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Christie hits out

over comments on

recent investments,

Grand Bahama


* By CARA BRENNEN
& KARAN MINNIS
Tribune Staff Reporters
PRIME Minister Perry
Christie has blasted former
prime minister Hubert Ingra-
ham for his "immature" char-
acterisation of recent invest-
ments and his comments about
the Grand Bahama economy.
Mr Christie, flanked by
almost his entire Cabinet, held a
press conference immediately
after his return from the 20th
Commonwealth Heads of Gov-
ernment Meeting in Malta, in
the VIP lounge of Nassau Inter-
national Airport yesterday
afternoon. '
The Prime Minister said he
felt obligated to immediately
respond to comments Mr Ingra-
ham had made in his absence
regarding the BahaMar devel-


opment and the Grand Bahama
economy.
However, last night Mr Ingra-
ham said he had heard Mr
Christie's comments and was
prepared to respond to his
"charges." (See Mr Ingraham's
reply below).
Referring yesterday to Mr
Ingraham's claim that the PLP
government handled the Royal
Oasis closure badly, causing a
severe increase in unemploy-
ment on Grand Bahama, Mr
Christie said that "it is wrong."
"It is wrong and not becom-
ing someone who has held the
high office of state in this coun-
try to take such an approach to
an issue of this kind that deals
with people's lives. It doesn't
make sense," he said.
The prime minister said that
SEE page nine


FNM leader hits back

at criticism by PM
* By KARAN MINNIS
Tribune Staff Reporter
FORMER prime minister Hubert Ingraham has suggested that
Prime Minister Perry Christie "not lower the standard of public
debate by labelling his opponent and likely his replacement as
'immature' or 'irresponsible.'"
Speaking, in response to charges made by Mr Christie yesterday
in reference to the FNM and Mr Ingraham himself, Mr Ingraham
last night said that "we don't need to go down that road."
"Mr Christie ought to stop looking in the mirror and seeing
himself and saying 'it's me'," he said. "He knows better and if he
doesn't, he will be reminded, often if necessary, during the course
of the coming campaign."
Yesterday Prime Minister Christie held a press conference imme-
diately after his return from the 20th Commonwealth Heads of
Government Meeting in Malta, stating that he felt obligated to
SEE page nine


HUBERT INGRA-
HAM has been sworn in
as the official Leader of
the Opposition in the
House of Assembly for
the second time in his
political career.
As one of her last offi-
cial acts as Governor-
General, Dame Ivy
Dumont presented Mr
Ingraham with the instru-
ment of constitutional
office yesterday after-
noon at Government
House.
Thanking his wife
Dolores for her atten-
dance, Mr Ingraham said
this appointment is all the
more "personal and spe-
cial" because it was unex-
pected and in response to
a "definite call from the
people of the Bahamas
for my return to public
service."
Mr Ingraham said that
this is his second appoint-
SEE page 10


LEADER of the Opposition Hubert Ingraham receiving I
his instrument of appointment from the Governor General
SDame Ivy Dumont yesterday at Government House.
(Photo By: Franklyn G Ferguson)

Deported criminals 'are

putting Bahamas at risk'


TENS of thousands of crimi-
nals deported from first world
nations are putting the Bahamas
and other Caribbean nations at
risk, it has emerged.
The villains bring with them
contacts that "enhance the inter-
national reach" of criminal ele-
ments in the region, a former
envoy has claimed.
And they have contributed to
a crime increase "beyond the
capacity of police forces in the
region to cope with it."


The claims were made by for-
mer Caribbean diplomat Sir
Ronald Sanders during a lecture
at London Metropolitan Uni-
versity.
He said there was anecdotal
evidence of a correlation
between the deportees and rising
crime.
"Whatever the truth of that
claim, there has certainly been a
significant rise in crime and
SEE page 10


US concern that
Bahamas area
is being used
as a 'drop
off' zone for
Cuban migrants
By PAUL G
TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
US AUTHORITIES are
concerned that Cay Sal
Bank, a remote part of the
Bahamas, is being used by
smugglers as a "drop off"
zone for Cuban migrants
attempting to reach landfall
in Florida.
US Coast Guard press liai-
son officer Lt Commander
Terry Johns said they inter-
cept smugglers almost on a
daily basis, with the latest
incident happening over the
weekend.
During November, 217
Cuban migrants have
already been apprehended,
with almost 20 per cent of
them being seized in the Cay
Sal Bank area.
From Cay Sal, it is a short
60-mile run via a "go fast"
boat to Florida, making the
area a prime location for
smugglers to either deposit
or retrieve their cargo.
SEE page 10
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Third person
charged in

connection
with murder

8 By A FELICITY
INGRAHAM
Tribune Staff Reporter
A THIRD person has
been charged in connection
with the murder of a Haitian
man last month.
While the first two
arraigned for the death-of
Michael Bissainthe are of
Haitian-Bahamian descent,
the third is a Bahamian.
Yesterday, 30-year-old
Montry Thompson of Kenil-
worth Street was charged.
Magistrate Roger Gomez
told Thompson that he is
charged with murder, con-
trary to Section 291 of the
Penal Code. He, being con-
cerned with others, is alleged
to have caused the death of
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The will of God and the will




of man in the political arena


THE debate over free will and
determinism is as old as the
hills and there is no end in sight. Pro-
fessor Paul Davies of Macquarie Uni-
versity of Sydney, Australia, observes
that it is picking up steam and he is
worried about it.
Writing in the magazine Foreign Pol-
icy, Professor Davies points out that
belief in some measure of free will is
common to all cultures and a large part
of what makes us human.
"It is also," he says, "fundamental to
our ethical and legal systems. Yet
today's scientists and philosophers are
busily chipping away at this social pillar
apparently without thinking what
might replace it.
"... But even if they are right, and
free will really is an illusion, it may still
be a fiction worth maintaining."
To most Christians, God-given free
will is an article of faith. It was defined
in the fourth century by the great North
African doctor of the church St Augus-
tine of Hippo in his book On Free
Choice Of The Will.
The vast majority of Bahamians claim
to be Christian, yet there is in our
national psyche strong elements of
determinism and fatalism.
This is attributed to God rather than
the scientific model in which every
event and act is said to be wholly attrib-
utable to a chain of prior occurrences.
In other words, whatever happens is
the will of God.
Some take delight in quoting that old
saw, "the voice of the people is the
voice of God", apparently oblivious to
the untenable conclusions it can lead
to. If that were true then we would have
a sure method of settling all moral and
religious issues: refer them to popular
vote.

Years ago I attended the funer-
al of a young man who had
been killed by another in a senseless
act of violence and I recoiled in disbe-
lief when the presiding minister told
the family and the congregation to
accept their loss as the will of God.
The death of that young man was, it
seemed to me, due not to the will of
God but to the immoral exercise of free
will by another humanaibifigi. .
A variation o'n thi then is the grow-
ing tendency of some in the Bahamian
political arena to attribute their actions
to the will of God.
Writing in the Religion Section of
The Tribune of November 17, Clement
Johnson expressed some unease over
the use of religion in the political arena.
He quoted a young lady who said that
the over-use of religious jargon at the


recent party conventions was "almost
sickening".
He also quoted Deacon King of the
Baptist Church:
"What bothered me most was the
way people were dancing to religious


because I also believe that his political
talents and that of others are wast-
ed in splinter parties.
But what if some of his colleagues in
the CDR believe that it was a mistake?
That the CDR does have a future? That
the PLP is on the wrong track? Would
that mean they are opposing what God
has ordained? And that Dr Nottage did
not do what God ordained until he was
convinced by Leslie Miller?!
The decision to join a particular polit-
ical party is, generally speaking, a
morally neutral choice. If the party
under consideration is overtly commit-
ted to evil like the Nazi party in Ger-
many in the early part of the last cen-
tury then the choice is clear.
In the context of the Bahamas and
most western democracies the citizen
does not face such a stark choice but
may still be inclined to make finer judg-
ments based on his own particular
moral compass.

Perhaps something St Augustine
said about free will and moral
choices can be useful to politicians mak-
ing political choices and to all of us
about all the other choices we make.
We should consider both consequences
and motives because:
"Fear attacks from one side and
desire from the other; from one side,
anxiety; from the other, an empty and
deceptive happiness; from one side, the
agony of losing what one loved; from
the other, the passion to acquire what
one did not have; from one side, the
pain of an injury received; from the
other, the burning desire to avenge it.


banner of the Cross of Christ, inflicted
the most horrendous atrocities against
Muslims.
One of them recorded how the Holy
City of Jerusalem was ankle-deep in
"the blood of the infidels". They had
apparently forgotten the command of
Jesus Christ to put away the sword. For
evil measure, these same Christian cru-
saders from the West also slaughtered
Christians in the East.
So it has continued. In Europe,
Catholics and Protestants persecuted
each other in turn, and today some
western "princes" believe they are
ordained by God to wage aggressive
war against other people and to drop
bombs on their cities.

B ahamian politicians indeed,
all of us should guard against
the temptation to affect moral and spir-
itual superiority over others by claiming
the personal direction and approval of
God for our very human deeds.
This tendency has not yet reached
dangerous levels. In fact, it is some-
times quite pathetic and occasionally
laughable. But it can become danger-
ous.
We are fortunate to live in a country
where there is religious freedom; where
there is harmony between the various
denominations; where there is a con-
sensus which allows co-operation
between church and state for the good
of God's people; but where there is also
a healthy separation of church and
state, and no state church.
In our political parties there are
Christians of all denominations and,
while we are called upon as citizens to
make political judgments, it is not for us
to judge who is trying the hardest to
do God's will. Certainly, nobody should
be impressed by the number of times
one says "Lord, Lord".
None of us should claim God as a
member of our political party, or as our
personal political consultant, or as being
on our side in the political arena.
Instead we should all get on our
knees and, remembering the human
tendencies St Augustine spoke about,
ask God to help us be on His side and
to give us the grace to tell the difference
between self-will and His will.
When we are tempted to shout loud-
est about how God is directing us, per-
haps that is when we should consider
most carefully our motives: the pas-
sion to acquire, the desire to avenge,
avarice, ambition, envy, pride and
countless other evils which crowd the
realm of inordinate desire and run riot.
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.music, and how some of the speakers
,were going on like they were preaching.
Our people need to decide if they are
going to be pqRliical leaders or evan-
gelical preachers."
In this column last week I expressed
disappointment in Dr Bernard Nottage
for saying he had been convinced that
his rejoining the PLP was "ordained
by God".
I happen to believe that it was a good
thing Dr Nottage decided to join one of
the two major political parties if only


"Wherever you turn, avarice can
.pinch, extravagance squander, ambi-
tion destroy, pride swell, envy torment,
apathy crush, obstinacy incite, oppres-
sion chafe, and countless other evils
crowd the realm of inordinate desire
and run riot.
History is replete with examples of
Christians blaming God for their own
foolish and malicious acts, including
murder, war and persecution. The cru-
sading princes of the West, under the


0 In brief

Meeting
held on

question of

extradition

* By KARAN MINNIS
Tribune Staff Reporter
EXTRADITIONS should
not be carried out without
strong judicial evidence against
a Bahamian citizens.
Dr Gilbert Morris, a presen-
ter at an upcoming town meet-
ing on the issue, said that extra-
dition is one of the most impoir-
tant national issue that needs
to be addressed.
"This is a topic that is of
grave concern to the nation,'
he said. "It is not something that
should just continue to be an
issue without some type of
address."
Tomorrow Island Promotions
International will be holding tlh
meeting at the British Colonial
Hilton.
Beginning at 7pm, the town
meeting in the Hilton's ball-
room, will include presenters
such as Rawle Maynard, Dr
Morris, Paul Moss Jr and Mau-
rice Glinton.
"Extradition is one of tlh
most important subjects in any
country because it goes to the
heart of the countries constitu-
tion and it goes to the heart of
citizenship," Dr Morris said.
Dr Morris said that "sit
shouldn't be that the US gov-
ernment can make an applica-
tion with your name on it and in
making that application accuse
you of being a fugitive even
through you are not on the run
from anyone... on the basis ofa
statement made by a man who
is on bail in the US and
attempting to save himself."


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SIn brief

Tynes wins
praise in

Senate by

Turnquest

* By FELICITY INGRAHAM
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE LIFE and work of Cyril
Tynes was lauded in the Sen-
ate chambers on Monday.
Senate leader for the oppo-
sition Tommy Turnquest hailed
Mr Tynes as a politician and
nation builder.
Mr Turnquest said that Mr
Tynes was in a similar position
in the Opposition as that he
faced. He called it a "hybrid
situation", as the leader of the
Opposition in the House of
Assembly was someone other
than the leader of the FNM.
During Mr Tynes' tenure, he
served as Leader of the Oppo-
sition in the House, although
he was not leader of the FNM.
What is sad, .said Mr Turn-
quest, is that great men like Mr
Tynes are hardly known for
their work, if they are known
at all.
However, he feels that their
contribution to the country
should be documented for
future generations to appreci-
ate.
Government Senate Leader
Dr Marcus Bethel also offered
accolades for Mr Tynes, the for-
mer MP and Free National
Movement politician.
He expressed his condolences
to the Tynes family on behalf
of the Bahamas government.

GB police
arrest men
following
robberies

FREEPORT Grand
Bahama Police have taken two
men in custody in connection
with an armed robbery at the
Hawksbill Service Station on
Saturday.
Police intercepted a vehicle
with two male occupants in the
Hunters area around 1.25pm.
One of the men in the vehicle
had matched the description of
the gunman who held up the
service station on West Sunrise
Highway several minutes earli-
er.
Service station employees
told police that around 1.18pm
a man was wearing a tam, long.
brown pants and a blue T-shirt
robbed the establishment of an
undetermined amount of cash.
Assistant press liaison officer
Inspector Loretta Mackey said
officers were immediately dis-
patched to the scene to investi-
gate. At the same time, she said,
police received assistance from
residents of the Grand Bahama
community.
Insp Mackey said police are
currently investigating the
armed robbery of the World
Champion Liquor Store on
Coral Road.
A masked gunman entered
the store around 9.30pm and
robbed the female employee of
$250 cash. The culprit was wear-
ing a black mask, light color
shirt and blue jeans.
A third man is also in cus-
tody for questioning in connec-
tion with the armed robbery of
the Queens Highway Service
Station on November 23.


Boy questioned



after shooting



of woman


* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT A 17-year-
old boy is in custody and being
questioned about the murder
of 34-year-old Tanya Margu-
rite "Penny" Pinder.
Ms Pinder was shot and
killed on Friday by a gunman
during an attempted armed-
robbery at the Cool Breeze
Apartments on Hudson
Avenue, where she was
employed for 14 years as an
office clerk.
Her death was the 14th
homicide for the year in Grand
Bahama.
Assistant press liaison offi-
cer Inspector Loretta Mackey
confirmed that a young man,
is assisting them with investi-
gations into the matter.
According to reports, Ms
Pinder was at work around
11.35am when a masked man
armed with a shotgun attempt-
ed to rob her.
She was shot in the head just
below the left ear, police.
There was no money at the
office, because the owner of
the complex had left with the
cash five minutes prior to the
shooting.


