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Publication Date: November 11, 2005
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Former PM wins

leadership vote

by a landslide

* By TRIBUNE STAFF REPORTERS
AS of today, Hubert Ingraham is ready to do bat-
tle. ,
' The former prime minister and leader of the FNM
made this declaration during his first press confer-
ence following his election.
Decentralisation of government, the crippled
Grand Bahama economy and the problem of illegal
immigration were just a few of the issues Mr Ingra-
ham touched on last night.
Mr Ingraham said that the return to the leadership
of the party was the "most difficult decision he had
to make in his life". However, he said, it was his duty
to come back.
Earlier that day, about 30 minutes after it was
announced that Mr Ingraham had won the leadership
race, he let himself be seen on the convention floor.
To thunderous applause and deafening cheers,
Mr Ingraham joined new deputy leader Brent
Symonette to pose for the cameras and greet his
supporters.
Following a few minutes of presenting the people
with a picture of the "salt and pepper" team, Mr
Ingraham then began slowly making his way towards
the exit of the hotel.
As the throngs around him swelled, police and
bodyguards had an increasingly difficult time to
shield him so that he could keep walking forward.
Hundreds of people followed, reaching out to
shake his hand and congratulate him, eager to show
their complete support.
In the crush, several people were almost trampled
underfoot or threatened with being squashed against
the walls of the foyer.
Police made several attempts to be heard above
the din, calling on the people to "please let Mr Ingra-
ham move through."
After about 10 minutes, the Ingraham supporters
finally let the newly elected party leader leave
through the double glass doors and get into his car.
Mr Ingraham thanked those who continued to
campaign for him, and emphasised the fact that he
had nothing to do with the organisation of any of the
events.
"I didn't take part in the campaign. I want to
thank all those souls who did so. I don't know all of
SEE page 13


* MOBBED by supporters, a triumphant Hubert Ingraham leaves the FNM convention at Wyndham Crystal Palace last night
(Photo: Fel)pi Major/Tribune staff)

Symonette triumphs in deputy race


* By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
AFTER a three-way "tug of war",
Brent Symonette, the only FNM to
win his seat in New Providence in


the 2002 general elections, was elect-
ed deputy leader of the FNM, beat-
ing out Carl Bethel, and the former
deputy leader Sidney Collie.
Speaking with The Tribune
moments after his victory last night,


Mr Symonette said he was proud
to honour his father's memory, Sir
Roland Symonette the first pre-
mier of the Bahamas by winning
the position of deputy leader of the
FNM.


"I'd like to thank the delegates
of the great party, the FNM, for
having the confidence in me to elect
me as deputy leader. I am also very
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Government policy is





'stifling the economy'


C U R R E N T governm ent policy aim s to stifle eco- ............................................................................................................................................................................................................
nomic activity in Grand Bahama, Neko Grant MP
for Lucaya told the FNM convention last night. K
The economy of Grand Bahama, said Mr Grant,
was hit hard by the storms and according to insur- 4
ance estimates some $100 million worth of claims
were submitted for the island of Grand Bahama.
Unemployment, he said, is at an unprecedented
high with the workers at the Royal Oasis abandoned.
"The once pillar of commerce in Freeport, the
International Bazaar, left as a Ghost Town; many
entrepreneurs, employees, colleagues and friends,
left for the crows with no help and hope in sight,"
Mr Grant said.
The Tourism sector in Grand Bahama, said Mr
Grant, is in a downward spiral and it is something
that must be addressed immediately for the benefit
of Grand Bahamians.
"The only real economic infrastructure in Grand
Bahama, is that which the FNM left. In three years, s
it's like the present government has taken a pencil
and chosen to erase all the good things that the
FNM did rather than build upon it," Mr Grant said.
He said that if during the FNM things never
looked brighter for the island of Grand Bahama, ,
"during the present government things have never
looked bleaker."
"I tell you this if they even dream that they are
going to get a seat in Grand Bahama, they better .. .
wake up. Because Grand Bahama, my Grand
Bahama, is returning to FNM country. They know ".
that we are ready to serve more than ever," said Mr LAND&
Grant. SLAND
The MP pointed out that Grand Bahama is faced
with many challenges.
"We are still trying to recover from the effects of
the hurricanes of last year, Frances and Jeanne.
Both Hurricanes have made the people of Grand ..
Bahama, very fearful and vulnerable," said Mr
Grant M HUBERT Ingraham suporters ceebrIate e nrmer prime minister's leadership victory


"Meeting the needs of advertisers
and readers motivates me to do
a good job. The Tribune is
my newspaper."
ESTHER BARRY
PRODUCTION MANAGER
THE TRIBUNE


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CONVENTION

IN BRIEF
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TOO many selfish agendas
and egomaniacs have
entrenched themselves in the
FNM, Neko Grant MP for
Lucaya told the FNM con-
vention last night.
"FNM, it must end. We
either come together now, or
suffer under the present gov-
ernment for another five to
10 years," he said.
NEKO Grant, MP for
Lucaya, criticized the gov-
ernment for wasting tax pay-
ers' money at Bahamasair.
"Two 737's were acquired
last year and any day of the
week you go to Nassau's air-
port and you will see two to
three 737's out of the four sit-
ting on the tarmac and not
being prepared for flight. A
waste of the taxpayers' mon-
ey! You hear nothing of the
many charters for which they
were purchased," Mr Grant
told the FNM convention last
night.
He pointed out that $1 mil-
lion was paid to a consultant
to advise on privatization of
the airline and from the
report it is evident that the
firm had no aviation experi-
ence.
"The minister and chair-
man boasted that it would be
privatized by the end of July
2005 then the date contin-
ues to be extended.
"In a low key press confer-
ence, not the minister, not the
chairman, but the managing
director announced that there
was to be no privatisation -
something I knew and told
them for free," he said.








FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2005, PAGE 3


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Bannister


wins FNM

chairman


position
By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter

DESMOND Bannister,
former senator, is the new
chairman of the FNM, win-
ning the position with almost
50 per cent more votes over
his opponent Loretta But-
ler-Turner.
Despite Mrs Butler-Turn-
er's well received speech at
Wednesday night's conven-
tion, Mr Bannister won the
chairman's position with 210
to 150 votes.
As the counting of votes
progressed into the after-
noon yesterday, it became
apparent shortly after 5pm
that Mr Bannister who
resigned from the senate
earlier this year for "per-
sonal reasons" would
succeed Carl Bethel as party
chairman.
Speaking with The Tri-
bune on the convention
floor, Mr Bannister said that
at a time when the FNM will
begin making preparations
for a campaign to regain the
government, the role of
chairman takes on a role of
special importance.

Organising

"It needs someone who is
good at organising things,
making sure things run
smoothly and that the party
functions like a well-oiled
- machine," he said.
Mr Bannister said he feels
that he possesses sufficient
experience and the neces-
sary organisational skills to
fulfil the obligations of chair-
man.
"I am someone who is
good at organising, good at
making sure all works as it
should behind the scenes,"
he said.
Addressing the question
of what he will be able to
bring new to the table com-
pared to Mr Bethel, the for-
mer senator said he feels he
has more of a connection to
the grassroot people and the
Family Island communities.
"I am involved in numer-
ous grassroots organisations
and I can go into any Family
Island and connect with the
people," he said.
However, he also praised
his predecessor's efforts.
"Carl Bethel did an excel-
lent job as chairman. And
now I have the privilege of
building upon what he start-
ed," he said.



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Ingraham's return welcomed





by opposition parliamentarians


* By CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Staff Reporter

MONTHS after their push to
have former prime minister Hubert
Ingraham at the helm of the FNM's
House of Assembly team, opposi-
tion parliamentarians yesterday
expressed their pleasure at his
return.
Current House of Assembly
leader Alvin Smith told The Tri-
bune that he plans to gladly hand
over the reins to Mr Ingraham when
parliament resumes. He said Mr
Ingraham has a proven track record
in parliament, always being aggres-
sive and well prepared, knowledge-
able and tenacious.
"Mr Ingraham is the kind of per-
son any country should be proud of
having as the leader of government
or the leader of the opposition. He


"Mr Ingraham is the kind of person
any country should be proud of
having as the leader of government
or the leader of the opposition.

Current House of Assembly leader Alvin Smith


takes his job very seriously and
when you add his approach
to his job with his experience
and skills you have a complete pack-
age."
He added that the team of Brent
Symonette and Hubert Ingraham
are the definite choice to lead the
party into the 2007 general election.
"What this means is that the
FNM is now reaching out to many
persons who prior to tonight might


not have been attracted to the Free
National Movement. In Hubert
Ingraham, they have had a taste of
his leadership. In Brent Symonette,
they know he is a very successful
businessman. I think the Bahamas
will be in for quite a treat to have
two such persons lead us."
He added that Mr Turnquest will
now play a different, but very impor-
tant role in the organisation.
"He is one of our good politicians,
quite capable. I don't question Tom-
my's ability in terms of running any
organisation. In politics it might not
have anything to do with your abil-
ity per se, there are other charac-
teristics and personality traits that
people look forward to. Tommy
Turnquest is our brother and he is
one of us. As long as he is active in
politics, I predict he will be a part of
this organisation."
Eight Mile Rock MP Lindy Rus-
sell said that the results of the elec-
tion was what the public wanted and
what the opposition pushed for.

Victory

"This is a victory for the FNM
and.a yict yfor the populationof


"We have always recognised as
Mreniibf aZlmen *'"'tThb~s
person ,to lead the opposition was
Mr Hubert Ingraham. That is why
we invited Mr Ingraham to be the
leader of the opposition."
Mr Russell said the parliamen-
tarians came to convention and let
the convention delegates decide.
"We are all very excited about it,"
he said. .,,
Of his former party leader, Tom-
my Tumrnquest, Mr Russell said, "He. ,
has always been a very good inidi-.,
vidual, and he has been ii;;4i ..,
ministries in the FNM. He hSabig
heart and he will overcon this,
because he recognises thatptliJis
the will of the people and once the
people speak, we as leaders must
recognize the will of the people. I am
sure that he will be a very important
part of the organisation of the FNM
and of the next government when it
is formed."
South Abaco MP Robert Sweet-
ing said the results "were about what
I expected."
"The most important thing is that
we get together as a unit to knock
out the PLP."
He said that with the FNM elec-
tion results last night, he feels much
better about the FNM's chances in
the 2007 general elections.


country, Hubert Ingraham is the strongest leader
this country can have."
Mr Miller said he believes that Perry Christie is not
prime minister material. Running a country is serious
business. If someone in your government is corrupt
then the leader should be strong enough to get rid of
that person and Hubert Ingraham is that person."
Elizabeth Thompson, the former registrar gener-
al, said the vote was democracy at work.
Hubert will be our leader, we have a new salt
and pepper team."
Both felt that Tommy Turnquest and Dion
Foulkes would both rise to the occasion and work
with Mr Ingraham.
They agreed that there was a definite place for the
men in the party.
Many persons The Tribune interviewed felt that
the two men were FNMs at heart and would recog-
nize that the people felt that at that this time, the par-
ty would simply be better off with Mr Ingraham.
The buzz from the Turnquest camp is that they will
remain united.
Shawn Greenslade, however, was a Turnquest
supporter who says he feels weak with the results.
"I do think that Hubert Ingraham is bad for the
young people. Unless he has a change of heart. Mr
Ingraham joined this party as a PLP, he joined to be
leader, but he was never a real member of the party."
Anthony Stubbs, vice chairman of the Bain Town
and Grants Town Association, said he supported
Mr Turnquest because after the FNM was defeated
by the PLP in the last general elections, Mr Turn-
quest "stuck" with the party.
"For three and a half years he ran the party. So I
feel that I owed him loyalty."
When asked how he felt about Mr Turnquest
being defeated by Mr Ingraham, he proudly pro-
claimed, "I am an FNM."
"I believe in following a leader, so Perry Christie,
pack your bags!"


Cheers as unofficial


votes are read out


By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter

POLITICAL dreams were
realised and in some cases
dashed last night as the unofficial
votes of the leader, deputy
leader, and chairman of the
FNM were read during its 34th
annual convention.
Former prime minister Hubert
Ingraham once again captured
the position of leader of the par-
ty, after vacating his .seat in 2001
to Senator Tommy Turnquest.
Mr Ingraham beat out Mr Turn-
quest in a landslide vote of 227
to 104 votes.iAlso running for
the position of leader in the
FNM, Mr Turnquest's deputy
leader candidate on their
"Dream Team" ticket in the
2002 general elections,
Dion Foulkes took in only 40
votes.

Curious

As the votes for Mr Ingraham
were read, cheering outside
erupted amongst curious onlook-
ers and eager delegates, as the
sound of "Ingraham" was
repeatedly sounded inside the
convention hall; Despite Mr
i'"Ifgraliam being obviously absent
, fro4m th convention hall during
"'he votiiing,his supporters con-
tinued to cheer for him until he
arrived to greet them momen-


tarily before leaving once again
to change before addressing the
convention later that night.
A similar picture was painted
during the election for deputy
leader in which Brent Symon-
ette, MP for Montagu, won with
167 votes, beating out Carl
Bethel who got 124 votes.
Sidney.Collie, the previous
deputy .leader, gained 79
votes.
At the beginning of the count,
Mr Symonette, Mr Collie, and
Mr Bethel seemed to be on an
even footing before Mr Symon-
ette slowly began to pull away
from the crowd.
It was during this flurry of
"Symonette" votes being called
out that a murmur and scattered
applause spread throughout the
room.
At one point, Michael Bar-
nett, the executive chairman of
the FNM convention, who was
calling out the votes as handed
to him from their deposit boxes,
threatened to stop the count if
order were not restored as the
crowd neared an outright
applause.
Order was quickly restored,
and following the count, Mr
Symonette embraced his oppo-
nents and thanked the delegates
for their support.
The position of chairman was
won by Desmond Bannister,
who defeated Loretta Butler-
Taylor, 210 to 150 votes.


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* By CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Staff Reporter

IT'S official, the buzz at the 2005 FNM convention
is the newly elected "salt and pepper team" of former
prime minister Hubert Ingraham and former tourism
minister Brent Symonette.
The two men were elected by FNM delegates in a
convincing victory to unify the party and lead them
into the promised land of the 2007 general elec-
tions.
As voting came to an end in the afternoon, dele-
gates, and the press played the waiting game as offi-
cials tallied votes for party offices and the chair-
man's post.
It was shortly after five that news broke that Brent
Symonette was the deputy leader elect.
"We got the salt, we got the salt!" one delegate
shouted in the ladies bathroom of the Wyndham
Nassau Resort. Outside convention hall, hundreds
screamed into cell phones, "We halfway there."
"Inside the votes to determine leader went slowly
as every time an Ingraham ballot was counted the
crowd went crazy, prompting Michael Barnett, exec-
utive chairman of the election committee to ask for
silence. He reminded them that all three candidates
were capable.
Finally just after seven, the news that the entire
country had been waiting for was announced. Mr
Ingraham received 227 votes to the 104 votes
received by former party leader Tommy Turnquest,
and the 40 votes to Dion Foulkes.
With that, pandemonium broke out on convention
floor with delegates screaming, "It over, that's it we
got our salt and pepper team!" hugging each other
and dancing. Men broke out cigars and hit the bar for
celebration drinks.
Following the announcement, the buzz was that
delegates had made the best choice for the country.
Arlington Miller, a meritorious council member
and a voting delegate, told The Tribune that he was
very pleased with the results.
"Tommy Turnquest is a good man, and Mr Ingra-
ham will be able to use him. But at this time, the peo-
ple of this country believe that with the state of this


Delegates reflect on Foulkes bid
* By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter

RECEIVING only 40 of the
375 possible votes, Dion Foulkes
yesterday lost the leadership race
to former prime minister Hubert
Ingraham.
As Michael Barnett, executive
party chairman, counted the
votes yesterday afternoon, the
many "Turnquests" and even
more "Ingrahams" were inter-
spersed with only a few
"Foulkes".
Finally shortly after 7pm it
became cleagrthat Mr Foulkes ...
would only receive 40 of the del- E DION FOULKES
egates' votes, with Mr Ingraham ,; .,
receiving 227 and Tommy Turn-
quest 104.
Earlier that day the reports on the convention floor of the Wyn-
dham Nassau Resort were indicating that Mr Foulkes would concede
the race and throw his support either behind Mr Turnquest or Mr
Ingraham.
However, newly elected FNM deputy leader Brent Symonette told
the media after the election process that (his had not occurred.
"He didn't do it on the floor, he held on until the last vote was
counted," he said.
Although most of the delegates expressed confidence in Mr
Foulkes, many said that they felt that he was not "seasoned" enough
or had enough time to establish himself within the party in a lead-
ership position, and that this was the reason why he received com-
paratively few votes.
Keith Ferguson, the delegate from San Salvador told The Tribune
that the 40 votes, however, are not indicative of Mr Foulkes' abil-
ities as a leader.
"It was simply not his time yet. At the moment we need a strong
leader and Ingraham is that leader," he said.
Freeport delegate Rev George Cooper, who admitted to having
voted for the Ingraham/Symonette ticket, said that if he had had the
choice between Mr Foulkes and Mr Turnquest, he would have cho-
sen the latter.
"Dion is a good man, but Tommy is just more seasoned. He is the
man that over the past three years has brought numerous FNMs
back into the fold. That's why I think people would have always vot-
ed Tommy over Dion, but both men have a great future ahead of
them in the party," he said.
Charlotte Roache, the delegate from George Town, Exuma, said
that in her opinion, because Mr Turnquest has more experience as
party leader he received more than double the votes of Mr Foulkes.
"People know him, he was there three years ago, they know
him," she said.


