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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 23, 2005
Copyright Date: 2005
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Hundreds of Bahamians

trapped in Houston

Tribune Staff Reporter
HUNDREDS of Bahami-
ans were trapped in the city
of Houston yesterday as
Hurricane Rita Qne of the
most intense storms on
record headed for the
coast of Texas.
The massive category five
storm with winds up to
175mph is threatening to
have an even more severe
impact than Hurricane Kat-
rina, which devastated New
Orleans just-.three weeks
As Hurricane Rita'roared
through the Gulf of Mexico
and Bahamians scrambled
to secure their homes and
leave Houston, concerned
parents of students living in
the Texas city as well as
ministerial officials,
expressed disappointment
over the fact that the
Bahamian government had
not offered more direct
assistance in the situation.

Among Bahamians
boarding up their homes
and praying for the best
yesterday were students and
Olympic athletes as well as
government officials.
Frank Rutherford, former
Bahamian Olympian and
employee of the Ministry of
Sports, Youth and Culture
yesterday afternoon
described to The Tribune
the situation in the city.
:"Some people feel like
this is Armageddon. People
are panicking. In the 22

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years that I have lived here
I have never seen the city
like this.
"It is unbelievable. Many
of the (Bahamian) students
here, although they are
used to hurricanes, are
scared of what this storm
will do," he said.
Mr Rutherford said that
in an attempt to ensure the
safety of Bahamian students
during the passage of the
storm, he had taken it upon
himself to gather as many
as he could at his home.

"I have now located sev-
en athlete students, a young
man just called me looking
for assistance. I hope I have
enough gas in my car to go
pick him up," he said.
Mr Rutherford said that
although he appreciates the
help of the Bahamian gov-
ernment to ensure the safe-
ty of its citizens in Texas,
he feels that there should
have been a more concerted
"There was no contin-
gency plan. No plan in
place to evacuate us
Bahamians,. The govern-
ment is doing its best, but
there is room for improve-
ment," he said.
The former Olympian
said that Houston, as the
fourth largest city in the
US, which many Bahamians
call home, warrants the
establishment of a con-
sulate office.

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BEWU president

hits out at BEC

Chief Reporter
Bahamas Electrical Corpora-
tion feel divorced from the com-
pany because management
negotiators are fostering an
atmosphere of industrial chaos,
Bahamas Electrical Workers
Union president Dennis
Williams told The Tribune yes-

His comments came after it
was revealed that BEC had
asked for its dispute with the
union to be referred to the
Industrial Tribunal for arbitra-
"BEC does not have the
jurisdiction to say if this matter
is referred to the tribunal. That
power is vested in the Minister
of Labour. The tribunal does
SEE page 11

JetBlue has two emergency

landings in 24 hours
JETBLUE, the low-cost airline which recently began services to
Nassau, has had to make two emergency landings in only 24 hours.
An airline spokesman told Associated Press that a flight from
Tampa, Florida, reported a problem with the wing-flaps as the
plane prepared to descend.
The flight landed safely at New York's John F Kennedy airport
and there were no injuries reported, according to AP.
The Tribune contacted JetBlue officials in the United States
Director-corporate communications Jenny Dervin said the air-
craft is out of service and the slats issue was being addressed last
SEE page 11

Claim that oil

companies are


price margins
Tribune Staff Reporter
OIL companies in the
Bahamas have been exploit-
ing fluctuating price margins
in devastated areas to warrant
hikes in gas prices locally, it
was claimed yesterday.
This claim came after Shell
and Texaco both reported
that they temporarily would
lower their prices from previ-
ously consigned highs earlier
this week.
During a press conference
with members of the Fuel
Usage Committee and the
Minister of Trade and Indus-
try Leslie Miller, Mr Miller
said they have yet to see an
invoice directly from the
source from where the fuel is
being bought.
"We have invoices here in
our ministry which show
clearly that none of our
invoices from Shell, Esso or
Texaco ever comes from the
"The invoice sent to this
SEE page 11

Gas prices

are poised

to 'jump

Tribune Staff Reporter
WITHIN 14 to 21 days,
Bahamians can expect to pay
anywhere between $5.50 and
$7.00 for one gallon of gaso-
With fiery words, Minister
of Trade and Industry Leslie
Miller made the announce-
ment yesterday, flanked by a
host of members from the
Fuel Usage Committee.
Mr Miller said he was
pleased that some local dis-
tributors had agreed on their
own, and in some instances
with a little push from the
committee, to lower prices
temporarily yesterday.
However, despite this tem-
porary decrease, prices are
poised to jump drastically
when the next shipment of
fuel reaches the Bahamas.
"Shell last week increased
their prices by $0.76 cents,
and then unbeknown to us
they went down by $0.78
SEE page 11


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Roads blocked in Houston

FROM page one
"What is needed now is a
Bahamian consulate office to
record and assist all the Bahami-
ans that live here. We can no
longer rely on the information
from Washington, DC, and
"Such an office would be vital
in times of emergency like this.
Many Bahamians that live here
are young people and need assis-
tance in these situations," he
Mr Rutherford said that earlier
yesterday he was able to help a
Bahamian mother who was trying
to locate her son.
"She was in tears because she
had not heard froin him. Com-
munication here is slowly deteri-
orating so it is difficult to get a
hold of some people. But in this
case I was able to help her and
she has now spoken to her son,"
he said.
Mr Rutherford said he and his
family members made sure to fill
up the tanks of their vehicles so
that they would be able to col-
lect Bahamian students from
around Houston.
"Gas has gotten very scarce
now. Some people are spending
three to four hours in line just to
buy gas. So we are lucky that we
still have some. However, Hous-
ton is a very large city, and all the
Bahamians are so scattered, I'm
hoping the gas we have now will
be enough to reach them," he
Mr Rutherford explained that,
although he knew of some
Bahamians living in Houston, he
was surprised at how large the
number actually is.

"I've always known the student
athletes, and some others you
meet at Bahamian parties, but
had I no idea there were so many
until now. There must me upward
of 200," he said.
The ex-athlete said that
although he had considered leav-
ing Houston, he gave up on the
idea when he saw how clogged
up the highways were.
. "There is an entrance to a nor-
mally isolated freeway right near
my home, I thought I could leave
that way, but traffic was just
"Some Bahamians left and
they are still sitting on the free-
way. It is almost impossible to
leave the city, you have hun-
dreds of thousands of people try-
ing to do just that. It makes
more sense to batten up, sit
tight, and pray for the best," he
US,media yesterday reported
that more than one million people
were attempting to escape Hurri-
cane Rita as they struggled to
make their way inland in a
bumper-to-bumper exodus.
"We have decided to stay.
There is hardly any more water,
gas or batteries to buy. But we
are Bahamians and are used to
riding out storms. So all we can
do now is get on our knees and
pray and try to keep spirits up,"
he said.
At press time last night Hurri-
cane Rita was located about 405
miles southeast of Galveston,
Texas, travelling at 9mph with
maximum sustained winds of
The storm was expected to
make landfall late Friday or ear-
ly Saturday.

Father's concern

for daughter

* FRANK Rutherford

* 2005 silver medallist Andre Williams

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE concerned father of a
teenager who has been forced
to, ride out Hurricane Rita in
Texas said he hopes that in the
future, the government will
more responsive to the needs
of Bahamians in emergency sit-
Maxwell Rolle told The Tri-
bune that he is very concerned
about his 14-year-old daughter
Waltia, who attends high school
in Houston.
He explained that for the
duration of the storm and its
aftermath, Waltia will stay with
Bahamian Olympic bronze
medalist Frank Rutherford,
who has taken it upon himself
to shelter a number of Bahami-
an students in his home.
Mr Rolle said he would have
been extremely concerned if
Waltia had been forced to
remain alone in her boarding
room, as everyone else in her
building was leaving.
He said that he feels more
comfortable knowing that she
is with a fellow Bahamian.
Mr Rolle said he just spoken
with Waltia, who is in very good
"She is not that scared, but I
think that has to do with the
fact that she is just 14:"
Mr Rolle noted that Mr
Rutherford and the Bahamian
students had to scramble to

* WALTIA Rolle

secure supplies to ride out tihe
"Frank went overboard try-
ing to help as many people as he
can and he needs to be com-
mended for trying to assist, but
he needs financial help. HE
can't be expected to do it out ,of
his own pocket."
Mr Rolle said that in his opi-
ion, the Bahamian government
can do more to assist Bahamni-
ans who live such sit-
"They should at least provide
some compensation to assist
with students," he said.


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Tribune Staff Reporter
OFFICERS from the Fire
Services travelled around New
Providence yesterday installing
smoke detectors in the homes of
disabled persons.
The exercise, officers said,

was part of their continuing
effort to promote fire safety.
Fire Services administrator
Sergeant Bradley Knowles led
the group of officers who
arrived at the homes of four dis-
abled persons in a Delta-Eight
fire engine.
The officers installed the
smoke detectors free of charge.
Two detectors were also
placed in the building of the
Bahamas Association for the
Physically Disabled.
Sgt Knowles said that the
exercise was only part of a larg-
er fire safety effort targeting the
disabled, the elderly and single
mothers with multiple children.

Consultant for disability
affairs in the Ministry of Social
Services Iris Adderley said she
thinks the initiative is
She pointed out that it is
important for disabled persons
to realise that fire alarms can
mean the difference between
life and death.
"For those persons that are
not hearing impaired, this is a

great way to save lives," she said.
Sharon Farrington's house-
hold was one of the four visited
by fire officers yesterday.
Sharon's son, 13-year-old
Theron Farrington was born
with Spina Bifida, a condition
which leaves the spinal column
Sharon said the detector wi
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Tonique and Dennis pray for safety of relative

Williams-Darling Darling

Tribune Staff Reporter
BAHAMIAN Olympians
Dennis Darling and Tonique
Williams-Darling are hoping for
the safety of Dennis' mother
Wendy Hunter as she prepares
to ride out Hurricane Rita.
According to her son, Ms
Hunter lives in the Houston,
Texas area and did not have
time to evacuate.
She is now busy trying to
secure her home, Dennis told
The Tribune.
He explained that the situa-
tion in Houston appears to be
chaoticc" as millions of people
are trying to flee.
"Well right now,,it is impos-
sible to try and evacuate
because the highways are so
blocked up. I heard that peo-
ple are running out of gas on
the highway and there is
nowhere for them to go. The

airport is still open but it is
impossible to get flights out."
Mr Darling spoke to The Tri-
bune from his home in Mary-
land where he and his wife,
Bahamian 400 meter Olympic
gold medalist Tonique
Williams-Darling are following
media coverage on the category
four hurricane's movement very
"Well all we can do right now
is pray that everything will be all
right," he said.
Dennis said he had spoken
with his mother several times


He said she is making do as
best she can by battening
down her windows and doors
and securing her belongings.
"She told me she was at the
stores from 5.30 this morning

trying to buy wood and supplies,
but there really isn't anything
He explained that although
Ms Hunter lives about 45 min-
utes from the coast, Hurricane
Rita is such a large storm that
he was sure that the entire

state will be affected.
There are approximately 200
Bahamians living in Texas.
Dennis said he was able to
speak with a number of his
friends in the area, who told
him that they were planning to

Ministry 'will not abandon students'

"WE have not deserted them" said For-
eign Affairs Permanent Secretary Dr Patri-
cia Rodgers of the many Bahamian stu-
dents in Texas.
Speaking to The Tribune yesterday,
Olympic medalist Frank Rutherford
expressed concern about the students, who
he said are trapped in the path of Hurricane

Dr Rodgers admitted that there is no
Bahamian diplomatic headquarters in the
city, but pointed that there is a tourist office.
"The embassy is Texas generally covers
the whole area," she said. "However that
office is really some ways way, but the
tourist office is not."
She added that the ministry has been
monitoring the situation as it applies to the
"So far we have been in touch with Mr

Rutherford, who has been in touch with
many students in the area. He is collecting
numbers and locations for us at this time,"
she said.
"We have not left them all to fend for
themselves and we will be in contact with
them throughout the storm and after-
"For now, all we can tell them to do is to
follow the instructions given to them from
the authorities and to be safe," she said.


anger at


of foreign


monwealth Electrical Workers
Union (CEWU) is attempting
to launch a strike over the num-
ber of foreign workers at the
Grand Bahama Power Compa-
The union said it has applied
,to government for permission
to strike, and is threatening to
*shut the company down.
'Management, the union
claimss, has used "union busting
tactics" to intimidate and frus-
tyate its Bahamian workers -
.while hiring a large number of
; In a press release issued yes-
t rday union executives said
I they would not allow Bahamian
:workers to be "ridiculed and
:,ppressed" in their own coun-
,* They said the Grand Bahama
:Power company has "shown lit-
: le interest in giving Bahamian
2vorkers their fair share of the
benefit pie that has been
attained through their hard
The union executives claim
tlhat Grand Bahama Power has
gone to great lengths to "inject"
foreigners into the workforce.
', A representative of Grand
bahama Power said yesterday
that the company did not wish
*to comment on the strike threat.
However, the management
also issued a press release yes-
terday, though not in response
to the CEWU's statements.
The release stated that addi-
tional overseas "linemen" are
being brought in to work with
local employees, in an effort to
alleviate the heavy work-load
and restore the electrical sys-
tem, which was severely impact-
ed by hurricanes in 2004.
The release also stated that
,.once additional help is in place
4nd load swings are addressed,
,:he quality of the power supply
'to Grand Bahama would
improve to a satisfactory level.
The management also thanked
,4s linemen for undertaking the
,'Herculean task" of maintain-
ing the service.
The Tribune was not able to
reach Labour and Immigration
minister Vincent Peet for com-
,*ent up to press time.

