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Former AG claims

compensation for

Alvin Smith is

'sticking point'

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE FNM has run into a
financial stumbling block in its
bid to install Hubert Ingraham
as House leader, it was claimed
Former Attorney General
Tennyson Wells said the ques-
tion of compensation for Alvin
Smith, the current FNM House
leader, was a sticking point in
the party's efforts to orchestrate
an Ingraham comeback.
Party sources say Mr Smith
faces an $80,000 loss in pay as a
result of his removal from the
House leader's position. This
figure is based on his accumu-
lated pay cut between now and
the next general election.
Mr Wells told The Tribune
that the party would have to
resolve Mr Smith's financial
position before Mr Ingraham
can take his place as the oppo-
sition's top parliamentary
"That's the story I'm hearing.
I've never seen anything like
Ahis," Mr Wells said.
However, an MP who wished
Ato remain anonymous said he
didn't feel it was too much for
Mr Smith to ask to be compen-
sated for his remaining tenure
as opposition leader in the
"I believe that if they want
Mr Smith to step aside they
should compensate him. I don't
see why they should deny him

that, because they are asking
the man to lose a lot of mon-
ey," he said.
However, Mr Wells said if Mr
Smith had the best interests of
the party in mind, he would step
aside as he had promised and
allow Mr Ingraham to take
"It shouldn't be that you have
to pay him for the next 18
months he has in office. He
should just leave in the inter-
ests of the party.
"If the council has voted Mr
Ingraham in, then what is stop-
ping him from leaving?" Mr
Wells asked.
However, FNM sources say
another obstacle is that Mr
Ingraham will not accept the
post of House leader until he
has the full support of the entire
FNM council.
The council consists of 200
members and on September 29,
128 voted on the House lead-
ership issue.
Mr Ingraham won by 88 votes
to 40.
Up until press time, The Tri-
bune was unable to contact Mr
Smith for comment.
Meanwhile, speculation on a
Hubert Ingraham-Brent
Symonette ticket for the gener-
al election was fuelled by a
weekend dinner reportedly
hosted by Atlantis boss Sol
Well-placed sources told The
Tribune that Mr Ingraham and
his wife were dining with Mr
Symonette and his wife. Dr
Hubert Minnis, an FNM stal-
wart, was reportedly also pre-

Insiders claim FNM will lose 30 per cent Manhunt

of 'diehards' if Ingraham re-elected launched

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE FNM is poised to lose a substantial num-
ber of its base supporters if former prime minis-
ter Hubert Ingraham is re-elected as party leader,
it was claimed last night.
Former and current council members and some
MPs said party members who have been slighted
by Mr Ingraham will vote against him in the next
general election.
An estimated 30 per cent of "diehard" FNMs

would oppose Mr Ingraham leading the party,
according to the insiders.
These sources feel that Tommy Turnquest, the
current FNM leader, would gain more votes than
Mr Ingraham in an election.
But, under either man, the party would not be
able to beat the PLP in its current state of "dis-
array", they added.
Former Attorney General Tennyson Wells said
the FNM's last council meeting told of growing
SEE page 10

Businessman admits relationship

with woman accused of assault

ABACO businessman James
Sullivan admitted in court yes-
terday that he had a relation-
ship with Rhonda Hull, a lawyer
who is accused of assaulting
Hull, a former beauty queen

who wore the Miss Common-
wealth crown in 1985, is on trial
for assault and disorderly
behaviour. She has denied the
Mr Sullivan, giving testimo-
ny as the trial got underway yes-

terday, said on Sunday, August
28, Hull entered his home with-
out permission, and burned him
on the left side of his face with a
SEE page 10

after two


POLICE have launched a
manhunt for the driver of a
green Nissan Maxima they
believe shot one man and
tried to shoot another on Sun-
day night.
Police say a 27-year-old
Pinewood Gardens man had
just arrived home and was
entering his door when a lone
gunman approached him and
shot him in the stomach with a
It is believed the gunman
then fled the scene in a green
The victim, who police have
chosen not to identify, was
taken to Princess Margaret
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Of early elections, party tension

and Mi

D ESPITE the usual prediction
of an early election it is not a
all likely that Bahamians will be going t<
the polls any time before 2007 or late in
2006 at the earliest.
A quick glance at the electoral calen
dar will reveal that since the abolition o
the seven-year parliamentary term elec
tions have been held roughly every fiv
years. The last seven-year term (it used
to be called the "the seven-year itch")
was 1949-1956.
The earliest election since then wa:
in 1968, a year and four months afte:
the historic polls of January 10, 1967
which ushered in majority rule. That wa:
because of the death of a member of the
ruling party, Uriah McPhee, at a time
when there was a one-seat margin in the
House of Assembly.
The PLP government headed by Lyn
den 0 Pindling decided to go back to
the people in a general election rather
than risk a by-election. The PLP hac
governed well beyond the expectations
of many during its 15 months in powel
with some ministers turning in stellar
Notable among them were Cecil Wal-
lace Whitfield as Minister of Works anc
Warren J Levarity as Minister of Oul
Island Affairs with responsibility for agri-
culture as well as public works in the
Out Islands.
These two ministers (both of whom
were to become founders of the FNM)
had worked with lightning speed to bring
much-needed amenities to neglected
communities in New Providence and the
Out Islands. So, from a razor-thin margin
in the House, the PLP went to an over-
whelming majority in the 1968 election,
winning 29 of 38 seats.
The next general election came about
six months early September 19, 1972 -
in an atmosphere of heightened political
tensions. The role of opposition had been
taken over by the Dissident Eight who
had been suspended from the PLP for
voting no confidence in Sir Lynden's
leadership and had, along with others,
formed the FNM. Furthermore, the
country was marching quick time to inde-

In nearly 50 years no general elec-
tion has come a year early, not
even in the 1980s when the country was
rocked by revelations of drug trafficking
and corruption in very high places. But
that never stops some people, including
venerable observers, from predicting ear-
ly polls.
There are good reasons why a prime
minister hesitates to call early elections.
If things are going really well, he might

s crocodile tears

Astute political leaders on both sides
will see beyond the distortions and
wishful thinking, make sober
judgments about the realities, and
conduct themselves accordingly

be tempted. But he is more likely to
believe that the more time he has the
more he can get accomplished. The flip-
side of this coin is a prime minister's
worst nightmare. The closer the elec-
t tion, the less time he has to effect dam-
- age control in the event of an unfore-
I seen political calamity.
The public expects that in the
absence of a crisis in confidence or some
r extraordinarily demanding issue a gov-
ernment will complete its term in office.
To spring an early election to take'
advantage of perceived unreadiness on
:the part of the opposition can offend the
public's sense of fair play and cost votes.
!:S:ome years ago a government in a
Caribbean country called an early gen-
eral election after it had done excep-
tionally well in local elections. The voters
took a dim view of this opportunism and
kicked out the ruling party. It came to be
known as "the curse of the early elec-
Also, perceived unreadiness is not
always actual unreadiness. It is quite
amazing how quickly an apparently som-
nolent opposition party can spring into
action at the sound of the bell.

What some observers fail to
take into account is that a
dearth of high blown rhetoric and fre-
quent demonstrations which capture
headlines do not necessarily mean that
one's opponents are not getting on with
the more mundane but important work
of maintaining the party base.
The same way supporters of the ruling
party tend to look at the opposition
through distorted lens, supporters of the
opposition also tend to look at govern-
ment through similarly faulty equipment.
Astute political leaders on both sides
will see beyond the distortions and wish-
ful thinking, make sober judgments
about the realities, and conduct them-
selves accordingly.

he chairman of the PLP, Ray-.
nard Rigby, is not noted for
making astute judgments about politi-
cal realities or, if he does, he is an expert
at keeping them well hidden.
His political myopia is legendary as is
his application of extravagant language
to all political situations, great and small.
It is quite an accomplishment to get a
reputation for excessive language in an
arena where hyperbole is usually the
order of the day.
Last'xvw k,:Mr Iighyoutlid hihnself by
ridiculel ously sl, dhmg.crocodile thars
over the possibility that the FNM will
not survive its leadership fight and there-
by reduce the country to the status of a
one-party state! It would be even more
worrying if Mr Rigby really believes
While it is true that all things are pos-
sible, Mr Rigby is out of touch with his-
tory and the real world if he believes the
FNM is likely to leave the Bahamian
people to the mercies of his own incom-
petent crowd.

* *

To spring an early election to take
advantage of perceived unreadiness on
the part of the opposition can offend
the public's sense of fair play and cost

P arty supporters do not like it
when internal tensions and dis-
agreements spill over into the open.
Some still believe that intraparty fights
should be kept from the public at all
The truth is that that has not been
possible (if it ever was) for a long time.
Sir Lynden Pindling helped to destroy
that particular discipline back in 1968
when a particularly intense fight was
going on inside the PLP with grumblings

about his leadership.
It was agreed that the problem would
be contained within the party but Sir
Lynden, without notice to friend or foe,
let the cat out of the bag when in a con-
vention speech at the Balmoral Hotel
he dramatically challenged one of his
own ministers, Cecil Wallace Whitfield.
The party chastised Sir Lynden. An
apology was drafted and approved by
Sir Cecil and .Sir Lynden was made to
read it to the public in a broadcast over
ZNS. Sir Lynden never forgot this pub-
lic humiliation.
Sir Cecil did not resign on that occa-
sion but chose his own moment two
years later when, in even more dramatic
fashion, he announced his resignation
from Sir Lynden's cabinet.

rom then until today there is lit-
tle that happens inside the coun-.
cils of a political party that is not on the
street in a matter of hours and, if it is
interesting enough, in the newspapers
as well.
What happened at the PLP conven-
tion that elected Perry Christie over Dr
Bernard Nottage is well-known and
some of it has been published. But some
of it was so nasty that it is not fit for
publication and hardly fit for mention
in polite company.
It is a difficult thing to establish a tru-
ly r btiporl political party. Many at1nipts
Za' P n maAe indi o l twvo ar i'r-
"vived aid flouri.shiQ But Mr Rigby
should know that once established, a
political party is not easy to destroy.
The FNM has been tested in the cru-
cible of division and long years in the
wilderness of opposition and Mr Rigby
and other wishful thinkers should not
delude themselves into believing that a
ship which survived category five hurri-
canes can now be destroyed by a tropical
What Mr Rigby and his colleagues
should worry about is the intense inter-
est that Bahamians are taking in the
affairs of the FNM. That should tell them
that people are looking to the FNM with
the hope that the awesome democratic
process they are witnessing will ensure
that the FNM is the party of the future
beginning in 2007, or even 2006 if they
(I had intended this week to respond
to some comments by Bahamas Uncen-
sored but Mr Rigby took precedence.
BU will have to wait because next week,
events allowing, I will do a short history
of party instability).


