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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
Alternate Title: Nassau tribune
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau Bahamas
Publication Date: November 12, 2005
Copyright Date: 2005
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Volume: 101 No.289 SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2005 PRICE-500

New leader'

call to arms

Tribune Staff Reporters
BACK with "vigour, determination, thoughtfulness
and purpose" newly-elected leader Hubert Ingraham
declared last night that the government has squan-
dered the goodwill of their victory and nearly four-
fifths of their term in power and therefore "must go."
"In three and a half years in office our opponents
have demonstrated that they prefer pomp and cere-
mony and form over substance. I have never known so
many people who define themselves and their impor-
tance by the trappings of their office," said Mr Ingra-
The former prime minister promised that under an
FNM government, Bahamian children will be taught to
learn in school, young people will be trained to assume
meaningful positions in the economy, the Bahamas'
borders will be better protected from illegal immi-
grants and poachers and policemen will leave school
grounds and return to "the beat" as dedicated teachers
and security guards will adequately police schools and
protect children.
For the third time this week Mr Ingraham entered
the convention to thundering applause.
The entire convention hall stood up on their chairs
and shouted greetings as he solemnly made his way to
SEE page 10 0 FNM leader-elect Hubert Ingraham making his ace

Appointments announced

Tribune Staff Reporters
THE FNM officially unveiled
"Perry Christie's worst nightmare"
as newly elected leader Hubert
Ingraham foreshadowed some key
appointments at the party conven-
tion last night.
Mr Ingraham said that former
leader Tommy Turnquest will main-

tain his leadership position in the
Senate and one of his first appoint-
ments will be that of Carl Bethel to
the Senate.
He also promised that Mr Bethel
and leadership hopeful Dion
Foulkes will be assured places of
responsibility in his administration.
Before Mr Ingraham launched into
his speech last night, he had a major
surprise in store for the gathering, as
he called former PLP senator Edi-

son Key to join him up on stage.
Presenting a united front, Mr
Ingraham moved aside and let Mr
Key take the microphone as deaf-
ening applause rocked the hall.
The former senator recalled the
time 27 years ago when both he and
Mr Ingraham ran for a seat in Aba-
co for the first time in their respec-
tive political careers.
SEE page 10

eptance speech yesterday

Mitchell denies visa

scandal allegations

VISA scandal allegations made against
the government by FNM chairman Carl
Bethel have been dismissed by Foreign
Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell.
He said an alleged visa racket outlined
by Mr Bethel was a "retread" of some-
thing dealt with some time ago.
Mr Bethel's remarks at the FNM con-
vention were, said Mr Mitchell, "a
retread of well-worn allegations which

were answered by the ministry at the
time they veki originally made by the
He added: "The points made at the
time were hat the minister does not
make decisions about visas, there has
not been a ange in policy on the
issuance of vigs and an invitation was
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find family
of baby
Tribune Staff-Reporter
OFFICIALS at the Ministry of
Social Services have appealed for
help in locating relatives of a baby
abandoned at Princess Margaret
Hospital in July.
The ministry's placement division
ran an advertisement in the business
section of The Tribune asking for
anyone knowing relatives of the baby
to contact them as soon as possible.
However, the ministry said it would
be unethical to discuss the case.
Although the baby was aban-
doned, it is not considered to be a
criminal offence because it was left in
a hospital.
Hospital officials said the baby is
not in the maternity ward any longer.
This suggests the child was probably
released to the Department of Social
Services. It is unclear when or if the
baby will be placed for adoption.

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costs go up

Tribune Staff Reporter
BAHA MAR will spend millions more than
anticipated on refurbishment of one of its three
Speaking with The Tribune yesterday, Robert
Sands, Baha Mar's executive vice-president of
administration and public relations, said devel-
opers will spend an additional $50 million to
renovate the Radisson Cable Beach Resort.
Mr Sands said that $15 million was slated for
the initial upgrades of the Nassau Beach Hotel,
the Wyndham Nassau Resort and Crystal Palace
He explained that $12 million had already
been used for casino upgrades, principally at
Crystal Palace.
"Those renovations are almost complete, and
most of the $15 million has already been invest-
ed," he said.
SEE page 10

die trying to
reach US
Tribune Staff Reporter
THREE bodies found floating off the
Florida coast are thought to be women
who left the Bahamas in an attempt to
enter the US only to be forced into the
sea by a crew of human smugglers.
The bodies were discovered by US
authorities. The identity and nationality
of the alleged smugglers is not known.
According to The Miami Herald, the
women belonged to a group of illegal
immigrants, some of whom had lived in
the Bahamas for more than five years.
It is believed the group set off from
Nassau on Friday night in a 19-foot sail-
boat. 7(
Around 4.30am on Saturday, one of
the smugglers forced everyone out into
the choppy waters, the report said.
Survivors reported that some of the
people criedout that they could not
swim, butw e pushed into the water
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A convention to remember

As the FNM convention ends with

delegates in jubilant moods, we take

a look back in pictures at some of the

events of the past week

* REVOLVING DOORS Brent Symonette greeting Tommy Turnquest as he enters the lobby
of the Wyndham on Tuesday

* HAIL TO THE CHIEF Hubert Ingraham is mobbed by supporters on the day his nomination
for the leadership position was announced

"Meeting the needs of advertisers
and readers motivates me to do
a good job. The Tribune is
my newspaper."

The Tribune
u^ Noe-

* PARTY ON Junkanoo
performers set the tone for the
occasion as Hubert Ingraham
makes his triumphant entry
into the ballroom of the
Wyndham Nassau Cable
Beach resort








Symonette's call

to the people

Tribune Staff Reporter

ment to the fact that "the
democratic traditions that are
uniquely Bahamian stem-

check their homework and par-
ticipate in their school and
improve it.

-,S .atestament of the unity ming from a proud history of "Don't expect government
o!tthe;.Bahamian, people, parliamentary democracy span- to do it all. Even the best gov-
ufYfo':l^ ader-elect for the ning nearly 300 years are ernment, the most well-mean-
tIM Brent Symonette yester- alive and well." ing leadership, the most effi-
d. took the,.tage at the clos- In his speech, Mr Symonette cient FNM cannot achieve
in:night of .he party conven- said the people of the Bahamas those goals unless the people
tion. must be prepared to serve they serve want the same
Making his way to the podi- alongside the FNM to achieve *things and are prepared to
uin accompanied by thunder- the goal of betterment for the work for them," he said.
oA)s cheers and Michael Jack- entire country. The MP said he is looking
san's,1Black or White', the He emphasised that if the forward to the day the FNM is
n4tuMP was welcomed by Bahamas is to achieve such the government and when the
4c egats and party supporters objectives as a national immi- Bahamas "will return to the
stridir g :n their chairs calling gration policy, better educa- international stage as an equal
name. tional opportunities, enhanced in the court of public opinion."
y'I stand tonight as a testa- health care, and an expanded He said at that time the
Snt to the fact that the peo- environmental integrity, then FNM will work tirelessly to
of the Bahamas continue Bahamians must also serve., keep in touch with the Bahami-
mature and develop a sense "If we as a people want to an people.
oneness, that sense of unity combat crime then we as a peo- "We will wage a war on
tkhat characterised the vision ple must decide not to violate crime. We will restore and
3 Sir Durward Knowles who the rules of our land. Not hire empower the Royal Bahamas
joined with Sir Orville Turn- illegal aliens. Putting it bluntly, Police Force. We will strength-
q;est to jointly chair the 'One we must all walk the walk and en and extend the reach of the
I#hamas' celebration," he told talk the talk," he said. Royal Bahamas Defence U BRENT Symonette during his speech ast night
liidreds of FNMs in the audi- Mr Symonette said if Force. We will adopt an inno-
pce and thousands watching Bahamians want to improve vative national plan for devel-
t ir televisions at home. their children's education then opment that, while encouraging said. side by side with Bahamians
Mr Symonette said that his they must teach by example, investment, will preserve and Mr Symonette said the FNM with the understanding that
action to the deputy leader- by making sure they have all protect these islands for the wBahamill create a country where they are part of a national plan
of the party is also a testa- the necessary school supplies, people of the Bahamas," he Bahamians havrewelcome tobs and to develop our nation for our
........................................................................................................................................................investors arewelcome to work people.
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Turnquest annowncesj support for

