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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
Alternate Title: Nassau tribune
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: March 11, 2006
Copyright Date: 2006
Frequency: daily, except sunday
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Spatial Coverage: Bahamas
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 79, no. 210 (Aug. 3, 1983); title from caption.
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Volume: 102 No.93 SATURDAY, MARCH 11, 2006 PRICE -750

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TV report on

Cuban dentist


Long service awards for BEC's bright sparks

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE controversial issue of
the two Cuban dentists held at
the Carmichael Road Deten-
tion Centre could be turned
over to US Secretary of State
Condoleezza RRcetor even Pres-
ident George W Bush, it was
revealed in a broadcast by the
US television station FoxNews.
It was further disclosed that
the United States is looking into
using the Bahamas' US Cus-
toms pre-clearance privileges as
a bargaining chip in exercising
pressure on the Bahamas gov-
ernment to release the Cubans
to the US.
In'n the Hannity and Colmes
FoxNew~s television report -
which exposed the squalid con-
ditions in which the two doc-
tois have been held for the past
10 months interviewers Thurs-
day night talked with family
members of the dentists and
Florida Congressman Connie
Mack IV, who has taken up
their cause.
SCongressman Mack told one
of the show's co-hosts Alan
Colmes that he has reached out
to Dr Rice in this matter, and
that the issue may reach the lev-
el of needing the President's
He said that Dr Rice is aware
of the issue and may use her
upcoming visit to the Bahamas
to address the fate of the Cuban
However, the Bahamas is not

on the official list of countries
Dr Rice plans to visit this
month. It was reported earlier
that she had planned to come to
the Bahamas this month.
"It's a sad story. Where they
are now it's just deplorable con-
ditions, and the Bahamian gov-
ernment should be embar-
rassed," he said.
Mr Mack said that although
he is getting the indication from
the Bahamas government that
they are working hard to get
the two dentists to the US, "so
far it's all been words, there has
been no action to follow it up."
"My fear is that they fear
Castro more than they honour
the relationship and the friend-
ship with the United States," he
The Congressman said he
does not understand why the
Bahamas is not releasing the
two Cubans "out of their friend-
ship with us."
"I have on numerous occa-
sions tried to talk to the prime
minister of the Bahamas. He
won't return my phone calls.
The ambassador (Joshua Sears)
has been fairly good at return-
ing calls and talking, but for the
life of me I don't know why
they have chosen to side with
Castro," he said.
With the economy of the
Bahamas reliant on the US, he
said, the US authorities are now
lookinot options of exercising
pressure to bring about a satis-
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Grieving mother AG: Privy Council

hits out at public decision upholds
dpith npnlmtv

transport system

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE grieving mother
whose daughter died after
being hit by a jitney on Thurs-
day, said her child paid the
"highest price" with her life
to a public transportation sys-
tem that is "terminally ill."

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Fiona Edwards said she was
knocked to the ground side-
ways as she watched her child
Mrs Edwards, after losing
her daughter. Faith Mackey,
SEE page 11

takes exception
to mandatory use
Tribune Staff Reporter
reports, the Office of the Attor-
ney General said that the Privy
Council's decision upholds the
death penalty as a form of pun-
ishment for murder, but took
exception to its mandatory use
for the crime.
Speaking at a late press con-
ference yesterday, newly
appointed Attorney General
Allyson Maynard-Gibson said
she had to make certain facts
about the Privy Council's rul-
ing handed down in the For-
rester Bowe and Trono Davis
case on Wednesday.
"The Privy Council has not
ruled that the death penalty is
unconstitutional. The Privy
Council has ruled that in the
Bahamas the death penalty
remains a valid, constitutional
sentence for the offence of mur-
"The effect of the recent
Privy Council judgment in the
case of Bowe and Davis is that
the Bahamian trial judge may
still impose the death penalty,
SEE page 11

Billionaire Branson backs

group 'seeking justice' for
child's death in Bahamas

Tribune Staff Reporter
neur and Virgin Airline mogul
Sir Richard Branson has lent
his support to the group "seek-
ing justice" following the trag-
ic death in 2002 of two-year-
old Paul Gallagher in the
Paul Gallagher was fatally
injured when he was struck by .
an unmanned speedboat which

mounted a beach at Paradise
According to an article writ-
ten by Sarah'Nelson appear-
ing on the British news website
"", Sir
Richard promised to write to
owners of the Atlantis Resort
where Paul was injured to sug-
gest "banning jet skis" or buoy
off an area for jet-ski use only.
Bahamian authorities have
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Investigation into allegations of
improper trading involving
Commonwealth Bank shares
Tribune Business Editor
THE Securities Commission and the Bahamas International
Securities Exchange (BISX) are investigating allegations of
improper trading involving shares of Commonwealth Bank, The
Tribune can reveal.
The investigation centres around shares that were held in an
escrow account for the bank's staff, a common incentive that large
companies provide for their employees.
Commonwealth Bank yvorkers had the option to purchase
these shares at $6 per share, a 61.5 per cent discount to last
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NBEC'S Louise W~illiams, a labourer at Clifton Pier po%er station. receives a long sert ice award for her 30 yemr
at the -co Irporation from Governor General Arthur Hanna at Government House yesterday. rdfr.hr3 ys




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MV Roger M

Jones to dock

in Freeport

A HUGE vessel named
after a retired shipping
executive living in Nassau
will be docking in
Freeport tomorrow.
The MV Roger M Jones
will be alongside the
BORCO terminal by
Monday and Mr Jones
himself is hoping he can
join the captain for lunch
while the ship is in the
Mr Jones, who lives at
Sulgrave Manor, Cable
Beach, spent his career in
shipping and eventually
ran his own international
business with a partner in
SLast year, the MV
Roger M Jones was given
his name in recognition of
his contribution to the
industry and now spends
most of its time plying
between North America
and Europe.
The ship's pending
arrival in the Bahamas
came as "a shock and a
surprise" to Mr Jones,
Who is now wondering
whether he will be able to
keep a lunch invitation
aboard his namesake.
"I'm not 100 per cent sure
yet whether I'll be able to
go," said Mr Jones, who is
in his eighties: -'0' -: -' .
SThe ship headed for the
Bahamas following a late
change in schedule.

SHuman Rights group writes to

lawyers in bid to access prison

T By KARIN HE order
Tribune Staff Reporter .

THE GRAND Bahama Human
Rights Association (GBHRA) has writ-
ten to 100 British and Caribbean lawyers
seeking assistance in its endeavor to gain
access to Her Majesty's Prison, Fox Hill.
Earlier this week, the association
repeated its request to be permitted to
interview inmates regarding allegations
of human rights violations.
Not having received an answer to its
request to date, the association said it
has also reported the allegedly "inhu-
iane" conditions at the prison to the
Inter-American Commission on Human
Rights; the Human Rights Commission
of the United Nations; Amnesty Inter-
national; Penal Reform International;
the International Centre for Prison Stud-
ies, and Americas Watch.
In its letter to the lawyers and inter-
national human rights organizations, the
association described January's prison
outbreak, in which veteran prison officer
Corporal Dion Bowles and prisoner Neil
Brown were killed.
The association attached a copy of a
photograph which allegedly shows the
beaten and bloodied bodies of two of
the recaptured inmates.
Copies of letters sent to Minister of our delegation to visit th
National Security Cynthia Pratt and determine the extent of
Superintendent of Prisons Dr Elliston abuses at the prison, and e
Rahming requesting access to the prison Bahamas government under
were also attached to the document, the cannot hide human rights
association said. international scrutiny.
"We are writing to each of you in "We request that each
order;to expose aid alert youf organi- di4._ Iy make appropriate
stations to this ongoing abuse and to ask t ions to I he Minister of Na
for vour hlp in preventing fug4 A. .Pr h g," the_
It is our i~'4t ind e'it ieB BHR
nationally, it will prevent further and said yesterday that the "
continuing abuse and encourage reform silence" on the issue of ]
of the prison conditions; cause the min- tions "is scandalous in a de
sister and the superintendent to permit "There are obviously c

* THE association attached a copy of this photograph which allegedly
shows the beaten and bloodied bodies of two of the recaptured inmates.

rights issues at Fox Hill Prison. It is intendent that it not be approved.
imperative that a non-governmental "We were informed that the prison
organisation have access to determine was not yet ready and that to some
the extent of the abuse, if indeed it is extent still has moratorium on visitors
happening, and if not, to report accord- in place," he said.
ingly," he said. Mr Smith said that the GBHRA is
Speaking with The Tribune earlier this "ashamed and embarrassed" by the
week, Naticnal Security Permanent See- behaviour of the Ministr\ of National
retary Mark Wilson said that his min- Security and the superintendent of the
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The association's first request, he said;
was turned over to his ministry with a
recommendation from the prison super-

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istry of National Security and the prison
superintendent are answerable to no-
one, and that they are above the. law," he

Why you vex?

Tribune Staff Reporter

Why You Vex?