* PENNY Pinder


Ms Pinder was discovered
lying on the floor near the
southern door of the Bud Ann
Investment office, located at
Cool Breeze Apartments. She
was taken to Rand Memorial
Hospital, where she later died.
Ms Pinder, a resident of
Beachway Drive, leaves behind
an 11-year-old son.
Relatives are still trying to
come to grips with the tragedy,
according to Desi Wallace-
Swain, a close relative.
"It is still very difficult for
everyone, especially for her


mother because Penny still
lived at home. And her son,
Dylan, cries from time to time.
"They were very close and
I think that the reality of her
death hasn't sunken in yet,"
she said.
She said that in preparation
for Christmas, Penny had
already bought her son the toy
motorcycle that he had always
wanted, as well as everything
she needed for the new duplex
that she and her sister were in
the process of building together.
Mrs Wallace-Swain described
Penny, her first cousin, as a very
sociable person who always had
a smile on her face.
"There was never a dull
moment when Penny was
around. She was a positive per-
son and always looked at the
bright side of things, even in
bad situations. She is going to
be missed terribly.
"It is seems so senseless and
the family just want to know
why the person did what he
did," said Mrs Swain.
In light of the recent spate of
armed robberies police are
appealing to persons particu-
larly business owners and
employees to be extremely
vigilant.


HUMAN rights activists
are calling on the govern-
ment to amend the Banks
and Trust Companies Act to
provide home and property
owners with financial relief
in the aftermath of natural
disasters.
Following three devastat-
ing hurricanes to hit the
northern Bahamas within the
space of a year, the Grand
Bahama Human Rights
Association (GBHRA) is
now urging government to
include provisions in the Act
which would give people
relief from paying loans dur-
ing the processing of their
insurance claims after dam-
age sustained during natural
disasters and pending recov-
ery of insurance claims.
The association is further
calling upon Grand Bahama
banks and insurance compa-
nies to advance premiums to
the victims of Hurricanes
Frances, Jeanne and Wilma.
The Association is sug-
gesting that banks and insur-
ance companies offer to pay
premiums on behalf of their
customers or add them to the
mortgage, which would then
be blended into the repay-
ment schedule
"Many banks have done
this and this has been very
helpful to the home and
property owners. However,
some institutions have not
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Serious allegations should be answered


MR CARL Bethel, who received his letters
of appointment at Government House this
morning as an FNM Senator, has made very
serious allegations about the issue of visas
by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Mr Bethel
has suggested "direct political involvement at
the highest level of the Christie administra-
tion" in what has become known as the "visa
scandal".
According to Mr Bethel visas issued in
the Bahamas to Haitians have grown from
102 in 2002 to more than 2,200 in 2004. Also
visas issued to Chinese nationals have
quadrupled since 2002.
Mr Bethel hinted that his allegations were
of such a serious nature that there should be
an independent public inquiry into them. The
inquiry should be headed by a Supreme
Court or Court of Appeals judge, he said.
At the PLP convention Foreign Affairs
Minister Fred Mitchell assured delegates that
no scandal of any kind had been uncovered in
his ministry. He dismissed Mr Bethel's alle-
gations as FNM propaganda. But Mr Bethel
continued the attack.
Mr Mitchell replied that after a prelimi-
nary examination of the FNM's evidence the
explanations, were "entirely innocent and
consistent with the routine work" of his min-
istry.
He considered the allegations.a police mat-
ter and instructed the Police Commissioner to
determine the quality of Mr Bethel's evi-
dence and to "determine how stolen docu-
ments of the Ministry came to be in their
(FNM) possession."
In our opinion if the FNM have what they
claim to have, this is a matter for a commis-
sion of inquiry, not the police.
However, our main concern today .i that
the focus should be concentrated on tfe alle-
gations, not the whistleblower.:'- 1- ,-,
The public is not concerned with how the
FNM got whatever information they claim
to have.
They are only concerned with whether
their accusations are true or false.
As a matter of fact, so much is wrong in
governments and big corporations today that
the world smiles kindly on the "whistleblow-
er".
Deflecting attention from embarrassing
questions or revelations was the usual tactic
of the late Sir Lynden Pindling's PLP gov-
ernment.
We recall the times when Norman
Solomon, then Opposition leader, would
stand on the floor of the House with infor-
mation leaked from a government depart-
ment, only to be shouted down by Sir Lynden
with demands to know how he got his infor-
mation. The PLP government wiped his ques-
tions off the table and spent their energies try-
ing to ferret out the informant. There is a
differ -nt temper in this country today, where
such tactics will not work.


We recall how foolish they made them-
selves look in 1968 less than year after com-
ing to power when, in an attempt to save
face, they bungled the Coon case.
Last week in this column we briefly
referred to the Coon case without calling
names. Mrs Coon was the daughter of Dr
Arthur Weiland, founder of Miami's Vari-
ety Children's Hospital, and head of the firm
whose doctors, through the Crippled Chil-
dren's Committee, held free clinics twice a
year for more than 20 years at the Princess
Margaret Hospital for the Bahamas' crip-
pled children.
Mrs Coon, 28, her husband and three-year-
old daughter arrived in Nassau to go deep sea
fishing in the Exumas. Mrs Coon was in the
early stages of pregnancy, and was making the
trip with the full approval of her doctor. How-
ever, something went wrong on her first night
here. Mrs Coon needed urgent medical atten-
tion, but no doctor could be found. She was
rushed to the Princess Margaret Hospital.
On arrival at PMH it was obvious she was in
labour. "White lady, wait your turn," was all
the sympathy she got from a black nurse's
aide. In the end, in the most squalid condi-
tions, Mrs Coon, with the help of Nurse Inez
Nairn, delivered her own son, who died short-
ly afterwards. Mrs Coon left the hospital and
flew back to Miami without ever having been
seen by a doctor.
Dr Weiland flew to Nassau to bring his
daughter's disgraceful treatment to the atten-
tion of the government to make certain that
such a scandalous event should never happen
again.
Instead of investigating the hospital, Milo
Butler, then Minister of Health, later the
Baharnas' frst governor general, asked 15
innocuous questions on the floor of thle
House: These questions included questions as,
to why a private doctor did not answer the
hotel's call; whether on her return to Miami,
Mrs Coon reported the matter to her doctor;
whether her doctor called PMH to find out
what happened; whether she was in the care
of a doctor before leaving Miami and whether
he had given her permission to travel, etc.
Mr Butler said that only when his 15 ques-
tions had been answered could he say "what
really happened at the Princess Margaret
Hospital to Mrs Coon." What he didn't say
was that all of his foolish 15 questions had
been answered before he even went to the
House.
Dr Weiland was furious. The matter was
headlined in The Miami Herald. Dr Weiland
wrote a letter to Sir Milo, which he copied to
US Secretary of State Dean Rusk and Sena-
tor Claude Pepper. In it he suggested that
because of all of Sir Milo's factual errors, he
must have confused his daughter with anoth-
er patient.
Today Bahamians will not stand for such
nonsense.


EDITOR, The Tribune
On two recent occasions your
editorials have alluded to the
political affiliation of my father
Gladstone L Christie. I would
therefore be most appreciative
if you would print my attached
response to clarify any misin-
formation that you may be act-
ing on.
Again, I thank you for your
attention to this matter.
Gary W Christie.
EDITOR, The Tribune
WILLIAM J Bennet in his
book The Moral Compass said
"All children need bread and
shelter. But a true home of
course is much more than that.
Children also need love and
order and because they are not
born knowing the difference
between right and wrong, they
need a place where they can
begin to develop a moral sense.
Our moral sense emerges from
the examples set by mother,
father, sisters and brothers. In
the familiar world of home, we
learn the habits of virtue that
will strengthen us when we ven-
ture into the world".
As both of my parents have
passed on to be with their God,
I am obliged to respond to your
November 23 editorial to clari-
fy and challenge any misinfor-
mation and untruths regarding
the "home" that nurtured the
political direction and philoso-
phy of the Prime Minister, The
Rt Hon Perry Gladstone
Christie.
In The Tribune's archives is a
feature article entitled "Glad-
stone Christie: A Chocolate
Dandy Life", written by Earlin
Williams over several interview
sessions with my father for pos-
terity. The story was graciously
carried in your October 13,1999
issue, just prior to my father's
death. Please allow me to quote
liberally from Mr William's arti-
cle to give you a clear and fac-
tual portrayal of the political
affiliations of Gladstone
Christie during the sordid reign
of the United Bahamian Party.
Excerpts from Mr William's
story states. The winds of
change were blowing through
the colonies and Mr Christie's
trip into the United States in
the late 1930's had broadened
his horizons to the extent that
when taxi men came together
to form the Bahamas Taxicab
Union in 1940, the country's
first trade union was born and
Mr Christie became its Trea-
surer. He worked tirelessly for


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the good of the finances of the
union and his insight along with
that of Sir Clifford Darling,
Prince Huyler, Lochinvar Lock-
hart lead to the formation of
Taxico, a tour company, gas sta-
tion, and auto parts shop and
on the social end, death benefits
for members' survivors and
assistance in their children's
education needs. Discrimina-
tion was ugly back then, so it
was only natural that when the
Progressive Liberal Party led
by Lynden Pindling, was elected
to the house in 1953 along with
Milo Butler, that the Bahamas
Taxicab Union gravitated to the
PLP.
With Taxi men having their
livelihoods threatened in 1953
when the white led Government
attempted to stop taxis from
operating at The Nassau Inter-
national Airport, the PLP led
the political charge and the taxi
union became a willing thor-
oughbred steed. Mr Christie as
Treasurer provided all of the
meals for the general strike par-
ticipants at the airport. He put
in place a strike fund to assist as
the men parked their vehicles
in protest over the Govern-
ment's move. The Government
backed down and the union and
PLP won, forging a brother-
hood that exists today with the
taxi union. In Gladstone
Christie's words, "The PLP rep-
resented to us what we wanted
the future to be for ourselves
and our children. Back then taxi
men could take home as much
as $300 per day. But something
was not right with the racial sit-
uation. The union made a firm
resolve to work with the PLP
to bring about majority rule.
We made it a reality on January
10, 1967."
Mr Christie opened the
union's coffers to the PLP help-
ing out in every way imagin-
able. He recalls an incident
where a PLP Acklins/Crooked
Island candidate contacted Nas-
sau expressing his disappoint-
ment that he needed to charter
a small boat to get around, the
district in time for the general
election. 'I called the taxi men
together and we put in the hat


that day $1,000 and sent it up to
him so he could do what he had
to do," said Mr Christie.
He has been honoured by the
Taxicab Union on two occa-
sions and he is also one of the
country's first holders of The
National Tourism Achievement
award. Mr Christie has also
been honoured by Her Majesty,
the Queen with a Certificate
and Badge of Honour. But he
counts as his real meaningful
achievement the role he played
in the Bahamas Taxicab Union
alongside Presidents Mr P
Huyler, Sir Clifford Darling,
Lochinvar Lockhart and others
in bringing about majority rule.
All of the above is taken from
Mr William's feature story
"Gladstone Christie: A Choco-
late Dandy Life." A living con-
temporary of my father Sir Clif-
ford Darling, spoke at his funer-
al. He knows the history of my
father's politics and social com-
mitment to majority rule.
My earliest recollection of
homespun political education
was driving the streets in 1956
with my father in his big taxi,
blowing car horns and shouting
Fawkes & Pindling, All The
Way, while not appreciating the
significance of the event. I
remember it clearly because my
father who was not a very social
man Was unusually ecstatic. I
further recollect being taken by
my parents to a mass PLP rally
on Clifford Park in 1962 a id
sharing their disappointment at
the PLP's loss in the ensuing
general election.
Anyone who knew my i th
er Nurse Naomi Christie w aild,
have known of her passionate
commitment to her family- hger
church, her patients and hor
party. Her party wasunquejs-
tionably the Progressive Liber-
al Party.
I hope that I have been suffi-
ciently enlightening so that you
and your readership now have a
more accurate portrayal of the
kind of home the Prime Minis-
ter is a product of. Perry's sense
of morality, justice and service
to community are virtues learnt
from his parents, as is his bond
to the Progressive Liberal Party.
I thank you for your time and
space.
GARY W CHRISTIE
Nassau
November 24 2005


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* By TIFFANY GRANT
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE COLLEGE of the
Bahamas moved one step clos-
er to university status with. the
official opening of its educa-
tional complex.
Yesterday, College of the
Bahamas (COB) officials, invit-
ed guests and members of gov-
ernment gathered for a short
ceremony in front of the col-
lege's Thompson Boulevard
complex, to mark the event.
Acting COB president Rhon-
da Chipman-Johnson said that
the complex is a symbol of
progress in the college's 30th
year.
The college purchased the
former Boulevard Building in
April, as part of the first stage of
its acquisition target for 2005-
2006.
The complex, opposite the
main campus, houses a two-
storey bookstore, "Chapter
One", a specialty caf6, "First
Edition", and a business cen-
tre, "Copy Right."
Education Minister Alfred
Sears in his address said that
the educational complex is the
fulfilment of the vision of the
college's past presidents.
"The institution must ensure
that all students and faculty
members have access to a broad
range of learning resources to


support its purpose and pro-
grammes.
"It is my hope that those who
take advantage of the services
which the complex has to offer
will do so cognizant of the fact
that they are part of the invest-
ment in the present of the insti-
tution, and indeed the country,"
said Mr Sears.
The facility also offers seven
conventional classrooms, three
graduate conference-type
rooms, and two theatre lecture
rooms. The faculty and staff of
the school's of Education and
Social Science, as well as, a
department of graduate stud-
ies, are accommodated in the
complex. There is also an office
for the president emeritus.
The complex will-be named
after the chairman emeritus of
COB, Bishop Michael Eldon.
Bishop Eldon served as college
council chairman for 20 consec-
utive years.
The bishop is currently rest-
ing at home, having slipped into
a coma earlier in the year after
complications arising from a
bout of pneumonia.
A formal naming ceremony
will be held early next year.
COB has started a number of
structural changes throughout
the year. Mr Sears said that
ground was broken for the erec-
tion of new and expanded facil-
ities for the northern campus


* ACTING Prime Minister Cynthia 'Mother' Pratt officially opens the new educational complex,
watched by acting COB president Rhonda Chipman-Johnson and Frankie Wilson, chaiman of the
COB council
(Photo: Mario Duncanson/Tribune staff)


on Grand Bahama. Ground was
broken for the establishment of
the Harry Moore Library and
Resource Centre, and a band-
shell was built.


