corporations, BEC would have the gov-
. MINISTER of Trade and Industry Leslie Miller SEE page 3B


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
ONE of FamGuard Corpo-
ration's major shareholders has
sold 5.2 per cent of its stake in
the listed life and health insur-
ance parent over the past 16
months, involving the disposal
of just over 450,000 shares.
The proxy statement for
FamGuard's annual general
meeting (AGM), scheduled for
September 29, 2005, reveals
that the Jack Knowles Trust -
essentially one of FamGuard's
three founding shareholders -
held one million shares in the


parent for Family Guardian
Insurance Company.
That gives the trust an 11.6.
per cent stake in FamGuard as
at September 7, compared to
a 16.8 per cent holding (some
1.45 million shares) that it held
as at April 26, 2004, just before
the company's AGM last year.
The disposal of more than 5
per cent of the Jack Knowles
Trust's stake in FamGuard has
reduced the bloc held by the
company's three founders the
other two being Pyfrom Enter-

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Caribbean Cruise Lines
brought in more passengers
than during the same period in
2004. ,,..
The Empress of the ,Seas
pade three calls to the des-
tination in July 2005, but
no calls in July 2004. Roy-
al Caribbean's Explorer of
the Seas made five calls on
Nassau/Paradise Island in
July 2005, compared to two
last year, while the Mariner
of the Seas also brought in
substantially more passen-
gers to the destination than
in July 2004.
Cruise arrivals to Nas-
sau/Paradise Island were
also boosted because Hol-
land American Cruises' lin-
er, the Zuiderdam, brought
in more passengers when
compared to July 2004. In
addition, Princess Cruises'
Caribbean Princess which
came to Nassau during the
period, did not sail here
during July, 2004.
In Grand Bahama, sea
arrivals were down by 39
per cent in July because
the Discovery Cruises' Dis-
covery Sun brought in less
cruise stopover passengers
than they had during the
same period in 2004.
A cruise stopover is a


visitor who comes to the
destination on a cruise
ship, stays in the destina-
tion for 24 hours or more
and does not use the cruise
ship for their accommoda-
tion.
Cruise arrivals to Grand
Bahama were also down
because Royal Caribbean
,brought in fewer passen-
gers than in July 2004.
Royal Caribbean's Voyager
of the Seas did not call on
Grand Bahama during the
period, but in July 2004
brought in 7,029 passen-
gers. Royal Caribbean's
Grandeur of the Seas also
brought in fewer passen-
gers in July 2005, when
compared with the same
period last year.

Passengers

Carnival also brought
fewer passengers to Grand
Bahama during the month,
when compared with fig-
ures from July, 2004. The
decrease in arrivals
occurred despite the fact
that Carnival operated the
same amount of ships.
In the Family Islands, sea
arrivals were down because


of a number of reasons.
The Disney Magic did not
make any calls, or first port
'of entry tops,, to Cast.away .
Cay, ,Aiq' Juy,.., .
ing the ,same period las]f
year, the ship brought in
13,593 cruise ship passen-
gers.
Disney Cruises used only
the Disney Wonder to
make first port of entry
stops into Castaway Cay in
July 2005..
The Norwegian Cruises'
Norwegian Dawn made
fewer calls to Great Stir-
rup Cay, the Berry Islands,
when compared with its
trips in July 2004.
The decrease in the num-
ber of calls meant that few-
er people visited that des-
tination.
Royal Caribbean also
reduced the number of
ships, and The number of
calls, made on Coco Cay in
the Berry Islands. The
Grandeur of the Seas did
not come into the Berry
Islands during July 2005,
and Royal Caribbean also
brought in fewer passen-
gers on the ships that did
come into the Cay.
Carnival Cruise lines
Carnival Pride also brought
in fewer passengers to
Princess Cay, Eleuthera, in
July 2005 than in July 2004.
Meanwhile, visitor
arrivals to the Nassau/Par-
adise Island destination
increased by 10 per cent to
290,395 for July 2005. Air
arrivals were up by 13 per
cent and sea arrivals were
up 8 per cent.
Total arrivals to Nassau
for year-to-date July 2005
were flat, although both air
and sea arrivals were up
for the month. The statis-
tics were released by the
Ministry of Tourism.
A shortage of room
inventory continued to
impact the results for
Grand Bahama, which
received a total of 65,605
visitors for July, compared


to 97,637 for the same peri-
od in 2004, a drop of some
33 per cent.
Air-rTrivals to Grand1
c.Bah'ama were down by. 3.2
-per cent and sead arrivals,
inclusive of sea-landed pas-
sengers and cruise arrivals,
were down by 33 per cent.'
Year-to-date figures for
July 2005 showed that total
arrivals, air and sea, for
Grand Bahama were down'.
25 per cent. Air arrivals tp,
Grand Bahama year-to,--
date July were down 34 per'
cent when compared to the;
same period in 2005, while
sea arrivals also saw p
decrease of some 20 per'
cent.