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BRIAN SMITH, who operates a boat business
along the Cable Beach strip, criticised the Port
Authority this week for not enforcing the law
against offending jet ski and boat operators. *
The British documentary earlier this year
exposing the dangers of our beaches from such
operations as jet skis, banana boats and parasail-
ing, also severely criticised the Port Authority.
"As a tourist," said the television presenter,
"you're relying basically on the diligence of the
Port Authority in ensuring the enforcement
standards that they themselves lay down. There
is no evidence of enforcement presence or to
check whether regulations are being followed or
not."
ITV television's undercover expos also
alleged a serious conflict of interest within the
Port between 1999 and 2002. This allegation
should not be taken lightly. It is up to govern-
ment to initiate an investigation to discover
whether there is any merit to the accusations,
and if so to make certain that such practices are
specifically banned by the legislation that is
meant to be in draft form, but not yet before par-
liament.
As Mr Smith so rightly said this week there's
only a very small minority of jet ski operators
and boat-owners who are-being allowed to ruin
the country's image. It is wrong that this small
group should be permitted to destroy the
Bahamas' major industry an industry on
which so many Bahamians depend.
According to Mr Smith "about 99.9 per cent
of boat operators here are properly licensed and
insured. They do everything by the book."
Mr Smith, the youngest member of the Small
Boat Association an association formed sev-
eral years ago by boatmen to regulate their
industry blames the Port Authority "for those
infractions that happen away from the main
beach."
"I don't believe that the patrols are operating
properly," he said.
Mr Smith acknowledged that jet ski operators
were the main problem because owners often left
their skis in the hands of young, untrained oper-
ators.-=--- .
He believed that all those engaged in water
sports should be certified by the Bahamas Mar-
itime Training Institute,_which trains them in
first aid, survival techniques and- prevention,
fire-fighting, personal safety and social respon-
sibility.
They should also have police certificates and
be especially vetted for previous sex offences.
There have been too many reports of visitors
being taken for a jet ski ride, only to find them-
selves alone on a remote cay with the jet ski
operator. Before they return they have been
raped.
Mr Smith also wanted all operators to have a
boat master's licence issued under the Boat Reg-
istration Act. This would ensure that there would
be regular inspections of their craft and that
their insurance would be up to date.
He agreed that if people see that there is "no
proper law enforcement, they will take advan-
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Authority. And it is the duty of government to
ensure that the Port has proper equipment and
personnel to do the job.
"I understand the government is discussing
new legislation, but unless it is enforced we are
back to square one, said Mr Smith. "The
Bahamas needs to get to grips with this or we'll
be in trouble," said the boat operator.
No one can understand government's foot
dragging with this legislation. It is already in
draft form. It has been submitted to the tourism
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closely monitored.
Although there are many fine men and
women in the taxi business, there are also the
rogues. And then, of course-there are the nreg- -
ulated "hackers".
In this column yesterday we discussed rape
cases against tourists, and a man's unaccept-
able comment that a woman invited rape by the
way she dressed. In other words only loose,
scantily dressed women were raped. And so it
followed that any woman scantily dressed was a
loose woman.
We wonder how this same man would justify
the following case that actually happened in
Nassau.
A young man and woman took a taxi. The
taxi had not.gone very.far when the. driver said
he would have to stop to the nearest petfol sta '
tion to fill his car's tank. When he' pulled up to
the statinfi, he gave the young male passenger a
$10 bill and asked him to go into the station to
pay the bill, while he took care of filling his
tank.
- The young man went into the station, but
when he turned around, he saw the taxi driving
off with his girlfriend. She was. missing for tyo
days. Of course during that time she had been
raped. k
How could a man like this get a taxi licence?
These are .the type of drivers who have to be
weeded from the system.
Of course, there are also cases of women get-
ting into unlicensed cabs and being raped by the
drivers, tourists raping other tourists, and sexu-
al assaults during robberies or other crimes.
During Spring Break mid-February to
April the percentage of sexual assaults among
visiting college students climbed from 38 per
cent in 2002 to 50 per cent this year. Last year
was even higher at 72 per cent. In 2003 it was 60
per cent.
The newly formed Bahamas VisitorSafety
and Security Section will have an uphill battle to
introduce discipline into this country's service
industry. But it must be done if the industry is to
have a future.


The Tribune Limited
NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI
Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

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

SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G.,
(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt.

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B.
Publisher/Editor 1972-

Published Daily Monday to Saturday

Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas
Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama



Port Authority must enforce laws


EDITOR, The Tribune
THE free press as a forum
for the exchange of differing
opinions contributes to consti-
tutional democracy as it creates
an appetite for truth. Over time
it builds trust in government
and institutions.
As a case in point, the Petro-
Caribe issue has attracted
numerous suggestions for
reducing the cost- of gasoline,
some of which fail to take into
consideration the role of mar-
kets in supplying products.
Even the Cuban Ambas-
sador is quoted in a recent Tri-
bune article. His recommenda-
tion calls for government to pur-
chase fuel from a single suppli-
er and to "eliminate" interme-
diaries. (Distributors).
In other words the supply of
energy to the Bahamas becomes
a state run enterprise from top
to bottom, eliminating the free
market. Bahamians are famil-
iar with state-run enterprise, the
high cost and inefficiencies and
are therefore unlikely to go
along with Mr. Wilson's recom-
mendations.
Effectively, the Cuban
ambassador draws attention to'
the profound differences
between-capitalism and markets
and Marxist/communism.


.Capitalism flourishes on the
private property order and indi-
vidual freedom.
Cuba, on the other hand,
denies its citizens the right to
own property and severely lim-
its all other freedoms, includ-
ing speech and travel. It is not,
therefore, surprising that the
per capita income in Cuba is
$3,000 per annum whilst the
average per capita income in
the Bahamas is $17,700.
- Furthermore, Bahamians can.
travel to their hearts content as
their pocket books will permit,
and do not require permission
from any government autocrat.
The institutions of private
property, the free market and
the existence of money through
the interrelations of supply and
demand determine what is sup-
plied and at what price. The
supply of energy is no excep-
tion.
The Cuban dictator and
Hugo Chavez have much in
common. Chavez describes his
plans for the Caribbean and
Latin America as the "new
socialism" of the 21st century.


. To implement his.plans at home
he has recently increased calls
for state officials to take over
private land. Soldiers have
enforced some of the takeovers,
at times denying owners and
workers access to their land.
(Christian Science Monitor).
It is not therefore surprising
that by demagoguery and bad
economic policy
Chavez has caused 12 per
Scet of the Venezuelan popu--
lation to slip into extreme
poverty.
The illusion of an all-power-
ful state producing a beautiful
future was the centrepiece of
Marxist policy for 70 years; it
., produced a type of slavery and
poverty; and it ended with the
fall of the Berlin Wall. Let's not
listen to those who want to keep
the Marxist illusion alive.
It is highly unlikely that
Bahamians will be duped into a
Marxist solution hoping to save
a few pennies on the price of a
gallon of gas.
Such compromise is so offen-
sive to the private property
order that no Bahamian should
take Mr Wilson's recommen-
dations seriously.
THE NASSAU INSTITUTE
Nassau
October 26 2005


Problem with the lottery


EDITOR, The Tribune
YOUR publishing of an opin-
ion of one Albert Mohler, of
Southern Baptists Theological
Seminary, titled: "The Lottery
makes us all losers", certainly
needs responding to, especially
as to how our law enforcement
and church leaders seem' to
close their eyes to breaches of
the law and-fail to pressure law
enforcement to uphold the laws
of the Bahamas.
The Lotteries and Gaming
Act has not been repealed.
I just wonder whether Mr
Mohler realises that in Georgia
the majority of colleges and uni-
versities either owned or oper-
ated by Baptists, Methodists and
Presbyterians, to name just a few,
accepts students or recipients of
scholarships through The Geor-
gia State Lottery the Hope
Scholarship programme. Hope
is funded 100 per cent from prof-
its of the Georgia State Lottery.
I find it extreme to suggest, as
Mr Mohler is sayin in his biased
opinii6n on' lotteries, that over
150 sovereign nations are doing
wrong by having legal lotteries.
Personally I find it very offen-
sive as to what is allowed to
happen here as blatant as the


selling of illegal numbers on
Bay Street or looking the other
way over what is the "real" pur-
pose of web shops simply
endorses illegality and the pro-
motion of breaking the law.
Computers retain history -
the Commissioner of Police
raids these web shops, confis-
cates their computers and
checks their memories then
you might find your evidence.
If the police continue to refuse
to uphold the law, all those who
are honest, law-abiding citizens
need simply to refuse to pay any


further taxes as obviously the
police have to respond as to why
they refuse to uphold the laws of
our country?
The police know. Some of
them buy numbers daily.
Lottery, like a casino, is enter-
tainment where freely persons
may entertain themselves. If lot-
tery is so much a cancer, why
don't we suffer from the ills that
Mr Mohler argues then?
SEAN THOMPSON
Nassau
November 3 2005


Extravagance of some

officials showing off


EDITOR, The Tribune
WHETHER the new
.boats for fishery protection
are the correct choice will be
determined by the success of
the interdiction of poachers
from now on in.
These craft are not totally
suitable, I suggest, for ocean
patrols, so the obvious is
raised.
My reason for writing is
that I was shocked that, Wvith
the minister at the helm,
these craft went racing
through Nassau Harbour at a


speed of over 8 knots. I am
told that this exceeds the lim-
it of the legal speed for the
harbour.
Hopefully, the Nassau Port
Director will investigate and
prosecute those Ministry of ,
Agriculture officials who it',
would seem might have bro-;.
ken the law yesterday by sim-.
ply showing off like children! .
The law is good for me and
you, Mr Gray.
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November 8 2005


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Supplies

shipment

still to be

released

* By CARA BRENNEN
KARAN MINNIS
Tribune Staff Reporter
A-SHIPMENT of hurricane
relief supplies which arrived in
Grarfd Bahama over the week-
end fias yet be released to the
Bahamas Humane Society.
The president of the Grand
Bahama Human Rights Asso-
ciatiOh (GBGRA) Fred Smith
said the Humane Society, which
organised the three-boat ship-
men'f, had approached the
Natiohal Emergency Manage-
menft' Association (NEMA)
requesting that the supplies be
exemi'pt from customs which
he said, is standard procedure.
"The Human Rights Associ-
atioO is outraged at the resis-
tance~in releasing the supplies.
There is a pressing need for it,"
he sqid.
MiSmith said yesterday that
the shipment, which includes
pet iid human food, medica-
tion shoes and clothing, had
still ihot been cleared by Cus-
tomrn and was still sitting in a
Customs warehouse.
H~ explained that NEMA
has decidedd that all shipments
earmarked" for hurricane relief
distribution must first be
inspected by the Royal
Bahamas Police Force.
Inthe case 6f donated cloth-
ing, Mr Smith said items must
be inspected by the Ministry of
Social Services to determine
whether they are fit for distrib-
ution.
"This is a complete lock
down does every govern-
ment agency in the country
have to be involved?" he asked.
Mr Smith claimed that nei-
ther the Defence Force nor the
Ministry of Social Services has
jurisdiction to inspect shipments
that come into the country. Only
customs has that right, he said.
"I want the Prime Minister
to explain to the residents of
Grand Bahama, why they can-
not get the relief they-so des-
perately need."
Mr Smith added that while
the Humane Society could have
secured more supplies from
willing US citizens, they have
had to ask that all shipments
be halted because of the risk
that the government will not
allow the goods to be distrib-
uted to hurricane victims.
Yesterday, NEMA co-ordi-
nator Carl Smith denied that
any request has been made by
the Humane Society to his
office.





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* By FELICITY INGRAHAM
Tribune Staff Reporter
WHILE the Bahamas
Telecommunications Compa-
ny is laying fibre optic cable
on the sea floor throughout
the Bahamas, the northern
islands of the Biminis have not
been left out, BTC Minister
Bradley Roberts said.
On Wednesday, BTC
announced that TYCO
telecommunications, a suppli-
er of undersea fibre optic net-
works and marine services,
had begun laying more than
2,800 kilometers of cable on
the sea floor.
The system will link the
islands of Andros, New Provi-
dence, Eleuthera, Exuma,
Long Island, Ragged Island,
Inagua, Mayaguana, Crooked
Island, Rum Cay, San Sal-
vador, Cat Island, Abaco, and
Grand Bahama.
On October 10, a $6 million
fibre optic submarine cable
network connecting Grand
Bahama to Bimini was tested
and found to be working satis-
factorily.
In May of this. year, Mr
Roberts announced the signing
of this contract between BTC
and NSW.
"This cable sets the stage for
the residents of Bimini to have
access to GSM technology and
DSL technology," Mr Roberts
said.
"This cable has the poten-
tial to transform the lives of
the residents of Bimini by
offering new opportunities for
the entrepreneurs in Bimini."
In the agreement with
TYCO, a three-phase plan ha's
been implemented for the rest
of the Bahamas.


* THE chief officials of TYCO Telecommunications and the
Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) on board the
ship Reliant. Left to right: Cabinet minister Shane Gibson,
BTC minister Bradley Roberts, Rob Munier, TYCO's
managing director, Michael Symonette, BTC president and
CEO, and Frank Thomson, TYCO project manager.


Phase one will connect New
Providence to Andros, to
Eleuthera, to Exuma, to Long
Island, to Ragged Island, to
Inagua, and eventually to
Haiti.
Most of the electronics has
been installed at these sites,
and the shore end cables and
civil works are almost all com-
pleted.
The deep water cable that
will be laid between these
islands is on the cable ship.
Mr Roberts said: "I am
advised that when' this
Bahamas Domestic Submarine'
Network (BDSN) is cdmplet-
ed, that the Bahamas would


Gas prices to drop


* By KARAN MINNIS
Tribune Staff Reporter
GAS prices are expected to
decrease across the Bahamas
with the price of crude oil
dropping on the world mar-
ket
In response to the price for
a barrel of crude oil dropping
to $58.21, Texaco yesterday
reported that it will lower its
gas prices to $3.82 a gallon- a
significant decrease from its
record-breaking high of $4.95
in the past few weeks.
Esso and Shell are also
expected to follow with lower
prices within the next few days..
Speaking with The Tribune
yesterday, Gilles Deal, chief
price inspector at the Ministry
of Trade and Industry, said
that Esso had already con-
firmed their price reduction.
"Esso prices should be


dropping by (today) to under
$4, and with Esso also drop-
ping their prices, Shell is
expected to also do the same,"
he said.
Mr Deal said that Shell is
also expected to lower its
prices to somewhere in the
range of $3.80.
He added that it is likely for
the prices to remain on a
decline in the near future.
"It should last a little while
because prices have dropped
worldwide," he said.
However, Vincent Coleby,
chairman of the Fuel Usage
Committee, said there is no
guarantee that this "break" in
high prices will last.
"That's very difficult to say
because anything can change
in the prices of oil. We just
have to watch and see what'
happens over the next few
weeks," he said.


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have one of the most modern,
robust fibre optic submarine
cable networks of any country
in the world.
"This network will help to
support my government's
pronouncements of anchor
properties on every major
island and that this cable will
help in the equalisation of
Bahamians throughout the
country."
BTC President and CEO
Michael J Symonette said this
project is "paving the way for
future economic dev'elop-'
of better quality andste
communications.


18-year sentence


handed down for


manslaughter


* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter
FREEPORT Romaine
Downer was sentenced to 18
years in Fox Hill Prison after
he was convicted Wednesday
of manslaughter in the
Supreme Court.
Downer, 26, had been
charged with the murder of
19-year-old Vernon Fowler
Jr, who was found shot to
death at the cemetery on
August 18, 2002.
Fowler's body was discov-
ered on top of a grave at the
Grand Bahama Memorial
Park. He was shot four times.
After the unanimous guilty
verdict was read, Justice
Stephen Isaac's handed down
an 18-year sentence on Down-
er, who has been on remand
since 2003.
In his plea of mitigation,
defence counsel Carlson Shur-
land requested that the two
and a half years his client
spent on remand go toward


his sentence.
While the family of the
deceased was satisfied with
the verdict and sentence
handed down, Mr Shurland
said he intends to file appli-
cation for appeal on behalf
his client.
"We are going to appeal
the decision," he said. "I nev-
er questioned a jury's verdict,
however, the evidence pre-
sented could not sustain a
conviction for murder, and by
extension I don't see that it
could sustain a conviction for
manslaughter either."
Mr Shurland said he also
did not agree with the judge
that his client showed no
remorse during the trial.
"That was a major factor in
the judge sentencing of him. I
don't think that
it is something we can mea-
sure just by looking at a per-
son. And I don't agree with
the judge because people
have different ways of
expressing their feelings," he
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P THE US and Chinese ambassadors, John Rood and Li Yuanming, touring hurricane-affected areas of Grand Bahama



US and Chinese united



on providing relief in



aftermath of Wilma


IA BY DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT US Ambas-
sador John Rood and Chinese
Ambassador Li Yuanming have
pledged their commitment to
provide hurricane relief to
Grand Bahama.
The ambassadors accompa-
nied Foreign Affairs Minister
Fred Mitchell on a post-Hurri-
cane Wilma tour of storm-rav-
aged areas of the island on
Wednesday.
The men said they were all
amazed by the massive destruc-
tion they saw in settlements
from Mack Town to Pinder's
Point, and from Eight Mile
Rock to Bootle Bay.