New underwater cable to Bimini

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT A new $6-
million submarine fibre optic
able between Grand Bahama
and Bimini was brought ashore
for installation yesterday at the
Bahamas Telecommunication
Company's plant site at North
The project, which involved
laying 70 miles of cable off
Eight Mile Rock, Grand
Bahama, was completed one
day ahead of schedule and on
Minister of Works and Util-
ities Bradley Roberts said the
new cable network at Bimini
would bring telecommunica-
tion services on that island on
par with New Providence and
Grand Bahama.
During a press conference
at Bimini, he revealed that
expenditure of some $60 mil-
lion has been approved for
fibre optic cable to be installed
in the entire Bahamas.
Leon Williams, chief oper-
ating officer at BTC, said the

cable network at Bimini is the
first of 14 others to be installed
in the Family Islands.
NSW (Norddeutsche Seek-
ablerke), an established world
leader is fibre oprtic sumbma-
rine cable system is carrying
out the cable laying and instal-
lation work.
The new cable system is
expected to come on stream
by the end of September.
It will significantly relieve
congestion by increasing
capacity to tens of thousands
simultaneous telephone con-
versations compared to the old
tropo scatter system, which
had a capacity of only 120 con-
The new system also has the
capacity for BTC to provide
GSM cellular and DSL high
speed Internet services, which
was not supported by the old
The old system failed to pro-
vide reliable service. Just two
weeks ago there was a four-
day telecommunication outage
disconnecting Bimini from the
rest of the Bahamas and the


rest of the world for four days.
Mr Roberts stressed that the
new cable system would not
be compromised even during
He noted that improved
telecommunications is in keep-
ing with government's com-
mitment to investors and resi-
dents of Bimini.
In addition to economic
benefits to the island, Mr
Roberts said the fibre optic
program would greatly
enhance the education of chil-
dren and facilitate businesses
on the island.
"It is a win-win situation for
all. There are many spin-offs
such as Bimini Bay, where
there is, a construction of a
hotel and casino and homes,
which means that many peo-
ple will be coming in.
Bimini Bay developer Ger-
ardo Capo said: "Bimini was
blessed to be the first one and
this probably means that
theyreally want Bimini to be
the gateway to the Bahamas,
which is what it has always
been known."

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IT IS NOW time for Prime Minister Perry
Christie to inform Bahamas Electrical Workers
Union leader Dennis Williams that he heads an
"essential service" and that there are serious
consequences if that essential public service is
interrupted by him, his union executives or
This country's best paid government workers
$1 million non-contributory medical plan
for each employee, non- contributory pension
scheme that ranks among the top two per cent
of the world's best, generous salaries, incre-
ments and overtime pay now want more.
And they are trying to squeeze out of a dry
stone just what isn't there at.a time when they
already have a contract that does not expire
until 2007. The purpose of a contract is that
both sides are expected to honour its terms
until it is time to renegotiate. BEC has signed
a contract that should guarantee peace, quiet
and efficient service for at least a four-year
period -2003 to 2007.
But here we are just two years into the con-
tract and greedy hands are out for more. The
BEC union certainly has no sensitivity or
understanding of the times in which we live. It
has no consideration for a long-suffering pub-
lic already concerned about the corporation's
heavy surcharges caused by OPEC's hike in
fuel prices. The public is in no mood to enter-
tain further increases to cover the desires of a
work force already paid more than most work-
ing Bahamians.
We were re:cey .' -i" 4 S e
office when a staff member commented about
the difficulty she was now having in meeting
her BEC bills with the increased surcharges.
What angered her even more was that BEC's
costs were going up, while its services were
-going dowrr. Yet what was her choice? Either
pay up or sit in darkness.
Nor is any member of the public the peo-
ple responsible for paying BEC workers'
salaries- any happier to learn that recent
repairs to areas affected by a thunderstorm,
which turned off their power, was delayed
because of BEC's labour dispute with man-
The union wants the public to blame their
discomfort on BEC management. But the pub-
lic is smarter than that. Today it sees BEC
management as trying to protect the people
from ihion demands that would inevitably
incre., e the cost of their light bill.
W: were told that a BEC worker comment-
ed at dua his week that workers had to get as
m i as they possibly could out of government
nu because "elections coming soon".

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tion will come before that.
Now what do these well paid workers want?
Firstly, they want retroactive overtime pay;
an increase in their pensions a pension plan
that is called, not only the best in the Bahamas,
but among the best in the world-- and an
increase in merit pay.
The overtime comes from the introduction of
the 40-hour work week in 2001. When the 40-
hour week went into effect the BEC union
was already locked into a contract with gov-
ernment (May 1, 1998 to April 30,2003). At the
time Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham
announced that the introduction of the 40-
hour week under the Fair Labour Standards
Act would not apply to workers already under
contract. They were told they would have to
wait until it was time to negotiate a new con-
When April, 2003 rolled around union lead-
ers either forgot or neglected to negotiate the
new working hours into the contract. Sudden-
ly, more than two years into its new contract,
the union remembered the.40-hour week. The
union is now trying to reopen negotiations on
a contract already signed and sealed and not
open to renegotiation before 2007. The union
wants the overtime it claims is owed on the
40-hour week backdated to 2003. We under-
stand that this translates into about $4,000
each for from 400 to 500 BEC workers. This
comes to about $2 million ., ..,,..,,,
Sogyeiment maintains it owes workers poth-
ing, but is willing to start the' 40-hour week in
October. The union walked out on this pro-
BEC workers even without the 40-hours
make overtime that for many of them dou-
bles their salaries. We were talking recently
with a retired BEC foreman. He is appalled at
the present antics of the union. He said that
BEC workers have always been well paid. He
said that, for example, drivers who made about
$30,000 a year could almost double their
salaries in overtime. Most of the time, he said,
they made more money than he did. The over-
time in his department was so high, he recalled,
that often he had to send it to head office to be
It is time for BEC unionists to honour their
contract, be thankful that they are so blessed
and have some compassion for their fellow
Bahamians who are not as well off.
If they are not willing to do this, we urge
Mr Christie to exercise his executive powers
and demonstrate 'to union leaders what the
designation "essential service" really means.

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EDITOR, The Tribune

LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

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

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

Publisher/Editor 1972-

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recognition. To imply that the
powers that be are applying
pressure on him because of this
act is simply far fetched.
Again I say when telling a
story, tell it right and be truth-
fuL I love to read good stories.
The public in order to get your
sympathy would no doubt want
to hear the truth. Mr Gilbert
did not tell us why his public
service badge was taken, pre-
venting him from earning a liv-
ing, nor did the reporter imply
that he or she questioned Mr
Gilbert on this reason. We have
not read where those in author-
-ity were-contacted'to-inquire
the reason.
First of all, there is a right
way and there is a wrong way of
doing things. There are those
in authority whom the law pro-
tects and demands respect for
that office.
For public service drivers,
the controller is the authority.
Outside of that body comes the
Road Traffic Authority and the

Mr Gilbert was summoned
to the controller's office with' -a
message by a messenger who
took back to the controller the-
message Mr Gilbert gave the
messenger and thereafter,
instructions were given to take
Mr Gilbert's badge until he
decided to respect the office of
the controller, by coming in, aild,
seeing what the matter is all
Please bear in mind, that the,
controller has the power to
summon you on any matter
relating to ones conduct if youf
are a public service driver. I4b
one is above the law and if We,
don't like or have no respect,
for the controller, you must*
respect his office.
No matter how good a job we
-might be doing in the publi qs
eye, there is a right way and a
wrong way. Mr Gilbert's fate
lies in his determination to see
or not to see the controller.
I say no more.
Bahamas Taxi Cab Union
September 19,2005

UPON reading the story
"Cab Drivers claim to be vic-
timised because of campaign"
in The Tribune dated Septem-
.ber 13 2005, I was a bit moved,
concerned and sympathetic
towards the storyteller.
The storyteller whom I recog-
nise to be a hard worker, one
who cares for the welfare of his
job and bold enough to
approach the Haitian hackers
at the airport, leaves me with
admiration and determination
to fight along with him and oth-
ers who are in such a position.
One must also examine the sto-
ry and see if the story is all
truth, because it lacks substance.
Either there is a chapter 2
on stream, or the reporter acted
irresponsibly by not checking
the story out and if he did, he
did not inform us readers, that
persons whom he contacted to
verify certain aspects of the sto-
ry was unavailable.
Mr. Gilbert is one of the few
taxi drivers who boldly faced
Haitian hackers, preventing
them from taking what is right-
fully his, and I therefore com-
mend him a thousand times.
Yes he is frustrated, especially
when he continues to seek help
and gets none from the author-
ities who continue to pass the
buck. I too am frustrated
because over the past five years,
Mrs Ferguson (past vice-presi-
dent), and I have been trying to
get someone this responsible to
carry out their task, to do what
they ought to, and prevent a
When requesting the public
sympathy, let us be on the right
track and get it right. There is-
nothing wrong with Mr Gilbert,
forming an association or what-
ever outside the Bahamas Taxi
Cab Union. He is not a member
of the union and he has every
right to do as he pleases as long
as it is within the confinement
of the law. The Constitution
protects him and so does the
Industrial Relations Act.
We have seen organizations
formed and recognised by the
Government when it is done in
order. One such organisation
outside of the Bahamas Taxi
Cab Union is the Public Service
Drivers Union headed by
Richard Johnson. No victimisa-
tion came about. For what pur-
pose should there be victimisa-
tion and by whom?
Let me assure you that this
president is far away from poli-
tics with no axes to grind. We
support all political parties and
sundry. Do it right and get your

EDITOR, The Tribune
WHILE city after city,
country after country, com-
munity after community and
even church affer ciuircl, sit
back ,and criticise our' meni
criticise our boys, criticise our
dilemma in crime, criticise
those who spent time and
those who we don't give jobs,
I sit back and pray, sit back
and view my life, sit back and
plan all of the things that each
person can do and pray that
God can help me discover the
path that I was born to do.
Then the answer keeps
coming back to "motivate,
motivate, motivate men, moti-
vate boys, motivate their fam-
ilies, motivate their teachers,
motivate their neighbours and
motivate their churches, not
only to build life, but to dis-
continue going out and brag
about numbers but to give
new hope to us the male
human beings who get any-
thing but sincere attention
and love.
Everywhere, God, Jehovah
God, has chosen us to lead,
chosen us to do his will, cho-
sen us to live among you but
even our churches, or at least
most of them it seems, are
more caught up with more

numbers than even the num-,-
ber person in the numbers
But pray tell me, who is no.
listening but only hearing?
Pray tell me, who is i that';
suggests education,'but cai-
not teach? .
Pray tell me; whio isit that'
preaches love, but cannot'
demonstrate how to deliver',-
Yes, you say all the timed
that "God does things in mys; '
terious ways, his wonders to'
Let me quickly, inform you !
that messages of love also can.
come through. former boxing
champions, such as this one-
who has lived long enougA"
among you not only to learn a'
lot about you but as a child, ad
young man and now a man to
give you God's simple
reminder of our love, our'.
expected love towards moti2'
vating men, motivating boys,
motivating their families'
motivating their teachers,
motivating their neighbours
and most of all motivating
their churches through them."
August 2005


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

Motivation is the'

key to success

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Government 'must

explain failure to

deliver its pledges'

Tribune Staff Reporter
TIE Opposition is to grill the
PLP'Iovernment on why it has
not'delivered on pledges made
in 2002 after winning the elec-
Alvin Smith, leader of the
Opposition in the House of
Assembly and North Eleuthera
MP, told The Tribune that the
government had made announ-
cemients of several pieces of
vital legislation in the speech
frolin throne at the opening of
the h'ew parliament in 2002.
This legislation, he said, "has
yet to be discussed in parlia-
When the House of Assem-
bly reopens on October 5, Mr
Sniit, said that the opposition
willtrive to address several of

the outstanding issues.
"In the speech from the
throne it was announced that
government will stem the
increase of illegal immigration
- there were no significant
efforts made towards this end."
He further said government
had promised a bill for an act of
integrity in public life.
"This would have brought a
higher level of accountability
and transparency, but unfortu-
nately it never happened," he
Mr Smith also criticised the
fact that government did not
pass legislation to create addi-
tional tourism development
zones in urban areas and the
Family Islands.
"It was also announced that
the Bahamas would become a
centre of e-commerce. While

some small legislation was
passed, the Bahamas is far from
being a centre for e-commerce."
he pointed out.


