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Union members

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presidency hopeful


* By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
.MEMBERS of the Bahamas
Uliion of Tertiary Educators
walked out of a meeting called
yesterday to introduce them to
the new candidate for the posi-
tion of president of the College
of the Bahamas.
Union members accused the
College Council leadership of
"heavy handedness" and not
following the correct procedure
in what is considered to be a
"make or break" decision for
COB.
Approximately half of the
union members left the college's
auditorium in protest when Col-
lege Council Franklyn Wilson
introduced Janyne Hodder of
McGill University, Montreal,
Canada.
Speaking with The Tribune
outside the auditorium, presi-
dent of the Union of Tertiary
Education of the Bahamas
(UTEB) and council member
Jennifer Isaacs-Dotson said that
the union is not objecting to Ms
Hodder as a possible candidate,
only to the manner in which she
was introduced.
"Normally the job is adver-
tised, persons apply for the job,
they are short-listed, their appli-
cations are vetted and the per-
sons invited to.formal inter-
views with all major stakehold-
ers. This did not happen here -


and that is why we are protest-
ing.
"This entire procedure was
controlled by the chairman of
the council. The position of
president should have been re-
advertised and it was not," she
said.
Mrs Isaac-Dotson said that
the union members left the
meeting in protest because they
are "really angry at the waste
of time, the hidden agendas and
the lack of transparency" during
the selection process for presi-
dent.
"We were not prepared to sit
there and take that from the
council," she said.
UTEB trustee Margo Black-
well said that it it's unfortunate
that Ms Hodder has been
caught up in this dispute
between the council and the
union.
"She may actually be what
we are looking for, but the way
this has been set-up has defi-
nitely put her in a position to
fail before she even gets a
chance to start," Mrs Blackwell
said.
Ms Hodder, a permanent res-
ident of the Bahamas, was invit-
ed to Nassau last week to meet
with all the stakeholders of the
college.
At a press conference held
yesterday following the protest,
SEE page nine


Motorists escape 'massive disaster' after fuel truck overturns


a By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
Chief Reporter
RESIDENTS of Tropical
Gardens and motorists heading
into Nassau International Air-
port escaped a "massive disas-
ter" yesterday when a truck car-
rying 7,500 gallons of fuel over-
turned after hitting a lamp pole.
According to Inspector Wal-
ter Evans four compartments
- of the privately owned vehicle,
two carrying gasoline and two
containing diesel ruptured.
The driver was taken to hos-
pital, still conscience, but suf-
fering from several injuries.
"If there was one flick or
spark coming from the high ten-
sion wireswe would have had a
major catastrophe on-our hands.
We may have had to go to the
extent where we may have had
to evacuate the Tropical Gar-
dens area and the airport may
have to be closed, especially the
airport coming from the JFK
side because we believe we have
a situation on our hands that
could have been a major, major
incident," he said.
SEE page nine

Keod Smith:
close AUTEC
unless it can
prove no link to
cancer increase
AMBASSADOR for the
Environment Keod Smith says
the US Navy AUTEC facility
should be shut down unless it
can be proved that it is not
responsible for a high number
of cancer cases in Andros.
Nearly one year after con-
cerns were raised about a pos-
sible link between US Navy
operations in the Bahamas and
high numbers of cancer cases
in Andros, Mr Smith said he is
still unable to issue a report on
the matter.
Mr Smith told The Tribune
yesterday that although increas-
es in cancer cases among
Andros residents continue to
be brought to his attention, he
has no new information to alle-
viate their fears.
In July 2005, Mr Smith
promised a thorough investiga-
tion into claims that secret test-
ing and bio hazardous waste at
the US Navy's Atlantic Under-
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Secretary-general
of BUT accuses
Frank Carter of
'sexual remarks
during negotiations
N By CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Staff Reporter
BELINDA Wilson, the
Secretary-general of the
Bahamas Union of Teachers,
yesterday accused Frank
Carter of making "sexual"
remarks during the contract
negotiations for a new indus-
trial agreement.
Mrs Wilson and union pres-
ident Ida Poitier-Turnquest
were responding to the criti-
cism made by Public Service
Minis-ter Fred Mitchellon
Sunday that the union' was
too aggressive in their nego-
tiations and argued every
point, unnecessarily.
SIEE page nine


Spring breaker
'bites'off ear

lobe in fighV'
E By TIFFAN GRANT
STribune Staff Reporter
A FIGHT between two
American spring breakers
resulted in one biting the oth-
er's ear lobe off, according to
a police source.,
Police reports indicated
that after midnight on Mon-
day, two 22-year-old men
were involved in an alterca-
tion while at the Seflor Frog's
restaurant and night club,
located on Prince George
WharL.
Press liaison officer Walter
Evans said it is alleged that a
tourist from Colorado was bit-
ten on the right ear by a male
from Connecticut.
Mr Evans did not name
the victim, but according to a,
SEE page 11


Passenger. dies in traffic accident
THE island of Eleuthera recorded its first from the vehicle and was later pronounced dead
traffic fatality for the year with the death over the at the scene.
weekend of a resident from the Bluff. The three other passengers received minor
According to police reports, after 9pm on Sun- injuries and were. treated at the local clinic and
day, a 2001 Dodge Neion was travelling west discharged.'
on Queens Highway, Eleuthera, when it over- IAccording to press liaison officer Walter
turned. Evans the victim was identified as 31-year-old
As a result, a rear seat passenger was thrown Douglas Neilly.






THE TRIBUNE


PAGE 2, TUESDAY, MARCH 21, 2006


Will this great Bahamian




land rush cause us trief?


ANY statement short of a book
about the importance of land
to human beings is likely to be inade-
quate. The land is everything. It is where
we live, where we establish communities
and nations, and whence we draw sus-
tenance and wealth. Even those who
go down to the sea in search of wealth
are dependent on the land.
In some cultures there is a mystical
reverence for the land as the source of
life and living, and at the centre of most
of history's conflicts has been the issue
of who will control the land.
The Native Americans who revered
the land were appalled at the callous
disrespect the invading Europeans
showed towards the land they so covet-
ed. The natives were on the losing side
of that conflict and the ones who sur-
vived were relegated to reservations on
their own land.
Not everyone has appreciated the val-
ue of Bahamian land. A British officer
by the name of McCabe condemned it
as "Land of cursed rocks and stones,
land where many leave their bones".
But he was really more incensed at
the white townspeople of Nassau than
he was at the land itself, and he
described them as "rascals, rogues and
peddlers, busy scandalising meddlers".
Much later there were others who fell
in love with the sheer beauty of this
land but had little regard for the black
natives. One of these was the author
Rosita Forbes who wrote disparagingly
about the natives in a British magazine
called Queen.
She was put in her place by a bril-
liant and eloquent native named Eugene
Dupuch. He advised the lady to go to
the Bow Street magistrate's court any
Monday morning to see her own coun-
trymen "bearing testimony on whiskied
breath to the frailties of all mankind".

'W allace Groves, an American
who had been convicted of
mail fraud in his own country, came to
the Bahamas with a fantastic idea to
build a new city out of the pine barrens
of Grand Bahama. It was to have been
an industrial city but that was not too
successful so in the Sixties he turned to
tourism.


ARTHUR

FOULKES



Another brilliant but not so benevo-
lent Bahamian named Stafford Sands
seized on this idea and attempted to
exclude black Bahamians while opening
up Freeport to white foreigners. When
the King's Inn Hotel opened in 1965
every single employee down to the
doorman was from Malta.
Why Malta? Because they were
British and would have been able to
vote after acquiring the other necessary
qualifications. Such a city of 250,000
would have changed forever the social
and political face of the Bahamas.
Others came looking for Bahamian
land and wanting to do constructive
things on it. There is a long list of them
which includes Sir Harry Oakes, Sir


SToday the PLP is approving multimillion
dollar developments from Grand Bahama
to Mayaguana but it is difficult to tell
what is really going into genuine tourist
resort development and what is going
into the development of residential
property for sale to foreigners.

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announces promotion
Patricia Hermanns, President of Family Guardian,
has announced the promotion of Lyrone C. Burrows
to the position of Vice President, Investments.

Mr. Burrows joined Family Guardian as Group Pensions
Manager in 2002. His responsibilities expanded to include
mortgage lending and investment management and in 2004
he was named Assistant Vice President, Investments.

Mr. Burrows' career has included trust accounting
and investment and pension management. He holds
a BSc degree in accounting and is a Fellow ofthe Life
Management Institute (FLMI). He is currently pursuing
the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Mr. Burrows brings an impressive record of achievement
and expertise to his expanded role in senior management
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from people who are
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neighborhoods. Perhaps
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good cause, campaigning
for improvements in the
area or have won an.
award.
If so, call us on 322-1986
and share your story.


Oliver Simmonds, Sir Victor Sassoon,
Juan Trippe, Arthur Vining Davis and
E P Taylor.
Mr Taylor gave us one of the finest
second home developments in the world
with his creation at Lyford Cay. This
gated community has sometimes been
attacked as a symbol of privilege but it
has brought tremendous benefits to the
Bahamas.
The foreigners who live in Lyford
Cay are mostly very wealthy people
who can afford to maintain their prop-
erties whether they live in the Bahamas
for three months or visit frequently dur-
ing the year.
They have provided opportunities for
a wide range of Bahamian merchants,
artisans and professionals, and some
have contributed generously to the cul-
tural and social development of the
Bahamas.

M ore wealthy, and genuine,
second home owners went
to other partsi'f the Bahamas, notably
Eleuthera, Harbour Island, the Exu-
mas, Abaco and the Berries. They con-
tributed handsomely to the develop-
ment of the country.
But there have always been others
who wanted a piece of the Bahamas for
speculative purposes or a quick buck.
Back in the Sixties Frank Magnuson's
development if it can be called that -
catered to this class by offering land in
Exuma on the instalment plan, low
down-payment and low monthly pay-
ments.
Many on both sides of the Atlantic
bought lots unseen and some-never-saw--
what they bought. Some of these lots
are being offered on the internet up to
this day and some have been bought by
Bahamians.
Now there is a great Bahamian land
rush in progress aided and abetted by no
less an entity than the Government of
the Bahamas. There are today thou-
sands of lots of Bahamian land on the
international market.
The PLP, which vehemently criti-
cised the FNM Government for giving
concessions to foreigners for resort
development, this same PLP is presid-
ing over what promises to be the
biggest sell-off of Bahamian land' in
history.
Ironically, what went largely unno-
ticed was that the FNM Government
made it possible for thousands of
Bahamians to get land, especially in the
Family Islands, by regularisiig Bahami- -
an occupation of Crown Land and by
making more Crown Land available to
Bahamians for commercial and resi-
dential purposes.
Today the PLP is approving multi-
million dollar developments from
Grand Bahama to Mayaguana but it is
difficult to tell what is really going into
genuine tourist resort development and
what is going into the development of
residential property for sale to foreign-
ers.


R eight here in Nassau, what was
touted as the PLP's great
investment coup seems heavily weight-
ed on the side of land development for
residential purposes.
In what has been appropriately
described as the biggest ever giveaway
of public land, the PLP has turned over
a big hotel and hundreds of acres of
prime land to the developers or pro-
moters of Baha Mar for little over $40
million.
Now there is Mayaguana where
10,000 acres of public land is being sold
to foreign developers at about $340 an
acre with the government as joint ven-
ture partner. These investors are not
coming with millions ready to build a
250-room resort in Mayaguana. That is
promised for later.
They are creating a small boutique
resort which looks very much like the'
classic land developer's bait to attract
and entertain prospective lot purchasers.
In most such developments this is
regarded as part of the cost of sales. -.
An interesting aspect of all this is that'
most of this land is to be sold by foreign
real estate dealers with little or no ben-
efit tO Bahamian realtors.
Apparently the PLP Government
thought is was quite wonderful to
announce that in one residential devel-
opment Bahamian real estaiteagents
would be included. They should be
included in all.

C commissions to the tune of mil-
lions of dollars are going into
the pokets-offoreign-agents-rather-
than to Bahamians and hence into the
local economy. These foreign agents
must wonder, as they laugh all the way
to the bank, how Bahamians could be so
foolish.
Mrs Allyson Maynard-Gibson, for-
mer Minister for Investments and now
Attorney General, was quoted in The
Journal as saying, "...More than ever
before, investment to the Bahamas is
focused on the second-home and high-
end residential community markets".
Does the PLP Government really
believe that all these thousands of lots
will be sold to wealthy people who can
afford second homes?
Already foreign:land speculators and
those building houses for, rent on.the
internet are causing tensions in places
like Harbour Island as they lower the
tone of the place and compete directly
with resorts owned by Bahamians and
foreign investors. Others are simply
prospective settlers looking.for oppor-
tunities to compete with the natives;
The PLP Government should stop
and seriously consider whether its new
development model focused on mas-
sive land sales to foreigners will not
cause economic, social and political grief
for Bahamians.
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0 In brief

Bahamian

and Cubans

face bribery

charges

TWO Cuban men and one
Bahamian were arraigned in
Magistrate's Court on bribery
charges yesterday.
It is alleged that Georgino
Leon, 25, of Miami, Florida,
Yassiel Acevedo Braw, 24, also
of Florida and Darren Dames,
a Bahamian of Fox Hill, con-
spired to commit bribery
between Wednesday, March 15,
and Friday, March 17.
It is alleged that on Friday,
March 17, the two offered an
Immigration officer and a
Defence Force officer $8,000
to secure the release of three
Cuban detainees at the
Carmichael Road Detention
Centre.
Dames pleaded not guilty
before Magistrate Roger
Gomez.
The two Cubans will need an
interpreter to enter a plea, and
so the matter has been stood
down until today, when all three
men are to return to court.