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in court
Tribune Staff Reporter
28, appeared in the Supreme
Court today for the start of
his murder trial.
He is accused of the 1999
shooting death of Michael
Francis, who was 26 years
J Almitra Jones and
Gawaine Ward are prosecut-
ing the case. Pritchard is
being defended by Murrio
Ducille and Tamara Taylor.
Mrs Jones explained the
jury during her opening
statement on Monday that
Pritchard must be "clothed
with a mantle of innocence"
throughout the trial because
it is the prosecution's duty to
satisfy the jury beyond a rea-
sonable doubt that Pritchard
committed the crime.
Mrs Jones said it is the
prosecution's job to prove
that Pritchard shot Mr Fran-
cis to death on May 30, 1999
in an area just off Hawkins
The prosecution intends to
call eyewitnesses who will tell
the court that they saw the
accused man firing shots at
the victim, and that Pritchard
was seen fleeing the scene.
The first witness to take
the stand was 1907 Dwight
Adderley, who submitted
pictures of the crime scene to
the court. .
The case continues today.
Justice Anita Allen is presid-


of the year
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Ministry of Housing
has nominated Gregory Kerr
as its employee of the year.
His name will be submit-
ted in the running for the
2005 Public Service Office of
the Year award which will be
given on Friday.
Housing Minister Shane
Gibson made the announce-
ment at a special in-house
press conference and lun-
cheon to herald the start of
Public Service Week.
Mr Gibson said he is
pleased to be working with
dedicated staff in a ministry
that is envied by other civil
servants for its pleasant and
cordial environment.
Mr Kerr was appointed to
the public service on Sep-
tember 7, 1970. He served as
an assistant assessor with the
Ministry of Finance.
On May 5, 1987 he was
appointed to the post of
assistant surveyor. In 1990,
he was seconded to the Min-
istry of Housing and was pro-
moted to surveyor on Febru-
ary 1.
"Mr Kerr has a depth of
knowledge, a keen sense of
responsibility and a willing-
ness to go beyond the call of
duty. Additionally Mr Kerr is
called upon to make deci-
sions to support our determi-
"Mr Kerr's dedication and
commitment to excellence
has caused his stay to be pro-
longed in this ministry. He
works hard to improve the
quality in his work and pro-
mote quality awareness
among his peers," said Mr
Mr Kerr is one of seven
men in a pool of 15 public
officials from various min-
istries who are being consid-
ered for the Employee of the
Year Award. It is one of the
most anticipated events of
the week.
He was selected by a
group of senior ministry offi-
In addition, the ministry
also noted the contributions
of the 2004 nominee Vernel
Ferguson who served as a
secretary to former chief
housing officers Melvin Sey-
mor and Lorriane Armbris-
ter and now serves as one of
Mr Gibson's secretaries.
The two honorees each
received plaques and a din-
ner for two, as well as airfare

and a weekend gateway for
two to the Mangrove Cay
Inn and the Green Turtle
Cay Club in Abaco.
They were also given
books by Evans A Cottman
and five cases of soda,
Their photos will also be
displayed in the lobby of the

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US gives HIV/AIDS awareness

programmes funding boost

r By CARA BRENNEN PIC Arh ED ish om leffrt n
Tribune Staff Reporter Archbishop Gomez; Jeff Roteringo

THE US government has increased
the level of funding that its embassies
in the Caribbean can provide for
HIV/AID's awareness programmes by
50 per cent.
The announcement was made by US
Ambassador to the Bahamas John Rood
who is hosting other American ambas-
sadors to the region in Nassau at an
HIV/AIDS conference.
Ambassador Randall Tobias, who is
the US's global AIDS co-ordinator, told
the delegates attending the fourth
Caribbean Regional Chiefs of Mission
Conference on HIV/ AIDS that he has
approved the increase to the small grants
programme, formerly known as the
Ambassador's Self-Help Fund.

"The maximum amount available to
each embassy or consulate will now be
$30,000. Because goals and accountabil-
ity for achieving them have been such an
important part of emergency plan suc-
cess, programmes funded must have
definable objectives relating to preven-
tion, treatment or care, and we will be
eager to hear the results through the
grants," he said.
Mr Tobias said he hopes the increase
will enable the embassies to reach out to
new local partners, with a special empha-

sis on community-based groups, faith
based organisations and persons living
with HIV/AIDs.
He noted that 8,000 people die from
AIDS every day worldwide.
"Imagine walking up one morning,
turning on the radio and hearing that 20
747's around the world, each fully loaded
with 400 passengers, had crashed, killing
everyone aboard. Imagine what a dev-

astating shock such a tragedy would be,
then imagine waking up every day and
hearing that the same thing had hap-
pened," he said.
Despite these figures, Mr Tobias
reminded the audience that AIDS is first
and foremost a human tragedy.
He noted that after Africa, the
Caribbean has the highest level of HIV
prevalence in the world. Of the more

Bahamians pledge

$150,000 to America's

Hurricane Katrina

Relief Fund telethon

AROUND $150,000 has been *f
pledged to the Bahamas for Organsers thanks
America's Hurricane Katrina
Relief Fund telethon so far,
organisers have announced *
In a press release issued on oVerwhelming support
October 3, organisers of Friday
evening's event thanked Bahami-
ans for their overwhelming sup-
s for their overwhelming sup- "The evening was magical and Initiative were Alfred Jarrett,
"Bahamians from throughout very well organised. The enter- Bishop Neil Ellis, Wendall Jones,
the archipelago are to be tamment was first-class, and pub- and Veronica Duncanson.
thanked for their support. The lic's response was fantastic," said Major supporters included Ms
phones were ringing continu- Wilson. Minna Israel, managing director
ously, an at midnight the "I wish also to thank the mem- of Scotiabank; Mrs Eileen Car-
ledge's stood at approximately bers of the various fraternities ron of The Tribune Media
150,000," said fund treasurer and sororities, The Links, Incor- Group; Charles Carter from
Kendrick Christie. porated, the Bahamas Girl Carter Marketing and publisher
Guides Association, the school of The Nassau Guardian; Steve
principals and the COB students, Haughey of JoyFM; Galen
Process who volunteered support is Saunders of MoreFM; the
always so encouraging", added Bahamas Telecommunications
According to Christie, the Wilson. Company (BTC), William Hol-
committee is now in the process According to Wilson, persons land, managing director of the
of converting the pledges to cash, may still donate to the telethon Sunshine Group of Companies;
and working to complete the by making contributions directly Leroy Archer from the Burns
exercise within the shortest pos- to account number 1113805, at House Group, and Robert
sible time. the Bank of the Bahamas. "Sandy" Sands from BahMar
Fund committee chairman All funds received from the Developers.
Franklyn Wilson added his telethon will be donated to the
appreciation for the way American Red Cross.
Bahamians responded to the In addition to Wilson and
event. Christie, other organisers of this

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economic officer, US Embassy, and
Ambassador Randall Tobias,
Global AIDS coordinator.

than three million people in the Western
hemisphere who are believed to be
infected, he said that about 440,000 of
those people live Caribbean.

He said that the United States has
joined in the fight against the disease by
partnering with 123 countries around
the world in an ambitious five-year plan
to meet the following goals: Support for
the prevention of seven million new
infections, support for treatment of two
million and for care of ten million people
infected and affected by HIV, including
orphans and vulnerable children.
In addition, he said, more emphasis
has to be given to preventing the spread
of the disease, empowering women and
fostering a more multi-sectoral approach.
"Governments may also need to do
more to embrace civil society organisa-
tions as full partners in the national
response," he said.
Mr Tobias urged the ambassadors to
use their influence with the governments
of the countries they have been assigned
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Preachers have got it wrong on Katrina

ACCORDING to some Bahamian preach-
ers, Hurricane Katrina was not an act of
nature, but rather the judgmental hand of a
righteous God reaching down to destroy the-
people of New Orleans for their many sins.
And casting his heavenly eyes around the
Earth on Boxing Day last year that is if we
are to believe these self-righteous preach-
ers God spotted a few southeast Asian
nations that displeased him. He marked them
down for destruction. An earthquake grum-
bled in the depths of the Indian Ocean, the
seas sucked back its waters and with a mighty
belch sent a mountainous wall of ocean
smashing against the shores of Indonesia,
Sri Lanka, India and Thailand. When God
had vented his fury on "sinful" humanity,
more than 175,000 dead were counted.
According to scientists the Boxing Day
earthquake and tsunami caused the entire
planet to vibrate a few centimetres.
The preachers would probably say that
this vibration was God's wake upcall, warn-
ing the "righteous" that the time had come
for them to straighten up and fly right.
Oh, what painful hypocrisy! What embar-
rassing ignorance!
Bahamians are fortunate that there is a
compassionate God. If not, based on the
premise of some` of these-hllier-than-thou5
preachers, this archipelagic nation would
have been at the bottonif of ur shallowseas.
centuries ago.
As Clement Johnson asked in The Tri-
bune's Religion section Thursday: When
Hurricane Andrew did so much damage to
North Eleuthera in 1992 was this God's sign
that North Eleutherans were far more evil
than their brethren in the south, or than
those in New Providence, both areas coming
through the storm relatively unscathed?
Instead of worrying about the mote in
another man's eye these preachers should
concentrate on the beams in their own eyes.
Is it possible that the people of New
Orleans are any more sinful than those of the
Bahamas? Every sin that is found in Sin City
New Orleans is flourishing right here in Sin
City Nassau. New Orleans has nothing that
Bahamians don't have.
Just last week a lawyer argued the rights of
Russian strippers to perform lascivious acts
- stripping down to a G-string, pole dancing
and lap dancing in a public club to attract
and excite male patrons. The women were

accused and acquitted of indecent behav-
iour and abetting indecent behaviour.
In their defence their lawyer reminded the
court that Britannia Towers and Crystal
Palace casinos also feature topless dancers at
their cabaret shows. However, this was a
poor comparison, because there is a vast dif-
ference between the two forms of dancing.
Any lawyer could argue the difference
between an artistically choreographed dance
with bare-breasted women and near-naked
women performing suggestive gyrations
designed to arouse the basest instincts in
foolish man. This is not to suggest that we
approve of the former, but we can certainly
appreciate the difference between the two
styles of performance.
The lawyer for the Russian strippers ques-
tioned the hypocrisy of a society that would
prosecute his clients, but take no action
against sailaway events with naked girls; wet
T-shirt competitions at Long Wharf during
spring break; the former topless beach at
Club Med and Cable Bahamas' explicit chan-
nels for viewing at a price.
This, he said, was "the standard" in the
Bahamas. If this is the standard then the
preachers should try to reach the consciences
of their congregations to encourage them, mto:,r
change society's standards, remembering -
that each grain of sand put side by side can
mlike an impressive beach. There is a limit to
what legislation can do. It can't completely
legislate morality. This is the province of the
church. However, because the immoral
behaviour cited by the lawyer is now the
moral "standard" for the Bahamas, liken-
ing it to the Biblical Sodom and Gomorrah,
does not mean that this standard is right or
that it should be condoned. Nor does it mean
that it should be extended to include strip
It's up to a community to set its moral
standards. If the community is prepared to
accept strip clubs as a moral norm, then the
clubs will stay. If not then they will make
their voices heard, and encourage their MPs
to rethink legislation for clubs that are open
to the public.
As we all know, although there are age
limits to keep young people out, and pre-
vent underage use of alcohol, club opera-
tors are very lax in enforcing the rules.
If the community does not want strip clubs
then now's the time for them to speak up.

The need to

upgrade our


EDITOR, The Tribune
AS A frequent traveller who
mainly uses NIA as my depar-
ture and arrival points, I am
mortified by the dilapidated
conditions at the nation's main
gateway. I know that many
Bahamians, through your pres-
tigious columns, have been
informed numerous times about
this embarrassing dilemma, but
only to a certain extent.
In addition to my travels, I
happen to work in and around
NIA. I cannot tell you-the num-
ber of times I have overheard
tourists on a daily basis make
the most degrading comments
about this facility. The remarks
are almost the same: filthy con-
ditions, lack of restaurants,rude
staff, no flight information, no
professionalism are always the
main complaints.
Two weeks ago, a group of
American travellers were actu-
ally taking photos of the over-
loaded malfunctioning toilets in
the departure lounge, threaten-
ing to send the pictures to their
local papers.
The internet is filled with hor-
rible comments on airport web-
sites about how outdated and

nasty this airport is. They often
(passengers) compare NIA to
other airports in the region, such
as Piarco (Trinidad), Barbados,
Aruba and Bermuda, with
regards as to how NIA falls
behind in the rankings. I have
read comments such as "...below
third world", "...hepatite zoo"
and "...germ_infested".-I have
often overheard mothers tell.
their children to wait until they
have boarded their flights before
using the rest-rooms.
An airport, a showpiece in
many nations, portrays to pas--
sengers whether or not that par-
ticular destination is happy to
have them, or could give two
cents about their visit. Nassau's
airport definitely portrays the'
With regards to Bahamasair.
(the national "Flag Carrier"),
this airline is not just the brunt
of jokes amongst the Bahamian
public but the international
public as well. I am always hear-
ing airline agents from other

airlines saying (normally in
Spanish) things like, "el aero-
linea cucio", (the dirty airline),
"el aerolinea tarde", (the late
airline). '""_
They even have jokes and
make fun of the employees
around NIA who work for
Bahamasair. Some employees
are even embarrassed to walkin
certain restaurants or certain
areas around NIA because of,
being teased by other airport
As a former flight attendant
for a charter company, there
was hardly a day when I did not
hear some flight crew from
another airline company, make,
some joke about the airline. The
jokes would always start when-
ever they spotted one of the
dirty 737's pull up to the gate,
It seems that the only time,
we as a nation remotely make
any changes for the better, is,
when our reputation is threat-
ened through some media
report. I sincerely hope it dqes
not take anything worse for us
to wake up!
August 31 2005