Mr Smith said that the oppo-
sition members will also bring
up previously promised legisla-
tion for a new Pensions Act, as
well as laws which would pre-
pare the groundwork to enable
parts of Grand Bahama and the
Family Islands to enjoy similar
benefits to those Freeport has
under the Hawksbill Creek
"These are all issues we will
hold them to when we return
to parliament," he said.
High on the agenda of the
opposition will also be the delay

of school repairs, Mr Smith
The North Eleuthera MP fur-
ther suggested that the govern-
ment should consider prorogu-
ing parliament to increase its
efficiency of administration.
He explained that under the
Westminster-style of parlia-
ment, it is customary to pro-
rogue, or take a break and
return with a reformulated
agenda and fresh ideas.
"In many countries, such as
Bermuda, the parliamentary
year is 12 to 18 months and then
they prorogue.
In the Bahamas it has been
three and half years since the
opening of parliament under
this government and maybe
what is needed to refocus is to
prorogue," he said.

Mountaineer bests Elbrus

VETERAN Freeport moun-
taineer Dave Mellor has
retturned from another triumph
this time the ascent of
Europe's highest peak, Mount
Mr Mellor, 63, scaled the
18,481-foot twin-headed vol-
cano in the Caucasus range of
Russia as part of his mission to
climb the highest mountain on
every continent.
Elbrus is not as high as many
mountains tackled by the intre-
pid retired Grand Bahama busi-
nessman, but it is the worst
ki llr ,because of extreme
weatber conditions.
r'lMany.'climbers lose their'
lives on .the mountain in an
average year,' he told The Tri-
,"This area was the scene of
some fierce fighting during the
Second World War when the
Gbrmiian army was fighting its
way through to Stalingrad," he
'"There were many casualties
a4d,still even today there are
bodies of soldiers being found in
thee melting glaciers that sur-
round the mountain."
'Mr Mellor, a Yorkshireman
who has lived in the Bahamas
fdr nearly 40 years, began
climbing as a teenager. Now he
is'devoting his retirement to a
series of mountaineering chal-
,"I made the first attempt (on
Elbrus) on September 1 to cel-
ebrate my 63rd birthday and
ahn6st made it to the top before

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Fourth peak in mission

a bad storm hit us with 60mph
winds and minus 20 degree tem-
"The wind chill made it bit-
terly cold and I felt colder then
than I did on Mount Everest.
We had to fight our way down
in white-out conditions and
helped a number of climbers
who were finding it really hard."
At his second attempt, how-
ever, Mr Mellor made it to the
top after what he called "six
bone-chilling hours" in a freez-
ing snowstorm.
"It was too cold to hang
around, so after my usual ritual
of leaving the Bahamas flag,
scattering sand from Freeport
beach and planting a set of
Bahamian coins among a pile

of icons and trinkets that
marked the top, I head down...a
long, long descent of almost
7,000 feet."
Mount Elbrus is the fourth
peak climbed in Mr Mellor's
mission to scale the highest.
summit on seven continents.
He has left the Bahamian flag
on Mount McKinley in North
America, Aconcagua in South
America, Kilimanjaro in Africa
and now Mount Elbrus in
Europe. One of his future tar-
gets is Mount Vinsen in Antarc-
tica "the coldest mountain in
the world."
He also has a lingering desire
to have another go at Everest,
the world's highest peak. In
1999, he reached 28,000 feet

before allowing his sherpa to car-
ry the Bahamian flag to the top.
"I did climb Lhotse, the south
peak of Everest, which is much
more difficult, and feel tempted
to count that as my Everest, but
I have just received an invita-
tion to have another go at the
main summit next year, so I am
thinking seriously about it," he


A 29-year-old East Street
man was arraigned in Magis-
trate's Court yesterday
accused of setting fire to a
The fire caused an estimat-
ed $45,000 in damage to the
single-storey Miami Street
It was alleged that between
10.30am and 11.30am on Tues-
day, Bruce Ferguson inten-
tionally set fire to the five-
room stucco house.
The house is owned by
William Major and was being
lived in by Monique Major at
the time.
Ferguson was also charged
with setting fire to a 1994 Ford
Mustang owned by Nathalie
The damage to the car are
estimated at $1,000.
Ferguson, who appeared
before Magistrate Marilyn
Meers, was not required to
enter a plea and was denied
He was remanded to Fox
Hill Prison. The case was
adjourned until January 16,

A 32-year-old Cowpen
Road man was granted $2000
bail after pleading not guilty to
stealing a generator and a
wheel barrow.
It was alleged that sometime
between Saturday August 27
and Monday August 29
Loranzo Gray stole a Yamaha
2600 generator and a wheel
barrow, together valued at
over $1,000, the property of
Hugo Seymour.
The matter was adjourned
to January 16, 2006.
A 19-year-old Mason
Addition man was arraigned
in the Magistrate's Court on a
drug charge yesterday.
It was alleged that on
Wednesday September 21
Samuel Brown was found in
possession of a quantity of
Brown, who appear ed
before Magistrate Renee
Mckay, was charged with pos-
session of one gram of mari-
juana, to which he pleaded
He was sentenced to pay a
fine of $250 or spend one
month in prison.

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80th Anniversary
Celebrations Committee


s. Majorie Davis, OBE

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Teacher/Guide Leader and
Guidance Counselor at The
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MU,1950 until 1970.

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* DAVE Mellor, displaying theBahamas and BASRA flags on
top of Mount Elbrus, Europe's highest peak.

Cri ebrief

FRIDAY, art I- tiVlDrin 4o, uvuo, i rt cr- 0


Yesterday, Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell addressed

delegates at the United Nations General Assembly in New

York. On the next two pages we focus on the points raised

War on terror must not reduce rights

THE fight against terrorism
should not he used as "an
excuse" to lessen the rights and
freedoms of the public. For-
eign Affairs Minister Fred
Mitchell told the United
Nations General Assembly

"We must remember that
the fight against those who
would attack our common
civilisation can never be used
as an excuse to curtail the
rights and freedoms of our cit-
izens," he said.
Mr Mitchell said that mem-

her countries must be "res-
olute in the fight against the
attacks on innocent people
going about their daily lives by
those in the pursuit of dubious
and nefarious political ends."
He added however that "all
counter measures must con-

form to both the letter and
spirit of international human
rights law."
Mr Mitchell told the UN
delegates that the Bahamas
hopes to sign the Internation-
al Convention for the Sup-
pression of Acts of Nuclear

Terrorism in the near future.
The International Conven-
tion is a UN agreement that
calls for states to develop laws
criminalising nuclear terror-
ism, investigate alleged
offences, and arrest, prosecute,
or extradite offenders.

It also calls for international
co-operation with nuclear ter-.
rorism investigations and pros-
ecutions through information-
sharing, and the extradition
and transfer of detainees to
assist with foreign investiga-
tions and prosecutions.

Bahamas 'should not

be blamed for drug

trafficking trade'

IT is unfair to blame the
Bahamas for the drug traffick-
ing that takes place through its
waters according to Minister of
Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell.
He said that because of its
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geographical location, "the
Bahamas is an unwitting transit
point for illegal drugs from pro-
ducing countries to the south of
our borders, to consumer
nations to the north of our bor-
"We have consistently point-
ed out that the Bahamas nei-
ther produces these substances,
nor is it the ultimate destina-
tion for them," Mr Mitchell told
the UN delegates.
However, he said, "that does
not stop those who consume the
drugs from blaming countries
like ours for this scourge. It is
most unfair."
Mr Mitchell said it is clear
that consuming nations "must
increase their efforts to reduce
demand within their borders.
We continue to cooperate with
the United States and other
countries in this international
"Our successful efforts and
those of the broader region
have been acknowledged by our

international partners in the


"In particular, the admirable
performance of the Bahamas in
its counter narcotics effort anrd
the superb record of our coun-
try's police in terms of disma'n-
tling drug trafficking organisa-
tions, as well as our hard work
to improve the country's ability
to combat money-laundering;''
he said.
"It is a fight we are pledged-to
continue." d'
Mr Mitchell pointed out that
the Bahamas, like other transit
countries, suffers from the ille-
gal activities associated with the
drug trade. "'.
"This deadly nexus between
illicit drugs and small arms anid
light weapons and other crimi-
nal activities undermines; thle
economic and social fabrici f
our nation," he said.

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MORE investment is need-
.ed from the United Nations into
Caribbean countries if they are
-,-.Speaking at the 60th session
( the United Nations General
Assembly, Minister of Foreign
Affairs Fred Mitchell said:
"With many of our people leav-
ing the region to help to sustain
the way of life of the developed
world, greater attention must
ibe paid to this region in terms of
-looking toward investment par-
*ticularly in education, support
of the delivery of health care,
,and in the continued support of
democratic governance."
-*i;"It is not charity that is
requiredd but a sound, sensible
iin0yestme.tain .our cpmmoQ
future," he. said.
.Mr Mitchell said it is a com-
plaint- from. thr-ough-out the
-developing world that donors
?make pledges of financial and
material support but do not fol-
ilow through on those pledges.
Mr Mitchell said that Haiti
"is our poorest member and is
;perhaps the example from
which it is best to draw".
"We thank Brazil and the
many sister countries of Latin
America who have risen to the
challenge with men and
materiel. But while much has
been given there are many
pledges of donor aid that have
not materialised as they
should," he said.
Several countries suspended
aid pledges after the February
2004 coup that ousted former
president Bertrand Aristide.
Mr Mitchell said that Haiti is
of major interest to the

Bahamas "because in the cir-
cumstances of their economy
and their national politics,
"The Bahamas and the
region face increased pressure
from illegal migration from
Haiti and from the threat of


"Today, we repeat what the
American Christian Bishop TD
Jakes said in the National
Cathedral in Washington last
week while praying for the vic-
tims of Hurricane Katrina: it is
what we do that counts, not
what we say we will do."
"It is incumbent upon all of
us in the United Nations to do
all that we; can to help resolve
the issues there," he said. "As
we move forward, let us be sure
that we learn from our mistakes
as well as our successes.
Mr Mitchell added that the
Bahamas "reaffirms that the
United Nations remains the
best chance for all states, large
and small, to achieve peace,
security and sustainable devel-
opment for our peoples".
He added that the history of
democracy in our region has
also produced for the region an
enviable standard of living in
many ways.
"This way of life that has
been the Prime
Minister of St. Vincent and the
Grenadines Ralph Gonsalves
as the Caribbean civilization is
one which did not develop with-
out significant investment in our
people, and cannot be sustained
unless that investment contin-
ues," he said.