Calling

parents and

graduating

seniors

THE Tribune will be pub-
lishing its annual Back-to-
School supplement in August
and we would love to feature
as many graduating seniors who
will be attending college/uni-
versity, both here and abroad.
We are currently working to
compile the list of graduates and
are inviting members of the
public to submit information on
graduating seniors.
Along with a recent, pass-
port-size photograph, parents
and/or students should submit
the following:
Name of student
Age
Name of school currently
being attended
Number of examinations
taken/passed
Honours
Extracurricular activities
Name of college/university
they expect to attend
Name of degree being
sought
What they plan to do once
they graduate
The information should be
submitted to The Tribune on
Shirley and Deveaux Streets,
no later than April 28, 2005.
Persons may also mail the infor-
mation to:
Tribune Features Editor
Back-To-School Supplement
The Tribune
Box N-3207
Nassau, Bahamas
The information can also be
e-mailed to features@tribune-
media.net or persons may con-
tact The Tribune at 322-1986.


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Portion of

prison

break report

out today

A PORTION of the report.
on the January 17 prison break
that left a guard and one inmate
dead will be released today,
Ministry of National Security
permanent secretary Mark Wil-
son told The Tribune.
Included in the report is the
conclusion of an investigation
into photographs of two men
lying shackled and naked in
smeared blood, which are
believed to have been taken at
Her Majesty's Prison.
However, the facts surround-
ing the photos will not be
released in today's statement,
Mr Wilson said.
The Ministry of National
Security has expressed strong
concern over the photos and
launched an investigation into
their authenticity.
Claims that the persons
shown were recaptured
escapees Forester Bowe and
Barry Parcoi are also being
looked into.
During the prison break, Cor-
poral Deon Bowles, a 13-year
veteran, was stabbed to death
and prison officers Kenneth
Sweeting and David Armbrister
were injured.
The early morning incident
led to four prisoners, two of
them on death row, escaping'
from the maximum security
block.

Men in

court on

cocaine

charges

TWO men facing cocaine
possession charges appeared in
Magistrate's Court yesterday.
Chivargo Bostwick, 25, and
32-year-old Jamie Brown were
arraigned before Magistrate
Carolita Bethel.
The two were charged togeth-
er with conspiracy to supply
dangerous drugs.
It is alleged that on Thurs-
day, March 16 the two con-
spired to supply a quantity of
cocaine to another.
Bostwick was also charged
with marijuana possession and
possession of cocaine with the
intent to supply.
The men pleaded not guilty
to the charges and were granted
bail in the sum of $5,000. The
matter was adjourned to Sep-
tember 19.







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Vendor's union




president dies


* By TIFFANY GRANT
Tribune Staff Reporter


thing you wanted, you just say
'Lukie' and he was there. He
will be greatly missed and I


LUKE Small, outspoken f --. don't think you'll find no one
president of the straw vendor's f else like Lukie," said Ms Arm-
union, died over the weekend brister.
after suffering several seizures. Donna Patton said that Mr
Mr Small, 38, was found : t.f Small was a caring person, who
unconscious in his bed on Sun- would assist tourists when they
day morning. could not find a member of
In an interview with The their party or lost a personal
Tribune yesterday, his sister, item.
Rebecca Small, said that in the Vendor Mary Pratt said with
early morning hours, he suf- tears in her eyes: "We will miss
fered two seizures. him and he is gone and not for-
Ms Small said she assumes gotten. He will always be in
that a third seizure resulted in our hearts."
his death. She said that the Mr Small was a vocal critic
family is coping as best they of the poor conditions suffered
can with the loss. by vendors in the temporary
Mr Small was in the straw straw market on Bay Street.
vending business all of his life. E LUKE Small In 2003, Mr Small appeared
His mother Margareta Small in Magistrate's Court and was
also operates a stall in the charged with vandalising more
straw market, a stall right next to Mr Small's than 16 Bay Street stores, and
During a vendors' prayer in the market. She described causing more than $12,000
meeting yesterday, tributes him as a person with a "good worth of damage, in an appar-
were paid in his honour, heart." ent protest of the plight of his
Hazel Armbrister, operated "He met every need. Any- fellow vendors.
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* By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE new candidate for the
presidency of the College of
the Bahamas has strong ties to
the Bahamas.
Despite objections to her
race and lack of a PhD qualifi-
cation, College Council chair-
man Franklyn Wilson yester-
day announced that Janyne
Hodder of the renowned
McGill University in Canada
has been selected as candidate
for the leadership position.
Ms Hodder has during her
career served as principal and
vice-chancellor of the presti-
gious Bishop's University in
Canada.
She currently holds the posi-
tion of vice-principal of inter-
institutional relations at
McGill.
Mr Wilson said that in addi-
tion to her long list of qualifi-
cations and recommendations,
Ms Hodder was selected
because of the connection she
has with the Bahamas.
In the 1970s Ms Hodder, a
permanent resident of the
Bahamas, served as teacher at
Queens College and as lectur-
er at COB.
During her 12 years of resi-
dency in the Bahamas, Ms
Hodder also launched an out-
reach reading programme at
Fox Hill Prison for female
inmates and taught youths how
to read.
Mr Wilson said that despite
these facts, some people have
voiced their objection to the
fact that Ms Hodder is a white
woman, and others have


expressed concern because she
does not hold a' doctorate
degree.
Mr Wilson explained that
Ms Hodder is a mother of
three children two of which
were born in the Bahamas -
and chose to "buy groceries"
for her children rather than
continue to pay tuition to
achieve her doctorate.
He said that at first, Bish-
op's University also held this
concern.

Qualities

Acting president of COB
and fellow presidential candi-
date Dr Rhonda. Chipman-
Johnson said that she believes
Ms Hodder "has much too
offer" and may possess certain
qualities "which we are look-
ing for and may not have".
Dr Chipman-Johnson said
that whatever the outcome of
the search for a college presi-
dent, she will continue to be
committed to COB.
Mr Wilson said that by July
1, 2006, COB will have its new
president.
"You may be assured that
when a contract is offered it
will not (only) be on the basis
of who had the best skills. All
three candidate possess their
own special skills. The next
president of the College of the
Bahamas will be the person
whose knowledge, skills and
networks are best suited at this
point in our history to trans-
forming the college into the
University of the Bahamas
while meeting the needs of its


constituents and national needs
of tertiary education," he said.
Peter Adderley, president of
the Grand Bahama-based pub-
lic relations firm Creative
Works, which has been
involved in a number of recent
controversial issues, lent his
support to the new potential
candidate.
Mr Adderley said that after
having he received more than
20 telephone calls asking him
to comment on the choice of
Ms Hodder for a candidate, he
was forced to research her
qualifications.
"I found her eminently qual-
ified. The College of the
Bahamas is at the very core of
our national development and
if we are serious about attain-
ing university status, Janyne
Hodder brings a wealth of
experience and international
contacts and accomplish-
ments," he said.
Based on his research, Mr
Adderley said that he supports
the choice of Ms Hodder as a
potential candidate.
"While her track record as a
brilliant administrator and a
pioneer in many areas of uni-
versity programmes, it should
be noted that much of her
adult life was spent in the
Bahama, and she is the moth-
er of Bahamian children.
"COB has produced many
leading and model citizens and
we cannot allow nationality,
race or politics to set the Col-
lege of the Bahamas back.
"She is an excellent potential
candidate and I wish her every
success, she is an exceptional
find," Mr Adderley said.


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

LEONE. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

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

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

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Bahamas, intend to change my name to REGINALD
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Ignorance





about issue





of gambling


EDITOR, The Tribune
ON the Sunday before Ash
Wednesday, I was tentatively
listening to Father John Pasta-
chio at the Saint Anthony's
Shrine Church here in Boston.
After a hard-hitting homily, he
then asked the congregation,
"What will you be giving up for
Lent"? For a moment, I felt a
degree of guilt as I thought that
the good priest was going to
suggest that I give up some of
my vices such as a little Kalik or
"Rat Bat" that I enjoy every
now and then.
However, to my surprise,
rather than attack the tradi-
tional vices, Father Pastachio
had a most interesting sugges-
tion as to what one should give
up for Lent. "Give up igno-
rance," he proclaimed! After
meditating on this simple but
profound statement, I reflect-
ed and concluded that these
were indeed some strong words
of wisdom. One institution that
I felt would benefit from this
statement, is the Government
of the Bahamas, who over the
years have introduced or main-
tained illogical or absurd poli-
cies that makes absolutely no
sense at all.
One such policy maintained
by successive governments of
the Bahamas is the stupid posi-
tion adopted as it relates to cit-
izens of the Bahamas exercis-
ing their constitutional right to
choose. They are' denied partic-
ipation in a game of chance if
they so desired in the casinos
of the Bahamas.
This position has long had the
backing of the Bahamas Chris-
tian Council. With the supposed
understanding that the Consti-
tution of the Bahamas defines
the Bahama's as "a nation with
Christian values", the Christian
Council feels that a man should
only benefit "by the sweat of'
your brow". Therefore to gam-
ble is contrary to the teaching of
God!
With gambling, some Chris-
tians feel that because of the
strong uncertainty with a great
chance of losing, the idea of get-
ting something for nothing is
being dishonest. In addition, the
negative social impact on the
family and community by per-
sons addicted to gambling is
even more of a reason not to
have it.
However, we live in a nation
called The Bahamas, a nation
well known for contradiction
and hypocrisy. Churches,
schools, charities, etc, in the
Bahamas routinely utilise a
game of chance not just to


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to provide much needed social
services. The subject of gam-
bling was brilliantly dealt with
in early January, by Faisal Arm-
brister in his letter to the Editor.
By coincidence, as I am finish-
ing up this letter today, Editor
Oswald Brown of the Freeport
News has also addressed this
issue (maybe our great minds
think alike). Despite totiching
on the concerns of the Christian
Council, the hypocrisy of the
Bahamas as "a nation with
Christian values" also came to
light.
Incredibly, another story in
that same publication as Editor
Brown's editorial told the plight
of a blind, elderly and unem-
ployed man, Mr Rudy Hanna.
With limited or no income, he
was about to be evicted from
his apartment as he had fallen
behind on his rent with no place
to go. Clearly, in the sight of
God this must be a shameful
abomination! Where are the so-
called Christians? How on earth
in the land of plenty can such a
disgrace go unchallenged and
is allowed to happen? Those so-
called Christians should re-read
the story of Lazarus or the
Good Samaritan!
The history of gambling in
the Bahamas is in itself an
irony! Casino gambling as we
know it was brought to the
Bahamas by the former Minis-
ter of Tourism/Finance, Sir
Stafford Sands under the UBP
government. With the expul-
sion of casinos from Cuba when
Fidel Castro came to power, the
Bahamas was the most practical
place to re-establish that indus-
try to cater to the North Amer-
ican market.
To sell the idea to the
Bahamas Christian communi-
ty, including Premier Sir Roland
Symonette, Sir Stafford Sands
promoted the idea that this
would be a strictly foreign oper-
ation. Only foreigners would be
permitted to work or gamble in
the casinos. The only exception
for Bahamians would be menial
or janitorial jobs. They would
not be directly involved in the
operation of gambling itself.
This was not a problem for most
Bahamians as in those days,
Bahamians and especially
coloured Bahamians were
denied access to cinemas,
hotels, restaurants, etc, and
were used to menial jobs.
Casino gambling under the
UBP therefore represented aris-
tocracy and the life of privilege
for white foreigners. Bahamian
people of colour were the ser-
vants, almost like a master/slave
relationship. For the PLP, this
was the system that they were
supposedly fighting.
It is reasonable to assume
that once they came to power,
they would set about disman-
tling systems and symbols of the
elitist UBP, including the casi-
nos. However, what happened
was the contrary. Reportedly,
the PLP received campaign
finances from shady casino
operators. When the PLP
became government, we actu-
ally saw an expansion of casi-
nos operating in the Bahamas.
Casinos are now even being
developed in the Family Islands.
Can you imagine a casino in
sleepy Cat Island?
What has remained the same,
however, is the unconstitution-
al policy of discrimination
enforced against Bahamians by
the owners of the casinos and
the Government of the
Bahamas. The Bahamas now
has the distinction of being vir-
tually the only country in the
world where there is casino
gambling and the citizens are
not permitted to participate in
gambling.
If gambling is so evil, then
why does the Bahamas allow
it? If it is so destructive and pro-
duces all of those anti-social
results, then there is a duty of
the government to get rid of it
as soon as is reasonably possi-
ble. The fact that Bahamians by
their non-participation will
escape this social disaster does
not justify in allowing the
Bahamas to offer this menace.
A drug dealer once told me that