A large amount of debris still
overwhelms many of those
southern coastal settlements,
where remnants of what were
once homes and buildings lie in
mounds unmoved since the
storm.
"The devastation is unbeliev-
able," said Ambassador Rood.
"The DCM (US Embassy
deputy chief of mission Dr
Brent Hardt) was here a few
days ago and he expressed to
me how horrific it was here and
it was important for me to come
and see for myself."
Mr Rood recently con-
tributed $59,000 this year on
behalf of the US government
for hurricane relief.
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ing for relief from organisations
and groups in the United States.
While in Grand Bahama, Mr
Rood said another reason for
his trip was to ensure that hotels
and airports were operational
and able to receive American
visitors.
Even though certain areas are
devastated, he said that he saw
no reason for the US Embassy
to issue a travel advisory to
Americans traveling to Grand
Bahama.
"We see that Grand Bahama
is open for business, and I can
encourage people to continue
to visit Grand Bahama on vaca-
tions.
"That is a message we are
going to take back because we
are getting inquiries by persons
asking whether we should do a
travel advisory. Well, we don't
need to, because I see that the
hotels and airports are up arid
operational," said Mr Rood.
Chinese Ambassador li
Yuanming said his government
would work with the
Bahamas government to pro-
vide hurricane relief to people
in devastated areas.
"It is so horrible that so many
people are homeless. We are
trying to see what we can do to
help the people here for hurri-
cane relief," he said.
Minister Mitchell and the
ambassadors stopped at Bevans
Town, Pinder's Point and Eight
Mile Rock, where they spoke
with community members.
Bevans Town resident John
Bevans described seeing a 25-
foot wave about five miles off
shore during the storm.


"I saw a wave roughly 25 feet
to 30 feet tall a little higher
than a three-storey building.
Some people said they saw
three, but I saw one. It was
three to four miles out and in
about two minutes all you see
was water rising. The
water was about eight feet
right here where we are stand-
ing," he told them.
Mr Rood stressed that resi-
dents living in low-lying coastal
areas must build their homes
higher off ground.
Mr Mitchell added that the
government is seeking to relo-
cate residents from coastal
areas.'
Mr Bevantis said that he was
not considering relocating from
his land, which has been owned
by his family for many years,
but agreed that he would
rebuild his home four feet high-
er off the ground.
"If the next hurricane come,
when the government say evac-
uate I will move for that period
time," he said.
Eight Mile Rock resident
John Martin told the delegation
that he lost everything when his
home was flooded with about
four feet of water.
"It has been quite a moving
experience and one wonders
how people really face psycho-
logically this kind of trauma,"
said Mr Mitchell.
"I am happy that our inter-
national friends are here to see
for themselves what has hap-
pened here. There is a project
by the US government in West
Grand Bahama and it is re-affir-
mation by both these friends to
assist in rebuilding," he said.


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Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Ministry of Tourism is actively planning a cruise
conversion programme which will attract cruise ship pas-
sengers to the country to return as land stay vacationers.
New director of cruise development at the ministry Carla Stu-
art pointed out to The Tribune yesterday, that cruise ship pas-
sengers generally spend about $50 on average. On the other
hand, stop over visitors spend about $1,100.
Within this in mind, she said, the ministry calculated that
if one per cent of the cruise passengers were converted into
land stay tourist, it would translate into $28million for the
country's economy.
As a part of the cruise conversion programme, before the
tourist arrives in the Bahamas, the Ministry of Tourism seeks
to provide an area on their web-site designated for cruise pas-
sengers. There the prospective visitor will be provide with'
information on attracts, shopping, and things-to-do.
"Once they get into Nassau we want to really take advan-
tage of the opportunity to captivate their interest immedi-
ately," said Mrs Stuart
In order to achieve this, she said, that in conjunction with
the ministry's, public relations department, it is expected
that banners will be displayed on the dock, which will show-
case what is offered in the islands of the Bahamas.
It is also in the making, that the cruise ship passenger will
receive a souvenir item that will display the web-site's name.
The site will feature various discounts, she said.
Mrs Stuart added that the constituents working in the
area of the port will work together in the initiative.
"The taxi drivers will assist us in the distrubution of infor-
mation, and stickers promoting to return to the Bahamas,"
she said.
The programme works as such, that when the tourist leaves
the island and visits the web-site, the ministry will have
access to their names.
She said, in showing appreciation to the individual for
choosing the Bahamas, the Minister of Tourism will send a
'thank you card thank. At the back of the card their will be a
chair on the beach with the individual's name and the mes-
sage "we are waiting for your return."
E-mails will also be sent to the individuals.
Once they go to the "return to the Bahamas" site, there
will be featured discounts on hotels and airfares. It is not just
in Nassau we are looking at, but also Grand Bahama and the
out islands.
"In fact we feel that Grand Bahama and the out islands will
have more of an opportunity to take advantage of this,
because there are more rooms available in their inventory
than probably in Nassau" she.said.
It is hoped that by the end of the first quarter of 2006 the
programme will start.
"When people walk out (by the port) they need to be
able to experience the destinatio'- n addition, they need to
have a sense of who we are a". a p, .ple,"said Mrs Stuart.




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longer employed in this or any other capacity, effective 2
November, 2005. As such, he is not authorized to transact
any business for the following companies. or entities: -

* Dr. Conville S. Brown or Associates
* The CSB5 Group of Companies
* The CSB5 Management Company, Ltd.
* Cee Bee Investments, Ltd.
* CSB Holdings, Ltd.
* The Bahamas Center for Heart Disease, Ltd.
* The Bahamas Heart Center
* The Bahamas Chest Center Laboratory and Pharmacy
* The Bahamas Imaging Center and Nuclear Division
* The Bahamas Interventional Cardiology Center
* The Bahamas Institute of Radiotherapy, Ltd.
* Radiation Therapy Services Bahamas, Ltd.
* Radiation Therapy Services Shareholders, Ltd.
* The Centreville Medical Pavilion
* The Centreville Medical Pavilion Imaging Center
* The Centreville Medical Pavilion Executive Physical Program
* The Centreville Medical Pavilion Development Company, Ltd.
* Cee Bee Air Company, Ltd.
* Sunrise Medical Centre, Ltd.
* The Bahamas Heart Center Freeport, Ltd.
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Finland

to open

Bahamas

relations
FINLAND is to establish
diplomatic ties with the
Bahamas, it was announced yes-
terday.
The Finnish government
made this decision yesterday
after the Bahamas approached
the country in April to open up
relations.
The Finnish government stat-
ed that it found the measure
was called for, as the Bahamas
is a prominent seafare and
financing hub, as well as a pop-
ular tourist attraction.
All other Nordic countries
and 17 European Union mem-
ber countries have already
established diplomatic relations
with the Bahamas.

Paradise
Island
robberies

TWO Paradise Island rob-
beries occurring just one night
apart this week.
Yesterday it was reported
that a male resident of Paradise
Regency, a two-story apartment
complex, was robbed and tied-
up in his apartment around
midnight Monday.
The following night, an occu-
pant of a neighbouring complex,
Grosvenor, was also robbed in
the same manner.
An officer at Paradise Island
police station confirmed that
the incident occurred.


Owners hire company to




remove oil drilling barge


* By FELICITY INGRAHAM
Tribune Staff Reporter
AFTER spending nine
months in Bahamian waters
and raising serious environ-
mental concerns, the oil drill
barge Louis J Goulet is set to
be moved.
Port Comptroller Captain
Anthony Allens told The Tri-
bune yesterday that the own-
ers of the barge have hired a
.salvage company. The com-
pany has been contracted to
move the barge by this week-
end.
Captain Allen's said the
barge was originally moored
at San Salvador, but was
eventually moved to Walker's
Cay.
Hurricane Wilma, howev-
er, pushed the barge on to
reefs just east of Johnny's
Cays near Abaco.
The storm caused the barge
to tip and a reef punctured a
hole in the vessel.
Several Abaco residents
contacted The Tribune this
week, hoping to bring the
matter to the urgent attention
of officials.
They feared the boat might
'leak oil into the delicate
marine bio-systems around
Abaco, destroying coral reefs
and killing marine life.
This is not the first time the
Louis J Goulet has been
stranded in the Bahamas.
After Hurricane Jeanne last


year, the barge ran aground in
the Exuma Cays.
Captain Allens told The
Tribune in March that the
barge would be moved.
On June 1, 2001, The Tri-
bune reported that the Louis
J Goulet seemed to have
been dumped 15 miles off
Long Island, dangerously
close to Conception Island,
one of the country's national
parks.
Tribune reporter Kilah
Rolle conducted investiga-
tions and discovered that the
220-foot vessel is a Canadian
ship built in 1957. It has
changed ownership several
times since then.
The last owner was Cana-
dian company Pembina
Exploration Limited, which
converted the ship into a drill
barge in 1994.
The International Maritime
Organisation (IMO), the
United Nations specialised
agency responsible for
improving maritime safety
and preventing pollution from
ships, is drafting a convention,
to tighten up.regulations relat-
ing to the removal of wrecks:,
A legal committee of the
IMO created a draft wreck
removal convention (WRC),
intended to provide interna-
tional rules on the rights and
obligations of states and ship
owners in dealing with wrecks
and drifting or sunken cargo
which may pose a hazard to


* THE oil drilling barge which residents fear is damaging the reef at Johnny's Cay


navigation and the marine envi-
ronment.
Three years ago, Bahanmian


taxpayers had to foot the bill to
remove an unregistered sunken
dredger,:the Allan Judith, from


the channel in Port New Provi-
dence, after the owners of the
vessel could not be identified


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* REVEREND Walter Hanchell of Bahamas Awakening admits his past sins while he addressed
inmates at Her Majesty's Prison yesterday.


Mission


* THE testimonies of Rev Walter Hanchell and Tom Forster of Promise Keepers International led
these inmates to come forward to give their lives to Christ.


s message to prisoners


* By FELICITY INGRAHAM
Tribune Staff Reporter
PROMISE Keepers, an inter-
national missionary organisa-
tion, teamed up with Bahamas
Awakening to take the gospel
of Christ inside prison walls.
Promise Keepers president
Tom Forston, said the main
focus of his group is bringing
men to Christ.
He explained that today, it is
men who are missing from
homes and need to return to
head of families if a better soci-
ety is to'be constructed.
Mr Forston spoke to hun-
dreds of male and female pris-
oners at the maximum security
unit yesterday, and was joined
by Reverend Walter Hanchell
of Bahamas Awakening.
Together, they called for
inmates who wished to change
their lives to come forward.
At first, no one rose to the
occasion. Eventually, two men
came up to Mr Forston to say
that they wished to accept
Christ into their lives.
Reverend Hanchell then took
the microphone and after he
spoke, almost 50 inmates came
forward. /
The reverend admitted to


them that he was once a
"whoremonger".
"Twenty-three years ago, I
left all my sweethearts," he said.
"All I have now is one wife, and
I am happy and content. God
.is powerful. He can take your
mess and turn it into a message.
He can make your test a testi-
mony."
Mr Forston said he was pre-
sent at the prison yesterday
because of "divine interven-
tion".
He made a commitment to
prison Superintendent Dr Ellis-
ton Rahming to assist in the ren-
ovation of the pre-release center
and the creation of a lounge for
female prison officers.
Bahamas Awakening, he
said, will also assist in job place-
ment and job creation, or entre-
peneurship, for former inmates.
The prison choir as well as
the new gospel group "Land-
lord" performed at the event,
singing their hit single We Need
Peace, which was co-produced
by Jamaican reggae artist
Luciano.
Promise Keepers is holding
services at Clifford Park this
Friday and Saturday night,
beginning at 6pm. The public is
invited.


* PRESIDENT of Promise Keepers International, Tom Forster,
said he was able to testify to hundreds of prison inmates through";
"divine intervention". His missionary work takes him all over .4
the world, with a focus on redirecting the lives of men for the ,
better.


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RBDF officer honoured


E By TIFFANY GRANT
Tribune Staff Reporter
A ROYAL Bahamas Defence
Force leading seaman was hon-
oured yesterday for his superior
performance as a shiprider on
US Coast Guard cutters.
Ian Morley was recognised as
"RBDF Shiprider of the Year"
at a ceremony on Wednesday
at the Coral Harbour base.
The shipriders agreement, a
bilateral agreement between the
US and Bahamas government,
permits a US Coast Guard ves-
sel to patrol the Bahamas' ter-
ritorial waters with a Bahamian


marine on the vessel.
The agreement gives the
Bahamas and the US an extend-
ed platform from which to pro-
tect their borders.
Mr Morley served on Coast
Guard cutters from August to
September and was noted for
exhibiting exceptional profes-
sionalism and judgment while
assigned to six different patrol
boats that operated out of Key
West, Florida.
Duties of a shiprider include
enforcing fisheries laws, detect-
ing migrants, ammunition and
drug smuggling.
Mr Morley was involved in


cases which included a seizure
of a vessel engaged in illegal
fishing, a search and rescue
response to a boat fire and
heavy weather operations that
involved safe avoidance of two
hurricanes.
His most notable perfor-
mance was during the interdic-
tion of 14 Cuban migrants on
Elbow Cay, Cay Sal Bank.
In the last year shipriders
have been instrumental in
numerous interdictions in the
Windward Pass that have
stopped 2,583 Haitian migrants
and turned around another 523
migrants.


* LEADING Seaman Ian Merely was recongnized yesrerday as RBDF Shiprider of the year,
From left Commondore Davy Rolle, Leading Seaman Ian Morely and Deputy Chief of Mission D.
Brent Hardt.
(Photo: Mario Duncanson/ Tribune Staff)



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Navy's helping hand


THESE US Navy sailors,
attached to the vessel USS
Sullivans helped repair the
National Disability Coun-
cil Headquarters on Collins
Avenue on Wednesday.
They were part of a
group of 30 sailors from
both the USS Sullivans and
thW USS Ramage who lent
a helping hand to the
Bahamas by conducting two
community service projects
in New Providence.
The sailors from the USS
Ramage went to the New
Pr-ovidence Community
Church on Blake Road
where they made repairs to
the roof of a tool shed and
prepared a vegetable gar-
den for crops which will be
sold in the surrounding
community.
At the National Council
for Disability the volunteers
performed a general clean-
up of the building, did some
painting, removed carpet-
ing and repaired holes in
the flooring to make the
building wheelchair acces-
sible.
According to a US
Embassy press release, New
Providence Community
Church partnered with the
Embassy in the venture.


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Visit Festival Place at Prince George Wharf and
enjoy a day of shopping for authentic Bahamian-
made gifts, souvenirs and delicious Bahamian sweets
and treats. Every Friday starting at 5pm, join us for a
Bahamian Revue, live entertainment, native bands,
limbo dancers and Junkanoo performances.
Gospel choirs will be competing each Saturday, for a
period of six weeks, at the Braiders Square at Festival
Place on Prince George Wharf. Choirs will be judged
on musicianship, group coordination and symmetry,
technique, versatility of chosen song, program choice
and presentation of final performance. The choir cat-
egories include ladies, men, mixed voice, youth and
groups of choirs. The competition will commence
with preliminaries in October and finals in November
and December. One group will be eliminated each
Saturday. The selection of the winning choir is sched-
uled to take place at the Christmas Tree Lighting
Ceremony on December 10, at 6pm at Festival Place.
Celebrities on Stage: Elton John, Cher, Bette Midler,
Barbara Streisand and Neil Diamond all in one the-
atre or at least that's what one might think when sit-
ting down for Celebrities on Stage, a new show open-
ing at the Crystal Palace Casino this month. In reali-
ty, the 'stars' on stage are actually the Edwards Twins
- two celebrity impersonators that look and sound
like over 100 superstars. Celebrities on Stage plays for
the next 13 to 16 weeks, Tuesday through Saturday at
8:30pm at the Rainforest Theatre, Crystal Palace
Casino. For tickets call the theatre box office, 327-
6200 ext. 6758.
Bacardi Happy Hour @ Power Boat Adventures Bar
and Grill (one door east of Texaco Harbour Bay),
every Friday. $3 Bacardi drinks all night and $3 beers.
Ladies Night@ ,.power Boat.Adventures Bar and
Grill, every 'Saturday: Ladies free, Gents; $10 all
night. Bacardi Big Apple and'other'drink specials
all night long.
Wild Jungle, each and every Wednesday night @
Club Trappers, Nassau's "upscale" gentleman's club.
Featuring a female body painting extravaganza. Free
body painting @ 8 pm. Ladies always welcome.
Admission: Men free before 10 pm. Females free.
There will be free food and hors d'oeuvres between 9
and 10 pm. Open until 4 am.

Ladies Night @ Fluid Lounge, this and every Thurs-
day night. Doors open at 10pm. Ladies free before
lam, $10 after. Guys: $15 all night. Drink special: 3 @
$10 (Bacardi) Giveaways and door prizes every week.
Saturday Night Live every Saturday night @ Club
Fluid, Bay St. The biggest party of the week, pumping
all your favourite hits all night long. Ladies in free
before 11pm. Strict security enforced.
Rave Saturdays @ Club Eclipse. DJ Scoobz spinning
the best in Old Skool. Admission $35, all inclusive
food and drink.