Family seeks to stop



autopsy at PMH


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A BAHAMIAN family is
fighting the Princess Margaret
Hospital in an effort to prevent
an autopsy being performed on
51-year-old deceased kidney
patient Hollis Saunders.
The family said that the
unwillingness of the attending
doctors to sign his death certifi-
cate without the autopsy is sim-
ply prolonging the suffering of
his surviving family members.
The sister of the deceased
Bernita Saunders spoke to The
Tribune yesterday and said her
family feels that an autopsy on
Hollis' body would be nothing
more than a "desecration".
"He was very thin there is
nothing on him to cut. He suf-
fered in that hospital many days
... I don't feel it is necessary
because for 15 years he was a
dialysis patient. Whatever they
had to do with him they did,"
Ms Saunders said.
The decision by hospital doc-
tors, she said, is placing undue
stress on her 84-year-old moth-
er and her wheelchair-bound
father.
According to Ms Saunders,
hospital officials say another
factor is delaying the release of
Hollis' body.
She said doctors claimed that


they ran tests on Mr Saunders
before he died and are waiting
on the results.
"I don't see why they have to
have his body in the morgue
waiting, on tests. That won't
bring him back," said Ms Saun-
ders.
"We are trying to get his
insurance; that's the only way
they can bury him. We don't
have the money saved up for
that. We have already called a
priest and his funeral was to be
on Saturday and we don't even
know if that is going to happen
because we don't have the
body," she said.
Ms Saunders also criticised
the doctor attending her broth-
er for not being sympathetic to
the desires of her family.
"Why hinder people from
doing what they want to do. My
mother gave him birth and she
does not want his autopsy. At
one point the (doctor) who saw
him told my sister that he won't
sign the death certificate until
he was sure of what he was sign-
ing.
"My mother has had restless
nights where she can't sleep
and my father has been so wor-
ried about this he said that he
does not know if he will attend


because of the stress its putting
on his heart," Mr Saunders said.
Attempts to contact hospital
officials for comment on the'
matter were unsuccessful. .


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The effort was recom-
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on which Mr McCartney
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Christie appeals




for re-opening of




High Commission


Nottage stresses social ills


S'By KARIN HERIG and
CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Bahamas will continue to
appeal to the United Kingdom to
review its closure of the British
High Commission in Nassau,
Prime Minister Perry Christie said
yesterday.
Returning from the Common-
wealth Heads of Government
meeting in Malta, Mr Christie said
he used the opportunity provid-
ed by his trip to Europe to meet
with British Prime Minister Tony
Blair and impress upon him the
importance of a British High
Commission in the Bahamas.
Mr Christie said that the clo-
sure of the British High Commis-
sion this year comes at a time
when the Bahamas is in particular
need of a close consular relation-
ship with the UK.
"I made .a very strong case on
behalf of the Bahamas, for there
to be assistance rendered to the
Bahamas because of seemingly
insurmountable problems caused
by the growing instability of Haiti.


I indicated specifically that all of
this is happening in a time in the
Bahamas when the British High
Commission closed in June of this
year," he said.
Mr Christie said that given the
"very strong historical ties
between Britain and the'
Bahamas" and the co-operation
with the UK through the OPBAT
participant Turks and Caicos,
there should be a formal arrange-
ment between the two countries to
interdict illegal immigrants and
drug shipments.
The prime minister said he indi-
cated to Mr Blair that "tremen-
dous discomfort and inconve-
nience" is being experienced by
Bahamian students in the UK,
who since the closure of the High
Commission, have had to address
consular matters to Jamaica.
However, the British govern-
ment has indicated a prepared-
ness to immediately open an office
for the purpose of facilitating stu-
dents, Mr Christie said.
The prime minister said, that a
further important factor to be con:
sidered in the review of the clo-


sure of the British High Commis-
sion is the increased number of vis-
itors from the UK to the Bahamas.
Mr Christie said that with the
launch of Virgin Atlantic's Nas-
sau/London route, to which more
flights will soon be added, "it
seems to me to be of every advan-
tage to both governments for
there to be a review of the con-
siderations leading to the closure."
"I have indicated that a letter
will ensue from me to Prime Min-
ister Blair with a view to confirm-
ing the request," he said.
The British High Commission
closed its doors on June 6 of this
year.
British Foreign Secretary Jack
Straw said the British governmen-
t's decision to close nine embassies
and high commissions worldwide
was necessary for the UK's For-
eign and Commonwealth Office
"to keep pace with a rapidly chang-
ing international environment".
It is estimated that the move
will free up 6 million ($10.3 mil-
lion) a year for priorities such as
fighting terrorism, the British gQv-
ernment stated.


ILL


* DR Bernard Nottage receiving his instrument of appointment from Governor
General Dame Ivy Dumont yesterday at Government House
(Photo: Franklyn G Ferguson).


* By TIFFANY GRANT
Tribune Staff Reporter
DR Bernard Nottage
announced yesterday that he
wants to use his new Senate
position to address social ills
such as crime and poverty.
A a ceremony at Gov-
ernment House, Dr Not-
tage was named a PLP sen-
ator and presented with his
Instruments of Appoint-
ment by Governor-Gener-
al Dame Ivy Dumont.
The new senator's well-
wishers could not be
accommodated in the
drawing room of Govern-
ment House. The small


crowd had to therefore be
relocated to the ballroom.
In attendance were
Deputy Prime Minister
Cynthia Pratt, as well as a
number of PLP senators
and relatives of Dr Nottage.
Mrs Pratt said: "I am
grateful that I am here to
witness this afternoon your
return to public life. Dr
Nottage, it is an honour for
all of us to be here to share
with you this moment and
to encourage you. "
In an interview with the
press, Dr Nottage affirmed
that his goal is to serve the
public.
"All of these studies are


done and the results are issued,
and then nothing seems to hap-
pen to deal with the problems
themselves illegal immigra-
tion for example, how do we
deal with it in an humane way?"
Dr Nottage said leaders need
to be more than just "pure politi-
cians", but people who are look-
ing at the problems of the coun-
try, and trying to solve them.

TROPICALn


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maintenance of public spaces.
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Pride Association.
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by government employees. We
can't leave everything to gov-
ernment. It is very difficult for


the government to do everything.
Besides, it's our country too. We
need the public's participation.
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ensure that as much as possible
public areas are taken over and
maintained by public-spirited
citizens, companies, organisa-
tions and the like."
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the Bahamas National Pride
Association certificate of autho-
risation.
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this. His company, Struckum
Pest Control, sponsored the
Harrold Road-Bethel Avenue
roundabout for five years.
"We chose this one because it,
was available," said Mr Stra-"
chan. "We just want to say our-
thanks to the community for.


supporting us.
"Eventually the primary
colours here are going to be
purple, lavender and gold. ',,
are going to have other foliage
and maybe some roses in the
background. We will also prune
the palm trees and tidy up the
curbing.
"I love gardening and so I
take a special interest in trying
to add a little beauty where-l
can. Hopefully it will inspire"
Bahamians to take a keener
interest in the beauty of our nat.
ural environment."
Mr Brown agreed. "Besides
sun, sand and sea, which many
other destinations have, imagine
what a boost to our tourisit if
would be if we could brag ab6ut
what a clean environment'we
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Prime Minister blasts



Hubert Ingraham

FROM page one ister has to come and talk about who do what, wh
a former prime minister comes with this incredit
the PLP inherited the Royal Oasis problem. act of immaturity, talks about I gave him the re
"The fact is why ought I to be dragged into a dency permit so everything he does after that I c
debate when my government was the victim of an claim," he said.
original bad decision. We have an exciting pro- With regards to the BahaMar deal, Mr Chrisi
gtarfime for Grand Bahama and we must be careful accused Mr Ingraham of trying to suggest that t
in how we describe the facts of an economy government had something to hide in the deal.
Grenada, Maldives and every small economy affect- "There has been either a gross or irresponsible
ed by the Tsunami and the hurricanes are reeling misunderstanding on the part of the former Prm
andt trying to recover," he said. Minister or clear negligence on his part in bei
r Christie added thatwhile he could not speak inattentive to national events," said Mr Christie.
t411 the details, there was an "incredible defin- The prime minister pointed out that the BahaM
investment portfolio planned for Grand deal was a model of transparency, which was pr
ama. *sented to the House of Assembly during ti
1e also said that sometime after the FNM's rally 200512006 budget debate, with the major deta
i'rand Bahama, scheduled for Friday week, he published in all the major dailies for several weel
td have to remind him, Mr Ingraham, who runs "It is so absolutely clear when one reads it tlh
t" u ntr y. anyone who would see all the details that are in t
't1 will have to remind him that I am the prime House of Assembly where those who represent t
~iiister of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas and country are expected to pay attention to what
that you don't go around talking about you 'will happening."
find out and report to the nation',that iswhat you do Mr Christie added that Sarkas Izmirlian held
when you are the prime minister and I am the prime meeting with opposition members, including Sen
minister no matter how you jones for power that tor Tommy Turnquest, Alvin Smith, and Carl Beti
is a democratic fact that can only be removed by an to which Mr Ingraham was invited, but declined
election," he said. attend.
,(Mi Christie also criticised Mr Ingraham for claim- "How for the life of me would you wish tI
ing that as he had granted the Izmirlian family- Bahamian people to believe that my government h
lead investors in BahaMar their permanent res- been less than frank and forthcoming when it h
id y, he was responsible for the BahaMar deal. taken such pains to lay before the Bahamian pub
is government did give the Izmirlians perma- this issue," he said.
nWtresidency in 1996," he said, "but the fact that I Mr Christie added that it is important that th
want to make to the Bahamian people is that the elevate themselves above involving investors in t
family did not make the investment in their time. day-to-day politics of a country.
The investment came in my government." "The difficulty is that when you do that you bri
"But do you see how it sounds when a prime min- and place investors into a very difficult position.


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Marine completes



peacekeeping course


LIEUTENANT Com-
mander Rodrick Bowe of
the Royal Bahamas Defence
Force has successfully com-
pleted a six-week peace
keeping operation in the US.
The course, "Conducting
military and peacekeeping
operations in accordance
with the rule of law", was
facilitated by the American
Embassy in Nassau.
It was conducted at the
Defence Institute of Inter-
national Legal Studies
(DILS) in Newport, Rhode
Island.
The curriculum of the
course is geared towards the
professional development of
military officers or their civil-
ian equivalents that may be
called upon to perform
peacekeeping duties.
The 32 participants were
drawn from areas as diverse
as Africa, Asia, the
Caribbean, Europe and
South America.
Some of the topics cov-
ered were international law,
coalition military operations,
peace agreements, human
rights, law of armed conflict,
rules of engagement, and
command and control.
The participants also visit-
ed peacekeeping apparatus-


* LIEUTENANT Commander Rodrick Bowe


es at the United Nations in
New York and at the Penta-
gon, State Department and
Capital Hill in Washington.
Instructors and prospective
instructors from national
peacekeeping institutes, war
colleges and other training
centers attended the classes.


Between October 1994
and January 1996, a total of
143 officers and marines of
the Royal Bahamas Defence
Force served in various
capacities as part of the
Caribbean Community's
(CARICOM) peacekeeping
efforts in Haiti.


Ingraham

hits back

at criticism

from page one

immediately respond to com-
ments Mr Ingraham made in his
absence regarding the BahaMar
development and the Grand
Bahama economy.
--However, Mr Ingraham said
that,he had heard Mr Christie's
comments and was fully prepared
tp-espond.
.According to Mr Ingraham,
".the mess at the Royal Oasis" is
not fhe fault of the FNM govern-
ment as Mr Christie has stated.
STh at'was certainly not his
position when he and a cadre of
his Ministers presided over the
re-opening of the refurbished
property shortly after coming to
office," said Mr Ingraham.
S"It is unbelievable that he and
his government have been unable
to cause to be resolved the mess
At the facility which occurred
completely on their watch. On
.ur watch we caused to be pre-
served the jobs of the employees
of the Royal Oasis; on his watch,
l)he.employees lost their jobs."
Last night, Mr Ingraham also
reinforced his claim that the
tahaMar investment was not
completely transparent.
; He said the Prime Minister
Jnows that to say otherwise
would be untrue. "In due course
the facts will be laid bare," said
Mr Ingraham.
"He claims that I was invited to
Meeting to review the invest-
ient proposal with Mr Izmirlian
together with Tommy Turnquest
4nd other FNMs. That is not true.
He might check his facts on that."
, He said that Mr Christie
,appears now, at this late date,
to be concerned that internation-
al investors not be brought into
national debate."
i "When did he become a con-
vert to this way of thinking?" he
Ssked.
"Certainly he recalls his col-
leagues lambasting investors
throughout the two terms of the
FNM administration! Where was
(ie When a former senior minister
in 4ie PLP Government and now
tbeity to the Governor wrote
threatening letters to Mr Sol
Ke nzer advising what the PLP
wvould do with his development
and with concessions granted it
shdculd the PLP be elected to the
government. If he opposed such
threats no one heard his voice. It
ke15t silent or very low then."
k Mr Ingraham said that he and
his party are also being accused of
"'bagging about our successes
with investments." However, "we
are- justly proud and will continue
to brag," he said.
;i 'Ecution the Prime Minister
to deal with the investment for
Gra'id Bahama of which he
speaks with great care," he said.
"'He ought not ignore the provi-
sions of the Hawksbill Creek
Agreement relative to the grant
of concessions to other investors
greater than those provided for
by that Agreement."
"Finally, the Prime Minister
has said that he believes that I
am 'jonesing for power'. I do not
seek power. If I thought that the
job of Prime Minister was being
done adequately I would not be
seeking to fill it. But there is a
terrible void, and a clarion call
for the void to be filled. I seek to
fill that void."


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Deported criminals 'putting Bahamas at risk'


FROM page one

particularly in crime involving
drug trafficking and the use of
guns."
Canada, the US and UK had
over the last few years been
deporting Caribbean nation-
als convicted of criminal activ-
ities, he said.
These returning criminals
brought with them contacts
with the criminal fraternity in
the country from which they
were deported.
Sir Ronald said rising crime
in CA.RICOM states was


linked to illicit drug traffick-
ing. Drug offenders now
accounted for the majority of
prisoners, he said.
"Located between major
drug supply countries in South
America and the drug demand
markets in North America and
Europe, the wider Caribbean
is a major transit point for
drugs," he added.
"Narcotics traffickers use
weapons for protecting
shipments, intimidating com-
petitors and executing infor-
mants.
"Dependent drug users tend
also to commit crimes to get


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money to fund their drug
habits and may use firearms
that are illegally obtained to
perpetuate violent crimes.
"The increased number of
murders in some countries of
the region, particularly of
police and law enforcement
officers, is directly linked to
trafficking in drugs and
the associated trafficking in
arms."
Sir Ronald also discussed
escalation of crime in some
countries to include kidnap-
pings, ritual executions and
casual drive-by murders.
He cited Trinidad as a case
in point, claiming that 330
people had been murdered
this year and more than 200
kidnapped for ransom.
"In many countries, the pri-
vate sector has become so con-
cerned about the safety of
their businesses that they have
staged public protests, includ-
ing the closure of their opera-
tions."
Sir Ronald said a leading
Trinidad criminologist had
suggested there may even be
police collusion, part of a web
of corruption that is "the


underlay to the carpet of crime
in the region."
He said a Caribbean task
force revealed the "uncon-
trollable" rise in crime in some
member states had not only
threatened legitimate govern-
ments but posed a serious
threat to the basic fabric of
society.
"While it is yet to be quan-
tified, it is also obvious that
the growing scale of violent
crime scares away both for-
eign and domestic investment,
particularly in the vital tourism
sector and, consequently, has a
deleterious effect on the eco-
nomic and social development
*of the Caribbean.
"The problem is well appre-
ciated by governments in the
region. The difficulty is that,
individually, Caribbean gov-
ernments lack the financial
resources necessary to combat
the increasing levels of major
crime in a meaningful way.
"And, so far, in CARICOM,
they have shied away from
establishing joint regional
machinery to fight major
crime collectively and effec-
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of Opposition


FROM page one

ment to leader of the opposi-
tion, pointing out, however,
that he does not expect to
hold the position long.
"Last time I held this posi-
tion was from May, 1990 to
August, 1992, a long period
of 27 months. I do not expect
to keep this job for that long
this time as general elections
must be held within 18
months and I intend to go
back to another," he said.
In the weeks and months
ahead, Mr Ingraham said, his
party will define its policies,
articulate its position and
develop programmes which
will be implemented should
the FNM regain the govern-
ment.