Wrong historical judgment,

on Sir Lynden Pindling

EDITOR, The Tribune colour to achieve what we have
done, since the 1960's.
INTIELLIGENT peope .., In his volatile article Mr Reil-
judge historical events in the ly flatly condemned the-
context of thetiiies and linder Bahamas 'to the "Dung Hill"
the circumstances in which they because he had the experience
occurred. of a house "break-in" where he
D Paul Reilly wrote an article' admitted to losing nothing
recently decrying Sir Lynden because, as he said, the alarm
Oscar Pindling's actions when must have scared the "would-
he threw the mace out the win- be" thieves away. I would say
dow of the House of Assembly that as bad as the obvious vio-
back in the 1960s. Mr Reilly lation of your privacy is, you
wrote as if this was an irrespon- are one "of the fortunate unes;
sible, despicable act when in fact Mr Reilly, and you have little
it represented the turning point to gripe about; others have been
in the lives of the majority of raped, stabbed and murdered.
the Bahamian people. Mr Reilly seems to be saying
How dare D Paul Reilly, a in his writings, that if Sir Lyn-
Bahamian by privilege pre- den didn't throw the mace put
sume to judge our history. We of the window and if we, as a
are proud of Sir Lynden's role people, had remained in the
in forging this New Bahamas national, disgraceful state of
moving us from modern-day affairs we were in, the Bahamas
slavery to where we have come would have been a better place
today. Paul Reilly wouldn't today. I would like to remind
know of our struggles to achieve Mr Reilly that we don't live in a
equality, neither can he appre- vacuum; the world has changed
ciate what it is like for people-of and the Bahamas, like every

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other country on earth has sim-
ply changed with the world.I ,
.don't say this in defence of'all
the wrong in our country, but
rather in my admission of the
reality of the times. While we
no doubt would like to be the
world's exception living 60
miles off the coast of the United
States doesn't help at all.'
D Paul Reilly, you are no
Earl Nightingale; My advice to
you, since you seem to find ift
. difficultcoming up With-appro
priate topics for your weekly
column, is to research our his-
tory from the days of the loyal-
ist and comment on where W et:
came from, how we got hefe.:
and our many challenges in
between. Bashing our Bahami-
an heroes will do nothing for -
you nor your image.
Sir Lynden did more for the
Bahamian people as a result of
throwing the mace out of par-,
liament and delivering that,,
now, infamous "Bend or Break
Speech" than all those before,
- and after him, put together. ''
Grind Bahama
September 26 2005




done in


EDITOR, The Tribune
IF what I heard on Darold
Miller's talk show, "Immediate
Response" was true, lawyer
Wayne Munroe got his Russian
strip dancing clients off in the
courts by arguing that as long as
they did their denuding and sex-
ual titillation act in private it
was not illegal.
Again, if what I heard was
true, any member of the public
(of voting age) with the finan-
cial wherewithal to pay to enter
the strip dancing club could
have done so.
I would have thought, then,'
that that would have made thae,:
strip dancing performance pub'
lic;ThaEnkyou. .
Nassau ,
" September2005/:




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Residents are

given access to

disputed areas

at Bimini Bav

Tribune Freeport

at Bimini Bay and also warn
that the development could
eventually devastate the envi-

,FREEPORT The dispute Concerns were also raised
over'access to crown land and over the scale of the project,
coastal areas around the $75 which locals and international
million Bimini Bay Resort environmentalists say is too
development in North Bimini large for the island.
may have reached a tentative The project, which has been
resolution, reduced by 50 per cent from
According to a prominent the original plans, provides for
resident, Biminites are now the construction of a 410-room
allowed access beyond the wall hotel, 1,080 condos, 440 single-
buift'it the resort which ini- family homes, a marina and an
tially left them confined to just 18-hole golf course.
over two miles of the seven-
mile-ong island. Plans
Locals on the tiny island
dre' national attention four
months ago when they staged a Developer Gerardo Capo
mass demonstration to protest revealed that construction
the- Construction of a wall at plans are progressing well at
the-entrance of the 700-acre North Bimini, where several
resort that is being developed 100-unit blocks have been
by the Cuban-American Ger- completed.
ardo Capo. He said contractors have
A temporary arrangement also finished 140 slips of the
has' reportedly now been put proposed 500-slip marina.
in place for locals, who must "The development is going
sign in and out at a security on as scheduled and we are
booth when entering and leav- very happy with the way things
ing the property. are going," Mr Capo told The
Under this condition, they Tribune during a recent inter-
now have access to the beach view.
and-crown land behind the "We have undertaken a lot
wall. of things with the community
"Apparently, residents are and we are going to make the
satisfied with this arrangement, island a real jewel very pol-
which allows us access through ished and beautiful as possi-
the property to the beach," ble," Mr Capo said.
said a retired civil servant. The developers have
While the question of access installed a water supply system
has been resolved, other issues for residents, who complained
coninueto liger. .. in May that the supply was
Iegalsieel that too, .apy' beingmterrupfed by the watei-
foreigriworkers are employed, ing olplaiits atthe project site.

Promises were also made
by the developer to build a
new primary school, donate a
fire truck, and provide train-
ing for residents in conjunc-
tion with the Bahamas Tech-
nical and Vocational Institute


Addressing claims about
environmental destruction, Mr
Capo said that environmental
reports and assessments have
been produced and submitted
to the government.
There have been allegations
of vast destruction to man-
grove swamps, which protect
the fish and the island during
Environmental groups claim
that the destruction of man-
groves and reefs will have a
serious negative impact on
marine habitats in waters off
Mr Capo was very critical of
the environmental groups.
"I don't see anyone of those
so-called critics of the envi-
ronment call or visit us, or look
at our records and investigate
what type of environmental
reports we produced to the
government," he claimed.
"But most of all what really
bothers me, is that we have not
seen any of those critics be'
concerned about the welfare
of the Bimini people," Mr
Capo said.
He said the project will pro-
vide "a 'wotld of opportunity"
for the" lo0atcommunity.

Author castigates

Duke for treatment

of Oakes murder

THE Duke of Windsor did the
Bahamas "a grave disservice" by
failing to allow a proper investi-
.gation of the Oakes murder in
1943, an author has claimed.
The case "laid a template for
selective justice which still has a
resonance in Nassau today" said
The Tribune's managing editor
John Marquis on a radio show
at the weekend.
He said it was wrong for the
Duke's handling of the case to
be constantly depicted as a
blunder adding that there was
overwhelming circumstantial
evidence to suggest that the
Duke, who was Governor of the
Bahamas at the time, was
involved in a conspiracy to cov-
er up the truth.
"The 'whodunnit' aspect of
the case is actually less impor,
tant than the fact that a proper
investigation was never carried
out," he said.
Mr Marquis was guest on
Sunday Conversations, the
Island FM radio show hosted
by Patty Roker, to discuss his
book, Blood and Fire, which is
due out before Christmas.
The book re-examines the
Oakes case and challenges many
of the conclusions reached over
the 62 years since Sir Harry
Oakes was murdered at his Nas-
sau home, Westbourne.
Mr Marquis offers several
new angles on the case and
discloses for the first time sig-
nificant information passed on
to him by a contact in 1969.
He said at the time that
Count Alfred de Marigny -
Oakes' son-in-law was charged
with the murder, not a single
police officer involved in the
inquiry thought him guilty.
De Marigny was subsequent-
ly acquitted and deported.
During the show, Mr Marquis
also discussed the con-and-kill
team Sante and Kenny Kimes,
who murdered the banker Syed
Bilal Ahmed at their Cable
Beach home in 1996.'
Mrs'Kimes, he said, was

* SIR Harry Oakes, pictured with the Duke of Windsor

described even by lawyers
involved in her case as the most
"degenerate" woman they had
ever met.
But her life of crime was
made even more interesting by
the involvement of her "gan-
gling, dome-headed" son Ken-
ny, who was in thrall to her.
Mrs Kimes, who was suspect-
ed of poisoning her so-called
'husband' Ken Kimes Sr to
death in 1994, tried to keep him
financially alive by tapping into
his bank accounts.
Mr Marquis said she used his
platinum credit card at the
Androsia Restaurant on Cable
Beach, where she and Kenny
would run up.bills of between
$1,200 and $1,500 a week..... ,

They hosted Mr Ahmed
there for dinner on the night he
disappeared. Kenny Kimes was
later to admit in court that they
drowned him in the bath at
their home.
Sante and Kenny Kimes, who
left Nassau in 1996, are now in
jail in the United States for life
without parole for the Silver-
man and Kazdin killings.
Mr Marquis said the Oakes
and Ahmed murders both hap-
pened within 200 yards of each
other on Cable Beach.
Westbourne, where Sir Harry
was found dead, was demol-
ished 35 years ago. The former
Kimes home stands derelict
next to Sulgrave Manor, a lux-
:.ury condominium block.,

Month-long campaign

to focus on importance

of the elderly in society

Tribune Staff Reporter
OC&TOBER is to be cele-
bra'ted as "Older Persons
Month" in the Bahamas.
The decision was made by the
Ministry of Social Services and
Community Development in
conjunction with the National
Cotincil on Older Persons.
The theme for the month,
"Older persons a vital part of
the family in the new millenni-
um'-" is aimed at dispelling the
myth that older persons in soci-
ety are not useful.
Minister of Social Services
and Community Development
Melanie Griffin said the mon-
eth will focus on emphasising
the worth, dignity and continu-
ing value of older persons to
the character of the family.
She added that in today's
society, a growing number of
older persons are being neglect-
ed and abandoned by family

"More and more, the state is
being required to provide ser-
vices to older persons that fam-
ilies should consider both a priv-
ilege and right to provide, hav-
ing regard for what the older
persons would have done to
position families where they are
today," said Mrs Griffin.
She said that some grandpar-
ents have to assume the respon-
sibility of their grandchildren,
either because the parents have
died or the children have been
"Many of these older persons
have to utilise the little savings
they may have or their retire-
ment benefits to provide for
"While they accept this
responsibility for the sake of the.
grandchildren, it is not fair to
them in their latter years to
have care and control for
dependent children.
"If it were not for them, many

more of our children would be
in institutions or foster care,"
said Mrs Griffin.
Vlyma Thompson-Curling,
co-chairperson of the National
Council on Older Persons, said
the council was seeking to
establish a hotline for senior cit-
izens, which they can call for
advice or help with any prob-
lem they may encounter.
As a part of the month of cel-
ebrations, "nation builder"
awards will be presented to at
least 10 older persons.
Individuals have been nomi-
nated from throughout the
Bahamas in recognition of their
contribution to the develop-
ment of the country.
Other activities include will
include the distribution of gift
baskets to individuals in their
late 80s and 90s, a day trip to
Harbour Island for the elderly,
several relevant radio shows
and a church service.

Church leader jailed

for molesting child

Tribune Staff Reporter
A 65-year-old church leader
and businessman will spend sev-
en years in prison for sexually
molesting a child.
Ignatious Victor McKenzie
of'Long Bay Cay, South

PHNE 32-25

Andros was found guilty of
committing the crime by a
unanimous six-man, six-woman
jury after less than an hour bf
Justice Anita Allen said
McKenzie's crime was "repre-
hensible", especially for a man
of such stature in the church
and community.
The fact that it was McKen-
zie's first offence and that he
had never been in trouble with
the law before was taken into
consideration before the seven-
year sentence was handed
The female victim took the

witness stand and told court that
McKenzie took her to a club
and put "something like Bacar-
di" in her soda.
She said that she fell asleep in
the bed located at the back of
the club.
The girl told the court that
when she awoke, McKenzie
began reading the Bible over
her before removing some items
of her clothing.
He then groped and touched
her, she told the court.
McKenzie was represented
by lawyer Cecil Hilton. Darrell
Taylor and Gawaine Ward
prosecuted the case.

The problem with ZNS and the

struggle to improve transport

Given their likely rami-
fications, it is under-
standable that the events within
the FNM governing council
were on everyone's lips for most
of last week.
Everyone, that is, with the
exception of the good people
at ZNS, whose keen-eyed news-
men seemed to remain blissful-
ly unaware that anything news-
worthy had taken place in the
official opposition at all.
When one tries to imagine
the public broadcasters of

Britain, Jamaica or Barbados
failing to give coverage to such
an important event within the
opposition party, the scale and
context of the failure becomes
clear and, frankly, embarrass-
The difference, of course, lies
in what Carlton Smith, the cor-
poration's deputy general man-
ager, admitted only a few weeks
ago: that our national broad-
caster, despite 12 years of com-
petition, is so compromised by
political associations that it
"cannot work in the public

The Government High School
80th Anniversary
Celebrations Committee

Mr. Cecil Valentine

In 1941 was offered a teaching post at
the Government High School3where he
served 26 years. In 1964 he became the
first Bahamian headmaster and
was the first to introduce Spanish
to the curriculum and taught it
throughout his tenure.