Karaoke Music Mondaze @ Topshotters Sports Bar.
Drink specials all night long, including karaoke
warm-up drink to get you started. Party from 8pm-
until.
Reggae Tuesdays @ Bahama Boom. Cover charge
includes a free Guinness and there should be lots of
rizes and surprises. Admission: Ladies $10 and Men
15.
Hump Day Happy Hour @ Topshotters Sports Bar
every Wednesday 5pm-8pm. Free appetizers and
numerous drink specials.
The Pit @ Bahama Boom, every Thursday. Doors
open at 9pm, showtime 11.30pm. Cover charge $15.
$10 with flyer.
Fantasy Fridays @ Fluid Lounge, featuring late '80s
music in the VIP Lounge, Top of the charts in the
Main Lounge, neon lights and Go Go dancers. Admis-
sion: Ladies free before 11pm, $15 after; Guys $20 all
night.
Dicky Mo's @ Cable Beach. Flavoured Fridays Hap-
py Hour, every Friday. Drink specials: Smirnoff
Kamikaze Shots, $1; Smirnoff Flavoured Martinis, 2
for $10; Smirnoff Flavoured Mixed Drinks, 3 for $10.
Bahamian Night (Free admission) every Saturday
with live music from 8 pm to midnight. Karaoke Sun-
days from 8pm to midnight, $1 shots and dinner spe-
cials all night long.
Twisted Boodah Lounge @ Cafe Segafredo, Charlotte
St kicks off Fridays at 6pm with deep house to hard
house music, featuring CraigBOO, Unkle Funky and
Sworl'wide on the decks.


Toby's art show


oTby ,Lunm's 'Flow: Earth; Air, riorbhere'p a boat there's a man fishing',
Fire and Water' is on exhibi- but thlese have a subjective ambiance. Yeah,
tion at Segafredo Cafe, Char- that (subjective ambiance) describes a lot of
S lotte Street. The show is run- 11my work."
Sning now to November 18. Works from 'Flow', Toby's third exhibi-
For this latest series, which he spent the tionseries, were featured at the 9th Annu-
past five years working on, Toby said he al Black Fine Arts Show in New York City,
wanted to create warm, soft paintings. k New York. His first two art exhibitions were
"Normally, paintings have this hard ext<| held in 2001 and 2002.


Sweet Sunday Chill Out Soiree Lounge, every Sun-
day, 4pm-midnight @ Patio Grille, British
Colonial Hotel.
Wet Sundays, every Sunday, noon-midnight @ Crys-
tal Cay Beach. Admission $10, ladies free.
TooLooSe @ Indigo Restaurant on West Bay St and
Skyline Drive. Singer/songwriter Steven Holden per-
forms solo with special guests Thursday from 9pm -
midnight.

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

Jay Mitchell and Hot KC @ Palm Court Lounge,
British Colonial Hilton, Wednesday-Thursday 8pm-
12am.
Sunday Night Interlude @ Briteley's Restaurant &
Lounge, Eneas St off Poinciana Drive. Featuring
Frankie Victory at the key board in the After Dark
Room every Sunday, 8.30pm to midnight. Fine food
and drinks.
Paul Hanna, Tabatha and Gernie, and the Caribbean
Express perform at Traveller's Rest, West Bay St,
every Sunday, 6.30pm-9.30pm.

TheAMts

TOBY LUNN's 'Flow: Earth, Air, Fire and Water' is
on exhibition at Segafredo Cafe, Charlotte Street.
The show is running now to November 18. For this lat-
est series, which he spent the past five years working
on, Toby said he wanted to create warm, soft paint-
ings.
The official opening for the "Process" Art Show by
Holly Parotti was held last Saturday. Her recent etch-
ings will be on display at the Post House Gallery,
Prospect Ridge, until November 12.
Jessica's Tileworks will be featured during a Ceram-
ic Artist Open House that will showcase original


Bahamian handmade Christmas giftts and corporate
Chill Out Sundays @ Coco Loco's, Sandyport, from gift items. The show is being held until November 12,
4pm-until, playing deep, funky chill moods with world from 10am to 4pm.
beats.


Gloria Pinder, will be showing her latest collection of
paintings at the British Colonial Hilton, Victoria
Room. Friday, November 11, 7pm to llpm.
The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (NAGB)
will be hosting a series of workshops throughout
November. Persons interested in attending any of
the sessions should contact the NAGB.

Youth Workshop: Making Junkanoo, on Saturday,
November 12 from 10am to 2pm. The workshop
begins at the NAGB and moves to a local Junkanoo
Shack to experience the process of Junkanoo cos-
tume making. The group will then return to the
Gallery to put together a headpiece.

Artist Talk: David Smith, of England, embarked on a
series of works motivated in part by seeing US movies
at Nassau drive-in theaters. The NAGB has invited
Smith to discuss his past and present work.
Youth Workshop: Mural Painting on Saturday
November 26 from 10am to 2pm and Sunday, Novem-
ber 27, from 3pm to 6pm. Children will be engaged in
painting a new mural on the exterior walls of the
NAGB at West and West Hill Streets under the direc-
tion and in the style of the artist John Paul Saddleton.
The National Collection @ the National Art Gallery
of the Bahamas, an exhibition that takes the viewer on
a journey through the history of fine art in the
Bahamas. It features signature pieces from the nation-
al collection, including recent acquisitions by Blue
Curry, Antonius Roberts and Dionne Benjamin-
Smith. Call 328-5800 to book tours. This exhibition
closes February 28, 2006.

Health

The Cancer Society of the Bahamas meets at 5.30pmr
on the second Tuesday of each month at their Head-
quarters at East Terrace, Centreville. Call 323-4482 for
more info.
Pre & Post Natal Fitness Classes are being held
6:30pm Tuesdays and Thursdays at Nassau gymNas-
tics Seagrapes location (off Prince Charles Drive).
Doctor approval is required. Call 364-8423 to register
or for more information.
Diabetes Directions a FREE diabetic support group
meets the first Monday of each month at 6.30pm at
New Providence Community Centre, Blake Road.
Dinner is provided and free blood sugar, blood pres-
sure and cholesterol testing is available. For more


info call 702-4646 or 327-2878

MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Bahamas meets the third
Monday every month, 6pm @ Doctors Hospital con-
ference room.
The Bahamas Diabetic Association meets every third
Saturday, 2.30pm (except August and December) @
the Nursing School, Grosvenor Close, Shirley Street.
Doctors Hospital, the official training centre of the
American Heart Association offers CPR classes cer-
tified by the AHA. The course defines the warning
signs of respiratory arrest and gives prevention strate-
gies to avoid sudden death syndrome and the most
common serious injuries and choking that can occur
in adults, infants and children. CPR and First Aid
classes are offered every third Saturday of the month
from 9am-lpm. Contact a Doctors Hospital Com-
munity Training Representative at 302-4732 for more
information and learn to save a life today.
REACH Resources & Education for Autism and
related Challenges meets from 7pm 9pm the second
Thursday of each month in the cafeteria of the BEC
building, Blue Hill Road.




The Nassau Bahamas Alumnae chapter of Delta Sig-
ma Theta Sorority Incorporated meets 6:30 pm every
third Wednesday at the Bahamas National Pride
Building.
Toastmasters Club 3596 meets at the British Colonial
Hilton Monday's at 7pm.
The Bahamas Historical Society will host a meeting at
6pm on Thursday, October 27 at the Museum on
Shirley Street and Elizabeth Avenue. Dr Keith Tin-
ker Directfor, Antiquities, Mpnuments and Muse,
um, and Mr Pericles Maillis will speak on Clifton
Plantation, including the cultural aspect, new archae-
ological finds and the current efforts to save this
important historical site. The general public is invit-
ed to attend.

Toastmasters Club 1095 meets Tuesday, 7.30pm @ C
C Sweeting Senior School's Dining Room, College
Avenue off Moss Road. Club 9477 meets Friday,
7pm @ Bahamas Baptist Community College Rm
A19, Jean St. Club 3956 meets Thursday, 7.30pm @
British Colonial Hilton. Club 1600 meets Thursday,
8.30pm @ SuperClubs Breezes. Club 7178 meets
Tuesday, 6pm @ The J Whitney Pinder Building,
Collins Ave.
Club 2437 meets every second, fourth and fifth
Wednesday at the J Whitney Pinder Building, Collins
Ave at 6pm. Club 612315 meets Monday 6pm @
Wyndham Nassau Resort, Cable Beach. Club 753494
meets every Wednesday, 6pm-8pm in the Solomon's
Building, East-West Highway. Club 3596 meets at
the British Colonial Hilton Mondays at 7pm. Club
Cousteau 7343 meets every Tuesday night at 7.30 in
the Chickcharney Hotel, Fresh Creek, Central
Andros. All are welcome.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Eta Psi Omega chapter
meets every second Tuesday, 6.30pm @ the Eleuthera
Room in the Wyndham Nassau Resort, Cable Beach.
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity meets every first Tuesday,
7pm @ Gaylord's Restaurant, Dowdeswell St. Please
call 502-4842/377-4589 for more info.
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity meets every second Tues-
day, 6.30pm @ Atlantic House, IBM Office, 4th floor
meeting room.
The Nassau, Bahamas Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)
meets every third Monday of the month in the Board
Room of the British Colonial Hilton Hotel, Bay St.
Nassau Council 10415 Knights of Columbus meets the
second and fourth Wednesday of the month, 8pm @
St Augustine's Monestary.
Nassau Bahamas Koinonia meets every second Friday
of each month, 7.30pm at Emmaus Centre at St
Augustine's Monestary. For more info call 325-1947
after 4pm.
International Association of Administrative Profes-
sionals, Bahamas Chapter meets the third Thursday
of every month @ Superclubs Breezes, Cable Beach,
6pm.
AMISTAD, a Spanish club meets the third Friday of
the month at COB's Tourism Training Centre at 7pm
in Room 144 during the academic year. The group
promotes the Spanish language and ctrtture in the
community.















Ingraham back as leader of FNM


FROM page one
them, because things just kept
popping up. I see T-shirts. I see
luncheons being organised. I
see a brochure on the table. I
see lots of things. I see a motor-
cade being organised, and very
candidly I had nothing to do
with any of it. I am as surprised
as anybody else," said the for-
mer prime minister.
Mr Ingraham also maintained
that he did not break his
promise to former FNM leader
Tommy Turnquest and leader-
ship hopeful Dion Foulkes.
"I did not decide to allow my
name to go forward until Mon-
day. I called Tommy and Dion
both on Sunday night and I was
not going to allow my name to
go forward. I told you that the
calls were incessant, the
demands were great and I
decided the following morning
to allow my name to go for-
ward. If you call that the break-
ing of a word then I did. I don't
call it that though," he said.
Mr Ingraham said that he
spoke to Mr Turnquest earlier
last night, and will be meeting
him today.
"I thank him very profusely
for his service to the party as
leader, and as a worthy and
contributing member of the par-
ty. And I certainly look forward
to his continuation in a leader-
ship position in the party. I
think that what happened
today, is an interruption a
hiccup in what could be a
bright future for him," he said.
Mr Ingraham said that he was
disappointed that the public did


not take to Mr Turnquest "the
way I took to him, and that they
didn't see in him what I saw in
him."
"But that is the nature of pol-
itics, he just did not excite the
people and the FNM and that is
why they turned to me. I do not
agree that it was a mistake (to
endorse Tommy Turnquest as
leader and Dion Foulkes as
deputy). I supported Tommy as
leader and I supported Dion as
deputy. I would have been hap-
py and content if the party had
chosen either one of them," said
Mr Ingraham.
This time round he is not set-
ting any limits on his current
tenure as leader, saying that he
honoured his first promise fully
not withstanding the many
requests for him not to.
"I have told the party that if
they wanted me to lead them I
would, my job now is to pre-
pare the party for the next elec-
tion and for governance of the
country after that. That entails
many things, including the
selection of candidates, the
development of programmes
issues that the party can rally
around," he said.
As for his health, the new
FNM leader said that his heart
concern earlier this year will not
hinder him from having an
active political campaign.
"I would not do, I would not
put my health at risk for any-
body and if at anytime, I don't
feel healthy, you will know it.
I've been prime minister before
so I don't have the same urge or
desire and expectations of oth-
ers who never had the job


before.
"I left the job a fully satisfied
man and I left the job with no
disappointments. I did what I
could while I was in office and
when I left as I.said to the
Bahamian people in my last
speech, I leave a satisfied man,"
said Mr Ingraham.
Mr, Ingraham credits his
record as the reason there has
been a loud call for his return as
leader.
"I have a record that extends
back half of my life. I am 58
years of age now and I have
been in active front line poli-
tics since I have been 28 years
of age. I ran as a PLP for the
House of Assembly twice, I ran
as an independent once and as
an FNM three times. I am well
known, I have a record that I
run on, stand on and I never
seek to run away from it. I think
the people know that record
and because they know it many,
many person would like to have
more of it.
"My record is what I stand
on, my record in its totality. I do
not claim to be perfect, I know
no one who is perfect. We did a
very good job for the Bahamas
and that's why people want me
back." the former prime minis-
ter said.
Mr Ingraham pointed out
that he joined the FNM in
March of 1990 "and I told them
then that like Naomi and Ruth
in the Bible, I will be with you
till the end."
"So they made me the leader
and I asked them and the com-
monwealth of the Bahamas to
be prime minister for two terms


* HUBERT Ingraham responding to a question from Tribune reporter Paul Turnquest during the
press conference last night
(Photo: Felipi Major/Tribune staff)


and that was delivered to me.
So when members of the party
and others came and said we
want you to do this for us I felt
a sense of gratitude that almost
overwhelmed me. For one of
the few times in my life I was


completely paralysed because I
did not want to go back into
politics.
"I had begun to enjoy my life.
My wife and I were able to go
on a four-week vacation this
year, something we were not


able to do ever before. It will
be impossible for me to do that
ever again. I did it because I am
grateful to the Bahamian peo-
ple. Thousands of people have
demanded it everywhere I go,"
said Mr Ingraham.


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Symonette wins race



for deputy position


FROM page one
honoured to be a part of a
team that starts with Mr Ingra-
ham, with myself, and other
members that won here today
that will present the FNM plat-
form as we move forward in
the next election whenever Mr
Christie (Prime Minister Perry
Christie) should so call it," he
said.
When the votes were tallied
by Michael Barnett, the execu-
tive chairman of the FNM con-
vention, Mr Symonette won the
majority of the votes taking
167, with Mr Bethel coming in


second at a relatively close 124
votes. The former deputy'
leader Mr Collie, rounded out
the three with only 79 votes.
Mr Symonette said that
although there might have been
a struggle for the deputy lead-
ership, he has already spoken
"ahead of time" with the other
candidates to ensure a cohesive
team going into the next gen-
eral election.
"Mr Bethel, and Mr Collie,
and I were discussing ahead of
time and we fully support each
other. And as a result of the
vote we will all work together
to ensure the Bahamas is a bet-


ter place, and a place for all
FNMs," he said.
Mr Symonette, with the for-
mer prime minister Hubert
Ingraham who won his seat as
leader of the FNM, was dubbed
the "Salt and Pepper team" by
a host of supporters outside the
convention hall.
When questioned about his
new "Salt and Pepper team"
Mr Symonette said: "This is a
choice of two Bahamians who
seek to lead the great party of
the FNM to victory for the sake
of all Bahamians. Not for one
particular faction or another -
all Bahamians," he said.


Staff locked in freezer


FROM page one
of personal items.
Management told The Tri-
bune that no-one was physical-
ly harmed in the ordeal.
However, two female staff
who were put in the freezer suf-
fered asthma attacks. The
employees, all women, were a
"little shaken", but recuperat-



More

than 100

Haitians

caught by

Defence

Force

FROM page one
taken to Staniel Cay, where
they awaited the assistance of
P-43, another patrol craft.
"They were then brought to
the Defence Force base around
noon (yesterday) and are to be
handed over to immigration
officials for further processing."
Lieut Bethel said the group,
21 women and 99 men, are all
in good physical condition.
He said the Exuma cays were
a popular route because the
waters were easy to navigate.
"Once you can mark the
Exuma cays it easy to navigate
the surrounding areas," he said.
The latest arrests brings the
number of Haitians intercepted
in Bahamian waters this year
by the Defence Force to 1,200.


ing.
Police seized a revolver and
live rounds of ammunition from
an abandoned house.
Mr Evans said that at about
6.30pm on Wednesday, police
observed three men in premises
in Plantol Street.
The men fled when they saw
the officers. A search revealed a
black .22 revolver and nine live


rounds of ammunition.'
"As a result of this, we
believe that this firearm may
have been used in an armed
robbery or had the potential of
being used in an armed rob-
bery," said Mr Evans.
No-one was in custody up to
press time.
Police are continuing inves-
tigations.


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FUNERAL DIRECTORS
"Rendering the finest in caring and compassionate service
regardless of financial condition."
7th Terrace, Collins Avenue (242) 356-2187 *
P.O. Box GT-2679 Nassau, Bahamas


CHARLES IVAN
DAVIS, 36

of Bain Town will be held
on Saturday, November
12, 2005, at 11a.m. at
Mount Pleasant Green
Baptist Church East &
Quakoo Street officiating
will be Rev. Dr. Wesly L.
Thompson assisted by
Rev. Nelson McFall, Rev.
Mary Johnson & Min.
Garth Johnson. Interment will follow in The Southern
Cemetery Cowpen & Spikenard Road.