I By TIFFANY GRANT post of party leader, on to the unity is absolutely important," bune that Mr Ingraham
Tribune Staff Reporter stage to stand beside him as he said Mr Turnquest. have to "look over hi
addressed the crowd. The former leader added der" at the former lead

willl not
s shoul-
lr as he

OUTGOING FNM leader Mr Ingraham praised both that, as he said when he con- will be fully behind the former
Tommy Turnquest affirmed last men for their work and dedica- gratulated Mr Ingraham yester- prime minister going forward.
pight that he intends to throw tion to the party. He also told day in a statement, "I remain Mr Turnquest said that, as a
his full support behind the new the convention that Mr Turn- faithful and committed." result of this year's leadership
leader-elect, former prime min- quest would continue to lead He said that Mr Ingraham, race, he learnt many lessons.
(ster Hubert Ingraham. the party in the Senate. his political mentor with whom He said that during a lengthy
In his acceptance speech late "I was very humbled by the he worked very closely, gave private meeting at Mr Ingra-
last night, Mr Ingraham called whole scenario, where I was him "wonderful opportunities ham's home yesterday, the
both Mr Turnquest and Dion asked to come up and to hear for nine and a half years." leader-elect gave him a man-
foulkes, his opponents for the those kind words. I believe that Mr Turnquest told The Tri- date to win back the Mount
." . .....................................I.. ........................................ .................................... ......................................................................................................................................................
.y CARA BRENNEN Whatever was said in the lead-
nd TIFFANY GRANT ership battle is over and the par-
Tribune Staff Reporters ty has proven that they are unit-
ed. No matter what, now we are
7' Buzz at the 2005 FNM..... ready."
N;iaonal Convention is that Edward Knowles, a delegate
NMs are ready for battle from Nicholls Town, Andros,
wheneverr the election bell confident Hubert Ingraham from Lowe Sound, Andros, said immigration and the PLP's
s-pnds. said: I was elected tonight. I said: "We are ready, no ques- lack of a code of ethics will be
On the final night of conven- am ready as of in the morning." tion about it. Brent and Hubert the two hot buttons in the elec-
tH, the hall was filled to stand- Delegates on the convention are the people's choice. tion.
ig'room only as hundreds of floor seemed ready and willing "I think that people will vote "We proved to the country
prty supporters gathered to to follow their leader. FNM because of the slackness that we are ready," he said.
ler the battle cry from their "The people are hurting, and and things that have happened "We will give back to the PLP
*lt and pepper duo Brent they need Mr Ingraham to in the PLP. The people have in 2007 what they gave to us in
SRnonette and Hubert Ingra- come back to pick up 'all the had enough." 2002, but instead of letting them
ha:- slackness' what Perry Christie He said the first thing the par- have seven opposition seats, we
At the end of the night, the and those did," said Michaella ty had to do was get organised. may only give them three."
buzz was definitely that the Carrol-Bain, a Fort Charlotte
FNM feels it will win the gov- constituent.
ernment and party members Terry Burrows said that to
are eagerly anticipating election move forward FNMs need to Iolm m. C MOli.
day to mark their X against the have unity. She said they need Financial
torch, to put all their differences aside,
Everyone The Tribune spoke whether they voted for Tommy 10 November 2005
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in defeat

FORMER FNM leader Tom-
my Turnquest offered his "sin-
cere congratulations" to former
prime minister Hubert Ingra-
ham, who was elected FNM
leader by delegates at the par-
ty's 2005 national convention.
"For 12 years between 1990
and 2002 Mr Ingraham led
our party with integrity and suc-
cess, and during his tenure as
prime minister, he led the
Bahamas along a new road of
honesty and credibility. I was
pleased and privileged to serve
in his government," Mr Turn-
quest said in a press statement.
He thanked all those who
assisted him in the campaign to
retain the leadership of the par-
"They were a dedicated and
motivated team of men and
women, and I will always
remember their loyalty. I also
wish to thank those delegates
who voted for me, and the
many persons who called,
wrote, e-mailed, prayed and
offered expressions of support.
I will forever be grateful to
them," he said.
"I am an FNM, and I love my
country. I will continue to do
all that I can to ensure that we
restore good governance to our
land. I remain faithful and com-
mitted," Mr Turnquest said.

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on Haitians

EDITOR, The Tribune

One of the basic fundamen-
tal rights enshrined in the Con-
stitution of the Bahamas is that
of freedom of expression. To
speak your opinion freely with-
out fear or favour is your God-
given right under the Consti-
Historically, such basic rights
were not too often exercised as
intimidation by those in author-
ity of outright punishment for
persons promoting a contrast-
ing and opposing point of view
was a realistic possibility. That
was the order of the day.
The bi-weekly tabloid, The
Punch has been one of those
Institutions bold enough to
voice its opinion, even when
such expressions were publicly
condemned. The Punch has
done much to expose crooked
politicians, cheating spouses,
immoral preachers and greedy
drug dealers, etc. It has gained
the reputation for its honesty
and objectivity when it came
to reporting events or people
of interest to the public. The
old saying that "wherever there
is smoke, there is fire" must
have had The Punch in mind
when it was written.
However, with such freedom
comes the duty of responsibili-
ty. Having the freedom to say
whatever you wish about
whomever you wish doesn't
exist in a vacuum but has its
tangible limits. Established
rules, written or unwritten, or
adopted conventions general-
ly governs what is an accept-
able freedom of expression in a
civilized and democratic soci-
ety. Certain things are consid-
ered sacred or taboo. This is
understood by all parties con-
cerned. Even in war, the Gene-
va Convention dictates the
behaviour of the warring par-
ties. When innocent bystanders
and persons unjustly or mali-
ciously attacked for selfish rea-
sons, the end result could be a
liability action suit against the
maker of such statements. A
person's freedom of expression
cannot come at the expense of
denying that freedom to anoth-
er. When this happens, the thin
line between constitutional
rights and abuse of those rights
is crossed. At times, even The
Punch is guilty of this.
A few weeks ago on its front
page, The Punch ran a story
indicating that Chantel Bethel,
wife of Health Minister, Dr.
Marcus Bethel is a Haitian.
This revelation came amidst a
controversy where Dr Bethel

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refuted claims as to the per-
centage of babies being born
to Haitian parents at the
nation's health facilities.
First of all, this revelation
was anything but exclusive as
everyone on Grand Bahama is
aware of the facts of Chantel
Bethel's heritage. Further-
more, Dr Bethel is the Minister
of Health and not the Minister
of Immigration. His primary
duty is to ensure the good
health of all persons in the
Bahamas, irrespective of their
nationality or their ability to
Remember when Prime Min-
ister Hubert Ingraham had
questioned lunch subsidies at
a school in the Lewis Yard area
several years ago when it was
discovered that the majority of
recipients were Haitians? The
requirement for this service is
poverty and not national ori-
gin. Statistics such as morbidity,
mortality, various diseases, etc,
that indicate the health of the
nation does not discriminate or
categorize based on a person's
nationality Therefore, for a
nation trying to achieve first
world status by 2020, the health
of the nation affects the wealth
of the nation.
Emphasising the Haitian
angle has a more profound sig-
nificance. The Bahamas has a
long history of discrimination
against Haitians. For the most
part, Haitians have been treat-
ed as second class with only the
menial jobs reserved for them.
This was the situation that
existed in South Africa under
apartheid where blacks were
treated in a similar fashion, the
only difference being the fact
that blacks in South Africa had
to carry a special ID card.
Because of this similarity, I
challenged the Bahamas's qual-
ification to host the Common-
wealth Heads of Government
Meeting (CHOGM) in 1985 as
the main item on the agenda
was the apartheid situation in
South Africa. How could the
Bahamas host such a meeting
when the same system of
apartheid existed in the
Bahamas? How hypocritical!
A sore point for many
Bahamians is the fact that
many Bahamians feel Haitians
are a burden to the Bahamian
taxpayer as they use the
Bahamas social, educational,
medical services, etc, to the
point where they should be
denied such services. No con-
sideration is given for the con-
tributions that Haitians make
to the Bahamian economy.
From farming to tourism,
Haitians have been exploited

as cheap labour without the
benefits and protections afford-
ed to other Workers in the
This unjust situation is not
unique to the Bahamas. Just
look at the proposed Proposi-
tion 87 that was put to a refer-
endum in California several
years ago. Had it passed, chil-
dren of illegal immigrants
would not be able to attend
public schools, clinics etc. This
is despite the fact that their par-
ents are the ones who do the
backbreaking hard work in tox-
ic filled pesticide farms to maih-
tain the largest and most suc-
cessful agricultural econoniy'in
the world, one that the state of
California benefits frto.n
As for Mrs Chantel Bethel,
anyone who knows her will tell
you that she is a first class lady
with an impeccable character.
She has participated in the
Grand Bahama community by
lending a helping hand' o
almost every charitable orga-
nization that I am aware of and
has done so for years.
Her reputation as a kind, cr-
ing and generous person gpes
without saying. In her profes-
sional capacity as an aspiring
artist, she has represented the
Bahamas both locally and
abroad. Her patriotic commit-
ment to the Bahamas is beyond
question. Clearly, Chanrel
Bethel is a Bahamian first, with
other circumstantial factors-in
her life being secondary. She
is a role model for any youpg
female in the Bahamas to fol-
low. That's why she is also the
godmother of my da.ughepr
Amelia. This was long before
her husband had any interest
in politics.
Some Bahamians must get
over the notion that Haitians
are only parasites to the
Bahamas social
some cities such as here in
Boston, Haitians have in.te-
grated into the community and
are making their fair share of
meaningful contributions intall
walks of life, the same as -the
Italians, Chinese, Cubans, Irish,
etc. Recently, Canada appoint-
ed its first Haitian-born fen~le
Governor General, the higi.cst
constitutional office in 'he
country. At the inauguration,
the Prime Minister remarked
that with globalisation and
migration of people, it is critical
that the government represents
the diversity of its people.,.%an
you imagine the ruckus in the
Bahamas the day a Governor
General or Prime Minister of
Haitian heritage comes, to
office? "Hell will freeze over!"