Decrease

The Family Islands saw a.
decrease in visitor arrivals,.
with total arrivals falling
some 23 per cent fr9m last
year. Total visitor arrivals
for July stood at 110,737,
while year-to-date figures
for July 2005 showed air.
and sea arrivals to the,
Family Islands were down-
by 7 per cent, when com-,
pared to the same period.
in 2005.
Family Island destina-
tions that saw an increase
in air arrivals for July were
Andros, with arrivals up by
12 per cent. In Bimini, air
arrivals increased by 9 per
cent, and Eleuthera went,
up by 6 per cent. In Exu-
ma, air arrivals were up by
3 per cent.
Those destinations that
saw a decrease were Aba-'
co, which was down by 5
per cent; the Berry Islandg,
which was down by 18 per
cent; and Cat Cay, which
saw a decrease of 3 per
cent for the period.
Inagua also experienced
a drop of 40 per cent, with
Long Island falling by only
1 per cent. San Salvador
saw a decrease of 19 per
cent in air arrivals.


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52wk-HI 62wk-Low Symbol Previous Close Today's Close Change Daily Vol. EPS $ Div $ PIE Yield
1.10 0.80 Abaco Markets 0.80 0,80 0.00 -0.207 0.000 NIM 0.00%
9.50 8.00 Bahamas Property Fund 9.50 9.50 0.00 1.452 0.340 6.5 3.58%
6.90 5.55 Bank of Bahamas 6.88 6.88 0.00 0,561 0.330 12.3 4.80%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.80 0.80 0.00 0.187 0.010 4.3 1.25%
1.80 1.40 BahamasWaste 1,40 1.40 0.00 0.126 0.080 11.1 4.29%
1.15 0.87 Fidelity Bank 1.10 1.10 0.00 0.066 0.030 16.7 2.73%
8.81 6.90 Cable Bahamas 8.81 8.81 0.00 0.618 0.240 14.3 2.72%
2.20 1.69 Colina Holdings 1.69 1.69 0.00 0.004 0.000 NM 0.00%
9.10 6.75 Commonwealth Bank 9.10 9.10 0.00 5,800 0.705 0.410 12.9 4.51%
2.50 0.87 Doctor's Hospital 2,46 2.46 0.00 0,429 0.000 5.7 0.00%
4.12 3.85 Famguard 4.12 4.12 0.00 0.428 0-240 9.6 5.83%
10.61 9,25 Finco 10.60 10.60 0.00 0.695 0.510 15.3 4.81%
9.50 6.99 FirstCaribbean 9.50 9.50 0.00 0.695 0.380 13.7 4.00%
9.21 8.31 Focol 9.21 9.21 0.00 0.675 0.500 13.6 5.43%
1.99 1.27 Freeport Concrete 1.15. 1.15 0.00 0.022 0.000 52.3 0.00%
10.20 9.50 lCD Utilities 9,94 9.94 0.00 0.526 0.405 18.9 4.07%
8.50 8.20 J. S. Johnson 8.50 8.50 0.00 0.526 0.560 16.2 6.59%
3.69 4.36 Kerzner International BORa 5.84 5.85 0.01 0,122 0.000 47.5 0.00%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10,00 0.00 2.036 0.760 4.9 7.60%
2wk-HI 682wk-Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Weekly Vol. EPS $ Div $ PIE Yield
13.00 12.50 Bahamas Supermarkets 12.25 13.25 11.00 1.488 0.960 9.1 7.25%
10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 10.00 10.35 10.00 0.000 0.800 NM 7.80%
.60 0.40RND Holdings 0.290.54 0.00 -0.044 0.000 NM 0.00%
I3.00 28.00ABDAB 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%
. ..0,35 RND Holdingas 029 0.54 0 -0.103 0.000 N/M 0.00%
52wk-HI 82wlk-Low Fund Name NAV YTD% Last 12 Months Div $ Yield %
1.2508 1.1837 Colina Money Market Fund 1.2508*
2.4169 2.0131 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.4169 ***
10.5576 10.0000 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 10.5576*-
2.2560 2.1491 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.255981**
1.1273: 1.0576 Colina Bond Fund 1.127305*-*