Environmental agenda needed

THE destruction caused by
hurricanes in the Caribbean
region in recent years has high-
lighted global warming as a
major concern for the Bahamas.
Foreign Affairs Minister Fred
Mitchell told the UN General
Assembly yesterday: "The
images of the destruction in the
aftermath of Hurricane Katri-
na are all too familiar to many
small island developing states,"
he said.
"The images have been
sobering, as we realise that even
the biggest and strongest of us
will grapple with the difficulties
associated with the recovery
from such a destructive force of
nature," Mr Mitchell said.
"Last year in this place, we
said that the native peoples of
our region were so familiar with
the violent storms that plague
the region in the summer
months that they gave it the
name hurricane. Today, we
have seen those storms hit with
a savagery unknown in recent
Mr Mitchell said this raises
the question of whether the

severity of recent storms is a
cyclical phenomenon, or
whether the effects of climate
change now confront the region.
"In either case, it places front
and centre the need for public
policy on sustainable develop-
ment, and the implementation
of the Mauritius Strategy for
small island developing states,"
he said.
The Mauritius Strategy is a
UN agreement detailing an
agenda on issues such as climate
change, natural disasters, sea
level changes, waste manage-.
ment, tourism and sustainable
"The Bahamas, with much of
its land barely five feet above
mean sea level, would wish to
highlight the need to undertake
global action to address the dan-
gers of climate change," Mr
Mitchell said.
He said that with the warm-
ing of the Earth's surfaces and
oceans, "we have seen an
increase in the incidence of nat-
ural disasters, many of them
causing untold damage and
"We have an opportunity,
however, to address the adverse

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effects of climate change," Mr
Mitchell told the UN delegates.
"We once again reiterate our
grave concern over the serious
threat posed to the security and
economic development of
Caribbean countries by the

transshipment of nuclear waste
through the Caribbean Sea, and
continue to call on States
involved in such transshipments
to:desist from this practice," he
told the UN session.

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a resident of Smith's Point,
Grand Bahama will be held
on Sunday 25th,
September, 2005 at 1:00
pm at New Emmanuel
Baptist Church, McCleans
Town, Grand Bahama. Officiating will be Rev
Edwin Pinder assisted by Rev Napthali Cooper
and Interment will follw in the McCleans Town
Public Cemetery.

Left to cherish his precious memories are his wife,
Lady Darling Pinder; six sons, Aaron, Clifford,
Gladon, Stephen Jr, Timothy and Wesley Pinder;
nine daughters, Pastor Vernice Cox, Thelma
Saunders, Maggie Coleman of Ft Lauderdale,
Florida, Phillis Pinder Lawrence, Sarah Cooper,
Monica Jenny, Danice and Tracey Pinder; two
adopted sons, Cameron Hunt and Dr Christy
Odebode of Nigera, Africa; three adopted
daughters, Nancy Tynes, Mariam Barns of
Pittsburg and Andrea Dunn of New York; one
brother, David Pinder Sr, one sister, Virginia Carey;
two godchildren, Lorraine Thomas and Alex Carey;
24 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, 17
nephews, 26 nieces, two brothers-in-law, Harcourt
and Vittie Thomas; five sisters-in-law, Nicey, Lovely
and Jenny Pinder, Ida Williams, Veronica Russell
and Nathalie Thomas; six sons-in-law, Pastor
Napthalie Cooper, Diles Lawrence, Joe Coleman,
Reynold Saunders Sr and Etienne Cox of Nassau;
three daughters-in-law, Patsy, Victoria and Lorraine
Pinder and a host of other relatives and friends
including, Rice Pinder, David Brice, Mr T Smith,
Rev Hayward Cooper and Mainette Cooper, Doris
Moniette Holding, Rev Peter Pinder and Members
of the Zion Baptist Church, Fr Robinson and the
St Jude's Anglican Church. Voice of Hope Outreach
Ministry, Mary Rusell and family, entire East End
Community, Doctors, Nurses expecially Jullian
Demeritte, Patrica Beckles and the Medical Ward
of the Rand Memorial Hospital, Hon Kenneth
Russell and Hon Pleasant Bridgewater, Pastor
Jeffery and Queenie Johnson.

Relatives and friends may pay their respects at
Yager Funeral Home and Crematorium, Queens
Highway Freeport on Saturday 14th, September,
2005 from 12:00 noon until 6:00 pm and at the
church Sunday from 11:30 am until service time.


a resident of High Rock,
Grand Bahama will be held
on Saturday 24th,
September, 2005 at 2:00
pm at Emmanuel Baptist
Church, High Rock, Grand
Bahama. Officiating will be Pastor Lawrence Pinder
assisted by Rev Preston Cooper Jr and Rev Henry
Cooper and interment will follow in the High Rock
Public Cemetery.

Cherished memories are held by his wife, Breneka
Cooper; mother, Rose Cooper; two sons, Joshua
and Akeem Cooper; one daughter, Michaella
Cooper; four brothers, McDonald, Clifton, Flavard
and Jason Cooper; three sisters, Delcina Cooper,
Minerva Moxey and Inez Smith; grandmother,
Cinderella Roberts; three uncles, Beecham,
Alexander and Bertram Roberts; four aunts,
Violetta Leathen, Evelyn Mclntosh, Odetta Cooper
and Theresa Pinder; two brothers-in-law, Hamilton
Moxey and' Ricardo Smith; one sisters-in-law,
Fiona Cooper; four nephews, Adrian, Devon,
Ricardo Jr and Charles Jr; seven nieces, Shavania,
Wilsonette, Richandia, Jasmine, Jastina, Maxine
and Jayden; three uncles-in-law, Pastor Lawrence
Pinder, Audley Leathen and Nelson Mclntosh ;
aunt-in-law, Geraldine Cooper and a host of other
relatives and friends including, Pastor Strachan,

staff at Royal Oasis, Radison Resort, Focal Gas,
Kemp, Cooper and Thomas families, Susan Dennis
in Miami, Fla, Hon Kenneth Russell, Hon Pleasant
Bridgewater, Roberts, Ellis and Heild families,
Devon Grant the Laings and Ms Constance

Relatives and friends may pay their respects at
Yager Funearl Home and Creamtorium, Queens
Highway, Freeport on Friday 23rd, September,
2005 from 12:00 noon until 6:00 pm and at the
church on Saturday from12:30 until service time.

New film exposes the

ills of the arms trade


T'S not often you will see
Amnesty International
promoting a movie. But Lord
of War, currently showing here
in Nassau, is an exception.
Amnesty International is
proud to announce its support
of Lord of War, a film starring
Academy Award-winner Nico-
las Cage, that illustrates the
deadly impact of the uncon-
trolled global arms trade.
The film follows the story of a
New York-based arms broker
(Cage) who trafficks weapons
to dictators and human rights
abusers, and the efforts of the
Interpol agent (Ethan Hawke)
trying to stop him. The movie is
written and directed by Andrew
Niccol and co-stars Jared Leto,
Bridget Moynahan and Ian
Every year, hundreds of thou-
sands of men, women and chil-
dren die because of the uncon-
trolled trade in conventional
arms, especially small arms and
light weapons. Ruthless arms
brokers like the Lord of War
character play a major role in
weapons proliferation, includ-
ing to abusive armed groups
and countries under UN arms
See the film, join Amnesty
International, and act to save
lives. Amnesty International
Bahamas is actively engaged in
the Control Arms Campaign,
an international campaign
organised by AI, Oxfam, and
the International Action Net-
work on Small Arms. Join us!
AIUSA and other groups with
Amnesty are working to mobilise
public pressure on the US gov-
ernment to be a leader in efforts
to curb the deadly arms trade.
Over the next year, we will advo-
cate for a global agreement on
arms brokering and arms trans-
fers, as well as increased US
assistance to foreign govern-
ments to better secure their arms
stockpiles and exports.
One of the efforts of the
Bahamas is within our banking
industry. We must monitor and
restrict the use of our banks to

finance arms trading.

n the last decade and a
half, ruthless arms brokers
have been at the centre of many
of the most disturbing arms
deals, including weapons trans-
fers to abusive armed groups
and countries under UN arms
embargoes. In a typical exam-
ple, arms brokers purportedly
organised a shipment of 3,117
surplus assault rifles from
Nicaragua to Panama, but in
fact were diverted to Colontbi-
a's paramilitary Autodefensas
Unidas de Colombia (AUC).
At the time, the AUC was
accused of killing thousands of
civilians and was on the US
Department of State list of ter-
rorist organisations. Yet, many

ply 50 T72 tanks from Ukraine
to the Sudanese military.
In January 2004, the EU
strengthened its arms embargo
on Sudan out of concern for its
ongoing civil war. In addition,
some countries such as Russia
continue to allow well-known
arms traffickers such as Victor
Bout to remain free. Bout has
been implicated in violating or

at home or abroad, and also of.;
foreigners located in the Unit--:
ed States or otherwise subjects
to US jurisdiction who under-s,
take brokering.
This law, however, will not'
be fully effective until other
governments adopt similar lawsZ
The major problem lies in the".
US government's inability ton
effectively investigate and extra-,
dite individuals in foreign coun--
tries that violate US law.
In order to better enforce US';
law and to elevate other gov-!
ernment's abilities to stem illic-.,
it brokering activities, Amnesty
International supports a strong"
global agreement on arms bro-
kering. Following the lead of,
US law, this agreement must-,
among other items, require that!
all arms brokers operating in E
country's territory be registered
and licensed for each arms1
transaction. It should require.o
governments to regulate and4
control brokering activities.
including transporting and,
financing outside their terri.4
tory by its citizens or its resi-,
An international agreement
must also establish when gov.
ernments should prevent arms
brokering activity, such as trans-f
fers to governments and groups
with consistent records of grosl
human rights violations. Sucf,
an agreement, adopted and?!
strictly enforced, could go a long
way to stemming gross human
rights abuses fueled by ruthless"
globetrotting arms brokers.
Amnesty International Rec-
The US Congress should
ask the US Department of Stat'
to support efforts within the-
United Nations to form a group.
of governmental experts tq,
analyse and offer recommen-;
dations on the arms brokering,
The US Congress should
encourage the US Department
of State to begin negotiations
on a strong'glbbal agreemenO
on arms brokering as soon as
possible to better enforce USA
law and regulate arms brokerS

arms brokers, including those
involved in the above and other
illegal deals, remain free and
unhindered, and continue to
traffic arms to human rights
Despite US and international
efforts to stem similarly devas-
tating deals, many governments
have non-existent or weak laws
or enforcement on arms bro-
kering. For example, Irish law
does not control arms brokers
who arrange weapons supplies
from foreign countries. This
weakness made it especially dif-
ficult for the Irish government
to prosecute an arms broker in
2004 that was reportedly
involved in negotiations to sup-