November 5, 2005

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 5TH day of NOVEMBER, 2005 to'the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


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away in


tect Ray Nathaniels, a Nas-
sau resident for many years,
has died in Britain at the age
of 82.
Mr Nathaniels, born in
-Ceylon (Sri Lanka), was
staying with his former wife
Liz at the time of his death.
His home was at Cable
A friend told The Tri-
bune: "Ray was an out-
standing architect who has
left many fine buildings
behind him in the Bahamas.
His creative talents will be
A fuller report will
appear next week.

Gay tourists
'still not
in Bahamas

THE online travel guide
Frommer's reported yester-
day that gay tourists contin-
te to be unwelcome in the
-The report said that
liomosexual travellers who
arrive in the Bahamas are
confronted by protesters, but
iimentioned no specific
instances of this since last
"Gay cruises to the
"'ahamas continue to meet
protesters from anti-gay
groups, including the land-
Sitig of Rosie O'Donnell's gay
'ind lesbian cruise ship in
'Nassau in 2004," it said.
"Frommer's described most
_bf the protesters as "homo-
1phobic churchgoers".
"The Bahamian govern-
.mfent has made it clear that
--they do not share the senti-
! ments of these conservatives.
Members of the government
:have personally gone to the
'cruise-ship docks to welcome
-gay and lesbian visitors," the
-report said.
: AIt added however that "all
things considered", whether
or not to visit the Bahamas
-"is a sticky choice to make
-for gay and lesbian visitors
,1:eeking a carefree vacation".
T 1 -SE.

SAT., NOV. 12
.12:30 411
1:00 Treasure Attic
1:30 In This Corner
2:00 All Access
2:30 Inside Hollywood
3:00 Sports Desk
3:30 Sports Lifestyles:
Manager's Special
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5:00 Cricket World
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6:00 Ballroom Boxing
7:00 Bahamas Tonight
7:30 Native Stew (Rebroadcas
8:00 Bahamian Things
8:30 Island Jams
9:00 Tropical Beat
10:00 Darold Miller Shining


Woman reduced to begging

after hit-and-run acciden,

woman claims a run of bad luck has
brought her to the brink of destitution in
a society -which has turned its back on
The woman, Patricia Freed, who has
lived in Nassau since 1997, said she has
been reduced to begging for water from
restaurants and eating ketchup from
plastic sachets in fast-food outlets.
"I even look at trash cans differently
nowadays," said Ms Freed, a 52-year-
old architecture graduate who claims a
hit-and-run accident six years ago
changed her life.
"From being a middle-class person
with a good family background and high
expectations, I have been reduced to
this," she said as she faced another day
bathing in the sea and walking the streets.
Claiming she had lost $250,000 in pay,
legal costs and medical fees over the last
few years, Ms Freed said: "The only
thing I haven't lost is my sense of
humour. I haven't sold my body yet.
Who would want it anyway?"
Ms Freed said the road accident left
her on the brink of death. Since then a
prolonged legal case had failed to resolve
the matter in her favour.
A few weeks ago, she claimed, a mug-
ger knocked her unconscious in a Nassau
street and made off with what little cash
she had.
The only thing between her and skid
row, she says, is a free room offered her
by a young couple living on an estate.
"If I lost that, I would literally become
a street person, walking around all day

begging for money. Even now, I try to
persuade jitney drivers to take pity on
"I have lost 40 pounds since I started
walking around all the time. It is exhaust-
ing and I go to bed hungry every night."
Twice-divorced Ms Freed says she has
Bahamian status, but injuries received in
the mugging had made it difficult for her
to get a job. She said events had somehow
turned against her, leaving her "literally
penniless" with no means of support.
"It shows how easy it is for someone
who seems to have everything to sud-
denly find themselves out on the streets,"
she said.
Ms Freed said she has approached the
US Embassy, several leading politicians
and many churches for help. But all had
offered nothing.
Now she relies for sustenance on a
Salvation Army soup kitchen and what-
ever she can pick up free in fast-food
"I ask for a glass of water and then
empty a sachet or two of sugar into it,"
she says. "If I'm really lucky, I get a twist
of lemon. But I'm not sure how much
longer I can go on like this." t
Describing herself as friendless with no
family but a mother in the United States
who she doesn't want to worry and a
brother who is bankrupt, Ms Freed said:
"I have become distrustful and fearful.
I have lost a lot of self-confidence. The
hit-and-run accident in September, 1999,
completely changed my life.
"I received permanent nerve damage
and injuries to my right leg. My heart

had stopped.
"I want to leave the Bahamas but I
can't because I fear that would prolong
the legal proceedings even more. My
lawyer told me it would be settled five
years ago, but it still drags on."
As a small, frail woman walking the
streets, she said she feels vulnerable. The
mugging last month unnerved her even
more, leaving her unconscious on the
Oddly, she says, the only generosity
shown to her has come from other poor
people who have occasionally given her
dollar notes to catch a ride back to her
"I am not yet a street person," she
told The Tribune, "but I am very close to
it. I feel I know the street people and I
now understand how some people turn
to crime.
"When you are totally desperate, what
is the alternative? Yet, for myself, I have
drawn a line, a concrete line beyond
which I will not go.
."In the room where I live, there is no
phone, no gas, no food and no running
water. At the Salvation Army, I get a
cup of soup, but I go to bed hungry.
"If you have nothing, you get a bad
reputation. And here in Nassau, there
is no safety net for people like me no
unemployment pay, no social security,
no pension. If you are homeless and hun-
gry, you are literally in the street.
"There is not even a homeless shel-
ter for women. If I had a family here,
the situation would be different. At least
I have a roof over my head but if I get

kicked out, it will be the road lo me,
skid row.
"All this misfortune has had (h domin
effect. It has been a nightmaree. have,
gradually slid down the scale. Ilt inc rd-
ible for someone with an architecture
degree and a good background Io fiind
herself in this situation simply because I
stepped off a kerb and got hit hy a
garbage truck.
"I am from a.good middle-class fami-
ly in the States, but things have go! real-
ly bad. I still have ambition hut I am
really discouraged and very frusmle, t!.
"What do I have to do to get help set
myself on fire in Rawson Square'? I am
getting tired. It would send anyone crazy.
If I were the daughter of the president of
IBM this would have been settled years
"Unless something changes, I am look-
ing at old age in a penniless state. I am
looking at trash cans like I never did
"Sometimes I ask tourists for a dol-
tar. I am surprised they have not locked
me up for vagrancy. I used to earn $ 1,)000
a week in a bank. Now a woman of my
intelligence is reduced to panhandling."
Ms Freed said she bathes in the sea off
Long Wharf to keep clean, and brushes
her teeth in fast-food restrooms. "For
an educated woman, this is degrading
and humiliating, but at least I haven't
done anything criminal," she said.
As she set off to walk three miles to
her room, Ms Freed said: "I don'l know
when this will end. Maybe I showed ,'rtir,
a book about it."

Bahamas qualifies to export seafood to E

THE Bahamas has earned its place
on a list of countries that will be allowed
to export fishery products to the Euro-
pean Union (EU) thereby avoiding the
loss of more than $90 million a year.
According to Agriculture and Fish-
eries Minister Alfred Gray, the Bahamas
is now among the countries granted a
"list 1" rating for fisheries exports by
the European Commission.
Failure to meet the criteria by Decem-

ber 31, he said, would have meant facing
the loss of $92 million dollars in annual
Mr Gray explained that for almost 10
years, European Commission inspectors
have been conducting audits of seafood
processors and regulatory regimes in
countries that export to the EU.
He said the Bahamas has always met
the standards, but faced a new, tougher
benchmark this year.
After the US, the EU is the most
important market for Bahamian fish-

eries exports.
"This is a significant achievement -
many countries have not yet made that
list," Mr Gray said. "We just have to
maintain those standards."
The approval came only a few weeks
ago. The qualification process began with
an audit conducted in 1998 and was fol-
lowed by a visit by inspectors in 2002
which focused on legislation, health con-
ditions during production, storage and
dispatch as well as the organisation and
authority of the.inspection service.

The basis for the criteria was the Haz-
ard Analysis Critical Control Point
(HACCP) system for the production of
safe foods.
Mr Gray said the system is iIterna-
tionally recognised as the best system
for quality assurance in the seafood
While the minister could not say exact-
ly how much meeting the critei ia had
cost the Bahamas, he did reveal ihat
thousands of dollars were spcii. l taiu-
ing and physical upgrades.