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Economy grew 'slower'




in 1990s than in 1970s


M By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamian economy's annual
growth rate slipped to 0.3 per cent during
the 1990s, compared to the average 1.3
per cent growth enjoyed between 1975 to
2003, the United Nations' Human Devel-
opment Report for 2005 has found.
The report, released earlier this week,
said that although the Bahamian econo-
my's annual growth rate had averaged
just 0.3 per cent between 1990-2003, the
Bahamas average per capita income of
$16,571 in 2003 was higher than that in
nations such as Slovenia, Israel, Greece
and Portugal.
Based on Purchasing Power Parity
(PPP), the UN report said the Bahamas'
average per capita GDP income was
$17,159, on this measurement ranking it
almost as high as South Korea, and above


FROM page 1B

opers had fulfilled the condi-
tions.
According to Ms Mory, in
order for the development to


Ministers

FROM page one

ernment storage facilities that
Venezuela is demanding before
it would enter into a govern-
ment-to-government oil supply
arrangement.
In addition, allowing BEC
to buy oil on credit might allow
the Corporation to reduce the
fuel surcharge component of
its bills, bringing relief to many
Bahamian businesses which are
having to pay thousands of dol-
lars per month to meet this
price alone.
Therefore, allowing BEC to
lift fuel direct from Venezuela
under PetroCaribe might make
sense, particularly if it ties in
to the Corporation's cash flow
and balance sheet management
needs.
However, the PetroCaribe
accord does not mean that
there will be lower gas prices
for consumers at the pumps, as
it is really a purchase-oil-on-
credit arrangement.
With prices currently just
under $70 per barrel of crude
oil, Venezuela would finance
40 per cent of that cost, essen-
tially allowing the buyer to pay
only 60 per cent of that upfront.
The rest would have to be paid
off over a period that could be
extended to up to 25 years, with
an interest rate of 1 per cent.
As a result, there is no guar-
antee that fuel prices will be
lower for Bahamian con-
sumers. The price of car gaso-
line, for instance, is government
controlled from the moment
the oil is landed in the
Bahamas.
The Government takes a flat
rate $1.06 in tax per gallon, plus
7 per cent stamp duty on the
cost of landed fuel. It then sets
the wholesale and retail mar-
gins of $0.33 and $0.44 respec-
tively, meaning that the only
variable determining the price
of gas in the Bahamas is the
cost of buying it offshore, refin-
ing it and transporting it to Nas-
sau.
Nowhere in the PetroCaribe
accord does it speak to
Venezuela reducing the costs
of refining and shipping the oil
to Nassau, meaning that the
treaty is not guaranteed to
bring down gas prices. In addi-
tion, the three major oil com-
panies already source their oil
from Venezuela, so essentially
PetroCaribe is all about replac-
ing the so-called middlemen
with the Government in the
form of a National Energy Cor-
poration.
Several sources have sug-
gested to The Tribune that the
easiest and simplest way of
reducing Bahamian gas prices
would be to reduce the Gov-
ernment's $1.06 per gallon levy.
However, this would be
heavily opposed by the Min-
istry of Finance, which has
already budgeted to earn this
amount in the Government's
2005-2006 Budget, where it will
account for a large percentage
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both Barbados and the Czech Republic.
The report added that the highest GDP
per capita level attained in the Bahamas
between 1975-2003, based on PPP, came
in 1989, when average earnings were
$18,260.