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ans, only to foreigners as if the
foreigners will not suffer the
same way that a Bahamian
would. The Bahamas goverfi-
ment now has the distinction of
facilitating what it apparently'
considers to be both an illegal
and sinful activity.
Of course, the big joke in the
Bahamas is the fact that QQ per
cent of the gambling that goes
on is illegal. With the a\ ailabil-
ity of the Cash 3 and Play 4,
Florida Lotto, etc, on anm given
day one can wager any amount
that he wishes. Literally hiun-
dreds of Bahamians now work
selling numbers and make quite
a living out of it.
With the availability of com-
puter technology, one can set
up a Cash 3 business anywhere,
thus making it impossible to
regulate or legislate. Enter-
prising individuals have also
made a fortune bringing iln
Florida Lottery tickets for eager
buyers. A terrible mistake ws
made by the government whed
it Bahamianised the gambling
industry. Replacing foreign
coupiers with Bahamians has
created a host of Bahamjang
who are now gambling experts
inside or outside the casino.
Here in the State of Masl
chusetts, the government bene-
fits from several lotteries
including the Powerball and t&
Mega Millions. In this respect,
hundreds of millions of dollars
are raised annually that benefits
the community. Along win
their advertisements are aggres-
sive public announcements that
remind everyone to play
responsibly. Despite the avaiJr
ability of these gambling sysn
teams, nowhere here in Mass#-
chusetts has the massive social
problems predicted by t'#;
Bahamas Christian Couni
inter alia is evident.
This writer fully agrees with
the position taken by Faial
Armbrister. Either the.goverj-
ment of the Bahamas mud
allow Bahamians to play in the
casinos or close them down.
Chances of the latter happen-
ing are extremely remote, as tjIp
casino industry employ thoq-
sands in the Bahamas, some of
whom are members of the
Christian Council. ',
The fact is, however, you cai-
not have your cake and eat it,
too. To selectively, enforce
Gaming Laws is discrminati-
ry and therefore uncokstitu-
tional. This hypocritical prosp-
cution of Bahamians, espeially
Bahamians of color, must sjpp.
When was the last timeawhJte
foreigner was arrested- and
charged for illegally gambling
in the Bahamas?
Yes, it is time for, the
Bahamas to stop their igno-
rance on the issue of gambling
in the Bahamas. Tounsm Min-
ister Obie Wilchcombe,:4ie
Bahamas is waiting for you to
introduce the Lottery Act!'

DR LEATENDORE
PERCENTIE DDS
Boston, Massachusetts
March 11 2006




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TUESDAY, MARCH 21, 2006, PAGE 5


LOCAL E


0 In brief

Fundraising
initiative
by alumni
of COB

COLLEGE of the Bahamas
Alumni Hall of Fame members
have announced the launch of
the Alumni Gifts for Advance-
ment (AGA) fundraising ini-
tiative.
Bishop Neil Ellis, financial
specialist Larry Gibson, phar-
macist Laura, Pratt-Charlton,
attorney Tanya McCartney and
director general of Tourism Ver-
nice Walkine got the ball rolling
with a collective gift of $10,000.
At a donation ceremony held
on Tuesday, acting COB presi-
dent Dr Rhonda Chipman-
Johnson said the group "sent a
very powerful message" to their
colleagues.
She noted that as the college
expands into a university, the
role, of its alumni will be cru-
cial to the process.
While she assured them that
while COB welcomes their
"treasures", the time, talent and
advice of alumni is equally val-
ued.
The AGA project aims to
encourage former COB stu-
dents to make contributions to
the growth and development of
the institution.
The college's more than
11,000 alumni and friends have,
the option of giving an annual
donation at one of three levels:
$19.74; $197.40; and $1,974. The
figures are in memory of COB's
funding year, 1974.


Man faces

charge of

growing
marijuana

* By NATARIO MCKENZIE
"A 54-YEAR-OLD man
charged with growing marijuana
plants on Cat Island was
arraigned in Magistrate's Court
if: New Providence yesterday.
:' Chulean Turner of Tea Bay,
Cat Island was arraigned'before
Magistrate Carolita'Bethel at
Court Eight, Bank Lane.
d'"Turner pleaded not guilty to
charges of cultivation of dan-
gerous drugs and possession of
dangerous drugs.
'It is alleged that while at Tea
'Bay on Thursday, March 16,
Turner was found cultivating 24
.iiarijuana plants, all between
bne and four feet tall.
. Another count stated that he
was found in possession of a
quantity of dangerous drugs
*vhich authorities believed he
intended to supply to another.
'Turner also faces a separate
charge 6f possession of danger-
bus drugs for allegedly possess-
ing of one gram of marijuana.
He was granted bail in the
sum of $10,000 with two
sureties. The matter resumes on
September 20.


* By KEESHA BETHELL
THE results of investiga-
tions into sexual allegations
made about the the Willie
Mae Pratt Centre for Girls
are soon to be revealed,
police say.
Officer in charge of CDU
(Criminal Detective Unit),
Marvin Dames, said investi-
gations into the ,natter
"should be.complete before
the end:of the week"'.

















* MELANIE Griffin


Melanie Griffin, Minister of
Social Services, told The Tri-
bune yesterday that investiga--
tions into allegations of attacks
on the 12-year-old girl at the
Willie Mae Pratt Centre for
Girls made three weeks ago are
still underway.
According to Ms Griffin, the
ministry is awaiting the results
of the police investigations
before further action is taken.
, .:The:matter is basqd,6rlegal.
ramifications," she said. ."
She revealed that the results
of the investigations, in associ-
ation with the Ministry of Social
Services, will be dealt with inter-
nally.
Minister Griffin said she "had
no idea" which police depart-
ment was carrying out investi-
gations.
The father of a 12-year-old
girl told The Tribune of how his
daughter, a student at the Willie
Mae Pratt Centre for Girls, was
being violated and abused by
four other girls at the institu-



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tion.
The father who remained
anonymous for the safety of
his daughter's identity, told
of two violent attacks.
The first incident, accord-
ing to the father, involved a
mop-stick being pushed
between his daughter's legs.
The most recent alleged
incident involved his daugh-
ter's hands being bound '
:with-s6cksiand'a banana


being pushed between her
legs.
The girl's head was then
pushed into a faeces-filled
toilet before having sanitary
napkins wrung on her, as
well as pushed in her mouth,
the father said.
Following the second inci-
dent, the girl had to be tak-
en to hospital because of a
bleeding nose and constant
Somiring. her claimed.


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investigation out soon


Guess who is married 25 r'ears TODAY.


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Thanks for


clean-up


from straw


market


vendors


STRAW vendors yesterday
thanked the government for last
week's clean-up effort at the tem-
porary market, which they say
transformed the facility complete-
ly.
Speaking with The Tribune yes-
terday, the vendors said the results
of the "beautification process"
were astonishing and have made
the market more attractive to
tourists.
The vendors said their working
environment is much better now,
as aisles previously clogged with
trash are now open and accessible.
The two reasons given by the
vendors for the build-up of trash
were the lack of garbage recepta-
cles, and the "laziness" of some
persons working in and using the
market.
They said sales have been good
since the clean-up, as tourists have
been drawn to the more sanitary
environment in the market.
The vendors also spoke about
the new, permanent facility being
built for them by the government
on the site of the old straw mar-
ket, which burned down in 2001.
Most said they approve of plans
to place security cameras around
the facility in an effort to stamp out
drug dealing and other practices
that could give the market a bad
reputation.
Although some vendors say they
would prefer a one storey market,
most said they are happy about the
government's plans for a three
storey facility, as it will accommo-
date more tourists and other poten-
tial customers.
While some vendors complained
that parking is not provided for in
the new plans, others pointed out
that as there will be proper stor-
age at the new market, vendors can
take the bus to work, thereby sav-
ing gas money.


Reverend Terrence G Morrison, pastor of Zion Baptist
Church (left) meets with Minister Louis Farrakhan on
Sunday.
Minister Farrakhan is the leader of the Nation of
[slam, the major organisation for the development
of Islam in America which has mosques all over the
World.


Pasi luminaries of the organisation include the famed
leader Malcolm X
Minster On Saturday night there was a social at the home
of Michael Roberts. Attending were various ministers of the
cloth, Minister of Works and Utilities Bradley Roberts, MP
John .arey and business leaders.
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Leaders recognized



on Grand Bahama


A NUMBER of Grand
Bahama-based community lead-
ers have been tipped to be
recipients of the new Nation
Builder's Award.
The award, which has been
two years in the making, was
created to honour persons who
were not born in the Bahamas
but who have lived in the coun-
try for more than 20 years and
have made a significant contri-
bution to its development.
Those expected to be hon-
oured include Lady Henrietta
St George, community activist;
Josey Siede, soccer coach and
youth leadership figure; leg-
endary educator and human
rights activist Mary Nabb; vet-
eran educators Urban Gibbs
and Joan White; Francis Singer-
Hayward, animal welfare
activist and honorary chairper-
son of the Grand Bahama
Humane Society; contractor
Edgar Outten; entrepreneur
and community leader Thomas
Smith; and religious leader
Hilton Outten.


* PLEASANT Bridgewater
These names are expected to
be on an official list of award
recipients to be released next
month. The awards will pre-
sented by Governor General
Arthur Hanna;. ; .
Pleasant Bridgewater, MP for
Marco City, said the theme of
the award is fitting, as it reflects
the "tremendous contribution"
that non-Bahamians have made


to the progress of Grand
Bahama.
She called the award a true
reflection of the fact that Grand
Bahama and the Bahamas gen-
erally has been and continues
to be developed through the
effort of persons of diverse
backgrounds.
Mrs Bridgewater said that
there are literally thousands of
persons who qualify for the
award living throughout'the
Bahamas and that this is only
the first in a series of such
awards.
The MP expressed her inten-
tion to travel to New Provi-
dence and speak with Minister
of Education Alfred Sears
about making the Nation
Builder's Award a national
award.
According to Ms Bridgwater,
who is workijg with the Gover-
nor General's office on the mat-
ter, no exact date has been set
for a presentation ceremony, but
it is likely to be held within the
next two months.


* By DENISE
MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter
FREEPORT A 33-
year-old Freeport man
who reportedly left
Bimini onboard a boat
with four other persons
about two weeks ago
was reported missing
to police over the
weekend.
Supt Basil Rahming
reported that John
Rolle, 41, of Bimini,
filed a missing person's
report for his brother
Leslie Demeritte, who


was last seen on March .
2.
According to Mr
Rolle, he received
information that his
brother had travelled .
to Bimini aboard a .
white 18-foot Para- -*'
mount boat with a
200hp Yamaha engine.
Also onboard were
Hillary Crawley of LESLIE Demeritte
Jamaica, and a man
wanted by police in brother may have also
New Providence for taken Andre Dames
armed robbery, and Bernard Forbes,
according to the both of Bimini, to
report.'; Florida as part of a
Mr Rolle told police. human smuggling
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feet, one inch taU and
weighing about 200
pounds. He is of brown
complexion with low
haircut, moustache,
and goateebeard.
Supt Rahming did
not say if the where-
abouts of the other
men is known.
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TUESDAY, MARCH 21, 2006, PAGE 7


THE TRIBUNE


This is a reasoned and dispassionate appeal to the leaders of the Bahamas Union of
Teachers and to the public itself with regard to the current negotiations with the Baha-
mas Union of Teachers (BUT) for an Industrial Agreement pursuant to the Industrial
Relations Act 1970.

The Negotiating Committee of the Government headed by the Permanent Secretary
of the Ministry of the Public Service and ably assisted by Messrs. Keith Archer and
Frank Carter, able and experienced trade unionists, have done an excellent job thus
far. The Committee wants to show public support for their work and indicate that they
have their support.

PARTNERS MUST NEGOTIATE IN GOOD FAITH

What concerns us, however, is that it appears that we do not have a partner to these
negotiations that is actually interested in settling the issues on which we can easily
agree. Instead, it appears to us that every excuse is being used; every pretext is being
used to declare an impasse, and run to the press with a view to making it appear that
the Government wants to fight the Bahamas Union of Teachers.

We want to assure the public that nothing could be further from the truth. We believe
that teachers are most valuable to the future of the country.

We recently concluded a landmark agreement with the Bahamas Public Service
Union, the largest public sector Union in the country that was led and negotiated by
the same team as this one on behalf of the Government. The guidelines have already
been established with which the Government has to be consistent in the approach
across the public service.

We believe that there ought to be reasonable and rational chances for advancement.
We have no reason to believe that the Bahamas Union of Teachers would be opposed
to that, but it appears that there is something which prevents them from actually sit-
ting down at the table and simply settling the issues.

THREE MAJOR COMMITMENTS

For negotiations to be successful, it requires in our view three major commitments:
first, a partner who is operating in good faith; secondly, a partner who understands the
issues and will be properly advised on issues that they do not understand; and thirdly,
a partner that understands the role and need for civility in public discourse and across
the negotiating table.