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12:30 Community Pg. 1540AM

SUN., NOV. 13

Community Pg. 1540AM
The Voice That Makes The
Effective Living
Morning Joy Special
St. Barnabas Anglican Ch.
Gillette World Sports
Sports Desk
Fast Forward
A Rhema Moment
Ever Increasing Faith
Ernest Angley Ministries
The Bahamas Observes
The United Nations at 60
Billy Graham
Walking In Victory
Listen Up
Bahamas Tonight
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Turning Point
Bobby Jones
Bahamas Tonight
Gospel Video Countdown
Comm. Pg. 1540AM

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Sunday, November 13th, 2005

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which begins at 11:00am



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No 9, 1 A-



Caught between two cultures

the problems of diversity

Tribune Staff Reporter
RODLINE Lazarre's life is in
The reason for this, she says, is
that "neither of my hometowns
wants me."
Rodline was born in the
Bahamas to a Haitian mother, and
like so many young people of Hait-
ian-Bahamian descent, she faces
all the challenges that accompany
In an Internet interview with The
Tribune, she discussed how the
predicament has affected her life.
"I was raised with two cultures
brewing inside of me. Outside of
my home was the Bahamian world,
but inside were the comforting
sounds of my mother's tongue, and
her wonderfully Haitian ways.
"I loved it. I loved my diversity
and embraced both worlds that
helped to mould me into the
woman I am today."
Rodline said that growing up,
she was made to feel ashamed of
heritage. However she said despite
the obstacles, she chose to just be
herself and not let anything or any-
one hinder her growth as a person.
"With that in mind, I went
through school, and did my best. I
did my best because it was a nat-
ural thing for me to do.
"My best yielded rewards; such
as a scholarship to St Andrew's
School and then another scholar-
ship to top tier Lehigh University

One woman's tale of what

it has meant to her life to.

have a Haitian mother

(Bethlehem, PA). From Lehigh
University, a diploma with hon-
ours was granted in mechanical
engineering, and the world opened
its doors and beckoned for my next
strategic move."
When it came time to work,
however she found herself between
a rock and a hard place:
"I have a certificate of identity
that identifies me as a citizen of
Haiti. Haiti does not recognise me
as a citizen with working privileges
in a professional field such as engi-
"On the other hand, even though
I applied for Bahamian citizenship
over three years ago, the 'logistics'
have yet to be completely worked
out. I would not be able to work as
an engineer in Nassau without
authorisation papers.
"Amazing. Rejected by the legal-
ities of both nations, I sit in New
Jersey as a product engineer, still in
limbo about that part of my life."
Rodline said her Bahamian
application was granted in May
after she renounced her Haitian

Now she is awaiting notice to fly
to Nassau for a swearing-in cere-
Until then, she said she cannot
leave the US until her visa status is
changed from student to working.
Rodline said she did not tell her
story in an attempt to "quibble"
over the Bahamian government's
right to refuse immediate citizen-
ship to children of illegal immi-
Instead she said her purpose is
to ask, "When wilIt the process
change so that applicants do not
have to put their lives on hold?
Explain to me why it takes three or
more years on average to deem
applicants acceptable or unac-
ceptable. What is being done to
streamline the process to elimi-
nate fraud, bribery, and
favouritism? What is hindering
decisions from being made quick-
ly and efficiently?"
"My questions are not rhetori-
cal," she said in a message to the
government "please answer."

* RODLINE Lazarre

Resident's concern about inefficiency

of the Spanish Wells postal service

Tribune Freeport
FREEPORT An Eleuthera
native has expressed concerns
over the "inefficient" postal ser-
vice on Spanish Wells.
The situation, she said, is the
result of a lack of full-time
workers at the island's post
The source, who wished to

remain anonymous, told The
Tribune that the public in Span-
ish Wells is only granted access
to the post office two days a
She claimed that this has
been the case ever since the two
part-time workers at the post
office resigned about three
weeks ago after they were not
hired as full-time workers by
the government.
"They were both very effi-

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Phone: 393-3726/393-2355/Fax: 393-8135
11:00 a m. Rev. Dr. Laverne Lockhart
11:00 a.m. Pastor Sharon Loyley
10:00 a.m. Rev. Carlos Thompson
7:00 p.m. Rev. Carlos Thompson
11:00 a.m. Pastor Martin Loyley
7:00 p.m. Pastor Martin Loyley
9:30 a.m. Rev. James Neilly
8:00 a.m. Connections Rev. Philip Stubbs
9:30 a.m. Rev. Philip Stubbs
11:00 a.m. Rev. William Higgs
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"RENEWAL" on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. on ZNS 1
Your Host: Mr. Hinry Knowles
"METHODIST MOMENTS" on each weekday at 6:55 a.m.
Your Host: Mr. Henry Knowles
In moments like these, I sing out a song.
I sing out a love song to Jesus.
In moments like these, I lift up my hands
I lift up my hands to the Lord.
Singing, I love You, Lord.
Singing, I love You, Lord.
Singing, I love You, Lord.
I love You, Lord.

7:00A.M. Rev. Dr. Colin Archer/ Mr. Jamicko Forde
11:00A.M. Mrs. Kenris Carey/ Mrs. Katherine Rose (B)
7:00P.M. Memorial Service
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cient and it was hoped that the
government would have taken
them on a full basis," she said.
Although a postal worker
from mainland Eleuthera is sent
to Spanish Wells twice a week,
the concerned woman stressed
that full-time workers are need-
"The community is being
neglected. And it is terrible that
with so much business going on
here we have access to the post

only two days a week," she said.
Post Master General George
Clarke explained that the two
persons were employed as
"casual" workers and could not
be made official employees
because of the current freeze
on public service hiring.
"We were hoping to get them
on as full-time workers. Unfor-
tunately, we have just not been
able to so at this time and that
just might be the reason for

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Telephone: 322-8304 or 325-1689 P.O. Box N-1566
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Early Morning Worship
Sunday School For All Ages
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Evening Celebration

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them resigning," he said.
"In the history of Spanish
Wells we have always had a
problem keeping workers
(at the post office). But, we
are working feverishly to get
those persons replaced," he
Mr Clarke said the gov-
ernment is trying to resolve
the matter as quicklyas pos-
"I have spoken with the
permanent secretary and we
are hoping to get replace-
ments for those positions,
but the process of hiring is
taking some time," he said.

SIn brief


case calls



THE extradition hearing of
seven men wanted for trial in
the United States continued in
Magistrate Carolita Bethel's
court yesterday.
Assistant Commissioner of-
Police in charge of crime Regi-
nald Ferguson was once again
called to the witness stand for
The men, Brian and Lynden
Deal, Trevor Roberts, Devroy
Moss, Gordon Newbold, Shan-
to Curry and Sheldon Moore
were arrested in June 2004 for
allegedly being part of a drug
cartel. .
The defence team for the
men includes Jerone Roberts;
Paul Moss, Henry Bostwick,
QC, Godfrey Pinder, and Mau-
rice Glinton.
Francis Cumberbatch repre-
sents the United States in the
Mr Ferguson was cross-exam-
ined by defence lawyers on the
authorisation of alleged wire-
taps for phones used by the sev-
en defendants.
Mr Ferguson told the court
that he knew of the wire-taps,
which he paid had been authoq-
rised by the commissioner of:
police to aid in a police investi-,
The investigation, he sai3.
involved drug trafficking in tle
Bahamas. .
Late yesterday afternoon,
attorney Maurice Glinton began
his submissions in the matter:

Man is


with rape

A 31-year-old man was
arraigned in Magistrate's Court
yesterday for allegedly robbing" g
forcibly detaining and raping '
18-year-old woman.
It is alleged that on Sunday
November 6, Leon RomeW
Rahming committed the*
offences while armed with a
handgun. .-
He allegedly robbed the vic-"
tim of two watches, together
valued at $425.
Rahming, who appeared
before Magistrate Guillemina
Archer in Court 10 on Nassau
Street, was not required to enter
a plea to any of the charges.
The matter was adjourned t
January 20, 2006 and Rahmit
was remanded to Her Majesty's


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Pastor: Rev. Dr. Franklin Knowles
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Telephone number 325-5712

Worship time: 11am & 7pm

Adult Sunday School: 10am

Church School during Worship Service

Special Service Harvest/ Thanksgiving
Sunday, November 20 atl11:00a.m.

Place: Twynam Heights
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Minister: Rev. Henley Perry
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O N 1) A Y

Q9n ~aps om1 /C y

In the wake of Hubert

Ingraham's return to the

leadership of the FNM, In Days Gone By looks

back at the run-up

to the 1992 election

* The FNM march to the
House of Assembly in
January 1991 led by Sir
Orville Turnquest, FNM
chairman Elliott Lockhart
and new FNM leader
Hubert Ingraham.
Marching behind Mr
Lcokhart is Frank Rolle,
former MP for Bimini and
Photo: Franklyn G

* JANUARY 30,1991 Opposition leader Hubert Ingraham told a crowd gathered in parliament
square that the government was continuing to abuse Bahamasair. 'T the left are Sir Orville
Turnquest and Dion Foulkes.