80th Anniversa Gala Banquet
Saturday, 22nd October, 2005
The Crystal Bloom, Wyndham Nassau Resort
Cocktails at 7:00 pm Dinner at 8:00 pm
For information call: 362-2922/424-2744 or 356-5460



interest" in terms of giving fair
and objective news coverage to
Whether through political
interference, laziness or 'press
release journalism', this partic-
ular failure on the party of the
Broadcasting Corporation could
only have given relief to the
government of the day, present-
ly fighting a rearguard action
against accusations of indeci-

T his was perhaps best
summed up by the
comments of Agriculture Min-
ister Alfred Gray, speaking on
ZNS' Issues of the Day. The
minister opined, somewhat
implausibly, that, since the
FNM's defeat in 2002 was, in
his view, a rejection of Mr
Ingraham's style of governance,
the PLP would welcome a re-

It seems most plausible that
the confused and awkward
way in which the FNM
changed leaders in the midst
of an election campaign was
what weakened it as a
political force.

sion, weakness and endless con-
sultation: the polar opposites of
Mr Ingraham's public persona.
For the same reason, the
general reaction of members of
the government to the news of
Mr Ingraham's possible re-entry
into front line politics has been
to play the matter down, or
even pretend to welcome it.

run with Ingraham as head of
the FNM again.
The problem with this analy-
sis is that, firstly, there is good
cause to argue that 2002 was far
from being a straight out refer-
endum on Mr Ingraham as
prime minister. If anything, in
fact, it seems most plausible that
the confused and awkward way

in which the FNM changed
leaders in the midst of an elec-
tion campaign was what weak-
ened it as a political force.
Secondly, even if, right after
10 years of Ingraham, many
welcomed a 'fresh breeze' of
change in 2002, nobody (PLP,
FNM or uncommitted) is any
longer pretending that the
famed leadership style of Prime
Minister Christie is, on balance,
a public relations asset, what-
ever its merits on other levels.
Moreover, of all politicians in
the country today, it is Mr
Ingraham 'whose very mention
invites the most unflattering
attention to these faults in his
Against this alarming back-
drop, the PLP's reaction to the
news of Ingraham's possible re-
emergence is not unlike that of
Loius XVI, whose diary entry
for the 14th July, 1789, (the day
the Jacobins stormed the
Bastille) read simply "rien".

Last week, Bahamians
were greeted with the
good news that, finally, some
action was being taken to bring
order and improvement to the
shambles of a public trans-
portation system that we
What was most heartening
about the news was that, after
over 30 years of abject failure
by the Ministry of Transport to
bring some semblance of organ-
isation to the jitney system, this

time it is the bus owners them-
selves, a number of whom are,
represented by the Public Tran-
sit Association, that have taken:
the initiative.
On Sunday, they began sale;
of a monthly bus voucher,
designed to-convenience meff-
bers of the public (who-will
hopefully soon be able to save
money on transport, and who
will also presumably spend less
time sitting in their cars behind
jitneys as the drivers count
But the PTA has also made
it clear that a portion of the
funds raised by the initiative
will go into modernising the sys-
tem as a whole, by, among oth-
er things, fitting buses with secu-
rity communications equipment.
But a few days before the
system came into action, the
Ministry of Transport was warn-
ing the PTA not to get too ftr
ahead of its own snail-paced
process of regulation and
expensive consultation (which,
let us remember, has gotten us
where we are today in terms of
public transportation).
This time, the ministry is first
awaiting (as you may have
guessed) a foreign consultant
to come into town and tell us -
at public expense how to
reform the system, before it
changes the archaic regulations
that now seem to prohibit any
non-cash transactions for bus
It all shows how, in our back-
ward public service culture, the
dead hand of government can
suffocate even the most pro-
gressive and sensible ideas.

Headquarters for Cancer

Society officially opened'

* THE official grand opening for the Cancer Caring Centre and the Cancer Society Headquarters
was held last Friday on the Cancer Society grounds in Centreville. Shown in front of the building
are, (back) from left Brudienell Kelly, Bro-Kell Construction; Frank Smith, MP for St Thomas ;
More; Tony Hepburn, chairman of the Cancer Caring Centre Trust; Ehna Garraway, permanent
secretary in the Ministry of Health; Michael Diggiss, architect; (front) the Minister of Social Ser-
vices and Community Development the Hon. Melanie Griffin; Judy Ward-Carter, president Cad-
cer Society and Susan Roberts, treasurer Cancer Society.
(BIS Photo: Tim Aylen)

New lieutenant governor appointed

for Kiwanis movement in Bahamas

WELL-known Nassau busi-
nessman Henry Gibson has
assumed leadership of the
Kiwanis movement in the
On Saturday he became
Lieutenant Governor for the
2005-2006 administrative year
of Kiwanis International and
the 41st head of Kiwanis
Bahamas Division 22 since
the inception of the, move-
ment in 1962.
A member of the Kiwanis
Club of Nassau AM, which
he joined in 1984, Mr Gibson
has served as club president in
He has occupied many roles
in his home club, having
served as club secretary and
treasurer for several terms as
he rose to his current role at the
Kiwanis division level.
Mr Gibson received recogni-
tion at the Kiwanis Interna-
tional level through winning
awards such as "merit secre-
tary" and "distinguished secre-
In 1987-1988 and 1988-1989
he received his club's highest
award, "Kiwanian of the year".
Mr Gibson is the financial
controller at Bahamas Business
Solutions Limited and he and

* HENRY Gibson

his wife Frederica Elizabeth
Gibson are the parents of two
children a son and a daughter.
His formal role as lieutenant
governor began when he per-
formed the installation ceremo-
ny for the 2005-2006 president
and officers of the Kiwanis Club
Over the Hill on October 2.
He is scheduled to perform
installation ceremonies for the
Kiwanis Club of Nassau on
October 6; the Kiwanis Club of
Fort Montagu on October 8; the

Kiwanis Club of Nassau AM
on October 15; the Kiwanis
Club of Cable Beach on
October 22; and the Kiwanis
Club of New Providence on
October 23.
Mr Gibson will preside
over the ceremonies for the
2005-2006 presidents and offi-
cers for the Kiwanis Club of
Yuma Long Island on Octo-
ber 29; the Kiwanis Club of
South Eleuthera (Rock
Sound) on November 5, and
the Kiwanis Club of Freeport
on October 13.
In subsequent weeks he will
participate in activities of the
Kiwanis Club of the Berry
Islands, the Kiwanis Club of
Harbour Island, the Kiwanis
Club of Georgetown, the
Kiwanis Club of Great Abaco
and the Kiwanis Club of South
Under his theme: "Our chil-
dren, our future, our responsi-
bility", Mr Gibson will spear-
head the implementation of the
Kiwanis International defining
statement: "Kiwanis is a global
organisation of volunteers ded-
icated to changing the world
one child and one community
at a time," throughout Kiwanis
Division 22.



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Social services office opened 'to

provide a service for poor people'

.,A NEW social services office
has been opened in the Fox Hill
The office, in Davis Plaza,
was officially opened last week.
Speaking at the opening, MP
for Fox Hill Fred Mitchell said
the office represents an
acknowledgment that the gov-
ernment must continue to act
on behalf of the less privileged
members of society.
"I am speaking frankly
today, not to point any finger
but to inspire. And indeed to
remind us all: the politicians,
the public servants, our politi-

cal team to recommit ourselves
to the fight.
"That is what the opening of
the new office means. It is to
provide a service for poor peo-
ple," he said.
Mr Mitchell also announced
plans to build a community cen-
tre in the area.
"I want it to be finished by
next summer," he said. "Right
now, there is no recreation field
or cafeteria for the children of
Sandilands Primary, nor a facil-
ity for an assembly. When that
is completed, there will be a
place for an assembly," Mr
Mitchell said.
"Now more than ever is a

time for a social compact
amongst the government, the
workers and the general civic
society to work toward a com-
mon set of goals and objectives
without social disruption.
"Without the social compact,
without the national dialogue
on. even the most taboo issues
and agreement on common
goals, our society will continue
to move ahead less quickly than
it should," he said,
"Today as we open this office
we show, clearly and unmistak-
ably, that we are committed to
these goals and leading us in
that commitment is our one
leader," said Mr Mitchell.

U PRIME Minister Perry Christie speaks at the official openingof the Ministry of Social Services
and Community Development's Fox Hill Outreach Centre on Thursday, September 29,2005.
(Photo: BIS/Tim Aylen)

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New breed of

goats arrives

in Bahamas

BERNARD Knowles, presi-
dent of Barefoot Creek Ranch
in Long Island, has announced
the successful adaptation of
pure bred African Boer goats
into the Bahamian environ-
After thorough research into
importing hardier, better tast-
ing goats and sheep into the
Bahamas, Mr Knowles invested
considerable venture capital
into African Boer livestock.
"After years of investing and

rearing livestock, we are confi-
dent our stocks are the superior
breed of mutton in the
"We are now pleased to offer
our fruits of labour to both the
Bahamian consumer and live-
stock investor here at home in
the Bahamas," Mr Knowles
Shown above is a four-
month-old African Boer ewe
bred and reared in the



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

A $20,000

donation to

increase Red

Cross outreach

in Bahamas

THE Bahamas Red Cross is
inr a better position to help the
Bahamian public thanks to the
$20,000 generosity of Baker's
Bhy Golf and Ocean Club.
:Dr Livingston Marshall, Bak-
er's Bay senior vice president
of community and environ-
mnental affairs, recently pre-
sqnted a $20,000 cheque to the
executives of the Bahamas Red
,Red Cross president Gerald
Shwyer pointed out that it is
good for corporate citizens and
individuals to come forward
before a disaster strikes,
because when it does, people
are often too busy trying to
recover from their losses and
do not have the time to help the
Red Cross.

The cheque presentation
came a few weeks after Dr Mar-
shall met with the Red Cross's
director general Marina Glin-
ton to apprise her of the com-
pany's plans.
"Baker's Bay has made good
on its promise to assist the Red
Cross and that is very gratifying
for all of us here," Mrs Glinton
said. "Oftentimes, people make
pledges and promises to us, but
*never make good on those
In addition to volunteers and
marketing requirements, Mr
Sawyer said it is vital for the
Red Cross to reduce the mort-
gage on its hurricane resistant
building, because the expense
is placing a major strain on the
organisation's finances.

* MARINA Glinton, Dr Livingston Marshall and Red Cross president Gerald Sawyer.

(Photo: Wendell Cleare)

; SUNTEE Bahamas Sports-
wear has purchased the
EmbroidMe franchise the first
df its kind worldwide to embrace
every facet of the embroidery,
printing and promotional prod-
dcts market.I
' EmbroidMe's announcement
of the Suntee agreement is part
of its aggressive, global growth
' Meanwhile, Suntee has seized
an opportunity to market a new
look to the Bahamas.
The franchise package
includes state-of-the-art embroi-
dery equipment, a contemporary
show room, a new retail set-up
and staff training.
. EmbroidMe currently has 300
franchises worldwide in 11 coun-
A first of its kind in the
Bahamas, the Suntee/
EmbroidMe franchise, which is
entirely Bahamian owned and
operated, says it will guarantee
Bahamians superior quality, cus-
tom embroidery, screen printing
and promotional products under
one roof.
e "Customers will be able to
peruse the show room and
choose from brand names like
Nike, Tehama, Tommy Hilfiger,
Perry Ellis, Outerbanks, Hanes,
etc as well as the EmbroidMe
Private Line. No order will be
too big or too small for in-store
staff to create top-quality
embroidery right in front of your
eyes," said Suntee in a statement
"The Suntee/EmbroidMe
Franchise will provide an assort-
erient of services that are image
enhancing for local businesses

big or small as well as the indi-
"Persons can have their logo
embroidered on practically any-
thing from corporate apparel for
the executive boardroom to
industrial wear. In addition, you
can walk-in and have custom-
initialed, personalised embroi-
dered gifts created for special
occasions on golf shirts, socks,

hats, visors, bags, and business
shirts etc."
Suntee opened its doors in
1983, and now has more than 26
employees in two locations -
East Shirley Street and the Mall
at Marathon.
Suntee and representatives of
the EmbroidMe Franchise met
earlier this year at a business
development seminar put on by

the US Embassy, the Chamber
of Commerce and the Inter-
American Development Bank
(IDB) at the Radisson Cable
Beach resort.
The franchise agreement sign-
ing took place on Wednesday,
September 21 at the US
Embassy, where US Ambas-
sador John Rood placed the first
order from Suntee/EmbroidMe.