On these three points, the Government side has cause for concern. On the question
of good faith or the lack thereof, the public can see just in the last year of the new ad-
ministration of the BUT assuming leadership, they have had one walkout or another,
calling teachers out of the classroom, disrupting the.education of the children.

On the last occasion, they disrupted commerce in the streets of the country's principle
shopping district. The last demonstration was done on Wednesday Ist March: even
though they had already agreed that they would sit-down to negotiate a contract on t il
9th of March. Yet days before that they were in the streets rejecting the proposals of
the Government before starting negotiations.

Further, the BUT leadershiphave made public pronouncements that they will not
budge on issues relating to salary and certain terms and conditions. How do you enter
good faith negotiations, if you start out from the position that you will not budge?

UNDERSTANDING THE ISSUES

On the question of understanding the issues or being properly advised, it is clear that
the leadership of the BUT is either confused or not properly advised. Right now the
Recognition Agreement that they have, was signed in 1965 prior to the present In-
dustrial Relations Act, which came into force in 1970. That Recognition Agreement
confines the BUT and the Government to discussions on salary issues only.

The second issue which arises out of the existing Recognition Agreement is that it
combines both rank and file and management employees in one bargaining unit;
whereas the Industrial Relations Act and the industrial relations prjack e, pursuant
thereto, separates the rank and file from management. Both are eligible for Industrial
Agreements, but not in the same Union.

The Government is perfectly willing to confine itself to that, and an offer can be made
to the BUT's leadership on Tuesday next in that regard if they wish us to confine our-
selves to the existing agreement.

Since their argument is that the other issues are so thorny and.an impasse is declared;
the Government can easily confine itself to salary only and be done with this matter.
But it is the BUT that proposes that the issues include other matters in addition to sal-
ary in the draft collective bargaining agreement that they submitted.

THE GOVERNMENT IS READY TO PAY

The public should recall that the Government has been ready, willing and able to pay
teachers since December 2005. It was the BUT's leadership that delayed and con-
tinues to delay the settlement of the salary issues for teachers. We are receiving calls
from teachers asking us to simply pay them their money and move on, but we do not
want in the bargain to disrespect the leadership of the Union. Such an act i\ lI, .e '.-
pedient in the short term will not benefit the long-term interests of the school system
and good industrial relations.

The leadership of the BUT does not seem to appreciate the existing law on these
points, and they have insisted that the matter be referred to the Industrial Tribunal for
a finding. But there is a further point, there is a question of whether the Industrial
Tribunal has jurisdiction to hear and determine such a matter. The Government's
view is that it may not, and that the matter could be placed before the Supreme Court
for determination.

However, whether the matter was settled or not, the Government's view on its last
scheduled meeting of Tuesday 14th March was that we should put the issue to one
side and proceed with the other issues. The Union refused and declared that they
would go no further until that issue was settled.

The Government wished to do this even though the present Recognition Agreement
does not allow for an Industrial Agreement to be signed between the two sides, only
matters of salary can be properly settled between us under the existing Recognition


Agreement. But we think that the public interest requires that there be a proper In-
dustrial Agreement. The public should also remember that it was the BUT that first
proposed this. It will be better for the management of the school and the long-term
interests of the country.


LET'S NEGOTIATE A NEW RECOGNITION AGREEMENT

So it comes down to this. At present, an Industrial Agreement is not possible given
the present terms of the Recognition Agreement that was signed between the Govern-
ment and the Union in 1965. but we are willing to negotiate a new Recognition Agree-
ment, except that we say that the managers and administrators of the school system:
principals, vice principals and senior masters and mistresses ought to be excluded
from the bargaining unit. That makes sense, since if a strike is called, the managers
of the system must be able. to be on the job and run the schools.

The BUT's leadership has called this Union busting. The fact is such a decision does
not and will not prevent the principals and other administrators from being Union
members, but they cannot be part of the bargaining unit and engage in industrial ac-
tion.

When these issues were last discussed, the Union declared an impasse on Tuesday
14th March. They called a press conference within the Ministry of the Public Service,
a building which is not their headquarters and which they had no permission to use
to say that the negotiations were at an impasse and the meeting was advised that they
would not proceed further until the issue of the Recognition Agreement was settled.

The meeting was adjourned sine die, that means without a date.

THERE'S WORK TO BE DONE AT THE TABLE

On Wednesday 15th March at about 10:30 p.m., one of the consultants Keith Archer
Sgot a telephone call from Ida Poitier the Union's president to say that they wanted a
meeting the next morning. He was flabbergasted. These were the same people who
had said one day before they were not coming to any further meetings until the issue
of the Recognition Agreement was settled. All the Government's negotiators had
made other plans, including for him a trip overseas, to deal with an urgent family mat-
ter. They were told that no meeting would be possible on the Thursday, but it has been
subsequently agreed to meet on Tuesday, 21st March.

This team will be available today, Tuesday, 21st March.

That next day, Thursday 16th March, the Union's leadership were in the paper, know-
ing that there would be no meeting, sitting in the Government's office for which they
had no permission and telling the press that the Government's side did not show up.

We are faced with irrationality here. We are faced with something that smacks of
other than good industrial relations practice. We do not know whether to put it down
to their inexperience or just what is causing them to react in what appears to be an
aberrant fashion.

A STEADY HAND IS GOOD FOR THE CHILDREN'S FUTURE

Just as a matter of practice it wouildseem to be counterproductive to be crying wolf
to your supporters in the teaching profession. Eventually calling people out in the
streets will grow tiresome. Now we understand the teachers have been put on amber
alert. So what it appears is that every time there is a little hiccup in the negotiations,-
the teachers are going to be called off their jobs to disrupt the school system.

What must parents think of teachers? What must students think of teachers, when
they cannot predict if they will see their teachers in the classroom? This is a school
system that has a grade average with which the public is dissatisfied and for which
there is a iamnour for change.

We need to get on with the substantive business and stop the drama, and spoiling for
a fight where no one from the Government.side is interested in fighting. Any reason-
able proposals will be settled forthwith. Let us do that and stop all the public harangu-
ing which is simply riot becoming. We simply want to get these matters settled so that
the job of teaching can be done, and looking after our children's future.

GOOD MANNERS MAKES GOOD SENSE

Finally there is the issue of civility in public discourse. Our negotiators have reported
that the level of invective within the meetings is unusual. Every point is tortuously
parried and countervailed. It is almost as if there is a wish that there will be no settle-
ment. In the BUT's relations with the Government, there appears to be a delight in
hurling invective and insults as a means of solving these issues.

We accept that some of this is part of the normal democratic process but what we ask
the public is whether or not at the end of the day, this moves the process further. You
do not have to like us. in order to successfully conclude a sensible Industrial Agree-
ment. There must be civility and mutual respect across the table and in public. Cer-
tainly at all times, the Union's leadership has been accorded respect and civility.

Let us therefore reassure the public. The negotiating team has the full support of the
Government. The remit is to settle the matter in the way they believe is most appro-
priate in the best interests of the country and the Ministry of Education, and within
the remit given to them by the Government, in particular our financial constraints.
The negotiating team will be at the table today, Tuesday 21st March, awaiting the
BIJ'ls leadership, and what we hope is that there will substantive discussions and an
atmosphere of civility across the table. We must demonstrate that we mean to settle
ttl se issues.

AN END TO() DI LAY IS IN THE NATIONAL INTEREST

We also assure the public that the Government is ready willing and able to settle an
agreement with the BUT within the constraints of the law and within the constraints
of the prudent use of the Bahamian people's resources. No amount of bamboozling,
insults and invective can change what the law is and the fact that we have to act within
it.

We also say that any minister on this team or any minister of the Government would
be willing to assist in trying to settle these issues. If there is a need for a mediator, we
will consider that favourably as well. However it is most important for the process
to be followed. The situation simply cannot continue as it is going; with stall, delay
and defer.

We appeal for this process to begin today and for an end to the disharmony and high
drama, where they are not necessary and are certainly counterproductive.


Once again, we wish to thank all the hardworking, dedicated and responsible teachers
for their continued work toward the education of our children. We commend all those
teachers who continue to ensure that our system of education works from day to day
to.secure the future of our children and our country.


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The residents were told that
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It was announced at the con-
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bour in the central Abaco district.
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PAGE 8, TUESDAY, MARCH 21, 2006









I LOCAL NEW


Secretary-general
of Bahamas Union
of Teachers
FROM page one
The union and the gov-
e ment have been involved
iiIiffiCult negotiations for
tl:e, past few weeks,
although both sides have
m4ifitained that they are
willing to negotiate in good
faith.
,"We are negotiating in
gepO faith, but when they
talk about hurling insults,
they hurl insults also and I'd
like to state on record that
we had to correct Mr Carter
for some sexual comments
he made around the table,
so he should first inform the
minister of that and apolo-
gise publicly."
Mrs Wilson defended any
aggressive stance, the union
might have taken by saying,
"We did not go to meet
with them for a social. We
went to argue the points for
our 3,500 members and to
get the best collective bar-
gaining agreement that we
could for our members,
inclusive of salary."
She added that the union
represents their members
and is not designed to "bow
to politicians." She claimed
that the government wants
to "shove down our throats
something that we know to
be in contravention of the
law."
Mrs Wilson also claimed
that the government's atti-
tude to negotiations indi-
cates that the government
is winning around the table
and now has to resort to
propaganda to make its
case.
-'According to Union Pres-
ident Ida Poitier, the
Bahamas Union of Teach-
ers has been more than gen-
erous to the Bahamas gov-
ernment in its contract
negotiations with govern-
ment.
,'"When we postponed the
presentation of our associa-
tion, Mr Mitchell himself
expressed gratitude to us for
allowing the government
time to work with the per-
sons who were traumatized
with Hurricane Wilma.
'J :The minister has become
very serious and for him to
get on the airways and
make these statements is
appalling for a minister of
the government who is tak-
ing second hand informa-
tion and presenting it to the
people," she said referring
to the reports of what tran-
spired at the negotiations.
p\sjey among the issues on
tWe table is whether the
union will include as union
members principals, vice
principals, and administra-
tors in the union. The teach-
ers are of the view that they
should, while the govern-
ment is against the idea.
Yesterday, government
negotiator Frank Carter
said he did not wish to
respond publicly to the
essertion-that he had made
'sexual"V comments at the
iegotiafions. He said that
whatever he had said had
been said privately.
However, he did say that
'government was under the
impression that no negoti-
htions would take place
until after the issue of the
bargaining unit had been
resolved at the Industrial
Tribunal as was the request
of the union, which is why
{government was surprised
!at the suggestion that they
failed to attended a planned
'meeting.
S-He explained that gov-
ernment's position to have
thie administrators and the
teachers in two separate
"negotiations is nothing new
as several government
!agency unions have two
associations for their senior
;administrative staff and line
staff. They include the
Bahamas Electricity Union,
the Bahamas Telecommu-
nications Union, The Air-
line Airport Allied Work-
ers Union, which has four
separate entities, The
Broadcasting Corpora'tion
of the Bahamas and
the National Insurance
Board.


He said that while the
unions may have initially
been opposed to the idea, a
satisfactory conclusion for
all was reached after nego-
tiations.
He said that administra-
tion needed to be in a dif-
ferent agency than staff so
that in the event of contro-
versy, there would be no
divided loyalties among the
administration that would
prevent them from running
schools in the event of
industrial action.


Keod Smith on AUTEC


FROM page one

sea Testing and Evaluation Centre (AUTEC) is
related to an unexplained surge in cancer cases in
communities surrounding the AUTEC base.
However, Mr Smith told The Tribune yester-
day, his hands are now somewhat tied as the mat-
ter has been turned over to diplomatic authorities.
"I do have some sort of supremacy over affairs
on the island as Ambassador for the Environ-
ment," said Mr Smith. "However, in order to
carry out the necessary onsite investigations with
our own scientists, we must wait for diplomatic
efforts to take place between American officials
and official from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs."
Mr Smith admitted that he has not aggres-
sively pursued the matter in recent months, but
assured the public that he will once again make
this issue a priority, as it directly affects the
Bahamian community at large.
"This matter must come to head and be ade-
quately addressed by all persons concerned. This
is a non-partisan issue and all of us in government
have a responsibility to our fellow Bahamians to
ensure that we will not put their lives in danger for


the benefit of others," he said.
He went on to say that now is the appropriate
time for government to seek truthful answers
from US officials responsible for the base, as
their current lease is set to expire.
"We must force their hands and expect noth-
ing but full co-operation. We should be able to
conduct our investigation with no limitations as to
where we can go on the base, and if our investi-
gation is inconclusive, AUTEC should be shut
down. If our investigation proves that there is a
correlation, AUTEC should be shut down.
"The only way that AUTEC should be allowed
to continue operations here in the Bahamas is if
they can prove and we can determine through
our own independent investigation that they are
not culpable for the increase in cancer cases
among the residents of that island."
Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell was
unavailable for comment yesterday, and perma-
nent secretary for the newly formed Ministry of
Energy and Environment, Ms Camille Johnson,
said that she is unaware of the matter, but
promised that she would look into it immediate-
ly.