0 COMING fresh
off of an election
victory, Hubert
Ingraham is
greeted by former
prime minister Sir
Lynden Pindling as
the two meet at a
service at Golden
Gates Assembly
Church in
Carmichael Road.
Pictured from left,
Mr Ingralham,
Lady Pindling, Sir
Lynden, Janet and
Henry Bostwick.

9 SEPTEMBER 20 1990 -
St Margaret's MP Pierre
Dupuch, left, FNM leader
Hubert Ingraham, former
Marathon MP Algernon
Allen and party supporter
shown at a FNM mass rally
in the then Shirlea

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Offidal T-Shir-t Day PROMSE
Friday, November 4th, 2005
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Men's Marnch
Sunday, November 6th, 2005
BaherrIas Avvakec-,nir-ig Rally
Friday & Saturday,..
November 1 1 th & 1 2th, 2005
Clifford Park 6pm
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HALLOWEEN came late this year for FNM leadership
contenders Tommy Turnquest and Dion Foulkes as both
thought they had received the treat of their lives on Sunday
night, but then found out on Tuesday that they had been
tricked. Politricked!
Last Sunday, sources within both the Foulkes and
Turnquest camps hysterically phoned me with screams and
people thanking the Lord in the background because Hubert
Ingraham had called and emphatically stated that he would
announce that he would not run for the party's nomination
the following day.
However, this announcement never came! Instead, on
Monday Hurricane Hubert decided to respond to the
crescendo of voices calling for his return.
A PLP minister said of Mr Ingraham's political play:
"While Tommy and Dion were rejoicing in the Lord that
Ingraham would not enter the race, Ingraham had already
fooled them and was phoning them with his announcement
letter in his back pocket.
"He probably wrote the letter urging Carl Bethel not to
withdraw his name right after!
Judging from the jubilant response of the delegates to Mr
Ingraham's convention entrance on Wednesday, Hubert
Ingraham may very well be the people's choice. Even after he
left the convention floor, Hurricane Hubert swept the
delegates away in a surge of tsunamic proportions."
It is now evident that Hurricane Hubert has entered as a
category five with all intent to energise the FNM, strike fear
in the hearts of the PLP and retain the crown as King of
Bahamian politics.
And, not revealing his deck of cards before the convention,
whilst treating his challengers to a night of glee, is a sign of an
astute, cunning politician.
This was the play they all dreaded!
The FNM's melee has even inspired Bahamians to watch
the always monotonous ZNS network. It's provided their best
ratings in ages in fact, ever!
A Long Island delegate said: "Now that Hubert Ingraham
has entered, it's over because we are all going to vote for him.
If he hadn't, we may have listened to Dion and given him a
Since Mr Ingraham hoodwinked both Tommy and Dion,
Turnquest has been on the air crying to ZNS about how he
was lied to. Well, Mr Turnquest, that's the nature of the game
you chose to play.
If you can't take it, you must ride the pine as a reserve.
According to some PLPs, questions still loom about Mr
Ingraham's credibility because he promised to serve two
consecutive terms as Prime Minister and may be back again.
One PLP stated: "I thought he say what he mean man! I
guess he say what he mean until he can't mean it no more!"
However, sources within the Ingraham camp say that his
participation in the leadership showdown is easily explain-
"Errybody beatin' up dey gum 'bout how he can't run again
because he supposed to say what he mean. Well, he did do
what he mean. He has only served two consecutive terms.
"He ain't the prime minister now, it's Mr Christie. It ain't
like he say that after serving two consecutive terms he won't
be back after someone else! The people are calling man, and
Mr Ingraham is answering."
Another informant said: "Why don't the PLP talk about
those pastors and other PLP supporters, even the prime min-
ister, who were calling Tommy and pretending to support him
as leader.
"They only doing that because they wanna put an easy
spanking on Tommy! See, they scared of the pitbull!"

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THE atmosphere at the Free National
Movement's 2005 convention was charged
with enthusiasm and electricity. The Tribune
spoke to some of the delegates, spectators
and candidates and asked why they will be

* MICHAELA Whylly,
gaming supervisor,
Atlantis: "I have no
choice but to vote FNM.
My family has been
affiliated with the party
since its conception. As
an adult, I have studied
the ideologies of the
PLP and the CDR, and
they don't line up with
my political beliefs -
although for the most
part I'm amused by
their thoughts and
precepts about every-
thing. It leads for
interesting reading, and
that's it."

* ADVIRA Taylor, domestic
worker, Exuma: "The FNM is
the best party a caring party.
It's a party for all Bahamian
people in that they try to
make things happen in every
constituency in this country."

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are viable. One of the things that drew me
to the FNM is its principles, in that they
provide a level playing field for all persons,
with openness and transparency in
(Miss Farquharson plans to contest the
Kennedy seat in the next general election).

* PHILIP Gray, pharmacist: "I've
always supported the philosophy of the
FNM. This time around, there's a lot of
apathy in the government. There is no
clear vision. I've been embarrassed far
too often by the actions of cabinet
ministers in the current government.
Now that Hubert Ingraham is at the
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Tribune Staff Reporter
FNM leader-elect Hubert
Ingraham said his first act as
official leader of the opposi-
tion will be to appoint former
attorney general Carl Bethel
to the Senate.
Mr Ingraham made the
announcement during his
acceptance speech last night,
calling Mr Bethel to the podi-
um to thank him for his work
as FNM chairman and for his
service to the party.
During this year's conven-
tion, Mr Bethel made an unsuc-
cessful bid for the deputy
leader post. He was narrowly
defeated by Montagu MP
Brent Symonette.
Mr Ingraham's decision to
appoint Mr Bethel to the Sen-
ate is presumably a move to fill
the void left by former FNM
Senator Tanya McCartney,
who tendered her resignation
earlier this year.
At that time, former party
leader Senator Tommy Turn-
quest stated that Ms McCart-
ney's replacement would not
be named until after the party's
Mr Ingraham's announce-
ment came less than 24 hours

after he was nominated leader-
He also promised Mr Bethel
a key role in his future admin-
According to Mr Bethel, the
vote of confidence from Mr
Ingraham was a complete
shock and entirely unexpect-
ed. "I had no information
about this until tonight."
"I am enormously honoured
and privileged. I did not expect
to be called out on stage, but I
am ready to serve the people,"
he said.
Mr Bethel told The Tribune
that he had not previously con-
sidered the possibility of a Sen-
ate role, and affirmed that any
position he might accept would
not deflect his intentions to win
the Holy Cross seat in the next
general election.
Mr Turnquest said he is
"ecstatic" that Mr Bethel will
be joining his Senate team.
"Carl-is an excellent parlia-
mentary debater. He has
always been very well prepared
with 10 years experience in the
House of Assembly, and so he
knows intimately parliamen-
tary procedure.
"It will be second nature.
Carl will do a wonderful job,"
he said.

promised to

Carl Bethel

Mr Ingraham said the party must now
work day and night to make sure they
returned to the "place we want to be".
"Why do we want this? Because we are
concerned; we are troubled, we are dis-
turbed and angered by the non-direction
into which our country is drifting.
"We are disturbed and angered by the
shame some PLPs bring to our good name.
We are concerned and troubled by much
talk and little action. The FNM will talk
less but we'll do more," he said.
Mr Ingraham invited Bahamians to check
his record and decide whether "you wish to
have me and my record or you wish to
keep that which you have now."
The FNM must once again move to "res-
cue the perishing and care for the disap-
pointed and the dispirited and the despair-
ing and the socially and economically mar-
ginalised of our country," he said.
"We cannot ignore that national cry for
help and deliverance, and I stand here
tonight to call the FNM troops to arms,
to urge the unified strength we had in 1992
to meet and beat the political foe at the
polls and then to get on with the job of
rescue and restoration," said Mr Ingra-
He pointed out that he had steadfastly
indicated that he never sought, nor intend-
ed to reassume the mantle of leadership
of the FNM, but he was humbled by the

"overwhelming love, faith and hope this
party and the wider Bahamian public have
expressed and placed in me during the
course of this week."
He added: "What began as just a whis7
pering call quickly became over the last
few days an almost deafening roar -,a,
demand if you will that I once again step to,
the helm of this organisation," said M,r
Family considerations, he said, were the,
first of the many issues he had to confront
in acceding to the requests of those who'
wanted his return.
"How was I to ask my dear wife Delores:
and my children to re-enter with me the
burning heat of front-line Bahamian poli-'
tics? On the other hand, how could I ignore
the expressed will of my people?
"You called for my return. You shouted
nay, you demanded that I return to lead'
you," said Mr Ingraham.
Twenty years ago, he said, when the PLP
dumped him overboard in "shark infested
waters, firing heavy artillery at me while I
swam for my political life, you voluntarily'
came to my rescue."
"Instead of helping to kill me political-
ly you called a unilateral ceasefire and'
you instructed your supporters throughout'
the Bahamas and most especially in North-
Abaco, to support me," Mr Ingraham'