"It makes me vex that my
light could get turn off for one
lil $135 and people who owe
thousands of dollars still could
burn AC and watch TV and I
lighting match and sweating."
Vex in the Dark

"I vex with ridiculous dri-
vers who see you going down
the road at a good rate of
speed and they yank out in
the front of you and start
crawling mind you, no one
behind you, the road on the
other side is busy, so you can't
overtake. Bahamians just too

Road Rage Drama Mama

"I tired of all these phone
booths that ain working, I was
stranded the other day, didn't
have no cell phone and wast-

ed $2 in quarters because
couldn't find a pay phoi
was working.

"I was disgusted at w
broke into the Red Cro
headquarters after the i
mean, the Red Cross tr
help people. What a she
that had to happen, but
least the culprits didn't
any of the proceeds fro

Sad S

"I am vex because inste
looking at a person's qu
cations to get ahead in t
workplace, it comes do'
who you know."

"I vex at the state of our
young people. I was walking
on Bay Street behind a group
of school girls in uniform
using the most foul language
and filth. I wa appalled, it
was so bad tourists were look-


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Stella Maris Estate, its Owners Association,
Resort Club and Marina, wish to thank and
commend the Country's Government for
its speedy. resolution of the recently
publicized airport issue. All concerned Long
Island stakeholders are immensely relieved
- and equally pleased.

Our heartfelt appreciation and thanks go
to all involved persons and entities of
Government, its Parliamentary Members,
as well as to all Long Island and other
assisting interest groups, and to the well-
wishing, general public.

We are confident that Long Island's future
will justify this Government commitment -
which surely will greatly benefit the Island's
and therefore the Bahamas' economic and
general well being.




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Two plead not

guilty to conch


Tribune Freeport
American boat captain and
a Bahamian man were
charged in Eight Mile
Rock Magistrate's Court in
connection with an alleged
attempt to illegally export
about 3,000 pounds of
conch from the Bahamas.
Mark Albert Rose, 57, of
Riveria Beach, Florida,
and Eddison Tate, 42, of
Freeport, appeared before
Magistrate Debbye Fergu-
son on Thursday.
The men were charged
with attempting to export a
large quantity of skinned
conch from the Bahamas
without proper authority,
and possessing the conch
for commercial purposes
without a valid permit.
Rose and Tate pleaded
not guilty to the charges.
They were each granted
$5,000 bail and the matter
was adjourned to June 14.


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Human rights activist: Bahamian

prison system is out of control'

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE lengthy, unlawful impris-
onment of a Japanese man, cou-
pled with reports of alleged beat-
ings, the recent escape of four
inmates and the subsequent
killing of a prison officer, shows
that the Bahamas' prison system
is "completely out of control," a
human rights activist charged yes-
Fred Smith, president of the
Grand Bahama Human Rights
Association, made this statement
after learning of the case of Atain
Takitota a Japanese national
who was imprisoned in the
Bahamas for eight years without
The Court of Appeal award-
ed Mr Atain $500,000 in dam-
ages on Thursday, ruling that the
appellant had been unlawfully
jailed in August, 1992, after arriv-
ing in Nassau from Osaka, Japan,
and being granted permission to
remain in the country for one
Mr Smith said he applauded
the Court of Appeal for vindi-

Fred Smith speaks out after learning

of unlawful imprisonment case

eating Mr Atain, adding, howev-
er, that considering the nature of
the appellant's, ordeal, higher
damages should have been
"While $500,000 is certainly a
substantial sum, it should have
been more. Half a million is still
far too low," he said.
Mr Smith that this case demon-
strated the "desperate need" for
a more transparent prison sys-
"We cannot have. a penal sys-
tem where people get lost. What
it means is that we have to be
alert and regularly review who is
in Fox Hill Prison, and who of
those persons should be there
and who should not," he said.
Mr Smith said he suspects that
there are many cases of illegal
imprisonment both at Fox Hill
Prison and the Carmichael Road
Detention Centre, "especially as

it concerns illegal immigrants".
,"The problem of this kind of
arbitrary and unlawful detention
has plagued the Bahamas for
decades," he said.
Mr Smith said that, particular-
ly in the 1980s, the Human Rights
Association brought numerous
habeas corpus cases before the
Bahamian courts in an effort to
free inmates who were allegedly
being held unlawfully.
The case of Mr Atain, he said,
demonstrates once more the
need for the prison to allow a
"responsible non-governmental
organisation like the GBHRA"
to be, allowed to view prison
"What do they have to hide?"
he asked.
In the case of Mr Atain,
Appeal Justices Dame Joan
Sawyer, Lorris Ganpatsingh and
Emmanuel Osadabay ruled that

the appellant was held at both
Carmichael Road Detention
Centre and Fox Hill Prison.
The judgment said the only
reason ever given for his deten-
tion was that he was an "unde-
sirable and his presence was not
conducive to the public good."
.During his imprisonment at
Fox Hill, where he shared a cell
with up to 19 other inmates, Mr
Atain attempted to commit sui-
cide three times.
According to court records, he
was arrested the same day he
arrived in the Bahamas.
The judgment handed down
on Thursday said he was arrested
on Paradise Island and taken to
Central Police Station on suspi-
cion of trying to break into a
vehicle and then later of being a
However, Mr Atain was never
charged with either of those
offences, the judgment read.
Police compiled a document
based on information given to
them by Mr Atain; The final line

in the document recommended a
deportation order.
A "deportation cum deten-
tioif" order was made by the then
Minister of Immigration, which
declared that Mr Atain "shall
leave the Bahamas immediately
after the date hereof and there-
after remain out of the
Bahamas," the judgment said.
The order stated that the gov-
ernor general sanctioned Mr
Atain's detention until such time
as he could board a craft about to
leave the Bahamas. However, the
judgment noted that it is unclear
how or when the governor gen-
eral would have sanctioned the
detention of the appellant.
The judgment went on to note
that, although Mr Atain was nev:
er taken before a court, the
prison produced a document
claiming that he was sentenced
on August 19, 2002, by the "S
and C M Court in Nassau" to
await deportation.
"This statement was clearly
inaccurate", the judgment said.

I Galeria'Cinema

Tribune Staff Reporter
ALTHOUGH the Prime Minister has voiced his sup-
port of capital punishment, his actions do not support his
statements, according to Senator Carl Bethel.
The former attorney general said that if Prime Minister
Perry Christie were serious about the matter, he would
have already taken preliminary action to start the process
of hanging convicted murders.
Mr Bethel said that while Mr Christie recently chose to
proclaim his view on the death penalty, that commitment
has been entirely and totally absent from any aspect of
his party's governance.
"No death warrant has been read in over four years, no
amendments to the Court of Appeal Act or Criminal Pro-
ceeding Act have been drafted or laid on the table of any
House in this Parliament," he said during his contribution
to the debate on the Speech from the Throne this week.
Mr Bethel pointed that out that while Hubert Ingraham
said publicly that he was opposed to it, his government
still carried out the death penalty.
"Perry Christie said he is in favour of hanging, but his
government has done absolutely nothing for almost four
"The question is who do you believe?" he asked.
He claimed that Mr Christie's fine words given in an
unfortunate setting have not been any deed.
Mr Bethel alleged that the prime minister did not
"make one attempt to seriously implement a workable
system so that the law of capital punishment could be, or
might be, carried out in accordance with the new rules
established by the Privy Council."
Mr Bethel acknowledged the point of order raised by
Senator Dr Marcus Bethel that there were cases currently
pending before the Privy Council, which may have affect-
ed capital punishment cases.
However, Mr Bethel stressed that regardless of the
Privy Council's ruling government could still have put
measures in place.
He said the first thing that needs to be done is to have
death warrants for persons who have been convicted
almost five years so that the constitutional rights to
appeal can begin even as the Privy Council concludes its
"In my view it does not stop the government from mov-
ing ahead from preparing a legislation agenda should the
Privy Council rule that a mandatory death sentence is not
constitutional," he said.
Otherwise, he said, if nothing is done, the persons get-
ting near the five year limit will have a case against the

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being done

to regulate

health care?