Protest over COB candidate


FROM page one

Mr Wilson explained that due
to the limited time Ms Hodder
was able to spend in the
Bahamas, an impromptu meet-
ing was organised with the
entire institution.
A meeting of this nature, he
said, was not held for the can-
didacy of acting college presi-
dent Dr Rhonda Chipman-
Johnson and Dr Pandora John-
son, as both women reside in
the Bahamas and have more
time to meet with stakeholders.


Mr Wilson said that while he
is mindful of "people's preoc-
cupation with process," he is
attempting to do what is in the
best of interest of the college.
He added that yesterday's
protest, which was led by coun-
cil member Mrs Isaacs-Dotson,
occurred despite the efforts of
.the, council to be transparent
and deliberate in the selection
of the new president.
Mr Wilson said that follow-
ing demands by, stakeholders
that the search, he widened to
include more candidates, the


council by a majority consen-
sus agreed that it would be bet-
ter in the long-term interest not
to launch a new round of public
advertising.
"There was a strong indica-
tion that one candidate would
withdraw if we did. Moreover,
given the fact that the number
of persons with a strong nexus
to the Bahamas and the requi-
site professional profile would
be small, council was confident
that we could reach the majori-
ty of the population by other
means," he said.


Motorists escape 'massive disaster'


FROM page one

The truck was travelling east on JFK Drive
past the Tropical Garden Subdivision when it
hit a utility pole, tilted to the side and spilled a
load of fuel.
Three emergency crews, two from the Roy-
al Bahamas Police Fire Services and one from
the Airport Crash and Rescue Fire Depart-
ment, were dispatched to the scene.
BEC workers turned off the electrical supply
in the area to avoid any sparks from the high
tension wires igniting the exposed fuel.
"Another one of our concerns was fuel being
leaked into the water table and affecting it,"


Inspector Evans said.
Officials also got the assistance of a Texaco
truck that was in the area to pump away some
of the remaining fuel in the overturned
truck.
The road was closed until 6 pm yesterday.
Inspector Evans cautioned all drivers carry-
ing volatile substances to drive with caution
particularly at times when there are a number
of people using the island's roads.
"Drive with due care and attention, pay
attention particularly to other motorists. Trav-
el at a safe distance, 300 feet from those vehi-
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After deliberating for. some
three hours yesterday, a jury of
11 women and one man returned
with the unanimous verdict of
guilty, 12-0.
Tito, who was represented by
lawyers Wayne Munroe, Roger
Gomez and Shaka Serville, when
asked by the judge if he had any-
thing to say told the court, "I
share my condolences with the
family, but I didn't do it and I
maintain my innocence".
Justice Allen told the court
that in light of the Privy Council's
recent ruling she would hold a.
hearing on April 3, listen to sub-
missions from both sides, then
determine the appropriate sen-
tence.
Praising the work of the pros-
ecution, Laverne Consover,
mother of the deceased, saidshe
was pleased with the verdict.
"I am pleased with the verdict,
now I can rest more peacefully
and I think that Donnel can rest
more peacefully as well," she
said. While Tito was being
escorted into Central Police Sta-
tion, he called out to his mother
saying that she knew he did not
do it.
In summarizing the case yes-
terday, Justice Allen pointed out
to the jury that the prosecution's
case was based on circumstan-
tial evidence as there were no
eye witnesses to the murder.
The judge said it was the pros-
ecution's case that Tito was in
possession of a white Chevy
truck, owned by Derek Bastian,
when young Donnel Consover's
badly decomposed body was
found off Cowpen Road. Donnel


was 16 years old at the time of
her death.
According to the pathologist
she died as a result of a crushed
skull and lacerations to the brain
which could possibly have been
sustained if she were rolled over
by the truck's tyres. The prose-
cution also pointed out that
Consover's blood was found on
the white Chevy truck that wit-
nesses claimed Tito had in his
possession on the night of April
30 and the morning of May 1.
The judge pointed out that
during a record of the interview,
which, according to police, Tito
refused to sign, he denied any
involvement in Consover's death.
He said he was at home at the
time the murder took place.
Justice Allen had also directed
the jury to the evidence of the
mother who said that after
returning from a political rally
on the night of April 30, 2002
she went bed about 12.30 am
leaving Donnel still awake read-
ing the manifesto. The mother
testified that when she woke up
the next morning her daughter's
night dress was on the refrigera-
tor and the cordless phone was
on the porch. The judge pointed
out that, according to Donnel's
mother, she noticed that there
were two incoming calls, one
from the Mandingo Restaurant
and another from a number list-
ed as "out of area."
The judge also pointed out to
the jury that a prosecution wit-
ness, who worked at the Mandin-
go Restaurant, described a dark
man of medium build with a low
hair cut who she identified as
the accused. The witness said
that he asked to use the tele-


phone and during the telephone
conversation the man identified
himself as "Scum", which,
according to prosecution wit-
nesses, was also Tito's alias. Dur-
ing the conversation the witness
claimed that he told the person
that he would be in a white truck
and that the person should come
outside. The judge pointed out,
however, that it was the
defence's argument that the wit-
ness might be mistaken in her
recollection. The judge told the
jury to examine the circum-
stances by which the identifica-
tion was made.
That witness, according to the
judge, testified that she heard the
accused tell the person to come
outside and that he would be in a
white truck. She said that she
saw the man get into the passen-
ger side of a white truck, which
was parked outside.
Derek Bastian, who is now
serving a prison sentence for
manslaughter, and other wit-
nesses, said that Tito had bor-
rowed the truck from Bastian
that night and returned it the
next morning.
The judge pointed out that it
was the defence's argument,
however, that Bastian and others
were serving other interests and
had lied to the police and to the
court.
Forensic evidence showed that
vaginal swabs taken from the
deceased indicated that the vic-
tim had been involved in recent
sexual activity. The judge had
pointed out to the jury that it
was the defence's argument that
the semen samples had never
been compared with Tito or any-
one else for that matter.


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police source, the victim was John Bailey from
Lakewood, Colorado.
The source -added that the victim's right ear
lobe was bitten off during the argument. The
lobe was reportedly re-attached and Bailey was
discharged from hospital.
General Manager of Sefior Frog's, Arturo
Salas, said that according to the on duty manag-


er that morning, the incident occurred very quick-
ly. The two men involved were escorted outside in
a very calm way.
"Our primary objective is to ensure the safety
of all of our guests as well as our entire staff.
Unfortunately we are not able to control the
action of others and this was in fact an isolated
incident," said Mr Salas.
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Kerzners in $3.6bn bid





to take their firm private


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
utch Kerzner, Kerzn-
er International's
president and chief
executive, yesterday
said the $3.6 billion bid by himself
and his father to take the com-
pany private was"designed to give
them a "strategic stake" in the
business once again, and provide
greater control over its future
development.
. Unveiling the agreement to
purchase all outstanding Kerzner
International ordinary shares in
an al1-cash deal worth $76 per
sh.ar, Mr Kernmer added that if\
the investor group involving him-
self and his father, Sol, was suc-
cessful, it would enable them to
focus more on "the real long-
term" direction of the business.
'The transaction, if completed
by the scheduled close of mid-
2006, would increase the equity
stake held by Mr Kerzner and his
father in Kerzner International
fiom its current 11 per cent to
about 25-26 per cent.
:Mr Kerzner told The Tribune
in an interview yesterday: "Me


and my dad wanted to have a
,more significant equity stake in
the business for a while......"
Explaining that he and his
father once owned between 20-
30 per cent of Kerzner Interna-
tional's equity, Mr Kerzner said
this holding had declined to its
current level of 11 per cent.
"It came to the point over the
last year or so where we felt it
[the stake] was not so significant
for us," Mr Kerzner said. "It was
more trying to just get a strategic
stake, looking past Phase III......"
Effectively, the move will give
Mr Kerzner and his father a
greater share in the anticipated
success from Kerzner Interna-
tional's expansion projects,
.enabling them to profit more
from the risks they are taking. It
will also provide "a lot more con-
trol".
In addition, it will also give
them more control over Kerzner
International's strategic direction,
and allow them to focus on long-
term goals rather than being pre-
occupied with meeting Wall
Street's demands and expecta-
tions for short-term earnings
growth.


$76 per share offer designed to give father and son duo 25%

'strategic stake' and more control over business, aiding long-term focus

* Offer to give Bahamian BDR investors 61% capital appreciation profit

No impact on PI operations, as hint dropped about future Phase IV

Powerful private equity players back bid


M BUTCH KERZNER


* SOL KERZNER


Going private will also mean
that Mr Kerzner and his father
will no longer have to face the
extra expenses and time associ-
ated with being a public, New
York Stock Exchange (NYSE)
listed company, dealing with
inquiries from shareholders and
analysts.
From a Bahamian perspective,
Mr Kerzner emphasised that
there would be no impact on the
company's Paradise Island oper-
ations, and it was business as usu-
al for all employees at the
Atlantis and One & Only Ocean
Club resorts, plus those at other
facilities. Once the purchase was
completed, all staff and manage-


ment would retain their jobs.
The greatest impact is likely to
be felt by Bahamians who invest-
ed in Kerzner International's
Bahamian Depository Receipt
(BDR) offering in July 2004 (see
other story on this page).
If the offer goes through, the
ordinary shares that underly their
BDRs will be acquired by the
investor group led by Mr Kerzner
and his father at the $76 per share
price.
Mr Kerzner said yesterday that
the $76 price, or $7.6 per BDR,
represented a 61.3 per cent

SEE page 4B


$27m case moving Wall Street awaits improved offer, or rival bidders


'at a snail's pace' I ByNEIL HARTNELL Firstfor capital markets and BISX in public entity going private
Tribune Business Editor..
* By NEIL HARTNELL 2005. THE Kerzners' offer to take the owner This activity means that Kerzner Interna- of 1 per cent of the equity value of the trans-
Tribune Business Editor Consolidated Water is not a of Paradise Island's Atlantis resort private in tional's stock is now priced 4.5 per cent above action, about $30 million.


THE Supreme Court case
seeking to overturn the contract
awarded for a $27 million reverse
osmosis plant is proceeding "at a
snail's pace", it was disclosed yes-
terday, with the Blue Hills plant
likely to be completed and oper-
ational before any injunction may
be granted.
UK-based Biwater Interna-
tional, which was the runner-up to
Consolidated Water in the bid-
ding for the 20-year Blue Hills
contract, filed an application for a
Judicial Review of the award with
the Supreme Court on March 10,


party to the action, but yesterday
its president and chief executive,
Rick McTaggart, said that in rela-
tion to the case there was "noth-
ing new, certainly nothing that
involves us".
Jeffrey Parker, Consolidated
Water's chairman, added: "It's
proceeding at a snail's pace in the
Bahamas."
In the first instance, Biwater
International is seeking a Court
Order that,overturns the Consol-
idated Water award and instead

SEE page 3B


a $76 per share all cash deal sent the com-
pany's stock soaring to a 52-week high last
night, indicating that the US financial mar-
kets expect rival'offers to be made for the
firm.
The reaction from Wall Street yesterday
indicated that while the $3.6 billion offer,
assuming $599 million in net debt, from
Butch and Sol Kerzner, plus their private
equity backers is likely to go through, it may
not be a 'slam dunk'.
Kerzner International's share price closed
at its 52-week high of $79.43 after the deal
was announced yesterday, closing up $9.07 on
the day, a rise of 12.89 per cent. At one point,
the shrre pricE went over $80.


the accepted $76 offer price, a possible sign
that investors, brokers and analysts believe it
undervalues the company, given its growth
potential from the Phase III project at
Atlantis, plus international expansion plans.
In addition, it is also a sign that Wall Street
expects other bidders for Kerzner Interna-
tional to emerge, given that the agreement
between the Kerzners and independent
directors who evaluated the bid gives Kerzn-
er International a 45-day window in which to
seek rival offers for the business.
If the deal is terminated because a superi-
or offer for Kerzner International emerges
over the next 45 days, the Kerzners and their
in\~stor group %ill receive a break-up fee


If a superior offer does emerge, then Mr
Kerzner and his father, Sol, will provide tran-
sitional services for a period of six months.
The prospect of a superior offer emerging
is unlikely, given that Kerzner International's
Board of Directors has approved the deal,
following a recommendation from a com-
mittee of independent directors established
to evaluate the Kerzners' proposal. But at
this stage, given the 45-day window, it cannot
be ruled out.
More than three million Kerzner Interna-
tional shares were traded on the New York

SEE page 4B


'Showcase' water plant

1/3 'on line' by April


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
:CONSOLIDATED Water yes-
terday said it was on target to
have two of the six production
units at its Blue Hills reverse
osmosis plant "on line" by April,
the "intermediate" deadline for
it to have the $27 million project
operational.
Rick McTaggart, Consolidat-
ed Water's president and chief
executive, described the Blue