The former prime minister
said he is looking forward to
deepening the Bahamas'
democracy, creating a fairer
and more just society, and
establishing a government
that will work for the benefit
and advancement of all
Bahamian people.
"A government that would
remove once again the crite-
rion of political affiliation to
facilitate obtaining a job, or a
contract, or a licence, or a
favourable government posit
tion, or a scholarship, or a-
government sponsored;
house," he said.
Mr Ingraham added that at~
FNM administration wilf
"continue along the path of
removing people from a cul-
ture of dependency on politi-
cians."


Third person charged in


connection with murder

FROM page one

Bissainthe on October 29, 2005.
On that date, Bissainthe, 41, was reportedly shot and killed
at his home on Faith Avenue south.
He was the nation's 45th murder victim of the year.
On November 23, Smith Charitable, 30, was arraigned before
Magistrate Marilyn Meers in connection with Bissainthe's mur-
der. The previous Friday, Van Fransisco Juste, 27, was charged.
None of the men was allowed to enter a plea on the charge
of murder.
Thompson's attorney, T Langton Hilton, told the court he
would be seeking to have his client released on bail as "there is
no evidence against him" in this case.
All three men are to return to court on January 16 for the
beginning of the preliminary inquiry into the matter.
Sgt Barrington Miller is prosecuting.


US concern that Bahamas

area is being used as a 'drop

off' zone for Cuban migrants


FROM page one

According to LCDR Johns,
Cay Sal, the Anguilla Cays,
and Elbow Cay are some
examples of islands within the
Cay Sal Bank region where
migrants are commonly
found.
"It's hard to tell if the boats
go all the way to Cuba or if
this region is a drop-off area.
Usually the boats we intercept
are US registered some-
times stolen," he said.
LCDR Johns said it is diffi-
cult to understand the organ-
isation of the smuggling as it is
still unknown if the arrange-
ments are made in Florida for
recovery of migrants from this
alleged "drop off point" in the
Cay Sal area.
"In November alone 217
Cubans were interdicted by
the US Coast Guard. Of those
10 to 20 per cent were inter-
dicted in the Cay Sal Bank
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I PRIME Minister Perry Christie leaving the Commonwealth Heads of Government with
Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe


* By Bahamas Information
Services
MATLA, Valletta The
Bahamas has to become more
competitive in information and
technology, as Caribbean coun-
tries struggle to find other
means of sustaining their fail-
ing agricultural economies,
Prime Minister Perry Christie
said.
He was responding to con-
cerns raised by those
Caribbean-producing countries
over the recent reduction in
trade prices by the European
Union, at the 2005 Common-
wealth Heads of Government
Meeting
Some of the countries have
been placed in very vulnerable
positions. The Prime Minister
of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Denzil
10ouglas, expressed concerned
that his country is now rated
the second highest .in debt to
6DP ratio in the world.
Guyana was forced to place
about 100,000 employees in its
failed sugar industry out of
work. And Barbados is faced
with spending more than $100


million in finding a substitute
for sugar.
The difficulty the countries
which produce sugar face is that
they have argued for a longer
transition period to enable them
to substitute other industries for
sugar. Unfortunately, that is not
the case.
For the Bahamas, tourism is
its main industry, followed by
financial services.
"Given the fact that both are
relatively effective and efficient
modes of development, there is
early belief that when we look
to alternative revenue for
Caribbean countries, that the
competition will grow because
tourism and financial services
would become even more
attractive to those countries giv-
en the model that the Bahamas
has established," Mr Christie
said.
"We anticipate that it is even
more important for the Bahamas
that we make ourselves more
competitive, more efficient,
because of the problems coun-
tries in the Caribbean face, first-
ly with bananas and sugar."
Mr Christie added:" When


you listen and see the absolute
significant impact on the econ-
omy and loss of revenue in
these countries,,you know that
they must turn themselves into
fierce competitors in the
region," he said.
And, in an intervention by
the Bahamas, focus was brought
to bear on the special vulnera-
bility of economies that can be
wiped out by one disaster.
The Prime Minister also not-
ed that the, Bahamas has been
fortunate, despite being affect-
ed by two devastating hurri-
canes in 2004.
Meanwhile, countries are
looking to the upcoming Sixth
World Trade Organisation
(WTO) Ministerial Conference
slated for Hong Kong on
December 6.
The primary task is to shape
the final agreement of the Doha
Development Agenda, which
members hope to complete by
2006.
The agreement calls for,
among other things, determin-
ing the scale of reductions in
tariffs on products and farm
subsidies.


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Cacique makes its magic




under the big top


THE Cacique catering and
events team created a magical
Christmas circus atmosphere at
the Bahamas National Trust's
annual Jollification festival.
Once again, the team treat-
ed Trust members to a spectac-
ular array of goodies, including
coconut shrimp dipped in
Cacique's special mango chut-
ney and beer battered gator
bites.
They also presented a table
filled with sweet treats including
a 100 per cent-edible ginger-
bread house designed by
Cacique's pastry chef Phichol
Smith.
It took two full days to create
the house that Phichol built.
The three-step process
includes preparing all of the
ingredients, including the gin-
gerbread and even some hand-
made candies; constructing it
arnd finally decorating it. About
20 per cent of the decorations
on the 60-plus pound ginger-
bread house were added at the
National Trust.
The dessert buffet also
included a time honoured treat
that's making a big comeback
on the international scene the
cupcake.
."The theme this year was
"Under the big top" and that
allowed us to get really creative
and playful. We thought, what
better than a display of colour-
ful and delicious cupcakes," said
chef Kyle Sawyer, executive
corporate chef at Cacique Inter-
national.
The peanut butter, red vel-
vet and cheesecake cupcakes
were a huge hit with kids of ajll


ages, as was the snowman carrot
cake.
In addition to treating Trust
members on Friday night, team
Cacique's food booth was one
of the hottest stops at the Jolli-
fication all weekend.
Chicken kebabs glazed with
Cacique's specially made gua-
va barbecue sauce and spicy
buffalo chicken wraps were a
crowd pleaser and chef Kyle
says he was especially pleased
that the 100 per cent Bahamian
bratwurst hoagies were a big
seller.
"The sausage for those sand-
wiches was made here in Nas-
sau by Premium Meat Distrib-
utors and was delivered to our
kitchens Friday evening. You
simply can't get meat fresher
than that and I'm so glad that
people were willing to try
something different and end-
ed up really enjoying it," he
said.
Cacique's president and
CEO, Shawn M Sawyer said he
was thrilled with the response
and commended his team on a
job well done.
"This is something we have
done for three years and each
year when we sit down to
decide what to do, our team
comes up with something bigger
and better. I'm especially proud
that each year we are able to
assist in the longevity of the
Bahamas National Trust.
The Cacique catering and
events team creates one of a
kind meals and experiences -
whether it's an intimate dinner
for two or an extravagant feast
for 200.


M THE Cacique team


A THE gingerbread house created by Cacique's pastry chef Phi-
chol Smith



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Bank

donates

shirts to

hospital

canteen

BANK of the Bahamas Interna-
tional has assisted the Yellow Bird
Canteen by, donating Bank of the
Bahamas yellow golf shirts to staff
members.
The Yellow Bird Canteen, estab-
lished in the early 70's, was opened
to provide hot and cold snacks to
patients at the Princess Margaret
Hospital (PMH).
The management of the canteen
recently acquired the gift shop at
PMH and all profits from the shop
go towards purchasing hospital
equipment.
Bank of the Bahamas Interna-
tional said in a statement that it
fully supports the efforts of the Yel-
low Bird Canteen.
The presentation of the shirts
was made to Mrs Corin Foun-
tain, president of the canteen, at
PMH.
Pictured, from left to right: Paul
McWeeney, managing director of
Bank of the Bahamas Internation-
al); Corin Fountain president of
Yellow Bird Canteen; Betty Mar-
ques; Thelma McWeeney and
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Lyford Cay Foundation director of educational programmes Roger Kelty



Bank supporting



scholarship fund


COMMONWEALTH Bank
has made a donation to the
Lyford Cay Foundation Tech-
nical Training Scholarship Pro-
gramme, in an effort to help
more Bahamians obtain skills
that will be embraced in the
labour market.
The Bahamian job market,
said the bank in a press release,
is one that "cries out for trained
labour and technical support".
This year is the eighth con-
secutive year that the bank
threw its support behind an
awards programme that "recog-
nises the value of well-trained,
skilled and certified mechanics,
construction workers and other
technical tradesmen," said
William Sands Jr, president and
CEO, who made the presenta-
tion personally.
"Commonwealth Bank has
been proud to partner with the
Lyford Cay Foundation to sup-
port technical training," Mr
Sands said. "When the Foun-


dation introduced technical
training scholarships in 1994,
the concept, at least for the
Bahamas, was a novel one
because emphasis had always
been placed on academic schol-
arships.
"While the country was
enjoying more Bahamian doc-
tors, accountants and educators,
there was a growing gap in the
hands-on type of skills we need-
ed people who could install
or repair air-conditioning sys-
tems, work in medical labora-
tories or X-ray and imaging
departments in hospitals or
maintain computer networks.
This programme aimed to fill
that gap and we are grateful to
the Lyford Cay Foundation for
its foresight in establishing the
awards."
The gratitude was mutual.
"This has been one of the
most important and successful
initiatives the Lyford Cay Foun-
dation has ever undertaken,"


said Foundation director of edii;
cational programmes Rogo
Kelty. -_-
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women have received technical
training scholarships and haVe
returned to the Bahamina
equipped to work in a broad
range of fields.
"Thanks to the lifitii
training programme, there is "i
cadre of skilled persons for the
public and private se&d&T6,&
draw on in everything from
electrical engineering to anim'afl
husbandry. I'e,
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airplane mechanics working 'at
the Royal Bahamas Defefnte
Force, Nassau Flightl d ic&s
or in private enterprises. There
is a growing number of persons'
trained to work in agriculiftef
None of this would have beeii
possible without the support df
a few individuals and hearing 'dor-
porate citizens like Common-
wealth Bank," he said.


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SDOUGLAS FRANKLIN
KNOWLES, 55
who died at Doctors Hospital
on Tuesday, will be held on
Wednesday, November 30th, 2005
at St Anne's Parish East Bay Street
and Fox Hill Road. Burial will be
in the church cemetery. Father
Croslin Walkin officiating.
He is predeceased by his father
and mother, Augustus and Eulalee
Knowles; one niece, Kristina Knowles, survived by his wife,
Dawn Knowles; two daughters, Clarissa Knowles and Tiffany
'Rivera; one son-in-law, Sam Rivera; three brothers, Charles
"Bronson" Knowles, Eric and Augustus knowles; three sisters,
Mrs Diana Knowles, Patricia Evans and Genevieve Sampey;
four sisters-in-law, Sylvia, Josephine and Marianne Knowles
and Cecile Barber; four brothers-in-law, Richard Evans, Roy
Bailey, Clinton "Clint" Bailey (deceased) and David Barber; four
aunts, Agnes, Edith and Iva Knowles and Addie Cartwright;
uncle Alvin Richie and family; eight nieces, Donna Lowe, Joy,
Kane, Suzette Parker, Georgia Russell, Leanne Sawyer, Deanna
Wyrick, Kim Cunningham and Debbie; 12 nephews, Peter, lan,
Derek, Stefan and Gunnar Knowles, Mark and Stefan Evans,
Richard and Christopher Sampey, Adam and David Bailey and
Robin Barber; nieces-in-law and nephews-in-law, Gordon Lowe,
Wesley Kane, Quincy Parker, Dax Russell, George Sawyer II,
David Cunnigham, Dawn Evans and Robin Lee Barber; other
relatives include, Chris and Eddie Darville, Beadie and Giles
Newbold and family, Jimmy, Geoffrey, Charlton, Patrick, Alec,
Reggie, Sammy, Donald, Kirk, Debra, Rachael and Chris
Knowles, Winston, Curtis and Steve Cartwright and their families,
Mary Cartwright and family, Bernadette and Pepi Terrali and
family Renee Turnquest and family, Rosalee "Tiny" and Mary
Knowles and families, grand nieces and grandnephews, Dylan
and Lauren Lowe, Megan Knowles, Maya Parker, Ryan Kane,
Jessica Russell, Apira Evans and George Sawyer III and a host
of other relatives and friends including, Elva Knowles and family,
Sonia Darville and family, Lolitta Knowles, Deborah Carroll,
Tony Moree, Tony Knowles, Judy "Pepper" Russell, Kenny
Harris, Steve and Debbie Carey, Sgt James and Paula Cooper,
Thelma Sweeting, Albert Pearce, George "Tony" Sawyer Sr,
Jeannette and Jerome Cartwright, Edmond Knowles, Christine
Lowe, Rosie Roberts, Anthony Nottage, Barbra Algreen, Tommy
Hall, Willard Hanna, Tony Longley, the entire staff of The Crown
Jewellers Stores and members of the Nassau Dart Association,
Abaco Dart Association and Grand Bahama Dart Association.
Friends may pay their last respects on Tuesday, November
29th, 2005 at 5:30pm until 7:30pm at Pinder's Funeral Home,
Palmdale Avenue, Palmdale.
In lieu of flowers donations can be sent to St Anne's Social
Outreach Programme, P.O. Box N-1569 and The Ranfurly
Home for Boys in memory of Douglas Knowles, P.O. Box N-
1413.


PARADISE ISLAND RESORT & CASINO.
CO-OPERATIVE CREDIT UNION LTD.


"Partners to Financial Freedom"


DUE TO THE LACK OF A QUORUM

Notice is hereby given that The Twentieth (20th)
Annual General Meeting of the Paradise Island
Resort & Casino Co-operative Credit Union Limited
will now be held on Saturday, December 3rd, 2005
commencing at 9:00 am at the Eugene Cooper
Building, #9 Village Road, Nassau, Bahamas. All
members are asked to attend.