EDITOR, The Tribune.
THE Ministry of Health is
working on a bold new pro-
gramme of providing universal
access to health care, but what
is it doing to regulate health
care presently?
The issue was recently
brought into focus by a Com-
plaint to the Hospital and
Health Care Facilities Board
(the Board) about the death
of a patient in a local hospital
in April 2002. The Complaint
alleges, serious institutional
failings in that hospital caused
or contributed to fatal injuries
and death.
The Board is supposed to
act in the public interest. Reg-
ulations require the Board to
make an investigation where
there is a Complaint about the
"management, diagnosis or
treatment" of a patient. How-
ever, last year the Board
refused to accept its respon-
sibility and refused to order
any investigation.
How can a regulatory body,
year after year, re-license
medical facilities, apparently
in a pro-forma fashion, with-
out making any investigation
when there are serious allega-
tions of institutional deficien-
cies resulting in death?
Not so long ago, the Board
published a list of doctors who
had not paid the licence fees
for their clinics. That was no
reflection on the quality of
care they provided. It was a
question of money, and the
Board went after those who
hadn't paid.
Is the Government only
interested in collecting its fees
from hospitals and clinics? Or
will the Board address bad
management which can claim
good lives?
An appeal has been made
to the Minister of Health, by
lawyers for the deceased
patient, on the grounds (inter
alia) that: "Having regard to
its regulatory function pre-
scribed by statute, the allega-
tions in the complaint, and the
evidence that was and is avail-
able to the Board but for its
default, no reasonable Board
could have reached the deter-
mination made by the Board,
and by reason of that deter-
mination, the Board has abdi-
cated its function and is in
dereliction of its duty."
Many months later, the only

answer from the Ministry of
Health is that "the matter is
receiving attention." And this
answer is not in writing. It is a
verbal response.
But it is not a response to
the appeal that was made. It is
an answer that can mean any-
thing, and therefore means
nothing. There is no indica-
tion, what is being done, if
anything, or when. There is
no transparency. It is an
answer which sentences the
Complaint to a bureaucratic
limbo, and protects the Min-
ister from accountability.
In other words "the Buck
stops nowhere". But must we
take the low road?
The Ministry of Health is
accountable to all patients of
any clinic or hospital. The
Minister is responsible for the
Hospital and Health Care
Facilities Board. The Board is
responsible for the "health
care providers" it licenses.
Health care providers are
responsible for decisions of
life and death. If there is a
complaint, the Board should
investigate it.
The Minister was asked to
consider the. reasons for the
appeal, and made a decision;
that is, vary or reverse the
decision of the Board, and
make an Order to the Board,
based on his decision. If the
appeal is being refused, the.
Minister needs to give reasons
why the appeal is refused. It is
a straightforward matter.
This would be the response
of a society governed by the
rule of law. However, this
assumes that the democracy
has reached a political matu-
rity, and Ministers say what
their Ministry is going to do,
and when. It appears that the
Bahamian Government lead-
ers have not reached that
stage. But it is time to grow
in that direction if we intend
to mature and progress.
The recent announcement
of a change in the member-
ship of the Hospital and
Health Care Facility Board, is
encouraging. The new Board
Chairman, Jerome Gomez is
an accountant, not a doctor.
The composition of the new

Board at least, gives hope it
will function objectively and
in the public interest.
The Ministry is now propos-
ing a NHI scheme, to promote
universal access to health care.
The people will pay the NHI,
and the government will
administer it. To date this had
not proved a successful for-
mula for providing the public
any consistent quality of ser-
vice in any field.
The question, however, is
not just whether we can afford
health care, but also, can we
afford health care that effec-
tively is not regulated? That
is what we have so far. Will
the Ministry of Health contin-
ue to allow its constituents,
Bahamian patients, to be
exposed to that risk? Or will
the new Minister Dr Bernard
Nottage, and the new Board,
order an enquiry? Can we
look forward to the Board
using existing laws to promote
safe health care?
Over two thousand years
ago, Hippocrates, the father
of Western medicine, gave
some useful advice: "Do no
harm, allow no injustice." We
have had some time to con-
sider this advice. If we intend
to have a healthy society, we
should follow it.

Nassau, '
February 23, 2006.

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tered fishing vessel and
its crew of 27 were
arrested on Tuesday
night by a Defence Force
patrol craft irrconnection
with allegations of fish-
eries, immigration and
dangerous drugs viola-
HMBS Bahamas
reportedly intercepted,
the 80-foot fishing vessel
in the Columbus Bank
area just south of the
Ragged Island Range.
Officers allegedly
found a small quantity of
undersize crawfish and
grouper onboard, and a
small amount of a sub-
stance believed to be
The vessel, which usu-
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bour, was reportedly car-
rying a crew of 15
Dominicans and 12
The crew, along with
the fish and illicit drugs,
was turned over to the
proper officials upon
arrival in the Nassau on
Thursday night, accord-
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Officials indicate that
eight of the Dominican
nationals possessed valid
documents to engage in
fishing in the Bahamas.
However, three were
said to be awaiting the
processing of their docu-
ments and four had no
credentials at all, accord-
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The apprehension is
the second for the year
by officers of the
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asset' of the corporation

Tribune Staff Reporter

AS THE country continues
to grow and expand, the
Bahamas Electricity Corpora-
tion will play an important
role in helping government
achieve its mandate of devel-
oping the entire country, said
Senator Dr Marcus Bethel.
In his first official duty since
assuming the portfolio of
Energy and the Environment,
Dr Bethel yesterday presented
long service awards to BEC.
'staff in a ceremony held at
Government House.
Dr Bethel told the employ-
ees that they are the most
important asset of the corpo-
"The work you do is not just
a job, it is a valuable service,"
he said.
Dr Bethel noted that BEC
has been, and must continue
to be, up to the challenge of
ensuring that its staff remains
trained and on the cutting
He added that employees
have impacted the lives of all
Bahamians, in some cases by
putting their safety on the
"On behalf of the govern-
ment, I say thanks. When we
are safe from the storms, you
were outside risking your
lives, when we were building
homes you were there provid-
ing electricity."
The 40 employees honoured
have all served 20, 30 or 40
years at the corporation.

employees has provided not a
job, but a career.
He thanked the families of
employees as well, because

they have sacrificed time with
their loved ones.
Keith Major, the chairman
of the board at BEC, noted

BEC. general manager
Kevin Basden said the corpo-
ration is a dynamic organisa-
tion that for the majority of

PLP Senator Trevor
Whylly criticised the FNM.
for what he called ",a long
list" of unfilled promises
made during its term in gov-
Speaking in the Senate on
Wednesday, Senator Whylly
said that by contrast, the
PLP has lived up to its '
"The fact is that this PLP
government fulfills its
promises and we stand upon
our record despite this cry-
baby sour lime approach by
those who would criticise
something good and posi-
tive just for the sake of
opening their mouths," he
"A short reading of Mani-
festo II Agenda for the
21st Century, which was the
FNM's platform document
in the run-up to the last gen-
eral election, yielded such a
long, long list of unfulfilled
promises that it would make
your head spin", Senator
Whylly claimed.
Discussing the FNM's
first manifesto, Senator
:Whyllypointed out that the
former government
promised the privatization
of Batelco...
He said the FNM "fool-
ishly and recklessly" used
almost $100 million of the
public's money in a failed
attempt to sell the company.
"In that same Manifesto
One, they promised to
develop distinctive and
unique tourist destinations
in our Family Islands.
"Well, yes, there are sev-
eral distinct and unique new
Family Island destinations
coming, but the PLP gov-
ernment is developing
those," he said.
"The FNM government
promised to establish guide-
lines for the development of
all of our islands. The truth
is that the lack of planning.
in the Bahamas, especially
in the Family Islands, was so
neglected under the FNM,
that this PLP government
has had to work overtime to
put the necessary master
plans in place.
"As we speak, there are
regional plans already in
place for several major
Family Islands and work has
begun on several more.
That is the fulfilment of a
promise," Senator Whylly

BEC's George Cooper,
foreman of Customer Services
Division receives a long service
award yesterday from Gover-
nor-General Arthur Hanna at
Government House.

(Photo: Felipe Major/
Tribune staff)

that the "blue on blue" uni-
form of employees has
become a visual in the
Bahamas as police and
Defence Force uniforms.
He said that while the pub-
lic may only remember BEC
workers during hurricane sea-
sons, they do not know about
the many nights that
staff members must leave
home to ensure that the pow-
er is on.
"We often take you for
granted, but you are appreci-
ated. Many people are not
honoured until they are dead,
but we are giving your roses
today," he said.
In congratulating those
being honoured, Governor
General Arthur Hanna said
he was pleased that the
employees not only had
longevity in the corporation,
but had given good service
during their time there.
He added that he was
pleased that the corporation
is one of the few that is run
by Bahamians.
Following the ceremony,
those honoured were hosted
to a reception by the gover-
nor general.