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"And it looks like we are going to be
together again," he said.
Mr Key said he will do everything in his
power to restore the FNM as the govern-
"This is Perry Christie's worst night-
mare," he said triumphantly as the crowd
went wild inside the convention hall and
outside in the hotel foyer.
It has been speculated that Mr Key will
run for the FNM in South Abaco, as it is
likely that Robert Sweeting, the current
MP for that constituency, will not offer
Mr Sweeting indicated to The Tribune
earlier this week that chances of him run-
ning for South Abaco for a fourth consec-
utive term are "very slim."
Observers have said that this move by Mr
Key is a clear slap in the face for the PLP.
Offering a rallying call to arms last
night, Mr Ingraham urged his party to
unify and admonished dissenting voices
that they "will not stay and poison the
"This is a time for healing and for heed-
ing the cries of the people, the cries which

bleat out a public demand that the present
government, which promised heal and hope
but delivered only hot air and Junkanoo
shuffles, must go," he said.
Mr Ingraham said once again the FNM
must "gird itself and strengthen itself and
resolve itself to answer those cries of
Bahamians from all corners of the land."
"The whole, it is said, is greater than
the sum total of each of its parts. Each of
our parts is great. Each is talented. Each is
deserving. Each a leader in his/her own
right. Each of us has played his or her
"We have given of ourselves for the
advancement of our parta'. for the 'ood
of our country. Tommyi&idDinfi-Cartl
Sidney and Loretta and all of you have all
done your part," said Mr Ingraham.
In a word to Mr Turnquest, Mr Ingraham
said he felt "no less favourably disposed
toward (him) now, than when I endorsed
you as a worthy successor to lead our great
party in 2001."
"The public and I have not always seen
eye-to-eye on you. I regret that. I see
strength where some say they see arro-
gance. I see dedication and commitment
when some see youth.

"Perhaps your moment came too soo."
Perhaps in the future the public will confe
to my way of thinking about you and yoii
turn will come again.
"If and/or when that happens I will lbe'
happy. I say to you tonight that all tla
doors of opportunity remain open to you2a
You are an integral part of the team," sad-
the former prime minister.
Mr Ingraham said the dedication of DiK
Foulkes, who also contested the leadersl"
position, is boundless.
"He is assured of a place of responsible
ity in my administration. And so will Carlk
(Bethel), another child of this party and .4
yourigimaif 'of intellectual heft," said M;
He also saluted Desmond riti
chairman-elect of the party, anfd oreiia
Butler-Turner. He promised that she wTl
reach the "many places she has to go in.
the party and in the country." .
"United we are a mighty force.'Togeth!-
all together, we are greater than the sumAi
our parts. Let us stand together. TogethA
all together, let us harness our talents i
our strength for the good of our party,
the good. of all Bahamaland," said..

Women die trying to reach US

FROM page one
About a dozen made it to
land. The three young women
didn't. Their bodies later washed
ashore in Pompano Beach.
On Thursday, Broward Sher-
iff's investigators identified two
of the women, both in their 20s.
They are Diane Thompson, 26,
of Kingston, Jamaica, and

Angeline Thelusma, 29, of
Jean-Rabel, Haiti.
The third woman has not yet
been identified.
Most of those aboard were
strangers who had been living
in the Bahamas, some of them
Haitian immigrants, said Ralph
Latortue, Haiti's consul-gener-
al in Florida.
Mr Latortue told The Her-

ald that one passenger, i'p
she had paid $2,300 'o
America. '* y
"As soon as they ft
ing about the,ordieal
ed crying, shifver''A
Latortue said. '*
"They are very young. What
I've been trying to talk to them
about is why would they go an'd.
risk their lives?"

Baha Mar refurbishment costs up.

FROM page one
Mr Sands said that initially
the money was intended main-
ly for upgrades of the Radis-
son and Wyndharn properties.
"We intended a smaller sum
for the Nassau Beach, since this
will be the only one not stand-
ing sometime after 2008," he
Mr Sands said that Baha Mar
had originally planned to give
the Radisson only a "superfi-

cial facelift", but had since
decided to overhaul the hotel
"The building's infrastructure
is very sound, so we have made
the decision to give the hotel
an extensive renovation, includ-
ing the upgrades of rooms, con-
ference rooms, everything real-
ly," he said.
Following the refurbishment,
the Radisson will then become
the 700-room Westin hotel,
with the Wyndham being trans-

formed into the 700-room Sher-
Both the Westin and the Sher-
aton will be a part of the Baha
Mar Resorts, which earlier this
week signed a letter of intent
with Harrah's Entertainteht'
and Starwood Hotels for devePl
opments estimated to be worth
$1.6 billion.
The agreement is expected
to lead to Cable Beach becom-
ing an icon of tourism in both
the Caribbean and the world.

Visa allegations denied-

FROM page one
offered to the Free National
Movement and its spokesman
and is now renewed to Mr
Bethel that if they are aware of
any criminal improprieties they
should report those matters
directly to the police."
Mr Bethel said that during
the PLP's tenure the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs had granted
an alarming number of entry
visas to foreigners, despite the
urgent need to control immi-

Mr Bethel accused top min-
istry officials of removing tight
restrictions on the granting of
visas to Haitians put in place by
the FNM.
He further charged that visas
have been granted to un-named
persons and those with high-
level political connections.
According to Mr Bethel, on
September 5 this year the FNM
had called on Mr Mitchell to
explain these irregularities.
As yet there had been no
response, he said.
While the Department of

Immigration was valiantly trying
to defend the Bahamas frokT
the onslaught of illegal imji-'
grants, it was disturbing to nob
that the Ministry of Forei,'
Affairs had failed to explain the
increase in visas to Haitiaxp
from 102 in 2002, when Oth
restrictive polices of the FiNji
were still in place, to more tha i
2,200 a year in 2004. ,
Mr Bethel, speaking at ti'e
FNM convention on Tuesday
night, said illegal immigration
is the most vexing problem c6.A-
fronting the country today.

FROM page one
the podium accompanied by two torch-
bearing lieutenants and the hymn To God
be the Glory.
As he approached the stage, the crowd
spilled past the front row of chairs and fol-
lowed Mr Ingraham as he positioned him-
self to speak.
Police officers stood by to intervene,
however. With a word from Mr Ingraham,
the crowd returned to their seats.
Meanwhile, outside in the foyer, throngs
of onlookers pressed towards the conven-
tion hall doors to get a glimpse of the
Others gathered around the large screens
set up outside the hall showing ZNS tele-
vised coverage of the convention.
Delegates and party members listened
with rapt attention to each of Mr Ingra-
ham's statements.
The crowd also expressed enthusiastic
support for now former FNM leader Tom-
my Turnquest and leadership challenger
Dion Foulkes as Mr Ingraham called them
to the stage to commend them for their
service to the party.
Although the party supporters were very
animated and enlivened throughout the
entire week of the convention, Mr Ingra-
ham's speech last night prompted an unsur-
passed wave of excitement among FNMs.



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A variety of hot and cold seafood dishes were served at the event.
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vice-president of Starwood Real Estates Investments; Prime Minister Perry
Christie; Sarkis Izmirlian, BahaMar chairman and CEO; Peter George,
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STEPHEN Duncombe Jr pitched
a gem on Friday at home to help'the
Kingsway Academy Saints march
into the Bahamas Association of
Independent Secondary Schools'
senior boys championship. .
An injured Duncombe. limped off
the mound to hurl a four-hitter, strik-
ing out 13 batters to secure a 15-3
rout over the St Andrew's Hurri-
canes in their delayed sudden death
play-off game that was postponed
from Wednesday because of the lack
of umpires.
With the victory, the Saints set up
a showdown.with the St Augustine's
College Big Red Machines in the
best-of-thlt finals at thq.-Churehillt
Tener Knowles National Softball
Duncombe Jr, nursing a knee
injury, had one bad inning when he
gave up three hits, but he said he.
was confident that he would have
gotten the job done.
"Our guys really showed how
good our team is, he said. I knew
what I had to do, so I just went out
there and did it."'
Up to the top of the third inning,
Duncombe Jr was working on a no-
hit shut-out when Hurricanes catch-
er Bennet Cole got a one-out run-
producing single that drove in losing
pitcher Brent McNeil-with their, only
With two out, McNeil managed
to come home on centre fielder
Jacob Fountain's RBI single. But
after third baseman Michael Reiach
walked, Duncombe Jr recorded his
third strike out in the rally to stop
their short rally.
Duncombe Jr would go on to hurl
three no-hit, shut-Out innings before
he gave up his final run inr the sev-
enth when shortstop Marcus Far-
rington came through with a one-
out RBI double to plate Cole.
However, Duncombe Jr came
back and recorded his final two
strike-outs to end the game.
"He seemed to have saved his best
game for today," said Saints' coach
Darren Rodgers. "Once he can con-
tinue to pitch like that, we will be.
okay going .into the final."
As they look ahead to facing the
Big Red Machines, Duncombe said
they are not going to boost or beg
like SAC. They are just going to
come out and play it one game at a
With the performance they pro-
duced yesterday against the Hurri-
canes, the Saints look as if they are