Economies

That is likely to come as a surprise to
some, given that the Bahamian and world
economies were poised on the verge of a
global recession, and because the 1990s
were regarded as a relatively prosperous
time due to all the foreign direct invest-
ment coming into this nation.
The Bahamas, which was ranked 50th
out of 177 nations in the world in terms of
human development, also ranked rela-
tively highly on technology. .
Between 1990 and 2003, the number of
telephone mainlines per 1,000 persons


continue, the devlopers need-
ed to get the site surveyed to
determine that they met the
original requirements of the
lease before the Government
would transfer the land into the
Flamingo Nest Development
Corporation's name.
"Lands and Surveys was sup-
posed to survey the land, but
when they didn't we hired a
local surveyor to come in and
do it," she said.
"The way it was explained to
me was that he wasn't properly
licensed and the Government
said they wouldn't recognise his
survey results, so it was a total
waste of money."
Meanwhile, Ms Mory said
that on several occasions a
number of Government offi-
cials had come to Inagua on
what she described as a tourism
development trip, and told
them they were really
impressed with Inagua and the
potential it had for tourism.
She said that while people
were generally supportive,
some officials had said they
could not build the resort on
its chosen site. Other officials
told them they needed to do an
environmental study.
According to Ms Mory: "We
got estimates from Nassau from
$15,000 to $40,000, but we did-
n't feel comfortable making
that kind of expenditure on a
property that we didn't own."
At present, the foundation
for a restaurant/bar has been
set up, as well as the founda-
tions for nine of the 12 bunga-
low units at the Flamingo's Nest
Resort.
She added: "It's been about


two years since anything has
been done. We would love to
move forward with this project,
but until the land issue is settled
and the building permit issued
we don't feel we can invest any
more money into the project."
Another issue has been the
development's building permit.
Ms Mory said the developers
received a building permit from
the Local Government Council
in Inagua. But when central
government officials visited the
island, they were informed that
the council did not have the
authority to issue the necessary
permits for a foreign investment
project.
"My background is in public
sector economic development,
and Craig Morse (an Ameri-
can-based partner in the devel-
opment) is a general contrac-
tor.
"Between the two of us we
know how to work with the
government regulatory process,
put together a project and get it
off the ground," Ms Mory said.
"While each of the people in
the Government departments
of the Bahamas have been sup-
portive of the project, they
seemed to be understaffed and
there seems to be a lack of com-
munication between various
entities."
Ms Mory went on to describe
how the developers had made
an application to the Ministry of
Tourism for approval of the
project. When the project was
approved, pending the outcome
of the survey and an Environ-
mental Impact Assessment
(EIA), Ms Mory said they
asked if they could move for-


LEGALNOTICE



NOTICE


CINETREE INVESTMENTS PTE. LTD.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)



Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company is
in dissolution, which commenced on the 27th day of July,
2005. The Liquidators is Argosa Corp. Inc., of P.O.Box N-
7757 Nassau, Bahamas.




ARGOSA CORP. INC.
Liquidator


LEGALNOTICE



NOTICE


CREDITION LIMITED
(In Voluntary Liquidation)



Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company is
in dissolution, which commenced on the 26th day of August,
2005. The Liquidators is Argosa Corp. Inc., of P.O.Box N-
7757 Nassau, Bahamas.




ARGOSA CORP. INC.
Liquidator


had increased by more than 51 per cent,
from 274 to 415, while cellular subscribers
had risen from just eight per 1,000 people
to 367 in 2003.
On Internet usage, this had risen from
zero persons in 1990 to 265 per 1,000 peo-
ple in 2003, a figure greater than that for
Greece, Hungary and Poland.
. For electricity usage, Bahamian elec-
tricity consumption per capita had risen
from 4,062 kilowatt hours in 1980 to 6,084
in 2002, an increase of 49.8 per cent.
Assessing gender inequality by eco-
nomic activity, the UN report found that
93 per cent of women who worked in the
Bahamas were employed in the services
sector, with just 5 per cent in industry and
1 per cent in agriculture.
In contrast, 69 per cent of Bahamian
men who worked were employed in ser-
vices, with 24 per cent in industry and 6
per cent in agriculture.


ward.
She said they were told yes,
and that they should invest
their money in the Bahamas,
which they did.
Ms Mory said: "We got to a
certain point and still didn't
have the survey, and we could
not get the different people
from different departments on
the same page."
A third problem for the
Flamingo Nest Developers is
that the founding Bahamian
partner is deceased. Ms Mory
said Mr Nixon willed his inter-
est in the project to his daugh-
ter, who is having a hard time
getting all of the necessary doc-
uments transferred into her
name.
Originally, the Inagua pro-
ject was supposed to have
opened in autumn 2004. It had
sought financial support from
other investors, but Ms Mory
said they had put that part on
hold as well, as they could not,
in good faith, invite people to
invest in something knowing
that so many things were still
up in the air.
"I get e-mails from people all
the time who want to stay there,
who want to invest there, but
we can't move forward until we
get the project either in Flamin-
go Nest Development
Corporation's' name of
Camille Nixon's name," she
said.
Efforts were made to contact
Mrs Maynard-Gibson and the
Department of Lands and Sur-
veys. The minister was said to
be out of the country, as was
the acting director of Lands and
Surveys.