Turnquest hits out at

Speech from the Throne

THIS year's Speech from the Throne
reflected government's lack of focus and
direction, according to FNM Senator Tommy
During his contribution to the Senate
debate on Wednesday, Senator Turnquest'
criticised the speech for not touching on
many pressing issues that government
should be addressing.
"There continues to be questionable
actions on the part of government members.
There remain many unanswered questions
and alleged improprieties.
"I am constrained to ask many questions
that cause concern in the governance of our
nation's affairs," Mr Turnquest said.
He said it is unfortunate that the govern-
ment's proposed agenda as outlined in the
speech is so "unfocused and unrealistic".
"What we are hearing today closely resem-
bles what we heard four years ago, so the
question is how the 2006 Speech from the
Throne differs from the 2002 speech."
"For tourism, the lifeblood of our country,
the 2006 speech promises new or expanded
cruise port facilities and airports.'
"Unfortunately, similar promises vjere
made in 2002 and are yet to be fulfilled,"
he said. ,
Mr Turnquest said he recalled theigov-
ernment promising that a docking site for
"mini cruise ships" with a passenger capac-
ity of between 50 and 250 persons,.wotild be
developed on the-northern sdclion of
Araw ak.Cay. ..
This. he said. was supposed to be accom-
panied hb the development of a cultural vil-
lage for expositions of Junkanoo. Bahamian

Throne and again on many other occasions.
"How many more times are we going to
W J hear about what is going to be done, while
absolutely nothing continues to happen?"
h Mr Turnquest asked.
"I urge the government to stop promis-
'A ing and without further delay provide.a prop-
er place from which straw vendors can oper-
Senator Turnquest also argued that the
: government's promise to rectify conditions at
't Her Majesty's Prison has not been fulfilled.
.... " "In the 2002 Speech from the Throne, the
PLP government promised to take early and
a,":' ,1 effective measures to improve the physical
conditions at Her Majesty's Prison, to bring
relief to what it described as unsatisfactory
conditions under which prison officers work
and inmates live.
"Also, steps were to be taken to effect
Improvements to the measures aimed at
transforming the prison into a fully func-
ttional correctional institution and the gov-
ernment promised better working conditions
FNM Senator Tommy Turnquest for those who work there," Senator Turn-
quest said.
"No one can deny the failure of this gov-
music, dance,' arts, crafts, poetry readings ernment's policies in regards to improving
and dramatic presentations. the conditions of service of prison officers
"It all sounds good, but unfortunately and of life behind bars for the inmates at
there is no sign of these promised structures, Her Majesty's Prison."
although we are into the fourth year of this He added that calls for an independent
one-term PLP government." he said. investigation into prison conditions have
Senator Turnquesl'also asked when the gone unanswered.
Straw market would bg rebuilt. 'It was promised in 2002 and now again in
"The straw market.''hicIh w4p destroyed 20,06 that attention would be paid to these
by fire in 2001i is still wailing to be rebuilt' .things. I call on.the government to do so
after promises' in the 202 Speech from the without delay," Senator Turnquest said.

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Controversy over

Cuban dentists


AGAIN this week
A the detention of
Cuban dentists Dr David
Gonzalez-Mejias and Mari-
alis Darias-Mesa is the cause
of much controversy and
However, furthering my
position (in last week's col-
umn) that these dentists
should be sent to Cuba in
accordance with our agree-
ment and laws, this week I
will attempt to examine and
question some of the argu-
ments supporting their
deportation to the United
Recently, the current
Cuban situation has been
likened to the Elian Gonza-
lez case in Florida, when the
decision was made that the
six-year-old boy found float-
ing off the Florida coast
should be returned to his
father in Cuba (against his
Florida family's wishes) to
preserve the sacredness of
the family unit.
Then, a child was
involved, so it was only nat-
ural that he be returned to
his birth parent. However, in
the instance of the Cuban
physicians, two adults, who
decided to send their fami-
lies to the US, are involved.
While I support the fami-
ly unit, why can't these
adults be returned to Cuba
and their families come to
visit/stay with them? Could
the reason be that it is the

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US that recently limited the
amount of visits and finan-
cial transactions Cuban-
Americans can make to their
families in Cuba? So who is
the greater threat to the fam-
ily unit?
It is also ironic that it was
the United States Coast
Guard that turned the Cuban
immigrants over to Bahami-
an officials.
It was this same coast
guard that palpably disre-
garded the Bahamas' 1996
memorandum of under-
standing with Cuba to take
an injured illegal refugee
(finger injury) found on
Elbow Cay to Florida instead
of flying him to Nassau/
They also knew then that
the moment his feet touched
US soil he automatically
became a US citizen. The
question now becomes, if
these Cubans were so set for
entrance into the US, why
didn't the coast guard take
them on as well? Could it be
because their documents
were invalid?
Also, many persons may
not know, but even if their
US lottery visas were valid,
these Cubans could still be
considered as illegals as they
were caught in Bahamian
waters, not the United
The Cuban-American

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lobby seemingly packs a
powerful punch when it
comes to the affairs of Flori-
da. LIS representatives Con-
nie Mack I\' and Ileana Ros-
Lehtinen, esen Governor
Jeb Bush. have persistently
tried to pressure the.
Bahamas gc ernnent to

ic sanctions have been
threatened against the
Bahamas, the fact is that
Cuban-Americans need:
Bahamian business equally
as much. or even more, than
Bahamians need theirs.
Bahamians annually spend
over billionn dollars al
Cuban-American establish-
ments, so to threaten sanc-
tions or a boycott of the,
Bahamas would be futile as
Bahamians. could in turn
boycott Cuban-American

"Although economic
sanctions have been
threatened against the
Bahamas, the fact is that
Cuban-Americans need
Bahamian business equally
as much, or even more,
than Bahamians need theirs."

release the doctors to the businesses and dramatically
US. hurt their pocket books.
We must all be aware that How easy would it be for
Cuban-Americans comprise Bahamians to cease patron-
a large voting block in Flori- rising their businesses and
da and these officials are instead shop in Fort Laud-
only posturing for their con- erdale and Orlando rather
stituents in order to protect than South Florida?
their own political careers. I call upon the Christie
Both Representatives government to be steadfast
Mack and Ros-Lehtinen rep- and objective, and prove to
resent districts heavily pop- the citizens of our country
ulated by Cuban-Americans the value of laws and agree-
and therefore, potential vot- ments even if they are with
ers. With these ulterior a country that all Bahamians
motives in mind, the govern- may not openly embrace.
ment must not bend but We must deport the den-
instead fulfil its internation- tists to Cuba. The law is the
':aImandates. : ir-.laWrvTWithout it, we reverl to
Finally, although econom- pre-medieval times!

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'bound to attract

more Florida traffic'

: ABACO expects to tight-
en its bonds with the United
States when Marsh Harbour
Airport is upgraded, island
sources said yesterday.
With a resurfaced runway,
a new taxiway and improved
terminal building, the airport
is bound to attract more traf-
fic from Florida. they say.
On MNonday. a $1 million-
plus contract is expected to:
be signed by the Bahamas;
government and a so far
unnamed contractor for the
much-needed renovation
"We already see ourselves
as closer to the United States
in some respects than Nas-
sau," said one source.
"Our women go to the
States to have their babies
and many of us do our shop-
ping at Fort Lauderdale and
West Palm Beach.
"With these airport
improvements, we're bound
to get more direct traffic to
and from America."
Currently, several airlines
including American Eagle,
Bahamasair and US Airways
fly daily between Abaco
and Florida.
With the island's economy
booming, this traffic is
expected to expand consid-
erably over the next few
"We have a mixture of air
traffic here, including sever-
al small private jets, but the
runway is now badly pot-
holed and very much in need
of repair."
Government representa-
tives are expected to fly to
Marsh Harbour on Monday
for the contract signing, but
islanders say they are "in the
dark" about details.
"The important thing for

us is that we get these air-
portimprovements soon.
"They are badly needed
arid were going to go ahead
when the FNM government
was in power.
"However, I think the
Bahamas lost its deposit
because the present govern-
ment failed to pursue the,
matter. However, now the
work is expected to begin

Marsh Harbour Airport,
which has only one runway,
is the second busiest air ter-
minal in the Bahamas.
It handles more aircraft
movements than Freeport
and boasts direct links with
Nassau, Florida and Grand
"There is an urgent need
for these improvements;"
said a source, "The present
terminal building was too
small even when it was built.
Since then, traffic into Aba-
co has increased enormously.
"We have very strong-
links with the States, which isr
only about 45 to 50 minutes
away by air. Many Abaconi-
ans think there is only onel
reason to go to Nassau, and;
that's to get a passport."' ,-
Eventually, Marsh Har-
bour will need a longer run-
way, especially if the island
economy continues to groyF
at its present pace. ,
"There is even talk pf of
getting a-completely new airt-
port one day," said the'
"However, once these
improvements are in place, I
doubt that will ever hap-'.

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Grounded In The Past &
H ^G Geared To The Future .

Worship time: llam & 7pm

Sunday School: 9:45am

Prayer time 6:30pmin

The Madeira Shopping

S. Rev. Dr. Franklin Knowles

Pastor: Rev. Dr. Franklin Knowles
P.O.Box EE-16807
Telephone number 325-5712


Worship time: lam & 7pm

Prayer Time: 10:15 am to 10:45 am

Church School during Worship Service

Place: Twynam Heights
off Prince Charles Drive

Minister: Rev. Henley Perry
PO. Box SS-5631

Telephone number:324-2538 Telefax number:324-2587





Freeport Council assists

student bound for China

Tribune Freeport
of Freeport Council pre-
sented a cheque on Friday
to Bahamian college
student Kyle Weech,
who was accepted as
part of the 2006 Interna-
tional Scholar Laureate
Programme delegation
on engineering to
Chief Councillor Anita
Doherty said the money
will assist Mr Weech 'RBIME,
with travel expenses to
San Francisco as he
embarks on his journey to l" ',
Mr Weech, a 2004 gradu-
ate of Sunland Baptist
School, is an engineering
student at Morehouse
College/Georgia Institute
of Technolo g y in i CHIEF Councillor Anita Doherty presents Kyle Weech with a cheque to help defray his travel expenses to China.