The purpose of this meeting is to:

* Receive the report of the Board of Directors for
2004
* To elect members to the Board of Directors
* To receive the audited Accounts for 2004
* To discuss the Annual Budget
* To take action on matters that may come before


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Losing bidder:



Shell dealers



offered stake


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
A LOSING bidder for Shell (Bahamas) retail
business yesterday told The Tribune that their
bid would have allowed the individual dealers
to effectively become owners of their busi-
nesses by purchasing a shareholding in the
acquiring company.
Independent MP Tennyson Wells, principal
of Petroleum Energies, said he and his team
had given the individual Shell dealers most of
whom leases their gas stations from Shell "the
option to come on board" with their bid by
taking an equity stake.
Mr Wells said: "Some had agreed to do so.
One had paid some money, which we gave
back to him two weeks ago."
Petroleum Energies was beaten out in the
race for Shell's retail business in the Bahamas
and Turks & Caicos by the BISX-listed
Freeport Oil Holdings Company (FOCOL),
in a deal thought to be worth $25 million judg-
ing from the $25 million preference share issue

SEE page 5B


Wells: 'We had

best bid on price'


* TENNYSON WELLS


Moo 's: tourism




'still not recovered'


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
A Wall Street
credit rating
agency has
warned that the
Bahamian
tourism industry has "not fully
recovered" from the damage
inflicted by the 2004 hurricane
season, even though it had
largely escaped the 2005 season
despite the brush with Hurri-
cane Wilma.
In its credit opinion on the
Bahamas, published just after
it released its analysis of this
nation's economy, Moody's
said: "The 2005 hurricane sea-
son was not as harsh as in 2004,
yet tourism arrivals had not ful-
ly recovered through the first
eight months of 2005."
Much of the Bahamas' inabil-
ity to fully rebound from the
2004 storm season, which fea-
tured Hurricanes Frances and
Jeanne, has been due to the clo-
sure of the Royal Oasis resort,
which has reduced Grand
Bahama's room inventory by
one third and had a knock-on
effect that has impacted every


sector of that island's economy. Bahamas "has not yet been able
However, Moody's opinion to benefit fully" from the rela-
may add further fuel to fears tively buoyant US economy,
that the Bahamas is slowly, but where 80 per cent of its visitors
surely, losing its competitive come from.
edge against other Caribbean Tourism provided 40 per cent
tourism destinations. of Bahamian GDP, 50 per cent
The Tribune revealed yester- of direct and indirect jobs, and
day how Caribbean Tourism 70 per cent of foreign exchange
Organisation (CTO) statistics earnings, making the economy
showed stopover tourist arrivals vulnerable to external shocks.
to the Bahamas fell by 1.9 per Moody's' said: "Tourism
cent to just over 1.112 million arrivals in the first eight months
during the first eight months of of 2005 were 6.9 per cent lower
2005, a decline that contrasted than the same period a year ear-
with the growth enjoyed by lier, although the more eco-
some of its Caribbean competi- nomically important air arrivals
tors. were onlyoff 1.9 per cent com-
pared with a 9.1 per cent decline
Period in sea arrivals.
"The increase in tourist.
For the January to June peri- spending in New Providence
od, which was before the dev- was not quite strong enough to
astation inflicted by Hurricane offset continued weakness in
.Wilma, Cancun and Cozumel the resorts of Grand Bahama. A
in Mexico both enjoyed 7.3 per complete recovery from the
cent growth in stopover arrivals recent hurricane damage out-
compared to 2004. The Domini- side New Providence will allow
can Republic,.enjoying a repu- the Bahamas to benefit fully'
tation as a low-cost destination, from the addition of new.
also saw 7.2 per cent growth in tourism capacity."
stopover arrivals.
In its analysis of the Bahami-
an economy, Moody's said the SEE page 4B


Keeping resigns

from Cable board


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
CABLE Bahamas yesterday
announced the end of an era,
with former chairman and
founder Philip Keeping resign-
ing from its Board to help make
way for the appointments of
two new directors connected to
the company's largest share-
holder.
In a release, Cable Bahamas
said both Mr Keeping and Gary
Kain had resigned from its
Board to be replaced by John
Risley and Maxwell Parsons.
The latter two will now join
chairman and chief executive,
Brendan Paddick, and Bahami-
ans Al Jarrett and George
Mackey, on the Board.
Both Mr Risley and Mr Par-
sons have links to Cable
Bahamas' largest shareholder,
Barbados-based Columbus
Communications, which holds
29.8 per cent of the company's
outstanding stock:.
Mr Risley, together with Mr
Paddick, was a shareholder in
Ironbound Holdings (Barba-
dos), the entity that acquired
Columbus Communications
from Mr Keeping and set in
motion the chain of events that
led to yesterday's announce-
ment.
Mr Parsons is chief financial
officer for Columbus Commu-
nications and its parent, Colum-


Announcement
heralds end of
era for founder
of BISX-led firm

bus International Inc. The
Board appointments are thus
likely to be interpreted as
Columbus Communications
strengthening its hold over
Cable Bahamas' future direc-
tion and strategy, and are likely
to come as little surprise to most
market observers.
Under his stewardship, Mr
Keeping built Cable Bahamas
over a 10-year period from
nothing into a company that
now offers broadband services
"to 95 per cent of Bahamian
homes".
The company's success was
founded on its securing of a
cable television monopoly from
the former FNM administration
in the mid-1990s, which has pro-
vided the bedrock for its suc-
cess and ability to branch out
into other business areas. These
include the provision of Internet
and digital television services
and, through its Caribbean
Crossings and Maxil Commu-

SEE page 2B


RND: Two expressions of



'keen intere st' inGold 's
-. :J& ^ '' "A ...-] .... ":


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
RND Holdings yesterday said it had
received two expressions of "keen inter-
est" from potential buyers for its Gold's
Gym franchise, after it placed a newspa-
per advertisement last Friday warning that
the business would close and' cease opera-
tions on December 19 this year.
Ken Donathan, RND's chief operating
officer, said the company had been "con-
tacted" by two separate parties after the
notice was published, and added that he
would prefer to sell Gold's Gym rather than


close it down and inconvenience its mem-
bers and staff.
Mr Donathan said RND's Board of
Directors arid senior management had tak-
en the decision to shut Gold's Gym, which
currently has a staff of about six, after no
buyer had come forward with an accept-
able offer.
Searching
He said: "We've been actively searching
for a buyer but none has come to the fore-
front with what we consider a reasonable
offer at this juncture.......
C . . ,,^ ; .


"'We carried the gym for a year-and-a-
half, primarily during the time we were
looking for a buyer, and during that time it
cost us financially."
Mr Donathan said he was "keeping my
fingers crossed" that a buyer could be found
in the three weeks before the December
19 date, adding that the financial drain
imposed on RND meant he had to consid-
er the interests of shareholders above those
of Gold's Gym members.
If the franchise had to close, Mr

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Reopen public beach access


Back on Septem-
ber 20, 2005, in
this column I
wrote: "Recently,
I was in Grand
Cayman and I couldn't help but


notice that along the fabled Sev-
en Mile Beach, every couple of
hundred yards, there are well
marked public right-of-way
paths to the beach. What is even
more impressive is that most


hotel and condominium pro-
jects have incorporated these
right-of-ways into their overall
landscape design.
"In Cayman, the rule applies
equally to everybody. There is
even a pathway along the east-
ern boundary of the Governor's
Mansion, as there seem to be
no exceptions.
"I mention this because I can-
not help but feel cheated and
betrayed every time I pass a
public beach access sign,
because New Providence was
laid out in exactly the same
manner, with public access
paths every couple hundred
yards. But unlike Cayman, pri-
vate owners have taken it upon
themselves to enclose the public
right-of-ways within their prop-
erties effectively eliminating
the public's birth right."

Over the years, I have
become progressively more
interested in the issue of public
access to the beaches of the
Bahamas, because options on
New Providence are dwindling
as we approve new develop-
ment projects. The comments
made above were added as a
postscript to an article on a
financial-related topic. Sever-
al readers subsequently sug-
gested that I make beach access
an article of its own.
I was therefore extremely
interested in the comments
made by Prime Minister Perry
Christie in his keynote address
to the 49th National General
.Convention of the PLP, where
he said:
"While on the subject of
beaches, let me say that my
Government has already com-
mitted itself to the acquisition,
by private contract with inter-
ested landowners, of addition-
al beach properties that will be
converted to public use by
Bahamians and visitors alike.


FROM page 1B


nications subsidiaries, operation
of a fibre optic cable system and
web hosting, data and disaster
recovery services respectively. .
Cable Bahamas also raised



-----*


Further, let me reassure you
that none of the developments
I am discussing this evening will
involve in any way any depri-
vation of the rights of access
to beaches that Bahamians
presently enjoy.
"On the contrary, the thrust
of my Government's policy in
this area is to augment the
national inventory of public
beaches, especially here in New
Providence, so that all Bahami-
ans will have ready access to a
much greater number of beach-
es than is presently the case.
This will be an important ele-
ment of a new comprehensive
land policy that is right now
the subject of consultation with
our private sector partners."
This policy position is
extremely commendable ,and
I applaud the Government for
its position in this regard. The
public need well-planned and
well-maintained 'green spaces'
throughout our more populat-
ed islands, especially picnic
areas, complete with recre-
ational facilities and bathroom
and shower facilities.

Models

The Goodman's Bay and
Montagu Bay models are
indeed a step in the right direc-
tion, and should be replicated
throughout the nation.
However, while this policy
initiative is positive, it does not
even remotely address a far
more fundamental issue, which
is the reopening of public
access roads and right-of-ways
to existing beaches.
I am not a lawyer, so I am
not really aware of what would
be required to correct this bla-
tant wrong. I just do not see
how public access roadways
could be 'quieted' or, worse
yet, stolen and everybody just
turns a blind eye. I would not


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FLAMING LAMPS INC.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the 24th
day of November, 2005. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp.
Inc., of P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.




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vide a public right of way
across their land to the ocean.
This policy applies to hotels
and other tourism-related
properties.
My fundamental question is:
"Do you have the wherewithal
to do what is right? If not, why
not?"

Post Script
Finally, I wish to thank Nicki
Kelly for pointing out a gram-
matical error in my column on
November 15, 2005. I shall
attempt to be more vigilant in
my editing.
Until next week...

NB: Larry R. Gibs6ni, a
Chartered Financial Anialys,
is vice-president pensions'
Colonial Pensions Service's
(Bahamas), a wholly-d6w~ied
subsidiary of Colonial Group
International, which owns
Atlantic Medical Insurance and
is a major shareholder of Secu-
rity & General Insurance Coli-
pany in the Bahamas. -
The views expressed are
those of the author and doniot
necessarily represent those of
Colonial Group International
or any of its subsidiary and/or
affiliated companies. Please
direct\any questions ox' cm.O
ments to rlgibson@atlaintk
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$30 million through an initial
public offering (IPO), the
largest amount of capital ever
raised.to date in the Bahamian
capital markets. The Bahamas
International Securities
Exchange (BISX) listed com-
pany has delivered consistent
returns to shareholders ever
since, making it one of the most
successful domestic investments
for retail and institutional buy-
ers.
Cable Bahamas now has


some 2,500 shareholders, who
include the National Insurance
Board (NIB) and Bahamas
Electricity Corporation (BEC).
It employs 280 staff. .
Mr Keeping said in a state-
ment: "We have built a buisi-
ness utilising talented local
expertise, working hand-in-
hand with a small group of
experienced and seasoned
industry professionals, of which
every shareholder and stake-
holder can be proud.


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TOKYO Electric Power
Company (TEPCO) last week
said it had established a,
Bahamian company to 'own a
tanker that will be used tq
transport liquefied natural gas
(LNG) to Japan frorim Rutsia.I
Cygnus LNG shipping is 70
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have thought it was legally pos-
sible to acquire public access
roads and easements, making
them private property.
I know that in some
instances Parliamentary
approval has been sought to
reroute certain roads. There-
.fore, adjoining land owners
should not be able to enclose
public land for their private
benefit, in clear violation of its
intended purpose. Perhaps
some of my lawyer friends
could offer an opinion.
My view is that the Govern-
ment can save a lot of the mon-
ey that it plans to spend on
buying beachfront properties
by simply reopening the access
roads. There was a very good
reason for putting them there
in the first place, and this was
fully recognised by the early
town planners.
A cursory search on the
Internet shows that many of
our regional counterparts have
legislation governing beach
access. By far, Barbados has
been the most progressive in
this regard. According to Bar-
bados.org: All beaches in Bar-
bados are open to the public.
Properties which front on to a
beach may own the land to the
high-water mark only. Access
to the beach is a right for every
Barbadian, and many of the
sea front properties must pro-


"During our 10 short years,,
we have physically bridged the
four principle islands, of the
Bahamas with a state-of-the art,
fibre-rich broadband frietvork
and offered broadband 6ibces
to 95 per cent of Ba'lafiia'n.
homes."
Mr Paddick added: "Philip
Keeping has proven himself to
be one of the Bahamas' most
accomplished and outstanding
businessmen. Under his leader-
ship, Cable Bahamas has suc-
cessfully brought a suite of
advanced broadband services
to the majority of Bahamian
homes, truly forging the
Bahamas to the right side of the
digital divide and positioning it
as the envy of all the countries
in the region."
Mr Kain worked with Mr
Paddick at Canadian telecom-
munications company Persona,
before it was sold last year to a
private equity group.
Mr Paddick said of the new
appointments: "Both John and
Max are accomplished individ-
uals, who have distinguished
business careers in Canada.
They are smart, energetic lead-
ers with tremendous strategic
skills and business acumen, and
both, in their own way and style,
will bring a strong voice to the
Cable Bahamas board......
"The company now stands
poised to reap the rewards of
its investments. Philip and Gary
leave behind a dynamic board
of directors and a talented
group of executives who are
confident that they will contin-
ue to deliver fantastic results
for all shareholders".
Mr Risley is chairman of
Clearwater Seafoods, a Halifax,
Nova Scotia-based seafood har-
vester, processor and distributor
quoted on the Toronto Stock
Exchange. He was a director,
and shareholder in Persona!
until it was taken private in July
2004.



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PAGE 2B, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2005














Minister hits back at FNM's


'Companies search'


claims


Allyson Maynard-
Gibson, minister
of financial ser-
vices and invest-
ments, has criticised an FNM
Senator's allegations that com-
pany searches could not be
carried out at the Registrar
General's Department this
summer as incorrect.
Describing John Delaney's
criticisms as containing "sig-
nificant errors", Mrs May-
nard-Gibson said: "At no time
could searches not be done at
the Registrar General's
Department as was suggest-
ed."
Address
In his address to the FNM
Convention, Mr Delaney, an
attorney and partner with Hig-
gs & Johnson, said inspections
of corporate files relating to
firms established under the
Companies Act were "made
impossible" for several weeks
this summer due to the state
of facilities at the Registrar
General's Department.
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
totally contradicts an election
pledge of the present Gov-
ernment to 'provide the nec-
essary funding and adminis-
trative support"' to the Com-
panies Registry."
Mr Delaney added that the
system for searching deeds
and documents, essential for
land title searches, was "inad-
equate, inefficient and defec-
tive regarding data commenc-
ing 2003 to present".
He described this as a
"nightmare" for lawyers, and
something that left them at
risk of liability if they told
clients that land had clear title,
only to later discover it did
not.
However, Mrs Maynard-
Gibson told the Bahamas @
Sunrise morning show on ZNS
TV that Mr Delaney's claims


contained "significant errors".
Still, she left the door opea
far enough to indicate there
may have been some merit to
Mr Delaney's concerns, by
saying that the system permit-
ting Internet searches was still
being beta-tested.
Mrs Maynard-Gibson said:
"We have implemented the
ability to search remotely
from your own personal com-
puter, a process that is cur-
rently being beta-tested. And
with any computer system
around the world, particularly
during the implementing and
testing phase, there will be
times when the system will be
down for maintenance or any
number of reasons."
She added that it was critical
to protect the integrity of the
system being installed at the
Registrar General's Depart-
ment, which is linked to the
rest of the Government's com-
puter network.
Mrs Maynard-Gibson said
that during the beta-testing,
the ability for registered
agents to go online and con-
duct company searches and
incorporations was down, but
people could still go to the
Registrar General's Depart-
ment, sit at one of its terminals
and conduct searches.
The minister added that
under the previous FNM
administration, it could take
up to three years for deeds
and documents to be returned
after they were recorded.
Process
However, due to the digiti-
sation process at the Registrar
General's Department, and
the scanning of all records so
they could be made available
electronically, Mrs Maynard-
Gibson said that since June
2005 deeds and documents
were being recorded, indexed,
scanned and handed back to
their owner within 30 days.
"This is an extremely impor-
tant leap and major milestone
in the development of our
country," Mrs Maynard-Gib-
son said.