Legal Notice


NOTICE


EXXON VARANDEY LIMITED


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 25th day of August, A.D., 2005.

SDated the 6th day of September, A.D. 2005.


G.R. Huff
liquidator of
EXXON VARANDEY LIMITED



LEGALNOTICE

NOTICE


APIA ENTERPRISES INC.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)


Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the 7th
day of September, 2005. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp.
Inc., of P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.







ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


LEGALNOTICE


NOTICE


ORWARD HILLS INC.
(Iin-olultary Liquidation) "



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




ARGOSA CORP. INC.
Liquidator


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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2005, PAGE 3B


THE TRIBUNE
















Bahamas 'barely' scratching





surface of trade possibilities


primary industries.
Gershan Major, a Cham-
ber director and chairman
of its globalisation and for-
eign relations committee,
said improved education
and participation by the
private sector in trade-
related matters was key to
opening eyes to business


NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that EVERTON JOSEPH, #48 FOSTER
ST. CHIPPINGHAM, 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 SEPTEMBER, 2005 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


Legal Notice

NOTICE

SINGLETON LIMITED

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) SINGLETON LIMITED is in voluntary dissolution
under the provisions of Section 137 (4) of the International Business
Companies Act 2000.

(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on September
5th, 2005 when the Articles of Dissolution were submitted to and
registered by the Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Paul Evans of Helvetia
Court, South Esplanade, St. Peter Port, Guernsey GYI 4EE

Dated this 9th day of September, A.D., 2005.

. '-.... Paul Evans
Liquidator


BAHAMIAN businesses
have barely scratched the
surface of international
trade opportunities, the
chairman of a newly-
appointed Chamber of
Commerce commitee said,
as he urged firms to
become "greater stake-
holders" in this nation's


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possibilities outside this
nation.
He added that the com-
mittee would look to gen-
erate increased awareness
and private scetor partici-
pation by using the
Bahamas' diplomatic rela-
tions with Caribbean and
Latin American countries.

Improve

This would improve
trade and commerce, Mr
Major said, and enhance
understanding of the bene-
fits to be gained from
regional trade relations.
To ensure business con-
cerns are heard and incor-
porated into trade talks,
Mr Major said: ""We have
already met with the key
individuals of the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs, Min-
istry of Financial Services
and Investments, and we
intend to do the same at
the Ministry of Trade and
Industry sometime soon.
"Our committee will
have monthly meetings
with relevant government
Ministries to ensure that
we adequately and effec-
tively address all concerns
requiring the joint involve-
ment of both the public
and private sectors."

Together
Two committee members
will be assigned to act as
liaisons with the govern-
ment in bringing them
together with the stake-
holders in the process.
In addition to improving
trade relations between the


business community and
colleagues in the
Caribbean, Latin America,
China, India, South Africa
and the US, the Chamber
plans to hold a globalisa-
tion conference in the very
near future.
"When we look at the
"history of- the 'Bah-amas,s,:
simply from a serVicep:,.:ie
spective, we have been wel-
coming foreign nationals to


our soil for centuries," Mr
Major said.

Success
"We are now in an era
where we must use that his-
toric success and translate
that into becoming greater
stakeholders in the very,
industries that we call 'our
primary drivers."


PUBLIC NOTICE
INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL
The Public is hereby advised that I, SEAN PERRY NELSON,
of St. Vincent Rd. off Carmichael, Nassau, Bahamas, intend to
change my name to CHON PERRY WILSON. 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

NOTICE is hereby given that GARY LAZARE, GENERAL DELIVERY,
GARDEN VILLAGE, FREEPORT, GRAND 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 9TH day of
SEPTEMBER, 2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box F-41085, Grand Bahama, Bahamas.