Left to cherish his memories are his mother Carnetta
Duncombe Russell, father Buster Davis; 2 daughters
Antoinette and Shekara Davis; 1 son, Charles jr;
2 sisters, Min. Idamae Bromwell, Portia Dean; 6
brothers Nelson, Joseph, Mario, Andrew, Leon
Davis & Dwayne, Cooper; 1 step brother Jean
Russell; 1 grandmother, Louise Bullard; 8 aunts
Geneva Davis of Grand Bahama, Florcita Bain,
Joan & Sheen Duncombe Betty Adderley, Mageline
Sargent Vernell & Vicki Davis; 5 uncles, Alfred
Adderley, Edward & Pastor Jeremiah Duncombe
& Albert Strachan; 2 sisters-in-law, Deaconess
Sandra & Cecilia Davis; 2 brothers-in-law, Kenneth
Dean & Donald Bromwell; nieces & nephews,. P.C.
1361 Don Dorestte, Kendra, Keva, Deon, Daniel,
Dominique, Sharron, Andrea Lakisha, Mikhail,
Reshmi, Ria, William, Paige, Anjelica, Theresa,
Kevin, Jackson, Elvis, Brandon, Livingston,
Deangelo, Marvian, Marva Kimberly Christina,
Deon; cousins, Charles, Ethel, Donna, Yvonne,
Theola, Larry, Lana, Mervin, Mario, Esther from
Grand Bahama, Lee Don, Ronnie, Carl, Paula,
Patrica, Jackie, Ann, Greta, Sherry, Lisa, Gabriel,
Benjamin, Omar, Rhonda, Renee, Neil, Wayne,
Vincent, Ed, Joan, Vaughneil, Jerimaih, Vincent,
Caynell, Karen, Yvonne, Shaneka, Steven, Winkey
numerous grand nieces and nephews, other friends
and relatives including Paul & Sherry Miller,
Krikwood Johnson, Douglas, Prince Miller, Mrs.
Sands, Meredith, Quakoo & Peter Street Family,
Fredricka, Rev. Wesley & Min Marsha Thompson
and the Mt. Pleasant Green Family, Ann, Raquel,
Burger and many more too numerouse to mention.

The body will repose in the Blessed Redeemer
Chapel at Ferguson's Funeral Directors 7th Terrace
Collins Avenue on Friday from 10am to 6pm, and
on Saturday at the Church from 10am until service
time.





FUNERAL DIRECTORS
"Rendering the finest in caring and compassionate service
regardless offinancial condition."
7th Terrace, Collins Avenue (242) 356-2187 *
P.O. Box GT-2679 Nassau, Bahamas


KEITH WINSTON.
ANTONIO
BASDEN,49
of Bootie's Drive, Dundas
Town, Abaco and formerly of
New Providence will be held
on Saturday, November 12,
2005 at The Dundas Town
Church Of God, Dundas
Town Abaco. Officiating will
be Pastor Lernis Cornish of
the Marsh Harbour Church of
God, Assisted by Other
Ministers. Interment will follow in The Dundas Town
Public Cemetery.
Left to cherish the Precious and beautiful memories
are his wife, Deborah Basden; 5 daughters, Carol,
Christina, Cinquetta, Claire and Chante' Basden;
2 brothers, Trevor and Wayne Basden; father-in-
law, Delgarno Newbold; mother-in-law, Viola
Newbold; 11 sisters-in-law, Brenda Basden, Lisa
Knowles, Temra Ferguson, Jacqueline Ritchie,
Bernadette Major, Rosanna McKinnet, Sherell,
Sandy, Meoshie, Melissa and Harveyann Newbold;
10 brothers-in-law, Trevor, Elvis, Lynden, Faron,
Dereck and Dwight Newbold, Linward Knowles,
Rufus Ferguson, David Ritchie and Drexel Major;
uncle, Joseph O. Williams; 1 uncle-in-law, Edward
Sawyer; 8 aunts-in-law; Catherine Misick Williams,
Kathleen Mclntosh, Olevia Nesbitt, Floreen
Armbrister, Elvinet Isaacs, Linda Sawyer and Ruth
McQueen, Flora Lowe; 2 nieces, Trevez and Tylor
Basden; 28 nieces and nephews-in-law; cousins,
Gerald Williams, Dudley and Martha Moree, Lillian
Jolly, Josephine Robinson, Louis Williams, Elena
Hanchell, Judith Williams, Saundra Lightbourne,
Ben Johnson, Peter Williams, Shirley Cox, Robert
Williams, Gladys, Veronica and Clinton Williams,
Allison, Deborah, Kevin, Kenyon, Godfrey and
Kirkwood Basden, Iris Henchell and a host of other


relatives including pastor Lernis & Rovina Cornish
and family, the entire Taylor Family of Grand Turk,
Ruben Mcintosh & Family the Stubbs Family of
Providenciales, the Marsh Harbour Church of God
Family and the entire Church of God family Bishop
John Humes & Family, Bishop Anthon Campbell
and Family, Bishop Nevil Hart & family, Bishop
Archilus Cooper & family, Bishop Johnny Lowe &
family, Bro. Thomas & Family, Bro. Mervin & Sis.
Edna Burrows, Viola Johnson, Rev. Jerry & Pamela
Cornish, Corpral Dorsette and family, Dereck
Benjiman & family and the first Caribbean
International family.
The body will repose in the Blessed Redeemer
Chapel at Ferguson's Furneral Directors 7th Terrace
Collins Avenue on Friday from 12noon to 2pm at
the Marsh Harbour Church of God from 5pm -
12midnight and on Saturday at the Church from
10m until service time.


Luxury Retail

donation for

Colours group
LUXURY Retail Limited, operators of
Colombian Emeralds International, Jewel-
er's Warehouse and Quantum Duty Free,
recently presented a cheque to the Colours
junkanoo group.
The cheque, which is to go towards the
group's preparations for the 2005/2006
junkanoo parades, was presented on Tues-
day at the Quantum Duty Free Store.
Colours president Kevin Ferguson
expressed his gratitude to Luxury Retail.
"At this time, it's hard to get companies to
assist with donations. We are glad and know
that this donation will help us," he said.
Luxury Retail operations manager
Dwight Gibson said, "We have to keep the
spirit of Junkanoo alive. We believe in giv-
ing back to our community; by supporting
junkanoo we see this as an excellent way to
do that.
"Junkanoo plays a vital and major role in
our Bahamian culture. It is a part of our cul-
ture that speaks to us as Bahamians, at
every age, from every race," he said.


* By SEAN HANNA

THE Endellion String
Quartet breezed into Nassau
for a brief visit and a couple of
concerts which started the
2005-2006 season for the Nas-
sau Music Society.
On Monday, October 31,
the Quartet performed Joseph
Haydn's Opus 20, called "The
Sun", Sir Michael Tippett's
Quartet No 2 in F Sharp and
Beethoven's No 13, Opus 130.
First, the performance: it
cannot be said that we were
treated to any revelatory inter-
pretations. However, what we
were given were meticulous,
faithful and intelligent perfor-
mances. There is a lot to be
said for that. Sometimes artists
sacrifice music for originality.
The Endellion Quartet
allowed us to enjoy the com-
posers without the heavy-
handed imposition of selfish


PICTURED are: Kevin Ferguson, president of Colours junkanoo group; Yvette Rah-
ming, Colour's fundraising officer; Dwight Gibson, store operations manager at Luxury,
Retail Limited, dance co-ordinator Dwayne.


philosophy. In most cases the
music itself is sufficient to grab
the listener. The accuracy of
the Endellion's playing and
their sure dynamic control,
coupled with a true apprecia-
tion, real sincerity and
admirable understanding
made their performances
worthwhile.
Now, the music.
I, for one, can't get excited
by Haydn.

Beginning

His music just doesn't curl
my toes, even though it is writ-
ten with one of the most con-
fident and technically brilliant
hands that ever set pen and
ink to a score. As a bit of fluff
at the beginning of a concert it
might just do (but not for
me). Haydn sometimes blun-
ders into passages evincing
real inspiration but seems to


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Rose Marie
Morinvil, 63

a resident of Palm
Beach Street and
formerly of Haiti,
will be held on
Saturday morning at
11:00 am at the
Metopolitan Church
of the Nazarine, East
Street South. Officiating will be Rev J W
Tussaint assisted by other ministers of the
Gospel. Interment will follow in the Southern
Cemetery, Cowpen and Spikenard Road.

Left to cherish her fond memories are her six
children, on pre-deceased, two daughters,
Magalie and May-Oneill Morinvil, three sons,
Wallens and Wollens Morinvil and Pierre P
Jean; two grandchildren, Staphane and Flore
Morinvil; sister, Andrea Geoleon; 8 nieces and
nephews, Marie Louise- Marty Rose Martine
Marty, Lesly Morinvil, Gerda Gedeon, Frantz
Morinvil, Fan Fan Fatal; three daughters-in-
law, Jennatte J M Louis, Rose Lene, Artilus,
Sophia Clark; numerous relatives and friends,
including Neita Laurent, Adrich Pierre, Examine
Toussaint, Ritha Lubin, Philocles Victor, Luke
Labranche, Herbert Dean, Fritzbert Jean, Earlo
Jean, Veronique Jean, Monique Jean, Monique
Desardovin, Carmure Pierre, Ichelle Pierre.

Relatives and friends may pay their last respects
at the Good Shepherd Funeral Home on Friday
from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.


have a hard time sustaining it.
Tippett is an interesting
chap who was a conscientious
objector during World War
Two (and imprisoned in con-
sequence) and made his way
as a composer by sheer dint
of desire and determination.
His music might be a little
modem for Nassau audiences,
even though this quartet was
written about 65 years ago,
which doesn't say a lot for our
audiences. It is packed with
wonderful rhythmic complex-
ity and chromatic harmonies,
retaining all the while a superb
lyricism that reaches poignan-
cy though emphasis and dri-
ve.
This performance made me
want to rush to add more of
his music to my collection.
Beethoven is probably the
one composer we can point to
as a True Genius. His works
do and do not present them-
selves as the absolute state-
ments. Beethoven shows us,
in every case I can think of,
musical incidents, making
wonderful and gripping sto-
ries out of a day in the life
of...His musical descriptions
of these incidents is perfect, if
one can use that word. So
while he does not reveal a
Final Truth he shows us the
simple truth of what he is
describing, of what is, or was,
happening. That said, this
quartet employs thematic
material which, in the first
three movements, seems
somewhat unfocussed but lat-
er emerges in the wonderful
Danza Tedesca with a superb
lilting melody.
The Endellion substituted
the Allegro for the usual
Grosse Fuge as the last move-
ment which, considering its
placing in the programme,
last, was wise. Beethoven


introduces so much material
at the beginning of the work'
which sounds sometimes comn-
plicated and disjointed. Whaft
he was, in fact, doing was set-
ting the stage for the emer-'
gence of his ideas and with'
great and profound effect.
Another concert was held
the following day at Christi
Church Cathedral for an audi-
ence of mostly school goers. .
hope they appreciated the
wonderful Beethoven Opus
18, No 4 we were given but
most particularly Franz Schu-
bert's D810 "Death and the
Maiden" Quartet. He didn't
give it that name but it is ,
most remarkable set of pieces,'
tightly linked thematically and
as cogent an exploitation of
the String Quartet as one
could hope to hear.

Greatest

Schubert was one of the
greatest song writers in West-
ern classical music tradition
and this is perfectly evident im
this music, which is somewhat
dark and haunting. It is dra--
matic without being melodra-
matic. It is touching without.
being soppy and it is exciting
in every particular.
Some music afficionados
don't appreciate his juxtapo-
sition of the serious with the:
frivolous, a mechanism h1e
employs frequently. Howeyv-
er, it was, especially in the first
movement, very effective an<4
helped to prevent the series'
from descending too far into
the dark, and sometime ridic'u-
lous, realm of pathos.
These concerts were really'
Good Stuff. Thank you Endel-
lion Quartet and Nassaui
Music Society!
More please!


Student of the Year

Foundation appointment

THE Bahamas Primary
School Student of the Year
Foundation has announced the
appointment of Mavis Johnson-
Collie to its board of directors.
The appointment took effect
on November 1.
Mrs Johnson-Collie is presi-
dent-elect of the Nassau,
Bahamas Pan-Hellenic Council
and president-elect of the Eta
Psi Omega Chapter of Alpha
Kappa Alpha Sorority.
Mrs Collie is an attorney and
currently works with her hus- A,
band in the firm Collie and Col-
lie Law Chambers.
The foundation said in a state-
ment that it is honoured to have
Mrs Johnson-Collie join board, p MAVIS
where she will serve as the offi- MAVJOHNSON-COIE S
cial voice of the Pan-Hellenic JOHNSON-COLLIE
Council.
"She brings special strengths, leadership and experience to th':
board, particularly in the areas of public relations," si4.a r
chairman Cyndi Williams-Rahming.
The Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year FoAiATtiot
in partnership with the Nassau, Bahamas Pan-Hellenic Couni
sponsors the annual Bahamas Primary School Student of fhe-ia(,
Awards Programme."4""A
The programme is a premier national awards recognition henj,
for sixth-graders in the Bahamas.
The foundation was incorporated under the Companies Act-R,
1992 in June 2004, as a fully registered non-profit organisation.'
It is dedicated exclusively to public, charitable, and educationa.
aims of the awards programme.


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* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
"Consolidated
Water yesterday
hinted that it
would have to
alter its financing
plans for the Blue Hills reverse
osmosis plant, whose costs are
now being pegged at $27 mil-
lion, with the company's place-
ment agent telling The Tribune
that its Bahamian Depository
Receipt (BDR) offering
realised gross proceeds of
between $7.2-$7.3 million.
Michael Anderson, head of


BDR issue generated $7.2m-$7.3m
gross proceeds to help fund $27m
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Fidelity Capital Markets, said
details on the offering were still
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Company file

searches were

'made impossible'


INSPECTIONS of corporate
files relating to firms estab-
lished under the Companies
Act were "made impossible"
for several weeks this summer
due to the state of facilities at
the Registrar General's
Department, an FNM Senator
has claimed.
In his address to the FNM
Convention, John Delaney, an
attorney and partner at Higgs
&,iJohnson, said conditions at
the Registrar General's
Department, the hub around
which the Bahamian financial


services industry operates,
showed how the Government
had failed to deliver on its 2002
election promises and was pro-
viding "inadequate adminis-
tration".
He charged: "For several
weeks this past summer, the
state of disrepair of the facili-
ties made impossible physical
inspections of corporate files
of companies registered under
the Companies Act. This total-

SEE page 3B


received good support from
institutional investors, such as
Bahamian pension funds and
insurance companies, but 'did-
n't get enough" retail investors
buying in.
Mr Anderson said it was
unclear why there had been
"very little retail support", once
possible factor being that small-
er Bahamian investors were
relatively unfamiliar with Con-
solidated Water as a company,
not knowing its name and full
details on its operations.
Another potential issue was
that some investors may have
perceived the BDR issue as
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foreign company's water pro-
duction deal with the Govern-
ment, something Mr Anderson
countered by explaining that
those who bought into the
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Still, some analysts yester-
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the BDR issue gave Bahami-
ans too little equity ownership
in a company whose Blue Hills
reverse osmosis plant, when
constructed, will be its single
biggest operation.
Other concerns were Con-
solidated Water's relatively
high price/earnings ratio, which
had left some feeling they were
buying into an overvalued
stock and, by extension, an
overvalued BDR.

SEE page 5B


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
PLANS have been drawn up
for a proposed Ritz-Carlton-
branded resort on Rose Island,
just off Nassau and Paradise
Island, multiple business
sources told The Tribune yes-
terday.
It is unclear how far.
advanced the proposal is, but
some familiar with develop-
ments said talks had already
been held between the devel-
opers and the authorities, with
plans possibly submitted to the
Government.
The arrival of the Ritz-Carl-
ton brand in the Bahamas
would be a further shot in the
arm for the Bahamian tourism


industry, which targets top-
quality tourists and 'names'
such as the five-star operator,
following on close behind Baha
Mar's announcement earlier
this week of its $1.6 billion joint
venture to redevelop Cable
Beach with Harrah's Enter-
tainment and Starwood.
Intensive
Despite intensive inquiries
yesterday, The Tribune failed
to establish who the financial
backers and developers behind
the Ritz-Carlton project are,
although sources suggested the
development was earmarked
for the western end of Rose
Island, an area that the old
Royal Victoria Hotel used to


take guests to in the 1950s.
Some land on Rose Island is
understood to be owned by
William Saunders, owner of
Majestic Tours, while another
developer has been attempting
to get a touristic project, known
as the Rose Island Beach and
Harbour Club, off the ground.
It is unknown whether either
is involved with the Ritz-Carl-
ton project.
Any Rose Island-based
resort is likely to be of the
niche, boutique variety, fea-
turing about 100-200 rooms. It
would be handily placed, lying
just between Paradise Island
and mainland Nassau, with
easy waterborne access to both
locations and their respective
amenities.


Hotels to pay 2% contribution


on gratuities in NIB reforms


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
* PROPOSED reforms to the National Insur-
ance Board (NIB) would include hotels paying
contributions equivalent to 2 per cent of their
employees' gratuities, with the workers paying
the remaining 6 per cent, it was revealed yes-
terday.
Derek Osborne, the NIB's actuary, told the
Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants
(BICA) accountants' week seminar that the pro-
posal was designed to alleviate perceived prob-
lems in the hotel industry relating to NIB.