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The Government High School
80th Anniversary
Celebrations Committee

Mrs. Linda Major

Is an educator of 34 years and
served as the Principal of
Government High School
since 1999.

80th Anniversary Gala Banquet
Saturday, 22nd October, 2005
The Crystal Ballroom, Wyndham Nassau Resort
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Insiders claim FNM will lose 30 per cent

of 'diehards' if Ingraham re-elected

FROM page one

division in the party, which
would lead to continued unrest.
"If Tommy leads the
FNM I don't think he
would win, but he would
get more support than
Ingraham. That might

sound like a joke, but
knowing what I know
about FNM people and
hearing what people are
saying, Tommy would get
more support than Ingra-
ham and he should be able
to hold the party together.
"Ingraham cannot do

that. A leader's first job is
to keep his party united
and Ingraham has failed
miserably to do that. In
dealing with the council, it
is reasonable to say that at
least 40 per cent of mem-
bers are opposed to him
coming back as leader of
the house, let alone the
"Of the 25 per cent that
didn't show up at the meet-
ing, you have to say that at
least half of them wouldn't
support him," he said.
Mr Wells and St Mar-
garet MP Pierre Dupuch
agreed that the large num-
ber of "no shows" at the
meeting was an expression
of displeasure.
".Normally, those who
didn't show up would have
either been off the island
or bed-ridden,". Mr Wells
added, "but if you think
about it, of the 124 mem-
bers who voted, 40 openly
opposed the move to put
Ingraham as leader of the
"At least 30 per cent of
the FNM would not sup-
port the FNM if Ingraham
returns. I would be conser-
vative and say that at least
20 per cent won't vote.
Thursday night proved
what I said. Thirty three
per cent of those who vot-
ed said 'no' and another 25
per cent didn't even vote,"
he said.

Mr Dupuch said that,
with his first- hand knowl-
edge of Mr Ingraham, he
felt that he is not the right
man to lead the FNM, let
alone the country.
"I think he has used the
"There are thousands of
decent FNMs who don't
deserve what they have.
Although Tommy deserves
everything he gets, the
FNMs out there don't
deserve what they have
"Tommy played along
with the game and he
should have known better.
He kept the seat warm for
Hubert Ingraham. I have
said that many times
before and I have been
proven right. Was it
agreed? Was it naivete? I
don't know, but he was
warned many times and he
wouldn't listen," Mr
pupuch said.
The MP said that, with
Mr Ingraham "at the
reins", the vast majority of
opponents to him, not the
party, would be swayed to
the other side of the polit-
ical spectrum.
"I have no doubt that
this has been the play all
along. It has been an insult
to decent Bahamian peo-
"This has been vulgar,
the way they have carried
on this thing," he said.


admits relationship

with woman

accused of assault

FROM page one

His wife, Rebecca, also gave testimony, telling Magistrate Craw-
ford McKee that the accused attempted to strike her with a piece
of wood.
The court also heard that Hull threw stones at their property.
The Sullivans own a small hotel in Hope Town. Their manager
also testified, telling the court he was an eyewitness to the event.
Sgt Timothy Saunders is prosecuting the case. Hull is repre-
sented by Wayne Munroe.
The defendant practises as an attorney in Marsh Harbour.
The hearing is set to continue on Wednesday, October 12, when
the prosecution will call investigating officers to give evidence
before closing its case.

Manhunt launched

FROM page one

Hospital where he is listed in
serious but stable condition.
Police report that just 15
minutes later, they received
another report of a shoot-
ing. This time, a Soldier
Road man told police that
he was standing outside his
home when a lone man in a
green Nissan Maxima pulled
up in front of his home and

fired shots before fleeing the
No-one was injured.
Police believe the two inci-
dents were related, although
no motive for either
shooting has been estab-
They are urging anyone
with information about who
the driver of the vehicle may
be to come forward by tele-
phoning police at 328-8477,
919, or 502-991.

Bethel Brothers Morticians
Telephone: 322-4433, 326-7030
Nassau Street, PO.Box N-1026

94Ii !

of Dean's Lane, will be held on
Wednesday at 4:00p.m. at The
Parish of St. Mary the Virgin,
Virginia Street. Rev'd Canon
Warren H. Rolle assisted by
Rev'd Dr. Tyrone A. McKenzie
will officate. Interment will be
made in Church's Cemetery,
Verginia Street.
Left to cherish her memories
are; her sister, Naomi; sons,
Harrison and Kenneth;
daughter-in-law, Ren6e; 3
grandchildren, Ryan, Justine
and Jonathan; 1 great-granddaughter, Arianna; granddaughter-
in-law, Katherine Lockhart; cousins, Gwen McDeigan and
Harold Munnings; in-laws, Dorothy Neely, Bruce Francis, Mr.
& Mrs. Calvin Neely, Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Lockhart, Mr. Halton
Lockhart; numerous nieces and nephews including Olivia
Gaskins, Daryl Patterson, George Neely, Wycliffe Albury, Sheila
Strachan, Alva Stewart-Coakley, Katherine Stewart, Carlos
McIntosh, Carol Miller, George Stewart, Gene Newry, William
Brown, Gaye Brown, Genevive Brown, Dr. Lyn McDeigan,
Kenyon McDeigan, Henry Saunders, Shirley Saunders, Kayla
Lockhart-Edwards, Cecil Hilton, Yvonne Noronha, Andrew
Pedican, Cleary Pedican, Eric Pedican, lonie Diggiss, Dotson
Lockhart, Trevor Lockhart, Holly Lockhart, Windy Lochart, Mark, .
Sabrina, Art, Theresa, Stephen, AI, Patrick, Marie, Ester, and.':
Shorlette Francis, Elkenney William, Ellroy, Freeman, Ruthann,
and Shena Lockhart; Denise'Ferguson, Terrance Strachan,
Anthony, Lynn, Calvin, and Valarie Neely, Theodore Sweeting,
Matthew Sweeting, Michael & Donna Bethel, Betty Lapointe,
Eunice Hanchell, Carol Misiewicz, Dr. Harold, Lesley, Timmy,
Richard & Linda Munnings. Othr family and friends including,
Mr. George Gabriel, Mrs. Miriam Edwards, Mr & Mrs. Phillip
Antonio & family, Mrs. Paula Newbold & family, Mrs. Fay
Callender & family, Mrs. Charmaine Thompson & family, Carmen
Thomas, Lydia Watson, Elizabeth Bethel, Mr. Bruce Braynen
& family, Mr. Vincent Dorsett & family, Joyann Dorsett, Mrs.
Ruby Major & family, Mrs. Kitty Symonette & family, Mrs. Jane
Bethel & family, Fr. & Mrs. John Taylor & family, Sir Clifford &
Lady Darling & family, Deputy Prime Minister, Cynthia Pratt &
family, Mr. & Mrs. Basil Sands, Sir Orville & Lady Turnquest & u
family, Mr. & Mrs. Gurth Ford, Mr. & Mrs. George McCartney mL
& family, Mr. & Mrs. W. Carver Grant & family, Mr. & Mrs.
Oswald Brown & family, Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Sands & family, g
Mrs. Beryl Campbell & family, Mrs. Christine Francis & family, gets h er
Mrs. Orry Sands & family, Dr. & Mrs. Bernard Rolle & family,.
Mrs. Cheryl Watkins & family, Mr. & Mrs. Robert Sands & family, w
Dr. & Mrs. Julian Stewart & family, Dr. Basil Sands & family,V
Dr. & Mrs. Duane Sands & family, Dr. & Mrs. Clive Gaskins &
family, Ms. Beth Darville & family, Mr. & Mrs. Edward Turner
& family, Mr & Mrs. Maxwell Turner & family, Mr. & Mrs. John honour
Rolle & family, Mr. & Mrs Antonio Knowles & family, Mrs. Audrey
Fountain & family, Mr. & Mrs. Mark Sterling & family, Mr. George w
Gardiner & family, Dr. & Mrs. Jonathan Rodgers & Family, Dr. TERE was plenty of smiles
Patricia Rodgers, Ms. Emily Rodgers, Dr. Ada Thompson, The yesterday as golden girl
Hilltop Reunion, families, The Shermans (Bimini), Mr. & Mrs. Tonique Williams-Darling
Michael Lightbourn & family, Mr. & Mrs. Neville Albury & family, helped open Tonique Williams-
Mr. Edward Gardiner & family, The Curry families (Virginia St.) Darling Way formerly Har-
the Adderleys (Dorchester St.), Mrs. Edith Campbell & family, rold Road.
Hon. James Smith & family, Mr. &. Mrs. Hubert Dean & family, Honoured for her perfor-
Mrs. Helen Ingraham & family, Mrs. Helen Reid & family, Mr. mances on the track for the
& Mrs. Idris Reid & family, Mr. & Mrs. Phillip Saunders & family, Bahamas, which included
Mrs. Judy Munroe & family, Mr. & Mrs. Frank Davis & family,
Mr. & Mrs. George Cox & family, The Huyler family (Nassau Olympic and World Champi-
St.), The Rodgers family (Nassau St.), The Central Bank family, onships gold medals, Tonique
The Industrial Tribunal family, Hon. & Mrs. Paul Adderley & was in the spirit for sharing her
family, the entire Parish family of St. Mary The Virgin, and the road to success.
host of other relatives and friends too numerous to list. The (Photos: Felip Major/ l
family extends special thanks to Dr. Patrick Roberts, Dr. Agreta Tribune staff)
Eneas-Carey, Dr. Conville Brown, Canon Warren Rolle, Rev.
Dr. Tyone McKenzie, and Bethel Brothers Morticians. May she
rest in peace.
Friends may pay their last respects at Bethel Brothers Morticians
#44 Nassau Street on Tuesday from 12:00noon to 6:00p.m.
and on Wednesday from 10:00a.m. until 2:00p.m. at the church
from 2:30p.m. until service time.







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ate the siren on the fire engine

New fire

engine for



A FIRE engine was handed
over last. Friday to professional
and volunteer firefighters.
Deputy Prime Minister and
Minister of National Security
Cynthia Pratt attended the hnd-
ing-over ceremony at the
Administrator's Complex in
Governor's Harbour with gov-
ernment representatives and
members of the Central
Eleuthera Fire Vehicle Services
(CEFVS) Committee.
The CEFVS Committee,
which was formed by deputy
administrator for Central
Eleuthera Ivan Ferguson and
chaired by Dr N Cliff Bacchus,
raised funds from various busi-
ness establishments and the
general public to purchase the
1984 Kodiak fire truck

* PROFESSIONAL and volunteer firefighters, led by Inspector Lucas Ambrister, giving a brief
fire service demonstration. (BIS photo: Eric Rose)

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Students celebrate the Mardi Gras spirit

* A MARCHING band signals the start of a live concert.

* FIRST graders Julia and Cassidy Joudi dressed in Mardi Gras colours and adorned with beads

IT was Mardi Gras Day at St
Andrew's School on Friday.
The school hosted a special
fund raising event for the entire
school community in aid of vic-
tims of Hurricane Katrina,
which ravaged Louisiana and
Organisers hoped to raise a
substantial amount of money to
go towards helping schools and
children in those areas which
were so badly devastated.
To help raise funds, chil-
dren, staff and parents bought
beaded necklaces at the Mar-
di Gras festival as well as
baked goods, soft drinks and

authentic Louisiana cuisine.
High school seniors organ-
ised and managed carnival
games and face painting, in
* which all the children took part.
In keeping with the theme,
students dressed in the Mardi
Gras colours of purple, green
and yellow.
The day's activities culminat-
ed with a student marching
band followed by a live concert
with a five-member band con-
sisting of parents and friends of
the school community.