Joined
"The Bahamas has joined
other countries around the
world in taking government
to the people. This has even
greater meanings for an arch-
ipelagic nation like the
Bahamas.
"In essence, no longer will
persons from the remotest
islands of the Bahamas such
as Inagua, Mayaguana and
Ragged Island have to travel
to New Providence to obtain
any vital information. From
their own communities, they'll
be able to access these ser-
vices."


* ALLYSON Maynard-Gibson, minister of financial services and investments, and
Registrar-General Shane Miller are interviewed on Bahamas @ Sunrise.


LEGAL NOTICE


NOTICE

INTERVEC MANAGEMENT LIMITED
An International Business Company
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Pursuant to Section 137(4) of the International Business
Companies Act, 2000 notice is hereby given that the voluntary
winding-up and dissolution of the Company commenced on the 28th
day of November, 2005 and that Pine Limited of Devonshire House,
Queen Street, P.O. Box N-8176, Nassau, Bahamas has been appointed
Liquidator.

Dated this 28th day of November, 2005.

Pine Limited
Liquidator






CONSTRUCTION ACCOUNTANT


We are seeking to fill the following immediate multi-year contract position
for a project on Paradise Island, Bahamas. This position requires experience
.in all aspects of accounting including, job costing monthly invoicing, bank
reconciliation, pay roll, accounts payable, purchase order control, contract
and change order control and review. Preparation of financial statements
and monthly reports will be required.

This professional candidate must have 5 years or more experience in
construction accounting, hold a Bachelor's or Masters degree in
Accounting and must have extensive knowledge in ACCPAC, Crystal
Reports and Microsoft Office including Word, Excel & Outlook.

Only a short list of candidates will be contacted.


Please respond by email to:
Fax:
Mail to:


info@pbwlbalainas.com
242.363.1279
PBWL
P.O. Box SS-6386
Nassau, Bahamas


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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2005, PAGE 3B


THE TRIBUNE







PAGE 4B, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2005


THE TRIBUNE


Moodv's: tourism 'still not recovered'


support for the Bahamas' sov-
ereign credit ratings of A3 for
foreign currency bond and bank


PUBLIC NOTICE


GAMING BOARD FOR

THE COMMONWEALTH

OF THE BAHAMAS




NOTICE

Pursuant to Section 36(3) of the Lotteries
and Gaming Act Chapter 387, notice is hereby
given that BAHA MAR ENTERPRISES
LTD. a Company incorporated under the laws
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has
in accordance with the provisions of Section
34(2) of the said Act, made application to the
Secretary of the Gaming Board for The
Bahamas for a licence to manage a casino on
premises situated at The Wyndham Nassau
Resort and Crystal Palace Casino on the
Island of New Providence, one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
Notice is also given that on Friday, 9th
December, 2005 at 10:00am at the Magistrate
Court, Garnet Levarity, Justice Centre,
Freeport Grand Bahama, one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, the
application of BAHA-MAR ENTERPRISES
LIMITED will be considered by Gaming
Board.
And notice is also given that any person
who desires to object to the grant of the licence
shall send to The Secretary of the Gaming
.Board for The Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, P.O. Box N-4565, Nassau, New
Providence, Bahamas or deliver to the offices
situated in The Renaissance Building, West
Bay Street on or before noon on Thursday,
December 1, 2005, two (2) copies of a brief
statement in writing of the grounds of the
objection.


signed: Bernard K. Bonamy
Secretary


Gaming Board for
The Commonwealth


of The Bahamas


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deposit ceilings, and Al for
local currency, came from its
proximity to the US, good eco-
nomic management track
record, and continuing compet-
itiveness in tourism and finan-
cial services.
It added, though, that while
the impact from the September
11 terror attacks appeared to
have "bottomed out", the Gov-
ernment's fiscal performance
had still not got back on track.
To improve its sovereign
credit rating, the Bahamas
needed to "reign in" its persis-
tent fiscal deficits and improve


its debt position, which cur-
rently stands at around $2.5 bil-
lion or about 38 per cent of
gross domestic product (GDP).
Moody's said: "The tourism
industry, which provides 70 per
cent of the Bahamas' foreign
exchange earnings, will need to
prove its resiliency to changing
external conditions.
"The rating could come
under pressure from a loss of
competitiveness in the tourism
industry or from additional
external shocks affecting that
sector. This would lead to fis-
cal slippage and a significant


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RECEPTIONIST/OFFICE

ASSISTANT


We are seeking to fill the following contract position for a project on
Paradise Island, Bahamas. This position requires experience as a
professional receptionist/office assistant. Call monitoring, Filing,
Preparation of Letters, Spreadsheets, and other documents will be required.

This professional candidate must have 5 years or more experience as a
receptionist/office assistant dealing with high end clientele, worked in a fast
pace environment, experience with switchboards, and must have extensive
knowledge in Microsoft Office including Word, Excel & Outlook. A
professional certification in this area would be an asset.

Only a short list of candidates will be contacted.,


Please respond by email to:
Fax:
Mail to:


info@pbwlbahamas.com
242.363.1279
PBWL
P.O. Box SS-6386
Nassau, Bahamas


Scotiabank Building
Bay Street, Downtown
Nassau, Bahamas
Tel. 242-393-8618
www.bahamasrealty.bs
www.cbrichardellis.com



BAHAMAS REALTY LTD
COMMERCIAL


CBRE
CB RICHARD ELLIS
NAVIGATING A NEW WORLD


Financial Advisors Ltd.


0.73


10.25 8.00 Bahamas Property Fund 10.25 10.25
7.24 5.55 Bank Of Bahamas 7.24 7.24
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.80 0.80
1.80 1.27 Bahamas Waste 1.27 1.27
1.20 0.87 Fidelity Bank 1.10 1.10
9.60 7.05 Cable Bahamas 9.60 9.60
2.20 1.50 Colina Holdings 1.50 1.50
9.17 6.99 Commonwealth Bank 9.10 9.10
2.50 1.15 Doctor's Hospital 2.17 2.17
4.35 4.00 Famguard 4.35 4.35
10.90 9.50 Finco 10.90 10.90
10.00 7.45 FirstCaribbean 10.00 10.00
10.00 8.00 Focol 9.25 10.00
1.99 1.27 Freeport Concrete 1.15 1.15
10.20 9.50 ICD Utilities 10.01 10.15
8.75 8.22 J. S. Johnson 8.75 8.75
6.69 4.36 Kerzner International BDRs 6.43 6.43
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00
Fide ty OI r Th Counte Seitis1
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $
13.00 12.50 Bahamas Supermarkets 12.75 13.75
10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 10.00 10.35
0.60 0.40 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54
43.00 28.00 ABDAB 41.00 4 00
16.00 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 12.33 13.33
0.60 0.35 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54
IX L52wk-Hi 52wstd Mutual ow Fund NameNAund VYTD% L
52wk Hi 52wk Low Fund Name NA V YTD% La


11.2593 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"***

BISX ALL SHARE INDE X 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00
52wk-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeks
52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume
Change Change in closing price from day to day
Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today
DIV $ Dividends per share paid In the last 12 months
P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings
** 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 TRADE CALL: C0.LINA242..50.2r-70 / flfY 2424s66i77e 4'


0.00


0.00


11.00
10.00
n n0


41.00
12.50
0.35


-0.169 0.000 N/M
1.456 0.340 7.0
0.587 0.330 12.3
0.175 0.010 4.6
0.112 0.060 11.3
0.070 0.040 15.7
1.000 0.689 0.240 13.9
-0.046 0.000 NM
650 0.791 0.450 11.5
0.429 0.000 5.1
0.428 0.240 9.1
0.717 0.510 15.2
0.695 0.380 13.'9
1,000 0.675 0.500 12.6
0.022 0.000 52.3
1,050 0.526 0.405 15.4
0.526 0.560 16.6
0.138 0.000 46.2


0.00%
3.32%
4.56%
1.25%
4.72%
3.64%
2.50%
0.00%
4.95%
0.00%
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4.68%
3.80%
5.00%
0.00%
5.32%
6.40%
0.00%O


2.036 0.760 4.9 7.60V%
PS $ Div $ P/E Yield
1.768 0.960 7.5 6.98%
0.000 0.800 NM 7.80%
-0.0n n44 n nn NM 0 00'%


2.220 0.000 19.4 0.00%
1.105 0.810 14.6 6.93%
-0.103 0.000 N/M 0.00%


build up in government debt.
Given the narrow revenue base,
a much greater level of debt
would be hard to sustain....."
And Moody's added: "The
Government faces the task of
containing larger fiscal deficits
at a time of uncertain tourism
prospects and subdued


prospects for economic growth.
"The Government's response
to the new international finan-
cial regulatory regime, and its-
ability to manage economic lib-
eralisation as its seeks WTQ
membership will influence
Moody's credit assessment of
the Bahamas."


NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that STEVEN MICHAEL WILLIAMS OF#15 i
CLIVE AVENUE, P.O. BOX F-42398, FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA,-!
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality,
and Citizenship, for registration/naturalizationas 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 22ND;
day of NOVEMBER, 2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality,,
and Citizenship, P.O.Box F-41085, Grand Bahama, Bahamas.1






NOTICE

The Public Hospitals Authority invites tenders for '
the purchase of the following vehicles


1. 1998 Daewoo Cielo Sedan 1500cc


2. 1997 Asia Towner Van 800 cc


3. Toyota Hiace Bus


4. 1991 Chevy Pick-Up Truck

Vehicles maybe viewed at Sandilands Rehabilitation
Centre's Compound, Fox Hill Rd.

Sealed envelopes, marked tender should be ,address' ,
to the Managing Director, Public Hospital Authority,
Manx Corporate Centre/ Dockendale Hgqse,,
P.O.Box N-8200, and arrive no later than Friday,('
December 30, 2005.

Herbert H. Brown
Managing Director






PUBLIC NOTICE


GAMING BOARD FOR

THE COMMONWEALTH

OF THE BAHAMAS




NOTICE

Pursuant to Section 36(3) of the Lotteries
and Gaming Act Chapter 387, notice is hereby
given that PNK (EXUMA) Ltd. a Company
incorporated under the laws of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has in
accordance with the provisions of Section
34(2) of the said Act, made application to the
Secretary of the Gaming Board for The
Bahamas for a licence to manage a casino on
premises situated at The Four Seasons Hotel
on the Island of Exuma, one of the Islands of
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
And notice is also given that on Friday, 9th
December, 2005 at 10:00am at the Magistrate
Court, Garnet Levarity, Justice Centre,
Freeport Grand Bahama, one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, the 1
application of PNK (EXUMA) Limited will
be considered by Gaming Board.
Notice is also given that any person who
desires to object to the grant of the licence
shall send to The Secretary of the Gaming
Board for The Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, P.O. Box N-4565, Nassau, New
Providence, Bahamas or deliver to the offices
situated in The Renaissance Building, West
Bay Street on or before noon on Thursday, F
December 1, 2005, two (2) copies of a brief
statement in writing of the grounds of the
objection.

signed: Bernard K. Bonamy
Secretary

Gaming Board for
The Commonwealth of The Bahamas


Ii UE


FROM page 1B

Meanwhile, Moody's said


YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price
Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fideliqt
Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity
Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week
EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
NAV Net Asset Value
N/M Not Meaningful
FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100
:. : ," #:


) I D LB


u.uu -u..-
I ff"I







THE TRIBUNE


Losing bidder: Shell



dealers offered stake


FROM page 1B


where it both
i -i t Ontions


Ivr, evic Lst atiom
that FOCOL is seeking share- The MP said
holder approval for at a Decem- to them and gu
ber 7 Extraordinary General that they woul
Meeting (EGM). of Shell. If we
Shell gas station dealers had we guaranteed
last week told The Tribune that operation of tt
they were viewing the FOCOL However,
takeover "in a very positive FOCOL said ti
light?'", although they wanted to network would
make sure they would retain Bahamian re
thdir dealerships. clamoured for
Garner Dawkins, head of the their gas station
Bahamian Petroleum Retailers is likely to hav
Association and the Shell Gold- leum Energie
en: dates dealer, told The Tri- attractive to th
bunk that the dealers hoped to out the promise
benefit from the fact that ership. Howev
FOCOL would take decisions regional and gl
at a local level, whereas with in Brazil and N
Shh) much of the decision-mak- the casting vol
inecame from regional head the winning bid
otfe in Brazil. ers.
-Mr Dawkins said his canopy Mr Wells sai
lights were out, and he had been um Energies' b
trying to "get a repair truck for petitive with F
tl'e past three days. But they of price, but a(
[Shell] say they're waiting for been told his
aithorisation from down south. clinch the dea
Its ridiculous, simple things like contract Shell
that. There's not much you can supplier of pel
do." to its Grand I
However, Mr Wells yesterday when the curr
tcld The Tribune that the Shell its existing wh.
dealers had been concerned that As a result,
tliey would lose their dealerships plying FOCOL
utder FOCOL if the company business in N
used the business model it had with 60 million
adopted in Grand Bahama, leum products
FROM page 1B
Donathan said all staff would be given the appro-
priate severance packages. Members would be
rJfunded on a pro rate basis.
1 Gold's Gym lost $117,000 from operations dur-
ihg RND's 2005 fiscal year, which ran until Feb-
.uarya9,with its.total loss amounting to $196,000.
.emoving Gold's Gym would have slashed
ND's 2005 full-year loss of $588,782 by one
ird.
Mr Donathan said RND's real estate portfolio
Yas erffrmig ing line with' expectations, while its
TicletXppess',online booking and reservations
perations,was "doing fairly much as anticipated".
I He;id'd: 'Thfei'seen' son-iedelays., in the
tolling out of TicketXpress, due to running into
Challenges in the Family Islands relating to Inter-
net connectivity, but we're over that for the most
part."
Mr Donathan indicated this was mostly con-


owned and ran
s.
d: "We had talked
aranteed to them
d remain dealers
had won the bid,
d their continued
he gas stations."
both Shell and
he existing dealer
d remain.
retailers have long
the right to own
ns, something that
e made the Petro-
es bid especially
iem, since it held
se of equity own-
'er, it was Shell's
global head offices
ew York that had
te when deciding
Rider, not the deal-
id he felt Petrole-
bid had been com-
OCOL's in terms
dded that he had
rival was able to
il by offering to
1 Western as the
troleum products
Bahama business
ent contract with
olesaler expired.
apart from sup-
,'s newly-acquired
New Providence
gallons of petro-
per year, outside


of its contract with the Bahamas
Electricity Corporation (BEC),
Mr Wells said it would supply
a further 16-18 million gallons to
FOCOL's Grand Bahama busi-
ness.
"My understanding is that we
had in terms of pricing the best
bid in," Mr Wells said. "We're
disappointed. At one stage, we
thought we had it. That's what
they indicated."
He added, though, that Petro-
leum Energies, which The Tri-
bune undrstands is financially
backed by union monies, would
be prepared to bid should Esso
or Texaco decide to sell their
Bahamian retail networks.-
FOCOL will take over 60
retail service stations and five
depots in the Bahamas and
Turks & Caicos as part of this
deal. Given that the company,
which is a wholesale distributor
of petroleum and LPG products
on Grand Bahama, supplies just
20 service stations and marinas
on that island, the Shell pur-
chase more than doubles
FOCOL's size and geographic
footprint.
The Shell brand will remain
on all the gas stations involved
in the deal, with FOCOL con-
tinuing to use it-' under a trade-
mark agreement. Shell West will
continue to supply products at
the wholesale level to the sta-
tions.


nected to TixcketXpress's contract to act as the
exclusive reservations and online booking agent
for the Bahamas Out Island Promotions Board's
member resorts, some of which were in locations
where Internet connectivity was not fully estab-
lished. In some cases, this had caused RND to
"reorganise the process".
On the Promotions Board agreement, which
sees TicketXpress act as the call centre dealing
with all calls to the Ministry of Tourism's toll-free
line, Mr Donathan said: "That's coming on track.
We've already started visits to several Family
Island properties."
All those that had been visited "saw the sense"
in RND's service, and "embraced it right away".
Mr Donathan said of RND's overall strategy:
"We have a defined plan as to how we intend to
clear out the financial deficits the company has
been having.4We're on track."