He is pursuing a dual
bachelor of science degree
in physics and mechanical
He will spend 13 days in
China with other college
students from around the
Mrs Doherty said the
experience is the opportu-
nity of a lifetime for Kyle
afn will enable him to join
other highly acclaimed col-
lege students on a journey
of discovery to one of the
most exotic nations in the
'We often see the ladies
soaring academically and
so we are looking forward
to reading about you and

hearing great things about
you," she told the young
college student.
Kyle said he was very
grateful to the council for
responding to his request
for assistance.
"I reached out to various
people in the community
and I got some response
and this is one of
"I am grateful for the
assistance," he said.
Kyle, a sophomore with
3.25 GPA, is expected to
graduate in 2009.
He says his ultimate goal
is to return to the Bahamas
and make a meaningful
contribution to the com-
munity in his chosen field
of engineering.

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with police officials and police reservists (in white).

Call for more

police reservists

SCALL has gone out for
more members of the public to
join the police reserves.
Officer in charge of the Royal
Bahamas Police Force Reserves
Division, Superintendent Richard
Gardener, said that reserve offi-
cers play an integral role in the
day-to-day function of the police
i'They are providing quality
service and are also making a
meaningful sacrifice by leaving
their homes day and night and
gong out on the streets to try and
assist the regular force," he said.
Supt Gardener was speaking
yesterday at a ceremony held for
more than 70 reserve officers who
wdre recognized at a promotion
exercise at Police Headquarters.
Many of the officers were from
Ndw Providence, but some hailed
from Grand Bahama, Andros,
Abaco, Eleuthera, Exuma, Cat
Island, Inagua and Long Island.
Four reserve officers from New

Providence have been promoted
from the rank of inspector to an
assistant superintendent of police.
Ten reserve officers from Aba-
co, Exuma, Grand Bahama and
New Providence have been pro-
moted form the rank of sergeant
to inspector.

Twenty-three reserve officers
from the islands of Abaco, Cat
Island, Exuma, Grand Bahama
and New Providence have been
promoted to from the rank of cor-
poral to sergeant, and 42 officers
have been promoted from the
rank of constable to corporal.
Some 25 female officers were
among those who received pro-
South Andros reserve woman
police officer Cheryl Bodie, who
was promoted to reserve corpo-
ral, told The Tribune that she is
excited about her new position.
"We have been working long

and hard in South Andros
because we are short on regular
police officers.
"So the hard work has really
paid off and it shows that we need
to work together especially in
the smaller communities on the
Family Islands", said Bodie, who
also works as a taxi driver.
Supt Gardener pointed out that
the police reserves have been at
the forefront of community
outreach programmes since
He explained that applicants
are recruited from the working
population and go through the
same examination and training
process as ordinary police offi-
Mr Gardener noted that there
are police reserves in all the major
islands of the Bahamas except
San Salvador and Mayaguana.
Reserve officers are promoted
just like ordinary police officers,
however are not paid a salary,
but receive a small stipend

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GUEST SPEAKERS: Monday, Mardli
National Overseer. Bishop Dr. ElgarI
BISHOP FRED S. FISHER, Sr. will deliver his AnnualAddress LIVE VIA RADIO
General Overseer (Worldwide) BAHAMAS
BISHOP SAM N. CLEMENTS Sunday, March L tb&sZ 006
SGeneral Presbyter Annual Baptismal Procesion Wul eawv t-h
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Unique Entertainment and Hott Magazine presents the first annual
Bahamas DJ All-Star Showcase and Best Body Competition @ the his-
toric Fort Charlotte on Saturday, March 11.

Bahamian Party Hoppers and Smirnoff presents Friday Fusion @
Dicky Mo's (west of Radisson resort), Cable Beach. The first group of
10 or more will receive a free $100 bar tab of Fusion 3 for $10 specials.
Ask about our $13.95 dinner specials. Bahamian Night (Free admis-
sion) every Saturday with live music from 8 pm to midnight. Karaoke
Sunday from 8pm to midnight, $1 shots and dinner specials all night
long. For further information, call (242) 327-1300 or e-mail: bahami-

LIVE MUSIC @ The Buzz, Nassau's Weekly Jam Session & Musicians
Hook-up. Located East Bay Street two doors East of Esso On The
Run, upstairs Good As New open Wednesday thru Saturday 8pm,
Sunday at 6pm. Amateur musicians try out & Open mic Wednesday
& Thursday after band practices. Professional musicians welcome to
sit in on jams Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Book now for special
events, concerts, private parties. Call 393-2800 (393-BUZZ) or for more info Rock, Blues, Jazz, Funk,

The Remixx Band live @ The Buzz featuring rock, pop, reggae, dance
and R&B music 10 pm March 11. Gavin on guitar, Donny on bass,
Monk on drums, Darell on keys and Shelley on vocals. Admission: $5.

$5 Friday @ First Down every Friday night. Music by Barry Da
Pusher, Selector: Dominique. Ladies $5 all night, gents $10. Early jug-
gling by Mr. Xcitement and'DJ Fatal. Drink specials all night long.

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

Ladies Night @ Power Boat Adventures Bar and Grill, every Saturday.
Ladies free, Gents, $10 all night. Bacardi Big Apple and other drink
specials all night long.
Wild Jungle, each and every Wednesday night @ Club Trappers,
Nassau's "upscale" gentleman's club. Featuring a femj., bod3 pain [
ing extravaganza. Free body painting @ 8 pm, Ladies always wel-
come. Admission: Men free before 10 pm. Females. free. There will be
free food and hors d'oeuvres between 9 and 10 pm. Open until 4

Ladies'Night @ Fluid Lounge, this and every Thursday night. Doors
open at 10pm. Ladies free before lam, $10 after. Guys: $15 all night.
Drink special: 3 @ $10 (Bacardi) Giveaways and door prizes every

Saturday Night Live every Saturday night @ Club Fluid, Bay St. The
biggest party 6f the week, pumping all your favourite hits all night long.
Ladies in free before 1lpm. Strict security enforced.

Rave Saturdays @ Club Eclipse. DJ Scoobz spinning the best in Old
Skool. Admission $35, all inclusive food and drink.

Karaoke Music Mondaze @ Topshotters Sports Bar. Drink specials all
night long, including karaoke warm-up drink to get you started. Par-
ty from 8pm-until.

Reggae Tuesdays @ Bahama Boom. Cover charge includes a free
Guinness and there should be lots of prizes and surprises. Admission:
Ladies $10 and Men $15.

Hump Day Happy Hour @ Topshotters Sports Bar every Wednesday
5pm-8pm. Free appetizers and numerous drink specials.

The Pit @ Bahama Boom, every Thursday. Doors open at;,9pm,
showtime 11.30pm. Cover charge $15. $10 with flyer.

Fantasy Fridays @ Fluid Lounge, featuring late '80s music in the V) P
Lounge, Top of the charts in the Main Lounge, neon lights and Go Go
dancers. Admission: Ladies free before 11pm, $15 after; Guys $20 all

Twisted Boodah Lounge @ Cafe Segafredo, Charlotte St kicks off Fri-
days at 6pm with deep house to hard house music, featuring Craig-
BOO, Unkle Funky and Sworl'wide on the decks.

Chill Out Sundays @ Coco Loco's, Sandyport, from 4pm-until, play-
ing deep, funky chill moods with world beats.

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

Wet Sundays, every Sunday, noon-midnight @ Crystal Cay Beach.
Admission $10, ladies free.

TooLooSe @ Indigo Restaurant on West Bay St and Skyline Drive.
Singer/songwriter Steven Holden performs solo with special guests
Thursday from 9pm midnight.



The Graham Holden Deal @ The Green Parrot....David Graham,
Steve Holden, Tim Deal and Friends perform Sunday, 7pm 10pm @
Hurricane Hole on Paradise Island.
Jay Mitchell and Hot KC @ Palm Court Lounge, British Colonial
Hilton, Wednesday-Thursday 8pm-12am.

Sunday Night Interlude @ Briteley's Restaurant & Lounge, Eneas St
off Poinciana Drive. Featuring Frankie Victory at the key board in the
After Dark Room every Sunday,8.30pm to midnight. Fine food and

Paul Hanna, Tabatha and Gernie, and the Caribbean Express perform
at Traveller's Rest, West Bay St, every Sunday, 6.30pm-9.30pm.