Hills plant as the company's
"showcase", and it is set to pro-
vide the lion's share of the expect-
ed eight million gallon increase
in water production across all the
markets in which the company
operates.
In addition, he described Con-
solidated Water's initiative to
reduce non-revenue water leak-
ages and other losses from the

SEE page 3B


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company, Dubai
Ports World (DPW),
which is largely
owned by the government of
Dubai, agreed to purchase a
British firm named Peninsular &
Orient Steam Navigation (P&O).
In this era of globalisation and
free flow of investment across
international borders, nothing
seemed unusual about this trans-
action. In fact, this transaction
received the approval of the US
Government and the personal


support of President Bush. How-
ever, among the assets of P&O
were the right to operate six US
ports.
The March 10, 2006, issue of
the Wall Street Journal (WSJ)
cited an Associated Press release
that summarised the crux of the
opposition to this transaction. "A
company in the United Arab
Emirates is poised to take over
significant operations at six
American ports as part of a cor-
porate sale, leaving a country with
ties to the September 11 hijackers


with influence over a maritime
industry considered vulnerable to
terrorism."
This sent the alarm bells ring-
ing, and the political posturing
began in earnest. As this matter
unfolded, Republican support in
Congress for the approval of this
transaction started to wane, and it
became clear the Bush adminis-
tration would have a tough time
getting Congressional approval,
notwithstanding lobbying at the
very highest level. With 2006
being an election year for the


Senate and Congress, the Repub-
licans thought it would not be
prudent to fight this war to the
bitter end.
Compromise
In the face of growing opposi-
tion, DPW announced it had
agreed to sell the American oper-
ations that it would be acquiring
"to a US entity". (It would have
been very interesting to have
been a 'fly on the wall' in DPW's
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Larger Question
This episode, however, raises
a far larger question... and that is
to what extent is there a genuine
backlash against globalisation and
support for economic national-
ism? This concern'led the US
Chamber of Commerce to warn
US lawmakers "not to allow
pockets of public hysteria...to sti-
fle future foreign direct invest-
ment in the country".
Lost in this whole debate was
the fact that these same ports
were controlled for many years
by a British firm. Further, other
strategic US ports are today being
operated by non-US firms.
Clearly, then, it seems some
'non-national' investors are more
acceptable than others. For
instance, if one Bahamian com-
mits an offence in the US, should
all Bahamians be declared 'per-
sona non grata' in the US? We
need to be careful that global
commerce does not develop a
form of geographic discrimina-
tion, which can be just as insidious
as the other forms of discrimina-
tion.
In the 1980s there was a great
public outcry when the Japanese
bought Pebble Beach and Rock-
efeller Centre. Last year, the Chi-
nese National Oil Company
attempted to buy Unocal. The
real estate purchases were
approved after much outcry (and
it should be noted that the Rock-
efeller family repurchased that
venerable real estate some years
later at a hefty discount to the
sale price not a bad day), while
the purchase of Unocal, once in
the political arena, got stalled and
never happened.
Which industries and types of
businesses should be off limits to
foreign owners? The supporters
of globalisation will argue that
capital should be totally free to be
deployed where the best oppor-
tunities exist. In the region, for
many years Bermuda did not
allow foreign-owned commercial
banks. Then, several years ago,
the unthinkable happened; HSBC
(a global bank) was allowed to
buy Bank of Bermuda (which
incidentally was a global bank
operating in many countries
around the world). In the
Bahamas, the retail sector is
reserved for Bahamians. Should
this remain, or do we let the likes
of Wal-Mart and other global
retailers enter our markets?
In the final analysis, these are
some of the questions that poli-
cymakers must address and make
determinations upon based on
their perception of what is in the
country's best interests.
Should we fear foreign
investment?
How concerned should the US
(or any other country) be of for-


eign direct investment? Is it a
good thing or js it bad? This
debate has enormous implications
for a country such as the
Bahamas, which would simply die
without a steady stream of for-
eign direct investment.
It is estimated that the US has
been the recipient of more than,
S$4 trillion of foreign investment:
over the last 25 years. This com-
pares with an estimate of some
10 trillion currently invested
abroad by Americans. During the
next five years, the Bahamas will,
be the recipient of some $5 billion'
in foreign investments (mostly.
American) based on the latest
government projections.,. ::';,'
i According to the Wall Street
Journal: "A study by the Organii
station for International Investe
ment finds that.about 53 million
Americans are directly employed
by foreign-owned firms with?
wages averaging $63,000 a:year,.
or about 50 per cent more&ghan
the average US wage. Foreigners
are not buying up America's
stock of wealth; they are.investing
in ways to add to it'." :
In the Bahamas, given the
structure of our economy, one
has to assume that the amount of
Bahamians employed by foreign-
owned firms,,bobthihfretl i ala
indirectly, is significant. Mire
than half our workfbice-iof
160,000 must fall into 'ithi date-
*.gory: I would alsohi-spet -that'
like the US experifne,'tahedard
age wage of those working for
foreign-owned firms must greatly
exceed the national income-per
capital.
While foreigaidirect investment
will remain essential for the,
Bahamas' continued economic
success, our immediate challenge
must be to build :sustainable
development with greater local
participation and benefits for
Bahamians. This will rily hap-
pen through pursuing policies that
encourage significantly higher lev-
els of long-term savings and
investment by Bahamians, as well
as ensuring job creation for
Bahamians. Our record to date
leaves much to be desired.
Until next week...
NB: Larry R. Gibson, a Char-
tered Financial Analyst, is vice-
president pensions, Colonial
Pensions Services (Bahamas), a
wholly-owned subsidiary of Colo-
nial Group International, which
owns Atlantic Medical Insurance
and is a major shareholder of
Security & General Insurance
Company in the Bahamas.
The views expressed are those,
of the author and do not neces-
Sarily represent those of Colo-
nial Group International or any
of its subsidiary and/or affillat-
ed companies. Please direct any
questions or comments to rigib-
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THE TRIBUNE


'Showcase' water plant





1/3 'on line' by April


FROM page 1B

Water & Sewerage Corporation's distribu-
tion system as moving forward well.
"They're making very good progress on the
project, which will save the Bahamas govern-
ment 435 million gallons of lost water per
year when completed this year," Mr McTag-
gart said.
He acknowledged, though, that Consoli-
dated Water's bulk water sales in 2005 had
been negatively impacted by problems at its
existing Windsor plant in Nassau, owned and
operated by its Waterfields subsidiary.
The Tribune reported yesterday how mem-
brane fouling and other problems at the Wind-
sor plant had caused an 82 per cent increase in
fines payable to the Water & Sewerage Cor-
poration (WSC) for non-performance by Con-
solidated Water, the amount rising from
$313,408 in 2004 to $571,349 in the 12 months
to December 31, 2005.
Mr McTaggart said, though, that Consoli-
dated Water was confident those problems
had been resolved.
He added: "Bulk sales for 2005 could have
been better if not for the operational problems
experienced at our Windsor plant in Nassau.
We believe we've identified the cause of the
fouling problem, and taken action to remedy
that. The results of our corrective work have
been very encouraging."
The Windsor plant's capacity had been
expanded by 1.5 million gallons per day in
2005, part of the Blue Hills contract. A further
1.2 million gallons of water per day was com-
ing from Blue Hills to supplement the Wind-
sor plant;,reducing penalties and increasing
sales.:
Joe Pivinski, Consolidated Water's chief
financial officer, said that while the company's
bulk water sales rose 14 per cent in 2005, the
cost of sales increased by 26 per cent, depress-
ing margins.


* JEFFREY PARKER


He attributed this to problems at Windsor,
which he said were "clearly a disappoint-
ment".
Jeffrey Parker, Consolidated Water's chair-
man, said the company was still in the game
for the $30 million contract to construct and
operate the Arawak Cay reverse osmosis
plant. This plant is supposed to supply water
to Kerzner International's Phase III expansion
on Paradise Island, and Baha Mar's $1.6 bil-
lion Cable Beach project.
The bids from Consolidated Water and a
rival were both annulled last year, but Mr
Parker said yesterday: "As part of the Gov-


ernment's overall plan to produce 90 per cent
of the island's water from desalination, they
have indicated they will be going out look-
ing for additional plants in future years.
"The first one was for Arawak Cay. There
has been no announcement on that at the
moment, so we don't know where it is. We
have an.interest in either supplying water
from that site or from our existing sites.
"There are ongoing discussions about how
water will be supplied to that destination, so
even beyond Blue Hills there is considerable
potential on New Providence and in the entire
Bahamas."


$27m case moving 'at a snail's pace'


FROM page 1B
hands it the, Blue Hills project.
Failing that, the UK company
and its Bahamian subsidiary,
Biwater Bahamas, "are seeking
an order from the court awarding
compensatory and exemplary
damages to them".
Mr Parker.s.id yesterday that
the Supreme Court was still to
decide whether to grant an
injunction preventing further
work on the Blue Hills plant, or
whether Biwater's damages claim
was good.
He added: "There was a hear-
ing a few weeks ago, and they're
waiting for the Attorney General
to make a written response to the
arguments of both parties."
Mr Parker said he did not
know when court hearings in the
Biwater case would resume, but
added: "It's likely we'll have the
plant on line before they get an
injunction to stop us."
Biwater International's legal
challenge came as little surprise,
with the company having told The


Tribune earlier in 2005 that all
bids for the Blue Hills contract
should be reviewed by a team of
international auditors.
The company claimed the
Bahamian people were not get-
ting the best value for money if
the Government awarded the
deal to Consolidated Water and
ignored the almost $9 million in
annual savings it offered to pro-
duce by stopping water leakage.
Adrian White, group chairman
for Biwater International, in a let-
ter written to Prime Minister Per-
ry Christie on February 7, 2005,
said: "We feel that the full and
huge guaranteed financial bene-
fits to your government of our
bid cannot have been put fully to
you and your Cabinet."
Mr White told The Tribune
that if awarded the Blue Hills
contract, Biwater would guaran-
tee to the Water & Sewerage
Corporation that by the end of
its first operational year it would
prevent one million gallons per
day being lost from the water sys-


Stem through leaks.
He added that preventing the
leakage of one million gallons,
which would be sold to the Water
& Sewerage Corporation at $5.5
per gallon, would save the Gov-
ernment just over $2 million per
annum.
Mr White wrote in his letter to
the Prime Minister: "If this saved
water is sold at your current tar-
iffs ($19.98 per 1,000 gallons and
assuming 95 per cent collection
efficiency), there would be an
additional income, without addi-
tional expense, of $6.928 million
annually. These two savings
above amount to $8.935.565 mil-
lion in the full first year, dramat-
ically reducing Water & Sewerage
Corporation's annual government
subsidy.
"It can be clearly seen that with
our proposal to guarantee one
million gallons per day leak
reduction after the first year, plus
switching from water costing an
average of $6 per 1,000 gallons
to ours at $4.2 that Water & Sew-


erage Corporation's losses (and
subsidy from the Government)
can cease after 24 months."
Consolidated Water, though,
is providing engineering services
and equipment to reduce water
loss through the Water & Sewer-
age Corporation's pipeline sys-
tem. It plans to provide the same
savings as Biwater.


TUESDAY, MARCH 21,2006, PAGE 3B


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS 1977
IN THE SUPREME COURT No. 328
Equity Side
IN THE MATTER OF
MERCANTILE BANK AND TRUST COMPANY LIMITED
(IN LIQUIDATION)
AND
IN THE MATTER OF
THE COMPANIES ACT (CHAPTER 308)
NOTICE OF DIVIDEND
Rule 68 of the Companies (Winding-Up) Rules, 1975


Name of Company

Address of Registered Office


Nature of Business
Court


Number of Matter
Amount per US$
First and final or otherwise
When payable
Where payable

Liquidator's Name
Mailing Address


Mercantile Bank and Trust
Company Umited (In Liquidation)
International Building, West Mall,
Freeport, Grand Bahama,
Bahamas
Banking Company
Supreme Court of the
Commonwealth of the Bahamas,.
Equity Side
328 or 1977
8
Fifth and final
1 th day of April, A.D. 2006
First Floor, International Building,
Freeport, Bahamas
Juan Manuel Lopez
P.O. Box F-42558,
Freeport, Bahamas


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In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138(4) of the
International Business Companies Act, (No. 45 of 2000), BALLSEA
HOLDINGS LIMITED, is in dissolution.

CONTINENTAL LIQUIDATORS INC. is the Liquidator and can be
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Kerzners in $3.6bn bid to take their firm private


FROM page 1B
increase to the $47.1 or $4.71
price at which they were listed on
the Bahamas International Secu-
rities Exchange (BISX).
The more than 61 per cent cap-
ital appreciation gains for BDR
holders, which would be translat-
ed from paper into actual cash if
the deal is consummated, was
described by Mr Kerzner yester-
day as "not a bad investment".
He added: "Clearly, we would
not be doing this if we were not
confident we could build this busi-
ness over the medium to long
term.....