Credit Cards


are Powerful

Tools...


The Public Treasury
aims to help make life
easier for citizens by
enabling credit card
payments for govern-
ment services.


Credit cards are
powerful tools.


They are convenient.
They make managing
your finances easier, and
they are especially useful
for emergencies.


They should not be used
irresponsibly.


Using a credit card re-
sponsibly builds a good
credit history that can be
a valuable asset when
applying for car loans,
jobs or mortgages.


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WINTER PROGRAMMES 2006


BTVI is now accepting application forms for the winter
(January) semester 2006 for the following programmes:




* Conch Shell Jewelry Manufacturing Day and Night


* Drywall Installation


* Evening Wear


* Painting and Decorating

* Roof Construction

* Small Gas Engine

, Tailoring


Day and Night


Night


Day and Night

Night

Day and Night

Day and Night


Application forms are available in the
Admissions Office in the J-Block of the
Campus on Old Trail Road between the
hours of 9:00am and 5:00pm


For additional information contact
Ms Lorraine Knowles or Gene Marshall at
(24 2) 393-2804 or 5, (242) 502-6338.


'Bankof Te ahmas

INTERNATIONAL


GOVERNMENT GUARANTEED

ADVANCED EDUCATION LOAN SCHEME

In collaboration with the Educational Guaranteed Fund Loan Program
of The Ministry of Education, Bank of The Bahamas International is
pleased to advise that the cheque disbursement for ALL Students in
The Loan Program will take place at The Holy Trinity Activities
Centre Stapledon Gardens from December 1st, 2005 through
December 7th, 2005 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm as follows:-

NEW STUDENTS (FIRST TIME RECIPIENTS)
AND RETURNING STUDENTS

A-C: Thursday 1st, December 2005
D-I: Friday 2nd, December 2005
J-M: Monday 5th, December 2005
N-S: Tuesday 6th, December 2005
T-Z: Wednesday 7th, December 2005

Time: 9:00 am 3:00 pm

Place: Holy Trinity Activities Centre,
Stapledon Gardens

Returning Students: Both Students OR Guarantors should be present
and must bring relevant Identification.
(Valid Passport and National Insurance Card).

New Students: Both Students AND Guarantors should be present and
bring relevant Identification.
(Valid Passport, National Insurance Card, Current Job Letter and a copy of
Utility Bill)

Cheques will not be released until all necessary documentation has been
completed.


NO DISBURSEMENTS WILL BE MADE AT THE BANK!


I _


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I;U~SL4)1I\Y, l.i~ v rll!ll4rre L'3, Ly;j, 1'; ruilr.. ricJ;.








PAGE6B, UESAY, OVEBER 9, 005 RIBNE SORT


Major gets his chance for





Bahamas lightweight crown


* BOXING
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
MEACHER 'Pain' Major,
groomed as the heir to mentor
Ray Minus Jr's Bahamas light-
weight throne, will finally get
a chance to fight for the
vacant belt.
First Class Promotions,
headed by retired Minus Jr.
and his wife Michelle, will give
him that opportunity on Sat-
urday, December 17 against
Richard 'the Hammer' Pitt, at
a venue to be announced.
Michelle Minus said the
only reason Major is just get-
ting a title shot now is because


Fighter to take


on Richard Pitt


they haven't had an opponent
prepared to fight him until
now.
As this is the last show for
the year, Minus said it will be
a great opportunity for Major
to get a national title under
his belt before he pursues the
British Commonwealth title
next year.
"It's long overdue, but he's


waited for it," Minus stressed.
"Now it comes at a time when
he will be going after a possi-
ble British Commonwealth
title.
"The Bahamas Boxing
Commission has submitted his
name, along with Jerome 'the
Bahamian Bronze Bomber'
Ellis and Jermaine 'Choo-
Choo' Mackey for a British


Commonwealth title, so it will
be something under his belt
that he can take with him."
This will be Major's fifth
fight for the year, having gone
4-1 to push his overall win-
loss record to 11-2.
"I'm just staying in great tip
top shape so that I can fight
for the Bahamian lightweight
title," said Major, who will
remain at home to prepare for
the show. "But I'm really
looking forward to next year.
I have some great things in
store."
Sometime next year, Major
said he intends to sign a con-
tract with a new manager and
promotional team. But he's


not rushing into the process.
In the meantime, he said he
wants to focus on Pitt when
they meet again.
This time, he hope to beat
him more convincingly than
he did in their initial
encounter.
"This is a title fight, so I
know I have to be in tip top
shape," Major stressed. "I
don't know what style Pitt will
be coming with, but I just
hope to do my best and hope-
fully I will come out with the
win.
In the co-main event,
Bahamas middleweight cham-
pion Jermaine Mackey will
taking on Jamaican Patrick


'Hanger' Miller over eight.
rounds.
So far, there are three fights-
lined up for the undercard.
They will all go four
rounds.
Elkena 'Ali' Saunders will
take on Jamaican Patrick
'Blaster' Taylor; Anthony
'Syco' Wood will face Derect.
'Castro' Sawyer and Ricardbo
'One Shot' Bethel will battlA
Alpachino 'Banger' Allen.
Michelle Minus said they
are anticipating that the shoW'
will be an exciting one an'd
they are encouraging the fans'
to come out for a treat as they
close out the year for the pro-'-
fessional boxers.


Tonique donates her





World Championship suit


0 By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter_
THE body suit that Tonique Williams-
Darling wore to win the 10th IAAF
World Championship's rain-wrenched
400 metres in August will be auctioned by
the IAAF.
On Saturday, Williams-Darling donat-
ed the suit, worn during her victory in
Helsinki, Finland, to Americas project
Ambassador Debbie Ferguson.
The autographed suit will go towards
the IAAF's humanitarian project "Ath-
letics for a Better World".
Donations received will be auctioned at
thle end of the year and all profits donat-
ed to the United Nations Associations:
FAO, UNICEF and WFP.
Although she didn't compete in Helsin-
ki, Ferguson was on hand to present one
of the Bahamian coins she and the Gold-
en Girls received from the government
following their gold medal performance at
Ihe Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia
in 2000.
A number of athletes around the world
have donated items to the IAAF.
Williams-Darling, 29, is coming off a
repeat gold medal at the 2004 Olympic


Games in Athens, Greece and this year's
IAAF World Championships in Helsinki.
Last year she won half of the TDK
Golden League $1 million jackpot.
Additionally, Williams-Darling ended
the 2004 season with the four fastest per-
formances in the women's one-lapper and
was ranked World number one in her
event.
This past year, she ran five of the ten
fastest performances.
Last year, Williams-Darling walked
away with the BAAA's Female Athlete of
the Year award and she was also named
the Jones Communication's Person of the
Year.
Once again, Williams-Darling will be
the top performer for the BAAA's
Female Athlete of the Year when the cer-
emony is held next month.
And, although she had very little time
to recuperate from the past season,
Williams-Darling confirmed to the IAAF
on Monday that she will compete in both
the Norwich Union International in Glas-
gow on January 28 and the Norwich
Union Grand Prix in Birmingham in Feb-
ruary.
She joins Russian World and Olympic
pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva,


the World Athlete of the Year for the
second consecutive year and Jamaican
sprint champion Veronica Campbell at
Britain's premier indoor meeting.
Next year, the women's 400 will also
be one of the ten events on the Golden
League jackpot that will start on Friday,
June 2 in Oslo and conclude on Sunday,
September 3 in Berlin.
Along the way, the athletes will get to
compete in Paris on July 7, Rome on July
14, Zurich on August 18 and Brussels on
August 25.
However, there won't be an Olympic
Games or World Championships next
year, so the focus for the athletes will be
on the Golden League jackpot during the
summer.
But at the beginning of the year, the
athletes will get to compete in the 11th
IAAF World Indoor Championships in
Moscow, Russia from March 10-12.

N DEBBIE FERGUSON, pictured
here at the Olympic Games in Athens
in 2004, presented one of the Bahami-
an cpins she and the Golden Girls
received from the government follow-
ing their gold medal performance at
the Olympic Games in Sydney, 2000.


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By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
ST. FRANCIS/JOSEPH
were a little too much for the
Xavier's Giants to handle as
they took game one of the
Catholic Diocesan Primary
Schools primary school boys
basketball championship
series with a 35-32 victory
Monday at Loyola Hall.
Teran Watson scored a
game high 13 points after he
took over in the final two
minutes when Shaquille Pen-
nerman fouled out. Penner-
man scored 10 points before
he was ejected.
"When he got fouled out, I
knew I had to slow the ball
down and when the lane
opened up, I was able to pen-
etrate," said Watson, who
contributed the Shockers'
final three points down the
stretch to seal the deal.
Just before he left the
game, Pennerman scored a
lay-up and, on a Xavier's
turnover, he converted one
of two foul shots to put the
Shockers up for good at 33-
30.
Xavier's, who rebounded
from a shaky 0-2 start to earn
their berth in the finals,
played well defensively to
stay in the game. But they
missed a couple of critical
free throws and their two big
men, Brandon Whymms and
Jermaine Smith both fouled
out.
Coach Nelson 'Mandella'
Joseph said it was unfortu-
nate that they fouled out
because he felt they had a
chance to win with both of
them in the game.
"Those two guys we lost
really hurt us because they
were where we were getting
most of our rebounds and our
scoring," Joseph stated.
'Hopefully we will try to tell
them to stay out of foul trou-
ble the next game."
Before they left, Whymms
had five and Smith ended up
with four. The Giants, how-
ever, got a game high nine
from Justin Symonette, while
guards Kent Wood and
Anfernee Seymour scored
seven and five respectively.
Despite the loss, coach
Joseph said he was still
pleased.
"They played great. They
didn't back down. We got
blown out the first game, but
I told my guys that we don't
have nothing to lose, so all
we had to so was come in


n


Is


here and play hard," he
stressed.
Except for the first quarter
when the Shockers rode the
four points from Teran Wat-
son and three from Shaquille
Pennerman to an 11-4 lead
at the first break, the game
was a relatively close one the
rest of the way.


in


In fact, the giants turned
things around in the second
half as they out-scored the
Shockers 8-2 to cut the deficit
to 13-12 at the half. Through-
out the second half, both
teams fought to several ties
before St. Francis/Joseph
pulled away down the stretch.
St. Francis/Joseph's coach


ril


Devon Johnson said he knew
it wasn't going to be as easy
as it was in their regular sea-
son meeting when they blew
out Xavier's.
"Like I told my guys,
Xavier's weren't going to
come here and lay down and
play dead. They made us
play," he stated. "It was a


ao


great game."
But, come Wednesday
when they play game two,
coach Johnson said they will
be out with a little more
intensity and hopefully they
won't play it so close.
Coach Joseph said they too
will be back and intend to
play more aggressively.


* BOXING
CHAMPION BOXING
CLUB'S SHOW
CHAMPION Amateur Boxing
Club held a tournament on Satur-
day at the First Class Promotions'
Club on Wulff Road.
Here's a look at the results of
the matches contested:
Cleveland Dorsett won over
Raheed Delancy in three rounds;
Tyrone Oliver won over Ramaeo
Andrews in the third as the referee
stopped the contest; Jeremiah
Andrews defeated Avery Francis;
Avery Francis def. Tyrone Oliver;
Kendrick Pratt def. Dwayne Saun-
ders; Byron Ferguson def. Paul
Clarke; McKenzie Telisnord def.
Jamal Rolle; Kevin Telisnord def.
Ricardo Williams; Aprichao Davis
def. Bradley Harris and Rudolf Polo
def. Avery Francis in a three-round
exhibition.
The best fight of the night was
between Ricardo Williams and
Kevin Telunsord; the most improved
boxer was Tyrone Oliver and the
most valuable boxer was Apricho
Davis.
* TRACK
BAAA'S NATIONAL
CROSS COUNTRY
THE CR Walker Knights and the
CH Reeves Raptors retained their
secondary and junior high school
titles at the BAAA's Colony Club
Resort National High School Cross
Country Championships.
The event was held on Saturday at
Fort Charlotte.
Marva Miller won the under-20
girls title for CR Walker in a time of
14 minutes and 39.23 seconds with
team-mate Kentisha Miller coming
in second in 15.25.26 and Jordan
Prince Williams' Alex Pratt was third
in 15.48.17.
Leslie Dorceval of CR Walker
won the under-20 boys division in
16.57.91. CC Sweeting's Anthony
Saunders was second in 17.13.03 and
CR Walker's Ken Thomas got third
in 17.20.11.
While CR Walker took the team
title, CC Sweeting was second and
RM Bailey got third.
In the under-17 girls division,
Monica Woodside of Government
High ran 14.14.13 for the victory.
Her team-mate Carmene Oxgenor
was second in 14.49.20 and Ashley
Hanna of CR Walker came in third
in 15.41.54.
CW Saunders won the team title
over CR Walker.
Vicknel Servens won the under-27
boys title for DW Davis. Second
place went to Stevano Thompson of
Dame Doris Johnson Mystic Mar-
lins.
Other individual winners were
Lexi Wilson of Westminster in the
under-15 girls' division; Wilgin Prof-
it of CH Reeves in the under-15 boys
division and Erishia Watt won the
under-13 girls' division with Garick
Phylum of CH Reeves taking the
under-13 boys division.
N GOLF
SOUTHERN DIVISION
LADIES' INSTALLATION
THE executive committee of the
Bahamas Golf Federation's South-
ern Ladies Division is inviting all
golfers and the public to attend their
pre-Christmas social and member-
ship drive.
The event is scheduled for Satur-
day, December 3 at 6.30pm atthe
Sandyport Poop Deck Restaurant. A
donation of $30, which includes two
drinks, is required. Tickets can be
purchased from Ethelyn Davis,
Yvonne Shaw or Sharon Cleare. A
raffle will be drawn and door prizes
will be given out.