P.O. BOX GT-2097 TEL: 323-5782

Elizabeth Rolle,
a resident of Doris Johnson
Estates and formerly of Black
Point, Andros, will be held at
Grant's Town Seventh-Day
Adventist Church, on Sunday at
11:00 a.m. Officiating will be
Pastor Eric D. Clarke and Pastor
Michael Smith, assisted by
Pastor Peter Joseph, Pastor
Hugh A. Roach, Pastor Michael
Toote and Pastor Gary King.
Interment follows in Woodlawn
Gardens, Soldier Road.
Left to mourn her passing and honour her legacy are, her
children, PC 389 William Rolle, Corporal 1138 Peter Rolle,
Cynthia Rolle, Petty Officer Ralph Rolle, Richard, Noonan
and Lemuel Rolle, Paula Brooks and Stephanie Bodie;
sisters, Rebecca and Brenda Rolle, Cinderella Kelly, Laura
Forbes, Esther Rahming and Genetta Ferguson; brothers,
Alvin, Norris and Sgt. 1259 Lennis Rahming; adopted sister,
Doreen Johnson; grandchildren, Nikenya, Kasey, Willette,
Dorrissa, Lynann, Lamont, Baxter, Peter Jr., Lennia, Perrino,
Ronnette, Paulette, Keshana, Nerissa, Lithera, Michael,
Rochelle, Jason, Yolanda, Julian, Gwyneth, Raphael,
Rashad, Lemece, Astaria, Rushae and Rusley; great-
grandchildren, Ramon, Kevinique, Carlicia, Olivia, Kevin,
Aysia, Chardonnay, Shawn Jr., Jermaine, Alia and KC.;
daughters-in-law, Dorothy, Joan, Dorette, Francis, Mary-
Ann and Heather Rolle; sons-in-law, Anthony Bodie and
Oscar Brooks; sisters-in-law, Lillymae, Maedine, Vernell,
Sylvia, Emerald, Mary and Curlean Rahming, Gwendolyn
and Flossiemrae Rnolle; brothers-in-law, Isaac, Simeon, John,
Neville, Jeremiah and Albert Rolle, Eugene Kelly, Ross
Forbes and Perry Ferguson; nieces and nephews including,
Hazely, Valrie, Terecita, Jacqueline, Terrance, Gardell,
Dianne, Trevor, Keith, Donna, Emily, Brian, Okell, Delecia,
DaShae, Michelle, Anton, Andre, Kelphene, Karen, Dwayne,
Melissa, O'neil, Dellarease, Ernest, Leslie, Montrella, Dale,
LeFred and Gertrude; other relatives and friends including,
Caroline McKenzie; doctors and nurses, Female Medical
I and Dialysis Unit Princess Margaret Hospital, Dr. Hunt
and Dr. Grant-Taylor, New Providence, New Englerston and
Grants-Town Seventh-Day Adventist Church families, New
Macedonia Seventh-Day Adventist Church family, Kemps
Bay, Black Point Community, Samuel Edgecombe, Catherine
Roker, Ivy Humes, Madlyn Kelly, Daisy Rahming and family,
Ismae Rahming, Susan Thompson, Olga Cargill and family
a host of other relatives and friends.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral
Home, Market Street, from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. on Saturday
and on Sunday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until service

contributing to violate several
UN arms embargoes in Angola,
Liberia, Sierra Leone, and the
Democratic Republic of Congo.

Addressing the threat of
these globe-trotting
brokers, the US government
adopted a tough law on arms
brokering in 1996. The US law,
for example, covers a wide range
of brokering activities, including
transporting and financing. It
requires arms brokers to both
register as an arms broker and to
apply for a licence for each bro-
kering activity. It also regulates
arms brokering activity of any
US person engaging in activities

Established 1950
P.O. Box N-1222,22 Palmdale Avenue, Palmdale
Nassau, N.P., The Bahamas

"NINEY", 27

of Mangrove
Cay, Andros
and formerly of
Nassau, The
Bahamas will
be held at
Golden Gates
Native Baptist,

Avenue m e,
Golden Gates
#1, Nassau, on
Saturday, 24th
2005 at 11am.

Reverend Dr Alonzo A Hinsey assisted by other
Ministers will officiate and interment will be in
Southern Cemetery, Spikenard Road, Nassau.

She is survived by a son, Shawn Ezra Rolle III;
her mother, Evelina Pinder; nieces, Cheyanne
Darville and Kenyetta Hepburn; brother-in-law,
Gary Darville; grand nephews, Dakota and
Devaughn Wilson; grand niece, Angel Hepburn;
aunts, Mary, Elizabeth, Pauline, Rosie; uncles,
Lewis, Frankie and Johnie many cousins and
other relatives and friends including, Shawn
Rolle, Rose Moss, Lawrence King, Shawn Rolle
II, Lillian King, Venus King, Rose Palaso, Gillita
Rolle, Eva Ferguson, Lionel Rolle, Old Boy
Greene, Beverly Rolle, Humphrey Sweeting
and family, Chris and Shirley Leadon, the
Saunders family, staff from the Community
Clinic, Sister Mary Davis, Edney Bowleg and
family and Prince Miller.

Friends may pay their last respects at Kemp's
Funeral Home Limited, Palmdale Avenue,
Palmdale on Friday, 23rd September, 2005
from 1pm to 6pm and at the church on
Saturday from 10am until service time.

Every year, hundreds of
thousands of men, women and
children die because of the
uncontrolled trade in
conventional arms, especially
small arms and light weapons




Paul McWeeney, Managing Director, Bank of The Bahamas International, accepts the country
Bank of The Year Bracken Award at a gala celebration in London September 6, 2005.
The award is presented by The Banker, the industry's leading magazine and part of the Financial Times group.

"The future, belongs to those who see possibilities, before they, become obvious.
SJohn Scully

.ongr aata ions

On behalf of the Board of Directors, we offer congratulations to Managing
Director Paul'McWeeney, the Executive Management team and the entire staff
of Bank of The Bahamas International for having the vision to see the possibilities
of forging new paths, the know-how to turn vision into action, the drive to
begin the journey and the enthusiasm to complete.

It is one of a nation's finest moments when local achievement is recognized
internationally and I join with others in applauding the Bank's management and staff
for being the first Bahamian bank to win the coveted country Bank of the Year
Bracken Award presented by The Banker, part of the Financial Times group.
The Bracken is the industry's highest international award, judged and presented
by peers in. the financial services industry.

I am protid to be part of the 4,000+ members
and shareholders of the Bank of The Bahamas family.

Alfred Jarrett, Chairman

SBank of The Bahamas
The Bahamian Bank with the Broadest Reach
Nassau Grand Bahama Andros Inagua San Salvador
Head Office Nassau: (242) 326-2560








NNmNEK- Parties, Mghtclubs : OMMM
MINOW O& Restaurants um

Truth Compilation Album Release Concert @
BFM Diplomat Centre, Saturday, Septem-
ber 23. Time: 7.30pm sharp. Tickets: $12 (gen-
eral admission), $20 (VIP includes concert
admission, after party & free album or DVD
of past performances). Ticket locations: Oasis
Music, Bucks Gospel, Juke Box & Faith Life

Bacardi Happy Hour @ Power Boat Adven-
tures Bar and Grill (one door east of Texaco
Harbour Bay), every Friday. $3 Bacardi
drinks all night and $3 beers.

Ladies Night @ Power Boat Adventures Bar
and Grill, every Saturday. Ladies free, Gents,
$10 all night. Bacardi Big Apple and other
drink specials all night long.

Wild Jungle, each and every Wednesday night
@ Club Trappers, Nassau's "upscale" gen-
tleman's club. Featuring a female body paint-
ing 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) Giveaways
and door prizes every week.

Saturday Night Live every Saturday night @
Club Fluid, Bay St. The of the
week, pumping all your favourite hits all night
long. Ladies in free before 11pm. Strict secu-
rity 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 Guinness and there
should be lots of prizes and surprises. Admis-
sion: 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 11pm, $15 after; Guys $20 all night.

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


The Arts

The National Collection @ the National Art
Wet Sundays, every Sunday, noon-midnight Gallery of the Bahamas, an exhibition that
@ Crystal Cay Beach. Admission $10, ladies takes the viewer on a journey through the
free. history of fine art in the Bahamas. It features
signature pieces from the national collection,
TooLooSe @ Indigo Restaurant on West Bay including recent acquisitions by Blue Curry,
St and Skyline Drive. Singer/songwriter Antonius Roberts and Dionne Benjamin-
Steven Holden performs solo with special Smith. Call 328-5800 to book tours. This exhi-
guests on Thursday from 9pm midnight. bition closes February 28, 2006.

Dicky Mo's @ Cable Beach. Flavoured Fri-
days Happy Hour, every Friday. Drink spe- The Graham Holden Deal @ The Green Par-
cials: Smirnoff Kamikaze Shots, $1; Smirnoff rot....David Graham, Steve Holden, Tim Deal
Flavoured Martinis, 2 for $10; Smirnoff and Friends perform Sunday, 7pm 10pm @
Flavoured Mixed Drinks, 3 for $10. Bahami- Hurricane Hole on Paradise Island.
an Night (Free admission) every Saturday
with live music from 8 pm to midnight. Jay Mitchell and Hot KC @ Palm Court
Karaoke Sundays from 8pm to midnight, $1 Lounge, British Colonial Hilton, Wednes-
shots and dinner specials all night long. day-Thursday 8pm-12am.

Twisted Boodah Lounge @ Cafe Segafredo, Sunday Night Interlude @ Briteley's Restau-
Charlotte St kicks off Fridays at 6pm with rant & Lounge, Eneas St off Poinciana Drive.
deep house to hard house music, featuring Featuring Frankie Victory at the key board in
CraigBOO, Unkle Funky and Sworl'wide on the After Dark Room every Sunday, 8.30pm
the decks. to midnight. Fine food and drinks.

Chill Out Sundays @ Coco Loco's, Sandy- Paul Hanna, Tabatha and Gernie, and the
port, from 4pm-until, playing deep, funky Caribbean Express perform at Traveller's
chill moods with world beats. Rest, West Bay St, every Sunday, 6.30pm-

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

Doctors Hospital, the official training centre
of the American Heart Association offers
CPR classes certified by the AHA. The
course defines the warning signs of respiratory
arrest and gives prevention strategies to avoid
sudden death syndrome and the most com-
mon 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. Con-
tact a Doctors Hospital Community Training
Representative at 302-4732 for more infor-
mation 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.

SCivic Clubs I

Toastmasters Club 1095 meets Tuesday,
7.30pm @ C C Sweeting Senior School's Din-
ing Roorh, 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 welcome.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Eta Psi Omega
chapter meets every second Tuesday, 6.30pm
@ the Eleuthera Room in the Wyndham Nas-
sau 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 sec-
ond Tuesday, 6.30pm @ Atlantic House, IBM
Office, 4th floor meeting room.

The Nassau, Bahamas Pan-Hellenic Coun-
cil (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-

Nassau Bahamas Koinonia meets every sec-
Healthi ond Friday of each month, 7.30pm at
Emmaus Centre at St Augustine's Mones-
The Cancer Society of the Bahamas meets at tary. For more info call 325-1947 after 4pm.
5.30pm on the second Tuesday of each month
at their Headquarters at East Terrace, Cen- International Association of Administrative
treville. Call 323-4482 for more info. Professionals, Bahamas Chapter meets the
third Thursday of every month @ Superclubs
Diabetes Directions a FREE diabetic sup- Breezes, Cable Beach, 6pm.
port group meets the first Monday of each
month at 6.30pm at New Providence Com- AMISTAD, a Spanish club meets the third
munity Centre, Blake Road. Dinner is pro- Friday of the month at COB'S Tourism Train-
vided and free blood sugar, blood pressure ing Centre at 7pm in Room 144 during the
and cholesterol testing is available. For more academic year. The group promotes the Span-
info call 702-4646 or 327-2878 ish language and culture in the community.

MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Bahamas meets the
third Monday every month, 6pm @ Doctors
Hospital conference room. Send all your civic and social events to The
Tribune via fax: 328-2398 or e-mail:
The Bahamas Diabetic Association meets


Lthie main' event




11ROM page one
not.have the ability to rule in
matters of a general dispute
only in trade disputes.
"We know that BEC,
which has a great amount of
legal resources, is aware of
this so we can only view this
as a stalling tactic and indica-
tive of their unwillingness to
move in good faith," Mr
Williams said.
The union leader said that
BElC management was not
co-operating with govern-
ment conciliators and show-
ingdldisrespect to the whole
"BEC is not co-operating
with the government concil-
iators. I know we cannot
speak for the conciliators but
wecan comment on their
expression when manage-
meht comes to the Depart-
ment of Labour or minister's
office with nothing to offer
the.'union. That is not oper-
atiog in good faith," he
JBEC management, in a let-
ter 'to the Department of
Labour, said that discussions
have not proved very fruit-
ful :or produced a mutually
satisfactory result, leaving
them only with the option of
going to the tribunal.
Mr Williams said two main
issues are of a major concern
to the union, the 40-hour
work week and the corpora-
tiob's pension plan.
According to the 2003-2007
industrial agreement,
employees who have worked
for'2BEC more than a year
butless than five years will
receive $700, employees with
mcde than five years but not
movie than 10 years will
receive $775 and employees
with more than 10 years of
continuous service will
receive $850.
Employees who are about
to retire on or before normal
retirement date on a pension
under the Corporation Pen-
sion Plan may be granted a
le4ye of absence with pay to
expire on the retirement
'he granting of'such leave
of absence will depend on the
employee's length of service,
his. contribution to the cor-
poration and the previous
absence record.
The maximum pre-retire-
ment leave of absence that
may be granted is as follows:
10-but less than 20 years of
service one month's leave of
absence; 20 but less than 30
yegrs of service two months
leave of absence and 30 or
mdre years of service three
mdriths' leave of absence.
Mr Williams said the union
is hoping the corporation's
boird would intervene in the
'Government, who are
more objective and reason-
able than the small element
in SEC management, would
ensure that negotiations con-
tin' e in goodwill," he said.