Artists Guild International invites the public to its 8th annual
Evening of Classical Music, Thursday, March 16, at Government
SH.-.u. beginning at 8pm. The concert/will feature some of,the
n:it, in s finest classical musicians as well as a number of promis-
ing young performing artists. We are grateful for the encour-
aging support received in the past and eagerly anticipate the
public's presence for the event. The Guild will be donating
proceeds from each 'Evening of Classical Music' to the College
of the Bahamas Music Department scholarship fund. For further
information please call 326-3608

their 10th anniversary, the Grand Bahama Art Association
announces the "BIG 10 ART SHOW" at the Freeport Art, Cen-
tre being held until March 11 Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm and
Saturday, 9am to 12pm. Admission is free. Groups are welcomed,
but are requested to book in advance by calling 351-4603.

African Art Exhibition "What is Africa to Me" from the private
collection of Kay Crawford running until Saturday, July 29 at The
National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (NAGB).


Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform the public of its meet-
ing times and places: The Nassau Group, Rosetta Street: Sunday
- Friday 6pm to 7pm 8:30pm to 9:30pm Saturday mornings -
10am to 11am Sacred Heart Church: Fridays 6pm to 7pm The
.Kirk: Mondays and Thursdays 7:30pm to 8:30pm New Provi-
dence Community Centre: Mondays 6pm to 7pm Wednesday
and Fridays 7pm to 8pm.

The. Cancer Society of the Bahamas meets at 5.30pm on the.sec-
ond Tuesda. of each month at their Headquarters at East Terrace,
.Centrc- illec Call 323-4482 for more info.

Pre & Post Natal Fitness Classes are being held 6:30pm Tuesdays
and Thursdays at Nassau gymNastics Seagrapes location (off
Prince Charles Dr). Doctor approval is required. Call 364-8423
to register or for more info.

Diabetes Directions a FREE diabetic support group meets the
-first Monday of each month at 6.30pm at New Providence Com-
munity Centre, Blake Road. Dinner is provided and free blood
sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol testing is available. For
more info call 702-4646 or 327-2878
MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Bahamas meets the third Monday every
month, 6pm @ Doctors Hospital conference room.

Bahamas Diabetic Association meets every third Saturday, 2:30pm
(except August and December) @ the Nursing School, Grosvenor
Close, Shirley Street.

Doctors Hospital, the official training centre of the American
Heart Association offers CPR classes certified by the AHA. The
course defines the warning signs of respiratory arrest and gives
prevention strategies to avoid sudden death syn-
drome and the most common serious injuries and
choking that can occur in adulls. Iniants and children

CPR and First Aid classes are offered every third Saturday of the
month from 9an-lpm. Contact a Doctors Hospital Community
Training Representative at 302-4732 for more information and
learn to save a life today.
REACH Resources & Education for Autism and related Chal-
lenges meets from 7pm 9pm the second Thursday of each month
in the cafeteria of the BEC building, Blue Hill Road.


Earth Village Ranch (petting zoo), St Albans Drive and
Columbus Avenue, offers free admission every Wednes-
day by appointment between 9am and 3pm. Bring your
class, play group, or family and experience some of the
greatest wonders of nature; a petting farm, a nature trail,
pony/horse rides, and wetlands. For more information or to
book events call 356-2274 or 434-8981. Special rates avail-
able for groups of 20 or more with a two week advance
reservation. Donations are accepted in exchange for tips.

St Andrew's Kirk After School Programme: The members of St ,
Andrew's Kirk have launched an After-School-Programme for
children from the Woodcock and Albury Sayle Primary Schools.
The programme, is held Monday to Friday at, the St Andrew's
Presbyterian Kirk. The activities include tutoring, computers,
karata, sports, art, drama and baking. The programme is free to
children from the Bain and Grants Town communities. Parents
interested in enrolling their children should contact the church at
322-5475 or email:

JAR CYCLING: The owners of JAR Cycling are pleased to
offer a cycling clinic for juniors between 10 and 17. The free clin-
ic will be held every Saturday inan effort to encourage kids to
cycle. Parents interested in registering their children should con-
tact organisers at

The Nassau Bahamas Alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta
Sorority Incorporated meets 6:30 pm every third Wednesday at
the Bahamas National Pride Building.
Toastmasters 'Club 3596 meets at the British Colonial Hilton
Monday's at 7pm.

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

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Eta Psi Omega chapter meets
every second Tuesday, 6.30pm @ the Eleuthera Room in the
Wyndham Nassau Resort, Cable Beach.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity meets every first Tuesday, 7pm @
Gaylord's Restaurant, Dowdeswell St. Please call 502-4842/377-
4589 for more info.

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity meets every second Tuesday, 6.30pm
@ Atlantic House, IBM Office, 4th floor meeting room.

The Nassau, Bahamas Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) meets every
third Monday of the month in the Board Room of the British
Colonial Hilton Hotel, Bay St.

Nassau Council 10415 Knights of Columbus meets the second
and fourth Wednesday of the month, 8pm @ St Augustine's Mon-

Nassau Bahamas Koinonia meets every second Friday of each
month, 7.30pm at Emmaus Centre at St Augustine's Monestary.
For more info call 325-1947 after 4pm.

International Association of Administrative Professionals,
Bahamas Chapter meets the third Thursday of every month @
Superclubs Breezes, Cable Beach, 6pm.

.AMISTAD, a Spanish club meets the third Friday of the month
at COB's Tourism Training Centre at 7pm in Room 144 during the
academic year. The group promotes the Spanish language and cul-
ture in the community.

Send all your civic and social events to The Tribune
via fax: 328-2398 or e-mail:

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Presented by The Tribune

and the Ministry of

Education's Book Club

Tuesday and Fridays

March 14 May 23, 2006

* DR BRENT HARDT and Mr Major flanked by grade six students.
Class teacher Ms LeAnna Deveaux-Miller is seen at the far right.

Students on the

same page with

US Ambassador's

reading programme

ST DENTS at Woodcock Primary School oughry enjoyed what he deemed to be a most
on Hospital Lane continue to benefit from US rewarding experience as it presented an
Ami assador John Rood's reading initiative to excellent opportunity to interact with the stu-
pronote literacy among the youth. dents.
O, Wednesday a group of Embassy volun- Engaging in brief discussion following the
teersspearheaded by US Charge d' Affairs Dr chapters he read, Mr Major said he was very
Brelt Hardt participated in the weekly half- impressed with the spontaneity and sincerity
hour, programme. with which the students responded to his ques-
DiiHardt welcomed Celebrity Reader Ger- tions.
shariAlexander Major, chief executive officer A Director of the Bahamas Chamber of
of Boxes Etc. Caribbean, who read to a Commerce, Mr Major commented that he will
classgof sixth graders. seek to have the Chamber become involved
Selecting to read, from his personal library, in partnering with the US Embassy in its read-
In Pursuit of Your Purpose by Dr Miles ing programme and to also expand it at anoth-
Murjoe, Mr Major explained that he thor- er school.
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Grand Bahama Airport

turn-around costs 'one

of highest in the region'

FREEPORT The use of the
Grand Bahama Airport bur-
dens airlines with one of the
highest turn-around-costs in the
regioti, according to Tourism
deputy director general David
Mr Johnson highlighted this
and 'qther problems such as
the iOeed for t new cruise ship
harlbur as impediments to
the growth of tourism on Grand
M~ Johnson was addressing
the 'ighth Annual Grand
Bahama Business Outlook
Seniinar at the Our Lucaya
ResQrt on Tuesday.
He said the privately owned
Grand Bahama airport charges
airlines $34 per passenger more
to operate than Nassau Inter-
natio al Airport.
"hat that means is that on a
50-s at aircraft with average
loac4 of 75 per cent, Grand
Bahiaa's cost is $1,275 more
to tu around a Dash 8 like
Bahai asair than in New Prov-
idenc4," he said.
Onia jet with a 125-seat
capacity\ and a 75 per cent load
factor, "Grand Bahama costs
$3,187 more per turn around,
or well over $1 million per year
if th' aircraft operated a daily
se r ice," he added.
The effects of high airport
costs A be very significant for
futurgrowth, Mr Johnson said.
H&jioted that in July 2005,
Mliari International Airport's
trafficgrew only by two per cent