* BRENT McNeil gives it his best but it was not good enough against Kingsway

* BRANDON Honkofsky from Kingsway tries his hardest to hit the ball
out of the park
(Photos: Mario Duncanson/Tribune Staff)

'peaking at the right time to defend
their title.
They put the game out of reach
in the first two innings, scoring three'
and five runs respectively. And when
the Hurricanes got on the score-
board, the Saints responded with
seven more runs in the sixth as they
batted around the clock.
Second baseman Brandon
Honkofsky went 3-for-3, driving in
two runs and scoring three times and
left fielder Gerald Major scored
three times with a hit and a RBI.
Catcher Stenard Duncombe was
2-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs
scored; first baseman Ronald Dun-
combe was 2-for-4 with a RBI, scor-

.ing a run and right fielder Matthew
Carey went 2-for-4 with two RBIs,
scoring twice.
In total, the Saints came up with
11 hits off McNeil.
Even though they had three
innings in the third, fourth and fifth
when they couldn't score, coach
Rodgers said he was pleased with
the performances of his Saints' team.
"The bottom line is our goal is to
make it to the championship and win
it," he stressed. "We just have toi
come out and play the way we know
we are capable of playing."
And if they do, Rodgers said he is
confident that they will return as

* KINGSWAY pitcher Stephen Duncombe puts on the heat to win a play-off game
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Golf event to raise money for scholarship

SOME 25-30 teams are expected to
participate in this weekend's 1st Nation-
al Workers' Cooperative Credit Union's
Golf Classic at Bahama Reef Golf
Course, a 3-man Schamble designed to
facilitate the creation of a scholarship
fund for graduating high school seniors in
need of assistance to further their educa-
tion. Among the prizes to be won is a
new 2005 Hyundai Tuscon.
The Classic will be played today and is
open to club pros and amateurs with a
handicap of 36 or below.
Wellington "Doc" Stewart, co-ordina-
tor of the event on behalf of the Nation-
.al Workers' Cooperative Credit Union,
'aid that an exciting time will be had by all
today as the tournament has a few novelty
'vents that golfers can involve themselves
in during and after the tournament.
i The event gets underway at'8am on
.November 12 with a shotgun start. Reg-
istration costs $75 per player and opens
bn Friday at the course and continues on
Saturday morning prior to the start.

The format will be three-man teams
playing a Best-ball Shamble.
Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd,
4th, and 5th team, net and gross winners,
closest to the pin (2), and longest drive
(2). Additionally, thanks to Quality Auto
and Trinity Insurance Company, a 2005
Hyundai Tucson is available as the prize
to the lucky winner of a hole-in-one on a
selected par three.
"The first golfer signed up for this
option and making a hole-in-one wins
the vehicle. Golfers can also purchase
Mulligans to be used during the tourna-
ment. Unfortunately no Mulligan will be
allowed for the hole-in-one competition.
"Following play a putting competition
will be held and again interested golfers
can enter this event where special prizes
will be awarded to the top finishers.
"All funds received will go to assist the
scholarship fund."
The organising committee, namely,
Alfred Poitier, CEO National Workers'
Cooperative Credit Union; Ambrose

Gouthro, President of the Caribbean
Golf Association; Theo Clarke, Treasur-
er and a representative of the National
Workers' Cooperative Credit Union;
Calvin Cooper, Greg Christie, Mitch
Hepburn, Ricardo Lightbourne, Dwayne
Hepburn, and Ms. Roslyn Pinder, Niche
Marketing, Ministry of Tourism, Grand
Bahama, together with myself, hope to
attract golfers from throughout The
Bahamas to participate in this worthy
On Saturday, following the tournament
the award and closing out ceremony will
be held.
The committee is still appealing for
corporate sponsors for and others to act
as co-sponsors for the event itself. Spon-
sorships range from $300 for a hole to
$500 for a banner.
The committee is pleased to be part-
nering with the National Workers' Co-
operative Credit Union, the Ministry of
Tourism, Quality Auto, and Trinity Insur-
ance to ensure the success of this event.

* THE 2005 Hyundai Tuscon on offer to the winner of the
hole-in-one competition

* THE Dorcy Park Boyz are travelling to Long Island to play the Panthers

Softball championships

set for this weekend

Senior Sports Reporter
BAHAMAS Softball Federation's nation-
al softball championships is all set for Long
Island and Grand Bahama this weekend.
Both the Electro Telecom Dorcy Park
Boyz and the Electro Telecom Wildcats
have their bags packed to travel today for
the best-Qf-five series.
"Everything is on the go," said Knowles.
"Long Island is pretty excited. They are
-putting their finishing touches on the field
nd the bleachers should have arrived there
, "Grand Bahama have been restructing
their dugouts and they should have been
putting up the lights last night. So every-
thing looks pretty good."
In Long Island, Knowles said the Dorcy
Park Boyz should have a good series against
the host panthers,.' The series will start
tonight and' ontiniiu with game two and
three on Saturday. .
If necessary, they will play the fourth and
With games on Sunday.
' "The Panthers are looking forward to
pulaying in front of their hoi4 crowd,"
Knowles stressed. "So.we shoue see some
very good games,.
Dorcy Pak Byz' player/iager Mario
Ford said they're eagerly looking forward
tottravling to Lohg Island today the Pan-
ther '.::" '; ". '.- I ''.
''We' re going there to do at we have to
uo, heminsisted.'We're jU, going to win
one game at a time until et to three."
TWhile it could be a loi r short trip to
Lng sland, Ford said the rcy Park Boyz
are ijust dlighted to b ahle to make the
long trek tbeie ,
.'Its different sceery, a different
,island,, h'e noted, "W ee just delighted
;to b able to tavel,.xer help boost their
ehvironief.t We atrej( happy to go there
to represent tfi Dor kark Boyz and our
:Electro Telecom sponsors."
As for the Wildcath,'Knowles said the
series should be an emotional one as they
'play for their deceased right-fielder Jackie
"Lil Stunt" Moxey against the host Batelco

As the same time, Knowles said the Com-
municators are playing with just as much
emotion as some of their players have been
affected by the destruction left behind by
Hurricane Wilma.
Knowles said DHL, the courier company
he is in charge of, is currently accepting
goods, along with the federation, to dis-
tribute to the softball members affected in
Grand Bahama.
While at the nationals, Knowles said the
federation will make an assessment and
determine what they can and will contribute
to the softball community after the nation-
Ace pitcher Mary "Cruise" Edgecombe
said that at one point they were contem-
plating sitting out the nationals because
they are not allowed to travel to Long
But she said they made a decision to trav-
el to Grand Bahama and sweep the Com-
municators in three straight games as they
honor the late Mioxey, who would have pre-
ferred for them to play, no matter where
they had to travel.
"We're ready to go and play and get it
over with, since they didn't allow us to trav-
el to Grand Bahama," Edgecombe stated.
"We're going to sweep them in three
straight for Jackie.
"We don't intend to waste any time over
there because some of the girls have to
come back here to some other commit-
ments. We hope to be on the plane on Sun-
day morning."
During the round robin tournament, the
Wildcats were able to double up the Com-
municators 10-5 in their head-to-head
match-up. If that's any indication, Edge-
combe said it should be another easy series
for them.
"They're a pretty young, quick team, but
their pitching can't hold up to ours and we
have the defence, so we will be the team to
come out on top," she predicted.
Like the men, the Wildcats will play game
one tonight. Game two and three are set
for Saturday. If necessary, they will play
games four and five on Sunday.

Eight basketball

teams to play in

women's college


EIGHT Division One wom-
en's basketball teams will take
their game to Grand Bahama
Island this Thanksgiving to com-
pete in the 3rd Annual Junkanoo
With six of the field's eight
teams advancing to the 2005
NCAA Tournament, one as far
as the Elite Eight, the 2005
Junkanoo Jam will again be one
of the most competitive tourna-
ments in women's college bas-
The 2005 field includes Iowa
State, NC State, North Florida,
and Rutgers in the Freeport
Division and Purdue, George
Washington, South Carolina, and
Texas in the Lucaya Division.
The games for both divisions will
take place November 25-26, 2005
at St. George's High School on
Grand Bahama Island.
In the Freeport division, Rut-
gers brings to the Bahamas the
field's most impressive resume
from the 2004-05 season, after
making its fifth Elite Eight
appearance in the NCAA Tour-
The Scarlet Knights will look
to the three returning starters for
leadership, including Kodak
Honorable Mention All-Ameri-
can Cappie Pondexter. As a 5-9
junior guard, Pondexter averaged
a team-high 14.7 points per
game, as well as 3.1 assists per
Five-8 sophomore guard
Matee Ajavon (12.4 ppg and 3.5
apg) and 6-2 senior forward
Michelle Campbell (11.0 ppg, 5.7
rpg) are also expected to make a
big contribution for Rutgers.
They will be joined by sopho-
more guard Essence Carson (6.6
ppg. 5.5 rpg), a U19 World
Championship Team member for
the USA.
Iowa State expects to contend
for the Freeport Division cham-
pionship after an impressive
2004-05 season which led to a
first-round NCAA appearance.
Coach Bill Fennelly was named
Region Five Coach of the Year
as he guided the Lady Cyclones
to a 23-7 season.
Iowa State lost their top three
point producers to graduation
and will rely on returning starters
Lyndsey Medders and Megan
Ronhovde for early leadership.
Medders, a 5-9 junior guard,
averaged 9.7 ppg and Ronhovde,
a 6-1 junior forward, contributed
9.2 ppg and 5.3 rpg.
NC State travels to the
Bahamas with a strong nucleus of
returning players intact, including
their top five scorers from 2004-
05. The Wolfpack's no-star roster
competed in the first round of
the NCAA tournament and post-
ed a 21-8 record on the season.
As All-ACC honorees last
year, seniors Tiffany Stansbury
(11.4 ppg, 6.9 rpg) and Billie
McDowell (11.5 ppg, 2.0 apg) will
be expected to lead the team this
Also contributing to the Wolf-