Claim that oil companies are

'exploiting' price margins

FROM page one

ministry comes from a sub-
sidiary company of the oil com-
panies. They make up their own
invoices. So we don't know
what the real price is that they
are paying for fuel," he said.
Mr Miller said-the documents
his ministry should be receiv-
ing are original receipts from
PDVSA, the Venezuelan
nationally-owned petroleum
company out of Curaqao, from
which over 85 per cent of the
fuel in the Bahamas is bought.
The last shipment of fuel for
Texaco left on September 4
from Emmastad, Curacao,
onboard the ocean-going tanker
Billing dockets confirm that
Chevron Products Company, a
division of Chevron USA Inc,
sister companies with Texaco
under the Chevron Corpora-
tion, bought the 1.6 million gal-
lons of fuel from Venezuela at
$4,621,189.12, inclusive of a
$77,824 freight charge for ship-
ment from Curaqao.
"One of my colleagues
reminded me that Wve keep say-
ing oil, and the people are get-
ting mixed up between oil and
gasoline. What we want to say is
that the fuel, gasoline, or what-
ever you use, the fuel, 85 per
cent of what you use right now

Jetblue has

two emergency

landings in

24 hours

FROM page one
She explained that the air-
craft is expected to return to
service by-this morning.
Another of the airline's
planes had to circle southern
California for hours on
Wednesday due to faulty land-
ing gear. The plane touched
down without any injuries.
Ms Dervin also e-mailed a
statement by JetBlue CEO
David Neeleman about
Wednesday's ordeal.
"On behalf of JetBlue's
9,000 crew members, I would
like to express my personal
admiration and deep apprecia-
tion to the pilots and flight
attendants of Flight 292 for
their professionalism and skill
in handling yesterday's
(Wednesday's) incident," said
Mr Neeleman."

in your car, emanates from
Venezuela through Curagao.
"And Venezuela is the coun-
try that is offering us Petro-
Caribe. So it is not like you are
not using the fuel now. That's
what you've been using for the
past 50 years," Mr Miller said.
Ten of the major oil refineries
in the US, which produce a

third of the fuel in the United
States, are centred around the
Gulf States of Mississippi,
Louisiana, Texas and Okla-
Six of the 10 rigs were closed
yesterday as the Gulf Coast
braced for Hurricane Rita, and
according to Mr Miller, the oth-
er four will be closed before the

end of the week.
"You may ask how is that
going to affect the Bahamas?"
Mr Miller asked. "Well it may
have little effect on us because
our oil is still going to come
through Venezuela. But it is
going to be invoiced through
"So even though the oil

emanates from Venezuela, the
sister company in Texas will
make up the purchase order for
Venezuela and that is the
invoice we will get. So whatever
effects on the Gulf Coast in the
US, that price will be reflected
in the pumps in the Bahamas,"
he said.

Gas prices are poised


'iump drastic ally
j Lllp d. lll4i

FROM page one

cents. Now it doesn't take a genius to figure
out why that happened, because their price
was some $0.70 plus cents above Esso and
Texaco," he said.
Mr Miller thanked the Bahamian
public for "putting pressure" on Shell
by not patronising their stations,
causing the company to lower its
prices last night.
"Last night, Shell's country man-
ager (Luis Curti) made a decision out
of Jamaica with calls from his dealers.
here in the Bahamas that unless they
were going to reduce their prices they
were going to close down today
because they were not competitive.
"They weren't selling any fuel. And
I thank him for having the where-.
withal to lower the prices. It's a good
thing. However, Esso has just sent in
a price increase of some $0.42 cents

which would make their price some
$4.45 per gallon on fuel," he said.
Currently Esso is the highest priced
gasoline in New Providence and the.
Family Islands at $4.45, with Texaco
coming second at $4.03 and Shell, the
cheapest, at $3.95 a gallon.
"This is the first time that this is
happening in the Bahamas because
they are being forced to be competi-
"This is how it should be. But we
look for to the day when the Nation-
al Energy Agency would be imple-
mented to oversee the mechanism
that takes place in the oil industry.
"The next shipment coming to the
Bahamas could be retailed as high as
$5.50 in New Providence and easily
$7 in the Family Islands, so I want
them to get ready for that," he said.
Mr Miller said it is imperative for
Bahamians to limit their driving and

conserve as much as they can.
"We should carpool as much as we
can. I believe I saw in the newspa-
pers how the taxi union members,
the mailboat operators, are clamour-
ing for a raise in their fees and right-
fully so.
"Because no-one anticipated that
theprice of fuel would have gone to
what it is now. Last night it was
$68.50 a barrel, but it is expected to
reach $72 a barrel by weekend.
"That's why we say this is a serious,
serious problem that must be
addressed head on. This affects every
avenue, every sector of our econo-
"The same hit you take, is the same
hit that BEC will take, so expect an
increase on your light bill as well.
Diesel has gone up some instances
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'Tribune Business Editor
ndiGo Networks has
accused its fixed-line
rival, the Bahamas
Company (BTC), of "duplici-
Sty" over its international long
distance tariff cuts and subse-
quent attempts to recoup lost
revenues by "making the con-
sumer pay twice".
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Utilities Commission (PUC) in
response to BTC's proposed
line rental rate increases, Paul
Hutton-Ashkenny, IndiGo's
SEE page 4B

MINISTER of Works and Utilities
Bradley Roberts has responsibility for BTC

A BAHAMIAN banker and permanent resi-
dent was arrested earlier this week in Nice,
France, in relation to his company's involye-
ment in an alleged investment fund scandal
involving more than $1 billion in investor monies.
Media articles in France and Germaiany
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Bahamas-based Moore Park Fund Services, l(ad
been detained by French police because Otiie
authorities in Switzerland wanted to question
him about his possible role as administrator Jior
the investment funds managed by flamboyant
Swiss financier Dieter Behring.
Although one report suggested that Mr Pousaz
might face an attempt to extradite him ;to
Switzerland, no charges have been laid against
him and there is nothing to suggest that he h;|is
done anything wrong in relation to the Behrirdg
Mr Pousaz's Bahamian legal representative i;,
at the law firm Lennox Paton, were yesterday
said to be out of office and unavailable for corn-
ment when The Tribune called.
Moore Park Fund Services, which still has ai]
office at the British Colonial Hilton's Centre of
Commerce, acted as the fund administrator foir
at least 10 funds set up by Mr Behring, wh6
claimed a revolutionary software program,
he had developed would enable him to outperI
form world markets and generate big return,,

Fund administrator held

in France over alleged

$1 bn investment scandal
for investors.
The funds administered by Moore Park Fund
Services were MPI International, Cedux Fund
Ltd, Solo Fund Ltd, Alto Fund Ltd, Moore Park
Preferred Ltd, Realto Investment Fund Ltd,
Realto Bahamas Ltd, RS Fixed Fund Ltd, HNI
Capital Fund and Moore Park Funding Ltd.
All were put into a court-supervised liquida-
tion in November 2004, with Maria Ferrere at
Ernst & Young (Bahamas) appointed as the liq-
Janet Thompson, a director with Ace Man-
agement, a financial and corporate services
provider, who spoke to The Tribune when it
called Mr Pousaz's offices yesterday, said her
company was now operating out of the premis-
es and was assisting in the closure of the Moore
Park business. She said they were also dealing
with former Moore Park clients who might have
claims against the fund administrator and came
SEE page 4B

Consumers slam

BTC 'gall' on line

access increases

Tribune Business Editor
BAHAMIAN consumers
have slammed the Bahamas
Telecommunications Compa-
ny (BTC) for its "unmitigated
gall" in seeking to raise busi-
ness and line residential access
rates after providing 30 years of
poor service, with South Abaco
yet to see the return of cell
phone service more than one
year after Hurricane Jeanne
In response to the Public
Utilities Commission's (PUC)
request for comments on
BTC's proposed line access
rate rises, Charles Carey e-
mailed the telecommunications
sector regulator to complain
that Abaconians were still
being "billed the full amount"
for non-existent cell phone ser-
-vices in the south of the island.
The Cherokee Sound Tower,
responsible for delivering cel-
hilar services to southern Aba-
cp collapsed during Hurricane
Jeanne last September.
Mr Carey wrote in his e-mail:
'6 date, the tower has not
'b'n repaired with the result
ihit for the past year, cell
pfone service has been non-
e-xistent in Abaco south of
>Spring City, yet people are

Claim South

Abaco without

cellular service

for more than

one year

being billed the full amount
and no indication has been giv-
en as to when this service will
be restored."
Mr Carey added' that he had
applied to BTC for caller ID
five months ago, and was still
waiting for it to be activated.
He also claimed that when he
called BTC's offices, the tele-
phone was "allowed to ring and
ring" for about 14 to 20 times
before it was answered.
And Mr Carey further
alleged that although telephone
and Internet services on Abaco
had been "interrupted for
months" after Hurricanes
Frances and Jeanne, "BTC
failed to credit customers
whose services they failed to
SEE page 3B

Shipping companies may raise

prices by $100 as oil surges

Senior Business Reporter
BAHAMAS-BASED shipping and
marine transportation companies are
likely to increase their prices by the end
of the year, as the rising cost of fuel,
with oil now at $68 perbarrel, makes it
impossible to continue to, absorb the
continuous rises.
Kristof'Lingier, country manager for
Seaboard Marine (Bahamas), yesterday.
told The Tribuine that Seaboard Marine
had not raised its bunker charge since oil
was $50 per barrel. He said the company
made the decision not to pass the cost
along to its customers, and they were
trying to hold off as long as possible on
any rate increase in the hope oil prices

will go down.
"We've been absorbing additional
costs for several months now, but ilow
there are talks of increasing the butiker
charge. In addition, trucking costs in ithe
US are also going up; they've also bien
absorbing the costs for the past montl6s,"
Mr Lingier said.
Earlier this year, Bahamian shipping
companies experienced a general rate
increase of $100 per TEU or 20-foot
equivalent unit (container). However,
nobody anticipated such a big rise in fuel
costs, Mr Lingier said, adding that ,an
increase would not be made before a 30-
day notice was delivered to industry
stakeholders. This was unlikely to coie
before the end of the year.
"The rates on the bunkers are pretty

much the same across the board. When
the prices go up, it is usually a joint
increase for the market across all the
carriers," Mr Lingier said.
"There is definitely a lot of pricing
issues that carriers do consider in order
to maintain or gain business. It's just a
matter of sharpening the pencil, or
reducing the cost as much as possible,
pinching pennies here and there, to try
and recover extra expenditures in the
fuel section of our costs."
The formula used to. calculate the
bunker surcharge is for every additional
dollar the cost of the barrel changes, the
bunker charge changes by $6. With the
cost of the bunker charge now based on
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Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamas Telecommuni-
cations Company's (BTC) only
legal fixed-line competitor has
described as "patently false" the
government-owned operator's
argument that raising line rental
access fees will aid new market
entrants, as its competitors will
have to absorb the cost of rising
interconnection fees.
Paul Hutton-Ashkenny, Indi-
Go Networks' president, said in a
submission to the Public Utilities
Commission (PUC) that to link
users of different telecommuni-
cations systems BTC and
IndiGo's to enable them to com-
municate with one another, both
networks were interconnected or
joined through circuits.