PUBLIC NOTICE
INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL
The Public is hereby advised that I, EVANGELINE ROBERTHA
BASCOM. of #37 Bethel Avenue, Stapledon Gardens, P.O.Box
SS-5830 Nassau, Bahamas, intend to change my name to FAYE
ROBERTHA EVANGELINE BASCOM. 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
NOTICE is hereby given that RENE, WILNER TIBE, #36 WINSTERIA
ROAD, P.O.BOX F-43800, FREEPORT, GRAND 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 2ND day of
SEPTEMBER, 2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box F-41085, Grand Bahama, Bahamas.









Bi '~tis oo ia Hi mlto


Mr Major said global
commerce, wire transfers
between organizations,
money transfer medha-
nisms, ATM machines:and
the introduction of GSM
cellular phones are 411 a
result of globalisation'.
"It is my view that we
must not be afraid of, the
word 'globalisation', which
is already an active pait of
our everyday life," Mr
Major said.

Embrace'
"We must seek to
embrace a myriad of
opportunities, which lie
ahead for those courageous
enough to seize them."
Mr Major added that he
feels Bahamians have the
ability to compete at the
highest levels.
He said:; "The question
should not be seen as
'globalisation and' the
Bahamas', but a globalised
Bahamas and how we' as a
people are continuing to
prepare ourselves ,and ulti-
mately our society for the
rapid pace of change glob-
alisation brings."
Mr Major, who is chief
executive/managing direc-
tor of Mail Boxes, Etc. -
Caribbean, said the Cham-
ber's theme of Enhancing
Productivity and Service,
Creating a Competitive
Advantage intertwines with
the key issues _to__ .be
addressed.
The committee plans to
continue being actively
engaged in the progress of
discussions related' to the
CSME, FTAA, WTd and
EU/ACP.




prises and chairman Norbert
Boissiere from a cumulative
66.7 per cent to 61.5 per cent of
the company's issued and out-
standing share capital.
Meanwhile, Mr Boissiere
told shareholders that if the
company's strategic alliance
with Sagicor is successful and
receives regulatory approval,
the Barbados-based financial
services provider will get two
seats on FamGuard's Board.
Writing in the company's
annual report, Mr Boissiere
said Sagicor would gain a 20
per cent stake in FamGuard
through the issue of 1.375 mil-
lion newly-issued shares and
one of the three founding
shareholders selling 625,000 of
their shares.
In return, Mr Boissiere hint-
ed that the Sagicor deal was
intended to enhance Family
Guardian's business volumes
and "the efficiency of our oper-
ations" through- giving the
Bahamian company "access to
new technology" and a wider
range of products and services.
This would allow Family
Guardian "to compete more
effectively on scope of prod-
ucts and pricing capabilities",
the FamGuard chairman said,
hinting that this had been dri-
ven largely by the rapid con-
solidation in the Bahamian life
and health insurance market,
a process led by chief rival, Col-
inalmperial Insurance Compa-
ny.
Following Maitland Cates'
resignation from FamGuard's
Board of Directors in. Febru-
ary 2005, the AGM-Troxy
Statement is asking FamGuard
shareholders to elect Bennet
Atkinson, a chartered accoun-
tant, to the Board as an inde-
pendent non-executive.


E GERSHAN MAJOR


I


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SPRINTER Rudy Levarity,
who now shares the men's
national 100 metre record that
he set on April 14, 1981, will be
inducted into the Class of 2005
Hall of Fame of the University
of North Texas.
Levarity, 52, will be induct-
ed on October 29 during a
breakfast at the UNT Gateway
Center and introduced in cere-
monies prior to the 6pm foot-
ball game at Founts Field.
"I was very, very surprised,"
said Levarity of the announce-
ment by the UNT's Athletic
Media Relations. "That was
never in my mind because even
though I've been keeping up
with what's been happening at
the school, I never expected
this."
In 1981, right around the time
that Levarity attended UNT,
the Hall of Fame was launched.
To date, there are some 135
members inducted.
There's no idea how many
will be in the 2005 class, but
Levarity will go in for his con-
tribution as a member of the
Mean Green Athletic team
from 1980 to 1982.
During his tenure there, his
time of 10.18, ran on April 14,
1981 in the 100 and 20.50 he did
in the 200 on June 5, 1980, still
stand as school records.
Additionally, Levarity ran on
the third leg of the men's 4 x
100 relay team that clocked
-* 39.84 for the Mean Green's sec-
ond fastest time ever on May
31, 1981 and he was also on the
third leg of the men's 4 x 200
team that still have the record
of 1:23.84 that they set on April
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Looking back at his tenure at
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S. recollect setting records, but:he
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coaching of the high school ath-
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the Bahamas Electricity Cor-
poration.
He has been quietly working
behind the scene in the
Bahamas Association of Ath-
letic Associations.
But this year, he's looking
forward to stepping out in the
forefront and is currently train-
ing some of the younger ath-
letes at Fort Charlotte as they
look ahead to the trek to the
2008 Olympic Games in Bei-
jing, China.
While Levarity ran 10.18 for
the Mean Green's school
record, it also was listed as the
national record. However, Ren-
ward Wells tied the mark at the
1995 World Championships in
Sweden and Andrew Tynes
duplicated the feat in 2000 in
El Paso.
Levarity, however, said he
thought the record would have
been smashed by now.