(Photos: Christine Aylen)

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Miami Herald Business, Stocks, Analysis, Wall Street

Regulatory report

to Government

this month
Senior Business
T he Bahamas
Financial Services
Reform Commis-
sion is expected
to. submit an
interim report, detailing rec-
ommendations on changes to
the industry's regulatory struc-
ture, to the Government by the
end of October, the minister
of state for finance said yester-
James Smith, who has
returned to office following an


Tribune Business Editor
Trust's shareholders were yes-
terday mulling options for the
institution's future, The Tri-
bune can reveal, with one
course of action involving plac-
ing the operation into full liq-
Their meeting came with less
than 15 days to go before the
90-day suspension of Leaden-
hall's licence, announced by the
Central Bank of the Bahamas
from July 18, 2005, is up.
Leadenhall's shareholders
were yesterday understood to

Liquidation thought to be most likely route

be mulling over their options,
although the expectation
throughout the financial ser-
vices industry was that they
were likely to select a liquida-
When contacted yesterday
by The Tribune, Craig A
Gomez, who was appointed as
Leadenhall's receiver for the
90-day suspension period, said:
"I have no comment at this
Although it is unclear who
Leadenhall's current share-

holders are, they and the Board
of Directors at one time have
included a number of promi-
nent Bahamians. Apart from
managing director William Jen-
nings, among Leadenhall's cur-
rent and former directors are
William Saunders, owner of
Majestic Tours, Neil MacTag-
gart, John Bethell and David
Leadenhall's likely fate is

SEE page 5B

Union president

dismisses Francis'

'unreal' remarks
Senior Business Reporter
THE Trade Union Congress (TUC) president yesterday dis-
missed the Grand Bahama Port Authority co-chairman's assertion
that Bahamian unions lived in an "unreal" world, saying they
had always acted responsibly and born in mind the economy's
health during industrial negotiations.
Obie Ferguson said in response to Julian Francis: "I don't
think that there is any merit to his charge. When you look at the
Radisson employees, they've had no increase in pay since 1996.
They were promised $4,000 by the Hotel Corporation, but they
have not paid it.
"An industrial agreement was negotiated for employees,. There
was no increase in that agreement save for the collateral arrange-
ment where they would have been given the $4,000, but that was
not done."

SEE page 4B

Abaco's 69% visitor

repeat rate a model

for whole Bahamas

Losing bidder in call for

audit of $ 2 3m contract

Senior Business Reporter
THE Supreme Court has yet to grant
a request from the losing bidder for a
court-appointed audit of the $23 million
contract for the Blue Hills reverse osmo-
sis plant that was granted to Consoli-
dated Water, The Tribune learnt yester-
Philip Beneby, assistant general man-
ager of business development for the
Water and Sewerage Corporation, said
Biwater International had called for a.
court-appointed order to conduct an
internal audit of the bidding process, but
no order had been issued.
Explaining the Corporation's position
on the matter, which is currently before

the courts, he said Biwater had received
its approval in principle for the Blue
Hills contract, but it had been made clear
that its award was subject to .Cabinet
approval. This was not forthcoming.
Mr Beneby said the Corporation
expected ground breaking ceremonies
for the Blue Hills reverse osmosis plant
to occur in a few weeks' time.
To finance the Blue Hills reverse
osmosis plant, Consolidated Water ear-
lier this year raised $10 million in bond
financing from Bahamian investors. It
is also planning to raise a further $10
million through a Bahamian Depository
Receipt (BDR) offering, set to take
place in the coming weeks.
UK-based Biwater International,
which was the runner-up to Consolidat-

ed Water in the bidding for the 20-year
contract, filed an application for a Judi-
cialt Rev-iew. of the -award with the
Supreme Court on March 10. Consoli-
dated Water is not a party to the action.
In the first instance, Biwater Interna-
tional is seeking a Court Order that over-
turns the Consolidated Water award and
instead hands it the Blue Hills project.
Failing that, the UK company and its
Bahamian subsidiary, Biwater Bahamas,
"are seeking an order from the court
awarding compensatory and exemplary
damages to them".
In an earlier interview, Bradley
Roberts, minister of works and public

SEE page 5B

Tribune Business Editor
ABACO'S tourism "tem-
plate", which sees 69 per cent
of its visitors return annually,
should be duplicated on other
Bahamian islands, a Ministry
of Tourism executive has

But Don Cornish, the Min-
istry's district manager who is
based in Plantation, Florida,
told the second annual Abaco
Business Outlook conference
that while the island's tourism
industry had grown "super-

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Should there be more

public information about

proposed developments?

Last week, I had a
chance to review
the Central
Bank's June 2005
Quarterly Eco-
nomic Review, which was
released on September 27,
2005. The first sentence of the
economic review caught my
attention. It said: "Preliminary
indications suggest that the
expansion in the Bahamian
economy was sustained during
the second quarter of 2005,
benefiting from steady tourism
and foreign investment inflows
and robust domestic housing
I canvassed some of my con-
tacts on whether they felt the
economy was, in fact, doing
well. My informal survey gave
me mixed results. Those who
ran service, retail and financial
sector-related businesses gen-
erally agreed... but the every-
day person trying to make ends
meet found this whole notion
of a strong economy somewhat
Getting back to the Central
Bank's observations, with the
exception of Grand Bahama,
it appears that tourism is doing
quite well, and this was further
confirmed by industry execu-

tives, who recently commented,
in the local press, on the
improvement in the industry's
(revPAR), a key statistic of the
sector's health.
The domestic housing sector
is expected to be strong for
sometime into the future, as
there is a significant shortage of
affordable low-income and
middle class housing. There-
fore, for the next several years,
there must be a continuing
effort to provide for this short-
Another important driver of
economic growth during the
second quarter was foreign
investment inflows. While there
have been many announce-
ments of new projects the
most notable being Phase III
of Atlantis and Baha Mar -
major construction has not
started in earnest.
In checking with the Ministry
of Financial Services and
Investments, I was told that
some $1.5 billion in new pro-
jects throughout the Bahamas
had already commenced. If this
is indeed the case, then it
would explain the economic
momentum reported by the
Central Bank. There cannot be
a meaningful discussion about
the Bahamian economy with-
out recognising the importance

of ongoing foreign investment.
The point that I wish to focus
on for the remainder of this
column is the need to ensure
that the public has adequate
information about major devel-
opments approved in the

I was privy to several con-
versations this weekend about
the proposed Cable Beach
redevelopment, and I was sur-
prised to discover that many
persons seem clueless as to thea
scope and manner of the pro-
posed development.
To date, I am told that there
seems to be several versions of
conceptual plans floating
around many of which seem
to be contradictory to, or



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inconsistent with, public
Privately, from press, reports,
there appears to be simultane-
ous ongoing negotiations to
purchase significant addition-
al parcels of adjoining land.
Wetlands have been acquired
which, if developed, could
interfere with our fragile eco-
The re-routing of roads
could, in addition to changing
traffic flows, negatively impact
the accessibility to and eco-
nomic value of existing com-
munities. These may or may
not be legitimate concerns.
It is fair to inquire as to the
status of the public beach at
Goodman's Bay. Will that pre-
cious piece of public beach and
park be lost to this develop-

Some months ago the devel-
opers hosted a Town Meeting,
and a couple of weeks ago
there was a luncheon to discuss
business opportunities. I was
unable to attend this luncheon
myself but several attendees
with whom I did speak, indi-
cated that they were still con-
fused even after attending the
At the end of the day, the
public has a right to know what
is being proposed and what is
being approved. I would like
to suggest that all Heads of
Agreement, which are
approved by Parliament, be
posted on a House of Assem-
bly website. Once documents
are tabled in the House they
should be posted within 24
hours. Indeed, citizens are enti-
tled to have their views fac-
tored into mega projects that
include Crown Land grants, re-
routing of major roads, nation-
al economic development pol-
icy and environmental con-
Further, developers such as
Baha Mar should have a web-
site where they post their plans
and rationale for their propos-
als. The maintenance of a web-
site should be a condition

precedent for all major devel-'
There is no reason to believe-
that the Cable Beach develop-
ers, or any of our proposed,
major developers, have any:,
hidden agendas, and I funda-
mentally believe that they will
all embrace an open and.
dynamic partnership with the;"
community regarding their,
plans. -
However, without good.
information, misinformation.,
could contribute to unneces-K
sary opposition.
Until next week...

NB: Larry R. Gibson, -a
Chartered Financial Analyst,,
is Vice President Pensions,-
Colonial Pensions Services
(Bahamas), a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Colonial Group
International, which owns
Atlantic Medical Insurance Ltd
and is a major shareholder of
Security & General Insurance
Company in the Bahamas.
The views expressed are those
of the author and does not nec-
essarily represent those of Colo-
nial Group International or any
of its subsidiary and/or affiliat-'
ed companies. Please direct any.
questions or comments to rlgib-

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Bahamians owe

1.5x more than

they save

THE average Bahamian
owes 1.5 times more than he
or she saves, according to a
Colina Financial Advisors
Anthony Ferguson told the
second annual Abaco Busi-
ness Outlook Conference that
the average personal debt rate
in the Bahamas was about
$8,383, while the savings rate
was much lower at $5,097.
This, he said, meant Bahami-
ans owed more than they


Mr Ferguson urged
Bahamians to plan for finan-r

cial growth, dividing their plan
into smaller sub-units that
include a Spending Plan, Sav-
ings Plan, Debt Plan, Investing
Plan and Retirement Plan.


Bringing debt into perspec-
tive, Mr Ferguson said that a
person with one or several
credit cards with a total bal-
ance owing of $5,000 will actu-
ally cost $16,305, and would
take some 40 years to repay,
assuming a 17 per cent interest
rate and making minimum
payments of 2 per cent of the
balance each month.

* ANTHONY Ferguson speaks during the second annual Business Outlook Conference.

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2wk-IlI 52wL SymbolPreviousCloneTodays Close Change Daily Vol. EPS$ Dilv$ PIE Yield
1.10 0.73 Abaco Markets 0.73 0.73 0.00 .-0.207 0.000 N/M 0.00%
10.00 8.00 Bahamas Property Fund 10.00 10.00 0.00 .1.456 0.340 6.9 3.40%
7.01 5.55 Bank of Bahamas 7.01 7.01 0.00 0.587 0.330 11.9 4.71%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.80 0.80 0.00 0.204 0.010 3.9 1.25%
1.80 1.40 Bahamas Waste 1.40 1.40 0.00 0.112 0.060 12.5 4.29%
1.15 0.87 Fidelity Bank 1.10 1.10 0.00 0.066 0.030 16.7 2.73%
9.19 6.94 Cable Bahamas 9.19 9.19 0.00 0.618 0.240 14.9 2.61%
2.20 1.53 Colina Holdings 1.53 1.53 0.00 640 -0.046 0.000 NM 0.00%
9.10 7.05 Commonwealth Bank 9.10 9.10 0.00 0.705 0.410 12.9 4.51%
.50 0.87 Doctor's Hospital 2.40 2.40 0.00 0.429 0.000 5.6 0.00%
4.20 3.85 Famguard 4.20 4.20 0.00 0.428 0.240 8.8 5.71%
10.70 9.50 Flnco 10.70 10.70 0.00 0.695 0.510 15.4 4.77%
9.50 7.25 FirstCaribbean 9.50 9.50 0.00 0.695 0.380 13.7 4.00%
9.24 8.40 Focol 9.24 9.24 0.00 0.675 0.500 13.7 5.41%
1.99 1.27 Freeport Concrete 1.15 1.15 0.00 0.022 0.000 52.3 0.00%
10.20 9.50 ICD Utilities 9.94 9.94 0.00 0.526 0.405 18.9 4.07%
8.65 8.20 J.S. Johnson 8.65 8.65 0.00 0.526 0.560 16.4 6.47%
6.69 4.36 Kerzner International BDRs 5.55 5.64 0.09 0.122 0.000 45.5 0.00%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 2.036 0.760 4.9 7.60%
2wk-I 2wk-Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Veekly Vo EPS $ Div $ I.E Yi.eld
3.00 12.50 Bahamas Supermarkets 12.25 13.25 11.00 1.488 0.960 9.1 7.25%
10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 10.00 10.35 10.00 0.000 0.800 NM 7.80%
0.60 0.40 RND Hold. na0.29 .0.54 0.00 -0.044 0.000 NM 0.00%
3.00 28.00 ABDAB 41.00 43.00 41.00 2.220 0.000 19.4 0.00%
16.00 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 12.33 13.33 12.50 1.105 0.810 14.6 6.93%
0.60 0.35 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.35 -0.103 0.000 N/M 0.00%0
52wk-HI S2WK-Low Fund Name NAY YTD% ast 12 Month DIv $ Yield %
1.2521 1.1846 Colina Money Market Fund 1.252089-
2.4169 2.0311 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.4169 ***
10.5576 10.0000 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 10.5576****
2.2560 2.1491 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.255981**
1.1347 1.0631 Colina Bond Fund 1.134722****
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n economic
think-tank has
reiterated its
call for the
to "reign in" its expenditure to
prevent Bahamian taxpayers'
suffering "a rude awakening"
from what it described as
"reckless spending habits".
Drawing on Central Bank of
the Bahamas' data (shown
below) to support its case, the
Nassau Institute said that since
the 1994-1995 fiscal year, with
the exception of 1999-2000 and
2000-2001,when its fiscal
deficits were smaller, Govern-
ment "expenditure is well
above revenue for the past 10
It added that by balancing
its Budget and reducing taxes,
rather than increasing taxes on
business to cover its deficit
spending, the Government
would encourage economic
growth as it would give the pri-
vate sector money for invest-