FROM page one

Arguing that BTC should not be grant-
ed any line rental rate increases until its
service improved, Mr Carey said: "I here-
by express my strong objection to any
increase in rates for BTC, notwithstanding
the fact that rates have not been changed
for some time.
"The fact is that BTC's service has dete-
riorated over the years, and has reached
the point where it is bad, terrible, inferior
to third world countries like Jamaica, and
they seem to care less about the ways they
inconvenience the public."
Another BTC consumer, Michelle Davis,
said in a letter to the PUC that her expe-
rience with the incumbent government-
owned operator "can only be described as
She detailed how, when she moved into
her sister's Freeport home, she attempted
to get BTC to transfer the phone from her
previous apartment to the new residence.
But despite her sister having a phone and
available lines at the property, Ms Davis
alleged that BTC gave her "the runaround
for a year and would not transfer the
phone there".
She added that when she left Freeport to

BTC mandated that it provided
those circuits, and was charging
IndiGo full retail price minus 15
per cent. Mr Hutton-Ashkenny
said BTC and IndiGo currently
had 28 TI circuits installed or on,
order to interconnect their net-
works, adding that at current
prices before BTC's proposed
line rental access rate increases
were approved his company was
paying its competitor $226,195
per annum for the interconnec-
Mr Hutton-Ashkenny wrote:
"In its letter of application, BTC
attempts to position its request
for a price increase in terms of
encouraging competition, because
it will allow new entrants to more
effectively price their competing
"What BTC fails to mention is

that because the costs of inter-
connection circuits that join their
network to that of another
licensee are all incurred by their
competitor, the effect of increas-
ing their local access charges will
be a knock-on increase in fee
from interconnection circuits at
the expense of BTC's competi-
"BTC's assertion therefore that
its price increase facilitates new
market entry is patently false."
. BTC's proposed rental rate
increases will take the price for
residential customers to $15 from
$9.50, and business rates from $20
to $36 per month, increases of 50
per cent and 84 per cent respec-
Mr Hutton-Ashkenny said the
addition of every 240 subscribers
to IndiGo Networks' network


move to Nassau, she went to BTC and
asked them to refund her deposit, telling
the company that she no longer needed
the line she had spent one year unsuccess-
fully attempting to get transferred.
Although BTC promised to mail the
refund, Ms Davis said: "I left the very next
day and received a call from my niece in
Freeport telling me BTC was there to
install my phone.
"A few months later I received a bill
from BTC for the year when they didn't
allow me the use of my phone in the
amount of $256. They sent me a bill instead
of a refund. How would you feel if some-
one does this to you?"
Attempts to call from Nassau to resolve
the situation proved fruitless, Ms Davis
complained, saying BTC staff would trans-
fer her from person to person, eventually
placing her on hold and leaving her there.
This was not the end of her BTC woes.
Ms Davis said she has two postpaid cell
phones, and despite paying the bills for
both every month and year, "around
March of the following year, BTC has calls
on both bills for the year that has passed,

would require an extra TI inter-
connection circuit to join them
with BTC's network.

That currently cost IndiGo
$2.80 per month per subscriber;
while BTC "makes no contribu-
tion for the advantage it has
received in being able to allow its
customers to terminate calls to
IndiGo subscribers on IndiGo's
network. In fact, BTC has profit-
ed from the process, and will prof-
it further from any approved
price increase".
Mr Hutton-Ashkenny called
on the PUC to instruct BTC that
the actual cost of providing the
interconnection circuit be shared
equally between it and IndiGo,

with only the number of my cells as refer-
She said none of these calls were hers,
but could not prove this because BTC did
not have the numbers. When she inquired
why this was happening, BTC allegedly
told her that their computer "skipped some
calls"and did not list the numbers called.
"Here again, I'm at the mercy of BTC,"
Ms Davis wrote: "If I don't pay for the
calls that do not belong to me, BTC would
then shut my phone off."
At BTC "there are a handful of employ-
ees who actually work and care about cus-
tomer satisfaction; the others couldn't care
less. Yet every few months, these people go
on strike for a raise and they get it........
go figure. They get paid well to victimise
the people who make their salaries happen.
Why is this happening year after year?" Ms
Davis said.
"Now they are about to hike the month-
ly rates on the phone lines because they've
not been increased for 30 years. Well, for
30 years they've delivered no service to
their customers either. When a company
with the poor performance record like
BTC's has the unmitigated call to propose
a price hike, it makes one sick to the core.
"Where is the justice in the Bahamas?"

saying. "That BTC not only
makes no contribution to the cost
of joining networks, but also prof-
its from it, is unconscionable."
The IndiGo president also
called upon the PUC to hold
BTC to the same service stan-
dards and international best prac-
tices applied to his company, plus
a penalty driven service guarantee
scheme, if the price rises were
Mr Hutton-Ashkenny also
pointed out that while BTC cur-
rently charged $9.50 for residen-
tial monthly line residential
access, calls to its Marathon Mall
offices indicated that a $1.25 per
month "mandatory charge" for
the telephone itself was includ-
ed, regardless of whether one was
A9 a result, Mr Hutton-
Ashkenny said consumers should
be advised that rental charges
were really set to increase from
$10.75 to $16.25, not $15, or BTC
should only charge the $1.25
when telephones were provided.
A similar situation also existed
for business customers, Mr Hut-
ton-Ashkenny saying that "this is
all the more galling" as most busi-
nesses rented a KeySystem or

small PBX from BTC to connect
their lines, so were unable to con-
.nect additional equipment
for which they were being"
The IndiGo president added,
that the $0.75 per month charged
by BTC for residential customers
to be listed in the phone directo-
ry should not be an authorised
charge, and should now be part of
the line rental.
Businesses were charged $33
per month for each line in a 24-
line T1 voice circuit, making a
monthly total of $792, with the
installation fee. at $1,200. M- Hut-
ton-Ashkenny said he 4ow
assumed the line rental iate
would become $36, posting 4lusi-
nesses a monthly $864.
He added that the same was
also likely to happen for the
$83.75 per line that BTC charged.
for a 24-line T1 ISDN PRI voice
circuit, making a monthly tot l of
$2,010 with a $2,920 installation.
* Mr Hutton-Ashkenny saitl he
assumed the rate would. now
become $36 per line with a $1200
installation fee, and urged
that BTC be instructed accord-


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FROM page one

president, said that after fail-
ing to squeeze his company out
of the market for fixed-line
telecommunications through its
tariff cuts, the incumbent gov-
ernment-owned operator was
trying to regain lost revenues
through both its planned access
price rises and its cellular
Recalling events of the past
year, Mr Hutton-Ashkenny
said that after IndiGo Net-
works launched its services
to the Bahamian corporate
market in September 2004,
BTC responded the follow-
ing month by reducing its
long-distance tariffs. The lat-
ter denied it was an attempt
to squeeze IndiGo Networks,
as the new entrant, out of the
market through predatory
pricing, but said it was
designed to benefit the con-
"Indeed, so keen were

Bahamas Telecommunications

BTC to introduce their
reduced tariffs that they did
so under the guise of a 'spe-
cial promotion', without
adhering to the price control
requirements of their
licence," Mr Hutton-Ashken-
ny wrote.
He added that BTC were
not compelled to reduce
prices, but instead chose to
do so in a business decision.
"There was no mention of
tariff rebalancing, no men-
tion of lost profits that BTC
would have to endure, no
mention of a price increase
in another service to help
defray the cost of these
reductions," Mr Hutton-
Ashkenny wrote.
He explained that BTC
was able to cover the rev-
enues lost from reducing its
international and domestic
long distance prices through
its cellular monopoly.



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The Anglican Central Education Authority invites
applications from qualified Teachers for positions
available at St. John's College, St. Anne's School.


Upper Primary
Lower Primary

Only qualified Teachers, with Bachelor or Master
Degrees from an accredited University or College
and Teaching Certificate need apply.

For further details and application forms, please
contact the Anglican Central Education Authority
on Sands Road at telephone (242) 322-3015/6/7.

Letters of application and/or completed application
forms with copies of required documents must be
sent by Friday, September 30, 2005 to the Anglican
Education Dpartment addressed to:-

The Director of Education
Anglican Central Education Authority
P.O.Box N-656
Nassau, Bahamas

IndiGo Networks' own
estimates for BTC's 2004 and
2005 revenues showed that
while fixed-line long distance
revenues were likely to have
fallen by 26.2 per cent in
2004, dropping to $47.994
million from $65.018 million
the previous year, cellular
revenues for that year had
increased by almost
24 per cent to $111.767 mil-
For 2005, IndiGo Networks
was estimating that BTC's
fixed-line revenues will drop
by a further 53 per cent to
$22.534 million, but cellular
revenues were forecast to
rise 25 per cent to $140.177
million. Since 2000, BTC's
cellular revenues had risen
by more than 400 per cent.
Mr Hutton-Ashkenny said
that when BTC applied on
January 20, 2005, to make its
promotional long distance
rates permanent, "there was
no mention" that they would
need to raise rates in other
service areas.
On the same date, BTC
also submitted a tariff rebal-
ancing proposal seeking a
further reduction in long dis-
tance rates that would be
funded by an increase in line
rental costs.
"Now, incredibly, in its let-
ter to the PUC dated June
20, 2005, BTC is claiming
that a 50 per cent reduction
in its long-distance revenues
in 2005 when compared to
the same period in 2004

means that it must request
an immediate increase in
local access charges," Mr
Hutton-Ashkenny wrote.
"When, of its own volition,
BTC reduced its long dis-
tance tariffs by about 50 per
cent in the last quarter of
2004, just what did it think
would happen to their long
distance revenues the fol-
lowing quarter?
"Quite obviously, BTC
knew that its revenues would
fall by 50 per cent. In Janu-
ary 2005, BTC claimed it was
essential for them to incur
this cost to remain viable.
Now, in June 2005, BTC is
claiming that they must
recoup that same loss in rev-
enue 'resulting from reduced
international long distance
and domestic long distance
Mr Hutton-Ashkenny said:
"The above sequence of
events lay bare BTC's'duplic-
ity for all to see................
BTC took a calculated busi-
ness decision to cross-sub-
sidise its resultant loss in long
distance revenue through
ever-increasing revenues
from their cellular monop-
oly, where IndiGo was not
licensed to compete.
"Now, having seen that
IndiGo's growth is unaffect-
ed by their anti-competitive
strategy, BTC seeks to have
its lost revenues returned to
it by making the consumer
pay twice: firstly, via the con-
tinued cross-subsidy from

The Public is hereby advised that I, SHARMANE LEWIS
McKENZIE, of Ridgeland Park West, P.O. Box SB50181,
Nassau, Bahamas, intend to change my name to
CHARMAINE LOUISE McKENZIE. If there are any objections
to this change of name by Deed Poll, you may write such
objections to the Chief Passport Officer, P.O.Box N-742,
Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days after the date
of publication of this notice.

NOTICE is hereby given that WENYPIERRE, MARSH
HARBOUR, ABACO, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and ,'Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 16th day of SEPTEMBER, 2005 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, RO.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.


NOTICE is hereby given that WESLEY AUGUSTE OF #100
is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that
any person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 23RD day of
SEPTEMBER, 2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box F-41085,. Grand Bahama, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that KARINE JOSEPH,
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 16th day of
SEPTEMBER, 2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

A professional development company has a contract position for
a construction Superintendent. You will assist the Project Team by
taking on project superintendent duties and/or construction
administration tasks for a mid-rise residential condominium complex.
Following are some of the specific responsibilities of the job;
manage all stages and trades for a new mid-rise high end
condominium project, coordinate contractors, material control,
quality control, monitor plans and material take offs for accuracy
and necessary changes, coordinate change orders and schedule;
complete project on time and below budget. Assist in tracking or
Change Orders, Drawings, RFI's, Shop Drawings, and schedule
Applicant should have a minimum of 5 years experience in similar
construction, experience with a major builder, strong organizational
skills, proficiency in Microsoft Office, Word & Excel, outstanding
oral and written communication skills and ability to work
independently and manage multiple projects and priorities.
Reply by fax: to 242-363-1279
Reply by email:
Mail to: Paradise Blue Water Ltd.,
P.O. Box SS-6386
Nassau, Bahamas
Only the short listed candidates will be contacted Thank You

high monopoly cellular
charges, and secondly
through an increase in local
access charges."
The line rental access rate
rise was linked to a reduc-
tion in BTC's long-distance
tariffs that was not expected
to occur until 2006, some-
thing Mr Hutton-Ashkenny
said would give the compa-
ny an "anti-competitive, bot-
tom line windfall... at the
expense of the long-suffering

However, IndiGo Net-
works said it was not "going
to waste energy" opposing
BTC's proposed rental rate
increases, which will take the
price for residential cus-
tomers to $15 from $9.50, and
business rates from $20 to
$36 per month.
A Tribune affiliate owns a
small stake in Systems
Resource Group (SRG),
IndiGo Networks' parent.