Running
He noted that long before
Wells and Tynes came on the
scene, he had hopes of watching
"Fabian Whymms break the
record in 1985. He was running
10.22 consistently, but he never
broke it."
When Wells and Tynes came
along, Levarity said he was
looking for one of them to sur-
pass what he had done, but he
was surprised that they were
only able to tie it.
"I think it's interesting that
the record is still standing," said
Levarity, who established the
mark during an era when his
time was considered one of the
best on the collegiate circuit.
"The athletes today have a
lot more incentive and so they
should be running a lot faster.
But in talking to a lot of the
athletes, it's more difficult than
when I was competing."
In 1984, Levarity officially
retired from active competition
and he's been home ever since.


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* TENNIS
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
RYAN Sweeting is the only
Bahamian left at the US Open
Grand Slam Tennis tournament
but all of his concentration in
the rest tournament in Flush-
ing Meadows, New York will
be on the junior boys' singles.
Sweeting and Bahamian-born
Timothy Neilly were ousted in
the quarter-final of the boys'
doubles yesterday when they
lost 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (2) to the team
of Petar Jelenic of Croatia and
Evgenviy Kirillov of Russia.
Jelenic and Kirillov were
seeded at number three, while
Sweeting and Neilly were No.5
in the last of the four top tour-
naments in the world.
Sweeting and Neilly pulled
off their first round victory over
the American team of Waylon
Chin and Johnny Hamui with
a 6-2, 6-0 victory.
And in the second round,
Sweeting and Neilly advanced


to the third round after "they
clinched a 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 win over
Stephen Donald of Australia
and Javier Garrapiz-Borderias
of Spain.
This was the first time in a
major tournament that the
Bahamian connection hooked
up.

Doubles
While they didn't advance
any further in doubles, Sweeting
moved into the quarter-final
round of the boys singles with
another two set victory yester-
day.
Unseeded Sweeting pulled off
the easiest victory of the eight
matches played as he knocked
off American Holden Sequso
6-1, 6-2.
Sweeting will now go on to
play No.3 seed Leonardo May-
er from Argentina in the quar-
ter-final. Mayer had to go to a
pair of tie breakers before he
emerged with a 7-6 (7), 7-6 (7)


triumph over No.13 seed Sam
Querrey from the United
States.
Ranked No.21 in the world
coming into the tournament,
Sweeting opened up with a
come-from-behind 2-6, 6-3, 7-6
(1) decision over Carsten Ball
from Australia.
He had another tough match
in the second round, but he was
able to prevail with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-
1 victory over Andrea Arn-
aboldi from Italy.
Davis Cup team-member
Sweeting is making history as
no other Bahamian has reached
the quarter-final of any major
junior tournament in the past.
Neilly, on the other hand, was
eliminated in the second round
after he lost in two sets to Kei
Nishikori of Japan in scores of
6-4, 6-0.
The Grand Bahamian native,
who is playing under the Amer-
ican flag, won his first round
match with a 7-5, 7-6 (3) deci-
sion over Jaak Poldma of Esto-
nia.


Bahamas and

Barbados are

set for World

Cup clash

M RUGBY
By KELSIE JOHNSON
Junior Sports Reporter
THE stage is set for the one of he
biggest match-ups yet for the Bahamas'
rugby team.
The Bahamas, who won the Northern
Caribbean Rugby World Cup qualifi-
cation round in June, will face Barba-
dos, the Southern Caribbean Rugby
World Cup winners in Trinidad and
Tobago, on October 1st.
A win over Barbados will propel the
Bahamas team into the third round of
the World Cup qualifications.
At this stage of the qualification
rounds, the Bahamas will await the win-
ner of the game between Canada and
United States.
The venue for this game has not yet
been selected.
. The winner of the round three game
will automatically progress to the Rug-
by World Cup 2007 tournament.