While the Government had
indicated that revenues col-
lected for the 20042-005 fiscal
year were just $2 million below
forecasts, this was negated by
the Central Bank's monthly
report which stated that the fis-
cal deficit for the first 11
months of that year was $137.2
"It is patently clear that the
Bahamas government must
reign in expenditures and
improve tax collection within
the present tax regime or face
increasing taxes," the Nassau
Institute said.
"Even though the country
was provided with impressive
sounding revenue numbers, the
facts are that excessive spend-
ing by the Government
remains the order of the day."
Continuing fiscal deficits, the
Nassau Institute warned, would

only grow the Bahamas'
national debt and prompt
future tax rises, "unless more
dramatic actions is foisted upon
the country by the Interna-
tional Monetary Fund (IMF)".
It said: "The Nassau Insti-
tute remains convinced that the
Bahamas government must
reign in expenditures or the
Bahamian taxpayer will be in
for a rude awakening someday
for the country's reckless
spending habits.
"Politicians and civil servants
are obliged to put a 'good face'
on the country's finances, but
the Central Bank of the
Bahamas, thankfully, reports
the facts. Albeit there are
delays in the reporting, but the
Central Bank is the proper
source for this information.
"Regretfully, governments
all over the world see projected
growth (not actual growth) in
the economy as an excuse to
spend more money. But when
the day of reckoning comes,

'Re pu Real estate chief

S dgtoiwarns on client

rud a-funds commingling

Senior Business Reporter
THE Bahamas Real Estate Association's
(BREA) president has warned his members
that the commingling of client funds with their
own is illegal, and is an action that risks their
licence being revoked.
Pat Strachan said: "Whens buyers entrust us
with their funds, we are mandated by law to
put it into a client account. Those funds do not
belong to us until the sale is closed. Unfortu-
nately, [some] have taken it upon themselves
to commingle those funds.
"How can we regulate our members when
we can't regulate ourselves? We must seek
to extract and eliminate those who have dam-
aged the integrity of our association."
Mr Strachan told BREA members that he
was disturbed by the number of complaints
made against real estate agents that were com-
ing across his desk.

He said he would not attempt to sweep
these matters under the carpet, and urged
BREA members to stand up for what is right
and fair, and to work diligently to "weed out
the bad apples".

Addressing a BREA luncheon meeting at
the Royal Palm Court at the British Colonial
Hilton Hotel, Mr Strachan reminded his mem-
bers that their clients were looking for honesty
and fairness.
He criticised those who would talk from
"both sides" of their mouth.
"It is the height of hypocrisy and leaves one
to question your moral values. There are those
of us who are working tirelessly to raise the
level of professionalism in our association.
Your responsibility to your clients and cus-
tomers ought to be taken seriously," Mr Stra-

the politicians responsible for
the debt are usually collecting
pensions for life off the tax-

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revenue 645,635 658,839 692,001 764,034 803,768 931,982 957,508 856,838 901,791 943,761
.xpenditure 668,277 708,266 838,035 835,719 874,139 964,027 975,182 1,027,771 1,089,407 1,110,131

Abaco's 69% visitor repeat rate

a model for whole Bahamas

FROM page 1B

sized", it needed to develop a
"clear vision" of its future goals
and develop a path to achieving
Mr Cornish said: "When tak-
en as a distinct tourism desti-
nation or resort area, it is evi-
dent that the Abacos enjoys
the greatest popularity in the
islands of the Bahamas. The
fact that Abaco's visitors are
most likely to recommend and
most likely to return to these
shores is a clear indication of
our desirability.
"What is also a telling statis-
tic is that 69% of Abaco's visi-
tors return annually. This is
well above the national aver-
age and a template that ought
to be studied and duplicated
for the benefit of other corners
of this archipelago."
Mr Cornish said the 69 per
cent return rate came from
something he described as
"generational tourism".
He explained: "Many of
these return visitors started
coming here with their grand-
parents when the Abacos was a
well-kept secret they dared not
share. If they had their way,
they would keep the circle
tightly wrapped around fami-
ly and friends. It is this char-
acteristic that best accounts for
the strong numbers we contin-
ue to enjoy through each new
The introduction of anchor
resort developments, though
the $175 million Baker's Bay
Golf & Ocean Club and $140
million Abaco Club at Winding

Bay resort, plus expansion of
existing hotels, marinas and
second homes, had left the
island poised "for a major eco-
nomic boom".
Mr Cornish warned, though,
that this growth could pose
challenges for Abaco and both
its tourism and island-wide
infrastructure, bringing with it
social pressures and displace-
He said: "This new growth
brings a new factor to the equa-
tion hitherto for never imag-
ined greater demand for
skilled and unskilled labour,
requiring mass migration from
domestic and foreign shores. It
brings with it greater concerns
about the socioeconomic meta-
morphosis that accompanies
major capital outlay. The
tourism pie has just gotten a
little bit bigger it has been
supersized. This is growth,
ladies and gentlemen, of a pro-
portion unforeseen."

A business retreat held by
the Ministry of Tourism's Aba-
co office in 2003 had looked to
develop a plan for building the
island's tourism plant over the
period 2004-2014. Six extra per-
sons from the Ministry of
Tourism had been seconded to
help meet the plan's targets.
One aspect of the plan,
which Mr Cornish said was
well-advanced, was the creation
of Task Forces from various
parts of the Abaco community.
The Task Forces were looking
at different aspects of the
tourism industry, such as

domestic and religious tourism;
airlift and marketing; business
development; eco-tourism and
the environment; marinas; sea
ports and cruises; and culture,
arts and nightlife.
Mr Cornish said: "While we
may get a new airport, sea port
and other physical structures
we all desire, we must invest
in each other, otherwise we will
transfer the same attitudes and
habits to larger superstructures
that will become colossal
'Ghost Towns' and testaments
to our general failings. Make
the adjustments now.
"Let us not subscribe to the
idiom that 'If we build it they
will come' they frankly don't
have to come, we are in com-
petition after all. Excellence in
service must be our watch-
He added: "We must begin
to look at the glaring need for
reliable, cost effective sea link-
ages to this destination, which
must be accompanied by simi-
lar fashioned ground trans-
portation. The need for tour
operations, water sports out-
fits, eco-tourism expansion and
variety in night entertainment
has never been more urgent.
"We need to begin now to
'think outside of the box' and
determine how best to capi-
talise on Heritage Tourism,
bearing in mind Marsh Har-
bour is our oldest surviving
town the template has been
established in Hope Town and
Green Turtle Cay."
Mr Cornish added that Aba-
co had to manage the influx of
workers from outside the
island, as this would determine

Regulatory report to

Government this month

FROM page 1B

absence of almost two months due to illness,
said the Commission, which was appointed by
the Government to review the regulatory regime
and to what extent it may need streamlining,
had subdivided into three working groups.

The three sub-groups one dealing with the
structure of the regulatory regime, one dealing
with the legal overview, and the third addressing
any procedural issues and how the new regime
would evolve are expected to come up with a
number of recommendations regarding what
would be the appropriate structure for regulat-

ing the Bahamian financial services industry.
They will look at whether there should be a sin-
gle 'super-regulator' or if another structure is
It is expected that sometime towards the end
of the month, the Commission will submit a pre-
liminary report to the Government to allow it an
opportunity to comment on how the process
should go forward.
Mr Smith said: "They say they are on the right
track, but a recommendation may come forward
that would require significant change in the law,
so the interim report will go to the Government
to get feedback and then they can continue with
their work."

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Mr Ferguson was respond-
ing to comments made by Mr
Francis during the Bahamas
Institute of Financial Services
Awards dinner. Mr Francis said
that while he had nothing
against trade unions, and there
was much truth in what they
said, there was "a great deal of
unreality in unions around the
"I think many of the unions
in the Bahamas today are tak-
ing us where we should not
go," Mr Francis said. "We have
the opportunity to cause there
to be a rethink on this issue."
The former governor of the
Central Bank of the Bahamas
said also that relatively high
wage levels in the Bahamas,
coupled with low productivity
and labour practices, could
mean the Bahamas "will be out
of the game" and non-compet-
itive in economic terms.
Meanwhile, Mr Ferguson
said it was easy to make a gen-
eral statement about the nega-
tive impact of union actions on
the economy, but there were
numerous examples of private
sector and government actions
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legal industrial agreements.
He added that the trade
unions understood that labour,
together with the private sec-
tor, was working in partnership
for the betterment of both par-
ties and the wider Bahamian
What had happened in the
past, however, was that every
time workers had sought a pay
increase, "it is said we are
destroying the economy, but I
see no signs of irresponsibili-
ty. What you see are the unions
reacting to the position of the
union today, based on what
happened yesterday."
The union president point-
ed to Morton Salt, which
signed an agreement in 2002
that was to take effect from
June 1, 2002 to September 30,
2005. Mr Ferguson said the
company chose to introduce
retroactive pay beginning on
October 14, 2002, as opposed
to January 2002, adding that it
could not be said the union was
being unreasonable when both
parties signed the agreement
before the Minister of Labour.
He also pointed to the
British Colonial Hilton Hotel,
alleging that the Bahamas
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alleged the Hilton, however,
failed to treat and enter into
negotiations with the union.
Mr Ferguson added that Vin-
cent Peet, minister of labour
and immigration, had deter-
mined that the BHMA would
be the bargaining agent for
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unlikely to surprise in many in
-the financial services industry,
;given the temporary suspen-
sion of its licence and Mr
Gomez's appointment, with
powers "to assume control of
Leadenhall's affairs in the
interest of its creditors and to
exercise all the powers of a
Receiver under the Companies
Act, 1992."
S"The Central Bank has taken
'these actions to protect the
interests of depositors of this
'-licensee," the regulator said
-back in July.
Many in the Bahamian finan-
cial services industry said then
that the suspension was as "the
kiss of death" for Leadenhall,
-and The Tribune understands
that-the -bank's staff have been
looking for other Jobi ifi the-
Sources said Leadenhall's
staff, numbering around 20,
were viewing the licence sus-
pension as 'the beginning of
the end' for the bank. The insti-
tution is understood to have
been seeking a buyer for some
The Tribune understands
: that the long-running legal dis-.
pute involving Leadenhall and
former executives of Axxess
International, the company that
handled the administration and
processing for its former Mas-
terCard portfolio, who have re-
-cast themselves as FirstFinan-
cial Caribbean Trust Compia-
, ny, was a factor in the Central

Bank's action.
The falling out with their for-
mer Axxess/FirstFinancial part-
ners has also split the share-
holders. This is because some
Leadenhall shareholders were
also investors in Axxess Inter-
The Tribune revealed last
year how the regulator was
monitoring the Supreme Court
dispute, which began in Octo-
ber 2003. Since then, a court
injunction has frozen the
deposits of former MasterCard
clients to protect them while
the dispute with FirstFinancial
plays out, and it is understood
the Central Bank became con-
cerned when Leadenhall said
it had effected some deposit
returns from its own assets
before the injunction was
The Central Bank is also
understood to have wanted
Leadenhall's shareholders to
increase the bank's capital
base, but they had chosen not
to do so.
Apart from the legal dispute
over the MasterCard deposits,
Leadenhall has attracted its fair
share of negative publicity in
recent years. After its Master-
Card issuing licence was with-
drawn on July 29, 2003, the US
Internal Revenue Service
(IRS) petitioned the US courts
for permission to gain access
to transaction records involv-
ing-Leadenhall cards issued to
at least 10 US citizens.