Shipping companies

FROM page one

a $50 barrel of oil, and the current cost of oil standing at $68, cus-
tomers could see an increase of more than $100.
Mr Lingier said, however, that such an increase would likely dis-
rupt the Bahamian economy, especially considering the increas-
es the market has experienced this past year.
He said the shipping industry would instead look to raise the
cost incrementally, maybe by $5 or $6 dollars at a time, until it
reaches its target price.

FROM page one

into the office.
Ms Thompson indicated she
had heard from Mr Pousaz last
week, but was unaware he had
been arrested while travelling
in Europe.
Meanwhile, at the time the
story first broke in the
Bahamas, Swiss press reports
said Moore Park Fund Services
had decided to move the
Behring funds into liquidation
after they were unable to cal-
culate their Net Asset Value
(NAV). Moore Park Fund
Services was also said to have
stopped accepting investor


monies for the Behring funds in
July 2004.
More than 1,000 private
investors are understood to
have had pension money and
life savings invested in
Behring's funds, mainly
through their banks and finan-
cial advisers. Blue chip banks
such as UBS and Credit Suisse
invested client monies with
Moore Park Services, which
is part of the Moore Park
Group, is 100 per cent owned
by Raymond Pousaz.


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 16TH day of
SEPTEMBER, 2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, RO.Box F-41085, Grand Bahama, Bahamas.


If you are interested in joining a unique organization whose
goal is to educate and entertain both Bahamians and visitors,
and if you have the qualifications listed below, we invite
your application for the position of Director.
The ideal candidate will have:
Minimum of 10 years administration,
management and animal care experience in a zoo
or animal park setting
** Certificate of Degree in Zookeeping
Sensitivity to environmental issues
Experience in developing animal exhibits
Research background
Experience with a management board
Working knowledge of business finance
Creative approach to problem-solving
Resumes may be sent to:
Executive Director
Slot #296
P.O. Box AP59223
Nassau, Bahamas

Large wholesale business is seeking to employ an

as part of its team. The Candidate must be able to:

> Ensure timely and accurate review of all
reconciliation's and entries to the general ledger.
> Supervise a small accounting team.
> Be responsible for the day-to-day operations
of the accounting department.


> 2-3 years supervisory experience
> Bachelor's degree in accounting.
> Knowledge of Accpac accounting software a
> Proficient in Microsoft office.
> Excellent oral and written communication

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Mail resume by September.30th, 2005 to:

The Financial Controller
C/O The Tribune
Nassau, Bahamas

Or e-mail to:




A GRAND Isle Villas is set to soar with Marquis Jet's seven-seater Citation V Ultra jet. The
alliance between Marquis Jets and Grand Isle Villas provides 24-hour on call access to Exuma from
early anywhere in the world.

Exuma resort finds

private jet partner

THE $100 million Grand-
Isle Villas development has
signed an agreement with
Marquis Jets, a private jet ser-
vice, that will see the latter
become the Exuma-based
resort and residential com-
munity's private aviation part-
With both companies
describing the deal as "a
white-gloved fit", the deal will
;ee New York-based Marquis
jets bring tourists and guests
to Grand Isle Villas via a 24-
hour on call service from any-
where in the world.
Marquis Jets becomes the
first jet provider to-include a
Family IslIitd as-a- uffii .--
destination, rle frand Isle,
Villas is the first property toi
designate a jet company as pri-
v7ate aviation partner.
The service will use a seven-
seater Citation V Ultra jet to
-bring guests to Grand Isle Vil-
"las, which is located close to
-Exuma's Four Seasons Emer-
ald Bay resort. Grand Isle Vil-
las has more than 60 two-
storey villas, with some priced
at around $2.2 million.
Guests can be whisked from
New York to Exuma in three
hours and even faster from
closer destinations such as
Washington, DC or Atlanta.- -
with no connections, delays,
lines or baggage claim, spokes-
men for both companies said
in a statement.
And they both believe it will
add to the economic boost the
new Exuma tourism market
has created. Sales are ahead
of schedule in Grand Isle, a
project that has pumped mil-
lions into the Bahamian econ-
Obie Wilchcombe, minister

* TOURISM Minister Obie Wilchcombe applauds the part-
nership of Grand Isle Villas and Marquis Jets. "This new part-
nership ushers in an exceptional level of luxury air transporta-
tion and deluxe accommodation for visitors to Exuma," he

of tourism, said of the agree-.
ment: "This new, partnership
ushers in an exceptional level
of luxury air transportation
and deluxe accommodation
for visitors to Exuma.
"It also represents a para-
.digm shift for deliverance of
first class service to the
Bahamas. We look forward to
the long-term benefits such a
service is likely to have on the
economy of Exuma. I wish
Marquis Jets and Grand Isles
Villas a long and mutually
beneficial relationship."
"We are excited about the
partnership between Grand

Isle Villas and Marquis Jet
because it signals another leap
in luxury in the offerings of
the Bahamas," said Jim
Clabaugh, President of EGI
Ltd, developers of Grand Isle
Ken Austin, executive vice-
president of Marquis Jets,
added: "At Marquis Jets, we
carefully vet our partners to
ensure that we only align our-
selves with the finest brands,
and Grand Isle Villas provides
the comfort and service that
our owners have. come to


All persons interested in attending The College of
The Bahamas beginning January 2006 semester,
are reminded that the late application deadline is
Friday, 30th September at 4:00 pm. Applications
should be forwarded to the Office of Admissions
which is located in the Portia Smith Student Services
Building, Oakes Field Campus.
Late Fee $50.00
For more information, please call 302-4499.

Police Headquarters
Royal Bahamas Police Force
Nassau, Bahamas
20th September, 2005.


The Full Military Funeral Services for the Late Constable 2192 Randy Anton Adderley will be
held on Friday, 23rd September, 2005 at 10:00am at Christ Church Cathedral, George Street.

Interment will follow in Woodlawn Gardens Cemetery, Woodlawn Road off Soldier Road.

The funeral procession will leave the church after the service and travel the following route:
From Christ Church Cathedral, George Street,. north on George Street to Bay Street, east on Bay
Street to Mackey Street, south on Mackey Street to Wulff Road, east on Wulff Road TO
Bahamas Academy of Seventh- Day Adventists, where the mourning party will form into a
procession, continuing east on Wulff Road to Soldier Road/Village Road Round-About, south
onto Soldier Road to Woodlawn Road, east on Woodlawn Road terminating, at Woodlawn
Gardens Cemetery.
From 8:00am until after the funeral service the following street will be closed to vehicular traffic.
From 12:00noon until after the procession, the following streets will be closed to vehicular


At the commencement of the funeral procession, vehicular traffic not connected therewith will be
diverted through side streets.

From 8:00am until after the funeral services, no vehicles will be permitted to park on the
following streets:



From 12:00noon until after the funeral procession passes no vehicles will be permitted to park on
the following streets.

Limited parking will be permitted in the Christ Church Cathedral Parking Lot.
Paul H. Farquharson, QPM.,
Commissioner of Police.




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Olympic medallist

Rutherford offers

shelter in Texas
Junior Sports Reporter
BAHAMIAN collegiate
and high school athletes are
battening down in Houston,
Texas, with Hurricane Rita
set to make landfall early
Saturday morning.
Rita, a category five hurri-
cane, is forcing many resi-
dents to flee the state, but
former Olympian and bronze
medalist Frank Rutherford,
who lives there, is staying
put and his house has
become a shelter for more
than 10 Bahamians.
He said: "We are going to
do exactly what we do in the
Bahamas, that is batten
down and pray to God that
we receive the least amount
of damage as possible.
"We want the Bahamian
public, especially the par-
ents, to know that we are
safe. We have taken all the
necessary precautions.
"I know many of them are
wondering why we didn't
flee, but, truthfully, it is bet-
ter to just to stay put, look-
ing at the traffic jams.
"I have my regular crew
with me and I am about to
go and pick up two or three
more athletes."
Rutherford said that the
weather was calm at the time
and that the temperature had
a reading of 90 degrees.
"There is always calmness
before a storm," he said. "I
was expecting that."
"We are not going to rule
anything out with this storm,
but we are more in a central
"I live more in the central
portion of Texas, but that
doesn't mean I will take this
storm lightly.
"As a Bahamian I will
take the necessary measures
that I saw my parents take
when I was a child.
"It doesn't matter how
long it takes, we are going to
get all the Bahamians that
called for help."
Texas has become a popu-
lar state for Bahamians both
on the collegiate and high
school level.
Rutherford, who ensures
that every Bahamian living
in the Texas area has his
number, was on his way out
to pick up three Bahamians
and he said his telephone has
been ringing off the hook -
all phone calls from con-
cerned parents.
He added: "I've been liv-
ing in the Texas area for
more than 23 years so I am
well known in the communi-
"I have no problem open-
ing up my doors to anyone,
especially Bahamians. -
"In fact, there is no
Bahamian who doesn't have
my number. I am always
being called on to help."
No word was given on the
safety of Olympian Andrea
Williams and Michael Math-
ieu, who both live in Lub-
bock, Texas.
The two track and field
stars attend the Texas Tech
Rutherford said that he
didn't receive any word from
the two athletes, but
declared that they will not
have too much to worry
about if the storm remains
on the coastal area of the
* See News section for more.

Truckers out to put the

brakes on top pitcher

Senior Sports
THE old saying that
"good pitching stops good
hitting" will be put to the
test as the league's top
pitcher Edney 'the Heat'
Bethel and his pennant-
winning Electro Telecom
Dorcy Park Boyz take on
the best offensive line-up
in the defending champi-
ons TBS Truckers.
The two will clash in the
much anticipated show-
down in the New Provi-
dence Softball Association
men's best-of-seven cham-
pionship series that opens
Saturday night at the
Churchill Tener Knowles
National Softball Stadium.

"We know we're up
against the best pitcher in
the country," said Truck-
ers' manager Perry Sey-
mour. "So if we can hit the
ball the way we're been
hitting it in the playoffs, it
will be a different series."
While Seymour is pre-
dicting that the series will
go at least six games and
possibly even be extended
to the maximum, Dorcy
Park Boyz' player/manag-
er Mario Ford has a dif-
ferent view.
"We expect to have a
good.series and we will
just go out there and play
sound and solid defence,"
he charged. "We have the
pitching that can contain
the hitters that they have.
"Once we can do that,
keep our offence going
and let the pitcher pitch
his game, we will be able
to come out victorious."
Looking at the way the
two teams match up, Sey-
mour said he's confident
that "man-for-man, we
have the best team, except
for Edney. There's no
question about that.


"But my team is the best
assembled and once we
can deal with Edney, we
can win the champi-
Despite Seymour's
claim, Ford said their line-
up should not be down-
"They say they have
pitchers from one to nine,
but basically, with the
pitching that we have, we
can contain them because

Edney knows their batters
and he knows what he has
to do," Ford reflected.
"So once we can get out
there and score the runs,
everything will fall into
On his prediction, Sey-
mour said he's looking for
it to go at least six or sev-
en games.
"Dorcy Park is saying
it's a four game sweep," he

said. "I can't believe that."
But Ford assured the
Truckers that the Dorcy
Park Boyz will "play until
we get the four wins."
The only concern that
Seymour has, is making
sure that all three of his
Defence Force officers are
on the island and not out
to sea. Additionally, he
has two hotel workers and
another who works shift at

Nassau International Air-
"Once I can get the team
I want out, we will be
okay," Seymour promised.
Ford, on the other hand,
indicated that his Electro
Telecom side doesn't have
any issues to deal with, so
he expects that his full
squad will be out.
While the series opens
on Saturday night, game

two is scheduled for Tl*'s-
day with game three on
Thursday. If anybody goes
for the sweep, it could'be
done next Saturday.
The winner of the cham-
pionship will go on to rep-
resent the NPSA during
the Bahamas Softball Fed-
eration's national round
robin tournament sched-
uled for the Discovery hol-
iday weekend.

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