pack's success last season was
ACC All-Freshman team pick
Khadijah Whittington (8.4 ppg,
5.1 rpg) and ACC All-Defensive
pick Ashley Key (8.8 ppg).
Rounding out the Freeport
Division is the University of
North Florida, who make their
Division I debut at Junkanoo
Jam 2005. Last year they com-
peted in the Division II Peach
Belt Conference, finishing with a
13-16 record.
The Lady Ospreys return eight
seniors, who will be expected to
impart experience and leader-
ship to the six incoming recruits
inked for the 2005-06 season.
The Lucaya Division appears
to be just as competitive as the
Freeport Division, with perenni-
ally tough teams George Wash-
ington, Texas, Purdue, and South
Carolina competing for the
Lucaya crown.
Three of the four teams in the
division advanced to the 2nd
round of the NCAA tournament.
The George Washington Colo-
nials bring their game back to
Grand Bahama Island after com-
peting in the inaugural Junkanoo
Jam in 2003.


Coach McKeown led the team
to a 23-9 finish and a second
round NCAA tournament
appearance during the 2004-05
season. The colonials lost three
starters and will look to Atlantic-
10 Rookie of the Year Kimberly
Beck for floor leadership. Beck,
a 5-8 sophomore guard, averaged
8.0 ppg and led the conference in
assists at 5.12 per game last sea-
Five-10 junior guard Kenan
Cole ( 7.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg) will also
be a contributor.
Also advancing to the second
round of the 2005 NCAA tour-
nament, the Texas Longhorns
will battle the field for the
Lucaya division title. The Long-
horns finished their season 22-9,
and lost 6 seniors to graduation.
Texas will look to last year's
high scorer, 6-3 junior forward
Tiffany Jackson to power their
offense, leading the team with
18.3 ppg and 8.7 rpg last season.
Texas boasts an impressive
incoming freshmen recruiting
class, including 6-1 forward Erne-
sia Williams and 5-10 guard Eri-

ka Arriaran, both of whom were.
invited to participate in the U-
19 USA team trials.
Arriaran, named by both
Parade Magazine and State
Farm/WBCA as the 2005 High.
School Player of the Year,
earned a spot on the U-19 USA,
World Championship team.
The Purdue Boilermakers,
joined Texas and George Wash-
ington with a 2nd round appear-
ance in the NCAA tournament,,
losing to eventual Final Four par-:
ticipant Tennessee. Purdue'
returns four starters from last'
year's 17-13 squad, as well as the,
top-five leading scorers on the
The Boilermakers, under head
coach Kristy Curry will look to,
leading scorers Erin Lawless and:
Katie Gearlds for offense. Law-,
less, a 6-2 junior forward, aver-,
aged 14.2 ppg and 5.3 rpg, while
Gearlds, a 6-1 guard/forward,
was just behind her at 14.1 ppg.
and 3.8 rpg.
Coming off of what head coach-
Susan Walvius called "a rebuild-
ing year," the University of
South Carolina returns every,
player for a much-anticipated;
new season.
The Gamecocks finished the.
2004-2005 "baptism by fire" sea-
son with a 8-21 record. They;
competed in the SEC, arguably.
America's toughest conference,.
with a roster comprised of 11'
freshmen and sophomores and.
only one upperclassman.
Coach Walvuis will look to.
leading scorers Lauren Simms,
(11.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg), a 5-9 junior'
guard, and Stacy Booker (8.5
ppg, 3.7 rpg) a 5-8 junior guard&
for early leadership.
The 2004 Junkanoo Jam cham-
pions Duke (Freeport Division)
and Iowa (Lucaya Division),
each earned places into post-sea- *
son play. Duke advanced as far
as the Elite Eight in the NCAA',
tournament and Iowa made it to
the Final Four in the WNIT.
The Junkanoo Jam perennial-'
ly hosts many of the nation's
strongest teams, earning a repu--
tation as one of the best pre-sea-,
son tournaments for tough early,
season competition.
The 2005 field appears to be;
the strongest yet in the three year,
history of the Junkanoo Jam,;
once again promising intense
basketball competition on the;
courts of Grand Bahama Island.;

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(:00) * LACKAWANNA (:45) ** FAT ALBERT (2004, Comedy) Kenan Thompson, Kyla Pratt, I Have
HBO-W BLUES (2005, Drama) S. Epatha Shedrack Anderson III. Live action/animated. The cartoon character be- Tourette's, Does-
Merkerson, Mos Def., (CC) comes real and helps a lonely teen. 'PG' (CC) n't Have Me
(5:30) * * TITANIC (1997, Drama) Leonardo Di- ** GARDEN STATE (2004, Comedy) Zach Braff, (:45) The Making
HBO-S Capno, Kate Winslet. A woman falls for an artist lan Holm, Ron Leibman. A disaffected actor finds a Of: Big Fish nC
aboard the ill-fated ship. C 'PG-13' (CC) soulmate In a quirky woman. A 'R' (CC) (CC)
(6:10) **a *|,1 ROBOT (2004, Science Fiction) Will Smith, Bridget Moynahan, * OCEAN'S TWELVE (2004,
MAX-E WILD THINGS Bruce Greenwood. A homicide detective tracks a dangerous robot in Comedy-Drama) George Clooney.
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(6:45), * THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW (2004) ** ANCHORMAN: THE LEGEND OF RON BUR- (:45) Hollywood
MOMAX Dennis Quaid. Global warming leads to worldwide nat- GUNDY (2004) Will Ferrell. A 1970s newsman feels Sexcapades 'A
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S (6:30)** THE * MEAN GIRLS (2004, Comedy) Lindsay Lohan, (;45) SHO M asters of Horror "Dance of the
SHOW PERFECT Tina Fey, iTV. A teen becomes friends with three cruel First "Get Rich or Dead" A woman encounters a dan-
SCORE (2004) schoolmates. C 'PG-13' (CC) Die Tryin'." gerous postapocalyptic world.
(6:25)*** * MONSTER (2003, Biography) Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci A HALLOWEEN: THE CURSE
TMC THE LEGEND 2 Bruce Dem. Aileen Wuomos kitrs seven men and lands on death row. A OF MICHAEL MYERS (1995 Hor-
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ESPNI nis Shanghai. (Live) (CC)
Father Father Corapi and the Catechism Beatification of the Servant of God, Clemens August Cardinal Graf
EWTN Groeschel of the Catholic Church Von Galen In the Vatican Basilica, Rome.
I00) FitTV's Diet Marilu Henner's Shape Up Your Reunion Story "Survival of the Ultimate Goals A woman strives to
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SCinematech Bralniac Pain. Brainiac Inde- Fastlane"Offense" An FBI agent Street Fury (N) Street Fury (N)
G4Tech Istructible object. frames Billie for murder. (CC
HALL (2005, Mystery) John Larroquette. An attorney's client Clarence Williams Ill, Nina Siemaszko. An amateur sleuth investigates a
is accused of killing a talk-show host. (CC) killing at a health spa. (CC)
Designed to Sell Holmes on Real Renos Buy Me "Before House Hunters Holmes on Homes "House Arrest"
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NSP D Missions In Touch "The Ten Command- The King Is Voice of Revival Jack Van Impe Manna-Fest (CC:
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(6:00) NBA Basketball Los Angeles The Fresh What I Like Twins Jordan Reba Reba plays Reba Reba's rec-
KTLA Clippers at Philadelphia 76ers. Prince of Bel-Air About You An- causes a major Cupid for her ex- onciliation plan
(Live) C (CC) nulment papers. problem. (CC) husband, backfires.
** HER BEST FRIEND'S HUSBAND (2002) Bess BEST FRIEND (2005, Suspense) Megan Gallagher, Claudette Mink. Pre-
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close friend's spouse. (CC) (DVS)
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de tacos le trae suerte a su clientele.
COYOTE ** HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS (2003, Romance-Comedy) Kate Hudson, Matthew ** HOW TO
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