Tourism chief

addresses seminar

- from 1,389,298 passengers to
1,423,313 passengers. On the
other hand, traffic at Fort Laud-
erdale's lower cost airport grew
by more than 200 per cent for
the same month from 319,849
to 953,129.
He said that if Miami did not
have a European and South
American long haul network, it
would be out of business today
in terms of competing with Ft
Lauderdale for domestic flights,
or would be forced to drop costs
in order to regain its share of
the pie.
"In the same way, unless
Grand Bahama begins to offer
competitive airport turn around
costs, we will be hard pressed
to stay in business, much less
pursue any growth strategies,"
Mr Johnson said.
He added that Jetblue and
Spirit Airlines refuse to oper-
ate flights to Miami for reasons
related to cost and will not
consider serving Grand Bahama
Island for this as well as other
Mr Johnson also touched on
the high cost of fuel and advised
that Air Tran and US Airways -
the two most important jet car-
riers servicing Grand Bahama
- are faced with a combined $10
million increase in their flight
costs driven largely by fuel costs

and compounded by the high
turn-around charges.
"Today, there is no incentive
in Grand Bahama Island for an
airline to add capacity in the
hopes of lowering unit costs,
which is often the incentive in
most locations.
"We must find ways to com-
pete others are doing this,"
he said.
On the subject of cruise
tourism, Mr Johnson noted that
this area has represented half
of Grand Bahama's tourism
arrivals over the past 15
"We are encouraging the
development of a state-of-the-
art new passenger cruise facility
for Grand Bahama that would,
after its completion, result in
cruise arrivals swiftly reaching
the 1.5 million mark from the
existing 400,000 we are achiev-
ing today," he stated.
Mr Johnson said he feels that
a new cruise port will inject
about $100 million a year into
the island's economy.
Likewise, he said that critical
to the rejuvenation of Grand
Bahama's tourism sector in the
short term is the redevelopment
of the closed Royal
Oasis Resort and Casino and
the adjacent International



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Written by Avi

Illustrated by Brian Floca

1920'S RURAL COLORADO When the
regular teacher of the valley's one-room
schoolhouse must leave, bringing an early
school closing, the children decide to take
over secretly. But there are many problems
to surmount: trouble-making Herbert Bidxer,
a suspicious School Board, plus the fact
that the new teacher, Ida Bidson, is not
only one of the students but only fourteen
years old!






In Days Gone



in Bahamas

THIS week, the Privy Council in London
quashed the death sentence of convicted mur-
derer Forrester Bowe, a move which many
say will have far-reaching implications for the
future of capital punishment in the Bahamas.
Unofficially suspended since the hanging

of David Mitchell in January, 2000, capital
punishment has been a focus of increasing
comment and controversy over the past sev-
eral months.
Opponents of the death penalty have
expressed their views and several public fig-

ures including Prime Minister Perry Christie
- have declared their support for the
In Days Gone By looks back at some high
profile executions that have taken place over
the years.

* THOMAS Reckley was executed on March 13,1996, after 12 years in prison. In September 2000
his lawyers claimed that their original case had been vindicated by a Privy Council ruling on cap-
ital punishment. The ruling, which said prisoners must be given the opportunity to present mit-
igating factors in their case, thereby widening the appeal process, reversed a ruling by the
Bahamas Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal an earlier Privy Council ruling in the case of Reck-
ley, who was the first man to hang in the Bahamas in 15 years. He was convicted of armed rob-
bery, drug possession, unlawful carnal knowledge, attempted murder and murder.Cheers and
applause greeted the 12-member jury (who are seen here arriving at the prison by bus to exam-
ine the body). Some religious leaders were alarmed by the "blood-thirsty" reaction of the pub-
lic to the execution.



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OFFICERS secure the
notice of death of Thomas
Reckley on the front gate of
Her Majesty's Prison, Fox

* THE notice of death of Thomas Reckley

VERNAL STORR (centre) and Winsette Hart (right),
along with Charles Dickenson were hanged on January 30,
Dickenson was convicted in February, 1978, of raping Desiree
Darville and shooting her in the head with a .357 Magnum.
Her body was impaled on a stick on a golf course in Freeport,
Grand Bahama.
Hart and Storr were convicted in December, 1978, of the
murder of Cedric Cleare, 60. During the trial, it was revealed
that Cleare surprised Storr, a mechanic, and Hart, a farmer,
while they were stealing gasoline from the Hawk's Nest Mari-
na. One of them blasted him with a shotgun.

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night's BISX closing price of
However, the stock
exchange and Bahamian
capital markets regulator are
investigating allegations that
some Commonwealth Bank
staff members were involved
in a scheme where these
shares held in escrow were
'pre-sold' into the market.
The proceeds from selling
these shares into the market
- at the prevailing market
price were then allegedly
channelled back to the staff
involved, who used the funds
to buy the Commonwealth
Bank shares out of the
escrow account.
Effectively, the scheme
involved selling shares that
were not yet owned. The Tri-
bune understands that the
$6 options held by some staff
members were due to expire,
and they were.unable to
afford the purchases, the
alleged motivation behind
the scheme.
BISX and the Securities
Commission are investigat-
ing to determine whether the
exchange's rules, and the
Securities Industry Act and
accompanying regulations,
respectively, have been
Hillary Deveaux, the
Securities Commission's act-
ing executive director, and
Keith Davies, BISX's chief
executive, both declined to
comment when contacted by
The Tribune.
However, the investiga-
tion and allegations of
improper share trading will
have no impact on Com-
monwealth Bank's share-
holders, or its customers and
depositors', *'. I :; ','
The alleged scheme was
not an attempt to manipu-
late the market and drive up
Commonwealth Bank's
share price, so Friday's $9.69
closing price is a fair market
Investors have been buy-
ing into Commonwealth
Bank's stock recently in an
attempt to pick up high div-
idend payments, set to be
made shortly, and capital
markets sources have told
The Tribune that, if any-
thing, its BISX price is
Therefore, Common-
wealth Bank shareholders
have nothing to fear from
the investigation. In addi-
tion, the allegations will have
no impact on the bank's
operations or profitability.
The key now will be for
the regulators to conduct
their investigation swiftly
and properly, arriving at
conclusions and determining
what if any punish-
ments and sanctions are
The main damage from
this affair, if the allegations
prove to be true, could be to
investor confidence and trust
in the integrity of the
Bahamian capital markets.
It is therefore crucial that
the investigation is conduct-
ed decisively.

Sir Richard

FROM page one

labelled the death as "acci-
dental" but a British-based
campaign group, "News
Shopper's Justice for Paul,"
is continuing its push for
answers and action from the
According to the news
site, it has been almost
four years and no-one has
been prosecuted for the
The group is seeking a
review into the toddler's
death, and Sir Richard said
that he admires their forti-
tude in "keeping up the
"I think the key is to stop
future incidents and this can
only be done by either ban-
ning jet-skis and boats or
creating a closed-off area for
them. If you don't succeed
there will definitely be
another death soon," he

Sir Richard added: "I take
my hat off to Mr and Mrs
Gallagher for doing every-
thing they can to avoid oth-
erpeople suffering a simi-
lar fate."
The Gallaghers of Rep-
ton Road, Orpington, said
they were delighted that Sir
Richard has agreed to back
the campaign.

a Q;er t, ty w.'.. p -

US TV report on Cuban

dentist controversy

FROM page one

factory solution to the situation. One of
those pressures is economic.
"We're looking at all options. One
thing we have looked at is the pre-
clearance that the Bahamas has as far
as bringing people into the US where
cruise ships go to the Bahamas just to
get that pre-clearance. That would
have an economic impact on the
Bahamas. We're looking at every-
thing," he said.


In the interview with the show's co-
host Sean Hannity, the spouses of Dr
David Gonzalez-Mejias and Dr Mar-
ialys Darias-Mesa with the. help of
their interpreter, Augusto "Kiko" Vil-
lalon, a friend of both families.
appealed to the Americap'public for
help in their plight.
"Please help us," both Dayami lnda,
wife of Dr Gonzalez-Mejias, and
Ihouany Hernandez, husband of Dr
Darias-Mesa, said in broken English.
Mrs Inda said that her two children,
are traumditised by the situation.
She said she no longer knows what
to tell her children as to why they can't
see their father, who has been absent
from their lives for the past three years.

Mr Hernandez said that as a US res-
ident he at least has been able to trav-
el to the Bahamas to visit his wife at
the Detention Centre.
Mr Villalon a marine engineer of
St James City in Florida called the
Carmichael Road holding facility a
"rats nest" and said that after 10
months it is no longer a detention cen-
tre, but "simply a prison."
While the TV programme showed
footage inside the Detention Centre,
which was filmed in February this year,
Mr Villalon described the conditions at
the facility.
"There is no place to put your
clothes, and since there's rats all over
the place they have to hang them (the
clothes) in garbage bags or some duf-
fel bags, hang them from the roof so
that the rats don't get into it.
"There's not one chair in the whole
barracks, in the whole place. When
they get up in the morning they have
to sit outside on the concrete under
the sun with not a tree to get out of the
As footage of unhygienic and squalid
bathroom facilities were shown, Mr
Villalon said: "The toilets are terrible
and the water that they drink is bracl-.
ish, is salty water."
Mr Villalon explained that Dr
Darias-Mesa and Dr Gonzalez-Mejias
won entrance into the US in 2002 in

the special annual visa lottery, which
was established in 1994 under the Clin-
ton administration for Cuban nation-
als, and agreed upon by both the US
and Cuba.
He said the doctor's families went
ahead of them to the US, but that Dr
Darias-Mesa and Dr Gonzalez-Mejias
were told by the Cuban government
that they had to wait three years.
"When three years passed, they
reapplied, then they (Cuban authori-
ties) said now we have classified you as
indispensable, and you shall not leave,
period," said Mr Villalon.