This was because hotel employees' NIB con-
tributions were currently paid on their base wage
only, with gratuities ignored and exempted from
definitions of the Insurable Wage.
Mr Osborne said NIB believed this was "a
big problem" in-the hotel industry, as an employ-
ee may take home a base wage of $200 per week
- and pay NIB contributions based on that but
actually be earning $800 per week with gratuities
included.
Yet NIB would only "see" the $200 per week,

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MBy NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE National Insurance
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lecting just 80 per cent "of the
'dollars due", its actuary said
yesterday, as it continues to
face compliance challenges,
'particularly among the self-
employed sector of the work-
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Derek Osborne told the
Bahamas Institute of Char-
tered Accountants (BICA)
accountants' week seminar
that the NIB estimated it was
only receiving contributions
on behalf of about 70 per cent
of those it should, the differ-
ence between the dollar per-
centage amount due to the


But compliance
improving, as
contributions for
2005 expected
to grow 12.5%
to $140m

fact that large employers were
mostly compliant.
Mr Osborne told the
accountants that NIB was
receiving contributions for
about 120,000 workers out of a
160,000-strong workforce. He
added: "We don't have full
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important to Spirit as we are
focused on driving both
tourism and making a positive
local economic impact as the
leading low fare carrier to the
region."
Obie Wilchcombe, the min-
ister of tourism, said: "The
Islands of the Bahamas extend
a warm welcome to Spirit's
New York (La Guardia) to
Nassau non-stop flight.
"This expansion of its sched-
ule is but one further example
of Spirit's commitment to the
Bahamas, and to the appeal of
Nassau/Paradise Island in the
New York market, buoyed by
Spirit's low airfares."


Company file searches



were 'made impossible'


FROM page 1B

ly contradicts an election
pledge of the present Govern-
ment to "provide the necessary
funding and administrative sup-
port" to the Companies Reg-
istry."
Mr Delaney added that the
system for searching deeds and
documents, essential for land
titlegsearches, was "inadequate,
inefficient and defective
regarding data commencing
2001 tp present".
Hedescribed this as a "night-
mare;' for lawyers, and some-
thing that left them at risk of
liability if they told clients that
land had clear title, only to lat-
er discover it did not.
"The efficient operation of
the Registrar General's
Depp.tment is essential for the
financial sector in relation to
the Companies Registry, as it is
for eyery Bahamian in relation
to thpregistration of births,
deaths, marriages, deeds and
documents," the FNM Senator
said . ... li,
Mr, elaney added that red
tape, and bureaucracy contin-
ued to stymie Bahamian busi-
nessmen and investors. He said
data from both the Summit of
the Americas and the Bahami-
an government showed it took
179 dc'ays to get into business in
the K ahamas, compared to
thre(-five days in the US and
sevdi days in Canada.
In addition, Mr Delaney said
inves ment projects were still
bei4n stalled by delays in
obtaining governmental
apprivals.
HI added: "Consider the
several project proposals in
resp t of which investors have
comi lained that they are sti-
fled; ,nd their projects stalled
by bureaucracy. This summer,
the Bahamas Real Estate Asso-
ciation complained about the
inability of the Government's
Invy tment Board and Nation-
al Economic Council to stream-
line'the approvals process.
They said it is especially bad
for projects in Abaco and New
Providence.
"And this September, the
newspapers reported the frus-
trations with bureaucracy expe-
rienced by the developers of a
proposed eco-tourism resort in
Inagua."
Mr Delaney, who represent-
ed the Bahamian private sec-
tor's interests when the former
FNM government drafted the
2000 package of financial laws
that s,ecured the Bahamas'
removal from the Financial
Acti6ri Task Force's (FATF)
'blacklist', said this legislation
had provided the platform for
the sector's further develop-
ment.
The legislation, and subse-
quent removal from the FATF
blacklist, had enabled the
Bahamas to show it was com-
pliant with "best international
standards"; focus on develop-
ing new products; and target
high-margin, value-added busi-


ness having "weeded out" the
low-end business.
Mr Delaney said: "As to tax
information, the FNM govern-
ment signed a treaty only with
the United States of America
on terms which benefited both
the financial sector and the
tourism sector.
"Regarding the financial sec-
tor, the Bahamas was certified
as a Qualified Jurisdiction,
which was important to allow


Bahamian financial institutions
certain privileges under US
law.
"As to the tourism sector,
the US agreed that, as of Janu-
ary 2006, Americans who come
to the Bahamas for various
conventions may deduct the
costs from their taxes. That is -
those Americans would travel
to the Bahamas at the expense
of US tax revenue. This means'
big business for our hotelstand


PUBLIC NOTICE
INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL
The Public is hereby advised that I, SIMMONE LAUREN
CARTWRIGHT, of Yamacraw Shores, P.O. Box SS-15048,
Nassau, Bahamas, intend to change my name to
SIMMONE LAUREN BOWE. If there are any objections to
this change of name by Deed Poll, you may write such
objections to the Chief Passport Officer, P.O.Box N-742,
Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days after the date
of publication of this notice.



NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that SILVA DAMARIS COLLAZO-GOMEZ,
OF WILD TAMARIND CAY, EXUMA, BAHAMAS, is applying to
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that
any person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 27TH day of
OCTOBER, 2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that P.A. HENRY CULMER OF SKYLINE
LAKES, c/o P.O. BOX N-128, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that
any person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 4TH day of
NOVEMBER, 2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


GROUP FINANCIAL
CONTROLLER NEEDED

A client of our Firm, a progressive medical group with multiple
corporate structures, requires a professionally qualified accountant
to serve as the Group's Financial Controller. Excellent benefits.
All responses are confidential and should be mailed to the
following address:

Paul Andy Gomez
Managing Partner
GRANT THORNTON
Chartered Accountants
Paje House
Marlborough Street
P.O.Box N-8285
Nassau, N.P.,
The Bahamas

Email:pgomez@gtbahamas.comr


jobs for Bahamians thanks to
arrangements put in place by
the FNM Government. In fact,
our major hotels are now rac-
ing to expand their convention
facilities.
"In short, the measures tak-
en by the former FNM Gov-
ernment in response to the
urgent challenges strengthened
the financial sector, and con-
.-tinue to benefit our country,
even the tourism industry."


I! FinDLITY


has a vacancy for the position of

CLIENT ACCOUNTANT




PROFILE:

* A university degree with a major in accounting or finance
* Certification as a CPA or be in the final stages of preparing
for the exams
* Previous experience with a bank, trust company would be
preferred



RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

* Preparation of financial statements for trusts, pension funds,
mutual funds and managed banks
* Assistance with reconciliation of custody accounts and
shareholder registers
* Liaison with clients and management
* Administrative support (pensions, funds, managed banks)
* Ability to complete work with minimum supervision
* Good knowledge of software packages including MS Office
(Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
* Knowledge of Bahamian bank, trust, mutual fund and securities
legislation
* Positive interpersonal skills/communicator, good verbal &
written skills


The successful candidate will be offered a competitive
compensation package including benefits and bonuses
commensurate with his/her experience and performance.


Send resume no later than November 30th 2005 to:


The Human Resouce Manager
Fidelity
51 Frederick St.
P.O. Box N-4853
Nassau
f: 326.3000


I e-mail: info@fidelitybahamas.com


* TOURISM MINISTER OBIE WILCHCOMBE


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2005, PAGE 3B


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FROM page 1B

we're trying to tackle."
Particularly problematic
were the self-employed, with
the NIB receiving contribu-
tions for only 4,000 such work-
ers, out of a workforce sector
that was estimated to be
24,000 strong.
However, Mr Osborne said
there were indications that the
compliance situation was "get-
ting better", as the NIB was
projecting it would collect
$140 million in contributions
in 2005, a 12 per cent increase
on last year's $125 million.
NIB was anticipating that
total benefits it would pay out
for 2005 would be $116 mil-
lion, and Mr Osborne
acknowledged that adminis-
tration costs for the year were
likely to be "very high" at $27
million, an increase on last
year's $23 million.
Benefits
Together, benefits and
administration costs amounted
to more than contributions
paid in without taking into
consideration the $60 million
the NIB was projected to earn
in investment income for 2005,
Mr Osborne said.
He added that NIB's invest-
ment income was being hurt
by the drop in the Bahamian
prime lending rate, as most of
the interest rates payable on
the Government bonds and
registered stock it was heavily
invested in were linked to it.
As a result, these rates had
also fallen.
Pointing out that the NIB's
reserves, which stood at about


Financial Advisors Ltd.
Pricing Information As Of:
10 November 2005

52wk-Hi 52wk-Lo w Symbol Previous Close Today's Cblos e Change Daily Vol. EPS $ Div $ PIE Yield
1.10 0.73 Abaco Markets 0.73 0.73 0.00 -0.169 0.000 N/M 0.00%
10.25 8.00 Bahamas Property Fund 10.25 10.25 0.00 1.456 0.340 7.0 3.32%
17.' 5.55 Bank of Bahamas 7.24 7.24 0.00 0.587 0.330 12.3 4.56%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.80 0.80 0.00 0.204 0.010 3.9 1.25%
1 80 1.27 Bahamas Waste 1.27 1.27 0.00 0.112 0.060 11.3 4.72%
1.20 0.87 Fidelity Bank 1.20 1.20 0.00 0.066 0.030 18.2 2.50%
9.31 6.96 Cable Bahamas 9.31 9.31 0.00 0.689 0.240 13.5 2.58%
2.20 1.50 Colina Holdings 1.50 1.50 0.00 -0.046 0.000 NM 0.00%
9.17 6.99 Commonwealth Bank 9.17 9.11 -0.06 1,193 0.791 0.410 11.5 4.50%
2.50 0.96 Doctor's Hospital 2.40 2.40 0.00 0.429 0.000 5.6 0.00%
4.35 3.87 Famguard 4.35 4.35 0.00 0.428 0.240 9.1 5.52%
10.90 9.50 Finco 10.90 10.90 0.00 0.695 0.510 15.7 4.68%
10.00 7.45 FirstCaribbean 10.00 10.00 0.00 0.695 0.380 13.9 3.80%
9.25 8.39 Focol 9.25 9.25 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%
8.75 8.22 J. S. Johnson 8.75 8.75 0.00 3,000 0.526 6.560 16.6 6.40%
6.69 4.36 Kerzner International BDRs 6.38 6.35 -0.03 0.138 0.000 46.2 0.00%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 2.036 0.760 4.9 7.60%
52wk-Hi 52wk-Lo w Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Neekly Vol EPS $ Div $ P/E Yield
13.00 12.50 Bahamas Supermarkets 12.25 13.25 11.00 1.768 0.960 7.5 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 Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.00 -0.044 0.000 NM 0.00%
43.00 28.00 ABDAB 41.00 43.00 41.00 2.220 0.000 19.4 0.00%
16.00 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 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%
52wk-Hi 52wk-Lo w Fund Name NAV YTD% Last 12 Months Div $ Yield %
1.2593 1.1913 Colina Money Market Fund 1.259334*
2.4766 2.0536 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.4766 ***
10.6711 10.0000 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 10.6711"'**
2.2754 2.1675 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.275422**
1.1406 1.0755 Colina Bond Fund 1.140599."
.... ... .%,26.3.,,,A.1.......11............. :. . "
BISX ALL SHARE INDE X 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00 YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price
52wk-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity
52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week
Change Change in closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful
P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100
S-AS AT AUG. 10, 2005/... AS AT OCT. 31, 2005
AS AT OCT 28, 2005/ AS AT OCT. 31,2005/ "" AS AT OCT. 31. 2005
TO TRADEi OCALL: ICOI 4/ 1 /F iT 242-356i776 4


$1.35 billion, were growing
faster than the Bahamian
economy, Mr Osborne said its
investment portfolio was split
into government registered
stock and Treasury Bills, 59
per cent; loans to entities such
as the Bahamas Mortgage
Corporation, Bahamas Devel-
opment Bank and Education
Authority, 18 per cent; gov-
ernment properties, 7 per


cent; and certificates of
deposit, 13 per cent.
The remaining 3 per cent
consisted of equities, and Mr
Osborne conceded that the
NIB was not a major equity,
market player yet, although it
had allocated some $60 mil-
lion split evenly between
three private sector fund man-
agers, SG Hambros, Fidelity
and Colina.


NOTICE


Any person(s) knowing the relatives of the infant
that was abandoned on the MATERNITY WARD
of THE PRINCESS MARGARET HOSPITAL
on 24th July, 2005 are asked to contact:

The Placement Division
Department of Social Services

as soon as possible at
Phone: 502-2875/502-2874


We are a growing retail company,
we are offering:
Base Salary, Bonuses, Pension Plan, Training
and lots of fun.

We are looking for:
A young lady between the age of 17 and 25,
she must be energetic, out going, mature, stable, hard
working, well groomed, honest and reliable.

Interested, then call for an interview
356-4512 or 356-4514


ARCHITECTS


and

ARCHITECTURAL

TECHNICIANS

Wanted


Applicants must be proficient in
Architectural Desktop with a
minimum 10 years experience.

Qualified, interested professionals
please e-mail your resume to
jobs_architects@hotmail.com.

All applications will be
CONFIDENTIAL.


LENNOX PATON_

Counsel and Attorneys-at-Law, Notaries Public

The Partners of




LENNOX PATON



are pleased to announce that



Michelle E. Neville-Clarke



has become a Partner



of the Firm.


Legal Notice

NOTICE

T.L.S. STUDIES AND SERVICES LTD.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:.
(a) T.L.S. STUDIES AND SERVICES LTD. is in voluntary
dissolution under the provisions of Section 137 (4) of the
International Business Companies Act, 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on the 9th ,
November, 2005 when the Articles of Dissolution were submittedd'
to and registered by the Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Dizame Consulting SA,X
Pasea Estate, Road Town, Tortola, BVI.


Dated this 11th day of November, A.D. 2005.

Dizame Consulting S.A.
Liquidator


NOTICE TO MARINERS

NOTICE IS GIVEN TO INTER-ISLAND CARGO
VESSELS, FISHING VESSELS, PLEASURE
CRAFTS AND OTHER VESSELS PLYING THE
AREA DESCRIBE BELOW:

SUNKEN OIL PLATFORM

Your attention is drawn to a sunken Oil Loading
Platform in position approximately:

26 30.3N 078-46.4 W

between North Sea Island Jetty and the shore,
with debris just above and below the surface.

Mariners should exercise extreme caution
when approaching this area.

Please be advised that a warning light will
mark the area described.

THE PORT DEPARTMENT


BUSINESS


^InSFflff


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FROM page 1B

However, Mr Anderson yes-
terday pointed out that inter-
national markets such as the
Nasdaq, upon which Consoli-
dated Water was listed, tended
to value stocks better than
smaller, localised markets.
He added that high
price/earnings ratios indicated
investors had good expecta-
tions about a company's future
profitability. While such ratios
in the water industry were gen-
erally high, Mr Anderson said
most of these related to the fact
that water companies were per-
ceived as attractive acquisition
targets, whereas with Consoli-
dated Water it was because of
the company's growth poten-
tial.
The BDR also gave Bahami-
an investors access to the more
liquid international market
and, in Consolidated Water, a
firm that was geographically
diverse with projects in various
countries, an important factor
when hurricanes were consid-
ered.
With 2007 the first year of
full operation from the Blue
Hills plant, generating a "sig-
nificant impact" for Consoli-
dated Water's earnings, Mr
Anderson described the issue
as "a long-term play".
Meanwhile, in its 10K form
filed with the Securities and
Exchange Commission (SEC),
Consolidated Water said it
believed it had enough avail-
able cash, unused lines of bank
credit and future earnings from
operations to finance the Blue
SHills construction.
However, it indicated that it
had to alter financing plans
slightly after the BDR issue
raised only $7.2-$7.3 million
gross, as opposed to the $10
milliofi target.
Consolidated Water said it
intended to "seek additional
cash through debt, equity or
hybrid financing to complete
the Blue Hills projects".
It added that it was commit-
ting $27 million in financing
over 15 months to build Blue
Hills, in addition to expanding
its existing Windsor Plant and
the provision of engineering
services to reduce non-revenue
water lost by the Water & Sew-
erage Corporation by one mil-
lion gallons per day.
Apart from the BDR issue,


which Consolidated Water said
had raised a net $6.6 million,
it had earlier gained $10 mil-
lion in a bond issue to finance
the Blue Hills plant. Between
the two, it had raised $16.4 mil-
lion net to finance construction
costs.
Rick McTaggart, Consoli-
dated Water's president and
chief executive, yesterday told
a conference call with Wall
Street investors that construc-
tion of the Blue Hills plant had
begun in the 2005 third quarter.
He added that the expansion
of the Windsor plant, owned
by its Waterfields subsidiary,
had been completed in late
October. The 1.5 million gal-
lon capacity increase is part of
the Blue Hills contract agreed
with the Water & Sewerage
Corporation, and will be pro-
vided until the new reverse
osmosis plant comes on line in
2006.
Contract
Mr McTaggart said Consoli-
dated Water will be talking to
the Government on obtaining a
contract for the 1.5 million
extra gallons of water from the
Blue Hills plant.
The company's third quarter
water sales continued to be
impacted by fouling of reverse
osmosis elements at the Wind-
sor plant, though. Mr McTag-


gart said pricing adjustments
caused by this had offset high-
er revenues generated by the
recovery of energy costs.
Production
The membrane fouling
caused Consolidated water's
production costs to rise, and
the company was using six con-
tainerised desalination units to
supply water and make up the
shortfall until Windsor's prob-
lems were resolved.
Mr McTaggart said of the
third quarter results: "It could
have been better, if not for the
continuing operational prob-
lems at the Windsor plant
which we've made good
progress in resolving. Manage-
ment is giving it full attention
until it's resolved.
"We're working very hard
on it. At this point, we have a
better understanding of what
the problems are and hope this
will pay off soon."
Mr McTaggart said the. six
containerised units could even-
tually be redeployed to other
projects, possibly in the Family
Islands. In addition, Consoli-
dated Water is also bidding on
another reverse osmosis con-
tract in Nassau, this time for a
plant at Arawak Cay, which
will supply Kerzner Interna-
tional's expanded Paradise
Island development with water.