"We have a lot of confidence in
the business, the Bahamas, the
people that work in our business
in the Bahamas, and our overall
business."
Mr Kerzner also dropped a hint
that the company would eventu-
ally look at carrying out a Phase
IV expansion on Paradise Island.
He said that once the Phase III
expansion on Paradise Island was
complete, it would "take the busi-
ness to a new level and set us up
to build further phases".
The company still has substan-
tial landholdings on Paradise
Island that it has yet to leverage,
particularly the former Club Med


NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that JOHNNY MAURICE, EAST
STREET NORTH, P.O. BOX N-9184, NASSAU, BAHAMAS,
is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should
send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 21ST day of MARCH, 2006 to
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.




NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that BRADLEY JAMES TRECO OF
IMPERIAL PARK, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 14TH day of MARCH, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.





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LEGAL NOTICE

International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of 2000)

ATLANTIC ENERGY RESOURCES LIMITED

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (4)
of the International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of 2000),
ATLANTIC ENERGY RESOURCES LIMITED, is in
Dissolution.

The date of commencement of dissolution is 9th day of February,
2006.

Michael Charles Russell,
P.O. Box 460,
Waterloo House,
Don Street,
St. Helier, Jersey,
Channel Islands, JE4 5RS
Liquidator


site, which was acquired with one
eye to a possible Phase IV expan-
sion. 1
Kerzner International's Board
of Directors, after receiving a
favourable recommendation from
the special committee of inde-
pendents directors formed to
evaluate the Kerzners' offer, has
approved the deal.
The committee included rep-
resentatives from two large*
Kerzner International sharehold-
Sers that are not part of the bid-
ding group, and negotiated the
terms and price of the merger
agreement. The $3.6 billion deal
will see the Kerzners' group
assume $599 million of net debt as
at December 31, 2005.
Apart from the Kerzner duo,
the purchasing group includes
some powerful private equity
funds, who are leading players in
the real estate, tourism and enter-
tainment industries.
Apart from gaining a strategic
stake in the business, Mr Kerzner
said the other primary objective
he and his father had was to
attract in investment partners
who shared their vision and long-
term view, and could help build
the business on Paradise Island
and elsewhere. It will provide


them with access to capital and
greater support.
The members of their group
include Isithmar, the Dubai-
based, government-owned, hold-
ing company that is already a
shareholder in Kerzner Interna-
tional. It is the company's partner
in the development of Atlantis
on Paradise Island, and the
Atlantis, The Palm project in
Dubai.
Between them, the Kerzners
and Isithmar own about 24 per
cent of Kerzner International's
outstanding ordinary shares.
Coupled with the two inde-
pendent shareholders who sat on
the independent committee that
evaluated the deal and recom-
mended it Caledonia Invest-
ments and a German family the
combined holding of these four
groups is about 36 per cent.
Other members of the pur-
chasing group include Colony
Capital, one of the world's largest
acquirers and financiers of real
estate-related assets for over a
decade. Its current investments
include Fairmont, Raffles Inter-
national, Costa Smeralda and
Resorts Atlantic City.
A Goldman Sachs private equi-
ty fund, the Whitehall Group, has


real estate investments of approx-
imately $50 billion in 20 coun-
tries, including Rockefeller Cen-
ter in New York, Casa Del Mar,
and Westin Hotel and Resorts.
Providence Equity Partners is
a private investment firm that
specialises in equity investments
in media, communications and
information companies around
the world, including Warner
Music Group and MGM.
The final member of the bid
consortium is Related Compa-
nies, a private investment firm
that manages and finances real
estate properties and has a port-
folio that includes over $15 bil-
lion worth of developments.
Investments include the Time
Warner Center in New York.
Stephen M. Ross, an existing
director of Kerzner International,
is the founder, chairman and chief
executive of the Related Compa-
nies.
Mr Kerzner said: "Our new
partners share our vision of con-
tinuing to develop Paradise Island
into one of the world's great
resort destinations. They also
share our passion for thinking
boldly and, like us, put enormous
value on the people within Kerzn-
er International that make it all


happen."
If the deal is successful, Mr
Kerzner and his father will
remain as chief executive and
chairman respectively.
Mr Kerzner yesterday told The
Tribune that the buoyant condi-
tions in the global private equity
markets and debt markets had
allowed him and his father to do
the purchase, the main reason
why the offer was made now.
He explained that there had
been an "enormous amount of
capital" coming into private equi-
ty funds over the last 12 months,
which was now looking for an
investment home.
Mr Kerzner said that rather
than looking at a short-term hori-
zon of one, two or three years,
he and his father were looking to
the long-term, with a horizon of
five to 10 years. Resorts were.
their business, and they wanted
to have a continued stake in their
projects.
The agreement involves the
creation of two Bahamian Inter-
national Business Companies
(IBCs), K-Two Holdco and K-
Two SubCo. The latter will merge
with and into Kerzner Interna-
tional, with Kerzner Internation-.
al as the surviving corporation.


Wall Street awaits improved offer, or rival bidders


FROM page 1B


Stock Exchange (NYSE) yester-
day, compared to the average dai-
ly volume in previous months of
150,598.
Butch Kerzner, Kerzner Inter-


national's president and chief
executive, acknowledged that yes-
terday's events on Wall Street
may indicate that rival offers
would emerge.
'That's what that would signal,
maybe," he said. "We'll have to
see whether that happens."
The offer by the Kerzners and


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GOLDEN GATES #2, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 14TH day of MARCH, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
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their investment consortium
requires the approval of the com-
pany's shareholders, with a simple
majority vote required. By exten-
sion, the shareholders also include
Bahamian investors who hold
Kerzner International's Bahami-
an Depository Receipts (BDRs),
as they have the same rights and
obligations as ordinary share-
holders.
The BDR's closed at $7.94 on
BISX last night, a 68.5 per cent
gain on the July 2004 offering
price, and up 34 per cent for 2006.
Following a vote in favour of
the deal, all outstanding shares
they do not hold will be pur-
chased by the Kerzners and their
fellow investors, returning the
company to the private sector.
And this also means that the
BDRs and the Kerzner Interna-
tional ordinary shares that under-
pin them would be acquired and
withdrawn from the market. The.
ordinary shares are currently in:
the custody of CIBCTrust Coni
pany (Bahamas).
Following c:ompleiion of the
transaction, Kerzner Internation-
al would no longer be listed on
either the NYSE or the Bahamas
International Securities Exchange
(BISX). BISX would lose a listing
and some market capitalisation,
marking the first time in Bahami-
an capital market history that a
listed entity went private.
Mr Kerzner indicated that their
investor group was already well-
placed to secure a majority vote
in favour of the deal, given that
the group included Istithmar, the
Dubai-based company that is
already a Kerzner International
shareholder. Between them, that


entity and the Kerzners speak for
24 per cent of the coiTipanFn's
issued shares.
And two shareholders who sat
on the independent committee
that approved the deal, Caledonia
Investments and a German fami-
ly, own a further 12 per cent of
the company's stock, making for a
36 per cent bloc set to vote in
favour of the transaction.
Mr Kerzner said yesterday that
the $76 price, or $7.6 per BDRj,
represented a 61.3 per cent
increase to the $47.1 or $4.71
price at which they were listed on
the Bahamas International Secu-
rities Exchange (BISX) in July
2004.

Source

One source)esIerda) told The
Tribune: "If this occirs, and if
this is the price thL tlranisction
takes place at, it could be quite a
windfall for those persons who
engaged in the BDR offering."
Only about 42.8 per cent or
428,000 ordinary Kerzner Inter-
national shares were subscribed
for when the BDR offering was
held in summer 2004, leading to
the listing and trading of 4.28 mil-
lion BDRs on BISX. Net pro-
ceeds from the offering were
$19.1 million.
The liquidity provided by the
connection to Wall Street meant
that the BDR has been one of
the more traded stocks on BISX.
Mr Kerzner yesterday pointed
out that over the past two years,
Kerzner International's share
price had increased by 68 per
cent, while it had risen by 236 per
cent over the past three years.


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.5..k--ni 52.'-LO/. OS:mbol Previous Close Today's Close Cnange Daily Vol EPS $ Dr. $ PIE Yiela
0.95 0.59 Abaco Markets 0.59 0.59 0.00 -0.169 0.000 N/M 0.00%
10.52 8.00 Bahamas Property Fund 10.40 10.40 0.00 1.456 0.360 7.1 3.46%
7.24 5.88 Bank of Bahamas 6.97 6.97 0.00 0.643 0.330 10.8 4.73%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.70 0.70 0.00 500 0.175 0.020 4.0 2.86%
1.80 1.26 Bahamas Waste 1.26 1.26 0.00 0.105 0.060 12.0 4.76%
1.20 0.95 Fidelity Bank 1.18 1.18 0.00 0.070 0.040 16.7 3.42%
9.60 8.00 Cable Bahamas 9.30 9.30 0.00 0.565 0.240 16.5 2.58%
2.20 1.39 Colina Holdings 1.69 1.69 0.00 -0.067 0.000 NM 0.00%
9.69 8.30 Commonwealth Bank 9.38 9.38 0.00 0.861 0.490 10.9 5.22%
5.48 4.12 Consolidated Water BDRs 5.27 5.13 -0.14 0.099 0.045 53.2 0.85%
2.88 1.45 Doctor's Hospital 2.55 2.55 0.00 0.437 0.000 5.8 0.00%
6.21 4.02 Famguard 6.21 6.21 0.00 0.542 0.240 11.5 3.86%
10.99 9.99 Finco 10.99 10.99 0.00 0.738 0.540 14.9 4.91%
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10.20 9.60 ICD Utilities 9.50 9.50 0.00 0.526 0.405 18.1 5.68%
9.10 8.22 J. S. Johnson 9.09 9.09 0.00 0.572 0.560 15.9 6.16%
7.95 5.30 Kerzner International BDRs 7.03 7.95 0.92 0.134 0.000 52.5 0.00%
10 00 1000 Premier Real Estate 1000 1000 0.00 2036 0 585 49 5 85%
Fidelity Over-The-Counter Becurities
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1 i786 1 21144 Colir.a Money, arsel Fund 1 278569"
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* SWIMMING
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
MELBOURNE: They didn't win any
medals, but head coach Andy Knowles
said he couldn't ask for a better per-
formance from the three-member swim
team that represented the Bahamas at
the XVIII Commonwealth Games.
"I have to say we were pleased with
the team's performance. Jeremy made
three finals and Alana (Dillette) and
Chris (Vythoulkas) made semifinal in
two of their events," he stated.
"So positioning, I think this is the
highest a Commonwealth team has
competed. Jeremy just missed winning
a medal in the 200 fly and we had about
four national records set, so I think, on
the whole, we have to be pleased."
Knowles said while Dillette will
return home with team manager Nancy
Knowles on Friday for a break before
she returns to school at Auburn Uni-
versity, he will go to Sydney with Jere-
my and Chris for a couple days before
they head to the FINA Short Course
Worlds Championships in Shanghai.
China where they will be joined by
Nikia Deveaux.
Deveaux was originally scheduled to
be a part of the Commonwealth team,
but she had to remain in the United
States to compete for the University
of Kentucky at the NCAA Champi-
onships.
The team will arrive in Cthin on
April 1 and will compete from April
5-9 before they leave on April 10.


'With this being our first major stop,
we arp pleased with what we did,"
coach'Knowles stated. "Now we will
see what we will do at Worlds."
Both Knowles and Vythoulkas indi-
cated that they are looking forward to
swimming at the championships.
For Knowles, it will be the continua-
tion of what is now expected to be a
long haul to the 2008 Olympics in Bei-
jing, China before he thinks about
retirement.
"I'm in it for the long term because
right now I'm motivated and I'm excit-
ed and ready to get back in the pool,"
he insisted. "After the World Cham-
pionships, I will get back in the pool
and start working towards next year.
"Next March, there's the World
Long Course Championships and, just
about every couple of months, there
will be another big meet. So I'm really
excited about competing."
After the Short Course Champi-
onships, Knowles will return to Auburn
where his wife, Heather, is completing
her degree. He intends to live and train
there as he uses the stipend that the
Bahamas Government has given to him
and the other athletes.
"I look forward to training.hard and
focusing on competing now," Knowles
stressed.
Putting his meet here in perspective,
Vythoulkas admitted that he was
pleased with his performance, consid-
ering the fact that he had only been in
the water training since Januar.y.
"In total, i would say I did ila e. a
good meet, but I need to train more


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I BAHAMAS swimming team of Chris Vythoulkas, Alan Dillette, Jeremy Knowles and coach Andy Knowles pose f6r
one more photo after they completed their participation in the XVIII Commonwealth Games on Monday night. '


yards and metres in the pool and see
what I can do," he reflected. "But I'm
making this the long haul now. I want
to swim for the next 8-10 years.
"I want to take it to the next level
because I'm tired of seeing Jeremy and
the other Caribbean boys taking all
these fourth places.
"No one is medaling, so I'm going
to train as hard as I can for the next
four years and sec what I can do."
Despite not getting into a finai here,
Vythoulkas said he was still pleased


with his performance because he knew
that if he was in better, condition, he
would have done much better.
Making her debut on .the senior
international scene, Dillette said she
couldn't ask for a better experience.
"The meet for me was quite exciting
and I'm pretty proud with myself
because I did two best times and I'm
pretty close to all of my best times in
the other e-ents. So it's been a pretty.
good meet for me.'."
Dillette said that while she was


thrilled to be in the atmosphere where
there were so many records, broken,
she wants to thank the Bahafmas
Olympic Association, on behalf of ie)
team-mates, for allowing them to make
the trip and Betty Kenning for building
the 50-metre pool inNassau. '-'
"It's helped people like:us. to.get to
the meet," she added.
"I know I enjoyed it and I'm excited
to see more of Melbourne before J.go
home on Friday for a short holiday with
my family."