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'Women striving for
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* By PETURA BURROW
Tribune Feature Writer
WOMEN in the Baham
raised their voices and band
together last week to celebra
an important historical eve:
the enfranchisement
women. It is a celebration th
stands as a testament to woi
en's rights, going far beyo:
the average girl power at
tude.
In celebration of Nation
Women's Week, "Wome
Striving For a Bett
Bahamas" November 20 -27
seie.siof events were held
observance of the 43
anniversary of the enfra
chisement of Bahamia
women.
Many Bahamian foremot
ers made the fight for suffra
their inost fundament
demand because they saw
as the defining feature of fi
citizenship. It claimed f
women the right to gove
themselves and choose the
own representatives. It assert


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ed that women should enjoy
individual rights in the midst
of a philosophy which said
that women, by nature, were
considered to be dependent
on men and subordinate to
them.

Politics
Many thought that women
could not be trusted to exer-
cise the independence of
thought necessary for choos-
ing political leaders responsi-
bly. It was also believed that a


woman's place was in the
home, catering to husband
and caring for children, so
there was no place for voting.
The entry of women into pol-
itics, it was feared,'would chal-
lenge the assignment of
women to the home, and
might lead to disruption of the
family unit.
But many Bahamian
women rose above the limita-
tions, and above these fears, to
fight for their right to not only
vote, but be considered as
more than "'just a woman".
An annual observance of this


Bahamas'


milestone in the history of the
Bahamas allows women to
remember where they came
from, as well as realise the
need to push forward.
"Many persons wonder why
every year this group of
women (the Ministry of Social
Services and Community


2005 Bahamas International


Film Festival embraces


young women filmmakers


Development's Bureau of
Women's Affairs) organises
activities to commemorate
enfranchisement, but this sin-
gle act no doubt provided the
impetus for women to dream
of their daughters and grand-
daughters having a better way
of life in the Bahamas; a
dream of them participating
on equal footing with their
male counterparts in every
aspect," said Social Services
minister Melanie Griffin, as
she addressed the National
Women's Week luncheon,
held at SuperClubs Breezes.
"From serving on juries, to
being members of parliament
and cabinet ministers, to being
managers of banks and major
corporations, to being chief
justices, president of the court
of appeal, governor of the
Central Bank, director gener-


al of Tourism, to being presi-
dent of the Chamber of Com-
merce, to holding Olympic
gold medals, to becoming
Rhodes Scholars, and of
course many many more,"
Minister Griffin continued.

Society
Women in the Bahamian
society have risen to some of
the highest positions in their
field, and in doing so, have
made the foremothers of this
country proud, the minister
believes. Individuals like Mary
Ingraham, Eugenia Lockhart,
Mable Walker, Georgianna
Symonette and Dame Doris
Johnson, are hailed as "hero-
ines of the suffrage move-
SEE page two


TWO promising film directors, Moya
Thompson and Maria Govan, have been
selected for the Bahamas International
Film Festival's (BIFF) Filmmakers Res-
idency Programme, officials announced
yesterday during the launch of the ini-
tiative.
Following in the footsteps of various
festivals and their film "labs", the
Bahamas International Film Festival's
goal is to provide a supportive environ-
ment for local filmmakers. Six Bahamian
candidates have been chosen for the
unique learning experience; Maria Gov-
an, Moya Thompson, Kareem Mortimer,
Gustavius Smith, Bernard Petit and Kevin
Taylor. Each of them will be showing a
film during the festival.

Story
Writer/director Maria Govan's film,
RAIN, is a story of a young Bahamian
girl on a voyage to the big city of Nassau
in search of her estranged mother, who
abandoned her as a child.
Writer/director, Moya Thompson's film
BABYGIRL, is a hardshipstory about a
young girl who is forced to grow up fast
when her mother abandons her and she is
faced with the reality that her father was
a gambling alcoholic. The plot takes an
interesting twist when her father is


Bahamian candidates chosen for

'unique' learning experience


stabbed and the community is shocked
by the violence...and news that BABY-
GIRL is the culprit.
A third candidate selected to take part
ip the residency programme, Kareem J
Mortimer, writer/director, will be partic-
ipating in the documentary category.
Kareem's film, FREEDOM, depicts the
filmmaker's journey to find himself and
his sexual freedom despite the prejudices
and intolerance of the Caribbean com-
munity.
Gustavius Smith, also a writer/direc-
tor, brings THE HMBS FLAMINGO
WRECKAGE to the big screen. The nar-
rative is an account given by the surviving
crew members of a Cuban ship wreck-
age that was found in the Bahamas.
Writer/director Bernard Petit tells the
story of an interracial relationship that
faced challenges from the still-present
caste system in the upper class Bahamas
in RETURN.
The last entrant to the residency pro-
gramme, writer/director Kevin Taylor,
brings QUIRKE to the big screen. Based


on a screenplay that takes place in North-
ern Ontario, Canada, three men pull
together to clean up their best friends
home after he commits suicide, in an
effort to protect his sister from his truth.
Chaired by award winning director
Spike Lee, the Filmmakers Residency
Programme, in an intense six-hour ses-
sion, is scheduled for December 9 at the
Atlantis Paradise Island Resort.

Producers
Each director will have the opportuni-
ty to meet one-on-one with US industry
professionals, producers, directors, mar-
keting executives, and sales agents. This
concentrated day will foster dialogue,
build lasting connections and help film-
makers in both their creative and pro-
duction processes.
The exploration of the Spirit of Free-
dom in world cinema is the consistent
theme of the festival. Films from 26 coun-
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'Women striving for


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FROM page one
ment". Their names are
among scores of women who
have "bravely participated in
the movement to secure the
precious privilege we have
today, the right to vote," Min-
ister Griffin added.
In a passionate and stirring
message to the crowd of
women from various profes-
sions, Minister Griffin warned
women that while they bask
in the advantages that their
foremothers brought about,
they must also contribute to
the further development of
their society. While they enjoy
the benefits of society's
progress toward "full equali-
ty" for women, they must also
acknowledge their special role
in the development of
Bahamian society.
"One look around at many
of the social challenges that
have presented themselves
will tell us that a refocus of
our core values is in order.
"What would our suf-


fragettes think of the turn of
events in bur communities and
in our families? It is a shift
that has seen Bahamian chil-
dren bearing arms and killing
each other, women being
beaten and abused, and
women still being discrimi-
nated against in certain con-
stitutional provisions.

Role
"They perhaps would won-
der whether the women of
today were truly taking an
active role in their own devel-
opment and that of their coun-
try. They perhaps would won-
der whether we have rested
on our laurels and have fallen
prey to complacency," Mrs
Griffin said, offering an
answer to the question she put
forth to the audience.
As the mother of a six year
old daughter, Mrs Griffin said
that of all of the roles she
plays in society, the one that
she esteems most, is that of
mother. Working mothers like


herself, she said, must make
time in their schedules to assist
their children in school work.
While society may blame
women for many of the nega-
tive behaviours of children -
either because they were too
lenient, too tolerant, or too
protective, or too strict Min-
ister Griffin said that women
alone should not be held
accountable. "The overarch-
ing challenge is that women
and men, the two sides of the
leadership in the family unit,
must both re-commit and re-
dedicate themselves to work
at their respective roles in pro-
ducing a balanced, disciplined
and forward-looking happy
and content society."
She charged the women in
the audience to know their
role, and pursue them "enthu-
siastically" and "vigorously":
Women are and should be
the nurturers of the society,
taking the time to make
absolutely sure that the young
are reared with love, disci-
pline, and the proper respect


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for their society.
Women are and should be
the conscience of the society,
with a kind word and a hand
of assistance for those less
unfortunate.
Women are and should be
the cohesive force of the
nation's families, lovingly pro-
tecting and preserving the
most basic and most impor-
tant unit of our society,
. Giving an encouraging word
towomen's organisations in.
the Bahamas, Minister Grif-
fin urged them to remain
"steadfast" in their communi-


ty efforts regardless of finan-
cial constraints, small num-
bers, and other disheartening
moments. "You will be sur-
prised what can be accom-
plished through the work of a
few dedicated and committed
individuals."
Suffragettes in Bahamian
history, she added, are a stark
reminder of the fact that great
numbers are not a must. Just
as many times they were few
in numbers, but never dis-
heartened and continued the
work, women of today must
continue securing a future for


those women who come
behind," she said.
"To whom much is giveh,
much is expected.
"Therefore we, who have
achieved some degree of sue7
cess, are obligated to reach
out and lift up our sisters whd
still find themselves in tlhe
proverbial trenches," Minir,
ter Griffin charged. "We muq
do so knowing that our foreT
mothers laid a strong, soun
foundation for us and so wei
too, must do the same,
for future generations of
women."


Film Festival embraces



women filmmakers


FROM page one
tries will be shown in this beautiful setting.
The residency programme is not only very
important to the festival and its filmmakers
but to the Caribbean and its flourishing film-
making industry.
"It is important for a festival to make an
impact on the country where it is hosted. This
is a groundbreaking opportunity for Bahamian
filmmakers to discover their talents and be
provided with a platform where they can be


nurtured by top leading industry professionals
from around the world. It is a tremendous hoi-'
our to have Mr Lee as the quintessential edu-
cator of this programme," said Leslie Vander-
pool, founder and executive director 6f BiF.r
Advisors for the Filmmakers Residency PiN-'
gramme include: Julie Corman, producer,
screenwriter and wife of RogerCor .ip te
Kohn, director of Roger Ebert's Oveil -l6
Film Festival, and associate director, George
Foster Peabody Awards, Grady. Cgq g$
Journalism and Mass Communication Uvmypr.
sity of Georgia; and William Keys, producer.,


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NASSAU'S most exclusive events venue voted Tammie Thompson best bride of the season.
The bride said, "I Do" to Drexon Thompson in a dazzling sunset wedding for 175 guests around
the antique pool terrace set in a lush garden setting at Mountbatten House.
The young "Techno Savvy" bride and her fraternity faithful groom celebrated their nuptials in
the historic grounds of the most picturesque Old Nassau Mansion. Being best bride, Tammie won
a day trip to Harbour Island on the BoHengy complete with a golf cart and lunch at the famous
Landing Hotel and Restaurant.
To top off the evening, the bride was presented with an exquisite and coveted Harl Taylor hand-
bag.
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and Cecile Barber; four brothers-in-law, Richard Evans, Roy
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Derek, Stefan and Gunnar Knowles, Mark and Stefan Evans,
Richard and Christopher Sampey, Adam and David Bailey and
Robin Barber; nieces-in-law and nephews-in-law, Gordon Lowe,
Wesley Kane, Quincy Parker, Dax Russell, George Sawyer II,
David Cunnigham, Dawn Evans and Robin Lee Barber; other
relatives include, Chris and Eddie Darville, Beadie and Giles
Newbold and family, Jimmy, Geoffrey, Charlton, Patrick, Alec,
Reggie, Sammy, Donald, Kirk, Debra, Rachael and Chris
Knowles, Winston, Curtis and Steve Cartwright and their families,
Mary Cartwright and family, Bernadette and Pepi Terrali and
family Renee Turnquest and family, Rosalee "Tiny" and Mary
Knowles and families, grand nieces and grandnephews, Dylan
and Lauren Lowe, Megan Knowles, Maya Parker, Ryan Kane,
Jessica Russell, Apira Evans and George Sawyer III and a host
of other relatives and friends including, Elva Knowles and family,
Sonia Darville and family, Lolitta Knowles, Deborah Carroll,
Tony Moree, Tony Knowles, Judy "Pepper" Russell, Kenny
Harris, Steve and Debbie Carey, Sgt James and Paula Cooper,
Thelma Sweeting, Albert Pearce, George "Tony" Sawyer Sr,
Jeannette and Jerome Cartwright, Edmond Knowles, Christine
Lowe, Rosie Roberts, Anthony Nottage, Barbra Algreen, Tommy
Hall, Willard Hanna, Tony Longley, the entire staff of The Crown
Jewellers Stores and members of the Nassau Dart Association,
Abaco Dart Association and Grand Bahama Dart Association.
Friends may pay their last respects on Tuesday, November
29th, 2005 at 5:30pm until 7:30pm at Pinder's Funeral Home,
Palmdale Avenue, Palmdale.
In lieu of flowers donations can be sent to St Anne's Social
Outreach Programme, P.O. Box N-1569 and The Ranfurly
Home for Boys in memory of Douglas Knowles, P.O. Box N-
1413.


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'Putting





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to bed'


t is now the time of
year when we can
grow almost anything
in our gardens. The
choice is particularly
wide when it comes to flowers.
Favourites in Canadian and
European summer gardens find
our late autumn and winter
weather very much to their lik-
ing. Some appreciate a little
shade but many enjoy full sun-
shine.
It is a little late to be growing
flowering annuals from seed if
you want a nice show for
Christmas. The answer is to vis-
it your local nursery and buy
flower seedlings that usually
come with several to a pot.
These can be set out in flower
beds taking note of their rela-
tive heights. Taller plants
should, of course, be at the rear
if you are growing close to a
wall and in the middle if you
have a circular or similar bed
that stands on its own. The
smaller flowers should be
grown around the edges.
Because they are so impor-
tant in our summer garden
when the selection of flowers is
limited, we often forget that
zinnias and cosmos do well in
winter as well. They are can-
didates for full sun locations.
A list of flowering annuals I
have grown during cool weath-
er months down the years
would include calendula, core-
opsis, cosmos, dianthus, gail-
lardia, gerbera daisies, gode-
tia, impatiens, marigold, pan-
sies, petunias, poppies, rud-
beckia, salvia, Transvaal
daisies, vinca and zinnias.
The world's favourite bed-
ding plant is indisputably impa-
tiens. Their pastel flowers come
in dozens of shades and they


Green Scene
by Gardener Jack

flower so prolifically they can
form an avalanche of colour.
It is probably best to keep
'impatiens as the sole occu-
pants of a flower bed as they
are likely to overpower visual-
ly any slightly more sedate
annual specimen.
The downside of impatiens
is their need for water. They
make lovely hanging baskets
but need to be watered every
day. Even though impatiens
are annuals they seed very
readily and keep themselves
going (in much reduced num-
bers, of course) from one year
to the next.
Attractive
Poppies do remarkably well
and make really attractive
stands. You can choose a mix-
ture of colours or keep to one
colour, red being the tradition-
al favourite.
Petunias are a must in any
flower garden. They are cheer-
ful plants that no longer come
only in solid colours but have
wonderful colour combina-
tions, along with pinwheels and
picotees. Petunia limbs can be
pinched off and planted to
form a new entity.
Pansies have the most glori-
ous deep rich colours, unlike
the pastel hues of the plants
we have mentioned already.
For this reason they should also
be grown on their own as they
do not combine very well with
pastel-hued flowers. They too
like plenty of water for a good
show.


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0 MODERN poppies come in many
colours but the traditional red is still
favoured.


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