PUBLIC NOTICE


TO PENSIONERS WHOSE PAYMENTS ARE DEPOSITED
DIRECTLY TO THEIR BANK ACCOUNTS

Pensioners whose Long-Term Benefits or Assistance
cheques are deposited directly to their bank accounts, are
advised that payments for the month of November/
December 2005 will be deposited to their accounts on
Thursday, November 17, 2005.



Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) Ltd.


NOTICE OF PUBLIC TENDER

Fidelity Bank Bahamas Limited, a leading provider of Financial Services in
the Bahamas is interested in securing the service of a cleaning company to
provide cleaning services for its branch locations in Nassau and Freeport.

Interested parties should contact:
The Compliance Unit
Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) Limited
P.O. Box N-7502
Nassau, Bahamas
Ph: 327-5170 Ext. 5018 or 356-7764 ext 3183
Fax: (242) 327-5192
Email: malvern.bain@fidelitybahamas.com

The Tender period shall close at 5:00 p.m. on Ist December, 2005


Consolidated




rejigs funding



for Blue Hills


(1) Compaq Presario Computer Monitor & Tower
(1) Whirl Microwave


Cart


* Hot dog cart with Umbrella


Tables


(1) Wood Table (Round)
(1) Marble Table (Rectangle)


Coolers/Freezers


(1) Two Door Chest Freezer
(1) One Door Chest Freezer
(1) Blue Coleman Cooler


Tents


(1) Canopy Tent (Plastic)


Machinery


(1) Food Mixer
(1) Wall TV Stand

Vessels

(1) 24' (2002) Chris Craft w/engine
(1) 29' (1983) Vessel (Lady Rece)
(1) 28' Vessel


Vehicles


(1) 2001 Ford F-250 Truck
(1) 1996 Ford Explorer
(1) 1997 Dodge Stratus


Cooking untensil pots, pans, plates, chaffing dishes, dry cleaning equipment


Serious inquiries only. Sealed bids marked "Tender" should be eubmited to:
Bahamas Development Bank
P.O. Box N-3034, Nassau, Bahamas or telephone 327-5780
for additional information
Please note that all bids on the aforementioned properties and assets should be
received by November 18, 2005.
The Bahamas Development Bank reserves the right to reject any or all offers.
ALL ASSETS ARE SOLD AS IS.


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2005, PAGE 5B


TROPICAL COMPANIES

is in search of talented young people who are:

people friendly and;
sales oriented. ...,,

Vacancies for entry and managerial level positions are
available.

If you have at least one year's sales experience, are
computer literate, would like to work within our number
one industry, tourism.

Send your resume, copy of first four pages of passport,
copy of NIB and current police record and a recent color
passport photo to:
P.O. Box N-9400,
or fax to 1 954-495-9604;
or email to tropicalcompanies@hotmail.com before
November 18th, 2005.


THE TRIBUNE


BAHAMAS DEVELOPMENT BANK
Cable Beach, West Bay Street, P.O. Box N-3034
Nassau, Bahamas
Tel: (242) 327-5780/327-5793-6
Fax: (242) 327-5047, 327-1258
www.bahamasdevelopmentbank.com


NEW PROVIDENCE

1. Lot #13 (5,000 sq. ft.) with duplex (1,344 sq. ft.) white trim lime green -
Bancroft Lane Bamboo Town (Appraised Value $147,000.00)

2. Lot #14, BIk #7 with sports bar along with restaurant equipment Key
West St and Balfour Ave Englerston Subdivision (Appraised Value
$187,000.00).

3. Lot #171 (100'x100') with the two story building East Street opposite
Deveaux Street (Appraised Value $3000,000.00)

4. Lot #27A (55'x90') with incomplete split level house Boastwain Hill or
Bosun Hill (Appraised Value $139,580.00)

5. Vacant Lot (18,644 sq. ft.) Situated on the western end of Carmichael
Rd about 250 feet east of Unison Rd. (Appraised Value $95,000.00)

6. Lot #39 (2,500 sq. ft.) with house (1,104 sq. ft.) 4 bedrooms, 1 bathroom
- Lincoln Blvd, Englerston Subdivision. (Appraised Value $70,000.00)

7. Vacant Lot #1038 (6,000 sq. ft.) Orange Blossom Ave, Garden Hills
Estates #3 (Appraised Value $35,000.00)

ANDROS

8. Property (4,344 sq. ft.) with duplex (1,174 sq. ft.) in the settlement of
Fresh Creek, Central Andros. (Appraised Value $73, 258.00)

9. Vacant Property 100' x 150' in the settlement of Pinders, Mangrove Cay,
South Andros (Appraised Value $22,500.00)
GRAND BAHAMA

10. Lot #267 (12, 795 sq. ft.) Caravel Beach Subdivision, Freeport, Grand
Bahama. (Appraised Value $22,000.00)

11. Lot #9 with house (3) Bedrooms, (1) Bathroom and an incomplete split
level extension west Pinedale Rd, Pinedale, EMR, Grand Bahama. (Appratled
Value $90,000.00)

ABACO

12. Lot #54 (6,500 sq. ft.) with triplex foundation in Murphy Town, Abaco.
(Appraised Value $29,916.00)

ELEUTHERA

13. Property 31' x 111' with house Lord Street in the settlement of Tarpum
Bay, Eleuthera (Appraised Value $45,000.00)

14.: acantLot #22 (11,659 sq. ft,) in the settlement ofNbrthWP lmetto Point
in an area known as Skull District, Eleuthera. (Appraised Value $9,000.00)

CAT ISLAND

15. Property 151'x145'x150'x123' with Hardware Building (3,640 sq. ft.)
situated 0.4 miles south of The Bight Airport New Bight, Cat Island. (Appraised
Value $192,000.00)

16. Property with twelve (12) room motel 1.39 acres In the settlement of
Arthur's Town, Cat Island (Appraised Value $1.3 Million Dollars)
EXUMA
17. Lot #134 (4,350 sq. ft.) with two story building 4,160 sq. ft., apartment
upstairs and shop downstairs, George Town, Exuma. (Appraised Value
$468,000.00)
INAGUA

18. Lot #43 (9,000 sq. ft.) with house Matthew Town, Irtagua, Russell Street
(Appraised Value $120,000.00)

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MINISTRY OF FINANCE

GOVERNMENT NOTICE

INVITATION FOR TENDERS FOR THE SUPPLY
OF:
Bulk Petroleum Products
The Government of The Bahamas is inviting
tenders for the above items for sundry
government departments
Specifications for the Bulk Petroleum Products may
be acquired from:

Ministry of Finance
Central Purchasing Unit
Cecil Wallace Whitfield Centre
Cable Beach
P.O.Box N-3017
Nassau, N.P.
The Bahamas

Tenders are to be submitted in sealed envelope(s)
marked "Tenders for the supply of Bulk Petroleum
Products to Government Department(s)" and sent to:

Tenders Board
c/o Financial Secretary
Ministry of Finance
P.O.Box N-3017
Nassau, N.P.
The Bahamas

On or before Monday 5th December 2005
All tenders must be in triplicate.
The Government reserves the right to reject any or
all tenders

Ruth Millar (Mrs.)
Financial Secretary

Legal Notice

NOTICE
VECTOR INTERNATIONAL TRADING CORPORATION
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:
(a) VECTOR INTERNATIONAL TRADING
CORPORATION is in dissolution under the provisions
of the International Business Companies Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said Company commenced on the
9th November, 2005 when its Articles of Dissolution
were submitted to and registered by the Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said Company is Mr. Lynden
Maycock of Sandringham House, 83 Shirley Street, P.O.
Box N-3247, Nassau, Bahamas as sole Liquidator.
Dated the 10th day of November, 2005.
H & J Corporate Services Ltd.
Registered Agent
for the above-named Company


LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE


AACHEN GREEN S.A

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the 9th
day of November, 2005. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp.
Inc., of P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.



ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

HOFTON HOLINGS LIMITED

(In Voluntary Liquidation)


Hotels to pay


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on gratuities in




NIB reforms


FROM page 1B

meaning that hotel employees'
benefits would be based on
that, and not the higher figure.
The normal split making up
the 8.8 per cent NIB contribu-
tion rate is for 3.4 per cent to
come from the employee, with
the remaining 5.4 per cent com-
ing from the employer the dif-
ference being due to industrial
benefits, as the employer is
responsible for job-related
injuries.
However, the 2 per cent
employer/6.8 per cent employee
split for gratuities paid to hotel
workers is likely to have been
settled on in deference to the
hotels, who have previously
expressed fears that these NIB
payments would add a further
burden to a sector already fac-
ing high operating costs.
Meanwhile, Mr Osborne said
other recommendations
involved harsher penalties for
companies that failed to pay


NIB contributions on their
employee's.behalf, plus plans
to "lock the system up".
He suggested that certifica-
tion showing companies had
paid all the NIB contributions
due be required for them to
receive their business licences,
permission from the Customs
Department to import goods,
and for foreign exchange con-
trol approval from the Central
Bank of the Bahamas.
Without these, a non-compli-
ant firm would find it impossible
to continue operating.
Despite the urgent need for
reform to avoid bankruptcy by
2029, Mr Osborne said NIB was
"not in crisis", although it "had
some work to do".
He added: "Reforms are crit-
ical now, both on the social and
financial [fronts]. The time to
act is now."
The NIB reforms, developed
by the Social Security Reform
Commission, will surprise few,
especially since it released a pre-
liminary list of its findings and


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NOTICE

VECTOR INERNATIONAL TRADING CORPORATION
(In Voluntary Liquidation)


Creditors having debts or claims against the above-named Company
are required to send particulars thereof to the undersigned at
Sandringham House, 83 Shirley Street, P. O. N-3247, Nassau,
Bahamas, as sole Liquidator on or before the 25th day of November,
2005. In default thereof they will be excluded from the benefit of
any distribution made by the Liquidator.

Dated the 10th day of November, 2005

Lynden Maycock
LIQUIDATOR


LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

KIDAL LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)


Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the 9th
day of November, 2005. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp.
Inc., of P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.



ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


recommendations prior to offi-
cial release of the full report.
Among the recommendations
are for NIB to increase its
'administrative costs from
around 20 per cent of per
annum contributions to 7 per
cent over the next 10 years. The
Commission also suggested that
the contribution rate be
increased from its current 8.8
per cent to 11.8 per cent in three
steps, starting in 2011.
The NIB reforms are neces-
sary because the Bahamian
population is generally living
longer post-retirement, while
families are having fewer chil-


dren than in previous generq.
tions, meaning that there will
be fewer contributors to finanf
cially support each pensioners.,
Mr Osborne said that by
2031, the ratio of contributors tq
pensioners will have fallen fromid
4.6 to 2, while by 2061, this wilt
have decreased further to 1i
NIB contributors per pensioners
Each generation of Bahamiaiir
has to part-fund their owIs
retirement benefits, as well s
those of older generations. '
Mr Osborne said: "If we keep,
the contribution rates the sa*n
and the benefits the same, NIM',
will go broke in 2029."


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS 20051
IN THE SUPREME COURT CLE/QUI/00545"
Equity Side

IN THE MATTER OF all the piece parcel oi
lot of land situate on the North side of South Street in
Dunmore Town in the Island of Harbour Island one of
the Islands of the said Commonwealth comprising
approximately Eight Thousand Nine Hundred and
Seventeen (8,917) square feet.

AND

IN THE MATTER of the Petition of Harbour Island
Villas Ltd.

AND

IN THE MATTER of The Quieting Titles Act. 195

NOTICE

The Petition or Harbour Island Villas Ltd., a company
incorporated under the laws of the Commnoiiwafrof
The Bahamas aforesaid in respect of:

ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land situate in
Dunmore Town in the said Island of Harbour Islanid'
which said piece parcel is bounded NORTHWARDLY
partly by land the property of the Petitione r and rin
thereon Eighty-nine and Seventeen huridtedftl(89'.
feet and partly by land the property of Curtis AlI
and running thereon Forty-two and Ninety-si-txidxedth
(42.96) feet EASTWARDLY by land the'pi r-ty.
Pearl Albury and running thereon ifti-sven ad ,u|
nine hundredth (57.59) feet SOUTHWADLYby So -
Street and running thereon One Hunidredth and Fdrt
two and Eighty-five hundredth (142.85) feet-
WESTWARDLY by land the property of James, Falsef
and Sandy Levinson and running thereon Seventy-two
and Fifty-one hundredth (72.51) feet as the same are
delineated with the position shape marks boundaries
dimensions and abuttals thereof on the Plan filed in this
matter and thereon coloured PINK.

Harbour Island Villas Ltd, claims to be the owner in fee
simple in possession of the tract of land hereinbefore
described and the Petitioner has made application to the
Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas
under Section 3 of The Quieting Titles Act, 1959 to have
its title to the said land investigated and the nature and
extent thereof determined and declared in a Certificate
of Title to be granted by the Court in accordance with
the provisions of the said Act.

A plan of the said land may be inspected during normal
office hours in the following places:

a) The Registry of the Supreme Court in the City of
Nassau;

b) The Office of the Administrator in Dunmore Town,
Harbour Island, Bahamas;

c) The Chambers of Callenders & Co., One Millars
Court, Nassau, Bahamas, Attorneys for the Petitioner.

NOTICE is hereby given that any person havign dower
or right to dower or an adverse claim or a claim not
recognized in the Petition shall before the 21st day of
December A.D., 2005 file into the Supreme Court and
serve on the Petitioner or the undersigned a statement
of his claim in the prescribed form, verified by an
Affidavit to be filed therewith. Failure of any such
person to file and serve a statement of his claim on or
before the said 21st day of December A.D., 2005 will
operated as a bar to such claim.
CALLENDERS & CO.
Chambers
One Millers Court .
Nassau, Bahamas
Attorneys for the Petitioner


Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the 9th
day of November, 2005. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp.
Inc., of P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.




ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


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Machines crush Kingsway


two out, centre fielder Deandra Jacobs singled, stole second
and scored on losing pitcher Jessica Sweeting's two-out RBI
double after catcher Robyn Cartwright singled.
On a four-base error by SAC, the Saints marched home
three more runs on Asha Nairn's hit as she, along with
Cartwright and Sweeting all scored to cut the deficit to 10-4.
"I really wanted the shutout, but I wasn't listening to my
coaches," said Bodie, about the Saints' scoring rally. "They
were telling me to keep the ball down, but I was putting it right
in their faces."
SAC, however, responded in the bottom of the third by
sending all nine batters to the plate once again, this time com-
ing up with another five runs on as many hits to extend their
lead to 15-5. *


Christie had an RBI single to score Clarke, Miller's RBI
ground out knocked in Christie and Rolle, who had a perfect
3-for-3 day, had a one-out RBI single that allowed Bodie to
cross the plate.
Bodie and Cash then scored two unearned runs for their final
tally.
The Saints had their final chance to further put a dent in the
score, but they only mustered one run, thanks to Cartwright's
one-out RBI single that picked up Jacobs.
Kingsway Academy would eventually leave Sweeting and
Nairn stranded at third and first as Bodie stopped the Saints'
brief rally to end the game.
Despite the loss, Saints' coach Ricardo Treco said he was
pleased with Kingsway Academy because nobody expected
them to be in the playoffs.
"I am very pleased with my girls. There were some things we
needed to brush up on, but they played as well as they could,"
he stated. "SAC were just a better team today."
SAC will play the winner of the other half of the playoffs
between the St. Anne's Bluewaves and the St. Andrew's Hur-
ricanes. That game was played yesterday as well, but no results
were available.


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IT'S another sad day for the soft-
ball/baseball fraternity.
On Wednesday, veteran
softball/baseball umpire Richard 'Mr
T.' Taylor and softball/baseball play-
er Everette 'Nugget' Neeley both
passed away.
Taylor, short in stature, was a stern
official, who demanded the respect
from all players whenever he went on
the field to call a softball or baseball
game.
He made sure that even the fans
knew that he was calling the game.
On several occasions, Taylor had
some confrontations with players. At
one point, there was an altercation
that led to a player being banned from
the sport.
Taylor went on to seek compensa-
tion from the Ministry of Youth,
Sports and Culture for an injury that
forced him to skip some time from
his job as a taxi driver.
Neeley, on the other hand, was your
consummate player. He loved the
game and played at a high level night
in and night out. There was never any
complaints of any bad behaviour on
his part.
He played for years with the
Heineken St. Bernard's and one year
he suited up for the Bimini Marlins. In
softball, Neeley played with IBM.
Jeff 'Sangy' Francis, a long-time
friend for the late Neeley, called him
a competitor.
"He always wanted the baseball, no
matter who we were playing against,"
Francis reflected. "He just felt like
he could beat everybody we played
against.
"It got to a point where he got the
ball in game six of the championships
against the Barons and he came right
back in game seven the next night


raylor and Neeley


STUBBS


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OPINION


and he asked for the ball. He didn't
back down from nobody."
Today, Neeley's oldest son,
Everette Jr. is keeping his legacy alive.
He's pitching for the Del Sol Sharks
who ware managed by Francis.
Both Taylor and Neeley will be sad-
ly missed.