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Bahamians

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* TPACK AND FIELD
BJyKELSIE JOHNSON
J~pior Sports
Fforter

B8iHAMIAN collegiate
athletes were busy this
welaknd, competing in
the.first outdoor meet
for the year.
Ajthe Alabama Relays,
strpgwoman Aymara
Albtry was in action for
hei school, competing in
the; women's shot put.
Albury was fifth in the
event with a best throw of
14.97meters (49-01.50),
winning was Jennifer -
Gilson with 16.35m, and
Aubrey Martin was sec-
ond with 16.32m.
In the hammer Albury
finished up second behind
teammate Beth Mallory
wivrh54.92m, Mallory took
the event with a toss of
59.34m.
Appearing at the Miami
Hurricane Invitational
meet ,wereT'Shonda
Webb,.Sheniqua Fergu-
son, Lisa Mortimer,
Savatheda Fynes, Debbie
Fergusond-McKenzie,
Tava Rigby, Von Wilson
and Timothy Walkins.
Webb posted the fastest
timeP out. of all the
Bahamian athletes com-
petingat. the meet, clock-
ing 11.70 seconds for a
fifth place finish. Ferguson
was eighth in 11.75 sec-
ondg with Fynes coming in
11.85 seconds. Mortimer
posted 12.18 seconds.
Th winning time was
IncliiRainsom of Miami
with 11.54 seconds.
In' he 200m Ferguson
was 12th with a best time
of 24.48 seconds, Webb
wa$ 16th with 24.54 sec-
onds, with Armbrister
potting 25.04 'scinds for
20th and Mortimer 32nd in
25.67 seconds.
Eerguson-McKenzie
moved away from the
sprints, lining-up in the
400m for the first time in a
year.'
Running in heat one,
Fefguson-McKenzie, who
competed for Adidas,
posted the third fastest
tinie, 54.31 seconds.
YQung Armbrister was
eighth with 56.43 seconds
ani Rigby 25th with
1:00.49 seconds.
"the team of Mortimer,
Atmbrister, Ferguson and
Webb was third in the
4xl00m behind Ferguson-
M4Kenzie and Fynes with
45,82 seconds. Ferguson-
MWKenzie and Fynes'
teni posted 44.53 sec-
onjds, University of Miami
wqn with 44.16 seconds.
The men's 400m saw
Wjlson and Walkins in
adion. Wilson, who is
nursing a hamstring injury
clicked 49.03 seconds for
fifh while Walkins was
21t ,with 53.76 seconds.
Posting the fastest time
wWs Raymond Holmes of
Flbrida Memorial with
47142 seconds.
2\t the USC Weems
Baskin Sprint Relays
Benedict College Antius
R0binson was llth in the
800m in a time of 2:31.56
se_4onds, also competing
wis Petra McDonald who
fouled out in the long
junp.


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* JAMAL WILSON of Temple Christian leaps to victory in the Under 20 senior boys high jump.
(Photo: Mario Duncanson/Tribune staff)


Athletes chasing places





on Carifta Games team


* TRACK AND FIELD
By KELSIE JOHNSON
Junior Sports Reporter
THE national high school
track and field championships
might have wrapped-up over
the weekend, but athletes are
still working hard in hopes of
making the Carifta Games
team.
At the conclusion of the
three day meet, more than five
athletes had surpassed the
qualification standards set by
the Bahamas Association of
Athletic Association (BAAA)
with eight just missing out on
the mark.
In the girls under 17 divi-
sion, Nivea Smith of the
Catholic High Crusaders
dipped under the marker of
the 100 meters with her best
time of 11.85 seconds, the
fastest time in all female divi-
sions in the event.
The qualifying time in that
event was set at 12.00 seconds.
Also running under 12 sec-
onds at the meet was Sparkyl
Cash, who clocked 11.90 sec-
onds for the win in the under
15 girls division.
Since there is no under 15
division in the Carifta Games,
Cash will have to vie for a spot


NASSAU Christian's Shawn Lockhart delivers the baton successful to Glister Wallace as he
makes for the finish line in the Under 17 Int. boys 4x100 metre relay.
(Photo: Mario Duncanson/Tribune staff)


in the under 17 girls division.
Both Smith and Cash went
beyond the qualifying mark in
the long jump event, with
Cash snagging a record per--


formance on her best jump.
The mark in this event was
5.89m.
Smith would miss out in a
triple qualification in the
200m, clocking 24.95 seconds
for the win.
For the under 17 boys Karl-
ton Rolle cruised to a qualify-
ing victory in the 100m ahead
of Warren Frasier in a time of
10.86 seconds, dipping below
the marking of 11 seconds.
Gerard Brown walked out
of the pit with two qualifica-


tions under his belt and two
national high school records.
The defending Carifta
Games' champion in the triple
jump and long jump leapt
14.96m and 7.10m respective-
ly.
Although he has already
surpassed the qualifying mark
in the high jump event, Jamal
Wilson tried to better his per-
formances.
This time around Wilson
had to settle for a clearance
of 2.00m for win ahead of


Kyle Grant, who also cleared
2.00m.
Just meeting the qualifica-
tion mark in the 100m for
under 20 girls was T'Shonda
Webb.
Webb posted the fastest
time for the year in high
schools over the weekend, at
the Miami Hurricanes Invita-
tional, with 11.70 seconds -
the set marking for qualifica-
tions.
:T-The second fastest time
went to Sheniqua Ferguson
at the BAISS with 11.71 sec-
onds.
Looking forward to lower-
ing their times at the upcom-
ing Carifta Games trail will be
Tess Mullings in the girls 300m
hurdles, Vennesa Rolle and
Shellyka Rolle in the 800m,
Nathan Arnett in the 400m
hurdles, and Cache Armbris-
ter.
Mullings will need to run 43
seconds or better to qualify,
on the weekend she posted
44.56 seconds for the
win.
The qualification time in the
800m for Vanessa was set at
2:12.00 seconds and Shellyka
2:19.00 seconds. Both won
their event with times of
2:23.70 and 2:23.80 seconds
respectively.
For Armbrister the time of
54 seconds will be needed to
qualify. She posted a personal
best time of 56.43 seconds.
The Carifta trials are set for
March 31st-April 1st at the
Thomas A Robinson stadium.
The games will be held in
Guadeloupe.


Knowles and




Nestor win title

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By KELSIE JOHNSON
Junior Sports Reporter
MARK KNOWLES and Daniel Nestor walked
away with their 15th ATP Masters Series title over
the weekend.
Knowles and Nestor successfully defended their
Pacific Life Open title against Bob and Mike Bryan
with a two set victory, 6-4 and 6-4.
The team were able to bounce back after falling
behind in the first set 1-3, thanks to Nestor's con-
sistency at the service line.
In the second set the team faced two decisive
deuce points on their services, holding to close out
the set and for the match.
But before Knowles and Nestor moved onto the
final rounds, the number three ranked team faced-
off with the tournament's number two team Jonas
Bjorkman and Max Mirnvi.
Knowles and Nestor got by Bjorkman and Mirn-
vi 7-6 and 6-1 for the win.
The weekend win is the team's fourth title in
Indian Wells and their second title for this year.
Knowles and Nestor have reached finals in four of
their past five tournaments.
After losing in the first rounds of the Australian
Open they clinched the Delray Beach International
tournament last month. MARK KNOWLES


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as she jumps in the Under 20 Senior girls long jump.
(Photo: Mario Duncanson/Tribune staff)


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Senior Sports Reporter
MELBOURNE: While
Tonique Williams-Darling
was caught at the finish line
and Christine Amertil went
through untouched, both set
up a much anticipated show-
down in the women's 400
metre final at the XVIII
Commonwealth Games.
Amertil set the pace for the
duo in the second of three
heats in the semifinal on
Monday night at the Mel-
bourne Cricket Grounds
when she ran away from her
field from the final 150 to eas-
ily win in 51.36, holding off
young Jamaican Shericka
Williams, who followed on
her heels in 51.65.

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Moments later, Williams-
Darling did the same thing,
but as she headed for the line,
England's Cihristine Ohu-
ruogu caught her about 30
metres out and pressed ahead
in 50.87 as the Bahamian
Olympic and World Outdoor
Championships' champion
came in at 50.97.
While Ohuruogu went in
with the fastest qualifying
time in tonight's final,
Williams-Darling posted the
second best with Amertil
sandwiched in fourth between
Jamaicans Novlene Williams,
the first heat winner in 51.03,
and Shericka Williams.
"It was a little windy out
there, but it was a good run,
fastest time for the season for
me, so I'm looking forward
to improving on that tomor-
row (tonight) and fighting for
a medal," Williams-Darling
declared.
No doubt,the final at pre-
cisely 5:50 a.m. EST will be
a battle from start to finish
with Williams-Darling in lane
four, trailing Ohuruogu in
five with Amertil right behind
her in three.
That is where the race is
expected to be won, although
Shericka Williams is a dark
horse in two with Novlene
Williams in six and Great
Britain's Hazel Regis in sev-
en.
After watching Ohuruogu
sneak up on, her in the final
stages of ter semifinal,
Williams-DJrling said she's
not going to take any chances
in the final as she paid dearly
for it in the semis.
As for Amertil, she's look-
ing forward to continuing her
progress as she goes for her
second straight medal after
winning the bronze at the
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"I felt a little better than
yesterday, but it was a little
windy out there and that
played a factor in my-time,"
Amertil noted.
"But I think I'm coming
around.
"I just try to get out to
make sure that I'm in the race
because all of my competi-
tors have the foot speed."

Pleased
Looking back at the way
she ran her semi, Amertil said
he was pleased because "I
controlled the race."
Hopefully in the final, she
will get to do the same thing,
but she said, "There's a lot of
good competitors out
there, so I hope it's a good
race."
Shericka Williams, the 20-
year-old newcomer from
Jamaica, said it was a good
race, but she knew that she
"made one or two mistakes
that I have to correct for the
final."
Williams, however, added
that it will be tough because
Williams-Darling and Amer-
til are running very well. "I'm
just happy that I will get the
chance to run against them
both at the same time."


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* JEREMY KNOWLES


* SWIMMING
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
MELBOURNE: After five individual
races in which he made it to the semifinals
each time, Jeremy Knowles didn't have any-
thing left in reserve for his third final at the
XVIII Commonwealth Games.
Competing in the final event on Monday
night at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic
Centre for the Bahamas' three-member
team, Knowles finished last in the first 100
metres and ended up in eighth place in the
men's 200 individual medley final.
His time of two minutes and 2.85 seconds
surpassed his national record of 2:03.51 that
he set on August 26, 2003 and it also
improved on the 2:03.16 he posted in the
heats earlier in the day for third in heat six
and fifth overall to get him into the final.
In the final, Scotland's Tait Gregor won
the gold in 2:00.73 with New Zealand's Kent
Dean taking the silver in 2:01.08 and
Canada's Brian Johns picking up the bronze
in 2:01.56.
But Knowles said he wanted to go out
there and perform right to the end. He
touched the Wall in the first 50 split in fourth
with 26.40, then dropped to eighth at the
halfway mark at 100 metres in 58.57. He did-
n't catch any of his rivals the rest of the way.
"This morning, I knew I had to go out
hard to make it in the top eight," he reflect-
ed. "But just the atmosphere in the night
changes the whole context. In the morning,
you could use a little bit of strategy and
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excitement in the night and so I had to go for
it."
After going through a hectic five daysof
intense competition, Knowles said he's just
getting started and he wished he had a cou-
ple more events to go. "I'm glad to know
that my conditioning enabled me to endure
the pressure of a long meet," he said.
Knowles would have gone on to post three
national records, lowering his time in the 50
fly twice during the course of the meet to go
along with his mark in the 200 IM heats.
But, as the meet came to a close for him,
Knowles said "There were some points
where I was disappointed that I didn't meet
some of the goals that I set for myself.
"But I was surprised with my performance
in the 200 IM. It was up and down, but I'm
still heading in the right direction and Im
hungry for more competition.
"I have the World Championships in a
couple of weeks, which is in a short pool
and it means that I have to swim a lot faster.
So hopefully my performance here will trans-
fer over there."
The FINA Short Course World Champi-
onships is set.for April 5-9 in Shanghai, Chi-
na where Knowles will travel along with
Chris Vythoulkas and collegian Nikia
Deveaux to compete.
They will be accompanied by Andy
Knowles as the coach.


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