The IRS petition resulted
from the suspicion that debit
and credit cards issued by off-
shore banks such as Leaden-
hall were being used to evade
US income taxes.
Several US citizens were also
convicted in the Manhattan
District Court for using Lead-
enhall's MasterCards to evade
taxes and for money launder-
ing, the amounts involved often
more than $500,000.
And Leadehhall is also
understood to have "dodged a
bullet" after a US court-
appointed receiver decided not
to initiate legal action against
the bank in the Bahamian
courts over the role it was
alleged to have played in a
$135 million 'Ponzi' scheme.
Phillip Stenger, the Cash 4
Titles liquidator, and his Cay-
man counterpart have decided
not to pursue Leadenhall -
likely due to the costs involved
and uncertainty of success,
which would affect the recov-
ery benefits for investors -
after the lawsuit they took out
against the Bahamian institu-
tion in the Northern Illinois
District was thrown out on.
jurisdictional grounds.
Cash 4 Titles involved the
sale of supposedly high-interest
bearing securities to investors,
purporting to pay 36 per cent
per annum, the proceeds from
which would be used to finance
Cash 4 Titles, an Atlanta com-
pany that made high-interest
loans to poor African-Ameri-
cans secured by car titles that
were pledged as collateral.

Losing bidder in call for

audit of $23m contract

FROM page 1B

utilities, said Consolidated Water was chosen
over Biwater "because in the evaluation of our
consultants, and in the judgement of the fine
people at the Water and Sewerage Corporation,
they felt that Consolidated on balance was the
better company. And therefore they were select-
Abraham Butler, the Water and Sewerage
Corporation's general manager, yesterday con-
firmed that the Biwater action remained before

the courts.
Meanwhile, Consolidated Water was making
progress as it moved forward with the Blue Hills
reverse osmosis plant. Mr Butler said that by
autumn 2007, Water and Sewerage would be
able to provide a greater supply of potable water
to clients and would be looking to expand its cus-
tomer base.
With a number of subdivisions in New Provi-
dence not hooked up to the city's water supply,
Mr Butler said the Corporation was looking to
supply those residents with water, as well as
increasing its cash flow and raising its revenue.

Pawning car titles was given
favourable tax treatment in
However, the principals
behind Cash 4 Titles used old
investor money to pay off new
entrants in a classic 'Ponzi'
Leadenhall denied all alle-
gations against it, but it is
uncertain whether it still faces a

class-action lawsuit taken out
against it in the Florida courts
by investors in Cash 4 Titles.
Leadenhall was among the
small Bahamian-owned finan-
cial institutions that were
pressed by the Central Bank
in 2001 to find an equity part-
ner from an Organisation for
Economic Co-Operation and
Development (OECD) coun-
try that would take at least a 25
per cent stake in the business.
The Central Bank backed

away from that initiative, but if
Leadenhall fails to recover
from its licence suspension and
goes into eventual liquidation,
it will further dilute the already
minimal Bahamian ownership
in the sector. The only remain-
ing Bahamian-owned finan-
cial institutions will be the Pri-
vate Trust Corporation; Sen-
tinel Bank & Trust, which is
part of the Colina Financial
Group (CFG); and Fidelity
Bank and Trust International.

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TENDER NO. 590/05

The Bahamas Electricity Corportation invites tenders from eligible bidders for
the provision of repairs and replacements to the power station building as
described above.

Bidders are required to collect packages from the Administration Office, Blue
Hill & Tucker Roads by contacting:-

Mrs. Delmeta Seymour
Administrative Officer
Blue Hill & Tucker Roads
Nassau, Bahamas
Phone No. 302-1158
Fax No. 323-6852

Tenders are to be hand-delivered on or before 19 OCTOBER 2005 by 4:30pm
and addressed as follows:

The General Manager
Bahamas Electricity Corporation
Blue Hill & Tucker Roads
Nassau, Bahamas

Attention: Mrs. Delmeta Seymour

Marked: Tender No. 590/05


The Corporation reserves the right to accept or reject any or all tenders.


OCTOBER 4, 2005, PAGE 5B




Jeremy Knowles comes

home to defend his title

Abaco annual

swim marathon

Senior Sports Reporter
Knowles, now in his post-Auburn
University era, will be coming
home to defend his men's title in
the second annual swim marathon
in Abaco on Saturday.
But Alana Dillette, who is con-
tinuing the Bahamian tradition at
Auburn University as a freshman,
has not yet confirmed whether she
will defend her female crown.
The 4.1 mile swim race will start
at the Abaco Beach Resort in
Marsh Harbor and will finish in
Hope Town. Between 75-100 com-
petitors are scheduled to partici-
pate in the marathon, the Ministry
of Tourism in Abaco confirmed
on Monday.

Sanctioned by the Bahamas
Swimming Federation, the
marathon is expected to attract a
number of swimmers from the
United States.
However, Knowles said he's
eagerly looking forward to the
challenge and will be back to
defend his title.
Speaking from Auburn, where
he resides with his wife and still
trains at his alma mater, Knowles
said he intends to be back home on
Friday and will travel to Abaco
that evening to get himself pre-
pared mentally.
"It's been a while since I've been
home, so I'm looking forward to
it," he stated. "I hope we have
some good weather and the people
will come out and support it the
way they did last year and it will be
a lot of fun."
As for the competition, Knowles
said, "I will, be trying to beat the

time that I swam last year. I've
been training fairly well over the
last month or so, so I think I'm in
fairly good shape and the last cou-
ple of weeks I've been doing some
intense training."

Knowles, 24, said, since he's got-
ten back from his honeymoon and
competed in the BSF's Royal Bank
of Canada National Champi-
onships at the Betty Kelly Ken-
ning Aquatic Centre in June, he's
been training twice a day and feels
like he's getting back to the form
he was in going to the 2004
Olympic Games in Athens,
"It's helped me a lot to focus
and get my mind back on swim-
ming again," Knowles said. "Right
now, I'm just doing a lot of training
and waiting for the first meet to
While the swim marathon will
be his first competition since the
nationals, Knowles said he's antic-
ipating that he will get to compete
in his first meet in the pool in
December at a US Open meet
hosted by Auburn.
Hopefully that will give him an
indication of what condition he's in
as he looks ahead to participating
in the Commonwealth Games in
Melbourne, Australia in March,
"I'm taking it a year at a time
right now," said Knowles. "I'm just
excited about this past summer
when I came home and competed
in the nationals after my honey-
"It kind of motivated me to stick
around. I'd really like to be around
for another three years and swim
in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing,
China. Who knows from there
where my career will go."

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Dillette, a 1.8-year-old graduate
of St. Andrew's College, is the
defending female champion, but
she hasn't confirmed her partici-
pation yet.
She did, however, compete in
her first meet for Auburn Univer-
sity'over the weekend. In the 200

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clocked two minutes and 13.81 sec-
onds and 2:16.56 in the 200 yard
back. She also swam on the third
leg of the Tigers' 200 yard free
relay that did 1:40.54.
BSF's president Algernon
'Cargill said they are happy to sanc-

tion the marathon again this year
because of the tremendous sup-
'port they received at the last one.
"This is a good foundation to
build the programme in Abaco
firstly and secondly to get this
event on the CCCAN and FINA
calendar," he charged. ,

"We will have several interna-
tional swimmers participating. The
Ministry of Tourism is helping with
the promotion of the event. So we
expect it to be another big event."
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to officially kick off the BSF's
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Junior Sports Reporter
THE busy streets of Harrold Road came
to a halt yesterday evening in order to
unveil the highway's new name: Tonique
Williams-Darling Way.
The newly constructed highway was
closed from Blue Hill Road to the Yellow
Elder Gardens entrance, a short distance
from where the golden girl grew up.
The honour, the first of its kind for any
Bahamian athlete, was bestowed upon
Williams-Darling after her tremendous year
in track and field.
I Williams-Darling's reign of supremacy
started last year with the six meets of the
TKO Golden League in which she stayed
undefeated to share a jackpot prize of
millionn dollars.
She later went on to run in the Athens
Olympic games, winning the country's first
individual gold medal on the track.

This year, Williams-Darling entered the
World Championships with a world leading
time in the 400 meters, winning the event in
a time 49.55 ahead of arch rival Sanya
Richards of the US and Ana Guevara of
Williams-Darling became the first
Bahamian to win an individual medal at
both the Olympics and World Champi-
The national record holder in the 400m is
ranked number two in the world.
According to veteran track and field star
and member of this year's silver medal team
Troy Macintosh, the renaming of the new
highway is well deserved.
He said, "She deserves it, she is setting
the pace for all the athletes, even the
upcoming ones. She is a true winner. She
deserves every reward and honour the gov-
ernment and Bahamian public wants to give
to her.
"Yes, there is a lot of debate, about the.

renaming but in my strong opinion there is
no one else right now who deserves it
more." '
Macintosh also believes that Williams-
Darling should be given the keys to the city
for her feat.
"As an athlete we all have our ups and
downs and, yes, she has struggled, but that
made her great," said Macintosh.
"She is a great athlete, who remains post.
itive in all her doings. Even during the times
she was not running as well as she would
like to, she remained positive and in high
"That's a signature marking of a great
athlete." .
On hand for the renaming of the highway
were Prime Minister Perry Christie, Deputy
Prime Minister Cynthia Pratt, Minister of
Works and Utilities Bradley Roberts, Min-
ister of Youth, Sports and Culture Neville
Wisdom and FNM leader Tommy Turn;-

Fifth Mark Knowles

Invitational announced

TOURING pro Mark
Knowles has announced
today from New York that
plans have been finalised to
celebrate the fifth year of the
Mark Knowles Celebrity
Tennis Invitational,
The event will once again
be staged at the Atlantis
Resort on Paradise Island
from December 2-3.
Over the years, Knowles
has played host to many of
the world's most famous ten-
nis players such as Andre
Agassi, James Blake, Jim
Courier, Robbie Ginepri,
Tommy Haas, Todd Martin,
Daniel Nestor, Fred Stolle,
Jennifer Capriati, Amanda
Coetzer, Chandra Rubin and
Nicole Vaidisova.

Each year, Knowles also
entertains Bahamian sport-
ing champions from other
disciplines and last year,
guest appearances were
made by Golden Girls Deb-
bie Ferguson and Eldece
Clarke-Lewis, along with
long jumper Jackie Edwards.
This year will be no excep-

tion as Bahamian youngsters
Ryan Sweeting, who recently
won the US Open Junior sin-
gles title, and Timothy Neilly,
the 2004 Orange Bowl cham-
pion, have already eagerly
accepted their invitations.
Many of the familiar faces
are expected to return in
December as well as several
newcomers including Taylor
Dent, who is currently
ranked number 24 in the
world and is touted as the
next great serve and volley

Taylor won a bronze medal
in the singles competition at
the 2004 Olympic Games in
Athens, Greece and has
career wins in 2004 over Gus-
tavo Kuerten, Carlos Moya,
James Blaek and Andy Rod-
This year's event will
include a pro/am doubles and
the celebrity event on Satur-
day, December 3. A silent
auction will also take place
during the weekend.
The main sponsors for this
year's event are Kerzner
International, the Ministry of
Tourism, American Airlines,

* SOME of the players who participated in last year's Mark Knowles Celebrity Tennis Invitational
at Atlantis on Paradise Island, pose above with the Colors Junkanoo Group.

Tennis Week, Oceanic Bank
Limited, Pictet Bank, the
Bank of Bahamas Limited,
Templeton Global Advisors,
HG Christie and Bristol Cel-
Persons interested in spon-
sorship opportunities are
urged to contact Knowles'

mother, Vicky, at 324-8176
or e-mail: vickyk@batel-
To date, the event has
donated $100,000 to various
Bahamian charities such as
the Cancer Society, the Sas-
soon (Bahamas) Foundation
for Pediatric Heart Care, the

Special Olympics, the Asso-
ciation for the Physically Dis-
abled, the Children's Emer-
gency Hostel, the Scout
Association of the Bahamas
and the Mark Knowles Schol-
arship Fund.
Some of the recipients of
scholarships to date include

Matthew Sands, Devin
Mullings, Jamal Adderley,
Jonathan Taylor, Jacob
Fountain and Kerri
Knowles said he is thrilled
to be able to help other
youngsters pursue their
dreams in this way.

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