SMOOTH TRANSITION
IT'S good to see the maturity level
of the New Providence Women's Bas-
ketball Association going through a
transition in its administration office.
With initial president Mynez
Cargill-Sherman stepping down
because of family and personal com-
mitments, Kimberly Rolle has moved
up to take over the last of the three
year term in office.
Although she's actively involved as
a player in the league with the College
of the Bahamas Caribs, Rolle has
shown that she can separate her
responsibilities and perform in the
professional manner that has exem-
plified the association since its incep-
tion.
When the league opens up on Sat-
urday, expect to see another exciting
league that has emerged as the envy
of all the others, including its parent
New Providence Basketball Associ-
ation, which it broke away from.
Rolle may be moving up the lad-
der to take over the top spot, but
there's a solid base of executives and
enthusiastic workers under her that
will get the job done night in and
night out, bearing any unforeseen cir-
cumstances.
* A DAY TO REMEMBER
Jackie 'Lil Stunt' Moxey's family
must be pleased with the support they
got on Saturday past from the soft-
ball community as they gathered at
the Kemp Road Union Baptist
Church to pay their last respects.
Moxey went down in a blaze of glo-
ry as she was remembered for her
"cheerful" smile and her "tenacious"
ability to motivate everyone around
her.
Teams from both the New Provi-
dence Softball Association, the


Bahamas Government Departmental
Softball Association and the Baptist
Sports Council, all of whom she
played with, showed up for her funer-
al service.
The Electro Telecom Wildcats, with
whom she helped to win another
NPSA title, were joined by the Elec-
tro Telecom Dorcy Park Boyz, the
male champions, in serving as pall-
bearers.
The NIB Labour Queens, whom
she played with in the BGDSA, stood
vigil and New Destiny Full Gospel,
whom she played with to win a title in
the Baptist Sports Council last year,
were the conductors of the service
and her commitment in the Lake
View Cemetery.
If Moxey could have seen the ser-
vice, she probably would have shown
that big, broad smile that has been
her trademark.
* FOR THE RECORD
There's been a lot of talk about the
first Church Games that was held last
month.
Many people have claimed that
some Churches picked up athletes just
to make their teams stronger and, in
the process, defeated the purpose that
the mini-Olympic style event was
designed for.
What was the purpose of the
games?
It was designed to bring the
Churches together in a friendly atmos-
phere. There was never any stipula-
tion as to who was to compete -
whether it was those athletes who
were already competitive or members
who may never have put on a sporting
uniform.
But I'm sure whenever the second
games roll around, you can expect to
see a much better event.


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most runs scored award
with 40.
The most home runs
scored will be awarded
to Thomas Sears of the
Lazers with 16.
Anton and Ellis fin-
ished up tied for third
with 11 home runs
each.
The awards presen-
tation in the BGDSA
will be held this
Saturday onboard
the MV Sea Link -
boarding time is at
8pm.


Knowles

is a chart

topper for

the NIB

Queens

* SOFTBALL
By KELSIE
JOHNSON
Junior Sports
Reporter
LINDA KNOWLES
has batted her way to
the top of the charts in
the Bahamas Govern-
ment Departmental
Softball Association
(BGDSA) for the
National Insurance
Board Queens (NIB).
Knowles' name is up
for three of the four
divisional nominations,
most runs scored, most
runs batted in, and
most home runs.
She is also the
league's Most Out-
standing Player.
This year Knowles
batted in 30 runs for
the NIB Queens, con-
nected on 47 balls and
scored 39 runs, four of
which were home runs.
Knowles is also ranked
number two in the
league's top batters.
Just topping her was
Zella Symonette of
Finance Invaders. The
Finance Invaders are
the BGDSA's champi-
ons and pennant win-
ners.
Symonette, who
stepped up to the plate
42 times scored 34 runs
of 30 hits for a total
average of 714 to
Knowles' 701. Finish-
ing closely behind
Knowles was Renee
Curry also from
Finance Invaders with
a score of 583.

Runs
In the men's division
Phillip Culmer will
walk away with three
of the four titles being
awarded. Culmer has
captured the most runs
batted in, most home
runs and the league's
Most Valuable Player
for the men's A divi-
sion.
Culmer is a member
of the Defence Force
Floaters, the pennant
winners and the
BGDSA champions in
the men's A division
for the 14th consecu-
tive time.
With 49 appearances
at the plate, Culmer
has batted in 39 runs,
scoring 38 times of 37
hits for an average of
755. He also batted in
22 home runs. The
closes person to Cul-
mer was teammate
Ramon Storr who aver-
aged 750.
The most runs scored
award will be given to
Dereck Christie, who
averaged 40, while
Thomas Seats will take
home the most home
run award averaging
41.
The floating trophy
in the men's B division
will be awarded to the
Police Reserves, the
four time champions.
The team also received
the most divisional tro-
phies.
Top awards in this
division were awarded
to Kevin Ellis and Fran
Antoine.
While Antoine cap-
tured the most hits
awarded with 42 and
runs batted in, 36, Ellis
will be awarded the


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Machines roll over







defending champions


* SOFTBALL
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
ONE year after failing to
make the Bahamas Associa-
tion of Independent Sec-
ondary Schools' senior girls
playoffs, the St. Augustine's
College Big Red Machines are
back.
They joined the junior boys
and girls and senior boys in
next week's best-of-three
championship series at the
Churchill Tener Knowles
National Softball Stadium by
dethroning the two-time
defending champions
Kingsway Academy Saints
with a 15-5 thrashing on
Wednesday at SAC.
"The team performance was
very good. I'm very proud of
them," said SAC's head coach
Anastacia Sands-Moultrie,
whose team pushed their
unblemished record to 8-0.
"They came out swinging the
bats and playing defence. That
is what we needed.

Title
"That's the type of game I
always wanted from them. If
they play that way in the
championship, I expect that
we will have no problems win-
ning the title this year."
Ace pitcher Krystal Bodie,
who was on top of her game,
couldn't agree more.
"I think we performed very
well. My pitching was a little
off in the third and fifth
innings, but we still managed
to hold on for the win," she
reflected. "We played very
well today."
The Big Red Machines sent
all nine batters in their line-
up to the plate in the first two
innings, scoring five runs each
on five and four hits respec-
tively to push the game out of
reach.
In the first inning, third
sacker Terese Clarke led the
rally with a lead-off double,
stole second and scored on
catcher Krystal Christie's RBI
sacrifice fly.
The big blow, however,
came from leftfielder Tia
Rolle, who produced a one-
out three-run in-the-park
home run to plate Bodie and
centrefielder Camilla Miller.
Third sacker Bradia Cash
then got all the way to third on
a three-base error and scored
the final run on a wild pitch.
In the second, Clarke


TIA ROLLE of SAC hits a home run against Kingsway.
(Photo: Mario Duncanson/ Tribune staff)

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reached second on a two-base
error and Bodie knocked her
home on her one-out run-pro-
ducing single before Miller
and Rolle came home on two
consecutive errors before
Donnae BetheFs RBI single
scored Cash.
Kingsway Academy avoid-
ed being shutout when, with
SEE page 9B


* CRICKET


THE Cayman Islands cricket team flies into
Nassau today for two weekend matches against
the Bahamas.
The matches, to be played at Haynes Oval
(starting 9.30am) on Saturday and Sunday, are


warm-ups for the ICC tournament to be played
in Argentina early next year. Both the Bahamas
and Cayman Islands are playing in the tourna-
ment and see this weekend's games as useful
preliminaries. "It promises to be a weekend of
really good cricket," a Bahamas team
spokesman told The Tribune.


Cross country

to get season

underway
* TRACK AND FIELD
By KELSIE JOHNSON
Junior Sports Reporter
THE track and field sea-,
son will officially be opened
for the Bahamas Association
of Athletic Association ,.
(BAAA) on November 26th.
: The 14th annual Colony
Club Resorts Cross Country
championships is the first
meet on the BAAA's busy
calendar and, according to-.
executive members, this
meet will set the tone for
others.
The event will be held at
Fort Charlotte and will cater
to four divisions from both
the junior and high school
divisions.
BAAA public relations
officer Ralph McKinney
believes that this year's cross
country championships
should attract more than 300
student athletes, bringing the
majority of the schools out.
He said: "The number of
participation for this meet is
unknown as yet, but if we,;
base it on the number of par-
ticipants last year we should
be close to 300 or 400 student
athletes.
"We are expecting the .
meet to go very well, for *
most schools this meet will,
officially open the track and
field season, while other
schools have already compet-
ed ...

Schools |
"But we are welcoming all
schools to this meet, basket-
ball teams; track and field ',:
teams all teams. This meet
can actually be used as train-
ing for other disciplines."
Last year's winners CH
Reeves and CR Walker
opened up their season last'
week with the annual CH ,
Reeves Raptors Cross Coun-
try meet. The defending '
champions walked away vic,
torious once again. -
Unlike the CH Reeves
meet, the BAAA Cross
Country meet will only cater
to junior and high school ath-
letes, an under 13 male and
female, under 15 male and'
female, under 17 male and
female and under 20 male
and female.
All persons running in the
under 13 division will have to
complete a 3k hike, athletes
in the under 15 female will
also run the 3k hike.
The under 15 boys, under
17 females and under 20 girls
will take on the 5k race while-
the under 17 and 20 males-
will attempt the 8k race.
Awards will Ihe offered to
the top three finishers and-,.'
schools in all divisions with -'
the top ten divisional athletes
receiving a T-shirt for their
efforts.
The championships are
expected to start at 1pm and
deadline for the meet is
November 18th. All entry
forms should be returned to
the BAAA head office locat-
ed at the Colony Clubs.


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* 'SALT AND PEPPER TEAM': Newly-elected FNM leader Hubert Ingraham and his newly elected deputy Brent Symonette at the FNM convention yesterday.(Photo: Felipe Major/Tribune staff)





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AS the 2005 FNM national
convention draws to a close,
many are viewing it as a turn-
ing point for the party.
With former prime minister
Hubert Ingraham confirmed
to thunderous applause as the
party's new leader, FNMs say
they are now looking to the
future.
,.'.The next general election is
.slated for 2007, although polit-
ical commentators have sug-
Sgested that Prime Minister
Perry Christie may set an ear-
lier date.
Some have suggested that
the outcome of the FNM lead-
.eyrship race may be a key fac-
tor in the timing of the next
election, with Mr Christie opt-
ing for a 2006 date if Mr Ingra-
ham proved to be the winner
of the contest.
As the architect of the 1992
election win and director of
the FNM's 10-year term in
office, Mr Ingraham is seen
by many as the only person
Wvho can galvanise the party
and defeat the PLP.
As former cabinet minister
CA Smith put it: "There is no
doubt that this has been a
turning point, not only in


terms of attendance and par-
ticipation, but also as an
expression of democracy,
where you had three strong
candidates ready to lead the
party, and delegates, without
coercion, exercised their free
will in selecting one of the
three to carry the party and
the country to the next stage
of development."
Some observers believe that
the leadership race might have
also represented a turning
point for incumbent Senator
Tommy Turnquest and for-
mer deputy leader Dion
Foulkes.

Enthusiasm
By 9.30pm on Wednesday
night, the identity of the lead-
ership favourite was clear. Mr
Turnquest and Mr Foulkes'
carefully planned arrivals to
the convention hall were
eclipsed by the explosion of
enthusiasm that greeted Mr
Ingraham's impromptu
entrance.
Although obviously upset
by the loss, some party dele-
gates believe Mr Turnquest
showed a new maturity dur-
ing this year's convention.


They said that they believed
that his conduct during the
tense and difficult time leading
up to the leadership contest
hinted at a bright future for
the former party leader.
Several party members told
The Tribune that they were
very impressed by the fiery
speech delivered by Mr Turn-
quest on Tuesday night.
Eight Mile Rock MP Lindy
Russell said: "I believe both


Tommy and Dion are mature
politicians and they under-
stand the vote was about what
the people of the Bahamas
wanted. I believe they are
both going to do very well."
Mount Moriah delegate
Gerty O'Brien told The Tri-
hune that she was "somewhat
disappointed, but I will accept
what will happen".
She described Mr Turn-
quest's performance at the


convention as "excellent".
"This may be the best thing
that happened to him at this
time. He is going to be all
right. I am very proud of him.
Tommy in five or ten years?
You can bet on it."
Some delegates believe Mr
Foulkes had a more difficult
time of it, as he had to speak
just after Mr Ingraham's
entrance on Wednesday night.
It was evident that the


mood in the hall had changed
when Mr Foulkes' bold and
well-delivered address was
punctuated by calls of
"Hubert or nothing!" and
"Hubert will bring it!" from
delegates who had been
roused by the presence of the
former prime minister.
, Even during the reading of
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the initial votes, some delegates stalked
the ballroom proclaiming a victory for
Mr Ingraham, taunting that a vote for
Mr Turnquest was "a vote for Perry
Christie".
When a supporter of Mr Foulkes was
asked how he felt about the results, he
would only say: "I am comfortable with
what decision the delegates make."
However, Mr Foulkes was thought to
have performed well and shown that he
could raise a solid base of support.
Many Bahamians are now curious
about what the PLP's reaction to Mr
Ingraham's conspicuous return to front-
line politics will be.
PLP chairman Raynard Rigby, in an
interview earlier this year, said a return
by Mr Ingraham would be a disservice to
the Bahamian people and evidence that
the FNM had no young leaders.
According to Mr Russell, however,
this is merely a ploy to disguise the fear
of Hubert Ingraham felt by most PLPs.
"This is their worst nightmare realised
- because they don't dread anyone else,"
the Eight Mile Rock MP told The Tri-
bune.
The new party leadership, according
to many delegates, has revitalised the
FNM.
"I am encouraged by the enthusiasm
that has been expressed throughout the
convention and encouraged by the out-
pouring of support for the return of Mr
Hubert Ingraham. I believe now the par-
ty will be unified behind the people's
choice and we will move on to win the
elections," said CA Smith.
The question of whether the FNM is
effectively strangling its youthful talent
by returning Mr Ingraham, however,
was also a concern to some party mem-
bers.
Sean Greenslade said that the result
has left him "a little shaken, a little
scared".
"Ingraham has come back to sink us
again. There will be no voice for the
young people.
"Tommy is a good man and he
deserves a chance," he said.
A number of young FNMs have raised
the same point in the weeks leading up
to the convention, when the political
grapevine was rife with rumours of an
Ingraham comeback.
On Tuesday, Torchbearers president
David Jordine expressed similar senti-


Neko Grant: NEMA


has been a 'disaster'

in Grand Bahama


* By CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE National Emergency
Management Agency has been
a disaster in Grand Bahama,
Lucaya MP Neko Grant told
delegates at the FNM's Nation-
al Convention Thursday
evening.
According to Mr Grant, a
well respected religious leader
on that island had made con-
tact with a fellow pastor in
Florida who was prepared to
send supplies that would cater
to a minimum of 500 school
children.
Mr Grant said that the pastor
went to NEMA's office more
than 10 days after Wilma.
"No one was there who
could provide assistance on
how goods should be shipped to
Grand Bahama.


* NEWLY ELECTED FNM leader Hubert Ingraham.
(Photo: Felipe Major/Tribune staff)


ments.
However, his statements did not rep-
resent the views of all young FNMs.
"I feel satisfied with the result of
today.
"We have shown exactly how democ-
ratic we are. This is a new era in our
party.
"The Torchbearers will fully support
this administration and Ingraham," said


the FNM youth arm's first vice-presi-
dent, Derek Newry. "Next stop gen-
eral election."
According to Mr Newry, the most
important issue for the party coming
out of convention is unity.
Turnquest supporter Mr Greenslade
agreed. "If we don't come together we
will not beat the PLP. Arid so believe me
we,aetogther.., ....


"He then went to the
Department of Housing where
he was treated 'shabbily' and
eventually informed that there
was no arrangement in place,"
Mr Grant said.
He said that it was 10 days
after Hurricane Wilma had
made landfall on Grand
Bahama, but still nothing had
happened.
"The people of Grand
Bahama are tired of hearing
rhetoric," he said.
Mr Grant told Grand
Bahamians that the FNM is
again ready to serve.
"The people of Grand
Bahama and the Bahamas are
tired of helplessness and hope-
less and are looking for this
government to do something
that they can wrap their hands
around, to feel and touch," he
said.


Grant: low-cost homes

'used to prop up economy'

By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
GOVERNMENT is artificially "propping-up" the economy
with the building of low-cost homes, Lucaya MP Neko Grant
charged yesterday during the FNM's convention.
Addressing the audience at the Wyndham Nassau Resort
ballroom last night, Mr Grant said that although Minister of
Housing Shane Gibson is boasting of building hundreds of
homes in the past three years, he has not created any new job
opportunities for Bahamians.
"The government is using the low cost homes to prop up the
economy there are no new jobs," he said.
Mr Grant said that small contractors are losing money "as
they are forced to build for a per square foot cost considerably
less than the market rate."
"Some have no choice but to take these jobs as there are no
others in sight," he said.
The Lucaya MP told of a case where a contractor came to him
last week "almost in tears" because he had lost money on
all the houses he built.
As a consequence of the low per square foot price, said Mr
Grant, the man was unable to complete houses and had a con-
tract terminated.
The contractor was also not properly compensated for the
stage to which he had taken the houses.
Mr Grant said the contractor was financially embarrassed and
had to resort to borrowing money from his children to the
complete work.
He emphasised that under the FNM government, "we
demanded quality (of the small contractors), but treated you
fairly."


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Carl takes
to the stage
CARL BETHEL makes his way
to the stage to address the FNM
convention on Tuesday evening.
Mr Bethel was narrowly beaten
by Brent Symonette for the post
of deputy leader.
(Photo: Felipd Major/
Tribune staff)








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SUPPORTERS of former prime min-
ister and now FNM party leader Hubert
Ingraham made their voices heard dur-
ing the convention this week. Mr Ingra-
ham arrived at the event on Wednes-
day night to an incredible reception.
(Photos: Felipe Major/
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A warm welcome for

Hubert Ingraham


0 FORMER prime minister and now party leader Hubert Ingraham was greeted by a lively reception when he arrived at the FNM convention on Wednesday night.
(Photo: Felip6 Major/Tribune staff)


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