Volleyball federation steps to it for Olympics


M VOLLEYBALL
By KELSIE JOHNSON
Junior Sports Reporter
THE Bahamas Volleyball Fed-
eration (BVF) has decided to
take the three step qualifying
course rather than the six step
procedure to qualify for the 2008
Olympic Games.
The federation made their
decision after looking at their
financial state and the taxing
position the six step course will
have on selected national team
players.
The international governing
body for volleyball, the FIVB,
devised two different ways for
which countries playing under
the North Central America and
Caribbean zone (NORCECA)
to qualify for the Olympics, after
reviewing the listed countries
under NORCECA's umbrella.
The three step qualifying
course is designed to assist the
smaller Caribbean countries who
_.--are hoping to qualify for future
Olympic games.
Vice president Joseph Smith
said in an exclusive interview
with The Tribune, yesterday, that
the federation made their deci-


sion based on all the factors sur-
rounding the sport in the
Bahamas, and the sporting
finances situation.
Smith said that the federation
re-examined their stance on the
qualification process and the
sport in the Bahamas as a whole,
as they tried to focus more on
the goal set in 2003.
He said: "What really hap-
pened within our region
(NORCECA), was at one of the
meetings held, representatives
from the Caribbean voiced that
they thought it was unfair that
the smaller countries in the
region had to suffer in the first
rounds due to the level of play
by countries like the United
States.

Difficult
"Playing against teams like the
United States, Cuba and Canada,
all of which are a part of our
region, made it very difficult for
Caribbean countries to make it to
the next level. This is why the
three step plan was introduced.
"The three step course, which'
we as a federation opted to take,


would make the dream or goal
more obtainable. This puts the
Olympic games more within our
reach.
"With the six step procedure
there was no way we could have
moved into qualification rounds
of the world's, knowing that we
will have to knock top countries
like the United States and Cuba
off."
The first task in the three step
qualification process is to win the
Caribbean Volleyball Champi-
onships (CVC), the second, to
place in the top two in any of the
NORCECA tournaments, which
automatically make you a World
Qualifier.
Obtaining the World Qualifi-
cation status will allow the coun-
try to participate in the World
Championships.
The six steps entitle the coun-
try to win the CVC champi-
onships, host one of the World
Qualifying tournaments and then
win the games in order to be con-
sidered to play in one of the
NORCECA tournaments.
The NORCECA has two qual-
ifying tournaments, A and B,
with the top two teams from each
tournament moving onto the


World Games tournament.
Only the top ten countries
from the World Games are invit-
ed to the Olympics.
Realising that their counter-
parts decided to work at the six
step qualification approach dur-
ing their off season, Smith said
the Bahamas wasn't in a position
to do the same.

Majority
"The majority of the
Caribbean Islands who decided
to take on the six step just before
the CVC championships had
received a lump sum of money
from their governments which
are in support," said Smith.
"Don't get me wrong, the
Bahamas isn't too far off mov-
ing onto the second step, all we
need to do is win CVC. But this
too is a task within itself.
"Unlike the other Caribbean
Islands, in which governments
decided to fund their programme,
offering stipends for players, we
are not there.
"When you really look at how
many of our national players
have work obligations, it creates


a problem for them when they
ask their jobs for time off.
"Asking for time off a job, let's
say every two months or so, for
more than a week is really tough
for some persons to do. Other
countries have placed their
national players in these posi-
tions to do so, we are not."
Currently, Barbados, Trinidad
and Tobago, Jamaica, St Kitts
and Nevis, Dominica, St Lucia
and Anguilla are trying to quali-
fy in the World Qualification
tournament.
Both Barbados and Trinidad
and Tobago have hosted the
tournaments, with Barbados'
men and women advancing to
the second round of play.
Smith said that the BBF opted
not to send a team to the qualifi-
cation tournament because of the
lack of funds.
However, he reassured the
public and players that the BBF
has scheduled several camps and
tournaments, which will assist in
improving the skill levels of all
persons selected to the national
teams.
The BBF has also made a bid
to host the 2006 senior CVC tour-
nament, set for June 2006.


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