It was then, Mr Villalon continued,
that the two, dentists decided to take
matters in heir own hands and leave
for the ,despite official orders from
the CJ government.
T escape, however, was thwart-
ed e n they were stranded in
B15 ian waters, apprehended by the
oast Guard and turned over to
detention Centre in Nassau.
When asked if there's anything the
American public can do to help with
the situation of the two doctors, Mr
Villalon answered:
"-Yes, get involved. Get involved in
some form or fashion. Call the

(Bahamas) Embassy in Washington -
Joshua Sears," he said.
Mr Villalon said that the two or
three times that he has travelled to the
Bahamas, "the airplane is full of girls
who are going to wear their bikinis on
the beach, couples that are going to
gamble in Atlantis, and in all those
places and I stood there and said what
do you think if I tell you what I am
coming here to do to see a rat's nest
where people are being kept."
Congressman Mack said that he will
continue to fight for the release of the
two dentists.
"We will continue to try to get with
the prime minister. The governor of
the State of Florida Jeb Bush has spo-
ken to the prime minister. We contin-
ue to work through diplomatic
resources, but at the end of the day
the Bahamian government needs to
know that America is their friends,
and that Castro is no friend of theirs,
and is no friend of the Western Hemi-
sphere," he said.
Mr Mack said that it is important
for people to understand that "these
are families who did it the right way,
who were looking for freedom and
they did the right things. They were
granted freedom to come to the Unit-
ed States and to have Castro's com-
munist dictatorship basically take that
from them."

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e' r. jhts out

at public transport system

FROM page one

two days ago, is advocating a
safer bus system for the coun-
Mrs Edwards, whose hus-
band is a bus driver,
claimed that the public
transportation market has
been "flooded". with dri-.
vers and buses thai are all.
racing economically for the
dollar that is not there.

The quotas they have to
meet every day are not eas-
ily attainable, she added.
"The underpinning con-
ditions that the drivers
have to adhere to is caus-
ing the sickness. The dri-
vers are the symptom, they
are not the disease," Mrs
Edwards stressed.
According to police
reports Faith and her
mother were hit by a bus

at the junction of
Carmichael and Blue Hill
Yesterday, Mrs Edwards
with the memory of the
accident still fresh, told
what happened on Thurs-
"We were getting off one
bus to go onto his (hus-
band's bus) and the buJE
driver (whose bus) we got
off, ran us over. I was on
the way, on the far left
hand side of the dirt track
(road) opposite Wendy's at
Golden Gates, walking
towards my husband's bus
that was parked further
She said the bus driver
was trying to cut through
"oin the dirt road to miss
the light." ,
"He must have been'
looking in his rear view
mirror and forgot that we
got off his bus," she said.
She said he was overtaking

AG: Privy Council

decision upholds death

penalty, takes exception

to mandatory use

FROM page one

but he must now determine as a matter of discretion whether or not
to do so in the particular circumstance of each case," she said.
Mrs Maynard-Gibson said that the judgment reads directly
that "the Board will accordingly advise Her Majesty that sec-
tion 312 should be construed as imposing a discretionary and
not mandatory sentence of death".
"It is entirely open to the trial judge to impose the sentence of
death upon a convicted murder if he deems it appropriate after
giving due consideration to representations which the Crown
and the convicted murderer may wish to make.
"As to the Bowe and Davis cases, the Privy Council ruled that
they are to be remitted to the Supreme Court for consideration of
the appropriate sentences," she said.
In the meantime, Mrs Maynard-Gibson said that she is taking
all necessary measures to have all convicted murderers, "includ-
ing Bowe and Davis", swiftly remitted to the Supreme Court for
sentencing as outlined by the Privy Council's ruling.
"As you are aware the Privy Council has ruled in an earlier case
that the sentence of death must be carried out expeditiously in
order to be constitutional. I, as your Attorney General, fully
endorse the belief that justice should be swift.
"I wish the Bahamian public to know that I shall do everything
in my power to ensure that all sentences, including the death
sentence in appropriate cases, are carried out expeditiously,"
she said.
Emphasjiinp Mrs Mavnard-Gibson reiterated that she will do

h, r .Bala mabi

on the far left hand side in
a pedestrian area.
She said that her daugh-
ter had a 4.0 GPA and
loved to dance.
According to police, the
jitney driver was attacked
by a number of male pas-
sengers on his bus and pas-
sengers from another bus.

In an interview with The
Tribune yesterday, Road
Traffic Controller Jack
Thompson said the depart-
ment extends its condo-
lences to the family of
Faith. He pointed out that

all is not well with the pub-
lic transportation system in
the country.
"We hope to beef up the
presence of Road Traffic
officers and the police.
"The key is in enforce-
ment of the road traffic
He asserted that sooner
or later they will "weed out
the bad apples" in the pub-
lic transportation system.
"As a general rule, the
public service drivers who
make us all proud I
encourage them to contin-
"The bad apples, we are
coming after you and we

are going to get you. It is
only a matter of time
before we catch up with
them," he said.
President of the Public
Transit Association of the
Bahamas (PTAB) Reuben
Rahming encourages mem-
bers of the public to file
complaints of public ser-
vice drivers at their 24-
hour hotline. The number
is 380-8190.
Press Liaison officer
Walter Evans said the
police are continuing their
investigation into the mat-
ter to determine who was
responsible for causing the


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Sir Albert hosts a

of FOCOL Holdings Company,
recently hosted a reception and dinner
for a small group of power brokers
who played a meaningful role in that
company's acquisition of the business
of Shell Oil throughout the Bahamas
and the Turks and Caicos Islands. The
event was held at the Mountbatten

RIGHT: And the tide turned -
guests sang 'Happy Birthday' to Sir
Albert as he marked the achieve-
ment of his fourth score. Michael
McIntosh, senior partner of
:Canada's largest law firm, and Terry
Hilts, Chairman of the Colina -
Imperial Group share the moment.

presence flying
in from Freeport
for the event were
executives of
Freeport Oil -
Nixon Lindor,
sales manager,
Stephen Adder-
ley, general man-
ager and Bill
Woodman, opera-
tions manager.


N FOR your ears only Sir Albert and his business partner#
for almost three decades, Franklyn Wilson, CMG, have a prjr
vate word.
attorneys flew iq
.. from Canada.
A, ,4 ";v* Michael McIntosi
and Michael Birch;
partners from the
Calgary office o'f
McCarthy Tetrault
LLP, Canada's
largest law firm, plus
Ian McArthur and
Jeff Prentice, energy
specialists from the
Royal Bank of
Canada in Calgary
and Don Robertson
of RBC Capital
Markets in Toronto
surround Sir Albert.

SLONG live 'The
Shell Saxon Super-
stars' Dr Samuel
Thompson, co-leader
of the Shell Saxon
Superstars, is con-
gratulated by Antho-
ny Robinson, Manag-
ing Director of
i McDonald, Vice
President of the Roy-
al Bank of Canada
and George Roache,
head of Commercial
Lending at the Royal
Bank of Canada,
after Sir Albert con-
firmed that the new
owners of Shell Oil
will continue the

Bahamians in New York and California


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ABOVE: In Sep-
tember of 1973 follo ing
independence, the
Bahamas opened its first
consular office in New
York. in the Shelbourne
NMurrary Hotel. to pro-
mote economic Interest
and the welfare oi us cil-
Izens. The offices are
now located at 231 East
46 St New York. NY
From left: Darnell
Symonette Bostfield,
accounts otccr, Carolyn
Young-Miller, adminis-
trative assistant, Ed
Bethel Counsel General,
Renee M Pinder, Vice
Counsel and Pamela
Symonette, Receptionist.

NEW YORK Dawn Hanna-Bethel, administrator,
and Christine Scavella, deputy registrar, at the Bahamas
Maritime Authority. The Bahamas, the world's third largest
ship registry, will be participating in a shipping conference in
Connecticut (March 20-23). Ken McLean, Director of the
Bahamas Maritime Authority, will be speaking followed by a
Bahamian reception.

talks -
Sir Albert
chief execu-
tive officer' of
Colina Finan-
cial Advisers
and George
Head of
Lending at
the Royal
Bank of

RIGHT: CALIFORNIA Dr Rollington Ferguson,
c: ncr of a Heart Medicine and Chest Pain Clinic in Oak-
land California, who specialises in cardiovascular dis-
ca'se and internal medicine, makes the scene with beau-
iilul\ a Bradford, an accountant with Price Water-
hi.LuI (Coopers.
Dr Ferguson, who was born in New Providence in 1965,
is the fourth of 10 children of Cetia Darling Ferguson
and the late David Rollington Ferguson of delectable
Bay Acklins.
Dr Ferguson obtained a Bachelor of science degree, a
Master of Science degree in Public Health from Manka-
to State University and a Master's degree from UCLA's
School of Public Health where he also obtained his doc-
torate in medicine. He specialised in cardiology at the
University of San Francisco.

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